HOW AN UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT ENDED UP IN JAIL AFTER PRETENDING TO BE A JOURNALIST

Detectives soon discovered that Johnson had also stopped by the homes of two people who worked at Shotgun Willie’s, a local strip club...

“So we share common interest in business degrees, chicks with titties, and music, because you’re a DJ, right?”

“Yep... Badass,” Stiff said, excited. “What crime did he commit?”

Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-23 6:38am to the Crime forum.

Trump Commerce Secretary Delighted By Lack of Saudi Arabian Protesters. Because They’re Dead

... he explained the Saudi people must love Donald Trump — maybe more than Americans do — because there weren’t any protests to spoil the experience.

As the Washington Post notes, six years ago the Saudi theocracy, not wanting any of that Arab Spring nonsense welling up, outright banned public protests. They execute dissidents, and have sentenced four young men to death for protesting such executions.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-05-23 3:49am to the Politics forum.

One Nation on defensive after secret tapes reveal Queensland election scam plan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is considering a police investigation into One Nation following the leaking of secret recordings in which Pauline Hanson's chief-of-staff James Ashby is heard discussing how to illegally profit from the forthcoming Queensland election.

Asked by Labor whether he would commission an investigation into whether One Nation had previously defrauded the Commonwealth using the mechanism outlined by Mr Ashby, Mr Turnbull said he was seeking advice from the Australian ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-05-23 2:35am to the Politics forum.

Humans Lived in North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims

Prehistoric humans — perhaps Neanderthals or another lost species — occupied what is now California some 130,000 years ago, a team of scientists reported on Wednesday.

The bold and fiercely disputed claim, published in the journal Nature, is based on a study of mastodon bones discovered near San Diego. If the scientists are right, they would significantly alter our understanding of how humans spread around the planet.

The earliest widely accepted evidence of people in the Americas is less ...
Submitted by crote at 2017-05-22 23:40pm to the Science forum.

Michael Flynn Misled Pentagon About His Russia Ties, Letter Says

Michael T. Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials when he applied for a top-secret security clearance last year, according to a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Mr. Flynn, who resigned this year as President Trump’s national security adviser, told investigators in February 2016 that he had received no income from foreign companies and had only “insubstantial contact” with ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 21:59pm to the Crime forum.

Texas House approves 'bathroom bill' for public schools after emotional debate

The Texas House has approved a bill that will keep transgender public school children from using the restroom that matches their gender identity.
The measure, a Republican deal on the “bathroom bill,” passed the GOP-dominated chamber by a vote of 94-50. If the Senate agrees to the measure, and Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t veto it, Texas will become the second state in the nation to pass such legislation.


Debate took place late Sunday night and Monday afternoon, when the measure was given ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 22:23pm to the Education forum.

Rep. Karl Oliver apologizes for saying “They should be lynched” in Facebook post

Mississippi State Representative Karl Oliver’s Facebook page is getting a lot of attention after a recent post.

On Monday morning, Rep. Oliver apologized for his choice of words.

The Facebook Post that was made on May 20, addressed the recent removal of Confederate monuments in Louisiana. The Republican represents District 46 – Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery, Webster counties.

Below is the text of the post:

“The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 22:16pm to the Politics forum.

Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund

The World Bank announced Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged a combined $100 million to a fund that will assist women entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 22:20pm to the The Economy forum.

Trump aides staged a Twitter 'intervention': report

President Trump’s advisers reportedly held an intervention to tame his use of Twitter.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that aides called for an “intervention” to urge the president to use restraint on the social media platform, specifically pointing to some of his more incendiary claims posted there.

Aides told Trump that his unfiltered tweets could “paint him into a corner,” politically and legally, according to the report.

One controversial tweet mentioned in the meeting ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 22:19pm to the Politics forum.

Indonesia police arrest dozens in raid on Jakarta gay sauna

Indonesian police detained dozens of men including several foreigners in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, another sign of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta. Police say the sauna was the venue for a sex party promoted as “The Wild One.”

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but police said ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 22:15pm to the Crime forum.

Florida neo-Nazi converts to Islam, kills [neo-Nazi] roommates for not respecting religion

A Florida man killed his fellow neo-Nazi roommates after he converted to Islam and they did not respect his new faith, police said.

Devon Arthurs led cops to the bodies of his former friends on Friday, but not before he also allegedly held two customers and an employee of Tampa’s Green Planet Smoke Shop hostage with a pistol before he surrendered.
Submitted by Emcee at 2017-05-22 22:12pm to the Crime forum.

