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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Court Documents Reveal Cosby Cut Deal W/ National Enquirer To Stop Publishing of Rape Story

Another brick in the wall of denial surrounding Bill Cosby and his alleged rape victims has fallen. The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

Excerpts released Wednesday of Cosby's deposition from a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand quote Cosby as saying he feared the public would believe her sexual-assault accusations if the Enquirer published similar claims by Beth Ferrier. Both women accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them.
"Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby was asked.

"Exactly," Cosby replied, according to court motions initially filed under seal and made available from archived federal court records.

Cosby, in the deposition, said he had a contract with the Enquirer.

"I would give them an exclusive story, my words," Cosby said in the Sept. 29, 2005, deposition. In return, "they would not print the story of — print Beth's story."
Beth Ferrier
Apparently the Enquirer gave Cosby a draft copy of their interview with Ms Ferrier's with the Enquirer told him that she had passed a lie detector test.

Constand later sued Cosby and the Enquirer, alleging defamation. The claims were consolidated with her sexual-assault lawsuit against Cosby and were settled.

A representative for American Media, Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, said in an emailed statement Wednesday that the Enquirer was "unflinching" in its coverage of the allegations against Cosby.

"We continue to remain aggressive in our reporting today and stand by the integrity of our coverage of this story which we have taken the lead on for more than a decade," the representative said.
Cosby had said at his deposition that Constand and her mother asked only for an apology in early phone calls about the issue in January 2005, and he said they received one.  "Andrea's mother said, 'That's all I wanted, Bill,'" Cosby testified.

Constand's lawyers argued in their defamation suit: "Requesting only an apology is not the action of an extortionist or someone who wants to 'exploit' a celebrity."

They said that Cosby later called back and offered to pay for Constand's "education."

Constand had met Cosby through her job with the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, and she said he sexually assaulted her at his nearby home in 2004. She quit the job and moved home that year, and she first filed a report with Ontario police on Jan. 13, 2005, and filed a federal civil suit that March. After prosecutors near Philadelphia decided not to file criminal charges, several other women came forward to support Constand's claims, including Ferrier.
Constand's  filed a civil lawsuit which eventually grew to include eight more women willing to testify about allegations of sexual assaults involving Cosby, the count is now up to 19 women claiming being assaulted by the comedian.

Queen Hillary Demanded "Royal Treatment" For Her $300K UCLA Speech

It was like a scene out of "The Princess and the Pea," only this was real life. Along with her $300,000 fee for her speech at UCLA , Hillary Clinton had a list of demands, one of which was "that the chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows — and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support."

Through a Freedom of Information Act request the Washington Post received the emails exchanged between UCLA and Clinton's people as they were preparing for her March 5, 2014 speech at the school.
The documents show that Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency exerted considerable control over her appearance and managed even the smallest details — from requesting lemon wedges and water on stage to a computer, scanner, and a spread of hummus and crudité in the green room backstage.
When the University reminded Clinton's people that UCLA was a public school and asked for a reduction of the $300,000, the presumptive Democratic Party candidate's staff responded that $300,000 is the “special university rate.” The fee went to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton foundation.
It is commonplace for celebrity speakers to request special accommodations — and Clinton was no exception. Her representatives asked for a case of still water, room temperature, to be deposited stage right. They also asked that “a carafe of warm/hot water, coffee cup and saucer, pitcher of room temperature water, water glass, and lemon wed­ges” be situated both on a table on stage as well as in another room where Clinton would stand for photos with VIPs.

For the green room, Clinton’s representatives requested: “Coffee, tea, room temp sparkling and still water, diet ginger ale, crudité, hummus and sliced fruit.” They also asked for a computer, mouse and printer, as well as a scanner, which the university had to purchase for the occasion.
Clinton's team even micro-managed the way Clinton was to receive the UCLA Medal during her visit to the campus. The team asked that it be presented to her in a box rather than draped around her neck. Perhaps she did not want to direct her attention to her neck.
By contract, Clinton’s approval was needed for any promotional materials. Clinton gave permission for the university to record the event, but “for archival purposes only.” For public distribution, Clinton’s speaking agency approved only a two-minute highlight video to upload to YouTube. “Please make sure it is available only for one (1) year from the date of posting,” a Harry Walker Agency official added" [presumingly this was done incase she made a gaffe during her appearance].
Her staff even regulated the number of pictures she would stand for--not the number of people who she would take pictures with, but the number of times the camera could be clicked there were "do overs."
“We get a total of 50 clicks,” one university official explained — as well as two group photos. Lippert wrote to colleagues that Clinton’s representatives wanted the group shots “prestaged,” with participants assembled and ready to take the photographs before Clinton arrived “so the secretary isn’t waiting for these folks to get their act together.”
During her book tour in June, Clinton caused an uproar when she told ABC's Diane Sawyer when she and Bill left the White House they were dead broke. It demonstrated a lack of compassion and understanding for those who are really impoverished. When that faux pas is added to other details, like her exorbitant speaking fees and list of royal of demands, it makes one wonder if she will be able to carry the populist message the progressive Democrats demand.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From President Lincoln

