*Sickening new ISIS video features Tom Cruise as ‘US spies’ are hung from meat hooks and slaughtered like sheep:
ISIS have celebrated Eid by hanging dozens of prisoners upside down from meat hooks and slaughtering them “like sheep” in a horrific new execution video featuring clips of Tom Cruise from Mission: Impossible. The 12-minute video, ‘The Making of Illusion’, which also features a clip of former British prime minister David Cameron , has been described at the ‘worst video’ from the terrorist group. The video was released yesterday as Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holy festivals for the faith. Muslims traditionally slaughter sheep, cattle and other livestock during the three-day festival.
*Median Income Rose 5.2 Percent Last Year:
America’s median household income rose 5.2 percent—to $56,516—in 2015, showing the first growth in the measurement among America’s middle class since 2007. The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the news, with a number of other figures indicating improvement in the economy. The poverty rate dropped to 13.5 percent in 2015, down from 14.8 percent in 2014—meaning 3.5 million fewer Americans below the economic benchmark. The uninsured rate also fell to 9.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent a year earlier.
*BRUTAL – More Than 3,000 People Have Been Shot in Chicago This Year:
More than 3,028 people have been shot so far this year in Chicago, surpassing the total for all of 2015—2,980. Eight people were killed and an additional 35 wounded in shootings this past weekend in the city, which this year has seen the worst violence in two decades. According to the Chicago Tribune
’s analysis, the city has had more than 500 homicides this year. About a third of those shootings happened in three of the city’s 22 police districts. About 423 people were shot in the Harrison district alone. At this point last year, just 237 people were shot in the same district.
*Bill: Hillary Is Healthier Than Trump:
is “almost certain” his wife is healthier than Donald Trump
, he claimed in part of an interview with Charlie Rose
that aired on CBS on Tuesday morning. Hillary Clinton
nearlycollapsed at the 9/11 memorial over the weekend, stirring rumors of her ailing health. Her team eventually disclosed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia last week. In turn, Trump’s campaign announced plans Monday to release detailed medical records and scheduled a Thursday appearance on The Dr. Oz Show
. The former president said Tuesday, “I think her lifestyle and her underlying indicators—blood pressure, the amount of exercise, the everything else—means it’s almost certain she’s in better health than her opponent. But we don’t know, because he hasn’t disclosed.” He added, “It’d be refreshing if there were just one thing in life where he disclosed more than she has.”
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show. The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. “They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper. The documents show that a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid three Harvard scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat.
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*Turkey Formally Requests Arrest of Cleric:
Turkey has formally requested that U.S. officials arrest Fethullah Gulen, the exiled cleric who it accuses of orchestrating that country’s attempted military coup this summer. Officials close to President Tayyip Recip Edogan
have said they believe Gulen’s religious movement inspired the violence that left more than 300 dead and have repeatedly asked that American officials detain him. Erdogan has insisted on Gulen’s capture and eventual extradition, and he reportedly discussed it with President Obama at the G20 summit in China. Gulen—who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999—denies that he was involved in the failed coup.
*U.S. Bombers Fly Over South Korea:
The U.S. Air Force flew two B-1 bombers over South Korea, in a show of force following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test last week. Pyongyang claimed the move was a technological advancement and had shown it could mount a nuclear warhead on its ballistic missiles. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a dangerous escalation and poses an unacceptable threat,” said U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks
. “The United States has an unshakable commitment to defend allies in the region and will take necessary steps to do so, including operations like this one today.” South Korean fighter jets also joined the flyover of Osan Air Base. Brooks said, “Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep resources of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence.”
