Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Beto O'Rourke vows to spend $5 TRILLION if he is elected to fight climate change in first major policy announcement of his 2020 bid

Daily Mail
April 29, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change.

O'Rourke has also joined growing concerns over the Republican party's control over the Fox cable television network and said that the White House had 'free rein, almost' over what is broadcast.

EDITOR’S NOTE. Not only can Beto not fight mother nature, but according to the Daily Mail, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the prospect of a killer asteroid colliding with Earth isn't something reserved for sci-fi films, but rather something that could happen in our lifetime.

If that asteroid did hit the Earth, it would immediately produce an apocalyptic change of climate which only roaches might possibly survive. Thus that $5 Trillion of the taxpayers’ dough Beto wants to spend, looks like a complete waste of money.


by Bob Walsh

The newest AVENGERS flick was the first movie in history to break $1 billion on it's opening. In fact some theaters opened at midnight on Thursday and ran 72 hours straight.

I have not seen it. Don't know if I will, at least not on the big screen. It is, however, a notable achievement and worthy of comment.


by Bob Walsh

If Ash Kalra, (D-San Jose) gets his way K-12 students in both public and private schools will be prohibited by law from dissecting animals.

PETA thinks this is a wonderful idea by the way and suggests the use of models or computers as an appropriate substitute.

What the hell do you learn about biology from dissecting a computer?


by Bob Walsh

The Chicago State's Attorney and good friend of Jussie Smollett, Kim Foxx, was nailed with a subpoena from a retired judge who wants a special prosecutor appointed to look into her handling (mishandling) of the Jussie Smollett case.

The I. G. is also looking into her operation. Her chief Ethics Officer and Chief Spokesman have bailed out on her since the Smollett case turned to crap.

Things just might be getting interesting for Ms. Foxx.


John Earnest's family says their son is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries

19-year old John T. Earnest’s family released the following statement on Monday:

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue. But our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people. He has killed and injured the faithful who were gathered in a sacred place on a sacred day. To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.

Our son's actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold. Like our other five children, he was raised in a family, a faith and a community that all rejected hate and taught that love must be the motive for everything we do. How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act. To that end, our family is cooperating with investigators. We ask only that the media and the public respect our privacy and allow the criminal justice system to work.

Our heavy hearts will forever go out to the victims and survivors. Our thanks go to the first responders who prevented even greater loss of life and the well-wishers who have supported us. And we pray for peace.

Very well said and apparently spoken from the depths of their hearts … very heavy hearts.


Pete Buttigieg makes pilgrimage to Sylvia's in Harlem for talks on race with Rev. Al Sharpton over fried chicken and collard greens (with a massive side of photographers)

Daily Mail
April 29, 2019

Buttigieg and the civil rights leader met for lunch at Sylvia's Restaurant, a cornerstone of black American culture where Sharpton has brokered racial conversations with political leaders.

Buttigieg said Sharpton suggested the meeting, which he says occurred as his campaign is 'working to broaden our coalition.'

'I've talked a lot about generational change and generational politics, and one of the things I know I needed to do is to be in touch with every generation in the struggle for equality,' Buttigieg said.

Along with the increased name recognition have come questions about his record in South Bend, Indiana, where shortly after taking office Buttigieg fired the city's first black police chief, and about issues of housing and inequality in the city.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Any candidate who would meet with poverty pimp Sharpton other than to kick the shit out of him, is not fit to hold the office of president.


‘Getting Worse, Not Better’: Illegal Pot Market Booming in California Despite Legalization

LAPPL News Watch
April 29, 2019

In the forests of Northern California, raids by law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms.

In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady stream of customers.

And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco, the sheriff’s office recently raided an illegal cannabis production facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day.

It’s been a little more than a year since California legalized marijuana — the largest such experiment in the United States — but law enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still thriving and in some areas has even expanded.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The illicit tax-free pot market is also thriving in Colorado and Washington.


Time to get that Viking tattoo removed? Ancestry updates DNA results

By Liam Mannix and Alexandra Gauci

The Sunday Morning Herald
April 28, 2019

DNA-profiling website Ancestry is rolling out a huge update to its ethnicity database - and changing the ethnic origin of many of its customers.

The company says the database changes, due to be rolled out next month but showing up for some users now, make the results more accurate.

But for some users, they challenge what they had been told about their identity.

Simone, who asked for her last name not to be published, is so disappointed with the new results she’s refusing to accept them.

An Ancestry DNA test two years ago suggested her son had 31 per cent Spanish DNA.

That makes sense, because there is Spanish blood on his father’s side, and seems to agree with other DNA-heritage tests he has had done, she said.

The latest update dropped his Spanish heritage to just 11 per cent while dramatically increasing the amount of DNA that comes from Great Britain.

"His ethnicity is massively different now. It's quite upsetting," she said.

“I haven’t accepted it as I don’t agree with the results. It seems like too much English and Irish, it just doesn’t make sense. I’m upset because that’s his identity.”

Ancestry determines a person’s ethnicity by taking their DNA and comparing it to a reference panel of DNA samples from around the world.

As more and more people send their DNA in, the results get more and more accurate, said Brad Argent, a spokesman for the Utah-based company. Regular updates allow the company to offer more-precise results about where a person’s DNA comes from – down to the level of cities, in some cases.

The company has tried to make light of the changes. A list of common questions along with the new update includes ‘How do I get my Viking tattoo removed?’

But identity is serious stuff. For some people, like Simone, ancestry cuts to the core of a sense of self.

“I can definitely relate,” Mr Argent said. “Prior to the update, I was far more interesting, genetically speaking. I’m 75 per cent English, and 25 per cent Scottish. And before the update I was a little bit Scandinavian – I was definitely claiming that Viking badge. And then it disappeared.”

Mr Argent said the company were very clear the ethnicity results were just an estimate, and would change as more data came in.

“Some people will lose ethnic regions. And some people will gain them.”

People needed to remember that DNA was not the be-all and end-all for a person’s ancestry, he said.

DNA from a particular place might not always make it to the next generation, he said. A person might have a Spanish grandfather, but not receive a lot of their DNA.

“It does not mean you don’t have Spanish heritage. It’s just not in your DNA.”

Danni Flynn, from Randwick in NSW, says the new update has only made her results more interesting.

Her first estimate said her DNA was from Eastern Europe, as well as Ireland, Finland and Russia.

Now, the service has singled out the Baltic States rather than Eastern Europe. That’s spot-on, she says, as her mother is from Latvia.

And Ancestry now tells her the Irish roots come specifically from the province of Munster in the south-west of the country.

“It’s crazy," she says.

"I was like ‘how do they know specifically that part of Ireland?'"

EDITOR’S NOTE: Now I know why Boomer, one of the Houston Zoo’s siamangs, and I got along so good when I was a volunteer in the zoo’s primate section. Sadly, my pal Boomer passed away in 2011.


The growth of the right-wing politics in Israel that Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke decry isn't due to racism, it's due to the Israelis finally wising up

By Victor Rosenthal

Israel Hayom
April 28, 2019

Americans need to take a vacation from using the word “racist,” at least in connection with Israel, because they don’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about and it’s insulting as hell. Especially from presidential hopefuls:

I know that Americans are obsessed with race. It’s understandable, given the historical facts that half of the country had a slavery-based economy until 1865, that vicious, legally sanctioned discrimination against the descendants of those slaves persisted until the 1960s and that racial hatred – on the part of both whites and blacks – is still prevalent in American society.

This is an American problem. It is not Israel’s problem, although Israel’s problem is based in history, too. The history of violent Arab/Muslim rejection of Jewish sovereignty anywhere in the region, which is championed today by the Palestinian Arab leadership represented by the PLO and Hamas.

Israel’s problem is not race-related; Jews and Arabs are closer genetically than Jews – even Ashkenazi Jews – and Europeans. It is not color-related; Jews and Arabs both come in all colors. It is not even an ethnic conflict, since Jews and Arabs can and do get along – despite many cultural differences – in Israel, in environments where the influence of the PLO and Hamas is weak.

No, ours is a violent political conflict. But unlike similar conflicts all over the world, ours is not allowed to end. The Jews have spiritual, historical, legal, aboriginal and moral rights to what we call the Land of Israel, and we’ve defended those rights through several wars. But for two main reasons, the conflict cannot be ended.

One reason is that the Western world is not happy with the idea of a sovereign Jewish state. It doesn’t like the idea of an ethnic nation-state in general or the idea of a Jewish one in particular. It has internalized the KGB-developed narrative of a Palestinian people whose “human rights” are denied by the very existence of a Jewish state. So the West keeps pushing various “solutions,” and the Arabs keep rejecting the ones that allow the Jewish state to continue to exist.

Wars cause population shifts. Three million Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II. They do not have a “right of return,” and the world understands. Some 800,000 Jews were forced to leave Arab countries after 1948. Most went to Israel. Nobody dreamed that they might have a “right of return” to Baghdad or Algiers. Nobody established a special United Nations agency to take care of them and their descendants until this claimed “right” could be exercised. But the West coddled the Arab refugees from the 1948 war and the United Nations encouraged them in their fantasy of return.

