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‘I Will Get Back to You’: Kirstjen Nielsen Has Absolutely No Idea How Many Migrants Have Died in Her Custody



Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday in what easily could be called a contentious hearing.

The Secretary, who has long been rumored to be one of President Trump’s top targets for firing, did not prove to be an expert at her job before House Representatives either.

At one point, upon being questioned by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the Secretary was forced to admit she has no idea how many migrant children have died while in her custody – not even “a rough idea.”

“Madam Secretary, did I understand you correctly to say that as you sit here today, you do not know how many human beings have died while in the custody of the department that you lead?”

“And you, in preparation for today’s hearing, you didn’t ascertain that number, but you don’t know it today?” he asked.

“I don’t have an exact figure for you,” Secretary Nielsen cooly replied.

“Do you have a rough idea?” Cicilline demanded.

“Sir, what I can tell you is –” Nielsen replied.

“I’m talking about people who have died in your custody. You don’t have the number?” he exclaimed.

“I will get back to you with the number,” Sec. Nielsen, clearly not pleased about the line of inquiry, responded condescendingly.

Her admission comes just 12 days after many across the nation mourned the death of 7-year old Jakelin Caal of Guatemala, who was brought to America to seek asylum by her father. Jakelin was not given water for 8 hours, before a 90-minute bus ride. Two days later, she died.

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Priest Who Urged Women to Cover Their Shoulders to Protect Men’s ‘Purity’ Calls Twitter ‘Demonic’ – Wipes Account



Last week a Catholic priest drew nationwide attention – and outrage – after taking to Twitter to urge women to cover their shoulders to protect men’s “purity.” The responses were what you might expect, mostly outrage and accusations of misogyny.

Father Kevin Cusick of of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. didn’t back down. He went on to suggest no one should challenge his decree because, as he tweeted, “I’ve prayed about it.”

Naturally, those who disagreed were not about to take direction from the misogynistic Man of God. They attacked.

But rather that try to participate in a discussion about why he felt so strongly that women are responsible for controlling men’s impulses, Father Cusick compared his plight to that of Jesus on the cross.

He later went on a days-long anti-LGBT rant, as if the whole problem, perhaps, was caused by gay people?

Needless to say, it left many scratching their heads – and angry about his vicious homophobic and transphobic attacks.

In response, Father Cusick, a retired Navy chaplain, has now scrubbed or, as he describes, deactivated his Twitter account.

And he’s decreed that Twitter is “demonic.”

Listening to Father Cusick tell the story, one might surmise he were still in the Navy, battling evildoers – and evil – on the high seas, not people who are more enlightened than he, from behind a keyboard.

“Twitter has a dark, demonic side, raging against God and the Church,” the victimized priest declared in an opinion piece at The Wanderer, entitled, “When The Twitter Mob Came After Me.”

“That brood of vipers and braying, bloodthirsty hounds lurking in readiness was visited upon me with nearly unrelenting fury and incredible magnitude last week,” Father Cusick wrote.

“Wave after wave of calumnious, blasphemous, and obscene memes, gifs, and messages were posted with comments, likes, and retweets ranging up to the tens of thousands. Those who styled themselves my enemies crowed with pleasure that I had been ‘ratioed’ — when negative comments outnumber likes and retweets. Many called for me to delete my account when they weren’t wishing a more horrible fate upon me. Blue check mark accounts with nearly 200k followers piled on.”

The way Father Cusick describes the events, he was entirely innocent.

No mention whatsoever of his attacks on LGBT people in his op-ed.

Cusick goes on to say that his Twitter “account disappeared on Wednesday, June 5,” and “many wondered if Twitter had banned me, which was not the case. I was informed the previous evening that some of my account features would be limited for roughly twelve hours,” which sounds like Twitter may have suspended him temporarily, possibly over some of his tweets, which included at least one that may have violated their policies.

