Wednesday, July 31, 2019

In Dusseldorf, you’ll show ID before swimming

Courtesy of rampaging North African “youths.”

By Arthur Lyons

A pool in the German city of Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia has imposed a mandatory identification system to combat an increase in sexual assaults and riotous behavior among mostly North African migrant ‘youths’.

Düsseldorf Mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) told reports from the Express, “In Rheinbad we have introduced an identity card for all visitors. Those who do not comply, will not be let in. It is absolutely unacceptable and inconceivable that families who want to spend their free time here are harassed by youth gangs.”
Following a crisis summit that was held on Saturday, another meeting between the city’s mayor, police chief, and the public pool’s administration has been planned for Monday. The plan is to establish an online ticket system for the Rheinbad so that the pool would be able to control who enters the pool more easily.
In the past weeks, months, and years even, the friendly and carefree atmosphere of German pools has been all but obliterated thanks to the behavior of migrants who hail from places which are culturally incompatible to Europe.
Last Friday, Düsseldorf police had to clear the outdoor pool because of the aggressive behavior of around 60 most North African migrant ‘youths’. The six security guards present at the pool were not up to the situation, reported the regional daily, the Rheinische Post. Around 20 policemen had to be called out to clear the pool area.
It should be known, that before the migrant crisis, German swimming pools didn’t need six security guards to maintain order. It’s likely that they didn’t need any at all.
Previously, the migrants have occupied diving towers and slides. They’ve also threatened pool staff and disobeyed warnings.
During the last weekend of June, the Rheinbad had to be evacuated on two consecutive days, after similar incidents had occurred.

Earlier this month, a journalist from a feminist magazine based out of Cologne spoke about how young migrant men are responsible for most of the sexual assaults that occur at outdoor pools in Germany.

San Francisco: Hey, you are having fun at something that does not include LGBT sex. That’s illegal.

Texan Joe Bob Briggs writes:

“In the past they’ve outlawed plastic bags, clove cigarettes, Coke machines, bottled-water machines, people playing stickball in the street, people playing chess in the street, pet stores, goldfish, masked balls, and the practice of letting your dog stick his head halfway out the window while you’re driving. Long ago they banned toys being given away with Happy Meals at McDonald’s. There are several states that have been under sanction by San Francisco at various times, with city employees forbidden from traveling on official business to Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, or my home state of Texas. (Which is fine with me—I don’t really want any bowdlerizing Californians accidentally attending a rodeo and deciding to file animal-cruelty charges at the United Nations.)

“It’s illegal to ride a Segway in San Francisco, to package food with Styrofoam, to declaw a cat, or to serve chocolate milk in schools. No one in government is allowed to make any contract with any company that uses tropical hardwood—“Get the rugs out! The floor inspectors are coming over!”—and no school is allowed to offer Junior ROTC because young people who want to follow their families into military service are probably deranged. Don’t try to walk more than eight dogs at a time—even if they’re toy poodles and Chihuahuas—and don’t give your 5-year-old a slingshot for his birthday, because that’s an illegal weapon.”

Watch for California immigrants

 The ones who fled the insanity.

“Thirty years ago, I looked at defeated peoples as curiosities to be studied. I never thought one day I'd join their ranks. Reflect for a moment on how healthy Cali was in the ’90s. Now look at your own state. Are you confident it can never go ass-up like mine? Don’t be. Yes, it’s too late to fight for Cali. But if you live in an unconquered state, fight for it. Fight against demographic change from outside the U.S. and from within. And if there’s a home for sale on your block, and you see a car with Cali plates drive up to the open house, don’t immediately get hostile; it might be one of our ‘good’ expats. Just calmly approach the new arrivals and ask them how many genders there are. Based on the response, invite them in for pie ... or get a rope and find a tree.”

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Working longer than a medieval peasant

Vacation days, weekends off -- In a year's time, you will still work longer than a peasant. Of course, you will eat better and live longer and watch a few more hours of televisioin.

Blame capitalism. Some writers do.

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Just because I am older, doesn’t mean I’m stupid

In yesterday’s mail was a letter purportedly from something called A.H.C. in Bradenton, Fla.

Superfluous printed additions to the envelope make me believe the people at A.H.C. think I am of lesser intelligence than others.

