Sunday, February 17, 2019




Protests all weekend in France on the third month anniversary of the Yellow Vests.

Protesters around the Eiffel Tower, on the Champs-Elysees and at the Place of the Republic in Paris on Sunday.

On Saturday nationwide protests from the center of Paris to traffic circles in towns and at toll booths on the many highways being operated by private companies in the country.

The Yellow Vests own estimate of their numbers Saturday is 101-thousand while the government says only 41,500 protested.

Much attention from government officials and the media paid to profane insults directed at a Jewish academic on the sidelines of Saturday's protest who was called "big Zionist s***" among other things.  

Government officials including President Emmanuel Macron quickly putting blame on the Yellow Vests for the incident.

But word is that police have identified a suspect in the tirade who is connected to an Islamic movement, more specifically a "Salafist movement" within Islam.

The Polish Prime Minister cancelling his visit to Israel for a Holocaust related summit following last week's controversial comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Polish collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.   The leaders of three other nations coming to Israel for bilateral talks instead of a formal summit meeting.

Netanyahu made his comments in Warsaw during the  Middle East 'peace and security' summit which was dominated by US and Israeli demands that other nations take a tougher line on Iran.

As the election campaign rolls on in Israel the man nominated to be Foreign Minister by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Yisrael Katz repeated criticism of Poles in an interview with Israel's "Channel 13":

"Poles cooperated with the Nazis"

Katz also attacking the leader of the party leading the polls among opposition forces, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, saying Gantz opposed attacking Iran and wanted a negotiated deal with the Iranians.

Last week when Netanyahu referenced Polish collaboration with the Nazis, a sensitive issue in Poland and Israel,  Polish leaders responded saying that it was the Poles who were victimized by the Nazis.

Netanyahu also insisted the conference in Warsaw last week was about Iran with the Polish Foreign Minister saying the meeting was about other issues in addition to Iran.

Discipline against a French military officer is being considered after he wrote an article critical of the tactics being used to defeat ISIS in Syria.

Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier, the commander of artillery assisting Kurdish forces in Syria, wrote for the "National Defense Review" among other things:

" refusing ground engagement, we unnecessarily prolonged the conflict and thus contributed to the increasing number of casualties  in the population.  We have massively destroyed the infrastructure and given the populations a disgusting image...."

He said that as few as 1,000 ground troops would have have defeated ISIS more effectively in the recent Battle of Hajin.

Russia's Sputnik news agency reports that the Syrian military is planning a limited military operation against the Hayat Tahrir-al Sham (HTS) jihadists, at one time Al-Qaeda in Syria.    The jihadists in Idlib province have repeatedly violated a demilitarized zone set up in the region under Russian and Turkish supervision.

The Russian report quotes Syrian military sources.

Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is out of federal prison after serving 15 months of a 21 month sentence.   Weiner pled guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year old girl asking her to undress on camera.

He is now in a halfway house in Brooklyn heading for a May 14th release.

Weiner was married to a close aide of Hillary Clinton,  Huma Abedin, with Clinton related emails  found on his laptop during the law enforcement investigation.

A barrage of tweets from President Trump over the weekend many related to Robert Mueller's investigation and the assertions of former Deputy FBI Director and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, interviewed on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night.

US Senator Lindsey Graham calling for Senate hearings into Mr. McCabe's assertion that there was an attempt to find grounds to remove the President from office immediately after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew her name from consideration to be the next US Ambassador to the UN.  Nauert says she was grateful for the trust President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo placed in her but it was in the best interests of her family that she pull out of consideration for the job.

The State Department says that the President will announce a new nominee soon.

Police in Chicago want to talk to actor-singer Jussie Smollett about the alleged "racist and homophobic" attack on him that left him wearing a noose and alleging people using President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan were his attackers.

Last week the police detained for questioning and released two Nigerian men who were close to Smollett around the time of the attack with sources leaking to the media those men allege being paid by Smollett to stage the incident. 

Humanitarian aid is arriving in Colombia carried by US military aircraft.

Its bound for delivery in Venezuela whose Interim President Juan Guaido has called on volunteers to prepare to carry the food across the border next Saturday (February 23rd).  On Saturday Guaido tweeted that there will be volunteers inside and outside the country distributing the aid.

Speaking to the media in Colombia the director of the US Agency for International Development, Mark Green, said:

"Children are going hungry, and nearly every hospital in Venezuela is experiencing serious medicine shortages"

Nicolas Maduro and his government say the relief aid is part of a US plot to invade Venezuela.

Mr. Guaido is also laying plans for relief goods to be distributed through Brazil and the Dutch island territory of Curacao in the Carribean Sea.

In Barcelona, Spain Saturday 200-thousand protesters in the streets supporting Catalan leaders being tried for sedition.

12 people on trial for their involvement in a referendum that voted to make Catalonia independent from Spain.    The Spanish government declared the referendum void and assumed direct control in its aftermath.

If convicted, some of the defendants could be jailed for 25 years.

Seven MP's from the Labor Party in the UK announced their departure Monday over the policies of leader Jeremy Corbyn saying they wanted him to support a new Brexit referendum and saying the party has failed to deal with Anti-Semitism in its ranks.

The "second referendum" notion for Brexit an idea pushed by former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair.   The seven forming a new political grouping arguing for a "new politics".

Pakistan rolled out the red carpet for a visit from the de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman representing a nation with financial power and Pakistan reported to have financial difficulties as characterized by the BBC.

20 billion dollars in deals announced between the two countries Monday.

Bin-Salman also set to visit China and India.

Meanwhile India imposing 200 percent tariffs on Pakistani goods as it ends most favored trading status following last weeks suicide bomb attack that killed 46 Indian soldiers in Kashmir.

India holds Pakistan responsible.

On Monday four Indian soldiers and two terrorists killed in a military operation in Kashmir with a civilian also reported dead.

A British House of Commons committee report accuses Facebook of spreading false news from foreign powers, attacks its founder Mark Zuckerberg for failure of leadership or responsibility.

The report urges far more stricter regulation of Facebook and Facebook's response was that it was open to "meaningful regulation".

And who did it for what purpose is unclear but the Russian flag was flying over Salisbury Cathedral in England this weekend for a brief time.   The flag hung from scaffolding on the cathedral in the town where an attack alleged to have been perpetrated by the Russian government occurred last year involving the agent "Novichok" with one person killed and three sickened.

The Russian News Agency Tass quotes a diplomat at the Russian Embassy in London saying:

"we believe it looks like a well thought out provocation"

And a man who was a pollster for former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and moved on in more recent times to be supportive of Donald Trump is dead.

Pat Caddell passed away Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina from complications of a stroke at the age of 68.

And that's the way it really is as we come into this Monday morning January 18th, 2019.


The Champ de Mars in the area of the Eiffel Tower was filled with Yellow Vests this afternoon on the three month anniversary of the protests that began November 17th.

They moved on to other locations like the Champs-Elysees and the Place of the Republic where protesters were already gathered for static demonstrations that began early in the afternoon.

The police say that 1500 were protesting this afternoon in Paris.

Also today a Yellow Vests protest was underway in the south of France at La Ciotat on the coast just east of Marseille.

This extra day of protest followed yesterday's nationwide demonstrations in urban areas, at traffic circles and toll booths in towns and the countryside.   The Yellow Vests say 101-thousand participated while the official government estimate is 41,500.



A prominent personality in the Yellow Vests protests, Ingrid Levavasseur, was confronted by angry protesters denouncing her today.  Levavassur, who is from Normandy, withdrew from involvement in a Citizens Referendum Initiative political movement contesting the European elections recently but came to the Paris protest.

In the end riot police helped to extract her from those who confronted her.

Links below.......


Saturday, February 16, 2019


The first day of a weekend of protests by the Yellow Vests today in France with 5000 on the streets of Paris according to the authorities.   Tear gas used against some on the Champs-Elysees late in the afternoon.

More will rally and march in Paris tomorrow with four events listed to mark the three month anniversary of the Yellow Vests protests.

