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Jan 21 20:22

White House Releases Pictures Of Trump Laughing And Smiling During Government Shutdown

The White House released pictures of Trump and the White House staff laughing and smiling as millions of Americans are about be harmed by the Trump Shutdown.
Here are the pictures from The White House as provided to PoliticusUSA:
Trump tries to sell more hats, while on the phone:

Jan 21 20:19

'A perfect day for all women to march!' Trump risks the ire of thousands marching AGAINST him by telling them to 'get out there now' and CELEBRATE his achievements in his first year in office

President Trump weighed in on the Women's Marches across the country on Saturday afternoon with a tweet
Marches are underway in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia

Jan 21 20:17

EUGENE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL NOT REPLACE "IMMIGRANTS WELCOME" SIGNS

Signs that read "Immigrants Welcome" were torn down from River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School over winter break, and they will not be replaced.

Jan 21 20:13

Natalie Portman, Alfre Woodard, Olivia Munn and more bring Time's Up fire to Women's March in L.A.

Backstage at the Los Angeles Women’s March, near the steps of City Hall, a star-studded assembly of powerful Hollywood women including Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, Alfre Woodard, Olivia Munn, Natalie Portman and Viola Davis took turns delivering fiery political speeches to a crowd of 600,000 (according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Twitter feed).

Jan 21 19:42

Woman returns from vacation to find family of strangers living in her home

Katherine Lang of Beaufort, S.C., returned home after a 10-day vacation to make an unsettling discovery: A new family had moved into her home.

Jan 21 19:41

Service members punished for bringing women back to Panama hotel during Pence trip

Four U.S. service members who were removed from Vice President Mike Pence's communications team after bringing women back to their Panama hotel rooms in August have been punished.

Jan 21 18:16

Democrats chose ILLEGAL aliens over U.S. military personnel by letting govt. shut down

For days last week, top Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck #SchumerShutdown threatened to allow the government to shut down if they didn’t get their way: A “clean” piece of legislation that would legalize 1-3 million “Dreamers” who, for one reason or another, are in the United States illegally.

On Saturday at midnight, they made good on their threat: Most Democrats chose to allow government funding to expire after Republicans passed a one-month stopgap spending bill that would have kept the government open.

And kept U.S. troops at home and in war zones around the world paid. As it stands now, they won’t be getting paid, thanks to Democrats’ zeal and preference for people who are in our country illegally and who otherwise have no right to be (nor have they ever had a right to be).

Jan 21 12:59

Neoconning the Trump White House

Washington's well-funded web of interventionist elites is quietly populating the president's national security circle, again.

What has been less obvious, but has become much clearer in these last few months, is that other neoconservatives are quietly filling the vacuum left by Obama’s cadre of liberal interventionists. Many of them had taken a pass on “Never Trumping” publicly, and are now popping up at the elbows of top cabinet officials.

Jan 21 12:57

CONFIRMED | House Intel Will Hold Vote To Release FISA Report

Boom baby, the wheels are now in motion. The BIG UGLY is coming...

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Jan 21 12:53

NY Post Columnist Suggests Robert Mueller Is CURRENTLY Paying Fusion GPS To Investigate President Trump...

Katy bar the door, this would blow the doors off the Mueller probe...

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Jan 21 12:16

Joe Reginella’s Memorials to Disasters That Never Happened.

Most remember October 29th, 1929—also known as Black Tuesday—as the day when the New York stock market crashed. However, it was also the day when one of the most horrific tragedy involving human-animal conflict happened at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jan 21 12:13

LOU DOBBS IS PISSED OFF

Lou Dobbs is NOT happy abut the FISA memo delay and he loses it on air.

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Jan 21 12:09

That Is Both Healthy And 'Too Pretty To Eat'! Bento Box: The Traditional Japanese Lunch Box.

Bento Box: The Traditional Japanese Lunch Box That Is Both Healthy And 'Too Pretty To Eat'!

Jan 21 12:09

That Is Both Healthy And 'Too Pretty To Eat'! Bento Box: The Traditional Japanese Lunch Box.

Bento Box: The Traditional Japanese Lunch Box That Is Both Healthy And 'Too Pretty To Eat'!

