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Home Front: Politix: Caddell: Establishment Fighting to ‘Hold Onto Power and Privilege ‐at All Costs!'
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  13:16 0 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Breitbart] Pat Caddell talked to Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow Thursday about election developments.

Caddell said, "One of the things we’ll see, and I’ll predict this now and why if Trump’s going to win he has to go to this higher ground, is, you’re going to see ... just how much the establishment order will fight to hold onto its power and privilege at all costs."

He continued, "It is going to be the most broad-based assault in every direction to try to keep [Trump] out of the White House. And so this is headed to Armageddon, if you will, politically."

"This is an election where the American people have bolted," asserted Caddell, adding:

They want control back of their government, and they are very anti-establishment and political class. That’s why you see such a united effort by the Democrats and Republicans in the establishment who are terrified that Trump represents the diminution of their power.

Economy: Financial Collapse Begins in Saudi Arabia
Posted by Raj 09/29/2016  12:48 3 Comments 170 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Contracting economy, falling currency, bank stocks diving - it's all there. Ima waiting for them to dump their US treasury bills & bonds, myself...
Following Obama's 9/11 bill veto defeat yesterday, and despite a surge in oil prices after a 'deal' was struck by OPEC, Saudi Arabia's markets are signaling panic in The Kingdom. Currency forwards are collapsing, default risk is jumping, and bank stocks are hitting record lows...

Mint's Bill Blain, in his Morning Porridge noted that last nights "surprise" OPEC agreement to agree to agree about talks on cutting oil production is fascinating. Not from the likelihood it may not ever happen, (the earliest we will know is the Vienna meeting in November), but what it tells us about how the sands are shifting around Saudi Arabia. Deliberate Saudi over-production caused the oil glut and was a policy designed to take out expensive US producers. Voodoo economics didn’t work ‐ US producers cut and adapted, and the rest of the world hasn’t played along.
#1: Sorry - here's the link.

Link fixed.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 12:52 ||Comments

#2: As the great old Hemingway quote goes: "How did you go bankrupt?"
"Gradually at first, then all at once..."
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 13:00 ||Comments

#3: Glad I just sold my house before the market collapses again.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2016-09-29 14:24 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Major Train Wreck In Hoboken, NJ
Posted by Grunter 09/29/2016  10:11 1 Comments 10 words Read the whole thing on page 3
#1: Born to run - into wall at train station.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 12:58 ||Comments

Europe: French Jews emigrating to Israel, US, Canada
Posted by Steve White 09/29/2016  09:30 2 Comments 448 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Excerpt from a longer piece.
PARIS -- Yael Haccoun and her family are Orthodox Jews from the working-class Paris suburb of Sarcelles, but they flew to Israel in late September to start a new life and escape the anti-Semitism around them.

“French people think that it’s natural when Jews are targeted” in terror attacks, said Haccoun, 33, as she waited with her husband and their three children here at the airport. "The fact that the army must protect Jewish schools and synagogues isn’t normal.”

She said her family watched in horror in July 2014 as a demonstration protesting Israel’s war with Hamas turned into an anti-Semitic rampage. Dozens of young men chanting “God is great” in Arabic and “death to the Jews” attacked Jewish-owned businesses with clubs and fire bombs.

The number of French Jews immigrating to Israel rose from 1,900 in 2011 to nearly 8,000 last year, said Jacques Canet, president of La Victoire, the great synagogue of Paris. He said the country’s 500,000 to 600,000 French Jews — the third largest Jewish population in the world — “feel threatened."

“Increasingly, Jews in Paris, Marseilles, Toulouse, Sarcelles feel they can’t safely wear a kippah (yarmulke, or skull cap) outside their homes or send their children to public schools, where Muslim children bully Jewish children,” Canet said.

A poll by the French Institute of Public Opinion in January showed 43% of France's Jewish Community are considering a move to Israel, and 51% said they have "been threatened" because they are Jewish.

Those with enough money have moved to more upscale areas within France or to Canada, England or the United States, Canet said. The wealthy, staunch Zionists and those who can’t afford to send their children to private Jewish schools go to Israel.

Moshe Sabbag, rabbi of La Victoire, believes “100%” of France’s Jews are thinking of moving, but that prospect is daunting. The majority of France’s Jews immigrated to France in the 1950s and 1960s from North African Muslim countries.

French Jews “love France, they love French culture, they want to stay,” Sabbag said just before leading Friday night services at the synagogue. “But Jews were targeted during huge demonstrations against the 2014 Gaza war. They were killed in Toulouse and Hypercacher,” he said, referring to the 2012 attack on a Jewish school that killed four people and the 2015 attack on a kosher Paris supermarket that left four dead. Muslim extremists carried out both attacks.

Although 2015 was a record year for French immigration to Israel, the numbers this year are lower. As of August 2016, 40% fewer Jews had arrived, compared to the same period last year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.
#1: Well, diversity is a big deal. Except when it isn't...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 11:01 ||Comments

#2: There is an entire neighborhood in Ramat Aviv which is "French": all the shop signs etc...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 11:13 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Cascade Mall shooter voted in US despite not being citizen
Posted by Steve White 09/29/2016  09:30 5 Comments 493 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status. Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.

Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen.
Details, details...
While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn't require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state's elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.
And if you can't believe a green card holder in Washington state, just who can you believe?
"We don’t have a provision in state law that allows us either county elections officials or the Secretary of State's office to verify someone’s citizenship," explained Secretary of State Kim Wyman. "So, we’re in this place where we want to make sure we’re maintaining people’s confidence in the elections and the integrity of the process, but also that we’re giving this individual, like we would any voter, his due process. We’re moving forward, and that investigation is really coming out of the investigation from the shootings."

The penalty for voting as a non U.S. citizen could result in five years of prison time or a $10,000, according to Secretary of State's Office.
That clearly slowed the man down...
"The penalties are very serious.
No, they're not...
That’s why we want to make sure we’re very measured, and this is why we want to make sure we’re very calm and purposeful in how we move forward," Wyman continued. "The stakes are very high on both sides. You want to keep the confidence level high, but you also want to protect the voting rights of everyone."

Wyman says while it's impossible to determine an exact number, she does not believe this case points to a larger issue.
"No, no, certainly not!"
"Our hands are kind of tied, but make no mistake, we want to make sure that everybody has confidence that people casting Democratic ballots are given a free pass eligible. This is certainly going to be a topic at next legislation."
#1: He's one of them thar "citizens of the world," like the prexident and our elites (Paul Ryan, George Soros, I'm looking at you) love so much...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 11:02 ||Comments

#2: Did they say which party he voted for? (just kidding)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 11:25 ||Comments

#3: Betcha he's still on the voter rolls today.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 11:59 ||Comments

#4: How many absentee ballots did he cast for this year's election?
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 12:11 ||Comments

#5: They'll probably let him vote from prison, if he lives.
And if he dies, somehow he will probably still vote this November!
Posted by: Grins Snese4215|| 2016-09-29 12:32 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Update to previous posting - FBI Director's Brother's Law Firm Does HRC's Taxes
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  07:21 5 Comments 262 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[TruthUnsensored] It appears that James Comey did not recommend federal charges against Hillary Clinton, in part because he is connected to the Clinton Foundation through the Swiss bank HSBC.

More than 200 republicans sent a letter demanding to know why he didn't recommend federal charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers. Clinton "clearly placed our nation's secrets in peril," the letter states. "No one is above the law, and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges."

According to Mini Planet, a review of FBI Director James Comey's professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader -- now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton -- is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships -- all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton -- reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.

These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey's former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner's board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.

Lockheed Martin

When President Obama nominated Comey to become FBI director in 2013, Comey promised the United States Senate that he would recuse himself on all cases involving former employers.

But Comey earned $6 million in one year alone from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin became a Clinton Foundation donor that very year.
#1: Of course, none of this was mentioned in yesterday's hearings where Comey testified before congress about the HRC emails.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-09-29 07:39 ||Comments

#2: Many of the right questions were asked in the hearing; however, the answers were disturbing. The FBI investigation was not an investigation but part of the cover up. At this point, about the only recourse is to let the perjury charge play out. It seems like this would play out after the election. Unfortunately, if Hillary gets elected her perjury charge will just get buried and go away. It's up to the voters to get rid of this dying, stinking fish and take out the garbage in the election.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:31 ||Comments

#3: ...who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.

I'm not entirely cool with a law firm preparing tax returns. In this case, I am!

If Trump wins, I'm writing him a letter asking to be the next IRS commissioner.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 12:22 ||Comments

#4: I think the only way you fix this is as soon as a person is employed in government at any level, all their family members must go into the dry cleaning business in the Bronx with Tony until you leave gummint employ. If Your family does not want to agree to this, they can vote to have you euthanized. Problem solved.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 12:51 ||Comments

#5: No starch!
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 13:02 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: India carries out surgical strikes targeting terror 'launch pads' across LoC
Posted by John Frum 09/29/2016  06:48 6 Comments 236 words Read the whole thing on page 1
India has carried out surgical strikes targeting “launch pads” for terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), the Army said on Thursday. The strike was carried out on Wednesday night, senior military and diplomatic sources said at a hurriedly called media briefing at the Ministry of External Affairs.

“Based on very specific and credible information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned itself along the line of control, the Army carried out surgical strikes last night at these launch pads. The operations were focused to ensure that these terrorists do not succeed in endangering lives of citizens in our country. During the counter-terrorist operations, significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who were trying to support them. The operations have since ceased,” Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh said.

He sought the support of the Pakistan Army in erasing the menace of terrorism. Pakistan has responded to the government statement saying there has been "no such strike."

“We do not have any plans to continue. However the Indian armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any contingency which may arise. I have spoken to Pakistani DGMO and expressed our concern. It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region but we cannot certainly allow terrorists to operate across the Line of Control with impunity and attack our citizens,” said the DGMO.
#1: Nearly 10 days after the Uri attack that claimed 18 jawans, India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists and 'those protecting them" and indicating a change of stand on the rules of engagement on the disputed line of control.

Indian DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced that Pakistan had been informed about the strikes and that India has no intention of continuing the operations but is ready for any reaction from the Pak side.

The response, first of its kind across the Pakistani border during peace time, was based on specific intelligence, claim reports.

Also Read: A detailed coverage of India's response to Pakistan

Here's what happened in 4 hours, according to reports:

1. Operation begins around 12.30 am on Wednesday. According to reports, paratroopers from Special Forces were involved.

2. The commandos were airdropped at the LoC, from where they crossed over to the Pakistani side.

3. According to sources, Indian commandos entered three kilometres across the Line of Control to conduct the 'surgical strikes'

4. The strikes were carried out in Bhimber, Hotspring, Kel & Lipa sectors, on Pak's side of LoC, according to reports.

5. The location was 500 meters-2 Km across LoC, sources said

6. 7 terror launch pads were destroyed during the surgical strike

7. 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers were killed in Indian Army surgical strikes, no Indian casualties. Those killed included terrorists, their guides and handlers

8. Helicopters were used. Mission, according to reports, ended at 4.30 am
Posted by: John Frum|| 2016-09-29 06:56 ||Comments

#2: John: What you have described in #1 is a classical vertical insertion/deep penetration against terrorists. Other similar efforts can be found in Operations Ivory Coast (Son Tay, Vietnam 21 Nov 1970), 'Thunderbolt' (Entebbe, 4 Jul 1976), and Reindeer (Cassinga, Angola 4 May 1978).

While operation Ivory Coast found and freed no POW's, an arse load of North Vietnamese died for their country. The success of Entebbe and Reindeer need no retelling.

These three operations had a few key things in common; bold courage and resolve, determination, and extreme violence. No efforts at 'nation building' were involved.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-09-29 07:19 ||Comments

#3: wow! w2hat a coincidence that Pak soldiers were killed at launch pads for terrorists. What a coincidence they were at the same locations?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 07:26 ||Comments

#4: Paki Frontier Corps forces perform a very similar logistical assist function for the Taliban along the Durand Line (Pak/Afghan Border). Rations are generally available at the Paki border outposts. Bunks however are somewhat limited.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-09-29 07:34 ||Comments

#5: Bunks however are somewhat limited.

They've to share?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 08:33 ||Comments

#6: They've to share?

