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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Illinois Governor Under Pressure to Declare ‘State of Emergency' over Chicago Gun Crime
[Breitbart] Chicago community leaders are pressuring Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) to declare a "State of Emergency" regarding the city’s gun crime.

Breitbart News reported nearly 100 people were shot Friday night, July 2, through Monday, July 5, in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago. That weekend violence followed a Thursday in which 32 people were shot, including a one-month-old girl.
Well, she shouldn't a pulled a 9
On July 7, 2021, the Chicago Tribune noted that 2,021 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year. That figure represents 164 more people than were shot during the same time frame in 2020.

ABC 7 points out that community leaders are urging Gov. Pritzker to declare a "State of Emergency," which will allow the city to "receive more funding" as the violence rages.

Father Michael Pfleger is also pushing for Chicago to work with surrounding communities via one overarching plan against gun crime.

Pfleger said, "We need emergency funds; we need emergency action. And the action is this comprehensive approach because what we’re doing is obviously not working."

Pritzker’s office indicated the Governor is treating gun violence "as a public health crisis," and he plans to continue doing so.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  BLUF:

"We need emergency funds....."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  "Gun Crime" - ok
How bout, Wakandan Crime?
Posted by: George Hupuns3237 || 07/10/2021 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  More huffing and puffing. That should solve the problem.
Posted by: Tom || 07/10/2021 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Help, help, our citizens are shooting each other!

Aw, nothing a little money won't fix. No, it won't stop the shootings, but we can create programs, pay off hire some people, and make great speeches about how we are Doing Something(tm). Hey, what do you think about a People's March to "raise awareness"?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  ABC 7 points out that community leaders are urging Gov. Pritzker to declare a "State of Emergency," which will allow the city to "receive more funding" as the violence rages.

You could burn the place down, been done before. Then ask for more funding.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Because the boodle, once spread around will allow the boodlers to split and leave it as other people's problems.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/10/2021 12:00 Comments || Top||

#7  How bout, Wakandan Crime?

Underclass. Latino narco gangs are just as involved.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/10/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm gonna stick my neck out and assert that the reason for all the violence is drug gangs fight over turf. Nobody seems willing to confirm or deny this assertion. So it would seem the way to deal with the violence is to interdict the drugs that are imported into this country from Mexico and China. The fact that this state of affairs is tolerated, the fact that our border remains insecure, says a lot about corruption at the highest levels in our government. Securing the border would be much more effective in curbing Chicago's violence and much less threatening to law abiding citizens than declaring war on guns. But, hey, since when do Democrats care about actually solving problems?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  ...fighting over turf...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Legalizing the drugs is not an option because that would lower prices and therefore lower profits. Can't have that.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 13:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Build a wall?
Posted by: james || 07/10/2021 13:58 Comments || Top||

#12  How about more funding for police?
Of course, part of the problem that a lot of the aldermen are in bed with the gang leaders.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/10/2021 14:20 Comments || Top||

#13  Abu, It's perfectly possible legalize drugs and not have the price go down. Look at California. Street pot there is still around, and cheaper than the legal stuff. I'm told better quality, too.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/10/2021 16:47 Comments || Top||

#14  you are correct ed. I get Cali weed here in Georgia with not much mark up.
Posted by: Chris || 07/10/2021 19:08 Comments || Top||

Golf pro killing suspect is rapper who was busted for DUI after murders
[NYPOST] The man charged with fatally shooting pro golfer Gene Siller during a triple-homicide spree in Georgia is an aspiring rapper who had been jugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for DUI hours later — only to be freed before cops put two and two together. Bryan Rhoden — a 23-year-old rapper known as "B. Rod" — was finally busted for the slayings Thursday and charged with three counts of murder after Saturday’s bloody spree, which ended at the upscale Atlanta-area Pinetree Country Club.

Police say his first two victims — Henry Valdez, 46, and Paul Pierson, 76 — were found dead in the back of Pierson’s Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck, where they had been bound and gagged, at the golf course.

Siller, a 46-year-old father of two who was also the club’s director, was then bumped off when he stumbled across the scene and "witnessed an active crime taking place," police say.

