(Florida Today) An attack on a mosque using raw bacon and a machete could potentially garner a Brevard County man up to life in prison as a result of a recently added hate crime enhancement, authorities say.
Michael Wolfe, 35, was charged with armed burglary of a structure and criminal mischief of a place of worship in connection with the New Year’s Eve break-in and desecration of the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque in Titusville.
Police said the convicted felon acted alone, broke into the empty mosque with a machete at night, slashing at windows and other property before leaving behind a slab of raw bacon in and around the front door. A surveillance video shows Wolfe, dressed in camouflage pants and carrying a backpack as he stepped into the carport at the mosque.
(Washington Post) Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery.
His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website (http://bit.ly/1VHPTv9 ) but not to the governor’s site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle emblem from the 122-year-old state flag or stripped state money from colleges and local governments that refuse to fly the current banner.
Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said previous governors, Democrat and Republican, have issued similar proclamations for Confederate Heritage Month.
(New York Times) A babysitter charged with murdering a 16-month-old boy whose family lived in the same Staten Island building subjected him to hours of physical and sexual abuse while he was left in her care over the weekend, prosecutors said on Wednesday.
The babysitter, Gloria Fields, made her first appearance in Criminal Court on Wednesday, where a prosecutor outlined accusations of torture that led to outbursts of sobbing and screaming from the child’s relatives and others packed into the courtroom.
Ms. Fields, 31, sexually assaulted the boy, Anthony Delgado, with a crayon, and while the toddler was strapped in a stroller, she slammed him face first into the ground, prosecutors said.
(Washington Free Beacon) The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia declined to block a rule in three states that requires individuals to prove they are citizens when registering to vote using mail-in registration forms.
The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of left-wing groups, including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, earlier this month.
Three lawyers representing the liberal organizations have given thousands in campaign contributions to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who on numerous occasions has expressed opposition to voter identification laws on the campaign trial.
(NEWSBUSTERS) — A MSNBC correspondent on Tuesday decided to do a live report from a gun range. As one could guess, it didn’t go well. Reporter Kerry Sanders pointed at the gun-rights fans and began, “There are lots of folks here who believe that Second Amendment in this country is under attack.” Seconds later, the shooting started.
The Second Amendment afficionados drowned Sanders out. He sounded like this: “A short distance away later today [BLAM] Donald Trump [BLAM] — protect the Second Amendment.” He soldiered on, shifting to other topics. But it came across as this: “Talking about [BLAM] Ted Cruz has fired his spokesman. We’re probably going to hear a lot more later [BLAM].”
At the end of the segment, anchor Andrea Mitchell conceded, “Well, Kerry, I’m afraid we could not hear most of that because the fire power was a little too great. Sorry, we didn’t know you were going to be there today.”
NEW YORK – Kathleen Willey, one of many women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault, says she plans to appear at Hillary Clinton campaign events, should she win the Democratic Party nomination, to call for the candidate’s indictment as a criminal accomplice to her husband in his alleged attacks on women.
“Hillary Clinton will have to have me shot to stop me,” Willey told WND.
Willey told WND the PAC funds the formation of a “truth squad” to confront Hillary Clinton at campaign events.
According to FEC records, the PAC has not begun fundraising activities.
The objective is to expose both Bill and Hillary Clinton as serial sexual predators.
“Hillary should be criminally prosecuted as an accomplice to Bill Clinton’s sexual crimes, because she is the one who masterminds and engineers the cover-up by hiring private investigators to threaten and victimize the women who her husband sexually abused,” Willey explained.
She told WND she is in discussions with several other women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse and Hillary Clinton of attacking the victims to cover up his crimes.
“While I expect I will be joined by several of the other women well known as Clinton sexual abuse victims, current plans are to activate the truth squad should Hillary Clinton win the Democratic Party presidential nomination,” Willey said.
Willey also said she was prompted to action when Hillary invited rape victims to come forward and said their stories should be believed.
WND reported in 2007 a private investigator admitted he was hired by Hillary Clinton to investigate Willey and bore responsibility for acts of harassment and intimidation designed to silence her. Willey claimed she was threatened by a “mysterious jogger” just two days before she testified in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
“I went over the edge first when that jogger threatened my children, mentioning them by name and where they lived,” she said. “Any mother or grandmother like Hillary who would threaten another woman’s children is as low as a person can get.”
