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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Antifa Arrested For Wearing Masks At Nazi Rally In Georgia
[Hot Air] HuffPost’s Christopher Mathias published a story last night about a very small Nazi rally in Georgia which led to the arrest of a few Antifa counter-protesters who refused to remove their masks.

Video from the scene, also shot by Mathias, shows that the Nazi rally itself was a pathetic gathering of maybe 30 people, none of whom are masked and all of whom should be ashamed to be this stupid:

Mathias reports that he saw one person from each side carrying a rifle, which is legal in Georgia. Here’s the anti-fascist guy:

What is not legal in Georgia, as mentioned above, is wearing a mask. Police warned protesters several times they would need to remove them or be arrested.
Emphasis added.

Masks are permitted one night per year in Newnan. This wasn't the night.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 05:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Smallish Nazi rally planners remain 'on call' for the next Antifa mop up. Local restaurants provided excellent menus. OZ's gun shop on the square was pre-planned police rally point. A good time was had by all local and neighboring law enforcement participants. Local residents said to be proud of their police and first responder personnel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  love it that these putzes (putzi?) got arrested on an anti-KKK law
Posted by: Zenobia Bonaparte3841 || 04/24/2018 6:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Next time give them blindfolds in exchange for the masks.....oh and a last cigarette.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/24/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#4  County Sheriff's department is competent and engaged. Deputies are all fit and strike me as ex-mil or Reserves.

Wear a mask to a protest, go to jail. Only the Left would find irony in applying such a law equally.
Posted by: Classical_Liberal || 04/24/2018 7:42 Comments || Top||

#5  ...well, given the Klan and Antifa were/are bully boys for the same party, the law is working as intended.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/24/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Masks illegal in Louisiana too, except Mardi Gras and Halloween. Same reason - masks historically hid the KKK.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/24/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Does this anti-mask law include those surgical masks that people wear in flu season?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/24/2018 11:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Same in Alabama.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/24/2018 11:59 Comments || Top||

#9  You want to protest for your stupid phony cause? Show your stupid face.
Posted by: newc || 04/24/2018 12:36 Comments || Top||

Obama Justice Dept.'s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe
[Wash Times] Tucked inside the inspector general’s report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was running for president.

The official was "very pissed off" at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant.

Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.

James Wedick, who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau, said he never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during 35 years there. He said it suggested interference.

"It is bizarre ‐ and that word can’t be used enough ‐ to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation," he said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under:

Woman calls cops on man playing with his kids at park because she was afraid of his pro-gun shirt
[THEBLAZE] On Saturday, Blue Lives Matter reported that the man’s shirt was not only upsetting the woman, but reportedly others in the vicinity as well.
This is in Texas. Texas, mind you!
Troy Johnston was visiting a Benbrook, Texas, playground with his two daughters to play in late March.
I was just in Texas a few years ago. It seemed normal enough...
Johnston, who was legally and openly carrying his firearm on a hip holster wore the above shirt to the father-daughter outing.
Benbrook is in Tarrant County, and it's a 'burb of Fort Worth, home of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, among other things.
“I figured I might get some comments or looks,” Johnston told Blue Lives Matter. “[But] I was legally exercising my First and Second Amendment rights.”
Surely he's not the only person who's ever been there totin' a rosco on his hip?
A short while after Johnston and his daughters arrived, a man, along with his family reportedly, approached Johnston about his T-shirt. The man reportedly told Johnston that, between his open carry and his T-shirt, a nearby woman was “fuming.”
Maybe they need a watchlist of known bozeaux?
“I thanked him for letting me know, and continued playing with my kids,” Johnson said, and he noted that shortly after, another family approached him. This time, the second family wanted to read Johnston’s shirt, which was apparently creating waves in the park by this point.
So far reactions are typically Texan...
The man from the second family reportedly told Johnston that the woman was contacting law enforcement over his shirt, adding that he personally “felt more secure knowing there was someone [in the park] that would protect them.”
And now cometh the busybody episode...
What did the police say?
Blue Lives Matter reported that Benbrook Police Department Cpl. J. Reese said the woman did indeed call police on Johnston, and described him as a “suspicious person” who had a “gun holstered to his chest” and wearing the offensive T-shirt.
Dear Gawd! Not a shoulder holster and an offensive tee shirt! Had she come down with the vapors on the spot it woulda been all his fault! And fault means everything, as all us liberals know!
When Reese arrived at the park, he spoke with the woman, who said that Johnston was “was making other parents on the playground very uncomfortable with his T-shirt.”
Only the one, apparently...
“The subject did not act threatening to anyone, nor did he threaten anyone,” Reese noted, and later described Johnston as “polite.”
No rattlesnakes rattled when he appeared. No electronic music could be heard in the background.
“She was not scared of the gun,” Reese added. “[She] was concerned about his T-shirt.”
Tee shirts, as we all know, are dangerous...
According to Johnston, who “voluntarily identified himself” to Reese, he offered to show his gun permit to police.
"I got a permit for my shootin' arn. Want to see it?"
“They didn’t ask,” Johnston told Blue Lives Matter.
"Why'd I bother gettin' a permit if they don't want to see it? You wanta see my permit, lady? Do you? Would it still yer palpitations? Would your hair stop standin' up on end?"
Police said Johnston did nothing wrong and was able to leave the playground.
"I don't want to leave the playground! I want to play with my kids!"
“I cannot believe how the media has convinced so many people that guns are scary,” he told the website. “This lady was having a literal panic attack.”
Maybe he should carry paper bags for when people like her hyperventilate.
He added, “I love my shirt. I’ll probably order more just so I can wear them every day I’m off of work.”
And this happened in Texas, mind you.
No doubt it will be discovered that the dear lady just fled California.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [192 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  a nearby woman was “fuming.”

