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-Lurid Crime Tales-
60 teenagers involved in massive brawl at Florida mall; 5 people arrested
[NYDAILYNEWS] A vicious brawl, involving more than 50 teenage boys and girls, erupted at a Florida mall.

The disturbing video of the fight was shared on social media, featuring a large group of teens pummeling each other outside a Rue 21 clothing store inside Orange Park Mall. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Saturday.

In the footage, several people are seen punching a girl on a couch. Behind them another group is seen fighting as a woman appears to try and calm things down.

A third and fourth group of teens are also seen fighting in the background.

According to WJIXT, the sheriff's office said up to 60 people may have been involved in the brawl. So far five people, including three juveniles, have been tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
A 20-year-old was taken into custody for trespassing after a warning and for resisting an officer without violence. A juvenile female was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and trespassing without warning.

Three other people were also arrested and released back to their parents.

The mother of one of the teens arrested, told WJIXT that her daughter was at the mall with friends to see a movie when another group of kids started bullying them. The mom, who did want to be identified, alleges her child was the one seen in the video getting attacked on the couch.

"They were walking around the mall bullying my daughter and her friends. My daughter and friends (were) minding their own business and the adult and the other girls starting picking on them and saying stuff," the mother said. "The adult spit in my daughter's face."

Police are still investigating the scuffle and are using the videos to identify other people involved.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [641 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's a quick trip from the subway.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Lack of diversity in those feral criminals.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/26/2017 7:00 Comments || Top||

#3  To bad they failed to encounter anyone who might have been armed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 7:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Dindu Nuffin and Friends™
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2017 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Ahhh, the 21st century! Ain't it a great time to be alive?
Posted by: Bobby || 04/26/2017 7:15 Comments || Top||

#6  What happened to "youths"?
Posted by: charger || 04/26/2017 18:20 Comments || Top||

#7 
O wonderful, innocent '80s
That spawned the things known as "young ladies,"
Already half feral
And, sadly, not sterile,
Now hair-hatted grannies from Hades!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 04/26/2017 23:43 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
The parable of the Good Samaritan lived out at Wallingford air crash
[News8] WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- As investigators try to piece together exactly what happened, a community is mourning the loss of a well-known doctor, Dr. Joseph Tomanelli.

"I immediately got out of the car the woman started running towards the crash. It was pretty intense the heat was pretty intense," said Meriden’s Dan Mercurio.

He says Good Samaritans did what they could on scene, and calls came into 9-1-1 around 6:00 p.m. last night. Before Mercurio recorded the fiery plane crash on his phone, he says he helped search for 56-year-old Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, hoping he was not on the plane.

"A civil air patrolman came out of the airport and said gee maybe the father was thrown from the plane into the landfill," said Mercurio.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 07:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You mean he was sued by the bystanders?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 15:36 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
‘Drunk guys in Silicon Valley are spineless': Man condemned for beating up robot
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 14:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:


Bring Back Smoking
[THEZMAN] Here’s soemthing else. Smoking rates began to decline in the middle of the last century, with the Baby Boomer interest in health. Nicotine is known to increase focus and increase your cognitive abilities. It’s why writers and computer programmers were all smokers. In fact, STEM fields in the 20th century were dominated by men who chain smoked at their desks. Anyone who has had to sit for hours working a math problem knows how exhausting it can be. Even a small boost in focus has enormous results.

What if the apparent uptick in Western IQ was accelerated by smoking? Tobacco was introduced to the West in the 16th century and its use increased steadily. By the 18th century, the use of tobacco was common. By the 19th century, smoking cigarettes was ubiquitous. Everyone smoked. It also corresponds with the Industrial Revolution. Once tobacco use became universal, Western technological progress took off like a rocket, culminating in a rocket literally taking off and putting men on the moon.