Willey said it’s important that the younger generations know the Clintons’ history.
“We need to get out on the political stump and talk with the Millennials and with voters not even born yet when incidents like the Monica Lewinsky sexual scandal were news,” Willey said.
“Hillary Clinton is not going to be president, once younger voters understand Bill Clinton’s sexual scandals are not just about Bill,” she insisted. “The Clintons need to be exposed for who they really are, and Hillary has been involved attacking and threatening Bill’s sexual victims since before they were married.”
She said Bill Clinton “has a mental disease.”
“He can’t stop being a sexual predator and his wife will never stop covering-up for him,” she said. “For Hillary, it’s all about power. Hillary feels she has to protect Bill because Hillary is right to be afraid she will lose all her political power when the American public finally understands and rejects Bill over his sexual crimes.”
Roger Stone: ‘Only women can defeat Hillary Clinton’
Roger Stone, a confident of former presidents Nixon and Reagan, and author of the 2015 bestselling book “The Clintons’ War on Women,” has been working with Willey to create the anti-Clinton Rape PAC.
“Willey’s goal is to raise sufficient money to allow her and the other female victims of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s sexual abuse not only to dog Hillary during the campaign, but also to go on television with political advertisements explaining to the American public the stories of Clinton’s sexual abuse,” he said.
“Only women can defeat Hillary Clinton,” Stone insisted.
He said that male critics who attack Hillary on the sexual-abuse issue are dismissed as misogynists and sexists, “allowing Hillary to play the victim.”
“It makes a huge difference if we hear Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, and Paula Jones, and dozens of others telling in graphic detail what it’s like to be overpowered, attacked, bitten, groped, and in some cases raped by Bill Clinton,” Stone argued. “Then the American public needs to hear these women explain in equally graphic detail how Hillary bullied them, intimidated them, and terrorized them and their families.”
He said Millennial women should be given the information and allowed to decide for themselves.
“When those Millennial women hear the graphic details from the abused women themselves, when that happens, Hillary Clinton will lose forever the argument the GOP are the ones waging a war on women,” he said.
‘No more Clinton goons’
Stone recalled that in the 1980s, Bill Clinton used Arkansas State Troopers “to intimidate and suppress his sexual victims,”
“The problem Hillary has is there are no more Clinton goons right now,” he said. “The Clintons don’t control the federal government, and if they use private investigators, they run the risk of those private investigators being exposed during the height of Hillary’s presidential campaign.”
Stone said the ability to get out information on the Internet “changes everything, and the Kathleen Willeys of the world will not be suppressed this time around.”
“If Hillary has a rally, Kathleen will have a rally,” Stone explained. “If the Secret Service gets in the way, we will expose that too. This confrontation is coming.
“There’s a hundred ways to make the American public aware of the Clintons’ chronic abuse of women and how Hillary has destroyed any woman who has potentially gotten in the way of their lust for power and wealth,” Stone said.
Stone said he personally advised Republican presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump on the issue.
“That’s why several months ago when Hillary accused Trump of sexism, Trump immediately shot back the accusation that Hillary was an enabler who has terrorized these women.”
Trump wrote: “If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!”
“Trump just closed down the Clintons’ entire playbook charging the GOP with a ‘war on women,’” Stone argued. “Trump is fearless and he is going to prosecute this issue.”
Stone said it’s noteworthy that Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio all said during the campaign that Bill Clinton’s sexual history was not an issue.
“This is why Hillary and her supporters don’t want to face Donald Trump in the general election,” Stone said. “What moderate GOP candidates like Bush, Christie and Rubio don’t understand is that Hillary is an accessory after the fact in every one of Bill’s sex crimes.”
Stone said Hillary Clinton could be charged and convicted along with her husband “of criminal misconduct in every one of Bill’s rapes because, as we know, Hillary is the one who hired these heavy-handed private investigators that terrorized and abused these women.”
“In some cases, Hillary’s goal was to prevent these women from testifying by answering a subpoena, in other cases just to prevent them from going public,” he said.
“The issue here is not consensual sex or marital infidelity – not adultery or girlfriends, or mistresses,” Stone said in conclusion. “The issue here is about rape and sexual assault, as well as the role of both Clintons – Bill who assaults the women physically, and Hillary who assaults the psychologically after the fact.”