Jan 21 12:06

Tignish, P.E.I., legion to issue apology for demanding Sikh man remove religious head covering

Two Sikh men say they were shocked Wednesday when one of them was ordered to remove his religious headdress by management at the Tignish branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Jaswinder Singh Dhaliwal said when he refused the demand for religious reasons the situation quickly spiraled out of control.

There were actually three people in the group that visited the legion that night, Sunnydeep Singh Pannu (Sunni) and Jaswinder, who are Sikhs, and Annemarie Blanchard, a Toronto native with family ties in Tignish.

Jan 21 11:44

Robert David Steele "Hawaii Intercepted a Real Missile"

Warning – Sh**Hole Alert – Hello Folks, I was asked to replay this Robert David Steele interview on our channel so here ya go.>>>

Jan 21 11:24

Six British soldiers become first all-female ski squad to traverse Antarctica.

Six British soldiers became the first all-female ski team, known as the Ice Maidens, to trek more than 1,000 miles over 62 days in Antarctica unaided.

A group of badass British soldiers made history Saturday by becoming the first all-female ski team to cross Antarctica unaided.

Jan 21 11:22

SCHUMER'S RIDICULOUS OFFER FOR THE WALL

Wait until you hear the RIDICULOUS number Schumer offered Trump for the wall...

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Jan 21 11:22

VP Mike Pence meets with Egypt’s president after delayed trip to Middle East over Jerusalem uproar.

Vice President Pence finally made it to the Middle East.

Pence met with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday during a twice delayed trip to the region.

The Veep initially meant to head to Egypt, Jordan and Israel and other countries in the area in December, but travel plans were scuttled after uproar following President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jan 21 11:09

Delta: Support and service animals are wreaking havoc in the sky

Service animals are meant to comfort their owners. But it appears they’re causing chaos on commercial flights.
In light of increased incidents on its aircrafts, Delta Air Lines announced new procedures and updated requirements for customers traveling with service and support animals. The company believes that some travelers have been trying (and succeeding in) to board flights pets under the guise of support animals.

Jan 21 11:09

Armageddon’s Crumbs: Apple Unveils $2500 Tax Reform Bonuses, Largest US Auto Dealer Beefs Up Benefits

May that bold-font fact be repeated endlessly ---

We’ll circle back to Apple’s “crumbs” (now I’m hungry) in a moment:

‘CRUMBS:’ IN ADDITION TO INJECTING $350B INTO US ECONOMY AND CREATING 20K+ NEW JOBS, APPLE ANNOUNCES $2500 BONUSES TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. THE CATACLYSMIC PARADE CONTINUES…HTTPS://WWW.BLOOMBERG.COM/NEWS/ARTICLES/2018-01-17/APPLE-IS-SAID-TO-GIVE-EMPLOYEES-2-500-BONUSES-AFTER-NEW-TAX-LAW …

Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law
APPLE INC. TOLD EMPLOYEES WEDNESDAY THAT IT’S ISSUING A BONUS OF $2,500 WORTH OF RESTRICTED STOCK UNITS, FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW U.S. TAX LAW, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH THE APPLE INC...

Jan 21 11:08

Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter's data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency.

Jan 21 11:05

HaHaHa, Sorry MSNBC, You Lose...

Fantastic hit from MSNBC this morning where educated Trump voters drop a truth bomb on liberal host. Boom, baby!

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Jan 21 10:57

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ATTACK AD ACCUSES DEMOCRATS OF 'COMPLICITY' IN MURDERS BY IMMIGRANTS

U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new attack ad tying Democrats to murders committed by illegal immigrants, hours into a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

Jan 21 10:56

Michael Wolff’s Trump Affair Clues Point To Nikki Haley, And We Hate This Story (Column)

Michael Wolff’s Trump Affair Clues Point to Nikki Haley, and We Hate This Story (Column)
“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff’s accusation that President Trump is currently having an affair set off online speculation Saturday about who the other party might be. Based on Wolff’s clues, it appears he’s making insinuations about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Jan 21 10:51

Tonya Harding's mother says her daughter has 'lied so much' in rare interview

Tonya Harding is having a moment right now. The movie “I, Tonya,” which is about Harding’s life and career, is garnering tons of awards buzz. It even won a Golden Globe on Sunday, for Allison Janney’s performance as Harding’s mother, LaVona “Sandy” Golden.

