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Clinton, in newly revealed emails, discussed classified foreign policy matters, secretive ´private´ comms channel with Israel replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/21/2019 11:44:28 PM Post Reply
A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton´s personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a "private, 100% off-the-record" back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in "danger" of being "savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish press and among the phalanx of neoconservative media" as a result of political machinations by "Bibi and the Jewish leadership." (Snip) The files came from a trove of 72,000 documents the FBI recovered and turned over to the State Department in
Pompeo says Trump is like biblical queen who saved Jews replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/22/2019 5:22:10 PM Post Reply
JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it´s "possible" that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament. Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the Middle East. The interviewer asked if Trump is "like Queen Esther," who interceded with her husband to save Jews in what was then Persia and is now Iran. Trump has backed new sanctions on Iran aimed at reducing its ability to threaten Israel
Mueller just filed Russia report. Here´s what Barr should do with it replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/22/2019 10:29:28 PM Post Reply
All we know at this point is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. What we don’t know is how the attorney general will handle the report. Barr has several options. The fairest would be to immediately turn the report over to President Trump’s legal team and give them a week to write a response. Barr could then issue both reports simultaneously so that the American public could judge the comparative merits of both sides of this adversarial process.
Read the Mueller report findings: Barr’s letter to Congress replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/24/2019 5:48:22 PM Post Reply
On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a "confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions" he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c). This report is entitled "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election." Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation. (Snip) The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to
Dershowitz says ´shame on Mueller,´ calls Russia probe findings bad news for CNN replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/24/2019 9:10:59 PM Post Reply
Alan M. Dershowitz, the attorney and Harvard Law professor emeritus, slammed Robert Mueller on Sunday, saying the special counsel engaged in a “cop out” by stating that his report neither exonerated President Trump nor concluded he´d committed a crime related to obstruction of justice. Dershowitz said Mueller seemed to try having it both ways. “It sounds like a law-school exam,” he said, adding that the report sounded wishy-washy. “Shame on Mueller.” The special counsel “did not draw a conclusion” as to whether obstruction of justice took place, according to a letter with the key findings released Sunday by Attorney General
Trump team turns tables after Mueller report, calls for investigation into probe´s origin replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/24/2019 10:42:53 PM Post Reply
President Trump and his legal team declared total victory Sunday following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings--including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign--but sought to turn the tables by renewing calls to investigate the investigators. Trump himself slammed the probe as an “illegal takedown,” as he called Mueller’s report a “complete exoneration” and said it was a “shame” his presidency had to deal with the investigation for two years. “Hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side,” Trump said. “This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going
Stop Cheering This Travesty! replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/25/2019 4:46:11 PM Post Reply
RUSH: Okay, folks, stop applauding. Stop cheering this! There’s nothing to applaud here. Well, there’s something to applaud, but you should not applaud that Robert Mueller didn’t find anything. That validates Mueller, it validates this investigation, it validates this entire waste of time. It validates a hoax to applaud the fact that Mueller found nothing. There never was anything to find! There never was any collusion! There was never, ever any evidence of collusion! Therefore, there could never, ever be any evidence of obstruction of justice. The dossier was the sole reason all of this happened, and it was created
Trump allies await results of two internal probes that could expose Russia investigation backstory replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/25/2019 11:18:06 PM Post Reply
Following the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller unearthed no evidence that President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election, Trump allies are now awaiting the results of two long-running internal probes that could expose the backstory behind the Russia probe´s beginnings--and provide more detail on already-documented misconduct among top FBI and DOJ officials. (Snip) Horowitz has previously found that senior FBI officials routinely leaked information without authorization to the media, and also received "improper gifts" from reporters, including meals and sporting event tickets.
Pentagon authorizes up to $1B to start 57 miles of border wall construction replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/26/2019 3:14:04 AM Post Reply
The Pentagon notified Congress late Monday that it authorized the transfer of up to $1 billion to erect 57 miles of "pedestrian fencing" along the U.S.-Mexico border in direct support of President Trump´s national emergency declaration from last month. (Snip) A reporter from the New York Times tweeted that it is the first time the funds will be transferred under section 284 for the border wall. Section 284 allows the Pentagon to "construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of Federal law enforcement
Schiff faces mounting GOP calls for resignation over collusion claims replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/26/2019 4:43:43 PM Post Reply
Republicans are stepping up calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign or give up his committee post for repeatedly pushing claims of collusion between President Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives. Now that Robert Mueller´s probe has shown no evidence of collusion, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has been the most vocal in calling for Schiff’s resignation--telling “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the California Democrat “ought to resign today.” (Snip) “If he´s got evidence, put him under oath.”
Trump vows to release FISA docs now that Mueller probe is concluded, slams ´treasonous´ FBI replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/28/2019 12:15:19 AM Post Reply
President Trump, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Wednesday night with Fox News´ "Hannity," vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to probe his campaign, saying he wants to "get to the bottom" of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began. Trump told anchor Sean Hannity that his lawyers previously had advised him not to take that dramatic step out of fear that it could be considered obstruction of justice. "I do, I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release," Trump said.
Education disaster? Common Core has given us snowflakes instead of students replies
Posted by Harlowe 3/31/2019 5:39:29 PM Post Reply
Chances are if you say the two words “Common Core” to a parent they will likely evoke strong opinions, and generally not favorable ones. The academic standards that focused on math and English and which many states adopted have been an epic fail and have left several states with a change of heart. But while it’s been a disaster academically, from an agenda-driven perspective Common Core has been a huge win for the politically correct propaganda being peddled. Want proof? Look no further than any college campus over the past couple of years: the rejection of free speech and violent
Jared Kushner: Trump´s threat to close border is move ´to pressure everybody´ replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/2/2019 12:32:20 AM Post Reply
Jared Kushner, President Trump´s senior adviser and son-in-law, told Fox News´ "The Ingraham Angle" on Monday that the president´s threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border are a way "to pressure everybody" into taking action to limit illegal immigration. "This is something that needs a solution, and one of the things I love about the president is, he doesn´t let people hide from problems," Kushner told host Laura Ingraham. "When there´s a problem, he makes people confront the problem and he´s very creative about ways that he´ll look to find a solution."
