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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Firefighter's wallet stolen, bank account drained while battling CZU Lightning Complex fires
[ABC7NEWS] A commander fighting the CZU Lightning Complex Fire had his department vehicle broken into, his wallet stolen and bank account drained, according to CAL FIRE officials.

During a press briefing Sunday morning, CAL FIRE operations chief Mark Brunton said the theft happened while the crew member was taking care of business and directing firefighting crews.

Brunton said the extent to which people will go is "sickening" and said this is the last thing firefighters should have to deal with as they work to contain the hundreds of thousands of acres burning across the state under limited resources.

"It's saddening. It's sickening," Brunton said. "We are doing everything we can to try to help the community and unfortunately this happens."

Brunton reiterated the plea from officials that people evacuate the region. "Please again," he said. "If you're there, leave when asked to leave and let our folks get in there to do what they're doing."

"To me, it's just mind-boggling that somebody would have the audacity to do something like that," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart during a press briefing Sunday afternoon.

The robbery of a crew member comes after officials say they arrested five people on suspicion of looting from evacuated properties. "It's terrible and disgusting," Chief Deputy Chris Clark with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said on Friday. "These five decided to victimize several of our community members who are already hurting."
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now there's a valid Go-Fund-Me cause.
Posted by: Warthog || 08/24/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Body of Detroit firefighter who tried to save girls from drowning recovered from river
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A true hero..RIP
Posted by: Warthog || 08/24/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Stands at attention.
Hears final tone.
Chokes up.

God Bless.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/24/2020 22:37 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Amsterdam installs sustainable urinals that look like traditional planters in city centre to combat problem of 'wild peeing'
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 10:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sneak a taser into one and you'll see some really wild peeing.
I had a cousin that was taking a leak next to an electrified cattle fence. A buddy yelled at him to be careful, and he turned and the the stream hit the fence. It knocked him down, shrunk up his member, and he couldn't grab a hold of it to shut the stream off. Pissed all over himself. Mean while his "buddies" were laughing their asses off. He was lucky that this was before camera phones.
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 08/24/2020 18:35 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
People in the UK 'will be first' to get Oxford University's Covid-19 vaccine, Number 10 says amid claims Donald Trump will 'fast-track' the jab to make progress in US's crisis before the presidential election
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 10:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm going nowhere near this (not even a vaccine) booster.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#2  What if Russian vaccine work (what if), and Trump buys it from Putty?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 08/24/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope he does (if). I mean, what can the moron Dems say, "Hey, Mr. Trump, why are you buying a vaccine from Russia (that works)? You mean you want people to be safe from COVID-19? That is just un-sat."
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#4  The transfusion idea will mostly eliminate the need for vaccines.

Having said that the people in the UK should be first to have access to a vaccine developed and tested there.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/24/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#5  We'll need a lot of donors of plasma from what I understand. And I understand use of plasma was occurring months ago (with success), so it is nothing new (relative to COVID).

I went to get blood work done recently, and I was basically stunned that not only would they not test me for COVID (fine by me), they were not in the least bit interested in testing me for any anti-bodies. O.k., whatev-uh.
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Google Eli Lilli monoclonal anti-covid
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 08/24/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Clem, hospitals will have a list of people they've treated for Covid and they'll ask them to come back and donate and I'm confident a large number will donate. Plasma lasts a lot longer than regular blood.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/24/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Plasma from recovered

It seems the FDA chief made a mistake in his presentation - the efficiency of convalescent plasma is 3.5% not 35%..
Part of it can be due to varying levels of specific antibody in convalescents' plasma.
We'll have to wait for monoclonal anti covid antibodies which can be produced in any desired quantity.

Most of it due to the fact that anti covid antibodies can't touch virus infected cells - you need HCQ+zinc (or T killer cells) for it. That is, passive immunization has co be combined with HCQ+zinc.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 16:25 Comments || Top||

#9  @ rjschwarz - Gotchya. I've given blood often in Red Cross drives but never gave plasma. I used to know guys in college who would give (sell) their plasma twice a week. I'd be willing to do donate...if....
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#10  Lots of screaming at the link in #8 - Today's propaganda on plasma sets the stage for a future announcement on an unproven vaccine.

They've shown they WILL GAMBLE WITH YOUR LIFE.


So it's not even as good as HCQ?

