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'Get out of my country': Kansan man shot and killed a Garmin engineer

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Srinivas Kuchibhotla
A Kansas man was charged today after the fatal shooting of a Garmin engineer at a bar Wednesday night, police said.


The suspect in the shooting, Adam Purinton, was drinking at the bar in Olathe, Kansas, at about 7:15PM that night, the Kansas City Star reported. A witness said he yelled "get out of my country" to two of the victims, reportedly saying the men, believed to originally be from India, were "Middle Eastern."

At a press conference, a local prosecutor said Purinton has been charged with one count of premeditated first degree murder, and two counts of attempted premeditated first degree murder. He is awaiting extradition to Kansas from Missouri, according to officials. An FBI official said the agency is investigating with local police. It's unclear for now if Purinton will be charged with a federal hate crime. He is under a $2 million bond.


Salafist group member who planned to 'blow up police or soldiers' arrested in Germany

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German police have detained a young man after finding chemicals used for making explosives in his apartment. The suspect admitted that he planned a bomb attack on police officers or soldiers, prosecutors and police said in a joint statement.

A German citizen, 26, whose name has not been revealed yet, was detained on Wednesday in the German town of Northeim, in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony. He is suspected of preparing to commit a "grave violent offense against the state" and of attempted murder, the statement issued by the regional police department in Goettingen and the regional Prosecutor General's Office in Celle says.


'Made in Syria': How Syria struggles to save its devastated economy

Every month, the authorities organize the event dubbed "Made in Syria". The desired purpose of this occasion is to provide the consumers with local goods, sold at affordable prices. This is a rather important measure as the purchasing power parity has fallen drastically over the past few years due to the ongoing situation in the country. The circumstances have forced the consumers to gradually change their purchasing habits as the war has taken a significant toll on the income of the citizens. As a result most citizens can no longer afford the goods they were able to afford prior to the start of war and can only dream of buying certain "luxuries" that for some may have previously been the daily goods.

Already in October the festivity displayed a rather diverse offering of goods, most of which were clothing and food products, made available by more than 110 companies attending the event. The largest price reduction of the goods was seen between 35-50%, while the smallest ones being between 20-25%. Some of the visitors, however, said that not all products had their prices reduced when compared with the prices on the regular market and the clothing and footwear products did usually not see a price reduction higher than 7%.


Russian hackers propaganda destroyed: Brit arrested for cyberattack on Germany blamed on Moscow

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A UK national has been detained in London on suspicion of carrying out a cyber-attack last year that left 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers without service. At the time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that Russia might be behind the attack.

The 29-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday at Luton airport in southern England by officers from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) at the request of the German police, The Local reported.

"The Briton stands accused of attempted computer sabotage in a particularly serious case," German federal police and prosecutors said in a statement, adding that they will now seek the hacker's extradition.


Anti-Smoking Fascism: Doctors in the US are refusing to operate on smokers - and the trend is growing

© Gerald Herbert AP
An irate man contacted me recently to complain he'd been turned down for back surgery because he's a smoker.

"It's just not right," said the Charlotte man, who suffers from chronic hip and leg pain. "I need this surgery. It's to the point where I can't walk around the block with my dogs."

He acknowledged smoking is a "bad habit," but after 35 years, he's not sure he can quit. And he doesn't think he should have to.

"It didn't used to be this way," he said. "Everybody's got on their little righteous path.... My grandfathers on both sides smoked their entire lives. They didn't die until one of them was 92, and one of them was 88."

No doubt, genetics play a huge role in how healthy we are and how long we live. But personal behavior is also a big factor.


Jesus Christ statue at Indiana church beheaded for second time in two weeks

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A Jesus Christ statue was beheaded for the second time in as many weeks outside an Indianapolis church as part of an ongoing wave of religious vandalism, according to local reports.

The statue stands outside the Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship in Indianapolis and was decapitated for the first time two weeks ago. The head was left behind and the church was able to quickly reattach it. In the second incident, the vandals took the head with them.

"The first time is vandalism, the second time there's got to be a hatred to it," churchgoer Leroy Myers, whose daughter donated the statue five years ago, told RTV6.

Church officials don't know if or when the headless statue, which remains outside the front door, will ever be repaired as the missing part has not been found.

"It's still headless, we haven't gotten it fixed yet," Pastor Brad Flaskamp told CNN. "Don't know if we can."