To make me believe the letter is of some importance, A.H.C. added in red, all caps: “IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED.”


Well, yeah, I do. And, I won’t respond immediately, or not so immediately.

Also printed on the envelope is a circle using a decades-old imprint reminiscent of a rubber stamp: “Identification Certified Valid,” and in the center of the circle: “Recorded” above “FILED.”


Ah. So A.H.C. filed a copy of the letter in its own files.

The contents of this important, pre-filed and pre-registered mailing? An ad for a hearing aid.

Hey, A.H.C. folks: We do not need some two-page color brochure to know we have problems with our hearing. Our wife lets us know every day. Sometimes several times.

(Search for the Bradenton address shows Cortez  Plaza and the following businesses: Switch Wireless, Signarama, Books-a-Million and a business sign unreadable because of the camera angle. Additional search shows Armand’s Hearing Center also at the address. In a posted review, a writer says he/she paid $5,000 on a Friday for a hearing aid and then tried to return the device on Monday. The buyer was charged $458 and old A.H.C. would hold the remainder for 30 days. The unsatisfied customer said he/she got the money back after a month.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hazards of flying in Somalia

On Saturday, 2 October 2017, a Penial Air Cessna 208B flight from Mogadishu, Somalia, to Nairobi, Kenya, was interrupted in an unusual manner at the dirt strip in Xuddur, Somalia.

“The aircraft was on a flight from Mogadishu, Somalia to Nairobi-Wilson Airport, Kenya with en route stops at Baidoa, Xuddur, Elberde, and Wajir. 

“The flight between Mogadishu and Baidoa was uneventful. At 11:30 hours, the pilot took off from Baidoa with eight passengers onboard and landed safely at Xuddur at 12:03 hours. At Xuddur, four passengers disembarked with their cargo and the pilot picked four other passengers with their cargo. As the pilot was preparing for take-off from Xuddur to Elberde there appeared to be some disagreements among the local agents about the cargo which was onboard the aircraft. The pilot was made to temporary suspend the take-off as the agents tried to sort out their differences. According to the pilot, there seemed to be unclear decision among the agents on whether to allow the pilot to proceed with the take-off or stop as the pilot was instructed to stop twice after being allowed to take off.

“A few moments later, the pilot decided to take-off after a group of Somali soldiers, local police, Ethiopian soldiers and the local agents had moved away from the aircraft. As soon as the pilot started taxing the aircraft for take-off two armed men came running brandishing guns towards the aircraft and started firing rapidly at the aircraft as the pilot continued with the take-off. The aircraft had gained some speed when the pilot decided to abort the take-off. As the pilot tried to abort the take-off the aircraft veered off the runway and collided with a building nearby before it stopped. All the occupants exited the aircraft using the rear door. The two front doors were inaccessible after the impact. 
Damage included a twisted propeller, a dent on the port wing, a shattered landing light, and two main landing tires deflated as a result of the bullet holes on both the tyres and the aircraft fuselage. A bullet was also found lodged in the right main landing gear brake caliper.”

The pilot and all eight passengers survived the interrupted takeoff.
 A search for why armed Somalis fired on the aircraft produced no results.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Kamala Harris sort of doesn’t follow facts

She’s somewhat of a liar, but her Democratic opponents for the party’s nomination for president cannot call her on any of her misrepresentation of facts because they then would be called racist and sexist.

Do not oppose the wealthy black woman who lives in a $4.8 million home in Brentwood. She is, after all, a victim of racism.

Greece wants ancient bronze that might not be Greek or ancient

The bronze horse reportedly “dates from the 8th century BC, but with it’s (sic) abstracted elegant form would not look out of place in a contemporary art exhibition.

However, “Our first record of the existence of the sculpture is in the catalogue of the May 6, 1967 Münzen und Medaillen auction in Switzerland.

“Before that point we know nothing.

The bronze has become famous as an antiquity, but its age … Well, maybe not so much.

The art world is a scene of theft, bribery, and deception practiced by people with much money and few morals. Just an opinion.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Blindfolding as bad as murder

A TV news program describes as “illegal” the blindfolding of a San Francisco man charged with murdering a police officer in Rome.

Oh, the horror! Those terrible Carabinieri! How dare those Italian cops blindfold a “San Franciscan teen!”

