Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pope Francis Says Christians Should Apologize To The LGBT Community... No Really!!!!

There are many things I never thought I'd never live to see.

Historical, cultural or scientific occurrences that surpass what we believe our society is actually capable of achieving.

Things so fantastical and unthinkably wonderful that a person just resign themselves to knowing these events will not take place in their lifetimes.

Some examples of events I never though would happen in my lifetime: The fall of the Berlin wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a black man becoming the President of the United States, David lee Roth coming back to front Van Halen after the affront that was Van-Hagar!

But I digress.

Once in a blue moon one of these events actually happens and the feeling of wonderment is overwhelming.

Well, one of those things just happened again!

The Pope has said Christians need to apologize to the homosexual community!!!!

You read that right! Pope Francis last Sunday actually stated at a press conference aboard the papal plane that Christians should apologize to gay people!

The Pope's remark was in response to a reporter asking whether he agreed with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx who, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, said gays deserve an apology from the Church?

The Pope responded with these words...

"I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times -- when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners! I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons."
"One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior... Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no? But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The question is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge?"

HOLY (fill in the blank)!!!

And I thought he broke my brain when in 2013 when asked the rhetorical question "Who am I to judge gay people?"... but this has taken it to a whole 'notha level!

I may be godless but I love this guy!

BENGHAZI REPORT: After 2 Years And $7 Million Clinton Cleared Again, Republicans Despondent

It took longer that the the Pearl Harbor investigation. It took longer that the JFK assassination investigationIt took longer than Watergate investigationIt took longer longer than the 9/11 investigation... But now it is here.

After two years and over $7 million dollars, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released it's 800 page report that state's that it found no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama or his administration.

This revelation comes after 7 previous Republican led investigations and one non-partisan agency review were unable to prove any malfeasance by either the President or his Secretary Of State in the Benghazi terrorist attack. Thinking they could unearth something, anything, the House voted to create a brand new tax payer funded partisan inquisition to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

But all the new report revealed was that the administration’s response to the terror attacks was at worst flawed, but not malicious or in any way derelict.

Showing just how empty handed the committee came up when asked at a press conference today whether Americans who read the report should find culpability for Clinton, the select committee’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy basically declined to comment.

The belief among most American's was that the House Committee was created solely for the purpose of damaging Hillary Clinton’s run for the office of President by linking her to the vicious attack that killed four Americans, including her close friend Ambassador Chris Stevens.

This was evidenced last year when House Majority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) admitted that the entire endeavor was a sham when he mistakenly revealed this bit of information in a live interview...

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable."

After that, making it all the more clear, a committee staffer threatened to file a lawsuit after he claimed he was fired when he refused to target Secretary Clinton saying that the committee was focused predominantly on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The if further proof was needed the 11 hour televised grilling of Secretary Clinton should just about put and end to any doubts.

In any event, if anyone was still hoping for even a sherd of evidence of wrongdoing by Secretary Clinton they would only have to look at the timing of the reports release to divine that there isn't any. Believe me, if there had been any culpability in the report it would have been released at a time in which it would have inflicted maximum damage to her campaign. The committee instead chose to bury it several weeks before the DNC and several months before any voting was to begin. 

Democrats, who were excluded from the GOP’s report and claim they still have not seen a full copy of it, countered with the release of their own report on Monday which can be read HERE.

To give some context into just how partisan this issue has become a poll by conducted at Fairleigh Dickinson University shows, 50 percent of Donald Trump supporters believe that not only did Secretary Clinton know the attack was going to happen she deliberately did nothing to stop it when it did.



One can only hope that with this last gasp final report the lies about Clinton and #Benghazi have been extinguished even though we all know the Republican's conspiracy theories will never die.

Despite the complete lack of evidence don’t doubt for a second that there won’t be a lot of fresh condemnation for Republicans to shovel around.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Terror In Turkey, Nearly 40 Killed 200 Wounded At Ataturk Airport (IMAGES)

Istanbul’s governor has confirmed that three suicide bombers have detonated explosives at Istanbul Ataturk Airport late Tuesday evening, killing at least 40 people and wounding 200.

An official said "the vast majority" of the dead are Turkish, including two police officers, but some foreign nationals are believed to have been killed.

Ataturk, Turkey’s largest airport, is the main international airport serving Istanbul.

