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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Jury finds ex-Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke did not violate man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts
[Chicago Tribune] Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury concluded Monday night.

In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online and said Black "wouldn't be around to whine" if the then-sheriff really wanted to harass him. Clarke made the comment after Black complained to the county that the sheriff had his deputies detain and question him for 15 minutes after he got off the plane in Milwaukee.

Jurors deliberated nearly three hours before deciding Clarke's posts were not enough to chill Black's future speech. Clarke resigned on Aug. 31 to join a political action committee that supports President Donald Trump.

Black said he shook his head at Clarke last January on the flight from Dallas to Milwaukee because Clarke was wearing Cowboys gear when they were playing the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2018 03:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps we have found our next FBI Director.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2018 3:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Almost sounds like jury nullification.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/23/2018 10:26 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami alert
[BBC] A tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Alaska in the US.
It hit 280km (173 miles) south-east of Kodiak, 25km deep, at 00:31 (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

The US National Weather Service says a warning is in effect for the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, while the US west coast is on tsunami watch.

Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was "extraordinary threat to life or property".

The alert told people to seek refuge on higher ground in affected areas.

32 foot wave measured at one bouy.
A hat tip to Skidmark
Posted by: 3dc || 01/23/2018 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  USGS Earthquake Map
Posted by: 3dc || 01/23/2018 6:47 Comments || Top||

#2  "New California" formative event.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  CA tsunami alert cancelled. I share your pain Skidmark
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/23/2018 10:23 Comments || Top||

#4  That was no earthquake, it was the FBI text message storage collapsing.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/23/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Tsunami warning cancellled in Alaska.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/23/2018 11:25 Comments || Top||

#6  House looks out over the Juan de Fuca Straits, and I slept right through it; sadly Seattle is still here.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/23/2018 15:13 Comments || Top||

#7  If there was a Tsunami there'd be more than Jaun Dead Fuca
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/23/2018 19:46 Comments || Top||

Cleaning Up Air Pollution May Strengthen Global Warming
It’s Scientific American, which went all in on catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I finally figured out this man-made global warming thingy - it's men lighting their farts!
Posted by: Raj || 01/23/2018 0:42 Comments || Top||

#3  The Clean Air Act of 1970 strengthened the standards and the enforcement of those standards in the USA. Has anyone done the math to see if the slight warming that we have seen since the 1970's (0.41 as of last December) can be attributed to lower pollution under the Clean Air Act?
Posted by: O. E. Unereque1853 || 01/23/2018 18:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Raj,
Methane is a greenhouse gas. Burning it produces CO2 and Water. So trading one greenhouse gas for another; meh. :-)
Posted by: O. E. Unereque1853 || 01/23/2018 18:40 Comments || Top||

Need More Proof of Global Warming? /s
U.S. Navy ship is trapped in Montreal until spring due to icy waters

The 118-metre vessel has been moored in the Old Port area since Christmas Eve
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The only one with drive bearing lubrication I suppose.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 5:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Ran out of relative bearing grease for the moral compass.
Posted by: Roth LaDoad || 01/23/2018 6:53 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
San Francisco or Mumbai? UN envoy encounters homeless life in California
In which the Guardian, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, goes looking for problems to accuse the Republican president of that were invisible during Democratic president Barack Obama’s time in office — and finds them in the very Democratic state of California.
[Guardian] Leilani Farha was being given a walking tour in central San Francisco. Near a thronged artisanal grocery store and a food-truck park, she saw something under a freeway that gave her pause.

A young homeless man sat on the ground. He wore two pairs of jeans and had a hood pulled over his long brown hair. Before him was a crockpot filled with burning paper, over which he was heating tortillas in a dirty skillet. As cars, cyclists and tech commuter buses rushed past, white smoke poured into the darkening air.

"The last time I saw cooking on a sidewalk," Farha said, "was in Mumbai."
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Posted by: 746 || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Holy moly, did he just call Mumbai a shithole? Censure the UN immediately!