Jan 21 10:51

North Korea Plans to Defeat the U.S. Army in a War. Here's How.

North Korea seems to believe that it can win using the same tactics that Chinese troops successfully employed in the Korean War.
North Korea Plans to Defeat the U.S. Army in a War. Here's How.
Normal military doctrine says that an attacker should outnumber the defender by at least three to one at the point of attack.

Jan 21 10:50

Billionaire couple who were found hanging in their Toronto home were MURDERED by multiple killers and the wife may have put up a fight, private investigators conclude

Barry and Honey Sherman were believed to have died in a murder-suicide
The pair were found dead in the basement of their Toronto mansion last month
A PI found that both victims had their necks wrapped with leather belts
Those were then used to knot around a handrail running adjacent to the pool
The PIs also believe Honey struggled due to cuts on her lip and nose
The couple's children and neighbors suspect foul play

Jan 21 10:48

The Conservatives are enduring a crisis of identity and purpose. Not for the first time, the work of the great 18th-century philosopher, Edmund Burke, is seen as offering a path to the party’s reinvention.

Moore is referring, here, to an adapted phrase of Burke’s taken from his Reflections on the Revolution in France, which was published in 1790 when the Revolution was still in its moderate phase. It is in this work that Burke offers the reader his version of the social contract: ‘Society is a contract between the generations: a partnership between those who are living, those who have lived before us, and those who have yet to be born.’

Jan 21 10:46

Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Robert E. Lee, 29 May 1890, Richmond, Virginia.

The idea that the ancient Greeks were exemplars of rationality and logic, who worshipped ideas of perfection, beauty and honour, is an enduring one. As a result, many historians and writers, consciously or otherwise, have massaged the stories we tell about the past to fit that preconception.

Jan 21 10:39

RAW VIDEO | James O’Keefe Ambushed By Antifa Mob In NYC

ANTIFA crashed Mike Cernovich's‘Night For Freedom Party' last night, and O'Keefe was ambushed. The Violent Left strikes again. Here's the footage.

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Jan 21 10:38

Yes, Scarlett Johansson was calling out James Franco in her Women's March speech

Addressing the 500,000 Women’s March attendees gathered in downtown Los Angeles Saturday and even more onlookers livestreaming it at home, Scarlett Johansson began her speech with a pointed barb aimed squarely at James Franco.

Jan 21 10:35

Revealed: The subtle difference between all of the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle's photographs (but can YOU spot it?)

The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle are constantly photographed
However, there is one subtle difference in the way that they are snapped
While Kate never looks directly at the camera Meghan is known to address it

Jan 21 10:34

Malia Obama is spotted smiling and chatting with her posh British boyfriend who enjoys a cigarette in New York

foremer first daughter spotted enjoying company of beau Rory

the pair caught kissing at a Harvard yals football game in november

couple are the both 19 and met at lvy league school in cambridg,Massachusetts

Jan 21 10:33

Judge Interjects, Tells Jury That God Wants A Not Guilty Verdict

A Texas state judge says that God called on him to intervene and ask the jury to deliver a not guilty verdict in a sex trafficking case.
The Comal County Judge Jack Robison reportedly told jurors last week that when “God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it.”

Jan 21 10:33

12-Year-Old Boy With Flu-Like Symptoms Dies After Virus Test Comes Back Negative

A 12-year-old in Michigan died after exhibiting flu-like symptoms earlier this month.
Jessica Decent-Doll, of Sterling Heights, said her son, Michael Messenger, fell ill while eating dinner with his family on January 9., and began vomiting, The Times Herald reported.

Jan 21 10:32

DA: Captives' journals may hold 'powerful evidence,' girl who escaped showed 'courage'

The California siblings allegedly held captive and tortured by their parents kept journals that likely hold "powerful evidence" in the case, the district attorney said in an interview with ABC News. He also opened up about the "courage" of the teenage girl who made a daring escape from the home.

Jan 21 10:06

NVIDIA Tells Retailers To Sell To Gamers, Not Cryptominers As GPU Shortage Causes Extreme Price Gouging

There are many examples today of how PC gaming is flourishing better than ever. You only have to look towards the eSports market to understand how alive and well the ecosystem is. Games like PUBG are being played by the millions, and naturally, that's making many more want to explore the PC gaming world and the components of a killer gaming rig that are the tools of the trade.

