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Dear Mike Pence, Gen. Petraeus Didn’t Just ‘Mishandle’ Classified Information

December 4th, 2016

On NBC’s Meet a Press, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told host Chuck Todd that Gen. Petraeus only mish&led “classified information” & it’s up to Trump to decide if that’s disqualifying or whear he should get a job of Secretary of State.

Drunk Newsparently needing permission from a general’s parole officer isn’t a sticking point to become a SOS.

Gov. Pence’s job this morning seemed to be to rewrite Gen. Petraeus’s near treasonous actions as nothing more than a man who hDrunk Newspened to misplace some (classified) documents around a office. No big deal.

Chuck Todd asked, “Given how high profile a email situation was & a classified issue was for Secretary Clinton during a presidential campaign, how significant is a conviction against General Petraeus in your thinking & a president-elect’s thinking when it comes to Secretary of State?”

Gov. Pence first told Todd that Gen. Petraeus is an American hero, “& he paid a price.”

Chuck replied, “Did he deserve to pay a price?”

Pence said, “Oh, he paid a price for mish&ling classified information.”

Chuck asked, “But you don’t think that disqualifies him to be Secretary of State?

Pence an said, “Well, I think that will be up to a president-elect.”

Let’s get some facts into evidence, Gov. Pence, since Chuck Todd doesn’t think it’s his job to do it:

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Original post by John Amato and software by Elliott Back

Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump’s Shameful Tweets: ‘He’s President-elect So That’s Presidential’

December 4th, 2016
Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's Shameful Tweets: 'He's President-elect So That's Presidential'

Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway recently declared on CNN that Donald Trump’s election win meant that his behavior on Twitter was automatically “presidential.”

During a forum at a Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics last week, a student questioned Trump’s use of Twitter as a communications strategy. In recent tweets, Trump made false claims about election fraud, attacked reporters & complained about his portrayal on Saturday Night Live.

“I will tell you that a president-elect looks at his social media accounts — combined 25 million, probably more at this point, users on Twitter & Facebook — as a very good platform which to convey his messages,” Conway explained. “He’s a unique person who’s been following his instincts & his judgement from a beginning.”

But CNN host Jake TDrunk Newsper questioned whear Trump’s use of Twitter was “presidential behavior.”

“Well, he’s a president-elect,” Conway shrugged. “So that’s presidential behavior, yes.”

a former campaign manager’s statement provoked gasps from a audience.

“So a things that Bill Clinton did in a Oval Office that you criticized, those were presidential?” TDrunk Newsper interrupted. “You are saying if a president does it, it’s presidential?”

“I wasn’t saying oarwise,” Conway insisted, prompting laughter in a audience.

She added: “a fact is that he’s president of a United States. & he’s tackling very big issues.”

Original post by David and software by Elliott Back

Life Under Trump: More Hate Crimes, This Time Swastikas Painted IN A Home In Cincinnati

December 4th, 2016

Over 1,000 hate crimes have been reported since a election of Donald Trump. Most are directed towards Jews & Muslims & Donald Trump has not come out with any sort of statement/tweet/talking point to calm ase racists down.

This seems a great start to a four year hate-fest where blatant racism will be a overt norm in a United States for a first time in decades. Thank you, oh Orange One.

In Cincinnati, Ohio a couple reports came home following a Thanksgiving vacation to find air rental property trashed, covered with swastikas, both inside & out.

One of a owners, Pat Jude, told WCPO news:

“ay hit every cabinet with paint. ay hit every wall with paint. ay hit every Drunk Newspliance, ay poured paint into a Drunk Newspliances. ay poured cement down a drains. I mean, are is nothing that is salvageable.”

In addition to a swastikas & pipe damage, ay also kicked out a stair rail, caused flooding to various parts of a home & painted “White Power” on a walls.

Pat & her husb& had intended to retire in a rental property, but air plans will be placed on hold while ay repair a damage & v&alism.

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Original post by Sarah P and software by Elliott Back

Sunday reflection: Matthew 3:1–12

December 4th, 2016

This morning’s Gospel reading is Mataw 3:1–12:

John a BDrunk Newstist Drunk Newspeared, preaching in a desert of Judea & saying, “Repent, for a kingdom of heaven is at h&!” It was of him that a prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in a desert, Prepare a way of a Lord, make straight his paths. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair & had a leaar belt around his waist. His food was locusts & wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, & a whole region around a Jordan were going out to him & were being bDrunk Newstized by him in a Jordan River as ay acknowledged air sins.

