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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Miami Beach Police Arrest Two Priests Caught Performing Sex Act In VW
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) ‐ Two Chicago-area priests were charged Monday with Lewd and Lascivious behavior and Indecent Exposure after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car parked on a Miami Beach street.

According to Miami Beach Police, 39-year-old Diego Berrio and 30-year-old Edwin GiraldoCortez were in the front seat of a car performing oral sex.

Police got a 911 call about a lewd and lascivious incident taking place in the 1300 block of Ocean Drive.

When officers arrived, the police report states, the two were performing sex acts on each other "in full view of the public passing by on Ocean Drive and the sidewalk."
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 01:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At least they did it with each other and not chorus boys.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/06/2018 2:45 Comments || Top||

#2  This could wreck the Joint Domicile program.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Two Chicago-area priests

May be Ram's retirement advance team.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Thereby proving "You can in a Volkswagen."

Posted by: Frozen Al || 09/06/2018 18:22 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
John F. Kennedy's nephew Christopher Lawford dies aged 63 after suffering a heart attack in yoga studio
[MAIL] Christopher Lawford, the nephew of John F Kennedy, has died. He was 63 years old.

Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a heart attack in a yoga studio.

His cousins, Patrick J Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Lawford was the son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford, a Hollywood actor and member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The back row will do that to you.
Posted by: gorb || 09/06/2018 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  A heart attack in a yoga studio? Not going to do much for enrollment.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/06/2018 11:43 Comments || Top||

#3  He may have been practicing the 'beast with two backs' form.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 11:55 Comments || Top||

#4  When will people learn that they should consult a medical professional before engaging in a dietary program or exercise regimen.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 09/06/2018 18:15 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Cranberries star Dolores O'Riordan cause of death released
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan accidentally drowned in the bath after a night of heavy drinking alone in her hotel room, an inquest heard today.

The Irish singer was found 'face up in the bath dressed in her pyjamas' fully-clothed in the bath of her room at London's Hilton Park Lane on January 15.

The 46-year-old mother-of-three from Kilmallock, County Limerick, who had battled alcoholism, had drunk spirits and champagne and was four times over the legal drinking limit when she died.

Her inquest was held today at Westminster Coroner's Court on what would have been her 47th birthday. There was no evidence or self-harm and no suicide note in her room.

The inquest heard that there were empty bottles in the room - five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne.
That and some Lorazepam. Bummer.

And if anyone makes any "berried" jokes, the ghost of Pappy will come back to smite you.
Posted by: gorb || 09/06/2018 11:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prob didn't wait an hour after eating.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Just one more for the bury patch. See, no "berries"!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 09/06/2018 12:30 Comments || Top||

#3  What a pity and a loss.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/06/2018 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Lament of a Morus

That poor immemorial chorus,
Henceforth to compete with Dolores!
A huge, pallid thing...
Oh, but how she could sing!
Lord, why did you make her so porous?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/06/2018 13:46 Comments || Top||

#5  It took eight months to say cardio-vascular failure was the cause?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 09/06/2018 18:11 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under:


#2  "Nothing to see here" in 3-2-1...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/06/2018 18:30 Comments || Top||


Britain
British Navy HMS Albion sails near South China Sea islands, angering Beijing
(Reuters) - Beijing expressed anger on Thursday after a British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea late last month, saying Britain was engaged in "provocation" and that it had lodged a strong complaint.

The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its "freedom of navigation" rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, two sources, who were familiar with the matter but who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

The Albion was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City, where it docked on Monday following a deployment in and around Japan.

One of the sources said Beijing dispatched a frigate and two helicopters to challenge the British vessel, but both sides remained calm during the encounter.

The other source the Albion did not enter the territorial seas around any features in the hotly disputed region but demonstrated that Britain does not recognize excessive maritime claims around the Paracel Islands. Twelve nautical miles is an internationally recognized territorial limit.

The Paracels are occupied entirely by China but also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 08:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Kremlin says it won't investigate two Russian novichok poisoning suspects - Politics live
[Guardian] And Sarah Rainsford, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, has more quotes from Putin’s spokesman.
Tweetstorm follows:
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 08:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:


#2  At least the Deep State will have a place they can emigrate to and feel at home after Trump weeds them out.
Posted by: gorb || 09/06/2018 13:09 Comments || Top||

#3  "Ve vas chust followink ordors."
(Can some one translate into a russian accent?)
Posted by: Fat Bob Prince of the Geats4930 || 09/06/2018 15:22 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Beijing's Censorship Push Failing as Xi Jinping's Incompetence Becomes Focus of Protests
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has carefully crafted an image of himself as a big-picture visionary, tasked with turning China into the world’s preeminent superpower. While Xi has focused on taking over the world, however, the average Chinese citizen appears increasingly frustrated with his inability to provide competent government functions like adequate education and health care.
The result has been a wave of unprecedented public protests against Xi’s party, which has promised to bring all of China into a "new era" as a "moderately prosperous society." From angry parents whose children received faulty vaccinations to Maoists outraged that a communist government would stand in the way of worker unionization, the outrage is coming from communities that Beijing once considered safely tamed, not the typical crowd of political dissidents and human rights activists.

