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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Woman Pleads Guilty to Beating Child to Death for Eating Cupcake
[BREITBART] A woman pleaded guilty in December to fatally beating a child after he took a cupcake from her kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia.

On October 21, 2017, LaShirley Morris beat the three-year-old boy, Kejuan Mason, with a baseball bat as punishment for eating the cupcake, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A child inside the home witnessed the attack, according to a Division of Family and Children Services report. Her sister, Glenndria Morris, was also charged in Mason’s death because she did not intervene during the fatal beating. Her case is still pending, the Fulton DA’s office said.

Kejuan lived with Glenndria Morris, who was also his legal guardian at the time of the alleged killing.

"Police were later called to the ’roach-infested’ home in southwest Atlanta after a 911 call that said he wasn’t breathing. Paramedics arrived and performed CPR, but the child died at the hospital," according to 11 Alive.

Following the incident, the two sisters reportedly claimed the boy had choked on the cupcake, resulting in his death.

death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said Kejuan had bruises all over his body and that he died of blunt force trauma.

"A copy of LaShirley Morris’ final disposition says she pleaded guilty to murder, two felony murder counts, aggravated assault, cruelty to children in the first degree and cruelty to children in the third degree," the report stated.

Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LaShirley Morris

No comment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 2:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Following the incident, the two sisters reportedly claimed the boy had choked on the cupcake, resulting in his death.

The Louisville Slugger was used to dislodge the cupcake ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 4:06 Comments || Top||

#3  #1, yes.

Meth too?
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  #Me[th]Too
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 9:00 Comments || Top||

US incarceration capital Louisiana racks up an execution-free decade despite having 68 inmates sitting on death row
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hopefully, they'll all one day have their turn.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 4:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Introduce 'the virus'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Wooo-Han!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  That's not an "execution-free decade". They're just lazy.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/04/2020 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Lazy? You have no idea (or maybe you do). Epic novels could be written about how hard those people (okay, me) will work to avoid work. Anyway, I have an idea... Commissioner, you listening?

Is the US as bad as they say?
Still enslaved by the blue and the gray?
Show America's shame...
To break up the Big Game,
Let's invite Gruesome Gertie to slay!

Posted by: Griger Barnsmell3985 || 02/04/2020 14:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Looking for a carbon-free source of power for 'Ol' Sparky,' but none of the utilities wants to fess up to supporting that (being all woke and sh!t)
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/04/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

First openly gay fed judge Deborah Batts, set to preside over Michael Avenatti's trial for stealing money from Stormy Daniels, dead at 72
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • US District Judge Deborah Batts passed away on Sunday from unknown cause

  • Last fall, she set Michael Avenatti's embezzlement trial for April 21

  • Batts, a Harvard Law School graduate, was appointed to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1994 by President Bill Clinton

  • She became the first openly gay person to sit on the federal bench
'Deborah Batts was a trailblazer in every respect: an openly gay African-American woman who became a United States District Judge after a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor and law professor,' Manhattan federal Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said in a statement.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did she wind up like her brother Billy Batts? Am I missing the Clinton connection here?
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  I think I need more coffee.

I mistakenly read a headline in a non-Enquirer news account as "First openly gay fed judge... set to preside over Michael Avenatti's trial for stealing money from Stormy Daniels"
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  oh wait...
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:15 Comments || Top||

Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Mark Steyn - Rooting for Rush
[Steyn on Line] As millions of listeners heard just before 3pm Eastern on Monday, Rush Limbaugh has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. So, for the worst of all reasons, I'll be back behind the Golden EIB Microphone Tuesday at noon Eastern/3pm Pacific, while Rush and his doctors work out a treatment plan.

This is terrible news for Rush and Kathryn, but also tough on his audience and for American conservatism. Many radio and TV shows addressed Rush's characteristically honest announcement, among them Monday's edition of "Tucker Carlson Tonight". Click below to watch:

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 08:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hear, hear.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#2  I only caught the last 15 minutes yesterday in my car, and was floored by this. It hurts
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

We bought a crumbling French château - but restoring it was no fairytale
[The Telegraph] Like many others, when Dick Strawbridge and his wife, Angel Adoree, decided to uproot from England with their young family and move to France for la belle vie, they envisaged a modest farmhouse, perhaps a simple gîte. However, 45 rooms, 78 windows, 12 acres, one moat and 10 exhausting months later, they are the owners of a beautiful château, a five-floor home in Pays de la Loire, 10 times the size of your average British house ‐ all for the unbelievable figure of £280,000.

