I counted at least three bodies in the pics of the carnage.
Via Daily Star:
A suicide bomber is believed to have detonated a bomb at a bus station this evening in Kampung Melayu.
According to eyewitnesses in East Jakarta, a police officer was killed along with the bomber after two loud explosions were heard at about 9pm local time.
Five others were injured, it has been reported.
“There were two blasts at around 9pm, close to each other,” police chief Andry Wibowo told TV station MetroTV.
“From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big.”
PT Trans Jakarta, the company that operates the bus terminal, said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber, but this has not yet been confirmed by police.
Just another day in the Caliphate.
ISIS published a lengthy video on Sunday showing a series of executions on alleged Kurdish and government spies in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Forced to write pro-ISIS slogans with their own blood, the Kurdish prisoners of war were either beheaded or shot in the head, in some cases with high-caliber rifles. In characteristic ISIS fashion, the executions were carried out by Kurdish members of the Islamic State.
The footage is highly graphic and should not be watched by children or the faint-hearted.
I’m sure there’s something else we can arrest this loser for so he dies in jail.
Ex-NFL star O.J. Simpson could walk out of prison as early as October after being granted a July parole board hearing, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Simpson was convicted in 2008 of robbing memorabilia collectors at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The conviction came thirteen years after he was famously acquitted in the brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in a case that had been dubbed the “Trial of the Century.”
Simpson, 69, is serving a 33-year sentence on kidnapping, assault, robbery, burglary and conspiracy convictions, reports Inside Edition. He’s been housed since 2008 at Nevada’s Lovelock correctional center.
According to Democrats, voting fraud is a myth.
Two people who worked as election clerks during the May 2016 primary runoff have pleaded guilty to unlawfully casting a ballot for another person, Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart announced Monday.
Jeanene Johnson, 63, and Latunia Thomas, 46, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “unlawful deposit of ballot” earlier this month. They served one day in jail, and were released, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.
With Johnson’s help, Thomas cast a ballot for her daughter at a Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services building during early voting for the May 24, 2016 primary runoff, according to Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office. He said Thomas’ daughter was not present at the polling location.
“My office found convincing evidence that voter fraud was committed,” Stanart, a Republican, said in a statement Monday. “The evidence was provided to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office who presented the case to a Harris County Grand Jury.”
Stanart’s announcement comes amid allegations of rampant voter fraud, which have been used by Republican lawmakers across the country to ramp up controversial Voter ID laws. President Donald Trump has claimed that millions of people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and this month has put together a commission to help study how many non-citizens illegally cast ballots.[…]
Stanart said both Thomas and Johnson were election clerks hired to work the poll by the county at the recommendation of the Harris County Democratic Party.
Left getting ever more violent…
Most people, when they want their congressional members to hear their dissenting voices, send a letter, drop an email, leave a voicemail.
Democrats? They threaten violence.
The FBI just arrested a Tucson, Arizona, man named Steven Martan for leaving messages on Rep. Martha McSally’s congressional voicemail service in which he warned that her days “were numbered” and that he was planning to shoot her. He also said, according to Hot Air and other media outlets: “Martha, our sights are set on you, right between your [expletive] eyes.” Court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson, allege Martan was reportedly upset McSally voted in support of President Donald Trump.
This is not an anomaly.
Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett Jr. has reportedly received at least three death threats in recent times, all over his views of Obamacare and health insurance reform. According to Garrett spokesman Andrew Griffin, one male caller making threats allegedly said that if his health care plan was taken away, then so would the congressman’s life. Another hater sent a message to Garrett’s Facebook page from his campaign days with explicit details on plans to kill the congressman.
Go south, and it’s more of the same.
Florida Rep. Ted Yoho reported his district office in Gainesville was vandalized. He also reported a female voter leaving a voicemail message for the district director that went like this: “Next time I see you, I’m going to beat your f—ing ass.”
For the last several weeks, protesters have filled Yoho’s front office lobby, causing as much chaos and mayhem as they could. The congressman, fearing for staffers’ safety, finally made visitations off-limits at the Gainesville office, except for those who called ahead and made appointments.