Man in red Trump hat disrupts Shanghai flight to U.S., triggers chants of 'Lock him up'

He finally relents, but not before berating some female passengers and crew, calling one passenger "Hillary" (lol) and "lesbian".

update: Still haven't left yet. Everybody is standing, calling him an asshole, and urging him to leave.

update 2: Police have arrived to applause

update 3: Crowd is really giving it to him. In English and in Chinese. Some people are really funny

Been asked to deplane

Update 4: Haven't reboaded, but he is finally escorted off the plane. Crowd is pissed and ...
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-22 20:55pm to the Politics forum.

Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake

Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead.

Trump, several people close to him say, sometimes appears to question decisions even after they’ve been made. He told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that he could still be labor secretary even after he’d publicly named Alexander Acosta to the role. He privately told former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani he could potentially ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 20:35pm to the Politics forum.

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

It started with a noise complaint. Don Hansbury, who is 78 years old and white, went to the doorway of his home in Troy, New York, that August night in 2013 to see what was going on. “Cop was talking to a guy with loud music playing from his car, colored guy,” he said. “I knew something was gonna happen.”

The cop was talking to Hansbury’s across-the-street neighbor, Sam Ratley, who is 39 years old and black. Soon, Hansbury heard “some kind of scuffle,” and then police cars filled ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 20:34pm to the Crime forum.

Toby Keith Will Play an All-Men Concert in Saudi Arabia

Prior to this morning, I thought that the funniest thing happening this weekend in Saudi Arabia was going to be Donald Trump fumbling his way through a big speech about Islam. I was wrong, because it will absolutely be the all-male concert Toby Keith is playing in Riyadh, which will also include a performance by an Arabian lute player.

Per the Associated Press, Saturday night’s concert is free, however, women are not permitted to attend. (Being banned from attending a Toby Keith concert is, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 20:33pm to the Music forum.

It's time to start talking about Trump's mental health

Perhaps most tellingly, Trump's speech patterns are vastly different now than they were years ago. All the above might be excused if they were single instances — healthy people occasionally mix up names or get disoriented, too. However, Trump did not used to be like this. Compare a few minutes at random from this 1990 interview to this AP interview from last month.

The themes are generally similar — complaints about media unfairness, boasts about his own competence and popularity, and so ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2017-05-22 20:32pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Church of Satan is distancing itself from Donald Trump

The Church of Satan has come out to make clear that Donald Trump is not one of them.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-05-22 20:00pm to the Politics forum.

Someone Is Trying to Scrub Trump's Name From the Wikipedia Page of Lieberman's Law Firm

There’s a Wikipedia edit war going on right now on the page of the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. That wouldn’t be notable except for the fact that someone is trying to scrub Donald Trump’s name from the page and Joe Lieberman is a special counsel at the firm. Lieberman is a frontrunner to head the FBI and his relationship with the firm has been a point of concern.
Submitted by phlogiston at 2017-05-22 19:44pm to the The World forum.

In Wreckage of the Fyre Festival, Fury, Lawsuits and an Inquiry

... There are many potential victims: ticket buyers, investors and businesses small and large, spread across the United States and the Bahamas. Blink-182, a planned headliner, can’t get its equipment out of customs limbo. Fyre’s employees have not been paid. MaryAnn Rolle, a restaurant owner in the Bahamas who catered daily meals and rented villas to the festival crew, says she is owed $134,000.

“I’m struggling” and feeling taken advantage of, Ms. Rolle said. “It’s ...
Submitted by B. Weed at 2017-05-22 19:01pm to the The World forum.

Breaking and Analysis: Supreme Court on 5-3 Vote Affirms NC Racial Gerrymandering Case, with Thomas in Majority and Roberts in Dissent

The Supreme Court has issued this 5-3 opinion in Cooper v. Harris. Justice Kagan wrote the opinion for the Court, with Justice Thomas making the fifth vote for affirmance. Chief Justice Robert and Justices Alito and Kennedy dissented. That is an interesting lineup, to be sure.

There is a lot of detail but here is my bottom line: This decision by Justice Kagan is a major victory for voting rights plaintiffs, who have succeeded in turning the racial gerrymandering cause of action into an ...
Submitted by crote at 2017-05-22 19:29pm to the Politics forum.