12 Arrested in London, Trump Flogs Travel Ban
Monday, June 5, 2017
Vol. 6, No.147
London Bridge: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the London Bridge terrorist attack as the police rounded up 12 people suspected of involvement with the three dead attackers. Seven of the 12 people arrested are women.
The three terrorists, all of them wearing fake suicide vests, died in a fusillade of 50 police gunshots.
A Canadian woman who was run over died in the arms of her fiancé. Thirty-six people are still in the hospital, 21 of them in serious condition. One pub customer who left in a hurry was reported to have returned yesterday to pay his bill and leave a tip.
As Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to step up the fight against terrorism, one man told the BBC he tried. The man told the Beeb that he knew one of the attackers and said, “We spoke about a particular attack that happened and like most radicals he had a justification for anything – everything and anything.” The man said, “And that day I realized that I need to contact the authorities.” He said no action was taken. “I did my bit… but the authorities didn’t do their bit.”
As London dealt with the crisis, President Trump was busily misunderstanding it. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan told his citizens not to be alarmed if they see troops in the streets in coming weeks. Trump responded to that with the following tweet: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” No, that isn’t what the mayor said.
He was at it again, this morning, campaigning for his travel ban. “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”
The Washington Post’s conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote, “Meanwhile — and it pains me to write this — our president acted like a clod, a heartless and dull-witted thug in sending out a series of tweets.” She said, “One is prompted to ask if he is off his rocker. But this is vintage Trump — impulsive and cruel, without an ounce of class or human decency.”
The Music Goes On: Singer Ariana Grande held a benefit concert last night for victims of the May 22nd bombing at her Manchester, England concert. The event, at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground was packed with people who put aside their fears.
Middle East Mess: Five Arab countries have broken diplomatic ties with Qatar over political differences. The countries are Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. They don’t like Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and sponsorship of Al Jazeera news, which is often critical of Egyptian and Saudi authorities.
This makes things difficult for the US because Qatar is a loyal ally.
Diana of the Amazons: In male-dominated Hollywood, the bra-buster movie “Wonder Woman” grossed $223 million around the world in its opening weekend, a record for a movie directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins directed the hit that’s the first big-budget film starring a female super-hero since the flop of Catwoman and Elektra 10 years ago. The previous record for a movie directed by a woman was $93 million for Fifty Shades of Grey, which was a bra-buster of a different sort.
The Obit Page: Jimmy Piersall, the colorful outfielder who played 17 years in the major leagues after having a mental breakdown in his rookie season with the Boston Red Sox, has died at age 87.
In that first year, Piersall clowned around on the field and got into confrontations with fellow players and umpires. Fans flocked to see his antics.
“Almost everybody except the Red Sox and the umpires thought I was a riot,” Piersall later wrote in his book, Fear Strikes Out. But, he said, “My wife knew I was sick, yet she was helpless to stop my mad rush toward a mental collapse.”
Anthony Perkins played Piersall in a 1957 movie named after the book. Piersall got treatment and returned to the Red Sox in 1952, but was never cured of being a showman. When he hit his 100th career home run, he ran the bases backwards.