Saturday, August 24, 2019


Trey Rusk, editor of Running Code 3, sent me this message he received from Trump this morning:

When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said “I am the chosen one,” at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a “Messiah complex.”

They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just having fun. I was smiling as I looked up and around.

The MANY reporters with me were smiling also. They knew the TRUTH...And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news & me thinking of myself as the Messiah.

No more trust!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Not exactly Mr. President. The reporters were not smiling, they were laughing at you for the absurdity of your remark.

But let’s give Trump the benefit of the doubt. He was just winging a poor choice of words.


Palestinian Leader Abbas Declares: ‘We Shall Enter Jerusalem — Millions of Fighters!’

by Benjamin Kerstein

The Algemeiner
August 22, 2019

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas recently went on a frenzied rant in which he pledged, “We shall enter Jerusalem — millions of fighters!” it was revealed on Wednesday.

In a video uploaded to Abbas’ Facebook page on August 10 and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Abbas spoke at the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, declaiming, “We shall remain [here], and nobody can remove us from our homeland.”

Presumably referring to Jews, Abbas proclaimed, “If they want, they themselves can leave. Those who are foreign to this land have no right to it.”

In a statement that could have referred to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but also to the Jewish state in its entirety, Abbas pronounced, “So we say to them: Every stone you have [used] to build on our land, and every house you have built on our land, is bound to be destroyed, Allah willing.”

“No matter how many houses and how many settlements they declare that they [plan to build] here and there — they shall all be destroyed, Allah willing,” Abbas continued. “They will all go to the garbage bin of history.”

“There” appears to imply Israel proper as opposed to the “here” of the West Bank.

Repeating the false claim that the Palestinians were descended from the people of ancient Canaan rather than Arab settler-colonialists, Abbas said of Israel, “They shall recall that this land belongs to its people. This land belongs to the people who live on it. It belongs to the Canaanites, who lived here 5,000 years ago. We are the Canaanites!”

Referring to recent international summits in Poland and Bahrain dealing with Middle East regional security and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Abbas asserted, “We said to them: No to the meetings in Warsaw! No to the meetings in Manama! No to anything that is unacceptable to the Palestinian people!”

Citing President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas said in garbled language, “Jerusalem, whatever they call it… ‘united’… They moved their embassy… Jerusalem is ours whether they like it or not.”

The audience then broke into a chant: “To Jerusalem we march, martyrs by the millions!”

Echoing the war chant, Abbas said, “We shall enter Jerusalem — millions of fighters! We shall enter it! All of us, the entire Palestinian people, the entire Arab nation, the Islamic nation, and the Christian nation… They shall all enter Jerusalem.”

Referring to the PA’s payment of millions of dollars to imprisoned terrorists and the families of dead terrorists, which has caused the US and Israel to withhold funds from the PA, Abbas stated, “We will not accept their designation of our martyrs as terrorists. Our martyrs are the martyrs of the homeland.”

“We will not allow them to deduct a single penny from their money,” Abbas added. “All the money will go back to them, because the martyrs, the wounded, and the prisoners are the most sacred things we have.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is no such thing as a Palestinian partner for peace.


Dow plunges 500 POINTS as President Trump 'orders' U.S. companies to come 'home' and 'immediately' find 'alternatives to China' after Beijing struck back with $75 BILLION in tariffs

Daily Mail
August 23, 2019

The market dropped immediately after Trump said the U.S. would be 'better off' without its leading trading partner and demanded U.S. companies find an 'alternative' place from which to operate.

Trump unloaded on China hours after it announced it was imposing tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products.

Trump demanded that U.S. firms bring their companies 'HOME' and said they were 'hereby ordered' to begin seeking 'alternatives to China' – a country he has long derided for 'ripping off' the U.S.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Where did Trump come by that order horseshit? The president cannot order anyone other than federal employees or members of the military out of anywhere. Even if American businesses left China, which they won’t, they would find some other Asian country like Vietnam to manufacture their products for much cheaper than in the US.

But let’s say all American businesses did come home. That would send prices soaring for the goods American consumers buy, causing angry voters to run Trump out of office come election day, even if his opponent were to be crazy Bernie.

Trump hits back at Beijing: President hikes tariffs on $550bn worth of products after he told US firms to pull out of China and called the Fed Reserve boss the enemy - as the Dow plummets 623 points

Daily Mail
August 23, 2019

President Donald Trump set off a precipitous dive in financial markets Friday after he ripped Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, ordered U.S. companies to pull back from China, and called the world's No. 2 economy the 'enemy.'

By the end of trading after a hectic day where the president once again used Twitter to lash out at his foes amid economic uncertainty, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 621, or 2.4 per cent.

After markets closed, Trump weighed in with the latest escalation in the trade war – slapping new tariffs on billions of additional Chinese products.

Starting October 1, $250 billion in Chinese products now being tariffed at 25 per cent would be hit with a 30 per cent tariff. And $300 billion in goods being hit with a 10 per cent tariff staring Sept. 1 will now be hit with a 15 per cent tariff, Trump Tweeted.

Trump tore into Powell after the Fed Chair refused to provide a clear signal he will bend to Trump's demand for rate cuts – comparing him to China's President Xi Jinping, his chief economic and political rival who heads a country Trump describes as committed to 'ripping off' the United States.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Watch consumer prices rise when the tariffs take effect.

And what about ordering American businesses around? It appears as though Trump is suffering from a serious case of the Napoleonic complex.


by Bob Walsh

In the year 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying several cities under a heavy layer of volcanic ash.

In 1572, Charles IX of France began the systematic extermination of 50,000 Hugenots (Protestants of the Calvanist persuasion) in an effort to rid France of non-Catholics. He was in large part successful.

In 1891 Thomas Edison patented a motion picture camera.

In 1894 the U. S. Congress passed the first graduated income tax. It was declared Unconstitutional in 1895.


by Bo Walsh

Bernie Sanders had a rally in NorCal a couple of days ago. HIs crowd was noticeably smaller than the crowds he got three years ago. So, is Bernie on the way out and Pocahontas Warren on the upswing? It is a bit early to say definitively, but the numbers are swinging in that general direction.


Rise of the Koch brothers: How the billionaire industrialists were shaped by their father's hatred of the Soviet Union and built a powerful political network that changed America as David Koch dies at age 79

Daily Mail
August 23, 2019

Billionaire David Koch died Friday at aged 79.

Born in Wichita, Kansas on May 3, 1940, he was minutes older than his fraternal twin, William. He was the third son for his father, Fred Koch, and his mother, Mary. The eldest son, Frederick was born August 26, 1933, and then Charles on November 1, 1935.

Fred Koch was a chemical engineer who built an oil refinery business that eventually became Koch Industries. In the 1930s, he built oil refineries in the Soviet Union under Stalin and would become an anti-communist, and one of the founders of the John Birch Society.

Fred Koch handed over the reins of the company to Charles in 1966, and he died the next year at aged 67.

David Koch studied at chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - like his father - and joined Charles at Koch Industries in 1970. Together they built an industrial empire.

By the 1970s, the brothers were part of the founding of the libertarian Cato Institute, and by 1980, David ran for vice-president on Ed Clark's Libertarian Party ticket. Their platform included 'ending Social Security, welfare, minimum wage and labor laws' and the 'Clark-Koch ticket won just 1.1 percent,' according to HuffPost.

He married Julia Margaret Flesher in 1996 at aged 56, and together they have donated millions to philanthropic endeavors.


Ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne says he was duped into 'biggest scandal in US history' and got 'fishy' orders from FBI agent Peter Strzok in rambling interview - just hours after resigning when firm tanked over claims he met Russian agent

Daily Mail
August 23, 2019

In a rambling interview, Patrick Byrne said 'we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history'. He reiterated claims made in an August 11 letter that he was duped into acting on behalf of the FBI to carry out 'political espionage' into the Clinton and Trump campaigns during the 2016 election.

Byrne, who appeared on the Fox Business show wearing a mock MAGA hat with the phrase 'Make America Grateful Again', claimed he received 'fishy' orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok and said he had witnessed the espionage against Clinton and Trump.

Byrne resigned from Overstock, the company he founded, on Thursday after shares dropped by 30 per cent over just two days earlier this month. Investors were understood to have been rattled after Byrne's bombshell FBI-related press release on August 11 which also confirmed he had had a relationship with Russian agent Maria Butina.


Graphic video shows moment man crushed to death by elevator at Manhattan Promenade building

By Kevin Fasick, Craig McCarthy, Bruce Golding and Aaron Feis

New York Post
August 22, 2019

One of every New Yorker’s worst nightmares played out Thursday morning when a Kips Bay man was crushed to death by an elevator in his luxury high-rise as his horrified neighbors looked on, authorities said.

Sam Waisbren, 30, clawed desperately to escape the packed lift as it plunged from the lobby into the darkness of the shaft below, but he was crushed between the elevator car and the shaft wall, according to officials.