The meddling of the West is problematic, but it is the second reason that is more serious: The Jews are stupid. Yes, you heard that right. The much-vaunted Jewish mind, which has produced so many Nobel prizes, has not been able to figure out that when someone is trying to kill you, the most moral thing to do is to fight back.

I know, it’s in the Talmud: “When someone is coming to kill you, rise up and kill him first” (Sanhedrin 72a). But we don’t do that. The Arabs ethnically cleansed every last Jew from the areas they occupied in 1948, but we didn’t do the same (contrary to Arab propaganda, very few of the Arabs who fled Israel at that time were driven out by force). The Jordanians violated the cease-fire agreement and refused to allow Jews or Christians to visit their holy sites in Jerusalem and Hebron. They turned synagogues into stables and tore up Jewish gravestones to build urinals. The Jews, on the other hand, ultimately granted the Arabs in Israel full citizenship, so they could elect Knesset members who support terrorism against Jews.

In 1967 they came to kill us again, and this time we conquered Jerusalem, and all of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. But we still didn’t kick them out, and we even gave them control of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest place. And what a surprise – we are not allowed to pray there, and they have ripped out tons of earth from underneath the Mount, destroying Jewish history, maybe even artifacts of the First Temple! And we knew about it and didn’t stop them.

The Jews are stupid because they think they should be “better” than their enemies, according to some Western/Christian standard that even the hypocritical West doesn’t live up to. The authors of the Talmud were right after all.

There is no shortage of hatred here in our region, but it isn’t racism. And it is mostly Jew-hatred on the Arab side. There are some Jews that hate Arabs, usually because of a bad experience, such as losing a mother or a child to terrorism, but the government, media and cultural establishment have sent a message of peace and tolerance since the beginning of the state and especially since the Oslo period of the 1990s. The PLO and Hamas have done precisely the opposite, from the time of the father of Palestinian nationalism, Haj Amin el-Husseini, who incited pogroms in the 1920s and then spent World War II in Berlin, where he encouraged Hitler to kill as many Jews as possible, raised an S.S. division from, Bosnian Muslims and broadcast anti-Jewish propaganda to the Middle East in Arabic.

Husseini’s disciple Yasser Arafat initially set up the PA education system, geared to teach irredentism and Jew-hatred; he initiated the policy of venerating and paying terrorists who murder Jews. His successor Mahmoud Abbas continued and expanded it. Now there is a whole generation of potential murderers among the Palestinian Arabs, who see Jews not as people but only as objects of hate, the filthy offspring of apes and pigs. Today, a Palestinian teenager who is chastised by his parents might take a knife and slaughter a Jew in the street to redeem himself.

The Jew-hatred that burns so hot among the Palestinian Arabs, nurtured over the years by the Palestinian leadership and tolerated and even subsidized by the West, is the single most important factor that prevents a peaceful end to the conflict here.

But that doesn’t fit the worldview of people like Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke. They worry about the human rights of the Palestinian Arabs, but don’t notice that the right to life of the Jews in Israel is threatened by an array of dozens of countries, including some that are armed to the teeth with rockets aimed at Israel. They think that Israel has not offered enough to the Palestinians, despite the fact that she offered far more than she could afford several times, and the offers were rejected – because no offer that allows the continued existence of a Jewish state will be acceptable to them.

The Jews have behaved stupidly, but the growth of the very right-wing politics in Israel that Beto and Bernie decry shows that they are finally smartening up.

American Democratic politicians should do the same.

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Americans need to take a vacation from using the word ‘racist’.” Rosenthal sure got that right.

Monday, April 29, 2019


by Bob Walsh

I am not knocking the off-duty Border Patrol agent. When the shooting started, he was unarmed. He scooted to where he knew the Synagogue kept a pistol stashed, retrieved it, and went after the shooter. Taking a pistol against a rifle. That is not nothing.

That being said, IMHO, the real hero was the unarmed veteran who rushed the shooter from the rear of the Synagogue, yelling and screaming all the way. The shooter freaked and then split, and the unarmed man pursued him to his truck and tried to break into the truck to engage him physically. At that time the now-armed Border Patrol agent showed up, directed him to clear away from the truck and opened fire.

He's the guy who gets my major-league attaboys.

EDITOR'S NOTE: That being said, the reason the shooter fled the scene was because his rifle jammed. And he turned himself into the cops not long afterwards.


by Bob Walsh

Four people died in Seattle on Saturday when a construction crane at the new Google campus collapsed. Two of the dead were crane operators. Two of them were poor bastards who happened to be sitting in their cars when the crane came crashing down.

Four other people were injured, three of them requiring hospital treatment.

High wind is believed to be a contributing factor.

A roughly similar thing happened in Seattle in 2006 when a crane collapse killed a lawyer who was sitting in his own home minding his own business when a crane crashed down into his home from a nearby office building.


by Bob Walsh

There were two homicides in Stockton on Friday, apparently unrelated, only minutes apart.

In the first one the victim and suspect knew each other and the suspect is under arrest. The suspect, Damar Pittman, 26, has a significant criminal history.

The second incident was a street shooting. The cops have not yet released the name of the victim. There is no known suspect or motive at the moment. Par for the course.


John Bolton says Trump's negotiator DID agree to pay North Korea $2 million to get prisoner Otto Warmbier released before he died from his brutal treatment – but the United States never paid up

Daily Mail
April 28, 2019

National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed Sunday that the Trump administration agreed to pay the North Korean regime $2 million as part of a deal to secure the release of American prisoner Otto Warmbier, but never paid the bill.

President Donald Trump denied Friday morning in a tweet that his administration paid the totalitarian country a reported ransom in 2017. The president did not, however, address a report about the $2 million invoice for Warmbier's medical care.

'No money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier, not two Million Dollars, not anything else,' Trump wrote Friday.

But when 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace asked Bolton if Trump's negotiator, Joseph Yun, and his team agreed to pay, he responded, 'It appears that they did.'

The agreement was inked before Bolton joined the administration, he said. Bolton emphasized that the U.S. never paid a dime.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We should charge North Korea for Warmbier’s transportation back to the U.S., his hospital costs here and his subsequent funeral costs. That should reduce the North Korean bill by more than a half.


The anti-Semitism of The New York Times

By Eldad Beck

Israel Hayom
April 28, 2019

The New York Times, the newspaper that boasts the title of the most influential newspaper in the United States and the world, published over the weekend a sickening anti-Semitic cartoon that would have put Nazi-era and Arab anti-Semitic cartoons to shame. In the cartoon, which appeared in the opinion pages of the newspaper’s international edition, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is depicted as an angry guide dog with a Star of David collar leading a blind, kippah-wearing U.S. President Donald Trump. This cartoon includes every possible anti-Semitic stereotype: Trump is depicted as Jewish, blind and dependent on the good graces of a Jewish dog that decides where he will go, in other words, controls the actions of a president who is unable to see. The cartoon sends a clear message: Netanyahu – and because he is marked as a Jew, for all intents and purposes, the Jewish people in general – controls Trump and obviously determines his policies on the Middle East, although the cartoon was situated above a piece on the U.S. immigration crisis, so also on other domestic matters.

Following the Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan’s intervention, The Times’ editorial board took the anti-Semitic cartoon down from the newspaper’s website and announced a forthcoming apology. But is this enough, given the fact that The Times, which is identified with the American progressive Left, has contributed to the increasingly anti-Israel sentiments among a certain American public?

The Times has a shameful journalistic tradition as far as the Jews are concerned, despite, and possibly due to, the fact that its publisher and some of its most prominent writers are Jews. An examination of the paper’s reporting during World War II found that out of the 23,000 front-page news articles the newspaper published over those six years, only 26 concerned the Holocaust. Despite the fact that the paper had fairly precise information on what was happening to the Jews across Europe, The Times dedicated only marginal coverage to these reports. In a documentary on The Times coverage during the war, various interviewees raised the hypothesis that the paper’s Jewish publisher decided not to deal with the Holocaust out of concerns that reporting on German crimes against Jews would be detrimental to the newspaper’s image, given American public opinion on Jews at the time. One of those interviewed in the documentary, a former employee of the paper, insisted that The Times should not be blamed for its conduct at the time. Instead, he said people should note how the newspaper had since learned its lesson.

Really? The cartoon published just a few days ago is reminiscent of posters and cartoons published in Nazi Germany, which depicted Jews as controlling the U.S. and the rest of the allied powers, dictating their policies and forcing the world into war. The American sector known for harboring anti-Semitic sentiments in the 1930s and 1940s has been replaced by members of the American Left. These people grow more resentful of Israel the more the current U.S. administration comes to understand that the time has come to change the parameters of the reality in the Middle East and begin to think outside the box. In its anti-Israel approach, The Times reflects the stagnation and fixation of the worldviews of the American Left and its emissaries in Israel.

I remember well how they came out against me when I reported on The Times refusal to publish an article by South African jurist Richard Goldstone in which he expressed regret over his team’s report on “war crimes” Israel supposedly committed during 2008’s Operation Cast Lead. In this paper, it is not only forbidden to undermine Israel’s negative image, but it is also forbidden to reveal The Times’ warped journalistic methods.

