At Trump’s presidential rallies, a combustible mix of glee, fear (9)

Jim Yates of Laurens, South Carolina wears a sombrero before a campaign rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“We’re not gonna take it anymore,” a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers.

The billionaire real-estate developer’s packed rallies have been among the liveliest events in the long build-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election.

But they are increasingly becoming known for their undercurrent of aggression, which escalated into a physical altercation over the weekend when white Trump supporters attacked a black protester at his rally, to the candidate’s approval.

Out in the crowds, the mix of emotions is heady, setting a Trump rally apart from those of virtually all the other Republican and Democratic White House hopefuls. The rallies combine a gleeful rejection of establishment politics, a fear that the country is about to be transformed into something un-American, and a simmering aggression toward those who dissent from Trump’s world view.

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Afternoon Update November 26th, 2015 (10)


#1 — CNews | Young refugee sues B.C. government for alleged solitary confinement

VANCOUVER — A teenage refugee from South Sudan is suing the British Columbia government alleging the Children’s Ministry is responsible for him enduring solitary confinement for four months.


#2 — CTV | Homicide rate 6 times higher for aboriginal Canadians: StatsCan

Aboriginal Canadians were victims of homicide at a rate approximately six times higher than non-aboriginals in 2014, according to new findings from Statistics Canada that show nearly one quarter of homicide victims were aboriginal – a group that accounts for only five per cent of the country’s population.



#3 — Al Arabia | Putin sends S-400 missiles to Syria to deter Turkey

In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said on Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.


BBC | Turkey releases audio of ‘warning’ to downed Russia jet

BBC | Russia sends clear message to Turkey: Don’t try it again

#4 — BBC | Islamic State: Merkel vows Germany will do more to fight extremists

Germany will do more in the fight against Islamic State militants, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.


#5 — CNS | Debt Under Obama Up $8,000,000,000,000

( – The debt of the federal government has now increased by more than $8,000,000,000,000 during the time President Barack Obama has been in office, according to the official debt numbers published by the U.S. Treasury.


#6 — DM | Large Hadron Collider smashes energy record

The Large Hadron Collider has shattered another record, allowing specialists to study a state of matter that existed just after the Big Bang.

The LHC recently smashed together lead-ions at 1045 trillion electron-volts – two times higher than any previous experiment of this kind.


#7 — Fox | Dollar Bill: Clinton opening fundraising spree for wife’s 2016 campaign

WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton is going on a fundraising swing reminiscent of his presidential campaigns of the 1990s. But this time he’s doing it for his wife.


#8 — NYP | US soldiers suspended for deadly airstrike on hospital

WASHINGTON — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated US rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action that could include criminal charges, military officials said Wednesday.


#9 — Tass | Russia to strengthen control over food supplies from Turkey — Ministry of Agriculture

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Russia will strengthen control over food supplies from Turkey and will perform additional border and production checks, the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture said on Thursday.


#10 — WT | Obama green energy project Abengoa on verge of bankruptcy; demise recalls Solyndra

If you were wondering what the Spanish word for “Solyndra” is, this week provided the answer: “Abengoa.”

Abengoa is a Spanish company that was another of President Obama’s personally picked green energy projects, and it’s now on the verge of bankruptcy too, potentially saddling taxpayers with a multibillion-dollar tab and fueling the notion that the administration repeatedly gambles on losers in the energy sector.


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Inside the once tranquil Swedish village where residents are at war with migrants housed at emergency centre (10)

A tranquil Swedish village has been torn apart by bitter tensions after the arrival of 20 refugee families, MailOnline can reveal.

Tärnsjö, 150km north of Stockholm, has become a hotbed of resentment where migrant children as young as five need a police escort to get to school.

Residents and newcomers have exchanged insults, thrown rocks and set fire to cars, leaving many on both sides scared to leave the safety of their homes.

Young migrant children living there have had abuse shouted at them and spat at on their journey to school.

But events in Tärnsjö are no longer exceptional in Sweden, which has always prided itself on welcoming refugees with open arms.

In the last few months, with 10,000 asylum seekers arriving a week, the country has reintroduced border controls and the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats has become the second largest party in Sweden, opinion polls show.

Instead Tärnsjö, a relatively small village with a population of 1,200, is a snapshot of those places where bubbling anger has spilled over into violence and arson.


