Jacketgate: Media Freaks out About What Melania Wore on Plane Ride to Visit Immigrant Children in Texas

President Trump responded to the media speculation Thursday evening with his own explanation of the First Lady’s jacket.

Many in the media freaked out Thursday over a jacket first lady Melania Trump wore when boarding the plane to visit immigrant children in a Texas detention center. The $39 Zara jacket reads “I really don’t care. do u?” on the back.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement: “It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope this isn’t what the media is going to choose to focus on.”

She also mentioned the time the media attacked the First Lady for wearing heels when boarding the plane to visit Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

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Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank USS Fitzgerald?

An anonymous email came in over the transom this morning:

Hi, Stacy.
During the early weeks after the USS Fitzgerald was speared by a lumbering Philippine container ship, it was noteworthy that the captain and a couple of admirals were publically named, but not the actual officer in charge, the officer of the deck. (OOD) The other person who should have kept the Fitz out of trouble is the person in charge of the combat information center, the Tactical Action Officer. That individual is supposed to be monitoring the combat radar, which can detect a swimmer at a distance of two miles.

Not until a year later, when the final reports are made public and the guilty parties have been court-martialed, does the truth come out. The OOD was named Sarah, and the Tactical Action Officer was named Natalie, and they weren’t speaking to each other!!! The Tactical Action Officer would normally be in near constant communication with the OOD, but there is no record of any communication between them that entire shift!

Another fun fact: In the Navy that won WWII, the damage control officers were usually some of the biggest and strongest men aboard, able to close hatches, shore up damaged areas with timbers, etc. The Fitz’s damage control officer was also a woman, and she never left the bridge. She handled the aftermath of the accident remotely, without lifting a finger herself!

Look it up: The OOD was Sarah Coppock, Tactical Action Officer was Natalie Combs. . . .

When I noticed last year that they were doing all they could to keep the OOD’s name out of the headlines, I speculated to my son that it was a she. Turns out all the key people (except one officer in the CIC) were female!

Indeed, I did some searching, and Lt. Coppock pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty. Lt. Combs faced a hearing last month:

In an 11-hour hearing, prosecutors painted a picture of Lt. Irian Woodley, the ship’s surface warfare coordinator, and Lt. Natalie Combs, the tactical action officer, as failing at their jobs, not using the tools at their disposal properly and not communicating adequately. They became complacent with faulty equipment and did not seek to get it fixed, and they failed to communicate with the bridge, the prosecution argued. Had they done those things, the government contended, they would have been able to avert the collision.

That two of the officers — Coppock and Combs — involved in this fatal incident were female suggests that discipline and training standards have been lowered for the sake of “gender integration,” which was a major policy push at the Pentagon during the Obama administration. (Read more from “Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank USS Fitzgerald?” HERE)

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WHO Reclassifies Transgenderism, No Longer Considered a Mental Health Disorder

The World Health Organization will no longer classify people who identify as transgender as having a mental disorder, the group announced Monday.

The announcement comes ahead of the release of the organization’s International Classification of Diseases in its 11th edition.

Previously, “gender incongruence” was placed in the mental health chapter of the WHO’s classification document. Now, it will be in a newly created sexual health chapter.

The United Nations health agency claimed there is “clear” evidence that being transgender “is not a mental disorder, and indeed classifying it in this can cause enormous stigma for people who are transgender.”

“Gender incongruence … has also been moved out of the mental disorders in the ICD, into sexual health conditions,” their report stated.

In a new description of gender incongruence, the WHO says that “gender variant behavior and preferences alone are not a basis” for diagnosing someone’s mental health.

According to Dr. Lale Say, Coordinator, Adolescents and at-Risk Populations Team at the World Health Organization, the goal in moving gender incongruence from the mental health chapter to a newly created sexual health chapter is to remove social stigma.

“It was taken out from mental health disorders because we had better understanding that this wasn’t actually a mental health condition,” she said. “And leaving it there was causing stigma.”

“Removing gender incongruence from mental health chapter is expected to reduce stigma and will help better social acceptance of individuals living with gender incongruence,” the representative added.

The change will be presented at the World Health Assembly in 2019 and will go into effect on January 1, 2022.

According to The National Center for Transgender Equality, a vast number of transgender individuals do suffer from mental illness.

A poll run by the transgender rights organization found that “Four out of 10 transgender Americans have attempted suicide in their lifetime, which is nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate among all Americans.”

“A staggering 39% of respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month prior to completing the survey, compared with only 5% of the population,” the NCTE found.

Meanwhile, as noted by The Daily Wire, “the World Health Organization decided to classify excessive video game playing as a mental health disorder.”

“I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, discussing the decision.

“One (major characteristic of gaming disorder) is that the gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery,” Poznyak said. (For more from the author of “WHO Reclassifies Transgenderism, No Longer Considered a Mental Health Disorder” please click HERE)

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Peter Strzok Has Lost His Security Clearance

By The Daily Caller. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that former FBI official Peter Strzok has lost his security clearance amid an internal disciplinary review.

