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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Judge Drops Six Charges In Kamala Harris' Case Against David Daleiden, Sends Nine To Criminal Trial
[The Federalist] A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled Friday that nine of the state’s 15 felony charges against undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, in a prosecution initiated by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, have enough evidence to proceed to a criminal trial. The judge dropped the other six charges.

Dropping down to the bottom line:

After Friday’s ruling, Daleiden said Harris’ case continues to fall apart as facts about Planned Parenthood’s criminal organ trafficking are revealed in the courtroom.

Email records show Harris’ office corresponded with Planned Parenthood officials, orchestrating public responses, filing police reports, and even drafting legislation targeting Daleiden. Harris has received tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions from Planned Parenthood-affiliated entities.
Emphasis added.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2019 04:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Polite society just isn't ready for... stories about 'infant parts' commerce. Perhaps sometime following the election.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2019 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Adam Schiff on the jury?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2019 5:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Email records show Harris’ office corresponded with Planned Parenthood officials, orchestrating public responses, filing police reports, and even drafting legislation targeting Daleiden.

Isn't this illegal? You can't tamper with evidence or witnesses. Can this degree of coordination with a plaintiff be allowed?
Posted by: Lex || 12/09/2019 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  It's a 'Good' plaintiff, Lex. Move along!
Posted by: Bobby || 12/09/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Not to mention she had all her Calif Atty Gen records sealed.....
Posted by: crazyhorse || 12/09/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Rapper Juice WRLD aka Jarad Antnie Higgins Tango Uniform at Midway Airport
[Breitbart] Hip-hop star Juice WRLD has died after suffering a seizure at Midway airport in Chicago early Sunday morning, TMZ reports.

The 21-year-old rapper, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, began to suffer from what official say was an unknown medical issue some time after midnight Sunday morning. Emergency crews arrived at the airport at around 3:30 a.m., according to the Chicago Fire Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

"Chicago police confirmed that a 21-year-old man suffered a medical emergency at the airport a short time earlier after getting off a private jet," reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police and fire officials confirmed a 21-year-old male was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago police said he experienced a "medical emergency.″

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the transported man experienced cardiac arrest and was transported to a hospital from a Midway hanger away from the main terminal where private planes land.

Chicago police said they’re conducting a death investigation.

Rappers reacted in shock and sadness to the star’s death:
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Rats. Thought it was JUSSie
Posted by: Lex || 12/09/2019 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Would any of these "artists" have two nickels to rub together if not for whiggers?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/09/2019 3:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if they use private jets to do their drugs on.

A lot of rumours most of RAP is a front for drug sales.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/09/2019 5:31 Comments || Top||

#4  everone calls themselves rappers because they are too sorry too work
Posted by: chris || 12/09/2019 15:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Branding and advertising BP.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/09/2019 21:33 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New Zealand volcano popular with tourists abruptly loses popularity
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] New Zealand’s White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, prompting fears for a group of visitors seen walking on the crater floor moments before.
that's gonna leave a mark...
The country’s National Emergency Management Agency, said a “moderate volcanic eruption is occurring at White Island and is hazardous in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.

Cameras providing a live feed from the volcano showed more than half a dozen people walking inside the rim at 2:10 pm local time (01:10 GMT), before images went dark when the eruption occurred minutes later.

The local mayor said he feared there had been “injuries” in the eruption.
Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any virgins? I know highly unlikely among Western tourists.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2019 5:31 Comments || Top||

#2  From the headline, I was expecting The Bee.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/09/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||

#3  5 dead, 23 rescued w/ injuries. Another 20-25 feared dead.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/09/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||

#4  I would have had Bee if my wife hadn't have brought it up.

Great headlining.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/09/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Sure, Honey, lets go see the volcano.
Timing is everything.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/09/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Farmer dies in elephant attack in Ctg
[Dhaka Tribune] A farmer was trampled to death by a wild elephant in the Lohagara upazila, Chittagong, around 8:30pm on Saturday.

The dear departed was identified as Nurul Islam, 38, son of Abdus Sobhan, confirmed Inspector Rashedul Islam of the Lohagara cop shoppe.

