(Audio) GOP Congressman Admits Trump May Bring Bad Change, But He’s Still Supporting Him

I remember saying this a lot in 2008: Because going from bad to worse is still “change.”

I didn’t mean it to become a mantra for the 2016 election.

Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie defended his support for Donald Trump in a radio interview on Wednesday, saying that the Republican nominee would bring change — though he also said he didn’t know the change would necessarily be good.

In the interview with host Brian Thomas on 55KRC Ohio radio, Massie said he was “more excited to vote for Trump than I was to vote for Romney-Ryan.”

“I think you’re more likely to get change,” he explained. “I don’t know if it’s gonna be a good change, but you gotta break eggs to make an omelette.”

But, we don’t want omelettes. We want competent leadership in the top office of our government.

This is blatant party politics, which ignores the real danger of a Trump presidency, in favor of that magical “R” beside his name.

This is the attitude that has infected the party. While some are simply resigned to having Trump as nominee and are convinced that it’s going to be one bad choice versus another, they may as well go with the bad choice that shares their party affiliation.

“Frankly, I still think Paul Ryan’s having a hard time getting on board,” the Kentucky congressman said of the Speaker of the House. “And I don’t think he’s a Gary Johnson voter. I’m just gonna tell you. I think some of these guys would secretly in their hearts rather have Hillary win and they’ll take a crack at it in 2020 than to have
Donald Trump win and upset their apple cart and their agenda that they’ve laid out for this country.”

Well, there’s a thought, and with Trump’s dismal poll numbers, it’s likely what we’ll be faced with.

Listen to the audio here.

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Special Report: Finding the right dog food

Dogs are so cute and cuddly and there’s almost nothing some people wouldn’t buy to make their new fur-baby happy. The aisles of every grocery and pet store are full of products marketed specifically to the puppy market, but are foods specific to an animal’s breed or stage of life really necessary?  
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LIVE VIDEO of Man Attempting to Climb Trump Tower Using Trump’s Own Superpower: Sucking

For some reason, on Wednesday afternoon a man is attempting to climb Trump Tower in Manhattan using suction cups. Here’s live video, if they haven’t stopped him yet.

Dozens of police are on scene, and they’ve put down a mat in case he falls. And apparently, he has some kind of point.

Buzzfeed reports:

A video entitled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)” was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday by a man who said he was seeking a meeting with Donald Trump. BuzzFeed News could not immediately confirm if the man in the video was the Trump Tower climber.

“I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter. I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request,” the man in the video says.

“The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention. If I had sought this via conventional means I would be much less likely to have success because you are a busy man with many responsibilities,” he says.

The man then says he will send his personal information to the Trump campaign, and urges people to vote for the Republican nominee in the US presidential election.

That’s all well and good, but I think we know the real reason for the climb:

UPDATE: They got him:

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POLL: American Voters Hate Trump Almost as Much as ISIS

This is one of those polls where you laugh a little bit and then cry. Via the Washington Examiner, voters were asked to identify what they perceived as threats to their personal way of life. In first place, the notorious terror group and serial decapitators ISIS, with 61% of respondents indicating that ISIS threatened their way of life. In second place, Donald Trump was viewed as a threat to their personal way of life by 54% of Americans.

Which, if you are keeping track at home, is not good news in terms of Trump’s chances of winning the general election.

Siginificantly, Trump was way, way ahead of both Hillary Clinton, Republicans in general, and the dirty rapist Mexicans that he has been demagoguing for political gain for over a year now:

Given six options to choose from, 61 percent of registered U.S. voters said they feel most threatened by radical Islamic extremists, followed by 54 percent who said a Trump administration frightens them the most.

Virtually the same percentage of voters (43 percent) said Republican policies and the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president threaten their way of life, while 39 percent felt that way toward the Democratic Party’s policy platform and 28 percent toward illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

There’s not a gentle way to say this, so I’ll just blurt it out: when over half the country views you personally as a threat to their very way of life, you are not gonna win a national election – period, end of story. Your best hope is to keep the country entertained and protect your brand identity as much as you can in the process.

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BREAKING: The Man Currently Climbing Trump Tower Has a Message for The Donald–The NYPD Are Furious

On Wednesday afternoon, a man put a stop to Manhattan traffic after being spotted climbing Trump Tower.

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The man, known only by the first name “Steve,” is using suction cups to scale the iconic building.

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Footage of him climbing popped up all over Twitter:

Here is a photo of the climber from a worker inside Trump Tower:

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What did “Steve” want? He reportedly “wanted Donald Trump to see him,” according to NBC 4 New York.

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The NYPD has cut through air ventilation grates trying to catch him.

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There is also a ladder from a fire truck attempting to catch him.

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And the NYPD has smashed a window trying to get the climber, who made it all the way to the 16th floor.

The NYPD has also inflated a large jumper pad under the climber.

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Here is a LIVE FEED of the climb:

Trump tower is 58 stories tall. Donald Trump has been campaigning all day and is not in the building. And Donald Trump says:

NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Donald Trump photographed in his boardroom at Trump Tower on 5th Avenue June 17, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: The Alleged Tower Climber Speaks.

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How Do You Advertise the ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Show Without Showing Guns? Fox Is About to Show Us…

For those who remember the 80’s action comedy “Lethal Weapon” franchise, the iconic image of Mel Gibson holding a pistol stands out.

Here’s a “Lethal Weapon 2” movie poster:

Image Credit: Movieposter.com

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Viewers knew what they were in store for when it came to this movie about two cops. There would be guns, there would be gunfire. It’s called “Lethal Weapon,” after all.

Now, the FOX network is set to air a “Lethal Weapon” television series based on the original movie franchise. There will be changes and modern updates to the story — to be expected.

But an advertising decision from the studio has some fans scratching their heads.

According to Cinemablend, FOX has decided to avoid featuring guns in any of their promotional art.

The chair of FOX, Dana Walden, had this to say over the decision:

“What we focus mostly on is that our shows not be gratuitously violent, that violence fits within the world of the storytelling and that overwhelmingly what we’re doing feels like entertainment and not gratuitous or something that feels like a documentary. These are entertaining shows. We think about it a lot from the marketing side. Even the artwork you saw of Lethal Weapon, we’re trying to focus on the characters, not on guns, or the violence, in the show. You have to hit a balance.

They’re trying to create stories that are relevant in this day and age and feel heightened and have life and death stakes and take place in a cop world or in the world of terrorism, it’s hard to imagine that without any violence, so it’s just trying to find the right balance.”

Fans of the show “24,” which is also enjoying a modern reboot in “24: Legacy” (starring Corey Hawkins from “Straight Outta Compton”), will also see a decrease in on-air weaponry.

EW.com reports that FOX studios plans to be more sparing with their use of gunplay, telling fans:

“We’re telling a thriller story, so clearly there will be gun play, but we’re trying to tell it in a thoughtful and modulated and complicated and humanistic way.”

This move to curb violence in promotional ads is a notable trend in Hollywood. After much protest, an “X-Men: Apocalypse” movie posters featuring Jennifer Lawrence being strangled were taken down.

Though FOX’s party line seems to be one of curtailed violence, it should be noted that the trailer for the new “Lethal Weapon” series features two guns in the first 15 seconds.

See for yourself:

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Muslim Flight Attendant Says She Was Suspended for Refusing to Serve Alcohol. Now She’s Firing Back

Charee Stanley is a practicing Muslim. She also happens to be a flight attendant for ExpressJet.

A typical job for most stewardess is to serve customers food and beverages while on board, and that includes alcohol.

Here’s where things get tricky — Stanley reportedly refused to serve booze to ExpressJet passengers, which she believes led to her being suspended without pay.

According to Fox 2 News, Stanley is now suing the airline for “violating her religious freedom.”

Apparently, Stanley began working for ExpressJet three years ago, but converted to Islam two years ago. After learning in 2015 that her newfound faith not only forbids consuming alcohol, but also forbids serving it to others, she immediately spoke with her supervisor.

CNN reports that Stanley worked out an arrangement with her boss on June 1, 2015, where a colleague would serve passengers alcohol in Stanley’s place when she was on duty.

Lena Masri, an attorney with Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the firm representing Stanley, told the news outlet in September:

“It was at the direction of the airlines that she began coordinating with the other flight attendant on duty so that when a passenger requested alcohol, the other flight attendant would accommodate that request. We know that this arrangement has worked beautifully and without incident and that it hasn’t caused any undue burden on the airline. After all, it was the suggestion of the airline.”

But on August 25, 2015, Stanley received a letter from the airline saying they were “revoking her religious accommodation” due to complaints from flight attendants and other employees claiming she “wasn’t fulfilling her duties.”

She was then placed on unpaid leave with the potential of being fired after 12 months.

Stanley now seeks to recover “unspecified compensatory and punitive damages” from ExpressJet.

Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Dawud Walid, explained that his organization is now representing Stanley and believes the legal action is about much more than money:

“This reasonable accommodation was then taken away from Ms. Stanley, and her rights were violated in the process. The primary duty of a flight attendant is to ensure the safety of those on the airplane.

More so beyond the damages, we want to ensure that other flight attendants that work for this airline have their rights preserved and protected.”

Walid said there were also complaints that she wore a hijab and read books in foreign languages, which he described as proof of “Islamophobia.”

ExpressJet responded to the recent controversy, saying, “it values diversity but cannot comment on specific personnel matters or ongoing litigation.”

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Do you think Stanley is justified in suing ExpressJet?

Yes, she was discriminated against.

No, she failed to do her job.

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Harrowing Video Shows What Happened to Rafts Being Tested on Waterslide That Killed 10-Year-Old

The nation is mourning the loss of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed while riding a Kansas waterslide.

