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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russia simulated an attack on Denmark, flew there with live missiles
Posted by anon1 10/31/2014  18:48 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


-Obits-: Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Explodes. Pilot dead co-Pilot in serious danger
Posted by 3dc 10/31/2014  18:19 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


-Land of the Free: Judge scraps quarantine for Typhoid Mary, decries unscientific paranoia in US
Posted by anon1 10/31/2014  18:17 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


-Land of the Free: Typhoid Mary's room-mate in Africa has ebola, doesn't know how they got it
Posted by anon1 10/31/2014  18:16 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Home Front: Culture Wars: Judge Reverses Typhoid Mary's 3 Foot 'Quarantine'
Posted by Raj 10/31/2014  15:34 9 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Unbelievable - via Hot Air.
Maine officials cannot force a quarantine on a nurse who treated West African Ebola patients, a Maine judge ruled Friday.

District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.

LaVerdiere said Hickox should continue self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

Hickox treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and returned to Newark Liberty International Airport with a slight fever. She was quarantined in a tent and then allowed to return to her home in Maine.

Hickox has defied quarantine orders by Maine officials, saying she is showing no symptoms of the disease and is following self-monitoring guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
#1: LaVerdiere... sounds French Canadian. His reversal should come as no surprise.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 15:48 ||Comments

#2: Judge LeMerdiere's decision aside, it wouldn't have had to come judgement if Lit'l Miss Caca had acted like a responsible adult. Her total disregard for proceedures and general safety behavior makes me question her effectiveness while in Africa.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:19 ||Comments

#3: Hickox treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

Do we know what she was actually doing over there? The only official statements I've seen were incredibly vague. If she was just a pencil-pusher, this is no big deal. If she had contact with infected patients, this is nuts.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 16:30 ||Comments

#4: No candy for you tonight. Move along please.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 16:40 ||Comments

#5: There was a report today that Hickox's roomate in Sierra Leone contracted ebola while there. There seems to be a good reason, authorities were concerned.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 16:53 ||Comments

#6: You know - I think Typhoid Kaci would be a most excellent Halloween costume.

something like Besoeker's picture.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 17:17 ||Comments

#7:
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2014-10-31 17:17 ||Comments

#8: self-monitoring - oh right.

So suppose she develops a fever over the next day or two.

Do you seriously think she will report it? Heck I doubt she'll even tell her boyfriend.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 18:01 ||Comments

#9: JohnQC - one link to that is here.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-31 18:32 ||Comments



Europe: Italy mayor wants separate buses for Roma (ethnically Indian) people
Posted by Besoeker 10/31/2014  13:17 1 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Canberra Times] Rome: An attempt by an Italian mayor to create a separate bus route for Roma people has sparked outrage among politicians, who compared the move to apartheid in South Africa and segregation in the United States.

Claudio Gambino, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) mayor of Borgaro Torinese, said this week he wants separate buses because Roma people who live in a camp of around 600 inhabitants on the outskirts of the northern Italian town "have been afflicting us for over 20 years".

"To guarantee the security of our citizens we need two buses. One for citizens, the other for Roma people," he was quoted as saying by Italian media on Friday, adding that buses were plagued by theft and petty violence.

Town councillor Luigi Spinelli of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party (SEL) has supported the motion - to the disgust of his party's leader Nichi Vendola, who told La Stampa daily on Saturday that "giving people different rights is called apartheid".
Cheap labor can be rather expensive.
#1: Roma...that almost sounds like a reference to "gypsies"
Posted by: Rex Mundi|| 2014-10-31 13:57 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Democrats: Vote or we'll kick your ass
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  13:12 8 Comments 109 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[NYPOST] The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

"Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record," the letter says.

"We will be reviewing voting records .â.â. to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014."

It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: "If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not."
#1: It would be nice if entire neighborhoods voted Republican in response.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-31 14:37 ||Comments

#2: Most tyrants authoritarians who engage in PR votes use the same accounting to jack up those plebiscites at 98%+. The mask slips every now and then from the socialists showing their true nature.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 16:19 ||Comments

#3: "That's just the way it is
Some things'll never change..."

No wait. It's not the same when we do it...//Bruce Hornsby.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-31 16:28 ||Comments

#4: "Nice property tax bill ya got there - be a real shame if it suddenly increased, know what I mean?"
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-31 17:01 ||Comments

#5: Yez wouldn't want something should happen to your family, would yez?
Posted by: Mugsy Glink|| 2014-10-31 17:15 ||Comments

#6: Right now I am registered as an independent. I'm thinking of registering as a Democrat so I can get this sort of abuse.

Of course, I would then be able to vote in the Democratic primary.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-31 17:31 ||Comments

#7: ...and a guy named Mugsy knows how this stuff woiks, see?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-31 18:09 ||Comments

#8: If idiot democrats win the next elections, they will back it up.

Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-31 22:25 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Is General John R. Allen in over his head ?
Posted by Besoeker 10/31/2014  12:53 5 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2


Home Front: Politix: Nate Silver - 68.5% Chance Of Repubs Winning The Senate
Posted by Raj 10/31/2014  12:18 2 Comments 162 words Read the whole thing on page 6
The GOP’s chances of winning the Senate are 68.5 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, its highest figure of the year.

Among the 20 new polls released Thursday — it looks like there will be no Great Poll Shortage after all — two were principally responsible for Republican gains. The first was in Kentucky, where a SurveyUSA poll for the Louisville Courier-Journal had Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell ahead 48-43 over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. The poll represented a shift from SurveyUSA’s previous two polls, which had a 1 percentage-point lead for McConnell and a 2-point lead for Grimes. With SurveyUSA (a highly rated pollster) now more in line with other polls of the state, we have a clearer story in Kentucky. It’s one that probably ends in a victory for McConnell, whose chances of winning are up to 87 percent.

Watch the lefties come out and savage Nate for this because he's not telling them what they want to hear.
#1: Winning the Senate is nice, but a veto-proof majority is really what is needed.
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 21:43 ||Comments

#2: (carryover from previous post) Unless the American public will get beaucoup angry at the Dems after 2-years of watching the 'Pubs getting their Healthcare "mods" being slapped back into their faces as one state after another eye-poppingly raises rates.
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 22:00 ||Comments



Home Front: Culture Wars: Typhoid Mary Ordered To Stay 3 Ft Away From Others
Posted by Raj 10/31/2014  12:10 4 Comments 101 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients and is locked in a standoff with the governor over quarantine rules, has been temporarily ordered by a court to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.

Hickox, who has tested negative for Ebola and has no symptoms, has maintained that authorities in Maine violated her rights by demanding that she stay at home for 21 days. She took a defiant bike ride on Thursday morning, and Gov. Paul LePage said that she was testing his patience.

Better than nothing, I suppose.
#1: Funny how she gets to decide whether she's at risk of developing ebola or not, and yet our service personnel who were pointlessly sent to west Africa cannot.

These folks should just stay home until they've passed the 21 days. They should be compensated for any lost wages, and should get an aide to run errands and check for ebola symptoms every few hours.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-31 12:36 ||Comments

#2: Caca could have stayed home, shown the example, self examined, kept a log, and wrote her book.

She chose to be a toddler. Hubris could be used as well.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 12:47 ||Comments

#3: So, as a known possible carrier of Ebola, if she's within sneezing distance, aren't I afraid for my life and able to respond with lethal force?
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2014-10-31 13:49 ||Comments

#4: No, silent masonry; you might get splattered by bodily fluids thrown from the lethal force holes, which would be at least as dangerous as the sneeze.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 14:28 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: Dems tell voters to get to the polls, or else
Posted by DarthVader 10/31/2014  11:43 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Europe: Do it for Danmark
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/31/2014  09:48 1 Comments 23 words Read the whole thing on page 3
h/t Danish Yank
#1: take our ovulation discount, prove you conceived and we give you 3 years free baby stuff

outstanding
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 11:16 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Police on high alert in Jerusalem after Fatah calls for 'day of rage'
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/31/2014  02:19 2 Comments 60 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Police were set to reopen the Temple Mount to visitors on Friday, despite calls from Fatah to hold a “day of rage” in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
How do you say "thank you" in Swedish---dör du grisar?
#1: Does Fatah (or any Muslim for that matter) have any other kind of day?

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2014-10-31 13:26 ||Comments

#2: There is the story of Ali, who thought he heard Day of Rouge. He showed up at the Temple Mount in make-up and heels. After he was stoned and quartered, the mob took the rest of the day off.

Notoriously, The Demi-Day of Rage.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:04 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US Focuses On Islamic State Targets Near Kobani, Syria
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:37 1 Comments 199 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] US forces staged 10 air strikes on Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
targets near the Syrian city of Kobani since Wednesday, US Central Command said.

The raids in the Kobani area were among 12 in Syria by US fighters and bombers. The Kobani strikes hit two small Islamic State units and destroyed seven fighting positions and five buildings, Central Command said. Strikes also damaged an Islamic State headquarters building near Dayr Az Zawr and a security building near Ar Raqqah.

US forces were joined by allies in raids in Iraq that hit small Islamic State unit near Bayji and checkpoint west of Ramadi.
#1: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga cross into Kobane,Syria to fight along side Kurdish Syrian YPG, Kurdish Syrian YPJ and Free Syria Armed Forces. (After 46 days, here comes the Cavalry!)

US bombed border area to eliminate any ISIS in the area of the historic crossing.







Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 18:09 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Mary Landrieu: Obama and I Are Unpopular in Louisiana Because the South Is Racist and Sexist
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:37 23 Comments 259 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[FREEBEACON] Senator Mary Landrieu said Thursday she thinks one of the reasons she is losing her campaign for re-election is that the state that voted her into office is sexist. Landrieu also said that President B.O. is unpopular in her state because of his race.

Speaking with NBC's Chuck Todd, Landrieu said, "I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans."

Pointing to herself Landrieu continued, "It's not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It's more of a conservative place."

Landrieu oddly didn't mention that her low approval might stem from the fact she was the deciding vote for Obamacare
... aka the Affordable Care Act, an ineptly designed and worse executed piece of legislation designed to bring 17 percent of the U.S. economy under the direct control of the government. The previous iteration, known as Hillarycare, was laughed out of Washington. This stinker was passed on a party-line vote without being read...
. The senator also didn't note in the interview that President B.O.'s approval ratings are dismal in northern states as well as southern.
#1: The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans."


Could that be why so many are leaving Atlanta ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:29 ||Comments

#2: I was wondering how long it would take for the "all non-leftists are racist, sexist, homophobic cretins who want to kill children and starve the elderly" cards to come out.


If they are coming out in Landrieu, things must be pretty bad for the Dems.
Posted by: no mo uro|| 2014-10-31 06:03 ||Comments

#3: Especially among African-Americans and women?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 06:38 ||Comments

#4:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 07:25 ||Comments

#5: So, they weren't racist and sexist in the elections that put her and O in, but they are now?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 07:52 ||Comments

#6: so sayeth the Senator from DC
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-31 08:11 ||Comments

#7: Besoeker: leaving atlanta? Did I miss something?
Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-31 08:20 ||Comments

#8: So all you racists and sexists go out and vote for me to prove you aren't racist and sexist.
Posted by: Mary Landrieu|| 2014-10-31 09:39 ||Comments

#9: Sarcasm Chris, pure sarcasm.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 10:10 ||Comments

#10: "The RACE card! Don't leave home without it!"
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2014-10-31 10:21 ||Comments

#11: That is pretty much all the left have to run on. Racism and sexism to go with their socialism.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-31 10:46 ||Comments

#12: I'll be very, very honest with you…

Typically speaking, whenever a politician begins a statement with that phrase the following comments are usually less than truthful.
Posted by: DepotGuy|| 2014-10-31 11:16 ||Comments

#13: She's scraping the bottom of the barrel and can't find anything else. Buh-bye, Mary.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2014-10-31 11:27 ||Comments

#14: Ha.
Ha ha.
Huh ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 11:57 ||Comments

#15: "It's not always been a good place for women to present ourselves"

Couldn't it be because she's Mary Landrieu?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 12:15 ||Comments

#16: South is racist? Quick someone remind Louisiana Gov Jindal that he's not white! And warn S Carolina Gov Nikki Haley (Female and India descent), and Sen Tim Scott (black) too!

