Monday, June 01, 2020


Did Bill de Blasio Just Become the Most Hated Man in America?


By Tyler O'Neil


PJ Media

May 31, 2020


As the riots and destruction across America continued for the fifth day after protests originally over the death of George Floyd devolved into looting and destruction in Minneapolis, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio despicably attempted to score political points by blaming President Donald Trump for the “atmosphere” of “tension and hatred and division” behind the protests. Yet he managed to alienate the anti-Trump left a few hours later by refusing to condemn police who drove a cruiser into a crowd of protesters.


 I’ve not seen the specific words coming out of the White House or actions but I can tell you this, and this is the blunt truth: The president of the United States helped to create this atmosphere, and that’s the tragedy here,” de Blasio said in a press conference on Saturday.

“It doesn’t matter what your party affiliation is, it doesn’t matter what you think of President Trump, there’s been an uptick in tension and hatred and division since he came along, it’s just a fact,” the mayor added. “And it’s not the reason for any specific act but it has helped to poison the atmosphere. So we’ve got to get back to leaders talking about unity.”

While Trump’s rhetoric has been divisive, it was despicable for de Blasio to attempt to blame the riots and looting and destruction on the president. Trump has condemned the horrific death of George Floyd, the black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly ten minutes. The president ordered the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate the case, demonstrating his seriousness in bringing the cops to justice.


In cases of police abuse, the system moves slowly because police need a broad latitude to handle threats to public safety. While Derek Chauvin, the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck, should have been arrested earlier, he has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder. The system is working to bring him to justice.

Yet protests over George Floyd’s death devolved into lootings at a Target store near the police station. Rioters in Minneapolis burned an Arby’s, an AutoZone, and an affordable housing apartment building. The violence spilled into other states, as rioters broke into the Ohio Statehouse on Friday morning.

As of the wee hours of Sunday morning, police have arrested nearly 1,400 people in 17 U.S. cities since Thursday.

Governors in nine states have activated their states’ National Guards to respond to riots: Minnesota, Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas, Utah, and Washington State. In another five more, governors have said they planned to activate the National Guard.

Cities across the country set curfews to stem the violence, including: Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, Miami, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, and Rochester.

America’s cities look like war zones. Cars are burning in Grand Rapids.

There are clashes in downtown Reno, Nev.

George Floyd’s family has insisted that this is the last thing Floyd would have wanted.

As for de Blasio’s suggestion that Trump has not talked about unity, the president did call for unity during a speech on Saturday afternoon.

“I understand the pain that people are feeling. We support the right of peaceful protestors, and we hear their pleas. But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace. The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists,” Trump lamented.

While the president did attribute the “violence and vandalism” to antifa and “other radical left-wing groups,” he urged that “right now, America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt, security and not anarchy. Civilization must be cherished, defended, and protected. The voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard and heard very loudly.”

Trump noted that the mobs “are terrorizing the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses, and burning down buildings. The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dreams. … We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. We must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence, prejudice, or fear.”

Trump’s response has not been perfect, but he is not to blame for the riots, the looting, the arson. Only the mob itself is truly responsible — along with instigators who appear to be working across state lines. Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) has suggested the rioters have come from out of state, and Attorney General William Barr announced that rioters who cross state lines to instigate this violence will be charged under federal law.


Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden went out of his way to condemn a Trump tweet calling for an end to the looting and violence that Twitter pseudo-censored on Friday. The president (likely unwittingly) used a phrase with an ugly racial history in defense of law and order.

Meanwhile, at least 13 members of Joe Biden’s staff publicly announced that they had donated to an organization that uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis. They did so amid arrests of looters and rioters who had destroyed the livelihoods of businesses struggling to reopen after the coronavirus lockdowns. Neither Biden nor his team is in any way responsible for the rioting and looting, but this move to help the looters and rioters is gravely disturbing.

In such times, Trump’s call for law and order should not be considered political. The defense of private property and business owners’ livelihoods should not be a partisan issue.

Yet de Blasio rushed to blame Trump for the “uptick in hatred and division” behind the riots.

Ironically, the very leftists who might cheer that accusation turned on de Blasio on Sunday morning. On Saturday, two NYPD vehicles drove into a crowd of rioters who were violently attacking the vehicles.


When a reporter asked him about the video during a press conference, de Blasio said “it’s inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threaten police officers. It’s wrong on its face.” He argued that “a different element has come into play here who are trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles. And if a police officer’s in that situation, they have to get out of that situation.”


“The video was upsetting, and I wish the officers hadn’t done that. But I also understood that they didn’t start the situation,” he said. “In a situation like that … I’m not gonna blame officers who were trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation.”

He later said on NY1, “If those protesters had just gotten out of the way, and not created an attempt to surround that vehicle we would not be talking about this situation.”

The Bernie Sanders group People for Bernie called on de Blasio to resign.

New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali also called for his resignation.


In less than a day, de Blasio alienated conservatives by shamefully attempting to blame the riots on Trump and he alienated everyone else by defending police for driving into the rioters. 



De Blasio has backtracked some what


By Howie Katz


Now de Blasio says: “Many of us have seen the video involving two NYPD vehicles and a crowd of protesters.  I didn’t like what I saw one bit. I did not want to ever see something like that, I don't ever want to see it again. And clearly, we need to do a full investigation and look into the actions of those officers to see what was done, why it was done and what could be done differently.  But I also want to emphasize that the situation was created by a group of protesters blocking and surrounding the police vehicle, a tactic that we have seen before in the last few days, a tactic that can be very, very dangerous for all involved." 


Meanwhile Gov. Cuomo called the action of the police cars driving into the crowd “truly disturbing” and “inexplicable”, and called on the attorney general to investigate the incident.


