Monday, December 11, 2017

Ivanka Trump's anti-Roy Moore Stance

GEOBEATS       December 11th 2017 
President Trump is now actively campaigning for Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama who stands accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, some involving teenagers.

Politico reports that first daughter Ivanka Trump’s public criticism of Moore is one of the factors that pushed the president toward going all in. 

The publication also notes the bevy of White House aides and advisers, as well as the initial Moore opposition voiced by key Republicans, further fueled Trump’s decision to give the candidate his full support.

While anti-Moore sentiments from many White House staffers and GOP politicians have ranged from nonexistent to irresolute, Ivanka Trump’s rebuke of the candidate was quite forceful. 

“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” she told the Associated Press. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.” 

President Trump has, according to Politico, privately questioned the veracity of Moore’s accusers, questioning why they waited until now to come forward.

In public, Trump has made his push for the candidate one largely based on simple Senate math and a need for Republicans’ to preserve their slim majority.

He used that reasoning in a December 8 push for Moore. 

“LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already,” the president tweeted. “The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!” 

Witchy sez :
As is obvious to everyone, ( Except the willingly blind sheep supporters ), This is just another example of Trumps juvenile, petulant child behaviors. " No one disagrees with me, No one tells me what to do, you're not the boss of me". No matter who tells him, or how right they may be, Little Donnie will do just the opposite and shoot himself in the foot, because this clown actually thinks he knows more than everyone and will listen to no one. This is just another trait that will lead to his downfall.
  You supporters can blame your ever feared "Libs", Or the "fake news media", But it's Donald himself who is his own worst enemy.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A growing chorus of Democratic Senators are calling on Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations

Business Insider       MAXWELL TANI        December  10th 2017 
Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Donald Trump should consider resigning over sexual misconduct allegations made against him.
Several Senate Democrats have called for the president to resign in recent days, though they have stopped short of calling for his impeachment.
They spoke up after Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota resigned over his own sexual harassment accusations.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that he thinks President Donald Trump should consider stepping down over his sexual misconduct allegations.

In an interview on "Meet The Press," Sanders noted that Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota resigned after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

"Al Franken felt it proper for him to resign," Sanders said. "Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about doing the same."

The Vermont Senator this week joined a number of Democratic Senators who have called for the president to step aside in the wake of Franken's resignation, citing the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump as well as the president's own boasts about grabbing women without their permission.

In an interview with Vice News last week, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey suggested that the president should follow Franken's example and step down.

"I just watched Al Franken do the honorable thing and resign," Booker said. "My question is — why isn't Donald Trump doing the same thing? Who has more serious allegations against him, with more women who have come forward?"

On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon similarly called on Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore and the president to step aside, pointing to the allegations of harassment against both men.

"The president should resign because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct," Merkley told "Meet The Press Daily."

For his part, Trump has never made any indication that he would resign willingly before the end of his term, and plans to run for reelection.

The president has repeatedly denied all harassment allegations against him, and has asked Democratic leaders who will run against him in 2020. The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump told the leaders that Sanders would run "even if he’s in a wheelchair."

Though 58 Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump this week, Democratic leadership and many Senate Democrats like Sanders have largely avoided the issue. Sanders said he's not prepared to support impeaching Trump yet.

"I don't think we're there right now," Sanders said on Sunday, saying special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election was working to uncover the Trump campaign's role. "That's what the Mueller investigation is all about."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Former priest convicted of murdering Texas beauty queen who vanished after confession in 1960

 A former priest was convicted Thursday in the brutal murder of a Texas beauty queen who was raped, beaten, and suffocated more than 57 years ago.

A jury found John Bernard Feit, 85, guilty of murdering Irene Garza after more than six hours of deliberations in Hildalgo County on Thursday.

Gaza’s family members burst into tears in the courtroom, relieved that justice had been served decades after the 25-year-old teacher and beauty queen was found dead in a canal.

In April 1960, Garza disappeared after she went to confession at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, where Feit was a visiting priest.
John Feit pictured before the verdict was read for the 1960 murder of Irene Garza. (NATHAN LAMBRECHT/AP)
Feit, who was 28 at the time, was taken in for questioning after Garza’s body was found, but officials avoided prosecuting him for fear of harming the church’s reputation, prosecutors told the court.