And Lovin' It!
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2016-09-29 10:26 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Today's Idiot?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 09/29/2016  03:12 8 Comments 98 words Read the whole thing on page 3
h/t Instapundit
A mother who decided not to have her daughters vaccinated because she believed in anti-vaccine propaganda had a rude awakening when all three of her little girls fell ill with a nasty case of rotavirus, which causes acute stomach distress and is potentially fatal.

Kristen O'Meara told NBC News: "It was awful, and it didn't have to happen, because I could have had them vaccinated. I felt guilty. I felt really guilty." O'Meara and her husband also also caught the virus and the family was sick for weeks.
#1: Today's idiot?

I thought Obola had retired that award several years ago.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2016-09-29 07:48 ||Comments

#2: Well, consider the experience nature's way of vaccinating you. We can do this the easy way or hard way. You choose the latter.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:28 ||Comments

#3: Remember Niven & Pournelle's "Oath of Fealty"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 08:45 ||Comments

#4: I too thought Obola retired this award a few years ago along with the Noble Peach Prize and the Most Transparent and Honest Government in History" Award.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 08:48 ||Comments

#5: Some of those viruses have nasty side effects too.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2016-09-29 11:20 ||Comments

#6: There's no cure for stupidity, Kristen. Good luck.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 12:13 ||Comments

#7: From the article:

Her three children — all under the age of 7 — are now fully vaccinated, after an aggressive regimen to bring them up to date on recommended shots.

And she went on a television news show to tell her story -- a true teachable moment. I'd say she has learnt at least the direct lesson, about vaccinating and, because she talks about the importance of getting both sides of the story, it looks like she is aware of the meta-lesson about confirmation bias as well.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2016-09-29 13:55 ||Comments

#8: She's lucky it was "only" rota virus. It could have been something much worse,
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2016-09-29 14:04 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Pro-Assad Syrian pleads guilty in US to role in hacking
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  01:24 1 Comments 201 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[WashingtonTimes] A Syrian national pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for his role in a scheme that hacked computers and targeted perceived enemies of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
Peter Romar, 37, a refugee who was living in Germany when he was nabbed
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
earlier this year, pleaded guilty to charges that spell out a limited role as a member of a so-called Syrian Electronic Army that harassed Harvard University, Human Rights Watch
#1: Peter Romar not a Muslim.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:45 ||Comments

Europe: Five arrested over 'European Isil cell' that ran 'Islam in Spanish' Facebook page
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  01:24 2 Comments 818 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Telegraph] Spanish, German and Belgian authorities have incarcerated
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
five people suspected of forming an "active and dangerous" 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....
(Isil) cell and promoting Islamist militancy in the three countries, Spain's interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Four were Spanish and one was Moroccan, it said. Two were detained in Barcelona, one in Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, one in Brussels and one in Wuppertal, Germany.

Spanish police worked in conjunction with German and Belgium federal law enforcers in the arrests, the ministry said.

The group used social media, specifically a Facebook page "Islam en Español" (Islam in Spanish), which had over 32,000 followers, to glorify Isil and spread the message of the bully boy group that operates out of Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.

Operating almost exclusively in Spanish, they are accused of commissioning attacks, radicalisation, promoting Islamist militancy and acting as go-betweens for the group in Europe.

Since Spain raised its alert level to 4, the second highest, in 2015, its police have arrested 143 Islamist bully boys, with 113 in Spain and 30 outside of the country.

Some 34 people have been arrested this year in relation to Islamist militancy, according to government figures.

The Spanish interior ministry said the cell, made up of four Spaniards and one Moroccan, posed "a grave, concrete and continued threat to security in Europe".

The ministry said the cell directed its activities toward young Moslems of northwest African background.

Officials said 113 suspected pro-jihad activists have been arrested in Spain since 2015 while Spanish police had helped arrest 30 more in other countries.

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
's anti-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said the new arrests show just how much intelligence-sharing is improving.

"The security services and the law-enforcement agencies are sharing much more information than they were before," he said, on the sidelines of a conference on countering extremism by the Club de Madrid think tank in Brussels. "It's impressive to see the number of plots which have been foiled in recent weeks, the number of people who have been arrested."

In Germany, the state interior ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia released a statement saying police had detained a 20-year-old Spanish citizen with Moroccan ancestry who "allegedly spread videos with cruelties on social media mostly in Spain." It said police also confiscated hard drives, laptops and mobile phones.

US imposes sanctions on Italian rapper for fighting with ISIS

[Ynet] The B.O. regime has imposed sanctions on an Italian rapper who moved to Syria to join ISIS.

Anas el-Abboubi was added on Wednesday to the State Department's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The department says el-Abboubi -- who's known in Italia as Mc Khalif -- was taken into police custody in Italia in 2013 for plotting an attack in northern Italia and recruiting individuals for krazed killer activity in Syria. He was released after two weeks in jug and later fled to Syria.

The department says he's among about 50 imported muscle of Italian origin currently fighting in Syria.
#1: You know, people like this in Israeli prisons are considered political prisoners by the EU.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:41 ||Comments

#2: Isn't all crime in the EU political in some way now?
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 10:58 ||Comments

Europe: German police shoot dead knife-wielding Iraqi refugee
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  01:24 6 Comments 271 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AlAhram] German police rubbed out a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pak he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter, police said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Iraqi died after being hit by several police bullets late Tuesday in the asylum seekers' shelter in the central Berlin district of Moabit.

Police were called to the shelter after the 27-year-old Pak man allegedly sexually abused an eight-year-old girl in a nearby park, BZ daily reported.

When police detained the suspect and led him away in handcuffs, the girl's father lunged at him with a knife, yelling "you won't survive this," according to witnesses.

He was cut down by several police bullets and died hours later in hospital. The alleged sexual attacker remained uninjured. The girl and her mother were undergoing counselling.

Police did not immediately release the personal details of those involved.

An internal police enquiry was launched, a routine step after deadly shots have been fired, while the police union warned against condemning the officers involved.

"The officers had to prevent an act of vigilante justice and a situation that was life-threatening for them," said the union's Berlin chief Bodo Pfalzgraf.

He reiterated a union demand that police be equipped with electric stun guns, saying "police don't want to kill but are forced to if the government doesn't give them other operational means".

Germany last year took in one million asylum seekers, around half of them from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, housing them in hostels, sports gyms, army barracks and other facilities nationwide.
Posted by: Huperese Platypus6497|| 2016-09-29 06:44 ||Comments

#2: ...but, his hands were up.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:26 ||Comments

#3: Hard to blame him. Think the German political machine will prosecute and imprison him for more than a couple years at best?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 08:45 ||Comments

#4: MSALM!
Muslim Sexual Abusers Lives Matter!)
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2016-09-29 09:20 ||Comments

#5: I'd probably try to gut the guy who abused my daughter, too. But I'd be doing it slowly.

Just sayin'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2016-09-29 10:22 ||Comments

#6: Yeah, sounds like the wrong guy got killed.

Assaulting an 8 year old.

Heckuva job Merkel.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 14:38 ||Comments

Government: Refugees admitted without papers despite ‘significant' number tied to terror
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  01:13 3 Comments 188 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Wash Times] Refugees can be admitted to the U.S. without any corroborating documents or physical evidence, the chief of the immigration service told Congress on Wednesday -- though he insisted that's not the typical situation.

Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said a "significant" number of refugees have been implicated in terrorist plots over the past eight years but that the rejection of some 7 percent of Syrian applications proves his officers can spot danger signs.

"We've turned a lot of people down," he said.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, countered that it was striking that the department knew how many people it denied but couldn't determine how many refugees have been connected to terrorism. He read off the details of several cases, including a refugee from Iraq, living in Texas, arrested this year for plotting against the U.S.

"We keep seeing instances over and over again of refugees coming to America with an intention to engage in terrorism," Mr. Cruz said.
#1: "We've turned a lot of people down," he said.

"mostly Christians"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 08:52 ||Comments

#2: Refugees can be admitted to the U.S. without any corroborating documents or physical evidence, the chief of the immigration service told Congress on Wednesday -- though he insisted that's not the typical situation.

Yes, it is typical. The first 25,000 plus Iraqi refugees were drug into this country by the State Department without any vetting whatsoever. And now you tell us an average of 7% of your applicants have terror ties/intent.

Logic then dictates that 7% of that 25,000 had terror ties...1,750 of them. WTF? Did you go back and vet them and remove the trouble? Of course not...
Posted by: Tennessee|| 2016-09-29 10:53 ||Comments

#3: Similar
Mall shooter not a U.S. citizen – voted in 3 elections

I'm ill today but if it checks out could be a main post
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2016-09-29 12:30 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Dem Lawmaker Accuses GOP Colleagues Of Shilling For Trump ‐ While Wearing A HRC Campaign Pin!
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  01:02 1 Comments 60 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Daily Caller] Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson recently accused her Republican colleagues of "acting as an opposition research arm" for Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign.

Johnson, ironically, made her remarks while wearing a campaign pin for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which likely violates House rules against electioneering.
#1: Its all about power. No principles, no truth, no fairness or equality, just plain power.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 11:51 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Complaints that Hillary Clinton Lied Under Oath Are ‘Pending' at the FBI
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  00:41 6 Comments 87 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Breitbart] FBI director James Comey confirmed Wednesday that the FBI has received referrals to investigate Hillary Clinton for allegedly lying under oath to Trey Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi.

Comey made the admission at a U.S. House hearing, where he was grilled over his decision to not recommend indictment for Clinton in the private email server case. Breitbart News has reported on Comey’s financial links to the Clinton Foundation.

Comey said that complaints are "pending" but would not confirm the existence of an investigation.

#1: The complainers names and addresses will be taken for future treatment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 03:01 ||Comments

#2: Imho, all who were granted immunity were told just to sit tight and all would be well. If DJT wins the election, Zero will pardon the lot of them. If HRC wins, the cases will be dropped.

The perps will sail off into the sunset (no doubt with Clinton Foundation footings) never again having to work in a non-Progressive organization. They shall escape the scrutiny proles are required to put themselves through.

Maybe a posthumous (coloring?) book or two explaining how the American people got the shaft.
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2016-09-29 08:28 ||Comments

#3: "Pending?" Comey, don't you think that voters are entitled to know that Hillary lied under oath? If they happen to watch only the MSM dribble/spittle and propaganda, they would not get this information.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:16 ||Comments

#4: Can't we flip the table, and start at the stuff we know she told the truth on?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 09:35 ||Comments

#5: This is a victimless crime, except for the reputation of the FBI and the rule of law.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2016-09-29 10:48 ||Comments

#6: "Pending" as in will never see the outside of the round file.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2016-09-29 13:58 ||Comments

Down Under: Entire State Of South Australia Suffers Power Blackout
Posted by Raj 09/29/2016  00:24 4 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The reason - too much dependence on 'renewables', which also makes that region's electricity the most expensive. That is, when it's available.
[WattsUpWithThat] The entire state of South Australia suffered a complete power black out on Wednesday September 28 plugging it’s nearly 1.7 million residents, communities and businesses into darkness.

Loss of available power from transmissions lines feeding the region from other states coupled with South Australia’s ill-considered climate change energy policy of forced shutdown of the states operating coal plants to promote heavy use of renewable energy created this latest power debacle.

Last July the state barely averted energy black outs when reduced outside electrical energy supplies forced huge and costly purchases of needed power to restore electrical system reliability.(
Rest at link. Next up - California, home of cow flatulence regulation.
#1: Fortunately, here in Western Australia, we are not connected to the so called National Grid, which insulates us from this greenie nonsense.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2016-09-29 05:07 ||Comments

#2: 'Progress'
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:21 ||Comments

#3: Wonder how the 'sparky car' owners faired?
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2016-09-29 10:23 ||Comments

#4: This morning's top headline in all their newspapers: "Blow Harder, Mates!"
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 11:04 ||Comments

Good morning
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#1: Texas fan?
Is the pill bottle in her left hand?
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-09-29 01:41 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei Forbids Ahmadinejad to Run for President
Posted by Pappy 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 268 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Wire] Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has “explicitly forbidden” former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from putting himself forward as a candidate in Iran’s 2017 presidential election. Despite not having any constitutional remit to intervene in elections, Khamenei’s announcement has injected new emotion and drama into Iran’s already divided political arena.

Although media reports around the globe had speculated about Khamenei’s displeasure over the last 10 days, the supreme leader only publicly announced his objections on Monday, September 26 — though he stopped short of mentioning Ahmadinejad directly. The announcement surprised many in Iran, who assumed the leader would not choose to be so open about his views.

