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Obama used a super-secure pseudonym for emails with Homebrew Hillary, so no problem

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 21:08

**Written by Doug Powers

It was Friday night, which meant that the FBI unloaded another batch of documents related to the Hillary Clinton investigation. Nothing to see here, other than Clinton was communicating with Obama via her unsecured server, which in and of itself isn’t exactly breaking news. However, we do now know that the White House was thwarting any potentially hostile actors by having the president use a fake name:

President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in email communications with Hillary Clinton and others, according to FBI records made public Friday.

The disclosure came as the FBI released its second batch of documents from its investigation into Clinton’s private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
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In an April 5, 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin was shown an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, but the longtime Clinton aide did not recognize the name of the sender.

“Once informed that the sender’s name is believed to be pseudonym used by the president, Abedin exclaimed: ‘How is this not classified?'” the report says. “Abedin then expressed her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email.”

The State Department has refused to make public that and other emails Clinton exchanged with Obama. Lawyers have cited the “presidential communications privilege,” a variation of executive privilege, in order to withhold the messages under the Freedom of Information Act.

This is all impossible, because Obama’s said last year that he had no idea Clinton used a private account and server:

After having emailed Clinton’s private address using a pseudonym, Obama learned about Hillary’s server shenanigans “from news reports,” naturally!

The weekend challenge — should you choose to accept — it is to guess Obama’s email pseudonym. I’m going with either “Choom with a View,” “Selfie Shtick” or “Definitely Not Obama.”

Another interesting item:

Huma Abedin told the FBI she had forwarded some State Department emails to her personal Yahoo account because it made them easier to print. What could possibly go wrong with that?

Yahoo said on Thursday that information for at least 500 million user accounts was stolen from its network in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to the biggest cyber breach ever.

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Bill & Hillary, struggling to keep pace with socialist ‘public servant’ Bernie Sanders, purchase 3rd home

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:39

**Written by Doug Powers

Bill and Hillary Clinton have reportedly purchased a third home, which is right next door to their Chappaqua place. The new home is a large, two story colonial with enough space to comfortably house up to eight mistresses:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is seeking a job that comes with a house, but she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have many options if the White House thing doesn’t work out.

The couple have purchased a home next door to their primary residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., according to real estate records. That makes three homes worth north of $1 million owned by the Clintons, including a stately mansion near the British Embassy in Washington that Clinton used when she was a senator.

The new house was purchased in August for $1,160,000, according to tax and real estate records. The sale was first reported by CBS News. Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why the couple bought the second house on Old House Lane or what they plan to do with it.

In attempting to get the proletariat to relate to them, the Clintons obviously feel compelled to “keep up with the Joneses Sanderses.”

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Hillary’s video both asks AND answers the question of why she’s not ’50 points ahead’ of Trump

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 22:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton delivered a video address to a labor organization this week that is sure to win them over, provided they enjoy rantings that sound more like a recruitment video outtake from Heaven’s Gate.

Health advisory: Just before the 10-second mark, plug your ears:

Aides are currently trying to convince Hillary to double her dosage of dysprosody meds, but she’s fighting them.

Team Clinton has obviously decided that with less than 50 days to go to the election it’s time to pivot to the “haunt their dreams” stage of the campaign:

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Obey your corrupt overlord, drooling peasants!

The Hale-Bopp comet won’t make another swing through this neighborhood until about the year 4380, but for some reason I feel like we’re all being prepared for the Next Level.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Oh, THAT’LL help: Obama’s DOJ sends ‘conflict resolution experts’ to Charlotte, NC

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:10

**Written by Doug Powers

Rest easy, Charlotte, N.C. residents, because the Divider-in-Chief has dispatched a response team tasked with extinguishing the literal and metaphorical fires in that city by dousing the area with gasoline if necessary:

The Obama administration’s Justice Department will send conflict resolution experts to Charlotte, N.C., to try to quell the violent unrest over the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot by police Tuesday afternoon.

