How Steve Bannon’sAlleged ‘We Build theWall’ Scam Worked

How Steve Bannon’s
Alleged ‘We Build the
Wall’ Scam Worked 6 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/20/2020 1:08:06 PM Post Reply

Federal prosecutors in New York charged Steven Bannon and three others with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering Thursday. At the center of the charges is We Build the Wall, a crowdfunded organization that promised to do what Bannon said Trump couldn’t: build a privately funded wall along America’s border with Mexico. Bannon and his alleged co-conspirators built some short sections of wall in New Mexico and Texas, but prosecutors say they they also skimmed millions from the donations.(Snip)Prosecutors allege Bannon raked in $1 million, and that one of his co-conspirators splashed out vast sums on high living,

“That’s Just the Way Willie Rolls” 0 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/20/2020 1:03:15 PM Post Reply

When Texas Monthly set out to create a special issue celebrating Willie Nelson, we knew it wouldn’t be enough just to assign new stories, comb our archives for favorite old profiles, or even rank and review all 143 of Willie’s albums. So we reached out to some two dozen of Willie’s longtime friends, fans, and collaborators and asked them to share one favorite Willie story. From “Whiskey River” writer Johnny Bush’s memory of a portentous moment on tour with Willie back in 1962 to current producer and songwriting partner Buddy Cannon’s description of what it’s like to work with Willie right now,

Democratic Convention Ignores the Elephant
in the Virtual Room: Big-City Violence 1 reply

Posted by StormCnter 8/20/2020 12:51:52 PM Post Reply

The “We the People”-themed Democratic National Convention, like the Republican one to follow, shows us what America has known for years: that conventions are only infomercials designed to bend reality to political will. The Democrats bend their reality toward a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, but they bend it away from any mention of growing violence in American big cities run by liberal Democratic administrations. As I keep telling you, when you hear politicians talking, pay attention to what isn’t said. Train your eye to see the negative space between the dancers, because that, too, is often the story. Urban violence threatens the peace of targeted Democratic suburban voters,

Texas Cities That Defund Police Should Have
Property Tax Rates Frozen Forever: Gov. Abbott 11 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/19/2020 6:30:26 AM Post Reply

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) says any Texas city that defunds their police department should have their property tax revenue frozen at the current level, forever. The governor announced the legislative proposal to discourage the defunding of law enforcement Tuesday in Fort Worth and encouraged the Texas Legislature to take up the issue in the 2021 session. “Defunding the police puts the residents in danger and it invites lawlessness into our communities,” Abbott said. “This will be an effective tool that effectively will prevent cities from being able to reduce funding support for law enforcement agencies.”

Bill Clinton Shouldn’t Speak
at the DNC. Al Gore Should. 17 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/18/2020 6:25:43 PM Post Reply

I regret to inform you that former President Bill Clinton is slated to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention. It’s easy enough to imagine a political reality where Clinton speaking in some capacity made sense; we had such a world as recently as a few years ago. But we don’t anymore. It is 2020. We are bruised from old intraparty battles, deep in a slow-motion election crisis, economically ravaged, and in a pandemic. The conventional wisdom won’t do. Obsolescence comes for us all in a variety of ways, and come it has for Clinton, a man whose irrelevance to the present moment is as extraordinary

Analysis: Cuomo’s Appalling
DNC Speech, and Biden’s
Endorsement of It, Is an
Opportunity for Republicans 4 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/18/2020 3:54:43 PM Post Reply

Night one of the virtual Democratic National Convention descended into cringeworthiness on multiple occasions. It featured awkward State-of-the-Union response-style political speeches, interspersed with musical interludes and glorified Zoom meetings. It was emceed by a Hollywood celebrity, at times giving off major telethon vibes. I can’t imagine a normal human voluntarily tuning in at the beginning of the program and making it through the entire two hours. But if Republicans are tempted to point and laugh, they should humbly recall that their turn comes next week, and the strange, unprecedented format likely won’t be any easier for them. Democrats have the entertainment industry’s most glittering creative talents

‘Giant Warning’: Iowa State University
Instructor Warns Anti-BLM, Pro-Life
Views Are ‘Grounds For Dismissal’ 44 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/18/2020 3:49:04 PM Post Reply

An Iowa State University instructor’s syllabus warned students that anti-Black Lives Matter and pro-life viewpoints are “grounds for dismissal.” Instructor Chloe Clark’s English 250 syllabus includes a “giant warning” advising students that only certain views would be permitted during her classes. “I take this seriously,” she notes at the end of the warning. “Any instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc.) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom,” Clark wrote in the syllabus, a copy of which was provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF).

What If the Beatles’ Breakup Was
Actually Rock’s Greatest Ending? 25 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/18/2020 3:44:31 PM Post Reply

All good things, it’s been said, must come to an end. Even the Beatles. Though John Lennon had informed his bandmates months earlier that he was leaving the group, the breakup of the Beatles did not become official until April 10, 1970, when Paul McCartney issued a press release stating he was no longer working with the fabulous foursome. That release came after a whirlwind year in 1969 that saw McCartney, Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr record Abbey Road, which contains the final occasion all four members recorded together with its closing song, “The End,” and also Let It Be, the band’s final record, while also being filmed during rehearsals

Trump’s Pardon of Susan B. Anthony:
A Deft Political Move 2 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/18/2020 3:41:40 PM Post Reply

Illustrating the self-promotional flair that propelled him to national prominence in the first place, Donald Trump is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment Tuesday with a presidential pardon for the ages. “Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” he told reporters at the White House. “She was never pardoned. What took so long?” Whatever one thinks of President Trump, this is genius. And though Trump may have only recently learned that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, his musings about America’s most influential 19th century suffragist link him directly to the Grand Old Party’s crusading roots.

This Secret Society of Priests Still
Won’t Recognize Pope Francis 23 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/16/2020 3:38:11 PM Post Reply

ROME—Father Jeremy Leatherby of Sacramento, California, surely knew what was coming when he continued to preach to the faithful that Pope Benedict XVI, who retired in 2013, is still the one true pope. Since the election upon Benedict’s retirement of Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, Leatherby has shunned the new pontiff and continued to only refer to Benedict as the church’s true leader in mass. Last week, after several warnings, he was charged with schism, defrocked and excommunicated from the Catholic Church. “I continue to regard Benedict as retaining the Office of Peter, as mysterious as that might be,” he wrote in an open letter

Harris, Omar and the
party’s great march leftward 1 reply

Posted by StormCnter 8/16/2020 3:20:03 PM Post Reply

Last Tuesday, two notable events occurred in the Democratic Party. Joe Biden announced that he had selected California Senator Kamala Harris to serve as his running mate in November; and Rep. Ilhan Omar won her primary, all but guaranteeing her return to Congress for a second term. On the face of things, Harris’s selection seems like the more significant of the two events. But actually, Omar’s primary victory was far more momentous. Traditionally, presidential candidates have selected their running mates based on electoral considerations.

The Improbable Story of Boxing’s David
Benavidez and His Fighting Family 2 replies

Posted by StormCnter 8/15/2020 12:44:08 PM Post Reply

The latest home for one of boxing’s youngest champions is the last place anyone would look. There are reasons for that, starting with the gunshots back in Phoenix that split apart and redirected the paths of the fighting Benavidez brothers, threatening to derail their father’s dream. José Benavidez Sr. had stolen food, slept in cars, carried guns, boosted stereos, learned a sport, opened gyms, fought off rivals. And then, finally, on the verge of grasping all he desired, the plan he scratched and begged and worked tirelessly for started to fall apart. After all of that, he says his life became “a little bit more complicated.”