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History: November 27, 2018

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 17:29

1095

Pope Urban II orders the first Crusade.

He called all Christians in Europe to go to war against all Muslims in the Holy Land.

Up to 100,000 people would join the march on Jerusalem. While some did so out of devotion to faith, many were looking for wealth and riches.

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1703

After two weeks, a freak storm in England finally dissipates, having unleashed wind and inches of rain for over two weeks.

Between 10,000 and 30,000 are estimated to have died.

Much of the death toll is contributed to the Navy ships that were lost. As many as 8,000 soldiers were killed when more than 300 ships were destroyed or sunk.

More than 5,000 homes were leveled.

Daniel Defoe would base his first book off of his experience watching this storm. It was called “The Storm.” He would later write “Robinson Crusoe.”

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1863

Confederate soldiers detained in Ohio break out.

Confederate General John Hunt Morgan was known for taking small group of cavalry teams into the North, and attacking strategic points. One mission ran awry, and he was captured outside Salineville, Ohio in July of that year.

After several months in jail, the men were able to dig their way out of prison. Morgan’s cell had a ventilation crawl space, which he was able to use to circumvent the thick prison walls.

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1978

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city Supervisor Harvey Milk are killed.

The murderer was Dan White, a former member of the board of supervisors for the city.

It is reported he was wildly unhappy with the Mayor’s decision not to reappoint him to the city board. After gunning down the Mayor, he went after Milk, who took his spot.

Even more controversially, Milk was one of the first and most notable openly gay politicians in the country.

White would employ what was called the “Twinkie Defense”: he claimed junk food and distress from his job loss triggered his desire to commit the crimes.

He was convicted of manslaughter but not murder.

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2005

Rock stars perform at a 13-year-old girl’s bar mitzvah celebration in Long Island.

Elizabeth Brooks is the daughter David H. Brooks, the CEO of a powerful military contracting company. Brooks spent over $10 million on the Jewish coming-of-age party.

On hand were 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Kenny G.

Less than two years later, Brooks was indicted for insider trading and tax evasion, as well as stealing money from his company — including the $10 million to pay for this excessive event.

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Bengals Dalton Headed to IR

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:16

Cincinnati
Bengals QB Andy Dalton will be put on injured reserve and miss the rest of the
2018 season.

Dalton
suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb in Sunday’s 35-20 home loss to the
Cleveland Browns. The Bengals will have to finish the final five games of the
season with back u Jeff Driskel under center.

The Bengals
claimed journeyman QB Tom Savage off the waiver list from the San Francisco
49ers to back up Driskel.

The Bengals
sit in third place in the AFC North behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore and closes
out the season with games against Denver, LA Chargers, Oakland, Cleveland and
Pittsburgh.

Dalton ends
the 2018 campaign at 5 wins and 6 losses with 2,556 yards and 21 touchdowns and
11 interceptions.

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49er Arrested

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:14

A linebacker for the 49ers was arrested on Saturday at a hotel in Tampa Bay. Reuben Foster was accused by his ex-girlfriend of slapping her in the face and breaking her phone. The ex called 911 and when police arrived, Reuben was handcuffed and booked on a 1st degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge. The alleged victim told police that she has been in a 3-year on-again, off-again relationship with the 49er. She also accused him of domestic violence back in February, but later recanted. The 49ers cut the linebacker following his arrest

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Jags QB benched and OC Fired

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:14

It was indeed a Black Monday for members of the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive unit as offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired and starting quarterback Blake Bortles was benched.

Hackett had
been a long-time staffer with Jags head coach Doug Marrone going back to their
day at Syracuse together.

The poor
play of Blake Bortles cost Hackett his job and his firing is being met with
raised eye brows around the league. Why fire the offensive coordinator then bench
the QB? Past norms have it in reverse. Bench the QB and see if the offense performs
any better.

Jacksonville,
a preseason playoff favorite after nearly winning the AFC Championship in 2017
lost their seventh straight game in Buffalo on Sunday. A game that was marred
by the Jags trash talking and overpaid defense giving u big play after big play
and their second year running back Leonard Fournette getting ejected in the 3rd
quarter after a big fight with Buffalo defensive tackle Shaq Lawson, who was
also tossed.

