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Africa Subsaharan: 'Black economic empowerment (BEE) has failed': Piketty on SA inequality
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  15:21 3 Comments 400 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Guardian] In Soweto to deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture, the rock star economist says the country is more unequal than under apartheid. Daily Maverick reports.
I blame fake signer Thamsanqa Jantjie.
Thomas Piketty is puzzled. To a near-capacity crowd in Soweto, he confesses that South Africa presents him and his fellow economists with a conundrum.
A "conundrum" to some possibly. Ears that cannot hear, eyes that cannot see, sort of thing I reckon.
"Of course now we are 25 years after the fall of apartheid ... [but] inequality is not only still very high in South Africa, but has been rising and in some ways income inequality is even higher today than 20 years ago. This is something we want to better understand," he told the audience at the University of Johannesburg campus.

Piketty has made it his life's work to solve exactly these kinds of puzzles. His bestselling book, Capital in the 21st Century, addresses this problem on a global scale.

He argues that capitalism today is fundamentally flawed because wealth will always grow faster than economic output. In other words the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

This is the ideological foundation for the Occupy protests around, who say that the top 1% profit while 99% suffer, and it's this thesis has made Piketty a celebrity.

Delivering the prestigious annual Nelson Mandela lecture last weekend, Piketty outlined why he thinks South Africa is still so dramatically unequal -- and suggests a few things that can be done about it.

Skipping to the bottom line:

"We've got the framework in place but I think the problems are not in the economics; it's not even in the tax law. Our problems are in the leadership and how we convene society to understand that we're in this together," said Manuel.
Bold finding that. Very bold.
In Soweto, Piketty's ideas earned him two standing ovations. But will this be the extent of their impact on South Africa?
So Affirmative Action on steroids is failing? How could this possibly have happened ?
#1: Dey skarn de wide peepoles agin. Time for nudder mess mike rayshin, pronto.
Posted by: JHH|| 2015-10-06 16:30 ||Comments

#2: Didn't someone nuke this piece of shit book of his already? Paris born & bred, Sorbonne educated, Socialist to the core.

Have another croissant and GFY, Frenchy...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 16:37 ||Comments

#3: Piketty is going to make things worse and the vast amount of South Africans (except those closest to the extorting government) poorer.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-06 16:52 ||Comments

Europe: Turkey reports 2nd day of harassment by Russian military
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  11:52 15 Comments 133 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[CBS] BRUSSELS - Turkey's military said Tuesday more of its jets patrolling the border with Syria were placed in a radar lock by Russian planes and surface-to-air missile systems, casting further doubt on Moscow's behavior and intentions in the Syria crisis.

Eight Turkish F-16 jet patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border were harassed by a MIG-29 plane as well as surface-to-air missile systems based in Syria in two separate incidents on Monday.

It was the second successive harassment of Turkish planes reported by Turkey. The MIG-29 locked radar on the planes for 4 minutes and 30 seconds, while the missile systems threatened the planes for 4 minutes and 15 seconds, the military said.

Turkey reported Monday that two Turkish jets were harassed by a MIG-29 on Sunday.
Vlad probes Mooslim NATO underbelly.
#1: A couple HARMs back at the SAMs would be an appropriate response I think.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 12:03 ||Comments

#2: "Any attack on Turkey is an attack on NATO," Erdogan said. "If Russia loses a friend like Turkey with whom it has cooperated on many issues, it will lose a lot."
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 12:10 ||Comments

#3: Boot Turkey out of NATO or disband NATO. It's just not worth the mental contortions trying to keep something so alien in an organisation.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-06 12:52 ||Comments

#4: Eight Turkish F-16 jet patrolling the Turkish-Syrian border were harassed by a MIG-29 plane

"Plane" singular?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 13:29 ||Comments

#5: Erdrogan is the cause of all this "migration" horseshit. He's actively on the Islamist side, folks.
Posted by: Angirt Tingle3947|| 2015-10-06 13:30 ||Comments

#6: "Any attack on Turkey is an attack on NATO," Erdogan said.

Now he remembers NATO??
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 13:39 ||Comments

#7: Of course, we will jump to the immediate aid of Turkey, just like they did during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2015-10-06 13:54 ||Comments

#8: Had that website right at your fingertips did you ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 14:29 ||Comments

#9: g(r)omgoru is a veritable font of information.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 14:46 ||Comments

#10: Yes, if Sergey Lavrov had a son.... who blogged.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 15:08 ||Comments

#11: My fun club.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 15:47 ||Comments

#12: Erdogon is the illegitimate metroturban of the boy-lover Mahmet I.

And if everyone just took a time out for a minute to attack Turkey, only ISJV and Obama would come to their aid.

Thing is Lil' Berdy is participating in an invasion of NATO. He has also been trying to drag NATO into this squared circle ever since sent his planes out to be shot down by Team Assad.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2015-10-06 16:11 ||Comments

#13: If the Turks were to shoot down a couple of RU fighters and Vlad were forced to turn Adana to cinders, with stronger message to follow, then what? The music stops, everyone huddles, no one does anything.

Vlad smiles.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 16:20 ||Comments

#14: The UK might act.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:58 ||Comments

#15: I'll bet the Russians go to ground when Jooooooooo strike planes are inbound. Figure they understand each other.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-10-06 17:12 ||Comments

Science & Technology: The bridge at Q'eswachaka, a fascinating short VIDEO
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  10:24 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Roseburg residents angry that Obama is traveling to visit the victims of the UCC shooting
Posted by DarthVader 10/06/2015  09:01 3 Comments 10 words Read the whole thing on page 6
#1: ...trip has angered locals in Roseburg who say Obama is 'not welcome' in the town because the visit will be nothing but a 'grandstand for political purposes'.

Some people are finally seeing that is all Obumble is. Someone who stirs the pot for his own political gain. Or a "community organizer".
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 09:03 ||Comments

#2: This visit might sound like a good idea to Obama. That's because he has no shame, no conscience, no soul. He thinks on an intellectual level that this will show he cares. He is so arrogant and so lacking in genuine compassion it doesn't occur to him that the rubes can see he is only using this incident and the grieving victims to promote his own political agenda. If he had any real human beings on his staff who were not afraid to speak they might have pointed it out to him but no such luck. He may have outsmarted himself this time.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-06 12:20 ||Comments

#3: Any such person on the Obama staff would be instatly fired.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2015-10-06 12:23 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Giving up on corn and soybeans, small Southern Illinois town becomes Afghanistan.
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  08:39 2 Comments 36 words Read the whole thing on page 3
#1: How much you wanna' bet that you have to pass a drug test before coming on board w/ Ataraxia?
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy|| 2015-10-06 13:41 ||Comments

#2: And soon, the whole town smelled like bong water.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-10-06 14:03 ||Comments

Europe: Native French under Attack in Muslim Areas - Closer to civil war - VIDEO
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  08:21 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

Science & Technology: TRIAX tackles the football concussion problem.
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  08:08 1 Comments 1425 words Read the whole thing on page 3
After a hard hit on the football, soccer, lacrosse or hockey field, worried parents tend to bring their children to the doctor to check whether damage has been done to their brains. Practitioners understand the importance of preventing concussions, when possible, and preventing more problems but sometimes with lack of data, they can't diagnose a young athlete properly. Triax Technologies hopes to change that with its SIM-G system. In this case study, find out how one private school in southern Connecticut uses the SIM-G platform to monitor head impacts in real-time during practices and games, and how doctors can be privy to that information.
#1: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the white courtesy phone please, DARPA.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 08:30 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russia carving out a fortress for Assad, say experts
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  08:02 4 Comments 262 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Express] PARIS: The contours of Russia's strategy in Syria are emerging as it tries to carve out a rebel-free zone for Bashar al-Assad's regime and shut out Western forces from his air space.

Although the stated aim of Russia's mission was to target the Islamic State (IS) group, most analysts have dismissed these claims as window-dressing for a campaign that primarily seeks to prop up Assad's embattled regime against a much broader group of rebels.

"The priority for the Russians is to protect 'useful Syria'," said Michel Goya, a military historian at Sciences Po university in Paris, referring to the densely-populated western and coastal parts of the country where Syrian industry and agriculture are concentrated.

He said the Russians' first priority was attacking al Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra, who are a more immediate threat in those areas than IS.

The few Russian strikes against IS targets are only to "justify their campaign but it's not really their priority," he added.

"The strategic objective is to secure an Alawite 'safe zone'... leaving the eastern, desert part of the country to (IS)," wrote Igor Sutyagin, of the Royal United Services Institute, in a recent analysis note.

Assad and much of the leadership come from the Alawite ethnic group based along the western coast, who fear they will be wiped out if extremists take over the country.

Since the Alawites make up only 12 per cent of the population, "control of the whole country is politically impossible and perhaps not even considered necessary for Damascus anymore," wrote Sutyagin.
#1: Why is this bothering the west so bad? They weren't going to do anything about this conflict, and I would rather Russia be the big man in there than Iran.
Posted by: chris|| 2015-10-06 09:24 ||Comments

#2: At least the Russian's have a strategic vision which is more than you can say for current US Administration.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:16 ||Comments

#3: They report this news as if it's some kind of a surprise.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-06 16:22 ||Comments

#4: Yes, at some point the Russians had to go 'all in' in order to save their Navy base at Tartus. All in all, quite predictable as EU has indicated.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 16:28 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Homeowner Drives Away Robbers with (gasp!) A GUN
Posted by Bobby 10/06/2015  07:27 0 Comments 208 words Read the whole thing on page 3
A man shot three people who police say were robbing and assaulting him Monday morning.

The victim was in his home with another man when three suspects went in.
Did they ring the bell, I wonder? Or did he know his assailants?
One started assaulting him while two other suspects started loading the man's property into a vehicle that was parked outside where a fourth suspect was waiting, police said.

The man picked up a weapon just lying around all over the place and shot three of the suspects, police said. They fled in the vehicle and eventually stopped at North Cedar Ridge Drive and West Camp Wisdom Road where police responded.
Next to Duncanville High School, where my three kids attended and graduated 15-20 years ago. None of us live there anymore.
The three injured suspects were transported to a local hospital and the fourth suspect fled before officers arrived, police said.
I heard it on the radio yesterday evening, but had to google-search for it. I could not find it on the newspaper's website this morning. Imagine that.

Government: US and Cuba discussing joint marine reserve: Kerry
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  05:06 1 Comments 291 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[France24] VIÑA DEL MAR (CHILE) (AFP) - The United States and its former Cold War foe Cuba are discussing a joint maritime reserve in waters between their countries, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.
That's because we don't want anyone drilling for oil in U.S. waters, and we're a bunch of gringo imperialists, so we don't want anyone drilling in Cuban waters, either...
Kerry was in Chile for the "Our Ocean" conference, where several countries and foundations announced new efforts to preserve the marine environment and fisheries.

The United States had already unveiled two new marine reserves on its own territory at the conference, and Kerry revealed that another may be the fruit of the US rapprochement with Cuba.

"We are also working to finalize a new sister marine protected area arrangement with Cuba to connect protected sides in our two countries, so we can better collaborate on scientific research, education, and sound management," he said.

Kerry did not give details on where the reserve would be, but there are barely 90 miles (145 kilometers) of shallow tropical waters between Cuba's northern shore and the US state of Florida.

Talks on the reserve will form part of the ongoing process of renewing Cuban and US ties, which were cut off five decades ago at the height of the Cold War and only restored in July.

Kerry said he hoped to visit Cuba in late January to pursue the dialogue.
Cuban reparations by another name.
#1: Estamos bajo nueva dirección, by Executive Order of El Commandante Obama.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 05:27 ||Comments

Government: Blue Helmets to Supplant America's Blue Line
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  04:34 8 Comments 290 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Kanuk Free Press] Blue Helmet United Nations personnel will be replacing municipal police forces whose ranks have been harassed and hollowed out over the last year by Obama activists in groups like #BlackLivesMatter.

Marxism always moves in to fill the vacuum left behind by anarchy.

Like all things named by the UN, the 'Strong Cities Network' (SCN) sounds benign and good for society, a society distracted from what is really going on by their own self-serving governments.

Related: Town Hall's Giving Away Your Country

The Strong Cities Network is being launched in a day when millions of illegal aliens are flooding American borders while the Obama administration looks the other way. SCN makes its debut at a time when the public at large is forbidden to identify Islamic terrorists as Islamic terrorists; when citizens who dare to stand up for individual rights are automatically branded as dissenters who must be cowed into silence.

The project, introduced out of the proverbial blue at United Nations headquarters on Wednesday by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is touted as the launch of a strong cities network "to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism".

With no public input, no Congress debate or vote, it will be blue helmets and not local cops who will be policing the streets of America, in an initiative underway before its launch date.
If you believe, as I did, that this is an article taken from The Onion, please visit the DoJ website.
#1: Yes, I did think it was from the Onion or was a SNL skit. The UN and the folks and their ilk who are advocating ceding our sovereignty to the UN need to be tossed out of office ASAP or impeached for not defending our Constitution--enemies domestic and foreign. Part of the NWO rubbish.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-06 07:35 ||Comments

#2: New York would be a good pilot city.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 12:04 ||Comments

#3: Rick: Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade

How ironic that the BLM crowd, having declared the local cops an occupying army, are getting a real occupying army. But if we call it "countering violent extremism" like the DoJ does, it's all good, bro!

