Kathy Griffin Proves She’s a Low-Rent Bully

One of the enduring life lessons parents used to teach their kids was, “The best way to stop a bully is to fight back.” Time and time again, when you give a bully a taste of their own medicine, they break down and run to their parents. And blame you. Kathy Griffin just proved she is such a bully.

As practically the whole world knows by now, Griffin took part in a video-photo shoot in which she held aloft the severed prop head of Donald Trump. Even after the photos surfaced on TMZ, Griffin stood by her tweets. In a now-deleted tweet, she captioned the photo, “there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his … wherever.”

After news coverage of the photos reportedly caused an 11-year-old Barron Trump to scream because he thought someone really hurt his father, his mother, Melania, went on the offense against Griffin, fighting back against her bully tactics. Facing mounting backlash, CNN ­— for whom Griffin has long hosted New Year’s Eve coverage — severed ties with the “D-List” comedienne.

Facing even more backlash from people on both sides of the political spectrum, as well as those in Hollywood, Griffin tried playing the victim card in a bizarre press conference Friday afternoon with her attorney Lisa Bloom.

During the press conference, both Bloom and Griffin tried to paint Griffin as the actual victim here. Griffin cried that “he [Trump] broke me,” with his family’s response to her loathsome behavior. This is a classic bully response. First you attack someone, and when they fight back you run to mommy and daddy – in this case, the press – and blame the person you attacked.

In the end, bullies only win when you let them. (For more from the author of “Kathy Griffin Proves She’s a Low-Rent Bully” please click HERE)

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How Work Requirements, Drug-Free Environment Saved This Single Mom’s Life

It was two years ago when Amber Gann hit rock bottom.

“My oldest daughter had told me, ‘You’re a drug addict, and I don’t want to be with you,’” Gann told The Daily Signal.

Homeless, and also addicted to drugs and alcohol, Gann knew something had to change.

In May 2016, Gann, 36, enrolled in Solutions for Change, a nonprofit serving homeless families that takes a holistic, family-friendly approach to homelessness.

Unlike the federal government’s Housing First strategy for addressing homelessness, which prioritizes getting people sheltered before going after the root causes of why they’re homeless, Solutions for Change requires parents to work and remain drug-free.

But because of these requirements, the program can’t get federal funding.

Gann, having been through government-funded housing programs before where she was forced to live with current drug users, tells The Daily Signal why it took a drug-free environment to get her back on her feet. Watch in the video above. (For more from the author of “How Work Requirements, Drug-Free Environment Saved This Single Mom’s Life” please click HERE)

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Ethics Prof. Charged in Deadly-Weapons Assault of Trump Backers

Eric Clanton, an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Northern California, has been arrested on charges of assaulting numerous individuals with a bike lock at an April political rally-turned-riot spearheaded by the radical-left Antifa organization.

The East Bay Times reports Clanton was arrested Wednesday in Oakland, Calif., “on three counts of suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon that isn’t a firearm and assault causing great bodily injury.”

Clanton remains in a Berkeley jail on a $200,000 bond. He was arraigned Friday at an Oakland courthouse.

On April 15, a conglomerate of Trump supporters gathered in Berkeley for a “Patriots Day” event. Their event was crashed by far-left Antifa protesters, and soon thereafter, the two sides clashed. Twenty-one individuals were arrested, according to police, and six hospitalized for injury.

Clanton, 28, is thought to be the masked individual in the video below who smashed a Trump supporter in the head with a U-lock at the Patriots Day event, giving his victim a large gash.

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The Berkeley Police Department started investigating the allegations against Clanton in April, according to Golden Gate Xpress, the student paper for San Francisco State.

According to his Diablo Valley College faculty profile (which has since been taken down), Clanton began teaching at the school in 2015 and holds a master’s degree in philosophy. However, the community college district spokesman said that Clanton had not been working this spring semester.

The DVC course schedule shows that Clanton is slated to teach a “Logic and Critical Thinking” class as well as an “Introduction to Philosophy” course at DVC in summer. In the fall, he is slated to teach two “Introduction to Philosophy” classes.

Eric Clanton’s master’s thesis focused on the “intersection of virtue ethics and affective/emotional perception in the context of environmental philosophy,” according to Clanton’s website.

“I am also interested in feminist theory as well as critical and philosophical approaches to prisons and police enforcement,” he adds.

Clanton’s (former) bio at DVC read in part: “His primary research interests are ethics and politics. His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system. He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.”

Before DVC, Clanton was a lecturer at Cal State, Sacramento, where he taught two classes on ethics. He was also a graduate teaching assistant in the philosophy department at San Francisco State for multiple semesters.

