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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Portland Police: 'We Wish There Were Some Kind Of Organized, Armed Force That Could Fight Back Against Antifa'
[Babylon Bee] PORTLAND, OR‐In a press release earlier this week, Portland police chief Danielle Outlaw (her actual name), appearing somber and exhausted, said she just wishes there were some kind of group with the firepower and authority to fight back against Antifa.
Our hidden PCE-TC 28 meter indicates all objects in the graphic were stabilized at ambient temperature.
In a candid moment, Outlaw (seriously, her actual name) said there was just nothing the police could do, as they'd need to have some kind of organized, armed force specifically created to protect and serve the people.

"Like, what if we took money from everyone to fund a force that could then defend them in a time of need?" she pondered aloud. "They could have patrol cars, firearms, and attack dogs. Maybe even some tanks. That would be so frickin' rad. They could have a badge to show their authority. Then, when a rogue group like Antifa shows up to take over our city every weekend, they could be repelled using force if necessary."

"I know it sounds crazy, but a girl can dream, right?" she added wistfully.

Sadly, there is no such force in Portland, so citizens have been forced to turn to an even crazier idea: taking responsibility for their own safety and well-being, and maybe even buying a gun to protect themselves.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 12:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6562 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Your Mayor openly support Antifa over you, so keep dreaming. Send your organized crime unit into action little miss dreamer. Have them disrupt the comms and funding, go after a RICO charge to get fed funding, and all of the Antifa warriors will go back to their mommy's basements and play video games..
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/20/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I've always been pro law enforcement when they were on the side of good. When they side with the bad on orders from city hall, the picture becomes cloudy...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||

#3  "Just following orders," they were...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 12:52 Comments || Top||

#4  It's the Bee, folks.

What can ya' do?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/20/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||

#5  The Bee stings because it's closer to the truth than your daily paper or TeeVee...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 13:12 Comments || Top||

#6  The Bee just stung me. Thanks Mullah. But I gotta say it is so close to the truth.... And probably has more truth to it the NYT.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/20/2019 14:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Their satire hits home. Which is why Snopes is trying everything they can to get them thrown off platforms.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/20/2019 14:13 Comments || Top||

#8  From NewsBusters:

Snopes calls Babylon Bee ‘Most Shared Factually Inaccurate Content’

Snopes official Twitter tweeted an article titled “Study: Too Many People Think Satirical News Is Real” and wrote that “stories published by The Babylon Bee were among the most shared factually inaccurate content in almost every survey of this research.”

In this August 16 post, they were well aware that Babylon Bee is a satire website but have switched tactics to instead claim satirical news can be dangerous, saying “In a news cycle full of clownish characters and outrageous rhetoric, it’s no wonder satire isn’t fully registering with a lot of readers.”

The Babylon Bee made a formal response to the study in question, saying “From their view, we're just pretenders, using the label "satire" to our advantage so we can hoodwink the masses.” It later added “It's really extraordinary, especially since they've acknowledged in private communication with us that there is a ‘clear distinction’ between our satire and intentionally misleading fake news.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2019 19:01 Comments || Top||

#9  This is half the reason why Rantburg identifies the source website in square brackets at the beginning of the article.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||

#10  tw - and it's a good thing Rantburg does that. These days, it can be very hard to distinguish good satire (like from the Bee) and actual news.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/20/2019 19:32 Comments || Top||

#11  If it's Snopes, you KNOW it's DEM/MSM/Giganto Tech approved
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 20:30 Comments || Top||

Epstein sex abuse victims to face 'Financal Trust' hurdles in seeking compensation
[Aljazeera] Jeffrey Epstein wrote a will just two days before his suicide, saying he had about $578 million in assets that he placed in a trust, which could complicate efforts by women who say he sexually abused them to collect damages.