The “teen” and a friend, both 19, are charged with stabbing Rome police officer Mario Cerciello Rega eight times.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

2,800 coins found buried in Hungry

Owner “almost certainly died in the Holocaust.”

“Almost half of the coins are from Pannonia, which was a province of the Roman Empire that covers modern-day western Hungary, according to Ferenc Redo, an archaeologist and coin expert.
“The others are mostly antique coins from around the world, including pre- and post-revolutionary France, 19th century German territories, and both Tsarist- and Soviet-era Russia.
“Many are from even farther afield, including South America, Africa, Asia and British-ruled India.
“The house where the collection was found was in the ghetto in 1944 and given the presence of early 20th century coins, it’s almost certain they were buried by their Jewish owners in the desperate hope they might return to reclaim them at the end of the war.”

Neo-fascists push out Whitney Museum board member

Brian Allen

Warren Kanders, a Manhattan philanthropist, quit the Whitney Museum’s board on Thursday. He leaves after months of protests over his business’s sale of tear gas to the federal government, which used it to control crowds trying to enter the country illegally via Mexico. His exit is a big story. It should make institutional trustees and New York philanthropists uneasy. It’s also the most bizarre museum story in years.

Unlike the protestors, I don’t see a connection between the enforcement of the Mexican border and the governance of a New York art museum. Yet open letters—signed by marginal academics and cranks—demanded Kanders’s expulsion, and now they’ve gotten it.  

Kanders’s resignation will end nothing, for the protestors will prove insatiable. They won’t be satisfied by a single scalp and will seek out more targets at every museum with a trustee whose career, beliefs, family, or philanthropy conflict with left-wing ideology.

Mr. Allen says the Kanders family has given the Whitney Museum around $10 million. Will the protesting artists and museum staff pony up that amount?

Friday, July 26, 2019

Countering UN demand on migration

By Arthur Lyons

Hungary, Poland and Estonia decide protection of their citizens and culture more important than allowing UN to decide the future.

Hungary has reached an agreement with Poland and Estonia to establish a warning mechanism against the UN Global Compact on Migration which would enable the countries to “move against such pro-migration proposals in their early phases, whether they are drawn up in the UN or in Brussels”.

Peter Szijarto, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, confirmed to Hungary’s MTI that the agreement had been reached with his Polish and Estonian counterparts, About Hungary reports.

On Monday, Szijarto said, “It has once again been made clear that pro-migration forces want to make the United Nations’ global migration compact, the world’s most dangerous migration document, mandatory.”
Last December, at the UN General Assembly, 152 countries voted in favor of the Global Migration Compact while five voted against it, 13 countries abstained, and 57 didn’t vote at all.
Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, the United States, and Israel – who all rejected the document last December – were also joined by Estonia in the most recent vote. Not one of the Visegrád countries backed the compact, with Slovakia choosing not to vote in the most recent vote.

YouTube bans “Christian” in ads

Use of “Muslim,” however, is OK.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

See what happens when they run for office?

They wind up on top. 

Yeah, this is insensitive, sexist and a lot of other stuff, but it’s also funny.

Headline at Balkan Insight: “Women on Top in the World’s Democracies”

It’s also blatantly anti-Trump, as per:

“US President Donald Trump’s recent declaration that four Democratic congresswomen of color — Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib — should ‘go back’ to their countries was another reminder of his blatant racism and sexism. (Three of them were born in the United States, and the fourth became a US citizen as a teenager.)

“But it also highlighted the rising profiles of women in politics — a trend that will continue, no matter how much it terrifies insecure men like Trump.”

Written by a woman, perhaps? Ya think? By Nina L. Khrushcheva. Had Ms. Khrushcheva been a US citizen for the 2016 election, chances are she would have cast a (losing) vote for Hillary Clinton.

Ms.  Khrushcheva mentions “leading suffragists … Inessa Armand, Rosa Luxemburg and Clara Zetkin,” all of whom just happened to be Marxist Communists. The three “suffragists,” Ms.  Khrushcheva hints, might have disapproved of President Trump. No more than he would have disapproved of them, and because they were Communists, not because of their sex. Ms. Khrushcheva is the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, which explains her love for Marxist-Leninist-Communists. 

How things are done down South

Southern U.S., that is. Other countries have similar differences between North and South, but we Americans made a war out of those differences.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

France, Germany likely to run up against a Europe of nations

Zsolt Németh, head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee -- Central Europe is now capable of standing up together against an “aggressive utopia called federalism promoted throughout Europe”, aimed at “dismantling” national identities, sovereignty and Christian values. The Hungarian government is committed to reuniting Europe, but as a Europe of nations.

Some Euro-centric French official said France does not belong only to the French. Citizens of Central Europe nations know Poland belongs to Poles, Hungary to Hungarians, and etc., throughout the continent. If France and Germany want to give away their countries, let them.

Dem 2020 campaign theme: Americans suck, vote for us

“The Democrats’ 2020 theme is that you are terrible and the party’s slogan will be “Americans suck, vote for us.” The precise candidate who will employ it is not important because they all embrace the notion that punishing the essential moral failure of you and me and every other Normal American is the key goal of the Donkey Party. That goes equally for the Handsey Old Prospector, the Socialist Squaw, Crusty the Commie, Spartacus Sharpton, Starchild, the Furry, Not Ms. Willie Brown, the Unfabulous Gay Guy, and the many Unfabulous Ungay Guys.Kurt Schlichter

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Berkeley council to spend $273,341 on natural gas spy

The liberal California city votes ban on installing natural gas in new buildings; decides to spend more than a quarter million dollars on “a staffer for a two-year position in the city’s Planning and Development Department to implement the ordinance.”

To show the natural gas ban would in no way degrade the city’s “rich culinary heritage,” Councilwoman Kate Harrison had a staffer melt a chocolate bar in a pot on a hotplate.

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Oshkosh fly-in, first day

Part 1

Part 2

Nathan Bedford Forrest speech

1875 before the Order of Pole-Bearers Association. 

“Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God's earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. (Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don't propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I'll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand. (Prolonged applause.)"

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(Whether the Pole-Bearers Association was a precursor to NAACP is a point of debate.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

‘Jihadi Stabs Three Canadian Soldiers …’

“… Canadian Court Sends Him to College ... at most colleges and universities today, Ayanle Hassan Ali will find himself among friends.”

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The stupid is strong in Canada.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Guaranteed to take away your appetite

Graves leak. Graves leak bad stuff. Bad stuff can get into water supplies.

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With enough publicity and propaganda, activists could convince the federal Congress to hold hearings on how to stop graveyard leakage.

Security comes from arming the people

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. – James Burgh

Sunday, July 21, 2019

If you like your paper passport, you can keep your paper passport

From The Moscow Times

Russia is planning to phase out paper passports within three years as part of its national digitization program, drawing support as well as criticism over privacy concerns, according to the official government website.

The government resumed discussions on issuing digital passports last fall, five years after it initially considered the idea. Cost estimates for the overhaul range from 114.4 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) to 144 billion rubles ($2.2 billion).

The first digital passports, which will take the form of plastic cards, will be issued next July in Moscow, Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov said Wednesday. 

“Those who don’t want to change their paper passports…can keep them to the grave,” Akimov told reporters. 

The digital ID card will have a 10-year expiration date and contain an electronic chip bearing nearly all of the passport holder’s personal information. 

The electronic passport might also come in the form of a mobile app, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said during a cabinet session before Akimov spoke. 

A digital passport lifts bureaucratic hurdles but also exposes citizens to hacking and personal data leaks, according to industry experts surveyed by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. 

Others told the Vedomosti business daily that the transition period toward an cloud-based system could pose technical and other difficulties for new passport holders. 

The proposal has also attracted criticism from the Russian Orthodox Church, which said the collection and retention of personal data threatens privacy.

The government has been pursuing a $53-billion Digital Economy Program since 2017 to help roll out digital technologies nationwide by the last year of Vladimir Putin’s presidential term in 2024. Officials have predicted that, as part of the program, four in five Russians will have a digital profile by 2025.

(OK, it is Russia, and the official said people who like their paper passport “can keep them to the grave.” Sometimes, that is not too far away. It can come at any moment. No more Cheka knocks on the door, but you never know.)

‘A determined few’

Former Navy SEAL Dorn Raso climbed a flag pole to reattach an American flag that had become separated from its lanyard.

Mr. Raso said: “This was my fourth attempt at trying to get up and fix the flag. I couldn’t go by this flag this morning and not give it everything I had. The gold stars on this monument and the sacrifice that has been made for us all was something I wasn’t just going to pass by. This flag pole climb reminded me about EVERYTHING in life.”

And encouraging his fellow Americans to do what is right: “It doesn’t take many, it just takes a determined and convicted few. I believe with all my heart and soul there is a wave of patriots in this country growing in strength and confidence each day. While we watch parts of our country fall to mainstream confusion, complacency, and ignorance, there is a few that are willing to climb or stand or do whatever it takes.”

More than a determined few attended the funeral of Vietnam veteran Wayne Wilson, who had no living relatives.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

National teacher union votes down student learning proposals

Approves: Fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade;  enthused over reparations for slave descendants; called on the U.S. government to “accept responsibility for the destabilization” of Central American countries and that this destabilization is “a root cause of the recent increase of asylum seekers in the United States”…; “supporting the Black Lives Matter movement; and teaching the concept of ‘White Fragility’ (which they explain is produced by ‘white supremacy culture’) in NEA professional development.

“A similar focus was evident in the NEA conference agenda. During the convention, there were breakout sessions on topics like ‘Racial and Social Justice,’ ‘Ethnic and Minority Affairs,’ and ‘Women’s Issues.’ Along with those discussions, delegates heard from a smorgasbord of progressive left warriors like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill de Blasio. Meanwhile, per the convention agenda, there wasn’t a single session devoted to curriculum and instruction, nor raising student test scores. (Emphasis added.)

The authors note: “The NEA represents 3 million members, mostly public school teachers of all walks of life, from all political persuasions — 60% of whom have identified as Republicans or independents.”

One might guess that few of those 1.8 million were at the convention.

Poland refuses to hand over Christian man …

…who fled from Sweden after authorities put his daughters in Muslim foster family.

By Emma R.

A court in Poland has decided not to extradite Russian Denis Lisov, who fled with his children out of the Scandinavian country, to Sweden.

The decision of the Polish court says that the warrant for the arrest of Lisov, issued by Sweden, violates his civil rights since Lisov was pushed “to a wall, his children were taken away and the impossible conditions for their return were pushed forward.”

In 2017 the Swedish authorities took the children from their father when their mother with schizophrenia was taken to hospital. The guardianship clarified that the man could not cope with the education of their daughters.

The children were placed in a foster family of people from Lebanon.

In March 2019, Lisov took his 12, 6, and 4-year-old daughters, and in April he was detained with them at the airport in Warsaw while on their way to Russia.

According to a psychologist’s opinion, the children are very closely attached to their father and want to live with him.

“They did not feel safe in the foster family, which might have deepened their stress and result in disorders”, said the judge, adding that “the father was unable to watch this and the Swedish authorities’ actions violated the children’s good. The Swedish authorities’ actions glaringly disregarded the sensitivity of children coming from a Russian-European family.”

According to the family’s attorney, the fact that the children were placed in a Muslim family of Lebanese origin despite being raised in the Christian faith was also an important factor in Mr Lisov’s decision to escape Sweden taking them with him.

Now Denis Lisov is awaiting consideration of his application for refugee status in Poland. The children are under his care.

By a court decision, the relevant law enforcement agencies will receive a request and the international search will be removed from Denis in the near future.

According to the court decision, not a single European country will extradite Lisov, arrest will be threatened only in Sweden.

“I am very pleased with this verdict. We have saved the family. Lisov is a father, not a criminal. Everyone in Poland: the guardianship authorities, the prosecutor’s office, the police, the border guards were against the separation of the family and did not allow this possibility”, said the attorney.

Lisov himself in conversation with RT did not hide his joy, although, according to him, he was very worried until the last moment.

He said that he was pleased with the verdict and would now wait for a decision on obtaining a residence permit in Poland.

The Russian expects that his daughters will go to kindergarten and school in Warsaw already in September.

“Now the Swedish side has the opportunity to appeal the court’s ruling, but we hope that they will not do that”, he concluded.

If extradited Denis Lisov faces four years in prison in Sweden.

This is a case of Sweden bending over backwards to accommodate Muslims and deny family rights to a Christian. 

Three Moroccan men sentenced to death in murder of Scandinavian hikers

Moroccans beheaded one of the women, posted video on internet.

Twenty-four people arrested for involvement in the murder.

Morocco does not practice the death penalty; three murderers likely to be sentenced to life in prison.

The murdered women were “24-year-old Danish citizen Louisa Vester Villager Jespersen and 28-year-old Norwegian citizen Maren Ueland” killed in 2018.

Don’t pay attention to people who think they can write

“Like all other Black revolutionaries, America is trying to lynch me.” Attributed to Assata Shakur.

We will first address the grammar. Since the second part of the sentence completes the first, Mr. or Ms. Shakur is saying America is a “Black” revolutionary. Note also the capitalization of B in “Black.” That is common from racist, prejudiced, self-victimized black writers. In graduate school, I reviewed the book “Exodusters.” I do not remember the author’s name, only that she was in a doctoral program at the University of Houston. That author also capitalized “Black.” She did not capitalize “white,” although white people played a major role in the emigration of black people from down South to up north.

I did not recognize the name Assata Shakur before reading his/her quote. So, I searched. Turns out she is “Oh, that woman.”

Assata Shakur is a black woman. She is a “former member of the Black Liberation Army,” so Wikipedia says. She is a convicted murderer. She shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. The Black Liberation Army, Wikipedia says, “led an armed struggle against the US government through tactics such as robbing banks and killing police officers and drug dealers.” Ms. Shakur has lived in Cuba since her prison escape in 1979.When former President Obama supposedly reinstated relations between the United States and Cuba, vast right-wing conspiracy writers and groups wondered if the president would insist on extradition of convicted murderer Shakur.

Silly question. Obama was our first Black president.

Muslim who killed Jew not responsible, because he was high on cannabis

French judge cites Kobili Traore’s claim to have smoked up to 15 joints a day, ignores the Muslim’s statement, “I killed the devil.” Traore also reportedly shouted verses from Koran as he threw 65-year-old Sara Halimi from her third-floor apartment in Paris.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

1976 Great American Horse Race won by a mule

Lord Fauntleroy—“Leroy” for short—was the choice steed of Virl Norton, a steeplejack from San Jose, California. Along with their many rivals, Norton, Leroy, and his backup mule, Lady Eloise, were set to travel 3,500 miles through 13 states for the “Great American Horse Race.” They would challenge history, expectations, and a whole lot of fancy horses.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Six cities plan on selecting 2020 president

New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco dominate donations to Democratic candidates.

Democrats tone speeches to donors in those six cities. The rest of the country is likely to be like Wisconsin visited by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Not in the plans.

As others have said, that is why we have an electoral college and not a popular vote election.

Russia, Ukraine agree to cease-fire in Donbass

Russia, Ukraine and Europe’s top security body have announced an “indefinite” ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that analysts hail as a substantial step toward ending the five-year conflict.

The war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region has killed 13,000 people since it broke out in 2014. Sporadic fighting went on despite a ceasefire agreement signed in 2015.

The sides have agreed to lay down arms starting midnight this Sunday, July 21, Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) — which collectively make up the Trilateral Contact Group — announced in a statement, with the participation of representatives of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The agreement includes a ban on forward movements and reconnaissance activities, firing and a ban on the placement of heavy weapons near populated areas, among other measures. 

“The unlimited ceasefire shows that both sides are really intent on going a step further than at previous times,” Nikolaus von Twickel, a former member of the OSCE monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, told The Moscow Times by phone.

He said the development was substantial because there had been no joint statements for previous ceasefires.

Von Twickel, however, cautioned that the truce could break down at any moment, as it has in the past. Additionally, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy were pursuing their own interests ahead of parliamentary elections in Ukraine this Sunday.

“Russia’s aim is to increase the results of pro-Russian parties in Ukraine before the Rada elections. [Meanwhile,] Zelenskiy shows Ukrainians that under him there will be more progress than there was under [ex-president Petro] Poroshenko,” von Twickel told The Moscow Times.

The Kremlin on Thursday said it hoped the sides of the conflict would abide by the “important” ceasefire agreement.