Clanton was allegedly identified as the bike-lock suspect thanks to the work of several dedicated 4chan users, a popular politics message board. Users there say they identified Clanton through a crowdsourced effort that focused on his clothing, skin markings, facial alignments, and other identifying markers. They then compared those criteria with the profile of the masked Antifa rioter.

In a comment to the Diablo Valley College student newspaper on April 20l, DVC spokeswoman Chrisanne Knox said the claims against Clanton were “based on an unsubstantiated allegation from unknown sources.”

Requests for information from various officials at Diablo Valley College were not returned. (For more from the author of “Ethics Prof. Charged in Deadly-Weapons Assault of Trump Backers” please click HERE)

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Reagan: ‘Pray That No Heroes Will Ever Have to Die for Us Again’

This Memorial Day, in honor of those who sacrificed their lives in service to their countrymen, it is worth listening to President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 remarks at Arlington National Cemetery.

Take a momentary break from cookout planning and Memorial Day shopping to read along with President Reagan’s words and reflect on the Americans who died in faraway places so that we might live in freedom today.

Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they’ll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that’s good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember.

Arlington, this place of so many memories, is a fitting place for some remembering. So many wonderful men and women rest here, men and women who led colorful, vivid, and passionate lives. There are the greats of the military: Bull Halsey and the Admirals Leahy, father and son; Black Jack Pershing; and the GI’s general, Omar Bradley. Great men all, military men. But there are others here known for other things.

Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper’s son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his country and said, “I know we’ll win because we’re on God’s side.” Audie Murphy is here, Audie Murphy of the wild, wild courage. For what else would you call it when a man bounds to the top of a disabled tank, stops an enemy advance, saves lives, and rallies his men, and all of it single-handedly. When he radioed for artillery support and was asked how close the enemy was to his position, he said, “Wait a minute and I’ll let you speak to them.”

Michael Smith is here, and Dick Scobee, both of the space shuttle Challenger. Their courage wasn’t wild, but thoughtful, the mature and measured courage of career professionals who took prudent risks for great reward—in their case, to advance the sum total of knowledge in the world. They’re only the latest to rest here; they join other great explorers with names like Grissom and Chaffee.

Oliver Wendell Holmes is here, the great jurist and fighter for the right. A poet searching for an image of true majesty could not rest until he seized on “Holmes dissenting in a sordid age.” Young Holmes served in the Civil War. He might have been thinking of the crosses and stars of Arlington when he wrote: “At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight.”

All of these men were different, but they shared this in common: They loved America very much. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for her. And they loved with the sureness of the young. It’s hard not to think of the young in a place like this, for it’s the young who do the fighting and dying when a peace fails and a war begins. Not far from here is the statue of the three servicemen—the three fighting boys of Vietnam. It, too, has majesty and more. Perhaps you’ve seen it—three rough boys walking together, looking ahead with a steady gaze. There’s something wounded about them, a kind of resigned toughness. But there’s an unexpected tenderness, too. At first you don’t really notice, but then you see it. The three are touching each other, as if they’re supporting each other, helping each other on.

I know that many veterans of Vietnam will gather today, some of them perhaps by the wall. And they’re still helping each other on. They were quite a group, the boys of Vietnam—boys who fought a terrible and vicious war without enough support from home, boys who were dodging bullets while we debated the efficacy of the battle. It was often our poor who fought in that war; it was the unpampered boys of the working class who picked up the rifles and went on the march. They learned not to rely on us; they learned to rely on each other. And they were special in another way: They chose to be faithful. They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time. They chose to believe and answer the call of duty. They had the wild, wild courage of youth. They seized certainty from the heart of an ambivalent age; they stood for something.

And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.

That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That’s the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that’s all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned.

Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of memories.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends,” John 15:13. To the men and women who have died to preserve the liberties that every American enjoys today, thank you. We remember. (For more from the author of “Reagan: ‘Pray That No Heroes Will Ever Have to Die for Us Again'” please click HERE)

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Meet the Unsung Heroes of the US Border Patrol

Deep inside the U.S. Border Patrol is a little-known elite team called the Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit. Since its creation nearly 20 years ago, BORSTAR has largely flown under the radar.

“Most people don’t realize that the Border Patrol has paramedics, search and rescue capability,” says John Welter, a BORSTAR agent in the San Diego sector of the Border Patrol. “But a lot of times our guys put themselves in a lot of danger, and you end up almost in as bad a shape as the person you’re trying to rescue.”

BORSTAR initially was created in 1998 to provide Border Patrol the ability to search for and rescue its own agents caught in dangerous situations on the job, and to respond to a growing number of deaths among illegal immigrants.

The team has expanded to become the only national law enforcement search-and-rescue unit that can conduct tactical medical training for federal, state, local, and international government agencies.

