Friday, December 29, 2017

FBI executed search warrant on former Sheriff David Clarke's emails

Via Billy

A court filing made public this week says that the FBI obtained a search warrant in March to go through former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's personal email. This was for an investigation into an incident between Clarke and fellow airline passenger, Dan Black, in January. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The FBI obtained a search warrant to access former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s personal email in March, according to a federal court filing made public this week.

An affidavit dated March 7 explained the FBI wanted access to Clarke’s personal Gmail account for an investigation into an incident between Clarke and fellow airline passenger, Dan Black, in January.

Black sued, claiming he was unlawfully detained by six uniformed deputies and two K-9 dogs after a squabble with Clarke aboard an American Airlines flight in January.

Special Agent Jennifer Walkowski requested the search warrant for the FBI after being pointed towards the emails by Milwaukee County auditors.

Iranian Protesters Chant: “Death to the Dictator! Death to the Dictator!”

Via Billy

Iranian protests are spreading throughout the country.
A woman protested on a street corner without her hijab on Thursday.

This brave woman  stood up against the regime.

Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner is the Director of ‘Memphis Greenspace,’ Which Took Down Civil War Monuments

Via Billy

The hasty removal of two Confederate monuments Wednesday overnight has sparked a number of questions into the specifics of the transaction between Memphis city officials and the virtually unknown non-profit corporation that bought the properties, called “Memphis Greenspace.”

Shelby County Commission member Van Turner held a press conference Thursday to begin to answer those questions, beginning with the fact that he is the director of “Memphis Greenspace.”

WREG News Channel 3 was in Memphis to cover the presser:

More @ TN

Tennessee House Republican Caucus Calls for Investigation into Removal of Confederate Statues in Memphis

Via Billy


On Thursday, Tennessee House Majority Leader State Rep. Glen Casada (R-Thompsons Station) and Republican Caucus Chairman State Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) called for an investigation into the removal of two Confederate statues Wednesday evening from property that was owned by the City of Memphis until just a few hours earlier.

“Last night, the Memphis City Council unanimously approved the sale of the Health Sciences Park and Fourth Bluff Park under the cover of night to a private entity. For years, these two parks have housed the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis,” the statement began.

Casada and Williams noted that “within an hour following the vote … cranes were spotted shortly thereafter to remove both statues,” adding:

Multiple questions have been raised involving the legality of these actions, including:

More @ TN

Another Teresa Sue Update

January 19, 2016 Teresa Sue's New Acreage!

January 24, 2017 First Winter At Teresa Sue's New Place

May 31, 2017 Teresa Sue Update

Hi Brock!

I've been meaning to get you a reply, but I've been trying to play catchup with everything.

Our address is ........... We are a good hour drive out of St Maries though, to the southwest.  It's actually only approx 22 miles, but it's all dirt road so it takes a while to get here.

We haven't had the snow we had last winter, which here at the top where we are we were just a couple of inches shy of eleven feet of snow last year. We've been just getting an inch here and two inches there until last night.  We got eight inches of snow and now it's warming up and starting to rain on top of that. 

So in this photo we have all this heavy, wet snow coming off the roof.


In this photo you see the lumber that is going to be used next spring to build a roof over the length of the building (60' ), what I'm calling my Idaho veranda 😁.  Then that snow off the roof nonsense will be over, no more shoveling out doorways.

Not a lot has changed outside because we have been working inside so much.  This upcoming year will see a lot of change though as we finish more of the inside work.  I now actually have kitchen cabinets and J installed the kitchen light fixtures. I also have a beautiful new gas stove.  I cooked on a hot plate, crockpot, electric skillet, and toaster oven for over a year so I'm enjoying my new stove!


We still have our trim work, case out the windows and add trim, plate rail, crown, base trim, inside doors, and flooring to do along with a few odds and ends to do.  It's been a busy, busy year.  Slowly but surely it's getting done.  Considering J works 60-70 hours a week at his job, then on the place, I think we're doing great.