Within hours of the triple homicide, the young rapper was picked up around 25 miles away for a slew of driving offenses, including DUI, driving without insurance and providing false ID, jail records show.

He was booked by the Chamblee Police Department at 2 a.m. Sunday — then released at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, the records show.

Rhoden was still in Chamblee when he was arrested for the slayings Thursday, said Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mass killing.
Hate crime.
Should be a Day of National Mourning, right?
Flags half mast? Plugs denouncing racism & hate, right?
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Jomose8050 || 07/10/2021 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Rapper was asked what he shot on the links? He said three.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/10/2021 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Rapper was asked what he shot on the links? He said three.

Dad Joke of the Day!
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  To your room John. No dinner tonight.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 13:33 Comments || Top||

Texas to be first state to make buying sex a felony
[JustTheNews] A new law that goes into effect Sept. 1 will make Texas the first state to punish sex buyers with a felony.

HB 1540 was filed by state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston). It passed both chambers of the state legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott
... governor of Texas. Abbott is a Republican. His 2014 Dem opponent, state senatrix Wendy Davis, thought the absolute, most pressing, most important issue facing the state was abortion. Abbott beat the pantyhose off her. His 2018 opponent, Lupe Valdez didn't dwell too heavily on abortion, but she lost too...
The new law creates a separate offense for buying sex and raises the penalty to a state felony subject to jail time. It expands first-degree felony human trafficking to include certain actions related to obtaining victims from shelters or certain residential facilities. It also requires the state to deny some alcoholic beverage licenses and permits if drink solicitation occurs. It also amends provisions governing common nuisance lawsuits relating to prostitution and illegal massage operations, and amends provisions on civil racketeering relating to human trafficking.

The bill also includes a trespassing offense for those who traffic through a residential treatment center. Traffickers are targeting these centers, the House Research Organization bill analysis states, in order to lure and recruit children. The bill gives law enforcement "another tool to combat this through the trespassing statute and by expanding child safety, drug-free, and gang-free zones," it states.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [322 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1  Haven't learned anything, have we?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "We have receipts showing that you bought your date a cocktails, fine steak dinner, and a movie before having sex that night. That's a felony in Texas, wiseguy"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, there goes the stud farm. Guess they'll have to send them heifers out of state.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 7:51 Comments || Top||

#4  File under" Mind your own fucking business.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/10/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Reminding us all why the GOP is the stupid party.
Posted by: Angstrom || 07/10/2021 12:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Renting it is still cool though, right?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 12:58 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm wondering whose brilliant idea this was.
Thompson never had an idea that didn't come out of a committee.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/10/2021 16:11 Comments || Top||

#8  Meh. I've been on an installment plan for a couple of decades.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/10/2021 17:41 Comments || Top||

#9  Sex, sex, sex. What's Abbott doing about Critical Race Theory training in the TX National Guard?
Posted by: KBK || 07/10/2021 20:05 Comments || Top||

William Smith dies at 88: Hollywood veteran actor who famously played Clint Eastwood's nemesis in Any Which Way You Can passes away in hospital
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [388 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Its rapidly becoming A Long Time Ago.
Posted by: Sonny Black || 07/10/2021 8:36 Comments || Top||

#2  ^^^^

Oh, Cheer Up..... At least it isn't YOU !

Posted by: Bugs Thromorong1675 || 07/10/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I've read all the Travis McGee novels by john D. MacDonald. Good reads all. For fun, each one had a color in the title. Hollywood botched bringing this to the big screen. Rod Taylor and Matthew McConaughy are not a good choice for Travis McGee. Nick Nolte in his prime might have been. All the plots are pretty predictable but enjoyable reads non the less.
Posted by: Warthog || 07/10/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  I particularly enjoyed William Smith, Peter Brown and Neville Brand in Laredo, a long time ago.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#5  ..Red Dawn two years later with Patrick Swayze

That's where I remember him. Filmed in Las Vegas NM. The cantina they blew up remained a standing wreck till a about decade ago.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 11:42 Comments || Top||

