Trump pardons two Thanksgiving turkeys, jokes about killing Obama’s birds

NBC News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday joined the ranks of presidents to pardon turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, granting Drumstick and Wishbone the turkey mercy in the Rose Garden.

Joined by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump said he was “pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him.” The president, saying “Hi, Drumstick,” predicted the turkey “is going to be very happy.”

Both Drumstick and his friend Wishbone will live out their years at Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler’s Rest” enclosure, where last year’s pardoned turkeys — Tater and Tot — currently reside after then-President Barack Obama kept them off the carving board.

Trump noted that he’s been “very active in overturning” executive actions taken by his predecessor — but not this time.

“I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked,” Trump joked. “So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.”

Drumstick — described as a classic 47-pound bird with a “tall and proud” strut — was dubbed 2017’s National Thanksgiving Turkey, besting Wishbone in an online poll, 60-40 percent.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday joined the ranks of presidents to pardon turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, granting Drumstick and Wishbone the turkey mercy in the Rose Garden.

Joined by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump said he was “pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him.” The president, saying “Hi, Drumstick,” predicted the turkey “is going to be very happy.”

Both Drumstick and his friend Wishbone will live out their years at Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler’s Rest” enclosure, where last year’s pardoned turkeys — Tater and Tot — currently reside after then-President Barack Obama kept them off the carving board.

Trump noted that he’s been “very active in overturning” executive actions taken by his predecessor — but not this time.

“I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked,” Trump joked. “So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.”

Drumstick — described as a classic 47-pound bird with a “tall and proud” strut — was dubbed 2017’s National Thanksgiving Turkey, besting Wishbone in an online poll, 60-40 percent.

After today’s ceremony, both Drumstick and Wishbone will join last year’s turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.

Wishbone mounted a last-ditch effort for votes by making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room earlier in the day. Ultimately, the political gamble did not garner any last-minute surge in the poll.

The turkey pardoning is a longstanding White House tradition and after several minutes of remarks on a crisp fall day, Trump and the turkeys were ready to get on with it.

“I think Drumstick and Wishbone would be very thankful if we would just get around to the pardon. They say ‘Enough talk, please pardon us,'” Trump said.

The president heads to Florida after the ceremony for his own Thanksgiving retreat at his Mar a Lago club.

In researching this post I noticed the real Trump haters in the press demonized him for being obsessed with Obama.

Sad! As Trump might say in a Tweet.

UPDATED: Border Patrol Agent Ambushed, Bashed to Death by Pack of Illegals

ROGELIO MARTINEZ. HEAD BASHED IN BY BORDER JUMPERS.

Rocks? Probably man’s oldest weapon were used against two armed and trained Border Patrol Agents. The element of surprise can catch the best of us off guard.

There are no hints yet as to the identity of the murderers, but the FBI has been called in to investigate.

This post is a followup to an initial post where the details of the death of Agent Martinez were unclear. As of this writing, there’s still more to be learned.

One thing is clear, however. Illegals can be extremely dangerous and clever.

Fox News

Illegal immigrants appeared to have “ambushed” two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Texas border with Mexico and bashed their heads with blunt objects — possibly rocks — killing one agent and sending another to a hospital in serious condition Sunday, a National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) official told Fox News.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed and another agent, who has not been identified, was injured while they were patrolling the Big Bend Sector, leading authorities to scour West Texas for the attackers, officials said. Although few details about the incident have been released, Brandon Judd, the president of the NBPC, told Fox News on Monday it appeared Martinez and the second agent were “ambushed” by a group of illegal immigrants.

“We don’t know exactly what happened because we weren’t there. However, just from agents that were working in the area, reports are saying it was an attack and it would appear to be an ambush,” Judd said.

He added: “There’s a high likelihood this was an assault on the agents.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered a reward of up to $20,000 “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible” for the attack.

Judd said Martinez died of blunt force trauma to the head, indicating the attackers most likely used a rock or rocks during the assault. The second agent also suffered blunt force trauma to the head. The area surrounding where the attack occurred also indicated rocks were likely used as weapons. An FBI official also said that, counter to initial reports, neither agent was shot.

“There were no indications the agents fired their weapons,” Judd said, citing accounts he received from agents who responded to the incident. He also said there were no signs of a stabbing.

Martinez was notified there was illegal immigrant traffic in the area while the agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area, according to Judd. He began following “footprints” on a trail when the attack occurred. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that Martinez’s partner made the initial call for help and reported they were injured and needed assistance.

Judd said details remained foggy on what led to the ambush and the FBI was investigating the incident.

Judd did not further comment on the second agent’s condition.

This video offers a fast look at the Van Horn, Texas area where the attack took place.

UPDATE:

The Associated Press is offering a bit more details on this story. The AP report contradicts the story that the agents were attacked. Rather, there is reportedly speculation that in wandering through the rough terrain in the dark the agents fell into a ravine.

