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Family members of Berlin Christmas terrorist attack receive bills from government

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Bureaucracy doing what it does best.

From News.com.au: Those whose sons, daughters and loved ones were killed by a terrorist plunging a hijacked truck through a Christmas market in 2016 thought at the very least they’d get a letter of condolence from their leader.

Instead, almost a year after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, relatives of the 12 Germans killed in the attack have received bills for identifying the dead bodies and threats to call the debt collectors in.

They received limited compensation and not an official word, or letter of condolence, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel failed them, say the grieving relatives of the 12, who have vented their anger in a withering letter accusing the Chancellor of “political inaction” and of failing to reach out to the bereaved.

Almost a year after the attack, we note that you have not shared your condolences with us either in person or in writing. In our opinion, this means that you are not doing justice to your office,” read the letter, published by weekly magazine Der Spiegel on Friday.

“In failing to do so, we believe, you are failing to live up to your high office … It is a question of respect, decency and, finally, a matter of course that you as the head of government should acknowledge to us the loss of our family members through an act of terror.”

Among those venting their anger, frustration and grief are Sigrid and Hans-Georg Rheinsberg. Their daughter, Doris, was killed in the attack by a jihadist asylum-seeker Anis Amri.

The only official communication they’ve had is an invoice from the forensic medicine department demanding €51 ($80) for identifying the body of their daughter. And a very official warning that if they didn’t pay it in 30 days, a debt collector would be hired.

Hans-Georg Rheinsberg told the magazine: “Ms. Merkel embraced the refugees, but she left us out in the cold.”

The letter says the bereaved were neglected by their government after the attack.

Accusing the Chancellor of “failing to live up” to the responsibility of her office, it notes how she and other dignitaries attended a rushed mass at the Memorial Church, a Berlin landmark in the heart of the Christmas market, while relatives of the victims were desperately struggling to find out whether their loved ones were among the casualties. Some waited for days to be informed.

The letter contrasts how other nations dealt with the five foreign dead: the Italian President attended the transfer of the remains of one of the victims; the Polish president knelt in front of the coffin of the truck driver murdered by Amri. Israel, home to another victim, passed a law giving financial support to families of terror targets overseas.

Meanwhile, the injured German survivors of the attack are also angry: while the killer received state support, some of the 70 injured have not yet been compensated for massive medical bills.

The German government has so far paid out $1.9 million to those wounded in the attack and to the victims’ families, according to the justice ministry.

Merkel’s office reacted swiftly to the public damnation, her spokesman saying on Monday she will this month hold her first face-to-face meeting with relatives on December 189 — one day before the anniversary of the attack.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel will listen to their grievances and see “which lessons can be learned” at the December 18 meeting.

He claimed the meeting was scheduled before the open letter was sent, nevertheless, “the letter shows how useful and urgent this meeting is”, Seibert said.

The letter had harsh words for the security “failings” that allowed Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia, to carry out the attack, the deadliest yet in Germany to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

Authorities missed a number of opportunities to arrest and deport the known drug dealer with connections to radical Islamists, who escaped detection by skipping across German state lines and using different identities.

On the day of the attack, he hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before ploughing the vehicle through the market on his deadly drive. He was shot and killed four days later by Italian police in Milan.

The annual Christmas market at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz reopened last week with new security measures in place, including concrete barriers and a heightened police presence.

DCG

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Couple furious as jury pays illegal alien’s fine after jewelry theft conviction

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Sandra Mendez Ortega/Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office photo

I understand having compassion for people. Yet as small as the fine was, it was the perfect opportunity to teach this young women about personal responsibility for your actions.

FYI: Fairfax County is a sanctuary county.

From Fox News: A Virginia woman was outraged after the maid she hired stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from her home and then the jury chipped in to pay for the woman’s fine after convicting her of theft.

Sandra Mendez Ortega, 19, who is in the country illegally, was convicted of felony grand larceny for stealing three rings on Dec. 8 by a jury at Fairfax County court. Instead of jail time, the jury sentenced her to a $60 fine.