Oh, hmm. Seems the Republicans have managed to elect minority candidates in their primaries...
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 14:46 ||Comments

#17: I guess there's no question Pork Chop Landrieu is out. It's the bunker scene from Downfall.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-10-31 15:22 ||Comments

#18: Great theory, Mary. But it fails to account for how you and Barry got elected in the first place. Could it possibly be your performance and policies? Nah, the people just suck.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 16:37 ||Comments

#19: Landrieu plays the racist and sexist card out of desperation. She missed the xenophobe card. I guess she didn't feel she could get away with that since Jindal has Indian origins.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 16:47 ||Comments

#20: So all the recent immigrates to Louisiana are racist and sexist?
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-31 16:55 ||Comments

#21: OS, stop expecting Demonrats to use their brains. Trying to think overheats their two brain cells and if one of them dies, they turn into Biden or Gore. If both of them die, then they become Ted Kennedy, dead but still voting.
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2014-10-31 18:08 ||Comments

#22: Voters do not like to be smeared with an "X" by their home rep.

Enjoy your life as a lobbyist, Mary. Too bad we didn't have better limits on "The Revolving Door."
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 22:06 ||Comments

#23: Then move away you Stupid BITCH.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-31 22:21 ||Comments



Good morning
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:21 4 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: Not a weave.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-31 09:01 ||Comments

#2: Happy Halloween !

Posted by: Jiggs the Batty3387|| 2014-10-31 19:51 ||Comments

#3: The Parisites, milling and staring,
Cried, "What in the hell is she wearing?"
But soon they were cheering
Her ponytail earring
Whenever she went out Vermeering.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-31 20:50 ||Comments

#4: Happy Halloween!!
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 21:21 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran Foils Sabotage Attempt On Heavy Water Tanks
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 9 Comments 54 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] An Iranian newspaper says authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors.

Thursday's report in the independent Arman daily quotes Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying that Iranian experts thwarted the sabotage attempt "in recent weeks."
#1: Couldn't carry them off?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:45 ||Comments

#2: Those extra protons will will weight you down.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-10-31 00:48 ||Comments

#3: Remains me an old Russian joke.
Q) Why there's no water in the sea?
A) Because the kikes stole it all.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:31 ||Comments

#4: A) Because the kikes stole it all.

Yeah. It's just the sort of thing they do when they're not off inventing the cell phone or developing vaccines for diseases.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 02:38 ||Comments

#5:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:07 ||Comments

#6: ...That's okay, the Iranians are taking it to a safe location by ferry.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-10-31 10:19 ||Comments

#7: Rust djinns. Definately rust djinns.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 10:36 ||Comments

#8: Inshallah construction.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:29 ||Comments

#9: Enrich yourself dinar by dinar
With what you should put into rebar.
Sure, Allah will provide,
And if not, you can hide
In the dust and yell, "Allahu akbar!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-31 21:03 ||Comments



International-UN-NGOs: U.N. Watchdog Slams Israel Abuses, Demands Gaza War Probe
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 8 Comments 538 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] A U.N. human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Paleostinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gazoo.

With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily festivities, the U.N. Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record.

The committee lamented continued punitive demolitions of Paleostinian homes in the West Bank, excessive force by the Israel Defense Forces and decried reports of the use of torture and ill-treatment of Paleostinians, including children, in Israeli detention facilities.

It also slammed the "continuing confiscation and expropriation of Paleostinian land and restrictions on access of Paleostinians in the Occupied Paleostinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."

The body, which oversees global rules on civil and political rights, and submits governments to regular reviews, also voiced concern over alleged human rights abuses during three Israeli military operations in Gazoo since late 2008, including the nearly two-month war this summer that killed nearly 2,200 mainly civilian Paleostinians and 73 people in Israel, mostly soldiers.

Israel "should ensure that all human rights violations committed during its military operations in the Gazoo Strip in 2008-2009, 2012 and 2014 are thoroughly, effectively, independently and impartially investigated," the Geneva-based committee said in its conclusions.

It demanded that perpetrators, especially those in positions of command, be "prosecuted and sanctioned" and that the victims and their families be provided "effective remedies".

And it criticized Israel's continuing blockade of Gazoo, lamenting that the blockade continues to "negatively impact Paleostinians' access to all basic and life-saving services such as food, health, electricity, water and sanitation."

The committee's comments came as tensions raging since the Gazoo war started in July swelled after Israeli police rubbed out a Paleostinian Thursday suspected of an liquidation attempt on a hardline campaigner for Jewish prayer rights at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque.

In a bid to avoid further tensions, Israel ordered the closure of the Al-Aqsa compound to all visitors, drawing a furious response from Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
, who described it as "a declaration of war".
#1: Subtle humor, TW.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:57 ||Comments

#2: One day, Sarumans, one day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:48 ||Comments

#3:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:57 ||Comments

#4: Fat Bob can't spell.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 07:12 ||Comments

#5: Urbana might get jealous.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-10-31 09:46 ||Comments

#6: Chief Illiniwek probably would like the caviar, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-10-31 09:49 ||Comments

#7: Not surprising, considering the vermin that constitute the UN's 'human rights' commission
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:42 ||Comments

#8: Nah, Chief Illiniwek was killed by political correctness some years back.

To see him perform was to understand and appreciate the symbol.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-31 14:27 ||Comments



Economy: Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 239 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] Lenovo has announced it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.

The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star.

By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.

Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the US.

"Today, we achieved a historic milestone for Lenovo and for Motorola -- and together we are ready to compete, grow and win in the global smartphone market," Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said in a statement.

He hailed the partnership as a "perfect fit," adding that "Motorola brings a strong presence in the US and other mature markets, great carrier relationships, an iconic brand, a strong IP portfolio and an incredibly talented team."

In the same statement, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Motorola is in great hands with Lenovo, a company that's all-in on making great devices."
#1: ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...

I really need to get my eye prescription updated and get a pair of glasses. I read that as "a succession of Daleks..."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-31 00:32 ||Comments

#2: OTOH: Have you ever seen a Dalek and Obama in the same room?
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 01:06 ||Comments

#3: ends Google's brief ownership
Didn't we see earlier that Google kept a number of remarkable Motorola patents which M. couldn't afford to develop or tech wouldn't yet support?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:19 ||Comments

#4: Weird. Something convinced me to ditch my Motorola phone yesterday.

Pity I can't get rid of the Lenovo laptop. It's employer issued.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-10-31 07:46 ||Comments

#5: pre-loaded with non-NSA spyware
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-31 09:16 ||Comments

#6: One of my patents stayed with Google. It kills denial of service attacks.

Another is still with the core Motorola bit in Schaumburg.

Not many I know still with the unit going to the Chicoms.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-10-31 20:25 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS kills 30 Assad men; Homs blast injures 37
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 779 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] At least 37 people, including children, were maimed in a car kaboom on a government-controlled neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported.

"Terrorists detonated a boom-mobile in the center of Al-Zahraa neighborhood, causing deaths and injuries," it said. It later said at least 37 people had been hurt, including children who were "at death's door," adding that the blast had caused major damage.

The majority of Al-Zahraa's residents are Alawite, the same sect as Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
.

The bombing is the latest in a series of attacks targeting government-controlled areas of Homs city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
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 men attacked an oil and gas field in Syria, killing at least 30 pro-regime gunnies and security guards, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

"IS managed to control parts of the field," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said after Tuesday's assault at Shaer, in Homs province.

An unknown number of turbans were also killed, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Separately, US warplanes renewed Arclight airstrikes near the Syrian town of Kobani, as Iraqi peshmerga soldiers prepared to reinforce their fellow Kurds in the border area, the US military said on Wednesday.

US fighter jets and bombers on Tuesday and Wednesday carried out eight air raids near Kobani, targeting six vehicles, a building and several IS fighting positions over the past 24 hours, said the military's Central Command, which oversees the air war in Iraq and Syria.

In Iraq, American unmanned drones and fighter jets conducted six bombing raids, including three near Sinjar in the north and three around Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
west of Baghdad, Central Command said in a statement.

The latest air strikes came as heavily armed peshmerga forces were poised to cross the Turkish border into Kobani to help the local Kurdish militia that has held out against a relentless assault by IS turbans for weeks.

Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
rebels crossed from Turkey to Kobani earlier on Wednesday.
#1: What wouldn't be happening if the legitimate demands of the Palestinians weren't denied.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:32 ||Comments

#2: I feel a little bad for laughing at that. But only a little. Someone please remind me which one was the legitimate demand.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 02:36 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: UN watchdog demands Gaza war probe, slams Israel abuses
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 257 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] A UN human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
watchdog on Thursday urged Israel to respect the rights of Paleostinians, and demanded the country probe violations committed during repeated assaults on Gazoo.

With tensions soaring in East Jerusalem, and months of almost daily festivities, the UN Human Rights Committee published conclusions Thursday from its review earlier this month of Israel's human rights record.

The committee lamented continued punitive demolitions of Paleostinian homes in the West Bank, excessive force by the Israel Defense Forces and decried reports of the use of torture and ill treatment of Paleostinians, including children, in Israeli detention facilities.

It also slammed the "continuing confiscation and expropriation of Paleostinian land and restrictions on access of Paleostinians in the Occupied Paleostinian Territory, including East Jerusalem."

The body, which oversees global rules on civil and political rights, and submits governments to regular reviews, also voiced concern over alleged human rights abuses during three Israeli military operations in Gazoo since late 2008, including the nearly two-month war this summer that killed nearly 2,200 mainly civilian Paleostinians and 73 people in Israel, mostly soldiers.
#1: And the joke is that its redundant, right?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:56 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:20 ||Comments



Africa North: Amnesty: Libya militias committing war crimes
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 10 Comments 191 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Of course they are.
[ARABNEWS] Amnesia Amnesty International says rival militias and gangs in Libya are committing "mounting war crimes" with impunity.

In a new report released Thursday, it accuses fighters of having complete disregard for civilian lives, saying turbans have fired GRAD rockets and artillery into civilian neighborhoods. It also says "scores of civilians have been kidnapped by gangs."

"In today's Libya the rule of the gun has taken hold. Armed groups and militias are running amok, launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas and committing widespread abuses, including war crimes, with complete impunity," Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said in a statement.
#1: They could write a sternly worded letter, that would show them!
Posted by: Steven|| 2014-10-31 03:18 ||Comments

#2: Rocketing civilian neighborhoods, kidnapping...OMG! They're acting like total Paleostinians!!11!!!
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 03:37 ||Comments

#3: The ultimate viral therapy. More please, and faster.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:42 ||Comments

#4: Does it seem like the outrage is conditional on the PCness of the victim group.

If Muzzies are on the receiving end you're the big bad aggressor, if you're a juice well tough s#!t.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 07:18 ||Comments

#5: Amnesty: Libya militias committing war crimes

And this surprises them how, exactly?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-10-31 08:22 ||Comments

#6: As a question of general interest: anybody ever run a war without committing war crimes?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 08:31 ||Comments

#7: Amnesia seems to be unable to connect the dots about who really does commit war crimes because to do so would reveal a truth they're unwilling to accept.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 09:13 ||Comments

#8: anybody ever run a war without committing war crimes?

Depends who wins.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble|| 2014-10-31 09:37 ||Comments

#9: Well, Israel always wins---otherwise we wouldn't exist. And we always guilty of war crimes.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 09:40 ||Comments

#10: Israel's war crime is interfering with the winning of those who ought to by fighting back, g(r)omgoru, as is America's.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-31 16:22 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Father of 6 daughters, Saudi fighter dies in Kobani
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 7 Comments 247 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] A Saudi man, who left the Kingdom 18 months ago to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) terrorist group, has died, leaving behind six daughters, according to a report.

Al-Zahrani, 42, was killed in Kobani, the main theater of war at the Turkey-Syria border where the IS is fighting coalition and Kurdish forces. Al-Zahrani had left his family and job at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh to join the terrorist group. During his time with IS, he learned to make explosives.

Curiously, when Al-Zahrani died, it took a while for other IS members to identify him. They launched a Twitter campaign to find out his real name so that they could inform his family of his death. They also sent tweets to Saudi tribes and published photographs of him under his assumed name, Ibrahim Al-Jazrawi.