-Great Cultural Revolution
Washington Post Warns: Calling Food 'Exotic' Reinforces Xenophobia, Racism
[BREITBART] Referring to food as "exotic" creates distance between individuals and groups and "reinforces xenophobia and racism," according to a recent Washington Post article which, instead, suggests people ask themselves why they are unfamiliar with certain foods and question their willingness to change that.
I was once stationed in Northern Thailand. I lived in a little house up on posts to keep the snakes out. My landlady welcomed me when I moved in with a home-cooked meal. There was a really tasty omelette, some tam som, and a bowl of beetle soup. The tam som looked like cole slaw. I didn't think it was exotic until it scorched my gullet. I knew the beetle soup was exotic; it's not something you're offered routinely here in pizza-and-tacos land. I also ate most of it to be polite.
The Thursday article, written by the paper’s food section staff writer, Daniela Galarza, and titled "Stop calling food ’exotic,’" begins by quoting a couple who praised Afghan restaurants and referred to the cuisine served as "exotic," in an old Post essay.
When I was stationed in Vietnam, I liked most of the food. Thit bo xau han tay is merely beef and onions. There were about a dozen different types of rice; none of it that I saw was brown, but I liked them all. On the other hand, I considered fermented duck eggs "exotic." I couldn't get past the smell.
Though she admitted the couple "meant no harm," their use of the term "exotic" indicates that they see the world through a "presumptive Anglocentric perspective," according to Galarza.
More like a European perspective. I like coq au vin and Jaegerschnitzel and borscht and pirozhki (most of them, anyway). I love souvlaki, but I don't like tzatziki.
After receiving letters from readers critical of her inclusion of "exotic" spices and ingredients in her "Eat Voraciously" food-themed newsletter, she claimed the word hit her "like a slap," leading her to conclude that it has lost its essential meaning.
I like satay, even though it's "exotic." In Indonesia they use peanut butter when whuppin' up some barbecue sauce. The fact that it's "exotic" doesn't mean it's bad, or not tasty. It's not routine. Tacos used to be exotic. Spaghetti used to be exotic.
"What’s ’exotic’ to you isn’t ’exotic’ to my neighbor, might not be ’exotic’ to my mom, probably wouldn’t be ’exotic’ to my best friend," she wrote.
Creole cooking is European-descended, but I'm not fond of crawdads, exotic or not, and when I've "blackened" something that means I burned it. My father liked crawdads. He also ate ramps, and pickled pigs' feet, which aren't exotic, but which I've never tasted in my entire life. The smell, again.
She also claimed that use of the term, particularly regarding food, "indirectly lengthens the metaphysical distance between one group of humans and another, and, in so doing, reinforces xenophobia and racism."
Likewise my grandfather, the one from Italia, used to catch sparrows and eat them. I wouldn't, because to me they're cute little birdies. In Italy they're poor man's ortolans. The first time I saw him use chicken feet to make spaghetti sauce I laughed my eight-year-old butt off. Too exotic for my tastes now, but I ate it way back then.
Galarza then quotes Chandra D. L. Waring, professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who claimed that the term is only used to describe something non-white.
I like lots of Indian food, even though it is "exotic," in the sense of unfamiliar, not on the sense of non-white. You don't get much whiter than lutefisk, but I find it pretty exotic. Confusing the terms "exotic" and "non-white" is something for a mind with nothing better to do with its time. Or maybe for someone who needs something to bitch about to show his/her/its superiority to the rest of us unwashed clods.
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#1  I'd like to see these c*cksucker's restaurant bills over the past few months; something tells me there's massive bullshit going on here.
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Using "exotic" ingredients means you get to charge an extra three dollars. If the menu's in French that's another three. If it's a non-Indo-European language that's an extra buck, and if it's a non-Indo-European language without a translation that's another two.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  If I have to buy more than one new spice or condiment to make a recipe, or learn a new technique, I count it as exotic. Back when Mr. Wife and I were in our first decade of marriage, I splurged on an 18 bottle spice rack. It came with all the usual American spices in labelled jars, some of which I have never used. A few years later, after Mr, Wife had brought me some cookbooks from some of the countries his job had taken him to, I had to buy a second spice rack — the two together, rotated 90* plus space on top, now hold 44 jars of spices divided between many of the usual American ones and exotics (Tex-Latino and Southeast Asian) I know they’re exotic because I have to order them from The Spice House because my local corner grocery store doesn’t carry them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/10/2021 1:02 Comments || Top||

