Sunday, June 25, 2017

Comics, Art and Culture Collide at Comic-Con® San Diego


Comics, Art and Culture Collide at Comic-Con® San Diego

Each year, costume-clad artists, creative geeks and Hollywood elites flock to San Diego to nerd out at the largest Comic-Con® in the world. An oasis for creativity, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this is a place where everyone comes together to celebrate art and imagination, learn from the experienced, and hail the greats.

Saturday, June 24, 2017



Mark-Viverito took CUNY’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College — headed by Edwin Melendez — and reduced their funding by $500,000

At the same time, CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College — which has received the same funding as the Puerto Rican center for the past three years — saw its allotment continue at the $970,000 level in fiscal 2018

Yoav Gonen

June 23, 2017 | 11:34pm

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Melissa Mark-Viverito and Edwin MelendezJames Messerschmidt/Jose DeJesus at Center for Puerto Rican Studies

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is being accused of slashing an annual grant to a respected Puerto Rican institute by nearly half this year as retribution for the director’s unwillingness to publicly support convicted terror leader Oscar López Rivera’s starring role in the recent Puerto Rican Day Parade.


Puerto Rican terrorist leads parade on float with Mark-Viverito

Since Mark-Viverito took the helm of the council in 2014, CUNY’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College — headed by Edwin Melendez — has received $970,000 in discretionary funding each year.

But after a flap within the Puerto Rican community over the parade’s initial decision to honor López Rivera with a “National Freedom Hero” award, the center saw its funding cut to $500,000 for fiscal 2018, council budget records show.

Mark-Viverito is a vocal supporter of López Rivera, despite his former leadership role in the FALN — a Puerto Rican terrorist group that took responsibility for more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and ’80s that killed five people in New York City. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy and spent 35 years in prison before then-President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in January.

“Melendez apparently refused to publicly defend the Puerto Rican Parade’s honoring of Oscar López Rivera,” Angelo Falcon, director for the National Institute for Latino Policy, wrote in a newsletter that first reported the funding cut on Friday.

“If anything, this shows the problems that such political funding can have: What Mark-Viverito gives, on the one hand, she can easily take away with the other if you don’t play ball with her,” he added.

Falcon told The Post that several people told him “Melissa was pissed off at [Melendez] and ‘boom!’ ”

At the same time, CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College — which has received the same funding as the Puerto Rican center for the past three years — saw its allotment continue at the $970,000 level in fiscal 2018.

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Asked about the allegations of political retribution by Mark-Viverito, Melendez told The Post, “I have no comment.”

In an e-mail response to Falcon, Melendez confirmed the funding cut without addressing the issue of political payback.

“We have learned that this City Council allocation has been reduced for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2017. Our core services will continue unaffected,” Melendez wrote in the e-mail. “We will continue to identify sources of funding that will permit Centro to continue offering the engagement and dissemination activities to the community in accordance to our mission.”

A City Council spokeswoman did not address the allegations directly, saying instead the council was proud to support CUNY research initiatives.

“Our $2.14 million in funding, which includes the addition of the newly funded Haitian and Mexican Studies Institutes, will continue to give students the resources to make the most of their studies and to support important research on these diverse communities,” the spokeswoman said.

Thursday, June 22, 2017



Stabbing of Michigan police officer at airport called an 'act of terrorism
'FBI has charged Amor Ftouhi, a 49-year-old "Canadian", after a police officer was stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport in Flint

A flare is set to block a lane into Bishop International Airport Wednesday in Flint, Michigan. The attacked officer is now in stable condition. Photograph: Shannon Millard/AP

Oliver Laughland in New York and Ashifa Kassam in Toronto

Wednesday 21 June 2017 19.46 EDTFirst published on Wednesday 21 June 2017 13.26 EDT

Amor Ftouhi, 49, originally from Tunisia, allegedly stabbed a police officer multiple times Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan

A police officer in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed in the neck at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, in an attack US officials are describing as an “act of terrorism”.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, originally from Tunisia, allegedly stabbed a police officer multiple times Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan
FBI has charged Amor Ftouhi, a 49-year-old "Canadian" from Quebec, with causing violence at an international airport, special agent David Gelios told reporters on Wednesday evening.