But like most fairy tales, there was a catch. This château came with no electricity, heating or water, a sanitation system that emptied into the moat ‐ not to mention hundreds of dead flies, bats (very much alive) and lavatories that hadn’t been flushed for 40 years. It would take a person with sizeable enthusiasm and energy to take on a restoration challenge like that and come out the other side smiling.

Luckily, Strawbridge has form. The retired Lieutenant Colonel first appeared on our screens as a plucky and resourceful contestant on the Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge (he went on to present the programme), before starring in three series of BBC Two’s It’s Not Easy Being Green in the mid-Noughties, about his struggles to live an ecologically friendly, low-impact life, with first wife Brigit and their teenage children. His latest project has required every ounce of his gung-ho spirit.

"People talk about going off and having their adventure and we’ve just done it," says the 56-year-old. "We’ve got wild boar in our forest, deer wandering around the front, kingfishers and red squirrels. It’s all pretty special. We do pinch ourselves that it is a bit ridiculous. But we made a choice to not live within the M25." The couple had spent four years searching for the perfect place to bring up their family, Arthur, three, and Dorothy, two. "They are now growing up in a place where if they play hide and seek, they may never find each other," Dick says.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 07:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It would take a person with sizeable enthusiasm and energy to take on a restoration challenge like that. Not to mention the sizeable bank account. I figure a decentish restoration would run about 5 times the purchase price.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/04/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I've been watching it on television.

Here is a trailer piece.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#3  the perfect place to bring up their family, Arthur, three, and Dorothy, two. "They are now growing up in a place where if they play hide and seek, they may never find each other," Dick says.

... and thanks to the wild boar roaming around, little Arthur and Guinevere might get gored by one of Asterix's sangliers
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#4  That's quite the 'contractor's special'. There's a house three spots / 150 feet away from mine, and they paid top dollar for a house they more or less had to nuke. It's taken them over a year (they're on the last stretch this & next month) and I bet they've spent at least $200K so far.

At least they don't have live bats to deal with!
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#5  What a vanity project. Other than the family of four, which might together use as many as a dozen rooms, what use is the rest of it? Do they rent it out for period television shows and films? Provide space for weddings and company retreats? Have potluck weekends with 140 of their dearest friends, but only if they each bring a 12-roll package of toilet paper? And, most importantly, who is going to do the housekeeping and grounds work originally intended for a full inside and outside staff?
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#6  = More material for their endless Reality TV Show life
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#7  On PBS here. Interesting show. Rather half assed repair attempts but have to admire their enthusiasm.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Ref #7: On PBS here. Interesting show. Rather half assed repair attempts but have to admire their enthusiasm.

Well after all, it is France.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#9  ...next California! (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#10  I believe a château requires a set of servants.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#11  Mr. Wife estimates the work would take $20 - 50 million (all new electrical, plumbing, heating, roof, mold abatement, plaster/drywall...) He wants to know if the good lieutenant colonel brought home unreported funds from Iraq or something.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ that's the order of magnitude I was thinking, TW.

I used to dream of doing this, too, but when I consulted people who'd actually renovated chateaux before they said forget it, it would be less expensive to build a new one.

So figure $400 per sq ft or maybe €4,000 per square meter: that's easily >$10 million for a typical castle.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#13  Priorities folks.

First you hire some men-at-arms, longbowmen, cavalry, go Crecy and fill the coffers and labor from the countryside.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/04/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#14  And 'This Old House' proved Bob Villa could restore ANYTHING in 60 minutes; and these morons believed it...…
If they are looking for sympathy, it is in the dictionary between sh!t and syphilis.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/04/2020 14:33 Comments || Top||

#15  ...Any man with a mustache like that isn't going to be stopped.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/04/2020 17:25 Comments || Top||

Video: CNN Iowa Caucus Intro -- CAN YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT?!

Meet the Democrats, the party of youth and sexiness!
Posted by: charger || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [864 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Suppressed Des Moines Register Poll Results:
Now the final results of the poll have been released not by the Register, but by Five Thirty Eight (after voting is over) and it’s shocking, to say the least.

