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  • Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill '90% of all Americans'

    10/12/2017 3:57:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 238 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    Congress was warned Thursday that North Korea is capable of attacking the U.S. today with a nuclear EMP bomb that could indefinitely shut down the electric power grid and kill 90 percent of "all Americans" within a year. At a House hearing, experts said that North Korea could easily employ the "doomsday scenario" to turn parts of the U.S. to ashes. In calling on the Pentagon and President Trump to move quickly to protect the grid, the experts testified that an explosion of a high-altitude nuclear bomb delivered by a missile or satellite "could be to shut down the U.S....
  • Fourth Baltimore police detective pleads guilty in federal racketeering case [Momodu Gondo]

    10/12/2017 3:57:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10/12/17 | Tim Prudente
    Baltimore Police Det. Momodu Gondo on Thursday became the fourth city officer to admit to robbing and extorting citizens, billing for overtime hours he didn’t work and falsifying reports to conceal his crimes — all part of a growing scandal that has ensnared eight officers and toppled the city’s elite gun unit. Unlike the three officers before him, Gondo, 34, also pleaded guilty to helping protect a North Baltimore heroin ring, one that police said was responsible for more than 60 fatal and nonfatal overdoses. With his guilty pleas to both racketeering and drug conspiracy, Gondo faces as much as...
  • San Francisco Bishop: God Is 'Mocked in Our Very Streets,' The 'Vulgar and Blasphemous' Celebrated

    10/12/2017 3:53:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/12/17 | Michael W. Chapman
    In his sermon on Oct. 7, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said the horrors of the last 100 years -- world wars, genocide, religious persecution, abortion, sexual immorality -- are in many ways "a living reflection of Hell" and a "mocking of God." He added that this mockery is even evident in the streets of San Francisco where gay "pride" parades occur and the "exaltation of the vulgar and blasphemous" occurs.   Archbishop Cordileone was appointed to his position as head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. In addition to his duties there,...
  • 25th Amendment? It’s the Left That’s Gone Insane — The President Is Relaxed and Happy

    10/12/2017 3:52:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: There’s something I have to observe as a setup. I don’t know if you people have seen this or not. I’ve seen it twice now. Two different stories, one of them from a supposedly conservative columnist who never was and is now demonstrated that she isn’t. That would be Jennifer Rubin. People are beginning to invoke perhaps, they say, the necessity of the 25th Amendment. Do you know what the 25th Amendment is? The 25th Amendment basically is the cabinet gets together and votes on whether or not the president is competent to serve, and if not, they vote...
  • Rose McGowan Torches Jeff Bezos on Twitter: ‘Stop Funding Rapists, Alleged Pedos(trunc)

    10/12/2017 3:48:48 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-12-17breitbart | Bokhari
    Actress Rose McGowan, one of the most vocal figures condemning disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual harassment, has turned her ire toward Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. The actress, who was briefly suspended from Twitter yesterday evening, accused Bezos of “funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers” in a furious tweestorm. She also claimed to have told the head of Amazon’s studio that Weinstein had rap
  • Here’s what Norway’s new budget means

    10/12/2017 3:47:28 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 4 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 10/12/17 | NA
    Norway’s government presented its proposal for the 2018 budget on Thursday, with finance minister Siv Jensen presenting the priorities of the current Conservative-Progress coalition government to the Stortinget parliament.
  • Disney-ABC TV Begins Layoffs, Restructuring

    10/12/2017 3:44:19 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 29 replies
    Variety ^ | 10/12/17 | Daniel Holloway
    Disney/ABC Television Group has begun laying off employees, part of a long-anticipated restructuring and reallocation of resources at the Walt Disney Company’s non-sports broadcast and cable television arm. A source tells Variety that the company began notifying affected employees Thursday morning. The volume of employees impacted is said to be significantly lower than the 10% workforce cut that had been speculated when news broke of the layoff plan six weeks ago. Cuts are impacting all the group’s entertainment units, including ABC Entertainment ABC Studios, Disney Channel, DisneyXD, Disney Junior, and Freeform — but impact is expected to be minimal on...
  • Kim Jong-un’s estranged nephew [Kim Han-sol] tired of life on the run: report

