Sunday, July 15, 2018


By Daily Mail, July 14, 2018

Disgraced founder of Papa John's Pizza John Schnatter says he was pressured into using a racial slur as part of a public relations exercise with senior staff.

In a radio interview with WHAS on Friday, Schnatter claims he was pressured into using the word 'n****r' during a role playing game designed to keep him from using controversial language.  

By Daily Wire, July 13, 2018

"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe responded to critics of his new show "Somebody's Gotta Do It," which airs on the Christian television brand Trinity Broadcasting Network.

In a lengthy Facebook post last week, Rowe defended his decision to air his show on TBN, citing the fact that he has hosted programs and specials on several different networks over the span of his career.

By Daily Wire, July 13, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has stated that he intends to do everything possible to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the nation's highest court, but he has one major problem standing in his way: moderate Democrats.

By The Hill, July 14, 2018

President Trump on Saturday reacted to the indictment of 12 Russian military officers “for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election” by blaming former President Obama and the “deep state.”

“The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration,” he tweeted from Scotland. “Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?”

By Yahoo, July 14, 2018

Donald Trump has taunted protestors while playing golf at one of his Scottish resorts after Liam Fox attacked those demonstrating against the US President as "an embarrassment to themselves."

Demonstrators on the beach below Mr Trump's Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire booed loudly when the President and his son, Eric, came within view as he made his way around its Ailsa course.

By CNN, July 14, 2018

(CNN)A paragliding protester hovered within surprising proximity of President Donald Trump on Friday night as the president admired the view from Trump Turnberry, his golf resort in Scotland.

As he floated by, the Greenpeace activist held a banner that read "TRUMP, WELL BELOW PAR #RESIST."

By Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2018

Mike Lord remembers treating the Sears at Six Corners as a neighborhood hangout when he was a kid.

When his parents pushed to turn off the TV and get outside, he would sneak over to the store’s TV department to watch Cubs games.

By WRAL, July 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Officials say a man accused of attacking his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children at their Los Angeles-area home had been deported from the U.S. 11 times.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley says 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez-Villegas is a "serial immigration violator.

By Indiewire, July 13, 2018

Harvey Weinstein admitted to abusing his power during a recent interview with The Spectator magazine (via Deadline). The disgraced former head of The Weinstein Company has been accused of sexual harassment and/or abuse by over 100 women, many of whom are actresses in Hollywood and around the world. Weinstein is currently facing sex crime charges in New York City and has plead not guilty.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


By Larry Elder, July 12, 2018

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.

Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century -- centuries before the European slave trade -- and continued well after.

In "Prisons & Slavery," John Dewar Gleissner writes: "The Arabs' treatment of black Africans can aptly be termed an African Holocaust. Arabs killed more Africans in transit, especially when crossing the Sahara Desert, than Europeans and Americans, and over more centuries, both before and after the years of the Atlantic slave trade. Arab Muslims began extracting millions of black African slaves centuries before Christian nations did. Arab slave traders removed slaves from Africa for about 13 centuries, compared to three centuries of the Atlantic slave trade. African slaves transported by Arabs across the Sahara Desert died more often than slaves making the Middle Passage to the New World by ship. Slaves invariably died within five years if they worked in the Ottoman Empire's Sahara salt mines."

My name-changing friend did not know that slavery occurred on every continent except Antarctica. Europeans enslaved other Europeans. Asians enslaved Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans. Arabs enslaved other Arabs. Native Americans even enslaved other Native Americans.

He accused me of "relying on white historians" who, he insisted, had a "vested interest to lie."

What about Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist/historian/philosopher, who happens to be black? Sowell writes: "Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery was a worldwide institution for thousands of years, nowhere in the world was slavery a controversial issue prior to the 18th century.

"People of every race and color were enslaved -- and enslaved others. White people were still being bought and sold as slaves in the Ottoman Empire, decades after American blacks were freed."

Sowell also wrote: "The region of West Africa ... was one of the great slave-trading regions of the continent -- before, during, and after the white man arrived. It was the Africans who enslaved their fellow Africans, selling some of these slaves to Europeans or to Arabs and keeping others for themselves. Even at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sent to the Western Hemisphere. ... Arabs were the leading slave raiders in East Africa, ranging over an area larger than all of Europe."