Jan 21 10:05

‘I’m Very Disappointed’: Coffman On VA Hospital

After five years of delays and more than a billion dollars over budget, the VA Hospital finally has an opening date. But the new facility doesn’t have enough space, so that the old facility it was supposed to replace must remain open.

Jan 21 10:04

Mass. Sends Bump Stock Letter to Gun Owners With Looming Deadline

Gun owners in Massachusetts are being warned if they own bump stocks, they have two weeks to get rid of them.
The Massachusetts legislature voted last year to ban them and Feb. 1 is the deadline to comply or face criminal charges.

Jan 21 09:55

After A Year Of Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Migrants Living In Fear Are Using WhatsApp To Avoid Deportation

These days, when immigrants living on Long Island see a police checkpoint or immigration official, they all know about it.
While President Donald Trump was preparing to take the oath of office last January, immigrants were thinking ahead to what was to come: raids, deportations, roadside checkpoints, stakeouts, and — for a now-burgeoning group of people — constant uncertainty.

Jan 21 09:55

Make No Mistake, Trump's Government Shutdown Is About Racism

Lost in the shitstorm over “shithole” was another equally damning example of President Donald Trump’s blatant racism and sexism. It was an outward display of a mindset that in many ways has paved the way for the government shutdown we’re facing now.

Jan 21 09:51

Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'

A guest on Fox News defended white supremacists over undocumented immigrants on Thursday evening.
“The white supremacists are American citizens,” Mark Steyn, a regular guest on the network, told Tucker Carlson. “The illegal immigrants are people who shouldn’t be here.”

Jan 21 09:51

Here’s How a North Korean Nuclear Attack Could Ruin the U.S. Economy

The threat of a nuclear attack on American soil has many citizens scratching their heads in disbelief. Some are outraged or downright terrified. One certainty is that nuclear warfare is possible. Considering Kim Jong Un and President Trump continue to exchange heated threats, fear and paranoia have been cultivated among the American people.

Jan 21 09:10

Fox News host Shep Smith on the shutdown news: Trump and Republicans can't blame Democrats

A Fox News presenter has questioned how the Republicans, who are “in charge of everything”, could blame the Democrats for the US government shutdown, which began today as politicians failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies.

Jan 21 09:10

Why this man who barged in on his cheating wife could go to jail for 15 years

A husband caught his wife cheating, and now he’s facing up to 15 years in jail.
Sean Donis’s wife, Nancy Donis, 38, said she was going to dinner. Donis stayed behind to watch their 5-year-old son. When he couldn’t find his iPad, he turned on the Find My iPhone app to locate it.

Jan 21 09:05

Baltimore Fires Another Police Commissioner, After Record High Murder Rate

Besieged by the nation’s highest big-city murder rate, Baltimore named a new police commissioner for the third time in five years on Friday, with the mayor saying she was “impatient” for change. The surprise move came as the city struggles to control the violence that took the lives of almost 900 residents during the two-and-a-half-year tenure of the last chief, Kevin Davis, who was fired on Friday.

Jan 21 09:05

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

Jan 21 08:58

Turkish Warplanes Pound Kurds, Thousands of Syrian Rebels Bused to Border

Following up on a flurry of Friday artillery strikes against Kurdish forces in the Afrin District on northern Syria, Turkish warplanes carried out a large number of airstrikes against the small district, with at least 108 strikes reported, leaving the towns’ streets empty, and locals panicking.

Syria’s government complained Turkey hadn’t informed them of the attacks, adding that they “strongly condemn” Turkish aggression. Syria had threatened to target Turkish warplanes raiding their airspace, however, and there’s so far no sign of this happening.

Instead the US-backed Kurds are getting hammered from the air, and Turkey is now not only massing their own troops at the Afrin border, but has bused in thousands of Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels to attack the Kurds as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long this will be allowed to continue without US/Russian/Syrian military intervention.

And on the corporatized US "non-news", courtesy of American Presstitutes, the Turkish invasion of a sovereign country, Syria, is treated as though it wasn't happening at all!!

