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Vox Populi / Re: Graham to Trump: Stop alleging voter fraud
« on: Yesterday at 09:19:18 pm »

FACT: The former gop Wisconsin Attorney General admitted drumphf won the state (by 22,000 votes) because of its voter ID law, which blocked up to 45,000 people from the polls.

« on: Yesterday at 08:25:05 pm »
Sunday, 18th August 2019
by Justin L. Mack

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 16-year-old Lake County girl last seen Saturday morning in Crown Point.

Madison Elizabeth Yancy Eddlemon was last seen around 9 a.m. Saturday wearing a black hoodie with white tribal designs and blue jeans with tears. She was also wearing shin high boots and a black lace choker.

The missing teen is described as a white female who stands 5 feet 1 inches tall, weighs 97 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said she is believed to be in "extreme danger."

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the suspect has been identified as Alexander Martin Curry-Fishtorn, 22.

He is described as a white male standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 158 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.

Curry-Fishtorn was last seen driving a dark grey 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt with Indiana license plate number 645RIS.

If you have any information on this incident, contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (219) 660-0000, or call 911.

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« on: Yesterday at 02:01:30 pm »
Sunday, 18th August 2019
White man suspected of shooting police vehicles caught!
by Patricio G. Balona

DeLand detectives have tracked down and arrested a man suspected of shooting unoccupied police vehicles parked outside the department in December, officials said.

Hunter McGowan, 21, of DeLand, was charged Friday with discharging a firearm from a vehicle and criminal mischief of $1,000 or more.

He was being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday on $50,000 bail.

According to city of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham, detectives working the case were able to track McGowan's movement through the use of his cellphone.

The device was traced and situated at the scene at the time the patrol cars were shot up overnight the weekend of Dec. 8-9, Graham said.

McGowan is known to police and has previously been taken into custody for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act law, Graham said.

In a press briefing in December, police Chief Jason Umberger disclosed that three DeLand Police Department vehicles parked outside the station at 219 West Howry Ave. were shot and left with bullet holes.

A DeLand officer tasked with changing a West Volusia Police Athletic League van's flat tire on Dec. 9 2019 noticed a hole in the van's rear door.

He found a bullet, which had traveled through four rows of seats, embedded in the driver's side seat.

He heard another projectile rolling around inside the deflated tire, a police report states.

The 15-passenger van was used to transport elementary-aged children to The House Next Door's tutoring program, officials said.

A K-9 vehicle and crime scene van in the same Howry Avenue parking lot also incurred bullet damage, authorities said.

A witness reported hearing numerous gunshots around 2:20 a.m. Dec 9 2019.

The man told investigators the disturbance sounded like "someone emptied a whole clip of ammunition," according to the report.

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Vox Populi / Re: Arizona no like Latinos
« on: Yesterday at 11:45:38 am »
Sunday, 18th August 2019
Appeals court narrows injunction blocking puppetine asylum restrictions
by Daniella Silva

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that an injunction barring the Trump administration from enacting new sweeping asylum restrictions for migrants only applies to a portion of the southern border and not the entire country.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling that it denied the government’s broader request to reverse a previous decision blocking the policy, but granted it for parts of the southern border outside of the court's jurisdiction.

The decision means the injunction would apply only to California and Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border, allowing the Trump administration to begin to impose the asylum restrictions in other states.

The court said the government has not made a strong enough case that they were likely to succeed on the merits of their argument, but the lower court that issued the injunction did not establish the need for a nationwide injunction.

The appeals court said that the lower court “failed to discuss whether a nationwide injunction is necessary to remedy the Plaintiff’s alleged harm” and that “based on the limited record before us, we do not believe a nationwide injunction is justified."

While the appeal proceeds, the district court can "further develop the record in support of a preliminary injunction extending beyond the Ninth Court," the court said.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration last month, would broadly end asylum eligibility for migrants who pass through another country on their journey to the United States' southern border with Mexico, but do not attempt to seek protection in those other countries first.

