Day: June 11, 2017

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Headless body, severed head found in Mississippi; police eye link


Mississippi police are investigating the discovery of a young man’s severed head and a burned headless body in separate locations, according to reports.

Kids found the head Saturday morning in Jackson, Fox affiliate MS News Now reported. It had been left on the front steps of a home on a quiet street.

The body was found hours later in a wooded area 1 mile away from where the severed head was found, the station reported.

Jackson police are assuming the head belongs to the body.

“Due to the type of crime and close proximity of the body parts we can assume, that perhaps this is the remains that was attached to the head this morning,” Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said, according to WAPT-TV.

Vance said whoever committed the crime may have been sending a message.

He acknowledged that the homicide was unlike any he had ever encountered, according to MS News Now.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that the body had been badly burned.

The paper interviewed a man who said he lived in the home where the head was found.

He declined to say if he knew who the victim might be.

“I think it’s another funeral to go to,” he said. “Every Saturday we have another funeral. It’s every week.”

Cops wouldn’t speculate if they believed the murder may be gang-related.

“It’s senseless and it’s tragic and it’s sad,” Jackson police spokesman Tyree Jones told the paper.



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Sinkhole opens up in Florida parking lot, swallows car


A sinkhole in Marion County swallowed a car, according to the Ocala Fire Department.

It opened up at around 6 p.m., on Saturday, in the parking lot of a Checkers restaurant in the Gateway Plaza, off of State Road 200.

Fire officials say the driver was still inside the car when the hole started opening up, but was able to get out safely.

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Investigators say the hole ruptured a gas line, but it was quickly repaired.

Read more from FOX 35 Orlando.



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STICKS AND STONES? Trump-style speech gets student DQ'd as class prez


A Florida high school student elected class president was disqualified and given detention after the principal accused him of harassing an opponent in a pre-election speech that invoked President Trump’s proposed border wall.

Vero Beach High School junior J.P. Krause told “Fox & Friends” Sunday that the disqualification and punishment were “completely outrageous.”

He said he got in trouble for an off-the-cuff speech he gave to an AP History class the day before the election in April.

In the 90-second speech, J.P. accused another candidate of representing a rival school and proposed that “we build a wall” between the two schools and have the other school pay for it. He also accused the rival of representing “Communist ideas.”

A classmate recorded it and posted it online. In the video students are heard laughing.

J.P. was disqualified after the election by Vero High Principal Shawn O’Keefe.

“Speeches must focus on reality and pertinent issues,” O’Keefe said in a statement. “The insulting language in this speech was of a nature that created a situation of public humiliation and therefore violated school district rules pertaining to harassment.”

J.P. says he wasn’t trying to harass anyone.

“I never thought the speech would ever evolve in what it has become, really,” he said on “Fox & Friends.” “It was completely a joke from the beginning and completely satirical.”

He shrugged when asked if the reason he got in trouble was because he sounded too much like Trump.

“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you, but it’s there,” he replied.

His mom told WPTV she wishes the situation could have been handled better.

Angela Krause said she worries the harassment charge could affect him when he applies to college.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong,” she said. “He was being silly. He’s 17.”

The station reported that J.P.’s plight caught the attention of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is now providing legal counsel for free.

The foundation sent a letter to the school district stating that the disqualification violated JP’s constitutional rights and requesting that he be declared class president, according to the station.

 



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Britney Spears virus


Britney Spears the pop icon may have come and gone, but Britney Spears the malware magnet is alive and well.

A group of Russian hackers — possibly working at the behest of the Russian government — has been distributing a malicious Firefox extension, which can draft compromised computers into a botnet. The twist: The command-and-control server pulling the strings of the infected machines is hidden in plain sight, right on Britney Spears’s Instagram page. Talk about being a Slave 4 U.

Information comes from WeLiveSecurity , a blog from Bratislava, Slovakia-based security firm ESET. The ESET researchers were looking into Turla, a Russian cyberespionage outfit that has been targeting governments and government officials all around the world for two decades.

Turla’s latest attack involves a shady Firefox extension called HTML Encoding 0.3.7, which ESET discovered on a compromised Swiss website. The website’s usual users, Turla reasoned, would download and install the innocuous-sounding extension, then become part of Turla’s botnet. At that point, Turla could leverage computers within the botnet to wreak further havoc, from stealing private information to launching denial-of-service attacks .

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Botnets through questionable browser extensions are a dime a dozen; what’s more interesting is how HTML Encoding 0.3.7 accesses its command-and-control server. Instead of using hyperlinks — which would give away the server’s location as soon as researchers discovered it — they hid it in plain sight, in a location that’s not only legitimate, but downright popular.

