New York City Reaches $180,000 Settlement with Three Muslim Women over Hijab Lawsuit

New York City has reached a $180,000 settlement with three Muslim women after they sued the NYPD for forcing them to remove their hijabs for mugshots.

The lawsuits, which sought to change the NYPD’s policy on Muslim women refusing to wear their head coverings in mugshot photos, were settled in Brooklyn federal court Monday, the New York Daily News reported.

Each woman received a $60,000 settlement.

The cases, dating back to 2012, began when a Brooklyn teen only known as “G.E.” was arrested for getting into a fight with two girls.

When NYPD officers brought her to the 62nd precinct, they instructed her to remove her headscarf. The teen refused the officers’ orders, and was taken to a private room where a female officer took her photo separate from the men.

After being taken to a Brooklyn jail for booking, officers informed her that they could not accommodate her request because no female officers could take the photo and the camera was in a fixed spot.

The teen claimed that she felt “exposed, violated, and distraught” after a male officer took her mugshot photo of her without her hijab while officers and prisoners watched.

The NYPD issued an order that changed its policy on people who refused to remove their headscarves in March 2015. The resulting policy change required officers to inform people that the NYPD provides the option of taking booking photos in a private room with an officer of the same gender.

In Islam, it is considered sacrilegious to remove the headscarf of a Muslim woman by force. It is typical for only a Muslim woman’s husband or her family members to see her without her headscarf.


Street Artist Skewers #MeToo with Hollywood Billboards: ‘Oscar for Biggest Pedophile Goes to …’

Street artist known as Sabo is trolling celebrities ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards, erecting three billboards that send searing messages to a town whose most powerful men have been accused of decades of sexual abuse.

Photos of the three billboards, which are a play on the Oscar-nominated drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, emerged online on Wednesday, just days before hundreds of stars show up to celebrate themselves on Hollywood’s biggest night.

“And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to…” reads one of the near-fifty-foot signs.

Street artist Sabo erects billboards over Hollywood ahead of the Academy Awards.

“We all knew and still no arrests,” another billboard reads.

“Name names on stage or shut the hell up!” another says, sending a message to the many celebrities expected to urge support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-sexual harassment movements on the red carpet and from the stage.

Street artist Sabo erects billboards over Hollywood ahead of the Academy Awards.

Street artist Sabo erects billboards over Hollywood ahead of the Academy Awards.

Sabo says, according to the Hollywood Reporter, that his billboards are “meant to criticize those who allegedly enabled sexual harassment with their silence, and to tell celebrities they should refrain from preaching during their Oscar acceptance speeches — for this one year, at least.”

The street artist is no stranger to controversy. Sabo saturated the streets of Los Angeles in January with art showing Golden Globes host and late-night star Seth Myers with the caption “We All New” and a fake “Stop” sign urging stars to stop “Pedophiles,” “Perverts,” and “Rapists.”



Hollywood celebrities arriving for Sunday night’s Golden Globes in Los Angeles with artwork implying that many of them knew about widespread allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and did nothing to act.

Photos posted on social media show the art, which consists of several pieces including a mock poster featuring this year’s Globes host, late-night host Seth Meyers, as well as a fake “Stop” sign that urges a stop to “Pedophiles,” “Perverts,” and “Rapists.”

Sabo has lampooned celebrities, CEOs, and politicians from Harvey Weinstein to Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to disgraced Sen. Al Franken.

ABC late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel — who has recently been mocked by Sabo — is set to return to host the 90th Academy Awards and says he doesn’t want to “ruin” Sunday’s show by cracking jokes about Hollywood’s widespread sexual misconduct scandal.

Source: Sticks with NRA, Preserves Discounted Rate for NRA Members

HotelPlanner CEO says they will not boycott NRA CEO Tim Hentschel says his company will stick with the NRA and continue to offer discounts to NRA members.

Fox Business quoted Hentschel as he explained that staying with the NRA “is not about politics at all.” Rather, he said, “It’s about classic hospitality and not getting involved in a boycott war.”

He added, “I know what it’s like to feel vulnerable and scared. It’s not about me, it’s not about personal beliefs,” he said. “It’s just about the right for businesses to honor contracts. I have a contract, and I will honor it, and I will stand by it.”

Hentschel said he has been attacked personally for deciding to honor agreements with the NRA, that people have “accused him of being an out-of-touch, privileged CEO.” He quickly notes that he grew up living out of a car in utter poverty in Los Angeles before being adopted into a family that provided structure for him.’s decision to stick with the NRA comes just days after FedEx announced that it would not cut ties with the NRA either. While FedEx does not support civilian ownership of AR-15s, the company made clear that it “strongly [supports] the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to own firearms.”

Over a dozen other companies–including Delta Airlines, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Best Western, MetLife, Hertz, and Allied Van Lines–caved to an anti-NRA campaign and announced they were cutting ties with the NRA last week.


Watch: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Burn CNN So Badly The Whole Room Let Out An Audible Gasp

Kirsters Baish| We have a wonderful White House Press Secretary looking out for us these days. Sarah Huckabee Sanders knows her stuff, and she isn’t afraid to totally roast and reporter that comes after Trump and his administration. CNN’s Jim Acosta keeps on learning this the hard way at press briefings. Tuesday’s press briefing was no different.

The argument that Sanders and Acosta got into was about the term “border defense.” Tuesday’s press briefing came after President Trump’s negotiations with Republicans and Democrats on DACA as well as securing the border between the United States and Mexico.

BizPac Review reported that the briefing came after what they called “an unprecedented move” by President Trump when he allowed the press to come to almost an hour of a bipartisan meeting which took place at the White House. The discussion was on immigration. Almost a dozen Republican and Democrat members of Congress met to negotiate immigration reform as well as border security. Reporters were allowed to observe and even film the meeting, which usually would have been a private meeting.

During the press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if the “wall has to be part of a deal” when it comes to border security. Sanders’s response was epic. She shot back that border security “has to be part of the process,” while it “doesn’t necessarily mean a physical wall.”

Acosta kept on running his mouth, as per usual. He went on, “You understand Democrats are saying they may not be in favor of this kind of deal?”

Sanders didn’t hesitate when she answered, “If Democrats aren’t in favor of protecting American citizens, I think we have hit a sad day in American history. But I don’t believe that to be the case. Because as many of them say as they sat around the table when several of you were in the room, they are committed to border security, they do want it, and most of them voted for it previously before this legislation hit the floor.”

At the first White House press briefing of the new year, Sanders was questioned about the recent protests in Iran. One reporter questioned if Trump’s support for the Iranian protesters might have caused backlash against them. The question itself was rather strange and didn’t even seem relevant, but Sanders had a great answer. Read More


It’s Official Sessions Is Back! DOJ Opening Investigation Into Obama Admin Crimes

Elder Patriot – Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday reiterated the promise he made on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the Justice Department would be investigating the FBI for abuses of power committed by the agency under the Obama administration.

“Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court has to be accurate. 

“That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate at the Department of Justice in providing anything less than the proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant.”

The investigation will initially focus on the manner and evidence that the Obama administration used to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on members of the Trump campaign.

Sessions’ decision was, at least in part, a response to a criminal referral Senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham sent to the Department of Justice on January 4, 2018 outlining potential violations of 18 U.S. Code § 1001.

The statements of facts listed in the new memo corroborate expand on those in the Nunes memo and, coupled with the 18 U.S. Code § 1001 referral, would indicate that Steele is not the lone prize Grassley and Graham are targeting.  Not even close.

Keeping in mind Sessions’ announcement last November that he had directed prosecutors to “evaluate certain issues” involving Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation there is ample evidence that the Obama administration is finally coming under the scrutiny that it deserves.

For those who have been victims of the Obama administration’s lawless disregard of the Constitutional restraints put on government as Obama sought unbridled power and control, this moment is especially sweet.

Right up until this week Obama has continued pitching his snake oil to us, telling an audience at MIT “We didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” 

That, of course, was the result of an FBI and a Justice Department that came under the jack-booted but sweet-talking, snake oil selling president with the charming smile.

Here are just a few scandals list by Breitbart just before Obama left office in January of 2017 that would’ve ended the presidency of any Republican president:

  • The great stimulus heist that left Americans footing the bill for was an army of government jobs, and a lavish network of slush funds for the Democratic Party and its union allies. 
  • Operation Fast and Furious that used American gun dealers and straw purchasers to arm Mexican drug lords, and that resulted in a huge body count including prominently including Border Patrol Agents.
  • Eric Holder was the first sitting member of a president’s cabinet in the history of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress.
  • ObamaCare is a scam, pure and simple – sold on false pretenses by people who knew it wasn’t going to work the way they promised. It doesn’t feel right to dismiss it as a “failed” scheme when so much of the failure was intentional. 
  • Multiple occasions where his administration was caught spying on journalists
  •  The selective targeting of conservative groups by a politicized Internal Revenue Service
  • Hillary Clinton’s use of an illegal server in violation of the Espionage Act and that Obama had full knowledge of and participated in.
  • The NSA spying scandal that focused more on intelligence gathering on Americans than foreign enemies.
  • Building Iran into a nuclear power and funding that development
  • Shutting down the investigation into Hezbollah’s billion dollar per year drug operation in the United States
  • The sale of 20% of Uranium One to Russia that can be viewed as nothing other that selling out vital American national security interests.

Incredibly, this is only a partial list.  As indicated above, the mild mannered Attorney General should not be underestimated.  The FISA investigation is just the tip of the iceberg.


Supreme Court Delivers Devastating Blow To Immigrants

The Supreme Court has ruled individuals held in immigration detention are not entitled to bail hearings.

From NY Times: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that people held in immigration detention, sometimes for years, are not entitled to periodic hearings to decide whether they may be released on bail.

The vote was 5 to 3, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. Justice Stephen G. Breyer summarized his dissent from the bench, a rare move signaling intense disagreement.

The majority ruled on narrow grounds, saying that the immigration laws do not by their terms authorize the hearings.

It sent the case back to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, instructing it to consider whether the Constitution requires the hearings.