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Caribbean-Latin America: Summer Surge Becomes Courtroom Crisis
Posted by Bobby 05/23/2015  08:47 2 Comments 418 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DallasNews] The border crisis has become a courtroom crisis as children work their way through the federal immigration process. They hope against the odds to convince a judge or other officials that they merit asylum in America.

That is where volunteers at Catholic Charities come in. They serve as scribes, filling out Form I-159 to help the children apply for asylum. For most, it's the last option to legally remain in the U.S.

Among the questions: "Have you, your family or close friends or colleagues ever experienced harm or mistreatment in the past by anyone.
I've been mistreated a number of times - by bosses, parents, even my children. What do I get?
If 'Yes,' explain in detail." Or, "Are your afraid of being subjected to torture in your home country or in any other country to which you may be returned?"
Been tortured in this country for the last six years.
Nearly 100 women and children have passed through the clinic since it began eight months ago.
Well, at least that part is not a flood - one every two-and-a-half days.
An asylum application must be based on a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.

Advocates for the Central American children believe they qualify because they are in an age group that places them at risk of gang violence, recruitment or exploitation.
Good thing we got all those American cases cleared up, so there is no more risk of gang violence. Like in Ferguson or Baltimore. Or Detroit. LA. Chicago. New York. DC. Et cetera.
They believe the law has been interpreted too narrowly regarding the youths.

Many of the the children have to represent themselves ‐ pro se in legal terms ‐ in their quest for asylum. They have no right to a government-paid attorney for civil deportation proceedings. Some find private attorneys who will work for free. In some cases, their parents or guardians find the money to hire an attorney.

About a third of the unaccompanied children in the federal immigration courts in 2014 had attorneys. Without lawyers, they have little chance to remain legally in the U.S.
Lawyers. The only winners in this game. Gotta have 'em to stay; gotta have 'em to get deported.
#1: Was it Shakespeare that said "First, kill all the lawyers"?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-05-23 09:41 ||Comments

#2: Advocates for the Central American children believe they qualify because they are in an age group that places them at risk of gang violence, recruitment or exploitation.

What for MS13, the Bandidos, the Mongol Nation, et al right here in river city?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-05-23 10:27 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Only Border Syrian Regime Still Controls is with Lebanon
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  09:01 0 Comments 854 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Since Death Eaters from 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....
group (IS) seized Syria's al-Tanaf crossing with Iraq, the Syrian regime has effectively lost control of all of its borders except those with Leb.

Of Syria's 19 border posts with Leb, Jordan, Iraq, and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, government forces now control just seven -- five with Leb, and two more, both closed, with Turkey.

Four crossings are controlled by Kurdish forces, four by IS, and another four by al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate or rebels. Opposition fighters also control an unofficial border point with Israel.

- Border with Turkey (9) -

- Kasab: in the western province of Latakia. Under regime control but closed by Turkey since fierce festivities in 2014 between the army and Salafist tough guys, who briefly overran the post.

- Bab al-Hawa: Held by Salafist tough guys, including Syria's al-Qaeda branch Al-Nusra Front. In the northwestern province of Idlib.

- Bab al-Salama: In the town of Aazaz in northern Aleppo province. Held by Salafist tough guys.

- Jarabulus: In Aleppo province. Held by IS.

- Tal Abyad: Held by IS in northern Raqa province, which is almost entirely held by the group.

- Ain al-Arab: In Aleppo province. Controlled by Kurdish fighters.

- Ras al-Ain: In the northeastern province of Hasakeh. Was the site of ferocious fighting between IS and Kurdish fighters before the latter forced the jihadists out of the post and nearby town.

- Qamishli-Nassibin: The only regime-controlled crossing in Hasakeh province, but closed by Turkey on its side.

- Ain Diwar: In Hasakeh. Controlled by Kurdish fighters.

- Border with Iraq (3) -

- Yarabiyah: In Hasakeh. Controlled by Kurdish fighters. On the Iraqi side, the crossing is knows as Rabia.

- Albu Kamal: In the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. Held by IS after it chased out al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-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 .. ...
and other opposition fighters. Known as al-Qaim on the Iraqi side.

- Al-Tanaf: South of Deir Ezzor. Seized by IS on Thursday. It had been the only crossing with Iraq still controlled by government forces. Iraqis call it al-Walid.

- Border with Jordan (2) -

- Nasib: In the southern province of Daraa. Was overrun by rebels in April 2015. It had been the last remaining regime-held crossing with Jordan, which calls it Jaber.

- Former Daraa customs post: Al-Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters seized the crossing, known as al-Ramtha by the Jordanians, in October 2013.

- Border with Leb (5) -

All five crossings, which lead into Homs and Damascus provinces in Syria, are controlled by government forces:

- Jdaidet Yabus, known as Masnaa on the Lebanese side.

- Daboussiye, known by the Lebanese as al-Abboudiyeh.

- Jussiye, called al-Qaa by Leb.

- Tal Kalakh, called Bouqueiya in Leb.

- Tartus, or al-Arida on the Lebanese side.

- With Israel -

There are no official crossings between Syria and Israel, which are officially still at war, but the Quneitra border point is controlled by rebels. Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since 1967.

- Maritime border -

All seaports are controlled by the regime.


Home Front: WoT: Two California men arrested, accused of trying to support Islamic State
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 274 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AlAhram] Two Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, men accused of attempting to provide material support to 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....
myrmidon group have been tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

Federal prosecutors allege that both men intended to travel overseas to join the group. Muhanad Budawi, 24, and Nader Elhuzayel, 24, both of Anaheim, were arrested on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Elhuzayel was detained at Los Angeles International Airport and Budawi in Orange County.

Several other people have been arrested in recent months for planning to join Islamic State, including six Somali-American men from Minnesota last month.
#1: Two less 0bama supporters to worry about….
Posted by: Harry Sproing6080|| 2015-05-23 10:58 ||Comments



Government: State Department Releases First Clinton Emails on Libya
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 329 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The usual late Friday afternoon document dump, revealed the previous day by the New York Times as a special revelation.
[AnNahar] State Department on Friday released a first batch of emails by Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another John C. Calhoun ...
, giving an unprecedented glimpse into the work of the former top diplomat in the wake of a deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Libya.

A total of 296 emails -- out of a trove of 30,000 -- sent or received by Clinton were released Friday and uploaded onto a State Department website, which promptly crashed under the weight of traffic.

"The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf insisted.

The emails span two years from January 1, 2011 when the political upheavals in Libya began to December 31, 2012. And many of them have been heavily redacted after being deemed to hold classified information.

Paper copies of the emails sent on two private addresses (hdr22@clintonemail.com and hrod17@clintonemail.com) were handed over in December in 12 large boxes labelled with a rough time stamp for the documents inside.

A State Department team has been busy digitizing them and plowing through the emails since March to black out any classified or sensitive information.

Clinton said she had handed over every email relevant to her job as America's top diplomat and destroyed all the rest, which she maintained were personal.
#1: "The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf insisted.

Which is why they are the emails you released, lambchop.
Posted by: Matt|| 2015-05-23 09:36 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Obama signs bill giving Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 94 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] President Barack Obama
Republicans can come along for the ride, but they've got to sit in the back...
has signed legislation that gives Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.

It's a central element of Obama's foreign policy. He signed the measure without ceremony Friday at the White House.


International-UN-NGOs: US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 524 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AlAhram] The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

The now-failed final document of a landmark treaty review conference had called on the U.N. secretary-general to convene the Middle East conference no later than March 2016, regardless of whether Israel and its neighbors agree on an agenda.

Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never publicly declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program. A conference might force Israel to acknowledge it.

Since adopting a final document requires consensus, the rejection by the United States, backed by Britannia and Canada, means the entire blueprint for global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation for the next five years has been blocked after four weeks of negotiations. The next treaty review conference is in 2020.

That has alarmed countries without nuclear weapons, who are increasingly frustrated by what they see as the slow pace of nuclear-armed countries to disarm. The United States and Russia hold more than 90 percent of the estimated 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world today.

Amid a growing movement that stresses the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Austria announced that 107 states have now signed a pledge calling for legal measures to ban and eliminate them.

The US comments Friday came after a top State Department official was dispatched to Israel this week for intense talks, as Israel protested the idea of being forced into a conference with its Arab neighbors without prior agreement on an agenda.

Israel had been furious when the US at the treaty review conference five years ago signed off on a document that called for talks on a Middle East nuclear-free zone by 2012. Those talks never took place.

The language on the final document rejected Friday was "incompatible with our long-standing policies," said Rose Gottemoeller, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security.

She named Egypt as being one of the countries "not willing to let go of these unrealistic and unworkable conditions."

Egypt later said it was extremely disappointed and warned, "This will have consequences in front of the Arab world and public opinion."

Iran, speaking for a group of more than 100 mostly developing countries, said it was surprised to see the US, Britannia and Canada willing to block the entire document in defense of a country that it said has endangered the region by not agreeing to safeguards for its nuclear program.

Israel has been a fierce critic of the current efforts of world powers to negotiate an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, which Iran says is for peaceful purposes only.

Gottemoeller also pointed out that the 2010 mandate to hold a conference on a Middle East nuclear-free zone has now effectively expired. The head of the Russian delegation, Mikhail Ulyanov, noted the setback, saying it was "a shame that an opportunity for dialogue has to be missed, perhaps for a long time to come."
#1: That has alarmed countries without nuclear weapons, who are increasingly frustrated by what they see as the slow pace of nuclear-armed countries to disarm.

Just a thought here - the countries we're talking about are the ones trying to get some kind of WMD tech so as to make US think twice about trying to keep them in line.

Not to mention that most of the nations we're talking about could absorb at most one or two warheads before they effectively cease to exist as functioning entities and revert to the loose collection of tribes they started out as.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2015-05-23 12:13 ||Comments



Africa North: Assailants kill conscript after kidnapping him in Egypt's North Sinai
Posted by trailing wife 05/23/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AlAhram] The conscript was killed after the snuffies stopped an ambulance in North Sinai, leaving three others, including a driver and a medic badly injured

Alleged Islamist snuffies killed one conscript in Egypt's North Sinai on Friday after kidnapping him from inside an ambulance, head of Egypt's ambulance authority Ahmed El-Ansary told Ahram Online.

