NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded today saying, “The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. There is no better example than the amazing response from our clubs and players to the terrible natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last month. Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
(SL) – It will happen behind closed doors but, DJ is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a 2016 meeting he attended with a lawyer linked to the Kremlin today.
Donald Trum Jr. attended the meeting in an attempt to get dirt on Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. USA Today reports, his testimony was confirmed Wednesday by congressional aides who were not authorized to speak publicly, is part of the panel’s investigation of the 2016 presidential race and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The president’s son attended a June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower along with Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager at the time, and Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law.
Trump Jr. released emails in July of this year that showed he actively sought damaging information about Clinton from the meeting even after he was told it would come from the Russian government. Trump Jr. has described the meeting as a waste of time, saying it did not yield any useful information for his father’s campaign.
The Judiciary Committee and the Senate and House Intelligence committees are all conducting Russia probes. Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a separate investigation.
Senate Judiciary Committee staff and some senators will question Trump Jr. in Thursday’s closed session.
(SL) – For someone who was pro Clinton for 2016, one would question the motives of Anthony Scaramucci. His own tweets that have been dug up from the internet grave, show he wasn’t too keen on Donald Trump or his thought process.
Yet, once given the chance, like a political groupie, he jumped on the Donald Trump bandwagon to pick up where he accused Steve Bannon of leaving off…and “suck his own c***.”
Deidre Ball, the new White House Communication’s Director’s wife of three years, has called it quits and filed for divorce. She’s reportedly, tired of his ‘naked political ambition’.
Scaramucci, 52 and Ball, 38, began dating in 2011, allegedly married in 2014 and have two children together.
Sources say after being originally tapped for a senior role in the White House, the Wall Street financier was “hell-bent” on claiming his position at the White House.
The New York Times reports, he sold SkyBridge Capital in preparation in January.
The mooch claims he was blocked by Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff. He even told reporter Ryan Lizza that he thought Priebus was a “f–king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” And of White House adviser Steve Bannon, he said, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I am not trying to suck my own c–k.”
He added, “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f–king strength of the president. I am here to serve the country.” Really? Personal aspirations certainly seem to be in play here.
However, Scaramucci was eventually made communications director on June 21 by Trump, prompting Sean Spicer to quit.
Deidre Ball has a long history with Mooch. She worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House. There are also claims that she doesn’t care too much for Donald Trump.
Not her cup of tea: One source told Page Six, “Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C. She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.”
Scaramucci was pictured at the White House on Friday without his wedding ring on.
(SL) – Donald Trump is tweeting AGAIN and this time he is disclosing possible plans to create an impenetrable cyber security to protect the United States from hacking with the very same crew that’s believed to have hacked the US election…..RUSSIA.
Trump claims he checked Putin about the rumors saying, “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..,”
Donald Trump is keen on burying the hacking rumors for obvious reasons. For one, there are way too many reports of his people including his son meeting with the Russians before and during the election. And secondly, it’s no secret that Donald Trump has clear business ties with Russia. Why would he ever turn on Putin?
Fortune gave an unequivocal account of Trump’s ties with Russia.
Donald Trump said in a recent interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, “I have had dealings over the years where I sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago. I had the Miss Universe pageant — which I owned for quite a while — I had it in Moscow a long time ago. But other than that, I have nothing to do with Russia.”
The reality, however, is that Trump couldn’t be more wrong. The President has deep Russian connections that far exceed what he admitted to Holt.
In a 2007 deposition that Trump gave as part of his unsuccessful defamation lawsuit against reporter Timothy O’Brien, he describes efforts to launch real estate ventures in Russia through Bayrock Associates, a shady Russian-connected outfit. Bayrock had partnered with Trump on at least four major but failed American projects: the Fort Lauderdale Trump Tower, the Trump Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, the SoHo condominium-hotel in New York, and a resort in Phoenix.
(SL) – SytonniaLIVE is back with season 2! Episode 1 features a 3-part interview with Tupac Shakur’s cousin William Lesane! If you missed it on Comcast/Xfinity check it out here!