Police reported shooting at the attackers outside the security gate of the airport’s international terminal.

A senior Turkish official told The WorldPost...

Police fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry, before security check, in an effort to neutralize them. The attackers did not make it through before detonating their explosives." 

In the past months Turkey has been awash in terrorist attacks targeting both tourists and security forces. Self-described Islamic State militants have claimed credit for some of the bombings, while Kurdish militant groups, which the Turkish government is fighting in the country’s south, were responsible for others. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement.

Terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims. We urge the world, especially Western countries, to take a firm stand against terrorism. Make no mistake: For terrorist organizations, there is no difference between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome. Unless all government and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse things than what we fear to imagine today will come true."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has remarked on the attack saying in a statement...

"Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies—and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence". Clinton went on to say, "Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat. Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the Turkish people."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted...



Here are images from the attack..












Ataturk Airport is the largest in Turkey and the third busiest in Europe behind London's Heathrow Airport and Paris' Charles de Gaulle. More than 60 million passengers went through the hub in 2015.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Republican's Unconstitutional Anti-Choice "TRAP" Law

Today, In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that Texas' 2013 law against abortion violates the Constitution and places an "undue burden" on a woman's right to an abortion. Many are calling the ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt the most significant on abortion in that last quarter century.

The widely criticized Texas law was enacted by Govenor Rick Perry in 2013 after State Senator Wendy Davis' now famous 11 hour filibuster. The law would have required all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, instead of regular clinics and require that abortion doctors obtain “admitting privileges” from local hospitals.

These requirements appropriately named TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) were defended by Texas lawmakers by saying it is meant to protect women’s health despite the fact that Texas had reported no deaths from abortion in the five years leading up to the law. Additionally the Texas Hospital Association explains, “thousands of physicians operate clinics and provide services in those clinics but do not have hospital admitting privileges.

The regulations would have had the effect of shutting down all but 5 of Texas’s 40-odd abortion clinics leaving the state’s five million women largely without access to abortion.

Arguments made against the provisions included one from Justice Ginsberg in which she stated that abortions are statistically safer than many simpler medical procedures, including tonsillectomies, colonoscopies, in-office dental surgery and childbirth — but Texas does not subject those procedures to the same onerous requirements.

The decision couldn't come soon enough seeing that the now stricken down law has already shut down about half of the 42 clinics that had operated across the state before it went into effect. This left large portions of rural Texas women without any access to safe and legal abortion with one study finding that since the law’s passage, hundreds of thousands of women in Texas “have tried to self-induce their abortions without medical assistance, making it more common in Texas than in other parts of the U.S.”.


Writing for the five-member majority, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote…

Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Justice Breyer in his majority opinion and penned her own scathing concurring opinion that…

Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions,’. When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners ... at great risk to their health and safety.

Justices Breyer and Ginsburg were joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan while Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Thomas and Alito dissented.

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, weighed in on the ruling saying the decision was...

a victory for women in Texas and across America... This fight isn’t over: The next president has to protect women’s health. Women won’t be ‘punished’ for exercising their basic rights."

Bernie Sanders also applauded the Court’s decision tweeting...

The Supreme Court today reaffirmed that access to abortion is a woman’s constitutional right. It cannot be blocked by extreme Republicans.

Republican nominee Donald Trump, has remained uncharacteristically silent and has made no mention of the court's ruling.

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt does not only affect Texas but will impact many GOP-led state legislatures that have passed similar laws that are designed to regulate abortion clinics out of business. Hopefully now that these illegal TRAP laws are gone women’s ability to get a safe and legal abortion will be restored.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

PRIDE! President Obama Will Designate New National Monument At Stonewall Inn (VIDEO)

The White House announced on Friday that President Barack Obama will officially designate a new national monument at the site of the Stonewall uprising to honor the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the United States.

This will make The Stonewall Inn the first site in the National Park Service that recognizes the struggle for LGBT rights.

The new monument protects 7.7 acres of land in Greenwich Village, including the inn, Christopher Park and surrounding streets and sidewalks will be dedicated during Pride Month the White House said.


The Stonewall Inn became a touchstone of gay culture when it’s patrons fought back against harassment and police raids in June 1969. This act of defiance set off a chain reaction triggering similar acts of defiance and protests against the criminalization of homosexuality. This in turn set into motion the historic birth of the modern LGBT movement.