“They’re mad to the point where they’re cussing at my staff, [they] pushed one of them, poured stuff on one of the staff’s car,” Yoho said, in an interview with The Hill.
This is crazed behavior. And it’s all coming from the left, aimed at the right.
Just recently, the daughter of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry found a sign on the family’s front yard at their Nebraska home that read, “Traitors put party above country. Do the right thing for once, shithead.”
You lost. Go back to the woods already…
Via Free Beacon:
Hillary Clinton castigated President Trump’s federal budget proposal during a keynote address on Tuesday, calling it an attack on the needy that showed an “unimaginable level of cruelty.”
The failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate gave a speech after being honored at the Children’s Health Fund Annual Benefit in New York City. Clinton used her remarks to attack Trump’s new federal budget plan only hours after it was released.
“This administration and Republicans in Congress are mounting an onslaught against the needs of children and people with disabilities, women, and seniors,” Clinton said.
Clinton then added that Trump’s budget is cruel for millions of Americans.
Person who actually constructed the bomb is still thought to be on the loose.
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children was part of a network, the city’s chief of police said on Wednesday as troops were deployed across Britain to help prevent further attacks.
Police made three new arrests and searched an address in central Manchester in what police chief Ian Hopkins described as a fast-moving investigation.
“I think it’s very clear that this is a network that we are investigating,” Hopkins told reporters outside Manchester police headquarters.
“And as I’ve said, it continues at a pace. There’s extensive investigations going on and activity taking place across Greater Manchester as we speak.”
Pope Francis jokes to Melania: "What do you give him to eat?" pic.twitter.com/KUIukfeQNX
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 24, 2017
Liberation theologist meets capitalist. Pope joked about ‘Potizzia’ a Slovenian sweet, although some reported it as pizza.
Via NY Post:
President Trump and Pope Francis, who clashed sharply during the presidential campaign, set aside their differences as they met on Wednesday at the Vatican, where they exchanged gifts and discussed the need for peace.
“Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world,” Trump tweeted after their first face-to-face sit-down, one of the few times he has taken to the message site during his first overseas trip as president.
The president — accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner — arrived in the presidential motorcade and Francis in a Ford Focus. The two men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was “a great honor” to meet the pontiff.
The two men held a private meeting in the Sala del Tronetto, “the room of the little throne,” on the second floor of the Apostolic Palace for about 30 minutes.
But hey, an actual interface in a real criminal investigation is cool when a Democrat does it before God and all.
Via Daily Caller:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.
The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.
The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.
“My understanding is the the Capitol Police is not able to confiscate Members’ equipment when the Member is not under investigation,” Wasserman Schultz said in the annual police budget hearing of the House Committee On Appropriations’ Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
Via Daily Mail:
The suicide bomber who blew himself up at a pop concert killing 22 people including young children has been named as Salman Abedi.
ISIS have claimed responsibility after the terrorist set off a ball bearing bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring 119 in the worst terror attack Britain has seen since the 7/7 London bombings.
Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, 18-year-old Georgina Callander and 26-year-old John Atkinson were among those killed. Of the injured, at least 12 were children were among 59 taken to hospital, with 60 others treated at the scene.
Traumatised witnesses have told how of nuts and bolts tore into young music fans when the bomb was detonated in the foyer area of the Manchester Arena moments after a concert by the US popstar ended.
The bomber – named today as 22-year-old Salman Abedi – was known to authorities. He died at the scene and police carried out a controlled explosion at what is believed to be his home during raids around the city today.
Abedi is understood to have been born in Britain but is from a Libyan family. A school friend told MailOnline had grown a beard when he last saw him and neighbours claimed he had been ‘acting strangely’ recently.
A 23-year-old man, believed to be Abedi’s brother, was also arrested by anti-terror officers as police and security services attempt to work out if the suicide bomber was part of a cell.