One photo on the official Britney Spears Instagram page shows the pop singer in a skimpy fishnet getup , striking an attractive pose. User asmith2155 commented, “#2hot make loved to her, uupss #Hot #X.” It’s not the most cogent comment, granted, but it’s not radically different from thousands of other half-coherent ramblings on other celebrity Instagram posts.

The comment isn’t as nonsensical as it seems, though. HTML Encoding 0.3.7 will bring users to Britney’s Instagram photo, then compute a unique hash value for each comment. If it finds a value that matches 183, it will convert the comment into a URL. The “#2hot” comment converts into a bit.ly link that takes users directly to the command-and-conquer server. From there, their computers are no longer fully their own.

There’s some good news for Britney Spears fans, though. First off, you have to download the compromised Firefox add-on before you’re at risk, and you’re not likely to do that unless Turla is actively targeting your government. (You’re also not likely to do it if you follow common sense safety protocols online.)

Furthermore, the C&C server’s website has only 17 recorded hits, suggesting that the Turla team may have just been running a test (or that no one fell for their Firefox extension). Here’s hoping they soon give up and leave Britney alone.

In other words, you can hit that Instagram one more time without cause for concern.



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Giant mystery hole on Mars


A giant hole on Mars has scientists baffled and some UFO researchers are theorizing it could be the work of extraterrestrials.

In a video obtained by conspiracy theorist Youtube channel SecureTeam 10, a deep depression in the surface of Mars has astronomers questioning what it is.

Tyler Glockner, who runs SecureTeam 10, said the hole is estimated to be hundreds of feet across. The rocky terrain of Mars — which like Earth, has polar ice caps — does not account for what the depression is, Glockner added.

The images come courtesy of NASA’s Mars reconassiance orbiter, which has been exploring the planet.

Below is the video in its entirety:

NASA has given several possibilities of what could have caused the hole, including meteorites, lava tubes, ancient floods and volcanoes. But conspiracy theorists have other ideas.

‘ALIEN TANK’ FOUND ON THE MOON, UFO HUNTERS SAY

Glockner said the hole shows artificial characteristics, noting that it looks as if it has been hollowed out. Glockner added that the hole could also be an entrance of an underground civilization.

SecureTeam 10, which has nearly 900,000 YouTube subscribers, often runs conspiracy theory-based videos. The organization describes itself as the “source for reporting the best in new UFO sighting news, info on the space cover-up, and the strange activity happening on and off of our planet.”



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Macron's party on course to dominate French parliament – UK's May tweaks Cabinet as critics sharpen knives


French President Emmanuel Macron’s party was on course Sunday to win a crushing parliamentary majority that will clear a path for his promised program of far-reaching reforms, according to projections from the first round of legislative elections marked by widespread voter apathy and another black eye for traditional parties that monopolized power for decades.

Pollsters’ projected that as many as one-third of votes went to Macron’s camp in the first stage of the two-part election — putting his candidates comfortably ahead of all opponents going into the decisive second round of voting next Sunday for the 577 seats in the lower-house National Assembly.

Macron’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe, confidently declared Sunday night that the second round vote would give the assembly a “new face.”

“France is back,” he said.

Pollsters estimated that 400 seats or more could end up in the hands of the Macron camp — and that the opposition in parliament would be fragmented as well as small. Macron’s rivals fretted that his majority will be so large that he’ll have a free hand to govern France almost unopposed for the duration of his five-year term.

The National Front of far-right leader Marine Le Pen looked unlikely to convert her strong showing in the presidential election into a large number of legislative seats. Pollsters projected it could have 10 or fewer legislators — more than the two it had in the last parliament, but not enough to make the National Front the major opposition force Le Pen was hoping for after she advanced for the first time to the presidential runoff that Macron won on May 7.

The party’s secretary general, Nicolas Bay, warned of Macron getting “a majority so big that he will have a sort of blank check for the next five years.”

The two mainstream parties on the left and right that dominated French politics for decades were again left licking their wounds, marginalized by the swing of voter support behind Macron’s political revolution.

The former banker and economics minister, who until now had never before held elected office, gambled correctly that voters were ready for something completely new: a movement occupying the political center ground, made up largely of new faces, many of them with no political experience at all. Half of his legislative candidates are women.

The record-low turnout, however, took some shine off the achievement for Macron’s Republic on the Move! — a fledgling party fighting its first-ever election and dedicated to providing France’s youngest-ever president with the legislative majority he needs to be effective and enact his promised labor reforms and other sweeping changes.

