Independent Journal Review
Avenatti Says He Did Nothing Wrongful in Nike Extortion Case

Michael Avenatti , the lawyer and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump , on Monday said he did nothing wrongful&"; in dealing with Nike Inc, and asked a federal judge to dismiss the criminal extortion case against him. Avenatti, 48, made his request in Manhattan federal court five days after saying the government's case should also be dismissed because it was a vindictive and selective prosecution&"; stemming from his feud&"; with Trump. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, whose office is prosecuting Avenatti, declined to comment. Lawyers for Avenatti did not immediately respond

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Glenn Kirschner
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Reminiscent of how Trump loved Michael Cohen until he flipped and cooperated with prosecutors. Similar pattern emer… https://t.co/C1SZpyaDIa

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Counter Punch
America’s Forgotten Bullshit Bombing of Serbia

Photograph Source: Darko Dozet - CC BY-SA 3.0 Forgotten lies almost guarantee new political treachery. Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton commenced bombing Serbia in the name of human rights, justice, and ethnic tolerance. Approximately 1,500 Serb civilians were killed by NATO bombing in one of the biggest sham morality plays of the modern era. As British professor Philip Hammond recently noted, the 78-day bombing campaign “was not a purely military operation: NATO also destroyed what it called ‘dual-use’ targets, such as factories, city bridges, and even the main television buildi

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@realDonaldTrump "He still lasted 10 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes longer than you did." - Stormy Daniels

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Toni Morrison: Beloved or Belovéd?

One of the strangest-turned-ugly conversations I’ve ever found myself trapped in had to do with the pronunciation of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved . Should you say it with or without the accent? I was beginning a new career as an English teacher overseas - in Istanbul - and was unpacking my books in my new “digs” when an Australian female visitor noticed the novel. An argument so pedantic ensued that it is shocking to remember to this day. A British woman was brought in to the tiff, aligning herself against the Yank (me), and we went around, like an Anglo menace, turning the accent mark o

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Counter Punch
On the 10-Year Treasury Bonds

On the 10-Year Treasury Bonds  Unless there is radical change The 10-year Treasury bond Can be, with some certainty, expected To yield a world substantially hotter And far more polluted — In which the air is poison And the forests all are wrecked The oceans have no coral reefs left, Next to no fish And will be flooding greater sections Of the globe’s coasts, Yielding untold numbers of refugees, Disease, and war will be more widely spread Heat waves will leave millions dead In weeks, each summer, And hurricane season will never end — And you and your children and others You love may very wel

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Anna Massoglia
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NEW: Michael Cohen’s former lawyer & the operative behind Donald Trump’s escalator descent launching his 2016 presi… https://t.co/3hzX0ZeRHB

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WND
Circuit preachers: Surprisingly important in history

Circuit preacher The king of England was the head of the Anglican Church from the time of Henry VIII. Beginning in 1535, all English subjects, including those in English colonies, were required to the Oath of Supremacy: "I (state your name) do utterly testify and declare in my Conscience, that the King"s Highness is the only Supreme Governor of this Realm - ; in all Spiritual or Ecclesiastical things - ; So help me God." For most of England"s history from 1535 to 1829, not to take the Oath of Supremacy was considered treason, resulting in government prosecution, fines, arrest, imprisonmen

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We've now lost the culture war

A couple of years after I surrendered my life to Christ (in 1986) and was healed and delivered from 16 years of bondage to alcohol and drugs, He assigned me to the culture war. My area of expertise has been opposition to the global homosexual agenda, which has given me a front-lines vantage point on the slow and steady deconstruction of Christian civilization. In the early days I followed the leadership of the pro-family movement in the strategy of framing our arguments in secular terms, but over time all the secular institutions fell to the "gays" and we pro-family activists fell back to bi

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Fatherless America and mass shootings

