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5 Detained For Death Threats To French Teen Who Criticized Islam As ‘Religion Of Hate'
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man charged in Capitol riot says he worked for FBI, holds top secret security clearance
[The Hill] A man who was charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot claims he’s worked for the FBI and holds top security clearance.

An attorney for Thomas Edward Caldwell, 66, made the revelation in a court filing on Monday arguing for Caldwell’s release from detention pending trial.

"He has held a Top Secret Security Clearance since 1979 and has undergone multiple Special Background Investigations in support of his clearances," Caldwell’s attorney wrote.

Caldwell, a Navy veteran, worked as a section chief for the FBI
... a section chief??
from 2009 to 2010, and he also ran a consulting firm that performed work for several U.S. government agencies, his attorney wrote.

The Hill has reached out to FBI for comment.

Police arrested Caldwell — an alleged leader of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group — on Jan. 19 and he is currently facing four federal charges, including conspiracy to commit an offense and obstruction of an official proceeding at the Capitol. It's the first conspiracy charge filed in connection with the riot.

The FBI accused Caldwell of helping organize a group of people who were seen in video footage wearing military gear and "aggressively approaching the Capitol."

The bureau also said that he sent a Facebook post from inside the Capitol, which read in part, "Us storming the castle. Please share. Sharon was right with me! I am such an instigator! She was ready for it man! Didn’t even mind the tear gas."

Emphasis added in last para.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 08:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just on the off chance...., have a look at his bank account(s). See by whom and when he was last paid for his contracting services, and for what services.

Oh, one more thing. Please run a JPAS 'look up' and check the status of his security clearance. Lastly, the following looks an awfully lot like an intelligence reporting contact.

".......Us storming the castle. Please share. Sharon was right with me! I am such an instigator!"
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Someday I'll see a "journalist" accurately describe the Oath Keepers or the Proud Boys.

I won't hold my breath for it, though.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/10/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  He organized a group and they were aggressively moving towards the Capitol. Help me understand the crime described by that?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/10/2021 12:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Conspiracy! Insurrection! C'mon, man!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/10/2021 14:51 Comments || Top||


Netflix Has Nothing to Say After Three Men from ‘Cheer' Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Minors
[Daily Beast] Netflix has a problem.

Last year the streaming service found itself a hit with Cheer, which followed Navarro College’s elite cheer team as they trained for the National Cheerleading Association’s championship competition, which sees hundreds of college teams flocking to Daytona Beach for the annual event.

Known nationally as a powerhouse team led by coach Monica Aldama, the cheerleaders attend the small junior college in the sleepy rural town of Corsicana, Texas. The docuseries highlights the athletes’ various heart-touching backstories as they practice day and night, risking breaking limbs as they back-handspring, jump, and perform gravity-defying stunts in order to bring home the coveted championship trophy.

It didn’t take long for cheerleader Jerry Harris to emerge as a breakout star. The always positive 21-year-old became beloved for his inspirational mat talks, leading viewers to root throughout the series for him to make it "on the mat" for the big competition.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 07:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Michelle Obama Launching Netflix Kids Show ‘Waffles and Mochi' About Healthy Eating
[Breitbart] Former first lady Michelle Obama is launching a new Netflix kids show titled Waffles and Mochi that will promote healthy eating and diverse foods from different cultures.

Michelle Obama announced that the show will debut on Netflix on March 16. "I’m excited for families and children everywhere to join us on our adventures as we discover, cook, and eat delicious food from all over the world," she tweeted.

The former first lady used the show’s announcement to promote Partnership for a Healthier America, her initiative to combat childhood obesity.

Barack and Michelle Obama signed a lucrative deal with Netflix in 2018 to develop and distribute content from their Higher Ground productions company. At the time, the couple said they wanted to produce content "touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights," and more.

It remains unclear if Waffles and Mochi is a Higher Ground production. It’s also unclear how frequently the former first lady will appear on the show. Among the couple’s upcoming Netflix projects is the recently announced movie Exit West, a migration-themed story about a refugee couple who use magic portals to travel to different destinations.

During her tenure as first lady, Michelle Obama promoted federal nutrition standards for school lunches. As Breitbart News reported, the Trump administration rolled back the standards last year in favor of giving schools more freedom around nutrition.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said at the time that the federal standards generated too much wasted food and lacked flexibility.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We bin dare dun dat...