“The guy literally was trying to climb out onto the floor while the elevator was still [moving down],” said a building worker, who witnessed the death and asked not to be identified. “It’s awful.”

The horrific scene, which played out at the 23-story Manhattan Promenade tower on Third Avenue near East 25th Street just after 8:15 a.m., was captured on building surveillance footage exclusively obtained by The Post.

As one woman stands waiting, the elevator door opens into the lobby and a man wearing a backpack emerges, then wheels around as the lift gives way and Waisbren and five others go rocketing downward, the clip shows.

Waisbren instinctively shot out his right hand to grab the frame of the elevator door and tried to plant his right leg onto a sliver of lobby floor, but was immediately overpowered.

“His initial reaction was to put his arm out . . . so he could get off,” the building worker said. “At that point, the elevator took him down. Jumping out [of] the car while it’s still moving, you just don’t want to do it.”

First responders pronounced Waisbren dead at the scene.

“He was a wonderful young man,” said his father, Charles Waisbren, who added that his son had moved from their family home outside Milwaukee to settle down in the Big Apple, where he worked in software sales. “He had millions of friends out in New York. He was loved by everybody.

“We are absolutely devastated.”

Firefighters raced to rescue the five people who remained trapped and traumatized inside the cramped metal cage.

“Some people were still left down in the car after it moved down in the basement,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Anthony Arpaia. “The FDNY had to work really hard to get the car moved.”

With the others free and clear, the chaos gave way to questions.

While the city’s Department of Buildings — on scene investigating the incident late into Thursday — said the killer elevator had not been the subject of any formal complaints over the past decade, the building’s other lift was shut down over safety issues months ago.

“Door zone restrictor has been tampered with,” reads a public report on that violation, formally inspected on May 29. “This is a safety device to ensure elevator passengers’ safety.”

The DOB issued a cease-use order after the inspection, but the building’s management company, ATA Enterprises, satisfied city inspectors and got the order lifted by May 31.

That elevator had been taken out of service Wednesday night because it kept getting stuck, residents said Thursday.

ATA did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

A veteran elevator-safety expert said Thursday’s tragedy also smacked of human error.

Kevin Doherty, a Rockland County-based consultant who viewed the video several times on Thursday and has testified in hundreds of elevator-accident cases, said similar incidents he has investigated involved “somebody manipulating the elevator safety circuit in the elevator machine room” to troubleshoot the elevator.

“Elevator controllers/computers are designed to prevent motion of the elevator when either the inside car door or the outside hoistway door is in the open position,” he said.

“In order for this event to occur, you would have to have a number of mechanical and electrical failures occur simultaneously, barring human intervention.”

The odds of that happening are “almost incalculable,” he said.

Doherty — who investigated a 2011 elevator accident that killed ad exec Suzanne Hart in a Midtown office building, which was blamed on a bypassed safety circuit — also noted that Thursday’s deadly incident could easily have turned out differently.

“The first guy was lucky to get out,” he said. “He has no idea how lucky he is.”

Residents said they had grown used to the balky elevators at the Manhattan Promenade, where monthly rent for a one-bedroom is $3,695, according to

“They always jump between floors,” said one resident who declined to be identified, likening the rides to something out of a horror movie. “It’s like that Halloween-night thing when you’re in that scary elevator that hops up and down. It’s really bad.”

Added Dayna Sargen, 39: “It’s sadly not shocking and sad that it wasn’t addressed sooner. A life could have been saved. It shouldn’t have to take someone dying to have a management company realize there’s an issue with our elevators.”

Waisbren’s father agreed.

“The elevator was always in disarray, and they’re paying a gazillion dollars in rent every month,” he said. “[The] least the building could do is provide safety.”


FBI takes down alleged Nigerian fraudsters in $46-million case based in Los Angeles

Associated Press
August 22, 2019

The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails.

It ended with the woman $200,000 poorer and on the verge of bankruptcy after borrowing money from her sister, ex-husband and friends to help Capt. Terry Garcia with his plan to smuggle diamonds out of Syria.

In reality, there were no diamonds and there was no Garcia: They were part of an elaborate scam hatched by an international ring of cyber thieves operating mainly out of Los Angeles and Nigeria.

Federal authorities cited the case of the Japanese woman, known only as “F.K.” in court papers, on Thursday when they announced an indictment charging 80 people with stealing at least $46 million through various schemes that targeted businesses, the elderly and anyone susceptible to a romance scam. Most of the defendants are Nigerians.

“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in U.S. history,” U.S. Atty. Nick Hanna told a news conference. “We are taking a major step to disrupt these criminal networks.”

The investigation began in 2016 with a single bank account and one victim, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. It grew to encompass victims who were targeted in the U.S. and around the world, some of whom like the Japanese woman lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“F.K. was and is extremely depressed and angry about these losses,” the federal complaint states. “She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her.”

Her relationship began innocently in March 2016 with an email but soon “Garcia” made “romantic overtures,” according to federal authorities. He told her they couldn’t talk by phone because he wasn’t allowed to use one in Syria.

So a stream of emails went back and forth, with her using Google to translate his English into her Japanese. A month into the relationship, Garcia told her he’d found a bag of diamonds in Syria and he began introducing her to his associates, starting with a Red Cross representative who told her Garcia had been injured but had given him the box.

F.K. ultimately made 35 to 40 payments, receiving as many as 10 to 15 emails a day directing her to send money to accounts in the U.S., Turkey and the United Kingdom through the captain’s many purported associates.

The fraudsters even threatened her with arrest if she did not continue to pay, and at one point she traveled to Los Angeles because she was told a Russian bank manager had embezzled more than $33,000 of her funds.

Authorities arrested 14 defendants Thursday, mostly in the Los Angeles area. FBI agents could be seen processing suspects in a downtown Los Angeles parking lot before they were arraigned in federal court. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

Two suspects were previously in custody and a few others were arrested earlier this week. Hanna said he hoped to be able to work with foreign governments to extradite the remaining defendants.

They all face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money and aggravated identity theft, and some are charged with additional offenses for alleged fraud and money laundering.

EDITOR’S NOTE: What is the chief economy of Nigeria? Scamming gullible folks out of their money.


Divorced mother, 58, from a prominent Atlanta family 'shoots dead her son, 24, and her NBC intern daughter, 20, then kills herself' - HOURS after posting 'I could not ask for better children' to Instagram on her return from vacation to Italy

Daily Mail
August 23, 2019

Marsha Edwards, 58, is suspected of killing herself and her two children Erin Edwards, 20, and Chris Edwards, 24, after their bodies were in their upscale Atlanta townhouse Wednesday evening, cops say.

Police conducted a welfare check on the family at 6pm Wednesday and made the chilling discovery of the bodies suffering gunshot wounds inside. Cobb County police say Marsha died of 'an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound'.

Marsha was divorced from the children's father Dr. Christopher Edwards, a prominent orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta.

Just two days before the brutal killings on Monday August 19, Marsha Edwards' posted on social media enjoying a vacation with her daughter Erin in Italy, sharing snaps from Vatican City, Rome and Venice.

The day of the killings Marsha posted to Instagram saying: 'I could not have asked for better children'.

Police have not released any further information about the apparent double murder-suicide and the investigation is ongoing.

The Edwards lived in a wealthy gated townhouse community called Vinings Parc East and the family was well known in the city and were close family friends with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Following the shocking deaths,

Dr. Christopher's family spokesperson released a statement saying: 'Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made.'

Friday, August 23, 2019


The President keeps letting his mouth overload his ass, calling himself “The Chosen One” in his latest faux pas

People may disregard what you say unless you have diarrhea of the mouth, a problem Trump has been having throughout his presidency. In his latest faux pas, Trump called himself “The Chosen One.”

Trump was referring to his trade war with China, saying no one has taken on China until he became president because he was chosen to do so.

Additionally, he quoted conspiracy theorist Wayne Allen Root’s description of him as “The King of Israel” and “The Second Coming of God.”

By calling himself the chosen one, Trump set off a social media shitstorm questioning his sanity and calling for the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment which allows the vice president and a majority of the cabinet members to declare him unfit to serve and remove him from office.

Among those calling for the 25th Amendment are Kellyanne Conway’s husband and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

I’ve long maintained that Trump’s uncontrolled mouth would endanger his reelection chances, but my Trump-loving friends keep telling me they and his other supporters love what he says. I don’t know, but I suspect some of them are now beginning to have some doubts.

If Trump keeps it up, as he likely will, it may take the second coming of God to save his presidency. And if people are led to believe that he’s unhinged, Trump won’t be the chosen one on election day next year, Joe Biden will then likely be the chosen one.

Is Trump becoming unhinged? I hope not, but his latest outbursts seem rather strange. I’m praying for the second coming of God.


