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Old 01-11-2018, 08:58 PM   #3651 (permalink)
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:26 AM   #3652 (permalink)
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After drubbing by media, Trump’s ambassador to the Netherlands apologizes for anti-Muslim remarks

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The embattled U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Peter Hoekstra apologized Friday for making unsubstantiated anti-Muslim claims at a conference in 2015, after his first week in the post was clouded by questions about the incendiary statements.

Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Michigan and recent political appointee, made the apology during an interview Friday with De Telegraaf, one of the largest Dutch newspapers, at the end of a particularly rough introduction for the new ambassador.

“Looking back, I am shocked I said that,” he told the newspaper. “It was a wrong statement. It was wrong.”

Hoekstra made the remarks in question during a conference on terrorism hosted by the right-wing David Horowitz Freedom Center. He talked about the supposed “chaos” brought to Europe by immigrants from Islamic countries and repeated a baseless theory about so-called “no-go zones” that is popular in right-wing media.

“Chaos in the Netherlands. There are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned,” Hoekstra said at the time. “With the influx of the Islamic community — and yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands. All right? There are no-go zones in France.”

In the interview with the Dutch newspaper, Hoekstra said that he couldn’t recall what his remark was based on.

“I mixed up countries. I was wrong. I can’t recall how that could happen. I know: I was wrong,” he said.
"I can't recall how that could happen" indeed! How it happened was that he was telling a right-wing and Islamophobic audience what they wanted to hear, and didn't think facts mattered a great deal.

Hey, it works for Fox News and for Donald J Trump! How was anyone to know it doesn't work in the Netherlands?
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The president of the Vermilion Parish School Board is standing behind the decision of a resource officer to remove and arrest a teacher who spoke out during the public comment period of the school board meeting Monday night.

In a phone interview late Tuesday evening, Fontana told WAFB’s Scottie Hunter he stands behind the officer’s actions, saying he believes the real blame actually falls on the teacher. “This is not about the board, it’s about the teacher and everybody wants to side on the poor little woman who got thrown out,” said Fontana. “Well she made a choice. She could have walked out and nothing would have happened.”

Fontana told KATC-TV he believes the incident was “set up.”

"The other four board members, now three, have been committed to getting rid of the superintendent. No matter how good the policy might be, they would be against it to cast disfavor on the superintendent to prevent him from getting a contract," Fontana told the Lafayette TV station. "The whole issue, from day one, was that they were not going to give him a contract."

Fontana told KATC Hargrave was not following the rules of the school board meeting.

"If a teacher has the authority to send a student, who is acting up and she can't control, out of the classroom to the principal's office, under our policy we have the same rules," Fontana said. "We have certain rules: three minute speech, it has to be civilized, it can't get off target, it has to be related to the issue before the board. That's not what was happening last night."
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:35 PM   #3656 (permalink)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump have disrupted a speech by Sadiq Khan, calling for the London Mayor to be arrested.

Mr Khan was about to start speaking to the Fabian Society in London when he was disrupted by protesters from a group called the White Pendragons, who shouted pro-Trump and pro-Brexit slogans.

It came after a tweet by Mr Khan on Friday, in which he said Mr Trump had "got the message" that he was "not welcome" in London after the President cancelled a planned visit to open the new US embassy.

In a video posted on social media, one protester could be heard saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, we're here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen's arrest."
Anyway, they failed in this attempt, and the Mayor simply sat there, reading a newspaper and ignoring them, until the police arrived to escort them out of the meeting some 15 minutes later.

When he could finally begin, he started his speech by telling the audience
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She's the one who leaked all those classified files to Wikileaks?

Yeah, I think Maryland can do better. I just don't think I'd ever be able to trust her with classified information anymore.
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She's the one who leaked all those classified files to Wikileaks?

Yeah, I think Maryland can do better. I just don't think I'd ever be able to trust her with classified information anymore.
But her emails... And like, all the emails of the CIA.
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But her emails... And like, all the emails of the CIA.
In her testimony at the court-martial (the parts I read, anyway) I thought she came over as very naive and, in fact, not terribly bright, at least not when it came to anything outside her immediate technical specialism.

Not at all sure she's cut out for a career in politics, though maybe I misjudge her.
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So hey guys, if you thought announcing a bunch of $1000 bonuses with much fanfare "because of the tax cuts" and then quietly closing dozens of locations and laying off thousands of Sam's Club workers was going to be the extent of Walmart's Trumpery, lol guess what?

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On Friday, there was news of more pain for Walmart workers. The company confirmed to Business Insider that about 3,500 “co-managers” will be laid off across the country. They will be replaced by new, “assistant manager” positions, which would have a lower salary. The laid off workers will be able to “apply” for these new jobs.
Not only do you have to take a pay cut, you have to re-apply for the lower-paying position, as if you weren't even an employee to begin with. Wonder what that's going to do to "seniority"?

Oh yeah....and about those $1000 bonus checks? ROFL!

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Walmart employees are eligible for the $1,000 bonus only if they’ve worked at the company for 20 years. Most Walmart employees, of course, haven’t worked there that long. Those employees will receive a smaller bonus based on seniority. Walmart didn’t explain exactly how the sliding scale will work, but said the total value of the bonuses will be $400 million. Walmart has about 2.1 million employees, which works out to be an average bonus of about $190.
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Live in Honolulu. Was with my wife and toddler when the alerts went off. Only thing I could think about was keeping my son safe. We were rushing to find shelter ASAP. My wife was obviously distressed and panicked. Little one (oblivious to what was going on) kept telling her "Please be happy, Mommy.". Broke my heart.
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In her testimony at the court-martial (the parts I read, anyway) I thought she came over as very naive and, in fact, not terribly bright, at least not when it came to anything outside her immediate technical specialism.

Not at all sure she's cut out for a career in politics, though maybe I misjudge her.
She just got out of jail, went through a very trying period, not to mention her transformation and her lack of experience, is this really the time to start a political career? I don't know if I'd vote for her...

Although, I would be curious to know what people think when it comes to the differences between a whistle blower, and someone we shouldn't trust because they speak out?
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Pretty distinguished group of writers, I'd say. Let's hear it for Entartete Kunst!
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Spain is set to replace the USA as second most popular tourist destination as "Trump Slump" continues.
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Spain “is expected” to replace the United States as the second most popular country in terms of tourist numbers, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The specialised agency of the United Nations will not release the official numbers from 2017 until spring, but early projections put France in first place and Spain in second – usurping the previous incumbent, the US.

Visitor numbers soared in 2017 according to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who announced last week that total earnings in the tourism sector rose by 12 per cent to €87bn euros (£77bn) last year.

This comes despite a year in which a very public independence battle raged in Catalonia, residents of Barcelona took to the streets to protest over-tourism, and a deadly terrorist attack saw a van drive into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring at least 130 others, one of whom died 10 days later.

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Meanwhile, across the pond, tourist numbers to the US dropped by five per cent in the first quarter and three per cent in the second quarter of 2017 following Donald Trump’s inauguration as President – a phenomenon which has been dubbed “Trump slump”.

And Experts at ForwardKeys, which predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions a day, claimed in October that international air arrivals to America had dropped by 1.4 per cent in total between 27 January and 30 September 2017 compared to the same period the previous year.
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