#4  ...hey, the Spice Trade, the western institution that would launch the horrible terrible European expansion across the globe. Should have left Constantinople alone, all that bad Western stuff might never had happen. (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 11:46 Comments || Top||

#5  What about multicultural foods (e.g. onigiri with zhug filling)?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 13:00 Comments || Top||

#6  If the use of "exotic" gets you all het up to write a letter? You need to get a fucking life. Perhaps be beaten at random times of day so you have something else to fret about
Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 13:05 Comments || Top||

#7  Really just affirming their own American-centric racism, like those tv heads reporting on Libyans landing in Italy as African Americans.

They really are stuck in their own closet, even when the body travels.

Just the other day, the meme passed about how exotic Ranch Dressing is in the UK.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/10/2021 13:30 Comments || Top||

#8  I wonder what the Thais would say about a hot dog?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 14:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Their personal life must be SO boring if they can worry about this.
Posted by: magpie || 07/10/2021 21:51 Comments || Top||

Bug experts get rid of the name 'gypsy moth'
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Entomological Society of America is looking for a new name for the insect

  • President said it was an 'ethnic slur' that had been rejected by Romani people

  • She also argued that 'no one wanted to be associated with an invasive pest'

Maybe we should just call it the Rose Lee Moth and everybody will know what we meant?
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah, the bug was named *after* gypsies. Here I thought it was because the moth *infested* gypsies. You know, like carpet beetles and carpets, or fruit flies and fruit. It's all clear now.

I like Rose Lee Moth. It's more dignified than Hubba-Hubba Moth.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Rose Lee Moth? Gimme David Lee Roth instead!
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 0:23 Comments || Top||

#3  This is my favorite Van Halen song, for what it's worth. Great guitar work and it sounds, well melodic and pleasant.
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 0:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Whom the Gods wish to destroy - they infect with political correctness.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 3:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. Same thing.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 4:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Some more appropriate names:
The Blue State Moth
The Woke Moth
The Parasitic Tax and Spend Moth
The Dominion Moth
Posted by: Airandee || 07/10/2021 8:30 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm partial to

Ubat Gegat

Has kinda a ring to it.

Posted by: Bugs Thromorong1675 || 07/10/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Will they be renaming the de Havilland DH.60 Moth also?

Well, that was called 'Gipsy' because of the engine
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/10/2021 9:03 Comments || Top||

#9  My recent issue of Smithsonian magazine details an effort by The Audubon Society to-rename several species of birds because the current names reflect that those who discovered them were slave owners or other now undesirable traits. Woke infiltrates nature.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/10/2021 9:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Tommie Lee Moth - infects drug-addled bimbos
Robert E. Lee Moth - takes over & obsesses the minds of Wokerati
Rose McGowan Moth - destroys brain cells
Posted by: Ebberemble Ulugum5395 || 07/10/2021 10:47 Comments || Top||

#11  How about "Romani Moth"?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/10/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#12  Perceiving the wokusts were wroth,
Their mouthparts agnash and afroth,
Bug-eyed scientists pled,
"Racists, please use instead,
'Begging, thieving, and child-selling moth!'"
Posted by: Unomose Spawn of the Bunions5019 || 07/10/2021 20:57 Comments || Top||

#13  Driveway Sealing Moth?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 21:12 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Wyoming rancher survives on BEER for two days after getting pinned under his ATV in rollover crash
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another item to add to Besoeker’s list?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/10/2021 13:35 Comments || Top||

#2  I have "survived on beer" for a few days, even a week once or twice. Never owned an ATV.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 13:38 Comments || Top||

#3  BEER - It's got the electrolytes your body needs
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 13:39 Comments || Top||

#4  IIRC, you can live without food for a few weeks or so if you are healthy. Without water in a normal climate for a few days. So beer gives both hydration and calories.
A few minutes without oxygen, of course.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/10/2021 14:17 Comments || Top||

