May everyone at risk remain safe.
Via Fox New:
A storm system dropped record amounts of rainfall across the southern Plains Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes, destroying homes, and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
Two people were confirmed dead in Oklahoma. where a firefighter was swept to his death while trying to rescue people from high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a traffic-related crash. In Texas, a man’s body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said.
In Wimberley, Texas, southwest of Austin, eight people were reported missing, including three children, according to KXAN.
Actually, Obama has no will or strategy.
The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.
The comments by Gen. c the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before.
It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries amid negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program.
The report in the daily newspaper Javan, which is seen as close to the Guard, quoted Soleimani as saying the U.S. didn’t do a “damn thing” to stop the extremists’ advance on Ramadi.
“Does it mean anything else than being an accomplice in the plot?” he reportedly asked, later saying the U.S. showed “no will” in fighting the Islamic State group.
Soleimani said Iran and its allies are the only forces that can deal with Islamic State group,
“Today, there is nobody in confrontation with (the Islamic State group) except the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as nations who are next to Iran or supported by Iran,” he said.
Parked unoccupied vehicles in DC are considered suspicious.
A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle’s owner was found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.
Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press that Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday.
“Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected,” Schneider said, adding a Capitol Police bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was deemed “suspicious in nature.”
Authorities have noted that pressure cookers have been used in the past to create explosive devices. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded in April 2013 when two pressure-cooker bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Schneider said the bomb squad destroyed “items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker” Sunday around 7:45 p.m. after temporarily closing off the area on the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. She did not immediately identify the other items but said only that “this safe disruption produced a loud bang.”
Schneider also said a follow-up search of the vehicle found nothing hazardous. Her email said the suspicious vehicle was investigated during a concert in Washington though it was unclear how many people were nearby at the time.
The vehicle’s owner was found and identified as Israel Shimeles of the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, Schneider said. Shimeles was arrested and charged with “operating after revocation,” Schneider said. Schneider didn’t elaborate on the charge. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.
Potential Hillary Clinton Vice President Selection Julian Castro: Clinton Email Scandal A ‘Witch Hunt’…
The witch has only released some 300 pages.
Julian Castro labeled the House Republican-led investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “witch hunt” and a “sideshow” from dealing with America’s most pressing problems.
The Housing and Urban Development secretary accused GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of “very intentionally trying to manipulate this witch hunt to play politics.”
“That’s unfortunate and it’s one of the reasons Congress has a 19 percent approval rating,” Castro told CNN’s Jim Acosta Sunday on “State of the Union.”
A trove of Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state were released Friday by the State Department. A House panel investigating the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, led by Gowdy, has pushed for more State Department emails to be released.
Castro, 40-year-old former San Antonio mayor who emerged on the national scene with a 2012 speech at the Democratic National Committee, was tapped as Obama’s top housing official in 2014. That job, some Democrats have suggested, could be a springboard to a broader role.
Now that’s Joy!
92-year-old Air Transport Auxiliary veteran Joy Lofthouse returns to the skies in a Spitfire 70 years on from the end of World War 2.
Seven decades after her last flight in the iconic plane, Joy described the experience as “lovely: it was perfect”, making her feel “quite young.” The ATA made an enormous contribution to the war effort by taking over from service pilots the task of ferrying Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons.
Most normal politicians give at least some nod to the fact that one should have respect for the due process involved. Fudge? Doesn’t even bother, doesn’t matter to her…
Via The Hill:
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is criticizing a judge’s decision to acquit a Cleveland police officer in a 2012 police shooting case involving an unarmed black couple, calling officers’ actions “extreme, excessive, and unnecessary.”
“The decision of Judge John P. O’Donnell to acquit Officer Michael Brelo is a stunning setback on the road to justice for Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and the people of Cleveland,” Fudge said in a statement. “The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Cleveland Police Department and the community it serves. Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value.”
Just a couple of steps ahead of Obama…
Via Fox News:
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in the country and shut them down.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an “ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society.”