The most controversial New York Times bestseller in history, a book pulled by its then-publisher under duress from what appeared to be political interests, now is getting an enthusiastic reception from readers who love the new edition.
But the new expanded and revised edition published by WND Books marks a triumphant return for Barton and a victory for Americans who want to hear the true history of Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers.
Even more impressively, the book boasts an average rating of four out of five stars at Amazon, despite a host of left-wing reviewers determined to downvote the book.
An extraordinary book about an extraordinary man! For those on the left, the truth is the truth whether you believe it or not. It is what it is not what you make it to be! David Burton gives us Thomas Jefferson from the original documents, not from fourth and fifth generation opinions and false perceptions, to outright lies and slander.
You know this is an important book to read when you see the vicious attacks from the left. David Barton has really struck a nerve with the left. They very much do not want their lies exposed and it is very important to them to smear and destroy this book with more lies and distortion. David Barton has thoroughly documented the facts in this book. It is time for people to think for themselves – read the book and decide for yourself, instead of being brainwashed by the left’s propaganda. David used the attacks on the first version of this book to do additional research to provide even more documentation for his findings to further strengthen his case. You must read this book.
David Barton has used only original source material for this book. With almost 1,000 footnotes, you can look it up yourself! This is a must read. All of those that try to debunk his work are merely blowing smoke. This book is fantastic. Truly worth the read.
As so many readers point out, Barton provides citations to the original documents supporting his assertions about Jefferson. And most people don’t seem to take Barton’s critics seriously.
One reader put it: “Well, it really makes me wonder about the 1 stars. No one said you have to agree with anyone or even like them. But when you have ‘Christians’ whose life purpose seems to be to tear another down, something’s wrong! If Thomas Jefferson wrote in his own hand that his favorite color was blue, these folks would no doubt call it sloppy, misleading and poor scholarship!
“Mr. Barton can lay actual documents in front of you, backing his claims. What can you do? All I ever see from you all is criticism no documentation. Tell you what, you put your documentation up against his, side by side. Do it on national TV. That would be funny!
Barton argues his book is critically important because the reputation of Jefferson is linked to the revolutionary principles that built the country. Recently, the author sat down with WND TV and discussed what he believes is the greatest lie told about Jefferson.
“I think the biggest lie the left tells about Thomas Jefferson is the dismissal of him as a racist and a bigot,” said Barton. “And I think the reason that is significant is that they are going after his character. Now it’s very easy to show Jefferson was not a racist and a bigot. He did own slaves, but that was against his will. He wanted to get rid of his slaves. He inherited most of his slaves when he was young and from his wife; what are called dowry slaves. He worked throughout his lifetime to end slavery and free his slaves. It didn’t happen.”
Barton believes the left is trying to discredit America’s founding principles by attacking the person most identified with the American creed of liberty and equality.
“If you can taint someone’s character, you can cause people to dismiss anything they say,” Barton argued. “This goes all the way back to the time of Jesus. Jesus had these huge crowds following him, and the religious leaders were losing their influence. So they started saying: ‘Ah, he’s a winebibber, he’s a glutton, he’s a drunkard and a party man.’ And the belief is if you can tarnish someone’s character they’ll dismiss his message and won’t follow him.”
Barton warns that if Jefferson is discredited, America itself is discredited.
“If you can get people to dismiss Jefferson’s message because he was ‘a racist and a bigot,’ which was not accurate, then you lose the concept of limited government, you lose the concept of individual rights, you lose the concept of the importance of religion and morality in a society, you lose the concept of an important and strong morality, you lose all the things he said about not spending, not getting into debt, not having many government agencies,” Barton charged.
“All of that goes out the door. All of the things that have produced American exceptionalism, you can track them back to what Thomas Jefferson was teaching us 200 years ago. You ignore Jefferson, that’s gone. What made America great is now out the door.”
It’s a message Barton’s readers seem to intuitively understand.
“Modern-era ideologues who want to tear down personal liberty have created myths to impugn our founders,” wrote one reader. “Thankfully we have a man whose passion is saving and preserving documents of our founders. This book is the fruit of his labors. Thank you Mr. Barton.”