Jan 21 08:55

Disabled teen tortured in horrific 2.5 hour attack

Horrific footage has emerged of the moment a disabled teenage girl was tortured during a brutal attack by three girls.
Attackers lured the 17-year-old disabled girl to a picnic spot in Victoria on Monday morning before they smashed her head into a table and tortured her.

Jan 21 08:54

Christopher Columbus statues across the state splattered with red paint

A Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton's Chambersburg neighborhood has become at least the fourth of the explorer's likeness to be vandalized in New Jersey this week.
Lawmakers, officials and residents discussed the colonizer's place in American history on Columbus Day in October.

Jan 21 08:54

Armed Forces Network to show NFL conference title games despite government shutdown

United States military personnel stationed overseas will be able to watch Sunday’s NFL conference championship games, despite the ongoing government shutdown.

Jan 21 08:54

Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he ‘just didn’t show’

A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office had been let go from a job at a law firm because he repeatedly missed work, a partner at the firm said.

Jan 21 08:48

Russian forces re-deployed from Afrin after Turkey’s offensive - Russia’s Defense MinistryMore:http://tass.com/defense/986083

An operations group of the Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides and military police has been re-deployed from Syria’s Afrin to Tel Ajar after Turkey had launched its offensive, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said that "the command of the Russian military group in Syria has taken steps to provide security of the Russian servicemen, who had been stationed in Afrin canton, where the Turkish Armed Forces have mounted a ‘special operation’ against Kurdish units."

"The operations group of the center for reconciliation of warring sides and military police have been redeployed from the area of Afrin to the area of Tel Ajar in the Tel Rifaat de-confliction zone in order to avoid possible provocations and to ensure Russian servicemen’s lives and health are not exposed to risks," the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this may be a retreat, but it appears to be a tactical retreat only, to keep Russian soldiers safe, until Putin and Lavrov decide precisely how to approach this Turkish invasion of Northern Syria.

But in the genral theme of things, the optics here cannot appear as through Russia has "backed down" from assisting Syria militarily, or allow Turkey to appear militarily successful in this bombing campaign and invasion.

Jan 21 08:38

The OPEC deal may end in June

A couple of weeks ago, comments from the UAE’s energy minister spurred the oil price rally higher.
What the minister said — or rather, hinted — was that the oil production cut deal that OPEC agreed to at the end of 2016 with Russia could continue beyond its December 2018 deadline. The rise, however, may have been too high for OPEC and Russia’s liking.

In a market that runs on rumor and comments, prices were bound to jump higher after Suhail Al-Mazrouei’s comments and a string of bullish forecasts on oil demand. They are now apparently too high, and OPEC might be considering ending the deal at the June meeting of the so-called Vienna Club that includes Russia and the other countries that agreed to cap their oil production.

A growing number of commodity analysts are predicting that this is how events will unfold>>>

Jan 21 08:37

Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch ‘aims to bring 10,000 km2 of Afrin under control’

The Prime Ministry’s Office of Public Diplomacy has cited the reasons for Turkey’s military operation against Syria’s northern Afrin province in a 12-article note.

The note, titled “What Turkey aims to do with Afrin operation,” was posted on the office’s official Twitter account on Jan. 21. It cited the following reasons for the operation:

* To ensure the Turkey-supported Free Syrian Army (FSA) takes control of a 10,000-square kilometer area.

* Following on from the Euphrates Shield Operation and the operation in Idlib, to completely prevent the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from reaching the Eastern Mediterranean.

* To eliminate the possibility of losing Turkey’s geographical contact with the Arab world.

* To ensure the security of our borders with Syria.

* To prevent the infiltration of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the PKK into Turkey through the Amanos Mountains.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that last point: "To counter US support for a terrorist organization", and by that statement, Turkey is referring to all Kurds, not just the PKK.

And that 10,000 square kilometers to which the Turkish government refers, is nearly 3,900 square miles; not an insignificant hunk of Syrian real estate!

But as far as I can see this morning, there has been absolutely zero military response to the bombardment yesterday or invasion today of Syria by Turkey; not from the United States Government; not from Russia, and not from the Syrian military or government.

Jan 21 08:25

Turkey launches major land operation into YPG militants in Syria's Afrin

Turkey has begun a land operation on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), with troops entering Syrian soil at 11:05 a.m. on Jan. 21, Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m told a group of journalists.

