Tuesday, July 31, 2018


It's a clever move only if you think that Comey's little dance was clever. Mueller is playing the same games that government insiders like him usually do. But there's too much public scrutiny now and too many questions. Like why Mueller chose to throw the book at Manafort with a pre-dawn raid, humiliating his wife, solitary, while letting Obama, Clinton and Bernie allies take a walk.

So now he's sending those cases over to the Southern District of New York.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter.
The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation of Mueller's referrals to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the period since he turned over a case involving President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former firm, the Podesta Group, and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and his work for Mercury Public Affairs, the sources said.
One source said that former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, a former partner at law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is also part of the inquiry.None of the entities involved have been charged with wrongdoing, and there is no indication the SDNY inquiry will result in criminal charges.

Of course they won't.

SDNY will do Mueller's dirty work the same way that McCabe did Comey's dirty work. And when Republicans challenge Mueller on why Obama, Clinton and Bernie allies got a pass, while he went after Manafort, he'll pass the buck to SDNY, whose credibility won't affect his probe. Mueller will claim that it was their decision not to press charges or give them a slap on the wrist.

But conservatives should pay close attention to this double standard and call it out for what it is.

Mueller laundering his dirtier laundry through SDNY changes nothing.


Xeneral Webster Sentenced to 17 Years for Acid Attack Killing of Nurse

Xeneral Webster
Thames Valley Police
Xeneral Webster, 19, was sentenced to 17 years in a British prison for manslaughter after 47-year-old nurse Joanne Rand died following an acid attack.

Webster was sentenced by Reading Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon in what has been described as a first-of-its-kind case in the United Kingdom.

Judge Angela Morris handed down the extended sentence because he posed a “significant risk to the public”. He will serve two-thirds of that sentence before being considered for parole.

After the sentence was read out, he shouted abuse at the judge from the dock and said: “All of you will probably be dead by the time I am out of here, f*** you bro.”

CCTV had been shown to the court of the moments before the attack which occurred at 4:50 pm on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 in a busy area of High Wycombe, in South East England.

Webster was walking around the town, having travelled the 30 miles there by train from London, with the intention of stealing a bicycle. He was carrying a bottle of maximum strength sulphuric acid.

He then got into a confrontation with a man and showed him the bottle of acid as a threat, resulting in the man kicking the bottle out of his hand. Ms Rand happened to be sitting on a bench nearby when the bottle flew in her direction.

Ms Rand has just visited the grave of her daughter who had died in a car accident before she was splashed from head to toe with the acid.

She suffered 5 percent burns over her body — the acid burning down to her muscle, in places — and suffered massive injuries before dying of sepsis and multiple organ failure 11 days later.

Ms Rand’s sister Jaqueline Joiner released a statement Tuesday, saying: “None of us can forget the day of the attack and the days following. Jo was taken to hospital in great distress and great discomfort… She was so scared she didn’t feel she could leave the safety of her home let alone return to work.”

“Sher suffered so much, she became angry, frightened, and distressed…the acid had eaten away from her skin down to her muscle… The day before Jo died, I will never forget the look in her eyes when she asked me, ‘Am I going to die?'”

Webster had been on trial for murder, but pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter part-way through the hearing. He also pleaded guilty to separate charges of affray, possession of ammonia, and possession of a samurai sword.

This case is believed to be the first where an individual in the UK was convicted of an acid attack killing.

In May, Berlinah Wallace was jailed for life for a deliberate acid attack on her boyfriend Mark van Dongen which left him with such horrific injuries he was driven to end his life at a euthanasia clinic in Belgium.

Police revealed last year that Britain is one of the world’s worst countries for acid attacks, with more than 800 recorded each year — an average of two every day.


Germany: Four African asylum seekers raped needy woman who collected empty returnable bottles

Prison sentences for four rapists from Eritrea: The young men had a needy woman (56 y/o) who earned a few cents more by collecting empty returnable bottles in a trap and had raped her. Now everyone goes to prison for six to eight years.The crime had caused horror in the Dessau district of Roßlau in the summer of 2017. The trial of Jonas M. (18), Samiel H. (19), Sultan A.(21) and Yonas A. (20) began in March 2018 before the Dessau Regional Court. The four asylum seekers had to answer for rape in particularly serious cases and dangerous bodily harm.The woman collected returnable bottles to supplement the family funds. She met the young men who drank beer and promised her the empty bottles for later. But when the woman returned to the Schlossplatz square shortly before midnight, the Eritreans dragged her into a cellar entrance. One threatened a broken bottle neck.Prosecutor Sabine Monnet (55) described at the beginning of the trial: "The victim was raped by all four defendants. Nobody used a condom." Two weeks after the crime, the later defendants were arrested. All four were found via DNA traces at the scene and on the woman.At the trial, the victim testified to the exclusion of the public. The pleas were also made without spectators in the courtroom. Most of the defendants had confessed in the course of the trial. Prosecutor Sabine Monnet demanded nine years in prison for the accused.On Tuesday, the judges of the Criminal Court decided that the two youngest accused will be sentenced under juvenile criminal law. They are imprisoned for six years, the elderly for seven or eight years. The judgment is not yet final. It is to be expected that the defenders who applied for prison sentences of three to five years for their defendants will have the judgment reviewed by the Federal Court of Justice.