Anybody wonder if Trump was set up?
Posted by: Bobby || 08/24/2020 18:50 Comments || Top||

#11  At least G will sleep happy tonight?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/24/2020 19:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Growing up, mad scientists injecting people with serums was a staple plot of Saturday afternoon sci-fi. If you are going to do it, I guess an island is the best place, in case it goes all 28 Days Later.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/24/2020 20:09 Comments || Top||


100 nudists test positive for Covid-19 after 'very worrying' outbreak at French naturist resort - despite wearing face masks
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 09:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Guess it doesn't have to enter the body through the mouth.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 08/24/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Eyes are the most likely route of ingress. masks are there to lower droplet egress.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Perspiration vapor spreads the virus!

You read it here, first.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/24/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't go swimming.

COVID-19 poses serious threat in wastewater - BGU study
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus deaths in the US drop below an average of 1,000 a day for the first time in almost a month as infections continue to decline across the country
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 09:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:


Four people were killed in flash floods in Turkey’s northern Black Sea region and 11 others are missing
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:


Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano spews new burst of hot ash
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:


Coastal residents in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Cuba were evacuating on Sunday, while roads turned to rivers in Haiti’s capital city
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under:



-Land of the Free
Disgusting Delta 'WOKE' Airlines bans UBL shooter Rob O'Neill, NYT editor piles on
[PJ] Delta Airlines has banned retired Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who was part of Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Delta reportedly banned O’Neill for failing to wear his mask on board, even though he was eating and drinking at the time. The mask mob came to get him anyway.
Forgive me, but every time I see a photo or teevee interview of this guy, the spirt of slap simply overwhelms me.
It appears that posting a maskless photo with the saying "I’m not a p*ssy" is what put the airline over the edge, resulting in O’Neill being banned. No one noticed, much less objected to O’Neill on the flight at the time.

New York Times editor Dan Saltzstein amplified the tweet, saying that he didn’t know O’Neill but — and this part is unbelievable — "...you’re not willing to sacrifice and be a little uncomfortable for your fellow humans (including that marine [sic] behind you)!"
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 05:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Banned" from Delta? They did him a favor.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 5:13 Comments || Top||

#2  To be honest, it's a good idea to wear masks on planes.

Everywhere else they are just for show.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 5:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Not a favorite of mine, but he's a prominent, conservative figure. Had it been anyone else, it's very likely nothing would have happened. Delta left the air and jumped onto the virtue signalling train.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 5:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 08/24/2020 5:43 Comments || Top||

#5  My experience with them too, Richard. Nice acrostic, I'd forgotten that one.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/24/2020 7:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks like he might be sitting in bus class. Not many heads bobbing behind him. Gratitude in abundance, NOT !

"We know you have a choice in airlines. Thank you for flying Delta."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 8:25 Comments || Top||

#7  My father hated Delta with a passion and that was well over 30 years ago; looks like nothing's changed.
Posted by: Raj || 08/24/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
Houston police chief recruits officers from defunded police departments: 'We're hiring'
[NYPOST] Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is inviting officers laid off by defunded police departments throughout the country to join his force telling "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday, "We’re hiring.""We’re fortunate we have a mayor and a council ... that understands that our community doesn’t want less policing, they don’t want to defund the police, they want better policing and they want good cops," Acevedo said.

He made the comments amid a growing push across the country to defund or dismantle police departments, following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

"When you see that it’s challenging to actually go out and get folks to join the policing ranks today, if good officers want to come here and they want to serve this great city, we’re hiring," Acevedo said. "We have 400 positions thanks to our mayor and council and we’re looking forward to finding good people."

As local governments in other parts of the country, like Austin, Texas, have considered cutting budgets and defunding departments to reform police, Acevedo noted Houston’s decision to hire. He wants to implement a new program making it easier for out-of-state officers to take positions on Houston’s force.
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2020/08/houston-hiring.html
Posted by: James || 08/24/2020 17:24 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Kabul police arrest ex-commander sentenced to jail for murder and corruption charges
[KhaamaPress] A former police force commander who was sentenced to jail for corruption and murder charges was arrested by the Afghan cops early Sunday morning, an official said.

Tariq Aryan, a spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior told Khaama Press that Zemarai Paikan a former commander of Afghanistan Public Protection Forces (APPF) was detained in an operation on Sunday morning.

Zemarai Paikan was sentenced to 8 years and six months jail sentence for murdering a police officer, misuse of authority and corruption charges and he was a runaway for a while.

