More Pulitzer-worthy material from one of America’s top “progressive” blog:
More Pulitzer-worthy material from one of America’s top “progressive” blog:
Via Daily Telegraph:
A WOMAN detained in a counterterrorism raid allegedly punched one police officer in the face and told another she would have her throat slit…
The Muslim woman, who declined to stand for Magistrate Margaret McGlynn during the Parramatta Local Court hearing yesterday, is charged with assaulting and intimidating police.
Her lawyer Steven Boland argued she did not deliberately hit the officer. She was not the target of the search or named in the warrant but was searched when police noticed she had a mobile phone underneath her burqa, the court heard.
When a female senior constable tried to take the mobile phone from her she allegedly hurled abuse at her. Senior-Constable Stacie Gwyn told the court the woman said: “Don’t touch my phone, you’re a whore, you are Christian, you will burn in hell. You will be the first one in uniform to have your throat slit.”
After an alleged struggle to take the phone, a male officer tried to restrain the woman… and [she] struck him with a closed fist on the nose…
Scott Murphy, the federal police officer in charge of the search, said … he also heard the allegedly vile abuse …
“You can’t touch me, you like getting gang banged do you? You are in uniform you must like it. The only one who has the right is God,” Mr Murphy told the court the woman allegedly said to Sen-Const Gwyn.
Harrowing accounts of the sexual abuse endured by women and girls at the hands of Islamic State fighters are being recorded by a young Swedish-Kurdish activist living in Kurdistan region named Delal Sindy.
Of all the tragic accounts Sindy has encountered, the case of a 17-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl we’ll call Suzan has drawn the most online interest. A Facebook post about Suzan’s experience has earned over 10,000 shares.
Suzan’s story is more than just a heart-breaking story of cruelty, slavery and sexual abuse. It also underscores the social stigma that follows some of the abused women for the rest of their lives.
Suzan was held captive by an ISIS militant known as Al-Russiyah. He kept several women as sex slaves until he was killed alongside his bodyguards by Peshmerga forces nearby Shingal. […]
She was later transferred to the ISIS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, where there she and dozens of other women were examined to determine whether they were virgins.
“The virgins were taken to a room with 30-40 men. They lined us up and pointed who they wanted,” she said.
“I thought I might be lucky, I was not as beautiful as the others”
Soon, however, she was bought by a man from Chechnya who purchased her and two other girls in a matter of 10 minutes.
Suzan gave horrific accounts of daily rapes by the man’s bodyguards.
“They forced me to say things from the Quran during the time they did their actions, and if I didn’t they whipped me.”
Obama departs aboard carbon-spewing Air Force One:
While en route “Barack Obama” warns about dangers climate change:
Does he realize that’s what Mooch consumes on a daily basis?
(CNN) – Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama’s daughter Malia.
His offer to win her hand? Fifty cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats.
“People might say I am after the family’s money, which is not the case. My love is real,” he told the Nairobian newspaper.
Moreover, he adds, he’s been faithful to his beloved since he first became aware of her.
“I got interested in her in 2008,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I haven’t dated anyone since and promise to be faithful to her. I have shared this with my family and they are willing to help me raise the bride price.”
He’s currently working on a letter to announce his intentions and plans to give it to the local U.S. Embassy.
According to prices on Africa Farming, Kiprono’s offer could be worth in excess of $90,000.
There are some issues, of course. For one, Malia Obama is 16. For another, she’ll have to develop a taste for village life.
“Ours will be a simple life. I will teach Malia how to milk a cow, cook ugali (a porridge) and prepare mursik (a sour milk) like any other Kalenjin woman,” he said.
Via LA Times:
Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.
The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.
But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.
“With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”
Via NY Times:
Campaign fever is hitting the comic book stands. The Times’s ArtsBeat culture blog reports that Bluewater Productions is set to release “Hillary Clinton: The Road to the White House,” written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Joe Paradise.
In related news, Cher finds Pintrest more “obnoxious” than “T-Baggers”.
A high ranking Iranian cleric who is the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader in a Hormozgan province (southern Iran) has called for more inhumane punishment of hand amputations to be carried out.
Ghulam Ali Naeem Abadi, who regularly speaks at the state-organized weekly Friday Prayers sermon in the city of Bandar Abbas, said on Wednesday in city of Mashhad: “If the hands of a few of those who commit thievery in the society be cut off, they would set as examples for the others and security will be restored.”
“When the security would be restored in the society with amputating a few finger, why such punishments are not being implemented?” he asked.
Naeem Abadi who is also a member of powerful Assembly of Experts urged the authorities in the province to carry out the inhuman amputation and do not pay attention to the international criticism of the regime. “Our government is based on implementation of Islamic laws,” he said.
This is the woman who joked about abusing her sister in her book. Yet unlike Josh Duggar, no one has pulled her show and she’s still a darling of the Left.