Within the past week, Xi’s regime has had to contend with two major protests ‐ one by parents in Leiyang, Hunan, who hurled bricks at police when they found out they were going to be forced to pay for private schooling because of a lack of government resources ‐ and a protest that wasn’t in Shenzhen, Guangdong, where police arrested and broke up a coalition of Maoist students uniting in defense of laborers’ union rights.

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Posted by: DarthVader || 09/06/2018 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Sounds like a good and sustained economic push will finally topple the government.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/06/2018 9:58 Comments || Top||

#2  "Patriotic" hip-hop

making hip-hop even worse
Posted by: Frank G || 09/06/2018 10:45 Comments || Top||

#3  I feel the Mandate of Heaven moving
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/06/2018 11:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Xi spent too much time inside the Beijing bubble and not enough time taking care of business among the people.

However the CPC isn't in any danger of falling. The Western media loves to play up these protest stories but most people are either content or know that they don't have a voice. Plus these days the CPC has put transponders in every car and scooter, has the entire population's facial recognition data, and has spent the last 12 months furiously installing cameras in every public place. People can't gather and organize to overthrow the regime. It is simply impossible. Any large gatherings will be detected and broken up.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/06/2018 12:26 Comments || Top||

#5  In one particularly embarrassing comparison, one user placed a photo of Pooh and his lanky pal Tigger next to an image of Xi standing next to former President Barack Obama.

Ok, I snorted.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/06/2018 16:23 Comments || Top||


North Korea's Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks from Trump
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would "get it done together".

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will also meet in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20 for a third summit and discuss "practical measures" toward denuclearization, Moon’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said a day after meeting Kim.

The summit could provide renewed momentum to talks over denuclearization between North Korea and the United States, after Trump canceled a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month citing lack of progress.

Kim told South Korean officials his faith in Trump was "unchanged" and that he wanted denuclearization and an end to hostile relations with the United States before Trump’s first term in office ends in early 2021, Chung said.

"He particularly emphasized that he has never said anything negative about President Trump," Chung said.

Trump welcomed Kim’s remarks in a trademark Tweet.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Trump thanks Kim Jong Un for his 'unwavering trust'
[Wash Examiner] President Trump on Thursday thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for saying he has "unwavering trust in Donald Trump" after a bilateral meeting between North and South Korea.

"This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the US and the North, will continue," South Korean special envoy Chung Eun-young said, according to Yahoo News.

Kim and Chung met in Pyongyang Wednesday to arrange a new leaders' summit later this month. According to the BBC, the North Korean leader told Seoul officials that he wants to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula during Trump’s first term.

Trump thanked Kim for his words, and confirmed that he is committed to working toward denuclearization of the peninsula.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 08:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Home Front: Culture Wars
Nike's Favorability Drops Double Digits
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/06/2018 12:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [376 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Unexpectedly."
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/06/2018 12:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Brand athletic shoes and clothes were one of the prime vectors of virtue siganalling before $h*tter and farcebook came along. Those who agree with the message will buy.

Those who do not want to be associated with the message will not buy.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/06/2018 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Before the announcement, Nike had a net +69 favorable impression among consumers, it has now declined 34 points to +35 favorable.

34 down? Ouch.
Posted by: Woodrow || 09/06/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

#4  The College of the Ozarks wants you to know it does not like Nike’s ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick.

The private Christian school located south of Branson, Missouri, said Wednesday that it would be dropping its affiliation with Nike over the Kaepernick “Just Do It” ad campaign. It’s not the first time the school has taken a stand with something Kaepernick-related.

Nike ‘promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America’
The school’s president Jerry Davis said Nike’s ads were promoting disrespect towards the United States.

“College of the Ozarks is unique among higher education institutions in America: no tuition is charged, all students work on campus, debt is openly discouraged, and no federal, state or private loans are made.”
Posted by: Woodrow || 09/06/2018 13:36 Comments || Top||

#5  "The report features over 8,000 interviews conducted among American adults..."