A Dimocrat.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 04/24/2018 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Also, Benbrook is a hoity-toity, snooty city slicker type area. The guy being there made the park a lot safer than any Waffle House.
Posted by: Ulaigum Ebbineng7056 || 04/24/2018 6:53 Comments || Top||

Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking in custody, police say
[TENNESSEAN] Metro police announced Monday afternoon that Travis Reinking, the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Antioch Waffle House, had been placed in durance vile
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
Shortly after 1 p.m., police announced Reinking had been arrested in a wooded area near Mountain Springs Drive ‐ less than one mile from the scene of the shooting and close to Cane Ridge Elementary.

A tip from a construction worker led police to Reinking, officials said. Detectives from the department's narcotics unit swarmed the area.

Det. Kyle Williams spotted Reinking in the wooded area and took him into custody ‐ he was carrying a loaded silver handgun and flashlight in a black backpack.
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Please take the father into custody as well. Both appear to be nut cases.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Shooting up a Waffle House should be a hanging offense.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/24/2018 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Please take the father into custody as well. Both appear to be nut cases.

The father and the sheriff who turned the guns over to the father. What did he think was going to happen?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/24/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Let's see if you are a veteran and/or a Republican you shouldn't be allowed to have a gun. If you are insane on the street, self medicating with booze and street drugs, with a history of violence, you have the right to be armed?
Posted by: Thor Sholuse3760 || 04/24/2018 12:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Both appear to be nut cases.
Apples don't fall far from the tree. Horse apples, ditto.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/24/2018 14:14 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Exotic Tick Species Arrives In Garden State (opens to video)
[CBS] HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) ‐ A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey.

It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed.

New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks ‐ five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix.

It’s the East Asian tick, sometimes called a longhorned or bush tick. Originally found in Asia, thousands of them are now in the Garden State.

Their discovery started with a call.

"A phone call from a resident in Hunterdon County that her sheep was infested with a lot of ticks. She brought some in and, low and behold, she was also covered in the same ticks," research microbiologist James Occi said. "It was kind of an odd looking thing. She didn’t know what it was, she had never seen them before."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 05:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From the tags around here, appears the ticks are migrating south.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  She brought some in and, low and behold, she was also covered in the same ticks

Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:36 Comments || Top||

No Tornadoes Have Been Reported in Oklahoma in 2018, Nearing a Record
[Weather.com] There have been fewer tornadoes than average so far in 2018.

In fact, no tornadoes have been reported in Oklahoma so far, which is approaching a record.

Fewer tornadoes than average have occurred so far in 2018 and portions of the Plains that would typically expect at least a few tornadoes by now have not seen any of these dangerous storms. In fact, this may lead to a new tornado record for Oklahoma.

