Senate’s dumbest member surpasses previous dumbness, with a dollop of soliciting election fraud

first_imgThe Senate’s dumbest member is at it again. Sen. Ron “Genius” Johnson of Wisconsin apparently just got wind of the whole Project Veritas fiasco and decided there was gold there. Because he is that stupid.xMy committee has jurisdiction over USPS and the federal workforce. I’m asking anyone who knows of irregularities related to mail-in or absentee ballots to contact our confidential whistleblower hotline: whistleblower@ronjohnson.senate.gov— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 12, 2020- Advertisement – WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) delivers opening remarks during a hearing about the recent OPM data breach in the dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Office of Personnel Management Director Kathrine Archuleta said that the recent report that 18 million current, former government employees and people who applied for jobs had their personal data stolen is not confirmed and that only 4.2 million records had been breached. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) There actually was U.S. Postal Service (USPS) chicanery at the very top with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Remember this pronouncement from Judge Emmet Sullivan after he ordered broad sweeps of postal facilities on Election Day, an order that was ignored by the USPS: “Someone may have a price to pay for that.” He was clear who he meant when he told the Justice Department lawyers who broke the news that his order was disregarded: “It’s your clients. Each and every one of them, starting at the top of the food chain. […] I don’t want you to keep falling on the sword. […] The postmaster’s going to have to be deposed or appear before me,” Sullivan said, adding, “I’m not going to forget it.”center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Death and despair: Rescued Rohingya describe high-seas terror

first_imgA group of Rohingya say they were beaten by traffickers and drank their own urine to stay alive on a perilous four-month journey at sea until their dramatic rescue near the Indonesian coast.The bedraggled survivors — about 100 in all, mostly women and children — described a high-seas horror story that saw them reduced to throwing the dead overboard as their rickety craft drifted thousands of kilometers towards Malaysia.Two survivors claimed that people smugglers paid to transport them had beaten the Rohingya who were later moved to a new boat and abandoned at sea.  They were rescued by fishermen in Indonesia on Wednesday and pulled to shore by locals the next day, thousands of kilometres south of Bangladesh.”We suffered so much on that boat,” 50-year-old Rashid Ahmad told AFP at an immigration detention center in Lhokseumawe city on Sumatra’s northern coast.”They tortured us and cut us. One of us even died.”There was food at first but when it was done they [the traffickers] took us onto another boat and then let us float away alone,” he added. Another survivor, Habibullah, said: “They beat everyone badly. My ear was cut and I was beaten on the head.”AFP could not independently verify the accounts of four members of the vulnerable Muslim minority group, who said they set off earlier this year near a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, next to their native Myanmar.Survivor Ziabur Rahman Bin Safirullah, 35, said the group got by on small rations of rice and nuts while relying heavily on rainwater to survive.”Sometimes we squashed wet clothes and drank the water from them,” he said, adding that those who died were thrown into the sea. Korima Bibi said at least two people died during the voyage and that some on board resorted to drinking urine to stay alive, as others got sick from the rough seas.”We didn’t get enough food or water,” the 20-year-old said, “[but] we survived.”Among the roughly 100 in the group were 48 women and 35 children. They set off from the Balukhali refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, but were originally from Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine State, according to survivors and an account given to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).A spokesperson for the group told the IOM that one woman had died on the way, leaving behind her two children. Another three children, two of them siblings, and a 10-year-old girl were unaccompanied. The group also included a pregnant woman, according to the IOM.The smugglers were charging each person about $2,300 to get them to Malaysia, the IOM said.Around a million Rohingya live in cramped and squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, where human traffickers also run lucrative operations promising to find them sanctuary abroad. Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, and neighboring Malaysia are favored destinations for Rohingya fleeing persecution and violence in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.Thousands try a perilous escape via smugglers across the sea each year.About 1,400 Rohingya have been stranded at sea this year — and at least 130 of those have died, according to IOM figures.Last week, a Malaysian coastguard official said dozens of Rohingya were believed to have died during a months-long journey to that country.There had originally been more than 300 people on board the boat that was intercepted by authorities this month, with the 269 survivors given temporary shelter.Neighboring Indonesia has previously allowed Rohingya to land and many to stay.But wary officials have turned them away in recent months, worried they could be carrying the deadly coronavirus.That concern played out in dramatic fashion on a beach in Lhokseumawe on Thursday when the Rohingya survivors were pulled to shore by locals furious at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over COVID-19 fears.They had spent the night several hundred metres offshore, waiting for a decision on whether they could land.Authorities eventually relented — a move cheered as a victory by rights groups. All have since tested negative for the coronavirus, local officials said.But the group’s fate remains uncertain.”Äs a fellow Muslim I felt compassion for them, especially because there were so many children and women — it broke my heart,” said Lhokseumawe resident Saiful Hardi. “I hope we continue to help them as fellow human beings.”That decision will be up the government, meaning an uncertain fate for survivors like 20-year-old Bibi.”You people saved us so a thousand thanks for that,” she said. “Now it’s up to you.” Topics :last_img read more

Shane Shillingford to receive further recognition from Dominica government

first_img Share Tweet 88 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Shillingford bowling during the final test match at Windsor Park Stadium last week. Dominica’s off spinner Shane Shillingford is expected to receive further recognition from the government for his stellar performance during the final Digicel test match between the West Indies and Australia. Shillingford made history here last week, when he became the first West Indies spin bowler to collect 10 wickets since 1966.Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Justina Charles announced during the final day of the match on Friday last week that Shillingford was made a goodwill ambassador and will receive a diplomatic passport.However Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told the Labour Party Women’s Movement fund raising activity in Macoucherie on Sunday that Shillingford will be recognized again.“For too long, Dominicans were denied an opportunity to be on the West Indies team but I say to them, hence forth, Shane Shillingford will always be on the West Indies team. He has shown them what Dominicans can do when given an opportunity. That is why government took a decision to appoint him a Goodwill Ambassador for sports. In the next two days, we will make an announcement in something that we will do for him in recognition for his great talent and his great contribution to cricket”.He also commended the village of Dublanc which is where Shillingford is “ensuring that he is a positive young person”.The Prime Minister also called on Dominica’s youth to reject violence and drugs.“Let us remain on the safe path. Do not cause your parents to cry for you at nights and day time. You have to make your parents proud and take advantage of the opportunities that labour is providing to you. Stay away from violence, stay away from drugs. This is not a way of life,” he advised.He said young people must ensure to show the world that they are responsible and can lead at anytime an opportunity arises.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNewsSports Shane Shillingford to receive further recognition from Dominica government by: – April 30, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more