Once the anti-smoking crusades got a purchase in the 60’s and smoking rates declined, it does appear that the West began to decline. Perhaps that small boost to our cognitive ability had a huge impact on our intellectual achievements. Now that the crutch is gone, we’re doing idiotic things like putting minorities in charge and inviting in low-IQ barbarians from the fringes of civilization. Perhaps the lunacy that has gripped the West is simply the withdraw symptoms of kicking the habit.

Maybe we need to start smoking again.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I vote on the lowering of the voting age as a cause.
Also serving as mercenaries for the world.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 1:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Hear, hear!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:08 Comments || Top||

#3  The human body does not handle smoke intake very well at all. Even "medical weed" smoke.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/26/2017 14:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Once the anti-smoking crusades got a purchase in the 60’s and smoking rates declined, it does appear that the West began to decline. Perhaps that small boost to our cognitive ability had a huge impact on our intellectual achievements. Now that the crutch is gone, we’re doing idiotic things like putting minorities in charge and inviting in low-IQ barbarians from the fringes of civilization. Perhaps the lunacy that has gripped the West is simply the withdraw symptoms of kicking the habit.

Maybe we need to start smoking again.


On Wednesday, January 17, 1968, at 9:12 am, my Dad died at the ripe old age of 41. Two-pack-a-day man he was (I done wrote a pome about it here). I was 10. My sister was 6. My mother was 36. She was just a kid herself.

The kind of thinking cited in the post, to put it mildly, is bizarre, asinine, and even racist -- WTF does this fuqwad have against minorities in positions of authority?

The obtuse angle on my right shoulder says mebbe this was meant as a joke. The debbil on my left knows better and says nothing.
Posted by: JHH || 04/26/2017 17:26 Comments || Top||

#5  There's an uptick in Western IQs? It doesn't seem to be evident. Does IQ correlate with stupidity? Do we even have a stupidity test? IQ might be getting slightly higher but common sense and civility seem to be lacking.

Assume we are getting more stupid, I blame a politicized lefty educational system. Get the unions out of education (and the government as well). Get the Federal government out of education too.

Otherwise, I agree with Skidmark.

There are lot of health-related problems associated with smoking; COPD, lung-cancer, etc. that ought to indicate that smoking is not a good thing to do.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/26/2017 17:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Intelligence is finite. Stupidity is infinite. We may have crested a bit ago as we have far more people today than the 60s.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 18:02 Comments || Top||


Urban Turkeys Are Wreaking Havoc in Boston
[ATLASOBSCURA] Springtime in Boston means swan boats in the Public Gardens, bars blasting WEEI all night, and wild turkeys getting up in your face. Over the past couple of months, the birds have been making themselves known throughout the city, strutting down sidewalks, rushing at pets and people, and generally being hooligans.

It’s gotten so bad, the Boston Globe reports, that the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has sent out an explanation to residents, along with some safety tips.

"March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys, which means some turkeys may be seen acting aggressively," the missive begins. In past years, Massachusetts turkeys have formed a gang in Foxborough, made life hell for a Cape Cod mailman, and forcibly attempted to attend Harvard University, among other locally relevant crimes.

Lovestruck turkeys may also "completely ignore the presence of people." This second strategy was likely in play on April 6th, when two of the birds crossed six lanes of rush-hour traffic on I-95, forcing cars to swerve around them.

Other times, they just act plain weird. Those turkeys that got caught two-stepping in a circle around a dead cat in early March? Boston turkeys. Experts are still a bit stumped by that one, but think they may have originally been trying to suss out what they saw as a predator, and then got distracted by their own dance.

They also like to charge at shiny things. If they’re attacking something of yours--a cycle of violence mirror; a buffed hubcap--it’s probably because they’re angry at their own reflection. This problem can be solved by covering the offending object.

