9:00 AM – State Representative Mike Ball joins us to discuss the Speaker of the House race and more.
A rally by a small group of neo-Nazi demonstrators at the state Capitol on Sunday erupted into a violent clash with protesters that left at least 10 people injured – five of them stabbed – and closed down streets as more than 100 police in riot gear and on horseback intervened to halt the mayhem.
Demonstrators battled with sticks, protest signs and other weapons as the Traditionalist Worker Party group – which said it wanted to assist supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – began setting up for a scheduled noon rally on the west steps of the Capitol.
Even before the event began, clashes broke out at numerous locations around the Capitol grounds among the 400 people gathered for and against the rally, which had been heavily promoted – and denounced – in recent days on various websites. Injuries were reported on both sides of the altercation.
“We had some pretty dynamic and chaotic situations,” said Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey, who arrived as a public information officer and quickly found himself working as a paramedic.
“We had a number of times where we had a patient on the ground and crews were trying to do triage and take care of them and the chaos was enveloping them. They were surrounded by the CHP and police officers just trying to keep the general surge of people away.”
Witnesses said the violence erupted at different locations around the Capitol grounds, hindering the initial law enforcement response as confrontations began before the event was scheduled to start.
“It’s a highly volatile situation,” Sacramento police Chief Sam Somers said in the midafternoon, before the Capitol grounds on the west side were cleared.
Somers said there have been other skinhead rallies at the Capitol, but “this time the anarchists have taken a much more aggressive stance to wreak havoc on the city.”
“Regardless of the message, it’s the skinheads’ First Amendment right to free speech,” he added.
The CHP, which is responsible for security on Capitol grounds and had officers standing by along with Sacramento police in riot gear, said it was ready for the event.
“We were prepared for an encounter between these two groups not getting along,” CHP Capitol spokesman George Granada said. “We do the best we can with the situation that’s handed to us.
A bunch of thugs showed up with the sole purpose of disrupting an lawful rally.
A page set up on Facebook called for the counter-protesters to shut down the rally,stating, “On June 26th 2016, the Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP) is planning a rally at the California State Capitol. The founder of TWP is Mathew Heimbach who is closely affiliated with several white power and neo nazi gangs throughout the United States including The Sacto Skins, Golden State Skinheads, National Socialist Movement, California Skinheads (CAS), Blood & Honor and the Ku Klux Klan. Heimbach had also assaulted a black female protester at a Donald Trump rally in Louisville , Kentucky earlier this year.”
“Antifa Sacramento believes in non-sectarian defense of other anti-fascists and a multi-faceted approach to fighting racism. This means that individual people have their own methods of combating hate and we do not criticize others tactics. Our objective is never violence. We believe that hate should not have a platform in our community and we are determined to shut them down. Ignoring them DOES NOT make them go away and will only perpetuate the problem we already have.”
Think about that.
Brexit didn’t go the way the elites want, so we need a do over for some reason…
The pro-nationalist, anti-globalist sentiment is spreading in the wake of Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (EU), and one Alabama congressman is hoping it could spur the United States toward exiting the United Nations (UN).
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL3) has long been one of the most vocal opponents of the UN and recently laid out his major issues with the multi-national organization in the following statement:
The United States’ participation with the United Nations (U.N.) should end immediately. The U.N. continues to prove it’s an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of American tax dollars.
Although the United States makes up almost a quarter of the U.N.’s annual budget, the U.N. has attempted a number of actions that attack our rights as U.S. citizens.
To name a few, these initiatives include actions like the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would subject our country to internationally-based environmental mandates, costing American businesses more money, or the U.N.’s work to re-establish an international regulation regime on global warming which would heavily target our fossil fuels.
The U.N. has also offered a potential Arms Trade Treaty which would threaten our Second Amendment rights and impose regulations on our gun manufacturers, who are already facing regulations and pressure from the Obama Administration.
Lastly, the U.N. does not support Israel and voted to grant the Palestinian Authority “non-member state” permanent observer status.
Gov. Robert Bentley has fired a high-ranking official in the state department of finance and placed a second on leave after concerns of a computer security breach emerged.
The breach came to light following an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, according to a letter Bentley wrote June 10 to the FBI.
Bentley has also requested that the FBI partner with the state of Alabama “to provide appropriate audit and investigative personnel to assist ALEA in determining the full scope” of the breach, according to the Bentley letter.
ALEA released the Bentley letter to AL.com on Friday as well as the termination letter to James Nolin, chief information officer in the finance department, of his “probationary state employment” and the letter advising Rex McDowell, assistant director of finance information/administrative services, that he has been placed on leave.
The letters to Nolin and McDowell were dated June 17 – a week after Bentley’s June 10 letter to the FBI.
The release of the letters appears to bring clarity to a whirlwind last 24 hours ripe with rumors about an FBI raid in Montgomery – apparently given validity in a statement by state Auditor Jim Zeigler, who posted on Facebook that his office had received multiple reports of FBI agents raiding the state finance office.
Prior to the release of the Bentley letter, FBI spokesman Douglas Astralaga confirmed to AL.com that the governor had sent a letter to the FBI requesting the audit. However, no FBI personnel are in Alabama conducting the audit at this time, Astralaga said.
The breach in the state finance computers appears to add yet another layer of political upheaval in the state capital.
According to Bentley’s letter, ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler informed the governor that “several contract personnel working for (the finance department’s Information Services Division) were improperly granted access to IT resources that support ALEA and the state of Alabama’s CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Systems) network.”
CJIS, a part of the FBI, is the world’s largest repository of criminal fingerprints and history records available to investigators and police professionals that is the “cornerstone of protecting the nation,” according to the FBI website.
About those polls…
Here is one, terrible for Trump…
Here is one that is bad for Trump…
Then there are these swing state polls…
And this, about GOP voters wanting other GOP leaders to disavow his comments…
Who will be VP?
George Will is apparently a phony conservative now…
Not Trump, George Will.
“If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments come as his campaign and the Republican National Committee work to ensure next month’s convention goes as smoothly as possible.
There have been rumblings that displeased delegates will stage a revolt to try to oust the presumptive Republican nominee, but RNC leaders are threatening to withhold speaking slots and warning that attempting to undermine Trump violates party rules, The Times reported.
Could the delegates revolt against Trump? Yes..
Hillary love the gays…
Now she does…
Hillary is still the worst…
Just a reminder that those screaming for “gun control” have no clue what they are talking about…
6. Gun suicide is a bigger killer than gun homicide. From 2000 to 2010, “firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearm-related violence in the United States,” says the report. Firearm sales are often a warning: Two studies found that “a small but significant fraction of gun suicides are committed within days to weeks after the purchase of a handgun, and both also indicate that gun purchasers have an elevated risk of suicide for many years after the purchase of the gun.”
7. Guns are used for self-defense often and effectively. “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year … in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” says the report. The three million figure is probably high, “based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys.” But a much lower estimate of 108,000 also seems fishy, “because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use.” Furthermore, “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
Quick, give Puerto Rico money…
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