And AOC blasted de Blasio's statement blaming the protesters  as "unacceptable" and "wrong".    


by Bob Walsh

Danny Mendoza, 53, who worked at the California Rehabilitation Center in Riverside County, has died from Covid-19.  He is the first state Correctional Officer in CA known to have died from the bug.  There are 309 employees of the department known to have been infected.

The Riverside County Coroner has not released the official cause of death.


by Bob Walsh

Chiara DeBlasio, the 25-year old daughter of that commie rat-bastard Red Bill DeBlasio, mayor of New York City, was arrested yesterday for unlawful assembly.  She was given a desk appearance ticket and released, which would I expect be normal for such an arrest.

The news reports say that she was throwing "objects" at the cops, but don't say what those objects were.
EDITOR'S NOTE: You can bet the objects were not bibles.


by Bob Walsh

OK, this is a gross exaggeration.  But the "protesters" (rioters) did manage to tear up some of State Street and Michigan Blvd pretty well.  They sacked the old Marshall Fields store (I think it is a Macy's now) and a few others, and set fire to a several police cars.  (I wonder if my Ford stock is going to kick up due to more police fleet business?)

Major cities all over the country were attacked by mobs.  Big city majors an police chiefs peed all over their own shoes and did jack shit while this happened.  They should be ashamed, but they mostly aren't.  When you are woke, or when you worked for some woke asshole and have no personal self respect, you don't care if your city and your police department are a joke.  You take your paycheck, go home and sit in your recliner watching NetFlix with a 12-gauge across your knees.  They might burn down every grocery store and liquor store in town, but you are going to protect what is yours.  

If you thought that way about your fucking city this shit wouldn't be happening.


By Trey Rusk

Trump tweeted:

Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis will never be mistaken for the late, great General Douglas McArthur or great fighter General George Patton. How come all of these places that defend so poorly are run by Liberal Democrats? Get tough and fight (and arrest the bad ones). STRENGTH!


CNN’s Van Jones says ‘white, liberals’ are more worrisome than the KKK


CNN’s Van Jones has continued to weigh in on the racism that plagues America amid the riots and protests that have gripped the country following the death of George Floyd, saying that white liberals like Amy Cooper are more worrisome than the Ku Klux Klan. 

During a recent segment, Jones said all white people of having a ‘virus’ in their brain known as racism no matter how ‘well-intentioned’ they may be.

‘It’s not the racist white person who is in the Ku Klux Klan that we have to worry about. It’s the white liberal Hillary Clinton supporter walking her dog in Central Park who would tell you right now, you know, people like that – “oh, I don’t see race, race is no big deal to me, I see us all as the same, I give to charities.”

Jones was referring to Cooper, a white woman dubbed ‘Central Park Karen’, after she made a false call to New York City police, claiming that an African American, who asked her to leash her dog, threatened her life.

‘But the minute she sees a black man who she does not respect or who she has a slight thought against, she weaponized race like she had been trained by the Aryan Nation.
‘A Klan member could not have been better trained to pick up the phone and tell the police, “It’s a black man, African-American man, come get him.” 

‘So even the most liberal, well-intentioned white person has a virus in his or her brain that can be activated at an instant,’ Jones, who is the co-founder of several social justice nonprofit organizations, said. 

Last week, Jones said he hasn’t ‘seen black people this upset in 20 years’.

‘If you are white and are you watching this, look in your own life,’ Jones said. ‘How are you choking off black dignity? Choking off black opportunity? Choking off black people from asking an opportunity to thrive?’

‘Because it’s not just that officer. This is a much deeper problem. How are all of us complicit in this? And how are all of us allowing this to happen?’ he said. 

‘I don’t have an answer to that,’ Jones continued. ‘I have not seen black people this upset in 20 years, maybe longer.’

Jones’ comments comes nearly a week after Floyd, 46, died after bystander video showed police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for at least seven minutes while Floyd was handcuffed during an arrest on forgery charges.

‘We thought we got an answer, it’s called body cams — that we just put body cams on all these cops and you can see what they were doing,’ Jones said. 
‘They would either be stopped or the public would be so outraged.’ 

‘These guys knew they had on body cams. There were people standing there with the cell phones out. 18 complaints should trigger a separate review,’ he continued.

‘You build up to that level of contempt. You build up to that level of dehumanization and desensitization and you are now witnessing the outcome of that,’ Jones said. 


Pair of Brooklyn lawyers including Ivy League corporate attorney charged in Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD cruiser


By Noah Goldberg, Catherina Gioino, Ellen Moynihan and Dave Goldiner


New York Daily News

May 31, 2020


Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle early Saturday morning during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd.

Colinford Mattis, 32, a lawyer and member of Community Board 5 in East New York, was charged along with fellow attorney Urooj Rahman with the attempted attack on an empty police cruiser parked outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene.

“This is shocking news to me,” Andre Mitchell, president of Community Board 5 told the Daily News. “The allegation does surprise me because that doesn’t sound like him.”

The super of Rahman’s building called her “an angel” who recently lost her legal job.

"I can’t believe it. I’m stunned,” said George Raleigh, the super of Rahman’s building in Bay Ridge. “This kid? She’s an angel.”

Authorities say Rahman, 31, tossed a bottle filled with gasoline through a broken window into the cruiser just before 1 am Saturday but the Molotov cocktail failed to ignite. Rahman jumped into a van driven by Mattis and they sped off, court papers allege.

The attempted torching was captured by video surveillance cameras outside the precinct stationhouse on DeKalb Ave.
Cops gave chase and stopped the van nearby on Willoughby St.. They found the makings of another Molotov cocktail in the back seat along with a gasoline container.

“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified," said Brooklyn U.S Attorney Richard Donaghue.

Neither Rahman nor Mattis have been arrested before, authorities say. They face federal charges and will be arraigned Monday.

