Iran confiscates British tanker in Strait of Hormuz – IRGC

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported. UK authorities said the tanker had ‘veered off course’ before capture.

The Stena Impero was headed to Saudi Arabia but left the international sea lanes and headed north towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, marine tracking data showed on Friday.

Prior to the seizure, the tanker turned off its tracking device and had ignored warnings, Iranian military sources told state media.

“The reason behind the detention of the British tanker is that it did not adhere to the sea routes in the Strait of Hormuz, turned off the automatic identification system (AIS), polluted international waters and did not pay attention to the warnings of Iran,” the source said.

The 30,000-ton tanker is owned by Stena Bulk, and was bound for the Saudi port of Al Jubail.

Stena issued a statement that the ship was “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz, while the vessel was in international waters.”

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The company is “presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran.” There are 23 crew members aboard.

UK authorities said they were “assessing the situation following reports of an incident in the Gulf.”

Another tanker, the Liberian-flagged Mesdar, abruptly changed course and headed for the Iranian mainland on Friday evening. The ship is owned by Norbulk Shipping UK and was bound for Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia.

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Tehran and London have been at odds since July 4, when Royal Marines boarded and seized Iranian tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar, accusing the ship of illegally transporting oil to Syria. Iranian authorities condemned the seizure as “piracy” and vowed to retaliate.

Six days later, the Royal Navy said its frigate HMS Montrose intervened to prevent several Iranian boats from seizing the UK-flagged tanker British Heritage in the Persian Gulf.

Earlier this week, alarms were raised after the disappearance of the Emirati-based tanker MT Riah, flying the Panamanian flag. Iran said the tanker experienced technical troubles and had been towed to port for repairs.

On Thursday, a US warship entered the Persian Gulf and reportedly shot down an Iranian drone that had approached to within 1,000 meters in a “threatening” manner. Iran has denied losing any drones, however.

Washington has sought to establish a “coalition” of allied navies in the region to ensure “freedom of navigation” in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the most important shipping lanes in the world for oil traffic.

 

Library System Rejects ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ So… Atlanta Mayor Held it at CITY HALL

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By Dean Garrison

Just when you think that things can’t get any more bizarre, they always do.

For those who have been following the insane Drag Queen Story Hours, happening across America, you may find it heartening that the Fulton County library system pulled support for such an event.

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Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful keeping them out of Atlanta because liberal Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms then invited one of the drag queens to perform at City Hall.

Seriously.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Reported:

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has invited a drag queen to hold a children’s story time at City Hall after the county library system pulled its support for the event to be held at an Alpharetta branch.

Bottoms made the invitation Friday afternoon over Twitter to Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, the drag persona of 40-year-old Buford native Steven Igarashi-Ball: “Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker and all of our LGBTQ friends are always welcome at Atlanta City Hall. How about we host your next story hour? @CityofAtlanta—let’s make it happen! #OneAtlanta 🌈”

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The invitation was accepted and the first event was actually held at City Hall just over 2 weeks ago.

From WABE on June 28:

Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker — the drag persona of 40-year-old Buford native Steven Igarashi-Ball — will be hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour” at Atlanta City Hall.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be hosting the event. This event came after the county library system pulled its support for a “Drag Queen Story Hour” reading event at an Alpharetta branch.

Mayor Bottoms invited Miss Sugarbaker via Twitter:

The event was eventually put back on the calendar, but Miss Sugarbaker was met with some hostility once arriving to the library.

Regardless, the reading still had a sold-out show and Alpharetta Mayor Pro-Tem Donald Mitchell attended the event to show his support.

“That’s the beauty of public spaces, like a library. They should offer something for everyone, and they should be a safe space for everyone,” Igarashi-Ball said.

Igarashi-Ball has been a part of these library readings for the last two years. He reads mostly at charity events and public libraries around the Atlanta area.

So the library system eventually caved but the Mayor wanted the event at City Hall anyway.

Did you notice the phrase “sold-out show” in the above?

They did not actually sell tickets to the June 29th event, but they did require reservations. You can see more at this Event Brite site.

Here is a video report from Fox 5 Atlanta:

http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/drag-queen-hosts-story-time-at-atlanta-city-hall

There were some demonstrators that were against the event.

They may have outnumbered the supporters but we won’t hear that from the liberal media.

And… as for the sold out show claim…

I counted 13 kids in the above screenshot.

There are over a million people in Fulton County, so despite the hype we can rest assured that MOST of them are still sane.

But what the heck were the parents of those 13 kids thinking?

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Berkeley City Councilor Calls Tucker Carlson “White Supremacist Goblin”

The California progressive had led a drive to rename manholes “maintenance holes.”

By Richard Moorhead

A Berkeley, California city councilor denied a request to appear on primetime Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show on Thursday in prolific fashion.

Rigel Robinson tweeted an email exchange with a booker for Carlson’s show, in which he called the primetime host a “white supremacist goblin.”

The city councilor had sponsored a drive to rename manholes- the term commonly used in the English language for the covers of sewer access pipes on the streets- to “maintenance holes.” According to Robinson, the new word imagined for the the objects is nominally more “inclusive” than its predecessor.

Carlson’s scheduler reached out hoping to book Robinson to explain his move. Robinson flipped out in response, making the leap from gender-neutral language to accusing Carlson of racism in relatively unprecedented terms.

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to come on the show,” Robinson expressed in his email. “Tucker Carlson is a dangerous, xenophobic, racist, white supremacist goblin who I am not interested in engaging with.”

The email thread in which Robinson accused Carlson of being a fantasy creature from J.R.R Tolkien’s universe was deleted on Twitter as of Friday morning, and it’s unclear if the tweet was removed by the city councilor or censored by Twitter. Robinson’s affiliation with the progressive left makes the former far more likely.

Although his desperate bid to avoid being questioned on Orwellian redefinition tactics appears to have succeeded for now, the progressive has made it clear that he has no genuine argument for stripping the term “manhole” of its commonly known and traditional title.

Brian Is On the Case

Published on Jul 19, 2019

blackkey1976
So the CNN DNC propagandists are mad legitimate journalists got invited to the White House…. How surprising….

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george davis
Propaganda is not free speech . Shut down msm

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Boxcar Bubba
I think Brian Stelter could do those Pillsberry Doughboy commercials .

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Jessaka Powers
The other 60% of Stelter’s viewers come from airports playing cnn 24/7.

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SERVO DESTROYER
That eunuch Brian Stelter is finally understanding meme warfare

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Kitten Korleone
Fringe troll????? Mark, don’t you have a larger viewership than little Brian??? Whose calling who a troll??

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George Barrett
You holding back laughter as Brian Stelter’s voice is😂😂😂

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Wyatt Ryder
Put glasses on him and he’s George Costanza of Seinfeld.

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# Guiltless
Typical libscum bs..Very glad to see you real journalists at the White House.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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cameron 1422
Mark would have way…. more views but obviously youtube is messing with conservative channel’s 😠 bs

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Ashton Burrell
Most YouTubers are better journalist than the MSM. You can’t change my mind

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Damn I hate these libs Stelter looks like a prom night back alley failed abortion attempt

Hacked Emails: Hillary Campaign Monitored News about Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton

The New York Times pointed to a seeming discrepancy between former President Bill Clinton’s claim that he “took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” between 2002 and 2003 and reports of flightlogs showing many more trips on the disgraced financier’s private jet during that time period.

By Aaron Klein

NEW YORK — Hacked emails previously published by WikiLeaks show members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign staff routinely monitored the news media for associations between Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein.

A separate cache of emails show Democratic National Committee staff internally circulating stories and social media postings tying Epstein to Clinton.

Emails captured during the hack of the Gmail account of John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, show campaign staff forwarding news articles associating Epstein with Bill Clinton.

One email sent to Podesta from Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, contained a January 2015 BuzzFeed article titled, “Plenty Of Innuendo, But No Hard Evidence Of New Clinton Sex Scandal.” The subtitle was, “Much-discussed documents in Jeffrey Epstein affair don’t live up to the hype.”

“Good,” Flournoy replied.

A February 5, 2015 email to campaign staff titled, “HRC Clips” singled out a column published in the small Times-Picayune newspaper, a local New Orleans limited publication.

The piece tied Clinton to Epstein, relating:

There’s a story going around the tabloids and the trashier parts of the mainstream media that could spell trouble for the presumed Democratic frontrunner in 2016. It concerns a certain (as he would be listed on Louisiana ballots) William “Bill” Clinton.

The story involves Clinton palling around with the very shady (and very rich) Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, a convicted pedophile who would later donate somewhere between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Presidential Library, reportedly flew with Clinton and a couple of babes to visit the Sultan of Brunei back in 2002.

News clips about Epstein and Bill Clinton from numerous other days were also circulated among campaign staff, the emails show.

One email titled “2016 GOP HIT on HRC” was widely circulated among Clinton’s campaign staff and DNC officials.  The missive contained the text of a Fox News articletitled, “Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender’s jet much more than previously known.”

Numerous emails from various campaign and DNC staff forwarded tweets from high profile Republicans promoting the Fox News article, including tweets on the Epstein and Clinton story sent out by Trump spokesman Sean Spicer and Republican National Committee staffer and future White House Spokesperson Raj Shah.

Bill Clinton has long maintained an association with Epstein. Last week, the former president’s office issued a statement claiming that he “knows nothing” about Epstein’s alleged crimes involving sex trafficking and minors.

The statement in question, tweeted by Clinton’s press secretary Angel Ureña, says: “President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.”

This after the controversial financier pleaded not guilty last week to sex-trafficking charges in Manhattan federal court. In the case, Epstein allegedly “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes” in New York, Palm Beach, and other locations. The indictment also charges that Epstein paid some of his alleged victims to recruit more underage girls.  Today, Epstein was denied bail in the case and is set to remain in jail pending the trial.

Last week, this reporter documented a list of six major problems with Clinton’s full statement on Epstein.

Below, in no particular order, is that list again.
1 – Clinton’s statement claims a “total of four trips” on Epstein’s private jet amid widespread reports of many more trips.

One portion of Clinton’s statement, via his spokesperson, reads:

In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.

The statement failed to mention documentation reportedly evidencing many more trips with Epstein on the financier’s airplane.

Fox News previously reported flight records show that from 2001 to 2003 Clinton took at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express.”

Newsweek reported on a previous Gawker story exposing flight logs showing numerous private airplane trips that Clinton allegedly took with Epstein. One flight reportedly included a softcore porn actress while other trips were allegedly shared with women listed on flight manifests without their full names.

Newsweek reported:

In 2015, Gawker released the flight logbooks for Epstein’s Gulfstream and the Lolita Express 727. Bill Clinton is among the prominent people listed in the flight logs, having took several trips on the Lolita Express with a softcore porn actress listed under “massages” in Epstein’s address book, also published by Gawker. Clinton shared eleven flights aboard the Lolita Express with Maxwell and Epstein’s former assistant Sarah Kellen, who has been accused in court filings of recruiting young girls, acting as a pimp on Epstein’s behalf. On multiple flights, additional women, listed in the flight logs by their first name or the simple descriptor “female,” joined Clinton aboard Epstein’s plane.

2 – Clinton’s statement leaves out that the former president was reportedly on the airplane with Epstein himself.

The statement that “in 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane” seems to imply that Clinton utilized the airplane itself but conspicuously fails to mention whether Epstein was onboard. According to numerous reports, Clinton was a frequent flyer on the pervert’s private airplane, traveling with Epstein and unidentified women numerous times.

Epstein’s fleet reportedly included a Boeing 727-200 passenger jet that normally seats nearly 200 but was modified for private use. Fox News reported Epstein’s plane was “outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.”

3 – Clinton’s statement claims that his Secret Service detail was present “on every leg of every trip” with Epstein. Yet numerous reports allege that Clinton ditched his assigned Secret Service agents on some flights.

His office’s statement reads:

In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation. Staff, supporters of the Foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip.

Fox News reported records show Clinton “apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights,” since no agents names appeared on the manifest

Investigative journalist Conchita Sarnoff, executive director of Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, stated, “I know from the pilot logs and these are pilot logs that you know were written by different pilots and at different times that Clinton went, he was a guest of Epstein’s 27 times.” She added that “many of those times Clinton had his Secret Service with him and many times he did not.”

4 – Clinton’s statement does not mention that some of the trips reportedly encompassed multiple legs with several other possible flights.

Once again, the statement about the airplane trips reads, “In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.”

The Asia trip alone, which flight records show occurred between May 22 and May 25, 2002, was reportedly a five-leg trip.

According to Fox News, flight records show Clinton flying to such destinations as “Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, China, Brunei, London, New York, the Azores, Belgium, Norway, Russia and Africa.”

5 – Clinton denies traveling to Epstein’s so-called Orgy Island. One Epstein accuser disputes that claim.

Clinton’s statement says the ex-president has “never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”

Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed in an affidavit that she saw Clinton on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her claim has not been corroborated.

6 – Clinton has a long history of credibility issues regarding claims about his mistreatment of women.

Clinton famously claimed of Monica Lewinsky, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” but was later impeached by the House of Representatives for lying under oath about this relationship with the White House intern. He also denied credible sexual assault accusations from Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, among others.

 

US Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz – Trump

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Shortly after entering the Persian Gulf, a US warship shot down an Iranian drone that had approached to within less than a kilometer, US President Donald Trump said at a White House press event.

Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer took “defensive action” against an Iranian drone that approached to within 1,000 yards (900 meters), and ignored multiple calls to stand down, Trump said on Thursday.

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The drone was “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” the president said, adding that the US “reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests.”

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The Boxer sailed into the Persian Gulf earlier in the day, following the reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps had seized the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah and its 12-man crew.

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the accompanying task force – which have been rehearsing a possible strike against Iran for the past two months – are still in the Arabian Sea, conducting search and rescue operations for a missing sailor.

Trump also called on other countries to “condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce” in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital international shipping lane for transport of oil from the Persian Gulf.

Washington has called for an international “coalition” to patrol the strait.

JOURNALIST TRAVELS TO ILHAN OMAR’S HOMELAND TO PROVE SOMALIA IS BEAUTIFUL, GETS KILLED BY TERRORISTS

Journalist Travels to Ilhan Omar's Homeland to Prove Somalia is Beautiful, Gets Killed by Terrorists

Tragedy of cultural relativism strikes again

JULY 18, 2019

A journalist traveled to Ilhan Omar’s homeland of Somalia to challenge stereotypes and prove the country was “beautiful,” only to end up being killed by terrorists.

Before President Trump’s tweetstorm in which he encouraged Omar to go back and fix her own country, Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh was trying to do precisely that.

Nalayeh returned to the country of her birth to tell “uplifting” stories about Somalia, according to the Washington Post.

The journalist became well known for her relentlessly positive tweets about Somalia. Just one week ago, she lauded the “beauty” of the place.

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One respondent praised her for “countering the doom narrative propagated by many about Somalia”.

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Another Somali writer praised her portraying an image of the country radically different from the stereotype of “victims trapped in a vicious circle of conflicts”.

During a video tour on her YouTube channel of the town of Kismayo, Nalayeh said she was hopeful the area could be rebuilt and revived, “Because this place is beautiful!”

On Friday last week, Nalayeh was killed in that very same town when al-Shabab militants stormed the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo.

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The total death toll claimed 26 lives and it took around 14 hours for Somali security forces to regain control of the hotel.

“While Nalayeh’s death would seem to underline the harshness of Trump’s remarks, it was also a visceral argument for what many understood to be his central point: that perhaps immigrants should be especially grateful to live in the United States,” reports the Pluralist.

MS-13 GANG MEMBER “LUCIPHER” 1 OF 22 ARRESTED FOR “MEDIEVAL-STYLE” MURDERS

MS-13 Gang Member "Lucipher" 1 of 22 Arrested for "Medieval-Style" Murders

Machetes and knives used to dismember, cut out hearts

By Kelen McBreen

Twenty-two MS-13 gang members in the sanctuary city of Los Angeles, California have been charged with seven murders committed with machetes in what the FBI called “medieval-style violence.”

On Monday, a 12-count indictment was handed down by Los Angeles prosecutors who say the gang is becoming more powerful thanks to the massive influx of illegal aliens coming from Central America.

Over the past two years, the gang members have killed members of rival gangs, people thought to be working with police and even a homeless man living on their “turf.”

Some of the MS-13 gangsters boast creepy nicknames such as “Desastre,” “Lucifer,” “Splinter” and “Dexter,” the latter of which could possibly be an homage to the serial killer television show.

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The Assistant Director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, Paul Delacourt, said, “Taking violent offenders off the street should send a message to MS-13 members and their associates that medieval-style violence and senseless murder will not be tolerated in Los Angeles.”

One of the rival gang members who was butchered had his limbs cut off and his heart cut out and thrown into a canyon.

In addition to the homicides, carried out with machetes, knives or baseball bats, the twenty-two criminals are being charged with racketeering and conspiracy.

MS-13 members continue to flood into the United States every day and Infowars will continue to expose this threat to the country.

Politician Advocating ‘Gender Neutral’ Toilets for Kids Now Arrested for Child Sex Crimes

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By Warner Todd Huston

A politician that puffed himself up as the “inclusive” representative for trying to push “gender neutral” bathrooms on children has now been arrested and charged with child sex crimes.

The arrest really does confirm the suspicion that many people inevitably have that these extremist, left-wingers pushing the gay and transgender agendas are at heart sex criminals.

The incident occurred in Middlesborough, UK, where politician David Smith launched a campaign to push the gay/transgender bathroom agenda right after he was elected in Teeside, Yorkshire. Smith was a member of the Conservative Party, according to the BBC.

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Before you get confused, the “Conservative Party” in the UK is not really conservative. It is a sham party, really. In fact, Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, recently told Breitbart News that the “Conservative Party” in the UK can’t be trusted because “they’re not really conservative.”

In any case, Smith has been charged with nine counts of sexual touching of a child, the BBC reported. He is due to appear in court to face charges on August 7.

For his part, Smith denies all charges.

“I completely reject these spurious allegations and removing myself from the party will ensure I can focus all my efforts on fighting to clear my name,” Smith said in a statement.

Still, he resigned from the party but refused to resign from his elected position. After all, he makes £6,378 to serve, so he doesn’t want to lose the cash.

He added, that he had “worked hard to ensure I serve the people of Coulby Newham.”

Smith also defended his gay agenda saying, “This is who I am as a person and a community activist. The allegations made against my character are nothing more than damaging lies and moving forward, I will seek to prove this is the case in a court of law.”

But, let’s face it. Don’t you assume that men who are pushing “gender neutral” bathrooms are really just trying to create a situation where they can legally be in the bathroom with little girls?

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