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  1. Twitter Ads info and privacy Clapper’s answer appeared unequivocal, but there was still a little wiggle room. So Todd, to his credit, drilled down and asked a very specific question about a very specific scenario: Now we learn that there was, in fact, a FISA court order and it came from the FBI and Clapper, in his own words, claimed he would have known about that. And he denied it, unequivocally. Maybe he forgot all about the FISA order wiretapping Paul Manafort while he was in direct contact with Trump in his campaign and after the election. Clapper also “forgot” that the NSA had a data collection program of every single American citizen when he testified before the Senate Intelligence committee and denied its existence. James Clapper, former DNI chief and now, favorite guest of media outlets looking to attack President Trump, either has a terrible, terrible memory, or he was kept in the dark about a FISA order that occurred on his watch, or he’s just a liar. Can’t think of any other options here, can you? I ask again, why in the world would the mainstream media continue to take James Clapper seriously? Or, for that matter, book him as a guest?
  2. The subject of illegal immigration is a sensitive one no matter what your position is. Even President Trump has shown how complex the issue is with his shifting rhetoric on DACA in recent weeks. But in the current political climate where emotion overrides logic, ridiculous things are said on both sides of the aisle. Enter DNC Vice Chair and sitting congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) in footage captured by a GOP-affiliated opposition research group. On Monday, Ellison spoke at an event called “Beyond DACA” in Minneapolis where he said that the fight over DACA is “all of our fight.” He then expressed his support for sanctuary cities. “I’m going to tell you right now, I’m one of them people who believes you should give your neighbors sanctuary,” Ellison said. “If you ask yourself, ‘What would I do if I was a Gentile in 1941 if my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary?’ — you might be about to find out what you would do. Will you pass that moral test or will you fail it?” Umm… what?!? There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don’t know where to begin. But let’s start off by laying out the distinctions between illegal immigrants and Jews who were targeted in Nazi-controlled Europe. First, aside from the DREAMers, or children who illegally came to the United States with their parents, the majority of illegal immigrants chose to break the law and come into the United State illegally. Meanwhile, Jews were already living in Europe (and legally I might add) before Adolf Hitler seized power. Secondly, the left continues to paint this picture that ICE is rounding up non-violent illegals by the thousands and purposefully trying to break up families when in reality, it’s Democrat-supported sanctuary cities that shield violent illegals who have caused pain and suffering for people who actually belong in this country from deportation. Several Trump administration officials including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-DHS Secretary John Kelly have repeatedly said their primary targets are violent illegals. Meanwhile, Nazis rounded up Jews not for deportation… but for concentration camps where 6 million of them died. Finally, it’s a bit shocking to hear Ellison suggest that he’d help his “Jewish neighbors” considering he defended anti-Semites for years including Louis Farrakhan and how he complained that U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is “governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people” who live in Israel, the one Jewish nation in the entire world whose foundation was a direct result of the Holocaust, something apparently is near and dear to his heart. And it’s rich for him to disgrace the millions of Jews who suffered in Europe on the week of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. And this guy is now second in command at the DNC. When Ellison compares illegal immigrants to Jews during WWII, he’s also comparing U.S. law enforcement to Nazis. I don’t know about you but I think it’s insulting to depict police officers and ICE agents as a bunch of heartless brownshirts. Ellison appears to have forgotten that he is the member of the legislative branch. If he wants to legalize the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants who are currently in this country, it is up to him and his colleagues in Congress to legislate and make it happen. Perhaps he should stop making asinine comparisons and get to work.
  4. Gutierrez received some serious backlash for those remarks, and Kellyresponded in a statement saying, “As my blessed mother used to say ’empty barrels make the most noise.'” On CNN this morning, Alisyn Camerota asked Gutierrez about those remarks, and he said, “I could have been more careful with the use of my words, and there are times you need to reevaluate.” But this wasn’t an apology, for he went on to strongly criticize Kelly for his tenure at DHS and his “heartless” actions. Camerota asked him why he had to “bring his military service into it.” Gutierrez said he didn’t look at Kelly in terms of his military service, but as a politician working for President Trump.
  6. Cherokee teacher: Why I objected to ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts in class When River Ridge High School math teacher Lyn Orletsky instructed two boys in her pre-calculus class to turn their “Make America Great Again” T-shirts inside out to conceal the slogan, her motivation was not political, she said. After teaching five years in conservative Cherokee County where nearly three out of four voters endorsed Donald Trump in November, Orletsky had seen many pro Trump shirts in her classroom. But this was Aug. 31, two weeks after white supremacists and Neo Nazis adopted “Make America Great Again” as their rallying cry in Charlottesville, Va. A counterdemonstrator was killed and others injured when one of the marchers drove his car intentionally into a crowd. Orletsky feared the slogan would intimidate the minority students who comprised a third of her math class that morning. “I told the boys, in light of everything that has happened, I don’t think this is an appropriate slogan to be wearing at school. Could they please go to the restroom and turn the shirt inside out?” said Orletsky in an interview Thursday morning in Marietta, her first since the story made national headlines last week. The boys asked what was wrong with the slogan. The math teacher explained it had been commandeered by white supremacist movement, as the swastika had been by Nazis. Recast by hate groups, the campaign slogan could affect some of their classmates in a negative way, she said, explaining, “There is nothing wrong with a shirt of President Trump. The problem is with the slogan.” Her request to the boys — captured on grainy student cellphone video and given to a conservative website — has led to death threats, her removal from her classroom and AP calculus students without a teacher. To read more about this controversial case that has dominated conservative political websites, go to the AJC Get Schooled site. There is also a video interview with Orletsky there.