A sympathetic jury for the teenager, who is pregnant with her second child, and pulled together $80 to pay for the fine after they convicted her.

Jury foreman Jeffrey Memmott told The Washington Post the jurors felt sympathy for the woman who testified she dropped out of school after sixth grade, had one child and was pregnant with another but was not employed.

“The general sentiment was she was a victim, too,” Memmott said. “Two of the women (jurors) were crying because of how bad they felt. One lady pulled out a $20 bill, and just about everybody chipped in.”

Memmott said he contacted the case’s public defender and went to the former maid’s home to give her $80, more than enough to pay her $60 fine.

“Justice had to be done,” Janice Woolridge, a juror, told The Washington Post. “But there’s also got to be some compassion somewhere. Young people make bad decisions. We just couldn’t pile on any more.”

However, Lisa Copeland, Mendez Ortega’s employer, was not happy with the sentencing – or their actions. She told the post that a $60 fine was insufficient for the crime committed and claimed Ortega told lie after lie. “I was outraged,” Copeland said. “I was just flabbergasted. I didn’t think $60 equated to the crime at all.”

Copeland said she discovered the rings missing in Sept. 2016 and actually did not realize a third ring had disappeared until they were turned in. The rings were worth at least $5,000, she aid.

Copeland called Fairfax City police who questioned the three housekeepers – including Mendez Ortega – who cleaned Copeland’s home and they all denied wrongdoing.

However, following the questioning the 19-year-old reportedly felt guilty about the stealing and told Copeland’s husband, Jeff, she had the rings and gave them back, The Washington Post reported. Police also had the young woman write the Copeland’s a letter of apology. Copeland said she has never seen the apology and the former maid never said sorry to her in person. “Never saw it,” Copeland said. “Never heard about it until the trial, during sentencing.”

Mendez Ortega was arrested and spent eight days in jail but posted the $1,000 bond and was released. The jury was not told of the woman’s stint in jail and that she was in the country illegally because “it was not relevant to whether she stole the rings.”

(So why was Ortega’s education, employment and pregnancy status relevant to whether she stole the rings but not her criminal entry into this country?)

Copeland said she felt the jury should have been told these facts. “I think it’s relevant to the case,” Copeland said.

“It really irritates me that she came here and committed a felony,” Jeff Copeland told The Washington Post. “People are coming here because there is opportunity here. But when they come here and commit crimes, that’s where you’ve got to draw the line.”

Lisa Copeland said she was “amazed” the jury did not want to convict Mendez Ortega although she confessed. “The fact that she confessed,” she said, “and they didn’t want to convict her? I don’t get this. That’s basically saying it’s okay to steal.”

Mendez Ortega faced up to 20 years in prison and a $2,500 fine but the jury only made her pay a fine that would be equivalent to a day’s pay.

Speaking through an interpreter, she said she was “happy” following her sentencing. “I became happy when I heard they wanted to give me that (money.) Thank you very much to all of them, God bless them,” she said.

DCG

SNL libtard gets a tattoo of his “hero” Hillary Clinton

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Hahahahahahahahaha!

From ABC News: Hillary Clinton has made quite an impression on “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson — on his right leg, to be exact.

Davidson, who publicly supported Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, posted a photo Friday on Instagram of his new tattoo, which is of Clinton.

“Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero,” the New York City native wrote. “Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe.”

Not too long afterwards, a comedic Clinton commented on the photo.

“Thanks, @petedavidson, This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years,” she wrote. “But seriously, I’m honored. Merry Christmas my friend.”

The tattoo artist, Jon Mesa of No Idols Tattoo in Lower Manhattan, confirmed that the ink was indeed permanent.

He told Us Weekly Friday, “Yes, it’s real! Just did it last night at my shop No Idols Tattoo on Bowery and Grand! It’s a small one on his right leg.”