Several advocacy organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, challenged the rule in court.

In the past, federal judges have blocked other attempts by the administration to change the asylum policy.

"The court properly refused to let the new asylum ban go into effect, though currently limited to the Ninth Circuit. We will continue fighting to end the ban fully and permanently," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the ACLU.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to request for comment.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in California issued the preliminary injunction blocking the restrictions at the end of July and the Trump administration had appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court, seeking a stay pending appeal of the case.

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« on: Yesterday at 09:42:17 am »
Speaking of street fighting:

Imaginary Street Fighters

Real Street Fighters

« on: August 17, 2019, 06:46:29 pm »

re: 52 Blocks starring Mark Parra, D'ialo Frazier & Kevin Dowell

Ah!  :)
That was very impressive!    8)

That street fighter style that dude demonstrated came straight from the 1970s; Jab/block, block/block, block/block, block/block... 

I know that fighting style.

In The News / Re: Ghosts of Gary
« on: August 17, 2019, 06:32:40 pm »
Saturday, 17th August 2019
UPS invests in self-driving trucks
by ABC News

The self-driving tractor-trailer of the future is one step closer, with UPS in tow.

UPS announced an investment in TuSimple, an autonomous truck startup, on Thursday in an effort to cut costs and time in the ever-increasing race for more-efficient ground deliveries.

UPS has already contracted TuSimple to deliver packages between Phoenix and Tucson since May, UPS revealed in the announcement.

"Throughout the ongoing tests, UPS has been providing truckloads of goods for TuSimple to carry on a North American Freight Forwarding route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. The company initiated self-driving service in May, 2019, with a driver and engineer in the vehicle. TuSimple and UPS monitor distance and time the trucks travel autonomously, safety data and transport time," according to the statement from UPS.

Neither company commented on the size of the investment.

In May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) contracted with TuSimple to drive five round trips between distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas.

Like all self-driving vehicles currently operating, TuSimple trucks require a driver at all times. There's also an engineer on board the trips.

Eventually, TuSimple is betting its fleet can reduce shipping costs by 30%, according to the statement.

Driver pay is the largest cost for trucking companies, accounting for as much as 43% of operational costs, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

A spokesperson for the Teamsters Union, which represents truck drivers, told ABC News that these driverless trucks do not affect their members who drive for UPS, because these trailers are used in air freight logistics, and are not package delivery drivers, who are union members.

"We have been and continue to monitor technological developments as it pertains to automation in trucking," the Teamsters Union spokesperson said.

"While fully autonomous, driverless vehicles still have development and regulatory work ahead, we are excited by the advances in braking and other technologies that companies like TuSimple are mastering," UPS' Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price said in a statement.

"All of these technologies offer significant safety and other benefits that will be realized long before the full vision of autonomous vehicles is brought to fruition -- and UPS will be there, as a leader implementing these new technologies in our fleet."

The 4-year-old San Diego company also claims that its trucks will "increase road safety,” founder Xiaodi Hou said.

When the company announced its pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service, its safety pitch addressed the difficulty of recruiting drivers to overnight shifts, which Hou said usually requires two drivers.
"Driving teams are challenging to recruit due to overnight driving requirements, the need to share close quarters with another person and a significant truck driver shortage," he said.

As the e-commerce market booms, so does the competition to deliver packages while embracing more efficient tracking systems and moving toward autonomous vehicles and robots.

In January, Amazon debuted a delivery robot named Scout, with a human walker, for that last "retail mile" of deliveries.

Earlier this month the company announced it was extending the Scout trial program to Irvine, California.

The online retailer announced in June it plans to start drone delivery "within months."

In February, FedEx unveiled the "FedEx SameDay Bot," for same-day orders within a 3-mile distance from a store.

The program was slated to roll out this summer in Memphis, Tennessee, with Autozone, Pizza Hut, Target and Walmart signed up as partners.