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#4 — Ludicrous Prince Charles Should Stop Climate Change Scaremongering And Help Stop Terrorism

#5 — Outcry as VW refuses to pay British drivers compensation over emissions rigging scandal

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#7 — Germany helps Greece to crack down on tax cheats

#8 — Climate pledges still too low for 2-degree limit

#9 — After Jerusalem talks, Tsipras, Netanyahu look to trilateral meeting with Cyprus

#10 — Law officials plan global strike at ‘dark markets’

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Russia planning no war with Turkey — FM (5)

Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart said Moscow’s attitude towards Turkish people has not changed though it has changed towards the Turkish leadership

MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Moscow isn’t planning any war on Turkey.

“We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards Turkish people has not changed,” the minister said. “We have questions only to the Turkish leadership.”

According to the diplomat, friendly relations between the peoples of Russia and Turkey do not depend on politicians, but the bilateral ties will be seriously revised after the plane downing incident.

The Russian leadership has no plans to pay visits to Turkey or receive its representatives in Moscow, the Foreign Minister Sergey said.

Lavrov noted that he was going to travel to Turkey to take part in a sessioin of the Russian-Turkish strategic planning council, which is a coordinating body of the interstate dialogue. “Of course, after the attack against our aircraft we have cancelled this session,” the minister said.


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#3 — Turkey intensifies aerial border security amid Russian crisis

#4 — Erdoğan says Turkey does not want escalation with Russia

#5 — Russia says downing of its jet won’t deflect it from Syria mission

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Goodwin: Obama is dangerously nonchalant about ISIS threats (2)

The leader of the free world urged a broader assault on Islamic State yesterday and called for more nations to join forces to crush the enemy. In response, President Obama said he would think about it.

The upside-down quality of the meeting between Obama and French President François Hollande was painful to watch. The attacks in Paris have energized and emboldened Hollande, but Obama again oozed an air of “this too shall pass.” A week after he shamefully called the Paris slaughter a “setback,” he’s still in a fog of his own making.

He refuses to call the spreading cancer what it plainly is — Islamic terrorism. Instead, he has adopted the Arabic pejorative for Islamic State, Daesh, perhaps believing he can insult the barbarians to death.


See Also:

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#2 — Obama’s Foreign Policy Powerless Against ISIS

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Sowell: The Disappearing Governors

There is a painful irony in a recent decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on the side of Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, whom the U.S. Department of Justice tried to stop from making charter schools widely available to minority youngsters in his state.

The Circuit Court’s decision over-ruled a lower court decision on the side of the Justice Department, which was opposing the large-scale creation of charter schools in Louisiana, on grounds that this would interfere with long-standing federal government efforts to racially integrate public schools.

In short, Governor Jindal’s attempt to give minority children a chance for a better education prevailed against the attempts of the political left to use these children as guinea pigs for their theories about mixing and matching students by race.


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Hamilton: Quebec corruption report a cautionary tale of biblical proportions

MONTREAL — Its 1,741 pages peppered with examples of greed, deceit and violence, the Charbonneau commission report into corruption in Quebec’s construction industry is a cautionary tale of biblical proportions.

For years, construction and engineering firms conspired to cheat municipal and provincial governments. Civil servants were bought off with cash, golf trips, hockey tickets, bottles of wine or a Christmas ham. Honest contractors who dared bid on jobs that their competitors had fixed would see their equipment mysteriously vandalized. Circling around it all were gangsters with the Mafia and Hells Angels, for whom the construction industry was an attractive way to diversify their business and launder illegal gains.

The result, the inquiry found, was a system that undercut productivity, discouraged innovation, produced substandard, even dangerous, infrastructure and cost taxpayers untold millions.

“This inquiry confirmed that there was a real problem in Quebec, and that it was much more extensive and ingrained than had been thought,” France Charbonneau, the Quebec Superior Court judge who headed the inquiry, said as she made public the report Tuesday alongside fellow commissioner Renaud Lachance.

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Akin: Hurrah for Trudeau’s first broken election promise

OTTAWA — So, barely a month on the job and the Liberals have broken their first election promise.

Mind you, they got lucky in that the promise they broke was one everyone, including the Conservatives in the official Opposition, wanted — heck, demanded — them to break.

The Liberals announced Tuesday they will not, as promised, have 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by New Year’s Day. Instead, they’ll have 10,000 refugees here by then, which is about what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives had promised, and then they’ll have another 15,000 here by the end of February.

But that’s not the only broken promise. The Liberal campaign platform said all those refugees would be sponsored directly by the federal government. In fact, just 15,000 will be government-sponsored. The rest will be sponsored privately, by church groups, community organizations, and families already here in Canada.


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Flaherty: Trump a Liar? The Real Story about Deceit in Racial Crime Numbers

The real story on racial differences in crime rates is easy to find. Just go to the Washington Post, New York Daily News, CNN, or the hundreds of other news sites that recently called Donald Trump a “liar” for retweeting some misinformation about inter-racial crime.

These media sites will tell you there is no difference between white and black crime. The only reason black people are arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced five to 100 times more often is because racist cops pick on black people for no reason what so ever.

This Holy Grail of racial disparity has been featured in the Washington Post (with nine charts!), New York Times, and tons of other outlets as proof positive of Institutional Racism. “When it comes to illegal drugs, white America does the crime, black America does the time,” says the Huffington Post.

Down in Atlanta, Cynthia Tucker from the Atlanta Journal Constitution talks about how “Countless studies have shown that black Americans’ drug use is in line with our share of the U.S. population (about 12-13 percent of black Americans use illegal drugs), but our drug arrests far outpace that.”

Countless meaning zero.

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Williamson: Conspiracy-a-Rama

A return to the paranoid style in African-American politics

From time to time, something will leap out to me as an illustration of the fact that blacks and whites often inhabit separate realities. I’ve often told the story of the editorial in a black neighborhood newspaper in Philadelphia warning African-Americans to flee urban areas in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential elections because George W. Bush was planning to — this was presented as unquestionable fact – use nuclear weapons against the inner cities to suppress the black vote. This wasn’t somebody ranting on Twitter — this was in print, in a regularly published newspaper that was, in the early days of the 21st century, still a going concern.

I’ve come to call this sort of thing (with apologies to Richard Hofstadter) the paranoid style in African-American politics. Mild versions of conspiracy theories play a large role in mainstream American politics in the form of folk beliefs about how government works, the role of lobbyists and campaign contributions, and the like. For right-wing populists, it’s the “Establishment” and the “donor class,” for left-wingers it’s the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Money, Big Bigness, etc. We’ve all heard the story of how we could be running our automobiles on seawater if not for the fact that the petro-billionaires are suppressing the technology. The closer you get to the fringes, the more prominent the role of conspiracy theories. But it seems to me that conspiracy theory plays an outsize role in mainstream African-American political discourse.

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Morning Update November 26th, 2015 (10)


#1 — CNews | 1 in 3 Manitoba children living in poverty: Report

WINNIPEG — A child poverty report card says an increasing number of children live in poverty in Canada, but no where is the problem more desperate than in Manitoba.


#2 — Postmedia | Corruption-fighting tools already in place, Mayor Coderre says

The mayor of the city identified as ground zero for much of the corruption unearthed by the Charbonneau commission said Montreal has already put in place the tools necessary to combat collusion that was endemic in several areas.


#3 — Sun | Ontario shares details of refugee plan

Ontario provided an overview Tuesday of its plan to welcome Syrian refugees, including identifying provincial facilities that could be used as interim housing.



#4 — Al Arabia | Tunisia declares emergency after attack kills 12

Twelve people were killed and 17 were wounded as a bomb tore through a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia’s capital on Tuesday in an explosion described by the president’s office as a “suicide attack,” Al Arabiya News Channel reported.


#5 — BBC | Phuc Dat Bich admits hoax in Facebook name battle

An Australian calling himself Phuc Dat Bich who made global headlines after saying he was fighting to use his real name on Facebook admits it was hoax.


#6 — CNS | NOAA: Record Major Hurricane Drought Extends to 121 Months

( – The United States blew past its decade-long hurricane drought record on Tuesday, reaching an historic 121 months without a major hurricane making landfall on the U.S. mainland, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) statistics.


#7 — DM | Houston, you may have a problem

In the battle to create a reusable rocket, Jeff Bezos has just dealt Elon Musk’s SpaceX a significant and unexpected blow.

Blue Origin, the Amazon founder’s secretive private space firm, has successfully flown its New Shepard ship to space, before landing it at a launch site in Texas.


#8 — Fox | Outrage as military vehicles, equipment taken from officers in wake of Obama order

Valuable vehicles and equipment are being yanked from law enforcement agencies across the country by the Obama administration in the wake of the president’s post-Ferguson order — as sheriffs and lawmakers tell the equipment is needed, and losing it could put officers and the communities they serve in danger.


#9 — Tass | Putin: Turkish leadership purposefully supports Islamization of country

NIZHNY TAGIL, November 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the current leadership of Turkey purposefully supports the country’s Islamization.


#10 — WT | China orders telecoms to cut service for users who evade Great Firewall

China has suspended cellphone service for Xinjiang residents attempting to evade the country’s Great Firewall, reinforcing the government’s grasp on all things digital.


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