DCG

Miss Iraq’s photo with Miss Israel forces family out of Iraq due to death threats

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That’s the “Religion of Peace” for you.

From MSN: Relatives of Iraq’s Miss Universe contestant have gone into hiding after a picture of the beauty queen with Miss Israel led to death threats.

During a Miss Universe event in November, Sarah Idan, representing Iraq, snapped a photo with her friend Adar Gandelsman, who was competing as Miss Israel. The photo was later posted to the women’s Instagram accounts.

In response, people in Idan’s home country of Iraq began issuing threats against the beauty queen and her family, Gandelsman told Israeli television.

“People made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her [Miss Iraq] title, that they would kill her,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Gandelsman says that she and Idan are close friends who have remained in touch since the pageant. Idan, who lives in the U.S., confirmed the story with a Tweet.

“I’m not the first nor the last person to face prosecution over a matter of personal freedom. Millions of Iraqi women live in fear. #freeiraqiwomen,” she posted on Twitter with a link to Gandelsman’s interview.

The threats against Idan and her family are just one example of how tense the situation can be between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, where many Muslims conflate any connection with Israel as support for Israeli activities.

Many in the Middle East are taught that Jews are murderers. These passions were recently inflamed even farther when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that enraged many Arab leaders who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state. Protests broke out across the Middle East in the wake of Trump’s decision last week, and several Palestinians died in violent exchanges with Israeli forces.

Many countries, like Iraq, do not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Idan, however, had hoped that her photo would spread a message of tolerance and understanding. She posted the photo “so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Idan also defended the photo in a separate Arabic language post on Instagram. “I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote, adding that the photo with Gandelsman is not indicative of support for the Israeli government or a lack of support for the Palestinian cause.

People in Iraq were also angry that Idan had posted in a bikini.

DCG

Lisa Bloom tried to solicit cash from media for Trump accusers

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Birds of a feather…

Shocker, not.

From NY Post: A women’s rights lawyer attention-seeking hack tried to solicit cash from donors and media outlets for women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, a new report said Friday.

Attorney Lisa Bloom offered to sell the alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets and wanted to pocket a portion for herself as a commission, The Hill reported.

She persuaded a donor to pay off one accuser’s mortgage and tried to get a fat six-figure payment for another woman who eventually declined to come forward even after she was offered as much as $750,000, the website reported, citing Bloom’s clients as sources.

Bloom told one prospective accuser that political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were also contacted as part of the effort, though details about that connection were scarce.

In a statement to The Hill, Bloom acknowledged she engaged in discussions to get cash for women who made or thought about accusing Trump before last year’s election.

“Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented,” said Bloom, whose clients have included women who accused disgraced ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and serial perv Bill Cosby.

Bloom, the daughter of noted women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, said she wasn’t pressuring the women to come forward, just trying to help them relocate or arrange security if they felt in danger after going public. She would not identify any of the donors.

Bloom also said a standard part of her contracts required women to pay her commissions as high as 33 percent if she sold their stories to media outlets.

“Our standard pro bono agreement for legal services provides that if a media entity offers to compensate a client for sharing his or her story we receive a percentage of those fees. This rarely happens. But, on occasion, a case generates media interest and sometimes (not always) a client may receive an appearance fee,” she said.

“As a private law firm we have significant payroll, rent, taxes, insurance and other expenses every week, so an arrangement where we might receive some compensation to defray our costs seems reasonable to us and is agreed to by our clients,” Bloom added.

Bloom told The Hill she had no contact with Clinton or her campaign, but declined to address any contacts with super PACs that supported the Democratic presidential nominee.

One client she helped was New York City makeup artist Jill Harth, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in 1997 and then withdrew it under pressure.

She asked Bloom to represent her in the fall after hearing Trump describe her allegations against him as false, and became a vocal critic of Trump.

