LBN – Sunday, May 13, 2018

*GLOBAL TERROR – Paris Knife Attacker Identified as Chechen Native Known to Police:

French authorities say the man accused of carrying out a fatal knife attack in the heart of Paris on Saturday was a Chechen native with French citizenship who was known to counter-terrorism officials. The unidentified attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others before fleeing and later being shot dead by police. Witnesses reported hearing him yell “Allahu Akbar!” during the stabbing spree, and the so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. While the suspected attacker is said to have had no record of arrests, a judicial official cited by the Associated Press said he was listed in a national database of individuals with suspected links to extremism. Counter-terrorism investigators have reportedly detained his parents for questioning as they try to determine whether he acted alone.

*Iran’s President Says Country Could Remain In Nuclear Deal Without U.S.:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that, if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, which his foreign minister hoped could be redesigned without Washington. Tuesday’s U.S. withdrawal from the accord was a “violation of morals”, Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television. “If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America,” he said during a meeting with Sri Lanka’s president. U.S. President Donald Trump’s pullout has upset Washington’s European allies, cast uncertainty over global oil supplies and raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East. It has also highlighted divisions among Iran’s political elite.

*Child Suicide Bombers Blow Up Christian Churches in Indonesia:

At least 13 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday in almost simultaneous suicide bombings at three different Christian churches in Indonesia. The blasts went off in Surabaya, the country’s second-largest city after Jakarta, while Christians were attending Sunday mass. While Indonesia has suffered a spate of terrorist attacks in recent months, this appears to be the first time children were involved in carrying out the bombings. Police say a family of six inspired by the so-called Islamic State split up to hit three different sites, with the husband striking one church while his wife and four children targeted two others. The mother, accompanied by her 9-year-old and 12-year-old daughters who were also carrying bombs, reportedly detonated a device at a security checkpoint at one church while the couple’s two teenage sons used a motorbike to attack the third. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the triple bombing.

*DEBUT – China’s First Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trial:

China’s new 50,000-ton aircraft carrier, the first one built domestically, set off for its maiden sea trial on Sunday as part of the country’s plans to boost its military prowess with a “world-class” navy. The vessel, the country’s second aircraft carrier, is expected to join the navy at some point before 2020. A more “modernized” version of its first aircraft carrier, the new ship is thought to signal Beijing’s ambitions to catch up to the U.S. Navy, which operates 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Chinese President Xi Jinping last month unveiled plans to build a new navy under the banner of the Chinese Communist Party that could rival the maritime forces of other world powers. Apparently as part of those plans, the Chinese military got an 8-percent increase in its budget for 2018, with $175 billion allocated for defense spending. The spending boost came after the Chinese Navy increased its fleet of ships from 210 to 320 in just a few years.

*Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly Backs CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel:

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) on Saturday threw his support behind CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, providing the second Democratic vote in her favor and increasing the chances of her confirmation. Donnelly said he’d made his decision after having a “tough, frank, and extensive discussion” with her on Thursday. “I believe that she has learned from the past, and that the CIA under her leadership can help our country confront serious international threats and challenges,” he said in a statement. Donnelly and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV) are the only two Democrats to back Haspel for the job, with most Democrats still unswayed by her promise not to revive a controversial “enhanced interrogation” program she oversaw following 9/11 that involved torture. With Republican senators John McCain (AZ) and Rand Paul (KY) also coming out against Haspel’s nomination, she will need the help of Democrats to secure the minimum 50 votes required.

*STRAIGHT TO THE POINT – Dem Congressional Candidate Launches ‘F*ck the NRA’ TV Ads:

A Democratic candidate for Congress in New Mexico is openly challenging the National Rifle Association in new television ads that declare, “Fuck the NRA.” Pat Davis, a member of the Albuquerque City Council, launched the first 15-second ad on local television Friday, opening the spot with the blunt expletive before going on to vow a change to national gun laws. “Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers and dead fathers,” he says in the ad. “If Congress won’t change our gun laws, we’re changing Congress,” he says. Davis is facing off against five other opponents for the Democratic nomination for an open congressional seat in Albuquerque, and he has made gun control the focus of his platform. KRQE, the local CBS affiliate in Albuquerque that ran the spot, has allowed it to run without bleeping out the expletive, because the station is “not permitted to censor or in any way edit” political ads, according to KRQE general manager Bill Anderson. The ad was, however, accompanied by a disclaimer warning of “inappropriate language.”

*Cycling tourists were robbed, murdered in Mexico: authorities:

Two European bicyclists found dead in a ravine in southern Mexico were robbed and murdered, authorities say, despite earlier claims they plunged to their deaths in an accident. Prosecutor Luis Alberto Sanchez said the bodies of Krzystof Chmielewski, of Poland, and Holger Hagenbusch, of Germany, were found at the bottom of a cliff in Chiapas state, the BBC reported. Chmielewski, 37, was shot in the head and found on April 26 about 130 feet below the road he’d been traveling on. Hagenbusch, 43, likely died from a head wound sustained during a beating and wasn’t discovered until May 4. The announcement, on Friday, was the latest report to shock the crime-ridden country.

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*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER:   ***Mariah Carey’s former manager says she was hoodwinked by her cousin, whom she hired to do legal work but instead ended up stealing clients, a lawsuit alleges. Stella Stolper, who represented Carey for three years until November 2017, is seeking $85 million from Zarina Burbacki, according to her new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. The suit doesn’t specifically accuse Burbacki of stealing Carey as a client — but hints at it. It claims Burbacki went to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut on Oct. 14, 2017, to have a “clandestine meeting” with an unnamed Stolper client.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Sixers mogul Michael Rubin bringing an impressive mix of VIPs courtside in Philly during the 76ersplayoff run, including Meek MillLil Uzi VertCNBC’s Joe KernenTiki Barber, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom WolfKevin HartDr. JDr. Oz and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.   ***Michael Kors at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in NYC.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: Once I would have rolled my eyes at a “Homeland” season in which the Russians deftly maneuvered to control whether a Democratic woman, an increasingly paranoid former junior senator from New York, would occupy the Oval Office. Last year, I shook my head at the “Billions” plotline showing a top New York law enforcement official fighting corruption by day and engaging in sadomasochism by night. There was a time I would have considered it off the wall if Kanye West said he shared dragon energy with Donald Trump. Now I don’t blink. Everything is plausible.

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mary Cella (Ms. Cella is a comedian): This is my ninth motherless Mother’s Day, and while I still feel a little that people who take their mom out to brunch to celebrate are bragging, I’d like to assure you all that I’m fine. The worst part of losing my mom is the fact that she’s no longer alive, since she had so much living left to do. The second worst part is how much I and the rest of her loved ones miss her. About the 100th worst part is how uncomfortable most people get when I tell them my mother is dead. Sometimes I wonder if the word “dead” is what upsets people, as I tend to use straightforward language when talking about my mother. Death, after all, is nothing if not blunt. However, I’ve tried every euphemism, from delicate terms like “my mother passed away” or “she’s deceased” to less common phrasings like “my mom sleeps with the fishes.” (My gynecologist really didn’t like that last one.) All expressions meant to soften, for strangers, this harsh reality, and yet no matter how I word it, I’m met with the same look of sadness and pity. I avoid the subject of my mother with strangers and casual acquaintances. I don’t like to make someone feel noticeably guilty for having made me talk about my dead parent in the middle of a mutual friend’s birthday party. There have been times, particularly right after she died and I brought it up more readily, when seeing the shock and horror I was feeling reflected on another person’s face brought me some comfort. Now it just makes me feel like a jerk for having upset some poor person who was trying to make small talk over hummus.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Americans spend $14.6 billion on gifts on Mother’s Day, including $671 million on cards and $1.9 billion on flowers.


1. Mother’s Day is second after Christmas for the most popular day to buy flowers.

2. Americans spend $14.6 billion on gifts on Mother’s Day, including $671 million on cards and $1.9 billion on flowers.

3. One of the most famous mothers in literary history is Grendel’s mother from Beowulf (A.D. 800–1100). While she is nameless, she attacks Beowulf’s army to avenge the death of her son.

4. June Cleaver, the mother in the TV show Leave It to Beaver, is the quintessential 1950s housewife and the archetypal suburban parent.

5. Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show), in addition to Angela Bower (Who’s the Boss) and Murphy Brown (Murphy Brown), helped introduce the high-powered professional mother to television in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

6. Gaia, or Mother Earth, was the first goddess in Greek mythology. She created herself out of primordial chaos. She also created Earth and the universe.

7. The African Black Eagle typically will lay two eggs. After they hatch, the mother will just feed one of the chicks. The other chick is usually pecked to death by the other chick while the mother looks on.

