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Not surprising at all and...

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I am sure that the mainstream media will have this as their feature story for the next three weeks or so - NOT

From the United States Department of Justice:

Nicolás Maduro Moros and 14 Current and Former Venezuelan Officials Charged with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Criminal Charges
Former President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros, Venezuela’s vice president for the economy, Venezuela’s Minister of Defense, and Venezuela’s Chief Supreme Court Justice are among those charged in New York City; Washington, DC; and Miami, along with current and former Venezuelan government officials as well as two Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) leaders, announced U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman of the Southern District of New York, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Acting Executive Associate Director Alysa D. Erichs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“The Venezuelan regime, once led by Nicolás Maduro Moros, remains plagued by criminality and corruption,” said Attorney General Barr. “For more than 20 years, Maduro and a number of high-ranking colleagues allegedly conspired with the FARC, causing tons of cocaine to enter and devastate American communities. Today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government – a system constructed and controlled to enrich those at the highest levels of the government. The United States will not allow these corrupt Venezuelan officials to use the U.S. banking system to move their illicit proceeds from South America nor further their criminal schemes.”

“Today we announce criminal charges against Nicolás Maduro Moros for running, together with his top lieutenants, a narco-terrorism partnership with the FARC for the past 20 years,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “The scope and magnitude of the drug trafficking alleged was made possible only because Maduro and others corrupted the institutions of Venezuela and provided political and military protection for the rampant narco-terrorism crimes described in our charges. As alleged, Maduro and the other defendants expressly intended to flood the United States with cocaine in order to undermine the health and wellbeing of our nation. Maduro very deliberately deployed cocaine as a weapon. While Maduro and other cartel members held lofty titles in Venezuela’s political and military leadership, the conduct described in the Indictment wasn’t statecraft or service to the Venezuelan people. As alleged, the defendants betrayed the Venezuelan people and corrupted Venezuelan institutions to line their pockets with drug money.”

Much more at the site - it will be interesting when the other shoe drops - the press release goes on to say that this money is being laundered through banks and real estate dealings in Florida. The next year or so will be a lot of fun to see. A lot of really clueless celebrities (the top ten) really liked Chavez and what he did for the poor people in Venezuela. Talk about delusional - there is a propaganda tool called a Potemkin Village. It worked for the brain-dead elite back in the 1780's and it still works to this day.

Profiting from panic - from National Review:

Dem Rep. Told Colleagues Coronavirus Bill Is ‘Tremendous Opportunity to Restructure Things to Fit Our Vision’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) worked to scupper the phase-three coronavirus relief package on Sunday after Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.) told caucus members last week that the bill was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

To channel my inner Greta: How Dare You

Some documents were unsealed prior to sentencing - from the New York Times:

Weinstein Appealed to Bezos and Bloomberg for Help, Documents Show
In the days following news reports about how he used his power to sexually assault women, Harvey Weinstein made a desperate plea for help in emails to two dozen influential people, including the billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos.

That detail was revealed on Monday in a trove of previously sealed court documents that offered a look into the days and weeks that followed the Hollywood mogul’s downfall.

Mr. Weinstein and his public relations team scrambled to craft a response to the allegations in October 2017. He promised to enter into a counseling program for sex addicts, and he did. “Allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance,” he wrote in one email.

A month later, in a scathing letter, his brother, Bob Weinstein, called Mr. Weinstein a sexual predator and an abusive person who belonged in “hell.”

And this little tid-bit:

In one email, Mr. Weinstein suggested that the actress Jennifer Aniston — who he believed had complained about him — should be killed.

Nice guy.  not. But, a classical example of what passes for our cultural elite these days - a sad state...

I am tired of hearing his name in the news - wasn't fame supposed to be only fifteen minutes in duration?
A two-fer - first, from FOX News:

Jussie Smollett's bid to get charges thrown out rejected by Illinois Supreme Court
The Illinois Supreme Court rejected former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett's request to throw out charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago.

The ruling came Friday, along with the court's decision rejecting the actor's effort to remove the special prosecutor in the case.

If I was his lawyer, I would require payment up front and in cash. The evidence is blindingly obvious.