A Justice Department spokesman told the Washington Examiner that staffers from its Community Relations Service will be deploying to Charlotte, but couldn’t confirm the timing of their arrival.

The department’s Community Relations Service provides conflict resolution specialists across the nation “to promote peaceful resolution of conflicts and tensions,” according to the DOJ’s website.

How is a “conflict” between store owners and looters (for example) resolved? Will the DOJ try to get both sides to meet halfway and convince the looters to either only take half the stuff, or agree to be given half the stuff beforehand in return for canceling the riot?

Update:

According to Charlotte police, 70 percent of people arrested Wednesday night had out of state IDs. In other words, this “anger” was to a great degree manufactured. Gee, I wonder who’d want to do that. I won’t single out one person who comes to mind but his name rhymes with Forge Toros.

#Charlotte police: 70% of arrested protesters had out of state ID's, outside entities are causing these problems https://t.co/Kwya2xXerk

— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) September 22, 2016

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IRS commish’s case against his impeachment in a nutshell: It might dissuade the incompetent from entering ‘public service’

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 22:46

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s once again “phony scandal” discussion time:

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Also keep in mind that while you read this that Lois “Take 5” Lerner is still enjoying a cushy, taxpayer-funded retirement…

Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the issue of possible impeachment of John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner. Koskinen admitted that previous testimony he gave to Congress wasn’t factual, insinuating that he was misled by others. On his watch, “422 tapes containing as many as 24,000 emails” were destroyed — “accidentally” of course. But Koskinen said he shouldn’t be impeached, basically because demanding competence from Federal officials would set a bad precedent, or something like that:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a House committee Wednesday that impeaching him would be “improper” because he did not obstruct a congressional investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups as Republicans allege.

“I accept that is up to you to judge my overall record, but I believe that impeachment would be improper,” Koskinen told members of the House Judiciary Committee during more than three and a half hours of testimony. “It would create disincentives for many good people to serve. And it would slow the pace of reform and progress at the IRS.”

In 2009, Barack Obama promised that “transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this administration.” Oh, and accountability… lots of accountability. Obviously:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday the two unnamed employees who destroyed thousands of emails belonging to Lois Lerner, former head of the tax-exempt unit, kept their jobs at the agency.

During his impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Koskinen said the two officials had committed an “honest mistake” by wiping 422 back-up tapes believed to contain Lerner’s emails in 2014. The emails had been requested under a congressional subpoena during the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

“The IG’s investigation found that they were not aware” of the subpoena, Koskinen said of the employees who scrubbed Lerner’s records.

“Not even a smidgen of corruption.”

But Koskinen (and especially Clinton, Obama, etc.) doesn’t want anybody to make a big deal of all this because it might prevent people who would destroy subpoenaed documents from entering “public service.”

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Of course: Hedge funders throwing millions at pro-Hillary super-PAC to help achieve her goal of getting money out of politics

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 17:45

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s yet another item to toss on the pile of Clinton-related hypocrisy that has now grown so high it makes Mt. Everest look like an anthill.

The wind-up:

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And the pitch:

Hedge fund moguls are pouring stunning amounts of cash into the main super-PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

George Soros and Donald Sussman, liberal financiers based in New York, have now given at least $10.5 million each to Priorities USA, an outside group that has already reserved more than $150 million in advertising to help Clinton win the White House.

Pushing him over the $10 million mark, Soros sent the super-PAC an additional $2.5 million in August, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission.

Sussman sent $2 million in August too, giving him an identical total donation to Soros.

If they hate money in politics, why is the cash being accepted? All together now: Because “that’s what they offered”!

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Hey, UN Corruptocrats: Spare Us Refugee Sanctimony

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:59

Hey, UN Corruptocrats: Spare Us Refugee Sanctimony
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. Another useless “historic declaration” (nonbinding, of course) to save the world (by holding another summit … in two years).

As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota, the world’s global do-gooders filled the Big Apple with their humanitarian hot air. U.N. officials convened in NYC this week to push for “collective action” to “protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale.”

