NC billboard supporting Trump travel bans ignites controversy with 9/11 reference

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From Fox News: A controversial North Carolina billboard has drawn criticism for referring to the 9/11 terror attack in promoting President Trump’s travel ban.

The billboard on I-40 in Catawba County says “why support President Trump’s immigration ban? 19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans. September 11, 2001.”

Some find the billboard hateful, WSOC-TV reported on Friday. “I believe in the Christian way and that’s to embrace everybody,” a man named Oliver Reitzell told the station. “Kind of the hate message behind it. I’m not for that.”

An associate pastor Paul Cummings said the billboard contradicts teachings from the Bible.

“My opinion is that I think these people need the saving gospel of Jesus more than I need to be protected,” Cummings told the station. “I’m perfectly willing for people who are hostile to us, to be in our country, because that’s what loving your enemy is all about.”

A group called the North Carolina Pastors Network paid for the billboard and has refused to remove it. “This has nothing whatsoever to do with hatred or hostility toward anyone that comes from a background,” Dave Kistler, the group’s president, told WCNC-TV. “I have dear friends that are Muslim.”

The station points out that 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. Those countries are not part of the Trump’s travel ban.

The U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled Thursday that the Trump revised ban violated constitutional rights.

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Puppy refuses to leave owner injured in fall

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, while pruning a tree outside his home in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Jesus Hueche fell 6 feet down onto the concrete sidewalk, hitting his head, and momentarily lost consciousness.

His puppy Tony draped his little body over Hueche, and stayed with his owner until the ambulance arrived.

The puppy was so protective of Hueche that he barked and bared his teeth at the ambulance workers, and continued to hug Hueche all while the paramedics were putting a neck brace on the injured man.

Tony even tried to climb into the ambulance to go with his owner.

Medics posted online the pictures of the loyal puppy, which quickly went viral.

Luckily, Hueche escaped serious injuries, with a minor head wound and swelling in his neck, and was soon reunited with his loyal dog.

Hueche told a local news channel, “One day we saw [the puppy] on the street and adopted him, gave him love, food and is part of our family. For me he’s like a son.”

Clearly, the love is mutual.

Sources: Imgur; Daily Mail

H/t FOTM‘s DCG

~Eowyn

CNN attacks GOP Congressman for calling for a federal investigation of Seth Rich’s murder

On May 24, 2017, speaking on CNN, Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) refuted the charge that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump’s campaign.

Farenthold drew attention instead to Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer, as the likely whistleblower who leaked thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks. In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 10, 2016, Rich was shot in the residential Columbia Heights section of Washington, DC. Still alive and conscious when responding police arrived at the crime scene, Rich was declared dead after he was brought to a local hospital.

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Farenthold told CNN:

“My fear is our constant focusing on the Russians is deflecting away for some other things that we need to be investigating. There’s still some question as to whether the intrusion of the DNC server was an insider job or whether or not it was the Russians.”

For calling for an investigation into the murder of a DNC staffer which remains unsolved more than 10 months later, Farenthold was pounced on and cut off by CNN news anchor John Berman.

As recounted by Alicia Powe for WND:

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, the ‘insider job’ – what are you referring to here?” asked CNN’s John Berman.

“There’s stuff circulating on the Internet. My question is, why …” the congressman continued, but he was again cut off by Berman.

“What’s circulating on the Internet that you think is worthy of a congressional investigation? Because the D.C. police are investigating this, and so far they haven’t said there’s anything there” to suggest any DNC-link to Rich’s murder, Berman demanded.

The fourth-term congressman noted that the DNC denied the FBI’s “multiple requests” to examine the hacked computers. Instead, the DNC hired a third party organization, CrowdStrike, to perform an analysis.