In a video about the designation President Obama says…

Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights. I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country—the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together. That out of many, we are one.

You can watch the full video here...


The White House said in a statement that they are “committed to continuing the fight for dignity, acceptance and equal rights for all Americans — no matter who they are or who they love.

Here are other advocates who have echoed the President’s recognition of the inn as part of U.S. history:

Theresa Pierno, president of the National Parks Conservation Association said in a statement...

There are places in America so powerful, they helped shape our nation’s history and culture, and must never be forgotten. Stonewall Inn, and the area surrounding this historic site, is one such place.

Tim Gill, co-chair of Gill Foundation, an LGBT philanthropic organization that advocated for Stonewall’s inclusion and funded a study on potential LGBT historic sites for the park service said…

LGBT history is American history, and it’s vital for our stories to be told and retold and remembered. The designation of Stonewall today helps to ensure that legacy for generations to come.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement...

There is no better time to acknowledge Stonewall as a national monument — a place that is central to our history and our values, not only as a city but as a nation,

 U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said...

The Stonewall Inn is an icon in American history and a national monument designation at this site would help tell the story of the equal rights movement in America for generations to come. Every recent victory for the community, from the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ to the Supreme Court decision about the right to marry, is a result of the movement that began at Stonewall more than four decades ago.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said this of the designation...

This is a historic day for the LGBT community and there is no better site to serve as the national epicenter for LGBT equality than the Stonewall Inn. June of 1969 began a long and uphill struggle for LGBT equality, which has made so much progress, but unfortunately still continues today.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat said...

We must ensure that the events of Stonewall, the persecution of the LGBT community, and the brave individuals who fought — and continue to fight — to overcome it are given the place they deserve in our nation’s history.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said...

The Stonewall Rebellion is a rarity — a tipping point in history where we know, with absolute clarity, that everything changed,

An announcement about the monument has been expected for some time, and comes ahead of the 47th anniversary of the uprising and the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage throughout the country.

7 Stabbings, Multiple Beatings As Neo-Nazis Clash With Protesters (VIDEO)

Racially motivated violence struck at the capitol building in Sacramento, California in what seems to be a scenario that is becoming more familiar by the day. 

Spurred by the what seems to be the daily racist and bigoted language used by the Republican party and it's leader Donald Trump seven people were critically stabbed and beaten today when neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed. 

The Sacramento Fire Department described the situation as a “mass casualty event” which indicates that at over five people were seriously injured.

The rally was held by a local affiliate of The Traditionalist Worker Party, whom The Southern Poverty Law Center, describes as a newly formed offshoot of the white nationalist American Freedom Party. 

Even though law enforcement was anticipating the planned march by the a neo-Nazi group the ensuing violence still necessitated dozens be immediate hospitalized, some with critical injuries.

Here is a video taken by Frances Wang from ABC10 of the violent attack...

The counter-protesters included various unrelated groups like Black Lives Matter, “ultra-leftist” groups and anti-fascist groups though Black Lives Matter of Sacramento denied any involvement.  

According to their website the goals of The Traditionalist Worker Party's march were to bring to light the need to preserve European-American identity and opposition to “economic exploitation, federal tyranny, and anti-Christian degeneracy.

Sounds like Trump’s stump speech to me.



Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim erupts in violence; 3 are stabbed and 13 arrested

Today's incident is eerily identical to the Ku Klux Klan rally in Anaheim on February the 29th where 3 were stabbed and 13 arrested.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Conservative Icon George Will Quits The Republican Party Over Trump!

How conservative is George Will. If you look in the dictionary under the word conservative you will find a picture of him and a separate one of his bowtie.

George Will, is probably one of the most respected voices in the conservative movement. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for his conservative commentary on politics. In 1986, The Wall Street Journal called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America," In addition Will writes for the Washington Post and is a Fox New contributor.

Now those are some serious right wing bona fides!

But when this staunchly conservative icon was faced with the prospect of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential nominee in November Will decided that he had no choice but to kick his beloved  Republican Party to the curb.

In a speech at the conservative Federalist Society Will boldly stated that “This is not my party,

In an interview after the speech Will acknowledged that it was a “little too late” for the Republican Party to replace Trump but had a final message for his old political parties voters...