“I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced. She advised me with great competence and compassion,” Harth told The Hill. Bloom later set up a payment for Harth for photos she allowed the media to use, and also raised $2,300 from a GoFundMe.com page. Bloom also arranged for a donor to make a larger contribution — less than $30,000 — to help Harth pay off the mortgage on her Queens apartment, the website reported.

Another woman, who was not identified at one point demanded $2 million to tell her story. Bloom reportedly offered a six-figure sum, but the woman, who supported Trump, backed out.

Bloom said the donor money was never intended “to entice women to come forward against their will. Nothing can be further from the truth. Some clients asked for small photo licensing fees while others wanted more to protect their security,” she said.

Harth charged that during a January 1993 meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump shoved her against a wall and groped her.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or assault, prompting a handful of Democratic lawmakers to call for his resignation and a larger number demanding a Congressional probe. The president says they are all liars.

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Rahm Emanuel declares Chicago a “Trump-free zone” on Colbert’s Late Show

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Hey Colbert, why not one “rapid-fire” question about Chiraq’s gun control laws and their inability to deter crime in that city? Guess only TDS material is appropriate for “comedy” shows.

From NBC Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday night to declare Chicago a “Trump-free zone.”

It was Emanuel’s first appearance on the show since Colbert took over for David Letterman in 2015, and he took the opportunity to escalate his criticisms of President Donald Trump, particularly when it comes to immigration policy.

“Our motto: A city he’ll never sleep in. We don’t want him,” Emanuel said to kick off his segment.

Colbert questioned the enforcement of that rule, particularly with “a Trump hotel right on the river there,” to which the mayor touted his record of opposing the Trump administration.

Emanuel mentioned free community college for students, including so-called DREAMers, who maintain at least a B average in high school, suing the Environmental Protection Agency over U.S. Steel dumping in Lake Michigan, as well as the recent adoption of climate change policies by mayors from around the world at a summit in Chicago.

“Look, Donald Trump is driving forward looking through the rearview mirror and I’m not going that way because I want my city going that way,” he said, gesturing forward, “and I want it to be a Trump-free zone.”

“He really, never really likes it when I do that though,” Emanuel added.

Colbert then questioned Chicago’s status as a “sanctuary city,” a term used for jurisdictions that do not detain undocumented immigrants illegal aliens arrested on charges unrelated to their immigration status and turn them over to federal authorities for possible deportation. “How is that not sort of a constitutional crisis?” Colbert asked.

Emanuel deflected at first, returning to a familiar anecdote about the arrival of his immigrant grandfather in Chicago 100 years ago, proclaiming that the city that welcomed his ancestors and made him mayor is “the greatest city in the greatest country in the world.”

“That doesn’t necessarily answer my question,” Colbert pushed back. “I’m all for what you’re doing, but I’m just curious how it doesn’t violate federal law for you to do this.”

“Because the police department in the city of Chicago is not supposed to be enforcing the immigration laws of the United States government. That’s what the federal government is for,” Emanuel responded, adding that stricter enforcement of immigration laws would counteract his work “building relationships between the police department and communities” – an area that has been the subject of intense scrutiny and structural reform in the wake of high-profile police shootings like that of Laquan McDonald in 2014.

“I’m not driving a wedge – that is what Donald Trump wants, is a wedge on the philosophy of community policing,” Emanuel told Colbert. “It’s absolutely antithetical to everything we’re trying to do.”

The duo then delved into a rapid-fire question game called “Fast Round” from the mayor’s podcast “Chicago Stories.”

Emanuel chose Cubs over Sox, thick crust over thin, Hancock over Sears, then (begrudgingly) Willis over Sears, lake over river and 16-inch softball over 12 – a Chicago summer tradition that Colbert said “looks like the moon is eclipsing when it comes at you.”

Colbert’s final question for Emanuel centered on Trump’s declaration last week that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, asking why the presidents Emanuel worked for (Obama and Bill Clinton) didn’t do it before him. “First of all, no Democrat or Republican president would ever do this,” the mayor said, calling it “bad policy.”

