Liberal Version of Logic
Will the last sane person out of New York City please turn off the lights…
The New York City police union made note of graffiti that was recently discovered near city hall and on the Brooklyn Bridge, which read, “more dead cops.”
“Scenes from City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge,” read a tweet from the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents over 50,000 active and retired New York City Police Officers, according to its Twitter account.
“They have made themselves clear: when they say ‘Defund the Police,’ they *really* mean ‘Defund the Police.’ So when they say ‘More Dead Cops,’ what do you think they *really* mean?” the tweet added.
The police union’s tweet arrives on the heels of Tuesday night’s vote by City Council, which involved $837 million in budget cuts to the NYPD, according to a report by CBS New York.
Meanwhile, protesters are occupying graffiti-ridden Manhattan, proclaiming that the NYPD budget cuts are not enough.
The Right Side
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to recent criticisms from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over reports that a Russian military intelligence unit put bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan by pointing to the Trump administration’s record on holding Russians accountable and listing the failures of the Obama administration to take stronger action against Russia.
“He either reads, and, or gets briefed on important issues, and he forgets it, or he doesn’t think it’s necessary that he need to know it,” Biden said at a press conference this week. “He should, at a minimum, have picked up the phone and said, Vladimir, old buddy, if any of this is true and it doesn’t cease immediately, you’ve got a big problem.”
Pompeo responded to the comments during an interview on Fox News with anchor Bret Baier on “Special Report,” saying, “there’s been no administration to hold the Russians accountable in the way this one has.”
“I only wish former Vice President Biden had held the Russians accountable,” Pompeo said. “We’d have been cleaning up a lot less of a mess. I wish he’d provided arms to the Ukrainians. I wish he had gotten out of the INF treaty. I wish he hadn’t allowed and invited the Syrians – the Russians into Syria.”
“I could go on, but you’ve got a short show. The failures of the previous administration allowed the Russians a lot of space to move,” Pompeo continued. “We’ve pushed back. We’ve sanctioned more Russians than any other administration in history. I’ll take a backseat to no one with respect to what our administration and President Trump has done to hold Vladimir Putin accountable when he’s engaged in malign activity.”
To The Markets
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is finally pulling the trigger.
The conglomerate is spending $4 billion to buy the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Dominion Energy. Including the assumption of debt, the deal totals almost $10 billion. It’s the first major purchase from Berkshire since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent market collapse in March.
At his annual shareholder meeting in May, Buffett revealed that Berkshire had built up a record $137 billion cash hoard as the financial market tanked, and that he hadn’t seen many favorable deals, despite the stock market’s deep swoon.
“We have not done anything because we don’t see anything that attractive to do,” Buffett said at the time, suggesting that the quick actions taken by the Federal Reserve this year meant companies could get more access to financing in the public markets than they could during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
“If we really liked what we were seeing, we would do it, and that will happen someday,” Buffett said in May.
For Dominion, the move is one of a series it is taking to transition to a pure-play regulated utility company that focuses on clean energy production from wind, solar and natural gas. Following the sale, Dominion expects that 90% of its future operating earnings will come from its utility companies that provide energy to more than 7 million customers in states like Virginia, North and South Carolina, Ohio and Utah.
Yes, This Really Happened
So how much did your elderly relatives send to this guy?
“Hushpuppi,” a Nigerian scammer suspected of trying to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, was taken into FBI custody in Chicago on Thursday evening.
Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” and “Hush,” a Nigerian national, had just been expelled from the United Arab Emirates for various suspected crimes after his arrest last week.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Abbas will face criminal charges “alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club.”
United States Attorney Nick Hanna said, “This case targets a key player in a large, transnational conspiracy who was living an opulent lifestyle in another country while allegedly providing safe havens for stolen money around the world.”
To be honest, Abbas was pretty much begging to be arrested and extradited to the U.S., after flaunting “his extravagant lifestyle on social media,” according to the statement released by the USAO’s Central District of California.
Billing himself as a real estate developer, Hushpuppi has 2.4 million Instagram followers, who apparently enjoy his boasts about “his lavish lifestyle of private jets, designer clothes and luxury cars.”