The Dale Jackson ShowPrep for May 26th, 2016…

This does not look good for Speaker Mike Hubbard…

Keep in mind, this is his former Chief of Staff.

Which leads to this…

The defense?

Hubbard’s attorneys say the speaker relied on guidance from the Ethics Commission staff before entering the contracts, and that, except for the Southeast Alabama Gas contract, he was prohibited from doing work for the companies in the state.

During cross examination today, Hubbard attorney Bill Baxley also established that Hubbard wasn’t pocketing checks as an independent consultant, but that the money was going to his company, which had 28 employees in 2013.


Alabama’s AG gives Obama exactly what he wants, a lawsuit

Alabama is joining 10 other states in suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The lawsuit announced Wednesday accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over commonsense policies” that protect children. The lawsuit, led by Texas, also includes Oklahoma, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

“The Obama administration has taken government overreach to an unprecedented level, directly challenging the personal privacy of America’s school children while threatening to withhold funds from schools which refuse to accept this form of coercion” said Attorney General Luther Strange.

“President Obama does not have legal grounds to rewrite the law. Congress was absolutely clear that federal law allows schools to have separate facilities based on the ‘sex’ of the individual, not their gender preference.  This disturbing attempt to transform America’s classrooms into laboratories for the Obama administration’s social experiments will not stand up to the test of law.”

The challenge, which asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful, follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

Some conservative states have vowed defiance, calling the guidance a threat to safety while being accused of discrimination by supporters of transgender rights. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said “there is no room in our schools for discrimination.”

End result?

Texas’ lieutenant governor has previously said the state is willing to forfeit $10 billion in federal education dollars rather than comply.

Strange’s take?

Attorney General Luther Strange announced that Alabama joined the 11-state legal challenge Wednesday and is filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“The Obama administration has taken government overreach to an unprecedented level,” Strange said. “Directly challenging the personal privacy of America’s school children while threatening to withhold funds from schools which refuse to accept this form of coercion.

“President Obama does not have legal grounds to rewrite the law. Congress was absolutely clear that federal law allows schools to have separate facilities based on the ‘sex’ of the individual, not their gender preference. This disturbing attempt to transform America’s classrooms into laboratories for the Obama administration’s social experiments will not stand up to the test of law.”

Is Congress helping Obama on this issue? Seems like it.

Many are asking what Republicans plan to do to stop Obama’s executive war on culture and religious liberty in pursuit of cultural Marxism.  Now we know that not only will this party do nothing to stop Obama, they will use their control of Congress to codify Obama’s agenda into law.

Late Wednesday night, Republicans allowed a vote on an amendment from Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY), which codified Obama’s executive order 13672 making transgenderism the law of the land.  Obama’s executive order, promulgated in July 2014, instructed bureaucrats to sever contracts with companies that don’t follow the Obama mandated sexual identity agenda.  This could include companies that don’t allow men into female bathrooms in their private corporate offices.  The Maloney amendment to the $37.4 billion FY 2017 Energy &Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5055) codified that unilateral act into law.

The amendment passed 223-195 with 43 Republicans supporting it.  The GOP House just supported arguably the most radical Democrat agenda item in the dead of night.


Clinton’s e-mails disaster continues

A State Department Inspector General report said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to follow the rules or inform key department staff regardingher use of a private email server, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

The report, which was provided to lawmakers, states, “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

Hacked?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did break her department’s rules by setting up her own secret email server, the inspector general concluded in a report sent to Congress on Wednesday that says she failed to report hacking attempts and waved off warnings that she should switch to a more official email account.

Inspector General Steve Linick, appointed by President Obama, said he couldn’t find any evidence that Mrs. Clinton received approval for her odd email arrangement, and when lower-level staffers pressed the issue, saying she was skirting open-records laws, they were ordered “never to speak of the secretary’s personal email system again.”

In one instance in 2011, Mrs. Clinton’s tech guru thought the server was being hacked and shut it down for a few minutes. Months later, Mrs. Clinton feared yet another hack attack was underway — yet never reported the incident to the department, in another breach of department rules.

