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Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed
towards the Gulf, Exxon evacuating, German mil. trainers evacuating
U.S. pulls some government employees from Iraq
The Untold Heroism Behind a
Marine's Secret Navy Cross from Benghazi
Brother of Bourke St attacker pleads guilty
to terrorism charge over Federation Square Melbourne gun plot
Explosive materials, detonator seized from home in Toronto San Francisco becomes the first US
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Top Posted by 3dc 05/15/2019  11:10 9 Comments 631 words Link to article
[Twitter]


ExxonMobil evacuating staff from Basra oil fields in southern Iraq
[Twitter]

German army halts Iraq military training amid Iran tensions

[IsraelTimes] Berlin says ’no concrete threat’ against its forces in the region, but decision comes after State Department orders non-emergency US embassy staff to leave Baghdad and Erbil.
All tied in with Iranian missiles stationed in Basra.
Things are getting interesting over there, so I’ve stacked the articles in one post for ease of perusal. See also the U.S. State Department is sending home non-essential personnel here.

Netherlands suspends mission in Iraq over security threats
Update at 2:15 p.m. EDT.
Baghdad (IraqiNews) The authorities of Netherlands announced, on Wednesday, suspending its mission in Iraq over security threats.

Dutch news agency ANP reported, today, that the Dutch government has suspended a mission in Iraq that provides assistance to local authorities due to a security threat. It added that the threats are directed toward the Dutch personnel who train Iraqi forces in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan region, along with other foreign troops, including Germany.

Meanwhile, a number of news outlets reported that the German government earlier announced halting its mission in Iraq amid heightening tensions in the region. However, Defense Ministry Media Director Major General Tahseen al-Khafaji said in a brief statement that Germany has not suspended training and is continuing to work with the Ministry of Defense.

According to the Dutch Ministry of Defense website, the Netherlands is contributing to the international fight against the Islamic State group by providing military as well as political and humanitarian support. Dutch military personnel support Iraqi forces on the ground with military training and advice.

Dutch military instructors have already trained a total of over 100,000 members of the Iraqi armed forces and Kurdish armed forces (Peshmerga). Since these forces have achieved the basic level required, the anti-ISIS coalition is now providing a higher level of training.


#1: So. The anti-US crowd didn't even have to push us all the way out to give iran a foot in the door. Who's more to blame: Sadrites or US DoS?
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 11:39 ||Top

#2: Set as today’s headline. Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of a SHTF situation.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-15 13:32 ||Top

#3: The Netherlands is also pulling out for the nonce. Interesting times — may we be the fan, not the soft, smelly stuff hitting it.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-15 14:18 ||Top

#4: "that the German government earlier announced halting its mission in Iraq amid heightening tensions in the region"

This is correct
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2019-05-15 17:15 ||Top

#5: But the Chip Diller Brits, who helped the anti-Trump dossier, say "nothing to see here. Everything is fine". Ima thinkrn we should demand a housecleaning at GHCQ before we share/work with them again
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 18:33 ||Top

#6: Iran has ballistic missiles in Iraq (the only Basra City I know about is in Iraq)???

and why would they need ballistic missiles to hit something in the Gulf?
Posted by: lord garth|| 2019-05-15 18:38 ||Top

#7: I guess Iraq is done exporting oil?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 18:41 ||Top

#8: Yeah, this whole story doesn't make sense. As noted above, why would Iran have missiles in Basra (without having invaded already) and why would they need ballistic missiles to hit Gulf targets? Is the writer just ignorant or poorly translated? Neither of those options makes me trust the rest of the info. Is ELINT a reputable news source for these sorts of things? I don't doubt things can go sour in an hour, but there are holes in the reports here.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 21:00 ||Top

#9: Plus, the German military is practically bankrupt and the Dutch are busy having a political crisis and probably want to show that "the Middle East is FINE" for those nasty "right wingers" we hear so much about. The slightest increase in tensions would be great excuses for both to pull out now that ISIS is mostly gone.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 21:01 ||Top


Top Posted by DarthVader 05/15/2019  09:09 4 Comments 0 words Link to article


#1: If being a Data-Hub and stealthy ELINT / AEW platform is this plane's "thing" then.... *Boggle* Where is the Electronics Warfare Officer that will do these space age stuff while the plane needs to be flown? If this can all be automated out then why not just design a UCAV, an unmanned drone, and fly it remote to do all of these things?
This is really looking like a mismatch of roles and equipment, IMO... Lots of $$$'s to make a plane that does too many things when specialist frames would do it better and cheaper.
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-15 12:27 ||Top

#2: The F-10s are worn out. They are not going to fly forever. Some people won't be able to handle that.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 12:43 ||Top

#3: A-10. Sorry for anyone who had a continence problem over that error.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 12:44 ||Top

#4: Senator from A-10 probably not going to fly very long either.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 12:45 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  07:50 8 Comments 1845 words Link to article
[MAIL] 'Thor' and 'Terminator: Salvation' actor Isaac Kappy has been confirmed as the man who jumped to his death from a bridge in Arizona on Monday, according to TMZ.

Officials confirmed on Tuesday that Kappy, 42, was struck by a Ford pickup truck after hurling himself from the Transwestern Road bridge onto Interstate 40, where he died, according a statement from Bart Graves, a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

In the 24 hours leading up to his death, Kappy posted a long statement on Instagram where he wrote, 'I have not been a good guy,' and 'I have been abusive to people who loved me.'

The self-admitted drug user made headlines in 2018 for allegedly assaulting Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, by choking her 'during a game night party.'

The native Angeleno has also publicly accused Seth Green of being a pedophile.


#1: A pillar of the lib / progressive community...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:00 ||Top

#2: It's in the blood, waiting for that F-150.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 08:04 ||Top

#3: hey, now!
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 08:10 ||Top

#4: When you don’t believe in truth and all your beliefs are built on sand, moral relativism or some cultist mumbo jumbo, then when your slats are knocked out from under you by life; you tend to be disappointed, angry and depressed. It’s a short walk to the bridge and there's a Ford 150 waiting for you. Such is the plight of many on the left.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 09:10 ||Top

#5: Then you wind up at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter smiles beatifically and says "Go to Hell..."
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 09:20 ||Top

#6: The native Angeleno has also publicly accused Seth Green of being a pedophile.

Perhaps he wasn't self-thrown.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:56 ||Top

#7: he was just a bit actor, in "Thor" he plays the part of a clerk in a pet store

some posts say he was a devoted of the Q movement
Posted by: lord garth|| 2019-05-15 12:14 ||Top

#8: Finally lands a noticeable roll.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 15:00 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  07:46 2 Comments 441 words Link to article
[Rooters] Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency babus government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces.

The U.S. State Department has ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the embassy said in a statement.

"Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended," it said, recommending those affected depart as soon as possible. It was unclear how many staff would leave.

On Tuesday, the U.S. military reaffirmed concerns about possible imminent threats from Iran to its troops in Iraq, although a senior British commander cast doubt on that and Tehran has called it "psychological warfare."

U.S. President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's administration has stepped up sanctions pressure by ending waivers for some countries to purchase Iranian oil - part of efforts to roll back the Islamic Theocratic Republic's expanding regional clout.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday he was getting indications from talks with both the United States and Iran that "things will end well" despite the rhetoric.

Washington has sent additional military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles in a show of force against what U.S. officials have said is a threat to its troops and interests in the region.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has said Tehran would retaliate against any aggressive U.S. moves.

A U.S. State Department front man said the decision to withdraw non-emergency staff was based on a security assessment, but would not give details on how many personnel were leaving.

"Ensuring the safety of U.S. government personnel and citizens is our highest priority and we are confident in the Iraqi security services' (ability) to protect us," he said.

"But this threat is serious and we want to reduce the risk of harm."


#1: Could it be Soetoro's 2012 troop pull-out was a bit premature, or was that phase number one of the Iran Deal ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 08:17 ||Top

#2: 1) State Dept. has too many employees.
2) Federal payroll is waaaaay to large.
3) Many of these people work for everybody but the American taxpayer.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:35 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  07:25 8 Comments 286 words Link to article
[Mil.com] Minutes after Tate Jolly arrived at the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a mortar hit the compound where an ambassador and another American had been killed and dozens more were trapped.

The Marine gunnery sergeant was one of only two U.S. troops with a small task force that rushed to respond to what quickly became clear was a coordinated attack on the U.S. State Department facility.

It was a remarkable mission. The closest military backup was hours away, which later led to fierce debate about how U.S. troops should be postured to protect Americans and diplomatic posts overseas.

"There was no one even remotely close to being able to go and get them in North Africa," a source familiar with the operation planning said. "The nearest airplanes were hours away and the nearest ground troops a day away or further."

The source spoke under the condition of anonymity to talk freely about the Sept. 11, 2012, incident, which remains a topic of controversy in Washington seven years later.

The scene was chaotic when the team arrived, and they quickly tried to restore order. There were nearly 30 panicked people who needed to be evacuated quickly, but the compound was under fire from multiple sides.

"Unfortunately, it was not a whole lot of offense; it was a whole lot of just holding guys off as long as they could to try and get out," the person familiar with the mission said.

Jolly, who declined a request for an interview, would ultimately be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism there. The soldier with him, Master Sgt. David Halbruner, received the Army's Distinguished Service Cross. The valor awards are exceeded only by the Medal of Honor.


#1: and Hillary should've gotten The Medal of Dishonor
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 08:27 ||Top

#2: Hillary is saying to herself: "I thought there were to be no witnesses left behind>"
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 09:12 ||Top

#3: don't say that or he may commit suicide with 2 too the back of the head
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-15 09:26 ||Top

#4: No neocon comment from Herb yet? Clearly these two are neocons.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike|| 2019-05-15 12:16 ||Top

#5: You have to ask why was this consulate so far from Tripoli in the first place? And why was the CIA annex already adjacent to it? What was going on in Bengazi that required the ambassador to be so unguarded and so far away from the Capitol city?
Posted by: Texhooey|| 2019-05-15 12:46 ||Top

#6: Stevens became an inconvenient person when he found out about the CIA gun running and he got the Uriah the Hittite treatment.
He was deliberately abandoned because the activities were of a corrupt nature with money changing hands
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-15 14:01 ||Top

#7: This repot has at least a few inaccuracies;

1 … what quickly became clear was a coordinated attack on the U.S. State Department facility.