Hear from Welter, one of the team’s agents, on why it’s sometimes a “selfless, thankless job”—but also a rewarding one. (For more from the author of “Meet the Unsung Heroes of the US Border Patrol” please click HERE)

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How a WWII Veteran Grappled With the Horrors of Combat to Resume Life Back Home

Carl Lavin was in high school when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. At 18, the Ohio native decided to join the Army. From there, his life would be forever changed, as he went on to fight as a foot soldier with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge.

In a new book, “Home Front to Battlefront,” Lavin’s son, Frank, tells the story of how his father grappled with the horrors of combat during World War II to discover truth and meaning back home. Watch the video to hear his story.

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GOP House Candidate Body Slams Reporter

The race to fill Montana’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives took a violent turn Wednesday, and a crew from the Fox News Channel, including myself, witnessed it firsthand.

As part of our preparation for a story about Thursday’s special election to air on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” we arranged interviews with the top two candidates, Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist. On Wednesday, I joined field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey in Bozeman for our scheduled interview with Gianforte, which was to take place at the Gianforte for Congress Bozeman Headquarters . . .

During that conversation, another man — who we now know is Ben Jacobs of The Guardian — walked into the room with a voice recorder, put it up to Gianforte’s face and began asking if he had a response to the newly released Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. Gianforte told him he would get to him later. Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!” (Read more from “GOP House Candidate Body Slams Reporter” HERE)

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Why Washington Hates Trump’s Budget

The Trump administration is getting pushback on its 2018 federal budget, and it’s coming from elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Why does Washington find the budget plan so distasteful? As our video explains, maybe it’s because President Donald Trump’s budget focuses more on what’s good for taxpayers as opposed to what’s good for special interests and the federal bureaucracy.

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Watch Steven Crowder’s Powerful Response to Manchester Terror

Though the point has been underscored ad nauseam on the Right, Monday’s terror attack in Manchester moved CRTV host Steven Crowder to once again stress the imperative need for truth with regard to religious terrorism that killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more.

According to CBS News, the suspected bomber is Salman Abedi, a 23-year-old that was known to authorities. ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more.

“I think that whether it’s journalism, or outrage, or even comedy, it serves no purpose if there isn’t some kind of a seeking for truth,” Crowder said Monday night. “I don’t mean your truth … I don’t mean finding a truth — I mean the truth.”

The truth, Crowder says, as made clear once again in the U.K., is that political Islam has no place in the Western, civilized world.

“These values, the political prescription of Islam is, by its own definition, completely incompatible with Western culture because it seeks to eradicate Western culture,” Crowder said. “That’s its purpose.”

“Appeasement is completely futile. Trying to appease a group of people whose worldview requires the eradication of those who appease them is … so silly I can’t even wrap my mind around it.”

In a statement responding to the terror attack, President Donald Trump said that the United States stands “in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”

Trump is being criticized for referring to terrorists as “evil losers in life.” Crowder defended the president’s characterization of the terrorists, explaining that Trump is trying to shame Islamists – who view shame as worse than death.

“Could he find a better way to express himself? Sure,” Crowder said. “But starting by shaming them and belittling them – that’s one hell of a start. And that’s why you’re seeing a contrast between him and other leaders. I’m not the biggest fan of him on every issue. But today I certainly stand with the president of the United States and the sentiment of shaming these absolute losers at life in contrast with other world leaders — and as opposed to mincing words on social media.”

Finally, Crowder called for an alliance of people who value Western values against the forces of Islamic hatred that wish to destroy the West.

“Let’s be ultra-sensitive to the truth. Let’s take our sensitivity in a different direction; let’s try and be as sensitive and as open-minded as humanly possible to the truth. And the truth right now, and the truth that is becoming clearer and clearer by the day is that … the prescribed practicing of political Islam as outlined by Muhammad is completely incompatible with Western civilization. And it’s time for us to ally against it.” (For more from the author of “Watch Steven Crowder’s Powerful Response to Manchester Terror” please click HERE)

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Newt Gingrich Spreads Seth Rich Murder Theory

Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim.

The former Republican House speaker is spreading a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, who was shot to death in Washington, D.C., in the early morning hours of July 10, 2016, in what local police have described as a likely botched robbery.

The unsubstantiated claim about Rich’s murder got legs recently after Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., reported — and a day later largely retracted — that the FBI completed a forensic report on Rich’s computer and found that he had transferred 44,053 DNC emails and 17,761 attachments to WikiLeaks.

Fox 5 aired those details on the morning of May 16, based on the work of a private investigator, Rod Wheeler, who was hired by a third party with the consent of Rich’s family. But later that evening, Wheeler told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he had no evidence that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks.

“Maybe it is related to the DNC. We don’t know that. We don’t know that for sure,” Wheeler told Hannity. “It could have been a botched robbery.” (Read more from “Newt Gingrich Spreads Seth Rich Murder Theory” HERE)

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