*Comey: Trump ‘Defamed’ Me and FBI With ‘Lies, Plain and Simple’
Former FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that “the administration then chose to defame me… [with] lies, plain and simple.” Comey was testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee; he disputed President Trump’s account that he had lost the confidence of the FBI or that the bureau was in disarray or being led poorly. “He told me repeatedly he had talked to lots of people about me, including our current attorney general and had learned that I was doing a great job and that I was extremely well-liked by the FBI workforce,” Comey said. “So it confused me when I saw on television the president saying that he actually fired me because of the Russian investigation and learned again from the media that he was telling, privately, other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian investigation.”
*Defeated LeBron James Admits: I’ve Never Played Against This Much Firepower
Following his team’s third straight loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, an exasperated LeBron Jamessaid Wednesday night that his rivals possess “probably the most firepower I’ve played in my career.” James and his Cleveland Cavaliers fell again, in a 118-113 loss, with the Warriors now one win away from the championship. The Cavs had by six points with 3 minutes and 9 seconds left in the game—before Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the team closed on an 11-0 run. “I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut,” James said. “I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower.” Game 4 begins at 9 p.m. ET on Friday night in Cleveland.
*ISIS-Supporting News Agency Tells Muslims to Avoid ‘Gathering Places of the Crusaders’:
A pro-ISIS news agency has told followers to stay away from the ‘gathering places of the Crusaders’ as it warns that ‘thousands of lonely lions’ are prepared to slaughter civilians at any time. In a statement published by Nashir News Agency, people in America, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia – and those ‘outside the Caliphate’ – are warned of ‘almost daily blessed attacks’ by Islamic State fighters. ‘We will explode, run over people by vehicles and cut off their necks in any time,’ the statement reads.
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***Former New York Knicks coachDerek Fisher totaled a luxury SUV on a Los Angeles freeway this weekend, with girlfriend Gloria Govan in the passenger seat, leading to Fisher’s arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade was registered to Barnes, Govan’s infamous ex-husband, making it the latest chapter in this rowdy NBA love triangle. The California Highway Patrol said the car was on Freeway 101 approaching the 405 interchange in Sherman Oaks early Sunday when it veered onto the paved shoulder, hit the raised concrete and metal barrier, flipped over and skidded toward the middle of the highway on its roof.
· Approximately 30% of the air pollution in San Francisco originates in China.
· Approximately 1/3 of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution. Hormones in human sewage, including those produced by the female contraceptive pill, are thought to be the main cause.
· Global warming is not only shrinking the polar icecaps, it is also shrinking the genitals of polar bears in east Greenland.
· An estimated 1,000 children in India die every day due to disease caused by polluted water.
· In response to the nuclear crisis after the 2011 tsunami, the Japanese government dumped 11 million liters (2 million gallons) of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. A few days later, radioactive fish were found 50 miles offshore
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Phil Collins is on the mend after falling in his hotel room. The legendary singer’s team announced on Facebook Thursday morning that Collins rose in the middle of the night to use the restroom when he fell and hit his head on a chair. As a result, Collins, 66, was treated with stitches for a “severe gash on his head close to his eye.”
*LBN-INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS:
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Justin Long has signed with UTA, as have The White Princess star Jacob Collins-Levy and filmmakers Fellipe Barbosa and Santiago Mitre. ***Jean Reno has signed with Paradigm. ***Politico White House correspondent turned CNN political analyst Tara Palmeri has signed with WME. ***Michelle Branch has signed with APA. ***Pianist Lang Lang has signed with CAA. ***Chris Petrikin, longtime chief communications officer for 20th Century Fox, is joining Paramount Pictures as executive vice president of global communications and corporate branding. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos in the newly created post. He will work closely with Gianopulos and Paramount’s film and television leadership to develop the studio’s corporate brand and global communications strategies. Petrikin begins his new role on Monday.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Before and After Sharia Law: A Cautionary Tale —— https://youtu.be/hNjae521qa8
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Producer and manager Susan B. Landau, whose clients included writer Simon Beaufoy and directorStephen Surjik, died May 31 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to her family. She was 65. Landau managed creatives including “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar winner Beaufoy, “Wayne’s World 2” director Surjik, and “The Originals” co-executive producer Christopher Hollier.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Winners take responsibility, losers blame others.” —– www.TheExcelCommunity.com
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Barbie Latza Nadeau: Valeria Khalija Collina, the mother of London Bridge terrorist Youssef Zaghba, is uneasy, shifting in her chair, showing no emotion, her eyes vacant, as we talk in her modest first-floor apartment in this tiny village outside Bologna. The 68-year-old, originally from here, wears a black headscarf and looks like almost any Italian matron her age. But as she slaloms a fine line between condemning her 22-year-old son for the deadly June 4 terrorist attack on London Bridge and explaining away his radical views, she seems both scared and confident. Her living room is decorated with classic Italian prints of still life fruit as well as Islamic art. The floor is covered with a large oriental carpet and low pillows. A gilded copy of the Quran is on display. “There are no words,” she told The Daily Beast and a handful of journalists gathered in her living room. “He met the wrong people. I don’t know what they did to him.” Collina said she knew her son was being radicalized, but she didn’t know exactly what to do about it, though she stops short of taking the blame. “Parents always ask what they could have done in situations like this,” she said. “It’s a natural response.”
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Jennifer Aniston: If Friends was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring at their iPhones.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Bret Stephens: Is Donald Trump a Kanamit? The Kanamits are the space aliens who come to Earth in an old “Twilight Zone” episode. “We ask only that you trust us, only that you simply trust us,” the benevolent-seeming Kanamit emissary tells United Nations delegates while promising to foster the general uplift of the human race. The emissary leaves behind a book in the Kanamit language. A team of analysts translates the title as “To Serve Man,” but they get no further. Only as masses of credulous people board spaceships for what they think will be a wonderful visit to the Kanamit planet does the real nature of the book become clear. “Don’t get on that ship!” cries the analyst who figures out the book’s true purpose. “The rest of the book, ‘To Serve Man,’ it’s… it’s a cookbook!” Welcome to the Trump presidency.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Ben Stein: Not long ago in a newly rainy and foggy Los Angeles, I was heading to our home in Beverly Hills. My wife was not home, so I was alone in my immense car. Our garage is off an alley behind my garage, and as I pulled into the space behind my garage, about to open the garage door, I saw what i thought was a bag of trash lying in front of the door. I didn’t want to run over it, so I stopped and flicked on my bricks. It was not a bag of trash. It was a man of medium height., passed out, asleep on the pavement. The noise of my car plus the bright lights obviously awaked him and he slowly scuttled away down the alley. I was terrified. What if he had a knife? What if he were angry at me for waking him up for even existing in such a big house when he had nothing but rags and hard asphalt to sleep on? I drove rapidly to the Beverly Hills Police Department, and he got a couple of officers to come with me into our home and make sure he was not lurking there. They looked around then left.
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Ryan Lochte is a dad. The disgraced Olympic swimmer and his fiancée, Kayla Rae Reid, welcomed a baby boy named Caiden Zane Lochte at 5:46 a.m. Thursday morning, Lochte’s rep confirmed. This is the couple’s first child. Lochte, 32, and Reid, 25, announced they were expecting in December, two months after breaking the news of their engagement.
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