The officer, Jeff Neville, was rushed to hospital and is now in stable condition.

The FBI said Ftouhi entered the US legally through a New York border crossing on 16 June. Days later he made his way to the Bishop International Airport. “He spent a little time in the restroom. Dropped both bags and came out, pulled out a knife, yelled ‘Allahu akbar’, and stabbed Lt Neville in the neck,” Gelios said. “He made a statement something to the effect of, ‘You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all going to die.’”

The suspect, who had attacked the officer with a 12-inch serrated knife, was taken into custody shortly afterwards. There was little to suggest that the attack was part of a wider plot, said Gelios. “At this time, we view him as a lone wolf attacker.”

US attorney general Jeff Sessions said he had spoken to the FBI about the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He was “proud of the swift response” by authorities of both nations, he said in a statement. “I want to assure all our law enforcement across the nation, any attack on someone who serves and protects our citizens will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Canada’s public safety minister Ralph Goodale issued a statement calling the incident a “heinous and cowardly act”. Canadian law enforcement agencies are in touch with their US counterparts and assisting them in every way possible, Goodale said.

Cherie Carpenter, a witness to the stabbing, told local news the male assailant appeared “blank, just totally blank” after he was arrested by local police.

Ftouhi reportedly lives in Montreal where he works for a large insurance company. On Wednesday afternoon, local media reported a large police presence outside an apartment believed to be connected to Ftouhi.

City officials in Flint said that local police officers had been stationed around city hall following the incident.

“Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning,” said Flint mayor Karen Weaver. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day. I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe.”


An adjunct professor at a New Jersey community college is questioning why she was suspended after appearing on Fox News. 
Lisa Durden says she learned about the suspension June 8 when she arrived to teach a class at Essex County College. 
Durden, who is black, had appeared two days earlier on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," where she discussed a Memorial Day event for black people only that was staged by a Black Lives Matter group. 
Durden says her suspension letter didn't mention her appearance but said administration officials discussed it with her. 
The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from a school spokesman.
Jeffrey Lee, the school vice president who signed the suspension letter, issued a statement noting the college's attorney "has handled this matter in a way that complies" with state law.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


ISIS execute a 15-year-old boy by beheading after he is caught listening to western music in Iraq

ISIS execute a 15-year-old boy by beheading after he is caught listening to western music in Iraq

  • Ayham Hussein caught listening to music at father's market store in Mosul. Dragged before a sharia kangaroo court which sentenced him to death execution, thought to be first of its kind in the city, has outraged locals

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A teenage boy has been beheaded by ISIS for simply listening to Western music.
Ayham Hussein, 15, was arrested by militants after allegedly being caught enjoying pop tunes on a portable CD player in the group's Iraqi capital Mosul. He was dragged before a Islamist kangaroo court which sentenced him death in a public execution.

A teenage boy has been beheaded by ISIS for  listening to Western music (file picture of different execution)
A teenage boy has been beheaded by ISIS for listening to Western music (file picture of different execution)

A spokesman for the Nineveh media centre told ARA News: 'Ayham Hussein was captured by the jihadis while listening to pop music at the grocery store of his father in the Nabi Younis marketplace in western Mosul.' His body was reportedly handed over to his family on Tuesday.

Barbaric: A prisoner is held down as an ISIS executioner prepares to behead him with a three-foot sword in the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa in a previous execution

The execution, believed to be the first for listening to music in the city, has sparked outrage among locals. 
The source added: 'There was no formal decision by the sharia court that bans listening to western music.'