“Our units have entered Afrin from two branches at 11:05 a.m. with the Free Syrian Army. This means the land operation has begun,” Y?ld?r?m said, speaking to the editors of Turkish news publications in a meeting held in Istanbul.

The operation, which came hours after a major air strike on the YPG on Jan. 20, will consist of four phases to create a safe zone with a 30-kilometer depth, he said.

The first phase would be aimed to form a secure zone on the Turkish borders between Azaz and Afrin. Following the first phase, Y?ld?r?m said, the "cleaning" would require an even more thorough work and "there was no need to rush."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Webcrawl on Faux News barely mentioned the Turkish bombing campaign in Afrin yesterday, and has certainly not mentioned the land invasion of northern Syria by Turkey today in any meaningful way.

From the time of the Ottoman Empire to the present,one skill set at which the Turkish government and military continues to be magnificently adept is genocide.

The Turkish Genocide of Armenians

When Yildirm made the observation that "There are around 8,000 to 10,000 terrorists in Afrin,", he is, hubristically, attempting to "groom" the rest of the world to be prepared for an horrifically overwhelming number of dead Kurds from this operation; women; infants; children; and the medically fragile elderly most likely will not be spared.

And what I want to know is, just how many US troops are embedded with these Kurdish troops in and around Afrin, and what happens when those US troops get shot and killed or maimed for life by Turkish forces?!?

Did the Turkish government covertly warn the US government that this was going to happen in time to get those US troops safely out of that area of Syria?!?

No one at the White House seems to be saying anything, and this... is a really bad sign for both innocent, non-combatant Kurds, and for our troops in that region of the world. I mean, a couple of months ago, wasn't the US government attempting to create an independent Kurdistan out of bits of Northern Syria?!?

Specter of Syrian Kurdistan: How US' Covert Plan is Taking Shape

And if this is, in fact was "the US plan" for the Kurdish people, why has President Trump done absolutely nothing to prevent, or at least, mitigate, Edrogan's invasion of Syria?!?

There are way too many questions, and not nearly enough intelligent answers.

Right now, I am praying for the Kurdish non-combatants in Afrin, and hoping for a way in which they can be evacuated to safety; but that would probably need Russian assistance from the Syrian side, and I don't see the presence of any Russian military yet in the region.

Jan 21 08:22

The 13 siblings held captive under horrifying conditions kept hundreds of journals

The 13 California siblings discovered Sunday held captive in deeply abusive conditions were permitted to keep journals, investigators have learned. In fact, authorities have found hundreds of journals in the California home where the malnourished children's parents, David and Louise Turpin, allegedly chained them to furniture, refused to let them outdoors, and gave them only one meal per day.

Jan 21 08:21

Christopher Columbus statues across the state splattered with red paint

A Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton's Chambersburg neighborhood has become at least the fourth of the explorer's likeness to be vandalized in New Jersey this week.

Jan 21 08:21

The 13 siblings held captive under horrifying conditions kept hundreds of journals

The children weren’t allowed to eat. They weren’t allowed to bathe.
They couldn’t play with toys that were kept in the closet, still packaged. They couldn’t go outside. They couldn’t escape.
Their depraved parents allowed them to do only one thing, prosecutors said.
They could write.

Jan 21 08:20

United Airlines saves 170,000 gallons of fuel by using lighter paper on inflight magazine

What difference can an ounce make on an airplane?
If you are United Airlines, with 4,500 flights a day, an ounce can add up. The Chicago-based carrier said it recently began printing its inflight magazine, Hemisphere, on lighter paper, cutting 1 ounce from each magazine. It now weighs 6.85 ounces.

Jan 21 08:04

Q Anon’s promises? Until .01% arrests for assassinating thousands, killing millions, harming billions, looting trillions, and FULL TRUTH, ‘We the People’ must continue ‘patient activism’

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Three quotes from Martin King, discussing the great gap between initial public recognition and final resolution of our greatest problems, 1968:

As elation and expectations died, (we) became more sharply aware that the goal of freedom was still distant. Our immediate plight was yet substantially an agony of deprivation.

‘If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin but he who causes the darkness.’ ~ Martin quoting Victor Hugo in that speech

I must admit I'm not totally optimistic. But I cannot accept defeat.