Cody Kessler,
who had gone 0-8 with Cleveland in 2016, will now be the Jaguars starting
quarterback leaving Bortles with a clip board and a big fat  contract that will be nearly impossible to
trade that could hamstring the Jags salary cap  in 2019 as they had signed him to a 3 year $54
million dollar contract extension this past February.

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Eric Reid “Randomly” Drug Tested for 6th Time

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 16:12

Carolina
Panthers safety Eric Reid thinks the NFL’s random drug test policy is not so
random.

Since
signing with the Panthers on September 27th Reid has been randomly
drug tested five times since and was asked for a sixth urine sample after the
Panther’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“This is
supposed to be a random system, it doesn’t feel very random”, he said.

Reid has an
open collusion grievance against the NFL after going unsigned in the off season
and is still one of two players kneeling during the National Anthem as a
protest against social injustice started by out of work Colin Kaepernick in
2016.

There is no evidence
that these issues have anything to do with the drug tests and Reid will likely
remain the starter at safety until he fails one which Reid has defiantly said
he would not and will not.

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Ocasio-Cortez Compares Caravan Migrants to Jews Fleeing Holocaust

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:40

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday compared the migrant caravan to Jews fleeing the Holocaust, denouncing President Trump’s order that migrants who bypass the legal process for entering the country not be granted asylum. Asking for refugee status and asylum “isn’t a crime,” tweeted the Democratic Socialist from New York. She made the comment as the migrants were making a run at the border in an effort to storm the gate, throwing rocks and bottles at U.S. border agents.

—QUOTABLE: “Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime…It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America.” -AOC

MEANWHILE—Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t having any of it. In a Twitter reply, the South Carolina Republican suggested Ocasio-Cortez takes tour of the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “Might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana,” he wrote. “Americans will not be played for fools.”

ALSO—Despite the insistence of liberals, the majority of migrants arrested as they tried to illegally cross the border Sunday are adult men, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. 42 migrants were arrested after clashes with border officials—just 8 were females. And according to NBC the majority of migrants camped out in Tijuana are men seeking work, not women and children fleeing persecution.

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Mueller Target Says He Won’t Take Plea Deal

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:33

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi will not take a plea deal if Robert Mueller offers one. Corsi, suspected of being an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks, said Monday he’d rather go to prison than sign his name to a lie. He maintains that he had no contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—Mueller’s team thinks he played a go-between role as Trump adviser Stone and the website conspired to publish hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Corsi denies he had any part in it.

—QUOTABLE: “They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.” -Corsi in an interview with CNN

—QUOTABLE: ”It is inconceivable that in America someone would be prosecuted for refusing to swear to a false narrative pushed on him by the Muller investigators.” -Stone

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Automaker Plans to Downsize

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:32

General Motors is planning to downsize. The automaker’s restructuring plan calls for production cuts at several factories and a reduction in its salaried workforce of 15 percent—more than 14,000 workers. Plants in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and Ontario will be essentially shut down. The reorganization is expected to save some $6 billion by the end of 2020 and refocus the company from passenger cars to crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, mirroring the shifting priorities of other major automakers.

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Schiff to Pursue Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theories in House

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:32

Rep. Adam Schiff still believes in the discredited Trump-Russia dossier, and he’s prepared to use his new position of power to investigate it. Also known as the Steele Dossier, the document contained salacious allegations against President Trump, but was discovered to be little more than a smear job commissioned by the Democrat Party in a desperate bid to push Hillary Clinton over the finish line in 2016. Schiff, who will soon take the reins of the House Intelligence Committee, says he will continue the investigation into the dossier’s claims, including a theory that Trump and Russia colluded in money laundering schemes. Republicans say that allegation and others are nothing more than conspiracy theories.

—QUOTABLE: “Throughout the investigation, committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses.” -Schiff

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Dem Rep: Let Migrants In Immediately

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:31

Caravan migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. should be able to enter the country immediately, Rep. Elijah Cummings said on Sunday. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Maryland Democrat challenged President Trump’s assertion that the thousands of would-be illegal immigrants will not be allowed to cross the border except through a legal port of entry. Cummings said the law is that they should be immediately allowed in, contrary to Trump’s recent executive order requiring asylum seekers to enter legally and be processed in an orderly manner. The system as it was, was working, he said.

