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39 Dead as Syrian Army Seizes Baba Amr and Rebels Withdraw 'Tactically'
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
States consider adding military service to driver's licenses
Be sure to read the comments.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can see what they are trying to do, but you probably aren't going to get any real veteran's benefits without your DD-214 in hand. Trying to give veterans a little 'attaboy' is great, but I would rather see them put the money into job training or employment assistance, cause you know this will cost a good bit of scratch to implement.
Just speaking from my observations of my brother and his trials upon returning.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 03/02/2012 13:30 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Mugabe admits 'comrades' have died of AIDS
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Zim-bob-we President Bob Muggsy Mugabe
Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case...
admitted Thursday that some of his political allies have died of AIDS, as he launched a programme urging parliamentarians to lead by example in fighting the disease.

"In my political family as well, comrades I have worked with perished and quite a number of them it has been HIV and AIDS," Mugabe told politicians.

"Parliamentarians are certainly not immune to HIV/AIDS and its consequences," Mugabe said.

"I have witnessed the challenges that both they and our people face as a result of HIV and AIDS, and yet I do not recall any politician who has come out in the open about their HIV status."

Three years ago, 88-year-old Mugabe admitted that members of his extended family had died of the disease, but he rarely speaks publicly about the disease that has exacted a heavy toll on his country.

Zim-bob-we has made gains in fighting HIV, which had infected 14 percent of the population in 2009, down from 23 percent in 2003, according to the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
. Some experts attribute the drop to Zim-bob-we's economic collapse, which left people without enough money to pursue multiple sexual partners.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [554 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is basically an eco and adaptive behaviors issue. Since the environment can't support unlimited population growth, not all individuals get to reproduce to their full potential. Natural... something or other, I cannot recall the term.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  9% of the population died?

More likely they turfed up to the U.K. to get British taxpayers to fund the consequences of their irresponsibility.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/02/2012 6:56 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia Accuses U.S. of Meddling in Presidential Vote
[An Nahar] Russia on Thursday accused the United States of trying to influence its election process by funding opposition groups in advance of Vladimir Putin
...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile...
's expected return to the Kremlin in the weekend poll.
Egypt just set the stage; expect more of these charges around the world.
The charges came as officials braced for mass protests that have been called for the day after Sunday's election in which the Russian strongman is expected to breeze his way past four weak rivals to a third presidential term.

Investigators began to probe alleged dirty tricks practiced by Putin's opponents while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov launched a lacerating critique in which he accused the United States of trying to push Russia around.

"The days when Russia could be lectured or preached to are over," Lavrov said in an interview with the online edition of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta government daily.

"Our American partners understand this perfectly well, but the inertia of past approaches and stereotypes in Washington is still evident," Lavrov said.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Our American partners (Obama) understand this perfectly well, but the inertia of past approaches and stereotypes (Reagan) in Washington is still evident," Lavrov said.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 2:47 Comments || Top||

"Utopia], which by Vlad's logic also infers the US desires to possess the ability to make the rest of the World "absolutely vulnerable" to its destructive power.

* ION SAME > NEW NAVY RAILGUN LEADING TO SHIP [Shipboard] SUPERWEAPON BY 2020, throughout the USN Fleet.


> AeroSpace Combat.
> Global Surveillance + Reconnaissance.
> Global Mobility
> GLOBAL STRIKE [Prompt Global Strike + Air-Space BMD].




ARTIC = Islands are part of the US sovereign incorporated state of Alaska.


Iff the NT EQ/Tecton Bombs don't do it, the "fracking" will???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 22:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Sebelius: Birth Control Will Cover Cost of Contraception Mandate
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [608 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Even if true, it doesn't make it right. Mandatory and permanent birth control of selected people would certainly cover the cost too - and would be less wrong.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/02/2012 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Just think - in order for this to be true - Sebelius would have to force the use of contraception.

Sebelius responded, “Family planning is a critical health benefit in this country, according to the Institute of Medicine.”

Keep in mind that to her - you of course cannot be trusted to make these decisions on your own - the government, or more likely some government buearucrat, would make that critical decision for you.

And if the term 'contraception mandate' doesn't give you the heebe-jeebies....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Even though utterly discredited, Paul R. Ehrlich and company's 'Population Bomb' theory still resonates with the left, with a simple concept:

"If everybody we hate died, the world would be a better place."

And this gets really inclusive. The infamous "scientific" speech by Dr. Eric Pianka in Texas, that was greeted with a standing ovation from his fellow "scientists", proposed that 90% of humanity should die.

He even suggested that this would optimally be done with a mutated form of ebola virus. Which shows not only that he is pro-genocide, but also that he has no clue about epidemiology.

Apologists for this speech use the really bizarre logic that since he didn't actually *call* for these "scientists" to develop this mutated form of ebola, it's okay.

