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UPDATED: O.J. Released; Florida to O.J. Simpson: Not here, dude

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UPDATE: O.J. Simpson was released at 12:08 a.m. Pacific Time, Sunday. That was just minutes after his parole could have begun.

O.J. Simpson out of prison after 9 years for armed robbery

https://apnews.com/30ec1925f55346eebffd289c68ae6a43/O.J.-Simpson-out-of-prison-after-9-years-for-armed-robbery?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APSouthRegionSimpson was released at 12:08 a.m. PDT from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast told The Associated Press. She said she did not know the driver who met Simpson upon his release and didn’t know where Simpson was immediately headed in his first hours of freedom.

“I don’t have any information on where he’s going,” said Keast, who watched as Simpson signed documents and was let go.

Her department released video on social media of Simpson being told to “come on out” by a prison staffer, exiting through an open door. He could be seen responding “OK” as he left, wearing a ball cap, denim jacket, jeans and white tennis shoes.

Tom Scotto, a close Simpson friend who lives in Naples, Florida, said by text message that he was with Simpson following his release. Scotto didn’t respond to questions about where they were going or whether Simpson’s sister, Shirley Baker of Sacramento, California, or his daughter, Arnelle Simpson of Fresno, California, were with him.

Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi wasted no time telling the world that O.J. Simpson is not welcome back in the Sunshine State. Simpson, whose release is imminent after serving nine years in a Nevada prison, expressed through his lawyer that he wanted to move back to Florida. Though Biondi had not received any documents from Nevada officials, she wrote in a letter to Florida Department of Corrections secretary Julie Jones, “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option.”

Simpson could be released as early as Monday, but TMZ reported Nevada officials may change the schedule due to a potential “swarm” of media at the release point. After his release, O.J. will live, for now, in a gated community outside Las Vegas.

Florida is his preferred residence since the state’s “homestead act” protects his primary residence from creditors. His youngest children also live there. Simpson still owes well over $30 million to the families of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman–the result of a civil wrongful death suit Simpson lost in 1997. The Daily Mail reported that Simpson is asking up to $5 million for his first post-prison interview.

Simpson still receives his monthly NFL pension, which is also protected from creditors. Upon his release, he will have to comply with the terms of his parole, which will certainly include drug testing, regular contact with his parole officers, and other requirements. In order to move to Florida, he will need permission from both Nevada and Florida corrections officials. It’s unlikely he’ll get that, based on Biondi’s letter.

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Florida AG Pam Bondi: O.J. Simpson not welcome in the Sunshine State

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/florida-ag-pam-bondi-oj-simpson-not-welcome-in-the-sunshine-state/article/2636177Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Friday that her state “objects” to Simpson returning to Florida to serve parole after he is released from a Nevada prison.

“Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson’s background, his wanton disregard for the lives of others, and of his scofflaw attitude with respect to the heinous acts for which he has been found civilly liable,” Bondi said. “The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option … Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”

Florida doesn’t want O.J. Simpson when he’s released from prison – CBSSports.com

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/florida-doesnt-want-o-j-simpson-when-hes-released-from-prison/Simpson has been incarcerated at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada since 2008 after he was sentenced to 33 years in prison — nine years minimum —  for multiple charges, which included burglary, robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Simpson was granted parole on July 20 by four members of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, and that made him eligible for release on Sunday, Oct. 1.

“He’s really looking forward to the simple pleasures. Seeing his family on the outside, spending time with them, eating food that’s not packaged,” Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne told “Good Morning America,” adding that the former football star wants to eat steak and get a new iPhone once he’s released.

O.J. Simpson to focus on ‘friends, family and golf’ after release – CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/us/o-j-simpson-parole-release-road-to-freedom/index.htmlLas Vegas (CNN)The last leg of O.J. Simpson’s odyssey to freedom will cut through one of the grayest, most desolate stretches of America. Signposts suggest it will end at one of the country’s most affluent green enclaves.

O.J.’s Release May Be Blocked … Prison Doesn’t Want ‘Another Diana’ | TMZ.com

http://www.tmz.com/2017/09/29/oj-simpson-release-prison-may-be-blocked-dangerous-media-fear-chase/Officials for the Nevada Dept. of Corrections tell TMZ, if the release point — 30 miles outside of Vegas — is swarmed by media, O.J. will not be set free. As one prison official put it, “We don’t want another Princess Diana situation” … the fear being a chase that could result in injury or death.

The concern is not just Simpson. Prison officials say they’re worried innocent bystanders might be mowed down in a chase.

Prison officials say they’ve been notified media from all over the world will be at the release point and they believe European media is even more aggressive than American paparazzi and think the line will almost certainly be crossed.

OJ Simpson wants $5MILLION for first post-prison interview | Daily Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4936850/OJ-Simpson-wants-5MILLION-post-prison-interview.htmlSimpson’s team has reportedly reached out to several outlets to gauge interest. It’s unknown if the interest is mutual, but the former football star is said to ask for anywhere between $3million and $5million.

Some possible names expected to snag the first interview are NBC’s Matt Lauer, Megyn Kelly or Lester Holt; ABC’s Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan; or CBS’s newest ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Oprah Winfrey.

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Final thoughts

This was inevitable. O.J. Simpson was a model prisoner. Eventually, he was going to be paroled, and here it is. Everyone in the celebrity-obsessed media will want to talk to him, and some will be willing to pay. He has his NFL pension, so he can live fairly well. Does he deserve to spend the rest of his days playing golf and eating steak in Florida? Not really. But he’ll spend them nonetheless doing those things in Nevada.

I personally think everyone should just ignore Simpson and let him quietly go away. But not in Florida.