We can confirm the final results of the unreleased Iowa Poll:

Sanders 22%

Warren 18%

Buttigieg 16%

Biden 13%


— Clare Malone (@ClareMalone) February 4, 2020

The real winner: Donald J Trump
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Amazing that as of midnight Iowa time, no results have been public. Very hinky. Problem with causcus is that ballots can't found in car trunks or file cabinets.
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:09 Comments || Top||

#3  No problems w/ Republican Caucus:

Iowa 2020 Presidential Republican Caucus
Last updated: 2/4/2020, 12:21:27 AM
Candidate Votes Percent
Donald J. Trump * 31,874 97.14%
Bill Weld 506 1.54%
Joe Walsh 431 1.31%
99.94% reporting (1681 of 1682 precincts)
| 32,811 total votes
| *Incumbent
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Still nothing from the Dems. Are they gonna blame Russian hacking? Old tricks are the best tricks.

Iowa 2020 Presidential Democratic Caucus Round 1
Last updated: 2/4/2020, 12:25:44 AM
Candidate Votes Percent
Bernie Sanders 0 0.00%
Other 0 0.00%
Michael Bennet 0 0.00%
Tulsi Gabbard 0 0.00%
John K Delaney 0 0.00%
Amy Klobuchar 0 0.00%
Elizabeth Warren 0 0.00%
Joe Biden 0 0.00%
Pete Buttigieg 0 0.00%
Andrew Yang 0 0.00%
Tom Steyer 0 0.00%
Michael Bloomberg 0 0.00%
Deval Patrick 0 0.00%
Uncommitted 0 0.00%
0.00% reporting (0 of 1682 precincts)
| 0 total votes
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:27 Comments || Top||

#5  LIVE: 2020 Iowa Caucus Results In Real Time

Still nothing from the Dems.
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:34 Comments || Top||

#6  They'll keep counting until they get the results they want.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 02/04/2020 1:37 Comments || Top||

#7  “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”

(quoted in The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary by Boris Bazhanov)
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/04/2020 3:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe the paper shreaders and copy machines are breaking down.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 02/04/2020 4:29 Comments || Top||

#9  But Mayor Pete declared victory! Lulz, they can't even do Iowa right
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2020 6:44 Comments || Top||

#10  Biden obviously finished in fourth and the DNC are trying to figure out how to release the results in such a fashion as to allow the night's big loser to spin this as victory.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 6:45 Comments || Top||

#11  Another episode in The Shitshow: Tammany Edition.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 6:46 Comments || Top||

#12  If Ma Peyote finished second, that would indeed represent a huge achievement and a major turn in the race.

Remember, this guy has never held ANY national office. He has no executive experience at all beyond heading up a shitty little college town.

Who the f--- would want to be mayor of South Bend Indiana?

Is this a joke?

In addition this guy has achieved nothing, literally nothing, of consequence beyond competing for meritocracy prizes that, in these days, are awarded to overly-ambitious identity-politics brown-nosers: Harvard College admission, Rhodes Scholarship.

In short if Iowa shows that the best the Dems have is an old scarecrow who's achieved zilch in 50 years in backwater/backbencher politics and a young whippersnapper who's achieved zilch in a couple years in backwater local politics, the Dems are toast in November.

THAT'S why the caucus tallies are being delayed. Of course they know the results now.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 6:57 Comments || Top||

#13  I am shocked at everyone's surprise. From the very same group who instigated a three year take-down of the president. I am shocked !
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#14  These SS Clowns are so dishonest, they can't even tell each other the truth.

Biden's getting his arse kicked. The Dem's own voters know he's a corrupt old clown.

So now the ringmasters of the Dems' Shitshow are left with a nobody mayor of a ghetto college town, a crusty old Lenin impersonator, and a gazillionaire anti-2A hypocrite surrounded by his private mini-army and flooding the zone with over $200 million dropped from his Gulfstream.

In Christopher Hitchens' immortal phrase, the Dems' leaders have no one left to lie to.

Their own rank and file know the jig's up. They're f---ed for November.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 7:13 Comments || Top||

#15  Giggle. From Politico: "Total Meltdown."