Second - some dank deep-state money is riding behind him. From 90 Miles:

George Soros-Backed Group Gave Huge Donation to County Prosecutor Who Dropped Jussie Smollett Charges
Anti-American billionaire George Soros reportedly gave seven-figure campaign donations to re-elect Kim Foxx, the Chicago prosecutor who decided to drop all charges against accused hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

Foxx is running to return to her office as state’s attorney for Cook County, and it’s reported that she benefited from a political pac named the Illinois Justice & Public Safety PAC which helped her run a six-figure ad campaign. It turns out that the pac’s entire $2 million budget came from one of the many activist groups stealthily funded by Soros, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The guy is scum - he makes his money by destabilizing governments and quietly betting against their success. For one large example, see here, here and here. Soros is a Hungarian Jew and during WWII, as a teenager, he turned his family friends over to the Nazi's. He was masquerading as a Christian.

alt.energy in the news

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Looks like another taxpayer-subsidized solar business has hit the ropes in a spectacular fashion.
From the United States Department of Justice - Eastern District of California:

Top Executives Plead Guilty to Participating in a Billion Dollar Ponzi Scheme—the Biggest Criminal Fraud Scheme in the History of the Eastern District of California
The owners of DC Solar, a Benicia-based company, pleaded guilty today to charges related to a billion dollar Ponzi scheme— the biggest criminal fraud scheme in the history of the Eastern District of California. The government’s investigation has resulted in the largest criminal forfeiture in the history of the District with over $120 million in assets forfeited that will go to victims, and has returned $500 million to the United States Treasury, with more to come, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Jeff Carpoff, 49, of Martinez, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. His wife, Paulette Carpoff, 46, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and money laundering. According to court documents, between 2011 and 2018, DC Solar manufactured mobile solar generator units (MSG), solar generators that were mounted on trailers that were promoted as able to provide emergency power to cellphone towers and lighting at sporting events. A significant incentive for investors were generous federal tax credits due to the solar nature of the MSGs.

The conspirators pulled off their scheme by selling solar generators that did not exist to investors, making it appear that solar generators existed in locations that they did not, creating false financial statements, and obtaining false lease contracts, among other efforts to conceal the fraud. In reality, at least half of the approximately 17,000 solar generators claimed to have been manufactured by DC Solar did not exist.

U.S. Attorney Scott stated: “This billion dollar Ponzi scheme hurt investors and took money from the United States Treasury. This case represents not only the largest criminal fraud scheme in the history of the District, it also represents the largest criminal forfeiture in the history of the District with over $120 million in assets forfeited. All of this money will be returned to the victims. This scheme also targeted the United States Treasury, and we have returned $500 million to the Treasury to date. Agents, investigators and attorneys from various federal agencies are still working to continue to return money to victims and the United States Treasury. Today’s guilty pleas sends a strong message that fraudsters will get caught and will pay for their crimes. You can run, but you cannot hide.”

The stupidity of these people is amazing. There is absolutely no way to "wind down" a Ponzi Scheme once it has started. It will always fail and the failure will always happen when you least expect it. You will get caught. It will never work. Full stop. End of story.

They were living high from 2011 to 2018 but will now spend a lot of time in prison and are essentially broke. Here is how they were carefully "investing" their shareholder's money:

The forfeiture included seizing and auctioning 148 of the Carpoffs’ luxury and collector vehicles, including the 1978 Firebird previously owned by actor Burt Reynolds. This historical auction resulted in recouping approximately $8.233 million for victims. In addition to their collection of luxury and collector vehicles, Jeff and Paulette Carpoff used money from the scheme to pay for a minor-league professional baseball team and a NASCAR racecar sponsorship; to purchase luxury real estate in California, Nevada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and elsewhere; a subscription private jet service; a suite at a professional football stadium; and jewelry.

Seven years of the good life followed by 15-30 years in the slammer and poverty after that. Was it worth it?

About that machete attack in New York

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You know - the one that the mainstream media have stopped reporting on? What machete attack. From The Heavy:

Grafton Thomas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Grafton Thomas, the suspect accused of stabbing multiple Jewish people with an 18-inch machete at a Monsey, New York rabbi’s home during Hanukkah celebrations, left behind journals containing anti-Semitic references, comments about Adolf Hitler and references to the Black Hebrew Israelite group, authorities say.