State would honor presidential popular vote under proposal replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/4/2019 1:07:10 AM Post Reply
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio’s coveted 18 electoral votes would be delivered to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote under a proposal making its way toward the state’s fall ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment , whose summary language was certified Monday, would force state lawmakers to assure the powerful Electoral College’s votes are delivered to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within Ohio. (Snip) A national movement has burgeoned in the wake of those elections to defy the Electoral College system and instead honor the popular vote in presidential elections.
Michael Cohen offers Democrats new evidence against Trump in bid to delay prison replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/4/2019 9:32:03 PM Post Reply
President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen says he has new information to offer Democrats if authorities reduce or delay his upcoming three-year prison sentence. In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen’s attorneys say he has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that could be helpful to investigations into the president. The hard drive is said to include over 14 million files, which consist of all e-mails, voice recordings, images and attachments from Cohen’s computers and phones, his attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron wrote. “To date, Mr. Cohen has located several documents that we believe have significant
Ken Starr says Hillary Clinton DID trigger Vince Foster´s suicide when she humiliated him in front of White House staff and admits * replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/10/2019 4:22:02 PM Post Reply
Ken Starr purposefully left out the finding that Hillary Clinton had ´triggered´ the suicide of President Clinton´s Deputy White House Counsel in his final FBI report to spare her feelings, can reveal. FBI agents investigating the death of Vince Foster learned he was set off after Hillary attacked and humiliated him in front of other White House aides a week before he took his own life on July 20, 1993. But for what were then unexplained reasons, Starr elected to conceal the FBI´s finding that Hillary´s tirade triggered Foster´s suicide when he wrote his final report on the matter.
Is Michelle Waiting in the Wings? replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/10/2019 11:17:12 PM Post Reply
RUSH: Jackie in Ramona, California, wanted to get to you very quickly. How are you doing?CALLER: I’m good. How are you, Rush? RUSH: Fine and dandy. Great to have you. (Snip) CALLER: Yes. I’m originally from Illinois. I wanted to put that out there. My husband and I have been watching this since about 2003 just unfold with this whole Obama debacle. And as time is going on, we’re believing what we were thinking. We’re watching the left Democrat candidates become more and more radicalized. Well, we believe Michelle is gonna swoon in and save the day for the Obamas.
Can you believe what the president said about immigration? replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/11/2019 12:50:45 PM Post Reply
Does the president’s bigotry know no bounds? During a town hall appearance on Saturday, he inveighed, “Should we want to encourage newcomers to learn the language of the country they’re moving to? Of course.” Before social justice activists could condemn the xenophobic remarks, the president expounded. “It’s not racist to say if you’re going to be here then you should learn the language of the country you just arrived at,” he insisted. “We need to have some sort of common language in which all of us can work and learn and understand each other.”
Trump demands to know why Democrats should be allowed to reexamine Mueller report findings that took ´$35 million * replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/13/2019 2:00:31 PM Post Reply
President Donald Trump has demanded to know why Democrats should be allowed to reexamine Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s findings after the probe has closed. ´Why should Radical Left Democrats in Congress have a right to retry and examine the $35,000,000 (two years in the making) No Collusion Mueller Report, when the crime committed was by Crooked Hillary, the DNC and Dirty Cops?´ Trump said in a tweet on Saturday morning. ´Attorney General Barr will make the decision!´ he continued, tweeting from the White House before departing for his golf club in Sterling, Virginia.
Hungary’s top diplomat praises Trump on NATO push, contrasts against Obama-era ‘lecturing’ replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/16/2019 10:04:56 PM Post Reply
NEW YORK -- Hungary’s top diplomat, in an interview with Fox News, praised President Trump’s push for NATO partners to boost military spending -- and said the administration´s treatment of Central European countries as allies represents a stark contrast from what he called the “lecturing” of the Obama years. “Since the current administration has been in power, the relationship has totally changed and the relationship is based on mutual respect which used not to be the case,” Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Fox News. “So before this administration took office, ‘lecturing’ was basically the right expression to describe our relationship.”
CNN´s April Ryan calls for Sarah Sanders to be fired replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/18/2019 11:41:52 PM Post Reply
CNN political analyst April Ryan called for the firing of White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday, claiming Sanders “lied” to the media following the release of the Mueller report. In May 2017, following the turbulent firing of FBI Director James Comey, Sanders told reporters that “countless” FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey despite one reporter’s assertion that the “vast majority” of them supported his leadership. According to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Sanders told investigators her claim was a “slip of the tongue” and was “in the heat of the moment,” admitting that it was not founded
Documents reveal attempts to ´smear the brand´ of Gibson´s replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/20/2019 1:07:01 AM Post Reply
ELYRIA — An associate professor at Oberlin College wrote that the protests conducted by students outside of Gibson’s Bakery in 2016 to “smear the brand” of the business had been achieved. A message sent by associate professor of music theory Jan Miyake said, “So heres one rhing (sic) on my mind about gibsons. They own so much prime property in oberlin that boycotting doesnt hurt them that much. The smear on their brand does, and that’s been taken care of.” (Snip) The rift between the bakery and the college began in 2016 when a student tried to buy alcohol with
J´accuse: Donald Trump is Alfred Dreyfus replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/22/2019 4:55:09 PM Post Reply
The time for an accounting has arrived for former senior members of the FBI and Intelligence Community. They aided and abetted in propagating a false narrative about the Trump campaign colluding with Russians, accused the President of the United States of being a “traitor,” and misled the American people. They made Donald J. Trump the Alfred Dreyfus of the 21st century: a completely innocent man, framed by his own government because of who he was (Dreyfus, a Jew, was the victim of French anti-Semitism) and not what he did. Dreyfus was framed of spying for the Germans based on a
Playing Golf with the President Is So Much Fun replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/24/2019 12:46:14 PM Post Reply
RUSH: I’ve been getting a lot of emails. “You haven’t talked about playing golf with the president. Why not?” Because everybody knows I did. But some of the people are saying, “Well, what was it like? How did you do?” Let me explain just a few brief things. (Snip) He is everything that you would want him to be when you meet him. He’s everything that you would hope. He’s not arrogant, he’s not stuck up, he’s not distant. He has this ability to make whoever he’s talking to feel like they’re the only person in his attention span. That
