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yet another college "prank"

Yet another hate crime hoax at yet another expensive college

Another hate crime hoax has convulsed an expensive private college and yielded a mass demonstration by "more than 100" black students (out of a student body of 1,450), and the predictable list of seven demands, including race-based hiring favoring blacks and brainwashing (AKA mandatory "cultural competency" training)…..

… national media have picked up the story of the arrest of Ajani Arthur, a black student at Goucher College (tuition: $43,440) who allegedly created graffiti that "depicted swastikas, the letters 'KKK' and appeared to include the last names of four black students, including Arthur." A previous incident last November, one floor below where the current graffiti were found and attributed to Arthur, said, "all 'n------' on campus would be killed.".....

…..Fynn Ajani Arthur, a 21-year-old from Brunswick, Maine, was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property on Thursday night in Baltimore County. His arrest came after graffiti aimed at black and Latino students was found on the second floor of a campus dorm, one floor above where similar graffiti had been found on November 14, Goucher College administrators said in a statement.

Both incidents that shook the Towson campus involved backward swastikas and targeted specific individuals, according to the statement. Arthur was released his own recognizance after a bail review hearing on Friday, according to jail records. He has been banned from campus pending a student conduct review.....

socialist thugs try to rob airline crew in Maduro's Caracas

Cabin Crew Caught in Shoot Out in Venezuela’s Capital, Caracas

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about advice that security advisors at Spanish airline Air Europa sent their pilots and cabin crew should they be kidnapped while on a layover in Venezuela’s Capital, Caracas. Air Europa is one of only a handful of European airlines that flies to Caracas but despite a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country, it remains the only airline that allows its crew to stay in Venezuela in between flights.

Venezuela is currently in the grip of a major constitutional and humanitarian crisis after the incumbent President, Nicolás Maduro refused to cede defeat to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The situation seems to be getting worse by the day and the entire country has entered its fourth day of a nationwide powercut…..

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Now, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minutes.

According to the news from Barbados, cited elsewhere on discussionist, everything's coming up roses in Venezuela.

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.....There have been mass protests in Caracas and scores of protestors have been killed by the security services amidst the unrest. To make matters worse, violent crime is making the humanitarian crisis even worse and there have been reports of kidnappings and violent robberies. A number of airlines that used to fly to Caracas have suspended flights to the country because the political and security situation is just too fragile. Others such as Iberia and EuroAtlantic, who operate flights on behalf of TAP Portugal, have added crew stopovers in nearby islands to ensure the safety of their staff.

Yet despite the significant risks, Air Europa has continued to fly direct to Caracas and has been forcing its pilots and cabin crew to stopover in a city center hotel. According to sources quoted by several Spanish news sites, Air Europa crew who arrived in Caracas over the weekend were attacked by armed robbers while travelling in a minibus from the airport to their downtown hotel.

Three motorcycles surrounded the crew bus but it was able to get to the hotel where private security guards engaged the robbers resulting in a shootout. It’s understood that none of the crew was injured and understandably they refused to stay at the hotel – instead, a police convoy took them straight back to the airport with the return crew for the flight back to Madrid.....

Barbados says Venezuela doing okay (not satire)

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Cheer up, haters and anti-Semites; some good news for you, for a change.

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Venezuela doing okay

International media and news houses have painted a troubling picture of what was happening in Venezuela, however, these reports are false.....“When I left Barbados to go to Venezuela I left with a very open mind because there was a lot of media activity out there that gave the entire Caribbean region the impression that Venezuela conditions were bad and they were hungry and suffering and there was a lot of strife in Venezuela and international media; BBC, CNN, associated writers and Associated press tried to give people of the Caribbean region the impression that everything was bad in Venezuela and that they were denying help from the people of America in the form of humanitarian aid,” he said.

“However, when I arrived, I saw something totally different from what the media was painting; the conditions were completely different.” Denny highlighted that he saw a country that was moving forward in a positive way, a country that was developing its culture and its people and creating good housing programmes for the poor and powerless.

“The international media is painting a very bad image for Venezuela but when you go and visit, you’re seeing something totally different,” he stressed.....

Trinidad and Tobago is ignoring its Venezuelan refugee problem

Please especially note the final sentence, the last sentence, in the article.