Through April 18, a preliminary 255 tornadoes have been reported this year. This is below the 10-year average of 371 tornadoes from 2005 through 2015, according to NOAA.
Has Al Gore been visiting the Midwest?
Posted by: Ebbang Ebbeanter1040 || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The 100th Meridian, Where the Great Plains Begin, May Be Shifting
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 0:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Thunderstorms predicted this T-W-Th and they provoke the Weather Gods with this!
Posted by: magpie || 04/24/2018 12:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Kansas either. 'Certain' models had predicted a major outbreak. In fact, if there are no tornadoes in KS this month it would be the first time since 1980. Not impossible or unprecedented, just rare.

I have watched the tornado cradle move east over the years. I'm thinking south-central Missouri.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/24/2018 20:11 Comments || Top||

An invisible boundary that divides the US in half has started to shift
[BusinessInsider] One of the fundamental climate constants that has helped define and divide the United States for centuries is shifting in response to global warming, according to new research.

The 100th meridian west— the invisible line of longitude that roughly bisects the continental US in half — was historically seen as a boundary separating the humid eastern states from their arid western counterparts.

But thanks to climate change, the world is not what it once was, and neither is this intangible barrier.

According to a new analysis of rainfall and temperature data by climate scientist Richard Seager from Columbia University, the climate boundary that once traced the 100th meridian has effectively been shifting eastwards ever since the 1980s, with the arid conditions of the western plains slowly expanding into the midwest.

While the meridian itself — which continues beyond US borders, northwards into Canada, and southwards into Mexico — is in the same place as always, the climate barrier that used to sit on top of it has moved approximately 225 kilometres (140 miles) to the east, Seager says, placing it closer to the 98th meridian west.

So far, this shift hasn't significantly affected farming and land use as the dryer conditions move across the US.

But the team's modeling suggests altered precipitation and rising temperatures as the century progresses will see the "effective 100th meridian" continue its shift eastward for decades to come, as arid conditions slowly colonize the east.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#2  So far, this shift hasn't significantly affected farming and land use as the dryer conditions move across the US.

If it hasn't happened then, why should we expect a shift now? For some people, this would be the sentence when they realize they've been had by these con artists.
Posted by: Raj || 04/24/2018 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  The Dem God is dead?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 10:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, do you like humidity?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/24/2018 10:51 Comments || Top||

#5  I watched the drought map over several years. Saw a hot spot migrate from from Georgia to Texas to California. No one paid attention to it. Not in the narrative.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/24/2018 12:16 Comments || Top||

#6  P2K: Any explanation for the moving hot spot and ensuing drought?

Quite a few years ago (1990s as I recall), there was a drought in Tennessee and Georgia. Many trees were lost due to the drought.

Do you suppose this any different than the drought that created the "Dust Bowl" back in the 1930s? Just a natural phenomena maybe related to sunspots, earth axis tilt or something?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 15:51 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
U.S. Questions COSCO's Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report
Hutchinson Wampoa has port operations at both ends of the Panama Canal. Now Long Beach approach. Like a big game of Go.
[gCaptain] A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

COSCO executives met with officials at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) this week and proposed to divest or carve out the Long Beach terminal to ease U.S. concerns about the deal, the report said.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department, which oversees CFIUS reviews, did not immediately reply to Reuters’ request for comment.

The planned acquisition of Orient Overseas Container Line, OOIL’s main subsidiary, is on track to be completed by the end of June, COSCO Vice Chairman Huang Xiaowen said earlier this month.
COSCO Vice Chairman Huang Xiaowen seems to be pretty confident by his talk. How does the CFIUS feel about it? Any Deep State folks voting?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Old news. All ports are compromised.