The Yellow Vests decided to estimate their total number protesting today amid controversy over official government estimates.  They estimate some 101,379 protesting today,

The government says 41,500 protested.

Thousands on the streets in Bordeaux with police making a handful of arrests alleging objects thrown at them.   Media estimating some 4 to 5 thousand with the government refusing to offer any estimate.

"We are not tired"

one message from the protesters who also carried banners about police violence against protesters.

The A7 motorway blocked at the south exit in Lyon for two hours late in the afternoon.

A thousand protesters reported in Lyon in the city center.

Many "roundabout" (traffic circle) protests with toll booth Yellow Vests allowing motorists through without having to pay toll on the many highways turned over to private companies by the government for operation.

2000 protested in Marseille marching to the north side of the city with 12 protesters who will continue on to Paris meeting other protesters along the way.

They are promoting the Citizens Referendum Initiative.

Some 2000 demonstrating in Brittany at Pontivy with the police forcing protesters out of the town center.

Coffins to represent democracy were placed in front a war memorial and government office.

On February 5th the National Assembly passed a new law to restrict protests, a law pushed by President Macron and his party "La Republic En Marche".

It would give local authorities the right to exclude specific people from protesting and allow judges to ban protests entirely.

This last week in the European Parliament a symbolic vote condemning laws that restrict protest with several countries in mind but France drawing the most attention in the debate.   485 members of the 751 member Parliament voting for that resolution.

Today the office of  a member of the National Assembly from President Macron's party, Sarthe Damien Pichereau, was ransacked in Le Mans.

It is reported that people wearing yellow vests were the perps on a day the office is closed.

There were denunciations of the incident and the "thugs" involved in the ranscking.

Three protesters injured in Rouen in northwestern France when stuck by a motorist caught up in the protest.  Police say protesters threw objects and mounted the car.

And there have been accusations of Anti-Semitism from the Yellow Vests and today an incident reported widely and heavily in the media and denounced by President Macron among many others tonight.

Protesters in Paris alleged to have hurled insults and whistled at Alain Finkielkraut, a Jewish philosopher and teacher.    Video was put on social media of individuals saying "Zionist s***" and "France it is ours".

This incident is another example of the propaganda war as the government, the establishment work to suppress and discredit protesters whose standard of living has been reduced by the policies of Emmanuel Macron, policies that are said to be "Green" and promoting economic growth.

They care about the suffering done to them and are not interested in hating anyone although crazies and or people planted by the government may be.

Banning and suppressing protests using a new law could very well be one aspect of a broader policy to discredit and destroy the Yellow Vests protesters.

Links below......






This weekend marks the three month anniversary of the Yellow Vests  protests in France and nationwide protests are planned today with a special protest in Paris tomorrow.

The Yellow Vests protests began in response to the tax-economic policies of French President Emmanuel Macron which sharply raised gasoline taxes in the name of combating climate change.

Highways given to private companies to operate and charge tolls created additional high costs especially for rural areas of France.

The Yellow Vests story is on the Breaking News post.....HERE

"California will see you in court" is the response from Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom to President Trump's emergency declaration to erect a barrier on the US-Mexico border.

Trump expected as much when he signed the declaration Friday.  He figures the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule against him but he hopes to win on the final appeal to the US Supreme Court.

Former Republican Massachusetts governor William Weld wants to challenge President Trump in 2020.   Weld forming an exploratory committee for a candidacy that would oppose the President for the GOP nomination.

Weld said the Republican Party needs to assume again "the mantle of being the party of Lincoln".

He said the President has brought a "culture of divisiveness" to Washington.

Five are dead in a workplace shooting incident in Aurora. Illinois.    Five police officers wounded,  The perpetrator shot dead by the police.

He has just been fired from his job.

General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, which includes forces in Syria, says the US should not withdrawal its troops from Syria as ordered by President Trump.

He believes more needs to be done to defeat ISIS and that he would not have recommended the withdrawal to President Trump.

Votel made his comments to CNN.

The President said at the Rose Garden of the White House Friday that by today important announcements will be made in regards to Syria.

The Lebanese al-Manar TV channel reported Friday that US forces pulled out of key base in northeastern Syria in recent days.

A summit between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey on the future of Syria with agreement that the territorial integrity of Syria must be respected.

After the Thursday meeting in Sochi, Russia Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Turkey and Russia have agreed to clear Idlib province in northern Syria of jihadist groups.   He said "No" when asked if that meant a military operation.

A sudden middle of the night meeting led to a delay in Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for today. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission says the delay till next Saturday is needed to ensure a free and fair vote.

Both of the countries major political parties, the All Progressives Congress and  People's Democratic Party, came out following the announcement accusing the other of trying to manipulate the vote.

There have been incidents in recent weeks of election offices being burned with thousands of card readers and voter cards being destroyed.

A sudden election call Friday from Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.  Voters will go to the polls on April 28th.

Socialist Sanchez called the election after he was unable to get parliament to pass his budget.    His party only has 84 seats in the 350 seat parliament.

Trade talks between the US and China will resume in the United States next week after this week's talks in China.

No agreement yet with the US warning that very difficult issues remain to be resolved.

The US will impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods if an agreement is not reached by March 1st.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is recommending 19 to 24 years in prison for President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Manafort was found to be breaking an agreement to cooperate with Mueller investigation.   Manafort has been found guilty of wrongdoing in connection with lobbying work he did for the government of Ukraine.

The Special Prosecutor also calling for a 50-thousand to 24 million dollar fine against Manafort.

Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who kneeled for the national anthem, has reached a legal settlement with NFL owners.   Kaepernick accused the owners of collusion against him after his protest on the field over violence by police against black people.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has also settled a collusion complaint with the NFL.

A joint statement by lawyers on both sides Friday says the terms of the settlement are confidential.

Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler out with a statement Friday evening responding to left-wing  accusations of collusion between the police and "right-wing extremists".  It's all about a Portland police lieutenant's text messaging with Patriot Prayer Group leader Joey Gibson.

Patriot Prayer protesting frequently in Portland with leftists including Antifa confronting them.

Wheeler's statement in part reads:

"First and foremost: Chief (Danielle) Outlaw and I are going to implement training for the Portland Police Bureau around how to identify white supremacy based on the recommendation of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations Oregon and the Western States Center..."

Wheeler also said there will be an independent investigation into any bias from the Portland Police in favor of groups on the Right.

Two brothers from Nigeria who worked with actor-singer Jussie Smollett, were held for questioning in an attack on Smollett.

Smollett alleges he was attacked by two white men who alluded to President Trump's signature slogan "Make America Great Again".    He says they left a noose around his neck.

The two Nigerian men were taken into custody when they arrived in Chicago Wednesday night.  The brothers work as extras on the "Empire" series and worked out at the gym with Smollett.


Sources said to be within the Chicago Police have told the media they believe the alleged attack was a hoax but that was contradicted by top Chicago Police officials in recent days.

The attack on Smollett is being described as "racist and homophobic".

(BREAKING NEWS:  The Vatican announced Saturday that Cardinal and Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked.     Pope Francis has made the move following sexual abuse allegations recognizing the decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the matter to return McCarrick "to the secular state".)

The Vatican's representative in France being investigated for sexual assault.

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the apostolic nuncio, is accused by a Paris City Hall employee of repeatedly touching his buttocks using more force on later occasions with the third and final incident being witnessed by other City Hall employees.

And that's the way it really is on this Saturday morning February 16th, 2019.

Friday, February 15, 2019




Tomorrow February 17th will mark the three month anniversary of the Yellow Vests protests in France, a response to the economic-tax policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

And a special protest is planned in Paris in connection with the anniversary tomorrow afternoon.

But for today a nationwide protest schedule including multiple locations in Paris.   Bordeaux, Marseille and other locations also involved today.


Yellow Vests are visible on the Champs-Elysees in Paris right now.


As we wait for protests to materialize today its worth considering how the Left side of politics is so mixed up and the mainstream parties of the "Left" like "Labor" and "Socialist" suffer in public opinion today because its obvious those parties are just pro-business operations.