The attack in question happened at the CIA facility 3 or 4 kms away. The attack at the DoS facility was long over by the time the D Boys arrived.

2 ….team headed to the consulate to bolster the diplomatic security personnel and GRS…

There was no “Consulate” in Benghazi and they headed to the CIA facility not the DoS facility.

Posted by: Bangkok Billy|| 2019-05-15 18:00 ||Top

#8: Secret, why?
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 18:16 ||Top


Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  06:58 7 Comments 117 words Link to article
[RT] A publicly-funded educational show for children 4-8 about an anthropomorphic aardvark took a turn for the even weirder, when it decided to teach kids the importance of accepting adult male-male inter-species love relationships.

Come on, if there was one thing kids’ TV programming was desperately crying out for, it was a gay cartoon rat getting married, teaching us all a timely lesson about “diversity.”

So, that’s exactly what the season premiere of the Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) “Arthur” cartoon delivered. The episode featured a surprise wedding between the titular aardvark’s humanoid rat teacher and his male partner who appears to also be an aardvark...as CNN put it, “leaving us all in happy tears.”


#1: But not having a TV / buying cable TV is child abuse...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:01 ||Top

#2: In the future, will there be cartoons that make the world safe for heterosexual, Christian white guy family men?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 09:44 ||Top

#3: I heard they're rebooting 'All in the Family'.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:36 ||Top

#4: Pikers.

The Loud House has had a mixed race gay dads with adopted child for years.

Lest we forget, what My Two Dads was really about.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 10:58 ||Top

#5: Oh, ala Bosom Buddies?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 11:02 ||Top

#6: It's about time, until now the gay cartoon rat and aardvark population has had nobody on tv like them as a role model.
Posted by: rschwarz|| 2019-05-15 11:30 ||Top

#7: It's about time, until now the gay cartoon rat and aardvark population has had nobody on tv like them as a role model.

Somebody misses the Obama years.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 16:49 ||Top


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Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  06:53 1 Comments 0 words Link to article


#1: I'll have a visa and a Big Mac.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2019-05-15 20:01 ||Top


Top Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/15/2019  05:48 0 Comments 559 words Link to article
[ABC.NET.AU] The brother of the killer who stabbed cafe owner Sisto Malaspina on Melbourne's Bourke Street has admitted to trying to buy a gun to prepare for a terrorist attack.

Ali Khalif Shire Ali,
...also known as Ali Ali, the highly connected Somali-Australian known wolf was arrested in the planning stage of a NewYear’s Eve shooting attack in support of ISIS...
22, today appeared in the Supreme Court to plead guilty to making inquiries about gaining access to a firearm and ammunition in preparation for or planning a terrorist attack.

The court heard the attack was planned to take place in Federation Square in late 2017 to "advance the cause of Islam through violence".

Ali was arrested at his home in Werribee during a series of raids by ASIO and other agencies in November 2017.

His case was due to go to trial in front of a jury until he pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
Kind of him to spare the taxpayers the costs of a long trial...
A plea hearing will be held in August.

Suppression orders have previously prevented reporting that Ali was the brother of Hassan Khalif Shire Ali,
...the Somali-born known wolf who also went by Mohamed Khalif and Hassan Shire will never reach his 32nd birthday, saving the taxpayers the expense of both a trial and incarceration...
who was shot dead by police when he drove his car into Bourke St and set fire to gas cylinders before attacking Mr Malaspina.

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali killed 74-year-old Mr Malaspina, who was well known in Melbourne as a co-owner of the iconic Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, and injured others in the Bourke St attack in November last year.

PERSON OF INTEREST
At the time of Ali Khalif Shire Ali's arrest, police said they believed he was trying to get an automatic rifle to "shoot and kill as many people as he could" around Federation Square, in Melbourne's CBD during New Year's Eve celebrations.

Federation Square is one of the most popular spots in Melbourne to bring in the new year.

He had been monitored by police, who said at the time that they made the arrest because he had been having face-to-face meetings about getting a gun.

But police stressed at the time that the man, who was described as being a "high person of interest", never actually managed to obtain a gun.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said at the time of the arrest, the result of the plot could have been catastrophic.

"This is a person who's expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could through shooting them in the Federation Square area on New Year's Eve. Horrendous," he said.

"If this attack were to have gone ahead, it would have been absolutely catastrophic, but the point is it was stopped."

Police also said at the time that Ali Khalif Shire Ali had accessed documents produced by Al Qaeda, including a "guidebook" on how to commit a terrorist act and how to use firearms.



Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  05:21 9 Comments 0 words Link to article


#1: Probably that "Spagetti & Pineapple" abortion that some company that wants to go out of business just came up with.
Posted by: Phomorong Pelosi5448|| 2019-05-15 07:38 ||Top

#2: Pizza the Hut?
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 07:55 ||Top

#3: Six-prop drone (hexacopter) with lights on every other leg, being illegally flown at night.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2019-05-15 08:12 ||Top

#4: Or a quadcopter seen at an angle...
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2019-05-15 08:22 ||Top

#5: Or an actual UFO trying to precipitate an interplanetary Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-15 09:23 ||Top

#6: It was Herb.
Posted by: gorb|| 2019-05-15 09:48 ||Top

#7: "Remember the Sulaco!"
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:02 ||Top

#8: "...uhny uftz..."
Posted by: JHH|| 2019-05-15 15:06 ||Top

#9: Did she have to be in Tennessee?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 17:42 ||Top


Top Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/15/2019  05:20 1 Comments 313 words Link to article
[MAIL] They were called the boom years. A postwar, 1950s America had a flourishing economy, which would give rise to fast-growing families and a generation, as well as the building and expanding of the suburbs.

Baby boomers, those born after the end of World War II in 1946 until 1964, enjoyed the prosperity of the period with more people buying televisions, houses – and the furnishings and appliances to go with the new abodes – and new, sleek cars with tailfins, many of which are considered classics today. Some of the new goods were bought on universal credit cards, introduced at the beginning of the decade.

While Europe worked on rebuilding, the United States started to flex its military might in its bid to stop communism. After the war, tensions between the U.S. and what was then called the Soviet Union began ratcheting up around 1947. On June 25, 1950, American forces were dispatched to the Korean peninsula in support of the South while China and the Soviet Union supported the North. The Korean War ended with an armistice three years later on July 27.

The two superpowers also sparred over who would land on the moon first. The space race heated up during the decade, and the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite called Sputnik in 1957. But the U.S. reached the moon first in 1969.

Rock ‘n’ roll hit the airwaves and the dulcet tones of Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore,’ soon were replaced in popularity with Elvis’ ‘All Shook Up,’ and ’Rock Around the Clock,’ by Bill Haley & His Comets. Hit shows, such as ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘Father Knows Best,’ and ‘Leave It to Beaver’ were watched on America’s black-and-white TVs.

Newly discovered images provide a colorful view of the country from coast to coast. The photos, like the one above taken in 1952 in Michigan, are part a recently launched website called the Lost Colour Library.


#1: Neat.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 15:40 ||Top


Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  05:11 5 Comments 1575 words Link to article
[MAIL] A farmer in Nebraska amputated his own leg with a pocket knife after it became caught in a corn hopper.

Kurt Kaser, 63, became stuck in the machine at his farm in Pender. Nobody else was home, or due back for several hours, and the hopper began to pull him further inside.

After trying and failing to free himself, he decided to chop off his leg - spending about five minutes sawing away at his own flesh, reports NBC News.

Following the DIY surgery, Kaser crawled 150 foot to his house to call 911 before being taken to hospital.

Speaking of his traumatic ordeal, Kaser said: 'I did what I thought I had to do, and it worked.'


#1: Need cell phone in dangerous situations.
Posted by: gorb|| 2019-05-15 09:51 ||Top

#2: Don't mess with Neb farmers. They're Bad A$$
Posted by: Warthog|| 2019-05-15 10:05 ||Top

#3: If there is cell phone coverage, if he could get to the phone, if there is time for rescue to arrive. Those augers are no joke at all; dude was lucky to have five minutes.

You are the first responder.

I get a kick out of people who come out here and their shit stops working. I get a bigger kick out of people who come out here because their shit stops working.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:24 ||Top

#4: I give you ... Jean-Pierre Hallet. He studied the pygmies, who I read about as a kid in his autobiographical work Congo Kitabu. As related in Badass of the Week(language warning):
Hallet had been fishing at the lake for a while in an effort to help provide much-needed food to a starving local tribe that had been hit hard by a nasty drought, when suddenly a double-stick of TNT f**ng blew off his right arm at the elbow, disintegrated his boat, and dumped him in croc-infested waters. Losing blood by the pint and surrounded by man-eating creatures well known for their propensity to sense such substances when they are present in the water, Hallet somehow swam all the way back to shore, walked a mile through the f**ng Congo to get back to his truck, and fashioned a makeshift tourniquet using just his teeth and his off-hand. But the danger still wasn't over – Hallet was still high in the mountains and the park gates were closing soon, so this guy friggin' floored it and hauled ass 200 miles down a narrow, unpaved mountain road, steering with one arm and holding onto consciousness despite losing blood from dozens of shrapnel wounds. He survived, made it to the nearest hospital, lived through surgery, and would eventually be fitted for a prosthetic Luke Skywalker-style replacement (though apparently decided that was "for pussies" and never wore
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-15 11:43 ||Top

#5: Jean-Perre Hallet's Congo Kitabu(1967)
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-15 11:46 ||Top


Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  05:08 4 Comments 100 words Link to article
[MAIL] Homeless encampments along the Sacramento river are damaging flood levees and could be putting more than 100,000 houses in danger, it has been revealed.

Some of the homeless have been digging into the slope of the levees to create a flat surface for their tents, potentially compromising the entire structure.

And, due to the number of tents, levee monitors are having a hard time finding the trouble spots that need fixing before the winter flood season.

In one instance, they discovered a large encampment had been hiding a four-foot deep trench that was dug into the slope of a levy.


#1: Homeless encampments along the Sacramento river are damaging flood levees and could be putting more than 100,000 houses in danger, it has been revealed.
What about the *cough* sewage *cough*? Does the city provide them each a Port-a-Potty™ and do they use it?
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-15 11:51 ||Top

#2: No, and even if they did provide them as needed, the homeless would trash them til they're unusable
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 14:08 ||Top

#3: In one instance, they discovered a large encampment had been hiding a four-foot deep trench that was dug into the slope of a levy.