This comes as the Afghan government has been under public criticize for its weakness in fighting against corruption.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Yulia Tymoshenko tests positive for coronavirus, ex-PM in ‘serious condition' as Ukraine struggles with big rise in infections

[RT] Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is struggling with a fever after testing positive for coronavirus. The country has seen an upswing in new Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

The news was confirmed by Tymoshenko’s spokesperson, Marina Soroka. "Yes, unfortunately, it is true. The test showed that Yulia has Covid-19. Her condition was identified as serious. Her temperature reached 39 Celsius," she wrote on social media.

Tymoshenko briefly served as prime minister in 2005 and later held the same office from 2007-2010, as well as running for president three times. She currently leads the opposition Fatherland (Batkivshchyna) party in Ukraine’s parliament.
[You may recall the "Orange Revolution".]
The news comes as officials are battling to contain a rise in coronavirus infections in the country. A total of 1,987 new cases and 27 deaths were reported on Sunday. They include 306 cases in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Sunday, where 18 new patients were children.

[Former boxer] Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that the city has "never" seen such a big daily increase in Covid-19 patients in a single day. He also noted a surge of people requiring urgent treatment, as 56 patients were hospitalized.

President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Friday that if the tide is not turned soon, it could overwhelm the healthcare system."We already have a wave of 2000 [new cases] per day. It is very dangerous. We cannot repurpose all hospitals. So the increase of patients will just shut down the healthcare system completely, and the state will be unable to do anything," he said.

Nearly 105,000 people had been infected in Ukraine since the start of the outbreak, 2,271 have died.
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Israel's coronavirus czar urges Ukraine to ban Jewish pilgrimage
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Home, home on the shtetl
Where the neighboring ethnics unsettle,
Where the klezmorim play
But the Rebbe holds sway
And you'd better not rattle your kettle.

Sorry... just been reading Shahak (who can have my Buber when he pries it from my cold, dead hands).
Posted by: Squinty Cherert1278 || 08/24/2020 23:10 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
China: Three Gorges dam hits highest level, anxiety grows among public
h/t Instapundit
[India Blooms News Service] - The dam recently recorded the largest inflow of water in its history.

Following the incident, officials even assured people the water level would not be breached.

Inflows to the world’s largest hydro-electric dam reached 75m litres of water a second, according to state media. By Thursday morning, 11 outlets of the dam had been opened to discharge 49.2m litres of water a second, the largest release since its construction, reports The Guardian.

Parts of China witnessed heavy flooding for the past two months.

Officials have repeatedly assured that the dam can withstand the flow of water.

A breach of the dam, a controversial and unprecedented feat of engineering along the Yangtze River, would be embarrassing for China, which took 12 years to build the megaproject, displacing millions and submerging swathes of land, reports The Guardian.

The Three Gorges dam, which can handle inflows of about 98.8m litres a second, is already approaching its capacity. Officials expect water levels in the reservoir, whose dam was built to withstand a water level of 175 metres, to reach 165.5 metres on Saturday, reports the newspaper.

Meanwhile, officials have carried out evacuation process in many parts of the country.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  75m litres of water a second

My sink can beat that.

I thought the dam's normal operating level was 175m when filled to normal capacity. So what's the big deal?

The dam is supposed to be able to contain up to 185m of water, and anything above that just tops the dam. So what? By then, everyone has moved to higher ground and can watch the show.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  "m" for million, gorb.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 2:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Correction: My sink can't handle that.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:46 Comments || Top||

#4  A link from another posting today.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/24/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#5  anxiety grows among public

Not this public.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#6  If the Three Gorges dam goes, it can be removed from the targeting list. The upside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 9:26 Comments || Top||

#7  Besoeker, along with a whole lot of other things downstream.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/24/2020 9:43 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ Excellent point (as I scan my light table).
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

#9  China is already in serious trouble. The dam goes, they will pretty much be toast.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/24/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#10  I do not know what higher ground exists downstream of 3 Gorges dam,
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/24/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#11  ^Why bad things happen to good people?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 08/24/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#12  Rare floods recede in Chongqing
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 10:58 Comments || Top||

#13  Perhaps a little more cloud seeding, just to rub it in after Wuhan?
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#14  Is communist party headquarters downstream?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/24/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#15  So, now what happens to the nukes downstream of the dam?
Posted by: Matt || 08/24/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

#16  Hey, anyone wanna go to the movies? They're showing some WWII thing called The Dam Busters.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/24/2020 14:46 Comments || Top||


Trump Says US Could ‘Decouple’ and Not Do Business With China
[NTD] President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview airing Sunday, raised the possibility of decoupling the U.S. economy from China, a major purchaser of U.S. goods.

