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How’s that gun control working for London? Five attacks leave three dead in 24 hours

From BBC: Police have made 14 arrests after five separate attacks in London left three men dead and three others injured in the space of 24 hours.

An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead.

A man in his 30s then died after he was stabbed in Tower Hamlets on Saturday afternoon.

In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton.
The condition of one of the men injured in Clapham is not yet known, while the injuries sustained by the others are non life-threatening.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “sickened” following the death of the two teenagers.

US President Donald Trump, who has a long-running political feud with Mr. Khan, took to Twitter to say London “needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!”

In response, a spokesman for Mr. Khan said the mayor was focused on supporting the city’s communities and “over-stretched” emergency services.

The mayor’s thoughts were with the victims’ families and he “is not going to waste his time responding to this sort of tweet”, he added.

Six males – aged between 16 and 19 – have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the teenager in Wandsworth, who died from stab wounds in Deeside Road.

Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the killing was “heartbreaking” and “absolutely tragic”.

After the shooting in a car park in Hartville Road in Plumstead, three boys aged 16 and 17 and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Armed police, local officers, the London Ambulance Service and an air ambulance all attended, but the teenage victim died a short while later.

The deaths take the total number of murders in London in 2019 to 56. This time last year there had been 77 homicides, 48 of which were stabbings.

Read the whole story here.

See also:

Good thing they banned guns: London averaging 40 knife crimes per day

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has a serious crime problem: City sets record for murders as police launch 100th investigation

London stabbings: Six teenagers attacked in 90 minutes during night of violence
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MAGA: President Trump raises $24.8M for re-election in less than 24 hours

From Yahoo: President Trump held a rally in Orlando on Tuesday night billed as the kickoff to his reelection campaign. And according to the Republican National Committee, he received nearly $25 million in contributions in less than a day.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel announced Wednesday that Trump raised a “record breaking $24.8M in less than 24 hours for his re-election.”

“The enthusiasm across the country for this President is unmatched and unlike anything we’ve ever seen!” she tweeted.

RNC chief of staff Richard Walters told Yahoo News that the total is a combination of the amount raised by the Trump campaign and Trump Victory, the joint fundraising arm for the campaign and the RNC.

The RNC took in $10.8 million from major donors at two fundraising events, while the Trump campaign raised $8 million through a phone drive and about $6 million in online donations. (The average online donation was $44, Walters said.)

Trump’s one-day haul is nearly four times the amount former Vice President Joe Biden raised in the first 24 hours after announcing his 2020 presidential campaign.

Biden took in $6.3 million, the largest first-day total for any of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. According to Biden’s campaign, the money was raised from nearly 97,000 individual donors across all 50 states.

The former vice president’s campaign raised slightly more in its first 24 hours than former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke ($6.1 million) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ($5.9 million).

Biden, though, has faced criticism among Democratic rivals for his embrace of high-rolling donors and top-dollar fundraisers.

“I don’t spend time at fancy fundraisers,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted earlier this week. “Instead, I spend my time meeting voters and thanking grassroots donors who chip in what they can.”

Read the whole story here.

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The what-was-she-thinking Caption Contest

This is the 202nd world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Thought bubble over QEII: “Phew! No bulge there. Not a tranny like that last one!”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

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Corruption: Defense Secretary James Mattis made secret $10B no-bid Pentagon contract with Amazon

James Mattis, 68, former U.S. Marine Corps general who was widely revered by rank-and-file Marines for his blunt talk and leadership, was recruited by President Trump into his administration as Secretary of Defense, to the roaring approval of conservatives and patriots.

See “Obama regime purges 5th senior military officer: Cmdr of CENTCOM James Mattis

Mattis was defense secretary for only two years, from January 20, 2017 to December 31, 2018, after resigning reportedly over disagreement on Trump’s announcement of an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Syria. A day after Mattis’ departure, on January 2, 2019, Trump criticized Mattis’ performance as Secretary of Defense and said he had “essentially fired him.”

My post of May 24, 2019 was on what may be the real reason why Mattis resigned or was fired: At least seven months before he resigned, Mattis had put together a plan to challenge Trump in the 2020 Republican primary elections.

Now, we are told by FoxNews’ Tucker Carlson that, in addition to being disloyal, Mattis is also corrupt. As defense secretary, Mattis made a secret, no-bid $10 billion Pentagon contract with Amazon.com.

