After a lot of consideration, USMB Staff has decided to try an alternate format for this Front Page forum. The purpose of having a Front Page Forum is to attract new eyes and views and have something fresh, informative and up to date in that spot.
Got to credit Lucy Hamilton for asking about a "Breaking News" forum, because that's what prompted this experiment. We do fine with breaking news threads in their own relevant forums right now, but it's a convenient way to give us better recruitment "advertising" on the Front Page.
So here's the outline of the "experiment". Any Poster may choose to place a "Breaking News" story in that forum SUBJECT TO the rules provided below. You don't HAVE to place such threads in THIS forum. You can still put them in appropriate forums. If there's a thread in the Home Page forum on this news flash, we MAY consolidate threads from lower forums to the Front Page forum when a story breaks -- especially if they started in another Zone2 forum. Posters should put EXTRA effort into preparing the OP. Wait 5 minutes or whatever's necessary to get adequate details. Include as much as you can. Multiple Links or Pics PREFERRED. Rules for that forum will be as follows:
1) Zone2 Rules
2) OP must be about news no older than 24 hours when posted. News can be about any broad interest subject.
3) Story must be linked to at least one major news outlet, newspaper or periodical. Other secondary links encouraged.
4) Members should include the Breaking News: prefix in front of the Title. (Admin may do this automatically for us -- so check current usage.)
5) Moderation reserves the right to move and place in a more appropriate forum. OR to move brand new threads to this Front Page forum..
6) Keep the conversations on the news topic as details comes in. Serious derailments will result in closure. And try to NOT extend the conversations much past the point where it's no longer "breaking".
Yes, Hezbollah, the same terrorists that attack Israel and the American Left side with.
BREAKING / NBC News: The FBI has arrested and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan has indicted Alexei Saab for conducting intelligence-gathering operations for the Iranian backed terrorist organization Hezbollah, according to court documents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Saab allegedly, "surveilled dozens of locations in New York City – including the United Nations headquarters, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and local airports, tunnels, and bridges"
Apparently, Trump, in a phone call, made a promise to a foreign leader that prompted an intelligence agency employee to file a formal complaint. The Intelligence Community Inspector General deemed the report "credible and urgent". Naturally, the Trump stooge "acting director" (Trump has him on a leash, of course) is refusing to comply with the law and provide the report to Congress. He says it isn't urgent. Unfortunately for him, the law says it's not his call.
Under threat of subpoena, he (Joseph Maguire) will testify next Thursday in an open session of Congress and also behind closed doors with the Intelligence Committee.
They will, of course, ask him if Trump or Barr are directing him to violate the law.
Diane Combs and Tim Combs were convicted after being caught on camera abusing two of their young foster children. The couple later admitted to the abuse, officials said.
Diane Combs, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Dearborn County Superior Court to charges of aggravated battery. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her husband, Tim Combs, entered a guilty plea to battery charges and was sentenced to 13 years during a hearing earlier this month.
Investigators believe their foster home was a house of horrors, and if not for video of the abuse, prosecutors may not have been able to build a case. A teenage foster child in the house shot the video.
This went on for four years in this household, which sponsored dozens of children, and yes, there were allegations made in the past, discounted because some of the children were taken from mean parents, so somehow without proof, the children were not believed. When you read how egregious the behaviors were, you'll see how it sounds like fiction, except for the video.