The Times wants to issue an apology for an anti-Semitic cartoon? Be my guest. On the first page, in the top story, publish a detailed explanation of the anti-Semitic issues with the cartoon’s publication. At the same time, fire the editors who approved the cartoon’s publication, regardless of whether or not they are Jewish, along with the cartoonist. In addition, announce the establishment of an independent team to investigate The Times’ stance on Israel, from the end of World War II up until today. Any other response would be inconsequential and detrimental to the newspaper’s standing.

EDITOR’S NOTE: W. Heisenberg commented, “If you find the New York Times as everything you despise, consider this: It is emblematic of most American Jews, self loathing left-wingers (AKA "liberals") whom embrace the Times as the pinnacle of their sick world view. Fortunately for the world, they are having few children.”

Concerning the cartoon, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wrote: “The loathsome terrorist who carried out the murderous act in the California synagogue and killed the late Lori Gilbert Kaye was inspired to kill by the same anti-Semitic motives in the cartoon published in The New York Times … How much hatred and incitement that illustration contains.”


John Wilkes Booth 'got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln by evading capture and living nearly four decades under assumed identities'

By Ariel Zilber

Daily Mail
April 28, 2019

John Wilkes Booth may have gotten away with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

New evidence uncovered by facial recognition technology appears to show that Booth lived for decades under an assumed identity after he shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

The conventional historiography holds that Booth was shot dead by Union soldiers five days after the assassination inside a barn on a farm in Virginia.

But an investigator with the Discovery Channel series Mummies Unwrapped says that modern-day face recognition technology shows that Booth’s face matched with that of two other men - John St. Helen and David E. George.

The researchers ran the images of St. Helen, George, and Booth through a computer and found that there was a strong possibility that these three individuals were the same man.

While Booth is purported to have died in 1865, the image of St. Helen was from 1877. The picture used of George was from 1902.

St. Helen was considered a near perfect match.

The facial recognition software analyzes features like the spaces between the eyes, jaw lines, and the shapes of the noses and cheek bones.

Just before St. Helen is purported to have died in 1877, he told Finis L. Bates, an acquaintance of his in Granbury, Texas: ‘I am dying. My name is John Wilkes Booth, and I am the assassin of President Lincoln.’

Bates, the grandfather of Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, said that St. Helen told him that Lincoln’s assassination was masterminded by Vice President Andrew Johnson.

Johnson then allegedly gave him a password allowing him to escape the manhunt that ensued, according to the History Channel.

St. Helen said that the man who was killed in the Virginia barn was passed off as the assassin so that the soldiers who tracked him down could claim the reward.

The man who was buried in the Booth family plot in Baltimore is innocent, while the real John Wilkes Booth used aliases to live another 38 years.

In 1903, a man named David E. George committed suicide by ingesting poison in a hotel room in Enid, Oklahoma.

News reports indicated that George botched a suicide attempt nine months earlier.

Believing he was dying, George reportedly told the wife of a local Methodist minister: ‘I am not David Elihu George. I am the one who killed the best man that ever lived. I am J. Wilkes Booth.’

After George’s death, newspapers printed his image alongside that of Booth and people thought there was an uncanny resemblance.

George’s body was then embalmed and paraded around America, where it was touted as Booth’s mummified corpse.

Bates then gained custody of the cadaver and rented it out to circuses, carnivals, fairs, and midways, where it became a tourist attraction.

The mummy is now believed to be in the hands of a private collector.

The courts have so far denied requests to exhume the body in Booth’s grave and conduct DNA tests to determine if it is really him.


Meet Julio Santana, the world’s deadliest hitman — with more than 500 kills

By Isabel Vincent

New York Post
April 27, 2019

Julio Santana dropped to his left knee and propped his right elbow on his hip, holding firm his hunting rifle until he had the man known as Yellow in his sights.

It was Aug. 6, 1971, and Santana was 17 years old.

In his village, deep in the Amazon rainforest where he lived in a hut with his parents and two brothers, he was known as a good shot. But he had only ever hunted forest rodents and monkeys for food. The man he was about to kill, Antonio Martins, was a 38-year-old fisherman with blonde hair and fair skin. Julio had been watching Yellow under a stiflingly hot forest canopy for three hours, and now wasn’t sure he could actually bring himself to pull the trigger.

Yellow had raped a 13-year-old girl in a nearby village, and her father had hired Santana’s uncle, a professional hitman, to kill him. Julio knew that in the sprawling and lawless Amazon, locals had taken the law into their own hands for hundreds of years. Still, he was shocked to find out that his favorite uncle — a military policeman — was also an assassin-for-hire. And now he was passing on his latest assignment to his nephew, hoping to recruit him as a contract killer.

Santana was reluctant, fearing that he would go to hell for killing another human being, but when his uncle, Cicero, explained how Yellow had tricked the girl, promising to take her to see the pink dolphins on the Tocantins River before raping her in his canoe, Julio began to change his mind.

To seal the deal, Cicero, too sick with malaria to do the hit on his own, told his nephew God would look the other way. All it took was 10 Hail Marys and 20 Our Fathers after the murder, he said.

“That way I guarantee you will be forgiven,” said Cicero.

Gripping his rifle, Santana stared straight at Yellow’s chest as he stood in his wooden fishing boat in a clearing near the river. He knew that at just 40 yards, he couldn’t possibly miss his target. When the shot rang out in the stillness of the forest, Santana saw a fleeting look of terror cross his victim’s face before he fell dead into the bottom of his boat. Later he would get rid of the body, gutting his victim and throwing him into the river where schools of piranhas would devour the remains.

“Never in my life will I kill anyone, Lord,” he said. “Never again.”

Santana would remember that first kill for the rest of his blood-drenched career.

Even after he had taken nearly 500 lives to become the world’s most prolific hitman, the look on Yellow’s face in the moment before he died would haunt his dreams for decades.

Santana had few aspirations in life. Like most young men in the Brazilian hinterland, he seemed “destined to become a peaceable fisherman lost in the depths of the rainforest,” writes award-winning Brazilian reporter Klester Cavalcanti in his new book “The Name of Death,” which chronicles Santana’s career. In Brazil, the book has also been adapted as a feature film.
Cavalcanti said he came across Julio on a reporting trip to the Amazon 10 years ago to investigate modern-day slave labor.

“A federal police officer told me that it was very common in that region for ranchers to contract hired hit men to kill fugitive slaves,” Cavalcanti, 49, told The Post. “I told the officer that I would really like to interview a hitman and he gave me a number for a pay phone and told me to call it at a certain date and time.”

When Santana answered the pay phone in Porto Franco, the small town in the outback Brazilian state of Maranhao where he was living at the time, he was reluctant to speak to the reporter.

“I spent seven years convincing him to talk to me about his life,” Cavalcanti said. “We spoke about everything and not just about his job. He spoke about his childhood, his relationship with his parents and his brothers and the quiet life he lived in the forest as well as the internal drama that he faced when he started to work as a hired killer.”

For his part, Santana, now 64, told The Post in an interview over e-mail last week that while he was pleased with the “honest” way in which Cavalcanti told his story, he was less pleased with the film that seemed to glamorize his profession.

“The true story of my life is much sadder than anything you can imagine,” he said.

After the first kill, Santana’s uncle offered him up as an assassin for the Brazilian government in its battle against communist insurgents in the Araguaia River basin in the Amazon. From 1967 to 1974, the so-called Araguaia Guerrillas tried to establish a rural stronghold in order to topple Brazil’s military dictatorship, recruiting farmers and fishermen to their cause.

In the early 1970s, Santana was contracted first as a guide to track down guerrilla encampments. In one case, he helped capture leftist militant Jose Genoino, a law student and one of the guerrilla leaders. Santana watched in horror as soldiers spent days waterboarding him at a secret location in the rainforest. Years later, Genoino became a congressman and president of the left-wing Worker’s Party. In an interview with Cavalcanti he remembered the “boy” in the group who had captured him in the Amazon. Julio was barely 18 at the time, and was partly rewarded for his work with a bottle of Coca Cola — his favorite drink and a luxury that his impoverished family could never afford.

Shortly after the Genoino capture, Santana shot and killed another communist militant, a 22-year-old school teacher named Maria Lucia Petit. For almost two decades Petit was simply listed as “disappeared.” The full story of how she ended up in a mass grave in a dusty cemetery, her body wrapped in an old parachute, only recently came to light after her family pressed a Brazilian truth commission to exhume bodies.

After civilian rule was restored to Brazil in 1985, Santana’s victims turned from political targets to larcenous wildcat gold miners and cheating spouses. In 1987, after he killed a married woman suspected of having an affair, Santana was caught by local police and spent a night in jail. He was released after giving up his new motorbike as a bribe.

It was around this time that Santana says he discovered his uncle was cheating him by arranging the hits but only giving Santana a tiny fraction of the amount he was being paid in advance. On average, Santana says he earned between $60 and $80 per hit, which in the years he was active would have been equivalent to a monthly minimum salary in Brazil. After he confronted his uncle about exploiting him for more than 20 years, he never spoke to him again, he said.