Gunmen stopped the ambulance that was carrying two injured conscripts, a medic and the driver, El-Ansary explained to Ahram Online.

"The incident resulted in the death of one conscript, while the rest of the other three people who were inside the ambulance are badly injured, especially the medic who was immediately transferred to Cairo," El-Ansary said.

Islamist snuffies have targeted security forces, mainly in North Sinai, and at times civilians have died as a result of the violence.

The Egyptian army has poured troops into the peninsula as part of an extensive campaign to crush the insurgency.

In its latest report on its operations against myrmidons, the army said it has killed over 700 "terrorists" over the past six months.



Arabia: Iran says Djibouti turned away aid plane for Yemeni refugees
Posted by Frank G 05/23/2015  08:43 0 Comments 37 words Read the whole thing on page 2

Ay-Peee
Iran is trying reeeeally hard to resupply arms send aid to their puppets


-Short Attention Span Theater-: 9 Lies Soldiers Tell Their Loved Ones While in Combat
Posted by Besoeker 05/23/2015  05:39 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 4


Britain: Email mistake reveals Bank of England's EU exit project
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 05/23/2015  04:22 0 Comments 61 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BBC] The Bank of England has confirmed it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of its work to a national newspaper.

A senior official sent an email about its confidential project on the issue to an editor at the Guardian newspaper.

A spokesman for the bank described the error as "unfortunate".


Terror Networks: DAVID WARREN: Palmyra
Posted by g(r)omgoru 05/23/2015  03:42 0 Comments 361 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The little things are what I first notice in the news. This morning, for instance, that the U.S. government is fast-tracking the shipment of anti-tank missiles to the government of (some of) Iraq. This, we can only suppose, so that Baghdad's shrinking army may try to destroy some of the U.S.-supplied tanks and other heavy equipment, as well as the light equipment, that their soldiers abandoned to the Daesh in their hasty retreat from Ramadi; as well as all the equipment lost during their many previous hasty retreats. But will the same soldiers run before firing them, this time? I should think so.

There are also bigger things, such as the Syrian army's surrender of Palmyra to the same Daesh. Some journalists speculate that these Sunni Islamic psychotics may blow up the archaeological remains of this ancient "Venice of the sands." As they have done the same with all other pre-Islamic, and non-Sunni monuments that have fallen into their hands, I will admit the possibility. They will also, once again, massacre the defenceless, &c.

...While there are urgent measures all Western governments should be taking, by way of armed ground intervention in the Middle East, the next best response would be to do nothing. For doing nothing would be a radical improvement on what they are doing now. The United States has become, through layered delusions, the leading supplier of hideously powerful (and expensive) weapons to the Sunni Islamist Internationale; and through negotiations with Iran, the chief inspiration for the current regional arms race. Too, the administration has been consistently unhelpful, to the point of sabotage, when regional allies (especially Israel, Egypt, Jordan) have tried to cover for its mistakes.

...But here we run up against one of the "problems of democracy" to which I sometimes allude. In nine of ten cases, overall, "nothing" is the best thing a government can do, and in the tenth case, the best alternative to doing what is counter-productive. But the dynamic of democracy (with its drumbeat media) is such, that nothing is the one thing no government can do.
From the mouths of sour old curmudgeons


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Nasrallah warns of full mobilization for Syrian war
Posted by g(r)omgoru 05/23/2015  03:09 4 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday warned that fighting in Syria could lead the militant organization to declare full mobilization of its members. "We have bargaining chips that we have yet to use in the struggle," he said.
Yea, start firing your grads on ISIS held regions, Hassan.
"This is the time for everyone to mobilize, everyone who can participate," he added. "The danger facing us is an existential one that is similar to that in 1982." If the organization had not fought in Syria, said Nasrallah, it would have found itself fighting inside Lebanese territory.
When he's right, he's right.
#1: How many battalions does Nasrallah have, again?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-05-23 08:31 ||Comments

#2: "I, of course, will stay here to provide command direction and morale for your widows"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-05-23 09:00 ||Comments

#3: Who then will stand ready to shoot off Hizb'allah's 80,000-100,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel when Iran orders it?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-05-23 09:21 ||Comments

#4: The faculties of Harvard and Yale? Of course they'd probably hit Cyprus by mistake.
Posted by: Matt|| 2015-05-23 10:11 ||Comments



Government: Gen. Mike Hayden: The chasm between the security agencies and the Champ administration
Posted by Besoeker 05/23/2015  02:01 1 Comments 666 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Wash Times] ANALYSIS/OPINION: One way of looking at the federal government is that part of it is permanent and another part of it is transient. The transient government comprises those elected officials and political appointees who change when administrations change.

There are exceptions (like Bob Gates staying on at Defense), but presidents work hard to fill as many positions as the law allows with folks beholden, loyal and like-minded. After all, elections matter and these political appointees reflect that constitutional process.

There are limits, of course, some in law because of 19th-century civil service reforms and others out of practical considerations. In early 2009 President Obama changed out Mike McConnell as director of national intelligence and me as CIA director, but he personally intervened to keep Steve Kappes on as deputy CIA director at Langley. And, as per tradition, he made no other changes in the intelligence community.

Both permanent and transient elements contribute to the policy process. The permanent government brings with it fact-based expertise and experience, both of which are virtues unless they become so dominant as to foster stagnation. The transient folks bring a political legitimacy along with a vision and energy for change that stimulates progress unless they become so obsessive that it fosters recklessness.

There is a clear tension, but the tension can be creative. With ambiguous information and split counsel, presidents can be bold without being reckless, informed without being captured by expertise, as happened in both 2011's Abbottabad raid and 2007’s Iraq surge.

Now in its seventh year, it might be good to take a look at some key decisions of the Obama administration through the lens of this distinction. It could be especially illuminating since this president is known to keep his own counsel and his administration has earned a reputation as being insular and controlling at the expense of Cabinet officials (who more tend to represent the views of the permanent government).

Out of the gate, two days after the inauguration, the president promised to empty Guantanamo within a year. I was still in government at the time and we all supported the concept of reducing the prisoner population. We already had released hundreds. But IF WE HAD BEEN ASKED, we would have pushed back on the 12-month timeline as creating pressure to make bad decisions on releases -- which the permanent government was duty-bound to oppose, as it has and as it continues to try to do.

There may have been some of that same dynamic at work five years later with the Bergdahl swap for five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo. The political imperatives to clean up the Afghan battlefield (no man left behind) before the administration's self-imposed clock ran out and to reduce the population at Guantanamo led to an incredibly awkward Rose Garden ceremony with the Bergdahl family, administration characterizations that a deserter had served with "honor and distinction," and a new precedent of negotiating with terrorists that the permanent government would have to live with.

The administration routinely has shown itself to be fond of timelines, the better (I suppose) to enforce and police the implementation of decisions. Hence, withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan were on the clock rather than being conditions-based, the approach that would have been supported by the permanent government. Playing to the shot clock led to near disaster in Iraq (and a return of U.S. forces) and threatened to do the same in Afghanistan until withdrawals of troops were pushed to the right.

In Libya the president decided to go to war (although he later overruled DOD and directed it not be called a war to avoid triggering the War Powers Act) to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, a decision opposed by some National Security Council members. It took seven months, but Gadhafi was killed, his government destroyed, local tribes empowered and Libya descended into chaos.
#1: The phrase " permanent government" disturbs me.
Posted by: jvalentour|| 2015-05-23 08:47 ||Comments



Government: Democrats' Vanishing Future
Posted by Besoeker 05/23/2015  01:42 8 Comments 426 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[National Journal] May 21, 2015 One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.

But less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party's Senate races. It's awfully unusual to see how dependent Democrats are in relying on former losing candidates as their standard-bearers in 2016. Wisconsin's Russ Feingold, Pennsylvania's Joe Sestak, Indiana's Baron Hill, and Ohio's Ted Strickland all ran underwhelming campaigns in losing office in 2010--and are looking to return to politics six years later. Party officials are courting former Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina to make a comeback bid, despite mediocre favorability ratings and the fact that she lost a race just months ago that most had expected her to win. All told, more than half of the Democrats' Senate challengers in 2016 are comeback candidates.

On one hand, most of these candidates are the best choices Democrats have. Feingold and Strickland are running ahead of GOP Sens. Ron Johnson and Rob Portman in recent polls. Hill and Hagan boast proven crossover appeal in GOP-leaning states that would be challenging pickups. Their presence in the race gives the party a fighting chance to retake the Senate.

But look more closely, and the reliance on former failures is a direct result of the party having no one else to turn to. If the brand-name challengers didn't run, the roster of up-and-coming prospects in the respective states is short. They're also facing an ominous historical reality that only two defeated senators have successfully returned to the upper chamber in the last six decades. As political analyst Stu Rothenberg put it, they're asking "voters to rehire them for a job from which they were fired." Senate Democrats are relying on these repeat candidates for the exact same reason that Democrats are comfortable with anointing Hillary Clinton for their presidential nomination: There aren't any better alternatives.
#1: Three words: (1) ballot, (2) box, (3) stuffing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-05-23 03:57 ||Comments

#2: Three words: (1) ballot, (2) box, (3) stuffing.

Harder to do when the other party has been cleaning up the voter rolls of the imaginary, the dead, and the multiply registered in the states where it has been swept into power in recent years... not to mention enforcing newly passed laws requiring photo IDs to vote. Contrariwise, you will no doubt astutely argue, even easier in those states with expanded mail-in voting schemes, but the ratio of such states is skewed away from them.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-05-23 07:06 ||Comments

#3: From your mouth to the ear of G*d, TW. But...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-05-23 07:19 ||Comments

#4: Remember, you don't have to be faster than the bear, just someone else in your group. RINOs will keep the Donks alive for a long time cause they block real conservatives from getting the seats and the RINO preservation society is in full operation.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-05-23 08:12 ||Comments

#5: P2K-

You are right, but that sets up a "gradually, then all at once" Armageddon event for the Dems within a few election cycles.
Posted by: no mo uro|| 2015-05-23 08:19 ||Comments

#6: Too bad the article doesn't read "Corrupt Entitlement Class" instead of Democratic Party. The Boehners, McConnells, Pelosis, and Reids of the world will find a way to stay in power till they die. Then they will be replaced by someone just as corrupt.
Posted by: jvalentour|| 2015-05-23 08:36 ||Comments

#7: The problem is not where they're going, but where they are now.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-05-23 09:44 ||Comments

#8: Also importing millions of new voters illegally.

