Mod fred? on #1, can you link up the star spagled banner to play, I didnt properly link up for the 2007 marine band rendition to play..
thanks, Tom-Pa o6/14/2012
BTW, who closed the comments on the Fast&Furious article?
I seem to be more of an old dinosaur these days..
thanks again for being there RANTBURG, I've learned much over the years, even though I dont frequent this site much anymore, but do occasionally, sincerely Thomas Calvanese Aston, Pa
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Kilo Bravo and I are off to Marshal the U.S. Open. We'll be inside the ropes on Hole #4 in the afternoons wearing our Dress Blue USGA tops and Red Hats. This former Marine has spit shined the tan saddles on his white Saddle Oxford Golf shoes.
Our goal is to find that Dude who on every shot, including tee shots on par fives, yells "Go-In-The-Hole". We'd love to have his ass thrown out.
Kilo Bravo is the good looking wife of former Marine. With her English accent she is excellent at simultaneous translation of the British Players comments. e.g. Bloody, Bollocks, etc.
[Shabelle] (Sh. M. Network)-Military officers from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Gedo region, south-west of the country, claimed on Wednesday a major victory over Al shabab fighting.
General Abdi Mahdi, chief of Somali armed forces in Gedo region, told that his troops inflicted heavy losses upon Al shabab fighters during a fierce fighting took place yesterday several locations near Qoqani town in Lower Jubba region of southern Somalia.
"Somali and Kenyan forces repelled Tuesday attacks by Al shabab mounted on military bases in the villages located on the outskirts of Qoqani, killing many jihad boy fighters and damaging some of their battle wagons," said Mr Mahdi.
He stated that all battled areas are now under Somali andKenyacontrol and tightening the overall security in the region to thwart further Al shabab ambush attacks.
(CNN) -- Egypt's highest court declared the parliament invalid Thursday, and the country's interim military rulers promptly declared full legislative authority, triggering a new level of chaos and confusion in the country's leadership.
The Supreme Constitutional Court found that all articles making up the law that regulated parliamentary elections are invalid, said Showee Elsayed, a constitutional lawyer.
The ruling means that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported.
Parliament had been in session for just over four months. It was dominated by Islamists, a group long viewed with suspicion by the military.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in control of the country since Mubarak's ouster, announced that it now has full legislative power and will announce a 100-person assembly that will write the country's new constitution by Friday.
The Moslem Brüderbund, Egypt's largest Islamist party, said SCAF leaders were taking matters into their own hands "against any true democracy they spoke of."
The court also ruled that former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik. the last prime minister to serve under ousted President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... , may run in a presidential election runoff this weekend.
The court rejected a law barring former members of Mubarak's regime from running in the election.
The runoff Saturday and Sunday pits him against Mohamed Morsi, head of the Moslem Brüderbund's political arm.
If the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't like it, it must be good.
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If the Muslim Brotherhood doesn't like it, it must be good.
I suspect that in Egypt's case the choices range only between horrible and slightly less horrible, Whiskey Mike. Last I heard, Egypt was importing half their food, and paying for the imports with money borrowed from Saudi Arabia, which they haven't a hope in hell of paying back...nor of replacing with income from the tourists who no longer come. Not to mention that in a year or so Israel will become self-sufficient energy-wise, although that income has become erratic since various desert-dwellers developed the habit of blowing up Egypt's oil pipeline.
[An Nahar] Five people were seriously injured in fighting between Tuareg and beturbanned fascisti in northern Mali Wednesday, officials said.
Oumar Sall of the Timbuktu Islamic Council said the festivities broke out as Tuareg of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) attempted to pass a checkpoint manned by fighters from the Islamist Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith).
"The people from MNLA wanted to pass but Ansar Dine refused and then the clash took place," he told Agance La Belle France Press.
A nurse at the main hospital in Timbuktu, Oumar Ould Sidy Ibrahim, said five people were seriously injured, four of them from the MNLA and one from Ansar Dine. This was confirmed by a police source.
