Comey on Clinton email probe: ‘Don’t call us weasels’ … The normally-stoic FBI chief grew emotional as he rejected claims that the FBI was in the tank for Clinton.
James Comey appeared today before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton regarding misuse of classified emails – and in the process told members that once the politics stopped circulating, the FBI would again be seen as the institution “you know and love.”
This hyperbolic statement certainly set the tone for the larger hearing which saw Comey testifying with unusual emotionalism, adding at one point that people ought not to see those involved in the decision as “weasels.”
“You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels,” he said. “We are honest people and….whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.” Continue reading »
In the latest, and most dramatic – if perhaps entertaining – escalation of diplomacy between the US and Russian, earlier today Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry told Lavrov the U.S. was preparing to “suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria,” including on a proposed counterterrorism partnership, “unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo” and restore a cease-fire. Continue reading »
For your entertainment.
In what is surely the most stealthy version of Wednesday humor we have ever posted, Bloomberg reports that according to Yigit Bulut, chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Turkey should consider “using a new wealth fund or a group of state-owned banks to buy” the embattled Deutsche Bank. Bulut made the proposal on Tuesday via his Twitter account, saying Germany’s largest lender should be made into a Turkish bank.
— Y???T BULUT (@yigitbulutt) September 28, 2016
“For months on TV programs, I’ve been calling on Turkey’s private and public capital: ‘Some very good companies in the EU are going to fall into trouble and we need to be ready to buy a controlling stake in them,’” Bulut wrote on Twitter. “Wouldn’t you be happy to make Germany’s biggest bank into a Turkish bank!!” the advisor said, cited by Bloomberg. Continue reading »
Crowds gathered after an unarmed black man who was “behaving erratically” died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon in southern California on Tuesday, the local police department said, appealing for calm.
Officers responded to an erratic subject that ended with an officer involved shooting. We will post updates here as they are available.
— El Cajon Police (@elcajonpolice) September 27, 2016
The death comes less than two weeks after black men in Charlotte, North Carolina and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot dead by police, sparking protests. In Charlotte, rioting prompted the authorities to impose a state of emergency. Continue reading »
- The Islamic State document said that since the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition in 1478, Spain “has done everything to destroy the Koran.” It said that Spain tortured Muslims, including burning them alive. Therefore, according to the Islamic State, “Spain is a criminal state that usurps our land.” The document calls on jihadists to “reconnoiter airline and train routes for attacks.” It also calls on followers to “poison food and water” with insecticides.
- “We will kill any ‘innocent’ Spanish infidel we find in Muslim lands, and… whether we are European in origin or not, we will kill you in your cities and towns according to our plan.” — Islamic State document, May 30, 2016.
- “We will recover al-Andalus, Allah willing. Oh dear Andalus! You thought we forgot about you. I swear by Allah we have never forgotten you. No Muslim can forget Córdoba, Toledo or Xàtiva. There are many faithful and sincere Muslims who swear they will return to al-Andalus.” — Islamic State video, January 31, 2016.
- “Spain is the land of our forefathers and we are going to take it back with the power of Allah.” — Islamic State video, January 7, 2016.
Islamic militants are stepping up a propaganda war against Spain. In recent months, Islamic State and other jihadist groups have produced a flurry of videos and documents calling on Muslims to reconquer al-Andalus. Continue reading »
A new ballot measure being considered by voters in Washington State, officially referred to a Initiative Measure 1491, would allow authorities to seize guns from people considered “significantly more likely to commit violence toward themselves or others in the near future.” The legislation would allow authorities with a court order to seize an individual’s guns for a period of up to 1 year. Under the measure, gun owners would have the right to appeal a court order to have their guns returned but would have no ability to block the upfront confiscation.
The full text of Initiative Measure 1491 is included at the end of this post but below are a couple of key excerpts:
This act is designed to temporarily prevent individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms by allowing family, household members, and police to obtain a court order when there is demonstrated evidence that the person poses a significant danger, including danger as a result of a dangerous mental health crisis or violent behavior. Continue reading »
THE Danish Nationalist Party has sparked outrage after it took to the streets to hand out “refugee spray”, claiming it is both “legal and effective”.