Voter clean up efforts are still only marginally effective due to federal rules like motor voter.

So I'm thinking that the Dems have thought this through and are working to 'correct' it.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2015-05-23 11:51 ||Comments



Africa North: Benghazi police chief orders Interior Minister's arrest
Posted by Fred 05/23/2015  00:00 0 Comments 611 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] In a startling and damaging display of political disunity within the internationally recognised government, the newly installed police chief in Benghazi has ordered the arrest of the Omar Sinki, officially still Minister of the Interior in the Beida government.

Colonel Mustafa Ragaig, who was appointed by the interior ministry as police chief in Benghazi (or more formally, head of the security directorate) two months ago but only took up office last week, has ordered checkpoints, airports and border crossing to detain Sinki if they encounter him and send him to Benghazi.

The move by Ragaig, announced yesterday, is thought not to be legal. Normally, only the public prosecutor is supposed to issue such a warrant.

No reasons have been given for the move although Ragaig is said to have raised allegations about financial corruption. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
political infighting is seen as the real reason although it is not known if the police chief was acting under orders from above or made the decision himself.

In November, Thinni sacked Sinki as Interior, after Sinki had publicly attacked General Khalifa Hafter. However. Sinki refused to go, saying that he had been appointed by the House of Representatives (HoR) and only it could sack him. The House, although it had appointed Hafter as commander of the Libyan armed forces, agreed with Sinki and upheld his appointment in March.

Thinni, however, has effectively ignored this, refusing to accept Sinki back as interior minister and has instead relied on the deputy minister, Colonel Ahmed Ali Baraka, as the acting interior minister.

Two months ago, in a no-holds-barred attack on Sinki, the Prime Minister accused him of incompetence, complaining that he had been forced on him by the HoR. It had chosen him, Thinni claimed, because of pressure on it by the head of the National Forces Alliance, Mahmoud Jibril, and also because it wanted a top minister to be from Misrtata -- which is where Sinki comes from.

There are suggestions, however, that there is a longstanding personal feud between Sinki and Ragaig. At the beginning of the month, Sinki is reported to have sent a letter sacking Ragaig and reappointing his predecessor, Colonel Ramadan Elluhaishi.

It would not be the first time Ragaig has been sacked as Benghazi's police chief. He was appointed head of Benghazi's security directorate in November 2012 following the liquidation of Colonel Faraj Drissi.

He was sacked three months later by the then interior minister, Ashour Shuwail, following protests by the police who accused him of not being up to the task of ensuring security in Benghazi.

Meanwhile,
...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
despite the arrest order and being shunned by the Prime Minister, Sinki has been continuing to operate as interior minister.

Yesterday, the same day that Ragaig was ordering his arrest, he opened the new criminal investigation department in Shahat, accompanied by various ministry and local security officials.

In his speech, he made pointed reference to the fact that the HoR was the highest authority in the country.


Africa North: GNC member kidnapped in Tripoli
Posted by Fred 05/23/2015  00:00 1 Comments 172 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] The member for Tarhouna of the continuing General National Congress (GNC), Salem Ali Al-Hamali, has been kidnapped in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
He was seized yesterday evening by unidentified gunnies.

Condemning the abduction, the GNC has demanded he be released immediately. It said that those who had taken him would be held responsible for his safety.

The public prosecutor has been ordered to open an investigation into the case ensure the kidnappers were caught, while the Tripoli "government" has been told to do everything to find and free him.

The capital has seen a wave of kidnappings recently.
#1: from the title I'm thinkrn: "who knew selling dietary supplements in a mall could be so dangerous?"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-05-23 08:36 ||Comments



Africa North: University in Guba postpones exams in aftermath of Islamic State attacks
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[Libya Herald] Exams at Omar Mukhtar University's Guba branch have been postponed due to the security situation.

The Dean of the Faculty of Education, the University's branch in Guba, announced a decision to postpone examinations this week after a suicide kaboom killed one and injured seven in the town. There have also been a number of attacks on the Lamluda checkpoint that lies just 10 kilometres outside of the town.

Exams that were to be held on 20 May will be held instead on 31 May. Likewise, exams scheduled for 21 May have been rescheduled for 2 June.

Guba lies 28 kilometres east of Labrak airport. Omar Mukhtar University's main campus is in Beida, but the school has branches in Guba, Derna and Tobruk.


Bangladesh: AL leaders: BNP, Jamaat serve Pakistan's interests
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[Dhaka Tribune] Senior leaders of the ruling Awami League allege that those who had opposed the birth of Bangladesh in 1971 still are actively propagating against the spirit of the Liberation War in and outside the country.

Addressing different events in the capital yesterday, they asked the countrymen to come under a platform and resist the conspirators and the religious snuffies patronised by BNP and 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...
The ruling party organised the programmes marking the homecoming day of party President and Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said: "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been trying her level best to develop the country by ensuring the voting rights of her countrymen. But BNP Chairperson the loathesome Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
and the Jamaat-e-Islami are trying to foil the initiatives.

Terming the BNP-Jamaat alliance a religious myrmidon group, Amu alleged they were again trying to take the country under Pakistain. "BNP chief Khaleda Zia and the Jamaat did not accept the country's independence," Amu said at a meeting at the National Press Club.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said the BNP-Jamaat alliance had burnt people and destroyed property in the name of a movement since January.

"When BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jamaat-e-Islami ordered activists to carry out arson attacks on innocent people, the public refused them and supported the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said at another programme in the city.

"The BNP-Jamaat alliance has been hatching a conspiracy against the country aimed at fulfilling the interest of Pakistain," he claimed.


Bangladesh: 10 citizens get 'Ansarullah death threats'
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[Dhaka Tribune] A radical Islamist group, believed to be Ansarullah Bangla Team, has threatened to kill 10 eminent citizens of the country including ruling party leaders, academicians and secular activists terming them atheists and anti-Islam.

Copies of the same computer-composed letter, that had the names of the recipients and a warning message from "Alkaida A-Bangla Team:13," were sent to the persons' home addresses on Wednesday. The registered letters were sent by post.

The warning reads: "Must you will prepare for dead."

The names include Prime Minister's Adviser HT Imam, Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique, Awami League politician Tarana Halim, DU Jagannath Hall Provost Ashim Sarker, Gonojagoron Moncho Spokesperson Imran H Sarker, DU teacher Kaberi Gayen, writers Bikash Saha, Paltan Sutradhar and Md Iqbalur Rahim, and Shahjalal University teacher Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.

In the letter, the names were mentioned chronologically as "H.T Imam (Anti Islam.Advisor), Dr.Arifin Siddik (I.Dusmon. VC, or enemy of Islam), Tarana halim (Nastic or atheist), Ashim sarkar (Hindu moulobad or radical), Imran H sarkar (bloger), Kaberi gain (I, enemyDU), Bikash saha (I.Dusmon), slam Enemy), Md.Iqbalur Rahim (I.enemy), Paltan Sutar (Anti Bang.Raw.Adv) and Md.Zafor Iqbal (se.lar)."

State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the government would ensure security for the listed persons. Detectives observe that through the letter, the bandidos bandidos krazed killers are trying to publicise their organization.

Police recently requested the Home Ministry to impose ban on radical Islamist group Ansarullah, believed to be involved in the killing of at least seven secular activists and bloggers since 2013. It grabbed credit for the murders in Twitter.

Detectives think Ansarullah might have link with international terrorist group Al-Qaeda. In recent video posts, the Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent grabbed credit for the murder of several secular activists including Avijit Roy.

Ansarullah chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani (now in jail) in his sermons, available on the Internet, admitted to his link to Al-Qaeda and Taliban. He also supported 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...
and Hefajat-e-Islam
...a madrassa-based false nose and mustache of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, formed in 2010 to protest against secular education. In 2011 demonstrated violentyly against women's rights and in 2013 held large rallies demanding capital punishment of Shahbag Square protesters and banning women working outside the home...
saying that the two organizations are working to establish Islam in Bangladesh. He also professed to kill atheists.

Jasim and seven of his followers are now facing trial for the killing of war crimes trial campaigner and blogger Ahmed Rajeeb Haider on February 15, 2013.

When contacted, Arefin Siddique said: "I received the letter on Wednesday morning. The letter contains a list of several noted personalities, targeted by the members of an bad boy group. We are not afraid after the threat. The senders must be identified and brought under trial."

Jagannath Hall Provost Ashim said: "I got the letter around noon on Wednesday. I am passing my days in fear as my name is mentioned in number four of the list circled with red ink."

He filed a general diary with Shahbagh police yesterday, OC Abu Bakkar Siddique confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune.

DU Proctor Amzad Ali said: "The GD was filed on behalf of the university authorities as some of our teachers received death threats through identical letters."

According to media reports, Ansarullah and other radical Islamist groups targeted secular activists based on a list of "84 atheist bloggers" -- given to a government committee, probing anti-Islamic activities, on March 31, 2013. Of them, nine persons have been killed.

The junior home minister yesterday said there was something mysterious behind the killing of bloggers and the letters.

After attending a programme in the city, Asaduzzaman said these incidents might not be linked. "The people who killed bloggers may have different kind of thoughts. All these 10 persons are not bloggers..." He hoped that the mystery would be unearthed through investigation. "We will take steps to ensure their security."

Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police, said they were evaluating security measures of the listed persons.

Also the spokesperson of the DMP, Monirul said: "It can be a publicity move for such a new organization [Ansarullah]."

He doubts Ansarullah has the capacity to carry out such attacks. "But we are not taking the issue lightly."


