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Islamic State Declared A New Wilaya In Africa
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Airline employee worked illegally for the Chinese military at New York airports, US prosecutors say
(CNN)A former employee of a Chinese airline at two of the main airports serving New York has pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from the illegal shipment of packages on behalf of China's military, the US Justice Department said Wednesday.

Ying Lin is a naturalized US citizen originally from China. She took packages from Chinese military officers assigned to China's United Nations mission in New York and put them on flights headed to China without the officers on board -- a violation of US air safety rules -- prosecutors allege.

In return, Lin received benefits including tax-exempt purchases of liquor, cigarettes and electronic devices, perks which US authorities said were "worth tens of thousands of dollars."

Chinese construction workers, who were only allowed to operate at Chinese government facilities under the terms of their visas, also did free work at Lin's two residences in the borough of Queens, according to the Justice Department.

Related: ICE Reporting (Aug 2016) - Former station chief for international air carrier charged with smuggling, obstruction of justice and wire fraud
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  She took packages from Chinese military officers assigned to China's United Nations mission in New York and put them on flights headed to China without the officers on board.

Diplomatic pouches are so very slow and cumbersome.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#2  and handled by diplomats.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 17:58 Comments || Top||

#3  I doubt they were moving any sensitive materials. Sounds like a duty-free scam. Likely moving small high-value luxury goods (watches/phones/jewelry) for re-sale on the Chicomm market.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 04/19/2019 22:28 Comments || Top||


Rapper Kodak Black aka Bill Karpi arrested in New York on drug, weapons charges
(Reuters) - Rapper Kodak Black was released from custody by the New York State Police on Thursday after being arrested on drug and gun charges while coming across the Canada-U.S. border near Niagara Falls, police said.

Black, 21, was stopped on Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge headed back into the United States from Canada, the New York State Police said in a release.

Black’s real name is Bill Kapri, and he is a resident of Miramar, Florida.

Black, who was driving a Cadillac Escalade, and three other Florida men following in a Porsche were arrested on drug and weapons charges. Black was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Glock 9mm pistol, and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

The other three men face similar charges from weapons and drugs found in the Porsche.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2019 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Which then started a huge brawl on Lansdowne Street (next to Fenway Pahhhk) on Wednesday night because he didn't show for his 'concert'.
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Purity Test Fail: Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' out at Yankee Stadium over racist songs
The New York Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of "God Bless America" during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics.

Most famously, Smith sang a 1931 song, "That’s Why Darkies Were Born," which opened: "Someone had to pick the cotton, Someone had to pick the corn, Someone had to slave and be able to sing, That’s why darkies were born."

The song, which has been called a satirical take on racism, was a big hit for Smith, and also was recorded by Paul Robeson.

When the Yankees last month became aware of Smith’s history, they switched to a keyboard version of "God Bless America."

The Yankees have played the song in the middle of every game since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the insistence of late owner George Steinbrenner.

In 2009, the Yankees cut ties with singer Ronan Tynan, who had made numerous appearances at the Stadium to sing "God Bless America," after he was alleged to have made anti-Semitic comments.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/19/2019 12:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And: Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, dump ‘God Bless America’ over racist songs

Collusion?

And, btw, Miss Smiths b-day is 01 May...

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/19/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The continuing retroactive application of political correctness marches on...
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 14:28 Comments || Top||

#3  ... and also was recorded by Paul Robeson.

Paul Robeson - a man who appropriated Negro culture by being one.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/19/2019 16:44 Comments || Top||

#4  There have been rap concerts at Yankee Stadium. Much, much worse has been said there by those performers.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/19/2019 21:41 Comments || Top||


Britain
BBC sez bad word
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That is all their coverage was. It is the end of them as everything out of those f*cks is sh*t.
Their whole broadcast was trump stuff I could see on CNN. FU BBC. Go hang it up with your pal ABC while I sink your ratings to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Anchor yourself with all the trumpphobists and I shall now shove you off on your way without me.

PS - You suck.
Posted by: newc || 04/19/2019 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Stumbled across a fun little bit while looking for a non-twitter explanation of the current kerf-ckle. Contains language.
Posted by: Threling Thrirong3580 || 04/19/2019 23:19 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Initial US intelligence assessment is that North Korea recently tested components for an anti-tank weapon
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Undepleted Uranium/Plutonium alloy shells?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||


Chinese military chiefs set to move PLA service branch headquarters out of Beijing
  • [SCMP] Military sources say leadership hopes move out of capital will help to improve combat readiness and reduce cronyism

  • Command units of five main forces expected to move to second or third-tier cities and undergo streamlining
Also eliminates single point of failure, something our own military hasn't considered very important.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  ...Reflect upon this, too: When you're not across the street from El Jefe, it's a lot easier to do what you want, all the better if it's profitable.