Following the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving and later that year proclaimed another day of thanks which is now celebrated annually the fourth Thursday in November. Along with that proclamation, Lincoln made the following address, widely known as Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth

President Lincoln did not start off his proclamation by focusing on the problems of the day, instead he gave thanks to God for what the country had — the proper order of prayer.

Leaked: SJP Plans Illegal Activity Against Jewish Students And Israel

Guest Post by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin -Cross posted from the Times of Israel

A recently uncovered internal document of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Binghamton University SUNY sheds new light on the anti-Semitic bigotry of SJP groups across the country, as well as SJP’s ties to international campaigns to harm the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

Entitled “Declaration of Principles and Strategies,” the document specifically outlines strategies for targeting, ostracizing, harassing, and silencing students on campus who oppose the boycott of Israel or who simply attend a pro-Israel event. In a lengthy section on “Tactics and Strategies Used to Counter Zionist Normalization,” the document gives detailed instructions for when and how to disrupt “Zionist” events and activities on campus. Disrupting an event is a direct violation of others’ right to freedom of expression and assembly, and a blatant violation of New York law.

The internal Binghamton-SJP Declaration is a window into “anti-Zionist normalization” campaigns being waged by SJP groups across the country, whose explicit purpose is to delegitimize all pro-Israel perspectives and actively suppress their expression on college campuses. These campaigns have resulted in dozens of Jewish and pro-Israel students’ events being disrupted, and Jewish and pro-Israel students feeling harassed, intimidated, and stripped of their constitutionally-protected freedom of expression and association. For example:

• Feb 27, 2012 at University of California Davis, SJP and other groups staged a planned disruption of a Jewish student event consisting of two Israelis –a Jewish man and a Druze woman. In a video taken at a meeting of SJP, MSA and MeChA students preparing to disrupt the Jewish student event, the leader of the protesters said, “Events like these are not welcome on our campus anymore,” and his statement was met with a large round of cheers and applause. During the Jewish student event, protestors staged a walk-out along with verbal assaults shouted at the speaker, such as, “How many women have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester,” and claiming that Israel has “turned the land of Palestine into a land of prostitutes and rapists and child molesters.” One of the hecklers admitted, “My only purpose here today is that this event be shut down.”

• On March 12th, 2013 at DePaul University, SJP members and other protesters disrupted a talk by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas sponsored by Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies. Angry that Jonas had helped to shut down organizations which had raised money for the terrorist group Hamas, DePaul SJP members hurled verbal insults at the speaker, such as chants of “Hey DePaul, let’s be clear — racists are not welcome here,” and heckled the audience with questions about how the university could have allowed such an Islamophobic and racist event to take place. As a result of the disruptions, the event was ended early.

• On September 9, 2014 at Loyola University-Chicago, SJP members verbally assaulted their Jewish peers, yelling insults at them and created a human wall to block Hillel members’ from sharing information with fellow students about Birthright trips to Israel.

Make no mistake about it. SJP’s BDS and “anti-Zionist normalization” campaigns are a front for the larger international coordinated effort to demonize, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy the Jewish state, an effort which has been spearheaded by the Palestinian BDS National Committee, whose member organizations include the terrorist groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Having launched the “Palestinian Call for BDS” in 2005, the Committee’s mission has been to coordinate global BDS efforts and to be the “reference point” for “anti-normalization campaigns” intended to ensure the delegitimization and silencing of any individual or group that accepts the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

The “Palestinian Call for BDS” was formally adopted as a “point of unity” at the first National SJP Conference in 2011, and virtually every SJP chapter in the country has responded to the Palestinian Call by establishing the promotion of BDS as an essential part of their group’s mission. In addition, the National SJP Conference at Tufts University last month boasted a workshop on “Countering Normalization of Israeli Oppression on Campus,” and many chapters, such as the SJP group at Binghamton University, have incorporated the Palestinian BDS National Committee’s “anti-normalization” tactics into their own rejection of Jewish and pro-Israel student groups and their events. To all of us monitoring this closely, it is crystal clear what is really happening: SJP students are serving as the foot soldiers for the Palestinian BDS National Committee’s campaign to destroy the Jewish state.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee has actively cultivated student allies on U.S. campuses and has found a willing partner in SJP, with one Committee member group crowing: “Internationally, we are heartened by the increased coordination and growth of Students for Justice in Palestine on campuses across the United States.”