Most elected officials at the time in Hidalgo County were Catholic, and Sen. John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was running for president that year.

The case went cold until 2002, when authorities reopened the investigation and interviewed another priest who said he saw scratches on Feit’s hands shortly after Garza’s disappearance.
Feit (l.), who was 28 at the time, was taken in for questioning after Irene Garza (r.) went to confession and disappeared.

Another priest who worked at a Missouri monastery where Feit applied three years later said he confessed to murdering a young woman.

Defense attorney O. Rene Flores argued that prosecutors had insufficient evidence to convict Feit, who was living in Arizona at the time of his arrest last year.

Feit spent time at a treatment center in New Mexico for troubled priests and became a supervisor who helped clear other priests for assignments to parishes.
A priest said he saw scratches on Feit’s hands shortly after Garza’s disappearance. (BETTMANN/BETTMANN ARCHIVE)
Among the men Feit helped keep in ministry was child molester James Porter, who assaulted more than 100 victims before he was ultimately defrocked and sent to prison.

Feit left the priesthood in 1972, married and went on to work at the Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix for a number of years, training and recruiting volunteers and helping oversee the charity’s network of food pantries.

He had also been accused of attacking another young woman in a church just weeks before Garza’s death. He eventually pleaded no contest and was fined $500.
Garza's relative Noemi Sigler cries while talking with Texas Ranger Rudy Jaramillo (c.) following Feit's conviction. (NATHAN LAMBRECHT/AP)
Feit could be sentenced to up to 99 years or life imprisonment.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

President Trump set the internet on fire with his slurred sleech

Everyone wants to know  with the Prez  is he  for real are putting on an act  so the aliens will not take him  to their planet to put  on display   ... HeHe
President Trump provoked a Twitterstorm after his speech on Jerusalem Wednesday in which he appeared to be breathing heavily and slurring some of his words toward the end.
“God bless the United States,” he concluded, but the words “States” sounded as if he pronounced it “Shtates” — and scores of viewers noticed.

“Trump’s speech just slurred significantly at the end of the speech he just gave. Notice how he says ‘United States,’ but his words were thick before that,” wrote Jon Aravosis, a DC pundit.

“Aside from the constant sniffing, there was something seriously wrong with Trump’s speech and mouth during that #Jerusalem announcement. Major slurring. Weirder than usual I mean,” said Marcus Dysch, political editor of the Jewish Chronicle.

“Why is Trump slurring his speech?” wondered actress Mia Farrow.

“Am I dreaming or was Trump’s speech incredibly slurred?” added Zac Petkanas, a former aide to Hillary Clinton.

Others questioned whether the president was on medication — or if he had dentures that possibly came loose.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.t Donald Trump's newfound lisp sets internet aflame.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mike Pence and Reince Priebus reportedly planned a coup to replace Trump after the 'Access Hollywood' tape

  Business Insider      ELIZA RELMAN          December  5th 2017 
Vice President Mike Pence and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reportedly considered a coup to replace then-candidate Donald Trump on the GOP presidential ticket following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape last fall.
GOP leaders considered drafting former Bush administration Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to be the party's vice presidential nominee, The Atlantic reported.
Republican donors reportedly considered paying Trump to abandon the race.

Vice President Mike Pence and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus considered a coup to replace then-candidate Donald Trump following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, The Atlantic reported in a lengthy profile of Pence on Tuesday.

The tape, in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women, sent the Republican Party into a panic as party leaders and donors pressured the Republican National Committee to force the former reality TV star off the ticket.

Just hours after the video's publication by The Washington Post on October 8, Pence told the RNC that he was willing and ready to take Trump's place as the party's presidential nominee, several sources told the Atlantic.

Priebus told CNN, however, that the coup story is "100% false."

"It was never discussed — never contemplated," Priebus said.

In the panicked days that followed the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape, the RNC came under intense pressure to replace Trump, and the organization's lawyers reportedly discussed a little-known legal mechanism by which they could force the nominee to step down.