“Mr. Strzok, as I understand, has lost his security clearance,” Sessions told radio host Howie Carr.

Strzok was escorted out of FBI headquarters on Friday, the day after the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its long-awaited report about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Strzok, who served as deputy chief of counterintelligence, was one of the top investigators on the Clinton probe and the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

While on the investigations, Strzok and his mistress, an FBI lawyer named Lisa Page, exchanged numerous anti-Trump text messages. (Read more from “Peter Strzok Has Lost His Security Clearance” HERE)

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Sen. Lindsey Graham Asks Horowitz If Strzok or Mccabe Misled Investigators

By Fox News. Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on the Justice Department to set the record straight about an alleged meeting involving then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page, in which “an insurance policy” against a possible Trump victory in the 2016 election purportedly was discussed.

In a letter obtained by Fox News, Graham, R-S.C., formally asked Inspector General Michael Horowitz to resolve conflicting statements about a meeting discussed in text messages between Strzok and Page, his colleague and lover.

In a text from Strzok to Page dated Aug. 15, 2016, the pair discussed “an insurance policy” in the event that Donald Trump went on to win the presidential election.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take the risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” the text read. (Read more from “Sen. Lindsey Graham Asks Horowitz If Strzok or Mccabe Misled Investigators” HERE)

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Melania Makes Surprise Trip to Texas, Visits Children Housed in Detention Facility

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday to get a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally.

The first lady’s stop at Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen came the morning after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating these families. Trump had come under pressure to stop the practice, including from GOP allies and the first lady herself, following a public outcry sparked by widespread images of children held in fence-like structures.

The trip was intended to lend support to those children who remain separated from their parents, said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman.

“She wanted to see everything for herself,” Grisham said.

Accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Mrs. Trump met with the executive director of the facility and other staff in a makeshift conference room where she was told the staff treated the 58 children housed there as if they were their own.

The first lady asked that the children be reunited with their families “as quickly as possible.”

The trip came together within the past 48 hours, Grisham said.

“She told her staff she wanted to go and we made that happen,” she said.

The president, speaking at a Cabinet meeting, said that his wife was “down at the border,’” and Grisham said the first lady had the full backing of her husband.

“She told him ‘I am headed down to Texas’ and he was supportive,” Grisham said.

Mrs. Trump, whose focus as first lady is on child well-being, appears to have been among those pushing her husband to act.

Grisham released a statement last weekend saying the first lady “hates” to see children separated from their families and “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

Hours before Trump used his executive order to halt family separations, a White House official let it be known that Mrs. Trump had been voicing her opinion to the president for some time, including that he needed to help families stay together.

Trump acknowledged Wednesday that the mother of his 12-year-old son, Barron, had been prodding him.

“My wife feels very strongly about it,” he told reporters after he signed the order.

The pair of statements from the first lady amounted to an unusual public intervention by Mrs. Trump into a policy debate. Her four former living predecessors, seemingly encouraged after Laura Bush authored a scathing opinion piece, followed with sharper commentary of their own condemning the family separations as shameful.

The last-minute trip to Texas marks the first public action by Mrs. Trump since she announced in May an initiative named “Be Best” to focus on the overall well-being of children and help teach them kindness. She had been expected to travel to promote the campaign but was sidelined a week after the announcement following surgery to treat a benign kidney condition. (For more from the author of “Melania Makes Surprise Trip to Texas, Visits Children Housed in Detention Facility” please click HERE)

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Bad News: It Looks Like the DOJ Official Who Tipped off Podesta Is Unlikely to Face Legal Consequences

A former FBI director and the counsel of a government watchdog group talked to The Daily Caller to give their opinions on the ramifications of the conduct of former Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik. . . .

He also emailed Clinton’s 2016 campaign chair, John Podesta, with a “heads up” on when the some of her emails would be released publicly. . .

Regarding Kadzik’s conduct, former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko told The Daily Caller, “(B)ased on the findings of the IG, and their analysis, I don’t see Kadzik’s activities as a violation of law.”

“If there were some more affirmative evidence of a covert exchange, a quid pro quo like the passing of sensitive or confidential investigative information in exchange for the employment of Kadzik’s son, or Kadzik trying to influence investigative activity or outcomes coupled with a job request and response, then there might be a claim of bribery or obstruction of justice.”

“Here, though, I think the IG is making the strongest case, one of poor judgment against ethical standards that DOJ employees are expected to adhere to,” he added. “Within the FBI, one could face sanction for poor judgment and creating the appearance of impropriety. I’d think DOJ would examine this similarly.” (Read more from “Bad News: It Looks Like the DOJ Official Who Tipped off Podesta Is Unlikely to Face Legal Consequences” HERE)

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Netanyahu’s Wife Indicted on Fraud Charges

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on fraud charges related to nearly $100,000 in costs for catering meals.

The indictment claims that between 2010 and 2013, Sara Netanyahu ordered meals from some of Jerusalem’s top chefs even though the prime minister’s household already had a full-time cook, The New York Times reported.