Cue the Looney Tunes music - note the use of ironic quotation marks to describe the results of The Most Important Prinary in The Most Inportant Election aimed at Saving The Republic from Genghis Mussolini of Orange:

The biggest "winner" might have been Joe Biden. ... According to the Iowa entrance poll, he was hovering close to the viability threshold of 15 percent statewide

Huh?? You mean to say, "viability threshold" = "winner"? Whiskey Tango...?? Oh I get it. The quote marks around winner signify a JOKE.

The former vice president, facing potentially ugly headlines going into New Hampshire and beyond, couldn't get out of Iowa fast enough. “We’re going to walk out of here with our share of delegates,” Biden declared to a packed room on the Drake University campus. “It’s on to New Hampshire!”

eebidda-eeb-da-eeb, THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!

But wait ... there's more! (The Shitshow always has more). These are the geniuses who presume to lecture the nation on the sacred procedures of American democracy:

Democratic campaigns grew more furious as the night wore on with no word. During the first call between officials from the campaigns and the state party, the party “hung up on campaigns” when pressed for a release time, an aide to one of the candidates said.

They are matching the paper worksheets by hand,an adviser to one of the top tier campaigns said. The party said only 35 percent of the results were in and none of it was yet verified. “They literally have no verified results right now so we won’t know anything until sometime Tuesday.”

What right do these mendacious clowns have to govern anything?

Who the f--- are these morons?

What did we the people do to deserve them?

Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#16  My thoughts:

"Participation trophies for all!"

Living Constitution believers need living elections too.

Like Whitewater, this voting business is "too complicated" for most people to understand.

Turns out delegitimizing election results is a two edged sword.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/04/2020 7:42 Comments || Top||

#17  In that video Biden looks like someone who has begun that pre-death mummification procedure.

My goodness what a foul scum the Dems have devolved to.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/04/2020 7:51 Comments || Top||

#18  #TheDogAteMyCaucus

Best Caucus Ever! Surprised the FBI, DOJ and CIA weren't there to rig it. DNC had to hire Hillary's campaign manager Robby Mook to create the software obfuscator/blame receptacle. Well, at least the DNC were smart enough this time to leave Trump's name out of it. Wouldn't want another investigation/impeachment blowing up in the Dem's faces.
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#19  #TheIowaCaucusDidNotKillItself
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#20  Does Bleachbit have a version that works on paper documents?
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 7:57 Comments || Top||

#21  Do I have time to get another cup of coffee before the results finally come in?
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2020 8:07 Comments || Top||

#23  ^ Bend ovah, Bitchez!!
The South Bend treatment awaits
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#24  I blame the Russians and Platte River Networks.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 8:20 Comments || Top||

#25  Actually that Buttfug commissioned the add design makes sense. Typical clueless McKinsey consultant's approach.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#26  * app design
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#27  It's very simple, nobody realized when they were printing up all the marked ballots, they were all marked Hillary.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/04/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#28  Hillary's campaign manager Robby Mook to create the software

This article does not mention Mook, but other Hillary and Obama alumnus:
Caucus app blamed for Iowa vote count chaos was created by tech firm Shadow, Inc. that is run by staff from Hillary Clinton and Obama's campaigns

The app was created by Shadow, Inc., a technology firm that was created in January last year after data and messaging service Groundbase was acquired by Democrat non-profit ACRONYM.

Finance records show the Iowa Democratic Party paid $60,000 to Shadow, Inc. for website development at the back end of last year which was spent on the app, according to Huffington Post.

Shadow's CEO Gerard Niemira, product manager Ahna Rao and COO James Hickey all worked on the Hillary for America campaign which was defeated by Donald Trump in 2016.

Other staff include alumni of Obama's presidential campaign, as well as Google, Apple and former DNC staffers.
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#29  [sings] And The Shitshow ... goes rolling ... along
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#30  It might be more credible to announce that no democrat received any votes yesterday and move on to NH.
Posted by: Airandee || 02/04/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#31  Ted Cruz on Iowa chaos: Dems can't count votes and they want to run health care?

Morning's hoot.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#32  Time for polite media to approve and embrace "THE SHITSHOW" as the official term of art to describe Democratic / "Resistance" / NeverTrumper activity
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#33  Did they get the vote certified legitimate by Jimmy Carter?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

#34  Sanders likely won.

He appeared to roll up Brezhnev-style numbers from all the US-hating subgroups in Iowa:

Early reports poured in on Twitter from individual satellite caucuses, many of which are focused around particular constituencies like union members and Muslim Americans.