Sounds like a latrine.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 14:57 ||Top

#4: Digging on either side of a levee weakens it, and water will find the weakness.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2019-05-15 17:27 ||Top


Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  05:07 2 Comments 134 words Link to article
[MAIL] South Carolina has declared a statewide hepatitis outbreak after cases surged four-fold.

Hepatitis A has seen a resurgence in recent years across the US. Between 2016 and 2018, there were 300 percent more cases than there had been in the previous three year period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.

In South Carolina, what began as a single county outbreak has spread to 19 jurisdictions, leading to 59 hospitalizations and even killing one person.

South Carolina is not, in fact, among the nine US states that have seen hepatitis A increases of 500 percent or more - but it does have one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions of any US states.

And health officials blame the rise in hepatitis A on the opioid epidemic, which has fueled both dangerous needle sharing and homelessness.


#1: Both coasts.

San Diego’s Hepatitis Outbreak Is A Man-Made Disaster
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 11:11 ||Top

#2: Somehow I doubt that the homeless that are fecalizing the area are citizens.

Maybe we need a bleach shower on the border.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-15 16:08 ||Top


Top Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/15/2019  05:00 2 Comments 172 words Link to article
[CP24] A father and son from Richmond Hill are in police custody after York Regional Police say they seized explosives along with a detonator from their home last Friday.

York Regional Police say that on May 9, they were made aware of a suspect being investigated by both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service and the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The next day, officers executed a search warrant on a home in the Larratt Lane area, near Canyon Hill Avenue and Bathurst Street.

An unspecified quantity of explosives and a detonator were removed by OPP and York Region officers.

On Monday evening, two men were arrested and charged with one count each of possession of an explosive device.

They were identified as Mahyar Mohammadiasl, 18, and Reza Mohammadiasl, 47.

The investigation is ongoing.

Both men are expected to appear in court in Newmarket on Tuesday.

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CTV News Tuesday that there "is no national security issue" regarding the arrests and the discovery of explosives in the home.


#1: Both men have a version of Mohamhead in their name, but no national security issue. Carry on.
Posted by: gorb|| 2019-05-15 09:40 ||Top

#2: Amazing that their names weren't Jon or Edwin.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 20:56 ||Top


Top Posted by Skidmark 05/15/2019  04:53 12 Comments 69 words Link to article
[MAIL] San Francisco supervisors approved a ban on police using facial recognition technology, making it the first city in the U.S. with such a restriction.

The ban is part of broader oversight legislation that orders San Francisco departments to spell out details of any surveillance currently in use and any surveillance they hope to use.

Departments will need to get board approval to continue using or acquiring technology.


#1: "Stopped Clock" syndrome. Even SF got this right.
Posted by: Phomorong Pelosi5448|| 2019-05-15 07:35 ||Top

#2: looks like a virtue signaling to me

security firms could use facial recog and their findings could be used by govt
Posted by: lord garth|| 2019-05-15 10:05 ||Top

#3: Yes. "Arm's length" is how USIC hired Steele.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 10:25 ||Top

#4: how will their iphones unlock?
Posted by: Yosemite Sam|| 2019-05-15 10:30 ||Top

#5: Legislation bans municipal but not personal, business or federal government use.

Too many false positives between the sidewalks and city hall.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:09 ||Top

#6: In unrelated news Al Queda has set up their North American headquarters in San Francisco.
Posted by: rschwarz|| 2019-05-15 11:23 ||Top

#7: ...too many false positives...

Too many sanctuary types match for feces on the street...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 11:41 ||Top

#8: they wouldnt want to "out" all the chinese spys in the Bay Area
Posted by: 746|| 2019-05-15 12:47 ||Top

#9: As CCTV cameras proliferate in public spaces so will facial recognition systems.

With any kind of automated detection or testing, accuracy and interpretation will be an on-going problem. Did our early warning radar just pick up a massive ballistic missile launch or is it just a flock of birds? Does this DNA sample match one from the crime scene?

Facial recognition systems work by comparing features shared by two images and outputting a probability that they are the same. That probability gets turned into Yes/No depending on how you set the dial. But underneath, it's a probability.

Humans are notoriously bad at dealing with probability. If the odds of winning the lottery were 75%, we'd rush to buy a ticket. And be totally stunned if we lost. But 75% means 25 times out of a hundred you lose.

If you cloak probability in the mantle of authority, it's hard to resist an expert witness claim in court that there is a 75% chance this guy is the perp. But remember that 25 times out of a 100 thing? As I understand, the Chinese are going all in with facial recognition as part of their Social Credit system. That should tell you something about the uses and abuses of the technology.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-15 13:55 ||Top

#10: Nicely explained, SteveS.

In unrelated news Al Queda has set up their North American headquarters in San Francisco.

Truly or snark, rjschwarz?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-15 14:21 ||Top

#11: Who would be the first to know, TW?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2019-05-15 14:33 ||Top

#12: I don’t understand your question, Bobby. Clearly I’m mentally slower than usual today.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-15 14:46 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  04:20 14 Comments 285 words Link to article
[The Hill] Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) voted against one of President Trump’s judicial picks Tuesday over past controversial comments the judge made about former President Obama.

Romney, who faced off against Obama in the 2012 presidential race, cast the lone GOP no vote against Judge Michael Truncale, who was ultimately confirmed to the Eastern District of Texas by a 49-46 margin.

Truncale raised eyebrows in 2011 when he called Obama an "un-American imposter."

He later told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was "merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama," adding that he did not subscribe to "birtherism."

However, Romney found enough fault with the original remark to vote against Truncale’s nomination.

"He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn't subscribe to that in a federal judge," Romney told Politico in a brief interview.

"This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party," he added.

Romney has emerged as one of the few GOP critics of Trump, often hitting the president over his rhetoric. He most recently bucked the White House by opposing its plans to nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board.

Though he votes in line with the president more often than not, he is more likely to oppose the White House than most other Republican senators, according to a tally compiled by FiveThirtyEight.


#1: Romney is a liar. Herman Cain dissagreed with Romney on a topic during a debate once. Former Texas gov Rick Perry and Romney also disagreed on a topic during a discussion. If you dissagree with Romney on any thing, he resents that and is vindictive. He is a lot like Obama.
Posted by: Bob Jesing9847|| 2019-05-15 06:51 ||Top

#2: I'd say a message to Mitch from Trump saying "don't bother sending me anything to sign with money for Utah in it..."
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 07:54 ||Top

#3: Vote against Rombles for not attacking Barry.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 08:02 ||Top

#4: Romney is the same type of "republican" as Flake and McStain.

They are vain and narcissistic globalists that think they are better and know more than the peasants. And they resent you for disagreeing with them.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2019-05-15 09:04 ||Top

#5: Something in the water down there. Maybe we should just cut it off entirely...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 09:14 ||Top

#6: 2012, the election that featured choosing the best choice between two losers.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 09:32 ||Top

#7: he did not subscribe to "birtherism."

Wonder what the birth certificate of a trans-border polygamist says?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:44 ||Top

#8: Romney hasn't been in the closet since he was governor of MA. Always has been a great believer in his own infallibility just like any SJW.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-15 10:47 ||Top

#9: Took the role of opposition party so seriously he can't stop when his party is in power.

Not a fan of Obama's but at least his horrible Presidency made half the country wake up. An Romney Presidency would have lasted one term and just cemented in a permanent Democrat majority.
Posted by: rschwarz|| 2019-05-15 11:26 ||Top

#10:
Posted by: Anomalous Sources|| 2019-05-15 15:38 ||Top

#11: I am occasionally under under the opinion that we may have dodge bullets with McCain and Romney loses.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 15:47 ||Top

#12: Romney is a Bain in the ass.
Posted by: Slomoling Phusoper9782|| 2019-05-15 18:12 ||Top

#13: This guy was the Republican nominee for the presidency. So was McCain. Obviously, the nomination process is broken.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2019-05-15 19:57 ||Top

#14: Romney is becoming more and more of an obvious scumbag. He could credibly be claimed to just be an idiot a decade ago; that is no longer the case. McCain, on the other hand, was always a scumbag. May he burn in hell for all eternity.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 20:53 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  03:50 7 Comments 233 words Link to article
[The Hill] Former CIA operative and current congressional candidate Valerie Plame said Monday that FBI surveillance of President Trump's 2016 campaign was not spying.

"I absolutely do not [believe spying occurred]. These are professionals in our intelligence community, both in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the CIA. I have to believe that what happened was that there was real cause. And the bar is extremely high to collect information, particularly on a U.S. citizen," Plame, a Democrat running for a House seat in New Mexico, said on CNN's "New Day."

During congressional testimony last month, Attorney General William Barr called the FBI’s surveillance of members of Trump's 2016 campaign "spying." Trump has also used the term.

The Justice Department's inspector general is now reviewing whether the FBI followed correct procedures in applying for a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Republicans have said the FBI improperly relied on details from the dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele when applying for the warrant.

"So I don't know all the details of what led to that, but I think Attorney General Barr's rather casual assessment that the FBI spied on candidate Trump is a little too loose with the facts," she continued.

Fairly extensive BIO on Plame found at this link.


#1: "I absolutely do not [believe spying occurred]. These are professionals in our intelligence community, both in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the CIA.

"Professionals" such as Comey, Stryzak, Page, McCabe, and Rybicki ?

I always chuckle silently when I read about Dick Armitage and Bob Novak "blowing Plame's cover". Everyone working out of an embassy (any embassy) is automatically assumed to be an intelligence asset. Here in the States, foreign embassy folks are issued Diplomatic car tags and travel restrictions. This is done for a reason.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 04:04 ||Top

#2: This Joo-Hating Fake CIA "Operative" Trash is running for Congress as a ....Democrat. Wh'd a thunk it?
Even pompous attention whore Joe Wilson got tired of her shit
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 08:35 ||Top

#3: And there was former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger who used his position of trust as a former Cabinet official to steal highly-classified documents from the National Archives but then he was an amateur.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 08:47 ||Top

#4: People like Val position themselves so that when they lose they can talk about how it says so much about what is wrong with the rest of us. Sign me up...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:57 ||Top

#5: Not spying spying.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2019-05-15 08:59 ||Top

#6: "Everyone working out of an embassy (any embassy) is automatically assumed to be an intelligence asset."