Rush Limbaugh to Republicans: This is Trump´s party, ´get on board´ replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/24/2019 12:56:03 PM Post Reply
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh didn´t mince words while addressing multiple issues Tuesday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" but his strongest hits were aimed at Republicans who had yet to fully jump on the President Trump bandwagon. (Snip) Limbaugh criticized the Republican party for not fully standing behind Trump and celebrating his "victory" when the Special Counsel Robert Mueller´s report was released. He also noted that Trump wasn´t just taking on the Democratis but was battling the Washington establishment--including Republicans. "Where´s the Republican party with the celebratory emails to their voters? Even fund-raising, or just celebrating the
Trump World ramps up campaign to turn tables in Russia case, target Dems who ´colluded´ replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/24/2019 1:12:09 PM Post Reply
As Democratic leaders tentatively took impeachment proceedings off the docket this week, the White House put payback on the front burner--calling for closer looks into everyone from the FBI officials who investigated the Russia case to allies of Hillary Clinton´s campaign who solicited foreign help during the 2016 presidential campaign. (Snip) On social media and in televised interviews, President Trump, his attorneys, his campaign and senior members of his administration have in the wake of the Robert Mueller report seemingly adopted a strategy of highlighting lesser-known episodes of alleged misconduct by Democrats and investigators, as Democrats pursue obstruction of justice
Rush on The Story with Martha MacCallum replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/24/2019 5:53:23 PM Post Reply
MACCALLUM: Here now exclusively tonight on The Story, Rush Limbaugh, host, of course, of the Rush Limbaugh Show. Rush, thank you for being here tonight. Great to see you this evening. RUSH: Thank you for having me. This is the one hour on Fox I haven’t done in a while, so it’s great to be here. MACCALLUM: It’s great to have you back. You know, I want to start with Joe Biden. You’ve seen him run for president twice before, in 1984 and 1988. What version of Joe Biden do you think we’re gonna get this time, and how do
Attorneys say Oberlin College students made ´declaration of war´ against Gibson´s replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/10/2019 2:28:22 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA — Attorneys for Gibson’s Bakery said Thursday that Meredith Raimondo and other Oberlin College administrators knew students planned to protest in front of the bakery hours before the demonstrations started Nov. 10, 2016. Raimondo, the vice president and dean of students at Oberlin College, received an email from students about 11 p.m. the night before that Gibson’s attorneys called a “declaration of war” against the bakery. Raimondo, in texts, emails and a deposition, said she didn’t see the message until the following morning at which point she contacted other administrators to let them know “what was coming.”
Jeff Glor Signs Off From ‘CBS Evening News´: I ‘Wish Norah O’Donnell the Best of Luck’ (Video) replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/11/2019 12:13:41 AM Post Reply
Jeff Glor officially signed off from the anchor chair of “CBS Evening News” on Friday, finishing his last broadcast of the news show before Norah O’Donnell takes over the position in the summer. “As we leave here tonight I just want to say thanks. This is a short broadcast, but a long game. Through it all, the people who put on the ‘Evening News’ remain committed,” he said. “This program will be moving to Washington D.C. in the coming months. I wish Norah O’Donnell the best of luck, though she won’t need it. Because of the people backing
Oberlin police chief: Riot team was almost called for Gibson´s Bakery protest replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/11/2019 1:22:03 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA — As the November 2016 protests outside of Gibson’s Bakery by Oberlin College students continued to escalate, Oberlin police considered calling in the county’s riot team to break up the crowd, a former Oberlin police sergeant testified. Victor Ortiz, who was with Oberlin police at the time of the protests, said he and other officers were at the scene of the protests to try to maintain order. As a sergeant, Ortiz said other officers from the department were coming to him for direction.
Calls to jail Attorney General Barr grow from Democratic ranks replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/13/2019 4:24:37 PM Post Reply
In the days since the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress, more and more Democratic lawmakers have opened the door to the possibility of arresting the Justice Department leader in a bid to force cooperation--despite party powerbrokers signaling opposition to such a radical step.(Snip) But there´s a more drastic step that has been gaining traction among some of Barr´s fiercest critics--the possibility of dragging Barr in to testify or jailing the AG for defying the subpoena.(Snip) “We know how to arrest people around here,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told Politico.
Day 3 of Gibson´s v. Oberlin College trial sees former college employee testify for bakery replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/14/2019 3:42:20 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA-A former Oberlin College employee testified that during the November 2016 protests by students against Gibson’s Bakery, a college staff member who reported to Meredith Raimondo was carrying a stack of fliers encouraging people to boycott the bakery and tried to hand him one. Rick McDaniel, who served as the director of safety and security at Oberlin College from 1980 to 1995, said Julio Reyes, whom McDaniel identified as the associate director of the multicultural resources center under the dean of students at the time of the protests, tried to hand him a copy of the flier.
Gibson´s Bakery v. Oberlin College: Meredith Raimondo testifies she didn´t have control over students replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/15/2019 4:09:16 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA--Meredith Raimondo repeatedly testified Tuesday that she did not have control over Oberlin College students during the 2016 protests in front of Gibson’s Bakery. However, an attorney for the bakery questioned Oberlin College’s vice president and dean of students on several incidents that he believed showed that she did have “control and influence” over the students and could have stopped the protests.(Snip) Raimondo, however, disagreed repeatedly with that statement, saying she has “a leadership role” but wouldn’t say she has “control of the students.”
Trump’s Reordering of the World Starts with China replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/16/2019 12:37:48 AM Post Reply
RUSH: Here is Michael in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as we get started. Hi, Michael. How are you? CALLER: Good afternoon, Mr. Limbaugh. It’s so cool to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much. (Snip) But when you get right down to it, folks, if I were you, I wouldn’t even get caught up in how much pain there’s gonna be, because the media and everybody involved in this is lying to you about these tariffs and how much economic pain they’re gonna cause. This hysteria about Trump’s tariffs is totally political.
Tariffs -- The taxes that made America great replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/16/2019 12:49:59 AM Post Reply
AS HIS LIMO carried him to work at the White House Monday, Larry Kudlow could not have been pleased with the headline in The Washington Post: “Kudlow Contradicts Trump on Tariffs.” The story began: “National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow acknowledged Sunday that American consumers end up paying for the administration’s tariffs on Chinese imports, contradicting President Trump’s repeated inaccurate claim that the Chinese foot the bill.” A free trade evangelical, Kudlow had conceded on Fox News that consumers pay the tariffs on products made abroad that they purchase here in the U.S.
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Trial Day 7 —
Damages Expert says Show Gibson’s The Money!
