Otto Warmbier’s Family Kept His Jewishness Under Wraps While North Korea Held Him Hostage

Such a tragedy and so heartbreaking.

It was a set up by the North Koreans to grab an American.

The family of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died on Monday, days after his release from 17 months of captivity in North Korea, was advised to keep his Jewish background and identity concealed while officials tried to negotiate his release.

That was because the North Korean justification for his imprisonment centered on a dubious claim that Warmbier had stolen a propaganda poster in a Pyongyang hotel lobby on orders from the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, to bring it back “as a trophy” in exchange for a used car worth $10,000.

“We didn’t want to share it,” said Mickey Bergman, who worked on negotiations for Warmbier’s release, referring to the fact of Warmbier’s Jewishness. “The family chose, rightfully so, not to share that information while he was in captivity… because they didn’t want to embarrass [North Korea] by explaining that he actually was Jewish” and thus would not have been affiliated with the church.

“That’s why that part of the story was kept quiet,” added Bergman, executive director of The Richardson Center, an organization founded by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson that works to negotiate the release of prisoners and hostages held by hostile regimes.  TimesofIsrael

Swarm Of 464 Earthquakes Hits Yellowstone National Park In One Week

Hum.

Hundreds of earthquakes have hit Yellowstone National Park in the space of a week, according to experts.  A total of 464 quakes have been recorded over the past week at Yellowstone, which sits above one of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes.

This is the highest number of earthquakes at the park within a single week in the past five years.  The recent activity has raised fears that the supervolcano is about to blow.

If it were to erupt, the Yellowstone supervolcano would be one thousand times as powerful as the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption, experts claim – although they say the risk is ‘low’…

A spokesman said: ‘The epicentre of the shock was located in Yellowstone National Park, eight miles north-northeast of the town of West Yellowstone.

‘The earthquake was felt in the towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana, in Yellowstone National Park, and elsewhere in the surrounding region.’

Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50 per cent of the total activity in the Yellowstone region.

Although the latest swarm is the largest since 2012, it is fewer than weekly counts during similar events in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.  DailyMail

 Researchers Say – Nothing To Be Alarmed About

Researchers say it’s nothing to be alarmed about, though.

In a statement to the Star Valley Independent, scientists from the University of Utah — which monitors the volcano — said the earthquake swarms are nothing new.

“This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years, but is fewer than weekly counts during similar earthquakes swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010,” scientists explained. FoxNews

Yellowstone

In a written statement, a spokesman for the team said: ‘Yellowstone hasn’t erupted for 70,000 years, so it’s going to take some impressive earthquakes and ground uplift to get things started.’

‘Besides intense earthquake swarms, we expect rapid and notable uplift around the caldera. ‘Finally, rising magma will cause explosions from the boiling-temperature geothermal reservoirs.

Supervolcano

In the heart of Yellowstone National Park, a supervolcano releases around 45,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each day.

But the magma chamber lying directly beneath its surface is not considered large enough to produce such levels, so researchers have been searching for an alternative source for years.

In April 2015, by tracking seismic waves, geophysicists discovered a huge secondary chamber deeper underground that’s so large its partly-molten rock could fill the Grand Canyon 11 times over. DailyMail

Video:  Huge Magma Chamber Discovered Beneath Yeallowstone

Police Officer Attacked At Bishop Intl Airport In Flint, Michigan Possible Terrorism

Update:   Amor M. Ftouhi, a 50-year-old Canadian citizen is the Bishop Airport terrorist.  He is being charged with committing an act of violence at an airport.

The affidavit from FBI Special Agent Thomas M. Sondgeroth says an officer who observed the attack on police officer Jeff Neville told him Ftouhi used a large knife to stab the victim.

Ftouhi yelled “Allahu Akbar” — “Allah is the greatest” — before making the attack, according to the affidavit.

After stabbing the officer in the neck, Ftouhi continued to yell, “Allah,” several times, Sondgeroth’s statement says. MLive

Ftouhi is from Tunis, Tunisia

Ftouhi said on Facebook that he was originally from Tunis, Tunisia, but he lived in Montreal, Canada. He wrote that he worked for a Canadian insurance company and had studied at faculté des sciences humaines et sociales de tunis and Collège O’Sullivan.

He only had three friends on Facebook and had shared posts in Arabic. He played computer games on Facebook, including one called Army Attack.

