March 12th, 2015
Hmm...good thing he wasn't an illegal....but, the latest race dynamic, I suppose, will be "Hispanic Racism?" That's new.....~Refocus Notes
Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of "Planet of the Apes."
Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show "El Gordo y la Flaca" in which the hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama.
"Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of 'Planet of the Apes,' the movie," Figueroa, 42, said with a giggle.
When hostess Lili Estefan countered with "What are you saying?" and host Raul de Molina said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa defended his remark, saying "but it is true."
In a statement, Univision called Figueroa's comments "completely reprehensible" and said they "in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision."
Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. He worked for Univision for 17 years and had been on "El Gordo y la Flaca" since 2000.
March 12th, 2015
Washington (CNN) The Department of Homeland Security is investigating another incident of misconduct by senior Secret Service agents, White House officials said Wednesday night.
Two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail, crashed a car into a White House barricade following a late-night party for retiring spokesman Ed Donovan and it's suspected they had been drinking, sources confirmed to CNN.
The Washington Post first reported the incident.
The officers were allowed to go home after a supervisor on duty overruled on-duty law enforcement who wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, a U.S. law enforcement official confirmed to CNN.
"The officers for the Secret Service who monitor the safety of the White House complex and ultimately the president and his family felt that these two individuals may have been intoxicated," Washington Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig, who broke the story, said in an interview broadcast on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
The two employees have been reassigned to non-supervisory, non-operational assignments, a Secret Service official said.
A senior administration official says the White House, including President Barack Obama, is "aware of the alleged incident."
"At the request of Secret Service Director Joe Clancy, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation into the allegations. We're not going to comment further on this while that investigation is ongoing," the official said.
"The President is aware of the allegations and supports Director Clancy's decision to turn the investigation over to the DHS Inspector General for a thorough review," another senior administration official said.
The Secret Service gave a top Republican lawmaker a heads up earlier today before The Washington Post reported that two agents crashed a government car into White House security barriers last week after attending a party.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CNN that his initial understanding is that the two agents were "partying in Georgetown" when they responded to an incident at the White House.
"Drinking on the job isn't good at McDonald's and it certainly isn't good if you work for the Secret Service," he said.
Chaffetz said the agency gave him "a very short, brief heads up," and only then because the paper was going to report a story about "inebriated Secret Service agents, and obviously that's the most serious concern."
"I know there was an incident and it wasn't pretty. The details of which we need to have flushed out. Our committee will continue its investigation into the Secret Service and add this on to the list of embarrassments," he said.
Chaffetz said four whistleblowers had contacted his office about the incident in the last 48 hours, but he's not yet verified their accounts.
"They've got to get a grip on what's going on. There's obviously a deep-seated cultural problem," said Chaffetz, calling for swift discipline if warranted.
Chaffetz and the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, issued a joint-statement on Wednesday evening questioning whether further reforms are necessary to ensure the agency's integrity.
"Although recent steps have been made to bring new leadership in at the highest levels, this incident begs the question of whether that is enough," they said. "The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation."
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March 11th, 2015
The Rev. Franklin Graham said Muslims set Christians in their killing sights for one basic reason, and one basic reason alone: to “emulate” their leader, Muhammad, he said.
“Muhammad was a man of war and he killed many people,” Graham said, during a recent “Fox & Friends” interview with host Tucker Carlson. “Jesus Christ came as a man of peace and as a follower of Christ I follow him and I want to emulate Him. But the followers of Islam are emulating the prophet Muhammad, and that’s what you’re seeing carried out.”
Graham also warned those of Christian faith and others not to be fooled by the teachings of Islam.
“We have to be very careful and understand that Islam, the teachings of Islam, are militant,” he said, the Shoebat Foundation reported. “I’m talking about, when you read the Koran, when you read the Surra, it’s very militant.”
He went on to say that one of the reasons Christian persecution has risen in the Middle East is that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was killed.
“When Iraq was invaded by our country – and I’m not saying this wsa right or wrong, I’m just saying it’s a fact – there was a large Christian minority. Saddam Hussein gave them quite a lot of freedom. But when that government fell and the new government came to power, the Islamists in the country, al-Qaida and others, began to attack and burn churches. We’ve seen that happen throughout Iraq and now it’s happening in Syria.”
Get “Religion of Peace,” where filmmaker Gregory Davis rebuts the notion that Islam is a great faith needing a reformation. Instead, he exposes it as a form of totalitarianism, where its adherents are ordered to conquer everyone.
And that’s why, at least in part, “the Christian community is being slaughtered by the Muslims and they’re being forced to leave,” he said.
But on a larger scale, the slaughter has been ongoing for centuries, Graham said.
March 11th, 2015
Islam Being Taught in LA Schools?
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March 11th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
Does anyone need any further evidence that the Era of the Clintons is over?
There are a number of things to remember with regard to why the Democrat Party has finally left the Clintons behind.
Not the least of which is the fact that the "Citizens United Decision" reached by the Supreme Court and which centered on freedom of political speech (read donations) --found Hillary Clinton at the core of a decision which ultimately allowed "Big Money" into political campaigns from other than merely "Big Union" sources.
From there, we have the total and complete failure of Hillary's State Department imbroglio, including the Russian reset which proved to be nothing if not a disaster, Bill's pedophile adventures, Benghazi, a Mideast left in flames, and all the rest of the Clinton "Blue Dress style' misadventures.
But is it merely these things or is it something else?
To be sure, it's probably all of these things but then at the core it's nothing if not an equal and opposite reflection of what is happening in the GOP, where Conservatives are fighting tooth and nail with Big Government Republicans.
The establishment Democrats are battling it out with the more radical functionaries in the party of the Left, which is why we are seeing Elizabeth Warren's name keep popping up. But now, the penultimate mainstream media player, the Associated Press, is actually suing the Obama State Department for Clinton's emails.
Maybe they're still ill from Obama's bugging of their entire building and their phone system, who knows? But a news organization which has routinely run interference for the Left has seemingly shifted its stance to the other foot, which could easily spread unmitigated pain into the Obama regime, assuming the mood holds.
This story comes to us from a rather surprised NBC News:
The Associated Press has sued the State Department as it seeks access to email correspondence by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The legal action comes after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled. They include one request AP made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, comes a day after Clinton broke her silence about her use of a private email account while secretary of state. The FOIA requests and lawsuit seek materials related to her public and private calendars, correspondence involving longtime aides likely to play key roles in her expected campaign for president, and Clinton-related emails about the Osama bin Laden raid and National Security Agency surveillance practices.
The move comes one day after Clinton addressed the email controversy for the first time publicly, saying that she "fully complied with every rule I was governed by" even as she used a private email account to conduct official business.
The AP's General Counsel, Karen Kaiser, said in a statement:
"After careful deliberation and exhausting our other options, The Associated Press is taking the necessary legal steps to gain access to these important documents, which will shed light on actions by the State Department and former Secretary Clinton, a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, during some of the most significant issues of our time. The press is a proxy for the people, and AP will continue its pursuit of vital information that's in the public interest through this action and future open records requests."
Citing their standing policy related to ongoing litigation, the State Department has declined to comment.