It is understandable why the Palestinian BDS National Committee would be delighted that SJP is establishing a beachhead for promoting the Committee’s own BDS and “anti-normalization” campaigns on U.S. campuses. What is more difficult to understand is why university administrators would allow a group like SJP to become an officially recognized and funded student organization.

Enough of The Silly Scapegoating, Here's The REAL Cause Of The Ferguson Violence

VSince parts of Ferguson, Mo. were destroyed on Monday night after D.A. Robert McCulloch read the grand jury results, pundits and politicians have been looking to place the blame for the violence. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) blamed politicians, MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry blamed Obama (and said he should be proud about it), a crowd of protesters in Seattle blamed the Jews (they lose points for lack of originality), and CNN's Don Lemon blamed bloggers:
Most of that outrage is coming from the Internet and social media. When you actually come here on the ground and the people who are actual protesters and who are upset, most of them peaceful. They have a beef and they are being peaceful about it. And they aren’t the people who are out there causing the commotion every day. It is a lot of the times here bloggers and people who are trying to make a name for themselves.
Having spent at least seven or eight minutes tuned my thoughts upon this crucial topic and weighed each placement of blame by the politicians and pundits, I have reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that they are grossly mistaken in their rationale. The violence in Ferguson cannot be blamed on the President since there were few if any illegal immigrants involved. Politicians were too busy placing blame to accept it, Jews can't be blamed because... well...they can't be blamed for everything, and bloggers...well how can anyone believe a newsman who asked a rape victim why she didn't bite down when she was forced to give oral sex? No the entire lot of the names offered up as the cause of Ferguson violence need to be tossed out because they are all ridiculous.

Being that it is so close to the Thanksgiving holiday, and most of those placing blame need to take Thursday off, I do therefore humbly offer up some scapegoat suggestions which are much superior in logic to those offered so far.

To those who seek to place blame any of the following can be used at no cost so you can enjoy your holiday tomorrow.
  • George H.W. Bush, progressives and liberals love to blame everything on Bush 43 but honestly its getting stale. That's why I offer his father. The bonus here is that like his son Bush 41 has shown nothing but class since he left office and will not publicly fight back when singled out for unfair blame.
  • New Amsterdam Citron Vodka- Until it was displayed Monday evening on Fox as a looted item, many people had never heard of the New Amsterdam Brand. Perhaps they incited the violence to get the free TV advertising.

  •  Chuck Hagel- The Secretary of Defense was pushed out on Monday morning the riots were Monday evening. Coincidence? Perhaps not.
  • The Israeli Settlements in Jerusalem: President Obama, the EU and the UN have all found ways to justify Palestinian acts of terrorism by blaming it on Jews moving into East Jerusalem. If Jews moving into East Jerusalem can cause violence there, why not causing it in Ferguson?  
  • The Koch Brothers-It would be economical to blame them, Harry Reid could recycle his unsuccessful political ads. 
  • The GOP. The president and his liberal buddies have blamed everything from unemployment to hurricane sandy on the Republicans so it should come naturally to blame the Ferguson riots on the GOP. Wait! Scratch that!  Ridiculously connecting Republicans to suffering didn't work in for the midterms it probably won't work now.
  • The Washington Redskins- They have a racist name and are benching an African-American Quarterback: No Justice for RGIII, no peace.
  • Global Warming- Heck if people can blame things like the Sinking of The Titanic, Illegal Immigration, ISIS, and a Walrus "Convention" on global warming, why not this?
I can think of no one objection to any of the above suggestions that would make them any less ridiculous than blaming the President, politicians, Jews or bloggers. Anybody who is looking for a good scapegoat before they leave on their Thanksgiving holiday should choose any of my suggestions so they have enough time to enjoy turkey and football tomorrow.

Now I understand some of you may want to blame the Ferguson violence and looting on unruly idiots, who have little regard for the memory of Michael Brown, race relations, or Ferguson, Mo.  You might see the pictures of people in masks, shooting guns, setting buildings on fire and believe them to be evil miscreants rioting and looting just for fun, they were simply taking advantage of an already tense situation for their own selfish reason.  While that would be true, no one would believe that idea. In the day and half since the violence began, politicians and pundits have been placing the blame everywhere except on those miscreants who were doing the selfish deeds. Obviously if they thought people would believe the truth they would throw the blame that way.