India-Pakistan: Police raid Zulfiqar Mirza's Karachi residence, arrest supporters
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[DAWN] A heavy contingent of police on Friday entered the residence of disgruntled leader of the Pakistain Peoples Party and Sindh's former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza in Phase V of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Defence Housing Authority and tossed in the slammer
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
several supporters.

At least four police mobile vans and several armoured personnel carriers took part in the raid.

Security personnel acting on information about the presence of wanted persons who had not been granted bail conducted the raid during which eight to ten supporters of the former provincial home minister, including two of his guards, were arrested.


Afghanistan: Stretched Afghan army seeks help from militias to defend Kunduz
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[DAWN] The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Talibs near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

The recruitment of unofficial gangs in Kunduz is on a larger scale than previous attempts by the government and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces to recruit militias in the fight against the Taliban.

It may also signal a compromise of sorts for President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
's administration, which had been trying to curb the influence of so-called "mujahideen" strongmen who held key positions in former 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...
's government.

Ghani's front man, Ajmal Abidy, denied that the Kunduz recruitment amounted to re-arming mujahideen militias.

"What is being considered is selective voluntary citizens' participation in the defence of the country against terrorists," he said in a statement.

The Taliban's weeks-long siege of Kunduz has involved thousands of faceless myrmidons and brought the Lions of Islam closer to capturing a major city than at any time in years.

The scale of the assault and the inability of Afghan forces to repel it is particularly worrying, because it comes just a few months after NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan.


India-Pakistan: Sabeen targeted for campaign against Lal Masjid cleric
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[DAWN] KARACHI: Police Sherlocks said on Thursday that the four gunnies enjugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
for killing 45 members of the Shia Ismaili community in a bus attack near Safoora Goth last week told them that they had targeted human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
activist Sabeen Mahmud because of her campaign against Lal Masjid


India-Pakistan: Police arrest suspect involved in attack on Quaid's residency
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[DAWN] Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
police tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
the main accused involved in the disastrous attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency after carrying out a successful raid in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta on Friday.

Addressing a presser, Senior Superintendent Police (Operations) Aitzaz Ahmed Goraya said police arrested the proclaimed offender Pukar alias Pako -- resident of Shah Rag Harnai district -- who was nominated as suspect in carrying out the attack on Quaid's residency in Ziarat on June 15, 2013.

Goraya stated that up till now 10 suspects involved in the attack on Quaid's residency have been arrested. He said that police acted on a tip off and apprehended the accused.

Earlier in April, the spokesperson for Frontier Corps had claimed that the alleged criminal mastermind behind the attack on Quaid-e-Azam's Ziarat residency was killed in a targeted raid carried out by the FC personnel in the Mach area of Balochistan's Bolan district.

Militants had carried out a symbolic and audacious attack on Pakistain, its history and the federal structure when they blew up the Ziarat residency, the building in which the Quaid-e-Azam spent the last days of his life in 1948. The Balochistan Liberation Army had grabbed credit for the strike.

The residency was later rebuild and brought back to its original glory by the government and was then inaugurated on August 14, 2014.


India-Pakistan: Asia's largest cross: A symbol of hope for Karachi's Christians
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[DAWN] In a city that has recently witnessed a spate of attacks on minorities, a bullet-proof cross is being erected in the heart of Karachi.
It better be explosives-proof as well.
Christian Pakistani businessman Parvez Henry Gill is building a 140-foot cross at the Gora Qabristan Cemetery. Following a dream in which Gill claims to have seen God asking him to do something for the Christian community four years ago, he, in due course, decided to build Asia’s largest cross in the 90 per cent Muslim country.

The nature of the structure was kept a secret until it became evident. When it did, 20 Muslims quit construction in disapproval, but one stayed.
I'm surprised they didn't all quit.
The Muslim worker, Mohammad Ali, says the cross is a “work of God.” He is working 14 hours a day, seven days a week, mentioning Gill’s support of his family as a reason for his commitment, Christian Examiner reports.

Of Karachi’s 21 million population, about one million is home to the Christian community. Gill says the cross will “be a symbol of God, and everybody who sees this will be worry-free.”

He further explains the motive behind the bullet-proof cross which is to prompt Christians to stay in Pakistan and do something for their community.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Islamist rebels seize Jisr al-Shughour hospital from army
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Salafist tough guys Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, activists said.

Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and other factions "have taken complete control of Jisr al-Shughour hospital," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitoring group's head said "dozens" had managed to flee but others were killed, maimed or taken hostage, without giving exact figures.

Earlier this month, Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
had pledged to free the besieged forces, saying his "army will arrive soon to these heroes trapped in the Jisr al-Shughour hospital."

The hospital complex is in the southwest of the town in Idlib province that rebels seized on April 25.

At least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians, including families and government babus bureaucrats, had since remained trapped in the hospital.

Rebel groups have made a series of major gains in Idlib province, including its capital city of the same name that they seized on March 28.

And on Tuesday, rebels took control of Al-Mastumah, the regime's largest military base in the province.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran warns Israel of Hezbollah rockets
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A senior Iranian military official Thursday warned that any Israeli attack would unleash a firestorm of missiles on its cities fired by the Islamic Theocratic Republic's Hezbollah allies in Leb.

The Shiite militia has more than 80,000 rockets ready to fire at Tel Aviv and Haifa, said Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"Iran, with the help of Hezbollah and its friends, is capable of destroying Tel Aviv and Haifa in case of military aggression on the part of the Zionists," he said, quoted on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"I don't think the Zionists would be so unintelligent as to create a military problem with Iran," the general said. "They know the strength of Iran and Hezbollah."

Last week, a senior Israeli military intelligence official warned of a heightened threat of conflict over the next two years as a result of "escalation" in the region.

In a briefing to foreign journalists at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, the official referred specifically to Hezbollah, with whom Israel fought a monthlong war in 2006, and to Iran's arming of the group.

"The Iranian threat is a tangible threat to Israel," said the official, whose country has not ruled out the use of military force to block any attempt by Tehran to produce a nuclear bomb.

Israel has opposed the efforts of world powers to strike a deal with Iran curbing its nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions, saying that Tehran cannot be trusted.

Iran has long asserted that its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes, and that international concern about it seeking a nuclear bomb is misplaced.
#1: Iran has long asserted that its nuclear program is for peaceful energy purposes, and that international concern about it seeking a nuclear bomb is misplaced.

"Ignore that recent little explosion at our Peaceful® Bridge Wire Detonator Facility".
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2015-05-23 07:51 ||Comments

#2: Iran gets Hizb'Allah to release many multiple 10,000s of rockets and Iran will cease to exist as a nation. IMHO.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2015-05-23 11:23 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 3 children, 9 women killed in army airstrikes on Anadan near Aleppo
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WARNING: Images at the click-thru show a small child with severe facial wound.
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 12 people, 3 children and 9 women, were killed in Syrian army Arclight airstrikes on Anadan town near the northern city of Aleppo ,activists and monitoring groups said Friday.

The Syrian government extended its intense aerial campaign against rebel-held areas in the northern province, conducting a series of Arclight airstrikes that killed 12 people, including 3 children and 9 women, aactivists said.

On Thursday, more than 40 rebels were killed as an army Arclight airstrike on their base in Aleppo triggered a huge kaboom.

The Salafist tough guys had shells stored at the base, which magnified the blast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

About 150 victims died in government's shelling on Aleppo from May 1, 2015 to May 20, according to records by Syrian Network for Human Rights.

For months, the regime has waged an unrelenting aerial campaign against the opposition-held areas making particular use of crude so-called barrel bombs.

Rights groups criticize the weapons as indiscriminate and say they are more likely to cause civilian casualties.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Arsal officials: Only the Army is allowed to defend us
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Arsal's officials have voiced their opposition to the involvement of Hezbollah in battles in or around the town, saying the only party allowed to defend the area is the Lebanese Army.

The annoucement was made after a meeting held in the northeastern town's municipality building Thursday night, attended by Mayor Ali Hujeiri, Future Movement's Arsal official Bakr Hujeiri and representatives of the Syrian refugee communities in the town.

"Arsal is a Lebanese town, and the Lebanese Army is the only side authorized to maintain security in Arsal," said the first point of a statement released after the meeting.

"Arsal is a red line, and no one has the right of to threaten to invade it, shell it, or assault on it and its people," it added, referring to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah's recent comments.

In a speech he gave Monday, Nasrallah warned that if the Lebanese Army does not liberate Arsal's outskirts from Nusra Front and ISIS holy warriors, his group would take matters into its own hands.

"We call on the Cabinet, the Information Ministry and the relevant authorities to silence the voices inciting and encouraging the attacking of a Lebanese town," the statement said.

The officials praised Future Movement Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
for taking a stance "supporting Arsal."

Hariri condemned Nasrallah's speech Thursday, describing it as a "call for incitement and strife." He also accused Hezbollah of trying to engage the Army in a deadly battle "scheduled" by the group itself.

Hezbollah and the Syrian army earlier this month launched an offensive in the border Qalamoun region from where jihadi groups have been staging attacks on Lebanese territory since the start of the Syrian conflict.

In more than two weeks of fighting, the allies have taken control of most of Qalamoun, sending bully boyz fleeing north, many toward the outskirts of Arsal.


Terror Networks: U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes against Islamic State militants: military
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] U.S.-led forces conducted 15 air strikes against 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....
forces of Evil in Iraq since Thursday, concentrating on targets near Ramadi, the city that recently fell to the murderous Moslems, the U.S. military said on Friday.

In the same period, the forces conducted five air strikes in Syria, hitting targets near Al Hasakah, Dayr Az Zawr and Kobani, according to a statement.

The five air strikes near Ramadi destroyed Islamic State armored vehicles, tanks, personnel carriers and improvised bombs and also hit a tactical unit, the statement said.

The coalition conducted strikes near the Iraqi cities Al Asad, Haditha, djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and Sinjar, as well.


The Grand Turk: Pro-Kurdish party holds key to Turkey's 'knife-edge' elections
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[RUDAW.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's June 7 elections are turning into a showdown between the pro-Kurdish HDP party and the ruling AKP party's biggest champion, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
The outcome of the polls -- seen as Turkey's most crucial -- will decide not only the fate of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
member Turkey, but the region as a whole.

