Author Archives: Black Mamba

Man calls for a Boycott of Marks & Spencer stores after claiming he saw “Allah” written on the the Aloe Vera toilet paper

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Richard Overton, America’s oldest living WWII vet and man, dies at 112

 

RIP.

Richard Overton, the country’s oldest living man and WWII veteran, has died at age 112.

His cousin, Volma Overton Jr., confirmed the news to the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday.

The news came days after Overton was reportedly admitted into a hospital with pneumonia last week. He reportedly died in a rehab facility in Texas.

Overton served in World War II and had built a reputation for his liking for cigars and whiskey. Though he credited God for his long life, Overton told a local Fox station in a previous interview that his vices also helped as well.

“I been smoking cigars from when I was 18 years old, I’m still a smoking ‘em. 12 a day,” he said jokingly at the time.

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He was accused of killing a Portland teen. Feds believe the Saudis helped him escape

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Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah and Fallon Smart.

A black SUV pulled up to Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah’s home in Southeast Portland two weeks before his June 2017 trial.

Noorah, a Saudi national charged the year before in the fatal hit-and-run of a teenage girl crossing Hawthorne Boulevard, had a bag packed that Saturday afternoon.

The private car drove the 21-year-old Portland Community College student to a sand-and-gravel yard two miles away.

That’s where Noorah sliced off the tracking monitor he had worn around his ankle for months, according to interviews with federal authorities. He then discarded it at the scene before vanishing, leaving a victim’s family crushed and prosecutors furious and flummoxed.

Law enforcement officials now say they believe Noorah got an illicit passport and boarded a plane — likely a private carrier — to flee the country.

Despite unknowns in the ongoing investigation, officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals Service are all but certain who helped orchestrate the remarkable escape: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

U.S. officials learned only recently from the Saudi government that Noorah arrived back home 18 months ago.

“We’re doing everything we can to get him back,” said Eric Wahlstrom, a supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in Oregon.

Prosecutors still hope to try Noorah in the death of 15-year-old Fallon Smart.

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London Spectator: ‘Why I don’t, never have, and never will trust the people’

I knew these people thought this way, but I am shocked to read anyone admit it quite this openly. As always, check out the comments. (BTW, I’m getting mixed messages on whether people are or are not able to read a few Spectator articles free per month. Any feedback appreciated.)

‘It was late, and a friend and I were left to talk Brexit. He’s a keen and convinced Tory Brexiteer MP but to stay friends we have tended to steer off the topic. This, however, felt like a moment to talk.

The conversation taught me nothing about Brexit, something about him, and a lot about myself and the strain of Conservatism I now realise I’m part of — and which is part of me. Oddly, then, this column is not really about Brexit, but about trusting the people. I don’t. Never have and never will. Our conversation forced me to confront the fact.

…As I’m not running for office (any more – Ed.) I shall not pull punches.

Tories like me, and I think we used to be in the majority, see good governance as an effort to live with democracy rather than to an effort to live by democracy. It is why we were so chary about referendums in the first place. We are wary of the populace and instinctively hostile to the instincts of the mob. We see the popular will as a sometimes dangerous thing, to be handled, guided, and on key occasions (and subtly) thwarted.

…When I first went into politics, initially as a researcher, in 1977, it was commonplace among us Tories to see and describe ‘the will of the people’ not as our mentor but as a rock to be navigated. Capital punishment and judicial flogging were very popular with the public. The hanging debate at party conferences was an annual nightmare for our leading spokesmen, but I never heard it suggested, even by colleagues who supported the return of these punishments, that we should bring them back because the people wanted it… This subversion of democracy (in Theresa May’s phrase) caused me embarrassment, but not a second’s guilt. Sod democracy: hanging was wrong.

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And it’s a hoax in 3,2…

h/t Arab News

BOSTON — A Muslim girl in Massachusetts has received hundreds of letters of support after receiving threatening notes at her elementary school.

The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that as of Thursday, it had received more than 500 notes from across the country for the 10-year-old.

The girl, whose name officials haven’t released, is in fifth grade at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Boston.

School officials say she received threatening notes in her classroom storage bin on two occasions this month. One note said, “You are a terrorist.” The other read, “I will kill you.”

Sumaiya Zama, the Massachusetts chapter’s director of community advocacy, said she’s “incredibly heartened” by the outpouring of support, particularly the “powerful messages” people from different faiths shared.

“Despite the climate of animosity and fear that so many Muslims face today, it’s clear that we have allies,” she said in a statement.

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The world’s OLDEST intact shipwreck: A 2,400-year-old ‘Odysseus’ Greek trading vessel is discovered 1.3 miles down at the bottom of the Black Sea

The oldest intact shipwreck ever found has been discovered at the bottom of the Black Sea.

The 75ft Greek trading vessel was found lying whole with its mast, rudders and rowing benches after more than 2,400 years.

It was found in a well known ‘shipwreck graveyard’ that has already revealed over 60 other vessels.

During the most recent exploration in late 2017, the team discovered what has now been confirmed as the world’s ‘oldest intact shipwreck’ – a Greek trading vessel design previously only seen on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum.

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