Sanders appeared to do well among these groups, including at the Muslim Community Organization in Des Moines, where Sanders won 99 percent of caucusgoers, turning out 115 people to one or two people for other candidates.

At a Latino caucus site, Sanders won 94 percent, according to one report. At the first satellite caucus, at a union hall in Ottumwa, Sanders won the backing of 14 out of 15 caucus-goers, many of them of Ethiopian origin or descent.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#35  If the software was not properly tested the system was disfunctional during voting.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 02/04/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#36  ^ well, they do have a good idea because each of these tiny grouplets gathers in person. They do a physical/actual head count, and then they reassemble to assign the losers' votes to the various winners in the first round.

Various caucus leaders have already taken to Twitter to report their actual head counts... one of them, in Story (County?), just posted his little caucus's results: 111 for B.S., 82 for Fauxcahontas and 47 for Buttfug. They have 6 delegates to apportion, which should have resulted in 3 for B.S., 2 for Faux., and 1 for Fug.

And yet the software system assigned 2 delegates to each!

They do indeed know who actually won.

They're just f---ing lying, as usual. This time they're staging a coup against one of their own.

Complete, utter, total Shitshow.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#37  Coup against Sanders, Part-II.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#38  The tingle's gone. Chris M sneers at his party, says Dems "can't organize a three-car funeral"
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#39  Fee, Fie, Faux, Fug!
We smell the blood of El SnifferPlugz!
Be he alive or be he dead,
We'll grind him up to make Orangeman's bread!
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#40  Clue: you don't need software to count heads.

Pencil, paper, plus that neat little trick of making marks in groups of four + a diagonal line through them to signify 5... then maybe some masking tape to attach the sheet to the wall of the high school gymnasium when you're done.

Remember: the people who can't figure out the above are the same morons who claim with a straight face that Adam Schiff is saving the Republic and that Wusskies stole the last election.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 11:06 Comments || Top||

#41  Change the name from Shadow, Inc. to Shitshow, Inc.

Plus, why even trust a company called Shadow, Inc.? Who was second choice? Kaos? Spectre?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/04/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 02/04/2020 11:09 Comments || Top||

#43  Tweet from Ben Shapiro: Don't think of it as the Democratic Party stealing the election from Bernie. Think of it as vote redistribution.
Posted by: Matt || 02/04/2020 11:12 Comments || Top||

#44  This all explains why my morning news was overly cheesy with Iowa election fever.

Everyone remain enthused! This is all part of the plan! Say, did you hear that the Chiefs won the Super Bowl? Same thing, and everyone loves a parade!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/04/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 02/04/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#46  It's all fun and games until they pull this shit in the general.

Then it affects all of us.
Posted by: charger || 02/04/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#47  GOTV. Get busy. Only 9 months till Election Day.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 12:26 Comments || Top||

#48  Just to review the bidding from the last couple of weeks:
1- Attack on Baghdad embassy is the anti-Benghazi
2- Soleimani is tango uniform
3- Impeachment produces only a greasy stain on the Senate floor
4- In Iowa Dem leadership proves it can't count
5- DJT to deliver SOTU
Posted by: Matt || 02/04/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#49  Dem Candidates Excitement = A conflict of disinterest.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/04/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#50  Dim Voting Booths are probably still Windows 3.1
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 02/04/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||

#51  Consider the irony of Democrats complaining about vote fraud......
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/04/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

#52  "Jeez, this is tedious. What do you say we just poll the Awans?"
Posted by: Grampaw Throth1447 || 02/04/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#53  AA5839; I had the same reaction. Who do these twerps think they're kidding with names like Shadow and Crossfire Hurricane. Idiocracy, made real.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 02/04/2020 15:29 Comments || Top||

#54  Wonder what percentage of Bernies voted for him just to put a thumb in the eye of the Democrat Primary Process and/or the Bernie Buyout of 2016?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/04/2020 15:43 Comments || Top||

#55  ...of course we'll never know the no-shows who have already decided they're going to vote Trump this time around. At least they gave the radicals the floor to field a unelectable candidate.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2020 16:07 Comments || Top||

#56  They funneled everything through an app designed to alter the numbers. And it was also designed to be unverifiable, because they didn't want anyone to contest the app results. But it was their Office Space moment, where Peter checks the ATM and realizes that it's way too obvious and it will be noticed. The app results came back too fake to accept, and since they burned all the records to make the app the only source, they have no real data to show people. Long story short, the DNC is in a pickle.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/04/2020 17:01 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
New #coronavirus seems to mutate rather fast
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another sign of (sloppily) genengineered organism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 5:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Trouble is when a lab modified virus is loose in the wild. It happens.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

Thailand 'cures' coronavirus with anti-HIV drug cocktail in 48 hours,
[DailySabah] A Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus showed a dramatic improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand's health ministry said Sunday.