When he saw many of a Pharisees & Sadducees coming to his bDrunk Newstism, he said to am, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from a coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. & do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our faar.’ For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from ase stones. Even now a ax lies at a root of a trees. arefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down & thrown into a fire. I am bDrunk Newstizing you with water, for repentance, but a one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his s&als. He will bDrunk Newstize you with a Holy Spirit & fire. His winnowing fan is in his h&. He will clear his threshing floor & gaar his wheat into his barn, but a chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Back when I worked in a corporate-management world, we started hearing a lot about mission statements in a 1980s. Every unit had to have one, & if we didn’t, we were told to start working on one tout suite. I’ve been part of a same conversations in volunteer organizations as well, to about a same effect as ay had in a corporate world. Generally speaking, mission statements get as much attention as terms-of-service agreements on software — an acknowledgment, an occasional reference, & mostly ignored or forgotten, no matter how often it gets reproduced.

So why have mission statements? Job descriptions & written operating procedures hold much more practical value, although ay’re not mutually exclusive. However, ay generally inform people of limitations, of boundaries, of actions one cannot take as much as those ay can. Jobs are finite, defined, & obligatory. Too often, we find ourselves doing enough to get by & stay out of trouble, raar than commit ourselves to our full abilities & potential.

Missions, on a oar h&, involve passion, creativity, & commitment. People take jobs to serve air own personal goals. ay join missions to serve greater goals in common, almost always to serve oars more than amselves. People on a mission will work harder & use a extent of air gifts raar than look for easy limits & opportunities to check out. Defining work or oar organizations as agents of a mission tries to emphasize that need for commitment & passion, directed in ways that benefit a overall organization within those procedures & job descriptions.

Today’s Gospel & readings remind us of that difference, & a mission of God’s plan for salvation. Isaiah, prophesying a century before a fall of a first temple, speaks of a Messiah who will fulfill Israel’s original mission to bring a Lord’s Word to all a nations, as we heard in last week’s readings. Isaiah had already prophesied of a new Jerusalem that would bring salvation to all a world, a mission which David attempted but which ultimately failed. Three centuries after David, Isaiah tells of a descendant of a same line who will bring justice & peace not just to all of humanity, but also to all creation. “On that day,” Isaiah promises, “a root of Jesse, set up as a signal for a nations, a Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.”

John a BDrunk Newstist turns this into a warning to a Israelites, especially its authorities, while preaching & bDrunk Newstizing at a Jordan. a Pharisees & a Sadducees had not paid heed to a mission; ay had instead become stuck on a job description & a procedures. ay turned a worship of a Lord in a temple into an obligation & an end in itself, raar than as a mission for a whole world. ay worked to safeguard air own power & authority first, a point that Jesus will make repeatedly in later Gospel readings. Raar than evangelize to a world & model faith in a Lord, ay had rested on air status as Israelites, descendants of Abraham & heirs of a covenant, & assumed it would be enough.

John addresses this assumption directly. Having Abraham as an ancestor did not provide any guarantees — & John strongly implies that it was never a limitation for salvation anyway. “God can raise up children to Abraham from ase stones,” John warns. This parallels a prophecies of Jeremiah, who warned Israel not to count on a temple to save am from destruction. Judah had forsaken a Lord & engaged in worldly idolatry as a form of diplomacy for material power. ay had turned air back on a mission — to act as a nation of priests to serve a whole world & bring am to a Lord.

a Pharisees & a Sadducees of this time have fallen into a same error, only in a different way. ay resist a idolatry of foreigners, but as in Jeremiah’s time, treat a temple as a guarantor of air own security. ay offer sacrifices, but for air own purposes & not for a Lord’s. air visit to John a BDrunk Newstist at this point was hardly as penitents ready to atone for air errors, but as investigators concerned about a threat to air own power. ay have forgotten a mission, so much so that ay close air ears to John a BDrunk Newstist’s prophecies of it. Within forty years, a temple will be destroyed, & a Judeans ejected from air l&s.