In a video excerpt, Trump initially told interviewer Steve Hilton “we don’t have to” do business with China, and then later said about decoupling, “Well it’s something that if they don’t treat us right I would certainly, I would certainly do that.”

Trump entered into a high-stakes trade war with China before reaching a partial Phase 1 trade deal in January. Trump has since shut the door on Phase 2 negotiations, saying he was unhappy with Beijing’s handling of the pandemic.

In June U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a decoupling of the U.S. and Chinese economies will result if U.S. companies are not allowed to compete on a fair and level basis in China’s economy.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview airing Sunday, raised the possibility of decoupling the U.S. economy from China, a major purchaser of U.S. goods.

I'm sure the EU would step in to fill the gap.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The EU is unable to slump into any gap.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  'Decouple' now and be done with them. Let the smarmy box stores find new, domestic, or friendly nation produced products.

Oh wait! Who'll buy our government bonds and debt? We can't stop now, they OWN US !
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 4:35 Comments || Top||

#4  They funded our money printing with their money printing. Not going to end well all the way around.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/24/2020 5:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Please. Our business is keeping their military growing.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/24/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Built from US scrap iron in the 1930's. They had virtually no domestic iron ore. The cycle of greed continues, then conflict. Rinse, repeat.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 9:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Baloney (as stockholders/CEOs of Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc., etc., squirm).
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#8  A decoupling at a time when China is facing severe food shortages would be a disaster for Beijing. In expectation that the USA is fed up, watch Chinese food purchases in the USA over the next six weeks or so. They should explode.
Posted by: b || 08/24/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Don't say it. Do it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/24/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#10  If China really has been shipping BLM/Antifa weapons, along with providing training out of the Houston embassy. we can expect an explosion from their proxies immediately following any decoupling announcement. Unless what we are seeing now is that explosion in concert with Democratic Party proxies.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/24/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

#11  never should have gotten in bed with them in the first place : China is Asshole
Posted by: 746 || 08/24/2020 15:46 Comments || Top||


Top US representative in Taiwan attends memorial in Kinmen island of Taiwan's last major battle with China.
[NTD] KINMEN, Taiwan—Amid rising tensions with Beijing, the de facto U.S. ambassador in Taiwan took part on Sunday for the first time in commemorations of a key military clash and the last time Taiwanese forces joined battle with the Chinese Communist Party on a large scale.

The Chinese regime has stepped up military activity around the democratic island, moves denounced by Taiwan’s government as an attempt at intimidation to force them to accept Chinese communist rule.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen laid a wreath and bowed her head in respect at a memorial park on Kinmen island, which sits a few kilometres (miles) off the Chinese metropolis of Xiamen, to mark the 62nd anniversary of the start of the second Taiwan Straits crisis.

In August 1958, Chinese communist forces began more than a month of bombarding Kinmen, along with the Taiwan-controlled Matsu archipelago further up the coast, including naval and air battles, seeking to force them into submission.

Brent Christensen, head of the American Institute in Taiwan and Washington’s de facto representative, offered his respects too, standing behind Tsai, in a symbolic show of U.S. support for the island.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Kim Jong Un reportedly in a coma as his sister Kim Yo Jong takes control
I still think he died earlier and a double took over. Didn't look the same. She's a stone cold psychopath
[NYPOST] North Korea
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
n dictator Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
has fallen into a coma, a former South Korean official is claiming on the heels of reports that the northern leader has ceded over some of his power to his younger sister.

Chang Song-min, a former aide to late-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, has alleged that the Hermit Kindom’s honcho has become seriously ill amid speculation about his limited public appearances this year, the Mirror reported.

"I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended," he told South Korean media.

The former aide added that the leader’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was poised to help lead the country.

"A complete succession structure has not been formed, so Kim Yo-jong is being brought to the fore as the vacuum cannot be maintained for a prolonged period," he said.

His claims come after South Korean spies revealed that the 33-year-old sibling now serves as his "de facto second-in-command," though she has not been designated his successor.

In a closed-door meeting with politicians, the National Intelligence Service said the power shift partly seeks to "relieve (Kim’s) stress from his reign and avert culpability in the event of policy failure," the Yonhap News Agency reported.