The 71-year-old patient tested negative for the virus 48 hours after Thai doctors administered the combination, doctor Kriengsak Attipornwanich said during the ministry's daily press briefing.

"The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours," Kriengsak said.

"From being exhausted before, she could sit up in bed 12 hours later."

The doctors combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV, Kriengsak said, adding the ministry was awaiting research results to prove the findings.

The news comes as the new virus claimed its first life outside China – a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines – while the death toll in China has soared above 300.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [227 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting that anti-HIV drugs work on this virus.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  actually death toll now over 400

the Thailand treatment is not much different than what is being done in other countries -- essentially using the best anti viral meds on hand
Posted by: lord garth || 02/04/2020 5:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Unless the availability is cranked up. This puppy could likely go pandemic.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

Horrifying video of Afghan woman cowering in a hole as she is stoned to death by a furious crowd shouting 'hit her' and 'Allahu Akbar' is investigated by rights group
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 12:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nice loving god you got there, people.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/04/2020 20:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Religion of Peace.
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 20:36 Comments || Top||

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FGM kills 12-year-old in Egypt as illegal practice resists eradication
[France24] The arrest of the parents of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl who died after undergoing genital mutilation and the doctor who performed the procedure highlight the difficulty of eradicating the increasingly medicalised felony practice.

A 12-year-old girl died in the Assiut governance of Upper Egypt last week due to complications she suffered after a retired doctor removed part of her genitals, a practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM), also sometimes referred to as female circumcision.

"The doctor tried to save her but she passed away," the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement issued late Thursday, vowing "firm action" against anyone carrying out the procedure in the future. The girl’s aunt was also detained.

FGM was outlawed in Egypt in 2008 and was upgraded to a felony in 2016 after a 17-year-old girl bled to death. The updated law mandates jail sentences of up to seven years for those who carry out the procedure and up to three years for anyone requesting it. Religious leaders have also said genital cutting is forbidden.

The government regularly runs public service campaigns to warn of the danger of FGM, but instead of curbing the practice the campaigns have prompted parents to turn to medical personnel to do it, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in November. "About 75 per cent of female genital mutilation in the country is performed by doctors," FGM expert Dr. Ayman Sadek said in the UNFPA statement.

The medicalisation of FGM brings with it a new set of challenges, lending the appearance of legitimacy and safety despite the practice having no medical benefits and significant risks‐including haemorrhage, chronic urinary problems and complications in childbirth.

Indeed, the girl in Assiut, whom local news sources identified as Nada Abdul Maksoud, underwent the procedure in a clinic where it was performed by a retired doctor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 07:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under:

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Book review: Heaten & Lewis 'The Four-War Boer - The Century and Life of Pieter Arnoldus Krueler'
[Pages 54-55] Word of the British retreat (at Spion Kop) spread among the Boers, and Krueler heard the news from his wooden bed. They had won: Botha himself came and told him, and then the general looked at his wound: "Keep that clean to avoid infection. We will need you soon again young Peiter," and again the general rubbed his head. "Give me your letters, I will send a rider to at least one place. I have to send a man to Kimberley, where I believe your brother is."

Krueler nodded and handed over his bag of letters, to be included with the dozens of letters from many other men. Many of these men were now dead, their final words preserved for all time to family and friends who would never see them again. When Reitz came into the bunker he ordered one of the men to organize a burial detail. He then gave another order; British and Boer were to be buried separately, but all were to be interred with respect and reverence. They would all be buried as soldiers and the names registered, the graves recorded. The British wounded were to be given the same care as Boers, each wounded man treated according to his wound, and not his nationality or rank.