On June 14, 2019’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson said (beg. 30:21 mark in this video):

“The Department of Defense exists to protect America from foreign threats and does a great job of that, thank God, but it’s also a massive consumer of tax dollars — the biggest, really. And for that reason, concerns about corruption are always there.

There’s reason to believe that over the past couple of years, some at the Pentagon had worked to enrich Amazon, already the world’s richest company. In 2017, the Pentagon announced a $10 billion cloud-computing contract. According to critics, the contract wasn’t actually competitive and was designed from the very start to be fulfilled by Amazon and only by Amazon. Several of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ aides had prior professional ties to Amazon. A key official working on the Pentagon’s cloud computing program was carrying out secret job negotiations with Amazon even as he worked on the Pentagon’s program.

And we can report exclusively tonight on this program that in March 2017, before the cloud computing contract was announced, [Defense] Secretary Mattis had a secret dinner in London with Amazon’s top cloud sales executive Teresa Carlson.”

Tuckson Carlson then interviewed Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus and considered one of President Trump’s closest allies in Congress. What they said:

  • The Pentagon’s contract with Amazon, “the largest of its kind ever,” is not yet “in place”.
  • Rep. Meadows said the $10 billion contract “was designed” to be given to only one vendor — Amazon — with “perhaps, inside negotiations”. Meadows alluded to the Pentagon official who was carrying out secret job negotiations with Amazon as “now employed with Amazon”. Meadows calls the contract “inside baseball that enriches certain individuals“.
  • Tucker Carlson emphasized the fact that the Pentagon tried to keep secret then-Defense Secretary’s Mattis’ meeting with the Amazon official “like some national security secret,” which it is not. Carlson asks: “Why wouldn’t they be open about that?”.
  • Rep. Meadows said Pentagon’s “procurement process should be open and transparent and competitive…. Somebody as high as General Mattis being with a potential bidder on a contract of $10 billion, and even beyond that there are some suggestions the Department of Defense Inspector General is looking at this in terms of possible conflict-of-interest. So whether it be with General Mattis or with other individuals, what we want to make sure is that the American people get the best value for the dollar, and you can’t do that if you’re designing a contract to go just to one bidder.”
  • Carlson then asks: “Do we trust Amazon this service to keep the Pentagon’s data? It’s not an American company; it’s a . . . multi-national. Are we comfortable with that?”
  • Meadows replies that it’s not a matter of the company, but that this is about the American people putting their trust in Washington, DC, to “get it right”, but Washington don’t get it right all the time. “What you have basically is the Department of Defense…is so bloated…we’ve got hundreds of thousands of people that, candidly, are not necessarily investing the American people’s tax dollar in the most wise and efficient way.”

For the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” video, go to Bitchute.

~Eowyn

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Morgan Stanley’s business confidence index has biggest drop since 2008 financial crisis

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States, and the sixth largest bank in the world by total assets as of 2018, to the amount of $2.535 trillion. It is the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization and was named one of the top stocks to buy in 2019.

The Morgan Stanley Business Conditions Index (MSBCI) is an economic barometer based on an internal monthly canvass of industry analysts in JPMorgan’s North America Equity Research. The MSBCI measures general analyst sentiment as well as component indicators that gauge financing, advance bookings, pricing, hiring, capital spending, and expectations. Since its inception in June 2002, the MSBCI has served as a valuable and effective instrument for anticipating directional moves in the U.S. economy.

Morgan Stanley just published its latest Business Conditions Index and it is shocking.

As reported by Maggie Fitzgerald for CNBC, June 13, 2019:

Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index, which captures turning points in the economy, fell by 32 points in June, to a level of 13 from a level of 45 in May. This drop is the largest one-month decline on record and the lowest level since December 2008 during the financial crisis, according to the firm.

Morgan Stanley said June’s conditions index reading showed notable declines in hiring, hiring plans, capex plans, and business conditions exceptions.

Economist Ellen Zentner said in a note to clients that the sharp MSBCI decline “shows a sharp deterioration in sentiment this month that was broad-based across sectors. Fundamental indicators point to a broad softening of activity, but analysts did not widely attribute the weakening to [Trump’s] trade policy.”

