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December 28, 2017

Ann Coulter Pens New Racist Screed, Just in Time for Kwanzaa


Ann Coulter Pens New Racist Screed, Just in Time for Kwanzaa
The right-wing bigot offers an alternative history of the pan-African holiday.

By Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story
December 28, 2017, 4:43 AM GMT

In one of her more unhinged rants, professional conservative banshee Ann Coulter claimed that Kwanzaa is a “made-up racist holiday” peddled by the FBI to sow division among African-Americans.

Coulter’s column, which has been republished by the likes of Breitbart, World Net Daily and Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, audaciously posited an alternative history of the pan-African holiday and its creator, Dr. Ron Karenga. This isn’t her first year writing it, either — she wrote a remarkably similar column in 2013, whose main difference is that it references “Duck Dynasty.”

According to Coulter, Karenga is a “black radical/FBI stooge,” and his group United Slaves were rivals to the Black Panthers. Her analysis appears to stem from declassified documents proving that Karenga and United Slaves were targets of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), and division between the pro-black groups was intentionally sowed by the bureau. As an extension of those efforts, Coulter’s column appeared to infer, Karenga went on to create the holiday meant to be celebrated by black people around the world to … continue to drive a wedge between black people, somehow.


At the end of her the alternative history she provided, Coulter even created a Kwanzaa-themed carol, set to “Jingle Bells.”

“Kwanzaa bells, dashikis sell

Whitey has to pay;

Burning, shooting, oh what fun

On this made-up holiday!”

“Only white liberals take Kwanzaa seriously,” she wrote at her conclusion. “American Blacks celebrate Christmas.”

Noor Al-Sibai is a writer and editor for Raw Story, whose work has appeared in Bustle, Everyday Feminism, and Rewire.

Cause she'd know so much better than anybody else, particularly better than people of color.

December 22, 2017

Coroner releases grim report on Vegas massacre


Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock ...(killed himself immediately)... after he slaughtered 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, according to a coroner’s report.

According to Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg, none of the victims killed at an outdoor concert Oct. 1 was trampled to death while trying to escape the festival grounds.

Some survivors have described receiving injuries other than gunfire during their escapes.

Most of those killed died from a single gunshot wound, according to the coroner’s office. Four victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Twenty-one people were shot in the head, 36 died with chest and back wounds and one <snip> died of a gunshot to the leg, according to a chart the coroner released.


Officials have said more than 500 people were injured when Paddock, 64, a high-stakes video poker gambler, sprayed gunfire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into a crowd of 22,000 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival below.

When police stormed Paddock’s suite after he stopped firing, they discovered shell casings all over the floor.

“My initial scan, coming in the room with my rifle, is just seeing, I’m seeing one male down, bleeding from the face,” said Officer Matthew Donaldson. “He was not a threat. Kept going, kept going, kept going.”

Federal and local authorities have not said publicly what they think motivated Paddock to amass an arsenal of assault-style weapons and ammo.

With Post wires

December 22, 2017

Trump Finally Gets His Wall ... At An Irish Golf Course

Source: HuffPo

Trump Finally Gets His Wall ... At An Irish Golf Course
He gets two of them, as environmentalists warn the barriers could damage protected wildlife areas.
By Nick Visser


The Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg, one of several golf courses owned by President Donald Trump’s business empire, was given the go ahead to construct two sea walls along the border of the property to protect the land from coastal erosion. The 2,000-foot and 850-foot barriers are dramatically scaled down from original plans to build a 1.7-mile structure, which was rejected by local county officials a year ago.


Eamon Ryan, leader of Ireland’s Green Party, expressed disappointment Thursday over the approval of the walls. He said they “will interfere with the natural circulation of the dune system. Local jobs would be better protected by adjusting the course to the evolving natural world.”


The Trump Organization has spent $330 million to acquire and develop golf course since it started such projects in 1997, according to Reuters. Trump has often sparked controversy in defense of his courses, including an instance where he sent a letter to a Scottish minister calling proposed wind farms near one of them “monsters.”