And if it seems like they’re targeting you? "The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
s may attempt to dominate or attack people that they view as subordinates," the officials write. Best of luck with that, gentle Beantown soul.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [869 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're not 'wreaking havoc', they're just annoying people. Get a grip.
Posted by: Raj || 04/26/2017 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Send a few people out with shotguns to supply the homeless shelter with meat and the problem will rapidly go away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, it's happening on the west coast too.
Turkeys disrupting everyday living.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 1:45 Comments || Top||

#4  What a bunch of turkeys.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 04/26/2017 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Read the headline and thought 'People'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/26/2017 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe we need more Thanksgivings for what we do have.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Democrats have been a problem here for a long time.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/26/2017 8:33 Comments || Top||

#8  And here I thought this was about the Kennedy/Kerry dynamic. Or maybe commencement plans at Harvard.
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/26/2017 8:42 Comments || Top||

#9  Strange how in some places turkeys wreak havoc and in others they are dinner.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/26/2017 9:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Yet another entirely predictable problem created by gun-free zones.
Posted by: Crusader || 04/26/2017 10:35 Comments || Top||

#11  Lovestruck turkeys may also "completely ignore the presence of people."

Um...not out here they don't.

And yes a turkey will wreck a toy car. Hitting an animal will wreck your car. Swerving will get you killed. That being said, pop a beer and I'll tell you about slaloming six deer. Wife still tells the tale.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/26/2017 13:10 Comments || Top||

#12  A story! Do tell, please, swksvolFF.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 13:37 Comments || Top||

#13  Hitting an animal will wreck your car.

Not if you have a roo or bull bar. Pretty much every vehicle in Western Australia outside Perth has one.

Although, this is a bit over the top.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/26/2017 15:09 Comments || Top||

#14  Not if you have a roo or bull bar. Pretty much every vehicle in Western Australia outside Perth has one.

Yup, took a buddy up to the place for one after he hit a Clydesdale, story for another time.

So. No sht there I was...just kidding. Once a future wife and I were returning from a weekend of good times with city friends. Last 20 minutes of a six hour drive; we could smell home. It is deer country, dusk so too dark to see anything but too bright for the lights to work, including seeing the retina reflections of critters. Dangerous section of road with a couple tight turns which throw a couple trucks off them each year, no shoulder, steep ditch. Get through all that and take a breath...and there in the evening shadows of a grove a trees is a deer in my lane. I get half-firm on the brakes (no anti-lock, never lock the brakes) to transfer some energy to the front tires. It is ass end to the left lane and I'm down from cruising to about 50mph so I take the left lane around it. No. It was two of them. Future wife wide eyes me "Did you see those two big...." I swerve right to avoid a deer in the left lane...then back left to avoid another deer in the right lane..no, three deer, then back into the correct lane. It was some Waylen Jennings voiceover stuff. Always easy on the brake to transfer that energy into my front tires, decelerated down to about 35mph by the time the maneuvers were completed. S'where the high speed driving class paid off. Only other time I've seen her eyes large enough to serve tea on was returning on a different trip, nasty weather all the way, again about 20 miles out, different road except for the shoulders, snow so hard I drove by looking low-right for the shoulder line to put my tire on, when like a flash in a horror movie a Princess Monanoke sized buck gets his whiskers brushed by my passenger-rear view mirror. You would have thought a spider had just crawled down future wife's sock.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/26/2017 16:14 Comments || Top||

#15  da Jeep. Large hail stones, iced conditions, animal dodging, tornado. Finally tried to kill it with the last ice storm when a branch fell and broke the windshield. Got it fixed, then a caught branch fell during the fire storm and broke it out again. Got it fixed. The Jeep remains.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/26/2017 16:20 Comments || Top||

#16  Oh my, swksvolFF. That kind of driving is as good as a proposal, I'd think.

I drive because I must -- and there was a time in my life when I tootled all over the landscape -- but I'm very glad Mr. Wife enjoys it. Trailing daughter #1 takes after her father. Td #2 takes after me. But I made sure both took the defensive driving course after they'd got their licenses.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 20:18 Comments || Top||

#17  Great stories Kansas!
No wonder she married you.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:48 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
Big surprise (not). Baltimore is having trouble hiring police officers
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 11:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [635 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Enjoy having the barbarians at your gate.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 11:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Baltimore has a police force?
I thought they laid them all off.
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/26/2017 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Insert "last Republican Mayor in Baltimore date" here (as Instapundit often does).
Posted by: Crusader || 04/26/2017 11:34 Comments || Top||

#4  "unexpected" increase in Baltimore crime Headline in 3,2,1
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/26/2017 12:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Sorry Darth, they're not at the gate, they're IN the gate.