Posted by Harlowe 5/20/2019 9:58:49 PM Post Reply
Today was Day 7 of witness testimony in Gibson Bros. v. Oberlin College. The events giving rise to the lawsuit have been said to represent “the worst of identity politics.” (Snip) The court addressed damage issues from a legal perspective earlier in the case, as described in our post Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College trial motions – What’s a reputation worth, and how do you prove it? In a half day of testimony that was full of numbers, the jury deciding whether Oberlin College defamed and libeled a small business
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Trial Day 8 —
“my dad was going to pass away labeled as a racist”
Posted by Harlowe 5/21/2019 11:39:58 PM Post Reply
Today was Day 8 of witness testimony in Gibson Bros. v. Oberlin College. The events giving rise to the lawsuit have been said to represent “the worst of identity politics.” (Snip) In an emotional day of testimony, Gibson’s Bakery & Market owner David Gibson at one point looked at the jury and then across the room in the Ohio courtroom toward his 90-year-old father and his eyes welled up. “I realized very soon on how everything had been going in this, that my dad was going to pass away labeled as a racist.”
Nevada passes National Popular Vote
bill in bid to upend Electoral College
Posted by Harlowe 5/22/2019 1:39:48 AM Post Reply
The Nevada Senate approved Tuesday a National Popular Vote bill on a party-line vote, sending the legislation aimed at upending the Electoral College to the governor. Assembly Bill 186, which passed the Senate on a 12-8 vote, would bring Nevada into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between participating states to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote. If signed as expected by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada would become the 16th jurisdiction to join the compact, along with 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Sam Donaldson says Sarah Huckabee Sanders deserves a ´lifetime achievement Oscar for lying´ replies
Posted by Harlowe 4/28/2019 1:24:12 AM Post Reply
A year after comedian Michelle Wolf caught flak for mocking Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the White House press secretary is once again getting sharp criticism--this time from veteran news anchor Sam Donaldson. The former co-anchor of ABC’s This Week accused Sanders of lying “about everything--not just one thing” during his appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday night. (Snip) The former White House correspondent went on to compare Sanders to former President Richard Nixon’s Ron Ziegler’s lies about Watergate. “Except for Ron Ziegler who lied for Richard Nixon, I’ve never seen anything like this
Oberlin College seeks to exclude items in Gibson´s lawsuit replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/1/2019 12:50:49 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA — Attorneys representing Oberlin College sought Tuesday to exclude several text messages, emails and online postings from the upcoming trial in the lawsuit filed by Gibson’s Bakery against the school. Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi spent the day hearing pre-trial motions in the case, and on that one, he ruled he will consider each one individually as the case progresses. The potential evidence in question included texts, emails and posts by college administrators, faculty and students. More pretrial motions will be handled today, and jury selection is expected to begin Thursday for the civil case, which is
Venezuela’s What Happens When Socialists Take Away Guns replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/1/2019 11:16:53 PM Post Reply
RUSH: Chris in Port Chester, New York. It’s great to have you, sir. Hi. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. RUSH: Yes, sir. CALLER: I’ve listened to you since 1989. The point that I want to make is that it struck me the other day that what Maduro is doing in Venezuela and what the Democrats and the media are doing here, are basically towards the same end, and that’s preventing a peaceful transition of power. Maduro won’t let Guaido be president, even though the people voted for him. The Democrats and the media here, won’t let
Hirono Spews the Hatred That Has Poisoned Democrats replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/1/2019 11:49:54 PM Post Reply
RUSH: I’m not even gonna try to characterize this. All I’m gonna tell you is that Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the committee, had to intercede and stop Mazie Hirono from slandering the attorney general. Well, I will characterize it. I’m not gonna characterize what she said. I’m gonna wait ’til I get the audio so that you can hear it. I’ll just tell you that I’ve never seen anything like it before. The vicious, unrestrained, pure, raw hatred from the Democrat senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, for Donald Trump--and then secondarily directed at the attorney general, William Barr. (interruption)
Imprisoning Bill Barr is left’s new rallying cry: ‘Have him locked up’ replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/6/2019 12:14:42 PM Post Reply
The battle between congressional Democrats and the Justice Department over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report has reached new levels of vitriol, as some on the left call for Attorney General Bill Barr to be physically dragged in to testify or even locked up for defying congressional subpoenas. The demands have escalated after the attorney general refused to appear before the House Judiciary Committee last week amid disagreements over the format of the hearing. (Snip) Committee member Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., over the weekend urged the panel to specifically pursue “inherent contempt,” calling for Barr
Split with Barr? FBI Director Wray says surveillance not the same as ‘spying’ replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/7/2019 2:47:27 PM Post Reply
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying to Congress Tuesday, said that he would not describe the bureau´s traditional surveillance as “spying” -- indicating a possible split with Attorney General William Barr on his controversial use of the term to describe intelligence-gathering during the Russia probe. “That’s not the term I would use,” Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee when asked if FBI agents engage in "spying" when they follow FBI policies and procedures. “Lots of people have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance
Kellyanne Conway, Nancy Pelosi clash after
Trump meeting with Democrats was cut short
Posted by Harlowe 5/22/2019 10:44:01 PM Post Reply
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, had a terse exchange after a meeting between President Trump and Democratic lawmakers was cut short on Wednesday. Trump scrapped the meeting, which was slated as an opportunity to discuss the country's infrastructure, after Pelosi told reporters that the president "engaged in a cover-up" following a meeting with her caucus. After Trump left the room, Conway asked the Speaker if she had a "direct response to the president," Fox News confirmed. "I'm responding to the president, not staff," Pelosi shot back.
The pro-life movement's moment replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/22/2019 11:12:08 PM Post Reply
Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures -- the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. (Snip) Unrestricted abortion has been aided by an increasingly secularized society that appears to view human life as merely the highest form of evolution, but of no greater moral significance than animals that seem to be afforded more protection in law than an unborn child.
Pelosi urges Trump aides,
family to stage an ‘intervention’
for the 'good of the country'
Posted by Harlowe 5/23/2019 12:46:56 PM Post Reply
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged members of the Trump family, White House staff, and administration officials to stage an “intervention” for President Trump, after claiming again that he had a “temper tantrum" a day earlier. (Snip) “The president stormed out, pounded the table, walked out the door,” Pelosi told reporters. “Another temper tantrum, again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, the administration, and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College –
Did Trump win spark campus
‘dissociative fugue’ against the bakery?