Krueler remarked about the apparent class distinction that pervaded the British Army. There was some disgruntlement among the British, one fellow in particular, who felt that rank above the severity of the would determined the order of treatment. I heard this myself. One of the older burghers simply said, 'and that is why you British will one day lose your empire,' and I always remember that comment, and the prediction that comment became.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 04:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks like a good read. The class distinction was an ominous prediction.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:42 Comments || Top||

French fisheries banned from northern sea post Brexit
Posted by: Fred || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under:

#1  France's loss is the UK's gain. More winning!
Posted by: Raj || 02/04/2020 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Finally.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Paybacks are h-e-double-toothpicks. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 02/04/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

Trump says U.S. has 'shut down' coronavirus threat; China shuns U.S. help
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has taken decisive action to protect Americans from the threat of a fast-moving coronavirus while offering help to China, President Donald Trump said on Sunday, but a key adviser said Beijing had not accepted the offers of assistance.

Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the impact in the United States of the flu-like virus that has killed 350 people in China and spread to more than two dozen countries, telling Fox television in an interview, "We’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes."

Concerns about the virus spurred the United States to declare a public health emergency and bar entry to foreign nationals who have recently visited China.

Under new restrictions here that went into effect at 5 p.m. ET Sunday, U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days will be directed to one of eight airports designated for screening, with three more to be added Monday.

"We can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem - the coronavirus," Trump told Fox during a short interview broadcast on Sunday. He said U.S. officials had offered China "tremendous help" in dealing with the epidemic.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 03:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  No assistance needed? Completely understand. As time permits, lettuce know how you are doing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 4:08 Comments || Top||

#2  "We did shut it down, yes"

Bold words if you ask me. I'm actually surprised that the West has only a few reported cases yet. China seems to apply radical measures now but these only go that far.

Once you have millions infected in China, border controls will no longer solve the problem given the fact that you can carry the virus symptom-free.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/04/2020 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  shut down for now perhaps

as Euro Conserv says it will be more difficult going forward

the US has a lot of population centers with compromised immune systems, e.g., nursing homes, homeless shelters, etc. and while the fatality rate seems to be below 2% in the general population, the rate is probably more like 20% in vulnerable groups
Posted by: lord garth || 02/04/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Who the fook thought it was a good idea to join ourselves at the hip to bandit-Communist China?
Posted by: Lex || 02/04/2020 7:50 Comments || Top||

#5  We were looking to repurchase a clinic's several Ozone outlet air cleaners last night. The one system that actually kills airborne bacteria and viruses on the fly. "Product unavailable".

Not surprised.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#6  #2 EC I thought the German study showing symptom-less transmission had been withdrawn. When the researchers went back and asked if the carrier had had any symptoms, they self-reported the entire list of coronavirus symptoms.

Inscrutable indeed.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 02/04/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

#7  There are no absolutes.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 21:52 Comments || Top||

#8  There is nobody to transmit the disease in China anymore. On my daily trek to the local convenience store for booze and cigarettes in a city of 30,000,000, there was not one civilian on the street. Well, one might have been a civilian but she looked a little sketchy ... I don't think she was civilian.
Posted by: Beau || 02/04/2020 22:40 Comments || Top||

#9  @The peanut gallery

Yes it seems so, but mild symptoms that look like a common cold will do.

And who hasn't a common cold in February?
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/04/2020 23:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Thank you for your continuing reports from the front, Beau. Here’s hoping China succeeds in breaking the transmission of this thing now.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/04/2020 23:27 Comments || Top||

#11  /\ Amen !
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 23:35 Comments || Top||

Whistleblower is arrested in China after secretly filming ‘piles of body bags at a hospital in coronavirus ground zero Wuhan'
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [370 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  If they covered up the outbreak for a year,
and then hid the number infected,
is there any reason we should believe the body count?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/03/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||

#2  No reason to believe it at all when even the Chinese admit most die of secondary infections. That secondary cause will be listed as cause of death.
Posted by: Huperesing Glains9539 || 02/04/2020 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I doubt they could have hidden the outbreak for a year. The virus would have spread to all parts of the world long ago.