Meanwhile, a small group of billionaire GOP donors reportedly asked a Trump associate how much money Trump would need to be paid to abandon the race. According to one source, they were told $800 million, but it is unclear if Trump knew about the discussions or if the offer was made.

Priebus, then the chairman of the RNC, told Trump that he could drop out of the race or lose in the biggest electoral landslide in US history, according to a new memoir written by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Priebus reportedly told Trump that Pence and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whom Republican leaders were considering drafting to the ticket, were "ready to step in" to take over the campaign.

On a personal level, Pence and his wife, Karen, who are both devout evangelical Christians who have advocated for conservative "family values" for decades, were shocked and disturbed by the video. Karen was reportedly "disgusted" by Trump's "grab them by the p----" comments — and by Trump himself.

"She finds him reprehensible — just totally vile," a former Trump campaign aide told The Atlantic.

But those close to Pence say the former Indiana governor relied on his faith in God to carry him through the last trying weeks of the campaign.

"If you're Mike Pence, and you believe what he believes, you know God had a plan," Ralph Reed, an evangelical religious and political leader and friend of Pence's, told The Atlantic.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How a McDonald's food bag led Tampa police to alleged serial killer

 A McDonald's bag that Howell Donaldson III handed to his colleague at the fast-food restaurant where he worked in Tampa was the key piece of evidence that led police to the alleged serial killer, authorities said today.

A person identified as "Witness 3" approached a police officer at the McDonald's restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood Tuesday afternoon to tell them that an employee, Donaldson, gave them a "McDonald's food bag" and said he planned to leave the state, according to a criminal report affidavit filed early today in Florida's Hillsborough County.

Inside the bag was a .40-caliber Glock firearm loaded with SIG brand Smith and Wesson ammunition -- the same weapon used in a string of mysterious slayings over the past six weeks in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood, officials said.

That gun was what investigators needed to identify the alleged killer, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters at a news conference this afternoon.

Donaldson, 24, allegedly purchased the legal firearm six days before the first killing on Oct. 9, authorities said. He picked up the handgun and bought a 20-round box of SIG brand Smith and Wesson ammunition on Oct. 7, according to the affidavit.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives later discovered cartridge casings at all four crime scenes that matched the .40-caliber Glock possessed by the suspect, the affidavit states.

Moreover, call detail records showed that Donaldson's cellphone was geographically associated with a cell tower near the locations of the first three slayings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood within minutes of their taking place, according to the affidavit.

Donaldson, also known as Trai, was arrested at the McDonald's in Ybor City on Tuesday afternoon. He will be charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection to the killings. He is being held in Hillsoborough County Jail in the meantime and has not yet been assigned an attorney, according to Dugan.

PHOTO: Howell Emanuel Donaldson III is pictured in an arrest photo distributed by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office. Donaldson is facing four counts of premeditated murder for a series killings in Tampa, Florida.Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III is pictured in an arrest photo distributed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Donaldson is facing four counts of premeditated murder for a series killings in Tampa, Florida.more +
Man arrested in connection with string of murders in Tampa
Chilling video links suspect to Tampa's 4 murders in 6 weeks: Police
The first three victims were killed within 11 days in October. Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was killed Oct. 9, and the body of 32-year-old Monica Hoffa was found Oct. 13, half a mile from where Mitchell was killed. Anthony Naiboa, a 20-year-old man authorities described as having mild autism, was killed Oct. 19 after taking the wrong bus home from work, according to police.

The fourth victim, 60-year-old Robert Felton, was fatally shot from behind in the early hours of Nov. 14.

"To have four homicides on your watch is a tough pill to swallow," Dugan said at this afternoon's press conference. "I will hold onto that the rest of my life."

The Tampa police chief said the individual who turned in the weapon to authorities is a female manager at the McDonald's in Ybor City, where Donaldson is a former employee, and police will eventually release her identify. Dugan said he doesn't believe Donaldson gave his coworker the bag so that he would get caught, but rather thought she would hold onto it for safekeeping without looking inside.

Earlier today, in an interview on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Dugan said he spoke to the suspect briefly after police interviews Tuesday night and that the suspect was "pretty nonresponsive." Donaldson has not admitted to committing the killings but told police he is the owner of the .40-caliber Glock, according to Dugan.