*Lochte’s DWTS Attackers Arrested:
Two men were arrested Monday night in Los Angeles after attacking disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte
on stage during the live broadcast of ABC’sDancing With the Stars
. Thetwo audience members, identified by police as Sam Sododeh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40, were charged with trespassing after they stormed the stage and threw something at Lochte before the show’s security personnel rushed in. Both men were wearing T-shirts with “Lochte” emblazoned on them and a “no” symbol; officials said the men weren’t wearing the shirts when they entered the studio with tickets. “We want to publicize that this is a bad decision to have a liar be publicized as a star,” one of the suspects reportedly said as he was removed by officers.The incident occurred while Lochte was receiving his score from judge Carrie Ann Inaba
, who is shown shouting, “Hey! Excuse me! Back off!” in the live footage of the attack. Host Tom Bergeron
then frantically cut to a commercial, while Lochte was shown looking dazed on the stage. Entertainment Weekly
reported that in addition to the two men, four women were spotted in the audience wearing the same “anti-Lochte” shirts. Lochte later said he’d been shaken up by the incident. “So many feelings are going through my head right now,” he said. “I’m a little hurt.”
*LBN – WE DON’T SUGAR COAT THE NEWS:
and Priscilla Presley
among the prominent guests at “City Talk” last night featuring guest of honor author Lawrence Grobel
in the private room at Baltaire in Brentwood. The evening, which was featured on Facebook Live ended with Grobel telling an incredible story of his meetings with legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight
. ***James Corden
jumping onstage at drag queen palace Lips in NYC. ***Venus Williams
at Just Salad on West 37th Street in NYC. ***Ivanka Trump
at Il Gattopardo in NYC. ***Kourtney Kardashian
and Scott Disick
seeing “Cats” on Broadway with son Mason. The trio was seen at Serendipity 3 in NYC beforehand. ***Gerard Butler
at KGB Bar’s Red Room in NYC. ***Sean Penn
, Jeremy Renner
at Amy Sacco’s
Bungalow 8 pop-up on the Thompson Toronto rooftop. ***Christian Slater
at Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof”.
*LBN-R.I.P.: ***Albert Kumin, one of the most celebrated pastry chefs in the United States, who created desserts for the Four Seasons and Windows on the World in Manhattan as well as for Jimmy Carter’s White House, died on Friday at his home in Stowe, Vt. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Julie Kumin.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: I’m beginning to think this whole sordid campaign is being blown along by an acrid gust of distrust. The two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are remarkably distrustful. They have set the modern standards for withholding information — his not releasing tax and health records, her not holding regular news conferences or quickly disclosing her pneumonia diagnosis. Both have a problem with spontaneous, reciprocal communication with a hint of vulnerability. Both ultimately hew to a distrustful, stark, combative, zero-sum view of life — the idea that making it in this world is an unforgiving slog and that, given other people’s selfish natures, vulnerability is dangerous. Trump’s convention speech was the perfect embodiment of the politics of distrust. American families, he argued, are under threat from foreigners who are as violent and menacing as they are insidious. Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” riff comes from the same spiritual place. We have in our country, she jibed, millions of bigots, racists, xenophobes and haters — people who are so blackhearted that they are, as she put it, “irredeemable.” The parishioners at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., felt that even the man who murdered their close friends was redeemable, but Clinton has written off vast chunks of her fellow citizens as beyond hope and redemption.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by BRIAN X. CHEN: Apple’s iPhone, just short of 10 years old, has hit puberty. Like adolescents coping with awkward changes to their bodies, the iPhone 7, due for release on Friday, introduces some uncomfortable transitions. They include the much ballyhooed removal of the headphone jack and the replacement of the physical home button with a virtual one. For Apple customers, this creates a difficult choice. While upgrading iPhones in the past was typically a no-brainer, now people must wrestle with whether to deal with the hassle of having no audio jack. Many people could simply upgrade to last year’s model, the iPhone 6S, which is also a fast phone with great cameras and still has the jack. Yet after testing the new iPhone 7 and its larger sibling, the 7 Plus, for five days, I have hopped on the 7 train. While it is irritating not to have an audio jack — Apple nixed the 3.5 millimeter port to make room for faster chips, better batteries and to make the iPhone water-resistant — and the older physical home button feels better to press than the new virtual one, the new iPhones deliver on Apple’s promises.