“It is true that someone – a gentleman – had come to see me,” Khamenei said in his speech. “I said to him that he should not participate in [the election] because of his own interests and in the interests of the country. I did not tell him he should not participate. Rather, I told him I do not think it would be a wise course of action."

Khamenei went on to say that, bearing in mind the general mood in Iran at the moment, he believed the “gentleman’s participation” in the forthcoming election would polarize the country.

But Khamenei also knows from experience that Ahmadinejad is likely to defy him, ignoring any hints or even a confidential message from the supreme leader. Now Khamenei has made his views clear again. He has forced Ahmadinejad to go home and stay there until he says otherwise. If Ahmadinejad dares to defy him again, it could spell the end of his political life.
#1: "A president of Iran must be 150 cm at least."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 03:15 ||Comments

#2: ...maybe he should demand a stool for the podium.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 11:56 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: King of Jordan: 'U.S. thinks it knows Middle East better than us'
Posted by Pappy 09/29/2016  00:00 6 Comments 2377 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[SputnikNews] The US thinks it understands the Middle East better than those who live in the region and this is a major flaw in the West’s fight against terrorism, the King of Jordan said in a rare criticism of Western policy.

Speaking to US broadcaster CBS, King Abdullah II said the world powers needed to take a "global perspective" when fighting Islamic extremism and terrorism, particularly given the troubles in the Middle East.

"The ethnic makeup of the region is pretty glaringly obvious for us that live in the region, that advisers and think tanks in the West seem to know us better than we supposedly know ourselves," he said.

He also said that the complex geopolitical situation was hindering the fight against Daesh — also known as ISIL — and other jihadist groups.

"I think the problem with the West is they see a border between Syria and Iraq. Daesh does not — and this has been a frustration, I think, for a few of us in this area with our western coalition partners, for several years. You know, the lawyers get into the act and say, 'but there's an international border.' And we say, 'for God's sake, Isis [Daesh] doesn't work that way,'" he said.

While Jordan is part of the US-led international coalition's fight against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, King Abdullah called for more effort to be put into fighting the group in Libya, which he predicted would become Daesh's stronghold.

"And so are we going to wait to get our act together to concentrate on Libya? And then, you know, do we wait a year or two to start helping the Africans deal with Boko Haram or al Shabaab?" he said.

Despite being an ally of the West, the intervention from Jordan's king follows similar comments at last week's UN General Assembly, which comes at a time of increased tension in the country.

While Jordan has largely escaped the violence experienced in Syria and Iraq, Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, made significant gains in last week's parliamentary elections, while an increase in religiously motivated attacks in recent months has led to fears that extremism is growing in the country.
#1: I have been very clear: The Moslem Brotherhood Nazi's are NEVER an answer. Stop electing them. They will not serve you.
Posted by: newc|| 2016-09-29 01:19 ||Comments

#2: For decades the Jordan royal family has played footsie with the Muslim Brotherhood. Recently the Jordan chapter split with the meaner Ikhwan going underground and the paid-off Ikhwan lickspittle following the King. Expect kabooms ahead.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262|| 2016-09-29 08:00 ||Comments

#3: Join the club Kingy, the Beltway thinks it knows America better than us too.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:34 ||Comments

#4: So Jordan has agreed to fix the Middle East! Outstanding. Let us know how that turns out.
Posted by: Matt|| 2016-09-29 09:52 ||Comments

#5: IMO, one of the biggest mistakes Israel made is helping Hashemiis in 1970 instead of helping Paleos to win and moving the ones in Judea & Samaria across the river.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 11:04 ||Comments

#6: Washington does not even know the Midwest
Posted by: Airandee|| 2016-09-29 11:58 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Should we rethink Kashmir?
Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 1 Comments 205 words Read the whole thing on page 4
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
has perhaps done all that he could to draw the international community’s attention to the Kashmiri people’s ordeal. He and members of his large entourage spoke of India-held Kashmire to whoever they met in New York.

By all accounts offered by our media services, the Kashmire mission, carried out with unusual vigour, went off well -- this despite a slight slip while drafting the blurb on the meeting with US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
#1: That song is too long, and it doesn't really go anywhere. I'm not sure what I ever saw in it.
Posted by: Crusader|| 2016-09-29 11:26 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF, Shin Bet and cops arrest dozens of Palestinians in raids
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 809 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] Nearly 70 people detained for selling illegal weapons, rock throwing and criminal activity in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Over the past few nights, Israeli security forces have jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
dozens of Paleostinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the majority for rock throwing and taking part in riots, but some for the production and distribution of illegal weapons, officials said.

In total, police arrested 39 people in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp; the Israel Defense Forces picked up 25 Paleostinians in early-morning raids on Tuesday and Wednesday; and Shin Bet security service agents arrested five men this week, the agency revealed Tuesday.

The five suspects picked up by the Shin Bet were part of a larger effort by Israel’s security forces to crack down on the manufacturing and sale of illicit weapons, the service said.

The five men are residents of Hebron and Yattir, a small village within Israel. During the arrest raids, the suspects "surrendered a variety of weapons, including homemade guns, M-16 assault rifle components, a large amount of ammunition, a pipe bomb and knives," the Shin Bet said.

A drill press, believed to have been used to create guns, was also confiscated, along with NIS 150,000 ($40,000) in cash that was allegedly earned in weapons sales, the agency said Tuesday.

man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
there was "no direct connection" between the weapons found or the alleged gun dealers arrested and any recent terror attacks, the Shin Bet told The Times of Israel.

In a separate raid early Wednesday morning, the army shut down a workshop in Hebron that was also believed to have been used to create illicit guns, the IDF said in a statement.

Over the past few months, the IDF, Shin Bet and police have been increasingly working on the issue of illegal guns, both the local manufacture of Carlo-style firearms, which are somewhat based on the design of the Carl Gustav submachine guns, and the trade of commercially produced pistols and rifles, officials have said.

In addition to the gun raids, the IDF also arrested six alleged members of Paleostinian terrorist groups on Tuesday and Wednesday, five of them from Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and one from the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, the army said.

The remaining 19 people arrested were picked up for taking part in violent protests against security forces and so-called "popular terrorism," a term that usually refers to throwing rocks, glass bottles full of paint or Molotov cocktails, the IDF said.

The largest number of arrestees over the past few days has come from East Jerusalem, where police arrested 39 residents for a variety of alleged crimes, including connections to terror and criminal activity, police said.

There too police found "improvised weapons, different types of ammunition, marbles [for slingshots], gun sights, gun components, bulletproof vests, pyrotechnic equipment, knives, burglary tools and incitement materials," a spokesperson said.

"The police are investing large amounts of resources to prevent the proliferation and creation of improvised weapons in order to preserve the safety of residents, with an emphasis on preventing stray bullets from spilling over to the northern neighborhoods of the city," police said.

Last week, the IDF and police also arrested some 46 Paleostinians on similar charges.

Security officials fear the upcoming Jewish holidays and the recently ended Moslem holiday of Eid al-Adha could be behind recently raised tensions in the capital and in the West Bank.

The holiday and the month of September "are always more susceptible to spikes in violent Paleostinian activities," a military official, speaking anonymously, said earlier this month. "The motivation and inspiration to carry out attacks against Israelis remains strong."

The Grand Turk: Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 652 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AlAhram] A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.

Ankara has long been under pressure from its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
allies to seal off the border with 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....
-controlled territory in Syria and is also concerned by the presence of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which controls most of its Syrian border.

Construction on a border wall to combat smuggling and illegal migration started as early as 2014 even as Turkey maintained an open-border policy that has seen nearly 3 million Syrians seek refuge in the country.

"Construction will be completed within five months," the official told Rooters, declining to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media. He said winter conditions would be a challenge to the timetable, however.

Turkey last month launched an operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" in alliance with Syrian rebels to drive Islamic State Death Eaters away from the border area and stop the YPG's advance.

Turkey regards the YPG as closely tied to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eaters fighting an insurgency in southeast Turkey and deems both as terrorist organizations.

The United States, meanwhile, sees the YPG as an ally in its operations targeting Islamic State -- a source of tensions between Ankara and Washington.

Like US-Mexico Border
A 200-km (125-mile) stretch of the wall has already been completed and state housing developer TOKI will build the rest, the official said. He likened the project to border walls in other countries, such as the one between parts of Mexico and the United States.

The official declined to give an estimate for the cost of construction. But the mass circulation Hurriyet newspaper said that including a road for military patrols planned alongside it, the wall was expected to cost 2 billion lira ($672 million).

Made up of seven-tonne portable blocks topped with razor wire, the wall will be three metres (10 feet) high and two metres (6.5 feet) wide. The official said private companies would be hired once construction tenders were completed.

Hurriyet cited the head of TOKI as saying that 200-250 concrete blocks were currently being produced daily at five work sites, and that the latest construction work had begun around 20 days ago.

New watchtowers on roads patrolled by armoured vehicles have already been erected along the border this year as part of increased security measures.
#1: ...such as the one between parts of Mexico and the United States.

We have a wall? That's news to me.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 00:07 ||Comments

#2: San Ysidro area, near San Diego.

The rest of the border, not so much.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-09-29 08:27 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turkey security council to recommend extending state of emergency
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[YAHOO] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's National Security Council will propose extending the state of emergency introduced after the failed coup in July, it said on Wednesday, a move expected since President Tayyip Erdogan floated the idea.

Erdogan announced the three-month state of emergency on July 20, saying it would enable authorities to take swift action against those responsible for the putsch, in which a group of rogue soldiers tried to topple the government and killed at least 240 people.

"To take precautions to protect the rights and freedoms of our citizens, our democracy and the principle of the rule of law, it was decided that an extension of the state of emergency should be proposed," the security council said in a statement.

It gave no details on the duration of the proposed extension.

Erdogan had said there would be no obstacle to prolonging the state of emergency beyond the initial three-month period.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Al-Qaeda, the Turkestan Islamic Party, and the Bishkek Chinese Embassy Bombing
Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 870 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[THEDIPLOMAT] The August 30 bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek was perpetrated by a member of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), also known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The terrorist attack was directly related to a call to Uyghur bully boyz by al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri
... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area assuming he's not dead like Mullah Omar. He lost major face when he ordered the nascent Islamic State to cease and desist and merge with the orthodx al-Qaeda spring, al-Nusra...
on July 2, 2016.

In his address, Zawahiri urged Uyghur Islamists to "have patience" in dealing with "atheist Chinese invaders" in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, and "strengthen the fire of jihad" against the Beijing authorities in "Dar al-Kufr" (land of disbelief, a term for lands where Islamic law is not applied). Dar al-Kufr for Uyghur Islamists means not only the Chinese state and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, but also its neighboring Central Asian states, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

There are about 10 million Uyghurs in Xinjiang, 250,000 in Kazakhstan, and more than 50,000 in Kyrgyzstan. Chinese authorities have carried out a deliberate policy of Uyghur assimilation primarily through mass migration of ethnic Han Chinese to Xinjiang. Uyghur nationalists oppose the demographic, ethnic and religious policies of the Chinese government. Periodically jihadists of the Turkestan Islamic Party organize terrorist attacks in the region.

On August 30, 2016 a suicide kaboom was carried out at the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek. The bomber rammed the gates of the embassy with a car, then detonated a bomb. The attack injured several members of the embassy staff and caused extensive damage to the embassy building and grounds. On September 7, 2016 the State Committee of National Security of Kyrgyzstan reported that some of the organizers of the attack were tossed into the calaboose while others were declared wanted.

According to intelligence agencies, members of Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
financed the attack on the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek through a local cell leader in Kyrgyzstan. The attacker, who carried a passport with the name Zoir Khalilov, was a 32-year-old ethnic Uyghur who was a member of the Turkestan Islamic Party.

Two weeks before the kaboom in Bishkek, The Diplomat published an article in which I discussed the revitalization of TIP’s propaganda schemes and terrorist activities. The Bishkek attack underscores these efforts. China and the governments of Central Asia should note that the TIP has become one of the key players in global Islamic jihad and can organize a terrorist act outside of China. In other words, the law enforcement agencies of Central Asia must keep their eyes open.

