You shoulda seen Shep Smith covering this like it was the second 9/11. He was talking live to a guy who works in the mall and the guy says we're okay we're inside the mall. Shep had to tell his onsite source the SUV was inside the mall too. It's was hoot!
Once again my Comedic Theory of History is vindicated. The basic concept is that the most outrageous comedies of past years' become Solemn Standard Operating Procedure as time passes.
Consider Groucho's opening song in Duck Soup, 'No one's allowed to smoke, or tell a dirty joke, and whistling is prohibited...' Actually whistling is obsolete, but 2 out of 3 remain valid.
Consider Blazing Saddles wherein the new sheriff takes himself hostage. Known better in modern times as the low speed OJ chase when one of the largest metro areas on earth was brought to a stand still for, well, let's just say far less comic effect.
Of course 'Animal House' gave us abundant fodder for modern life. Probably the most common is the now famous 'Animal House Defense', a nearly incomprehensible line of reasoning that accuses the accusers and refuses to stand idly by while they conduct themselves in that fashion.
Now we have achieved a Blues Brothers re-enactor. Splendid. Of course whatever else may be known about his case he absolutely MUST be taken seriously. Old comedies may be the only reliable sage and source for what lies ahead.
[NYPOST] People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is praising Trader Joe’s after the grocery store chain redesigned some of its packaging, allegedly at the animal rights group’s urging.
In a statement to Fox News, PETA said that it contacted Trader Joe’s about its use of circus elephant images on items such as peanuts, peanut butter and toilet paper, pointing out that it was “standard practice to beat, shock, chain and whip elephants” and other animals used in circus performances.
It has not been confirmed if the redesign has taken effect at all stores nationwide, though PETA stated that Trader Joe’s CEO Dane Bane assured the organization once the existing stock of peanut butter jars are sold out, the next shipment will no longer contain the circus elephant image.
“The new designs at Trader Joe’s perfectly reflect that our society no longer tolerates beating elephants into submission for circus shows,” says PETA Foundation Deputy Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Rachel Mathews.
The new California state gag:
A bear trudges leftward (in drag)
Cuz he hasn't a car,
Barely skirting the tar,
Through a landscape bizarre,
Towards a cheerful red star...
But his energy's startin' to flag.
Aldi, along with Trader Joe’s is owned by Germany’s Albrecht family. Karl served in the Wehrmacht during World War II and was wounded on the Eastern Front. A very wealthy German family.
There is a Trader Joes nearby. We go there occasionally. There is an Aldis a litter farther down the road. The customers seem to have a left-wing inclination. TJs has a poor layout and the flow of people is not good. Most of the people who work there are friendly although I ran into one who was surly and could use an attitude re-adjustment. It seems that TJs is going PC...virtue signaling to their customers? Good for business.
Zero Cost to Trader Joe for this virtue signalling. The circuses have shut their doors so this is akin to Trader Joe announcing, with great fanfare, that they will not allow Vaudeville acts with blackface or Travelling Minstrel Shows on premises.
Next they will ban Zeppelins in their parking lots for the convenience of their customers! (insert picture of the Hindenburg(1937) here)
[The Sun] A pregnant young woman was hacked to death in her bed Tuesday during a family break at a luxury South African vacation resort.
Karen Turner, 31, who was three months pregnant, was sleeping with her husband, Matthew, 33, and their toddler son when they were attacked at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Matthew was stabbed repeatedly as he lay beside his wife at the Hluleka Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape province of the country.
Two men armed with knives sneaked into their self-contained lodge overlooking the beach.
Karen, a primary school teacher from Underberg, South Africa, died almost instantly, while Matthew managed to fight back and survived after being flown to Pietermaritzburg, where he underwent surgery, according to police.
Karen’s unborn child was also killed in the frenzied attack. Her 23-month-old son, Hayden, survived and was uninjured.
It is unclear what the motive was for the horrific murder.
"Actually, we prefer not to describe ourselves as a 'luxury' resort anymore. Distastefully elitist, don't you think? I'd simply say that we enjoy providing a broad range of very special services and experiences to our more, ahem, discriminating guests."
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[Aljazeera] Harare, Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwean dollar is collapsing against the United States dollar on the country's black market, as confidence in the local currency hits rock bottom. Newsweek April 6, 1976. How much time do we now have ?
The Zimbabwean dollar or Zimdollar encompasses the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) dollar as well as bond notes and electronic money balances.
On Friday morning, it took 20 Zimdollars to buy one US dollar hard currency note on Harare's black market exchanges. Two weeks ago, around 10 Zimdollars bought one US dollar note on the black market.
The Zimdollar is also plummeting on Zimbabwe's managed interbank foreign currency market, which values the local currency more favourably. As of Friday, it took 14 Zimdollars to buy one US dollar at interbank exchange rates.
Some black market foreign exchange (forex) dealers believe the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe might be driving up the value of foreign currencies against the Zimdollar because the central bank needs foreign exchange to finance critical imports such as food and fuel.
[Sudan Tribune] South Sudan President Salva Kiir has said the Transitional Government of National Unity must be formed on November 12 as agreed by the parties to the peace deal in May this year.
Kiir made these remarks during prayers organised by South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) at State House in the capital, Juba on Thursday.
"Through your prayers our wounds people will be healed," he said.
The South Sudanese leader also appealed to the armed opposition leader Riek Machar to return to Juba ahead of the formation of the new coalition government.
During last week’s meetings between Kiir and Machar in Juba, both leaders committed to the timely formation of the new government.
