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Woman killed after shots fired during violent riots in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case
NEW YORK (AP) -- An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader.

Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was living in the U.S. illegally for unpaid "labor and services" and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Keith Raniere, the lead of a group called NXIVM.

Bronfman - the 40-year-old daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. - told the judge that she had wanted to help people through NXIVM but ended up dishonoring her family.

"Your honor, I was afforded a great gift by my grandfather and father," Bronfman said. "With the gift, comes immense privilege and more importantly, tremendous responsibility. It does not come with an ability to break the law."

She added: "For this, I am truly sorry."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2019 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6559 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The allure of Bad Boys
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/20/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Seagram's liquor sucks...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry... that she got caught?
Posted by: Raj || 04/20/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Seagram's liquor sucks...

Does it still come in a plastic bottle?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Seagram's liquor sucks...

Cleans bugs off the windshield.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 12:58 Comments || Top||

#6  It’s Hillary Clinton, of course – Art Voice identifies presidential candidate DOJ claims Nxivm sex-cult illegally supported.

I wonder if either HRC or Slick availed themselves of the ahem services (extra to campaign financing) of NXIVM?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/20/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Does it still come in a plastic bottle?
I like that my Captain Morgan spiced rum and my ginger ale come in plastic bottles - handy to take to the beach...
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||

Virginia dad could face the death penalty for shooting dead his daughter, 18, and the teenage niece who he got pregnant
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Authorities say Abdool Zaman, 39, killed his daughter, Vanessa Zaman, and niece, Leona Samlall, both 18, when they tried to escape his home late last year

  • Vanessa reportedly moved in with her estranged dad in 2018 when she became a legal adult, going against the wishes of her mother, Saveeta Barnes

  • Barnes said her daughter later realized Abdool was abusing his girlfriend, Leona, before realizing Leona was also his niece

  • Leona had reportedly been missing from her mother's home for two years

  • Vanessa was trying to take Leona back to Leona's mother on December 13 when Abdool drove up and shot both teens in Highland Springs, Virginia

  • Abdool recently had his 2nd-degree murder charges upgraded to capital murder
According to Caribbean News Den, the gentleman’s full name is Abdool Z. Zaman, and he is from Guyana.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A Virginia dad, is he?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 11:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Abdool is a common name back in the hills 'n hollers.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#3  And now, get ready for another exciting round of Hillbilly Joke or Culture of Islam! Place your bets, folks, place your bets, current odds and payout is 1:1.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/20/2019 13:48 Comments || Top||

#4  2nd degree I guess because it just couldn't be premeditated by Abdrool? Bet he didn't mean it. Certainly no planning. Prob AD, twice.

stalking the teens
drove up to them in a car
gun in the car
shot both of them, dead
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 15:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Honour killing?
Posted by: gorb || 04/20/2019 23:05 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
1,000 unvaccinated Brooklyn children received the MMR shot this week after New York City declared a state of emergency to control the measles outbreak
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] One thousand children in Brooklyn's measles epicenter have received the MMR vaccine in the week since a state of emergency was declared, the Mayor announced today.

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the mandatory vaccination of everyone - children and adults - in four Brooklyn ZIP codes affected by the outbreak of 329 measles cases and counting.

He said 3,300 children in Williamsburg - the epicenter of the outbreak - had not received their shots.

On Friday morning, de Blasio told Brian Lehrer on WNYC that now almost a third of them have complied.

Others have refused, however - driving health officials to shutter five schools and summon three parents to court, where they could face a $1,000 fine or jail time.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6594 views] Top|| File under:

#1  LAX travelers warned about possible measles exposure again
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 8:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't know so many weird white people living in compounds occupied NYC. Very peculiar.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/20/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#3  weird white people living in compounds

Usually, you have to go to Texas or Idaho for that sort of thing.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 11:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Kansas has its communities which get treated by the Wichita News as Weird White People, who they roll out whenever some disease breaks out in Wichita, quietly ignoring that Wichita is an official sanctuary city.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/20/2019 13:54 Comments || Top||

#5  I need a DPT booster but insurance doesn't cover and not many places around here have it. Guess I'll have to suck it up and pay the $100 plus.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2019 18:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Tried GoodRX, Glenmore?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 23:10 Comments || Top||

Locust outbreak is spreading to #Iran, threatening crops & food security in at least 6 provinces.

