2015 Doomsday Clock: 3 min. to midnight. Chinese Year: Ram (Sheep) (Goat) (Feb. 19). Time Mag. Person of the Year: Angela Merkel (1954-). This is the U.N. Year of Soils. The U.S. nat. debt reaches $18T this year, greater than its GDP. Tokyo becomes the largest city in the world, with a pop. of 29M, followed by Mumbai (Bombay) 22.6, Lagos 25, Delhi 20.9, Mexico City 20.6, Sao Paulo 20, Istanbul 12, Paris 10, Manila 10, Rio de Janeiro 10, Moscow 9; the number of cities with 5M inhabitants reaches 61 (46 in 2003) (U.N. Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs). U.S. Muslim pop.: 3.5M (1%). By this year China has 100 nuclear missiles aimed at the U.S. (CIA). In the U.S. 527K of 45M illegals overstay their visas, incl. 14K of 900K from India. The Great Muslim Immigration to Europe begins, backed all the way by globalist billionaire George Soros, with the general plan of breaking the back of all nationalist govts. and disintegrating the solid white core that he blames for Fascism, esp. in guess-where Germany; Greece suffer 815K illegal migrants coming in over the Aegean Sea in dangerous ships or over the Turkish border, which goes down to 30K in 2017 after the EU talks the govt. of Turkey into stepping up containment efforts aided by a multi-billion-euro bribe partly financed by the U.K.; in 2018 the migrants shift to the Evros River in East Thrace. The Year of Anti-Christian Jihad; the most Islamist terrorist cases in the U.S. this year since 9/11, causing the terror threat level to skyrocket. 9K Jews leave France for Israel, vs. 1,920 in 2012. Germany receives 890K refugees, mostly from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, plus some from Africa. There are 2,602 acid attacks in Britain between now and May 2018, an avg. of 15/week, vs. 100 in 2007-2011; 73% are in Muslim-filled Londonin 2017 London is crowned the World Acid Attack Capital; the first prosecution for a deadly acid attack doesn't take place until 2018. The Taliban perpetrates 1,093 terrorist attacks this year, passing ISIS (with 931), although the latter's are more deadly (6,050 vs. 4,512 deaths); Boko Haram stages 491 terrorist attacks, killing 5,450. The Am. Dialect Society selects "they" as the word of the year for the way it can get around having to use him/her with gays, transsexuals etc. The first day of the Jewish Passover falls during a blood-red moon; last 1492, 1948, 1967, 2014. Iraq increases crude oil production to 4M barrels/day, making it the world's #2 OPEC oil producer behind Saudi Arabia. Germany accepts 1M+ refugees from the Middle East, incl. Syria, Iraq, and Turkey. The richest 1% control more wealth than the rest of the world for the first time. This year no one summits Mount Everest (last year of no summits: 1974). On Jan. 1 the 2015 Rose Bowl sees the U. of Oregon defeat Florida State 59-20. On Jan. 1 the first day of the Afghan security takeover is marred by an Afghan army rocket attack on a wedding party in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, which kills 28 incl. many women and children; the Afghan govt. launches an investigation. On Jan. 1 a stampede during a New Year's event in Shanghai, China kills 36 and injures 47. On Jan. 1 a video is released claiming to show two Italian women being held by the Al Nusra Front in Syria. On Jan. 1 Egyptian pres. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a New Year's Day Speech, in which he calls for a reform of Islam, with the soundbyte that the "corpus of [Islamic] texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years" are "antagonizing the entire world", and that it is not "possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants so that they themselves may live"; also that the Muslim World "is being torn, is being destroyed, it is being lost - and it is being lost by our own hands." On Jan. 1 Gen. Hulusi Akar (1952-) becomes CIC #29 of the Turkish army (until ?). On Jan. 2 Palestinian Authority U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour officially requests membership in the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC), with the soundbyte: "We are seeking justice for all the victims that have been killed by Israel, the occupying power"; Israel retaliates by withholding $127M in tax revenues from the Palestinian Authority, while the U.S. Congress threatens action; on Jan. 7 U.N. secy.-gen. Ban Ki-moon announces that they will join the ICC on Apr. 1. On Jan. 2 Pres. Obama announces new sanctions on North Korea for its hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. On Jan. 2 Al-Shabaab militants attack a military base near Baidoa, Somalia two days after the U.S. announces the killing of its intel chief Tahlil Abdishakur in a drone strike. On Jan. 2 the U.N. Security Council orders the rebel Dem. Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in Congo to surrender by this date or face the DRC army and U.N. peacekeepers; when they refuse, the attack begins in late Feb. On Jan. 3 the Repub.-dominated 114th U.S. Congress convenes (until Jan. 3, 2017), becoming the worst nightmare of Pres. Obama in his final two years in office; on Jan. 3 U.S. Sen. (R-Ky.) (1985-) Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell Jr. (1942-) becomes Senate majority leader (until ?); on Jan. 6 U.S. Repub. House Speaker John Boehner is reelected for a 3rd term despite a Tea Party challenge that produces the most no votes against a sitting speaker since 1923; Cory Scott Gardner (1974-) becomes U.S. Repub. Sen. from Colo. (until ?); Joni Kay Ernst (nee Culver) (1970-) becomes U.S. Repub. Sen. from Iowa (until ?), becoming the first female military vet in the U.S. Senate. On Jan. 3 Boko Haram seizes a key military base in Baga, Nigeria on the border with Chad, massacring the town and killing 2K, becoming their deadliest massacre; the 16th town razed. On Jan. 4 (Sun.) Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas announces that he will resubmit his resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian state to the U.N. Security Council, "perhaps after a week", causing Franc to warn him against escalating a diplomatic battle with Israel. On Jan. 5 after crude oil dips below $50 a barrel, the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. falls 350 points. On Jan. 5 Saudi Brig. Gen. Oud Awad Al Balawi is killed in a suicide attack near the Saudi-Iraqi border, becoming the first deadly attack since the Saudis joined the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. On Jan. 5 a suicide car bomber hits an EU police vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing one passerby. On Jan. 5 OIC secy.-gen. Iyad Madani of Saudi Arabia visits the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, declaring the "Islamic Tourism Year" for Jerusalem, pissing-off Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, who call for a boycott on Israeli tourism and for attacks on the city, which they can't do if it's thronged with Muslims. On Jan. 6 after months of rumors, Qatar expels Hamas politburo chief (George Clooney lookalike?) Khaled Mashaal along with Muslim Brotherhood members; they head to Hamas-loving Turkey. On Jan. 6 Pres. Obama meets with Mexican pres. Enrique Pena Nieto at the White House, asking him to work harder to stop illegals from crossing da big bad border. On Jan. 6 a female suicide bomber detonates at a police station in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one policeman and injuring another. On Jan. 7 (11:30 a.m. local time) the Charlie Hebdo Massacre sees a terrorist attack by black-hooded vest-wearing Allah Akbar-shouting Kalashnikov-carrying Muslim al-Qaida members Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper HQ in Paris N of Notre Dame Cathedral and E of the Arc de Triomphe, known for satirizing Muhammad kills 10 staffers incl. ed.-in-chief Stephane (StÃ©phane) "Charb" Charbonnier (b. 1967), and cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski, and Tignous, along with two police officers, incl. married Muslim officer Ahmed Merabet (b. 1965), injuring 11, becoming the worst terrorist attack in France since 1995; they were in an editorial meeting before the attack; Amedy's armed dangerous Muslim convert wife Hayat Boumeddiene remains on the loose; the lights on the Eiffel Tower are extinguished in memorial; one of the terrorists shouts "The Prophet has been avenged"; the offices were firebombed in 2011; Pres. Obama calls the attack "cowardly" and "evil"; French PM Francois Hollande calls it "an exceptional act of barbarism committed against a newspaper", and notes that France is in "shock", adding "We need to show we are a united country", but ostriching with the statement that the attacks "have nothing to do with Islam"; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu utters the soundbyte: "The main goal of Islamic terrorism is to destroy societies, and countries, to stamp out human civilizations based on freedom and the culture of choice, and to impose in its place a fanatical dictatorship which returns humanity to another era"; 100K demonstrate across France to protest the killings; at 10:40 p.m. police raid the last known addresses of the terrorist brothers and arrest relatives; on Jan. 8 Donald Trump issues the tweets: "If the people so violently shot down in Paris had guns, at least they would have had a fighting chance... Isn't it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?... Remember, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!"; on Jan. 9 the Kouachi brothers hole-up in a printing complex in Dammartin-en-Goele before being killed by police, while 3rd suspect Amedy Coulibaly takes five hostages at the Hyper Cacher Jewish kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, killing four before the police kill him, justifying the massacre as revenge for attacks on ISIS, while 30 others hide in the freezer for five hours, causing French pres. Francois Hollande to call it "an appalling anti-Semitic act"; al-Qaida (AQAP) in Yemen announces that it planned the attacks, and claims that more are coming in Europe and the U.S., causing the FBI to issue new terror warnings for Americans; maps of Jewish schools in Paris are found in Amedy's car, causing 5K police to be deployed to protect them; on Jan. 11 1.5M (biggest since Victor Hugo's 1885 funeral) attend a rally in Paris, incl. 50 world leaders (except Pres. Obama and Vladimir Putin) (incl. some known for suppressing free speech); Francois Hollande asks Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas not to attend; on Jan. 11 French PM Manuel Valls declares war "against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity", bemoaning the ever-growing exodus of Jews from France with the soundbyte that if the Jews all leave France in the wake of anti-Semitic terror, "The French Republic will be judged a failure"; too bad, he blames France's "apartheid regime" for terrorism, while the French govt. rushes to pass tough new laws against freedom of speech, along with a new surveillance law in May that gives the govt. broad powers to monitor phone and Internet traffic; meanwhile ex-French PM Dominique de Villepin claims that the West created Islamic terrorism, with the soundbyte that ISIS is "the monstrous child of inconstancy and arrogance of Western policy", and that "In 2001 there was only one central terrorist group, today there is a dozen" because "we have multiplied them... The war against terrorism is just like adding fuel to the fire"; on Jan. 11 the Hamburger Morgenpost in Germany is firebombed after it reprints the Muhammad cartoons; on Jan. 12 White House press secy. Josh Earnest utters the soundbyte that Pres. Obama (who was against Charlie Hebdo's cartoons in 2012) will try to stop anti-jihadist articles from being pub. when it might cause a jihadist attack against U.S. forces; too bad, French Muslims celebrate the massacre, and Muslim schoolchildren treat a moment of silence in the classroom with contempt; the survivors crank out the next issue on its regular date of Jan. 15, with a circ. of 3M in 16 languages instead of the usual 60K, with another 6M printed after the first ed. sells out, with French pres. Francois Hollande declaring the mag. "reborn", with the soundbyte "You can murder men and women, but you can never kill their ideas"; it contains another caricature of Muhammad, causing Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to put his foot in his mouth with the soundbyte: "You cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others... "If my good friend says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It's normal"; on Jan. 16 Mali immigrant Muslim kosher grocery employee Malian Lassana Bathily, who helped a dozen Jewish shoppers hide in a cold storage room is granted French citizenship; on Jan. 17 19K French Web sites are targeted by an unprecedented denial of service attack, incl. the French defense ministry; in May Charlie Hebdo suspends journalist Zineb El Rhazoui after she receives death threats for writing articles critical of radical Islam, causing a firestorm of criticism, which doesn't sway them, showing that Islamic intimidation as a preparation for full Sharia is working?; speaking of intimidation working, on July 17 Charlie Hebdo ed. Laurent Sourisseau announces that the mag won't pub. any more Muhammad cartoons, with the dhimmibyte: "We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature." On Jan. 7 Russia signs an economic pact with Belarus and Kazakhstan. On Jan. 7 a car bomb outside a police college in Sana'a, Yemen kills 38 and injures 12. On Jan. 7 (1:00 p.m.) 41-y.-o. Ohio Muslim Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed (b. 1963) is killed at the Columbus Airport by police after being caught using a fake ID to buy a plane ticket and lunging at them with a knife; he had more knives taped to his legs, "consistent with someone who intended to hijack an aircraft". On Jan. 7 (Wed.) the musical drama series Empire debuts on Fox Network for ? episodes (until ?), about hip hop music co. Empire Entertainment, starring Terrence Howard as CEO Lucious Lyon, and Taraji P. Henson as his wife Loretha "Cookie" Lyon, who just got back from serving a 17-year prison sentence. On Jan. 8 (7:45 a.m.) a 2nd terror attack in Montrouge, France S of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris sees a Muslim suspect with body armor and machine gun kill a female police officer and a street cleaner; at 1:00 p.m. two suspects are surrounded after they rob a gas station; at 11:00 p.m. Hamyd Mourad turns himself in. On Jan. 8 Pres. Obama announces a proposal to pay for the first two years of every student's community college. On Jan. 9 an al-Qaida Ansar Dine IED attack on U.N. troops near the airport in Kidal, Mali injures seven peacekeepers. On Jan. 9 after stunning Beijing by winning an election against pro-Beijing pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maithripala Sirisena (1951-) becomes pres. #7 of Sri Lanka (until ?). On Jan. 9 (8:20 p.m.) a machete-wielding Muslim in East London, England jumps on the roof of a black, er, block of flats and holds police off for four hours, shouting "Allah Allah" and "I'm going to stab all white people" before being arrested for attempted murder. On Jan. 10 a 10-y.-o. girl suicide bomber kills 20 in a market in Maiduguri, Nigeria. On Jan. 10 (eve.) a suicide bomber in a crowded cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon kills nine and injures 30+. On Jan. 11 Miss Israel Doron Matalon posts a selfie of herself with Miss Lebanon Saly Greige, pissing-off the Lebanese people and govt. On Jan. 12 ISIS' Libyan branch announces the kidnapping of 21 Egyptians in Libya, which it calls "Christian Crusaders". On Jan. 12 Pope Frances gives his yearly address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, with the soundbyte that religious (Islamic) fundamentalism is a "deviant form of religion... born of a corrupt heart, a heart incapable of recognizing and doing good, of pursuing peace"; "Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human being by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext", adding "A unanimous response is needed"; "I appeal to the entire international community, as I do to the respective governments involved, to take concrete steps to bring about peace and to protect all those who are victims of war and persecution, driven from their homes and their homeland." On Jan. 12 ISIS hacks the Web site of CENTCOM (U.S. Central Command). On Jan. 12 U.S. District Court Judge Karen E. Schreier overturns the same-sex marriage ban in S.D. On Jan. 13 funeral ceremonies are held for seven of the people killed in the Charlie Hebdo Massacre. On Jan. 14 Pres. Obama issues new methane regs., with the goal of reducing them by 45% over the next decade. On Jan. 14 the Repub.-dominated U.S. House votes 237-190 (seven Repubs. defecting) to cancel Pres. Obama's deportation amnesties. On Jan. 14 the 2014 Secret Service Shakeup sees four senior officials forced out and two more forced to retire. On Jan. 14 authorities arrest Ohio Muslim convert Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah (Christopher Lee Cornell) for plotting to bomb and shoot-up the U.S. Capitol ISIS-style. On Jan. 14 it is revealed that Duke U. plans to force students to listen to the Muslim call to prayer weekly, causing a nat. outcry that makes them cancel the plans on Jan. 15; too bad UCLA has been doing it for some time. On Jan. 14 the first woman reports to a U.S. Navy attack sub, in Minn. On Jan. 14-18 Pope Francis visits the Philippines, greeting a record crowd of 6M in Manila on Jan. 18. On Jan. 15 a counterterrorism raid in Verviers, Belgium kills two Muslim terrorists. On Jan. 15 a U.S. drone strike in Wacha Dara, South Waziristan, Pakistan kills seven militants incl. two Uzbeks, becoming the first attack since Jan. 4. On Jan. 15 U.N.-sponsored last-chance Libyan peace talks begin in Geneva; too bad, the Gen. Nat. Congress (GNC) fails to show up. On Jan. 15 the Arab League meets to discuss the failed Palestinian Authority draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council. On Jan. 15 a federal judge orders Mich. to recognize 300+ same-sex marriages performed during a 1-day window of opportunity 10 mo. earlier. On Jan. 15 Pope Francis announces that in Sept. he will canonize 18th cent. Spanish Franciscan Junipero Serra. On Jan. 16 French and German authorities arrest 12+ suspected terrorists amid heightened security. On Jan. 16 British PM David Cameron and Pres. Obama hold a joint press conference in the White House; Obama warns that new economic sanctions against Iran could lead directly to war; Cameron utters the soundbyte: "We face a poisonous and fanatical ideology that wants to pervert one of the world's major religions, Islam, and create conflict, terror and death"; both call for more integration of Muslims into their societies without apostasizing first; neither mention the vital need to disarm all Muslims to ensure that they're moderate; Obama also waxes lyrical about Am. Muslims, claiming that "Our biggest advantage is that our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans", hence aren't likely to go jihadist like in Europe, refusing to use the term Islamic with extremism, while Cameron calls Islamic extremism a "death cult". On Jan. 16 violent demonstrations anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Algeria, Niger, and Pakistan kill four. On Jan. 16 NASA's Goddard Inst. for Space Studies (GISS) releases a report claiming that 2014 was the warmest year on record since 1880, 0.02C over 2010. On Jan. 17 Houthi militants kidnap Yemeni pres. chief of staff Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak before he can attend a meeting on a new proposed constitution they oppose. On Jan. 18 (Sun.) Tom Lanting (34) and Iain Robertson (39) hold the first pagan same-sex marriage in the U.K. in Marlin's Wynd, Edinburgh. On Jan. 18 negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group (U.S., U.K. France, Germany, Russia, China) go nowhere as usual. On Jan. 18 an Israeli airstrike in Syrian Golan kills 11 incl. Iranian Gen. Mohamed Allahdadi, Mohammad Issa, leader of Hezbollah in Syria and Iraq, and Jihad Mughniyeh, son of former Hizbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, pissing-off Iran's Rev. Guard, which warns of "destructive" retaliation. On Jan. 19 as Houthi militants close their grip on Sana'a, Yemen, surrounding the palace of pres. Abdrabu Mansur (Abed Rabbo Mansour) Hadi and threatening a coup, a ceasefire is called.; too bad, on Jan. 21 Hadi is captured, causing the U.S. Navy to move USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry to the Red Sea to protect the U.S. embassy. On Jan. 19 days after accusing Argentine pres. Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those in Iran and Hezbollah behind the 1994 Argentine-Israel Mutual Assoc. (AMIA) bombing in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and injured 300, prosecutor Alberto Nisman, known for exposing Iranian and Hezbollah cells in 12 South Am. countries is found dead from a gunshot wound in his apt.; on Jan. 20 an Argentine official finds no gunpowder on Nisman's hands, raising suspicions of a murder and a govt. conspiracy; on Feb. 13 special prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita files a complaint against pres. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and foreign minister Hector Timerman; too bad, on Feb. 26 the original charges brought by Nisman are dismissed. On Jan. 19 La. Repub. Gov. Bobby Jindal gives a speech in London, raising the issue of Muslim no-go zones in Europe, pissing-off the PC press; he also calls for Muslim immigrants to the West to accept assimilation. On Jan. 19 Egptian pres. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech at the Wolf Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, saying that the fight against terrorism needs a new Muslim discourse in addition to security and military measures. On Jan. 19 a "Death to Charlie" protest is held outside the French embassy in Tehran, Iran, backed by the govt.; another is held outside the French Cultural Inst. in Gaza. On Jan. 20 ISIS releases a video showing two Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, threatening to behead them unless the Japanese govt. gives them a $200M ransom within 72 hours; the video is later believed to have been faked; on Jan. 25 Yukawa is beheaded, and the demand changes to release of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi from Jordanian captivity, which falls through, causing Kenji Goto to be beheaded on Jan. 31, causing Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to utter the soundbyte: "To the terrorists, we will never, never forgive them for this act." On Jan. 20 Russia and Iran sign a military cooperation agreement to develop a "long-term and multifacted" military relationship incl. expanded use of each other's ports. On Jan. 20 (Tues.) Pres. Obama delivers his 2015 State of the Union Speech, acting as if his party hadn't just lost a nat. election, calling climate change the greatest threat to future generations, and calling for $320B in new taxes without explicitly mentioning it, which incl. a $3K/year child care tax credit, an expanded earned income tax credit, seven days of paid sick leave, two years of free community college, a bipartisan infrastructure plan et al., praising the middle class, becoming the first SOTU speech since 9/11 to not mention al-Qaida, and first to mention LGBTs, calling same-sex marriage "America at its best", asking Congress to officially approve military action against ISIS, and ending with an appeal for "a better politics" that crosses party lines; Repubs. call his proposals income redistribution, and declare them dead on arrival; "The shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the Union is strong"; "At this moment - with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production - we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come"; "Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well, or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?"; too bad, although decrying anti-Semitism, he keeps covering for Islam, declaring that he will veto any new sanctions on Iran, with the soundbytes: "As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we're threatened, which is why I've prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. It's why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world. It's why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims, the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That's why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they're right, but because they make us safer"; "2014 was the planet's warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn't make a trend, but this does – 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists; that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either. But you know what – I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it." On Jan. 20 after defeating incumbent Mary Landrieu, Bill Cassidy becomes Repub. Sen. of La., becoming the first Repub. since 1883. On Jan. 20 Wichita Falls, Tex.-born Tex. atty. gen. #50 (since Dec. 2, 2002) Gregory Wayne "Greg" Abbott (1957-) becomes Repub. Tex. gov. #48 (until ?); his Mexican-Am. wife Cecilia Phalen Abbott becomes the first Latina First Lady of Tex. On Jan. 21 (7:30 a.m.) a 23-y.-o. Muslim Palestinian from Tulkarem stabs passengers on the No. 40 Dan Bus in Tel Aviv, Israel, injuring 17 Israelis before being shot and arrested. On Jan. 21 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner annouces that he's inviting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress "on the grave threats of radical Islam and the threat that Iran poses, to not only the Middle East but frankly to the world", pissing-off the Obama admin., which complains that they weren't informed first. On Jan. 22 after 37 countries sign an Oct. 1 letter decrying the "alarming outbreak of antisemitism worldwide", the first-ever U.N. Gen. Assembly meeting devoted soley to the question of anti-Semitism is held by U.N. gen. assembly pres. Sam Kutesa; the keynote address is delivered by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, who boils it down to demonization of Israel, Holocaust denial, and "the modern scourge of competitive victimhood", and utters the soundbyte: "Even if the Palestinians had a state, as is their right - even then, alas, this enigmatic and old hatred would not dissipate one iota." On Jan. 23 Saudi king (since 2005) Abdullah (b. 1924) dies, and is succeeded by his half-brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1935-) (until ?). On Jan. 23 Jamaican-born USMC Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart becomes dir. #20 of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, the first African-Am. and first U.S. Marine. On Jan. 23-31 the Great 2015 N.E. U.S. Blizzard AKA Snowmageddon 2015 drops 26.2" of snow in Mass. and 36" in New York City, shutting down New York City subways, causing 8K flights to the region to be canceled. On Jan. 24 a Muslim bomb explosion in S Philippines kills two and injures 54. On Jan. 25 (6 a.m.) a truck bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan injures two. On Jan. 25 Edgar Chagwa Lungu (1956-) becomes pres. #6 of Zambia (until ?); too bad, in Apr. 2017 Lusaka archbishop Telesphore Mpundu utters the soundbyte: "Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship; and if it is not yet, then we re not far from it." On Jan. 25 elections in Greece are won by the radical left Syriza Party with 36% of the vote, gaining 149 of 300 seats in parliament, shocking the EU despite assurance by leader Alexis Tsipras that "there is absolutely no case for a Grexit". On Jan. 25 NASA's 2006 New Horizons deep space probe begins sending its first images of Pluto and its dwarf moon Charon; on it rendezvouses with Pluto at 8K mi. distance. On Jan. 26 a new offensive by Russian-backed rebels in E Ukraine breaks the 5-mo. ceasefire. On Jan. 26 the FBI arrests Russian spy Evgeny "Zhenya" Buryakov. On Jan. 26 the 5K-man anti-Taliban anti-ISIS Marg (Dari for death) army in Balkh Province, N Afghanistan announces its formation, visiting the provincial council and offering its services. On Jan. 27 the 70th Anniv. of the Liberation of Auschwitz Camp is attended by 300 survivors; on Jan. 28 the Iranian Fars News Agency pub. the article The Holocaust: An Example of the West's Rewriting of History Based on Superpower Interests, claiming that the Holocaust never happened, and was just invented to promote the creation of Israel. On Jan. 27 Pres. Obama cuts his visit to India short to visit Saudi Arabia, meting with new King Solomon, er, Salman while ignoring the many U.S. gripes about their horrible Sharia incl. beheadings, hand-loppings, and suppression of women; Michelle Obama pisses-off the Saudis by appearing in public sans headscarf, and is blurred-out of official photos. On Jan. 27 ISIS terrorists attack the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, killing eight incl. five foreigners and taking hostages. On Jan. 27 (night) after a double rocket attack on the Israeli Golan Heghts by Hezbollah in the afternoon, Israeli planes strike Syrian bases in Quneitra, Damascus, Syria as a "warning to Beirut". On Jan. 28 a Hezbollah attack in Rosh Hanikra, Israel on the Lebanese border kills two Israeli soldiers and injures seven. On Jan. 28 a delegation of senior members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, plus two open Hamas supporters meet with Obama's State Dept. and with several U.S. senators to seek help in returning Mohamed Morsi to power. On Jan. 29 despite veto threats from Pres. Obama, the U.S. Senate votes 62-36 (9 Dems.) to approve the $8B Keystone XL pipeline; on Feb. 11 it passes the House by 270-152 (all but 1 Repubs. and 29 Dems.), passing it to Pres. Obama, who vetoes it on Feb. 24. On Jan. 29 former U.S. secy. of state Henry Kissinger appears before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, uttering the soundbyte: "Nuclear talks with Iran began as an international effort... to deny Iran the capability to develop a military nuclear option. They are now an essentially bilateral negotiation over the scope of that capability through an agreement that sets a hypothetical limit of one year on an assumed breakout. The impact of this approach will be to move from preventing proliferation to managing it"; when pink-clad protesters interrupt the proceedings, chmn. John McCain utters the soundbyte: "You're gonna have to shut up or I'm gonna have you arrested. Get of of here, you low-life scum." On Jan. 29 (eve.) a Taliban member dressed in an Afghan military uniform stages an attack at the internat. airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing three U.S. contractors and injuring Afghan police cmdr. Maj. Gen. Haq Nawaz Haqyar; 2nd green-on-blue attack on Apr. 8. On Jan. 29 (night) ISIS attacks in El-Arish, Egypt and other towns in the Sinai Peninsula kill 25 and injure dozens. On Jan. 30 (11 a.m.) Mitt Romney announces that he won't run for U.S. pres. in 2016. On Jan. 30 a massive fire at the INION Library in Moscow, Russia rages for 27 hours and destroys 1M books. On Jan. 31 senior AQAP official Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari is killed by a U.S. drone strike in S Yemen. In Jan. illegal U.S. immigrant Jean Jacques (1975-) of Haiti is released by ICE three years after being released from prison after 17 years for attempted murder after Hillary Clinton's State Dept. refuses to put pressure on Haiti to take him back, after which on June 15 he murders 25-y.-o. Casey J. Chadwick (1990-) in Norwich, Conn., and is sentenced to 60 years in prison, which is used as ammo by Donald Trump in his 2016 pres. campaign. In Jan. U.S. drone strikes kill AQIS deputy emir Ustad Ahmad Farooq and shura council member Qari 'Imran. In Jan. U.S. unemployment is 5.7% (vs. 5.6% in Dec.), adding 257K jobs. In Jan. violence in Iraq kills 1,375 and injures 2,240. On Feb. 1 (Sun.) Super Bowl XLIX (49) at the U. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. sees the New England Patriots (coach Bill Belichick) defeat the Seattle Seahawks (coach Pete Carroll) by 28-24 after Seahawks QB Russell Wilson throws a slant pass to Ricardo Lockette in the end zone that is intercepted by rookie Patriots CB (#21) Malcolm Terel Butler (1990-) on 2nd and goal from the Patriots' 1 yard line with 20 sec. left in the game; right before that Seahawks WR (#15) Jermaine Kearse (1990-) makes a miracle catch of a tipped ball inside the 10-yard line; Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz perform the halftime show; a 30-sec. commercial costs $4.5M; Patriots QB Tom Brady is MVP, setting a record of 12 Super Bowl career TDs; all they had to do was give the ball to Seahawks RB (#24) Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch (1986-)? On Feb. 1 South Sudan pres. Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar sign an areas of agreement for a future transitional govt. of nat. unity. On Feb. 2 the state of Tex. declares Chris Kyle Day, named after the Odessa, Tex.-born U.S. Navy Seal sniper hero Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (1974-2013), AKA the Devil of Ramadi. On Feb. 3 after the Jordanians demand proof of life, a video of Jordanian Pilot Lt. Muath Kassasbeh (Kaseasbeh) (Moaz al-Kasasb) (b. 1977) being burned alive in a cage is released, after which it revealed that he was killed on Jan. 3 before starting phony ransom negotiations, causing protests in Jordan and promises of revenge by Jordanian king Abdullah II, starting with the execution of ISIS prisoners Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli at dawn, followed on Feb. 5 by airstrikes (in which the king suits up and flies his own plane after a visit to Kassasbeh's mourning tent, which ends in a pro-war rally, with his family calling for the destruction of ISIS), with the pilots flying over the dead pilot's home in Ay, Syria on their return, accidentally killing ISIS' only Am. female hostage Kayla Mueller, known for backing the anti-Israeli pro-Palestinian Internat. Solidarity Movement (ISM); on Aug. 15 after news surfaces that she was repeatedly raped by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi et al., and that ISIS believes that the Quran gives them the right to do is because it pleases Allah, Am. evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham issues the soundbyte "The god of Islam is not the one true God of the Bible"; no surprise, on Feb. 4 Pres. Obama holds a closed meeting on "anti-Muslim bigotry" with 14 Am. Muslim leaders at the White House of questionable loyalty to the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution, incl. Imam Mohamed Magid (whose North Va. mosque had its trustees' homes raided by federal agents after 9/11 on suspicion of funding terrorists), Farhana Khera, Farhan Latif, Azhar Azees (pres. of the Islamic Society of North Am.), Hoda Hawa (nat. policy adviser of the Muslim Public Affairs Council), Hoda Elshishtawy, and female Muslim basketball star Bilqis "Qisi" Abdul-Qaadir (1990-) of Indiana State U. (first player in NCAA history to play in a hijab in 2009), promising to ban Muslim terrorist profiling by federal law enforcement and provide more Muslim outreach programs; they ask him to appoint the first Muslim federal judge; the infamous CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is not invited. On Feb. 3 Los Angeles, Calif.-born TV broadcaster Robert "Bob" "Zoey" Tur (1960-) (inventor of the TV news helicopter) is hired by Inside Edition, becoming the first transgender TV reporter. On Feb. 3 knife-wielding Muslim Mousa Coulibaly attacks three soldiers on anti-terror patrol in front of a Jewish community center in Nice, France. On Feb. 3 the U.S. House of Reps by 239-18 votes to repeal and replace Obamacare; meanwhile Dems. in the U.S. Senate by 51-48 filibuster the $39.7B Dept. of Homeland Security funding bill because of provisions rolling back Pres. Obama's immigration actions. On Feb. 4 the U.S. House of Reps Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) holds a hearing on suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority for joining the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC). On Feb. 4 (11:00 a.m. local time) TransAsia Airways Flight 235 clips a bridge and crashes into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Taipei, Tawan, killing 43 of 53 passengers and crew aboard. On Feb. 4 Egypt sentences 2013 secular activists in the 2011 uprising to life in prison incl. leader Ahmed Douma; 30 minors are sentenced to 10 years. On Feb. 4 (Wed.) TLW interviews to become a contestant on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Denver, Colo. (17th & Stout), along with 23 others; he is never picked. On Feb. 4 after the African Union authorizes a 7.5K-man 5-nation army from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin, Boko Haram militants go on a rampage, killing 90 civilians in Cameroon; on Feb. 6 the Nigerian military announces that it has recovered the weapons stolen by Boko Haram in Jan. On Feb. 4 after soldiers protest, NBC News anchor Brian Williams admits to making up a story that he was in a U.S. heli that was attacked by RPGs in Iraq in 2003, when he actually was safe in another heli; on Feb. 7 he takes a temporary leave of absence; on Feb. 10 he is suspended without pay for 6 mo. On Feb. 4 U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg utters the soundbyte at Georgetown U. that there will be enough women on the court when "there are nine". On Feb. 5 #2 U.S. health insurer Anthem announces that hackers stole personal info. on 80M customers, becoming the largest known data breach in U.S. history (until ?). On Feb. 5 Radio Hack, er, Shack files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On Feb. 5 Imam, er, Pres. Obama presides over the 2015 Nat. Prayer Breakfast, attempting to excuse the atrocities of the Islamic ISIS group by telling Americans to get off their "high horse" and remember how Christians have been guilty of atrocities too, but referring to ISIS as a "death cult"; NASCAR star Darrell Waltrip gives the keynote address, saying that if you don't know Christ you'll go to Hell; former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani utters the soundbyte about Obama: "He's as week as a history as he is as a president, and a weak a theologian." On Feb. 6 Shiite rebels take over Yemen, dissolving parliament and setting up a transitional council. On Feb. 6 (his 49th birthday) after his girlfriend Maria Antonieta Luna Avalos delivers some chocolate cake to him, Mexican Knights Templar cartel leader Servando Gomez "La Tuta" Martinez is captured in his hideout in Morelia. On Feb. 6 the Canadian Supreme Court rules that the govt. must permit doctor-assisted suicide. On Feb. 6 the White House releases a new nat. security strategy, which changes the objective on war with ISIS (ISIL) from "destroy" to "defeat"; meanwhile the U.S. Army finally rules that the Ft. Hood Massacre is an act of terrorism and not workplace violence. On Feb. 7 Paul Weston of Liberty GB gives a speech against the "traitors of the BBC" and its promotion of Islam in Britain. On Feb. 8 Paul Gaugin's 1892 painting When Will You Marry? sells for a record $300M to Qatar Museums. On Feb. 8 1K Muslims demonstrate in London, England against Muslim cartoons; meanwhile a petition signed by 100K British Muslims is presented to 10 Downing St. On Feb. 8 the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. are a big V for Sam Smith, who wins four. On Feb. 8 Vince Gilligan's Better Call Saul debuts on AMC-TV for ? episodes (until ?) as a prequel to "Breaking Bad", about the rise of super-interesting schuyster lawyer Saul Goodman AKA James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, played by Berwyn, Ill.-born Robert John "Bob" Odenkirk (1962-), who starts out as a small-time conman in Cicero, Ill. and takes a correspondence course in law, moving to Albuquerque, N.M., featuring Jonathan Ray Banks (1947-) as his ex-cop partner Mike Ehrmantraut; the Better Call Saul Theme by Junior Brown is a keeper. On Feb. 9 Pres. Obama meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House to discuss Russian aggression in Ukraine; on Feb. 11 leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine, and Russia meet in Minsk to discuss a cease-fire and restoration of the Sept. 2014 Minsk Protocol, which is agreed to on Feb. 12. On Feb. 9 hooded Muslim gunmen fire Kalashnikov rifles at police in Marseille, France. On Feb. 9-10 amid the dust storms of Amshir, Russian PM Vladimir Putin visits Cairo, Egypt to talk with Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisis on enhancing their strategic partnership, viewing U.S. hegemony as a common enemy. On Feb. 10 Pres. Obama makes a phone call to Russian PM Vladimir Putin to ask him to make a peace deal with the Ukrainian govt., after which the White House issues the statement: "If Russia continues its aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by sending troops, weapons, and financing to support the separatists, the costs for Russia will rise", indicating that Obama is about to agree to sending weapons to Kiev. On Feb. 10 the U.S. Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act is introduced in the House of Reps by Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Ca.), seeking to battle efforts to boycott Israel by linking rejection of BDS to the massive free trade deal being negotiated with the EU. On Feb. 10 after suspending them in Dec. with the capture of Lt. Muath Kassasbeh, the pissed-off UAE resumes air strikes against ISIS from Jordan. On Feb. 10 French justice minister Christiane Taubira announces that it has dismantled 15 Islamic terrorist networks (out of 1,500?). On Feb. 11 U.S. Marines evacuate the embassy of Yemen after being ordered by the U.S. State Dept. to surrender their rifles to Yemeni troops (rebels?) at the airport along with 20 vehicles; on Feb. 12 Saudi Arabia does ditto. On Feb. 11 Pres. Obama asks Congress for expanded war powers to fight ISIS. On Feb. 11 (5:00 p.m.) avowed atheist (pro-Ground Zero Mosque) Craig Stephen Hicks (1968-) shoots and kills three Muslims in a condominium parking lot near the U. of N.C. over a parking dispute, causing the PC police move in a call for a federal hate crime investigation, causing Pres. Obama to issue a statement on Feb. 13, with the soundbyte: "No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship"; Mohammed Abu Salha, father of two of the victims is a leader in a mosque that hosted a pro-ISIS cleric and was raided for a plot to murder U.S. Marines. On Feb. 12 the U.S. Senate votes 93-5 to confirm Ashton Carter as U.S. defense secy. On Feb. 12 the U.S. announces that it will keep extra forces in Europe to bolster NATO and monitor developments in E Ukraine. On Feb. 12 U.S. ambassador Keith Harper and Pakistani ambassador Zamir Akram hold a discussion on free speech vs. blasphemy in Geneva in regard to the OIC-proposed U.N. Resolution 16/18. On Feb. 12 the PC press-snubbed Defeat Jihad Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Center for Security Policy to rebut Pres. Obama's upcoming Countering Violent Extremism Summit features speakers incl. Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Newt Gingrich, Steven King, and Scott Perry from the U.S., Geert Wilders from Denmark, Israeli ambassador Yoram Ettinger, and Lord Malcolm Pearson from Britain. On Feb. 13 (Fri.) Ain al-Asad Air Base W of Baghdad, Iraq is surrounded by ISIS, trapping 320 U.S. Marines; on Feb. 16 a video surfaces showing ISIS burning 45 people alive in W Iraq. On Feb. 13 a Sunni gun-bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan kills 19. On Feb. 13 the 4K-man Colo. 3rd Brigade Team is sent to Kuwait, becoming the largest ground force in the region. On Feb. 13 Canada confirms its first case of mad cow disease since 2011, but claims the food supply is unaffected. On Feb. 13 after the Italian govt. warns citizens to "temporarily leave" Libya, Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni warns that "Italy is under threat from the situation in Libya 200 nautical miles away", noting that ISIS militants may be as close as Sirte. On Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day) (4:00 p.m.) a free speech (art vs. blasphemy) debate at the Krudttoenden Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark attended by Muhammad-caricaturing Swedish artist Lars Vilks is attacked by a Muslim gunman, who kills one civilian and injures three police; Vilks and the French ambassador are unharmed; on Feb. 15 (early a.m.) another jihadist kills a civilian and injures three police near a synagogue in the Krystalgade area of Copenhagen; on Feb. 15 after a long chase the suspect is killed by police; meanwhile on Feb. 14 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu issues a call for all Euro Jews to come home to Israel, and on Feb. 15 the Israeli cabinet approves a $46M plan to finance their arrival. On Feb. 14 after asking them if they are Muslims and getting the wrong answer, Detroit, Mich. Muslim Terrence Lavaron Thomas pulls out a knife and stabs two infidels at a bus stop, causing a federal hate crime investigation while the PC media labors to spin it. On Feb. 15 the FAA releases rules for unmanned aircraft (drones), setting a 55 lb. weight limit, min. age of 17 for operators with required test, and requirement that the drones stay within visual line of sight, pissing-off Amazon.com et al., who want to use them to deliver products. On Feb. 15 ISIS releases a video claiming to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, pissing-off Egyptian pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who vows to respond; on Feb. 16 (dawn) Egyptian jets bomb ISIS targets in Libya; on Feb. 17 al-Sisis calls for U.N.-backed internat. intervention in Libya to fight ISIS, causing the U.N. Security Council to meet on Feb. 18, and the Arab states to call on it to lift the Libyan arms embargo; the start of WWIII? On Feb. 15 Bangladeshi blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider is killed by Ansarullah Bangla Team (ATB) jihadists in Dhaka; on Feb. 26 Bangladeshi-Am. atheist secularist anti-Islam writer Avijit Roy (b. 1972) is hacked to death with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Islamists; his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonna is injured; on May 12 anti-Islam blogger Ananta Bijoy Das (b. 1982) is hacked to death with cleavers by four Muslims as he leaves his home in Sylhet, Bangladesh; on Aug. 6 Niloy Neel Chatterjee of Dhaka becomes secular blogger #4 to be hacked to death this year in Bloody Bangladesh. On Feb. 16 Brownsville, Tex. U.S. federal judge Andrew Scott Hanen (1953-) halts Pres. Obama's deportation amnesty two days before applications are to be accepted by 4.3M illegal aliens, ruling that Obama is trying to give legal status to them when the law mandates that they be deported. On Feb. 16 U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf interviews Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball", uttering the soundbyte: "We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's a lack of opportunity for jobs, whether we can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people." On Feb. 17 the govts. of the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, and Spain issue a Joint Statement on Libya, strongly condemning all acts of terrorism incl. the murder of the 21 Egyptian Copts, which it only calls citizens. On Feb. 17 Iraqi police chief Col. Qasim al-Obeidi announces the burning alive of 50 people by ISIS in Hit, Iraq 85 mi. W of Baghdad. On Feb. 18 Ore. Gov. John Kitzhaber resigns over allegations of misconduct by fiancee Cylvia Hayes, allowing Katherine "Kate" Brown (1960-) to become gov. of Ore. (until ?), becoming the first openly bisexual U.S. state gov., and in 2016 the highest-ranking bisexual elected official in the U.S. On Feb. 18 Pres. Obama selects acting Secret Service dir. Joseph "Joe" Clancy as the permanent dir. after he replaced Julia Pierson last year for two embarrassing security breaches; he also names big data expert DJ Patil as the first-ever chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy, with a mission to focus on health care. On Feb. 18-20 the White House holds a Global Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to "show the world the power of peaceful communities instead of extremist violence", purposely avoiding mention of the words Muslim or Islam in connection with terrorism, with the soundbyte: "They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defense of Islam. We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie. They are not religious leaders, they're terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam"; Obama appoints Rashad Hussain as special envoy and coordinator for strategic counterterrorism communications to combat ISIS and al-Qaida propaganda; ex-CIA dir. R. James Woolsey utters the soundbyte that Obama "looks scared" to call ISIS and other Islamic terrorist orgs. Islamic; on ? homeland security secy. Jeh Johnson utters the soundbyte: "My job is to give voice to the plight of Muslims in this country"; on Feb. 19 the White House hosts a Muslim prayer (which proclaims Muslim supremacy over America?), causing ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to utter the soundbyte: "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America", causing a firestorm of controversy. On Feb. 20 Al-Shabaab rebels detonate two bombs near the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 10+, injuring the deputy PM. On Feb. 20 ISIS militants unleash a series of suicide bombings in Qubba, Libya, killing 40+; they are now poised to invade Italy? On Feb. 20 British officials announce a search for three British Muslim teenie girls (Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana, ?) who boarded a plane for Turkey on Feb. 17, fearing they're trying to join ISIS; in early Mar. a video of a suspected Canadian intel spy assisting them surfaces. On Feb. 20 Uighur Muslims wielding knives and guns in Aksu Prefecture, Xianjiang, China injure four, causing the police to kill nine attackers and four bystanders. On Feb. 20 the Islamic State Hacking Div. posts a list on the Internet containing 100 names, photos, and addresses of U.S. service members, presumably a hit list, becoming a first. On Feb. 21 former Yemeni pres. Abdrabu Mansur Hadi flees house arrest in Sana'a by Shiite militia to Aden. On Feb. 21 Turkish men protest in Taksim Square in Istanbul wearing skirts to support victimized women. On Feb. 22 Australian PM Tony Abbott gives a speech, announcing that Muslim jihadists who fight for ISIS will be stripped of citizenship; meanwhile in Britain, counterterrorism chief Anthony Layden resigns over his inability to deport Islamic terrorists, whose lawyers use the Human Rights Act to coddle them, causing zero to be deported in the past year and 12 in the past 10 years vs. 129 in France; meanwhile former Mecca Grand Mosque imam Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani gives a speech attacking the extremism of ISIS and other groups, saying that it will require a reform movement in Islam to restore its original tolerant character. On Feb. 22 after taking PC flak for its all-white list of nominees for best actor and actress, and snubbing of "Selma" dir. Ava DuVernay, the 87th Academy Awards, presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., hosted by Neil Patrick Harris (first openly gay man) awards the best picture Oscar for 2014 to Birdman, along with best dir. and best original screenplay to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best actor to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, best actress to Julianne Moore for Still Alice, best supporting actor to J.K. Simmons for Whiplash, best supporting actress to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (giving her a chance to lobby for equal pay for women), best animated feature film to Big Hero 6, best foreign language film to Ida, best original score to The Grand Budapest Hotel, and best original song to Glory (John Legend and Common) from Selma; gay bud Harris arrives on the red carpet with his husband David Burtka, and after passing "Whiplash" star Miles Teller playing drums comes onstage in his gay white briefs as a tribute to "Birdman", after which Inarritu in his accepance speech claims that he's wearing Michael Keaton's "tighty-whitey" underwear that "smells like balls"; the In Memoriam segment outrageously snubs Joan Rivers; Lupita Nyong'o wears a $150K dress with 6K hand-sewn pearls, which is stolen from her hotel room, then returned, causing tests to reveal fake pearls. On Feb. 23 in the case of Sokolow et al. v. Palestine Liberation Org., a federal jury in Manhattan, N.Y. finds the Palestinian Authority and the PLO liable for six terrorist attacks in Israel in 2002-4 in which Americans were killed and injures, with $218.5M in damages award, tripled to $655.5M by a special terrorism law; on Aug. 31, 2016 a federal appeals court throws out the verdict, saying that U.S. courts lack jurisdiction because the attacks were aimed at random targets, not the U.S. On Feb. 24 suicide bombers at two bus stations in Potiskum and Kano, Nigeria kill 16 + 10. On Feb. 24 the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announces that ISIS has kidnapped 90+ Assyrian Christians in NE Syria. On Feb. 24 after the jury doesn't buy his insanity defense, ex-U.S. Marine Eddie Ray Routh is found guilty of the Feb. 2013 murder of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend at a shooting range. On Feb. 24 Afghan-born Am. Muslim Sohiel Omar Kabir and Philippine Muslim convert Ralph Deleon are sentenced to 25 years in prison for a plot to go on jihad and kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan et al. On Feb. 25 a new Austrian Islam Bill governing the 600K Muslims in the 8.6M pop. to create an "Islam with an Austrian character" declares infidel Austrian law as superior to Muslim Sharia an prohibits foreign funding for mosques and Muslim orgs., but allows Muslim clerics to visit hospitals and prisons, and requires schools to offer halal food, pissing-off Muslims, who want it all. On Feb. 25 videos are released showing ISIS destroying the Mosul Museum in Iraq, smashing priceless Assyrian antiquities; meanwhile in Feb. Iraq's Nat. Museum in Baghdad reopens after 15K items were stolen in 2003. On Feb. 25 Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announces that she'll defy congressional Repubs. and implement D.C.'s new local law allowing residents to smoke pot, even if they try to put her in jail. On Feb. 26 FCC chmn. Tom Wheeler announces approval of Obama's Net Neutrality Plan by a 3-2 party line vote, which Repubs. diss as a power grab, reclassifying broadband Internt as a utility, giving them regulatory power over it. On Feb. 26 a protest in Zocalo Square in Mexico City to demand justice for the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College results in hundreds of arrests. On Feb. 26 after the Albeto Nisman scandal causes pres. Cristina Kirchner to ask congress to restructure the intel service, they pass a bill creating a new Federal Intelligence Agency. On Feb. 27 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters capture Tel Hamees, Syria from ISIS near the Iraqi-Turkish border. On Feb. 27 after tiring of dealing with waves of migrants from Syria and Libya, the Italian coast guard calls for its govt. to provide them with weapons to stop ISIS from "humiliating" its personnel. On Feb. 27 (night) the day before a major scheduled protest, Russian opposition leader (Vladimir Putin's #1 critic) Boris Nemtsov is assassinated from a car on a bridge near the Kremlin in Moscow, shocking Russia, causing Putin to disavow knowledge and order an investigation despite everybody knowing he ordered it; on Mar. 8 ex-Chechen policeman Zaur Dadayev (who confesses) is charged along with another man with the murder; three more are in custody. On Feb. 28 an Egyptian court declares Pres. Obama's alma mater Hamas a terrorist org.; another court sentences top Muslim Brotherhood leaders to life in prison over a violent clash in Cairo in June 2013; meanwhile Egypt keeps sealing off tunnels between Gaza and N Sinai, strangling Hamas and causing it to become like a cornered wild beast, denouncing Egypt and calling for the destruction of Israel; on June 6 the ruling branding Hamas a terrorist group is overturned. On Feb. 28 Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida announces that Pres. Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli jets last year if they tried to attack Iran; the White House denies it; it was all fabricated? In Feb. to deal with hundreds of thousands of Muslims incl. 10% radicals, Spain enacts a new penal code, with 35-year sentences for anyone carrying out a terrorist attack, 20 years for supplying weapons to terrorists, and 10 years for funding terrorist networks. In Feb. U.S. unemployment drops to 5.5%, adding 295K new jobs. In Feb. Japan passes China as the top foreign owner of U.S. govt. debt., $1,224.4B vs. $1,223.7B. On Mar. 1 former non-jihadist Syrian rebel org. Hazzm joins the jihadist Shamiyah Front in Aleppo. On Mar. 1 Iraq announces that it has sent 27K troops to retake Tikrit from ISIS. On Mar. 1 a U.N. report is released, which claims that the internat. Libyan arms embargo is "almost nonexistent". On Mar. 1 Psychology Today announces that it will no longer carry ads for gay conversion therapy, and is deleting medical practitioners whose profile lists such therapy. On Mar. 1 The Last Man on Earth debuts on Fox TV for ? episodes (until ?), set in post-apocalyptic 2020 Tucson, Ariz., starring ever-horny bank employee Orville Willis "Will" Forte IV (1970-) as Phil Tandy Miller, Kristen Joy Schaal (1978-) as Carol Pilbasian, January Kristen Jones (1978-) as Melissa Shart, and Oliver Hardy lookalike Melvin Dimas "Mel" Rodriguez (1973-) as Todd. On Mar. 2 ISIS militants shell the Bahi and Mabrouk Oilfields in Libya, damaging a pipeline to the port of Es Sidra. On Mar. 2 a bomb explosion outside the Egyptian supreme court bldg. in Cairo, Egypt kills two and injures nine incl. seven policemen. On Mar. 2 ISIS releases a video showing them executing four Sunni tribesmen from the Tikrit region for collaboration with the Iraqi govt. On Mar. 2 after Twitter shuts down accounts promoting ISIS, they upload a post with the soundbyte: "Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you", warning that co-founder Jack Dorsey and his employees have "become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered in your midst!" On Mar. 2 ISIS releases a message claiming that U.S.-born Abu Dawoud al Amriki conducted a suicide attack in a vehicle against Iranian-backed Shiite troops in Samarra as they staged for their offensive in Tikrit. On Mar. 2 U.S. authorities unseal an affidavit revealing a stink operation on You Win USA, a maternity tourism business targeting pregnant Chinese women to come to the U.S. on fraudulent tourism visits and have their child, expecting it to have U.S. citizenship. On Mar. 2 after Feb. 23 was made an official day off and Ukraine cancels their celebration, the 2015 Day of the Defenders of the Motherland (creation of the Red Army in 1918 by Leon Trotsky) parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia features a big green fake ballistic missile with "To be delivered to Obama in person" inscribed on it; it is also Men's Day, followed on on Mar. 8 by Women's Day. On Mar. 2 Colombian journalist Edgar "Quentin" Quintero (b. 1957) is murdered in Palmira as he enters a bakery near his office, becoming the 2nd journalist killed in Colombia in three weeks. On Mar. 2 the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal breaks with an article in the New York Times revealing that in Aug. 2010 as secy. of state she had her own private server and private email account email@example.com registered under the name Eric Hoteham (who uses the same P.O. box as the Clinton Foundation) to hide her actions from the public instead of a govt. account that can be examined by the public later, and that in Nov. 2012 the email account was reconfigured to use Google's server as a backup, and reconfigured again in July 2013 (5 mo. after she resigned) to use Denver, Colo.-based commercial email provider MX Logic, owned by McAfee Inc.; on Mar. 3 U.S. Rep. (R-S.C.) Trey Gowdy announces that she was using multiple personal email accounts, and that she used it to email aide Huma Abedin on her personal account; on Mar. 4 she tweets that she wants the public to see them all of a sudden, handing 55K pages over to the U.S. State Dept.; on Mar. 10 Hillary speaks to the press at the U.N. Bldg. in New York City, trying to explain it away for 21 min.; it was Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett who leaked the scandal to the press?; too bad, at a Take Back America Conference in 2007 she uttered the soundbyte about Pres. George W. Bush: "We know our Constitution is being shredded. We know about the secret wiretaps, the secret military tribunals, the secret White House email accounts"; Peter J. Kadzik sends an email to Hillary's friend John Podesta, with the title "Heads up", tipping him off about the email investigation; on ? the AP reports that it was registered to the Clinton home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and that her ex-U.S. pres. hubby Bill Clinton paid for it; on July 24 the New York Times announces that Hillary Clinton's email account and private server had classified info. in them that wasn't properly labelled, contradicting her statements incl. "I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received"; on Aug. 11 the intel community's inspector gen. tells Congress that her emails contained security violations; on Aug. 12 she relents and hands over the server; it turns out to contain top secret email; on Mar. 7, 2015 Pres. Obama lies on CBS Evening News, saying that he didn't know about her private email server, although later several emails interchanged between them are admitted. On Mar. 2 the Washington Post pub. an article by Anne Gearan revealing that Israel's top secret plans to sneak-attack Iran have been leaked, blaming it on the Obama admin.; it was Hillary Clinton? On Mar. 3 (1:00 a.m. EST) after an invitation by speaker John Boehner sans consultation with the White House, pissing it off and causing 58 Dems. to boycott it, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech to a cheering U.S. House of Reps. (first foreign leader to speak to Congress 3x after Winston Churchill), laying out the case against Iran, saying that Israel and the U.S. are in it together, that the current deal paves the path to a nuclear Iran, and that no deal is better than this deal; "We've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal, a very bad deal. We're better off without it"; referring to Purim, which stars on Mar. 4, he utters the soundbyte: "Again, another Persian potentate wants to destroy us. Khamenei tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed"; he also utters the soundbytes: "Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire. In this deadly game of thrones there is no place for America or Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews, or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone"; "When it comes to Iran and ISIS the enemy of your enemy is your enemy"; "The world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state"; "We must all stand together to stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation, and terror"; "If Iran wants to be treated as a normal country, let it act like a normal country"; "As far as ISIS and Iran are concerned, the enemy of you enemy is your enemy"; "If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them"; "This deal is so bad, it doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb, it paves Iran's path to the bomb"; Dem. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi utters the soundbyte: "I was near tears throughout the prime minister's speech, saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5+1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation"; prior to the speech Pres. Obama allegedly leaks a classified 1987 Inst. for Defense Analysis (IDA) report proving that the U.S. assisted Israel in developing the H-bomb; after the speech Obama comments that it offers "nothing new"; in July 2016 it is revealed that Obama tries to unseat Netanyahu with a $350K donation of OneVoice this year. On Mar. 3 amid continuing protests, the U.S. Dept. of Justice announces an upcoming Report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Dept., which finds that it routinely discriminates against blacks and violate federal law; it is released on Mar. 5, causing police chief Thomas Jackson to resign on Mar. 11, triggering another violent protest in which two police officers are shot. On Mar. 3 South Korea and Saudi Arabia conclude an agreement to explore building two more small and medium size nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia for $2B. On Mar. 3 Rev. Ann Kansfield (1975-) becomes the first female and first openly gay chaplain in the New York Fire Dept. On Mar. 4 mayor Bill de Blasio announces that New York City will become the largest U.S. city to close public schools for the two biggest Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha; why is he snubbing Hindus et al.? On Mar. 4 (early a.m.) Mexican Zetas cartel head Servando Gomez Martinez AKA Z-42 is captured by Mexican authorities in San Pedro Garza Garcia along with his finance chief Carlos Arturo Jimenez Encinas and four others; his brother Miguel Trevino Morales (Z-40) was head of the Zetas until his 2013 capture. On Mar. 4 Nigeria passes the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, outlawing female genital mutilation (FGM), forceful ejection of widows et al. On Mar. 4 (night) after a retirement party at a nearby bar, two intoxicated Secret Service agents crash barricades at the White House, causing a stink. On Mar. 5 U.S. ambassador to South Korea (since Oct. 20) Mark William Lippert (1973-) is slashed in the face and hands with a razor blade while giving a speech on reunification in Yonhap; the attacker shouts "No to war training" before attacking him. On Mar. 5 the Madrid Declaration on Developing Energy Interconnections is signed by Spain, France, Portugal, and the EU. On Mar. 5 ISIS militants bulldoze the ancient Nimrud archeological site near Mosul, Iraq, causing the Iraqi govt. to utter the soundbyte that they "defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity" with their actions, and UNESCO head Irina Bokova to call it a "war crime"; on Mar. 7 UNESCO announces the destruction by ISIS of the ancient Roman fortress city of Hatra, Iraq. On Mar. 5 at a press conference attended by John Kerry, Saudi foreign minister Saud Al-Faisal calls on the U.S. to put "boots on the ground" to fight ISIS to prevent Iran from taking over Iraq. On Mar. 5 U.S. Dir. of Nat. Intel James Clapper releases a report which confirms that 116 detainees released from the Gitmo prison in Cuba have returned to terrorism. On Mar. 5 authorities raid a mosque in Bremen, Germany after a 4-man terror commando cell from France tries to make contact; after no weapons are found, the two suspects are released. On Mar. 6 (10:00 a.m.) (Purim) Palestinian Mohammed Mahmoud Abdel Razek Salaima (1992-) rams his car into pedestrians near a border patrol base in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, injuring five people incl. four female security personnel before he is shot and captured. On Mar. 6 the NASA Dawn spacecraft enters orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. On Mar. 7 the 50th anniv. of the Edmund Pettus Bridge march in Selma, Ala. sees Pres. Obama lead the marchers, then give a speech with the soundbyte that the history of racial conflict "still casts its long shadow", and that it is a "common mistake" to believe that "racism is banished". On Mar. 7 a hooded Muslim terrorist shouting Allah Akbar attacks La Terrasse Nightclub in Bamako, Mali with a rifle and grenades, killing five incl. a Frenchman and a Belgian, and injuring nine; Algerian al-Qaida Al Murabitoon leader Khalid Abu al Abbas (Mokhtar Belmokhtar) claims responsibility. On Mar. 7 Ivana Hoffmann is KIA in the Tel Temir area 200 km E of Kobane, Syria, becoming the first German killed fighting ISIS. On Mar. 7 Boko Haram leader Abu Bakr Shekau pledges allegiance to ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who calls himself Caliph Ibrahim, causing ISIS to announce an expansion of the caliphate to Nigeria, with Boko Haram renamed to Islamic State West Africa (ISWA). On Mar. 7 a video of members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the U. of Okla. singing a white racist song with the lyric "You can hang them from a tree, but they'll never sign with me. There will never be a nigger at SAE" gets on the Internet, causing a PC reaction leading to the fraternity and two students being expelled from campus by PC pres. David Boren; the rest are suspended; too bad, the mother org. cuts them loose instead of defending their rights to freedom of speech. On Mar. 8 (Sun.) 50K demonstrate in Tel Aviv, Israel against the govt. of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, with ex-Mossad dir. Gen. Meir Dagan, calling it more frightening than all of Israel's enemies. On Mar. 8 militants fire 30+ rockets into the U.N. base in Kidal, Mali, killing three and injuring 12; another rocket attack hits a nearby camp for Tuareg and Arab nomads, killing two children and injuring many. On Mar. 8 European Commission (EC) head Jean-Claude Juncker calls for an EU army to deal with Russia et al., signaling that the EU is "serious about upholding the values of the European Union". On Mar. 8 ISIS launches an offensive on Kurdish-held Tal Tamr, Syria in Hasakeh Province, killing 40 Kurdish fighters; a govt. air raid on the rebel-held town of Irbin NE of Damascs kills 11 civilians. On Mar. 8 47 Repub. senators led by Tom Cotton of Ark. pub. An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, warning Iran that any deal Pres. Obama makes with them can be revoked "with the stroke of a pen" once he leaves office in Jan. 2017; Pres. Obama responds that the senators are making "common cause with the hardliners in Iran", causing Cotton to reply "There are nothing but hardliners in Iran"; Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif utters the soundbyte: "In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy." On Mar. 8 Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif. becomes the first accredited Islamic inst. of higher learning in the U.S., offering a bachelor of arts in Islamic law and theology degree. On Mar. 8 Pope Francis demotes ultraconservative Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, the highest-ranking U.S. cardinal in the Vatican for his stance against homosexuality. On Mar. 8 (Sun.) (Internat. Women's Day) St. John the Evangelist Church in Southwark, London becomes the first active Christian church in England to hold a Muslim prayer service, which is illegal under canon law, with the vicar exhorting his flock to worship "the god that we love, Allah". On Mar. 9 Greek police begin raids to smash an internat. trafficking ring that made $8M smuggling Syrians into Europe, arresting 16 by Mar. 17. On Mar. 10 riot police attack students protesting a new education law in Letpadan, Myanmar, arresting 120 and ending a week-long standoff. On Mar. 10 the Iranian exile group Nat. Council of Resistance of Iran accuses the Iranian govt. of conducting secret nuclear weapon research in the Lavizan-3 underground lab in suburban Tehran. On Mar. 10 MexicoLeaks is launched to fight corruption in Mexico. On Mar. 11 Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held Tikrit, Iraq; meanwhile ISIS forces overrun an Iraqi army HQ in Thar Thar, Iraq N of Fallujah. On Mar. 11 Russian Expedition 42 lands in Kazakhstan ater a 167-day mission to the Internat. Space Station. On Mar. 12 a collection of the world's largest NGOs incl. Save the Children, World Vision, and Oxfam pub. a report card claiming that the U.N. Security Council has failed the Syrian people, allowing 7.6M to become displayed and 3.8M to become refugees. On Mar. 12 the U.S.-Cuba Direct Phone Link is reestablished, causing a new wave of immigrants to the U.S. from Cuba, largest since the 1990s. On Mar. 13 (Fri.) Pope Francis releases an interview with Argentine news outlet La Carcova, with the soundbyte: "I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief, 4 or 5 years, I do not know, even 2 or 3... Two have already passed. It's a somewhat strange sensation... I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more." On Mar. 14 (3/14/15)(9:26 a.m.) Pi Day. On Mar. 14 White House chief of staff Denis McDonough sends a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chmn. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), warning them to hold back on Corker's Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, saying that it would "likely have a profoundly negative impact on the ongoing negotiations -- emboldening Iranian hard-liners, inviting a counter-productive response from the Iranian majiles; differentiating the U.S. position from our allies in negotiations; and once again calling into question our ability to negotiate this deal. Put simply, it would potentially make it impossible to secure international cooperation for additional sanctions, while putting at risk the existing multilateral sanctions regime." On Mar. 14 Hamas launches its 5-day #AskHamas campaign on Twitter to sell its claim of not really being terrorist org. On Mar. 14 ISIS blows up the 10th cent. Chaldean Catholic St. George Monastery near Mosul, Iraq. On Mar. 15 (Sun.) (a.m.) two Taliban suicide bombers attack Christian churches in Lahore, Pakistan, killing 14 and injuring 70, causing 4K Christians to take to the streets in anger, smashing vehicles and attacking a bus station, then setting a terrorist on fire. On Mar. 15 (Sun.) Pope Francis gives a speech in St. Peter's Square, lamenting the news of Muslim suicide bombings of churches in Pakistan, and suggesting that the world plays down the fact that Christians are being targeted, with the soundbyte: "Our brothers shed blood only because they are Christians." On Mar. 15 retired U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chmn. gives an interview to NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", admitting that he fears Iran more than ISIS, with the soundbyte: "I think Iran is a much more difficult challenge, an incredibly complex country that we don't understand very well. We've had no relations with them for 35 years." On Mar. 15 three male teenies from Britain are arrested in Turkey en route to Syria and returned on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. On Mar. 15 the 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community is pub., excluding Iran and its network of terrorist groups incl. Hezbollah from the terrorist section for the first time, leaving only Sunni orgs. incl. al-Qaida and ISIS. On Mar. 15 gay fashionistas Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana give an interview to Italian mag. Panorama, expressing support for the traditional hetero family, calling IVF children "synthetic" and claiming that Nature "should not be changed." On Mar. 16 ISIS kidnaps 20 foreign mainly Filipino doctors and nurses in Sirte, Libya as they wait for a bus to take them to Tripoli. On Mar. 16 USAF veteran Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, N.Y. for trying to join ISIS last May. On Mar. 16 (10:15 p.m.) United Flight 1074 (Boeing 737) takes off from Dulles Internat. Airport in Washington, D.C. en route to Denver, Colo., after which Muslim passenger ? shouts "Jihadis in the cargo hold" and begins running toward the cockpit until he is subdued by other passengers, after which he starts crying "I'm sorry". On Mar. 17 as Iran begins producing more natural gas from the giant South Pars Field (North Dome) co-owned by Qatar, Iranian pres. Hassan Rouhani utters the soundbyte that the pressure from internat. sanctions is over. On Mar. 17 after a 71.8% turnout (highest since 1999), gen. elections in Israel are a V for Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party, which wins 30 of 120 seats in the Knesset; Isaac Herzog's and Tzipi Livni's Zionist Union wins 24 seats; Ayman Odeh's Joint List representing four Arab parties (20% of the pop.) wins 14 seats; Moshe Kahlon's upstart center-right Kulanu Party wins 10 seats; Zahava Gal-On's leftist crypto-Zionist Meretz Party wins 4 seats; Netanyahu's alliance with right and center-right parties gives him 65+ seats and a clear majority; after the election, Pres. Obama has an aide congratulate the Israelis not Netanyahu, finally congratulating him personally on Mar. 19 and dressing him down for allegedly rejecting Palestinian statehood as "walking back", and again for accusing opponents of busing Israeli Arabs to the polls "in droves". On Mar. 18 former U.S. vice-pres. Dick Cheney grants an interview to Playboy mag., saying that Barack Obama is an even worse president than Jimmy Carter, and has endangered nat. security, with the soundbyte: "I look at Barack Obama and I see the worst president in my lifetime, without question, and that's saying something. I used to have significant criticism of Jimmy Carter, but compared to Barack Obama and the damage he is doing to the nation, it's a tragedy, a real tragedy, and we are going to pay a hell of a price just trying to dig out from under his presidency." On Mar. 18 a suicide bomber wearing a burqa detonates in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing pro-Coalition Uruzgan Province police chief Matiullah Khan. On Mar. 18 (11:00 a.m. GMT) two Islamist gunmen attack the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, killing 21 incl. 19 foreigners, none from the U.S.; ISIS claims responsibility; ISIS, which uses Tunisia as its main recruiting ground along with al-Qaida is making a statement?; on Jan. 4, 2018 the U.S. Dept. of state designates AQIM member Wanas al-Faqih (Wanas Bin Hasin Bin Muhammad al-Faqih Husin) as the mastermind. On Mar. 19 Pres. Obama signs an executive order to cut federal greenhouse emissions. On Mar. 19 peace talks on Libya begin in Skhirat, Morocco, led by U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon. On Mar. 19 two Muslims armed with assault rifles open fire at the Var Krog Och Bar in Gothenburg, Sweden; jihad or gang warfare? On Mar. 19 27-y.-o. Afghan woman Farkhunda Malikzada (b. 1987) is stoned, beaten, and murdered by an angry mob for allegedly burning a Quran; all she really did was denounce the custodians of Shah-do Shamshira Shrine for selling amulets? On Mar. 19 a counterterrorism conference in Jaipur, India is held, with home minister Rajnath Singh concluding: "Indian Muslims are patriots and are not swayed by fundamentalist ideologies. Extremism is alien to their nature." On Mar. 19 Pope Francis erects the new Diocese of Nogales in Sonora, N Mexico. On Mar. 20 an air raid on his pres. palace in Aden causes Yemeni pres. Abdrabu Mansur Hadi to flee. On Mar. 20 (08:30 GMT) (Fri.) (equinox) a full-supermoon-vernal-equinox-solar eclipse knocks out solar-generated electricity in Europe, where 100x as much power is generated from the Sun than during the last eclipse in 1999; first total solar eclipse to coincide with the northern spring equinox since 1662; next on Mar. 20, 3034; the 2:47 eclipse causes Svalbard Island in Norway to experience a sudden temperature drop from 8F to -7F, disproving that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and proving Henrik Svensmark right? On Mar. 20 ISIS attacks Syrian Kurds in Hasakeh, Syria et al. as they celebrate their new year, killing 45 incl. five children; a total of 120+ are killed across Syria. On Mar. 20 multiple suicide bombings of Shiite (Houthi) mosques during midday prayers in Sana'a, Yemen kills 137 and injure hundreds. On Mar. 22 the ISIS Hacking Div. releases a list of 100 names and addresses of U.S. military personnel; the Pentagon claims they didn't really hack their computers. On Mar. 22 elections in France are a V for ex-pres. Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP, which edges out Marie Le Pen's Nat. Front; Pres. Francois Hollande's Socialists come in 3rd. On Mar. 22 the U.S. pulls its last forces out of Yemen, following the example of Britain; meanwhile on Mar. 25 Yemeni pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi asks the U.N. Security Council to authorize military invention to oust the Houthi rebels. On Mar. 22 Syrian Islamist anti-Assad group Suqor al-Sham merges with bigger Islamist anti-Assad group Ahrar al-Sham. On Mar. 22 Nobel Prize-winning writer V.S. Naipaul pub. a Warning About ISIS in the U.K. Daily Mail, calling ISIS the most dangerous threat to the world since the Nazis, labeling it the Fourth Reich, claiming it is "dedicated to a contemporary holocaust" based on its belief in its own "racial superiority", and calling for its "military annihilation". On Mar. 23 (10:00 A.M. ET) Calgary, Alberta, Canada-born conservative Tex. Repub. Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (1970-) becomes the first Repub. (first Hispanic Repub. ever) to announce his candidacy for U.S. pres. at Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty U. in Lynchburg, Va., promising an end to the IRS, gun control, and Obamacare, with the soundbyte: "God isn't done with America yet." On Mar. 23 White House chief of staff Denis McDonough calls for an end to Israel's "50-year occupation" in a speech at the J Street Conference in Washington, D.C. On Mar. 23 367 U.S. House members led by Calif. Repub. Rep. Ed Royce and N.Y. Dem. Rep. Eliot Engel send a bipartisan Letter on Iran to Pres. Obama, expressing concern with the "grave and urgent" issues involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations, esp. whether they are blocking or paving a path to Iranian nukes. On Mar. 23 Pakistan National Day is celebrated without invited guest Chinese pres. Xi Jinping (who canceled a 2014 trip due to anti-govt. protests in Islamabad), pissing them off. On Mar. 23 British Muslim convert Brusthom Ziamani (1995-) is sentenced to 22 years in prison for planning a copycat beheading of a British soldier in the streets of London, getting arrested walking through Whitechapel carrying a hammer, knife, and black Islamic flag. On Mar. 23 British home secy. Theresa May gives a Speech on Islamist Terrorism, vowing to tackle it with a new partnership called the Foundation for Peace; later British Islamist leader Anjem Choudary, Abu Izzadeen, and Abu Baraa hold a press conference telling her and PM David Cameron to "go to Hell", saying they'd be happy if they were deported to Syria. On Mar. 24 (10:45 a.m.) Germanwings Flight 9525 (Airbus A320) carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashes in the French Alps in Prads-Haute-Bleone near Meolans-Revels, France, killing all aboard; the cockpit voice recorder reveals that the pilot was locked out of the cockpit and banging on the door, leaving mentally ill co-pilot Andreas Lubitz a free hand to crash it; eerily similar to the Argentinean-Spanish film Wild Tales. On Mar. 24 Pres. Obama announces that 9.8K U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015. On Mar. 24 the U.N. Human Rights Council holds Hate Israel Day, with 30 mainly Islamic Israel haters praising six reports presented to the council by U.N. officials. On Mar. 25 a Russian-made Syrian scud explodes near the Reyhanli district in Hatay, Turkey; Turkish defenses fail to stop it, raising concerns. On Mar. 26 air strikes by a 10-nation Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia on Houthi rebels in Yemen called Operation Decisive Storm kill 18 civilians and injure 24, shocking Iran and causing it to call for Houthis to attack Saudi oil wells and tankers and operate in Saudi territory incl. the Straits of Bab al-Mandeb and Hormuz, claiming that they will cause the Saudi regime to collapse; the Saudis end the operation on Apr. 21 (midnight), and begin Operation Restoring Hope to revive political talks, repatriate foreign nationals, and provide aid while keeping the pesky Houthis down. On Mar. 26 the U.S. Senate votes 100-0 to approve sanctions on Iran if it reneges on its upcoming nuke deal; meanwhile a letter is sent to the House Appropriations Committee by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) et al., asking them to prohibit funding for continuing Iranian talks with the P5+1. On Mar. 26 the offices of pro-ISIS Turkish mag. Adimlar (Turk. "steps") in Istanbul are bombed, injuring ed. Ali Osman Zor and two others, and killing his brother. On Mar. 28 (Sat.) pres. elections in Nigeria see retired Muslim Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (backed by David Axelrod's AKPD) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeat Christian pres. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, promising to enact Sharia; during the first 100 days of his admin. 1K mainly Christians are slaughtered by Boko Haram. On Mar. 29 (Sun.) Iran reneges on its agreement to ship nuclear materials out of the country, hanging-up negotiations. On Mar. 30 (a.m.) a vehicle tries to ram the Nat. Security Agency (NSA) HQ in Fort Meade, Md., causing guards to kill one and injure another, finding that they are dressed in drag, and have been partying all night. On Mar. 30 a Saudi air strike on a camp for displaced families in Al Mukalla, N Yemen kills dozens. On Mar. 31 Pres. Obama ends his 2013 arms embargo on Egypt, authorizing $1.3B in U.S. weapons. On Mar. 31 an internat. aid conference in Kuwait City, Kuwait sponsored by emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah pledges $3.8B aid for Syrians, with UAE pledging $100M. On Mar. 31 the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is founded by Britain, Australia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and all of China's Asian neighbors except Japan, forming a rival to the World Bank and Asia Development Bank. On Mar. 31 Iraqi PM Haider Al Abadi announces that Tikrit has been liberated from ISIS. On Mar. 31 the state legislature of Ark. approves their own version of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, sending it to gov. Asa Hutchisnson for signing; too bad, the PC police cause him to waffle. On Mar. 31 the city council of Madison, Wisc. adds nonreligion to its list of protected classes, becoming the first U.S. city to ban discrimination against atheists. In Mar. the Islam-loving U. of N.M. passes Resolution 6s, banning "prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force" - meaning Sharia? In Mar. 1.5K moderate Syrian rebels begin U.S. training to fight ISIS at bases in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. In Mar. researchers at discover a German WWII Hideout in the jungles of Argentina in Teyu Cuare Park SE of Misiones on the Paraguayan border; a local legend claims that Hitler's private secy. Martin Bormann used it. In Mar. U.S. unemployment is 5.5% (same as Feb.), with the economy adding 126K new jobs. On Apr. 1 the iffy Muslim state of Palestine achieves full membership in the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC), allowing them to wage jihad against Israel by accusing them of war crimes. On Apr. 1 ISIS captures most of the Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria, battling Palestinian faction Aknaf Beir al-Madqis for control; on Apr. 2 they take back large parts of the camp. On Apr. 1 Calif. gov. Jerry Brown orders a 25% cut in urban water use, becoming the first-ever mandatory statewide reductions, even though urban water use accounts for only 10% of state water usage, while 48% is reserved for environmental uses incl. saving the delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. On Apr. 2 (13th and last day of the Iranian Nowruz holidays) after a week of negotiations with the P5+1 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran reaches a basic agreement (framework that will supposedly become final on June 30) on nukes, with details incl. reducing centrifuges from 19K to 6.1K, reducing Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium, shipping spent fuel from nuclear reactors out of the country, keeping Iran one year away from producing a nuke while gradually relieving sanctions et al.; on Apr. 2 Pres. Obama gives a Speech on the Nuclear Deal with Iran in the White House Rose Garden, calling it "a good deal" that will "cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon", and that if there is no deal it will inexorably lead to war, with the soundbyte: "I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final deal, it will make our country and the world safer.... This deal is not based on trust. It's based on unprecedented verification"; the U.S. was backing down to Iran until France stepped in and kicked them in the ass; on Apr. 3 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announces that he and his cabinet "strongly oppose" the deal, saying that Israel can't be trusted; on Apr. 5 Pres. Obama gives an interview to the New York Times, saying that this is a "once in a lifetime opportunity", with the soundbyte: "This is our best bet by far to make sure Iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon", adding "We've got their backs", referring to Israel; on Apr. 6 Saudi Arabia announces that it welcomes the deal, hoping that it will ensure a "Middle East and the Arabian Gulf free of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons." On Apr. 2 (5:00 a.m.) Muslim Al-Shabaab jihadists from Somalia raid Garissa U. in 80% Christian Kenya, sieging it for 8 hours, killing 147 and injuring dozens of the 815 students for being Christian while letting Muslim students go, sniping at police as they arrive; five jihadists are captured; Kenya offers a $220K bounty on mastermind Mohammed Mohamud AKA Dulyadin AKA Gamadhere, after which on Apr. 4 they threaten another bloodbath in Kenya; on Apr. 17 Kenya begins building an anti-terror wall along its border with Somalia to prevent repeats. On Apr. 2 Pres. Obama makes his first pres. trip to Utah incl. Salt Lake City and Hill AFB; later news surfaces that a FBI sniper rifle had been stolen from an agent's car days before the visit. On Apr. 2 coordinated Islamist attacks against five military posts in Sheikh Zuweid City in N Sinai kill 10 Egyptian soldiers and injure 17. On Apr. 2 the last two women are cut from the USMC Combat Endurance Test, causing their historic experiment to end in failure for women's libbers. On Apr. 2 Tunisian foreign minister Taieb Baccouche announces that a Syrian ambassador would be welcome in Tunis, and that Tunisia wants to send an ambassador to Syria; too bad, on Apr. 3 pres. Beji Caid Essebsi takes it back, saying that it's his prerogative not the foreign minister's. On Apr. 3 mistaken Saudi air strike near Sana'a, Yemen kills 9+ in the Yemeni Okaish family. On Apr. 3 the U.S. State Dept. rejects a plea from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to make recognition of Israel's right to exist a condition for any Iranian nuclear agreement. On Apr. 3 Va. gov. Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order banning cos. from including questions about criminal history in job applications. On Apr. 4 a lunar eclipse. On Apr. 4 unarmed running black man Walter Lamar Scott (b. 1965) is shot in the back and killed in North Charleston, N.C. by white police officer Michael Thomas Slager (1981-), who lies in his police report and gets caught with his own video, causing a public outcry and a grand jury indictment for murder in June; too bad, after a 5-week trial a hung jury results in a mistrial, and in May 2016 Slager is indicted on federal charges, pleading guilty in May 2017 and drawing a 20-year prison sentence; his family settles a wrongful death lawsuit for $6.5M. On Apr. 5 (Easter Sun.) Pope Francis gives an Easter sermon in St. Peter's Square in Rome, condemning indifference and "complicit silence" about jihadist attacks on Christians like in Kenya; on Apr. 6 he utters the soundbyte that there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries. On Apr. 5 ISIS blows up the historic Assyrian Church of the Virgin Mary in Tel Nasri (near Tel Temir), Syria. On Apr. 6 Al-Nusrah Front kidnaps 300 Kurdish civilians in a bus en route from Afrin to Aleppo at a checkpoint in NW Syria. On Apr. 6 Iran announces that it has confirmed news of a sexual assault of two young Iranian men in Jeddah Airport in Saudi Arabia while en route to Mecca, after which Iranian deputy foreign minister Hassan Ghashghavi calls it a "quasi-rape", and Ayatollah Khamenei's rep Ali Qazi Askar calls the news of the rape "a lie", describing it as "an attempt at assault and sexual harassment". On Apr. 7 Repub. Ky. Sen. Rand Paul announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. On Apr. 7 an explosion near the Hamas internal security HQ in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza is linked to the arrest of an ISIS fight in Gaza connected to the Yarmouk beheadings. On Apr. 7 U.S. deputy secy. of state Antony J. Blinken in Riyadh announces that it's expediting weapons deliveries to Saudi Arabia to help it fight the Houthis, and establishing a "joint coordination planning cell". On Apr. 7 the 2015 White House Prayer Breakfast features Pres. Obama uttering the soundbyte: "On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that's a topic for another day." On Apr. 7 North Charleston, S.C. police officer Michael T. Slager (1981-) is charged with murder for shooting an unarmed fleeing black man Walter L. Scott (b. 1964) in the back 8x then trying to cover it up, not knowing that a bystander in the bushes is making a video; this time the mayor cuts him loose quick on TV to avoid racial riots like in Ferguson, Mo. et al. On Apr. 7 Shiite Muslim Azerbaijani pres. Ilham Aliyev (son of Heydar Aliyev) makes a pilgrimage to Mecca, going inside the Qaaba, and meeting with Saudi King Salman to discuss business ventures incl. oil, gas, agriculture, and tourism. On Apr. 8 (early a.m.) authorities arrest 11 people at 17 locations in Spain on suspicion of planning a jihadist attack in Catalonia. On Apr. 8 an Afghan soldier stages a green-on-blue attack on U.S. troops in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, injuring three before being killed; meanwhile U.S. Army Specialist John M. Dawson (b. 1992) becomes the first U.S. soldier to die in Afghanistan after the U.S. mission ended. On Apr. 8 Muslim Joker Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is found guilty on all 30 counts of terrorism et al., incl. 17 carrying the death penalty. On Apr. 8 U.S. defense secy. Ashton Carter announces that AQAP has been taking advantage of the fall of the Yemeni govt. by seizing of territory in Yemen. On Apr. 8 ISIS hacks French TV network TV5Monde; on Apr. 9 it hacks the BBC. On Apr. 9 14 Palestinian Arab factions announce a deal with the Syrian govt. to expel ISIS from the Yarmouk neighborhood of S Damascus, Syria. On Apr. 10 (a.m.) a suicide car bombing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan injures several Afghans and U.S. troops. On Apr. 10 USMC capt. Katie Higgins becomes the first-ever female Blue Angels pilot. On Apr. 10 the Quran is read by a Muslim cleric in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for the first time in 85 years. On Apr. 10 Syrian govt. forces repel an ISIS attack on the key military Khalkhalah Airport in Sweida Province, losing 20 soldiers vs. 15 ISIS jihadists. On Apr. 10 the White House issues the Obama Rainbow Tweet, which makes Obama into a messianic figure, giving his critics much hay to fork. On Apr. 10-11 the 2015 (7th) Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama is attended by 30+ nations from the Org. of Am. States (OAS); on opening day Pres. Obama repudiates the Monroe Doctrine, with the soundbyte: "The days in which our agenda in this hemisphere so often presumed that the United States could meddle with impunity, those days are past"; Cuban pres. Raul Castro attends for the first time, meeting with Pres. Obama on Apr. 11, becoming the first personal meeting of the leaders of the two countries, sucking up to Obama as a great guy even if the U.S. people aren't, with the soundbyte: "What President Obama has just said, it's practically the same as we feel"; on Apr. 14 Pres. Obama announces that he's removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, which he does on May 29. On Apr. 11 (Sun.) Pope Francis beats Pres. Obama to the punch and labels the killing of 1.5M Armenians a century ago "genocide", the "first genocide of the 20th century". On Apr. 11 pres. elections in Nigeria sees incumbent Goodluck Jonathan and All People's Congress candiate Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari? On Apr. 11 rocket attacks in Aleppo, Syria kill eight and injure 47. On Apr. 11 shots are fired at the U.S. Capitol Bldg. in Washington, D.C., causing it to be put on lockdown. On Apr. 13 Baloch Liberation Front forces kill 20 construction workers in Turbat, Kech District, Balochistan, Pakistan; on Apr. 13 Pakistani forces kill 13 suspected Baloch Liberation Front militants. On Apr. 11 UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash criticizes Pakistan (which gets most of its oil from the UAE and Saudi Arabia) for refusing to intervene in Yemen, calling it "dangerous and unexpected", pissing-off Pakistani interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who calls it a "violation of all diplomatic norms"; Gargash warns that "Contradictory and equivocal positions have a high cost in this crucial affair." On Apr. 12 (Sun.) a U.S. drone strike (#7 this year, vs. 25 last year)) kills 4+ suspected Taliban militants working for Khan Said Sajna in Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, NW Pakistan; meanwhile a spokesman for al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) announces that leaders Ustad Ahmed Farooq (Obaid Ullah) and Cmdr. Qari Imran were killed in drone strikes in mid-Jan. On Apr. 12 (Sun.) weeks after longtime consultant Doug Band resigned from the beleaguered Clinton Foundation, Dem. Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy for U.S. pres. her first try since 2008, with the soundbyte: "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion"; on Apr. 13 the headstone of her father Hugh Rodham in Scranton, Penn. is toppled by vandals; the first org. to endorse her is Lesbians4Hillary, co-chaired by tennis star Billie Jean King; her campaign logo of two H's with a left-to-right arrow going through them gives critics a field day, with comparisons to the Twin Towers, WikiLeaks logo, etc.; New York City mayor Bill De Blasio refuses to endorse her, pissing her off. On Apr. 12 Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal rejects a call by Iran to pull out of Yemen, accusing it of messing with it also. On Apr. 12 Italian authorities rescue 8.5K North African migrants, with reports of up to 400 perishing. On Apr. 12 25-y.-o. African-Am. career criminal Freddie Carlos Gray Jr. (b. 1990) is arrested by the Baltimore, Md. police dept. for allegedly possessing an illegal knife, after which he falls into a coma in a police van and dies on Apr. 19 of spinal cord injuries, pissing-off the local pop. who demand justice, causing the six police officers involved (Caesar R. Goodson Jr., William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice, Edward M. Nero, Garrett Miller, Alicia D. White) to be suspended with pay on Apr. 21; on Apr. 25 a major protest in downtown Balimore results in 34 arrests and injures to 15 police officers; on Apr. 27 Gray's funeral causes rioting, looting, and burning, causing Md. Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency and call out the Md. Nat. Guard, establishing a curfew, which is lifted on May 3; on Apr. 27 "Baltimore Riot Mom" Toya Graham becomes a nat. hero for bitch-slapping her 16-y.-o. son for throwing rocks at cops; on Apr. 29 the rioting spreads to New York City; on May 1 after he medical examiner's office rules the death a homicide, Baltimore city atty. Marilyn Mosby announces the filing of charges of 2nd deg. "depraved-heart" murder and lesser crimes from illegal arrest to manslaughter "through acts of omission" for failure to secure him during transport; on May 21 a grand jury indicts them, dropping false arrest and illegal imprisonment and adding reckless endangerment; in Sept. 2015 it is decided to try the defendants separately, after which officer William Porter's trial ends in a mistrial, officers Nero, Goodson, and Rice are found not guilty, and the remaining charges are dropped on July 27, 2016; on Sept. 12, 2017 the U.S. Dept. of Justice announces that it will not bring federal charges; on Oct. 5, 2017 internal disciplinary trials are announced; city of Baltimore settles with Gray's family for $6.4M. On Apr. 13 Repub. Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in Miami, Fla., calling himself "uniquely qualified" to make the GOP "the party of the future", and dissing Hillary Clinton as a "leader from yesterday". On Apr. 13 Russia lifts its ban on delivering advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran; on Apr. 21 Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte that the U.S. can "penetrate" this system, pissing-off Iran, who see it as a signal that Obama is trying to prevent them from their own military option against Iran. On Apr. 13 hundreds of thousands protest govt. corruption across Brazil, alleging that the governing Workers' Party is involved in bribery with the state oil firm Petrobas when pres. Dilma Rousseff was its head. On Apr. 13 Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party wins its first individual constituency seat in parliament, the Tapolca seat, by 300 votes. On Apr. 13 Pakistani forces raid Orangi Town in Karachi, killing five militants incl. two AQIS cmdrs, Noorul Hassan and deputy cmdr. Usman (Irfan) (Abdullah). On Apr. 13 Iranian interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazil utters the soundbyte that Iran is willing to "carry out joint operations against terrorists with Pakistan and Afghanistan inside their territory", admitting that "occasional acts of sabotage" in Iran have happened due to the "lack of control" in neighboring countries. On Apr. 13 the new micro-state Liberland, located on the Danube River between Croatia and Serbia and founded by Nigel Farage is proclaimed; on May 1 it welcomes its first citizens; the first ruler is anti-EU Czech politician Vit Jedlicka. On Apr. 13-16 the Nat. Space Symposium of the Space Foundation features new European Space Agency leader Johann-Dietrich Worner announcing his desire for a permanent colony on the dark side of the Moon as the successor to the ISS. On Apr. 14 the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee by 19-0 approves the bipartisan Corker Bill, sponsored by Repub. chmn. Bob Corker, allowing Congress to review and reject Pres. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, causing him to cave and drop a threat to veto it; on Apr. 28 the U.S. Senate votes 39-57 incl. 12 Repub. to table an amendment by Sen. (R-Wisc.) Ron Johnson that would require Pres. Obama to submit a deal for congressional review as a treaty but would not require them to approve it; on May 14 the House approves the amendment by 400-25. On Apr. 14 Chilean pres. Michelle Bachelet signs a same-sex marriage law, to come into effect in Oct., recognizing civil unions but not full marriage rights like in Argentina and Uruguay. On Apr. 15 Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi makes his first official visit to Washington, D.C., getting into a pissing contest with the Saudis, criticizing their air campaign in Yemen, with a Saudi official responding that there is "no logic to those remarks". On Apr. 15 New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is found guilty of first degree murder of Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison, uttering the soundbyte "You're wrong". On Apr. 15 U.S. House and Senate leaders present the Congressional Gold Medal to the WWII Doolittle Raiders, known for bringing the war to Tokyo on Apr. 18, 1942. On Apr. 15 Fla. postal carrier Doug Hughes (1953-) flies his Road Warrior style gyrocopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with 535 2-page letters for every member of Congress demanding that they stop corruption. On Apr. 15 after Hillary resigned from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation board last week, the board announces that it will continue accepting foreign donations from Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and the U.K. On Apr. 16 the Vatican unexpectedly ends the probation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80% of U.S. nuns and takes a soft line on birth control and homosexuality while lobbying for Obamacare et al. On Apr. 16 U.S. Joint Chiefs chmn. Gen. artin Dempsey announces that the U.S. is focusing its military efforts against ISIS in the strategic oil-refining center of Baiji N of Tikrit in order to cut off its revenue sources in Iraq. On Apr. 16 Cleveland, Ohio Muslim Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (1991-), who returned in June 2014 from a visit to Syria where he was trained by Jabhat al-Nusrah is indicted for plotting to attack a military base in Tex. and kill 3-4 U.S. soldiers execution style. On Apr. 16 a legislative committee in clueless Maine votes 8-2 to reject a bill rejecting Muslim Sharia law in courts and making the U.S. and state constitutions the only law to be used, with Maine Dem. atty. gen. Janet Mills calling it "confusing and unnecessary" - Islam loves infidels to underestimate it? On Apr. 17 the U.N. releases a call for $274M in aid to save lives in hot hot hot Yemen. On Apr. 17 FBI dir. James Comey utters the soundbyte that he requires every new special agent and intel analyst to go to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. as part of their training. On Apr. 17 Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte that the deal he's trying to cut with Iran is a "political agreement" and "not a formal treaty"; on Apr. 19 Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) utters the soundbyte that any agreement that does not incl. "anytime, anywhere inspections" of Iranian sites will never be approved by Congress. On Apr. 18 (Sat.) (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Billy Graham's son Rev. Franklin Graham issues a post on Facebook that claims that mass Muslim immigration in "Europe, the United States, and other Western countries" could cause another Holocaust because of their anti-Semitism. On Apr. 18 an ISIS suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacks a crowd gathered outside the new Kabul Bank branch in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, killing 35 and injuring 125, after which the Taliban denies responsibility and Afghan pres. Ashraf Ghani blames ISIS. On Apr. 19 (Sun.) parliamentary elections in Finland. On Apr. 19 ISIS releases a video showing 30 captive Ethiopian Christians being shot and/or beheaded. On Apr. 19 a boat carrying Muslim illegal aliens for Italy capsizes 60 mi. off the Libyan coast 120 mi. S of Lampedusa Island, killing 700, becoming the worst North African illegal alien smuggling accident (until ?). On Apr. 19 ISIS releases a flashy video showing ritual execution of 28 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. On Apr. 19 (Sun.) the 50th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton sets a world record attendance for an awards show of 78K; Luke Bryan wins entertainer of the year; Jason Aldean wins male vocalist of the year; Miranda Lambert sets the record for most wins for female vocalist of the year; Taylor Swift is presented with a milestone award although in Aug. she announced that she was going pop with her album "1989". On Apr. 20 the U.S. deploys aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt AKA the Big Stick to the coast of Yemen to confront two Iranian warships and stop arms shipments to the Houthis, which doesn't stop them from arriving in Aden on Apr. 23; either that or they turn and head back to Iran without incident, until on Apr. 28 (4:00 a.m. ET) an Iranian ship fires at and boards Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris in the Strait of Hormuz, prompting the U.S. to rush to its defense; it is released on May 7. On Apr. 20 U.S. federal authorities announce the arrest of six Muslim-Ams. in Minn. and Calif. on terrorism charges, accusing them of planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS. On Apr. 20 journalist Eli Lake pub. an article in Bloomberg View, claiming that Pres. Obama has known for years that Iran is only 2-3 mo. away from making a nuke; U.S. energy secy. Ernest Moniz confirms it, saying that the estimate was declassifed on Apr. 1; meanwhile Pres. Obama claimed 28x that Iran was one year away; in 2016 it is revealed that the Obama admin. planned the Nitro Zeus operation to launch a massive cyberattack on Iran if it's nuclear negotiations fell through. On Apr. 20-21 the new U.S. Council of Muslim Orgs. (USCMO) (founded in June 2014) (front for the Muslim Brotherhood?) blitzes Capitol Hill, becoming the first nat. Muslim political party in the U.S. On Apr. 21 Egypt sentences ex-pres. Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison for ordering the imprisonment and torture of prisoners during his presidency; his former chief of staff Refaa al-Tahtawi is given three years in prison for abuse of power. On Apr. 21 former WWII Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp SS bookkeeper Oskar Groening (Gröning) (1921-) goes on trial in Luneburg, Germany for complicity in the murder of 300K Hungarian Jews in summer 1944, freely admitting his guilt incl. witnessing atrocities; to this date of 6.5K SS members who worked at the camp, only 49 have been convicted of war crimes; on July 15 he is found guilty of being an accessory to 300K murders and sentenced to four years in prison. On Apr. 22 a report by U.S. House Repubs. concludes that the IRS "deliberately" cut its customer service this year while wasting millions of dollars on pet projects; wait times reach 34.4 min. per call. On Apr. 22-24 the Israelis strike Syrian and Hezbollah targets in the Walamoun Mts. on the Syrian-Lebanese border. On Apr. 23 after being nominated by Pres. Obama in Nov., the U.S. Senate votes 56-43 to confirm Loretta Elizabeth Lynch (1959-) as U.S. atty. gen., becoming the first black woman; she is sworn-in on Apr. 27 - she would have to be named Lynch? On Apr. 23 Pres. Obama announces that a drone strike against al-Qaida in Jan. in North Waziristan, Pakistan accidentally killed Am. hostage Dr. Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto, becoming the first CIA drone operation to kill an American; al-Qaida's top Am. traitor Adam Gadahn (b. 1978) was killed in a separate strike. On Apr. 23 a Eu Summit on the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis, called by European Council pres. Donald Tusk. On Apr. 23 the inspector gen. of the Dept. of Homeland Security announces that the Secret Service left broken alarms at the Houston, Tex. home of former Pres. George H.W. Bush unrepaired for 13 mo., stinking it up more than ever. On Apr. 23 (night) a rocket is fired from a Palestinian enclave in S Israel, causing a retaliatory strike against Hamas near Beit Hanoun. On Apr. 24 a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is called off after the FCC and U.S. Justice Dept. threaten anti-trust prosecution. On Apr. 24 Italian authorities arrest 18 suspected jihadists for planning a bomb attack on the Vatican. On Apr. 24 N.Y. Gov. George Pataki gives the opening speech for the Repub. Jewish Coalition Spring Conference, with the soundbytes that "BDS is not a human rights movement, it is anti-Semitic", and he advocates "The Jackson Rule: Anyone involved in recruiting or fundraising for ISIS, Hamas, or any other terrorist org. will face criminal charges in the U.S." On Apr. 24 ISIS fighters ambush an Iraqi army convoy with an explosives-packed bulldozer N of Fallujah, Iraq, killing an Iraqi gen. and three staff officers. On Apr. 24 (1 day after Israeli Independence Day) Palestinians clash with police in the At-Tur neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Israel; in the eve. another Palestinian terrorist stabs an Israeli border policeman in the head near the Cave of the Patriarchs; at night a car driven by Palestinian Fadi Saleh (1983-) hits a police car in injuring one of four; at night terrorist Ali Said Abu Ranem (b. 1988) is shot and killed at the A-Zaim Checkpoint in N Jerusalem after he tries to stab security forces. On Apr. 24 clueless leftist dhimmi British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband gives an interview to Ahmed J. Versi of The Muslim News, uttering the soundbyte about "Islamophobia": "We are going to make it an aggravated crime. We are going to make sure it is marked on people's records with the police to make sure they root out Islamophobia as a hate crime." On Apr. 25 (11:56 NST) 7.8 earthquake in Nepal kills 5K. On Apr. 25 China and Pakistan sign the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Agreement for a project linking the Xinjian region of NW China to Port Gwadar in SW Pakistan; the al-Qaida-linked mag. Zarb-e-Momin ("Strike of the Faithful Muslim") claims that the project could lead to WWIII since the U.S. and India "will not tolerate the emerging Chinese economy's access to Middle East markets". On Apr. 25 Turkish pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls ISIS a "virus" that is working to destroy the Muslim community. On Apr. 25 the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner features Comedy Central comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key doing a skit playing Pres. Obama and his "anger translator" Luther, who acts out what Obama is really thinking. On Apr. 25 former U.S. pres. George W. Bush gives a speech to Jewish Repub. donors at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., dissing pres. Obama's foreign policy, saying that the U.S. is in "retreat" and not taking vigorous enough action against Islamic terrorists, with the soundbyte: "In order to be an effective president... when you say something, you have to mean it, you gotta kill 'em", calling ISIS "al-Qaida's second act", and slamming Obama's coddling of Iran, with the soundbyte: "You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That's how Americans should view the deal." On Apr. 26 (Sun.) ousted Egyptian pres. Hosni Mubarak utters the soundbyte that there are "fateful decision" that need to be made by pres. Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, and that Egyptians should stand behind him. On Apr. 26 after Burundi pres. (since Aug. 26, 2005) Pierre Nkurunziza announces his run for a 3rd term despite it being barred by the constitution, street demonstrations begin, with police killing 6+ in the first two days, causing the govt. to crack down, shutting down radio stations and arresting protest leader Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa; by the end of Apr. 24K flee Burundi; on May 13 while Nkurunziza is attending a summit in Tanzania, Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombareh (1969-) (who was dismissed as head of intel in Feb.) declares a coup, preventing him from returning by taking over the airport in Bujumbura until his troops quash the coup on May 14; on July 21 pres. elections reelect him with 69.4% of the vote in a 30% turnout, and he is sworn-in on Aug. 20, pissing-off the U.S., EU, U.N. et al.; on Aug. 2 Nkurunziza ally Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana is assassinated, and on Aug. 3 Mbonimpa is shot and seriouslyh injured; in Oct. Mbonimpa's son-in-law is killed, followed by his son on Nov. 6 after being arrested. On Apr. 26 six PEN Internat. writers incl. Peter Carey, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, and Taiye Selasi protest a decision to give an award for "Freedom of Expression Courage" to the survivors of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre, cause ex-PEN pres. Salman Rushdie to call them "six authors in search of character", with the soundbyte: "If PEN as a free speech organization can't defend and celebrate people who have been murdered for drawing pictures, then frankly the organization is not worth the name"; on Apr. 26 leftist dhimmi "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau gives an interview to Chuck Todd of NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", responding to critics of a speech given earlier in Apr. where he seemed to blame the victims (fellow cartoonists) for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, uttering the soundbytes: "I was as outraged as the rest of the world at the time; I mourn them deeply", and "I certainly wouldn't draw pictures of the Prophet. However, I've done many cartoons satirizing in the specific: terrorists, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the PLO, and have never received any blow-back from the Muslim community. They understand that I'm separating out the two"; by Apr. 30 144 (4%) of the mainly leftist PC membership sign a protest petition. On Apr. 28 Saudi king Salman removes Mogren bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud as heir and deputy PM, and replaces him with interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef; meanwhile seven Saudi airstrikes cripple the main runway at the Sana'a Airport in Yemen to prevent Iranian planes from landing. On Apr. 28 Nigeria announces the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest; too bad, none of them are among the 219 Christian Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014, who have probably all been sold into sexual slavery. On Apr. 29 Japanese PM Shinzo Abe becomes the first to give a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, urging support for a 12-nation Pacific Rim deal led by #3 Japan and #1 U.S., excluding pesky #2 China. On Apr. 29 Homeland Security secy. Jeh Johnson utters the soundbyte to the U.S. Senate that "We should not profile at airports", telling a sob story about Somali immigrants preferring to drive 400 mi. rather than fly. On Apr. 30 dem. socialist Vt. Indep. Sen. Bernie Sanders announces his intention to run for U.S. pres. on the U.S. Capitol lawn; he officially launches his campaign on May 26 in Burlington, Vt., with the soundbyte: "I don't believe that the men and women who defended American democracy fought to create a situation where billionaires own the political process"; after announcing that he will not pursue Super PAC funding, he raises $1.5M within 24 hours, and $3M by May 30 (avg. $43 per donation); on July 2 his campaign announces that it has raised $15M from 250K donors (vs. 180K donors at the same point in Barack Obama's 2007 campaign). On Apr. 30 several U.S. publishers donate $250M in free e-books to low-income students for Pres. Obama's ConnectED Library Challenge. In Apr. 700+ Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan. In Apr. the Clinton Uranium Deal surfaces, in which Canadian co. Uranium One gives $145M to the Clinton Foundation then gets U.S. State Dept. approval for Russia to acquire it, giving them ownership of 20% of U.S uranium resources. In Apr. a Gallup Survey finds that 0.8% (2M) of 243M U.S. adults are part of a same-sex couple. In Apr.-May the U.S.-Iraqi Mosul Offensive by 20K-25K mainly Iraqi and Kurdish troops takes on 1K-2K ISIS fighters, who took Mosul last June; too bad, after criticism about giving the plan away in Feb., the offensive is suspended indefinitely at the end of Feb. On May 1 Russian ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin criticizes the West for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution seeking "humanitarian pauses" in the Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen; on May 8 Saudi Arabia announces a 5-day bombing cessation, to begin at 11:00 p.m. on Tues. Apr. 12. On May 1 the new micro-state Liberland, located on the Danube River between Croatia and Serbia, founded by English politician Nigel Farage welcomes its first citizens; its first ruler is anti-EU Czech politician Vit Jedlicka. On May 3 the Nat. Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) stages two ambushes of Indian security forces in Mon District, India along the Myanmar border kills eight and injures nine, becoming the first major incident since Apr. 7, 1998. On May 3 World Press Freedom Day is a self-parody? The first ISIS attack in the U.S., or, Don't mess with Texas? On May 3 (6:50 p.m. local time) Jewish-Am. anti-jihad pro-Israel activist Pamela Geller (1958-) hosts the First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Tex., with a $12.5K prize offered for the best caricature, won by ex-Muslim cartoonist Bosch Fawstin, which depicts Big M wielding a sword while saying "You can't draw me", and the artist's hand drawing a balloon saying "That's why I draw you"; too bad, at 6:36 P.M. CT two Muslims on jihad arrive and shoot security guard Bruce Joiner in the ankle, after which a police officer shoots and kills wounds them, after which a SWAT team arrives and kills them, becoming the 68th Islamist terrorist plot or attack against the U.S. since 9/11; one of them is later identified as Elton Simpson of Phoenix, Ariz., who was convicted of lying to federal agents about traveling to Africa in 2010, and his roommate Nadir Soofi, who ran a Twitter account called Shariah is Light, and tweeted about the attack in advance at 6:35 p.m. CT, with the hashtag "texasattack"; on May 5 ISIS tweets a death threat against Pamela Geller, with the soundbyte: "Our lions will achieve her slaughter"; on June 12 3rd Muslim suspect Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem (Decarus Thomas) (1971-) is arrested and charged with supplying weapons to the two shooters, claiming that he was also planning an attack on the Super Bowl; in Oct. 2017 David Wright (1979-) of Mass. is convicted of leading the plot, and on Dec. 19 is sentenced to 28 years in prison; in Mar. 2018 undercover FBI agent Steven Jane, who was in the car behind the jihadists admits he told them to "tear up Texas", and did nothing to stop them. On May 3-9 Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani visits Pres. Obama at the White House, requesting assistance in fighting ISIS. On May 4 a Taliban attack on checkpoints in Badakhshan, Afghanistan kills 16 policemen. On May 3-15 Siil-2015 Hedgehog, Estonia's largest-ever military drills are held by 13K personnel incl. 7K reservists, supported by forces from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, and Netherlands. On May 4 Repub. former Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson Sr. (1951-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in Detroit, Mich., supporting a $2T stimulus plan and a flat tax to "heal, inspire, and revive" the U.S.; so does Repub. former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (1954-), who claims to understand the economy, bureaucracies, and technology simultaneously. On May 4 Pres. Obama speaks at Lehman College in Bronx, N.Y., announcing My Brother's Keeper Alliance for mentoring young black men, saying he will devote himself to the org. after leaving the White House, "not just for the rest of my presidency, but for the rest of my life". On May 4 French pres. Francois Hollande signs a 6.3B Euro military deal with Qatar to supply it with 24-36 state-of-the-art Rafale fighter jets. On May 5 the 70th Anniv. of the End of WWII is celebrated; Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor gives a speech at the U.N., comparing radical Islamists to Nazis; on May 9 Russia holds their official ceremony in Moscow; German chancellor Angela Merkels snubs it because of tensions over Ukraine. On May 5 Repub. Ark. Gov. and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. (2nd time) in his home town of Hope, Ark., vowing to fight threats against Christianity worldwide and "conquer" radical jihadists and send a message to the ayatollahs "that Hell will freeze over before they ever get a nuclear weapon". On May 5 the French nat. assembly by 438-86-42 passes the French Patriot Act, giving the govt. sweeping powers to spy on citizens. On May 5 Hillary Clinton speaks at a Cinco de Mayo campaign event in Las Vegas, Nev., calling for "a path to full and equal citizenship" for the 12M+ illegal immigrants in the U.S., stunning immigration advocates but puzzling White House press secy. Josh Earnest, who says that Pres. Obama has already done everything he can do within his legal authority. On May 6 Iranian IRGC deputy cmdr. Hossein Salama gives an interview on Iranian TV Channel 1, uttering the soundbyte: "We welcome war with the Americans. The U.S. aircraft carriers would be destroyed, its air bases in the region burned, and the skies set ablaze.. We have built our strength for the purpose of long, extended wars... more than for the purpose of peace, compromise, and dialogue with them." On May 6 Laodicean Church pastor Rick Warren and gay English pop star Elton John appear in Congress to ask for more money for AIDS research, holding hands, with Warren telling John that if they kiss it will be "the kiss heard 'round the world", pissing-off conservative Christians. On May 6-7 a 5-member delegation from the Iranian parliament (Majles) led by Kazem Jalali visits Brussels, Belgium, becoming the first time in seven years, getting a warm welcome from EU Parliament pres. Martin Schultz of Germany et al., signalling possible rapproachment? On May 7 elections in Britain are a surprise V for PM David Cameron and his Conservative Party, who win 331 of 650 Commons seats; the Scottish Nat. party wins 56 of 59 available seats; the anti-immigration anti-EU U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) wins one seat. On May 7 the U.S. Senate votes 98-1 to force Pres. Obama to submit any nuclear deal he reaches with Iran to Congress; meanwhile a letter signed by 150 House Dems. led by Jan Schakowsky of Ill., Lloyd Doggett of Tex., and David Price of N.C. expresses support for sustaining an Obama veto of legislation disapproving a deal. On May 7 the U.S. Court of appeals rules that the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful. On May 7 AQAP announces that their leader Nasr Ibn Ali al-Ansi, who claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack has been killed by a U.S. drone strike. On May 7 a planned concert in Israel by singer Lauryn Hill is cancelled after pressure by Palestinians. On May 8 a Pakistan army heli is shot down in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, killing the Norwegian and Philippine ambassadors; Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claims responsibility. On May 8 the largest anti-govt. in Iran since 2009 break out in the Kurdish city of Mahabad, iran in Western Azerbaijan after Iranian woman Farinaz Khosrawani (b. 1990) falls to her death from the 4th floor of a hotel trying to escape from an Iranian official trying to rape her; Pres. Obama fails to mention it. On May 8 after FBI Dir. James Comey admits that ISIS has thousands of sympathizers living in the U.S. ready to go on jihad, and is putting 100+ of them on 24/7 surveillance, the Pentagon raises the threat level of all military installations in the U.S. to "Force Protection Bravo". On May 8 John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono visits Los Angeles, Calif. to present a collections of cups and saucers to the Museum of Modern Art, and utters the soundbyte that in the 1970s she had a lezzie "fling" with Hillary Clinton, and that her erection, er, election "would be a great advancement for LGBT and women's rights in America." On May 9 a riot-jailbreak in Khalis, Iraq 40 mi. N of Baghdad kills 12 policemen and 50+ prisoners, allowing 200+ to escape. On May 9 deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are sentenced to three years in prison for corruption. On May 9 Fla. Repub. Gov. Jeb Bush gives a commencement speech at Liberty U. in Lynchburg, Va., blasting Pres. Obama for using "coercive federal power" to quash religious freedom and "demanding obedience in complete disregard of religious conscience", adding that "the Christian voice" isn't heard enough in the world. On May 9-10 an "armed terrorist group" battles police in Kumanovo, Macedonia near the Kosovo boder, killing five police and injuring 30+. On May 11 Heather Elizabeth Coffman (1985-) of Glen Allen, Va. is sentenced to 54 mo. in federal prison for lying to FBI agents about Facebook posts and conversations supporting ISIS. On May 11 former Fla. gov. Jeb Bush gives an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox News, saying that he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq, but once Sodam Insane was removed there wasn't enough focus on security. On May 11 Christie's auctions Pablo Picasso's 1955 painting "Les Femmes d'Alger (Version 'O') for a record $179.4M, the auctions Alberto Giacometti's bronze sculpture "L'Homme au Doigt" (The Pointing Man) for a record $141.3M, becoming the first auction selling two works at over $120M each. On May 12 the U.S. Senate Dems. filibuster Pres. Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Asian trade deal, questioning whether it will help U.S. workers; meanwhile he calls for a rewrite of the U.S. Patriot Act to end NSA's phone-snooping program et al.; on May 13 Senate leaders reach a deal to proceed with the trade deal with separate votes on priority items incl. helping U.S. workers; on May we the U.S. Senate votes 57-42 to reject the Patriot Act. On May 12 (9:30 p.m.) after reaching 106 mph, Amtrack Northeast Regional train 188 derails in Philly, killing seven; engineer Brandon Bostian (1982-) has no recall. On May 13 Sunni Muslim ISIS or Jundalah gunmen execute 43 bus commuters in Karachi, Pakistan for being Shiite Ismailis. On May 13 the Vatican announces that it plans to recognize a Palestine state, switching relations from the PLO; on May 16 Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas, calling him an "angel of peace". On May 13 Repub. pres. candidate Marco Rubio of Fla. outlines his Rubio Doctrine at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), with three pillars incl. Am. strength, protection of the Am. economy in a globalized world, and moral clarity regarding core Am. values - listen up, I'm reworking the menu? On May 13-14 Pres. Obama hosts leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) despite Saudi King Salman et al. snubbing him, promising them more military aid to defend themselves from Iran, calling his commitment to their security "ironclad"; they end up signing a joint statement endorsing a comprehensive, verifiable Iran nuclear deal that fully addresses the regional and international concerns", believing it will serve the security interests of GCC member states. On May 14 after Iraqi troops drop their weapons and run, allowing them to rearm, ISIS begins occupying Ramadi, Iraq 70 mi. from Baghdad, capturing the police HQ and the Ramadi Great Mosque, taking the whole town by May 17; the U.S. allowed ISIS to capture it?; on May 21 Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte: "We're not losing the war against ISIS" - no, but it is winning? On May 14 a blast in an Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades terrorist training camp in Beit Lahya, Gaza injures 50+. On May 14 (Nakba Day) Fatah issues a post on their Facebook page calling for Israel to be retaken by force, with the soundbyte: "What was taken by force can only be regained by force, the 67th anniversary of the Nakba." On May 14 Spanish interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz gives a speech at the African Security Conference in Niger, revealing that Spain has arrested a total of 558 jihadists over the past 10 years in 124 separate operations, preventing another attack similar to the Mar. 2004 Madrid train bombers that killed 200 and injured 2K; too bad, he estimates the probability of a future attack at 70%; at a 2-day terrorism conference on Apr. 23-24 he said that at least 115 Spaniards have joined ISIS, and 14 returned to Spain, of whom nine are in prison; in Jan. he said that there are 70 Spanish jihadists abroad, vs. 51 in Aug. 2014. On May 15 despite a veto threat by Pres. Obama, the U.S. House by 269-151 passes a $612B defense policy bill that skirts 2011 caps on defense and domestic spending by putting $89B into an emergency war fund. On May 15 the Boston Joker Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death despite a show put up by his defense team that he was just a "kid", woo woo woo. On May 15 USMC Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley utters the soundbyte that the strategy to defeat and dismangle, er, dismantle ISIS is on track and working. On May 15 Socialist mayor of Venelles, France Robert Chardon is arrested and put in a hospital for Tweets saying "The Muslim religion must be banned in France", and Muslims "immediately escorted to the border", forecasting the ban will be implemented by 2027; according to coverup, er, authorities, he has been undergoing treatment for mouth cancer for weeks, so that why they er, shut him up. On May 15 (night) U.S. commandos kill senior ISIS cmdr. Abu Sayyaf, dir. of oil, gas, and financial operations in Syria, and capture his wife Umm Sayyaf, freeing a young Yezidi slave girl and capturing a treasure trove of electronic intel. On May 16 (05:57 GMT) the Russian Proton rocket fails 10 min. after launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On May 16 former Egyptian pres. Mohammad Mursi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood incl. Yusuf al-Qaradawi are sentenced to death in connection with a mass jailbreak in 2011, causing jihadists to warn the world to expect a backlash, while the U.S. and Turkey condemns Egypt, and the EU denounces Egypt, calling the trial flawed and "not in line with Egypt's obligations under international law"; hours after the verdict is announced, Muslim Brotherhood terrorists kill two Egyptian judges and Egypt's top prosecutor N of El-Arish, Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula, also killing a driver and injuring another prosecutor; ex-special forces cmdr. turned terrorist Hisham al-Ashmawy is suspected; on May 21 ISIS threatens the Egyptian death sentence judges with er, death; on May 27 159 pro-Muslim Brotherhood clerics and 10 pro-MB religious bodies post a document on the Internet calling for the overthrow of the al-Sisi regime and return of Morsi to power; on June 16 after consultations with the Egyptian Grand Mufti, Morsi's death sentence is upheld, along with five others incl. Mohammed Badie. On May 17 (Sun.) Jerusalem Day celebrations see 30K Israelis march to the Western Wall while being attacked by rock-throwing Palestinians. On May 17 ISIS sieges the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria after overrunning the adjacent town of Tadmur on May 16, causing UNESCO dir.-gen. Irina Bokova to call for its archeological treasures to be saved; on May 20 ISIS blows up notorious Tadmur Prison, used by the Syrian govt. to torture political prisoners; on May 24 ISIS murders 400+ collaborators and mutilates their bodies, laying them out on the street; on May 27 Syrian govt. aircraft begin heavy bombing; on June 23 syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim announces that ISIS has mined the ancient ruins in Palmyra. On May 17 a U.S. MV-22 Osprey crashes ("hard-lands") at Bellows AFB, Hawaii, killing one Marine and injuring 21; a 2nd Marine dies on May 20. On May 17 (12:27 p.m.) the 2015 Waco, Tex. Shootout at Twin Peaks Restaurant between members of several motorcycle gangs incl. the Bandidos and Cossacks causes a police SWAT team to open fire, killing nine and injuring 18 before arresting 177. On May 18 Pakistani army spokesman Asim Bajwa announces an intel-sharing pact between Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Afghanistan's Nat. Directorate of Security (NDS) to train NDS officials et al. On May 19 twin bomb attacks at the regional HQ of the People's Dem. Party (HDP), the main pro-Kurdish party in Adana, Turkey injures six. On May 19 the 200th Anniv. of Geneva's Accession to the Swiss Confederation. On May 19 top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs, dir. of the Earth Inst. at Columbia U. utters the soundbyte that when Pope Francis visits the U.S. in Sept. he will directly challenge the "American idea" of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence, calling for a OWG and its priorities to eclipse them. On May 20 a madass Arab rams his car into a group of police officers on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, injuring two. On May 20 five major banks incl. Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS AG plead guilty to felony charges of manipulating the U.S. currency market in a "brazen display of collusion" (U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch), agreeing to pay $2.5B in fines. On May 21 U.S. inspector gen. Michael E. Horowitz utters the soundbyte that the FBI tripled its bulk collection of data under Section 215 of the U.S. Patriot Pact, yet didn't crack any new major terrorism cases. On May 21 a bombshell report on Josh Duggar, claiming that he molested five minor girls incl. some sisters 10+ years ago brings an apology, but shuts down his reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting". On May 22 ISIS seizes Al-Tanf (Al-Waleed), the last Syrian govt.-controlled border crossing to Iraq. On May 22 ISIS suicide bomber Abu Amer al-Najdi detonates at a Shiite mosque in Qatif, E Saudi Arabia, killing 22 and injuring 80, becoming the deadliest suicide bombing in Saudi Arabia in nearly a decade; the terror cell incl. two 15-y.-olds and one 16-y.-old, causing a firestorm of controversy about Saudi culture being saturated with sectarian hatred and admiration of violence, calling for fundamental changes. On May 22 Palestinian worshippers disrupt a Fri. sermon at Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jordanian chief qadi Ahmad Hulail, pissing-off the Jordanian public; meanwhile Jibril Rajoub, pres. of the Palestinian Football Assoc. refuses to back the Jordanian candidate for pres. of FIFA Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, King Abdallah's half-brother, pissing them off more. On May 22 Pres. Obama gives a speech at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte: "I can say that no U.S. president, no administration, has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself." On May 22-26 the 2015 Texas-Okla. Flood and Tornado Outbreak sees a week of heavy rain incl. super rain on the nights of May 24-26 trigger record floods in Tex. and Okla., along with 75 EF3-max tornadoes incl. in Mexico, becoming the wettest mo. on record in Okla. (until ?), with Oklahoma City receiving 19.48 in. On May 23 Ireland votes to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the first to do it with an amendment to the nat. constitution. On May 24 Turkey announces that it and the U.S. have agreed in principle to provide air protection for 15K Syrian rebels being trained to reenter Syrian territory. On May 24 Pope Francis pub. the encyclical Laudato Si, calling for solutions to global climate change that are rooted in our "deepest convictions about love, justice, and peace", with the soundbytes: "We have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor"; "Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation, or blind confidence in technical solutions"; "The economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit, without concern for its potentially negative impact on human beings"; "In light of these considerations, we believe it is both unwise and unjust to adopt policies requiring reduced use of fossil fuels for energy. Such policies would condemn hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings to ongoing poverty. We respectfully appeal to you to advise the world's leaders to reject them"; "We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels... needs to be progressively replaced without delay"; "A true 'ecological debt' exists, particularly between the global north and south... In different ways, developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future"; on Apr. 27 An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change is pub., organized by Carl Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance and signed by 202 mainly scientists, urging Pope Francis to reconsider his views on climate change before issuing the encyclical, containing the soundbytes: "Good climate policy must recognize human exceptionalism, the God-given call for human persons to 'have dominion' in the natural world (Genesis 1:28), and the need to protect the poor from harm, including actions that hinder their ascent out of poverty"; "The models are wrong. They therefore provide no rational basis to forecast dangerous human-induced global warming, and therefore no rational basis for efforts to reduce warming by restricting the use of fossil fuels or any other means." On May 27 former U.S. Sen. (R-Penn.) Rick Santorum (known for giving speeches while wearing sweater-vests) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres., railing against "big government" and "big money", vowing to get rid of executive orders and the "corrupt federal tax code", and focus on working families. On May 27 ISIS executes 20 men in Palmyra, Syria in the old Roman theater before a crowd. On May 28 al-Qaida-affiliated Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest) troops capture Idlib, Syria, the last govt.-held city in the NW province of Idlib. On May 28 Iraqi health minister Adila Hammoud announces that 470 bodies executed by ISIS last year in the Speicher Massacre in Tikrit have been exhumed. On May 29 U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks of Fla. announces that Klayman v. Hillary Clinton et al., a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Criminal Org.) trial will begin on Jan. 25. On May 29 former Repub. U.S. House Speaker #59 (1999-2007) John Dennis "Denny" Hastert (1942-) resigns from the CME Group Inc. after being indicted on federal charges of structuring bank withdrawals to evade bank reporting requirements and making false statements to federal investigators during an investigation for paying $3.5M hush money to coverup past crimes of molesting three students back in his teacher days; he denies everything; the stinkin' bureaucrats can't prove his real crime so they abuse their power and charge him with withdrawing and spending his own money in a suspicious way, when it should be none of their business? In May the Clinton Global Initiative meets in Morocco; in Jan. Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin emails her about her idea of speaking at the meeting after a $12M donation by king Mohammed VI, which is revealed by WikiLeaks on Oct. 20, 2016. In May the 2015 Indian Heat Wave begins, killing 2.5K by June 3 esp. in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with high demand for electricity to power air conditioning leading to power outages; in May 2016 a new high temp record is set in Phalodi; the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) blames air conditoners for causing heat waves. In May U.S. unemployment reaches 5.5% (vs. 5.4% in Apr.), adding 280K new jobs. On June 1 after a stand by Sen. (R-Ky.) Rand Paul, the U.S. Patriot Act expires; on June 2 the U.S. Senate by 67-32 passes a revamped 2015 USA Freedom Act after taking out bulk collection of Americans' data and adding more transparency checks to the er, secret court that oversees intel; the NSA phone metadata program is given 6 mo. to shut down and expunge its databanks. On June 1 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 8-1 in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch that employers must accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs incl. wearing a hijab even if they don't reveal their religion and the employer at least has an idea. On June 1 U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. in Central, S.C., stressing his humble roots, and pledging to fight radical Islam with a platform of pragmatism at home and "security through strength", fearing that the world is "exploding in terror and violence", with the soundbyte: "We will never enjoy peaceful coexistence with radical Islam." On June 1 Melvin Carraway, acting chief of the U.S. Transportation Security Admin. (TSA) is fired after a new report reveals that airport security officers badly failed a test, allowing people to sneak prohibited items through screeners into secure areas. On June 1 after an interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20 on Apr. 24 where he reveals his open secret, Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner (1949-) introduces his new transgender persona, Caitlyn Jenner on ABC-TV's 20/20, complete with a Vanity Fair cover shot by Annie Leibovitz, setting a record by amassing 1M new Twitter followers in 4 hours (vs. 4.5 hours for Pres. Obama in Apr.). On June 1 Pope Senseless, er, Francis gives a speech on tolerance, claiming that the spiritual teachings of the Quran are just as valid as those of the Bible, with the soundbyte: "Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah, these are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace. All we need to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now." On June 1 a Washington Times poll finds that 64% of U.S. voters think that the U.S. and its allies are losing the fight against ISIS, vs. 17% who think it's winning; 64% think that the U.S. is doing too much around the world, vs. 32% who don't. On June 2 Boston, Mass. Muslim Usaama Rahim (b. 1988) is shot by police after lunging at them with a military-style Bowie knife; he had considered beheading anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller then decided to kill cops instead. On June 2 the New York Times pub. an article claiming that Iran's nuclear fuel stockpiles increased 20% in the last 18 mo. while Pres. Obama was claiming they had been frozen, causing the White House to run for cover. On June 2 Pres. Obama gives an interview to an Israeli TV station, raising the possibility that the U.S. would allow a U.N. vote on Palestinian statehood if Netanyahu, er, the two sides fail to make a meaningful movement toward resolution. On June 2 Pres. Obama welcomes a group of leaders from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellows Program, uttering the soundbyte: "People don't remember, when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China, barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on Earth, and part of that I think is because of the work that we did to reengage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners, with mutual interests and mutual respect." On June 3 U.S. Gen. John Allen praises a new fund set up by UAE and Germany to restore infrastructure in parts of Iraq cleared of ISIS. On June 3-7 the insidious evil 57-member Org. of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) holds a Conference on Combatting Religious Intolerance and Discrimination in Jeddah, Saudia Aabia near the site where a blogger is being flogged for blasphemy; meanwhile U.S. Reps. Joseph Pitts (R-Penn.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) introduce a bill calling for the global repeal of blasphemy laws, with the soundbyte: "Saudi Arabia has used criminal charges of blasphemy to suppress discussion and debate and silence dissidents." On June 4 the U.S. govt. announces a major data breach of govt. background investigation records, giving hackers personal info. on 21M current and former federal employees; on July 10 after having told Congress that the breach affected less than 18M people, Office of Personnel Mgt. dir. Katherine Archuleta resigns; the Chinese did it? On June 4 the Communist Party of Russia demands that the Soros Fund be incl. on the list of undesirable foreign orgs. after a hacked Ukrainian govt. document dated Mar. 12 reveals George Soros telling Ukrainian pres. Petro Poroshenko how to rearm and resume the war in the Donbass region of E Ukraine. On June 4 Iranian supreme assaholah Ali Khameinei gives a televised speech, declaring that the U.S. and Israel support al-Qaida and ISIS, with the soundbyte: "Today, we are as much opposed to the savage and oppressive behavior of DAESH in Iraq and Syria as we are to the oppressive behavior of America's federal police inside their own country. Both of them are the same", while the audience chants: "Allah Akbar [3x], Khameinei is our leader! Death to America, death to England... death to Israel". On June 4 the Obama admin. releases a major study that says that fracking poses no direct threat to drinking water supplies. On June 4 Iran Rev. Guards cmdr. Akil Bakhtiyari is KIA in Qalamoun, Syria fighting for Bashar al-Assad. On June 4 USAF Gen. Hawk Carlisle announces that a stupid ISIS member posted a selfie online, allowing them to bomb his HQ in Syria. On June 4 the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia celebrates U.S. Independence Day 1 mo. early to avoid pissing-off Muslims who are celebrating Ramadan. On June 4 a CNN/ORC Poll shows former U.S. pres. George W. Bush getting a higher favorability rating than Pres. Obama, 52% vs. 49%. On June 5 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases a report stating that the number of foreign-born workers employed in the U.S. reached 25,098,000 in May, vs. 21,375,000 in Jan. 2009 when Pres. Obama took office, an increase of 3,723,000. On June 6 (early a.m.) convicted murderers Richard William Matt (1966-2015) and David Sweat (1980-) escape from the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemore, N.Y., causing a huge manhunt involving N.Y. gov. Andrew Cuomo; on June 26 Matt is killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Franklin County, N.Y.; on June 28 Sweat is shot 2x and captured by a N.Y. state trooper in a field near Constable, N.Y. 16 mi. N of where Matt was killed, and 1.5 mi. from the Canadian border; prison employee Joyce Mitchell and prison guard Gene Palmer are later charged and convicted of aiding their escape. On June 6 "Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox becomes the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time mag; on June 26 Madame Tussauds unveils a wax figure of her, becoming their first transgender wax figure. On June 7 legislative elections in Turkey give the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) 40.8% of the vote, vs. 50% in 2011, leaving it with 258 seats in parliament, 18 below the min. required to rule alone, depriving of a majority for the first time since 2002, becoming a direct slap to Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who ignored the law requiring him to be neutral in the election to personally campaign; the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Dem. Party (HDP) gets 13% of the votes, winning 80 seats in parliament; meanwhile on June 8 the Turkish foreign ministry announces the recall of its ambassador to Brazil on June 3 after the Brazilian senate passed legislation recognizing the WWI Armenian Massacre as genocide. On June 7 midterm federal elections in Mexico elect independent Jaime Rodriguez Calderon AKA El Bronco as the new gov. of Nuevo Leon, becoming a first, showing increased voter dissatisfaction with the established PRI and PAN parties. On June 7 U.S. treasury secy. Jacob Lew is booed at the annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City when he utters the soundbyte that Pres. Obama and his admin. have done more than any of his predecessors to advance the security of Israel, citing $20B in military support, heckling him for trying to portray a nuclear agreement with Iran as the only way to prevent Iran from getting nukes. On June 7 (night) Hillary Clinton gives a speech to the Service Employees Internat. Union (SEIU) convention, expressing support for raising the federal min. wage from $7.25 to $15, with the soundbyte: "It is wrong that so many people stand against you, thinking that they can steal your wages with no consequences. That... stacks the deck higher for those at the top." On June 8 Syrian hackers announce the infiltration of the official U.S. Army Web site, causing it to go down for several hours, causing acting U.S. undersecy. for defense Brad Carson on June 9 to blame inability to pay top cyber professionals enough to keep them from leaving for the private sector. On June 8 Pres. Obama attends the G-7 Summit in Kruen, Germany, uttering the soundbyte: "We don't yet have a complete strategy" for fighting ISIS "because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis." On June 8 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court sides with Pres. Obama and criticizes Congress for "overstepping its bounds", rejecting an appeal from Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky to have his passport list "Jerusalem, Israel" as his birthplace, causing Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh to issue the soundbyte: "The decision sends an obvious message that Israel is an occupying power of East al-Quds, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip"; Israeli immigration minister Ze'ev Elkin replies that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and "will remain that for eternity." On June 8 Zainab Bangura, U.N. envoy on sexual violence utters the soundbyte that ISIS is selling kidnapped teenie girls for "as little as a pack of cigarettes". On June 8 Krissie K. Davis (b. 1961) of Ala. becomes the 3rd U.S. military member to die in Afghanistan after the U.S. combat mission ended during an indirect fire attack at Bagram AFB. On June 8-12 the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) sponsors a conference in Washington, D.C. held by the Obama admin. that incl. members of the Muslim Brotherhood, causing Egypt to ask U.S. ambassador Stephen Beecroft to answer for it in Cairo. On June 9 a series of bombing in and around Baghdad, Iraq kill 20 and injure dozens. On June 9 the 2015 Pentagon 4th Gay Pride Celebration in Washington, D.C. features top brass incl. U.S. defense secy. Ashton Carter, U.S. Army secy. John McHugh, transgender Army Office of Energy Initiatives exec dir. Amanda Simpson et al.; MC is U.S. Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, who introduces his husband Lucas; meanwhile seven oepely gay U.S. ambassadors, along with Randy Berry, the U.S. State Dept.'s first special envoy for LGBTI persons pub. a joint letter in The Advocate, which is reposted on the White House Web site, calling for internat. free trade agreements to help export U.S. values incl. human and LGBTI rights. On June 9 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop utters the soundbyte that ISIS is believed to have acquired radioactive materials and tools needed to make a variety of chemical weapons, raising fears that it can build a dirty bomb. On June 9 U.S. air marshal Robert MacLean testifies before Congress, uttering the soundbyte that flight crews and law enforcement should have the legal authority to "deputize and indemnify vetted able-bodied passengers to protect themselves" in the event of a terrorist attack. On June 9 (night) ISIS affiliate Sinai Province fires rockets at the U.N. airport in Sinai Province (Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis), Egypt. On June 10 Pres. Obama announces that he is sending up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help with training of Iraqi security forces to fight ISIS at Al-Taqqadum Air Base. On June 10 U.S. State Dept. spokesman Jeff Rathke announces that American Keith Broomfield was killed in Syria near the border town of Kobani while fighting alongside the Kurdish People's Protection Union (YPG) against ISIS. On June 10 a suicide bomber detonates steps away from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, after which two gunmen arrive and are killed by police after wounding four incl. two policemen, becoming the first Islamist attack on Luxor since Nov. 17, 1997. On June 10 Pope Francis approves a new Vatican tribunal for trying bishops accused of covering-up or failing to act in cases of child sexual abuse by priests. On June 10 Mich. gov. Rick Snyder signs the Mich. LGBT Adoption Bill, permitting faith-based agencies that contract with state agencies to refuse service to prospective parents on religious grounds and refer them to other state child placement agencies. On June 10 the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa holds a hearing on why the Obama admin. leaves ballistic missiles out of the Iranian nuke talks; Pres. Obama's former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief (2012-4), retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (1959-) testifies, calling Obama's framework deal with Iran "wishful thinking", with the soundbyte: "Iran has every intention to build a nuclear weapon... It is clear that the nuclear deal is not a permanent fix but merely a placeholder"; former U.S. undersecy of state for arms control and internat. security Robert Joseph also testifies, uttering the soundbyte: "In my view, if there is an agreement along the lines that has been described by the White House and by the Iranian leadership, I believe it will represent perhaps the single greatest strategic mistake in the national security area in the past 35-plus years of my career." On June 10 the Wall Street Journal pub. a story claiming that sophisticated Duqu spyware of Israeli origin targeted three Euro hotels that had been venues for negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. On June 10 a coalition of religious groups incl. the Common Good Foundation, Liberty Council, and Vision America Action pub. a full-page ad in the Washington Post, which vows that they will not accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, with Common Good Foundation founder (Roman Catholic deacon) Keith Fournier uttering the soundybte: "One of the silver linings of this dark cloud, and it is a dark cloud is that we're coming together, Evangelicals, Protestants out of the mainstream traditions, Catholics and Orthodox, and faithful Jews and other people of good will are coming together to stand up again for what cannot be changed, and that is the nature of marriage." On June 10 the city council of San Francisco, Calif. unanimously votes to require warning labels on all ads for sugary beverages, becoming the first in the U.S.; too bad, on Jan. 31, 2019 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocks it as a violation of First Amendment rights. On June 11 the legislature of N.C. overrides the governor's veto of S.B. 2, a bill to protect the religious liberty of state civil servants by allowing them to refuse to perform same-sex marriages or issue marriage license. On June 11 N Va. Muslim h.s. student Ali Shukri Amin pleads guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists after helping his 18-y.-o. friend Reza Niknejad fly to Turkey to join ISIS; he also secretly ran a popoular pro-ISIS Twitter account. On June 11 Syrian rebels seize Al-Thaala Military Airport in govt.-controlled Sweida Province, becoming their first advance into Druze territory. On June 11 Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas inaugurates a new embassy in Belgrade, Syria. On June 11 in celebration of Gay Pride Week, Boston, Mass. mayor Martin Walsh signs an executive order making all bathrooms in city hall "gender-neutral". On June 11 after 4.5K U.S. coalition air strikes, ISIS releases a 29-min. propaganda film celebrating the first anniv. of the capture of Mosul, Iraq, which it considers the founding moment of the caliphate. On June 11-12 the 10th Internat. Conference on Climate Change in Washington, D.C. is attended by the world's leading climate change skeptics, sponsored by the Chicago-based Heartland Inst. (founded 1984). On June 11 former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang is sentenced to life in prison after a secret trial. On June 11-13 the 2011 Bilderberg Conference in the Austria Alps, attended by 140 people from 22 nations incl. Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, and David Petraeus discusses Russia, terrorism, globalization, cybersecurity et al. On June 12 (early a.m.) an explosion in the Al Qasimi neighborhood in the Old City of Sana'a, Yemen destroys a 2.5K-y.-o. U.N. cultural heritage site; the Saudis are accused of doing it with air strikes, but deny it. On June 12 ISIS loses control of Derna, Libya, its primary Libyan stronghold after local Islamist groups expel it to get even for their assassination of a local leader. On June 12 after minority leader Nancy Pelosi utters the soundbyte "This is not a good deal", and Dem. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on June 10 declares it "not a trade deal that we can trust", House Dems. defy Pres. Obama and kill his push for fast-track negotiating powers with a 126-302 vote to defeat the Trade Adjustment Assistance measure to help displaced workers. On June 12 pure white Spokane, Wash. NAACP leader Rachel Anne Dolezal (1977-) comes under fire for pretending to be black incl. wearing dreadlocks and semi-blackface, causing her to resign on June 15 after her parents complain along with other NAACP members; she's just using fraud to advance herself personally by building a web of lies, and once exposed she just keeps building the web bigger? On June 12 Austrian interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner suspends the processing of asylum requests in a bid to pressure other EU member states, with the soundbyte "Stop the Austrian asylum express." On June 12 former U.S. pres. George W. Bush gives an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, uttering the soundbyte: "My position was that you need to have boots on the ground" to fight ISIS, adding "The president will have to make that determination." On June 12 (night) the Taliban ambushes police checkpoints in Musa Qala, Helmand Province, Afghanistan killing 20 and injuring 10 police officers. On June 13 (12:30 a.m.) a shootout at the Dallas Police Dept. HQ in Tex. starts after four suspicious bags are found, one is exploded by an explosive ordinance robot, and shooters arrive and begin firing, then escape; hours later a police sniper kills suspect James Boulware. On June 13 (Sat.) (noon) Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt, N.Y. before a meager 2K fans, posing as a populist who champions the working class and fights the "1 percent", promosing to restore "shared prosperity" for all Americans, and declaring the Four Fights, incl. building the economy, strengthening families, defending the country from global threats, and reforming govt.; the FAA declares a "national defense airspace" no-fly zone over Roosevelt Island during the event. On June 13 two commanders and 57 soldiers of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) and Tanzeem Lahkar-e-Balochistan (TLB) groups surrender to Pakistan Muslim Leage leader Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in Khuzdar District, vosing to join the "national mainstream". On June 13 100K gather in Villepinte near Paris, France for the annual Regime Change in Iran Rally sponsored by the Nat. Council of Resistance of Iran, with U.S. lawmakers joining, incl. Ariz. Repub. Sen. John McCain, who utters the soundbyte: "The Iranian regime is the true epicenter of Islamic extremism in the world." On June 13 an internal State Dept. memo is leaked, which reveals that top officials don't have confidence in Pres. Obama' strategy of "countermessaging" the ISIS to defeat its social media agitprop, concluding that ISIS has "trumped" the U.S. On June 13 the Christian town of Maalula, Syria unveils a new statue of the Virgin Mary, replacing one destroyed by rebels in 2013. On June 14 the Pentagon announces a proposal to send heavy weapons incl. battle tanks for up to 5K troops in several Baltic and E Euro countries to deter future Russian aggression; if approved it will be the first time for ex-Soviet NATO member states. On June 14 Jabhat al-Nusra announces that it will put its own members on trial for massacring 20 Druze civilians in Idlib, Syria last week. On June 15 (Mon.) former Repub. Fla. gov. Jeb Bush announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. at Miami Dade College i Miami, Fla., promising to "run with heart... run to win", with plans to take the U.S. off its "very bad course", blaming Dems. for "the slowest economic recovery ever, the biggest debt increases ever, a massive tax increase on the middle class, the relentless buildup of the regulatory state, and the swift, mindless drawdown of a military that was generations in the making", adding that he is "not eager to see what another four years would look like under that kind of leadership." On June 15 British royals incl. Elizabeth II celebrate the 800th anniv. of the signing of the Magna Carta (Charta). On June 15 the Colo. Supreme Court rules that cos. can fire employees for smoking pot regardless if they do it off-duty and despite the drug being legal in the state in accordance with the precedent that state laws do not override federal law. On June 15 U.S. undersecy. for human rights Sarah Sewall gives a speech in Geneva, Switzerland, in which she tries to explain the lure of Islamic terrorism without mentioning the word Islam by citing Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - she needs a toupee with some brains in it? On June 15 Israeli MK Michael Oren (former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.) gives a speech in the Leonardo Hotel in Jerusalem, saying that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement poses a "strategic threat" to Israel, which needs to fight it "like a war, which it is"; he also warns that the U.S. is gambling with Israel's future over Iran, saying that the U.S. "can afford to make a mistake" with them, while "Israel has zero room for error". On June 15 the FBI announces the "biggest Medicare takedown in FBI history", arresting Muslim-Am. physicians et al. from Miami, Fla. to Los Angeles, Calif., incl. 16 from Metro Detroit, Mich., who stole over $100M from taxpayers. On June 15 a U.S. air strike in Mosul, Iraq kills Benghazi Massacre suspect Ali Awni al-Harzi, calling him a "person of interest" linked to ISIL. On June 15 (night) U.S. Rep. (D-Fla.) Debbie Wasserman Schultz becomes the first voting member of Congress to officiate a same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. in Fla. House near the Supreme Court Bldg. and U.S. Capitol; the lucky suckers are Robert Wolfarth and Alex Fernandez. On June 16 after ending his Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show to run, billionaire Repub. real estate mogul Donald John Trump (1946-) announces his candidacy for U.S. pres., promising to become "the greatest jobs president that God ever created" and bring back the American Dream after dissing the current political leaders because they will "never make America great again"; he hires Corey Lewandowski (1973-) as his campaign mgr.; his speeches average-out at a 4th grader level; after accusing Mexico of "not sending their best... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems to us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people", to solve the leaky border he promises to build a Great Wall along it, and make Mexico pay for it, causing Univision TV network on June 26 to ban Trump's Miss Universe contest, causing him on June 27 to ban their employees from his Trump Nat. Doral Resort and Golf Club near their HQ in Miami, Fla.; on June 29 NBC-TV cuts all business ties for ditto, followed on July 1 by Macy's, which he counters are soft on immigration, adding that he's not beholden to anybody, and that he doesn't like stores that sell apparel manufactured in China anyway; Trump announces his net worth at $8.7B, then on July 16 ups it to $10B, despite Forbes mag. claiming it's only $4B; on July 23 a report by the Tex. Dept. of Public Safety is leaked that reports that illegal aliens committed 611,234 crimes in Tex. in 2008-14 incl. nearly 3K homicides. On June 16 the U.S. Senate fails to approve an amendment that would allow the Obama admin. to go around the Iraqi govt. and directly arm Kurdish forces. On June 16 the U.S. FDA announces that artificial trans fats have to be off U.S. grocery shelves within three years. On June 16 after Senate Foreign Relations Committee chmn. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) writes him a letter on June 15 expression alarm about reports in erosion in Obama admin. positions in the negotiations, U.S. suck, er, secy. of state John Kerry announces that the U.S. is dropping its longstanding reqt. for Iran to come clean on its history of nuke development in order to reach a final deal, while acknowledging that "we have absolute knowledge with respect to certain military activities they were engaged in"; on Feb. 2, 2014 Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran will be required to "come clean on its past actions as part of any comprehensive agreement." On June 16 al-Qaida releases a video confirming that a U.S. drone strike in Mukalla, Yemen on June 12 killed AQAP leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi (b. 1976), and that Qasim al-Raymi (Qasm al-Rimi) (1979-) has been chosen as his successor (until ?), threatening revenge on the U.S. On June 19 the U.S. State Dept. issues its 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism, admitting that global terrorist attacks increased 35% between 2013-14, and that the total killed increased by more than 90%, with the vast majority of attacks and deaths occurring in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and India, highlighting Iran's role as a leading state sponsor of terrorism. On June 16-19 peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland by the warring parties in Yemen end without even agreeing to a 2-week humanitarian truce for Ramadan. On June 17 Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas announces the dissolution of the unity govt. formed with Hamas last year. On June 17 Queens, N.Y. Muslim engineering student Munther Omar Saleh is charged by federal authorities with plotting with ISIS to blow up New York City landmarks and tourist attractions using pressure cooker bombs; meanwhile Fort Lee, N.J. Muslim Samuel Rahamin Topaz is arrested as his co-conspirator, making for four Am. Muslims arrested in a week. On June 17 the U.S. Treasury Dept. announces that Alexander Hamilton will be replaced on the $10 U.S. bill by a woman to be announced later, with new bills coming out by 2020, the 100th anniv. of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote - who voted for this? On June 17 the U.S. House votes 288-139 votes down a resolution to remove U.S. armed forces from Iraq and Syria by Dec. 31. On June 17 (eve.) after attending a Bible class there for 1 hour to case them, white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof (1994-) shoots up the all-black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., killing nine incl. pastor and state sen. Clementa C. Pinckney while shouting "You rape our women and you're taking over our country"; on June 18 he is arrested at a traffic stop in Shelby, N.C., before which new U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch announces a federal hate crimes investigation, and after which Pres. Obama calls for gun control, with the soundbytes: "Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times", and "Let's be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." On June 18 the 200th Anniv. of the Battle of Waterloo. On June 18 (1st day of Ramadan) Saudia, er, Saudi Arabia and Russia sign a nuclear agreement for peaceful use of nuclear technology - look at the footwork, as peaceful as Iran? On June 18 local media report that Jordan is gearing up to fight a possible invasion by ISIS. On June 18 after Pres. Obama attends her investiture ceremony at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on June 17, new U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch addresses LGBT activists of Lambda Legal in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte: "We are finally witnessing the cascade of equality... that will forever reshape this country", adding that the U.S. Justice Dept. and Pres. Obama back them 100%. On June 18 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans that license plates are govt. speech and subject to more content restrictions than private speech under the First Amendment; the decision comes one day after the Charleston church shooting, causing three state govs. (Va., N.C., Md.) to announce on June 23 plans to discontinue Confederate flag specialty license plates. On June 19 Hezbollah annoucnes the killing of two ISIS cmdrs. and seven ISIS terrorist in two separate attacks near Arsal, Lebanon; meanwhile on June 18 Kassem Hejeij, head of the Middle East Africa Bank (MEAB) in Lebanon resigns in favor of his son Ali Hejeij after the U.S. Treasury charges him with direct links to Hezbollah. On June 19 the U.S. State Dept. releases its 2015 Report on Global Terrorism, admitting that "Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished", claiming to be "very, very concerned" while staying committed to a nuclear deal with the loonies; "We think it's essential that we pursue these negotiations." On June 19 British PM David Camero gives a speech at a security conference in Slovakia, with the soundbyte that the ideology of ISIS is "quietly condoned" by some British Muslims. On June 20 a Day Against Muslim Immigration in Calais, France sees protesters carrying signs reading "Calais clean, dirtied by immigration"; another protest in Bratislava, Slovakia is organized by Stop Islamisation of Europe and the People's Party-Our Slovakia, with protesters shouting "Muslims are always the enemy"; another protest in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. On June 20 a Bosnian Muslim in Graz, Austria plows his car into a crowd of shoppers then gets out and stabs elderly bystanders, killing three and injuring 34. On June 21 WikiLeaks begins pub. the Saudi Cables, 500K leaked top-secret emails between the Saudi govt. and its embassies. On June 21 an Israeli air strike near Saghbine, E Lebanon destroys a crashed drone. On June 21 the Iranian parliament passes a Nuclear Rights Bill banning internat. access to its military sites while permitting the IAEA to inspect nuclear sites. On June 21 after a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announces a new French Israeli-Palestinian peace effort in Ramallah, seeking a U.N. Security Council Resolution dictating a time frame for a settlement, warning of an "explosion" unless the deadlock is broken; in the past the Obama admin. has threatened to veto such a measure, but Fabius utters the soundbyte: "Our American friends have made statements which are maybe more open than before." On June 22 (a.m.) explosions hit the Afghan Parliament as defense minister Massoom (Mohammed) Stanekzai is being sworn-in, followed by several Taliban fighters, who fight it out with army special forces; meanwhile the Taliban captures two key stricts, Dash-e-Archi and Chardara in Kunduz Province, and sets up a 24-hour hotline for Afghan officials wanting to defect to them, while holding talks with Iranian officials to obtain support from ISIS, which the Afghan govt. denies. On June 22 the Schabas Report on the 2014 Gaza War is released by the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC), trying to lower Israel down to the level of Hamas by accusing it of war crimes and accepting the Palestinian death count of 1,462 out of 2,251 Palestinians who were killed being mere civilians; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls the report "biased", adding "Israel is not perpetrating war cimes but rather protecting itself from an organization that carries out war crimes. We won't sit back with our arms crossed as our citizens are attacked by thousands of missiles"; on June 29 retired British army Col. Richard Kemp accuses the UNHRC of allowing itself "to become a tool of Hamas' murderous strategy" that sought to maximize Palestinian casualties during the Gaza conflict in order to paint Israel in a bad light, with the soundbyte: "By unjustly condemning Israel, by refusing to condemn Hamas' repeated and unprovoked aggression, this council has consistently validated and encouraged Hamas tactics." On June 22 Egypt announces the appointment of a new ambassador to Israel, Hazem Hayrath (1957-), becoming the first since Atef Salem in Nov. 2012, who was recalled by Pres. Mohamed Morsi to protest Israel's Gaza operation. On June 22 a secret meeting between Israeli foreign minister Dore Gold and Turkish foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioglu in Rome results in a reconciliation agreement? On June 22 N.C. Muslim Justin Nojan Sullivan (1995-) is charged with plotting to kill 1K Americans for ISIS. On June 22 ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani releases a speech online calling for jihad of all Sunnis against Shiites, claiming that slackers are heretics who need to repent - listen to your taste buds? On June 22 ISIS hangs two youths in Vayadeen, Deir Ezzor Province, Syria for eating during fasting hours in Ramadan. On June 22 the 15K-man jihadist group called the Caucasus Emirate in Chechnya pledges loyalty to ISIS, with leader Aslan Byutukayev uttering the soundbyte: "We need to hurry up and unite so we can cut off the heads of the infidels." On June 22 after the govt. bans fasting during Ramadan by Muslim civil students, students, and teachers, an attack on police by Uighurs at a traffic checkpoint in Kashgar, China kills 18. On June 22 Egyptian security forces kill 22 suspected terrorists near Sheikh Zuwayed, North Sinai, Egypt. On June 22 taxi drivers in Paris, France begin protests against Uber for putting them out of work. On June 22 a Druze mob attacks an Israeli military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel near Majdal Shams, Syria. On June 23 former British chief of defense Lord Richards of Herstmonceux utters the soundbyte that Muslim extremism is a "real threat" tot he world, and Britain must stop "sleepwalking" and prepare to tackle it as seriously as it planned for WWII in the 1930s. On June 23 WikiLeaks reveals that the U.S. spied on French leaders in 2006-12, pissing-off the French govt., causing U.S. ambassador Jane Hartley to be called by the French Foreign Ministry to answer questions, after which Pres. Obama personally calls French pres. Francois Hollande on June 24 to lie, er, reassure him while stonewalling the press. On June 23 Iranian supreme assahollah Ali Khamenei gives a speech ruling out any lengthy freezing of nuclear work. On June 23 (night) Am. Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz gives a speech at a Save the Black Church rally in Marian Square near Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., calling for blacks to finish the job started by slave Denmark Vessey in 1822 and rise up and kill all whites in their beds. On June 24 Pres. Obama is heckled at a gay pride event in the East Room of the White House by illegal alien and transgender activist Jennice Gutierrez, causing Obama to order him/her removed after uttering the soundbyte: "As a general rule I am fine with a few hecklers, but not when I am up in the house." On June 24 U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed warns that Yemen is "one step" from famine, with 31M in need of humanitarian assistance, compared to 7M two years ago. On June 24 ISIS suicide bombers near a children's hospital in Hasakeh, Syria near Damascus kill 10 Syrian soldiers and injure 16 in two attacks. On June 24 after a nationwide protest sparked by the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre, which incl. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on June 22 calling for it to be taken down from a monument at the S.C. State Capitol and relegated to a museum, amd Walmart, Sears, and Amazon discontinuing sales of Confed. flags, and Apple banning any app displaying it, even historical games, Robert Bentley of Ala. becomes the first Southern gov. to order the removal of Confederate banners from the state capitol; the Confed. flag still flies high outside the S.C. statehouse near an open casket ceremony for slain state sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney; on June 26 Pres. Obama delivers a eulogy, calling him a "man of God who lived by faith", lobbying for gun control, singing "Amazing Grace" and uttering the soundbyte about the Confederate flag: "By taking down that flag we express God's grace"; on June 27 African-Am. protester Brittany "Bree" Newsome climbs the 30-ft. flagpole in front of the S.C. State Capitol and removes the Confed. flag herself before surrendering the police on charges of defacing public property; on June 30 S.C. Repub. Sen. Lindsey Graham calls for the flag's removal on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press", calling it a "roadblock to the future of my state". On June 24 Pope France speaks at St. Peter's Square in Rome, uttering a soundbyte referring to the Gospel of Matthew, where Christ said that marriage is the indissoluble union of a man and a woman, and that those who harm children would be better if a millstone were hung around their necks and they were cast into the sea. On June 25 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 6-3 to uphold Obamacare despite contested language in the fine print, essentially rewriting the law at will; so-called conservative Chief Justice John Roberts saves Obamacare for the 2nd time; Justice Anton Scalia issues a scathing dissent, with the soundbytes: "Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an 'Exchange' established by the State. This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare... And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites"; "Perhaps sensing the dismal failure of its efforts to show that 'established by the State' means 'established by the State or the Federal Government', the Court tries to palm off the pertinent statutory phrase as 'inartful drafting. This Court, however, has no free-floating power 'to rescue Congress from its drafting errors'." On June 25 a sightseeing plane crashes in the mountains in SE Alaska, killing all nine aboard; before the crash the cry "Allahu Akbar" is heard amind screams of passengers; ISIS did it? On June 25 50+ leading physicians and health researchers pub. an open letter in the U.K. Guardian calling for divestment from fossil fuel cos. to avert global warming; "Divestment rests on the premise that it is wrong to profit from an industry whose core business threatens human and planetary health." On June 25 ISIS releases a video of yet another mass beheading, this time of 12 men from rival Syrian rebel groups accused of fighting against them. On June 26 (10:00 a.m.) Muslim (ISIS?) jihadist Yassin Salhi (1979-) rams his car into the U.S.-owned Air Products gas factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France (SE of Lyon), plowing into gas canisters and causing an explosion, injuring two and killing his boss Herve Cornara (b. 1960) then beheading him and placing his covered with Arabic graffiti and draped with a pair of ISIS flags on a post at the entrance 30 ft. from his body before being captured - be afraid, be very afraid, even if they call you an Islamophobe? On June 26 (Fri.) the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 6-3 in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states must issue same-sex marriage licenses, and recognize those from other states, citing the "fundamental right to marry"; there are 390K married same-sex couples in the U.S. already, and 37 states that permit same-sex marriage; after calling gay plaintiff Jim Obergefell, Pres. Obama praises the decision as "a victory for America", saying that it's an example of a day when justice "arrives like a thunderbolt", with the soundbyte: "This morning the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they've reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love"; Repub. appointee Anthony Kennedy joins the liberal wing of Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan to back the ruling, with Kennedy delivering the majority opinion, with the soundbyte: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say that disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right"; dissenter Chief Justice John Roberts sets a precedent by reading his dissent from the bench, saying that gays should celebrate their ruling, but "do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it. This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us"; Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas issue a scating dissent calling the decision a "putsch", and Kennedy's lightweight reasoning "the mystical aphorisms of a fortune cookie" and a "threat to American democracy" threatening the main principle of the Am. Rev., viz. "the freedom [of the People] to govern themselves", destroying the age-old definition of marriage as one man and one woman "in an opinion lacking even a thin veneer of law", "a naked judicial claim to legislative - even super-legislative -power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government", dissing the "notorious nine" as "hardly a cross-section of America", all people from elite law schools sans a single person from middle-America, or a single Protestant, which has turned the U.S. govt. 180 degrees from "no taxation without representation" to "social transformation without representation", comparing it with the Pearl Harbor Attack by saying the decision will live in infamy, implying that the Court is drunk with power and is moving "one step closer to being reminded of our impotence"; "Today's decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact - and the furthest extension one can even imagine - of the Court's claimed power to create 'liberties' that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves"; Scalia writes the soundbyte: "If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: 'The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity', I would hide my head in a bag"; dissenting Justice Clarence Thomas writes the soundbyte that the court's "decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect... In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Today's decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples. The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability"; Michelle Cretella, pres. of the Am. College of Pediatricians utters the soundbyte: "The SCOTUS has just undermined the single greatest pro-child institution in the history of mankind: the natural family. Just as it did in the joint Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, the SCOTUS has elevated and enshrined the wants of adults over the needs of children"; on Apr. 11, 2017 the Uphold Historical Marriage Act is introduced into the N.C. legislature, declaring the Obergefell v. Hodges decision "null and void" in the state in preference to Sect. 6 Article XIV of the 2012 N.C. Constitution, which defines marriage as only between one man and one woman - it's all the women's fault, hence it's time to not only impeach the justices but repeal the 19th Amendment? ;) On June 26 the Vatican legally recognizes the "State of Palestine" and signs a treaty with it, claiming this will stimulate peace with Israel and become a model to follow; the signers are Vatican foreign minister Paul Gallagher and Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki. On June 26 laughing Tunisian jihadist Seifeddine Yacoubi posing as a swimmer with an AK-47 hidden in a beach umbrella opens fire at a beach outside the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia (87 mi. S of Tunis), killing 39, mainly Brits (most since the 2005 Islamic bombing), causing the govt. to order the closing of 80 "propagandist" mosques accused of inciting, while foreigners scramble to leave; ISIS claims responsibility, displaying a picture of Abu Yahya Qayrawani and calling for more Ramadan attacks. On June 26 an ISIS suicide bomber at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait kills 27 and injures 227, becoming the first suicide attack on Shiite mosques in Kuwait, causing Kuwait to declare a day of mourning and declare an "all-out confrontation" with "black terror". On June 26 ISIS massacres 164 Kurds in Kobane, Syria in reprisal for Vs by Kurdish militia. On June 26 after help from the Imbonerakure thug youth wing, elections in Burundi are a V for pres. Pierre Nkurunziza. On June 26 after the European Central Bank (ECB) caps its emergency funds, Greek PM Alexis Tsirpas announces the closing of all Greek banks on June 29, causing a run on ATM machines. On June 26 Queen Elizabeth II of Britain makes her first visit to Bergen-Belsen Camp in Germany, becoming her first visit to any former concentration camp. On June 27 (a.m.) al-Qaida-linked jihadists attack a town and military camp 19 mi. from the Mauritanian border in Nara, Mali, killing 12 incl. two soldiers, one civilian, and nine jihadists. On June 27 (Sat.) British authorities report the foiling of a planned ISIS pressure-cooker bomb attack on the Armed Forces Day Parade in S London targeting soldiers from the same unit as Lee Rigby, causing Britain to be put on red alert. On June 27 a delegation from the Internat. Criminal Court at The Hague arrives in Israel to look into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Palestinian territories. On June 29 a car bomb attack on a convoy in Cairo, Egypt kills chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat. On June 29 the Israeli navy intercepts the remnant of Freedom Flotilla III AKA Floating Terror-Tilla AKA Ship of Fools, a single Swedish-registered boat called Marianne of Gothenburg; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu writes them a letter, with the soundbyte: "Welcome to Israel! It seems you got lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here - Syria." On June 29 the Syrian army kills a group of 30 Chechen snipers entering Daraa, Syria. On June 29 Hudson County, N.J. Muslim Alaa Saadeh (1981-) is arrested on charges of providing material support to ISIS, becoming the 5th in the tri-state area in June. On June 29, 2015 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in Mich. v. EPA to block Pres. Obama's EPA mercury and air toxic standards, saying that the admin. failed to adequately consider the $10B price tag, and that it must consider costs in the future when making a finding that it is necessary and appropriate to issue regulations. On June 29 UNESCO condemns ISIS for its "barbaric assaults" on World Heritage sites in Syria and Iraq, saying that they may amount to war crimes. On June 30 Repub. N.J. Gov. Chris Christie announces his candidacy for U.S. pres. at Livingston H.S. in Trenton, N.J., bringing the field to 14. On June 30 the charter of the U.S. Export-Import Bank expires. On June 30 the deadline for the Iranian nuclear deal passes, causing the P+5 to give Iran another week; meanwhile Pres. Obama threatens to "walk away" if Iran reneges on the Apr. interim agreement in Lausanne. On June 30 ISIS beheads its first women civilians, two Syrian women accused of sorcery. On June 30 a Pentagon Report on Afghani Forces reveals a 59% increase in battlefield casualties in the last 6 mo. compared to 2014, and concludes that the 300K-man force is inadequate to fight the Taliban or hold recaptured territory. On June 30 a CNN Poll finds that 43% of Americans think that race relations have gotten worse under Pres. Obama, vs. 20% who think they've gotten better, and 36% who think they've stayed the same; with blacks it's 33% for better, 35% for worse, and 32% for the same; with whites it's 17% for better, 47% for worse, and 35% for better; 55% of Americans approve of Obama's handling of race relations, vs. 42% who disapprove, incl. 84/14 for blacks and 48/47 for whites. In June the Great Celebrity Breakup Summer of 2015 begins; casualties incl. Kermit and Miss Piggy, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), er, it was a false story. In June U.S. unemployment is 5.3% (vs. 5.5% in May) (lowest since the 2008 recession), with the economy adding 223K jobs; the number of Americans working or searching for a job is the lowest in 38 years, with only 62.6& of working age Americans participating in the labor force. In June/July the Liwa Usud al-Hussein (Lions of Hussein Brigade) militia is formed in Latakia, Syria to fight with the Assad regime's new Coastal Shield. On July 1 a wave of 15 simultaneous Islamist attacks in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt kills 100+ militants and 50 soldiers, causing Egypt to retaliate with F-16 air strikes. On July 1 Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an illegal Mexican alien with seven felony convictions and five deportations back to Mexico who was allowed to run free by the Obama admin. murders a 32-y.-o. Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, Calif. while walking at the waterfront for no apparent reason, causing an outcry about San Francisco's self-declared status as a "sanctuary city" that make it ignore an ICE detainer while he was in jail; on July 23 House Repubs. pass a bill, dubbed the Donald Trump Act by Dems. to strip federal grants from jurisdictions that shield illegal immigrants from arrest by federal immigration authorities. On July 1 Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announces his intention to give away his entire $32B fortune to charitable causes a la Bill Gates; too bad, the money will go to "foster cultural understanding" of Islam in the West, meaning Islamization? On July 1 China passes the 2015 New Nat. Security Law along with a series of other laws that stifle dissent; 140+ attys., activists and their relatives in 24 cities are arrested or questioned by police to kick it off. On July 1 Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever gives a speech at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Metting in Lindau, germany, saying that Pres. Obama is "dead wrong" on global warming, referring to his Jan. 20 State of the Union Message in which he said "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change", and retorting "How can he say that? I think Obama is a clever person, but he gets bad advice. Global warming is all wet", adding, "I would say that global warming basically is a non-problem. Just leave it alone and it will take care of itself"; meanwhile Nobel Prize-winning physicist Brian Schmidt introduces the 2015 Mainau Declaration on Climate Change, signed by 36 Nobel laureatse, which contains the soundbyte: "We believe that the nations of the world must take the opportunity at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 to take decisive action to limit future global emissions." On July 1 Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project releases a report based on four recent polls indicating that ISIS is supported by 42M+ Muslims, with the soundbyte: "ISIS is only a fraction of what it could potentially become"; "If we don't act quickly, this is still going to grow - and what we're looking at today is going to look like the good old days compared to the future." On July 2 the U.S. announces that a coalition air strike in Syria killed senior ISIS leader Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi of Tunisia, "the emir of suicide ombers" in June. On July 2 the Trump Campaign releases the soundbyte: "Fox News poll just put us at the top nationally. Yesterday, CNN confirmed our national lead and verified our momentum in New Hampshire. And now Quinnipiac shows us at the top in Iowa. Numbers don't lie. We are a top-tier campaign and we can win. We will bring common sense to Washington!"; "I am the leading candidate on promoting smart trade deals, border security, rebuilding our military, and taking care of our veterans"; "I cannot be bought. Neither my allegiance nor discretion can be traded in exchange for high dollar donations from private interest groups. I am the only candidate who can say this. I will not shy away from my promise to work with Americans to rebuild America." On July 3 Saudi authorities in Jeddah announce the thwarting of an ISIS plot by arresting three suspects; one policeman is killed. On July 3 Russia announces a $200 military loan to Armenia incl. sophisticated weapons that will cover through 2017. On July 4 (Sat.) the U.S. military and homeland security are on high alert for a possible ISIS attack. On July 4 ISIS releases a video showing several dozen Syrian govt. soldiers allegedly being executed on May 21 by children and teenies in a Roman theater in Palmyra, Syria. On July 4 Hamas and Islamic Jihad hold talks to form a new unity govt., which the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) opposes. On July 4-17 five U.S. air strikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria result in the death of only two civilians and injures to four more, with USAF Col. Pat Ryder calling Operation Inherent Resolve (begun Aug. 2014) the most precise aerial campaign in history. On July 4 after his Boston, Mass. police chief father turns him in, Muslim convert Alexander Ciccolo AKA Ali Al Amriki is arrested after posting jihadist info. on his Facebook page and telling FBI informants about plans to stage a jihad at a univ. campus using pressure cookers et al.; on Sept. 5, 2018 he is sentenced to 20 years in prison. On July 5 two Boko Haram bombs at the crowded Yantaya Mosque and elite Muslim Shagalinku restaurant in Jos, Nigeria kill 44 and injure 67. On July 6 the Palestinian Authority (PA) announces the arrest of a large Hamas cell it claims was planning to attack it. On July 6 45 ISIS terrorists are killed by food poisoning after taking their Iftar meal in Mosul, Iraq. On July 6 rallies in Nairobi, Kenya are held against homosexuality, while a lawmaker warns Pres. Obama not to push his pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later in July. On July 6 Pres. Obama gives a press briefing about the ISIS, uttering the soundbyte: "So the additional steps I ordered last month, we're speeding up training of ISIL forces including volunteers from Sunni tribes in Anbar Province", after which the White House Web site changes ISIL to Iraqi. On July 6 ISIS announces that 14-y.-o. suicide bomber Hamidi al-Muhammadi killed 50+ Kurdish PKK militiamen S of Ras al-Ayn, Syria on the Turkish border. On July 6 (night) an Al-Nusra Front suicide bomber at a Syrian army outpost in Aleppo, Syria kills 25 soldiers. On July 7 Hillary Clinton gives the first nat. TV interview of her campaign, with the soundbyte that voters are increasingly distrusting her because of the pesky Republicans, who are pummeling her with "unsubstantiated attacks". On July 7 FBI agents and Ind. State Police raid the Ziopnsville (near Indianapolis), Ind. home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle searching for evidence 2 mo. after the exec dir. of his foundation was arrested on child porno charges, causing Subway to cut ties with him. On July 7 former U.S. pres. Jimmy Carter gives an interview to HuffPost Live, uttering the soundbyte: "I believe that Jesus would approve gay marriage... I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else", adding: "The only thing I would draw a line on, I wouldn't be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn't want to. But those two partners should be able to go to the local courthouse or to a different church and get married"; Carter adds that he does have a "problem with abortion", saying: "I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance, would approve abortions, unless it was because of rape or incest, or if the mother's life was in danger. So I've had that struggle, but my oath of office was to obey the Constitution... as interpreted by the Supreme Court." On July 8 the U.S. Army announces that it will cut 40K soldiers over the next two years along with 17K civilian employees due to the U.S. Budget Control Act, leaving it with 420K soldiers, which a Feb. Govt. Accountability Office (GAO) report says "lacks the capacity to conduct simultaneous major combat operations while defending the nation at home, sustaining minimal presence in critical regions, and retaining a Global Response Force at the direction of the commander in chief." On July 8 the Sawab (Arab. "right and spiritual path") Centre to combat the message of ISIS among young Arabs is launched in Abu Dhabi; U.S. undersecy. of state Richard Stengel attends the launch with foreign affairs minister Anwar Gargash. On July 9 U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynn, er, Lynch announces that the U.S. govt. will make federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. On July 9 after a poll reveals that more than two-thirds of French citizens are against it, former French pres. Nicolas Sarkozy signs a petition against a proposal to convert empty churches into mosques; do they know that once it is done it is owned by Allah forever and can never be used for anything else? On July 11 Donald Trump speaks at the FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nev., after which he holds a news conference to discuss immigration et al., saying "You can't be great if you don't have a border, no matter what you do... And you can't be great if China is taking all your jobs." On July 12 a suicide car bomber outside a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan kills 25+ incl. seven CIA operatives and injures 15. On July 12 authorities in Pristina, Kosovo cut off the water supply due to fears of an ISIS plot to poison its source at Badovac Lake 6 mi. SE. On July 12 after Mexican drug lord El Chapo escapes from his Mexican prison, Donald Trump begins sending tweets about it, incl. "Can you envision Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton negotiating with 'El Chapo', the Mexican drug lord who escaped from prison"; "The joke around town is that I freed El Chapo from the Mexican prison because the timing was so good w/ my statements on border security", and "El Chapo and the Mexican drug cartels use the border unimpeded like it was a vacuum cleaner, sucking drugs and death right into the US." On July 13 Wisc. Repub. Gov. Scott Walker announces his candidacy for U.S. pres.; he drops out on Sept. 21. On July 13 28-y.-o. black woman Sandra Annette Bland (1987-) from Naperville (near Chicago), Ill. known for posting videos protesting police brutality against blacks and joining the Black Lives Matter movement is found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Tex. after alleged misconduct state trooper Brian Encinia at a traffic stop on July 10; the death is ruled a suicide by the county coroner; despite an outcry the pigs are never charged with a speck of dust, er, Encina is indicted for perjury and fired, then gets the charge dropped in June 2017 in return for not seeking to be rehired; in Sept. 2016 Bland's mother settles a wrongful death lawsuit agains the police dept. and county jail for $1.9M. It's just like a bad dream and I can't wake up? On July 14 after 12 years of talks incl. 18 days of intensive sessions in Vienna, Iran reaches a landmark deal on nukes with the U.S. and other world powers after the Obama admin. folds and allows them the right to object to internat. inspections of military sites, with a 24-day notice, allowing them 5,060 centrifugues at one location (vs. 164 in 2005 and 19K today), freaking-out Republicans because in return Iran gets relief from billions of dollars in internat. sanctions and access to $100B in frozen assets, and its ominous ICBM program remains untouched, along with its support for Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist orgs., its repression of human rights, and its repeated calls for death to America and Israel; the U.S. promises to train Iranians to defend their nuclear facilities, esp. from Israeli attack?; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls the deal "an historic mistake for the world"; former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman utters the soundbyte: "History will remember the Iran deal just like the Munich Agreement and the agreement with North Korea"; U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (co-sponsor of the Senate-approved sanctions against Iran) calls the deal "unremitted garbage", "the greatest appeasement since Chamberlain gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler", saying: "Tens of thousands of people in the Middle East are gonna lose their lives because of this decision by Barack Hussein Obama.. This agreement condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf. It condemns our Israeli allies to further conflict with Iran"; Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan pub. an article blasting the deal, saying "It will wreak havoc in the Middle East which is already living in a disastrous environment in which Iran is a major player in the destabilization of the region", comparing it to Pres. Clinton's mistake with North Korea, only this time Obama "knows what President Clinton didn't know when he made his deal";on July 14 Iranian pres. Hassan Rouhani delivers an address to the Iranian people, with the soundbyte: "The superpowers officially recognized Iran's nuclear activity"; on July 14 (night) Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer gives an interview to Megyn Kelly of Fox Mews, with the soundbyte: "I think you have given up everything. Yesterday Iran had an illegal nuclear program and was facing a headwind of sanctions. This deal gives them a legal nuclear program and gives them a tail wind of sanctions relief that they're going to use to continue their march of conquest and terrorism throughout the Middle East... in Syria, in Lebanon, in Gaza, in Yemen. And during this deal, Iran will be able to continue to do research and development on advanced centrifuges and to develop their intercontinental ballistic missiles. On July 14 IAEA secy.-gen. Yukio Amano and Atomic Energy Org. of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi sign a roadmap agreement to provide the IAEA with clarifications and explanations of PMD (Possible Military Dimensions) of their nuclear program. Those ICBMs are for you" - want a blowjob, then visit Obama's List dot com today? On July 14 two blasts rock a petrochemical plant in Bouches-du-Rhone, France. On July 14 Pres. Obama gives a speech on prison reform at the annual NAACP convention in Philly, calling for reductions in overcrowding, gang activity, solitary confinement, and rape, uttering the soundbyte that the $80B a year spent on prisons could be used to "provide universal preschool for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old in America, double the salary of every high school teacher in America, finance new roads, bridges, and airports, job training programs, research and development, eliminate tuition at every one of our public colleges and universities." On July 14 the gigantic winter 2015 snow pile in Boston, Mass. finally melts. On July 14 a tweet from the Trump campaign features Donald Trump's face on a U.S. flag, with a small insert showing some Waffen-SS soldiers that were put in by mistake; it is quickly deleted. On July 15 Canadian online adultery service Ashley Madison announces that hackers stole all of its 30M customers' data and is threatening to post it online if it doesn't shut down; on Aug. 18 they carry out their threat; on Aug. 24 after extortion attempts and suicides, Canadian police hold a press conference in Toronto, Ont., offering a $500K reward for info. on the hackers. On July 15 Pres. Obama gives a Speech on His Iran Nuke Deal, defending the proposed deal while playing safe with soundbytes like "It's not the job of the president to solve every problem in the Middle East... But I think I can provide that next president at least a foundation for continued progress"; meanwhile despite lobbying by vice-pres. Joe Biden et al., the opposition builds, while Saudi Arabia warns Iran that any economic gains from the lifting of sanctions must be used to improve the lives of Iranians "rather than using them to cause turmoil in the region."; when CBS reporter Major Garrett suggests that Pres. Obama doesn't care about Americans held hostage by Iran, he utters the immortal soundbyte: "That's nonsense and you should know better"; meanwhile Obama pisses-off Congress by obtaining quick approval from the U.N.; too bad, he first has to get the U.N. Security Council to rescind six resolutions against Iran (2006-10), but he pulls it off easily on July 20 with a unanimous 15-0-0 vote for U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 endorsing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the statement "The country's ballistic missile program and capability... fall outside the scope and the jurisdiction of the UNSC resolution and its annexes", which causes the Iranian govt. to issue the soundbyte: "The Islamic Republic of Iran considers science and technology, including peaceful nuclear technology, as the common heritage of mankind. At the same time, on the basis of solid ideological, strategic and international principles, Iran categorically rejects weapons of mass destruction and particularly nuclear weapons as obsolete and inhuman, and detrimental to international peace and security. Inspired by the sublime Islamic teachings, and based on the views and practice of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini, and the historic Fatwa of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, who has declared all weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, to be Haram (strictly forbidden) in Islamic jurisprudence, the Islamic Republic of Iran declares that it has always been the policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to prohibit the acquisition, production, stockpiling or use of nuclear weapons." On July 15 (night) after escaped Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo threatens to make him "swallow" his words about Mexico dumping its worst citizens on the U.S., Donald Trump gives an interview to Sean Hannity, uttering the soundbyte: "You know, what I'm bringing up is much more important than Donald Trump. My life, you know, frankly, what I'm doing is so important for the country", adding "First of all, I appreciate your question, the way you worded it, because the truth is, we wouldn't be talking about illegal immigration if it weren't for me. I brought it up. They hammered me, and then they found out they were wrong. And so many people have apologized to me over the last week because, you know, when I made my statement, they didn't read my statement. They read little pieces of my statement and tried to make me look bad." On July 16 (10:45 a.m. local time) Kuwait-born Am. Muslim Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez (b. 1992) (U. of Tenn. electrical engineering grad) drives up to a military reserve center on Lee Hwy. in Chattanooga, Tenn. in a silver Ford Mustang with a drop top and pulls out a big black rifle and starts shooting, then drives 8 mi. to another station on Amnicola Hwy., killing four Marines and injuring three before being killed; a 5th Marine dies on July 18; at 10:34 an ISIS-related Twitter account tweets the message: "O American dogs soon YOU will see the wonders"; on July 22 (p.m.) after dragging his feet until pressure from lawmakers forces him, he orders flags lowered to half-staff at the White House and "all public buildings and grounds" until July 25, issuing a proclamation honoring the victims. On July 16 Pres. Obama becomes the first U.S. pres. to visit a prison while in office, El Reno Federal Correctional Inst. near Oklahoma City, Okla., uttering the soundbyte that the inmates are people "who made mistakes that aren't that different than the mistakes I made"; he enters Cell No. 123, commenting "Three full-grown men in a 9 x 10 cell." On July 16 the U.S. Senate by 81-17 passes a bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act, restoring power over low-performing schools to states. On July 16 the U.S. State Dept. warns Israel against demolishing an illegal Palestinians settlement in Sussiya, West Bank, claiming that it "would be harmful and provocative", threatening any peace agreement - they should be helping Israel resettle all Muslims far away in Arab lands to create a wide defensible DMZ and forget about any peace with Quran-thumping jihadists? On July 16 AQIM jihadists ambush Algerian soldiers in Ain Defla, Algeria (W of Algiers)., killing 11. On July 16 a Fox News Poll gives Donald Trump the lead among Repub. pres. candidates with 18%, up from 7% in June and 15% in Mar.; Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker is #2 at 15%, and former Fla. gov. Jeb Bush is #3 at 14%; Dem. candidate Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sandrers by 59% to 19%. On July 17 the exiled Yemeni govt. announces that Saudi-backed forces have "completely liberated" Aden from Houthi rebels. On July 17 an ISIS suicide bomber in a cut-rate ice truck at a hot crowded mostly Shiite market in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq kills 115 and injures 100+. On July 17 the Empire State Bldg. in New York City lights green to commemorate the end of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim month of jihad. On July 18 Saudi Arabia announces the arrest of 431 suspected members of ISIS who are allegedly planning to attack Saudi mosques, causing the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars to praise Saudi security, saying that the "deviant groups" are only aiding the foes of true Islam; meanwhile Turkey announces the arrest of 45 Turks attempting to cross into Syria to join ISIS in Gaziantep. On July 18 after Ariz. Repub. Sen. John McCain calls Trump's Ariz. followers "crazies", causing him to call McCain a "dummy", Donald Trump tees off on McCain, with the soundbytes "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured", mocking him for graduating at the bottom of his class at the U.S. Naval Academy and calling him a "loser" for failing in the 2008 U.S. pres. race, pissing-off Repubs., with former Tex. Gov. Rick Perry calling Trump "unfit to be commander-in-chief", and 2012 Repub. pres. nominee Mitt Romney tweeting: "The difference between @SenJohnMcCain and @realDonaldTrump: Trump shot himself down"; on July 20 after Trump refuses to apologize to him, McCain replies that Trump doesn't owe an apology to him, but "to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who've undergone the prison experience in certain countries". On July 19 (Sun.) a bomb explosion in a tunnel near the Aleppo Citadel in Syria damages a wall that is part of the World Heritage Site Old City. On July 19 a string of bomb explosions incl. two suicide attacks in Shiite neighborhoods Baghdad, Iraq kill 21 and injure 62. On July 20 the U.S. and Cuba reestablish diplomatic relations. On July 20 Japanese automaker Mitsubishi apologizes to U.S. POWs it used as forced labor during WWII; only 94-y.-o. James Murphy is able to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif. On July 20 an ISIS suicide bomber near the Syrian border in Suruc, Turkey 6 mi. from Kobani, Syria kills 30+, mainly young univ. students planning to help rebuild Kobani, and injures 100+. On July 20 a Washington Post-ABC New Poll shows Trump favored by 24% of Repubs. and Repub.