PC GONE WILD? ‘Gone With The Wind’ banned due to ‘racially insensitive’ content

MEMPHIS, TN — 1930’s film classic “Gone With the Wind” has been banned from screening due to what activists have deemed “racially insensitive” content.

The Oscar winning film starring Vivien Leigh and Clarke Gable, has been removed from a historic Memphis, Tennessee theater that had showcased “Gone With the Wind” screenings for more than 34 years.

In a statement, the president of the Orpheum Theatre confirmed the decision to ban the film on the basis of its “insensitive” content.

“The Orpheum appreciates feedback on its programming from all members of the mid-south community,” Orpheum president Bret Batterson said. “As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves,’ the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population.”

“This is something that’s been questioned every year,” Batterson’s statement continued, “but the social media storm this year really brought it home.”

Film lovers were quick to voice their outrage over the decision, with many taking to Orpheum’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1690854501220051/permalink/1743908129248021/?action_history=null) to vent their frustration.

“This is the stupidest thing I have heard lately and believe me there have been some really stupid things done lately in the name of ‘racism’ – How ignorant are you people – Never will I go to this theater or any other one that promotes this BS,” one commenter wrote.

“A full boycott of the Orpheum should commence immediately, and not cease until this abominable decision is rescinded. Period,” wrote another.

According to the film fact website IMDB, Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” in the 1939 film, was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Based on the 1936 novel by Atlanta’s Margaret Mitchell, “Gone With the Wind” was set in the South during the Civil War and included scenes involving slavery. The movie won eight Oscars, including picture of the year.

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POLICE: Body of missing pregnant woman discovered in river; baby found alive

FARGO, N.D. — The body of a woman who disappeared when she was 8 months pregnant has been discovered, say police, in a river not far from where she disappeared.

Law enforcement sources say the body of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind was discovered by kayakers on Sunday after her body washed up on shore. Police have confirmed that the body was wrapped in plastic and appears to have been intentionally dumped.

The gruesome discovery comes more than a week after Greywind was reported missing on August 19.

According to a report published by The Duluth News Tribune Greywind was last seen last Saturday after a woman living in a third-floor apartment knocked on her family’s basement door, asking LaFontaine-Greywind if she would model a dress the woman was sewing (http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4316286-somethings-wrong-disappearance-pregnant-fargo-woman-still-mystery).

When Greywind failed to return a short time later, her mother knocked on the door of the upstairs apartment and was told her daughter had left.

“I immediately knew something was wrong because her car is here,” her mother said. “She’s eight months pregnant. Her feet were swollen, so she wouldn’t have taken up walking like that. There was pizza here that she hadn’t eaten. She would not just leave that lady’s apartment and go somewhere.”

“She’s in danger,” her mother said at the time. “Something’s wrong.”

Days after her disappearance, a two day old baby girl was discovered inside the apartment building in which Greywind lived. The infant was reportedly in good health and showed no signs of trauma.

William Henry Hoehn, 32, and 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection with Greywind’s case but have refused to answer questions about how they gained possession of the child.

Although DNA has not yet confirmed that the child found in the apartment is related, police sources say they have every reason to believe that the child is Greywind’s.

Both Hoehn and Crews remained jailed on Monday and it remains unclear whether they have entered a plea or obtained legal counsel.

A news conference is planned for Monday where Fargo Police say they will offer additional updates to the case.

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A SIGN FROM ABOVE? Ultrasound captures image of what parents say is Jesus watching over unborn daughter

Chambersburg, PA — After learning they were pregnant, Alicia Zeek and Zac Smith say they were overjoyed but worried due to the severe complications the couple had encountered during Zeek’s two previous pregnancies.

But a routine ultrasound put their minds to ease, says the couple, when an ultrasound technician captured an on screen image of what they claim is Jesus watching over their unborn daughter.

“When they gave it to us… Umm, to me, it’s Jesus. And it looks like Jesus,” says Zeek.

The pair had already struggled with medical issues during Zeek’s previous pregnancies that threatened the lives of both their son and their older daughter and were nervous upon entering the ultrasound room, unsure as to what they would find. Now, after seeing the image, the parents-to-be say they know everything is going to be alright.

“I blinked a lot, to kinda make sure I was really seeing it…” Zeek, who says she was never religious before this experience, told WPMT. “To me, it’s Jesus. It looks like Jesus.”

Smith says he feels the same. “This is distinct– I mean, there’s another face looking at my daughter,” he said. “When I seen it, it almost brought tears to my eyes … I was speechless, I just couldn’t believe it, I really didn’t believe what I was seeing.”

After reviewing the ultrasound results, doctors have confirmed what the pair say they already knew. Their baby, a little girl, appears perfectly healthy.