One whistle blower, however, disagreed, and notified the FBI about Pianka's advocacy of "bioterrorism".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/02/2012 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Violates the firts rule of actuary. You cannot increase utilization and lower costs.
Posted by: Beavis || 03/02/2012 10:20 Comments || Top||

#5  At least not in our world Bevis -

Sebelius and Obama are on an entirely different world. Where raising taxes stimulates the economy and all sorts of bizarre things.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 11:26 Comments || Top||

#6  You talk about terror...

But then, this is a logical extension of the belief that government is responsible for everybody's health. Once you accept that notion, babies can be seen more as a cost and less as human life. And with all that money at stake there is no telling what Big Sister might do about it.

Congratulations to Rep. Murphy for getting her on the record with this.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/02/2012 13:29 Comments || Top||

#7  So, do I get free Vlagra?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/02/2012 13:57 Comments || Top||

#8  But there is no mandatory birth coverage...

That right there says a lot about the Democratic mindset. And it isn't pretty.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 15:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Obama,Sebelius, Pelosi, and the rest JUST DON'T GET IT. This is a religious freedom issue. It wouldn't matter if 100% of Catholic women use birth control. The point is that the mandate FORCES the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives in violation of their principles. The Church cannot control the behavior of her members. All it can do is try to teach them. If Catholics don't follow the Church's teaching, that is THEIR problem, not the Church's. The Church will not - cannot - change her principles just because many Catholics don't follow them.

Would the administration force Muslims to pay for alcohol and pork products? Of course not - it is part of Muslims' religion. Yet they are forcing the Catholic Church to pay for something that goes against their religion.

Remember Pastor Niemoeller's poem. If Obama can do it to Catholics, he can do it to you.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/02/2012 18:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Problem is Rambler - I think they *do* get it - and get it very well.

Its just they don't give a rats arse about anything but their agenda. As for the consitution they are sworn to uphold - well we know how much they respect that.

And your right about him not forcing muslims to pay for pork products and alcohol (or even forcing them to touch it packaged.).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 18:20 Comments || Top||

#11  CF, Catholics don't riot or cut people's heads off if their religion is attacked.

/sarc on
Hmmm. Maybe there's a way we could get some respect...
/sarc off
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/02/2012 18:56 Comments || Top||

#12  This is a religious freedom issue.

No. It's much bigger than that. It's an issue of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom to choose our own destiny - as individuals, not as a collective. The instant the state has a financial interest in individuals' health, it has the power to micromanage every waking - and sleeping - moment of our lives.

Because every decision carries a health risk, and thus a potential cost: smoking; drinking; what we eat; keeping pets in the house; how often we floss, drive a car, stand on a ladder, or mountain bike on rocky singletrack; who we sleep with and all downstream consequences.

The door is open to infinite regulation. You don't have to be religious at all to feel a primal urge to smash that kind of slavery before it ever takes root.
Posted by: RandomJD || 03/02/2012 21:34 Comments || Top||

Health department raids community picnic and destroys all food with bleach
Posted by: Dar || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Food police state.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 03/02/2012 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  In Soviet Nevada, picnic eats you.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 03/02/2012 0:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Queen Michelle says "Eat Right and Live."

Soylent Corporation Algae and Plankton.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 2:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Somebody pissed off Harry Reid?
Posted by: Water Modem || 03/02/2012 3:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Time to fight.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 03/02/2012 5:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Big business rent-seeking, enabled by massive state over-regulation, created by bribed politicians.

Time to assemble heads on pikes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/02/2012 5:45 Comments || Top||

#7  So now the government tells us what to eat.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 8:17 Comments || Top||

#8  they've been telling us what too eat for years, it just took a real dictator too get into office before it would be enforced.
Posted by: chris || 03/02/2012 8:24 Comments || Top||

#9  I wonder what corrupt government official (Harry Reid) they didn't pay off ahead of time. Such raids never have anything to do with a legitimate reason. Had they been in complete conformity with all regulations, the "inspector" would have found or imagined violations to the same end.

If it wasn't for bribery, then it was just harassment of political enemies, or even people who live in the territory of political enemies, that the villain wants to hurt indirectly.

This is what you get with a "gangster" government.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/02/2012 9:42 Comments || Top||

#10  It is long past time to start arming the guests and if the food nazis come to start trouble, invite them to leave with guns at the ready.

The only way this is going to stop is to make the nazis too afraid to enforce their unconstitutional laws.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/02/2012 10:20 Comments || Top||

#11  As if being told you can't eat the food you grew and prepared wasn't enough, that you must destroy the food with bleach so it can't even be used for pig fodder or compost is the ultimate insult. The insanity has pegged the meter.
Posted by: Dar || 03/02/2012 13:15 Comments || Top||

#12  A deluge of lawsuits may be appropriate for this sort of bureaucratic madness. It sounds lame, but when the health dept. has to pay out many millions on 50 different lawsuits all stemming from one party, someone will take notice.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 03/02/2012 13:44 Comments || Top||

#13  There is a reason the left hates the second amendment. Imagine if they tried to do this to a bunch of farmers in Texas.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/02/2012 14:00 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Feel the Love: Tolerant Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart
I'm not going to repeast some of the vile tweets here posted on this article. Lets just say the 'tolerant' left just isn't. but then we already knew that didn't we?
As news broke this morning of the tragic death of Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, liberals celebrated the news on Twitter.