Make sure he loses

Will has since stated that he had changed his voter registration earlier this this month from Republican to “unaffiliated” in the state of Maryland.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Raging Racist Trump Bro Screams At Latinos To: “GO FUCKIN’ COOK MY BURRITO BITCH”

A few posts ago I suggested that a man who had uploaded a video of himself calling out to his gun loving brethren to go shoot up some black people at the Republican National Convention in July while standing in front of a trump banner. I insisted that this person might very well be Donald Trump's number one fan

I was wrong. So. Very. Wrong.

Please allow me the distinct displeasure of introducing to you Zackary Fisher who for all intents and purposes should be the official face of the Trump campaign.

This jacked up, dull witted rage-a-holic, tatted, 'roided out, Trump bro yelling at Latino protesters is without a doubt the poster boy for the Republican's presidential nominee for the United States of America

How did I arrive at my conclusion you ask? Easy. It was the video he uploaded to the YouTubes in  which Fisher can be heard saying the following to the Latino-American Trump protesters...

I f***ed your whole fucking family with my big c**k!” 
"Get the fuck outta here... Our country motherfucker, our country!
 “Proud fucking American, made in USA, bitch.” 
Go fucking cook my burrito, bitch!” 
Go fucking make my tortilla, motherfuckers
"And build that fucking wall. For me!
"Trump! I love Trump!” 
 “I’ll fuck, like, at like any 10 of you up in one fucking sitting, you fucking pussy. You’re lucky all these cops are here.

Let that sink in for a second and then watch this video...

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After posting this video of him screaming, Fisher soon deleted the clip. He also removed a post (seen below) defending his actions. “DO NOT BRING YOUR MEXICAN FLAGS TO AMERICAN RALLYS when there is not a single Mexican running for president,” Fisher wrote. “THIS IS AMERICA HERE not Mexico! If you’re not PROUD of this flag GO back to MEXICO.”

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This is what else is known about this sociopathic mouth breathing embodiment of Trump support...

Fisher, who is 31-year-old, lives in Mesa, a city 20 miles outside Phoenix, and works as a lab technician for Fikes Brace & Limb, a firm owned by his stepfather. The company, who also employs Fisher’s mother and brother, has since scrubbed its web site to remove Fisher’s name but a  screenshot of the original "Staff" page can be seen here...

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When not loudly lecturing others about tortillas, burritos, and the size of his penis, Fisher enjoys working out at LA Fitness, hiking, spending time with his pit bull, loving his red Ford Mustang SVT Cobra with vanity plates (“KEPH8N”) and his assortment of weapons.

Fisher has also fought in MMA matches, but it appears his career in the cage was derailed by injury.

Fisher has a tattoo of the Arizona state flag on his back and the words “Never Trust A Bitch” on his side. While not visible until he lifts his arm, Fisher also has the number 43 tattooed beneath his left armpit.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the number “is used by members of the racist skinhead group Supreme White Alliance.”

Court records show that Fisher’s rap sheet includes a 2004 marijuana possession charge. Here is his mug shot

Zackary Fisher mug shot (pre steroids)

Please recall Trumps now famous line “I love the poorly educated.” when you find yourself thinking about this video and Zackary Fisher.

And please recall Zackary Fisher when, in November, you are in the voting boot and are actually considering pulling the trigger for Trump.

Donald Trump Says Something Stupid # 19: Obama Caused UK To Leave The European Union (BONUS: Nazi Golf Balls)

Today, while on his most excellent Scottish golfing adventure, Donald Trump explained to the world the real reason why the United Kingdom left the European Union.

OBAMA!

As he stood at the podium in Turnberry Scotland explaining the wonders of his most luxurious golfing establishment he broke with the program and decided to attack President Obama and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In political spheres this is considered bad form and is referred to as breaking the code of "all politics end at the water's edge". This means, basically, that a politician doesn't speak ill of other fellow politicians from his country when abroad.

When a reporter took note of Trump's "all politics end at the waters edge" faux pas "the Donald" being the clueless ignoramus that he is mistakenly took this to mean that politicians should not speak about the events that occur in other countries. Like immigration, refugees, islamic countries... Y'know, shit like that. 

The reporter posed his question to Trump like so...

"Mr. Trump, there has been a long-standing tradition in American politics that politics stops at the water's edge. And given your comments about President Obama this morning, it seems you don't seem to buy into that?"