Mattis, who lives in East New York, graduated from Princeton University and New York University law school, according to his LinkedIn page.
He is an associate with Pryor Cashman, a Times Square corporate law firm where he specializes in start-ups. The firm did not immediately return a call for comment.
Mattis has served for two years on Community Board 5, which covers East New York and Starrett City. He is vice chairman of the by laws committee and serves on the housing and land use committee headed by prominent activist Viola Plummer.

Mitchell said the board would meet soon to discuss whether to suspend or take other measures against Mattis.

"He’s innocent till proven guilty but I’m sorry to hear anyone would do such a thing,” Mitchell said of the accusations. “These are serious times we’re going through.”

Rahman’s Facebook page showed her celebrating her graduation from Fordham but a neighbor said she struggled with financial problems after losing her job.

“She’s in trouble. That’s bad. I’m sorry to hear that,” Raleigh said. "But if you want to play, you’re gonna pay.”

The attack did not appear to be directly linked to a similar Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD officers allegedly carried out by an upstate New York woman with help from her sister.

Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, New York, is facing federal charges for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into a cruiser carrying four NYPD officers in Prospect Heights early Saturday. The device failed to ignite because she used tissue paper as the rag, which burned out before reaching the explosives inside, sources said.

Her sister, Darien Shader, was charged with obstruction of justice and released without bail Sunday after being arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court. Wearing a hazmat suit, she left the courthouse without commenting on the charges and got into a car driven by her mother.

Samantha Shader, Mattis and Rahman are charged with attempting to damage of destroy law-enforcement vehicles. They all face mandatory minimum sentences of five years and a maximum of 20 years behind bars.


Black Lives Matter: Trafalgar Square filled with hundreds ignoring social-distancing rule to protest at George Floyd death in US


By Jane Dalton 



May 31, 2020

Hundreds of activists have defied social-distancing rules to gather in Trafalgar Square in London to protest against the death in the US of a black man after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Police watched as the large crowds chanted “black lives matter”, in memory of George Floyd and to protest against alleged police brutality in the UK.

Many knelt, and repeated “No justice, no peace” and “Say my name, George Floyd”.

Others held up placards saying “Racism has no place” and “I can’t breathe” – thought to have been among Mr Floyd’s last words to the police officer, who had handcuffed him during his arrest.

The US has been rocked by five days of protest across many cities, after he died in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday.

But as well as the Trafalgar Square demonstration, hundreds of people also joined a march in Manchester to protest at Mr Floyd's death.

In central London, police eventually moved the crowds on, and some protesters walked to the gates of Downing Street, where they held up placards calling for justice. More protests in the capital are planned for the coming week.
The Rev Sally Hitchiner, associate vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, who saw the protest, said: “I’m very sympathetic to the issue but also surprised to see the strength of emotion that has gathered people together.

“It’s showing there are people in the UK who care passionately about the situation in the US.  It’s an issue that requires passion but at the same time there’s a huge amount of risk in what they’re doing.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: There were also demonstrations in Berlin and some other European cities. 


Two brothers aged six and seven are killed after stealing their grandmother’s car and crashing it off an embankment into a creek bed


By James Gordon


Daily Mail

 May 31, 2020


Two brothers from Missouri have died after taking off in their grandmother’s car and being involved in an accident. 

The crash happened in rural Jackson County around 5pm.

The children, just six- and seven-years-old, took the keys to the car and went for a joyride in their grandma’s vehicle.

The elder brother is believed to have been at the wheel when the accident occurred. 

Sgt. Andy Bell from Missouri State Highway Patrol said the boys left home in the car, drove through a field and then onto a county road. 

The seven-year-old driver ended up losing control of the car, sending it over the edge of an embankment, down into the bed of a creek and the vehicle set on fire.

Investigators say the car was heading east on East Blue Mills Road near Kansas City when it came off the right side of the road, hit the ground and became airborne, according to KMBC. 

The Highway Patrol believe the car, a 2007 Buick Lacross, hit a guardrail and then slammed into the ground before it went airborne for a second time. 

An investigation is underway to establish how the children were able to get their hands on the keys to the car and drive off.

The car hit a guy wire and overturned before it set alight.

Both children were killed in the accident and were pronounced dead at the scene about 4:20pm on Friday. Neither child had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.


Dallas Man Viciously Beaten for Defending Business



May 31, 2020



Protesters take on driver aiming bow and arrow at them in Salt Lake City


An angry driver in downtown Salt Lake City who yelled “All Lives Matter” from his car window whipped out a bow and arrow and aimed at protesters in the streets — who tackled him to the ground and pummeled him.

“He got out of his car, yelled ‘that’s it’, and shot into the crowd before being tackled,” Twitter user @Gingersonfire wrote, posting a video of the incident.

“He was yelling and me, and then aimed his bow at a black man standing behind me. The black man saw it coming, charged, and tackled him.”

It’s unclear if the driver, who later identified himself on a local television news interview as Brandon McCormick, actually fired off an arrow.

A second video from a different angle shows protesters crouching behind cars near McCormick as he swings the weapon around, before a group of people tackled him. The crowd then flipped the driver’s car, claimed people on social media, where McCormick was dubbed “Hawkeye” after the Marvel character who uses a bow and arrow.

Police took McCormick, who also had a large knife, into custody, reported.

A bloodied McCormick, with a cut above his eye, later told a reporter what happened, claiming protesters set upon him after he shouted from inside his car.

“First I got beat up when I yelled, ‘All Lives Matter,’ then I pulled out weapons, then I got beat up some more, then cops grabbed me and my car got totaled,” he said.

McCormick claimed two black men “beat me through my open window” before he got out with the weapon.
“I’m a changed civilian, I’ve changed my life, I back up the law enforcement,” he said, adding, “I know some cops are bad.”