I would have guessed DuffleBlog or Inf*Wars, but once again, we can no longer tell crazy stuff that somebody made up from crazy stuff that is actually happening.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-10-06 12:51 ||Comments

#4: The day you see the blue helmets patrolling US streets is the day most of Red America will declare war on the illegal US government.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 14:13 ||Comments

#5: Let's see the Blue Heads policing somewhere like Istanbul or Cairo or Caracas. If that turns out well for a year or two than maybe we can talk about moving on to Buenas Aries or Port au Prince.........scratch that, they tried there and failed dismally.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 15:44 ||Comments

#6: The SCN will connect cities, city-level practitioners and the communities they represent through a series of workshops, trainings and sustained city partnerships. Network participants will also contribute to and benefit from an online repository of municipal-level good practices and web-based training modules and will be eligible for grants supporting innovative, local initiatives and strategies that will contribute to building social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism.

Ah, yes. Four star hotels, strike that, five star hotels, cocktail parties, fine dining, limousines, exquisite escorts and $600 million dollar websites that don't work.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-06 16:02 ||Comments

#7: Recently, a likening of the color of some porta-potties to the UN blue helmet made the crowd laugh and people line up.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2015-10-06 16:33 ||Comments

#8: I call bullsh*t (where's graft for city officials?)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 16:40 ||Comments

Britain: Brit Home Secretary: Mass immigration making 'cohesive society' impossible
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  04:14 4 Comments 127 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[The Telegraph] The Home Secretary will say that there is "is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade"

Mass immigration is forcing thousands of British people out of jobs and is making it "impossible" to build a "cohesive society", Theresa May will say.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the Home Secretary will say that there is "is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade".
Additional nifty graphs and astonishing truths found at the link.
#1: Is there a "Mistress of the Obvious" picture?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 07:22 ||Comments

#2: Ask the Western Romans how well their mass immigration worked for them.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 08:33 ||Comments

#3: "Mass immigration making 'cohesive society' impossible"

Isn't that what the Leftists wanted when they started this sh*t decades ago?

Mission accomplished.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut|| 2015-10-06 15:40 ||Comments

#4: Day, dollar?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 15:46 ||Comments

Economy: The Untold Story Inside Moody's Most Recent Coal Forecast
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  04:06 2 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Daily Caller] Two U.S. coal regions are weathering the storm of EPA regulations, proving coal production is still viable.

Moody's Investor Service's new report on the coal industry shows that the Illinois Basin and Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming are maintaining solid production levels despite market pressure and declines in the overall energy sector due to financial instability in China.

The entire energy sector is currently facing a turbulent market, however, Bloomberg reports, "The Illinois Basin stands to be the 'most resilient to current market dynamics,'" and, "will be able to maintain steady production volumes over the next two to three years."

The new Moody's forecast claims that half of the world's coal production is unprofitable. Last month the global price of coal reached $89 a metric ton, hitting a decade low. Bloomberg observes simply that, "coal isn't worth digging out of the ground at current prices."
#1: Powder River coal is strip-mined in thick seams and is low-sulfur. Hardest hit of the coal-producing regions? Appalachia.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-06 07:47 ||Comments

#2: Rino and James River are finished. He's destroyed them and many others, as he said he would in 2008.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 07:51 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: With 59 murders, September was 'gun free' Chicago's deadliest in over a decade
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  03:48 11 Comments 272 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] Chicago reached 59 murders and 362 gunshot victims in September, marking the Democratic-run city's deadliest month since 2002, according to analysis by The Chicago Tribune.

The last month of summer featured more homicides than any other month this year, and more than any summer month since the prior decade.

According to the Tribune, September ended with two consecutive weekends during which more than 50 people were shot. There more than 40 shootings each weekend in August.

September ended on a deadly note not just for the city in general, but for one South Side family in particular.

On Sunday the 27th, a Chicago family was gunned down as they were returning home. One of the family members shot was an young boy, who was rushed to hospital by a Chicago cop, likely saving his life. But the boy's grandmother and mother were killed at 7:30 PM, when the five family members were fired upon after arriving home that evening.

When officers arrived they found the severely injured boy and instead of waiting for an ambulance they made the snap decision to drive the child to the hospital on their own. "The officer saw a seriously injured 11-month-old child and made a decision to transport that child immediately to a hospital," Chicago Deputy Chief Eugene Roy said. "He made the right call, and he is somebody we are very proud of."

Police think that the targets were two men of the family who were both wounded in the drive by shooting. It is assumed the shooting was gang related.
#1: #BlackLivesMatterLessWhenMurderedByBlacks
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-06 07:07 ||Comments

#2: Obean is heading to Roseburg despite the Unwelcome mat. The shootings and bloodshed in Chicago during the past 7 years--Obean is mum.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-06 08:47 ||Comments

#3: We seem to have a LOT of "Blacks killing blacks lately."
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2015-10-06 12:37 ||Comments

#4: We seem to have a LOT of "Blacks killing blacks lately."

Maybe the killers are "white-blacks"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 13:59 ||Comments

#5: What are the concealed carry laws for tasers in chi town? No reason to completely (self) disarm the population.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 14:06 ||Comments

#6: No one within the giverment seems to pay these numbers a great deal of attention. Perhaps Planned Parenthood has an urban post-natal initiative we're not privy to.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 15:03 ||Comments

#7: What's the diff between a "white-black" and a "black-white"?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 15:31 ||Comments

#8: "We seem to have a LOT of 'Blacks killing blacks lately.'"

Whaddaya mean lately, #3 RJ?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut|| 2015-10-06 15:32 ||Comments

#9: Remember "white hispanic"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 15:35 ||Comments

#10: These are the same communities The One organized in his only real "job with an interview"...and is his lasting legacy.
And now a group of black alderman are demanding the resignation of the police commish (white of course) because its the CPD that is the root cause of violence on the mean streets as opposed to lack of fathers with switches.
Posted by: Capsu 78|| 2015-10-06 16:54 ||Comments

#11: lack of fathers with switches

They've run in the ditches, these niches
That suffer from glitches with hitches.
The bitches! The riches,
The snitches, the stitches...
It's time that their britches got switches.

Apologies ot eth ladies for the G-Money thing.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-10-06 17:49 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel to fast-track demolitions of Palestinian homes, Netanyahu says
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/06/2015  03:32 2 Comments 1199 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, to form a committee whose mandate will be to expedite legal processes permitting authorities to raze the homes of Palestinians who perpetrate acts of violence against Israelis, it was announced late Monday night.

#1: In case anyone is interested, such reprisals began during the British mandate.
Posted by: Beldar Sloque3832|| 2015-10-06 07:10 ||Comments

#2: St. Alphonso's Saint Pancake Breakfast II?
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 13:20 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: StrategyPage: India-Pakistan: Eventually It Will All End
Posted by 3dc 10/06/2015  01:36 0 Comments 198 words Read the whole thing on page 4

Pakistani leaders have failed in their recent attempts by civilian leaders to curb military political power. The generals can still veto political decisions, such as efforts to curb military support for Islamic terror groups that operate but do not attack inside Pakistan. The military considers these groups para-military assets because they can be used to attack India, Afghanistan and anyone else seen as a threat to Pakistan. This situation has gotten worse as India and Afghanistan have become more public, persistent and detailed in their efforts to get Pakistan to exercise control over its military. What makes the Pakistani military so confident in defying its own people and its elected government is the growing support from China, which will supply high-tech weapons that the United States (and other Western nations) refuse to provide because of Pakistani support for Islamic terrorism. The Chinese don't care about that as long as Pakistan does not harbor anti-Chinese Islamic terrorists. Pakistan has, with some effort, managed to do that over the last few years and China is rewarding Pakistan for that.
Much more at the link

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Third Palestinian youth said killed in clashes with IDF
Posted by trailing wife 10/06/2015  00:54 1 Comments 123 words Read the whole thing on page 1
You know how it is: allow the troops to shoot back at mobs hurling rocks and molotov cocktails at them, and Darwin will start winning again.
[IsraelTimes] Paleostinian teens also killed in Bethlehem and Tulkarem in past 24 hours; several hurt as stones thrown at Israeli vehicles in Jerusalem and West Bank

A Paleostinian youth was killed during violent festivities with Israel Defense Forces troops in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Paleostinian media reported Monday night.

This is the third Paleostinian protester to have been reportedly killed during a confrontation with Israeli forces in 24 hours.
#1: Stop clashing with the IDF.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:01 ||Comments

Africa North: Ajdabiya continues its separate conflict with further killings
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 0 Comments 486 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] The three-cornered conflict in Ajdabiya between local Islamists, forces loyal to Ibrahim Jadhran and those supporting the Libyan National Army (LNA) saw more killings over the weekend. On Friday, gunnies shot and killed Hassuna Al-Atawish Al-Maghrebi, 33, a commander of the LNA's Brigade 302, currently fighting in Benghazi.

He was leaving the a local mosque after evening prayers with a friend when gunnies driving by in a black 4×4 vehicle shot at both of them. Maghrebi was hit in the head and died instantly. The friend, 32-year-old Ahmed Badr Mansour Al-Zwai who worked for the state electricity company GECOL in Zueitina, died in hospital yesterday of his wounds. He had taken several shots to his leg which had had to be amputated.

Local sources are blaming the killing on the largely Islamist Ajdabiya Revolutionaries' Shoura Council (ARSC). It was blamed for the liquidation ten days ago of a local militiaman Nasser Al-Rugaieh and of political activist Belgassem Al-Zwai the previous week.

One of the main leaders of the ARSC is Osama Jadhran the brother of Ibrahim, the Cyrenaica federalist who heads the central region Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) and who forced the closure of Libya's oil terminals for much of 2013.

Another brother is Salem, the mayor of Ajdabiya.

The ARSC is widely seen pro-Al Qaeda although there are reports that Osama is now developing sympathies with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) despite others in the council being strongly opposed to it.

Ibrahim Jadhran is seen as more focused on potential backing for his forces. Notwithstanding earlier links with LNA military head Khalifa Hafter, he has now firmly split with him. In the middle of last month, he accused Hafter of trying to kill him when he visited Tobruk.

In a statement yesterday, Jadhran's front man, Ali Hassi, alleged that Hafter and the House of Representatives were effectively working IS because they had apparently not condemned its attack on a PFG checkpoint in Sidra last week.

"We don't need you," Hassi was quoted saying, accusing Hafter of betraying the PFG.

Economy: Illinois emergency 911 system may be Tango Uniform due to budget cuts
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  00:00 9 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Telegraph] SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois residents seeking help through their local emergency 911 systems may be on their own if the budget fight between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the Legislature continues.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports without a budget in place, emergency call systems are no longer receiving revenue from a tax on cell phone users.

Under state law, 911 fees for landline phones are paid to county-level systems. Fees for cell phones go into a statewide pool. But Rauner says without a budget in place the money cannot be distributed.

"It's hurting every 911 center," said Connie Armstrong of the Woodford County 911 service. "That's money we use to pay our bills. We don't know what we're going to do."
#1: Probably too many Chicago shooting calls.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 00:23 ||Comments

#2: Now they don't have to be responsible if you are shot to death either, they never got your call!

Make sure you have no weapons and this is the liberal utopia everyone is raving about.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-06 01:05 ||Comments

#3: Just file Chapter 11 already and get it over with...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 01:17 ||Comments

#4: I know what you do.
Partition off the democratic republic of Chicago, and let them fend for their own.

I feel your pain, voters.
Do you?
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-06 02:08 ||Comments

#5: ^ Escape From Chicago - Hollywood, make it happen!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 02:39 ||Comments

#6: Detroit writ large. There is no 'Magic Money Tree' sunshine. This is the part when 'redistribution' hits the empty pockets of others. Those who and and have the means will abandon the tax pool (aka in racketeering as a 'piece of the action').
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-10-06 06:21 ||Comments

#7: My guess this is the typical brinksmanship in budget negotiations where the left always pushes the notion the most important public functions will be cut (911, police, fire...); never a mention of getting rid of perks, redundant or no show bureaucrats....
Posted by: Airandee|| 2015-10-06 06:35 ||Comments

#8: Union and political pension funds lightest hit.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 11:06 ||Comments

#9: Obamaphones don't have an "11" key.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2015-10-06 18:39 ||Comments

Africa North: LNA planes bomb militants' supply vessels off Benghazi
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[Libya Herald] The Libyan air force says it bombed and sunk two transport craft bringing men and equipment from Misrata to Salafist tough guys besieged in Benghazi.

There has been no independent confirmation of the strikes, or any reports of casualties, but the air force has carried out numerous strikes against such boats in recent months.

Libyan National Army (LNA) and associated forces have for the past two weeks been pounding Islamist militias, including Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) fighters, who are hemmed into four districts of Benghazi, in an offensive launched by the head of the Libyan armed forces, General Khalifa Hafter and codenamed Operation Doom.