I thought she claimed to be a NOC. Wiki - Plame served the CIA at times as a non-official cover (or NOC), operating undercover in (at least) two positions in Athens and Brussels.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy|| 2019-05-15 17:21 ||Top

#7: I thought she claimed to be a NOC. Wiki - Plame served the CIA at times as a non-official cover (or NOC), operating undercover in (at least) two positions in Athens and Brussels.

OC to NOC, NOC to OC.....that must be a real challenge for the document folks, not to mention the asset. How about USEMBASSY 'meet & greet' gopher, pretty face, and bullshi* artist.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 17:28 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  03:41 3 Comments 95 words Link to article
[American Thinker] We often describe the specter of tens of thousands of unvetted migrants rolling into our country in terms of "losing control of the border," but a new piece by Daniel Horowitz describes what's going on at the New Mexico border near El Paso as something just a bit more literal.

Writing for Conservative Review, Horowitz found:
Our elected officials in Washington appear to "happy" as well. They must be, they're doing very little about the escalating problem.


#1: Maybe the answer is to hold state law enforcement in border states responsible for drug traffic into the rest of the country. Put a few county sheriffs and maybe a couple state police commissioners in ADX Florence for life and things would change quick.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 09:35 ||Top

#2: Put a few county sheriffs and maybe a couple state police commissioners in the 'Desert Perp Walk' and things would change quick
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:38 ||Top

#3: What happens when more than one cartel realizes how good the gig is? They'll start to fight, with each other. So the kind of violence Mexico has seen with cartels fighting over turf in strategically useful places is effectively about to be imported here.

Uh, been to Chicago lately?
Posted by: Slomoling Phusoper9782|| 2019-05-15 18:08 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  00:21 10 Comments 55 words Link to article
BLUF:
[Washington Examiner] "We believe that insurance policy is not just about investigating the Trump campaign," Nunes said. "We believe it's to ensure that they were able to get the FISA warrant on Carter Page so they could go in and look at the emails in the campaign."



#1: Perhaps the FBI was interested in any success DRT might have been having:

Trump campaign planned for WikiLeaks dump, tried to acquire Clinton emails, Mueller report finds.......The report also details Trump’s interest in finding another cache of Clinton documents: 33,000 emails from her home server on which she also conducted some work as secretary of state that hadn’t been retained and were tardily deleted by a technician after they were subpoenaed by the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Link to story.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 00:44 ||Top

#2: Or they were interested in planting incriminating emails..
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2019-05-15 01:05 ||Top

#3: #1 Perhaps the FBI was interested in any success DRT might have been having:

To whom are you referring to by the initials "DRT"?
Posted by: Injun Grick6186|| 2019-05-15 05:40 ||Top

#4: Evidence under subpoena? Oops, an honest mistake, erasing them. The backups too? How unfortunate. What a coincidence.

Any legal minds want to tell us what courts assume when evidence under subpoena is destroyed by the defendant?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 2019-05-15 06:56 ||Top

#5: got to love NBC's usage of adjectives - 'tardily' deleted the emails. most people would say 'illegally' deleted the emails.

as a great mind once said, 'at this point what difference does it make? amirite?'
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136|| 2019-05-15 07:19 ||Top

#6: The Dems are all about Russia investigations until it looks like they are the focus of the wrong-doing.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 08:31 ||Top

#7: To whom are you referring to by the initials "DRT"?

Dead Right There?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:39 ||Top

#8: Just a thought, but we should pass a law saying that any politician that knowingly passes disinformation must put "I lied to the voters for political gain" after the "I approved this message" on all future campaign ads.
Posted by: rschwarz|| 2019-05-15 11:57 ||Top

#9: #8 nailed it. Dig McSsssssschtain up and wassssssch hissssssch mouth out with sssssccccchoap. And do the same for Meggie Moo and Cindy (on The View would be nice) as an example to other would be dynasty garbage.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 13:01 ||Top

#10: Dead Right There?

I think B is maybe referring to Donald Trump. Onle thing is, Trumps initials are DJT.
Posted by: Harcourt Hatrack6311|| 2019-05-15 18:16 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  00:11 3 Comments 1228 words Link to article
[Washington Examiner] Trey Gowdy said on Tuesday that former CIA Director John Brennan is in more jeopardy than former FBI Director James Comey for the use of an unverified dossier for the Trump-Russia investigation.

During an interview on Fox News, the former Republican congressman from South Carolina discussed a document he saw as a leading GOP investigator before his retirement from Congress.

"I think that it's one more place for Mr. Durham to start," Gowdy said, referring to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been tasked by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation.

"That's a pretty easy thing to sort out, who insisted that the dossier or the unverified material from Chris Steele be included," he said. "But ... sometimes when you have two people, I can tell from you having been in the courtroom, sometimes when people are blaming each other, they are both right. It's both of them. And I think it's interesting Brennan and Comey right now, the only thing they seem to share is a hatred for Donald Trump. It's going to be interesting if they begin to turn on one another. I've seen the document. I'm not going to describe it any more than that, Comey's got a better argument than Brennan based on what I have seen."

His interview Tuesday follows a Fox News appearance on Monday in which he encouraged investigators to track down emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016.

Host Martha MacCallum, who conducted the Tuesday interview with Gowdy, said Fox News is reporting that those emails show Brennan discussing with Comey the use of the unverified dossier in the U.S. intelligence community's assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election.


#1: Attorney General Barr:

Please hand me the file on the Clinton Foundation Please. Yes, the Clinton Foundation.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 00:17 ||Top

#2: It is said "The face you wear is the face you have earned." I'd say Brennan is in a lot of trouble.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 08:26 ||Top

#3: Brennan and Steele belong on a desert island taking turns buggering each other for food.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:47 ||Top


Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  00:07 2 Comments 120 words Link to article
[Breitbart] On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s "Hardball," host Chris Matthews said that Attorney General William Barr is "out to destroy the government, the FBI, everything, in order to cover the tracks of the president."

Matthews said, "[I]t’s an embarrassment to have an attorney general who looks like a Roy Cohn, a guy who will do anything to defend the president, and now has become his hitman. Not only will he play defense, he’s out to destroy the government, the FBI, everything, in order to cover the tracks of the president."

He continued by asking Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) how he can "stop Barr from doing what he’s out to do now, destroy the FBI?"


#1: Sorry Chris Matthews, you are a day late and a few dollars short. The destruction was done in the last administration. We are in the clean-up and rebuilding phase now. Please stay on the page and keep up.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 08:28 ||Top

#2: The FBI will survive and I suspect the bulk of the FBI, the non-appointees and non-politically promoted hacks, will continue doing what they do (and possibly smiling as those that politicized the bureau face the music.
Posted by: rschwarz|| 2019-05-15 11:54 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:03 0 Comments 85 words Link to article
[Jpost] The IDF forces locked away
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
eight Paleostinians overnight on Monday in the West Bank who are suspected of being involved in terrorist activities, popular terrorism and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces. The suspects were transferred for questioning.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:03 0 Comments 151 words Link to article
[Jpost] A suspect who crossed the security fence in the southern Gazoo Strip was tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
by IDF soldiers on Tuesday night, the IDF spokesperson reported. The suspect was found with a grenade. He was taken in for interrogation.

Incendiary balloon fire burning in Eshkol region

[Jpost] An incendiary balloon fire is burning in an agricultural field in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel. Firefighters and emergency personnel are on the scene dealing with the flames.



Top Posted by Besoeker 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 283 words Link to article
[Mark Steyn] On this second anniversary of The Mark Steyn Club, we're proud to present the first of a special two-part edition of The Mark Steyn Show in which I talk with George Papadopoulos, the first Trump campaign member to plead "guilty" in the Mueller investigation. I've seen plenty of three-minute telly hits with Mr Papadopoulos and always wanted to know more, so I figured, after a year or more of waiting, that I might as well interview him myself.

There were two reasons I was intrigued - first of all, because (as I've written before) young Papadopoulos seemed to me to be obviously the "mark" of multiple high-level well-connected figures from America, Britain, Italy, Australia and elsewhere, but also because several of those persons such as Boris Johnson and Alexander Downer were known to me personally. George Papadopoulos has now set down his account of what happened these last four years of his life in a new book called Deep State Target, which I highly recommend. And just within the last twenty-four hours the Attorney-General has appointed a prosecutor, John Durham, to investigate the origins of the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" - the "counter-intelligence" operation that targeted Papadopoulos and other Trump campaign staffers.

That's quite something: the cabinet officer to whom the FBI is politically accountable needs a special investigation to figure out what a subsidiary of his department was up to during the last election campaign. There is much more to come out.

So we begin where George's story begins - with a young Beltway think-tank wonk watching an unlikely presidential candidate descend an elevator in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper. Click below to watch:


#1: Papadopoulos's story just doesn't seem entirely credible. I don't know where the lies are but feel like there are some.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2019-05-15 23:49 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 3 Comments 153 words Link to article
[Jpost] Paleostinians are planning to mark Nakba Day ‐ "Catastrophe Day," the Gregorian calendar day for Israeli Independence Day ‐ with strikes and rallies in the West Bank and Gazoo Strip on Wednesday.
I'm OK with airstrikes
On the eve of the occasion, Paleostinians reiterated their opposition to US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s upcoming plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the "deal of the century."


#1: Isn't every day napkin day for the paleos?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:26 ||Top

#2: Ideally, Israelis would hand out sweets at sunrise every morning just to ruin the practice for pisslamist paleo pukes.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 11:59 ||Top

#3: I at first read this as "Palestinians to mark 'Naked Day' with protests, strikes".
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance|| 2019-05-15 22:19 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 868 words Link to article
[IsraelTimes] Envoy Mohammed al-Emadi says if recent escalation between Israel and terror groups had continued for a few more hours, the world would have ’witnessed humanitarian catastrophes’.

Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
will continue to provide small grants to impoverished Paleostinian families in the Gazoo Strip over the coming six months, a Qatari diplomat said Tuesday evening.

In the past nine months, Doha has made $100 payouts to needy families in the coastal enclave on a number of occasions.