Epstein, who died Aug. 10 in a federal jail cell in Manhattan, asked that Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn be appointed as executors, according to a copyof the will filed Aug. 15 with the court in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All of his assets were transferred to the trust as of Aug. 8, two days before he died, assuring that details on how the proceeds are distributed may remain private. The will was first reported Monday by the New York Post, which also published a document detailing Epstein's fortune in real estate, cash, equities and other assets.

The real estate -- from his New Mexico ranch to his Manhattan mansion and private islands -- is held through various entities laid out in the will. The assets listed are similar to those in Epstein's unsuccessful bail request.

The valuation does not include his art collection, which is subject to appraisal, according to the document.

Indyke had served as an attorney for Epstein, the financier indicted on charges of conspiracy and trafficking, accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls. He pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to state prostitution charges in Florida, admitting to soliciting an underage girl. Epstein's estate is expected to face many lawsuits by women who claim he abused them when they were children.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 09:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6564 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, if the cops pull you over they can confiscate whatever cash you have on you and say "drugs." But if you run an international white slavery ring the law has your back. So reassuring...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Just tidying up a few lose ends with his legal team and grabbing a piece of nookie before check-out time. Money, sex.... in that order.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Nothing left after donations to the Clinton Globalist foundation
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#4  Nothing left after donations to the Clinton Globalist foundation

You never know if there's another named trustee(s), though. Perhaps with the initials WJC.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/20/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't you know, BP ? The highest donation the foundation ever got was only $ 2,400 according to the MSM.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  ...that was in US dollars, not rubles.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 19:56 Comments || Top||

John Solomon: FBI Knowingly Misled FISA Court (video)
[Gateway Pundit] Investigative reporter John Solomon from The Hill joined Lou Dobbs on Monday night to discuss the upcoming release of the Inspector General’s report on the origins of the Trump collusion spying scandal.

John Solomon told Lou Dobbs the report should come out in early to mid-September to early October.

John Solomon: I think where we are going to go next is the emergence of very strong evidence that the FBI knowingly and willfully misled the FISA Court. And the US intelligence agencies may have also been involved in what Bill Barr calls "political surveillance." It’s a term I’ve never heard before. He chooses his words clearly. The term ’political surveillance" could become very popular this fall.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6547 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And the court, did it know it was being misled or were these black robed tyrants simply naive ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 6:03 Comments || Top||

#3  So,the FBI has a huge mess to clean up

Won't happen with this fellow at the helm, I can assure you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#4  We'll see...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 08/20/2019 22:08 Comments || Top||

Portland Protests: The Antifa Violence Is A Feature, Not A Bug
[Victory Girls] To no one’s surprise, the Antifa violence at the Portland protests is a feature, not a bug. Yesterday Lisa wrote about Mayor Ted Wheeler’s super "tough" words about the planned protests. Did Antifa Listen? Survey says! NO.
"Portland police made arrests around town ‐ 13 by 3:30 p.m. ‐ as people posted video of the confrontations, including black-clad protesters breaking the windows out of a bus that was said to carry Proud Boys supporters. One person arrested on the east side was bleeding from the head.

Elsewhere, a large group of left-wing protesters encircled a man and what appeared to be a young girl in American-flag garb, taunting, threatening and chasing them.”
Four takeaways from that.

A. Antifa was absolutely wrong to use pepper spray and tasers to go after those they don’t agree with.

B. The masks and the get ups of both Antifa and the counter protestors...this isn’t ComicCon

C. WHAT THE HELL was that guy doing bringing his CHILD to these protests?? It wouldn’t surprise me if she spends the next while dealing with nightmares because of what the adult exposed her too!

D. All the cretins who then chased the guy and that little girl onto a highway ramp are why Antifa deserves ZERO consideration.

Elsewhere, a large group of left-wing protesters encircled a man and what appeared to be a young girl in American-flag garb, taunting, threatening and chasing them."

Does that report from Oregon Live sound innocuous? Yes. Police had to close streets and bridges in an effort to keep the various groups of protestors apart. Yet, that didn’t stop the Antifa punks from going after people verbally and physically.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If I were the proud boys I'd have some spies join Antifa Portland and get as many names as possible of Antifa members as possible and to record evidence...