Pope Francis: Better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

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Pope Francis has said it is better to be an atheist than one of the "many" Catholics who live a "scandalous" hypocritical life.

The pontiff made the comments during a private mass in his residence on Thursday morning in which he criticized some of the 1.2 billion members of the Roman Catholic Church by saying: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life."

Pope Francis has previously lamented parishioners who become "parrots" who indulge in prayer but do not perform good deeds in the service of God.

"There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," said the Pope during the impromptu sermon on Thursday, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.

But, the pontiff added, these people "don't pay [their] employees proper salaries, exploit people, do dirty business, launder money... a double life. And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others."


Arizona Senate bill: Crack down on 'paid rioters', seize their property

© Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star
Rioting in Arizona could soon result in charges under organized crime laws, according to a new bill approved by the state Senate. Republicans want to crack down on "paid rioters," while Democrats warned of "chilling" effects on protests.

SB1142 would make participating in or helping organize a protest that turns violent a criminal offense under the state's racketeering (RICO) laws. Even those who have committed no overt action could be prosecuted on charges of conspiracy to riot, and their property seized under RICO statutes, AP reported.

The bill was proposed by Senator Sonny Borrelli (R- Lake Havasu City), who said it was needed to deter violent riots and go after groups paying protesters, according to Arizona Capitol Times. Republican lawmakers pointed to the violence during President Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, DC, as well as the Berkeley, California protest against controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos that escalated into a riot.

The bill was needed to crack down on "full-time, almost professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder," argued Senator John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills). "A lot of them are ideologues, some of them are anarchists," Kavanagh said during the debate in the Senate on Wednesday. "But this stuff is all planned." "There's a difference between a protest and a riot. And what we have been watching is riots," said Senator Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake).

Comment: FYI: Allen is not a "snowflake", rather she is from Snowflake, AZ.

Democrats opposing the bill said it would establish guilt by association and enable the government to criminally prosecute everyone who participated in the protest and seize their assets.

Comment: The threat of paid rioters is real and has been demonstrated all around the country to great effect. Democrats want to defuse this claim, knowing full well their party has engaged such provocateurs, not only in the USA but also abroad. Drastic times, drastic measures, therefore the push to criminalize protests. Arizona crosses the line if it gives the police the power to arrest anyone involved in a peaceful demonstration that may or may not turn bad, may or may not be a provocateur. Citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment and all that. Seize their property? Good luck. Curtailing paid rioters...that would be most helpful.

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Umm al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia expels 27 women for looking too masculine

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Umm al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia has expelled 27 female students because they looked like men, the group of women told "Mecca," the local newspaper.

The female students were apparently expelled because they wore "men's haircuts, no make-up, jewelry or accessories, men's clothing brands, [had a] masculine gait, sharp facial features, broad shoulders and a mole on the face," the newspaper reported.

The women dispute the charge. They said that moles, sharp facial features and broad shoulders are things they can't do anything about. They don't wear make-up because of sensitive skin, said their hair is a normal length, that they have a normal gait and had been wearing unisex sports clothes.

Experts told the newspaper that the students may be able to appeal the decision and get a more lenient punishment by sending a written plea to the relevant authorities.


Syrian refugees in Austria out terrorist - Put on trial for executing 20+ Syrian soldiers

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Members of Free Syrian Army, under the name of Farouq Brigades
A Syrian refugee is on trial in western Austria for allegedly murdering at least 20 unarmed or wounded soldiers during the Syrian civil war, local media reported.

The trial for the 27-year-old man began in the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol state on Wednesday. He was arrested in June 2016 after allegedly boasting about the killings to a fellow Syrian at a refugee center.

The accused was a member of the Farouq Brigades, a group that is a part of the Free Syrian Army, which was operating in Homs and Aleppo provinces, Kronen Zeitung reported. The organization is now largely defunct.

The Syrian refugee is accused of allegedly killing at least 20 wounded and unarmed Syrian Army soldiers in the city of Homs and the near-by village of Al-Khalidiyah between 2013 and 2014.

Comment: Another recent case: Sweden jails "rebel" asylum seeker for life - turns out he helped murder 7 Syrian troops

This is a positive development. The only way to ferret them out (before they go do something horrific) is if the refugees can point out the terrorists among them.