The Qatari envoy said the funds for the needy families will come from the $180 million the Gulf state pledged to send to the Strip last week, which he said "will directly serve Gazoo." However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
he did not say how frequently Doha intends to provide small grants to impoverished families in the next six months or how large they would be.

Over the past two days, under the supervision of the Qatari Gazoo Reconstruction Committee, postal banks in the Strip have handed out $100 bills to tens of thousands of poor families.

Emadi suggested that Doha does not intend to cover the salaries of the Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede,-appointed civil servants in the coming days.

"We will discuss these salaries later on," he said, adding that he thinks Hamas authorities will not "have a problem covering the salaries" themselves after Qatar pays out the funds it has pledged to do so for fuel and other humanitarian projects.

In late 2018, Qatar paid out $10 million on two occasions to cover the salaries of most of the Hamas-appointed civil servants. Israel’s government was harshly criticized at home for allowing the money to go to Hamas.

POWER AND A FIELD HOSPITAL
The Qatari diplomat said that Doha would also use the $180 million it allocated to Gazoo to continue to pay for fuel to power the Strip’s sole power plant until the end of 2019.

Since October 2018, Israel has also allowed for Qatari-purchased fuel to enter Gazoo to run the power plant, significantly increasing the hours of electricity many Paleostinian families in the territory receive daily.

Emadi said Qatar would also put aside $50-60 million of the $180 million to support a 161 kilo-volt power line, which the Quartet ‐ the US, Russia, UN and EU ‐ has said could eventually provide an additional 100 megawatt hours of electricity to Gazoo.

Gazoo currently receives some 190 megawatt hours of power, even though its average demand ranges between 500-550 megawatt hours.

Part of the 161 kV power infrastructure has been built, but significant work needs to be completed before the Israel Electric Corporation can start to feed electricity through it from the Jewish state to Gazoo, Mohammed Thabet, a front man for the Gazoo Electric Distribution Company, said in a phone call.

The Qatari envoy added that the funds Qatar pledged to send to Gazoo last week would also support United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
-supervised cash-for-work programs.

A number of Paleostinians in Gazoo recently started temporary jobs as a part of the cash-for-work programs.

Emadi noted that Qatar, in coordination with what he called "the American institution for humanitarianism," would start work on building a field hospital on 40 dunams (10 acres) in northern Gaz


#1: Good news the US does not need to pay any more money to Gaza as Qatar is paying it.
Posted by: BernardZ|| 2019-05-15 12:23 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 143 words Link to article
[Ynet] Tehran's 60-day ultimatum to Europe, China and Russia to renegotiate the 2015 agreement brokered by Obama and rejected by Trump could leave the Islamic Theocratic Republic with no option but to go cap in hand to the Americans, unless the ayatollahs are playing a more dangerous game

Iran’s leaders don’t have suicidal tendencies. Their every move is calculated, with cost-benefit considerations in mind. Thus, the latest crisis which saw US military move Patriot missile batteries to the Mideast - fearing an Iranian attack - will probably result in some type of negotiations between the two sides.

In the Western world, however, no one understands exactly what’s going on inside the heads of the ayatollahs and to where this will escalate.


#1: If the ayatollahs are concerned about economics they should consider very carefully what a shooting war would do to their economy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2019-05-15 11:28 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 69 words Link to article
[DAWN] Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) told the stock exchange on Monday that gas and condensate was discovered from its exploratory cum appraisal Mangrio Well 1, which is located in district Tando Muhammad Khan, Sindh.

The well was drilled down to the depth of 2,676 metres. It has tested 10.44mmscfd gas, 120 barrels per day condensate through choke size 32/64 inches at wellhead flowing pressure of 2,085 Psi from lower Guru B-Sand.



Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 247 words Link to article
[DAWN] Amid outcry over alarming reports of spread of HIV in Sindh, five new cases have surfaced in Thatta in the wake of blood screening exercise, say official sources.

Focal person of HIV/AIDS Control Programme in Thatta Dr Umme Farwa told Dawn on Monday that so far two female and three male patients, including the one who reported that day and were found to be infected with HIV, had been referred to a Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
hospital for further confirmation of the disease.

She said that out of them, one later tested negative in Karachi, two of them did not bother to travel to Karachi for reasons best known to them and the one who did visit Karachi’s Civil Hospital rushed back to his village near Thatta without seeking medical help.

She said that when she contacted the patient and asked about his abrupt return he replied that he got scared on being informed about the procedure of the treatment and decided not to get treated there.


#1: It's very simple: don't have sex or share needles with Paks.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2019-05-15 11:30 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 229 words Link to article
[DAWN] US police on Monday launched a bid to evict Americans who have been occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington for weeks in protest against opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The administration of President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
and some 50 other countries recognise Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate acting leader as he tries to force the departure of President Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela's attempt at producing a Muammar Qadaffy...
amid an acute economic meltdown.

Police with flashlights approached the Washington embassy compound on Monday night, removed chains attached to its gates by the pro-Maduro activists, and spoke briefly to those inside.
Beat the Code Pink Commies like they're Anti-Maduro protesters



Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 173 words Link to article
[DAWN] The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistain chief Khadim Rizvi and former TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri in a case lodged against them for launching a violent protest against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi from blasphemy charge.

The two firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
religious leaders have been granted bail against surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

Qadri, who had been booked under sedition and terrorism charges, had resigned from the TLP on May 1 citing health issues and, on the court's earlier directions, issued a public apology for his remarks.

The two-member bench, comprising of Justice Qasim Ali Khan and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal, granted the bail to both till July 15.




Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 161 words Link to article
[DAWN] An international fact-finding mission is urging that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
abuses.

The UN Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday that there has been no progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's mostly Moslem Rohingya minority, more than 1 million of whom have fled military "clearance operations" in the northwest Rakhine region.

The statement issued in Geneva said the situation was at a standstill.

Myanmar authorities have razed deserted Rohingya villages and those remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear.


#1: following in DRT's footsteps.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:52 ||Top

#2: So, let's see; Myanmar gathers up Moslems and either runs them out of the country or puts them into camps and the UN is horrified.
China takes Moslems and puts them into "re-education" camps and the world yawns.
Posted by: Alistaire Untervehr8459|| 2019-05-15 15:08 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 255 words Link to article
[DAWN] The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad in response to reports of fake marriages, forced prostitution and organ trade has withheld 90 visas of "Pak brides" and launched an investigation into 142 cross-border marriages that took place in 2018, said Lijian Zhao, deputy chief of mission at Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, in an interview with UrduNews.

The interview, published on Tuesday, was conducted in the backdrop of a crackdown against suspected Chinese nationals of their involvement in alleged fake marriages. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has over the past fortnight placed in durance vile
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
scores of Chinese nationals and their suspected local abettors from various parts of the country in connection with its investigation into a transnational gang allegedly involved in contracting fake marriages between Chinese men and Pak women, who are later forced into prostitution and the illegal organ trade.

"Last year, about 142 Pak women applied for wedding visas after marrying Chinese nationals while this year, so far, 140 Pak brides have applied for such visas, " the envoy said, indicating a drastic increase this year. The embassy has withheld at least 90 visa applications and alerted the Pak authorities.

Talking about recent reports of abuse, the diplomat denied media reports about Pak women being subjected to forced prostitution and organ sale in China.



#1: launched an investigation

"Why weren't there more?"
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:58 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 597 words Link to article
[DAWN] Sri Lankan police tossed in the clink
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Moslem-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.

Soldiers in armoured vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how Moslems had hid in paddy fields to escape mobs carrying rods and swords, incensed over the murderous Moslem attacks.

The April 21 attacks, claimed by the murderous Moslem Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, targeted churches and hotels, mostly in Colombo, killing more than 250 people and fuelling fears of a backlash against the island nation's minority Moslems.

Mobs moved through towns in Sri Lanka's northwest on cycle of violences and in buses, ransacking mosques, burning copies of the Holy Koran and attacking shops with petrol bombs in rioting that began on Sunday, Moslem residents said.

Police said they arrested 23 people from across the island for inciting violence against Moslems, who make up less than 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's 22 million people who are predominantly Sinhalese Buddhists.

Police front man Ruwan Gunasekera said the situation is under control and no new incidents had been reported on Tuesday.

But a nationwide curfew from 9pm to 4am (local times) would be in effect for a second night.

The lone fatality of the riots was a man killed while trying to protect his home from attack.

When mobs arrived in the Kottramulla area on Monday evening, Mohammed Salim Fowzul Ameer, 49, went outside while his wife, Fatima Jiffriya, stayed with their four children.

Jiffriya, 37, then heard shouts and sounds of fighting.

"I opened the door to see my husband on the ground in a pool of blood, the police right in front and the mob running," she said.

"His heart was still beating hard, I took him into my lap and started to scream for help," she added, her voice breaking, as women consoled her children at an uncle's house ahead of Ameer's burial.



#1: Tough break for the guy and his family. This is what happens when it hits the fan in non-Western countries. People take it personally and impose collective punishment.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2019-05-15 04:54 ||Top

#2: impose collective punishment

Yes. This is why it's important to limit the power of collectives.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 07:49 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 159 words Link to article
[DAWN] Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran does not seek war with the United States despite mounting tensions between the two arch-enemies over Iranian nuclear capabilities and its missile programme.

In comments to bigwigs carried by state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
, Khamenei also reiterated that the Islamic Theocratic Republic would not negotiate with the United States on another nuclear deal.

"There won't be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance," Khamenei was cited as saying by the state media. "We don't seek a war, and they don't either. They know its not in their interests."



#1: sounds like some other ppl in Iran may be writing checks they don't want their asses too cash
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-15 09:30 ||Top

#2: Maybe they should not talk so much trash next time.
Posted by: gorb|| 2019-05-15 09:43 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 167 words Link to article
[TWITTER]




Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 204 words Link to article
[MURASELON] Hamameyat and Kernaz towns east of recently captured town Kafr Nabudah.

According to the source, jihadist groups led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
and Jaish al-Izza started attacking the army positions in the targeted areas coming from their positions in Tall Abu Zaid at the evening where the army troops intercepted the attack and managed to fully wipe out the attackers.

The source added that Tiger forces units managed to destroy 6 heavy vehicles for the rebels including tanks and BMPs as well as destroying 3 technical vehicles, mostly by ATGMs and artillery strikes.