Girls showrunner and actress Lena Dunham sounded off on everything from sexism in late-night TV to why she won’t cover her vagina on the set of her HBO show in a wide-ranging Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion with some of the most prominent female comedians currently working in television. THR sat down with Dunham, Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt), Kate McKinnon (SNL), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), and Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) for a discussion about comedy, sexism, social media trolling, and the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton. Keep reading…
He knows he’d lose because it would be strict Constitutionalist Justice Scalia deciding if the court were to hear it
The Obama administration revealed today that it will not take the fight over executive immigration amnesty to the Supreme Court, essentially admitting defeat in its fight to lift a court-ordered stay placed by a Texas judge.
Obama’s executive actions still have to be settled in court, but yesterday’s decision prevented the administration from moving forward in its efforts to sign up illegal immigrants for the amnesty programs.
“The department believes the best way to achieve this goal is to focus on the ongoing appeal on the merits of the preliminary injunction itself,” said Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for the Justice Department to the New York Times. “Although the department continues to disagree with the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to stay the district court’s preliminary injunction, the department has determined that it will not seek a stay from the Supreme Court.”
Bill Nye unavailable for comment.
Via Denver Post
Ski season just got a little bit longer.
Arapahoe Basin announced on Wednesday that it will stay open until at least June 14 after nearly 50 inches of snow have fallen at the ski area this month.
The area initially planned to close on June 7 and is one of only three ski areas still open in North America and the only resort still open in Colorado.
Regular ski area operations will continue through June 7 and the resort will close from June 8 to 11 before reopening for the weekend on June 12.
Conditions will dictate which terrain will remain open, A-Basin says.
“With our snowy and cool spring weather, the skiing conditions are better than we have seen for years at this time in May,” Alan Henceroth, the area’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “We will be re-opening for at least one more long weekend.”
Last season, the resort closed June 22.
The latest A-Basin has ever stayed open was August 10 in 1995.
And we are just half way through 2015.
The arrest of two southern California men this week who were planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State brings the number of U.S.-based individuals involved in international terror-related cases this year to 40.
This number highlights the metastasizing Islamic terror threat in the American homeland. At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined.
Recent evidence gives cause for concern. As I noted here at PJ Media, FBI Director Comey downplayed the number of Americans who had traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS and other terror groups before the midterm elections. He stated on 60 Minutes that “roughly a dozen” were fighting in Syria. But in February, senior officials corrected that number. They admitted that 180 had traveled to Syria. They also admitted that 40 had returned to the U.S. and posed a potential threat. FBI Director Comey then said they were investigating ISIS suspects in all 50 states.
Underscoring the failure to alert the public regarding the threat, concerned citizens have not been able to find a list of the 40 individuals arrested this year. Until now, a public list simply didn’t exist.
Don’t get your hopes up, moonbats. Then again, this is a NYC judge.
A New York City judge heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, that animal rights advocates hope to free from Stony Brook University.
Last month Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe granted a hearing on the chimpanzees’ habeas corpus petition, leaving Stony Brook University to defend keeping them in captivity. Habeas corpus is a legal petition that detainees use to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment, and by granting habeas corpus to chimps, Jaffe endorsed the idea that they deserve the rights of human beings.
The chimpanzees are kept at the Long Island university, which is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, where they are used in locomotion studies.
Steven Wise, a lawyer for the Nonhuman Rights Project argued on Wednesday that chimpanzees are “autonomous and self-determining beings,” that they have “personhood” rights.
“They are the kind of beings who can remember the past and plan for the future,” Wise said in court as to why detaining the animals was wrong. “The chimpanzees are in prison, being exploited by Stony Brook, and they don’t even know why they are there. We only do that for our worst criminals around us.”
Wise later argued that Hercules and Leo are “essentially in solitary confinement, at the mercy of their keepers.”
Harf’s blinding incompetence is rewarded with a promotion. Sounds about right.
Someone page the golf course for Obama.
Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.
Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had taken insignia off their fatigues. As such, they match the appearance of some of the forces spotted in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev and its Western allies allege are covert Russian detachments.
The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.
Earlier this month, NATO military commander General Philip Breedlove said he believed the separatists were taking advantage of a ceasefire that came into force in February to re-arm and prepare for a new offensive. However, he gave no specifics.
Bernie Sanders is grateful for Hillary, someone who makes him look younger.
Via The Hill:
Hillary Clinton is making a confession, saying, “I’ve been coloring my hair for years.” “So, you’re not going to see me turn white in the White House,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate quipped to laughs from a crowd gathered at the South Carolina Democratic Women’s Council on Wednesday. “Just pull up the images in your head: All our presidents come into office looking so vigorous,” Clinton, 67, said. “Think about what they look like on Inauguration Day. And then we watch them — they grow grayer and grayer. And by the time they leave, they are as white as the building they live in.” Clinton, who has sported blond locks for most of her life in the public eye, said with a smile as she waved a finger in the air, “Now let me tell you, I’m aware I might not be the youngest candidate in this race, but I have one big advantage: I’ve been coloring my hair for years.”