Germany: Sudanese man beats German man with paving stone

On Sunday, 29th of July, at 6.25 a.m., in front of a bakery in Bleckeder Landstraße in the town of Lüneburg, there was an assault between two Sudanese men aged 38 and 22 and two German men aged 27 and 31. The background to the dispute has not yet been conclusively clarified, especially since about half a dozen other people were more or less directly involved. According to previous investigations, the Sudanese man hit the German man massively with a paving stone when he was already on the ground. The 27-year-old German suffered severe facial injuries. He's still in the hospital. The 31-year-old German was also injured in the dispute. However, he was able to leave the hospital on Sunday after receiving medical care. The two suspects were temporarily arrested on the morning of the incident. However, the 22-year-old has since been released home. At the request of the public prosecutor's office, however, the magistrate issued an arrest warrant against the 38-year-old for the seriousness of the crime.

Royal Navy Rescued Manchester Islamic State Bomber from Libya Civil War

Salman Abedi, taken some years ago during a class at a mosque. Photograph: handout

Britain’s Royal Navy rescued from Libya the Islamic State suicide bomber who killed 22 at a concert in Manchester last year, bringing him from the war zone back to the UK, after he had been flagged as a potential threat.

Salman Abedi was born to Libyan asylum seeker parents in the south of Manchester, before returning to his ancestral homeland to allegedly engage in militant activity.

On the 22nd of May 2017, he would murder 22 at the Manchester Arena venue in his home city, many of them young children and girls, as they attended a pop concert. More than 200 were injured.

It has now emerged, reports the Daily Mail, that in 2014 Abedi, his brother Hashem, and around 100 more British citizens were evacuated from Tripoli by HMS Enterprise as the security situation in Libya deteriorated.

They were taken to Malta before returning to the UK on a flight into Manchester. His brother is now imprisoned in Libya in connection with the Manchester attack.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper: “For this man to have committed such an atrocity on UK soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.”

UKIP Leader Gerard Batten commented: “This is an entirely misplaced humanitarian effort. There is nothing wrong with helping people in other lands if we can, but importing thousands and thousands of people from alien cultures leads to the consequences that we see here.

“It cannot be said that the unintended consequences of this could not be foreseen as there were sufficient warnings. Former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage warned of importing terrorists in the European Parliament and was castigated for his efforts, which subsequently proved correct.”

Abedi had been identified as a potential security threat by British intelligence before the rescue. However, just months before he was picked up in Libya, MI5 closed the case due to mistaken identity.

Sources in Libya and London confirmed the brothers had been in Libya before being retrieved by the Royal Navy.

Abedi was on a year out before starting at Salford University, where he would study business. He dropped out and began to follow radical Islam and a life of terror.

In Manchester, his father read the call to prayer at an allegedly extremist mosque, described as “Salafist”, where his sister also worked.

He and his brothers reportedly travelled back and forth between Libya and Manchester over the year and throughout the civil war, as the parents had returned to the nation and Hashem joined an Islamist group there.

A report by David Anderson, QC, on the Manchester attack found that Abedi had been first investigated in January 2014, eight months before the rescue.

The document said it was “thought that he might have been an individual who had been seen acting suspiciously with a subject of interest” to counter-terrorism police. It also claimed the attack could have been avoided had the “cards fallen differently”.

UKIP leader Batten added: “Our security services were monitoring Abedi before he was rescued in August 2014 and he was a suspected ISIS asset who visited Syria. Thousands of potential Islamic terrorists are known to the security services that have inadequate resources to monitor them.

“What happened in Manchester has been duplicated across Europe, particularly in France, where these people have been brought in vast numbers. This should serve as a warning to European governments but most are continuing to invite hundreds of thousands of people in.”


Is There a Cure for the Modern University?

