Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tom Coughlin to receive Outstanding Civilian Service Award

http://twitter.com/#!/AdamSchefter/status/202423089127112705

…Yet nobody really knows why.

@AdamSchefter why?

— Brendan Reilly (@reilly_b) May 15, 2012

@AdamSchefter why is he getting it though?

— Jeffrey Huber (@JeffreyDHuber) May 15, 2012

@AdamSchefter why is coughlin getting the award?

— Joe Hudson (@KishkaJoe) May 15, 2012

@AdamSchefter what did Coughlin do

— Mateo Monte (@MontCantStop) May 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/IMxRANDALICIOUS/status/202423979510738946

@AdamSchefter Awesome! For what exactly? (No sarcasm, just curious.)

— Mike Spring (@TheMikeSpring) May 15, 2012

https://twitter.com/#!/MattCase33/status/202423629110194176

Dave Mustaine says Obama ‘staged’ Colorado and Wisconsin shootings

http://twitter.com/#!/TIME/status/236230883697373184

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is on the receiving end of massive ridicule after making nutty on-stage comments linking President Obama to the recent gun massacres in America.

On tour in Singapore, the outspoken birther conflated the Wisconsin and Colorado tragedies with the federal government’s deadly Operation Fast and Furious.

Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban so he’s staging all of these murders. The ‘Fast and Furious’ thing down at the border. And Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now, the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.

As video of the incident spread, Mustaine was pilloried universally for his comments.

Dave Mustaine has gone off the deep end, says Obama staged Aurora & Sikh temple shootings to pass gun control http://t.co/edcn5VKF

— Metal Injection (@metalinjection) August 15, 2012

Lead singer of Megadeth Dave Mustaine Believes Obama 'Staged' Aurora Shooting Massacre http://t.co/jN9GhpsK

— TMZ (@TMZ) August 15, 2012

Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine told his audience that Barack Obama staged the Aurora movie theater massacre. http://t.co/qI8scxpX

— Complex (@ComplexMag) August 16, 2012

Dave Mustaine's catching a lot of heat from the New York Daily News for saying the mass shootings were staged. http://t.co/Lt8VXr72

— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 16, 2012

In a bit of musical profiling, criticism of Mustaine soon spread to include conservative guitarist Ted Nugent, with some even drawing a line to Mitt Romney and the GOP.

Right now Ted Nugent is sitting in a bunker somewhere thinking up ways he can out-crazy Dave Mustaine. #MegaDouche

— Matt McDaniel (@themattmcd) August 17, 2012

https://twitter.com/mulatta/status/236264049065738240

It's unfair how the Republicans have the support of all the sensible rock stars like Dave Mustaine, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.

— Allan Mott (@HouseofGlib) August 17, 2012

First Ted Nugent, now Dave Mustaine. Damn, Romney is going to dominate the "Currently hooked on Meth" voting block.

— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 16, 2012

I wonder when Dave Mustaine & Ayn Rand are going to do a "very special acoustic show" for the Romney/ Ryan ticket.

— psychedelicatessen (@MentalRiot) August 16, 2012

Breaking: Romney/Ryan hire Dave Mustaine as campaign spokesman…

— Patrick McConnell (@PatrickMcConnel) August 16, 2012

Any truth the to the rumor that Romney is going to drop Paul Ryan from the ticket and go with Dave Mustaine?

— Darrin Navarro (@Hypersquared) August 16, 2012

We’re not expecting to catch Mustaine headlining at Romney rallies any time soon.

Mizzou’s director of Greek life placed on administrative leave

Mass media professor Melissa Click, the woman shown calling for some “muscle” to rid the University of Missouri’s “safe space” of a student reporter, isn’t the only one feeling the consequences of her actions caught on video.Janna Basler, who appears in the same video appearing to shoveTim Tai and repeatedly telling him,You need to back off, has been placed on administrative leave.

Like Click, Basler, director of Greek life, issued an apology to Tai for her behavior, saying she allowed her emotions to get the most of her “while trying to protect some of our students.”

Basler said the incident has been a lesson for her, and she can continue to study that lesson while on administrative leave.

Yep.

‘Establishment’ candidates prevail in North Carolina runoff

http://twitter.com/#!/ryanbeckwith/status/225404662214430720

North Carolina Republicans Mark Meadows, Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger have won runoff elections for three North Carolina Congressional districts.

Governor Mike Huckabee had backed Hudson and Pittenger, while Rick Santorum put his efforts behind Hudson and Meadows.

Great night! @VoteMeadows & @RichHudson both big winners in runoff. #NC08 #NC11 #NCGop

— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) July 18, 2012

Hudson also had the backing of Eric Cantor’s Young Guns Action Fund. Hudson’s opponent, Scott Keadle, was backed by the Club for Growth, leading some to call the race a “proxy war” between the GOP establishment and outsider candidates.

Hudson wins #NC08 and leadership-affiliated GOP outside groups win proxy war in NC GOP primary runoffs: http://t.co/towaAyPO

— Scott Bland (@HotlineScott) July 18, 2012

Several tweets from national folks (i.e. Eric Cantor, Rick Santorum) congratulating Richard Hudson on #nc08 victory. #ncpol

— Tim Boyum (@BoyumTWCnews) July 18, 2012

Yeah, this is what DC media wants to report —> RT @rollcall: Establishment beats Club for Growth in #NC08 race. http://t.co/EfYfVm4N

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) July 18, 2012

North Carolina required the primary runoff election because no candidate had won at least 40 percent of the vote. The Charlotte Observer described today’s turnout as “anemic.”

Media trusts this administration over Sharyl Attkisson’s hacking claims?

http://twitter.com/#!/thestreeter/status/528262547938762753

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich made a name for herself by writing “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up,” exposing the details of a failed government sting operation that was never intended to be made public. In other words, it was an act of journalism, asking questions and performing research rather than running with the official government story.