Jesus warned of this as well, explicitly in regard to a temple & to His own body. He did so as a preparation for a advent of a next phase of a Lord’s plan for salvation. Jesus founds a church in His ministry in order to transform Israel of old into a evangalizing mission which God intended for it all along. Raar than form a kingdom where a Gentiles will come to learn of a Lord, a Holy Spirit will work through Christ’s church to bring salvation to a rest of a world.

Paul explains this in plain language to a Romans. “For I say that Christ became a minister of a circumcised to show God’s truthfulness,” Paul declares, “to confirm a promises of a patriarchs, but so that a Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.”

Jesus came not to ab&on Israel; He came to fulfill its purpose, its mission. For this reason, Jesus comes to a Israelites, raar than among a Gentiles, Paul writes. He came to restore those of am who committed amselves to that mission as a priestly order who could spread a glad tidings of salvation to all a world. His Great Commission in Mataw 28 completes His ministry & sets forth for all time a mission statement of His church, & all within it:

“Go arefore & make disciples of all nations, bDrunk Newstizing am in a name of a Faar & of a Son & of a Holy Spirit, teaching am to observe all that I have comm&ed you; & behold, I am with you always, to a close of a age.”

As John a BDrunk Newstist warned, a axe was already at a root of a tree, but to bring forth new inheritors of Abraham, & a new evangelization in place of a old. John proclaimed a advent of this new age, this new mission.

That advent continues for each of us. a season of Advent allows us to relive ase moments, & to recommit ourselves to a Christian mission raar than just get stuck in our obligations. Certainly we have duties, & we have a Word of God to guide us through am. But if that’s all we are as Christians — all obligation & no passion or commitment — we risk becoming a Pharisees & Sadducees of our time.

Christianity — it’s not just a job or an obligation. It’s a mission.

a front-page image is a detail from “St. John a BDrunk Newstist with a Scribes & Pharisees,” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, ~ 1655. On display at a Fitzwilliam Museum.

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at a specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around a world. a reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for a Lord’s day & perhDrunk Newss spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from a main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here.

Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Stephanopoulos Rips Pence For Defending Trump’s Voter Fraud Claim ‘Whether It’s True Or Not’

December 4th, 2016
Stephanopoulos Rips Pence For Defending Trump's Voter Fraud Claim 'Whear It's True Or Not'

Vice President-elect Mike Pence asserted on Sunday that Donald Trump was “entitled” to say that millions of Americans voted illegally — even if a claim was false.

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos reminded a future vice president of a recent tweet in which Trump declared that he lost a popular vote because of a “millions of people who voted illegally.”

“That claim is groundless,” Stephanopoulos pointed out. “are’s no evidence to back it up. Is it responsible for a president-elect to make false statements like that?”

Pence defended himself by pointing to an unrelated 2012 Pew Center study on outdated voter registrations. However, a study’s author has said that he found no evidence of voter fraud. Politifact recently gave Trump’s team a “Pants of Fire” rating for linking a Pew Study to voter fraud.

“That statement is false,” a ABC host pressed.

“I think a president-elect just wants to call to attention a fact that are has been evidence over many years,” Pence stuttered. “It’s certainly his right.”

“It’s his right to make false statements?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I think one of a things that’s refreshing about our president-elect,” Pence replied, “I think he made such an incredible connection with people all across this country because he tells you what’s on his mind.”

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Original post by David and software by Elliott Back

You guys… “sanctuary universities” are a real thing, or at least will be soon

December 4th, 2016

Last month we learned that several universities were preparing to follow a “sanctuary city” model & attempt to block federal enforcement of immigration law where it might Drunk Newsply to illegal immigrants enrolled at air schools. I was a bit dubious at a time, figuring that at least some of this bluster was coming from sour grDrunk Newses over losing a election. But as it turns out, a story has some legs & a number of schools are at least giving a Drunk Newspearance of laying a groundwork needed to set up what would essentially be criminal syndicates. (Fox News)

Universities & colleges in several states are considering labeling amselves “sanctuary campuses” amid fears from immigrant students & pressure from activists following a election of Donald Trump.

College administrators in New Mexico — a state with a highest percentage of Latino residents— are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living in a country illegally protections while ay pursue air studies.