The increasingly violent demonstrations in the city, in which two cars were set on fire, prompted Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to call in the National Guard and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall to establish and 8 p.m. curfew.

When the reporter urged him to see a doctor for his cut, McCormick said, “I can’t afford to, I’m on unemployment.”


Fatah, Hamas, threaten retaliation over Israeli killing of disabled Palestinian: Fatah calls shooting of autistic Palestinian Iyad Halak a "war crime; Hamas warns of new intifada


Israel Hayom 

Mau 31, 2020


Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas threatened retaliation over the weekend over the killing of a disabled Palestinian man by Israel's Border Police on Friday.
Fatah calls shooting of unarmed autistic Palestinian Iyad Halak a "war crime," and demanded the police officers responsible for his death be brought before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip, called for a new intifada, or "popular uprising."

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the force opened an investigation into the incident where "security forces spotted a man with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol and after he failed to obey orders to stop, gave chase and them opened fire.
It was only later that it was found that Halak, 32, was unarmed.
The shooting drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces. On social media, some compared the shooting to police violence in the US.

Halak's relatives said he suffered from autism and was heading to the school for students with special needs where he studied each day when he was shot.

"They killed him in cold blood," Halak's mother, Rana, told Israel's Channel 12 News.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party called the incident a "war crime" and said it held Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully responsible for the "execution of a young disabled man."

The Palestinian leadership demanded that whoever killed the man be brought before the International Criminal Court.

Hamas warned that Hallak's death would give rise to a new Palestinian uprising, saying that the incident would also "fuel our people's revolution which will not stop until the occupier leaves all Palestinian territory."

There has been an uptick in violence in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in recent days, although it has yet to reach the levels of 2015-2016 when Israeli security forces struggled to stop a wave of so-called lone-wolf attacks.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hamas sounds a lot like Colin Kaepernick.

This tragedy reminds me of one night years ago when a black man approached two Houston cops in the street and yelled at them: "Here, I've got something for you!"  H reached in his pocket and pulled out what they thought was a gun.  They killed him.  The 'gun' turned out to be a bible.

Sunday, May 31, 2020


by Bob Walsh

Jacob Frey is the pajama-boy major of Minneapolis.  He actually wore a neck tie in his TV appearance immediately following Governor Walz.  (OK, maybe he borrowed it and doesn't really own it.)

The Governor was announcing a call-out of the Minnesota National Guard to deal with the rioters, agitators and assholes trying to burn down Minneapolis.  Surprisingly, Mayor Frey is actually opposed to people burning down his city, or at least SAYS he is opposed to people burning down his city.  

The governor also stated as fact that many of the rioters are not local and seem to be being directed by out-of-staters.  Some of them seem to be in possession of rather sophisticated communications equipment and are being directed by trained shit-stirrers.


by Bob Walsh

A man was arrested on Thursday in San Joaquin County for shooting up a firing range.

Zonathan Derrell Butler, 29, was apparently pissed that the privately-owned firing range on Hewitt Road was not open to the public, so he opened fire on the range.  

When the cops showed up he fled.  With great exuberance with little skill.  They found him and his crashed vehicle in a dust cloud in a field off of Drais Road.  He is now a guest of the people facing five felony charges and awaiting a $600,000 bail, which I expect will not be forthcoming.  No one at the range was injured.    

EDITOR'S NOTE: Was he wearing a MAGA cap?


Houston police launch investigation after mounted horse was seen TRAMPLING on a George Floyd demonstrator during protest that saw eight cops injured and 137 people arrested 


Daily Mail

May 30, 2020


A woman was knocked to the ground and trampled by a police horse during a George Floyd protest in Houston on Friday.


Police said they were investigating the incident on Saturday as they prepared for further protests in the city. 


The video shows the woman standing with her back to the camera when the police horse plows into her and stamps on her as she struggles to get up. It is not clear if the woman was injured. 


There were 137 arrests and eight police officers were injured in Houston on Friday night as protests gathered over the death of Floyd while in police custody.


He was a Houston native. The demonstrations continued on Saturday night.'


EDITOR'S NOTE: TV news cameras filmed Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo as he marched together with a group of protesters.  Acevedo was walking alongside a huge black man who was spouting off to the cameras.  Acevedo kept nodding to the man's remarks.  What a schmuck!  I suppose he figured that by marching with the protesters, he would prevent what took place later that evening ... four of his cops were hospitalized and 16 police cars damaged.  What a jerk!  With his officers being assaulted by Kaepernick's freedom fighters, you would think Acevedo had much more important business to take care of than marching with the protesters.


As for the horse knocking the woman down, I'm sure the rider did not deliberately have his horse plow into her, nor did the horse deliberately stamp on her.    


"Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on."

By Michelle Obama

Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on.

Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it.

It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own.

It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nicely said.  But it does not address the violence that has broken out all over the country, rather it seems to excuse it. 

Mrs. Obama mentions six blacks that were killed by white cops.   Let's put that in its proper perspective.   There are some 800,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S and hundreds of thousands incidents faced by cops every day.  Every once in a while a white cop kills a black man.  And when that happens half the country sinks into chaos.  

And because of that, Mrs. Obama and others tell us white folks that we are all racists.  


'For once, just DON'T do it': Nike switches its famous slogan in new ad urging people 'not to turn their backs on racism' following death of George Floyd


Daily Mail 

May 30, 2020


Nike has released a new ad on social media urging people to join the fight against racism in America following the death of black man George Floyd.

The brand, famously known for its 'just do it' slogan, flipped its catchphrase to 'don't do it' as it delivered a powerful message against police brutality and racism.
'For once, don't do it. Don't pretend there's not a problem in America. Don't turn your back on racism. Don't accept innocent lives being taken from us,' the video begins.