Military sources say the districts are almost empty of civilians, but army advances are held up by snipers and sporadic rocket and artillery fire from the largely ruined areas.

The army says the sea supply line from Misrata is the reason Islamist units continue to fight on in Benghazi, accusing Misratans, prominent members of the former Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
alliance, of prolonging the battle. Last week, Benghazi council said Misrata council bore responsibility for the city's sufferings because of the continuing supply of fighters and weapons and that it would take legal action against Misrata.

Hafter has been fighting to capture Benghazi in a number of offensives that first began in May of last year, with the artillery and rockets of both sides reducing some areas, including parts of the historic quarter by the port, to rubble.
#1: Any connection to this story?

85 dead migrants found washed up in Libya: Red Crescent
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:48 ||Comments

Africa North: Ghariani says Sharia as basis of legislation in Dialogue Draft 'not enough'
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[Libya Herald] The Dar Al-Ifta, the fatwa organization run by Sheikh Sadik al-Ghariani, has ruled that the supposedly final version of the UN Dialogue Draft agreement cannot be accepted until it changes its stand on the Sharia.
It's never enough, is it? Until the heads are rolling.
Article 5 of the Governing principles says there is a "Commitment that Islamic law (Sharia) is the source of legislation; it shall not be permissible to issue any legislation that contradicts with it".

This was not enough, the Dar Al-Ifta said, indicating that it required Sharia to be the law rather than the source of the law.

It was responding to a letter from a group of members of the General National Congress in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which 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...
who wanted to know if the Draft and the dialogue were Islamically compliant.

The fatwa body also said that the draft had to demonstrate equality and balance between all sides in Libya, suggesting that at present it did not. It also said that the notion of "terrorism which is included in the draft" needed to be clearly explained. Additionally it said that "coup-makers should be excluded from working in military and security offices" -- seen as a reference to Khalifa Hafter and his associates.

Africa North: Libyan Brotherhood chooses new leader
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[Libya Herald] Libya's Moslem Brüderbund has elected a new leader. He is Ahmed Abdullah Al-Suqi, from Benghazi although his family is originally comes from Misrata. He replaces Bashir Kubti, also from Misrata, who was appointed the organization's official head during a conference in Benghazi in 2011.

The decision was made at the Brotherhood's 10th Conference in Istanbul, now the Brotherhood's international base and preferred present base for many Libyan Brotherhood members.

The media were not invited to or even made aware of the conference.

Kupti, the only publicly designated official in the otherwise secretive organization, announced the change on his Facebook page although the Brotherhood also issued a short statement about the new appointment. In it, it also said it supported the UN-brokered Libya Dialogue and wanted peace in the country.

Although Suqi has been chosen as official leader, the man widely seen as the Brotherhood's real mentor -- political, intellectual and spiritual -- is Ali Salabi. The organization also operates through its political arm, the Justice and Construction Party, led by Mohammed Sawan.

Sawan has publicly supported the Dialogue and attended the initialing of the Draft

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Punjab sends teams from Lahore as dengue count rises in Pindi
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[DAWN] The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government has sent 10 teams from Lahore to monitor the anti-dengue drive in the 46 union councils of Rawalpindi.

Following an increase in dengue cases, the provincial government realised that the local administration could not be relied on to carry out an effective anti-dengue drive. These teams will pay a door-to-door visit and inspect the situation on the ground.

Three monitoring tiers have been established that will look into the work of Rawal Town Municipal Administration, departments of health, environment and others. A special branch of police, assistant commissioners and 10 teams will also inspect the work of anti-dengue drive workers.

Commissioner Zahid Saeed told Dawn that the Punjab government had revised the anti-dengue campaign, directing the local administration to divide the 46 union councils of Rawal Town into three categories - red, orange and yellow.

"Union councils where more than seven dengue cases are reported are declared red, while areas from where fewer patients have been brought to the hospitals have been declared orange and then yellow," he added.

India-Pakistan: Pro-govt tribal elder killed in bomb blast
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[DAWN] BANNU: A pro-government tribal elder and former head of a peace committee was killed and his son injured in a roadside kaboom blast near Nullah Tochi on Sunday morning.

Police said Malak Syed Ali alias Sadali was coming to Bannu with his sons Abdul Rehman and Abid from his Ghora Bakkakhel village for a medical check-up when an improvised bomb (IED) destroyed his car.

The tribal elder and his elder son suffered injuries in the blast that occurred near Nullah Tochi, 14km from Bannu in the jurisdiction of Miryan cop shoppe.

The injured were taken to the district headquarters hospital in Bannu where Malak Ali died.

According to relatives, it was the third attack on Malak Syed Ali who previously headed a peace committee.

India-Pakistan: US supports fight 'from Waziristan to Karachi'
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 2 Comments 324 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] The United States has assured Pakistain that it will continue to support the government's efforts to defeat militancy from North Wazoo to Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...

In a policy statement, read out at a convention convened by the Pakistain Embassy, US Deputy Special Representative Jonathan Carpenter also reiterated Washington's offer of "tangible material" support to democracy in the country.

Pakistain's Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani opened the convention, informing the participants that US-Pakistain relations were "much stable" now and the two countries were looking for new avenues to further this relationship.

But Mr Carpenter, whose office looks after US ties with Pakistain and Afghanistan, gave a candid review of this relationship and how he saw it unfolding in the near future.

"The government of Pakistain, across all its agencies civil, military, intelligence, is engaged in a full-throttle battle against extremism within its borders," he said, while pointing to the sacrifices that the Pak armed forces had made in North Waziristan.

"The continuing fight there, the efforts in Karachi and elsewhere to weed out militarism, is fundamental to Pakistain's survival. We will continue to support that with our assistance where we can, and we will continue to encourage Pakistain to act against all murderous Moslem elements within its borders,' he said.

The Bammer came, the Bammer saw, the Bammer did NOT conquer = BUST A MOVE, so now its up to Vlad = Russia + Allies to save Amerika for Americans from the Global Jihad.




Gee whizzers, I wonder why? See above.

China FM Spox Hong Lei.




Actually, IMO CHINA'S "MISSION" = SCS, ETAL. = SCS + ECS + TAIWAN [Future PLA CentCom] + Ryukyus/Japanese Southern Islands [protect Taiwan] + GUAM-CNMI-WESTPAC = IDEALLY CONTROL OF 1/2 OF THE PACIFIC BY YEAR 2020 NLT 2025.


Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-06 01:01 ||Comments

#2: If the USA turns off the faucets then we will fly apart and then you will be sorry.

I hate grifters.

Terrorist militancy within Pakistan is a creation of the ISI. While claiming to fight it at home Pakistan is funding it in neighboring Afghanistan and Kashmir.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 13:16 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian insurgent groups vow to attack Russian forces
Posted by Steve White 10/06/2015  00:00 8 Comments 602 words Read the whole thing on page 1
More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow's air campaign in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the "occupiers" of Syria. The 41 groups, which included powerful factions such as Ahrar Al Sham, Islam Army and the Levant Front, said Russia joined the war in Syria after President Bashar Assad's forces were on the verge "of a crushing defeat."
Depends. Do you guys fight like Afghans?
Russia launched its air campaign on Wednesday and claims it's targeting the Daesh group and Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front. But many of the strikes appear to have hit Western-backed rebel factions. The Russian attacks have largely focused on the northwestern and central provinces - the gateways to the heartland of Assad's powerbase in the capital, Damascus, and on the Mediterranean coast.

The Russian intervention was widely criticised by Syrian opposition groups and activists especially since Moscow once played the role of a mediator hosting rounds of talks between the Syrian government and its opponents.

"This new reality requires the region's countries and the allies in specific to hasten in forming a regional alliance to face the Russian-Iranian alliance that occupies Syria," the 41 factions said in a statement released by Ahrar Al Sham. It was apparently referring to backers of the opposition such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

A Syrian military official was quoted by state media as saying that Russian airstrikes on Monday hit in the central province of Homs and Idlib in the northwest.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said warplanes believed to be Russian have targeted the northern town of Al Bab that is a stronghold of the Daesh group. It said the airstrike left "a large number" of casualties.
I bet the Russian targeting coordinators don't consult with Russian lawyers before giving the go-ahead to the Russian pilots...
A Facebook page used by Daesh posted photos of wounded people being treated in a clinic and another of what appeared to be a burned body being pulled out of a charred car. The Facebook page said dozens of people were killed or wounded in the airstrikes.

The Syrian militant and rebel factions, including the US-backed Division 101 and Tajammu Alezza, said "the Russian military aggression on Syria is considered a blatant occupation of the country even if some claim it was done with the official request of the Assad regime. Those who lost legitimacy can't offer it."

"All Syrian armed revolutionary factions must realise we are in a war to push an aggressor, a war that makes unifying ranks and word a duty on all brothers," the factions said in the two-page statement posted online. "Any occupation force to our beloved country is a legitimate target."

Earlier in the day militant websites reported that Syria's Muslim Brotherhood declared that fight against the "sheer Russian occupation of Syria" is a legitimate duty for everyone capable of carrying weapons.

The Brotherhood's media chief Omar Mushawah was quoted as saying that "we as Muslim Brotherhood group confirm that we are witnessing a sheer and clear Russian occupation" and that "resisting the occupier is a legitimate duty."

Meanwhile, Syria's foreign minister said Russian airstrikes and its new military "steps" in Syria took months of preparations. Walid Al Moallem said in remarks broadcast on Beirut's Al Mayadeen TV that Russia closely coordinates with the Syrian army over its airstrikes. The full interview with Al Moallem will be aired later on Monday.
#1: Does Ladbrokes have odds on this match? I'll take the Russians & the over...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 00:59 ||Comments

#2: Given all the history, both fact & fiction, about us arming the Afghan rebels to fight the Russians what's the consensus about arming the Syrian rebels against the Russians and Iranians?

Seems like an approach/avoidance conflict to me.

Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 07:16 ||Comments

#3: More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups vowed to attack Russian forces in retaliation for Moscow's air campaign in a show of unity among the usually fragmented rebels against what they called the "occupiers" of Syria.

I give it a week. Okay, two weeks.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 11:30 ||Comments

#4: Russia has maybe 100,000 combat ready troops. Given the number committed to the Ukraine and to the strategic reserve (somebody has to march in parades), how many is Russia willing to commit to defending pencilneck? And what happens when the KIA counts go up?
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 14:33 ||Comments

#5: how many is Russia willing to commit to defending pencilneck?

Enough to buy time for Assad's forces to rearm, re-equip and learn new weapon systems.

Enough to buy time for the Iranians to both bring in forces and kick their wavering Hesb'allah subsidiary into their place.

Enough to establish a de facto buffer zone around the current rump Syrian state, perhaps interdict the rebels' supply routes.

And do it long enough for the rebels to start fighting among themselves.

Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 15:08 ||Comments

#6: do it long enough for the rebels to start fighting among themselves.

Um, Pappy, hasn't that time line gone negative already?

I mean the past is present and future, no?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 15:29 ||Comments

#7: Syria's economy is finished. How will the rump state eat? Live off Russian rent money?
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:04 ||Comments

#8: How many troops can the Russian state provide for? This is a bit out of country for them.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-10-06 17:15 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Altaf media blackout: LHC decision challenged in SC
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[DAWN] The Lahore High Court (LHC) decision to ban the broadcast of images and speeches of 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...
(MQM) chief the increasingly rotundAltaf Hussain
..The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in London and hasn't laid eyes on Pakistain since Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him,he may be a Hutt...
has been challenged on Monday in the Supreme Court.

The petition was filed in the apex court on behalf of the MQM supremo by human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
activist and former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Asma Jahangir.

The petition requests the apex court to declare the LHC decision null and void as the verdict handed out on September 7, 2015 is unjust and given without hearing the counsels of the other party.

It further says that the ban imposed on Altaf Hussain's images and speeches is against freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistain.

India-Pakistan: Criticising blasphemy law does not amount to blasphemy: Justice Khosa
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[DAWN] Justice Asif Saeed Khosa of the Supreme Court of Pakistain said on Monday that criticism of the blasphemy law did not amount to blasphemy.

The judge gave the remarks while hearing the appeal by Mumtaz Qadri -- the killer of former Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

governor Salman Taseer -- against his death penalty.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa adjourned the hearing till tomorrow when Qadri's counsel Justice retired Nazir Akhter is expected to continue his arguments.

During today's hearing the bench observed that the entire argument of Qadri's counsel would be rendered irrelevant if it is not established that then governor Taseer had committed blasphemy.

Justice Khosa in his remarks said that criticising a law does not amount to blasphemy and the press clippings presented in court do not provide sufficient evidence to maintain that the former governor had committed blasphemy.

Qadri, a former commando of Punjab police's Elite Force, was sentenced to death for assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad's Kohsar Market. Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

He had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to the latter's residence in Islamabad on Jan 4.

Following the sentencing, Qadri's counsels had challenged the ATC's decision through two applications the same month.

The first petition had demanded that Qadri's death sentence should be quashed and the second asked for Section 7 of the ATA to be declared void from the sentencing.