Posted by Harlowe 5/23/2019 6:14:36 PM Post Reply
With a one-day pause in witness testimony, a chance to explore some theories of the case, and explain some open issues. (Snip) Today was a day off from witness testimony due a prior commitment of the Judge. (Snip) One caution: If you think of this civil case as the simple good vs. evil, take a step back yourself. This case has a little taint of that in it, but it is still in a courtroom, and the legal sense of good and evil and the cultural determination of such opposites, operate in different galaxies.
Retired pastor, wife who claim they were
barred from hosting Bible study in senior
complex file suit
Posted by Harlowe 5/24/2019 12:02:27 AM Post Reply
An elderly Virginia couple has sued the owners of a senior living apartment complex, claiming they were kicked out for hosting weekly Bible study classes. The federal lawsuit, filed in Richmond, Va., alleges housing discrimination against Community Realty, which manages the Evergreens at Smith Run complex in Fredericksburg. Kenneth Hauge, a retired Lutheran minister, and his wife, Liv, said they hosted their classes in the complex's community room and were threatened with eviction if they did not stop.
Are We on the Ramp to Impeachment Road? replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/24/2019 3:29:54 PM Post Reply
After a stroke felled Woodrow Wilson during his national tour to save his League of Nations, an old rival, Sen. Albert Fall, went to the White House to tell the president, "I have been praying for you, Sir." To which Wilson is said to have replied, "Which way, Senator?" (Snip) But the acid retort came to mind on hearing that Nancy Pelosi, hours after accusing President Donald Trump of "engaging in a cover-up," a felony, piously volunteered, "I pray for the president of the United States." For, by now, the hostile investigations of Trump by Pelosi's House are becoming too
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College –
Defense motion for directed verdict DENIED,
case going to the jury
Posted by Harlowe 5/24/2019 9:26:20 PM Post Reply
The defense starts calling witnesses next week, but it’s now clear that the jury is going to evaluate the social justice warfare visited on the bakery and its owners, and to deliver the justice of the judicial system.(Snip) The defense lawyers for Oberlin College filed a motion for a directed verdict, to keep the jury from considering all or part of plaintiffs’ claims.(Snip) Defendants had argued this morning that 1) the plaintiffs’ claims should be thrown out because they didn’t present enough evidence, and/or 2) legal precedent wouldn’t permit them. Judge Miraldi mostly just listened to the arguments, without questions.
Jon Voight declares Trump 'greatest president
since Abraham Lincoln' in late-night video
Posted by Harlowe 5/25/2019 10:39:34 AM Post Reply
Actor Jon Voight expressed his support for President Trump, declaring him "the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln" in a two-part video message posted on Twitter on Friday night. (Snip) "I know that you'll agree with me when I say that our president has our utmost respect and our love," Voight began. "This job is not easy for he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. ... Our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln."
Charlie Daniels: Only Two Things Protect America--
The Grace of Almighty God and the US Military
Posted by Harlowe 5/25/2019 11:17:34 AM Post Reply
In my youth, the holiday we celebrate this weekend was known as Decoration Day, which started in 1861 when a bouquet was placed on a Civil War veteran’s grave and continued as America paid homage and tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price in defense of America by “decorating” or placing flowers on the graves of fallen heroes. The name was changed to Memorial Day and became a federal holiday in 1971. America has lost over one million in our combined wars,
Gibson's Bakery rests case v. Oberlin College replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/26/2019 1:00:38 AM Post Reply
ELYRIA — After nearly two weeks of testimony, the attorneys for Gibson’s Bakery rested their case Thursday morning in the civil trial against Oberlin College. The testimony wrapped up with the cross-examination of David Gibson, one of the owners of the bakery. Gibson’s testimony started Tuesday, and the case was not in court Wednesday.(Snip) On Tuesday, David Gibson testified that Raimondo and Oberlin College Chief of Staff Ferdinand Protzman each gave him their business card, with their personal cell phone numbers written on them, and asked him to call them, rather than the police, when an Oberlin College student was caught
Liz Cheney: Strzok-Page texts sound ‘like a coup,’ could be ‘treason’ replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/26/2019 4:42:10 PM Post Reply
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, said in an interview that aired Sunday that text messages between former FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page “sound an awful lot like a coup” and could even be treason. (Snip) "In my view when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup--and it could well be treason and I think we need to know more,” she said.
Rolling Thunder offered $200k donation to help continue famed DC motorcycle ride replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/27/2019 10:38:51 AM Post Reply
The Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride may not be coming to an end after all, following a generous gift to the veterans advocacy organization and emphatic support from President Trump. (Snip) "Can’t believe that Rolling Thunder would be given a hard time with permits in Washington, D.C. They are great Patriots who I have gotten to know and see in action. They love our Country and love our Flag. If I can help, I will!" Trump wrote.
First-ever private border wall
built in New Mexico
Posted by Harlowe 5/27/2019 11:31:32 AM Post Reply
A private group announced Monday that it has constructed a half-mile wall along a section of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico, in what it said was a first in the border debate. The 18-foot steel bollard wall is similar to the designs used by the Border Patrol, sealing off a part of the border that had been a striking gap in existing fencing, according to We Build the Wall, the group behind the new section. (Snip) The new wall in New Mexico is up along the border and designed just like the Border Patrol’s structures,
Take time this Memorial Day to thank God
for the tremendous freedom we have as Americans
Posted by Harlowe 5/27/2019 11:55:28 AM Post Reply
In 1868, Congressman James A. Garfield, who would later become the 20th president of the United States, gave a speech on “Decoration Day” at Arlington National Cemetery, the day we now refer to as Memorial Day. Congressman Garfield served as a Major General in the Union Army before being elected to Congress. He had a front-row seat to the tremendous sacrifices of those who gave their lives for freedom and the Union. “Approximately 620,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease during the Civil War. … A recent study puts the number of dead as high
Bannon's group built the wall--a mile
of it, anyway--over the weekend
Posted by Harlowe 5/27/2019 2:22:57 PM Post Reply
BARCELONA, Spain — In what might be seen as a Memorial Day gift to President Trump, residents of a mountain range outside of El Paso today woke up to a new vista--a mile-long wall of metal slats constructed along the border with Mexico that just shot up over the weekend. The secret project, which started on Friday evening and was completed by Monday morning, was the work of We Build the Wall, a new group whose director is the former White House strategist Steve Bannon. The CEO is Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, who had raised $20 million
'I'm done with you people': Ohio weatherman
lambasts viewers complaining his live tornado
bulletin was interrupting The Bachelorette
Posted by Harlowe 5/28/2019 12:41:09 PM Post Reply
An Ohio weatherman lost it on live TV after viewers complained his severe weather warning was interrupting the reality show The Bachelorette late on Monday. Jamie Simpson was giving updates on the tornadoes, which would go on to ravage the Dayton area later in the night, when he saw complaints pour in on social media. 'We have viewers complaining already, "just go back to the show." No, we're not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation,' the Fox 45 meteorologist said.