'Don't make any more excuses. Don't think this doesn't affect you. Don't sit back and be silent. Don't think you can't be part of the change. Let's all be part of the change.'

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nike which gave Kaepernick a platform and paid him very well for it has absolutely no credibility to me.

Nike pretends that white cops  take the lives of innocent blacks because cops are racists.   What a sorry load of pure horseshit.  There are some 800,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S and hundreds of thousands incidents faced by cops every day.  Every once in a while a white cop kills a black man.  And when that happens half the country sinks into chaos.    


NYPD cop seen tossing protester to ground in video under investigation   


By Sara Dorn


New York Post

May 30, 2020


The NYPD is investigating an officer filmed  shoving a much smaller, female protester to the ground during a demonstration in Brooklyn over the death of George Floyd.
The video, first posted around 8:30 p.m. Friday by Newsweek reporter Jason Lemon, shows a uniformed NYPD officer using two hands to toss the woman to the pavement. She flies like a ragdoll into the curb as others scream “get his badge number!”

According to Lemon, the officer called the protester a “stupid fucking bitch” before throwing her to the ground.

An NYPD spokeswoman said Saturday the incident “is under internal review.”

The video, which has racked up 7.4 million views, appears to be taken a few blocks from the Barclays Center, where protests over Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis erupted in chaos Friday night.

The young woman in the video,  Dounya Zayer, has since come forward to debunk “lies” that she spit in the officer’s face.

“This was me, and I want to make one thing clear to all the people that are commenting lies below this video,” she tweeted. “I did NOT spit in this officer’s face. I was wearing a face mask. He told me to get out of the street and then immediately threw me out of the way.”

In a separate video posted from a hospital bed, Zayer said the officer was “walking in my direction” and “I did not get in his face … I was standing in place … and I never put my hands on him.”

She also posted a second video, purportedly taken from her own phone minutes before the altercation, of the officer walking toward her.
“Get out of the street,” he said.

“Why?” she asks, before he swipes his hand in the direction of her phone and the video ends.

Zayer, captioned the video: “This is the officer. He threw my phone before throwing me. As you can see I was already backing up. All I asked was why.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: We do not know what she said or did between the time her video ends and she was shoved to the pavement.   


For more than a century, the fortunes of the powerful Kadoorie family have been a barometer of Chinese openness to the worl


By Jonathan Kaufman


The Wall Street Journal

May 28, 2020


Since 1880, when an Iraqi Jewish refugee named Elly Kadoorie arrived in Hong Kong, China has gone through a series of revolutions—from domination by Western powers to independence, from Nationalist to Communist rule, from colonialism to capitalism to communism. Through it all, the Kadoorie family have been a barometer of the country’s openness to the world, rising to become the richest Western family in China. Leaders have been seeking their advice for generations, drawn by their combination of business skills and political acumen. Now, as China cracks down on dissent in Hong Kong and defiant protesters again take to the streets, the problem facing the family—like other companies and governments seeking to deal with a more repressive and nationalistic regime—is whether China will continue to welcome them.
The Kadoories built their first fortune in Shanghai between the world wars, when the city became a global crossroads. When the communists took over in 1949 and expelled foreigners, they lost almost everything, fleeing to British-ruled Hong Kong to make a new start. Over the next 25 years they grew richer than ever, amassing an $18 billion portfolio that includes China Light and Power, which provides electricity to 80% of Hong Kong’s residents, and the luxury Peninsula hotel chain.
When the People’s Republic began to open up in 1972, after President Nixon’s visit, one of the first calls the communist leadership made was to the Kadoories, seeking their help in building a nuclear power plant. The Kadoories, who remain British citizens, became one of the country’s biggest foreign investors, returning to Shanghai triumphantly to build a new Peninsula Hotel. Today they meet regularly with top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping.
It has been a steep ascent since Elly Kadoorie landed in Hong Kong at the age of 18. He had been recruited to work for a major trading firm owned by the Sassoons, another Jewish family that had come to China from Baghdad 35 years earlier, just after the Opium Wars. But Elly soon struck out on his own, steering clear of opium, one of the main commodities the Sassoons transported between India and China. Instead he invested in hotels, land and utilities, building the infrastructure for the growing city of Shanghai as it became the “Paris of the East.” In time he built the grandest mansion in the city—43 rooms for just three people—and entertained celebrities like Charles Lindbergh. The Kadoories’ hotels hosted the world’s elites, including the wedding of Chiang Kai-shek.
The Kadoories were what Americans would call Reform Jews; they attended High Holiday services and spoke about religion in terms of Jewish history and values. Privately, many British businessmen disparaged the Kadoories with anti-Semitic slurs, mocking them as “hook nosed,” members of the “Jew boys club.” But in the early 20th century, as China opened up to Western ideas and students and officials began to travel abroad, many Chinese intellectuals developed a fascination with Jewish culture. Sun Yat-sen, the first president of the Republic of China, wrote to Elly Kadoorie that the Jews were a “wonderful and historic nation, which has contributed so much to the civilization of the world.” Kadoorie, an active Zionist, helped persuade him to endorse the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which laid the groundwork for the founding of the state of Israel. Like the Jews, the Chinese knew what it meant to be powerless and lose control over their homeland.
During World War II, the elderly Elly Kadoorie was imprisoned in a Japanese camp, and he died in captivity in 1944. Soon after the war ended, the Chinese communists swept through Shanghai, seizing the family’s buildings and art collection. Most Westerners in China, including the Sassoons, fled to Europe, Australia or the Americas. But Elly’s grown sons, Lawrence and Horace, stayed close by, moving to the family’s hotel in Hong Kong. “If we sit down and worry, not only will no progress be made but everything will get worse,” Lawrence wrote to Horace in 1946. “If we go ahead optimistically, and in the belief that Hong Kong has a great future before it…we shall recover our losses and progress.” Hong Kong, Lawrence declared, “may become another Shanghai.”
He turned out to be spectacularly correct. Over the next 70 years, through the Cold War and China’s economic rise, the Kadoories rebuilt their fortune in Hong Kong. They also concluded that businessmen of their father’s generation, isolated and wealthy, had been blind to the rise of communism and paid a terrible price. “The best protection against Communism is to provide living conditions that are better than those in China proper,” Lawrence declared. The Kadoories poured millions into helping displaced Chinese farmers and refugees set up small farms in Hong Kong. Research supported by the Kadoories led to the breeding of a new strain of pig that provided more meat for the city’s booming population. The Jewish Kadoories, the Chinese farmers joked, “know everything about the pig except the way it tastes.”
At the same time, the Kadoories were convinced that one day China would open up again. They maintained covert ties with the mainland and never publicly criticized the communist regime. The strategy paid off in 1978, when the Kadoories were welcomed back by Deng Xiaoping and invested a billion dollars in China’s first nuclear plant. Later they helped to keep Hong Kong calm as the British negotiated its handover to China, which took place in 1997. “You have always been a friend to China,” an aide to Xi Jinping told Michael Kadoorie, grandson of Elly and the current head of the family.
Michael Kadoorie still believes that Hong Kong’s business community must work with China. Last summer, as the city was racked by increasingly violent anti-China demonstrations, he wrote a full-page advertisement that ran in local English and Chinese newspapers. “It is disheartening to see what has overtaken the city recently,” he wrote. “I do not support violence nor do I believe this should be the way to resolve conflicts.” Instead, he pleaded, China must “find solutions in mutual respect, understanding and open dialogue.”
It’s a familiar dilemma for the Kadoories. Whenever China has been open and engaged with the world—in Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s, in Hong Kong under British rule, and in mainland China after 1978—the family has prospered. Their success is a testament to China’s ability to absorb foreign influences and benefit from foreign investment. But as the country turns more assertive and nationalistic, the tightrope the Kadoories walk is growing thinner.

