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PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
A guy could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas...
[CBS News] A man from Utah was arrested this week when police found almost $4 million worth of illicit drugs in his car in Arizona, according to CBS Utah affiliate KUTV. Logan Lewis Pederson, 30, was pulled over on Interstate 15 near the Utah border Monday afternoon.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ... or in Hunter Biden's neighborhood
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

FISA Court Admits Carter Page Warrants were 'Not Valid'
Oh dear. That doesn’t sound good for anyone involved.
[Bongino] The top judge from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that at least two of the FISA applications used to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were "not valid."

In an order dated Jan 7, 2020 and declassified and released today, FISC Judge James Boasberg wrote, "DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 (two of Page’s warrants), ’if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power. The Court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the Court’s authorizations in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679 were not valid."

(Boasberg‐it’s worth noting‐is the FISA judge who chose Obama Administration official and Republican critic David Kris to oversee the FBI’s surveillance reforms.)

According to the Federalist, the ruling notes that the Department of Justice had not concluded its position on the other two FISA applications against Page, however, the agency is currently collecting information to assess their validity.

One of the invalid applications, dated April 7, 2017 was signed by disgraced former FBI Director James Comey. The other, dated June 29, 2017 was signed by former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
Of course they were not 'valid.' They were a cover, a surveillance tool used to monitor the campaign and collect 'incidental intelligence' (Former DNI Jim Clapper's term, not mine). Once Page departed the campaign, all FBI interest in him vaporized. Page then assumed the convenient role of victim. This was NOT Carter Page's first Other Gov't Agency (OGA) rodeo.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The real scandal, hidden in plain sight. While Schifferbrains performs his Shitshow act.
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Now - How about repercussions and consequences?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2020 3:08 Comments || Top||

#3  ^A heartfelt apology?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I certainly hope Mr. Page has his affairs in order.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 5:52 Comments || Top||

#5  So does this trigger a fruit from the poison tree event???
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/24/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

Desperate manhunt in Seattle for MULTIPLE gunmen who killed one and injured seven, including a child, in shooting spree outside downtown McDonald's
Update at 6:30 a.m. ET:
1 arrested, 2 still wanted for deadly Seattle rush-hour shooting

[Jpost] One man was arrested on Thursday and two more were being sought as suspects in a shootout that erupted the evening before on a busy street in downtown Seattle.

The arrest of Jamel Jackson, 21, who was himself maimed, came as Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best pledged an all-out effort to curb gun violence in Seattle, which has long prided itself as one of the nation's safest large cities.

Police detectives viewing video footage recognized one of the gunnies as a known gang member and convicted felon who was thus prohibited by law from carrying a gun, Best said.
That worked well...
He was arrested at the hospital where he and six other people had been taken for treatment of gunshot wounds and was booked on unlawful possession of a firearm, police said.

Two other suspects, identified by police as Marquise Tolbert and William Ray Tolliver, both aged 24 and described as having lengthy arrest records, remained on the lam.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Chicken nuggets issue?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 0:16 Comments || Top||

#2  He was mad the Quarter Pounder was a couple ounces short.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/24/2020 0:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Pretty sure I know what Marquise and Jamel look like, but Billy Ray sounds more like a name for a gang opponent than member - perhaps the shooting was over a misunderstood business transaction?
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/24/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Chief Carmen Best pledged an all-out effort to curb gun violence

Yep, those violent guns are starting to form gun circles and have learned to squirm like worms to get from one gun-free zone to the next.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/24/2020 13:25 Comments || Top||

#6  All Nignogs
Posted by: Dino McCoy5459 || 01/24/2020 15:03 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Animation shows how 1 'tactical' nuclear weapon could trigger a US-Russia war that kills 34 million people in 5 hours
[Bus Insider] More than 91 million people in Russia, the US, and NATO-allied countries might be killed or injured within three hours following a single "nuclear warning shot," according to a terrifying new simulation.

