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  19 Brutal Murder Cases That’ll Scare You
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-18-2022, 12:40 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (2)

1. Tamara Samsonova, the "Granny Ripper



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Samsonova is a 68-year-old Russian woman who murdered and ate at least
11 people and kept a diary where she detailed her crimes. She killed her friend,
Valentina Ulanova, by drugging her salad with sleeping pills and using a handsaw
to dismember her while she was still alive.



2. Issei Sagawa


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The Japanese man fell for a woman named Renée Hartevelt while he was in
France, and invited her over to where he was staying. While there, he snuck
up behind her and shot her in the head. He ate her flesh for three days until
he was caught in a park with two suitcases filled with the dismembered body parts.



3. Lisa Montgomery


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Montgomery lied constantly about being pregnant and losing her babies. In 2004,
she befriended actually pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, showed up at her house,
strangled her with a rope, cut up her belly, and took out her baby. Bobbie Jo was
only passed out, so she woke up and wrestled to get Lisa away from her,
but Lisa then killed her.



4. H.H. Holmes


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During the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, H.H. Holmes charmed and lured victims
to his castle of horrors, where he murdered them and hid their bodies in the walls.
Rooms were built air-tight, hallways mapped out like a maze, and a large chute
was fed down to the basement where there were vats of acid to throw the bodies into.



5. David Parker Ray, the "Toy Box Killer"


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Ray sexually tortured victims in a decked-out chamber he called his "Toy Box," filled
with chains, whips, and even saws. Even though there's no actual proof he killed
anyone, he's presumed to have murdered almost 60 women. Just awful.



6. The Greyhound Bus Murder


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While aboard a packed Greyhound bus in 2008, Vince Li stabbed and beheaded 22-year
old Tim McLean. He proceeded to sever the rest of McLean's body parts and eat them
in front of passengers. He was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness,
and is currently free.



7. The Villisca Ax Murders


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In Iowa on the evening of June 9 and morning of June 10, 1912, six members of the
well-liked Moore family and two of their guests were bludgeoned to death with an ax,
and their faces were covered with their clothing. There were quite a few suspects,
but the crime still hasn’t been solved.



8. Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka


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This rich, good-looking couple got off on killing. They raped and murdered three
women — including Homolka's little sister, who was "given" to Bernardo by Homolka
as a Christmas gift. While recording the entire evening, they drugged, raped,
and left her for dead. What the ****?



9. Christopher Porco


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In 2004, Porco's dad's blood-soaked body was found in his home. His mom was in
her bed, face mutilated by a fireman's ax, but alive. Apparently Porco had forged his
parents' signatures on loans for college and a new Jeep, and they weren't happy — so
he thought murdering them would solve the issue.



10. Carl Panzram


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Panzram said he killed over 21 people and sodomized over 1,000 boys and men.
One of his most brutal murders occurred in the 1920s when he hired six men to
work on a boat with him in Angola, and shortly after he shot them dead and fed
them to the crocodiles. In his autobiography, he wrote, "For all of these things,
I am not the least bit sorry
."






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  Photoshop King
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-17-2022, 02:20 PM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (5)

Here are amusing cases where photoshop master
James Fridman used his skills to troll others.





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Instead, she’s flipping the camera the bird with her middle toe.




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  warning on gummies
Posted by: Charon - 05-16-2022, 02:11 PM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (2)

Starburst, Life Savers, Skittles Gummies Recalled Due To Possible Presence Of Metal Strand
Nicole Valinote

05/15/2022 1:45 p.m.

One of the recalled products
One of the recalled products Photo Credit: Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC/US Food & Drug Administration
Mars Wrigley Confectionary has recalled certain candy products because the products may have a thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag.

The company announced on Friday, May 13, that it is recalling specific varieties of Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies, and Life Saver gummies after receiving reports from consumers about the metal strand.