An dare iz d'waffilz, u c d'laz pik
Posted by: Lemuel Whereting9158 || 02/10/2021 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Kids didn't eat her lunches, I wonder if they'll watch her show. Perhaps preschool teachers will force them as part of their early indoctrination.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/10/2021 12:49 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
French nun, Europe's oldest person, beats Covid-19 on eve of 117th birthday
[France24] Europe's oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, has survived COVID-19 and will celebrate her 117th birthday this week, her caregivers said.

Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre when she joined a Catholic charitable order in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus in her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, on Jan. 16. She was isolated from other residents, but displayed no symptoms.

Asked if she was scared to have COVID, Sister Andre told France's BFM television, "No, I wasn't scared because I wasn't scared to die... I'm happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else — join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother."

David Tavella, spokesman for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, said she was doing well.

"We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday."

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 08:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks for some good news, B!

Prolly a false-positive test...
Posted by: Bobby || 02/10/2021 15:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Ma'am, with the utmost respect, to me you'll always be "Sister Andre the Giant."
Posted by: Bertie Bluetooth5899 || 02/10/2021 21:49 Comments || Top||


Snow, ice, bitter cold: Winter to hit hard this week as polar vortex descends across the nation
[USA Today] A full dose of winter is in store for much of the U.S. this week as a polar vortex oozes its way across the nation and a nasty winter storm develops.

The north-central U.S. has been enduring dangerous, bitter cold for several days now because of a shift in the vortex from the Arctic into the U.S., AccuWeather said, and no letup in the frigid weather is in sight.

On Tuesday, wind chills as low as 40 to 50 degrees below zero were reported across portions of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, the National Weather Service said, and the cold will continue: "High temperatures will struggle to make it above zero from Montana to Minnesota through the next few days, with lows in the negative teens and negative 20s."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 02:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There goes the neighborhood
Posted by: Omatch Schwarzeneggar8071 || 02/10/2021 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2 

Begs the Inconvenient Truth FACTS regarding repeated Failed, Wrong, and False stated Scientific Climate Predictions. All of which have made Mega $$$Pay-O-La$$$ for the Doomsayers and research grants for the Pay for wanted facts Science Studies.

Now that so many Government related officials have likely knowingly said or made false statements to control Billions of Taxpayer $$$$$ for the "environmentally friendly" cause and Regulations items.

Shouldn't they all be Impeached and/or Banned any further any say in Gov. ?

A rags to riches selling panic...
The famous (Dr.) Paul Ehrlich of the Green Movement networth is between $2.2 and $4.5 Million.

Al Gore went from $1.4 Million to over $300 Millions selling Climate Panic.

Sure is good money in selling bad data.

BTW: Here's 18 proven FALSE CLAIMS made during the Green Earth Profit Making 1970's+ Movement. It is amazing how many still are biting the hook despite the actual data telling them they were mislead.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/10/2021 5:55 Comments || Top||

#3  As Eric Hoffer pointed out, a cult does not need a god, but it absolutely must have a devil.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/10/2021 6:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Eh. It's Minnesota. It's February. BFD.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/10/2021 6:49 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 WHERE DID ERICH HOFFER SAY THAT? i WOULD LIKE TO READ THAT ESSAY. aLSO, AREN'T WE SUPPOSED TO BE ALARMED OVER 'GLOBAL WARMING'?
Posted by: irish rage boy || 02/10/2021 8:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Sing-a-long Democrat Style

Posted by: Ulirong Prince of the Hemps5930 || 02/10/2021 8:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Gonna get lots of global warming all over my driveway this weekend.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/10/2021 8:45 Comments || Top||

#8  "Snowfalls are just a thing of the past."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 02/10/2021 10:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes. That's why they call it Winter.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/10/2021 11:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Just a weeeeee bit over the top with the hyperbole, USA Today...
Posted by: Raj || 02/10/2021 12:33 Comments || Top||

#11  fwiw, Hawaii is colder than normal today and Europe is getting a major snowstorm

some of the cold is 3 or 4 standard deviations from normal, some only a bit below normal
Posted by: Lord Garth || 02/10/2021 15:54 Comments || Top||

#12  Well out in the southwest we are in for some very very heavy......sprinkles....and 350 accidents.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 02/10/2021 22:38 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
N.Korea's Kim lays out paths to take with S.Korea, external affairs
"Biden? He delivers boodle! Idiot! Play him."
[Jpost] North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the paths for his ruling Workers' Party to take with South Korea and external affairs, state media KCNA said on Wednesday.