Let me put this as politely as possible: Bug off, U.N. nitwits.

Islamic jihadists are lopping off infidels’ heads; kidnapping young African girls, Christian missionaries and Western tourists; incinerating Afghan schoolgirls; imposing mass genital mutilation on Muslim girls and marrying them off to lecherous brutes while they’re still in grade school; pushing gays off of rooftops; mob-raping European women; casting fatwas on cartoonists, filmmakers and authors; and stabbing, shooting and bombing Jews, Christians and ex-Muslim apostates all over the world.

For starters.

But the real problem, the U.N. elites tell us, is “rising xenophobia” in countries whose citizens are sick and tired of open borders. If only we uneducated heathens who oppose unfettered mass immigration to America from America-hating breeding grounds learned to appreciate “diversity” more, a Skittles-colored rainbow of peace and harmony would reign.

And yes, I know, “Skittles” is now a trigger word after Donald Trump Jr. used the treats in a completely innocuous homeland security meme on Twitter to illustrate America’s inability to separate murder-minded refujihadis from legitimate refugees escaping persecution.

To which I say: Suck it up, snowflakes. Terrorists are teaching their kids to slice throats and you’re whimpering over candy analogies? Talk about candy-asses.

Not to be outdone in the international sanctimony Olympics, President Obama used center stage at the U.N. General Assembly to rail against self-preservationism in favor of “global integration.” Instead of a full-frontal fusillade against al-Qaida, the Islamic State and all the other homicidal spreaders of Allahu Akbar-it is, Obama aimed his sharpest barbs at American supporters of Donald Trump and U.K. voters who voted to withdraw from the European Union.

“A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” he lectured.

(Pay no attention to the brand-new fence at the White House now nearly 14-feet high to protect Obama from unwanted outside “integration.”)

This week’s U.N. production of Caring Theater is just the latest attempt by the world’s most feckless social engineers to compensate for their own abject, chronic failures.

The U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, bloviated against “race-baiting bigots, who seek to gain, or retain, power by wielding prejudice and deceit, at the expense of those most vulnerable.”

What he didn’t talk about: the decades-old corruption, fraud, and abuse perpetrated by the U.N. itself and its vast refugee bureaucracy.

In Malaysia, U.N. refugee officials have been implicated in black market schemes to sell United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees cards and false identity papers in order to get resettled in the United States, Australia and Canada.

In Lebanon, Arabic-language newspaper Al Monitor reported this year that “Aid organizations have become fountains of corruption, while ‘humanitarian mafias’ accrue massive sums” through U.N. funding.

Last year, fiscal watchdogs blew the whistle on systemic management of the U.N. refugee agency’s nearly billion-dollar budget over the last two years. An internal audit deemed every measure of financial controls over refugee relief funds “unsatisfactory.” The report came just two years after another internal assessment raised red flags over “the lack of adequate managerial control” by U.N. officials contracting with third parties purportedly helping refugees.

All that came in the wake of the latest U.N. rape epidemic earlier this spring involving peacekeepers in the Central African Republican who sexually abused civilians, including more than 100 girls in one prefecture.

That outbreak follows years of brutal exploitation by U.N. staff members in Nairobi who shook down African refugees seeking resettlement in North America, Europe and Australia while the U.N. looked the other way. And that scandal ran parallel to another widespread U.N. peacekeepers’ sexual predator ring involving refugees that stretched from the Congo to Bosnia and Eastern Europe.

U.N. brass downplayed the barbaric treatment of refugees in its care as the result of a few rogues. But rape rooms and internet pedophile video productions were run by senior U.N. officials and other civilian personnel, untold numbers of whom fathered babies with young girls and teens held as prostitutes and sex slaves. Nothing has changed.

Before the world’s policemen barge in on us again to denigrate our efforts to protect our home, they should spare us the refugee sanctimony and clean up their own.