I think I saw this movie.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/26/2017 12:40 Comments || Top||

#6  2016 Baltimore homicides: 318

2017 Baltimore homicides (April): around 100
Posted by: Pappy || 04/26/2017 13:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Problem in Quality, not Quantity of candidates.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 15:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Baltimore having some recruiting problems after trashing their cops in the Freddie Gray event?
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/26/2017 17:48 Comments || Top||

#9  Keep voting democrat
Posted by: newc || 04/26/2017 22:03 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
If Julius Malema comes to power, a second Holocaust is certain
[Aljazeera] Julius Malema is one of the most controversial political figures in South Africa today. Malema was a rising star in the ruling African National Congress party (ANC) until 2012 when he was expelled after a bitter fallout with President Jacob Zuma.

Many commentators thought he would disappear into oblivion after his expulsion but in 2013, he founded his own political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). To his many thousands of supporters, Malema's aggressive focus on the rights of poor black South Africans makes him a future leader of South Africa. To many others, his bombastic rhetoric is offensive.

After 22 years in power, the ruling ANC's claim to represent the interests of the black majority is under question as the voice of Malema and his EFF party appears to resonate with growing dissent across the country.

Filmmaker, Rehad Desai (watch his Emmy Award-winning film Miners Shot Down here) takes us on a personal journey through this clash over the past five years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 07:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where did I heard this before?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  To me the holocaust has a very specific meaning and I doubt that there are enough Jews in South Africa to fuel one.

So who are the prescribed victims; the whites, the ANC, Asians, all of the above? It's not clear to me but if I was betting, based on the recent history, would be all of the above more or less in that order.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/26/2017 8:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Correct Alan, I believe the majority of the Jewish population fled long ago. 'Holocaust' is used in general terms, meaning the categories which you've mentioned. The story of the “Boerejode” might be worth a google for those interested in the Jewish history of the region.

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Fascinating, Besoeker -- I had no idea. I have or had cousins in South Africa (as I seem to have everywhere, thanks to the Nazis), but I never heard anything about them being Boers, so they probably weren't.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/26/2017 20:27 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
14-year-old girl appeals to dissolve her own marriage
[Dhaka Tribune] A 14-year-old girl has appealed to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Banaripara in Barisal to dissolve the marriage she was forced into against her will.

Nurun Nahar Mili was married to 25-year-old Zahirul Islam, an office assistant of the Joint District Judge’s Court in Barisal on April 14. She is a student of Grade X at Khalishakota Girls School.

Mili was forced to marry Zahirul after her father Abu Bakar Siddik visited home on vacation from Kuwait and the family went on a trip to Noakhali.

The mother admitted that she had faked her daughter’s birth certificate to legitimise the marriage.

But in her defence, Nasrin Akther Moni claimed: "She is out of control; she stays out of the house most of the time in the name of educational purposes. So we thought it is better to marry her off."

Banaripara UNO Israt Jahan received Mili’s complaint on Monday. A meritorious student of science, Milli in her letter expressly said that she wanted to continue her studies.

Since the girl was already married, the UNO gave her 72 hours to think if she really wanted to dissolve the marriage.

"A meeting with the appellant, her parents, school headmaster, and the local UP chairman and members has been called on Thursday to decide on the matter," UNO Israt said.

The groom, Zahirul, claimed he had no knowledge of her actual age or the circumstance under which she had been married off.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [408 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't let this precedent continue!
Soon the minor Mormon wives will be doing it!
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  If her marriage was dissolved wouldn't her past marital relations then have been adultery and punishable by death by stoning?
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/26/2017 9:45 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Three killed in latest Venezuela protests
[Al Ahram] Three people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in another day of nationwide protests against leftist president Nicolas Maduro, raising the corpse count to 24 in weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major roads in the South American nation, and as the opposition called for a mass protest in Caracas on Wednesday.