Al-Zahrani hailed from Abha, and moved frequently between several IS camps in Syria.
#1: Tried to prove your manhood, abu el banat?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:28 ||Comments

#2: Why have 6 when you can have 72.
Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-10-31 06:24 ||Comments

#3: probably was a 3rd or 4th son, no inheritance.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 09:10 ||Comments

#4: well i guess those girls can't go to the shops anymore. can't leave the house without a male relative...
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 10:50 ||Comments

#5: Why have 6 when you can have 72

Well if he was killed by one of the women defenders he gets nothing.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 11:15 ||Comments

#6: Curiously, when Al-Zahrani died, it took a while for other IS members to identify him.

Yeah, hellfire missiles will do that to you.
Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2014-10-31 13:30 ||Comments

#7: They took his pants off in order to ID.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 13:44 ||Comments



Arabia: Hezbollah's claim Saudi Arabia backs terror groups rubbished
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 383 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has rejected accusations by Hezbollah that 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...
supports terrorist groups, saying the Kingdom has been at the forefront of confronting terrorism over the years.

"Personally I think that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King of the Arabians, Sheikh of the Burning Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, was the first country to fight terrorism because it was the first to be affected by it," said Prince Miteb during a visit to Dammam. He said it was clear who was supporting terror groups in the region.

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had claimed that Saudi Arabia was arming and funding terrorist groups in the Middle East. The leader of the Lebanese movement made the remarks in a televised speech.

Prince Miteb said the Kingdom was ready to confront any group that threatened the country's stability.

The National Guard was one of several security agencies responsible for keeping the country safe in the face of bloodshed and instability in neighboring countries.

Prince Miteb was in Dammam to meet security officials. He inspected the Third Special Security Brigade and was briefed on its formations, machinery and preparedness. He also watched mock military operations involving riots and VIP protection.

During a ceremony organized by National Guard employees and dignitaries from the eastern region, he announced that his ministry signed a contract with the United States to buy the best aircraft in the world.

He said the first batch would arrive soon and the National Guard's pilots would receive extra training to handle these machines.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: MERS strikes: 4 dead, 9 new cases surface
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 159 words Read the whole thing on page 3
After a break for the haj, MERS resumes its slow march.
[ARABNEWS] The MERS coronavirus has killed four persons and infected nine others, announced the Saudi Health Ministry on Thursday.

One of the latest victims of the deadly disease is an 84-year-old expatriate who lived in Taif.

The nine latest MERS infected patients, meanwhile, are all Saudi with the exception of a 30-year-old expat woman in Riyadh.

Three new cases were diagnosed in Riyadh, three in Taif and one in Hafr Al-Batin.

The deadly virus has killed 337 across the Kingdom since June 2012.

A total of 435 patients have made a full recovery, while 17 are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals across the Kingdom, according to ministry reports.

New cases have recently been diagnosed in several cities, including Taif, Madinah, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al-Jouf, Najran, Hofuf, Hafr Al-Batin and Jubail.
#1: I read just yesterday, the Israelis have a "vaccine booster" for MERS...hmmm
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:22 ||Comments

#2: 435 survive, 337 dead

that's only slightly better than ebola
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 10:53 ||Comments



Terror Networks: Haramain Foundation off terror list
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 128 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] The Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council has taken Haramain Islamic Foundation (HIF) off the terror list, Sabq.com online said.

The committee also acquitted the HIF of the false accusations made against it in the wake of Sept. 11 incident, where thousands of US citizens died as a result of terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

The decision, issued last Tuesday, comes after 10 years of freezing HIF assets, travel bans on its employees and denial of charity work under fabricated and false accusations, the paper said.

The Sanctions Committee removed Haramain Foundation from the list of sanctions after reconsidering requests made by Office of the Ombudsman to remove HIF from the terror list pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1904 for the year 2009, the paper said.


Africa North: Tunisia Secularists Win Landmark Vote in Arab Spring Birthplace
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 575 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes won landmark parliamentary elections, results showed Thursday, beating Islamist rivals in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Sunday's election has been hailed as a victory for democracy in the North African nation, which touched off the so-called Arab Spring when protests drove longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power in 2011.

Tunisians hope the election, and a presidential vote on November 23, will provide much-coveted stability, nearly four years after the revolution.

Nidaa Tounes -- an eclectic coalition of left and center-right politicians, opposition figures and senior people from the ousted Ben Ali regime -- won 85 of 217 seats, the ISIE election body told a presser.

The Islamist Ennahda party, which had run Tunisia in coalition with other parties for much of the time since Ben Ali's downfall, took 69 seats.

With an outright majority of 109 seats virtually out of the question once final results are issued, political horse-trading has already begun on forming a coalition.

Under Tunisia's electoral system, a party that gains the largest number of votes but falls short of a majority is given a mandate to form a coalition government.

But there is no natural alliance among the various parties, and press reports have suggested a grand coalition between the two top vote-getters may be possible.

Nidaa Tounes is headed by Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old veteran of Tunisian politics, who vowed to form a coalition with other parties to take the country forward.

Essebsi himself is a candidate for the presidency, and considered a frontrunner.

"We took the decision in advance that Nidaa Tounes would not govern alone, even if we won an absolute majority," he told Al-Hiwar Al-Tounsi television.

"We will govern with those closest to us, with the democratic family, so to speak," he said.

Mohsen Marzouk, a Nidaa Tounes official, said "the question of (forming a) government will be sorted out after the presidential election," meaning the end of December if a run-off is required.

Newspaper La Presse said the outcome of Sunday's election has not provided a "blank cheque" to anyone.

"Tunisians voted for solutions to be found to their problems, without wasting time and without getting bogged down."

And 31 percent of registered voters failed to turn out, according to preliminary figures, due to widespread disaffection and lack of confidence in the political system.

Ennahda, which won Tunisia's first free elections three years ago after Ben Ali's departure, had been accused of working to steer Tunisian society away from its traditional secularism and the country is troubled by a low-level jihadist insurgency.

At the same time, the economy has been in the doldrums during Ennahda's tenure, with unemployment among the young, themselves widely disaffected, a major concern.

But the Tunisian central bank expressed confidence Thursday that the results of the election would contribute to putting the economy back on track.

The success of this "important stage in the transitional process should... send reassuring messages to economic players, both local and foreign investors, and contribute to the success of the decisive phase of the transition on the economic front," a statement said.

The UPL (Free Patriotic Union), led by entrepreneur Slim Riahi, came third in Sunday's vote, winning 16 seats. That was just one more than the number secured by leftist coalition Popular Front.

Another 15 parties will divide up the remaining 32 seats.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel recalls envoy to Sweden over Palestine recognition
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 167 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] Tel Aviv has recalled its ambassador to Stockholm after Sweden's official recognition of the Paleostinian state.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that it has recalled the regime's ambassador to Stockholm for consultations with regard to the Scandinavian country's decision to recognize the state of Paleostine.

Meanwhile,
...back at the fist fight, Jake ducked another roundhouse, then parried with his left, then with his right, finally with his chin...
the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed out at Sweden for what he called the "miserable decision that strengthens the murderous Moslem elements and Paleostinian rejectionism.''

"It's a shame that the government of Sweden chose to take a declarative step that only causes harm," added the Israeli official.
#1: And it works too---since the declaration Muslim rapes of Swedish girls became a lot less violent.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:29 ||Comments

#2: What the hell happened to the Scandinavians? They used to be such a stolid, dependable people.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 02:41 ||Comments

#3: So within hours of being recognized as a state by a country, the Paleos declare war on Israel. The shame of Sweden.

Might as well and recognize ISJV too, its in the same grocery aisle.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 10:57 ||Comments

#4: Sweden is another victim of seeing the world the way you would like it to be vs. seeing the world the way that it is.

Who knew that propaganda could be so easy?
Posted by: One Bandersnatch|| 2014-10-31 14:36 ||Comments

#5: Where would this alleged Paleostine be? The Juice are all over the West Bank and claim it as their ancestral home. Gaza is currently being turned into an island insane asylum by the Egyptians.

There is no Palestine to recognize.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-10-31 15:14 ||Comments



Africa Subsaharan: Burkina Faso army dissolves government, parliament
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Press TV] The head of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
's armed forces has announced the dissolution of the country's government and parliament following deadly anti-government protests in the West African country.

"A transitional body will be put in place in consultation with all parties. A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," General Honore Traore said during a news conference in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Thursday.

The military also announced a curfew from 7:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. local time (1900 GMT-0600 GMT).

Earlier in the day, Burkinabé President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency in the wake of violent protests at his bid to extend his 27-year rule. The protesters demanded his resignation.
#1: A return to the constitutional order is expected in no more than 12 months," General Honore Traore said during a news conference in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Thursday.

Where can we find men like General Traore ?

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 04:05 ||Comments

#2: Where can we find men like General Traore ?

You have to get them before they enter modern western educational system.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 09:42 ||Comments

#3: Weren't they more stable with less coups and stuff when they were Upper Volta?
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-10-31 12:52 ||Comments



Great White North: Harassing Muslims on rise in Canada: Organization
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 7 Comments 542 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] A Moslem civil liberties and advocacy organization in Canada says reports of anti-Moslem harassment have risen dramatically in the North American country.

The National Council of Canadian Moslems said on Thursday that it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.

Amy Awad, the group's human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
coordinator, said a normal volume of reports of anti-Moslem incidents across Canada is about five a week.

"That has gone up about tenfold, with a real surge in the past few days," she said.

Adil Charkaoui, the coordinator of the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
, also said his group has received 30 complaints of harassment since last week.

Imam Syed Soharwardy, the founder of Moslems Against Violence in Calgary, said he has also received a number of complaints recently.

The dramatic increase in anti-Moslem harassment reports in Canada follows attacks last week in which two Canadian soldiers were killed.

In one incident, a gunman rubbed out a soldier at the Canada War Memorial and charged into the parliament building in Ottawa before being bumped off by security.

In another, a man hit two soldiers with his car near Montreal, killing one.

Several Canadian Moslem groups quickly condemned the attacks, which were suspected to be linked to the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorists.

On October 24, the Cold Lake Mosque in Alberta was vandalized in what local business owners and residents called a "disgusting" crime. Both of the front windows of the mosque were broken and the words "go home" were sprayed with red paint on the outside of the building.
#1: In the 70es there was a joke.
Q) Whatever happened to American 'can do' and 'know how'?
A) Last seen on a boat sailing for Japan.

I guess nowadays it is.
Q) Whatever happened to American 'independence' and 'self-reliance'?
A) Went north.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:54 ||Comments

#2: Yall are being harassed while your "converts" kill and terrorize the population. Shut the fuck up
Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-31 07:31 ||Comments

#3: Gee. A group that looks for signs the Muslims are being harassed finds same. I am Shocked, Shocked, do you hear?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:35 ||Comments

#4: Of course, we don't know how this group defines 'harassment'. It could include not being super respectful to Muslim sensibilities.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-31 09:46 ||Comments

#5: This is just a sad attempt go garner sympathy rather than trying to actually help the society their fellow religionists are assaulting.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-31 14:34 ||Comments

#6: I don't get the headline. There's harrassing Muslims all around the world.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-10-31 15:02 ||Comments

#7: Amy Awad? Is that really her last name?

These groups must be like the Canadian equivalent of CAIR. Are they at all surprised the Canadians don't take kindly to jihad in their capital?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 17:15 ||Comments



Terror Networks: US sends planes armed with depleted uranium weapons to Middle East
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 11 Comments 452 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] The US Air Force says it is not halting its use of depleted uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the US Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). "Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round," said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks.

Public affairs superintendent Master Sgt. Darin L. Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing told me that the A-10s now in the Middle East along with "300 of our finest airmen" have been sent there on a deployment planned for the past two years and have not been assigned to take part in the current fighting in Iraq or Syria, but "that could change at any moment."

The crews will load PGU-14 depleted uranium rounds into their 30mm Gatling cannons and use them as needed, said Hubble. "If the need is to explode something -- for example a tank -- they will be used."

Pentagon front man Mark Wright told me, "There is no prohibition against the use of Depleted Uranium rounds, and the [US military] does make use of them. The use of DU in armor-piercing munitions allows enemy tanks to be more easily destroyed."

