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Maine governor: People of color are the enemy, should be shot

In a Friday press conference following his homophobic remarks about a state lawmaker, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) called people of color and people of Hispanic origin "the enemy" and implied they should be shot.

"A bad guy is a bad guy. I don't care what color he is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red," he said. "You shoot the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin."

The governor has offered a veritable potpourri of racist and homophobic remarks over the years. In his voicemail to state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to convince people that he is not a racist, he said, "I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker."

Comment: What an intelligent, compassionate, eloquent, and responsible person. A mentor for our children. And a model for all those in public life, to be studied and imitated by all those who strive to be as American as they can be.

Arrow Up

Venezuelan workers march in support of Maduro advocating for peace and stability

The working class takes to the streets of Caracas in support of the Bolivarian government of President Nicolas Maduro.
These actions by supporters of the socialist government take place as opposition sectors have been calling for street violence.

Venezuelan workers are marching in the streets of capital Caracas Saturday to show their support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro and to advocate for peace and stability in the South American country.The march started in the morning in central Caracas and will conclude with a rally at the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz said earlier this week that the demonstrations will be part of a set of initiatives driven by people to defend their social demands and reject the right-wing plan aimed at destabilizing the government of Maduro.

Comment: Another coup attempt: Washington planning regime change in Venezuela

Evil Rays

Operation Taco Bowl: Latinos and African Americans for Trump rally in Orange County

© Adelle Nazarian / Breitbart News
A group called "Latinos for Trump" held its first rally in Orange County on Sunday, named "Operation Taco Bowl" after an infamous Donald Trump tweet. Hispanics and African Americans joined other Trump supporters in voicing both their support for the Republican presidential nominee and their opposition to the Democratic Party and its nominee, Hillary Clinton.

"The Democrats think they can own and acquire Hispanics' loyalty for generations to come," Jorge Herrera, 31, said into a microphone at a podium in front of Anaheim City Hall, where dozens of Trump supporters had gathered for the rally. "Who do they think they are? They will never own my loyalty. They will never own Hispanics' loyalty."

Comment: Further reading on the Donald:

Stock Down

Canada's mortgage crisis could be worse than US 2008 bubble

© Gordon / Reuters
Hit by the sharp decline in oil prices the Canadian economy is struggling with a property market approaching the peak of a massive bubble, according to ex-Lehman Brothers trader and a financial writer Jared Dillian.

As Canada's mortgage market is not securitized, the property crisis is expected to last much longer than in the US, where the loans are backed, Dillian said in an interview with Mauldin Economics.

The former trader says when the bubble bursts; it will be quite different from the sharp and sudden crisis in the US in 2008, due to the structure of the Canadian mortgage market.

According to him, almost all mortgages in Canada are "recourse mortgages", with homeowners behind on payments not able to able to walk away.


No free speech zone: Clemson U forbids praying on campus, "not a free speech zone"

A man was stopped by a Clemson University administrator for praying on campus, telling him and a Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) activist that "this is not a designated free speech area," and asking them to leave the area. YAF's blog The New Guard released the video today.

The administrator, Shawn Jones who is the assistant director for client services, also called their praying "solicitation," and demanded that they would need to fill out paperwork to continue. Clemson receives state and federal funding, and many see these restrictions as disregarding the First Amendment to the Constitution by limiting free speech to certain zones.

The Young Americans for Freedom member, Kyra Palange, asked the administrator, "by that, you mean there are free speech areas on campus and that the entire campus is not a free speech area?"

Jones responded, "that is correct."

Comment: You see, evil Muslims hate America because of their freedoms, like the freedom to be free from religious freedom. But what a second, the 'terrorists' are against religious freedom... Does that make them Americans? Turns out that there's not that much difference between U.S. culture creators and groups like Daesh. Daesh is just more in your face. Ironically, Syria - the country currently being destroyed by the Daesh/U.S. axis - is infinitely more free when it comes to religion.


Bomb explodes at Brussels criminology institute, no casualties - UPDATE

© Geoffrey Henriot
The flames resulting from the bomb explosion blast could be seen for miles

Shortly before 02:30 local time (00:30 UK time), a car rammed through three fences - then 'one or more' suspects reportedly detonated a bomb near the scientific laboratories

A manhunt is underway for suspects behind a bomb explosion at top crime labs in Brussels in the early hours of this morning.

