A growing number of countries are dissatisfied with the antics in Brussels, leading to increased Euroskepticism; the latest such being Ireland. At this rate, the EU could well implode over the next decade, according to some observers.
Terrorism watch lists generally focus upon guys in their teens and early 20s, but the guy who attacked in London was older:
Adrian Ajao, at 52, became the oldest Islamic terrorist to launch an attack in Britain when he murdered three pedestrians and a police officer on Wednesday. The average age of previous terrorists and suspects was 22.
And it increasingly appears that he wasn't working alone; he was using the encrypted WhatsApp messaging platform shortly before embarking on his rampage. In and out of prison a couple of times, he was described by former acquaintances as a violent guy who always carried a knife. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it might be a good idea to consider folks like him a bit more closely.
About half of Canadians want to see a crackdown on illegal immigration across their southern border. You read that right:
Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.Canadians appeared to be just as concerned about illegal immigration as their American neighbors, according to the poll, which was conducted between March 8-9. Some 48 percent of Canadians said they supported “increasing the deportation of people living in Canada illegally.”
When asked specifically about the recent border crossings from the United States, the same number - 48 percent - said Canada should "send these migrants back to the U.S."
A man is confronted by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer as he prepares to cross the U.S.-Canada border leading into Hemmingford, Quebec. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
It seems that there are a whole lot of folks walking across the border from Vermont into Quebec, and a lot of Canadians are none too happy about it. They're also walking from North Dakota into Manitoba.
"There are so many people in the world who want to come in and go through the right channels," said Greg Janzen, elected leader of a Manitoba border municipality that has seen hundreds of border crossers. "That's what's pissing most people off. These guys are jumping the border," he said.
Does that sound familiar, or what?
"Refugees are much more welcomed when we have gone and selected them ourselves as a country, as opposed to refugees who have chosen us," said Janet Dench, executive director of Canadian Council for Refugees.
The Canadian government has capped legal immigration into the country at 300,000 for 2017; by contrast, the USA last year accepted over 1.2 million legal immigrants, although the five-year running average is 1,136,000. Since the election of Trump, hundreds of folks from Africa and the Middle East have been bee-lining for the northern US border; it's unclear why they aren't making a similar run to the Mexican border. Maybe they don't like Mexicans.
But the usually unfailingly polite Canadians are increasingly perturbed by the influx of illegal aliens who are self-deporting from the USA. The self-deporters actually began doing that last year; it's intensified since the election.
Speaking of our hard-working illegal aliens, however:
Authorities raided a building in southwest Detroit on Saturday as part of an investigation into cockfighting and illegal gambling.
There were 86 people inside the abandoned building in the 1200 block of Green, near Springwells and I-75, when multiple agencies executed a search warrant around 1 p.m, said Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We made approximately 50 administrative arrests for individuals who were in violation of immigration law,” he said. “And those individuals will be detained in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”
Well, some people are evidently simply begging to be taken out. Like 32 year-old Dick Bull over in Britain, who a few months ago was taking a bath while using his iPhone as it was charging.
Bull, who had used an extension cord from the hallway of his London home to bring the phone into the bath while it charged, suffered burns so severe that when his wife found his body, she thought he had been attacked and called police.
A tip from the NYPD: "Don't put your cellphone under a pillow when sleeping or when charging your device"—unless you want to set your head on fire.
Good grief. Somebody needs to buy these people a clue - although granted, it's too late for the Brit. Cell phone + water = Bad. Cell phone + insulation = Bad. Who knew you'd have to mention this stuff?
Cell phones need to be kept on a hard surface because the lithium-ion battery generates heat, both when charging and during use. Ditto for tablets and laptops. Placing them on a hard surface assists in heat dissipation, so you don't end up with something like this in the wee hours:
Can't sleep; head's on fire. Don't touch me, I'm a real live wire. Psycho killer....
Blame France and the EU and their stupid "refugee" policies.
Suspect, a 39-year-old man with a history of robbery and drug offences, was known to authorities for suspected Islamic extremism.
Apparently, this particular denizen from the third century carjacked a woman in Paris, drove over to Orly International Airport, and attacked a soldier who was patrolling the area in an effort to take her weapon. Because after all, he be Big Man with Beard, and she be Gurrl, so obviously inferior.