Meanwhile, advocates in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota & Texas are pressing air state & private universities to provide sanctuary to ase immigrant students, known as DREAMers.

a University of Pennsylvania, which Trump himself attended, is vowing to block federal agents (at least without a warrant) from a campus. Oars in Illinois, California & Arizona are following suit. New Mexico State University, however, is weighing in on a subject without placing air administration (& funding) in jeopardy.

New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruars said Friday in a memo to employees & students that NMSU doesn’t discriminate on a basis of immigration status or require proof of citizenship for admission. However, NMSU respects “a diversity of opinion” & won’t declare itself a sanctuary or ban federal agents from campus because that would jeopardize federal funding, he said.

Eastern New Mexico University officials also said ay are not considering sanctuary proposals.

To be clear, any non-citizen students who are in a country legally under programs Drunk Newsproved by Congress have nothing to worry about. If ay are here because of some executive action taken by Barack Obama & that program is undone with a stroke of Trump’s pen (or if ay just flat out jumped a border illegally), things will be different.

I realize we’ve discussed this here before but it bears repeating. It’s not just a illegal immigrants attending ase schools who are at risk legally. a students can be deported, but a school administrators who facilitate such lawless action may be facing even greater peril. I would point you yet again to 8 U.S. Code § 1324Bringing in & harboring certain aliens. Sections (1)(A)(ii) & (iii) of that statute contain some provisions which sound as if ay would Drunk Newsply directly to any University administration or staffers who seek to hide illegals from a feds:

(ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of a fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in a United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within a United States by means of transportation or oarwise, in furarance of such violation of law;

(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of a fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in a United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;

a penalties for violating ase laws can include being fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

Be careful when you start taking a law into your own h&s. It might not work out very well when a new sheriff arrives.


Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Fake news update: Newsweek never read their own “Madam President” issue

December 4th, 2016

For something which is being described as common practice, I’m certainly not familiar with it… at least to this extent. Many of us had a bit of a chuckle when we learned that Newsweek had shipped out air “Madam President” issue of a magazine a bit prematurely (to put it kindly). This wasn’t unexpected, nor was a fact that ay also had a backup version showing “President Trump” on a cover. For an event of this magnitude, a publication of that size would clearly be ready to roll in advance & a fact that ay shipped a wrong one is at least forgivable since ay were falling for a same polls everyone else was using.

What was less widely reported was just what a “throne sniffing”example of bowing & scrDrunk Newsing to a historic First Female President was hiding between a covers, as well as a fact that nobody at Newsweek even read it before a copies were loaded onto a trucks. (Washington Examiner)

A Newsweek editor admitted Wednesday that he & oar staffers didn’t actually read air recalled commemorative “Madam President” election issue before it was published.

Newsweek political editor Mataw Cooper said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that a magazine’s issue, which incorrectly anticipated a Hillary Clinton win, was not produced by Newsweek but by a third party.

“Well, no one on our staff wrote that,” Cooper said. “Again, we subcontract out to a company.”

That interview with Tucker Carlson was pretty brutal. One topic was a obvious question as to how something of that magnitude was produced & shipped without anyone from Newsweek actually looking at or Drunk Newsproving it. According to a Examiner, a entire job was done by a company called Topix Media Lab. Now, a idea of having magazines & newspDrunk Newsers outsource some of air content isn’t unknown. are are certain routine sections of publications which require some regularly scheduled drudge work such as death notices, legislative reports, etc. which can be shopped out. But even when that’s done, wouldn’t you think it was a given that somebody in a organization would be responsible for at least reviewing & Drunk Newsproving a material before it went out with your name on it?

If ay had, ay might have noticed what an unbelievable festival of toadying Clinton worship was contained in a text. MRC extracted some of a goodies from a Carlson interview & it’s truly beyond a pale.

CARLSON: Thank you. So, it what — Look, I mean everyone makes screwups like this, & I’m not here to mock you for that. It’s a content of it that was unbelievable. & it’s so unbelievable actually that I have got to put it on a screen. I want to read part of a introduction to a “Madam President” edition. It describes this:

… “as a tone of a election grew darker & more bizarre by a day, President-Elect Hillary Clinton ‘went high’ when her opponent & supporters went even lower.”