I want to tread very carefully here since, as I write these words, families are in agony. Lives have been torn apart. People have been taken away in the prime of life. Even little children have been slaughtered in cold blood. The devastation produced by mass shootings is indescribable. But it is for that very reason we cannot be silent. We must continue to focus on one of the common denominators in these shootings: the murderers largely come from fatherless homes. Now, you may have heard that, of the last 27 mass shootings in our country, 26 of the shooters came from fatherless homes. That i

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💖 Millie Fiore 🌺
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@GilesMacDonogh @FinancialTimes Remember the candidate La Cicciolina ? A porn star/prostitute. Italians apparent… https://t.co/zHu3St52ym

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White Terror: Toni Morrison on the Construct of Racism

Photograph Source: Zarateman - CC0 “To lose one’s racial-ized rank is to lose one’s own valued and enshrined difference,” writes Toni Morrison in  The Origin of Others . In a 2016 post-election essay entitled “ Mourning for Whiteness ,” this sense of loss and the ensuing disorientation become Morrison’s focus. In today’s America as “people of color” are increasingly occupying everywhere including the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the White House, white people can no longer hold onto the “conviction of their natural superiority,” Morrison argues, and continues: To keep alive the perc

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Rick Crainium
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@Scaramucci @realDonaldTrump Ok, Michael Cohen. I mean Joe Scarborough. Whatever you say, Omarosa. When's the new… https://t.co/UaE8OBw73v

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Why August is Men's History Month

Last month, July, was our second annual White History Month. Whites are the most hated species on earth – for no reason. White men founded this country and made it great, but for some reason allowed so-called "people of color" to come in and malign them. Whites have refused to stand up, but have become cowardly and angry, giving in or fighting back in the wrong way. I want to see white men stand up and make America great again. President Trump represents a hopeful sign of an awakening among whites (and men), finally fighting back against the smears. But second to white people, men are under

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Art Martin
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@jayrosen_nyu didn't Ken LaCorte kill the Stormy Daniels story when he was at Fox?

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Trump and the Greenland New Deal

Days ago the Wall Street Journal reported that, "with varying degrees of seriousness," President Donald Trump has "repeatedly expressed interest" in buying from Denmark the world"s largest island, Greenland. Likewise, the "future of the Democratic Party," socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, recently proposed a "Green New Deal" that would save the world from global warming by outlawing the internal combustion engine; prohibiting airline travel; ending cow flatulence, a major source of greenhouse gases, by banishing the eating of beef; and taxing nearly $100 trillion out of busine

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Greg Moxness
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This is lamer than Michael Cohen. The fix is in, and you are the fixer. https://t.co/gEAN8rGy3P

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Bill Clinton: Liberal or conservative? It depends

Bill Clinton "Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!" wrote Sir Walter Scott in his poem "In Marmion" (1808, canto VI, stanza XVII). On Aug. 19, 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Peter Carr: "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world"s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions." The Greek philosopher Plato wrote in Dialogues, Phaed

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We should 'Red Flag' Joe Biden

We need preemptive Red Flag laws for Joe Biden, Democrat politicians and their voters. They"re dangers to themselves and others. Let"s do a Biden month in review. He still thinks Margaret Thatcher is Britain"s prime minister (not the first time he"s recently gaffed on this); believes there are at least three genders; believes he was vice president in 2018; grabbed a woman by the arm to tell her he was the first to support gay marriage (he wasn"t; he supported President Clinton"s 1996 Defense of Marriage Act); and believes firearms are like "Star Trek" ray guns. And this is the frontrunner

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Lacresha Hall, M.D
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@realDonaldTrump Then why did you hire him, or Sessions, or Omorosa, or Manafort, or Cohen, or Papadopoulos, or Por… https://t.co/IRgR9ab87C

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Overcoming your kids' culture of fear