Locust are good protein.
Just saying.
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Locust are good protein.

The only insect that’s kosher, too. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2019 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Olde testament stuff
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/20/2019 1:07 Comments || Top||

#3  So is this the Black Horse of famine?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/20/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  That's what you get for messing with Israel.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Was just out mowing the weeds here and disturbed a lot of locusts. They haven't made a dent in the weeds. Good thing we went to Stations of the Cross yesterday...
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

#6  You should see cricket infestations in Brawley...
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 19:16 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Clint Eastwood to Direct Movie About Fake News Victim Richard Jewell
[Breitbart] Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood is circling The Ballad of Richard Jewell as his next project, the tragic story about an early victim of our fake news media.

Jewell was a 34-year-old security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and at first he was rightfully hailed as a hero after he discovered a backpack filled with explosives and risked his own life to evacuate the area. After the bomb went off, dozens were injured and one person was killed. There is no question, though, that many, many more would have died had Jewell not sounded the alarm.

Unfortunately for Jewell, the acclaim didn’t last long. He was overweight, white, and a southerner ‐ the perfect target for our left-wing media... And so, three days later the media reported the F.B.I. was looking at him as a possible suspect. There was zero evidence against Jewell. The entire story was based on a criminal profile of the bomber.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched the hate campaign by comparing Jewell to the serial killer behind a horrible series of child murders in Atlanta.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2019 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He lived with his mother. In a trailer. He was the perfect target.

Still today people think he did it. Fake news that found a working class victim and attacked.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/20/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

#2  He was perhaps the prototype of what Steve Sailer calls The Great White Defendant...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 5:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Another reason the libel laws needed a major overhaul and the leaking FBI leadership purged. Make news as financially accountable as they have wanted businesses and corporations for faulty products and indifference to anything but the bottom line.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/20/2019 7:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Jewell was the easy 25 meter target. Much more time and resources would be required to capture Eric Robert Rudolph.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Dr. Steven Hatfill nods
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 7:28 Comments || Top||

#6  If a doctor has a bad outcome (whether thru negligence or misfortune) for one patient, the malpractice lawyers are all over it. If the media lies (in a clearly intentional and conspiratorial way) to millions of people? Crickets...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Aren't we all victims of the Fake News?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 04/20/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Aren't we all victims of the Fake News?

Posted by: David Koresh || 04/20/2019 21:49 Comments || Top||

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order: police
[DAWN] A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday.

The death of the 19-year-old, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, last week sparked protests across the country, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved.

Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the religious seminary she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.

Police said on Friday that one of the 17 people placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
in connection with her death had accused the school's principal of ordering the attack.

The teacher "told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused", senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation, told AFP.

Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local cop shoppe chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as "not a big deal".

Iqbal said at least five of those under arrest, including three of Rafi's classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire.

"The plan was to pass the incident off as a suicide. But it fell through after Rafi managed to come downstairs while on fire because the scarf burnt and freed her hands and feet," he said.

Rafi suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and died in hospital on April 10.

But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal. "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime till my last breath," she said. She also identified some of her attackers.

The case has caused outrage in Bangladesh, with Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
vowing that "none of the culprits will be spared legal action."

Rights groups say the number of rape and sexual assault cases has increased in Bangladesh because authorities have failed to prosecute attackers.

"The horrifying murder of a brave woman who sought justice shows how badly the Bangladesh government has failed victims of sexual assault," Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

"Nusrat Jahan Rafi's death highlights the need for the Bangladesh government to take survivors of sexual assault seriously and ensure that they can safely seek a legal remedy and be protected from retaliation," she added.

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Prince Charles calls for an end to knife crime in his Easter message, saying anyone who commits 'such brutal deeds' must be brought to justice
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Except islamists. They get a pass.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/20/2019 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  What I found notable was the guy that should be able to make it happen, isn't.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 7:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Chuck gives an Easter message? Why?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/20/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

Labour deletes 'happy Passover' Twitter post after backlash over image of bread
[NEWS.SKY] Labour is facing a call to apologise for wishing Jews a "happy Passover" with a graphic including a loaf of bread.