As part of the application, golf course officials argued that the effects of global warming, including a rise in sea levels, would increase coastal erosion rates.


Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-wall-irish-golf-course_us_5a3c1cf7e4b025f99e15c344?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

One of Trumps arguments for these wall is the effects of global warming!!
December 21, 2017

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal

Source: HuffPo

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal
An FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s ties to the deal has found no wrongdoing.
By Alana Horowitz Satlin
Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

The Justice Department is reviving an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government’s controversial approval of the Uranium One deal, NBC News reported on Thursday.

A now-dormant FBI investigation into whether Clinton had ties to the deal has not found evidence of wrongdoing. But NBC, citing “multiple law enforcement officials,” reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has in recent weeks directed Justice Department prosecutors to ask FBI agents to explain evidence uncovered in the probe.


Following pressure from President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, Sessions last month said he would consider appointing a new special counsel to look into Clinton and Uranium One, as well as other matters involving Democrats. Sessions pledged during his confirmation hearing last year that he would recuse himself from any possible investigations involving Clinton.

The Uranium One obsession among Trump and his allies has increased in recent months as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe intensifies into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Four people have been charged, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jeff-sessions-uranium-one-hillary-clinton_us_5a3b9b52e4b025f99e14cd5e?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Now the diversion effort begins in earnest.
December 21, 2017

Chris Christie Is Quietly Reveling in Robert Mueller's Scrutiny of Jared Kushner

Chris Christie Is Quietly Reveling in Robert Mueller's Scrutiny of Jared Kushner
The New Jersey governor previously helped put Kushner's father behind bars.
By Chris Sosa / AlterNet
December 19, 2017, 9:34 PM GMT


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used an MSNBC appearance to cast suspicion on Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and husband of Ivanka Trump.

Christie said Kushner "deserves scrutiny" by special counsel Robert Mueller because "he was involved in the transition and involved in meetings that call into question his role."

The governor explained that if Kushner is innocent, the investigation would clear him. He added, "And if he’s not, that will come out too."

“Whether he deserves it or not, he’s getting it,” Christie said of the increased scrutiny of Kushner, “[T]he facts will determine that ultimately."

Christie also stifled GOP talking points that insinuate Mueller is part of an anti-Trump conspiracy, saying, "[Mueller's] an honest guy. I believe he will do an honest, fair investigation."


December 21, 2017

Minnesota Man May Get New Trial After Jurors Admit They Thought He Must Be Guilty Because He's Blac

Minnesota Man May Get New Trial After Jurors Admit They Thought He Must Be Guilty Because He's Black
It's enough to get a new hearing, if not a new trial.
By Brad Reed / Raw Story
December 21, 2017, 11:21 AM GMT


A Minneapolis man may get a new trial after two jurors came forward and admitted that racism was a major reason why they chose to convict him.

Local news station Fox 9 reports that two jurors are now saying that they were influenced by racist arguments made by another juror during deliberations when they decided to convict Michael Smith, who has been in jail for the past five years for illegally possession a firearm as a convicted felon.

Smith was accused by police of illegally possessing a firearm just months after he was released after serving a ten-year prison sentence for a third-degree murder charge. The police never produced any concrete evidence linking Smith to the firearm in question, so the trial came down to whose word jurors chose to believe.

The jury foreman said this week that a major reason they chose to believe the police was because of racism — and they said that one juror told his peers that Smith must be guilty because “he is a black person with a previous criminal record living in North Minneapolis… you know he’s just a banger from the hood.”

Smith has maintained his innocence the entire time and has insisted that his conviction was completely unfounded. According to Fox 9, the new revelations of racism on the part of jurors are “enough to get a new hearing early next year and a possible new trial.”

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. His work has previously appeared in the American Prospect Online, and he blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.