And this:

Thomas’s former stepfather, Joe Kennedy, told Heavy in an interview that, through the time he knew him, until 2014, Grafton had grown increasingly aggressive and unstable, even attacking him with a fire extinguisher. He believes Thomas is mentally ill and also provided some biographical details, saying that Thomas had previously served in the military, was born in America to a family with roots in Guyana, once worked on a chicken farm, and identified as Muslim.

Those last  four words: and identified as Muslim. That is why the media is in crickets mode. Not a peep.

He is mentally ill, a person of color and identifies as a Muslim. Guaranteed to not get any mention in the press.

Sigh - antivaxxing

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Child abuse runs rampant in Samoa - from Brickmuppet:

Anti-Vaxxers Making A Difference
All schools and public services are shut down because of a measles outbreak in American Samoa, which has declared an emergency and is engaged in a massive, belated, vaccination campaign.  The situation is even worse in the nearby Kingdom of Samoa which has over 4800 people sick and over 70 deaths, mostly children.

The people who fall for this idiocy need to be educated with a cluebat. Nothing but child abuse.

Political correctness run amok - Canada

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From CTV News:

$1,500 payout over drinking fountains with English-language buttons
The Federal Court has ordered the Senate to pay a Montreal-area man $1,500 in compensation after he complained that his language rights were violated by the drinking fountains with English-language push-button labels he encountered on Parliament Hill.

In a judgment delivered Thursday, Federal Court Justice Luc Martineau ruled the Senate of Canada failed to meet its obligations under the Official Languages Act because its drinking fountains had metal buttons embossed with the English word “PUSH.”

Some of the fountains in the Parliament Hill building also included the equivalent word in Braille, but none of them had the French word “POUSSEZ.”

Words fail - just because some "activist" got his feewings hurt.

He should have been laughed out of the courtroom - Pour encourager les autres

Zimbabwe was taken over by a tyrant - Robert Mugabe - who lived high on the hog while the nation of Zimbabwe crashed and burned. You can buy a 100 million dollar Zimbabwean bank note for about $30 - that is how badly crashed their economy is. His leadership "appropriated" farms from white owners and gave them to politically connected blacks. Guess what happened. From NWO Report:

Zimbabwe Begs White Farmers To Return As Nation Teeters On Brink Of ‘Manmade Starvation’
Crisis-torn Zimbabwe is on the brink of “manmade starvation” with most households unable to obtain enough food to meet basic standards, a UN envoy has said.

This comes 17 years after Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwean government seized large swathes of land from white farmers in the country, triggering a rapid downturn in the country’s economy.

The people of Zimbabwe are slowly getting to a point of suffering a manmade starvation,” said Hilal Elver, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food.

More than 60% of the population of a country once seen as the breadbasket of Africa is now considered food insecure, with most households unable to obtain enough food to meet basic needs due to hyperinflation,” said Elver.

How did the “breadbasket of Africa” reach the point of “manmade starvation“?

News24 reports that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the controversial land reforms in 2000, forcibly seizing white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks. Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

A simple search for mugabe palace turns up some amazing images. Must have been nice for him and his cronies but he sure sucked the life out of his country.

More fun and games - Hunter Biden

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This is priceless. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

DNA test shows Hunter Biden is father of Arkansas woman's baby
DNA testing has established, “with scientific certainty,” that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child’s mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts.

Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, “is not expected to challenge the results of the DNA test or the testing process,” the filing states.

An attorney for Hunter Biden, former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wonder what Hunter's wife (his third) and his three children have to say...

Best and brightest - Hillary staffer

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From The Washington Standard:

Muslim Hillary Clinton Staffer Arrested For Sexual Assault Of Mentally Retarded Child
A Michigan high school employee is in the news.

It seems that Ibrahim Aljahim put a special needs student into a sexual situation and stands accused of sexual assault.

Details can be found in a full write up below.

Aljahim also happened to be a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats.

Here is the video, which will be followed by the “not suitable for everyone” details we have at this time.

If you don’t want those gross details, you might want to leave now.

Nothing says equality and diversity like sexual predation of an invalid. Someone needs to get their pee-pee whacked off preferably without the benefit of anesthesia. If he committed this heinous act in a nation with Sharia Law, he would be looking at the death penalty.

In the majority

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WA State passed some foolish law that keeps us permanently on Spring Forward time. So did Oregon and California.