The indictment further accuses Sara Netanyahu of working with the staff of the official residence to cover up the fact that during the time period, the residence did have cooks. It states that she told them to engage in a cover-up “so that this won’t be found out by the treasury and the office manager,” according to Haaretz.

As a result, the indictment said, the cook was listed as part of the maintenance staff.

The investigation into the 15 dinners in question began in 2015 as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the lifestyle of Israel’s first couple.

“They’re dealing with the most important things in the world,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last year, according to The Hill. “The procedure for replacing a light bulb, trays of food, the cup of tea that was served to her father, a righteous man, on his deathbed.”

In 2017, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said he would file an indictment against Sara Netanyahu.

Negotiations for a plea agreement collapsed when Netanyahu would not agree to repay the roughly $99,000 spent on the cooks and admit to the charges.

Attorneys for Netanyahu released a statement denying the charges against her, according to The Washington Post.

They called the indictment “absurd and delusional.”

“This is the first time in Israel and around the world that a leader’s wife is prosecuted for food in the trays. There was no fraud or breach of trust or any other offense,” the statement said. “The wife of the prime minister, who is not a public servant, did not even know the procedures, and she told the truth about it when asked in a polygraph test.”

The statement said household officials should bear any blame.

“The Netanyahu family is not the one who consumed most of the food and the trays, but many other people, including the household workers,” it said.

It is unclear if this indictment will have political fallout. In 1977, former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin resigned when his wife, Leah, faced indictment. However, Benjamin Netanyahu is not expected to step down.

The case against Sara Netanyahu is not the only one that is brewing.

The Jerusalem Post has reported that an indictment against the prime minister is likely when a bribery investigation concludes in 2019.

Netanyahu’s trial is expected to start in the fall, and there is little expectation that even if she is convicted she will be sent to jail, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu served as Israel’s prime minister form 1996 to 1999 before returning to office in 2009. (For more from the author of “Netanyahu’s Wife Indicted on Fraud Charges” please click HERE)

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‘Smash Them, Burn Down Their Tent’: Socialist Leader During Anti-GOP Rant

A college socialist leader suggested during a speech last week that conservative organizations ought to be smashed and have their tents burned down, but later claimed it was a joke.

Florida International University student Andy Vila, chairman of a Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter, delivered a speech about fighting capitalism, conservative values, and President Trump, who he deems a “fascist.”

During the “How to Fight Fascism and the Right” spiel, Vila posed the question, “Now that I know how Right-wingers will act, how can I smash them?”

“We’re gonna talk about how this ideology manifests on a college campus here in America. We’re gonna talk about Turning Point specifically,” Vila said, according to The Washington Examiner. . .

Vila believes TPUSA enables fascism and accused its members of using racial and homophobic slurs in the name of free speech. Vila said when TPUSA held an anti-socialism event last semester, his group “strategized.” (Read more from “‘Smash Them, Burn Down Their Tent’: Socialist Leader During Anti-GOP Rant” HERE)

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Intruder Pours Gas on Home’s Floors. But Homeowner Fights Back — and Uses His Gun for Good Measure.

By The Blaze. Police said a man walked across the street Sunday evening toward a home in North Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, entered the garage, grabbed a gas can and then entered the home where he proceeded to pour gasoline on the floors, state police told the Morning Call.

But the 57-year-old homeowner battled with the intruder, police told the paper, and pushed him out of the house.

At that point, the homeowner’s daughter retrieved her father’s handgun and gave it to him while she called 911, police told the Morning Call.

However, the intruder apparently was undeterred, as he continued to assault the homeowner and pushed him to the ground, police told the paper.

But the homeowner rose to his knees and fired one shot, striking the intruder in the left arm and abdomen, police told the Morning Call, adding that the intruder collapsed and remained on the ground until police and rescue workers arrived. (Read more from “Intruder Pours Gas on Home’s Floors. But Homeowner Fights Back — and Uses His Gun for Good Measure.” HERE)

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Police: Homeowner Shoots Home Invader in Schuylkill County

By WFMZ.

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Clueless Media Blame Trump for Detention Abuses Under Obama

In the wake of an eye-opening report from the Associated Press, which details allegations of abuse at a detention center that has temporarily held illegally trespassing foreign minors since 2007, members of the media are blaming President Trump.

Last month, Trump described members of the notorious MS-13 gang as “animals,” causing Democrats and members of the media to lose their minds and wrongfully assert that the president was de-humanizing immigrants and people of Hispanic descent. Now, members of the media, university professors, and bureaucrats are saying this comment proves Trump is responsible for creating the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center — which has housed foreign minors under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama — where the minors were reportedly mistreated while waiting for their hearing date to determine whether they would be deported or granted asylum.

Yet the Associate Press reporting and underlying lawsuit that forms the basis for these allegations also says the alleged mistreatment of children happened under Barack Obama’s presidency, starting in 2015. . .

The AP reports that many of the foreign minors were sent to this facility after federal immigration authorities suspected they were involved in gang activity. The AP says the facility was built “to provide ‘secure placement’ for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing.”

The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by both male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.

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