In its ruling on the appeal, the IHC rejected Qadri's application against his death sentence under the PPC but accepted his application to void ATA's Section 7.

Qadri's counsels the challenged IHC's decision to uphold his death penalty in the Supreme Court.

India-Pakistan: 234,000 ghost students 'enrolled' in Balochistan
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[DAWN] After ghost schools and ghost teachers, the government of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
has now traced presence of 234,000 ghost students in the province which is already lagging behind other provinces in terms of literacy rate.

The ghost students were 'enrolled' by officers of education department and teachers to show maximum number of schools and get other monetary benefits, the provincial education secretary, Saboor Kakar, revealed on Monday.

He was addressing a gathering organised in connection with monitoring of teachers through modern technology at their schools.

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Malik Baloch, who inaugurated the "Real Time School Monitoring System", lashed out at officers and teachers for declining condition of education sector in the country's resource-rich province.

Iraq: Iraq militia boss: US not serious about fighting Daesh
Posted by Steve White 10/06/2015  00:00 4 Comments 524 words Read the whole thing on page 2
A top leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation paramilitary organisation said on Monday that Baghdad had turned to Russia because the US-led coalition was not serious about fighting the Daesh group.

"To this day, we have not seen a really serious effort to fight Daesh," Hadi Al Ameri said in the holy city of Najaf.

"There are some who try to contain Daesh but not really eliminate them and prevent those fighters from returning to Europe, which is where they came from," he said.
Can't argue with the man: when you're right, you're right...
Ameri is a key MP of the Badr movement, a Tehran-backed Shia party which also has a powerful military wing. He was speaking at a conference organised by Badr's TV channel Al Ghadeer.
So he has an ulterior motive. So does everyone else in Iraq...
"This lack of seriousness of the international coalition made us change tack. Russia is moving in a very serious way against Daesh," he said.

Russia's airforce began air strikes in Syria last week. Moscow says it has been targeting Daesh but Washington and its allies say Russia does not distinguish between Daesh and other groups and correctly accuses the Kremlin of being focused on protecting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his regime.
You have to have fallen off the turnip truck late last night to miss what Russia is doing in Syria...
Iraq announced last week it had agreed to set up a cell in Baghdad aimed at increasing intelligence cooperation with Russia, Syria and Iran in the fight against Daesh. The government in Baghdad has since said it might consider allowing Russia to bomb Daesh targets in Iraq as well.
It's the 'strong horse' argument again...
Ameri said Daesh's ability to recruit internationally was unprecedented in the history of terrorism.

"They are currently recruiting fighters from 108 countries in the world and all of them are going through Turkey, with the coalition's knowledge," he said.

"We told America" 'if you are serious about fighting Daesh, you have to stop those arrivals, which are wreaking carnage and destruction on Syria and Iraq'," he said.

The US-led coalition - which also includes France and Britain - has carried out more than 7,000 strikes on Iraq and Syria since August 2014.
That's fewer than 20 a day...
Those have helped Iraqi forces roll back some of the territorial gains Daesh made last year but the militant group has proved resilient and the security forces slow to reform.
They're slow to return because–among other reasons–they have no expectation of support, and virtually no air cover.
Ameri and other Iraqi politicians have criticised the West's commitment as conditional and arms deliveries as too slow.







Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-06 00:38 ||Comments

#2: #duh-huh
Posted by: abu do you love|| 2015-10-06 00:52 ||Comments

#3: No shit.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 10:35 ||Comments

#4: Iraq militia boss: US not serious about fighting Daesh

Talk about the pot calling the kettle covered with soot.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:27 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: A flawed choice
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 0 Comments 252 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] CORRUPTION suspects are being nabbed and plea bargains struck -- the national exchequer will soon swell thanks to the amount recovered from plea bargains. This can even help cut the fiscal deficit.

Would the suspects be punished if found guilty? The plea bargain option allows the guilty to at least avoid jail -- the suspect's consent to return 80pc of the money and his or her being barred from holding public office is considered punishment enough. So, almost anybody who finds himself in the dock settles for the plea bargain route. The beauty of a plea bargain is, transfer Rs2 billion from the national kitty to your personal account, return 80pc in instalments and the balance Rs400 million is yours to enjoy. Yes, you lose your reputation and the right to hold public office. But to save your reputation you can easily play the Dire Revenge or conspiracy card.

To hold public office, you can wait for a change in climatic conditions to sign a re-entry pact.

Voluntary return of the entire amount in question, before you are in the dock, would not even debar you from holding public office. Dip your hands in the pot; if you go unnoticed, enjoy the entire booty. If noticed and still in the country, which would be rare, return the money before a formal investigation begins and you are cleaner than a newborn.

India-Pakistan: Wayward teachers
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 1 Comments 512 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] IN the last few days, I had occasion to witness the work of government teachers at three schools in Larkana district.

At a boys' primary school, a government teacher in connivance with a local landowner withdrew government funds from a school bank account; he gave Rs3,000 to the landowner as a bribe, another Rs3,000 to the education department clerk to process the approvals and kept the remaining Rs5,000 himself. These are funds allocated by the government to be spent on the school building and facilities. The school in question is located in an agricultural field where there is no electric grid; the Rs11,000 the teacher embezzled would have been enough to pay for one solar panel and two pedestal fans for the two-room school.

At 9am on a school day at a boys' high school, about 70 students were roaming the corridors, playing games on their mobile phones or sitting chatting in the playground. Inside the headmaster's office, seven male teachers, all in their 40s and 50s, sat before plates piled high with sweets while the school's peons served them several cups of tea. When asked about the timetable and which teacher was due in which classroom, the headmaster, whose monthly salary is Rs105,000, looked up with a blank expression, as if the most incomprehensible and irrelevant question had been asked.

A few days later at the sam e school, the same group of teachers arrived in the morning, marked their attendance and then headed out together leaving dozens of students in unsupervised classrooms. Where were they headed? A meeting of the teachers' union that could not be missed and was far more important than teaching.

At a girls' primary school, an experienced middle-aged teacher was cross about having been marked absent when she didn't show up. After all, she demanded, why couldn't she just be marked as on casual leave? At the same school, three teachers bribed or used political pressure to be transferred elsewhere because here they were being asked to show up on time every morning.

The penalty for all these acts of gross misconduct and negligence: nothing. To the contrary, taxpayers' money is being drained on these incompetent and corrupt individuals who receive salaries ranging from Rs25,000 to over Rs100,000 compared with the Rs4,000 to Rs7,000 non-profit organizations pay teachers in the same area. These low-paid teachers are punctual, regular and committed to their students. Where does the difference lie?

First, these government teachers have been bred in a system of zero accountability where everyone from an office peon at the education department to supervisors and officers are accustomed to receiving and giving illicit payments and political favours to avoid duties. Second, years of this corrupt system has led to a complete breakdown in the collective conscience of babus government employees and the society in which they operate. Third, the end-user -- in this case the students and their parents -- have no recourse when they are not provided what is rightfully theirs.
#1: Coming to an unionized school district near you!

If it isn't already there.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-10-06 00:46 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Taliban planned to release prisoners in Faryab
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Talibs had planned to seize the bustling provincial capital of northern Faryab province and storm the province's jail to release prisoners.

Brigadier General Dawlat Waziri, the deputy front man for the Ministry of Defense said in a presser on Monday that Talibs launched a coordinated attack on Maimana from all directions yesterday and engaged in a heavy shootout with security forces till this morning.

He said security forces already had awareness of a possible Taliban attack and were well prepared to respond to it.

"I can say hundreds of them got killed and maimed in the shootout," Brig. Gen. Waziri added.

Brig. Gen. Waziri further said that security forces and civilians did not suffer casualties during the shootout.

But Sayed Abdul Baqi, head of Faryab's Provincial Council had earlier said that seven members of a family were killed and maimed in the clash.

Taliban released nearly 1,000 prisoners, including their partners, in two attacks on jails in Ghazni and Kundoz provinces last month.

Afghanistan: Suicide attack rocks capital Kabul
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A relatively heavy kaboom rocked capital Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
earlier tonight after a jacket wallah detonated his explosives in Darul Aman area of the city.

Gun battle between the security forces and a group of holy warriors was also reported in the area with local residents saying they have heard two blasts in the area so far.

Sediq Sediq, front man for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), said Police Special Forces have been deployed in the area following the attack.

The embassy of Russia and parliament building area are located close to the incident area.

The target of the kaboom was the house of the former provincial governor of southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province Naeem Balouch.

Preliminary reports suggest at least four people were maimed in the attack which also inflicted damages to the nearby properties.

Afghanistan: New ISIS video purportedly shows beheading of a man in Nangarhar
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have released a new propaganda video claimed to be filmed in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The video purportedly shows the beheading of a man in an area apparently under the control of the loyalists of the terror group.

The man, accused of espionage, is show in an orange jump suit and executed by an ISIS loyalist in black uniform and mask.

The latest propaganda video is released amid ongoing military operations by the Afghan cops in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

Local officials in Nangarhar said at least seven forces of Evil were killed and eight others maimed in the latest anti-Daesh operation in Achin District.

The officials further added that the loyalists of the terror group suffered the latest casualties in Abdulkhil area where ISIS forces of Evil are actively operating.

This comes as the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
released a report late last month warning that the terror group is making inroads in Afghanistan with the number of sympathizers and followers growing across the country.

According to the report around 70 forces of Evil of the terror group are busy in forming the core of the group's branch in Afghanistan.

The report further added that the group is recruiting followers in at least 25 provinces of Afghanistan with 10 percent of the sympathizers belonging to the Taliban group.

India-Pakistan: Pakistani Taliban hang ISI officer as revenge for executions
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 3 Comments 478 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pak Taliban group has reportedly released a video which purportedly shows the execution of a Pak officer who was serving with the country's military intelligence -- Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

The ISI officer, identified as Bashir Ahmad Khan, was hanged to death to avenge the execution of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) members.

Khan was originally serving with the 19th army air defense unit and later recruited by Pakistain's military intelligence agency -- ISI.

The Rooters news agency obtained the two videos which shows the introduction and execution of Khan.

Dressed in plain brown traditional Pak clothes and surrounded by gunnies wearing masks and camouflage, Khan speaks to the camera, saying "We were trained to trace the Taliban's training camps."

The video also shows one unmasked man in white robes kneels beside him and two men holding a black banner in the background that is embroidered with the kalma, a Muslim declaration of faith.

Another masked man is shown in the second video, saying "The hanging of Bashir Ahmad is our response to the Pak government who are busy hanging our group members. This is just the beginning and all those who are in our custody or those who have any links with the Pakistain government will face the same treatment." ​

With his eyes bound with black cloth and a noose around his neck and wrapped in a Pak flag, Khan is pushed off a rock after the masked man finishes speaking.

The snuffies shoot at his body and shout "God is great" as Khan dangles from the rope around his neck.

Following a deadly attack by Pak military on an army-run school in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province last December, the Pak government reinstated the death penalty and has since then executed numerous prisoners linked to terrorist activities.

#1: Biting the hand that feeds you.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:17 ||Comments

#2: That's the Afghan Taliban. The Pak Taliban are the ones who've gone feral.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 11:29 ||Comments

#3: The story about the scorpion and the frog ,here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2015-10-06 13:02 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turkish PM calls dragged corpse pic 'unacceptable', HDP leader urges interior minister to resign
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 1 Comments 576 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Hurriyet Daily News] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has "disapproved" an image tweeted of a corpse tied to the back of a security vehicle being dragged on a street in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
where security forces are battling bandidos turbans of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), while the co-leader of the Kurdish problem-focused opposition party has called for the immediate resignation of the interior minister over the scandal.

"It is not possible for us to approve images of a terrorist organization member who was neutralized while attacking police with rocket launcher in Sirnak," Davutoglu said early Oct. 5. "Required legal and administrative instructions have been given about this incident," he said in a message posted on his official Facebook account.

As of Oct. 4, the Interior Ministry announced that it has launched an investigation into possible human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
abuses after the image was posted earlier that day. The photograph was posted on Twitter and shared by Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

The corpse belonged to HDP Sirnak deputy Leyla Birlik's brother-in-law, Haci Lokman Birlik, who is said to have been killed during festivities between police and members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the PKK, happening in downtown Sirnak since Oct. 1.

Demirtas, speaking to news hounds on Oct. 5, said Davutoglu's statement about the incident was not "satisfactory."

"Let me say that this is only one case that was exposed on camera. Very similar incidents are taking place there each day. Imagine what might have been done to the living by those who did this to the dead. That is not meant to say that 'All security forces are like this and doing this,' but these are pretty much the practices. It's been like this for years," Demirtas said, urging the resignation of Interior Minister Selami Altinok over the incident. He also said the Interior Ministry sent two inspectors to the region solely to "cover up" the matter.

While sharing the photograph on his account, Demirtas said, "Look at this photograph carefully. It was taken in Sirnak the previous day. Let nobody forget, because we will not forget."