In addition to the sharp drop in the Business Confidence Index, here are other economic indicators of a possible economic slowdown:

  • Last Friday’s much-worse-than-expected jobs report from the Labor Department, showing that the U.S. economy added just 75,000 jobs in May.
  • A report on Thursday showed a spike in jobless claims last week.
  • Manufacturing activity last month grew at the slowest pace in two years.
  • The manufacturing subindex business conditions fell sharply to zero, the lowest level for the subindex on record.
  • The services subindex also fell to 18 from 35.

Meanwhile, another CNBC report on June 12 says “risks are rising for an oil price spike as tensions between the U.S. and Iran increase” which would further exacerbate business confidence.

Analysts say oil could be more than 10% higher, but if the situation in the Middle East intensifies, there are risks of price spikes that take oil to as high as $100 a barrel this summer.

Four years ago, in June 2015, Bob Johnson wrote in Veterans Today that the powerful Israeli lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was trying to push the U.S. into a war against Iran for Israel’s benefit. (See “Yinon Plan“)

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Chelsea Handler slams President Trump for calling rifles entertainment: “Grounds for impeachment”

This egomaniac probably believes that the only “real entertainment” comes out of Hollyweird.

From Yahoo: Chelsea Handler is speaking out after Donald Trump defended semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifles as “entertainment.”

On Wednesday morning, the president’s interview with Piers Morgan for Good Morning Britain aired. In it, he explained that he doesn’t support gun control or weapons bans because gun owners “have a tremendous amount of fun.”

“Well, a lot of them used them for entertainment, they do,” Trump said when Morgan challenged asked “why anyone in America needs a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle at home.”

“Are guns entertainment?” Morgan shot back.

“For some people, it’s entertainment, they go out and they shoot and they go to ranges and they have a tremendous amount of fun,” Trump responded.

He also said that people would be “sitting ducks” without firearms and claimed that the 2015 attacks in Paris “would never have happened” if Bataclan concert-goers had been armed.

Trump’s comments angered Handler, one of his many celebrity critics. The comedian argued that the president’s description of semi-automatic assault rifles as “entertainment” is “grounds for impeachment.” She also called on politicians to back gun control and “stand up to the NRA.”

Many of her fans agreed, though, as some noted, being against gun control wouldn’t actually be grounds for impeachment. Gun control critics, however, called out Handler.

Handler may get her wish, as Congress may indeed launch an impeachment hearing against Trump over concerns of collusion and other alleged constitutional violations. Just days ago, his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, tweeted that “the president is not above the law,” which was seen as a call for Congress to take action.

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This womyn needs to get herself to the range and shoot a Browning 9mm hi-power. Now that’s what I call entertainment!

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US embassies & ambassadors defy State Department by flying LGBT rainbow flag

Two days ago, I wrote a post on the disturbing phenomenon of Democrat elites undermining the United States’ rule of law by simply ignoring and defying whatever laws they choose. I gave two examples:

  1. Sanctuary states, cities and counties. For a list of those sanctuary jurisdictions, go here.
  2. 42 elected prosecutors — the chief law-enforcement officers of their states or counties — who signed a statement refusing to enforce any state laws restricting abortion. For their statement and a list of the names of the 11 attorney generals and 31 district attorneys, go here.

No doubt the reader knows of many other examples. This post is about a third example of lawless Democrats: U.S. diplomats’ disregard and outright defiance of the State Department’s directive not to display rainbow flags on flagpoles during Pride Month, which is June 2019.

Pride Month was formerly called Gay Pride Month. It’s been updated to LGBT Pride Month or just Pride Month. By the way, how come heterosexuals don’t have a Pride Month, not even a measley Pride Day?

The Obama administration had a blanket policy allowing U.S. Embassy buildings to fly the LGBT rainbow flag for pride celebrations as long as the rainbow flag was smaller and hung lower than the American flag.

However, three unnamed U.S. diplomats told NBC News that this year,  embassies were told they can display the pride flag in other places, including inside embassies, but that requests to fly it on the flagpole must be specifically approved by Washington. No approvals have been granted. The denials came from the office of the State Department’s undersecretary for management, Brian Bulatao, a longtime associate of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

At the same time, however, the Trump administration has announced a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality overseas and President Trump himself issued a tweet and formal statement celebrating Pride Month:

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019

Talk about mixed signals.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is one of the embassies that have requested and been denied permission from the State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles. The embassy’s leading diplomat, U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the most senior openly homosexual in Trump’s administration, finds the State Department’s denial particularly jarring because Grenell is spearheading the administration’s push to end the criminalization of homosexuality in roughly 70 countries that still outlaw it. Grenell, has secured support for that campaign from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Below is a list of U.S. Embassies that are defying the State Department by displaying the rainbow flag or other “pride” signs this month (NBC News; The Daily Signal):