The week-long festival is celebrated annually in Judaism, during which observers are prohibited from eating leaven - a substance used to make baked dough rise.

All traces of it must be removed from the house to commemorate Jews led by Moses out of Egypt who did not have time to let their bread rise.

A post from Labour's Twitter account in the run up to Passover, which begins on Friday night, wished everyone "chag sameach" - Hebrew for happy holidays.

It included drawings of the Star of David, a glass and a loaf of bread.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm a Labour party hater, but I can't really see what the big problem is here.

I have a food intolerance to yeast so every day i passover the bread aisle.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/20/2019 5:47 Comments || Top||

#2  "Happy Eid" with a baked ham graphic would be OK?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 5:48 Comments || Top||

#3  The Holy Bacon...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 6:01 Comments || Top||

#4  So, no wine or beer?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 7:09 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Bolton threatens to use Monroe Doctrine against Venezuela
[ALMASDARNEWS] National Security Adviser John Bolton has signalled the US administration’s readiness to use the Monroe Doctrine in its policies towards Latin America.

The Monroe Doctrine, which was announced by US President James Monroe in 1823, aimed to oppose European colonialism in the Americas. The document declared that any action by any European power directed against independent nations in North and South America would be considered hostile by the United States.

"Today, we proudly proclaim for all to hear: the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well", Bolton told the Bay of Pigs veterans group in Miami on Wednesday, lauding the Americas as an "incredible region" which he said "must remain free from internal despotism and external domination".

He claimed that "the destinies of our nations will not be dictated by foreign powers" and that "they will be shaped by the people who call this Hemisphere home".

In early March, Bolton also focused on the issue in an interview with CNN, during which he stressed that the US was applying the Monroe Doctrine to the situation in Venezuela. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the time slammed Bolton’s remarks as arrogant and insulting.

The Wednesday statement was made as Bolton announced a new spate of sanctions against Venezuela, including those that have been slapped on the Venezuelan Central Bank, a number of companies and nine ships.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6526 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Only we get to overthrow governments.

So sad Trump was outmaneuvered by neocons. I thought we were done with this invading countries bullshit. If Venezuelans want socialism then let them. None of our business.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/20/2019 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Neocons. *snort*
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 5:46 Comments || Top||

#3  The "con" part is true. The schtick is very old...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 6:00 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm all for anything that sucks the financial resources of our global opponents. Don't interfere with them. Everything else can be kabuki theater.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/20/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

#5  "If Venezuelans want socialism then let them."

They actually don't want it, Herb.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/20/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Maduro wants all the help he can get from Cubans, Russians and Chinamen but then, he's not starving like the majority of his fellow countrymen are.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#7  I’m fine with using force to end the suffering of the people of Venezuela. What I’m not ok with is the profiteering and massive ingratitude that will inevitably follow there, and the morons in elective office here spending billons on another nation building debacle with another rape of our public treasury by savvy NGOs and contractors. The sad truth is if that, then this is as certain as the sun rising and CNN lying.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/20/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#8  They actually don't want it, Herb.

Then why is Maduro still in power? It ain't 24 russkies.
Posted by: Herb Forkbeard3926 || 04/20/2019 21:45 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Malta to deny Russia access to airspace if they are supplying Venezuela
[AMN] The Maltese authorities have refused to allow Russia use their airspace in order to deliver supplies to the Venezuela, the U.S. Department of State said on Friday.

“We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro,” the new spokesperson for the Department of State, Morgan Ortagus, tweeted this morning.

Russia’s flight plan to Venezuela often includes flying over the Mediterranean Sea; however, with Malta denying Moscow access to their airspace, they will have to adjust their route in the future.

The Russian government recently delivered a large amount of aid to Venezuela, which was in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regulations.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is currently under heavy sanctions from the U.S. and several of their allies, while countries like Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran continue to aid the government of Nicolas Maduro.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6535 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Symbolic only - no Russia-Venezuela air routes seem to go through Maltese air space.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2019 18:34 Comments || Top||

Pompeo says he will continue to lead nuclear talks with N. Korea
[TWITTER] How do you say "bite me" in Korean, o-sipsi-o?

