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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Announces BAN on TRANSGENDER People in the Military

Mark Moore

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that “transgender individuals” should not be allowed to serve in “any capacity” in the US military.
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow​ …,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …​”​
He finished up by writing: “victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
His comments are a significant change in the stance he took last year during the presidential campaign.
“Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs,” Trump wrote on Twitter in June 2016.
It’s not certain what prompted Trump’s tweetstorm about transgender people in the military, but earlier this month the House narrowly defeated a bill that would have ended allowing the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.
The amendment to the defense policy bill introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) would have prohibited money to be spent by the military on medical treatment related to gender transition.
“It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars,” she said.
Democrats, including Rep. Steny Hoyer and ​House leader Nancy Pelosi, called the measure bigoted.
​Stoyer of Maryland accused Hartzler of trying to “politically denigrate” transgender troops.​
​Transgender military members have been able to serve openly since last year when Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. ​
​​Last month, Defense Secretary James Mattis extended a deadline by six months for military officials to review whether the policy of allowing transgender individuals to ​enlist will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the armed forces.
​Transgender people already in the military would be allowed to continue​ serving, but no new transgender recruits would be able to join during the review.
​A Rand Corp. study​ ​ found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military.
With wires​

Trump Critics Liken BOY SCOUT Event to a HITLER Youth Rally

The spectacle of wealthy left-wing Hollywood elites publicly knocking members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of their robust cheering for President Trump as he addressed their national gathering is producing a backlash among those familiar with both the White House and the 107-year-old youth organization.
Earlier this week, Trump gave a speech in West Virginia to the National Scout Jamboree, a yearly gathering of more than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers. Besides lauding Scouts’ values, Trump blasted his predecessor and made other highly partisan comments. Throughout the speech, the boys gave him frequent enthusiastic applause.
Criticism from across the political spectrum focused on the partisan tone of the speech, and the group’s leadership even issued a statement distancing itself from Trump’s comments.
The Boy Scouts of America “is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies,” the BSA statement said.
But while there was bipartisan criticism of Trump for injecting politics into the Boy Scouts meeting, some on the left also ridiculed the Scouts themselves for cheering Trump.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore and soap opera actress Nancy Lee Grahn, for example, both likened the Boy Scouts meeting as reminiscent of Hitler Youth rallies.
[Boy Scouts of America] is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy.
- Boy Scouts of America
The Hitler invocations are not new where Trump is concerned. Many progressives routinely compare Trump to the Nazi leader. There’s even a Twitter account named @TrumpandHitler.
Moore tweeted: “I'm an Eagle Scout. Trump using the 30,000 Boy Scouts as his props tonight was a scene out of Triumph of the Will. Shocking abuse of children.”
Grahn, who appears on the soap opera “General Hospital,” tweeted: “Tragically, #boyscouts in 2017 applaud Trump just like the all blonde blue eyed youth did for Hitler in the 30's.”
Many say those who are drawing parallels to Hitler and young Nazis are being vicious and irrational.
“It’s customary to invite the president,” said John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and a former Scoutmaster who founded Trail Life USA, a conservative group that opposes homosexuality and was formed as an alternative to Boy Scouts. “If you’re going to invite President Trump, you need to know he’s going to be President Trump. He was doing what he does.”
Though Stemberger has been a vocal opponent of the Boy Scout’s more progressive moves, such as allowing gay members and troop leaders, as well as transgender Scouts, he said he objects to the criticism that has been heaped upon the youths after Trump’s speech.
“There are many legitimate criticisms of the Boy Scouts of America, but it’s nonsense to compare them to Hitler youth,” Stemberger said. “It’s an irresponsible comment. The left is critical of anything that tries to promote uniformity and character-building. That’s a problem for them.”
Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration and now chairman of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called Trump’s speech “highly inappropriate.”
“In a speech to the Boy Scouts, of course the president should go and speak, and give views on policy, on the health care bill," Painter said, “But I don’t think that in front of the Boy Scouts you attack your predecessor, President Obama, and the Boy Scouts to cheer, or attack Hillary Clinton for an election that’s over. You’re using the Boy Scouts for a political rally.”
That said, Painter noted, tossing out terms like "Hitler youth" is unfair.
“I don’t want this to be an attack on the Boy Scouts,” said Painter, adding that the organization has to invite all presidents. “I think it would be sad for people to turn on the Boy Scouts and portray them as a right-wing organization.”
“Scouting prepares Democratic and Republican [boys] alike to be loyal to their country, their values transcend political party, and patriotism is critical [to them],” he said. “They have an American flag on their sleeve, not a picture of Donald Trump.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Is DNC IT Imran Awan WikiLeaks Source?