Santana stopped dealing in death in 2006 when he turned 52 and after his wife gave him an ultimatum.

“Either he gave up that life or he could forget her and their children,” writes Cavalcanti. “His wife repeatedly told him that his ruse of saying 10 Hail Marys and 20 Our Fathers, which Julio continued to do after every murder, was not proper repentance.”

Santana, who had been raised a Catholic, turned to an Evangelical cult to help him reform his ways.

“I have always believed in God,” he told The Post. “I believe that God gave me the strength to endure everything I suffered in my life because of that evil job. I know what I did was wrong.”

He said he has never told his two adult children or his own parents, who have long since passed away, about his career. He credits his wife, whom he met while she was working as a waitress at a bar in the Amazon, with encouraging him to leave his line of work and embrace their faith.

“She is the love of my life, the person who has given me strength to overcome everything I have been through,” he said. “Without her, I would be nothing.”

Today, he lives quietly in a town he won’t name in the Brazilian interior. He refuses to have his full photo taken because he says none of his neighbors know about his past. He and his wife now own a small farm where he grows vegetables, he said.

At one point in his life, he took meticulous notes of each kill in a school notebook, writing down who had hired him, where the hit took place and how much he was paid.

After he got to the number 492, he stopped logging the deaths.

“I don’t like to think about it anymore,” he said. “That part of my life is over.”


How eight ‘bad grandpas’ pulled off a daring $20 million jewel heist

By Michael Kaplan

New York Post
April 27, 2019

Some senior citizens with too much time on their hands pick up bocce or dominoes as a hobby. And then there are the “Bad Grandpas”: Eight old men who pulled off one of Britain’s most audacious jewel heists, capturing some $20 million in precious goods.

The plan began coming together over fish and chips at the Castle, a North London pub, in 2012. Ranging in age from 52 to 73 at the time, the friends were some of the UK’s most notorious break-in artists and had served prison time for armed robbery, jumping bail, fencing stolen goods and other offenses. At this point, however, they were generally out of the game — although they still enjoyed hanging out and reminiscing about their bad old days.

Brian “The Guv’nor” Reader, 73, started complaining about being tight on cash (despite living in a home valued at nearly $1 million) and wondered what it would take to pull off one last job. His white whale? Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London’s diamond district.

It housed nearly 1,000 security boxes where local jewelers stowed a fortune in gems, gold and cash. Although a fat target, the place had not been successfully fleeced in decades.

Somehow, the fanciful musing metastasized into a bona fide plan, largely masterminded by Reader. As chronicled in the new book “The Last Job: The ‘Bad Grandpas’ and the Hatton Garden Heist” (Norton), the friends — who dubbed themselves The Firm — spent three years plotting their ¬career-topping caper.

“This represented a final hurrah,” author Dan Bilefsky told The Post. “They were motivated by cash, but, at a time in life when many of their contemporaries lived in nursing homes, the excitement of a final heist got their hearts going.”

The FIRM started preparing.

They invested in a copy of “Forensics for Dummies” to learn about DNA detection at crime scenes. (One tip they used: scrub down the area with bleach before fleeing.) Member Danny Jones, 60, researched the best diamond-tipped drill for breaking through the vault’s reinforced concrete wall: a $5,200 Hilti DD350 with the capacity of 667 rotations per minute.

The gang watched YouTube videos for pointers on how to use the tool, and planned to bring along a battering ram for the final push. They allegedly practiced at the plumbing shop of plumber Hugh Doyle, 47, whose neighbors heard The Firm trying out their drill.

It was the Thursday start of the long Easter weekend in 2015 when Reader embarked on a 20-mile bus ride from his Kent home to the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building, not far from the Castle pub.

There he convened with Jones and four others: lock and alarm specialist Michael “Basil” Seed, then 54; getaway driver John “Kenny” Collins, 74; and “extra pairs of hands” Carl Wood, 58, and Terry Perkins, 66. (After the fact, they would enlist the help of William “Billy the Fish” Lincoln, 59, who would provide transportation and storage of the stolen goods.)

At around 8:30 p.m., the men smashed security cameras, disabled alarms and lugged their equipment — including an assortment of tools and rolling trash cans to be loaded with jewels — inside.

They spent hours drilling into the wall. Perkins had to take a break for an insulin shot. Getaway driver Collins dozed while serving as lookout in a building across the street.

Finally they broke through — only to come up against the steel backs of safety deposit boxes. Jones punched at them with the ram until the tool shattered into pieces. On Friday morning, frustrated by their failure, the old-timers decided to head home for a nap.

They planned to meet up again in the wee hours of Easter, enough time for them to get their hands on a more powerful hydraulic ram. But by the time Sunday rolled around, Reader had lost faith and backed out. Wood showed up, changed his mind and left.

Undaunted, the remaining Firm members were pleased that there would be two fewer people sharing in the take.

“They felt that they had nothing to lose,” said Bilefsky. “There was a brazenness that was born of age.”

Finally, with the cheerleading Jones urging, “Smash that up!” they penetrated the steel backings. Climbing through the narrow hole, the robbers emptied some 70 boxes, stopping only when they’d gathered more loot than they could roll out in the trash cans.

On Tuesday morning, a jeweler with offices on the same floor as the vault encountered the trashed premises. “The Last Job” quotes a security guard: “It was like a bomb hit the place.”

Outraged customers tried to assess the financial damage. The London Metropolitan Police’s elite law-enforcement division, the Flying Squad, swooped in to investigate. But the “Forensics for Dummies” bleach tip had worked: Not a single fingerprint remained.

Still, the crime was far from perfect. As Bilefsky put it, the old men had failed in one big way: “By not understanding technology.”

Ignoring the fact that they lived in what is said to be the world’s most surveilled nation, the Bad Grandpas showed no respect for England’s CCTV system, with its extensive network of cameras on streets and in public places. Detectives made their first ID by discerning ownership of Collins’ Mercedes-Benz, which he foolishly drove to the crime scene. Soon after, investigators managed to bug some of the gang members’ automobiles. They surreptitiously heard The Firm’s members crowing about their crime and bad-mouthing each other.

Reader, once nicknamed “The Master,” was mercilessly derided behind his back. His former partners trashed him as “an old ponce” who “talked about all our yesterdays” and “bottled out at the last -minute.”

Immediately after robbing Hatton Garden, the crew stashed most of their haul in the garage of Lincoln’s unknowing nephew, but took some of it home with them — storing the diamonds, gold and cash in kitchen pots and pans and, in the case of Jones, under the tombstone of his girlfriend’s late father. Then they went to the pub to celebrate.

Some six weeks later, The Firm started talking about splitting up the rest of the loot. They agreed to a meet-up at the home of Perkins’ daughter to do the chop. Just as the men laid out the goods, along with a smelter for melting down precious metals, police busted in with a battering ram of their own.

Taken by total surprise, the men mostly accepted their impending fate. Jones, however, bolted out a back door, gaining only a few yards before being tackled and handcuffed by officers.

Reader was apprehended at home. Wood was arrested getting out of his car, and promptly wet himself.

Despite the cold feet of Reader and Wood, Britain’s legal system made no accommodations for second thoughts. All six of the main crew pleaded guilty, ¬receiving prison sentences of around seven years each. (Lincoln also got seven years and Doyle received a ¬suspended sentence.)

Perkins died behind bars in 2015 after a heart attack. The others continue to serve terms at Belmarsh prison, a maximum-security facility in southeast London that now also houses Julian Assange.

Through it all, public sympathy sided with the Bad Grandpas.

“[The gang members] didn’t hurt anyone and there was a feeling of ‘good on them,’ ” said Bilefsky, who believes the surviving Firm members are finally done with crime. “If they bore a hole through Belmarsh, that would be impressive. But I don’t think they will be escaping anytime soon.”

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Exercise Tiger went terribly wrong when Nazi e-boats attacked the convoys carrying U.S. troops

On April 28, 1944, American troops held a dress rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy at Slapton Sands in Devon, England. But the rehearsal known as Exercise Tiger went terribly wrong. The Nazis were alerted to the exercise by a lot of radio chatter. They sent their e-boats to attack the convoy carrying the Americans. When the carnage was over, nearly 800 American soldiers had lost their lives.

The tragedy of Exercise Tiger was kept secret for years.

The real McCoy – the invasion at Normandy – on June 6, 1944 resulted in the loss of roughly 29,000 American lives.

Let’s take a look at some other American battle losses.

During our Civil War, 3,155 Union soldiers die and 5,365 went missing at the Battle of Gettysburg. 3,903 Confederate soldiers died and 5,425 went missing.

More than 26,000 American soldiers died at Meuse-Argonne during WW1.

Almost 20,000 Americans lost their lives during WW2 at the Battle of the Bulge.

Roughly 6,800 U.S. Marines died on the sands of Iwo Jima.

During the Korean War, almost 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the battle of Chosin Reservoir.

The second Iraq War took the lives of 4,424 American troops, both killed in action and non-hostile.

We’ve been at war in Afghanistan for 17 years. Thus far roughly 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed there.