It must have surprised the heck out of him when he was unable to take her rifle. It probably surprised him as well when two other soldiers shot him. In any case, he quickly assumed ambient temperature. Unfortunately for several thousand people, the airport was shut down as a result of the excitement; traffic backed up, passengers were held on planes for hours, and so on. As usual, this sort of thing triggers a cascade of related delays, not only locally, but internationally.
The Paris prosecutors' office said its anti-terrorism division was taking over the investigation and had taken the attacker's father and brother into custody for questioning.
Yes, well it's a safe bet that those two will pull their Sgt. Schultz routine.
Yep, now bakers are engaged in an "economic war" on the country. Isn't everybody? That's the standard Leftist line.
Gosh, and to think we had a chance to elect Bernie!
You know, the Democratics from out of state who set up shop here in Oregon really need a State Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights. There's just no doubt that they'd be all over that if they thought they could get away with it. Of course, with all the transplants now here, they probably could.
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Known worldwide as Carlos, the 67-year-old is already serving a life sentence in France for a series of murders and attacks he has been convicted of perpetrating or organizing in the country on behalf of the Palestinian cause or communist revolution in the 1970s and '80s.
At his terrorism trial, which opened Monday, and a conviction for which would earn him a third life sentence, he was asked by a judge if he had any regrets.
"Yes, I have regrets — because I'm kindhearted — that I did not kill people I should have killed," Carlos answered.
Having already served 20 years in prison after finally being captured in Sudan and taken to France in a sack, he looks remarkably well. Prison must agree with him.
Russia, as it happens, has a long history of infatuation with poisons. The infamous murder of Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning his tea with polonium being one of the more high-profile examples.
It turns out it’s not easy to secretly kill a person using poison. The producers cite numerous cases of Russians who were poisoned multiple times before a dose proved fatal.
So it was that when a crew from CBS' "60 Minutes" interviewed a Russian dissident who was twice hospitalized with near-fatal poisoning occurrences, they were a bit skeptical until they found that poisoning is easier said than accomplished.
“What we found is the Russians have been obsessed with poison for centuries, definitely for at least a hundred years,” Bar-On says. Russian history and literature is rife with stories of poisonings.
“Poison is a very big part of the Russian psyche,” Bar-On says. “We’ve got our love of guns in this country. Russia has its love of poison.”
Perhaps the stealth factor is what provides much of the Russian attraction to poisons; guns, after all, aren't stealthy at all - you get shot, people know it. And perhaps Russians find the slow death by poisoning, which gives the victim time to contemplate what is happening, more satisfying than a quick gunshot death.
Indonesia has transferred Frank Amado, a U.S. citizen, from prison to facilities on Nusa Kambangan island - otherwise known as "execution island". Ol' Frank, apparently not the brightest bulb on the string, was arrested and tried in Indonesia on drug trafficking charges. In that country, the sentence is death. By firing squad.
In 2011, US government representatives said they would not intervene in the case.
Frank's sort of on his own, then. Technically, he's entitled to one more appeal. Realistically, it's a different story, as Indonesia's been known to execute people under similar circumstances.
It's got to ruin your day to hear that you're being transferred to execution island....
After all these years, they're still finding Nazi war criminals, and Poland's asking the USA to extradite a 98 year-old guy who's been living in Minnesota since his 1949 arrival.
In this May 22, 1990, file photo, Michael Karkoc whom The Associated Press identified as a former commander in an SS-led unit stands in Lauderdale, Minn. Poland will seek the arrest and extradition of Karkoc, a Minnesota man, after confirming he was a Nazi unit commander suspected of ordering the killing of 44 Poles during World War II, a prosecutor said Monday, March 13, 2017.
German investigators had previously identified him:
Prosecutors in Germany shelved their own investigation of Karkoc in 2015 after saying they had received "comprehensive medical documentation" from doctors at the geriatric hospital in the U.S. where he was being treated that led them to conclude he was not fit for trial.
Karkoc's family says he suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
The head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center disagrees, noting that it's pretty common for such individuals to take measures to appear as sick or infirm as possible. Still, if they get him to Poland, try and convict him, Michael would just get a "life" sentence in prison - which at his age shouldn't mean much.
Unsurprisingly, his son claims it's all a pack of lies.
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