Kamala Harris' Stepdaughter Ella Emhoff Makes Her High-Fashion Runway Debut in Paris
[BREITBART] Being second daughter has its perks. President Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, then a senatrix from California, and then a former 2020 Dem presidential hopeful. She dropped out because she was polling in negative numbers because of racism. Her father is a Marxist professor emeritus at Stanford and her mother is an Indian of the Hindoo tribe. She is reputedly the proud descendant of a long line of women. Joe Biden picked her for her skin tone, feeling she could also bring in the Native American, women's, and bimbo votes. She's an outstanding exemplar of the Peter Principle, proudly displaying her level of competence in her handling of the Biden Border Surge
’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff made her debut on the French high-fashion scene in Gay Paree on Wednesday. Emhoff walked the runway for the fashion company Balenciaga in its first haute couture show since 1967.

"Balenciaga couture, thank you/congrats to @demnagvasalia and the whole Balenciaga team truly amazing," the 22-year-old model wrote on Instagram. Emhoff added several photos of her getup for the runway walk featuring the idiosyncratic and gender-fluid designs of the fashion house.
As any fool can see, she got the job because she's ever so much better looking than any of my granddaughters or your homely kids.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 12:59:09 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Miss Ella has hooked up with a fashion magazine editor (his name escapes me at the moment). The couple is named, appropriately enough Sam and Ella.
Posted by: badanov || 07/10/2021 13:10 Comments || Top||

#2  She looks like a guy I went to high school with.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 13:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't see how she's going to end up on any fashion magazine covers, being white and all...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/10/2021 13:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Joooish Harry Potter
Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Lightning scar on his/her perineum
Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 13:51 Comments || Top||

#6  She looks like a younger Weird Al Yankovic.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 07/10/2021 14:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Her and Hunter Biden are both talented, you see.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 14:20 Comments || Top||

#8  If a high school had an 80s party, and this guy showed up, people would be like "Boudacious Weird Al dude!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/10/2021 14:23 Comments || Top||

#9  It was either her or Black Transgendered female model?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 14:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Without a name, she'd have no fame.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 14:45 Comments || Top||

#11  Still growing the moustache, I see...Snidely Whiplash style...ditched the unibrow, for caterpillar eyebrows and has learned to count to three...
Posted by: Zebulon Lover of the Bunions2138 || 07/10/2021 16:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Weird Al Yankovich?
Posted by: Snakes the Grim3229 || 07/10/2021 16:31 Comments || Top||

#13  Weird Al Yankovich

Posted by: Ulaque Scourge of the Apes7020 || 07/10/2021 16:33 Comments || Top||

#14  She looks like a younger Weird Al Yankovic.

Too bad she's not like a surgeon!
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 19:34 Comments || Top||

#15  Weird Al is awesome - end of debate!
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 19:49 Comments || Top||

Make a Plan
In the United States, you dial 911 only for an emergency. Here is a list of emergency numbers for people traveling abroad. OCONUS Emergency Contact Link.

Bonus link #1: Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions along with addresses and contact information.

Bonus Link #2: The MAPSHOP. Paper maps (just in case), and where to buy them in advance of your departure.

Bonus Link #3: Carrying large sums of cash can be problematic. Here is a link where Pre-Paid charge cards can be purchased.

Bonus Link #4: Political and economic situations overseas can go South rapidly. Monitor what is going on in your destination for at least a couple of weeks prior to departure. This is a link to the US State Department Travel Advisory Web Site.

Bonus Link #5: Becoming ill overseas and requiring emergency treatment, personal evacuation or evacuaction of remains back to the States can be very expensive. Here is a link to some travel insurance providers. Your travel agency can provide additional carriers.

