Get a job.
Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi said he had been asked to leave the Metro hotel, a budget inn where he and some of the other five former detainees periodically stayed.
The four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian have been housed in a four-bedroom house in Uruguay’s capital since the government took them in after their release in December. But “we are too many to stay in the house,” said El Ouerghi, who spent much of the last few months at the hotel.
As a humanitarian gesture, the men were invited to resettle in this poor South American country of 3.3 million people by President Jose Mujica, who has since left office.[…]
El Ouerghi said the men wanted to speak with the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay. He said the United States should help the men financially, an argument he and a few of the other former detainees have made repeatedly.
The embassy was closed, and calls and email messages to the embassy went unanswered. A late Friday statement said requests to speak with embassy personnel should be made during business hours.
“We are really angry,” said Ali Husain Shaaban, one of the Syrians. “We have not been given what we were promised.”
The men said they appreciated Uruguay’s hospitality but creating a life here would be impossible without more financial help. The house assigned to them is paid for by a local union overseeing much of their resettlement. The hotel tab had been being picked up by the government.
The men get $600 (15,000 pesos) a month from the government, which they must use to pay for food, clothes, cellphones and other personal items. They said this week the social agency overseeing part of their resettlement requested that they sign legal papers stipulating they would pay all their own expenses and taxes out of that money. Five of the men refused, according to the four protesting Friday night.
The herd can’t have any free thinkers.
Via The Blaze
“Last night a Facebook notification showed up on my screen. A friend had posted a picture to my wall. What I saw disgusted me.”
That’s how Zuri Davis, 19, describes the moment she saw a Facebook post targeting her for being a black, female supporter of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).[…]
The post was later deleted and the individual later deactivated his Facebook page.
Davis told TheBlaze Friday that it was likely prompted by her commenting on a friend’s post about why taxes should be voluntary.
“I have a very obvious ‘Stand With Rand’ on my cover picture and my public posts indicate my preference,” she said. “He made the comment on his own timeline. It was screenshot by my friend and he sent it to me.”
The 19-year-old became “determined to set the record straight.”
‘[I] am really tired of people assuming they can make comments like that and think that they are acceptable,” she told TheBlaze. “That was not the first time I had received a comment like that. I get a lot of people that ask me how I can be black and a conservative.”
After some thought, the D.C.-area resident decided to pen a column in response. In it, she wrote that she has researched the 2016 candidates and concluded Paul is “the most liberty minded.” For that, she supports him.
Against the wishes of the Gray family, protesters have caused an intentional traffic jam outside of Freddie's wake pic.twitter.com/mQREFdjQ2K
— Bill (@DefendWallSt) April 26, 2015
They came with signs, honking and creating a traffic jam outside the wake, despite the family begging to be able to have the services in peace.
Miami Assistant Police Chief Refuses To Pledge Allegiance To The Flag, Claims Exemption As Member Of The Honor Guard…
A Miami assistant police chief is getting the attention of Americans for seemingly refusing to salute the flag of the United States in a video.
Anita Najiy, who is believed by some to be a Muslim American, stands flatly while her brothers and sisters in blue recite The Pledge of Allegiance.
The Miami New Times reported:
Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz was in the front row at a promotional event last week at Miami Police College to film Najiy, a 32-year-veteran of the agency, during the pledge. As other members placed their hands over their hearts, Najiy kept her arms by her sides.
In doing so, Ortiz says, she failed to exhibit courtesy and etiquette that “must be exercised when wearing a law enforcement uniform.”
“If you’re not pledging allegiance to the United States, my question is what country are you pledging allegiance to?” Ortiz says. “Anyone who isn’t offended by that is not American, because when you become a U.S. citizen, you pledge allegiance to the U.S.”[…]
Furthermore, the Miami Herald states the view of Police Maj. Delrish Moss, who claims Najiy was just following military code:
Police Maj. Delrish Moss produced a section of the conduct code for U.S. military personnel, which he says supercedes police code. It reads: “When in uniform, indoors, stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag.”
“That’s exactly what she did,” Moss said. “The Honor Guard follows U.S. military code. She was following U.S. military code. It had nothing to do with personal beliefs.”