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Trial Day 10 –
It depends upon what the meaning of the word “support” is
Posted by Harlowe 5/28/2019 11:11:50 PM Post Reply
Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo takes the witness stand, and is questioned about communications expressing “support” for the student protesters. (Snip) As so often happens in courtroom trials, choice of words used by witnesses becomes an issue. This is, after all, the art of truth-seeking that trial lawyers love to hang their hats on, proving that what was said can be true evidence of what that person accused was thinking. And, of course, common defense is “I didn’t mean it that way.” (Snip) At issue verbally was her repetitive use of the word “support” for the student protesters.
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Alumni Weekend –
Oblivious alums in for a shock if college loses
Posted by Harlowe 5/28/2019 11:45:24 PM Post Reply
“I am sort of surprised the alumni aren’t sharing this around given that this school has always kept civil rights and protests and free speech in the forefront,” said one woman. This weekend has been the Oberlin College commencement weekend, and the school combines that with a reunion of alums. I attended various events, and talked to a number of alums about the recent lawsuits involving Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College. (Snip) Not one of the 20 or so alums I spoke with heard anything about their school being accused in court of racist defamation of a town business.
What Nobody Said on
Cable News This Morning
Posted by Harlowe 5/29/2019 8:23:57 PM Post Reply
RUSH: So the press secretary at the White House has put out a statement, and the person who sent me the statement says, “Oh, ho hum. This isn’t gonna matter a hill of beans. Whoopee-doo. Whoopee-doo. Wish it was true, but it’s not.” But it is! This statement from Sarah Sanders is the statement, but it is being overshadowed by a narrative. I actually got so damn frustrated watching even Fox News this morning. I’ve gotta be very careful; a lot of friends there. I’ll explain this in just a second.
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Trial Day 11 –
Don’t let them eat Gibson’s cake
Posted by Harlowe 5/29/2019 9:34:22 PM Post Reply
Oberlin College Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo finished her testimony under cross-examination with little more to add to the discussion. She did, however, take one more shot to explain to why she called the editor of the Oberlin News Tribune a “liar.” (Snip) On the first day of testimony of the Gibson Bros. v. Oberlin College case, Ferdinand Protzman, the chief of staff for the school administration and a 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, testified how the students at the school were pretty much spoiled brats. Protzman told the jury that the primary reason the school cut ties initially with
Former Oberlin College president said he tried to solve Gibson's Bakery issue replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/30/2019 10:40:30 AM Post Reply
ELYRIA — Former Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov “begged” David Gibson to work with the college to repair the relationship between students and Gibson’s Bakery, Krislov testified Wednesday. (Snip) “Our goals were three. We wanted to de-escalate what was a dangerous and frightening situation in our small town. We wanted to make sure that the legal process could proceed cooperatively and fairly. We wanted to try to work with the students to try to repair the relationship with the Gibsons,” Krislov said. “We were not taking sides. Our goal was to try to work with these student leaders to help them
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Trial Day 12 –
Defense says Bakery worth only $35k, less than one semester at Oberlin College
Posted by Harlowe 5/31/2019 12:09:24 PM Post Reply
In many civil court cases, it is not the liability of the defendant that causes the jury the most trouble. It is how they measure that liability in dollar amounts. In previous testimony by plaintiff’s expert Frank Monaco, an accountant with about 40 years experience doing businesses valuations and income streams calculations, testified Gibson’s was set to lose about $5.8 million over the next 30 years from the defendant’s alleged racist accusations. Defendants today presented their own expert’s findings. That expert, an accountant, stated his opinion that $5.8 million quite a bit off, and told the jury
Praying for president: Franklin Graham
finds support, criticism in spotlighting
Trump on Sunday
Posted by Harlowe 6/2/2019 12:56:17 AM Post Reply
The Rev. Franklin Graham has asked people to set aside Sunday, June 2 as a special day of prayer for President Donald Trump. (Snip) "President Trump's enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family and the presidency," Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, wrote on Facebook. "In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God." “Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask
The first large group of 116 migrants
from AFRICA are caught on video wading across
the Rio Grande to illegally enter the U.S.
Posted by Harlowe 6/2/2019 4:51:51 PM Post Reply
Shocking video has emerged showing the first large group of migrants from Africa wading across the Rio Grande River to illegally enter the United States. The video shared by the Customs and Border Protection shows a group of 116 people from Angola, Cameroon and the Congo walking through the waist-deep water into Texas. Male and female adults are seen making the laborious trek with children clinging onto their shoulders on Thursday. The group was apprehended by agents at the Del Rio Sector of the border around 10.30pm.
Donald Trump says he never called
Meghan Markle 'nasty,' calls comments
about Duchess 'fake news'
Posted by Harlowe 6/2/2019 11:24:25 PM Post Reply
Donald Trump denied calling Meghan Markle "nasty." (Snip) An interview she'd done previously while promoting "Suits" resurfaced at the time, in which she'd called Trump "misogynistic ... and so vocal about it," adding, “I’m voting for Hillary Clinton, not because she is a woman, but because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.” (Snip) “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty," Trump reportedly
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College trial
reflects Higher Ed disconnect
from the lives of most Americans
Posted by Harlowe 6/3/2019 8:19:36 PM Post Reply
I wanted to put down some thoughts as Verdict Day approaches. Dan McGraw has done an excellent job keeping us all informed. Here are links to our trial coverage: (Snip) I’ve also followed the trial accounts in the local Chronicle-Telegram. That said, there’s no substitute for being in the courtroom to observe witness demeanor, feel courtroom atmosphere, and sense the ebb and flow of a trial. I’ve tried really hard not to make predictions, and I’m sticking to that. In my 22 years in private practice before joining Cornell, I won cases I should have lost,
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College trial –
a Verdict this week?
Posted by Harlowe 6/4/2019 9:37:56 PM Post Reply
It was a fairly slow day, as the judge and the attorneys for both sides hammered out a few points regarding the closing arguments tomorrow and sending the case to the eight-person jury after. (Snip) As detailed in court’s ruling on summary judgment, as updated by the ruling today, here are the counts that will go to the jury: Count 1: Libel; Count 3: Tortious Interference with Business Relationships; Count 4: Tortious Interference with Contracts; Count 6: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Count 8: Trespass.