No info yet how many Death Eaters were killed but early reports say more than 20 while their bodies still in the battlefield area.

Early on, the Syrian army managed to score new advance in northern Hama and captured Tall Hawash (hill), Hawash and Jabriyah.


#1: Nah. Jihadis are like snowflakes and Democrats, incapable of embarrassment.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-15 07:08 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 3 Comments 311 words Link to article
[AnNahar] Gunmen killed four Catholics in a religious procession in north Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
a day after a priest and five parishioners were murdered at mass, church officials said Tuesday.

The parade with a statue of the Virgin Mary was moving through the town of Ouahigouya on Monday when "a group of Death Eaters intercepted the procession, killing four worshippers and burning the statue," said a front man for the Ouagadougou Cathedral.

According to the Burkina Faso news agency AIB, the assailants stopped the procession. "They let the minors go, executed four adults, and destroyed the statue," it quoted a local person as saying.

Paul Ouedraogo, president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, told a meeting of bishops in the capital Ouagadougou the attack had claimed four lives.

The killings came a day after a group of 20-30 gunnies, according to witnesses, burst into the Catholic church in Dablo, also in the Nord Region of Burkina Faso, shooting dead five parishioners and their priest.

The attackers set fire to the church, several shops and a small cafe before heading to the health centre, which they looted, burning the chief nurse's vehicle.


#1: OUAGADOUGOU CATHEDRAL
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 07:52 ||Top

#2: Great slideshow Woody, thanks.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:28 ||Top

#3: They let the kids go? That's amazingly unusual, especially for both who was involved and for the region this happened in.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 20:56 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 322 words Link to article
[AnNahar] A Sri Lankan province north of the capital was under indefinite curfew Tuesday after the first death in anti-Moslem riots in the wake of the Easter terror attacks, police said.

A nationwide night curfew was relaxed in all areas except the North-Western Province (NWP) where a Moslem man was killed by a mob on Monday, police said, in a violent backlash against last month's bombings.

The 45-year-old died of injuries sustained when a crowd stormed his carpentry workshop in the Puttalam district in the NWP and slashed him, official sources said.

Elsewhere in the province, mobs torched dozens of Moslem-owned shops, vandalised homes and mosques in a day of rioting.

"The curfew in the NWP will be continued until further notice," front man Ruwan Gunasekera said. "Security forces are assisting police who have been ordered to use maximum force to contain the violence."

Police said they had gun sex and used tear gas at several places to deter people attempting to attack mosques.

In the adjoining district of Gampaha, mobs smashed Moslem-owned restaurants and at least one garment factory, official sources and residents said.

In an address to the nation on Monday night, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a countrywide curfew was declared to prevent unidentified groups orchestrating communal violence.

"At several places in the North-Western Province these groups created trouble, damaged property," Wickremesinghe said.

"Police and security forces have contained the situation, but these (unidentified) groups are still trying to create trouble."



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 164 words Link to article
[ToloNews] At least sixteen Talibs were killed in an operation carried out by Afghan forces in Farah province, local officials said on Tuesday.

According to the officials, the operation was conducted in Posht Road district in Farah.

At least 21 other Talibs were maimed in the operation, said Hashmatullah Ahmad, an Army in Farah.

He said that dozens of Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attacked security check posts in the district but their attack was pushed back.

Ahmad said that two mines were defused in the area.

One soldier killed and two other soldiers were maimed in the operation, he said.

Taliban has rejected the claims.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 235 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] A key holy warrior commander has defected from Taliban
...Arabic for students...
ranks in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military said Monday.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said Monday that Takhtemesh, a key commander of Aman Group of Taliban defected to armed forces in Almar district of Faryab province.

The statement further added that Takhtemesh was previously involved in terrorist-related activities under the commander of Aman, one of the most prominent leaders of Taliban in Faryab.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban have not commented regarding the Arclight airstrike so far.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 167 words Link to article
[Rudaw] At least eight Death Eaters were killed in a Special Forces raid targeting a group of high-profile attack planners of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
in South-eastern Ghazni province.

"In Andar district, Afghan special forces targeted Taliban high profile attack planners killing 8 Taliban fighters and detaining 1," the military sources said Tuesday.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters including Taliban have not commented regarding the raid so far.

Ghazni is among the relatively volatile provinces in South-east of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 174 words Link to article
[Rudaw] Recent festivities between Ottoman Turkish security forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have resulted in the death of at least two soldiers and injury of three village guards from Ottoman Turkish side and at least two from the PKK.

"Sgt. Zekeriya Zencirli, an infantry expert, was martyred on May 14 following an attack by terrorists," read a statement from the Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry on Tuesday, without disclosing where he was killed.

Ottoman Turkish media later reported that he was killed during a skirmish with the PKK in the far southeast of the country near the border with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.



Top Posted by Anomalous Sources 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 22 words Link to article
[IOTWReport]


#1: Potty-mouthed 14-year-old anti-PC comedian with nearly 1million YouTube followers vows to keep making her videos after coming under fire for donning hijab and mocking Muslims
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 04:35 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 207 words Link to article
Lots of links within the original article.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
makes no secret of its intention to once again deploy its Syrian militia proxies, known as the Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) or the self-styled National Army, in future campaigns against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Ankara is actively investing in the fighting force to fix its shortcomings, exhibited time and again since its first deployments on the Syrian battlefield in 2016.


#1: SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger , about that level of competent(?).
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-15 02:29 ||Top

#2: Apparently the Turks are unwilling to give their lackeys heavy weapons
Posted by: Joper and Company5309|| 2019-05-15 07:00 ||Top


Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 125 words Link to article
[Rudaw] Nineveh police launched an investigation into a reported robbery on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella that ended with the severe beating of two elderly Christian women and robbery of a mother and daughter.

"Nineveh Police Staff Commander Hamad Namis directed the formation of an investigative committee comprised of a number of specialized officers to investigate the incident of two criminals carrying out an armed robbery on the house of a Christian family in the Bartella district of Nineveh province," said Saad Maan, the spokesperson for the Iraqi interior ministry, in a statement on Tuesday.

The two [elderly] women, a daughter and a mother, were beaten and had their belongings stolen, according to the statement. "Quick measures have been taken," Maan added.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 701 words Link to article
[Rudaw] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) cells hiding out in the Qarachogh Mountains of Makhmour have torched several local crop fields in recent days after farmers refused to pay the turbans taxes. Farmers say they could be forced to leave if security does not improve.

"ISIS set our fields on fire today and the fire hasn't been brought under control yet," Ismael Sadiq Siyan, whose family owns land in Ali Rash village at the base of Mount Qarachogh, told Rudaw.

ISIS hard boys, keen to recuperate their strength following their territorial defeat in 2017, have now set their sights on the spring harvest of 27 villages on both sides of the Qarachogh Mountains.

"ISIS wants to take taxes and combine harvesters from the people, taxes that they call Zakat," Halgurd Khidir, a Peshmerga commander on the Qarachogh front line, told Rudaw, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"They have asked for 15 percent from the people. They have asked for $4,000 for each combine harvester working in the fields."

Khidir said the Peshmerga stationed on the mountains have seen an increase in ISIS movements since last month.

"We see them down there in broad daylight," he said.

ISIS appears to be using the same tactic of scorching farms elsewhere in Iraq. The group’s Amaq propaganda outlet announced on Tuesday that turbans had set fire to a farm in Diyala province. "A farm belonging to Riyadh Tami to the south of Bahriz in Diyala province was burnt. He is a commander in Tribal Hashd," read the statement.

One resident of Girda Shin in the Makhmour area, who wished to remain anonymous, told Rudaw ISIS turbans had entered their village two days earlier.

More than once the turbans have painted the words "Islamic State is here to stay" on the walls of houses around the village, they said. The villagers have since removed the graffiti.

"As partisans, whatever they intend to do they do in the night and then return to their places. At night, they say that whoever considers himself a man should dare come outside," the resident added.

Peshmerga commanders in the Qarachogh Mountains confirmed crops have been burned. ISIS also set fire to a number of fields near Ali Rash on Tuesday, they added.

A local source, who also asked to remain anonymous, confirmed to Rudaw that fields were burned in villages near Ali Rash on Sunday.

"Much fear and panic is spread among the people," the local source said.

If the security situation does not improve, the Kurdish areas of Makhmour could be emptied, the source warned.

"A friend of mine who is a farmer is saying he will leave Makhmour after Eid," the source claimed.

"If you go outside Makhmour a little bit you can see the fires."

The resident of Girda Shin also said they intend to leave due to the threats.

"If you don't have any security or safety here, how can you remain here? Your family cannot take it anymore if shooting starts at night," the resident added.

ISIS has become more brazen in Makhmour in recent months, routinely interacting with locals out hunting for desert truffles in the Qarachogh Mountains.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 115 words Link to article
Reverting to old patterns.
[Rudaw] Locals from a predominately-Kurdish town outside of Kirkuk claimed that a large number of Arabs "carrying firearms," forcefully invaded their homes on Tuesday. Villagers responded by contacting the Iraqi Army, who are responding to the incident.

"Today more than 300 Arabs broke into Palkana village to invade and once again Arabize the village," Badradin Yusef, a member of the Sargaran Township Council, told Rudaw.

Palkana village is near Sargaran town, west of Kirkuk city. Despite the declared defeat of the Islamic State



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 484 words Link to article
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on Tuesday two Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
snuffies in Mosul, once capital of the group’s sprawling self-proclaimed "caliphate".

In a press statement, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said that troops of its 20th division have arrested two Islamic State snuffies in Al Amel district in Mosul based on intelligence reports.

"The two snuffies were wanted by the Iraqi judiciary for getting into fights against our security forces during the military operations to liberate Iraqi lands from the Islamic State group," the statement read.

Iraq’s anti-terrorism law empowers courts to convict people who are believed to have helped jihadists even if they are not accused of carrying out attacks.

Experts estimate that Iraq is holding 20,000 people in jail over suspected IS membership. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
there is no official figure with the Iraqi government declining to provide estimates about the number of the foreign detained bandidos bandidos holy warriors or those who have Arab or Iraqi origins.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 278 words Link to article
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) Iraqi security forces incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
a ISIS (Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
) member and his wife who had used to act as tax collectors for the turban group in Mosul in Mosul, north of the country, local media reported.

