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Corey Booker Throws In The Towel
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Business As Usual: 12 Shot, 5 Fatally In Baltimore On Saturday
BALTIMORE (WJZ) ‐ Police responded to multiple shootings throughout Saturday in Baltimore that left four democrats people dead.
They'll still vote
The first happened at around 2:30 a.m. in east Baltimore in the 700 block of North Patterson Park.

Woman Killed In Baltimore City Triple Shooting

About five hours later, patrol officers were called to the 6300 block of Boston Street for a reported shooting.

When they arrived they found a 46-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. Shortly after, a second shooting victim, a 40-year-old man walked into an area hospital also shot in the leg.

At 2:34 p.m., officers went to the 1400 block of Broening Highway to investigate a reported shooting where they found a man shot, he later died, police say.

About 20 minutes later at 3 p.m., a 37-year-old man was shot in the 1200 block of Druid Hill Avenue. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 02:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any of the shooters white?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/13/2020 6:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Non Neanderthal behavior at its best.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  They take their sports seriously there... and no I wasn't talking about football.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#4  "Neither rain, nor snow nor dark of night will keep us from lighting off rounds in some $(person of Afro-American persuasion)'s ass."
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#5  BINASH
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Didn't know you spelled Chicago with a 'B.'
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/13/2020 13:55 Comments || Top||


Former marine, 37, is arrested after 'posing as security detail for Marine One and breaching two airport checkpoints to get close to helicopter shortly before the President flew in it'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Brandon Magnan, 37, was arrested and charged by Secret Service on Monday

  • Magnan allegedly passed himself off as a soldier assigned to Marine One

  • Authorities allege he drove through two checkpoints at Palm Beach Airport

  • Magnan allegedly used fake credentials with Marine Corps seal

  • Suspicious sheriff's deputy noticed Magnan wasn't wearing Marine uniform

  • Investigators later learned Magnan was dishonorably discharged from Marines

  • He was convicted in court-martial of sexual abuse and sodomy of young Marines a decade ago
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another Florida man story.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/12/2020 18:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Another fake and liar wow !
Posted by: Lonzo Crish5254 || 01/13/2020 5:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Looking for a bounty?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  does someone who was dishonorably discharged get to claim he was a 'former marine'?

or is that just media-speak
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 01/13/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Ex-Marine, like that POS Murtha
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

#6  A dishonorable discharge Marine is someone to steer clear of.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||

#7  I mean, anybody who was a Marine, even if they were tossed out, IS a former Marine. Much like a Congresscritter who is convicted of corruption and thrown in jail is still a Former Congresscreature.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 01/13/2020 14:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Looking for his $80 million?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/13/2020 15:55 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
2 US Soldiers found dead on Spangdahlem AFB
[twitter]

Posted by: 3dc || 01/13/2020 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, maintains, deploys, and employs F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft and $6 billion of United States Protection Level 1 assets in support of NATO and national defense directives. The wing is comprised of approximately 5,000 military and civilian personnel and is organized into five groups responsible for operations, maintenance, mission support, medical operations and munitions maintenance. The wing provides support to the 726th Air Mobility Squadron as it sustains AMC's air mobility operations throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. The wing supports the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe with 5,000 mission-ready military and civilian personnel in 16 squadrons providing support to 7 geographically separated units, 13 real property sites and eight tenant units in five nations across Europe promoting regional stability.

As Europe's only Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) fighter squadron, the 480th FS is assigned 28 F-16 Fighting Falcons to provide expeditionary combat capability in SEAD, as well as close air support, air interdiction and counter air. Finally, the wing continues to support the U.S. Air Force's Theater Security Package deployments to Europe. Since 2015, TSP units, comprised of eight rotations of active duty and ANG F-15 and A-10 aircraft and associated personnel, reassured and enhanced NATO security and stability in 11 countries throughout Europe.
Posted by: b || 01/13/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you, b. I am woefully ignorant about military matters.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  And that would be airmen not soldiers. This is like calling a SPG and APC a tank in journalistic terms.

Doubt its terror related because it would be easier and have more impact to do it in public among the local population.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Florida man digs up WWII-era land mine
[Mil News] When a treasure hunter’s metal detector signaled to something in the shoreline south of Vero Beach, he was hopeful he’d discovered a historic relic ‐ maybe a cannonball.

