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Ingraham: ‘If Any of Us Had Done What McCabe Did, We’d Already Be in Jail’



Laura Ingraham said in her “Angle” commentary that if any civilian exhibited fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s “outrageous lack of truthfulness,” they’d “already be in jail.”

Ingraham ripped Democrats who strongly criticized the White House over the termination.

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois said President Donald Trump “put out a hit” on McCabe, while Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said it proves Trump “lacks human decency.”

Ingraham criticized Durbin’s and Pocan’s silence on the other half of the story – that McCabe had previously stepped away from the bureau over allegations he leaked information about the Clinton email scandal to the press.

“Frankly, he should’ve been sacked a long time ago,” she said.

Ingraham pointed out that Democrats excuse similar shortcoming of people they support while attacking opponents like Trump.

She said they made excuses for sanctuary city policies and rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

Ingraham said former Obama adviser Susan Rice faced few repercussions for lying about the Benghazi attack being based on a controversial video.

“If any of us had done what McCabe did, we’d probably already be in jail,” she said.


IT BEGINS: Facebook Under Federal Investigation For Use of Personal Data


Federal investigators have begun probing Facebook’s use of personal data after reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica ‘improperly gained access to the data of more than 50 million users.’

CNBC reports:

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the use of personal data from 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica violated a consent decree the tech company signed with the agency in 2011, Bloomberg reported Monday. […]

“We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google,” a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.

A violation of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, which could mean a fine conservatively estimated to be “many millions of dollars in fines” for Facebook, The Washington Post reported over the weekend, citing a former FTC official.

“We reject any suggestion of violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make,” the social network giant said in a statement to the Washington Post over the weekend.

( Facebook’s stock fell 40 BILLION DOLLARS during pre-trading on reports of the probe ) …….Papa Mike


3 Shot At Maryland High School, Shooter Stopped By Armed School Resource Officer Who Shot Him


GREAT MILLS, Md. (WJLA) – At least three students were reportedly injured – including the shooter – Tuesday morning in a shooting at a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, according to authorities.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Great Mills High School and that police are on the scene. ABC7’s Brad Bell said sources tell him the shooter was a student and is one of the three injured. Bell says a school resource officer took action to end the threat and authorities confirmed the incident has been contained.

The shooter targeted girl and then shot a second student. That’s when the school resource officer engaged him.

According to Hot Air:

The sheriff’s PIO told NBC that the incident involved a single male shooter who was a student at the school, who targeted a female student. The armed guard (school resource officer) at the school then engaged in a firefight with the shooter, critically wounding him, and a third student was injured. The shooter and intended target are both critically injured, and the third student is in critical but stable condition. So far, they are not releasing any information on the weapon itself.

Update: This points out the value of having armed resource officers on campus, at least when they are willing to respond. As the PIO pointed out, this could have been a lot worse, especially because the shooting took place in a crowded corridor.

SOURCE: Weasel Zippers 



That’s how they harvest almonds in the San Joaquin Valley with one difference – they don’t spread a tarp. In the past, they’d shake the trees and then come in along behind them with a vacuum to suck up the nuts. The shakers nowadays are shaker/vacuum combos.
My psycho neighbor Bruce used to work as a shaker, and when the nuts were coming in he’d work 20 hours a day for weeks straight, making himself enough money that he could live comfortably the rest of the year. He was a zombie though when he was shaking – we’d leave for work about the same time and I’d see him staggering out to his truck with a cooler full of 3 meals and snacks for the day, along with 3 thermoses  of coffee. If you tried to talk to him, all you’d get in return was a grunt.
Shakers were in high demand – it’s not something that just anybody could do. Besides the long hours during harvest, a shaker has to know how to maneuver to keep from running over too many nuts and he has to know exactly where to grab the tree and how long to shake it to avoid breaking the tree. Couple all that with the fact that the operator is reclining in a cockpit about 6 feet long, 3 feet high and 3 feet wide for up to 20 hours a day minus meal and potty breaks and you can see why they’re paid so well.

What the video doesn’t show is the incredible amount of dust that comes off the trees when the shaker goes to work. Seriously, when you haven’t had rain in 6 months, you’re going to get a dust cloud like you’ve never seen before. It looks like a forest fire from a distance and will damned near close a road with zero visibility. The dust is bad enough that it causes lung ailments that are so unique to the Valley that it has a special name – Valley Fever.

5 Doctors Indicted In Opioid Scheme


New York (AFP) – Five Manhattan doctors have been indicted for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing a powerful synthetic opioid, a prosecutor said Friday.

The indictments come as the United States grapples with an opioid abuse epidemic that kills scores of people every day, and has been declared a national health emergency by President Donald Trump.



Disabled Veterans Waited Up To Seven Months For VA To Fix Their Wheelchairs


There are a lot of issues for the administration to deal with, but this should be a top priority. VA still needs someone to be pushing all these issues.

