The front page, above the fold:
Those were lies, plain and simple
No, not the Gulf of Tonkin stuff and not kids thrown out of Kuwaiti incubators and not Iraq WMD and not Assad gassed his own people. You know, the kind of thing that would lead one to search their soul given the millions of deaths by now, but what Comey was apparently talking about was the New York Times reporting (are we somehow supposed to feel sorry for them?).
We found out also that he was one of the leakers, yet he is being portrayed as a hero in my pre$$ (he was a villain a mere eight months ago, but that's all down the memory hole of imagery and illusion. It's all in the moment, and the contradictions confirm the lies).
When you flip below the fold you find it's the only show in town and the Globe puts on its Viser to give you news analysis. Inside you will find a "Comey Speaks Out" section covering pages A8, A9, and A12. Look, if it is obstruction of justice, IMPEACH that orangutan NOW! If Pence becomes a war criminal, impeach him. Impeach every damn one of them if you have to go down to the WH janitor as a president. Do your damn duty! We are not in Kansas anymore!
As predicted here, the big loser is May and her loss of majority. I watched the BBC coverage all last night and early this morning, and its clear to me you had another rigged election. Both main parties, the Tories and Labour, gained while all third parties lost -- including a 12% drop in votes for UKIP, the main drivers of Brexit and a tough on immigration party in the wake of 3 terrorist attacks in 73 days. C'mon. I mean, it all sounds plausible when you are watching the Brits bandy about the campaign narrative as they did, but c'mon. It's the BBC, better known as Brits Buggering Children.
It is enough to make you cry, but possible occult involvement here may induce a cover-up. Can't have any dirty laundry like that aired in the re$pectable pre$$.
My page A2 national lead is hey, hey, hey, Faaaaat Albert (eating the pudding)!
God help him. He plied them with pot until they were paralyzed, and then impregnated them (as if they didn't have enough problems).
We Are All Iranians Now
"Iran Calls Trump’s Response to Attacks ‘Repugnant’" by Thomas Erdbrink New York Times June 08, 2017
I don't think they were the only ones. He blamed the victims, said they brought all this on themselves. No word on whether he did a dance or not.
Iran is home to millions of Sunni Muslims, who live mostly in border areas, including in the Kurdish region. Kurds make up roughly 5 percent of the population of around 80 million. Unemployment and underinvestment have made Kurds cynical about the country’s Shi’ite leadership.
Yes, the Kurds are going to be used as an invasion force in precisely those areas. That's what has been set up all these years.
President Hassan Rouhani, who was reelected last month by a wide margin, had campaigned in favor of greater rights for minorities.
On Thursday, the Iranian government said the five men who carried out the attacks in Tehran were “long affiliated with the Wahhabi,” the ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia — but it stopped short of directly blaming Saudi Arabia, its rival for supremacy in the region. Alavi told the Asr-e Iran website that it was too early to conclude that Saudi Arabia was involved in the attack.
“There is this belief in the world that Saudi Arabia is the ideological source of these terrorist movements, but it is too soon to say Saudi Arabia was behind the attack because we don’t want to make statements without evidence,” Alavi told the Iranian Students’ News Agency during a visit to victims at a hospital in Tehran.
Unlike other governments that then send 59 missiles in, more than half missing their targets. Or that attack based on lies they themselves peddled and fabricated.
There was a heightened police presence in the streets of Tehran on Thursday, most significantly near the sites of the attacks and on the subways. A deputy interior minister, Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, also said that “law enforcement activities may increase.”
Had it happened in the West it would have likely been a staged and scripted fiction or false flag hoax. In this case, all too real and done by the usual suspects.
Women waited for a bus in Tehran on Thursday. Iran said that the five men who killed 17 people in the attacks were Islamic State group members (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images).
Just wanted you to see who will be dying when this thing really heats up.
Or they will lose husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers, grandsons and granddaughters, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews.
"Qatar rejects ‘blockade,’ denies terror allegations" by Malak Harb and Jon Gambrell Associated Press June 08, 2017
DOHA, Qatar — Arab states have no right to ‘‘blockade’’ Qatar, the country’s top diplomat said Thursday, insisting the campaign by Saudi Arabia and its allies to isolate the tiny, energy-rich nation is based on ‘‘false and fabricated news.’’
In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani repeatedly denied that his country funded extremists and he rejected the idea of shutting down its Al-Jazeera satellite news network.
He said Qatar, as an independent nation, also had the right to support groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the fact that its neighbors outlawed the Sunni Islamist organization.
Sheikh Mohammed’s hard line mirrored that of a top Emirati diplomat who told the AP on Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates believes ‘‘there’s nothing to negotiate’’ with Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this week and cut off air, sea, and land travel to the peninsular nation.