Trump opens up on reported 'nasty'
comment about Meghan Markle
Posted by Harlowe 6/4/2019 11:39:16 PM Post Reply
President Trump sat down with Piers Morgan for ITV's "Good Morning Britain" and clarified controversial comments last week about Meghan Markle. Trump said he wasn't calling Markle nasty, but rather was just surprised to hear her comments about him, including her assertion that if he became president it would force Americans to relocate to Canada. "I wasn’t referring to 'she’s nasty.' I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn’t know she was nasty about me," Trump told Morgan in the interview, set to air on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton: Architect of the Coup replies
Posted by Harlowe 6/5/2019 2:06:10 AM Post Reply
RUSH: Speaking of Hillary Clinton, folks, we had this piece yesterday from the Federalist by Mr. H. A. Goodman, and it was one of those pieces that you read it, and you say, “Yeah, yeah.” You know it all, but you get kind of frustrated that you didn’t think of it all yourself. His point basically was (without rehashing the whole thing) that every bit of everything we know or think we know--every news item, every little bit of information that fed this narrative the past two years or three now, that Trump colluded with Russia--came not from American intelligence, not from British intelligence. It didn’t come from FBI intelligence.
Sen. Kennedy blasts Democrats' three-year
'tantrum' over 2016 election: 'This is all
wicked abusive'
Posted by Harlowe 6/5/2019 3:48:43 PM Post Reply
Democrats are in the midst of a nearly three-year "tantrum" over the 2016 election of President Trump and their behavior has become "abusive," Sen. John Kennedy said Wednesday.(Snip)Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Nadler's actions "wicked crazy" and "wicked abusive," and questioned whether the subpoenas have any "legitimate" legislative purpose. "They've asked the administration for everything but the kitchen sink at the White House and they may ask for that," he said. Kennedy said when the White House or DOJ don't produce the documents, Democrats make "apocalyptic" claims about Trump undermining the Constitution.
Trump administration to end human fetal tissue
research by government scientists,
a victory for the pro-life lobby
Posted by Harlowe 6/5/2019 5:22:14 PM Post Reply
The Trump administration is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, a victory for abortion foes. At least one university's government funding will be terminated, effective immediately, although officials suggested that other research may allowed to continue under intense scrutiny. The policy change will not affect privately funded research that used human fetal tissue. Ending the use of fetal tissue by the government is a victory for anti-abortion activists, part of President Donald Trump's political base, as well as for his Vice President, Mike Pence, who has called the sale and use of fetal tissue 'horrific.'
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College Closing Argument:
“When a powerful institution says you are racist,
you are doomed”
Posted by Harlowe 6/5/2019 11:11:04 PM Post Reply
When Lee Plakas, the lead attorney representing Gibson’s Bakery, Allyn W. Gibson, and David Gibson, in their lawsuit against Oberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo, started his closing argument this morning, he put a letter on the screen for the jury to see. It was entitled, “If Only Oberlin College Had Chosen to Do This.” This is what the jury and the rest of the crowded courtroom read: Dear Oberlin College Community, (Snip) We would like to reaffirm that Oberlin College respects the rule of law and believes that no individuals should expect, nor receive, special treatment,
Pelosi tells Dems she wants
to see Trump ‘in prison’
Posted by Harlowe 6/6/2019 1:59:47 AM Post Reply
Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings. (Snip) “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources. They said she was expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats
Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College:
Jury should get case today
Posted by Harlowe 6/6/2019 12:00:02 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA — The jury in the civil trial between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College has a chance to take on “Goliath” and force change, according to an attorney for the bakery. During closing arguments Wednesday morning, Lee Plakas, the lead attorney for Gibson’s Bakery, told the jury members they had the power to send a clear message to the college and higher learning institutions. (Snip) Plakas told the jury that the outside world is watching the trial. He said the importance of the case can be seen by the number of attorneys in the courtroom for the trial and the fact
ISIS plotted to send westerners to U.S
through Mexico border: report
Posted by Harlowe 6/6/2019 3:36:14 PM Post Reply
A chilling confession from a captured ISIS fighter has shed light on how the terrorist group intended to exploit the vulnerabilities of the U.S. border with Mexico, using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions. (Snip)The attacks were described to Henricki as designed to “cripple the U.S. economy,” and he was said to have been informed that he would be issued false identification and passports and would be maneuvered from Puerto Rico to Mexico and then to the United States. The plan came from someone from the New Jersey
A Future You Don’t Want replies
Posted by Harlowe 6/7/2019 11:51:48 AM Post Reply
While you were sleeping, the Democrats (abetted by some deviant Republicans) have been working on a plan that would destroy the diversity of the American political system and bring the nation to the brink of civil war. The plan is called The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and tens of millions of dollars have already been spent over several decades trying to implement it. Fourteen blue states and the District of Columbia have already joined the Compact, which means they are 70% on the way to making their proposal the law of the land.
Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College:
More than $11 million awarded
Posted by Harlowe 6/8/2019 12:42:39 PM Post Reply
ELYRIA — A Lorain County jury on Friday awarded the owners of Gibson’s Bakery more than $11 million from Oberlin College in finding that the college inflicted emotional distress, interfered with business relationships and libeled the family-owned bakery in downtown Oberlin. The jury also found that Meredith Raimondo, the college’s vice president and dean of students, libeled the family and business. (Snip) The jury also found for the bakery on counts of libel against both the college and Raimondo. Raimondo was held responsible for interference of business relationships while the college was cleared.
Oberlin College mass email criticizing Jurors
could influence Punitive Damages Hearing
in Gibson’s Bakery case
Posted by Harlowe 6/9/2019 12:04:41 PM Post Reply
There are a lot of things about the way Oberlin College handled the Gibson’s Bakery dispute and lawsuit that have had me wondering who, if anyone, is in control over there.(Snip) In this context, there is nothing more baffling than a statement sent to alumni after the verdict by Donica Thomas Varner, Oberlin College’s Vice President and General Counsel. The statement was contained in a mass email sent to alumni (and possibly others) criticizing the jury verdict and repeating the same stale defenses that failed at trial (emphasis added):(Snip) Procedurally, the email is baffling because the trial is not over.