“The angel or God or Jesus, however you want to propose it, I look at it as my blessing,” said Smith.

The couple plan on naming the baby Briella. Her big brother and big sister, they say, can’t wait to meet her.

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‘HE’S MY HERO’: Quick thinking 10 year old delivers newborn baby; saves Mom’s life

Sulphur, LA — A 10 year old boy is being hailed as a hero after the quick thinking youngster delivered his newborn baby brother and saved his own mother’s life.

Ashley Moreau says she was home alone with her 10 year old son Jayden on August 11 when her water broke. Just 34 weeks along, Moreau told her son to go next door to alert his grandmother, who called 911.

As Moreau waited for help to arrive, she says her son took control of the situation after returning back to the house to find his mother bleeding on the bathroom floor. As it became obvious that the baby was not going to wait for paramedics before making his grand entrance into the world, little Jayden knew it was on him to help save the day.

“When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘OK Mom, just tell me what I need to do,’” Moreau told KPLC (http://www.kplctv.com/story/36181469/boy-who-saved-mom-brothers-life-given-key-to-city-of-sulphur). “He didn’t look scared, he looked calm and brave and I said ‘OK I’m going to tell you what to do and we need to get your brother out as fast as possible because he’s breech and he can’t breathe.”

After delivering the baby on the bathroom floor, Jayden somehow had the forethought to run to the kitchen and get a nasal aspirator to help the baby breathe.

“I wasn’t even thinking, I was just amazed,” Fontenot said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Kelsey Richard, the baby’s father, said he wasn’t made aware of his stepson’s heroism until he arrived at the hospital shortly after mother and baby were transported by paramedics.

“You don’t hear about stuff like this,” Richard told KPLC. “It’s amazing how brave and everything he was. Calm, collected, he saved their life. He’s a hero.”

At an assembly at Jayden’s elementary school, the boy was honored by the city and given a proclamation from the Mayor of Sulphur.

In addition to receiving the key to the city, only the second to be awarded in the mayor’s career, Jayden was given the title of hero, and Chief of Police Lewis Coats gave him a certificate to be chief for a day to use whenever he wants.

“Jayden is a hero in the City of Sulphur’s eyes,” said Mayor Chris Duncan. “He saved the life of not only his mom, but his little brother Daxx.”

“It’s a special thing, heroes in our eyes, get the biggest honor the City of Sulphur can do, and we have a big key to give him today,” Mayor Duncan said while presenting Jayden with the key to the city.

As for the town’s littlest hero, he seems to be taking all the new found attention in stride.

When asked how he felt about being honored by the mayor, Jayden replied, “I feel excited I guess.”

Jayden’s new brother is still recovering in the hospital, but doctors say he is doing well and is expected to be released by the end of the week.

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VIDEO AND FULL TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTS ON CHARLOTTESVILLE; VOWS FEDERAL RESPONSE

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump on Monday issued statement from the White House about the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend after white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters, resulting in one death and dozens of injuries.

Following is the complete transcript of his remarks:

PRESIDENT TRUMP:

“Thank you.

I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy and major tax cuts and reform. We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker. And it’s about time.

Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs. Unemployment is at a 16-year low and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over one million jobs since I took office. We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon.

But based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone. I just met with F.B.I. Director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others.

To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. As I said on Saturday, we condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.

And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God.

We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty, that bring us together as Americans.

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator. We are equal under the law. And we are equal under our Constitution.

Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America. Two days ago, a young American woman, Heather Heyer, was tragically killed. Her death fills us with grief and we send her family our thoughts, our prayers and our love.

We also mourn the two Virginia state troopers who died in service to their community, their commonwealth and their country. Troopers Jay Cullen and Berke Bates exemplify the very best of America and our hearts go out to their families, their friends and every member of American law enforcement.

These three fallen Americans embody the goodness and decency of our nation. In times such as these, America has always shown its true character. Responding to hate with love, division with unity and violence with an unwavering resolve for justice.

As a candidate I promised to restore law and order to our country and our federal law enforcement agencies are following through on that pledge. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear.

We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans, and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams, in their hearts, and to express the love and joy in their souls.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much.”

Click link below for full video of the president’s speech courtesy Associated Press:

https://static01.nyt.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000005363413

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MORE TO COME: WHITE NATIONALISTS SAY CHARLOTTESVILLE ‘JUST THE BEGINNING’

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Organizers behind last weekend’s White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia say the event, which led to rioting, one death and dozens more injured, was just the beginning and that they have plan on pulling back their efforts, despite President Trump’s call on Monday for a federal crackdown.