American adults are only a portion Swooshies market. I doubt Africans and others share in the favorability dip.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 09/06/2018 13:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Their apparel appeal has become more selective.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/06/2018 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  And Nike's running a Kaepernick ad on tonight's opening NFL game. Can't wait to see those Arbitron numbers!
Posted by: Raj || 09/06/2018 14:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Their favorability may be down, but their stock price is doing fine.
Posted by: Vinegar Crineth2573 || 09/06/2018 15:06 Comments || Top||

#9  If you mean by 'doing fine' they haven't lost any more market cap after Tuesday's rout, you're right.
Posted by: Raj || 09/06/2018 15:09 Comments || Top||

#10  ...sort of like counting terrorist attack deaths in the US starting 9/12.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/06/2018 15:59 Comments || Top||

#11  Is there an game tonight? This lifelong football fan ain't watching.

Looking forward to NFL and NIKE hacks saying my audience demo doesn't matter.
Posted by: regular joe || 09/06/2018 16:31 Comments || Top||

#12  H/T Instapundit -

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “President Trump’s unemployment rate is so low, even Colin Kaepernick found a job!”
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/06/2018 17:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Dressed him up like an extra in I'm Gonna Get You Sucka!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/06/2018 17:35 Comments || Top||

#14 
Posted by: Anomolous Sources || 09/06/2018 18:14 Comments || Top||

#15  New Balance - better shoes and made in 'Merica
Posted by: Frank G || 09/06/2018 18:24 Comments || Top||

#16  Not all New Balance, check the model.

Some great memes going on.
'Believe in something. Even if you take a knee.'
1. Picture of Nancy Karrigan, Tonya Harding in the background giving a look.

2. Monica Lewenski hugging Bill Clinton.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/06/2018 19:32 Comments || Top||


FTC, states, target bogus veterans' charities in new crackdown: 'It's war profiteering'
Generous Americans give more than $2.5 billion a year to some 40,000 charities with missions designed to help veterans.

Lately, however, this crowded field has been inundated by fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC launched Operation Donate with Honor in July to spotlight the problem of fraudulent and deceptive fundraising on behalf of military and veterans’ causes.


"It’s war profiteering," Joshua Starks, commander of the 300,000-strong Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars told Fox News. "They’re stealing from people who raised their hand and took an oath to serve our country and then went overseas to protect the rights of all of us--including the people who are stealing from them."

As part of Operation Donate with Honor, the FTC distributed a list of 102 law enforcement actions 34 states have lodged against bogus veterans’ charities. Some are recent. Others are newly filed. The FTC is a partner in two of the new cases.

The list laid bare the many ways these groups solicit donations‐online, on the phone, by mail, door-to-door and at stores and supermarkets.

Officials said these legal actions share a common theme: the false promise to help needy and disabled vets, to provide veterans with employment counseling, mental health counseling or other assistance and to send care packages to deployed service members.

In many cases, the lion’s share of each dollar donated was paid to telemarketers instead of veterans. In some cases these telemarketers charged a fee of 85 cents of every dollar.

One charity that is named is Help the Vets.

Donors contributed $20 million to the Florida charity from 2013 to 2017. But the charity spent few of the dollars that were collected to assist veterans, the FTC said.

"Help the Vets spent more than 95% of the millions it collected paying its founder, fundraisers, and on expenses," FTC Chairman Joe Simons said.

The charity swindled donors through shameless solicitations, according to a lawsuit the FTC filed to coincide with the kick-off of Operation Donate with Honor.

"But for thousands of disabled veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, ’giving an arm and a leg’ isn't simply a figure of speech- it's a harsh reality," says one Help the Vets solicitation. "Your $10 gift will mean so much to a disabled veteran."

However, Help the Vets’ assistance to these unfortunate veterans consisted of vouchers for chiropractic treatment at a clinic, the FTC charged. Only five vouchers were ever redeemed.

More @ link. And here's an interesting site.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 09/06/2018 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under:



The Nuns Pressing Gunmakers to Report on Safety Risks Are Back for Their Next Fight
[TheTrace] A group of nuns and other Catholic activists who want gunmakers to actively monitor violence committed with their products have met stiff resistance from the industry. In a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing, they have a message for one of those corporations, the parent company of popular gun brand Smith & Wesson: refusal to acknowledge the danger of your wares amounts to a self-inflicted injury to your bottom line.

After the Parkland school shooting, the activists, including the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Catholic Health Initiatives network of clinics, bought stock in the American Outdoor Brands Corporation (AOBC), which owns Smith & Wesson. They did the same with Sturm, Ruger, the other major publicly traded gun company. The activists then used their status as shareholders to ask fellow investors to join them in demanding that the gunmakers publicly report on public safety risks caused by their products.