-leaning independents, leading the Repub. nomination race, with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker at 13% and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush at 12%, while if he runs as an independent he will lose with 20% vs. 46% for Hillary Clinton and 30% for Jeb Bush, taking more support from Bush, who would only be behind by 50% to 44% in a head-to-head with Hillary; on July 22 Trump gives an interview to The Hill, saying that he "absolutely" would launch a third-party run for the White House if treated unfairly by the Repub. Nat. Committee, saying "They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy." On July 20 Israeli passes the 2015 Rock Attack Law, giving a penalty of up to 20 years in prison for throwing rocks at moving vehicles. On July 21 Repub. Ohio Gov. #69 (since Jan. 10, 2011) John Richard Kasich Jr. (1952-) announces his candidacy for U.S. presidency at the student union of his alma mater Ohio State U., going on to refuse to support Donald Trump and to attend the Repub. Nat. Convention and vote for John McCain. On July 21 a double suicide bombing in Salqin, Syria kills Ahrar al-Sham rebel group senior member Abi Kaled El Sory along with six others. On July 21 the Obama-run U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces modifications to the Oath of Allegiance that immigrants must take before becoming naturalized, allowing them to opt out of the phrase "bear arms on behalf of the United States", allowing Muslims with no intention of taking up arms against other Muslims an open door. On July 22 two suicide bombers in a busy marketplace in the Brituetterie district of Yaounde, Cameroon kill 20+. On July 22 (5:30 p.m.) a Stop Iran Now Rally is held in Times Square, New York City, becoming the biggest in the history of the Big Apple (until ?). On July 22 U.S. oil prices drop to below $50 a barrel for the first time in 4 mo.; on July 29 the price falls below $45, close to the 6-year low reached in Mar.; on Aug. 11 the price drops to $43.08, followed to $38.60 on Aug. 26 , lowest since Feb. 2009, then rebounding on Aug. 27 to $47, with retail gasoline going for $2.56/gal., lowest since 2004. On July 23 U.S. pres. candidate Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border at Laredo, Tex., refusing requests to apologize for claiming that many who have crossed the border illegally are rapists, saying "They weren't insulted because the press misinterprets my words", reiterating his call for a border wall, throwing hints out about "merit system", adding "The first thing we do is take the bad ones of which there are unfortunately quite a few, we take the bad ones and get 'em the hell out"; MSNBC-Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz Balart tells him: "Many feel that what you said, when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers...", which Trump cuts off, responding: "No, no, we're talking about illegal immigration and everybody understands it. And you know what? That's a typical case of the press with misinterpretation. They take half a sentence, then they take a quarter of a sentence. They put it all together. It's a typical thing. You're with Telemundo and Telemundo should be ashamed", at which the crowd cheers approval; the Nat. Border Patrol Council Local 2455 Executive Board pulls out of a planned meeting with him at the airport; Trump answers more questions about a possible third party run, saying "I am a Republican. I'm a conservative. I want to run as a Republican. The best way to win is for me to get the nomination"; meanwhile former Tex. gov. Rick Perry (2% in the polls) calls a Trump "small-minded... a divisive figure... propelled by anger... appealing to the worse instincts in the human condition, a barking carnival act that can best be described as Trumpism, a toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued. Let no one be mistaken. Donald Trump's candidacy is a cancer on conservatism that must be diagnosed, excised, and discarded." On July 23 (8:00 p.m.) lone gunman John Russell House (b. 1955) opens fire at the Grand 16 Lafayette movie theater in Lafayette, La., killing three incl. himself and injuring nine, becoming the 23rd mass shooting of the Obama admin. On July 23 the Obama admin. limits the power of inspectors-generals, requiring them to obtain permission by their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap, and fair credit info. On July 23 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry appears before the U.S. Senate, uttering the soundbyte that the proposed Iranian nuclear deal will require the U.S. to defend Iran from Israel; GOP senators blast him for getting "fleeced" by Iran: on July 24 during an interview on NBC-TV's "Today Show" he warns Israel that trying it would be a "huge mistake", then gets into an "intense exchange" with skeptical Jewish leaders at the Conference of Presidents of Major Am. Jewish Orgs.; he also meets with the Council on Foreign Relations, saying that if Congress votes the deal down it would be Israel's fault and "could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed"; "We've seen the prime minister draw a cartoon of a bomb at the U.N. and so on and so forth. But what's happened? What has anyone done about it? Anybody got a plan to roll it back?" On July 24 U.S. defense secy. Ashton Carter announces that senior al-Qaida cmdr. Abu Khalil Al-Sudani, head of suicide operations was killed along with two others on July 11 in E Afghanistan by a U.S. air strike. On July 24 Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif warns U.S. secy. of state John Kerry of threatening military action if the nuke deal falls through, calling U.S. military capability a "rotten rope", saying that such "empty threats" should be consigned "to the last century". On July 24 Turkey begins mass arrests of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Islamists involved in the war in neighboring Syria. On July 24 ISIS hits an Egyptian patrol ship with a rocket in the Mediterranean Sea off N Sinai, setting it on fire. On July 24 after a mag. report that shows that a hacker can take control of some functions of a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler agrees to recall 1.4M vehicles. On July 24 after agreeing to open its S air bases to the U.S., the Turkish Air Force launches its first attack ISIS targets in Syria, with the intention of clearing a 60-mi. buffer zone along the border to use as a "safe zone" for displaced Syrians; on July 25 they bomb Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in N Iraq, causing the Kurds to claim that the war on ISIS is a screen for attacking them; on July 30 after a Turkish soldier is killed by ISIS forces in the border town of Suruc, Turkey pounds ISIS positions. On July 24 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry gives a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations, with the soundbyte that Israel "could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed" if Congress rejects Pres. Obama's Iran deal, pissing-off the Israelis. On July 24 conservative pundit Ann Coulter announces her support for Donald Trump, saying that he can win the White House by continuing to tap into the electorate's anger over the broken U.S. immigration system, either as a Repub. or a third party candidate, pointing to H. Ross Perot, whom she calls "really funny looking", and whose entry into the pres. race she claims came when Repub. Pres. George H.W. Bush lied to the people about not raising taxes, saying "It has been another 20 years of lies from the Republicans, so Trump is a way more attractive candidate." On July 25 Pres. Obama visits (his birthplace?) Kenya, opening a U.S.-sponsored business summit and saying that Africa is "on the move... one of the fastest growing regions of the world... People are being lifted out of poverty"; too bad he gives a speech calling for equal rights for gays, pissing them off, causing Kenyan pres. Uhuru Kenyatta to reply that gay rights "is not really an issue". On July 25 two suicide bombers at a crowded swimming pool in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq (110 mi. N of Baghdad) kill 12 and injure 45, mainly Turkmeni Shiites. On July 25 Bahrain recalls its ambassador from Tehran after claiming to boil an attempt to smuggle in high-grade explosives plus hostile statements by Iranian officials. On July 25 Egypt makes its first trial run of its 45-mi. Suez Canal Axis, designed to speed-up traffic. On July 25 the Satanic Temple in Detroit, Mich. unveils an 8-ft. 1-ton bronze statue of Baphomet, becoming the "largest public satanic ceremony in history". On July 26 (Sun.) U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch gives an interview to ABC-News, saying that ISIS is "as serious, if not more serious a threat as al-Qaeda" because it recruits lone wolf jihadists, er, terrorists using social media platforms and the govt. can't keep track of them all; ISIS has 20K English language Twitter followers. On July 27 AP reports the discovery of 60+ mass graves and 129 bodies in Guerrero, Mexico after an investigation into the case of the 43 missing college students. On July 27 the Pentagon announces that a U.S. Army lab accidentally shipped live anthrax to at least 192 labs over the past decade due to faulty sterlization methods. On July 27 the exec committee of the Boy Scouts of Am. (BSA) votes to lift its restriction on "openly gay adult leaders and employees". On July 27 Repub. pres. candidate Mike Huckabee utters the soundbyte that the proposed Iran nuke agreement will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven". On July 28 acting deputy DEA admin. Jack Riley testifies before Congress, backing up Donald Trump's comments about Mexico sending criminals over the border, saying that the Mexican drug cartels are doing "tremendous harm to our communities". On July 28 NATA hlds an emergency meeting and announces full support for Turkey in its fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq; several nations urge Turkey not to squeeze the Kurds. On July 28 top Egyptian Sunni Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi issues a post on his Web site reversing his support of suicide bombers for those under Israeli occupation, saying that they should only use rockets, missiles, and mortars. On July 28 (eve.) Pakistani police in Muazaffargarh kill Malik Ishaq, leader of al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangv after releasing him from custody in 2011. On July 28 according to a report released by the Congressional Research Service on Aug. 18, as of this date 6,855 Americans were killed and 52,251 wounded since Oct. 7, 2001. On July 28 Donald Trump issues a Tweet: "While I'm beating my opponents in the polls, I'm also beating lobbyists, special interests & donors that are supporting them with billions", referring especially to ex-Fla. gov. Jeb Bush. On July 28 billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban praises Donald Trump, with the soundbytes: "I have to honestly say he is probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time. I don't care what his actual positions are. I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers"; "Smart people who didn't live perfect lives could never run. Smart people who didn't want their families put under the media spotlight wouldn't run. The Donald is changing all that. He has changed the game and for that he deserves a lot of credit. Now maybe we will accept candidates warts and all and look at what they do rather than what headlines they create. Congrats Donald." On July 29 an Israeli air strike in Al-Hadar, Quneitra Province, Syria near Golan Heights kills three Syrian fighters. On July 29 the Taliban overruns Now Zad, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On July 29 the Afghan govt. announces that Taliban leader Mullah Omar was killed 2 mo. earlier, causing the Taliban to appoint Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as its new leader, with Sirajuddin Haqqani as #2. On July 29 the Huffington Post launches a new Arabic-language Web site headed by Muslim Brotherhood-connected Anas Fouda, giving them away as owned by the MB?; it ceases pub. in 2018. On July 30 Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign the 2015 Cairo Declaration, a military-economic pact to help them fight Iran and ISIS incl. a joint Arab military force for regional crises and mutual investment in energy and transport. On July 30 Hillary Clinton utters the soundbyte that the "two-state solution" is the "best outcome" for both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian war. On July 30 Iranian state TV announces that U.S. and Canadian inspectors will be banned from inspecting its nuclear facilities because they don't have diplomatic relations with Iran - they should open up the facilities for inspection - with nukes? On July 30 U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee chm. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) (chmn.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) (ranking member) introduce a nonbinding Anti-BDS Resolution, calling on the Obama admin. "to increase the use of its voice, vote, and influence in international organizations and other appropriate international forums to actively oppose politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel." On July 30 (eve.) ultra-orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel stabs six at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem; he was convicted of stabbing three at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005. On July 31 U.S. Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan pub. an op-ed in the New York Daily News, blasting Donald Trump as a "nativist", with the soundbyte that he's reviving "an organized, white, Protestant antagonism towards the Catholic immigrant", asking himself rhetorically, "Who could ever believe now that immigrants are dirty, drunken, irresponsible, dangerous threats to clean, white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon America?... I wish I were in the college classroom again, so I could roll out my 'Trump card' to show the students that I was right. Nativism is alive, well - and apparently popular!" On July 31 supermodel Gisele Bundchen (wife of star New England Patriots QB Tom Brady) stirs a backlash for wearing a black Muslim burqa as a disguise to get plastic surgery in Paris during Ramadan. On July 31 there is a Blue Moon, going with a full Moon on July 2. On Aug. 1 the family jet plane of Osama bin Laden explodes while landing in London, killing four incl. his stepmother Rajaa Hashim, half-sister Sana bin Laden, and brother-in-law Zuhair Hashim. On Aug. 2 (Sun.) thousands demonstrate in Mexico City to protest the death of investigative photojournalist Ruben Epinosa (b. 1984), who was found in his apt. on July 31 along with four women after he fled from threats in Veracruz. On Aug. 2-3 Yazidis hold rallies in Germany, Iraq, France, Switzerland, Armenia et al. to protest and stop genocide by ISIS in Iraq. On Aug. 3 Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov meets Doha-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar, and invites him to visit Moscow for his first official visit since 2010. On Aug. 3 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry meets with the Gulf Cooperation Council in Abu Dhabi, gaining their support for the Obama admin. nuclear deal with Iran, with Qatari foreign minister Khalid Al Attiya uttering the soundbyte: "We are confident that what they undertook makes this region safer and more stable." On Aug. 3 Pres. Obama unveils the Clean Power Plan ("Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units"), designed to lower carbon dioxide emissions by power generators, requiring a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by states by 2030, mainly affecting coal-fired plants, pissing-off Repubs., who launch court challenged; on Oct. 4, 2017 the Trump admin. announces that they intend to end it. On Aug. 3 (night) Hamas announces that Iran has cut them off completely as a result of Pres. Obama's, er, their refusal to support Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad. On Aug. 5 the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colo. sees EPA personnel release toxic wastewater, accidentally spilling 3M gal. of gold-colored acidic water filled with cadmium, lead, arsenic et al. into the Animas River, causing Colo. gov. John Hickenlooper to declare the area a disaster zone; the spill continues until ?. On Aug. 5 Pres. Obama gives a televised Address on Iran, with the soundbyte: "Congressional rejection of this deal leaves any US administration that is absolutely committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon with one option: another war in the Middle East. I say this not to be provocative. I am stating a fact." On Aug. 5 by a 3-2 vote the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalizes a rule requiring all publicly-traded cos. to pub. the ratio between the CEO pay and the median employee salary, starting in 2017. On Aug. 6 Raelian Movement leader allegedly receives a revelation from the godlike alien Elohim that they're ending their protection of Israel. On Aug. 6 (night) Fox News holds a 2-hour GOP Pres. Candidate Debate in Cleveland, Ohio (viewed by 24M households, a 16.0 rating, biggest cable TV audience ever) with the top 10 contenders, led by Donald Trump, of whom Ohio Gov. John Kasich says: "People are frustrated, they're fed up, they don't think the government's working for them. People who want to tune him out are making a mistake"; Trump refuses to rule out running as an independent, scaring Repubs.; moderator Megyn Kelly grills him with her toughest question: "You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?", to which he replies: "Only Rosie O'Donnell", drawing cheers, adding: "The big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness and to be honest with you this country doesn't have time either", causing the adoring crowd to go wild; after fielding questions about his bankruptcies (he used the laws to his own maximum advantage like any smart businessman), the Mexican border and how the Mexican gov. is sending criminals over the border (because U.S. leaders are "stupid"), his past support of single-payer health care (which he claims works well in Canada and Scotland), abortion (he now is against it), and past campaign donations to Hillary Clinton (who paid him back by attending his wedding, along with other politicians he donated to, showing how they can be bought but he can't), he utters the soundbyte: "The questions to me were not nice. They were inappropriate. But you know what? The answers were good, obviously, because everyone thinks I won"; too bad, Trump on Aug. 7 he gives an interview to CNN, with the soundbyte about Megyn Kelly: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever", pissing-off the PC police, who have dirty minds, causing er, RedState leader Erick Erickson (1975-) to disinvite him and invite her, calling it "a bridge too far", causing Trump on Aug. 8 to comment "I think only a degenerate would think that I would have meant that"; the incident causes his adviser Roger Stone to leave; her past appearance on Howard Stern where she discusses her hubby's penis size proves that she's the degenerate?; speaking of degenerate, Erickson told Tex. women to "go get some coat hangers", and called a Supreme Court justice a "goat-fucking child molester"; on Aug. 10 Hillary Clinton utters the soundbyte: "What Donald Trump said about Megyn Kelly is outrageous", saying his contributions didn't make her attend his wedding, but the fact that "it is always entertaining" - duh, he said you could SEE blood coming out of wherever, excluding her you know what, and didn't even hint at you know what, hence her critics have stamped the word DUMBASS on their foreheads by putting words in his mouth that only show their filthy minds, then trying to use it for their own personal advancement, disqualifying themselves from public office? On Aug. 7 a suicide bomber in a police uniform detonates outside the gates of a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 20+ recruits and injuring 25; earlier at 1 a.m. a truck bomb near a military base in Kabul kills 15+ and injures 240 after flattening a city block and leaving a 30-ft. crater. On Aug. 7 Syrian Orthodox community leaders announce that ISIS is holding dozen of Christians in Homs Province, Syria after seizing Qaryatain on Aug. 5. On Aug. 7 after pissing-off Repub. lawmakers by comparing them to Iranian hardliners, Pres. Obama doubles down, refusing to apologize, with the soundbyte "What I said is absolutely true factually. The reason that Mitch McConnell and the rest of the folks in his caucus who opposed this jumped out and opposed this before they even read it, before it was even posted, is reflective of an ideological committment not to get a deal done." On Aug. 7 by a 156-1 vote the Am. Psychological Assoc. (APA) bars psychologists from participating in nat. security interrogations at sites violating internat. law, causing the Pentagon to order the number of pshrinks at Gitmo to be reduced in Dec. On Aug. 8 (Sat.) (1st anniv. of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) Bernie gives a speech in Seattle, Wash. on Social Security and Medicare, and is shut down by #BlackLivesMatter activists Mara Jacqueline Willaford and Marissa Johnson, causing him to release a racial justice platform on Aug. 9; meanwhile on Aug. 8 (night) Ferguson police shoot three protesters incl. Brown's friend Tyrone Harris Jr., who is critically injured. On Aug. 8 Pope Francis approves a decree beatifying Syrian Catholic bishop Flavien-Michel Malke (Malké) (1858-1915), who was murdered on Aug. 29, 1915 in Turkey for refusing to convert to Islam. On Aug. 10 Google announces that it's creating a new holding co. called Alphabet. On Aug. 10 Bernie Sanders gives a speech to the Nat. Nurses United in Oakland, Calif., saying that as pres. he will fight to enact legislation making all public colleges and universities in the U.S. tuition-free. On Aug. 11 (1:30 p.m. local time) a bomb explodes in a crowded market in Borno, Nigeria, killing 50 and injuring 52. On Aug. 11 U.S. Dem. pres. candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Black Lives Matter activists (coined in 2013 by Alicia Garza) backstage at an event in N.H. in a tense confrontation where they accuse her of "victim blaming", and cite a "white problem of violence"; meanwhile Hillary's puppetmaster George Soros donates $650K to the group. On Aug. 12 Miss. State U. students Jaelyn Delshaun Young (19) and Muhammad Dakhlalla (22) are arrested at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Miss. for attempting to join ISIS via a flight to Istanbul. On Aug. 12 (11:30 p.m. local time) a massive warehouse explosion rocks Tianjin, China, killing 44 incl. 12 firefighters and injuring 520, spreading chemical contamination. On Aug. 12 Switzerland announces that it will lift economic sanctions on Iran imposed since Jan. 2014. On Aug. 13 (early a.m.) a truck bomb in a market in the Shiite-majority Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraq kills 38 and injures 74; ISIS claims responsibility. On Aug. 13 a Fox News Poll reveals that only 2% of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton told the truth about her private email server; 58% believe she knowingly lied; 33% believe there is another explanation; only 7% don't know if she lied. On Aug. 14 the U.S. reopens its embassy in Havana, Cuba, which was closed in 1961; the same four Marines do the flag service. On Aug. 15 Turkey announces that it has killed 260 Kurds in its N Iraq air offensive in the last week. On Aug. 15 Japanese PM Abe Shinzo marks the 70th anniv. of the announcement of unconditional surrender by Emperor Hirohito at a summit of Asian and African leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia, expressing "deep remorse", but not apologizing; he did ditto to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Apr. On Aug. 15 Hillary Clinton speaks to 2K at the Iowa Dem. Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, joking about accusations that she had her private email server professionally wiped before turning it over to the U.S. Justice Dept., saying the investigation is just about politics, adding "You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those message disappear all by themselves." On Aug. 16 (Sun.) Donald Trump releases a Position Paper on Immigration, proposing a 3-pronged plan to combat illegal immigration and reform the system, incl. making Mexico pay for a border wall, ending birthright citizenship, implementing a nationwide e-verify system, defunding sanctuary cities, criminalizing visa overstays, and making use of tariffs and foreign aid cuts, with the soundbyte: "In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up"; on Aug. 16 Ann Coulter calls it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta", adding that she doesn't care if Trump "wants to perform abortions in the White House after this immigration policy paper." On Aug. 16 days after Turkey agrees to allow the U.S. to launch air strike against ISIS in Syria from Incirlik AFB, the U.S. announces that it's pulling its Patriot missile systems out of Turkey out of concern for Turkish bombing of Kurds in Iraq. On Aug. 16 Punjab home minister Shuja Khanzada is killed along with several others in a terrorist attack in front of a Hindu shrine during a jurga in his home village. On Aug. 16 Repub. pres. candidate Carly Fiorina (ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO) appears on ABC-TV's "This Week", uttering the soundbyte that Hillary Clinton's "lies" about her email server make her unfit for the White House, addding "the cover-up is worse than the crime"; another Repub. candidate Dr. Ben Carson says that Clinton exercised "bad judgment", asking "Would you take someone with judgment like that and hand them the keys to the White House?" On Aug. 17 a ()Muslim separatist?) bomb explodes at the Erawan Shrine (a Hindu shrine frequented by Buddhists) in Bangkok, Thailand, killing 16 and injuring 81. On Aug. 17 the Obama admin. gives approval to Dutch Shell to drill for gas and oil in the undersea Arctic, pissing-off environmental groups who thought they had them in their pocketses, and embarrassing Hillary Clinton, who on ? said that she had "doubts" about allowing it. On Aug. 17 the Am. Media Inst. (AMI) announces the discovery in Pakistan of a secret ISIS document that blames the need to exterminate Israel for its rise and calls Pres. Obama the "mule of the Jews", being compared to Hitler's "Mein Kampf". On Aug. 17 Iranian supreme assahola Ali Khamenei gives a speech, in which he utters the soundbytes: "The U.S. is the perfectly clear embodiment of the concept of the enemy", and "We must combat the plans of the arrogance with jihad for the sake of Allah." On Aug. 18 Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni warns that Libya runs the risk of turning into "another Somalia" after ISIS makes inroads. On Aug. 18 ISIS #2 man Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali (Hajji Mutazz) is killed by a U.S. air strike near Mosul, Iraq along with ISIS media operative Abu Abdullah. On Aug. 18 the U.S. Army Ranger School announces that the first two women have graduated, 1st Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver; they passed only because the Obama admin. forced them to lower their standards? On Aug. 18 the White House appoints its first transgender staff member Raffi (Rafael) Freedman-Gurspa (1987-) as dir. for outreach and recruitment for pres. personnel. On Aug. 18 Hillary Clinton attends a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nev., then speaks to reporters, answering the question "Did you wipe the server?" with "What, like with a cloth or something?" On Aug. 18 Glenn Beck issues a Facebook post dissing Donald Trump for only going to church on Christmas and Easter, adding that "the First Lady would be the first to have posed nude in lesbian porno shots." On Aug. 19 AP announces that the Internat. Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made a secret deal with Iran to allow it to conduct its own nuclear inspections, contradicting the assertions of Pres. Barefaced O'Pathological Liar that "This deal is not based on trust, it's based on unprecedented verification", and the whopper: "International inspectors will have unprecedented access not only to Iranian nuclear facilities, but to the entire supply chain that supports Iran's nuclear program - from uranium mills that provide the raw materials, to the centrifuge production and storage facilities that support the program. If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it. Iran's past efforts to weaponize its program will be addressed. With this deal, Iran will face more inspections than any other country in the world." On Aug. 19 after the rise of ISIS caused a flood of 20M refugees to begin streaming into Europe, and the leftist overlords of Europe did little or nothing to stop them, with German chancellor Angela Merkel actually welcoming them and dissing nativist PEGIDA (Patriotische Europaer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) protests against them, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere announces that 800K (1% of Germany's pop.) are expected to arrive in 2015, incl. 83K in July, 4x the 2014 figure; meanwhile Slovakia announces that it will accept 200 Syrian refugees, not only Christians, with the excuse that "In Slovakia we don't have mosques", therefore "We act in the spirit of the EU treaties that prevent any kind of discrimination." On Aug. 19 (eve.) Donald Trump hosts a town hall meeting in N.H., where he promises to build his Trump Wall "first thing" and make Mexico pay for it, with the soundbyte: "I'm talking about a wall. See that ceiling up there? A little higher. You do a beautiful, nice, pre-cast plank with beautiful everything, just perfect... I want it to be so beautiful, because maybe some day they're going to call it the Trump Wall, maybe. So I have to make sure it's beautiful, right? I' ll be very proud of that wall. If they call it the Trump Wall, it has to be beautiful"; "Here's what is happening. A woman is going to have a baby. They wait on the border. Just before the baby, they come over to the border. They have the baby in the United States. We now take care of that baby. Social Security, Medicare, education. Give me a break. It doesn't work that way. The parents have to come in legally"; he then exhorts Pres. Obama and secy. of state John Kerry to read his book "The Art of the Deal", urging them "Quickly, quickly, quickly." On Aug. 20 (early a.m.) a large car bomb explodes near a nat. security bldg. in Shubra, Cairo, Egypt, injuring six. On Aug. 20 rockets are fired into N Israel from Syria, causing the Israeli army to fire several artillery shells into Syria in response. On Aug. 20 ISIS releases images showing them demolishing the Mar Elian Monastery in Al-Qaryatayn, Homs, Syria. On Aug. 20-28 the Joint Sea 2015 II< joint war games by the Russian and Chinese navies are the largest ever. On Aug. 21 a train en route from Amsterdam to Paris is attacked by lone ISIS-trained Muslim gunman Ayoub El Khazzani (1990-) from Morocco armed with an AK-47 rifle, injuring three incl. two U.S. Marines before they and a Briton overpower him before he can massacre passengers, the train stopping in Arras; after talking to his atty., he says he's "dumbfounded" by terrorist charges, claiming he was merely staging a robbery after stumbling on a weapons stash; on Aug. 24 the heroes are awarded the French Legion of Honor. On Aug. 21 (Black Fri.) after China devalues its currency by 3%, the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. plunges by 500 points (3.12%), becoming the largest 1-day loss in four years; the slide going back over 2 mo. has wiped out the gains of the last 12 mo, while over the past five years it remains strongly up; in Nov. the IMF designates the Chinese yuan (renminbi) as a reserve currency. On Aug. 21 a CNN/ORC Poll reveals that 51% of adults disapprove of Pres. obama, vs. 47% in July, becoming the first time voer the 50% mark. On Aug. 21 (eve.) Donald Trump speaks before 40K at the Ladd Peebles Stadium in "Redneck Riviera" (Chris Matthews) Mobile, Ala., wowing the crowd sans TelePrompter and notes. On Aug. 22 a suicide car bomb attack on NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 12 incl. three U.S. contractors, and injures dozens. On Aug. 22 Iran unveils its new Fateh 313 short-range surface-to-surface missile, with pres. Hasan Rouhani uttering the soundbyte that only when Iran is "powerful and capabale" can it negotiate constructively with other countries. On Aug. 23-23 violent anti-Muslim immigration protests are held in Dresden, Germany, dissing chancellor Angela Merkel for her pro-immigration policies; on Aug. 26 she is booed by a crowd of 50+ at the Heidenau Refugee Centr in Dresden. On Aug. 23 (Sun.) the U.K. led by foreign secy. Phillip Hammond reopens its embassy in Tehran, Iran (shut down amid violent protests in Nov. 2011) amid violent protests. On Aug. 23 North Korea deploys most of its subs toward South Korea, moving special forces amphibious landing craft closer to the front line on Aug. 24, racheting up tensions and worrying the U.S. about a possible war. On Aug. 24 after the deadline passes for forming a new govt. Turkish pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for new elections on Nov., reappointing PM Ahmet Davutoglu to form an interim govt. On Aug. 24 the U.N. Security Countil holds its first-ever meeting on the persecution of gays by ISIS, sponsored by the U.S. and Chile, with U.S. ambassador Samantha Power uttering the soundbyte: "We're getting this issue into the DNA of the United Nations." On Aug. 24 Iran supreme assahola Ali Khameini pub. an article on his Web site titled "The Iron Fist", with the soundbyte: "Those who levelled sanctions against us yesterday are dying today, because Iran has become the region's foremost military power. The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that it works diligently to defend itself. The entire nation unites as a solid fist, standing fast against the aggressors who lack all reason." On Aug. 24 radio shock jock Howard Stern predicts that Donald Trump will win the Repub. pres. nomination, because voters "like the idea of a successful businessman running the country who might actually be able to get shit done"; "I'll tell you why I think he's going to be the nominee. He's proven that no matter what he says, people dig him"; "But the problem with it is, and Donald Trump will find this, being the president isn't like being the president of a corporation. You still got to go through Congress for everything you want to do. And that's the tough part. You've got to be one who can consolidate on both sides of the aisle, some sort of coalition. And it's very difficult." On Aug. 25 mass protests begin in Beirut, Lebanon over uncollected garbage, calling for the resignation of the govt., obtaining backing from Hezbollah. On Aug. 25 ISIS blows up the World Heritage site Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria. On Aug. 25 the Internat. Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) holds a meeting Vienna, Austria, defending its inspection scheme for Iranian nuclear sites despite the provision allowing them to collect their own evidence. On Aug. 25 after closing the border with Colombia and ordering 1K Colombians deported, Socialist Venezuelan pres. Nicolas Maduro vows to continue his crackdown on illegal aliens. On Aug. 25 Donald Trump holds a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, saying that TelePrompters should be banned for Obama, er, U.S. pres. candidates; in the press conference he orders Univision-Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos expelled after he tries to speak out of order; he is later readmitted and allowed to ask questions. On Aug. 25 former ML baseball pitcher Curt Schilling is fired from the Little League World Series by ESPN for a re-Tweet drawing comparisons between extremist Muslims and Nazis that reads: "Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" - truth is the new hate speech? On Aug. 26 (6:45 a.m.) WDBJ-TV Roanoke (Va.) reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) are shot and killed by 41-y.-o. disgruntled gay black ex-TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan II (who goes by the stage name Bryce Williams) while filming a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mt. Lake in Moneta, Bedford County, Va., who posts videos of the murders on social media; interviewee Vicki Gardner is wounded; after failing to elude police, he fatally shoots himself in his car; he had accused them of racist comments, and claimed that Allah, er, Jehovah ordered him to do it as payback for the Charleston shooting. On Aug. 26 South Sudan pres. Salva Kiir signs a power-sharing agreement with the rebels aimed at ending the 20-mo. civil war. On Aug. 27 a 6-man ISIS suicide assault on a military HQ near Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq kills senior Iraqi gens. Abdel Rahman Abu Raghif and Safin Abdel Majid. On Aug. 27 214 retired U.S. gens. and adms. sign a letter urging Congress to reject Pres. Obama's iran nuclear deal, saying the "agreement will enable Iran to become far dangerous", and "introduce new threats to American interests". On Aug. 27 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chmn. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demands that the Obama admin. explain why it allowed Hillary Clinton to be the only U.S. secy. of state in over 50 years without a permanent independent watchdog inspector gen. On Aug. 27 a Quinnipiac Poll finds that U.S. voters classify Trump with the top words "arrogant, blowhard, idiot, businessman, clown, honest, ego, money", Hillary Clinton with the words "liar, dishonest, untrustworthy, experience, strong, Bill, woman, smart, crook", and Jeb Bush with "family, honest, weak, brother, dynasty, experience". On Aug. 28 (8:30 p.m.) Harris County, Tex. sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth (b. 1968) is murdered at a Chevron gas station in Cypress, Tex. (25 mi. from Houston), by 30-y.-o. African-Am. Shannon Jaruay Miles (1985-), who shoots him in the back of the head execution-style than pumps 14 more shots into his back. On Aug. 29 Donald Trump gives an I Love the Tea Party Speech in Nashville, Tenn. On Aug. 30 (Sun.) Germany, France, and Britain issue a joint call for an EU meeting to find "concrete" measures to deal with the flood of illegal immigrants from the Muslim World, which Luxembourg sets for Sept. 14 in Brussels; meanwhile Danish gen. secy. for refugee help Andreas Kamm utters the soundbyte: "We are risking that conflicts between refugees and migrants on the one side and local populations on the other goes awry and will escalate, and in my eyes we face an Armageddon scenario." On Aug. 30 Saudi coalition airstrikes at a water plant in Mukalla, Hajja Province N Yemen kill 13+ civilians and injure 11+. On Aug. 30 the Iranian armed forces hold a celebration of its victory in the nuclear agreement, with defense minister Hossein Dehghan uttering the soundbyte: "Today, Iran has attained such status that the superpowers have surrendered to it, because of its majesty, its steadfastness, its resistance, and its unity. Despite their great pride, the regime of the arrogance [the West, led by the U.S.] sat humbly behind the negotiating table and obeyed the rights of the Iranian nation." On Aug. 30 The Guardian in Britain pub. an article that claims that former British armed forces head Gen. Lord Richards of Herstmonceaux said that British PM David Cameron lacked "the balls" to take military action in Syria that could have prevented the rise of ISIS by rejecting a "coherent military strategy" in 2012 to oust Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad which would have seen Islamic extremists "squeezed out of existence", with his approach being "more about the Notting Hill liberal agenda rather than statecraft". On Aug. 31 Pres. Obama ignores Ohio citizens and Congress and officially renames 20,237-ft. Mount McKinley in Alaska (tallest mountain in North Am.) to Mount Denali ("the great one"), reversing Congress, which renamed it in 1917, pissing-off native Alaskans, but now pissing-off Congress, which cries abuse of authority and end-around run; on Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Pres. Obama visits Alaska, starting with a climate change conference hosted by U.S. secy. of state John Kerry; on Sept. 2 he visits Kotzebue, becoming the first sitting U.S. pres. to travel N of the Arctic Circle. On Aug. 31 the U.S. State Dept. releases "6,106 or more pages" of Hillary Clinton's emails to satisfy a FOIA lawsuit filed by Vice News; at least 150 emails are found to contain classified info. On Aug. 31 women in Saudi Arabia begin registering to vote for the first time in history, and 70 women are permitted to run as candidates in local elections. In Aug. ISIS begins distributing "Wanted Dead"" posters for several al-Qaida leaders incl. Ayman al-Zawahiri. In Aug. Slovakia bucks the Euro dhimmi trend and announces that it will only be accepting Christian refugees from the Syrian civil war. In Aug. U.S. employment is 5.1% (vs. 5.3% in July), adding 173K new jobs; a record 94,031,000 Americas are not in the labor force, with labor force participation stuck at 62.6% for a 3rd straightmo., a 38-year low. On Sept. 1 Pope Francis announces that all priests will be given the discretion to forgive women who have had abortions during the upcoming Jubilee Year (Dec. 8-Nov. 26), whose theme of mercy he announced in Mar. On Sept. 1 2K-7K incl. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Liberman and former CIA dir. James Woolsey stage a protest in New York City against the Obama admin.'s Iran deal. On Sept. 2 (early a.m.) despite being safe in Turkey, 3-y.-o. Alan (Aylan) Kurdi (b. 2012) from Kobani, Syria drowns in the Mediterranean Sea when his 15-ft. boat en route from Bodrum, Turkey to Kos, Greece capsizes, killing 12; the photos of his cute body by Nilufer Demir go global, and becoming an issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election when it is revealed that his parents were trying to reach Canada; father Abdullah later admits that he wanted to get to Greece to get a full set of free teeth implants. On Sept. 2 Donald Trump disses Jeb Bush (who has a Mexican wife) for speaking Spanish in an address, with the soundbyte: "He should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States", pissing-off La Raza spokesperson Lisa Navarrette, who utters the soundbyte: "Every time Donald Trump opens his mouth he widens the gulf between the Republican Party and Latino voters. Today is no exception." - why did she say this in English? On Sept. 3 the Obama admin. announces that it's halting deportation of thousands of mostly Muslim Yemenis, grating them temporary legal status for 18 mo. On Sept. 3 China (70th anniv. of the end of WWII) China puts on a massive military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, showing their massive piracy of Western technology. On Sept. 3 Iranian supreme assaholah Ali Khamanei issues the soundbyte that all sanctions be "lifted", not merely "suspended". On Sept. 3 Donald Trump patches things up with Repub. Nat. Committee chmn. Reince Priebus by signing a loyalty pledge to the GOP, ruling-out a third party run; too bad, he later grants an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, exposing his ignorance of basic foreign policy facts incl. the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah, Quds and Kurds, Hassan Nasrallah (Hezbollah), Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaida), Abu Mohammed al-Juliani (al-Nusra Front), and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIS), answering the direct question "Do you know the players without a scorecard yet, Donald Trump?" with the smug reply: "No, you know, I'll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they'll all be changed... You know, those are like history questions. Do you know this one, do you know that one" - the difference between a man who spent his life making money, and one who spent his life gaining knowledge, like TLW? On Sept. 4 a ABC/Washington Post Poll reveals that less than 50% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, and 41% have a favorable rating, lowest in two decades; meanwhile a Survey USA Poll reveals that Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup by 45% to 40%, which incl. 25% of the black vote. On Sept. 5 the UAE govt. announces that 45 of its soldiers were killed fighting Houthi rebels E of Sa'ana, Yemen. On Sept. 5 former Taliban cmdr. Mullah Mansour Dadullah, brother of ex-cmdr. Mullah Dadullah Lang releases a video rejecting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new emir of the Taliban, and accusing Pakistan's ISI Directorate of ordering him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan. On Sept. 6 Pres. Obama meets in the White House with Saudi King Salman. On Sept. 6 as Muslims immigrants flood Europe, Pope Francis calls for a new Crusade, er, orders all Roman Catholic churches in the EU to take in one migrant family each in a gesture of solidarity, starting with Vatican City. On Sept. 7 after accepting 20K Muslim immgirants over the Labor Day weekend, with 11K more expected today, German chancellor Angela Merkel utters the soundbyte that the immigrants will change Germany forever, urging all EU states to share the benefits, er, burden, with Germany and France accepting 60K of the 120K immigrants stranded in Greece, Italy, and Hungary; French pres. Francois Hollande has already pledged to admit 24K; meanwhile the Arab states and Turkey don't want them, and the clueless EU doesn't even suggest keeping them in the Muslim World rather than importing the Muslim World to Europe, changing it forever for the worse; too bad, on Sept. 10 German chancellor Angela Merkel urges the EU to accept unlimited numbers of migrants, saying that Germany will accept 800K this year and 500K each year thereafter for several years, only to have Germany announce on Sept 13 that it's instituting emergency border protections, and the pres. of Upper Bavaria announce that Munich is at the limit of its capacity after 12.2K arrive; meanwhile Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, whose country is busy building a wall to keep Muslim immigrants out warns of a coming Muslim majority in Europe, with the soundbyte: "If Europe allows for competition between cultures, Christians will lose", calling for the stopping of Muslim immigration. On Sept. 7 Pres. Obama signs an executive order requring federal contractors to give employees one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to seven days per calendar year. On Sept. 7 Pakistani Gen. Asim Bajwa announes that Pakistan has made its first strike with its Burraq armed drone. On Sept. 7 a NBC-TV Poll reveals that Bernie Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton in N.H. by 9 points, and closing in on her in Iowa (11 points); on Sept. 12 a poll shows him leading Hillary in N.H. by 52%-30%. On Sept. 8 two PKK bombings kill 16 Turkish police officers in E Turkey near the Iraqi border, becoming the deadliest attack since the end of the 2-y.-o. ceasefire, causing angry crowds to attack Kurdish newspapers and party offices; meanwhile Turkish jets strike PKK position in Iraq; meanwhile the Istanbul and Ankara offices of Hurriet are attacked by with stones and clubs less than 48 hours after an attack by AKP supporters on Sept. 7. On Sept. 8 after decling an offer from NBC News on Sept. 4, and telling AP on Sept. 7 that an apology isn't necessary because the State Dept. "allowed"" her to do it, Hillary Clinton finally apologizes for using a private email account, with the soundbyte: "That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility, and I'm trying to be as transparent as I possibly can." On Sept. 8 (1st anniv. of displacement of Christians from Iraq and Syria by ISIS) U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jerry Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduce a resolution declaring the persecution of Mideast Christians to be genocide. On Sept. 8 U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham calls for the U.S. to take 'its fair share of Syrian refugees" , else the U.S. "should take the Statue of Liberty and tear it down"- as if he never heard of the words Sharia and jihad? On Sept. 8 Hillary Clinton announces her plan to overhaul campaign finance laws, vowing to break the "stranglehold that wealthy interests have over our political system." On Sept. 8 a Pew Research Center Poll finds that only 21% of Americans approve of Pres. Obama's nuke deal with Iran, and 49% disapprove. On Sept. 9 after a 2-year siege, Al-Nusra Front captures Abu al-Duhur Military airport in Idlib Province, Syria, the Syrian govt.'s last stronghold in the province. On Sept. 9 the Tea Party-sponsored Stop the Iran Deal Rally is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.; speakers incl. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Glenn Beck, who announces a plan to bring in "vetted" immigrants from Syria, with the soundbyte "We can save more people by Christmas than Oscar Schindler", and Sarah Palin, who utters the soundbyte that Pres. Obama doesn't trust Americans to "change our own light bulb of our own choosing", but does trust a "death cult" in Iran, adding: "This treaty will not bring peace. You don't reward terrorism - you kill it. You don't lift sanctions, you crack down on their assets. You cut off their oil and drill baby drill for our own." On Sept. 9 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits London, being greeted by violent anti-Israeli pro-Palestinian protesters calling for his arrest. On Sept. 9 Australian PM Tony Abbott announces that Australia will take in 12K Syrian refugees; meanwhile European Commission pres. Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his state of the union address, calling for "bold concerted action" to deal with 120K new asylum seekers in addition to the 40K in May. On Sept. 9 Iranian supreme assahollah Ruhollah Khomeini gives a speech at the tomb of Assaholah Khomeini, uttering the soundbyte: "In 25 years there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime in the region." On Sept. 9 the Obama amin.'s U.S. Justice Dept. rules that Hillary Clinton had the right to delete emails from her private account when she left office. On Sept. 9 a U.S. federal district court rules in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell that the U.S. House of Reps has standing to challenge a U.S. pres. executive action. On Sept. 9 Donald Trump gives an interview to Rolling Stone mag., in which he utters the soundbyte about opponent Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I Mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but realy folks, come on, are we serious?", causing the PC police to come out and go at him again, to which he responds that he was only talking about her "persona" - he meant imagine that face over his gold-plated zipper giving him a beejay? On Sept. 10 the Syrian army aided by Hezbollah repels an attack on Zabadani, Syria, killing or injuring 30. On Sept. 10 by a 42-58 straight party ticket vote (incl. 4 Dem. no votes) the U.S. Sen. votes to end a filibuster and sustain Pres. Obama's nuclear deal, preventing an up-down vote and clearing the way for the lifting of $150B in sanctions on Iran next week; on Sept. 11 the U.S. House by 162-269 votes against the deal, which won't stop it from taking effect next week, causing Am. pundit Mark Levin to utter the soundbyte: "I told you last year this was the start of World War III, and here we go, slowly but surely" - if Iran can't build a bomb, they can buy one on the black market? On Sept. 10 Defense Intel Agency chief Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart utters the soundbyte that Iraq and Syria may have been permanently torn asunder and might not survive as states, adding "I see a time in the future where Syria is fractured into two or three parts." On Sept. 10 La. Repub. Gov. Bobby Jindal gives a speech at the Nat. Press Club in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte about Donald Trump: "He is shallow. There is no substance. He doesn't know anything about policy. He has no idea what he is talking about. He makes it up on on the fly", adding: "Donald Trump's never read the Bible... [because] he's not in the Bible", causing Trump to reply: "I only respond to people that register more than 1% in the polls. I never thought he had a chance and I've been proven right"; Jindal drops out of the pres. race on Nov. 17. On Sept. 11 (/11) Lansing, Mich. mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett host the 9th Annual Mayor's Ramadan Unity Dinner, pissing-off everybody but them and the local Muslims, causing them to change it to Sept. 19. On Sept. 11 after pressure the 20-org. Refugee Council USA, 72 Dems. in Congress pub. a letter calling on the Obama admin. to "resettle a minimum of 200,000 refugees by the end of 2016, including 100,000 Syrian refugees". On Sept. 11 50+ intel officials of the U.S. Central Command announce that the Obama admin. altered intel reports to make the war on ISIS seem more successful. On Sept. 11 lightning hits a crane, causing it to crash into the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, killing 65+ and injuring 150 - payback's a bitch? On Sept. 11 Rick Perry drops out of the U.S. pres. race after 97 days, becoming the first Repub. to quit, leaving 16. On Sept. 12 Dem. Socialist Bernie, er, Jeremy Bernard Corbin (1949-) becomes head of the British opposition Labour Party, vowing to nationalize key industries, scrap Britain's nuclear missile system, and generally reverse the centrist policies of Tony Blair et al., pleasing Bernie; too bad, he's anti-American and anti-Israel, and a friend of Islamists. On Sept. 12 10K protest in Warsaw, Poland to protest their govt.'s decision to admit 2K Muslims from Syria and North Africa by 2017; signs read "Poland, free of Islam", and "Today refugees, tomorrow terrorists"; meanwhile thousands protest in London, England in favor of admitting refugees; meanwhile Saudi Arabia won't take any refugees, although it has 100K air-conditioned tents that can house 3M. On Sept. 12 a Ferrari and a Porsche bearing Qatari plates engage in a hi-speed street race in a residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills, Calif., which eneds when the Ferrari's engine begins smoking, after which they pull into their $10M luxury home then tell police that they claim diplomatic immunity. On Sept. 13 (Sun.) two Femen protesters take off their tops at a conference on Muslim women near Paris, France, exposing slogans incl. "No one subjugates me" and "I am my own prophet". On Sept. 13 Palestinians begin rioting at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, causing Israeli forces to enter the compound on Sept. 15; meanwhile Saudi king Salman condemns Israel for violating Islam's 3rd holiest site; meanwhile Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas issues a soundbyte: "Al-Aqsa is ours... and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet", causing Israeli Gen. Dore Gold to reply "By saying that the 'filthy feet' of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount desecrate it, Mahmoud Abbas has now clarified on which side he stands." On Sept. 13 (2:00 p.m.) Tex. Muslim Rasheed Abdul Aziz (1975-) enters the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Bullard near Lake Palestine in Cherokee County, Tex. with a gun in his pocket and tells the congregation that Allah had told him to "slay infidels", changing his mind after the pastor Rev. John D. Johnson III talks him out of it and leaving before being arrested. On Sept. 13 Dem. pres. candidate Bernie Sanders utters the soundbyte that he is against "perpetual warfare" in the Middle East, and that Saudi Arabia, Turkey et al. will have to "get their hands dirty" to settle unrest in Iraq and Syria. On Sept. 14 the European Council meets and decides to adopt provisional measures protecting 40K refugees in Greece and Italy; meanwhile on Sept. 15 Hungary declares a state of emergency, and onSept. 16 1.5K migrants riot, causing police to use tear gas. On Sept. 14 Yale U. accepts a $10M donation from Abdallah S. Kamel of Saudi Arabia to establish a Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization, which supposedly won't be treated as a joke like at Harvard U. but will be integrated with the law school. On Sept. 14 openly Socialist pro-gay anti-abortion Bernie Sanders gives a speech at supposedly evangelical Liberty U., drawing cheers when stating how his views differ from theirs. On Sept. 14 14-y.