—QUOTABLE: “I think we have a system that has worked for a long time…This president’s come in, wants to change it. That’s up to him. But now the Congress has got to stand up, and hopefully they will.” -Cummings

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Hollywood Has-Been Degrades Women Who Voted For Trump

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:30

Barbra Streisand says women who voted for President Trump because they “don’t believe enough in their own thoughts.” In promoting her new anti-Trump protest album, the has-been Hollywood icon echoed Hillary Clinton’s earlier comments that women voted for Trump because their husbands told them to. Hillary was just too experienced and too fit for the presidency because she intimidates women, Streisand added. 

—QUOTABLE: “Perhaps [Mrs. Clinton] made women feel unsuccessful…All of this was so devastating to me and I was heartbroken, so I wanted to write about it, sing about it and deliver an album. It was perfect timing, so I just did it.” -Streisand

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Russia Fires on, Impounds Ukrainian Ships

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:12

Things could be heating up between Russia and Ukraine. On Sunday, Russian armed forces opened fire on Ukrainian ships and captured three vessels in the Black Sea. The attack was in response to the ships ignoring demands they stop. A Ukrainian ambassador called the attack an “act of aggression” and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency session of his war cabinet, saying he will propose the country’s parliament declare martial law.

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Dems To Probe Trump’s Personal Finances

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:09

Democrats will probe President Trump’s financial dealings to try determining if they were have anything to do with as-yet unproven claims his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. It would be “irresponsible” not to find out if Trump’s personal financial interests in the Persian Gulf are wagging the dog of his foreign policy approach, particularly as it relates to the murder of a Saudi journalist, said Rep. Adam Schiff on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Schiff is the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

—QUOTABLE: “I think others will also have responsibility of looking at: Are there financial entanglements with the Gulf? Are there financial inducements that the president has to not want to cross the Saudis? That cannot be allowed to drive US policy.” -Schiff

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Judge Orders Former Trump Aide To Jail

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:08

A judge on Sunday ordered George Papadapoulous back to jail. U.S. federal judge Randolph Moss dismissed the former Trump campaign aide’s request to postpone his sentence pending a separate case that could lead to Papadapoulous’s conviction being overturned. Papadapoulous pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents investigating possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. He will report to jail on Monday.

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Pelosi Foe Lays Down Arms, Endorses After Striking Deal

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:07

One of the Democrats who had flirted with challenging Nancy Pelosi to be House Speaker is backing down. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge tweeted last Tuesday that she was standing with Nancy after Pelosi confronted—met with—her in private. The endorsement was part of an apparent deal in which Pelosi, as Speaker, promised to restore a House subcommittee on elections and appoint Fudge to chair it. Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, was seen as top potential challenger for the 78 year old Pelosi.

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New Climate Change Report Under Fire

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:06

A new report from the Trump administration of all places is being touted as further evidence of climate change’s effects. The National Climate Assessment report, published Friday, claims global warming could cut economic activity by ten percent by the end of the century and raise temperatures by 3 to-12 degrees. But a climate expert is disputing the report, saying on Twitter that it uses cherry picked data that seem designed to exaggerate the dire effects of a warming climate while making it even easier for climate change skeptics to debunk the exaggerated claims. “Embarassing,” tweeted University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. 

A White House statement Friday said the report was “largely based on the most extreme scenario” of global warming—kind of like claims in decades past that all life on earth would be dead by now.

—QUOTABLE: “By presenting cherrypicked science, at odds w/ NCA Vol,1 & IPCC AR5, the authors of NCA Vol.2 have given a big fat gift to anyone who wants to dismiss climate science and policy…People are not dumb. Clim chg is real & deserves policy response, but not like this.” -Tweets by University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.

MEANWHILE—Sen. Ben Sasse says that climate change might be happening, but climate alarmists aren’t offering any constructive solutions. The Nebraska Republican told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that reasonable people can debate the topic and extent of the problem, but that’s not happening enough. It’s also a global issue requiring cooperation from climate scofflaws like China, Sasse said.