Due to the possible nexus to terror, the FBI has joined state troopers and the ATF in investigating the Flint airport attack. heavy.com

Would not be surprised if there is a link to Dearborn, MI.

Lieutenant Jeff Neville

The police officer involved in the incident has been identified as Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who is retired from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.  Sheriff Robert Pickell told WJRT that Neville was an ‘amazing deputy’. He has reportedly worked as an officer at the airport since 2001.

Neville was at his post at the top of a set of escalators at the airport Wednesday morning when he was attacked from behind with a knife similar to a Bowie knife, WJRT reports.

The officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but his condition has since improved to stable after coming out of surgery.

Police say a suspect has been taken into custody and is being question. They have not released his name. DailyMail

A witness at Bishop Airport says he saw a police officer bleeding from the neck and a knife laying nearby before the terminal was evacuated today.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” said Ken Brown, who was dropping his daughter off at the airport. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

Bishop announced that an officer had been injured at the airport on its Facebook page, but officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brown said he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground near the injured officer.

More than 20 police vehicles from Flint, Burton, Michigan State Police and other agencies responded to the incident.

The airport terminal was evacuated at about 9:40 a.m.  MLive

Terrorism?

The FBI is investigating this morning’s stabbing of an airport police officer as possible terrorism, according to a report from an NBC affiliate.

The report claims the Canadian-born suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing Jeff Neville multiple times.

The claims are attributed to NBC’s News’ investigative journalist Tom Winter.

The state police have confirmed that the FBI is investigating the attack. MLive

WaPo Actually Acknowledges That Single-Payer Health Care Isn’t Feasible

A government health care plan can be two of the three:  universal, affordable, quality.

If universal and quality then not affordable (would bankrupt the government).

If affordable and quality then not universal.

If universal and affordable then low quality.

The Washington Post made a stunning admission in their Sunday editorial that deviates from their left-wing bent: a single-payer health care system isn’t feasible in the United States.

The Post argued that while there are benefits to such a system, it would come at an “astonishing” price.

“When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a ‘Medicare for all’ health plan in his presidential campaign, the nonpartisan Urban Institute figured that it would raise government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years, requiring a tax increase so huge that even the democratic socialist Mr. Sanders did not propose anything close to it,” The Post wrote.

The Post added that the Urban Institute’s figure was likely correct because currently “the U.S. government spends more per American to cover a slice of the population than other governments spend per citizen to cover all of theirs,” so simply expanding the government’s involvement in health care wouldn’t be enough.

Additionally, the costs associated with single-payer would be politically unpopular.

“To realize the single-payer dream of coverage for all and big savings, medical industry players, including doctors, would likely have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort,” The Post wrote. “There is little evidence most Americans are willing to accept such tradeoffs.”  DailyWire

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Alberta Christian School Told They Can’t Teach ‘Offensive’ Scripture

The school board first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to  remove Biblical passages from its student handbook.  The school complied.

On Thursday, Battle River School Division (BRSD) board met with officials of Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to discuss the board’s request to drop certain Bible verses from its student handbook, CBC reported.

The Christian school’s handbook contained a reference to I Corinthians 6:9-11, which states that neither “fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate … shall inherit the kingdom of God.” The document also includes a verse from the fifth chapter of Galatians which refers to adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness.

BRSD’s Diane Hutchinson said trustees were concerned that the verses in the handbook might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation, but CCA board chair Deanna Margel said that the reference is a scriptural footnote in an updated Statement of Faith.

Margel said that the academy has agreed to drop the Bible verses from the handbook, but the school has raised concerns that the board now wants to limit what Bible passages can be taught to the students.  ChristianTimes

Now the school board wants to edit what Biblical passages can be taught.

Evangelical Christians are under fire as an Alberta school board is demanding a Christian school stop teaching “offensive” scripture that indicts homosexuality as a sin, the National Post reports.

The offending passage is from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which states: “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy, not far from the Alberta capital of Edmonton, to remove the scripture from the school’s statement of faith. They also asked that the word “quality” be redacted from the mission statement that the school offers “quality educational programming.”