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THE director of the FBI has warned that Western countries will face an unprecedented threat from a “terrorist diaspora”, even if the US-led coalition crushes the Islamic State.
H/t reader kevin a.
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Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, whose vast property and entertainment empire reportedly brought in $44 billion in revenue last year, appeared on CNN Wednesday to warn about what lies ahead for the country’s overheated real-estate market.
It’s the biggest bubble in history… I don’t see a good solution to this problem. The government has come up with all sorts of measures — limiting purchase or credit — but none have worked.
Jianlin pointed to the troubling fact that real estate prices just keep rising in the major cities, like Shanghai and Beijing, while falling across the rest of the country, where smaller cities are littered by properties that lie vacant. Continue reading »
HUNDREDS of women have taken to the streets of Istanbul in protest after a Muslim man who kicked a female nurse in the head for wearing shorts was released.
Aysegul Terzi was assaulted on a bus after the man claimed Islamic law demanded he attack the young woman.
Abdullah Cakiroglu confessed to the attack following his arrest, but the thug was incredibly freed by prosecutors when he said he was following Islamic law by assaulting the woman.
However as shocking footage the 23-year-old girl being brutally kicked in the face emerged he was again detained by police last week. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
Not trying to defend these scum, but is it possible they are so pressured with PC, bureaucracy and targets, their own individual abilities are challenged to bursting point? Morons or not, they’re human, and as has been proven time after time, “Man’s inhumanity to Man
‘Many and sharp the num’rous ills
Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame!
And Man, whose heav’n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn, –
Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!
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- Figures show 11,988 asylum seekers failed to turn up to first meeting
- Comes after watchdog warned that more than 10,000 are missing
- Warnings over the cost of delayed applications and tracking them down
More than 11,000 asylum seekers failed to turn up to their first meeting with border authorities, sparking costly attempts to track them down.
The Home Office is being thwarted from dealing with the large numbers of migrants claiming refuge in the UK due to their failure to arrive for the interviews. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“I don’t think it matters any more. The investigators have been told to blame Russia, even if Poroshenko’s or “Yats” fingerprints were all over it.
The Dutch people know it stinks. The FDR’s were shipped to Farnborough & the results never made public or available to Russia for clarification which would have been reasonable.
The Traffic Controller who blew the whistle on the mysterious re-direction of the plane over a conflict zone has disappeared.
The evidence does point to a “Buk” ground to air missile with close proximity shrapnel warhead, but the Russians claim Ukraine do possess the old, retired version the weapon with that specific shrapnel, whereas the later version currently in Russian use has totally different shrapnel measurements. Nit picking perhaps, but the Dutch investigators have (been told?) ignored it.
NATO/US Banksters have had three attempts to start a War with Putin, all three have been diffused, and now by ever more devious means, they are still trying, by stopping all fresh water to Ukraine Donbass. and perpetually funding, co-ordinating and arming ISIS against Assad’s Syria, this latest misleading judgement is guaranteed to be used by the media to back up more calls for war with Russia.”
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — A man whose daughter died when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine said families were told Wednesday that a Dutch-led investigation has found proof that a mobile Buk missile launcher had been moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia at the time.
Hans de Borst, whose 17-year-old daughter perished, said he and other family members were briefed privately before a news conference scheduled to announce the preliminary results of the investigation.
Investigators said they had proof, including communications intercepts and radar data, that a mobile Buk missile launcher had been moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, then was returned after the Boeing 777 was destroyed, de Borst said. Continue reading »
Although many people are aware of the link between vaccines and cases of autism in children, what’s not so commonly known is the fact that vaccines also cause food allergies – and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has even corroborated the link in one of their own studies.
The 1999 study didn’t receive much attention at the time, but the results are clear: Food proteins such as gelatin used in the manufacture of vaccines can cause the development of sometimes life-threatening food allergies in children.