The products were distributed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The following products are included in the recall

Starburst, Life Savers, Skittles Gummies Recalled Due To Possible Presence Of Metal Strand



A list of the recalled productsUnited States Food & Drug Administration

A list of the recalled productsUnited States Food & Drug Administration
Mars Wrigley Confectionary said it isn't aware of any illnesses linked to the recalled products.

The company said consumers should dispose of the recalled products and not consume them.

Those with questions can call Mars Wrigley Confectionery at 1-800-651-2564 or by visiting the company's website here.

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  McConnell leads Senate GOP delegation in trip to Kyiv to meet Zelensky
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-16-2022, 12:20 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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McConnell leads Senate GOP delegation
in trip to Kyiv to meet Zelensky



By David L. Stern, William Branigin and Timothy Bella
May 14, 2022|Updated May 14, 2022 at 9:20 p.m. EDT


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From left to right
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine),
and John Cornyn (R-Tex.)
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters)



Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met Saturday with a U.S. Senate delegation led
by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in Kyiv, calling the visit “a powerful signal of
bipartisan support for Ukraine from the U.S. Congress and the American people,”
his presidential office said.

In Washington, however, a new round of funding for Ukraine’s battle against the Russian
invasion is held up in the Senate because of a GOP member’s objection.

In a video posted by Zelensky to his Instagram page, McConnell and fellow Republican Sens.
Susan Collins (Maine), John Barrasso (Wyo.) and John Cornyn (Tex.) were greeted by
Zelensky on a Kyiv street.

“Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people,” Zelensky said in a news release
announcing the senators’ visit. “Europe has not seen such crimes since World War II.”



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He noted “the special role of the United States” in ramping up sanctions on Russia and said he
looked forward to further sanctions on Russia’s banking sector. “In addition, we believe that
Russia should be officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Zelensky said.

On Saturday evening, McConnell called the visit “inspiring.”

“Ukraine is not asking anybody else to fight their fight,” he said in a statement.
“They only ask for the tools they need for self-defense.”

“America’s support for Ukraine’s self-defense is not mere philanthropy,” the statement continued.
“Defending the principle of sovereignty, promoting stability in Europe, and imposing costs on
Russia’s naked aggression have a direct and vital bearing on America’s national security
and vital interests.”

Congress is poised to approve nearly $40 billion in additional military and humanitarian aid for
Ukraine, outstripping President Biden’s $33 billion request and extending a fresh lifeline to Kyiv
as Moscow plows ahead with its invasion in the country’s south and east. Passage of the measure,
which was approved by the House earlier this week, would bring the total amount of Ukrainian
aid provided by Congress since the invasion began on Feb. 24 to more than $53 billion.

The list of anti-Ukraine Republican lawmakers is quickly growing

The Senate is likely to follow the House in approving the package, but that effort has been delayed
until next week after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) objected Thursday to an expedited vote on the
assistance for Ukraine, dampening a bipartisan push to maintain steady aid to Kyiv. Paul, who
has faced backlash but has stood by his decision, was able to single-handedly block the package’s
advancement because the Senate requires unanimous consent to quickly move such a bill to a
final vote. Now, the chamber must jump through all the usual procedural hoops.

Zelensky expressed hope that the Senate would quickly approve the nearly $40 billion package
at a time when Ukrainian officials are negotiating with Russia to evacuate 60 “seriously wounded”
people and medics from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Zelensky described the
negotiations as “very difficult” late Friday, adding: “We do not stop trying to save all our people
from Mariupol and Azovstal.”

Despite the struggles in Mariupol, Ukrainian forces have gained ground in the Kharkiv region,
pushing Russian troops north toward the border and reclaiming towns and villages in the area,
a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Friday. The Institute for the Study of War, a
Washington-based think tank, assessed that Ukraine “appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv.”
It added that the Kremlin has “likely decided to withdraw fully” from its positions around the
city amid spirited Ukrainian counterattacks and limited Russian reinforcements.