All eyes are on South Carolina today as the six remaining Republican candidates face off in the primaries. The Democrats are also squaring off as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton compete in the Nevada caucuses. Voting in South Carolina opened at 7 a.m. EST and will close at 7 p.m. The caucuses in Nevada began around 11 a.m. PST.
Donald Trump faces his next challenge in the Republican nomination fight as he confronted both Apple and Boeing with issues. The real estate mogul called for a boycott of Apple following the company’s refusal to cooperate with a judge’s order to assist law enforcement in unlocking the iPhone of a California suspect in the San Bernardino shooting rampage that killed 14 people in December.
Trump also suggested that Boeing, one of the state’s top employers with its fairly new manufacturing plant in North Charleston, could lose jobs if he isn’t elected president because of his negotiation skills with the Chinese, in reference to Boeing’s industrial investment in China unveiled last year, a new plant to finish work on planes before they are delivered to local carriers. “Boeing is building massive plants in China,” Trump said at a rally in Myrtle Beach. “You have a beautiful plant. Be careful because when they cut the value of their currency, in two years after their plants are built, and you find out you’re losing – not going to happen if Trump is president, that I can tell you – but be careful.”
Trump holds a “commanding” lead in South Carolina polls. He went after his nearest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, calling him “the biggest liar I have ever seen” and noting even Marco Rubio is branding Cruz for dishonesty.
Cruz launched a counterattack on Trump and suggested he couldn’t be trusted to pick a conservative Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia on Nov. 13.
Voter turnout across South Carolina has been strong and steady, with the total number of absentee ballots returned so far at 77,288, more than double the previous record.
“The absentee turnout is certainly indicative of high excitement and voter interest,” said S.C. Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire. “There’s been nothing today to indicate otherwise, as far as what we’ve heard from the polls. I wouldn’t be surprised if we set a record turnout for a Republican presidential primary.”
The State reports in Red Bank, Dawn Hoover, a 40-year-old construction office manager, said she voted for real estate mogul Donald Trump because America could benefit from having a businessman in the White House.
“We need more of a business person with a business mind,” Hoover said. “I don’t agree with everything he says or does, but I don’t agree with any of the others.”
Josh Johnson, an unemployed 29-year-old, said he voted for Ben Carson because he likes the retired neurosurgeon’s demeanor.
“He seems to be well-spoken, he seems to be more humble about his approach to things,” Johnson said. “He’s obviously a smart guy, too.”
On Friday, Trump led polls in the South Carolina primary by five points, down from his 16-point lead in the state a month ago. Trump gets support from 28 percent of likely Republican primary voters in the state, while Ted Cruz gets 23 percent. They’re followed by Marco Rubio at 15 percent, Jeb Bush at 13 percent, and John Kasich and Ben Carson at 9 percent each.
Following the New Hampshire primaries, a A CNN exit poll Tuesday found about 75 percent of GOP voters said they were very worried about the U.S. economy, 60 percent said they were very worried about terrorism, and 90 percent said they were dissatisfied with the federal government.
Meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane provided Breitbart News with details on how Marco Rubio betrayed them during a 2013 Gang of Eight immigration fight. Crane represents approximately 5,800 front-line ICE officers, agents and personnel who are responsible for enforcing America’s immigration laws in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
In the Breitbart interview, Crane said, “Violent street gangs were literally able to lobby Sen. Rubio and the Gang of Eight more effectively than law enforcement, they had more influence on the bill than we did. Gangs were able to get provisions in the law to protect themselves. It’s absolutely insane. What on earth are our lawmakers thinking? I think it’s this type of utterly stupid lawmaking that has caused most Americans to lose faith in Congress.”
In Nevada, Democratic caucuses are underway, and polling suggests Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight race. Following New Hampshire, Fox News asked New Hampshire Democrats which candidate is more honest and trustworthy. A full 93 percent of Democrats chose Sanders, while only 5 percent said Clinton.
In Nevada, CNN is reporting with 7% of the vote in, the race couldn’t be much tighter: Clinton has 50% and Sanders has 49.6%.
Nevada was supposed to be the state where Hillary Clinton exposed the limits of Bernie Sanders’ appeal, claiming his popularity was limited to largely white states like Iowa and New Hampshire but unable to compete with states having large minority populations. Instead, she will be scrambling to eke out a victory.