"Kim Yo Jong, the first vice department director of the Workers’ Party Central Committee, is steering overall state affairs based on the delegation," the agency reportedly said.
Spot also submitted an article on this story, commenting:
Here we go again!
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Let the purges begin.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  So, sort of like the Biden-Kamala ticket?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/24/2020 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Power struggle to ensue. Many to be gone. She could only rule with the support of men as history has shown.
Posted by: Dale || 08/24/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Renaissance Italy redux.

Who gets to play second fiddle to Lucretia?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/24/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, that didn't take long, did it?
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/24/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  He’s been dead or comatose for months. Body double helped with perception of orderly transition of power. Biggest obstacles have already met the Anti-aircraft justice system. She will need all the ChiCom support she can get so no Trump luncheon will be in the offing anytime soon. I’m expecting “sea of fire” and “”running dog imperialist lackey” to make a literary comeback.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/24/2020 13:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Is North Korean leader Kim yielding power to sister?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/24/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||


Chinese Government Urges Dam Operators at Maximum Capacity to Hold Back the Flood
Guest essay by Eric Worrall

[WattsUpWithThat] Authorities have ordered dam operators to try to hold back incoming flood water, as Chinese manufacturing and farming heartland cities in the Yangtze Delta are bracing for yet more severe flooding. The same order given by Chinese authorities in similar circumstances in 1975 led to the deaths of up to a quarter of a million people.

China on alert for Yangtze River flooding as storms close in
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Bob boder August 23, 2020 at 6:33 am
I think the Chinese government is evil, but we should do everything we can to help them in this situation.

Scissor August 23, 2020 at 7:46 am
Let’s buy up the world’s supply of sand bags.


Heh.

That really is the Snark O'The Day.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Wise guidance from modern Huangdi:
"Confucius say, 'Every Chinee
Must help absorb strain
From this surplus of rain
By increasing consumption of tea!'
And, needless to say, holding pee."
Posted by: Squinty Cherert1278 || 08/24/2020 7:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Nature to the Central Communist Party: "Heh"
Posted by: magpie || 08/24/2020 12:51 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
'Gratefully and humbly': Kellyanne Conway leaving White House
[Washington Examiner] Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, who served as President Trump's final campaign manager during the 2016 election that carried him to victory, announced Sunday evening that she'll be leaving her White House post at the end of this month.

Her conservative lawyer husband, George Conway, who is a frequent critic of the president, simultaneously announced on social media that he will be stepping back from his position at the Lincoln Project, an entity consisting of anti-Trump Republicans and independents.
Their kind of Republicans and Independents are known in the trade as Democrats.
Both said they want to focus on their family. The couple have four children together.

Kellyanne Conway, who built a powerhouse Republican polling firm, became the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign in 2016 upon Trump’s victory in the 2016 general election. The veteran Republican pollster went on to become one of the most ardent defenders of Trump during his first term as president.

She announced her departure on the eve of the Republican National Convention, tweeting a statement with a tweet that said she is leaving the White House "Gratefully & Humbly" after more than three and a half years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 04:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He doesn't even come up to her knees. I have no idea how they stayed together.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 4:59 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Frank G || 08/24/2020 5:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Now I have no idea how they got together.
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 5:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The political odd couple thing isn't all that rare. I have personally known couples that make the Conways look like they are on the same page.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/24/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Their fifteen year old, liberal tweeting daughter just announced she’ll be seeking to be emancipated from both parents.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/24/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#6  ^^15 year old daughters can be a trial.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/24/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#7  ^Worse than 15 years old sons?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#8  She's an attention-seeking narcissist fueled by the press interest in going after Trump. A Kardashian-lite
Posted by: Frank G || 08/24/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ The 15 yr old
Posted by: Frank G || 08/24/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#10  This is the drama that was so unnecessary. Glad to see that she is leaving...over-due.
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

#11  All the strife and distraction aside, I'm grateful for her time and efforts on Trump's staff and I'm glad she's putting her marriage ahead of politics. I wish her and her husband (though I still feel he's a jerk) only the best.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/24/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#12  /\ Well said. Very well said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Right move. The press is feeding of her typical 15 year old daughter's tweets.

The 15 year old asked a couple of days ago, "Why am I trending?". Because MSM was lighting her social media up.