The simulation is called "Plan A," and it's an audio-visual piece that was first posted to to YouTube on September 6. (You can watch the full video at the end of this story.) Researchers at the Science and Global Security lab at Princeton University created the animation, which shows how a battle between Russia and NATO allies that uses so-called low-yield or "tactical" nuclear weapons ‐ which can pack a blast equivalent to those the US used to destroy Hiroshima or Nagasaki in World War II ‐ might feasibly and quickly snowball into a global nuclear war.

"This project is motivated by the need to highlight the potentially catastrophic consequences of current US and Russian nuclear war plans. The risk of nuclear war has increased dramatically in the past two years," the project states on its website.

The video has an ominous, droning soundtrack and a digital map design straight out of the 1983 movie "WarGames." The Cold War-era movie, in which a young Matthew Broderick accidentally triggers a nuclear war, "was exactly the reference point," simulation designer Alex Wellerstein told Insider.

But while simulations can be frightening, they can also be incredibly helpful: governments can use them to develop contingency plans to respond to nuclear disasters and attacks in the least escalatory way, and they can also help ordinary citizens learn how to survive a nuclear attack.

"Plan A" comes as tensions between Russia and NATO allies ratchet up. Both Russia and the US are testing weapons previously banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, often called INF. Russian bombers have also cruised into US airspace repeatedly, and the US recently sent its B-2 Spirit stealth bomber on a mission in the Arctic ‐ right in Russia's backyard.

This is how a NATO-Russian confrontation could quickly escalate into nuclear war.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 08:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm not saying we won't get our hair mussed.

Gen. Buck Turgidson
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Hank Blodgett is an insider trading convict who runs a rag now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Um... this has been a known possibility for governments since 1958.

So... welcome to the party?
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/24/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  The best move is... not to play.

Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  The risk of nuclear war has increased dramatically in the past two years

... because The Shitshow has all but forced Trump into an excessively confrontational posture vs Russia in order to dispel these foolish, false assertions that he's Putin's puppet. In reality he's been Putin's nightmare.

Which is a really stupid policy, given that we badly need Russia to contain China and that we have next to no interests in the borderlands adjoining Russia's southern flank.

We need to quickly arrive at a rapprochement with Russia over Ukraine, probably the Baltics and maybe Belarus as well. Finlandization on the Cold War model would work.
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought the 'end of the world clock' has been stuck at 11:58 pm for years. How can they move it any closer to 'doomsday'?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/24/2020 9:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Number 5 captures it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Theme of multiple books and movies I recall from the 60s.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/24/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#9  It's a retarded scenario. No one will detonate a nuke against an opponent with a second strike capability. No one. Typical BS liberal crap.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/24/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#10  Um... this has been a known possibility for governments since 1958.

Stalin got the bomb in 1949. I've been living with this reality my entire life. I first learned about it when I was four years old. It's a helluva thing for a kid that young to learn and I was traumatized. But I decided not to live my life as if there is no tomorrow because, when tomorrow comes, I wouldn't be prepared for it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/24/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#11  Did they run the simulation on the WOPR?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/24/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Wait, did that plane launch from Lithuania?

Did they run the simulation on AutoCAD?

China et al so cool with missile overflights?

Nobody thumped Pakistain just because?

This all looks like someone trying to learn to code. The game Defcon comes across as more realistic.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/24/2020 15:14 Comments || Top||

Bank calls cops on black man trying to cash check from discrimination lawsuit
[NYPost] A Detroit man is suing a Michigan bank for refusing to cash a settlement check awarded to him in a racial discrimination lawsuit, according to a report.

Sauntore Thomas, 44, claims TCF Bank employees refused to cash or deposit his settlement check on Tuesday at a branch in Livonia, leading cops to respond and a fraud investigation to be launched, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"I didn't deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent," Thomas told the newspaper. "I’m a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I'm black. None of this would have happened if I were white."

Thomas, who had an account at the bank for nearly two years, sued TCF Bank on Wednesday, alleging racial discrimination by the bank for calling police, prompting four cops to respond to the branch, the newspaper reports.