The University of Florida confirmed on Monday that “white rights” leader Richard Spencer has sought permission to speak there next month. Also on Monday, white nationalist Preston Wiginton said he is planning a “White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University to be held sometime in September.

“We’re going to be more active than ever before,” Matthew Heimbach, a leader in the white nationalist movement, said Monday.

Violence at the event erupted on Saturday after James Alex Fields Jr. was charged with killing a woman by driving his car into a group of counter-protesters at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Fields, 20, was held without bail on murder charges. Before the attack Fields was photographed at the rally wearing a shield bearing the emblem of the white nationalist Vanguard America, though the group has denied that he was a member.

“It was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Robert Armengol, who was on scene for a live podcast he hosts with students at the University of Virginia. “After that it was pandemonium. The car hit reverse and sped and everybody who was up the street in my direction started running.”

Speaking at the White House, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the violence and vowed “swift” federal response.

“Racism is evil,” Trump said at the White House. “And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

“I just met with FBI director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice has opened a civil-rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others,” the president added. “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held accountable. Justice will be delivered.”

Despite the president’s condemnation of the event, Jeff Schoep, director of the White Nationalist movement said Charlottesville praised the efforts of the protesters, but also condemned the violence that occurred at the rally. “Any time someone loses their life it’s unfortunate,” he said.

Schoep went on to say that inadequate police protection and counter-demonstrators were to blame for the violence and that white nationalists will not be deterred from planning future demonstrations or their efforts to preserve their southern heritage.

“It’s an assault on American freedoms. Today it’s Confederate monuments. Tomorrow it may be the Constitution or the American flag,” Schoep said.

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JUSTICE FOR JOE? TRUMP ‘SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING’ PARDON FOR ARPAIO

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio may soon be off the hook on charges of defying a court order courtesy President Donald Trump.

According to a report published Monday by Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/14/trump-seriously-considering-pardon-for-sheriff-joe-arpaio.html) the president is “seriously considering” pardoning the tough talking 85 year old.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said during an interview at his New Jersey club. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court late July for continuing to question Hispanics about their legal status during traffic stops after being ordered not to do so, now faces up to six months behind bars. He is best known for his no nonsense approach to law enforcement during the 24 years he served as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, where inmates under his supervision were ordered to wear pink and sleep in outdoor tents in the often brutal Arizona heat.

Unapologetic for his tough stance toward criminals, Arpaio also banned inmates from possessing “sexually explicit material” including Playboy magazine, reinstituted chain gangs and was known to feed his prisoners a bland diet of bread and water.

“This is jail. Not a country club I’m running,” Arpaio once said.

President Trump said he disagrees with the conviction of Arpaio, who was simply trying to uphold the immigration laws of the land

“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration then Sheriff Joe?” Trump asked of Arpaio. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”

As for when a pardon could be expected, Trump wouldn’t say, but indicated that he may move swiftly to pardon the former sheriff. “I might do it right away, maybe early this week. I am seriously thinking about it,” he said.

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SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE: ARPAIO FOUND GUILTY OF CRIMINAL CONTEMPT

PHOENIX, AZ — Tough talking former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty on Monday of of criminal contempt for defying a judge’s court order to stop traffic patrols that opponents say targeted immigrants.

Arpaio, 85, was charged with misdemeanor contempt of court for what prosecutors claimed was an intentional defiance of a judge’s 2011 order to stop detaining drivers on the grounds of suspected illegal immigration status.

During the trial, prosecutors told the judge that Arpaio blew off the 2011 to stop picking up suspected illegal immigrants, and handing them over to ICE and Border Patrol in an effort to win reelection during his 2012 campaign.

“He wanted to raise money and win re-election, and it worked,” prosecutor John Keller told the court.

Arpaio, who earned the nickname as “America’s toughest sheriff,” has long been known for his no nonsense stance toward illegal immigration and his tough treatment toward the prisoners in his jail. While prisoners in other jurisdictions enjoyed benefits such as air condition and cable TV, Arpaio prided himself on the fact that prisoners in his facility slept in tents and enjoyed no electronic forms of entertainment. “This is a prison, not a country club,” Arpaio said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on the guilty verdict shortly after the decision was announced:

“Although the election in November was a statement by this community to put an end to the prior administration’s practices, the verdict today by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton is a conclusion to the disservice and distractions caused by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We have a great respect for the justice system and the process and responsibility to carry out justice.

As for this office, we remain steadfast in our efforts to serve the needs of public safety, to improve quality of relations with the community and to ensure that the men and women of this organization have the utmost respect for the law and the authority for which we are empowered.”

Sheriff Paul Penzone, Arpaio’s predecessor who defeated him in is run for re-election in 2016, announced in April that he would close down Arpaio’s tent jails and move prisoners to more modern facilities.

Arpaio is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and faces up to six months in jail, although most legal analysts say that, due to his age, it’s doubtful he will serve jail time.

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CALEXIT: GROUP SEEKING SUCCESSION CAN BEGIN COLLECTING SIGNATURES, SAYS ATTORNEY GENERAL

SACRAMENTO, CA — A group behind the movement for California to secede from the United States can start begin signatures for its ballot initiative, says the state’s attorney general.

On Tuesday the state attorney general issued an official ballot measure and declared the campaign can now start gathering the more than 585,000 signatures it will need to qualify for the 2018 ballot.

The measure would form a commission to recommend avenues in which California could pursue its independence and delete part of the state constitution that says it is an inseparable part of the U.S. The measure would also instruct the governor and California congressional delegation to negotiate more autonomy for the state.

A prior “Calexit” proposal was withdrawn in April by it’s author, Marcus Ruiz Evans, after a fellow member of Evans’ panel became engulfed in controversy over his alleged ties to Russia.

Evans departed the group, Yes California, and paired up with the California Freedom Coalition, which began drawing up new language to put the question of whether or not to secede to the state’s voters in 2018. Evans says the new initiative contains “very different wording” from the prior proposal and is designed to make the “benefits” of succession much more clear to the voter.

According to a report published by LA Weekly (http://www.laweekly.com/news/california-secession-initiative-to-be-refiled-next-week-8221721) California Freedom Coalition board member Steve Gonzales says the proposal, if approved by voters, would give state and federal lawmakers three options: Reform voting rights and repair gerrymandered districts; keep California as a quasi-independent state within the union, one where Gonzales says “decisions at the federal level have little impact on the lives of Californians”; or grant and implement full-on secession.

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TRUMP TO TRANSGENDERS: ‘YOU’RE OUT’; PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES RETURN TO BAN ON TRANSGENDERS IN MILITARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a stunning announcement, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced an immediate reversal on former president Barack Obama’s policy which allowed transgendered persons to serve in the U.S. military.

In a series of tweets posted to his official Twitter account, the president wrote:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

The announcement quickly caused a wave of backlash from members of the LGBTQ community who called the announcement an offense to transgendered individuals.

“This is worse than don’t ask don’t tell, this is don’t serve, don’t serve,” The National Center for Transgender Equality said in a written statement. “This is an appalling attack on our service members; it is about bigotry rather than military readiness, reason or science. It is indefensible and cannot stand.”

However, the announcement was met with high praise from pro-family and pro-military groups who felt the Obama era policy was harmful to active military members and promoted the wrong priorities.

“I applaud President Trump for keeping his promise to return to military priorities – and not continue the social experimentation of the Obama era that has crippled our nation’s military,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement. “The military can now focus its efforts on preparing to fight and win wars rather than being used to advance the Obama social agenda.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) was also quick to praise the president’s decision.

“Pleased to hear that @realDonaldTrump shares my readiness and cost concerns, & will be changing this costly and damaging policy #readiness,” Hartzler wrote on Twitter upon hearing the news.

Many believe the decision to reverse the controversial policy was fueled by tough talking Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who last month delayed the review of the Obama mandate that allowed transgender people to join the military.

In a statement in June, Mattis approved a recommendation to defer the decision to allow transgender individuals to join the military, a policy known more commonly as accession. “The services will review their accession plans and provide input on the impact to the readiness and lethality of our forces,” the statement read.

Mattis was asked during his confirmation hearing in January whether he would move to ban openly gay and transgendered from service on the basis that their presence somehow makes the military seem less lethal.

“Frankly, senator, I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with,” Mattis responded, but refused to comment as to whether or not he felt their presence eroded the military’s image.

In a statement from The Pentagon, Capt. Jeff Davis refused to comment on the president’s announcement of reversal and deferred all questions on the new policy to The White House.

“We refer all questions about the President’s statements to the White House,” a statement from Davis read. “We will continue to work closely with the White House to address the new guidance provided by the Commander-in-Chief on transgender individuals serving the military. We will provide revised guidance to the Department in the near future.”

A 2016 study by Rand Corp. estimated that approximately 6,630 transgender individuals were actively serving in the U.S. military. The total force is about 1.3 million. Under the Obama mandate, any transgendered person who chose to have gender reassignment surgery would be provided treatment and said surgery on the tax payer’s dime.

Prior to the Obama mandate, the Pentagon banned transgender troops from openly serving in the military. Any transgendered person who intentionally revealed their transgender service would be discharged or denied reenlistment.

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