Voter rejection of old-style, established politics — already seen in the April-May two-round presidential vote that handed power to 39-year-old Macron — was again manifest in the legislative vote.

Pollsters projected a disastrous result Sunday for the Socialists that held power in the last parliament and that the conservative Republicans could end up with fewer than 130 seats. The conservatives had 215 seats in the outgoing parliament.

For the Socialists and their allies, the damage was even worse. They had 314 seats in the last election but could end up with as few as 20 seats — and possibly no more than 35 — in the new National Assembly, pollsters projected. Projecting seat-numbers is an imprecise science in the two-round system.

Socialist Party leader Jean Christophe Cambadelis said the record-low turnout was a “sign of immense democratic fatigue.” He, too, warned that Macron’s party could end up “almost without any real opposition.”

“We would have a National Assembly with real power of control and without democratic debate to speak of.”

Another sign of voters’ rejection of the political mainstream was that far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon was, with the Communist Party, projected to see his party win as many as 20 or so seats.

Voters said polls that had predicted a large majority for Macron’s camp likely dissuaded people from turning out. They also blamed the long election cycle, with party primaries that started last year before the two rounds of presidential and then legislative voting, for turning voters off.

“I’ve voted seven times in the last few months,” voter Jean-Luc Vialla said after casting his ballot in an eerily quiet voting station in Paris where voters came in a trickle. “And the result seems written in advance. It demotivated people.”



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The Ethnic Instability of Iran


Avoiding all political correctness, there are some ancestral reasons that Iran should have been easy to deal with.  However, the last administration coddled the mullahs in Iran and let opportunity fly away.  It may be too late to do anything about it right now; however, later on, after Iran is in pieces, there could be a basis for change.

Iranians (historically called Persians) are not Arabs.  Iran (Persia) was home to a  set of rather mighty empires, most notably the Achaemenid Empire, which fell to Alexander, then later on the Parthian and Sassanid Empires, which kept the Roman Empire at bay until Emperor Heraclius (Bzyantine/East Roman Empire) finally defeated them in A.D. 628.

To put it bluntly, and politically incorrectly, the Persians were not Semites, but Indo-Europeans.  To those unaware, Indo-Europeans are those peoples who came out of the Caucasus area, hence the term “Caucasian.”  Most moved west into Europe; a noticeable few went eastward into Iran, northern India, and Xingjiang, China (the Uyghurs).  Persians are essentially Europeans who went the wrong way.

To this day, ethnic Persians can pass easily for Mediterranean Greeks or Italians.  To further emphasize this, the Balkan Croatians claim descent from these Iranians.

According to a recent research, in the time before the great migration of nations (before the fall of the Western Roman Empire), two tribes of Iranian origin set out on a great adventure. Serbs and Croats were once tribes of Iranian origin[.]

Indeed, Iran’s national language is an Indo-European tongue: Farsi.  Farsi uses an Arabic alphabet, but the language is not Semitic – think of Yiddish, which is a Germanic/Slavic dialect that uses the Hebrew alphabet.  Likewise, Iranian is closer to English than Arabic.

So what happened?

The Byzantine (they called themselves Roman) and Sassanid Persian Empires fought a brutal decades-long war, which Byzantium finally won in A.D. 628.  Both empires were so weakened that they fell prey to Islam just a few years later.  Byzantium had some fight left and would take over 800 years to fall, but Persia was conquered in two decades by A.D. 651.

The Iranians have never forgotten this.  We all know that with Islam comes the sexual takeover of the female population.  Women are booty, and there is a degree of genetic drift, as children of mixed ethnicity arrive nine months after conquest.  Islam – which originated on the side of the Arabian peninsula adjacent to the African coast – must have necessarily brought in some African blood as well.  The ethnic makeup of Iran today is not what it was 1,400 years ago, pre-Islam.

To put it bluntly, if the Viking predations lightened the complexions of many European nations, Muslims invaders made them more swarthy.  The clearest example of this would be the Gaels versus the Galicians of Spain.  Galicia was once a temporary waystation of the Goidelic Celts, who, according to legend, then went from Spain to Ireland.  These Celts were once the same people.  Only in the 8th century, Ireland was hammered by the Vikings, while Spain was hammered by the Moors.  The Irish were lightened a bit, while their Galician cousins acquired a tan.  Thirteen hundred years later, the Galicians of Spain are sometimes a bit swarthier than the Irish, even though they take pride in their Celtic ancestry.  The same mechanism operated in Iran.

