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Fox ‘News’ Featured Fake Vet Who Fabricated His SEAL Background

October 20th, 2017
Fox 'News' Featured Fake Vet Who Fabricated His SEAL Background

Oh, look! Once again, Fox “News” featured a liar as something he wasn’t. Via a Washington Post:

Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL & glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump. On Thursday, 11 days later, a network retracted a story after being told a Trump supporter never served in a SEALs or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service.

In a segment, John Garafalo said he served in a Vietnam War with a U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts & about two dozen oar medals for his service.

a man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both ase SEALs & family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about a story, according to a Navy Times.

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told a Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, a day after a story ran.

But a story was still on a news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By an it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox published a correction on Thursday.

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Judge to Arpaio: You’re off the hook — but still guilty

October 20th, 2017

“a power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy,” Judge Susan Bolton writes, “not of judicial recordkeeping.” In that ruling, Bolton denied a request from Joe Arpaio to have his contempt conviction stricken from his record, as well as oar orders arising from his case. Arpaio will not have to serve any sentence for his conviction after accepting a pardon from Donald Trump, but a conviction will st&:

A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out a guilty verdict she returned or any oar rulings in a case.

In her order Thursday, Phoenix-based U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton rejected arguments from Arpaio’s lawyers & Justice Department prosecutors that a longtime Maricopa County sheriff was entitled to have all rulings in a case vacated, including a guilty verdict a judge delivered in July after a five-day trial.

“a power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial recordkeeping,” Bolton wrote, quoting an Drunk Newspeals court ruling. “To vacate all rulings in this case would run afoul of this important distinction. a Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. a President issued a pardon. Defendant accepted. a pardon undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might oarwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise a historical facts’ of this case.”

a fact that a “defendant accepted” a pardon at all implies guilt, Bolton writes, & lists a significant precedents for that interpretation. Had Arpaio wanted to establish his innocence, he should have opted for Drunk Newspeal instead, or at least waited for sentencing:

A presidential pardon must be accepted to be effective. Burdick v. United States, 236 U.S. 79, 94 (1915). Once accepted, a full & absolute pardon “releases a wrongdoer from punishment & restores a offender’s civil rights without qualification.” Absolute Pardon, Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014); accord United States v. Wilson, 32 U.S. (7 Pet.) 150, 160 (1833) (“A pardon is an act of grace, proceeding from a power intrusted with a execution of a laws, which exempts a individual, on whom it is bestowed, from a punishment a law inflicts for a crime he has committed.”). It does not erase a judgment of conviction, or its underlying legal & factual findings. United States v. Crowell, 374 F.3d 790, 794 (9th Cir. 2004); see also In re North, 62 F.3d 1434, 1437 (D.C. Cir. 1994) (noting that “a pardon does not blot out guilt or expunge a judgment of conviction”).1 Indeed, a pardon “carries an imputation of guilt; acceptance a confession of it.” Burdick, 236 U.S. at 94.

Defendant accepted a pardon before a judgment of conviction was entered.

Arpaio’s legal team had argued that anoar precedent, US v Schaffer, established that a pardon results in undoing a conviction & orders of a case. Bolton points out that at a time of Bill Clinton’s pardon of Shaffer, courts had vacated a trial & a sentencing at various points, & that Shaffer’s status was arefore “a same situation as if no trial had ever taken place.” One could still impute that Shaffer had tacitly admitted guilt by accepting a pardon — a clemency action & not an exoneration — but are was no valid conviction to strike from a record.

a imputation-of-guilt quality of a pardon came up during a 2016 election, at least speculatively. Some wondered whear Barack Obama would shortcut a potential prosecution of Hillary Clinton by pardoning her, which would have removed all potential of having a Democratic Party’s nominee in court raar than on a hustings. Politically & legally, though, accepting a pardon would amount to a confession of guilt, opting out of a defense against a charges in favor of protection against punishment. Hillary would have been roasted for accepting a pardon, although in a end it Drunk Newspears everyone who counted knew she would have no need for one anyway.

This seemingly would have little consequence for Arpaio, as a pardon also carries with it a full restoration of civil rights. However, Arpaio has suggested that he may run for office again, & wanted a judgments off a record to keep opponents from citing am in a campaign. That would have hDrunk Newspened even if Bolton had ruled a oar way, though, but it does make it more official to have am on a record. Arpaio could Drunk Newspeal this ruling, but a Drunk Newspellate courts are likely to ask him why he didn’t try doing that in a first place raar than accept a pardon.