Sometimes I hate that I live on the left coast... Buncha loonies. It is not the states that determine time-keeping. This is part of the interstate commerce laws and it needs an act of Congress to make it so.

Looks like the majority of Americans like the original standard time - from CBS News:

Dislike twice-a-year time changes? You're part of large majority of Americans, poll shows
Most people across the country will see their clocks roll back an hour this weekend as nearly eight months of daylight saving time come to an end. It is part of a twice-a-year ritual that most want to stop.

Seven in 10 Americans prefer not to switch back and forth to mark daylight saving time, a new poll shows. But there's no agreement on which time clocks ought to follow.

According to the new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 4 in 10 Americans would like to see their clocks stay on standard time year-round, while about 3 in 10 prefer to stay on daylight saving time. About another 3 in 10 prefer what is the status quo in most of the United States, switching back and forth between daylight saving time in the summer and standard time in the winter.

Makes no sense. If you want the extra daylight? Wake up an hour (or more - no one is stopping you) earlier.

Another minor functionary of the deep state. Another nothingburger for the Dems. - Eric Ciaramella

More as it develops. Why are they wasting our time with this puerile shenanigans?

Why do they not go back to work and represent the interests of their constituents?

According to the 2010 census, 3.7% of US citizens identified as some measure of homosexual. From the people I know and from what I see in today's culture, more than 90% of these people just want a quiet life with their sweetie. Think Mayor Pete, Gomer Pyle USMC, Ensign Sulu. The activists. The people in our faces are a very vocal but a very small percentage of the entire gay spectrum. Why do these people seem to have a much higher than usual percentage of sexual deviency.

Case in point - from the Daily Newswire:

Pro-LGBT High School Teacher Arrested for Soliciting Sex With Underage Student
A pro-LGBT high school studies teacher has been arrested and charged in New Jersey after being caught sending “sexually-explicit” images of himself.

The social studies teacher just so happened to help run the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. He is an advocate of introducing students to cartoon pornography during class time.

50-year-old Sean DiGiovanna was arrested on October 10 and charged endangering the welfare of a child as well as a count promoting obscene material to a child under 18. This was announced by Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson on Facebook.

That is just plain wrong. I mean a 50-year-old hitting on an under 18? That would be disgusting in a heterosexual relationship let alone a non-consensual homosexual one.

This is not an outlier: Here, here, here and here for starters...

I would pay money to watch this

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Found on the web:

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Good - push back

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Want to identify as a different gender? Go ahead and knock yourself out. Just do not expect everyone else to play along with your little psychosis. From the Daily Wire:

Transgender Activist Loses Cases Against Female Estheticians Who Refused To Wax Male Genitals
Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv, a biological male who identifies as a female, filed at least 15 human rights complaints against female estheticians in Canada for refusing to wax his male genitals, as covered this summer by The Daily Wire.

On Tuesday, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is representing five of the women being targeted by Yaniv, announced that the activist’s cases against their clients have been tossed by the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Moreover, Yaniv will be forced to pay $2,000 each to at least three of the women.

Ahhhh - poor widdle Jessica Jonathan got his feeewings hurt. From this story, it seems that he was targeting salons specifically. That fine should have been $5,000 each - really drive the point home.

More fake news - Jussie Smollett

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Good - make it hurt to lie - from The Gateway Pundit:

BREAKING: Judge Allows Chicago Suit Against Jussie Smollett To Proceed
U.S. District Virginia Kendall’s ruling will allow the city’s lawsuit to try to recoup $130,000 the police department spent trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.

Smollett’s lawyers argued that their client should not be forced to reimburse the city because he could not have known how much time and money police would spend investigating.

Chicago police say their probe into the allegations that Smollett suffered a racist and homophobic attack that forced officers to file for nearly 1,900 hours of overtime. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Self-centered little child. Staged an attack to get in the public spotlight. Hey Jussie? Your fifteen minutes were over a long long time ago. You are just not that interesting a person. Bye bye...

He must have had the goods on Hillary

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Elijah Cummings is now a good communist. From Associated Press:

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died
Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.

Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs.

It should be noted that the living conditions in his district were really deplorable - here, here and here for starters.

At least he is now somewhere really nice and warm. Really warm. Hot almost.

