Thursday, March 03, 2016

Valdosta State University black students escorted out of Trump rally

Valdosta, Georgia (CNN)A large group of black students attending a Donald Trump rally at Valdosta State University Monday were escorted out by law enforcement before the event started.
"We didn't plan to do anything," Tahjila Davis, a 19-year-old mass media major, told The Des Moines Register. "They said, 'This is Trump's property; it's a private event.' But I paid my tuition to be here."
News reports placed the number of students escorted out at about 30. 

Kicking out anticipated protestors isn't an uncommon practice for Trump events, but this was one of the largest groups so far in his campaign. It occurred hours after a Secret Service agent choke-slammed a Time magazine photographer attempted to capture images of #BlackLivesMatter protesters at an event in Virginia.
Though at least one outlet reported the students were kicked out based on a request by the Trump campaign, the campaign denies that was the case.

"There is absolutely zero truth to that," says campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
One Secret Service agent oversaw the students' removal, but agents did not actively participate in escorting them out.

"If a group at an event protests, it does not become an issue with the United States Secret Service unless our protectee is threatened," said Kevin Dye, a spokesman for Secret Service. He said it's not uncommon for Secret Service agents to monitor these situations, but they do not actively participate in removing protesters.
Another Secret Service agent told CNN the protesters were "asked to leave by the host committee and local law enforcement." 

"We do not escort protestors (or) disruptors out of events," the agent, speaking on background, said. "(It's) not a Secret Service function and (campaign) staff knows that."

Time magazine photographer Chris Morris told CNN that at a rally earlier in the day a Secret Service agent began choking him as he tried to exit the media pen.

A video of the incident shot by an attendee at the rally and later posted on social media shows the agent putting two hands on the photographer's neck and slamming him to the ground.

A Secret Service spokesman said the agency is "aware of an incident involving an employee" and will provide further details of the incident after they gather the facts.

Marco Rubio slams Donald Trump over 'KKK' comments 01:04
"Our local field office is working with their law enforcement partners to determine the exact circumstances that led up to this incident. The Secret Service will provide further details as warranted once additional facts surrounding the situation are known," said spokesman Robert Hoback.

The Valdosta student protest came after Trump also spent part of the day trying to clean up a racially charged controversy after he refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke over the weekend.

When asked about his Sunday comments on CNN's "State of the Union," Trump blamed a "bad earpiece."
"I was sitting in a house in Florida, with a bad earpiece," the brash billionaire told NBC's "Today" show. "I could hardly hear what he's saying. I hear various groups. I don't mind disavowing anyone. I disavowed Duke the day before at a major conference."

Duke had detailed his support for Trump in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Who Owns The Sun - Governor Chris Christie?

Who Owns The Sun - Governor Chris Christie?

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) --With Mr Donald Trump threatening the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan at the victory celebration for winning everything he wanted almost, Governor Christie looked like a taken hostage in a "proof of life" scenario.

For one moment in the program, I almost believed that President Obama was going to call out Seal Team Six to extract Christie from Trump Towers, where he may have been held against his will.

As my friends from Colorado, the Fintons in their song, who owns the sun?

1.  Erin Andrews - benefits from leaked "soft porn" with major endorsements since the leak?  What??  I am so confused.

2.  Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan

3.  RNC trying to stop the trump train.

4.  Ted Cruz -

5. Marco Rubio - why did it get personal --

A proposal to name a North Carolina post office after poet Maya Angelou received a "no" vote from Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who questioned if the late author merited the honor.

Brooks and eight other Republicans voted against the resolution to rename a post office in Winston-Salem after Angelou, a Missouri native who spent much of her life in North Carolina. Angelou died in 2014.

Sports Authority is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plans to get rid of nearly a third of its stores.

The retailer said Wednesday that it plans to close or sell about 140 stores and two distribution centers, one each in Denver and Chicago. The specific stores to be closed or sold will be determined as part of the Chapter 11 process, a spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.

See more of our top stories on Facebook >>

The Englewood, Colo.-based company has 463 stores in 41 states and Puerto Rico. The store closings are expected to take up to three months.

After years of controversy and production issues, the biopic, Nina—in which Zoe Saldana plays singer Nina Simone—has finally released its first trailer and will hit theaters next month.

The film tells the story of the late jazz singer's rise to fame as well as her relationship with her nurse-turned-manager, Clifton Henderson (played by David Oyelowo).

News of Saldana's casting for the role was announced in 2012, and people immediately began criticizing the decision, questioning why producers would choose an actress of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent to represent Simone, who was of African American descent and whose darker skin played a major role in her success and impact on society.

Brazil Confirms More Microcephaly Births, Dengue Cases Rise
Country reports further rise in suspected cases of a birth defect believed to be linked to the Zika virus
By Rogerio Jelmayer and
Reed Johnson
Updated March 2, 2016 11:52 a.m. ET

SÃO PAULO—Disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito continues to spread in Brazil, as the country reported higher numbers of cases of dengue and a further rise in suspected cases of a birth defect believed to be linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

NEW YORK — POTUS will be making a debut appearance this year at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

No, that’s not some hipster band. It’s the 44th president of the United States. President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to speak at the annual music, film and interactive media gathering, which drew more than 80,000 attendees last year.

President Obama will discuss civic engagement with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, during a keynote address on March 11. First lady Michelle Obama will attend as well to discuss the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, which aims to improve education for girls around the world. That will take place on March 16.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.