He’s Baaaaaack: Bill O’Reilly Returns With Podcast On Monday

Since Fox News and Bill O’Reilly parted ways last week many have wondered what the 67-year-old would do now. Write more books? Walking into the sunset and entering a full retirement? Even the idea of the host moving his show to Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze was floated on CNN and even by Beck himself (joking with the caveat that O’Reilly would have to take a massive pay cut.)

But O’Reilly will make his first public statements following his departure from Fox News on his ‘No Spin News’ podcast, according to his website.

The podcast is only available as premium content to paid subscribers of the website. One can be certain that a lot of $4.99 subscriptions will be expensed by news outlets by Monday morning.

The O’Reilly Factor, which had been changed to simply ‘The Factor,’ was shuttered after twenty-one years by Greg Gutfeld on Friday night.

Closing out the show for the last time, Gutfeld said, “How do I turn out the lights on such a venerable and amazing show? I can’t. It’s not my show and it’s not my place. So on behalf of all of us on ‘The Factor,’ good night and godspeed.”

There is no question that Fox News has undergone one of the biggest shake-ups in modern memory, from editorial bent to longtime popular hosts like Megyn Kelly and now O’Reilly leaving by choice or being forced out. Greta Van Susteren left for MSNBC after Roger Ailes was forced out for sexual misconduct last year.

Now the only question is whether O’Reilly can make podcasts popular with his Baby Boomer fan base.

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Tennessee: Female Genital Mutilation Is Not One of Our Concerns

The recent arrest of two Detroit doctors for complicity in carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) in immigrant communities has got a lot of people asking questions. The CDC estimates as many as a half-million women and girls in the United States are at risk of having FGM inflicted upon them, but since the practice was outlawed in 1997 there have been a total of 10 arrests. How can this be? Either the CDC estimate is stratospherically wrong or there is an informal vow of silence in place among health care professionals who are not reporting child abuse to authorities out of a sense of political correctness or from fear that parents will be deported.

In 2011, there were 21 cases of FGM reported in Tennessee. You might think Tennessee is an odd place to find this practice but the Population Reference Bureau ranks Tennessee as 18th in the nation in regards to risk of FGM. And it ranks Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area as 20th in nationwide risk.

In 2012 a state law was passed requiring health care professionals to report cases of FGM to law enforcement. You had 21 reported cases in 2011 with no reporting requirements so one would expect the number to increase once reporting became mandatory.

Nope.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is the agency that should receive reports of FGM, doesn’t track the complaints.

The TBI confirmed to The Star that FGM is reportable to TIBRS under the broader category of “Aggravated Assault” although there is no way to identify FGM incidents in the TNCrimeOnline system within the “aggravated assault” menu, even though the report can identify incidents in categories including “Lovers’ Quarrel,” “Hunting Accident,” and “Juvenile Gang.”

The Star questioned TBI spokesman Josh DeVine regarding TBI’s knowledge and reporting of the twenty-one 2011 FGM cases.

“In incidents reported to our program, we are not necessarily aware of specific details of that nature. Our TIBRS program collects specific demographic and incident information, but does not collect full narratives,” DeVine told The Star.

Given the attention the two Detroit arrests have garnered, it seems safe to say that there have been ZERO arrests and prosecutions for FGM in Tennessee since reporting became mandatory. That the TBI’s database has not been expanded to include a reporting requirement mandated under state law calls into question just how much Tennessee law enforcement actually cares about these cases.

More troubling is the response of the Tennessee Department of Health.

After learning about the twenty-one cases of FGM in Tennessee in 2011, The Tennessee Star asked the TDH whether any of those cases had been reported to any of the local or regional health departments and whether TDH was aware of any other incidents of FGM occurring after 2011.

Without any additional comment, TDH responded by quoting back the 2012 FGM reporting law and underscoring the law’s mandate that law enforcement has an affirmative duty to receive and report when girls under age 18 are mutilated in Tennessee.

TDH did not answer a follow-up question regarding whether the law prohibited TDH from collecting FGM incident information. TDH did, however, confirm that they had not asked any legislator to add TDH to the reporting statute.

Sen. Bill Ketron, the sponsor of the 2012 FGM reporting law told The Star that the initial goal of his bill was to put the issue of FGM, which he describes as “a despicable act of abuse,” in the hands of law enforcement for prosecution. As to reporting FGM cases to the TDH, Sen. Ketron said, “I also think that it would be helpful to keep track of this through the Department of Health and will bring a bill next year to accomplish this.”

The first line in educating health care professionals on their responsibilities under Tennessee’s reporting law is obviously the licensing agency for those professionals. The fact that they are punting to law enforcement indicates that they have no interest in eradicating this practice. One can nearly see the little PC wheels whirring away thinking, “if immigrants are afraid they will be reported for sexually mutilating their daughters they may not seek health care.”

It seems increasingly clear that the reason there have not been arrests for FGM is that many people, in the health care professions and in the administration of justice, simply do not think the crime is a big deal.

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From Shattered: Russia Hacking Story Was Created By Clinton Campaign As Damage Control

What a difference six months makes. Do you remember in the lead up to the election how we were all told that questioning the legitimacy of the election was unpatriotic and possibly dangerous, what’s more that it would be nearly impossible to rig the vote ?

In a vivid illustration of how Mr. Trump is shattering American political norms, the Republican nominee is alleging that a conspiracy is underway between the news media and the Democratic Party to commit vast election fraud. He has offered no evidence to support his claim.

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

American elections are, unlike those in many democracies, largely decentralized, rendering the possibility of large-scale fraud extraordinarily unlikely. Further, the balloting in many of the hardest-fought states will be overseen by Republican officials, individuals who would be highly unlikely to consent to helping Mrs. Clinton rig the vote.

—The New York Times

Give the Democrats credit, they had no problem turning on a dime and steam rolling everything they had said. In less than a day Hillary’s team eagerly embraced the rigged election narrative they had previously denounced as dangerous and possibly leading to violence.

“I’m angry,” Hillary told her friend. And exhausted. After two brutal campaigns against Sanders and Trump, Hillary now had to explain the failure to friends in a seemingly endless round of phone calls. That was taking a toll on her already weary and grief-stricken soul. But mostly, she was mad— mad that she’d lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency.

That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.

—From Shattered

Turns out telling people that the election was stolen from them would result in violence was about the one thing the democrats did get right. We saw it at the inauguration , we see it when conservatives go to speak, when anyone the left doesn’t like goes to rally. What’s more there is no sign the violence is de-escalating. The leftist groups that have been egged on by the campaign to rewrite the results of the November election are now looking to arm up for greater violence.

Not getting disarmed is a big part of the problem, yes, but we need more than flags and bats. We need to take notes from the John Brown Gun Club and get firearms and training. I know getting firearms in states and cities we have a presence in is usually a hassle, but even handguns would help. It would certainly put a psychological element in while holding fash back. Who do you think a fascist is more afraid of? People with only flags and bats, or people with flags, bats, and guns?”

—The Blaze

It’s a pretty sad place to be, because a crazy woman couldn’t take defeat gracefully, and has media and a major political party thinking they salvage their loss by helping her.

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Ann Coulter Is “Apparently” Going to Sue Berkeley Over Canceled Speech

In the wake of having her invitation to speak at UC-Berkeley rescinded, Ann Coulter announced yesterday that she was “apparently” going to sue the school for breach of contract. Coulter was a guest on The Larry O’Connor radio show, and told the host:

Our lawyer sent a letter to University of California, Berkeley today listing, it’s a beautiful letter, listing all their First Amendment violations and saying if you don’t provide a room for her for the 27th, an appropriate venue and provide security by the end of the day we will be suing Monday morning. And we just got the letter back, so apparently we’re suing.

Okay, so Berkeley didn’t completely rescind the invitation; they instead offered her a less-than-prime spot speaking on the afternoon of May 2nd, a day on which there are no classes and when which students will be preparing for final exams. (And, no, you’re not alone in wondering if final exams at Berkeley involve donning a unicorn horn and covering yourself in fairy dust.)

Possible pending lawsuit notwithstanding, Coulter plans to keep her April 27 date with Berkeley, even if it means speaking in the office of Berkeley president Janet Napolitano. Coulter also suggested she might speak from the steps of the campus’ Sproul Hall “where Mario Savio gave his free speech talk.”

Coulter noted to O’Connor that when Vicente Fox spoke at Berkeley on the subject of immigration, the same topic on which Coulter planned/plans to speak, he had “the red carpet rolled out for him.”

And, oh the irony of Janet Napolitano overseeing all of this; yes, the same Janet Napolitano who, as Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, oversaw the deportation of 2.5 million illegals. She now, of course, is an ardent supporter of DACA because being a part of the Berkeley culture means fully embracing their anti-free speech liberal utopia … or else.

As for Coulter, she thinks the way to handle Berkeley’s intolerance toward conservatives starts with President Trump. “Trump should be calling out the National Guard to let conservative speakers speak so the fascistic denizens of Berkeley can see that they live in a democracy with a constitution that protects free speech.”

Love her or hate her, it’s hard to quarrel with Coulter when she concludes, “It’s only conservative speakers who are subjected to this.”

 

 

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It Shouldn’t Surprise You That the #MarchForScience Looks More Like Another #MarchForLeftism

As you might have expected, the #MarchForScience is little more than a global celebration of the leftist holy day known as Earth Day. This is just another round of left wing Democrat astroturf.

Some marchers were there to promote the “science” of revoking Second Amendment rights.

In those three pictures tweeted by The Hill, there are three Muppets and two politicians. Not one scientist.

Earth is a planet, not a mother or a “she” so the pink pussy hats are probably don’t apply here, but they do reveal who these protesters really are.  Also, why is there a sign referencing The Giving Tree?

Another “Beaker” and if you look closely in that picture there’s a sign referencing Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring the 50 year old book containing the junk science hysteria over pesticides that has led to tens of millions of deaths from mosquito borne illnesses. Victims of “science.”

Some marchers even appeared to be marching for science fiction.

Ok, but what about all the movies where the disasters are caused by scientists?  Never mind. That doesn’t matter because those movies aren’t real either.

Maybe that’s because your not. You’re marching for politics.

 

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WikiLeaks To Trump: You Loved Us Once

Total “Fatal Attraction” move, Assange. Not cool.

On Friday, WikiLeaks took a shot at President Trump because, you know, they’re not going to be ignored, or something.

Actually, they were responding to a report that the Trump administration is looking into bringing charges against Assange, as well as other WikiLeaks employees.

That is, if they can find any.

I’ve never actually heard of anyone else with WikiLeaks, except Assange. Have you?

From the Washington Examiner:

Federal investigators said a memo is in the draft stage and they will be looking back as far 2010, when WikiLeaks posted thousands of U.S. Army intel officer Bradley Manning’s stolen files.

The Justice Department also believes it has proof that WikiLeaks played a part in the infamous leak from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

WikiLeaks has been in the news a lot, lately, as they have targeted the U.S. intelligence community with their hacks, and the release of material they claim reveals CIA methods for remotely turning smartphones and smart TVs into surveillance devices.

Their cheeky response was to tweet out a clip of Trump on the campaign trail, when he declared that he loved WikiLeaks.

That was when WikiLeaks was spilling Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee’s secrets to the whole world.

Like a scorned lover.

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VIDEO: Man Dressed as Carrot Steals Generic Leftist Protester’s Thunder…Really

In this video shot at Auburn University, the kid dressed like a fugitive from a high school drama class and carrying a drum is angry about stuff. It’s not exactly clear what he’s angry about—something about fascist police patrolling neighborhoods and terrorizing transgendered people. It’s like someone planned a leftist protest by using a book of Mad Libs.

The crowd seems to be there mostly to watch the embarrassing spectacle unfold and not to listen to the pink fauxhawded hipster’s grievances. This probably only made him angrier about the effects of climate change on transgenders of color and their access to affordable birth control. Or whatever.

Then comes a guy who is totally committed to a pun. He’s dressed as a carrot because he doesn’t “carrot all about your outrage.”

(LANGUAGE WARNING. NSFW)

Seems like the kids at Auburn are a lot more sympathetic to root vegetables than left wing histrionics.

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Seattle Mayor Murray’s Alleged Sex Abuse Victim: He Should Resign

One of the two men who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexual assault when they were teens in the 1980’s has spoken out about what he and his lifelong friend, Jeff Simpson, went through. Lloyd Anderson, now 51 and living in Florida, spoke with the Seattle magazine The Stranger and said his only goal is to have Ed Murray resign as mayor.

Anderson, who pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching his wife’s teenage niece in 1998 and is a registered sex offender, says that he took responsibility for what he did and he wants Ed Murray to do the same for his alleged misconduct.

“I just don’t think that the person should get away with it. I did what I did, I admitted to what I did, and I think that if anybody in this world has done it, then he needs to come forward and they need to say, “Yeah, and I need to pay for what I did. I did what I did, I’m guilty, and I shouldn’t have done it, and I need to take the consequences that come along with that,” you know, and that’s something I think every person needs to do, especially in this particular kind of thing. Because it can wreck a person for their lives, you know. I mean, it screwed me up my whole life.”

Anderson states that he is non-political and doesn’t consider himself a Democrat or a Republican. He also told The Stranger that while he is “kind of a Christian,” he has a live and let live attitude toward gay marriage. “Well, if it makes them happy, you know, then I think that’s alright,” Anderson said. Essentially putting to rest the accusations that Anderson’s accusations are politically motivated or anti-gay.

Anderson also went into some detail of the alleged abuse. Saying that Murray was “almost violent” when Anderson was performing sex acts on Murray. According to Anderson, Murray allegedly paid him $15 to $30 for on more than one occasion.

Anderson also spoke about what his friend, Jeff Simpson, now 48, told him about his alleged sex abuse by Murray. Simpson was the plaintiff in the 2008 case against Murray that was dropped because of statute of limitations issues. Both Anderson and Simpson met Murray when they were placed in a home for children called Parry House, where Murray was their custodian. The Stranger reports that he became emotional when he recounted the younger man’s abuse and the fact that he felt helpless to do anything at the time.

Anderson, who has taken no legal action on his own behalf and stayed silent in the initial days following the filing of new allegations against the mayor, says he forgives Murray but he wants Murray to resign.

“I want him to know that I want him to resign, because this is not going to stop. We are going to continue to let the public know what he has done and the best thing for him would be for him to resign.”

“Like I said, I am a Christian, and I do forgive. I won’t forget, but I do forgive. And that’s probably the only thing that’s kept me alive this long because I do have forgiveness in my heart. I just don’t feel like a person who has done this to people should represent a state or a city or whatever, I just don’t think that that’s the right thing.”

Mayor Ed Murray denies the allegation of all three accusers and his attorney, Katherine Heekin, says Murray will not be resigning his position over these allegations or the pending lawsuit, which neither Anderson or Simpson are a part of.

The entire interview with Lloyd Anderson is available here.

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Zing! KFC’s Newest Fetching/Eye-Catching Colonel Sanders

Confession: I’ve never been all that big on chicken. As a kid, I’d usually eat “the crispy part” and leave the rest largely untouched.  Clearly, I wasn’t focused on healthy eating at that stage of the game.

Even as an adult, I’d opt for cow or pig before chicken.  Except when I was pregnant with my daughter. Suddenly, I was craving fried chicken salads, even though I’d never before had one.  After that, I gradually expanded my carnivorous horizons to include an occasional chicken caesar salad, maybe even an actual chicken breast, provided it was properly adorned with wine, cheese, and mushrooms or some other tasty accoutrements.  Never got into wings, though. And for fast food, the choice was most always some sort of burger or roast beef — maybe Taco Bell to spice things up.

Lately, though, I’ve developed a thing for KFC’s popcorn nuggets.  (Probably because they’re more batter than actual chicken.)  Some nuggets and mashed potatoes and gravy have been my go-to comfort food after a long day — had some just the other night, in fact.

Still, I’ve shied away from their chicken sandwiches.  Just…too much chicken for my tastes.  Now, though, KFC is introducing its new “Zinger” sandwich — it’s spicy and made by hand, and they’ve reportedly spent $80 million developing it and upgrading equipment.  To roll it out, they’ve hired a somewhat unlikely new Colonel Sanders:  Rob Lowe

I was 14 the first time I encountered Rob Lowe – He played the ailing Sam Alden, a boy in need of a heart transplant, in the TV movie “Thursday’s Child.” I’ll freely admit I was smitten, and have remained a fan through his turns as Soda Pop Curtis, Dean Youngblood, Sam Seaborn, and even Number 2! To this day, “About Last Night” remains one of my favorite movies, and “Danny” is no doubt a big part of that.

So I congratulate both KFC and Rob Lowe on their new joint venture.  This chicken skeptic may just have to give the Zinger a try.

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House Oversight Wants To Know How Trump Plans To Donate Profits From His Businesses Back To The U.S. Treasury

Apparently, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee aren’t willing to just take President Trump’s word about how he’ll donate profits from foreign governments to the nation’s treasury.

It appears they’re familiar with the man’s history.

In a bipartisan show, chairman of the committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) sent a letter to the Trump Organization’s lawyer, Sheri Dillon, requesting details of exactly how Trump intends to keep his word.

The letter demands all information related to how the company plans to sort and return foreign government profits to the government, what Trump properties or entities are going to return said profits and whether the company plans to claim these donations to the treasury as tax deductions.

On Jan. 17, Trump held a press conference to announce his plans to place his two adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, in charge of his Trump Organization while maintaining his full ownership stake in all of his companies and properties. His decision to break with decades of presidential precedent and not divest or fully separate himself from his business opened him up to a vast array of conflicts of interest.

The letter was sent the day after Chaffetz announced he wouldn’t be seeking reelection in 2018, and could possibly exit even sooner.

I guess he’s just tying up loose ends.

The concern some have with Trump’s arrangements lies with the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which says government officials can’t accept gifts, any sort of payments, or “titles of nobility” from foreign governments.

It’s an ethics issue.

Dillon has said that the Emoluments Clause doesn’t apply to Trump. I’m not sure why. He’s a government official, right? I mean, he’s actually THE government official, so it would seem to especially apply to him.

“The Constitution does not require President-elect Trump to do anything here,” she said in January. “But, just like with conflicts of interest, he wants to do more than what the Constitution requires. So, President-elect Trump has decided, and we are announcing today, that he is going to voluntarily donate all profits from foreign governments made to his hotel to the United States treasury.”

The Emoluments Clause is from our Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8. I’ve got a Pocket Constitution right here, actually, and it reads:

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

That’s copied exactly from the text.

I suppose there can be some honest, open debate about whether personally profiting from foreign dignitaries staying at Trump properties could be considered a “gift” or something of that nature.

Trump’s tax lawyer says “no,” but there are Constitutional lawyers and ethics gurus who say otherwise.

Chaffetz and Cummings want to know how the Trump Organization is calculating the profits from these events and hotel room reservations. The average profit margin for a luxury hotel was between 6 to 15 percent in 2013. Where does the Trump D.C. hotel fall in that range?

The hotel is not the only potential landing place for foreign government profits. According to USA Today, the Trump Organization has sold 58 real estate properties for about $90 million since the election. The majority of those sales have gone to limited liability companies that mask the identity of the owner.

Regardless, Trump made certain promises about what he intended to do with those profits, in order to calm any concerns, and House Oversight is right to want to get details nailed down, long before it becomes a major issue.

 

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