Do your kids or grandkids feel safe or fearful returning to school? Sixty years ago, in 1960, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported that the greatest fears of grade school children were: 1) Animals; 2) Being in a dark room; 3) High places; 4) Strangers; 5) Loud noises. Thirty-years later, in 1990, kids were afraid of the following: 1) Divorce; 2) Nuclear war; 3) Cancer; 4) Pollution; 5) Being mugged. Roughly 30-years later still, in 2018 , 42 percent are afraid of being a victim of a random mass shooting (up from 16 percent in 2015) and 57 percent of teens worry about gunfire

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@Coolios98 @WasARepublican1 @ladylib66027501 @kathygriffin Stormy Daniels was a lie. Russia collusion was a lie. Wh… https://t.co/ebb5KfXjDf

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Hot Air
Mired in division, united in endurance: Sunday reflection

This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:49–53: Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in

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Oren Nodwydd 🦇
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Trump then: "I only hire the best!!" Trump now: Fed Chair Powell: "clueless!!" Secretary of State Tillerson: "du… https://t.co/7kCiEDzxnc

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The Denver Post
Denver Post listening tour: Alamosa and the San Luis Valley see isolation as their greatest challenge — and strength

ALAMOSA — The sprawling San Luis Valley"s isolation has bred resilience for more than a century and a half, going back to before Denver, Colorado Springs and the populous Front Range corridor even existed. But if that remoteness has fostered strong community ties, it"s also behind an understandable strain of resentment. To some, it"s as though the high alpine valley, surrounded by some of the state"s highest peaks, is a forgotten land — except, that is, when Colorado"s power centers periodically eye the farming region"s water supply to refresh their fast-growing populations. Change is in t

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WND
Saudi judges strip American mom of custody for being too Western

(CNN) Last month, an American mother named Bethany Vierra lost custody of her young daughter Zaina, on the grounds that she was too Western to raise the child well. Now her own parents worry that they will lose both grand-daughter and daughter, as the window to appeal closes in Saudi Arabia. "If Zaina can"t leave, she won"t leave," Bethany"s mother Kathi tells CNN from their home in Wenatchee, Washington. "We love our granddaughter," her father Myron also said. "I think our deepest fear is that we might not ever see her again." Bethany, a 32-year-old student and yoga teacher, moved to Saudi

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Washington Free Beacon
Review: Roger L. Simon’s ‘The GOAT’

It was three or four years ago that the word GOAT finally gnawed through the fence of minor sports blogs and started gamboling in the greener fields of television and newspaper commentary— GOAT , that is, as an acronym for "Greatest of All Time." Thus, for example, fans of the New England Patriots wear goat's-head masks to games at their football stadium in Foxborough, Mass. If you suspect that's to signify the Satanic practices that have brought the team three Super Bowl championships in the past five years, you'd be right, of course. But the claimed meaning is that the Patriots' 20-year

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NEW INVESTIGATION? https://t.co/rEYp1HdCfp via ⁦@nytimes

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WND
Those 3 a.m. anxiety attacks

Three o"clock a.m. … it"s that time of the morning when I"m suddenly awake. Then some fear, some anxiety, or some worry grips me. At times like this we can start playing the "what if" game. What if this happens? What if that happens? And then we find ourselves filled with deep fear, intense worry and crippling anxiety. When children are afraid of the dark, they need someone to reassure them. The best thing to do is to turn on the lights so they know there"s actually not a monster under the bed. There"s no threat to them. They need the reassuring words of an adult who can help them get a pr

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Washington Free Beacon
Tlaib Would Rather Bash Israel Than Visit Grandma

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) on Friday announced shortly after Israel allowed her to enter the country for "humanitarian purposes" to see her grandmother that she would not be visiting Israel after all because of its "racist treatment" of her. Tlaib sent out a full press release outlining her reasons for no longer visiting "Palestine" and Israel, saying, "Being silent and not condemning the human rights violations of the Israeli government is a disservice to all who live there, including my incredibly strong and loving grandmother." Recent Stories in Politics ‘Protester' Who

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Counter Punch
Uncle Sam was Born Lethal

For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. – Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852 One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had “become a lethal society.” My friend cited the neofascist Trump’s: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threa

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@disings @Boyd_2650 @JoeBiden Nike and Stormy Daniels announces support for Joe Biden with the slogan, “Just Swallow It”.

