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  • 1990: Dalton Prejean, cop-killing child

    05/18/2024 9:26:33 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 13 replies ^ | May 18, 2010 | Headsman
    Just after midnight this date in 1990, Dalton Prejean was electrocuted in Louisiana for murdering state trooper Donald Cleveland. A 17-year-old (at the time of the crime) black youth who tested just this side of mentally disabled, Prejean shot Cleveland during a traffic stop. (He was, at the time, just seven months out of a reform school stint he had served for murdering a taxi driver at the tender age of 14.) It was a three-day trial with an all-white jury, and not much question as to Prejean’s culpability. But as he neared the execution of that sentence, his youth...
  • Bragg Justifies His Priorities [semi-satire]

    05/18/2024 2:04:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 May 2024 | John Semmens
    While Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg has been pouring his energy into prosecuting Donald Trump for the crime of winning the 2016 presidential election against the heavily favored former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, crime in New York City (NYC) has taken a dismal turn. In 2023, of NYC's 109,000 prosecuted arrests only 7% resulted in imprisonment. Worse, over 70% of NYC's reported crimes remain unsolved. Repeat offenders, some of them violent, are routinely released without bail while awaiting prosecutions that may never occur. Bragg insists that "my priorities are not out-of-whack. All the assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders that...
  • 1964: Namgyal Bahadur, Bhutan assassin

    05/17/2024 6:07:53 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies ^ | May 17,2012 | Headsman
    On this date in 1964, three officers were executed in Bhutan, including former deputy commander in chief Namgyal Bahadur, for assassinating Prime Minister Jigme Dorji. A member of the powerful Dorji family and brother-in-law to the Bhutanese king, Dorji was overseeing a modernization campaign for the insular Himalayan kingdom. On April 5, 1964, while the king was in Europe for medical treatment, Dorji was shot dead while relaxing on his veranda. No wholesale seizure of power was attempted. The entire affair has long been murky, and it seems it was murky to those involved, too. The assassin, one Zambay,* was...
  • NOAA’s Latest Climate Data Shows the Global Land Region Temperature Anomaly Peaked in February 2016 Over 8 Years Ago

    05/17/2024 1:00:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | May 17, 2024 | Larry Hamlin
    The graphs below from the NOAA April 2024 Climate Report show comparisons of the latest April 2024 Global Land and Ocean average temperature anomaly results compared to all other April months from 1850 to 2024 and all January through April Global Land and Ocean average temperature anomaly results from 1850 to 2024 Unfortunately, NOAA’s latest climate report does not provide comparisons of the April 2024 average temperature anomaly results for all months over time which led to an incomplete and misleading evaluation of the April 2024 outcome. Fortunately, NOAA’s extensive climate temperature data base provides the information and data needed...
  • ‘Biggest Mistake Of My Life’: Biden 2020 Voters Explain Why They’re Backing Trump In 2024

    05/17/2024 12:33:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 17, 2024 | MARY LOU MASTERS
    Some of President Joe Biden’s 2020 voters named inflation, foreign policy and illegal immigration as their main reasons for considering backing former President Donald Trump, instead, in November, The New York Times reported on Friday. The NYT/Siena College survey released on Monday across Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania found that 14% of those who said they backed Biden in 2020 won’t do so this cycle. The outlet spoke with some of the Biden defectors included in the poll, with some planning to vote for Trump despite qualms with his personality. Frederick Westbrook, a retired hotel worker in Las...
  • 1956: Sylvester Murau, via filial impiety

    05/16/2024 6:48:50 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 5 replies ^ | May 16, 2020 | Headsman
    East Germany beheaded Sylvester Murau by fallbeil on this date in 1956. A blue-collar laborer who served a jail sentence for poaching under the Third Reich, he’d joined GDR’s feared security service, the Stasi — until he was dismissed when some fascist dalliances during the war years came to light. He then transitioned from Stasi agent Sylvester Murau to defector Sylvester Murau, fleeing to West Berlin and settled down in West Germany for life as a communist apostate. That was in 1954. Later that same year, his daughter Brigitte “Gitta” Cullmann, popped in for a visit — transit between East...
  • NATO considers mission to train Ukraine’s troops in the country — report