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The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

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The anti-MAGA hoax epidemic

There’s a trend that’s been quietly, consistently rearing its ugly head against the President of the United States and his supporters since before the 2016 election. We’ve seen it among unhinged journalists, virtue-signaling celebrities, and Democratic politicians. We’ve seen it manifest in the ugliest form of hatred – the common hate-hoax – and it’s doing more to divide America than the source of the perpetrators’ anger.

They hate President Trump. They hate the people who got him elected. The hate the idea of making America great again because as much of the MAGA agenda comes to pass, they’re learning they’ve been wrong the whole time. I know first hand. I’ve been proven wrong myself.

No, I’m not a hate-hoaxer, but I’ve been against the President to varying degrees for over three years now. Before he officially won the GOP nomination in 2016, I opposed him because I felt he would do too much damage while delivering only a moderate amount of good policies. He wasn’t as bad as John Kasich or Jeb Bush, but we had Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul as better candidates. Nevertheless, he won the nomination, prompting me to spend the final leg of the 2016 election without a horse in the race. I didn’t like the idea of Trump being President, but under no circumstances did I want Hillary Clinton to be President, either.

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After he won, I became a cautious but hopeful watcher. While we worked on alternatives to bring limited-government federalism to the forefront of local, state, and national politics, I took a case-by-case stance on the President himself. When he did well, I praised him. When he did poorly, I criticized him. This stance has remained until this day, though there have been times when I was more supportive or more critical, depending on the policy discussion of the day. Tax and bureaucratic cuts – good. Tariffs and bump stock bans – bad. The recent cave on the border omnibus – very bad. Most foreign policy moves (leaving Iran deal, leaving Paris accords, moving embassy to Jerusalem) – very good.

Unfortunately, it seems many on the left have been unwilling to recognize even the remotest possibility anything the President is doing is good. What’s worse is that some have been so aggressive in their desire to prove their point that they’ve pretended to be victims for the sake of getting their “victims’ perks” of love and affection from their peers while painting anyone wearing a MAGA hat as bigoted and hateful.

Thus, the anti-MAGA hate hoax was born and it’s been so prominent over the last two-and-a-half years, one must wonder how mainstream media and Democrats became so gullible that they fall for it every single time.

Andy Ngo at Quillette put together a comprehensive list of hate hoaxes that leftists have perpetrated to paint the President and his supporters as racists. It’s absolutely stunning when you see the magnitude of the hatred – THEIR hatred – that makes them willing to tell bald-faced lies just to prove the movement they oppose is as bad as they think it is.

I’ve had ideological disagreements with nearly every presidential candidate (let alone every President) since I became an adult. There’s nothing wrong with disagreement as long as one is willing to not be blinded in one direction or the other. There are plenty who blindly follow President Trump to approximately the same degree that supporters blindly followed President Obama. The herd mentality seems to have become the way of the political world in America for our last two presidents. But that blind devotion is simply an annoyance. The blind hatred that drives people to commit these hoaxes is far more dangerous.

It’s likely when the details are fully revealed regarding Jussie Smollett’s hate-hoax, it was driven more by a narcissistic desire to advance his career rather than pure hatred for the MAGA crowd or the President, but obviously the latter hatred played a role in his decision-making process. This type of action is never acceptable. We have enough outrage in America. There’s no need to manufacture even more for false reasons.

It’s time for the unhinged left to stop assuming every MAGA supporter is racist and start asking how the actions of those on their side of the political aisle drove massive amounts of people to support President Trump. Perhaps then, they’ll realize the hatred is coming mostly from them.

 


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6 illegal aliens, rivals of El Chapo, arrested in massive drug sting

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6 illegal aliens rivals of El Chapos arrested in massive drug sting

A massive drug trafficking operation by law enforcement in North Carolina resulted in the arrests of six illegal immigrants with connections to a Mexican drug cartel. The organization, which is a competitor of the Sinaloa cartel made famous by its jailed leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was operating along the east coast pushing drugs ranging from cocaine to methamphetamine.

Oscar Rangel-Gutierrez, Raul Rangel-Gutierrez, Regulo Rangel Gutierrez,  Rodolfo Martinez, Rigoberto Rangel-Gutierrez and Francisco Garcia-Martinez were arrested and tied to the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

“Members of the investigative team believe — based on wire intercepts, surveillance and other facts discovered from the investigation — that Oscar and Regulo transport illicit proceeds, derived from the sales of narcotics, when they travel from Myrtle Beach to Charlotte,” according to federal court documents, as WMBF reported.

My Take

What makes this so concerning is that Jalisco New Generation cartel is known to operate mostly out of Tijuana on the west coast of Mexico, shipping drugs along the porous southern California border. For them to be reaching all the way to the east coast is telling of their influence and reach.

Unfortunately, leftists believe in Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s solution, which is to stop drug trafficking by making it harder to cross the border at the ports of entry.

Progressives often refer to statistics that show most drug busts happen at the ports of entry, ignoring the obvious fact that fewer drug traffickers are caught when they breach the border away from ports of entry.

 


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Sex offender Anthony Weiner released from federal prison early

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Sex offender Anthony Weiner released from federal prison early

Disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been released from federal prison ahead of the completion of his 21-month term for good behavior. He is currently in a Residential Re-entry Management facility in Brooklyn, New York, where he will remain until his full release in May.

He will be on probation for three years after his release and must register as a sex offender.

My Take

Something tells me this isn’t the last we’re going to see from Anthony Weiner. He’s not only a sick, sexual pervert, but he’s also a narcissist who can be easily made to believe the people want him back in public office.

 


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