On Thursday, several nations, including Iraq, spoke to the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
First Committee, against the use of Depleted Uranium and in support of studying and mitigating the damage in already contaminated areas. A non-binding resolution is expected to be voted on by the Committee this week, urging nations that have used DU to provide information on locations targeted. A number of organizations are delivering a petition to US officials this week urging them not to oppose the resolution.

In 2012 a resolution on DU was supported by 155 nations and opposed by just the UK, US, La Belle France, and Israel. Several nations have banned DU, and in June Iraq proposed a global treaty banning it -- a step also supported by the European and Latin American Parliaments.
#1: more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round
Cause it works.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:59 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:26 ||Comments

#3: Big whoop.

Let me know when we start using UNdepleted uranium weapons.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 07:22 ||Comments

#4: Just one A-10 strike would put the ISIL folks in a world of hurt.

Subsequently, the Kurds would only need a couple big speakers, amplifier and a 30-second sound-bite of a low strafing run to clear out large swaths of the bad guys.

Do that ruse enough, though, and the jihadis might get used to it enough to stupidly hang around for their next actual 'reception' of the 30mm PGU-14B ammo.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-10-31 09:59 ||Comments

#5: The piece of paper I put into the hat says, Yes, to Mullah Richard's proposal.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 11:08 ||Comments

#6: Fine, let's carpet bomb ISIS with tac nukes using B-52's. If anyone is alive to complain, the complaint desk is in front of that A-10's cannon over there.

Why is there wires hooked to the number? Pull your ticket and find out.
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2014-10-31 13:40 ||Comments

#7: Several nations have banned DU, and in June Iraq proposed a global treaty banning it - a step also supported by the European and Latin American Parliaments.

That's because none of them have such a weapon.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-31 14:22 ||Comments

#8: Why not ban IEDs first?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-31 14:23 ||Comments

#9: Beheadings of civilians is banned as well.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-31 16:36 ||Comments

#10: There are too many "banned" weapons now. Why the he$$ aren't we using napalm against ISIS? It works! A few dozen drops and ISIS will be ISFRIED. The idea that any "weapon" should be banned from the arsenal unless it does damage to the second or third generation living where it's been used is a crock and needs to be ignored. Somebody use a clue-by-four on our "leadership".
Posted by: Old Patriot|| 2014-10-31 21:38 ||Comments

#11: You are right OS. Really.
Surgical strikes against military targets are good as an augmentive strategy but direct overwhelming force devastating an entire population is what ends wars and builds nations.
The last [now two(2)] generation(s) and their elected officials don't have the stomach for it.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 23:01 ||Comments



Terror Networks: Foreign militants joining ISIL on unprecedented level: UN
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
has warned that unprecedented numbers of foreigners are flocking to Iraq and Syria to join bully boy groups such as the ISIL despite US-led strikes on the groups' positions.

According to a report by the UN Security Council, 15,000 people have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the ISIL or other such groups.

The report added that the Death Eaters hail from more than 80 countries, which had not contributed to international terrorism before.

In addition, more countries than ever before will face a backlash as battle-hardened bully boyz start to come back to their home countries from Syria and Iraq.

The UN report also revealed that many of the foreign Death Eaters coming to Iraq and Syria are youngsters as the ISIL makes massive use of social media.
#1: Maybe Kerry is right?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:56 ||Comments

#2: In addition, more countries than ever before will face a backlash as battle-hardened bully boyz start to come back to their home countries from Syria and Iraq.

The 'going back to their homes' will be made infinitely more difficult once they are deceased. The eradication program appears to be enjoying at least limited success.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:57 ||Comments

#3:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:39 ||Comments

#4: Preserving an appealing comment from the obnoxious one:
"Allah is Kind. But not even Allah changes the Laws of Ballistics. He's funny that way."
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 07:14 ||Comments

#5: saudi oil money has been spreading Islamist fascism like wildfire around the world. Paying for it.

They are like ebola carriers. They come to your country and infect others. soon they get a mosque going. they import relatives and friends.

then the demands start. they get a school. they indoctrinate children sometimes of moderates.

before you know it they are sending fighters back - and our governments over=react to this and pass laws destroying the civil liberties we long held sacred.

instead they could just implement the principles of the St Petersburg Doctrine and life would go back to normal. Wings clipped.
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 10:46 ||Comments

#6: See also RELATED RUSSIA TODAY > 1000 [New Fighters joining] PER MONTH: US AIRSTRIKES FAIL TO STEM TIDE OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS [ISIS/ISIL].

* TOPIX, WORLD NEWS > ISIS INCREASINGLY BEGINNING TO ACT/BECOME LIKE A NATION.

Like an ordinary Organized Nation-State = "A Country", that is.

[1960-70's = 2014 MADONNA = "LIKE A COUNTRY, HEY-Y-Y"" here].

Iff this is a plan or scheme by the US-West + OWG Globies to prevent the rise of the future US Soldier-Convert to Islam/Radical Islam known as the ISLAMIC MAHDI/HIDDEN IMAM, I'M NOT IMPRESSED.

and

* TOPIX > [Daily Mail] AUTHORITIES SAY "UP TO 250" AUSTRALIANS ARE LINKED TO ISIS TERRORISTS.

Fighting directly wid ISIS, or otherwise supporting the ISIS' fight in rear echelon.

* SAME > [SMH.com] AL-QAEDA THREATENS [Australia's] FUEL SUPPLIES.

* SAME > [Times] NEW INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKOWI TALKS TOUGH WID FADING [Declining] POWER AUSTRALIA.

So AUSTRALIA is a "Fading/Declining Power" like the USA???

Looks like GUAM-WESTPAC, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, ETC. ASEAN NATIONS [East Asia-Pacific] may in future time no longer be able to rely or count on AUS to save the day wid the USA or US-ALLIES ...

Agz either CHINA andor NUCLEAR ISLAM???
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-31 22:59 ||Comments



International-UN-NGOs: Iran Wants Sanctions Lifted before Nuclear Deal
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 248 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Iran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted before striking a deal on its contested nuclear program by a November deadline, a top official said Wednesday.

The announcement came amid intensifying efforts to conclude a definitive pact. The six powers in the talks with Iran -- Britannia, China, La Belle France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, known as the P5+1 -- have set November 24 as the deadline.

The chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the U.S. proposal of a gradual lifting of sanctions was "unacceptable."

"If we want a definitive accord on November 24, there must be an immediate lifting of sanctions," he told a news conference in Gay Paree.

A Western diplomat close to the negotiations with Iran on Monday said a firm deal by the deadline was highly unlikely, saying Tehran would have to make "significant gestures."

The aim is to close avenues towards Tehran ever developing an atomic bomb, by cutting back its enrichment programme, shutting down suspect facilities and imposing tough international inspections.

In return, the global community would suspend and then gradually lift crippling economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.

But the two sides, despite long-running talks, remain far apart on how to reconcile their objectives.
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Africa North: French Forces Engaged in Large-Scale Operation in Mali, Says Army
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[AnNahar] Fighting between French military forces and jihadists continued overnight in northern Mali where soldiers are carrying out a large-scale operation, the army said Thursday after a staff sergeant was killed.

Thomas Dupuy, a 32-year-old Afghanistan veteran who belonged to a commando parachute group, was killed in violent festivities with hardline Islamists in Mali's Tigharghar mountain range early Wednesday, as part of an operation aimed at stemming the return of jihadists in the north.

"The French army has the situation under control," said military front man Gilles Jaron.

"The fighting continued through the night, but we have the upper hand on the field.

"We were faced with some 30 heavily armed terrorists, we estimate that this morning around 20 of them were neutralized."

Jaron added that a "much larger" operation by French forces was currently taking place in northern Mali, without giving further details. It was not clear whether this was a separate intervention or part of the same battle.

French troops intervened in Mali in January 2013 to chase out hardline Islamists, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which had seized control of the country's northern desert cities.

This intervention was replaced several months ago by a wider counter-terrorism operation, codenamed Barkhane, in five countries along the southern rim of the Sahara including Mali.

The operation is currently focusing on stemming a resurgence of jihadists in Mali and cutting their rear bases in Libya.

Dupuy was the 10th French soldier killed in Mali since January 2013.
#1: "Truffles...watch your step!"
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#2: Only dawg knows what the French are doing in West Africa, likely not pretty, but probably robust, as it were.
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#3:
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:34 ||Comments

#4: More like "Le Boudin".
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 10:43 ||Comments

#5: Whatever they are doing, I'm fine reading a fortune cookie every once in a while, even if a bit out of date.

Francs on the board Thomas Dupuy was a bad-ass.
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Bangladesh: Government to finalise list of razakars
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[Dhaka Tribune] Anti-liberation forces and Pak collaborators in 1971 are being put on a list to be compiled by the government, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said yesterday at a rally protesting the Jamaat strike.

The minister said: "We are finalising the list of freedom fighters and likewise, we will finalise the list of razakars and anti-liberation forces."

He added that he had spoken to the secretary of home affairs about completing the list of anti-liberation forces.

Admitting it would be a challenge to complete a list of razakars 43 years after the liberation war, the minister said a government committee would be formed to scrutinise the evidence.

"The committee will include people's representatives and central and local leaders of the Muktijoddha Command Council," he said.

Historian Muntasir Mamun thanked the government for the initiative to finalise the list.

"We have demanded the list of razakars for the last 40 years and we thank the government for this," he said.

Muntasir claimed it would not a difficult job to finalise the list because many collaborators were well-known and well-documented in the history books. "The initiative is good but I worry that it will be left unfinished," he said.


Africa North: Omar Al-Hassi criticises Hafter's indiscriminate bombing campaigns
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[Libya Herald] Omar Al-Hassi, head of the antigovernment 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...
, has again lashed out against Khalifa Hafter as well as about recent statements forewarning of the "liberation" of Tripoli.

In televised remarks on Monday, Hassi said that Hafter's campaign was "illegal". He also criticised Hafter and Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni's government for leaving a wake of destruction by carrying out indiscriminate bombing campaigns that hit schools, homes and other civilian targets.

He stated, not for the first time, that the bombing campaigns in Tripoli, Benghazi, Derna and Gharian must have been carried out with the help of other countries, adding that the Libyan Air Force did not have the capacity to do it.

Hassi said that he held Thinni, Hafter, the House of Representatives and all the tribal leaders who support them responsible for the killings, looting and destruction that had taken place.

He also mentioned that Tripoli did not need to be "liberated" because it was already free. The people, he said, had expressed their thoughts on the matter their every Friday with the demonstrations held in Tripoli's Martyrs Square. They did not want a return to chaos.


Africa North: Obari's Tuaregs announce support for HoR as Tebu forces threaten to fight Misratans over oilfields
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[Libya Herald] Following yesterday's meeting at the Sharara oilfield in the southwest of the country between the President of the House of Representatives, Ageela Saleh Gwaidar, and leaders of the local Tuareg community, the latter are reported to have pledged their allegiance to the HoR as the country's legitimate parliament.

The Tebus already support the HoR.

Saleh had flown to the oilfield with Second Deputy HoR President Ahmed Arhuma, who is from Sebha, and a group of elders from across the country to try and mediate between local Tuareg and Tebu communities. The two have been engaged in sporadic festivities in nearby Obari for over a month following the arrival of a Tuareg militia which tried to take over the local petrol station. It has been claimed that the militia had been dispatched to the area to secure the local oilfields for Libya Dawn


Africa North: Thinni government: Army and youth of Benghazi removing dens of terrorism
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[Libya Herald] The government has said the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the youth of Benghazi are "removing areas and dens of terrorism" as fighting in the centre of the city continues into its second day.

The internationally-recognised government said bully boyz in the city had "terrorised the people, wreaked havoc, killed, kidnapped, and carried out destructive operations, shedding the blood of Libyans". It said the "men of the army, police, activists and journalists as well as unarmed civilians", had been targeted by Islamist groups.

Fighting has continued today in the the districts of Hadaiq, Salmani, Sabri, Sidi Mansour and Al-Jalaa after yesterday pro-government forces began an assault on the heart of the city. Clashes have been ongoing also in Garyounis between 17 February Brigade and 204 Tank Battalion.