San Francisco shit on the streets map. They have so much of it that someone won an award for taking data from the city's system and displaying it like this. San Fran is a literal shithole.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 01/23/2018 1:41 Comments || Top||

#2  excellent comments Frank
Posted by: 746 || 01/23/2018 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Comments appear to be TW. Frank would be [checks front page] pistachio seafoam.
Posted by: Maggie Thereger4815 || 01/23/2018 19:56 Comments || Top||

#4  LOL - correct. At least I'm not pink Salmon
Posted by: Frank G || 01/23/2018 20:18 Comments || Top||

#5  I think Fred assigned me "seafoam" as it's frothy, annoying and has no permanent presence or impacts
Posted by: Frank G || 01/23/2018 20:19 Comments || Top||

L'Oreal Hijab Model Amena Khan Steps Down over Tweets Calling Israel ‘Child Murderers'
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  in another (tweet) she declared, “Israel = Pharoah.

I dunno. Last I heard, Pharaoh and the Israelites were on the outs.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/23/2018 0:53 Comments || Top||

Japanese Leaders Are Patriotic, Rejecting Mass Immigration As An Answer To Declining Birthrates
[Mercer] It’s shameful‐treason, if you are a politician‐to suggest that an aging and shrinking population is REASON TO FLOOD A COUNTRY WITH IMMIGRANTS, bringing about the near extinction of the native population.

This I’ve said in all my writing on immigration, and in response to the "demographics are destiny crowd" (Mark Steyn being among them). See: "Beck, Wilders, and His Boosters’ Blind Spot" (2010)

Not being traitors to their own, Japanese leaders are having none of it.

Japan will not accept mass immigration, says Masashi Mori, the mayor of Toyama. Efforts to raise the birth rate have had little success, although there are a few exceptions (see article). The only alternative is to learn to live with far fewer people. That implies great upheaval, which Toyama hopes to minimise.

Link to the Economist story referenced by Mercer: A small Japanese city shrinks with dignity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2018 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No, no, no immigrants. One, legalize polygamy. Two, call those Filipino ladies 'war brides'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2018 9:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Japan is super overcrowded anyway. In 100 years, this crisis will be forgotten, but Japan will still be Japanese. Some things are worth sacrificing GDP for.
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 01/23/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  They have a generation that won't have sex. Perhaps they should consider freezing some eggs, just in case.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/23/2018 13:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Sacrificing GDP but it probably mean greater GDP PER HEAD!

Bad for politicians, good for citizens
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/23/2018 14:09 Comments || Top||

#5  In 100 years, this crisis will be forgotten, but Japan will still be Japanese. Don't argue with the math. There is more than one way to "extinguish" a native population. Japan will remain Japanese only as long as the Japanese can be bothered to bring more Japanese into this vale of toil and sin.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/23/2018 14:15 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm pretty sure the Japanese (or any other group) would have more children if there were enough economic incentives offered (or disincentives, such as tax policy, changed or removed.)
Posted by: PBMcL || 01/23/2018 16:20 Comments || Top||

Down Under
US Doctor bashed at Australian Open by youths of no appearance
[DailyMail] The US surgeon who was attacked as he left the Australian Open with his son during a trip of a lifetime has revealed the extent of his injuries.

Dr Edmund Pribitkin told Nine News his face had become detached from his skull in the senseless attack, which has seen five teenagers charged as police continue to search for the culprits.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Little mention of the 'nature' of the culprits.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 5:29 Comments || Top||

[LiveScience] Australian Birds Steal Fire To Smoke Out Prey
Posted by: Grunter || 01/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder if they can be trained as drones?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Better not import these birds to DC - they might firebomb the Capital to smoke out rodents... or maybe we should import them...
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/23/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

Leaked document shows White House plan for major rural infrastructure program
[Wash Examiner] White House officials are expected to unveil an infrastructure plan next week that will largely focus on improving rural economies through improved transportation, internet access, and other resources, according to a leaked document.

