[Breitbart] The bishop of El Paso, Texas, personally escorted a group of seven Latin American migrants who had previously been denied asylum in the United States across the border into the U.S. on Thursday, reports say.
Bishop Mark Seitz accompanied a Cuban, a young man from El Salvador, and a family of five back across the bridge from Ciudad Juarez to the United States.
Seitz told the online Catholic site Crux that the 9-year-old daughter of the family took his hand as they crossed the bridge, where these individuals "who never should have been returned in the first place" were met by border officials.
Despite an exchange of "tense" words, the migrants were eventually all allowed entry back into the United States.
Before embarking on the walk across the bridge from Mexico, Bishop Seitz offered an impassioned denunciation of the U.S. government’s immigration policies.
"A government and society which view fleeing children and families as threats; a government which treats children in U.S. custody worse than animals; a government and society who turn their backs on pregnant mothers, babies and families and make them wait in Ciudad Juarez without a thought to the crushing consequences on this challenged city ... This government and this society are not well," Seitz told the crowd that had gathered.
[Epoch Times] The FBI released redacted documents this week on the cult community known as "Twelve Tribes," revealing numerous allegations against the group including child sexual abuse, drug trafficking, ritual abuse, and forced labor.
The 61-page document‐released by the bureau’s Vault library on June 25‐included separate complaints detailing the alleged crimes, mostly against children. The cult has communes all over the United States including Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, California, Tennessee, and more.
In 2013, a preliminary investigation was conducted by the FBI based on a complaint the bureau received from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office that children were being "sexually exploited" at a Twelve Tribes compound at Hiddenite, North Carolina. The case was closed in the same year.
Twelve Tribes has communes around the world, with the Hiddenite location being one of its training centers.
Documents showed that drugs were used at the commune and placed into "ritual" bread‐usually LSD and hallucinogenic plants as well as heroin and meth. There were also ritual ceremonies once a month that involved the bread being broken and gang rapes.
Punishment within the cult involved being beaten with a rod and having the wife or children of the accused being sexually assaulted by other cult members. The sheriff’s office had been aware of the Hiddenite location since 2006 and that much of the land in the area was owned by the cult since families who joined had to turn over their property.
Members of the Hiddenite compound also allegedly were forced to go to a location and work all night and day for "three straight days" in what was known as a "push" that involved three or six members. Those working were allowed to drink coffee that may have had something added to it to keep them awake.
TACOTALPA, Mexico (AP) ‐ An engineer shouted for the young migrant woman to hurry up and climb aboard the freight train or she’d be left behind. In her bright red tennis shoes, she quickened her pace and was the last to get on when it pulled out near Salto de Agua in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas.
Hours later and about 27 miles (43 kilometers) to the west, the train stopped near the Tabasco state town of Tacotalpa and the woman hopped off to buy some cheese-stuffed rolls. When the train crowded with migrants began to move again, she hustled to clamber back aboard. But the train suddenly stopped and rolled back. She lost her grip and fell beneath its wheels. It dragged her 100 yards before jerking forward again in a thunder of shuddering steel.
"The people were screaming there. They yelled at those in front to stop, to the engine, but the engine accelerated," said Catalina Leon Muñoz who lives alongside the tracks.
Frank Manuel Murillo, a 27-year-old Honduran who spent half his life in Houston before being deported a year ago, had also gotten off the train to buy some water. "When I turned around she was hanging from those wagons on the train," he said Wednesday. "The train was running back, it hit so hard and she fell on the rails and then it cut her in half."
[NYPOST] Before former WWE star Ashley Massaro tragically took her own life in May, she agreed to appear in a video for a song about suicide prevention written by her colleague at a Long Island radio station. That worked well.
[Task & Purpose] Army Sgt. Benjamin Cleland is officially one of the most badass shooters in America.
The Fort Benning soldier and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit's Service Rifle Team set a national record with the first-ever perfect score on a National Rifle Association high-power rifle course in Oak Ridge, Tennessee earlier this month, the Army announced.
The NRA's 80-Shot Regional High-Power Rifle Course's includes four separate matches, each with slow fire and rapid-fire elements. According to the Army, those matches include:
Two sighting shots and 20 standing, slow-fire record shots at 200 yards and within 20 minutes
Two sighting shots and 20 sitting/kneeling, rapid-fire records shots at 200 yards within 2 minutes
Two sighting shots and 20 prone, rapid-fire record shots at 300 yards within 2 minutes and 20 seconds
Two sighting shots and 20 prone, slow-fire record shots at 600 yards within 20 minutes and 20 seconds
Rocking a M16A2 rifle, the Ohio native nailed the 10-ring on all 80 shots. That's a target that's just 7 inches at both 200 and 300 yards and 12 inches at 600 yards.
And a perfect example of how an AR platform (modern sporting rifle) is not "just for killing" as the gun grabbers like to say. It's not just good enough for competition, it's perfect for it. Which means it's not just good enough, it's perfect for many if not all hunting situations as well...
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06/29/2019 9:19 Comments ||
I hit submit too soon. Meant to finish by saying that Sgt. Cleland's accomplishment is all his, but the rifle certainly didn't hold him back.
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06/29/2019 9:20 Comments ||
Article doesn't mention what power scope he was using. Idon't think I could even hit the target at 200 yards with iron sites.
Well, if one actor could pull off the black James Bond, it'd be this guy.
Certainly true, but why take an established, well-loved character from literature and film and re-imagine him as a black guy? Other than "because we can. Neener neener neener!" Bond wasn't the only British secret agent. You're writers, dammit! Show some imagination.
Bond's getting old, right? I've been hearing that for... decades, I guess. And everyone's oh-so-fatigued with everything white, right? Fine. Let's have a black James Bond. Big frickin' deal. But let it be a black James Bond, carrying on in the current Bond "reality," not some smarmy shithead of the moment playing himself and running his woke minstrelsy checklist. Bond's game... Bond's horrible vengeance on Laser Louise... Bond's endzone dance... all that crap. No. Let the brother play James Bond as James Bond. Time for a brain transplant. And an actual actor. Elba'd probably be fine.
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06/29/2019 10:13 Comments ||
James Bond is a Timelord, and regenerates into a new body every so often.
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06/29/2019 11:19 Comments ||
Bonus Retro Rehash points for brain-swap: Former Bond (doesn't matter which, all except Connery looking more or less alike) can play wacky West Indian body-donor sidekick to new Bond. Hijinks galore!
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[NYPOST] A herd of elephants flipped out on two cars in Mohan, India. Watch the intense road-rage moment as a pack of pachyderms push a tourist’s vehicle off the road outside the Brys Caves hotel near Jim Corbett National Park.
To answer the Moderators question; no one has ever eaten one. Actual specimens were all found dead, or died shortly after capture. Capture has generally been accidental and by fishing trawlers. I've heard that the species has a strong ammonia smell. My information is all from second and third hand sources, I have no actual experience with the species.
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06/29/2019 7:03 Comments ||
Kind of. This could be an Architeuthis.
Not to be compared to the badass unknown squids (as reported from 16th & 17th century ship logs) could have been a hundred feet long. Not the "43' (females)" currently being estimated.
Colossal squids, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, which may have a mantle nearly twice as long. Several extinct cephalopods, such as the Cretaceous vampyromorphid Tusoteuthis, the Cretaceous coleoid Yezoteuthis, and the Ordovician nautiloid Cameroceras may have grown even larger.
[AlAhram] The Trump administration turned up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ...Commie el presidente para la vida of Venezuela, successor to Hugo Chavez. Nick is his country's attempt at producing a Muammar Qadaffy, except that even though his country's sitting on an enormous puddle of oil, he can't manage to get it out of the ground... on Friday by targeting his son Nicolas "Nicolasito" Maduro with sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
Maduro's son has been involved in propaganda and censorship, has profited from Venezuelan mines, and helped pressure the military to keep humanitarian aid out of the country, the Treasury Department said.