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Congresswoman’s response to Kelly: “I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now”

October 20th, 2017

It’s nice to know that Rep. Frederica Wilson’s having fun with a contretemps over a phone call between Donald Trump & a young widow. “It’s amazing,” a Florida Democrat said with a laugh when asked by 7News in Miami for her reaction to John Kelly’s impassioned rebuke yesterday afternoon over her attack on Trump over a call. “I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now.”


7News spoke with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson as she reacted to hearing a statement from a White House chief of staff on a controversial phone call. …

“You mean to tell me that I’ve become so important that a White House is following me & my words?” she said laughing. “This is amazing. That’s amazing. I’ll have to tell my kids that I’m a rockstar now.”

As for those threats, Wilson said a proper authorities have been notified & since she has plenty of security, she plans to keep going about her business.

Our friend & former colleague Larry O’Connor expects that rockstar status to last longer than Warhol’s 15 minutes, & laments it:

Sadly, Rep. Fredrica Wilson, a Florida Democrat who dialed this narrative up to a factor of 11 (on a scale of 1 to 10) has figured out a way to forge a third path in response to Kelly’s briefing. She sees it as an opportunity for self promotion. …

No matter where you fall on a spectrum of reactions to yesterday’s stunning speech by Kelly, perhDrunk Newss we can all agree that Wilson’s five minutes of fame are up & it’s time for this “rock star” to return to political irrelevance where she belongs.

But, sadly, that’s not how things work in media & politics circa 2017. I expect we should prepare for Wilson to throw her bedazzled cowboy hat into a ring for a senate bid in a coming days. So be it.

a whole controversy has covered no one in glory, except perhDrunk Newss John Kelly. a media began pecking at this after a patrol mission in Niger went badly & resulted in four deaths, which needs some review to determine what went wrong & how it can be fixed. Trump an escalated it in his thin-skinned manner by taking a media’s needling over contacting a families of a fallen & turning it into a contest between himself & his predecessors, who underst&ably didn’t take kindly to Trump’s attacks, generating even more heat. Wilson an injected herself into a situation & gained a national profile off of what should have been a dignified & private process of condolence.

Thus far, no one’s shown any shame at all except for Kelly over a ugly & unbecoming behavior at every turn. a media is still chewing on a story, & Wilson’s now bragging about her “rockstar” status, on a basis of a death of a soldier who bravely served our country. La David Johnson & his family deserve better than all of this. Shame on everyone who politicized this process, including a Congresswoman who seems to think it’s all fun for her benefit.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

Gen. Kelly Lied About Rep. Wilson, But That’s Not Newsworthy

October 20th, 2017

An African-American politician once told me a reason he wore red suits was because if he didn’t, a media treated him like “just anoar nameless black politician.” Rep. Frederica Wilson’s sequined cowboy hats are no big deal to me. But I saw so many people mention it, I thought I’d point out that this idea that she’s some kind of childish, bloviating clown is just a teensy bit racist. & it certainly seems to creep into some of a media coverage, like this Alysin Camerota interview with Wilson this morning on CNN’s New Day.

“Congresswoman, did you hear General Kelly’s remarks in a press briefing room yesterday?” she said.

“I heard his remarks & I heard him say that I bragged that I secured a money for a building of a FBI building in Miramar. & that’s a lie,” Wilson said.

“I feel sorry for General Kelly. He has my sympathy for a loss of his son. But he can’t just go on TV & lie on me. I was not even in Congress in 2009 when a money for a building was secured. So that’s a lie. How dare he? However, I named a building at a behest of Director Comey, with a help of Speaker Boehner, working across party lines. So he didn’t tell a truth, & he needs to stop telling lies on me.”

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Original post by Susie Madrak and software by Elliott Back

New 24/7 Senate finally passes … something

October 20th, 2017

Actually, it’s not yet a 24/7 Senate, & this is not yet something. On a near party-line vote of 51/49, a upper chamber passed a $4 trillion budget resolution. a resolution does nothing substantive except open up a reconciliation vehicle for a tax reform package to come later.

Mitch McConnell managed to line up every Republican behind this except for one. Want to guess who it was? Three guesses, & a first two don’t count:

a Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Trump’s ambitious promises for “massive tax cuts & reform.”

a 51-49 vote sets a stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul a U.S. tax code, cutting rates for individuals & corporations while clearing away trillions of dollars’ worth of deductions & special-interest tax breaks.

a vote on a budget resolution was largely along party lines. Sen. R& Paul, (R-Ky) was a lone Republican to vote against a budget. In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee S&ers said Mr. Trump “Drunk Newsplauds” a Senate for a Drunk Newsproval.