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That Debacle at the Border is Genocide

Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I’m grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I’m a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I’d vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I’m going to talk about today is central to our mission and values as Democrats. I’m going to explain the genocidal nature of the situation at the border and how I know that those are concentration camps. But first, I’m going to summarize the history of the situation. I’ll conclude by warning that things at the border are worse than you think. I. Yo Tom

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🇺🇸Crooked Trump’s Mom Jeans🌊
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@TrumpWarRoom @TimMurtaugh Hahaha Trump hired him, Omarosa, flipping felon Flynn, Manafort who is in prison for lif… https://t.co/aUd8cunW4o

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‘Today We Seek Those Fish in Discovery Channel’

Children at a UN World Oceans Day celebration on June 8 in Pamban, holding a board that says Kadal Osai. Photo: Kadal Osai. “It’s past 11.40 this morning, so next comes an update on speed,” announces A. Yashwanth on the Kadal Osai radio station. “For the last one week, or even a month or so, kachaan kaathu [the south wind] was very strong. The speed was as high as 40 to 60 [kilometres per hour]. Today, as if to help fishermen, it is down to 15 [kmph].” That’s great news for the fisherfolk of Pamban island in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district. “It means they can go to sea without any f

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Reagan's Sperm
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@realDonaldTrump I'm pretty sure that if Stormy Daniels @StormyDaniels was giving a free show, she'd get a bigger c… https://t.co/xurzxPFCKp

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Candidates Need a Moral Vision

“Yes we can,” went Barack Obama’s presidential campaign slogan, inspired by labor rights activist Dolores Huerta . After mass shootings killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio , I can’t help but recall how those three words — “yes we can” — encouraged hope and unity. Nearly 11 years after Obama’s historic election, however, it seems like we’ve been set back four centuries. Over just two years , Donald Trump’s racist and hate-filled rhetoric has influenced a rise in white nationalism and domestic terror, inspiring people like the El Paso shooter to drive 10 hours to kill “as many Mexicans as

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WND
Let's admit it: There's no such thing as 'race'

If the news is any indication, Democrats and the progressive left generally have virtually nothing left in their political arsenal except for claims that their opponents are "racists" and "white supremacists." This pointless strategy – evidence of Democrats" desperation – is doomed to failure, for at least two reasons. First, the word "racist" has become so overused and contorted that it no longer has any meaning. The term used to refer to someone who believed that his or her race was superior to others, and who behaved accordingly. But as the number of actual racists dwindled in the past f

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Why does a millennial need a will?

Dear Dave, Why do I need a will if I"m still young and haven"t acquired a lot of wealth? Laura Dear Laura, In a case like yours, you don"t need a complicated will. But you do need an inexpensive, basic will. The larger and more complicated your estate is, the more you"d spend on estate planning and a will in order to ensure everything is properly addressed – and to keep the government"s hands off everything. Let"s say you"re in your early- to mid-20s and single. You have a car and a bank account, and that"s it. In this kind of scenario, it"s going to be easy to work through your

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Jay Era
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@TheMisterMarcus Man really pulled a Stormy Daniels and signed an NDA...

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When law 'evolves' to advance a political agenda

America"s laws are largely derived from English Common Law. Sir William Blackstone"s "Commentaries on the Laws of England," published 1765-1769 by Oxford"s Clarendon Press, had an immense influence on America"s founders, being considered the definitive pre-Revolutionary source of common law by United States courts. Blackstone wrote: "The principal aim of society is to protect individuals in the enjoyment of those absolute rights, which were vested in them by the immutable laws of nature." Blackstone wrote: "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer." Blackstone wr

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@mojobubba @jonfranks @Scaramucci But he was hired by Trump. "Only the best people!" Scaramucci. Michael Cohen. Oma… https://t.co/m6fYQw7MMA

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