Iran’s core ethnic group is besieged, however.  Persians are only 61% of the population.  Ahmadinejad was not an ethnic Persian.  His mother claimed to be a descendant of Mohammed, indicating maternal Arab ancestry in part.  There was a very disputed rumor that he was part-Jewish on his father’s side.

A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.


A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.

Historically, the Persian ethnic core of Iran truly despises Arabs and has mixed feeling about the religion of Mohammed that the Arabs brought with their invasion.  It may be one reason why Iran almost singularly holds to Shi’a Islam.  If they were going to be forced to be Muslim, they would be damned if they were going to be standard Sunni; that was too Arabic for them.

[Iranian intellectual Sadek Zibakalam said,] “I think the majority of Iranians of all types hate Arabs, and I believe they hate us, too,” Sadek Zibakalam, who is also a professor at the University of Tehran, said in an interview with the Iranian weekly Sobh Azade. …


This hatred, Zibakalam argued, is not the product of the current hegemony conflict in the region, as many people might suspect, but has its roots in history.


“Persians will never forget their defeat at the hands of Arabs in the Battle of Qadisiya 1,400 years ago. It is as if a fire keeps seething under the ashes and is waiting for the right moment to explode,” he said.

To those who know history, this means that this Persian hatred stems back to the 7th-century invasion that brought Islam to them.  Iranian national identity is a contradiction.  How can they hate the Arabs who conquered them, yet love the Islam that the Arabs imposed on them?

This contradiction will not easily disappear. In fact, Iran is seeing a resurgence of Christianity.

Iranians have become the Muslim people most open to the gospel in the Middle East.


[M]ore Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together since Islam came to Iran. In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today, there are hundreds of thousands – some say more than 1 million.

Historically, the ancient Persians, such as Cyrus the Great, were friends of the Jews.  Cyrus issued an edict that the Jews were to return from the Babylonian captivity and rebuild their temple.  During the Byzantine-Sassanid War (A.D. 602-628), the Jews and Persians were allies against Christian Byzantines.  Anti-Semitism is not in Persian blood.  It is an Islamic import.  This also is a contradiction.

This may seem like the history of Mars to us Americans, but it is known to every true ethnic Persian.

Islam has a track record of destroying history wherever it goes, which suppresses outward expressions of the truth.  The psychological dissonance is untenable, and in a typical Islamic response, the mullahs of Iran have sought to erase Iran’s history, and thereby erase the contradiction, lest the people wake up.

The Islamic Republic has made no secret of its desire and intent to destroy any and all vestiges of Iranian heritage and national identity[.] …


[The Islamic Republic] has eliminated references to Iran’s ancient history in textbooks. All of this anti-Iranianism by the IR has provided much needed ammunition to those who question to whole idea of Iran as a nation, and has allowed those characters to label Persians as recent invaders of independent and sovereign nations, denying … the fact that this territory has been called “Iran” for the past 2500 years.

The 61% of the country that is true Persian knows better.   This historical tension is what the West should have exploited, and what the mullahs fear most.  The true Iranians (Persians) should be encouraged to assert a Persian ethnic identity in contradiction to the fantasies concocted by the mullahs.  And when ready, the West should encourage the Persians to divest themselves of Islam as nothing more than a noxious imperialistic Arabic import.

We in the West tend to divorce religion from politics.  In the Mideast, that will not work.  The Iranians should be encouraged to return to their roots, which, oddly, were Judeophilic and European until the Muslims invaded.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish in high school, lo those many decades ago.  He writes on the Arabs of South America at http://latinarabia.com. He also just started a website about small computers at http://minireplacement.com.

Avoiding all political correctness, there are some ancestral reasons that Iran should have been easy to deal with.  However, the last administration coddled the mullahs in Iran and let opportunity fly away.  It may be too late to do anything about it right now; however, later on, after Iran is in pieces, there could be a basis for change.

Iranians (historically called Persians) are not Arabs.  Iran (Persia) was home to a  set of rather mighty empires, most notably the Achaemenid Empire, which fell to Alexander, then later on the Parthian and Sassanid Empires, which kept the Roman Empire at bay until Emperor Heraclius (Bzyantine/East Roman Empire) finally defeated them in A.D. 628.

To put it bluntly, and politically incorrectly, the Persians were not Semites, but Indo-Europeans.  To those unaware, Indo-Europeans are those peoples who came out of the Caucasus area, hence the term “Caucasian.”  Most moved west into Europe; a noticeable few went eastward into Iran, northern India, and Xingjiang, China (the Uyghurs).  Persians are essentially Europeans who went the wrong way.