Sytonnia LIVE airs Tuesday nights at Midnight on Comcast/Xfinity Chs. 25 & 26.
(SL) – Finally started loading our episodes up to the YouTube Page for those of you outside of Atlanta! Got some tweaking to do but we’re rolling!
(SL) – Russia and China have been mentioned a lot in the current U.S. election process and the Kremlin is making it clear that they are not with the sh***.
Allegedly, folks in Moscow are fed up with being dragged into the U.S. election campaign. Reports from the Kremlin say Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, were repeatedly being presented in a negative light by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and their running mates.
The comments come after the Republican presidential candidate claimed Russia had broken a deal with the US over a ceasefire in Syria and Putin did not respect American leaders.
Russia is also evacuating more than 40 million people in drills to prepare for nuclear war after Putin’s Ministry of Defense warned of schizophrenics from America sharpening atomic weapons for Moscow.
Kremlin officials believe a war with the West is imminent and assured citizens underground shelters have been built to house 12 million people. The massive evacuation drill started yesterday and will last three days.
(SI) – He almost got away with it, but there was only one problem. 57- yer old Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Loera, the world’s most wanted man and Mexican Cartel Leader wanted the world to know his story. El Chapo is the biggest drug lord in history. A multi billionaire that admits to supplying more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world.
In an article written by Sean Penn for Rolling Stone, Chapo says, ” I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.” As a matter of fact he sent engineers to Germany to learn how to build the tunnel he used to escape a maximum security prison.
That was 6 months ago and up until now avoiding capture is something he seemed quite skilled at. But the idea of a movie detailing his captivating life would ultimately lead to the end of the fugitive lifestyle that led him out of his spacious mansions and into the confines of a condo/hotel that he shared with his wife and children.
Who is El Chapo? Up until now he called himself a farmer but the world knows that he is the head of the Sinaloa Cowboys – Mexico’s most dominant drug cartel. His organization smuggles multi-ton concaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico and into the United States by air, sea and road. He has distribution cells in the U.S. and drug exports in Southeast Asia.
Why do they call him El Chapo? Because he is only 5’6. It’s a spanish nickname for ‘shorty’.
El Chapo’s net worth? 2009-2011 Forbes magazine ranked the drug lord as one of the most powerful people in the world, the second most powerful in Mexico, just after business tycoon Carlos Slim, who’s worth over 70 billion dollars. El Chapo’s net worth is over 4 billion.
Murderer? El Chapo allegedly has claimed to have directly or indirectly caused the deaths of thousands of people. The Sinaloa cartel is known to be the most ruthless crime organization in Mexico. He will reportedly face federal charges involving money laundering, kidnapping, drugs distribution and violence.
On The Run – El Chapo was jailed in 2001 but managed to escape reportedly with the help of paid guards through either a laundry cart or dressing as a woman. After 13 years on the lam he was finally arrested in Feb. 2014 but managed to break out of a maximum security prison in July 2015, through a secret shower hatch that led to a 1-mile tunnel that had been built leading from his cell to a piece of property outside of prison grounds. His escape was elaborate with lighting, ventilation ducts and a waiting motorcycle.
On Friday, the cartel boss was captured in a daring 4am raid by Mexican marines and was returned to Altiplano jail. The double Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn’s meeting with El Chapo led to the gun battle in which he was captured in Los Mochis Township, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo who befriended El Chapo through social media and letter correspondence when he was incarcerated, brokered the deal for Sean Penn to interview El Chapo Guzmán who wanted to make a film about his life. During a visit to Los Angeles, del Castillo met Penn through mutual friends and discussed El Chapo’s idea for a film and arranged for them to meet.
The sensational meeting took place deep in the Mexican jungle in October and was arranged by Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and a fixer, with the permission of the Sinaloa cartel.
The U.S. has filed at least seven extradition requests in six different states for Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to be extradited but justice officials warned that his lawyers were likely to ‘milk it’ by firing off different appeals at different stages of the extradition battle to prolong the legal tussle.
The Mystic River star said he did not turn El Chapo in because the drug lord’s trust ‘was not to be f***ed with’.
