*DISASTER! Record 64.7 million non-English speakers in U.S.:
A new report shows explosive growth in the number of U.S. residents 5 years of age and older who speak a language other than English at home. The report by the Center for Immigration Studies, which breaks down new Census data, shows a record number of new immigrants in the country whose primary language is not English, and the fastest growing language is Arabic. In 2015 a record 64.7 million U.S. residents spoke a foreign language at home – up 5.2 million since 2010 and up 1.5 million in just the last year. The largest percentage increase from 2010 to 2015 was for speakers of Arabic, Hindi (an India language) and Urdu (Pakistan’s national language). More than one in five U.S. residents now speaks a foreign language at home, according to the CIS report.
*55 Retired Military Brass Say Trump Is Unfit to Lead:
Fifty-five retired general and flag officers have released a letter condemning Donald Trump
’s behavior toward women, calling him “utterly unworthy” of the Oval Office. “If given such power, Donald Trump would create a command climate intolerant of women and incompatible with a trained, ready, and honorable military,” the open letter said. “The American people deserve better than a misogynist in chief. Donald Trump’s behavior is antithetical to American values.” Among the signatories are retired four-star generals and three-star officers, as well as officers from the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Army National Guard. The officers wrote that if Trump were elected, he would likely hinder the progress that has already been achieved on addressing sexual assault in the military. The letter was signed by former officers of both genders, including Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin
, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw
, and Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy
, who was the first woman to reach the Army’s three-star rank.
*After Losses in Syria and Iraq, ISIS Moves the Goal Posts:
Islamic State leaders had long promised their followers an apocalyptic battle — foretold, some believe, by the Prophet Muhammad — in an otherwise nondescript village theycontrolled in northern Syria. But the warriors of the self-declared caliphate lost the village, Dabiq, in just a few hours over the weekend as Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, closed in. To soften the symbolic blow, the Islamic State switched rhetorical gears, declaring that the real Dabiq battlewould come some other time. The about-face was part of a larger repositioning as the Islamic State loses ground, not only in Syria but also in Iraq, where forces backed by the United States began a drive on Monday to oust the group from the sprawling and strategically vital city of Mosul. On the defensive in both countries, the group has been making preparations for retrenchment and survival.
*U.S. Citizens Sentenced to 10 Years in Iranian Jail:
Two U.S. citizens have been sentenced to 10 years in an Iranian prison for allegedly cooperating with the United States, according to the Iranian judiciary’s official news site. Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi
and his elderly father, Mohammad Baquer Namazi
, were detained last October by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and later charged and sentenced. The younger Namazi has worked for an oil and gas company in the United Arab Emirates. His father is a former Iranian provincial governor and has served as a UNICEF representative in various countries.
*Russia, Syria Halt Aleppo Airstrikes Ahead of ‘Truce’:
Russia and Syria on Tuesday claimed they would halt their airstrikes on the besieged city of Aleppo to prepare for a “humanitarian pause” on Thursday. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
said the strikes were suspended at 10 a.m. Tuesday to prepare for the temporary truce from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. onThursday—a cease-fire that is meant to allow safe passage out of the city for civilians and rebel militants alike. “The early halting of airstrikes is necessary to declare a ‘humanitarian pause,’” Shoigu said. “It will… guarantee a safe exit of civilians through six corridors and prepare for the evacuation of the ill and the wounded from the eastern part of Aleppo.” Both militaries are claiming they will not engage in any offensive action during the stipulated time, though each have been blamed by international investigators for the Sept. 19 attack on a UN humanitarian-aid convoy that left at least 20 dead in the hard-hit province during a previous cease-fire.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, citing survey results released on Monday, blames widespread ignorance for the relatively positive views millennials have toward socialism and communism. Of the 2,300 Americans polled by YouGov, 80% of baby boomers and 91% of the elderly agree with the statement that “communism was and still is a problem” in the world today. Millennials? Only 55%.
*Harry Shearer Sues Over ‘Spinal Tap’ for $125 million:
Actor and comedian Harry Shearer
has filed a lawsuit against entertainment giant Vivendi over the revenue from his 1984 cult-classic This Is Spinal Tap.
Shearer claims he is owed $125 million in damages for the Rob Reiner
-directed seminal mockumentary, though Vivendi says the 72-year-old actor and creator was entitled to a share of just $81 in merchandising income. Vivendi acquired the film, which followed a fictional British rock band, in 1989. “I think it’s important to challenge the status quo, not just for myself but for all my fellow artists, musicians and creators,” Shearer tweeted.
*Texas Cops Arrest Wisconsin Men for Allegedly Plotting to Join ISIS:
Police in Texas have arrested two men who are accused of planning to travel to either Syria or Iraq to join ISIS. Officials announced the two Wisconsin men, Jason Michael Ludke, 35, and Yosvany Padilla-Conde, 30, were stopped earlier this month near San Angelo as they were allegedly en route to get documents and aid in Mexico in order to make the trip to the front lines. Court documents say Ludke was charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. Padilla-Conde was charged with aiding and abetting his travel partner’s efforts. According to a criminal complaint, an undercover FBI agent chatted with Ludke on social media, where he told the official of his plans to purchase the travel papers in Mexico and of his pledge to support ISIS.
*Billy Bush Out at ‘Today’:
and NBC have reportedly reached a settlement on his contract with the network, officially ending his timeat Today
after the revelation of a 2005 tape in which he and Donald Trump
discussed groping women. Bush joined the show in August, signing a three-year deal that would earn him $3.5 million every year. He was previously suspended from the show when details of the Access Hollywood
tape were first reported. In a note to staff, Today
show chief Noah Oppenheim
said Bush would be leaving the show “effective today” and wished the “valued colleague and longtime member of the NBC family” “success as he goes forward.” In his own statement, Bush said, “I am deeply grateful for the conversations I’ve had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends, and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead.”
*WHO READS LBN? Publicist Ryan McCormick:
***A packed house last night for comedian sensation Ismo
‘s entertainment industry showcase at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood. ***Jon Hamm
wearing a St. Louis Blues cap at Montague Street Bagels in Brooklyn Heights. ***Woody Allen
and ICM Partners’ John Burnham
at a Saturday matinee of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”. ***Rosie O’Donnell
picking pumpkins at Secor Farms in Mahwah, NJ. ***Jimmy Fallon
at Indian Wells Tavern in Amagansett. ***“SNL” star Vanessa Bayer
riding the F train to Rockefeller Center in NYC. ***Lesley Stahl
with friends including Jerry Della Femina
at Loi in NYC. ***Monkee Mickey Dolenz
at Long Island’s Glen Cove Mansion.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Souls are not saved in bundles. Love is the necessary force. The problems facing this country are deeper than the labor participation rate and ISIS. It’s a crisis of solidarity, a crisis of segmentation, spiritual degradation and intimacy.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Watch President Obama Update His Resume on…
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Tony Medley: LBNElert has heretofore been admirably unbiased. However, the news item that stated, “Clarence Thomas got rewarded by the cowed Senate Judiciary Committee and ended up with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court” is nothing more than a virulent political attack on a man many believe stands as a martyr to leftwing zealotry solely because he was a conservative black man. The latter POV should not appear in a news item and neither should what LBN reported. LBN should continue to stand apart from MSM outlets in not allowing such noxious unsigned personal opinions in its news.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager:
There are many good conservatives who are Never-Trumpers, and there are many good conservatives who will vote for Donald Trump. Eight months ago, I warned that conservatives must resist gratuitous hatred or they will destroy themselves more effectively than the left ever could on its own. I used the term “gratuitous hatred” because it is the term Jews and Judaism use to describe the reason for one of the greatest calamities of Jewish history: the destruction of the Second Temple and the second Jewish state. It wasn’t the Romans who Jewish tradition blames; it was the Jews themselves — for hating one another for no good reason.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW:
***After four years of duking it out in court, celeb couple Richard Gere
and Carey Lowell
are finally divorced. The pair was not present Tuesday as Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper
inked their settlement. Details of the arrangement, over which the former couple have spent a slew of appearances squabbling, were not disclosed. Mary J. Blige
‘s ex wants her to dig deep into her wallet. In court docs obtained by TMZ, the singer’s estranged husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs
, is seeking $129,391 a month in spousal support. While he originally requested spousal support in September, having been exposed to an exuberant lifestyle during their 12-year marriage, he believes Blige, 45, should help him maintain it. ***James Franco
is being sued for allegedly assaulting a photographer in 2014. David Tonnessen
, according to TMZ, claims the actor head-butted his stomach while photographing a Lana Del Rey
concert at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Tonnessen claims Franco, 38, was “smiling, rather demonically,” before the incident occurred, then, with a “blank expression of joy on his face,” attacked him.
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