The steady stream of anti-government marches, which began on April 1, usually begin peacefully but then degenerate into festivities with security forces and even looting at night.

Two government trucks in eastern Caracas were set alight on a freeway by masked protesters who poured oil on the road. Police nearby did not immediately intervene, AFP journalists saw.

Elsewhere in the capital, riot police fired tear gas at another group of protesters who threw stones at them.

"We're blocking roads so that Maduro understands that he must leave. He has us enduring hunger. I can't find milk for my 16-month-old baby," said Amalia Duran, 41, a resident of the working class Caracas neighborhood of Petare.

"I'm here because I'm tired," added Yorwin Ruiz, 26, also protesting in Caracas. "I've been to more than 20 pharmacies searching for a simple antibiotic." Ruize hoped that with the continuous protests "we at least can get elections."

Opposition politician Miguel Pizarro called for a mass demonstration on Wednesday, which he said will head downtown to protest outside one of three government offices -- but he refused to say which because he didn't want to give the government "72 hours to prepare" for the demonstrators.

Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Got nothing on Chicago this weekend.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 8:17 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia sez: After Its Nuclear Attack, the UK Would be 'Wiped Off the Face of the Earth'
[SOUTHAFRICATODAY.NET] On Monday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that his Prime Minister Theresa May "is prepared to launch Trident in the most extreme circumstances", as a first strike attack, even if Britannia itself was not under nuclear attack.

The comments came during an interview with Britannia’s "Today" program on BBC Radio Four.

"In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike," the UK’s defense chief said.

When asked in what circumstances, he replied: "They are better not specified or described, which would only give comfort to our enemies and make the deterrent less credible."

"The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anyone who might be thinking of using weapons against this country," Michael Fallon added.

The comments apparently come in response to the remarks of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who signaled he would not launch attacks and could scrap the Trident deterrent.

Trident is the UK’s nuclear missile system designed as a deterrent to stop foreign powers attacking Britannia and its allies.

The name refers to the missiles which are carried by four Vanguard class submarines, which have up to eight nuclear warheads each.

Posted by: Flarong Grolusing5445 || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [759 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Buncha talk.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep Calm and Bugger On !
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 7:34 Comments || Top||

#3  That's why its call MAD, mutual assured destruction. Russia would cease to exist as an entity as well.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 8:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't know about you: sirs & madams; but I've missed the bipolar world.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:18 Comments || Top||

#5  The Russian responded on his facebook page.
Remember when social media was going to bring us all together?
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/26/2017 8:28 Comments || Top||

#6  BringBackOurTridents?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Um... yay Russia?

The UK is tiny enough that France's nuclear arsenal could wipe it out. Sooo... congrats on getting to a threat level equal with France.


morons
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 9:04 Comments || Top||

#8  ..and France has the delivery systems to do it (but not reach Russia, maybe Poland).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 10:56 Comments || Top||

#9  Russia did not need to respond to something that was not a threat. It was just the UK indicating that their nuclear policy was ambiguous, as it ought to be.

The US kept its mouth closed rather than follow in the same vein and say "Well, shortly thereafter, Russia would cease to exist."
Posted by: gorb || 04/26/2017 12:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, he did say first strike. That is just retarded North Korea talk. There is no way the UK would first strike anyone. If I were Russia I would push back pretty hard on that. And it should piss off the Trump people too.

Having a first strike option in the strategic bag of options is probably better than ruling it out, but making a big deal about having that option is not wise.

Especially at the moment. British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon = Dumbass. He should resign.
Posted by: rammer || 04/26/2017 19:52 Comments || Top||

#11  There is no way the UK would first strike anyone.

I look for the Mayor of London to launch against Israel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:51 Comments || Top||

#12  I just watched London has Fallen. Ironic?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/26/2017 21:13 Comments || Top||


Economy
US to enter LNG global export market with Golden Pass
[Aljazeera] Energy department approves Golden Pass energy giant to export liquefied natural gas to global market.

The US energy department has given its final approval to Golden Pass, a global energy company, to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the US.

Golden Pass will be able to export up to 2.21 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the global market.

In a statement on Wednesday, the energy department said "it conducted an extensive review of the Golden Pass application. Among other factors, the Department considered the economic, energy security, and environmental impacts, including macroeconomic studies that showed positive benefits to the US economy".

Golden Pass, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (which owns 70 percent) and ExxonMobil (30 percent), has developed its preexisting facilities in Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas to be able to export LNG.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 07:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [542 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is a very significant economic development which can be credited to the Trump administration.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 7:57 Comments || Top||

#2  can be credited to the Trump administration.

But won't be.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 8:08 Comments || Top||

#3  "Civil, well reasoned discourse" indeed.
No worries CS, the offending night soil has been removed.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 04/26/2017 11:29 Comments || Top||

#4  I continue to be amazed that combustion engine engineering has not embraced LNG as a fuel.
LNG is easy to collect as an oil industry waste product, requires little pre-consumption processing and burns much cleaner than 'additive enriched' gasoline.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 15:34 Comments || Top||

#5  I might introduce you all to "drip".

When I was a kid, if you had a straight 6 Chevy or a flathead Ford you could go to the condensate drains on natural gas pipelines and fill your tank with the condensed hydrocarbons from natural gas...low octane gasoline but worked in old cars.

Free gas and it wasn't stealing...no one cared about drip in those days...growing up in Texas in the early 60s did have its advantages.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/26/2017 16:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Skidmark, Did you mean LPG?
Posted by: phil_b || 04/26/2017 17:43 Comments || Top||

#7  LNG requires cryogenic fuel tanks, so no go.

CNG (Compressed NG) requires expensive 3000 PSI tanks which still store only 10% the weight of fuel of a gasoline tank.

LPG is too dangerous for cars since LPG is heavier than air and any leak is just waiting for a spark to become a fuel-air bomb.
Posted by: Thereth and Company9872 || 04/26/2017 18:43 Comments || Top||

#8  WTF is Qatar, notorious funder of Muslim Brother, Al Qaeda, ISIS and any other muslim terrorists, the owner of 70% of this project (and profits). Exporting natural gas to Europe, at 2-3 times the US price, is an invitation to print money. Even more so if export terminals are approved for the west coast and LNG is exported to Japan and Korea.
Posted by: Thereth and Company9872 || 04/26/2017 18:50 Comments || Top||

#9  WTF is Qatar

Check who runs US maritime port operations TC.

Those are all structural storage problems on the LNG. Not production or manufacturing.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 20:37 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
UC-Berkeley readies police as Ann Coulter plans to speak in public plaza on campus
Will there be symbolic arrests?
[WASHINGTONPOST] The University of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, at Berkeley is bracing for massive protests and potential violence in an open, public space known as Sproul Plaza after learning that conservative commentator Ann Coulter plans to give a speech there Thursday afternoon.

The state flagship university has become ground zero for an intense confrontation between the far left and the far right since 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...
’s election in November, with some protesters trying to stop controversial speakers from appearing on campus and others objecting that such actions violate their right to free speech. Some of the festivities have devolved into riots, leaving the school and the city to struggle with how best to balance the free exchange of ideas with community safety.

In February -- and twice more since then -- masked protesters turned demonstrations over the boundary between free speech and hate speech into violent confrontations, setting fires, causing injuries and leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage in their wake.

"The character of that attack on campus was unprecedented," UC-Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said Tuesday.

Coulter’s choice of Sproul Plaza, site of the Free Speech Movement protests in the 1960s, is both symbolic and logistically challenging for the university because anyone can be there. Dirks said that for an inside event, the university would have metal detectors and other ways to search for weapons, but security will be much more difficult in a public outdoor space.
Posted by: Fred || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [424 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But will they be ordered to stand down again?
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Ann's sponsor just pulled out of the Free Speech event, turned tale, are running like cowards.