Fun in the Sun in Saudi Arabia
Ba Ba Ba Ba Bahrain....
Up and Down in the U.A.E.
Qatar Cut Off
That sends you to Kuwait.
Kuwait’s emir is working to mediate the Gulf crisis around Qatar, which is home to a major US military base and is the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
‘‘If anyone thinks they are going to impose anything on my internal affairs or my internal issues, this is not going to happen,’’ Sheikh Mohammed said.
Worried residents have responded to the crisis by emptying grocery stores in the capital of Doha, and Saudi Arabia has blocked trucks carrying food from entering the country across its only land border.
Doha is a major international travel hub, but flag carrier Qatar Airways now flies increasingly over Iran and Turkey after being blocked elsewhere in the Middle East. On Wednesday, Emirati officials shut down the airline’s offices in the UAE.
They are being driven into their arms for the obvious reasons, and more than that, the guy is visiting Russia this weekend.
Al-Jazeera’s offices have been shut down by authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Turkey’s parliament, on the other hand, has approved sending troops to an existing Turkish base in Qatar as a sign of support.
Related: Jordanian Harbor
Throughout the interview, Sheikh Mohammed repeatedly denied that Qatar funded extremists and terrorist groups, the main reason given for this week’s moves against it. Western officials long have accused Qatar’s government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists, and the Qatari government has openly supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
US President Donald Trump, who tweeted Tuesday about Qatar funding extremists, called Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday and offered to host leaders at the White House to resolve the crisis.
That's just dumb.
But Sheikh Mohammed told the AP that Sheikh Tamim ‘‘is not going to leave the country while the country is in blockade,’’ in effect turning down the mediation offer.
Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership.
That is what is behind all the machinations!
Qatar has yet to receive any list of demands from the Arab countries that have cut ties, Sheikh Mohammed said. That’s even after Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah flew to Qatar to discuss the crisis with officials.
The crisis began in part over what the Qataris described as a false news report planted during a hack of its state-run news agency.
We know who speCIAlizes in that kind of work.
An initial report from Qatar’s Interior Ministry late Wednesday said the website of the Qatar News Agency was first hacked in April with ‘‘high techniques and innovative methods.’’ It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Sheikh Tamim just after midnight May 24.
The fake article quoted Sheikh Tamim as calling Iran an ‘‘Islamic power’’ and saying Qatar’s relations with Israel were ‘‘good’’ during a military ceremony. The report was widely picked up by regional media outlets, which continued circulating it after Qatar’s denial.
Had to have been a hack. They support Palestine!
‘‘If there is any sensible argument or sensible accusation, we are ready to answer,’’ Sheikh Mohammed said. ‘‘But all those vague accusations without any solid argument we’re not really ready to answer.’’
I'm sure you will have an answer soon enough.
Looks like a young guy.
Islamic State has killed hundreds of civilians in Mosul, UN says
"Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabab attack on Somalia military base" Associated Press June 09, 2017
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Heavily armed al-Shabab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials said Thursday. Residents said civilians, including women, were beheaded during the rampage.
Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al Qaeda-linked group and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group.
And highlighting the need for Trump to send more troops.
The attack began with a blast at the remote Af-Urur camp, roughly 60 miles west of the commercial hub of Bossaso, before the extremists overran the base and killed soldiers at close range, said Ahmed Mohamed, a senior military official.
Close to 70 people were killed, though an exact death toll was not yet available, Mohamed said. Abdi Hersi Ali, Puntland’s interior minister, said troops suffered causalities, but he declined to give details.
Residents in the area reported chaotic scenes, with fighters beheading the civilians they encountered. One witness, Abdibasit Hassan, said women were among those beheaded.
‘‘The situation is grim over there,’’ Mohamed said. “This attack was an unexpected one.”
The extremists, including suicide bombers, reportedly attacked the base from three directions.
Colonel Hashi Ahmed, a senior military official, said that reinforcement troops reached the area and drove the extremists out of the camp. He estimated that at least 100 fighters were involved in the attack.
Starting to wonder whether this even happened or is another piece of pure propaganda. Sure smells like it.
Al-Shabab claimed killing at least 61 soldiers in the attack.
"North Korea’s missile test Thursday morning aims to show it can repel assault just days after a flotilla of US and Japanese warships left. South Korea’s newly elected president, Moon Jae-in, convened his first national security meeting in Seoul on Thursday to discuss the latest missile tests. They came less than 24 hours after Moon’s administration said it had suspended the deployment of a US anti-missile defense system that is meant to detect North Korean missiles and prevent them from hitting their targets....."