The combined American deaths in both the second Iraq War and the Afghanistan War just about equals the deaths of Americans in just one WW2 battle – The Battle of Iwo Jima.

The Generation X sissies and the gutless Millennials, who need to be warned “This report contains graphic scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised,” haven’t the foggiest idea of what real battle casualties are like.


San Francisco 49er fans are pissed off because the team picked Nick Bosa in the NFL draft

Nick Bosa was a premier pass rusher at Ohio State University. The San Francisco 49ers made Bosa their second overall pick in the NFL draft.

San Francisco has been called the ‘People’s Republic of California’ because it, along with Berkeley, is known for its extreme liberalism.

The 49er fans are really pissed off because Bosa is a Trump supporter, has called Colin Kaepernick a clown and described Beyonce’s performances as “complete trash.”

Beyonce happens to be held in the highest esteem in the Bay Area because she paid tribute to the murderous, cop killing Black Panther Party during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.

Three right out of three … you know, that’s not bad at all!


Lowering Security Of Prisoners Leads To More Escapes

by Bob Walsh

Yes, it is indeed a major discovery. Lowering the security of prisoners, especially prisoners prone to violence, leads to more escapes.

Last year there were 50 escapes from state custody. Many of these were from community re-entry facilities where now all but the most highly dangerous prisoners spend their last year of custody before being released.

Back in 2014 the formerly great state of California decided that enhanced preparation for re-entry would be a good thing. Some education, job hunting skills, that sort of thing. Trouble is it is difficult, maybe even impossible, to impart this information to the client base if they leave.

Also, what CA considers to be a not particularly violent or dangerous inmate may surprise you. Armed carjacking, that's OK. Beating the shit out of your old lady, that's OK. False imprisonment with violence, that's OK. Extortion by violence or threat of violence, that's OK.

But that's OK, 50 a year isn't TOO BAD I guess.


Mom Says 3 Kids Got Head or Face Wounds in Police Shooting

Associated Press
April 27, 2019

HUGO, Okla. -- The mother of three children wounded when Oklahoma police fired at a man in a pickup truck who was suspected of robbing a restaurant says two of her kids suffered head wounds and the third was shot in the face.

"My 4-year-old daughter was shot in the head, and she has a bullet in her brain, and my 5-year-old has a skull fracture," Olivia Hill told Sherman, Texas, news station KXII-TV . "My 1-year-old baby has gunshot wounds on her face."

She said her 2-year-old child was not hurt.

Hill and the four children were in the truck with William Devaughn Smith, 21, when officers approached him and gunfire broke out Friday in Hugo, which is near the Texas state line, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brooke Arbeitman said. Smith's relationship to Hill and the children isn't clear.

Investigators have not determined what led to the shooting that also wounded Smith, who was treated at a hospital and then taken to a Texas jail on a robbery warrant, Arbeitman said Saturday.

"What happened between the contact with him and when police fired, we're still trying to put that together," Arbeitman said. "The OSBI is still investigating whether he fired at police and whether he was armed."

She said "it's going to be a few days before we know anything," including how many officers were involved in the shooting.

Smith is suspected in an April 11 armed robbery at a Pizza Hut in Hugo, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

A post on the Hugo police Facebook page says a man entered the back entrance of the restaurant, pressed an object to an employee's back and demanded money. Police said the worker handed over money and the robber left.


High school principal who established a dress code for PARENTS defends her decision, saying she was fed up with moms in see-through shirts and is determined to set a good example for her students

Daily Mail
April 27, 2019

James Madison High School principal Carlotta Outley Brown made headlines in early April after parent Joselyn Lewis publicly complained that she had been refused access to the school's campus in Houston, Texas, while attempting to enroll her daughter because she was wearing a t-shirt dress and a headscarf.

The complaint prompted Brown to formalize a dress code for parents, which banned adornments including hair bonnets, shower caps and hair rollers, as well as prohibiting clothing, such as low-cut tops, leggings, excessively torn jeans, sagging pants and Daisy Dukes.

Critics said the dress code is classist and insulting.

'I felt the need to enact the dress code because it was an educational environment, a place of learning,' Brown told Inside Edition in an interview that aired Friday. 'When anyone walks in, we have impressionable children and we have to model what we want them to know and learn.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I hope Brown gets no interference from the superintendent or the school board, and that despite the criticism she sticks to her guns.


Convicted murderer accused of killing and dismembering cellmate

ABC 30
April 26, 2019

KINGS COUNTY, California -- Convicted murderer Jaime Osuna was arraigned on new murder charges on Thursday.

He's accused of killing his cellmate at Corcoran State Prison last month, in a particularly grisly fashion.
"This is probably the most unusual and gruesome case that I've had in my career," said Kings County Assistant District Attorney Phil Esbenshade.

He says Osuna decapitated Luis Romero, and then proceeded to sever several of his body parts, including an eye and a finger.

He's also accused of cutting out part of a lung.

Romero bled to death and was found by prison staff during a morning security check.

"There was a weapon located inside the cell," Esbenshade said. "It looked like it had been manufactured from some sort of razor that may have been issued. It had some string around it so that's the only weapon that was located inside the cell."

This week, prosecutors filed four felony charges against Osuna, including torture, mayhem, and murder with four special allegations, including a prior murder conviction, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Osuna killed and tortured a Bakersfield woman in 2011.

"At this point, we intend to prosecute him pursuant to the complaint, put it in front of a jury," Esbenshade added. "At this point we don't intend to make any offers or deals extended."

Osuna is also facing gassing charges, filed earlier this year.

Prosecutors say he threw blood at a correctional officer from some type of carton.

Osuna will be back in court in late June for a preliminary hearing setting.

Romero had been incarcerated since 1992.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles County.


Surgeon who hit cop with car wins $1.2M in excessive force lawsuit

By Andrew Denney and Natalie O'Neill

New York Post
April 26, 2019

The cancer doctor with a God complex who claimed cops manhandled her during a spat over a parking ticket won nearly $1.2 million in an excessive force lawsuit Friday.

Dr. Rachel Wellner — a former Bronx surgeon who told officers “I’m the hero; the cops are not” when she was arrested for striking an officer’s leg with her Volvo three years ago — sued the city for $30 million claiming her civil rights were violated when a cop pushed her and grabbed her arm during a Midtown traffic stop in February 2016.

During the clash with cops, police said Wellner went on a rant about how her job saving lives made her superior to them. “I’m a doctor,” she said, according to police.”I have patients that are dying. I have to go.”

She later pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, was sentenced to 10 days of community service — and then sued the city September 2016.

Officer Niguel Vega Vega admitted during the trial he had come into physical contact with Wellner. But it wasn’t immediately clear how the jury determined he had used excessive force or why she was awarded $1.2 million.

The jury of six women and four men voted unanimously in Wellner’s favor but awarded her far less money than she demanded.

But that didn’t upset Wellner.

“We’re just happy they were able to see through the lies and deception of the police and were able to get to the truth of the matter,” Wellner’s lawyer, Jon Norinsberg, told The Post.

Wellner has since been fired from her job as a surgeon at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

After she was canned, she also sued the hospital — and that case is still pending.


New Palestinian government beleaguered by ‘corruption, nepotism and ineptitude’

By Israel Kasnett

Israel Hayom
April 25, 2019

In a meeting with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden in Ramallah on Tuesday, newly appointed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh blamed the Trump administration for “punishing” and “blackmailing” the Palestinians. He emphasized its recent cutting of U.S. aid to the Palestinians, recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory and the U.S. embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last spring as reasons for Palestinian fury. He may also have been referring to the much-anticipated Mideast peace plan expected to be revealed in June, after the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

The Palestinians have already made it clear that they will not accept it, sight unseen.

The narrow Palestinian cabinet, recently cobbled together by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, appears ill-equipped to deal with the PA’s pressing political, diplomatic and economic troubles. There is major disunity among the Palestinians, Hamas and Fatah, which are nowhere near reconciliation, and the PA is losing money fast.

While Shtayyeh is a foreign-trained economist – and many in the international community have high hopes for him – he is also a “promoter of the BDS boycott-Israel movement, is in favor of ending security coordination with the Israel Defense Forces and seeks to end the Paris Protocols that refer to a joint economy with Israel,” said Pinhas Inbari at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

However, Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Jewish News Syndicate that “the appointment of Mohammed Shtayyeh is quite significant.”

He said that the previous prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, was “a very minor player” with “very little clout” within the ruling Fatah Party, and had “few respected skills.” By contrast, Shtayyeh, according to Schanzer, “has the respect of his party and is known as a serious economist.”

With an ever-widening intra-Palestinian rift, Schanzer said this is an effort by Abbas “to consolidate power across the various arms of the Fatah party and the PLO.” Set up as part of the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority was originally slated to be the interim government of the Palestinians until a final resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solidified. However, the PA has become beset by corruption, internal Palestinian disputes and increasing authoritarianism under Abbas. The PA last held elections in 2006 and has since been exclusively run by Abbas and Fatah in the West Bank after several failures at reconciliation with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

According to the Saudi-run Arab News site, Shtayyeh clarified that he would pursue an austerity program since the PA’s financial situation is critical and Abbas has appealed to Arab countries to provide him with a safety net. This comes after Israel decided to withhold $138 million in monthly tax revenues that it collects on behalf of the PA.