Many have been hustled into a so-called "Left" or "Liberal" agenda that's about diversity and inclusion, open borders and the climate change scam.

And what do you end up with out of all this.   Big Business gets Cheap Labor from a diverse background and they get lower taxes on them while little people pay higher taxes like the folks in France do at the gas pump.

These mainstream parties and politicians like Emmanuel Macron in France are tools of Big Banks and Big Business using a supposedly progressive policy on climate change to favor Big Business at the expense of rural people, small business and middle class-lower class people.

Nancy Pelosi and her "Green New Deal" is exactly what the big money donors want and it will shaft the working people.


Several processions moving in the streets of Paris with the first moving down the Champs-Elysees at Noon.

Video from the "Muliplex" showing protesters in several places right now including Tarbes near the border with Spain.  Also visible a protest at a warehouse distribution facility in Amiens.



The protests in Paris wrap up this evening from 7 to 10 pm with a rally at the Stalingrad Square in Paris.  Also this evening from 5 to 10 pm a rally at the Place of the Republic in Paris.

Will come back after 5am Eastern US...…


What we've been shown on BFM-TV in the last half hour or so is the large group of protesters at the Arc de Triomphe moving into the area where cars circle around it and causing some disprution of traffic.

Police in that area as well with the procession set to start on the Champs-Elysees at Noon.  The police have some of their armored vehicles with them.

We are also getting word that protests are on along highways with Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines the site of a toll free day.   Protesters letting cars pass without having to pay toll on this road, one of many given over to private companies by the government and turned into toll roads by the private entities.

More video from locations around France coming up on the Multiplex like Metz.

And now the link to the RT video coming from the Arc de Triomphe-Champs-Elysees in Paris.....RT-RUPTLY VIDEO FROM PARIS


A few minutes to go before the procession starts but for now some protesters sitting down around the riot police guarded Arc de Triomphe.

News reports in the last 24 hours with Mrs. Macron being interviewed.  Brigitte Macron saying:  "We have to talk to each other, to reconcile ourselves.".

We will have more after 7am Eastern time....


This is not just a protest in urban areas as we see from the various Facebook videos in the Multiplex on You Tube.

Its also happening at the "roundabouts", traffic circles in towns and villages across France today.

And from Metz the Facebook video at the toll booth of the privately operated highway with the Yellow Vests letting motorists through without paying toll.

How do end up with private companies operating highways and charging tolls?

Because nations have to be attractive to business, the multinational corporations.

They must keep their corporate taxes low, so governments and politicians say "the sky is falling" as in global warming, climate change etc.

They justify taxes on little people like these gasoline taxes in France and in Canada they are jacking up utility bills to "save the planet" and creating a Yellow Vests movement there.

And you cut the costs of government by privatizing it as in selling off highways for operation by private companies.

But with that idea and I've heard it broached even here in the USA, the private companies run toll roads socking it to the little people again so corporations don't have to pay higher taxes to fund government, the welfare state etc.


Word from Strasbourg that 150 protesters are staging an unannounced protest in the city center disrupting business and causing police to warn them by megaphone the protest was not announced in advance.

Protesters are shouting back with "Benalla in prison" as in the former bodyguard of President Macron caught up in scandal and controversy.


The afternoon is the main period for protest today with a march underway in Toulouse right now.

Also a gathering in the town of Bourg-en-Bresse, northeast of Lyon and not too far from the Swiss border.   Authorities setting up 13 checkpoints there to search protesters and police plan to keep them out of the town center.

And that's it for this post with another one later today or this evening.......

Link below......




President Trump will take executive action invoking emergency powers to help secure the nation's southern border and sign the bill coming out of Congress that only provides limited funding for a border barrier.   A figure of eight billion dollars in spending on a barrier is mentioned in media reports about the President's emergency plans.

Word of Trump's decision came from the White House Press Secretary Thursday.    The President's emergency action expected to trigger a quick court challenge from Democrats.

One America News Network looking into the massive spending plan President Trump is set to sign and found aid to foreign nations in the trillion dollar spending agreement.

5.3 billion dollars going to Ukraine, Israel and Jordan.  Those nations linked to other nations that President Trump and members of his administration have condemned.  Ukraine next door to Russia. Israel next door to Syria where Russia and Iran have supported the government.  Jordan also a neighbor of Syria.

From Syria a local media report that Russian military police in the area of the Kurdish city of Manbij are operating joint patrols with the Turkish military.    This is said to be taking place west and northwest of the city.

It was called a conference on "peace and security in the Middle East".

Some 60 nations represented at the conference in Warsaw this week but only two nations with high ranking delegations.

Israel led by its Prime Minister-Foreign Minister-Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US represented by Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The messaging was strong against Iran with Netanyahu first tweeting then dropping the tweet saying the conference was to:

"advance the common interest of war with Iran"

After negative reaction to those comments, Netanyahu took them down.

The words he chose later were "combating Iran".

Vice President Mike Pence spoke Thursday saying European nations were taking an ill-advised step to:

"break American sanctions against Iran's murderous revolutionary regime"

From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this:

"You can't achieve stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran"

Pompeo said Iran is behind "malign influences in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq".

(SPECIAL COMMENT:   Two things one can consider as the pressure on Iran is ratcheted up by the United States and Israel at the Warsaw Conference.

President Trump is backing away from US involvement in Syria and Afghanistan but one wonders whether its a shift in strategy to now focus military energy against Iran.  The President has spoken of
use of an Iraqi base to 'watch Iran'.

And then one could ask if the noise about Iran is a distraction from the "Deal of the Century" plan being crafted by son-in-law Jared Kushner.    Conservative and patriotic Israelis and Christian Zionists and so on are emotionalized against Iran while a deal is made to give up 90 percent of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Arabs.)

And Prime Minister Netanyahu stirring up more controversy this time saying that Poles helped the Nazis perpetrate the Holocaust.

He told a reporter from "Haaretz" in Warsaw Thursday:

"Here I am saying Poles cooperated with the Nazis.   I know the history and I don't whitewash it.  I bring it up."

This led to a call from the Polish President saying that if indeed Mr. Netanyahu had said Poles collaborated with the Nazis,  a Holocaust related summit involving Poland and other countries set for next week in Israel should be cancelled.

But late word is that Poland's government had received clarification from Netanyahu saying his comments were misunderstood by the media.

However, the Israeli ambassador to Poland was summoned to the foreign ministry over the matter.

In Iran Wednesday at least 27 Iranian soldiers killed in the southeastern part of the country in a suicide bomb attack on a bus.

The attack near Pakistan, home of the Taliban, and of Afghanistan.    The US now involved in an accelerated peace process with the Taliban over Afghanistan's future.

Kashmir, a territory in dispute between India and Pakistan since the 1947 partition, is the scene of a deadly attack on an Indian military convoy.   46 soldiers killed and others wounded when an explosives laden van was driven into the convoy.

India says it holds Pakistan responsible for the attack and it will take diplomatic steps to ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan.

India says the Jaish-eMohammad group behind the attack is given sanctuary by Pakistan and Pakistan has failed to crack down on it.  India intends to withdrawal Most Favored Nation status for trade with Pakistan.

The president of Haiti says he's staying put for now.    Jovenel Moise says that if he leaves office the country will be in the hands of:

"armed gangs and drug traffickers"

A week of violent protests in the country with seven killed.

President Moise wants to talk with the political opposition.    The opposition started protesting after a court report said that government officials including the president were involved in irregularities surrounding loans made by Venezuela.

Canada has temporarily closed its embassy in Haiti and the United States has ordered all "non-emergency US personnel and their families" out of the country.

It was a symbolic vote and named no specific nation, but the vote was overwhelming in the European Parliament against excessive use of force against demonstrators and laws restricting protesters.    The resolution that passed was seen as directed against the French governments use of grenades and flash bang rounds on Yellow Vests and the recent passage of a law giving authorities the ability to prohibit individuals and groups from protesting.

