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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pentagon: Missile Fired At U.S. Navy Destroyer Off Yemen's Coast : The Two-Way : NPR

"The Pentagon says that a missile has been fired at U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason off the coast of Yemen — for the second time in four days.

"At least one missile" originated from Houthi-controlled territory near the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement to NPR's Tom Bowman.
"The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach the USS Mason," the statement reads. "There was no damage to the ship or its crew." He adds that the ship employed "defensive countermeasures," without elaborating."

Pentagon: Missile Fired At U.S. Navy Destroyer Off Yemen's Coast : The Two-Way : NPR

Monday, October 10, 2016

‘Apprentice’ producers have footage of Trump using N-word: claim - NY Daily News


"Producers of "The Apprentice," the reality show Donald Trump hosted for more than 10 years, are sitting on bombshell footage of the GOP nominee using the N-word, an Emmy-award winning producer claimed Sunday.

In a series of tweets Sunday, producer Chris Nee said she's heard such tapes exist of Trump using the obscenity but isn't in possession of the footage herself.
Nee, who didn’t work on “The Apprentice,” also hinted that she, and many others, had signed a contract with Mark Burnett, the lead producer of the show, that would make anyone who leaks such footage liable to pay a $5 million fine."

‘Apprentice’ producers have footage of Trump using N-word: claim - NY Daily News

Kenneth Thompson dead; Brooklyn DA, 50, had cancer, officials say | Newsday

"OMG, RIP  "Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who announced on Tuesday he was taking leave to deal with a cancer diagnosis, has died, according to a statement released Sunday by his office.

The statement said Thompson died Sunday of cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan with his family by his side. The statement did not specify the type of cancer Thomson had or who will replace him on an interim basis until the 2017 election."

Kenneth Thompson dead; Brooklyn DA, 50, had cancer, officials say | Newsday

Friday, October 07, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti dead reach 800 as south awaits aid - BBC News

"The UN has warned it could take days for the full impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to emerge, as the death toll soars to more than 800 dead.

The death toll has doubled, and may rise, as rescue teams gain access to southern areas cut off by the storm.

The World Food Programme's Carlos Veloso says some of the hard-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea.

Many of the deaths in Haiti were in the south-western coast, which suffered the full force of the hurricane this week."

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti dead reach 800 as south awaits aid - BBC News

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 - Would you want this sleazebag around your daughter? Would you want him as a role model for your sons? What about the phony evangelicals who support Trump? Would you want him as President? -The Washington Post

Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 - The Washington Post

Thursday, October 06, 2016

'Hanoi Hannah,' Whose Broadcasts Taunted And Entertained American GIs, Dies At 87 : The Two-Way : NPR

"One of North Vietnam's most recognizable wartime voices fell silent last Friday, when former radio broadcaster Trinh Thi Ngo, dubbed "Hanoi Hannah" by American service members, died at age 87."

'Hanoi Hannah,' Whose Broadcasts Taunted And Entertained American GIs, Dies At 87 : The Two-Way : NPR

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hillary Clinton hits Mike Pence with reminders of ... Mike Pence










"Much like his leader and Royal Whiteness Donald Trump, Republican VP nominee Mike Pence lied, squinted, lied and then lied some more. That’s been the method of operation for Republican nominee Donald Trump and his cronies during the entire campaign. As John Fulgelsang once alluded brilliantly and crudely about another Trump surrogate, the douche doesn’t fall far from the bag?” Tuesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate proved two things—Trump and Pence represent most everything that’s wrong in America, and they will say whatever they want to try and get elected." 


Hillary Clinton hits Mike Pence with reminders of ... Mike Pence: ""

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Gary Johnson Vows to Get Tough on East Korea, Dumb, dumb and dumber. - The New Yorker


















"NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In an appearance Friday on CNN, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Presidential nominee, promised that as President he would get tough on East Korea.

‘This behavior is unacceptable,’ he said. ‘The East Koreans are making us look like idiots.’

While stressing that he remained, for the most part, an isolationist, he said, ‘I will do everything in my power as President to support our allies in West Korea.’

He also blasted the Obama Administration for its ‘lack of transparency’ in conducting foreign policy. ‘I think it’s unconscionable that I just found out about these countries today,’ he said."

(Via.)  Gary Johnson Vows to Get Tough on East Korea - The New Yorker

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rarity of Tulsa Shooting: Female Officers Are Almost Never Involved - The New York Times









"But this time, the officer firing the deadly shot was a woman, a rarity in fatal police encounters.

‘That is an anomaly,’ said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a policy group. ‘One of things we know from our work on developing training is that the skills that women use in these situations — primarily communication and engaging with the person — are enormously effective in defusing potentially volatile encounters.’

Police officers kill about 1,000 people each year, according to data collected by Philip M. Stinson, an associate professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, who uses figures from the Justice Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only a handful of those shootings are by female officers.