The two rival leaders also agreed to form a committee that would look into the final report of the Independent Boundary Commission (IBC), number of states and their boundaries and come up with findings suitable for both parties and the people of South Sudan.
On his part, however, Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro appealed to the signatories to the peace pact to ensure the accord if fully implemented and new government put in place as agreed.
South Sudan descended into war in mid-December 2013, when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.
In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.
The power-sharing arrangements under the deal were supposed to take effect in May, but the process was delayed by six months until November as both sides disagreed on security arrangements.
[Dhaka Tribune] A Noakhali court has framed charges against 16 people in a case filed over the gang rape of a 40-year-old woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali on January 1.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 2 Judge Shamsuddin Khaled passed the order after a hearing on Thursday.
The plaintiff's lawyer Rabiul Hasan Polash said: "After investigation and collection of confessional statements from the arrestees, police submitted the charge sheet to the court, accusing 16 of them."
"Two of them are runaways and the rest of them are currently behind bars," he added.
On early hours of January 1, the mother of four was forcibly dragged her from her house in the Modhya Bagya village under Subarnachar's Charjubli union and gang raped, allegedly by 10-15 local Awami League activists.
Her husband, who later filed the case at Char Jabbar cop shoppe, alleged the group of miscreants, wielding firearms, barged into their home around midnight, tied him and his children up, forcefully took his wife away from their home and gang-raped her.
He alleged that his wife was attacked because she cast her vote for the BNP candidate during the 11th general election held on December 30, 2018.
The man alleged that the attackers were led by the ruling party's upazila unit Publicity Secretary Ruhul Amin, who was later expelled by Awami League.
The news of the gang rape had shocked the country, sparked protests in Dhaka and elsewhere, and drew condemnation on social media.
[Sara Carter] WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday the arrest of Zhongsan Liu. He was charged in a complaint for his involvement in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain U.S. visas for Chinese government employees. Liu was arrested today in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before the U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.
“We welcome foreign students and researchers, including from China, but we do not welcome visa fraud – especially on behalf of a government,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of National Security. “We will continue to confront Chinese government attempts to subvert American law to advance its own interests in diverting U.S. research and know-how to China.”
“As alleged Zhongsan Liu conspired to obtain research scholar visas fraudulently for people whose actual purpose was not research but recruitment,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “Rather than helping to bring students to the U.S., Liu allegedly conspired to defraud this country’s visa system to advance his efforts to attract U.S. experts to China. Thanks to the FBI, this alleged abuse of the visa system has been halted.”
“Zhongsan Liu broke the law by seeking visas for employees of the government of The People’s Republic of China to enter the United States under false pretenses. Individuals obtained visas under the guise of research scholars, but in reality their assignment was to recruit top U.S. talent to benefit the government of China,” said Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “The FBI recognizes the immense benefit of academic freedom in our open society, and we will investigate those who break our laws in an effort to take advantage of that freedom.”
“The allegation that an employee of a foreign government has worked to mask the true purpose of an individual’s presence in the United States isn’t news to the FBI,” said FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. “This alleged behavior should be another alarm bell that foreign governments are constantly working to exploit research work being conducted throughout the United States. Not everyone shares the honest goal of conducting open research to benefit society as a whole. This case is another example of the pervasive and organized effort, in this instance an allegedly flat-out illegal one, to fulfill a top priority of collecting information to advantage a foreign adversary. Putting a halt to Mr. Liu’s alleged actions are an important and significant step to highlighting these activities. The FBI New York, along with our intelligence community partners, will continue to disrupt the behavior when it is detected.”
[DAWN] The accountability court of Islamabad on Thursday fixed Oct 5 for indictment of former president Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari ...husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in... , his sister Faryal Talpur as well as other accused in the Park Lane reference.
The Park Lane case has been registered under different sections of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999, and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010.
Mr Zardari has been accused of being involved "in extending loan and its misappropriation by M/s Parthenon Private Limited, M/S Park Lane Estate Private Limited and others".
[FOX] Thirteen Marines have been formally charged with playing a role in the smuggling of undocumented immigrants into the U.S., the Marine Corps announced Friday.
In addition to the smuggling charges, the Marines will face military court proceedings for charges including failure to obey an order, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny and perjury, according to a statement from the 1st Marine Division Press Office.
Two of the Marines were specifically named -- Lance Cpls. Byron Law and David Salazar-Quintero -- but the other names were withheld. These two have also been charged federally with transporting and conspiring to transport illegal immigrants into the country for financial gain. Both were based at Camp Pendleton, in California.
[Free Beacon] Longtime abortion doctor Forrest Smith testified Wednesday that some of the abortion procedures recommended by Planned Parenthood in 2015 videos released by a pro-life group would have resulted in "live birth."
Smith suggested to a San Francisco court the videos confirm that Planned Parenthood recommends abortion methods that would allow for harvesting fetal tissue and organs for sale to medical researchers. Smith's testimony agreed with accusations made by Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and member Sandra Merritt.
After reviewing a presentation given by gynecologist Alisa Goldberg at a 2014 Planned Parenthood conference, Smith said the abortion methods Goldberg described would force a woman into "tumultuous labor." The process would end in "fetal expulsion," in which "the fetus comes out without any assistance from the abortion doctor, no instrumentation."
"Very few people in abortion, outside of Planned Parenthood, do that," Smith said. "There's no question in my mind that at least some of these fetuses were live births."
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.