December 21, 2017

Child sexual abuse promoter among dead in Amtrak wreck

Child sexual abuse promoter among dead in Amtrak wreck
Auburn man killed in derailment identified as child pornography collector

By Levi Pulkkinen, SeattlePI Updated 5:30 pm, Wednesday, December 20, 2017


A man killed in the deadly Amtrak derailment south of Seattle has been identified as an Auburn child pornography collector and an outspoken proponent of child sexual abuse, whose crimes were first detailed in a 2013 SeattlePI story.


(Benjamin) Gran, a leading member of an online forum dedicated to promoting the sexual abuse of children, served a federal prison term after he was caught with a collection of child pornography videos.

The Pierce County coroner's office said Wednesday that Gran, 40, died of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in Monday’s crash. His death came six years after child pornography investigators arrived at his apartment door.


Agents visited Gran’s home in July 2011 after investigation launched in the Netherlands targeting “boylovers” identified him as a member of a pedophile group online. Dutch police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched the investigation – dubbed “Operation Rescue” – in 2009 aimed at bringing down the forum. Investigators had by then arrested 12 suspected child abusers and rescued 100 children.

Investigators described Gran as a close friend of Robert Mikelsons, a Dutch man at the center of the ring and a fellow supporter of the movement to legitimize the sexual abuse of children. Mikelsons, Gran and the other BoyLovers.net forum members asserted molestation and rape were healthy for the children they hurt.

Relying on email recovered during the investigation, investigators contend Gran and Mikelsons began discussing their shared interest in child pornography as early as 2004. In those email, Gran admitted to uploading child pornography he produced to the forum.

Having secured a search warrant, agents seized electronics from Gran’s Auburn home. They found child pornography was found on a DVD and other items in the home.

Speaking with KING-TV's Drew Mikkelsen, Gran's mother described him as "Amtrak's biggest fan."


Gran was ultimately sentenced to two years in prison and placed under court supervision for the rest of his life. He was released from federal prison in 2015.

Gran died on the inaugural run on a faster train route between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Authorities are investigating the wreck and have said that the train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, derailing south of Seattle and toppling some cars on Interstate 5 below. Dozens of others were hurt, some seriously.


This report contains information from The Associated Press.

SeattlePI senior editor Levi Pulkkinen can be reached at 206-448-8348 or levipulkkinen@seattlepi.com. Follow Levi on Twitter at twitter.com/levipulk.

December 21, 2017

Paul Ryan Dismisses Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump As This Other Stuff

Paul Ryan Dismisses Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump As ‘This Other Stuff’
The House speaker won’t say whether he believes more than a dozen women who have accused the president of sexual assault or harassment.
By Marina Fang


WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wouldn’t say whether sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump merit attention, but pledged to help “change the culture” for women in the workplace.

Asked on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday whether Congress should investigate the president’s alleged history of sexual misconduct, Ryan dodged the question. He wouldn’t say whether he believes the stories of more than a dozen women who say Trump sexually harassed or assaulted them in incidents that span decades.


Several of Trump’s accusers have called for a congressional investigation in response to the cascade of sexual misconduct claims against prominent men in politics, media, sports and entertainment. Some Democratic lawmakers have said Trump should resign.


Ryan on Wednesday dismissed the misconduct allegations against the president as “this other stuff.” At the same time, he argued “we need to change the culture” for women in the workplace, including in Congress.

“I don’t even know what all of these allegations are,” Ryan said of the accusations against Trump. “I’m focused on fixing Congress. I’m focused on my job where I work, making this institution safe. I want my daughter to be able to grow up in an economy, to go into work, public or private sector, where she’s not being harassed, where she’s being empowered. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m not focused on this other stuff.”

He said bringing up the accusations against the president makes the issue of sexual misconduct “a partisan food fight” ― even though the issue has ensnared politicians of both parties.


Ryan attempted to explain why those cases merited scrutiny, but not Trump’s, saying the accusations against the president involved “criminal matters.”

“Congress doesn’t do criminal investigations,” Ryan said.


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