Abu Naser Md Yasin Newaz, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Wildlife Management & Nature Conservation Division Chittagong said: "A herd of elephants stormed a paddy field in the area on Saturday night. An elephant trampled the farmer to death when locals and farmers tried to drive them away.

"During the dry season, elephants come to the locality in search of food and water. The incidents of elephant attacks particularly rise during the paddy harvesting season. Wild elephants behave violently if disturbed.

"People should not make any sudden movements in front of them. Any sort of such action may result in aggressive behavior from the elephants. The elephants will move away after damaging some crops. We will give proper compensation to the affected people for any damage done to the crop fields or any property. So, there is nothing to panic here," added the DFO.

Five people were reported dead from August to September this year in Boalkhali and Anwara upazilas.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I’ve been reading Rantburg long enough that Md means Mohammed to me, and Ctg means Chittagong. Isn’t life grand!
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 16:55 Comments || Top||

#2  I knew CTG, but Md meant "Land of Fred and Gloria"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/09/2019 20:10 Comments || Top||

#3  This is my brother Md and this is my other brother Md.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/09/2019 21:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Abu Naser Md Yasin Newaz

The forester isn’t a doctor, but so many have Mohammed in its various variants in their name that journalist, at least, have adopted the abbreviation for the conservation of barrels of ink.

Or electrons, as the case may be.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 21:26 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Moscow-backed separatists has killed more than 14,000 people
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For what?

Is it really worth it?
Posted by: Lex || 12/09/2019 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Is it really worth it?

To locals, no. To USA taxpayers, no. To Biden family?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2019 2:13 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Trump warns that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has ‘everything’ to lose through hostility
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Hong Kong: 800,000 people take part in what is being considered the largest turnout in months
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [218 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Ain't no goat-herder convention. Maybe this has legs?
Sorry, Herb
Posted by: Lex || 12/09/2019 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  IIRC Mao - he who controls the countryside controls the world

Going the have the issue here if Trump is reelected and the metros try to play the same game. Cut off the flow of food and energy and any metro areas can be shut down.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2019 5:30 Comments || Top||

#3  They should just shut up and go see Space Jam 2.
Posted by: Lebron James || 12/09/2019 21:34 Comments || Top||


Economy
Harvard To Pay $50 Million Tax Due To Trump Tax Reform
h/t Instapundit
[TaxProf] Harvard University expects to pay $49.8 million in federal taxes as a result of the tax reform package passed in 2017.

Most of the tax bill, $37.7 million, comes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s new tax on net investment income -- the so-called endowment tax. The other $12.1 million is from a net investment income tax on operational revenues, unrelated business taxable income and excise taxes on executive compensation.

The nearly $50 million tax bill is still an estimate, Harvard said in its annual financial report for the fiscal year ending in June 2019, which the university released Thursday. The federal government hasn’t issued final guidance that would allow the exact amount of tax to be calculated, but accounting principles require Harvard to book expenses in the year they were incurred. ...

Despite the new tax bill, Harvard’s net operating surplus rose almost 52 percent to $297.9 million in 2019. Total operating revenue rose nearly 6 percent to $5.5 billion as total student revenue rose 7 percent to $1.2 billion.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/09/2019 02:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Total operating revenue rose nearly 6 percent to $5.5 billion as total student revenue rose 7 percent to $1.2 billion.

Another boomerang swings round to hit the thrower. The Democrats wanted to increase taxes on billionaires, right?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 5:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Really fair if you ask me. They've probably produced more empowered ingrate socialists than Leningrad University.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/09/2019 5:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Gee, I wish I could pay a 16.7% total tax rate.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/09/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Or 14.3% depending on whether the $297.9 million surplus if before or after tax.
Posted by: Snusotle the Lesser4227 || 12/09/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||


Olde Tyme Religion
Palestinian convert to Judaism freed from Hevron jail
[Jpost] A Paleostinian man who converted to Judaism has been released from jail where he was being held by the Paleostinian authorities and beaten by fellow prisoners.