The unannounced trip to Kyiv by McConnell’s delegation continued a parade of visits to Ukraine in
recent weeks by U.S. and allied government officials, lawmakers and dignitaries to show support
for the war-ravaged country and its embattled leader.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Zelensky on
April 24 in what was at the time the highest-level visit by an American delegation since the
start of the war. On April 30, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led a Democratic congressional
delegation to Kyiv for talks with Zelensky. Pelosi vowed to the Ukrainian president that the
United States is committed to “be there for you until the fight is done.”

First lady Jill Biden crossed the border into Ukraine last weekend, traveling to an active war zone
in a rare move for the spouse of a sitting president. Biden entered the country from Slovakia on
Mother’s Day and met Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, who had not appeared in public since
the Russian invasion began.

“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” Biden said before the start of a closed-door meeting between
the two first ladies. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war has to
stop, and this war has been brutal, and that the people of the United States stand with the
people of Ukraine.”




Amy Cheng and Eugene Scott contributed to this report.










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This raises the question in my mind.
IF there is a war going on only half as bad as
they are saying, why do the people that
cannot even travel in their OWN country
without bodyguards, yet they feel safe
enough to visit there. Protecting Ukrainian
people's border while letting our borders
be overrun...






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  welcome thread
Posted by: rubylee74 - 05-16-2022, 11:18 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (4)

hello, hope everybody is happy today Wink

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  I'm back!
Posted by: reilli - 05-14-2022, 01:29 AM - Forum: Welcome - Replies (3)

Hey there everyone, I'm back!! I have missed being here, life has thrown me a lot of curve balls. Hopefully things are looking up and I'll be back chatting regularly again.

Cheers! 
reilli

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  Judge orders Steele dossier firm Fusion GPS to turn over 22 emails to John Durham
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-13-2022, 06:47 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Judge orders Steele dossier firm Fusion GPS
to turn over 22 emails to John Durham


By Ben Feuerherd and Bruce Golding
May 12, 2022 4:11pm  Updated



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A federal judge ordered Fusion GPS to turn over emails related to
its work with former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.
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Special counsel John Durham scored a victory Thursday when a federal judge ordered the
research firm behind the infamous “Steele dossier” to turn over nearly two dozen emails tied
to its work with Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.

Fusion GPS improperly withheld the 22 emails from Durham by claiming they were protected
by attorney-client privilege and “work-product” privilege, Washington, DC, federal Judge
Christopher Cooper ruled.

The move came at the request of Clinton’s 2016 campaign, according to the 11-page decision.

But the emails, which largely consist of internal communications between Fusion employees,
aren’t protected from disclosure because they “appear not to have been written in anticipation
of litigation but rather as part of ordinary media-relations work,” Cooper said.

“It is clear that Fusion employees also interacted with the press as part of an affirmative
media relations effort by the Clinton Campaign,” he wrote.



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Judge Christopher Cooper ruled that the emails must be turned over
to special counsel John Durham (above).
Department of Justice via AP, File



“That effort included pitching certain stories, providing information on background, and
answering reporters’ questions.”

Cooper ordered Fusion GPS — which hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele to compile reports
that purportedly tied Trump to Russia, most of which have been discredited — to turn over the
emails to Durham’s team on Monday, when jury selection for Sussmann’s trial is set to start.

Sussmann is charged with lying to the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016, when he claimed to not be
“acting on behalf of any client” while turning over reports and data he said showed a secret back
channel between a Trump Organization server and Russia’s Alfa Bank.

The information was later debunked by the FBI, which found “that the email server at issue…had
been administered by a mass marketing email company that sent advertisements for Trump hotels
and hundreds of other clients,” according to Sussmann’s indictment.

The emails that Fusion GPS has to turn over for possible use against Sussmann are among 38
that Cooper reviewed at Durham’s request, despite the objections of the company, Clinton’s campaign
and tech executive Rodney Joffe, who gave Sussmann the Alfa Bank data.