Security sources have told MailOnline that initial analysis of the ‘sophisticated’ device suggests it was made by an expert.
ISIS-Linked Group Behead Police Chief, Holding Priest And Several Parishioners Hostage After Raid On Marawi, Phiippines
FOX NEWS ALERT: ISIS takes priest and more than a dozen worshippers hostage in Marawi, Philippines pic.twitter.com/TECeJug1y1
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 24, 2017
As the crackdown on Islamists increases, they grow more and more desperate. This is the time they will do more and more crazy things to try to exert their relevance.
ISIS-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the nation, warned he may expand it nationwide.
As details of the attack in Marawi city emerged, fears mounted that the largest Roman Catholic nation in Asia could be falling into a growing list of countries grappling with the spread of influence from ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
The violence erupted Tuesday after the army raided the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who has pledged allegiance to IS. He is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.
Connecting the dots, another global warming cult.
The first-ever Reducetarian Summit took place in Manhattan last weekend. Speakers and visitors from around the world came together to talk about the importance of reducing societal meat consumption and implementing effective strategies to make it happen.
The term ‘reducetarian’ was coined by Brian Kateman, an energetic young New Yorker who spent years advocating for recycling, composting, and other environmentally-friendly practices before realizing that reducing meat consumption was the single most effective action he could take to help the climate. Making that shift to veganism, however, was easier said than done. He tried his best, but occasionally slipped up, eating a piece of turkey or bacon, at which point friends and family would criticize: “Aren’t you supposed to be vegetarian?”
While Kateman knew he was making progress in his meat-reduction journey, he resented the focus on perfection that made the slightest transgression feel like a failure. That’s when he came up with ‘reducetarian,’ a description that is affirmative, inclusive, and celebratory for all people making good progress toward the reduction of animal products. As Kateman told the summit audience in his opening remarks, there are four basic tenets to reducetarianism:
1) It’s not all or nothing.
With the average American eating 275 pounds of meat per year, getting an individual to reduce his or her meat consumption by only 10 percent would see a reduction in nearly 30 pounds annually. Now imagine if a quarter of the U.S. population did this! It could make a huge difference. Realistically, this is a far more attainable goal than converting people to veganism.
So no ‘lone wolf’ argument here…
Via NY Post:
The Manchester suicide bomber is believed to have been a “mule,” using a bomb built by someone else, it was reported Wednesday, as British authorities arrested three more suspects in the massacre.
The report by the BBC suggests that the likelihood that Salman Abedi did not act alone in killing 22 people and injuring scores of others is what led officials to raise the terror alert to the maximum — “critical.”
Police and intelligence agencies moved quickly to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.
Via Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump is expected to release a proposal Tuesday that he promises will balance the federal budget within the next decade and bring about his administration’s goal of 3 percent economic growth.
The president seeks to drastically reduce the role of government in the U.S., proposing a $3.6 trillion spending cut to the American welfare state over the next 10 years. Programs slated for the chopping block include Medicaid, food stamps, student loans and disability benefits, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Trump Administration is taking a hardline approach in selling this bill to members of Congress and the American people.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Monday that the administration is “no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs.” Bringing back the conservative talking points of personal choice and individual responsibility, Mulvaney said, “We’re going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off those programs and back in charge of their own lives.”
Give ’em hell!
Via The Drive:
Since the U.S. military began its campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, American troops, primarily special operators, have been creeping closer to the front lines and toward increasingly active combat. A new, official video provides measurable clues about just how close conventional forces now are to enemy in the fight to finally eject the terrorists from their de facto capital in Iraq, Mosul.
On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division published another in a set of videos of its soldiers supporting Iraqi security forces (ISF) in and around Mosul. Unlike the other footage – which showed paratroopers flying in to a helicopter landing zone on UH-60 Black Hawks, driving and walking through liberated streets inside the city, delivering ammunition, and training Iraqi police snipers – this particular clip followed a mortar section providing relatively close-range fire support. Other images show the mortars in action in or near Mosul as early as March, 14, 2017.
