This is bad: Coats has made noise about Russian interference in 2020 and tried to put safeguards in place. Nunes will throw open the damn door.
Gretna, Louisiana police officer Charlie Rispoli who posted a fake news story about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and commented she “needs a round”…and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” has been fired, along with a fellow office who “liked” the post, after an apparent “tidal wave” of protest rolled into the Gretna Police Department over the weekend. Nola.com “The Gretna Police Department fired two officers Monday after an incident in which one posted a comment on Facebook last week that suggested U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot. The author of the post, Charlie Rispoli, and another officer who “liked” it, Angelo Varisco, have been fired, Gretna police chief Arthur Lawson announced at a press conference Monday afternoon. “This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department,” he said. “These officers have certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to a violent act be conducted against a sitting U.S. (congresswoman), a member of our government (and) we are not going to tolerate that.” Chief Lawson was surprised that any of his officers could be so stupid, particularly after his Dept. had printed out warnings explaining that Philadelphia had taken 72 officers off the street because of similar social media abuse. Lawson did the right thing here, but he also volunteered that an outpouring of public outrage had informed his decision. “Lawson also noted that his office was besieged by phone calls over he weekend, calling the incident “a ripple in a pond that became a tidal wave.” And made excuses for the officer: “Lawson denied requests by the media to release photos of Rispoli and Varisco. He repeated that he does not think the post constituted a legitimate threat. He said he spoke to both officers, and described Rispoli as remorseful and as a typically mild-mannered person who made a bad decision “in the heat of the moment.” Congratulations to all that called or emailed to put the heat on the Chief to do some housecleaning. Now he needs to flag the offender’s file to make sure the punishment sticks and Rispoli and his cohort are not hired to wear a badge in the next parish over. They have no business in law enforcement. But it sounds like they’d fit right into Trump’s DHS…
(Above – One America News Network needs a new logo, might I suggest….) Department of…. ..knock me over with a feather. Daily Beast “If the stories broadcast by the Trump-endorsed One America News Network sometimes look like outtakes from a Kremlin trolling operation, there may be a reason. One of the on-air reporters at the 24-hour network is a Russian national on the payroll of the Kremlin’s official propaganda outlet, Sputnik. Kristian Brunovich Rouz, originally from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, has been living in San Diego, where OAN is based, since August 2017, reporting on US politics for the 24-hour news channel. For all of that time he’s been simultaneously writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned newswire that played a role in Russia’s 2016 election interference operation, according to an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community. Rouz’s on-air reports for OAN include a wholly fabricated 2017 segment claiming Hillary Clinton is secretly bankrolling antifa through her political action committee. Clinton, Rouz claimed falsely, gave antifa protesters $800,000 that “went toward things like bricks, hammers, bats and chains.” Other smears target billionaire financier George Soros, a longtime Kremlin bête noire. In one segment, Rouz amplified a thoroughly debunked claim that Soros collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, when the Jewish philanthropist was 14 years old. Another Rouz story accused Soros of secretly funding migrant caravans.” Apparently Rouz is also a guitarist who once played with an indie band, White Tar. But he and band-mate Jov Paradice had a falling out: (bolds mine) ”Paradice said he and Rouz frequently clashed over their differing world views. “We kind of had a thing musically, but we were total opposites,” said Paradice. “When Trump was getting elected he went into full sports coat mode. He had an indie style before—the whole blurred-line-of-sexuality thing—then he was wearing red ties and a suit. I said, ‘I’m not getting on the stage with Trump.’” Good call, Jov. It’s kind of like you’re in a band and find out your guitarist is stealing your gigs and giving them to the indie band across town. Only that other band is dedicated to the destruction of your country.