    05/16/2024 3:24:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 64 replies
    The New Voice of Ukraine ^ | May 16, 2024 | Eric Malinowski
    “NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces, a move that would be another blurring of a previous red line and could draw the United States and Europe more directly into the war,” the newspaper wrote. Journalists add that Ukraine lacks the resources to train its troops, and the situation on the battlefield has worsened due to the Russian offensives. Consequently, Ukrainian officials have asked their U.S. and NATO counterparts for help in training 150,000 soldiers closer to the front lines for quicker deployment. The United States refused to send even military advisers to...
  • Two Unlikely National Liberation Collaborators: Ho Chi Minh and David Ben-Gurion

    05/16/2024 2:45:55 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    Richard Pollock Substack ^ | 16 May 2024 | Richard Pollock
    Alex Winston’s riveting article in the Jerusalem Post, “A Tale of two Leaders: The Paris meetings between Ben-Gurion and Ho Chi Minh” exposes the widespread post-war thirst for freedom by the post-World War II anti-colonial movement. It also brilliantly refutes the contention that Israel was a colonial enterprise.In fact, the Jewish peoples search for repatriation to their ancient homeland was part of a worldwide search by various national liberation movements from the European colonial powers. It was a part of the global effort by countries seeking national self-determination.This movement was fully embraced by the American Left following World War II....
  • Veteran Prosecutor Testifies Michael Cohen Admitted He Had ‘Nothing Truthful’ Implicating Trump

    05/16/2024 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | May 15, 2024 | Katelynn Richardson
    Former federal prosecutor Robert Costello testified Wednesday before Congress that disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen—the star witness in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump—told him he had “nothing truthful” implicating Trump in a crime. Costello, who advised Cohen when he became the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, told the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government that Cohen is now on a “revenge tour” against Trump and lacks credibility. His testimony challenges claims Cohen made on the witness stand during Trump’s Manhattan trial....
  • How did this man become the top NSC intelligence official in Biden’s White House?

    05/16/2024 8:19:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    World Tribune ^ | May 15, 2024 | Staff
    With his recent comments on the ongoing Israel-Gaza war baffling many who have long been in the know in Washington, one might wonder where exactly U.S. President Joe Biden is getting his intelligence on the Middle East from. That would be Maher Bitar, who serves as Special Assistant to the President and is White House Coordinator for Intelligence and Defense Policy at the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) What are his qualifications? He was a radical pro-Palestinian activist and a leader within Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), according to a report. Bitar is the fastest-rising Muslim official in...
  • This Is Germany Now: Foreign Migrants Brawl In Street Armed With Machetes

    05/16/2024 5:20:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    Modernity ^ | May 16, 2024 | Steve Watson
    A shocking video of multiple people attacking each other in the street with machetes has many pointing out that it shows how out of control mass immigration is in Germany. The footage was captured in the German city of Leipzig and shows foreign groups in a running battle in broad daylight, ironically in a crime ridden part of the city that has the only “weapon ban” zone in the entire state. The video shows one man chopping at another with a huge machete as others crazily run around fighting. Remarkably no one was killed. The area, Eisenbahnstraße, is notorious for...
  • The Chosen Seqson 4 Episodes 1-4 now available via

    05/14/2024 10:56:06 PM PDT · by FRinCanada2 · 15 replies
    Outreach.VHX.TV ^ | May 2024 | The Chosen
  • 1917: Emil Rebreanu, Forest of the Hanged inspiration

    05/14/2024 2:38:04 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 3 replies ^ | May 14, 2012
    On this date in 1917, Romanian Lieutenant Emil Rebreanu was hanged for attempted desertion by the Austro-Hungarian army. Here’s Rebreanu’s entry at the Enciclopedia Romaniei, which says in brief that he was one of 14 (!) brothers born in the part of present-day Romania that was then attached to the Kingdom of Hungary. Upon the outbreak of World War I, Rebreanu was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian forces and fought on several fronts. But his removal to the lines to fight against the independent Romanian state was a front too far: he attempted to cross the lines to the Romanians on...
  • Former GOP VP Nominee Won't Vote for Trump [semi-satire]