The warlord tradition in China is an old one.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/19/2019 6:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Eggs, basket.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Dam reinforcement ongoing as water reaches 30-year high
[Rudaw] Photos for the civil engineers among us to evaluate. You no doubt recall, dear Reader, that there was some concern that ISIS would damage that dam and sweep away those living downstream when they captured the thing during their expansion phase.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  The dam was also considered a target in the covert battle to end/slow the nuclear development program.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 6:48 Comments || Top||

#2  ...of Iran.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 6:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Coffee. Need more coffee.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 6:52 Comments || Top||


Olde Tyme Religion
Catholic devotees are CRUCIFIED and hundreds whip themselves bloody with bamboo sticks for punishing Good Friday penitence ritual in the Philippines
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some Filipinos do this every year at Easter. Not part of my devotional rituals, but it's their practice.

Better than rattlesnake handling in my book, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/19/2019 13:46 Comments || Top||

#2  It is nothing like the actual event.

He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace and with His wounds are healed. All we like sheep are gone away; we have turned - everyone - to his own way, and the Lord has laid upon Him the inhquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 04/19/2019 18:41 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Too indolent to go pick up free groceries? Enjoy sleeping until noon? No problem.
NEW YORK (AP) ‐ Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time.

ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The USDA has long required customers using electronic benefits transfer, or EBT, pay for their purchases at the actual time and place of sale. So the move marks the first time SNAP customers can pay for their groceries online.

ShopRite and Amazon are providing the service to the New York City area, and Walmart is providing the service online in upstate New York locations. The agency said the pilot will eventually expand to other areas of New York as well as Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

The pilot program will test both online ordering and payment. SNAP participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items but will not be able to use SNAP to pay for service or delivery charges, the agency said.

"People who receive SNAP benefits should have the opportunity to shop for food the same way more and more Americans shop for food ‐ by ordering and paying for groceries online," said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. "As technology advances, it is important for SNAP to advance too, so we can ensure the same shopping options are available for both non-SNAP and SNAP recipients."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2019 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What's with the inflammatory title? It's just delivery. This is the kind of shit the Left points to when they say we're terrible people.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/19/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Missed the point again Erb.
Online transactions enforce allowable item rules which retail merchants may not. OTs also provide some identity management which EBT does not.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 6:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Herb misses a lot of points, doesn't he?
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Do I need to ask who pays the delivery fees?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/19/2019 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  And who wants to sleep until noontime? You'll miss Jerry Springer!
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Won't have to stand in line at the checkout counter anymore behind those ladies who are so fat they need to ride around on government subsidized scooters.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/19/2019 13:46 Comments || Top||

#7  I don't think Herb missed the point on this one actually. Although I also agree with Skidmarks point the two points are not mutually exclusive.
Posted by: rschwarz || 04/19/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Do I need to ask who pays the delivery fees?

First of the month includes combat pay and stryker expenses.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/19/2019 18:28 Comments || Top||



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  Islamic State Declared A New Wilaya In Africa
Thu 2019-04-18
  German Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Recruiting ISIS Members To Syria
Wed 2019-04-17
  Houthis in Yemen introduced a new airburst ballistic missile that spreads 14,000 pieces of shrapnel over a large area
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  Violence and dozens of arson attacks in Copenhagen after anti-Islam politician throws Koran in migrant neighbourhood
Mon 2019-04-15
  Notre Dame Cathedral is burning
Sun 2019-04-14
  Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand succumbs to injuries sustained in an airstrike
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  Algerian police fire water cannon at protesters
Fri 2019-04-12
  Sudan President al-Bashir officially arrested
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  Ecuador withdraws asylum from Julian Assange, arrested by UK police
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  Maryland man accused of stealing U-Haul truck in 'ISIS-inspired attack'
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  Major showdown brewing in Tripoli as rival Libyan forces clash near capital city
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  Libya U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated
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  Egypt kills hundreds of suspected militants in disputed gun battles
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  German police arrest teen who says he planned shooting

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