They’re also among around 1,500 emails that Fusion GPS withheld after being slapped with
a subpoena by Durham.




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Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to compile
a dossier on Donald Trump.
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During a pretrial hearing last week, Cooper reportedly asked whether Durham would seek access
to all of the records if the judge were to rule in his favor.

Prosecutor Jonathan Algor responded that Durham wouldn’t need the remaining records
“for this trial” but said that Cooper’s decision “is important” for Durham’s ongoing probe
into the government investigations of Trump’s campaign, the Washington Examiner said.



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  EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton's special advisor who let Jeffrey Epstein into the White ...
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-12-2022, 02:26 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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EXCLUSIVE:
Bill Clinton's special advisor who let Jeffrey Epstein into the
White House seven times and flew on the Lolita Express
dies at 59 – the latest associate of the former President
to suffer an early demise


By DANIEL BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 16:10 EDT, 11 May 2022 
UPDATED: 16:42 EDT, 11 May 2022



  • Mark Middleton was Bill Clinton's special advisor who admitted Jeffrey Epstein
    to the White House on seven of the at least 17 times the late pedophile visited

  • Middleton's family said that he passed away on Saturday at the age of 59 in a
    statement which did not reveal the cause of death

  • Middleton also flew on Epstein's plane and appears to have acted as a conduit
    between the two men

  • He is now the latest associate of the former President to die young

  • Middleton left the White House in February 1995 and was accused of setting
    himself up as an international deal-maker

  • In 1996 an investigation by the White House found that Middleton had abused
    his access to impress business clients. Middleton denied the claims




One of Bill Clinton's former special advisors who helped cement his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein
has died at the age of 59, becoming the latest associate of the former President to die young.

Mark Middleton's family said that he passed away on Saturday in a statement which did not reveal
the cause of death.

The father-of-two lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, and local law enforcement and the county coroner
told DailyMail.com that they were not investigating the death and did not respond to it.


The Middleton family did not reply to requests for comment.

Middleton had for decades run an air conditioning business in Little Rock but in the 1990s he was
a special advisor to Clinton and finance director on his Presidential campaign.

During that time Middleton admitted Epstein to the Clinton White House on seven of the at least
17 times the late pedophile visited.

Middleton also flew on Epstein's plane and appears to have acted as a conduit between the two men.



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Mark Middleton's family said that he passed away on Saturday at the
age of 59 in a statement which did not reveal the cause of death



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Middleton was Bill Clinton's special advisor who admitted Jeffrey Epstein
to the White House on seven of the at least 17 times the late pedophile visited.
Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and Clinton are seen in 1993 at the White House




DailyMail.com has previously reported on how Epstein's access to the Clinton White House
gave him entry to a world of influence he would cultivate for the rest of his life and use to
impress and threaten underage girls he abused.

Middleton's death was announced in a Facebook post – now deleted – for the family's air
conditioning company, Middleton Heat & Air.

According to a report in Arkansas Business, the company was one of the largest HVAC
providers in the state.

The post said: 'The Middleton Family is saddened to share that Mark Middleton passed away
this weekend.

'The Middleton family has lost an inspiring and dedicated leader, as well as a son, brother, husband,
and father. Mark leaves behind a company that he helped build from the ground up alongside his
family and was proud to run for the last 25 years.

'No words can express our sadness over this loss or our gratitude for your support and prayers
during this time'.



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Middleton's death was announced in a Facebook post – now deleted – for
the family's air conditioning company, Middleton Heat & Air



Middleton was also managing partner of the investment firm MidCorp Capital, an investment
company, and worked for a handful of nonprofit foundations.

The only potential hint at a possible cause was a request in Middleton's obituary that, instead of
flowers, well wishers donate to a service that specializes in counseling and therapy linked to the
New Life Church, which is based in Arkansas.

A spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department said they had not investigated the death.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's office said they had not responded to Middleton's death, and neither
had the county coroner, according to an employee in the office reached by DailyMail.com.

Middleton's life in recent years was a world away from the power he enjoyed in the 1990s.

White House visitor logs previously reported by DailyMail.com showed that he appears as the
authorizing authority on seven of Epstein's White House visits, most of which were to the West Wing.

In addition to being a special assistant to the President, Middleton was also assistant to the
chief of staff, Thomas 'Mack' McLarty,



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Middleton also flew on Epstein's plane and appears to have acted as a conduit between
the two men. Clinton and Ghislaine Maxwell are seen on the plane



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Middleton had for decades run an air conditioning business in Little Rock
but in the 1990s he was a special advisor to Clinton and finance director
on his Presidential campaign



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'The Middleton family has lost an inspiring and dedicated leader, as well as a son,
brother, husband, and father. Mark leaves behind a company that he helped build
from the ground up alongside his family and was proud to run for the last 25 years,'
a post said. Mark Middleton with his wife Rhea & daughters, Lindsay and Lauren



Middleton left the White House in February 1995 and was accused of setting himself up as
an international deal-maker, exactly the kind of person that would appeal to Epstein.

In 1996 an investigation by the White House found that Middleton had abused his access to
impress business clients and he was barred from the executive mansion without senior approval.

Middleton denied the claims.

A source has told DailyMail.com that some of Middleton's meetings with Epstein happened in
room 176 which was in the old Executive Office building, not the White House.

The source said that Middleton asked for a meeting room next to the White House mess, which
was in the West Wing, so he could impress his guests with his proximity to the Oval Office.

The source said: 'Mark was trying to make himself look bigger than he was. He was trying to
make himself out like he had more power than he really did in the White House.

'Mark knew that Epstein was managing the money of Les Wexner,' referring to the billionaire
founder of L Brands and Victoria's Secret.

The source went on: 'The year 1994 there were midterm elections, Clinton needed money and
Mark thought he could get some of Wexner's money.

'Mark wanted to set himself up as the guy who could bring in those kinds of big donors',
the source said.



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The only potential hint at a possible cause of death was a request in Middleton's
obituary that, instead of flowers, well wishers donate to a service that specializes
in counseling and therapy linked to the New Life Church, which is based in Arkansas



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In addition to being a special assistant to the President, Middleton was also assistant to the
chief of staff, Thomas 'Mack' McLarty. Clinton and McLarty are pictured in the White House in 1993



Following a May 1994 visit by Epstein to the White House, Epstein flew from Washington to
Palm Beach, Florida, with Middleton on board.

The following day the pair flew from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama International Airport in
the Bahamas.

They returned the same day to Palm Beach.

Several of Clinton's former associates have died over the years in unexpected circumstances,
sparking the conspiracy theory known as Clinton Body Count.

They include deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, whose 1993 death was ruled a suicide
but sparked a slew of conspiracy theories about the involvement of the Clintons.

After Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial in 2019 Donald Trump retweeted conspiracy
theories that Clinton was involved.



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Vince Foster (left with Hillary Clinton) and Seth Rich are two of the names of people
whom conspiracy theorists name as dying young after being involved with the Clintons



Others whose deaths have been linked to the Clintons without foundation have been Seth Rich,
the Democratic National Committee staffer who was murdered in 2016, and Christopher Sign,
the reporter who broke the news of a meeting on the tarmac of Phoenix Airport between Clinton
and then-attorney general Loretta Lynch. Sign was found dead at his home in 2021.

The Wikipedia page for Clinton Body Count also includes C. Victor Raiser, Bill Clinton's National
Finance Co-chairman who died alongside his son in a 1992 plane crash; Mary Mohane, a
White House intern who was gunned down in a Starbucks in 1997 and Jim McDougal, a financial
partner of the Clintons who died of a heart attack while in prison in 1998.

