Aladeen tweeted on his verified Twitter account, "Victory is ours! Today the mighty nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea."
The story reminds me of the idiot who hijacked a truck in Baltimore, and drove South on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to try to escape. When he passed Odenton, he decided to pull off at the next exit, at Route 32. Those of you in the area have guessed what happened next, I'm sure.
The man couldn't read, I am guessing, or he would have known not to take the 'NSA Employees Only' exit. At least he did have the minimal intelligence not to try to overrun the Army unit with the machine guns.
Let's hope his years in prison have mellowed him.
Posted by: Eric Jablow ||
They Y-12 Security doesn't fool around. They are very serious always. I've been there and took extra care to follow all instructions.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
Y-12 has beefed up security since 9/11. Drive down the wrong road and you've got a lot of splainin to do.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a man convicted of trafficking drugs in the kingdom, the interior ministry said. The ministry in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency said Wahid Atawi, a Saudi national, had confessed to bringing a quantity of hashish into the country in a bid to sell the banned substance.
His beheading brings to nine the number of people executed since the beginning of the year in the kingdom, according to an AFP tally based on official reports. Amnesty International said the kingdom executed 79 people in 2011. Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty for a wide range of offences, including rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
From the article: North Korea has demonstrated its ability to disrupt U.S. navigational capabilities through Soviet-made electronic jammers placed on vehicles near the North-South demarcation line that, when activated, were able to disrupt U.S. Global Positioning System signals up to 62 miles away.
Posted by: Steve White ||
After getting drawn into multiple internal conflict of the Greeks [The Macedonian Wars], the Romans got fed up and appointed a Proconsul for the place. Ah, yes the cycles of history and human behaviors.
This is going to be amusing. Those tax collectors assume that the Greek police will be like German police, and obey without question, not realizing that the Greek police are little different or more disciplined than the people they will be ordering them to oppress.
They will soon realize that the mule is the national bird of Greece.
BRUSSELS: Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement Friday on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.
The EU wanted Belgrade to make new progress in the talks with Kosovo before backing its bid to join the bloc. EU foreign ministers will meet next week to consider whether Serbia has fulfilled conditions required to be a candidate for membership.
Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, used to be a province of Serbia. Belgrade has vowed to never recognize its secession but the two sides have been in regular talks for the past year on normalizing ties.
One of the key sticking points has been Kosovo's insistence that it be represented in international forums as an independent state, something Serbia has opposed. A compromise proposed by the EU and accepted by both sides states that Kosovo's nameplate at meetings will be followed by an asterisk. This would have a footnote attached referring to a UN Security Council resolution that makes no mention of Kosovo's independence, and a ruling by the International Court of Justice saying Kosovo's declaration of independence is legal.
What is rarely seen by the public are the layers of bureaucracy whose sole purpose seems to be to keep those receiving welfare from bettering themselves enough to get off welfare.
The purest example of this was seen in the old Swedish welfare state, where it was said that
"If you are an incompetent and crappy artist whose works no one wants, you will live like a king and get the highest tier of benefits. But God help you if you sell anything, because at the first sign of any success, the government will chop you off at the legs."
In the US, the welfare bureaucrats often have redundant and frivolous demands, such as how recipients must travel to the far side of a municipal area from where they live, likely by public transport taking several hours each way, to attend "mandatory meetings" that consist of an empty room with a sign-in sheet.
If they fail to obey, they lose their benefits. In some cases, such requirements are made for them for 3 or 4 days of the week. Then add to that "real" meetings, that are little more than jobs programs for counselors, have nothing to do with employment or anything useful, where the group sits around talking about their feelings.
Oh, and they also have to apply for work in the middle of that. It is a dehumanizing, demoralizing, and exhausting experience unless you take the attitude that "it is my job to be on welfare, and if I quit I will be utterly helpless." Which is precisely the attitude that the system wants. Total, absolute dependence.
Almost 40 years ago I was introduced to the evil of bureaucracy and it's effects on the truly needy.
I was hired by Social Security in the explosion that was SSI. All people had to be dealt with under various grand father clauses. In NYC 2 blocks from the WTC the office dealt with many of the worst sorts from the vaious slums of the lower east side and Brooklyn. There was a group of NGO types in the lobby of the building handing out instructions for these people on how to claim disability for what we came to call the four 'A's: most everyone claimed to be disabled due to Angina, Allergies, Asthma or Arthritis. Disgusting to say the least.
BUT there were also the victims of the bureaucratic power struggle. It seems that the NYC welfare department decreed that ALL recipients of city welfare had to apply for SSI despite their complete unsuitability. The saddest case I got was a 20 year old woman who was squeeking by on Aid to Families with Dependent Children. A widow with 2 kids and no education or family. THEY STOPPED HER BENEFITS until she could prove that she wasn't able to get SSI. It took my boss 3 weeks to even get through to the city people and another 3 to get them to own up.
That job turned me from a full on libertarian to much more of a compassionate conservative. It also led to me running screaming into the woods to become a nail-banger for the next 6 years.
Apparently Republicans aren't very interested in actually winning back the White House this year.
How about we drug test everyone if they receive any kind of government benefits? We can assume that everyone is guilty unless they prove themselves otherwise by peeing in front of a medical tech watching us through a slot in the wall. And it'll be a very inexpensive program to run too.
We can drug test anyone receiving farm subsidies, or anyone taking a tax break on their tax returns for any reason, using Medicare, and anyone having the privilege of obtaining a driver's license.
Pakistan's capital is fighting a hairy invader: the wild boar, which has taken over Islamabad in ever increasing numbers.
The wild pigs, which feast on rubbish outside homes and restaurants, are said to be a major cause of traffic accidents, and will charge if frightened or injured. The animals can weigh up to 220 pounds, have sharp teeth, and adult males have tusks.
The Associated Press reported that city authorities are using poison and allowing free hunting permits to try and cut down on the wild boar population, but few Pakistanis are interested.
"Hunters are wary of getting arrested by the police, or even worse -- getting mistaken for a terrorist," the AP reported. AyPee has better article, but...
Hey, you don't suppose DARPA is behind this? Lately, we've seen BigDog and his even bigger brother, Legged Squad Support System. Maybe they have been working on This Little Piggy. Time to go watch Screamers" again!
Correction: first there was the bank heist. THEN the prostitution.
They then taught them how to gamble, and saw they made the same irrational decisions a human gambler would make as well. The data generated by the capuchin monkeys, Chen says, "make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors."