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  • Michelle Wolf: ‘Trump Doesn’t Want to Be Allies With Anyone Who’s Good-Looking’

    06/17/2018 11:37:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Wrap ^ | June 17, 2018 | Phil Hornshaw
    Michelle Wolf thinks Donald Trump might be picking allies for the United States based on whether their leaders overshadow him with their attractiveness. On her Netflix show “The Break With Michelle Wolf,” the comedian joked that Trump’s recent foreign policy moves are pretty confusing. Trump insulted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter after a chilly G7 summit, in which longtime U.S. allies were frustrated with Trump over actions like trade tariffs and frequent demands to allow Russia back into the group. Right after that, Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore, where he said Kim...
  • Don't Forget the Dark Side of Living in South Korea (Army doesn't cotton to gays)

    06/12/2018 8:43:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 11, 2018 | Binaifer Nowrojee
    It was little more than a year ago that South Korean police descended on the home of Lee Jin-young in Seoul, arrested him and placed him in solitary confinement. Lee is a long-time activist who had already been jailed in the 1980s for promoting democracy, but this time he was thrown in prison for different reasons. His so-called crime was running Labor Books, an online library of information on North Korea. Lee was charged with spreading literature that “benefitted the enemy” and could have faced years in prison until a court eventually quashed the charges against him. Sadly, this is...
  • Michelle Wolf Sounds Off on Ivanka Trump: ‘We’re All Fooled By Her’

    06/10/2018 11:15:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    MSN ^ | June 9, 2018 | Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast
    In late December, I met Michelle Wolf at a trendy coffee shop downtown to discuss her first big stand-up special, Nice Lady. Over the course of an hour-plus, she opened up about her journey from college track star, to Bear Stearns, to Late Night and Daily Show writer, to rising comedy star. We met at 8 p.m.—the only time she could squeeze me in between her day job at Daily Show and series of nightly stand-up gigs (she was, at the time, performing up to 25 shows a week). And, despite her wild red mane, shiny kicks and piercing voice—not...
  • Maher is 'hoping for' economic collapse so he can 'get rid of Trump': 'Sorry if that hurts people'

    06/08/2018 11:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 8, 2018 | Christian Datoc
    HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that he is "hoping for" an economic collapse because that is the only way the president's opponents can "get rid of Trump." Maher first asked guest Shermichael Singleton to asses the current economy under President Trump. "It is going well," Singleton answered. "For now." "Thank you, that’s my question,” Maher added. “I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point, and by the way, I’m hoping for it." "I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts...
  • My Life-Changing Switch to Only TV Shows That Feature Real Black Lives

    06/08/2018 10:56:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Yes! Magazine ^ | June 7, 2018 | Zenobia Jeffries
    Three years ago, I made a commitment to watch only television shows that featured Black actors, writers, and directors. More on that, but first you need to know my backstory. Saved by the Bell was my favorite television show as a teenager, and Pretty in Pink one of my favorite movies. Although, it was probably Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “If You Leave” on the film’s soundtrack that made me like it more than I might have otherwise. Saved by the Bell’s Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) was definitely my teenage heartthrob. The favorite part of my after-school routine was watching...
  • 8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story

    06/07/2018 8:31:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JUNE 6, 2018 | Willis L. Krumholz
    CIA, source operating as far back as April, 2016 looks to be a long line of setups by the Clinton team, many times aided and abetted by our (Obama) intelligence bureaucracies.
  • Stormy Daniels to make Providence appearance June 24 (Rhode Island)

    06/06/2018 2:50:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | June 5, 2018 | Madeleine List
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Stormy Daniels is coming to Providence later this month. The pornographic film actress, who made national headlines for publicly speaking about a sexual encounter she said she had with Donald Trump before he became president, will perform at the Cadillac Lounge on June 24. Richard Shappy, general manager of the lounge, said he heard that Daniels was going to be in the New England area and called her manager to see if she could come to Providence. Ever since announcing that she’s going to perform two shows at the club on the last Sunday in June, he’s...
  • Trump Is Considering Inviting North Korea's Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago After Singapore Summit: Report

    06/05/2018 11:22:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Alternet | June 5, 2018 | Cody Fenwick
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  • Report: Wasserman Schultz Tried to Shield IT Aide from Capitol Hill Hacking Probe

    06/05/2018 10:27:00 PM PDT · by Rabin · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | June 5, 2018 | JACK CROWE
    <p>Wasserman Schultz cornered House Chief Administrative Officer Phil Kiko and called him a “fucking Islamophobe,” saying “you will not so much as take away their parking spots,” the two House employees said Kiko told them.</p>
  • Fire Fighting in 2018

    06/04/2018 7:31:49 PM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 13 replies and ^ | 6/1/2018 | By Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Charles Jackson, Nick Monacelli - Reporter
    REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Firefighters were battling a building fire Friday morning at Western Golf and Country Club in Redford Township. The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m. Friday. Livonia, Dearborn Heights and Southfield firefighters were called in to assist. The fire apparently started in the kitchen of one of the clubhouse buildings. The flames were spreading from building to building. By 8:20 a.m., firefighters had doused most of the flames and were beginning to fight back the fire. No injuries were reported.
  • 'Roseanne' shows what the media got wrong about Trump voters