To this day, ethnic Persians can pass easily for Mediterranean Greeks or Italians.  To further emphasize this, the Balkan Croatians claim descent from these Iranians.

According to a recent research, in the time before the great migration of nations (before the fall of the Western Roman Empire), two tribes of Iranian origin set out on a great adventure. Serbs and Croats were once tribes of Iranian origin[.]

Indeed, Iran’s national language is an Indo-European tongue: Farsi.  Farsi uses an Arabic alphabet, but the language is not Semitic – think of Yiddish, which is a Germanic/Slavic dialect that uses the Hebrew alphabet.  Likewise, Iranian is closer to English than Arabic.

So what happened?

The Byzantine (they called themselves Roman) and Sassanid Persian Empires fought a brutal decades-long war, which Byzantium finally won in A.D. 628.  Both empires were so weakened that they fell prey to Islam just a few years later.  Byzantium had some fight left and would take over 800 years to fall, but Persia was conquered in two decades by A.D. 651.

The Iranians have never forgotten this.  We all know that with Islam comes the sexual takeover of the female population.  Women are booty, and there is a degree of genetic drift, as children of mixed ethnicity arrive nine months after conquest.  Islam – which originated on the side of the Arabian peninsula adjacent to the African coast – must have necessarily brought in some African blood as well.  The ethnic makeup of Iran today is not what it was 1,400 years ago, pre-Islam.

To put it bluntly, if the Viking predations lightened the complexions of many European nations, Muslims invaders made them more swarthy.  The clearest example of this would be the Gaels versus the Galicians of Spain.  Galicia was once a temporary waystation of the Goidelic Celts, who, according to legend, then went from Spain to Ireland.  These Celts were once the same people.  Only in the 8th century, Ireland was hammered by the Vikings, while Spain was hammered by the Moors.  The Irish were lightened a bit, while their Galician cousins acquired a tan.  Thirteen hundred years later, the Galicians of Spain are sometimes a bit swarthier than the Irish, even though they take pride in their Celtic ancestry.  The same mechanism operated in Iran.

Iran’s core ethnic group is besieged, however.  Persians are only 61% of the population.  Ahmadinejad was not an ethnic Persian.  His mother claimed to be a descendant of Mohammed, indicating maternal Arab ancestry in part.  There was a very disputed rumor that he was part-Jewish on his father’s side.

A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.


A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.

Historically, the Persian ethnic core of Iran truly despises Arabs and has mixed feeling about the religion of Mohammed that the Arabs brought with their invasion.  It may be one reason why Iran almost singularly holds to Shi’a Islam.  If they were going to be forced to be Muslim, they would be damned if they were going to be standard Sunni; that was too Arabic for them.

[Iranian intellectual Sadek Zibakalam said,] “I think the majority of Iranians of all types hate Arabs, and I believe they hate us, too,” Sadek Zibakalam, who is also a professor at the University of Tehran, said in an interview with the Iranian weekly Sobh Azade. …


This hatred, Zibakalam argued, is not the product of the current hegemony conflict in the region, as many people might suspect, but has its roots in history.


“Persians will never forget their defeat at the hands of Arabs in the Battle of Qadisiya 1,400 years ago. It is as if a fire keeps seething under the ashes and is waiting for the right moment to explode,” he said.

To those who know history, this means that this Persian hatred stems back to the 7th-century invasion that brought Islam to them.  Iranian national identity is a contradiction.  How can they hate the Arabs who conquered them, yet love the Islam that the Arabs imposed on them?

This contradiction will not easily disappear. In fact, Iran is seeing a resurgence of Christianity.

Iranians have become the Muslim people most open to the gospel in the Middle East.


[M]ore Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together since Islam came to Iran. In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today, there are hundreds of thousands – some say more than 1 million.

Historically, the ancient Persians, such as Cyrus the Great, were friends of the Jews.  Cyrus issued an edict that the Jews were to return from the Babylonian captivity and rebuild their temple.  During the Byzantine-Sassanid War (A.D. 602-628), the Jews and Persians were allies against Christian Byzantines.  Anti-Semitism is not in Persian blood.  It is an Islamic import.  This also is a contradiction.

This may seem like the history of Mars to us Americans, but it is known to every true ethnic Persian.

Islam has a track record of destroying history wherever it goes, which suppresses outward expressions of the truth.  The psychological dissonance is untenable, and in a typical Islamic response, the mullahs of Iran have sought to erase Iran’s history, and thereby erase the contradiction, lest the people wake up.