The way this story keeps changing is puzzling unless something is being covered up.

Pissed Off Trump Says He Should Have Left Three Basketball-Americans in Chinese Jail

Hey, we told Trump it was a mistake to get the Dindus sprung from a Chinese jail. Now he says he regrets it.

Told ya, Mr. President.

Watch the left go bonkers over Sunday’s disavowal. “He beez disispectin dem boyz.”

Fox News

President Trump on Sunday responded to the father of one of the UCLA basketball players detained in China on shoplifting charges after the man snubbed the president’s successful effort to get the teammates released, saying, “I should have left them in jail.”

The president responded after LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump’s effort.

Trump said while on his recent trip to Asia, at the same time the players allegedly shoplifted in China during a basketball tournament, that he had spoken directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the matter.

“Who?” LaVar Ball later told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Trump tweeted Sunday: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

Later Sunday, Trump tweeted again, saying, “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”

LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA players accused of shoplifting, thanked the president upon returning last week to the United States.

Freshmen Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday from Shanghai. They each thanked Trump during a press conference Wednesday about the incident.

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations, before the 23rd-ranked UCLA Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home earlier.

Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with his Chinese counterpart.

Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, whose eldest son, Lonzo, plays on the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers team, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes.

Trump will feel the heat with more accusations that he’s nuts, hates blacks, and so forth.

Nobody is used to the truth in America. Especially from a politician.

Border Patrol Agent Dies in Texas, Trump Renews Call for Wall

There are no details about who or what killed a Border Patrol agent on Sunday. It’s not clear whether he was the victim of an attack or an accident.

CNN

A Border Patrol agent died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were responding to activity while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the US-Mexico border, and the partner reported they were both injured, the agency said. The agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn station area of the sector.

Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to.

Other agents responded, provided medical care and transported both to a local hospital. CBP was later told Martinez had died, and his partner remains hospitalized.

On Sunday night, President Trump tweeted about the incident, writing, “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall.”

“On behalf of the quarter of a million front line officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in the statement.

Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for the CBP, would not describe the incident in any further detail, saying the FBI is investigating.

“The FBI is still actively investigating the incident and gathering the facts,” FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said.

The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations were searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses, the agency said.

Martinez had been a border patrol agent since 2013, officials said.

Since there are a lot of Mexicans who live on the U.S. side of the border, there are a significant number of Border Patrol agents who are of Mexican backgrounds. One Mexican woman I used to know was gung ho on becoming an agent. She hated illegals as much as anybody and was determined to turn them around at the border if she could.

President Trump’s Tweet shows that he’s not backing down on the wall, which the people want, but the Republican establishment and Democrats don’t want.

FILE PHOTO OF BORDER PATROL ACTIVITY.

Hillary Clinton Says President Trump is “obsessed” with Her

Politico

Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Saturday described President Donald Trump as “obsessed” with her continued public presence.

“Apparently, you know, my former opponent is obsessed with my speaking out,” Clinton said in an appearance alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at a forum in Little Rock, Arkansas, commemorating the 25th anniversary of his election. “Apparently there was another, somebody told me, tweet today. Honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done? I don’t understand it. Maybe that’s the whole point.”

How did Crooked Hillary get anything done? I don’t understand it. Between making out with Huma and working on uranium deals, she couldn’t have gotten much done.

Trump revived his “Crooked Hillary” moniker via Twitter on Saturday morning, claiming that his vanquished general election opponent is the “worst (and biggest) loser of all time.”

“She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party,” the president tweeted. “Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

Clinton said in her Little Rock speech she wouldn’t be silenced. “I’m gonna keep speaking out,” she said.

She dominated Saturday’s conversation, which was moderated by James Carville, a Bill Clinton campaign veteran and Hillary Clinton campaign adviser.

She criticized the current administration for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, failing to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and promoting what she called the “fairy tale” that trickle-down economics will “make everything great.”

“Yeah, we may be cutting Medicare and Medicaid and health care and make it more expensive to go to school and all the stuff that they’re trying to do in Washington, but it’s all gonna work out,” she said sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense.”

She also mocked Trump for his approach to foreign policy, contrasting his Twitter diplomacy to her husband’s approach to international issues.

“There was nothing fast and easy about it,” she said. “He didn’t tweet about it. He got to work about it, and he actually got it done.”

While Clinton appeared to take ownership for her unexpected loss last November, she also blamed what she maintained was the “perfect storm” of outside factors, including Russia’s election meddling and former FBI director James Comey’s 11th-hour decision to publicize the bureau’s late examination of emails related to her use of a private server during her time as secretary under President Barack Obama.

Clinton, who lost the election despite winning nearly 3 million more popular votes, told Mother Jones in an interview published Friday that “there are lots of questions about” the legitimacy of Trump’s election.

In a separate interview Friday, Clinton told WABC’s Rita Cosby that there is nothing she admires about Trump’s presidency.