The team from the 82nd Airborne fires or prepared to fire both the 81mm M252 and the 120mm M120 mortars in the video. The M252 has a maximum range of almost three and a half miles, but can also hit targets less than 300 feet away. The significantly larger M120 can toss shells nearly four and half miles away while still able to hit the enemy at ranges just over 650 feet. […]
What this means is that, most likely, these soldiers from the 82nd Airborne were within that range of their enemy. The top American command leading the coalition campaign against ISIS, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), appeared to confirm the close-in and less precise nature of the mortars. “CJTF-OIR considers mortars an area weapons system used for protection of Coalition forces and for suppression of enemy forces,” the task force’s media office told The War Zone in an Email.
While the U.S. military has employed artillery in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS before, it had done so at appreciable distances thanks to 155mm howitzers and 227mm rocket artillery systems. Both of these weapons have the ability to attack targets with GPS-guided rounds dozens of miles away.
If Congress doesn’t get healthcare fixed, the Republicans will lose their majorities in Congress. At this point I’m not sure that the loss will make much of a difference.
Health insurers in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Vermont have requested double-digit premium rate increases for Obamacare plans next year, according to state and district insurance commissioners.
In Oregon, there were eight health insurers participating in the individual market that requested premium rate hikes ranging from 6.9 percent to 21.8 percent.
“This year’s rate requests follow two years of significant rate increases as insurers have adjusted to changes in the individual market,” said the state insurance commissioner. “Rates increased an average of 23 percent in 2016 and 27 percent in 2017.”
Premiums are continuing to increase due to higher-than-expected medical claims, declining participation of insurers, and the end of federal programs that mitigate risk for insurers. Insurers are also faced with increasing uncertainty as to whether the cost-sharing subsidies will be made and what will happen to the individual mandate.
“We continue to be concerned about the level of choice for Oregonians across the state,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services in Oregon. “In the coming weeks, we will be exploring our options to ensure all Oregonians have access to plans that fit their needs.”
“We know there are still many unknowns facing insurers and consumers as we look ahead to 2018,” said Laura Cali Robinson, the state’s insurance commissioner. “Now that the filings are in, we will begin our vigorous review to ensure the proposed rate changes, including the potential impact of various sources of uncertainty, are actuarially sound and justified.”
BlueCross BlueShield requested a premium rate hike of 12.7 percent in Vermont, and MVP Health Plan Inc. requested an increase of 6.7 percent.
BlueCross Blue Shield, which is the largest insurer in Vermont, said that most of the increase in premiums was not due to direct health care services, but the federal insurer tax which was mandated by Obamacare.
Hard to disagree with that assertion.
The latest round of White House staff shake-up stories has prompted a change in how President Trump’s team handles the media, shifting away from engaging in issue debates with reporters to a blunt yes-no approach.
Insiders said it is driven by Trump who was angered by a New York Times story predicting a staff shake-up that included dumping spokesman Sean Spicer. It was headlined: Looking Like a Liar or a Fool: What It Means to Work for Trump.
“Fuck the New York Times,” Trump said. “They’re not our friends. We’re never going to win them over,” he added, according to a Trump insider.
The change was most notably seen in Spicer’s latest White House briefings. Where he used to battle with reporters, he shifted to saying little beyond policy statements. For example, in a short eight-minute Air Force One gaggle, he referred to earlier statements six times.
The goal “is to get across to the public that the media are assholes,” the insider said.
And CNN hits a new low.
Via Daily Caller:
A CNN analyst suggested that the Manchester bombing could have been a false flag during a segment Monday night.
During Anderson Cooper’s AC360 , CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank admitted that a suicide bomber was more than likely responsible for the explosion at Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert ended. However, he floated the idea that the bombing could have been part of a right wing extremist plot.
“It must also be noted that in recent months in Europe, there’s been a number of false flag plots where right wing have been trying to blame Islamists for terrorism,” Cruickshank said. “We have seen that in Germany in recent weeks.”