Kim called last month for more advanced nuclear weapons and said the United States was "our biggest enemy," presenting a stark challenge to US President Joe Biden just days before he took office.

Kim, who cemented his power at January's party congress with his election as general secretary, further discussed Pyongyang's five-year policy plan on the second day of the plenary meeting on Tuesday
Posted by: Frank G || 02/10/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Frankly, I use this map for the world, notice Korea isn't on it.

Posted by: Angerens Crotle8508 || 02/10/2021 4:44 Comments || Top||


Europe
French Politicians And Academics Want To Cancel American Cancel Culture Before It Spreads
[HotAir] An interesting piece from the NY Times about how the woke ideology of the American college campus is going over in France. The simple answer is not as well as you might imagine. In fact, there’s a lot of resistance to the import of American identity politics and woke ideology, at least among an older generation of French academics.
French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society. "There’s a battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities,’’ warned Mr. Macron’s education minister.

Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture...

The publication this month of a book critical of racial studies by two veteran social scientists, Stéphane Beaud and Gérard Noiriel, fueled criticism from younger scholars — and has received extensive news coverage. Mr. Noiriel has said that race had become a "bulldozer’’ crushing other subjects, adding, in an email, that its academic research in France was questionable because race is not recognized by the government and merely "subjective data.’’

The statement by Macron’s education minister would be widely denounced if it were uttered here, especially on campus. But in France, a group of 100 intellectuals wrote a letter supporting those comments. The letter specifically mentions the need to be honest about the threat of political Islam.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/10/2021 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wow. Maybe there's hope after all
Posted by: Albert Chereng9060 || 02/10/2021 11:12 Comments || Top||

#2  ^If your only hope are the French...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2021 12:15 Comments || Top||

#3  ...They know perfectly damned well that if we go down, there's no one left to save them and nowhere for them to run to.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/10/2021 14:03 Comments || Top||

#4  They recognize this yet they allowed islam to take over entire districts in Paris with diarrhea law.
Posted by: anymouse || 02/10/2021 21:21 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israel Tax Authority returns over half-a-billion new shekels to businesses
[Jpost] The decision to return NIS 511 million to Israeli businesses was prompted by the huge financial hits that businesses have taken since the pandemic began, suffering through three lockdowns.

Income tax surpluses, in the amount of NIS 250 million, have already been returned to 3,000 businesses as part of the process.

This isn't the first time the ITA has adopted such measures, putting NIS 1 billion in the pockets of citizens last year in March, and NIS 345 million in October.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/10/2021 12:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:


Japan-Israel ties blossom as 2020 investments reach record $1.1 billion
[IsraelTimes] Data compiled by consulting firm Harel-Hertz shows that Japan accounts for 11.1% of all foreign investment in Israeli high-tech, vs just 1.8% in 2016.
A question was asked the other day about China’s relationship with Israel. This shows a piece of Israel’s relationship of China’s neighbour, Japan.
Elchanan Harel said he expects the volume of Japanese involvement in Israel will continue to grow going forward.

"The trade war between US and China has created friction and startups are looking elsewhere and not to China for investments, especially in the fields of cybersecurity, AI and IT," he said in a phone interview. "This has led to greater Japanese prominence."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2021 02:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:


Science & Technology
UAE's 'Hope' Probe Successfully Enters Mars' Orbit
[AnNahar] The United Arab Emirates' "Hope" probe on Tuesday successfully entered Mars orbit, mission officials said, becoming the first Arab country to reach the Red Planet.

"To the people of the UAE, to the Arab and Moslem nations, we announce the succesful arrival to Mars orbit. Praise be to God," said Omran Sharaf, the mission's project manager.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/10/2021 11:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wow. Is there nothing oil money can't buy?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/10/2021 18:34 Comments || Top||


Let the cement flow and rebar support: SpaceX Boca Chica: Super Heavy BN1 Aft Dome Sleeved - Orbital Pad Receives Concrete
[YouTube] Concrete trucks arrive to continue the build up of the Orbital Launch Site. Meanwhile Super Heavy BN1's Aft Dome is sleeved in preparation for the booster's completion.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/10/2021 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6773 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Former Fictional SpaceMan reminiscent of a previous age considers the journey...


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