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Holiday Weekend News: Black Friday Special, Egyptian Protesters Demand Military Resign, Giffords Serves Troops Dinner

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Black Friday began with a spray, rather than a bang, which given the country’s temperature, appears to be standard fare, Gabby Giffords serves Thanksgiving Day dinner to the troops and a perky Wire Fox Terrier takes Best in Show!
Black Friday Special

Seriously folks, news breaking first thing this morning were reports of a woman shopper gone mad at a Los Angeles Wall Mart last night, who used pepper spray on fellow shoppers who were near game electronics she had laid claim to, causing immediate crowd movement away from the spray, resulting in injuries to about 20 people, according to police.  The assailant remains at large.  Shootings have also been reported in Fayetteville, North Carolina mall and in Northern California, a shopper was shot in the parking lot, by a would-be robber.  No deaths have been reported, thank god.

“Black Friday” has become ubiquitously associated with increased violence in recent years by people who are hell-bent on purchasing good deals, commonly referred to as “competitive shopping,” even by the police.  Only in America would violent acts of shopping become redefined as “competitive”.

Egypt Activists Erupt Again, Demanding Military Leaders Step Down

Tens of Thousands of protesters returned to Tahrir Square again this week, responding to “The Last Chance Million-Man Protest” called by activists who are demanding that military leaders step down immediately. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary issued a statement early today:  “The United States strongly believes that the new Egyptian government must be empowered with real authority immediately...we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place….as soon as possible”. The military issued a statement of apology yesterday for the deaths of 40 persons that occurred during the past week.  The military ruling council announced that parliamentary elections scheduled for Monday would proceed and have thus far refused to step down.  The civilian ministers of government offered their resignations earlier last week in a tacit nod to the displeasure of the Egyptian masses.  Presidential elections are currently scheduled for June 2012. Three American students arrested during the protests have been directed to be released by a judge.  Their release is considered imminent.

Gabby Giffords Out and About

Great sighting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), serving Thanksgiving dinner to the troops at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson at midday Thursday wearing a ball cap.  Giffords appears to have lost use of her right hand and arm.  But in just 10 months, Giffords is speaking, engaging with the public increasingly and appears committed to rehabilitation that is simply inspiring.

Wire Fox Terrier Takes Best in Show

Wire Fox Terrier “Eira” took Best in Show at the National Dog Show, out performing 1500 dogs, including an adorable Bernese Mountain dog which has become very popular in New York City.  Eira, who goes by the AKC name “Grand Champion Steele Your Heart”, a sassy little girl, seemed to not only win the hearts of the Thanksgiving Day crowd of dog lovers in Philadelphia, but clearly rose to the top according to Karen Wilson, the judge, who called Eira a “spectacular show dog, with a beautiful coat”.

The Packers Remain Undefeated

The NFL’s Greenbay Packers football team remain undefeated by whipping the Detroit Lions 27-15 in Detroit’s annual Thanksgiving Day hosted contest.  The Pack boasts an 11-0 record rolling into December, when NFL teams compete for the playoffs, dividing the men from the boys.  For those recovering from a turkey dinner, watching the Pack was a treat to relish, topping off the end of Turkey day.

Small Business Saturday

Black Friday morphs into “Small Business Saturday” an initiative branded by American Express with support by government leaders, from President Barack Obama to  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  But my vote is not with the politicians this weekend, rather I will take a stroll to my neighborhood hardware store which is owned by “Larry the Locksmith” the guy who sells everything from kitchen ware, to keys, come pepper spray, hell or high water.  Happy post-Thanksgiving hangover, shopping or otherwise!

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights, gender issues, sex trafficking, and media freedom.

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Dominion Lawsuit: Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell and Rudy Giuliani Pushed Trump Lies for Fame, Glory — and Pillows

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Attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems accused Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading lies about Donald Trump’s election loss for fame and glory.

The voting technology company’s lawyers argued Thursday in a court hearing that Trump’s former campaign lawyers and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell believed they could attain power and influence by helping the former president remain in office by overturning his election loss with baseless claims of fraud and tampering, reported CNN.

“That’s the place they could get in-person audiences,” said Dominion attorney Megan Meier. “[Washington was] the place where Powell could become a household name.”

Attorneys for Giuliani, Powell and Lindell — who have been sued for $1.3 billion in the defamation suit — at times attempted to re-litigate the election during the four-hour hearing, which began a few hours after a New York court suspended Giuliani’s law license over his election fraud lies.

The former New York City mayor did not attend the hearing, but Powell and Lindell did.

Another attorney for Dominion argued that the case can remain alive in court, even if jurors find the defendants’ claims “improbable,” because the case isn’t about “the marketplace of ideas,” as Lindell’s attorney has argued.

“There is a quantum of information available to [Lindell] by the time he made these statements,” Clare said. “He made the preconceived notion that the election was stolen.”

The lawsuit accuses Lindell of using election lies and Qanon conspiracy theories to promote his pillow company.

“[He] sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,” the suit alleges.

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‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book

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President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”

Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.

“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.

But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.

General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.

During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

Read the entire report at CNN.

 

Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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‘No Time to Waste’: DeSantis Blasted for Going on Fox News as Biden and Miami Mayor Urge Him to Request State of Emergency

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is taking time to pose for the cameras and talk to Fox News in the wake of the stunning partial building collapse that more than 12 hours later has left 99 people missing, and feared dead.

DeSantis reportedly added an interview with far right Fox News host Mark Levin to his calendar for Thursday.

President Joe Biden during a news conference announcing a bipartisan agreement on, appropriately, an infrastructure bill on-camera Thursday afternoon urged the Florida Republican governor to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, but DeSantis has yet to do so – nor has he declared a state of emergency himself for the Surfside disaster. President Biden appears to have ordered FEMA to Florida to assess the situation, which is the most they are allowed to do until the governor acts.

Also urging DeSantis to request a state of emergency declaration is Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who says “there is no time to waste.”

Apparently DeSantis believes there is, and many are blasting the likely 2024 GOP presidential hopeful.

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