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  NKor trashes Bolton to avoid having him as an alternate.
“All things considered, his word has no charm in it and he looks dim-sighted to me.” DPRK UN Foreign Affairs Vice Minister on @AmbJohnBolton
Posted by: 3dc || 04/20/2019 13:45 Comments || Top||

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  do them rich bugs with the idiot remedial bugs (children)have to pay China for better results on their asat test?
Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 04/20/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Not to worry! Even though we rely on satellites for both military and commercial purposes, we can pretend ASAT weapons are prohibited by treaty so it's all good, bro.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||

Chinese, Nork ships collide, Chinese sinks

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  NK sinking Chinese ships? That's cute ... I would not want to be a NK captain just now.
Posted by: Beau || 04/20/2019 0:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Sunk ships sink loose lips.
Wonder what the contraband was and if there was a successful transfer before the sinking?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Interesting
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

France deploys military near Russian border with Estonia
[ALMASDARNEWS] A unit of 300 soldiers from the French Army and the Foreign Legion is expected to arrive in the Estonian town of Tapa, just 140 kilometres away from the Russian border, next week, according to La Belle France’s Embassy in Tallinn.

The troops will stay in Estonia until the end of August as a part of the FRA-EFP LYNX mission, which is aimed at boosting the alliance’s presence in the region. Gay Paree will also deploy five Leclerc tanks and 20 infantry fighting vehicles, including 13 VBCIs, which is a French version of Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAV). They will be transported to Estonia by rail.

This is not the first time that French forces have been present in Estonia, as they were also located in Tapa for ten months in 2017. In addition, in 2018, the French Air Force also patrolled Estonian airspace within the framework of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
’s Baltic air security mission.

This deployment is La Belle France’s contribution to NATO’s increased presence in the Baltic States and Poland. Their soldiers will replace the Belgian units serving with NATO’s British-led battle group in Tapa, according to the Estonian website ERR. The UK has 20 Challenger-2 tanks as well as 30 IFVs there. In addition, just recently, the UK also sent five Apache attack helicopters to the Amari Airbase in Estonia to join NATO’s "enhanced forward presence" along the alliance’s border with Russia.

The units are to take part in Estonia’s annual Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) drills, involving 10,000 troops, which are set to start on 29 April. As the Estonian news website reports, citing the country’s Ministry of Defence, NATO’s presence will also be increased further this year on the Baltic Sea ahead of the Baltic Protector and BALTOPS naval exercises.

Moscow has repeatedly voiced alarm over NATO’s unprecedented activities and boosting its presence in the region, citing the alleged "Russian threat". The Kremlin earlier stated that Russia poses no threat to anyone, but will not leave any potentially dangerous activities without attention.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Got the white flags ready to go, Pierre?
Posted by: Raj || 04/20/2019 6:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The FFL are expendables. 140K is a lot closer to Russia than Caracas is to the US. Playing games.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/20/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Is Napolean leading them?
Posted by: AlanC || 04/20/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#4  So they'll have a 140-kilometer head start when the Bear crosses the line.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#5  the French Air Force also patrolled Estonian airspace within the framework of NATO

Until the souffles began to fall?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 15:57 Comments || Top||

German Economy Heads for Worst Growth in Six Years
[Bloomberg] The German economy is turning into Europe’s underperformer, with the government now predicting 2019 will see the weakest expansion in six years.

Amid slowing global momentum and concerns over Brexit and trade disputes, the economy ministry on Wednesday cut its estimate to 0.5 percent, half the pace previously forecast. It’s the latest in a series of downward revisions from a 2.1 percent projection a year ago. Growth for next year is seen at 1.5 percent.

While there’s been a small improvement in business confidence, manufacturing in Germany remains mired in a deep slump. Based on European Commission forecasts for the rest of the euro area, the government’s latest prediction would leave Germany as the region’s worst performer this year, bar Italy, which is stagnating.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Might a contributing factor be a previous sizable influx of non-working 'migrants'? Just thinkin' out loud here...
Posted by: Raj || 04/20/2019 6:55 Comments || Top||

#2  A mere coincidence I am almost certain.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2019 6:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Bad Luck™
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes. People who are illiterate, culturally stunted, criminally inclined and all around backward "bring riches" as the Red Pope and Anhella Burka would tell you...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Pelosi calls them gifts of love.
Posted by: jpal || 04/20/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm as shocked! shocked! TM as you are that a country subsidising the migration of negative productivity people has seen it's average productivity drop.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/20/2019 13:34 Comments || Top||

Constable booked in Lahore for fraud marriages
[DAWN] The Misri Shah police on Thursday lodged a case against a constable for committing frauds by contracting multiple marriages to deprive women of their money and other valuables and torture of his most recent wife.