The vote was 438 for, 78 against and 87 abstentions.

The debate before the vote mentioned Greece and Hungary, Spain and Romania, but France dominated the discussion ahead of the vote.

Eric Drouet, Yellow Vests protest figure and truck driver, is in court today in Paris.   Drouet was arrested last month for staging an unannounced protest on the Champs-Elysees near the Arc de Triomphe.    He could be sent to prison for six months and fined over 8-thousand dollars.

France's ambassador to Italy returning to Rome today after being withdrawn over Italian government support for Yellow Vests protesters.

The Battle of Brexit.....British Prime Minister Theresa May defeated in Parliament on Thursday with pro-Brexit Conservative MP's abstaining from supporting her resolution seen as an attempt to prevent the No-Deal option on March 29th.

The vote 303 to 258.

Mrs. May was not present in Parliament for the vote Thursday evening.

There is a multi-agency investigation underway by federal law enforcement into students from Saudi Arabia vanishing when they face criminal charges in the US, apparently with help from the Saudi government.

This information was passed to Democrat US Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon Wednesday by the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

There have been cases in Oregon and seven other states of Saudi students fleeing the US when facing criminal charges including rape and manslaughter.

More from "OregonLive" at this link.....HERE

William Barr will be back for a second time as US Attorney General.   Barr, who was AG when George H.W. Bush, Bush 41, was confirmed at the Senate Thursday.    President Trump's pick approved 54-45.    One Republican, Rand Paul of Kentucky, opposing Barr on his views of Constititional rights and three Democrats choosing to vote for Barr.    Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama.

The man Doug Jones defeated in December 2017 in the Alabama Special Election, Judge Roy Moore, fighting a protracted court battle to clear his name.   Motions and countermotions between Moore and Leigh Corfman, whose allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore led to his defeat in the Special Election.

The former Assistant Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, said he acted the day after his former boss James Comey was fired by President Trump to create an "indelible" record of the investigation of alleged Russian collusion.

McCabe spoke to Scott Pelley of CBS for the "60 Minutes" program and a portion of the interview was released Thursday ahead of the broadcast of the full interview Sunday.

The next presidential election in France is still three years off, but if it were held now the same two candidates from 2017 would be the top two finishers in the first round and face off in the second round.

The Ifop poll taken in recent weeks shows Emmanuel Macron at 30 percent in the first round with Marine Le Pen at 27 percent.

In a second round matchup it would be Macron 56 percent and Le Pen 44 percent.

That's an improvement for Le Pen from her 2017 performance when she only got 34 percent of the vote in the second round.

Another poll taken in France earlier showed Marine Le Pen's approval among the people of France at 43 percent.   

Her niece, Marion Marechal, who gave up the "Le Pen" name hoping to be more popular is around the same level in approval at 45 percent.

And that's the way it really is on this Friday morning February 15th, 2019.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Jerome Rodrigues, media figure in the Yellow Vests movement, says he's permanently lost use of one eye after  being shot by a police "flash bang" round January 26th during a Yellow Vests protest in Paris.

Rodrigues was making a video of the protest and trying to keep the peace when he was suddenly hit by a police round.

Around two thousand Yellow Vests are estimated to have been injured by police during the 13 weeks of protests.

Boxer Christophe Dettinger was so angered by police shootings and beatings during the protest he fought back and was arrested.

On Wednesday at trial, Dettinger sentenced to 30 months in prison including 18 months of it being a suspended sentence.  Dettinger struck two riot police officers during a Yellow Vests protest.

He apologized for his actions during the trial.

Dettinger will be able in five days to apply for a work release status during his year of imprisonment.

The daughter of President Emmanuel Macron's wife Brigitte, Tiphaine Auziere, denies she's being paid to organized a "great debate" town hall meeting which is part of nationwide strategy by the government to counter the Yellow Vests protests.

Opposition politicians say the meetings are simply part of a political campaign and not a serious attempt to address the concerns of the Yellow Vests protesters.

Ingrid Levavasseur, who came out to announce herself as part of a Yellow Vests list of candidates for the European Parliament elections in May. is now distancing herself from the "Rally Citizenship Initiative" list after controversy about who might be behind the political movement.   A former Socialist Party cabinet minister and millionaire businessman, Bernard Tapie, was reported to be funding the group of candidates.

And from the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner today, word that there have 8400 arrests during the Yellow Vests protests.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019



President Trump praising the work of Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, in reaching a deal for funding a barrier on the nation's southern border.

No firm commitment from the President on signing a bill expected to reach him by the coming weekend, but the President says he is reviewing the deal tweeting that it "will be hooked up with lots of money from other sources".

He was arrested in Mexico just over two years ago, escaped from prison there twice, then extradited to the United States last year and now Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman found guilty of ten federal charges in New York Tuesday.

Guzman, guilty of distribution of heroin and cocaine, possession of firearms and money laundering.

He may face life in prison after his conviction on all ten charges against him.

Guzman was accused of being the leader of a major drug cartel in Mexico that distributed in the US.

The leader of the "New Right" Party in Israel, Naftali Bennett, says that religious Israelis are used by Benjamin Netanyahu at election time, but then he abandons them afterwards.

Bennett, Education Minister in the current government, is appealing to both secular and religious Israelis on the Right to support the new party that he and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked have formed to contest the April 9th General Election.

Bennett says the "New Right" Party will not participate in the creation of a Palestinian state expected in President Trump's "Deal of the Century" peace plan to be rolled out after the election saying:

"We will not enter government supporting a Palestinian state"

Israel's Channel 13 has reported that 90 percent of Judea and Samaria, commonly called the "West Bank", will be given to Palestinians to form a state.   The US has said the news report was not accurate.

Later this month President Trump's envoy working on the deal will join another major player, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, on a tour of at least five wealthy Arab countries including Saudi Arabia to work out financial details of the "Deal of the Century".

On Tuesday, Russian's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the "Deal of the Century":

"would destroy everything that's been done so far"

Lavrov was meeting with Palestinians in Moscow.

The messaging and the message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now acting as Defense Minister in the election period remains focused on Iran.

On Tuesday he said:

"We act against Iran every day, including yesterday"

An attack on the Golan Heights in Syria Monday reportedly killed two Iranian officers.

A female Air Force officer who led the Viper demonstration team for the last month is relieved of duty.

Captain Zoe Kotnik losing her position due to a:

"loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command"

The Battle of Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May backing down from plans for "meaningful votes" on Brexit this week saying she needs more time to talk with European Union leaders about her plan.

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn accusing May of running the clock down to the March 29th deadline for Brexit to blackmail Parliament into accepting her plan, which he called "deeply flawed".

"Mr. Brexit" Nigel Farage spoke on his radio show Tuesday evening saying:

"That is what she's doing.  She is running down the clock and she's going to say ultimately at the end 'Look I've got these concessions, vote for this if you don't you won't be honoring Brexit.  If you don't vote for this we'll probably have to extend the date and it will be your fault, not my fault'".

From France, there was a vote in the National Assembly this week to force display of the European flag in schools alongside the French flag and words from France's national anthem.

Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella.  Macron is the head of state plus head of government in France while Mattarella serves as the symbolic head of state in Italy.

Macron reaching out to an Italian leader from the "mainstream parties" amid his disputes with the  outsider governing parties in Italy who have fought him on migration and over the Yellow Vests protests.

In Venezuela, Interim President Juan Guaido says humanitarian aid will be arrive next week even though the Maduro government opposes it.

Guaido spoke to a rally in Caracas also saying that Nicolas Maduro, "the usurper", has to leave.

He added that 300,000 Venezuelans will die if the aid does not come in with the health of two million others at risk.

The date set for arrival of the aid in the country is next Saturday, February 23rd.

Multiple sources at the Vatican say that former Cardinal and Washington DC archbishop Theodore McCarrick will be defrocked.

McCarrick was removed from public ministry last summer following multiple allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

The final decision is expected after a meeting next week in Vatican City.