The Interior Ministry statement said claims of abuse would be investigated fully. It also said Turkey was determined to press ahead with its fight against PKK bandidos turbans "within the principles of a state ruled by laws."
#1: Interior Ministry announced that it has launched an investigation into possible human rights

The above sentence is causing Cognitive Dissonance.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:57 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: CHP head accuses politicians of bloodshed in country
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has blamed the recent violence between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and security forces, which have led to the over 200 killings, on the previous ruling party after the June 7 elections.

"The country turned into bloodshed after 400 deputies did not come out of the June 7 elections. The people responsible for this are the people governing the country," said Kilicdaroglu during his party's rally in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak on Oct. 5, in reference to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
's statements before the June 7 election, demanding 400 deputies. Though Erdogan did not openly ask for Justice and Development Party (AKP) votes, his statements made it clear he was in favor of a majority AKP government, of which he is a founding member and prime minister for 12 years.

"It's open and clear. Wherever you go around the world, it is the politicians who are responsible for this situation," added Kilicdaroglu.

Commenting on the grinding of the peace processor, which was launched in the late 2000s by the government to find a resolution to the 30-year-long Kurdish problem, Kilicdaroglu said the government had been bogged down in the process.

Clashes between PKK forces of Evil and Turkish security forces renewed after a deadly suicide kaboom, which killed 33 mostly young people and was allegedly carried out by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), took place in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's southeast in late July. The festivities ongoing since then have brought an end to the more than two-year-long grinding of the peace processor. In late February, the PKK was expected to hold a congress to decide on the laying down of arms.

The Grand Turk: Betting on the Nov. 1 election
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Bookmakers say AKP likely to fall short of majority again.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is more likely to score below 40.6 percent, according to an international betting company.*

The Republican People's Party's (CHP) vote range is estimated between 26.6 percent and 28.9 percent.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is currently seen by bookmakers at 16.6 percent to 17.9 percent, while the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is predicted to cross the 10 percent threshold easily again.

As such, a single-party government seems unlikely in the favorite scenario of bookmakers.
#1: The asterisk is interesting:

* Sport betting is legal in Turkey only under the authorized company, rendering political bet making through bookmakers abroad illegal. This is why international betting firms cannot be mentioned in Turkish media.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 15:10 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Russia says violation of Turkish airspace was 'navigation error'
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Russia has informed The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
that the violation of Turkish airspace near the Syrian border on Oct. 3 was due to a "navigation error," according to Russian sources.

Turkish military sources said a Russian SU-30 breached Turkish airspace for hundreds of meters in the southern district of Yayladagi in Hatay province for two minutes at 12:10 p.m., but returned to Syrian airspace after one warning.

The Russian authorities informed the Turkish military attaché in Moscow about the error, Russian Embassy officials in Ankara told Hurriyet Daily News.
#1: Yeah - and I'm getting a pony for Christmas.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 01:13 ||Comments

#2: GLONASS not up to the task?
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:24 ||Comments

Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2015-10-06 18:37 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: A gun-free society
Posted by badanov 10/06/2015  00:00 8 Comments 1638 words Read the whole thing on page 4

Mass buyback.

A gun-free society.

Let’s say that one again: A gun-free society.

Doesn’t it sound logical? Doesn’t it sound safe? Wouldn’t it make sense to learn from other developed nations, which believe that only the military and law enforcers, when necessary, should be armed — and which as a result lose far, far fewer innocent people than die every year in the United States?
Sounds great.
Yes, even saying these words makes the NRA happy. It fuels the slippery-slope argument the gun lobby uses to oppose even the most modest, common-sense reforms. You see? Background checks today, confiscation tomorrow.
Still trying to goad me into rejoining the NRA, aren't you?
And yes, I understand how difficult it would be. This is a matter of changing the culture and norms of an entire society. It would take time.

But the incremental approach is not succeeding. It sets increasingly modest goals, increasingly polite goals: close a loophole here, restrict a particularly lethal weapon there. Talk about gun safety and public health. Say “reform,” not “control.”
Terrific news. A left winger admits all their whining and crying about gun control isn't working.
In response, a few states have tightened restrictions, a few states have loosened them. But as a nation — in Congress — we are stuck.
Oregon, where the latest massacre took place, has recently instituted universal background checks which the shooter passed, every time.
Meanwhile the strategy of modest reform has its own vulnerabilities.

Every time there is a mass shooting, gun-control advocates argue again for legislation. But almost every time, opponents can argue that this shooter wouldn’t have been blocked from buying a gun, or that this gun would not have been on anyone’s banned list — and so why waste time (and political capital) on irrelevant restrictions?
Neither would I personally have argued. My argument is this: Registration and confiscation schemes in the two states that implemented them since Sandy Hook have failed, miserably in New York at around five percent and in Connecticut where the compliance rate is at most 18 percent. That is civil disobedience, at the moment, but any attempt to seize weapons that have not been registered will likely be met with armed opposition this time around. You can cow an entire town, violate their Constitutional rights, as they did in Boston trying to catch a bad guy, but I suspect the reaction will be a damn sight different in the state attempting to seize weapons, property not rightfully belonging to the state. It will not happen in Massachusetts and it will not be allowed elsewhere, and any attempt, any attempt to dance the two step of registration and seizure will be met with severe penalties for the state. What do you do as a politician who has followed the prescribed remedy of registration and confiscation, when the thugs you employ refuse to go house to house to seize property not rightfully belonging to the state, because of armed disobedience? Do the state's armed thugs, champing at the bit to take guns away from citizens who have failed to register, relish the snap back, all initially at their expense? What happens when you run out of thugs to do your bidding as prescribed by "law". What happens when half your SWAT team calls in sick? Resigns? What happens when no one will protect you, your high office notwithstanding? Do you buy a gun, or do you get the hell out of Dodge?
To be clear, I believe the NRA is wrong on this, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is right. Modest restrictions can help and have helped. The one-gun-a-month law can reduce crime.
Really? Prove it. You can't...
The gun-show loophole should be closed, and closing it would prevent some criminals from obtaining weapons.
Really? Prove it. You can't. For people who say that they 'respect science' and live in a 'reality-based community', the fact is you don't bother with facts and take your reality in very small doses...
Every gun in a home with children should have a trigger lock.
Implicit in a trigger lock law is a state mandated inspection at the most and criminal penalties of some sort if it is found a gun is stored without a gun lock. Such a law makes a constitutional right premised on a state mandated requirement, which means the right is utterly destroyed, long a goal of fascists which as Fred Hiatt. Also implicit in the "one gun a month law" are universal background checks, a severe violation of personal liberty, and one which also will be met with civil disobedience.
But how many members of Congress will risk their jobs for modest, incremental reform that may or may not show up as a blip on the following year’s murder statistics? We’ve learned the answer to that question.

Fine, you say, but then why would those same members commit political suicide by embracing something bigger?
The Big One. That's what Hiatt wants politicians to bite into. Hell, that's what he wants for us all.
They won’t, of course. Congress will not lead this change. There has to be a cultural shift. Only then will Congress and the Supreme Court follow.
The cultural shift Hiatt is talking about is more than 200 years old, damaged by serial unconstitutional legislation to deny citizen's their Gawd given rights, yet still going strong. And matters are coming to a head with regard to law. As mentioned before in New York and Connecticut, the Supreme Court can rule all day long that something is or is not constitutional, but when you impose law where it didn't exist before or make up new law to allow a case to be decided, the law is rapidly becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes on.
As we’ve seen over the past 15 years with same-sex marriage, such deep cultural change is difficult — and possible. Wyatt Earp, the frontier mentality, prying my cold dead fingers — I get all that. But Australia was a pioneer nation, too, and gave up its guns. Societies change, populations evolve.
There was no cultural shift. The SCOTUS decision was top down, imposed by judicial fiat, creating a right where one did not exist, nor needed to exist.
And Australia still has mass shootings, and terrorism. And fewer citizens who can fight back...
And people are not immune, over time, to reason.
Show me a liberal...
Given how guns decimate poor black communities every day — not just when there are mass shootings, but every day — this is a civil rights issue. Given how many small children shoot themselves or their siblings accidentally, it is a family issue. Given the suicides that could be prevented, it is a mental health issue. On average 55 Americans shoot themselves to death every day. Every day!
It was certainly a civil rights issue when black citizens armed themselves to protect their families from the KKK. It was government that disarmed them in the guise of 'gun control'. We remember even if you stuffed it down the rabbit hole of progressive memory...
The Supreme Court, which has misread the Second Amendment in its recent decisions,
...just like it mis-read the Constitution on Roe v Wade, or was that different somehow...
would have to revisit the issue. The court has corrected itself before, and if public opinion shifts it could correct itself again. If it did not, the Constitution would have to be amended.
Good luck with an amendment which essentially shifts rights, permanently from the individual to the state.
It sounds hard, I know. But it’s possible that if we started talking more honestly about the most logical, long-term goal, public opinion would begin to shift and the short-term gains would become more, not less likely, as the NRA had to play defense. We might end up with a safer country.
The NRA does nothing if not play defense. Hiatt with be crapping his bloomers if the NRA took some rights back from the state and returned them to the people, where they rightfully belong.
There are strong arguments against setting a gun-free society as the goal, but there are 100,000 arguments in favor — that’s how many of us get shot every year. Every year 11,000 Americans are murdered. Every year some 20,000 kill themselves with guns.
And there are 300 million arguments against such a goal.
Remove the six cities with the highest murder rates and (not coincidentally) the most stringent gun control, and the rest of the U.S. is no more dangerous than Switzerland.
Without guns — with only kitchen knives at hand — some of those people would die. Most would still be living.

Maybe it’s time to start talking about the most logical way to save their lives.
We're still waiting for fascists like you to begin with logic.
Gun confiscation is not the goal of these people. Confiscation is simply a means to an end; that being the revolution and anarchy that would inevitably follow the confiscation or 'buy-back' process. Gun confiscation is simply a triggering event.
#1: This sounds like a swell idea.

However, just to prove how much you believe in this lets first have all officials, and politicians go completely without protect, no secret service, no armed guards (public, LEO, or private) no arms of any kind (including knives), no bodyguards, nor armored cars or trucks. No-one around you may be armed in any way. And that goes for your children s well - no private security (or even a wall or locked door - you also believe in open borders right?) at any schools or functions where you children attend. And yes - I mean to include your children - if you are going to endanger mine - then yours should be included also.

That goes for the media elite and advocates as well - the producers, reporters, editors owners, and anchors of the media - print, radio, web, TV - all of it.

Do this for 2-3 years.

Then lets talk.

Otherwise STFU - your not serious.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-10-06 00:25 ||Comments

#2: Nation was born with guns and free speech. Those that can't take it should go elsewhere. Nobody is stopping them.
Posted by: Rjschwarz|| 2015-10-06 01:13 ||Comments

#3: "if we started talking more honestly about the most logical, long-term goal"

YES, why do you not start talking bout that very thing.

When I pull my control counsel up, I map VIOLENT CRIME RATES - and that is the real only thing that counts to me.

If Guns are the way to Life, you need to shut your trap.

A liberal free society would always work better. This way, we don't have to call your bankrupt state for help with thugs it takes you an hour to handle.

Go take a long walk on a short pier.

Your accusations that I AM micro-aggressive show me that you are crypto-fascist, and THAT is more of a threat to Lives than guns ever were.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-06 02:02 ||Comments

#4: We already have a gun free society in which only state agents bear arms. They're called prisons. By the way Sunshine, there's still murder, rape, assault, and drug dealing. Maybe if you take your head out of your rectal orifice, you discover the problem isn't guns, but elements within your society, like every society, and every time in history.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-10-06 05:58 ||Comments

#5: If the Government/police/army goes first and in his area.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-06 06:54 ||Comments

#6: A gun-free society feeds into the meme of the left. First, it will never be achieved. The government, criminals and terrorists will be the only ones with guns. The 2nd amendment was not about hunting, it was about defending liberty. First the left wants national registration. The next step will be confiscation. Before confiscation occurs, I anticipate a widespread civil war, gun owners and lovers of liberty vs. the lefties.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-06 07:59 ||Comments

#7: Finally, a refreshing admission of the true end-goal from a gun control advocate. And, perhaps, an unwitting vindication of the NRA's contention that their floundering "incremental approach" is indeed the proverbial slippery slope. Remember this authors' words everytime you hear someone championing "modest" gun control laws a "common sense" first step.
Posted by: DepotGuy|| 2015-10-06 13:42 ||Comments

#8: The "gun show loophole" is a myth. If you by a firearm from a vendor at a gun show you still have to show a valid ID, have your fingerprints taken, and pass a background check. Some states bar sales in the parking.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2015-10-06 16:00 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Suspects say offered 100,000 liras for attacking Hurriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 1 Comments 545 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Hurriyet Daily News] Suspects in the case into the beating of Hurriyet columnist Ahmet Hakan have confessed that a former police officer offered them 100,000 Turkish Liras to attack the journalist after an Istanbul court ordered the arrest of just one suspect and the release of six others.

Retired police officer Yahya Kemal Gezer allegedly told suspects to organize the attack saying, "There is a man that needs to be beaten," Fuat Elmas, a suspect, said in testimony at the organized crime police department.

Elmas said they had received the instructions to attack Hakan during a meeting with Gezer at Ruzgar Café, which is also owned by Gezer in the Fatih district, on Sept. 23.