HT: Toothless Dawg
Mayor Of Baltimore On #FreddieGray Riot Destruction: “We Also Gave Those Who Wished To Destroy, Space As Well”
I’m hoping that maybe she was trying to say she didn’t want cops to be hurt trying to stop the madness, which is a valid consideration. On the other hand, that really isn’t the way you should express it and you have to let them do their job.
Madame Mayor, here’s a little bit of that destruction you gave ‘space’ to:
She just gave fodder for lawsuits against the city(and out of the pockets of the taxpayers) for damage for failure to protect the businesses and people. Because, space…
HT: Bill at Polititainment
They were going as a peace delegation.
Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects.
They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the suspects were set up.
Six local Somalis were charged this week with trying to leave the country to join the terrorist group. These four men were taken into custody in Minneapolis a week ago. Two others were arrested in San Diego.
Federal agents also arrested Mahamed Said for allegedly making threats on Twitter in response to the arrests. One tweet from his account said if the men weren’t freed, there would be a “massacre.” Another message said “Best believe I’m gonna kill for those guys if they don’t free my brothers.”
The leadership and families at Saturday’s rally denounced any retaliation because of the arrests and asked for the public to hold judgment until their sons are found guilty or not guilty.
About 100 people turned out at the State Capitol, including three mothers of four of the men arrested. One of them made remarks saying she doesn’t believe her sons are terrorists.
A Somali community advocate says the community has agreed to peacefully protest the government and the confidential informant prosecutors built much of their case around.
Abdullahi Salim helped lead the protest. He says he’s a friend of all the arrested suspects, and can’t believe they could be involved.[…]
Salim also says the suspects’ character was never in question for him.
“These guys are really, really, really helpful guys,” he said. “Whenever you need help, they’re the first guys you call for help.”
Community organizers say they want to sit down with lawmakers and talk about programs to help Somali youth prosper and not be drawn into recruiting.
Do as I say, not as I do…
Via Daily Caller:
Khasama Sawant, a socialist and a member of the Seattle, Wash. City Council, is paying no fewer than five campaign staff employees as independent contractors — thus evading the payment of payroll taxes, overtime, social security and other insurance.
The avowed protector of workers from the evils of capitalist exploitation has spent $12,000 paying her employees so far as she fights for reelection, according to KIRO Radio.
“Sawant has been skirting the rules by not paying into the public workers’ safety net,” Josh Feit of state political blog PubliCola explained, according to KIRO.
The socialist does not appear to have provided any benefits to her five employees beyond cash payments for services provided.
The parents are all in when it comes to Cinco De Mayo.
A banner promoting the play “Romeo & Juliet” has been taken down after some parents of students at Westlake High School shared concerns over the use of a Confederate flag.
Parents Sedrick Blount and Angelina Sanchez couldn’t believe the school allowed the Confederate flag to be used in a banner. They were told the flag represented the theme “Romeo & Juliet” post-Civil war.
“That represents hatred, racism and just pure evil,” Blount said, while Sanchez said: “The Confederate flag is just not a good advertisement.”
Parents say the banner had been up for a few days but it was taken down Friday afternoon after they took their concerns to school administrators and the superintendent.
They say the banner was offensive and shouldn’t have gone up in the first place.
“It can leave a confusing message to children who are vulnerable. It’s like, ‘What are we saying to them?’ ” Sanchez said.
But Stella Mandell, who came to see her niece perform in the play, said they banner was symbolic of what the play was about.
“I’m just looking at it from an artistic point of view because we are supporting the arts. This is symbolic of what the play is about. Bottom line,” she said.
Jacquelyn Aguilera, a Westlake High School senior, said: “I think the school should try to be a little more culturally conscientious.”
“I have full faith that they will going forward not make these types of mistakes,” Blount added.
CBSLA reached out to the superintendent’s office for comment Friday during business hours but that call wasn’t returned. However, concerned parents said they received an apology from administrators.
Hillary should run as the ‘Vagina Monologue’ candidate.
Via The Hill
A number of notable celebrities are already throwing their support behind 2016 presidential contenders.
Most of the famous faces are solidly in Hillary Clinton’s camp, with a host of celebs, including actress Lena Dunham and NBA icon Magic Johnson, taking to Twitter to show their support for the Democratic front-runner after she entered the race.
But a few stars, including Willie Robertson from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” have favorites on the GOP side as well. The CEO of Duck Commander is a big supporter of his home-state Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), a potential contender.
The Hill is keeping a list of prominent stars and the 2016 hopefuls they are supporting.