“Notification is required when a user suspects compromise of, among other things, a personally owned device containing personally identifiable information,” the investigators wrote. “However, OIG found no evidence that the Secretary or her staff reported these incidents to computer security personnel or anyone else within the Department.”

The report was transmitted to some members of Congress but has not been officially released. The Washington Times and other press outlets obtained a copy Wednesday.

The Clinton response to the IG’s report on her emails won’t do much to destroy the perception that she is a scheming & untrustworthy person….

Most of those findings aren’t surprising. It’s been clear for months that Clinton skirted the rules. She has even acknowledged, once or twice, that using a private server wasn’t a good idea.

And that’s why the official response to the report from the Clinton campaign was so surprising – and disappointing.

An official statement from campaign spokesman Brian Fallon stopped just short of claiming that the inspector general’s report was actually a vindication.

“While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes, in reality, the inspector general documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email,” the statement said. (Actually, the report said there were “significant differences” in those other cases.)

The statement included no direct response to the inspector general’s main findings, and certainly no acknowledgement of error.

Instead, the campaign’s message boiled down to: Everybody did it, and most of the criticism is just politics.

It read like spin. And for a candidate with a credibility problem, it probably didn’t help.

She’s a liar…

And of course, she didn’t cooperate…

Mrs. Clinton refused to cooperate with the probe, as did a number of her top aides from her time at the department, leaving investigators with a number of questions they weren’t able to nail down.


Bentley’s issues continue:

Investigators are questioning Spencer Collier about the Governor’s behavior

The former law enforcement chief who accused Gov. Robert Bentley of having an affair with an adviser has been questioned by federal investigators about the governor’s administration, the official’s attorney said Wednesday.

Kenny Mendelsohn, who represents former state law enforcement secretary Spencer Collier, would not elaborate on what questions investigators asked.

A person close to the administration who also was questioned told The Associated Press FBI agents asked about the use of state grants and other resources. The person spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.

The revelations are the latest sign of trouble for Bentley, who has been the subject of an impeachment push since he admitted making inappropriate comments to the former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason. He has denied having an affair with her.

AL.com continues to love the Governor’s pain… Everyone does. What better way to show it? Show Mrs. Bentley having fun.

Throughout the entire scandal, Dianne Bentley has made few public appearances and a handful of statements, only saying after the couple’s divorce was finalized that she was “doing fine.”

“The Lord is good and he is holding my hand and guiding us through this, and we just appreciate all the support and the prayers of the people of Alabama that have been with us,” Bentley said last October. “I like to say that I once was first lady of Alabama and I’m not first anymore, but I’m still a lady, and I still want to represent the state of Alabama as a lady.”

Bentley’s friends and supporters said that’s just what she’s doing. Most recently,she spoke at a luncheon for Birmingham-based Gateway, a nonprofit that provides services for foster families, a cause she championed during her time in Montgomery. Farley said she’s not surprised to see Bentley still advocating for the causes she believes in.

“She is so genuine and has such a huge heart,” Farley said. “She truly enjoyed being First Lady. She loves the people of Alabama. As Alabama’s First Lady, she loved to serve and associate with Alabama’s school children, foster children and especially trying to help the domestic violence shelters and the victims. Dianne truly misses being able to help people as Alabama’s First Lady.”

Friends said Bentley,72, is enjoying spending time with her four children and eight grandchildren and splits her time between Tuscaloosa and Gulf Shores. The terms of her divorce gives Bentley the right to live in the home until December 2017, as well as ownership of the former’s couple’s Gulf Shores beach home. Recent photos posted to social media show the former First Lady enjoying a car show at the beach.


Dog punching Lawrence County animal control head, wants a jury trial…

The trial of the elderly former director of the Lawrence County animal shelter has been halted following a defense request for a jury trial.

Bobbie Jean Taylor, 82, was expected to face trial by judge Wednesday on 17 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly neglecting more than 300 animals she kept at her home, which doubled as the shelter. As the trial was set to begin, however, Taylor’s attorney requested the change, according to AL.com news partner WHNT News 19.