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Happy October 9th

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From History.com:

Che Guevara is executed
On October 9, 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara’s remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.

A nasty piece of work. He liked killing people. Good riddance to bad trash.

What a sleezeball

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From the Beeb:

Gandhi's ashes stolen and photo defaced on 150th birthday
Thieves stole some of Mahatma Gandhi's remains on what would have been his 150th birthday, police say.

The ashes were taken from a memorial in central India, where they had been kept since 1948 - the year of Gandhi's assassination by a Hindu extremist.

The thieves also scrawled "traitor" in green paint across photographs of the independence leader.

Some Hindu hardliners view Gandhi as a traitor for his advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity.

This is despite Gandhi being a devout Hindu himself.

One of my favorite quotes is this:

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look back upon the Act depriving the whole nation of arms as the blackest.
--Mohandas K. Gandhi

He knew what people who look at the facts know - more guns, less crime.

Mental illness in the news - a two-fer

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Nothing else explains it fully. First, from Russia Today:

‘Bigoted trash!’ Transgender coffee shop employee fired for kicking out conservative customer
A coffee shop in Nebraska has fired a transgender employee after she began “yelling profanities” at a regular customer over their conservative and “bigoted” political beliefs.

The customer, Marilyn Synek, 23, who works for the Nebraska Family Alliance, said the employee asked her to leave the Cultiva Espresso & Crepes premises and warned that she would be “denied service” if she ever returned, due to her conservative opinions.

“You are f**king bigoted trash, and we do not want you in our restaurant. Over 80 percent of the people who work here are queer. You are not f**king wanted in our restaurant, so get out and don’t come back!” Synek said she was told.

And from the store owner:

That, evidently, did not go over well with management, who promptly fired the employee, identified as Natalie Weiss. In a statement posted to Facebook, the coffee shop wrote that Weiss was fired “almost immediately” and an unreserved apology was made to Synek.

While we're proudly liberal personally, and believe in human rights and diversity to the fullest degree, let it be known that we would *never* condone treating a customer this way,” they said.

The coffee shop added that despite the political viewpoints of its staff and management, they are still “running a business” and try to instill professionalism in their employees, “usually successfully.”

Talk about self-centered little bitch. It demands "tolerance" for it's identity problems but is 100% intolerant of anyone espousing another viewpoint.

Today's second example - from America Online:

Vegan activist who 'rescued' 16 rabbits killed almost 100 in process, report says
A vegan activist who claimed that she was attacked by an angry mob for freeing 16 rabbits from a farm might have caused more harm than good. She has now been accused of causing the deaths of nearly six times as many baby bunnies in the process, the New York Post reports, citing Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia

Last Sunday, the woman, who goes by the name "Mythical Mia" on Instagram and is based in Barcelona, posted a video of herself, with blood on her face. 

"This is what has just happened to us, look, I’m documenting the whole thing," she says in the video, which has since been made private. "I’m covered in blood. This is what the farmers have done. They shot through our window and chased us down the motorway. Oh my God, I’m literally covered in blood."

And it's all about her. Acting without thinking. Mentally ill. Shows you what a continued state of malnutrition will do to a person. Not pretty.

The wicked witch is dead. Three headlines:

I bet Satan has some nice surprises for him when he arrives... He came to power when Zimbabwe was a prosperous nation and Africa's breadbasket. When he left, the Zimbabwean economy was shattered and the nation had to beg for food for its people.

A couple years ago, I purchased a ten billian dollar banknote for about $20. Now, you can get them on Amazon for $4 and they have printed more currency - their banknotes now go up to $100 Trillion Dollars - worth about $85 USD.

Instant Karma in Chicago

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Heh - stupid criminal. From Chicago website Block Club:

Golden Gloves Champ Scares Off Bucktown Mugger — With A Right Hook To His Crotch
When a man attacked Claire Quinn in broad daylight in Bucktown last weekend, he likely didn’t know he was messing with a 2019 Golden Gloves champion.

Quinn was walking in the 1600 block of North Damen Avenue Sunday morning at about 10:25 a.m. when a man punched her in the forehead and demanded her phone. She reacted swiftly, with her fists.

“I just kept throwing my right hand to his balls,” Quinn said. “There’s no way to sugar coat that or put it nicely.”

He ran off.

She escaped the attack with a mild concussion and some bruising.

Quinn, who began boxing in 2015, has a 6-0 boxing record for the year. Earlier this year, she won the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament for her 152-pound weight class.

He will think twice... Probably a career criminal though.

And here we go again

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Thought we learned our lessons on antisemitism seventy-five years ago. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Europe Poised to Put Warning Labels on Jewish-Made Products
The European Union is poised to mandate that Israeli products made in contested territories carry consumer warning labels, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a "Pandora's box" of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies."

The decision was seen as a major win for supporters of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, which seeks to wage economic warfare on Israel and its citizens. Pro-Israel activists, as well as the Jewish businesses involved in the legal dispute, see the decision as an ominous warning sign that they say is reminiscent of Holocaust-era boycotts of Jewish businesses.

Crap like this happens when you get unelected bureaucrats running things from their central offices in Brussels. No accountability and 100% narrative driven. Looking forward to our dear friends in England exiting the EU and getting the fsck out of that rats nest.

Makes things bad for the other 99.999% of us. From NBC News:

El Paso shooting: 20 people dead, 26 injured, suspect in custody, police say
A gunman opened fire Saturday in a Walmart and around a nearby shopping mall in El Paso, Texas, leaving 20 people dead and 26 injured, and prompting calls for urgent blood donations for the wounded, law enforcement officials said.

Employees and shoppers described scenes of confusion and fear as they realized the sudden loud noises they heard were not boxes being dropped or construction but gunshots.

One suspect was in custody, officials said. Law enforcement sources say police identified the suspect as Patrick Crusius, 21, from the Dallas area. Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department said no shots were fired by law enforcement.

Sending prayers out to the families of the dead and to the wounded. Of course, the Wal-Mart was in a mall and the mall is a gun-free zone.

Did a search on DuckDuckGo and found this from Crime Research:

Yet another shooting at a gun-free zone: El Paso shooting at Cielo Vista Mall is apparently in a place that banned permitted concealed handguns
The Simon Mall chain is well known for banning permitted concealed handguns in Texas.

“Possession of any weapon at Simon malls, whether concealed or displayed openly, is in violation of mall policy. This policy is intended first and foremost to maintain a safe, secure and comfortable environment at our malls, which has always been our top priority, and to avoid any situation that could potentially place at risk the safety of our shoppers and employees.

Simon malls are private property, and like virtually every other facility in the community that is accessible by the public, ownership/management has the right to prohibit the possession of weapons, both displayed or concealed, other than licensed weapons carried by law enforcement personnel.

And here is a screen-cap from their published Code of Conduct:

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So once again, the a**hole purposly chose an area where lawful gun owners would not be armed. Coward.

Still way too early for accurate details but I bet that he lives with his parents and has written a manifesto.

I'll get that tree down - they said.

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It'll be no problem - they said:

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Yikes - huge arson attack in Kyoto

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30+ people dead. From NHK:

Fire dept.: 33 dead in suspected arson in Kyoto
Fire department officials in Kyoto said they have confirmed 33 people died in a suspected arson attack in Kyoto. They say 36 others were injured.

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the studio of Kyoto Animation. It took firefighters nearly five hours to extinguish the blaze. Officials say about 70 people were in the building at the time of the fire.

Police say one suspect, believed to be in his 40s, has been taken into custody.

The man was reportedly seen pouring a flammable liquid inside the building before it went up in flames. Witnesses also say he was heard yelling "die" in Japanese.

The studio was very well regarded:

Visiting Professor of Meiji University, Ryusuke Hikawa said, "The name of Kyoto Animation is a strong brand with its sophisticated directorial and production techniques."

He added that Kyoto Animation is known as the first successful studio outside Tokyo.

Tragic.

Some fun to our South - Tacoma

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From the New York Times:

Man Attacking ICE Detention Center Is Fatally Shot by the Police
The police fatally shot a man who was attacking an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday morning, the authorities said.

The man, who was armed with a rifle, was throwing unspecified “incendiary devices” at the Northwest Detention Center, according to a police statement. The man, identified by officials on Saturday afternoon as Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of Vashon Island, Wash., continued throwing lit objects at buildings and cars, the statement said.

“One car was fully engulfed in flames,” said Officer Loretta Cool, a spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department. “He was also trying to ignite a big propane tank but he was not successful.”

