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  • Cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air blaze that destroyed homes, officials say

    12/12/2017 3:33:13 PM PST · by RightGeek · 43 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/2017 | Laurea J. Nelson
    The fire that destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air last week was caused by a cooking fire at a nearby homeless encampment, Los Angeles fire officials said Tuesday. For a “number of years,” homeless people had been living in a camp along Sepulveda Boulevard where it passes under the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said. Investigators who inspected the encampment found evidence that people had been cooking and sleeping in the area but did not find anyone there, Sanders said. The department has no suspects, he said. Los Angeles has been struggling...
  • James Woods Wins the Internet Today With Chelsea Handler Kill Shot

    12/11/2017 10:43:38 AM PST · by RightGeek · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec. 9, 2017 | Cristina Laila
    Vapid Hollywood dinosaur Chelsea Handler came under fire recently for calling White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a ‘harlot’ and ‘trollop’ because of the make-up she wears during press briefings. James Woods moved in with the kill shot Saturday morning. Woods tweeted a video of Chelsea Handler being urinated on with a caption, “This person berates the character of @SarahHuckabee on a daily basis.” #ChelseaHandlerHumanUrinal ... That hashtag is amazing and that’s why we love James Woods! In case you missed it, here’s Handler calling a young Christian married mother of three children, WH Press Sec Sarah Sanders a...
  • Another One! Mueller Deputy Was Personal Attorney of Ben Rhodes, Represented Clinton Foundation

    12/06/2017 8:14:27 AM PST · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/6/2017 | Debra Heine
    On Fox News Tuesday night, Laura Ingraham reported that yet another one of Robert Mueller's deputies in his Russia investigation is compromised due to her track record as a blatant partisan. Jeannie Rhee, who was hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation, Ingraham revealed. "This information will put further pressure on Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller to resign." Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan. Two other members of the team have been...
  • Supreme Court allows President Trump's travel ban to go fully into effect

    12/04/2017 1:20:54 PM PST · by RightGeek · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/4/2017 | Uncredited
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  • CELEBRITY PERV APOLOGY GENERATOR

    12/02/2017 4:30:13 PM PST · by RightGeek · 1 replies
    Power Line ^ | 12/2/2017 | Steven Hayward
    Just what we need to go along with the indispensable Thomas Friedman Op/Ed Generator at this current moment: the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator, which will cough up fake but accurate assortments like this: As the father of daughters, I am deeply ashamed (but not “sorry” because that means I’m guilty of something). I comforted myself by saying that at least I asked before I “honked” her boobs and demanded she watch me shower, and of course now I realize my behavior was wrong. In conclusion, I will wait 2-3 years before reappearing in film and TV and just sort of...
  • Six Black Souls gang leaders convicted in Cook County's first test of state RICO law (IL)

    12/02/2017 2:19:22 PM PST · by RightGeek · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/2/2017 | Megan Crepeau
    Two days after the bizarre dismissal of five jurors, a reconstituted jury on Saturday convicted half a dozen reputed leaders of a West Side street gang in Cook County’s first test of a tough state anti-racketeering law. Attorneys for reputed Black Souls gang leader Cornell Dawson and five lieutenants are sure to make a focus of their appeals the sudden dismissal of several jurors Thursday in the midst of deliberations by the original jury. One juror allegedly made racist remarks in the jury room. Another was found to have lied on her jury questionnaire. A third lost consciousness and had...
  • Walmart pulls threatening shirt at RTDNA's urging ("journalists")

    11/30/2017 2:00:25 PM PST · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    RTDNA press release ^ | 11/30/2017 | RTDNA
    The nation’s largest retailer Wednesday removed from its website a controversial t-shirt that threatens journalists, shortly after RTDNA and its Voice of the First Amendment Task Force sent a letter to the company’s top executives requesting its removal. The shirt, featuring the words “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED,” had been offered for sale on Walmart.com by a third-party seller, Teespring.com, which also offers on its site a coffee mug featuring the slogan. RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley sent a letter pointing out that the message sent by the shirts could “at the least … inflame the passions of those...
  • Matt Lauer breaks silence: ‘I am truly sorry’