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In The News / Re: 911 IS A JOKE!!!
« on: August 17, 2019, 01:17:11 pm »

Vox Populi / Re: Graham to Trump: Stop alleging voter fraud
« on: August 17, 2019, 11:46:19 am »
Saturday, 17th August 2019
FEC chair challenges Trump to provide evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire
by Fredreka Schouten

The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission on Friday challenged the acting-president to provide evidence of the voter fraud he insists cost him New Hampshire in 2016 or quit talking about it.

In a letter to the acting-president, Ellen Weintraub said the country's democracy depends on "the American people's faith in our elections. Your voter-fraud allegations run the risk of undermining that faith."

Weintraub's missive came a day after the acting-president complained to reporters — and to his supporters at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire — that he had narrowly lost the Granite State because of fraudulent voting, a claim for which there is no evidence.

"New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation," the acting-president told journalists.

"Thousands and thousands of people, coming in from locations unknown."

At the rally, he told the crowd that New Hampshire was "taken away from us."

The acting-president crushed his republican rivals in the New Hampshire primary in 2016 but lost the state's four electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton that November by fewer than 3,000 votes.

The acting-president campaign officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Weintraub's letter.

Weintraub said the acting-president should provide his evidence to the public and the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

"To put in terms a former casino operator should understand," she wrote, "there comes a time when you need to lay your cards on the table or fold."

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Producing / Richard Williams, legendary animator passes away at 86
« on: August 17, 2019, 11:03:39 am »
Saturday Morning Cartoonist, 17th August 2019
Richard Williams, Oscar-winning Animator, passes away at 86

by Alex Ritman

Richard Williams, the triple Oscar-winning and triple BAFTA-winning animator famed for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, has died.

He was 86.

His family announced that he died at his home in the British city of Bristol on August 16 2019.

Born in Toronto but having moved to the U.K. in the 1950s, Williams – who claimed he was drawn to illustrations and animation having watched Disney's Snow White aged five – received critical acclaim with his first film The Little Island, which won a BAFTA in 1958.

His first Oscar would come in 1971 for his animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Williams also worked on two Pink Panther films and Casino Royal, but it was his work as animation director on Robert Zemeckis' 1988 comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which would cement his name into animation folklore.

The live-action/animated comedy starring Bob Hoskins was a critical and commercial hit, earning $330 million and becoming the first live-action/animation hybrid film to win multiple Academy Awards since Mary Poppins in 1964.

Two of the film's three Oscars went to Williams, who also won a visual effects BAFTA.

Elsewhere, Williams directed, produced and wrote his unfinished feature film The Thief and the Cobbler, a painstakingly hand-animated epic inspired by Arabian Nights, which he started in 1964 and is considered his magnum opus.

Williams was also an author and teacher.

His best-selling book,  'The Animator's Survival Kit' is considered a bible in the industry, and has ben sold around the world and translated into nine languages.

Williams was still animating and writing till he day he died.

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"Dag! How much bad luck could one garbage network have?"
Saturday, 17th August 2019
TV reporter dies in stunt plane crash during filming
by ABC News

A TV reporter for the local Fox affiliate in New Orleans was killed on Friday when the stunt plane she was filming a piece in crashed near Lakefront Airport.

Nancy Parker, 53, had worked for the station for 23 years, WVUE said.

Franklin J.P. Augustus, the pilot of the plane, was also killed.

"This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation continues:

Earlier today, a Pitts A-2B aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances, approximately one-half mile south of Lakefront Airport, New Orleans," the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

"The NTSB will lead the investigation, and the FAA’s investigation will become part of the NTSB’s series of reports."

Parker was filming a piece about Augustus, who was honoring the pioneering World War II-era African American pilots the Tuskegee Airmen, the station said.

"For more than two decades, Nancy Parker sat opposite John Snell as the FOX 8 co-anchor and gave us the news of the day," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

"She told it to us straight, but with a combination of professionalism, intelligence, warmth and grace we may never experience again. New Orleans did not just lose a five-time Emmy-winning journalist, or a familiar, comforting face on our TV screens. We lost a loving mother of three, a beautiful human being, and an invaluable member of our community."