ISIS has imposed its own sickening brand of medieval justice across swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, executing prisoners for so-called 'crimes' such as blasphemy and being homosexual.
In a statement two years ago, the terror group also banned 'music and songs in cars, at parties, in shops and in public, as well as photographs of people in shop windows.'
It added: 'Songs and music are forbidden in Islam as they prevent one from the remembrance of God and the Koran and are a temptation and corruption of the heart.'
Earlier this week, it beheaded a captive in the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa with a three-foot sword.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Republican Karen Handel Defeats Democrat Jon Ossoffin Georgia Special Election


"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated,"

SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia — Republican Karen Handel won the special congressional election in Georgia on Tuesday, fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff in the heavily Republican House district, according to a projection by NBC News.

Handel’s victory in the closely fought contest, which drew national interest and was the most expensive House race ever at over $50 million spent by both sides, comes as good news for President Donald Trump. Democrats had promoted the contest as a referendum on the president.

With over 99 percent of the vote counted, Handel lead Ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent in a race that many expected to be much closer. Handel had 127,021 votes to the Democrat's 114,390 ballots.

"Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated," said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Democrats may try to call the outcome a moral victory, and note they've exceeded expectations in every special election this year. But it doesn’t change the fact that they’re 0-4 for congressional races, even after spending millions of dollars and and whipping up a hyper-motivated base.

Rarely, if ever, has a single congressional race attracted this much attention or been freighted with so much meaning.

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Under the gaze of the national and even international press, voters cast ballots in Georgia that they knew would be interpreted as a referendum on Trump, the GOP healthcare plan winding its way through Congress, and so much more.

With over $50 million in dollars in spending, the race shattered the record for the most expensive House race ever — by more than $20 million — set in a 2012 Florida race. Final spending numbers are likely to be even higher once the full data is released.

Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel participates in a 'Get Out The Vote' rally at a restaurant in Marietta, Georgia. Erik S. Lesser / EPA file

The candidates and their surrogates professed the race was being misread by national pundits.

“They have tried to make this a national election, but it is a local election,” said Republican Jere Wood, the seersucker and bow tie clad mayor of Roswell, Handel’s home town.

But despite the adage about all politics being local, national issues clearly motivated voters here — just as they do everywhere at a moment of intense polarization and political engagement.

Handel and tens of millions of dollars in ads from GOP super PACs called Ossoff an inexperienced liberal who has more in common with California than Georgia. Ossoff, meanwhile, promised supporters a chance to “make Trump furious” and “send a message that will be heard across the country and around the world.”

Trump repeatedly weighed in on the race, using Twitter earlier on Tuesday to warn voters that Ossoff "wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security."

Handel appeared at her polling place to mock Ossoff for not even living in the district, and she noted he couldn't vote for himself on Election Day. Ossoff was raised here, but currently lives a few miles away so his fiance can be closer to the medical school she attends.

Ossoff spent the day crisscrossing the district to visit polling places and give pep talks to volunteers.

From day one, Ossoff had a very narrow target to hit while Handel had more room for error in this longtime GOP stronghold.

Image: Democratic Congressional Candidate In Georgia's Special Election Jon Ossoff Campaigns In Georgia
Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks with volunteers and supporters in a campaign office on Election Day for Georgia's 6th Congressional District on June 20, 2017 in Tucker, Georgia. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

He had to hunt for every Democratic vote in these wealthy suburbs once represented by Newt Gingrich, and needed to pick off some Republicans and Independents too boot.

Handel, meanwhile, just needed to bring home a respectable number of people who spent years voting for Mitt Romney, John McCain, and the dozens of other GOP candidates before Trump came along.

As skeptical as these generally well-educated Republicans have been about Trump, many were even more reticent to vote for a Democrat — even one who presents as moderately and even-tempered as Ossoff.

Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a special congressional that did not attract nearly as much attention, finished closer than expected. Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell by fewer than 5 percentage points with over 90 percent of the vote counted.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Trump Assassination Play Interrupted by Protesters...AGAIN!

Trump Assassination Play Interrupted by Protesters...AGAIN!

The radical left has continued their assault on American sensibilities with an unheard campaign to normalize the assassination of President Donald J. Trump.