    11/30/2017 6:29:29 AM PST · by RightGeek · 70 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/30/2017 | Yaron Steinbuch
    A day after being fired by NBC, former “Today” host Matt Lauer on Thursday broke his silence on the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against him — saying some of the accusations are “untrue” but that he is “truly sorry” for the pain he has inflicted. “There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions,” he said in a statement. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. “As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at...
  • Grammy Awards Shocker for CBS as Top Pop Stars Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga Snubbed, No Country Acts (tr)

    11/28/2017 7:39:49 AM PST · by RightGeek · 91 replies
    Showbiz411 ^ | 11/28/2017 | Roger Friedman
    Full title: Grammy Awards Shocker for CBS as Top Pop Stars Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga Snubbed, No Country Acts in Main Cateogories The Grammys in New York took a weird turn this morning as the nominations were a shocker: Ed Sheeran’s best selling “Divide” did not get an Album of the Year nod, neither did albums by Lady Gaga or Kesha. Instead, the Grammys went mostly for R&B and rap: Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, who is really the actor Donald Glover. CBS must be plotzing. (I’m thrilled because I love the Childish Gambino album.) Indeed,...
  • DACA Supporters Plan Huge Push

    11/26/2017 3:51:24 PM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    Valley News (McClatchy) ^ | 11/23/2017 | Franco Ordonez, Emily Cadei And Andrea Drusch
    With prospects dimming for a deal this year to prevent young immigrants brought the to U.S. as children from deportation, sympathetic groups are planning a big push over the next few weeks to force the issue back to the top of Washington’s agenda. Activists see their December bid as their last, best shot to save 800,000 young immigrants protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. They face a tough challenge, with the White House distracted by tax reform and Congress reluctant to act quickly to save the program. [SNIP] The multiple initiatives to save the...
  • Malibu church pressured to end homeless dinners, with some saying it lures needy to upscale city

    11/24/2017 1:42:31 PM PST · by RightGeek · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 24, 2017 | Gale Holland
    For 17 years, religious groups fed homeless people, and the city and private donors put up hundreds of thousands of dollars for social workers to find them housing and services. But Malibu United Methodist Church — facing pressure from the city — in recent weeks took a U-turn, deciding twice-weekly dinners for homeless people would stop after Thanksgiving. The cutoff came after city officials summoned organizers and suggested they were attracting more homeless people and making the problem worse. ... After the Metro's Expo Line opened to Santa Monica last year, neighbors began complaining of mentally ill and rough-looking characters...
  • The German town that is CRACKING apart: Bungled drilling operation is making the ground swell (tr)

    11/23/2017 5:27:27 PM PST · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/23/2017 | Shivali Best
    Full title: The German town that is CRACKING apart: Bungled drilling operation is making the ground swell in Staufen – and experts have no idea how to stop it The government created seven boreholes in 2007 for geothermal energy Under the town is a layer of anhydrite, below which is a layer of groundwater The holes made groundwater enter the layer of anhydrite, causing it to expand This means the ground in Staufen is bulging, forming cracks in houses In 10 years, the town hall has risen and moved by more than 0.5 metres It is predicted to cost 50...
  • Menendez could remain in Senate even if he's convicted

    11/06/2017 5:45:28 PM PST · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/6/2017 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    As the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez concludes, Senate Democrats could face a stark question — how long will they stick by the New Jersey Democrat if he’s convicted? ... With Menendez's fate likely to be decided within days, Democrats are already quietly strategizing on how to respond if he's found guilty. They will be in no rush to expel or force Menendez out of office, even if a Democrat wins the New Jersey gubernatorial race, according to several Democratic senators and aides. Menendez has refused to say whether he'd resign if convicted. If he is found guilty, Senate...
  • Trump's Koigate Is Fake News Spun by Shameless White House Press Corps