In response to Abbas’s appeal, at an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Sunday, Arab foreign ministers committed to paying $100 million per month to the floundering PA. They also rejected any peace plan that does not follow the Arab Peace Initiative and other international demands.

‘No different from its predecessors’

Schanzer said the new government is part of Abbas’ efforts to prepare for the Trump administration’s upcoming Mideast peace plan, commonly referred to as the “deal of the century.”

So, are the Palestinians trying to repair the damage in relations they caused when they cut off ties with the U.S. administration in December 2017?

“The Palestinians expect to see a bad deal,” said Schanzer. “And they expect to be punished for rejecting it. Abbas is preparing accordingly.”

This, noted Schanzer, could explain why Shtayyeh said in his remarks that “we must separate the Palestinian-American relations from the peace process or the political process that is going on.”

Perhaps Shtayyeh was attempting to step back from the original Palestinian hard-line position that saw no relations between the PA and the United States when he said, “The stalemate of the peace process must not be met with punishment or blackmail from the American administration of the Palestinian people. We want it to be an honest peace-broker.”

Efraim Inbar, president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, appeared determined to set the record straight and remove any misplaced hope. He told JNS that the new Palestinian government “is no different from its predecessors. They all are beleaguered by corruption, nepotism and ineptitude. A Herculean effort would be needed to overcome the political culture bequeathed by [former Palestinian Authority chairman] Yasser Arafat.”

He added, in a resigned sort of way, that the PA “continues to subscribe to maximalist unrealistic positions that ensure the continuation of conflict between the two national movements.”

Saturday, April 27, 2019


Texas executes John William King, one of three white men who killed James Byrd Jr., a black man, 21 years ago in one of the most brutal murders ever committed in the U.S.

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
April 26, 2019

On the night of June 6, 1998, John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer and Shawn Berry, three white men, stopped their pickup truck and picked up James Byrd Jr., a black man, as he was walking along side the roadway. They drove him to a secluded area where they beat him up and spray-painted his face.

Not satisfied with what they had already done, they took a logging chain, tied one end around his ankles and hooked the other end up to the truck. Then they drove off, dragging Byrd for about three miles before dumping what was left of his corpse.

You can bet that Brewer, Berry and King were laughing their heads off the whole time, bit by bit, pieces of poor old James Byrd’s body were shredded off by the roadway and left scattered about.

In killing Byrd, the three swine committed one of the most brutal murders ever committed in the U.S. Because this was so obviously a race-hatred murder, Texas and Congress reacted by passing hate crime laws.

Brewer was executed in 2011. Because he ratted out his buddies, Berry was spared the death sentence. He was sentenced to life in prison and will become eligible for parole in 2038. Texas will be committing a crime if that worthless piece of shit is ever paroled.

King kept filing appeal after appeal so that this pile of waste continued to be stored on Texas’ death row for 20 years. His final appeal was turned down by the U.S. Supreme Court shortly before he was executed Wednesday at 6:56 p.m. The single drug dose execution was flawless.

King refused to make a last statement. He kept his eyes closed as the single dose of pentobarbital was injected into his veins. He took one deep breath before he was pronounced dead. After 20 years of storage, this pile of waste was finally disposed of.

I fail to fathom how anyone can possibly be opposed to the death penalty for brutal murderers like King, Brewer and Berry.

King was the third person executed by Texas this year.

While King refused to make a last statement, he did give a written statement that said, “Capital Punishment: Them without the capital get the punishment.” I’ll give the devil his due, King got that right.


But May Get Drained Soon, At Least A Little Bit

by Bob Walsh

Elaine Howell is the California State Auditor. She is one of the few high-level people in Sacramento who is both honest and competent. Regular readers will remember that, a few weeks back, I wrote about a nepotism stink-fest in the Department of Industrial Relations. It seems that now the state is preparing to move against seven relatively high-ranking people who aided either in creating the nepotism or in attempting to cover it up.

The report from Howell specifically directs the D I R (which is under new management) to continue it's internal investigation and identified people including a top-ranking HR person, a call center manager and a policy and research big wheel. Christine Baker, the former head of the D I R is history as is her daughter, Julianna Baker, who was the object of the bad hire, bad promotions and illegal protection.

Young Ms. Baker did not meet the MQs for her initial job, but was hired anyway. The idiots involved actually left an email trail. In addition she was promoted into positions she was not qualified for rather than filling the jobs by advertising and competitive exam. The daughter made it to deputy labor commissioner in seven months. At one point in the process the daughter was transferred into a temporary I T job, in a department headed by her brother, in an attempt to get her qualified for a permanent job.

At least one person is now suing, claiming she was canned because she spoke with investigators.


by Bob Walsh

The Ford Motor Company is currently under criminal investigation by the DOJ over apparent issues in the emissions control testing process.

Ford voluntarily disclosed the matter to the EPA and CARB (California Air Resources Board) back in February. Back in September some Ford employees reported possible problems with the mathematical model used in the tests and Ford then hired an outside firm to run additional tests.

Ford said on Friday that they are fully cooperating with the government agencies involved in reviewing this matter, and it looks so far like they really are.


by Bob Walsh

The California Health Care Facility (aka Bedlam) is a massive prison hospital located just outside of Stockton. It has more beds (about 2,800) than all of the rest of the hospitals in San Joaquin County combined. The idea was to centralize and hopefully improve the health care of the large number of physically or mentally ill prisoners in the formerly great state of California. How well it has performed is another question.

I remember when the place was opened it was plagued by problems that seemed puzzling to a reasonable outside observer. Things like frequently running out of basic personal or very basic medical supplies, fairly frequently. Its not like the state does not have expertise in the area, they already run a couple of decent size mental health facilities. You should not run out of things like blankets, socks or incontinence pads on a regular basis if your storekeeper is doing their job and is competent at it. (They did finally get those kinks worked out, more or less.)

Also, the facility does remarkably little actual medical care. They spend a FORTUNE shipping inmates to the nearby county hospital or other hospitals for actual medical treatment.

The facility was primarily dinged for follow-up and follow-thru, as well as failure to make "sound assessments and accurate diagnoses." Tests were often not reviewed in a timely manner and necessary follow-up care or outside referrals were slow-dragged.

One particularly egregious case involved an inmate who had a distended stomach and significant pain. The doctor ordered a belly x-ray but didn't specifically tell the on-call doctor to check the damn thing. The inmate died five hours later due to a bowel obstruction.
Another case involved an inmate with a persistent leg infection. The doctors didn't get around to reviewing the wound cultures for THREE WEEKS. A further case involved a failure to review heart monitor results for FIVE WEEKS for an inmate who was having a "possible cardiac event."

Medical care in the state prison system, including this one, is overseen by a receiver appointed by the federal courts. That receiver, J. Clark Kelso, has declined comment on the report. The report says generally that the health care in six of CA prisons, including the prison hospital, has gotten worse over the last couple of years.

Lack of staff is getting the blame, as usual, for most of this. The DOC pays about 20% over the going rate for medical staff.


Biden starts his campaign off by highlighting the Charlottesville riots and Trump’s statement that there were some very fine people on both sides

Biden jumped into the 2020 presidential campaign by accusing Trump of calling neo-Nazis and white supremacists very fine people.

Here is the video message Biden released on Thursday:

'Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years. It was there in August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open.

'Their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and baring the fangs of racism, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the '30s. They were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued. And a brave young woman lost her life.

'That's when we heard the words from the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were "some very find people on both sides." Very fine people on both sides?

'With those words the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.'

What a hateful smear! Biden knows very well that when Trump referred to fine people, he was not referring to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists that were rallying in Charlottesville.

Trump was referring to those on both sides who came to Charlottesville in favor of and in opposition to the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue and who did not participate in the riots.

The media has had a field day twisting Trump’s words around and Biden is shamelessly taking up where the media has long since left off.

Trump’s problem is that he’s very good when speaking from a script, but when answering the questions of reporters or speaking off the cuff, he often gives the media and his political enemies the cannon fodder they need to attack him.


Maine swaps Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples' Day

Maine’s democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a law on Friday that swaps Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Maine thus joins Vermont, New Mexico, Alaska, South Dakota, Oregon, Minnesota and Hawaii in dishonoring the great 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus by replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Also on Friday, Oklahoma’s Native American governor, Kevin Stitt, signed into law a bill to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day. At least he didn’t completely do away with Columbus Day.

The PC police have been hard at work drumming up support for dishonoring Columbus because it has been reported that over 500 years ago, he enslaved some Indians.

What a shame! Fuck the PC police and the governors that cave into them.


Judge accuses Kim Foxx's office of double standard for charging a woman with filing a false police report after letting Jussie Smollett walk free for a more ‘egregious’ offense

By Dane Placko

Fox 32
April 24, 2019

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- 21-year-old Candace Clark of Hoffman Estates says she’s the victim of a Kim Foxx double standard, and a Cook County Judge agrees.