No reason to trust anything they say, of course.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/04/2020 4:56 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Excellent analysis EC.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/04/2020 4:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Exactly. There is no way in hell to know the actual numbers.
Posted by: Woodrow || 02/04/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#6  I thought the collapse of the Soviet Union taught people not to believe the figures/numbers the underlings reported upward.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/04/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

#7  I thought the collapse of the Soviet Union the Vietnam War taught people not to believe the figures/numbers the underlings reported upward.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 11:29 Comments || Top||

#8  The Chairman is in Power, and the Situation is Excellent!
Posted by: Ming of the Bling Dynasty || 02/04/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Did China downplay the coronavirus outbreak early on?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 12:21 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Yes. Because that's what they do.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2020 12:23 Comments || Top||

#11  The Virus was found in Early December.
Posted by: newc || 02/04/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#12  #11 - So the Chinese say...
Posted by: Frank G || 02/04/2020 14:02 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Scientists create an artificial 'virus' which can track down and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria without being spotted by the immune system

I seen dis movie. I dint like it.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 12:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never heard of holobiont, a$$holes?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/04/2020 16:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I see nothing that could go wrong with this plan!
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2020 16:58 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Millions of rabies-infected dogs are being slaughtered for meat in 'drowning pits' watched over by a chained-up monkey in a 'scene from hell' in Cambodia, charity finds
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 12:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

US Air Force's secretive $600 million B-21 Raider stealth bomber with blade-like wings designed for carrying out precise H-bomb strikes is revealed in new artist renderings
[MAIL] Artistic renders have revealed the US Air Force's top secret $600 million B-21 Raider stealth bomber.

The graphics, released by the US Air Force and manufacturer Northrop Grumman, show the B-21 Raider concept inserted into photos of three US hangars.

The long-range stealth bomber is expected to come into service in 2025 and will be capable of delivering conventional and theromonuclear weapons.

Thermonuclear bombs, or H-bombs, provide enormous explosive power resulting from chain reactions between isotopes of hydrogen under high temperatures.

The new aircraft will be able to drop thermonuclear bombs on surface targets with greater precision while avoiding detection.

Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [355 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I would think precision is not really needed when you are dropping a hydrogen bomb
Posted by: lord garth || 02/04/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends on the target. If it is buried and you have a small area that is weak or was hit first by a bunker buster to create a weak point you gotta be gnat on a fly's ass accurate.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2020 9:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Really needs a red light on the nose moving left/right.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/04/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, Darth, like a small thermal port that's unshielded. Easy Peasy.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 02/04/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, Darth, like a small thermal port that's unshielded. Easy Peasy.

But it's impossible! Even for a computer!
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/04/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder if those are what we saw lined up on the Groom Lake taxiway?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

Navy arms sea drones for ocean attack
[FOX] Armed surface drones at sea could surveil and attack enemy targets, conduct forward reconnaissance on enemy positions and provide human decision-makers with combat essential command and control data -- all as part of massive, great power war on the open seas.

Maritime drones can have both offensive and defensive uses, all while keeping sailors and surface ships at safer standoff ranges. Navy strategies see them operating in coordinated groups of drone boats networking vital war information between surface, air and even undersea regions across wide-spanning segments of ocean. Such missions are fast being increasingly enabled by advances in autonomy, fortified by computer algorithms performing a growing number of procedural functions historically done by humans. Of course, developers are quick to emphasize that, regardless of advances in autonomy, current doctrine requires that human decision-makers remain "in the loop" when it comes to making decisions about attacking with lethal force.

Naturally, enabling these kinds of technical advances are part of a massive strategic shift for the Navy as it pivots its attack concepts to incorporate an expanded fleet of surface and undersea drones. The initiative, as described by Capt. Pete Small, program executive officer, Unmanned Systems, includes new levels of autonomy, advanced command and control, emerging software and various weapons configurations. Speaking in January at the 32nd annual Surface Navy Association Symposium, Small said many of these efforts to advance autonomy at sea are part of an emerging Navy program called Unmanned Maritime Autonomy Architecture.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As communications and networking technologies continue to evolve rapidly, drones will increasingly be able to function in a cross-domain capacity, meaning across air, sea, land and undersea operations. A human at a control station, using a low bandwidth connection, can perform command and control functions without needing to actually drive the vessels. Small elaborated upon this, explaining that the Navy’s evolving surface and undersea command and control technology - will integrate with air platforms developed by Naval Air Systems Command
Posted by: b || 02/04/2020 7:15 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 02/04/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  The Mark 60 Captor gets no respect.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 02/04/2020 14:23 Comments || Top||

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