The law is part of a campaign to stifle the dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012. His return to the presidency had been accompanied by mass street protests that Putin accused the U.S. of fomenting. Russia suspects of Western intentions have been further heightened because of tensions over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.
He wouldn’t make the cut for turtle herding.
Via Vancouver Sun
A novice rider is suing a rodeo company in Vernon over a bull named Slow Poke that he alleges failed to live up to its name and caused him serious injury.
Kyle Warman says he began beginner bull-riding lessons at Coyote Creek Rodeo in July 2013 and was bucked off by Slow Poke during his second class.
Warman alleges that the facility failed to train him before putting him on Slow Poke and claims he was told the bull was compatible with inexperienced riders.
A notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops accuses Coyote Creek Rodeo and its two owners – Ted and Wade Marchand – of negligence resulting in serious injury.
Warman claims he has suffered physical and mental issues which include a concussion, cognitive injuries, anxiety, headaches, a broken wrist, an injured neck and depression.
The company has not filed a statement of defence and none of the allegations has been proven in court.
Warman is seeking damages and health-care costs.
“Contrary to representation, Slow Poke was violent,” his claim reads.
Via Weekly Standard:
Among the emails released by the State Department today was one sent by Hillary Clinton to Jake Sullivan on April 8, 2011. Clinton was forwarding a private intelligence report that Sidney Blumenthal had sent her with the subject line: “UK game playing; new rebel strategists; Egypt moves in.”
In the State Department release today, Clinton responds with “FYI” and a sentence that is redacted.
But the New York Times posted its versions of the emails earlier this week and the sentence is not redacted. In the Times’s version the redacted sentence reads: “FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”
The redaction in the State Department version is labeled a “B5″ Freedom of Information Act exception, which provides for a “deliberative privilege” in keeping the information from the public.
The obvious question: Why did the State Department redact that sentence?
Let me offer an obvious suggestion. We had ‘private security experts’ operating in Benghazi at the behest of the government, who many have supposed were helping to arm the opposition. If one saw that sentence in the email, it would appear to be Hillary endorsing the impermissible at the time, interfering in the war in Syria.
Maybe the better question is, why is the State Department redacting this? There is nothing classified in that sentence. The only reason for redacting it would be to clean up after Mrs. Clinton.
So we are getting emails and yet we are not getting the full emails, because the State Department is still covering them up….
He may have to walk back his comments after Al arrives on scene.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday lauded the residents and leaders of Cleveland for their response to the acquittal of a police officer involved in a 2012 shooting that left two unarmed people dead.
“What I will say is that I think the people of Cleveland handled this, I mean, they should be so proud of themselves and we should look at Cleveland as a model,” Kasich (R) said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
His comments came in the wake of Saturday’s acquittal of Michael Brelo, who stood trial for his role in the deaths of 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams.[…]
“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday, according to the media group. “We wanted to make sure people understand we are going to help you in this process, but if things turn violent, we will take action to preserve safety.”
Police reported that one man threw something through a restaurant window, which injured a woman. Williams told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that authorities believed other protesters later also deployed pepper spray on people who were outside in the area.
Bill Nye, The Fake Science Guy, Butchers The Constitution To Attack ‘Science Deniers’ As “Unpatriotic”
Bill Nye, that renown Constitutional scholar, wrote a piece in the Democratic propaganda sheet, Vox:
— Vox (@voxdotcom) May 24, 2015
Nye claims that the Constitution supports his contention:
When you have people denying this basic process, and how we all got here, it’s offensive to me intellectually. And I happen to think it’s unpatriotic. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says the government shall “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” So if you’re a politician looking to derail the progress of science, I think you’re not doing your job.
Except as Twitchy notes, this isn’t actually what the Constitution says. Art. 1, Section 8 says:
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.
So what the section is actually doing is guaranteeing the individual property rights to inventors and writers. Not saying that one should walk in lockstep with what the government decides to promote.
Of course, anyone who actually understands what the Constitution is about, understands it isn’t about promoting the government, but rather, it is about protecting the individual rights of American citizens.