The UAE purchase of American port facilities

Why Are Any U.S. Ports Owned or Operated by Foreign Corporations or Governments?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Terminal Operators and Their Role in U.S. Port and Maritime Security

Why would we think US ports are secure?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Vrey nicely done, Skidmark! Good perspective and well supported, especially given the necessary limit on the number of links per comment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/24/2018 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Thank you.
All supporting AP’s premise
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 20:22 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Fearing Ethiopian dam, Egypt bans water-intensive crops
It is an AP article so click the link in the title.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
Bryan Habana, World Cup winner & Springbok record-holder, retiring
[Fox Sports] Bryan Habana, the lightning-fast South Africa wing and World Cup winner with an insatiable hunger for scoring tries ‐ a record 67 for the Springboks ‐ announced Tuesday he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old Habana, who played 124 tests for South Africa and whose try tally is the second-most by a player in international rugby, made the announcement on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Habana wrote that he would officially retire at the end of the season but conceded that after battling a knee injury for over a year he probably won’t get the chance to play one more time for his French club Toulon.
Haba na nana!!!
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 14:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tied with the great Jona Lomu for most tries in Rugby World Cup history.
Posted by: Beavis || 04/24/2018 16:44 Comments || Top||

Another narrow escape from rape in a bus
[Dhaka Tribune] Another woman in Dhaka has narrowly escaped sexual assault on a local bus.

Students from Uttara University took control of around 40 buses owned by the Great Turag Company in front of the BNS Centre in Uttara on Monday after it was revealed that the staff on one of their buses tried to assault a female student on Saturday.

They are demanding fair investigations into the sexual harassment of the female student from the university while she was travelling in a Great Turag bus around 12:45pm Saturday.

According to students, the girl got on the bus from Badda Link Road to go to Uttara. After a while, she noticed that the bus had stopped taking passengers.

Panicked at suddenly finding herself alone and suspicious at the conductor and the driver’s behaviour, she jumped off the window of the running bus to get to safety.

Later, her husband filed a case against the Great Turag Company at Gulshan cop shoppe.

Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

Cold War nerve agent resurfaces in a quiet English town
[FoxNews] The history of A-234, from a class of nerve agents known as "Novichok," used to poison ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England, on March 4.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 01:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under:

British retailers are furious as Chinese firms 'use loophole to ship goods within UK for fraction of cost of a postage stamp'
  • China still classified as a developing country so retailers get subsidised shipping

  • Thought Chinese retailers can send lightweight packages for half a pence each

  • Most of the goods sold on platforms such as eBay and Amazon exempt from VAT
If President Trump can renegotiate, so can a Brexited Britain...
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Same thing in the USA. That's why you can
buy Chinese stuff on Ebay for a $1 delivered when shipping from the US to overseas starts at $14.
Posted by: Maggie Chinemp2886 || 04/24/2018 3:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Ask Henry Kissinger to sort it out. I suspect he's somehow at the bottom of it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 4:44 Comments || Top||

#3  What the USA really needs is free delivery of carfentanil from China.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/24/2018 14:16 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats’ families
Another AP story so just hit the link in the title.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I was hoping for Latin America news but what I got was:
Fearing Ethiopian dam, Egypt bans water-intensive crops

which is also timely.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Try now.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Better, thank you.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

Report: Red Cross Spent 25 Percent Of Haiti Donations On Internal Expenses
Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Somebody's gotta admin those Clinton donations.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  And the rest went straight to Switzerland?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/24/2018 3:59 Comments || Top||

#3  No. It went straight to the Cayman Islands. IRS can get information on deposits in Switzerland now.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 04/24/2018 4:29 Comments || Top||

#4  If you give at St. Patrick's kitchen, you can stay on have a plate. Beyond that, it becomes a vast mystery.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 4:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Red Cross headquarters located in Washington DC. High rent area, needs to pay high rent salaries to executives and staff. Charity with a built in entitlement. Why I give to the Salvation Army instead.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/24/2018 8:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Surprised it was only 25%
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/24/2018 10:40 Comments || Top||

#7  Did the other 75% go to the CF?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 10:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Leftist organizations are only about leftists organizations.
Posted by: newc || 04/24/2018 13:07 Comments || Top||

#9  Did the other 75% go to the CF?

CF, shame on you! ;-)
Posted by: gorb || 04/24/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

Canadian studying hallucinogenic medicine gets on wrong side of Peruvian villagers
[AP] LIMA, Peru -- A 41-year-old Canadian who traveled to Peru to study hallucinogenic medicine was killed by a mob in a remote corner of the Amazon rain forest after people blamed him for the slaying of an elderly shaman, authorities said Sunday. Peru's attorney general's office said Sebastian Woodroffe was dragged by the neck shortly after the killing of Olivia Arevalo, an octogenarian plant healer from the Shipibo-Konibo tribe of northeastern Peru.