The two rebel groups with different ideologies have had an uneasy relationship since occupying the north of Mali after a coup in Bamako in March.
Tensions have risen over efforts to merge and form a breakaway state, which remain deadlocked as the parties fail to agree on the implementation of strict Islamic law.
Ansar Dine, which is backed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and has the upper hand, says the implementation of sharia is non-negotiable.
The fighters clashed last week in the first serious confrontation between the two groups, after several protests by residents of northern towns against Ansar Dine and in support of the MNLA.
Meanwhile the prime minister of Mali's embattled transitional administration, Cheikh Modibo Diarra, held talks with brass hats in Algeria, the region's dominant military power.
AQIM's top leaders are Algerian and several regional and Western powers have urged Algiers to take the lead in military and diplomatic efforts to restore Mali's territorial integrity.
"The situation in Mali and in the Sahel as well as the state of bilateral cooperation and means of strengthening it will be the main focus of the discussions," an Algerian foreign ministry statement said.
[An Nahar] Egypt's justice minister on Wednesday granted the army the right to arrest civilians, after such powers expired with the lifting of the decades-old state of emergency last month.
Adel Abdel Hamid issued a decision granting army personnel -- including military intelligence and military police -- the right to detain civilians.
The measure will take effect on Thursday and remain in place at least until a new constitution is written.
On Tuesday, parliament elected a commission tasked with drafting the country's new charter but the process could take months.
The army took the job of policing during the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... last year, when police largely disappeared from the streets following days deadly festivities with protesters.
But their right to arrest civilians ended on May 31 when the controversial state of emergency was lifted.
"The decision fills a legal vacuum, as the army is still on the streets even after the state of emergency was lifted," Adel al-Mursi, the head of military justice, told news hounds.
The decision is likely to infuriate activists and protesters, who have campaigned for years for an end to the state of emergency, which granted police wide powers of arrest and was often used to curb dissent.
The measure comes just days before a presidential election runoff between ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq and Moslem Brüderbund candidate Mohammed Mursi.
[An Nahar] Fighting between rival tribes in the mountains of western Libya has claimed 14 lives and left dozens maimed in the past two days, the government said on Wednesday.
"Fourteen people were killed and about 89 maimed in combat in the Nafusa mountains," Nasser al-Manaa, front man of the interim government, told journalists in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... He gave no details on the cause of the festivities or the parties involved.
On Monday, the official LANA news agency reported that "armed exchanges in the town of Mizdah killed three people and maimed three others."
Manaa said the army had been deployed in the Nafusa Mountains to separate the warring parties and that negotiations were underway with elders to bring an end to the bloodshed.
Several sources have said the festivities focused on the towns of Sheguiga and Mizdah, pitting fighters of the Mashashia tribe against gunnies from the Gontrar tribe and the town of Zintan, 170 kilometers (105 miles) from Tripoli.
They say the fighting erupted after a resident of Zintan was killed at a roadblock set up by Mashashia rustics who accuse Zintan forces of shelling their village with tank and rocket fire.
[Yemen Post] Yemeni aircrafts stroke on Wednesday Ansar al-Sharia ...a Yemeni Islamist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends... -- al-Qaeda affiliate in the country--hideouts in the southeastern province of Shabwa, killing at least 27 snuffies including leading figures, local sources said.
The sources said that government warplanes launched some Arclight airstrikes targeting the bad turban's whereabouts in Azan town, al-Qaeda stronghold, and in al-Hota, the placid provincial capital.
The sources said that dozens of the al-Qaeda-linked snuffies were in the building when it was bombed, leaving at least 27 of them killed. Also, rumors circulating around the province indicated that the building was used as a laboratory for making explosives.
A senior security officer confirmed that senior al-Qaeda leaders were among those killed in the Arclight airstrikes.
However, the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything... the terror network denied in a statement posted on Facebook that some snuffies were killed in the bombing. It said that the Arclight airstrikes were conducted by US drones; not by Yemeni air force.
The bad turban group said that the Arclight airstrikes targeted a house that belongs to a citizen from Azan, destroying the house and damaging a nearby mosque.