Jeff Emlet, 37, soon learned he was digging up a land mine with his bare hands.

"I dropped my metal detector and ran back and told everybody to get ... away," said Emlet after discovering the object at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday.

Emlet said he struck it with the digger he was using so he used his hands to uncover the rest. Born and raised in Vero Beach, he said he goes treasure hunting about "every other day."

"It’s just a hobby," Emlet said.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office officials called in Patrick Air Force Base explosive ordnance experts to remove the object, after fire officials confirmed it was a land mine.
Yea, it's him again.
Emlet found the corroded, rusty ordnance buried along the beach in the 600 block of Reef Road off State Road A1A.

There have been several instances where a WWII-era ordnance has been found on Treasure Coast shoreline. Several of those have been land mines.

That area is less than 2 ½ miles north of Round Island Beach Park, which served as a WWII Training Area called Fort Pierce Naval Amphibious Training Base ‐ a 19,000-acre area of shoreline active from 1943 to 1946.

The shoreline where Emlet was Tuesday served as the "Naval Demolition Research Area" just above the "Naval Combat Demolition Unit Area," according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

A stretch of shoreline from Vero Beach to Jensen Beach was used as training ground leading up to the D-Day beach invasions at Normandy, France.

The Army Corps of Engineers, which had personnel scouring shoreline for ordnance-like objects in 2019, advises anyone who finds an ordnance to "leave the area immediately" and report it by calling 911.

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#1  Jeff usually works alone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 3:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The Army Corps of Engineers, which had personnel scouring shoreline for ordnance-like objects in 2019,

Seem the quality control of your contractor was somewhat less than desired (if it was done at all). BTW, anyone in your contracting involved in procuring the Steele Dossier?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:19 Comments || Top||


Who Signs Up To Fight?
[NYT] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ‐ The sergeant in charge of one of the busiest Army recruiting centers in Colorado, Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Comes, joined the Army, in part, because his father served. Now two of his four children say they want to serve, too. And he will not be surprised if the other two make the same decision once they are a little older.

"Hey, if that’s what your calling is, I encourage it, absolutely," said Comes, who wore a dagger-shaped patch on his camouflage uniform, signifying that he had been in combat.

Enlisting, he said, enabled him to build a good life where, despite yearlong deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he felt proud of his work, got generous benefits, never worried about being laid off and earned enough that his wife could stay home to raise their children.

"Show me a better deal for the common person," he said.

Soldiers like him are increasingly making the U.S. military a family business. The men and women who sign up overwhelmingly come from counties in the South and a scattering of communities at the gates of military bases like Colorado Springs, which sits next to Fort Carson and several Air Force installations, and where the tradition of military service is deeply ingrained.

More and more, new recruits are the children of old recruits. In 2019, 79% of Army recruits reported having a family member who served. For nearly 30%, it was a parent ‐ a striking point in a nation where less than 1% of the population serves in the military.

For years, military leaders have been sounding the alarm over the growing gulf between communities that serve and those that do not, warning that relying on a small number of counties that reliably produce soldiers is unsustainable, particularly now amid escalating tensions with Iran.

"A widening military-civilian divide increasingly impacts our ability to effectively recruit and sustain the force," Anthony Kurta, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service last year. "This disconnect is characterized by misperceptions, a lack of knowledge and an inability to identify with those who serve. It threatens our ability to recruit the number of quality youth with the needed skill sets to maintain our advantage."
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#1  The men and women who sign up overwhelmingly come from counties in the South

"Nuff said."
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  For nearly 30%, it was a parent ‐ a striking point in a nation where less than 1% of the population serves in the military.

So sort of what America experienced in the 19th century and most of the 20th Century up to 1941. Didn't seem to be much of a problem then. The military was kept small except for the Civil War. Even then most of the formations were states militia not the regular Army. WW2 was the exception that the ruling class turned into a 'rule' to adjudge things by while in large part exempting themselves from the 'rule'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 11:46 Comments || Top||

#3  If the system (or phenomenon) filters out the Rapones, Baseviches and McCains, it's a good system.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Australia's oldest man turns 110 and remembers the first motorcar coming in to his state: a Model-T Ford
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#1  This wonderful man can carry a tune, and sang an old folk song first written in 1885. He put it up on social media on New Year's Eve - but for that, the song would probably never be heard again, lost in the sands of time
Posted by: Anon1 || 01/13/2020 18:31 Comments || Top||


Taal volcano, near Manila, about to explode
Taal Volcano
[Twitter]


Taal Volcano (Filipino: Bulkang Taal) is a complex volcano located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.[1] It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 34 historical eruptions. All of these eruptions are concentrated on Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Taal Lake. The lake partially fills Taal Caldera, which was formed by prehistoric eruptions between 140,000 and 5,380 BP.[2] Viewed from the Tagaytay Ridge in Cavite, Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines.[3] It is located about 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the capital of the country, the city of Manila.