Image result for Imran Awan / debbie wasserman


A House IT aide working for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was arrested this week on bank fraud charges while trying to leave the country.
Fox News reported that Imran Awan was arrested Monday night at Dulles International Airport in Virginia about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C.
Awan, an IT staffer who has worked for many House Democrats and was employed by Wasserman Schultz, was allegedly at the center of a scheme that involved double-charging the House for IT equipment, and may also have exposed House information online, according to Fox.
Feds/USCP bust Hse IT staffer Imran Awan & charge him with multiple counts of bank fraud as part of Hse IT procurement scandal
A spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz said that Awan had been fired on Tuesday.

Feds/USCP picked up Imran Awan at Dulles Aiport last night as he was "trying to leave the country." Has been arraigned. Surrendered passport

“Mr. Awan previously served as an employee in our office, but his services have been terminated," Wasserman Schultz' spokesman David Damron said in a statement.
Awan and his family have reportedly worked for House Democrats for years. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various members, according to a Politico report.
In March, a group of House Democrats fired Awan and one other stafferover their alleged involvement in the scheme and the looming criminal investigation. However, Fox News reported Tuesday that Wasserman Schultz still has Awan on her staff's payroll despite him being barred from accessing the House's computer system since February.
At the time, Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) both defended Awan.
“As of right now, I don’t see a smoking gun,” Meeks told Politico in March. “I have seen no evidence that they were doing anything that was nefarious.”
“He needs to have a hearing. Due process is very simple. You don’t fire someone until you talk to them,” Fudge added
A spokesman for Wasserman Schultz's office told Politico in March that Awan worked for the staff in an "advisory" role “providing advice on technology issues.”

Another RAPE. Another ILLEGAL Immigrant

An illegal immigrant living in New York allegedly raped a girl several times when she was 12 and 13 years old -- including once in front of a baby.
Fernando Alvarado-Perez, 37, was charged with first-degree rape, criminal sexual act and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, the Livingston County News reported.
The Genessee Sun reported Alvarado-Perez had sex with the girl while in front of a baby, however, additional information surrounding the case was not available. It’s unclear when the alleged rapes occurred.
Alvarado-Perez told police he had come to the United States illegally about 10 years ago, officials said, adding that Border Patrol and immigration officials were notified. An immigration detainer was issued by the Department of Homeland Security to the Livingston County Jail where Alvarado-Perez is being held without bail.
The Livingston County News reported a new policy dictating how Geneseo police officers are supposed to interact with individuals who may be illegal immigrants did not come into play when investigating and arresting Alvarado-Perez.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian told the Livingston County News in an email Monday: “Our officers were concerned about investigating this incident and assisting the family the best we could with referral services to other agencies. His immigration status wasn’t a priority to us.”
The police department adopted the policy in May after a traffic stop in March involving two adult women and six children suspected of being in the country illegally.
Renda Cole, a resident of Geneseo, launched a GoFundMe page to aid Alvarado-Perez’s alleged victim in finding “the help she will need for the rest of [her] life professionally and emotionally in the form of counselling and anything medically.”
“Anyone affected by rape knows how difficult it can be and how physically draining it is on a family,” Cole wrote on the fundraiser page.

Scaramucci: You're Fired! LEAKED to WH Aid, He QUITS.

 Natalie O'Neill

White House press aide Michael Short resigned Tuesday after the president’s new communications director revealed plans to fire him, according to a report.
“I have resigned, effective immediately,” Short told the political blog The Hill via text message Tuesday. “It was a privilege to serve the President of the United States.”
Earlier in the day, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told the Politico website that he planned to fire Short over alleged leaks.
Since Scaramucci didn’t tell him, Short initially denied the story.
“No one has told me anything, and the entire premise is false,” he told CNN.
In a strange twist, Scaramucci blamed “another leak” for early news of the firing — even though he was the person who let it slip.
“This is the problem with the leaking,” Scaramucci told a throng of reporters in West Wing driveway. “This is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic,” he said.
The former financier then threatened to fire the whole White House press staff to root out leakers.
“I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it,” Scaramucci said.
He’s been given “a thousand percent” permission from President Trump to enact the bold plan, he said.
Scaramucci hopes to make his own mark on the press operation by purging it of staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer, according to The Hill.
Short worked closely with both Priebus and Spicer at the Republican National Committee.
A person close to Short claimed he wasn’t responsible for the leaks.