Trump then answered the question thusly…

"Well, he — he didn't stop it at the water's edge, because he made statements about this incredible part of the world. And that this particular country, and frankly, a large group of countries should do — I mean, he's — he's constantly dictating to the world what they should do. 
The world does listen to him. Obviously, you can see that by the vote, but he's constantly dictating to other countries. So, you know, certainly, it doesn't stop at the water's edge with him. 
And you know, very importantly, he got it totally wrong. And he's embarrassed." Trump continued, "He got involved. I don't know if that was through a friendship with David Cameron. It could have been.And I understand friendship, and I can understand why he did it. I can understand that. But I think it's something he shouldn't have done. It's not his country, it's not his part of the world. He shouldn't have done it, and I actually think that his recommendation perhaps caused it to fail."
* Emphasis added

Watch here...



This from the man who just a week ago had no idea what the Brexit was!!!!

Donald Trump Says Something Stupid # 18: What Campaign? I’m Going Golfing In Scotland!

Last night the presumptive GOP nominee traveled to Scotland ahead of the Republican convention, only he is not headed abroad to talk to world leaders or bolster his foreign policy credentials.

Nope, Trump is leaving the campaign trail to promote a golf course his company purchased on the country’s southwestern coast.

Reports show that Trump has planned two days in Scotland with no meetings with government or political leaders scheduled.

The Times has stated that the Republican’s itinerary... 

reads like a public relations junket crossed with a golf vacation,” complete with “a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Asked about Trump's trip Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota told the Associated Press...

"I’m not sure what the purpose of the trip is,” 

Scott W. Reed, senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said... 

Everyone knows this is the wrong thing for the nominee to be doing now, and it is amazing this can’t be stopped.

Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution who advised Mr. Romney in 2012 exclaimed...


Seems to me that a foreign trip driven solely by personal financial interests — as Trump seems to be planning later this week — would be unprecedented.

"The Eric"

Well, if anyone had any questions, all they had to do was ask Trump’s son Eric who explained that “the eyes of the world” will be watching as his father visits the Turnberry golf course…

The Turnberry course is one of the crown jewels of the golf world and is now one of the crown jewels of our family’s properties. He’s over there to inspect the course and to support his son (yes, that is third person) who put a tremendous amount of time and energy into the project.

"One of the crown jewels of the golf world"... If that were only the case.

Trump's Scottish golf course has been anything but a wildly successful venture despite his many attempts to convince anyone who would listen of the opposite. Trump even wrote an op-ed for a daily regional newspaper with the headline “How Scotland will help me become president.” In the piece, Trump wrote…

When I first arrived on the scene in Aberdeen, the people of Scotland were testing me to see just how serious I was – just like the citizens in the United States have done about my race for the White House…. I had to win them over – I had to convince them that I meant business and that I had their best interests in mind. Well, Scotland has already been won – and so will the United States.

The problem is that the entire venture has been a youuuugh disaster.

Over the past decade, Trump has battled with homeowners, displaced residents, elbowed his way through the planning process, shattered relationships with elected leaders and sued the Scottish government.

To top it off Trump has also reported to Scottish authorities that he lost millions of dollars on the project... wait for it... even though he claimed on his U.S. presidential disclosure forms that the course has been highly profitable.

FORE!

Trump should have taken his cue from President Obama. Wait until you've won before you start blowing off your job to go golfing!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BRITISH EXIT: UK Votes To Leave EU

Brexit: British Exit
In a stunning turn of events the United Kingdom has voted to exit the European Union.

Last night British voters chose “leave” over “remain” in the country’s EU referendum which plunges Britain into an uncertain future with both serious and immediate political and economic ramifications.

The U.K. will now enter into a two-year or longer negotiation with the EU on how its exit will be handled. The country is now bracing for market turmoil and a potential large devaluation of the  British pound.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who urged Britons to “remain” is likely to resign following last night's result.

The “remain,” side argued that the U.K. would be far better off as a member of the EU. They largely focused on the economic benefits of staying in the world’s largest trading bloc and warned of the potential market turmoil if the country left.

The argument for the “leave” side focused heavily on immigration and gaining sovereignty from the bureaucracy of the EU. Buoyed by the anti-refugee sentiment and eurozone crises in recent years, this anti-EU rallying cry resonated among many Britons.