Could they be the ones who took down the plane in Myanmar?
"India sent 1,000 paramilitary troops to the Mandsaur region of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday to curb spreading riots after five protesting farmers were shot dead by police officers. Video footage from India Today showed crowds chanting ‘‘Long live freedom’’ as the bodies of the farmers, shrouded in the Indian flag, were paraded through the streets. Internet and mobile services were suspended in the region, and a curfew was imposed as buses and trucks were set ablaze. Sixty-two farmers were arrested. On the front page of the Times of India, a headline read: ‘‘War zone Mandsaur.’’ After admitting that police officers killed the farmers, the government offered compensation of $155,300 to the victims’ families. Top district officials have been removed from their posts."
India has it's own police problem, 'eh?
Maybe they could use some help?
"Rhode Island’s largest city has enacted a sweeping police accountability measure, which proponents say could be a national model for ending discriminatory profiling by race, gender identity, immigration status, and other factors. The law mandates policies for traffic stops and police body cameras and reforms the police department’s gang database. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, a Democrat, signed the ordinance into law Thursday. It takes effect in January. Elorza says it’s the ‘‘most comprehensive community-police relations law in the country.’’ The all-Democrat city council approved it earlier this month after years of debate and community activism. The measure had stalled in April after the police union called it a ‘‘slap in the face.’’ Some minor changes were made to reflect police officers’ concerns. The union remained opposed (AP)."
Hands up, don't shoot!
Presidency hangs in balance in case before Brazil court
Chickens coming home to roost and he's being hoisted by his own petard.
For decades, he never knew the name of the soldier who hugged him at Dachau
You know, yesterday I asked why they never made a movie, but it turns out they are.
I'm sure this will be turned into a movie:
During her hearing, defendant Michelle Carter watched as her legal team approached the bench for a discussion with the judge Thursday (Charles Krupa/Associated Press).
They wanted the case dismissed, and you can add that photo to the album, along with the letter.
So who could we get to star in the film? Jesse Ventura (he needs the health care but is a Russian spy)? Tom Brady (they let you in, huh)? Danny Amendola (oh, puke)? Malcolm Butler (he had a bead on it but butterfingered the role)? Kelly Olynyk (he is telegenic)? David Price (he had a bad audition and got angry at the critics)? Dustin Pedroia (he's in the hospital)? Julian Edelman (he is under contract)?
I know, Scott Brown (comes with the highest recommendation)!
(Rumor is Bob Kraft will have an uncredited part).
Did you see whose birthday it is it is today?
"Former first lady Barbara Bush is celebrating her 92nd birthday on the Maine coast. She and former President George H.W. Bush are planning a low-key day in Kennebunkport, where they spend their summers. A family spokesman says several family members are with them at Walker’s Point. Her husband, the nation’s 41st president, also is celebrating a birthday soon. George H.W. Bush turns 93 on Monday (AP)."
Live, you bastards, live! The last thing I want is TV clogged with state funerals for Bushes.
"Police are investigating the deaths of four great blue herons, a species protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The Cape Cod Times reports that the birds were found near the Mashpee River herring run off state Route 130 on tribal land in the past two weeks. Mashpee Wampanoag police say the deaths are irregular. Wampanoag police have partnered with the state Environmental Police and the Wampanoag Department of Natural Resources for a probe into the deaths. The Department of Natural Resources will test herring from the run to see if the fish caused the birds’ deaths. Officials will also perform a necropsy on one of the herons (AP)."
"A bear that scratched a woman in Simsbury has been captured and euthanized. State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say they found the animal, which was wearing a GPS collar, after tracking it from Town Forest Park Wednesday. Officers say the woman was walking her black Labrador retriever near a baseball field in the park when she came upon the bear. Officials say the bear took a swipe at her, ripping her clothes, and causing minor scratches to her legs before it ran away. The DEEP says it is standard policy to put down bears that are aggressive toward humans (AP)."
I think you got lucky, lady, and I guess they should be executed then.
Time to check the blotter:
"■ GUN BUST Police arrested two Roxbury men early Thursday after the Boston SWAT team found two handguns, crack cocaine, and $2,650 in a home on Blue Hill Avenue, police said. The targets of the search, Anthony Soto, 18, and Rafael Pena, 22, were arrested just before 5 a.m. in the area of 96 Blue Hill Ave., police said in a release posted to bpdnews.com. Police arrested both men for unlawful possession of a firearm after they recovered a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun and a loaded Rock Island Armory .45 caliber handgun. Officers found two plastic bags of marijuana, and charged Pena with possession with intent to distribute Class D drugs. Soto was charged with possession of Class B drugs.