The volcano has had several violent eruptions in the past, causing loss of life in the island and the populated areas surrounding the lake, with the death toll estimated at around to 6,000. Because of its proximity to populated areas and its eruptive history, the volcano was designated a Decade Volcano, worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. All volcanoes of the Philippines are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

2020 ERUPTION
January 12, 2020 explosion.
The volcano erupted again on the afternoon of January 12, 43 years after the 1977 eruption.[35] According to PHIVOLCS director Renato Solidum, a phreatic eruption was first recorded at around 1 pm.[36] Loud rumbling sounds were also felt and heard from the volcano island. By 2:30 pm, PHIVOLCS raised the alert status to Alert Level 2 after a stronger explosion was recorded around 2 pm.[37] It was followed by a stronger explosion by around 3 pm that spew an ash column measuring 100 meters, prompting PHIVOLCS to upgrade the alert status to Alert Level 3 by 4 pm.[38][39] Furthermore, Solidum also confirmed that there was a magmatic intrusion that is likely the cause of the volcano’s phreatic eruptions on Sunday morning and afternoon. PHIVOLCS ordered an evacuation in the towns of Balete, San Nicolas and Talisay in Batangas within the shores of Taal Lake.[40][41] By 7:30 pm, PHIVOLCS upgraded the alert status to Alert Level 4 after volcanic activities intensified as "continuous eruption generated a tall 10-15 kilometer steam-laden tephra column with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on the general north as far as Quezon City.”[42] Ashfall from the volcano were also experienced in Cavite and Laguna and also reached as far as Metro Manila.[43][44]

In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) suspended all flights to and from all terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the eruption.[45]
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#1  Taal volcano: Lava spews as 'hazardous eruption' feared
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  So much for global warming. Combine this with the lack of sunspots heralding a potential new Maunder Minimum situation and it's time to take stock of the larder and woodpile - if you haven't done so already for other reasons..nuff said.
Posted by: Warthog || 01/13/2020 14:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Looking at the map, it looks like a caldera inside a much larger caldera.

If only they could harness the static electricity generated to combat global warming and volcanic cooling.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/13/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it 'Time to book a tourist trip' critical?

Too soon?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 16:17 Comments || Top||

#5  I hope it doesn't get worse, but I'm not holding my breath; blue's not my best color. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 01/13/2020 18:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Send Greta! The amount of pollution is well beyond human levels. She can scold it, "How dare you!". In a case of last resort, they can offer up the virgin. (so do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 21:26 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Hero parishioner, 71, who gunned down an active shooter after he opened fire and killed two people in a Texas church will receive the state's highest honor for his bravery
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Jack Wilson,
    ......retired FBI agent, shooting range owner, and all around sheepdog...
    71, is set to receive the Medal of Courage on Monday

  • Wilson stopped gunmen, Keith Thomas Kinnunen, during an active shooting at a church in Fort Worth, Texas on December 29
    ...on the anniversary of his brother’s suicide he succeeded in his hope to commit suicide by cop...
  • Wilson, who is the head of the church's security team, shot Kinnunen in the head with a single bullet just six seconds after the attack began

  • Two parishioners died of their injuries
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Africa Subsaharan
Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court rejects challenge to presidential election result
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] It's all over but the shootin'...
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Arabia
Historic first Jewish circumcision ceremony held in Abu Dhabi
The times continue a-changing.
[IsraelTimes] In a historic first, a brit, or circumcision ceremony, for a Jewish infant takes place in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The ceremony is overseen by a Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, from Berlin.

The family of the baby, who had lived in Berlin for a while, is not identified in media reports.

A small Jewish community lives in the UAE, but its presence only became public this year as the governments of the various emirates, especially Abu Dhabi and Dubai, are trying to show themselves as hubs of international commerce and religious tolerance. The UAE has also grown closer to Israel in recent years amid a shared threat from Iran.