Within two weeks we are buying a new tractor with a backhoe and we will be able to get so much done, from digging a gas line for the propane tank to landscaping.  Working on our mile+ road is a priority too. 

We are also hoping to complete a cordwood garden shed, a three sided machine shed, and fence the garden/orchard.  Did you know deer will eat even the prickly vines of a zucchini plant? Yep, they will.  My strawberry bed only survived for the grace of bird netting!😎

As far as getting back east again, the answer is yes.  Maybe a few times even, it just depends on if Autumn and Ruben decide to stay in Virginia when he gets out of the corps.  He's waiting to see if he gets promoted.  If he doesn't he is going to drop his retirement papers.  I certainly would still love to stop and visit with you.

Well, I don't know if there is anything of interest in this to post about, you might want to use last Jan. pics, they rather look the same, haha😄.

In the meantime until spring breaks and I can play on the tractor I'm settling in to work on the family genealogy.  I still have that rebel ancestor to investigate 😄.  I also have some quilting and sewing to do before the outside takes all my time.

Take care!


Trump: Post Office Should Charge Amazon More Money for Delivery

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File


 A 2017 Citigroup analysis revealed that each package from Amazon gets a government subsidy of $1.46.

President Donald Trump believes that the post office should charge Amazon more money for delivering its packages across the world.

“Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Should be charging MUCH MORE!”:

The president’s comment on Twitter continued his ongoing frustration with Amazon after they received record profits in 2017.

A 2017 Citigroup analysis revealed that each package from Amazon gets a government subsidy of $1.46.

The modern post office has lost billions of dollars every year, with few options for recovering its debt. From 2007-2017, the post office has lost $65.1 billion.

Just Amazing: Study: 27 Percent of California Youth Are Gender ‘Nonconforming’

Gender Non-Conforming

A new study released at UCLA finds 27 percent of California’s young people between the ages of 12 and 17 self-report that others view them as gender ‘nonconforming” at school.

The study – which has a margin of error of about six percent – was based on the inclusion of two questions in the California Health Interview Survey that were asked of 1,594 California young people between the ages of 12 and 17.
First, the young people were asked, “Are you male or female?” and, subsequent to that question, they were asked:
A person’s appearance, style, dress, or the way they walk or talk may affect how people describe them. How do you think other people at school would describe you?
  • Very feminine
  • Mostly feminine
  • Equally feminine & masculine
  • Mostly masculine
  • Very masculine
More @ Breitbart

Trump unchained: staff leaves, hardline ideas rise
If you ask some close to President Trump what worries them most about 2018, it's not Robert Mueller's probe. It's that establishment guardrails of 2017 come down — and Trump's actual instincts take over.
Next year will bring "full Trump," said one person who recently talked to the president.
Trump has governed mostly as a conventional conservative — on tax cuts, his Supreme Court pick, and rolling back regulations. Most of his top advisers are fairly conventional conservatives, so that makes sense.
Most of those in his current decision-making circle — even if they're not mainstream Republicans — are defending mainstream Republican principles like free trade and an internationalist view of foreign policy
But top officials paint a different portrait of Trump when it comes to what he really wants on trade, immigration and North Korea — but has been tamped down by skeptical staff and Cabinet officials.
More @ AXIOS

Betsy DeVos looks to curb federal 'overreach' in education

Via Billy

 The Education Department wants to free

The Department of Education has its sights set on regulatory reform in 2018. Led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who often speaks out against what she calls a "one-size-fits-all" approach to education, the department is focused on reviewing rules and requirements issued by previous administrations, seeking to curb what she says is federal overreach.

That review will involve further consideration of the Obama administration's Title IX guidelines on how campuses should handle sexual assault, which DeVos rescinded to the applause of many observers on both the Left and Right in September. A department source told the Washington Examiner they are working to have the draft rule out by March.

CNN Legal Analyst Said He Was Mad at Trump's Attacks on FBI, But Then He Looked 'Into the Facts'


As questions are being raised about the impartiality of the FBI agents working with Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to go after the FBI. The tweets have people worried that Trump may end up firing Mueller, which they claim would be an abuse of power.

CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said he was at first very angry that Trump would publicly go after the FBI, but as more and more information has come to light, he actually changed his mind.

“Originally, I was angered at the president's attacks on the FBI,” Callan said. “I thought they were unjustified.”

“But when I started to delve into the facts, boy there's some really disturbing stuff here," he continued.

More with video @ IJR

Housing market booming after Trump’s first year, prices surge 6.2 percent & The 2017 Holiday Season Could Be the Start of Retail's Big Comeback

 Housing market is booming after Trump’s first year in office, prices surge 6.2 percent

The economy is booming after President Donald Trump’s first year, and the American housing market is reflecting that.

According to Standard & Poor’s, U.S. housing prices have surged 6.2 percent from just one year ago, signifying a strong demand from Americans looking to buy as the economy improves overall.

What are the details?


The 6.2 percent increase is 6 percent above its previous peak in 2006, according to the S&P analysis.

More @ The Blaze


Trump fires remaining members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

Via Billy

A report says that the White House fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House fired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in its entirety on Wednesday, informing the remaining 16 members of the council via a letter delivered by FedEx, according to a report.

The council was sent packing after six members walked away from the council this summer, announcing their resignation in a fiery opinion piece published in Newsweek.

Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of the Riverside, Calif., LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution, and one of the remaining members, confirmed to the Washington Blade they were fired but said they weren't given an explanation.

“I can only speculate,” she said. “Like any administration, they want their own people there. Many of us were Obama appointees. I was an Obama appointee, and my term was continuing until 2018.”

Accept the Will of the People on Migration, Culture, or Hit the Road’: Orbán Tells Europe’s Leaders

Via Billy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that Europeans are “asserting their will” by supporting leaders who reject mass migration and support Christian foundations, and gave a warning to politicians who deny the “natural order of democracy”.

The conservative Fidesz party leader told Kossuth Radio’s listeners that 2.3 million Hungarians took part in the national consultation against the George Soros-backed pro-mass migration plan, and Mr. Orbán now intends to spend the next few months convincing his opponents that Europe is right to protect her borders and her culture.
Asked by the 180 Minutes host what made him think that after two years, since the migrant crisis, progressive leaders would listen now, Mr. Orbán said: “Because in the meantime elections are being held in Europe.”

More @ Breitbart

NINE YEARS AGO… Al Gore Predicted North Pole Would Be Completely Ice Free by Today

Via Billy


Al Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years.

Gore made the prediction to a German audience in 2008. He told them that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”

“Five Years”
This wasn’t the only time Gore made his ice-free prediction. Gore’s been predicting this since 2007.

According to Al Gore the North Pole should be completely melted by now.

Junk scientist Al Gore also made the same prediction in 2009.

Court decides for homosexuals in Oregon bakers case

Via Bill "In other words the belief by homosexuals that their so-called lifestyle is right and normal trumps the religious freedom clause in the Constitution, and the Biblical precepts that teach us right from wrong!"

An appellate court Thursday upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago.

The owners of the since-closed Gresham bakery — Aaron and Melissa Klein — argued that state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian violated state and federal laws by forcing them to pay emotional-distress damages of $135,000 to the lesbian couple.

Their lawyers said Avakian and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries violated the Kleins' rights as artists to free speech, their rights to religious freedom and their rights as defendants to a due process.

                                                           More @ One News Now

2017: The Year the Left Went Into Eclipse

Via R

From South America to the EU, left-wing parties are in a state of crisis. Will next year only continue the damage?

The end of 2012 was a heady time for the American left, full of self-flattering eschatology and pronouncements of political manifest destiny. Mitt Romney had just lost and spirits were high. The Republican Party is dead, declared endless pundits, done in by changing demographics and its decision following the Bush administration to radicalize rather than moderate. From here on out it would be all sunny uplands for Democrats, as the incandescent Barack Obama ascended to his second term and the fractious Republican Congress numbered its days.

The mistake there was an old one, hubris, and the political gods soon exacted their punishment.