Trump clarifies 'disloyalty' statement, accuses Democrats of hurting Israel

Israel Hayom
August 22, 2019

President Donald Trump beat back criticism of his comments accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “great disloyalty” and went a step further on Wednesday, saying any vote for a Democrat is a vote against Israel.

“I think that if you vote for a Democrat you are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House.

The Republican president drew outrage on Tuesday from Democratic presidential candidates and US Jewish groups after accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “great disloyalty.”

Critics said that Trump’s comments echoed an anti-Semitic trope accusing American Jews of dual loyalties to the United States and Israel.

Trump initially responded on Twitter on Wednesday by quoting a conservative columnist as saying that American Jews “don’t know what they’re doing.” The Republican president thanked the commentator, Wayne Allyn Root, who likened Trump to the “King of Israel” and said that Israelis “love him like he is the second coming of God.”

The comments about Israel followed Trump’s attacks on a group of first-term Democrats in Congress, US Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who were denied entry to Israel last week (Tlaib was granted entry for a humanitarian visit, but chose not to accept it).

“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump said on Tuesday, without specifying what or who they were being disloyal to.

Those remarks sparked a swift backlash.

“My message to Trump: I am a proud Jewish person and I have no concerns about voting Democratic,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a leader in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and an independent, wrote in a Twitter post late on Tuesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current front-runner to challenge Trump in November 2020, called the president’s comments “insulting and inexcusable” and urged him to stop dividing Americans.

“The Jewish people don’t need to prove their loyalty to you, @realDonaldTrump – or to anyone else,” said Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former US congressman from Texas who has called Trump a racist over his immigration rhetoric.

American Jews lean Democratic. Roughly 70% of American Jews have typically supported Democratic candidates in recent US presidential elections.

J Street, a liberal lobbying group based in Washington, was among the many US Jewish organizations that expressed outrage or alarm at Trump’s comments.

“It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal,’” the group said on Tuesday.

Said Anti-Defamation League leader Jonathan Greenblatt, “It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition sided with Trump, saying, “President Trump is right, it shows a great deal of disloyalty to oneself to defend a party that protects/emboldens people that hate you for your religion.”

Trump is popular in Israel. He delighted many Israelis, by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, moving the US Embassy there, withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has close ties with the Trump administration, declined to comment on his remarks.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter that he had spoken with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top elected Democrat, about strong US-Israel relations, which he said were “not dependent on the links with either party.”

Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, accusing them of hostility to Israel and anti-Semitism. He repeated his attacks on Tlaib on Wednesday, accusing her on Twitter of wanting to cut off aid to Israel, a US ally that has long enjoyed bipartisan support.

In February, Omar, who along with Tlaib supports a boycott of Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians, said US Jews have divided loyalties. She apologized for those remarks after being widely condemned by many in her own party.

Most Democrats disagree with Tlaib and Omar’s views on Israel, but Trump’s attacks on them have rallied support for the two within their party.


Because There Are NO Ex-Convicts, Former Juvenile Wards or Parolees Anywhere In San Francisco

by Bob Walsh

Yes, George Orwell would be very proud of the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco. By decree of that august body Ex-Convicts and former DJJ wards are now "Persons impact by the criminal justice system" and parolees are now "persons under supervision."

Don't you feel safer already about going to San Francisco.

Remember SF has no auto burglaries either, because some years ago the auto burglary stats were scaring away the tourists, so they are now officially called Auto Boosting Incidents. There are about 140 of them every day in S F.

But now none are committed by parolees, because there are no parolees in San Francisco.

Damn, isn't liberalism wonderful. You don't have to do jack shit, you just have to mouth platitudes and feel morally superior to everybody else. San Francisco, a city full of shit, shitheads, dope, dopeheads, used needles and politicians who don't give a flying fuck about anything because the morons that live there keep re-electing them.


San Francisco board rebrands 'convicted felon' as 'justice-involved person,' sanitizes other crime lingo

By Lukas Mikelionis

Fox News
August 22, 2019

Crime-ridden San Francisco has introduced new sanitized language for criminals, getting rid of words such as “offender” and “addict” while changing “convicted felon” to “justice-involved person.”

The Board of Supervisors adopted the changes last month even as the city reels from one of the highest crime rates in the country and staggering inequality exemplified by pervasive homelessness alongside Silicon Valley wealth.

The local officials say the new language will help change people’s views about those who commit crimes.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”

A juvenile “delinquent” will now be called a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

And drug addicts or substance abusers, meanwhile, will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney told the newspaper. “We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

The sanitized language, though unlikely to do much to address the crime problem, may result in some convoluted descriptions of crimes in the future.

The newspaper noted an individual whose car has been broken into could well be known to police as “a person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

The board’s approved new language is non-binding, with the district attorney endorsing the measure. Mayor London Breed hasn’t yet endorsed the new language.

EDITOR’S NOTE: SF is trying to make chicken soup out of chicken shit.

I wonder if they have a sanitized name for law-abiding citizen?


In a written statement to The Washington Post shortly before his death, Larry Swearingen warned that “Texas murdered an innocent man,” adding that he hoped his “wrongful’ execution could serve as a ‘catalyst to change the insane legal system of Texas which could allow this to happen.”

After five last minute appeals had stopped five scheduled executions of Larry Swearingen, his 6th final appeal failed, and at last on Tuesday evening, the state of Texas was finally able to send him to his maker.

Swearingen, 48, had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1998 stragulation murder and rape of 19-year-old college student Melissa Trotter. He maintained his innocence to the very end, claiming the scientific evidence against him was rigged and that he was locked up in jail at the time of Trotter’s brutal strangulation.

In a written statement to The Washington Post shortly before his death, Swearingen warned that “Texas murdered an innocent man,” adding that he hoped his “wrongful’ execution could serve as a ‘catalyst to change the insane legal system of Texas which could allow this to happen.”

After Swearingen was strapped down on the death chamber gurney, the warden asked if he had any last words. Swearingen then spoke: “Lord, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing.”

They knew exactly what they were doing in putting a convicted brutal murderer to death.

The execution by a single dose of pentobarbital went without a hitch. Swearingen even gave a play-by-play description of his execution, saying he could hear the drug going into his arm, before saying he could “taste it.” “It's actually burning in my right arm. I don't feel anything in the left arm.” Then he took a short breath before starting to snore quietly. Swearingen was pronounced dead 12 minutes after the dose of pentobarbital was administered.

Swearingen became the 12th condemned inmate to be put to death in the US this year. He became the fourth killer to be executed in Texas this year. Eleven other murderers are scheduled to be put to death in Texas by the end of this year.


Female biology teacher, 23, is charged with rape and sodomy 'after having sex with a 15-year-old male student multiple times during the summer break'

Daily Mail
August 22, 2019

Kentucky high school teacher Kendall Burk, 23, was arrested on Wednesday on four counts each of sodomy and rape stemming from her alleged summer tryst with a minor.

The illicit relationship came to light after another student alerted school officials of the allegations against the biology teacher on Wednesday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A lowdown envious rat ratted out the nice teacher for giving those private biology lessons.


Bernie Sanders unveils his own $16.3 TRILLION climate plan named after AOC's 'Green New Deal' - boldly claiming it will pay for itself AND end unemployment

Daily Mail
August 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders unveiled an ambitious climate change plan Thursday with a $16 trillion price tag that promises to create 20 million new jobs and end unemployment in America.

Billed as the 'Green New Deal,' the 2020 presidential candidate's proposal capitalizes on the notoriety of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's climate change framework of the same name and declares global warming a climate emergency.

'Bernie will declare a national emergency on climate change and take immediate, large-scale action to reverse its effects,' the white paper on the senator's plan says. 'This is an existential threat and we will do whatever it takes to confront it.'

The plan will pay for itself over 15 years and make the United States total reliant on renewable energy for electricity and transportation, an outline boasts.

EDITOR’S NOTE: And you thought AOC was crazy.


California Arms Traffickers Used Snapchat To Market Illegal Weapons

LAPPL News Watch
August 22, 2019

One post showed the man walking through a home brandishing a gun with a high-capacity magazine and tapping an unidentified woman on her buttocks with the barrel. In another, he waved a pistol loaded with a 50-round drum magazine in the air while driving a car.

They’re two of several Snapchat posts by Anthony Reed, a 22-year-old Nevada resident who prosecutors allege used the social media platform to market weapons in California.

Arms traffickers have long used the internet to connect with potential buyers, and there have been growing reports of weapons dealers across the US using platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to market their guns.

Several recent law enforcement investigations show that in California’s Bay Area, social media is playing a significant role in the sale of firearms outlawed in the state.

Thursday, August 22, 2019


The Muslim half of AOC’s squad defend themselves against accusations they are anti-Semitic

The Minneapolis–Saint Paul Herald
August 20, 2019

At a press conference in Minneapolis on Monday, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Muslim half of AOC’s squad, slammed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defended themselves against accusations they are anti-Semitic.

In talking about being barred from Israel, Tlaib said: “As a young girl, visiting Palestine to see my grandparents, I watched as my mother had to go through dehumanizing checkpoints — even though she was a United States citizen and proud American. All I can do as the granddaughter of a woman who lived in occupied territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth the only way I know how. It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Netanyahu has taken a page out of Trump’s book.”

Omar said: “The decision to ban me and my colleague, the first two Muslim-American women elected to congress, is nothing less than an attempt by an ally of the United States to suppress our ability to do our jobs as elected officials. I had planned to travel to Israel and Palestine to hear from individuals on the ground about the conflict so that i could be more informed as a member of Congress and as a member on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Reporter: Are you two anti-Semitic?

Tlaib: We’re not anti-Semitic, we just don’t like Jews.

Reporter: Representative Omar, what about your statement “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”? That’s clearly anti-Semitic.

Omar: No it isn’t! The Jews control members of the House and the Senate with their ill-begotten wealth, like the Shylocks with their usury rates and the absentee landlords charging people of color exorbitant rents for dilapidated housing. It’s not anti-Semitic because that’s a fact. Not only do the Jews control Congress, but everyone knows the evil Rothschild bankers control the non-Muslim world.

Reporter: How are you going to convince Jews you are not anti-Semitic?

Tlaib: We didn’t think we needed to say this, but we each hid a Jew in our attics.

Reporter: Hid a Jew in your attics? Why in the world would you do that? Hide a Jew from what? From who?

Tlaib: Why do you ask?

Omar: That’s all. We have an important engagement elsewhere.

Omar was overheard telling Tlaib, “Why in the fuck did you bring up that attic crap? You should have told him one of our best friends is a Jew. You know, like Bernie Sanders. That fucking Jew reporter might have gone for that.”

The reporter was overheard saying, “Hah … Hid a Jew in their attics. Omar and Tlaib are not only anti-Semitic, they’re both also stupid as shit!”


Tlaib's Palestinian village is thriving, but she is in denial, claiming instead that villagers suffering from inhumane treatment

by Akiva Bigman

Israel Hayom
August 21, 2019

What is it really like to live in the Palestinian village Beit-Ur al-Fauqa, where Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother and other family members live? Are conditions there as bad as she has claimed?

If you look at the Facebook profiles of people who actually live there, you will discover that things are actually not bad at all.

Achiam Tlaib, for example, drives a brand new BMW. On his Facebook account, you can see that his family lives in a very comfortable three-story building.

Raja Tlaib shared on his Facebook account pictures of himself posing next to his new Mercedes, wearing an expensive suit. He also has pictures showing him working out in a gym that has the latest equipment.

Mawaid Tlaib uploaded pictures of his vacations in Italy and other places, and Anas Tlaib has a very expensive Mercedes.

Samach Tlaib drives a BMW and Niaf Tlaib drives a Corvette convertible and uploaded pictures posing next to his new home under construction, also with three stories.

Many of them also have pictures showing them visiting places inside the Green Line (pre-1967 Israel): Jaffa, Acre, Tel Aviv and so on. So perhaps all those checkpoints that supposedly make Palestinian life so miserable are just a myth?

In fact, even the World Bank said in 2014 that the village is one of the richest in the region. The poverty rate in the village stood at 7.4 % in 2014, compared to the overall rate of 21% in the Palestinian Authority.

Only a handful of villages have a lower poverty rate in the PA and unemployment in the village is also among the lowest in the PA. But perhaps the most important statistic is this: The rate of social mobility in Beit-Ur al-Fauqa is among the highest in the PA.

According to a 2017 PA report on the quality of life of Palestinians, the village has 230 households.

The report says that 215 structures are considered private residences and four of them are actually single-family homes, attesting to their wealth.

More than 115 of the households are in apartments that have 5 bedrooms or more, and 65 of the households have four bedrooms.

And of course, all the structures are privately owned. According to the report, almost every home has satellite TV, and most have LCD screens in their living rooms. Almost everyone in the village has access to the internet and a mobile phone. Half of the families own a car.

Is everything perfect? No, and the security situation in Judea and Samaria obviously has its drawbacks. The checkpoints placed by the Israel Defense Forces to prevent terrorist attacks mean that the population's potential is not fully tapped.

But if this is what occupation looks like, perhaps Tlaib and her radical friends got it all wrong?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tlaib did not get it all wrong. She knows very well how well-off her relatives are. Her inhumanity accusations, like her plea for a last-chance visit with her grandmother, are just another one of her damn lies.


by Bob Walsh

It used to be "gun control." A lot of people found that term to be meaningless, offensive or both. We then moved on to "common sense gun laws." That assumes the legislature has common sense and used it. This would be a false assumption.

We have now moved on to "gun violence" and "gun safety laws." Safety sounds good and gun violence sounds bad, right?

I own a lot of guns and have never once been attacked by one, either mine or anybody elses. I have never heard of a person being attacked by a gun.

Modern handguns are safe. They do not go off by themselves. They do not fire if dropped. They do not go off due to routine normal handling, even if you are stupid and handle them while they are loaded. Rifles can sometimes go off if dropped with a live round in the chamber. Shotguns will often do so. That is why anybody with any brains and any training knows you do things like unload when you are climbing a fence and don't leave a loaded gun laying about the camp. (I have seen two reliable reports of hunting dogs "shooting" their owners by stepping on or knocking over a loaded, cocked weapon in a camp environment.)

So, what is gun violence? If a bad guy comes up, points a gun at me, shoots me and takes my wallet that is gun violence. I think we can all agree on that. What if he just threatens to shoot me? Is that gun violence? What if I pull out my own gat and shoot him? Is that gun violence? If a nut with a machete is chopping people on the subway and a cop shoots him is that gun violence? If a cop shoots a bad guy who is shooting at him are they both guilty of gun violence? If a cop shoots at an active shooter, misses and accidentally hits a good guy is the shooting victim a victim of gun violence? If so who is the perp, the active shooter or the cop?

I think it would be amusing if we could get the anti-gun clowns to actually tell us what the hell they mean. But since they can't even figure out what an "assault weapon" is other than it looks scary, I am not holding my breath on that. My own guess, for what that is worth, is that what words mean is not significant to good liberals. Interfering with gun rights to the extent possible and ensuring that the number of honest, law-abiding citizens who actually own guns is as small as possible is the object of the exercise. Intellectual honest has nothing whatsoever to do with it.


by Bob Walsh

Stockton is a mix of light industry, heavy industry and ag. There are two major freeways, a major rail operation and a very nice and seriously underused which sends out a lot of air freight cargo.

There are six pallet yards here. They have suffered at least two major fires recently, neither of which seems to have been accidental.

All six yards were shut down yesterday, allegedly due to numerous uncorrected code violations. They were served with IMMEDIATE cease-and-desist orders. I have doubts that they will be able to immediately move all of their product OUT of the yards but they are prohibited from moving in any new product or materials until further notice.


by Bob Walsh

A Deputy Sheriff in Lancaster (L A COUNTY) CA. was shot today as he exited the Sheriff's Office. It is believe he was shot by a sniper in a large apartment complex nearby. The officer managed to retreat into the station. So far it looks like he will be OK though this just happened (about 1600 on Wednesday).

The cops are now searching the apartment complex. It will be a LONG job.


by Bob Walsh

A psycho anti-vaxxer, who has been unable to get any traction in his attempts to remove Dr. Richard Pan from his gig as a state senator, attacked him on the street near the state capital yesterday.

Dr. Pan, who is indeed a medical doctor / pediatrician, has been at the forefront of the fight to tighten up the exemptions from the state vaccination requirements.

Senator Pan was not injured. His attacker was charged with misdemeanor battery.


by Bob Walsh

Some fairly interesting statistics have just been released regarding "gun crime" in Alameda County, CA. during 2018.

There were 862 recovered firearms used in crimes in Alameda County last year. About half were NOT registered in California and only about 8% were legally registered to the person who was in possession of the gun at the time of the crime.

A total of 372 firearms were reported as either lost or stolen in that time period in the county.

There were 9,430 guns reported legally sold by licensed dealers in the county last year.

It was not possible to determine whether or not 432 guns recovered in relation to crimes were in fact lost or stolen. Almost four guns a day are reported either lost or stolen (mysteriously disappeared is I believe the insurance term) in California. In addition about 13,500 guns are reported as known to have been stolen in the state every year.)

In 2016, 456 crimes involving handguns were prosecuted in Alameda County. Additional prosecutions involved rifles (26), shotguns (22) and unspecified "assault weapons" (10).


London Breed, the Mayor of the People.'s Republic of San Francisco and the SFPD are on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by the First Amendment Coalition, a non-profit organization.

The cops managed to get warrants to search the home, office and telephones of Bryan Carmody. They did not tell the judge(s) who signed the warrants that Carmody is a journalist with a valid police press pass. I guess it slipped their minds.