YAF - So called Young Americans for Freedom or some sh*t like that.
Posted by: Speating Jolush7714 || 04/26/2017 0:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Get some vets there to provide security.

Antifa will water the grass.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 0:31 Comments || Top||

#4  "No shit lady, does it sound like I'm ordering a f'n pizza?"

"Actually yes this is the UC-Berkeley Peace and Pizza Department, if you identify with pizza wanting toppings, and do not believe pizza is a cultural appropriation such as pizza margarita, we would feel most equal in sharing a meal with you, free will donation only."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/26/2017 11:51 Comments || Top||

#5  In February -- and twice more since then -- masked protesters turned demonstrations over the boundary between free speech and hate speech into violent confrontations, setting fires, causing injuries and leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of property damage in their wake.

Who writes this shit? Why do we pretend that "setting fires" and "causing injury" could ever be a reasonable response to a campus speech?
Posted by: Crusader || 04/26/2017 11:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Why do they let folks in who have masks in their backpacks?

New rule: Wear a mask, go to jail for two weeks. That ought to put a crimp in your grades.
Posted by: gorb || 04/26/2017 12:26 Comments || Top||

#7  She has cancelled the speech.
Posted by: Menhadden Bourbon4363 || 04/26/2017 13:44 Comments || Top||


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Retired Marine general will take over Secret Service
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [587 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Marine General. Secret Service could become a true praetorian guard. I recommend they arrest a few judges.
Posted by: Speating Jolush7714 || 04/26/2017 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm waiting for the naming of the Republican Guard.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/26/2017 3:46 Comments || Top||

#3  8th & I...?
Posted by: magpie || 04/26/2017 16:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe the General can restore the esprit de corp that once existed in the SS. The SS suffered under a couple of Donk administrations. Hildewitch treated the SS as bellhops.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/26/2017 17:10 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Border wall talk leads top Mexican official to float American entry fee
A top Mexican official on Tuesday said that Mexico may consider charging a fee for Americans entering the country in what could be seen as a retaliation to President Trump's call for a border wall.
Remember who has more to lose here.
Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, in a meeting with Mexico's top legislators, called Trump's plan an "unfriendly, hostile" act, and called on his colleagues to consider the entry fee.
And while we're at it, maybe some Top Men in the US could consider a 5% fee for any money wired from the US to Mexico. Or for any money over $200 carried there in one's pockets.
"We could explore -- not necessarily a visa, that could impede a lot of people from coming to Mexico -- but we could perhaps (have) a fee associated with entry," Videgaray said. "This is something that I'm sure will be part of our discussion, and I believe we can find points of agreement."

Videgaray went on to say that Mexico would not pay a cent toward the wall. He said if talks between the U.S. and Mexico fail to satisfy both countries, the Mexican government would consider reducing security cooperation.

"If the negotiation on other themes -- immigration, the border, trade -- isn't satisfactory to Mexico's interests, we will have to review our existing cooperation," Videgaray said. "This would be especially in the security areas ... and that involves the national immigration agency, the federal police and of course, the armed forces."

Trump has asked Congress to include a down payment on the wall in the spending bill but because of scrutiny from both sides, President Trump announced Monday that he’d be willing to wait until September to revisit the issue of funding; however, his stance on Mexico’s role in paying for the wall hasn’t changed.
Posted by: gorb || 04/26/2017 14:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The relative fee should be 1500 dollars per month Mexicans stay.
They should also get insurance for them leaving when they're say they will and have paid upto.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/26/2017 14:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 04/26/2017 15:06 Comments || Top||

#3  If they set up an entry fee, Americans will just stop coming. There are plenty of other places to go that are safer (Dominican Republic, Columbia and Costa Rica come to mind).