“Q Anon” promises truth, justice, victory over US .01% psychopathic criminals

To date, Q Anon has 566 public posts hinting at being a high-level government insider, and promising .01% arrests for ongoing crimes of the illegal US rogue state empire.

Jan 21 07:41

Suicides in Japan decline for 8th-straight year amid a stronger economy and improvements in counseling programs

The number of suicides in Japan dropped in 2017, marking the 8th-straight year of declines.

The National Police Agency says that 21,140 people in Japan committed suicide last year. That's down 3.5 percent from the previous year.

Jan 21 07:40

'We loot or we die of hunger': food shortages fuel unrest in Venezuela - As the country’s economic problems mount, towns and cities have been hit by an outbreak of looting and violence

Amid desperate food shortages Venezuelans are picking up new survival skills.
On the night of 9 January, for example, a hungry mob took just 30 minutes to pick clean a grocery store in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz. By the time owner Luis Felipe Anatael arrived at the bodega he’d opened five months earlier, the looters had hauled away everything from cold cuts to ketchup to the cash registers.

Jan 21 07:32

Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law

Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report.

Jan 21 07:31

United Airlines saves 170,000 gallons of fuel by using lighter paper on inflight magazine

What difference can an ounce make on an airplane?
If you are United Airlines, with 4,500 flights a day, an ounce can add up. The Chicago-based carrier said it recently began printing its inflight magazine, Hemisphere, on lighter paper, cutting 1 ounce from each magazine. It now weighs 6.85 ounces.

Jan 20 21:32

Gone in...7 years: How Nicolas Cage blew his $150m fortune by purchasing multiple houses, a 'haunted mansion', a dinosaur skull and the Shah of Iran's Lamborghini

Cage, 54, acquired a $150m fortune by starring in movies such as 'National Treasure' and 'Leaving Las Vegas'
At one point, the actor owned 15 homes including a $25million waterfront home in Newport Beach, California and a 'haunted' mansion in New Orleans
He's also purchased some extravagant items including shrunken heads, a dinosaur skull and the Shah of Iran's Lamborghini
After owing millions of dollars to the IRS, Cage is now worth about $25million

Jan 20 15:13

Military Deployed As Jamaica Officials Declare State Of Emergency

Foreigners are being asked by their respective governments to exercise extreme caution and stay within the perimeter of their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after a wave of out of control violence has overpowered local authorities. On Thursday, the country’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, declared the state of emergency in the St. James parish to “restore public safety,” and also thwart a mass exodus of international investment and tourism.

In response, the government deployed the Jamaica Defense Forces onto the city streets in what is described as a “major military operation.”

Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor, told CTV News Channel on Friday that authorities imposed a military lockdown of the area, following 335 homicides in 2017, and as reported by CTV that is “twice the tally of any other parish” in the country.

Jan 20 15:10

MATT GAETZ | ‘Mueller Probe Is A Total Sham!'

45 seconds of Matt Gaetz last night ripping Mueller.

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Jan 20 14:20

Petro-Islam: The Nexus between Oil and Terrorism

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All I am trying to suggest is that there are ways to persuade the Gulf’s petro-monarchies to implement democratic reforms and to desist from sponsoring Islamic extremism, provided we have just and upright international arbiters. As in the case of aforementioned Iran sanctions, sanctioning the Gulf states also seems plausible, however, there is a caveat: Iran is only a single oil-rich state which has 160 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and has the capacity to produce 5 million barrels per day (mbpd) of crude oil.

If anything, the Gulf’s petro-monarchies have ‘sanctioned’ the Western powers in the past by imposing the oil embargo in 1973 after the Arab-Israel war. The 1973 Arab oil embargo against the West lasted only for a short span of six months during which the price of oil quadrupled. But Washington became so paranoid after the embargo that it put in place a ban on the export of crude oil outside the US borders — which is still in place — and began keeping 60 days stock of reserve fuel for strategic and military needs.

Therefore, though enforcing economic sanctions on the Gulf states to implement democratic reforms sounds like a good idea on paper, but the relationship between the Gulf’s petro-monarchies and the industrialized world is that of a consumer-supplier relationship. The Gulf states are the suppliers of energy and the industrialized world is its consumer, hence the Western powers cannot sanction their energy suppliers and largest investors.