District Judge Angela Terry, who is presiding over the case, has not yet ruled on the motion, court records show.

Taylor was arrested on July 16, 2015, following a criminal investigation prompted by a complaint from a shelter volunteer. That volunteer made public video that showed Taylor punching a dog in the head.

This is a bad idea.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken possession of nearly 300 animals from the Lawrence County animal shelter as law enforcement officials continue to investigate their alleged mistreatment.

The shelter has been shut down since Moulton police investigators executed a search warrant on Monday and found about three times the number of animals that former director Bobbie Taylor claimed were there.

Taylor signed over control of the animals to the ASPCA Tuesday evening, AL.com news partner WHNT News 19 reports. Her $80,000-per-year contract to run the shelter expired at midnight Wednesday.


Terrible performance + government work = bonuses..


 

Don’t sell the DoD stuff made in China

A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve faces federal charges for fraudulently supplying hundreds of thousands of Chinese-made Army promotional products promised to be “100% U.S.-made.”

Frederick Lamar Burnett, 48, of Madison, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

Burnett’s company Lamar International Inc. is based in Huntsville. According to a three-count indictment, Burnett schemed to defraud the Defense Department on three contracts, worth $6.2 million, between 2005 and 2009.

How did he do it?

According to the indictment, the contacts were:

  • The first, awarded in 2005, led to Burnett supplying 209,706 baseball caps over three years. He was paid $1.4 million.
  • Under the second, awarded in 2007, Lamar supplied 590,042 ball caps and the government paid him about $4 million.
  • Under the third, also awarded in 2007, Lamar supplied 146,375 Army Combat Uniform backpacks and the government paid $1.1 million.

Simple math:


Alabama has pastors playing the “butt game” with their kids…

He first described watching television, using a dinosaur representing his father and a baby dinosaur representing himself. He then described bath time, and showed the two figures rubbing their bottoms together in what the child described as “The Butt Game.”

Waller said she notified the mother and said he needed further counseling sessions.

“That was concerning,” Waller said of the child’s description of “The Butt Game.”

In the child’s next counseling session, he again did game play in which he described visiting his father, who he said he put his finger in his butt while the boy was lying in bed.

Waller said she is required by law to report suspected abuse to the Department of Human Resources and she filed a report. “I stated to the mom that I was reporting abuse to DHR,” Waller said.

She wrote a letter to DHR saying that the boy’s visits to his father should be supervised. “If he was going to have visits to his father, they needed to be supervised,” Waller said.

Another therapist also testified later on Tuesday that she interviewed the child and he made allegations of abuse against his father.

Cyndi Abercrombie, forensic interview specialist for The Prescott House, a children’s advocacy center, said that she interviewed the child on June 20, 2013, when he was five years old.

Abercrombie said the child told her that while he was sleeping, his father would put his finger in his butt. She asked him to draw on a diagram where his father touched him.

Indonesia has the right response…


Trump’s real estate stuff is fine, he bought when the market was low and held on. This is how rich people survive economic downturns…

But, again, the stupidity of his public statements is coming back to bite him in the rear.

But is that his fault? No.

This ad is disingenuous in a dozen different ways. For one thing, the destruction that the Clinton campaign describes was not caused by people swooping in after the bubble burst, buying at the bottom of the market.

It was caused by the existence of a speculative bubble in the first place. And that bubble was inflated not by Donald Trump, but by the people who have at least in part bankrolled Hillary Clinton’s career: namely, Wall Street banks.

In the mid-2000s, a speculative mania swallowed up the real-estate markets largely because Wall Street discovered a new (and often criminally fraudulent) way to peddle mortgage securities.

The basic trick involved big banks buying up the risky home loans of subprime borrowers — the loans of people who often lacked verified incomes and had poor credit histories — and repackaging them as highly rated mortgage securities.

Elizabeth Warren did the same thing, but she didn’t brag about it.


sadfasdf


Poor Paul Ryan…

Fighting with Trump’s people…

Fighting with Congress over made up issues…


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