The Islamic Republic has made no secret of its desire and intent to destroy any and all vestiges of Iranian heritage and national identity[.] …


[The Islamic Republic] has eliminated references to Iran’s ancient history in textbooks. All of this anti-Iranianism by the IR has provided much needed ammunition to those who question to whole idea of Iran as a nation, and has allowed those characters to label Persians as recent invaders of independent and sovereign nations, denying … the fact that this territory has been called “Iran” for the past 2500 years.

The 61% of the country that is true Persian knows better.   This historical tension is what the West should have exploited, and what the mullahs fear most.  The true Iranians (Persians) should be encouraged to assert a Persian ethnic identity in contradiction to the fantasies concocted by the mullahs.  And when ready, the West should encourage the Persians to divest themselves of Islam as nothing more than a noxious imperialistic Arabic import.

We in the West tend to divorce religion from politics.  In the Mideast, that will not work.  The Iranians should be encouraged to return to their roots, which, oddly, were Judeophilic and European until the Muslims invaded.

Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish in high school, lo those many decades ago.  He writes on the Arabs of South America at http://latinarabia.com. He also just started a website about small computers at http://minireplacement.com.



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ET TU, NEW YORK? Trump-like character killed in 'Julius Caesar' play


Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” is a political thriller and the version now being performed by The Public Theater in Central Park doesn’t skimp on drama.

In this case, though, the drama isn’t about the plot, which was written some 400 years ago, but about the way Julius Caesar, an ancient Roman dictator, is depicted: in a business suit with an American flag pin, a long tie, and reddish-blond hair.

In Shakespeare’s story, Caesar is violently stabbed in the back by rival politicians, and the fact that this version’s Caesar bears a striking resemblance to President Trump is raising eyebrows.

“I don’t advocate violence on the president of the U.S. no matter what party they’re in,” said Pamela Sims, who was waiting in line for free tickets outside the Delacorte Theater.

“It’s just concerning we’re seeing more and more violent rhetoric towards our president in the form of the arts and Hollywood,” said Chris Caulfield, who is visiting from Texas. “We all need to take a deep breath and remember most of us are somewhere in the middle.”

Despite those opinions, the majority of people waiting in line for tickets to the play say they think the director should have creative license to tell the story as he pleases.

“If Trump is drawing parallels in history so be it,” said Amy Cohen, in line for tickets. “But this was here long before, Shakespeare is often done in different time frames, so I don’t find anything inappropriate about it.”

Sam Franco, also waiting, agreed. “Art is provocative, theater is provocative,” he said. “They’re meant to make us reflect and make us think, they’re not made to make us sit comfortably.”

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James Comey: The Cowering Inferno


Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday suggests that the first question to FBI director nominee Christopher Wray at his Senate confirmation hearing should be: “Are you currently going through menopause?”

Comey said he was confused, uneasy, troubled, concerned, shocked, very disturbed, and stunned during his conversations with President Trump.  The only missing menopausal symptoms are night sweats and weight gain.

Comey should have been sweating when he “woke up in the middle of the night” and decided to potentially violate federal law by using a close friend to leak contents of a government memo to a reporter at the New York Times, which Comey wrote while FBI director on an FBI computer while in an FBI car.

Comey’s bombshell – that he’s a leaker – came during questioning by Sen. Mark Warner:

I created records after conversations.  I think I did it after each of our nine conversations.  If I didn’t, I did it for nearly all of them, especially the ones that were substantive.

Much of the media reaction to Comey’s testimony, including some in the “fair and balanced” wing, began: “President Trump had a bad day.”

Really?  It’s like a headline announcing that a guy was spared from an 11th-hour execution that reads: “Condemned Missed Traditional Last Meal.”

Comey’s angry, self-serving opinion of President Trump as a liar is the swamp “gospel” of self-evident “truth” by much of the spinner class.  The real news – that Comey confirmed that Trump was never under investigation on Comey’s watch, never interfered with the Russian investigation, and didn’t order him to stop investigating Gen. Michael Flynn – is their “oh, yeah, by the way” subtext.

Comey admitted having “a queasy feeling” when he obeyed former attorney general Loretta Lynch’s order to downplay the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton.  She told him to call it a “matter,” just as Clinton was spinning it.

That’s the same Lynch who met with Bill Clinton in a plane on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport while his wife was under criminal investigation by Lynch’s DOJ.  Good thing for Lynch that Bill wasn’t the Russian ambassador.

Comey’s queasiness didn’t prompt him to memorialize Lynch’s instruction.  He told Sen. Tom Cotton that he didn’t record conversations or memos with the attorney general or any other senior member of the Obama administration.