8. The mother who gives birth to the largest baby on Earth is a mother elephant. After enduring 22 months of pregnancy, she gives birth to a blind, 200-pound calf.

9. A mother koala will feed her baby her own feces. Baby koalas—or joeys—haven’t developed the intestinal bacteria that help detoxify the highly poisonous eucalyptus leaves, which are a koala’s main diet.

10. Polar bear moms put on around 400 pounds during their pregnancy. If the mother doesn’t double her weight, her body will simply reabsorb the fetus.

11. A mother orangutan never puts her babies down and typically nurses them for 6 or 7 years, which is the longest mother/child nursing dependence of any animal on Earth.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are more than 17 millionMillennial moms in the U.S.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: 49% of the world’s internet users live in Asia. Runners-up include Europe (17%), Latin America/Carribbean (10%), and Africa (10%). North America 8%.

*LBN – INTEL FOR INFLUENCERS: – Christy Turlington

*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***President Trump’s legal adviserRudy Giuliani won’t debate Stormy Daniels lawyer — because he doesn’t associate with “pimps,” he said Friday. The ex-Big Apple mayor was responding to a recent challenge by Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti to hold a live debate on the merits of Trump’s defamation suit against his client. “I don’t get involved with pimps,” Giuliani told Business Insider. “The media loves to give him room because he makes these roundabout charges and they turn out to mean nothing. I think he’s going to get himself in serious trouble,” Giuliani continued.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Gerard Alexander (Mr. Alexander is a professor of political science at the University of Virginia):  I know many liberals, and two of them really are my best friends. Liberals make good movies and television shows. Their idealism has been an inspiration for me and many others. Many liberals are very smart. But they are not as smart, or as persuasive, as they think. And a backlash against liberals — a backlash that most liberals don’t seem to realize they’re causing — is going to get President Trump re-elected. People often vote against things instead of voting for them: against ideas, candidates and parties. Democrats, like Republicans, appreciate this whenever they portray their opponents as negatively as possible. But members of political tribes seem to have trouble recognizing that they, too, can push people away and energize them to vote for the other side. Nowhere is this more on display today than in liberal control of the commanding heights of American culture. Take the past few weeks. At theWhite House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, the comedian Michelle Wolf landed some punch lines that were funny and some that weren’t. But people reacted less to her talent and more to the liberal politics that she personified. For every viewer who loved her Trump bashing, there seemed to be at least one other put off by the one-sidedness of her routine. Then, when Kanye West publicly rethought his ideological commitments, prominent liberals criticized him for speaking on the topic at all. Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from California, remarked that “sometimes Kanye West talks out of turn” and should “maybe not have so much to say.”


Google Trends: Mother’s Day

The whole world celebrates Mother’s Day, but not all at the same time. Here you can see when different countries around the world search for the day that recognizes mums, moms, mutters, 母 and 媽媽.

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Pope John Paul II Shot in Vatican City (1981)

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, who was captured and imprisoned. Although the pontiff was shot in the stomach, he recovered and publicly forgave his would-be assassin. In spite of the physical setback caused by the shooting, he continued to travel widely, eventually visiting 129 nations and increasing the international character of the papacy.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Dennis Prager: There is more knowledge available today than ever before in history. But few would argue people are wiser than ever before. On the contrary, many of us would argue that we are living in a particularly foolish time — a period that is largely wisdom-free, especially among those with the most knowledge: the best educated. The fact that one of our two major political parties is advocating lowering the voting age to 16 is a good example of the absence of wisdom among a large segment of the adult population. What adult deems 16-year-olds capable of making a wise voting decision? The answer is an adult with the wisdom of a 16-year-old — “Hey, I’m no wiser than most 16-year-olds. Why should I have the vote and they not?” America has been influenced and is now being largely led by members of the baby-boom generation. This is the generation that came up with the motto “Never trust anyone over 30,” making it the first American generation to proclaim contempt for wisdom as a virtue.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Heather Locklear‘s come a long way since her domestic violence arrest, and is back in the good graces of her daughter, Ava … just in time for Mother’s Day. Sources close to Heather tell TMZ … she and Ava have been repairing their relationship ever since Heather got out of rehab, and they have Sunday plans for a mother-daughter spa day. We’re told they’ll be together at Heather’s house in Thousand Oaks, CA to watch Ava’s new Lifetime movie, “Mommy Be Mine.” The Mom’s Day weekend is just the second time they’ve hung out since March.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston