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-Lurid Crime Tales-
A $25B US counter-drug smuggling operation quietly thrives far south of the border
[Washington Examiner] CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas ‐ Smugglers flying small cocaine-packed airplanes toward the United States from South and Central America might make it to Mexico thinking they went undetected by American forces staked out in international waters trying to interdict them.

But once on the ground in Mexico, from where they hope to smuggle their contraband into the United States, those tiny planes will be greeted by a swarm of Mexican law enforcement. What’s more, they will never know a Department of Homeland Security plane was flying within 100 feet of them, quietly tailing them over the Eastern Pacific or Western Caribbean and then tipping off Mexican authorities.

"Even this airplane weighing 100,000 pounds ‐ we can sneak up behind them and they won’t see us. And with the sensors we have on the airplane, a lot of times we don’t even have to get that close," said Dan Jordan, a supervisory air interdiction agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations.

Jordan, who is based out of Corpus Christi, was standing in the cockpit of the Lockheed P-3 Orion as we soared through the air over the Gulf of Mexico on our way to do a few practice "interceptions" of planes flying as fast as 300 miles an hour.

It was terrifying and thrilling as our 117-foot-long plane came within 50 feet of another just like it, all while zooming through the sky.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6537 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fine except absurdly huge amounts of drugs still get thru. Going to guess everybody from the guys on these neato planes to the mex coppers have a daily list of who's paid up and who isn't.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't know about the ICE P-3s, but the Real P-3s have 8 wing hard points that could handle Zunis for a little '6 O'Clock High' action; just sayin......
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/20/2019 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  More drugs that come through, the lower the price, the lower the price the less criminal activity needed to fund them
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||

#4  But there is an optimal volume / price balance point. And the people collecting the bribes are not altogether rational in their future expectations. And the people wanting other people's drug turf are even less rational.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Fine except absurdly huge amounts of drugs still get thru. Going to guess everybody from the guys on these neato planes to the mex coppers have a daily list of who's paid up and who isn't.

We've been seeing stories like this in the news for as long as I can remember and yet there has never been a shortage of illegal drugs on the street. I don't believe for one minute that compassion for poor immigrants is the reason why so many in Congress refuse to secure the border.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/20/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#6  So Mexican law enforcement intercepts the drugs and then exports them to the US themselves?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2019 12:00 Comments || Top||

#7  I remember years ago the Lyndon Larouche booth at a gun show: Big poster of Queen Elizabeth. Underneath it said "World's Biggest Heroin Dealer." I'm definitely no fan of the Larouche nutters, but the poster made me smile cynically anyway. If you doubt that the Boosh clan wanted to be (and still wants) a piece of that action, go ahead and vote for 'em...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

Mississippi ICE Raids: No Employers Charged Yet for Hiring Illegal Aliens
[Breitbart] Nearly two weeks after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided five food processing plants in Mississippi for their hiring of hundreds of illegal aliens, no employers have yet been charged, federal records reveal.

This month, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across five food processing plants in Mississippi, netting the arrests of 680 illegal aliens. That same day, however, ICE officials said they released about 300 of the illegal workers back into the U.S. on "humanitarian grounds." More than 200 of the illegal workers had prior criminal records. The raids have already resulted in job fairs at some of the plants seeking to hire locals.

Despite federal affidavits alleging widespread exploitation and fraud at the five food processing plants, charges against the employers who are accused of "willfully" hiring the illegal workers have yet to be brought by federal prosecutors, the Clarion Ledger reported.

To date, only 40 of the 680 illegal aliens have had charges brought against them since the ICE raid.

Federal affidavits, as Breitbart News noted, allege that the food processing plant employers were fully aware that hundreds of their employees were illegally in the U.S. and in some cases, illegal workers said they were not asked for work authorization documents.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why we hate RINOs.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/20/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

Florida man wildly swings sword at jogger in fight over trash
[NYP] He’s Florida’s garbage guard.

An Oakland Park man attacked a jogger with a sword in an attempt to protect a plastic dump cart that had been thrown out in the trash, police said Monday.

The big stink started July 15 when the runner stumbled upon a pile of garbage in front of a house, and decided to grab the black heavy-duty wagon, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

That’s when the rabble-rouser got upset ‐ because he wanted the cart.

The two "exchanged words" but the jogger took the item anyway. When he got home, he realized the litter-lover had followed him, cops said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#2  Charming. A welfare state would want cash, not more welfare clients and dirt.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

#3  San Francisco and LA for Greenland.
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#4  ...San Francisco to LA for Greenland.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 19:52 Comments || Top||

Man who lost job, girlfriend threatens mass shooting of ‘good 100 kills’
[NYPOST] A Florida man who recently lost his job and got dumped by his girlfriend threatened to carry out a mass shooting over the weekend ‐ telling his ex that "a good 100 kills would be nice," according to cops.

"I wanna open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away," Tristan Scott Wix, 25, allegedly said in a text message to his ex.
That seems a tad ambitious...
"I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," the young man added, according to police. "I need a spotter."
“Help wanted: sniper spotter. Must have five years experience and 20/1 mile uncorrected vision.”
Wix, a resident of Daytona Beach, was arrested Friday in Volusia County and charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting. The local sheriff’s office revealed his text messages in a blurb.

"A school is a weak target," Wix allegedly said. "Id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people...I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?"

At one point, cops said he flat-out acknowledged that he could be arrested for his words.

"Ah well even if you told someone, me saying I wanna do it and think about it is not the same as actually doing it lol," wrote Wix. "Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I’m not crazy I just wanna die and I wanna have fun doing it, but I’m the most patient person in the world."
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Suicidal, demonic LOSERS.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 08/20/2019 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  People who can't write country western songs.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Until all the unicorn fart sociology theorists are tossed out of the schools and the Dept of Educational Malpractice is abolished we will only get more of this as it's what is being subsidized...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 8:33 Comments || Top||

#4  If this was Broward County, the Sheriff’s would need 40 such utterances before anyone noticed.
Posted by: Jack Salami || 08/20/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Forget what he says. He's a white male. Ergo, he just has to be a supremacist racist fascist privilegist trumpist.

Feed the narrative. Flood the zone.
"The story has changed" - Dean Basquet, NY Times editor
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  If this was Broward County,

He'd have been the student liaison to the BCSD...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
The US Army 'Been There Badges' continue
[Mil.com] Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."

The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.

There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.

"The Under Secretary of Defense has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal to service members who have provided support to CBP, starting from April 7, 2018 [until a date to be determined]," said Army Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Defense Department spokesman at the Pentagon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 12:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6597 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hat tip to the Brits, Auzzies, and Kiwi's on this one. They've got it about right, and had that way for a very long time.

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep you don't get a VC for turning up.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 17:10 Comments || Top||

#3  A "deployment" ribbon I could see. A medal though is an embarrassment.

What do the troops who have been detained by Mexican troops inside the US get pray tell.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/20/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#4  ...I'm not entirely okay with this, but this is an existing award - not like they created a new one for the occasion.

(Lord, PLEASE don't let me have given them any ideas....)

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/20/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Something like this Mike?


Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/20/2019 18:52 Comments || Top||

#6  They have plenty of metal that should be going into making a fence that they can use to make the medals.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 19:23 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Gateway Pundit: New Report Shows Leprosy on the Rise in Los Angeles County
If you're not happy about this, then you're racist.

Posted by: charger || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6544 views] Top|| File under:

#1  actually the law still bars people with leprosy from entry to the US

the problem is that leprosy is not easily detectable in its early stages and we are letting in large numbers

leprosy is curable but it takes a six month treatment with multiple drugs so it is almost impossible to manage this with a large population of homeless people

Posted by: lord garth || 08/20/2019 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Doctor to patient : " Well the good news is we will not have to amputate . " , "What is the bad news doctor ?" , " Your penis is so rotten it will fall off by itself sometime in the next couple of days. "
Posted by: Flesing Wittlesbach3140 || 08/20/2019 2:24 Comments || Top||

#3  "Keep the tip"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 2:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Getting closer to Raccoon City. What has rotten flesh, diseased mind and an LA temperament ?

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 3:16 Comments || Top||

#5  The civil disobedience campaigns of the Anti-Vaxxers and the Open Border People make for a chilling vision of returning to the eras of endemic plagues.
Posted by: magpie || 08/20/2019 4:34 Comments || Top||

#6  When can the rest of the country start quarantining visiting Californians?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/20/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||

#7  #MakeCaliforniaMexicoAgain
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/20/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#8  It already is Mexico.
Mass poverty, drug addiction, violent crime.
Shit schools. Universities going downhill.
Shit all over the streets.
Corrupt, clownishly incompetent politicians.

What's Spanish for Anschluss?
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#10  That's one way to solve the problem.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 19:25 Comments || Top||

Shopper finds dead man in her pickup truck as she loads groceries
[NYPOST] An upstate shopper made a horrifying discovery as she loaded up groceries from a supermarket ‐ a dead body in the back of her pickup truck, according to police.

The unidentified woman was at Tops Market in Lockport, near Rochester, Friday morning when she made the disturbing find, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

"She opened the tailgate of her truck to place groceries and noticed the dear departed male inside the bed," police said.

"She had no idea who it was," Sheriff James Voutour told the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.

Authorities had not identified the dead man as of Friday and were still investigating whether his death was an accident or crime, the sheriff told the paper.

Fingerprints and facial recognition will be used to try to identify the man, who was described as possibly Hispanic, in his 40s or 50s, about 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, and wearing jeans and a light-colored shirt.
Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hate it when that happens.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 1:47 Comments || Top||

#2  "ma'am, this is the coroner's office. Your problem sounds like a job for Triple A..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Inanimate Alien
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Undocumented Yet Docked
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Police, soldiers patrol Zimbabwe's Bulawayo as opposition protest thwarted
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Hundreds of police backed by soldiers and army helicopters deployed in the Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo on Monday to prevent an opposition protest from taking place, a show of force that stopped a demonstration for the second time in four days.

The Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) had called the Bulawayo event as it looks to rally support against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which it accuses of ruling with an authoritarian streak and blames for the country’s worst economic crisis in a decade.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under:

Elton John Defends Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's Private Jet Use
[Breitbart] Britain’s Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are famous climate change advocates but recently pop icon Elton John had to come to their defense over their habitual use of private jets to fly around the world on vacation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently took heat for flying off to vacation at singer Elton John’s $18 million mansion in Nice, France, on the French Rivera, even though they both regularly speak about climate change. Worse for the critical activists, it was the couple’s fourth private jet flight in only 11 days.

But, on Monday, Sir Elton spoke up for the royal couple saying that he not only paid for the flights out of his own pocket, but he also claims to have made a "carbon neutral" donation to paper over the trip, according to the Daily Mail.

The "Rocketman" singer insisted that when he arranged for the pair to visit his home, he also made sure to donate money to an "appropriate" carbon footprint fund.

In his remarks, Elton John said he is "deeply distressed" over the "distorted and malicious" attacks on Harry and Markle, and he feels the need to defend them "from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death," TMZ reported.

John insisted that he offered the couple a short vacation stay at his mansion because they have had a "hectic" year. He also wanted to reward them for their work for charity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 04:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mr Epstein was unable to be reached for comment.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Frequent guest of Geffen's yacht.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 9:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Carbon footprint fund? Isn't that like buying 'Indulgences'? Would he be allowed to have slaves if he contributed to NAACP?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/20/2019 9:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Friar Tetzel approves.
Posted by: charger || 08/20/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

US extends ban on passports for North Korea travel
[AlAhram] The Trump administration is extending a ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea
NO US Hostages
...hereditary Communist monarchy distinguished by its truculence and periodic acts of violence. Distinguishing features include Songun (Army First) policy, which involves feeding the army before anyone but the Dear Leadership, and Juche, which is Kim Jong Il's personal interpretation of Marxism-Leninism, which he told everybody was brilliant. In 1950 the industrialized North invaded agrarian South Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force opposing the invasion, with the United States providing around 90% of the military personnel. Seventy years later the economic results are in and it doesn't look good for Juche...
for another year.