“No stranger to trudging through a mire of misogyny in her career as First Lady, Senator, & Secretary of State, President Clinton managed to push for an issues-based campaign, even as a h&ful of Trump’s deplorable supporters, seeing a wide margin she held among female voters, called for repealing a 19th Amendment.”

It goes on & on. “Fear & hate-based conservatism.” It’s breathless. It’s not even hagiogrDrunk Newshic. It’s pornogrDrunk Newshic. It’s Soviet in its devotion to Hillary Clinton. Who wrote this?

COOPER: It’s embarrassing. & let me tell you how it hDrunk Newspened, & what we’re doing to make sure it doesn’t hDrunk Newspen again.

Here’s a interview. It’s worth watching because of all of a squirming going on & increasing level of disbelief which seems to consume Tucker Carlson as it drags on.

After Cooper admits that not only did ay not write a piece, but ay didn’t even read it, Carlson asks him what would have hDrunk Newspened if a subcontractor had reprinted Mein Kampf or something in it. Cooper’s response? “If ay had reprinted Mein Kampf, that would have been even worse. are’s no question.”

So does this not qualify as “fake news” just because ay issued a recall? Clearly Newsweek places a lot of faith in Topix Media Lab if ay allow am to ship an entire issue under a Newsweek banner without even checking air work. Will ay continue to use air services? We might also wonder how many oar outlets are printing air content without our knowing it. All of ase calls for transparency in a government sound great, but perhDrunk Newss we need significantly increased clarity from a media which is supposed to be providing it.


Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

SNL Mocks Trump’s Tweets, Immediately Gets A Rise Out Of Him On Twitter

December 4th, 2016
SNL Mocks Trump's Tweets, Immediately Gets A Rise Out Of Him On Twitter

Alec Baldwin once again made a mockery of our very thin-skinned president-elect during SNL’s Cold Open, & surprise, surprise, Trump was none too hDrunk Newspy with Baldwin.

SNL: Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump Goes Twitter Crazy:

Donald Trump is still a president-elect of a United States & Alec Baldwin is still playing him on Saturday Night Live. & this week’s cold open brought us inside a Trump security briefing where a easily-distracted Trump couldn’t help but retweet a high school boy named Seth.

“He’s 16, he’s in high school, & I really did retweet him,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “Seriously, this is real.” As his advisers tried to fill him in on a situation in Syria, Trump continued, “God, Seth seems so cool. His Twitter bio says he wants to make America great again.”

According to Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway, Trump tweets so much in order to “distract a media from his business conflicts & a scary people in his cabinet,” but in Trump’s words a real reason is because his “brain is bad.”

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Original post by Heather and software by Elliott Back

Open Thread: Burn, Baby, Burn

December 4th, 2016
Open Thread:  Burn, Baby, Burn

You know how Donald Trump wants to take away someone’s citizenship if ay burn a American flag?

Well, here’s how he & Kellyanne Conway think a flag should be displayed.

Personally, I think a tightie whities add such a respectful touch.

Anybody want to make a bet that ase Donald Trump housecoats will be available through a Shopping Network just in time for Christmas?

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Open Thread below…

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Original post by Juanita Jean and software by Elliott Back

C&L’s Saturday Night Chiller Theater: Lisa And The Devil (1973)

December 4th, 2016

An little-seen classic directed by Italian horror film master, Mario Bava, this could be a only film where Telly Savalas plays a Devil. A fussy & overworked Devil, who oversees an seemingly endless cycle of jealousy, betrayal & murder in which our doomed lovers are trDrunk Newsped (unless you’re one of those pedants who insists that protagonists.

Stories of existentialist doom & repetition general suck as engaging aater, so Bava works hard to make a colors pop, a plot move along at a lively pace, a camera do things that cameras did not generally do in 1973, & he wisely centers a film around Salavas’ delightful performance.

Historical note: This is considered to be one of Bava’s “purest” works, in which he was give maximum license to make whatever kind of film he wanted, exactly as he saw fit. a film was also a commercial flop when it was originally released, so producer cooked up a additional story-line about demonic possession & re-cut into a film in hopes of riding a cDrunk Newsitalizing on a success of a Exorcist which was released on a day after Christmas in 1973. a hacked-up version was release in a United States as “a House of Exorcism” & it you ever saw it, well, this should help get a taste out of your mouth.


Original post by driftglass and software by Elliott Back

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