LBN – Special Report – Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

*Trump: I’m Banning Transgender Recruits in the Military

President Trump wants to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, reversing course from PresidentObama having lifted the ban last year. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts,” the president tweeted Wednesday morning, “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.” Obama’s policy was set to take effect on July 1, but the Department of Defense announced then that it would delay accepting transgender recruits until Jan. 1, 2018, to allow for further assessment of the policy’s effects. The Daily Beast previously profiled Kristin Beck, a transgender veteran who spent 20 years in military special operations, with 13 deployments, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a SEAL Trident to her name.
*President Trump Now Bashes Jeff Sessions for Not Firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe
President Trump continued to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a pair of tweets Wednesday morning, this time questioning why acting FBI director Andrew McCabe was not fired for his ties to Hillary Clinton. “Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives,” Trump tweeted. “Drain the Swamp!” The president has lashed out against the attorney general several times this week, telling the New York Times that he would not have hired Sessions had he known the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

*Poll: Half of Trump Voters Say Trump Won Popular Vote

Forty-nine percent of Trump voters surveyed said they believe the real-estate mogul won the popular vote in last year’s presidential election, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll. Only 40 percent of that same group correctly replied that Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. Overall, 59 percent of voters polled said Clinton won over more actual American voters than Trump. The president himself asserted the untruth on Twitter last year. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted in late November. In reality, according to the Federal Election Commission, Clinton won nearly 2.9 million more votes than Trump.
*Auschwitz Artifacts to Go on Tour, Very Carefully: 
More than 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the first traveling exhibition about the Nazi death camp will begin a journey later this year to 14 cities across Europe and North America, bringing heartbreaking artifacts to multitudes who have never seen such horror up close. The endeavor is one of the most high-profile attempts to educate and immerse young people for whom the Holocaust is a fading and ill-understood slice of history. The Anne Frank House, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and others all find themselves grappling with ways to engage an attention-challenged world with a dark part of its past. Yet anything that smacks of putting Auschwitz on tour instantly raises sensitivities. Organizers of the exhibition, which include the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum itself, took pains to explain that, yes, visitors would probably be charged to enter in at least some locations. But officials at that museum and the company behind the exhibition say that their intent is not to create a moneymaker out of the suffering of millions of Nazi victims.

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*Illegal Alien Driver’s Licenses Near Milestone in California:

Nearly a million illegal alien drivers could be licensed in California by the end of the year. Through June 2017, the Department of Motor Vehicles has issued approximately 905,000 driver’s licenses under Assembly Bill 60, the law requiring applicants to prove only their identity and California residency, rather than their legal presence in the state. Passed in 2013, after more than 15 years of lobbying by advocates, AB 60 was intended to bolster public safety and reduce penalties for undocumented immigrants who drive. When it finally took effect at the beginning of 2015, making California the 10th state to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the country illegally, the response was so immense that it doubled initial expectations.

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*Steve Scalise Discharged From Hospital

Rep. Steve Scalise was discharged from the hospital Wednesday and will now begin inpatient rehabilitation. A statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center confirmed Scalise has continued to make progress after he was critically wounded during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in June. “He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation,” the hospital statement said.

*Kent Moyer, CEO of 001 & The World Protection Group, Introduces New Risk/Vulnerability Intelligence Assessment System, G-THIRA

Security expert and CEO of The World Protection Group (WPG) in Beverly Hills, Shanghai, Mexico City, and New York City, Kent Moyer, is responding to the myriad of attacks on today’s corporations, special events, estates, and venues, as well as burglaries affecting both celebrities and high net worth individuals, with a state-of-the-art intelligence-based risk vulnerability system: gTHIRA. Utilizing standards used by both The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, gTHIRA is a highly intensive vulnerability and risk assessment system that is a key strategy in defending critical infrastructures. It connects to Open Source Intelligence, gets 60,000 live feeds, and is capable of identifying over 50 types of threats. It is ultimately a low cost, non-binding, secured, web-based solution that will give you the capabilities to analyze threats, hazards, and the inherent dangers of a geographical location, estate, office, or public venue. “There are a lot of antiquated electronic security systems out there,” says Kent. “Client personal security and estate or facility protection has to start with a risk/vulnerability assessment that allows us to construct a smart, cohesive, sophisticated strategy to alleviate any current or probable threats. We also use this system to gather Intelligence for all our Executive Protection details.” WPG utilizes the proprietary gTHIRA in concert with both physical and electronic systems for protection and risk management to build a comprehensive and ongoing relationship with our clients. Once their clients are in the system, they proceed to have their threat levels monitored 24/7.

*LBN-SEE IT:….A pair of eyeglasses that belonged to an Auschwitz victim

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***“Wonder Woman 2” is set to storm theaters on Dec. 13, 2019. Warner Bros. announced the date late Tuesday.   ***Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” looks to have been set to close out the 55th New York Film Festival, running September 28 through October 15. The film, starring Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake and James Belushi, will go into limited release December 1, with Amazon Studios distributing. Amazon also has Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” and Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” in choice spots at the Gotham fest.


*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Alice Cooper discovered an Andy Warhol silkscreen print that could be worth millions of dollars “rolled up in a tube” in a storage locker, The Guardian reports. The “Little Electric Chair” print was part of Warhol’s Death and Disaster series and, coincidentally, had been laying around a facility for over 40 years alongside Cooper’s Seventies-era electric chair stage prop.   ***Becoming Erika Jayne takes more than one turn in the makeup chair. Speaking with The Cut, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Girardi revealed the rigorous process behind her pop star persona’s look. “Listen, this is a lifestyle. I don’t recommend it to anyone, it’s just what I do and it’s a lot,” the 46-year-old stunner explained. “It’s a lot of upkeep. It’s a lot of time. It’s a lot of money.” Though Girardi’s platinum blonde locks bring the heat, perfecting her extensions can be an all-day ordeal.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Rod Stewart at Michael’s in NYC.   ***Kareem Abdul-Jabbar eating a lobster at Bostwick’s Chowder House in East Hampton.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Comedian DESTROYS Table of Drunk Hecklers —-2 giant signs onstage that said, “No heckling” wasn’t enough for a table of drunk chicks who had been talking ALL night long…

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Rashida Jones (Producer):  I do personally consume porn now. When I was single, it was a great way to stay at home. It’s nice that you can separate the idea of personal pleasure from the pressure of a relationship. But I had a hard time finding the kind of porn I wanted, because I had to sift through so much stuff that isn’t for me — like abuses of power, dark porn — and I know we aren’t supposed to criticize people’s fantasies, because everybody has their own thing, but unfortunately, the first thing you see when you go to a tube site is often pretty violent stuff.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman: Roughly a decade ago two new “platform” companies burst out of California. The one that dominated the headlines was called Uber, which created a platform where with one touch of your phone you could summon a cab, direct the driver, pay the driver and rate the driver. It grew like a weed — as all kinds of people became taxi drivers in their spare time. But Uber made clear that its ultimate goal was self-driving cars. The other was called Airbnb. It created a trust platform so efficient that people all over the world were ready to use it to rent out their spare bedrooms to total strangers. Airbnb is growing so fast that it’s now adding the equivalent of one entire Hilton hotel chain’s worth of rooms for rent each year. But while Uber aspires to self-driving cars, Airbnb has a different goal: enabling what I call self-driving people. And that’s why I won’t be surprised if in five years Airbnb is not only still the world’s biggest home rental service, but also one of the world’s biggest jobs platforms. You read that right. Very quietly, Airbnb has been expanding its trust platform beyond enabling people to rent their spare rooms to allowing them to translate their passions into professions, and thereby empower more self-driving people.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Louis Dezersan: There’s only an “R” between impudent and imprudent. Remember that the next time you sass your mom. Remind yourself of that the next time you do something stupid.  It hurts, but we all need to grow up. LBN is for those of us who dare to call ourselves adults AND for those of us wise enough to grasp that being a real adult is purely the acceptance of the existential journey to formulating ourselves. We are merely a work in progress, unless we are criminals.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Kelsey Grammer can add brewery owner to his résumé. The “Cheers” alum, 62, is opening a new brewery named after his daughter, Faith Grammer. It’ll be called Faith American Ale, and it’s located in upstate New York on a property Grammer purchased more than two decades ago.   ***Robert Pattinson had some interesting extracurricular activities as a child. On Tuesday’s episode of the “Howard Stern Show,” the former “Twilight” hunk confessed to swiping countless porn magazines during his youth. “I never actually said this before,” Pattinson, 31, shared. “I was, like, stealing porno magazines and selling them at school.” He also earned a big profit from his thieving ways. “I would sell it for like 20 pounds … like 30 bucks,” he quipped.   ***Bald is beautiful. Kate Hudson followed in Cara Delevingne‘sfootsteps and shaved her head for an upcoming role in Sia’ssecret musical project. Earlier this month Hudson shared a photo on Instagram of herself with Sia’s dance muse Maddie Ziegler rehearsing for the unknown project. “Dance rehearsal with this bundle of excellence!” Hudson wrote.