News and Headlines. 1/31/2018

In The News:

Rep. Trey Gowdy to retire from Congress

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced Wednesday he is retiring from Congress.

“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system,” he said in a statement. “Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”

John Kelly says anti-military teacher should ‘go to hell,’ vows swift memo release in interview

“Well, I think the guy ought to go to hell,” Kelly, a retired Marine general, told host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday in a post-State of the Union interview. “I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for.”

Full radio exclusive, White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly On The Nunes Memo: It Will Be Released Pretty Quick & The Whole World Can See It

White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, joined Brian Kilmeade at the White House to talk about President Trump’s first State of the Union address. Kelly discussed President Trump taking the handcuffs off of the military in Afghanistan, working on a bipartisan solution on DACA, why his heart breaks over identity politics in America and President Trump releasing the Nunes memo “pretty quick and the whole world can see it.”

Fox video: Man fails to steal planes, crashes fuel truck into building

Florida man arrested after trying to steal two aircraft from hangar, going on joyride in golf cart and fuel truck at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa.

AUSTRALIA Top-secret government files left in cabinets sold at secondhand shop

Filing cabinets containing thousands of classified documents from the Australian government ended up being sold at a secondhand shop, prompting government officials Wednesday to launch an investigation into how the highly sensitive documents were disposed of.

The cache of documents was obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which reported the two cabinets were sold by a Canberra furniture shop at a discount price because they were locked and no one could find keys.

Sequel to ‘The Passion of the Christ’ will be biggest film in history: actor

A sequel to Mel Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ” about the crucifixion of Jesus is reportedly in the works and will be the biggest movie ever created, an actor told USA Today.

Jim Caviezel, 49, who will reprise the role of Jesus, gave few details about the film, but made the prediction because the movie will be “that good.”

Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts

Federal and state authorities are investigating the sellers of
artificial followers and other fraudulent social media engagement.

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.

The people losing followers include an array of entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes and media figures, many of whom bought Twitter followers or artificial engagement from a company called Devumi.

Former Detroit-Based Technology Company CEO Indicted for Multi-Year Bribery Scheme

Parimal D. Mehta, 54, of Northville, Michigan, is charged in an 11-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of Michigan with five counts of honest services mail and wire fraud, one count of federal program bribery, and five counts of unlawfully using interstate facilities to commit bribery under Michigan law.

According to the indictment, from 2009 through August 2016, Mehta made multiple cash payments  to Charles L. Dodd, the former Director of Detroit’s Office of Departmental Technology Services, including two cash bribes hand-delivered by Mehta to Dodd in the restrooms of Detroit-area restaurants in 2016.  Mehta is also alleged to have employed Dodd’s family members at FutureNet and its subsidiaries.  Dodd previously pleaded guilty to bribery on Sept. 27, 2016.

A toddler took a cupcake. He died after the baseball bat came out, police say

It was Oct. 21, 2017, and 3-year-old Kejuan Mason wasn’t breathing when police pulled up to a “roach-infested” home in southwest Atlanta. An emergency medical worker from Grady Memorial Hospital was attempting to perform CPR on the boy, to no avail.

Glenndria Morris and LaShirley Morris
Glenndria and Lashirley Morris Fulton County Sheriff’s Office via AJC

The toddler was eventually taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

How it happened is a tale of three stories.

Now, officials say neither of the stories Morris told are what actually happened. Instead, police allege that…

Social justice warriors are coming for your outdoor cat

Your fluffy friend may be wreaking havoc on your local ecosystem.

A new report from Cornell University showed many people in the sustainability world don’t approve of outdoor cats. The researchers created two identical profiles of a “green” property with a small lawn, low pesticide usage and solar panels. One version had an icon indicating an indoor cat and the other had one with an outdoor cat. The researchers found that participants who didn’t own cats negatively judged property owners with an outdoor cat and considered them less likely to engage in environmentally-friendly behavior.

The Cornell researchers concluded that the biggest investment of your life — your home — can turn sour over the most seemingly inconsequential issues. “This study is a reminder of how easy it can be to jump to conclusions about other people’s behaviors on the basis of very little information,” said Poppy McLeod, professor of communication, who co-authored the paper.

Politics / SOTU:

Trump Puts The Focus On ‘We’ Over ‘I’ In First SOTU

President Trump placed the emphasis on “we” over “I” in his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

A review of the president’s prepared remarks by The Daily Caller reveals he used the word “we” more than four times as many times as he said the word “I.”

President Trump used the word “I” 29 times in his speech, while using “we” 129 times. Another communal word used often by the president: “our,” which he used 104 times.

Here’s How Many Times Trump Said ‘I’ in His First SOTU Address… Compare That with Obama’s

Ego much? Obama talked about himself nearly four times as often as Trump in first SOTU speech

President Trump talked long on Tuesday night, “the third-longest State of the Union in the past 50 years, according to The New York Times. But he rarely talked about himself — unlike his predecessor.

President Obama’s first State of the Union speech in 2010 featured the president saying some version of “I” or “me” nearly 100 times. That was nearly four times more than Trump managed — 98 personal references to a mere 26.

For all the media have attacked Trump about his ego, it was Obama who earned regular criticism for being self-referential in his speeches. His first 41 speeches showed this tendency was off the charts — mentioning himself nearly 1,200 times – 1,198 to be exact.

Lone Democratic Senator Who Applauded Trump’s Speech: ‘Just To Sit There And Frown Is Not Going To Fix Anything’

Manchin said on “CBS This Morning” that Democrats really need to grow up and appreciate ideas that all Americans support — for the good of the country.

“There’s so much we need to do,” he said. “And just to sit there and frown is not going to fix anything.”

He also said on “Fox and Friends” that he was just practicing a little thing called common courtesy.

“That’s the way I was raised in West Virginia,” he said. “There’s some civility still yet — there should be civility in this place.”


Third DACA recipient in a week arrested on human smuggling charges

A third person living in the United States under an Obama-era protection for illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors was arrested this week for allegedly trying to smuggle Mexican nationals into the U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol said agents in Arizona nabbed the 26-year-old man, who is a Mexican national and a beneficiary of the 2012 Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals executive order, after spotting footprints from four people who had crossed the border near the Colorado River on Monday.

Commentary / Opinion:

Unraveling an Eight Year Error

Trump is bullying America back into prominence, and he’s doing it as the attacks by the left increase to levels that no other Republican would have been able to withstand.

The real unraveling of the Obama era, however, is happening in the legal trenches.  Obama weaponized federal agencies, and a deep state was nurtured to the point that it was becoming a greater leviathan than ever before.  Yet, thanks to the Trump Team’s resolve, and strategic peeling back of the leftist onion of crime and corruption, a number of Democrat crooks are under the federal radar.  Trump is undoing the secret societies and exposing the sins of Obama’s secret network, the Clintons, and all of their accomplices one by one, and point by point.

We have reclaimed our necessary friendship with Israel, as the Democrats scheme with dictators who wish to bring down the United States.  The Trump administration is addressing true domestic terrorism, as the liberal left does what it can to fuel the chaos by groups like Antifa.  Big business is returning to American Shores as the Democrats continue to swear up and down it is somehow an afterglow of Obama’s policies.  Jobless claims are at the lowest point since 1973, after reaching record highs during the Obama presidency (despite the Obama administration cooking the books).  ISIS is on the run, and Trump’s work to try to correct Obama’s long list or mistakes with Russia is coming together nicely.

Peace through strength.