“The answer is absolutely no,” she said. “I didn’t think he’d be as bad as he turned out to be.”

And while much of her rhetoric reflected on her and her husband’s experience in the 1992 campaign and the next eight years in the White House, she repeatedly knocked Trump and his administration.

“There is no such thing as an alternative fact,” she said at one point, referencing the term White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined. “It does not exist — in politics or in nature. And it was astonishing to me the things people believed about me in this campaign.

Clinton recalled voters telling the people who knocked on doors for her: “Well, I can’t support her. She killed somebody; I can’t support her. She runs a child trafficking ring in the basement of a pizzeria.”

“Oh yeah,” she said they would reply when others said such rumors weren’t true: “’I saw it on the Internet.’”

Clinton said when she talks about “What Happened,” the title of her 2016 memoir, she’s “very focused on making sure it doesn’t happen again.”

“So that’s why I am speaking out and going to continue to speak out, and I’m going to do everything I can to try to have an election in 2018 that’s about real things,” she said.

Hillary Clinton was always meddling in government affairs when she was the First Lady. She’s mad for power and she believes that she can do a better job at anything than any man.

Assistant Police Chief Shares “Racist” Facebook Meme, Resigns Amid Backlash

OFFENDED SOME PEOPLE.

That meme above offended some, but you can bet that others laughed because they found it to be funny.

Facebook is a career killer, for sure. People must learn not to be stupid on social media, which leaves a digital fingerprint.

Atlanta Black Star

An assistant police chief in Estherwood, La., has resigned from his position after sharing an outwardly racist and threatening meme on his Facebook page.

Wayne Welsh of the Estherwood Police Department shared a post Sunday, July 30, showing an image of a white woman holding a young child’s head underwater in a bathtub with the caption, “When’s your daughter’s first crush is a little Negro boy.”

The image sparked immediate backlash, as social media users quickly snapped screenshots of the law enforcement officer’s post and shared it across the internet. Local station KATC initially declined to release Welsh’s identity, but internet users managed to snag it before his Facebook page was made private.

Estherwood’s police chief Ernest Villejoin said he was dumbfounded when he saw the offensive post.

“When I found out about it, I couldn’t believe I had to call him,” Villejoin told news station KADN earlier this week. “I called him at work and asked him what the hell is going on?”

“He’d done it,” the police chief added. “He said it and he realized what he had done after he done it and he deleted it — but it was too late.”

Villejoin later confirmed to The Huffington Post that Welsh had stepped down from his position, noting that “the situation had been taken care of.”

The Louisiana man has since issued an apology, yet made it clear he doesn’t believe he did anything to warrant his resignation.

“I just don’t feel like I should have to resign on this because there is not a policy saying I can’t do this on Facebook,” he told KADN. “To me, I’m not racist, and I knew it wasn’t. It was picture that everybody shared and you can get on anybody’s [Facebook] and still see it. It’s still there, but I was wrong for sharing it for being a police officer.”

Welsh also took to his Facebook page to say, “I posted something on Facebook that made a lot of people mad/ Well, I’m sorry for what happen. Ya have a blessed day.”

This isn’t the assistant police chief’s first time posting offensive content, however. A social media user pulled up a post from Welsh’s page earlier this year that made disparaging remarks about Muslims in burqas.

KATC reported that Estherwood’s city council decided this week that it would not address Welsh’s controversial post, arguing that city leaders have no authority over the local police department.

To reiterate what I believe would be a fair policy in keeping with American tradition and freedom of speech: No one should be fired or have to resign for jokes or other nonthreatening political statements.

US general says he would resist ‘illegal’ Trump nuclear strike order

GENERAL JOHN HYTEN. WOULD DISOBEY THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. TRAITOR OR PATRIOT?

A top U.S. general launched a psy op against American president Donald Trump on Saturday.

He stated that if President Trump ordered an illegal use of nuclear weapons, then he would “resist,” that is enter into a debate with the president.

This officer and gentleman clearly seems to be inferring that Trump is so unstable that he needs to be put on notice by General John Hyten that Hyten would not obey.

The funny thing is that the generals have been obeying unlawful orders issued by Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama.

As the swamp is drained, this general needs to go down the drain.

The Guardian

The top US nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons.

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), told an audience at the Halifax international security forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order.

“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?“

Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

As head of Stratcom “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” he said in his remarks, retransmitted in a video posted on the forum’s Facebook page.

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ’Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ’What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hyten’s remarks.

They came after questions by US senators, including Democrats and Trump’s fellow Republicans, about Trump’s authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end international agreements, amid concern tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities.

Trump has traded insults and threats with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and threatened in his first United Nations address to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people if it threatened the US.

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the US president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president’s authority to launch a nuclear strike.

Arguing about whether Trump’s orders are illegal as one of Kim Jong Un’s missiles is about to hit the U.S. is treason.