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-Lurid Crime Tales-
New York Man Attacked on Bus Just for ‘Being White'
[Breitbart] Police in New York City are looking for an African American man who they say attacked a man on a city bus just because the victim was white. The attack reportedly occurred on Monday, July 30, at about 10 AM in Brooklyn, Fox 5 New York reported.

Police say that a 29-year-old white man was riding the bus on Fulton Street when a black man approached him, yelled racial epithets, and punched him in the face causing swelling and pain.

The attacker quickly jumped off the bus at Fulton and Bond Street, witnesses said.

CCTV surveillance video released by the NYPD shows a black man dressed all in black and wearing a baseball cap backwards walking away from the bus stop. The suspect had a gray back pack. He is approximately five foot ten inches tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds. He also had an earring in his left ear.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 08:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gee, I wonder who fuels this hate? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/03/2018 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't true until the MSM reports it.
Posted by: gorb || 08/03/2018 10:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I've had black guys say " you pejedice" I say no I not pejudice. you pejudice....

being big and kind of scary looking helps these days if your a white guy
Posted by: 746 || 08/03/2018 10:42 Comments || Top||

#4  hard to get the accent down in letters and words
Posted by: 746 || 08/03/2018 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Guess he shoulda been riding in the front.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 16:05 Comments || Top||

#6  And that's why no jury of his peers will convict Michael Drejka.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 16:54 Comments || Top||


Seth Rich: judge dismisses lawsuit over Fox News story on DNC staffer's death
[Guardian] A lawsuit brought against Fox News by the parents of a Democratic National Committee employee killed in 2016 was dismissed Thursday by a judge who said it lacked the detail necessary to proceed to trial.

The US district judge George Daniels said the lawsuit brought by Seth Rich’s parents required specific instances of wrongdoing by the defendants to survive.

The lawsuit claimed Fox News turned Seth’s death into a "political football" by claiming he had leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks during the presidential campaign.

The network removed the story a week after it was posted, saying it was not initially subjected to its "high degree of editorial scrutiny".
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  >The lawsuit claimed Fox News turned Seth’s death into a "political football" by claiming he had leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks during the presidential campaign.

Maybe they were reporting that KimDotCom said that Seth Rich provided him with these emails.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/03/2018 1:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Fox News was just saying what was on everyone's mind. No need to sue the messenger. Unless you're turning your son's death into a financial football.
Posted by: gorb || 08/03/2018 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Funny how this story has just vanished from any view. Is there any definitive description of what the investigation uncovered?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/03/2018 14:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Not funny at all.

The new Mueller indictments should definitively put the Seth Rich conspiracy to rest
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 16:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Those indictments against Russiam GRU officers who will never come to court, based on the forensic examination of DNC computers the FBU never examined?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/03/2018 17:04 Comments || Top||


Four California dentists, three of whom are brothers, arrested for 'gang raping a woman in their Las Vegas hotel suite'
[DailyMail]
  • Ali Badkoobehi, 30, Saman Edalat, 39, Sina Edalat, 34, and Poria Edalat, 30, are facing multiple charges including sexual assault and kidnapping

  • Victim claims she met Badkoobehi in a nightclub who invited her back to his Wynn Las Vegas hotel suite to carry on drinking

  • When she went back, she says he pinned her down, and his three friends - the Edalat brothers - came out and took tuns raping her

  • '(The victim) then begged for them to stop, asking to leave,' police report said

  • The California dentists, who were arrested on Saturday, all deny the claims and their lawyers says they have video evidence which contradicts the rape claim

  • They were released on their own recognizance after surrendering their passports
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Until now, I could never have imagined the word "dentist" being used as a euphemism.
Posted by: gorb || 08/03/2018 0:18 Comments || Top||

#2  You Dentite!
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 2:47 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 4:35 Comments || Top||

#4  >They were released on their own recognizance after surrendering their passports

That a hint they are not yanks?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/03/2018 6:25 Comments || Top||

#5  ...well, it doesn't appear they out of Compton.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/03/2018 7:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Better check their creds. That's not how you do a root canal.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/03/2018 9:28 Comments || Top||

#7  These California dentists doing some illegal drilling in Vegas?

"I went to him and had a great experience.
Thank you
Painless root canals and great looking veneer
Can't be any happier !"