The case was registered against Constable Faisal Younis on the complaint of his 6th wife (A) over fraud and physically torturing her for not bringing money from her parents.

In her complaint, she alleged that some months after marriage in May 2018, Faisal started asking her to bring money from her parents and she did as per his wishes. He later demanded a cycle of violence, an LCD TV and an electric geyser and she acted as per his wish, she said and added that Faisal recently exerted pressure on her to force her parents to sell their house and give her a share.

The complainant said Faisal tortured her severely when she refused to meet his demand. She said she later stumbled on some documents in the house, pertaining to previous marriage certificates of Faisal. She was shocked when Faisal confirmed his previous five marriages and on further inquiry it appeared that he used to contract marriages with women to obtain money and valuables.

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China lands a win win with Belt and Road?
[ATimes] The pieces in Beijing’s massive puzzle are starting to come together..
Relentless reports that the New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), are a perfidious neo-imperial debt trap set up by Yellow Peril 2.0 are vastly exaggerated.

With less than one week to go before the next BRI forum in Beijing, a quick overview of what’s been happening in Europe and Southwest Asia may be quite enlightening.

Immediately after a successful 21st China-EU summit in Brussels, the 8th China-16+1 meeting in Dubrovnik focused on Central and Eastern Europe nations, ending up like a 17+1 – Greece is their newest member. So now we have 12 EU member states plus five Balkan nations committed to the BRI and wider business deals with Beijing.

The joint commitments of 17+1 are a “win-win” prodigy in itself. The Europeans exhort China to implement a real “level playing field,” and everyone enthusiastically supports the EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which Brussels and Beijing had already pledged to sign before the end of 2020.

The key takeaway is that 17+1 from now on will work in close cooperation with Brussels in all connectivity fronts including trade and customs, easing paranoid fears that Beijing is only interested in promoting Divide and Rule inside the EU.

Apart from forcefully investing in a détente with Brussels, Beijing, of course, keeps its own priorities. They focus especially on Greece and Croatia, while the courting of Italy after the signing of the BRI memorandum will also proceed unabated.

From the Baltics to the Mediterranean – specifically from Estonia to Greece – China seems to be configuring a new booming trade Intermarium, a mirror image of the combative anti-Russia Intermarium from the Baltics to the Black Sea that obsesses NATO.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  BRI is a red herring. It's the Chinese making the best of a horrible situation.

Transportation by land is 14 times more expensive than by sea. The US Navy rules the waves. BRI will never amount to anything.

But it sure is great watching our "allies" in old Europe cozy up to the commies. Some friends they are. Good luck with your new comrades, I'm sure they'll let them rip you off for $150 billion a year like Uncle Sam, I mean Uncle Sap does.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 04/20/2019 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  It's the Chinese making the best of a horrible situation.

"Horrible" how? If it were the US, you'd be bemoaning NeoCons and US Military-Industrial Hegemony™/Colonialism. You are transparent
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 6:00 Comments || Top||

#3  a perfidious neo-imperial debt trap set up by Yellow Peril 2.0 are vastly exaggerated.

Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#4  It looks to me like we and Russia should be on the same side, at least in a global sense. We are both going to lose ground to China on our own but together we might keep a balance.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/20/2019 18:37 Comments || Top||

#5  It looks to me like we and Russia should be on the same side, at least in a global sense. We are both going to lose ground to China on our own but together we might keep a balance.

Putin wants to play Italy to China's Germany in the next war. Maybe Putin thinks Russia is Germany to China's Italy. Who knows. The point is that he is, for some reason or other, joined at the waist with Xi Jinping. I'd say the primary reason is that China doesn't care about what conquests Russia makes as long as China gets a free hand in its targeted geography, the Western Pacific and possibly Central Asia. Whereas Washington will balk at Russian territorial expansion, even if the US and Russia are allied.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 04/20/2019 21:50 Comments || Top||

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Students of hellish Florida reform school describe being flogged
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Thank goodness this is now history.
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Middlebury College Cancels Conservative Philosopher's Lecture on Totalitarianism
[Free Beacon] Middlebury College has canceled a campus speech by conservative Polish Catholic philosopher Ryszard Legutko in response to planned protests by liberal activists.