The vet even called his employment law attorney while at the bank for help explaining to bank employees that the check was authentic.

"I got on the phone with the bank," attorney Deborah Gordon told the newspaper. "I sent them my federal court complaint, to see that it matched. I did everything."
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/24/2020 08:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Already had an account at the bank? No? Whuttasuprise.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  "Thomas, who had an account at the bank for nearly two years"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#3  I had an account at Mellon Bank for 22 years. When they froze the account and couldn't explain why they treated me like I had no relationship with them at all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Why would you go back to the bank you had to sue?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/24/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#5  I stopped wondering about the existence of racism
long ago about things like this.

Unfortunately for all the Blacks that do things the right way the bad apples have tainted the whole barrel.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/24/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Computer system rejected the check. He will lose the money to attoqneys fees this time.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/24/2020 15:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Something smells here - don't know what, but my Fake Outrage Detector is twitching.

Random thought: Maybe he triggered some machine learning fraud detection algorithm.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/24/2020 19:41 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Florida is so cold iguanas are falling out of trees and lizard meat is for sale
Posted by: Slagum Throluse7504 || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  121 Degrees in Australia. The leftists are screaming Glo-Ball warming. Strange that Florida must not be a part of the same globe.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/24/2020 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Chicken of the trees

Spits Folgers onto keyboard and desk.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 1:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Obligatory soundtrack, yes?
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Outstanding
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  "I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbequed iguana"!
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 8:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Iguana is the other, other white meat.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/24/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

NOW THAT'S A SAMMICH! Bearded Weuben's Womb Works, Whips Out Whelp
[RedState] Lesbian Couple Identifying as Neither a Straight Nor Gay Has ‘Miracle Baby’ – With the Sperm of a Man Identifying as a Woman, Thanks to a Transgender Doctor

Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [237 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The child looks happy. A bottle and a dry diaper will do that.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Whoops! I didn’t catch that this was a duplicate from the end of last year until I did a name search for related articles.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  A story worth telling, again.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 8:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Though I still can't make either heads or tails of the main characters. Who or what is Reuben?
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 8:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Lex, we have Reuben, a woman who took testosterone for a while; her girlfriend Jay, who pretends to be neuter; the male sperm donor, who pretends to be female; and the doctor, s3x unknown, who provided the baster service.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Feel sorry for the kid.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/24/2020 13:07 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Zimbos clamour for Yankee dollar
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#1  Zimbabwe's peak inflation rate was 79.6 billion percent month-on-month and 89.7 sextillion percent year-on-year in mid-November 2009. So the current situation is a big improvement...
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/24/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||

Land grab: Grace, Chombo face arrest
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

‘Africa’s richest woman’ Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:

#1  January 22, 2020
In a video interview at a summit hosted by the London School of Economics in May 2017, Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, addresses the camera face on. “What’s important is that we start telling the real African story…we hear a lot of the stories of what’s wrong, and I don’t think we hear enough of the stories of what’s right,” says the Angolan businesswoman, before explaining that she strives for “a culture of excellence, a culture of merit, a culture where young people have the opportunity to get a good job.”
Dos Santos [was] chairwoman of Angola’s giant state oil company, Sonangol Group—a post to which she’d been appointed by her father, Angola’s president. When her father retired later that year, dos Santos was fired from the position. Leaked documents now show that a day later, she approved $58 million in payments from Sonangol to a company in Dubai directed by one of her business partners.
Posted by: b || 01/24/2020 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  There's a girl for you, Hunter Biden!
Fala negao? Vai, assima!
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Dos Santos [was] chairwoman of Angola’s giant state oil company, Sonangol Group—a post to which she’d been appointed by her father, Angola’s president.