It also lists Edward Willey, whose wife Kathleen alleged that Clinton sexually assaulted her.
His death was ruled a suicide.

Clinton's head of security Jerry Parks was gunned down as he left a Mexican restaurant in 1993.





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  Joy Behar Plans to Retire From ‘The View’ in 2022 (EXCLUSIVE)
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-12-2022, 02:01 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Joy Behar Plans to Retire
From ‘The View’ in 2022
(EXCLUSIVE)




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After 21 seasons, Joy Behar has set an exit date from “The View.”

Behar, 77, would like to retire as the resident liberal on the ABC daytime talk show
after her contract ends in the summer of 2022.

She revealed her plans in a new interview for the paperback of the non-fiction book
“Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View’” by Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh.

“I have a three-year contract,” Behar said in the book. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t
leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see
myself staying for more [time]. That’s it! I could be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in [2022]
as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening…” She paused to reflect.
“You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.”

Multiple sources on “The View” have confirmed that Behar has been floating a 2022 exit
from the show.

A spokesperson from ABC denied that Behar would be leaving. “This is not true,” a network
rep said. “Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made
clear in the interview, if she’s ‘as fabulous in [2022] as I am now,’
she will be in her seat at the table.”

If Behar follows through with her plan, she’ll leave “The View” right before she turns 80.
Creator Barbara Walters departed the show in 2014, at the age of 84.

Behar has been on “The View” longer than any other co-host. She joined the talk show
when it launched in 1997 after auditioning for Walters, and she’s weathered countless
exits and reboots over three decades as the TV landscape has changed.

In 2013, Behar was fired when ABC daytime executives decided that “The View” should
be less political (an idea that seems laughable now). But two years later, in 2015, she
was brought back to the Hot Topics table as ratings sank without her, and she continues
to thrive with her quick commentary on the latest scandals from the Trump White House.

On March 13, Behar took a leave from “The View” to self-isolate as a safety precaution
against the coronavirus. As the other co-hosts — Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain and
Sunny Hostin — started working remotely, Behar has appeared on the show via a satellite
from the Hamptons, where she’s been living.

The paperback edition of “Ladies Who Punch” comes out next week from St. Martin’s Press.
The book, which became a New York Times best seller in April 2019, features interviews
with most of the show’s major players, including Walters, Behar, Rosie O’Donnell,
Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd.



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  Ex-NBA player Royce White is taking on politics with Steve Bannon backing him
Posted by: IceWizard - 05-10-2022, 12:03 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Ex-NBA player Royce White is taking on politics
with Steve Bannon backing him


By Ryan Glasspiegel
April 29, 2022 8:06am 
Updated



Royce White, a former first-round draft pick in the NBA whose playing career was
derailed by mental health issues, announced in February that he plans to run for
Congress in Minnesota. White is running as a Republican candidate in the Democratic
stronghold that is Minneapolis’s 5th District, which has been held by Ilhan Omar
since 2019. He’s being backed by Steve Bannon.

“Can he beat her?” Bannon asked the Washington Post. “I don’t know, it’s a D+24
district or something. He’s the long shots of long shots. That being said, this campaign
is going to be tightly contested on ideas, and I think it’s going to draw in a tremendous
amount of money and a tremendous amount of fight, ’cause I think it very quickly is
not just going to be a national election, it’s going to be a global election. …
There’s no downside for us.”

To get there, White also faces what appears to be an uphill climb in the Republican primary.
Cicely Davis, another candidate in the race, won a 77-26 vote from Minnesota Republican
delegates for their endorsement.

Nonetheless, White is a fascinating case study because on one hand he fought what a friend
referred to as “institutional injustice” in trying, in vain, to get the NBA to institute more
progressive mental health policies. He also led protests against police brutality in the wake
of George Floyd’s murder in his hometown of Minneapolis.