    10/12/2017 3:37:14 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | Published : Oct 10, 2017 Updated : Oct 11, 2017 | By Jung Min-kyung
    Kim Jong-un’s 21-year-old nephew has been expressing increasing frustration of his life on-the-run and has begun to develop a habit of daytime drinking, media here reported Tuesday. “According to various sources, Kim Han-sol is under ‘iron-like’ protection at his mother’s house. This keeps him safe, but also makes him frustrated at the same time,” TV Chosun, a media outlet here said Monday. A video released online in March features a man claiming to be Kim Han-sol (Yonhap) “He has been telling the people around him that he is glad that his family is safe, but the protection program is suffocating....
  • With Stroke of a Pen, Trump Takes First Substantial Slice Out of Obamacare

    10/12/2017 3:28:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush ^ | October 12, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Something dramatic, crucial, and extraordinary has just happened, ladies and gentlemen. It just happened mere moments before this program began. The timing certainly not coincidental. It happened at the White House. It involved the president of the United States and a pen. And what happened was a first serious slice taken out of Obamacare. Despite Senator John McCain’s best efforts to thwart President Trump and preserve this boondoggle, the president’s triumphs here at this stage. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So let’s go to the audio sound bites, you tell me what you hear. This is the signing ceremony today, executive...
  • Trump Expected Not to Certify Iran Compliance With Nuclear Pact

    10/12/2017 3:16:48 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 12, 2017 | Felicia Schwartz
    President Donald Trump is expected to announce Friday that he won’t certify that Iran is complying with the 2015 international nuclear agreement and will take Tehran to task more broadly for practices ranging from missile tests to support of violent groups, U.S. officials said. The refusal to certify Iran’s compliance doesn’t mean the U.S. will pull out of the deal, the officials added, and Mr. Trump isn’t expected to ask Congress to re-impose economic sanctions that had been lifted as part of the agreement. But it could send the U.S. down a road of trying to change a deal that...
  • Christian Kern most competent, Sebastian Kurz favorite

    10/12/2017 3:14:20 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 2 replies
    GMX (Austria) ^ | 10/12/17 | Stephan Scoppetta
    In a recent survey of exclusively for GMX, Sebastian Kurz and his center-right Austrian People's Party and Heinz-Christian Strache and his populist-right Austrian Freedom Party are found to be in a tight race for first.
  • Murder charge dropped for [illegal] teen who beheaded mother because he ‘felt like it’

    10/12/2017 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Hadean · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Oct. 12, 2017 | Minyvonne Burke
    A North Carolina teen who decapitated his mother and then walked outside carrying her head had murder charges against him dropped. Authorities dismissed the charge on Wednesday saying Oliver Funes-Machada isn't mentally competent to stand trial. "Specifically, could he appreciate the charges against him and participate in his defense," District Attorney Michael D. Waters said in a statement to WRAL. "The mental health professionals there determined he could not at this time." Funes-Machada, 19, was ordered by a judge to be committed to a state psychiatric hospital. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement previously said Funes-Machada, from Honduras, was in the...
  • Tennessee Titans Player Says He’ll Quit The NFL If Forced To Stand For The Anthem

    10/12/2017 3:06:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 173 replies
    Smokeroom ^ | 10/12/17 | David Hookstead
    Tennessee Titans player Rishard Matthews tweeted Thursday that he’ll quit the NFL if the league implements a rule forcing players to stand during the anthem.“No I will be done playing football,” Matthews tweeted and ultimately deleted when asked if he would be willing to face punishment for not standing if a new rule is implemented.This is a very dumb tweet, for multiple reasons. Matthews is forcing himself into a corner. What will he do if a new rule is passed, and the Titans call his bluff? He’s going to be out of a job that pays millions simply because he...
  • Oklahoma jury recommends the death penalty in beheading case