Multiple targets on both sides.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing “unprecedented danger” from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria’s civil war in support of government forces.
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke during a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, vowing to battle Sunni extremists groups such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. He said such factions are an “existential threat” to anyone who does not agree with their ideology.
Hezbollah openly joined President Bashar Assad forces in the civil war in 2013 and its fighters have been taking part in a major battle in recent weeks against jihadis in the Qalamoun mountain region that borders Lebanon.
“Our presence will grow whenever it is required for us to be present,” Nasrallah said in comments that came after Assad’s forces suffered several defeats over the past two months — mostly in the northwestern province of Idlib and the southern region of Daraa. The western city of Palmyra, home to a set of historic Roman-era ruins, was captured by the Islamic State group last week.
“We are present today in many places and I tell you we will be present wherever this battle requires. We are up to it and we are the men for it,” Nasrallah said speaking from a secret location on a giant video screen.
These two have to be the most money hungry grifters ever.
Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,’ host John King pointed to a “Washington Post” story detailing that within 24 hours of her telling ABC news last year that she was, “dead broke” after leaving the White House the Clinton gave speeches making $700,000 in fees.
King said, “The Washington Post story this past week saying within 24 hours of saying we were dead broke to justify making some money, the Clintons combined made $700,000 in speeches. That is going to be tee-ball for the Republicans.”
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times said, “What you just said, I suspect will have more residence than the emails.”
Hillary is constantly evolving.
Via The Hill
Hillary Clinton applauded Ireland on Saturday for becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage via popular vote.
“Well done, Ireland,” the Democratic presidential front-runner wrote on Twitter.
The tweet was signed “-H,” indicating it came directly from Clinton and not from her campaign staff.
Clinton has highlighted same-sex marriage as a key issue early in her 2016 presidential campaign.
Last month, the same Twitter account urged the Supreme Court to rule that U.S. gay couples have the right to marry nationwide in a landmark case challenging state-based bans.
Ahead of oral arguments in the case, the Clinton campaign changed its logo from red, white, and blue to rainbow colors to show her support for gay and lesbian couples.
In Ireland, more than 62 percent of voters backed a measure making same-sex marriage legal, a historic shift for the predominantly Catholic nation.
Clinton’s views on same-sex marriage have changed over time as public support has grown.
Remain calm, all is well.
Via The Hill
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said the U.S. is breaking even against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“I don’t think we’re winning, but I wouldn’t say we’re losing either,” the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee told host Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I think it’s something of a neutral stalemate,” he said. “I think there’s an ebb and flow.”
Schiff said some were doubting America’s strategy against ISIS, given last weekend’s fall of Ramadi, a key Iraqi city ISIS captured on May 17.
“I think the loss of Ramadi was a very serious setback,” Schiff said.
“We won Ramadi, but it didn’t stay won,” he added of U.S. efforts to capture the population center during the last Iraq War.
Schiff said that the 2003 invasion of Iraq had revealed the frailty of Iraq’s coalition government.
It needed major improvements, he added, before it can successfully repel ISIS forces.[…]
Schiff said that regardless of the solution, the Obama administration could not stop countering ISIS’s power overseas.
“If ISIS is able to hold that ground unmolested, there’s no questions they have aspirations to attack the U.S.,” he said of the terrorist organization’s holdings in Iraq and Syria.
“It is a threat to our security,” Schiff added.
— Salon.com (@Salon) May 24, 2015
Synopsis so you don’t have to hit the link if you choose not to do so: if only we didn’t spend on military, everything would be perfect because we could throw all that money at social programs.
As the era of American hegemony winds down, it’s more important than ever for America to be able to demonstrate soft power. That means first, an American model that works, for other countries to emulate. But further, it means a highly educated population, long-term investment in infrastructure, adequate healthcare, an society based, above all else, on opportunity. However, it’s likely that the military budget precludes these important services.
They also echo the ‘soft power’ terminology of Mrs. Clinton, a misnomer, because there’s no real power demonstrated, just a lot of failure and weakness.