Ruger’s shareholders were first to consider the nuns’ proposal at their company’s annual meeting in May. The initiative passed with 69 percent of the vote. It was an unprecedented victory for the activists: no gun company had ever been forced by its shareholders to consider the public safety implications of its products.

American Outdoor Brands is the next test for the activists’ campaign. They have submitted a nearly identical motion to be voted on at the company’s shareholder meeting on September 25.



The company officially acknowledged the proposal in an August 17th filing, in which the board of directors urged other shareholders to oppose the activists’ proposal. The board argued that producing such a report would not reduce gun violence, and was redundant because the company already cooperates with federal law enforcement and complies with regulatory requirements that acknowledge the risk associated with firearms.

The nuns and their allies have now pushed back, saying that they don’t believe a report alone would reduce shootings and injuries: instead, they are asking the company to engage in basic responsible corporate governance. As they note, AOBC has become dependent on so-called fear-based sales that spike in response to anticipation of potential new gun control laws that rarely actually materialize. But in the post-Parkland school shooting moment, enthusiastic gun control activists have managed to push through real reforms ‐ 55 new state gun laws have passed since the killings.

The Catholic allies have also pressured financial firms to impose conditions on the gun companies they work with.
Continues.
Posted by: Anomolous Sources || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A group of nuns and other Catholic activists who want gunmakers to actively monitor violence committed with their products

It appears the Catholic church "monitors" the rape and pillage of young people too. How effective has it been in ending the violence?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/06/2018 8:02 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd say these nuns ought to stick to religion but maybe that's not such a good idea either.
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/06/2018 11:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Convents and nuns should not own investments. They're literally getting too invested in this world and ignoring their faith. If they were truly dedicated to Christ, they'd sell the stock and donate the proceeds to the victims of gay priests.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/06/2018 12:41 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Why flat Earthers and Holocaust-deniers won't change their mind: Researchers say some people's brains are wired to value feedback over facts
[Daily Mail] Some people swear vehemently by their beliefs despite overwhelming evidence contradicting their standpoint.

It’s a phenomenon that’s given rise to movements such as the ‘flat Earthers’ and climate change deniers, among many others in recent times.

While it might seem baffling, new research suggests it may have something to do with how we value feedback compared to hard evidence.

In a new study, researchers found that the positive and negative reactions that spring up in response to people’s opinions tend to hold more weight than logic or scientific data.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And Democrats.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/06/2018 4:34 Comments || Top||

#2  and Marxists (economic creationists).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/06/2018 6:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Few people 'change their minds' after they get to the ripe old age of 6.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/06/2018 7:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Which is odd as "progressives" are have neoteny and are stuck at age 5.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/06/2018 8:26 Comments || Top||

#5  "Like"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/06/2018 8:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Holocaust deniers are lumped with climate change deniers and round earth deniers? Each of these is very different. Apples and oranges. Lumping them together to come up with a unifying theory of why people hold on to certain beliefs is bad science. Has the politization of science been considered?
Posted by: JohnQC || 09/06/2018 10:37 Comments || Top||

#7  A physical feline of Cheshire,
Observing her prey under pressure,
Found mice she befriended,
Surprisingly, tended
To join her to dine, and with pleasure.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 09/06/2018 13:56 Comments || Top||



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Thu 2018-09-06
  Two major Syrian Army divisions head toward Hama for upcoming offensive
Wed 2018-09-05
  Al Qaeda trying to regain primacy as Islamic State loses ground: NATO
Tue 2018-09-04
  Jalaluddin Haqqani joins the Choir Eternal
Mon 2018-09-03
  Islamists militants in northeast Nigeria kill up to 30 48 soldiers: Sources
Sun 2018-09-02
  Yemen’s army imposes full control over Saada’s Al-Zaher directorate
Sat 2018-09-01
  Dutch police shoot suspect after he stabs two people at an Amsterdam train station
Fri 2018-08-31
  ISIS leader Yasir Khurasani killed with 5 comrades in Nangarhar drone strike
Thu 2018-08-30
  Egyptian forces kill 20 militants in Sinai operation: Army
Wed 2018-08-29
  Syrian Army foils ISIL breakout attempt in east Sweida
Tue 2018-08-28
  Idlib: Nusra arrest 20 ISIS turbans, Gov’t closes key crossing
Mon 2018-08-27
  Elite Army units moving to Idlib for major assault
Sun 2018-08-26
  John McCain dies at 81
Sat 2018-08-25
  Syrian Army launches powerful assault in northern Hama
Fri 2018-08-24
  Arab coalition thwarts Houthi boat bomb targeting commercial ships off Yemen
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  Syrian Army cuts all supply lines to ISIL’s last stronghold in southern Syria

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