BasNews website quoted Nineveh police Captain, Mohammed Jassem, saying the pair was arrested as per a tip-off, and were being referred to interrogators preparing to send them to justice.



Top Posted by trailing wife 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 195 words Link to article
Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
gunnies killed two rustics in in an attack in Diyala province late Monday, local media reported Tuesday as the country struggles against remnant bully boy cells.

The attack, the second of its kind in Habib Abdallah village the town of Khanaqin, left a father and his son dead, according to Shafaaq News.



Top Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 218 words Link to article
[Breitbart] The NGO migrant ferry Mare Jonio has been seized by the Italian authorities after attempting to circumvent the blockade against migrant transportation put in place by Matteo Salvini.

Members of the crew of the ship have been accused by the authorities of aiding illegal migration after the vessel was able to covertly dock at a port in Lampedusa on Friday, according to a report from Italian newspaper Il Giornale.

Only a day prior, the ship had collected 30 migrants off the coast of Libya in the Search and Rescue (SAR) zone who were on a rubber boat.

At around dawn Friday morning, members of the Guardia di Finanza, military police under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Economy and Finance, boarded the vessel to search for “irregularities” which, according to Il Giornale, they found. The ship was subsequently confiscated.

Mediterranea Saving Humans, the NGO behind the Mare Jonio, said they were surprised by the announcement, claiming that no irregularities had been found and that they were looking at pursuing kidnapping charges against the government.

This is not the first time the NGO has run into legal trouble. Last month it was announced that the head of the NGO, Luca Casarini, and Pietro Marrone, who commands the Mare Jonio, were being investigated for aiding people trafficking and illegal migration.


#1: Wow! If Italy ever gets tired of Salvini, can we have him?
Posted by: Tom|| 2019-05-15 12:02 ||Top


Top Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 356 words Link to article
[Jpost] The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, urged the German Social Democratic Party’s think tank on Monday to not stage an Iran nuclear deal conference with an institute that hosted the Holocaust denial conference in 2006.

Grenell wrote to The Jerusalem Post by email: “IPIS [Institute for Political and International Studies], the Iranian MFA think tank, hosted a Holocaust denial conference in 2006. Both Germany and the United States condemned the event. Nobody from this group should be given a platform.”

An Ebert Foundation event spokeswoman confirmed to the Post via telephone that the foundation’s conference with the Holocaust denial institute will take place on Tuesday in Berlin.

SDP’s think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is reeling from anti-Israel scandals, including disinviting the distinguished Israeli writer Chaim Noll from a talk in April because he criticized the pro-Iranian regime policies of the Social Democrats and their Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

The Ebert Foundation invited Saeed Khatibzadeh, who represents the Institute for Political and International Studies – the think tank of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, which organized the 2006 Holocaust denial conference in Tehran. The event – “The International Conference on Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision” – featured a who’s who of global and Iranian Holocaust deniers.

The Ebert conference will also host Hassan Ahmadian, who defended massacres carried out by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Shi’ite militias in Syria, as “forward deterrence” against the Jewish state. The United States classifies the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization.

In a statement to the Post, SDP general secretary Andrea Nahles defended the controversial event.

“It’s about international political issues and Iran’s relationship with the international community,” she said. “Therefore, we have invited experts from the science and think tank sectors, including those who are close to relevant decision-making in Iran. Mr. Saeed Khatibzadeh is an expert on nuclear issues; in this capacity he was invited for the panel discussion. In 2006, he worked at the Iranian Embassy in Canada and was not involved in organizing the so-called ‘Holocaust Conference.’”

Ebert representatives claim the Holocaust denial institute reformed itself. The organization maintains its same name.


#1: Isn't it illegal to deny holocaust in Germany?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance|| 2019-05-15 01:28 ||Top

#2: But we'll invite an Iman known for similiar hatred to open the House, right Ms. Pelosi?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2019-05-15 07:55 ||Top


Top Posted by Phimble Elmusonter1143 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 58 words Link to article
Must see interview.
[ConservativeTreehouse] Curtis Ellis was special advisor to Secretary of Labor Acosta in the Trump administration. He is now an outside government advisor to America-First Policies, an unaffiliated economic advisory board and advocacy group. In this video Ellis walks through the big picture behind the U.S. -vs- China Trade confrontation.



Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 206 words Link to article
[TWITTER]

Israeli military readies for potential violence during Nakba Day and Eurovision

[IsraelTimes] Protests expected Wednesday along Gazoo border and in West Bank, amid high tensions following this month’s bloody two-day Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, rocket assault and IDF response.



Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 3 Comments 99 words Link to article
[TWITTER]



#1: Make him an offer he can't refuse.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-15 15:55 ||Top

#2: If he's dead, he's not expected to respond. Make it so
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 18:28 ||Top

#3: Technically true. But if they're all dead, it won't matter. This is a much older, simpler, and more effective way of ending conflict. Try it.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366|| 2019-05-15 20:43 ||Top


Top Posted by Woodrow 05/15/2019  00:00 4 Comments 209 words Link to article
[BigLeaguePolitics] The Pope continues to ignore the plight of Christians worldwide.

Despite the fact that Christians are being prosecuted at levels approaching genocide a fact that has been recognized by Western governments. Pope Francis wished Muslims a "fruitful celebration of Ramadan" in a recent press release.

When Ramadan, the most sacred time of year for Islam, began on May 5, the Pope said

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

The month of Ramadan with its dedication to fasting, prayer and almsgiving, is also a month for strengthening the spiritual bonds we share in Muslim-Christian friendship. I am pleased, therefore, to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan.

Muslims wished Christians a happy Easter by blowing themselves up inside Sri Lankan Christian churches, killing more than 250 people. Pope Francis denounced the attacks, but has utterly refused to recognize the plight of Christians around the world, particularly in the Middle East. Christians are now the most persecuted religious group on earth.


#1: i wish someone would kill this ass kissing POS
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-15 09:56 ||Top

#2: Dang. Another loss in Bee/Not Bee.

Maybe he could get out of his little castle, down down the block, and tongue bathe the feet of the moon worshipers who are washing their bollocks using the local girls. and boys, or is that the connection?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:32 ||Top

#3: My sources report that the Pope is being paid large amounts of money by several Protestant denominations.
Posted by: Tom|| 2019-05-15 12:03 ||Top

#4: DALLAS POLICE RAID DALLAS CATHOLIC CHURCHES TODAY.
Posted by: Bob Jesing9847|| 2019-05-15 17:18 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 11 Comments 269 words Link to article
[NYPOST] Anthony Carlos Danger Weiner
...aka Hot Dog Tony, the remarkably offensive sex maniac six-term New York congressman who resigned in 2011, then decided everybody had forgotten by 2013, when he decided to run for mayor of New York City...
wrapped up the last leg of his prison sentence for sexting an underage girl on Tuesday morning, walking out of a Bronx halfway house a free man.

"It’s good to be out," the disgraced former congressman said. "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me."

Weiner, who will still be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, had called the halfway house on Creston Avenue home for three months following his transfer from a Massachusetts lockup as part of a federal re-entry program.

He walked out shortly after 6 a.m. wearing khaki pants, red Nike running shoes and a sweater. His release came early after getting three months shaved off for good behavior.

The Post revealed last month how he is now hoping to land a book deal.

After sinking his political career in a series of salacious sexting scandals with adult women, the married ex-pol was busted in 2017 for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old North Carolina high schooler.



#1: He's still married and they dont even mention his wife's name.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2019-05-15 05:55 ||Top

#2: At least he was wearing pants upon his "release"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-15 08:00 ||Top

#3: Read "Hunting Children" He is incurable. Expect to see him in the headlines again, after he hurt another child.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2019-05-15 09:30 ||Top

#4: "Anthony, is that a cell phone in your pocket?"
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 09:33 ||Top

#5: "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service."

There's a first time for everything.
Posted by: Raj|| 2019-05-15 09:51 ||Top

#6: Getting hummas or giving them these days, Tony?
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 16:16 ||Top

#7: Hey Raj, that was perfect.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike|| 2019-05-15 16:38 ||Top

#8: "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service."

Turning over a new fig leaf.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-15 17:29 ||Top

#9: When they're up, they're up
And when they're down, they're down
And when his pants are half-way up,
They're neither up nor down.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 17:50 ||Top

#10: This pig (as far as I know) only texted (or, sexted) messages. He never touched any girl.

Staying married to Huma is quite convenient...if they were to divorce, then no more spousal confidentiality if things went down hill for either of them (laptop, for example).
Posted by: Clem|| 2019-05-15 19:01 ||Top

#11: Buttigieg / Weiner 2020!
Posted by: Anomalous Sources|| 2019-05-15 19:24 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 5 Comments 290 words Link to article
Probably not the grocery store kind...
[NYPOST] A Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, woman was beaten to death with an electric scooter during an apparent random attack in broad daylight, police said.

Rosa Elena Hernandez, 63, of Long Beach was assaulted by a hoodie-wearing man while she was in the area around 12:30 p.m. Monday, the Long Beach Police Department said.

Detectives believe the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, physically attacked the victim and then used a rental Bird brand e-scooter "as a weapon during the assault" before fleeing, according to cops and the Los Angeles Times.

It’s believed that the victim and the suspect did not know each other, the news outlet reported.

When police arrived at the scene of the gruesome attack, they found a bludgeoned Hernandez with injuries to her upper torso. She died at the scene.

Within four hours of the violent incident, detectives tracked down a person of interest at a local business and took him into custody, police said.

The man, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and red shoes, was later booked for murder and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to cops.

Police will not release the suspect’s name until records can confirm his identity, authorities said.

Neighbors said Hernandez was a married and friendly woman.

"It’s sad because I feel for her husband," neighbor Veronica Morales told NBC Los Angeles, adding that "they’ve been together and lived next door for a very long time. He’s not going to have his wife anymore."


#1: Sad as it is, I can't help but think that this might be a murder for hire situation. Almost like this is a made for TV story.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance|| 2019-05-15 01:24 ||Top

#2: "Green" murder.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 07:56 ||Top

#3: If you've ever almost been mowed down by one of these scooter riders, you might add "sidewalk rage" to the mix...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 08:37 ||Top

#4: Beaten to death with a scooter? Poor Rosa Hernandez probably asked a question about global warming or climate change and the assailant did not like the tone of the question. There are a lot of angry people in California.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-15 08:52 ||Top

#5: If you've ever almost been mowed down by one of these scooter riders, you might add "sidewalk rage" to the mix...