"He wasn't angry. It was a very subdued, strange behavior, in my opinion," Dugan said.

PHOTO: Law enforcement agents investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017. Jones Octavio/Tampa Bay Times via AP
Law enforcement agents investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017.
The investigation is ongoing and there are "so many still unanswered questions," the police chief added. Investigators are unsure of a motive behind the four killings and do not yet know of a connection between Donaldson and the Seminole Heights neighborhood where the slayings took place. Police do not believe there are any other suspects in the case.

Nevertheless, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said residents in the Seminole Heights neighborhood traumatized by the recent killings "can rest comfortably" now that the suspected serial killer has been arrested.

"This was a good night last night, thanks to the work of the Tampa Police Department and all of our partners and Chief Dugan," Buckhorn said in an interview this morning on "GMA."

"The folks in Seminole Heights, we think, can rest comfortably that this individual is in custody, and now the process starts moving forward. But it's a good day in Tampa."

PHOTO: A photo provided by Tampa Police Department on Nov. 28, 2017 of Howell Emanuel Donaldson, who was arrested in connection with a string of murders. The photo is from 2010.Tampa Police Department
A photo provided by Tampa Police Department on Nov. 28, 2017 of Howell Emanuel Donaldson, who was arrested in connection with a string of murders. The photo is from 2010.more +
Donaldson was a graduate of St. John's University in New York City and a Tampa native.

"We can confirm that Howell Donaldson III attended the university beginning in the fall of 2011 and graduated in January 2017," St. John's University spokesman Brian Browne told ABC News. "He was a walk-on student-athlete for the men’s basketball team during the 2011–2012 season but never played in a game."

Donaldson was arrested in Manhattan in 2014 but the case is sealed, the New York City Police Department said.

The Tampa Police Department received more than 5,000 tips related to the string of slayings that left the Seminole Heights neighborhood on edge. The police chief said law enforcement presence in the neighborhood will begin scaling back following Donaldson's arrest.

"You know, it's been 51 days since the first murder, and it's Day One of the healing process to kind of help these families and this community put their lives back together," Dugan told ABC News.

In a statement released late Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott commended the "relentless effort" of Tampa police, who worked through the Thanksgiving weekend on the case.

"As a father and a grandfather, it is unimaginable what the families of these victims are going through," Scott said. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with them, and we will work to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve. In Florida, we have absolutely zero tolerance for this type of evil behavior, and anyone responsible will be held to the fullest extent of the law."

ABC News' Mark Crudele, Aaron Katersky and Rex Sakamoto contributed to this report.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Oscar Pistorius murder sentence increases to 13 years and 5 months

Thomson Reuters      JAMES MACHARIA      Nov.  24th 2017 
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 24 (Reuters) - South Africa's Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued his original sentence of six years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly lenient."

Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius, a gold medal-winning athlete known as the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetics, received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status.

Pistorius was jailed in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.

He was not in court for Friday's ruling. The court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served.

Steenkamp's family, who were not in court for the ruling, welcomed the sentence and said it showed justice could prevail in South Africa.

"This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning," Tania Koen, a family spokeswoman, told Reuters.

Judge Willie Seriti, reading out the court's decision, said: "The sentence imposed ... in respect of murder is set aside and substituted with the following: the respondent is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 13 years and five months."

The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. That conviction was increased to murder by the Supreme Court in December 2015 and his sentence was increased to six years by trial judge Thokozile Masipa.

At the time, Masipa ruled that although the Steenkamps had suffered a great loss, Pistorius’ life and career were also in ruins, adding that "a fallen hero can never be at peace."

State prosecutors said they would appeal, arguing there had been no mitigating circumstances to give such a sentence.

At a hearing earlier this month at the appeals court, state prosecutors, led by advocate Andrea Johnson, said the athlete had shown no remorse for firing four shots through a locked bathroom door that hit Steenkamp.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux had told the court at the appeals hearing that Pistorius did not deliberately kill model and law graduate Steenkamp and the appeal should be thrown out.

The family of the athlete, who had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby, were not immediately available to comment. (Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Janet Lawrence)