Upon his release, David Ben Avraham, formerly Sameh Zeitoun, was taken to United Hatzalah of Israel’s headquarters in Jerusalem for a medical checkup before being transferred to Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.

Ben Avraham spent 58 days in jail before finally being released, apparently thanks to Israeli officials working quietly behind the scenes. He had been arrested in October by gunnies, while visiting his son in the West Bank.

"They handcuffed me and took me to jail. I took a lot of beatings there," he told Ynet news on Friday. "The guards told everyone I had converted and I was Jewish. Prisoners would gang up on me, choke me and beat me badly."

The meagre food he was given "wouldn’t satisfy a mouse," he added. "I was denied water. I fainted three times and they took me to a hospital."

He was later held in solitary confinement, he said, where holy mans tried to persuade him to return to Islam. "I refused outright," he said. "I decided to become a part of the Jewish people and I have no intention of going back."

Haim Perg, one of the leaders of the Jewish community in Hevron who worked to ensure Ben Avraham’s release and who accompanies him, said, "After severe torture that he underwent and in a well-orchestrated operation, we rescued David Samah Zaytun from prison and the hands of Abu Mazen and the evil clutches of the secret police, from prison, and from the house arrest to which he was thrown after he was kidnapped near the Karmei Tzur Junction on Erev Yom Kippur."

Ben Avraham converted to Judaism through the Bnei Brak Rabbinical Court of Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, who died in October. The authorities view rare cases of Paleostinian conversion with caution; the government's Conversion Authority regularly rejects Paleostinian applicants without review. Some of those, like Ben Avraham, turn to private institutions instead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [145 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Science & Technology
Christmas gifts delivered to the ISS
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound "mighty mice," pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot.

The Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral three days earlier.

The two spacecraft soared 260 miles (420 kilometers) above the South Pacific at the time of capture.

It marks the third visit for this recycled Dragon.

The capsule holds 3 tons (2,720 kilograms) of supplies, including 40 mice for a muscle and bone experiment.

Eight of them are genetically engineered with twice the normal muscle mass - and so are considered "mighty mice."

There also are 120,000 roundworms, or nematodes of a beneficial variety that are part of an agricultural study aimed at controlling pests here on Earth.

The capsule also has a large, round robot head with artificial intelligence and the ability to sense astronauts’ emotions.
"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that"
Named Cimon, it’s an improved version of what flew up last year to be tested as an astronaut’s helper.

NASA has tucked some Christmas presents in the shipment for the station’s six-person crew, as well.

It’s SpaceX’s 19th delivery to the orbiting outpost for NASA over the past seven years.

The astronauts have another shipment coming on Monday - this one launched by Russia from Kazakhstan on Friday.

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..a smart, empathetic robot.

Wouldn't be named Marvin?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/09/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Malaysia reports first polio case in 27 years
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:



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Mon 2019-12-09
  Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 8 On Bus In Northern Kenya
Sun 2019-12-08
  At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab
Sat 2019-12-07
  Baghdad operations commander orders the Iraqi army to move in Sinak and Khilani to protect the protesters
Fri 2019-12-06
  Naval Air Station Pensacola shooter who killed 3 was Saudi aviation student
Thu 2019-12-05
  Pelosi Asks House Judiciary Committee to Proceed with Articles of Impeachment
Wed 2019-12-04
  Anti-government protesters have set fire to the Iranian consulate in Najaf for the third time in a week
Tue 2019-12-03
  Burkina Faso: 14 people killed in gun attack at church during Sunday mass
Mon 2019-12-02
  40 to 100 Iranian protesters executed in a marsh.
Sun 2019-12-01
  At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico
Sat 2019-11-30
  Thousands of Iraqi protesters are celebrating in Baghdad after Prime Minister Adil Abdel Mahdi pledges to resign
Fri 2019-11-29
  Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will resign
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Wed 2019-11-27
  Armed Iraqi protesters attempt to attack police forces in Baghdad
Tue 2019-11-26
  US Rep Ilhan Omar accused of being a foreign agent
Mon 2019-11-25
  9 More Shot Dead as Protesters in Iraq Now Calling for Revolution

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