A State Department notice released Monday says the ban will remain in place until Aug. 31, 2020, unless revoked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The ban was imposed in September 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and renewed in 2018. Tillerson took the unusual measure following the death of an American student, Otto Warmbier, who were tossed into the calaboose in North Korea.

The State Department says it determined "there continues to be serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention'' for Americans traveling to North Korea, according to the notice that will be published in the Federal Register this week.

The ban allows certain categories of American citizens such as aid workers or journalists to obtain a special validation passport good for one trip to North Korea.

The move comes amid stalled diplomatic efforts to restart nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Why US firms are desperate to retain ageing workers
[BBC] When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota.

After almost five decades manufacturing industrial products for such diverse industries as solar power and defence, the company could ill-afford to lose Mr Klug's expertise.

Like a number of US states, Minnesota has a labour shortage - specifically a skills shortage - and seeing his valuable experience disappear overnight would have left Alexandria's management with big shoes to fill.

According to the US Department of Labor, since March 2018 US monthly job vacancies have outnumbered unemployed job seekers. As the baby boomers reach retirement, it seems there are not enough millennials in the jobs pipeline ready to step in.

"We have a labour shortage and it's going to be a problem for the next couple of decades as the boomers leave the workforce," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

So, one answer for companies struggling to find staff is to ask workers like Mr Klug to put off retirement. He did.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As long as business treat employees as bottom line costs and not as assets, they don't deserve consideration. Those that refuse to spend on employee training because its a cost not an investment can go without. Nothing stops employers from signing contracts that trade training for a set time of employment to retain a ROI. When you treat them all as replaceable cogs in the machine you put yourself into that position of making some people irreplaceable. The problem is cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 7:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesn't sound like an economy on verge of recession to me...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Too many millennial got worthless degrees and felt that the jobs that are needed were beneath them. Now the millennials have worthless jobs, crushing debt and are crying for socialism to save them from their mistakes of ego.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/20/2019 8:55 Comments || Top||

#4  You nailed it DV! Senior are doing the jobs millennials won't do.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

#5  People who can read, do math, pass a drug test, show up in time every day and don't have tattoos up their necks and on their faces. Harder and harder to find nowadays...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Doesn't sound like an economy on verge of recession to me...

Yes. And when there isn't a recession before the 2020 election (just as the media had Swillary elected in 2016 and then that didn't happen) what will the "insurance policy" be?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Sounds like wages need to go up.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Other companies are illegally shedding workers over 50.
Posted by: Iblis || 08/20/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Other companies are illegally shedding workers over 50.

In the 'right-to-work' states they can magically declare a RIF. Locally, a firm that is self-insured and manages employee medical liability has introduced the unspoken 'disability RIF'. When the actuaries identify LTD candidates the company pushes the employees out onto Social Security Disability, and state unemployment.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Age discrimination. It's the law.
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

#11  "Hell they'll just replace everybody with robots " , " Where are they going to get people who can , adjust, program, and repair robots. " Not too many millennials can do calculus these days.
Posted by: Flesing Wittlesbach3140 || 08/20/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||

#12  Roc on Star Trek TOS "Ohhhhhh. The Old Ones..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 12:55 Comments || Top||

Man with mental illness kills four in Romania hospital
[DAWN] Four people have died and nine were maimed after being attacked by a patient in a psychiatric hospital, Romanian press reports said on Sunday.

They said a 38-year-old man who had admitted himself to the hospital in Sapoca, northeast of the capital Bucharest, entered a treatment room and attacked other patients with a transfusion stand.

Three of the patients suffered head injuries and died at the scene while a fourth died later in hospital, the reports said.

Among the nine injured in the attack, two were in a coma, they added.

"Everything happened in less than a minute," hospital director Viorica Mihalascu was quoted as saying.

"This patient was admitted on a normal surveillance level. His symptoms did not give an indication that a tragedy was imminent," she told Antena 3 television station.

Posted by: Fred || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Romania: emphasis on -mania
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

Great White North
Pro PRChina demostrators bully worshippers in Canada
[SCMP] Canadian police escorted worshippers out of a Vancouver church on Sunday, after flag-waving pro-China protesters surrounded the building while the Christians attended a prayer meeting for Hong Kong...

Chris Chiu said the incident at the Tenth Church, on a leafy street in the Westside area, had left him shaken and fearing...
The PRC brought its troops to the Hong Kong Border more than 2 weeks ago. This failed to intimidate HK. Now the PRC is fighting a PR war world wide and losing (even if they have Joe Biden and sons and Google to help them). If you are the PRC leadership it is getting very uncomfortable about now.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/20/2019 02:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  The Chinese government is taking a "Hong Kong is an unstable child who has thrown all its toys out of the crib. Moreover they are under the influence of dark foreign forces who wish to use them for their own ends."

Hard to dispute the last part, as the State Department has been meeting with protesters and meddling, as they always do.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/20/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  You just KNEW Herb would make the protests for autonomy and democracy an American Plot™

Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Is there ever any vetting done of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese who come to North America with their relatives' ill-gotten flight capital?

Is our political class just whoring for the ChiComs?

What an unbelievably stupid, self-destructive, f---ed up immigration policy these fools have imposed on us.
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Herb - you obviously have no idea what State Dept. political officers do. Keep digging bonehead...

FOAD x 2.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 08/20/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||

#5  It may have been designed with that optic as a ruse, but it was probably not about HK or China.

Commie protesters rushing, bullying a christian church in Trudeauland, hello ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Is our political class just whoring for the ChiComs?

Yeah, pretty much.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/20/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#7  And anybody who tries to apologize for it can FOAD.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/20/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Herbie, did it occur to you that they just might want freedom? The freedom that you clearly take for granted.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/20/2019 17:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Photos on social media show officers from the Vancouver Police Department’s public safety unit filming proceedings, standing guard at the door and speaking to protesters.

About as useless as Minneapolis PD with Somalians. Tits on a boar. What a shame.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/20/2019 17:29 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Chicago Teachers Union group's trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as ‘propaganda tour'
[Chicago Trib] Any doubts as to what is being taught indoctrinated in their classrooms? The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group's praise of the country's disputed government.

The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.

They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.

But critics say the group glossed over Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of "grave" human rights violations and violence against dissenters.

"I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour," said Karen Moody, a teacher and union member.

And though the four travelers regularly called themselves a "CTU delegation" online, the union representing close to 25,000 people has sought to distance itself from the trip, stating the CTU did not endorse, sponsor or fund the trip.

Asked on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" last week about "some controversy" surrounding the excursion, union President Jesse Sharkey said: "Members go all kinds of places in the summer. This was neither an official trip nor something that was funded by the union. This is a group of people who are members of the CTU who decided to go to Venezuela."

Yet, the official CTU Twitter account retweeted some of the group's updates, including a blog post titled "Introduction to CTU Delegation to Venezuela."

CTU also retweeted another post by teacher Sarah Chambers, one of the travelers and a member of the CTU executive board, which read: "While staying in #Venezuela, we didn't see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless... This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention."
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Out of their “collective” minds stupid.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 08/20/2019 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Red for Ed. They don't even make a pretense about what they are after...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Fire them and give them one-way tickets to Caracas.

Isn't that what they really want? To teach in a socialist paradise as Soldiers of the Revolution
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:12 Comments || Top||

#4  While staying in #Venezuela, we didn't see a single homeless person.

In fact hundreds of people lovingly shared the same housing. We saw true camaraderie imposed by the red gummint, which knows BETTER !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  "Went on a Carnival Cruise, saw no homeless."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/20/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

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