Kyrgyz authorities failed to prevent the attack, indicating a low level of intelligence work and lack of training. Instead of fighting the external enemy, jihadists in Central Asia and the Middle East, the Kyrgyz state is engaged in the persecution and repression of domestic political opposition. In May 2016 security forces tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
leaders of the National Opposition Movement of Kyrgyzstan Bektur Asanov and Kubanych Kadyrov, as well as opposition People’s Parliament leaders Bekbolot Talgarbekova, Marat Sultanov, and Torobay Kolubayev, accusing them of attempting a coup d’etat. The arrested opposition politicians had harshly criticized the government and demanded the resignation of President Almazbek Atambayev. The trial of the opposition leaders were held behind closed doors and they are all now kept in detention centers without being given proper legal protection.

Africa Horn: Sh2 million bounty for widow of slain Al Qaeda operative
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[Standard Digital (Kenya)] Police have offered a reward of Sh2 million for information that may lead to the arrest of a widow wanted over terror probe.

Detectives are looking for Fatuma Mohammed Masuo who is widow to late Kasim Omollo an al-Qaeda operative who was killed in 2013.

"She is on the run and is wanted for hiding slain terror suspect Ismael Mohammed Shosi," read a police poster with a Sh2 million bounty on her that also indicated she is armed and dangerous.

She was not home when the raid took place and police are appealing to the public to provide information that will lead to her arrest.

Shosi was killed on Tuesday in Kisauni, Mombasa in an armed confrontation with Anti-Terrorism Police (ATPU).

Police also recovered a Police G-3 rifle, 188 rounds of ammunition for both 9mm Pistol and G-3 rifle, a training manual on how to defeat intelligence, two mobile phones and identification cards belonging to multiple individuals.

Africa North: Egypt sentences 40 suspected ISIS members to life in prison
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 214 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] An Egyptian court has sentenced 40 people to life in prison over alleged ties to ISIS and for helping recruit youth to join the holy warriors in Syria and Iraq.

The Criminal Court of Zagazig issued its verdict on Wednesday against the alleged krazed killers, who were also convicted of plotting attacks against the police and Christians. Twenty of the suspects were sentenced in absentia.

Prosecutors say the group's alleged ringleaders were locked away
You have the right to remain silent...
at Cairo international airport on their way to Syria through The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, and later gave detailed confessions.
#1: It was said that in the mid-nineteen nineties, when the CIA helped roll-up an important Al Qaeda cell in Albania, the terrorists gave up important information when they learned they were to be transfered to Egypt for interrogation. The Egyptian Mukhabarat has a fearsome reputation -- both then and now
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262|| 2016-09-29 08:14 ||Comments

#2: An Albanian Special Forces company operated south of Kandahar, AFG. While patrol reports were spotty, contact engagements were particularly bloody and decisive. The Albanian company lost no one as I recall. Note the DShK mounted atop the MRAP.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-09-29 08:25 ||Comments

Africa North: Egypt arrests 23 accused of migrant trafficking on Wednesday
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It's not just Libya. The colonists are lining up in Egypt to make the crossing, too
. [AlAhram] Egyptian police have jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
23 people allegedly involved in migrant smuggling activities by sea and land in three different governorates, two separate statements by the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

According an early morning statement, Alexandria's security directorate arrested 11 people who allegedly specialised in luring youth seeking work in Europe into illegal migration over sea by vessels unsafe for the transportation of humans.

The ministry said it arrested two men in Menoufiya and Daqahliya governorates reportedly involved in similar illegal migration activities on the Mediterranean.

Earlier on Wednesday, Egyptian authorities arrested nine alleged migrant smugglers in the northern governorate of Beheira close to where a migrant boat sunk last week, killing more than 200 people, state news agency MENA reported.

Police said they were tipped off that the men were planning to illegally transport migrants colonists of several nationalities to Italia.

The men were arrested on Tuesday in the Beheira towns of Rosetta and Edko and are being interrogated by prosecutors.

The boat that capsized last Wednesday off the Mediterranean coast near Rosetta left 202 at least people dead and rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least 169 people.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday it believed at least 450 people, including Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrea run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
n and Somali migrants colonists were aboard the ship and that about 300 perished in the accident.

Five crew members have been arrested over the incident.

More than 300,000 migrants colonists ‐ many of whom looking to reach Europe from the African coast to escape political turmoil and economic hardship ‐ have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year from various points of departure, the UN said this week.

More than 10,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Europe since 2014, according to the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...

Africa North: Three police officers, 1 civilian killed in militant attack in Al Arish
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[AlAhram] Three coppers and a taxi driver were killed in a krazed killer attack on their car in North Sinai's Al Arish on Wednesday morning, al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Security sources told Al Ahram website that holy warriors ambushed the taxi of the three officers.

The bodies were transferred to Al Arish military hospital.

The Grand Turk: Turkey jails 32,000 in coup probe as mass trials loom
Posted by trailing wife 09/29/2016  00:00 1 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
said Wednesday that courts have placed 32,000 suspects under arrest on charges of links to a group run by the US-based preacher blamed for July's failed coup, as the country braces for the most extensive trials in its history.

Turkish media reports say the authorities plan to build 174 new prisons over the next five years, which would increase the country's current prison capacity of less than 200,000 by another 100,000.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told NTV television that 70,000 people had been investigated after the attempted putsch on July 15, 32,000 of them remanded in jug.
#1: A lot of turks are still buying Erdogon's conspiracy nonsense.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2016-09-29 05:40 ||Comments

Afghanistan: ISIS Überstürmbannführers among 18 killed in East of Afghanistan
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least 18 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 were killed in an Arclight airstrike 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 provincial police commandment said Wednesday that a commander of the terror group and a shadow judge were among those killed.

According to the provincial police commandment, the commander of the terror group has been identified as Qari Hamza while the shadow judge was identified as Mohammad Khan.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out in the early hours of Wednesday morning targeting the gunnies of the terror group in Shedal area of Achin district.

It is yet not clear if the Arclight airstrike was carried out by the US forces or the Afghan Air Force.

The loyalists of the terror group have not commented regarding the report so far.

The latest Arclight airstrike comes as reports have emerged from the area suggesting that the loyalists of the terror group have started regaining control of the areas lost to the Afghan forces.

Afghanistan: Taliban recruiting children as soldiers in their ranks: Ghor officials
Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 4 Comments 427 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Taliban hard boy group and other irresponsible hard boy groups are recruiting children as soldiers in their ranks, local officials in Ghor province said.

Zabiulalh Jawad, the provincial Independent Human Rights Chief, has told RFERL that they have credible evidences and documents to prove that Taliban are recruiting children to fight for the group.

Provincial governor’s front man, Abdulhai Khatebi confirmed the remarks by the Independent Human Rights Commission, saying the group is actively recruiting childre in the ares under their control.

The recruitment of children as soldiers is not in Afghanistan specifically by hard boy groups formed to fight the Afghan government.

Earlier reports emerged from the 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 suggesting that 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 are forcing the children and young men in the districts under their control to fight for the group.

The group is also accused of forcing the young women and girls to marriage in a bid to match the atrocities committed by the main group in Syria and Iraq.

#1: That are hurting so bad they need to enlist the kiddies? I know that makes for a efficient and ( did I mention a real combat effective solution ) sort of trooper. How would you like to command a squad of highly motivated 12 year olds? Combat tends to sort people out pretty fast.

Sort you out ...and a few of your friends as well. Like in dead...

Then what have you got? And where do you go?
Posted by: Elmonter Scourge of the Antelope2671|| 2016-09-29 05:00 ||Comments

#2: Hemingway, it's called "establishing an ideological seed crop." Go ahead and look up the word. I'll wait. The commies used it in a lot of places. Africa for one. The Western ones use the school system to indoctrinate the kiddies and fill the ranks. Much more humane, doncha think?

And they're up against the Afghan army as well. There's a vaunted opponent.

More likely the kiddies are date-night fodder, cheap labor, scouts and walking bombs - in that order.

But you thought of all that. Right, Hemingway?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-09-29 08:21 ||Comments

#3: The images of old men and children marching to face the Red Army in Berlin come to mind.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:33 ||Comments

#4: If it was the Afghan National Army doing the recruiting, that would be an accurate analogy.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-09-29 13:00 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Karzai under fire for supportive remarks towards Taliban group
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The former Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
being under criticims is not new specifically for his stance against the Taliban group but the objections have been on the rise during the recent days for his latest interview where he said the group can have control of the parts of the country similar as other Afghans.

The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
sharply cricitized Karzai for his remarks and emphasized that the former President should respond to the nation for his remarks.

The majority of the Afghan people have long been criticizing Karzai for calling the Taliban group as ’brothers’ despite the group is accused of the majority of civilian casualties in the country.

Questioning Karzai’s remarks which he delivered during an interview with BBc Afghanistan service, Abdullah said the 13 years of presidency of Karzai was also not legitimate.

Abdullah made the remarks to respond to Karzai’s criticism of the ongoing fight against insurgency where he said the use of force against the Taliban group is not legitimate.

In his interview with BBC, Karzaid said he had banned the US forces to carry out Arclight airstrikes, insisting that only Afghans were killed in such raids under different names, pointing towards Taliban.

The US forces in Afghanistan resumed Arclight airstrikes and support to the Afghan forces earlier this year amid deteriorating security situation in the country led by the Taliban group.

The government of national unity also allowed the Afghan forces to use heavy weaponry against the Taliban group including the use of artillery which was banned during the Karzai administration.

India-Pakistan: Police fail to produce record in girl burning case
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[DAWN] ABBOTTABAD: Police failed to produce record in the ’Makool girl burning case’ before an anti-terrorism court here on Wednesday.

Next date for hearing in the case will be fixed by the court order. Police had tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
14 persons on May 5, 2016 for their alleged involvement in burning of the girl. The arrested persons were sent on judicial remand by the court on June 3, 2016 after remaining in police custody under physical remand for at least two months.

On April 27, 2016, a girl identified as Ambreen was burnt by some unidentified persons in Makool village in Galiyat. The incident was reported by national and international media. Different NGOs, human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
organizations, standing committee of National Assembly, prime minister and chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
had taken notice of the incident.

Police arrested 14 persons and the case was put before an anti-terrorism court after the issue was highlighted by media. Sixteen police officials including DPO Khurram Rasheed were given awards at a special function on May 16 after the arrests were made.

Addressing the function, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar had "owned" the case, saying he would appear before court on each hearing. However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
he showed up just once on June 3 with a team of lawyers and members of PTI legal wing. The court took for hearing the case at least six times but no body from provincial government or Asad Qaiser showed up.

Next date for hearing to be fixed by court order
Earlier, the case was investigated by Counter-Terrorism Department but later it was taken over by Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
police. No headway has been made in the case till date. An application has also been submitted in Supreme Court by one of arrested persons against police torture.

Atif Ali Khan Jadoon, the counsel for the arrested persons, alleged that police were using delaying tactics as no medical report of the forensic tests was provided to them.

ATC Judge Masood Ahmed Khan during the previous hearing showed displeasure over the slow progress by police in the case.

India-Pakistan: Constable guarding imambargah shot dead
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[DAWN] KOHAT: Unknown motorcyclists rubbed out a constable standing guard at an imambargah in Bannu Bazaar here on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said two men on a cycle of violence came to Imambargah
...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
Rizwaya, one of them disembarked and came to the constable and started talking with him. Then suddenly, he pulled a pistol and fired three shots, one of which hit the cop’s temple, killing him on the spot. The slain was identified as Raza Ali.

The shopkeepers, who knew the constable, said that he had an enmity and that he was killed by his rivals. But it could not be confirmed independently.

As the incident took place at about 11am, it caused fear among the businessmen because the area is among the most sensitive localities of the district. They said a second guard was standing on roof of the Imambargah but he did not retaliate to stop the attackers, apparently because there was big rush of people in the bazaar at the time of the incident.

India-Pakistan: Petition seeking case against Maulana Aziz dismissed
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[DAWN] The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking the registration of a criminal case against Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...
holy man Maulana Abdul Aziz
...nutball holy man who runs the Lal Masjid in the heart of Pakistain's capital. After instigating a rebellion against the state in 2007, he was caught trying to sneak away dressed in a burka. He rejects democracy as un-Islamic, which it probably is...
, as the federal government has said it is a "case of no evidence".

The petition was filed by a representative of the civil society, Mohammad Jibran Nasir, in which he sought directions for the Islamabad police to register an FIR against Mr Aziz, his wife and the students of Jamia Hafsa
... the Islamic nunnery maintained by Lal Masjid....
for allegedly pledging allegiance to ISIS.