“The fact is, for a whole host of reasons, you do not want the United States in the middle of negotiations about a two-state solution,” Emanuel continued. “You know, my father is from Israel, I’ve been to Israel, my son’s been Bar Mitzvahed there. This is not what a president should be doing.”

Emanuel landed one final dig at Trump, saying his “bigger worry is that he’s not also moving the nation’s capital to Alabama and I’m really more concerned about what he’s doing there,” in a reference to the high-stakes, contentious race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.

DCG

Seattle Seahawks rookie arrested, calls female officer a b*tch & her partner the “N” word

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Tell me why I should care one iota about these NFL child-like ingrates?

From Daily Mail: Body camera footage has emerged showing Seattle Seahawks defensive end Malik McDowell unleashing a foul-mouthed rant at police officers while being arrested for disorderly conduct outside a Georgia nightclub over the weekend.

In the four-minute video, the 21-year-old rookie NFL player is heard repeatedly calling a female officer a ‘b***h’ and her male partner the ‘N-word,’ bragging about his wealth and justifying his conduct by claiming that he paid $1million in taxes.

McDowell, who is not an active player after suffering a concussion in an ATV accident back in July, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after getting into an altercation over money outside the SL Lounge club in the Atlanta suburb of Chamblee.

At around 2.21am, the athlete allegedly shouted at a security guard that he had already paid $600. However staff claim he hadn’t given them any cash.

According to an incident report filed by the Chamblee Police Department and first reported on by TMZ Sports, security allowed him back in before kicking him out again.

An officer said the player poured out a couple of bottles of alcohol while inside the nightclub.

Officers then tried to get McDowell into the back of the police car to take him to jail on suspicion of disorderly conduct, prompting the Seahawks player to spout forth a torrent of profanities at the officers, whom he repeatedly called ‘dumba** n****rs’ and ‘brokea** n****rs.’

In the body camera video documenting McDowell’s arrest, which was also obtained by WILX, the 21-year-old NFL player justifies the verbal abuse directed at the cops by boasting about his prosperity.

‘B*h, I got money, that’s why I can talk st…you’ll be a broke b***h for the rest of your life,’ he rants. ‘B***h, I got lawyer money…I’m rich, b***h, dumbass n***er…I got a lot of f***ing money, you brokea** n***res.’

As a second-round, 35th overall draft pick, McDowell signed a four-year, $6.95million contract with the Seahawks in the spring.

Even after he was handcuffed and bundled into the back of the squad car, McDowell carried on berating the cops in the harshest of terms – and arguing that as a top-bracket taxpayer, he had the right to do so.

‘I paid a million in taxes this fing year. If I wanna call that bh a bh, I can,’ he tells the male officer, referring to his female partner. ‘Yes, I can. If I wanna call every officer a bh, I can.’

But the officer seems unconvinced by McDowell’s argument and points out that he paid his taxes in Seattle, not in the City of Chamblee. ‘We didn’t get paid on that – Seattle police did,’ the cops maintains. ‘We’ve been paid off City of Chamblee taxes. You can go to Seattle and call everybody you want a b***h.’

Once he is brought to the police station, McDowell insists that he did nothing unlawful, arguing that his calling an officer ‘a b***h’ does not merit a disorderly conduct charge.

The female arresting officer later claimed that the 6-foot-6, 299-pound defensive end put up such a fight that she almost had to use a Taser and pepper spray on him.

McDowell was booked into jail for disorderly conduct before being released on $325 bond.

On Monday, the pugnacious player tweeted an apology for his outburst saying he was ’embarrassed’ by his actions.  In his message addressed to the police, the Seahawks organization and his teammates, McDowell said that he was ‘a young man who made a mistake’ and that he was ‘constantly working towards getting better.’ 

That same day, McDowell met with Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, who described the player as ‘very remorseful’ and expressed hope that he would learn from this experience.  ‘We’ve already talked about that, and let’s hope that this isn’t an indicator of things to come,’ the coach told The Seattle Times.

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