CRIME Underground? MTA Workers HATE Cops!

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpi

Jefferson Seigel, Shayna Jacobs

Transportation workers defend subway clerk accused of ignoring cops inside station

The subway booth clerk busted for allegedly interfering with a police pursuit of a shoplifter at the 59th St.-Columbus Circle station had a gaggle of defenders in the courtroom Thursday who said he was just doing his job.

“This is an attack against all the station agents,” said Derick Echevarria, vice president of stations for the Transport Workers Union, said of the arrest of his colleague Darryl Goodwin, whom he has known since high school.

He suggested Goodwin didn’t see the cops who were yelling for him to open the gate because he was swamped with a long line of customers.

“We know the rules. We know we’re supposed to open the gate for the cops but we have to see them. What is he guilty of? Maybe not moving fast enough for them,” the union official added.

MTA clerk refuses to help cops in pursuit of shoplifter

Goodwin, 54, was arrested for the May 16 incident during which an NYPD lieutenant said he injured his thumb.

Goodwin’s case was called briefly in Manhattan Criminal Court and adjourned to Aug. 10.

Goodwin’s case was called briefly in Manhattan Criminal Court and adjourned to Aug. 10.

Cops, who were chasing a suspect they believed had stolen from a nearby CVS pharmacy, said Goodwin refused to open the gate to let them into the station.

But Goodwin’s lawyer, Paul London, said Thursday that his client was busy with a long line of subway riders in need of help when cops claim he brushed them off.

Cuomo announces $1 billion infusion of state funds to repair MTA

“He was working, he was helping another customer,” London said. “I believe that this lieutenant felt that my client intentionally disrespected him but it was nothing of the sort.”

He said the demand from the officers was “a little odd because law enforcement is provided with free Metrocards as well as keys to the access points.”

London said Goodwin, who was suspended by the MTA at the time of his arrest, was able to return to work on Thursday.

Goodwin is charged with assault, obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest.


CRUZ Missile to REPLACE Sessions?

Joe Tacopino

President Trump is considering replacing Attorney General Jess Sessions with Texas senator and loyal Trump supporter Ted Cruz, a report said.
Trump has become increasingly frustrated with the attorney general since he recused himself from the Russian collusion investigation and White House officials are looking at replacements, according to The Washington Post.
Two people being considered for the job are Cruz and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, the paper said.
Cruz has previously said that he didn’t think it was necessary for Sessions to recuse himself in the probe.
Trump has made a number of public comments disparaging Sessions, including calling the attorney general “beleaguered” in a tweet Monday.
So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?


WAR on the Horizon? China Preps for Korean Conflict

The Chinese military has reportedly been building up defenses along its border with North Korea that coincide with warnings by President Trump that he is considering military action over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons push.
The Wall Street Journal, citing a review of official military and government websites and interviews with experts, reported that Beijing has built bunkers to protect against nuclear blasts, established a new border brigade and a 24-hour surveillance of the mountainous frontier.
The preparations are intended to respond to worst-case scenarios, like an economic collapse, nuclear contamination or a conflict, the experts told the paper.
The Chinese government has not spoken out about the report of preparations. An official from its defense ministry said in a statement that the forces “maintain a normal state of combat readiness and training.”
“Military means shouldn’t be an option to solve the Korean Peninsula issue,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Mark Cozad, who works at the Rand Corp think tank, told the paper these preparations “go well beyond” creating a buffer zone at the border.
“If you’re going to make me place bets on where I think the U.S. and China would first get into a conflict, it’s not Taiwan, the South China Sea or the East China Sea: I think it’s the Korean Peninsula,” he said.
The Trump administration is searching for more effective ways to ramp up pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang’s recent successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile — the first by the North — has created even more urgency as the U.S. seeks to stop North Korea before it can master the complex process of putting a nuclear warhead atop a missile capable of hitting the United States.
President Trump has expressed frustration that his initial strategy — enlisting China’s help and influence to squeeze the North economically and diplomatically — has not yielded major results. Trump’s administration is also considering other economic steps including “secondary sanctions” that could target companies and banks — mostly in China — that do even legitimate business with North Korea, officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report