Nor did Comey mention Lynch’s order in his infamous July 2016 statement recommending against indictment of Clinton:

Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.

Comey made it his job to decide that Clinton shouldn’t be charged with violating numerous federal laws after laying out the case for her indictment.  But he told the Senate committee it wasn’t his job to decide if Trump had obstructed justice.

Comey didn’t cave to “pressure” from Trump.  He didn’t obey what he now perceives as Trump’s “order” to drop the investigation of Gen. Flynn.  

Comey said he didn’t have the “presence of mind” to tell Trump it was inappropriate.  He said he was not strong, not “captain courageous.”  Wonder Woman in need of hormones, possibly.

Yet Comey never considered resigning or telling the White House counsel about his feelings about Trump’s “inappropriate” behavior.  He did tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump.

There’s a headline AARP should be hyping to seniors everywhere: “Giant Terrorist Tracker Cowered by 70-Year-Old.”

Comey said he leaked the contents of his record to the press because he “thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”  Contrast this with his stated desire not to instigate appointment of special counsel in the Clinton investigation.  He didn’t give it to Congress.  He wanted special counsel on Trump’s trail after admitting to the committee:

  • Trump was never under investigation on his watch.
  • It would have been legal to tell the public, as Trump had requested, that Trump wasn’t under investigation.
  • Trump told him that “if there are people in my circle that are, let’s finish the investigation.”
  • At the time of their conversation, he didn’t think that Trump had ordered him to “let [Gen. Michael] Flynn go.”
  • Post-firing, he now says it was an order – an order he didn’t obey.  That would be insubordination and grounds for firing.
  • No “individual working for this administration, including the Justice Department,” asked him to stop the Russian investigation.  And he didn’t.

This isn’t the first time Comey tried to oust a top Republican, according to Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist.  Davis quotes former attorney general Alberto Gonzales and others to counter Comey’s version of events that allegedly transpired in then-attorney general John Ashcroft’s hospital room in 2004.

In this account, Comey’s actions showcase a duplicitous, secretive schemer whose true loyalties were not to the officials to whom he reported, but to partisan Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Comey gave a riveting account of the 2004 incident in his 2007 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding President George W. Bush’s firing of U.S. attorneys – which, according to Davis, was orchestrated by none other than Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.):

Comey kept secret his pre-hearing planning with Schumer and his staff to maximize the fallout of the bomb he planned to drop on Gonzales and the Bush administration.

Chuck Schumer and James Comey scheming against Republican presidents?  

Jan LaRue is senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union.

Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday suggests that the first question to FBI director nominee Christopher Wray at his Senate confirmation hearing should be: “Are you currently going through menopause?”

Comey said he was confused, uneasy, troubled, concerned, shocked, very disturbed, and stunned during his conversations with President Trump.  The only missing menopausal symptoms are night sweats and weight gain.

Comey should have been sweating when he “woke up in the middle of the night” and decided to potentially violate federal law by using a close friend to leak contents of a government memo to a reporter at the New York Times, which Comey wrote while FBI director on an FBI computer while in an FBI car.

Comey’s bombshell – that he’s a leaker – came during questioning by Sen. Mark Warner:

I created records after conversations.  I think I did it after each of our nine conversations.  If I didn’t, I did it for nearly all of them, especially the ones that were substantive.

Much of the media reaction to Comey’s testimony, including some in the “fair and balanced” wing, began: “President Trump had a bad day.”

Really?  It’s like a headline announcing that a guy was spared from an 11th-hour execution that reads: “Condemned Missed Traditional Last Meal.”

Comey’s angry, self-serving opinion of President Trump as a liar is the swamp “gospel” of self-evident “truth” by much of the spinner class.  The real news – that Comey confirmed that Trump was never under investigation on Comey’s watch, never interfered with the Russian investigation, and didn’t order him to stop investigating Gen. Michael Flynn – is their “oh, yeah, by the way” subtext.

Comey admitted having “a queasy feeling” when he obeyed former attorney general Loretta Lynch’s order to downplay the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton.  She told him to call it a “matter,” just as Clinton was spinning it.

That’s the same Lynch who met with Bill Clinton in a plane on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport while his wife was under criminal investigation by Lynch’s DOJ.  Good thing for Lynch that Bill wasn’t the Russian ambassador.

Comey’s queasiness didn’t prompt him to memorialize Lynch’s instruction.  He told Sen. Tom Cotton that he didn’t record conversations or memos with the attorney general or any other senior member of the Obama administration.

Nor did Comey mention Lynch’s order in his infamous July 2016 statement recommending against indictment of Clinton:

Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.