Proving just how divided the two sides of the debate had become ahead of the vote, pro-EU Labour Party MP Jo Cox was murdered on the street in the town of Birstall. The man, prosecutors say, yelled nationalist slogans including “keep Britain independent” as he committed the murder making clear that the Brexit debate had become highly toxic.

Many believe the results of tonight's Brexit vote might signal the end of the European Union.

FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's Big Speech Filled With Huuuuge Lies Gets Debunked Here!

Yesterday Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton in a speech that criticized everything from her time as the First Lady to her tenure as a New York State Senator as well as her four years as the Secretary Of State. He threw everything including the kitchen sink into the speech slamming her entire career from the Clinton Global Initiative charity to her email server to the Benghazi attacks.

Trump let fly with a veritable crap-storm of criticism saying that in the entire time she has served the country as a public servant that she had ”virtually done nothing right" and her tenure had been "one deadly foreign policy disaster after another" and "Her decisions spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched".

In the speeches most oft quoted line Trump accused Clinton of being a "world-class liar”… yet many of his pre-written teleprompter regurgitated attacks either stretched the truth or were just flat-out lies.

We here at TGL scoured the internets and catalogued some of the most blatantly false statements and rebutted them with the actual facts. We have culled Trump’s many lies from the speech he gave yesterday as well as the many corrections and laid them out below for your perusal.

Here they are in no particular order…


BENGHAZI:


Trump says Clinton slept through the attack on Benghazi when her close friend Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, and 3 other Americans were was killed...

"When the phone rang, as per the commercial, at 3:00 in the morning, Hillary Clinton was sleeping. Ambassador Stevens and his staff in Libya made hundreds and hundreds of requests for security. They were desperate. They needed help. Hillary Clinton's State Department refused them all. She started the war that put them in Libya, denied him the security he asked for then left him there to die."

In reality, Clinton testified under oath that she stayed up the entire night monitoring the situation. During her eleven-hour testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Clinton explained that the news of the attack broke at around 9 p.m. on the East Coast, where she was working from home.


SYRIAN REGIME CHANGE:

Trump claims Clinton support for 'regime change' caused Syrian bloodshed...

"support for violent regime change in Syria has thrown the country into one of the bloodiest civil wars anyone has ever seen."

While Clinton did indeed advocated for the "overthrow" of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the plan was never implemented and therefore it is impossible to attribute the ongoing bloodshed of the Syrian civil war to the rejected policies of a secretary of state now out of office for more than three years


REFUGEE SPENDING:

Trump says Clinton money for refugees could rebuild every inner city in America...

"Hillary also wants to spend hundreds of billions to resettle Middle Eastern refugees in the United States, on top of the current record level of immigration. For the amount of money Hillary Clinton would like to spend on refugees, we could rebuild every inner city in America."

In fiscal year 2015, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is under the Department of Health and Human Services, had about 1.6 billion to spend on services such as medical assistance, employment services, and English language training, among others.

In truth, the amount of money required to revitalize all 328 inner cities in the United States of America' is so massive it is hard to quantify. To put it into perspective Billionaire Dan Gilbert bought and renovated 60 buildings in downtown Detroit… and he spent $1.3 billion to do it.


STEALING FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT:

According to Trump, Clinton ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund, doing favors for oppressive regimes and many others in exchange for cash...


Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved the transfer of 20 percent of America’s uranium holdings to Russia while nine investors in the deal funneled $145 million foundation $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. $145 million.

The State Department's role in approving the deal Trump alludes to was part of an extensive bureaucratic process, and the chapter offers no indication of Hillary Clinton's personal involvement in, or even knowledge of, the deliberations. State has just one vote on the nine-member committee, which also includes the departments of Defense, Treasury and Energy. In fact it was the Treasury's Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unites States, an interagency body that reviews deals that could result in a foreign entity owning a US business, reviewed and approved the sale. The committee includes representatives from nine agencies, including the State Department.


EMAILS:

Trump suggested that Clinton’s Email server had been hacked and now “enemies” can blackmail her…

"So (our enemies) probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be the president of the United States. This fact alone disqualifies her from the presidency. We can't hand over our government to someone who's deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies. Can't do it."