Oberlin College’s identity crisis
led to its Gibson’s Bakery train wreck
Posted by Harlowe 6/10/2019 6:06:04 PM Post Reply
As a journalist who has following the Gibson Bakery racial accusation case for more than two years now--and who was able to cover it from a courtroom seat for the last month or so for Legal Insurrection--I see things from a perspective that is both factually based and less emotional politically. (Snip) Their students were looking for some venting possibilities in the days after the Nov. 2016 presidential election, and the shoplifting case at Gibson’s was grabbed by the students as their symbolic protest expression of how they hated the world because of who was now president.
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College –
On eve of punitive damages hearing,
college plays victim
Posted by Harlowe 6/11/2019 12:29:27 PM Post Reply
As you know, last Friday the jury rendered a verdict of $11.2 million against Oberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo for compensatory damages. (Snip) Something interesting, but not all that surprising, has happened. The ill-advised blast email from the college’s General Counsel criticizing the jurors portrayed the college as the victim, as if the college merely was protecting the free speech of students: (Snip) That was part of the defense previously, so it’s not entirely new, but the blast email made the point in a dramatic way. It’s a theme which is ridiculous
Lorain County judge denies Oberlin College
request for mistrial in Gibson's case
Posted by Harlowe 6/11/2019 8:30:53 PM Post Reply
A Lorain County judge denies an Oberlin College request for mistrial in a lawsuit filed by a local grocery store. (Snip) In making his oral motion asking for the mistrial, Ronald D. Holman II claimed the case could not go forward because Miraldi did not require the jurors to break down their June 7 rulings on compensatory damage by each claim. (Snip) Holman argued the lack of a breakdown of how much money was based on which claim would make it impossible for Miraldi to instruct the jury on how much money they could award in punitive damages.
My Marketing Idea for the 180 Execs Who
Say Abortion Is Necessary for Success
Posted by Harlowe 6/12/2019 12:02:31 PM Post Reply
RUSH: It’s a Breitbart story. “Top Execs of 180 Companies: Abortion Necessary to Be Successful in Business--‘When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it,’ the executives say in the letter posted on a newly launched website titled ‘Don’t Ban Equality.'” (Snip)Partner with Planned Parenthood, ’cause they’re behind this deal anyway. Partner with Planned Parenthood and open mobile abortion clinics, like ice cream trucks. Instead of ice cream trucks, have mobile abortion trucks traveling from campus to campus. Ring the bell when the abortion truck arrives. “Ding-ding! Ding-ding! Ding-ding!” If you want an abortion, ask for a little half
Oberlin College to Jury: We’re cash poor
and big punitive award to Gibson’s Bakery
will hurt students
Posted by Harlowe 6/12/2019 10:08:06 PM Post Reply
The witness testimony completed today in the punitive damages hearing, which follows the $11.2 million compensatory verdict last Friday in the lawsuit Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College. (Snip) Gibson’s lawyers spent considerable time going over Oberlin College’s IRS Form 990, showing over $1 billion in assets and numerous employees earning over $100,000. They also got the Vice President and General Counsel of the college to admit to some of the content of the blast email she sent out soon after the compensatory verdict, including that she felt the jury disregarded the “clear evidence,” though they were not
Special Counsel recommends firing
Kellyanne Conway over alleged
Hatch Act violations
Posted by Harlowe 6/13/2019 1:22:33 PM Post Reply
The Office of Special Counsel recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired from the federal government for violating the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions.” The Hatch Act is a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. The OSC, which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller, said in a scathing report released Thursday that White House Counselor Conway violated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.
Oberlin alumni letter predicts
'lengthy and complex legal process'
Posted by Harlowe 6/15/2019 1:41:37 PM Post Reply
Less than 24 hours after a $44 million settlement against the college in favor of Gibson’s Bakery, Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar assured alumni in an email that the punitive damage award will change. In the letter sent to alumni that was obtained by the Chronicle-Telegram, Ambar writes: “This is not the final outcome. This is, in fact, just one step along the way of what may turn out to be a lengthy and complex legal process... It will not distract, deter or materially harm our education mission, for today’s students or for generations to come.”
Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College coverage —
One of our finest hours
Posted by Harlowe 6/15/2019 10:03:36 PM Post Reply
The Gibson’s Bakery massive verdict against Oberlin College has sparked incredible reader excitement, and brought many new readers to Legal Insurrection. I’ve spent the last week trying to absorb what is happening. The reactions to the compensatory and punitive damage verdicts remind me of only a few times in Legal Insurrection’s almost 11-year history. (Snip) It will be months, maybe years, before we know if the verdicts hold up, and if the Gibsons get paid. Regardless, I’ll still view our Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College coverage as one of our finest hours, maybe our finest.
Irony: Ultra-liberal Oberlin College
will save millions on Gibson’s Bakery
verdicts under Republican Tort Reform
Posted by Harlowe 6/19/2019 10:26:49 AM Post Reply

The massive compensatory and punitive damage jury verdicts in favor of Gibson’s Bakery and its owners Allyn W. Gibson and David Gibson, against Oberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo, continue to reverberate.(Snip) Yet think of the jury verdict as the end of the beginning. The most legally dangerous territory for the Gibsons is ahead. The facts of the case were so strong for the Gibsons that in some ways the easiest part is behind them. Now they need to protect what they have earned from numerous legal dangers. 

Fact check: Trump's Orlando
rally featured more than 15 false
claims over 76 minutes
Posted by Harlowe 6/19/2019 12:07:32 PM Post Reply

Washington - President Donald Trump kicked off his formal reelection campaign Tuesday night with a rally in Orlando. His 76-minute speech featured more than 15 false statements, many of them ones that he's repeated frequently in the past. Here's a fact check: Energy- Trump boasted about his administration's energy policies. (Snip) “The United States is now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world.” 

Oberlin College issues FAQs on Gibson’s
Bakery Verdict: “Did the College defame
or libel the Gibsons? No”
Posted by Harlowe 6/19/2019 11:54:57 PM Post Reply
Oberlin College has taken a public relations beating in the wake of the massive verdicts against it and its Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo in the Gibson’s Bakery case. (Snip) The stories are too numerous to list, but there has been widespread criticism of Oberlin College’s conduct. What Oberlin College wants to do is now (in addition to winning an appeal) is not to become the next Mizzou or Evergreen State, where unsavory social justice warfare by faculty and staff, egging on students, cause enrollments to collapse. Oberlin College, already suffering from weak enrollment numbers, faces that real possibility.