Cantrell also honored Augustus, saying,

"He never forgot the magic he felt as a youth about flying. He spent countless hours introducing flying to area youth through the Young Eagles program and Civil Air Patrol."

New Orleans EMS, fire department and police department all responded to the accident at about 3 p.m. local time.

The New Orleans Police Department said,

"At the NOPD we strive everyday to better the lives of our residents -- to make our home a better place to live, work and visit. Fox 8 anchor Nancy Parker shared that same mission. A true lover of New Orleans -- and New Orleans truly loved her back."

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Vox Populi / Re: Trump to visit Phoenix AZ for rally
« on: August 17, 2019, 09:09:01 am »
Saturday, 17th August 2019
Who's In Control, Dotard?
by Kim Tong-Hyung

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises.

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday’s launches, Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.”

The report did not mention any specific comment about the United States or South Korea.

The launches were North Korea’s sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that experts say would expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

KCNA did not describe what Friday’s weapons were or how they performed, but said that the tests were successful and strengthened the military’s confidence in the reliability of the system.

North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and striking what appeared to be a coastal target.

Kim is seen jubilantly raising his fist while celebrating with military officials.

″(Kim) said everyone should remember that it is the (ruling) party’s core plan and unwavering determination to build a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave any opponent defenseless against our Juche weapons of absolute power even in situations of physical clashes,” KCNA said, referring to the North’s national ideology of self-reliance.

In a separate statement on Saturday, KCNA berated the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military drills as an invasion rehearsal that compels North Korea to constantly develop “powerful physical means and their deployment for an actual war.”

The United States has downsized its major military exercises with South Korea and halted dispatches of strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump last year.

But North Korea says even the smaller drills violate agreements between the leaders.

South Korea’s military said earlier that two projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

Experts say Trump’s repeated downplaying of the North’s recent launches allow the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of nuclear negotiations with Washington, which could resume after the end of the military drills later this month.

The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Japan and South Korea early next week for talks on how to “further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.

North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

Hours before the latest launches, an unidentified North Korean government spokesperson used unusually blunt language to criticize South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

Moon said in a televised speech on Thursday that momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently” and called for Pyongyang to choose “economic prosperity over its nuclear program.”

The spokesperson also criticized South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be “senseless” for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the U.S.-South Korean drills.

The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn’t help efforts to improve relations.

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In The News / Re: Shooting at Connecticut Elementary School
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:26:12 am »
Saturday, 17th August 2019
Wyden Slams republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations
by Asher Stockler

Senator Ron Wyden blasted the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Friday after the agency's republican commissioners blocked an attempt to fully investigate the National Rifle Association (NRA) over reports that Russia may have used the gun-rights group as a conduit for its election interference efforts, and possibly in contravention of campaign finance law.

"A foreign adversary interfered in the 2016 presidential election and the response from republicans at every level, whether it be the acting-president, congressional republicans, or now the republican appointees on the Federal Election Commission, has been to bury their heads in the sand or actively obstruct getting to the bottom of what happened," Wyden said in a written statement.

"It's inexcusable that republican commissioners would block an investigation into whether Russian money was funneled through the National Rifle Association to help the acting-president. The blatant partisanship is appalling, undermines our democracy and leaves us vulnerable to continued interference in 2020," he continued.

In particular, the FEC was considering whether to further probe if Alexander Torshin, a senior official at the Central Bank of Russia, and Maria Butina, his former assistant, may have violated the ban on election contributions from foreign nationals by funneling money through the NRA.

Wyden had previously written to the FEC in May after news reports documented links between Torshin and the NRA.

Those reports spurred Wyden, as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has oversight of non-profit organizations such as the NRA, to conduct a correspondence with the gun-rights group.

In a statement coinciding with his May 2019 letter to the FEC, Wyden said the NRA failed to fully comply with his oversight efforts and so he was referring the matter to the federal election watchdog.