At least one satisfied patient.

What kind of names are Ali Badkoobehi, Saman Edalat, Sina Edalat, and Poria Edalat? Turkish, Pakistani?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/03/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#8  What kind of names are Ali Badkoobehi, Saman Edalat, Sina Edalat, and Poria Edalat?

Well, the Edalat brothers were clearly in Vegas for the buffets.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 16:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Persian/Iranian
Posted by: charger || 08/03/2018 20:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Four dentists of Parsee extraction
Attend a convention... for action:
"A patient!" "Let's rape 'er..."
"And read her our paper..."
"'New treatment for faecal impaction.'"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/03/2018 20:27 Comments || Top||

#11  If Hemingway wrote for the Stooges...

I think I'll quit right there.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 08/03/2018 20:34 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Suspected Russian spy worked at US embassy for decade ‐ report
[IsraelTimes] Woman who had access to sensitive information let go after probe found she regularly met with Russian intel; Secret Service accused of cover-up

A suspected Russian spy worked at the US embassy in Moscow for a decade before being quietly dismissed last year, reports said Thursday.

The woman, a Russian national, was hired by the Secret Service and came under suspicion following a routine security sweep carried out by the State Department, according to sources quoted by the Guardian, which broke the story, and CNN.

The probe found she was having regular unauthorized meetings with the main Russian intelligence agency, the FSB.

"We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have," an official told CNN.

The woman had access to the Secret Service's intranet and email systems, the reports said, giving her a window into potentially sensitive data including the schedules of the US president and vice president.

But "she did not have access to highly classified information," the source told CNN.

Cover-up allegation
The Guardian meanwhile reported the Secret Service attempted to contain the embarrassment by letting her go when Russia ordered the removal of 750 personnel from the American embassy during a diplomatic spat that followed allegations of Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her]," a source told the British newspaper.

"The damage was already done but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if [she] recruited any other employees to provide her with more information.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is this even news?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||


#3  Sorry, I meant in the context of expecting embassy workers to be spies.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 16:17 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply
[DAWN] The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
received a new letter from North Korean leader 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...
and responded quickly with a letter of his own.

The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearisation.

Trump early Thursday tweeted his thanks to the North Korean leader "for your nice letter I look forward to seeing you soon!"


Posted by: Fred || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Chinese tariffs muck up market for U.S. pig parts and hog farmers
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More doom and gloom from the mainstream media.

The tariffs are hurting China bad. The dollar is doing very well against the yuan.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/03/2018 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  That's offal!
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 10:05 Comments || Top||


#4  Skid - to your room!

/Pappy
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2018 21:45 Comments || Top||


Europe
YouTube meddles in Swedish election as it removes documentary about Nazi related history of leftist party
h/t Gates of Vienna
A video, produced by the right-wing Sweden Democrats party, has been deleted by YouTube. The video shows the ’Nazi related’ history of their opponents, the far left Social Democrats.

The video has been removed because "it violates YouTube’s Community Guidelines", according to the message that YouTube displays when people try to access the documentary.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 06:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  my now deceased Norweigan grandmother wasnt too keen on the Swedes and their Natzi sympathies
Posted by: 746 || 08/03/2018 10:44 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Lee Wins GOP Nomination for Governor of Tennessee
[Townhall] Outsider gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee won the Republican primary for Tennessee governor Thursday, beating a crowded field of well-funded candidates, including Rep. Diane Black, who was endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence and was favored to win the nomination.
"Today is a victory for Tennesseans who want an outsider, for people who want Tennessee not only to be an even better place to live for six-and-a-half million people, but for Tennessee to lead the nation," Lee said. "Tonight, we celebrate, but tomorrow we get back to work."

Lee, a construction executive, won 37 percent of the vote, followed by Boyd (24 percent), Black (23 percent), and Harwell (roughly 15 percent).
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 09:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The peasants are revolting?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 10:12 Comments || Top||

#2  "Tonight, we celebrate, but tomorrow we get back to work."

That's gonna trigger a few lefties!
Posted by: Raj || 08/03/2018 12:28 Comments || Top||

#3  They're 'pre-triggered' already, Raj
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/03/2018 16:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Rep. Diane Black, who was endorsed by Vice President Mike Pence and was favored to win the nomination.
I don't know where they got that she was favored. All I heard about her from people I talked to said since she was a career politician They wanted someone new. Polls are not nesesarily right.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 08/03/2018 19:38 Comments || Top||

#5  He better beat Bredesen, who's another lib in moderate clothes
Posted by: Frank G || 08/03/2018 21:47 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Defense News: One possible job for SpaceX’s BFR? Taking the Air Force’s cargo in and out of space.
Title Link is the Redit Discussion here is the [Defense News] story:
Defense News Story
Air Force Gen. Carlton Everhart, who heads Air Mobility Command, believes it could happen within the next five to 10 years, he told reporters on August 2.

Everhart visited the headquarters of SpaceX and Virgin Orbit last week — he hopes to get to the Jeff Bezos’-owned Blue Origin sometime soon — to talk about how emerging space technologies could be used by the Air Force’s air mobility fleet, which transports people, cargo and fuel all over the world.

SpaceX executives “tell me that they can go around the globe in 30 minutes with a BFR,” Everhart said, referencing the next-generation, reusable rocket under development by the company.

“Think about this. Thirty minutes, 150 metric tons, [and] less than the cost of a C-5,” he continued. In comparison, it would take the service’s cargo aircraft take anywhere from eight to 10 hours to get to the other side of the world.

“The technology is there, now we need to experiment with it,” he said. “What kinds of fuel does it need? What parts do you have to have? Does it go offshore? Does it go onshore? What kind of a footprint does it take? All the logistical things that go with it from the logistical side, that’s what I’m working [on] with industry.”
Posted by: 3dc || 08/03/2018 01:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  150t? Just drop 150t of rebar concrete columns with aerodynamic hardened steel caps, some guidance fins and a JDAM kit. Let 50 (3t each) smack into a target at suborbital velocities released at high altitude, with a CEP of less than 20 meters, pretty much ruin anyone's day thats at the point of impact.

Dug in deep? Try **five** of the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) (30t each) Bunker Busters.

How about a crazy back of the envelope scenario? Here ya go.

Fill it up with Mk 82 500lb bombs. Use the GBU-38 guided variety (Mk82 500lb with a JDAM kit). At nominal 500lbs apiece, that's 600 of them, guided, all hitting at roughly the same time. The worlds biggest TOT.

What would be the effect? Laid out in a 17 x 35 pattern, based on a standard steel cased Mk 82 lethal zone of 80m x 30m, this would take out a 1.36Km x 1.05Km area. If you go with the PFB-82 casing, the lethal fragmentation zone jumps to 240m by 80m, meaning 4.08km by 2.8km with the same 17x35 grid.

For reference, Central Park in NYC is roughly 4km by 1km. So you could wipe out Central Park twice over.

And dont forget the crater: roughly 15m x 10m. So imagine a grid of 15m wide 11m deep craters, that are spaced roughly 40m apart. If you go dense pack for maximizing cratering you can completely rubble an area roughly 80 meters on a side (or 87 or so meters diameter if a circle pattern deployment is used). For comparison, the Cactus Dome nuclear crater on Eniwetok was 110m across.

Rods from god? More like Concrete from Canaveral, but probably highly effective if you have a target worth the money.

Thanks Elon!

Posted by: OldSpook || 08/03/2018 4:15 Comments || Top||

#2  OldSpook - For a BFR launch Elon is talking roughly 250 to 500 thousand dollars.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/03/2018 6:32 Comments || Top||

#3  For a BFR launch Elon is talking roughly 250 to 500 thousand dollars.

A Falcon 9 currently costs about $ 60 million, and a Falcon 9H currently costs $ 90 million per launch.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/03/2018 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Add an orbital debris net/scoop with some packing automation. Launch an empty shell and load mass containers in orbit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 10:00 Comments || Top||

#5 
Posted by: 3dc || 08/03/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||


#7  3dc: I don't see any numbers in that chart.

My feeling is still what it was earlier, in case you missed it. I think SpaceX currently has a Ford Trimotor equivalent in a world of Sopwith Camels. They stand on the edge of being able to make a DC-3 of the space age.

And instead they're going to try to make a Spruce Goose.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/03/2018 19:14 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran's unsubtle threat to Donald Trump: ‘Embargo our oil, we'll choke yours'
[news.com.au] IF the world’s economy had a jugular vein, it would be the Strait of Hormuz. It’s a narrow channel linking the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea. And through it flows the lifeblood of the world ‐ oil.

And Iran has it within its grip.

US President Donald Trump has unleashed his characteristically fiery rhetoric at the Shia state, as well as abandoned an international nuclear pact while threatening sanctions.

Iran’s foreign minister replied in kind: "COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them ‐ albeit more civilised ones ‐ for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!"

President Trump ordered new sanctions against Iran on Monday. Iran’s leadership has replied by threatening to shut down the Strait if it is barred from exporting oil.

Yesterday, Iranian naval commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said his military was ready to close the strait if ordered to do so. These exercises demonstrate it is willing and capable.
All war plans lead inexorably to victory until the enemy responds. Lots of details at the link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/03/2018 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're going to give money to envirofreaks?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/03/2018 4:32 Comments || Top||

#2  "Even more money"
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/03/2018 5:49 Comments || Top||

#3  They talk tough now but then again the guns and missiles aren't flying right now.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/03/2018 10:06 Comments || Top||


#5  And Iran has it within its grip.

Illusory grip, that is. If this were a game, and I had the choice of playing Iran's hand or the world's, there wouldn't be much of a decision to make. Put a knife to the mullah's throats and they'll call the whole thing off.
Posted by: gorb || 08/03/2018 10:41 Comments || Top||

#6  They may want to rethink that strategy. This isn't Obumble and his tranny, butt boffing idiots in charge.

Trump will let Mathis off the leash and the Navy will rain holy hell and fire on Iran.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/03/2018 10:47 Comments || Top||

#7  American oil and gas don't need to go through the Strait.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/03/2018 11:23 Comments || Top||

#8  The response of Adam Smith’s invisible hand:

Oil Edges Lower on Surprise U.S. Crude Stockpile Build

Like all the missiles shot at President Trump that circle round to hit those on the Left, this one will not hit America. In fact, our many oil producers will profit from rising prices supporting increased production. The part of the world that gets their oil primarily from the Persian Gulf, however...
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/03/2018 13:44 Comments || Top||

#9  American oil and gas don't need to go through the Strait.

No, but pipelines et al have to go through an equally dangerous enemy, the EPA, part of Deep State and local mullahs potentates (see: Cuomo).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/03/2018 15:11 Comments || Top||

#10  The same strategy will work on them P2k.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/03/2018 16:14 Comments || Top||

#11  pfft! Everyone always threatens, but noone actually delivers. Booooooring....
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/03/2018 19:43 Comments || Top||

#12  The part of the world that gets their oil primarily from the Persian Gulf, however...

See e.g., China. Heck of a way to win the trade war Mr. President. High marks if it actually happens.
Posted by: Sloluque Ulairt3505 || 08/03/2018 20:56 Comments || Top||



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Fri 2018-08-03
  Jordan army clashes with Islamic State militants fleeing Syrian forces
Thu 2018-08-02
  Egypt police kill five members of terrorist group Hasm in Nile Delta shootout
Wed 2018-08-01
  Man arrested after suspected homemade explosive device found at Vereeniging, South Africa mosque
Tue 2018-07-31
  It was terrorism: Iran denies any role in deadly Tajikistan attack
Mon 2018-07-30
  2 killed in Gaza blast during attempted launch of projectile toward Israel
Sun 2018-07-29
  Duterte invites the Abu Sayyaf to peace talks
Sat 2018-07-28
  Police enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, clash with worshipers in Temple Mount riots
Fri 2018-07-27
  Imran to be next PM
Thu 2018-07-26
  Houthis send missiles at tankers transiting from the Red Sea
Wed 2018-07-25
  Russian Air Force launches more than 40 airstrikes over southwest Syria
Tue 2018-07-24
  2 Syrian missiles with half-ton warheads trigger Israel's anti-missile system
Mon 2018-07-23
  Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns
Sun 2018-07-22
  Iraq protests death toll reaches 11 amid ongoing popular unrest
Sat 2018-07-21
  Rebels handover more towns to ISIS in southwest Syria
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  Senegal convicts 13 suspected Boko Haram fighters

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