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Sanity prevails: Confederate monuments at Gettysburg battlefield will not be removed

Gettysburg National Military Park
Officials with the National Park Service said the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania will not be removed from the battlefield.

Katie Lawhon, senior adviser for the park service's Gettysburg battlefield office, told the Reading Eagle the site-specific memorials are important, and the park service's job is to historically and objectively tell the stories the monuments commemorate.

Her reassurance comes after a heated debate over Confederate monuments spread across the U.S. Three people died amid turmoil in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Four protesters have been arrested in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, and Baltimore dismantled four monuments under the cover of darkness late Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Comment: New poll shows 62% of voters want Confederate statues to remain


'Not deliberately' - 5 injured incl baby after car hits pedestrians in busy Sydney street

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At least five people have been injured, including a baby, after a car rammed into pedestrians in a busy street in Sydney, police told local media, adding that a woman is in serious condition. Police believe the driver of the car may have suffered a medical episode.

The incident reportedly took place near a restaurant on Victoria Street, Chatswood, a major business and residential district on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.


Chomsky gets it right: Antifa is wrong in principle, self-destructive and a major gift to the militant right

The violent tactics employed by Antifa are actually fueling the militant right and perpetuating an endless feedback loop of violence and hate.

Progressive intellectual icon Noam Chomsky has publicly stated that the Antifa movement, while being embraced by the mainstream media after the recent violence in Charlottesville, will only serve to embolden militant right-wing extremists - essentially creating a feedback loop of escalating violence.

"As for Antifa, it's a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were. It's a major gift to the right, including the militant right, who are exuberant," Chomsky told the Washington Examiner.

While the mass media has taken up the cause of portraying Antifa as freedom fighters who defend against "Nazis," the reality is starkly different, as many of the activists affiliated with the movement consider themselves left-anarchists or socialists, who often wear all black and masks to conceal their identity.

Chomsky said, "what they do is often wrong in principle - like blocking talks - and [the movement] is generally self-destructive."


Witnesses describe 'eerie silence' after Barcelona attack

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Tourists wait for the police to allow them to come back to their hotel on Las Ramblas boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona, on August 18, 2017.
In Barcelona's old town, dozens of stunned tourists dressed in shorts and t-shirts stood behind security tape in the early hours, witnesses to the shocking attack on the famous boulevard of Las Ramblas.

Thirteen people were killed and more than 100 injured when a white van sped into the historic promenade, which was packed with tourists, knocking people down in a scene of chaos and horror.

Close to the statue of Christopher Columbus, which depicts the explorer pointing out to sea, a distressed Scottish couple in their sixties who watched the attack unfold studied the security cordon blocking off the street.

"We were sitting on the balcony of the hotel. We saw everything... the car... the panic everywhere," said the man, who did not want to be named, adding that they now could not get back to their hotel.

"The police, they arrived in two minutes, they were very good," the woman said, staring blankly ahead. "We had to talk with them."

As the city was bathed in sunshine hours earlier, Barcelona was shaken by the first attack on Spanish soil claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Its target was the crowd enjoying the summer afternoon, browsing stalls selling flowers and souvenirs along the central pathway of Las Ramblas, an avenue that stretches more than a kilometre towards the sea.

On a narrow street closeby, 45-year-old Benjamin, a Barcelona resident, stood staring at the spot where the van hit a stall.


ACLU no longer supports hate groups 'armed to the teeth' with guns and weapons during rallies

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The American Civil Liberties Union won't back hate groups who carry loaded firearms, the organization says. The ACLU came under fire after it filed a lawsuit in defense of Unite the Right organizers ahead of their fatal rally.

A statement released Thursday by three ACLU California affiliates said they will not defend hate groups which want to incite violence or carry loaded guns. The civil rights group represented Jason Kessler, the organizer of Unite the Right, as they were denied a permit before the Charlottesville, Virginia rally on August 12. They were eventually granted the permit.