    05/14/2024 11:34:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2024 | John Semmens
    Former Congressman and Republican vice-presidential candidate in the 2012 election Paul Ryan confirmed that "I will not be voting for Donald Trump no matter what. Character matters. I cannot support a person of low character for the top job in our government." Ryan fended off criticism of President Joe Biden's character, saying "using his position in government to obtain bribes for his family and himself are the normal kind of abuse of power that is common in our politics. Almost everyone does it--Republicans and Democrats alike. Our country has and can continue to survive this type of self-serving misuse of...
  • How Vietnamese lawmakers struck back when L.A. County declared Jane Fonda Day

    05/14/2024 10:01:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    Cal Matters ^ | 05/13/2024 | RYAN SABALOW
    As Saigon was falling, Janet Nguyen’s uncle – an officer in the South Vietnamese Army – was taken before his village and executed. After the city fell on April 30, 1975, the communists put Nguyen’s father and mother in jail. Their “crime?” They got caught trying to escape the country. After Saigon fell, Tri Ta’s father spent years in a re-education camp prison. His “crime?” He wrote books critical of communism. Both Nguyen and Ta eventually made it to California with their families. She became a California state senator and he became a member of the Assembly. The Republicans represent...
  • “I See Dead People”: Bragg’s Case Against Trump Goes Paranormal

    05/13/2024 12:52:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    JonathanTurley.Org ^ | May 13, 2024 | Jonathan Turley
    Below is my column on the completion of the testimony of Stormy Daniels and the start of the testimony of Michael Cohen. With a dubious legal theory, the testimony has only magnified the criticism of the prosecution as parading sensational rather than material evidence before the jury and the public. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is losing even CNN hosts and legal analysts. Fareed Zakaria noted “I doubt the New York indictment would have been brought against a defendant whose name was not Donald Trump” Elie Honig has observed that, if brought in a less Democratic district, “I would say...
  • Ashley Biden Officially Confirms Her Diary, Where She Talks About “Showers w/my Dad” Joe Biden, is REAL in Emotional Letter to Judge

    05/13/2024 8:32:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 13, 2024 | Staff
    In a letter dated April 8, 2024, addressed to Chief Judge Swain of New York, Ashley Biden, daughter of Joe Biden, confirmed the authenticity of her previously ‘stolen’ diary. The diary, which has sparked considerable public and media attention due to Joe Biden’s perverted acts, became a subject of controversy when excerpts were leaked online. Ashley Biden’s letter, obtained by the New York Times, was submitted as part of a judicial proceeding against Aimee Harris, one of the individuals convicted of ‘stealing’ and selling her personal journal. In her correspondence, Ashely Biden expressed profound distress over the theft and subsequent...
  • Civil War - It Looks like A Truly Great Movie To Me

    Over the course of my lifetime these are some of the film makers I have revered: Charlie Chaplin (more for his silent features than his talkies) and Shirley Temple, (both as a child and adult for the former and as a child only for the latter), Woody Allen (when i was a tertiary student in the 1970's and 1980's but less so now) Steve Bochco, primarily for the reinvention of what television can do through Hill Street Blues and Shawn Ryan and Micheal Ciklis for The Shield which I consider an even better drama than HSB and the best thing...
  • 1944: Oskar Kusch, Wehrkraftzersetzung U-boat commander

    05/12/2024 11:48:31 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 21 replies ^ | May 2, 2020 | Headsman
    No assignment in the Third Reich’s war machine, nay not even the fearful eastern front, was as dangerous as service in the Kriegsmarine’s U-boat fleet. Terrors of English shipping in the early war years, these submersible predators became prey once overwhelming U.S. materiel poured into the theater, and Allied intelligence started cracking German signals. By war’s end, fully three-quarters of the wartime U-boat personnel had sunk into watery graves. And on top of all the intrinsic perils of fighting a losing war from the inside of a submerged tin of beans, you’d better do it with enthusiasm or you’ve got...
  • Judge Weighing Trump Request [semi-satire]

    05/12/2024 8:34:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2024 | John Semmens
    Former President Donald Trump's unusual request to be given "liberty or death" after the latest gag order fine imposed on him by Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the trial in New York City, is being taken under consideration. "Strictly speaking, it would not appear that a judge could normally decide whether to grant a plea of 'give me liberty or give me death,'" Merchan observed. "However, this is not a normal prosecution. Unprecedented actions have been taken to overrule the statute of limitations that normally would've prevented this trial from taking place. Charges that were previously dismissed by...