Residents have reported that they are terrified by the ferocious fighting, some of the heaviest in the city in recent months, as missiles fall on residential areas. In the Hadaiq district, a family miraculously survived a direct hit from a shell as they were driving.

The festivities show little sign of abating with reports that LNA reinforcements of 148 Infantry Battalion from Ajdabia have positioned themselves on the outskirts of Benghazi.

In Ajdabia itself a jacket wallah attacked an army checkpoint on the outskirts of the town. Residents told the Libya Herald that the kaboom killed only the bomber. His truck, loaded with explosives, reportedly detonated some 100 metres way from the Sidi Ati entrance to the east of the town.

Those killed in a rocket strike on a funeral gathering in Majouri in Benghazi yesterday have been identified as Mohammed Maghrabi, Adel Ramadan Al-Basar, Embarak Ali Embarak, Salem Al-Fallah, Khaled Yusef Sherif, Faraj Mohmed Al-Magrabi, Saleh Erhaim.

It is believed that the six individuals were killed after Mohammed Hejazi the front man for Operation Dignity briefly attended the gathering. The subsequent rocket attacks seemed to have been intended for him.


India-Pakistan: Rangers soldier, two suspects killed in Lyari encounter
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[DAWN] A Rangers soldier was killed and his colleague was injured while two suspects were bumped off in a two-hour shootout between the law enforcers and suspected gangsters in Lyari
...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot....
on Thursday morning, according to officials.

The Rangers and police jointly conducted a raid in Nawa Lane after receiving a tip-off about the presence of criminals wanted by the law, said Kalakot SHO Haji Sanaullah.

As the raid started at 6:45am, Rangers troops were fired upon by gangsters, killing soldier Syed Asgher Shah, 35, and injuring his colleague Abdul Raheem, 25, according to a Rangers spokesperson.

Later, the Rangers conducted a raid in Nawa Lane and, after an exchange of fire, Sarwar Baloch and Owais Baloch were killed, said the official.

A sub-machine gun, a 0.9mm pistol and two hand-grenades were found in their possession, claimed the official.

The Kalakot police official said the exchange of fire with criminals took place in streets 9, 11, and 13 of Nawa Lane and continued for over two hours.

He claimed that Sarwar Razzak alias Bara Sarwar was the 'main commander' of Uzair Baloch group in the area and the government had announced Rs1million head money for his arrest.

He said that Owais was also wanted in murder cases and he was a main character in the 'Farooq alias Maya group' in the area. Some arrests had also been made during the raid and the Rangers took the suspects away, he said.

The victim, Syed Asghar Shah, father of a child hailed from Multan where his coffin was taken for burial. The maimed man was shifted to a private hospital for treatment.

Teacher killed in crossfire

A teacher was caught in the crossfire between two gangs in Garden on Thursday and was killed, Soldier Bazaar police said.

They added that as soon as Mohammed Murtaza, 28, came out of a school on the Nishter Road, a stray bullet hit him. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital 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...
, where doctors declared him as dead on arrival.

Rickshaw driver killed by 'gangsters'

A young man whose brother was bumped off around two months ago was killed in Sharafi Goth apparently by gangs linked to Lyari.

Police said that as rickshaw driver, Javed Saleem, 30, was returning after dropping passengers in Pir Bux Goth, some gunnies chased and targeted him. Javed sustained critical wounds and was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was declared dead on arrival.

The victim's family lived in Lyari but recently shifted to the Malir area after receiving threats from the gang led by Uzair Baloch, said Landhi SP Akhtar Farooq.


India-Pakistan: Killing of peace volunteers shows failure of govt: Swat jirga
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[DAWN] MINGORA: The Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Qaumi Jirga on Thursday showed deep concern over the assassinations of peace volunteers and asked the government to take concrete steps for protecting elders and members of village defence committees in the district.

The jirga also expressed reservations over establishment of cantonment in the district and demanded of federal government and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif to review the decision in the better interest of the people of Swat.

The jirga members demanded of the government to establish a university for women in the district and name it after Nobel laureate Malala.

The demands were made during a meeting of the jirga held here at Swat Press Club on Thursday. The meeting was addressed by Swat Qaumi Jirga members Mukhtiar Khan Yousafzai, Mohammad Ali Khan, Haji Zahid Khan, Malik Riaz, Shamsher Ali Khan, Ahmad Shah, Abdul Khaliq, Fazale Maula, Khurshid Kakajee, ANP leader Wajid Ali Khan, QWP leader Sher Bahadar Khan and PPP leader Iqbal Hussain.
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#2: Dang. I tried to get up early enough to see Fat Bob's contributions before they got squashed.
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#3: Best time is right before dawn central time. The mods like to come in low out of the sun. :)
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Home Front: Politix: Charlie Rangel Says Some Republicans 'Believe That Slavery Isn't Over'
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 14 Comments 271 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[BUSINESSINSIDER] Veteran Rep. Charlie Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Rangel
Congressman-for-Life from Harlem, who became what 20 terms in Congress turns you into ...
(D-N.Y.) had some harsh words for the Republican Party during a Thursday campaign rally for New York Gov. Andrew Sonny Cuomo (D).

As he has done repeatedly before, Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they "believe slavery isn't over."

"We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is everything we believe in --everything we believe in -- they hate. They don't disagree -- they hate! They think if you didn't come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn't even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn't over and they and think they won the Civil War!" Rangel shouted.

In contrast, Rangel said the Democratic Party was doing "God's work" on issues important to the American people.

"And so what we have to do is send a collective voice," he said of the upcoming midterm elections. "Everything we're doing is God's work: education, healthcare, affordable housing, discrimination, paying people the minimum wage."
#1: they think they won the Civil War!" Rangel shouted.

Actually, dude, we kinda sorta did. Do we need to revisit the history of the Democratic Party from the post-Civil War thru the Civil Rights era?
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#2: Because they see US citizens being slowly, but surely, turned into serfs?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 03:02 ||Comments

#3: CBC poster boy, loser, and Zeke Emanuel longevity violator. Please go away.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:08 ||Comments

#4: It's true. Slavery isn't over until Income taxes are abolished.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-31 04:42 ||Comments

#5: . . . and central banks. Both of which are necessary to accomplish all those things he identifies as "God's work." Just because he doesn't understand where all the money magically comes from doesn't make it divine.

And, um, yeah, a Republican DID win the civil war. Sheesh. Is he really that dumb?
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#6:
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#7: Serial Tax Cheater™
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#8: Charlie Rangel Says Some Republicans 'Believe That Slavery Isn't Over'

Says Charlie 'Judas Goat' Rangel who keeps his own people in subservient bondage for vote harvesting. Keep projecting Charlie. Obama is about to throw the bunch of you under the bus for the Latino faction.
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#9: We Republicans KNOW the Civil War isn't over because the Democrats still enjoy the ownership of black Americans.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2014-10-31 10:19 ||Comments

#10: Yes, the Latino flesh trade is particularly lucrative at the moment.

Especially trying is the fact that it will happen on the orders of a president who identifies himself as black...who makes the character Carlton Banks look like Tu Pac.

Less believable is Michelle and her pretty princess routine. Its a seriel lie, a deception, and its in your face, and if someone lies for you they are going to lie to you. Includes Rangel, convicted liar.

Better wake up Black America. You are about to be sold by the democrats for a box of paper and point cards.
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#11: Desperation.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 12:16 ||Comments

#12: Rangel, the man who pushed for a new Draft.
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#13: When the one grants amnesty all these illegals - watch how our ballots start looking third world with just the party symbol on the ballot and no names.
Posted by: Slaitch Thrusong6976|| 2014-10-31 14:41 ||Comments

#14: They are desperate. They're bringing out the race card. Unfortunately, since the MSM aids and abets such notions, some will buy into this.
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Africa North: Bomb explodes inside Tobruk security perimeter
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Afghanistan: 33 Insurgents Killed in Warduj
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[Tolo News] According to Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, front man to the Badakhshan police chief, more than 33 Taliban, including foreigners, have been killed in ongoing festivities between Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Taliban in Warduj district of Badakhshan province. Ahmadzai asserted that the ANSF have destroyed all krazed killer safe-havens in the district.

More than 300 Taliban faceless myrmidons attacked police outposts in Warduj earlier this week, killing four coppers and taking few others captive. Additional troops were deployed to the area for support and backup.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout Montefiore's foot was still stuck and the hound had completely soaked his uniform with slobber...
Badakhshan's neighboring province, Kunduz, also witnessed major festivities between the Taliban and the ANSF on Monday of the same week. According to reports, the Taliban have taken control of 30 villages in Kunduz, including Gor Tapa and Imam Saheb.

The Taliban have grabbed credit for the attacks on Warduj, saying that a number of ANSF soldiers have been killed in the attack.


Afghanistan: Afghan Forces Clash With Militants in Nine Provinces
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[Tolo News] Across nine provinces, Afghan cops clashed with krazed killers, and according to the Ministry of Interior (MoI), in the past 24 hours alone, 42 murderous Moslems been killed and 51 maimed.

Officials confirmed the arrests of 10 other fighters, as well as the deaths of eight members of the Afghan National Police (ANP).

Insurgent violence has increased in many parts of the country, just as the new national unity government heads into its third month in office and then not long after the withdraw of foreign troops.

On Thursday, serious festivities occurred between Afghan forces and murderous Moslems in Badakhshan, Kunduz, Kandahar, Ghazni, Paktia, Ghoar and Faryab provinces.

In northern Badakhshan, the Afghan military was forced to abandon an attempt to rescue soldiers that had been captured by anti-government fighters.

"Due to the bad climate in Badakhshan province, we stopped the military operation, but we strive to release the captured soldiers from the bully boys," said Lal Muhammad Ahmadzai, front man for the Badakhshan Police Chief.

The Interior Ministry maintains that the uptick in krazed killer activity around the country is related to foreign terrorist networks and intelligence services.

"Networks from abroad support the murderous Moslems and send them to Afghanistan," Ministry front man Sediq Sediqi said.


Afghanistan: World Bank Labels Afghanistan Worst Country for Investment in Asia
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[Tolo News] Afghanistan is the worst country for investments in Asia, and the seventh worst in the entire world, according to a report recently published by the World Bank.

The report comes just as the new, more inclusive government in Kabul has made promises for reform and economic growth, but also in the wake of a tumultuous political transition and an intense summer fighting season, and just a couple months ahead of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
coalition withdraw.

It is no surprise then that the report cites security threats, corruption, lack of reform and declining international aid as some of the most fundamental factors behind Afghanistan's fragile investment climate.

Last year, Afghanistan was ranked 182 out of 185 countries evaluated by the World Bank for investment potential.
#1: But this year's report saw the country drop to 183 as the number of countries evaluated expanded to 189.

Which would make them the absolute worst, except for those other six.
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#2:
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#3: The sky is blue!
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#4: Doesn't seem to bother the Han.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 08:37 ||Comments

#5: Nah, the Chinese take a long-term view.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:32 ||Comments

#6: September, 2014, multiple articles rate the value of Rare Earth Metels in Afghanistan at $1 Trillion. Add narco-trade and funny hats and there is investment opportunity if there is trade security.

But I don't think there has been real trade security since the Khans. The Russians and British jockied over this area for a while, but the locals would flip alligience whenever prophetable.
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India-Pakistan: Call in Senate for interior minister's removal
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[DAWN] The Senate witnessed a rumpus on Wednesday when the opposition lodged a noisy protest over police action against the protesting employees of the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDC) in Islamabad and the government's policy of privatising state-run enterprises.

Several senators, including members of treasury benches, opposed the policy, blamed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture...
for the "brutal police action" and called for his removal.

Dozens of OGDC employees suffered injuries during the baton charge and tear gas shelling by police which stopped them from entering Red Zone as they wanted to stage a demonstration outside the Parliament House to protest against the government's decision to privatise the company despite earning huge profit.

Amid slogans, Leader of Opposition in the Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
of withdrawing support to him if he did not change his attitude and review the government's policies.

"I want to put the prime minister on notice today. Mian Sahab! We had supported you and saved your rocking boat... If you are not ready to change your policies and do not reform yourself, do not eradicate corruption, do not order independent inquiries in Nandipur and LNG scams, do not stop favouring relatives, then your boat will rock again. And at that time, you will not find us behind you. Rather, you will find us in the opposite camp," he warned.