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Royce White, a former first round NBA Draft pick, is attempting to
unseat Representative Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.
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On the other, he has affiliated with people like Bannon and the banned-on-many-platforms
Alex Jones, with the Washington Post referring to White as someone who “has publicly
rebranded himself as a far-right populist” and “embraced conspiracy theories ranging from
the origins of the coronavirus to the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and satanic
influences in the federal government.”

I told The Washington Post today we are leaving the Democrat plantation and there’s nothing
they can do about it,
” White told Jason Whitlock of The Blaze in response to the story. “They
can write as many hit pieces as they want, but they’re doing it from an ivory tower, a white
liberal ivory tower.


White, 31, was drafted 16th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft after starring at
Iowa State. He sought a league-wide mental health policy that the NBA did not have in its
collective bargaining agreement, and he sought permission to travel by bus rather than plane
whenever possible.



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Steve Bannon is backing Royce White in a run for Congress
in Ilhan Omar’s heavily Democratic district in Minnesota.
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While White was able to come to an agreement with the Rockets in the latter regard, he
nonetheless clashed with management over mental health protocols and was assigned to
the G-League (then D-League) Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

White declined to report to the Vipers for four months, ultimately joining them for a couple
months before opting not to participate in the “hectic” G League playoffs.

That offseason, White was traded to the Sixers but was waived before the regular season
began. He signed two 10-day contracts with the Kings, with whom he played a total of
three minutes in three games before the team decided not to retain him.

At the time of the Floyd protests, White made the rounds in the media and was portrayed
positively as an activist.

“We’re talking about pushing the police all the way outside of the circle of trust and having
them reestablish their entry into the circle of trust through their actions and through proving
that they can be trusted in that circle,” he told Joy Reid on MSNBC.

White played in Ice Cube’s Big3 league in 2019 and 2021 (the season was canceled in 2020
due to the pandemic). In the summer basketball league, White wrote advocacy messages
on his head, such as “United States of the Federal Reserve” and “Free the Uyghurs” — a
reference to the minority Muslim sect that is a target of genocide in China.

The Washington Post says White was introduced to Bannon’s content by his best friend from
high school, AJ Barker, who sent him a clip of the controversial former advisor for President
Donald Trump on PBS “Frontline”. White began listening to Bannon’s podcast, and was
ultimately connected to him by Jeff Kwatinetz, a business partner of Ice Cube’s in the Big3
with whom White had a strong relationship.

Kwatinetz, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a former Democratic donor who became,
according to the Washington Post, “disillusioned by what he saw as the party’s lukewarm
defense of free speech.”

Bannon, 68, was the executive chairman of the rightwing publication Breitbart prior to
advising President Trump. This past March, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on two
counts of contempt of Congress, stemming from being uncooperative with a subpoena to
testify for the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots.

In White, Bannon has a mentee amid his attempt to diversify his coalition



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Royce White was a standout at Iowa State, but was unable
to break through in the NBA.
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If you go and see the guys that are farther right than I am, I’m attacked all the time
by people that said this inclusive nationalism is terrible, and you’re including too many
Hispanics and Blacks, stuff like that
,” Bannon told the Washington Post.
That’s the future of the country.

White, who has appeared on Bannon’s show over two dozen times and writes a Subtack,
has referred to the Federal Reserve as “unconstitutional, inappropriate use of state power — state
and corporate merged power — of globalist power, of financial tyranny
.”

What I was protesting was that, we were living under the thumb of a corporatocracy … this
sort of merger of government and corporations at the world scale,” he said. “The NBA is the
perfect representation of that
.”

The former NBA player has also said gender fluidity is “patently insane.”

He told the Washington Post that the “church of LGBTQ” is having a “pervasive effect” on society.

I’m opposed to us using public school and tax dollars to teach homosexual ideology or
LGBTQ ideology,
” he told the outlet. “Absolutely, absolutely, especially as it pertains to young
Black men in public schools, it’s offensive and it’s dangerous
.”




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