  1. U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany: Ambassador Grenell said “a huge” “gay pride flag” will be hung on the side of the Embassy and his residence, and that “multiple” gay pride events will be hosted at the Embassy and the residence. Grenell himself will, once again and with pride, march in the Berlin Pride parade. Eembassy spokesman Joseph Giordono-Scholz said: “The pride flag will be on as many places as it can at the Embassy.”
  2. The embassy in Vienna flew a rainbow flag below the American flag on a pole hanging from the side of the embassy’s outer wall, as shown on its website.
  3. In Seoul, South Korea, a large rainbow banner is displayed on the side of the U.S. Embassy building.
  4. In Chennai, India, rainbow flags are prominently displayed on the sides of the U.S. Consulate buildings for Pride Month.
  5. The embassy in New Delhi, India has decorated its building with rainbow lights for the month.
  6. The U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile, raised the rainbow flag to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17.
  7. Several U.S. diplomats in Jerusalem, Israel tweeted photos of themselves at local pride events, including a March for Pride and Tolerance.
  8. The U.S. ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry, tweeted a picture of himself surrounded by embassy employees holding up rainbow letters that read “PRIDE.”

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Trump Organization staff carrying guns to work because of physical attacks by protestors

From Daily Mail: Staff at Donald Trump’s real estate company are taking guns to work for their own protection because they are being physically attacked during their commute.

Employees of The Trump Organization are so scared for their safety that being armed is the only way they feel safe, a longtime top executive claims in his new book, The Real Deal: My Decade Fighting Battles and Winning Wars with Trump by George A. Sorial who has been an executive with the Trump Organization since 2006.

Sorial writes that after hearing that his colleagues were being spat on by neverTrumpers he began taking his ‘trusted Glock’ with him when he leaves the house.

In his book Sorial reveals that Trump haters have tried to shut down the Trump Organization by making fake bookings at its hotels and then canceling them.

The claims show the extent of the divide between Trump and his critics who recently shoved an elderly supporter of the President to the floor in London during his state visit to the UK.

Sorial has worked for the Trump Organization since 2006 as executive vice president and counsel and his book makes it clear he is in the president’s camp. In The Real Deal the author claims that in person the President is ‘polite and soft spoken’.

Sorial said that 10-year-old son of one Trump Organization staffer came home to tell his parents he had been bullied because of their links to the President. Another boy who was abused online because his mother works for the Trump Organization.

Sorial calls the people making these comments ‘cowards’ and says that carrying a gun is the only way he feels safe. He writes: ‘I will never leave home without my trusted Glock, and I’m not the only one who considers a firearm and absolute necessity. Thank God for the Second Amendment’.

Read the whole story here.

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Gov. Newsom proposing individual mandate to shore up Obamacare in California

In December 2017 the individual mandate under Obamacare was repealed via President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Yet residents in California may be forced to again pay a fine if they don’t have health insurance – if Gov. Newsom has his way. He hopes the fine will generate money to subsidize insurance for people (wonder if that includes illegal aliens?).

As reported by Sacramento Bee:

“As the Democrats who run California government hash out the final details of the state budget, some lawmakers and advocates are raising doubts about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shore up Obamacare with a tax penalty on people who don’t buy insurance.

Newsom’s office argues fining people without insurance, a plan known as the individual mandate, will stabilize the state’s health insurance market and generate money to subsidize insurance for middle-income people. But others say the money it will generate isn’t enough to make health insurance truly affordable, as the governor’s office is planning.

The individual mandate would have affordability exemptions for people who are in the lowest income brackets, but “for some, it’s just not enough, especially in our high cost of living state,” he said.

Newsom proposed reinstating the individual mandate, a key part of the federal health care law that Republicans controlling the federal government have rolled back, to pressure healthy people to buy coverage. Insurance markets rely on those healthy people paying into the system to offset losses from others who require expensive care.

Republicans who voted to roll back the mandate in 2017 argued it was unfair to penalize people who chose not to buy insurance. But without a mandate, Newsom says insurance prices will go up for everyone.

“Without a mandate, you will see an increase in your premiums,” Newsom said during a news conference about his budget plan last month. “I’d like to avoid that.”

Read the whole story here.

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