-o. 9th grader Am. Muslim "Clock Boy" Ahmed Mohamed (2001-) is arrested at his school in Irving, Tex. after he brings a homemade digital clock to school and the admins. call it into the police as a bomb threat hoax, and he refuses to tell them his engineering teacher had already seen it and told him not to carry it to other classes, after which he is released, and his publicity-hound daddy Elhassan goes to the PC police, who cause it to go viral, making him the poster boy for Islamophobia, earning him an invite to the White House science fair (Astronomy Night) on Oct. 19 and TV shows despite all kinds of kids arrested for toy guns etc. not being selected because they're not Muslim; h is father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed is a Muslim activist who set it all up as a publicity stunt with the backing of the insidious Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR?; on Oct. 13 after visiting Saudi Arabia, Clock Boy visits Sudanese dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir; on Oct. 19 (night) he meets with Pres. Obama in the White House, with his daddy Mohamed E. Mohad tweeting that this will help spread Islam in the U.S.; on Oct. 20 he announces that he's moving to Qatar. On Sept. 14 Hillar8y Clinton utters the soundbyte: "To every survival of sexual assault... You ahve the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We're with you" - unless you're Juanita Broaddrick, Monica Lewinsky et al.? On Sept. 15 the U.N. Gen. Assembly 70th Session begins (ends Sept. 2016). On Sept. 15 Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (1954-) of the Liberal Party becomes PM #29 of Australia (until Aug. 24, 2018). On Sept. 15 the Vatican releases a statement supporting the P5+1 nuclear agreement, calling for Israel, er, a Middle East free of nukes. On Sept. 15 CIA dir. John Brennan testifies before the U.S. House Intel Committee, saying that the U.S. is afraid that Iran may be outsourcing its secret nuke program to North Korea, or attempting to secretly purchase some Death to Israel and America nukes. On Sept. 15 the Collective Security Treaty Org. (CSTO) Collective meets in Dushanbe, Kyrgyzstan, pleding to fight terrorism esp. ISIS. On Sept. 15 Hillary Clinton gives an interview to the syndicated TV show "Extra", saying that making her hubby Bill her vice-pres. has "crossed her mind", with the soundbyte: "He would be good, but he's not eligible under the Constitution. He has served his two terms and I think the argument would be as vice-president it would not be possible for him to ever succeed to the presidency, at last that's what I've been told." On Sept. 16 the 2015 Burkina Faso Coup sees the regiment of pres. security of ex-pres. Blaise compaore arrest pres. Michel Kafando, PM Isaac Zida et al., shutting down the govt. before releasing them on Sept. 18 and nameing Gen. Gilbert Diendere (DiendÃ©rÃ©) (1960-) as new leader. On Sept. 16 the city council of Reyjjavik, Iceland decides to boycott Israeli products, causing a firestorm of controversy and calls for Jews to boycott them, causing them on Sept. 19 to limit their boycott to products from the so-called Occupied Territories; meanwhile on Sept. 17 Iceland's foreign ministry disavows support for the city council. On Sept. 16 Syrian govt. barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo, Syria kill 45+. On Sept. 16 the 2nd GOP Candidate Debate between 11 candidates at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. gives them all a chance to look good, esp. Carly Fiorina, who tasks Donald Trump for his remarks about her face, with her soundbyte "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said", causing him to blushingly reply: "I think she's got a beautiful face, and I think she's a beautiful woman." On Sept. 17 an anti-Kurdish (PKK) demonstration in Ankara, Turkey is attended by thousands, who call them terrorists; on Sept. 20 another anti-Kurd demonstration in Yenikapi Square in Istanbul, Turkey is attended by tens of thousands. On Sept. 17 after a latch-ditch Senate Repub. attempt to stop it by tying sanctions relief to Iran's recognition of Israel's right to exist and release of U.S. citizens, which is blocked by every Senate Dem. but one, the deadline is reached for the U.S. Congress to vote for or against Pres. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, allowing the Obama admin. to wave sanctions. On Sept. 17 Donald Trump gives a speech at a town hall meeting in Rochester, N.H., after which the first question is what he will do about Muslims amd their jihadist training camps in the U.S., calling Pres. Obama a Muslim, to which Trump responds "We need this question", and "A lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We're going to be looking that and many other things", pissing-off the PC media, which disses him for "Islamophobia", with Bernie Sanders tweeting that he must apologize, and Hillary Clinton tweeting: "Donald Trump not denouncing false statements about POTUS & hateful rhetoric about Muslims is disturbing, & just plain wrong. Cut it out"; on Sept. 19 Trump responds that it's not his obligation to defend Imam, er, Pres. Obama. On Sept. 18 ISIS-linked Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigades stage a rocket attack on S Israel, causing Israeli planes to bomb three terror targets on Sept. 19 (early a.m.); on Sept. 19 (night) Palestinian terrorists bomb Israeli soldiers near Beit Fajar village in Gush Etzion, Israel, resulting in no injuries. On Sept. 18 the 2015 Volkswagen Scandal begins when the U.S. EPA announces that Europe's biggest automaker used software on some of its cars to manipulate the results of direct emissions tests to make them pass, causing them to have to refit 11M vehicles and pay an $18B fine in the U.S., causing its market to tank. On Sept. 18 Pres. Obama appoints Eric Fanning as new U.S. Army secy., to succeed John McHugh, who has announced his departure on Nov. 1, becoming the first openly gay secy. of a U.S. military branch. On Sept. 18 the supreme court of Ala. refuses to recognize a lesbian adoption. On Sept. 18-19 Saudi alliance airstrikes in Yemen kill 57 and injure 130 civilians. On Sept. 19 Manfred Schmidt, head of Germany's refugee office resigns as the number of refugees entering the country doubles in 24 hours and controls are extended to the Czech border. On Sept. 20 (Sun.) Repub. pres. candidate Ben Carson gives an interview to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, uttering the soundbyte that no Muslim should be U.S. pres. because Islam is an ideology that's incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, bringing out the PC press prodded by insidious Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR, then granting an interview to The Hill, with the soundbyte that whoever takes the White House should be "sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Quran", making him more popular with non-Muslims?; meanwhile on Sept. 19 Donald Trump says "I love the Muslims. I think they're great people.", clarifying "We do have a problem with radical Muslims, there's no question about that." On Sept. 20 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry announces that the U.S. will accept 85K refugees next year (vs. 70K in 2015), and 100K in 2017. On Sept. 20 the deadline for establishing a unity govt. in Libya with the parliament in Tobruk and the Gen. Nat. Congress in Tripoli lapses. On Sept. 20 former Algerian foreign minister Abderrahmane Belayat gives a speech with the soundbyte that Algeria should obtain nukes to drive the Jews out of Palestine. On Sept. 20 the U.S. Border Patrol arrests two Pakistanis with ties to terrorism at the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuna, Muhammad Azeem and Mukhtar Ahmad; they wait until late Dec. to reveal it to the public. On Sept. 20-26 the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC). On Sept. 21 the 2015 U.N. Internat. Day of Peace. On Sept. 21 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian pres. Vladimir Putin meet to "prevent misunderstandings between IDF units and Russian forces" in Syria and avoid accidential exchanges of fire. On Sept. 21 after reports that it had let Iran gather its own environmental samples, U.S. State Dept. spokesman John Kirby utters the soundbyte that the Obama admin. won't "micromanage" the IAEA. On Sept. 21 a Gallup Poll reveals that 49% of U.S. citizens believe that the federal govt. is an "immediate threat" to their rights and freedoms, up from 305 in 2003. On Sept. 22-27 Pope Francis visits the U.S., landing in Washington, D.C. and meeting with Pres. Obama in the White House on Sept. 23 (the 266th pope meeting Obama on the 266th day of the year, which is also the period of human gestation?), during which Obama utters the soundbyte: "So we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and free from intimidation"; on Sept. 23 after a popemobile tour of Washington, D.C., where he kisses a baby, Francis becomes the first pope to perform a mass in the U.S. at the Nat. Cathedral; on Sept. 24 he becomes the first pope to address the U.S. Congress (joint session), telling them to seek the "common good", after which Rep. Bob Brady (D-Penn.) grabs his half-full drinking glass and swipes it, drinks from it, and saves the rest for sprinkling on his children; (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson roll over in their graves?); after Obama invites prominent gay and pro-abortion activists to the pope's reception, Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee utters the soundbyte that the decision is "classless" and a "new low", saying that the Obama admin. "will go down as the most anti-Christian in American history"; on Sept. 25 the pope delivers an address to the 70th U.N. Gen. Assembly in New York City, and visits the 9/11 Memorial before giving a mass at Madison Square Garden for 18K; on Sept. 26 the pope gives a speech outside Independence Hall in Philly, standing at the same lectern that Pres. Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address, addressing illegal immigrants, with the soundbytes: "Please don't ever be ashamed of your traditions", "You remind American democracy of the ideals for which it was founded, and you remind us that society is weakened whenever and wherever any injustice prevails; "Do not forget what happened here more than two centuries ago. Do not forget that Declaration that proclaimed all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and that governments exist to protect and defend these rights", adding that the Catholic invaders, er, immigrants "bring many gifts to the U.S"; while in the U.S., Pope Francis visits with Ky. clerk Kim Davis, later taking pains to deny that it "be considered a form of support for her position"; he also secretly meets with gay couples incl. Yayo Grassi and Iwan Bagus. On Sept. 23 a EU Summit shows EU leaders divided over the mass Muslim invasion, with German chancellor Angela Merkel leading the pack wanting more, while Hungarian PM Viktor Orban criticizes her "moral imperialism" of saying that Germany is Islam's, and that they must atone for Hitler, which causes her own people to boo her in speeches and call her a traitor, to which she responds that they should imbibe more about their Christian faith to engage the Muslims in dialogue. On Sept. 23 the U.S. govt. announces that 5.6M fingerprints of U.S. citizen were stolen by hackers from the Office of Personnel Mgt., along with SSNs and home addresses of 21M current and former govt. employees; China is suspected. On Sept. 23 U.S. State Dept. spokesman Mark Toner utters the soundbyte that the U.S. "would welcome" Saudi Arabia heading the U.N. Human Rights Council, causing an outcry, which doesn't stop the U.N. from doing it; meanwhile on Sept. 23 a super-rich Saudi Muslim is arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif. for forcing a woman to blow him. On Sept. 24 a stampede in Mecca, Saudi Arabia kills 717 pilgrims on Hajj and injures 863 while trying to get their turn to throw stones at the Devil in Mina, becoming the deadliest tragedy since 1990; on Sept. 27 Iranian supreme assasholla Khameini gives a speech, with the soundbyte: "Instead of laying the blame on others, the Saudis should accept the responsibility and apologize to the grieving Iranian families and the Muslim World", causing Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir to respond: "The Iranians should know better than to try to play politics with a tragic event", after which the Saudis refuse to allow Iranian officials to travel to Mecca, pissing-off the ayatollah, who begins veiled threats about the use of the Iranian Rev. Guard to retaliate. On Sept. 24 a suicide attack at a mosque in Sana'a, Yemen kills 25+ worshippers celebrating Eid al-Adha. On Sept. 24 the U.S. Nat. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA) announces that no Category 3 or above hurricanes have struck the continental U.S. in a record 119 mo., with records going back to 1851. On Sept. 24 after things aren't going well for him, Fla. Repub. Sen. Marco Rubio utters the soundbyte about opponent Donald Trump that he is "insecure", lashes out at opponents when things aren't going well for him, and "can't have more than a 10-second soundbyte on any key issue." On Sept. 25 Chinese pres. Xi Jinping visits the White House in Washington, D.C. for the first time just as Pope Francis leaves town for New York City; he and Pres. Obama announce a global climate change agreement approved by the pope, and a pact to stop state-sponsored cyberattacks; on Sept. 26 Xi Jinping meets in Seattle, Wash. with tech corp. CEOs incl. Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, and Satya Nadella of Microsoft to discuss Chinese cyber espionage and rook them into pressuring Washington, D.C. into not imposing sanctions; on Sept. 28 Jingping hosts a meeting on women's rights at the U.N., causing Hillary Clinton to call him "shameless" when he is persecuting women's activists at home, causing China to respond that she's a "demagogue" like "big mouth" Donald Trump; on Sept. 25-27 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is approved by the U.N. Gen. Assembly to bring the internat. community "to the cusp of decisions that can help realize the... dream of a world of peace and dignity for all" (U.N. secy.-gen. Ban Ki-moon), containing 17 sustainable development goals incl. an end to world poverty and hunger, gender and wealth equality, action against climate change et al.; it's really an insidious Satanic plan for a New World Order (NWO)? On Sept. 25 after inviting Pope Francis to address the House, crying when he begins speaking, former altar boy and Repub. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announces his resignation effective Oct. 30; he was pressured into quitting by conservative Repubs. as a RINO who kept selling-out to Pres. Obama on the budget et al.? On Sept. 25 the U.S. House by 233-170 passes the U.S. Reponsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. (R-Penn.) Tom Marino, forbidding federal agencies from incl. the "social cost of carbon" in environmental reviews. On Sept. 26 the Obama admin. opens a dialogue with Iran over the crises in Syria and Yemen. On Sept. 27 (Sun.) the conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP) wins the Austrian election with 36.4%, followed by the anti-immigrant Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) (slogans: "Mehr Mut fur Wiener Blut" [More Courage for Viennese Blood]) and "Too many foreigners does no one any good") at 30.4% and the Social Dems. (SPO) at 18.4%. On Sept. 27 (Sun.) (night) a super blood moon, occurs, becoming the last of a lunar tetrad, sending Bible-thumpers into a rapture. On Sept. 27 the thriller series Quantico debuts on ABC-TV for 44 episodes (until ?), starring India-born Priyanka Chopra (1982-) as FBI recruit Alex Parris, who is framed for committing a terrorist attack. On Sept. 28 Pres. Obama gives a speech at the 70th U.N. Gen. Assembly, with the soundbyte: "If we cannot work together more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences. That is true for the United States, as well, no matter how powerful our military... We understand the United States cannot solve the world's problems alone", adding "I lead the strongest military the world has ever known. I will never hesitate to protect my country and our allies unilaterally and by force when necessary"; he then complains about Donald Trump et al., with the soundbyte: "We see greater polarization, more frequent gridlock... movements on the far right, and sometimes the left, that insist on stopping the trade that binds our fates to other nations, calling for the building of walls to keep out immigrants", and "Most ominously, we see the fears of ordinary people being exploited through appeals to sectarianism, or tribalism, or racism, or anti-Semitism, appeals to a glorious past before the body politic was infected by those who look different, or worship God differently, a politics of us versus them"; no surprise, he adds that there must be a "rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terrorism", bragging about increasing the yearly quota of Muslim immigrants; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin gives a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, calling on the world to join Russia's fight against terrorism while preserving Bashed Ass in power in Syria; Iranian pres. Hassan Rouhani gives anspeech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, along with Russian pres. Vladimir Putin; meanwhile Pres. Obama meets with Putin at the U.N., becoming their first meeting in 15 mo.; on Sept. 29 Obama hosts a counter-terrorism summit at the U.N., uttering the soundbyte that Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad must go before ISIS can be defeated; British PM David Cameron tasks Obama for trying to get the foreign leaders to stop profiling Muslims because "violent extremism is not unique to any faith", with the soundbyte: "Barack, you said it and you're right, every religion has its extremists. But we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to al-Shabaab, to al-Nusrah, al-Qaida, and so many other groups." On Sept. 28 King Abdullah of Jordan delivers an address to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, blaming Israel for troubles on the Temple Mouth, and warning that Jordan will "prevent any threat" to the "holiness" of the city, and "reject any threat to the Arab character of the holy city". On Sept. 28 (night) three jihadists on a motorcycle assassinate Italian citizen Cesare Tavella in the diplomatic quarter of Dkhaka, Bangladesh; ISIS claims responsibility; on Oct. 3 after warning that they will target more foreigners, they murder Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur 180 mi. from Dhaka. On Sept. 28-Oct. 15 Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin forms SW of Bermuda and hits Cuba, Haiti,, Greater Antilles, and Bermuda, killing 34 and causing $200M damage while failing to make landfall in the U.S. and bringing record-breaking rains and floods across N.C. and S.C., causing floods in S.C. that kill 19 in Charleston and Columbia and cause $2B damage. On Sept. 29 the Inst. for the Study of War announces that the Taliban now control Kunduz Province in Afghanistan. The beginning of worldwide Islamic Sharia law enforcement? On Sept. 29 the Strong Cities Network is launched, with the U.N., the U.S. atty. gen., and the mayors of several U.S. cities uniting to fight ISIS; on Oct. 7 U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch at the U.N. announces the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a global law enforcement initiative to fight extremism in U.S. cities; in Oct. the Justice Dept. announces that a new position is being created to investigate lone-wolf domestic extremists - part of Pres. Obama's insidious plan to bypass Congress and the U.S. Constitution to surrender U.S. sovereignty to the U.N.? On Sept. 29 U.S. defense secy. John Kerry utters the soundbyte that a "complete ceasefire" could be put in place in Syria if pres. Bashar al-Assad announces that he doesn't want to stay in power and will "help manage Syria out of this mess and then go off into the sunset". On Sept. 30 Russia launches its first air strikes in Syria after the Russian Federation Council approves it 162-0; Vladimir Putin orders U.S. planes and personnel to get out of the way, and doesn't give Pres. Obama prior warning; too bad, the targets aren't ISIS but Assad's Syrian opposition, which the U.S. is partially friendly with, causing White spokesman Josh Earnest to utter the soundbyte: "We are seeing the Russians ramp up support for President Assad. They've been supporting him for quite some time, and it's clear the athey've made a significant military investment now in further propping him up. The fact that Russia has to take these noteworthy steps... is an indication of how concerned they are about losing influence in the one-clinet state that they have in the Middle East"; on Oct. 1 the U.S. and Russia begin deconfliction talks; meanwhile Iran sends hundreds of troops to Syria to back Russia and Assad up, and ISIS vows to set Moscow ablaze. On Sept. 30 Palestinian Authority (PA) pres. Mahmoud Abbas delivers an address to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, announcing that the PA no longer adheres to the 1993 Oslo Accords because "we won't work as employees for Israel", "with the soundbyte: "Our patience for a long time has come to an end", and that Israel "must fully assume all its responsibilities as an occupying power." In Sept. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is overheard talking on a hot mic at a U.N. development summit in New York City with German chancellor Angela Merkel, telling her "we need to do some work" on the issue of suppressing "offensive posts" on the refugee crisis, meaning anybody complaining about the evils of Islam and Muslim immigration to the West, answering "Yeah" to her question "Are you working on this?" In Sept. Google fixes their search engine algorithm that supplies the answer "Jews" to the question "Who runs Hollywood?" In Sept. U.S. unemployment is 5.1%, unchanged from Aug., adding 142K jobs; a record 94.61M Americans are no longer in the labor force, with only 62.4% of the U.S. pop. holding a job or actively looking for one. On Oct. 1 an ISIS roadside bomb in El-Arish, Egypt in N Sinai kills two Egyptian soldiers and injures 16. On Oct. 1 (10:38 a.m. PDT) ISIS-loving organized religion-hating "Pagan Wiccan" half-black half-white U.S. Army reject Chris Sean Harper-Mercer (1989-), whose MySpace page is full of praise for Islamic jihadists attacks Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., asking victims if they're Christian then shooting them in the head if they say yes and in the leg if they say no, killing nine and injuring nine before killing himself in a shootout with police; the Obama-run PC media tries to hide his identity then coverup his Muslim connections, and meanwhile Pres. Obama gives a speech politicizing the massacre, blaming it on the Second Amendment and calling for more gun control, failing to show sympathy for the victims or even wait for all the facts to come in, pissing-off the victims' families; on Oct. 7 Repub. pres. Ben Carson utters the soundbyte: "Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, 'Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all'; on Oct. Pres. Obama visits the victims, with the town divided over his anti-gun stand, and some armed protesters declaring an Obama Free Zone. On Oct. 1 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivers an address to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, berating it for its silence in the face of the death threats against Israel by Iran, glaring at the members for 45 sec., calling the Iran nuke deal a "marriage certificate for that unholy union" of radical Islam and nukes. On Oct. 1 Pope Francis releases his message for the 2016 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, titled Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy. On Oct. 1 an Iranian-born Australian Muslim teenie enters a police HQ on Charles St. in Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia, killing two before being killed. On Oct. 1-2 George Soros' Open Society Foundation holds a board meeting in New York City, later releasing a report revealing that Soros personally lobbied Pres. Obama to raise the Syrian refugee quota for 2017 from 70K to 100K. On Oct. 2 (12:01 a.m.) a USAF C-130 military transport plane crashes at Jalalabad Air Base in E Afghanistan, killing six U.S. airmen; the Taliban claims credit. On Oct. 2 Amnesty Internat. disses the U.N. Human Rights Council for bowing to Saudi pressure and passing a resolution shunning an internat. investigation into reported abuses in Yemen by Saudi-led forces and Houthi rebels, calling for the U.K. to stop supplying them with arms. On Oct. 2 a scout for the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks reveals that several ML baseball clubs have been sending talent scouts to the West Bank to observe Palestinian stone-throwers for signs of a new Sandy Koufax; ditto Jewish settler stone-throwers. On Oct. 3, 2015 (Sat.) as she sags in the polls, Hillary Clinton appears in a comedy skit on Saturday Night Live in an attempt to prove she's not a robot; meanwhile a fake Donald and Melania Trump appear in another comedy skit. On Oct. 3 Eitam and Naama Henkin from Nera (near Ramallah) are killed in front of their four children in their car by Hamas terrorists in Samaria, Israel; on On Oct. 3 a Russian MiG-29 fighter jet crosses into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, causing Turkey to scramble two F-16s; ditto on Oct. 4. Kunduz, Afghanistan accidentally hits a Doctors Without Borders (DWB) hospital, killing 22 incl. 12 workers, some by burning alive, causing them to call it a war crime, and the U.S. govt. to launch an investigation despite U.S. Afghanistan cmdr. Gen. John F. Campbell uttering the soundbyte that Afghan forces requested the air strike; on Oct. 7 after stalling, Pres. Obama apologizes for the bombing, which doesn't stop Dr. Joanne Liu from DWB pres. calling for an independent investigation by the Internat. Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. On Oct. 3 the Vatican fires Monsignor Kryzsztof Charamsa after he comes out as gay; he and his boyfriend Eduard hold a news conference in downtown Rome. On Oct. 3 (eve.) a Palestinian terror knife attack by 19-y.-o. Muhannad Shafeq Halabi in Old City Jerusalem, Israel kills two men and injures an infant before the terrorist is killed by police; both are praised by Hamas. On Oct. 3 a U.S. an AC-130 gunship crashes in E Afghanistan, killing 11. On Oct. 5 a series of car bombings across Iraq kills 63 and injures dozens. On Oct. 5 ISIS blows up the 1.8K-y.-o. Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria. On Oct. 6 ISIS kills 15 coalition soldiers in coordinated suicide bombings in Aden, Yemen; meanwhile 50+ Saudi clerics call on Muslim countries to wage jihad against heretic Bashar al-Assad and its allies Russia, Iran et al., and support fellow Sunnis in ISIS. On Oct. 6 U.S. top Afghanistan cmdr. Army Gen. John F. Campbell recommends to Pres. Obama that U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan past the Dec. 2016 deadline. On Oct. 6 Calif. Dem. Gov. Jerry Brown signs the Calif. Fair Pay Act, allowing women to sue claiming that they are being paid less than male employees for "substanially similar work" (not just equal work), and placing the burden of proof on the employer; it goes into effect on Jan. 1. On Oct. 7 (Wed.) Black Oct. begins? On Oct. 7 a huge oil discovery is announced in Golan Heights in Israel, containing enough reserves to last for decades. On Oct. 8 the U.S. military announces that USS Theodore Roosevelt has been pulled out of the Persian Gulf, leaving it without a U.S. aircraft carrier for the first time since 2007. On Oct. 8 two hours after he announces he has enough votes and goes into a meeting, heir apparent Kevin McCarthy abruptly pulls out of the race to replace John Boehner as U.S. House Speaker. On Oct. 8 Repub. pres. candidate Ted Cruz gives an interview to Fox News, dissing the "weakness of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy" that makes Vladimir Putin consider Pres. Obama a "laughingstock" and makes the world a more dangerous place, uttering the soundbyte: "We should stop engaging in the fiction in trying to find these moderate rebels and support them. We should stop the fiction of trying to bring together the Sunnis and Shias to put down their arms and embrace like brothers. Instead we should defend U.S. national security interests and do what works to defeat ISIS." On Oct. 9 (Fri.) (The Day of Rage) sees Israeli troops fire on Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border fence, killing six, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya declares a new Third Intifada AKA the Knife Intifada against Israel, which incl. videos calling it the Knife Intifada, with insructions on how to stab Jews, incl. the advice "poison the knife before you stab". On Oct. 9 U.S. defense secy. Ashton Carter announces that the U.S. will end the failed $500M Syrian rebel training program and begin working with Kurdish fighters. On Oct. 9 ISIS announces the killing of Iranian brig. gen. Hossein Hamedani in Syria, becoming their 3rd. On Oct. 9 the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passes a resolution regarding "the safety and security of Jewish communities in Europe", noting increased anti-Semitic activity. On Oct. 9 the U.N. Security Council votes 14-0-1 (Venezuela) for Resolution 2240 to enable Operation Sophia, with six EU warships patrolling off the coast of Libya to turn back boats transporting refugees to Europe. On Oct. 9 Swedish PM Stefan Lofven (Löfven) utters the soundbyte that Muslim immigrant-filled Sweden is in a state of crisis. On Oct. 9 masked men attack four Muslim immigrant invader boats in the Aegean Sea off Lesbos. On Oct. 10 the 70th Annov. of the Workers' Party of Korea is celebrated with a big military show in Pyongyang, attempting to coverup the terrible economy et al. On Oct. 10 a double suicide bombing before a scheduled peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills 98 and injures 190 mostly Kurds, becoming the most deadly terrorist attack in Turkish history; ISIS is suspected; the Turkish govt. really did it? On Oct. 10 an anti-mosque protest in Bendigo, Australia sees 400+ police arrest four. On Oct. 10 (Sat.) the Justice or Else Rally in the Nat. Mall in Washington, D.C. celebrates the 20th anniv. of the Million Man March, with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan hogging the microphone for 2 hours, praising #BlackLives Matter and damning the white devil establishment, with the soundbyte: "Moses was not an integrationist and neither are we. Let me be clear, America has no future for you or for me. She can't make a future for herself, much less a future for us." On Oct. 10-11 the Global Rally for Humanity sees anti-Islam protests in front of mosques in 20 cities across the U.S., led by USMC vet Jon Ritzheimer; "The world is saying no to Islam"; "Standing up against Islam does not mean you're a racist or a bigot, it simply means you're not an idiot and can see the reality of Islam around the world." On Oct. 11 a NATO heli crash in Afghanistan kills two British service members, two Americans, and one French contractor; on Oct. 12 Afghan officials report two crashes of military flights, one involving a small plane and the other a transport heli. On Oct. 12 ISIS supporters begin leaving messages in Gothenburg, Sweden declaring a new caliphate, incl. "The caliphate is here", and "Convert or die" - friends, football, food, King Soopers can? On Oct. 12 Communist Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (1952-) becomes PM #38 of Nepal (until July 24, 2016), resigning after a no confidence motion. On Oct. 12 after circ. falls from 5.6M in 1975 to less than 1M, Playboy mag. announces that it's going to stop pub. photos of nude women, reversing the decision in early 2016. On Oct. 13 Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran after accusing it of interfering in its affairs and terrorism. On Oct. 13 a madass Palestinian Muslim Baha Alyan plows his vehicle into some Jews at a bus stop in Jerusalem, Israel, then jump out and attempt to murder them with a meat cleaver, killing three and injuring four until he is shot and killed by security, causing hundreds of Israeli troops to be deployed to stop the wave of Palestinian attacks across Israel; on Oct. 13 Middle East Forum dir. Gregg Roman appears on Al-Jazeera America, saying that Mahmoud Abbas must stop "turning attackers into martyrs". On Oct. 13 (9 p.m. ET) the First 2015 Dem. Pres. Candidate Debate in Las Vegas, Nev. on CNN, moderated by Anderson Cooper is watched by a record 15.3M viewers; Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters come out backing them more than ever, with more switching to Bernie than vice-versa; Cooper asks Hillary "Will you say anything to get elected?"; Hillary utters the soundbyte that the NRA and Republican Party are her "enemies"; Bernie utters the crowd-pleasing soundbyte: "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damned emails." On Oct. 14 Hamas announces that it will recognize same-sex marriages performed in the smuggling tunnels in Gaza Strip; meanwhile a Gaza judge orders all women living under Hamas rule to cover-up in public Muslim-style. On Oct. 14 the Obama admin. announces plans to deploy 300 U.S. troops to Cameroon for intel ops. On Oct. 14 FBI dir. James Comey utters the soundbyte that ISIS is recruiting new members in all 50 U.S. states "24 hours a day". On Oct. 14 U.S. State Dept. spokesman John Kirby utters the soundbyte that the Obama admin. views an incident in which a Jewish Israeli was arrested for stabbing four Bedouin Arabs as "an act of terrorism", pissing-off Ted Cruz, who calls on him to disavow his remarks or resign. On Oct. 15 Pres. Obama announces that he plans to keep 9.8K troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016, keeping 5.5K when he leaves office in Jan. 2017, reneging on his campaign promise to end the war during his presidency, calling it a "modest but meaningful" extension of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan; his generals recommended 11K not 5.5K. On Oct. 15 (night) Queens, N.Y. Muslim Alija Kucuk is arrested for threatening to blow up JetBlue Airways Flight 153 en route from JFK to Palm Beach Internat. Airport. On Oct. 15 (night) Palestinians torch Joseph's Tomb in Israel, causing it to prepare for war; on Oct. 16 Israel rejects calls from the Palestinians for an internat. police force in E Jerusalem. On Oct. 16 The New York Times pub. a map showing that the Taliban controls 35 and contests another 35 of Afghanistan's 398 districts. On Oct. 17 Palestinian madasses carry out five stabbing attacks on Jews in Jerusalem and the West Bank in Jerusalem, causing Palestinian Authority (PA) pres. Mahmoud Abbas to issue a directive to stop attacks in Jerusalem and switch to the West Bank esp. Gush Etzion and Hebron before reversing himself and demanding more attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 26, causing a madass attack on Oct. 27, followed by another on Oct. 30. On Oct. 18 (Sun.) Swiss nat. elections are won by the anti-Muslim-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) with 29.4% (up from 26.6% in 2011), with the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP) also making gains; the SVP gains 11 seats in the house, for a total of 65 of 200, the highest ever. On Oct. 18 Adoption Day for the July 24 nuclear agreement with Iran. On Oct. 18 Donald Trump gives an interview to Fox News Sunday, explaining why he dissed Pres. George W. Bush for 9/11, saying that if he had been president back then his tough immigration policies wouldn't have allowed raghead foreign Muslims to run around loose planning jihadist attacks in the first place, causing brother Jeb Bush to attack him and lamely defend his brudder as if it's personal not politics; too bad, Jeb had earlier admitted that "leaky" immigration led to 9/11; after the interview Chris Wallace utters the soundbyte: â€œAll of us dismissed Trump early on. A summer fling, momentary amusement. As I watch that interview and I heard what he had to say about the country and about trade and about losing and just the sheer force of his personality, I am beginning to believe he could be elected president of the United States." On Oct. 18 the 2014 Internat. Religious Freedom Report slams Pakistan et al for "general failure to investigate, arrest, or prosecute those reponsible for religious freedom abuses" incl. use of blasphemy laws against Ahmadiyya Muslims et al.; it also slams Nigeria for failure to take on Boko Haram. On Oct. 18 Dan Alexander of Forbes mag. pub. an article that reveals the net worth of Bill and Hillary Clinton to be $230M. On Oct. 19 2015 Canadian federal elections are a big V for the Liberal Party (39.5%) under Justin Pierre James Trudeau (1971-) (son of former PM Pierre Trudeau), who win 184 of 338 seats in Parliament; Stephen Harper's Conservatives (32%) win 99 seats; Trudeau becomes Canadian PM #23 on Nov. 4 (until ?), immediately announcing that Canada will pull its RCAF CF-18 Hornets out of Iraq. On Oct. 20 "All in the Family" producer Norman Lear gives an interview to Jeanne Wolf's Hollywood Blog, saying that Donald Trump's popularity represents Americans giving the establishment political class a "middle finger". On Oct. 21 (early a.m.) the Bosporus Restaurant in Dubai is bombed; no one is injured. On Oct. 21 after months of waffling, U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden announces that he won't be running for U.S. pres., with the soundbyte: "I believe we're out of time"; he had earlier taken a swipe at Hillary Clinton's remark that Repubs. are her "enemies", with the soundbyte: "We have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart." On Oct. 21 Marty McFly arrives from 1985 to learn about all the cool new technology incl. flying cars, freeways in the sky, drones, hoverboards, and home-office teleconferencing - 1985 film Back to the Future :) On Oct. 21 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu utters the soundbyte that Adolf Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews from Europe, and that the idea to exterminate them came from madass Muslim Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, pissing-off German chancellor Angela Merkel, who replies: "We abide by our responsibility for the Shoah." On Oct. 22 the Hillary, er, Hillary Clinton testifies (her 2nd time) for 11 hours (10 a.m.-9 p.m.) before the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), where she is grilled about her actions and statements, esp. her public blaming of an anti-Islam video for the attack when she knew that it was a terrorist assault; too bad, despite being caught lying to the public, the exposure only boosts her campaign. On Oct. 22 the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee passes a bipartisan condemnation of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for inciding violence against Israelis. On Oct. 22 the Obama admin. announces the Let Girls Learn Initiative to provide $70M in aid to 200K teenie girls ages 10-19 in Pakistan. On Oct. 23 U.S., Kurdish, and Iraqi comandos free 70 histages from an ISIS prison near Hawija, Iraq; Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler becomes the first U.S. soldier KIA against ISIS. On Oct. 23 Pres. Obama appoints U.S State Dept. official Brett McGurk as special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, succeeding retiring Gen. John Allen. On Oct. 23 ISIS releases a new video showing a Hebrew-speaking jihadists threatening attacks on Jews worldwide, with the soundbyte: "Soon there will be no more Jews in Israel", calling Jews a "disease" - welcome to LA? On Oct. 25 (Sun.) elections in Poland see the anti-immigrant anti-EU Law and Justice Party, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski and Beata Szydlo win 39% of the vote, ousting the ruling centrist party and winning 242 of 460 seats in parliament, while the Civic Platform Party wins 133, leaving parliament with no left-wing members. On Oct. 25 a mass rally in Casablanca, Morocco in support of the Palestinian Intifada sees children shouting "We will sacrifice our soul and our blood for you" while splattered in blood, calling for a "Million-Martyr March to Jerusalem"; meanwhile next Jan. PA Authority intel chief Gen. Majid Farad admits that the PA has foiled 200 attacks on Israelis since the intifada began. On Oct. 26 a 7.5 earthquake in N Afghanistan rocks bldgs. from Kabul to Delhi, India, killing 150+ and injuring 800 in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On Oct. 26 (10:30 p.m.) Saudi coalition warplanes destroy a hospital in N Yemen run by Doctors Without Borders, pissing them off. On Oct. 27 for the 14th straight time (since 1992) the U.N. Gen. Assembly votes to condemn the 55-y.-o. U.S. embargo on Cuba; this time it's 191 to 2 (U.S. and Israel); in 2014 Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau abstained. On Oct. 27 U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees #19 (since June 15, 2005) Antonio (António) Manuel de Oliveira Guterres (1949-) of Portugal warns of the coming "amputation in the DNA of Christianity... in... the Middle East"; Guterres leaves office on Dec. 31. On Oct. 27 U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) introduces legislation to defund the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) for being "tied to foreign terrorist orgs', incl. storing rockets used by Islamist jihadists to attack Israel. On Oct. 27 the USS Lassen carries out the first Freedom of Navigation Patrol to challenge China's territorial claims to the 12 naut. mi. region surrounding its artificial islands in the South China Sea. On Oct. 27 Walgreens announces that it is acquiring competitor Rite Aid for $7.15B, leaving only CVS to compete with them in the drugstore biz. On Oct. 27 the Cyber Threat Alliance pub. a report announcing that hackers made $325M from victims using its CryptoWall malware. On Oct. 27- Nov. 2 the 2015 (111th) (2015) World Series sees the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets 4-1; Royals shortstop (#2) Alcides "El Mago" (the Magician) Escobar (1986-) scores an in-the-park homer as the leadoff hitter in Game 1 off the first pitch thrown by Mets pitcher (#33) Matthew Edward "Matt" "the Dark Knight" Harvey (1989-), becoming the first inside-the-park WS homer since 1929, the first ever to lead off Game 1 of a WS, and the first leadoff WS homer since Patsy Dougherty in Game 2 of the 1st (1903) WS. On Oct. 28 (3:15 a.m.) African-Am. property mgr. Corey Lamar Jones (b. 1984) (brother of ex-NFL player C.J. Jones) is shot by plainclothes officer Nouman K. Raja (of South Asian descent) while waiting by his disabled Hyundai Santa Fe SUV at an exit ramp of I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. after pulling up in an unmarked white van and failing to identify himself as a police officer, causing Jones (who has a concealed weapons permit) to pull a handgun, resulting in Raja firing 6x; on June 1, 2016 a grand jury charges Raja with manslaughter and attempted 1st degree murder, causing him to be fired; on Jan. 17, 2017 the Fla. state atty.'s office released a reporting stated that Raja lied to investigators; on Aug. 23, 2018 the Fla. state appeals court rejects Raja's stand your ground defense. On Oct. 28 a spokesman for Inherent Resolve announces that the anti-ISIS coaliation has conducted 7,712 airstrikes since operations began, the majority in Iraq. On Oct. 28 U.S. House Repubs. by 200-43 nominate Paul Davis Ryan Jr. (1970-) as new House speaker over Daniel Webster of Fla.; on Oct. 29 he is elected to succeed John Boehner. On Oct. 28 China announces and end to its 36-y.-o. one-child policy of 1979, permitting couples to have up to two children. On Oct. 28 after support by House Speaker John Boehner along with secret talks, the U.S. House votes 266-167 (all Dems. plus 79 Repubs.) to pass a sweeping budget deal that raises spending levels and expands borrowing authority by $1.5T causing conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh to predict that the deal will help Hillary Clinton be elected U.S. pres., with the soundbyte: "So, the idea that the Democrat party and their nominee, most likely Hillary clinton, pose a grave threat to the country's future because of their runaway spending... we can't say that anymore"; U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) begins a filibuster. On Oct. 28 after criticizing Hungary for building a border fence, Austria flops and decides to build its own at its main crossing with Slovenia. On Oct. 28 officials of the Nat. Oceanic Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA) refuse to hand over records explaining why they suddenly decided to eliminate the 20-year global hiatus in global warming from the official climate record, pissing-off chmn. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), who utters the soundbyte: "It was inconvenient for this administration that climate data has clearly showed no warming for the past two decades. The American people have every right to be suspicious when NOAA alters data to get the politically correct results they want and then refuses to reveal how those decisions were made." On Oct. 28 the 2-hour 2nd Repub. Pres. Debate in uber-leftist Boulder, Colo., aired by CNBC, with liberal hosts Becky Quick, John Harwood, and Carl Quintanilla throwing circus-like questions at the 10 candidates, pissing them all off; on Oct. 30 the Repub. Nat. Committee announces that it's dropping the planned Feb. 26 debate, saying of NBC News that "its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith". On Oct. 28 Dem. U.S. pres. candidate Bernie Sanders stinks himself up with the soundbyte that he is going to lead the fight against "Islamophobia" because his ancestors died in Nazi concentration camps; he never heard that Adolf Hitler was a big supporter of Jerusalem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who helped plan the Holocaust with him and mentored Jew-killer Yasser Arafat? On Oct. 29 Wisc. Repub. Rep. (1999-) Paul Davis Ryan (1970-) (2012 U.S. vice-pres. nominee) replaces John Boehner, becoming U.S. House Speaker #54 (until ?) (first from Wisc.). On Oct. 29-30 a Summit on Syria in Vienna, Austria is attended by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, and Iran; the Syrian press. pub. an article that claims that U.S. secy. of state John Kerry acted as a mediator and blocked a discussion of the removal of Bashar al-Assad, and that Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif was the dominant player. On Oct. 30 the Obama admin. announces the deployment of up to 50 U.S. special ops forces to fight ISIS in Kurdish-controlled Syria; on Nov. 2 after being reminded of his pledge not to put "boots on the ground" in Syria, he explains that they won't be on the front lines. On Oct. 31 (Halloween) the world's first Blood Rave is held in Amsterdam, Holland, in which blood-filled sprinklers shower the participants. On Oct. 31 Russian Kogalymavia Flight 7K9268 (Airbus A-321) en route from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia carrying 224 passengers and crew crashes in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, killing all aboard; ISIS claims responsibility, which Russia denies, after which U.S. intel chief James Clapper utters the soundbyte that there is "no direct evidence" pointing to ISIS, but he wouldn't rule it out; investigations point to an on-board bomb, and after Pres. Obama announces that a bomb is suspected, and flight data recorder data confirm it, Russian pres. Vladimir Putin halts Russian air traffic with Egypt and evacuates Russian nationals; meanwhile Egypt suspends flights for British nationals; on Nov. 17 Russia announces that the plane was indeed brought down by a homemade bomb equivalent to 2 lbs. of TNT, and offers a $50M reward for info. on the terrorists. In Oct. U.S. unemployment is 5% (vs. 5.1% in Sept., with the economy adding 271K jobs. On Nov. 1 (Sun.) gen. elections in Turkey (last on June 7) are a V for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which increases its share in the nat. vote by 9% and its parliamentary seats by 11%, giving it back its majority; the AKP rigged the election? On Nov. 2 Pres. Obama visits Rutgers U., and announces that federal agencies will no longer require applicants to check a box declaring that they have criminal records AKA "ban the box"; he also visits Newark, N.J. and announces an $8M federally-funded construction job apprentice training program, pissing-off unions. On Nov. 2 the govt. of Libya threatens the EU to recognize its Islamist govt. or face millions of illegal immigrants; meanwhile U.N. high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres announces that 218,394 illegally migrated to Europe in Oct., vs. 219K for 2014. On Nov. 2 (98th anniv. of the Balfour Declaration) Hamas issues an official statement demanding that Britain apologize for it, calling it null and void and calling on the world to pressure Britain to submit. On Nov. 3 (Tues.) Hamtramck, Mich. becomes the first city in U.S. history to elect a Muslim-majority city council - it's on the wrong tramck? On Nov. 3 Kurdish intel expert Lahur Talabini annonces that Kurdish peshmerga fighters have not been paid for 3 mo. and are badly in need of winter gear and ammo if they are to hold ground seized from ISIS. On Nov. 4 U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) utters the soundbyte about the mass migration of Muslims to Europe: "What we are witnessing is the destruction of Western civilization, not by an armed invasion, but by envelopment." On Nov. 4 (8:00 a.m.) Muslim freshman Faisal Mohammad (b 1997) goes on a stabbing spree at UC Merced in Calif. "with a smile on his face", stabbing four before police shoot and kill him. On Nov. 4 U.S. Senators accuse the Pentagon of "paid patriotism" for paying prof. sports teams to hold ceremonies honoring U.S. troops. On Nov. 5 the U.N. Gen. Assembly votes 117-21 to allow Israel to join the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; Egypt votes for Israel for the first time since 1948. On Nov. 5 the Mormon Church announces that same-sex couples will be considered as apostates, and that their children cannot be baptized. On Nov. 6 Antioch Maronite patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi issues the soundbyte that Muslims want to conquer Europe "with faith and the birthrate". On Nov. 6 Mass. Repub. Gov. Charlie Baker issues an executive order making Mass. the first state adding LGBT-owned businesses to its affirmative action Supplier Diversity Program (SDP). On Nov. 7 a 6.8 earthquake rocks Chile 66 mi. SW of Coquimbo. On Nov. 7 Chinese pres. Xi Jinping and Taiwanese pres. Ma Ying-jeou formally meet for the first time. On Nov. 8 elections in Burma (Myanmar) are a landslide V for the Nat. League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, who won 390 seats in parliament, more than two-thirds. On Nov. 8 a madass Palestinian rams his vehicle into a group of Israelis at a hitchhiking station near Nabus, West Bank, Israel, injuring four before he is killed by security forces. On Nov. 8 a Gallup Poll indicates that 64% of Americans disapprove of the way that Pres. Obama is dealing with ISIS. On Nov. 9 police across Europe raid an Iranian hacking group affiliated with the Islamic Rev. Guard Corps (IRGC), saying it had targed 1.6K high-profile targets incl. Israeli nuclear scientists, NATO officials, Iranian dissidents, and members of the Saudi royal family. On Nov. 9 police capt. Anwar Abu Zaid (b. 1986) (nephew of former Muslim Brotherhood MP Suleiman Al-Sa'ad) opens fire at the Al-Muwaqqar police training facility E of Amman, Jordan, killing two Jordanians, two Americans, and a South African before being killed; the weapons used are later discovered to have been stolen by Jordanian intel aents from shipments by the CIA intended for Syrian rebels. On Nov. 9 Pres. Obama meets with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who surprises reporters with his willingness to pursue peace talks with the Palestinians and his assertion that he is still committed to a 2-state solution. On Nov. 9 after 30 black players refuse to play for its football team, combined with protests over racial incidents, U. of Mo. pres. Tim Wolfe resigns. On Nov. 10 Pres. Obama makes the cover of Out mag. becoming the first U.S. pres. on the cover of a gay mag. On Nov. 11 thousands of protesters in Kabul, Afghanisan storm the pres. palace carrying the coffins of seven minority Hazara Shiite civilians beheaded by ISIS, accusing Pres. Ashraf Ghani of incompetence and shouting "Death to the Taliban", "Death to the Islamid State", "Death to Pakistan", and "Down with the Government". On Nov. 11 the EU approves a measure requiring the labeling Jewish-made goods from Judea and Samaria, which Israel calls "anti-Semitic". On Nov. 12 ABC News announces that ISIS executioner Jihadi John has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria. On Nov. 12 twin suicide bombings at a busy shopping street in a Hezbollah Shiite section of Beirut, Lebanon kill 43 and injure 239; ISIS claims responsibility. On Nov. 12 Pres. Obama gives an interview to George Stephanopoulus of ABC-TV, uttering the soundbyte about ISIS "We have contained them". On Nov. 13 (Fri.) Hamas stages another Day of Rage in Judea and Samaria; meanwhile a Palestinian terrorist kills a father and son Israeli and injures another youth in South Hebron, Israel. On Nov. 13 ISIS detonates a suicide bomb at the funeral procession of a pro-govt. Shiite fighter in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 18 and injuring 41, calling Shiites "rejectionist Hashid". On Nov. 13 U.S. sec. of state John Kerry visits Tunisia for the 2nd U.S.