Most of the senators in their hard-hitting speeches took the absent interior minister to task for not taking any action against workers of the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
and the Pakistain Awami Tehrik even after their attacks on the Parliament House and PTV building on one hand and unleashing police force against unarmed labourers on the other.


India-Pakistan: Areas beyond Dattakhel being cleared: Bajwa
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[DAWN] The military declared on Wednesday that important areas had been cleared of hard boyz and operation Zar-e-Azb was progressing successfully in North Wazoo Agency.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said at a presser here that Mirali, Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, Razmak and Ghulam Khan had been cleared of Taliban, while a battle was on to take control of areas beyond Dattakhel.

He said about 1,100 hard boyz had been killed during Zar-e-Azb and 44 in the Khyber-I operation. "One hundred hard boyz have surrendered to the forces," he said.

The front man didn't give a deadline for completing the operations that are under way in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency and said the military campaigns would continue till clearance of the areas.

Maj Gen Bajwa also didn't give a date for the return of the people displaced from both tribal regions and said the army would hand over the areas to the administration after defeating terrorists.

He said Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif wanted to send the displaced people to their homes at the earliest.


India-Pakistan: Pakistan protests fresh drone strike in South Waziristan
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[DAWN] Pakistain has strongly condemned a US drone strike in South Wazoo that killed at least seven suspected Lion of Islams, including a key commander of Haqqani network, on Thursday and termed it unnecessary, said a Foreign Office spokesperson.

"These drone strikes are a violation of Pakistain's illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity and should be stopped," FO spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said at a news briefing.

The attack happened early Thursday in Nargas village of Birmil area, some 30 kilometres west of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border which is considered a stronghold of Talibs.

Officials and a Lion of Islam source said four foreigners and a Haqqani network commander, who is blamed for numerous bloody attacks in Afghanistan, were among those killed.

"At least seven murderous Moslems were killed in the drone strike," an intelligence official based in Wana told AFP, adding that the dead included four foreigners and a top Haqqani commander.

"Abdullah Haqqani (the commander) was responsible for sending jacket wallahs to Afghanistan," the official said.

Another official in the neighbouring garrison town of Bannu confirmed the corpse count and killing of the commander.

A source in a Lion of Islam group said that a vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition was also destroyed in the attack.


India-Pakistan: Over 29,000 fleeing Pakistanis still in Afghanistan
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[DAWN] The Foreign Office said on Thursday that thousands of Paks, who fled North Wazoo because of Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
, could still be in Afghanistan.

Speaking at the weekly media briefing, FO Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam for the first time shared the official figure of those who had migrated to Afghanistan after the start of the military operation in North Waziristan in mid-June.

"The verified figure we have of Paks who crossed the international border and went to Afghanistan after the onset of Waziristan Operation is 67,120," she said, adding that close to 38,000 had returned shortly afterwards.


India-Pakistan: Politics of resignation
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[DAWN] ON Wednesday, as most -- though, tellingly, not all -- PTI MNAs went to parliament to confirm their resignations, Asad Umar joked on Twitter that it was more difficult to resign than to get elected. While there are some obvious punchlines in the cat-and-mouse game between the PTI MNAs and Speaker of the National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, the issue of PTI resignations remains a serious and complex matter. To be sure, there are no real legal or constitutional impediments to resigning from parliament -- anyone who wants to resign can and should be able to do so. The matter is purely political: for several reasons, the PML-N, and possibly the speaker in particular, would rather the PTI not resign from parliament. For one, a National Assembly without the party that garnered the second highest votes in the May 2013 general election would lose some of its claim to completeness and representativeness. For another, a spate of by-elections nationally would allow the PTI, even if it only backs so-called independent candidates, to keep in the spotlight the issue of alleged rigging in 2013 and would act as a mini-referendum on the PML-N government.

Perhaps most importantly, the PML-N and Mr Sadiq are hoping that the PTI will reconsider --‐ knowing full well that the push for resignations has come not from the MNAs themselves but from PTI chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
. Yet, the PML-N seems singularly unwilling to do the very thing that could possibly get the PTI to reconsider on the issue of resignations: pushing ahead aggressively with electoral reforms. Having seen off the immediate threat from the anti-government protests led by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
, the PML-N leadership seems to have slipped back into complacent mode, determined to work on an agenda of its own choosing. But electoral reforms are very much a political and governance necessity and for the PML-N to pretend they are not -- or that the issue can be tackled leisurely at a time of the PML-N's choosing -- is to set up further problems for the party. Even on the nomination of a permanent chief election commissioner, the PML-N seems content to work in tandem with the PPP to delay an appointment, ostensibly because electoral reforms should be finalised first, even though there is no urgency on the electoral reforms front to begin with.

Yet, for everything the PML-N does wrong, the PTI more than matches it in terms of stubbornness and bloody-mindedness. Having spent much of the year focusing on electoral reforms, the PTI seems least interested in the latter now, for what else could justify its wanting to resign from parliament and taking itself out of the electoral reforms process altogether? Even the Supreme Court, in throwing out challenges to the 2013 election, has indicated that the correct path to all things election-related is to follow laid-down procedure.
#1: We have resignation as an election strategy.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:43 ||Comments



Iraq: IS plot to flood Baghdad foiled by Operations Command
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 348 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] On Thursday, Baghdad Operations Command announced that an ISIS plot to flood the capital city was foiled, indicating that it was able to break the ISIS siege on Iraqi military units at Japanese bridge, Ramadi.

The Operations Chief, Gen. Officer Abdul Amir Al-Shammari said in a presser today, ISIS Death Eaters tried to open the Samarra Barrage and let the water flow to Baghdad. Their plan was exposed on the back of the battle in Muthanna and Samarra-Fallujah road.

Al-Shammari added, âBaghdad operations were able to break the ISIS siege on military units trapped in the Japanese bridge in Anbar region, and reopen the supply route to Ramadi.â

On October 28th, 2014, a source in Baghdad operations command said that the Muthanna chemical weapons facility located on the road between Samarra and the city of Tharthar, north-west of Salahuddin province, had been liberated from the so-called 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....
in Iraq and the Syria (ISIS).

Ongoing festivities are occurring between the ISIS Death Eaters and the Iraqi Army forces in Samarra. The city of Samarra is an ancient area, located 120 km north of Baghdad city, and both cities located along the Tigris River.
#1: Mind boggles
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:35 ||Comments

#2: Woulda been like flushing a toilet.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 23:03 ||Comments



Iraq: IS member blows himself up among his group after disagreement on 'spoils' in Mosul
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 16 Comments 45 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] According to a local source in Mosul, a dispute broke out among some elements of the terrorist organization ISIS over 'the spoils', and as a result, one of them blew himself up and killed four of his colleagues northern city of Mosul, Iraq.
#1: Iraq News or The Onion? I figure the odds be 50/50.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 02:53 ||Comments

#2: Well, if that's how you feel! Take this, oh darn!
Posted by: Steven|| 2014-10-31 02:59 ||Comments

#3: That'll teach'em.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:00 ||Comments

#4: Talk about cutting off your hand to spite your face.

Shazzam, that's some total commitment. ROFLMAO
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 07:12 ||Comments

#5: You never really got the feeling that ISIS attracted the most mentally-stable recruits.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 07:23 ||Comments

#6: Chcehn I bet. Only they are that f'ing nuts. Too bad the Russians didnt kill more of them.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 08:57 ||Comments

#7: OS didn't Stalin have them safely stashed in some eastern hellhole?
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-31 09:04 ||Comments

#8: He did. Putin let 'em slip off their leash.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:24 ||Comments

#9: Methinks this ISIS thing is more about rape, pillage and plunder than religion.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-10-31 12:45 ||Comments

#10: Dang #9, sounds like the Kennedys on steroids.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 13:27 ||Comments

#11: Who get the 72 Virginians - the blower or the blowees?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-31 14:18 ||Comments

#12: You know that males can be virgins too.... /sarc
Posted by: One Bandersnatch|| 2014-10-31 14:22 ||Comments

#13: I'm pretty sure their reward is 72 virgin demons who will be spending eternity demonstrating who it is that gets to be doing the pounding.
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2014-10-31 14:57 ||Comments

#14: "Hassan, I'm going to go photo-bomb their head-cut pic."

"Tarik, nooooo!"

-plewwwf-
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:09 ||Comments

#15: My dream staff meeting.
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 20:48 ||Comments

#16: Oh, btw, I forgot the ; >
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 20:49 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Aerial strikes kill 20 suspected militants in Khyber Agency
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 803 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] At least 20 suspected bad boyz were potted and five holy warrior hideouts were destroyed during targeted aerial strikes by fighter jets in Khyber Agency, Pakistain military claimed on Thursday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement said that the fighter aircraft struck holy warrior hideouts in Akakhel, Tirah and other areas of the agency as part of ongoing Khyber Operation.

The details, however, could not be verified as access for journalists is restricted in the area.

Eight Pak soldiers and 21 bad boyz were potted while several others injured earlier on Wednesday in Spin Qamar area of Khyber Agency.

Pak military launched a major offensive in North Wazoo in June and say they have killed more than 1,100 Lions of Islam so far, with 100 soldiers losing their lives in the operation. Later, it shifted focus to Khyber Agency after claiming to have cleared the NWA.

According to ISPR, about 66 Lions of Islam and 12 soldiers have also been injured in the army's ongoing operations in Khyber so far. Whereas, more than a 100 holy warriors, including some key commanders, have surrendered to the authorities.

Khyber is among Pakistain's seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown gunnies and foreign holy warriors. These are also home to religious Lion of Islam organizations including Al Qaeda.

The plains of Bara hold strategic significance for holy warrior groups as they connect the agency to the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
. The area was being used by Lions of Islam to put pressure on the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
capital. In recent weeks, police and military posts in and around Peshawar have come under attack.

The key area also straddles the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
supply line into Afghanistan.

Khyber also links several agencies to each other, serving as a north-south route within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The region has been long fought over by a mix of holy warrior organizations, including the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), the Ansarul Islam and Mangal Bagh
...a former bus driver, now head of the Deobandi bandido group Lashkar-e-Islam and the Terror of Khyber Agency...
's Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
.


Iraq: Gunmen assassinate PUK's element eastern Tikrit
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[Iraq News] Unidentified gunmen killed a member within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by the former President, Jalal Talabani. Security source stated to IraqiNews.com âSome unidentified gunmen opened fire against a member within the PUK in Tuz Khormatu district of eastern Tikrit in Salah il-Din to kill him immediately.â


Iraq: 7 persons killed, injured in Salah-il-Din
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[Iraq News] Seven persons were either killed or maimed when an Improvised Explosive Device went kaboom! in Tuz district of eastern Salah-il-Din province.

Security source told Iraqi News "The IED, which was went kaboom! in a farm in Askari neighborhood, resulted in killing wounding 7 persosn."

"The ambulances transported the dead bodies to the morgue and the maimed to the hospital for treatment," the source concluded.


Iraq: Iraqi forces arrest Sunni cleric in Samarra, Salahuddin
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 75 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] On Thursday, a security source in Salahuddin province stated that the Iraqi security forces arrested one of the Sunni clerics in Samarra, Salahuddin.

The source informed IraqiNews, âA military force blockaded the house of sheikh Sajid Khudair Samarrai who is one of the Sunni clerics in the city of Samarra, 40 km south of Tikrit. The force had taken him to an unknown location, and the reason behind the arrest remains unknown.â


Iraq: Tens of ISIS militants killed in ground-air offensive operation in southwest of Biji
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 121 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] On Thursday, a source within the police force in Salahuddin stated that the security forces managed to liberate the district located in southwest of Biji city and kill tens of ISIS militants in an ground-air operation.

The source informed IraqiNews, 'Army forces and S.W.A.T forces managed to attack the ISIS shelter located in the industrial area in the southwest of Biji. The offensive operation resulted in killing tens of ISIS militants who had no chance of resistance. The operation was based on intelligence received from reliable sources and conducted with cooperation between joint combat forces on the ground and Iraqi fighter jets.'
#1: forces on the ground and Iraqi fighter jets
Wonder if that's a 'air-ground' offensive or a 'ground-air, ground' offensive, or just 'offensive ground'?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:53 ||Comments

#2: Simply call it havoc.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:38 ||Comments



Iraq: Curfew imposed in Samarra by security forces
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 64 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] On Thursday, a security source in Salahuddin province stated that the security forces have declared that a curfew in Samarra will take effect from this evening until further notice.