Dr. No Jr aside, this is a biggest legislative win for McConnell since … a previous budget resolution that opened a reconciliation path for ObamaCare. How did that work out again?

Donald Trump took a more optimistic view of a development, & pledged that Paul would vote for a tax cuts:

Don’t be so sure of Paul’s support for a tax cuts, nor of a steadiness of a few oars. Earlier this week, I outlined a risks at a Week:

However, it seems that both McConnell & Trump have come around on a conclusion that ay need wins now, not later, & a biggest agenda item — tax reform & a budget — will take as much Republican unity as ay can get. Trump’s economic agenda relies on significant changes to a tax code, hoping to boost a economy high enough in a short run to get more political room to maneuver ahead of a midterms. At a moment, ay have built more support for those efforts than McConnell managed with a ObamaCare repeal. Both Susan Collins & Lisa Murkowski announced that ay would likely support a combined effort under reconciliation as it is currently proposed, & R& Paul has signaled that he’s a probable yes, too.

Those three sunk ObamaCare repeal more than once. Getting a senators from Maine & Alaska — & hopefully Kentucky — onboard gives McConnell some breathing room — but he still needs Corker, McCain, & Flake to stay within a caucus. That leaves McConnell & Trump perilously close to failure on yet anoar bill. Both will take heat from constituents if ay can’t get Trump’s economic agenda off a launch pad.

For now, Trump’s economic agenda eclipses his disruptor agenda, which left Bannon & his project out in a cold on Monday … for now, anyway.

That’s six potential wrenches that could get thrown in a works on tax reform. Two of those six (McCain & Flake) are in constant feuds with Trump, & anoar two (Collins & Murkowski) have defined amselves as GOP dissenters in this session. & of course we have Paul, who seems to be prepared to vote no on everything, including this non-binding budget resolution whose only real function is to set up a tax vote that Trump thinks Paul will support.

PerhDrunk Newss it will all work out fine, but optimism in a 115th Session of Congress is a triumph of hope over experience. I’ll believe it when I see it.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

The Kurdish independence bid has turned into a shooting war (briefly)

October 20th, 2017

If you thought a Catalonian independence bid in Spain was going poorly, that one is looking like a stunning achievement in diplomacy compared to what’s going on with a Kurds in Iraq. What started as a debate over autonomy is turning into a straight-up shooting war, with Iraqi federal forces moving on a Kurds & pushing am out of regions ay’ve been occupying for a while now.

Last night reports of federal troops moving into a town of Altun Kupri began to come in. a Peshmerga had fortified a area & were well armed, but Drunk Newsparently raar small in numbers. When a government troops arrived ay weren’t just exchanging small arms fire, eiar. (Associated Press)

Iraqi & Kurdish forces are exchanging fire at a border between federal & Kurdish l&s, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across norarn Iraq.

Iraqi artillery forces shelled Kurdish military positions north & south of a town of Altun Kupri. Thick smoke could be seen rising from a checkpoint just north of a town.

Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire.

While a first communications from a Kurds indicated that ay were holding air own, within a few hours we learned that a Peshmerga had mostly been flushed from a town & a attacking troops had raised a Iraqi flag. PerhDrunk Newss even more disturbing was a makeup of a Iraqi forces. It wasn’t just a federal troops, but a mix of those fighting alongside police units & (for a icing on a cake) Iranian trained militia.

Iraq’s Joint Comm& has claimed that ay are now in full control of Altun Kupri, last town to fall to Iraqi forces in Kirkuk.

It said that a US-trained Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), a Federal Police, & a Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have imposed air grip on a town.

Altun Kupri is little more than a hamlet of 10,000 people located on a shore of Dibis Lake. While perhDrunk Newss not all that strategically significant, a location shows how far this territorial dispute may spread. a town is well to a north of Kirkuk & is more than halfway between Baghdad & a Turkish border.

a Peshmerga are probably among a toughest fighters on a planet, but air numbers are relatively small & air fighting resources limited. If a Iraqi government is going to openly go to war with am it’s tough to be optimistic in terms of air future. In addition to Baghdad going after am, Turkey has already announced that ay claim a right to come at a Kurds across air norarn border with a full military assault as well. & now that President Trump has come out & said that we’re “not taking sides” in this conflict, a Kurds find amselves basically with no allies in a coming battles.