The list of members could then be used in case of a lawsuit, or to inform their employers/parents of their activities, or to go after their employers if the employers support Antifa, or simply to sew dissension among the scumbags and get them hunting for spies and purging their ranks.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/20/2019 13:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I like it, ruprecht.

Note that the Panty-Fa loons are so cracked that they couldn't even recognize that National Review's Kevin Williamson was just tagging along with them, as a reporter. According to Williamson, at one point they actually began following him, thinking he wasn't just one of them but was actually the Panty-Fa Pantocrator.

All you need to go undercover, really, is some skinny jeans sagging down your arse and a hobbit-style black hoodie + black bandanna round your mouth.
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 13:53 Comments || Top||

#3  The 1968 Chicago "Protest" Riots at the DNC Convention weren't spontaneous. As my older sister told me that on the University of Oklahoma campus there were several busloads of students going and they boasted that that "Chicago was going to burn!" if the SDS/Weathermen didn't get their way.
So it's in the genes -- Stormtroopers just gotta Stormtroop!
Posted by: magpie || 08/20/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

#4  The disadvantage that the Right has here is that almost everyone will be employed or in some trade, indisposed for 24/7 of this shit. Antifa will be composed of unemployed welfare collectors and people on the DNC payroll. They can get paid holidays for this 'duty'.

Secondly, spreading mayhem and chaos needs no training or coordination. You just provide a direction for a mob and of it goes. While targeted crusade requires training, tactics and coordination. I'm not sure the 'proud boys' will have that. Clearly they need help.

That the police are afraid to lose their bloody jobs for touching antifas provides freedom from any fear or apprehension. The nationalists will not have that protection. In fact they are most likely arrested before the rioting even begins.

The right clearly needs players. Maybe those coming back from Afghanistan, Iraq veterans and ex-cops with some lead left can provide that ? If they did, the boys could run circles around these antifa and their federal protectors.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Congress should pass a law that crime forfeits government benefits. Maybe after the GOP wins the House.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/20/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||

Color-Coded Theory of Crime and Suicide Creates White Male Misery?
[WND] A CNN profiler was speaking about the El Paso shooting, on Aug. 6, in which 22 people were murdered by an angry white man.

She blamed the killer’s sense of white privilege. Mass murder carried out by white, young men, the "analyst" was saying, occurs because these young men cannot adjust to a changing society. They cling to the way things were, when the country was predominantly white.

In other words, the oppressor in these young white men wants to continue to oppress.

When whites commit unspeakable acts of violence, it is said to only ever come from a place of power and privilege.

When browns and blacks commit unspeakable acts of violence, it only ever comes from a place of powerlessness and deprivation.

With distressing regularity, we’re lectured that black or brown evil is a consequence of systemic oppression; white evil a result of frustration over having to relinquish the systemic role of oppressor.

For heaven’s sake: Let’s not be insensible to contradictions. Let us apply the same method, irrespective of the perp’s skin color, in uncovering the causation of crime.

It goes without saying that mass shooters all are evil, not ill. No good can come of medicalizing bad behavior. Mass shootings are "a moral-health, not mental-health, problem."

You can’t have a color-coded theory of causation; one for whites, another for blacks and browns.

Ditto for suicide. When a white man offs himself, it’s not because he’s no longer The Boss.

Like the profiler just mentioned, other social scientists implicate a "decline in income and status" in white suicide. It’s discounted and mocked, but, however you slice it, white male misery in America is real.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 04:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Identity politics is the lifeblood of both entitlement and the culture of victimhood. Identity politics is applied to everything else, why not 'crime and suicide?'

Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#2  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:32

Marx is a miserable god.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  For heaven’s sake: Let’s not be insensible to contradictions. Let us apply the same method, irrespective of the perp’s skin color, in uncovering the causation of crime.

Ilana Mercer was apparently born last week.

Hey, "conservative" commentariat, here's a thought.