The source informed IraqiNews, "This evening the Iraqi security forces imposed a comprehensive curfew in the city of Samarra. The curfew was declared using loudspeakers of the security vehicles and in the mosques."


India-Pakistan: Haqqani Commander among Dead in U.S. Drone Strike in Pakistan
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 756 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A U.S. drone strike killed at least seven Lions of Islam in Pakistain's restive tribal belt on Thursday, including an important commander of the feared Haqqani network, security officials said.

The attack happened early Thursday in Nargas village of Birmil area, some 30 kilometers west of Wana, the main town of South Wazoo tribal region near the Afghan border which is considered a stronghold of Talibs.

Officials and a bad boy source said four foreigners and an important commander from the ruthless Haqqani network, which is blamed for numerous bloody attacks in Afghanistan, were among those killed.

"At least seven Lions of Islam were killed in the drone strike," an intelligence official based in Wana told AFP, adding that the dead included four foreigners and a top Haqqani commander.

"Abdullah Haqqani (the commander) was responsible for sending jacket wallahs to Afghanistan," the official said.

Another official in the neighboring garrison town of Bannu confirmed the corpse count and killing of the commander.

A source in a bad boy group said that a vehicle loaded with arms and ammunition was also destroyed in the attack.

South Waziristan is one of the seven lawless tribal districts of Pakistain that border Afghanistan.

These semi-autonomous areas have for years been a hideout for Islamist Lions of Islam of all stripes -- including Al-Qaeda and the homegrown Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) as well as imported muscle such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.

Washington pressed Islamabad for years to wipe out the sanctuaries in the North Waziristan tribal area, which Lions of Islam have used to launch attacks on NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
forces in Afghanistan.

The Pak military launched a major offensive in North Waziristan in June and say they have killed more than 1,100 Lions of Islam so far, with 100 soldiers losing their lives in the operation.

The area is off-limits to journalists, making it impossible to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

The army assault was launched after a dramatic attack by Lions of Islam on 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...
airport, which killed dozens of people and marked the end of faltering peace talks between the government and the Pak Taliban.

Pakistain routinely protests against U.S. drone strikes, which have been targeting Lions of Islam in the tribal areas since 2004, saying they violate its illusory sovereignty and are counterproductive in the fight against terror.

But most analysts believe the resumption of the drone program after it was suspended at the start of the year -- reportedly to give Pakistain space for negotiations with the Taliban -- is evidence of collusion between the two countries.

The Islamabad government and military officials strongly deny this.
#1: Is there a rank equivalence table for Haqqani relative to, say, US Army? Is a 'high commander' like a sergeant, or like a captain or like a general? Or maybe a corporal, with a plain 'commander' like a PFC?
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 07:20 ||Comments

#2: They do seem too have alot of commanders. Maybe they say this after every strike too make it sound like a better hit.
Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-31 07:27 ||Comments

#3: it's when they call them a Commodore that I call hi-jinx
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-31 09:41 ||Comments



Iraq: ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 387 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
reported that gunnies from the so-called 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....
in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites.

After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the forces of Evil ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what 15 Shiites prisoners, who survived the massacre, said to Human Rights Watch. The survivors added that the gunnies had also killed a number of Kurdish and Yazidi inmates.
#1: Gonna need a lot of Headless Horseman costumes.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 00:55 ||Comments

#2: Islamic justice is swift and sure.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:40 ||Comments

#3:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 06:53 ||Comments

#4: Bloody sumbitches.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 09:03 ||Comments

#5: Well, at least they didn't draw out their misery like Abu Ghraib. Wonder how many lines of print and minutes hours of air time this will generate. /sarc off
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 09:17 ||Comments

#6: How many battalions does Human Rights Watch have?

/paraphrasing Uncle Joe Stalin
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:27 ||Comments



Down Under: Australia Outlaws Travel to Terror Hotspots
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 599 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Australia on Thursday passed a law criminalizing travel to terror hotspots, a tough counter-terrorism measure aimed at stopping jihadists from going to Iraq and Syria to fight.

The Australian government has been increasingly concerned about the flow of imported muscle to the Middle East to join murderous Moslem groups such as 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....
, with 70 Australians believed to have already made the journey.

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) includes measures that make it an offense to enter a "declared area" where a terrorist organization is engaging in hostile activity, without a valid reason.

The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

"The imported muscle bill that has passed the parliament today will mean, first of all, that it is easier to secure convictions against Australians who have been fighting with terrorist groups overseas," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament Thursday.

"It will mean that it is easier to monitor potential bully boyz here, and it will also mean... that it is easier to prosecute the preachers of hate who create the potential terrorists."

Abbott told parliament about 100 Australians were supporting jihadists who had traveled to the Middle East to fight with recruitment and funding from home.

Some 20 jihadists who fought with terrorist groups in the region had also returned to Australia, Abbott added.

"The best way to deal with returning imported muscle is to stop them leaving in the first place... and I'm able to inform the House that some 70 Australian passports have been canceled to stop bully boyz or potential bully boyz from traveling."

The new law, which was passed by the lower House of Representatives on Thursday with bipartisan support, came as the Labor opposition raised concerns that another national security measure passed in September could see journalists locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for up to 10 years.

Attorney-General George Brandis refuted the concerns, saying that the legislation was instead "intended to deal with a Snowden-type situation".

Documents leaked by U.S. intelligence runaway Edward Snowden included reports in November that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle, damaging relations between the two countries.
#1: Damn Kellys!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 03:46 ||Comments

#2: It would seem like outlawing travel FROM terror hotspots would be more appropriate.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-31 07:06 ||Comments

#3: No more Qantas fights to Chicago and Detroit, then?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 09:19 ||Comments

#4: this is NOT a good law. Same as the NSA Bill before it. These two laws have basically destroyed every freedom in Australia. There is nothing legally differentiating Australia's security forces now from say the KGB. I am not exaggerating.

They may not use them all the time. The problem is they now decide with no independent scrutiny when they will use them and on who - no warrants needed.

There is no protection for civilians. No protection for political dissidents.

Australia is now a place where a political candidate that ASIO doesn't like will soon have emails leaked to the press about them. They can hack everyone's computer whenever they want.

Under these new laws a "special intelligence operation" can be declared with only ASIO themselves needing to authorise it (the attorney general is also head of asio).

- anyone in an SIO can claim legal immunity when they intentionally break the law. Very few exceptions to this which are the big obvious: murder, serious property damage, sexual offence and torture. Everything else is OK to break the law.
- forcing courts to accept illegally obtained evidence
- 10 years' jail for anybody identifying anybody in ASIO. This means if you are a victim or a falsely accused person you cannot tell your lawyer. You cannot tell a court. A court cannot question or cross examine someone from asio - instead they offer now an "evidenciary certificate" that the court must accept.

NONE of this has anything to do with combating Islamist fascism.

The foreign fighters bill is the same.

They pretend it is about the Islamist fascists (who they won't even name, they still just say 'terrorist') but in reality they do nothing to stop the spread of that ideology here.

So now Australians that ASIO doesn't like (such as former Attorney General Bernard Collaery who acted legally in a case for East Timor against Australia) can be denied the freedom to leave the country at ASIO's whim because practically everywhere can be called a "declared area".
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 11:00 ||Comments

#5: Australian officials bribed the leaders of several large neighbouring countries including Indonesia and I think Malaysia plus a few more

Securency scandal

we were barred from reading about it. the court case was closed and none of it was reportable in the media here.

Australian Media and Communications Authority hires cops to trawl the internet and block URLs of websites "that are against the law". When asked they will only say that is 'child sex abuse material'

but it isn't. it's things the public has a right to know like our top bureaucrats bribing our neighbours corruptly to get deals

you cannot have a democracy unless there is actually a democracy

and people have to know what their government is doing or the system is not democratic

bipartisan support on every major issue means there is no longer a democracy in Australia

you cannot call this country democratic. we have left the field.
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 11:07 ||Comments



Home Front: WoT: Kerry: 'Worst Stereotypes' of U.S. Behavior 'Brought Us to Difficulties We're Living With Today'
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 11 Comments 412 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[CNSNEWS] Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
argued Thursday that the United States cannot push its weight around in a changing and "complicated" world, and implied that the previous administration having done so had led to today's security crisis in Iraq.

In an appearance at the Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said that although the B.O. regime wanted to see a less sectarian government in Iraq ‐ a prerequisite for tackling 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....
in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) threat ‐ it could not have simply demanded that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party. Maliki imposed order on Basra wen the Shiites were going nuts, but has proven incapable of dealing with al-Qaeda's Sunni insurgency. Reelected to his third term in 2014...
be replaced.

"The United States couldn't just crash in and say, 'Hey, you're out. Here are the guys that are in.' That's not our ‐ it would be playing into all of the worst stereotypes that have brought us to the difficulties we're living with today."
#1: "The United States couldn't just crash in and say, 'Hey, you're out. Here are the guys that are in.

He is not talking about Libya and Egypt, is he?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 02:23 ||Comments

#2: Washington D.C. ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 02:48 ||Comments

#3: You mean assuming that strongest = smartest?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 03:45 ||Comments

#4:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 07:10 ||Comments

#5: Well, Johno, you've been in charge of a significant piece this for several years. So, I guess Dick Cheney is responsible.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:12 ||Comments

#6: implied that the previous administration having done so had led to today's security crisis in Iraq

Funny, I thought it was his boss' insistence on withdrawal.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:39 ||Comments

#7: Which cannot be stated without also recognizing the worst stereotypes of muslim and collectivist behaviors. What a blunderous statement from the lead US diplomat. Why, its like DC if full of people who call themselves lawyers and either marry into wealth or are political hiers.

But I don't relish his position, he found himself in a pickle and must be having a hard time playing catch up.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 12:37 ||Comments

#8: The worst sterortypes of US behavior I've heard was our troops were acting in a way reminescent of Ghengis Khan. Who was it that was spreading that nonsense again?
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-10-31 14:36 ||Comments

#9: JFK is the rare broken clock that's only correct once a day. And it's not this time.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-10-31 14:55 ||Comments

#10: Jawn does not have a clue. He is the laughingstock of leaders and diplomats worldwide, both enemies and very concerned and patient friends of the US. The only thing he does effectively is to burn jet fuel.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-10-31 17:37 ||Comments

#11: The traitor of Paris meets his comeuppance.

You're so smart, Kerry, you figure it out.
Posted by: KBK|| 2014-10-31 20:10 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Peshmerga at Turkish Border to Reinforce Besieged Kobane
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 18 Comments 1199 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces reached the Turkish border Thursday and a first group entered the town of Kobane as they prepared to join fellow Kurds battling 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.

The group of 10 fighters were to coordinate with local Kurdish militia who have been holding off an assault by IS jihadists for six weeks, a monitoring group said.

A peshmerga convoy reached the town of Suruc on the Turkish side of the border Thursday, after traveling through southeastern Turkey along roads clogged with flag-waving Kurds, an AFP photographer said.

There it linked up there with a second group of peshmerga who had flown in Wednesday, but it was unclear when the main force would cross into Kobane.

Officials have said there are about 150 peshmerga fighters in total, armed with machineguns, heavy artillery and rocket launchers.

The IS jihadists were pounding northern areas of Kobane along the border with mortars and heavy artillery Thursday, a monitoring group said, in an apparent bid to prevent the peshmerga from crossing.
But not to stop the FSA? How precise of them.
They had also launched an assault on a northern neighborhood overnight but were pushed back by forces from the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, said the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The bombardment of the border area will likely delay the entry of the peshmerga" into Kobane, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.

Kobane has become an important symbol of the battle against IS, an myrmidon Sunni Moslem group that has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq, committing atrocities and declaring an Islamic "caliphate".

A U.S.-led coalition carrying out air raids against IS has intensified attacks near Kobane in recent days, and the Pentagon said its fighter jets and bombers made 10 strikes in the area on Wednesday and Thursday.

