Jussie Smollett Cries "Hate Crime" ("The News," Weds., Jan 30, 2019)
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(Las Vegas Review Journal) FBI says the Las Vegas gunman may have sought infamy, and been influenced by his father’s memory — but they failed to determine any specific motive in the 10-minute shooting attack on Route 91 Harvest festival by 64-y-o Stephen Paddock on Oct 1st, 2017, which left 58 concertgoers dead and more than 800 injured. Las Vegas police released a similar report last August, finding no motive. The killer was positioned in the Mandalay Bay and reportedly shot himself with a revolver. They said his physical and mental health was declining as he aged, and kept his thoughts private, leaving no “suicide note.” His father was a convicted bank robber who escaped from federal prison in 1968 and landed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was arrested nearly a decade later, largely absent from Paddock’s life, and died in 1998. Paddock had no known grievance with Mandalay Bay, Route 91, or the concert goers. Police found 50lb of explosives in his car the night of the attack. He’d sealed the stairwell door outside his suite with an L-bracket that police broke by hand. He’d set-up cameras to give him warning of anyone approaching. Paddock reportedly used a bump-stock in order to fire more rapidly, allegedly wanting maximum casualties. The FBI claim he acted alone.
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(TMZ) Black male actor Jussie Smollett of the Fox series ‘Empire’ says he was attacked by two white males wearing ski masks in Chicago early Tuesday morning around 2AM. Sources claim he arrived from New York late Monday night, was hungry and had gone for Subway when the alleged attackers shouted, “Aren’t you that f—got ‘Empire’ N-word?” The story goes that they beat him up, shouting “MAGA country!” (This was not mentioned in the initial police report but in a subsequent police interview with Smollett) as he fought back, poured a substance believed to be bleach on him, and left a noose around his neck, which he was still wearing at 2:42 AM when he made contact with police. He reportedly suffered a fractured rib, some scrapes and bruises. He was discharged from the hospital later that morning. Police are working with the FBI — investigating it as a possible “hate crime.” ‘Empire’ director Lee Daniels called it “Just another f—in’ day in America.” Days earlier he received a death threat letter sent to Empire. CA Sen. & presidential hopeful Kamala Harris tweeted, “This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.” (ET) The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (better known as GLAAD) released a statement: "GLAAD condemns these despicable acts as well as the racism and homophobia that drove them. Law enforcement needs to...be transparent with Chicago’s Black and LGBTQ communities who may be experiencing heightened fears of violence. Jussie’s experience is sadly not unique in today’s America. Countless LGBTQ and people of color, as well as those who belong to both communities, are faced with hate-motivated violence on a near daily basis. We stand with Black and racial justice leaders to combat hate violence in all of its forms.” Back in 2015, Jussie had come out as homosexual on the (lesbian) Ellen Degeneres show. He also plays a homosexual character imagined after director Lee Daniels’s own experience.
Tips from Travis the Savage co-producer on The Fallen State: On celebrities talking politics: (lesbian) Rosie O'Donnell reportedly said, "Nothing would make me happier than President Kamala Harris." Batman & 90s Disney movie Newsies star Christian Bale allegedly said, "Trump is a clown, but clowns can do a lot of damage." Hollywood stars are also celebrating that Trump quote-unquote “caved” on the gov’t shutdown, and they’re celebrating Roger Stone being arrested & charged.
Roger Stone said it’s unconscionable how they treated him — worse than major drug-lords and terrorist masterminds.
(CNBC) Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer whom the president called a “rat,” hired new attorneys as he heads to prison for his 3-year sentence. He agreed to testify in a closed hearing before Congress next Friday, February 8. His legal advisor Lanny Davis (a Democrat political operative) says the new team will work with Robert Mueller (whose team Trump calls the Angry Democrats).
At Church Jan 27, “Bad Marriages & Family Relationships” — we talked about Iyanla Vanzant of the TV show “Iyanla, Fix My Life!” in which Iyanla gave bad advice to a messed up family in which the mother told her three daughters that their father raped them when they were children — she took a lie detector test and the results showed the mother lied! But she still wouldn’t admit to having lied, nor that she was wrong, and she refused to apologize. Iyanla told the father he didn’t have to forgive her, but Iyanla also went easy on the mother. Jesse said the father (and daughters) should forgive the mother and then have nothing to do with the evil woman. We had other AMAZING conversations about sex at 63, and tension between fiancées over sex and unforgiveness problems with the man’s father and mother.