Officers arrived around 4 a.m. and called out to Mr. Van Spronsen, who was wearing a satchel and had flares, the statement said. Shots were fired that resulted in his death, though Officer Cool could not say whether he had opened fire.

More at the NYT but nothing about Mr. Van Spronsen's political leanings. From paragraphs eight, nine and ten from this article in the Seattle Times:

Deb Bartley, a friend of Van Spronsen’s for about 20 years, described him as an anarchist and anti-fascist, and she believes his attack on the detention center was intended to provoke a fatal conflict.

“He was ready to end it,” Bartley said. “I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs … I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”

She and other friends of Van Spronsen got letters in the mail “just saying goodbye.” He also wrote what she referred to as a manifesto, which she declined to discuss in detail but predicted would be taken by authorities.

Buried below the fold that the guy was an anarchist, a fascist and wanted to commit suicide by cop.
And yes, there was a manifesto. There is always a manifesto with these whacked-out nut-jobs.

Offended snowflakes

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No sense of history:

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Never a conscious decision

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Just didn't like the way they fit or wore. Been wearing Carhart pants for well over 20 years. Fit me well, comfortable and last a long long time. If I wore Levi Jeans, I would be finding an alternative after seeing this:

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Every single business I have owned or managed, I always kept it free of politics or personal opinion. Places I have worked - restaurants, Microsoft, an engineering company, etc... have always been the same. You do not bring politics into the workplace unless the work being done is political.

I stopped using Gillette products after they got "woke" with their two advertisements. I would be doing the same for Levi's if I still used them.

Oh crap - a copycat

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From The Washington Times:

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
A New Jersey man has been arrested after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two cans of gasoline.

Police say the 37-year-old man was stopped by security after he entered the landmark cathedral in Manhattan just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

As the man was turned, police say gasoline spilled out onto the floor. Security then notified nearby police who questioned the man outside the church and took him into custody.

Police say the man was carrying over four gallons of gas, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters.

Police are still talking to the man, who claimed his minivan had run out of gas.

Run out of gas - yeah, that's the ticket...

WTF - New York State

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This is seriously wrong - from syracuse.com:

NY Assembly: No free college tuition for Gold Star families
New York lawmakers on Tuesday refused to advance a bill that would have provided free college tuition to the families of military personnel from the state who were killed in the line of duty.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee voted 15 to 11 to hold the bipartisan bill, effectively ending its chances of making it to a floor vote this session.

The move comes a week after lawmakers passed a $175 billion state budget that included $27 million to provide college tuition aid for undocumented immigrants.

Disgusting.

Another "hate crime"

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Sick - from The Detroit News:

Jackson gay rights leader accused of burning down own home
When the home of Nikki Joly burned down in 2017, killing five pets, the FBI investigated it as a hate crime.

After all, the transgender man and gay rights activist had received threats after having a banner year in this conservative town.

In the prior six months, he helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and, after 18 years of failed attempts, helped lead a bruising battle for an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gays.

For his efforts, a local paper named him the Citizen of the Year.

Aaaand wait for it:

Authorities later determined the fire was intentionally set, but the person they arrested came as a shock to both supporters and opponents of the gay rights movement. It was the citizen of the year — Nikki Joly.

What makes this especially heinous is that Joly did not own the house - it was a rental and that  two German Shepherds and three cats were in the house and died when the fire was set.

Triggered - MAGA

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Talk about being a widdle snowflake - from Bowling Green, KY station WNKY:

Man accused of pulling gun on couple wearing MAGA hats
A Tennessee man is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after witnesses told police he pulled a gun on a man who was wearing Make America Great Again hat inside Sam’s Club.

The hat is associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign for office.

James Phillips, 57, of Cottontown, Tenn., is accused of pulling a gun on the man inside the store Saturday after making an obscene gesture with his finger, according to his arrest citation.

Phillips, who was wearing a veterans cap, told police he made the gesture at the man and a woman with him because of the MAGA hats they were wearing, according to his citation. The man then confronted Phillips inside the store and an argument began.

That man then made the same obscene gesture to Phillips, according to the citation. At that point, witnesses told police Phillips pointed a gun at the man.

Got to be a mental health issue - if Phillips is actually a Vet, maybe PTSD. Of all the states, President Trump is having the best effect in the "flyover" states. Life in Kentucky is a lot better since he took office - better employment, better economy, etc...

Mother of the year - Anniquta Wright

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From the Lexington, KY Herald Leader:

Mother arrested after 4-year-old passed out at school and tested positive for cocaine
A Clark County mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter became unresponsive at school and tested positive for cocaine.

Winchester police were called to Clark Regional Medical Center on Thursday, after the girl became unresponsive at school and was taken to the hospital, court records show. Tests came back positive for cocaine, according to the police citation.

The child’s mother, Anniquta Wright, 31, told police that she let “a friend sell cocaine and crack cocaine at her residence while the kids were there,” according to the police citation. “Wright admitted that the kids would even sit at the table with the friend.”

The friend had been at Wright’s home on Third Street in Winchester until about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the citation.

Disgusting.

Instant Karma - snowman

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Classic - from Petersburg, Kentucky station WLWT:

'Frosty had the last laugh': Vandal tries to run over giant snowman, hits tree stump instead

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A would-be vandal was stumped after they tried to run over a 9-foot snowman in Kentucky, only to find it had been built over a large tree stump.

Cody Lutz told KCCI that he, his fiancee and his soon-to-be sister-in-law made the oversized snowman in Petersburg, Kentucky, while enjoying the winter weather this past weekend.

Lutz said his fiancee’s sister was “elated to experience the biggest snowfall she’s ever seen.”

Lutz said he decided to use a tree stump as the base for the snowman. After coming home from work, Lutz said he found tire tracks leading up to the snowman, leading him to believe that someone tried to run over the giant snowman, which they had named Frosty.

There’s now a massive stump now exposed, with a snowy imprint of a bumper stuck to it.

That dent in the bumper is going to be hard to explain...

A bit of Karma in North Carolina

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From CNN:

Cops say a would-be kidnapper chased a woman -- into a karate studio. That was a bad move
A man tries to kidnap a woman by forcing her into his car, in north Charlotte. She breaks free, and runs into a nearby karate studio pleading for help.

You can already see how this ends: with the suspect being carried out on a stretcher after a fight with a karate head instructor.

The incident happened at 9 pm Thursday outside Bushiken Karate Charlotte Dojo, according to CNN affiliate WSOC and the head instructor, Randall Ephraim.

Heh - sucks to be him...

Any childs death is tragic but it is even worse when the father refuses medical treatment - from The Daily Calller:

GUATEMALAN MIGRANT FATHER DECLINED MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR SICK CHILD BEFORE DEATH
The father of the Guatemalan child who died Christmas Eve denied further medical treatment from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents after the child vomited following an initial examination from doctors, a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on a call to reporters Wednesday.

Government officials provided further details, including the startling disclosure of the father’s behavior, regarding the timeline of the child’s deteriorating condition.

What kind of monster brings an 8-year-old child on a greuling 1,000+ mile hike.

Great news - let them rot

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From London's The Sun:

GATWICK GRINCH BUSTS Gatwick live updates – Two arrested for ‘criminal use of drones’ after airport chaos saw hundreds of flights grounded
POLICE have arrested two people for criminal use of drones after the chaos at Gatwick airport.

It comes a day after drone attacks by suspected eco-warriors caused holiday carnage with a raft of cancellations.

Sussex police took two suspects into custody after raids at 10pm last night.

Police Superintendent James Collis said: “Our investigations are still on-going, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics.

33 hours and 760 cancelled flights - a lot of very pissed off people. No word on who the drone operators were or if these were the actual perps. Jail time is too good for them. Rope. Tree.

One of the biggest online forums for Role Playing Games is RPG.NET - they just had a policy update:

New Ban: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration
The following policy announcement is the result of over a year of serious debate by the moderation team. The decision is as close to unanimous as we ever get. It will not be the subject of further debate. We have fully considered the downsides and ultimately decided we have to stay true to our values. We will not pretend that evil isn’t evil, or that it becomes a legitimate difference of political opinion if you put a suit and tie on it.

We are banning support of Donald Trump or his administration on the RPGnet forums. This is because his public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable. We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both. Below will be an outline of the policy and a very incomplete set of citations.

Clueless ninnies. Social Justice Warriors More reading here, here and here.

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