Officials backed away from initial reports that Woodroffe was the principal suspect in Arevalo's killing.

Arevalo and Woodroffe were both killed Thursday in the indigenous community of Victoria Gracia, officials said. But police did not begin to investigate until a cellphone video appeared in local media showing a man purported to be Woodroffe begging for mercy while being dragged between thatch-roofed homes. He was then left motionless on the muddy ground.

On Saturday, officials dug up Woodroffe's body from an unmarked grave where he had been hastily buried.

Every year thousands of foreign tourists travel to the Peruvian Amazon to experiment with ayahuasca, a bitter, dark-colored brew made of a mixture of native plants. The hallucinogenic cocktail, also known as yage, has been venerated for centuries by indigenous tribes in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia as a cure for all sorts of ailments. But it's also increasingly consumed by Western tourists looking for mind-altering experiences, sometimes with deadly consequences.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She probably tried to grope him when he was high.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 0:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Now THAT's a "bad trip"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/24/2018 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Drank their Yage and walked out without paying ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 5:58 Comments || Top||

#4  An ingredient in ayahuasca quite often ends up being lots of spit from the shaman making the stuff as some of it is chewed first in the shaman's mouth.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 6:16 Comments || Top||

#5  In another article, the witch doctor killer(s) are not so clear and Woodroffe might be the victim of an old-fashioned lynching.

"Arevalo's slaying prompted outrage, as it followed other unsolved killings of indigenous leaders and activists who faced repeated death threats related to their efforts to keep illegal loggers and oil palm growers off native lands."
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Should have gone to San Francisco and tried the LSD.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/24/2018 10:56 Comments || Top||

#7  At least that part of the rainforest is safe, for now!
Posted by: Raj || 04/24/2018 16:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Blame Whitey works south of equator too.
Posted by: Maggie Chinemp2886 || 04/24/2018 20:59 Comments || Top||

Journalist is among more than two dozen reported killed in Nicaragua street protests
[LATimes] In the grainy, nighttime video, journalist Angel Gahona, clad in jeans and a blue shirt, holds up a cellphone and narrates as he approaches the facade of city hall in Bluefields, Nicaragua, reporting live via Facebook on protests that have rocked the Central American nation for four days.

Seconds later a gunshot rings out and Gahona slumps lifeless to the curb. Voices cry his name and someone presses a piece of cloth to his head to try to stanch the stream of blood. Another Bluefields reporter, Ileana Lacayo, confirms that he died before reaching the hospital.

Besides Gahona, at least 25 other people have been killed since Wednesday in unrest over social security reforms planned by President Daniel Ortega's government, according to a human rights group. Dozens more have been injured or arrested.

Ortega said Saturday in his first public appearance since the demonstrations began that his government is willing to enter into talks over the dispute. In a nationally televised address, he said he is open to negotiations so that there is "no more terror for Nicaraguan families."

But he said the dialogue would be only with business leaders and not with other sectors of society. He also seemed to try to justify what many see as a heavy-handed response by the government and allied groups, accusing demonstrators, most of them university students, of being manipulated by unspecified "minority" political interests and of being infiltrated by gangsters.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Why do they hate journalists? Oh, never mind.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 10:25 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
More on Wagner PMC
An informative article from Jamestown with more on the Russian PMC Wagner. This is part 2 with part 1 last month. Go to link in the title.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators

#1  Wagner forces are currently involved in fighting on the side of Omar al-Bashir in South Sudan. Also, Wagner different from most Russian PMCs as it trains in the same facility with GRU unit 10.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I have always thought these bastids were involved in Benghazi. Mortar fire was just a bit too accurate and the frantic push by the U.S. to extract and not return, a bit too obvious. My suspicions only, nothing to support it. Those on the ground said Ansar al Sharia was responsible.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 4:56 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 I have always wondered at the complexity and coordination of the Benghazi assault. Not really the kind of thing you see from terror groups or even Arab national military capabilities.
Posted by: Cesare || 04/24/2018 9:11 Comments || Top||

#4  I have always wondered at the complexity and coordination of the Benghazi assault. Not really the kind of thing you see from terror groups or even Arab national military capabilities.