A car rammed through three fences before the blast at the Belgium's Institute of Criminology - setting fire to the building and causing extensive damage.

Police - who have been deployed in force in the area which is cordoned off - are hunting for at least one or more suspects who then detonated a bomb.

There were no casualties, Belgian media say.

Shortly before 02:30 local time (00:30 UK time), a car rammed through three fences, RTL Belgium reports.

"One or more" suspects then reportedly detonated a bomb near the laboratories.

Comment: Five men have been detained. At this point, police are thinking it was deliberate arson linked with organized crime:
Five men suspected of setting fire to the Brussels Criminology Institute have been detained, a prosecution spokeswoman told Reuters, adding that the attack was more likely linked to organized crime than terrorism.

"It was arson, deliberate arson, at the laboratory of the federal police," prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said. "With a fire you get explosions, but it's not that explosives were thrown inside or installed."
It is suspected that the fire was set to get rid of "several files," Wymersch told AP.

"It is a path we are looking down. But certainly not the first one we are thinking about," Reuters cites the spokeswoman as saying. "We are thinking more of deliberate arson by organized crime. We have no indications that it was terrorism."

The blast heard by locals could have been caused by combustible substances stored inside the institute rather than an explosive, Wymersch added.


Fanning hatred: Polish hooligans burn Jewish effigies during soccer match

© Reuters
Polish soccer fans of the Widzew Lodz club escorted by police
A group of soccer hooligans in Poland torched effigies representing Jews and displayed banners calling for Jews to be burned in a shocking display during a match last Friday, according to local media reports and a global anti-Semitism watchdog. The incident occurred when dozens of fans supporting the Widzew Łódź side rallied against the town rival ŁKS Łódź, which is often derided as "Jewish" by opposing teams' fans, in a similar fashion that the British team Tottenham Hotspur is regarded.

The rally took place ahead of the derby match at a local train station in the central Polish city that used to boast a large Jewish population prior to WWII. According to a weekend report by the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, the demonstrators at the rally unfurled a banner printed with the slogan "19.08, today the Jews were named," in reference to the year ŁKS Łódź was established.

"Let them burn, motherf***ers," continued the banner's illicit message. The report noted that images taken at the event showed the ruffians igniting strung-up effigies donned in attire apparently representative of Orthodox Jews.


What the Hell? Satanism on the rise in America

© Rebecca Cook / Reuters
Satanists are not merely mystical eccentrics wearing black Gothic garb, sacrificing animals and operating in shady and secret societies. They are now ordinary people who call themselves 'secular' and praise reason and the individual freedom of thought.

In the US, explicitly satanic groups have begun drawing attention to themselves in the context of public governmental ceremonies.

Just this month, a member of the so-called Satanic Temple was allowed to make an opening prayer to Lucifer at a local council meeting in Alaska.

Assembly members stood around in a circle while the Satanist asked them to "embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge." She then ended the surreal prayer with the words, "Hail Satan."


Got mail? California postal worker stashes nearly 50,000 pieces of onerous mail

A U.S. Postal Service employee stashed nearly 50,000 pieces of undelivered mail in her California home, according to a criminal information filed against the worker.

Federal investigators charge that Sherry Watanabe hid "approximately 48,288 pieces of United States mail" in her apartment. The mail was intended for delivery to customers along Watanabe's route in Placentia, an Orange County city.

Watanabe, 48, was named in a one-count felony criminal information filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Watanabe has admitted to the mail hoarding.

According to the plea agreement, Watanabe was hired as a mail carrier in June 2006, and she began collecting "large quantities of such mail" in her Placentia residence in 2011. While the undelivered mail was seized by law enforcement agents in late-2013, court filings do not indicate why more than two years passed before Watanabe was charged.

Though Watanabe faces a statutory maximum of three years in custody, prosecutors have agreed to recommend that a term of imprisonment not exceed "the low end of the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range."

In similar previous prosecutions, mail carriers have claimed that the volume on their routes was so onerous that they opted to hide the mail instead of delivering it.

Piggy Bank

Banks getting ready for 'economic nuclear winter'

© Osman Karimov / Reuters
Weak corporate earnings, a banking crisis, and the Brexit vote are forcing banks to prepare for the worst case scenario in the second half of the year. According to CNBC quoting a major lender, banks are "preparing for an economic nuclear winter situation