  8. I should have looked around before I posted the article. My bad.
  9. So last night, SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill got into a heated Twitter discussion that quickly devolved into her calling PresidentDonald Trump a “white supremacist.” ESPN has since issued a statement stating that Hill’s actions have been addressed. The whole thing got started after she commented on a post about country rock/rap artist and potential GOP Senate candidate Kid Rockcomplaining about accusations he’s racist, stating that he pandered to racists, before eventually getting into it with other Twitter users over Trump. This led her to send out this tweet: Twitter Ads info and privacy She sent out more tweets throughout the evening, including one that called the president a “bigot” and another saying he was the “most ignorant” president in her lifetime: Twitter Ads info and privacy Twitter Ads info and privacy This afternoon, after the tweets grabbed a lot of attention, ESPN sent out the following statement, noting that Hill recognizes her actions were “inappropriate.” View image on Twitter Twitter Ads info and privacy ESPN has been accused of being way too liberal with the political opinions expressed by the network and its hosts of late. The Worldwide Leader was roundly mocked — especially by conservatives — for its decision to reassign Robert Lee, an Asian-American football announcer, from a University of Virginia game in Charlottesville due to his name. Last month, fellow SportsCenter host Sage Steele spoke out against the discussion of political and social issues on ESPN programs, stating that the network should stick to sports as no one watches for “Charlottesville.”
  10. Invited Speakers at Universities Berkeley braces for visit by right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley will seal off large parts of its campus like a fortress with a closed perimeter and a “very large” visible police presence Thursday, when the birthplace of America’s free speech movement faces its next potential clashes. City and campus authorities anticipate demonstrations at a speech by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor, and are preparing for possible violence with a variety of new strategies and tightened security. For the first time in two decades, officers will be armed with pepper spray after the city council modified a 1997 ban at an emergency meeting this week. The tactics to boost security are the latest indication of growing frustrations in Berkeley and other liberal cities that have become targets of violent political protests since the election of President Trump and battlegrounds for extremist groups that support and oppose him. “We have seen extremists on the left and right in our city,” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, a Democrat who backed the police request to use pepper spray. “We need to make sure violence is not allowed.” Shapiro’s event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos says he plans to hold a “Free Speech Week” on Berkeley’s campus with a 20-person lineup that includes Ann Coulter and Stephen Bannon, Trump’s ex-chief strategist and head of Breitbart News. Campus officials say the event is not yet confirmed. It will be Yiannopoulos’ second attempt to speak at Berkeley this year, after an event in February was abruptly canceled when masked, hooded left-wing anarchists dressed in black rioted outside the event — setting fires and smashing windows on campus and on nearby city streets. Police and UC Berkeley officials were criticized at the time for giving demonstrators wide latitude and standing aside as the masked anarchists hurled Molotov cocktails at officers and caused $100,000 worth of damage. Violence escalated at subsequent off-campus protests and authorities say they have learned hard lessons as they struggle to balance free speech rights with preventing violence. UC Berkeley’s Provost Paul Alivisatos sent a recent campus-wide message detailing security plans, saying no one wearing masks or carrying weapons of any sort will be allowed on campus. Police will block off the building where Shapiro is scheduled to speak and several other buildings hours before the event starts. Anyone entering the secure zone to pick up tickets must present a photo I.D. Nearby parking lots will be closed. Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood said police will make “very strong, rapid arrests” Thursday night if any protesters have weapons or wear masks. The security measures include closing Sproul Plaza, the campus’ central hub that was the epicenter of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and site of its most historic protests, sit-ins and speeches. “Things have changed,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. “We’re a quantum leap away from the sort of arrangements we needed to make in the past for events that have the potential to attract strong political support or opposition.” In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College Republicans had “ basic security.” It went off peacefully and made no major headlines. For Thursday’s event, Mogulof said authorities are deploying “very, very large numbers of police officers” from campus, city and regional law enforcement agencies. Berkeley’s frustrations are shared by officials in other famously liberal cities such as Seattle and Portland, Ore., where Trump supporters and left-wing protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets in supposed free speech demonstrations that have resulted in violence. At a protest last week in Portland, police said anti-fascist protesters threw smoke devices and other projectiles at officers trying to keep the peace between pro- and anti-Trump crowds. Seven people were arrested. Black-clad protesters have been a menacing presence at protests in the Pacific Northwest since before Trump was elected, often clashing with police at May Day marches, and they continue to show up at the many demonstrations. Portland Police Sgt. Chris Burley said the frequent clashes take a toll on officers trying to protect free speech rights. “You’re out trying to ensure that everybody is able to speak their mind and observe an assault,” Burley said. “As officers try to step in to stop those assaults, the crowd turns on the officers.” Greenwood, the Berkeley city police chief, sought permission for police to use pepper spray because he said it is preferable to batons and tear gas for crowd control. Tear gas when fired disperses much more widely than pepper spray, raising the risk of hurting peaceful protesters who may be near violent demonstrators, Greenwood said. “It is a request made of urgency,” Greenwood told city councilors, calling protecting protesters and police amid continued violence in the city “a unique problem.” He added: “The scope and scale of these demonstrations in our community is unprecedented.”
  11. Watched the Boise St Wash St game til halftime. Then, went to bed. It was tied at 10. Woke up during the middle of the night, checked my phone and find out Wash St won in triple OT.