Yea, 4 to 5 rounds, at least three of which were directly on target.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 9:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Mortar fire was just a bit too accurate and the frantic push by the U.S. to extract and not retur

Maybe with the release of more and more Hillary documents we will begin to find out about all the skullduggery that went on during the last admin.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 15:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Besoeker while common and historic experience would confirm that I was more curious about the multiple stages of the actual attack which in turn imply multiple, discreet, and closely coordinated elements and ultimately the ability to successfully and definitively break contact after they had secured their objectives.

That said, Abdul is King of the Spray and Pray after his African cousins.
Posted by: Cesare || 04/24/2018 20:29 Comments || Top||

#7  A good book on the topic is Sergant Morgan Jones (pseudonym) 'The Embassy House.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 20:43 Comments || Top||

Armenia’s leader Serzh Sargsyan quits amid protests, saying ‘I was wrong’
AP again so go to link.

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World Cup Precursor - Russian Soccer Hooligans, How To Tame Them?
I doubt that last part, but it's an interesting article nonetheless. Plus, the BBC is accused of coercing people to lie on camera, so there's that!
[Guardian UK, via Drudge] - The day that Denis Nikitin, a Russian neo-Nazi who claims he once kept a framed photograph of Joseph Goebbels in his bedroom, took part in his first street fight, his mother made him a packed lunch. During the past 12 years, the Moscow-based MMA fighter has become a rising star of the far right, after brawling his way up through the ranks of one of Russia’s top hooligan firms. But on that day, Nikitin says, he was like a schoolboy on his first field trip; his mother, who thought her 22-year-old son was going to watch a football match, filled his rucksack with food and warm clothes.

Nikitin took a six-hour bus ride to the match, but he had not bought a ticket. (His fellow hooligans joke that, in the past decade, he has been inside a football stadium fewer than five times.) Since his family had moved from Moscow to Germany a few years earlier, his interests had narrowed to far-right politics and violence. Nikitin’s local "team" was visiting Hamburg ‐ a city whose left-wing supporters were a favourite target of the far-right Cologne hooligans. Nikitin’s hobbies just happened to intersect at football.
Posted by: Raj || 04/24/2018 09:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  West Mids Regiment dressed in mufti ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#2  And why do we care if they do or don't?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 21:36 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Earthquake rocks Turkey, causing serious damage to buildings and forcing schools to close as aftershocks strike
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under:

Brits flock back to terror-hit holiday destinations including Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey after prices plummet amid fears of more slaughter on the beaches
Let us pray this does not turn out to be a really stupid idea on their collective part.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Do you have an ambition to be arrested in Erdogan's Turkey as a hostage? Erdogan needs more people to exchange for Gulenists hiding abroad.
Posted by: magpie || 04/24/2018 19:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
YouTube says it took down more than 8 MILLION videos in 3 months as the true scale of terrorism, child abuse and hate speech content on the site is revealed
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 10:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under:

#1  hate speech (n) - any conservative or political middle content.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/24/2018 12:12 Comments || Top||

#2  YouTube channelling their inner Mussolini?
Fascism was not the protector of any one class, but a supreme regulator of the relations between all citizens of a state.
My Autobiography , New York: NY, Charles Scribner’s Sons (1928) p. 280
The citizen in the Fascist State is no longer a selfish individual who has the anti-social right of rebelling against any law of the Collectivity.
My Autobiography by Mussolini, New York: NY, Charles Scribner’s Sons (1928) p. 280.

BadThought must be destroyed at all costs.
Posted by: magpie || 04/24/2018 13:46 Comments || Top||

Facebook FINALLY releases 27-pages of rules on how it polices extremist, sexual and violent content
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 09:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not so much guidelines, as it is a "sop" to anyone who questions their "moderators" action. 'See, we broadly interpreted these standards to accomplish what we wanted to do!'
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 04/24/2018 12:38 Comments || Top||

#2  *Pfui!* The Soviet Union had a lengthy constitution that guaranteed, in writing!!!, the rights of all of its comrade citizens.
ARTICLE 125. In conformity with the interests of the working people, and in order to strengthen the socialist system, the citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed by law:
freedom of speech;
freedom of the press;
freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings;
freedom of street processions and demonstrations.