    06/03/2018 11:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 31, 2018 | Matt Bai
    It took only a few hours for ABC and just about everyone else who was in business with Roseanne Barr to cut all ties to the comedian, saying they were shocked and outraged by her hateful tweeting. This had to be more laughable than any of the gags on her resurgent sitcom. After all, Barr has never been anything other than what she is now: a talented and addled provocateur who will say or do almost any outrageous thing — butcher the national anthem, mock the Holocaust, run for president or prime minister of Israel — just to get people...
  • Reminder to Deerfield residents: You have two weeks left to turn in your rifles and shotguns

    06/03/2018 3:55:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 2, 2018
    As Twitchy reported in April, the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Ill., voted to “ban the possession, sale, and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines,” declaring that assault weapons are “not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.” The list of banned weapons is extensive and specific (and of course includes the AR-15), and NRATV’s Cam Edwards on Saturday reminded Deerfield residents that they have two weeks left to hand over their weapons or remove them from the town’s limits....
  • On Starbucks: Looking Beyond Implicit Bias Training to Systemic Solutions

    05/29/2018 10:56:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Color Lines ^ | May 29, 2018 | Glenn Harris
    Race Forward president Glenn Harris on why Starbucks’ mandatory anti-bias training is a good start, but far from a cure for what ails America. Today (May 29), Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon while nearly 175,000 employees undergo training meant to address demonstrated racial bias. But what follows the training is even more important. The arrest of Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson for simply existing as Black men at one of the coffee retailer’s Philadelphia locations last month is far from an isolated incident. Rather, the display of racism that drove Starbucks to respond is emblematic...
  • Acceptable Forms Of Reparations For The Black Community That Don’t Include Weed

    05/26/2018 11:53:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Madame Noire ^ | May 23, 2018 | Sonya Eskridge
    Cynthia Nixon (aka Miranda from Sex and the City) caught a lot of heat for suggesting that decriminalizing weed might be a form of reparations for Black people in New York. This was probably not the best move she could have made in her gubernatorial run, but she later clarified her point. “I’m not going to use that word anymore,” Nixon told the New York Post. “We have to make sure that the communities that have been most devastated by the war on drugs are prioritized for small business loans and other kinds of support. Obviously it would in no...
  • MSNBC's Nicole Wallace stops reading Trump tweets on air: 'These are boldface lies'

    05/26/2018 10:24:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut herself off mid-sentence while reading President Trump’s tweets on-air Friday, calling them "boldface lies." “I’m not reading anymore of this,” Wallace said with a laugh. “These are boldface lies and as his audacity and his sort of fantasies expand, I wonder what role you think the truth plays in this for any of them." Wallace had been reading a series of the president's tweets in which he again attacked the FBI's use of an informant during his campaign, suggesting the agency used a top-secret spy to monitor his team before it began its investigation into...
  • T.I. Slams Donald Trump For Claiming That ‘Ancestors Tamed A Nation’ — He’s ‘The Face Of Racism’

    05/26/2018 4:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | May 26, 2018 | Erin Silvia
    T.I. took to Instagram to shockingly call Donald Trump ‘the face of racism’ after the president said he was not apologizing for America or its history during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 25. T.I., 37, made it known that he wasn’t on the Trump Train when he took to Instagram on May 26 to totally slam President Donald Trump, 71, and his speech about America at the 2018 commencement for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. “And now a word from the face of racism…,” T.I.’s caption read for a post that included a screenshot...
  • Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan to discuss march on the Pentagon

    05/24/2018 2:01:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    LNP Newspaper ^ | April 6, 2018 | Earle Cornelius
    On the morning of April 4, 2004, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan was an altar server at the Palm Sunday Mass at his military base in Iraq. By nightfall he was dead. Sheehan’s death led his mother, Cindy Sheehan, to question why the U.S. was involved in the war. The rationale behind the war, she said, kept changing. She founded Gold Star Families for Peace and, in August of 2005, famously staged a month-long protest encampment at then-President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch. This Friday, Sheehan will speak in the auditorium of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut...
  • ‘Stormy Daniels Day:’ Porn Superstar Gets Key to City of West Hollywood

    05/23/2018 6:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 22, 2018 | Itay Hod, The Wrap
    The City of West Hollywood will proclaim Wednesday, May 23 as “Stormy Daniels Day,” as Mayor John Duran and other city officials will present the adult film actress with the key to the city. Keeping up with the theme, Daniels will receive the award at Chi Chi LaRue, the erotica store on Santa Monica Boulevard. “Stormy Daniels is the most courageous woman in America right now taking on the biggest bully in the country,” Duran, told TheWrap. “Donald Trump is a continuing threat to the LGBT community and immigrants in West Hollywood. It’s going to be my great honor to...
  • Spying Began Months Before, FBI Admits.

    05/22/2018 10:23:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    westernjournal. ^ | MAY 22, 2018 | BEN MARQUIS
    For the past 18 months, most media has dismissively mocked claims that a then-candidate’s campaign were rigged or spied upon during the 2016 election… Now: Once majestic ODIN grovels. Langley cowers and Arlington squirms under quisling book promos. Don’t lap up this drivvel that it’s only at the top. The dedicated core agents are out or dead. The remnant is shot thru with rot.
  • Unfair Game: How Trump Won

    05/21/2018 7:59:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 21, 2018
    More than a year after the election of US President Donald Trump, there are still some questions about how this controversial figure managed to become the most powerful man in the world. While he lost the popular vote to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by three million votes, he took Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by a total of 77,000 votes - three key states that carried him to victory. The spread of fake news disrupted mainstream media and a lack of regard for the truth became more apparent than in any other US presidential campaign. According to Politifact, an independent fact-checking...