—QUOTABLE: “What the U.S. needs to do is participate in a long-term conversation about how you get to innovation, and it’s going to need to be a conversation again that doesn’t start with alarmism.” -Sasse

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Baker Mayfield Throws Post Game Shade at Former HC

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:05

The two met
at midfield in Cincinnati following the Cleveland Browns win over the Bengals
and the body language between the Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield and his
former head coach Hue Jackson was more than awkward.

Jackson was
the Browns’ head coach for two plus season and was fire by Cleveland four weeks
ago and immediately went and joined the staff of his former team the Cincinnati
Bengals, where he was a longtime assistant.

In his post-game
presser Mayfield was very chilly in his response to the pleasantries offered by
Jackson as he went in for the handshake and bro hug which Mayfield recoiled from.

Mayfield
said that is was odd that just few weeks ago he was our coach and preaching unity
and brotherhood and then immediately goes and takes job with a team they must play
twice a year. The Bengals and the Browns are both in the AFC North.

Hue Jackson
won’t be on Baker Mayfield’s Christmas card list this year.

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Tear Gas And Protests..The Caravan Saga Continues

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:04

The caravan saga continues. On Sunday, U.S. agents fired tear gas at a group of would-be immigrants who had snuck through the razor wire installed on a border fence separating the U.S. from Mexico near the southern California border crossing near Tijuana. The Associated Press reported that children were screaming in the ensuing mayhem. Migrants have also been trying to hop over the fence—all, apparently, under the belief that President Trump was just joking when he said weeks ago they won’t be allowed in.

MEANWHILE—Several hundred members of the caravan marched on a U.S. border crossing, chanting “We are not criminals.” The protest happened on the Mexican side of the border near Tijuana, so they’re technically right—they’re not criminals because they haven’t illegally crossed the border yet. That’s with the exception of some 500 criminals estimated to be in the caravan. The mob pushed past a blockade of Mexican police to insist on being let in—even though border officials there are processing several hundred asylum requests per day, it’ll be a while to process them all.

AND—President Trump is dialing up his calls for Mexico to do more to stop these caravans from forming the first place. Mexico should reinforce security on its own southern border to stop the groups from crossing into the country, and central American countries shouldn’t be allowing the caravans to form in the first place, Trump tweeted. 

—QUOTABLE: “Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer). Dems created this problem. No crossings!” -Trump tweet

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Broncos Stun Steelers to End 6 Game Win Streak

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:03

The Denver
Broncos stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver on Sunday with a 24-17 win to
end the Steelers’ 6 game win streak.

Rookie
running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries
while Case Keenum passed for 197 yards and 2 scores.

Steelers QB
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 462 yards and one touchdown, a 96 yarder to WR
JuJu Smith-Shuster but also has two interceptions including a back breaking
pick to Denver defensive tackle Shelby Harris in the end zone while the
Steelers were inside the one-yard line driving for the game tying score on a
run pass option play.

The Steelers
outgained the Broncos 527 yards to 308 yards nut were minus 4 in the turnover
ratio which is impossible to overcome on the road. Along with the
Roethlisberger end zone pick Steelers’ running back fumbled going into the end
zone in the while being hit by safety Will Parks who recovered the ball
stopping a Steelers’ threat on their second possession of the game.

The Steelers
and their turnover problems have haunted them all season they are currently 21st
in the league with a minus 3 turnover differential. They are the only team with
a playoff track that has a negative turnover differential.

This loss is especially crippling for the
Steelers are they still have games against, San Diego, New England and New
Orleans, these games could determine not only where they are seeded in the
playoffs but whether they make the playoffs at all.

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Phil Exorcises Tiger from His Psyche

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:01

In the days
leading up to the $9 million-dollar winner take all match on Friday Tiger Woods
said that he’s been in Phil Mickelson’s head for 20 years.

After Phil
beat Tiger in a sudden death playoff where they played the same 93-yard par
three hole three times with Phil sinking his money putt from four feet away
while Tiger missed his chance form eight feet out, it would seem as though Phil
has gotten tiger out of his head.

$9 million
dollars buys a lot of therapy and at 48 this may be Lefty’s last big payday and
while this head to head match up may not rank up there with Ali-Frazier, this
is a victory he’s been waiting his entire career to achieve.

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