In his petition, Mr Nasir has said that students of Jamia Hafsa released a video on social media in which they invited ISIS to intervene in Pakistain and to kill soldiers and civilians, chop off their hands, behead them and tear apart their bodies to avenge the killing of the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now sometimes referred to as Mister Bones...
and the Lal Masjid operation.

The petitioner said Maulana Aziz’s name was included in the list of proscribed persons in the Anti-Terrorism Act’s Fourth Schedule and that his wife and students had earlier taken up arms against the state which had resulted in the Lal Masjid operation of 2007.

A report filed by the interior ministry in the IHC said that claims of the suspects ‐ female students of religious institutions and their teachers - waging war against Pakistain needs to be backed by evidence that can stand the test of scrutiny.

IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
dismissed the petition saying that since the federal government and the Islamabad police did not recommend the registration of an FIR, they could not be directed for the same.

India-Pakistan: Rally against war hysteria
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[DAWN] The Pakistain Civil Society Forum, Joint Action Committee for People’s Rights and Rawadari Tehrik jointly organised a peace rally outside the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday, condemning lingering threats of Pak-India war.

The aim of the rally was to inform both the governments that the citizens hated and rejected war between the two countries, says a blurb issued here.

It said representatives from civil society organizations and journalists took part in the rally, carrying placards demanding peace. "We don’t want war, we want peace dialogue between Pakistain and India," "We don’t want atom bombs, we want bread," read some of the placards.

The participants emphasised that Pakistain and India should resolve their issues through dialogue because war would create more problems. And if they were so desirous of warfare, they should fight only against poverty.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Mr Mohammad Tahseen, convener of Pakistain Civil Society Forum, Mr Hussain Naqi from Human Rights Commission of Pakistain and Mr Samson Salamat from Rawadari Tehrik.

India-Pakistan: US, China urge Pakistan, India to solve differences over Kashmir
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[DAWN] China and United States on Wednesday called on Pakistain and India to solve their differences over Kashmire, as tensions mount between the nuclear-armed neighbours after an attack killed 18 Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region.

China "hopes that Pakistain and India will strengthen channels for dialogue, appropriately handle any differences, improve bilateral relations and together protect the region's peace and stability", a deputy foreign minister told Pakistain's special envoys to China for Kashmire, according to the foreign ministry website.

The deputy minister, Liu Zhenmin, also told the envoys that China values Pakistain's position on Kashmire.
#1: My advice to India: google "Sudeten Deutsche 1945".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:50 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Facebook removes Jamaat-i-Islami's page for covering 'Indian atrocities' in held Kashmir
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[DAWN] The official page of Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
Pakistain was removed by Facebook, reportedly for covering and highlighting Indian atrocities in held Kashmire, said a party statement issued on Wednesday evening.

The statement claimed that the page had more than three million 'likes' and it was the second most viewed page [with respect to ’likes’] of any local political party.

Social Media head of Jamat-e-Islami Shamsuddin Amjad, while talking to, confirmed the development that "the party’s official page was removed on Wednesday evening".

Amjad further informed that two other pages operated by the party have been removed from the social media website in the past two days. "The party pages representing Jamaat's zonal sections Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
and Women Wing were removed on Tuesday," he said.

The party's social media head further informed that the personal accounts of around two dozen admins of the Jamaat's official page, which was removed, were also suspended.

In the past few months, Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for suspending certain accounts on the social media platform, belonging to both native Kashmiris and foreigners present in and outside of the disputed Himalayan region.

The accounts which have been suspended till date had posted comments, pictures or videos to highlight the treatment meted out to Kashmiris in the latest episode of unrest.

In July, Facebook removed actor Hamza Ali Abbasi's post in which he had praised a deceased separatist commander killed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmire.

The social media platform had suspended Abbasi's account following the post, but later restored the account after the post had been removed.

India-Pakistan: Water wars
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[DAWN] A day after urging a joint India-Pakistain war against poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and infant mortality, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi executed his latest about-turn by implicitly threatening to use water as a weapon against Pakistain -- this in a region where great swathes of humanity eke out a subsistence living and are wholly dependent on agriculture and the agrarian chain for their livelihoods.

By suspending the biannual Indus water commissioners’ meeting, ordering that India expedite its hydro projects on the three western Indus system rivers designated for the exclusive use of Pakistain under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty and menacingly suggesting that "blood and water cannot flow together", Mr Modi seems once again to be pandering to his domestic need to appear tough on Pakistain, while in reality making the region less secure through his actions.

The IWT has survived five and a half decades and three wars between India and Pakistain. The treaty’s durability, the two countries’ willingness to abide by its terms and the acceptance of international arbitration time and again are successes that no leader, Indian or Pak, should ever tamper with, let alone jeopardise.

Indeed, until the obnoxious and thoroughly illegal demand to unilaterally scrap the treaty was made recently in certain krazed killer quarters in India, the IWT was the obvious framework within which the next generation of climatic and water issues ought to have been addressed to the mutual benefit of India and Pakistain.

The reckless gamble by Mr Modi to use novel means to ostensibly put pressure on Pakistain has now introduced new uncertainties, and surely suspicions, in a region that is already water-stressed and that could be facing traumatic water-scarcity problems in the decades ahead. In trying to alarm Pakistain into taking action against gunnies as India desires, Mr Modi has unthinkingly accelerated what could become another, equally intractable dispute between the two countries.
#1: Look at a map and you will see India holds all the cards.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2016-09-29 01:31 ||Comments

#2: India didn't start the war.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:55 ||Comments

#3: India doesnt have to abrogate the IWT. Simply using its full share will cause Pakistan much grief
Posted by: John Frum|| 2016-09-29 06:47 ||Comments

Iraq: U.S. deploys more troops to Iraq for showdown with ISIS
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] The U.S. and Iraq took a big step closer to a showdown with 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....
fighters Wednesday as the Pentagon announced that 615 more U.S. soldiers are heading to Iraq in anticipation of the battle to liberate djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Iraq’s second-largest city.

The move pushes the number of American troops in the country above 5,000 for the first time since 2011, when President B.O. announced what he said was the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

Over 5,200 American troops will be on the ground working alongside Iraqi and coalition forces in the final push to drive out the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIS. Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa are the two biggest cities held by the violent jihadi group that swept across the region two years ago.

The influx of troops will likely be the last before U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces launch the long-awaited assault on Mosul. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi characterized the additional U.S. troops, who he stressed would serve only as advisers and trainers, as the "final increase" needed before operations can begin, likely in mid-October.

"We emphasize that the role of the trainers and advisers is not combat, but for training and consultation only," Mr. al-Abadi said in a statement. "It is our troops who will liberate the land."

#1: All wearing birkenstocks?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:43 ||Comments

#2: High heels. You know, for "the experience."
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-09-29 08:06 ||Comments

#3: "We emphasize that the role of the trainers and advisers is not combat, but for training and consultation only," Mr. al-Abadi said in a statement.

Well, I advise ya to get on with it then.

ISIS will be in danger of dying from old age by the time they get started.
Posted by: Tennessee|| 2016-09-29 10:20 ||Comments

#4: “I shall say it again and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)

"We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves."

- Lyndon B. Johnson (D)

"This is not and will not be America's fight alone. One of the things we've learned over this last decade is America can make a decisive difference. But I want to be clear: the American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission,"

- Barack Obama (D)
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 12:05 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Aleppo teeters but no sign of US action
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[CNN] As Aleppo teeters on the brink of falling to Syrian regime forces, there is no consensus in the B.O. regime on what, if any, action to take to help the beleaguered opposition with which the US is allied, several American officials have told CNN.

The administration may have less than a week before regime and Russian attacks result in Aleppo's collapse, potentially displacing tens of thousands of civilians and worsening the strategic environment for the United States, according to one internal US government calculation.

The B.O. regime has blamed Russia for the collapse of a ceasefire negotiated more than a week ago by Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which would have stopped the fighting around Aleppo and paved the way for joint US-Russian military cooperation against terrorist groups in Syria.

In a phone call with Lavrov on Wednesday, Kerry threatened to "suspend US-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria ... unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore the cessation of hostilities," according to a State Department statement.
#1: Gary Johnson: "What?"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 10:48 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Iran border guards fire mortars into Pakistan's Balochistan
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QUETTA: Three mortar shells were fired into Pakistani territory by Iran's border guards in the early hours of Wednesday.

"Mortar shells fired by Iranian border guards landed in the district of Panjgoor," a provincial government official told DawnNews on the condition of anonymity.

The official added that two of the shells landed near Frontier Corps check post, with the third landing at Killi Karim Dad.

No property or human loss was reported in the shelling.

Locals panicked as a result of the attack, and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site to initiate investigations.

Security forces tightened security at the border after the incident.

Pakistan's territorial integrity has been previously violated in mortar attacks targeting the border areas.

Pakistan shares a 900 kilometre long porous border with Iran and the two countries had in 2014 decided to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out terrorists from the border region.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Airstrikes hit 2 hospitals in Aleppo
Posted by badanov 09/29/2016  00:00 1 Comments 75 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AlArabiya] Air raids hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo early Wednesday, putting them temporarily out of service, the medical organization that supports them said.

“The attack happened at 4:00 am (0100 GMT). One warplane targeted both of them directly,” said Adham Sahloul of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).

“There are only six hospitals currently operational now that the M2 and M10 have been temporarily taken out of service,” he said.
#1: When you allow terrorists to hide in hospitals, you cannot win a war. WWII was won by decimating the cities of Japan and Germany. The only way to win against ISIS is to decimate their citys.
Posted by: Gleash Gray7078|| 2016-09-29 12:05 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Fighting intensifies between Syrian rebels and ISIS in Aleppo
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[ARA News] ALEPPO – Clashes broke out on Wednesday between the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Aleppo Governorate.

The northeastern countryside of Aleppo, also known as Shahba region, witnessed fierce clashes between SDF forces and ISIS militants.

The clashes centred near the towns of Umm Hosh and Qura, where a number of casualties were reported on both sides on Wednesday evening.

Heavy fighting broke out in Shahba after ISIS militants launched two car bomb attacks on SDF positions, before bombarding the area with mortar shells.

“ISIS started the attack by carrying out two car bomb attacks near our checkpoints in Umm Qura and Umm Hosh,” SDF spokesman Ahmed Sultan told ARA News, adding that six of their fighters were killed in the attack.

“The group then launched at least seven mortar shells on the SDF headquarters in the area,” he said.

The official added that the SDF forces responded by bombing ISIS positions in the villages of Wahshiya, Hesasik and Tel Maled with heavy artillery. At least 16 ISIS militants were killed.

Also on Wednesday, clashes erupted between the US-backed SDF forces and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Harbal town, north of Aleppo.

“Two ISIS vehicles were destroyed and eight militants were killed in the clashes near Harbal. Also, three SDF fighters lost their lives in the clashes,” local media activist Alwan al-Halabi told ARA News.

In the meantime, warplanes of the US-led coalition conducted at least three airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions in Aleppo countryside.

“The airstrikes forced ISIS militants to withdraw from the clashes’ area,” al-Halabi reported.

The SDF spokesman Ahmed Sultan confirmed that the clashes stopped in the midnight on Wednesday. “Supported by the coalition’s air raids, our forces were able to repel the attack. ISIS terrorists were eventually forced to withdraw.”

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 9 die in Turkish attacks on Tel Abyad
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[ARA News] TEL ABYAD – At least nine civilians were killed and several others wounded in an attack by the Turkish army forces near the Syrian border city of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Turkey’s military has reportedly bombarded the Kurdish-populated town of Kahila near Tel Abyad with heavy artillery.

“Six children and three women lost their lives under the Turkish bombardment,” eyewitnesses told ARA News, adding that more than a dozen of civilians were also injured in the attack.

The operation caused a massive destruction in civilian houses in the town.

In the meantime, leadership of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), condemned the Turkish attack. The YPG said in a statement that Turkey is targeting Kurdish areas in northern Syria “to undermine the Kurdish progress against ISIS”.

“They [Turkish forces] are targeting innocent civilians under the pretext of combatting terrorism. However, we’ll not allow Turkey to continue those violations at the border. We are ready to respond and we’ll do whatever it takes in order to stop this offensive against our people,” it said.

The Kurdish YPG fighters, backed by allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), had recaptured the strategic city of Tel Abyad on the border with Turkey in June 2015, subsequent to fierce battles against ISIS militants. Liberating Tel Abyad and its countryside caused a state of alert among ISIS militants, especially for its location in northern Raqqa –the group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Since then, the Kurdish positions have been exposed to several attacks by Turkey’s military on the one hand, and ISIS on the other.