CCA agreed to the demands. Board chairwoman Laurie Skori then said that wouldn’t be enough. The school would have to cease from even teaching the scripture, saying that “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school.” She said exactly what she meant in a subsequent piece of correspondence that read: “For example: any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

That was too much for the school. CCA chairwoman Deanna Margel said the school had a right to teach what it wants.  DailyCaller

School board meeting

Parents and supporters of the Cornerstone Christian Academy packed the meeting of the Battle River School Division board after they were invited by Deanna Margel, the Christian academy’s chairperson.

She was worried the school board would eventually try to dictate what Bible verses the academy could teach.

“There shouldn’t be restrictions on what’s considered offensive,” said Margel. “That’s a violation of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

School board backtracking after publicity?

Skori added that the school board does not want or intend to restrict any of the school’s religious teachings.

“The board does not want to get involved in things like that. I think it’s up to the school to decide what things are appropriate or not,” Skori said.

Battle River board trustees said they believe the verses might contravene Alberta’s human rights code.

‘The Cornerstone society has compromised our reputation, risked our safety and broken our trust.’- Laurie Skori, school board chair

At Thursday’s meeting, the board was planning to update the public that the academy had agreed to refrain from using the scripture. But instead, board chair Laurie Skori spoke about Cornerstone’s chairwoman taking issue publicly with the request.

“We are disappointed by the way in which the [Cornerstone] society has turned our discussion into a public spectacle,” said Skori.

“We are now at the centre of a firestorm as a result of information distributed without our knowledge, by the Cornerstone Christian School Society board and their partner in this process, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms,” she said.  CBA

Local Mosque In Michigan Allegedly Paid for Genital Mutilation of Young Girls

Surprised?

Barbaric.

A local mosque was paying a physician to perform female genital mutilation on young girls, an attorney serving as a guardian for the doctor’s children alleged in court Tuesday.

The disclosure occurred during a hearing in which the state is seeking to terminate the parental rights of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, the lead defendant in Detroit’s historic genital cutting case.

Nagarwala’s attorney emphatically denied the allegation.

Nagarwala is accused of cutting the genitals of two Minnesota girls as part of a religious procedure, though prosecutors have alleged in court that she may have subjected up to 100 girls to the procedure over the last 12 years. Nagarwala is a member of a small Indian-Muslim sect that has a mosque in Farmington Hills.

According to guardian ad litem Cynthia Nunez, the attorney assigned by the court to look out for the best interests of the children, Nagarwala’s husband is the treasurer of the Farmington Hills mosque, and could face criminal charges himself involving allegations that the mosque was paying his wife to perform genital cutting procedures on young girls for years. DetroitFreePress

Video:  Local mosque allegedly paid two doctors to perform FGM on more girls

Video:  What Is Female Genital Mutilation?

ICE Places Detainer On Salvadoran Immigrant Suspected Of Murdering Muslim Teen In Virginia

22-year-old Darwin A. Martinez Torres brutally murdered high school student Nabra Hassanen with a metal baseball bat.

According to police, Hassanen was attacked by Torres while walking with a group of friends from an IHOP to All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque, where they were attending an all-night prayer session for Ramadan.

Torres allegedly pulled up in his car and an argument ensued. Hassanen’s friends ran, but only realized later that Hassenen was not with them.

Torres was arrested after being spotted driving erratically by investigators who were searching for Hassanen. He led police to Hassanen’s body, which he allegedly dumped into a pond. DailyCaller

Darwin A. Martinez Torres is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador

A 22-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia on Sunday morning is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tells The Daily Caller…

Local police and ICE were slow in confirming whether Torres is in the U.S. illegally. But in a statement issued Monday afternoon, an ICE spokesperson confirmed that the agency has lodged a detainer request against the El Salvadoran national, indicating that he is an illegal alien.

“On June 19, ICE lodged a detainer on Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen and national of El Salvador, with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE,” ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told TheDC. DailyCaller

Otto Warmbier, American College Student Held Prisoner And Recently Released By North Korea, Has Died

Visiting North Korea and allegedly stealing a poster,  he did not deserve this!

Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday.

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in part in a statement. “Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”

Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said last week that Warmbier, 22, was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Scans showed extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier’s brain, doctors said.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late last Tuesday. He was then transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. ABCNews

Supreme Court Rules Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks Is Unconstitutional

“I am THRILLED!  Hail to the Redskins.” said Redskins Team owner Daniel Snyder in a statement.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court determined the law’s so-called “disparagement clause” violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

The case centered on Oregon-based, Asian-American band The Slants, which was denied a trademark because its name was considered offensive. The band countered that the 70-year-old law at issue violates free-speech rights —  and Justice Samuel Alito, in the court’s opinion, agreed.