Wonder where daddy learned that trick? Lex? Anybody?
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  I thought Teresa Heinz (Kerry's meal ticket) was the richest African (she was also Angolan)
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/24/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Tuh-ray-zuh is from Mozambique. John Heinz was a "rising republican star" until he died in a helicopter crash. Funny how that Republican fortune became the Tides Foundation over night.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 10:01 Comments || Top||

Today in Malawi, the military provided security to anti-government protesters. Our military should take free lessons.
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

7 year-old #raped in #Dhaka
Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under:

RAB raids AIUB founder's house, 3 domestic helps rescued
[Dhaka Tribune] Rapid Action Battalion has rescued three domestic helps after raiding the residence of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) founder Ishtiaque Abedin in Dhaka.

The crime prevention company (CPC) 3 of RAB 4 conducted a drive at Ishtiaque's house located in Kakoli DOHS on Thursday evening upon complaints filed by the families of the victims.

RAB 4 Deputy Commanding Officer Rafiqul Hasan confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

The rescued women are -- Joynab Begum, 17, Rina Begum, 30, and her daughter Rabeya Begum, 12, all residents of Debirchar of Lalmohan upazila in Bhola.

"All of them were handed over to their guardians. No one was detained or arrested in this connection," the RAB official said.

there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
Joynab alleged that they were held captive at the house and barred to meet or talk over mobile phones with their relatives.

Joynab also alleged that she has been tortured while staying at the house.

Comments from RAB over the matter were not available immediately.

Posted by: Fred || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, no 'round of bullet' then?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/24/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  This would normally be standard police work, not a job for the RAB. Is there a personal connection between the families of these women and the local RAB station?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan

Posted by: 3dc || 01/24/2020 12:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  At first I wondered what the Paleostinian Liberation Army was doing in Wuhan.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/24/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#2  extinguishing the problem as best they can...along with the population.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/24/2020 14:48 Comments || Top||

Wuhan to build a hospital, scheduled to be completed in six days, to deal with the escalating epidemic
[Twitter-Global Times]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Commies

The Grand Turk
'Marry your rapist' law which allows men who have sex with girls under 18 to avoid punishment if they marry their victims will be considered by Turkish MPs
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And all the pukes who buy Turkish made firearms, we see you.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  That includes most of the Benellis (ATA Arms)
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/24/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

Tax Time! - 10 Major Trends In IRS Audits
[Zero Hedge] - What feeling do you have when you hear IRS? Is there a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach or do you just roll your eyes knowing that April 15th will be here all too quickly? Throw in the word audit and emotions and blood pressure can reach levels you never dreamed of.

CPA Jim Buttonow has 30 years of experience in tax technology and representing people before the IRS. He’s written this article outlining 10 major trends he sees in IRS audits.

This article is spot on and worth a read, but I'll quibble with two of Buttonow's points:

4) To me, the CP200 notice is not an audit; it's a notice saying there's something wrong (missing) from your filed tax return. An audit is verification of an existing tax return.

9) The IRS do love their penalties, don't they? Some tips for y'all - if the penalties are of the late file / late pay variety, they're waivable with a single phone call. If your three previous tax returns were penalty free (or not 'significant'), you'd tell them 'I request waiver of these penalties under the First Time Abatement (FTA) Program'. You can use this one every four years, by the way.

9) (cont'd) These other penalties (accuracy-related & substantial understatement) are more tricky, as you need to demonstrate (or just make it up) 'reasonable cause', which I won't get into here due to time constraints. I could write a few chapters on it. Suffice to say, I have one pending penalty request waiver that covers the FTA penalty and the two I just mentioned, and there's a total of $3,800 for two years. It's a masterpiece - the most concise letter I've ever crafted. If I get both of these waived, I'll basically be in black-belt status for this penalty waiver stuff, which is my niche now.

Oh - and get rid of the Earned Income Tax Credit, for numerous reasons.