Even before Trump secured the presidency, there were attempts on his life.  At one of his earlier campaign rallies, a young man was arrested after wrestling with a police officer in an attempt to secure the officer’s firearm and take aim at then-candidate Trump.  Now, as we move into the 6th month of the The Donald’s first term, liberal celebrities and actors are taking it upon themselves to make these heinous sentiments seem commonplace.
Kathy Griffin’s despicable publicity stunt comes to mind, in which the D-list actress and former CNN employee produced a series of photographs in which she was seen to be holding a lifelike facsimile of Donald Trump’s severed head, meaning to emulate an ISIS-style beheading of the President.  Liberals mostly applauded or ignored the gesture by Griffin, proving once again that the idea of murdering the leader of the free world is a flippant affair for many radical leftists.
Now, as a “Shakespeare In The Park” performance of Julius Caesar in New York City has relegated the role of the titular, assassinated leader to a Donald Trump-like character, decent Americans everywhere have expressed their outrage and disgust at the misappropriation of the Presidential entity.  For the second time in a week, the play was interrupted by protesters who rightly took offense to the violent and suggestive propaganda.
“Police say 26-year-old Javanni Valle, of Brooklyn, and 28-year-old Salvatore Cipolla, of Oceanside, Long Island, were arrested on trespassing and disorderly conduct charges Sunday evening during the Public Theater production’s last performance in Central Park.
“Information on their lawyers wasn’t available. The two were given desk appearance tickets.
“Apparent video of the incident shows a man rushing the stage shouting ‘Liberal hate kills!’ and ‘Goebbels will be proud!’ before he is grappled by security and pulled away.”
The play, which depicts a graphic and violent end to the Trump character, has been decried by many as not only insensitive, but as a battlecry for radical leftists looking to begin their New Civil War against American conservatives.
Between Kathy Griffin’s gruesome display, and the widespread notoriety of this uncouth interpretation of Julius Caesar, American terrorists such as James T. Hodgkinson have drawn inspiration for their own deplorable actions.
Hodgkinson, who opened fire on GOP congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game, was active in social media circles that were calling on their followers to “destroy” Trump and hunt republicans.  The radical leftist, likely emboldened by Griffin and the assassination play in New York City, died in custody after being incapacitated by Capitol Police.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Van hits pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London

Van hits pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London


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It came weeks after three Isis supporters rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before rampaging through Borough Market with knives, killing eight people before being shot dead by police.
There was no immediate suggestion the incident in Finsbury Park was terror-related.

Political games needlessly harmed the Puerto Rican Day Parade

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Political games needlessly harmed the Puerto Rican Day Parade

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June 11, 2017 | 7:49pm | Updated

WARNING DO NOT GO SWIMMING WITH A NEW TATTOO: Man dies after flesh-eating bacterium infects new tattoo


US man dies after flesh-eating bacterium infects new tattoo
7 June 2017
The crucifix tattoo became infected by a common flesh-eating bacterium after swimming

Image captionThe crucifix tattoo became infected by a common flesh-eating bacterium after swimming

A Texas man has died two months after contracting a flesh-eating bacterium through a new tattoo on his leg, medical officials say.

The man, who has not been identified, had received a tattoo with the words "Jesus is my life" five days before going for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

The man was then admitted to a Dallas hospital complaining of severe pains nearby to the tattoo on his calf.

Doctors advise that new tattoos be kept clean in order to prevent infection.

The man had a history of alcohol cirrhosis of the liver, and reportedly told doctors that he drank six beers daily.
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Doctors at the Parkland Memorial Hospital put the man on life support 24 hours after he was admitted, as he went into septic shock.

Doctors say he tested positive for the flesh-eating bacterium Vibrio vulnificus.

The British Medical Journal reports that the pathogen is common in the Gulf of Mexico's coastal waters, and the risks of infection rises during warmer months.
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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, V. vulnificus causes 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths each year in the US with most infections being attributed to eating raw shellfish.

Medical professionals advise that new tattoos be covered during bathing, and that people avoid swimming after getting new ink.