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Gretna Police Department 13 year veteran police officer Charlie Rispoli deserves to lose his job, but probably will not, after he not so coyly advocates for the shooting of a sitting member of Congress on his Facebook page after he got worked up by an obviously fake news report (above). Obvious to anyone but a RW idiot I should say… nola.com (bolds mine) “A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” who “needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve…. …Charlie Rispoli, who has been on the Gretna police force since 2005, could not be reached for comment, but Chief Arthur Lawson called the post “disturbing” when it was shown to him Friday… …Rispoli’s comment referred to a fake news story he posted to his personal Facebook page on Thursday at 1:51 p.m. The story’s headline attributed a fabricated quote to Ocasio-Cortez saying, “We pay soldiers too much.” The photo on the post is marked as “satire” and it had been labeled “false” by the website snopes.com on Wednesday, but Rispoli appeared to be upset by it.” Disturbing? Who the F does the Chief think he is…Susan Collins? ”I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” Lawson said. “I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.” Lawson said he does not think the comment constitutes an actual threat, but it appears to violate the department’s social media policy, which he said all officers have read and signed.” Ah, there’s the out. So this will be dealt with on their end (no need for the Secret Service to get involved) because it is not a threat and HR will definitely be taking it up… looks like Rispoli might need to burn some of his vacay time. Tell me Chief Lawson if I was known to be carrying a gun and posted on my Facebook page (if I had one) that you needed to be shot would that constitute a threat? Rispoli needs to be fired pronto and if you don’t do it you should be next. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
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(Above – Brian Beutler (R) and Daniel Dale.) Brian Beutler is the Editor in Chief of Crooked Media. Daniel Dale is a reporter for CNN that closely follows and tries to keep up with fact checking *Resident POS. Yesterday, on twitter, they each tried to correct the record when Mjango Unchained lied on Camera saying Democratic Congresswomen (we all know who he meant) had called America garbage and used the phrase ‘evil Jews.” In case you didn’t see this disgrace — (lower video): Brian’s reaction: Thank you, Brian. Last night I reacted viscerally to this outrage and posted this calling for the liar to be de-platformed by the networks. Many called me out for being unrealistic, and maybe I was. Brian has a better solution. The Networks must stop broadcasting raw footage of this idiot’s lies and agitprop on live TV and only post video after it has been vetted and the proper disclaimers are put in place. I have already sent emails to MSNBC, CNN and Fox News calling for them to adopt this policy. I request that you all do so also. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
This simply cannot continue. He’s trying to kill people. CNN? MSNBC? Fox? Congress? You will all be culpable. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
(Above – And you wonder why your drunk uncle is nuts.) Snopes.com After U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a criticism in mid-July 2019 that suggested some “‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” the four representatives whom the president was presumably referencing — Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley —held a news conference to respond to his comments. Omar also echoed Trump’s own words in condemning him, asserting that, “This is a president who has said ‘grab women by the pussy.’ This is a president who has called black athletes ‘sons of bitches.’ This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries ‘shitholes.’ This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville.” Of course, later on, probably after your drunk uncle went to sleep, Fox quietly corrected the report: Fair and balanced, as always.
(Above: Let’s hear it for Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson!) Rigel Robinson is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley and the youngest person ever elected to the Berkeley, California City Council. The council recently passed legislation to remove all gendered terminology from the city code, replacing, for example, words like manhole, policemen or policewomen, chairman and man-power. Manhole will be switched to maintenance hole, and manpower will be switched to human effort. Makes sense, right, although I prefer “people power” as a sly nod to the sixties… But I’m old as dirt, which Rigel is not. All this was too much for Tucker Carlson, however, who wanted to feature Robinson on his daily white troglodyte grievance and pity party hour, and set one of his show bookers to the task of bringing Rigel onto his program, where he could presumably talk over him and nod in commiseration with his viewership at the Berkeley Council’s assault on their manly manliness. But, Rigel wasn’t playin’ that. From the email exchange with the show’s booker: SF Gate “We are interested in hearing more about how this came to be and how the community is responding,” Gilman wrote in the email. Robinson, a UC Berkeley grad who became the youngest person ever elected to Berkeley’s city council, was nice enough at the beginning of his response to Gilman, thanking her for reaching out to him. “Unfortunately I won’t be able to come on the show,” he wrote. But his reason for not appearing on the show turned into a massive criticism of the Fox News star. “Tucker Carlson is a dangerous, xenophobic, racist, white supremacist goblin who I am not interested in engaging with,” he wrote.” Thanks for speaking for so many of us, Rigel! Below is a vid of Rigel sticking more pins in racist, sexist yahoos. You go, Rigel! Please follow me on Twitter @durrati