I asked my friend if his anger over slavery extended to countries like Brazil. "Brazil?" he said.

Harvard's Department of African and African American Studies professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- who also happens to be black -- wrote: "Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That's right: a tiny percentage. In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone!"

African tribes who captured other tribes sold them into slavery. For this reason, in 2006, Ghana offered an official apology. Emmanuel Hagan, director of research and statistics at Ghana's Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, explains: "The reason why we wanted to do some formal thing is that we want -- even if it's just for the surface of it, for the cosmetic of it -- to be seen to be saying 'sorry' to those who feel very strongly and who we believe have distorted history, because they get the impression that it was people here who just took them and sold them. It's something we have to look straight in the face and try to address, because it exists. So we will want to say something went wrong. People made mistakes, but we are sorry for whatever happened."

Over 600,000 Americans, in a country with less than 10 percent of today's population, died in the Civil War that ended slavery. "While slavery was common to all civilizations," writes Sowell, "...only one civilization developed a moral revulsion against it, very late in its history -- Western civilization. ... Not even the leading moralists in other civilizations rejected slavery at all."

And, no, after all this, my friend did not reconsider his name change.

By Yahoo, July 13, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A vendor that provides key services for Maryland elections has been acquired by a parent company with links to a Russian oligarch, state officials said Friday after a briefing a day earlier from the FBI.

By Channel News Asia, July 14, 2018

LONDON: Tens of thousands of people turned central London into a sea of protest on Friday (Jul 13) against US President Donald Trump, whose four-day visit to Britain has been marred by his extraordinary attack on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy.

The streets of the capital were packed with placard-waving, slogan-singing demonstrators, intent on showing their vehement disapproval of the divisive American leader, in one of the biggest British protests in recent memory.

By The Sun, July 14, 2018

The Greenpeace activist flew over Trump's Turnberry golf course with a sign emblazoned with the phase ‘Trump well below par’.

By The Hill, July 13, 2018

Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday.

Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he’s held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Trump.

By ABC News, July 13, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try harder to achieve a breakthrough in their nuclear negotiations.

Moon said at a forum in Singapore that Trump and Kim would "face the stern judgment of the international community" if their promises on denuclearization weren't kept.

By Variety, July 13, 2018

President Donald Trump called CNN “fake news” and slammed NBC during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

A major topic at the press conference was the fallout from an interview that Trump gave to The Sun, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., in which he criticized the way that May handled negotiations for the British exit from the European Union. In the interview, Trump said he advised her, but “she didn’t listen to me.” He suggested that a trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. could be at stake.

By AP News, July 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions.


By The Hill, July 13, 2018

The U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record high in June, according to a Reuters analysis, despite President Trump's efforts to alter the trade relationship between the world's two largest economies. 

Chinese data released Friday showed that the U.S. trade deficit with China hit $28.97 billion in June, an increase of $4.39 billion from May, according to Reuters.

By The Hill, July 13, 2018

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Friday afternoon faced a grilling from House Republicans keen to uncover any discrepancies between her testimony and Peter Strzok’s, the counterintelligence agent who testified in public for 10 hours the day before.

Where the marathon Strzok hearing was a pageant display of the animosity and deeply divided politics surrounding the bureau, Page’s closed-door deposition led to few fireworks.

By The Hill, July 13, 2018

Republican pollster Brett Loyd said Friday that he believes a majority of Americans want to see improved relations with Russia. 

"I think [with] Russia there's going to be some sentiment and you're going to have some leftover Cold War [feelings]. You're going to have people that are voting that are 65-plus that haven't had the greatest experience with Russia," Loyd, president and CEO of the Polling Company, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

By SacBee, July 09, 2018

An initiative that would reverse a law that allows immigrants residing in California illegally to obtain driver's licenses has been cleared to begin gathering signatures for the 2020 ballot.

The proposal also seeks to eliminate the current "sanctuary state" law and end automatic voter registration practices in California. Don Rosenberg, the main proponent of the proposal and a staunch opponent of illegal immigration, said he believes the plan will increase public safety, reduce voter fraud and prevent traffic fatalities.

By Daily Wire., July 11, 2018

Leaders of member nations that belong to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) pledged their "unwavering commitment" to increasing their defense funding of the organization after President Donald Trump slammed the group for treating the United States unfairly.