“I don’t wake up mad at anybody, though I will say in the last few days that premise has been challenged just a little,” a frustrated Bill Clinton told a crowd of about 2,000 supporters at the final campaign rally Friday night in Las Vegas.
WND reported, Hillary’s health is also causing concern among voters.
Hillary Clinton meets with workers at Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino Feb. 18, 2015.
Her refusal to answer questions about her recent coughing fits or to explain why she is wearing eyeglasses fitted with Fresnel prisms supports the conclusion of several qualified physicians that her presidential campaign is still keeping key health records hidden from the American public.
Casey Chadwick, left, pictured on a GoFundMe page. (Credit: GoFundMe via the Norwich Bulletin)
The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has finally agreed to investigate how an illegal immigrant with a record of felonies escaped deportation, and was subsequently able to murder a woman in Connecticut – a state with substantial safe-haven policies that even allow for special drivers’ licenses for those in the country illegally.
Judicial Watch reported lawmakers finally pressed the IG to add the case to its list of “ongoing projects.” But the nonpartisan watchdog warned the list is so long “interested parties shouldn’t hold their breath for answers.”
The case involves the stabbing death of Casey Chadwick, 25. A suspect, Jean Jacques, 41, a Haitian national, was arrested shortly after the 2015 summer discovery of Chadwick’s body inside a closet in her apartment. After his arrest, local media and interested politicians learned Immigration and Customs Enforcement failed to deport Jacques at least three times, going back to 2002.
“As if this weren’t atrocious enough, Jacques spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder before authorities released him, instead of deporting him, in January of 2015,” Judicial Watch reported, citing Norwich Bulletin reports.
Six months after his release, Jacques was arrested for her murder and jailed on a $1 million bond.
But Connecticut’s two U.S. senators and one congressman, all Democrats, demanded to know why the federal authorities hadn’t deported him in the first place.
As Judicial Watch noted, “this is not an isolated case. In the last few years, illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal histories have been allowed to remain in the U.S. despite being repeat offenders. … For instance, back in 2008, JW launched a California public records request with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to obtain the arrest and booking information on Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El-Salvador who murdered three innocent American citizens. Ramos was a member of a renowned violent street gang and had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile … yet he was allowed to remain in the country.”
Judicial Watch also noted the Democratic lawmakers “are only demanding answers because Chadwick’s murder occured in their backyard,” and that both senators had previously blocked a measure that would have blocked grants to police departments located in sanctuary cities and states.
The watchdog’s conclusion?
“Perhaps if states like Connecticut didn’t offer illegal immigrants sanctuary, this case and many others like it nationwide wouldn’t exist,” Judicial Watch said.
Pope Francis wrapped his tour through spots in Mexico with a stop at the border with America, in Ciudad Juarez, a town known for its drug-cartel violence, and paid tribute to migrants who’ve died trying to reach the United States, located just feet away.
And at least one conservative columnist and pundit, Ben Shapiro, took up pen to denounce the pontiff’s rally.
“Funny, he never did that while visiting Cuba to pay tribute to those who died attempting to escape that Communist hellhole,” he wrote, in Breitbart. “[The pope instead] reserved his spite for a nation with one of the most generous immigration policies on the planet.”
According to Reuters, the pope blessed three planted Christian crosses and said: “We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis. Each step, a journey laden with grave injustices: the enslaved, the imprisoned and extorted … Let us together ask our God for the gift of conversion, the gift of tears, let us ask Him to give us open hearts like the Ninevites, open to his call heard in the suffering faces of countless men and women. No more death. No more exploitation.”
The pontiff made the remarks on the heels of saying capitalism worked against God’s will and that God would punish “slave drivers of our days” for exploiting workers and furthering “the flow of capital [to] decide the flow of people,” Breitbart reported.
And Shapiro’s reaction?
“This is, simply put, asinine,” he wrote. “The reason for the humanitarian crisis driving people north is the corrupt anti-capitalist governance so common to Latin America – the same sort of governance the pope believes is apparently more godly than the capitalism drawing people like a magnet to the United States. So the same system the pope decries is the system the pope wants inundated with victims of those who oppose the system. How ironic. Even more ironic: the Vatican remains one of the most immigration-restrictive states on Earth.”