Lastly, share a copy of your itinerary, daily schedule, hotels, mode of travel, cities, people visited if any, etc. with a relative or trusted agent back home. Don't forget to bring along a copy of your medical prescriptions and foto copies of your US Passport and credit cards. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your US Passport does not expire for at least six months after your travel departure date.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:

#1  DAN-Divers Alert Network
Any where, any time.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Russians don't shit without a plan, son...
Posted by: Adm. Painter || 07/10/2021 0:39 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Terrifying moment teenage boy's 88mph golf ball is struck by lightning just a few feet away from driving range during thunderstorm
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:


Posted by: Jomp Ebbinemble8193 || 07/10/2021 3:32 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Even the gods don't like golfers.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/10/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||

#4  "Nearly frightened to death" To say nothing about nearly getting struck by lightening.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/10/2021 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Is that a one-stroke penalty? Where do you take the drop?
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 12:50 Comments || Top||

#6  If you get caught out on the links in a thunderstorm, make your way back to the clubhouse asap, while holding your 1-iron high in the air.

Because even God can't hit a 1-iron.
Posted by: KBK || 07/10/2021 19:58 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Tennessee farmer wins injunction against USDA in race-based loan forgiveness program
[Just The News] A federal judge in Tennessee has ruled in favor of a Tennessee farmer, granting an injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its effort to grant federal loan forgiveness to only "non-whites."

The Southeastern Legal Foundation and the Mountain States Legal Foundation joined to represent Union City farmer Robert Holman as he challenges a provision in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that allows for automatic loan forgiveness up to 120% of the federal loan for farmers or ranchers who are "socially disadvantaged," which is defined as "Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, or Asian, or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander."

The legal ruling estimated while there was not a cap on the amount of loans that could be granted, $3.8 billion had been allocated to the program and, without an injunction, those funds might be gone before the case is resolved.

A case in Wisconsin granted a temporary restraining order against the USDA loan program, but Thursday's ruling from U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson created an injunction against the USDA, halting the distribution of funds through the program until the case is fully resolved.

"The reason that is so vital is then the USDA cannot spend all the money and come to court and state that this is now a moot point," said Braden Boucek, director of litigation for the Southeastern Legal Foundation. "Now the government will have to bring new information to show that it has the legal basis to do this, and this is the only way to remedy it."

Anderson took the Wisconsin case into account in his ruling, along with similar cases against the USDA in Texas and Florida, and the case of Tennessee restaurant owner Antonio Vitolo, owner of Jake's Bar and Grill in Harriman.

Vitolo also was granted an injunction related to an ARPA initiative aimed at minority restaurant owners.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [56 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
You Can't Lecture Us On Democracy, Zimbabwe President Tells U.S.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  just shut the fuck up
Posted by: Chris || 07/10/2021 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Bizarre as to defy intelligent comment.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 0:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Care to discuss your rates of inflation, Mugabe Jr.?
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 0:38 Comments || Top||

#4  I dunno. We both have stolen elections. As for inflation, yeah, theirs was faster than ours, but I recently paid $2.95 for a nickle candy bar.
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 0:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Asshole has a point. We need to work on ourselves. A lot. We can back off giving sanctimonious lectures to African countries for a while. The only people affected will be Ivy League employees of the State Department, and F them already.
Posted by: Knuckles Slererong5344 || 07/10/2021 3:13 Comments || Top||

#6  "But for the right price, China can lecture us on democracy all they want."
Posted by: Matt || 07/10/2021 13:10 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Update - Two US fellas involved in Moïse shooting claim to be translators hired by 'Mike'
[MAIL] Two US citizens arrested over the assassination of Jovenel Moïse have allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him.
"we were working for the real President, Stacey Abrams"
Haitian-born American citizens James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, are said to have confessed to being involved in Wednesday's early morning raid that left Moïse dead and his wife fighting for her life.

Vincent allegedly claimed the plot was orchestrated by a foreigner named 'Mike' who spoke English and Spanish, they planned to take Moïse to the National Palace and the plot was devised over the course of a month in a hotel in Pétion-Ville.

Deputy justice of the peace Judge Clément Noël told Le Nouvelliste the two men, who both live in Florida, said 'the mission was to arrest President Jovenel Moïse, within the framework of the execution of a mandate of an investigating judge and not to kill him.'

Solages said he 'found this job on the internet', Noël told the outlet.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Had no idea, and I'd like a lawyer, please.