Saturday, May 30, 2020


It's time to start shooting the hoodlums when they attack a police station and when they set buildings ablaze ... and not with rubber bullets!

By Howie Katz

Big Jolly Times
May 30, 2020

On Thursday, disgraced former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted that it's time for a revolution because of George Floyd's death by the knee of a white cop.  Well, that night he got his wish.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul experienced the kind of revolution Kaepernick called for.

In Minneapolis hoodlums looted and set buildings ablaze.  They stormed the Third Precinct police headquarters and set it on fire.  Race baiting ("He'd be alive today if he were white.")  Mayor Jacob Frey ordered the police to evacuate the building and cops on the roof had to be rescued by helicopters.

Across the Mississippi River in St. Paul, hoodlums looted businesses and torched buildings.  According to the police, about 170 buildings had been damaged by night’s end.

Kaepernick's revolution cannot be allowed to continue.  The time to plead with 'the community' for peace has ended.  Kaepernick himself said: "The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears.  The time for action is past due."    

Kaepernick is right, the time for action is past due, not only in the Twin Cities, but anywhere else  where this kind of rioting takes place.  No more pussyfooting around!  It's time to start shooting Kaepernick's hoodlums when they attack a police station and when they set buildings ablaze ... and not with rubber bullets!

Tear gas and rubber bullets obviously do not do the job.  Real bullets will!  I'm not advocating shooting peaceful protesters.  But the hoodlums who torch buildings and storm a police station are not peaceful protesters.  They are destroying property and endangering innocent people's lives.

Kaepernick calls the arsonists and looters "freedom fighters" and said he will pay their legal expenses.  "In fighting for liberation there’s always retaliation," Kaepernick said Friday morning .  "We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by [Know Your Rights Camp]."
Finally, there ought to be some way to arrest and charge Colin Kaepernic with a crime.  It looks like he clearly incited his 'Freedom Fighters' to loot stores, torch businesses and clash with the police..  And he got his wish.

UPDATE: More of the same for the Twin Cities and more than 30 other cities Friday night, including in Dallas and Houston.  In Oakland, California, Kaepernick’s freedom fighters shot two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the downtown Federal Building.  One of the cops died.  And in Brooklyn, a woman freedom fighter tossed a Molotov cocktail at a cop car with four officers inside.

Right here in Houston, freedom fighters threw rocks and bottles at cops and damaged 16 police cars. Four Houston cops had to be hospitalized. One freedom fighter blasted a group of cops with a fire extinguisher.

Rocks can kill!  So can a Molotov cocktail. Houston’s cops should have fired at the rock throwers and the New York cops should have shot at the woman who tossed the Molotov cocktail … and with real bullets.


by Bob Walsh

Two nights ago a mob stormed and set fire to a police precinct building in Minneapolis.  The cops didn't do jack.

Last night a mob stormed and set fire to a police precinct building in Minneapolis.  The cops didn't do jack.  The National Guard didn't do jack.

I wonder what will happen tonight.

Also, a modest mob started a confrontation with the Secret Service outside the White House.  The Secret Service drew a line in the sand.  As I write this (2300 Friday) the mob took them at their word.  They behaved like assholes, but didn't try to rush the fence.  I suspect it would have gone poorly for them had they done so.  I suspect they KNEW that and that is why they didn't push it.

By the way, as an aside, a friend of mine (who is otherwise intelligent and semi-normal) assured me that it is now a "proven fact" that most of the fires set in Minneapolis were set by white cops who were doing it to try to compel a police response so they could get to shoot some people.  Strangely she was unable to give me a source for this other than "the internet."  And of course as well all know everything on the internet is factual, right?   By the way, she was dead-ass serious about it.


by Bob Walsh

They were not successful.  Some people can't do anything right.


by Bob Walsh

Somehow the logic of this position eludes me.