-Tunisia Strategic Dialogue (first in Apr. 2014). After years of not closing the doors to Islamists, France finally gets its 9/11? On Nov. 13 (9:20 p.m.) (Friday the Thirteenth) one day after senior Iraqi intel officials warn anti-ISIS coalition forces of the attack in vain, and hours afer Montpellier, France imam Mohamed Khattabi gave a sermon portraying Muslims as victims, with the soundbyte: "We dream of seeing our children become ministers and dignitaries, and even presidents. Why not? We want them to rule France one day, to rule Belgium, Germany, and Britain... You will never get [your children] there through the means of Islam. No. You must get them there through their [Western] rules, not yours", seven Allah Akbar-shouting ISIS terrorists freshly returned from Syria (one a French national, three from Brussels, Belgium) stage six attacks in Paris, France, incl. Bataclan Concert Hall (where Eagles of Death Metal are playing), Stade de France in Saint-Denis (where a soccer match is being played and French pres. Francoise Hollande is in attendance), Caffe Bonne Biere, Le Petit Cambodge, la Belle Equipe, and Avenue de la Republique, killing 129 and injuring 352 before detonating their suicide belts, becoming the deadliest attack in Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombing, and the deadliest attack in Paris since WWII, causing Pres. Francois Hollande to declare martial law for the first time since you know what after calling the attacks "an act of war", and U.S. law enforcement to go on high alert; ISIS claims responsibility, calling them "the first of the storm" and mocking France as a "capital of prostitution and obscenity"; Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte "We've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians", calling it "an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share", as if history isn't all about warring civilizations with warring values; Pope Francis calls it part of the "Piecemeal Third World War"; Hillary Clinton tries to cover for Islam Obama-style, refusing to admit that the West is at war with radical Islam, with the soundbytes: "Let's be clear. Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism", and "I don't think we are at war with Islam. I don't think we are at war with all Muslims. I think we are at war with jihadists"; Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaooud (b. 1987) is identified as the mastermind of the attacks; German chancellor Angela Merkel utters the soundbyte; "We believe in the rights of every individual to seek his fortune, in respect for others, and in tolerance. Let us reply to the terrorists by declaring world war", er, "by resolutely living our values and by redoubling those values across all of Europe - now more than ever"; on Nov. 14 (night) a rally in solidarity with France is held in Tel Aviv, Israel; meanwhile Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya'alon utters the soundbyte; "In Europe, the balance between security and human rights has until now leaned in favor of human rights, but there is no longer any choice. The balance must now be tipped toward security to defend democracy"; on Feb. 15 a candelight vigil for the victims is interrupted by Nat. Front demonstrators crying "Out with the Muslims" and "Throw out Islamists"; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin utters the soundbyte: "This tragedy is another proof of the barbarian nature of terrorism, which challenges human civilization", calling for Western leaders to bury their differences and join Russia to strike at ISIS militants in Syria; TLW's Winslow Plan for Defeating Islam Forever is never mentioned; on Feb. 16, 2016 CIA Dir. John Brennan gives an interview to CBS-TV's "60 Minutes", saying that the "system was blinking red" shortly before the attacks, and knew that ISIS was plotting an attack days before. On Nov. 14 the Ulema High Council of Morocco issues a fatwa delineating the distinction between jihad and terror, with only the ruler having the authority to declare jihad. On Nov. 15 France uses 12 aircraft incl. 10 fighter jets to drop 20 bombs on the ISIS capital of Raqqa, Syria, causing Israelis to complain how they were criticized for doing ditto when they were attacked by Palestinian terrorists. On Nov. 15-16 the G20 Summit in Belek, Antalya, Turkey; Pres. Obama gives a speech, in which he declares that ISIS "does not represent Islam; it is not representative in any way of the attitudes of the overwhelming majority of Muslims", in which he calls it "shameful" to suggest that the U.S. only admit Christian Syrian refugees, sticking to his plans to immigrate 10K-65K Muslims even if they are seeded with ISIS terrorists, pooh-poohing calls by Russia and France as well as U.S. Repubs. to form an anti-coalition, with the soundbyte: "We are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working, even though it does not offer the satisfaction, I guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution", dismissing Repubs. with "I'm too busy for that", adding "What I'm not interestedi n doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership, or American winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what actually is going to work to protect the American people"; Am. commentator Michael Savage comments that Obama's refusal to recognize the Islamic part of Islamic terrorism proves he's insane, with the soundbyte: â€œHow insane is a man who at a time like this not only says he is not going to stop the influx of male, Muslim, Syrian refugees of military age, but he's going to double down and bring in more?"; meanwhile Russian pres. Vladimir Putin issues the soundbyte that ISIS is financed by 40 countries incl. some G20 member states, calling on them to curb their illegal oil trade that brings them in $40M/mo.; meanwhile Donald Trump disses Obama for wanting to admit Muslims into the U.S. while denying entry to persecuted Christians, with the soundbyte: â€œIf you're from Syria and you're a Christian, you cannot come into this country. If you're Islamic, you can come in so easily", which is bolstered by statistics released on Nov. 16 the U.S. State Dept. showing that of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. so far, only 53 are Christians. On Nov. 16 ISIS releases a video warning that any "Crusader" country staging air strikes against them will suffer the same fate as in Paris, threatening to attack the U.S.; meanwhile Yazidis torch Muslim homes in recaptured Sinjar in revenge. On Nov. 16 the U.S. Congress passes the U.S. Space Resources and Utilization Act of 2015, permitting private cos. to own natural resources they mine from celestial bodies incl. asteroids and the Moon. On Nov. 16 British PM David Cameron delivers a Speech on the Fri. the 13th Paris Massacre in London, saying that Islamist ideology needs to be defeated, but leaving the sacred cow of Islam itself untouched. On Nov. 17 police evacuate a soccer stadium in Hanover, Germany after finding an explosive device, then evacuate the TUI Arena for safety. On Nov. 17 (4:25 a.m.) a woman detonates her suicide vest as French commandos raid an apt. in Saint-Denis, France, killing two, with seven arrested after a 6-hour standoff; the woman is later identified as former party girl-turned-radical "Cowgirl" Hasna Aitboulahcen (b. 1989), a cousin of Paris Massacre mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud (b. 1987), who is also killed, making her Europe's first female suicide bomber; meanwhile the hacker group Anonymous posts a video declaring war against ISIS; meanwhile France and Russia engage in their first joint air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, while whimpy Pres. Obama does nil over there, instead stumping to import Syrian refugees to the U.S. heartland by mocking Repubs., asking if they're afraid of 3-y.o. orphans to gain sympathy, saying "Nobody said there should be a religion test", calling it "shameful", and launches the #REFUGEESWELCOME Twitter hashtag; he wouldn't limit immigration to women and children but wants grown males to have an open door?; conservative commentator Mark Levin utters the soundbyte that persecuted Christians in the Middle East "have nowhere else to go"; Hollywood actor James Woods tweets the soundbyte: "How exactly do Dems propose to vet the potential terrorists hidden among the horde? The same way they vetted the Tsnarnaevs?"- poor little Topsy? On Nov. 17 Russia announces that the plane down on Oct. 31 in the Sinai Peninsula was downed by a bomb that was equivalent to 2 lbs. of TNT, and offers a $50M reward; meanwhile ISIS releases a photo they claim is of the bomb, which fits in a pineapple juice can. On Nov. 17 Obama's gal U.S. atty. gen. Loretta Lynch testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about bringing Gitmo POWs to U.S. soil, with the soundbyte "The law currently does not allow that", but that this won't stop the Obama admin. from closing Gitmo. On Nov. 17 Obama's boy John Kerry stinks himself up with the soundbyte about the Charlie Hebdo Massacre that "there wasa sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of - not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they're really angry because of this and that", but not the Friday the Thirteenth Paris Massacre, which was "absolutely indiscriminate... They kill people because of who they are and they kill people because of what they believe", causing an outcry, with Tex. Repub. Sen. Ted Cruz uttering the soundbyte that Kerry should resign for being "apologists for radical Islamic terrorists" along with Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton. On Nov. 17 Ohio Repub. Gov. John Kasich calls for a new U.S. govt. agency to promote "core Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share". On Nov. 18 three ISIS supporters stab a Jewish school teacher in Marseilles, France. On Nov. 18 the U.S. American Safety Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 is introduced by House Repubs. Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), requiring the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the U.S. intel community to sign-off on every Syrian refugee admitted to the U.S. in an attempt to "pause" Pres. Obama's planned influx, causing Obama to threaten a veto; on Nov. 19 after several Dems. break with Obama, the bill is passed by 289-137 incl. 47 Dems.; meanwhile on Nov. 18 French pres. Francois Hollande announces that despite the Paris massacre, "life must go on", and France will accept 30K more Syrian refugees - how do robots work? On Nov. 18 five young Syrian males with stolen Greek passports are arrested in Honduras; meanwhile Turkey arrests eight Europe-bound ISIS militants posing as refugees. On Nov. 18 Pres. Obama utters the soundbyte that Syrian refugees are no more dangerous to the U.S. than tourists, dissing Repubs. for xenophobia and adding that they shouldn't fear the closing of the Gitmo terrorist detention center either - what universe does he live in? On Nov. 18 Hillary Clinton gives an interview with Fareed Zakaria of CNN, saying that the U.S. must lead the fight against ISIS, but calling on Arab nations to supply most of the troops, backing Pres. Obama with the soundbyte: "Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee, that is just not who we are. We are better than that." On Nov. 18 ISIS announces the execution of Chinese captive Fan Jinghui and Norwegian captive Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad , causing the Chinese govt. to vow justice. On Nov. 19 U.S. Homeland Security Committee chmn. Rep. Michael McCaul utters the soundbyte that far from being 'contained" like Pres. Obama said, ISIS is "expanding globally and plotting aggressively", and "is now responsible for more than 60 terrorist plots against Western targets, including 18 in the United States", adding "Here at home we have arrested more than 70 ISIS supporters over the last year... more than one per week, and the FBI says it has nearly 1,000 ISIS-related investigations in all 50 states. If this is not a war, then I don't what is." On Nov. 19 (p.m.) a madass Palestinian stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, Israel during midday prayers kills two Israelis and injures another; another madass Palestinian stages a shooting attack in the Gush Etzion, West Bank, killing three incl. an 18-y.-o. tourist from Sharon, Mass. and injuring three. On Nov. 19 after 30 U.S. govs. announce that their states will not allow resettlement of Syrian refugees, pissing-off Pres. Obama, Donald Trump utters the soundbyte that Obama is deliberately sending the refugees to Repub.-majority states. On Nov. 20 after being paroled on July 29, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is released after almost 30 years in U.S. prison, allowing him to emigrate to Israel; too bad, the U.S. won't allow it. On Nov. 20 10 Allah Akbar-shouting al-Murabitoun (al-Qaida affiliated) Islamists attack the 5-star Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali where French troops are stationed, killing 27 and taking 170 hostages incl. six Americans, killing only non-Muslims. On Nov. 20 justice and home affairs ministers of the EU hold a meeting in Paris, er, Brussels, Belgium to discuss new security measures against ISIS, incl. a passenger name registry; on Nov. 21-25 Brussels is placed in lockdown while police search for terrorist Saleh Abdeslam et al. in the Molenbeek neighborhood; on Nov. 25 Brussels regional pres. Rudi Vervoor says "It's not the end, just the beginning". On Nov. 20 the 2015 Hurricane Season ends with only 11 storms, of which only three are classified as hurricanes, none reaching the U.S. mainland, the closest being the S Bahama Islands; total Atlantic hurricane activity has dropped 80% from 2005, pissing-off climate alarmists. On Nov. 23 the sci-fi series The Expanse, based on the novels by Daniel Abraham and James S.A. Corey (Ty Franck) debuts on Syfy for ? episodes (until ?), starring Sohreh Aghdashloo as U.N. exec Chrisjen Avasarala, Thomas Jane as police detective Josephus Miller, and Steven Strait as ship's officer Holden, who unravel a conspiracy threatening peace between Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). On Nov. 24 a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M fighter jet is shot down near the Syrian border after violating Turkish airspace for only 17 sec. on the personal orders of Obi Wan Kenobi Erodogan, pissing-off the Russians and raising tensions sky high. On Nov. 26 Socialist Party secy.-gen. (since Nov. 22, 2014) Antonio Luis Santos da Costa (1961-) becomes PM #119 of Portugal (until ?). On Nov. 27 after the U.S. Dept. of the Interior proposes a framework for an independent political structure for Native Hawaiians if it "forms a unified government that seeks a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States", the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks a month-long election (Nov. 1-Dec. 1) for delegates to a constitutional convention for the purpose of Hawaiian self-determination after critics call it unconstitutional and racially exclusive. On Nov. 30-Dec. 12 the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21) (CMP 11) in Paris, France, attended by leaders from 147 nations negotiates the Paris Climate Agreement (Accord), signed by reps of 196 parties, agreeing to a goal of a 1.5C limit to global temperature increase by 2030 at a cost of $100T, but only reducing global temps by .086C; the U.S. agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26%-28% (below the 2005 level) by 2025, reducing GDP by $150B/year (6M jobs), while reducing global temps by 1/15,000th of 1C by 2100, postponing global warming by 8 mo.?; on Nov. 30 Pres. Obama gives a Speech on Climate Change, urging world action, with the soundbytes: "Our understanding of the ways human beings disrupt the climate advances by the day. Fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record have occurred since the year 2000 - and 2015 is on pace to be the warmest year of all. No nation - large or small, wealthy or poor - is immune to what this means", calling the COP21 climate change conference in Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorists who attacked Paris earlier in the month; "For I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us. But if we act here, if we act now, if we place our own short-term interests behind the air that our young people will breathe, and the food that they will eat, and the water that they will drink, and the hopes and dreams that sustain their lives, then we won't be too late for them"; the only real goal of the U.N. is to sock U.S. taxpayers $150B/year to give to poor countries?; on Nov. 30 Bill Nye the Science Guy backs up Obama on the Paris terrorist attack, calling it "a result of climate change", adding" You can make a very reasonable argument that climate change is not that indirectly related to terrorism. This is just the start of things. The more we let [climate change] go on, the more trouble there's going to be"; of course out pop more so-called experts claiming that global climate change threatens the world's poor directly. In Nov. after France warns him they won't send special forces to protect him after the Fri. the 13th Attacks, Pope Francis visits Africa, incl. CAR and Uganda. In Nov. Kazakhstan and India sign a memorandum of understanding to build a railway terminal in Port Mundra in W India to provide maritime service to Port Bandar Abbas in Iran, and railway service from there N to Kazakhstan, ending its status as a landlocked country. On Dec. 2 (10:58 a.m.) the 2015 San Bernardino Massacre sees married American jihadists Syed Rizwan Farook (born in U.S.) and Tashfeen Malik (born in Pakistan) shoot up the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. during a Christmas party attended by 80 employees, killing 14 and injuring 21, then drive away and die in a shootout with police, becoming the worst shooting in Calif. since the 1984 San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre, and the deadliest in the U.S. since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre; Pakistani-born Malik pledged alliance to ISIS and its caliph on her Facebook page at 11:00 a.m., one minute after the terrorist attack began; Muslim convert Enrique Martinez Jr. is later found to have purchased two rifles for them in 2011-12, and is charged on Dec. 18; ISIS claims responsibility for the massacre; the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security modifies its Nat. Threat Advistory System (NTAS) "an intermediate level... which describes general developments or trends regarding threats of terrorism" (U.S. Homeland Security Secy. Jeh Johnson); too bad, it doesn't label threats with terms like Islamic terrorism or ISIS. On Dec. 2 Internat. Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) secy.-gen. Yukiya Amano releases their Report on the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's Nuclear Program, finding nothing to stop the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - a coverup On Dec. 3 former Ark. Repub. gov. Mike Huckabee utters the soundbyte: "No American president should ever put the pressure on Israel to give up land that God gave them the title deed to." On Dec. 3 police in Lucknow, India arrest Hindu Kamlesh Tiwari for claiming that "the Prophet Muhammad was the first homosexual", after which Muslims stage anti-blasphemy protests across India and call for his beheading. On Dec. 4 a firebomb attack at a nightclub in Cairo, Egypt kills 16 and injures three. On Dec. 4 OPEC decides at its semi-annual meeting in Vienna not to cut production in order to try to recover market share lost to the U.S. et al. On Dec. 4 amid low oil prices caused by less U.S. dependence, OPEC meets in Vienna. On Dec. 5 a madass Muslim at Leytonstone Tube Station in East London, England cuts a passenger's throat and injures two other while screaming "This is for Syria". On Dec. 6 elections in France give a V to the anti-Muslim-immigrant Nat. Front Party of Marine Le Pen, who receives 27.8%, vs. 27.3% for ex-pres. Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative Les Republicains Party, and Pres. Francois Hollande's Socialist Part (23.3%); on Dec. 13 more elections see the two establishment parties join forces to defeat Le Pen. On Dec. 6 a large bomb in Sana'a, Yemen kills the gov. of Aden Province and six bodyguards; ISIS claims responsibility. On Dec. 6 a triple suicide bombing by Boko Haram on an island on Lake Chad kills 30 and injures 80. On Dec. 6 German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel calls on Saudi Arabia to stop funding Wahhabi mosques, with the soundbyte: "In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities." On Dec. 6 (eve.) Pres. Obama delivers an Address on Terrorism from the Oval Office, his 3rd from the Oval Office, finally calling the San Bernardino Massacre terrorism, with the clueless soundbyte: "The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world", claiming that the Islamic jihadists adopted a form of violence that is "all too common" in the U.S., while hedging as usual by cluelessly calling it a "perversion of Islam", with the soundbyte: "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it", ending with his usual moose hockey that Muslim-Ams. are just as good as non-Muslim Ams., and that it will play into ISIS' hands to blame Islam itself for jihad, not forgetting to make a play for more gun control laws; "Here's what else we cannot do. We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology"; "But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans of every faith to reject discrimination. It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country. It's our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL. Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes - and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that"; "If we are to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as our strongest allies in rooting out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization." On Dec. 6-7 the Muslim Reform Movement to combat Islamic extremism is announced at a summit in Washington, D.C. , with Danish delegate Naser Khader uttering the soundbyte: "We cannot say that the Islamic State are not Muslims. That is what they call themselves. If we the Muslims do not face the problem of violence that links to Islam in our time, how will we ever succeed in ripping Islam out of the hands of these destructive powers and lift our religion into the 21st century?" On Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor Day) Repub. pres. candidate Donald Trump calls for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on", with the soundbyte: "Our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life", pissing-off the PC police (who can't stand to hear the truth?), causing White House press secy. Josh Ernest on Dec. 8 to ridicule Trump for his "fake hair" and compare him to a "carnival barker", saying "What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president.", adding "The Trump campaign for months now has had a dustbin-of-history quality to it", claiming that his proposal would violate his oath of office to defend the U.S. Constitution; the Muslim World begins pulling every string they have to start a war to defeat Trump and open the gates wide to mass Muslim immigration, with Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton leading the charge along with their Deep State backed by evil globalist puppetmaster George Soros, a war that takes no prisoners and seizes on any subterfuge to lie to the American people and trample the Constitution to get what they want, and doesn't end until ?: meanwhile on Dec. 7 U.S. Homeland Security secy. Jeh Johnson gets busy kissing Muslim butt at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va., asking Muslims to betray Allah and report fellow Muslims suspected of going jihadist, while a massive petition drive in Britain to ban him from entering gains 360K signatures in 24 hours before being killed by the govt.; meanwhile another petition drive to close the borders of the U.K. until ISIS is defeated gains 450+ signatures since Nov. 28; too bad, it's a basic absolute power of the U.S. Congress to bar entry of persons they deem a threat to nat. security, with the Bill of Rights being irrelevant for foreign nationals outside U.S. borders, so the blizzard of so-called scholars in the PC media sanctimoniously pronouncing Trump's plan as unconstitutional are full of moose hockey?; CIA dir. John O. Brennan is a key player in the anti-Trump war that tries to make it about him rather than about Muslims, but is about Muslims all along, revealing the irony in the anti-Trump shaming slogan "It's not who we are". On Dec. 8 China issues its first-ever smog alert for Beijing. On Dec. 8 a New York Times Poll reveals that only 44% of Americans favor an assault weapons ban, while 50% oppose a ban, becoming the first time they don't want it since their first poll on Jan. 3, 1995 (67% for). On Dec. 9 during arguments over Fisher v. Texas questioning affirmative action, U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia utters the soundbyte that maybe it's a good thing to exclude African-Am. students from top-tier universities because they could go to a "less advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well", adding "Most black scientists do not come from advanced schools. It does not benefit them. They benefit from a slower track", pissing-off the PC police. On Dec. 11 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un issues the soundbyte that North Korea has the H-bomb. On Dec. 10 Donald Trump announces his intention of signing an executive order mandating the death penalty for cop killers. On Dec. 11-13 Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits New Delhi, India for talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi. On Dec. 12 women in Saudi Arabia go to the poll for the first time ever to elect local reps. On Dec. 12-13 the annual World Raki Fstival in Adana, Turkey is canceled after pressure by Islamist groups. On Dec. 13 elections in Saudi Rabid, er, Arabia; 12+ women win local council seats, less than 1% of the total. On Dec. 13 Angela Merkel flops and announces that she now wants to limit the inflow of asyulum seekers to Germany. On Dec. 14 in response to critics, Pres. Obama gives a Speech on ISIS at the Pentagon, with the soundbyte that the U.S. is attacking the Islamic State "harder than ever. harder than ever. As we squeeze its heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump its terror and propaganda to the rest of the world", adding "We're also taking out leaders, commanders, and killers one by one", and "The point is, ISIL cannot hide. And our next message to them is simple: You are next." On Dec. 14 the FAA announces that all owners of drones must register them for a $5 fee to force them to be accountable for their use. On Dec. 14 (11:55 p.m.) the Arab coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen begins observing a 7-day ceasefire to coincide with U.N.-brokered peace talks in Switzerland; too bad, a missile attack by Houthis in Taiz Province kills dozens hours before the ceasefire is to take effect, and the truce is off. On Dec. 15 the Muslim Council of Elders in Abu Dhabi announces a new coalition of 34 Arab nations to fight ISIS, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. On Dec. 15 the school district of Los Angeles, Calif. closes schools for 500K students after a Muslim terrorist email threat, which turns out to be a hoax, sent to many U.S. cities, spelling Allah with a lowercase a. On Dec. 15 Boko Haram militans kill 30 and injure 20 in three villages in Borno State, Nigeria. On Dec. 15 Hillary Clinton gives a speech unveiling her strategy for fighting Islam, stressing that "Islamophobia" stands in her way. On Dec. 15 (eve.) the Fifth 2015 Repub. Debate on CNN is a V for frontrunner Donald Trump after his opponents barely lay a glove on him; Trump surprises by claiming that he's made-up with the Repub. Party and isn't planning a third party run, and will avoid a brokered convention by a clear majority of delegates from the primaries. On Dec. 15-18 the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Org. (WTO) in Nairobi, Kenya (first in Africa). On Dec. 16 as a signal to Iran, the U.S. House of Reps votes 425-0 to pass the Hezbollah Internat. Financial Prevention Act of 2015, increasing sanctions on Hezbollah incl. banks linked to it. On Dec. 16 the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the first time since June 2006. On Dec. 16 German chancellor Angela Merkel flops at her party's annual convention and utters the soundbyte that multiculturalism is "a living lie", and she must act quick to prevent Germany from being overrun by more Syrian and other Muslim refugees. On Dec. 16 U.S. defense secy. Ash Carter visits Baghdad, Iraq and offers more U.S. troops and attack helis to help them fight ISIS, but they decline. On Dec. 16 Calif. issues new proposed regulations for self-driving vehicles, requiring a licensed human driver to be on board. On Dec. 16 the TV series The Magicians debuts on Syfy Channel for ? episodes (until ?), based on the 2009 novel by Lev Grossman, starring Jason Ralph (198-) as Quentin Coldwater, student at Brakebills U. for Magical Pedagogy, who discovers that his childhood favorite the "Fillory and Further" series is real and poses a danger to the world. On Dec. 17 after extended talks in Morocco, Libya's rival govts. in Tobruk and Tripoli sign a U.N.-sponsored peace deal. On Dec. 17 U.N. Gen. Assembly Resolution 70/175 is adopted, promulgating the Nelson Mandela Rules (U.S. Std. Min. Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners). On Dec. 17 British PM David Cameron announces a ban on entry visas for Muslim Brotherhood officials who have made extremist statements, with the soundbyte: "Aspects of the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology and activities... run counter to British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, equality and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs." On Dec. 17 after the Repubs. cave-in, the U.S. Congress passes a $1.1T budget bill that funds 200K Syrian immigrants in exchange for lifting their ban on oil from the U.S., and pisses-off conservatives by a surprise provision upping caps on H-2B visas for foreign blue-collar workers from 66K/year to 264K/year; it also awards $10K/day compensation to the 1979 Iran hostages. On Dec. 17 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin praises Donald Trump, calling him "a bright and talented person without any doubt", and an "outstanding and talented personality", calling him "the absolute leader of the presidential race"; Trump replies: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond. I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect." On Dec. 17 the city council of New Orleans, La. votes to remove four Confed. monuments, incl. statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, and pres. Jefferson Davis, with mayor Mitch Landrieu uttering the soundbyte: "The Confederacy, you see, was on the wrong side of history and humanity." On Dec. 18 (Fri.) Pres. Obama gives his last weekly address of 2015, uttering the soundbyte that he's "never been more optimistic about a year head", citing his slam-dunk of the Repub.-dominated Congress on the Iran nuke deal, the reset with Cuba, the $1T spending bill et al., calling them the Christmas Miracles, finally using the term ISIS instead of ISIL, then ending the questions to attend a special screening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"; meanwhile Michelle Obama pisses-off patriots by having a U.S. Marine open the door for R2-D2. On Dec. 18 the U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 2254, softening its position on the Assad regime in Syria and setting a timetable for talks between the parties. On Dec. 18 the U.S. Congress makes changes to the visa waver program, barring nationals and visitors over the last five years from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria, pissing-off Iran et al. On Dec. 18 after one of his staffers is caught peeking at confidential voter files owned by Hillary Clinton, causing the Dem. Nat. Committee to cut off his campaign from their voter database, Bernie Sanders sues them in federal court, after which they restore access fast. On Dec. 19 (night) the 3rd 2015 Dem. Pres. Debate at St. Anselm College in N.H., hosted by ABC News is a big bore, with Bernie Sanders uttering the soundbyte: "I'm running because we need to address the planetary crisis of climate change", and Hillary Clinton claiming that Donald Trump's insulting of Muslims helps ISIS recruit radical jihadists, which he later calls for her to apologize for, and she refuses. On Dec. 19 (night) Hezbollah terrorist Samir Kuntar is killed in Syria while planning an Iran-ordered attack on Israel. On Dec. 21 the Grateful Dead Farewell Dead Tour at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. caps 50 years and $55M in tour receipts. On Dec. 20 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin utters the soundbyte that Russia is not trying to bring back the Soviet Union, but "nobody wants to believe it". On Dec. 20 Canadian immigration minister John McCallum announces plans to resettle 50K Syrians by the end of 2016, starting with 10K by the end of Dec. and 15K by the end of Feb. On Dec. 20 a group of orthodox rabbis in Israel pub. a declaration affirming their "partnership" with Christianity, with the soundbyte that it is "the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations", urging Jews and Christians to "work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era." On Dec. 20 (night) after Donald Trump sells-out in June amid controversy over his statements about Mexicans, the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant sees host Steve Harvey blunder and mistakenly name Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez instead of Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (1989-), causing an awkward scene; meanwhile Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez is suspended for tweeting the truth that the "Islamic God is not the same God as Christians and Jews". On Dec. 20 (night) homeless African-Am. woman Lakeisha N. Holloway (1991-) living in her sedan with her toddler plows into pedestrians on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nev. near the site of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, killing one and injuring 35 before parking and asking a valet to call police; she was screaming "Allah Akbar", and it was a Palestinian-style car jihad?; a virtually identical jihadist attack occurred 1 year earlier in Dijon, France? On Dec. 20 (night) a mullah shoots and kills U.S. Army veteran Lisa Akbari at her apt. complex in Kabul, Afghanistan. On Dec. 21 the U.N.-sponsored COP 21. internat. climate change talks. On Dec. 21 a Taliban suicide motorcycle attack near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan kills six U.S. soldiers and injures two more, plus a contractor, becoming the deadliest attack on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in three years; Pres. Obama doesn't consider it worth missing his golfing trip to Hawaii; just before the attack the Obama admin. uttered the soundbyte that the U.S. is no longer pursuing counter-terrorism ops against the Taliban because it considers it a peace partner. On Dec. 21 USAF Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen becomes the first openly gay female U.S. service member to be KIA. On Dec. 21 an Al-Shabaab attack on a bus in NE Kenya sees the Muslim passengers protect the Christians. On Dec. 21 govt. security forces kill 19 in Djibouti to get them out of the way for the coming elections in Apr.; leading opposition figure Ahmed Yusuf is wounded, along with an opposition MP and dozens of civilians. On Dec. 21 the U.S. FDA lifts its ban on gays and bis donating blood, as long as they have been abstinent for the past year. On Dec. 21 leaders of Am. Muslim orgs. incl. CAIR, the Am. Muslim Alliance et al. threaten Donald Trump et al. at the Nat. Press Club, with the impotent soundbyte: "Let it be heard, and clear, to all political candidates, be it Donald Trump or whoever else, that indeed, if you engage in Islamophobia, if you engage in demagoguery and bigotry, you will pay a political price because we're going to register our people and we're going to use our ballot and we/re going to 'take our souls to the polls' and make sure you are out of there." On Dec. 21 Donald Trump makes a campaign stop in Mich., where he pisses-off the PC police by using the word "schlonged" with reference to Hillary Clinton's defeat by Pres. Obama. On Dec. 21 (night) Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) holds a mass rally in Dresden, Germany on the banks of the Elbe River to protest mass immigration of Muslims to Germany. On Dec. 22 a mortar shell at a girls' school in Deir Ezzor, Syria kills nine students. On Dec. 22 Seymour Hersh pub. an article in The London Review of Books that claims that the U.S. Dept. of Defense has been secretly sharing intel with Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad's govt., undermining Pres. Obama. On Dec. 23 authorities in Bosnia arrest 11 for suspected links with ISIS. On Dec. 24 (a.m.) Chinese authorities lock down parts of Sanlitun, Beijing, China after info. about possible Christmastime terrorist attacks. On Dec. 24-27 Iraqi forces retake Ramadi, Iraq from ISIS after a street-by-street fight., becoming the first major V for the U.S.-trained Iraqi army since the start of the ISIS offensive 18 mo. earlier; on Dec. 28 Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi visits Ramadi, giving a televised speech with the soundbyte: "The year 2016 will be the year of the big and final victory, when [ISIS's] presence in Iraq will be terminated. We are coming to liberate Mosul and it will be the fatal and final blow." On Dec. 24 a fire in the Jazan Gen. Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills 31 and injures 107. On Dec. 24 the Philippine govt. announces that Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters guerrillas in Mindanao, S Philippines have murdered seven Christian farmers. On Dec. 24 the Obama admin. announces that the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security is preparing to deport hundreds of newly-arrived illegals from Central Am. in early Jan., pissing-off Dems., and causing Donald Trump to claim he got to them and should get the credit. On Dec. 24 the 224-song back catalog of the Beatles is finally released for streaming, gaining 50M downloads in 48 hours. On Dec. 25 (6:11 a.m. ET) a full moon dawns on Christmas skies for the first time since 1977. On Dec. 25 Syrian rebel Salafist Islam Army cmdr. Mohammed Zahran Alloush (AKA Abu Abdullah) (b. 1971) is killed in a Syrian (Russian?) air strike near Damascus, changing the balance of power in the Ghouta region. On Dec. 25 banks and govt. Web sites in Turkey suffer massive cyberattacks from Anonymous for alleged ties with ISIS. On Dec. 26 a 6.2 earthquake strikes NW Afghanistan near the Pakistan-Tajikistan bordfer. On Dec. 26 ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi releases an audio message calling on all Muslims to join ISIS and dissing the Saudi-led Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, adding that his mujahideen are getting closer to Israel and will soon siege them; Saudi Arabia grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh utters the soundbyte that ISIS "cannot be considered followers of Islam, rather, they are an extension of Kharijites, who rose in revolt against the Islamic caliphate for the first time by labeling Muslims as infidels and permitting their bloodletting", adding "The threat against Israel is simply a lie. Actually, ISIS (Daesh) is part of the Israeli soldiers." On Dec. 26 an Iranian rocket comes within 1.5K yards of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Strait of Hormuz - lightning's striking again? On Dec. 27 the Chinese Communist Party passes China's first counterterrorism law. On Dec. 27 Amir Ohana of Likud becomes the first openly gay member of the Knesset in Israel. On Dec. 27 U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) utters the soundbyte that Pres. Obama's 16-mo. bombing campaign against ISIS "has had minimal impact"; he also calls for more and better surveillance of mosques, with the soundbyte: "The fact is, [mosques are] where the threat is coming from", telling civil liberties whiners that they can "cry all they want" because they have a "blind political correctness". On Dec. 28 billionaire globalist George Soros pub. an op-ed in The Guardian in Britain, blaming the "hysterical anti-Muslim reaction to terrorism" for helping jihadist groups recruit new fighters - he has it backwards, it's the hysterical Muslim reaction to weak infidels within reach that drives recruitment? On Dec. 29 a Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan suicide bomber outside a govt. office in Mardan, Pakistan kills 22 and injures 45. On Dec. 29 flooding of the Mississippi River affects Ill. and Mo., and causes Mo. gov. Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency. On Dec. 30 after two Muslims are arrested at the city's Grote Markt main square for planning an attack, the mayor of Brussels, Belgium cancels New Year's Eve festivities and raises the terror threat level from 2 to 3 out of 4. On Dec. 30 Hamas announces a ban on New Year celebrations in Gaza Strip to "minimize as far as possible phenomena that contravene the heritage, customs, values and directives of Islam", pissing-off restaurant owners et al. On Dec. 30 U.S.-trained commandos kill 10 out of 300 al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in Jolo Island, Philippines; eight Philippine soldiers are killed or injured. On Dec. 30 a report that Pres. Obama authorized spying on Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during the Iran nuke negotiations pisses-off Repubs. et al. On Dec. 31 the town of Arnsberg, Germany bans fireworks near Muslim refugee shelters to avoid causing flashbacks. On Dec. 31 police evacuate two train stations in Munich, Germany after ISIS terror threats. On Dec. 31 a dramatic fire breaks out on the 20th story of the 5-star 63-story Address Downtown Dubai Hotel near the Burj Khalifa in Dubai just before New Year's Eve festivities, injuring 16. On Dec. 31 1K mainly North African Muslim refugee New Year's rioters in front of the train station in Cologne, Germany launch fireworks into crowds of infidels and sexually molest 200+ German women, resulting in only five arrests, after which the PC media tries to cover it up, along with more mass sex attacks in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and across Europe that see 2K men sexually assault 1.2K women, first reported on July 10 after a coverup attempt claiming 1K men and 90 women the Muslims are playing the sex game of Taharrush?; meanwhile Slovakia vows to refuse entry to Muslim immigrants to prevent sex and jihadist attacks. On Dec. 31 Muslims in France torch 804 cars, vs. 940 in 2014, 1,067 in 2013, and 1,193 in 2012. In Dec. several Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres in Maharashtra, India surrender to the Indian govt., indicating a gen. losing streak. In Dec. Judicial Watch reports that the total cost of Pres. Obama's vacations exceeds $70M; this is after an elaborate campaign speeches promising to never take any while in the White House. In Dec. Hillary Clinton's confidant John Podesta devises a "slaughter Trump" plan to divert attention to Hillary's sale of one-fifth of U.S. uranium to Russia by framing Donald Trump on colluding with Russia instead. In Dec. U.S. unemployment is 5% (vs. 5% in Nov.), with the economy adding 292K new jobs. 21 youth plaintiffs represented by Our Children's Trust file the lawsuit Juliana et al. vs. U.S. et al., claiming that the U.S. govt. violated their rights by allowing activities that harmed the climate, asking it to adopt methods for reducing CO2 emissions; in 2016 U.S. Ore. District Court judge Ann Aiken allows the case the proceed, after which the U.S. Supreme Court dismisses a govt. request to stay the trial. The Zohr Gas Field off the coast of Egypt is discovered by an Italian co., with estimates of up to 3T cu. of gas, becoming the largest discovery in the Mediterranean region, 30% larger than the Israeli Leviathan Gas Field. The high-speed Turin-Lyons Rail Link under the Alps is completed. Google+ creates a software glitch giving outside developers access to private profile data, which isn't correct until Mar. 2018; Google execs fail to disclose it to the public until Oct. 2018. There are 4,656 craft breweries in the U.S., with 21% of total beer sales; Rocky Mountain High marijuana-loving state Colo., "the Napa Valley of Craft Beer" has 358 craft breweries employing 7,776 (12,085 after economic impact), growing by almost 50% in one year to $1.7B sales. Architecture: The Rohtang ("pile of corpses") Pass Tunnel through the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas in India (begun 2010) is completed. Kistefos Museum in Norway opens, combining a bldg. with a bridge to link two banks of a river with different heights. Daxing Airport near Beijing, China is completed, becoming the world's busiest airport. Sports: On Jan. 12 the 2015 College Football Playoff Nat. Championship sees #4 Ohio State U. defeat #2 Oregon U. by 42-20. On Jan. 11 the 2014 AFC Title Game sees the 12-5 Indianapolis Colts led by QB Andrew Luck defeat the 12-5 Denver Broncos led by QB Peyton Manning by 24-13, causing doubts about Manning, who is suffering from thigh injuries returning next year; after the game, Denver fires coach John Fox and hires former John Elway backup QB Gary Kubiak as new head coach (until 2017). On Feb. 22 the 2015 (57th) Daytona 500 is won by Joseph Thomas "Joey" Logano (1990-) (#22) of Team Penske. On Mar. 23 after being arrested in Calif. in 2014, five-time Pro Bowler Darren Mallory Sharper (1975-) (#42) (Green Bay Packers, 1997-2004) (Minnesota Vikings, 2005-8) (New Orleans Saints, 2009-10) pleads guilty to nine counts of date rape, receiving nine years in prison, plus another 20 years in La. On Apr. 5 (Sun.) the ML baseball season begins, with all 30 ballparks running the new Statcast electronic tracking system, which uses cameras, radar, and AI to measure, compute, and store every relevant stat incl. ball spin rate, exact trajectory of the ball and players, and route efficiency. On Apr. 8 the NFL hires its first female official (zebra), Pascagoula, Miss.-born Sarah Bailey Thomas (1973-) (#153). On Apr. 12 Jordan Alexander Spieth (1993-) wins the Masters 18 under par, tying Tiger Woods' best record. On Apr. 16 the NFL reinstates Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson after missing most of the 2014 season due to child abuse charges in Tex. over spanking his child with a switch. On Apr. 28 the Nat. Football League (NFL) announces that it will finally begin paying taxes. On Apr. 29 due to racial rioting the Baltimore Orioles play the first-ever ML game in an empty stadium, defeating the Chicago White Sox by 8-2. On May 2 the 2015 (141st) Kentucky Derby is won by American Pharoah (2012-) (named after Pres. Obama?) in 2:03:02, becoming the 3rd win for Mexican-born jockey Victor Espinoza (1972-); on June 6 he wins the 2015 (147th) Belmont Stakes gate-to-wire by 5-1/2 lengths (3rd biggest margin) in 2:26:65, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, and 12th total. On May 2 47-0 Am. welterweight boxer Floyd "Pretty Boy", "Money", "T.B.E." (The Best Ever) Mayweather Jr. (Floyd Joy Sinclair) (1977-) decisively defeats 57-6-2 Philippine lefty boxer Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao in 12 rounds by decision at the MGM Grand Garden in Paradise (near Las Vegas), Nev., becoming the highest-grossing boxing match in history (until ?), with a $100M purse for Mayweather, who is now one short of Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record. On June 3-15 the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals see the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning (2nd appearance) 4-2, becoming their 6th title and 3rd in six seasons; Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane each score 23 points; MVP is 6'1" Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith (1983-). On June 4-16 the 2015 NBA Finals see the Golden State Warriors (coach Steve Kerr), led by 2014-15 NBA MVP Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II (1988-) (#30) defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers (coach David Blatt), led by 4x NBA MVP LeBron James by 4-2, becoming their first title in 40 years (1975) and 4th ever, becoming the first time since the 1990-1 Chicago Bulls for a team having no players with finals experience to win the finals; the Cavaliers haven't won since 1971; first finals with two first-year head coaches; James becomes the first NBA player since the Boston Celtics in the 1960s to make five consecutive finals appearances; MVP is Warriors small forward-guard (#9) Andrew Tyler Iguodala (1984-). On June 1 5'9" Camarillo, Calif.-born former Olympic softball star Jessica Ofelia Mendoza (1980-) becomes the first female broadcaster in the booth for ESPN's College World Series; on Aug. 24 she becomes the first female analyst for a ML baseball game (St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks); on Oct. 6 she becomes the first female analyst in MLB postseason history, experiencing mucho misogynist feedback. On June 25 the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. sees 30 teams select 60 players in two rounds; 6'11" center-forward Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (1995-) is selected #1 by the Minn. Timberwolves (first Dominican). In June after Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer talked him into it, New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft brings a group of 19 NFL Hall of Famers to visit Israel in a week-long Touchdown in Israel trip. On July 8 U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee cancels the six trademarks of the NFL Washington Redskins after five Native Ams. claim that they're derogatory, finding that they "may disparage a substantial composite of Native Americans", causing the team mgt. to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. On July 15 the 2015 ESPY Awards features Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage; too bad, Brett Favre is dissed for not clapping hard enough. On Aug. 16 Australian golfer Jason Day (1987-) wins the 2015 PGA Championship with a majors record 20 under par. On Aug. 31-Sept. 13 the 2015 (13th) U.S. Open sees defending champ Marin Cilic defeated by Novak Djokoic for the men's singles title; on Sept. 11, 2015 unseeded Roberta Vinci (1983-) of Italy upsets 3-time defending champ Serena Williams in the semifinals, ending her hopes of a triple crown, meeting fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta (1982-) in the final on Sept. 12, which is won by Pennetta 7-6, 5-2. On Oct. 11 Calif. passes the Calif. Racial Mascots Act, becoming the first U.S. state to ban the use of the word "Redskin" for public school nicknames and mascots. Nobel Prizes: Peace: Tunisian Nat. Dialogue Quartet; Lit: Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich (1948-) (Belarus) (first); Physics: Takaaki Kajita (1959-) (Japan) and Arthur Bruce McDonald (1943-) (Canada) [neutrino experiments]; Chem.: Tomas Robert Lindahl (1938-) (Britain), Paul Lawrence Modrich (1946-)<;/a> (U.S.), and Aziz Sancar (1946-) (U.S.) [DNA mismatch repair]; Med.: William Cecil Campbell (1930-) (U.S.) and Satoshi Omura (1935-) (Japan) [avermectins], and Tou Youyou (1930-) (China) (first Nobel Prize from PRC) [artemisinin]; Econ.: Sir Angus Stewart Deaton (1945-) (Scotland) [analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare]. Inventions: In spring after her sister is assaulted, former schoolteacher Jacqueline Ros of Denver, Colo. and Andrea Perdomo found Revolar to manufacture hand-held panic button devices, obtaining crowdfunding and venture capital; too bad, next June 28 Security5 of San Diego, Calif. files a patent infringement lawsuit, and the company ends up in bankruptcy by late 2017. On Apr. 21 Boeing patents (#9,010,678) a flying submersible drone ("rapid deployment air and water vehicle") that turns into a submarine. On July 13 after Otsuka's patent on aripiprazole (Abilify) expires on Oct. 20, 2014 the U.S. FDA approves the atypical antipsychotic drug Brexpiprazole (brand name Rexulti), developed by Otsuka and Lundbeck for the treatment of schizophrenia and depression. In the last quarter of the year sales of Apple Watch smartwatch passes those of expensive Swiss watches, 8.1M vs. 7.9M. On Sept. 25 the $188M Boeing KC-46 Pegasus military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft makes its first flight. On Oct. 5-9 the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Bordeaux, France is held after a PSA Peugeot Citroen driverless vehicle travels 360 mi. (580km) from Paris to attend it. On Oct. 11 Iran tests the precision-guided Emad (Pillar)) surface-to-surface missile, becoming the first with the range to reach Israel. On Oct. 29 Sikorsky successfully tests its first robotic self-flying U.S. Army UH-60A Black Hawk heli at its development center in West Palm Beach, Fla. On Dec. 22 (night) the 23-story-tall SpaceX Falcon-9 spacecraft takes off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., reaching an alt. of 125 mi. (200km) and sending 11 satellites into orbit before making an upright landing, becoming a first. Dyson releases its handheld Dyson V6 Mattress Cleaner, with a digital motor and HEPA filtration to get rid of dust mites. NASA's Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project aims to grow plants on the Moon. Deep Space Industries launches its first small prospector mission to mine asteroids. Science: On Jan. 8 Wei-Hock "Willie" Soon, Lord Christopher Monckton, David Legates, and William "Matt" Briggs pub. Why Models Run Hot in China's "Science Bulletin", claiming that climate computer models of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tend to exaggerate global warming, with the soundbyte: "The impact of anthropogenic global warming over the next century... may be no more than one-third to one-half of IPCC's current projections", pissing-off the global warming set. On Jan. 9 Michael Bowling et al. pub. an article in Science announcing the first perfect computer algorithm for solving heads-up limit hold'em poker. On Feb. 24 Oskar Aszmann et al. of the Medical U. of Vienna in Austria announce the first bionic reconstruction, replacing injured hands with bionic ones after undergoing voluntary amputation and transplantation of nerves and muscles. On Mar. 12 Vladimir Mironov of Russia-based 3D Bioprinting Solutions announces the first bioprinting of a thyroid gland for an animal. In Mar. CERN's Large Hadron Collider attempts to recreate the Big Bang, causing Stephen Hawking and Neil de Grasse to warn that this could destroy the Universe, while New Agers warn that it's really an attempt to open the Gates of Hell to permit the spirit of the Antichrist through. On Apr. 1 scientists from Bristol U., Tokyo U., Southampton U., and NTT Device Technology Labs pub. an article in Nature Photonics announcing the first silicon microchip that generates and detects perfect quantum teleportation (entanglement). On Apr. 10 U. of Ariz. astronomet Peter A. Milne et al. pub. an article in Astrophysical Journal announcing that Type Ia supernovae, used as distance markers actually fall into different populations, modifying the distances and throwing off the calculation of Universe expansion. On Apr. 23 an internat. team of scientists pub. an article in Current Biology, announcing the first sequencing of the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. On May 14 scientists at the Nat. Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA) pub. an article in Science announcing the first warm-blooded fish, the opah. Astronomers Istvan Szapudi et al. of the U. of Hawaii discover the Supervoid, a spherical blob measuring 1.8B l-y. across. On May 19 John Dueber et al. of UCB pub. an article in Nature Chemical Biology announcing the creation of a genetically modified yeast that can convert sugar to morphine, and might be used in home beer brewing kits. On May 22 doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital in Tex. perform the first skull and scalp transplant on 55-y.-o. software programmer Jim Boyson from Austin, Tex. On June 3 Stefan Remy et al. of the U. of Bonn pub. an article in Neuron reporting that neural circuits in the brains of mice have been identified that are pivotal for movement and navigation in space. On June 4 the U.S. FDA approves the "female Viagra" drug Flibanserin, which increases female sexual desire. On June 4 Stephen J. Elledge of Harvard Medical School announces a new $25 blood test that can detect exposure to 1K+ strains of viruses from 206 species in a single drop of blood, covering all viruses known to infect people. On June 8 NASA launches its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) flying saucer, intended for use on Mars, which reaches 180K ft. at Mach 4 before deploying the doughnut-shaped Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) airbag to help cushion its landing; too bad, the chute has a snafu. On June 11 the Nat. Institutes of Natural Sciences announces the discovery of a gene named foxl3 that determines whether germ cells become sperm or eggs in vertebrates in the small medaka fish. In June Supernova ASASSN-15lh appears in the Southern Hemisphere, growing to 20x the brightness of the Milky Way, puzzling astronomers at its source of energy. On July 9 researchers from NASA's JPL and UCLA pub. an article in Science that reports extra heat from greenhouse gases has in recent years been trapped in subsurface waters in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, explaining a slowdown in global surface temperature increase during the past decade. On July 14 after a 9.5-year 3B-mi. journey NASA's New Horizon spacecraft makes it closest approach to Pluto (7,750 mi.), sending back the first-ever photos of Pluto's surface, which reveal a young (100M-y.-o. surface) sans craters, the icy Sputnik Planum plains region, and 11K-ft. ice mountains. On July 15 Li Jinsong et al. of the Shanghai Inst. for Biological Sciences pub. an article in Cell Stem Cell announcing the first mass production of high-quality artificial sperm, sans tails and the ability to swim. On July 16 Warren Ruder of Va. Tech pub. an article in Scientific Reports reporting that he used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot. On July 17 researchers at Eindhoven U. of Technology and FOM Foundation pub. an article in Nature Communications announcing the new material gallium phosphide, which can enable a solar cell to produce hydrogen gas from liquid water and sunlight. On July 20 billionaire Yuri Milner, joined by Stephen Hawking et al. at the British Royal Society announcess the $100M Breakthrough Initiatives to reinvigoriate the search for E.T. life with a survey of the 1M closest starts to Earth, the center of our galaxy, and the entire galactic plane, plus the 100 closest galaxies; their optical sensor can detect a 100W laser up to 25T mi. away. On July 23 Bas Rokers of the U. of Wisc. et al. pub. an article in Current Biology announcing the discovery of the point in the human brain where it combines the dual views of the eyes into a single view. On July 28 Intel and Microsoft announce their new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory, which is up to 1,000x faster than NAND and is 10x denser, with 1,000x greater endurance, with one wafer able to store 128GB of data with nanosec. access. On July 30 Pres. Obama signs an executive order for the Nat. Strategic Computer Initiative (NSCI), with the goal of building the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025. On Aug. 27 Brian Nosek of the U. of Va. et al. pub. an article in Science revealing that only 39 of 100 studies pub. in major psychology journals could be replicated. In Aug. NASA scientists record atmospheric infrasound (below 20 Hz) using a helium balloon at 123K ft. alt., with U. of N.C. grad student uttering the soundbyte: "It sounds kind of like 'The X-Files'." On Sept. 1 researchers at Montreal Neurological Inst. pub. an article in Cerebral Cortex, reporting that the human brain region where musical talent resides has been discovered. On Sept. 8 researchers at the U. of Mass. pub. an article in PLOS Biology reporting that it's possible to reverse the behavior of an animal by flipping a switch in neuronal communication. On Sept. 10 researchers at Yale U. announce that there are 3.04T trees on Earth, 422 for every human; the previous estimate was 400B. On Sept. 14 an article is pub. in Clinical Infectious Diseases, announcing a new 100% HIV prevention pill. On Sept. 14 Google rep Rachel Potvin announces that Google's Internet services comprise a total of 2B lines of code, maintained by 25K programmers. On Sept. 16 the World Wildlife Fund reports that the world fish pop. has halved since 1970, mainly due to overfishing. On Sept. 28 NASA scientist Lujendra Ohja pub. an article in Nature Geoscience announces "smoking gun" evidence for liquid water on Mars. in tear-stain lineae. In Sept. Matthew Lai of Imperial College London creates the neural network AI machine Giraffe that chucks brute force for deep learning to evaluate board positions like humans, reaching the internat. master level. The F-type main-sequence star KIC 8462852 is announced by citizen scientists of the Planet Hunters project, becoming known as Tabby's Star or Boyajian's Star after LSU astronomer Tabetha Suzanne Boyajian (1980-); it has unusual light fluctuations of up to 22%. On Oct. 5 Jan Brascamp et al. Mich. State U. pub. an article announcing that the brain's visual cortex makes decisions like higher level areas. On Oct. 16 scientists at Guangzhou Insts. of Biomedicine and Health pub. an article in Journal of Molecular Cell Biology reporting the first gene-edited dogs, a pair of beagles named Hercules and Tiangou, who have their myostatin genes deleted to make them more muscular and athletic. On Oct. 23 Corinna E. Lockenhoff et al. of Cornell U. pub. an article in Evolution & Human Behavior revealing a study of 1K hetero men and women that finds that people with certain extreme pathological personality traits have more mates and children - wish I could fly like Superman? On Oct. 29 French mathematicians of the Paris-based Societe de Calcul Mathematique pub. a Paper on the Costly and Pointless Crusade Against Global Warming, with the soundbyte: "You would probably have to go quite a long way back in human... history to find (such a) mad obsssion", pointing out that "There is not a single fact, figure... or observation that leads us to conclude the world's climate is in any way 'disturbed'. It is variable, as it has always been." On Oct. 30 NASA scientist H. Jay Zwally pub. a paper in Journal of Glaciology revealing that ice sheet growth in E Antarctica of 147B tons/year outweighs the losses in W Antarctica, pissing-off warmist scientists, who pub. a paper on June 13, 2018 in Nature claiming that Antarctica is losing a net of 200B tons of ice/year, adding 0.02" (0.5mm) a year to the sea level, which he claims is moose hockey. On Nov. 16 an article is pub. in Circulation reporting that a 30-year study of coffee drinking has found that those who drink 3-5 cups a day have reduced death risks from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases, and suicide, and no increased cancer risk. On Nov. 16 an article is pub. in Annals of Internal Medicine reporting that a thick waistline indicates worse health than normal obesity. On Dec. 10 the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion machine is first put into operation. On Dec. 15 the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan with $3B each to "advance human potential and promote equality", incl. curing disease by the end of the cent. On Dec. 21 Michael Johnson et al. at Imperial College London pub. an article in Nature Neuroscience announcing the discovery of brain gene clusters M1 and M3, which are linked to human intelligence. The world synthetic biology market reaches $4.5B. The complete control of matter at the atomic level is achieved (Arthur C. Clarke). Art: Jennifer Angus, In the Midnight Garden (cochineal). Gabriel Dawe, Plexus At (thread, wood, hooks and steel). Patrick Dougherty, Shindig; willow saplings. John Grade, Middle Fork (Cascades); reclaimed old growth Western red cedar. Maya Lin, Folding the Chesapeake (marbles). Music: Blur, The Magic Whip. Luke Bryan (1976-), Kill the Lights (album #5) (Aug. 7) (#1 country) (#1 in the U.S.) (350K copies); incl. Kick the Dust Up, Strip It Down, Home Alone Tonight, Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every DayMove, Fast, all of which go #1, a Billboard Country Airplay chart first. Cam (1948-), Welcome to Cam Country (EP) (debut) (Mar. 31) (#88 in the U.S., #31 country); incl. Burning House (#47 in the U.S., #3 country) (500K copies). Jana Kramer (1983-), Thirty One (Oct. 9) (album #2); incl. I Got the Boy (#5 country) (#56 in the U.S.) (#22 Canada) (600K). Rachel Platten (1981-), Fight Song (Feb. 19) (#6 in the U.S.) (#1 in the U.K.). Rat Boy (1996-), Sign On (debut) (#1 in the U.K.); Fake ID (#4 in the U.K.); Move (#5 in the U.K.). Nathaniel Rateliff (1978-), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (album #4) (Aug. 21); incl. S.O.B.. Movies: Cameron Crowe's Aloha (May 27) (Columbia Pictures) stars Bradley Cooper as military contractor Brian Gilcrest, who works for billionaire Carson Welch (Bill Murray) to develop a new space center in Hawaii, hooking up with USAF Capt. Allison Ng (Emma Stone); Rachel McAdams plays Tracy Woodside, wife of John "Woody" Woodside (John Krasinski), whose eldest daughter Grace (Danielle Rose Russell) is Brian's daughter; way too white for Hawaii?; does $26.3M box office on a $52M budget. Peyton Reed's Ant-Man (June 29) (Walt Disney), based on the Marvel Comics chars. stars Paul Rudd as cat burglar Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man, who defends Dr. Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) shrinking technology and plots a heist; features Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne; does $454.7M box office on a $130M budget. Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash (Sept. 6) (Desire Trilogy #2) (Fox Searchlight Pictures), based on the 1969 Jacques Deray film "La Piscine" and named after the David Hockney painting, set on the Italian island of Pantelleria stars Tilda Swinton as rock singer Marianne Lane on holiday with her filmmaker lover Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), until uninvited guest Harry Hawkes (Ralph Fiennes) arrives along with his teenie daughter Penelope "Pen" Lanier (Dakota Johnson), starting a love triangle; does $7.5M box office. Mike Binder's Black or White (Jan. 30), produced with $9M of Costner's money stars Kevin Costner as widowed Elliot Anderson, who fights to keep custody of his granddaughter Eloise against her black grandmother Rowena Jeffers (Octavia Spencer). Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (originally St. James Place) (Oct. 4) (DreamWorks Pictures) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 1964 book "Strangers on a Bridge: The Case of Colonel Abel and Francis Gary Powers" stars Tom Hanks as Brooklyn insurance atty. James Britt Donovan (1916-70), who must represent Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and negotiate his trade for U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after his U-2 spy plane is shot down over the Soviet Union; does $165.5M box office on a $40M budget. John Crowley's Brooklyn (Jan. 26) (BBC Films) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 2009 Colm Toibin novel set in 1951-2 stars Saoirse Ronan as young Irish woman Ellis Lacy, who emigrates from Enniscorthy, County Wexford to Brooklyn, N.Y., hooking up with Anthony "Tony" Fiorello (Emory Cohen); Jim Broadbent plays Father Flood; does $62.1M box office on a $11M budget. Neill Blomkamp's Chappie (Mar. 4) (Columbia Pictures) is about an AI law enforcement robot in Johannesburg, starring Sharlton Copley; does $102M box office on a $49M budget; "Humanity's last hope isn't human". Peter Landesman's Concussion (Dec. 25), based on the 2009 GQ article by Jeanna Marie Laskas stars Will Smith as Nigerian-born forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who fights to expose brain damage in the NFL; David Morse plays football star Mike Webster; Albert Brooks plays Omalu's boss Dr. Cyril Wecht; Alec Baldwin plays sympathetic colleague Dr. Julian Bailes. Dan Fogelman's Danny Collins (Mar. 20) (Bleecker St.), based on folk singer Steve Tilston stars Al Pacino as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who attempts to connect with his grown-up son Tom Donnelly (Bobby Cannivae), his pregnant wife Samantha (Jennifer Garner) and their 7-y.-o. daughter Hope (Giselle Eisenberg) while hooking up with hotel mgr. Mary (Annette Benning); does $10.8M box office on a $10M budget. Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl (Sept. 5) (Focus Features) (Universal Pictures), based on the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff and the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, starring Alicia Vikander (after Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Palstrow, and Marion Cotillad pass it up) as 1920s Copenhagen portraitist Gerda Wegener, who asks her hubby Einar (Eddie Redmayne) to pose in drag, causing him to realize he's really a woman named Lili Elbe, causing them to relocate to Paris and sell the portraits to art dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), starting a love triangle that screws with their heads, causing Lili and Gerda to seek the help of German Dr. Kurt Warnekros (Sebastian Koch), who performs a pioneering sex reassignment surgery on Lili, which proves fatal; does $64.2M box office on a $15M budget. Alistair Legrand's The Diabolical (Mar. 16) is a combo sci-fi and horror film starring Ali Larter as Madison, and Arjun Gupta as her beau Nikolai, who fight a mysterious paranormal bald man from the future in their home, learning about Project ECHO of the CamSET research lab. Rob Letterman's Goosebumps (June 24) (Sony Pictures Animation), a horror comedy based on the R.L. Stine book series stars Jack Black as Stine and Slappy the Dummy, Dylan Minnett as Stine's new neighbor Zachary "Zach" Cooper, Odeya Rush as Stine's daughter Hannah, and Amy Ryan as Zach's mother Gale; does $150M box office on an $84M budget; followed by "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (2018). Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful (H8ful) Eight (Dec. 7) (The Weinstein Co.), his 2nd Western after "Django Unchained" (2012), filmed in Telluride, Colo. stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh et al. in a yarn set in Wyo. after the U.S. Civil War, about eight you know whats seeking refuge in a stagecoach stop on a mountain pass during a blizzard; music by Ennio Morricone; does $155.8M box office on a $54M budget. Woody Allen's Irrational Man (May 16) (Sony Pictures) stars Joaquin Phoenix as a New England philosophy professor Abe Lucas, who is hung-up on Kierkegaard and finds reason to live by murdering a judge, dragging others down with him, incl. student Jill Pollard (Emma Stone) and fellow prof. Rita Richards (Parker Posey). Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (June 10), #4 in the Jurassic Park series about a revamped dino theme park on Isla Nublar stars Chris Pratt as Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as park mgr. Claire Dearing, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins as Claire's nephews Zach and Gray Mitchell, Vincent D'Onofrio as InGen security head Vic Hoskins, Irrfan Khan as park owner Simon Masrani; B.D. Wong reprises his role as chief geneticist Dr. Henry Wu; Trevorrow plays the voice of Mr. DNA; becomes the first film to gross $500M in its opening weekend. Michael Dougherty's Krampus (Nov. 20) (Legendary Pictures) (Universal Pictures) debuts, a scary Xmas movie about the dysfunctional Engel family, incl. Tom (Adam Scott), Sarah (Toni Collette), and Max (Emjay Anthony), who are chased by a you know what (Gideon Emery) to punish them for losing the Xmas spirit; does $61.5M box office on a $15M budget. Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster (May 15) (Element Pictures) (Film4 Productions) is a black comedy starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz about single people given 45 days to find a romantic partner or be turned into animals; does $18M box office on a $4M budget. Ridley Scott's The Martian (Sept. 11) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 2011 Andy Weir novel stars Matt Damon as Ares III astronaut-botanist Mark Watney, who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars in The Hab, forcing him to farm spuds in his own shit until help arrives; also stars Jessica Chastain as Melissa Lewis, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, and Chewitel Ejiofor; does $331.5M box office on a $108M budget. Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice (Sept. 16) stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, Lily Rabe as Joan Fischer, and Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky. Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead (Oct. 11) (Sony Pictures) stars Cheadle in his dir. debut as jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in his silent period 1975-9; Emayatzy Corinealdi plays his first wife Frances Taylor; Ewan McGregor plays music reporter Dave Braden; does $5M box office. John Erick Dowdle's No Escape (Aug. 17) (Bold Films) (The Weinstein Co.) stars Owen Welson as ex-pat civil engineer Jack Dwyer, who is trapped by a coup d'etat in a SE Asian country with his wife Annie (Lake Bell), daughters Lucy (Sterling Jerins) and Briegel (Claire Geare), and British Secret Service agent Hammond (Pierce Brosnan); does $54.4M box office on a $5M budget. Steve Martino's 3-D computer-animated comedy The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 1) (Blu Sky Studios) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip features the voices of Troy "Trombone" Shorty Andrews (1986-) as Miss Othmar and Mrs. Little Red-Haired Girl, Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy's babe Fifi, Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown, and Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock; does $246M box office on a $99M budget. Alejandro G. Inarritu's The Revenant (Dec. 16) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 2002 Michael Punke novel about Am. frontiersman Hugh Glass in 1823 Missouri Territory stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, who is mauled by a bear and left for dead by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), and gets revenge; does $533M box office on a $135M budget. Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash (Aug. 7) (TriStar Pictures) stars Meryl Streep as failed rock star Linda Brummel, who abandoned her family to chase stardom, and returns to help her suicide-prone daughter Mamie Gummer (Julie Brummel), and meets her hubby's 2nd wife Maureen (Audra McDonald), and attends the wedding of her son Joshua Brummel (Sebastian Stan); does $41.3M box office on an $18M budget. Lenny Abrahamson's Room (Sept. 4), based on the novel by Emma Donoghue stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay as Joy Newsome and her 5-y.-o. son Jack, who are held captive in an enclosed space in Akron, Ohio for seven years; does $24M box office on a $13M budget. Jaurne Collet-Serra's Run All Night (Mar. 9) (RatPac-Dune Entertainment) (Vertigo Enterainment) (Warner Bros. Pictures), based on the Brad Intelsby script "The All-Nighter" stars Liam Neeson as retired mob hitman Jimmy "the Gravedigger" Condon, who tries to rescue his retired prof. boxer estranged son Michael "Mike" Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) from mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), running you know how long to do it; Common plays Mr. Price; Vincent D'Onofrio plays Det. Harding; does $71.7M box office on a $61.6M budget. Brad Peyton's San Andreas (may 27) (Warner Bros.) stars Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and Carla Gugino in a story about an earthquake that devastates San Francisco Bay; too bad, they don't show Calif. falling into the sea and turning Utah into beachfront property?; does $474M box office on a $110M budget. Denis Villenueve's Sicario (Mexican for hitman) (Sept. 15) (Thunder Road) (Lionsgate) stars Josh Brolin as CIA special joint task force leader Matt Graver, who goes after Sonora Cartel lt. Manuel Diaz (Bernardo Saracino) with partners Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) and FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt); does $84.9M box office on a $30M budget; followed by "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" (2018). Parvez Sharma's A Sinner in Mecca (Apr. 29) is about his pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia; too bad, he's a gay activist, causing him to receive death threats. Laszlo Nemes' Son of Saul (May 15) (Hungarian Nat. Film Fund) stars Geza Rohrig as Hungarian Jewish Auschwitz POW Saul Auslander, who escapes to avoid being gassed; does $6.2M box office on a 1.5M Euro budget. Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw (July 24) (The Weinstein Co.) stars Jake Gyllenhaal as world light heavyweight champion boxer Billy Hope, Forest Whitaker as his trainer Titus "Tick" Wills, Rachel McAdams as his babe Maureen Hope, and Miguel Gomez as his opponent Miguel "Magic" Escobar; does $45.2M box office on a $25M budget. Sam Mendes' Spectre (Oct. 26) (Eon Productions) (MGM) (Columbia Pictures) (James Bond 007 film #24) stars Daniel Craig as 007 (4th time), and Christoph Waltz as Spectre head Ernst Stavro Blofield, who turns out to be Bond's stepbrother; Dave Bautista plays Spectre assassin Mr. Hinx; Jesper Christensen plays traitor MI6 agent Mr. White, and Lea Seydoux plays his pshrink daughter Madeleine Swann; Ben Whishaw plays Q; Naomie Harris plays Eve Moneypenny; opens with a Day of the Dead Parade in Mexico City, which they didn't actually have, causing them to start one on Oct. 29, 2016; does a record $529 worldwide ($248M in the U.S.) on its opening weekend; does $881M box office worldwide on a $245M budget; the theme is Writing's on the Wall, performed by Sam Smith, winning a best original song Oscar. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 14) (Disney), set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" stars John Boyega as Finn AKA Stormtrooper FN-2187, Daisy Ridley as Jakku scavenger Rey, Adam Driver as First Order cmdr. Kylo Ren (AKA Ben Organa, son of Han Solo and Princess/Gen. Leia Organa), Oscar Isaac as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (w/droid BB-8), Andy Serkis as First Order Supreme Leader Snoke, and Domnhall Gleeson as Gen. Hux, cmdr. of First Order Starkiller Base, and Mark Hamilly as old fart Luke Skywalker; does $2.068B on a $258.6M budget. Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys (June 22) (Paramount Pictures) (Terminator #5) stars aging Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 Terminator (Model 101), and the Guardian, Jason Clarke as John Connor (T-3000), Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Lee Byung-hun as a T-1000, and Matt Smith as Skynet/T-5000; does $440M box office on a $155M budget. James Vanderbilt's Truth (Sept. 2) (Sony) is a docudrama based on Mary Mapes' memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power" about the Killian documents controversy, which gets Dan Rather (Robert Redford) ousted; Cate Blanchett plays Mapes; does $5.4M box office on a $9.6M budget; Vanderbilt's dir. debut. Mark Neveldine's The Vatican Tapes (July 24) (Lakeshore Entertainment) (Lionsgate), written by Christopher Borrelli stars Olivia Taylor Dudley as Angeloa Holmes, who is suspected of being possessed by her pshrink Dr. Richards (Kathleen Robertson), causing the Vatican to investigate, Father Oscar Lozano (Michael Pena), Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson), and Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou), who find out that she is possessed by the Antichrist and is too hot to handle; does $13.5M box office on a $13M budget. M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit (Sept. 8) is a comedy horror film starring Oliva DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould as Rebecca and Tyler, who visit their weird grandparents John and Dorris (Peter McRobbie and Deanna Dunagan). Ken Kwapis' A Walk in the Woods (Jan. 23) stars Robert Redford as popular writer Bill Byrson, who returns after 20 years in Britain to N.H., and goes for a walk on the Appalachian Trail with friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte), finding that they're not in shape for it; Emma Thompson plays Redford's wife. Robert Zemeckis' 3-D The Walk (Sept. 26) (TriStar Pictures), bsased on Petit's book "To Reach the Clouds" stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who walked between the Twin Towers of the WTC on Aug. 7, 1974; does $61.2M box office on a $45M budget. Alex Kendrick's War Room (Aug. 28) is a Christian-themed film about Tony and Elizabeth Jordan (T.C. Stallings and Priscilla Shirer) and their strained marriage, who are helped by Miss Clara (Karen Abercombie). Robert Eggers' The Witch (THE VVITCH) (Jan. 27) (A24) stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin, daughter of a 1630s English settler Separatist family that encounters evil witches outside their New England farm and is dragged down to their level; Eggers' writing-dir. debut; does $40.4M box office on a $4M budget. Nonfiction: Yossi Alpher, Periphery: Israel's Search for Allies in the Middle East; the history of Israeli PM David Ben Gurion's Periphery Doctrine, that Israel should seek regional partners against the Arab core of states led by Egypt. Rick Atkinson (1952-), Battle of the Bulge. Abdel Bari Atwan, Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate. Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror; "To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in that slightly absurd space between exotic and dangerous and between victim and villain simply because of people's assumptions about you." Battle of the Bulge. Glenn Beck (1964-), It IS About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate (Aug. 18). J.M. Berger and Jessica Stern, Isis: The State of Terror. Ilan Berman, Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power (Aug. 11). David Bernstein, Lawless: The Obama Administration's Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law (Nov.). Elizabeth Alexander (1962-), The Light of the World: A Memoir (autobio.). Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace, A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War". Joy Brighton, Sharia-Ism Is Here: The Battle to Control Women and Everyone Else. Kate Andersen Brower, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House; NYT #1 bestseller about the maids and butlers. Dick Cheney (1941-) and Liz Cheney, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America. Phyllis Chesler (1940-), Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015 (essays). Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates (1975-), Between the World and Me (July) (autobio.); based on James Baldwin's 1963 book "The Fire Next Time"; white supremacy is an indestructible force that Am. blacks will always struggle against? Stephen Coughlin, Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad; tells the truth about Islam, warning that the Islamic Society of North Am. (ISNA) is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, causing him to be \ fired from the Pentagon in Jan. 2008 after complains by suspected Islamist Hesham Islam, who calls him "a Christian zealot with a pen". Ann Coulter (1961-), Adios, America! The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole. Theodore Dalrymple, The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism; their kowtowing to Islamists et al. Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (Feb. 3); exponential digital chutzpah. Thomas Dixon, Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears (Nov. 3); Britain's myth of the stiff upper lip. Warren Dockter, Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East. Mark Durie, Which God? Jesus, Holy Spirit, God in Christianity and Islam; disputes the claim that Islam is an Abrahamic faith along with Judaism and Christianity; "Islam has no family resemblance with Christianity and Islam. The similarities are appropriated, not inherited." Mona Eltahawy, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (Apr. 21). Ronald L. Feinman, Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama (Aug.). Timothy R. Furnish, Ten Years Captivation with the Mahdi's Camps: Essays on Muslim Eschatology, 2005-2015 (Nov. 23). Pamela Haag, The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture; oddball gun co. heir Sarah Winchester. Stephen Harding, Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the last American Killed in World War II. Yuval Noah Harari (1976-), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Andrew Hartman, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars (Apr. 14). Christine Leigh Heyrman, American Apostles: When Evangelists Entered the World of Islam. Van Hipp, The New Terrorism: How to Fight It (Feb. 23). Peter Hoekstra, Architects of Disaster (Oct. 13); accuses Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton of wrongfully removing Col. Daffy Duck, allowing Libya to become a jihadist training site. Larry Holcombe (1943-), The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama (Mar. 17). David Horowitz (1939-), The Black Book of the American Left, Vol. IV: Islamo-Fascism and the War Against the Jews. David Horspool, Richard III: A Ruler and His Reputation (Dec. 15); tries to be neutral. Lynn Hunt, Writing History in the Global Era; advocates a unified global-neuro approach. Imre Kertesz (1929-), The Last Refuge; "Europe will soon go under because of its previous liberalism which has proven childish and suicidal. Europe produced Hitler, and after Hitler there stands a continent with no arguments: the doors are wide open for Islam; no longer does anyone dare talk about race and religion, while at the same time Islam only knows the language of hatred against all foreign races and religions." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (1939-), Palestine (July); calls himself "the flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem"; pub. just at the wrong time, when Pres. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran is still on the table? Menachem Klein, Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron. Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America; claims it only goes back to the 1930s to oppose FDR's New Deal, led by cynical Capitalists who gained the full support of Pres. Eisenhower and took it to the top. David Kupelian, The Snapping of the American Mind; "The Left never tires of manipulating americans' historical national guilt over slavery and segregation, persistently keeping the fires of guilt and shame alive in present-day Americans for sins committed generations ago by people long since dead." William Edward Leuchtenberg (1922-), The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton; Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clintonl; "Persuaded that twentieth-century America was significantly shaped by its presidents." Michelle Malkin (1970-), Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best & Brightest Workers (Nov. 10). Javier Manjarres, Brown People: Hispanic Politics and the Disunited State of Amigos (Feb. 19); attempts to break stereotypes. Catherine Mayer, Born to Be King: Prince Charles on Planet Windsor (Feb. 17); why the bozo is 66 and still not king. Will McCants, The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. David McCullough (1933-), The Wright Brothers (May 5). Ian Millhiser, Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted (Mar. 24); the Howard Zinn treatment of the U.S. Supreme Court. Kirsty Milne, At Vanity Fair: From Bunyan to Thackeray (May 12); how John Bunyan's metaphor went from a religious sin to a showcase for the elite. Michael Morrell and Bill Harlow, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism from al Qa'ida to ISIS; the rise of Islamism against the U.S. from WWII to the present. Viet Thanh Nguyen (1971-), Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of the War. Grover Norquist (1956-), End the IRS Before It Ends Us: How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America (Apr. 7); claims that the admin.-ordered IRS persecution of the Tea Party saved Pres. Obama's reelection by depriving Mitt Romney of the needed 4,262,296 votes. Michael B. Oren (1955-), Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide (June 23); former Israeli ambassador (2009-13) claims that Pres. Obama isn't anti-Israel, but his lack of belief in Am. exceptionalism caused him to do all he could to bully Israel into complying with his naive agenda in the Middle East; "More alarming for me still were Obama's attitudes towards America. Vainly, I scoured 'Dreams from My Father' for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead. Instead, the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures. Traveling abroad, they exhibited 'ignorance and arrogance' - the very shortcomings the president's critics assigned to him." Daniel Pipes (1949-), Nothing Abides: Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam (June 10). Gerald Posner, God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican (Feb. 3). Kirsten Powers (1967-), The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech (May 11); she hasn't seen anything yet? Greg Proops, The Smartest Book in the World: A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool (May 5). Leah Remini (1970-), Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Nov. 3); NYT bestseller about her highly publicized July 2013 split with the Church of Scientology; on Nov. 29, 2016 she debuts her documentary TV series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E Network (until ?), which exposes its dirty laundry. Sir Matt Ridley (1958-), The Evolution of Everything: How Ideas Emerge. Mark Riebling, Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler. Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans; the Ottomans didn't enter WWI on the wrong side because they were afraid that the Great Powers would dismember it, because they had been shoring it up for over a cent., and both sides guaranteed their territorial integrity if they stayed out of the war, and the Ottomans made the initial overtures to make a secret alliance with the Germans; "The truth of the matter is that the Ottoman Empire was neither forced into the First World War in a last-ditch attempt to ensure its survival, nor manoeuvred into it by an overbearing German ally and a hostile Entente, but rather plunged head on into the whirlpool." Jack Ross, The Socialist Party of America: A Complete History. Michael Savage (1942-), Government Zero; "There is a dance of death in the West and actual death in the Middle East, courtesy of the Islamofascists. Meanwhile, the Caesar in the White House entertains himself with a thousand sycophants, partying on behind closed doors as if the Islamofascist hand will not touch him. He thinks he's protected from this new plague, the Black Death of radical Islam." Peter Schweizer, Clinton Cash (May 5); how the Clinton State Dept. traded favors for big donations to the Clinton Foundation and speaking fees for Bill Clinton from Canadian mining mogul Frank Giustra et al., a "pay to play" scheme; he admits that evidence is based on timing not on a smoking gun, and calls for investigations. John Seabrook, The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (Oct. 5); one hook every 7 sec. David Sehat, The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Become Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible (May 19). Uriya Shavit (1975-), Shari'a and Muslim Minorities: The Wasati and Salafi Approaches to Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat al-Muslima. Christopher Shaw, The Two Degrees Limit for Climate Change: Public Understanding and Decision Making; questions how it was arrived at. Geoff Shepard, The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down (Aug. 3); the wrongdoing of the Watergate prosecutors and judges was worse than the original scandal? Gerald L. Smith, Karen Caotten McDaniel, and John A. Hardin (eds.), The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia (Aug.); "A significant step toward understanding the history of all Kentuckians." Robert Spencer (1962-), The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS (Aug. 24). T.J. Stiles (1964-), Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Pulitzer Prize). Roger Stone and Robert Morrow, The Clintons' War on Women (Oct. 13); details Hillary's abusive behavior dating back to her hubby Bill's days as gov. of Ark.; â€œHillary Clinton has a long history of being domestically violent with Bill. Hillary has beaten Bill, hit him with hard objects, scratched and clawed him, and made him bleed"; "There's only one Hillary Clinton. She's the Ice Queen, that's the real Hillary. The one you see in her campaign, that's the fake"; Hillary's HQ in Brooklyn, N.Y. floods Amazon.com with negative reviews of the book? Evan Thomas (1951-), Being Nixon: A Man Divided. Gil Troy, The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s (Oct. 6). Hamid Akin Unver, Turkey's Kurdish Question: Discourse and Politics Since 1990 (June 18). Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (Feb. 17). Chad Wellmon, Organizing Environment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University (Mar. 11). Leif Wenar, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World. Colin Woodard, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America; Yankeedom, New France, New Netherland, Tidewater, Midlands, Greater Appalachia, Deep South, Far West, Left Coast, El Norte, First Nation. Warren Zanes, Tom Petty: The Biography. George Zarkadakis, In Our Own Image; six different metaphors used to explain human intelligence. Plays: Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen (July 10) (Washington, D.C., Arena Stage); stars Ben Platt as a h.s. senior suffering from social anxiety; nominated for nine Tonys, winning six. Shishir Kurup, Merchant of Vembley (Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, London) (Oct. 12); based on Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", set in the Asian-infused Wembley-Harrow area of London. Lin-Manuel Miranda (1980-), Hamilton: An American Musical (musical) (The Public Theater, New York) (Feb. 17) (Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York) (July 13); based on the 2004 bio "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow; PC casting features black and Hispanic actors playing White Am. Founding Fathers; the show's popularity causes the U.S. Treasury Dept. to cancel plans of replacing Hamilton's portrait on the $10 bill with Harriet Tubman, switching to Andy Jackson and the $20 bill. Poetry: Margaret Hacker (1942-), A Stranger's Mirror: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014. Novels: Margaret Atwood (1969-), The Heart Goes Last. Steve Berry, The Patriot Threat (Mar. 31); Cotton Malone of the Justice Dept.'s Magellan Billet, his boss Stephanie Nelle, and secrets of the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Christopher Buckley, The Relic Master (Dec. 8); relic hunter Dismas and his friend Albrecht Durer in 1517. Ernest Cline (1972-), Armada (July 14); h.s. student Zack Lightman and the Earth Defense Alliance (EDA) vs. attacking aliens from Europa. Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) (1965-), Career of Evil (Oct. 22); Cormoran Strike #3; title based on a Blue Oyster Cult song. Michel Houellebecq (1956-), Submission (Jan. 17); 2022 France is Islamicized; pub. same day as the Charlie Hebdo Massacre, boosting sales. Harper Lee (1926-), Go Set a Watchman (July 14); shocks readers with its revelation that Atticus Finch was a white supremacist who just happened to love justice, as he crumbles about integration 20 years later; "The Negroes down here are still in their childhood as a people... Do you want Negroes by the carload in our schools and churches and theaters? Do you want them in our world?"; Scout is grown up and living in York City, and is the hero of the novel. Gregory Maguire (1954-), After Alice; a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Viet Thanh Nguyen (1971-), The Sympathizer (Apr.) (first novel) (Pulitzer Prize); Commie double agent emigrates to the U.S. after the fall of Saigon. Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Mar. 10); four college friends incl. Jude, victim of abuse. Births: English princess (Anglican) Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge on May 2 (4:24 p.m.) in Paddington, London; first daughter of Prince William and Duchess Catherine; 4th in line to the throne after Charles, William, and George. Swedish prince (Lutheran) Nicolas Paul Gustaf Bernadotte, Duke of Angermanland on June 15 in Danderyd; first son of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill. Deaths: Japanese world's oldest person (since Jan. 12, 2013) Misao Okawa (b. 1898) on Apr. 1 in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka (117 years 25 days). Am. N.Y. gov. #52 (1983-94) Mario Cuomo (b. 1932) on Jan. 1 in Queens, N.Y. Am. "Elly May Calampett in The Beverly Hillbillies" actress Donna Douglas (b. 1932) on Jan. 1 in Zachary, La. Am. poet Miller Williams (b. 1930) on Jan. 1 in Fayetteville, Ark. (Alzheimer's). Am. country singer Little Jimmy Dickens (b. 1920) on Jan. 2 in Nashville, Tenn. (cardiac arrest). English actor-comedian-singer Lance Percival (b. 1933) on Jan. 6 in London. French Charlie Hebdo caricaturist Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier (b. 1967) on Jan. 7 in Paris (murdered). Yugoslavian-born Swiss virologist-immunologist Jean Lindenmann (b. 1924) on Jan. 15 in Zurich. Am. "It Was a Very Good Year" songwriter Ervin Drake (b. 1919) on Jan. 15 in Great Neck, N.Y. Am. biologist-chemist Andrew Benson (b. 1917) on Jan. 16 in La Jolla, Calif. Am. economist Henry Manne (b. 1928) on Jan. 17. Saudi king (2005-15) Abdullah (b. 1924) on Jan. 23 in Riyadh. Am. physicist Charles Hard Townes (b. 1915) on Jan. 27 in Oakland, Calif. Am. poet Rod McKuen (b. 1933) on Jan. 29 in Beverly Hills, Calif.; sold 60M books of poetry and 100M recordings worldwide. Congolese Simba rebel leader Christophe Gbenye (b. 1927) on Feb. 3 in Kinshasa. British historian Sir Martin Gilbert (b. 1936) on Feb. 3. Am. physicist Val Logsdon Fitch (b. 1923) on Feb. 5 in Princeton, N.J.; 1980 Nobel Physics Prize. Am. golfer Billy Casper (b. 1931) on Feb. 7 in Springville, Utah. Am. basketball coach Dean Smith (b. 1931) on Feb. 7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Australian climate scientist Michael Robin Raupach (b. 1950) on Feb. 10. Am. TV journalist Bob Simon (b. 1941) on Feb. 11 in Manhattan, N.Y. (auto accident). Am. poet Philip Levine (b. 1928) on Feb. 14 in Fresno, Calif.; the album "The Poetry of Jazz" by Levine and Benjamin Boone is released on Mar. 16, 2018. Am. singer Lesley Gore (b. 1946) on Feb. 16 in New York City (lung cancer). English diplomat Sir Robert Wade-Gery (b. 1929) on Feb. 16. Am. jazz trumpeter Clark Terry (b. 1920) on Feb. 21 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Am. Notre Dame U. pres. #15 (1952-87) Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh (b. 1917) on Feb. 26 in Notre Dame, Ind.; his funeral-memorial service are attended by Pres. Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, Condoleezza Rice et al., with a video message from Pres. Obama. Am. basketball player (first black to play in the NBA) Earl Lloyd (b. 1928) on Feb. 26 in Crossville, Tenn. Am. actor Richard Bakalyan (b. 1931) on Feb. 27 in Elmira, N.Y. Am. "Spock in Star Trek" actor-dir. Leonard Nimoy (b. 1931) on Feb. 27 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, Calif. (COPD); William Shatner snubs his funeral to attend the Red Cross Ball. Cuban baseball player Minnie Minoso (b. 1925) on Mar. 1 in Chicago, Ill. Am. bowler Fred Joseph Riccilli (b. 1921) on Mar. 3 in Seal Beach, Calif. Am. "The Simpsons" writer-dir.-producer Sam Simon (b. 1955) on Mar. 8 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (cancer). Iraqi cleric Sheikh Harith al-Dhari (b. 1921) on Mar. 12 in Istanbul, Turkey. Am. Denver Public Library architect Michael Graves (b. 1934) on Mar. 12 in Princeton, N.J.; became paraplegic in 2003 from a spinal cord infection. English Free rock musician Andy Fraser (b. 1952) on Mar. 16 in Temecula, Calif. Am. blues musician Samuel Charters (b. 1929) on Mar. 18 in Arsta, Sweden (bone marrow cancer). Australian PM #22 (1975-83) Malcolm Fraser (b. 1930) on Mar. 20 in Melbourne, Victoria. Am. actor Gregory Walcott (b. 1928) on Mar. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. Pet Rock inventor Gary Dahl (b. 1936) on Mar. 23 in Jacksonville, Ore. (COPD). Canadian "Madeline in La Femme Nikita" actress Alberta Watson (b. 1955) on Mar. 23 in Toronto, Ont. (cancer). Am. actor Robert Z'Dar (b. 1950) on Mar. 30 in Pensacola, Fla. Canadian hockey hall-of-fame player Elmer Lach (b. 1918) on Apr. 4 in Kirkland, Quebec. Am. "Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazzard" actor James Best (b. 1926) on Apr. 6 in Hickory, N.C. (pneumonia). Am. "John Arlington in Any Which Way You Can" actor Geoffrey Lewis (b. 1935) on Apr. 7 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Congolese politician Albert Kalonji (b. 1929) on Apr. 20 in Mbuji-Mayi. Am. "Rosie the Riveter" model Mary Doyle Keefe (b. 1923) on Apr. 21. Canadian politician Christine Stewart (b. 1941) on Apr. 25 in Cobourg, Ont. Am. "Tracy in The Partidge Family" actress Suzanne J. Crough (b. 1963) on Apr. 27 in Laughlin, Nev. (heart failure). Am. astronomer Peter A. Wehinger (b. 1938) on Apr. 27 in Tucson, Ariz. (lung cancer). Am. folk singer Guy Carawan (b. 1927) on May 2 in New Market, Tenn. Am. writer William Bast (b. 1931) on May 4 in Los Angeles, Calif. Australian serial murderer William MacDonald (b. 1924) on May 12 in Randwick, N.S.W. (dies in the Prince of Wales Hospital while serving a life sentence). Am. singer B.B. King (b. 1925) on May 14 in Las Vegas, Nev. U.S. Repub. Second Lady (1974-7) Happy Rockefeller (b. 1974) on Jan. 20 in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Am. comedian Anne Meara (b. 1929) on May 23 in Manhattan, N.Y. Am. mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. (b. 1928) on May 23 in Monroe Township, N.J. (automobile accident on the New Jersey Turnpike). Am. folk singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie (b. 1922) on June 1 in Berea, Ky. Am. football kicker Garo Yepremian (b. 1944) on May 15 in Media, Penn. Iraqi deputy PM (1979-2003) Tariq Aziz (b. 1936) on June 5 in Nasiriyah (dies in prison hospital). Am. folk singer Ronnie Gilbert (b. 1926) on June 6 in Mill Valley, Calif. English "Saruman in The Lord of the Rings" actor Sir Christopher Lee (b. 1922) on June 7 in Chelsea, London. Am. jazz musician Ornette Coleman (b. 1930) on June 11 in New York City. Am. prof. wrestler Dusty Rhodes (b. 1945) on June 11 in Orlando, Fla. (kidney failure). Yemeni AQAP leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi (b. 1976) on June 12 in Mukalla (KIA). Am. actor George "Foghorn" Winslow (b. 1946) on June 13 in Camp Meeker, Calif. (heart attack); dies in his home along with 25 cats. Chinese leader Qiao Shi (b. 1924) on June 14 in Beijing. Am. conservative writer Alan Caruba (b. 1937) on June 15 in South Orange, N.J. English "John Steed in The Avengers" actor Patrick Macnee (b. 1922) on June 25 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Australian Olympic runner Ron Clarke (b. 1937) on June 17 in Southport, Queensland. Turkish pres. #9 (1993-2000) and PM #12 (1991-3) Suleyman Demirel (b. 1924) on June 17 in Ankara. Am. "Titanic" film composer James Horner (b. 1953) on June 22 in Los Padres Nat. Forest, Calif. (airplane crash). English Yes rock bassist Chris Squire (b. 1948) on June 28 in Phoenix, Ariz. (leukemia). African tame lion Cecil the Lion (b. 2002) on July 1 in Hwange District, Zimbabwe; killed with an arrow by Am. dentist Walter Palmer, sparking internat. outrage. British humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton (b. 1909) on July 1 in Slough, Berkshire. Am. poet James Tate (b. 1943) on July 8 in Amherst, Mass. Egyptian "Doctor Zhivago" actor Omar Sharif (b. 1932) on July 10 in Cairo (heart attack). English actress Nova Pilbeam (b. 1919) on July 17 in London. Canadian prof. wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper (b. 1954) on July 31 in Los Angeles, Calif. (heart attack). Am. Mr. Coffee co-creator Vincent Marotta (b. 1924) on Aug. 1 in Pepper Pike, Ohio. British-Am. historian Robert Conquest (b. 1917) on Aug. 3 in Stanford, Calif. Am. NFL star and "ABC's Monday Night Football" sportscaster Frank Gifford (b. 1930) on Aug. 9 in Greenwich, Conn. Am. civil rights activist Julian Bond (b. 1940) on Aug. 15 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Pakistani spymaster Gen. Hamid Gul (b. 1936) on Aug. 15 in Murree, Punjab. Am. "Batgirl in Batman" actress Yvonne Craig (b. 1937) on Aug. 17 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. English auto racer Justin Wilson (b. 1978) on Aug. 24 in Allentown, Penn.; dies from brain injury received in an accident on Aug. 23 at the Pocono Raceway in Penn. Am. "Your Erroneous Zones" writer Wayne Walter Dyer (b. 1940) on Aug. 29 in Maui County, Hawaii (heart attack). Am. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" dir. Wes Craven (b. 1939) on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, Calif. (brain cancer). British "Awakenings" neurologist Oliver Wolf Sacks (b. 1933) on Aug. 30 in Manhattan, N.Y. (cancer). Am. "The Love Bug" actor Dean Jones (b. 1931) on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "Sock it to me!" actress Judy Carne (b. 1939) on Sept. 3 in Northampton (pneumonia). Am. "Route 66", "Adam-12" actor Martin Milner (b. 1931) on Sept. 6 in Carlsbad, Calif. (heart failure). Am. "Our Gang" actor Dickie Moore (b. 1925) on Sept. 7 near Wilton, Conn. Am. basketball hall-of-fame player Moses Malone (b. 1955) on Sept. 13 in Norfolk, Va. Am. Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca (b. 1947) on Sept. 14 in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. British-Am. novelist Jackie Collins (b. 1937) on Sept. 19 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (breast cancer); pub. 32 novels, all NYT bestsellers (500M+ copies in 40 languages), with eight filmed. Am. "Jimmy Olsen in The Adventures of Superman" actor Jack Larson (b. 1928) on Sept. 20 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, Calif. Am. poet C.K. Williams (b. 1936) on Sept. 20 in Hopewell, N.J. (multiple myeloma). Am. hall-of-fame baseball catcher Yogi Berra (b. 1925) on Sept. 22 in West Caldwell, N.J. Egyptian "My Drive to Israel" playwright-writer Ali Salem (b. 1936) on Sept. 22 in Mohandessin. English "King Arthur in Excalibur" actor Nigel Terry (b. 1945) on Sept. 30 in Newquay, Cornwall (emphysema). Am. chef Paul Prudhomme (b. 1940) on Oct. 8 in New Orleans, La. Am. "Pac-Man" actor Marty Ingels (b. 1936) on Oct. 21 in Tarzana, Calif. (stroke). Irish-born Am. actress Maureen Fitzsimons (b. 1920) on Oct. 24 in Boise, Idaho. Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi (b. 1944) on Nov. 3 in Kadhimiya, Baghdad (heart attack). Am. actor-politician Fred Thompson (b. 1942) on Nov. 1 in Nashville, Texn. (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). Am. computer engineer Gene Amdahl (b. 1922) on Nov. 10 in Palo Alto, Calif. (pneumonia and Alzheimer's). Belgian ISIS terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud (b. 1987) on Nov. 18 in Saint-Denis, France (killed). Canadian oil exec Maurice Strong (b. 1929) on Nov. 27 in New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ont. English Motorhead musician Lemmy Kilmister (b. 1945) on Dec. 24 in Los Angeles, Calif. (cancer). Am. "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold" writer Acharya S. (Dorothy Milne Murdock) (b. 1960) on Dec. 25 (breast cancer). Am. basketball player Meadowlark Lemon (b. 1932) on Dec. 27 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Am. "Unforgettable" singer Natalie Cole (b. 1950) on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles, Calif. (congestive heart failure); sold 30M+ records. Am. "Trapper John in M*A*S*H" actor Wayne Rogers (b. 1933) on Dec. 31 in Los Angeles, Calif. (pneumonia).