German Neo-Nazis organize rally to pay tribute to Hitler's right-hand man

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Hundreds of Neo-Nazis are expected to gather in Berlin to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Hitler's first deputy and right-hand man Rudolf Hess. A counter-rally has also been announced in the German capital.

The rally started at 12pm local time and heavily-armored police already separated the Neo-Nazis from counter-demonstration in the capital, AP reported.

Some 500 people are expected to join the rally in the Spandau area of Berlin, German media reported.


Hillary Clinton gets destroyed on Twitter for not condemning Islamic terrorism after Barcelona attack

Thirteen people are dead and over 100 injured after an Islamic terrorist plowed over pedestrians with a van in Barcelona on Thursday.

Like many other cowardly 'leaders' in the U.S., Hillary Clinton refused to condemn Islamic terrorism following the deadly attack. Instead, she called Thursday's terrorist attack a 'cowardly attack' and didn't mention Islam at all. In contrast, Hillary was going crazy after the Charlottesville violence, harshly condemning Nazi's, white supremacists and the KKK.

Hillary Clinton sent out ONE tweet saying, "Barcelona, you have our resolve and support in the face of this cowardly attack. We stand together against terrorism wherever it strikes."

In contrast, Hillary Clinton sent out FIVE tweets following the violence in Charlottesville and she specifically condemned white supremacists.

Comment: Bear in mind that Islamic terrorism only exists because of Israel, and US policies from Bush/Cheney to the present.


Domestic destabilization is underway: 'The left is fueling and funding tensions in order to exacerbate them and cause a revolution'

Under the guise of "political correctness," cities (such as Baltimore, MD) are removing their Confederate monuments one-by-one and under cover of darkness. Here, as reported by CBS News:
"The Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson monument at Wyman Park Dell was removed with a crowd watching. The Robert B. Taney monument in Mt. Vernon also came down. Crews are on the site of the confederate Women's monument at University Parkway to take that one down. This comes just days after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for the immediate deconstruction of these monuments."
There it is! Straight out of the movie "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson, as with the character he played, Benjamin Martin: "An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as a king."

Where's the vote by the people in the city? Oh, just that the elected officials, mind you, can make such a decision...by their vote, a tyranny in itself. At the bare minimum, it should have been put to a vote.


Knife attack in Russian city of Surgut, seven injured and assailant killed by police

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A man armed with a knife has attacked pedestrians in the Russian city of Surgut, injuring seven. Police killed the assailant, the local branch of the Investigative Committee reported.

The knife attacks happened at around 11:20am local time. Nobody was killed, but the victims of the violence required medical treatment, the report said. Law enforcement initially reported the number of victims as eight, but corrected the statement later.

The attacker was shot dead by a police patrol responding to the emergency reported by witnesses. The man resisted an attempt to arrest him even after a warning shot was fired in the air, the Investigative Committee reported.

The attacker was identified as a Surgut resident in his early 20s, the committee said.

The Surgut police are trying to establish the motive for his stabbing spree.


Calexit 3? Proposed ballot measure marks California's new attempt to secede from U.S.

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Yes California Independence Campaign on Nov. 9, 2016 discusses a budding movement to make California a standalone nation. Marcus Ruiz Evans, shown here, later quit the group, and on Aug. 17, 2017 pushed a new effort calling for a constitutional convention.
First there was Calexit. Then came Calexit II.

On Thursday, people unhappy with California's place in the United States filed yet another proposed ballot measure that could lead to the Golden State striking out on its own.

This time, the goal is convening a U.S. constitutional convention to overhaul what proponents call a moldy national blueprint out of step with life in California.

The measure says a reworked Constitution should include a provision creating a "clear and reasonable path for states to achieve complete independence from the United States should any state so choose." No state has become independent under the existing U.S. Constitution.

Comment: And, for various reasons, citizens of California aren't the only ones wanting to secede, see:

It's not just Crimea: Alaska petition to secede to Russia going strong at 18K signers

Inspired by Scotland, a quarter of Americans want their states to secede from U.S.

Petition for Texas to secede from US government gets enough signatures for White House response

20 states petition to secede from union