From the abstract of the CDC study: Continue reading »
In July 2016 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law to ban the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals (GMO), except in cases where they will be used in testing and scientific research. In fact, this law makes Russia the world’s largest GMO-free territory and offers a great platform for the development of organic agriculture.
Source: www.vz.ru By Elena Sharoykina
This decision made by the Russian government was also influenced by environmental organizations, farmers and other representatives of Russian society, concerned by the absence of reliable scientific studies on the long-term (‘long-term’ comes here with an emphasis) risks of GMO food to human health and the environment. The Kremlin has also apparently taken into consideration the interests of national food security, as the world market of genetically modified (GM) seeds is monopolized by transnational, mostly American, German and Swiss based companies. Continue reading »
Portuguese farmers are turning their backs on Monsanto’s genetically modified MON810, which is the only GM crop commercially grown in the European Union, according to the Portuguese government.
Official government data shows that Portuguese farmers have reduced the number of hectares under GM maize cultivation for the second year in a row. Portugal is one of only five countries in the European Union that commercially cultivates GM maize. Continue reading »
HUNDREDS of extra police officers have been drafted in to protect women at Munich’s Oktoberfest, following a rise in the number of complaints of physical and sexual assault.
As many as six million people are expected to attend the famous beer festival, which started last Saturday and ends next Monday, October 3.
But after the first week, police have noticed a spike in the number of people asking officers for help, particularly females.
The large majority of requests have involved people who have lost their friends or belongings. Continue reading »
The “most systemically dangerous bank in the world” is in grave trouble. Despite exclamations that there is “no need for additional capital” and that “Deutsche Bank is no Lehman” investors are fleeing the bank’s assets en masse as professionals pile in to buy counterparty risk protection. With the only thing standing between bank runs and stability being the confidence of depositors, and knowing full well that everybody lies when it gets serious, one witty trader noted, “if it walks like Lehman, and talks like Lehman… it is Lehman.”
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The European Union (EU) is watching the migrant situation in Egypt after an increase in sea crossings and following claims from Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that five million migrants are residing in the country waiting to cross the Mediterranean.
President el-Sissi warned the international community and the EU at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York that his country was harbouring over five million migrants. Continue reading »
Britain should accept hundreds of migrant children from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp while continuing to fund £87 million worth of security measures around the port, the French President has said.
Speaking after making a pledge to close the camp by the end of the year, François Hollande said Britain “would be called upon” to help his plan to resolve the migrant crisis in northern France. Continue reading »
BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Quotas for distributing asylum seekers among European Union member states are “politically finished”, Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said on Monday.
Eastern Europe’s ex-communist states have strongly opposed the policy adopted a year ago to tackle the migration crisis that would require all EU countries to take in some of the hundreds of thousands of people seeking asylum in the bloc. Slovakia and Hungary have both challenged quotas at the European Court of Justice. Continue reading »
(Reuters) – The European Union launched a program on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.
The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) will give refugees pre-paid cards for food, housing, schooling or medical expenses in Turkey. Continue reading »
After a series of shock defeats to the anti-mass migration AfD party, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to “stop illegal immigration” and send failed asylum seekers back to their home nations.
“We want to stop illegal immigration while living up to our humanitarian responsibilities,” Mrs. Merkel said after talks in Vienna with counterparts from along the Balkan migrant route.
A child narrowly avoided being shot by just “centimetres” during a drive-by shooting in the Swedish city of Malmö Sunday night, police have said.
Shooting broke out in the south of the city in the early evening, with four people injured. Sydsvenskan reports police took of the injured to hospital while the other three were able to make their own way there, a spokesman said.
“The attackers were able to flee on scooters. An inquiry has been opened for attempted murder. No suspect has been apprehended,” local police said. Continue reading »
Leaked documents with sensitive FBI data exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas reveal that 7,712 terrorist encounters occurred within the United States in one year and that many of those encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border. The incidents are characterized as “Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounters.” Some of the encounters occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border at ports-of-entry and some occurred in between, indicating that persons known or reasonably suspected of being terrorists attempted to sneak into the U.S. across the border. In all, the encounters occurred in higher numbers in border states. Continue reading »