CELEBRITIES BACKING DEMOCRATS
Uzo Aduba — The actress from Netflix’s hit “Orange is the New Black” tweeted her support for Clinton.
Clay Aiken — The “American Idol” who fell short in his own bid for Congress last year initially panned Clinton’s announcement video on Twitter. “Hillary, I love you. But why are you the stiffest and most scripted looking person in this video,” he wrote. He confirmed his support for Clinton in a later tweet.
Kat Dennings — The “2 Broke Girls” actress tweeted “Hillary” after Clinton’s announcement.
Lena Dunham — The “Girls” creator and star took to Instagram to post the famous picture of Clinton reading her BlackBerry. Dunham’s caption read: “This is Hillary reading a text from me that says, ‘With you every step of the way, gurl’ #mypresident.”
In possibly the most disrespectful display I’ve ever seen, a woman who writes for the Washington Post was spotted last night by millions of viewers using her cell phone (presumably to text) while the National Anthem played at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Helena Andrews, a woman who writes an online column for The Washington Post entitled “The Reliable Source” took to Twitter to dismiss the rumors she was texting during the National Anthem:
Is Rand afraid to go after Hillary?
Via The State
Just a few hours after Lindsey Graham finished arguing (in absentia) with Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator walked to a podium not far from the Capitol, to receive an award. Paul was one of three recipients of The Constitution Project’s Constitutional Champion prize, recognized for his work on criminal justice reform, NSA reform, and the separation of powers. When he took the mic, Paul spent 12 minutes discussing crime, calling for an end to mandatory minimums and all sentencing disparities.
Then he swung back at Graham – in absentia, and not by name.
“One unapologetic senator, who I’ve had a few rounds with, said if you’re not talking to terrorists, why are you worried?” Paul said. “He goes on to say that he (would) censor the mail, if he could. Really? This senator goes on to say that if you’re an American citizen, and you ask for a lawyer, you just tell ‘im to shut up. Really? Have we stooped so low that that is our standard? If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear? It’s a long way from innocent until proven guilty.”[…]
Hillary and the Scooby van couldn’t make it to the everyday Americans in SC.
As Democratic leaders and activists gathered here Saturday for their annual state party convention, they chatted in corridors and at coffee stands about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her campaign staffers buzzed around with clipboards signing up volunteers. To many, the promise of the first female president seemed exhilarating.
But the candidate was missing. In Clinton’s absence, her longtime booster, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, did his duty again. But the response from the 1,000 convention delegates and activists was luke warm. And when McAuliffe signaled for a video message from Clinton to play, there was a technical snafu. Then silence.
“It’s on her e-mail somewhere,” shouted one man from the back of the convention hall, referring to Clinton’s controversial use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state.
What soon followed were fresh reminders that although Clinton is as dominant a front-runner for the nomination as any non-incumbent in recent history, the hearts of party activists are not yet hers.
Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont toying with a primary challenge to Clinton, brought Democrats to their feet with a fiery sermon about the hollowed-out middle class and the rise of an “oligarchic form of society” controlled by billionaires.
The reception Sanders received — several delegates called him “electric” — surprised Rep. James E. Clyburn, the state’s most powerful Democrat, who took it all in from the back of the hall.
“I really did not anticipate that from Bernie,” Clyburn said. “It says something about people’s thirst and hunger for a real message.”[…]
The Clinton team is staffing up, with a half dozen paid organizers across the state, and has built a volunteer corps of more than 600. A top national staffer, Marlon Marshall, was in South Carolina working delegates. On Friday, he and other Clinton aides mingled with activists at Clyburn’s famous fish fry, a rollicking party staged inside a downtown parking garage with hip hop music blaring and people dancing into the night.
In 2008, Clinton’s ties to Clyburn were damaged when Bill Clinton made a series of anti-Obama comments on the campaign trail that many in this heavily African American state interpreted as race-baiting. This year, Hillary Clinton extended an olive branch when she hired a Clyburn protege, Clay Middleton, to run her South Carolina campaign.
CNN On Covering #WHCD, Not Baltimore Riots: “Choices”, “We’ll Catch Up”, Find Out About Riots Tomorrow
Via Al Arabiya:
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamist-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials.