■ FUGITIVE ARRESTED A 22-year-old man considered a ‘person of interest’ in a stabbing in Haverhill last month was arrested Thursday night following a lengthy standoff at a home in Hampton, N.H., authorities said. Michael Ellis of Haverhill was wanted in Massachusetts on warrants alleging probation violations for prior armed robbery convictions, as well as a warrant for a new drug charge. Authorities went to the home to arrest Ellis, and a standoff followed for several hours. He was taken into custody around 8 p.m., police said. He is due to be arraigned Friday in New Hampshire on charges of being a fugitive from justice and resisting arrest, Hampton police said.
Whatever happened to Portland?
■ GRIM DISCOVERY The body of an adult was pulled from Boston Harbor Thursday near Deer Island, according to the district attorney’s office. The body was in such a state of decomposition that investigators were not immediately able to determine the age, gender, or ethnicity of the person, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. A commercial fishing vessel spotted the body and called the US Coast Guard. The Massachusetts Environmental Police and Boston police recovered.
■ WOMAN DETAINED A Pennsylvania woman who allegedly smuggled drugs in her underwear on an international flight to Logan Airport last month was ordered to remain in the custody of US Marshals following a detention hearing Thursday in federal court in Boston. Natalia Alexander Duran, 21, is charged with smuggling 2.6 pounds of drugs on a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic on May 30, the US Attorney’s office said in a press release."
Also see: 5 people wounded in 4 shootings in Roxbury and Dorchester
That's just wrong, readers.
NIH drops controversial plan to cap funding for individual labs
Meaning yesterday's squawking was a bunch of bull, and speaking of that rank stench:
"Financial companies led US stock indexes higher Thursday, nudging the Nasdaq Composite index to a record high. The gains came as stocks continued to trade mostly in a narrow range in the absence of major new economic data and ahead of next week’s meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. Speculation that the Fed will raise interest rates helped boost financial stocks for the second day in a row. Higher interest rates allow banks and credit card issuers to charge more for loans, which boosts profits. Goldman Sachs Group picked up 1.4 percent, JPMorgan Chase added 1.2 percent, and Regions Financial gained 3.2 percent. Utilities and consumer goods companies were among the biggest decliners. Energy stocks also fell as crude oil prices declined. Traders welcomed news that members of the Nordstrom family are considering taking the company private. Like Macy’s and other big department store chains, Nordstrom has struggled to cope with competition from online retailers. The company, with 354 stores in the United States and Canada, has seen its stock tumble by half since early 2015. On Thursday, the stock soared 10.3 percent....."
"Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as most US workers continue to enjoy job security, the Labor Department said Thursday....
It's the lowest labor participation rate in over 50 years, but workers are enjoying job security.
Buoyed by higher stock prices, Americans’ household net worth rose 1.4 percent to $94.8 trillion in the first three months of this year, a trend that could support future spending. Total household wealth includes checking and savings accounts, and subtracts mortgages and other debt. Unlike some other economic measures, household wealth has fully recovered from the Great Recession and gone far beyond pre-recession levels....."
That means gobs of wealth have flowed upward as wealth inequality has widened, is widening, and will widen for as far as the eye can see.
Time to hit the brakes. This stuff has become so Gross that I've totally lost my love for the lies. Sorry.
"An Allston man was charged by state securities regulators with defrauding investors out of millions of dollars for personal benefit over the past decade. Raymond K. Montoya allegedly used money from investors for personal expenses, such as credit card bills and luxury automobiles, said Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin. Montoya could not be reached for comment. His attorney did not return a call seeking comment. Montoya allegedly raised $30 million from investors in the last three years alone, yet Galvin said he transferred less than $16 million to brokerage accounts. In addition to diverting funds, Galvin said, Montoya made numerous bogus claims, such as exaggerating the size of his investment funds and inflating returns. Galvin is seeking to bar Montoya from the securities business in Massachusetts and is trying to recoup any remaining money from Montoya and his business affiliates, including RMA Fund, Research Magnate Advisors LLC, and Resource Managed Assets LLC."
Lost my appetite, too.
I'll leave the food court open for you. I'm fasting. Probably not good for my health, but it will help my wallet (the bill has little chance of passing the Senate). See you back at the ranch.
I see the Verizon deal is back out of the shadows, while "back home, this fight is raging over your data, and no one has asked you what you want. It’s a massive competition between corporations and our government and our government and foreign governments. They’re frantically racing to scoop up as much information on you as they can, because they know whoever has the most data will be most likely to control you in the future. All the while, you don’t even have a seat at the table..... "
You need a Golden Bullet to get one.