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Two Americans killed in Somalia, but not a peep from Ilhan Omar, let alone any expression of 'outrage'

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The aftermath of the attack on the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo, Somalia
At least 26 people, including two Americans, a Briton as well as Kenyans and a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist, have been killed in a car bomb and gun attack on a hotel in Somalia.

A suicide car bomber detonated outside the building where local elders and politicians were meeting, before three gunmen stormed inside and killed those left in the building.

It took security forces 11 hours to bring the overnight siege to an end, with two gunmen being killed and another captured alive, according to a regional president.

Comment: Ms. Omar is very selective about her outrage.

Some of it is good: Some of it is appalling: But the fact that she has no comment about the terrorists ravaging her home country, taking the lives of supposedly fellow citizens is telling.


Heart - Black

Researchers to look for more graves at Florida 'reform school of horrors'

University of South Florida anthropology student
© Edmund D. Fountain/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File
FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, University of South Florida anthropology student.
A former Florida Panhandle reform school known for horrific abuse, where the remains of 55 people were unearthed after the state shut its doors, might have more grisly mysteries underneath its grounds.

University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle will be back at the former Dozier School for Boys on Monday, the same place where she spent four years researching and unearthing the remains of boys buried on the massive 1,400-acre site in Marianna, located about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Tallahassee.

She'll lead a team on a mission to see if 27 anomalies discovered by a contractor using ground-penetrating radar on the site are likely to be human graves.

"At the end of a couple of weeks we'll have a real good sense of what's going on and hopefully that will provide some clarity. There are a lot of people really invested in that history and the men and boys who were there. It will be nice to give them some answers," Kimmerle said in a phone interview Friday.

Comment: See also: Dozens of boys' bodies discovered buried at Florida school of horrors


Arrow Down

Man shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months

Polar bears
© Bonnie Jo Mount
Polar bears are spending more time on land in Alaska due to diminishing sea ice.
A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months.

Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat.

He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to "harvest" it for food between December 2018 and May this year.

Gordon also allowed the bear to be covered with snow, which resulted in one of its legs being ripped off by a passing snowplough.

Finally, on 22 May, he burned the carcass at the village dump in Kaktovik.

Megaphone

Detroit cops arrest their police commissioner at heated meeting over facial recognition

Detroit Police
© Reuters / Rebecca Cook
FILE PHOTO Detroit Police Officers
A police board meeting escalated when Detroit cops tackled a police commissioner to the ground and arrested him at a heated hearing where protesters demonstrated against the city's controversial facial recognition scheme.

Commissioner Willie Burton was annoyed that the Board of Police Commissioners had held secret, closed door meetings that he and the public were not allowed to attend during which an expansion of the facial recognition scheme was planned, Metro Times reports.

He attempted to call out the board on the issue at Thursday's meeting, but was told to be quiet by board chair Lisa Carter, who objected to him speaking for longer than his allotted time, and then asked that he be removed.

Comment: An official with principles standing up for the rights of the common man is a rare sight nowadays. As for facial recognition technology, that's being rolled out from the US to Australia and most people are entirely unaware:


No Entry

Police use tear gas against protesters occupying Champs Elysees

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© AFP 2019 / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
Earlier in the day, a parade was held at the Champs Elysees to mark the national day, known as July 14 in France and Bastille Day abroad.

French police have used tear gas to disperse protesters who occupied the Champs Elysees hours after French President Emmanuel Macron together with European leaders took part in a military parade.

Prior to the police reaction, the protesters started destroying the barriers installed on the streets, trying to build barricades and chanting yellow vest movement slogans.

Star of David

Seeing the light? One day in occupation causes young Jews to turn against Zionism

apartheid street Israel Palestine
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Shuhada Street in Hebron/al-Khalil
We are as critical of the New York Times as anyone, but we need to salute the superb report in the newspaper by David Halbfinger on a liberal Zionist trip for American Jews to see the occupation. Titled, "Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View," the July 10 article offered horrifying glimpses of Palestinian conditions in Susiya and Hebron that left the young Jews staggered.

The article was about a very lukewarm tour of the occupation indeed, by the Zionist group J Street, which has very pro-Israel motivation; it wants these young people to engage in Israel advocacy, and it wants to influence the more rightwing Jewish trips to Israel, notably Birthright, to stop off in Palestine.

But the thrust of the article was that one day's exposure to the desolation of occupation caused two young Jews to question Zionism itself.

Arrow Up

Australian TV host claims his son might be the reincarnation of Princess Diana

Biilly and Diana
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Billy's uncanny statements shocked his family.
An Australian TV host has gone public with his belief that his 4-year-old son might be the reincarnation of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

David Campbell made the stunning claim in a recent magazine column, telling readers that his son Billy says he "used to be the princess".

He initially laughed off the boy's statements but was driven to reveal them when they became more accurate as Billy began sharing details of Diana's life and tragic death.

Writing in Stellar magazine, Campbell began: "OK. This is going to be the strangest column I have ever written, so bear with me."

"Our youngest, Billy, is 4. From the age of about 2 and a half, he has shared several tales that at first seemed silly.

"He provided more information as the years went on and now we don't know what to do with it.

"You see, Billy believes he was once Princess Diana."

Magnify

Half of Germans see Islam as threat

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© FILE PHOTO. Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay
Around 50 percent of Germans are wary of Islam, a new study by a local NGO found. The pollsters blame the media for this state of affairs, adding that tolerance of other major religions in the country is much higher.

In a study on religious diversity conducted by the German Bertelsmann Foundation, one-third of the respondents see Islam as "enriching" German society. At the same time, half of participants said they view it as a "threat."

The percentage of those skeptical about Islam is even higher in the eastern regions of the country - around 57 percent - even though fewer Muslims live there.

Comment: See also: The Muzzies Are Coming! Adopt a Refugee!

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Handcuffs

ICE raids: Obama's DHS secretary says 'we simply have to enforce the law'

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Jeh Johnson, who served as secretary of homeland security under President Barack Obama, said there is nothing unusual with the upcoming raids from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that are targeting illegal immigrants who have orders for deportation. Johnson said on Morning Joe Friday:
"Deportations occur all the time. Of those who have been ordered deported by an immigration judge, hopefully after they have exhausted their appeal rights and had an opportunity to have their asylum case heard, we simply have to enforce the law, particularly if someone has been ordered deported. In other words, they've exhausted all their appeal rights. And so, it's important for migrants to know they have rights. But enforcement actions themselves are not extraordinary."
Johnson has been a unique voice in speaking out against Democrats' recent rhetoric on immigration. When Democrats started to criticize the Trump administration for keeping migrants in "cages," Johnson said that practice did not begin when Trump became president. "Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on Jan. 20, 2017, OK?" he said.

He also called out the 2020 Democrats' proposal to decriminalize border crossing because that "is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders."


Attention

State Department confirms another American tourist death in the Dominican Republic

Tracy Jerome Jester Jr.
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Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Ga., is pictured in this undated photo released by his family.
An American man died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic in March, the U.S. State Department and the man's family told ABC News this week -- making him the 11th American tourist to die in the Caribbean country since June 2018.

Tracy Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 of "respiratory illness," after a day of sightseeing while vacationing at a resort, his mother Melody Moore, told ABC News.

Jester, who was 31, was vacationing with his sister on the island, Moore said.

The name of the resort was not immediately available.

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