M- no, wait, never mind.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/10/2021 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Must have skipped class on the day they did cover stories.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Big Mike?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/10/2021 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ No, the other one.
Posted by: Matt || 07/10/2021 12:57 Comments || Top||

#5  So - no Jason Bourne angle?
Posted by: Raj || 07/10/2021 19:26 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
So.... what ARE you going to do Joe? Biden calls Putin and warns him for the SECOND time to deal with hackers and says there will be consequences if Russian cyber criminals attack the US again
Related: John Kerry will fly to Russia to discuss CLIMATE CHANGE amid furious criticism of Biden's 'weakness ' in response to Putin and the ransomware attacks
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "And don't interfere in 2022 elections either!"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 3:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Biden's calls will likely be rolling over to voice mail.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/10/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 Yes, and Tsar Vlad and the boys will get blasted and proceed to herniate themselves with laughter at each replay.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/10/2021 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  To quote the great political theorist Eliza Doolittle, "Words, words, words, I'm so sick of words."

The fecklessness of this administration is depressing.
Posted by: Tom || 07/10/2021 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  And if he doesn't "cut it out," he'll get another harsh talking to.

Maybe send Hunter with bags of cash (less 20% and 10% for TBG)?
Posted by: Nero Hatrack1489 || 07/10/2021 16:30 Comments || Top||

Biden calls Putin and warns him for the SECOND time to deal with hackers...
Putin being told of Biden's call...
Posted by: Blinky Shith9357 || 07/10/2021 16:48 Comments || Top||

#7  And this year Charlie Brown expects Lucy to hold the football

Whata maroon
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 17:38 Comments || Top||

46 foreign recon birds spotted near Russian borders
Direct translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] A total of 46 foreign reconnaissance aircraft approached the state border of Russia during the week. This was reported on July 9 by the official publication of the Ministry of Defense "Krasnaya Zvezda".

Also during the week, five foreign drones were recorded carrying out aerial reconnaissance along the Russian borders.

All of these objects were reportedly accompanied by Russian radar stations. In order to prevent the violation of the state border, fighters from the air defense forces on duty rose into the sky four times.

According to the Ministry of Defense, there were no violations of the airspace of the Russian Federation in any of the episodes.

Posted by: badanov || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Jomp Ebbinemble8193 || 07/10/2021 4:29 Comments || Top||

#2  All of these objects were reportedly accompanied by Russian radar stations

Hmmmm. Entire buildings?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/10/2021 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  See ISS UFOs
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 14:47 Comments || Top||

#4  reportedly accompanied

Probably some weird Russian word meaning monitored...
Yandex translates it as "under maintenance|escort|accompaniment".

I get that people want their own language, what with tribalism and all, but do you really need a different word for everything? The world would go around much faster if people would speak English like everyone else.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 15:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Russian language is extremely context sensitive.

Some phrases in Russian don't make sense in English. The closest analog is idioms.

Additionally, there are several concepts that are defined by a single word that cant be defined in Russian without using a number of words which could in translation confuse the translation,

Conversely, there are some concepts in English that require several words, a phrase or an idiom that the Russian use a single word.

So, the phrase that Russian radar stations accompanied the targets make perfect sense.
Posted by: badanov || 07/10/2021 22:45 Comments || Top||

'I had to take off my $800 sneakers and cut my own grass': Mass labor shortage in the exclusive Hamptons leaves the rich to cut their own lawns, do their own laundry and even paint their own nails
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Mass labor shortage has left the privileged residents of the Hamptons fending for themselves

  • As real estate skyrockets, summer workers are having difficulty finding rentals for the season, leaving restaurants and shops shorthanded

  • Other factors include a sweeping ban on J-1 work visas in 2020 and reluctance for hospitality staff to re-enter the industry after the pandemic

  • According to a Joblist survey, hospitality jobs are unpopular, with 38% of former hospitality workers saying they're not considering returning

  • In addition, residents have had to lower their beauty standards due to salons being shorthanded, having to go without a visit to their local salon

  • 'Everyone's going for the natural look this year. If you see unpainted nails, you know they just can't get an appointment,' one resident told Vanity Fair
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 00:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bee? Not Bee.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/10/2021 3:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Just and an example for the Rich...