Thx, Raj! Related: Tackling Our Retirement-Savings Crisis
The SECURE Act is a good step forward, but much remains to be done.
(New retirement withdrawal/tax rules)
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 09:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks, Raj!
Posted by: Matt || 01/24/2020 9:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Awesome, we had an extension to 1-31-2020 due to Tropical Storm Imelda, was about to mail, gave me a reason for last minute review.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 01/24/2020 15:11 Comments || Top||

#3  BrujoTejano - consider adding a statement to that effect to your tax return(s), or include it in a cover letter, as it helps to prevent them from assessing interest and penalties incorrectly.
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 15:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Thanks again. After Harvey I was told to write “Hurricane Harvey” across the top of my 1040, didn’t have any trouble. They probably thought I was a dumb ass.
Posted by: BrujoTejano || 01/24/2020 23:46 Comments || Top||

Israel Electric Corporation ends West Bank power cuts after Palestinian payment
[IsraelTimes] Firm says it imposed power cuts of several hours a day in parts of Ramallah and other cities in bid to recover $500 million owed.
That’s a much better use for all those donations from the EU, etc. than all had originally intended.
Israel’s state-owned electric company said Wednesday it was ending power cuts to the West Bank after the Paleostinian Authority paid over half of its outstanding debt.

In September, the Israel Electric Corporation began cutting power in parts of the West Bank over the NIS 1.7 billion ($500 million) debt owed by the main Paleostinian power distributor for the West Bank.

On Wednesday, the IEC said it had received NIS 920 million ($267 million) from the Paleostinians.

"The electric company will cease the power cuts over the debts," a statement from the IEC said, adding it would hold further negotiations with the power distributor and the Paleostinian Authority on the repayment of the remainder of the outstanding funds.

The IEC called the payment a "breakthrough" and "the basis to a comprehensive solution the sides strive to reach."

There was no immediate confirmation from the Paleostinian side.

IEC chairman Yiftah Ron-Tal called the payment "a significant step in reducing the debts," adding his company was working to "upgrade the quality of supply."

The company had imposed power cuts of several hours a day in parts of Ramallah and other West Bank cities in a bid to recover the money owed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 01:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Wait for the check to clear, guys.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/24/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

Emmanuel Macron loses temper with Israeli security
[AlJazeera] "Go outside," French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference.
It not genteel to shout at one’s host’s staff. Your staff and theirs are supposed to resolve all such issues beforehand, so that shouting is not necessary. But President Macron seems to be struggling with his responsibilities lately.
The French tricolour has flown over the Church of St Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856.

France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
Did they previously regard Jordanian actions as a provocation, or did they carefully never test the situation by not visiting?
Wednesday's incident was a case of deja vu all over again.

In 1996, France's then-president Jacques Chirac lost patience with Israeli security agents at the same church, telling one of them that his treatment was a "provocation" and threatening to get back on his plane.

Chirac refused to enter St Anne until Israeli security left the site.

Video showed Macron, jostled in the centre of a crowded circle between his own protective detail and Israeli security personnel, including several paramilitary policemen in uniform, under an archway leading into the church.

Macron then stopped the shoving and shouted at the Israeli security guards in English: "I don't like what you did in front of me."

Lowering his voice, he then said: "Go outside. I'm sorry, you know the rules. Nobody has to provoke nobody."

Speaking later to reporters, Macron said the incident ended pleasantly and that he shook hands with the Israeli security officials.

Israeli police said that when Macron arrived at the church "there was a discussion" between Israeli and French security officers about entering with the president.

"When the president and the delegation finished the visit, he apologised about the incident and shook hands with the security personnel," a police statement said.

An Israeli government spokesman did not immediately comment on behalf of the Shin Bet internal security agency, which also helps guard foreign dignitaries.

French diplomats had cautioned that they want to leave little room for mishaps on Macron's trip.

Earlier on Wednesday, a separate squabble ensued when Israeli police tried to enter St Anne before Macron's visit.

Macron is one of dozens of world leaders due to attend Thursday's World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre in Jerusalem, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

The 42-year-old head of state had seen his visit to St Anne as a symbolic stop underscoring Paris' historical influence in the region.