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Trinidad and Tobago is ignoring its Venezuelan refugee problem

The Port of Cedros, on the remote southwestern tip of the island of Trinidad, is a sleepy fishing village unaccustomed to heavy traffic. Its port is little more than a narrow jetty sticking out into the water and a small customs house on shore. But in recent months, ferries have been dropping off passengers by the dozens, most of them hauling large rolling suitcases. That’s because Cedros happens to be seven miles away from the Venezuelan coast, where political turmoil and a collapsing economy is driving people away.

“Before this situation developed, the number of entering through the port was under 100 weekly,” said Shankar Teelucksingh, the councillor for Cedros. “Today we have over 1,500. And that’s just what we can keep track of — that excludes the ones that come into the country illegally.” Roughly 3.4 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, mostly to flee economic crisis and political instability. The large majority have gone overland to Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries. But proportionally, Trinidad and Tobago has received the most: An estimated 60,000 Venezuelans now live in the island nation, amounting to more than 4 percent of its population.....

…..Adults are not legally allowed to work, and children are not given the right to a public education. As a result, Venezuelans in Trinidad live mostly underground. The lucky ones find local residents who are willing to help them. After months of living in overcrowded conditions with other families, Josué Campos and his family met a local school principal named KellyAnn Langdon-Pascal, who let them enroll their daughter for free in her small private school. Langdon-Pascal also rented them her basement apartment for cheap. Campos and his wife now work odd jobs cleaning houses and on construction sites. “It’s tough, because you have to live in fear,” Campos said. “You’re working and you’re wondering if immigration is coming, if the police are coming. It’s not stable.”

Still, odd jobs in Trinidad are a better deal than a stable job in Venezuela: A day’s work in Trinidad is enough to buy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Campos said. “With the minimum wage you get in Venezuela, you can’t even buy breakfast.”

Dukakis Announces 2020 Bid

Dukakis Announces 2020 Bid: “Everyone Else Is”

The former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis announced on Tuesday morning that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President, declaring, “Everyone else is.”

Explaining his rationale for running, the 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee told reporters, “As everyone else started jumping into the race, I started feeling a little left out.”

Additionally, Dukakis explained, “People have been stopping me on the street and saying that they thought I was already running. So, whatever.”

The former standard-bearer said that before he threw his hat in the ring he paid a courtesy call to the 1984 Democratic nominee, Walter Mondale, to see if he was planning to run.

“I wouldn’t get into the race if Walter was going to do it,” Dukakis said. “This could be his year.”.....

Russian security services nabbed 600 foreign spies last year, Putin says

Russian security services nabbed 600 foreign spies last year, Putin says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his security service in 2018 had uncovered almost 600 operatives and agents from foreign intelligence agencies, which he charged were stepping up their efforts to steal Russian secrets.

"We see that foreign intelligence services are seeking to bolster their efforts on the Russian front, doing everything they can to obtain access to political, economic, scientific and technological information," he said, according to the Russian state-owned news agency TASS. "Just like before, and now probably even harder, (foreign intelligence services) are trying to influence events in our country."

Speaking Wednesday at a board meeting for the Federal Security Service (FSB), Putin said Russia's special services had uncovered 129 officers and 465 agents of foreign intelligence agencies last year. Agents are people who are recruited to work on behalf of an intelligence agency.

He did not elaborate.....

Why do Republicans still back Trump? The answer is simple: Attitude and gratitude

Why do Republicans still back Trump? The answer is simple: Attitude and gratitude

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This is a long but excellent article that explains the attraction of Trump.

Usually those in politics try to understand those on the other side of the aisle, as decent and civilized people do here on this site. That is, unless one's a Demo or a primitive, or a member of the snobbish elitist lorgnette-and-pearls crowd that looks down upon anybody not one of them; they're smarter than we are, and so don't have to bother trying to understand us. Their loss.

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Why do Republicans stick with Donald Trump? It’s a question I’m asked again and again by Democrats, “Never Trumpers,” and journalists. But the answer is simple. Attitude and gratitude.

For years, Republican voters wanted someone — anyone — to come along and do two things: stick it to the Clintons and punch back against the media-Democratic Party alliance that fires on every Republican brave enough to stick a head out of the foxhole. For Republicans, it seemed like those awful Clintons got to play by a different set of rules than the rest of us. And they always seemed so smug about it. Many had tried and failed to oppose them. The first Bush and Bob Dole, decent men and dedicated public servants, were steamrolled by the Clintons in ’90s.