So it’s no surprise to see Pavlich defending investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who suspected that something fishy was going on with her personal and work computers since early 2011. A forensic audit by CBS in 2013 showed that “an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.”

For a generation of journalists who still credit Woodward and Berstein as the reason they took up the profession, a story like this should be pure gold. So who wants to break open the story?

Politico has posted cellphone video released by Attkisson of an alleged hacking of her computer. The real hackery, though, appears to be going on inside the “new media.” Says Politico:

There is no way to confirm from the video alone that a hack is actually taking place, and there’s reason to doubt that Attkisson was hacked at all. In a recent post for Vox, Timothy B. Lee demonstrated how Attkisson’s so-called “evidence” isn’t necessarily anything more than the “routine technical glitches that everyone suffers.”

Again, consider this is the administration whose attorney general just this week said his biggest regret was not being more careful in the language he used in the subpoena of Fox News’ James Rosen, who says that the Justice Department went so far as to seize his parents’ phone records.

The cellphone video is just a warm-up; Attkisson promises further details next week with the release of her book, “Stonewalled.”

What This Pregnant Woman Did To Prepare Her Baby’s Room Will Make You So Jealous

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was surround myself with reminders of my favorite Disney princess.

I begged my mom to change my name to Belle and even went as far as writing that name on all of my kindergarten homework papers. I refused to answer to anything else, so my mom finally gave in and let me go by it until I grew out of the name about a week later.

But the Disney-inspired masterpiece that expectant mom and Redditor ejchristian86 painted in her daughter’s room is something I would have never gotten tired of — in fact, I would proudly display this on my wall today. And if you love Ariel as much as I love Belle, chances are you’ll be begging her to paint you one, too.

This was the wall that would transform from boring into pure princess heaven.

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First came the priming — because the smell was making her sick, her awesome husband took over and painted the wall.

After it was dry, she got straight to work. Ejchristian86 used acrylics to paint this gorgeous sky in just one day.

Next came the castle, which she outlined using a friend’s projector.

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She wanted to add the other scenery before painting the castle, so she began with the cliffs.

A peninsula went next to the castle, then she began working on the water.

After adding the rocks, it was finally time to start painting the castle!

She used four different colors to get it just right.

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And of course, no Disney castle would be complete without turrets.

She was a stickler for the details.

For the last touch, she mixed glitter with some clear acrylic medium.

This made the turrets nice and sparkly.

Now that’s a mural fit for any aspiring princess. It’s so pretty!

Ariel would be so proud. If you’re dying to replicate this for your kids — or let’s be honest, for yourself — you can find the full instructions here.

Homeless Man Fatally Shot By LAPD Was Bank Robber Using Stolen Identity

  • The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday reported that the deceased man stole the identity of Charley Saturmin Robinet, a French national.
  • The man spent about 15 years in jail for a bank robbery near Los Angeles in 2000, multiple sources reported.
  • U.S. marshals told the Associated Press an active arrest warrant was issued for the man for violating the terms of his probation.

The homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Sunday had stolen the identity of a French man and was living under an assumed name, consulate officials said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the French Consulate told the Los Angeles Times and Southern California Public Radio’s KPCC that the man had stolen the identity of Charley Saturmin Robinet in order to get a French passport to come to the United States in the late 1990s.

His true identity, though, went unnoticed for years, even after he was arrested along with two accomplices for robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Thousand Oaks, just outside Los Angeles.

Authorities said he had pistol-whipped a bank employee who was slow in handing over money. Prosecutors told media at the time that the man had admitted to the robbery in order to fund his acting lessons. However, he claimed innocence at trial, claiming he had been knocked unconscious during the robbery and ensuing getaway.

When he was convicted in 2000, French authorities offered support, as they do with all their citizens. That’s when they discovered the ID theft, the AP reported.

French officials then reportedly notified the Department of Homeland Security of the fake identity after confirming that the real Charley Saturmin Robinet “is alive and in France.”

French officials said they did not know what happened after they reported the identity theft, and it’s unclear what the man’s status was upon being released from prison in May 2014.

“He fooled a lot of people, including us, years ago,” Axel Cruau, the French consul general in Los Angeles, told the Times, which initially reported the man to be a French national, citing sources close to the investigation.

The L.A. County coroner would not confirm his identity to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday, citing an ongoing effort to notify his next of kin.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Cordova told the Associated Press on Tuesday that a federal arrest warrant was issued Jan. 9 for the man after he violated the terms of his probation by missing his monthly meetings with his officer in November, December, and January.

On Monday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the fatal shooting could have been avoided if the man had not “forcibly grabbed” an officer’s weapon.

Beck added that the incident, which was captured on cell phone video, “is indicative of a struggle over a weapon.”

“You can hear the young officer who was primarily engaged in the confrontation saying that ‘He has my gun. He has my gun.’ He says it several times, with conviction,” Beck said.

The incident is being investigated by the LAPD, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, and the civilian police commission.

The adventure continues: Sharyl Attkisson checks in for FOIA status update

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403639609193541632

The CBS investigative reporter has dealt with roadblock upon roadblock in her quest to get her Freedom of Information requests fulfilled, but fortunately for us, she doesn’t give up easily. Here’s the latest on her dogged pursuit of the truth:

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403639989235245056
http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403640218319740928
http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403640364713517056

Gee, how thoughtful!

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403641222041833472
http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403641280602726400

It could be a while.

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Update:

http://twitter.com/#!/SharylAttkisson/status/403647094637867008

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Related:

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson still waiting for White House to respond to Benghazi photo requests

Defense Dept. answers Sharyl Attkisson’s FOIA request — from 2003

Twitchy coverage of Sharyl Attkisson