Before heading to the church, Macron walked through the Old City, speaking to shopkeepers and stopping by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

He later visited the Muslim Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, a site revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, and prayed at Judaism's Western Wall, touching the ancient stones.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He'll be lucky if the Israelis just don't take it from France and dare them to do something about it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/24/2020 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  "Moishe, who does this guy think he is?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 0:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Macron spoke at the forum yesterday

so did Putin, Pence, Prince Charles (who actually was coherent - which is miracle of sorts) and a few others
Posted by: lord garth || 01/24/2020 12:49 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
This must never happen again, says Saudi cleric as Muslim group tours Auschwitz
[IsraelTimes] Unprecedented visit by Moslem World League
... part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push to establish a more moderate Islam as part of his push to modernize the Magic Kingdom, ‘tis said...
head Mohammed al-Issa and group of Islamic holy mans with American Jewish Committee shows interfaith efforts working, participants say.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taquia
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/24/2020 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes. He means leaving a job unfinished must never happen again.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 1:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I think he does want to drag the Magic Kingdom into at least the 20th century. But basically he is caught between traditional hatred for the Jews and traditional hatred for the Shia. In this case the Shia (AKA Iran) are the bigger threat.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/24/2020 2:53 Comments || Top||

#4  well gee, how far we've come

we've gotten a moslem to at least SAY something that 99.9999% of civilized people agree with

stop the presses!
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 01/24/2020 7:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Just looking to see how it was done.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/24/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Did he make his comment at that point in the tour where the guide describes how the camp was liberated?
Posted by: Lex || 01/24/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#7  "This must never happen again... especially not to Muslims... especially not in China, say, or in seething, hellish hotbeds of Islamophobia like the United States!"
Posted by: Snang Thrinesh2108 || 01/24/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Yes. He means leaving a job unfinished must never happen again.

Posted by: Zhang Fei || 01/24/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Zyklon B is haram, bone saws are ok.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/24/2020 18:11 Comments || Top||

#10  What #2 M.M. said.
Posted by: Barbara || 01/24/2020 18:16 Comments || Top||

#11  At the moment Saudi Arabia is quietly cultivating a relationship with Israel, in the hope that Israel will fix the region’s Iran problem for them. And possibly Prince Mohammed bin Salman would like more than that — but like Egypt, the rulers cannot run too far ahead of the prejudices of the peepul.

Everybody wants the advantages of having Jews around — but then there would be Jews.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/24/2020 19:29 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
LWRC International Finally Makes Elusive .45 Carbine Available to the Public
LAS VEGAS -- LWRC International demonstrated its long-awaited .45-caliber carbine Monday at the range day portion of SHOT Show 2020.

The semi-automatic SMG 45 Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) has AR-style controls and handling in a compact, submachine gun-sized package.

LWRCI first displayed this potent PCC two years ago at SHOT, but the company only began selling a re-engineered model last June, according to Matt Jacques, senior weapons specialist for LRWCI.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/24/2020 07:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks bitchin'!
Posted by: Raj || 01/24/2020 7:27 Comments || Top||

#2  The subgun I could see. The pistol caliber carbine makes no sense at all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#3  If I'm going to carry that much hardware give me a rifle cartridge please.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  It makes every sense. I own a couple of PCC's, my favorite is my Beretta CX4 Storm in S&W .40. It uses the same 14 round magazines as my Beretta PX4 Storm full-frame .40. The CX4 is zeroed at 100 yards and you can drive tacks with it. In an urban defense scenario with close quarters you don't need rifle rounds. The PCC's are excellent weapons with great utility, the market and demand for these reflects that.
Posted by: Pheart Flirt8269 || 01/24/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Glad I get to choose what I use.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 8:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Custom AR with barrel half inch over the SBR limit. 556. Terminal ballistics the 40 and 45 can't touch.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeah, I'd take a Skorpion in 357 Sig as a backup. Whole nother story.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/24/2020 8:10 Comments || Top||

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