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
or do real work against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? Yes, of course,
To launder, to clean, to wash a Bentley, to sweep
and more; and by a sweep to say we work our backend off. Oh, the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that my flesh is heir to, 'tis a revelation
about the washers of the dish. To cook, to clean, and remain serene. Oh my bed, to sleep, perchance to dream, Oy, where's the rub ?

Its in the former gardener's medicine cabinet.
Posted by: Jomp Ebbinemble8193 || 07/10/2021 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Down $1
Posted by: Big Tojo4371 || 07/10/2021 7:03 Comments || Top||

#4  And so the start, by the usual suspects, to repeal the 13th Amendment.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 7:48 Comments || Top||

#5  the horror
Posted by: 746 || 07/10/2021 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Just wait until the woke people in the Hamptons discover that laundry involves separating white things from colored. The racism! The horror!
Posted by: Tom || 07/10/2021 11:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Lost a dollar.

Didn't even think they knew how to turn the machine on.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/10/2021 11:17 Comments || Top||

#8  ...they have internet access for how-to vids.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/10/2021 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  "I woke up in the morning,
Both cars were gone.
I felt so low-down,
I threw my drink across the lawn."
-- poorly remembered snippet from a Martin Mull concert
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 12:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Good. Don't need yard slaves then.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/10/2021 13:26 Comments || Top||

#11  Been mowing lawns since I was a kid. First my dad's and then my own. Scooping the poop and raking the leaves too. Raking the leaves is tedious but I still do it. Actually pulling weeds by the roots. Now that's hard work and tough on the butt muscles.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 14:26 Comments || Top||

#12  Our church had a volunteer work day once. The minister showed up wearing blue jeans with polished leather loafers instead of work boots or running shoes or just about anything less casual. That, I thought, was a serious fashion faux pas. In fact, it gave me the impression that the man is unaccustomed to sweating or getting his hands dirty.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/10/2021 14:33 Comments || Top||

#13  Hamptons Lawnmower
Posted by: Blinky Shith9357 || 07/10/2021 17:19 Comments || Top||

#14  Not Bee™ -- oh, well, down 1$
Posted by: magpie || 07/10/2021 23:29 Comments || Top||

Loud blast in Tehran caused by ‘unknown object,’ none hurt
Possibly something overheating or worn out equipment giving up. Possibly Mossad having their little joke...
Update at 11:35 p.m. ET per Skidmark’s link in comments: Just a stun grenade, so moving article to Page 3: Non-WoT.
[IsraelTimes] Explosion said to occur in a park, with no damage to property.

A large explosion shook Tehran on Friday night, with the cause not immediately clear.

Rooters quoted state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
as saying "an unknown object went kaboom!" in a park, without causing damage or casualties.

Firefighting teams were dispatched to the scene.

Monday saw a kaboom outside Tehran, reportedly at a state-owned warehouse. The site was near factories of several major companies.

Numerous explosions have been reported over the past few years in complexes vital to Iran’s nuclear program and its energy and military sectors, notably including alleged sabotage at the Natanz nuclear plant.

Earlier Friday Iran’s railroad system came under cyberattack, with hackers posting fake messages about alleged train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the country. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that the hack led to "unprecedented chaos" at rail stations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/10/2021 00:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bad falafal?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/10/2021 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Iranian Park
Before & After

Posted by: Bugs Thromorong1675 || 07/10/2021 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Seriously? The very term 'Iranian Railroad System' conjures a spiral of inherently comedic images, but 'unprecedented chaos'. What must they have done now. Certainly a shame that there is no humor in Islam because they produce enough comedy.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/10/2021 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Large explosion in Tehran near state TV, radio headquarters
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/10/2021 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  to bad it wasn't a nuke
Posted by: Chris || 07/10/2021 18:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Just a stun grenade, according to Skidmark’s link. I’ll move the article to Page 3: Non-WoT, since no people or property were harmed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/10/2021 23:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Quite the fire from just a 'stun grenade'. Color me skeptical.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/10/2021 23:55 Comments || Top||

Celebratory gunfire killed a pregnant mother in Syria's Qamishli; AANES' Interior Minister calls the shooters ''murderers''
Posted by: Fred || 07/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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