How about you stop accepting all the left's core premises and stop assuming goodwill on their part?

Let me help you out here, little Ilana.

The left will never do as you plead because it's not about solving a problem, it's about the power that they accrue from pretending to address it.

See, dearie? It's not so hard.

Now you try!
Posted by: charger || 08/20/2019 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  From the transcript of the internal New York Times staff meeting last week, where the staffers peppered the editor with complaints that NYT isn't sufficiently woke:
Staffer to Editor: "I just feel like racism is everything..."

Yes. Racism is all he know on earth.
Racism explains the Laws of Motion, the cycle of Life, and the mysteries of human existence.
Racism is, like, everywhere.

And it provides a nice fat income to about a million or so untalented writers who don't know how to write, 3rd rate academics whose scholarship is shit, corporate HR "diversity & inclusion" weasels, and grifters at all levels of government and across the nonprofit sector.

The "Racism Is Everywhere" industry is the scam of the century.
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Culture is an important factor when one talks about crime. Are black criminals different from white ones ? Decidedly so.

If your upbringing involves disrespect of the law, hatred and historic grudge against the majority of your countrymen, and societal support for a delinquent lifestyle from a militant community with powerful representation... then yes, your criminality is different from that of the white guy.

The white guy is not taught from birth to try and wrest every opportunity to belittle 'the other', to not cooperate with authority or the law as a matter of principle. He is not given a get-outta-jail-free card in the form of a thousand strong mob and an over-represented black cockus.

Criminality in a white person must be evaluated differently than in a black person, even by watered down, modern criminal psychiatric standards. One window into the reasons and motivations for crime and extreme behavior in any society can be its entertainment arts.

Tangential rant on that. Woke literature and cinema is leeching the arts of meaning and talent too. Netflix started out great, some shows are still good, but you have to roll your eyes every time the racism, sexism, islamophobia or homophobia card is smacked in your face. Plus, there's the denigration of christian culture. The incorrigible homophobic mother who torments the daughter with sunday mass. The white cop with a crucifix tattoo who hassles the 'ballsy negro kid with dreams in his eyes'. A white poodle that decides to shit on a black muslim's porch leaving every other... Ok, maybe that was too much. But you guys get the idea. Also, they fucked Twilight Zone !

The divide in cultures is on the way to not only normalization and gross hostility but a bitter racial feud. Be ready for the most heinous black on white crimes the more 'empowered' they get.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

Graham: IG Report On Russiagate Will Be "Ugly And Damning"
[RCP] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told FNC's Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" that he wants to reveal what happened behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report is made public.

"I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning," Graham said. "Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The report will be accused of being a partisan witch hunt and the GOP will be intimidated out of prosecuting the evidence within. Just a guess, hope I'm wrong about the second part.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/20/2019 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably correct, ruprecht.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/20/2019 0:32 Comments || Top||

#3  ...IF we ever see it.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/20/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#4  I cannot be certain, but I believe I may have located an advance copy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 4:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, yeah! more cowbell!
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/20/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#6  A nice bookend to the Mueller report. Yada, yada, yada.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#7  Ugly! Damning! Disgraceful! Not pleasant at all!
But no indictments
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#8  Like a raid on a business employing illegals nothing will actually happen.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 10:47 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes. In South Carolina, "ugly" is getting BBQ sauce on your fingers if you are part of Lindsey's crowd...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 11:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Getting really, really tired of the charades. We are not gonna see jack egesta.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/20/2019 11:16 Comments || Top||

#11  Deliver that ugly baby ASAP and let the chips fall where the may.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/20/2019 15:48 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Authority just banned LGBTQ activities! Where are AOC, Omar, and Tlaib?
[Jerusalem Post via Right Scoop] The Palestinian Authority has just banned an LGBTQ group and all their activities:

JERUSALEM POST ‐ The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for "the bow"), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab-Israelis.

Explaining the decision to ban the LGBTQ group from operating in PA-controlled areas, Luay Zreikat, spokesperson for the PA Police, said that such activities are "harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society."