Schwab, son of Kansas State Rep. Scott Schwab, died on a waterslide named Verrückt, which boasts a height of 168 feet, the tallest in the world.

People were quick to claim the death as an accident, but soon reports came streaming in that the massive waterslide might not be as safe customers were led to believe.

Now, this unbelievable video has surfaced, which shows a raft careening off of the slide.

 

The video was made before the slide opened to the public, and several safety precautions were not yet in place.

Still, it paints a harrowing picture.

There’s also this video, in which another waterslide participant reveals that his safety harness simply flew off during the ride:

 

So, was this waterslide unsafe, or was what happened to Caleb Schwab purely an accident?

Jeff Henry, who built the slide and runs the amusement park where it stands, spoke to USA Today and noted that the construction of Verrückt had “many issues”:

“We had many issues on the engineering side,” he said.

“A lot of our math was based on roller coasters at first, and that didn’t translate to a water slide like this.

No one had ever done anything like this before.”

He also admitted it was dangerous, but a “safe kind” of dangerous:

“It’s dangerous, but it’s a safe dangerous now,” he said.

Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn’t a family ride.

It’s for the thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure.”

Additionally, an employee at the park told Fox that she had never seen one single state inspection of the rides in all of the time she worked there.

 

The anonymous employee said the only “inspections” that the dangerous slide underwent is employees taking it for a spin:

“The only inspections we’ve ever done is people riding down slides one time,” she said.

In the wake of the tragedy, Kansas lawmaker David Haley has requested stricter regulations on amusement parks.

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Has Obama’s Nuclear Surrender Created An Open Season On Dissident Iranians?

While we were all preoccupied with who Trump want’s to shoot next, what secrets Hillary Clinton wants to give to foreign governments, and the going price for US hostages something else happened which should scare all of us. On Saturday, an Iranian dissident, Mehdi Khosravi, with a grant of political asylum in the UK was arrested as he entered Italy. The cause of the arrest was an international warrant issued by the Mullah-ocracy in Tehran. You read that right. A guy who fled Iran and was granted political asylum was arrested by a western nation with the intent of returning him to a nearly sure date with the gallows in Iran.

How did this come to pass?

Via Eli Lake at Bloomberg:

Since the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has expressed his wish for Iran to join the community of nations. Taken in the abstract, this is not objectionable. If Iran changes its behavior, Western countries should try to meet it half way, so the theory goes.

But when understood in the particular, it is dangerous statecraft. Consider the recent fate of Mehdi Khosravi, an Iranian opposition figure who received refugee status in 2009 from the U.K. On Saturday, Khosravi was arrested by Italian police in Lecco at the request of a court in Tehran.

If Iran was a normal nation, this would not be controversial. Countries fulfill extradition requests all the time. But Iran is more like Russia under Vladimir Putin, which also uses the extradition process to target its political opponents. Ask William Browder, the American investor whose lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in prison as he was investigating the theft of tax revenue. Last year, the Russians issued a “red notice” with Interpol for Browder’s arrest.

To be clear, Khosravi fled Tehran because he was on the losing side in Iranian elections and has since become a figure in the shadow government-in-exile presided over by the son of the late Shah. The fact that the Iranians waited nearly a decade to issue a warrant indicates that his crimes are being a pain in the ass to the hirsute, odoriferous thugs who are now Barack Obama’s favored “partner” in the Middle East.

Saber said he believes the arrest may represent an effort on the part of some Italian government officials to curry favor with the Iranians after last summer’s nuclear deal. “I think the Italian government wants to work economically with the regime,” he said. “Maybe the Italian government has been asked to do this.” The Italian embassy Monday offered no comment other than the press statement from the Lecco police district.

If Saber’s theory is correct, it suggests another dark consequence of the Iran nuclear deal. When U.S. officials first sold the pact, they emphasized that only the sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program would be lifted in exchange for Iranian concessions. If European countries are beginning to honor Iran’s extradition requests, then this is another consequence of a diplomatic arrangement Obama insisted was a narrow nuclear one only a year ago.

Patrick Clawson, the director of research for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told me he hoped Khosravi’s arrest was a “bureaucratic mix-up, and not an effort to curry favor with the Iranians.” Clawson said the Iranians have placed the names of political opponents inside the Interpol system requesting judicial extradition for years. But Western governments have properly ignored these requests.

“Once a Western government has accepted someone as a refugee, they should not face arrest,” Clawson said. “Unless this gentleman is being held by authorities for some crime he has committed outside Iran, it’s outrageous to even arrest him.”

Lake is really too kind. Before the nuclear deal, and before business was possible in Iran, any Western nation would have laughed at an Iranian arrest warrant for a political dissident. Now, with visions of billions of dollars of trade deals dancing in their heads, weak sisters like Italy are lining up to placate the mullahs. And if a few dissidents have to hang, well you gotta break eggs to make whatever they do with eggs in Italy.

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