Abu Dhabi is currently constructing the first official synagogue in the emirate, slated to be completed within two years.
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Economy
Georgia secures additional Hollywood production investments
[Deadline.com] Pinewood Atlanta is fleshing out the "production ecosystem" at its facility. President Frank Patterson has raised $16.5M for investment in two companies which will have a permanent base at the Georgia facility.

Venture firm Green Honey, founded by Patterson and fellow Pinewood Atlanta exec Craig Heyl, is investing in LA-based kids content specialist Sutikki, which created Universal Kids’ Moon & Me, which shot at Pinewood, and New York-based Believe Entertainment Group, which was Oscar-nominated in 2018 for Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball. The two firms will join the 49 other entertainment companies on the Pinewood lot.

Green Honey is also acquiring an un-specified but "significant" stake in the studio facility, Patterson said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 09:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, yes. Soon all Hollyweird movies will be set in Wakanda and only the bad guy will not be Wakandans. Got it.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Wait a minute. Wasn't there a boycott movement because GA wouldn't support infanticide?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Hollywood is rotting out. Handwriting on the wall. Good times.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Cameras Show Animals Thriving in Fukushima's 'Uninhabitable' Radioactive Zone
h/t Intapundit
It's been nearly nine years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and the natural world has wasted no time in reclaiming its space.

Despite pervasive radiation, a new study suggests a sheer lack of human intervention is more than enough for wildlife populations to thrive.

In the five years following human evacuation, the Fukushima evacuation zone has become home to an abundant array of mid- and large-sized mammal populations.

Analysing over 267,000 wildlife photos, researchers were able to identify 20 species in the 'uninhabitable zone', including wild boars (Sus scrofa), the Japanese hare (Lepus brachyurus), macaques (Macaca fuscata), pheasants (Phasianus versicolor), foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), which is related to the fox.

"Our results represent the first evidence that numerous species of wildlife are now abundant throughout the Fukushima Evacuation Zone, despite the presence of radiological contamination," says wildlife biologist James Beasley from the University of Georgia.

"This suggests these species have increased in abundance following the evacuation of people," he adds.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 14:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:


#2  Just so everyone understands this is footage to the montage at the beginning of the monster flick; better get those Gundam suits ready.

Seriously though, looking for an interesting time check out Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 15:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Just don't eat them...
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/13/2020 15:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Foot tall giraffes, vorpal mice and push-me pull-yous, just to name a few.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2020 16:00 Comments || Top||


Low-fat diet linked to lower testosterone levels in men
EurekAlert via instapundit
January 10, 2020 - For the many men diagnosed with testosterone deficiency, losing weight can help increase testosterone levels. But certain diets - specifically a low-fat diet - may be associated with a small but significant reduction in testosterone, suggests a study in The Journal of Urology®, Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). The Journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

"We found that men who adhered to a fat restrictive diet had lower serum testosterone than men on a nonrestrictive diet," according to the report by Jake Fantus, MD, of the Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine and colleagues from the Department of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery, NorthShore University Health System. "However," the researchers add, "the clinical significance of small differences in serum T across diets is unclear."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 03:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is more complicated. Food items are different. Genetically engineered. Plastic containers for everything you consume increase estrogen. Soy products also. On and on. Low Testosterone levels have been noticeable for some time now. Using Vanitas perfume doesn't help.
Posted by: Dale || 01/13/2020 6:32 Comments || Top||

#2  That new meatless burger is loaded with estrogen.
Posted by: Dale || 01/13/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Soy Boy (slang): Term used to describe males who completely and utterly lack all necessary masculine qualities. This pathetic state is usually achieved by an over-indulgence of emasculating products and/or ideologies.

The origin of the term derives from the negative effects soy consumption has been proven to have on the male physique and libido.
Posted by: jpal || 01/13/2020 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  You grow ovaries if you stay on a vegan diet too long, or so I heard, and the evidence is out there.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/13/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Been on a Keto diet since September, my T count must be through the roof.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 01/13/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#6  I understand that cans are lined with BPA, which is a synthetic estrogen developed in the late 19th century. Keeps the cans from disintegrating. And those soft baby teething rings, too. Lots of things you wouldn't realize.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Shhhhh.... Feminazis find out about this all us guys will get is soy milk from a BHA infused sippy cup.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ sipped through a pasta straw
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thousands protest against government in Thai capital
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
A good excuse to get some exercise in the fresh air and sunshine, I s’pose...
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#1  IIRC its still a military dictatorship that overthrew the previously popularly elected government. A stark example of Urban vs everyone else political play.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Kimia Alizadeh: Iran's only female Olympic medallist defects
[BBC] Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected.

Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn't want to be part of "hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery".

She described herself as "one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran".

Alizadeh did not say where she was, amid reports that she has been training in the Netherlands. She made history for Iran in 2016 when she won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics.
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#1  A sports person's 'defection' I anxiously await. Destination or country, of no particular consequence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Can we trade straight across Ibtihaj Muhammad?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 16:52 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Prof: University diversity trainings not helpful to minorities, reinforce ‘white privilege'
College Fix via Instapundit
A professor of education and social justice at the University of Birmingham says college trainings designed to help minorities advance are ineffective, and may even bolster "white privilege."

Kalwant Bhopal examined 30 interviews of those who attended programs designed to support BMEs (Black Ethnic Minorities), and found that many believed "structural inequalities" were not sufficiently addressed.

According to Times Higher Education, at present only 80 of the United Kingdom’s 14,000-plus professors are black.

Bhopal, who published her findings in the British Educational Research Journal, said diversity/inclusion programs "benefit higher education institutions rather than contributing to a commitment to inclusion, equity and creating a diverse workforce." They also "perpetuate and reinforce white privilege."
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Florida man, 43, is sentenced to just 90 days in jail for spitting on elderly Trump supporter wearing a MAGA hat in a bar and telling him to 'go back to Russia you communist'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Matthias Ajple,
    ...the German-born and still occasional lederhosen-wearing computer “engineer” who is a registered Democrat and acts on his wife’s bad ideas...
    43, pleaded no contest to a battery charge on Thursday

  • He was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus one year of supervised probation

  • Surveillance footage captured the moment Ajple accosted 67-year-old Robert Youngblood at Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurant in Vero Beach on October 25

  • Apjle placed a paper towel over the pro-Trump lettering on Youngblood's red hat

  • He allegedly told him: 'You should go back to Russia you f***ing communist'

  • Apjle then left the bar and was arrested hours later at his home
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 05:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  There are bars here where that guy wouldn't have left alive.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#2  One wonders if the immigrant who registered as a Democrat is a legal American citizen... or if he is merely a slightly over-enthusiastic (il)legal resident. Surely there is some way to find out.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Check the wife too. Even money she shouldn't be voting either.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Giving Lederhosen a bad name.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/13/2020 14:00 Comments || Top||

#5  ..not drinking good German beer? He deserves exile.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 16:58 Comments || Top||


Facebook Glitch Reveals Greta Thunburg's Father Posting As Teenage Climate Activist
Zero Hedge via Instapundit
A Thursday evening software update at Facebook accidentally allowed anyone to view exactly who is posting under the accounts of public figures, businesses and other entities, according to Wired.

The result? For starters, some 3 million followers of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg have been reading posts written by her father, Svante Thunberg, and a climate activist in India who serves as a delegate at the UN's Climate Change organization, Adarsh Prathap. Thunberg, Inc. claims Greta is still the one writing the content.

Greta, Inc. explained this in a Saturday Facebook post purporting to be the young climate activist.

"Some people have been asking who manages this page. First of all, since last spring I only use Facebook to repost what I write on my Twitter and Instagram accounts," reads the post, in which 'she' says she tried Facebook "early on," but didn't like it, so she uses "my father Svantes account to repost content."

"The rest that is shared on Facebook is reposted from Twitter and Instagram by the guy who founded the Greta Thunberg Facebook page long before I knew it existed. His name is Adarsh Prathap and he lives in India. Since a lot of people thought it was my official page in the beginning I asked if I could co-manage it and he said yes."

Greta claims to have written all the content posted by her father and Prathap.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 03:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Helicopter Parents. What are they going to do next, bribe her way into a prestigious college?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  So they control what gets posted and what doesn't.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/13/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  IMO, she's a f*cking sock puppet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Quel surpris!
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Perfect - proponents of a fake event passing on creating fake information to fool the rubes. That anyone takes these jerkoffs seriously after yet another example of them lying, altering data & making up the rest.