Zreikat said that the group’s activities were completely "unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus."

They aren’t just banning the group...
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 05:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In muzzworld, you can't eat the bearded clam, but you can use a rusty razor blade on it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Palestine has higher values and ideals? Who knew?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/20/2019 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  To all the LGBT people who think you're at the top of the victimology pyramid, think again.
Posted by: Tom || 08/20/2019 10:24 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Dementia care: Doing this activity for longer than normal could be a sign of the disease
[Express] DEMENTIA is now the UK’s biggest killer among the elderly with someone developing the condition every three minutes. A person doing a certain activity longer than normal could be a sign of the disease. What is it?
Now where is that Burg link? Do I have to call Fred again ?
Dementia said on their website: "Dementia is usually caused by degeneration in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts, memories, actions, and personality.

"Death of brain cells in this region leads to the cognitive impairments that characterise dementia.

"Most disorders associated with dementia are progressive, degenerative, and irreversible. The two major degenerative causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia."

Symptoms vary between Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all.

Alzheimer’s disease international said: "The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal form work or social activities.

A person with dementia may become very passive, sitting in front of the television for hours, sleeping more than usual, or appear to lose interest in hobbies."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 13:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Might as well burn money on anti-aging than research dementia in the elderly. It's cell-death, the bloody thing has got to die, right ? It's classic entropy.

Basically, enjoy your life while you still can. If you're messiahnically inclined, make it 'mean something'. I think enjoying it is better though.

"Life should be great rather than long." - Indian know-it-all
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#2  passive, sitting in front of the television for hours, sleeping more than usual, or appear to lose interest in hobbies.

Uhhh, sounds like retirement to me.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/20/2019 15:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh, oh. I've doing Rantburg regularly for about 15 years or so. I feel better informed. The left might say demented.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/20/2019 15:47 Comments || Top||

#4  A person doing a certain activity longer than normal could be a sign of the disease. What is it?

Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2019 16:16 Comments || Top||

#5  But Skid, you have such nice, silky hair on the palms of your hands...
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/20/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

Russia's bloody message to Turkey in Syria
[WashingtonExaminer] Tension between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and Syria spiked dramatically on Monday when Syrian-Russian axis warplanes bombed a Ottoman Turkish army convoy in Syria, killing at least three civilians.

Syrian-Russian axis ground forces are also very close to cutting off Ottoman Turkish access to a highway north of the rebel-held city of Khan Shaykhun. Turkey needs that M-5 highway to resupply a military observation post at the border between Syria's Hama and Idlib governorates.

Alongside the air strikes, the situation around Khan Shaykhun attests to an escalated axis effort to dramatically reduce Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
's influence in Syria. Erdogan's continuing support for Syrian rebel groups, including al Qaeda's Syrian syndicate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
, has infuriated the axis. But the axis isn't simply fighting terrorists. A large number of Syrian rebels are simply protecting their families from the axis annihilation campaign.

The axis hopes that by shutting off Turkey's access to its observation post it can push Turkey out of Hama governate and weaken Erdogan's resolve. That will allow the axis to shape the battlespace for a final offensive on Idlib governate. That matters because Idlib is the remaining key to the axis effort to crush the resistance. Testifying to their malevolent interest, the axis has escalated attacks on civilians (especially medical teams) in rebel-held areas.

As Charles Lister notes, Turkey responded to the air strike on its forces by deploying combat and intelligence aircraft into Russian-controlled Syrian airspace. That's an effort to nudge Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
, to reassess his decision to unleash Assad, or face Ottoman Turkish military countermeasures. But Putin will likely gamble that Erdogan doesn't have the stomach for an escalated fight. The Russians are far weaker in Syria than they pretend, but the same S-400 air defense platform that Erdogan has bought from Putin, is operated by Russian forces in Syria. It would impose heavy costs on the Ottoman Turkish air force in any fight.