Speaking to ARA News, YPG officer Habun Osman accused the Turkish government of supporting ISIS to retake Tel Abyad and its border crossing “to assist the terror group export its oil to the black market via Turkey”.

“Before the YPG-SDF forces retook Tel Abyad from ISIS in early 2015, the terror group used to export its oil tankers through this border crossing to the black market,” he said.

“When ISIS was in control here, Turkey has never attacked the group’s positions. Now that Tel Abyad is under the Kurdish control, the Turkish army continues to attack the area,” the YPG official told ARA News.

This is not the first time for Turkey to target Syrian Kurds. The Turkish army has earlier launched more than 22 attacks on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, according to military sources. Most of the attacks targeted YPG-held areas in Aleppo, Kobane, and northern Raqqa.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian rebel leader dies in Daraa
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[ARA News] DARAA – A prominent anti-Assad rebel leader was killed in an attack by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s southern Daraa Governorate on Wednesday.

Hassan Abazid, leader of the Jund al-Farouq rebel group, was killed along with three of his escorts in a car bomb attack by ISIS militants in the Gharz town in Daraa countryside.

Jund al-Farouq is a main faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in southern Syria. Hassan had led several military operations against Syrian regime forces and ISIS-afifliated groups in Daraa.

“ISIS has earlier vowed to target all rebel leaders who refused to pledge allegiance to their Caliphate,” media activist Muhammad Obaida told ARA News in Daraa.

“An ISIS jihadi has infiltrated into the rebel-held town of Gharz and carried out a car bomb attack near a rebel convoy. Hassan and three other rebels were killed, and at least two more were injured in the attack,” the local source reported.

In July, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the assassination of another prominent Syrian rebel leader in Daraa Governorate. Shakir Nabbut al-Rashwani, commander of the Homs al-Waleed rebel group, was reported dead when militants bombed his car in the al-Balad District. “Al-Rashwani was a main enemy for ISIS in southern Syria. He led rebel operations against this barbaric group in Daraa and killed many of them. His death came as a shock to all rebel factions in Syria,” spokesman of the Shamiya Front Saleh al-Zein told ARA News at the time.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.S. threatens to suspend engagement with Russia over Syria
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The Obama administration threatened Wednesday to suspend plans for coordinating counter­terrorism strikes in Syria with Russia unless Moscow moves to stop its assault on the city of Aleppo and restore a collapsed cease-fire.
What's the downside for us?
Accidental war with Russia? Mr. Putin would not be amused.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a telephone call to his Russian counterpart, “made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation,” including the “drastic escalation” of its military actions in recent days and its refusal to ensure the safe passage of humanitarian aid to government-besieged areas, the State Department said.

The United States, Kerry told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “is making preparations to suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria . . . unless Russia takes immediate steps to end” the heightened carnage in Aleppo, where at least a quarter-million civilians are trapped amid withering Syrian and Russian bombing.
#1: I don't know if to laugh or cry.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:48 ||Comments

#2: I'm kinda partial to cynically amused, myself.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-09-29 08:29 ||Comments

#3: Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a telephone call to his Russian counterpart

I wonder if Lavrov has fantasies involving a squeeze bottle of Sriracha and Kerry's (I was in Vietnam, you know?) proboscis.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 11:40 ||Comments

Terror Networks: The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
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ISIS executes 4 linked to Mosul Top Cop

( Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets on Monday stated that ISIS has executed the four brothers of Nineveh Police Chief Colonel Mohsen Ali al-Jabouri and detonated 14 houses belonging to the members of the security forces, south of Mosul.

According to the media outlets, “ISIS executed four brothers of Nineveh Police Chief, Colonel Mohsen Ali al-Jabouri, after capturing them in al-Alil area, south of Mosul.”

“ISIS executed them in public by firing squad for only being the brothers of Col. Jabouri, who fights the group,” the outlets added.

Meanwhile, according to the National Iraqi News Agency local residents said, “At dawn today, the ISIS militants also blew up 14 houses in the areas of al-Jawsak and al-Dandan, south of Mosul, after looting their contents.”

“ISIS blew up the houses because they belong to members of the security forces,” the residents explained. “The detonation caused great damage to the nearby civilian houses,” they added.

ISIS digs in in Mosul

( Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets revealed on Monday that ISIS dug trenches inside the city of Mosul in anticipation of the imminent liberation battles.

According to Iraqi media outlets, a military source said, “ISIS finished digging trenches between the areas of al-Shalalat and al-Nourat.”

From his side, Geological Expert, Dr. Raouf al-Zahawi said, “The soil of Mosul is rocky and filled with groundwater, and this will allow ISIS to only dig for a meter and a half and then the trenches will be filled with water,” adding that, “The trenches will be useless and will only increase the sabotage of infrastructure.”

Noteworthy, the Iraqi army forces backed by the US-led coalition are now preparing for an ultimate assault in October, in order to oust ISIS out of Mosul, while ISIS called on residents of the city to stay inside their homes starting next month and abide by a comprehensive curfew.

2 ISIS Bad Guys have a Very Bad Day in Mosul

( Nineveh – Iraqi media outlets reported on Monday that two ISIS militants were killed in the city of Mosul by a veiled woman, and indicated that the incident is the third of its kind this month.

According to al-Sumaria “A veiled woman carrying a pistol killed two fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS), in the early hours of the morning, near a checkpoint in the vicinity of Numaniya neighborhood in the city of Mosul.”

“The incident is the third of its kind in the city of Mosul this month. This phenomenon raised ISIS concerns during the past weeks,” Sumaria added.

ISIS warned its members from the veiled woman who killed two of their fighters, last week, in the occupied Salahuddin Province. The attacks took place in al-Sharqat, which has been under ISIS control since the extremists overran the region in June 2014.

Baghdadi's mugshot placed on donkeys in Mosul
Ain't no respect for the wicked...
( Nineveh – The photos of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were placed on donkeys in the city of Mosul, while ISIS militants pursue the donkeys to kill them, al-Sumaria News reported Tuesday.

The news website stated, “Unidentified persons put the photos of the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on donkeys in central Mosul, and this pushed the ISIS members to pursue the donkeys to kill them.”

“ISIS mobilized its fighters in the city of Mosul, and raided the house in order to search for the people who hung Baghdadi’s pictures on the donkeys,” Sumaria added.

It is worth to mention that the city of Mosul has been under the ISIS control since 10 June 2014; and since then it suffers from major security and humanitarian crisis due to ISIS extreme ideology on all aspects of life in the city. Also, the international coalition air forces continues to strike ISIS sites and headquarters in the province, killing and wounding a number of militants.

Money disappears from Hawija

( Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets announced on Monday, that eight people working in the so-called Diwan al-Zakat (Zakat Bureau) of the Islamic State in Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk, disappeared with 600 million dinars in mysterious circumstances.

According to, “Eight workers in ISIS Diwan al-Zakat in Hawija, including the currency exchange official, disappeared in mysterious circumstances yesterday.”

“600 million dinars also disappeared from the fund of Diwan al-Zakat with the workers,” Sumaria explained. “The ISIS militants waged raids on the homes of the workers but failed to find them, which raised suspicions that the disappeared persons fled with the money out of Hawija,” Sumaria added.

Noteworthy, the areas southwest of Kirkuk have been under the control of ISIS since June 2014, including the areas of Hawija, Zab, Riyad, al-Abbasi and al-Rashad.

Iraq: 16 ISIS Bad Guys die in explosives accident in Kirkuk
Posted by badanov 09/29/2016  00:00 4 Comments 197 words Read the whole thing on page 1
( Kirkuk – Iraqi media outlets reported on Wednesday that a malfunction
Allah willed it. Clearly he is not fond of Lions of Islam.
caused an explosive belt to explode and killed 16 members of the Islamic State (ISIS), including senior leaders, during their meeting in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.
Alsumaria stated, “Today, an explosion took place amid a meeting of ISIS members in al-Mahawes village in Hawija district (55 km southwest of Kirkuk),” adding that, “The explosion resulted in the killing of 16 members of the Islamic State group, including senior leaders, as well as wounding of 16 others.”

“A number of the ISIS members wear wearing explosive belts during the meeting, and the explosion took place due to a defect in one of them,” Sumaria explained.
Any secondaries?
“The meeting was held to prepare for an attack on the positions of the security forces in Hamrin Mountains, al-Zawiya area and Ajil area in Salahuddin Province,” Sumaria added.
#1: Serious auto-petard right there.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-09-29 01:45 ||Comments

#2: Keep taking selfies, boys.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 09:37 ||Comments

#3: "Can you hear me naow?"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 12:09 ||Comments

#4: There is a God. He's not Allan...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 12:43 ||Comments

Iraq: Salahuddin Kombat Kourier: 15 die
Posted by badanov 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 455 words Read the whole thing on page 1
15 ISIS Bad Guys smoked in attack in Tikrit

( Salahuddin – Salahuddin Operations Command reported on Tuesday that the security forces repelled an attack launched by ISIS members using seven booby-trapped vehicles on the security forces stationed in Tlul al-Baj area, north of Tikrit, and further added that 15 ISIS members were killed during the clashes.

The Command said in a press statement, “This morning, ISIS group launched an attack on the security forces stationed north of Tlul al-Baj area, north of Tikrit, using seven booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers.”

“The security troops backed by the Iraqi Air Force and International Coalition Air Force managed to repel the attack and destroy the booby-trapped vehicles,” the statement added. “The security forces were also able to kill 15 members of ISIS during the attack and imposed their control on the situation,” the statement explained.

The joint security forces liberated the city of Tikrit in 31 March 2015, and Baiji in mid-November 2015 and continue their advance to expel ISIS from all areas of the province, while ISIS tried to impose its control over Samarra district, but failed after several attempts.

ISIS destroys 5 residences with explosives

( Salahuddin – Daur District Council in Salahuddin province announced on Tuesday that five houses were destroyed by improvised explosive devices planted by ISIS members east of the district, and also warned that ISIS members might return to the eastern villages of the district. The Islamic State members also detonated 100 houses along the last week, which caused 50 families to migrate from the area.

The Head of Daur District Council Ali al-Hassan said in a press statement, “The ISIS members attacked, at late hour yesterday, al-Eitha village, east of al-Daur district, and detonated five empty houses using improvised explosive devices.

Hassan also warned from the return of ISIS to another villages after the growing pressure it faces after being expelled from the cities of Salahuddin province.

“ISIS also detonated 100 empty houses in the eastern axis of the district, causing 50 families to migrate from the district, including 13 families yesterday, as concerns grow over the deteriorating security situation,” Hassan explained.

From his side, the Head of Salahuddin Provincial Council Ahmed al-Karim said that he held a meeting on Saturday with the commander of Samarra Operations and contacted the leaders of al-Hashd al-Shaabi to evaluate the situation and reinforce the security forces, and emphasized the importance of the Armed forces support.

Last week, a force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to foil a suicide attack by ISIS using two explosive belts on al-Daur district, east of Tikrit, afterwards strict procedures were imposed after receiving information indicating the possibility of another attacks.

Iraq: Anbar Antics: 33 die
Posted by badanov 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 528 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Iraqi militia commences operation to clear Heet Island

( Anbar – Al-Hashd al-Shaabi Command announced on Wednesday starting the liberation battle of Heet Island, west of Ramadi, from the ISIS control.

The Leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Baghdadi area, Sheikh Qatary al-Samarmad said in a press statement, “This morning, the security forces launched a military operation to liberate Heet Island (70 km west of Ramadi) from the ISIS members.

“The military operation will start from two axes, backed by the international coalition air strikes on the strongholds and gatherings of ISIS, to prevent them from fleeing to other areas,” Samarmad explained.

“The next few hours will witness the liberation of important areas in Heet Island, as well as securing all houses and shops, dismantling IEDs and removing all the remnants that ISIS will leave behind in the liberated areas,” Samarmad added.

Noteworthy, Iraqi security forces managed to free the majority of the cities of Anbar, including the center of the province, the city of Ramadi, in addition to the areas of Fallujah, Rutba and Heet from the ISIS grip.

Iraqi forces capture 2 areas of Heet Island

( Anbar – Al-Hashd al-Shaabi Command announced on Wednesday liberating two areas in Heet Island, west of Ramadi, and raising the Iraqi flag over their buildings, while also emphasized the killing of 33 ISIS members during the clashes.