The $1 trillion plan circulated by the Trump administration, which Axios obtained on Monday, would allocate 25 percent of the total appropriation to a rural infrastructure program in parts of the U.S. that currently lack high-speed internet and public transit, and whose roads and bridges are in disrepair. The program would also aim to improve water supply and maritime ports in areas where both are lacking.

According to the proposal, states that are currently facing an infrastructure crisis would receive block grant funding for rural areas with fewer than 50,000 residents. The amount made available to each governor would be based on the rural area in one state in relation to all states, and the total adjusted rural population.

The Trump administration hopes that by allowing state governments to determine what to do with the funding they receive would boost public-private partnerships.

"States are incentivized to partner with local and private investment for completion and operation of projects under this program," the document reads.

Trump has long talked about pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure plan that would address structurally deficient transportation systems and roads, curb traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas, among other proposals. Sources close to the White House have said the plan would aim to reduce federal government spending on infrastructure and encourage private investments.

The president is expected to roll the plan out before or during his first State of the Union address next Tuesday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2018 02:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the Left gnashes its teeth. Rural Americans must be oppressed! Majority rules, minority shouldn't get a fair share!
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 01/23/2018 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends on the Minority Herb.
Posted by: Cheaderhead || 01/23/2018 5:35 Comments || Top||

#3  How can the Donks be against one of the great program of Saint Franklin himself? I look forward to the pretzel illogic to come forth. No room in the budget? Hell, there was no money back then in the first Great Depression.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2018 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Now if the program would rebuild infrastructure in San Francisco, LA, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Dems would be all for it.

If the rural infrastructure gets better, more businesses would leave those liberal pestholes and those leftist paradises would wither on the vine.

Method to the madness. DJT understands economics very well
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 01/23/2018 11:59 Comments || Top||

Greece secures billions as bailout enters final stages
[DW] Eurozone finance ministers have reached a "political agreement" to grant Greece 6.7 billion euros in bailout money. The ministers praised Greece's progress, putting it on track to leave its bailout program this year. Afterwards, the country is expected to finance itself by directly borrowing from investors.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/23/2018 02:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Two keywords in the header, "bailout" and "borrow" suggest a poor solution. Maybe the ministers have agreed to change the meaning of the words.

I wonder if Turkey is investing?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  ...formalize "kicking the can down the road" as the term.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/23/2018 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  A lot of movement into numbered Swiss accounts?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/23/2018 12:19 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
New Auzzie LA105 Woomera rifle coming soon.
Guns America LA105 Story no additional charge.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/23/2018 06:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Great to see Lithgow Small Arms Factory still going strong. They are a big part of Australia's defense history.
Posted by: Grunter || 01/23/2018 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  More Lithgow info here.
Posted by: Pappy || 01/23/2018 13:03 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
[CIS.org] 21% of those convicted of non-immigration crimes were non-citizens — 2.5 times their share of the population.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/23/2018 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suppose the Dems will begin developing new laws to prohibit the releasing of disproportionate statistics.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/23/2018 5:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee... it is almost as they don't have any respect for our laws...
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/23/2018 11:12 Comments || Top||

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  1.5K al-Nusra troops surrounded in Idlib
Mon 2018-01-22
  Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
Sun 2018-01-21
  Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack
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  Lebanon foils ISIS plans to attack places of worship, government buildings
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  Deso Dogg -- Dead Again
Thu 2018-01-18
  US drone strike leaves 6 militants dead, wounded in East of Afghanistan
Wed 2018-01-17
  Wanted terrorist Abdullah Al-Qalaf killed in eastern Saudi Arabia
Tue 2018-01-16
  Deadly clashes in Libyan capital force airport to close
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  Israel Says It Destroys Hamas Tunnel Under Key Gaza Crossing
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  Islamic State affiliate claims Mali attack that injured 3 French soldiers
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  Over 100 Palestinians said injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes
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