That said, weakened at home, Erdogan may see a short escalation as a chance to rally his nationalist-Islamist base, then extract a cease-fire on better terms.

Over the past four years Erdogan has gone back and forth between resisting axis ambitions (in an effort to make himself the father-protector of Syrian Sunnis), and bowing to Putin. Alongside numerous other incidents, Monday's air strike proves that Putin retains the initiative.
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#1  Poor Turkey, my heart bleeds peanut butter
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Nation's Apple Orchards Brace For Horde Of White People
[Babylon Bee] HARVARD, IL‐With the crisp days of autumn approaching quickly, apple orchards are preparing themselves for the onslaught of families ready to fill their baskets with ripe fruit. Apple picking has become more than just a growing trend, and scientists warn that this year’s influx of visitors is expected to reach dangerous levels.

"Every year it gets worse," says sociologist Ian Andrews. "And without question, the vast majority of visitors come from white suburbia, something like 98.8%. We’re not sure what the draw is, but these folks come out in droves. We’re warning orchards everywhere to get stocked up on wagons, wooden cartoon cutouts, and of course apple cider donuts. If these things aren’t in place, there’s no telling what kind of riots could break out."

Experts note that among their favorite activities, white suburban customers enjoy waiting in long lines, yelling at their tired kids, and pretending to know what the different apple varieties taste like.

Paul Newton, who works at the family-run Oak Royale Orchard in Harvard, Illinois, is no stranger to the horde. "It takes your breath away when you see it for the first time. Minivans and SUVs descend upon us like a swarm of locusts. If you’re not ready, it’ll eat you alive."

Despite the challenges, orchards are grateful for the business and thankful their customers haven’t realized the same apples are available for a lot less hassle in their local grocery stores.

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#1  Near Harvard, IL and about 55 miles west of Chicago. Great family fun!

Edwards Apple Orchard
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||

#2  BTW If you visit the UK don't drink lots of Cider...
It's AppleJuice++
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/20/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Time for Cyril Kornbluth to reappear and write The Last White Man...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Love a good cider of the ++ variety.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/20/2019 14:57 Comments || Top||

#5  BTW If you visit the UK don't drink lots of Cider...

Try the Moloko Vellocet. That stuff will really get you going!
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'Fox has not changed': Bret Baier defends network against Trump attacks
[Washington Examiner] Anchor Bret Baier responded during his Monday show to President Trump's recent attack on Fox News, asserting the network "has not changed."
One picture worth a thousand words.
President Trump leveled a broadside against the network on Sunday, arguing its polls were not fair and some of its pundits were lackluster. "Fox is a lot different than it used to be. I can tell you that," he said, singling out Juan Williams and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile in particular.

Trump went on to criticize their recent polls: "Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox. There’s something going on at Fox. I’ll tell you right now. And I’m not happy with it."

"OK, well, Fox has not changed," Baier said after airing the president's comments. "We have a news side and an opinion side. Opinion folks express their opinions. We do polls. Our latest poll had the Democratic candidates head to head, several of them ahead of President Trump, and this poll tracks exactly what the RealClearPolitics average of polls ‐ even a little the other way ‐ and this poll matches what we are seeing out there."
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#1  But you will see no news-side report on what bullsh*t polls are most of the time.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I've not seen John Stossel around much in the past few years.

Fox News' John Stossel Calls LGBT Rights Movement "Totalitarianism," Because Sure, That's What's Going On
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Where could the Orange Man be getting these ridiculous "Fox has Changed" notions ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/20/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, just keep manufacturing fake polls to be the news story of the hour.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||

'Antifa' Activist Unable To Join Protest After Forgetting Ski Mask In Mom's Car
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Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ha. Reminds one of that classic Bee satire about the bicycle-riding community college philosophy professor who moonlights as a masked Panty-Fa thug, assaulting and trying to kill innocent people with his steel bike lock.
Oh, wait...
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:01 Comments || Top||

#2  "Benjy, are you cutting up my Tupperware again?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

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