While it is true that Clinton used a privately-run server for email during her time as secretary of state, there has been no conclusive evidence that the server was compromised, nor any indication that foreign governments were involved in any attempts to do so. Two law enforcement officials told CNN that security logs turned over from the server showed no apparent signs of hacking.


US TAXES:

Trump asserted that The U.S. has the highest tax rate in the world...

we are, by the way, the highest taxed nation in the world.

Data on tax rates from the 34 industrialized nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the U.S. was somewhere near the middle of the pack in 2014, trailing far behind countries such as Norway, New Zealand and Luxembourg.


REFUGEES:

Clinton has no plan to screen millions of new Syrian refugees...

radical 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees coming into the United States,” and that her plan lacked any “way to screen who they are or what they believe.

there is already a stringent vetting process in place for refugees coming from Syria and other war-torn Middle Eastern countries. Individuals who the United Nations must first determine to be refugees are referred to the U.S., then face several levels of screening from federal intelligence and security agencies in a process that can take two years or longer to complete.


TERRORIST IMMIGRANTS:

Trump claims immigrants were arrested for acts of terrorism...

Hundreds of recent immigrants and their children have been convicted of terrorism inside the U.S.


The New America Foundation, a Washington, DC think tank, found that 139 immigrants were implicated in jihad-inspired terrorist activity in the U.S., this number is far lower than the number of attacks carried out by anti-government activists, white supremacist and other non-Muslim extremists.. The Washington Post recently reviewed “lists of cases from 2014 and 2015, involving 76 people charged with activities relating to foreign terrorist organizations” and found that “57 were U.S. citizens, seven were lawful permanent residents and two were refugees.” 


THE IRAQ WAR:

Trump was one of the first to criticize the Iraq War...

“(I) was among the earliest to criticize the rush to war… before the war ever started.

In a 2000 book, Trump claimed he would understand the rationale for a U.S. military intervention if Iraq was found to have nuclear weapons. When asked in 2002 interview with Howard Stern if he supported the invasion, he said, “Yeah I guess so.”


CHINA INTELECTUAL THEFT:

Clinton allowed China to steal intellectual property...

"billions and billions of dollars in our intellectual property, and China has taken it. And it's a crime which is continuously going on, and it's going on right now… She let China steal hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property -- a crime which is continuing to this day."

While it is true that China has stolen intellectual property from United States entities for years, he offered no explanation for his assertion that Clinton let it go on. Also, the State Department is not responsible for stopping Chinese hacking.


TRADE DEFICIT:

Trump suggested U.S. trade deficit with China soared during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state...

trade deficit with China soared 40 percent during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.

According to the Washington Post’s fact check of this claim, Trump estimate overshoots the mark by more than double. Actually, the trade deficit rose only 12% if you look between 2008 and 2012, which is the most accurate way to measure what happened under her tenure, which ran from early 2009 until early 2013, according to federal trade data.


GRIFT:

Trump stated that Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the leaders of Brunei...

"Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of state plus millions more for her foundation"

While Clinton did receive gold, sapphire and diamond jewelry amounting to that sum from Brunei’s queen, she did not keep the goods. Under State Department rules, if a gift over $350 cannot be refused, it automatically becomes property of the U.S. government, and the recipient must report the gift and transfer it to the Office of the Chief of Protocol within 60 days.


LGBT:

Trump said Clinton's will allow people into the United States that would kill and enslave people in the LGBT community for her own monetary gain and that he would be a better leader for what he refers to as "the gays"…


"Hillary Clinton wants to bring in people who believed women should be enslaved and gays put to death. Maybe her motivation lies among the more than 1,000 foreign donations Hillary failed to disclose while at the State Department


Almost five years ago Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did what no world leader had ever done before when she stood in the United Nations’ Palais des Nations in Geneva and proclaimed that “Gay rights are human rights,” In doing this Hillary Clinton laid out for the first time the United States’ strong commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights as a part of all diplomatic and development efforts. This moment marked a monumental policy shift for the U.S. government.


OFFSHORING JOBS:

Trump criticized politicians and business leaders, arguing that they created policies that allowed and encouraged the offshoring of American jobs to America's competitors...

"We got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism -- focusing on what's good for America's middle class -- to a policy of globalism, focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move wealth and workers to foreign countries, all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy itself,"

In actuality Trump and his businesses offshored jobs to a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, and even China. research shows that Trump cut a deal with the global apparel giant PVH to manufacture his clothes in 2004 and ever since, the Donald J. Trump Collection has been produced by factories in Central America and Asia, then shipped to the U.S. for sale in stores and online.