A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los Angeles International Airport, but did not say whether this was a new threat or was associated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
CNN said the investigation started after intercepted communication and other intelligence information that led officials to believe that a plot could be under way.
The network quoted an official as saying the plot focused on parts of California and that officials there had stepped up security.
The Transportation Security Administration had also alerted local law enforcement agencies responsible for security around airports in the state although the possible threat was not necessarily related to aviation, CNN said.
It added that some U.S. cities had increased their security, but gave no further details.
No one at the FBI was immediately available to comment. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also declined to comment on the reported threat to Las Angeles airport.
Voter apathy is to blame.
Via CNS News
The New Hampshire town of Merrimack recently approved a budget of $70,408,919 for a community that reports to have 3,895 kids enrolled in its public schools.
That comes to $18,076.74 per student for the annual budget.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Education, Merrimack schools (pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools) reported having a total of 3,895 students enrolled as of February of 2015.[…]
Reportedly voter turnout was low in Merrimack on the ballot that included the school budget. The Union Leader newspaper reported on April 14, “With about 18,000 registered voters in Merrimack, 2,166 ballots were cast on Tuesday.”
Warning for excessive leftist gushiness:
State Dept Spokesperson Marie Harf Gushes About Jane Fonda https://t.co/D0SugjOudt
— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) April 26, 2015
CNN invited Fonda to the dinner. Once again we see in even the little things, the incestuous relation of the media and the Left.
Via Daily Caller:
CNN Host Wolf Blitzer praised actress Jane Fonda and acting U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Nothing better than Jane Fonda,” the CNN host said of his guests.
“Can you believe I’m here with Jane Fonda and Marie Harf, acting spokeswoman of the State Department?! How cool is that?”
Harf joined in to gush about Fonda.
“I was looking forward to meeting Jane Fonda, so this was a dream come true,” Harf said. “We’ve already done selfies in the car.”
The State Department spokesperson also expressed interest in seeing other stars of the D.C.-based television shows “Veep” and “Scandal.”
Fonda shared kind words about her dinner date Wolf Blitzer.
“He’s smart. He’s cute. He’s progressive,” Fonda said on the dinner’s red carpet.
Fonda, who divorced CNN founder Ted Turner, recently starred in HBO television series “The Newsroom.”
She infamously was nicknamed “Hanoi Jane” in 1972 after visiting Vietnam and getting photographed on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery.
In a speech in Maryland this past January, she reportedly regrets the anti-war photograph and called it a “huge, huge mistake” but she still thinks the trip was an “incredible experience.”
Another game of guess the political party.
Via FOX News
The new mayor of a Missouri city had a tough first day on the job when she was met by police at City Hall and informed she had been suspended over allegations of voter fraud.
Betty McCray, the newly elected mayor of the city of Kinloch, was met in the parking lot at City Hall Thursday by police officers and the city attorney holding articles of impeachment, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“You can’t come in as mayor,” attorney James Robinson told McCray. “You have been suspended.”
McCray, however, was defiant, telling Robinson, “You may be the attorney now, but I promise you, you won’t be later.”
The city, located between Ferguson and Lambert St. Louis Airport, has fewer than 300 residents and is plagued by shady land deals and bitter political fights, according to the Post-Dispatch.
“I won. The people spoke,” McCray said, according to MyFox2Now.com. “I was sworn in by the St. Louis County. Today I take office. I want them out, I want the keys.”[…]
On April 7, McCray defeated Mayor Darren Small 38 votes to 18. However, the outgoing administration refused to administer the oath of office to her after the allegations surfaced. She was later sworn in by a St. Louis County court clerk.
The city found that two of the apartments, where six people were registered to vote, were vacant and stripped of furniture and appliances. In one, only a jar of pickles and two used oxygen tanks remained among other debris, the Post-Dispatch reported.
McCray dismissed the allegations as absurd.
“It never came up until I ran for mayor,” McCray said.
This was not the only legal trouble facing the new mayor. In March, the city filed a lawsuit alleging she obtained a house fraudulently from the city in 2008, claiming that former mayor Keith Conway – who served time in prison for charges of wire fraud, theft from a federal program and witness tampering – gave her the house for free. McCray says she bought the four-bedroom house for $9,000.
“I didn’t defraud the city of anything,” McCray told The Post-Dispatch. “They are trying to get those homes back, so they can get the money and put it in their pocket.”
HT: Woof and Indy1826