25 June 2017

Bill Nye writer is ok if ‘a few old ass conservative white men have to die’ to pass gun control
From last week not long after Scalise had been shot by a lunatic for being a Republican, when his prognosis was still unknown:  if a few old ass conservative white men have to die in order to get the gun control issue discussed then I’m willing to take that risk. — Marcella Arguello (@marcellacomedy

John Kass: Bernie Sanders, the Left, Christianity and the Constitution
Sanders lecturing a prospective government appointee on theology, and branding a man as hateful for his beliefs demonstrates a stunning misunderstanding of the nature of faith, and of the Constitution. That this view is held by a leader of the Democratic Party represents a threat to Americans of all faiths. Because it can properly be heard as a warning, by a U.S. senator, about the future of freedom of religion in America.

UPDATE: Are 770 Earthquakes at Yellowstone in Past Two Weeks a Prelude to the Big One?
769 earthquakes were recorded at Yellowstone over the last two weeks, raising concerns among seismologists that a catastrophic eruption may be brewing, and could hit sooner rather than later. One quake measured over four on the Richter scale, five measured in the magnitude three range, 64 in the magnitude two range, and the other 699 have been measured at magnitude one or less.

Netanyahu warns Iran over Syria involvement after Golan exchange
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border.

Israel bars UNESCO team from Hebron field visit
Israel has refused to allow a UNESCO investigatory team to make a field visit to Hebron in advance of pending July vote to register its Old City on the list of World Heritage in Danger under the “State of Palestine.” This is a “principled and strategic” stand, Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Carmel Shama HaCohen said on Saturday.

Netanyahu hails ‘historic’ visit by Indian prime minister
Ahead of the expected visit to Israel next week of Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, Israel’s cabinet was set to approve a number of measures aimed at enhancing the relationship between the two countries. Speaking at the start of the of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the visit, scheduled for July 5, “historic” and stressed its importance as a lever for a major increase in trade.

Netanyahu to attend Central European summit
Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Budapest next month for a meeting with the heads of the four central European countries that make up the Visegrad group, as Israel continues to try to build relationships with various regional subgroupings around the world…Israel has adopted a policy of forging close ties with specific countries or groupings of countries inside the EU who are more sympathetic to Israel’s position and are also interested in having close bilateral relations.

Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 140
At least 140 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital. It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.

Turkey LGBT: Istanbul’s Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban
Organisers of Istanbul’s annual Gay Pride march say it will go ahead despite a ban by the authorities of Turkey’s largest city. The event has been called for Sunday evening in the city’s Taksim Square. Authorities banned the march for third year in a row, citing security concerns after threats from far-right groups.

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi King Salman a year ago. It was backed by Egypt’s parliament last week. It has sparked rare protests in Egypt, with Mr Sisi being accused of “selling” territory in return for Saudi aid.

Tornado knocks out half the Pentagon’s fleet of nuke-proof ‘Doomsday’ planes
Two of the Pentagon’s four specially reinforced ‘Doomsday’ planes, designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast, have been grounded after being damaged by a tornado. The Air Force said Friday that two E4-B Boeing 747s were damaged when a tornado whipped through Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base with little advance warning on June 16.

UN rejects Israel claim that Hezbollah violated cease-fire
The UN peacekeeping force on Lebanon’s border with Israel has not seen any violations of the UN-brokered cease-fire that ended a war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in 2006, as Israel claims, the UN said Friday. Israel filed a complaint Tuesday with the UN Security Council accusing Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group called Green Without Borders.

Angry Dems Turn On Obama, Pelosi, Schumer: “Talk Less About Russia”
“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Thursday.

Obama library snatches Susan Rice unmasking docs – for 5 years!
In a potentially bombshell development, the NSC said those documents have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library, while pointedly adding, “you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.” It’s not yet known if that would block congressional investigators, the FBI, or Special Counsel Robert Mueller from obtaining the documents.

Massive Russian collusion found, but not by Trump
Is it just me, or is everyone missing the biggest, most mind-boggling part of the never-ending “Trump-Russia collusion” drama? I’m talking about something more troubling than ex-FBI chief James Comey being one of the biggest leakers, or his refusing for months to inform Americans that Donald Trump was never under FBI investigation – while capitulating to Obama AG Loretta Lynch’s demand that he hide the fact that Hillary Clinton was under investigation. I’m talking about something more absurd than an investigation lasting almost a year – entirely without evidence of a crime!

Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Gerrymandering Case
Obama and Soros leading challenges to Republican-drawn districts

Preparing For War? US House Wants To Create First New Military Branch Since 1947
There’s currently a push in the halls of Washington D.C., to establish a new branch of the military by 2019, one whose focus would be operations among the stars. Proposed legislation by House representatives would create a ‘Space Corps’.

Senate Democrats Plan to Stall Obamacare Repeal, Threaten to Freeze Chamber in Protest
Senate Democrats plan to stall Obamacare repeal late Monday in a protest against the GOP’s ‘closed-door’ repeal and replace process.

CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump and Russia
On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump. But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.

Madison Wisconsin Building May Be Named For Obama
Local leaders in and around Madison, Wisconsin are seeking to rename the main county government building after former President Barack Obama — “the JFK of our generation.”