From Indonesia an Instagram account has been removed that published cartoons about the struggles of gay people in the predominately Muslim country.    The cartoons presented the idea that people can be Muslim and gay.   They also depicted harassment and discrimination.

The Ministry of Communications deemed the account pornographic and wrote a warning letter to Instagram.

Congressman Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina , died Tuesday at the age of 76.   Jones was a champion of the families of 9/11 victims, fighting for declassification of a 28-page chapter of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the terrorist attack.

That chapter revealed how members of the Saudi monarchy were supporters of the Al-Qaeda terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11/ attack.  It was finally made public in 2016 over the objections of then President Barack Obama.

And that's the way it really is this Wednesday morning February 13th, 2019.

Monday, February 11, 2019


"#Israel has struck several targets in Quenitra in southern #Syria"....IDF spokesperson refused to comment on this event"

Instant News Alerts Pro-Israel Twitter Feed 2/11/2019

"Update4: Now I can confirm that the Israeli military struck several thermal cameras of the SAA.  They were installed in the site way ago, so they were likely hit to disable the SAA night vision capabilities for some time, for some reason..."

Within Syria Pro-Syria Twitter Feed 2/11/2019

Some action on the Syria-Israel border region in the Golan Heights today with an Israeli shelling attack on Syrian night vision capabilities in the area.

A drone launched the attack according to the Syrians.

Why it happened and what if anything happens next isn't clear?

One late report (Tuesday) points to Iranian officers being killed in the attack.

Perhaps it was a singular event to send Iran a message on the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought in the present regime.

Links below...





Chinese government media has released a video purported to be that of a Muslim Uighur musician reported to have died in a Chinese detention facility.

The video dated Sunday, shows Abdurehim Heyit saying he is in good health.

Many are questioning the authenticity of the video which follows a call by the Turkish government for the Chinese facilities, which are called "educational", to be shut down.

The Chinese Embassy in Turkey denounced the criticism saying it was "unacceptable".

Many stories from those held at the facilities speak of death and torture in the centers, which have been likened to concentration camps.

China is trying to assimilate the Uighurs into its one party system with sometimes violent reaction from the Muslim minority, that is ethnically Turkish.

Two more things.

There's been a Russian media report in recent weeks claiming that Islamic State fighters from Syria and their families have been airlifted to the Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan, near China.

Also. George Soros spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month about the challenge of China.

The ISIS holdouts are under assault from the US backed Kurdish forces in eastern Syria in what is reported to be the final assault to take the Islamic State out.

International media are in the area and have reported on the evacuation of some 20-thousand civilians leading up to the military action.

Senator Amy Klobluchar, Democrat Senator from Minnesota, announced her candidacy for President Sunday.    She joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates with the implication being that the large field is designed to split votes so that the insider candidate, former Vice-President Joe Biden, can win the Democrat presidential nomination next year.

(SPECIAL COMMENT:  The media on all sides from the pro-Democrat "mainstream media" to the "alternative media" to the pro-Republican "conservative media" etc. etc. will all help to beat up the candidates so Biden ends up being the winner of the contest.    But you never know.   The media obviously didn't want Donald Trump to get the GOP nod in 2016 and they lost out)

Politics in Israel and Supreme Court Justice Hanan Melcer, chairman of the Central Elections Committee, ordered a probe into the recent Likud Party primary voting Sunday night.

The order comes after Israel's "Channel 12" found irregularities in the vote count for the primary of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party to select the list of candidates for the April 9th General Election.

In some localities more votes were cast for candidates than party members eligible to vote in those places.

The comptroller of the Likud party came out Sunday night to call for a recount of votes in the primary election citing irregularities.

And here at home Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, critical of Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota following her attack on Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy was threatening action against Congresswoman Omar for her anti-Israel statements.

Omar tweeted back:

"It's all about the Benjamin's baby"

In a follow up Twitter exchange she responded with "AIPAC" meaning that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was funding McCarthy who was attacking her.

AIPAC does not directly fund candidates but it's donors do.

Chelsea Clinton's response to Omar's blast at Republican McCarthy echoed others saying that Omar was making an anti-Semitic statement.

In part Chelsea Clinton said this:

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures not to traffic in anti-Semitism"

The Battle of Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May is promising "meaningful votes" in Parliament on Brexit.

Her initial deadline was Wednesday but she still has nothing to put on the table as the calendar moves closer to the date May has insisted will be the date of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Late developments include a letter setting out the Labor Party's view of Brexit from its leader Jeremy Corbyn and a conciliatory response from Mrs. May.   Its been suspected that she may try to get the Labor Party with her so she can get the votes to overcome the Conservative members who will not support her notion of Brexit.

"Mr. Brexit" Nigel Farage has been looking for a new political home since he left UKIP last year and now he says a new political party is ready to contest European Parliament elections later this year if Brexit is not delivered by March 29th and the UK is kept in the EU.

Farage says that the "Brexit Party" is ready to go now, recognized by the Electoral Commission in the UK.

Farage has tweeted:

"I sincerely hope that this prospect is recognized by both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party as a threat"

But there is a response to Mr. Farage from the United Kingdom Independence Party, UKIP.

Gerard Batten, UKIP leader and Member of European Parliament from London, says that Farage is protecting the Conservative Party Establishment by launching a new party that will split votes and help the Tories retain power.

Batten urges voters to stay with the "party of Brexit" UKIP.

Batten tweets that Farage's party would be:

"an Establishment safety valve to dupe the voters"

Farage left UKIP after UKIP reached out to bring in bloggers and activists like Sargon of Akkad and Tommy Robinson.   Farage denies he's being a "snob" and looking down his nose at working class people with his opposition to those activists being involved in UKIP.

Interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido calling for volunteers to help bring humanitarian aid into the country after the Maduro government blocked a bridge from Colombia to stop aid deliveries.

The United States is pushing for a United Nations Security Council resolution formally calling for free and fair elections in Venezuela monitored by international observers.

Russia is opposing the notion and pushing for a resolution against foreign interference in Venezuela.

The latest on Alexandre Benalla.  Benalla is a former bodyguard for French President Emmanuel Macron who lost his job after video emerged of him dressed as a riot policeman beating up protesters on May Day.

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner is saying the Benalla Affair is not an "affair of the state".   His attempt to distance the government from Castaner comes after new media revelations at the end of January about Benalla's contacts with a reserve police officer who is involved in President Macron's "En Marche" political party.

There have been other controversies involving Benalla's using a diplomatic passport and communicating with President Macron through encrypted messages after he lost his job.

In Spain a large crowd of tens of thousands rallying against the Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The rally called by the main party of the "Right", the Popular Party, and the newer so-called "Reform" party of the right, Ciudadanos or Citizens Party, was in opposition to Sanchez's plan to appoint a person to negotiate with Catalonia.

His action is being labeled treason.

But Catalan leaders, who want independence for the region, aren't planning on getting involved in talks with Sanchez, since he refuses to support sovereignty for Catalonia.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has rolled out plans for larger families in his country.

Women with four or more children will be exempted from income tax and young couples will be given interest-free loans of 36-thousand dollars that will be cancelled when they have three children.

Orban says his plans defend Hungary's future while Western nations look to immigration as the answer to falling birthrates.

And that's the way it really is on this Monday morning February 11th. 2019.

Saturday, February 9, 2019


It was a cold and rainy day in much of France today but protests continued in Paris and nationwide.

The Ministry of the Interior released a national estimate of 51,400 protesters just after 5 pm in the afternoon.   In some local communities no estimates from the police there.   They say figures are "centralized" in Paris.

The government says some 4000 marched in the capital.   The police arrested 36 people, keeping 21 of them in custody.

A protester tried to deflect a police grenade and lost some of his fingers outside the National Assembly.

The Paris procession began near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses and wound itself to conclusion near the Eiffel Tower late in the afternoon.

6000 Yellow Vests in Toulouse today with one protester telling the media:

"We are not tired"

The AFP news agency estimated some 4000 to 5000 protesters in Bordeaux.  That's because the authorities there will not give estimates of protesters.   It appears more protesters on the street there than last week.

1900 protested in northeastern France at Metz with two injuries to protesters caused by police.  The police claim four injuries with five arrests.

Thousands of protesters being blocked by police from entering the shopping district of Lyon.  17 arrested there with tear gas fired into the protesters.

In Saint-Etienne, France 500 protesters on the streets and police say 11 were arrested there.   They also report eight police slightly injured.

A National Assembly member from the FI Party of the Left in France, Alexis Corbiere, called on Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to resign suggesting that he is allowing people who commit violence into Yellow Vests protests to discredit them.

Similar concerns about the government allowing violent elements to mix in with Yellow Vests were expressed by National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.

A local councilor in the Marne region, Lise Magnier, denied media reports that he home was damaged by Yellow Vests protesters.

Police made an arrest tonight in an arson attack on a van used by soldiers engaged in anti-terrorism security in France.   Today's attack was fully exploited by the government and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner as indicative of who the Yellow Vests protesters are.

For now the weather is cold and damp and sometimes even snowy and icy.   And the protests continue.

What will the spring bring is still a question to consider?

Link below.....





At the top of the Newsdump this morning.

President Trump is refusing to report to Congress on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

The President was under a Friday deadline to provide information about whether top Saudi officials including de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman were involved in the killing.

There was a report this week that US intelligence officials intercepted a conversation between bin Salman and a top aide in 2017 where the Crown Prince said he wanted to put a bullet in Khashoggi's head.

The President is said to be breaking the law by not reporting under a 120 day deadline imposed by the Global Magnitsky Act.

Juan Pachon, a spokesman for New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee told the Turkish Anadolu News Agency in an emailed statement.

"The law is clear.  The President has no discretion here.   He's either complying with the law or breaking it"

But an anonymous White House official says that the President has discretion to decline action on the request of the Senators.

Both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have defended a close US-Saudi relationship in spite of the Khashoggi killing saying it is in the interests of peace and security for Israel.

(Special Comment:  Whatever the reasons we must be close to Saudi Arabia and regardless of Khashoggi's beliefs-"Muslim Brotherhood" his murder was brutal and even more important, Saudi Arabia funded jihadists who destabilized Libya and Syria and sent millions of migrants into Europe and beyond.   All the rapes, murders and whatever else one wishes to attribute to migrants in Europe should remind us that Saudi Arabia helped put them there.)

Later this month the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman on his visit to five Arab countries to lay out financial plans connected to President Trump's "Deal of the Century" plan for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

But media attention will be on another meeting at that time, the one in Hanoi, Vietnam between the President and North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un.   US North Korea representative Stephen Biegun confirming those details after he left a meeting with top officials in that country.  February 27th and 28th the days for the second Trump-Kim summit.

A second rape allegation against Virginia's Lt. Governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax.

This time its about an alleged assault at Duke University in the year 2000 when he and the woman making the allegation were students there.   Fairfax has also been accused of rape at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Democrats in the Virginia legislature calling for his resignation.

Fairfax saying he is the victim of a "smear campaign".

The private investigator working for the world's richest man and owner of the "Washington Post", Jeff Bezos, says he thinks a government source is feeding the "National Enquirer" with private messages between Bezos and his lover, Lauren Sanchez.

Bezos went public Thursday on a blog saying that he was being blackmailed by the "Enquirer" over his private investigation of how they got those messages.  He produced an email sent to his intermediaries by an AMI lawyer.

American Media Incorporated is defending itself against the allegation saying its coverage of Bezos prominently featured in recent "Enquirer" issues is legal and proper.   AMI says it is conducting an internal investigation.

AMI  CEO David Pecker is a close friend of President Trump with Bezos's "Washington Post" critical of the President.

Bezos also bringing up ties between AMI and Saudi Arabia.  Jamal Khashoggi wrote articles critical of the Saudi government for the "Post" before his murder by Saudis at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In the UK Tommy Robinson using his media skills that put him in prison for two months to take on media bias against him from the BBC.

In a Facebook video posted Friday evening, Robinson said that the BBC was working with a government funded agency on a project called "Tommy Take Down".

Robinson plans to release his own video expose of the BBC's activities with undercover video he has in his possession premiering it on Saturday February 23rd on a big screen outside BBC offices either in London or Manchester.

Robinson said that there was been an exchange of legal documents with the BBC over its plans to go after him on its "Panorama" program.

Robinson's video at this link......HERE

The Yellow Vests protesting again Saturday, today, in Paris and on the border between France and Italy.   Other cities involved in the protests after a week where the Italian Deputy Prime Minister met Yellow Vests and Paris and France recalled its ambassador to Italy.

Our Breaking News post is at the link......HERE

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister-Interior Minister Matteo Salvini planning to meet his French counterpart Interior Minister Christophe Castaner next week to discuss migrants.  France balking at taking more migrants in on Friday.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker getting a grilling from the Democrats who run the House Judiciary Committee Friday.

Whittaker told his questioners that he did not speak about Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation with President Trump.

In Canada  two mass murders sentenced on Friday.

Toronto's "Gay Village" serial killer Bruce McArthur getting eight concurrent life sentences.   McArthur is 67 years old and will be eligible for parole when he is 91.

The man convicted of killing six in a Quebec City mosque in 2017.  Alexandre Bissonnette received a life sentence.  This means that the 29 year old will be eligible for parole at age 69.

Bissonnette pled guilty in the case.

The judge said prejudice was involved in the killings but also mental illness.

He said "punishment should not be vengeance".

And that's the way it really is on this Saturday morning February 9th, 2019.

Friday, February 8, 2019



After a week where Italian support for the Yellow Vests has been in the news, the Franco-Italian border is a site of Yellow Vests protest today along with a host of cities in France from Rouen to Strasbourg and from Toulouse to Rennes.

Paris also the site of a procession set to get underway at 1030 am this morning.


When Luigi Di Maio the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy met with Yellow Vests this week it reminded us that his Five Star Movement in Italy represents a strong reform movement against establishment politicians with left of center credentials like Emmanuel Macron, ex-Socialist Party politician.

Its become increasingly obvious there is fake "Left" as well as a fake "Right" in mainstream politics that ends up hurting the standard of living for working people to benefit multinational business that wants no sovereign borders between nations.


These big corporations, banks etc etc. want cheap labor and so they promote women in the workforce, LGBTQ people in the workforce and so on not because they care about any of them, but because a larger workforce equals lower wages.

The Italian government has pointed out that the flood of potential additions to the labor force in Europe through migration is the result of destabilization of countries like Libya for which the business as usual governments like France's bear responsibility for.

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, also Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the League planning a meeting with his French counterpart, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, in the coming week to talk out the migration mess.

France withdrew its ambassador from Italy on Thursday to protest against Italy's support of the Yellow Vests and on Friday was balking at taking in more migrants.

We've had a diversion from the Yellow Vests protests in France with Friday's fire at the country home of the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand.    Ferrand is a leader of President Macron's "En Marche" Party.

There's a police investigation and universal condemnation of the apparent arson attack and that includes all leading opposition politicians including Marine Le Pen of the National Rally.


Yellow Vests visible near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysses in Paris with the 1030 beginning of the protest procession.


The police blocking off the Arc de Triomphe with Yellow Vests protesters on the Champs-Elysees nearby.

We have the "Multiplex Video" link showing protests in Paris and other places like Metz right now.



Here is a link to the RT video from Paris on the Champs-Elysees.....RT-RUPTLY VIDEO


Thousands on the Champs-Elysees including Jerome Rodigues, who suffered an eye injury from a police flash bang round two weeks ago today as he was live streaming video during a Yellow Vests protest.


The procession in Paris got underway around the middle of the day, later than the 1030 am time I gave earlier.

Signs of many kinds among the Yellow Vests including one about the Minister of the Interior, the cabinet minister in charge of police in France.    He is Christophe Castaner.

 It read translated, "Castaner, Minister of Terror".

Earlier protesters were reported to be attempting to scale barriers at the National Assembly.

Police used tear gas on the demonstrators there.