TRUMP'S OWN HUMBLE BEGINNINGS:

Trump claims he created his empire from a small $1 million loan from Trump's father...


"I started off in Brooklyn, New York, not so long ago, with a small loan and built a business that today is worth well over $10 billion,"

That small loan from Trump's father was worth $1 million, probably given before Trump entered the Manhattan real estate market in the early 1970s
If Trump's father made the loan in 1968, the year his son graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, that $1 million would be worth $6.8 million in today's dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index inflation calculator. In addition, Fact Checker found that he profited from loans, loan guarantees, his father's connections and trusts to help create his empire.


LIAR:


Hillary Clinton is a world class liar...

"(Hillary Clinton) is a world class liar"

The facts: According to PolitiFact, 59% of Trump's checked claims have been deemed false or "Pants on Fire" false, versus 12% for Clinton.


True: 2%
Mostly True: 7%
Half True: 15%
Mostly False: 17%
False: 40%
Pants on Fire: 19%


True: 23%
Mostly True: 28%
Half True: 21%
Mostly False: 15%
False: 11%
Pants on Fire: 1%


CORRUPTION:

Trump claims Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States…

Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States."

That one is easy to debunk… Donald Trump is obviously the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States. *See above.



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dems Stage Gun Protest Sit In #NoBillNoBreak

This afternoon Democrats took over the House floor this afternoon in a demonstration over Republican leaders’ refusal to hold a vote on gun legislation after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando last week.

The protest is in response to Republican refusal to take up the so-called No Fly, No Buy legislation, which would bar people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

The protest started around 11:30 a.m. as 76-year-old civil rights icon congressman John Lewis took to the floor insisting that the chamber remain in session until Republicans allow a vote on gun control legislation....

"What has this body done [to respond to the violence]? Nothing. We have turned a deaf ear to the blood of innocents. We are blind to a crisis. Where is our courage? How many more mothers... and fathers need to shed tears of grief?"

Watch John Lewis' full speech here...


After his speech Lewis and more than 40 of his colleagues proceeded to sit in the well of the congress holding signs printed with the names of gun violence victims over their heads. After situating themselves directly in front of speaker Ryan they shouted over his protestations while refusing to leave.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was at the podium when the sit-in commenced, tried to ignore the protests and pretended that nothing was happening. When feigning ignorance of the protestors chants to hold a vote on gun control failed, Ryan stepped down from the podium as Democrats chanted “Shame, shame, shame!”.

Having reach his breaking point, the dumbest man in the congress Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Dullard), started yelling “Radical Islam killed these people!” while pointing to a poster of gun violence victims from Orlando. Gohmert then got into a shouting match with Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) that almost resulted in fisticuffs until other members of the house intervened.

Roughly around noon, Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas returned to gavel in the House saying he found that the House was not in a state of order due to the presence of the protesting Democrats in the well who were not recognized. After asking members to leave the well Poe defiantly declared the House in recess.

Republican speaker of the House Paul Ryan chimed in on the sit in dismissing the protest as "a publicity stunt".

Due to the fact that Republicans saw fit to shut off the cameras that supply the feed to C-Span, the satellite network that provides continual coverage of House and Senate floor proceedings, Democratic lawmakers relied on social media to transmit video. They utilized Facebook, Twitter and especially Periscope which was used to broadcast live video streamed from the floor of the Congress.

By evening, 168 House Democrats — out of 188 — and 34 Senate Democrats, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tim Kaine and Cory Booker, had joined the protest.

Paul Ryan at the podium trying to bring the House into session and hold votes

As the sit-in was well into its 10th hour Paul Ryan took to the podium, many assuming as a show of strength, brought the House into session to hold votes on a routine bill that had nothing to do with the sit in. Angry Democrats chanted over Ryan "No bill, no break!" and waved the names of gun victims over their heads while continuing their protest in the well of the House.

Ryan again attempted to ignore the outbursts pounding down his gavel over shouts of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" from the Democrats but Ryan left the lectern as the voting continued. Then Democrats began singing "We Shall Overcome," still holding up the names of gun victims.

As of midnight the protest continues...