The new sanctions are the latest twist in six months of efforts to oust Maduro, whose 2018 re-election was deigned as illegitimate by the United States and most Western nations.
"Maduro relies on his son Nicolasito and others close to his authoritarian regime to maintain a stranglehold on the economy and suppress the people of Venezuela," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
"Treasury will continue to target complicit relatives of illegitimate regime insiders profiting off of Maduro’s corruption," Mnuchin said.
President Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... has thrown his support behind opposition leader Juan Guaidó ...Venezuelan politician, a member of the social-democratic Popular Will party, and serves as a federal deputy to the National Assembly representing the state of Vargas. In 2019 he was appointed by the Popular Will party to become the president of the National Assembly, after which he declared he was acting president of the country, challenging Nicolás Maduro's presidency and starting the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis.... of the country's National Assembly, who invoked Venezuela's constitution in January to declare himself interim president.
Maduro, who is backed by China, Russia and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... , has retained the support of the country's military and other institutions, and calls Guaido a Washington puppet.
BREAKING: OAS report shows that Venezuelan exodus could reach 8 million people by the end of next year, making it by far the largest migration crisis in the world, topping the Syrian crisis with 6.7 million people over 8 years pic.twitter.com/xpUCUZN3hB
OSAKA, Japan (AP) - President Donald Trump declared relations with China were "right back on track" after he and President Xi Jinping sought Saturday to de-escalate a prolonged trade war between the economic powerhouses despite doubts about either’s willingness to compromise on a long term solution.
Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency, said the leaders had agreed to a new cease-fire in a yearlong trade war, adding that stalled trade talks would resume and the U.S. would hold off on threatened additional tariffs on Chinese goods.
The apparent truce marks a pattern for talks between Trump and Xi, who have professed their friendship with each other and hit the pause button on protectionist measures after their conversations, only to see negotiations later break down over the contentious details.
White House officials declined immediate comment. But President Donald Trump said earlier Saturday that he would make an announcement on the results of his talks with Xi during a news conference later in the day.
Taking place on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Japan, the meeting with Xi marked the centerpiece of four days of diplomacy for Trump, whose re-election chances have been put at risk by the trade war that has hurt American farmers and battered global markets. Tensions rose in recent weeks after negotiations collapsed last month.
For that matter, will there be enough corn to meet the ethanol blending mandate in our domestic gasoline next year? Worse, can you imagine the sort of "solutions" the beltway crowd will come up with if there isn't?
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06/29/2019 7:05 Comments ||
We are in the middle of wheat harvest, yields per acre very high, moisture low, and protein high, unfortunately price is low.
Very informative video at link. 42 mins.
[EpochTimes] In the US China trade war, what's behind the Chinese communist party's (CCP's) strategy, with Liu He walking away from the trade talks at the last minute? What's the real relationship between Chinese telecom giant Huawei, and the CCP's quest for global 5G dominance? And how is this all a much, much bigger issue than just trade?
Today we sit down with General Robert Spalding, who was a Brigadier General in the US Air Force, chief China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, and a Senior Strategic Planner for the White House, at the National Security Council. Now, he's a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is shifting manufacturing of its new Mac Pro desktop computer to China from the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The move comes at a time when the Trump administration has threatened to impose new levies to cover nearly all imports from China and pressured Apple and other manufacturers to make their products in the United States if they want to avoid tariffs.
Last week, Apple asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia, according to a Nikkei report.
"If true, suggests to me that Apple has tremendous confidence that the U.S. and China will be able to solve their trade dispute and do so in the near-future," D.A. Davidson analyst Tom Forte said in an email.
China is a key market for Apple as well as a major production center for its devices. The company got nearly 18% of its total revenue from Greater China in the quarter ended March.