Via Free Beacon:

Disabled veterans had to wait more than two months for the government to fix their wheelchairs, leading to some veterans confined to beds because of mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a new audit.

The inspector general for Veterans Affairs reported this week on problems at VA medical facilities in its southeast network with its repair system for scooters and wheelchairs. One vet waited as long as 210 days—roughly 7 months—for his power wheelchair to be fixed.

The inspector general initiated the audit after Senate committee chairman Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) heard of delays at the Atlanta VA. The audit found that the problem was widespread at eight facilities within the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) in the southeast.

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British SAS Sniper Takes Out ISIS Leader With Head Shot From A Mile Away… At Night…


Allahu akbar!

Via Daily Mail:

A British sniper has killed a senior ISIS fighter with a ‘one in a million’ night-time shot from nearly a mile away, it has been claimed.

The unnamed SAS marksman is said to have killed the terrorist with a ‘head shot’ close to the Syrian border having been given a window of just 15 seconds.

He is understood to be a sergeant with the SAS G-Squadron and a veteran of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he is said to have recorded as many as 100 kills.

According to the Daily Star Sunday, he is believed to have used a US-made McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle as he targeted the fanatic from more than 1,500m away as he arrived at a safe house in a village.

Levi Strauss


Levi Strauss started the business at the 90 Sacramento Street address in San Francisco. He next moved the location to 62 Sacramento Street then 63 & 65 Sacramento Street. Jacob Davis, a Latvian Jewish immigrant, was a Reno, Nevada tailor who frequently purchased bolts of cloth made from denim from Levi Strauss & Co.’s wholesale house. After one of Davis’ customers kept purchasing cloth to reinforce torn pants, he had an idea to use copper rivets to reinforce the points of strain, such as on the pocket corners and at the base of the button fly. Davis did not have the required money to purchase a patent, so he wrote to Strauss suggesting that they go into business together. After Levi accepted Jacob’s offer, on May 20, 1873, the two men received U.S. Patent 139,121 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patented rivet was later incorporated into the company’s jean design and advertisements. Contrary to an advertising campaign suggesting that Levi Strauss sold his first jeans to gold miners during the California Gold Rush (which peaked in 1849), the manufacturing of denim overalls only began in the 1870s. The company created their first pair of Levis 501 Jeans in the 1890s.

SOURCE: Wikipedia / Knuckle 

Gowdy Blasts Trump Lawyers: ‘If You Have An Innocent Client, Act Like It’



GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina blasted attorney John Dowd and President Donald Trump’s legal team on “Fox News Sunday,” after Dowd told reporters he hopes Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will use Andrew McCabe’s firing as a pretext to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation

Gowdy, a Republican stalwart who led investigations of the Benghazi attacks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and the Department of Justice’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation, stopped just short of calling Trump’s lawyers amateurs, as the administration’s public relations campaign against Mueller reaches a fever pitch.

“The president’s attorney does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,” he told Chris Wallace, noting Mueller’s mandate is to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election generally, and not the Trump campaign specifically.

“If the allegation is collusion with the Russians and there is no evidence of that, and you’re innocent of that, act like it,” he added.

At this stage of the probe, Mueller’s team has secured indictments against 13 Russian nationals, former Trump aides Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, and George Papadopoulos, and two attorneys, Richard Pinedo and Alex van der Zwann.

Dowd told the Daily Beast late Friday that McCabe’s dismissal for misleading federal investigators further proves that the FBI was compromised at the highest levels throughout the 2016 election and the early months of Trump’s presidency.

“I pray that Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier,” he wrote by email.

He subsequently claimed he was speaking in his personal capacity, and not on Trump’s behalf.

The president repeatedly attacked the special counsel on Twitter over the weekend, accusing former FBI Director James Comey of lying under oath during his June 2017 testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and — as ever — styled Mueller’s investigation a witch hunt.

Emoting notwithstanding, Trump has resolved to fire the special counsel before, only to back off under pressure from his staff. White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign after Trump reportedly ordered him to sack Mueller in June 2017.


SOURCE: Daily Caller

Americans Are Drinking A Daily Cup Of Coffee At The Highest Level In Six Years


NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – The number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee is at the highest level since 2012, with demand continuing to get a boost from at-home consumption and gourmet drinks, an industry study showed on Saturday.

Sixty-four percent of Americans age 18 or over said they had a cup of coffee the previous day in 2018. That compares with 62 percent in 2017 and was roughly on par with levels last seen in 2012, according to results of a survey commissioned by the National Coffee Association (NCA) released during the group’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

The survey underscores a strong U.S. market for the caffeinated beverage even as demand for soda and juice continues a yearslong decline. Coffee, bottled water and tea have been major growth categories in recent years, the survey showed.

SOURCE: Yahoo News

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