    10/12/2017 3:01:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/17 | AP
    A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014. Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Jurors agreed on Oct. 2 that Nolen should serve three life sentences plus 130 years in prison on assault and battery charges stemming from his attack on the co-worker who survived. Jurors took less than three hours Thursday to recommend the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge.
  • Here’s What “Indigenous Peoples” Did to People They Didn’t Like… It’s Graphic

    10/12/2017 2:58:32 PM PDT · by plain talk · 90 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | October 9, 2017 | Ben Marquis
    The indigenous peoples who populated the New World prior to the arrival of Europeans were arguably even worse than the hated white men who eventually conquered them, in terms of civility and wanton violence toward their enemies. Indeed, far from things like slavery and genocide being introduced to the continent by Columbus and his successors, such acts of atrocity were already occurring widely among the various warring tribes of natives, who routinely enslaved, tortured, ritualistically slaughtered and even feasted upon their defeated enemies. That’s right — many indigenous peoples practiced cannibalism upon those they had conquered and oppressed. Is that...
  • The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

    10/12/2017 2:38:39 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 23 replies
    US Department of State ^ | October 12, 2017 | US State Department
    Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO. The United States indicated to the Director General its desire to remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state in order to contribute U.S. views, perspectives...
  • FEC Commissioner Uses Russian Meddling As Excuse To Restrict Internet Speech

    10/12/2017 2:33:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Oct 12, 2017 | David Warrington
    Anti-free speech liberals have long sought to regulate and restrict Americans’ freedom of speech on the Internet. Now, their longtime champion, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, has found her latest excuse to restrict American citizens’ free speech on their own websites, blogs, YouTube, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Speaking about Russian meddling in the last election at a recent meeting of the FEC (at minute 10:55), Weintraub stated: If you’re interested I’m happy to talk about it but I’m not here proposing that we reopen the entire Internet rulemaking from 2006. I think that’s something we might want...
  • Sonoma County officials opted not to send mass alert on deadly fire

    10/12/2017 2:29:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    S F Chronicle ^ | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017 | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017
    In the early hours of the blaze, officials at the Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department discussed sending something similar to an Amber Alert to cell phones in the area, but chose not to since it would have gone to tens of thousands of people not in immediate danger. The type of warning, called a Wireless Emergency Alert, can only target phones in large geographic areas, according to Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Zachary Hamill, who made the decision not to send the wireless alert together with the county’s emergency manager, Christopher Helgren. “If I had done...
  • Emma Thompson Thinks There Are Many More Harvey Weinsteins In Hollywood

    10/12/2017 2:29:04 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | Cole Delbyck
    Emma Thompson is joining a chorus of famous actresses condemning Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the many allegations of sexual assault and harassment leveled against him. Thompson, who starred in a handful of films produced by Weinstein’s company, including 2008′s “Brideshead Revisited,” said she had no previous knowledge of his actions, but is not entirely surprised. “I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all and they’re endemic to the system anyway,” Thompson told BBC Newsnight. “What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg.”...
  • Trump’s Attacks On The First Amendment Don’t Remotely Compare To Bush’s (Or Obama’s)

    10/12/2017 2:19:06 PM PDT · by be-baw · 33 replies ^ | October 12, 2017 | Colin Kalmbacher
    President Donald Trump is triggering liberals and would-be warriors running the Hashtag Resistance grift. He’s obliquely floated the idea of using the IRS as a political tool against the National Football League because black athletes won’t give in to his bullying. He’s successfully cajoled ESPN into chastising and censoring Jemele Hill. His ranting has emboldened Jerry Jones into keeping his players upright for the national anthem–and the rest of the NFL may follow suit. *snip* But enough about Trump’s verbal barrages. His attacks only work because his enemies are cowards, stupid, or pretending. Oftentimes those attacks are the smooth-brained ravings...