The "black blocks" militants were there people who Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Rally, has suggested are being allowed into the Yellow Vests protests by the government to discredit them with acts of violence.

Demonstrators calling for the former bodyguard of Emmanuel Macron, who dressed up as a policeman and attacked demonstrators at a May Day protest last year, Alexandre Benalla, to be put in jail.


When clashes took place at the National Assembly in Paris earlier one protestor is said to had his hand "torn off" by a police grenade.   He was identified as a Yellow Vests photographer.  Two injured and 10 arrested in Paris as of now....

Signs calling for the Citizen Referendum Initiative and exit from the European Union are said to be among hundreds protesting in Bordeaux today.

Protests beyond Paris all over France today.

For now this post is ending.

A full wrap up tonight on the blog.

Link below......




Amazon magnte, the world's richest man and owner of "The Washington Post", Jeff Bezos, says he's being blackmailed by the "National Enquirer", a media outlet friendly to President Trump.

Bezos says that the Enquirer's parent firm was trying to shut down his probe into how they got his private messages.

The "National Enquirer" has been publishing stories related to Bezos divorce in recent weeks including details of an extramarital affair.

Bezos alleges that American Media Inc., the Enquirer's parent company, is threatening through intermediaries, to publish intimate photos of Bezos with his lover, Lauren Sanchez, a former TV host.

President Trump has been critical of Bezos over news reports by the "Post".

The Justice Department filing its opening brief in the appeal of last year's dismissal of charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, two of  his sons and another key defendant in the Bunkerville Standoff case.

A US District Judge found the federal prosecutors in the case had engaged in "outrageous" conduct justifying her dismissal of the case.

The federal government prosecuted some 19 individuals who exercised their First and Second Amendment rights in defense of  Bundy Ranch in April 2014 when Cliven Bundy's cattle were seized by the federal government and federal law enforcement snipers appeared in the area.

Attorney Larry Klayman, who represents Cliven Bundy, filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to strike the government's brief and other appeal actions saying they are:

"void and of no force and effect"

France has pulled its ambassador out of Italy for consultations two days after the leader of one of Italy's governing parties met Yellow Vests protesters in Paris.

Among the Yellow Vests who met Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement were Yellow Vests candidates in the European Parliament elections this coming spring.

Di Maio defended his right to meet opponents of French president Emmanuel Macron, noting that the opposition Democratic Party in Italy has relations with Macron's political party in France,  Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi supported the French action Thursday.

Also word today that France will not take some of the 47 migrants who arrived in Italy from a rescue ship, reversing an earlier decision to take them in.

The Battle of Brexit.

After all the conflict or at least it appeared to be conflict between the British government and the EU over Brexit, the two sides will be talking.

There is deep concern among Brexit supporters about what trick Prime Minister Theresa May will come up with in her talks with the European Union to create a fake and phony Brexit so it can pass Parliament.

Her comments about "workers rights" Thursday seemed to point to use of the Labor Party and its votes in the House of Commons to overcome Conservative Party MP's who won't support her plans.

Mrs. May has promised a meaningful Brexit vote by the middle of next week so a sudden dramatic media event signaling a "breakthrough" on Brexit and a "deal" is likely in the hours and days ahead.

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner joining US peace deal envoy Jason Greenblatt for a visit to at least five Arab countries at the end of this month to discuss financial aspects of the "Deal of the Century" peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.  That plan will not be publicly announced until after Israel's election in early April.

One stop is Saudi Arabia whose de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman has a close relationship with Kushner.

Today is the deadline for Congress to be informed by the Executive Branch regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd.    Congress wants to know if top Saudi officials like Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman were involved in the murder.

The "New York Times" reporting that US intelligence intercepted a conversation between the Crown Prince and an aide in 2017 where he told his aide he would use a bullet on Khashoggi unless the journalist ended his criticism and returned to Saudi Arabia.

A UN report says that the Saudis seriously impeded the investigation by Turkish authorities into Khashoggi's murder.

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visiting Turkey this week.   Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking of peaceful relations between Greece and Turkey, something that was difficult at best in the past.

But the Greek and Turkish governments seem closer together in the international arena today.  Relations strained with the EU nations and more friendliness towards Russia than the EU nations.

Iran has released pictures of an underground missile factory and announced a new surface to surface missile that fires conventional warheads one-thousand kilometers, that's 621 miles.

The chairman of Israel's Central Elections Commission is warning about foreign influences as the country moves into the 60 day period before the April 9th general election.

Deputy Chief Justice Hanan Melcer says:

"There is fear of foreign influences, the impact of social networks and surveys"

Melcer is urging electronic media companies to "ignore" anonymous messages related to the election.

He also said fear of foreign influences has caused Israel to decide against computerizing its voting system.

The latest polling for Israel's election showing the Likud Party in the lead in the proportional system getting 32 seats with the new Israel Resilience Party of ex-IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz at 24.    The secularist Yesh Atid Party at 10 seats with the New Right Party of Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked at 9 seats.

Many other parties showing up in the polling as well further down the list contenting for the 120 seats in the Knesset.

Ten are reported dead in a fire at a youth soccer training center in Rio de Janeiro.   The victims were sleeping in a dormitory when the fire broke out at the training center of the Flamengo soccer club, one of the biggest and best known clubs in Brazil.

And the relief trucks for Venezuela are backing up in Colombia.  That's because the government of Nicolas Maduro has erected a barricade on a bridge saying the humanitarian assistance is cover for a military invasion.  50 tons of aid has been flown into Colombia by the United States.

The Interim President of Venezuela recognized by the United States and dozens of other nations, National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, requested the aid to meet shortages of food and medicine  in his country.

Commenting on the situation is opposition blogger Daniel Duquenal…..HERE

Word is out that the slow withdrawal of US troops from Syria is set to be finished by the end of April.  That story from the "Wall Street Journal".

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin told Russia media that "arbitrary attacks" by Israel on Iranian targets in Syria "should be stopped".   He repeated a Russian position previously stated in regards to Syria.

Israel's Channel 12 reporting Thursday that a joint Iran, Syria, Hezbollah missile factory is being established in Tartus province in northern Syria.

He served in Congress for 59 years before his 2015 retirement, the longest that a member of the House has served.  Former Democrat Congressman John Dingell of Michigan is dead at the age of 92.

And a baseball legend, Frank Robinson, has died at the age of 83.  He played for the Cinncinati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles, then in 1975 he became the manager of the Cleveland Indians.  Robinson is remember as the first African-American to manage a major league club.     Robinson hit 586 home runs in his career, making him 10th on the list of top home run hitters.

And that's the way it really is on this Friday morning February 8th, 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 2019


"Today with Alessandro Di Battista we made a leap in France and we met the leader of the Yellow Waistcoats Christophe Chalencon and the candidates of the list RIC....."

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Five Star Movement Leader Luigi Di Maio Tweet 2/5/2019

The leader of one of Italy's ruling parties was in Paris Tuesday meeting with Yellow Vests leadership and candidates running on a "Yellow Vests" list in this May's elections to the European Parliament.

Christophe Chalencon is one of the leaders of the RIC (Citizen Initiative Referendum) list in that election.

This group of candidates shares common views with Italy's Five Star Movement and the two groups could form a bloc in the European Parliament.

The other governing party in Italy, the League of fellow Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, is in an alliance with France's National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen for the EU parliament elections.

BFM-TV in France did polling that indicates most people in France (52 percent) don't associate the Yellow Vests with any of the existing political parties in France.

Other polling has shown a "Yellow Vests" list getting up to 13 percent of the popular vote in May for the European Parliament elections.    With proportional representation in the EU parliament that could mean 10 Yellow Vests from France joining the 705 members being elected from all over Europe.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019



President Trump will meet North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-un for a second time February 27th and 28th in Vietnam.

The President made the announcement during his State of the Union address saying:

"Much work remains to be done but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one"

The US representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrived in North Korea's capital Pyongyang today for talks.

A wide range of foreign and domestic issues covered by Trump in the State of the Union including family leave, Iran, Israel, Venezuela and the list goes on in his 82 minute speech.

The speech in its entirety at this link....HERE

Restrictions on protest in France of individuals and groups passed  in the National Assembly Tuesday.   387 in favor, 92 against with 74 abstentions.

Emmanuel Macron's own "La REM" party had 50 of the abstainers.   Macron pushing the new law against the Yellow Vests protests.

National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said recently that the legislation is in her opinion "unconstitutional" and an "attack on democracy".

She told France Info radio in an interview this morning:

"Today the prefects can prohibit, on vague grounds, demonstrations."

Authorities in Paris believe an apartment complex fire Monday night was deliberately set.   10 dead and dozens injured.  50 people had to be evacuated by ladders.

The Battle of Brexit or is it the Betrayal of Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May intends to talk with the EU later this week and was in Northern Ireland talking the "Irish backstop" issue Tuesday.

But what concerns Brexit supporters and activists is what is coming out of the "bag of tricks" to delay, derail and or stage a fake Brexit between now and the March 29th deadline.

The President of the European Council, Poland's Donald Tusk tweeted today about a:

"special place in hell"

for those who promoted Brexit without planning to carry it out "safely" as he put it.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says if the Kurdish fighting units are not out of the Syrian city of Manbij "in a few weeks" Turkey's waiting will be over.

Erdogan spoke to parliament members of his political party Tuesday.

Its reported that the Syrian military is currently placed north of Manbij to block any moves by Turkey and its allied militia groups in the direction of Manbij.

The Russian news agency Tass reported in recent days that Russian military police patrols also extend to areas north of Manbij.

An Israeli satellite company "ImageSat" has released pictures taken over Syria showing three Russian S-300 air defense missile launchers in a position that indicates they have been activated.

Russia decided to upgrade the air defense system in Syria after last September's shoot down of a Russian military aircraft during an Israeli air strike in northern Syria.

Russian media have reported that the S-300 system would be activated in March.

From Venezuela word that soldiers have deployed to block a border bridge with Colombia where humanitarian aid is set to be shipped into the country.

Interim President Juan Guaido has called for the aid to be sent to the country but it is rejected by the government of Nicolas Maduro.

In the 1830's a book called "The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk" was published alleging that nuns were forced to have sex with priests and that babies born as a result were put to death.   The book enraged many and fueled hatred of Catholics in the United States and Canada.

Now the word from Pope Francis himself is that nuns have been sexually abused by Catholic clergy and in one case been used as sex slaves.   A magazine for women in the Roman Catholic Church also says that nuns who became pregnant were forced to have abortions.

More on this story from the BBC at the link.....HERE

In the 1950's and 60's she was dubbed "The Sex Kitten" but now Brigitte Bardot cares about kittens and all creatures great and small.    The actress turned animal rights activist blasted the French government's decision to extend goose hunting into the month of February accusing the ecology minister of "treachery".

France's Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy retorted about Bardot's conviction for inciting racial hatred and he urged "moderation" from her.

Brigitte Bardot's concern for animals caused her to write critically about Islam and its animal slaughter practices.

That resulted in her being convicted and fined for her writings.

Bardot responded to de Rugy on Twitter.  You can see her response in French on the Twitter page at this link.....HERE

And that's the way it really is on this Wednesday morning February 6th, 2019.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Just to update there are no posts scheduled for today but I am watching things hoping to gear up 24 hours down the road.

In Venezuela, it looks like humanitarian aid will be moved to the Colombian and Brazilian borders and then moved into the country which will present the Venezuelan military with the choice of obeying Maduro and stopping the aid or allowing the aid into the country.

Stay tuned for how that turns out....The "Southfront" website published this.....HERE

Another perspective is from my blog of choice on Venezuela as posted by Daniel Duquenal….HERE

Hey keep looking for the next right thing to do.

Sanity and Sobriety beats the alternatives every time.

Monday, February 4, 2019



France's leading opposition politician says  President Emmanuel Macron is ultimately responsible for the Yellow Vests protests and any violent incidents surrounding them.

National Rally leader Marine Le Pen told BFM-TV Sunday that new elections for the National Assembly and the Citizen Initiative Referendum are needed.    She supported a proportional representation in the National Assembly as opposed to the current system of individual seats and runoff elections among top candidates in the first round.

Le Pen also said that President Macron is fearful and paranoid about the Yellow Vests, blaming foreign governments and suggested the government may be deliberately allowing people who commit acts of violence into protests to discredit them.

She also spoke out against proposed laws that would allow individuals to be banned from protesting and grant power for banning protests entirely.    She called them an attack on democracy.

Yellow Vests protesting Saturday with an independent estimate of 13,800 protesters in Paris done for media outlet BFM-TV.   That's not the official government estimate of 10,500. 

The government claims some 58-thousand plus protesters nationwide Saturday but if their estimates nationwide mirrored the Paris numbers maybe there were 87-thousand people this last weekend, more than the 84-thousand estimated by the government the previous weekend.

The next phase of protest, a general strike called for tomorrow (Tuesday February 5th) in France.

A Syrian Army artillery position attacked in an air strike by the US-led coalition late Saturday night followed by an ISIS ground attack.

The attacks happened in Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria where the Syrians are facing off against Islamic State forces.

The Syrian defense ministry says an artillery piece was destroyed and two solider injured in the attack.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 11 ISIS militants were killed in the fighting.

The Syrian army position helps keep ISIS boxed into the Middle Euphrates River Valley and away from another pocket of their forces to the west in a desert region.

The US led coalition issued a statement Sunday saying militia friendly to the US was attacked before the US airstrike.

President Trump says the US military is "slowly" withdrawing from Syria and that the large US air base in Iraq will be a place to "watch Iran" from.   His comments in a wide ranging TV interview with CBS Sunday.

Iraq's president took exception to that comment saying his country wasn't asked permission by the US to do that.

If there's an invasion of Venezuela as some say is coming its looks the first wave is humanitarian relief.

Humanitarian aid is enroute to Venezuela at the request of Interim President Juan Guaido.  Guaido has called for an international coalition to bring relief supplies to points on the country's borders for distribution.

Guaido is hoping the Venezuelan army will act to distribute the aid in defiance of Nicolas Maduro from the border distribution points.

A Venezuelan air force general out with a video over the weekend in support of Juan Guaido saying 90 percent of the military does not support Maduro.

Today Spain and other European nations from France to the Netherlands to Germany and Poland among others recognizing Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela as Nicolas Maduro has failed to agree to new presidential elections in the country.

The United Kingdom also recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's new president.

An historic visit by Pope Francis.   The pontiff arriving in the heart of Islam, the Arabian Peninsula.  His visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Before he left for the visit the Pope expressed his concern about the war in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis caused there.    The United Arab Emirates is one of the players in the conflict.

The lights back on at a federal prison in Brooklyn, New York Sunday.   The more than 1,600 inmates at the 14 story Metropolitan Detention Center without electricity and heat for more than a week during the recent extreme cold.

Pepper spray being used against protesters storming the prison earlier Sunday.   Prisoners beating on their cell doors and using flashlights to communicate with protesters on the outside.

Visiting the prison twice over the weekend Democrat Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  Nadler says inmates should have been evacuated to other facilities while heat and electricity were out.

He  blames the problems on the warden.    Some inmates have not had access to their medications for more than a week.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam denying he was in the picture on his medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another robed and hooded as a KKK member.

A host of Democrats including the two US Senators from Virginia still calling for Northam's resignation.

Show biz with actor singer Jussie Smollett on stage in West Hollywood over the weekend reading from notes apparently and fretting about his lawyer's reaction to his comments.

Smollett alleges a "racist-homophobic" attack in Chicago last week by two men making reference to "Make America Great Again".    Police still trying to find suspects in the case and figure out what happened.

Smollett telling his audience:

"We are proud, we are gay"

The Super Bowl well the New England Patriots continue their reign with a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles rams in Atlanta last night.

And that's the way it really is, Monday morning February 4th, 2019.