Crap & Trade: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown helps save planet by regulating cow flatulence & manure

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:37

**Written by Doug Powers

Many more California dairy farmers will be blaming the dog for their cows’ farts thanks to progs in state government hell-bent to make everything more expensive in the name of fighting “climate change”:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that regulates for the first time greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills, an escalation of California’s efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants.

The move by the Democratic governor targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on global warming despite their relatively short life in the atmosphere. Environmentalists hope that tackling short-lived pollutants now would buy time to develop new and more affordable technology to reduce carbon emissions.

The legislation will require steep reductions in a variety of pollutants, including methane; HFC gases used in aerosols and air conditioning refrigerants; and soot, known as black carbon. It’s tied to $90 million in funding for the dairy industry and garbage collectors.

“This bill curbs these dangerous pollutants and thereby protects public health and slows climate change,” Brown said in a statement.

Dairy farmers can expect more state bureaucrats show up at their farms to do some sniffing around:

The legislation also allows the Air Resources Board to regulate cow flatulence if there’s viable technology to reduce it.

Once the government-mandated fart scrubbers are installed on the ass-end of every dairy cow, a gallon of milk will cost about $20, but at least Californians will be able to take Jerry Brown’s $65 billion high speed Boondoggle Express to the unemployment office when it’s completed in 2050.

Read more about Brown’s plan to fight climate change at Moo-veOn.org.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Crap & Trade: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown helps save planet by regulating cow flatulence & manure

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 20:37

**Written by Doug Powers

Many more California dairy farmers will be blaming the dog for their cows’ farts thanks to progs in state government hell-bent to make everything more expensive in the name of fighting “climate change”:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that regulates for the first time greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills, an escalation of California’s efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants.

The move by the Democratic governor targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on global warming despite their relatively short life in the atmosphere. Environmentalists hope that tackling short-lived pollutants now would buy time to develop new and more affordable technology to reduce carbon emissions.

The legislation will require steep reductions in a variety of pollutants, including methane; HFC gases used in aerosols and air conditioning refrigerants; and soot, known as black carbon. It’s tied to $90 million in funding for the dairy industry and garbage collectors.

“This bill curbs these dangerous pollutants and thereby protects public health and slows climate change,” Brown said in a statement.

Dairy farmers can expect more state bureaucrats show up at their farms to do some sniffing around:

The legislation also allows the Air Resources Board to regulate cow flatulence if there’s viable technology to reduce it.

After the government-mandated fart scrubbers are installed on the ass-end of every dairy cow, a gallon of milk will cost about $20, but at least Californians will be able to ride to the unemployment office on Jerry Brown’s $65 billion high speed Boondoggle Express when it’s completed in 2050.

Read more about Brown’s plan to fight climate change at Moo-veOn.org.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Sound familiar? Wife of NY, NJ terrorist is gone; Updated

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:00

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday Ahmad Rahami was captured alive, but just coincidentally his wife decided to go on vacation shortly before the bombings in New Jersey and Manhattan:

Rahami’s wife left the United States a few days before this weekend’s bombings, and US officials want to speak with her, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.

The official didn’t provide details about her travels but said authorities are working with officials in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates to gain access to her.

Where have we heard that before?

Also, anybody want to tip off the FBI as to why Ahmad Rahami might have traveled to Afghanistan? Because they’re not sure:

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Michelle provided a tip last night:

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Obviously!

One thing’s for certain: President Obama & Loretta Lynch remain totally stumped about his motive.

Update:

Rahami was put on the FBI’s radar in 2014, but not for long:

The FBI conducted a preliminary investigation into terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami after his father contacted them following a 2014 stabbing to express concerns that his son was a terrorist.

“In August 2014, the FBI initiated an assessment of Ahmad Rahami based upon comments made by his father after a domestic dispute that were subsequently reported to authorities,” the bureau confirmed in a statement.