Family needs mom.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/24/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#14  Despite the drama, there sure appeared to be a strong sense of loyalty, which is to be commended.
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#15  I have never seen evidence that any 15 years olds are NOT narcissists. Some more than others, maybe. But being in a position to easily attract national attention by acting out is a position that will spoil any 15 year old's mind. I'm glad to see the couple making a move that has their marriage and their children in mind above anything else. It's a very heartening and heart-warming decision. Hopefully the girl will calm down once her tweets stop trending and she has a little bit more of her actual parents' attention.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/24/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#16  Social media has a massive multiplier effect on adolescent narcissism.

For both the biological adolescents and the mental/emotional ones that seem to populate the commanding heights of culture, tech and politics.
Posted by: charger || 08/24/2020 13:29 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Lahore man kills wife for not allowing second marriage
[DAILYTIMES.PK] A man, identified as Shahbaz Umar, murdered his 25-year-old wife after she refused to let him marry for the second time in Lahore, the police said on Friday.

The woman’s body was found at her house. According to the police, there were knife marks on her wrists.

The crime was committed 13 days earlier. "An FIR was registered by the suspect. He tried to mislead us by lying that some unknown men had murdered his wife," investigating officer Imran Pasha said.

The police were, however, suspicious of Umar and interrogated him. He confessed to his crime in jug.

"Umar said that he killed his wife as she was not giving him permission for a second marriage," officer Pasha said, adding that he will soon be presented before a court.
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Land of the Pure". Yep'per.
Posted by: Clem || 08/24/2020 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  so now it's his (new) one and only marriage. nifty.
Posted by: Herman Borgia3914 || 08/24/2020 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  He may get "remarried" in prison several times.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 4:24 Comments || Top||


-PC Follies
Arrogant black woman accuses Asian tea shop owners of 'stealing black culture'
[THEPOSTMILLENNIAL]
Back home Ethiopians consider themselves white. It is only here in America that they class themselves otherwise. This woman is appropriating the native African-American culture.
Posted by: Fred || 08/24/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Bandarlogs

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/24/2020 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  What a jackass!
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 08/24/2020 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: gorb || 08/24/2020 2:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Send her back to her shithole country
Posted by: Frank G || 08/24/2020 5:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Multiculturalism at it's best.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 5:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Just like Diversity means anything but white.
Multiculturalism means anything but western culture.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/24/2020 5:16 Comments || Top||

#7  blues is the only thing good that came from 'black culture'
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 08/24/2020 9:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Blues, jazz, and gospel all come from the same African-American root. And rap, which made poetry cool for a new generation — all speaking to a love of sound, rhythm, and words that would make any culture proud. There is a depth of love and mutual support in adversity to admire in the healthy side of Black culture, just as there is an acceptance of pathological selfishness and self-indulgence in the unhealthy side.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/24/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#9  But Alewia Tola Roba does not come from Black culture. The mighty Ethiops have their own Horn of Africa culture connected to the Middle East rather than sub-Saharan cultures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/24/2020 9:26 Comments || Top||

#10  If you are white these days, you exist only to be belittled, insulted, lectured and exploited. POCs don't have to validate their heritage, they just have to be "not white."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/24/2020 9:36 Comments || Top||

#11  If she wants a black owned tea shop there's a simple answer. Open one up yourself
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 08/24/2020 9:41 Comments || Top||

#12  /\ Only a manifestation of decades of government meddling and perceived social corrections, 'The Great Society' Affirmative Action, hiring preferences, SNAP, free college admissions, and the rest. Say it often and loud enough, folks start to believe it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/24/2020 9:43 Comments || Top||

#13  blues, jazz, gospel and rap aren't worth all the grief that this pathological and self-destructive subculture have caused us.

A bad bargain, one we'd have been far better off without. Send them to Ethiopia and Sudan and Liberia
Posted by: Sheba Pheang5420 || 08/24/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#14  Throw her in a trunk and rip up some dirt roads Dukes of Hazzard style.
Posted by: Raj || 08/24/2020 10:12 Comments || Top||

#15  A sister purveyed boba tea.
Was it really her own property?
An appropriate swap
Or just theft (call a cop!)
When she opened her shop? [Roba Tea]
Posted by: Squinty Cherert1278 || 08/24/2020 13:11 Comments || Top||

#16  And speaking of blues and jazz, and turnabout being fair play... somebody done hoodooed the hoodoo ma'am
Posted by: Squinty Cherert1278 || 08/24/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#17  Rap music? We used to call it Tourettes Syndrome.

(Proudly copied from the internet)
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 08/24/2020 16:33 Comments || Top||

#18  Send her retarded ass back
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/24/2020 17:44 Comments || Top||



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