I just want a Greenpeace guy to come up to my door doing some sort of survey so I can kick him in the nuts, then he falls backward and hits all twelve stairs on the way down.
Posted by: Raj || 01/13/2020 9:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Go out there and scowl a lot, Greta. If you don't, we'll make you study in school.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Whoa, aren't corporations bad thought things?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 10:27 Comments || Top||

#8  SS, Svensk edition
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#9  This all started because the parents were desperate for some interest to keep their little Greta from literally starving herself to death as a response to overwhelming anxiety, as she had been doing. From that perspective, it worked — there are photos of the girl eating. Unfortunately, the interest they found turned out to be a Bengal tiger.

Perhaps later she can transfer her coping mechanism to transgender claims, and then they can raise money to pay for hormones and surgeries instead.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#10  cookie reset
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#11  #8 - or to get that scowl fixed before someone else does it for her
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#12  sorry, #9
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#13  I hate to think what happens to this child when the left decides to move on to another celeb du jour.
Posted by: Matt || 01/13/2020 11:51 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ Think Curt Cobain.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

#15  I hate to think what happens to this child when the left decides to move on to another celeb du jour.

Maybe she will be left all alone sitting on the floor of a train, surrounded by her luggage.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/13/2020 13:58 Comments || Top||

#16  As obnoxious as she is, this child nonetheless deserves some pity. It's her despicable puppet-master parents who should be horsewhipped.
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 14:11 Comments || Top||

#17  I have no pity for her
Posted by: Chris || 01/13/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

#18  The child is mentally impaired and emotionally disturbed. Her parents are sick individuals who in a rational world would be facing child abuse charges.
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 17:26 Comments || Top||

#19  Couple geezers pretending to be a teen girl.

Nothing strange and creepy about that. Imagine the groupies and crushes upon hearing this.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 17:44 Comments || Top||


Welcome to the anti-'Fight Club'! American men are flocking to weekend retreats to speak about their feelings and let it all out
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Evryman, a group that helps men shrug off the armor of masculinity to get in touch with their true feelings, has been running retreats

  • Over the course of one weekend last month 55 men opened up about their weaknesses and insecurities at a chalet in Massachusetts

  • The groups are seeing a surge in attendance, reflecting a shift in attitudes and increased curiosity about what it means to be male

  • Participants share their experiences and take part in group and one-on-one workshops where they learn to deal with feelings of anxiety and anger

I do this. It's called "The neighborhood bar/watering hole". What? Not the same?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [415 views] Top|| File under:

#1  wonder if they have any of those vagina-scented candles burning? To, you know, get it touch with their sensitive side....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/13/2020 1:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Forget about the Massachusetts chalet. I'd like more information on Epstein's island 'retreat' and it's various visitors.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 1:56 Comments || Top||

#3  The groups are seeing a surge in attendance, reflecting a shift in attitudes and increased curiosity about what it means to be male

Given how much that info has been suppressed by the matriarchal education establishment, its may be a legit pursuit for knowledge for some.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  But..but..I was told there'd be drumming....
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  American men are flocking to weekend retreats to speak about their feelings and let it all out

Indeed, but I call that place my bar.
Posted by: Raj || 01/13/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm all for talking about your feelings.

I support telling lefty cucks that they are worthless shits and they need to apologize to all the trees for wasting their oxygen.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#7  I assume their wives and girlfriends will be out at the local country bar looking for real men.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/13/2020 10:19 Comments || Top||

#8  "Feelings are important" - Commander Spock.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:26 Comments || Top||

#9  I assume their wives and girlfriends

Who?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#10  ...the Mark II models, like the Mark II models now participating and winning in women's athletics.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#11  The groups are seeing a surge in attendance, reflecting a shift in attitudes and increased curiosity about what it means to be circ!e jerk a group of latent queers male
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#12  Didn't we have enough of this "sensitive male" garbage back in the 70s?
Posted by: Tom || 01/13/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||

#13  Ahhhh, the seventies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#14  Ahhhh, the seventies.

You can remember?
.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 13:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Like it was yesterday
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 14:24 Comments || Top||

#16  If you can remember the 60s, you weren't there.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2020 15:36 Comments || Top||

#17 
Posted by: charger || 01/13/2020 17:06 Comments || Top||

#18  charger, I reset your dimensions to 500x325.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 21:26 Comments || Top||



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