According to the statement, no victims have fallen as a result to the Arclight airstrikes.
In the meantime, the festivities between the army troops and al-Qaeda bad turban are still ongoing in Shaqra area of Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... , after the snuffies were driven out yesterday of the their biggest strongholds: Zinjubar, the placid provincial capital of Abyan, and Ja'ar.
The army's victory is considered the biggest so far since the terrorist organization took advantage of the unrest and seized huge swaths of land in the south last year.
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By Chris Covert
Areas around Fresnillo, Villanueva and Sombrerete municipalities in Zacatecas state have heated up since last Sunday as rival armed gangs engaged in firefights killing at least three. Also in Sombrerete, a small aircraft crashed in a remote area of the municipality killing three according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, a small aircraft crashed near the village of Charco Blanco en Sombrerete municipality. Four unidentified individuals were killed. The report added the authorities at the time of the news posting did not know if the aircraft was a government or private bird.
Meanwhile, armed groups presumably associated with the drug cartel fought each other in several engagements in Sombrerete, Villanueva and Fresnillo municipalities since Sunday.
Two individuals were found Tuesday in two separate vehicles abandoned after a Sunday shootout between armed groups in Fresnillo municipality. The first unidentified victim was found in a stolen abandoned Volkswagen Jetta sedan near the village of Purisima del Maguey. Inside the vehicle was found one AK-47 rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and at least 24 packages of marijuana.
Near the village of Enrique Estrada, also in Fresnillo municipality, a second shooting victim was found dead aboard a Volkswagen Bora sedan, and was identified as Fernando Dueñas Acevedo. The news report said the second victim may have also been involved in Sunday's shootout in Villanueva municipality, which took the life in a police agent.
Also in Fresnillo municipality, police agents raided a safe house in El Triunfo, seizing undisclosed quantities of drugs and weapons. No detainees were reported in that raid
A separate El Sol de Zacatecas report said that numerous gunfights have taken place since Tuesday between armed groups in the hills between Valparaiso and Sombrerete municipalities. The report did not mention any casualties.
In Valparaiso last March five unidentified individuals were killed by elements of the Mexican 52 Infantry Battalion. A second relief element dispatched from a base in Fresnillo to reinforce the fight was attacked. No one was reported wounded or detained in that second shootout.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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By Chris Covert
A new grave has been found in Durango city in Durango state Wednesday, according to Mexican news reports.
According to a post on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily, an army unit with the Mexican 10th Military Zone was dispatched to a location on Cristobal Colon in the capital at around 1100 hrs on a report of a mass grave, based on an anonymous citizen's complaint
Exhumation has already begun, and soldiers have already found one human arm. The article hints more remains are expected.
The last of the Durango state mass graves was declared last March by Durango Fiscalia General de Estado (FGE) or Durango state attorney general, Sonia Yadira de la Garza Fragos, ending eight months of finds and exhumations that ended in January totalling 331 dead. The graves, scattered throughout the state with most of them concentrated in Durango city, in toto are the largest mass grave find in the Mexican Drug War.
Cristobal Colon is the location where the last 50 remains were found. So far, it is unclear if this new find will be added to the 331 death toll.
Many of the dead in the Durango mass graves date back years, as far as 2007. Most of the dead from those finds, 287 of 331, had been strangled to death. From the various news reports, it appears the victims were killed in the normal course of organized crime business in Durango state.
Far from a backwater in the Mexican Drug War, Durango state and its capital sit on Mexico Federal Highway 40, the northernmost continuous east-west route, which stretches from the Sinaloa port of Mazatlan to Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
Durango is also one of two state capitals, the other being Saltillo, Coahuila, also located on the highway. Mexico Federal Highway 40 also goes through the La Laguna region of Mexico with one of the heaviest concentrations of Mexican security troops in the north.
Three other dead were found in Durango state since last Tuesday, according to web reports posted on El Context de Durango news daily.
