Three minutes of blonde antifeminism, a Brazilian police strike, a new Attorney General, a botched raid in Yemen, a Syrian denunciation, and a rabbi

Three minutes of blonde anti-feminism:

Hat tip to PCR:


The governor of the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo announced on Wednesday that more soldiers were arriving to quell the chaos and violence that has seized the region as a police strike entered its fifth day. Acting Governor Cesar Colnago said the 1,200 already sent by Brasilia were “not sufficient” as the state saw some 80 murders in just four days.

Local media broadcast video of muggings, carjackings, looting and other violence as the cities, including state capital Vitoria, remained bereft of law enforcement. Espirito Santo has seen about 200 robberies and about 90 million reais ($29 million, 27 million euros) in damages to local businesses, the local police union said as the federal government remained mum on crime figures.
“We are taking steps to increase the level of the National Force, which is police, and of the armed forces so that we can have security,” Governor Colnago told the press. He said the condition on the streets had deteriorated so badly that many were afraid to leave their homes.
The Military Police, as the forces patrolling Brazil’s city streets are known, are demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the country’s budget crisis has begun to affect all sectors of society. Although they are barred by law from going on strike, relatives and sympathizers have blocked police stations and the officers are not trying to get out.
A court declared the strike illegal and the state police chief was removed from office, but it has had little effect.
es/rc (AP, AFP)


Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General.

What do the pizzagate investigators say?

Paraphrased quote: [Trump is] …directing not only DOJ but also DHS (remember who made the recent pizza ad?) to “break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth…and other people, many other people.” […first EO is] “Enforcing federal law with respect to the transnational criminal organization and preventing international trafficking.”

A Whitehouse link seems to ask for about 120 days to get the real investigation going:

(j) within 120 days of the date of this order, submit to the President a report on transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including the extent of penetration of such organizations into the United States, and issue additional reports annually thereafter to describe the progress made in combating these criminal organizations, along with any recommended actions for dismantling them.

I think that means that people are working now, but amateurs are going to have to wait 120 days to get any idea of what is going on.

Insiders told CNN and NBC that the ultimate target was AQAP leader Qasim al Raymi. If the soldiers didn’t find him in the village they hoped they would find clues as to his location.

But despite the growing reports of failure – and despite the death of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William Owens and the destruction of a $70 million Osprey aircraft – Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer has continued to insist that the mission was a “successful operation by all standards.”

Evidence gathered by the Bureau must surely challenge that assessment. A fierce gunfight turned into an intense aerial bombardment, and the outcome “turned out to be as bad as one can imagine it being,” said former US ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche.

Working with a journalist who visited the targeted village of al Yakla five days after the raid and talked to nine of the survivors, we have collected the names and ages of all 25 civilians killed as reported by those who live there. The Bureau also has photos of the families hit and the homes destroyed as helicopter gunship fire rained down.

AQAP say 14 “of its men” were killed in the clash, including six villagers. The youngest was 17, the oldest 80.

The villagers say 25 civilians died alongside a group of militants, including nine children under the age of 13. They deny that any of the dead villagers were AQAP members. Of the nine young children who died, the smallest was only three months old. Eight women were killed, including one who was heavily pregnant. Seven more women and children were injured.

Damascus has slammed as “inaccurate and politically-motivated” an Amnesty International report claiming that Syrian military police hanged as many as 13,000 people over the course of five years.

The Syrian Justice Ministry, in a statement published on Tuesday, rejected the account of mass hangings at Saydnaya prison near Damascus between 2011 and 2015 as bogus and false, saying such claims are meant to ruin the government’s reputation in the international community.

The statement further emphasized that based on Syrian law, death sentences are handed only after judicial trials run through several degrees of litigation.

A British rabbi has told his congregation in Wales that war is approaching and Judaism allows them to take women as slaves

and [some interpreters claim that the rabbi means the Jews will have religious authority to rape those slaves, but it looks like the rabbi has not been proven to be inciting rape].

>Ephraim Mirvis is an Orthodox rabbi who serves as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He served as the Chief Rabbi of Ireland between 1985 and 1992.
>In the audio, Ephraim Mirvis is heard telling a group of young men: “One of the interpretations as to what this means is that towards the end of time there will be many wars like what we are seeing today, and because of these wars women will be taken as captives, as slaves, yeah, women will be taken as slaves.
>As Chief Rabbi of Ireland and before the opening of an Israeli Embassy in Ireland, he represented Israel’s interests at government level and in the media. In 1999, he led a group of British rabbis on a solidarity trip to Israel. Since 1997, he has hosted the annual Bnei Akiva Yom Ha’atzmaut service at Finchley synagogue.
>Regarding the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, while deploring the loss of life in Gaza, Mirvis defended Israel‘s right to protect itself from Hamas rocket attacks,adding that the conflict was used as a cover to voice anti-Semitic sentiment.

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2 Responses to Three minutes of blonde antifeminism, a Brazilian police strike, a new Attorney General, a botched raid in Yemen, a Syrian denunciation, and a rabbi

  1. BMan says:

    Sessions shows he is either ignorant or criminal in his stance on cannabis. He is a horrible pick.

    • I can live without marijuana. (Some cancer patients and other sick folks might NOT be able to live without it – I don’t know the medical issues involved.)

      I only care about whether Sessions investigates pizzagate.

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