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: The president of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the rolling staircase to the red-carpeted tarmac. Except that there is no rolling staircase. He is forced to exit — as one China expert put it rather undiplomatically — through “the ass” of the plane. This happened Saturday at Hangzhou airport. Yes, in China. If the Chinese didn’t invent diplomatic protocol, they surely are its most venerable and experienced practitioners. They’ve been at it for 4,000 years. They are the masters of every tributary gesture, every nuance of hierarchical ritual. In a land so exquisitely sensitive to protocol, rolling staircases don’t just disappear at arrival ceremonies. Indeed, not one of the other G-20 world leaders was left stranded on his plane upon arrival. Did President Xi Jinping directly order airport personnel and diplomatic functionaries to deny President Obama a proper welcome? Who knows? But the message, whether intentional or not, wasn’t very subtle. The authorities expressed no regret, no remorse and certainly no apology. On the contrary, they scolded the media for even reporting the snub. No surprise. China’s ostentatious rudeness was perfectly reflective of the world’s general disdain for Obama. His high-minded lectures about global norms and demands that others live up to their “international obligations” are no longer amusing. They’re irritating.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: There are many recent developments in the godless West. To name a few: –The Supreme Court of Italy last week ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in front of minors). –The New York City Council voted in May that public urination is not a criminal act. –The San Francisco City Council decided, by one vote, to continue the city’s ban on public nudity — not, of course, on the grounds of “decency” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time, probably a couple of years, before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco. –A few weeks ago, teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were instructed not to refer to their elementary school students as “boys and girls” but as “students” and “scholars.” The reasoning is presumably for inclusivity — there may be a student who has no gender identity — and that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people. –In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything, including killing for fun, is wrong beyond personal opinion. These are all inevitable consequences of the death of belief in God and Judeo-Christian values, and of the Bible as society’s primary moral reference work.
*Prominent Dentists Leslie Bonar, DDS and Charles Basso, DDS Are in Agreement That Dental X-Rays Have Become Overused Today:
Dental bitewings and other selected X-rays have great value, but Dr. Bonar feels strongly in a very health centered, conservative approach to dosing her valued patients and families with radiation. Many pediatric and adult dental offices suggest taking check-up X-rays every 6 to 12 months, which in a well taken care of healthy mouth can be pushed out to 18 to 24 months. The ADA (American Dental Association) guidelines come from the rate in which a cavity forms or penetrates enamel within one to two years so they suggest every 12 to 24 months and 2-3 years for low decay rate patients. Dr. Bonar and Dr. Basso at Grand Dentistry http://www.granddentistry.com/
, a conservative high technology “health centered” practice in Southern California, look at each unique patient as if they were a family member, and use sound judgment like many dentists do, to determine the frequency of dental X-rays for their valued patients and families. Doing what is best for the health and well being of each person is the only solution by far.
*WHO READS LBN? Actor Dave Vescio:
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
has officially hit rock bottom — the HIV-positive train wreck has moved back in with his parents, according to sources. Once TV’s highest paid actor, the former “Two and a Half Men” star is so broke that he’s living in the Malibu guesthouse of Martin and Janet Sheen. ***Amanda Seyfried
is engaged to “Last Word” co-star Thomas Sadoski
after six months of dating. Seyfried, 30, sparked engagement rumors last week after she was photographed in New York wearing a thin band on her ring finger. The “Mean Girls” beauty met Sadoski, 40, last year after working together on the off-Broadway play, “The Way We Get By.” They were first romantically linked in March while shooting the yet-to-be released flick, “The Last Word.” ***What was supposed to be a romantic getaway turned into a nightmare for Amy Schumer
and boyfriend Ben Hanisch
. According to Schumer’s Instagram feed, the 35-year-old comedian was hospitalized for food poisoning in Paris. “Thanks for everything Paris! Except the food poisoning,” she captioned a miserable looking snapshot of herself lying down next to Hanisch.
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