The most influential tweet came from Slate's Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), who tweeted: "Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead."

Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 15:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

Arshad Pappu acquitted in kidnap, murder case
[Dawn] A sessions court acquitted on Wednesday Arshad Pappu in a kidnapping and murder case for want of evidence.

It appears that this was the last case pending trial against Arshad, said to be the chief of one of the several criminal gangs operating in Lyari.

The accused along with his accomplices was charged with kidnapping and killing Faiz Mohammad alias Mama Fazua in January 2003 within the remit of the Chakiwara cop shoppe.

The accused, through his lawyer Javed Mir, moved an acquittal application under Section 265-K (power of court to acquit accused at any stage) of the criminal procedure code in court.

Judge Javed Ahmed Keerio, who was conducting the trial in the judicial complex inside the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
central prison, allowed the plea after hearing both sides.

The court ruled that the prosecution had failed to bring on record any solid evidence to connect the applicant with the alleged offence.

Earlier, in his arguments, the defence counsel contended that despite the passage of many years the prosecution was unable to produce any witness against the accused, adding that one of the co-accused had already been acquitted while the case of the applicant was also on the same footing and pleaded for acquittal.

the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the prosecutor argued against the plea and maintained that such applications should not be entertained in the absence of the accused.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

AGW comes to Israel
The Egged bus company resumed transportation to and from Jerusalem Friday morning in light of easing conditions.

Several lines had canceled service as a result of snow earlier in the day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/02/2012 06:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:


Even though Man may had been around, he didn't have the numbers yet to induce the periods of extensive warming or other which occurred - 'TIS ONLY THE SUN DAT COULD'VE DONE IT.

* FYP SPACEWEATHER = says Earth's atmosphere is being hit by a magnetic disturbance.

SAME > BLUE FLASHES, save not oer Guam-Westpac.

Nuthin new about the magnetic disturbances - WHAT IS NEW ARE THE MAJOR DISTORTIONS IN [local]BACKGROUND REALITY THAT IS OCCURRING, at least to Me + its giving good Madonna Fans a' moi boucoup headaches. Ground worms are seemingly moving around in circles, while I've also seen a number of local birds here in Agana "misjudge" their takeoffs-n-landings [taint pretty].

I strongly urge + hope that NASA-JPL + the Space Boyz will investigate in-depth the Sun's activities + provide an honest answer.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 22:04 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
NASA Laptop Stolen With Command Codes That Control Space Station
NASA’s inspector general revealed in congressional testimony that a space agency computer was stolen last year with the command codes to control the International Space Station.

In a statement given to a House committee on the security challenges facing NASA, Paul K. Martin said that an unencrypted NASA computer stolen last year was one of 48 taken between April 2009 and April 2011.

“The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station,” Martin said in his written testimony. “Other lost or stolen notebooks contained Social Security numbers and sensitive data on NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs.”
Posted by: Beavis || 03/02/2012 10:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [263 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All your station are belong to us!!
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/02/2012 10:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Would you like to play a game?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/02/2012 12:12 Comments || Top||

#3  hippy bus
Posted by: Fester Thinelet5758 || 03/02/2012 13:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Aw, come on. It's not like the ISS is a fully armed and operational battle station. In the latest trials, the lasers had only been charged to 25%.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/02/2012 14:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Its not like the Haliburton Earthquake Generator is mounted on it or anything.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/02/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||


/Can't find the override, either
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 03/02/2012 19:23 Comments || Top||

#7  It [NOMAD] is trying to find "the Kirk"!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 19:34 Comments || Top||

Foreign journalists buried in Syrian garden
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 02:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

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Fri 2012-03-02
  39 Dead as Syrian Army Seizes Baba Amr and Rebels Withdraw 'Tactically'
Thu 2012-03-01
  Syrian rebels pull out of Homs after siege
Wed 2012-02-29
  Singapore: Iran assassination plot against Israeli Defence Minister Barak foiled
Tue 2012-02-28
  Yemen's Saleh formally steps down after 33 years
Mon 2012-02-27
  Congressmen Attacked on Mount of Olives
Sun 2012-02-26
  Afghan interior ministry employee sought in NATO killings
Sat 2012-02-25
  Yemen gets new president after 33 years
Fri 2012-02-24
  Air strke kills al-Shaboobs
Thu 2012-02-23
  Ansar as-Sunna Chief Arrested on Syria-Iraq Border
Wed 2012-02-22
  Hugo has new tumor
Tue 2012-02-21
  Afghans rescue 41 child suicide bombers
Mon 2012-02-20
  Syrian army reinforcements head to Homs
Sun 2012-02-19
  Iran stops oil sales to British, French
Sat 2012-02-18
  SWIFT To Cut Off Iran - No Financial Telecommunications
Fri 2012-02-17
  Feds arrest another thinks-he-is suicide bomber heading to Capitol building

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