If I get into that situation, I'm gonna go with the Kevin McHale solution.
Posted by: Raj|| 2019-05-15 09:45 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 3 Comments 344 words Link to article
[NYPOST] North Korea said Tuesday the seizure of one of its cargo ships by the US for violating sanctions was a "robbery" that violated the "fundamental spirit" of a pact made by President Trump and Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
last year.

The North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement that it rejected the UN security resolutions against their country, which the US used as reasoning to take control of the ship, and demanded a return of the vessel.
Trade for The Pueblo, assholes
"The U.N. Security Council resolutions the United States mentioned as one of the reasons for robbing our trade vessel equate to a violent infringement of the illusory sovereignty of our country and we have been entirely rejecting them," the KCNA statement said. "The United States should carefully consider what kind of consequences their daylight robbery could bring to the political situation and should send back our vessel without hesitation."

The US announced last week that it had seized the ship and accused the North Koreans of using it to deliver illegal coal reserves to the country, violating sanctions.

The ship, called the Wise Honest, was detained by Indonesia in April 2018. The Trump administration announced that it would seize the ship hours after North Korea fired short-range missiles Thursday.

The ship was taken to a port in American Samoa because of "its central strategic location," the US Coast Guard said.



#1: Give it the Pueblo treatment.
Posted by: gorb|| 2019-05-15 09:55 ||Top

#2: Give it the Bin Laden treatment.
Sink it where it stands floats sits.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 10:59 ||Top

#3: Don't suppose the Wise Honest could be remote steered into the Pueblo?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 11:28 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 7 Comments 101 words Link to article
[DAILYWIRE]



#1:
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310|| 2019-05-15 02:04 ||Top

#2: Catfight!
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-15 04:29 ||Top

#3: Not a Liz Cheyney fan myself, but I also have never met a pisslamist who didn't deserved being dunked headfirst in a ripe cesspool.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 09:12 ||Top

#4: you don't have too villify muslims. tey do it themselves.
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-15 10:07 ||Top

#5: Alah does not exïst, fake religion established by a murderer, pedophïle, thief admired by rag heads.
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147|| 2019-05-15 12:40 ||Top

#6: Cockroach cult.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 16:15 ||Top

#7: It's amazing how how overtly racist this bitch is.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 18:20 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 0 Comments 396 words Link to article
[NYPOST] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom Tuesday, shortly after Yemen’s rebels claimed a coordinated drone attack on the Sunni power.

The assaults marked the latest incidents challenging Mideast security after the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this week amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

In a statement carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said drones attacked a petroleum pumping station supplying a pipeline running from its oil-rich Eastern Province to the Yanbu Port on the Red Sea.

A fire broke out and firefighters brought it under control, though the state-run Saudi Aramco stopped pumping oil through the pipeline.

The kingdom’s state security body also said two oil infrastructure sites in the greater region of Riyadh, home to its landlocked capital, were targeted at the same time. The statement described it as a "limited targeting" of petroleum stations in the al-Dudami and Afif areas in the Riyadh region, without elaborating.

This comes after four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by the News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Tuesday showed no major damage to the vessels.

Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf officials have declined to say who they suspected was responsible. But it demonstrated the raised risks for shippers in a region vital to global energy supplies as tensions are increasing between the US and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.




Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 3 Comments 44 words Link to article
[FOXNEWS] More on this story from yesterday.


#1:

Ted Nugent sums it up. Dog eat dog.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 08:06 ||Top

#2: The FBI's first great success was getting Capone on tax evasion charges (Oh, wait. The FBI didn't do that.) Their next big success was grabbing the UNIBOMber. (Oh, wait. His brother turned him in.) Well, there's always next time...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 12:56 ||Top

#3: On the plus side, the FBI didn't miss the collapse of the Soviet Union or bomb the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-15 13:24 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 4 Comments 365 words Link to article
[BREITBART] EU nations must “empower” children to participate in “decision-making and policy development” at national and European level, according to a declaration adopted by the bloc this week.
Children, by definition, aren't capable of making adult decisions. Seemingly neither are EU officials.
The Bucharest EU Children’s Declaration and Experts’ Supporting Document was adopted at the first ever ‘Children’s Summit’ in order to “guide European leaders” in putting “structured mechanisms” in place to ensure that young minors’ alleged “right” to influence public policy is respected, Brussels-based media reports.

At the event in Romania, whose national government has just taken over the EU rotating presidency, government officials and NGOs stressed that boosting the participation of children in political decision-making was vital to building a “stronger” European Union.

Asserting that participation in decision-making “is one of the fundamental children’s rights”, Romanian Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Marius Budăi, said that he hopes the declaration “will lay out the foundation of a mechanism through which children’s opinion becomes a constant component of decision-making processes at EU level”.

Drafted by a group of children together with so-called ‘human rights experts’, the document puts forward several arguments for why under-18s must “have a say” in policymaking including that “we are a significant part of Europe’s population and we are writing our own story through marches, vocalization, and representation”.

“We are demanding that our voices be listened and considered and we are offering our commitment to participate in good faith, to build the future EU together with you,” the declaration says, adding that “in order to be that future” lawmakers must involve children in taking part of policymaking “as early as possible” and that under-18s “must be looked upon as a resource, not only as an investment”.



#1: Right, we would be hard pressed to tell the difference anyway.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance|| 2019-05-15 01:19 ||Top

#2: Easier to astroturf "children" just look at the eco-loon who can see CO2.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2019-05-15 05:04 ||Top

#3: Well, it must be admitted that they already pretty well have reached the physical limits of village idiocy, must be the only way to keep the franchise going.
Posted by: Cesare|| 2019-05-15 09:03 ||Top

#4: Under 18s put the band Oasis at the top of the charts.

No. Not just no, flying mallard no.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2019-05-15 16:47 ||Top


Top Posted by Fred 05/15/2019  00:00 2 Comments 267 words Link to article
[AMP.WASHINGTONTIMES] Justice Clarence Thomas wanted to make sure there was no doubt about the heinous crime of Christopher Lee Price, whose attack on an Alabama minister nearly scalped the man, leaving him to a slow and painful death.

In an opinion Monday, Justice Thomas defended the Supreme Court’s decision to approve Price’s execution and blasted fellow Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who had tried to erect roadblocks on the path to the execution chamber last month.

It was the latest skirmish over the death penalty
, which during an otherwise hum-drum year for the high court has emerged as a surprising source of division for the justices, some of whom have signaled deep skepticism of continued use of the extreme penalty.

Left without a broad case to deliver an outright ban, they instead have settled for trying to chip away at how and when the states can carry out the death penalty.

"There appears to be four votes to find the death penalty unconstitutional, if not as a matter of doctrine then as a matter of practice," said Ilya Shapiro, a legal scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute.

The divide is playing out in key cases about how and when it can be administered and what accommodations a state owes to someone who is about to die.


#1: , nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; - Amendment 5

Seems clear as day one may be deprived of life. If members of SCOTUS don't like it, there is the Article V process of amending the Constitution. They won't because they know it would fail.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2019-05-15 08:05 ||Top

#2: The trick is to execute the person who intends to murder you proactively. This is sometimes called "prior restraint," other times called "a righteous shoot."
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-15 09:32 ||Top


Top Posted by Bright Pebbles 05/15/2019  00:00 1 Comments 551 words Link to article
[EpochTimes] Nearly 100 people have been indicted, including an attorney, for participating in a massive marriage fraud ring in Houston, Texas, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The federal agency said the grand jury returned an indictment on April 30 with 206 counts, charging 96 people. So far, 50 people are in custody, according to the agency.

According to the indictment, the scam involves creating sham marriages to help foreign people to attain immigration status and admission into the United States. The main purpose of the scam was to circumvent U.S. immigration laws.

According to the statement, marriage fraud, or conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, has a maximum sentence of five years.

The indictment accused 53-year-old Ashley Yen Nguyen, also known as Duyen, of running the organization based in southwest Houston. She allegedly also had associates around Texas and in Vietnam.

Prosecutors say the marriages were shams because the alleged couples did not live together, nor did they have any plan to do so, even though their statements and official documents indicated that they did. Moreover, in some cases, these “spouses” had only met briefly and usually just before obtaining their marriage license. In other cases, they never met at all.

To make a wedding appear real, the organization created fake wedding albums and photos, along with false tax, utility, and employment information so as to not raise suspicion from USCIS and ensure the immigration forms were approved, prosecutors alleged.

As part of the agreement, Nguyen allegedly received $50,000 to $70,000 from the “beneficiary spouse” for helping them to obtain a full lawful permanent resident status, according to the statement. Additionally, she would be allegedly paid more for extra immigration benefits the “spouse” would receive.

A second person, Trang Le Nguyen, also known as Nguyen Le Thien Trang, 45, an attorney in Texas, was also indicted in the case. She had been charged with “obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice and tampering with a witness, victim, or informant.”

Nguyen also allegedly recruited other U.S. citizens to act as petitioners in sham marriages. These people would receive a part of the money paid by the “beneficiary spouse.” Some of these people would go off and become recruiters for the organization, the statement said.

Prosecutors say some of the other people who were charged were allegedly responsible for collecting money for the “beneficiary spouse” and distributing the payments to the petitioners.

“These arrests mark the culmination of a comprehensive yearlong multi-agency investigation into one of the largest alleged marriage fraud conspiracies ever documented in the Houston area,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson, from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston.

According to the indictment, criminal charges include 47 counts of marriage fraud, 50 counts of mail fraud; 51 counts of immigration fraud; 51 counts of false statements under oath in a matter relating to registry of aliens; and one count each of conspiracy to engage in marriage fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, conspiracy to make false statements under oath in a matter relating to registry of aliens, unlawful procurement of naturalization, obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice, and tampering with a witness, victim or informant.

If convicted of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and tampering with a witness, victim or informant, defendants face up to a maximum sentence of 20 years.


#1: Paging congresswoman Omar, please report with your brother to ICE front desk.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-15 08:00 ||Top