‘I take no pride in keeping secrets that may be perceived as protecting criminals, nor do I have any gloating arrogance at posing for selfies with unknowing security men. But I’m in my rhythm. Everything I say to everyone must be true,’ Penn wrote.
Penn and del Castillo are now under investigation in Mexico.
And considering the CIA tapped Sean Penn’s devices to catch El Chapo a lot of people are now wondering if Penn set El Chapo up.The Central Intelligence Agency is openly cooperative with Hollywood.
It would hardly be the first time the CIA had tapped a Hollywood worker for their connections to take a different approach in an international political case.
The actor met with the world’s most wanted drug lord in the jungle to ask him questions such as ‘do you dream?’ and ‘how would you define yourself?’
And then just hours after the Sinaloa cartel leader was detained by Mexican marines, the Rolling Stone published a lyrical 10,000-word account of their meeting.
Supposedly the entire ‘clandestine horror show’, as Penn put it, was part of a research project to develop a Netflix-style drama about Guzmán and his prison break.
Though Penn insists he went to extreme lengths to hide the meeting from authorities, the details have sparked widespread speculation that he was in fact tapped by the CIA to locate the fugitive criminal – just as screenwriters were enlisted to make Argo to free US hostages in Iran in 1979.
(CNN) – 11 Hours of questioning and not one sweat bead popped! For Hillary Clinton, Republicans have become the gift that keeps on giving. Mrs. Clinton owes much of her extraordinary comeback to her own abilities, but surely she must be grateful to the GOP as well. Never in modern times has a political party done so much to rehabilitate the leading presidential candidate in the other party.
The gifts have come in rapid succession:
— The way Republicans have converted Donald Trump into GOP front-runner. For all for their misgivings about Clinton, Trump scares the bejesus out of millions of Americans. How long before we see sprouting of groups like “Republican Women for Hillary”?
— The assertion by two Republican House members — one the GOP majority leader — that the Benghazi hearings were rigged to discredit Clinton.
— The ouster of Speaker John Boehner by hard-right Republicans because he hasn’t been sufficiently tough enough, a clear signal of who is running the House. Ask Mitt Romney how damaging it was to him to be seen as a captive of the far right.
— And, of course, this week’s marathon grilling of Clinton by the Benghazi committee that fortified the widespread belief — some 70% of people on the eve of the testimony according to a CNN poll — that the hearings were a partisan witch hunt.
The hearings could be especially helpful to Clinton because they played out on prime-time television before a sizable audience — some 5.24 million between Fox, MSNBC and CNN — so that massive numbers of voters could judge for themselves. As it turned out, those prime-ime hours were the ones in which Republican members, tired and frustrated, did their worst badgering.
Naturally enough, some conservatives relished the hearings. Editorial writers for the Wall Street Journal, for example, argued that instead of yielding nothing, the hearings showed that even as Clinton was telling the Egyptians that terrorists had planned and carried out Benghazi, the administration was still claiming a film had triggered a spontaneous attack.
They have a good point, just as do Republican members who complain about how slow the Obama administration has been in yielding documents. But these disputes are not the stuff of scandal. (And who has been telling the bigger lie: those who first misled us about the film — and soon corrected themselves — or those who continue to insist the Clinton hearing was impartial?)
What most Americans instinctively want are leaders who are respectful of each other, listen well and are open-minded. And for much of the post-World War II period, that was usually the norm (the McCarthy period was a great exception).
As Clinton pointed out in her opening statement, there have been numerous instances in recent years in which terrorists broke through our defenses and murdered Americans. Investigations always followed but never the kind of disrespectful treatment against a secretary of state as the nation saw this week. And never the impugning of the integrity of distinguished public servants like Ambassador Tom Pickering and Adm. Michael Mullen as we witnessed.
Do you think the Benghazi committee would have conducted itself this way if the star witness had not been Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee? The question answers itself.
In this coming political year, the country needs a robust debate about our direction and plans for going forward. We are at a critical inflection point on many fronts. And we would be best-served if we could decide between two strong candidates representing two strong parties. But judging from recent events, we may not get there — the Republicans could give it away long before the vote.