Those sort of rules, comrade apparatchnik?
Posted by: magpie || 04/24/2018 13:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Facebook FINALLY releases 27-pages of rules on how it polices extremist, sexual and violent content

IOW they finally figured out an excuse and printed it.
Posted by: gorb || 04/24/2018 14:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Screw FB. They can do whatever PC BS they want. It won't be long before they are doing it by themselves as people will leave FB. FB will be replaced by some other social media a little less heavy-handed, left-leaning and with less of a bent towards censorship.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 18:14 Comments || Top||

#5  So much for FB and its standards.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 18:36 Comments || Top||

Joy Reid (MSNBC) had old blog; blog has many anti gay posts
Mediaite has obtained a series of homophobic posts from Joy Ann Reid's old blog that she denies were actually written by her.
[but that has personal data that only she would actually know]
In an exclusive statement to Mediaite, the
[currently popular]
MSNBC host claims these posts from The Reid Report ‐ which include defending homophobia, gay jokes, and the outright mocking of gay people and homosexuality ‐ were somehow put in by an "external party" that "manipulated material from my now-defunct blog."
[I'm pretty sure anyone with the skills to place external material in a defunct blog would be using those skills for something more commercial]
While Reid apologized in December
for writing homophobic content on a blog she ran long before her days as an icon of the #Resistance movement, she claims these new posts opposing gay marriage and cringing "at the sight of two men kissing" were part of a "fabricated" outside effort to paint her as "offensive and hateful."

These anti-gay articles from The Reid Report, a site that pre-dated Reid's former MSNBC show of the same name, were originally shared on Twitter by user Jamie_Maz who found them using the Wayback Machine
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#1  ...Schadenfreude: it's what's for breakfast.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/24/2018 4:56 Comments || Top||

#2  She says she was "hacked," just like Carlos Danger. I'd say that's a case of either irony or total lack of self awareness on her part.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/24/2018 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  The Empress has no clothes?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Need to recall the Cal initiative to ban same sex marriage passed largely in part to Black Christian churches. Then it starts to make sense.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/24/2018 10:56 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Claim: 71 percent of FBI's foreign counterintelligence budget diverted to Russia probe
h/t Instapundit
One of the consequences of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented decision to launch a counterintelligence investigation on the Trump political campaign in 2016 is the drain on Department of Justice resources to chase down the "Russia connection" at the expense of other national security concerns.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a retired military intelligence officer and a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research says that over seventy percent of the FBI’s current budget dedicated to foreign counterintelligence investigations have been diverted to support the probe’s activities. Shaffer made the revelation on my radio program Monday afternoon on WMAL in Washington DC:
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/24/2018 16:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cut the budget for next year. And still hold them responsible for anything they miss.
Posted by: gorb || 04/24/2018 17:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Trimming the body count will extend the budget.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 19:39 Comments || Top||

John Brennan's secret trip to Moscow
[The American Thinker] he Russians say he did, and while some might say, well, these are the same Russians who helped put together the Steele dossier filled with "salacious and unverified" material, and may once again be playing with us, there is evidence that Brennan, the man who voted for communist Gus Hall for president, did make the trip in March 2016 for purposes unknown:

The website GlobalSecurity.Org goes into somewhat more detail about Brennan's Moscow trip without clearing up confusion about what the purpose of the trip might have been

News of the CIA chief's visit to the Russian capital was first made public on Monday by a Russian foreign ministry spokesman and subsequently confirmed by the CIA.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/24/2018 11:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [181 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Collusion.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/24/2018 12:18 Comments || Top||

#2  So, is he a Commie or a Muzzy?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/24/2018 14:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes.
Posted by: gorb || 04/24/2018 15:33 Comments || Top||

#4  He's a Lefty. He'll be whatever is the most anti US Constitution position at any given moment
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 04/24/2018 15:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Consider that John Brennan is a Trump-hating perjurer who lied to Congress about secret surveillance. He is the crown prince of a Deep State fiefdom that has its own agenda. The end justifies the means in their world, and Brennan may have been up to his eyeballs in developing that "insurance policy" against a Trump victory.