“The FBI conducted internal database reviews, interagency checks, and multiple interviews, none of which revealed ties to terrorism,” it said.
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A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that the FBI looked into the matter, but that Mohammed Rahami later retracted his comment and said he meant that his son, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was hanging out with the wrong crowd, including gangs.

The FBI reviewed its databases and found no credible connection to terrorism or threat to the US from the son, the official said.

Update II:

Rahami’s wife has been taken into custody in the United Arab Emirates.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Worry not, because the Obama admin will vet 100,000 refugees MUCH more carefully than this…

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 23:20

**Written by Doug Powers

Don’t lose any sleep about the latest dereliction — I’m sure the government will do a bang-up job when it comes to vetting a hundred thousand refugees from some of these same areas:

The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.

The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.

The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.

Once again, a peek inside the Obama administration’s vetting process:

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Go figure: SEVERAL ‘lone wolves’ taken into custody for questioning about NYC blast; Update: Arrest made

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 23:51

**Written by Doug Powers

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The above “warning” was made in December. How many “lone wolves” does it take to form a “pack”?

Five people were taken into custody Sunday night in connection with Saturday’s explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, following a traffic stop conducted by the FBI and NYPD on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, which connects the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, sources tell ABC News.

As ABC News previously reported, multiple law enforcement officials tell ABC News that investigators are exploring the possibility the two explosions in New York and New Jersey are linked to the same bomber or bombers by what appear to be similar types of cell phones.

And on Sunday night, multiple law enforcement officials also told ABC News that police would like to talk to a male seen on surveillance images recovered from both 23rd Street in Manhattan, where the explosion occurred, and a few blocks uptown on 27th Street, where a secondary device was found. Police have not identified the man, as they are seeking to figure out who he is since he appears in videos from both locations. He also has not been characterized as a person of interest. It is also unknown if that male is related in anyway to those taken into custody Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the knife attacker at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota may have been identified:

Roughly 12 hours after the stabbings, a news agency said to speak for ISIL went to Twitter to claim credit for the mall violence. “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to the citizens of countries belonging to the crusader coalition,” the posting by the AMAQ news agency read.
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While law enforcement has not disclosed the suspect’s name, his father identified him as Dahir A. Adan, 22. Interviewed Sunday through a translator at his apartment in St. Cloud, Ahmed Adan said his son was born in Kenya but grew up in the United States. Other family members said Dahir Adan was beginning his third year as a student at St. Cloud State University.

Police told Ahmed Adan about 9 p.m. Saturday that his son had died at the mall, he said. He had “no suspicion” of his son being involved in any terrorist activity, he added. Police raided the apartment on St. Germain Street on Sunday morning and seized photos and other materials, Ahmed Adan said.

The Obama White House will no doubt continue be baffled about the motive, as usual.

Today’s “downplay” award goes to the authors of the lede of this story at the L.A. Times:

A series of seemingly random, mostly amateurish attacks in New York and Minnesota caused mostly minor injuries over the weekend, but may have added new strains to the country’s political fabric.

Translation: None of this was beneficial to Hillary.

Update:

It looks like the five people taken for questioning were family members of a suspect person of interest still at large:

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Also…

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday: No link to international terrorism.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo today: “It may turn out there was a foreign connection.”

Update II:

An arrest was made Monday afternoon:

The man who the police said sowed terror across two states, setting off bombs in Manhattan and on the Jersey Shore and touching off a furious manhunt, was tracked down on Monday morning sleeping in the dank doorway of a neighborhood bar and taken into custody after being wounded in a gun battle with officers.

The frenzied end came on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., four hours after the police issued an unprecedented cellphone alert to millions of people in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Explosions in NJ & NYC combined with stabbing spree in Minnesota sure to get many extra focused on climate change (Sunday open thread)

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 09:21

**Written by Doug Powers

There are 50 days until the election. Crunch time! Here’s a Sunday open thread for whatever’s on your mind…

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In Manhattan Thursday night, this happened:

A man wielding an 11-inch meat cleaver gashed an off-duty NYPD detective Thursday evening before he was shot by other officers following a foot chase through midtown Manhattan.