“Like all of our products, the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes components from several countries including the United States,” an Apple spokesman said. “Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”
Apple’s decision coincides with the end of tax subsidies that it got for making the desktop in a plant in Texas run by contract manufacturer Flex Ltd, according to the Journal.
Apple’s decision coincides with the end of tax subsidies
Saw this all the time back in PeeAye. The state gave Chrysler huge tax breaks to build a car assembly plant in Westmoreland County. When Chrysler nearly went belly up, the plant closed (even tho federal tax dollars then bailed out Chrysler) Then the state gave Volkswagen huge tax breaks to take over the plant. Tax breaks ran out, VW left. Then the state gave huge tax breaks to Sony to make TVs there. Then the tax breaks ran out...
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Indian mother and her daughter were beaten and had their heads shaved by a group of men after they resisted a gang rape attempt, police said on Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the dangers facing women in the country.
Seven men, including a local government official, barged into the women’s home late on Wednesday in northeastern Bihar with the intent of raping the teenage daughter, senior police officer Sanjay Kumar said.
"When the mother and daughter protested, the men got angry and called a local barber, who shaved their heads," Kumar told the Thomson Rooters Foundation by telephone.
He said the men then assaulted the mother and daughter with sticks and paraded them around the village before neighbors started to protest against their treatment. "We have arrested two men and are searching for the other five," he said, adding that the criminal investigation was ongoing.
India has a grim record of sexual violence against women despite legal reforms after the gang rape of a Delhi student on a bus in December 2012, which triggered global outrage. India registered nearly 40,000 rapes in 2016 or an average of about 100 cases each day, according to the latest government data.
Earlier this week, a man in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh ran over and killed two women with his car after they protested against his attempt to molest one of their daughters. Four men attacked a girl with acid in Bihar in April after she tried to fight off their gang rape attempt.
In 2014, village elders in Bihar shaved the head of an orphan girl, blackened her face with ash, and paraded her through their neighborhood as punishment for talking to her boyfriend in a public place.
This news is from Bihar, a mostly leftist state - hotbed of marxist violence and communal, minority appeasement. Local politician, councilor Mohommad Khurshid (yupp !) forcibly entered the women's home in the eastern state of Bihar on wednesday with other moslemsmen and allegedly attempted to rape the newly married 19-year-old daughter, police say. The poor women sustain themselves by begging. This is the kind of politicians the state of Bihar appeases. It was not even 'mob action', it was actually a kangaroo court held by village idiotselders, the 'order' to shave their heads was stamped and dated too ! Kangaroo courts were outlawed by the central Govt. in 2018.
It was a village panchayat decision, Woodrow. The panchayat is like a lesser district court, a jury of elected village heads and a sitting village idiot elder as judge. They are all put in the registers and stamped with fancy clan standards by the idiots. A panchayat has to record why it was called and keep minutes.
All I know from local journos is that an official sitting was called and a judgement reached, that the poor woman and the girl are prostitutes, and must be shamed. So it has to have a record.
...Augsburg University, a private Christian school, is inviting only racial minority students to participate in the program, which consists of workshops held every Tuesday from June 4 through July 20. Eligible students will receive a stipend of up to $600.
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Students wishing to participate in the summer enrichment program titled Empowering Underrepresented Students in STEM at Augsburg must meet a number of criteria, the first of which is that they must either be African American or black, Native American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islanders, or Alaska natives. Participants must also be sophomores during their fall 2019 semester and be pursuing a STEM degree.
The fight against restrictive college speech codes might have received new ammunition from an unlikely pair: trademark law and fashion.
The Supreme Court struck down the U.S Patent and Trademark Office’s prohibition of "immoral or scandalous" names in trademarks. The 6-3 majority opinion by Justice Elena Kagan took issue with the Lanham Act for making viewpoint-based determinations, and thus infringing on First Amendment rights.
A law professor and civil-liberties group separately told The College Fix that the decision in favor of fashion company FUCT is a boon for lawsuits against campus speech codes, bias response teams and other college policies that punish the content of speech.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.