The gist of of article. Article might have mentioned "untrustworthy, treacherous weasel" for more accuracy.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/24/2018 18:28 Comments || Top||

India ditches its Stealth Fighter program.
[TheDrive] It's No Surprise India Finally Ditched Its Stealth Fighter Program With Russia.

India has reportedly stopped working with Russia on the long-troubled Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft program, or FGFA, a shared effort that was supposed to produce an improved variant of the equally vexing Su-57 stealth fighter. Though hardly surprising, with years of reports that the Indian government has become increasingly disappointed in the project’s progress and the aircraft's capabilities, the decision could have significant ramifications for both countries.

On April 20, 2018, Jane’s 360 reported that the Indian Air Force had put FGFA program on indefinite hold, citing unnamed official sources. India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra had reportedly told visiting Russian officials of the decision in February 2018. Similar reports also appeared in domestic Indian outlets.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Buy American.

The Russian stuff is crap.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/24/2018 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  In this case, vapor-crap.
Posted by: gorb || 04/24/2018 3:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Figured out ECM is better?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/24/2018 4:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The smaller the RCS, the better ECM works.
Posted by: Maggie Chinemp2886 || 04/24/2018 13:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Slow learners, the Indians. They've had so much success with Rooski hardware in the past.
Posted by: Spot || 04/24/2018 13:30 Comments || Top||

Punishments handed to judge, wife suspended in Tayyaba torture case
[DAWN] A division bench of the Islamabad High Court on Monday suspended the one-year jail sentences handed to a judge and his wife in the Taiba torture case, which had captured the country's attention in late December 2016.

The IHC had last week sentenced additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen to one year each in prison and ordered them to pay a fine of Rs50,000 each for keeping the then 10-year-old child maid Taiba in wrongful confinement, burning her hand over a missing broom, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom, and threatening her of "dire consequences".

The statements of a total of 19 prosecution witnesses were recorded during the course of the proceedings, including that of Taiba's parents.

Following the sentencing, the court approved their bail applications against surety bonds of Rs50,000. The convicts were given seven days to appeal against the verdict.

Raja Khurram and Maheen challenged the sentences through their lawyers Raja Rizwan Abbasi and Advocate Sohail Warraich who were present in court today before a two-judge division bench comprising justices Athar Minallah and Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

The bench subsequently suspended the sentences and adjourned the case until the second week of May.

Posted by: Fred || 04/24/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Christian woman attacked with acid for refusing marriage proposal dies
[DAWN] A Christian woman, who was hospitalised with 90 per cent burns in a Lahore hospital after she came under an acid attack last week for reportedly turning down a Moslem man's marriage proposal, succumbed to her wounds on Monday after putting up a five-day long fight for life.

According to the dear departed girl's father, Yaqub Masih, a man named Rizwan threw acid on his daughter Asima, 24, on April 18.

Yaqub, a labourer of Pakpura area in Sialkot, said her daughter had refused to marry Rizwan because of the difference of religion. He said according to the local doctors, 90pc body of Asima was burnt in the acid attack.

She had to be shifted to the Mayo Hospital in Lahore due to her life-threatening injuries. There is no burn unit at the Government Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital in Sialkot.

Yaqub said instead of registering the acid throwing case, the Sialkot Civil Line police had changed the nature of the crime in the first information report, stating she was set ablaze by the accused.

He had alleged that police exploited them because of their illiteracy, and got their thumb impressions on blank papers.

The family with other local Christians had protested against the police for changing the nature of the offence in the FIR.

The family and other Christians had demanded that Chief Justice of Pakistain Saqib Nisar, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
and Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz take notice of the offence.

District Police Officer (DPO) Asad Sarfraz Khan had told news hounds at the time that the police had included the acid-throwing clause in the case.

He said a department probe had also been ordered against the police officials for misleading the nature of the offense in the FIR.

The DPO had also informed the media that his department had managed to arrest Rizwan after the FIR was registered.

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Science & Technology
US soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant
[BBC] Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.
It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 01:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So he can no longer say he "Wouldn't have sex with that woman your penis". Good luck to the guy.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 04/24/2018 18:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Good luck indeed.

Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations.

and I don't know what the fuck that is.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/24/2018 21:38 Comments || Top||

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