In July 2019, two weeks after the Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against Butina on related charges of conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of Russia, Wyden sent another letter to the FEC urging them once more to take up the matter.

"In light of the additional facts that have surfaced as a result of these recent indictments, I urge the FEC to move quickly to determine whether a formal investigation is warranted," the July letter read.

"If the Commission were to authorize an investigation, it could enforce its inquiries through the use of compulsory process in federal court, including through the issuance of subpoenas."

Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the FEC, excoriated her republican colleagues for their contrary votes which resulted in a 2-2 tie on Friday, preventing the inquiry from moving forward.

"For the republican commissioners to apply [this] approach to a matter of such national importance, and in doing so turn a blind eye to the possibility that a foreign adversary secretly funneled tens of millions of dollars into a presidential campaign, is to bring their obstruction to a new and breathtakingly damaging level," she said in a statement.

The House Ways and Means Committee, the oversight body in the United States House of Representatives with jurisdiction over non-profit organizations, has so far declined to launch a formal probe of the NRA, though it is under the control of Democrat Richard Neal.

One of the committee's members, Democratic Representative Brad Schneider, has taken it upon himself in his individual capacity to probe some the NRA's financial misconduct scandals that have destabilized the group this year.

The FEC did not respond to a request for comment.

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Vox Populi / Re: Hillary Clinton keynotes Detroit NAACP Annual Dinner
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:18:27 pm »
Friday, 16th August 2019
by David Shortell

A long-running Republican-led investigation into the handling of classified information on Hillary Clinton's private email server did not find any evidence that China had successfully hacked the former secretary of state, confirming the findings of the FBI, according to a memo released by two senior senators this week.

The findings, from Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, respectively, should help put to rest allegations that resurfaced after a report in a conservative news outlet last year that was later perpetuated online by the current acting-president.

"Neither the committees nor the FBI were able to confirm whether an intrusion into the server occurred," Grassley and Johnson said in a news release Wednesday.

Concerns of an intrusion by China into the server were first raised by two officials from the Intelligence Community Inspector General's Office, which helped initiate the original review of Clinton's email practices as secretary of state that was later referred to the FBI, according to the memo.

Both officials were interviewed by the Senate investigators as part of their probe.

One of the officials told Senate investigators that Peter Strzok, a senior FBI official on the Clinton investigation who was fired last year after the release of text messages he'd sent that were critical of the acting-president, was "aloof and dismissive" when presented with information about the potential Chinese hack.

The other Intelligence Community Inspector General's Office official told investigators that FBI employees were "poker faced" when shown the information, which concerned the appearance of a Gmail address that had a similar name to a Chinese trucking company in the metadata of a tranche of Clinton emails.

A letter in April to Grassley and Johnson from the inspectors general for the intelligence community and the Justice Department that's included in the memo says a computer specialist who administered one of the private email systems told the FBI that he had created the Gmail account to transfer archived emails between Clinton servers.

The FBI had been aware of the Gmail account in question before the two intelligence community inspector general officials expressed their concerns over it in the meeting with Strzok, the memo shows.
After its own investigation, the FBI concluded in 2016 that there was no "direct evidence" that the server had been successfully hacked, though former FBI Director James Comey conceded that "given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence."

Separately, the officials from the Intelligence Community Inspector General's Office also told Senate investigators that they had witnessed efforts by senior State Department officials to try to avoid labeling certain emails as classified as part of the review.

The Senate investigation into the Clinton server is continuing and has shifted its focus toward a classified appendix of a report from the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office scrutinizing the FBI's investigation that was released last year, according to the memo.

Investigators are interested in the decision by the FBI to not seek access to "certain highly classified information potentially relevant to the investigation" and have written to the Justice Department with questions, they said in the memo.

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« on: August 16, 2019, 05:53:51 pm »
So we're going to have a multiyear break before the next BP movie comes out.


I'm O.K. with this decision, Supreme.

As I've written before, MARVEL Studios is doing in cinema exactly what MARVEL comics was doing on the bookstands...

--- expanding their universe and introducing new characters.

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