A professor of philosophy at Jagiellonian University and a member of the European Parliament, Legutko was scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Vermont college's Alexander Hamilton Forum, delivering a lecture entitled "The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies." A member of the anti-Communist Polish resistance during the Cold War, Legutko warns that western democracy is also susceptible to creep towards totalitarianism.

But in the days leading up to the speech, some Middlebury students and professors wrote an open letter demanding the university rescind its sponsorship. The liberal activists took issue with Legutko's pointed critiques of multiculturalism, feminism, and homosexuality, calling them "homophobic, racist, xenophobic, [and] misogynistic."

"Inquiry, equity, and agency cannot be fostered in the same space that accepts and even elevates homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic discourse," they demand. "Bigotry of any kind should not be considered a form of inquiry."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/20/2019 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Proving the point
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2019 5:47 Comments || Top||

"Inquiry, equity, and agency cannot be fostered in the same space that accepts and even elevates homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic discourse, totalitarianism"

We'll save that for the purge of 'academia'
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/20/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Too bad we can't have conservative speakers who are also MMA fighters - send them in to speak and when the first soy-boys start acting up, just start kicking some ass, Bruce Lee style.
Posted by: Raj || 04/20/2019 7:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Raj is on the right track. As Berkeley demonstrated, we don't need MMA figters, just patriots ready to step up and reestablish their constitutional freedoms. When our speakers were getting cancelled, we simply held our own events, authorities be damned. When the li'l commies came out to try and stop us, we physically crushed them. Such effort wouldn't even be necessary in this particular case - just stand up to the damn crybullies. Unfrotunately, it's conservatives, not the Left, that have failed to learn the lessons of Berkeley.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 04/20/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#7  Can't have that guy speak. Makes the leadership of the college look bad.

Yeah, no need for MMA fighters. Just some vets. They'll wipe the floor with the soy boys.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/20/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#8  What is the opposite of Diversity?
(I forget where I stole that)

I'm so old I remember when the point of going to college was to get exposed to things you wouldn't find in your village back home.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2019 11:42 Comments || Top||

#9  The right has been tolerant of abusive tactics by the left for far too long. As the corrosion and erosion of decades of this has begun to endanger the foundations of our Republic is it time to begin asking a very dangerous question. If not now, when? If not here , where? If not us, who?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/20/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#10  No more federal research grants for Middlebury. No more climate change studies, gender studies, Chicano studies...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/20/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm so old I remember when the point of going to college was to get exposed to things you wouldn't find in your village back home.

They have medications for that now.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

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Home Front: Culture Wars
Look out Kathy: Man, 20, is charged with making threats to shoot Trump after posting on Facebook that he had a bullet 'chambered to blow his head off' at Michigan rally
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Indictment says Steffon Gonzalez, 20, posted on March 28 that he was 'standing outside the president's location with a bullet 'chambered' to 'blow his head off''

  • Trump had a rally that day in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Gonzalez lives in Hobart, about 145 miles (233 kilometers) southwest of Grand Rapids

  • He is charged with making threats against the president and obstruction of justice

  • The Hobart resident told agents that his account was hacked
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if his IP address was hacked, too.
Posted by: gorb || 04/20/2019 23:07 Comments || Top||

Kentucky restaurant slammed for 'LGBTQ' shirts deemed offensive
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How can people who are so completely certain they are in the right be so insecure?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/20/2019 5:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Gimme the short list - what isn't offensive to these folks?
Posted by: Raj || 04/20/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#3  what isn't offensive to these folks?

Personal lubricants.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/20/2019 7:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Your offense offends me.

Suck it up buttercup.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/20/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#5  Tried to purchase one of those shirts on Amazon but 'not found'.
Posted by: jpal || 04/20/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#6  The devil, that proud sprite, cannot bear to be mocked.
Posted by: Tom || 04/20/2019 14:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Their Facebook page is here. Incidentally, they are members of the Cincinnati food truck association.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2019 17:19 Comments || Top||

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