Chauvin charged with murder, manslaughter in Floyd death


By , Chao Xiong and Paul Walsh   


Star Tribune

May 29, 2020


In an unusually swift move, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Friday afternoon announced criminal charges against the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd Monday – an act caught on video and seen around the world, turning Minneapolis and St. Paul into a tinderbox as angry demonstrators set a police station ablaze and looted and destroyed several businesses.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter four days after pinned his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes at the intersection of E. 38th St. and Chicago Avenue as Floyd, who was handcuffed, told him he couldn't breathe. Bystanders also begged Chauvin and three other officers at the scene to relent, but their calls went unheeded as Floyd grew unresponsive and later died.

Freeman said a criminal complaint will be released later, but "I didn't want to wait any longer to share the news that he's in custody and charged with murder."

Three other officers involved in the detention were also fired, but they have yet to be arrested or charged.

Freeman explained that Chauvin was the first charged because "we felt it was important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator. I must say this case has moved with extraordinary speed."

A somber Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz vowed to restore order Friday after what he termed the “abject failure” of a third night of protests and violence in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody, an incident that sparked looting and blazes across the Twin Cities.

The governor and the state’s top law enforcent officials acknowledged challenges in coordination and lines of command between various state, county and city agencies that led to delays and sometimes confusion in the response to a rampage that included the breach and fiery destruction of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct headquarters Thursday night.

Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, said there was a lack of clarity on the “mission” of the Guard in responding to the protests ahead of time. He had some concerns before soldiers were even dispatched. “We never got such mission description,” he said.

Walz, facing criticism over the lack of a visible police and Guard presence Thursday night as dozens of buildings in Minneapolis and St. Paul were burned or looted, called the episode “one of our darkest chapters.”

The night of destruction and urban unrest, unlike anything seen in the Twin Cities in decades, put the DFL governor and the city’s two mayors on the defensive about a response that many residents saw as shockingly slow and inadequate. Walz and other state and city leaders also came under criticism for their relative silence through much of the previous evening.

President Donald Trump, who spoke with Walz Thursday night, weighed in on the rioting, singling out Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey for a “total lack of leadership” and saying he would send in the federal troops to “get the job done right.”

Walz called Trump’s remarks, including a tweet threatening to shoot looters, as “unhelpful.”

He called for balancing the outrage over the violent protests with an understanding of the despair and lack of trust that led to them.

“What the world has witnessed since the killing of George Floyd on Monday has been a visceral pain, a community trying to understand who we are and where we go from here,” he said. “We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues, before we turn back to where we should be spending our energy: making sure justice is served.”

Nevertheless, Walz faced mounting criticism from Republicans calling for a more forceful response to the looters who dominated television images that brought the cities national attention.

Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, raised concerns about the coming weekend. “There has been a disturbing lack of leadership and clear plan on how we’re going to prevent further chaos with the weekend approaching,” he said in a statement. “City and state leaders knew that there would be more looting and riots last night, but took no visible steps to prevent the destruction.”

Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said “Minneapolis is in a state of disorder.” “It’s traumatizing and scary and sad and depressing and devastating,” she said. “Our leaders @GovTimWalz and Mayor Frey have disappeared. How long will it take to undo this damage?”

Walz and Guard official indicated that they initially took their cues from local officials as to where to deploy and how.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held a news conference shortly after 1 a.m. and said the decision to evacuate the 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis was his to protect the lives of officers and protesters.

“This is one of the most difficult situations that our city has been through,” he said. “I’m not going to stand up here to tell you that there are easy answers to it.”

Adding to the sense of confusion, Walz was forced to intervene early Friday in the State Patrol arrest of a CNN crew trying to cover the protests on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Walz publicly apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker and the news media for the detention of the journalists, which was captured on live television.

They were among the only arrests seen during a night of widespread looting and arson. “I take full responsibility,” Walz said, calling the episode “inexcusable.”

Walz promised a more coordinated law enforcement response if disturbances continue into the weekend, when more protests are planned. Walz and some protest leaders called for demonstrations to remain peaceful. Officials hoped that the arrest Friday of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in connection with Floyd’s death might help calm tensions.

State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington called Floyd’s death at the hands of police a “murder” during a morning news conference with the governor. “That’s what it looked like to me.”

Democratic leaders in the Legislature had expressed frustration earlier about a news conference called Thursday afternoon by U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, where they promised a “robust” investigation but did not announce any charges.

“The county attorney needs to file charges and the officers must be arrested as soon as possible, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler tweeted. “The case must be won, and legal standards met in order to get a conviction, but we need to have a clear statement that a murder trial is coming. Now.”


By Barack Obama

I want to share parts of the conversations I've had with friends over the past couple days about the footage of George Floyd dying face down on the street under the knee of a police officer in Minnesota.

The first is an email from a middle-aged African American businessman.

"Dude I gotta tell you the George Floyd incident in Minnesota hurt. I cried when I saw that video. It broke me down. The 'knee on the neck' is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don't care. Truly tragic."

Another friend of mine used the powerful song that went viral from 12-year-old Keedron Bryant to describe the frustrations he was feeling.

The circumstances of my friend and Keedron may be different, but their anguish is the same. It's shared by me and millions of others.

It's natural to wish for life "to just get back to normal" as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly "normal" — whether it's while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park.

This shouldn't be "normal" in 2020 America. It can't be "normal." If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.

It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a "new normal" in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It would have been far better had America's first black president called on his brothers and sisters to stop looting stores and torching businesses. 


Nazi commandos came 'appallingly close' to assassinating Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt as leaders met at secret 1943 summit in Tehran to plan the liberation of occupied Europe, new book reveals


By Darren Boyle


Daily Mail

May 29, 2020


A group of Nazi-trained commandos almost managed to kill Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin who were attending a top-secret conference in Tehran in 1943, a new book reveals.

The book, Night of the Assassins, uses information from declassified archives in Washington, Moscow and London. 

Author Howard Blum's story outlines how Hitler's favourite commando, Otto Skorzeny, developed the audacious plan to kill the three leaders using a crack team of 42 assassins, who would be parachuted to the outskirts of the Iranian capital in November 1943 before striking. 

The Tehran Conference was the first time Roosevelt and Churchill met Stalin. The leaders wanted to meet face-to-face to open discussions about defeating Hitler and Japan and the future of post-war Europe. 

Churchill and Roosevelt wanted to liberate the continent from Nazism. Stalin was determined to carve out an area to provide a safety buffer for the Soviet Union.  

When German intelligence agents had discovered details about the proposed meeting, Hitler ordered a mission to wipe out his opponents. 
One possible attack involved storming the British embassy using underground water tunnels during a party for Churchill's birthday on November 30, 1943. 

Roosevelt had spent two years trying to arrange a meeting with Stalin, believing he would be able to negotiate with the tyrant, though the Soviet leader was reluctant to  travel, fearing assassination. 
The mission, Operation Long Jump, saw Skorzeny train a group of renegade Russians - who were opposed to Stalin - in commando tactics. They were tasked with parachuting into Iran in two groups ahead of two further groups of German commandos - including Skorzeny himself. 

Skorzeny was chosen for the mission by Hitler as he had led an audacious mission to rescue Italian dictator Benito Mussolini who was being held under guard in a mountain top hotel that was only accessible by cable car.

After conducting aerial surveillance, Skorzeny decided to use a pair of gliders to storm the mountain top and rescue the dictator. The plan involved Mussolini then being flown to safety on a Storch aircraft. The Storch had the ability to land and take off in a little more than twice its own length. 
Tehran was chosen as the location for the meeting as Stalin was unwilling to travel far from Russian territory and Iran was nominally neutral during the conflict. 

It was an important meeting as it was the first time that Stalin had met with the US and British leaders. He was anxious by the failure in late 1943 of Roosevelt and Churchill to launch a second front in Europe. Stalin wanted the Western allies to help relieve pressure on Soviet troops by splitting German troops. 

Ahead of the meeting, Soviet intelligence claimed to have gathered information that the Germans, having cracked US naval codes, knew about the meeting and were planning to strike. 

The Soviets also claimed to have agents close to those involved in the plot. 

Tehran had been flooded with 40,000 NKVD (the predecessor of the KGB) ahead of the conference. The Russians claimed to have intercepted the first group of parachutists and killed them. The Russians also wiped out the second group of commandos, but had not been able to track down the last remaining threats. 
They claimed both Churchill and Roosevelt would be at risk while travelling to the Soviet embassy from their own compounds during the conference and should instead stay as guests of the Russian ambassador - in rooms which had been bugged. 

The plot, which is outlined in detail in the book, seemed utterly implausible.  

According to Blum: 'Although the war is undoubtedly lost, the Germans believe that perhaps a new set of Allied leaders might be willing to make a more reasonable peace in its aftermath. And so a plan is devised—code name Operation Long Jump—to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

'Immediately, a highly trained, hand-picked team of Nazi commandos is assembled, trained, armed with special weapons, and parachuted into Iran. They have six days to complete the daring assignment before the statesmen will return home.'

Blum gathered together details of the plot from documents held in archives in London, Moscow and Washington. 

He outlined how FDR's Secret Service chief, Mike Reilly, who described himself as 'an Irish cop with more muscle than brains', had to ensure the safety of the president. 

The assassins were working on a plan developed by Otto Skorzeny, who was once described as 'the most dangerous man in Europe'. 

The Russian defectors among the commandos were split into two groups and would parachute separately into the outskirts of Tehran. 

One group planned to meet up with local tribesmen who would act as guides to bring them into the city. 

The men were equipped with Soviet manufactured machine guns and uniforms. They also planned to use British-made bombs which had been captured by the Germans to blow up the three leaders. 

The two groups of Russians were killed shortly after arriving in Iran.

A group of six Germans, under the command of Rudolf von Holten-Pflug, managed to avoid capture after they dropped into the wrong location near Qom.

They managed to sneak into Tehran undetected ahead of the conference despite the presence of a large NKVD force. 

The commandos made the decision to continue with their attack despite the growing evidence that they had been betrayed. 

According to Blum: 'Skorzeny, seeing the element of surprise had been lost, stayed in Germany, not wanting to risk his life or his reputation.'

The book claims the commandos had been betrayed by a group of Iranian wrestlers who had been sheltering them in a gymnasium after they accepted a $20,000 reward. 

Yet the highly trained German operatives managed to escape and decided first to make an attempt on Churchill's life during his birthday party which was being held at the British embassy. 

The commandos had planned to attack using water tunnels under the building. However, a captured German spy had surrendered details of the plot, allowing the allies  to saturate the area with guards. 

In a final change of plan, the commandos decided on a suicide attack on the VIP convoy as it approached the airport. Again, the commandos were betrayed and blew themselves up to avoid capture. 

Blum told The Express: 'There is too much documentary evidence and too many witness statements proving that the assassination plot was real. But in espionage you never know the entire truth.

'The plot would have succeeded if the Russians hadn’t killed most of the commando force. And if a captured spy hadn’t disclosed the scheme to use the water tunnel to enter the embassy compound, German commandos would have burst in on Churchill’s birthday party. It would have changed the face of the war, and possibly reshaped the world for years to come.'