By David Solway 

So much has gone wrong with the modern university that one scarcely knows where to begin.  Innumerable books have been written on the subject, from Hilda Neatby's 1953 So Little for the Mind to Michael Rectenwald's 2018 Springtime for Snowflakes.  Articles abound in the thousands.  As a former laborer in the educational vineyards, I have attempted a modest contribution to the literature, consisting of three books and dozens of essays and articles, to no particular avail.  The academic outlook continues to degenerate, following an agenda that seems to be unstoppable, as if programmed by some ideological Doomsday Machine.
The reasons for the precipitous decline in academic rigor, standards, and outcomes are many and have been thoroughly canvassed.  It may be worth bulleting some of them here to suggest the scope of the problem:
  • the emergence of a therapeutic culture absolving the individual from the demanding and sacrificial pursuit of excellence, valorizing feeling over thought and leading to an observable dumbing down of student capacity and performance.  As Philip Rieff wrote in his magisterial The Triumph of the Therapeutic, "the cry of 'one feels' [has become] the caveat of the therapeutic."
  • political factionalism accentuated by the rise of the postmodern left more interested in indoctrination than scholarship.
  • the scandal of affirmative action based on criteria of race and sex coupled with quotas placed on qualified white male and Asian students – a numerus clausus rationalized by an ethos of guilt reparation.
  • equity hiring protocols, the professional counterpart of affirmative action, favoring women, blacks, and indigenous candidates regardless of discipline-specific competence.  In Rectenwald's words, such "blatant tokenism in hiring and promotion jeopardizes the integrity of higher education."
  • the incursion of gender politics and the social justice movement into the academic "space" where it has no business being.
  • the curtailing of academic freedom, which, as Frank Furedi writes in What's Happened to the University?, has been "devalued through the sanctification of other values" – coercive regulation of conduct, speech codes, politically correct decrees against giving offense, sexual policing, etc.
  • opening the gates to a vast and intellectually unprepared student clientele in part for reasons of subprime pseudo-justice – everyone deserves a university education irrespective of native ability – and in part for crass monetary purposes – prohibitive tuition fees and per student government grants.  This latter goes hand in hand with the industrialization of the university as a corporate enterprise seeking profit rather than truth.
  • the transformation of a reading culture into a visual and digital culture, rendering students progressively incapable of mastering the nuances, complexities, and semantic rules of written language as well as the habit of, like, coherent, like, conversation.  Like, I kid you not, dude!
I have just been perusing a towering stack of student essays that my wife, a university prof, has been grading over the last week.  The spectacle of ineptitude, ignorance, and tactical evasion of once standard commitment is light-years beyond belief.  According to my reckoning, perhaps four fifths of the students registered in both her arts undergraduate courses and graduate seminars exhibit one or several of the following deficiencies.  To put it in bullet form, they:
  • lack interest in anything apart from their congenial pursuits, a phenomenon demonstrably less evident in precursor generations.
  • lack coping ability with real-world events, against which they seek not engagement, but insulation – the infantile or "snowflake" mentality that has grown so prominent.
  • have little knowledge of English grammar and concinnity.
  • suffer from impoverished vocabularies.
  • cannot follow text or topic directions.
  • are given to outright plagiarism from online sources, which, extrapolating from the submissions I am examining, is a tactic adopted by approximately one fifth of the cohort in question.
  • claim exemptions on grounds of disability where almost anything, from exam anxiety to memory failings to agoraphobia to time management issues, counts as a certified disability in the current permissive and anti-scholarly climate.
  • are incapable of reading text with understanding or of discriminating among narrative planes – i.e., cannot tell the differences among the view of the author, the view of the narrator, and the view of the characters in the novel under discussion.  The almost complete absence of hermeneutic discernment is pervasive.  Reading, as Furedi points out in Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter, connotes more than literacy, "involv[ing] interpretation and imagination" in an effort to "gain meaning."  Of course, reading in Furedi's terms depends upon literacy, so it is not surprising that these mature students tend to function on a grade eight level.
Admittedly, many of my wife's students are of foreign extraction and simply lack the language skills necessary to perform passably.  They would require immersion and ESL courses, which the university in its greed for numbers and mural irresponsibility has failed to provide.  What is far more distressing is the brute fact that the majority of native English-speakers are equally challenged.  It is dispiriting to reflect that they represent the social, cultural, economic, and political leaders of tomorrow.
Some may do well in the comparatively abstract disciplines such as math or computer-related technologies, but they will inevitably make indifferent citizens, simpleminded voters, historical illiterates, uninformed parents, and poor readers of the world.  Meanwhile, the university will continue to deteriorate until, bloated with mediocre and unequipped students, politically motivated professors, unqualified hires, morally lame administrators, and an epicurean debauch of diversity-and-inclusion officers, it must submit to institutional collapse.  Despite our best intentions, it is unlikely that the university can be reformed by a disparate collection of legislative measures or the academic version of a market correction.  Boasting only emeritus status, it has long passed its expiry date.
Academia is by this time too radically compromised and too extensively diseased to be revived.  Clearly, this is not a happy scenario.  Some few exceptions to the general rout will survive – a Hillsdale College, for example, and perhaps a university here and there will manage to halt or at least delay its subsidence into irrelevance and desuetude.  But the university system as we know it has signed its death warrant.  The sooner it disappears, the sooner we can begin rebuilding from the foundations – assuming the culture has not stagnated beyond salvage.  Sometimes collapse is the only remedy.