Incoming NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill told a press conference that two other officers were injured in the incident, but did not disclose how those injuries occurred. The detective was in serious condition after reciving a six-inch cut from his temple to his jaw. The suspect was in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

The same guy came to the authorities’ attention a couple months ago. Here’s why:

Cops found two knives inside Joudeh’s car after answering the July report of an erratic man on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn shout “Allahu Akbar!” — or “God is great” in Arabic.

But the source said investigations by the NYPD and FBI showed Joudeh, 32, was emotionally disturbed and not a terrorist threat.

But I’m sure they’ll do a better job vetting tens of thousands of refugees.

Combine that with a pipe bomb going off on the planned route of a Marine Corps charity run (it could have been a bigger blast but the connected bombs didn’t go off), a stabbing spree at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall by a man referencing Allah, and on the same day a pressure cooker exploded in a dumpster in New York City that injured dozens. Another device (pressure cooker with cell phone attached) found elsewhere undetonated, and it all adds up to one thing: Somebody’s about to redouble efforts to combat climate change. It’s certainly not as easy to blame the NRA for all this.

Update:

Obama sure knows how to time his “jokes.” Here’s what he said at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner last night as explosives were detonating in NJ and NYC, and an ISIS-inspired maniac was stabbing people at a St. Cloud mall:

“I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over,” Obama said. “I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change, none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate.”

Unfortunately, at almost the same time Obama made his remarks, the Chelsea neighborhood was rocked by an explosion that injured at least 25 people. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said the explosion was “an intentional act,” and authorities reportedly found a second, undetonated pressure cooker device on a nearby street.

Obama also warned black voters not to insult his legacy by failing to go vote for Democrats in November:

“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters,” Obama told the crowd at the Phoenix Awards dinner, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election,” the president said.

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Last month, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was bragging about a spike in small donations:

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Naturally, there might be a very “Clinton-esque” explanation for all that:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is stealing from her poorest supporters by purposefully and repeatedly overcharging them after they make what’s supposed to be a one-time small donation through her official campaign website, multiple sources tell the Observer.

The overcharges are occurring so often that the fraud department at one of the nation’s biggest banks receives up to 100 phone calls a day from Clinton’s small donors asking for refunds for unauthorized charges to their bankcards made by Clinton’s campaign. One elderly Clinton donor, who has been a victim of this fraud scheme, has filed a complaint with her state’s attorney general and a representative from the office told her that they had forwarded her case to the Federal Election Commission.

“We get up to a hundred calls a day from Hillary’s low-income supporters complaining about multiple unauthorized charges,” a source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of job security, from the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer. The source claims that the Clinton campaign has been pulling this stunt since Spring of this year. The Hillary for America campaign will overcharge small donors by repeatedly charging small amounts such as $20 to the bankcards of donors who made a one-time donation.

Why not just “overcharge” by larger amounts? This might have something to do with it:

However, the Clinton campaign strategically doesn’t overcharge these donors $100 or more because the bank would then be obligated to investigate the fraud.

Even if it were to be investigated, the Clinton campaign would be completely exonerated because they’d claim they didn’t intend for this to happen.

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A Philadelphia police officer was ambushed Friday night and shot eight times. During the ensuing rampage, another officer was shot, one civilian was killed and others injured. Oh, and the gunman hated cops:

A “rambling” note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer then went on a shooting rampage, injuring a second officer, killing a woman and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by police in an alley, authorities said Saturday.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross identified the gunman in the Friday overnight attack as 25-year-old Nicholas Glenn, who was “well-known” to police and has a criminal record.

If Colin Kaepernick is feeling remotely empathetic, maybe he should leave his “pig cop” socks at home for a while, but that’s not likely.

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Submitted without comment: A Hispanic activist who has slammed Donald Trump for saying Mexico is in part sending “rapists” to the U.S. has been arrested and charged with … rape.

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Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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