Republicans waited a long time. They became angrier and angrier as a succession of honorable leaders — think George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney — were portrayed by the media as stupid or feeble or criminal while Obama and the Clintons were treated with near-reverence. Republicans waited through the Obama years, simmering with rage as the country lurched dramatically leftward and anti-Christian sentiments flourished. They seethed as traditional Christian values were mocked and barred from public policy decisions. If a baker doesn’t want to make a cake for you, leave him the hell alone and find someone else.

The natural conclusion of this pent-up anger finally boiled over in 2016.

And when he achieved the presidency, Trump delivered.....

Hilda's good to run now; law license reinstated

Hillary Clinton's Arkansas law license reinstated

Hillary Clinton's Arkansas law license has been reinstated after 17 years of suspension. No word as yet on the significance of that.

A recent routine notice of reinstatements and suspensions by the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board said Clinton was one of several lawyers reinstated by the board at a meeting March 4 after payment of a reinstatement fee.....

Clinton's license was suspended in March 2002 for....

Was Breadlines Bernie a Russian agent?

Was Bernie Sanders a Russian Agent?

…..While American’s questions about Trump have finally been answered, there is another candidate who has long standing Russian connections. Connections that span decades, and are much deeper and worrisome than anything raised about Trump (even if the golden shower story had proven out, which it did not). That person is Bernie Sanders, and he is far from a fringe figure in American politics at this point, despite his strange demeanor and quirky policy positions.....

…..Those who oppose Sanders, as well as sincere supporters who claimed that getting to the bottom of Trump’s Russia connection was critical, must come together to insist on a complete and open investigation of Bernie Sanders’s prolonged and deep connections with Russia, many of them in the Soviet era. The broad outlines of Bernie’s long-running infatuation with all things Soviet Russian are available to diligent researchers. We know Bernie went to Moscow for his honeymoon. This is sort of passed over and laughed off by his supporters, but it should not be. It that era it was considered a signature event in the life of a dedicated American communist. Something many American communists looked forward to as a culmination of their connections with the movement.

He was chummy with all of Soviet client regimes in our hemisphere, in the midst of the Cold War. He never met a Communist dictator he didn’t appreciate: he liked Castro, he liked the Ortega Bros. in Nicaragua, years later he liked Chavez too, initially. These were all Soviet or Russia aligned Communist states.

But there are many questions about Sander’s ties with the Soviet Union that we simply don’t have the information we need to answer. Was he considered an asset by the Russians? Did he have a Soviet handler assigned to him? Did he pass information on to the Russians, or their clients during and of his many visits to various Communist nations? Lenin famously divided Communist supporters into three categories: “Useful Idiots”, “Fellow Travelers” and “Card Carrying Members”. These categories were adopted and used by American counter-intelligence and law enforcement agencies during the Cold War. Which category does Sanders belong in?.....

How a scandal with no sex, money or illegal behavior could topple Canada's Dustin Trudeau

How a scandal with no sex, money or illegal behavior could topple Canada's Dustin Trudeau

There's no money, no sex and nothing illegal happened. This is what passes for a scandal in Canada. U.S. President Donald Trump has been engulfed in allegations involving possible collusion with Russia and secret payments to buy the silence of a porn star. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a controversy that seems trivial by comparison, but it could topple him in elections later this year.

Two high-profile women ministers in Trudeau's Cabinet, including Canada's first indigenous justice minister, resigned in protest, and his top aide and best friend quit too. The former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, says Trudeau and senior members of his government pressured her in a case involving a major Canadian engineering company accused of corruption related to its business dealings in Libya. Trudeau reportedly leaned on the attorney general to instruct prosecutors to reach the equivalent of plea deal, which would avoid a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, because he felt that jobs were at stake.

"He depicted himself as a feminist, as someone who believes in indigenous reconciliation, and then you have two of his top female Cabinet ministers resign, and they are depicting him in a very different light," Beland said.
Trudeau said he tried to foster an environment where his lawmakers can come to him with concerns, but one of his female Liberal party colleagues, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, took issue with that, tweeting, "I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions?"

"When you add women, please do not expect the status quo. Expect us to make correct decisions, stand for what is right and exit when values are compromised," she also tweeted. Caesar-Chavannes, who is not running for re-election, has issued messages of support for Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, a respected Cabinet minister who said she lost confidence in how the government has handled the affair. "It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases," Philpott wrote in the resignation letter to Trudeau.....
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