“We’re relying only on the report of somebody that the DNC contracted to examine their computer rather than having federal officials [examine them],” Farenthold told CNN. “To me, we need to let the feds look at it.” […]

One private investigator told WND he has reason to believe the Metropolitan Police Department is hiding key evidence from the public and acting in collusion with the Washington, D.C., mayor to make the investigation go away. Another private investigator probing the case claimed former DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile contacted police and Rich’s family, demanding to know why the detective was “snooping” into Rich’s death.

Hey, CNN and John Berman.

Your prickly defensiveness is most noteworthy. What are you afraid a federal investigation would uncover? The truth?

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~Eowyn

This is Chiraq: Four teens shot in four hours

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Year to date: 1,295 people shot in Chiraq. Rahm must be so proud.

From Chicago Tribune: Four teenage boys were shot over four hours in Chicago, including a 16-year-old killed in the South Shore neighborhood, according to police.

The 16-year-old was shot in the head around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 7700 block of South Marquette Avenue on the South Side, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On the West Side, two other boys, 14 and 17, were shot around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in the Little Village neighborhood, apparently with a rifle, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said.

The boys were in a maroon truck near 25th Street and Trumbull Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and someone opened fire, police said.  The older teen was wounded in the back, and the other boy was wounded in the foot.  They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, police said.

Rifle casings could be seen near the intersection where the shooting took place. Less than two miles away at Mount Sinai, officers surrounded the truck that was pocked with several large bullet holes.

On the West Side just before 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, another 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was walking in the 200 block of North Lockwood Avenue when someone opened fire, hitting him in the chest. He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

Read the rest of the story here.

h/t Drudge

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If you like American Idol, here’s a good reason not to watch the reboot season: libtard Katy Perry

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“Game-changers” Clinton and Perry

Katy Perry is an unabashed proggie. She campaigned for Hillary Clinton and even designed a pair of shoes in her honor.

Katy is also ignorant about what drives ISIS and their terrorism. After the Manchester suicide bombing Katy said, I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other. No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.

Now the womyn will be on American TV and making tons of money for her “professional” input. I won’t be watching this show.

From Yahoo (from Glamour magazine): Earlier this week, news broke that Katy Perry is getting paid $25 million to be a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot. That’s a lot of money, yes, but…appropriate. Perry is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, full stop. She’s sold millions of records, is an incredible performer, and knows a thing or two about longevity in the fickle music industry. The “Chained to the Rhythm” singer is an amazing (and game-changing) recruit for American Idol, so it’s great that she’s getting paiiiid.

But not everyone agrees with this. Enough people have criticized Perry’s American Idol salary that 103.5 KTU radio host Carolina Bermudez felt the need to ask her about it in a recent interview. “I’m sure that you hear in the news people talking about you and the whole American Idol situation that’s come out,” Bermudez said, according to E! Online. “Does that ever irk you that people are talking about how much money you make or how much they paid you to be on that show, or are you like ‘Yup, I deserve every last penny’?”

Perry’s response was, naturally, spot on. “I’m really proud that, as a woman, I got paid,” she said. “And you know why? I got paid more than, like, pretty much any guy that’s been on that show. And, by the way, I love men. So I’m a paid woman, and I’m ready for a beautiful man.

She has every right to be proud, too. We still live in a world where women are perceived negatively if they take ownership of their accomplishments—financial or otherwise. And Perry isn’t the first female celebrity to face this kind of backlash. Lena Dunham revealed at the 2015 Hollywood Reporter actress roundtable that people overtly criticized how much she was paid for her first book. “When it was leaked how much I was getting for my book, there were 39,000 articles asking, ‘Is she worth it?'” she said. “Then it came out what Aziz Ansari was making on his book. No one says a damn word.”

This type of female salary shaming is a huge reason why the gender wage gap exists. Women are socially programmed to simply accept the first offer thrown their way. Thankfully, our culture is evolving and more women are fighting for their worth. There’s nothing wrong or showboat-y about being properly compensated or celebrating it.

DCG

Hollywood’s summer movie season is off to a rough start

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Imagine my despair…

From NY Post: Tinseltown’s hopes for a $5 billion summer are already fizzling, with a couple of flicks crashing out of the gate.