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(Yahoo News) Chris Christie says he told President Trump to stop tweeting about the Russia probe, saying: 'You're making this worse.' Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, “I must’ve said this to him two dozen times over the last two years. You need to stop. You’re making this worse.’” The Republican former New Jersey governor, who was succeeded by current Democrat Governor Phil Murphy, has a new book out titled “Let Me Finish.” He claims that on Feb 14, 2017, Trump and Jared Kushner thought the Russia controversy was over because Trump fired Michael Flynn who met with some Russians and allegedly lied to VP Mike Pence about it. Christie wanted Trump NOT to tweet about the “Russia” investigation because, but he’s tweeted at least 92 times about it in less than 2 years, frequently calling it a “WITCH HUNT!” Christie also criticized Trump’s lawyers as a “C-level legal team.” Christie himself went through a controversy with “Bridgegate,” when a political appointee allegedly colluded to close lanes and create traffic jams during rush hour, and some suggest there were political motivations. Christie also famously hugged then-President Obama during the fallen messiah’s 2012 re-election campaign during a natural disaster, which some say
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(CNN) Stacey Abrams will give the State of the Union rebuttal on Feb 5, the Democrat response to Trump’s address, according to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. She’s the far-left Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate who wouldn’t concede the election and kept saying there was voter suppression. She made headlines appearing on-stage with Oprah at a campaign event. She would have been the first “African American” female governor of GA and was endorsed by Barack Obama. Abrams was the GA state house minority leader. She’s pro-abortion, Pro-gun control, anti-voter ID, and opposes religious liberty bills. She wants to increase Medicaid and education spending, and to get rid of money bail for criminal defendents. In April 2018, Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune revealing that she owes $50,000 in back taxes and holds $170,000 in credit card and student loan debt.
(Bloody Elbow) MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov received a nine-month suspension (counted from October 2018), and a $500,000 fine from Nevada Commission for brawling after UFC 229, in which he dove into the crowd to attack Dillon Danis, the training partner of Conor McGregor, after Khabib defeated McGregor in a UFC fight. Khabib’s two teammates got physical with McGregor amid the chaos, they were each banned 1 year and fined $25,000. Khabib’s 9-month suspension could be reduced to 6 months if he records an anti-bullying message for UFC. (Mirror) McGregor was also banned 6 months for his part, counted from Oct 6, and fined 50,000 pounds — he remained in the cage but he hit someone in Khabib’s crew and himself was hit. A riot broke out at T-mobile arena in Las Vegas, and the two were escorted out amid the chaos without the official fight result being announced, and Khabib’s $2M purse was withheld.
Look out for The Fallen State’s latest episode scheduled for Thursday evening, Jan 31st — Jesse interviewed The Youngest Turk Hasan Piker. TheFallenState.tv
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(TMZ) R&B legend James Ingram died at age 66 of brain cancer. (The Guardian) Ingram had two No 1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart: Baby, Come to Me with Patti Austin in 1982, and I Don’t Have the Heart in 1990. He co-wrote with frequent collaborator Quincy Jones the song PYT (Pretty Young Thing), included on Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller. At one point he played keyboards for Ray Charles. (Wikipedia) He was a two-time Grammy Award-winner and a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song. Since beginning his career in 1973, Ingram had charted eight Top 40 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart from the early 1980s until the early 1990s, as well as thirteen top 40 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
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(AP) An appeals court was set to hear the case of independent reporter Sharyl Attkisson (a longtime investigative reporter for CBS News) who alleges surveillance of her phone and computer by the Obama administration. She heard clicking sounds on her phone and her computers turned on and off by themselves in the middle of the night and thought it was just a glitch. Attkisson alleged in a 2015 lawsuit that former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and unnamed federal agents conducted unauthorized surveillance of her home and electronic devices in an attempt to determine who was leaking confidential information to her. A federal judge has dismissed the case as overstepping his courts authority because it “would require inquiry into sensitive Executive Branch discussions and decisions.” Attkisson’s appeal was to be heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She said that she, her husband and daughter first noticed unusual activity with their electronic devices in 2011, after she did a story on Operation Fast and Furious, a failed sting operation in which federal agents allowed firearms dealers to sell weapons to straw purchasers in an attempt to trace the guns back to Mexican drug cartels, which resulted in a US border agent being killed.