An unidentified man in his 20s was found strangled to death in Durango municipality near the village of Metates Tuesday. The victim was wrapped in a blanket and left on Mexico Federal Highway 40 at about the 27 kilometer marker between Durango and Mazatlan.
Two unidentified individuals in an advanced state of decomposition were found in Gomez Palacio municipality Tuesday. The victims were found on a road connecting Jimenez ejido with Huitron ejido by a resident of the La Laguna region of Mexico, which includes Torreon, Coahuila as well as Gomez Palacio.
In an unrelated development, a Mexican Army unit seized drugs and guns near a village in Pueblo Nuevo in Durango, according to a post on El Sol de Mexico news daily website.
The raid took place two kilometers from the village of Cebollas where soldiers seized 417.8 kilograms of marijuana packaged in 44 units. A total of 195 kilograms of marijuana seed in 13 sacks and three sacks with a total of 44.9 kilograms of poppy seeds were seized as well.
Weapons taken in the raid included two rifles, one grenade launcher, 29 weapons magazines and 120 rounds of ammunition.
No detentions were reported in the raid.
Pueblo Nuevo municipality was where six suspected drug members died in an intergang shootout last month. That shootout took place near the village of La Hierbabuena near the border with Sinaloa state.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[An Nahar] Istanbul police rubbed out one of the two gunnies who opened fire with automatic weapons and threw a grenade at a cop shoppe late Tuesday, Anatolia news agency reported.
The two person or persons unknown attacked the cop shoppe at Istinye on the European shore of Istanbul and a police officer returned fire, killing one of them, Anatolia said.
"First they fired with an automatic weapon, and then the other assailant threw a hand grenade," Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin was quoted as saying by Anatolia on Wednesday.
"Our duty officer rendered one of the individuals ineffective," he said, a term used by Turkey's security forces to refer to deaths.
The injured assailant was taken to a private hospital where he died, said Anatolia, adding that the other man bravely ran away.
Police launched a hunt for the man who fled.
Police also found a suspicious package near the same station at Istinye which contained a bomb, Anatolia said. Capkin said the incident was an "act of terrorism," but did not elaborate on its perpetrators.
Since we seem to have resigned ourselves to the northern logistics route, Pakistan doesn't have much leverage to use to stop our drones.
The drone fired two missiles on a building in the central market of Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials said.
"A US drone fired two missiles on the first floor of a shop in the main market and at least three militants were killed," a senior official told AFP. No 'leaders' have been reported killed at this time, but at least 3 potential future leaders will not be promoted. Not even letting them hide in the bazaars anymore.
[Dawn] A trader was bumped off and his younger brother maimed at their shop in the Shershah scrap market on Tuesday, police said.
They said that the gun attack took place at around 1.15pm when two men came to the shop on a cycle of violence.
"The employees at the shop were told to move away by the assailants, who fired at the two brothers and rode away," said a police brass hat.
The maimed men were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Karrar Ali, 60, was pronounced dead on arrival while his younger brother Zakir Ali, 42, was admitted for treatment.
Both men were elder brothers of Shakir Ali, a former member of the Sindh Assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... The police said that spent bullet casings found at the scene of the crime suggested that a 9mm pistol had been used in the killing.
"The incident is not related to extortion. It was an act of assassination," said SSP-West Amir Farooqui.
A large number of MQM activists and party leaders reached the hospital after getting the news of the attack.
The Shershah scrap market was shut in protest over the killing. Some markets in central district were also shut when news of the killing spread in the city.
The police said that the elder brother Karrar had been in the metal sheets business for the past 45 years in the same market. The slain
trader was a resident of F.B Area's Block 13 and a father of four.
Shershah market president Malick Zahid Dehlavi said that the gun attack was mounted at a shop not far from the Jehanabad police post.
Following the October 2010 Shershah carnage, 164 coppers were deployed in the market for security but currently their number had come down to 64, he added.
"At the time of the killing, two coppers along with a police mobile van were present at a police post in the market but they didn't do anything," he said.