The elections are crucial because the Justice and Development Party (AKP) stands firmly behind Erdogan's ambitions to change the constitution and take Turkey from a parliamentary system to a presidential one. He also wants nearly total power invested in the presidency.

The Peoples´ Democratic Party (HDP), on the other hand, is fighting to win at least 10 percent of the votes in order to qualify for a seat in parliament as a party.

If it wins, it will be the first time that a Kurdish party sits in the Turkish parliament. In addition, HDP co-leader Selahattin Demirtas has vowed to derail the president's plans to change the constitution and to bar him from consolidating greater power.

¨Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, you will never be able to be the head of the nation as long as the HDP exists and as long as the HDP people are on this soil," Demirtas said at a party meeting last month.

For the first time in Turkish history, a pro-Kurdish party holds the key to what is seen as Turkey´s most critical elections ever.

Ironically -- and reluctantly -- the HDP has turned into the hope both of anti-AKP republicans and leftists. But that does not necessarily mean they will vote for the Kurdish party.

That is because they are highly suspicious that HDP would strike a deal with Erdogan in return for sealing a peace deal with the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK), whose incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
leader Abdullah Ocalan still calls the shots over Kurdish politics in Turkey. Ankara refers to the PKK as a "terrorist" organization.

It is with this backdrop that a sharp confrontation has begun and is escalating by the day, as HDP rises in polls.

After simultaneous kabooms hit the offices of the HDP in two cities in southern Turkey on Monday, Demirtas openly blamed Erdogan.


Iraq: Airstrikes torch huge ISIS arms cache near Mosul
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[RUDAW.NET] A wave of well-placed Arclight airstrikes from the US-led coalition has devastated ISIS positions in three strategic villages and a key weapons warehouse, a Peshmerga official told Rudaw.

"Airstrikes by coalition forces on Thursday have destroyed [ISIS] bases in the villages of Khorsabad, Qaim, and Baryma," Peshmerga officer Delshad Mawloud said on Thursday.

Mawloud said there were at least 10 Arclight airstrikes and added that one of the annihilated targets was the biggest ISIS arsenal in the area, a site on Nawaran frontline close to the bully boy group's stronghold city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
.According to Mawloud, coalition forces were informed of the ISIS targets by Peshmerga intelligence, notably on the weapons cache.

The Nawaran Front is located on the Nineveh plains, some 10km northeast of Mosul.

There was no immediate information on the number of casualties or the amount of IISIS weaponry destroyed by the Thursday Arclight airstrikes.
#1: Hmmm... Up close and personal intelligence wins again!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-05-23 08:30 ||Comments

#2: Unstated: what was destroyed was plenty of US weaponry that was dropped and abandoned by cowardly Shia Iraqi troops.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-23 11:56 ||Comments



Iraq: ISIS seizes another town in Anbar province
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[RUDAW.NET] A tribal leader says 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....
holy warriors have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, less than a week after capturing the historic provincial capital, Ramadi.

Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi said Friday that the small town of Husseiba fell overnight. He says police and tribal fighters withdrew after running out of ammunition.

Husseiba is about seven kilometers (four miles) east of Ramadi, where ISIS holy warriors routed Iraqi forces in their most significant advance in nearly a year.

The Iraqi government plans to launch a counteroffensive in Anbar involving Iranian-backed Shiite militias, which have played a key role in rolling back the ISIS group elsewhere in the country. The presence of the militias could however fuel sectarian tensions in the Sunni province, where anger at the Shiite-led government runs deep.


Iraq: New dilemmas in Iraq following ISIS victory in Ramadi
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[RUDAW.NET] Last Sunday, the Anbar Provincial Council voted in favor of allowing Shiite bandidos bully boyz participate in anti-ISIS operations in the province. While participation of Shiite militias will serve to alleviate pressure being applied by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's advances in the region, the deployment will also create larger existential dilemmas for Sunni tribal fighters, the US-led coalition and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

It is no coincidence that the council's vote came on the same day that ISIS made unprecedented advancements in Anbar. The placid provincial capital of Ramadi, the nucleus of Anbar, fell to a recent ISIS lightning offensive in the area. Within a few days the group managed to take control of the strategically vital Government Complex and Anbar Operations Command Center, killing at least 500 civilians and security forces in the process. Such an advance effectively ensures the group's consolidation of power over the city.


Iraq: Iraqi troops 'enter refinery' as Baiji battle rages on
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[RUDAW.NET] Iraqi joint forces have captured a strategic area in Baiji and entered the city's key oil refinery where fighting has raged for most of the last two months, the Baghdad government has announced.

"Iraqi security forces have been able to severely attack Daesh gunnies [ISIS] in Baiji. They have also liberated the main road between the city and the Baiji oil refinery and now they are deployed inside the refinery," the Iraqi Interior Ministry said in statement released Friday.

According to the ministry, the intense fight for Baiji in still underway against 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....
, or ISIS, and the Iraqi forces' new advances could change the momentum in favor of the Baghdad.

Baiji is a city of about 200,000 inhabitants in northern Iraq. ts oil refinery, the biggest in Iraq, is located some 40km north of the city of Tikrit in Salahaddin province.

The progress reported in Baiji comes days after ISIS gunnies seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province.


Europe: Is Finland really getting ready for war with Russia?
Posted by Besoeker 05/23/2015  00:00 4 Comments 178 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[CNBC] Finland has informed its 900,000 military reservists of what their roles would be in the event of a military crisis against a backdrop of rising tensions between Russia and its neighbors.

The letters campaign by the Finnish army has ostensibly been carried out to "keep in touch" with its reservists, the Finnish Defense Ministry said on its website, and reservists have been asked to update their personal details that the army holds for them.

The letters have been sent as a result of "an extensive reform starting in 2008 affected the task of many reservists and the Defense Forces contacted the reservists to inform them what their individual role would be should Finland enter a conflict," the military's website noted.

The timing of the letters that has raised eyebrows, however, as relations between Russia and its neighbor Finland sour.
#1: Either that, or they plan on conquest of Sweden---to stop ABBA come-back.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-05-23 03:55 ||Comments

#2: Oh, noes, I love my precious ABBA!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2015-05-23 08:36 ||Comments

#3: Bad graphic since most people will not get the context: all they will see is the Swastika. Plus this is about combat reservists not female auxiliaries (the "Lottas").

This is the proper graphic to use for talking about the Finnish Armed Forces.



They have had troops active in ISAF since the early days, rotating through commanders, SF, and infantry in Company sized amounts.


This is a better resource if you want current gear:

http://soldiersystems.net/tag/finland/

"THOR" headgear, for instance.



And before you brush it off, remember Nokia is Finnish - indestructible and functional phones give some indication to their engineering capability.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-23 12:25 ||Comments

#4: One other thing to consider is that the FInnish Navy is set up for one main thing: putting up naval mines. North end of the Baltic could get pretty nasty in a hurry if they wanted to do that. And that would hurt Russia pretty badly.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-23 12:27 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Kenya allowed Somalia pirate to live in country
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NAIROBI -- A United Nations report has documented claims that the last grand coalition government recruited a criminal, now jailed in Belgium, for sea piracy and money laundering to assist it negotiate with pirates who seized the Mv Faina ship with 33 T-72 tanks imported from Ukraine off the Somalia coast on September 25, 2008.

Mohamed Abdullahi Moalim Aden alias Tiiceey is the name of the felon Kenya allegedly relied on to negotiate the release of its weapons from pirates. He was jailed last year in Belgium for allegedly supporting sea piracy himself.

He was arrested together with his alleged accomplice Mohamed Abdi Hassan alias Afweyne on arrival in Belgium in 2013, according to a report of the UN Security Council. According to the report, Tiiceey was 42 years old last October and holds US nationality after emigrating there at the age of 22.

During the Mv Faina crisis, Kenyan authorities alleged the tanks were imported for the Kenyan military but foreign media alleged the Kenyans imported them for the government of South Sudan. A parliamentary report four years ago showed that not all the tanks could be accounted for within Kenya’s military sites.

When the pirates released the cargo in 2009, Kenyan authorities denied paying ransom. But now a UN report suggests that not only was ransom paid but the Kenyan government relied on a network of criminals, with links to Somalia’s current government, to negotiate for the safe passage of the weapons.

Tiiceey’s exact role in the negotiations is described here as “facilitation” and his interest in negotiating for the release of the tanks is not understood but the report declare that “Tiiceey’s facilitation services are neither free nor cheap”.

Before his arrest in 2013 and imprisonment in Belgium last year, Tiiceey swindled governments and distraught families as a negotiator.

The UN report alleges for the first time Tiiceey was actively engaged with Kenya’s intelligence services and an official of the Kenya government using the pseudonym Major Yahya.

The report prepared by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea shows that Kenyan authorities allowed Tiiceey to negotiate with the pirates in Somalia for a hefty fee and he was later allowed a free reign and stay in Nairobi from where he made billions of shillings, opened bank accounts and operated an airline that still operates from Wilson Airport.

Tiiceey and brokers from Somalia living in Nairobi made billions from other ransom negotiations to free Western hostages including British Judith Tebbut who was snatched from a hotel in Lamu with her husband, David Tebbut who was killed in the hijack process on September 11, 2011.


Arabia: Yemeni Army & Popular Committees Control Saudi Bordering Site
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[ALMANAR.LB] The Yemeni army and the popular committees
The popular committees being Iran-guided Houthis?
continued advancing the Saudi military sites near the borders, controlling al-Meizab post and destroying a number of vehicles.

The Yemeni army and the popular committees controlled a number of Saudi military posts in the bordering town of Jizan.

Al-Masira TV channel reported that the Saudi soldiers fled the bordering posts and left their destroyed vehicles.

This achievement followed that of controlling the Saudi military tower of al-Radif.

In Shabwa, the Yemeni army and the Popular committees the strategic area of al-Khemri and advanced towards al-Said.

In Taez, the Yemeni army, backed by the popular committees, controlled Sabr mountain and expelled Qaeda forces of Evil from that of al-Aros in the province.

The Saudi aggression, in turn, launched intensive Arclight airstrikes against the various Yemeni provinces, claiming more civilians.


Iraq: Iraqi Forces Clear Path to Key Baiji Refinery
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[ALMANAR.LB] Iraqi troops fighting ISIL faceless myrmidons have cleared a ground route into the country's largest oil refinery.

"Iraqi Security Forces and Federal Police have successfully cleared and established a ground route into the Baiji refinery, the US military said in a statement.

"Reinforcement and resupply of the ISF within the refinery is on-going," it added.

The refinery is located near Baiji, around 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Baghdad. It has been a target of ISIL faceless myrmidons for months.

Control of the Baiji area is seen as a key step toward the reconquest of the main ISIL hub of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The vast complex, which once produced 300,000 barrels per day of refined products meeting half of the country's needs, remained besieged by ISIL faceless myrmidons for months following the group's massive onslaught across Iraq in June 2014.

The siege was broken last year but ISIL faceless myrmidons attacked anew and in April some of its fighters managed to establish a foothold inside the refinery compound.

"In the past 72 hours, we have seen the ISF make steady, measured progress" in regaining some of the areas leading to the refinery, said Brigadier General Thomas Weidley, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve chief of staff.


Arabia: Hezbollah: Saudi Authorities Responsible for Qatif Explosion
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[ALMANAR.LB] Hezbollah firmly denounced the vindictive terrorist kaboom which targeted Imam Ali (A.S) mosque in Qadih town in al-Qatif, claimed over 20 deaders and maimed dozens of the worshippers who were performing blessed Friday prayers.

This crime is one of the criminal acts that target the mosques and the religious centers across the Islamic World and that are committed by groups which do not appreciate the prayer and do not take into account the sanctity of the Houses of Holy God and the pure blood of the innocent who are killed at the altar of ignorance, hatred, and the religious as well as the sectarian incitement, according to Hezbollah.

In a statement, Hezbollah considered that those who have the takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
holy warriors ideology do not distinguish when they launch their attacks between the Shiites and the Sunnites, nor between the Moslems and the non-Moslems.

"Those groups perform their brutality against everyone, departing from a spiteful ideology which atones everyone else. So, they deliberately commit against them the most terrible massacres, carrying out the schemes of the Ummah's enemies."

According to the statement, Hezbollah held the Saudi authorities fully responsibile for the heinous crime due to their financial, political and practical support to the criminal killers in order to commit similar crimes in many Arab and Islamic countries, due to their failure to provide their citizens in the eastern region with protection, and even due to their continuous sectarian incitement against them.

The party offered the deepest condolences to the families of the innocent deaders who were killed by the sinful bombing and expressed its sympathy with the maimed, wishing for them a speedy recovery.

Hezbollah finally asserted that victory will be on the side of the patient against the tyrants and their demonic tools.


Africa Horn: Shaboobs attack village in northeast Kenya
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NAIROBI -- Militants from Somalia-based al Shabaab attacked a village in northeast Kenya but were beaten back by security forces, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Go home team!
It said the boobs militants entered the village of Yumbis, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, late on Thursday.

"Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the boobs militants in a gunbattle. No casualties were reported," a ministry statement said.

A police source in the area who did not wish to be named said the militants roamed Yumbis for an hour in two trucks bearing Kenyan registration plates. They hoisted their black flag on a mosque where they held prayers, before heading towards the nearby village of Damajale. A combined force of police and the army drove them off, the source said.

Al Shabaab said on Friday its fighters were still in the village and had repulsed Kenyan security personnel.

"We fully control Yumbis village. Kenyan forces tried to attack the village but we drove them back," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters.

A senior government official reiterated that al Shabaab fighters had left the village.

"We have dispatched a team of security officers on the ground tracking down the attackers ... The area is calm and peaceful " a senior Garrissa county government official, who did not wish to be named, told Reuters by phone.


Terror Networks: Obama Says US Not Losing Against Daesh
Posted by Fred 05/23/2015  00:00 5 Comments 368 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Tolo News] US President Barack Obama
They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them...
has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Daesh as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost.

"I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun.

"There's no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time," he said.

Since August 2014, on Obama's orders, a US-led coalition has hit more than 6,000 targets in Iraq and Syria with Arclight airstrikes, with the aim of degrading 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....
group.

Obama has refused to return US combat troops to Iraq, following a long brutal war after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

But the rout in Ramadi has called into question US strategy and the credibility of Iraq's central government.

Obama blamed it on a lack of training and reinforcement of Iraq's own security forces.

"They have been there essentially for a year without sufficient reinforcements," he said.

"But it is indicative that the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country."
#1: "I don't think we're losing,", he said. "We are simply not winning at a positive rate. A result of the situation I inherited from the previous administration."
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-05-23 01:43 ||Comments

#2: Interesting phrase, that. Not winning at a positive rate. Does that mean we are winning at a negative rate? Isn't that the same as losing?
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2015-05-23 08:37 ||Comments

#3: indicative that the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough

So who was it, Mr. President, who pulled out the trainers before the Iraqis could stand up on their own? It wasn't the Bushian Surge, was it>
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-05-23 08:37 ||Comments

#4: This turns into sort of a Richard Feynman type argument, that winning is the same as loosing, just moving in opposite directions in time. (Feynman used it to describe how antimatter would behave, not how to deal with it.)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-05-23 09:49 ||Comments

#5: Geez,

I swear we've been "training" and equipping the Iraqi Army since 2004 and we still have no positive results.

Wow.

That's discouraging, especially given how Iraqi young men would stand in line for hours to enlist and endured jacket wallahs and snipers and mortar attacks to keep their place in line.

Thank you Paul Bremer. If we had kept the officer corps from the Old Iraqi Army and used it to organize and train the NEW Iraqi Army, maybe we would have a good army in Iraq and those ex-Saddam officers wouldn't be training Daesh.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2015-05-23 11:45 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Kunar Drone Strike Kills Four Taliban
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[Tolo News] On Thursday evening four Taliban bandidos Death Eaters including their commander were killed in a drone strike in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, said the Kunar Police Chief Abdul Habib Sayedkhaili.

Sayedkhaili confirmed the incident adding that these bandidos Death Eaters were killed in Katar village of Watapor district and they were active in the province.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.


Afghanistan: Armed Insurgents Take Control of 10 Army Posts in Uruzgan
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[Tolo News] At least ten Afghan Army posts have been overrun by armed murderous Moslems in southern Uruzgan province, local officials said Friday.

According to officials, heavy festivities have been ongoing for the past week in Khas Urozgan district and as a result ten outposts have been seized by hard boys.

"Around ten outposts collapsed into the hands of murderous Moslems and 40 police, with all their equipment, have joined the Taliban," a police officer in Uruzgan said.

There is no report yet on casualties.

The central government has yet to comment about the clash and the collapse of the outposts.


Afghanistan: Kabul Looks to Keep Morale High Despite Rising Violence
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[Tolo News] A recent spate of attacks and reports of deteriorating conditions in much of the country have gripped the capital in recent weeks. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
as warm weather sets in, Kabul residents have sought to keep their morale high and distance themselves from the horrors of war in Afghanistan.

On Friday, hundreds of people - including men, women and kiddies - gathered in various picnic areas around the capital to enjoy leisure time with friends and family. While seemingly a simple, everyday affair, it is activities such as these that seem the greatest act of defiance against the terrorist groups seeking to subdue the Afghan public through fear.

"Today, I visited this picnic ground and had fun because of the environment here," a Kabul resident named Maryam told TOLOnews.

The Babur Gardens and Qargha Lake in Kabul are among the most historic and popular visiting sites in the city. Residents from various corners of the capital gather in both locations for picnics on warm days.

"When I came and saw my countrymen in joy, I felt at peace," a Kabul resident named Sher Khan said.

Nevertheless, while an afternoon picnic with loved-ones can offer a brief respite from the challenges of life in Afghanistan, the realities of the country's conflict are never too far off the minds of capital residents.

"The armed opponents conduct terror attacks in our country, therefore the security forces should struggle to secure the people from the attacks, as our countrymen are killed and maimed as a result of the violence," Maryam said just after marveling at beauty of the picnic scene.


Terror Networks: Isis claims it could buy its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan within 12 months
Posted by Fred 05/23/2015  00:00 4 Comments 29 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] Or it could earn one from the U.S. Obama's not always gonna be president.
#1: knowing the Paks they would sell for the right price just like North Korea and Iran would do.
Posted by: paul|| 2015-05-23 08:11 ||Comments

#2: The key concern is deliverability.

Can the thing be strapped to a missile or put into an aircraft and dropped?

Otherwise you are looking at a car bomb on a vast scale.

I believe the first nuke from Iran will find itself on a container ship just outside Long Beach or South Hampton or Bremen...and detonated outside the range of the radioactivity scanners.

A nuke, even one of those old technology fission types, produce enough power that you don't have to park it next to the target, parking it in the same zip code is good enough.

ISIS would buy a nuke for one reason and one reason only, and the answer to that is painted red, white and blue.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2015-05-23 11:49 ||Comments

#3: Maybe Pakistan will drop ship it.
Posted by: KBK|| 2015-05-23 12:08 ||Comments

#4: Maybe our new freetrade agreement will let Obama sell ISIS a nuke.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2015-05-23 12:21 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Ahmed Mohammed, $30 hot dog vendor at Ground Zero, could face $1,500 in fines
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] A New York City hot dog vendor caught on camera selling $30 hot dogs outside the World Trade Center could reportedly face up to $1,500 in fines after police handed him three summonses on Wednesday.

Ahmed Mohammed was ticketed for being too close to a crosswalk, having items outside his cart and failure to list prices, police sources told the New York Post. Food vending fines generally range from $200 to $500 per ticket, the Post reported.

"What? A $30 hot dog?! We paid him a visit. 3 ECB summonses. #PostYourPrices #WeWillBeBack," the NYPD 1st Precinct tweeted Wednesday.
How much was the mustard?
It was because of Mr. Mohammed's failure to display his prices that allowed him to charge whatever he wanted, resulting in angry customers handing over as much as $20 and $30 for what's meant to be a cheap snack for pedestrians on the go.

"Thanks for paying him a visit and issuing 3 summonses," Jessica Lappin of the Alliance for Downtown tweeted at the NYPD on Thursday.

Ms. Lappin learned about Mr. Mohammed last week after fights started to break out in the street over his prices, a local NBC affiliate reported.

NBC cameras recently camped out at the vendor's stand and captured the price of a hot dog changing by the minute: $3 for some, $30 for others. When confronted by NBC, Mr. Mohammed claimed he didn't speak English, despite video evidence that he speaks and understands English just fine.

On Thursday, his boss, Abdelalim Abdelbaky, told the Post that Mr. Mohammed was fired for pocketing hundreds of dollars he made from overcharging customers.

"I fired him over it yesterday after I watched the news," Mr. Abdelbaky said. "He told me he charged the people $2 a hot dog. He lied to me."
#1: Wasting police resources on this? Stupid. Publicity put him out, and that's all that was needed.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2015-05-23 11:54 ||Comments

#2: Arrest the idiots that paid $30 as well.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2015-05-23 12:19 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Ga. man holds would-be carjacker at gunpoint until cops arrive: 'You woke up stupid this morning'
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Afghanistan: Political Leaders, MPs Meet With Ghani to Discuss Revisions to NDS-ISI MoU
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[Tolo News] A number of Afghan politicians, tribal elders MPs and civil society activists met President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
on Thursday to voice their reservations and requests regarding a recent cooperation agreement signed by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) and Pakistain's intelligence service (ISI).

According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed in secret last week, both countries commit to working closely together operationally to fight terror, and the ISI will help train and equip the NDS. In addition, Afghanistan and Pakistain will cooperate in investigating individuals and entities suspected of ties to terrorism within their respective territories.

The MoU has prompted a wave of heavy criticisms, particularly from politicians and analysts who are highly skeptical of Pakistain's intentions. With its long history of duplicitous rhetoric and covert support for the Taliban, many Afghans are disinclined to trust and collaborate with the Pak military and intelligence apparatus.

Regarding their meeting with President Ghani, a participant, Mohammad Amin Weqad, indicated that the MoU would be reviewed given the issues raised by those gathered. "It was agreed that the MoU must be reassessed and amended, because the views of the people's representatives in the national assembly, politicians, Jihadi figures and civil society must be included in the draft agreement," he said on Friday.

Other participants in the meeting emphasized that Ghani had said the agreement was not yet finalized, but was simply in draft form. For some, specific language as well as provisions of the MoU are unacceptable. "The 'separatist movements' and ANA soldiers being trained by Pakistain are among the issues that should be reviewed and amended," MP Abdullah Qarloq said.


International-UN-NGOs: Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
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[INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] 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...
is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
' Human Rights Council, in a move that has been described as the "final nail in the coffin for the credibility" of the HRC.

Reports of the bid come just days after Saudi Arabia posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners. This year it has already put 85 people to death in what has been branded by Amnesia Amnesty International a "macabre spike" from the 87 people it killed in total last year.

The country will move to assume lead control over the HRC after 2016 when the presidency is awarded to a new nation.

UN Watch, a non-profit human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
group that monitors the international body, disclosed Saudi Arabia's intentions in a recent report and urged the United States to fight against it.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said that the move was liable to be "the final nail in the coffin for the credibility of a body that already counts dictatorships like China, Cuba and Russia as members, and whose top advisor is co-founder of the Muammar Qadaffy
... who had more funny outfits than Louis XIV...
Human Rights Prize".
#1: Now I've heard everything.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-05-23 03:17 ||Comments

#2: freedom of religion,women and press come to mind.
Posted by: paul|| 2015-05-23 08:19 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Captured Russian servicemen to be prosecuted for terrorist acts, says Ukraine
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[INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] Ukraine says it has captured two Russian servicemen and they will be prosecuted for terrorist acts. In a video, posted by Kiev s interior ministry, one of the alleged servicemen appears to say he has been on a spying mission from the central Russian


-Land of the Free: Obama regime bans discrimination by drones
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] The Obama Justice Department issued new guidelines Friday for how the government should operate drones, including declaring a ban on flying them "to engage in discrimination," ticking off race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and "gender identity" as out of bounds for drone targeting.

Officials also said drones, or "Unmanned Aerial Surveillance," also cannot be used to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment.

While saying that drones can be a boon for Sherlocks, the Justice Department said when officials are using them, they must be connected to authorized investigations or other official activities.
#1: So using drones to hunt for Mexicans along our southern border is off limits? Pity. It seemed like a perfect application.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-05-23 01:54 ||Comments

#2: ..I believe they've already turned the Border Patrol into drones. See - Drone (bee)
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-05-23 08:15 ||Comments

#3: So using Drones to track and kill Islamic Terrorists who are only engaging in their Religious Actinity of enslaving and killing infidels is also off limits right?
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-05-23 10:01 ||Comments

#4: Who writes this stuff.

Geez, is everyone in DOJ sleeping under a rock?
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2015-05-23 11:51 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: Colombia's FARC rebels suspend unilateral cease-fire with government
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[AMERICA.ALJAZEERA] Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels suspended a unilateral cease-fire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters, the guerrilla group said Friday.

"We deplore the attack by the air force, army and police executed in the early hours of Thursday morning," the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a drug cartel based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
, or FARC, said in a statement. "We feel the same pain for the death of guerrillas and soldiers alike, sons of the same country and originating from poor families. We have to stop the bloodshed."

Late last year, FARC declared a one-sided cease-fire, but President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a resumption of military strikes after a rebel attack last month that killed 10 government troops.

"It is the first major blow against FARC since President Santos ordered the resumption of Arclight airstrikes against the guerrillas on April 15," a Defense Ministry official said about the strike, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
Thursday's Arclight airstrike raises doubts about peace talks that resumed that day between FARC and the Santos government. The president campaigned for his second term on the promise of securing peace with the rebels. The stop-start negotiations, which have been hosted by Cuba for over two years, are aimed at ending the country's five-decade-long civil conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.

Santos has declined to end fighting until there is a final peace agreement, though he had suspended air raids after rebel attacks ceased.

The attack Thursday involved military and police and took place in Guapi in the Cauca region of western Colombia, a FARC stronghold and an area popular with narco gangs. FARC was founded in 1964 and has about 8,000 fighters.

The army targeted a unit of the rebels that it blames for an attack in November on Gorgona Island that killed one of its lieutenants, the source said.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: 40 dead in Mexican ranch shootout
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[BLOG.CHRON] A shootout in Mexico that left 40 people dead occurred Friday in Michoacan state, in an area believed to be controlled by the Jalisco New Generation narco mob.

Cartels in Latin America have become more violent in the last few years with groups responsible for mass slaughters of rivals and vicious attacks on entire cities.

According to a report, the Jalisco New Generation narco mob "has launched bushwhackes against police this year in Jalisco state, but the identity or criminal affiliation of the armed civilians in Friday's clash was not immediately known."
#1: An argument over a 'parking space' or an 'evil eye' no doubt.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-05-23 06:30 ||Comments

#2: ...yep, and Mexican gun laws are even far more restrictive. Betcha they're glad they don't have a 2nd Amendment. (do I need to put a /sarc on that?)
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-05-23 08:26 ||Comments

#3: Chicago hasn't quite achieved this distinction.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-05-23 10:30 ||Comments

#4: Mexico always trying to one up the USA - just trying to beat the WACO shooting.
Posted by: Ebbatle Slinesing1040|| 2015-05-23 10:52 ||Comments

#5: Just doing the jobs that Americans are unwilling to do.
Posted by: Sgt. D.T.|| 2015-05-23 12:00 ||Comments



Arabia: Islamic State asserts responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia
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[WASHINGTONPOST] 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....
said Friday that it was behind a blast that killed or maimed scores of worshipers at a Shiite mosque in 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...
, marking the first time the holy warrior group has claimed an attack in the oil-rich kingdom and raising fears of an expanding sectarian conflict in the region.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Man survives shotgun attack after iPhone takes brunt of blast
Posted by Steve White 05/23/2015  00:00 2 Comments 226 words Read the whole thing on page 3
A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast. The victim's iPhone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun.
Great pic at the link. Try that with a Samsung...
The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called.

Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July.

The incident took place when the victim approached a group of teenagers who had turned of the water supply to the block of flats where he lived. During a confrontation, the teenager pulled out the shotgun and fired it at the victim. The firearm was later recovered by police wrapped in clingfilm and concealed under a bush - with the spent cartridge still inside.

Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said if the victim's phone had not been in his pocket "he would undoubtedly have died".
And try getting your iPhone repaired after that...
#1: if the victim's phone had not been in his pocket "he would undoubtedly have died".

From bird shot?
Posted by: Daffy Brown4464|| 2015-05-23 01:18 ||Comments

#2: Full choke
Posted by: KBK|| 2015-05-23 09:00 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: This Week In Guns, May 23rd, 2015
Posted by badanov 05/23/2015  00:00 2 Comments 1213 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Revised

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The shootings in Waco last weekend appear to be the work of the police.

Originally the paid media said that the story was a fight among bikers took place inside a commercial establishment, then spilled to the outside before the lead started to fly.

The folks at Western Rifle Shooters Association have discussed the provenance of the death, and the general consensus is that the bikers were let into a kill zone set up by police before they opened fire.

Writers at Lew Rockwell have suggested that government informants set up the whole thing, that unnamed government officials were hoping for some kind of crackdown in Texas, given the Jade Helm military exercises due to begin in June.

By one account, one of the bikers discharged a rifle or a long gun of some kind at another biker, presumably before the cops weighed in, but that was the only report of a rifle used by the bikers.

One thing I have learned about conspiracy theories is that no one is as evil, as good or as competent as the elements of any one conspiracy would suggest, especially when it comes to law enforcement.

So for now, the shootings appear to be what they are: bikers gathered at a commercial location, so that the cops, including police snipers could keep a close eye, so that at the moment weapons of any kind appeared, the cops could open fire. Whether their kill list consists of four or nine, it appears the cops stopped things from getting out of hand.

How close that is to the truth, I don't know. I just know I wouldn't want to be the Barney who has to detain 100-plus big bad biker men without some kind of intense fire support.

The left again shows its zeal to kill their sworn enemy (that would be you and me). A number of "news" articles from reliably leftist publications have appeared since last Sunday decrying the treatment of "old white men" over the African American protestors at places such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. Those writers are ignoring the body count for the "old white men" in Waco at the moment, because that just doesn't fit their narrative.

From the East Coast comes the news that New York's AR registration requirement is an even bigger failure than nearby Connecticut. A gun group in New York won a civil suit which now allows them to look over what is really going on with regard to gun registration.

Since George Stephanopoulos now admits supporting the Clintons financially through donations totaling $75,000, it is only fair for me to announce I am supporting The Zelman Partizans, an offshoot of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, which was taken over by another group less dedicated gun rights.

My total donation is $75.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition were steady while rifle ammunition prices were mostly steady.

Prices for used pistols were mixed while prices for used rifles were mostly higher.

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Quality Made Cartridges, FMJ, reloads, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 300 rounds: Beck Ammunition, Unknown Brand, FMJ, .28 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: I.Q. Metals, Store brand, FMJ, reloads, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: I.Q. Metals, Store brand, FMJ, reloads, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ventura Munitions, Wolf Polyformance, FMJ, Steel Cased, .17 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Blok Tactical, Kinetic Range (Store brand), FMJ, Reloads, .17 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 500 Rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store Brand, New, FMJ, .33 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each After Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .25 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, steel cased, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.308 NATO 150 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, steel cased, .43 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Tulammo, steel cased, .40 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ventura Munitions, Wolf WPA, steel case, .25 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt!, Brown Bear, steel case, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (11 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: AmmoFast, Aguilar, RNL, .10 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Munire USA, Raptor CI, RNL, .10 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $575 Last Week Avg: $530 (+) ($616 (8 Weeks), $515 (12 Weeks))
California (229, 221): Ruger AR-556: $550 ($650 (18 Weeks), $425 (21 Weeks))
Texas (310, 303): DPMS: $550 ($700 (11 Weeks), $350 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (140, 139): Bushmaster: $550 ($700 (7 Weeks), $490 (22 Weeks))
Virginia (171, 183): Palmetto State Armory: $629 ($750 (11 Weeks), $500 (16 Weeks))
Florida (338, 333): Armory Dynamics: $600 ($625 (3 Weeks), $450 (30 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $958 Last Week Avg: $938 (+) ($1,359 (6 Weeks), $938 (CA: $953 (23 Weeks))
California (41, 43): Mixed Build: $940 ($1,700 (22 Weeks), $940 (2 Weeks))
Texas (81, 83): DPMS: $950 ($1,500 (26 Weeks), $900 (31 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (25, 25): DPMS LR-308T: $900 ($1,500 (11 Weeks), $800 (19 Weeks))
Virginia (45, 44): DPMS: $1,100 ($1,600 (11 Weeks), $900 (27 Weeks))
Florida (67, 59): DPMS Panther: $900 ($1,500 (27 Weeks), $750 (15 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $554 Last Week Avg: $530 (+) ($626 (9 Weeks), $462 (23 Weeks))
California (53, 58): CAI M-70: $599 ($700 (10 Weeks), $320 (21 Weeks))
Texas (67, 67): Romak WASR: $750 ($750 (10 Weeks), $350 (28 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (60, 59): CAI VZ-2008: $375 ($750 (16 Weeks), ($375 CA: $450 (28 Weeks))
Virginia (50, 51): Romak: $550 ($625 (14 Weeks), $350 (16 Weeks))
Florida (96, 96): Romak: $500 ($650 (6 Weeks), $300 (26 Weeks))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $379 Last Week Avg: $400 (-) ($489 (18 Weeks), $320 (17 Weeks))
California (8, 9): Marlin 336: $350 ($450 (2 Weeks)), $350 (CA: $375 (20 Weeks))
Texas (21, 17): Marlin 336: $350 ($550 (16 Weeks), $300 (21 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (12, 11): Winchester 94AE: $350 ($450 (16 Weeks), $250 (21 Weeks))
Virginia (16, 13): Marlin 336CS: $400 ($425 (17 Weeks), $350 (18 Weeks))
Florida (17, 16): Winchester Model 94: $445 ($500 (13 Weeks), $300 (18 Weeks))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $413 Last Week Avg: $424 (-) ($450 (16 Weeks), $360 (11 Weeks))
California (158, 150): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($600 (15 Weeks), $350 (26 Weeks))
Texas (271, 272): Rock Island Armory: $450 ($600 (25 Weeks), $350 (12 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (145, 145): Regent 1911 (SS): $400 ($550 (4 Weeks), $325 (24 Weeks))
Virginia (144, 154): Girsan MC1911: $450 ($550 (6 Weeks), $250 (23 Weeks))
Florida (315, 305): American Tactical Imports: $365 ($450 (16 Weeks), $250 (12 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $310 Last Week Avg: $307 (+) ($336 (13 Weeks), $286 (18 Weeks))
California (158, 148): Beretta 92FS: $250 ($450 (15 Weeks), $250 (20 Weeks))
Texas (239, 240): EAA Tanfoglio Witness: $335 ($355 (14 Weeks), $220 (5 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (203, 198): Ruger P95DC: $315 ($350 (31 Weeks), $240 (10 Weeks))
Virginia (155, 171): Ruger SR9: $350 ($400 (7 Weeks), $275 (27 Weeks))
Florida (385, 397): Walther PPX: $300 ($375 (22 Weeks), $250 (11 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $331 Last Week Avg: $321 (+) ($368 (5 Weeks), $300 (30 Weeks))
California (73, 71): Sig Sauer SP2022: $400 ($400 (7 Weeks), $250 (20 Weeks))
Texas (106, 110): Smith & Wesson SDVE40: $375 ($425 (24 Weeks), $275 (7 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (80, 86): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $340 ($340 (28 Weeks), $250 (15 Weeks))
Virginia (77, 79): Smith & Wesson SW40VE: $280 ($450 (13 Weeks), $275 (19 Weeks))
Florida (116, 127): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $260 ($400 (13 Weeks), $260 (2 Weeks)))

Used Gun of the Week: (Wisconsin)
Ruger Royal PhoenixGP100 Chambered in .357 Magnum

Chris Covert writes for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter.
#1: Did you see that Singer 1911, number 171 of 500 on auction?
Posted by: Steven|| 2015-05-23 02:01 ||Comments

#2: Wut?
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2015-05-23 05:59 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich
Posted by Daffy Brown4464 05/23/2015  00:00 4 Comments 164 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Dacheng, one of the biggest law firms in the People's Republic of China, is set to merge with two major American law firms, Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge, making it the largest law firm in the world.

The arrangement will bring together a unique arrangement of policy professionals all under the same roof. The new mega-firm will employ, via Dentons: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Democratic National Committee Chair Joe Andrew, and former Rep. Van Hilleary, R-Tenn., among others. McKenna Long's political roster includes: former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, former Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo. Many of the individuals, like Hart, do not have a law degree or practice law, but work in the "government affairs" departments of the two firms, a catch-all phrase to describe lobbying-related business.
#1: So, now they are just being overt about it. (slow clap)
Posted by: Nguard|| 2015-05-23 09:21 ||Comments

#2: A whore is still a whore no matter who's paying them.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-05-23 09:35 ||Comments

#3: Newton Leroy Gingrich,
When he became "Beijingrich,"
Resolved the ancient mystery
Of why he studied history.
Posted by: Shuting Gurly-Brown7975|| 2015-05-23 10:07 ||Comments

#4: Should make it much easier for the Chinese to make large bribes contributions to their candidates and buy Congressmen and Senators.

Not to mention transfer tech out of the country.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-05-23 10:11 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kayla Mueller passed on chance to escape IS captors
Posted by ryuge 05/23/2015  00:00 1 Comments 105 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Foreign Policy] Kayla Mueller, the American hostage who recently died in Syria under mysterious circumstances, rejected an opportunity to try to escape out of loyalty to another female hostage who was not physically capable of fleeing and would have had to remain behind, according to two people familiar with the case.

Mueller was the personal captive of a senior IS militant named Abu Sayyaf, who was killed by members of Delta Force last weekend during a raid on his compound in in eastern Syria. The details of Mueller's chance to attempt an escape — and her decision not to take it — have not been previously reported.
#1: Someone is trying to make Mueller into Mother Theresa.

Wasn't she a cheerleader for Palestinian violence?
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2015-05-23 11:34 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: Rookie cop killed in NPA attack on police outpost
Posted by ryuge 05/23/2015  00:00 0 Comments 124 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Inquirer] A rookie policeman, Andrio Jose Linao, was killed when communist militants stormed a police outpost in a mining village in Tarragona, Davao Oriental, early Friday.

Police spokesperson Antonio Rivera said an undetermined number of New People's Army militants attacked a detachment of the provincial public safety company. By text message, Rivera said, "The attack killed (Linao)."

Meanwhile, three alleged NPA militants surrendered to troops in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province.

Jessie, Jefred and Jonathan, all surnamed Conseng, voluntarily turned themselves to soldiers in Poblacion village around 8 a.m. Thursday. Capt. Alberto Caber said, "According to the three former rebels, they wanted to embrace peace, live a normal live with their loved ones and avail of the programs of the government (intended for former rebels)."


Southeast Asia: Thai villager killed in drive-by shooting
Posted by ryuge 05/23/2015  00:00 0 Comments 82 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Bangkok Post] A civilian was killed in a drive-by shooting in Narathiwat province late Thursday night. The victim was found lying in a pool of blood on a local road in Muang district.

Police said he was walking home at about 10 p.m. when two terrorists men traveling on motorcycle passed and the pillion rider shot him in the back twice. Sukree died at the scene.

Police are still investigating, but said terrorists insurgents may be to blame.