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Jan 20 13:34

Scott Adams: How to Make Your Opponents Try (and fail) to Prove a Negative

Sometimes you can prove an alleged event did happen, but you generally can’t prove something did not happen. For example, if police have clear video footage of a crime in progress, several direct witnesses, and DNA evidence too, you can say they proved the defendant did the crime. But if your neighbor says an angel visited him in his bedroom at night, and there were no witnesses or physical traces left behind, you can’t prove it didn’t happen. All you can say for sure is that you don’t have any evidence of it happening.

So if you want to drive a political opponent crazy, allege that he or she did something evil, provide no direct evidence, and force them to do the impossible: Prove it didn’t happen.

Jan 20 12:12

Catherine Herridge Interviews Russian Lawyer From Trump Tower Meeting; She Calls Dossier ‘Pure Garbage’…

Rare interview. Excellent work from Catherine Herridge...

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Jan 20 12:09

Baby delivered on flight from Paris to N.Y.

"I was pretty tired from jet lag," Dr. Hemal recalled in a post on Cleveland Clinic's website. "I thought I'd just have a drink and fall asleep. As it turned out, I'm glad I didn't drink anything."

Jan 20 12:02

A Sushi Lover Pulled a 5-Foot Tapeworm Out of His Body

A patient at Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center recently came to Dr. Kenny Banh, an emergency medicine doctor, complaining of bloody diarrhea and asking to be treated for tapeworms, Banh recalled on the latest episode of the podcast. Banh said he was skeptical of the man’s self-diagnosis — until he produced some startling evidence.“Next to him, he’s got this little grocery bag,” Banh recounted on the podcast.

Jan 20 12:01

Doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring

A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.

Jan 20 11:31

Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

The mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.
“This is not a reflection of how she was raised,” Jill Barbera, mother of Harley Barber, 19, told NJ.com on Thursday. “She’s just degrading herself and it breaks my heart. I hope someone can look at this and learn. I don’t want anyone to feel what I feel.

Jan 20 11:28

13 captive siblings forced to shower once a year, strangled, subject to frequent beatings: Prosecutor

Prosecutors revealed grisly details in a press conference Thursday about the captive siblings case out of California.-- The brothers and sisters were subject to repeated beatings, including strangulation, and were punished by being chained up, often for weeks or months at a time, prosecutors said.-- The victims weren't released from their chains even to go to the bathroom and were only allowed to shower once a year, according to prosecutors.-- The children were rescued Sunday after a 17-year-old escaped and alerted authorities to what was happening.-- Prosecutors said the teen plotted the escape for more than two years.

Jan 20 11:23

DESANTIS | Now We Know Why Rosenstein Fought Tooth And Nail To Cover Up FISA Documents...

This doesn't look good for Rod Rosenstein...

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Jan 20 11:00

An Obese 12-Year-Old Girl Could Be Taken From Her Mother's Care After A Doctor Raised Concerns About Her Health

An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken from the care of her mother after a doctor raised concerns about her health.
Council social services bosses have begun family court litigation and a judge is expected to make decisions in the near future.

Jan 20 11:00

State Trooper Charged With DUI After Falling Asleep At Wheel: Police

A Connecticut state trooper was charged with a DUI after police said he fell asleep at the wheel in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
State police said they were responding to a loud noise complaint in the area of Riverwalk Drive in the Town of Brooklyn on New Year's Day just before 2 a.m.

Jan 20 10:45

‘California Is Now Challenging The Integrity of The Union’…

This is pretty shocking stuff.

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Jan 20 10:30

Twitter to tell 677,775 people they interacted with Kremlin-linked trolls

Twitter will inform nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. that they either followed a Kremlin-linked troll account, or retweeted or liked a tweet sent by one of the accounts, the social media company said Friday.

Jan 20 10:29

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

An eleventh-hour effort to stave off the shutdown for four weeks appeared to fall well short in the Senate, and lawmakers preemptively traded blame as the midnight deadline neared.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction.

Jan 20 10:27

Overdose Killed Tom Petty | Check Out The Cocktail of Opiates

Here's the stunning list of drugs in Tom Petty's system when he died.

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