In October 2010, 14 men were mowed down and nearly a dozen others were maimed when armed assailants targeted shopkeepers in the automotive section of the Shershah scrap market. Since then, most of the businesses had been relocated to different parts of the city, said another office-bearer of the market association.
[An Nahar] A U.S. drone attack killed four Death Eaters on Wednesday in Pakistain's northwestern tribal region, known as a hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaeda myrmidons, security officials said.
There has been a dramatic increase in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistain since a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... summit in Chicago ended last month without a deal to end a six-month blockade on NATO supplies crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistain.
A drone attack killed 15 Islamic fascistiin North Wazoo on June 4. The dead included senior al-Qaeda figure Abu Yahya al-Libi, according to U.S. officials.
It was not immediately known if there were any high-value targets killed in the latest strike, which again took place in North Waziristan.
"The drone fired two missiles on a vehicle," a security official said. "The corpse count has gone up to four," he added. Previously he said three Islamic fascistihad been killed.
The vehicle was hit in Isha village, about 10 kilometers (six miles) east of Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , two other security officials said. The vehicle caught fire after the attack, they said.
Miranshah is the main town in North Waziristan.
Nine drone strikes have been reported in Pakistain since May 23 and the June 4 strike was the deadliest since 18 Pak Taliban were reported killed on November 16, 2011.
International Crimes Unit arrest foreign national residing in Tel Aviv for alleged terror activity; say he served as terror group's 'fundraiser'
Cleared for publication: The Police International Crimes Unit have incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! an Eritrea ...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age. ... n national for alleged terror affiliation, Ynet learned Wednesday.
Tel Aviv resident Kabari Gabriosus, 22, is suspected of raising money among the Eritrean migrant community and transferring it to a terrorist group, possibly based in the Sinai Peninsula.
Police incarcerated Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! two more suspects along with Gabriosus: One was identified as a resident of Ramla and the other as a resident of Beit Zurif in the West Bank.
The police said that Gabriosus' arrest was made possible following a lengthy, covert investigation. He was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, terror affiliation, funding a terror group and money laundering.
The latter charge, according to the police, is indicative of the large sums of money he delivered to his handlers.
According to available information, Gabriosus came under suspicion in the course of police surveillance of several terror suspects in central Israel.
Investigators believed he was serving as the group's "fundraiser" -- collecting money from various foreign nationals living in Tel Aviv, the greater Tel Aviv area and other cities in central Israel.
According to the case file, Gabriosus enjoyed a certain standing with various criminal and terror elements in Sinai. Investigators also told the court that so far, he has not been cooperating with them.
Gabriosus was arraigned by Rishon Lezion Magistrate's Court: "The material submitted by the police so far presents sufficient evidence implicating the suspect in the acts attributed to him," Judge Shira Zamir said in her ruling.
"After reviewing the case file, including its confidential addendums, it is clear to me that this extensive investigation is ongoing and that its sensitive nature requires various measures for it to be completed."
Judge Zamir granted the police's motion and remanded the suspect until Sunday.
[An Nahar] Syrian troops on Wednesday crossed into Leb's eastern border region of Masharii al-Qaa and planted mines around the home of a local resident before withdrawing, a Lebanese security official told Agence La Belle La Belle France Presse.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the troops entered some 300 meters inside Lebanese territory and placed the mines outside the home of Mohammed Akil.
It was unclear why Akil was targeted.
The Syrian army has in the past planted mines along its side of the border but Wednesday's incursion marks the first time it has entered Lebanese territory to do so.
Earlier Wednesday, Syrian troops also briefly kidnapped a Lebanese man during a cross-border raid in the same region, the official said.
He said the troops kidnapped Khaled al-Hujairi in Arsal, a remote area located along the border, and set fire to a shed belonging to the head of the municipality Ali al-Hujairi.
A family member contacted by Agence La Belle La Belle France Presse said Hujairi was later handed over to the Lebanese army.
The mainly Sunni Mohammedan regions of Arsal and Masharii al-Qaa straddle both countries and are used as escape routes by Syrians fleeing the unrest in their country.