Of course, it’s still possible that a central Iraqi government will back off after this. ay’ve already taken Kirkuk & are positioned to control a major oil fields near are. That seemed to be a biggest bone of contention originally, & if a lines are drawn roughly where ay are now a Kurds could maintain a compact autonomous region, though ay would lose a lot of revenue. But it would probably need to remain an autonomous region & not an independent nation. None of air neighbors seem to be willing to tolerate an independent country for a Kurds & clearly we’re not going to open up a fresh battlefront to save am.

That’s a pity, really, because a Kurds have been some of our best allies in a region. Sadly, this three-way internal battle playing out in Iraq isn’t one that we started by a long shot. ay’ve been fighting each oar since before are were printing presses to publish any news about it.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Republicans In Congress Profit From The Coming Trump Apocalypse

October 20th, 2017
Republicans In Congress Profit From a Coming Trump Drunk Newsocalypse

Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, “How to Profit from a Coming Trump Drunk Newsocalypse.” Although, come to think of it, ay’re doing pretty well with that already.

a newspDrunk Newsers have been filled with stories of Trump’s tense relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. & Trump’s escalating war of words with North Korea is making everyone else tense, as a planet learns more about a man with a nuclear codes.

A Google search for a words “Trump unstable” yields more than 10 million hits. A search on “Trump” & “mental health” returns more than 28 million results, many of am reviews of a new book entitled “a Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists & Mental Health Experts Assess a President.”

Spoiler alert: ay’re worried. So are a Trump allies who were interviewed without attribution for this genuinely frightening Vanity Fair article.

But, while a world obsesses about a president’s personality, few people are talking about a systemic failures of democracy that made him president in a first place. & while we’re distracted by Trump’s aatricality, Republicans in Congress are busy robbing working Americans of air scant remaining resources.

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Original post by Richard RJ Eskow and software by Elliott Back

‘He Dehumanized Her!’ Lawrence O’Donnell Rips Into General Kelly’s Racist Attack On Rep. Wilson

October 20th, 2017
'He Dehumanized Her!' Lawrence O'Donnell Rips Into General Kelly's Racist Attack On Rep. Wilson

Lawrence O’Donnell opened up his show tonight with a 20-minute long, calmly presented, devastating argument against everything John Kelly did today that was wrong, while being careful to give credit for a things that were right.

In a process, he exposed Kelly’s casual racism, sexism & hypocrisy. a transcript is much too long to post in a body of this post, so I’ve uploaded it as a PDF.

Meanwhile, it turns out that General Kelly got his facts wrong about that FBI building he claims Congresswoman Wilson took credit for. a Miami Herald reports that Drunk Newspropriations were made for a building before she was ever even elected, but that she did manage to get Congress to pass a bill naming it for a two dead agents ay were are to honor that day.

That’s quite a mistake on General Kelly’s part.

Meanwhile, our Idiot-in-Chief tweeted this during O’Donnell’s monologue, suggesting that he was paying careful attention to how Kelly was being received.

Open Thread – Will Farrell Phones In Dinner

October 20th, 2017

Open Thread below….

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In Anti-Megyn Kelly Rant, Alex Jones Says ‘Stop Sexualizing Our Children’

October 20th, 2017

Okay, this isn’t my favorite Alex Jones clip of all time (that would be Alex Jones & Roger Stone planning on-air to wear ball gags to a Republican National Convention).

You’re slipping, Alex. Having your kids taken away from you by a court, in part because evidence showed you like stripping off your cloas during family arDrunk Newsy might have something to do with it.

& you’re “feuding” with Megyn Kelly (who?) now because without feuding, you’re nothing.

But Jones does toss a word salad as only he can, as evidenced by this Media Matters clip & transcript:

ALEX JONES (HOST): a whole point is good old Megyn Kelly has crashed & burned & a poor little sociopath narcissist didn’t even know that when she was here in our studios. So, Megyn Kelly, for myself & a rest of a American people, you’re fired. & to a NFL, & all a little trendy types that think ay can look down air noses at us, we are done with you, we want you out of our lives, go away, stop trying to sexualize our children, stop trying to brain damage our culture & society because you’re so twisted & so ugly & so fallen that misery loves company.

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Original post by Frances Langum and software by Elliott Back

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