Elmas said he went to the café with Ugur Adiyaman, another suspect in the same case, where they were told by Gezer that "there is a man that needs to be beaten."

"Gezer said the man was journalist Ahmet Hakan. 'He [Hakan] calls deaders as dead [people]. He says his vote is for the [People's Democratic Party] HDP. He is instigating the people; he is encouraging people to vote for the HDP. He has to be taken out. The instructions will be given tonight. The [National Intelligence Organization] MIT is also involved. The police and the chief are also involved,' said Gezer. He said we would be paid within a few days of completing the job," Elmas reportedly told the police.

Kamuran Ergin, one of the seven suspects, said in his testimony that 100,000 liras were offered to them to stage the assault.

Promise of appointment as district head of the 'Ottoman Hearths'

"On the eve of the Eid holiday, Adiyaman came to my house along with Fuat Elmas. Ahmet Senguler and two of my friends, Soner and Dehset, also came to my house. Ugur told us that a man who identified himself as a police chief took him and Fuat to an abandoned house and told them that they had to beat a man named Ahmet Hakan and that they would be paid 100,000 liras in total and a man named Nezir would make arrangements for me to be appointed as the district head of the Ottoman Hearths group. Fuat and Ahmet accepted the offer. Soner and Dehset did not accept it. I was under the effect of drugs and alcohol. I accepted because I needed money and we would only beat him," said Ergin.

Six suspects were released and just one was locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
on Oct. 4 in the case, despite a public prosecutor's efforts to arrest all seven suspects.

The court arrested Senguler for "willful injury," while releasing Ergin, Adiyaman and Elmas on probation until the trial is concluded.

The other suspects were released unconditionally.

Four men who attacked Hakan in Istanbul's Nisantasi neighborhood were detained early Oct. 1, the day of the incident. Their interrogation at police headquarters continued for four days, after which all suspects were sent to court at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 4.
#1: $33,811

Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:08 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turkish PM: Military to react if Russia violates Turkish border again
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 9 Comments 223 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Hurriyet Daily News] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has warned that it will react if Russia again violates Turkey's border with Syria after Russian aircraft breached Turkish airspace over the weekend, with Moscow saying the incident was not intentional but due to a "navigational error."

"Let me put it bluntly: Turkey's rules of engagement are valid for Syria's, Russia's or another country's warplanes. The Turkish Armed Forces have been issued with open instructions. Even if it's a flying bird, whoever violates Turkish airspace will be subject to the necessary actions," Davutoglu told Haberturk TV in an interview on Oct. 5, stressing that Russia must not escalate tension in Syria.

A Russian fighter aircraft violated Turkish airspace on Oct. 3 in the southern district of Yayladagi in Hatay province and was intercepted by Turkish jets, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

"The Russian aircraft exited Turkish airspace into Syria after it was intercepted by two F-16s from the Turkish Air Force, which were conducting patrols in the region," a written statement by the ministry said Oct. 5.
#1: If they respond to Russian incursion---who'll be bombing the Kurds?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 03:44 ||Comments

#2: Meh.

The article says the first incursion was "hundreds of meters" for a couple min. The aircraft was flying parallel along the border.

The second incursion says two F-16s were "locked on" by an unknown Mig-29. BS. Tonals do not work that way.
Posted by: Yosemite Sam|| 2015-10-06 09:15 ||Comments


Both sides will create opportunities to exploit.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 12:02 ||Comments

#4: Russian Navy sends reconnaissance ship to Syrian coast

Large, purpose-built ELINT ships. Carry SSV (Communications Vessel) numbers. Classification: Probably Bol'shoy Razvedyatel'niye Korabl' (BRK); Large Intelligence Ship. Builders: Stocznia Polnocna, Gdansk, Poland.[+]
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 12:45 ||Comments

#5: If I was king, I would have the CIA create a false information campaign to provide plausible but entirely false electronic signatures for the F-22. Just saying.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 12:50 ||Comments

#6: Just remembered something relevant.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 14:03 ||Comments

#7: The Turks and Russia have been enemies since Christ was a corporal. The Russians need to bomb close to the Turkish border to be effective and Turkey is serious about shooting down straying Russian aircraft.

Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 15:14 ||Comments

#8: "The Russians need to bomb close to the Turkish border to be effective and Turkey is serious about shooting down straying Russian aircraft."

Be still my heart.

I'll order more popcorn.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut|| 2015-10-06 15:34 ||Comments

#9: I like mine with butter.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:51 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: CHP calls on Turkey's top cleric to resign over budget shortage
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 0 Comments 235 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Hurriyet Daily News] A deputy from the Republican People's Party (CHP) has called on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's top holy man to resign unless the latter justifies a shortage of 23 million Turkish Liras in the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) budget, daily Hurriyet has reported.

At a presser in the Turkish parliament in Ankara, CHP Istanbul deputy Eren Erdem called on Diyanet head Mehmet Görmez to resign if he cannot account for the shortage, which was spotted by the Court of Accounts but was described by the Diyanet as a "mistake."

"The head of the Diyanet should immediately resign if he cannot account for this," Erdem said on Oct. 5.
"The Diyanet has become a reflection of a paralyzed state order. Is 23 million liras a small amount? Has the lack of that money even caused a slight twinge of conscience in the Diyanet head," he added.

The Grand Turk: Turkey expects influx of 1 mln Syrian refugees after Russian airstrikes
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 3 Comments 206 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Hurriyet Daily News] In Ankara, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has suggested that Russia's military intervention in Syria, which has shifted balance of power in heavily populated regions, will eventually lead to a mass influx of up to 1 million Syrians into The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....

"The west of Syria is the place with the highest population; Damascus, Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Latakia. There is a balance there at the moment, a multilateral civil war. Each additional intervention there, particularly this intervention by Russia and its bombing of locations of moderate dissidents will give too much strength to the regime. In such a case, the regime will gradually increase its ongoing oppression and attacks," Kurtulmus said in remarks to Hurriyet on Oct. 5.

"In this case, God forbid, new changes of balance in these cities with crowded populations will lead to an influx of hundreds of thousands, perhaps an influx of over 1 million into Turkey," he said.
#1: Syria hopes to prune the weak, with the 'Putin Push'.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 00:19 ||Comments

#2: Kurds + Syrians will be dangerous combo for Turkey.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-06 00:23 ||Comments

#3: Meanwhile, NOT to be outdone by ANKARA = TURKEY ..


OOOOOOOO, you just know Jordan's King + espec Israeli PM Benji are going to send a strongly-worded letter(s) to Vlad.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-06 00:26 ||Comments

Africa North: Libya's elected parliament extends mandate, complicating peace talks
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Libya's elected parliament voted on Monday to extend its mandate, due to expire on Oct. 20, in a move likely to complicate U.N. attempts to end a crisis between the country's two rival governments.

Four years after the uprising that toppled veteran ruler Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
, the oil-producing North African state is caught in conflict between its recognized government, with an elected parliament, and a rival self-declared administration. The two are backed by competing armed factions.

The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
has been negotiating a peace agreement to form a unity government. It had been pushing hard for a deal before the parliament's mandate ended on Oct. 20 to prevent the country falling deeper into chaos.

House of Representatives front man Faraj Hashem said the elected parliament had voted to extend its mandate until it could hand over power to a new elected body.

He told news hounds the parliament, known as the HOR, was still supporting the U.N.-backed negotiating process and its delegates were in meetings with the U.N. envoy in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Monday.

"The HOR has amended the constitutional declaration to extend its mandate to avoid a vacuum in the country," politician Tarek Juroushi told Rooters.

There was no official reaction from the rival parliament, known as the GNC, and government. These have been established in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which 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...
since an armed faction called Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
took over the capital last year, driving out the recognized government which now operates in the east of the country.

But the move is likely to complicate efforts to get the Tripoli factions to agree to a national unity government and control hardliners resisting a peace accord.

"What the HOR has done sends a negative message," one GNC member told Rooters asking his name not be used because the parliament's members planned to meet to discuss their official position.

Iraq: Car bomb attacks kill 57 people in Iraq
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least 57 people were killed on Monday in car kabooms in Baghdad and the north and south of Iraq, police and medical sources said.

One attack took place near a crowded market in the town of Khalis, about 80 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, killing 35 people, police said.

"The driver begged police to be allowed to park his vehicle in order to buy medication from a nearby pharmacy and five minutes later it (the bomb) went off and caused huge destruction," police captain Mohammed al-Tamimi said.

In the town of Al Zubair, about 15 kilometers southwest of the oil town of Basra, a second attack took place also near a crowded market. Ten people died.

Another boom-mobile went kaboom! in the Hussainiya district of the northern outskirts of Baghdad, killing 12 people, police and medical sources said.
#1: From The Times of Israel:

IS says in a statement posted on a Twitter account linked to the group that it carried out Monday’s attack in Basra’s southwest suburb of al-Zubair, targeting Shiites. The Sunni-dominated al-Zubair is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of Basra.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-10-06 17:56 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Roadside bomb 'targets Hezbollah van' in eastern Lebanon
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A roadside explosive in the Lebanese town of Chtaura targeted a Hezbollah vehicle on Monday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Sources told Al Arabiya that there were no injuries reported and the van, which reportedly belonging to Hezbollah, continued on its journey to an unidentified location.

Chtaura is a town in Lebanon in the Beqaa Valley located halfway on the Beirut-Damascus highway and 44 km from Beirut.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Video: Assault on Egyptian waiter sparks outrage in Jordan
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A video of men said to be brothers of a politician assaulting an Egyptian waiter in a restaurant in Jordan's southern port city of Aqaba has sparked outrage.

Security camera footage, widely shared on social media, appears to show MP Zeid al-Shawabka speaking to the waiter on Friday, before three other men throw punches at his head and chase him out of frame.

Some web users have demanded that Shawabka be stripped of his immunity, despite the video not showing him directly taking part in the attack.

News agency Petra quoted police as saying on Monday they had detained "all those who attacked the Egyptian".

Al-Ghad newspaper reported waiter Khaled Othman as saying he thought that the men had hit him because their meal a day earlier had arrived late.

Information Minister Mohammed Momani responded to the uproar on Sunday by saying that Jordan "respects Arab guests on its soil" and that "there are guarantees to allow everyone recourse to justice".

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians work in Jordan, mostly in construction and agriculture.
#1: It is good that these incidents can be vied and stir the Conscience of Nations.

All people get treated because of these events in the long run, if they let the internet be.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-06 01:17 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army fire near Bethlehem
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Paleostinian teen has been killed by Israeli army fire near Bethlehem on Monday as festivities spiked in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Al Arabiya's correspondent reported.

Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was shot at in the chest during festivities at a refugee camp near Bethlehem, emergency services and police sources told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

He is the second Paleostinian killed by Israeli soldiers over the past 24 hours.

On Sunday night, an 18-year-old Paleostinian was killed during festivities in Tulkarem in the West Bank.

Clashes have spread after two recent attacks killed four Israelis and maimed a two-year-old child.
#1: 'Twas bad shooting:

Senior IDF officer: 13-year-old Palestinian was killed by mistake; the bullet ricocheted off the ground

The killing of a 13-year-old Palestinian by IDF fire near Rachel's Tomb on Monday was explained on Tuesday by a senior army officer.

"A Ruger bullet was fired and did not strike well," the officer explained. "It was aimed at his legs but the bullet hit the ground and then ricocheted into the chest of the Palestinian."
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-10-06 17:34 ||Comments

#2: Thanks! Was wondering about that.

Sez patient: "It hurts when I do that."
"Get shot by the Hebrews you threw at?
Perhaps they are frightened."
The ghost was enlightened.
But ghosts can't be hit with a cluebat.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-10-06 18:02 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turkey warns Russia over airspace violation
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
said on Monday it had summoned Russia's ambassador to protest the violation of its airspace by one of its warplanes and was told it was a "mistake" that would not happen again.

Turkey, which has the second-largest army in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
, scrambled two F-16 jets on Saturday after a Russian warplane crossed into its airspace near the province of Hatay, which borders Syria, the foreign ministry said.

In a second incident, the Turkish military said a MiG-29 fighter jet -- an aircraft used by both Russia and Syria -- had harassed two of its F-16s by locking its radar on to them on Sunday as they patrolled the border.

Speaking in a live interview on HaberTurk TV, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Moscow of escalating the Syrian crisis by entering the conflict.
#1: Since the Days of the Tsars, or in Turkey's case the Sultans.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-06 00:21 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russia hits '10 ISIS targets'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russian jets struck 10 ISIS targets in Syria Monday, the defense ministry said, as Moscow ramped up its aerial campaign with bombardments that for the first time targeted the Damascus area.

"Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 carried out 15 sorties from the Hmeimim airbase in the afternoon," the ministry said in a statement, adding that 10 facilities had been struck on the sixth day of Moscow's military intervention in Syria.

The raids notably destroyed an ISIS command center and communications hub in a mountainous area of Damascus province, the statement said.

They also destroyed ISIS command centers in the northern province of Aleppo, around 20 tanks and two ammunition depots in the eastern province of Homs, as well as 30 vehicles, including armored vehicles, in northwestern Idlib province.