On April 11, Clark appeared in the Rolling Meadows courtroom of Cook County Judge Marc Martin, facing a single felony count of making a false police report.

Clark is accused of giving an acquaintance access to her bank account and then telling police money had been stolen, something she denies.

According to a transcript obtained by FOX 32, Judge Martin hammered prosecutors, asking, “I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett. It’s a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it.”

Prosecutors were demanding that Clark make full restitution of $2,800 and serve deferred prosecution, something not required of Smollett.

“Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn’t have a high-priced lawyer,” said Judge Martin. “And this smells big time. Your office created this mess. There’s no publicity on this case. Press gets ahold of this; it’ll be the newspaper."

A spokesperson for Kim Foxx says because the case is ongoing, they have no comment.

“I’m not Jussie Smollett,” said Clark. “I wish I was, but it’s OK. I’ll get my justice.”

Clark, who has no previous criminal history, is due back in front of Judge Martin Thursday.


Can you be ‘100 percent pro-Israel’ and call its government ‘racist?’

By Jonathan S. Tobin

Israel Hayom
April 25, 2019

The man with the best chance of becoming the first Jewish president of the United States right now is someone who thinks the prime minister of Israel is a racist. To say that is not to predict that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the presidency. But with polls showing that the Democratic socialist remains in the top tier of his party’s presidential hopefuls for 2020, the 77-year-old’s chances of being the person Democrats nominate to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump shouldn’t be underestimated.

Prior to his giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the 2016 Democratic primaries, few would have thought the aging radical who had spent a lifetime on the margins of American political life would still find himself in the middle of a similar conversation. But among the many interesting questions his success raises is what impact his positions on Israel will have on a Democratic Party that is increasingly divided about whether to support the Jewish state.

At a CNN town hall event this week, Sanders was asked how he planned to maintain the U.S.-Israel relationship while being among the Jewish state’s most outspoken critics. His response was to claim that there was no contradiction between support for Israel and opposition to its government.

In answering the question, Sanders noted, as he often does, his experience working for months on an Israeli kibbutz when he was a young man. More to the point, he said, “I have family in Israel. … You know I am not anti-Israel. I am 100% pro-Israel. Israel has every right in the world to exist, and to exist in peace and security and not be subjected to terrorist attacks.”

But he also said he thought the goal of U.S. policy should “deal with the Middle East on a level playing-field basis. In other words, the goal must be to try to bring people together and not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government.”

In speaking in this manner, Sanders seemed to be articulating views that were not dissimilar to those of the leaders of Reform and Conservative Judaism, as well as a number of liberal groups, that wrote a letter following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive victory in the April 9 Israeli elections to disassociate themselves from him and to urge the U.S. government to pressure the Israelis to accept a Palestinian state and to refrain from extending Israel’s laws to West Bank settlements. As such, Sanders’s position would seem to be, as he put it, “not radical” and in line with the criticisms many of the other Democratic contenders have lodged against Israel.

Sanders is right when he says that one can be “100% pro-Israel” and not be a fan of Netanyahu. Just as Americans can bitterly oppose their own government–whether run by U.S. President Donald Trump or Barack Obama–while still being patriots, the same is true of Israelis.

The Vermont senator also deserves credit for at times standing up to fellow left-wing radicals who oppose Israel’s existence, and for sometimes pointing out that the goal of Hamas is to destroy the Jewish state and slaughter its people.

But the problem is that the debate about Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians isn’t about Netanyahu’s platform. It’s about Israel’s existence. When those who claim to support its existence characterize its government in such a way as to delegitimize it and the large majority of Israelis who support it, then they are setting the stage for a debate in which its right to exist will be questioned in a way that no other state on the planet is treated.

It’s true that Netanyahu got some well-deserved criticism for enabling one of his right-wing partners to form a pact with an extremist party led by followers of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, some of whom might be termed racist. But none of them wound up winning Knesset seats, let alone a place in the prime minister’s government. The claim that Netanyahu is tainted by their existence is no different from arguments that those Democrats willing to work with Sanders are now by definition socialists. Does the fact that two of the Democrats’ young rock stars–Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)–are supporters of the BDS movement and guilty of spewing Jew-hatred mean that all Democrats, including their leaders who benefit from their votes, are anti-Semitic?

Claims that Netanyahu’s statement about applying Israeli law to existing settlements in the West Bank is akin to setting up an apartheid-like situation are equally disingenuous; doing so would not prevent the Palestinians from having a state if they were prepared to accept one alongside a Jewish state. Love him or hate him, Netanyahu is the head of a democratic government that upholds the rule of law and equal rights for all.

When Sanders balances his avowed support for Israel with false claims of racism, in addition to advocacy for lifting the blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip that would facilitate more terrorism, and false accusations that the Israeli army has committed atrocities, he isn’t being even-handed. Instead, he’s providing ammunition to those who wish its destruction. The same is true of Jewish groups that echo such stands.

Calling Netanyahu’s government racist is the moral equivalent of terming Zionism racism. That is calumny and not the act of someone who is “100% pro-Israel.”

Democrats like Sanders, as well as Jewish groups that echo his equivocal stands, are entitled to disagree with Israel’s government as much as they like. But when they ignore the truth about Palestinian intransigence and seek to lecture Israel’s voters rather than listen to them, they aren’t acting as supporters or friends. When they cross the line that separates legitimate criticism from words that call into question Israel’s right to exist, they are doing more to help those who wish to see it destroyed than to defend its existence.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jonathan Tobin got it wrong. In the very unlikely event that Sanders is elected president, he won’t be the first Jewish president, he’ll be the first self-hating Jew in the White House. And his policies will favor those who seek the destruction of Israel.

Friday, April 26, 2019


What happened to the button for the hours and the button for the minutes?


'He has my enthusiastic support!' Joe Biden picks up big-name endorsement from disgraced Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti

Daily Mail
April 25, 2019

Michael Avenatti, who once considered running for president in 2020 and may spend the rest of his life in prison, issued an acclamatory endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday.

“I am extremely happy that @JoeBiden has decided to enter the race,” Avenatti tweeted just hours after Biden released his official announcement video on Thursday morning. “He offers Dems the very best chance in 2020, especially in key states. He has the fight, intelligence and fortitude to beat Trump and begin to make America, America again. He has my enthusiastic support.”


by Bob Walsh

ICE is biting back. Yesterday they indicted a sitting Massachusetts judge and her former court officer for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury for setting up a situation to sneak an undocumented democrat from Dominica out of the court to avoid an ICE agent waiting to take him into custody, probably for his third free ride back home. The court officer actually walked him and his lawyer down to get his property and then let him out a locked back door. The judge ordered the recorder in the court turned off, in violation of law, so that she and the illegal's lawyer could set up his get-away. This incident happened a year ago. The illegal, identified only as A.S., has since been captured by the feds.

Shirely M Richmond Joseph, 51, has been on the district court in Newton for about two years. It is normally a life-time appointment.

Both Judge Joseph and Wesley MacGregor, 56, have pleaded not guilty. The judge's mouthpiece is decrying the indictment as political. McGregor retired a month ago.

Joseph had ordered the ICE agent, who was in plain clothes, out of her courtroom and directed him to wait in the court house lobby.

I am not totally up on the matter but I have a sneaky hunch that a federal felony conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice might lose her her cushy job. I also wonder if MacGregor, the court officer, might find his pension in jeopardy for misconduct in office.

With luck, this is just the start of the landslide. I am not betting the rent on it, but it would sure be nice.


by Bob Walsh

Catherine Pugh is still, at least for the nonce, the Mayor of Baltimore, MD. But her supposed political allies are standing in line to throw her under the bus, not without cause.

The FBI and IRS raided her two homes yesterday, her office in city hall, her lawyer's office, the office of a non-profit she founded
and the home of the head of the non-profit's director.

Ms. Push has an interesting side job. She has written a series of children's books which she has self-published. The name of the series is Healthy Holly. They are, to put it plainly, crap. She uses some very creative spelling and grammar and has more than one spelling for the name of at least one central character. Even though the books are plainly crap she made a BUNCH of money off of them, selling them in bulk to organizations who, interestingly enough, do significant business with the city of Baltimore.

She has been off the job for a bit, apparently / allegedly suffering from pneumonia. That's OK, the health care in federal prisons is good, especially the women's prisons.


by Bob Walsh

The legislature is moving to make it extremely difficult or legally impossible to kick disruptive and troublesome kids out of school in the formerly great state of California.

Citing alleged actual statistics that show students of color, those with disabilities or LGBTQ students are more likely to be suspended for "low-level subjective offenses" like being disruptive, defiant to authority and generally assholeishness.

Assuming SB419 is passed into law in its current form it would prohibit such suspensions permanently for grades 4-8 and until Jan 1 2025 for grades 9-12. it is already illegal to suspend students in grades K-3 for disruptive behavior and defiance of staff.


Husband and wife, both 27, are jailed for 60 years each for sexually abusing and filming at least 25 children - one aged just 8 months - who they met at church and babysat

By Matthew Wright

Daily Mail
April 25, 2019

A Texan couple have been sentenced to 60 years each in federal prison for sexually assaulting at least 25 children and were deemed 'the most wicked criminals in Texas history'.