Comey made it his job to decide that Clinton shouldn’t be charged with violating numerous federal laws after laying out the case for her indictment.  But he told the Senate committee it wasn’t his job to decide if Trump had obstructed justice.

Comey didn’t cave to “pressure” from Trump.  He didn’t obey what he now perceives as Trump’s “order” to drop the investigation of Gen. Flynn.  

Comey said he didn’t have the “presence of mind” to tell Trump it was inappropriate.  He said he was not strong, not “captain courageous.”  Wonder Woman in need of hormones, possibly.

Yet Comey never considered resigning or telling the White House counsel about his feelings about Trump’s “inappropriate” behavior.  He did tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump.

There’s a headline AARP should be hyping to seniors everywhere: “Giant Terrorist Tracker Cowered by 70-Year-Old.”

Comey said he leaked the contents of his record to the press because he “thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”  Contrast this with his stated desire not to instigate appointment of special counsel in the Clinton investigation.  He didn’t give it to Congress.  He wanted special counsel on Trump’s trail after admitting to the committee:

  • Trump was never under investigation on his watch.
  • It would have been legal to tell the public, as Trump had requested, that Trump wasn’t under investigation.
  • Trump told him that “if there are people in my circle that are, let’s finish the investigation.”
  • At the time of their conversation, he didn’t think that Trump had ordered him to “let [Gen. Michael] Flynn go.”
  • Post-firing, he now says it was an order – an order he didn’t obey.  That would be insubordination and grounds for firing.
  • No “individual working for this administration, including the Justice Department,” asked him to stop the Russian investigation.  And he didn’t.

This isn’t the first time Comey tried to oust a top Republican, according to Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist.  Davis quotes former attorney general Alberto Gonzales and others to counter Comey’s version of events that allegedly transpired in then-attorney general John Ashcroft’s hospital room in 2004.

In this account, Comey’s actions showcase a duplicitous, secretive schemer whose true loyalties were not to the officials to whom he reported, but to partisan Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Comey gave a riveting account of the 2004 incident in his 2007 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding President George W. Bush’s firing of U.S. attorneys – which, according to Davis, was orchestrated by none other than Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.):

Comey kept secret his pre-hearing planning with Schumer and his staff to maximize the fallout of the bomb he planned to drop on Gonzales and the Bush administration.

Chuck Schumer and James Comey scheming against Republican presidents?  

Jan LaRue is senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union.



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FACEBOOK BLASPHEMY? Man sentenced to death for insulting prophet in post


A 30-year-old Pakistani man has been sentenced to death by a counterterrorism court, following the conviction on charges he insulted the Prophet Muhammed and his wives on Facebook, officials said Sunday.

Taimoor Raza, who belongs to the minority Shia sect in the Sunni-dominant country, was arrested last year following an online argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counterterrorism agent.

Raza’s defense lawyer, Fida Hussain Rana, stated that his client was initially charged only for insulting remarks about other religious personalities, which carries a maximum two-year punishment, but charges of “derogatory acts against Prophet Muhammad” were later added to ensure the ultimate penalty during the trial in Bahawalpur, 300 miles south of Lahore.

It marks the country’s first ever death sentence in a case pertaining to social media, but as Raza’s trial was handled by the counterterrorism court, he is eligible to appeal the ruling in the High Court and then the Supreme Court.

However, human rights activists have expressed deep concerns that Raza’s case is the beginning of a wider social media crackdown that will continue, particularly because nobody is ever held accountable for making fictitious accusations.

Raza’s verdict comes at a time when officials are increasingly pounding down on blasphemy claims across the country. At least 15 Pakistanis are said to have been arrested by the counterterrorism department under the umbrella of blasphemy, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Four other people were sentenced to death for the crime in 2016 alone.

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Scores of others in Pakistan remain on death row for alleged blasphemy, including Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who remains in solitary confinement after being convicted in 2010 following a debate with two Muslim women in a Punjab village.

The notion of blasphemy is especially sensitive in Pakistan, often igniting violence and outcry even before cases have had the chance to be heard in the house of law. In April, 23-year-old student Mashal Khan was accosted by an angry mob accusing him of such a felony at the Abdul Wali Khan University in northwest Mardan. He was then stripped, beaten, shot and tossed to his death from the second floor.

Weeks later, a crowd attacked a mentally ill man vowing to be the prophet at a local mosque, and in May a 10-year-old boy was killed and five others injured after an upset clan launched an assault on a police station in a quest to lynch a Hindu man accused of posting a blasphemous image on social media.  



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