“The commercial market is well stocked with merchandise that disparages prominent figures and groups, and the line between commercial and non-commercial speech is not always clear, as this case illustrates. If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social ‘volatility,’ free speech would be endangered,” he wrote. FoxNews

UN: “Israel’s Fault When Palestinian Men Beat Their Wives.” Neuer: “Where Is The Data?”

The UN does not need facts.

GENEVA, June 12, 2017 – The chair of today’s UN Human Rights Council debate, council vice-president Amr Ahmed Ramadan of Egypt, broke with parliamentary protocol and refused to thank the representative of UN Watch after he challenged a new report that blames Israel for when Palestinian men commit violence against women, and asked why Islamic preachers of wife-beating were ignored.

The U.N. expert — who slammed Israeli counter-terrorism measures for their “gendered impact” on Palestinian women yet failed to cite Palestinian stabbings or rocket attacks for their “gendered impact” on Israeli women — failed to answer UN Watch director Hillel Neuer’s question about the source of her data for blaming Israel for Palestinian violence against women.

Testimony before the U.N. Human Rights Council by Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, June 12, 2017.

Mr. Chairman, today’s report on Israel and the Palestinian territories provides important information on women targeted by violence.

Regrettably, however, the report is undermined by its subservience to one recurring unproven assumption. As highlighted by the rapporteur, that is the “clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence against women.”

Ms. Simonovic, in other words, what you are saying is as follows: “When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.”

In this regard, I wish to pose some questions:

First: how do you know there is a “clear linkage”? Where is the data? I don’t see it anywhere in the report, not in Addendum 1 or 2.

Is it right to continue infantilizing Palestinians, such that when a man in Ramallah beats his wife, we encourage him to say ‘Israel made me do it’?

Your report speak of Israeli actions that create pressure. Well, maybe. Yet there may be a myriad of other influences. How do you know which is significant?

It would be interesting, for example, to examine comparable populations in in Lebanon, Jordan, Sinai and Egypt, and to see if there are differences in the rate of violence against women. Ms. Simonovic, why have you not done so? Where is the data?

Second: You make a passing reference to the influence of “tradition and culture.” Do you mean Palestinian, Arab or Muslim tradition? You don’t say which, and don’t seem to be interested in this key factor in the Middle East.

Why did you fail to mention that official Palestinian TV regularly broadcasts Islamic preachers who tell the people how to beat their wives?

On February 8, 2016, for example, Hassan al-Laham, the Mufti of Gaza, quoting the Koran and the Hadith, advised husbands on how to beat their wives, recommending: “Hitting that does not make her ugly; in other words, not hitting that will bring the police… The hitting will be like a joke.  The hitting is a kind of reminder that the love and friendship that Allah commanded is still found between the couple.”

Ms. Simonovic, while you find numerous indirect ways to blame Israel, how could you omit these forms of direct incitement? Why do you not mention terrorism against Israeli women?  Report at UNWatch

Video: UN: “Israel’s fault when Palestinian men beat their wives.” Neuer: “Where is the data?”

University Warns Over ‘Inappropriate’ Lavatory Habits – Blaming Foreign Students For Defecating In The Showers And Garbage Cans

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The memo was emailed to 400 students and 250 staff at Strathclyde University.  It reminded them that ‘all bodily fluids’ needed to be ‘disposed down the toilet’.  The memo singled out the ‘different practices’ of foreign students.  But a university spokeswoman later hurriedly apologized for the email.

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities have been told off for pooing in showers and bins.

Bosses at Strathclyde University were forced to send a memo to the 400 students and 250 staff  asking them to stop with their ‘inappropriate’ toilet habits.

The memo, posted on Thursday, was sent by the operations management team of the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities have been told off for pooing in showers and bins.

Bosses at Strathclyde University were forced to send a memo to the 400 students and 250 staff  asking them to stop with their ‘inappropriate’ toilet habits.

The memo, posted on Thursday, was sent by the operations management team of the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

An insider told the Daily Record that they ‘couldn’t imagine’ the bizarre problem as a place as high-tech as the TIC.

They added: ‘The building houses some of the most intelligent brains in the world – yet they don’t appear to know how to use the toilet. DaiyMail

 

 

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