Africa North: 85 dead migrants found washed up in Libya: Red Crescent
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The bodies of 85 migrants have been found washed up on the coast of Libya, a major departure point for the sea crossing to Europe, the Red Islamic Thingy said Monday.

Since Tuesday, volunteers have recovered dozens of bodies of migrants in an advanced stage of decomposition on beaches near the capital, front man Mohammed al-Misrati said.

They found 75 bodies around Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which 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...
and another 10 in Sabratah, 70 kilometers to the west, he said.

The Libyan coastguard said it had also rescued 212 migrants from two overloaded rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast.

"We were informed of the presence of two large zodiacs off the coast of Garabulli" 60 kilometers east of Tripoli, a coastguard officer told AFP.

He said that 22 women were among the rescued migrants, who were of different nationalities including many Senegal
... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees...
ese and Sudanese.
#1: "Return to sender"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-06 16:33 ||Comments

#2: I guess they don't get their money back.

It is too late for a no fly zone in Syria.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:39 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: NATO to Russia: Stop striking Syrian opposition
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...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
told Russia on Thursday to focus its military operations in Syria on Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) bully boyz as it condemned Russian violation of Turkish airspace earlier this year.

A statement said the incursions into Turkish airspace were an "extreme danger" and demanded that Moscow halt all attacks against the Syrian opposition and civilians.

"Allies strongly protest these violations of Turkish sovereign airspace and condemn these incursions into and violations of NATO airspace. Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior," NATO said in a statement

"Allies also note the extreme danger of such irresponsible behavior. They call on the Russian Federation to cease and desist, and immediately explain these violations."
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 00:21 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Woman sits at Hong Kong McDonalds for 24 hours, doesn't buy anything because she's dead
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[SCMP] Social welfare groups have raised concerns about the lack of support for people living on the fringes of society
#1: We need a picture of Leonard McCoy 'She's Dead, Jim!" for these stories, mods!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 01:21 ||Comments

#2: Thanks, mods!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 11:30 ||Comments

#3: "I'm a Doctor - not a fry cook!"
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-10-06 11:41 ||Comments

#4: "I'm going to die. But I'm not going to die over that fryer."
Posted by: Austin Leslie|| 2015-10-06 16:52 ||Comments

#5: Weekend at Bernie's?
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:53 ||Comments

Economy: Beef Isn't For Dinner Anymore as Americans Devour Cheaper Pork
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 27 Comments 619 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BLOOMBERG] Americans' love affair with beef is fizzling.
It's a matter of price per pound. A tasty tender cut of pork can be had for $3 to $3.50 a pound. A decent steak will run you $15 a pound. which is 4.28 to five times as much.
In the U.S., a country known for drive-thru burger joints and over-sized steaks, demand for the meat on a per-person basis is slumping to the lowest in more than four decades. With consumers bracing themselves for another slow patch in the economy, shoppers are increasingly choosing cheaper pork and chicken as alternatives.
A cow drops a calf a year. A sow has three litters in two years. A steer weighs about 1300 pounds at slaughter. A hog weighs 275 to 300 pounds, but sows are now spitting out litters of twelve, which makes 3300 pounds or so. The steer takes a year or better to slaughter, the piggies get to eat like hogs for five to six months. That's 2600 pounds of beef to market in two years, 9900 to 13,200 pounds of pork in the same period. That works out to 3.8 to five times as much poundage. (Anybody who actually raises the things can correct me if I'm wrong.)
"There's definitely been a slowdown in beef" purchases, said Derek Luszcz, the 42-year-old co-owner of Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
, a butcher shop that also sells deli meats and other groceries. "A lot of it is about the price. People have changed their diets to different things."
People used to eat Grade A beef. Then the consumer demanded USDA Choice, then Prime, and now Black Angus. I have no idea what the actual difference is among the grades except for price, which went up continuously.
Waning consumption drove cattle futures lower by 12 percent last quarter, the biggest slide since the depths of the global recession in 2008. Money managers are signaling they expect more declines, trimming their bullish holdings to the lowest in more than two years. At the same time, the speculators expect that hog futures will start to rebound, and increased their wagers on a rally for a fourth straight week.

Smaller Herds
Both beef and pork prices soared in 2014 after years of drought whittled the U.S. cattle herd down to a six-decade low, and a piglet-killing virus tightened hog supplies. While producers of both animals expanded to capture profits, pigs multiply far more rapidly. Pork output will be a record in 2015, while beef production is set to shrink from last year. Beef's premium to pork is more than 20 percent higher than the 10-year average, and as job growth slows, Americans are opting to buy the cheaper meat.

"We saw a definitive shift in consumer buying from beef to pork" in recent months, said Christopher Narayanan, the New York-based head of agricultural research at Societe Generale SA. "That's U.S. consumers being a little bit more choosy. They weren't as confident about spending too much money."

The net-long position in cattle slid 3.7 percent to 4,721 futures and options contracts in the week ended Sept. 29, the lowest since March 2013, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Hog wagers expanded 10 percent to 33,046 contracts, the highest since February.
#1: When 'all beef' guts, skin and tendons went to $7.65/lb for burger, this guy switched to pork steaks @$3.86/lb. Fresh free range, grass fed, unmedicated (wild) pork is less than that.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 00:36 ||Comments

#2: I saw some serious slabs of pork tenderloin at the supermarket for about $3.50 / lb today; by way of comparison, freaking beef ribs that were half bone ran $4.95 / lb. I'll be cooking much more pork myself starting next week.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 01:26 ||Comments

#3: This is an anti-Muslim plot, right?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-06 03:47 ||Comments

#4: Its a Hindu plot.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2015-10-06 05:01 ||Comments

#5: Testing. Testing
Posted by: Sgt. Mom|| 2015-10-06 09:10 ||Comments

#6: OK, I give up. I had a cogent point to make about pork historically being favored in the US until after the Civil War, when cheap beef became available ...
Posted by: Sgt. Mom|| 2015-10-06 09:13 ||Comments

#7: Meat Price Spreads
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:53 ||Comments

#8: The EPA made beef too expensive.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-06 11:53 ||Comments

#9: Venison, it's what's for dinner.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-06 11:54 ||Comments

#10: It seems animal husbandry is needed, some cows have twins, cultivate these.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2015-10-06 12:47 ||Comments

#11: Why Is Beef So Expensive This Year?

"Cattle need considerable amounts of space, food, and, perhaps most importantly, water—both to drink, and to grow all the food they eat. And, with the drought settling in for the long haul over the West, that water is getting harder and harder for U.S. ranchers to come by."
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 12:59 ||Comments

#12: Deer farms sound like they could be a moderately good idea. Most white-tailed deer mate in their second year, though some females occasionally mate as young as seven months. Mating occurs between October and December and females are pregnant for 6 and 1/2 months. In her first pregnancy, a female will usually only have one fawn, but after that she may give birth to 2 or 3. Fawns are able to walk at birth. They are nursed several times a day until they are 8 weeks old, after which they begin to add vegetation to their diet. Fawns are weaned by 10 weeks old. A mature deer weighs about 100 to 150 pounds.

I think that would make them breed at about the same rate as sheep, but easier to feed, since they eat wood, and a bit bigger. But they don't produce wool.

Posted by: Fred|| 2015-10-06 13:52 ||Comments

#13: They do produce leather, which would have PETA down on you.
Posted by: Fred|| 2015-10-06 13:54 ||Comments

#14: Fred, PETA is down on you just for eating meat.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2015-10-06 13:57 ||Comments

#15: We had a drought in the west a couple of years ago. Hay prices soared and herds were culled. The resulting rise in the price of beef was predicted. It will subside over time as herds are replenished.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2015-10-06 14:31 ||Comments

#16: Wetness in California is tied to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). When sea surface temperatures are anomalously cool in the interior North Pacific and warm along the Pacific Coast, and when sea level pressures are below average over the North Pacific, the PDO has a positive value. Positive PDO means wet in the southwest U.S. and northern Mexico. Negative PDO is tied to some of the worse droughts in California.

The PDO has switched back to positive values after a long negative spell so we shall see.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 14:59 ||Comments

#17: Sven, is there any way we can blame this on global warming? Or Bush. That's almost as good.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2015-10-06 15:10 ||Comments

#18: Naw, the PDO and its sibling the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) are just facts.

One of the false assumptions underlying the claim of man-made global warming is that the climate would be stable if only man wasn't around. What a bunch of bunk. The climate changes. There is no such thing as a geostasis.

In 2,000 years the current interglacial will end and it will be back to ice age. Maybe scientist can bring back the Woolly Mammoth by then.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 15:23 ||Comments

#19: "PETA is down on you just for eating meat."

#14 Rambler, I think PETA is down on you for just eating.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut|| 2015-10-06 15:30 ||Comments

#20: Rambler, I think PETA is down on you for just eating.

Beans and rice. I suppose for variety you can have rice and beans....
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 15:34 ||Comments

#21: I once had a friend who's wife was a vegetarian. Having the social graces of a bear, I proceeded to explain my belief in the philosophy of the social contract and therefore that eating meat was much more virtuous then eating vegetables.
She looked puzzled so I explained that the prohibition against murdering each other was due to a social contract. You respect my life and therefore I respect yours. (BTW, this is the justification for capital punishment). Every animal has killed something else in order to stay alive therefore my steak has forfeited its right to protection under the social contract.

Vegetables on the other hand take CO2 from the air and water and minerals from the earth and mix it with sunlight to live. They are the most virtuous creatures on earth and therefore we have to right to eat them.

My friend pulled me aside and asked me to stop pulling her leg or soon she wouldn't eat anything at all.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 15:48 ||Comments

#22: "we have to right to eat them" --> "we have no right to eat them"
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 15:51 ||Comments

#23: Some may consider it a bit extreme, but I follow the teachings of Brother Lesego Daniel.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 15:56 ||Comments

#24: Violates my rule; Never eat where cows go poo.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 16:15 ||Comments

#25: A seed, shit, disaster;
How came this to pass?
The herd pooed the pasture.
Sigh. "Keep off the Grass."
Posted by: Austin Leslie|| 2015-10-06 17:14 ||Comments

#26: :-)
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 17:30 ||Comments

#27: I like it when my food at one time had a face.....
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2015-10-06 18:22 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel accuses Hamas of settler deaths
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israeli security forces said Monday they had captured five alleged Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, fighters who carried out last week's killing of a Jewish settler couple in front of their young children.

The suspected attackers were enjugged
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
the day after Thursday's West Bank shooting, a joint police, army and Shin Bet statement said, adding that "the squad belonged to the Hamas movement in Nablus."

It said that an unspecified number of accomplices were also rounded up.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the security forces on their work and said Israel was using an "iron fist" to crush a rising wave of Paleostinian unrest.

"We are not prepared to give immunity to anybody, not to any rioter... or any terrorist, anywhere, and therefore there are no limits on the activities of the security forces," he said in a televised address, as he prepared to convene his security cabinet in special session.

Netanyahu is under pressure from right-wingers in his government coalition after four Israelis were killed in as many days and several others maimed, among them a two-year-old child.

Monday's statement, in Hebrew, said that the suspects had confessed to shooting dead Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naam in their car as their four children sat in the back.

"The detainees were taken to the Shin Bet for questioning and confessed to involvement in the attack in which the Henkins were murdered," it said.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS destroys ancient Palmyra Arch of Triumph
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] SIS has blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's head of antiquities said on Monday, as the gunnies press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site.

"We have received news from the site that the Arch of Triumph was destroyed yesterday (Sunday). ISIS bobby-trapped it several weeks ago," antiquities director Maamun Abdulkarim told AFP.

Irina Bokova said the U.N.'s scientific and cultural body would make every effort "to make sure that the perpetrators of the destruction are tried and punished."
UNESCO's director-general on Monday condemned the destruction saying "gunnies are terrified by history and culture."

Irina Bokova said the U.N.'s scientific and cultural body would make every effort "to make sure that the perpetrators of the destruction are tried and punished."

ISIS has carried out a sustained campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, and in mid-August beheaded the ancient city's 82-year-old former antiquities chief.

ISIS gunnies have already destroyed the shrine of Baal Shamin and the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, regarded as Palmyra's masterpiece, since overrunning the citadel in May.

The Arch of Triumph, situated at the entrance of the ancient ruins' historic colonnaded street, was an "icon of Palmyra," Abdulkarim said, warning that ISIS fighters have already laid explosives in other monuments.

"This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely," he said.
#1: "This is a systematic destruction of the city. They want to raze it completely"

And - horrors - they're doing it without a court ruling.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 11:33 ||Comments

#2: Islam was once described to me as Satan's answer to Christianity. Certainly ISIL is fitting that description. Hard to see any relation to God in what ISIL is doing.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:40 ||Comments

#3: Okay, I guess it's time to say it.

Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-10-06 18:07 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: China to Send Senior Official to North Korea
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[VOA News] China plans to send a bigwig to North Korea this week for commemorations of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, North Korea's state media said on Sunday.

Liu Yunshan, a leading member of the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, who is ranked fifth in the party hierarchy, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday.

Liu is expected to attend the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party on Saturday, October 10, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Liu would be the most senior Chinese official to visit North Korea since Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
took power in late 2011. The Chinese official is likely to meet with Kim, according to officials and analysts in Seoul.
#1: Wonder what he did?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-06 00:37 ||Comments

#2: "Did you guys bring any food?"
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-06 01:28 ||Comments

#3: Sounds like the NorKs have promised not to launch any missiles during the festivities.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-06 11:43 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Official: Multiple Bomb Blasts in Nigerian Capital, 15 Dead
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[NYTIMES] Several bombs in two locations of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 15 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said Saturday.

The kabooms Friday night were in Nyanya and Kuje, suburbs of Abuja, agency front man Sani Datti said in a statement. He said 13 people died in the blast in Kuje and two in Nyanya. At least 41 people were maimed, Datti said.

No group has grabbed credit but the attack is similar to others by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, Nigeria's home-grown Islamic murderous Moslem group. Boko Haram has largely been carrying out attacks in the country's northeast but has been extending its range to other cities.

Violence from Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has killed nearly 20,000 people and displaced 1.4 million from their homes. At least 1,000 people have been killed since President Muhammadu Buhari took office earlier this year with the promise of wiping out the bad boys.

Four jacket wallahs killed at least 10 people Thursday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the army said. No group grabbed credit but Nigerian security forces blamed Boko Haram, which is based in the area. At least 39 others were maimed in the attack in the Sareji neighborhood of Maiduguri, military front man Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said.

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Cargo Ship With Crew of 33 Sank in Storm in Caribbean
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[NYTIMES] The tropical storm had been newly christened Joaquin not long before the fat merchantman El Faro pulled out of the busy port in Jacksonville, Fla., last Tuesday, heading for San Juan, P.R. It was a familiar run for the old ship, ferrying goods on the 1,200-mile route, one it had made countless times.

For many experienced captains of large vessels, a tropical storm is cause for concern but not necessarily alarm. It is carefully monitored and meticulously charted. Tropical storms in the Caribbean are commonplace, and do not necessarily lead to canceled voyages, veteran captains said.

But by the time El Faro and its 33 crew members approached the Bahamas, the storm had turned treacherous far more quickly than initially forecast. It hurdled past hurricane categories 1, 2 and 3 until it settled at 4, a fearsome ball of wind, waves and rain, and then it sat patiently. By Thursday, El Faro was trapped in the crush of 50-foot seas and 120-knot winds. Listing 15 degrees, the ship, full of cargo containers and cars, was taking on water. The engine failed, making it impossible to steer the ship. Then, after a distress signal, all communication vanished.
#1: Son of Gazetteer author Horatio Gates Spafford and Elizabeth Clark Hewitt Spafford, he married Anna Larsen of Stavanger, Norway on September 5, 1861, in Chicago. The Spaffords were well known in 1860s Chicago. He was a prominent lawyer, a senior partner in a large and thriving law firm. He and his wife were also prominent supporters and close friends of evangelist Dwight L. Moody.

Spafford invested in real estate north of an expanding Chicago in the spring of 1871. When the Great Fire of Chicago reduced the city to ashes in October of that same year, it also destroyed most of Spafford's sizable investment.

Two years later, in 1873, Spafford decided his family should take a holiday somewhere in Europe, and chose England knowing that his friend D. L. Moody would be preaching there in the fall. He was delayed because of business, so he sent his family ahead: his wife and their four children, daughters eleven-year-old Tanetta, nine-year-old Elizabeth "Bessie", five-year-old Margaret Lee, and two-year-old Anna "Annie".

On November 22, 1873, while crossing the Atlantic on the steamship Ville du Havre, their ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel and 226 people lost their lives, including all four of Spafford's daughters. Anna Spafford survived the tragedy. Upon arriving in England, she sent a telegram to Spafford beginning "Saved alone." Spafford then sailed to England, going over the location of his daughters' deaths. According to Bertha Spafford Vester, a daughter born after the tragedy, Spafford wrote "It Is Well with My Soul" on this journey.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 03:43 ||Comments

Arabia: Saudi king receives Yemen's Hadi in Jeddah
Posted by Fred 10/06/2015  00:00 0 Comments 345 words Read the whole thing on page 2
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosquesand Lord of Most of the Arabians....
bin Abdulaziz on Monday received Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in Jeddah where they discussed the latest developments in the conflict-hit country.

King Salman congratulated Hadi on his return, along with his country's legitimate cabinet, to the city of Aden last month, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The king also reemphasized Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's full support for Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and its legitimate government, SPA added.

For his part, Hadi thanked the Saudi king "for standing by the side of the Yemeni people and their legitimate government," the agency said.

He also thanked the kingdom "for providing all forms of assistance and support for the achievement of Yemen's security and stability."

-Land of the Free: NRA as terrorist organization
Posted by badanov 10/06/2015  00:00 3 Comments 1174 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The writer is another hostile element preparing the battlefield, for when she and her fascist buddies set law enforcement onto gun owners to steal property nor rightfully theirs.
All these articles recently are -- as usual -- planned from on high. The liberals have figured out that they can't move gun control through Congress, the legislatures and the courts, and so they're now going to "change the culture." They've been talking about how to implement their campaign over in the liberal/progressive blogs, and now they're doing it. They'll keep doing it too, and so we'll have to keep countering them, step by step, argument by argument. Don't give them space to breathe.
One terrorist group is responsible for more civilian deaths since December 2012 (the Sandy Hook massacre) than Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas and the Taliban. Yet it is the only nearly-state sponsored terrorist group that is not listed by the U.S. State Department as such.

It is the National Rifle Association and for their unending lobbying that’s kept a lid on gun control we now have 428 times more American deaths by gun than deaths by foreign terrorists.
There's a difference between a political organization and a terrorist group. I think we have a pretty good handle on it here. The writer seems to have difficulty with basic concepts.
No? Between 2012 and 2015, according to University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, ISIS has murdered approximately 12,138 civilians, Boko Haram,10,092, the Taliban 9,427 and Hamas, 85.

In that time, Americans have murdered or spree killed via gun and assault rifle, 87,423 people in the United States.
An assault rifle is a gun. I doubt anything close to the majority of those 87,423 killers were NRA members.
In contrast, terrorism killed 28 Americans per year on both U.S. soil and abroad according to the Global Terrorism Database.
Aha. The tweak is American deaths. I bet the total deaths from terrorism is an order of magnitude greater that, at least.
Those murdered Americans killed by our own lunatic gun slingers include terrified children calling for their mothers, teachers begging for the lives of their students, students begging for not just their own lives but the lives of their classmates, moviegoers looking for escape, bystanders cheering for athletes, athletes trying to be the best they can be as the worst we ever could have imagined struck them down in cold blood.
Such an emotional appeal to a problem that is so easily remedied. If those people were so terrified of being shot, they should get armed and learn for themselves to protect themselves, and not depend on government dicta.
America is supposed to be 'the home of the brave.' But there is nothing brave about blasting away nine innocent people at a college.
On that we and 100 million gun owners agree.
Therefore the NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organizations, because its influence is more of an immediate threat to the lives of our citizens than foreign terrorists.
I understand you want to use the full power of the state to deal with your armed ideological enemies, but casting aspersions on a group of individuals who constantly use the phrase "law abiding citizen" is a bit much, don't you think?
How many NRA members have set off IEDs? Has any NRA member ever chopped anyone's head off? Blown up a train or an aircraft?
Although the NRA is not an officially state-sponsored organization it is the supporter of the state with its massive member and lobbyist donations to our elected officials.
So, the NRA isn't state sponsored, but it is sponsored by the NRA.
After the last no-vote on gun control, the British newspaper The Guardian did an analysis that showed 45 of the 48 senators who torpedoed gun control in Congress “have received money from firearms lobbyists.”
Shocking! Organizations using their cash and media to keep the terminally fascist from committing terminally stupid laws.
Organizations donating money to politicians who have similar political outlooks. Tut tut.
On Friday, even as the country’s collective heart was breaking again, faded pol and former-gun control advocate Rudy Giuliani, who will say anything to get on TV in a pathetic and dangerous attempt to be relevant (that ship has sailed, bub), went on “Fox & Friends” to rant about his now-support of guns, ranting that murderers don’t follow gun control laws.

No, but lax gun control laws put guns in those murderer’s hands.
Oregon has some of the strictest laws in the nation on allowing firearms transfers to individuals, just passed last spring. Even so, the shooter acquired a number of guns and proceeded to kill his ideological enemies, much in the same way your customers, the left, wish to do to gun owners.
On his visit, the Pope declared America to be the “Land of the free, home of the brave.” Really?
Sez so, right in the anthem.
How brave was it for a sexually frustrated, racist freak with six guns to shoot and kill eight students and a staffer at a college?
It took more balls than I have. That said, you must really be screwed up to want to kill so many people because of their religious views.
A culture that glorifies shooting people is more to blame than the guns the nutjobs use. The Columbine pinheads even dressed like their role models from The Matrix.
How brave was it for the sheriff there — a Sandy Hook non-believer — to write to the vice president of the United States after the Sandy Hook massacre to declare that neither he nor his deputies would enforce gun control restrictions if passed. They didn’t pass, so he didn’t have to. Now his citizens are dead and on Friday he presided over the victim’s family’s announcements. How does he sleep at night? How do we?
The sheriff was pointing out that as draconian as the laws of the nation and Oregon are, they do not work, because they can never work. America is the arsenal of democracy, and trying to change us into a pattern befitting a penal colony will never, can never work.
#1: The NRA hasn't chopped off any heads or hands or lynched anyone.

You can't say the same for the Democratic Party via their militant arms the Klu Klux Klan (and now, ironically, now the New Black Panthers).
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-10-06 00:37 ||Comments

#2: I noticed that the author spells her name in the same way as the East German cold war spook agency, i.d. Stasi.

Try as the left might, they will never be able to demonize the NRA to the level of a terrorist organization. If you ask people who they trust more right now, the NRA vs. whatever the hell you call what's going on in D.C., I wouldn't bet a sou or peso on this administration coming out on top.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-06 07:54 ||Comments

#3: This type of liberal crap only plays well in Seattle coffee houses or in DC think tanks. Preaching to the choir.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-06 10:29 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Intel Community Inspector General Letter on Clinton e-mails (UNCLAS)
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  00:00 4 Comments 50 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Attached is the unclassified (UNCLAS) cover letter. The actual Clinton e-mails have been removed. The distribution on the cover letter leaves little doubt regarding knowledge of the crime. Appears CIA and the National Geospacial Agency (NGA) were the original sources or originators of the data.
#1: The moment SI/TK made its appearance, if there is a God in Heaven someone should pay! If not, then I feel the Government has no right to interfere with my publishing material based on my knowledge of SI/TK that I have heretofore never disclosed.
Posted by: Beldar Sloque3832|| 2015-10-06 06:52 ||Comments

#2: I've never been good with gov't initials even when I worked there. What is SI/TK?

Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-06 07:32 ||Comments

#3: Sensitive-Information/Talent-Keyhole.

I can remember a time one did not even utter the UNCLAS codeword Talent-Keyhole outside a secure faciltiy.

Seriously, if nothing is done about this, our entire security apparatus is fok'd.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-06 07:38 ||Comments

#4: I've never been good with gov't initials even when I worked there. What is SI/TK?

Stuff so sensitive that nobody should discuss it here. Top Secret is rather low down on the security hierarchy.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-06 11:31 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Thomas Sowell Argues Income Inequality And Institutional Racism Aren't Really Problems
Posted by Besoeker 10/06/2015  00:00 3 Comments 1044 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Daily Caller] Legendary economist Thomas Sowell is as impressed with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton's ideas as he is with Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates' -- which is to say, not much.

Sowell, currently a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, is out with a new book, "Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective." Last week, he opened up about his new book and topics related to it in an interview on the "Hugh Hewitt Show," guest-hosted by this writer.

Asked about in-vogue author Ta-Nehisi Coates and his theory that black America's plight can be blamed on institutional racism, Sowell said, "It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry."

"What bothers me is that when he says things like that there is no need to produce one spec of evidence to back that up," he elaborated. "You simply make the assertion and it's repeated enough -- it's the old formula by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, that the people will believe any lie if it's big enough and told loud enough, often enough. And that's the basis of so many of these things that are said. Once you start getting into facts, then all of this stuff crumbles. But the problem is neither the media nor a good share of academia feel like testing these fashionable notions."
#1: Sowell is right. At this time, the country seems to be awash in Marxism, Communism and facisism. As Sowell said: "You simply make the assertion and it's repeated enough -- it's the old formula by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, that the people will believe any lie if it's big enough and told loud enough, often enough." Plus, you keep the economy in a deplorable state--never quite recovering. Obamacare has destroyed many full time jobs. The labor participation level really sucks. And then you have a lefty press trumpeting such nonsense as good and successful. The 4th estate has become the 5th column.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-06 07:45 ||Comments

#2: The only institutional racism in this country is Affirmative Action.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-06 12:25 ||Comments

#3: @Ebbang Uluque6305
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-06 12:58 ||Comments