CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s final act in Chicago may be coming soon. A judge on Thursday set an in-person sentencing hearing for March 10 for the former “Empire” actor, who was convicted by a jury in December of faking a hate crime attack on himself. During the brief virtual hearing, Criminal Courts Judge James Linn ordered both sides to submit a list of witnesses expected to testify at sentencing by March 3. He also gave Smollett’s attorneys until Feb. 25 to file any post-trial motions. A jury found Smollett guilty on Dec. 9 on five out of six counts of disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, a...
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Far-right podcaster and conspiracy theory promoter Alex Jones claims that men have penis size only a quarter of the size of their grandfathers during a segment on "gay frogs."
“That’s why genitals, I don’t care if you’re black or white, are a third of the size they were of a 1960s male," he argued.
"So the media makes jokes about that, a few months ago when I gave the example of. If your daddy's johnson was a foot long, yours is six inches long. And if yours was six inches, your son will be three inches," he confidently predicted.
"So they can make jokes about that all day long, but, this isn't a game," he warned.
He went on to allege a vast conspiracy.
"They are targeting all of us, together, right now. We are being hit by chemical and biological attack. Anyone that has survived Covid or the poison shots, is the survivor of a biological, nanotech, synthetic, genetically engineered system," he said, with a cough.
Comedian Jon Stewart discussed what the had learned from comedy legend George Carlin in an interview for a new two-part HBO documentary.
"What I always found amazing about Carlin was that he would treat farting with the same level of scrutiny and language and deconstruction as he would the Pope, the Catholic Church hierarchy, the war machine," Stewart said in a clip obtained by The Daily Beast.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand that in any way, but side-cheek lift-up fart?" he said, accenting it with a chef's kiss.
"Man," he said.
Filmakers Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio created the film, "George Carlin’s American Dream," which premieres Friday.
Also interviewed are Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert, Bill Burr, Bette Midler, W. Kamau Bell, Sam Jay, and Judy Gold.
Watch the official trailer:
George Carlin's American Dream | Official Trailer | HBO www.youtube.com
On Thursday, The New York Times reported that an FBI agent provided new evidence bolstering the claim of Trump-backed special counsel John Durham against a former lawyer who represented the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
"A former F.B.I. official testified on Thursday that when he met in 2016 with Michael Sussmann, a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mr. Sussmann told him that he had come to the F.B.I. on his own," reported Katie Benner. "The testimony bolsters the case brought by the special counsel, John H. Durham, against Mr. Sussmann, who has been accused of lying about his reason for bringing his suspicions to the F.B.I. about a possible secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Russian financial firm with ties to the Kremlin."
"The case centers on whether Mr. Sussmann sought to conceal his ties to Mrs. Clinton in the meeting with the F.B.I., so as not to seem as if he were coming for partisan reasons on behalf of a political opponent of Donald J. Trump," said the report. "While the Sussmann case is a narrow false statement charge, Mr. Durham’s filings have broadly insinuated that the Clinton campaign tried to get the F.B.I. to investigate Mr. Trump over his ties with Russia, and to persuade reporters to write stories about the matter."
Durham made the indictment after a lengthy investigation at the request of former Trump Attorney General William Barr into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which Trump has baselessly called a "witch hunt" against him.
The Sussman case not withstanding, Durham's probe has hit a number of roadblocks.
Earlier this month, a federal judge recently limited the types of evidence that can be brought against Sussman by federal prosecutors. Additionally, Durham himself has sought to debunk far-right interpretations of his court filings, including outlets that falsely claimed he was alleging Clinton's campaign paid to spy on Trump White House servers.
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