Warner Bros.’ “King Arthur” and Fox’s “Alien: Covenant” both disappointed this month, and movie analysts are warning this summer’s box office won’t be as hot as last year, when Disney’s “Finding Dory” was the biggest hit.

When it comes to striking cinema gold, no one needs it more than Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Sony’s Columbia Pictures. Paramount, which just tapped a new chief executive and got a fresh injection of cash from its China financing deal, needs to find its mojo, and quickly. The studio lost $136 million in 2016 and has paid out steep restructuring and severance charges.

Paramount is behind the upcoming “Baywatch” movie and is releasing a new “Transformers” feature. “If ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ flops, Paramount is in big, big trouble,” said Jeff Bock at Exhibitor Relations, which tallies ticket sales. “They need a billion-dollar hit.”

Sony, meanwhile, is set to roll out “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in partnership with Disney’s Marvel. “They’re planning multiple spinoffs” for Spider-Man, according to Bock. “But you need the flagship firing on all cylinders.” Sony also is releasing “The Emoji Movie” in July, for which expectations are already set low.

The inclusion of the Iron Man character will help juice interest in “Spider-Man,” but “it’s the third reboot in 15 years,” Bock notes.

Last year’s summer box office was $4.4 billion. Anything under that number is going to have Tinseltown in a tizzy, according to the analyst.

A survey conducted by online movie ticketing service Fandango suggests that Warner’s “Wonder Woman,” out on June 2, is the most anticipated movie of the summer, followed by “Spider-Man.”

A strong first quarter at the box office and promising. However the summer sorts out, executives on the lots can always plead their newbie status.

Viacom’s Bob Bakish, who took over as acting CEO in October last year, hired new Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos in March. Twentieth Century Fox has a new chief in Stacey Snider. Sony Pictures Entertainment this month named as its new CEO Tony Vinciquerra, who starts in June. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. parent Time Warner is in the midst of being acquired by AT&T. Only Disney and Universal have left their top executives in place this year.

“I don’t think anyone will judge [Paramount’s] Jim Gianopulos based on this summer,” observes Cowen & Co. entertainment analyst Doug Creutz. “Warner really needs to do well. They had one issue with ‘King Arthur,’ and they have ‘Dunkirk’ coming out, it’s a prestige picture.”

Warner is launching the most original movies versus sequels, and will likely be the biggest spender on marketing this summer.

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Animals show gratitude to their rescuers

The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans.

Only human beings have the remarkably perverse aptitude of not just being ungrateful for an act of kindness, some actually turn on you for having helped them.

I still remember a foreign student I had helped — a young woman from Ethiopia for whom I bought a pair of prescription eyeglasses after I discovered the reason she always sat in the front row was because she was near-sighted. That afternoon, I took her to Wal-Mart, paid for her eye examination and glasses.

At the end of the semester, she accused me of racism because I gave her final take-home essay, which was replete with grammatical errors, a “B” grade (which was generous) instead of the “A” she felt she deserved.

Unlike humans, animals are grateful for our kindness, and they remember.

Here are three examples.

(1) A young bull dances for joy after being released from a narrow cage.

When he was transported to a large pen filled with straw, he dances for joy again, then touches his rescuer with his head in gratitude.


(2) Richard Wiese found a swan who was injured from flying into a chain-link fence.

So Wiese brought the swan to a sanctuary for treatment.

Years later, Wiese and the swan saw each other again. The swan had not forgotten, and wrapped her long neck around Wiese’s.

(3) GiGi, a great horned owl severely injured from being hit by a car, was nursed back to health by Doug Pojeky, president of Mississippi’s Wild at Heart Rescue.

When Pojeky returned from a trip to Michigan, GiGi showed how much she’d missed him. The owl bobbed her head, danced on Pojeky’s arm, then slowly walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and draped her wings around him in a big owl hug.

~Eowyn