Mr. Stinson’s analysis shows that since 2005, there have been 77 police officers charged with manslaughter or murder for an on-duty shooting. Only three of those, including Officer Shelby, were women. The other two were not convicted.

Beginning in the 1990s, police departments started recruiting women more aggressively as they sought to minimize the use of excessive force. There are now more than 100,000 female law enforcement officers in the nation, members of a group that has risen to the highest ranks in Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle and other big cities."

(Via.)   Rarity of Tulsa Shooting: Female Officers Are Almost Never Involved - The New York Times:

Hillary Clinton for President - The New York Times




















“The 2016 campaign has brought to the surface the despair and rage of poor and middle-class Americans who say their government has done little to ease the burdens that recession, technological change, foreign competition and war have heaped on their families.
Over 40 years in public life, Hillary Clinton has studied these forces and weighed responses to these problems. Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena…"

Hillary Clinton for President - The New York Times: ""

Sunday, September 04, 2016

G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putin a Jackass - The New Yorker


The press corps appeared stunned by the uncharacteristic outburst from Mr. Obama, who then unleashed a ten-minute tirade at the stone-faced Russian President.
‘Look, I’m not just talking about Snowden and Syria,’ Mr. Obama said. ‘What about Pussy Riot? What about your anti-gay laws? Total jackass moves, my friend.’
As Mr. Putin narrowed his eyes in frosty silence, Mr. Obama seemed to warm to his topic.
‘If you think I’m the only one who feels this way, you’re kidding yourself,’ Mr. Obama said, jabbing his finger in the direction of the Russian President’s face. ‘Ask Angela Merkel. Ask David Cameron. Ask the Turkish guy. Every last one of them thinks you’re a dick.’"
(Via.)  G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putin a Jackass - The New Yorker:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Racist? - The New York Times


















"HAS the party of Lincoln just nominated a racist to be president? We shouldn’t toss around such accusations lightly, so I’ve looked back over more than 40 years of Donald Trump’s career to see what the record says.
One early red flag arose in 1973, when President Richard Nixon’s Justice Department — not exactly the radicals of the day — sued Trump and his father, Fred Trump, for systematically discriminating against blacks in housing rentals.
I’ve waded through 1,021 pages of documents from that legal battle, and they are devastating. Donald Trump was then president of the family real estate firm, and the government amassed overwhelming evidence that the company had a policy of discriminating against blacks, including those serving in the military.
To prove the discrimination, blacks were repeatedly dispatched as testers to Trump apartment buildings to inquire about vacancies, and white testers were sent soon after. Repeatedly, the black person was told that nothing was available, while the white tester was shown apartments for immediate rental.
A former building superintendent working for the Trumps explained that he was told to code any application by a black person with the letter C, for colored, apparently so the office would know to reject it. A Trump rental agent said the Trumps wanted to rent only to “Jews and executives,” and discouraged renting to blacks.
Donald Trump furiously fought the civil rights suit in the courts and the media, but the Trumps eventually settled on terms that were widely regarded as a victory for the government. Three years later, the government sued the Trumps again, for continuing to discriminate.
In fairness, those suits date from long ago, and the discriminatory policies were probably put in place not by Donald Trump but by his father. Fred Trump appears to have been arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927; Woody Guthrie, who lived in a Trump property in the 1950s, lambasted Fred Trump in recently discovered papers for stirring racial hatred.
Yet even if Donald Trump inherited his firm’s discriminatory policies, he allied himself decisively in the 1970s housing battle against the civil rights movement.
Another revealing moment came in 1989, when New York City was convulsed by the “Central Park jogger” case, a rape and beating of a young white woman. Five black and Latino teenagers were arrested.
Trump stepped in, denounced Mayor Ed Koch’s call for peace and bought full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty. The five teenagers spent years in prison before being exonerated. In retrospect, they suffered a modern version of a lynching, and Trump played a part in whipping up the crowds.
As Trump moved into casinos, discrimination followed. In the 1980s, according to a former Trump casino worker, Kip Brown, who was quoted by The New Yorker: “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor. … They put us all in the back.”
In 1991, a book by John O’Donnell, who had been president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump as criticizing a black accountant and saying: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” O’Donnell wrote that for months afterward, Trump pressed him to fire the black accountant, until the man resigned of his own accord.
Trump eventually denied making those comments. But in 1997 in a Playboy interview, he conceded “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Boko Haram Leader Is Wounded in Airstrike, Nigeria's Military Says

"DAKAR, Senegal — The Nigerian military said on Tuesday that airstrikes had killed and wounded several top Boko Haram commanders in the Sambisa Forest in the country’s northeast, where militants have been hiding for months.

Among the wounded was Abubakar Shekau, who took the helm of the group after the death of its founder in 2009, according to Col. Sani Usman, a military spokesman. The military’s attack took place on Friday.

At least three other top commanders were killed in “the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid,” the military said in a news release."