Parents-of-five Christopher Almaguer and Sarah Rashelle Almaguer, both 27, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of production of child pornography, according to a press release from the Western District of Texas.

Christopher Almaguer's brother, 25-year-old Paul Perez Jr, was also sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of receipt of child pornography.

United States district judge Alan D Albright also ordered that each of the defendants pay $10,000 restitution to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Fund and be placed on supervised release for the remainder of their lives.

'To me this is the most significant case we've prosecuted since I became U.S. attorney,' stated U.S. attorney John F Bash.

'The Almaguers were serial child abusers. They abused 25 children that we know about - children from the neighborhood, children from church, children they babysat.

'The youngest victim was an infant. And the nature of the abuse was unimaginable. They also made videos of the children's torture and shared them. These are two of the most wicked criminals in Texas history.'

The Almaguers admitted that in December 2017, they uploaded sexually explicit videos of themselves sexually assaulting the children as young as eight months old.

Bash described that Christopher raped an infant girl while his wife penetrated an infant girl with a sharpie pen.

Perez admitted to receiving the images and videos from the couple that depicted the abuse of the children. He is said to have requested his brother sexually assault a five-year-old girl while telling her to say 'hi, Paul.'

According to court records, investigators were able to come up with a list of approximately 25 potential minor child victims, all coming from the Central Texas area. The Waco Tribune reports that 13 of the victims have been identified.

All three defendants have been in police custody since their arrests in February and March 2018.

The arrests were part of a joint investigation between the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, Child Exploitation Unit, the United States Secret Service, KIlleen Police Department and the Temple Police Department.

The investigation was launched in February 2018 when Facebook notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a user was uploading images and videos depicting child pornography.

The couple apologized for their actions and said that they turned their lives over to God, and also offered to be better parents to their five children.


North Korea sends US $2 million medical bill for Otto Warmbier’s care: report

By Yaron Steinbuch

New York Post
April 25, 2019

North Korea slapped the US with a $2 million bill for the hospital care of Otto Warmbier — forcing an American official to sign a pledge to fork over the money before being allowed to fly the comatose student back home from Pyongyang in 2017, according to a new report.

The US envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student from the rogue regime signed an agreement to pay the bill on instructions passed down from President Trump, two people familiar with the situation told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity.

The invoice ended up at the Treasury Department, where it remained unpaid throughout 2017, the sources said. It was unclear whether Team Trump ultimately paid the bill or whether it came up in the run-up to the president’s two summits with Kim Jong Un.

The White House declined to comment to the newspaper about the bill, which was not previously disclosed by US or North Korean officials.

“We do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so successful during this administration,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote in an email to the New York Post.

Warmbier was arrested in January 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster while he was visiting Pyongyang with other Americans on a tour.

In March 2016, the 21-year-old fell into a coma for unknown reasons after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He was released after 17 months.

The Trump administration arranged Warmbier’s transfer out of North Korea, but he died about a week later after falling into a vegetative state.

Pyongyang claimed he had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill — but he reportedly was subjected to a severe beating. Doctors in the US said he had suffered severe brain damage, but they weren’t sure what led to it.

Warmbier’s father, Fred, said he had never been told about the hospital bill, adding that it sounded like a “ransom” for his son, who late last year the dad said was “on his deathbed” when he returned.

News about Otto’s condition in North Korea sparked a frantic effort led by Joseph Yun, then the State Department’s point man on North Korea, to get the young man home.

Yun and a physician flew on a medical evacuation plane to Pyongyang, where they were taken to the Friendship Hospital, which only treats foreigners, and found Warmbier lying unresponsive and with a feeding tube in his nose.

Dr. Michael Flueckiger examined Warmbier, asked two local doctors about his care and then began talks to free him, the Washington Post reported.

“I didn’t realize what a negotiation it was going to be to secure his release,” said Flueckiger, medical director of Phoenix Air Group, an aviation company based in Cartersville, Georgia.

North Korean officials asked Flueckiger to write a report about his findings.

“It was my impression that if I did not give them a document that I could sign off on, that would cause problems,” he told the paper, adding that it was “evident” that Warmbier had received “really good care” in the hospital.

The doctors had done “state-of-the-art resuscitation” to revive him after he suffered a catastrophic cardiovascular collapse, Flueckiger said.

“Would I have lied to get him out of there? Maybe I would have,” he said. “But I didn’t have to answer that question.”

But Yun was placed in a tricky spot when the officials handed him the hefty bill — insisting he sign an agreement to pay it before they would allow him to take Warmbier home, the sources told the news outlet.

Yun informed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who then called Trump, according to the Washington Post.

They directed their envoy to sign the slip of paper agreeing that he would pay the $2 million, the two sources said.

A State Department spokesman and Yun, who retired last year, declined to comment to the paper. Tillerson, the Treasury Department and North Korea’s New York-based envoy responsible for US affairs did not respond to requests for comment.

After signing the documentation, Yun and Flueckiger returned Warmbier to his parents in Cincinnati, where he died six days later.

They requested that an autopsy not be performed.

The Warmbiers sued Pyongyang over their son’s death and requested $1.05 billion in punitive damages and about $46 million for the family’s suffering.

In December, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the US District Court in the District of Columbia awarded them $501 million in damages — money that they will likely never see.

Howell said it was “appropriate to punish and deter North Korea” for the “torture, hostage taking and extrajudicial killing of Otto Warmbier.”

Trump has said he believes Kim did not know about the student’s treatment.

“I don’t believe he would have allowed that to happen,” Trump said in Vietnam in February after his second summit with Kim.

The president said he spoke to Kim about Warmbier’s death and that Kim “feels badly about it.”

“He tells me he didn’t know about it, and I take him at his word,” Trump said at the time.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Warmbier’s arrest in North Korea should serve as a warning to American tourists that what is considered a minor mischief in the U.S. may be considered a serious crime in other countries.


Saudi Arabia crucifies a headless prisoner and beheads 36 others in largest mass execution in over 3 years

By Rosie Perper

April 25, 2019

Rights groups have expressed alarm after Saudi Arabia carried out mass executions of 37 prisoners on charges it says are related to terrorism.

Saudi Arabia's official press agency said that it carried out 37 executions on Tuesday in several regions including the capital Riyadh as well as Mecca and Medina.

According to Saudi Press Agency, those executed were accused of "forming a terrorist cell" and attacking a security outpost, killing a number of officers. One of the men was crucified after his death, a punishment usually reserved for the most heinous crimes.

Executions are common in Saudi Arabia, which follows a strict interpretation of Islamic law. In August, a man accused of murder, theft, and attempted rape was allegedly crucified in Mecca.

The mass execution was the largest since January 2016, when Saudi Arabia executed 47 people in relation to alleged terrorism offences, ABC News reported.

Following the death sentences, rights groups called out Saudi Arabia for the execution spree.

Amnesty International released a statement on Wednesday, claiming the convictions were being used as a political tool to crush dissenting voices from its minority Shi'a population.

"Today's mass execution is a chilling demonstration of the Saudi Arabian authorities callous disregard for human life," said Lynn Maalouf, the group's Middle East Research Director.

According to the group, many of the men executed were subjected to unfair mass trials, or were convicted of violent offenses related to their participation in anti-government protests and were tortured and interrogated. Some of them were members of the Shi'a population.

One of the men arrested was a Shi'a man named Abdulkareem al-Hawaj, the group said, who was arrested at the age of 16 for his participation in an anti-government protest.

Amnesty says the Kingdom has already carried out at least 104 executions this year. Last year, it carried out 149 in total.

According to INSIDER's Bill Bostock, Saudi Arabia is on track to set a new record for beheading people in 2019 based on its patterns of convictions in this year alone.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mujtaba al-Sweikat, one of those beheaded, had been planning to attend Western Michigan University when he was arrested at King Fahd International Airport in 2012.

And the weeping willows complain about the number of ‘put them gently to sleep’ executions in Texas.


Duterte threatens ‘war’ over Canadian trash dump in Manila

New York Post
April 24, 2019

Rodrigo Duterte has taken trash talking to a whole new level.

The Philippines president has threatened to “go to war” with Canada if it doesn’t take back tons of garbage a Canada-based company shipped to Manila years ago, CNN Philippines reported Tuesday.

“I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that (trash) out,” said Duterte, who’s known for his bombastic statements, according to the report. “We’ll declare war against them. We can handle them anyway.”

The private company shipped 103 containers filled with 2,450 tons of trash to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014.

The containers were labeled as plastics for recycling, the report said, but inspectors discovered that the trash was not recyclable and declared the refuse illegal.

Some of the containers are still sitting in the port of Manila.

“I cannot understand why they are making us a dump site,” Duterte said, warning that he would return the trash to Canada himself.

“The garbage is coming home,” he said.

The Philippines has been requesting Canada to remove its trash for several years, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he was “very much engaged in finding a solution.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: You tell ’em Rod! If they don’t take it back, bomb Canada with its own garbage.