The Intelligence Director of al-Somoud brigade, Captain Nazim al-Jaghifi, said in a press statement, “Iraqi security forces managed to liberate the areas of al-Taliha and al-Safaqiya in Heet Island, and raised the Iraqi flag over their buildings.”

“33 ISIS members were killed during the liberation battle,” Jaghifi explained. “The security forces are advancing to liberate the targeted areas in Heet after cutting off ISIS supply lines,” Jaghifi added.

“We will raise the Iraqi flag over another areas of Heet Island after the collapse of the terror group,” Jaghifi further added.

Earlier today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi Command announced the start of a military operation to liberate Heet Island, west of Ramadi, from the ISIS grip.

Iraqi forces capture 5 areas of Albu Ziab Island

( Anbar – Anbar Operations Command announced on Wednesday that the security forces liberated five areas in Albu Ziab Island, in northern Ramadi, from the ISIS grip.

The commander of Anbar Operations, Major General Ismail al-Mahalawi, said in a press statement, “Today, the security forces managed to liberate five areas in the island of Albu Ziab, in northern Ramadi, from the control of ISIS terrorist gangs, and raised the Iraqi flag over their buildings.”

“The liberate areas are Sumaia school, al-Mawali, Albu Mubajl, Albu Judai and al-Walaa center,” Mahalawi explained. “The combat troops managed to kill dozens of ISIS members during the military operations,” Mahalawi added.

“We will announce the exact number of ISIS casualties after liberating the island completely,” Mahalawi said.

Noteworthy, security forces managed to liberate the majority of cities of Anbar, including Ramadi, Fallujah, Rutba and Heet from the ISIS control.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: James Comey: DOJ Gave Mills Immunity, Not the FBI
Posted by Frank G 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 213 words Read the whole thing on page 6
FBI Director James Comey has continued to face criticism over his bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email, including the numerous immunity deals given to her aides. Well, it turns out, the FBI didn't give immunity to Cheryl Mills, a longtime aide:

"Who authorized granting Cheryl Mills immunity?" Rep. John Sensenbrenner asked.

"It's a decision made by the Department of Justice, I don't know at what level inside," Comey responded. "In our investigations, any kind of immunity comes from the prosecutors, not the investigators."

The FBI doesn't hand out immunity deals:

Comey added he understood Mills' immunity as a request pertaining to the production of her laptop during the investigation.

"The FBI doesn't grant immunity to anybody, the Department of Justice is able to grant very different kinds of immunity," Comey said. "If new and substantial evidence develops a witness lied [under immunity], of course the Department of Justice can pursue it. Nobody gets lifetime immunity."

Last Friday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) lashed out at the FBI over the immunity deals:

"No wonder they couldn't prosecute a case," Chaffetz said. "They were handing out immunity deals like candy."
#1: "It's a decision made by the Department of Justice, I don't know at what level inside,"

that's some high octane bullshit, right there. He either knows and won't say, or didn't ask..because he knew without asking
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 08:51 ||Comments

#2: I watched this entire hearing. O.K., O.K., I'll admit I was wrong. Commie is a disgrace. He is so in-the-tank for Hillary and dedicated to preventing justice from happening--this investigation of Hillary's server was the biggest farce I've ever seen. The only thing missing is when does the fat lady sing in this comedic opera/farce? It looks like never. It was tortuous to watch this hearing. One can only conclude the rule of law has been suspended-whatever it takes. There is a rot in the land that will take some time to correct.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:09 ||Comments

Iraq: Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 5 die
Posted by badanov 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 435 words Read the whole thing on page 1

5 soldiers die in bomb attack

( Baghdad – Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that five army soldiers were either killed or wounded in the explosion of an improvised explosive device that targeted their patrol in northern Baghdad.

The ministry said in a statement, “This morning, an improvised explosive device exploded targeting an army patrol while passing in al-Moshahda area, in northern Baghdad.”

“The explosion killed one soldier and wounded four others with different injuries, as well as damaging the vehicle completely,” the statement explained. “Ambulances rushed to the area and transferred the wounded to a nearby hospital and the body to the forensic medicine department,” the statement added.

The statement further added, “Security forces also cordoned off the area and barred approaching it.”

Noteworthy, Iraq is witnessing a surge of violence since 2013. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that more than 1700 casualties were recorded only in August, in different areas of Iraq, and revealed that Baghdad was the most affected.

Bad guys knock over school

( Baghdad – Iraqi media outlets stated on Tuesday that a group of gunmen robbed the salaries of the workers and employees of an elementary school, north of Baghdad. stated, “Armed men driving a SUV stole salaries of the employees of an elementary school in al-Talibiya area, north of Baghdad.”

“The armed men surrounded the holders of salaries, which are estimated by 21 million Iraqi dinars, near al-Safa pool in al-Bonouk district, north of Baghdad,” Sumaria explained.

“Security forces cordoned off the area, and opened an investigation into the causes and circumstances of the incident,” Sumaria added.

Three blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad
We reported one of these three blasts yesterday.
[KhaleejTimes] Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.

A splodydope suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said.

Another jacket walla suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources added.

A roadside kaboom bomb exploded near a gathering of cattle herders and merchants in al-Radhwaniya, also in western Baghdad, killing two people, they said.

Home Front: Culture Wars: Chelsea Clinton Takes Private Jet to ‘Clean Energy Roundtable'
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 09/29/2016  00:00 13 Comments 24 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Must be some kind of dominant-gene thingy.
#1: I'll lend her my bike for the next one.
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 00:10 ||Comments

#2: It could be a recessive gene inherited from both parents.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2016-09-29 05:15 ||Comments

#3: Clintons don't fly coach or Southwest
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 07:29 ||Comments

#4: ...or drive like her mother.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:25 ||Comments

#5: As Instapundit often says, I'll believe that global warming is a crisis when the people who are telling me that it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2016-09-29 09:47 ||Comments

#6: Chelsea Hubbell-Clinton, a part of the entitled class.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:52 ||Comments

#7: "Commercial airlines are for taxpayers" -- Princess Chelsea
Posted by: regular joe|| 2016-09-29 10:45 ||Comments

#8: The scariest thing is not that the entitled class behaves that way. The scariest thing is that you tell the story to an average (middle class) left-winger and he or she will ask "and, what's the point of the story?".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 11:07 ||Comments

#9: You will get that Grom; quite often. The blank drugged out stare is what is a bit unnerving.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 11:14 ||Comments

#10: But the worst damage to the environment was not the private jet, it was all the hot air generated at the roundtable.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2016-09-29 11:22 ||Comments

#11: @#9: Like this?:

Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2016-09-29 11:25 ||Comments

#12: I'm going with "Who's on drugs?" for $10,000, Alex...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-09-29 12:48 ||Comments

#13: She got her father's looks and her mother's personality -> resting bitch face

"Sometimes you look into the eye. Black Eye, like a doll's eye. And wonder if there is any life in there?"
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 13:44 ||Comments

Government: Director CIA: Congress Paving Way for Imprisonment Of U.S. Officials
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  00:00 10 Comments 1573 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Free Beacon] CIA Director John Brennan warned on Wednesday that Congress's override of a presidential veto of contested new legislation will pave the way for foreign nations hostile to the United States to detain American officials at will for alleged crimes, according to a statement.
Detained giverment officials? And the downside is ?
Brennan expressed strong opposition to Congress's override of a bill permitting American victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged involvement in the plot.

However, the bill--known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA--will also provide similar legal recourse to foreign nations, meaning that they could detain top U.S. officials, military leaders, and others.
Exactly how does the right to file a civil suit against a foreign government lead to detention of our citizens?
Leading U.S. officials, including Brennan and Defense Secretary Ash Carter, have warned that the consequences of the bill would enable foreign nations to meddle in U.S. counterterrorism operations and force the disclosure of sensitive classified material.
#1: Exactly how does the right to file a civil suit against a foreign government lead to detention of our citizens?

It's like Iran detaining your sailors.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:58 ||Comments

#2: These yucks in the Obama administration seem to think they have credibility when speaking as if they have concerns for America.
Posted by: airandeee|| 2016-09-29 06:05 ||Comments

#3: Speaking about Imprisonment Of U.S. Officials. Who should go first: Koskinen or Comey?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 06:23 ||Comments

#4: John Brennan, the noted Saudi catamite, issues a warning.
Posted by: Shick de Medici6262|| 2016-09-29 08:08 ||Comments

#5: After nearly eight years the congress asserts itself with the first congressional override. Must have been absolutely shocking to puppet master Brennan.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-09-29 08:14 ||Comments

#6: I read a WSJ article by John Bolton and Michael Mukasey a couple weeks back about the downsides to breaching sovereign immunity.

Hopefully the JASTA bill/act won't lead to the dangers these gentlemen describe, but when Dems sign on to something like this (especially Schumer) my 'Spider Sense' goes on alert.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2016-09-29 08:21 ||Comments

#7: I can think of several U.S. Officials that need to be imprisoned.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2016-09-29 08:36 ||Comments

#8: ...yeah, its sort of a feature, not a bug. So Barack you carried out a war without Congressional authorization or compliance with your own War Powers Act?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 09:32 ||Comments

#9: At first and second blush, this seems like a good idea. There is a lot of house cleaning that needs to be done here at home. I thought the families of the Lockerbie bombing sued Daffy. I looked it up and found that a settlement agreement was brokered. Each family received about $10M.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:45 ||Comments

#10: Well, Brennan was the CIA Station Chief in the KSA.

His ox is about to get gored.

BTW - the Saudis have been sooo helpful in the fight against AQ and ISIS...good ole Prince Bandar's personal funds provided lodging and sustenance for a couple of the 9/11 hijacker pilots...Saudi funds roll into AQ and ISIS coffers on a regular basis.

Brennan speaks for the Saudis, not us.
Posted by: Tennessee|| 2016-09-29 11:01 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Diamond and Silk laid into 'Team HRC & Holt' after the Hofstra debate (Video)
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  00:00 1 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[GP] This is amazing!

Diamond and Silk laid into Hillary and Lester Holt after the Hofstra debate.

They had this to say:

"Now Hillary started lying right off the bat . . . Overall, Donald Trump won that debate. But Lester? He got under my skin... We don’t give a damn about that birther issue!

Why wasn't you asking Hillary about her pay for play schemes? About her email scandal? About the fact that she don't even understand a "C" stands for "Classified?" About the fact that she don't know how to remember anything? Oh, you didn't ask her that!

Well, listen up, Lester! Don’t make us fester! Or you gonna feel the wrath of Diamond and Silk. I just want you to know one thing: In the end, Donald J. Trump is going to win!"

But the transcript doesn't do them justice.
#1: The video with "Hillary climbing in the poles." was a gut buster. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself.
Posted by: Spinesing Gray3122|| 2016-09-29 09:22 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Was HRC Sending Hand Signals to Debate Moderator Lester Holt ?
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  00:00 8 Comments 1688 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[GP] Hillary Clinton is not above cheating, lying or stealing to get what she wants. So it shouldn't be any surprise that she is being accused of cheating during Monday's 1st Presidential debate.

Clinton was accused of cheating by sending hand signals to the moderator Lester Holt.

During the debate when Clinton wanted to signal Holt whent she wanted the floor, she rubbed her face in a manner similar to a baseball manager. According to True Pundit she has not done this in any other debates during her career supporting the accusation that these were signals.

Watch this incredible video before passing judgement.
Same, same....TruthKings.
#1: 1 finger - fastball;
2 fingers - changeup;
3 fingers - curveball;
middle finger - go get Trump!
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 00:22 ||Comments

#2: No, it were just uncontroulable tremors.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:59 ||Comments

#3: Did anyone else notice that during the debate, HRC kept looking down like she was reading from something or getting messages on an I-phone or something?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:54 ||Comments

#4: That little jiggle she does with her shoulders after his AFL/CIO temperament comment is creepy.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2016-09-29 11:13 ||Comments

#5: I refused to watch it--is there any chance she was getting electronic assistance of any kind with her answers?
Posted by: Crusader|| 2016-09-29 11:23 ||Comments

Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2016-09-29 13:13 ||Comments

#7: This is kind of weird also: “The Cleaner” Part II – Cleaner Identified – The Plot Thickens…
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2016-09-29 13:37 ||Comments

#8: But I thought she already stole second and third, shifted left, and called for a suicide squeeze?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 13:54 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Judge Nap: List of HRC's Potential Crimes Is So Long 'It's Almost Laughable'
Posted by Besoeker 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[FOX] FBI Director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill today about his agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

House Judiciary Committee members, including Louie Gohmert, Darrell Issa and Bob Goodlatte, grilled Comey for not recommending any charges and for giving immunity to at least five Clinton aides.

On "Fox & Friends," Judge Andrew Napolitano explained that Clinton failed to secure state secrets and the evidence of wrongdoing was "overwhelming."

He told Brian Kilmeade that he would have had some very pointed questions for Comey if he were addressing the FBI director at today's hearing.

"The evidence of guilt was overwhelming. Why didn’t you present any of it to a grand jury? Why did you just request information from her and from her underlings, rather than use the power of the government to demand it? Why did you overlook obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, providing material assistance to terrorist organizations, lying to Congress, misleading Congress, theft of government property?" Napolitano said.

"The litany of her potential crimes is so long it’s almost laughable. They overlooked it."
#1: There is a book entitled "Defying Hitler" by Sebastian Haffner. Haffner was a German who lived in Germany prior to WWII and watched the developing trainwreck where Constitutional law was replaced by dictums, executive orders and criminality. The parallels are frightening.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:20 ||Comments

#2: Da' Judge also said this: FBI ordered to exonerate Hillary ‘at all costs’
Posted by: Blossom Unains5562|| 2016-09-29 13:19 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: FBI Bombshell: No Followup After Huma Abedin Caught in Falsehood
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 09/29/2016  00:00 3 Comments 159 words Read the whole thing on page 6
The release of FBI documents relating to the Clinton email investigation reveal that top Clinton aide Huma Abedin picked one username that Clinton would use on the server, despite claiming she had no knowledge of the server.

In recent heavily redacted FBI documents relating to the email hacks and the role that one Clinton "confidential assistant" played in the management of Clinton's mobile devices and email security, certain documents outline a conversation between Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Monica Handley, Clinton Foundation official Justin Cooper.

Hanley revealed in her second interview with the FBI on June 23rd the full details of a conference call between her, Huma Abedin, Justin Cooper, and a fourth party whose name has been redacted by the FBI. The call was apparently "over concerns related to a reported hack by Sidney Blumenthal's email account."
We've had a good run.
#1: John Edwards was right - there are two Americas. How did I ever doubt him?
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 00:17 ||Comments

#2: This was not an investigation; it was part of the coverup.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:13 ||Comments

#3: They make one law for themselves and keep another for us, and that is tyranny.
Posted by: Cesare|| 2016-09-29 09:57 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: N.Korea Threatens to Continue Nuclear Arms Development
Posted by Steve White 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 205 words Read the whole thing on page 3
North Korea's foreign minister on Friday threatened that his country "will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear armed forces in both quantity and quality."

In a further gesture of defiance against international sanctions, Ri Yong-ho refused to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ri said the aim of North Korea's nuclear weapons program was to "defend the dignity and right to existence and safeguard genuine peace vis-a-vis the increased nuclear war threat of the United States."

He accused the UN Security Council of supporting the power politics of the U.S. and other "hostile forces." He denounced the latest UN Security Council Resolution and asked why other nuclear weapons states have never been sanctioned.

Ri added there is no evidence in the UN Charter or international law that stipulates nuclear and ballistic missile tests are a threat or should be outlawed. He called on South Korea and the U.S. to halt joint military exercises on the North's doorstep.

The North Korean foreign minister arrived in New York on Sept. 20 but did not schedule any meetings with other world leaders.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking on the same day, urged North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons and missile development.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: South Carolina school shooting: Suspected shooter's father found dead
Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 0 Comments 123 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AJC] Authorities say they believe the teenage boy who was taken into custody following a shooting at the Townville Elementary School first fatally shot his father.

Capt. Garland Major told a news conference that the shooter used a handgun and that one of the students was shot in the leg and the other in the foot. He said a female teacher was shot in the shoulder during Wednesday's shooting at Townville Elementary.

Two children and an adult were maimed Wednesday afternoon when a gunman shot up the elementary school in South Carolina, according to multiple reports.

Home Front: WoT: Congress overrides Obama’s veto of 9/11 bill
Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 3 Comments 223 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[WASHINGTONPOST] Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override President B.O.’s veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue the 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...
n government over its alleged support for the Death Eaters who carried out the attacks.

It is the first override of Obama’s presidency.

The votes in the House and Senate amounted to a sweeping, bipartisan rejection of pleas from the White House to back the president, with administration officials arguing the legislation poses a national security threat by exposing U.S. officials to similar lawsuits abroad.
#1: Their way to tell him: "Your time run out, don't let the door..."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 03:03 ||Comments

#2: Other than sending out the feds to arrest them, most Congresscritters, a month out or so, are set as far as they know for their employment or unemployment for the next two years whose prospects the big O can't effect.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-09-29 08:17 ||Comments

#3: This is a huge win...and a sad day.

It is sad that the American people have to resort to the frickin civil courts to get Justice from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Our Presidents (Bush and Obama) sucked up to the Saudis who had handlers supporting a couple of the 9/11 pilots with Prince Bandar's money. The KSA's role in 9/11 and continuation of funding the aftermath has never been addressed.

The KSA used their most powerful weapon against us - money...and drew American blood...costing us huge treasure as well.

The 9/11 trial of KSM and his henchmen has been delayed for 8 years by Obama. Why? What "evidence" is going to come out during that trial? Is that why is it delayed? When are we going to get Justice?

And Hillary's closet confidant is Huma Abedin, a nice young girl from Jeddah, KSA...with a friendly radical ahl asSunnah family.
Posted by: Tennessee|| 2016-09-29 10:41 ||Comments

International-UN-NGOs: OPEC reaches deal to LIMIT oil output
Posted by Steve White 09/29/2016  00:00 2 Comments 196 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Cue the American frackers!
A cut to 32.5 million barrels would represent a cut of nearly 1 million barrels a day. OPEC production in August was 33.24 million barrels a day, it said in its monthly oil market report.

  • The producing group will agree to concrete levels of production by each country at its next formal meeting in November, the sources said. One source also said that once production targets were reached, OPEC would reach out to non-OPEC producers for cooperation.

  • Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday Iran, Nigeria and Libya would be allowed to produce "at maximum levels that make sense" as part of any output limits which could be set as early as the next OPEC meeting in November.

  • The Saudi and Iranian economies depend heavily on oil but in a post-sanctions environment, Iran is suffering less pressure from the halving in crude prices since 2014 and its economy could expand by almost 4 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. The Saudi economy has been suffering from record budget deficits after a record gap of $98 billion last year.
  • #1: Deal #?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:51 ||Comments

    #2: "and no cheating!"

    Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 08:47 ||Comments

    -Lurid Crime Tales-: Police fatally shoot black man they say took ‘shooting stance’ in San Diego suburb, sparking protests
    Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 9 Comments 1 words Read the whole thing on page 3

    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkish airstrikes destroy 4 Daesh targets in northern Syria
    Posted by Steve White 09/29/2016  00:00 1 Comments 122 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    Turkish jets destroyed four Daesh terrorist positions in northern Syria on Tuesday as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, military sources said, Daily Sabah reported. According to the sources, howitzers shelled 30 Daesh targets, while four terrorist targets in Tall Ar, Amiriyah and Al Ayyobiyah were destroyed by domestic-made bombs.

    Three Turkish soldiers were injured as a result of an attack by a drone, the sources added.

    Meanwhile, coalition airstrikes destroyed a building used by Daesh in northern Syria.

    The Turkish forces continue to clear mines and hand grenades off of regions taken from Daesh terrorists, while domestically produced Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle and another drone continue their reconnaissance activities.
    #1: When will ISIS learn that masquerading as Kurds doesn't work?

    Snark of the Day
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 02:44 ||Comments

    Home Front: Politix: The Obamas level with voters who aren't wild about Clinton
    Posted by Fred 09/29/2016  00:00 4 Comments 446 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [POLITICO] The Obamas and Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
    The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
    are warning voters that they must turn out on Election Day to stop Donald Trump ‐ even if they don’t like Hillary Clinton
    ... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Hamilton Fish ...
    all that much.

    While the three top surrogates are heaping praise on Clinton, they are also leveling with voters -- especially young and minority voters -- who are not as fired up about the former secretary of state as they were about the Obamas in 2008, or Bernie Sanders
    ...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
    earlier this year.

    "The notion somehow that, ’Well, you know, I’m not as inspired because Barack and Michelle, they’re not on the ballot this time, and, you know, maybe we kinda take it easy’ -- my legacy’s on the ballot," Obama said on Wednesday morning on the "Steve Harvey Morning Show." "You know, all the work we’ve done over the last eight years is on the ballot."

    Michelle Obama, speaking at a rally in Philadelphia, also swiped at the idea that Clinton is viewed by many as a less-than-inspiring candidate, despite her hefty foreign and domestic policy credentials.

    "Remember it’s not about voting for the perfect candidate. There is no such person," the hugely popular first lady said. "In this election it is about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation. So the question is do you want Hillary Clinton to be your president, or do you want her opponent to be your president?"
    #1: "In fact, vote more than once!"
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-09-29 03:18 ||Comments

    #2: Obama doesn't like Hillary? Finally, finally we agree on something.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 08:59 ||Comments

    #3: Oh, she has credentials alright.

    And the Obamas...I have heard them called historic, inspirational, so forth, never really as fun to be around.

    Unless, of course, you stand Barry next to Hillary or McCain.
    Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 13:59 ||Comments

    #4: Heck, she is so boring and codged, she made olde Bernie look like a 30 year old hipster.
    Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 14:02 ||Comments

    Home Front: Politix: Celebrity Nutcase Madonna Joins Katy Perry In Voting Naked…
    Posted by Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 09/29/2016  00:00 9 Comments 131 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    Watch this catch on. Got a call asking me to be an Elections Judge this year. The visual evoked by this article makes me think I'll pass.
    I guess I'll have to get nekkid to support Trump, then, though I've yet to quite comprehend why Madonna's and Katy Perry's boobsery and pubesery has a significant relationship to voting patterns. But I'm willing to do my part if necessary.
    Don't bother hitting the link, the tweet in question no longer exists. You may save the brain bleach for the next Madonna image you see...
    #1: Katy Perry - yes; Madonna, HELL NO!
    Posted by: Raj|| 2016-09-29 00:11 ||Comments

    #2: Ewwww....
    Posted by: DarthVader|| 2016-09-29 00:33 ||Comments

    #3: Might backfire, a naked Katy Perry would actually make me think more of Trump's crew than Clinton's.
    Posted by: Beau|| 2016-09-29 00:50 ||Comments

    #4: "The Skank and the Spank"
    Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-09-29 07:30 ||Comments

    #5: Two more reasons not to vote for Hillary.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 09:00 ||Comments

    #6: Pic I saw had KP in pjs and trash in her hair.

    Meth-head chic, I believe.
    Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 09:34 ||Comments

    #7: Have the police arrest them for indecent exposure (especially Madonna) before they get to the polls and maybe we can cancel out the votes of some of the dead people and illegal aliens.
    Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2016-09-29 10:34 ||Comments

    #8: Blurred out is not the same thing as being naked. If Katy Perry really wants to get attention she should avoid the blur.
    Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2016-09-29 12:15 ||Comments

    #9: Dang, thought my eyes were acting up again.
    Posted by: Whiskey Mike|| 2016-09-29 13:24 ||Comments

    Home Front: Politix: Clinton's Latest Campaign Surrogate is a: Murder Accomplice, Hard Core Porn Star and Drug Lord Concubine…
    Posted by Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 09/29/2016  00:00 4 Comments 40 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [ConservativeTreehouse] No. NO really, you just can't make this stuff up. Now watch Machado's interview with Megyn Kelly

    and you can see the narrative as it is being manufactured/sold:

    Link here
    #1: It reads like being zaftig was the least of her problems. Was she a "friend" of Slick?
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-09-29 08:57 ||Comments

    #2: I dunno bout being a "star" but she may have potential.
    Posted by: DepotGuy || 2016-09-29 09:28 ||Comments

    #3: No she is gross.
    Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2016-09-29 09:44 ||Comments

    #4: I don't see a problem here.
    Posted by: William Clinton|| 2016-09-29 13:40 ||Comments