The U.S. does not need Mexico as much as Mexico needs the U.S.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 04/26/2017 15:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Will the entry fee apply to millions of illegal aliens to be deported to Mexico? Could become Mexico's top earner.
Posted by: Thereth and Company9872 || 04/26/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Is State Champion Football Coach Going to Get Fired .... for Being White?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/26/2017 08:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/26/2017 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  players and parents of players are strongly supporting the coach

but, if I were him, I'd be looking for another job anyway - maybe at a college
Posted by: lord garth || 04/26/2017 10:26 Comments || Top||

#3  So much for the mask, it was all about power.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/26/2017 10:51 Comments || Top||

#4  If it was up to me, all middle school, high school and college athletic teams at public institutions would be eliminated. You want to have athletic clubs, fine. We will even let you use the facilities. But you figure out how to pay for it. Just don't expect the tax payer to pony up the money
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 04/26/2017 11:15 Comments || Top||

#5  #4

I echo those sentiments, at least at the college level. If the NFL and NBA need "feeder" systems, let THEM pay for them just like MLB does with its minor league farm system.
Posted by: Crusader || 04/26/2017 11:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Not with you guys here - it's simply allowing the left to destroy yet more American institutions.
Posted by: Raj || 04/26/2017 12:22 Comments || Top||

#7  If it was up to me, all middle school, high school and college athletic teams at public institutions would be eliminated...... Posted by Cheaderhead
The sports scholarship is the key, the gate. Without it, few would attend. How would one obtain that worthless piece of paper (the diploma cover story) for affirmative action employment ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 12:45 Comments || Top||

#8  It's been on the radio several times in the last few days, and everyone seems to support the coach.

No one will admit to being the one who said, "Maybe we should get rid of this guy" or offered any reason why anyone would want to get rid of him.

Leaving one to conclude it must be the elephant in the room. The school board.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/26/2017 13:00 Comments || Top||

#9  To get to this black middle class suburb of Dallas you travel through the blighted areas of South Dallas. Not only has this coach made them the top football team in the state, his academic influence has made the players the most accomplished team in the class room.

The result has been millions of dollars in scholarships awarded to these young men. He should be 'celebrated', not just 'tolerated'.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/26/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||


Ann Coulter Sponsor Chickens Out of Berkeley Free Speech Sponsorship
Young America’s Foundation (YAF) has pulled out of Ann Coulter’s Thursday event at UC Berkeley, blaming the college for allowing left-wing extremists to terrorize conservatives on campus.

"When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event," the group declared in a blog post on Tuesday. "In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official ’stand-down’ policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence."
Posted by: Javirong Clolurong6458 || 04/26/2017 00:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [613 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cowards. Invite veterans to provide security and you won't have to worry about Antifa. They will have the silence of the grave about them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/26/2017 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  http://www.yaf.org/news/statement-young-americas-foundations-april-27-lecture-uc-berkeley/

There blog. Give em hell.
Posted by: Snavitch Snomomp5698 || 04/26/2017 1:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Eventually somebody is going to get dead over this stuff. I certainly hope it isn't Coulter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/26/2017 1:28 Comments || Top||

#4  It CERTAINLY won't be the Berkeley YAFfers.
Posted by: Vernal Big Foot2496 || 04/26/2017 1:45 Comments || Top||

#5  I can understand this.
"You come give your talk, and leave. We have to STAY here."
Shouldn't have gotten involved to begin with if that's how you feel.
Posted by: ed in texas || 04/26/2017 8:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Bezerkeley YAF doesn't want to be a co-defendant.

Posted by: Menhadden Bourbon4363 || 04/26/2017 9:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Pull all funding from Universities. Use it to build the wall.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/26/2017 9:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Those cowards do NOT "have to stay there"--they CHOOSE to PAY for the "privilege" of staying there. Gutless and stupid is no way to go through life.
Posted by: Crusader || 04/26/2017 10:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Coulter cancels.
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/26/2017 13:38 Comments || Top||

#10  Coulters response to YAF sponsor who abandoned her, "I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team."
Posted by: Nero White 3083 || 04/26/2017 16:54 Comments || Top||



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