He wrote some articles about the murder of public defender Jeff Adachi that the mayor and the cops did not like and which clearly came in part from internal police sources. The cops want badly to know who leaked, and are trying to find out by going after Carmody. California has a shield law which largely protects working journalists from having to reveal sources.

The cops are refusing to release records in response to FOIA requests. The cops have been vague and outright contradictory about whether or not there is an active ongoing criminal investigation into the "theft" of the police report in question.


by Bob walsh

The judge in charge of the Ghost Ship arson case is apparently seriously considering criminal contempt charges against the three jurors who got ashcanned for inappropriate contact with media people.

The three jurors that were removed, all women, were removed for "demonstrable misconduct" according to the judge.

The situation could get interesting as there is only one remaining alternate juror and at least two jurors have long planned vacations in September. It would be possible to continue with fewer than 12 jurors if both sides consent. It is expected the defense would not do so.


San Diego District Attorney to decide whether father who bound and gagged daughter will be charged

By Rachel Bianco

ABC 10News
August 20, 2019

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The Orange County father who tied up his daughter and gagged her in an attempt to force her into drug rehab in Mexico could face charges.
California Highway Patrol officers pulled over the car Monday night on Interstate 5 off of Cannon Road in Carlsbad after getting calls from drivers about a possible kidnapping.

"Received a report of a woman bound and gagged in the back seat, kidnapped essentially," said CHP Sgt. Mike Morrin.

The 17-year-old girl was with her 57-year-old father and 21-year old sister.

According to the CHP, both the father and sister could face charges ranging from kidnapping to child endangerment.

"You just can't gag someone and bind them and take them in the back of a car to a foreign country. That's just not acceptable. We're trying to sort out the details," said Sgt. Morrin.

The teen admitted to officers she's been using methamphetamines for the last year. Her relatives told 10News she escaped twice from local rehabs. The family lives in San Juan Capistrano.

Nancy Knott is a licensed psychotherapist. She spent years working as a treatment counselor for Scripps before going into private practice. Knott is not familiar with this case, but says parents often reach a breaking point.

"When it reaches a certain point, desperation sets in, and anytime desperation sets in, people don't always make the correct choices. They're trying a lot of times to save the life of their child," said Knott.

Knott said families in California can hire outside help when trying to force a minor into treatment.

"A parent could arrange for a transport company to take their child into treatment and they do not use physical restraints unless absolutely necessary. Again, first choice is to have the parents to seek out some expert advice, try to work with their child themselves, if not, usually the one off approach works better especially with the child parent relationship to bring in a professional, to work with the child and the family. The family would be signing off permission, or the guardian, to the transport company to take that child to treatment," said Knott adding that the company should be licensed and bonded.

Knott doesn't recommend seeking treatment in Mexico.

"I've never taken a patient to Mexico. And frankly, never will. The laws are different there. The family is always at great risk of crossing that border because they are not going to be the same laws as in the US, so it's riskier; that's my opinion," said Knott.

Knott said early intervention is critical, but recovery can still take years.

"Treatment doesn't always work the first or second time with adolescents. We look at keep them alive until 25, meaning the brain is more developed at 25 to have a little more rational way of looking at their problem," said Knott.

The teenager was taken into custody by child protective services.

10News reached her 21-year-old sister by phone Tuesday, and she declined to comment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I do not think the father and sister should be charged with any crime!


Walmart sues Tesla, alleging "negligence" after solar panels went up in flames

CBS News
August 21, 2019

Walmart sued Tesla for "gross negligence" on Tuesday, claiming that the electric car company's energy division installed solar panels that went up in flames on its store rooftops. The fires caused millions of dollars in damage, the lawsuit alleges.

The retailer said fires broke out at seven store rooftops between 2012 and 2018. One location in Ohio had to be closed for eight days, Walmart said in the complaint. The lawsuit claims Tesla never provided Walmart with an explanation for the "root cause" of the fires.

"The number of defects, however, is overwhelming and plainly indicative of systemic, widespread failures by Tesla to meet the standard of care, as set forth in the governing contracts, as to the solar systems installed at Walmart's stores," the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit includes photographs of Walmart stores' damaged rooftops, as well as citations from local news coverage of the fires. Photos of a store in Indio, California, for instance, showed a charred roof, which the lawsuit claimed required more than $3 million in repairs and $6 million in damaged merchandise.

Inspections found that several of Tesla's solar panels were broken and that wires were hanging out, causing a fire hazard. In its lawsuit, Walmart said Tesla engaged in "widespread, systemic negligence" and "failed to abide by prudent industry practices in installing, operating, and maintaining its solar systems."

Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

SolarCity deal

Walmart said it had deals with Tesla Energy, formerly known as SolarCity, to install and maintain solar panels on 244 Walmart stores.

In May of last year, Walmart said it demanded that Tesla disconnect all the solar panel systems it had installed. But Walmart said another fire still occurred at a California store, even though the panels had been disconnected for several months.

"Wires on the store's rooftop were still sparking at the time that Walmart discovered the fire and could have ignited more extensive flames, with potentially devastating consequences," the lawsuit claims. "Equally troubling, after Tesla technicians visited the rooftop, one of the technicians failed to close the cover to a combiner box, exposing this important piece of equipment to the elements and thereby creating a fire hazard.

Walmart said it later found out that Tesla ignored an alert from that store's solar panels, which Walmart said was the likely cause of the fire. In the court documents, Walmart said ignoring the alert reveals "Tesla's utter incompetence or callousness, or both."

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart did not specify how much money it is seeking from Tesla in the lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court, saying that the amount would be determined at trial.


Mexico court rules cocaine use is ok: " in adults does not pose a significant health risk"

By Chivis Martinez from Reforma

Borderland Beat
August 21, 2019

A judge from Mexico City granted two amparos that order the Federal Commission for the Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) to authorize the possession, transport, use and use of cocaine, excluding the all trade act

The amparos were granted to members of the Mexico United Against Crime organization. "Cocaine use in adults does not pose a significant health risk, except in the case that it is used chronically and excessively," said Víctor Luna Escobedo, Tenth District Judge in Administrative Matters.

“This moderate consumption is up to half a gram daily, it must be in private spaces, without the presence of minors, without being able to take to work, drive vehicles, incite third parties or handle dangerous instruments or machines.

"Cocaine intake or consumption may have different purposes, including stress relief, intensification of perceptions or the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences"

Judgment of amparo 1205/2018 from Judge Víctor Luna

Luna was based on the "positive" parts of a report rendered in December by the National Commission against Addictions that, when referring to the effects of low-dose cocaine use, listed:

"Improvement of mood, increased energy and reduced fatigue, increased muscle performance, decreased appetite, desire to speak, increased sexual desire, transient increase in self-esteem, anger and verbal aggression, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate. "

It is the first such ruling related to a drug other than marijuana, but the judge used exactly the same arguments that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has wielded since 2015 to grant amparos that allow the recreational consumption of the cannabis

Conadic also detailed the effects of excessive dose consumption and chronic cocaine use, but the judge put them aside, as he argued that not every consumer is a drug dependent.

"The moderate consumption of cocaine may not generate addiction," he added when declaring the absolute prohibition for this drug, provided for in the General Health Law, unconstitutional, as it is considered a disproportionate and unnecessary measure to protect health and public order.

Luna's sentence will not take effect while it is reviewed by a collegiate circuit court, which could request the intervention of the First Court Chamber to clarify whether its criteria on marijuana - which it put in the same plane as alcohol or tobacco- are applicable to other

In 2017, marijuana was legalized for medical and scientific purposes, and in November 2018 the Supreme Court ruled that a blanket ban on recreational use was unconstitutional, Reuters reports.
That same month, López Obrador's government submitted a bill that would allow recreational use and create a medical marijuana industry, according to Reuters.

For now, Cofepris grants permits to use marijuana on an individual basis.

EDITOR’S NOTE: How about Heroin? I've dealt with a large number of Heroin users and could not discern any significant health problems among the addicts.

What you see in the before and after pictures depicting the transition of a healthy individuals to one who is nothing but shriveled skin and bones is not the result of the heroin, but rather the result of not eating or meeting basic health needs because the addict spends whatever money he has (or steals) to get his daily fixes.

It goes without saying that a person under the influence of heroin should never get behind the wheel of a car. But you can say the same thing about a person under the influence of pot, cocaine, meth or any number of other drugs, including some prescriptions.

It is my opinion that the long-term use of pot is far more deleterious to one’s health than the use of heroin, and the results of some studies back that up.

The only justification for outlawing heroin is that it is highly addictive. But some studies have shown that so is marijuana.


Hundreds Of Guns Come In To California From Nevada. Lawmakers Want To Stop It

LAPPL News Watch
August 21, 2019

Alarmed that the gun used in a mass shooting in Gilroy was bought legally in Nevada, two dozen California legislators on Wednesday asked their counterparts in the neighboring state to meet this fall to discuss strengthening restrictions on firearms.

The unusual proposal was made in a letter to Nevada State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, who is a Democrat, and the Democrat-controlled Legislature just weeks after a 19-year-old resident of that state opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, killing three people and wounding 13.

“While California has enacted numerous gun safety measures, this tragedy underscores the need for California to work closely with neighboring states to close loopholes and advance common sense gun safety measures,” said the letter signed by 27 Democratic legislators including Assembly members Jesse Gabriel of Encino, Reginald Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles and Buffy Wicks of Oakland.

Gunman Santino William Legan bought the semiautomatic rifle legally in Nevada less than three weeks before the July 28 attack. The weapon, which authorities describe as a military-style AK-47, cannot be legally purchased in California or imported into the state, according to California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.

EDITOR’S Note: Gun safety, my ass! They’re talking about gun control, not gun safety.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019


After Pantaleo firing: ‘The job has been dying and today, it’s dead’

By Rafael A. Mangual

New York Post
August 19, 2019

“Policing is dead,” a member of the NYPD told me Monday, after NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill decided to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo over the death of Eric Garner. “Morale was already low. This was just the nail in the coffin.”

Another member of the department told me on the condition of anonymity, “It’s just disheartening.”

“It’s hard to say whether cops will back off,” he continued, “but I think the writing is definitely on the wall. Based on how things went in other cities [Chicago and Baltimore] I wouldn’t be surprised if we went in that same direction.”

The reactions echoed that of Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, who told reporters, “The job has been dying; and today, the job is dead.” Lynch went on to assert Pantaleo’s dismissal was based “on the politics.”

As is often the case with these things, context and timing are all-important. The decision to fire Pantaleo will not be perceived in a vacuum, but rather through the lens of these politically charged times.

The decision came in the middle of a presidential-election cycle in which nearly all the candidates pursuing the Democratic Party’s nomination have openly demonized police as cogs in a machine of racial oppression and injustice.

Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, protesters interrupted a prime-time debate to demand that candidate (and, when he has time, New York City Mayor) Bill de Blasio fire Pantaleo. The political implications of the decision were not lost on the officers I spoke to, one of whom referred to Pantaleo as “the victim of a presidential run.”

Unfortunately, Pantaleo’s firing also came in the wake of a series of escalating instances of NYPD officers being taunted, threatened and assaulted while in the field.

Not long after two videos of cops being doused with water went viral, another video showed cops being swarmed by a crowd in The Bronx. That melee resulted in one cop being hit with an open container of Chinese takeout; and in yet another incident reported by The Post over the weekend, officers in Brooklyn were hit with “ ‘air mail’ objects thrown down at cops from rooftops.”

Police morale shouldn’t dictate the outcome of investigations properly within the purview of a police department’s oversight mechanisms. But neither should such decisions be colored by the politics of our moment.

The pursuit of justice does not require sending police the message that their presence is not appreciated or wanted in Gotham’s high-crime neighborhoods. Will politicians stop doing precisely that?

EDITOR’S NOTE: How were the NYPD cops supposed to arrest a 395-pound Eric Garner who was resisting the officers?

An angry head of the police union, Patrick Lynch, said:“With this decision, Commissioner O’Neill has opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding, without any regard for the facts of the case or police officers’ due process rights. He will wake up tomorrow to discover that the cop-haters are still not satisfied, but it will be too late. The damage is already done.”

In firing a good officer, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said he would like to think that Pantaleo would have waited for backup to arrive. Say what! There were four or five officers attempting to arrest Garner. Apparently O’Neill thinks the SWAT team should have made that arrest.

And uber-liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called for the firing of Pantaleo, announced Tuesday that Sgt. Kizzy Adonis will face a disciplinary trial for failing to adequately supervise Officer Daniel Pantaleo during the Garner arrest.

It should also be noted that the officers did not set out to bust Garner. They responded to a complaint by business owners.

The political witch hunt against cops goes on all over the country.


by Bob Walsh

A great many states (not including California now) have a felony murder rule. It is about to catch five thugs near Chicago.

A group of six attempted to bread into a car in the driveway of the home of a 75 year old man in Lake county seven days ago, about 1 a.m. The homeowner, who had a valid gun permit, confronted the young thugs in the driveway of his home. Things went sideways and a 14-year old thug ended up with a GSW to the head and his five road dogs, including Diamond C. Davis, 18, and four juveniles, are facing charges under the felony murder rule.

Four of the five, along with their wounded friend, fled in a stolen car. They dropped off the wounded thug, who died, then ran out of gas while being chased by the cops. They were arrested.

When the man went out into the driveway and ordered the thugs to leave one of them was stupid enough to go after the old man instead. The cops found a large toad sticker at the scene which did not belong to the homeowner. The homeowner is not facing any charges.

Six less thugs on the street, one permanently. Not a bad outcome all things considered.


by Bob Walsh

HR1296 has been signed onto by 198 Democraps. It proposes a total ban on all semi-automatic weapons of any kind. The ban also includes shotguns with a revolving cylinder, and since shot shells are available for virtually all revolver cartridges it MIGHT be possible to interpret this as a ban on virtually all handguns as well. The only thing you would be left with is a semi-automatic .22 rifle feeding from a tubular magazine.

Is this going to pass? Probably not. Is it constitutional? Probably not. Does that mean they don't mean it and won't push it? Probably not.

They keep saying they only want to take bad guns from bad people. Trouble is, they think that all guns are bad and all people who want to own guns are bad people. WAKE UP PEOPLE. This is serious shit.


by Bob Walsh

In 1321, 160 Jews were executed in Chincon, France for the crime of not being Christian.

In 1772 King Gustav III engineered a coupe in Sweden and overthrew the parliamentary government that had been in place for 50 years.

In 1831 the Nat Turner Rebellion began.

In 1841 John Hampton patented the Venetian Blind.


by Bob Walsh

San Joaquin Delta College is the local community college here in Stockton. It recently got recognition from WalletHub, a personal finance website, as the best among such facilities in California when it comes to cost and quality. It ranked very respectably in the national averages as well. That rankings consider such things as tuition, staff to student ratio, and successful graduation rates.

The school has some very interesting programs including a unique Electron Microscopy program that draws students from around the world. There is a major vocational program linked to the local large Caterpillar dealership and some very respectable nursing programs, a couple of which feed graduates into employment with the state prison system.

I have taken classes here off and on for 30 years and was on the bond committee for a couple of years. It is difficult for a school of this sort to find a successful path between vocational training and academics. Delta seems to be walking that path fairly effectively.


by Bob Walsh

Our local fish wrapper, the RECORD, had an interesting item yesterday about some moron being arrested entering the grounds of a DJJ (Division of Juvenile Justice) facility here with a fair amount of ammo, some guns, and body armor.

The article specifies that the contraband was discovered during a vehicle search. While the authorities CAN search vehicles entering the grounds they seldom do, unless of course the program has changed radically since I retired. That might tend to indicate they had some notion this guy was coming, though DJJ is maintaining this was a routine check of visitor vehicles.

The moron, Ishtar Christian Romo, was in possession of a bolt action rifle, an AR-style pistol, a shotgun and ammunition. The San Joaquin County SO arrested him for illegal possession of an assault weapon, high capacity magazines, carrying a loaded firearm in public and possession of weapons in a jail or prison. He is being held pending $150,000 bail. They also towed and impounded his car. The weapons were stashed in the trunk.


President Trump again put his mouth in motion before putting his brain in gear

What would have been a scathing indictment of Jews voting for Democrats turned into a question of loyalty.

During a White House meeting Tuesday with the president of Romania in the Oval Office, reporters questioned Trump about Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s call for a halt to aid for Israel. The President told the reporters:

“The concept of even talking about this ... of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people, I can't believe we’re even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone ... where they're defending these two people over the state of Israel?”

Then he went on to say:

“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

If Trump had just said Jews who vote for Democrats have a total lack of knowledge, he would have been spot on. But by adding the disloyalty (to Israel) bit he blew it big time.

The accusation that Jews have a dual loyalty to the US and Israel has long been considered anti-Semitic. And Trump even slammed Omar a while back for saying it.

That disloyalty bit opened the door for Jewish members of Congress and for Jewish organizations to trounce on Trump.

This is just another example of Trump putting his mouth in motion before putting his brain in gear.


Tlaib attempting to raise funds because she and Omar were barred from entering Israel

Israel Hayom
August 20, 2019

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has been fundraising off her canceled trip to Israel last week after being granted a humanitarian request to visit her grandmother, which followed on the heels of first being barred from Israel, along with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

A fundraising email sent by left-wing political-action committee Democracy for America calls on people to “chip in whatever you can to stand with her and Ilhan now as they continue to fight for justice for all.”

Despite the humanitarian request, the email states that the congresswomen “were banned from traveling to Israel and Palestine.”

“I’ve dealt with sexism, racism and Islamophobia my entire life, so I knew that would continue if I pursued a high-profile public office and won,” Tlaib said in the fundraising email. “What I didn’t anticipate was for that discrimination to come from the president of the United States.”

The fundraising plea also slams Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government prevented the two from carrying out a political visit to Israel because of their statements in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to punish Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

“It’s very telling when a so-called democratic ally bans elected members of Congress from visiting because of our political views and values,” states Tlaib. “It’s even more disturbing and completely unprecedented that our own president encouraged this undemocratic action. What is Netanyahu afraid that we will witness, that we will bring to light?”

She continues, “Not only am I heartbroken that I cannot meet the people of Israel and Palestine to witness their struggles firsthand, but I am heartbroken I can no longer visit my Palestinian grandmother, who just days ago was excited to decide which fig tree we’d pick from together.”

Finally, she claims, “The Israeli government ultimately decided they would let me visit, but under one condition: that I sign a letter restricting my freedom of speech in order to stop me from speaking out against the inhumane conditions Palestinians like my grandmother are forced to face by the Israeli military occupation.”

In her letter to Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who approved her visitation request, Tlaib wrote that “this could be my last opportunity to see her,” referring to the freshman congresswoman’s grandmother, who is in her 90s. “I will respect any restrictions, and I will not promote any boycotts against Israel during my visit.”

Nevertheless, Tlaib soon changed her mind and decided against the trip.

In the fundraising email, Tlaib writes, “No matter how badly I wish to see my grandmother, I know she would not want me to do so under such degrading circumstances that go against everything I believe in, fighting racism, oppression, and injustice.”


Too Young to Kill? No matter their age, anyone who tries to kill a soldier or police officer should expect to be shot

By David Lazarus

Israel Today
August 19, 2019

A video recording shows two Palestinian youth try to walk unassumingly through a gate into Jerusalem’s Old City, then suddenly, with knives flying, charge at two Israeli police officers who have their backs turned and try to kill them.

One policeman falls to the ground as the stabber stands over him plunging his knife into the fallen officer, as the other policemen respond quickly and manage to shoot both assailants. One of the attackers stays down, but the other keeps moving and trying to get up as a policeman neutralizes him with another gun shot.

A Palestinian spokesperson angrily came to the ridiculous conclusion that the policemen’s actions were part of an government policy of killing in order to increase tensions in the conflict and get Israelis to vote for a right-wing government. “This escalation is a dangerous indication and could continue in the period leading up to the Israeli elections in mid-September,” he said in a statement. The Palestinian official then used the sad incident to spread more propaganda that the US administration is “covering up on these actions, which are in violation of international laws.”

Even The Jerusalem Post in reporting on the incident came to the absurd conclusion that “the Palestinian assailants had been shot without being arrested or interrogated.” Did the Post author see the same video we are watching? Arrest who? Interrogate what? This was a life-threatening situation that required immediate, decisive action, not discussion.

In the past, many lives have been lost when Israeli police and IDF soldiers have been too passive in their response to these murderers. When the attackers are so young, Israeli security forces always try to act with discretion. But here, the evidence is clear. These two boys are trying to kill the officers, and the only option the police had was to shoot and neutralize them in order to save their own lives and the lives of other police and civilians in the area.

These attackers, young or old as they may be, are going to have to understand that when they decide to try and kill a police officer, or anyone else for that matter, they have forfeited their lives and must expect that they will be shot, and most likely killed, on sight.

“For he who lives by the sword (knife) will die by the sword,” said Jesus Christ.


Fifth NRA Board Member Resigns Amid String of Recent Defections

By Asher Stockler

August 20, 2019

A fifth member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors has resigned, the latest in a string of high-profile defections within the powerful gun rights group in recent weeks.

NRA board member Richard Childress, a former NASCAR driver and the owner of a self-titled car racing enterprise, submitted his resignation to the board, John Frazer—the organization's secretary—and NRA President Carolyn Meadows on Monday, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Newsweek.

This marks the fifth resignation from the NRA's board of directors since August 1, when three board members quit after they allege they were sidelined for raising questions about apparently lavish spending and mismanagement by top executives.

Childress, along with former NRA President Lt. Col. Oliver North, had previously authored a memorandum to the chairman of the NRA's audit committee and Frazer (in his dual capacity as general counsel) expressing how they were "deeply concerned" about the billable hours being racked up by the organization's outside counsel, William A. Brewer III.

The letter revealed that Brewer's firm earned $24 million over a 13-month period, payments that Childress and North described as "excessive on their face."

"The Brewer invoices are draining NRA cash at mindboggling speed," the pair wrote.

Among other concerns, Childress and North alleged that their repeated pleas to conduct an independent audit of Brewer's invoices had previously gone unacknowledged. The memo was leaked anonymously online and subsequently authenticated by The Daily Beast.

North was forced to resign amid an ongoing management dispute with CEO Wayne LaPierre, who had accused North of attempting to extort him in order to secure his own resignation.

North has said that he was trying to conduct appropriate oversight of the organization after reporting revealed examples of apparent financial mismanagement. In doing so, he says, he tried to form a Crisis Management Committee to investigate the allegations before LaPierre blocked it from convening.

Childress, also serving as the NRA'S first vice president, read North's resignation letter aloud at the annual meeting in April.

A fourth NRA board member, Julie Golob, announced her departure on August 12.

Childress did not refer in his resignation letter to the Brewer dispute or any of the myriad fiscal and governance scandals that have plagued the NRA since April, when The New Yorker documented what would be the first in a long line of allegations of financial misconduct that have racked the organization.

"At this time, it is necessary for me to fully focus on my businesses. I owe that to my employees, our partners, my family, and myself," he wrote. "Since proudly agreeing to serve on the NRA Board, I have supported the organization and its important mission to preserve and protect our Constitutional rights. But when, as now, I am no longer able to be fully engaged in any commitment I have made, it becomes time for me to step down. I have reached that point in my ability to continue to serve the NRA. As such, I must resign."

Unlike the three board members who catalyzed the pattern of resignations in recent weeks, alleging in their letter they were disempowered after seeking to exercise oversight of the group's spending, Childress did not refer specifically to any of the financial improprieties or related scandals as reason for his departure.

He did make an oblique comment about the NRA's current dilemmas, expressing hope that the group can "move forward with a focus on its important mission of defending the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens."

The NRA is under investigation by multiple government entities, including the attorneys general of New York and the District of Columbia, and is embroiled in numerous lawsuits related to its billing practices and fallout from the financial misconduct scandals.

The organization recently sued to intervene in North's interview on Tuesday with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who, along with dozens of current and former NRA board members, have received subpoenas related to her investigation of the NRA's tax-exempt status.

A judge ruled in state court on Monday that the NRA cannot listen in on North's testimony.

In response to a request for comment, the NRA provided Newsweek with the following statement:

"We accept the resignation of Mr. Childress, and appreciate his many years of service to the NRA," Meadows, the NRA's president, said. "We wish him all of the best in his business endeavors and appreciate his desire to focus on those interests at this time. Of course, we are pleased to see that Mr. Childress will continue to support the organization and the constitutional freedoms in which it believes."

Speaking through a representative, Childress declined to provide further comment.

EDITOR’S NOTE: LaPierre is the one who should have gone … and long ago at that.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Rashida Tlaib’s 90-year-old grandmother put the hex on President Trump, saying “May God ruin him!”

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
August 19, 2019

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are two Democratic freshman members of Congress and the first Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives. Tlaib is a Palestinian born and raised in Detroit. Omar is an immigrant from Somalia. There have been unverified accusations that t Omar committed immigration fraud by claiming to be a member of another Somali family that had been granted asylum, and that she married her own biological brother in order to bring him into the U.S.

Omar and Tlaib, together with Ayanna Pressley, make up what has been deemed AOC’s squad. The squad of uber-left crazies is being referred to as the new face of the Democratic Party. Columnist Piers Morgan described the squad as “Shrieking Socialist Snowflake Sisters.”

Both Omar and Tlaib have a history of making anti-Semitic and anti- Israel statements, both before and since being elected to Congress. Both are strong backers of the BDS movement which seeks to destroy the Jewish state.

In February, Omar tweeted: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in claiming that members of the House and Senate were controlled by Jewish money. That was a blatant anti-Semitic statement which even Omar’s supporters recognized as such. When Omar was condemned for it, Bernie Sanders, a Jewish enemy of Israel, was among the first to rush to her defense. And the Democrat controlled House refused calls for a resolution condemning Omar’s anti-Semitism, passing instead a watered-down resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

When Omar and Tlaib wanted to visit Israel and the West Bank this month, Israel’s Interior Ministry barred them from entering the Jewish state. It is said that the Netanyahu government was pressured by Trump into denying entry to the two congresswomen. Trump did make several statements in support of barring Omar and Tlaib, saying in one of those statements, “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.”

In contrast, House speaker Nancy Pelosi called the barring of Omar and Tlaib “a sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel.” Almost all Democratic members of Congress, including those that are Jewish, condemned Israel and threatened that it would harm US-Israel relations if the ban was not reversed.

Israel sort of caved into the threats after receiving Tlaib’s tear-jerking plea that if she were not allowed to enter Israel, she might never see her 90-year old ‘sitty’ (grandmother) again. Israel responded by allowing her to enter with the caveat that she not make any political statements or participate in any political events while in Israel or in the West Bank.

At first Tlaib promised to abide by the caveat, but when she was criticized by Palestinians for promising to do so, she quickly changed her mind and announced she would not go to Israel under those conditions. She tweeted: “When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions. I can't allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sitty to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies. Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in--fighting against racism, oppression & injustice.

Tlaib exposed herself to be a fraud. Her tear-jerking plea was an outright lie. Talib’s real purpose was not to visit her grandmother, but to make a public spectacle of condemning Israel’s ‘inhumanity’ as she calls it.

Now what about those Democratic threats? In trying to woo the Islamic world, President Obama became the most Israel-unfriendly president in the history of the Jewish state. Obama and Netanyahu just plain hated each other. By contrast President Trump and Netanyahu seem to be good friends and Trump has been the most Israel-friendly president in Israel’s history. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and has moved our embassy there from Tel Aviv. Trump has also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

If Trump is defeated next year look for US-Israel relations to sour under a Democratic administration, the Tlaib and Omar ban notwithstanding. A Democratic president might even move our embassy back to Tel Aviv. And Bernie Sanders has threatened to cut our aid to Israel if the Jewish state does not end its ‘racism’.

When Tlaib changed her mind, Trump tweeted: “Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete set-up. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She does not have to see her now!”

Muftia Tlaib, Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother, responded to the president’s tweet by saying “Trump tells me I should be happy Rashida is not coming — May God ruin him!

If Trump loses in 2020 or suffers a debilitating health issue, it will be because of the “May God ruin him” curse Tlaib’s grandmother put on him. Old sitty’s hex might even bring on a recession next year which will surely ruin Trump.

Let’s hope that if God ruins anyone, it will be Tlaib and Omar together with some other Democrats like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and AOC, but not Trump!


by Bob Walsh

Hugh Hurwitz used to be the HMFIC at the Federal BOP. He isn't any more. Bill Barr managed to get Kathleen Sawyer, who headed BOP from 1992 thru 2003, to come out of retirement yesterday and try to unscrew the screwed up mess that the BOP seems to be in.

Hurwitz was not fired, he was "reassigned." Somebody said something about him now being in charge of a BOP warehouse in Needles.


by Bob Walsh

Yesterday the judge in the Ghost Ship trial of two men charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of 36 partygoers who died in a fire inside a cluttered San Francisco Bay Area warehouse ashcanned three jurors and replaced them with alternates. She also ordered the jury to start all over again on their deliberations. It seems that the three jurors had some sort of contact with media representatives. That leaves one alternate juror available.

Hope they get to a verdict. There are 36 dead people who deserve some sort of justice. ashcanned three jurors and replaced them with alternates. She also ordered the jury to start all over again on their deliberations. It seems that the three jurors had some sort of contact with media representatives. That leaves one alternate juror available. Hope they get to a verdict. There are 36 dead people who deserve some sort of justice.


by Bob Walsh

Crazy Bernie has just announced his new criminal justice program. Empty the prisons.

He wants to end mandatory minimums, ban private prisons, legalize weed on a federal level, outlaw "three strikes," end cash bail and flush approximately 50% of the ambulatory turds out of the prison system onto the streets.

Bernie has said that a large chunk of the prison population is incarcerated due to "health issues" rather than criminality and should be treated as such. No doubt they will be treated by single-payer federal health care, which means that they will not be effectively treated at all, presuming you buy his brand of bullshit in the first place.

Feel the Bern. From a shank in your back by a recently released prisoner.


by Bob Walsh

Yesterday the Palestinian Authority, the shake-down organization that allegedly administers government services for the Palestinian people on the West Bank, came out against civil rights for LGBTQ people.

Just thought you might like to know. I wonder if Omar and Tlaib know. They might be on the outs with their "woke" democrap buddies. Damn, what a shame.


UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world’s highest

By Edith M. Lederer 

Associated Press
August 16, 2019

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.

Javaid Rehman said in a report to the General Assembly circulated Friday that while the number of executions was the lowest since 2007, “the number of executions remains one of the highest in the world.”

The significant decline, he said, is attributed to enforcement of a 2017 amendment to Iran’s anti-narcotics law that saw the number of executions for drug-related offenses drop from 231 in 2017 to at least 24 in 2018.

Rehman expressed concern that Iran has more than 80 offenses punishable by the death penalty, including adultery, homosexuality, drug possession, “waging war against God, corruption on Earth, blasphemy and insult of the Prophet” Muhammad. He said many of the offenses are not considered serious crimes under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Among the seven child offenders reported to have been executed in 2018 were two 17-year-olds in April for alleged rape and robbery, Rehman said. “The two were reportedly forced to confess under torture.”

Rehman reiterated U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s statement that the execution of child offenders “is absolutely prohibited and must end immediately.”

He expressed deep concern at arbitrary arrest, detention, ill-treatment and denial of medical care for dual and foreign nationals, estimating there are at least 30 such cases, including Iranian-Austrian Kamran Ghaderi, who has been detained since January 2016 and is suffering “from a tumor in his leg.”

“There has been no progress made in the cases of arbitrarily detained foreign or dual nationals” aside from Iran’s release in June of Lebanese businessman Nizar Zakka, who has U.S. residency, Rehman said.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has subjected these individuals to sham trials, which have failed to meet basic fair trial standards, and convicted them of offenses on the basis of fabricated evidence or, in some cases, no evidence at all, and has attempted to use them as diplomatic leverage,” he said.

He also said human rights defenders, members of minority communities, lawyers, journalists including from the BBC’s Persian service, labor and trade union activists and women protesting a law requiring them to wear veils know as a hijab “have continued to be intimidated, harassed, arrested and detained.”

Rehman, who is the U.N. special investigator on human rights in Iran, cited the case of human rights defender and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who was sentenced in March to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes “in relation to her work defending women charged for protesting against the compulsory hijab.”

He said Iranian authorities have also stepped up pressure on trade unionists, truck drivers, teachers, factory workers and others protesting for their labor rights. They have been intimidated, arrested and charged with offenses ranging from “spreading propaganda against the state” to “disrupting public order and peace by participating in illegal gatherings,” resulting in prison sentences and flogging, he said.

Rehman pointed to human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, saying the estimated 350,000 Bahai’is, considered to be the largest non-Muslim and unrecognized religious minority in Iran, “have suffered from the most egregious forms of repression, persecution and victimization.”

He said the Sunni minority in Iran constitutes an estimated 10% of the population but the constitution bars them from holding senior religious positions, and they have reportedly been refused permission to construct a mosque in the capital of Tehran since 1979. He noted that Christian converts are considered “apostates” and therefore don’t have access to officially recognized churches and must gather clandestinely in informal “house churches.”

Ethnic minorities including Arab Ahwazis, Azerbaijani Turks, Baluchis and Kurds also suffer from denial of their human rights, he said. Rehman said Kurdish political prisoners charged with national security offenses represent almost half the total number of political prisoners in Iran.


L.A. Firefighters Manually Remove 1,000-Pound Horse From Thick Mud In Hansen Dam Area

LAPPL News Watch
August 19, 2019

Los Angeles firefighters worked for nearly two hours to free a 1,000-pound horse from the mud in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area Saturday, Aug. 17, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the area around 11770 W. Foothill Boulevard just after 11:45 a.m. on a report that the horse was stuck up to its belly in mud in a remote area of the park, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Firefighters hiked to the area and, with assistance from the Los Angeles Animal Services Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, manually freed the 14-year-old male Peruvian Paso horse from the thick mud sometime before 2 p.m., Humphrey said.

The horse was reportedly in minimal distress and a veterinarian was at the site to examine him. Firefighters prepared to decontaminate the horse.

A female rider who was on the horse was located near the animal and was uninjured, Humphrey said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Female rider like woman driver.


Customs And Border Protection Officers Seize $2.3 Million Worth Of Marijuana Inside Shipment Of Jalapeño Peppers

LAPPL News Watch
August 19, 2019

Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeno peppers at a Southern California port.

A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.

A CBP news release says officers discovered more than 7,500 pounds (3,401 kilograms) of marijuana in the peppers' pallets.

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan congratulated the officers on Twitter and noted it was the second large seizure of marijuana there within days. Authorities seized more than 10,600 lbs (4,808 kilograms) of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts at the port Tuesday.