    11/06/2017 8:49:16 AM PST · by RightGeek · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/6/2017 | Patrick Poole
    One of the contributing factors to Donald Trump's election last year was the widespread perception that the media elites were completely detached from the rest of the country. Many see the media, with its credibility shredded, alternate between reckless mishandling of the truth and pathological lying. Take, for instance, an entirely manufactured controversy taken from President Trump's current visit to Japan. An otherwise uneventful photo op with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been falsely spun by the White House press corps as a massive diplomatic blunder. During the photo op, Trump and Abe were feeding koi in a pond...
  • Trump shakes Japanese emperor's hand but doesn't repeat groveler-in-chief Obama's deep bow (ed)

    11/06/2017 8:38:24 AM PST · by RightGeek · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/6/2017 | David Martosko
    Full title: 'Not his style – never has been': Trump shakes Japanese emperor's hand but doesn't repeat groveler-in-chief Obama's deep bow President Donald Trump met with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday, sharing a brief handshake eight years after his predecessor became a global laughingstock by bowing deeply before the monarch. Visiting with the emperor and empress is routine for heads of state visiting Tokyo, and Trump did his part a few hours before a joint press conference with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, who wields more power than the aging figurehead. Trump nodded his head slightly, but did...
  • So many Walmart shoppers drew their own handguns during Colorado Walmart attack that police (tr)

    11/03/2017 11:02:52 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 93 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/3/2017 | JESSA SCHROEDER and JENNIFER SMITH and REGINA F. GRAHAM
    Full title: So many Walmart shoppers drew their own handguns during Colorado Walmart attack that police were unable to quickly identify the suspect CCTV Police say startled shoppers at the Colorado Walmart where a shooter opened fire and killed three stalled the search process after they drew their own handguns in defense. The shoppers' immediate response to the violent event 'absolutely slowed' investigation as it left authorities scanning through surveillance tapes in pursuit of the single armed attacker. The few innocent yet armed individuals were eventually weeded out as suspects, amid the several hour-long investigation which began Wednesday night and...
  • Netflix to Continue Production on ‘House of Cards’ Final Season Despite Kevin Spacey (tr)

    10/30/2017 4:19:47 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/2017 | John Nolte
    In what appears to be an impressive piece of corporate spin, Netflix announced Monday that it was cancelling House of Cards, the series starring Kevin Spacey, the two-time Oscar winner who is facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, including with a 14 year-old boy some 30 years ago. The announcement makes it appear as though Netflix is pro-actively severing ties with the embattled Spacey, who has not denied he made an aggressive sexual advance on a 14 year-old Anthony Rapp. A deeper look at the Netflix announcement actually reveals that this “cancellation announcement” might be the streaming company’s way of...
  • Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

    10/30/2017 11:32:43 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    Wired (UK) ^ | 10/21/2017 | Rachel Botsman
    The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents In June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". In the way of Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy and rather dry affair, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were? Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored...
  • Venezuela is blowing debt payments ahead of a huge, make-or-break bill

    10/23/2017 9:51:56 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/20/2017 | Tom DiChristopher
    Venezuela's state oil giant has two massive bond payments coming due in the next two weeks. The oil-dependent nation missed several debt payments totaling nearly $350 million last week. Analysts don't expect Venezuela to default in the coming weeks, but the missed payments have rattled the market. ...
  • Venezuela's deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners

    10/23/2017 9:37:13 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/18/2017 | Alexandra Ulmer, Marianna Parraga
    CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, canceled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews with a dozen oil executives, workers, traders and inspectors. The disputes involve cargoes soiled with high levels of water, salt or metals that can cause problems for refineries, according to the sources and internal PDVSA trade documents seen by Reuters. The quality issues stem from shortages of chemicals and equipment to properly treat and store the oil, resulting in...