Father Cusick then tries to position himself as a social media expert, telling supporters, “Rapid consumption of large volumes of data does not lend itself to reasoned discussion of sensitive subjects,” while, again, neglecting to be honest with them by admitting he had gone on an anti-LGBT rant over a period of at least two days. He was enjoying attacking his opponents – some of whom it can be assumed were hurt and offended by his remarks – so much that at the end of the first day he literally tweeted, “Guess I triggered ‘em. What button should i push tomorrow?”

Apparently he came to his senses, and finally pushed the button marked “delete.”

Father Cusick may believe Twitter is “demonic,” but he doesn’t appear quite done yet.

“A Google search for ‘Kevin M. Cusick’ on Thursday, however, revealed a newly created Twitter handle ‘Nova bella elegit Dominus‘ — taken from the Hebrew Scriptures’ Book of Judges 5:8 —which means ‘God chose new leaders,'” according to a report in the National Catholic Reporter.

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MSNBC ‘Welcomes’ Herman Cain Back to the Trump Plotline With Hilarious Supercut Video



MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” welcomed Herman Cain back to political news by re-running a hilarious supercut video from the end of his failed presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump nominated the Republican businessman to serve on the Federal Reserve board, much to the surprise of economists, and “Morning Joe” reprised a video, underlined by songs by Sarah McLachlan and Celine Dion, from the December 2011 end of Cain’s GOP primary bid over sexual misconduct allegations.

“You know, Joe, I forgot how long our goodbye to Herman Cain was,” said co-host Willie Geist, as Scarborough feigned tears. “He’s still with us, by the way.”

“He was the precursor to the 2016 nominee,” said contributor Donny Deutsch. “If you looked at what he was doing the way he presented himself, the lounge act, that was a precursor to what showed up four years later.”

“Please, please,” Scarborough said, wiping his eyes, “don’t talk politics at a time like this — the memories. I was thinking of Redford and Streisand and ‘The Way We Were,’ then meeting again at the end. This is kind of like, Herman coming back into our life is kind of like Redford, and Streisand reaching out and just touching him on the cheek.”


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Watch: Stunning Video Emerges of Devin Nunes Defending a Protestor Who Called Civil Rights Icon John Lewis the N-Word



Scott Dworkin at the Democratic Coalition unearthed an old video of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) where the thin-skinned Congressman appears to defend tea party protesters using the N-word to refer to civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

The protest happened around the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, known colloquially as Obamacare. Lewis joined Congressman Rev. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and later noted that the tea party members were shouting insults that included the racist term.

During a C-SPAN episode of “Washington Journal,” Nunes was asked about the protesters, where he claimed they had “every right to say what they want.” He said the N-word was “not appropriate,” but didn’t call them out for their racist language. He excused away the bigotry by claiming the protesters were just emotional about the healthcare law.

“Can you give us a sense of the flavor of the debate on the floor, and what you’re hearing?” asked host Steve Scully. “A lot of angry comments yesterday aimed at a couple of your colleagues including Barney Frank and Congressman John Lewis, using the N-word as some of the protesters jeered at him as he walked through the halls of the Capitol.”

Nunes explained the protesters were only losing it because of President Barack Obama’s leadership, which he claimed was dictatorial.

“Yeah, well, I think that when you use totalitarian tactics, people begin to act crazy,” Nunes claimed. “I think there’s people that have every right to say what they want. If they wanna smear someone, they can do it.”

He went on to say that he’d “stop short” of calling “the 20,000 people who were protesting, that all of them were doing that.”

Scully explained that those were just “some” of the stories and “some of the comments” overheard by the leaders.

“Yeah, of course, and I think that the left loves to play up a couple of incidents here or there, anything to draw attention away from what they are really doing,” Nunes said.

Nunes has come under fire for his recent decision to sue parody accounts on Twitter who have mocked him mercilessly. One such account is run by a fake cow that delivers attacks on Nunes using livestock puns. After the announcement of the lawsuit and an appearance on Fox News, Nunes became a laughing stock on late-night television and social media. The @DevinCow account now has over 500,000 followers and is still growing. Nunes only has 397,000 followers.

Nunes has explained away his lawsuit as an attack on “fake news,” but never acknowledged the cow was also fake.

Watch the video clip below:







Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license

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