The coalition carried out two other strikes elsewhere in Syria and two more in Iraq, it said.

Washington has also dropped weapons to Kobane's defenders, who had received little in the way of reinforcements until now.

Under pressure from the United States, Turkey agreed last week to allow the peshmerga to cross its territory to Kobane.

Turkey also allowed dozens of rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) to cross into Kobane Wednesday, but they were lightly armed and unlikely to make a crucial difference in the battle.

Ankara has been wary of giving support to the YPG Kurdish militia, which has close links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has fought a three-decade insurgency in southeast Turkey.

The peshmerga reinforcements were waiting in a storage facility in Suruc, 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border, which was heavily guarded by Turkish security forces who prevented media approaching.

The Observatory said the small group of peshmerga that had entered Kobane were there to "coordinate the arrival of their comrades".

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
's regime denounced Ankara, which has long supported the war against it, for allowing them across the border.

"Once again, Turkey has shown its conspiratorial role... by allowing foreign forces and terrorist groups to enter Syria," said a foreign ministry statement reported by state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"This constitutes a flagrant violation of Syrian illusory sovereignty."

In Iraq, hundreds of soldiers and pro-government fighters were gathering for an assault on the strategic jihadist-held northern town of Baiji, officers said.

"Iraqi forces are massing at the town of Baiji, preparing to enter the town and regain control of it," said Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, who heads the provincial military command.

Baiji lies on the main highway to Iraq's IS-controlled second city djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and the assault could open the way to breaking a months-old jihadist siege of government forces defending Iraq's largest oil refinery, which is located near the town.

IS arose in the chaos of Syria's civil war, an uprising against Assad that has killed more than 180,000 people and forced millions from their homes in the past three-and-a-half years.

The regime has been accused of carrying out widespread abuses in its fight against a diverse group of rebels who include IS, other jihadists and secular rebels.

Washington expressed horror Wednesday at reports Syrian government forces had dropped barrel bombs on a camp for displaced persons in the northwestern province of Idlib.

"We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime barrel bombed the Abedin displaced persons camp in Idlib and the images we saw of the carnage against innocent civilians," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
...a valley girl who woke up one morning and found she was spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State...
said. "The attack on the Abedin camp was nothing short of barbaric."

The Observatory said the attack Wednesday killed at least 10 people and maimed dozens more in the camp.
#1: Several vehicles associated with the Peshmerga heavy artillary were seen refueling today outside a warehouse in Turkey where they have been holed up.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 07:35 ||Comments

#2: YPG, YPJ teams have been exiting Kobane and driving ISIS out of small villages just outside of Kobane the past few days. If Turkey is not holding up the Pershmerga moving into Kobane, I suspect the Peshmerga heavy artillary, Kobane militias, and Centcom Air support are coordinating an assualt plan on ISIS that would bring a quick rout of ISIS in that area.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 07:42 ||Comments

#3: USAF is doing what it does best: Interdiction. The real grunt work will be by the Kurds, pushing back the ISIS units. Hopefully the USAF has been effective in cutting supplies and reinforcements so the front line units of ISIS are low on men and ammo.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 09:02 ||Comments

#4: Here's hoping their chuck wagons have been turned to ammo trucks.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 11:14 ||Comments

#5: YPG Spokesman Polat Can has confirmed that Peshmerga forces 6km from the border are in a warehouse facility surrounded by Turkish Army and are not being allowed to enter Kobane.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 13:09 ||Comments

#6: Iraqi Peshmerga reinforcements 6km from Kobane held in warehouse in Turkey by Turkish Military.



Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 13:15 ||Comments

#7: Susan Rice is managing the war against ISIS. Not the Pentagon.

The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on.
Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.

As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters will do when they return to Syria. Most of the rebels to be trained by the U.S. will never be sent to fight against ISIS.

Making matters worse, military officers and civilian Pentagon leaders tell The Daily Beast, is the ISIS war’s decision-making process, run by National Security Adviser Susan Rice. It’s been manic and obsessed with the tiniest of details. Officials talk of sudden and frequent meetings of the National Security Council and the so-called Principals Committee of top defense, intelligence, and foreign policy officials (an NSC and three PCs in one week this month); a barrage of questions from the NSC to the agencies that create mountains of paperwork for overworked staffers; and NSC insistence on deciding minor issues even at the operational level.


“We are getting a lot of micromanagement from the White House. Basic decisions that should take hours are taking days sometimes,” one senior defense official told The Daily Beast.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 13:19 ||Comments

#8: Link to #7 above.

Appears DoD is speaking out.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 13:25 ||Comments

#9: Why do I keep flashing on Vlad Dracula when I see about Kurd troops being held in warehouses by the Turks?

Is there a massacre in the cards? That certainly would be in keeping with Turkish history.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 15:55 ||Comments

#10: Ah... Susan Rice - the traitor and liar of Benghazi.

And who do you think will get the blame when (not if) this blows up in our face? Not Ms. Rice.

Will she try to blame it on a video like before?
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 17:13 ||Comments

#11: First Peshmerga are entering Kobane.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 17:28 ||Comments

#12: It must be difficult for the military to have to answer to this bunch of dimwits in the WH. It has to be vexing.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 17:28 ||Comments

#13: Where in the Constitution does it say Susan Rice is Commander and Chief? Her involvement should be ignored by our armed forces.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 17:34 ||Comments

#14: Border guards shielding heavy Kurdish Artillary from View.

US pummeled border area just prior to crossing.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 17:38 ||Comments

#15: 50 vehicles have crossed over. More coming across.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 17:41 ||Comments

#16: As per BHARAT RAKSHAK + TWITTER, looks like the Kurds are trying to restrict or limit the number of [pro-Turkey?] FSA fighters coming into Kobane.

Agz which alleged pro-ISIS, FSA TURKEY = ERDOGAN is repor angry.

* [Twitter] TURKEY HELPS [both] ISIS + FSA, TURKEY EMANDS MORE FSA IN KOBANE BUR KURDS REFUSE.

More ...

* SAME > [Twitter] TURKEY'S NEO-OTTOMANIST IMPERIAL POLICY TO REDESIGN ME, WANTED TO START FROM OCCUPATION OF SYRIA.

Assadian Syria aka OWG CO-SUPERPOWER RISING IRAN'S BFF ASSAD + SYRIA.

As said before, "Neo-Ottoman" Turkey's ambitions is at present effec or geographically constrained by Russia in the Crimea + North, + Shia Rising Iran to its south in Lebanon + Syria + now ISIS-threatened Kurdish regions of Iraq.

ISIS AKA ISIL JIHAD ON TURKEY [Russia? Iran? China?] BREAKS ALL BARGAINS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-31 22:30 ||Comments

#17: OOOOPPPPSSSIES, my bad, forget to mention TOPIX > WHY CAN'T THE US DEFEAT AN [Islamist-Jihadist]ARMY THE SIZE OF A JUNIOR COLLEGE?

WELCOME TO OWG GLOBALISM - PERHAPS YOUSE 'HOID OF IT???

AKA HOW MUCH CAN THE "SOLE" SUPERPOWER USA [+ Other "Great Powers"] SAFELY GIVE UP, OR HOW FAR CAN THE US SAFELY FALL BACK OR RETREAT ACROSS THE WORLD WIDOUT BEING EXISTENTIALLY THREATENED OR DESTROYED BY EITHER FELLOW OWG CO-SUPERPOWERS ANDOR MILPOL/GEOPOL WANNABES, ALA THE NEVER-ENDING "GREAT GAME".

Iff the "Great Game" + "War", etc. is obsolete, APPARENTLY NO ONE TOLD THE HARD BOYZ + ALIGNED.

To paraph KRAUTHAMMER = "SAY IT WID ME, AMERIKA, + MAKE AL BUNDY FEEL IT - OOOOOOPPPPPPSSSS"!
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-31 22:38 ||Comments

#18: I seem to remember the warehousing of civilians in Clinton's B/S 'conflict'. There they were dead. The warehouses were used to prevent overheads from counting the stacked bodies.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 23:09 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Ahmed Miqati, 17 Others Charged with Terrorism, 'Islamic Emirate' Plot
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 652 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr on Thursday filed terror charges against the dangerous detainee Ahmed Miqati and 17 others.

"The military judiciary has received the terrorist detainee Ahmed Salim Miqati, 46, who is one of the top cadres of the ISIL (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 and goes by the noms de guerre Abu Bakr and Abu al-Hoda," state-run National News Agency reported.

Miqati, the prisoner Fayez Othman, the detainee Ahmed al-Ahmed and 15 runaways were charged with "belonging to a terrorist group with the aim of carrying out terror acts."

The charges also included "the formation of gangs, recruiting individuals, training on the use of arms and explosives, and plotting to occupy the Dinniyeh region villages of Asoun, Bakhoun, Bqaa Safrine and Sir al-Dinniyeh with the aim of creating an IS emirate."

Miqati was also accused of "taking part in operations against the army, inciting the murder of its troops, stirring sectarian strife and possessing arms and explosives."

NNA noted that some of the charges are punishable by death.

Miqati was referred to First Military Examining Magistrate Riad Abu Ghida, the agency said.

On Monday, NNA said the dangerous Lion of Islam confessed that he had been plotting to establish an "Islamic emirate" straddling four towns in the northern district of Dinniyeh as part of a broader scheme to connect Syria's Qalamun to the Lebanese coast.

Miqati was tossed in the clink
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
at dawn Thursday in the Dinniyeh town of Asoun during a deadly army raid on an apartment that he and several bandidos bully boyz had been residing in for several days. Three gunnies were killed in the operation, including defected soldier Abdul Qader Akkoumi.

His confessions came in the wake of fierce festivities that erupted 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...
's old souks Friday over a false rumor alleging that Miqati had died during interrogation.

The festivities spread to the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, where a group loyal to Shadi al-Mawlawi and Osama Mansour was entrenched, and to the nearby region of Akkar where Sheikh Khaled Hoblos led an armed assault against the army.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Kerry Says Insults against Netanyahu 'Disgraceful, Damaging'
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 360 words Read the whole thing on page 2
In which we hear from The Second Smartest Man In The Room.
[AnNahar] U.S. Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
hit out Thursday at reported insults by an American official against the Israeli prime minister, saying it was "disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging."

Kerry also pledged that the United States would continue to work "quietly and effectively" in order to relaunch the grinding of the peace processor with the Paleostinians in a thoughtful and even-handed way, saying it was "doable."

Turbulent U.S.-Israel ties plunged to new lows this week, when an anonymous senior B.O. regime official was quoted in The Atlantic magazine as calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "a chickenshit" only interested in preserving his own political skin.

Kerry told a forum hosted by The Atlantic that the comments did not reflect the views of either President Barack Obama
If I had a son he'd look like Trayvon...
or his cabinet.

A bid by the top U.S. diplomat to reach an elusive peace deal between the Israelis and Paleostinians collapsed earlier this year amid bitter recriminations on both sides.

But Kerry said: "We still believe it is doable, but it takes courage and it takes strength."

"Both sides have to be prepared to compromise in order to do it," he added.
#1: Having JFnnnKerry as Sec State is insulting.

I'm sure that Obola is perfectly in line with those insults.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 07:34 ||Comments

#2: Just realized that we see headlines that say "Kerry says ..." but never any that say "Kerry does ..."
What a douche in the manner of Jengiz Khan!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2014-10-31 10:23 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Clashes Erupt in Outskirts of Bekaa Towns of Deir al-Ghazal, Qusaya
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 540 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Armed festivities broke out on Wednesday evening on the Lebanese-Syrian border outside the Bekaa towns of Deir al-Ghazal and Qusaya, in an area that has been witnessing near-daily skirmishes with Syria-based hard boys.

"Clashes are underway in the outskirts of the towns of Deir al-Ghazal and Qusaya on Syria's border," Leb's National News Agency reported.

It said the sounds of artillery shelling echoed in the region "as warplanes flew over the mountains and the sounds of kabooms were heard in most of the Eastern Mountain Range towns."

Earlier, OTV said "five kabooms were heard in Qusaya and Syrian warplanes are flying over the area."

NNA and OTV did not reveal anything about the identities of the parties involved in the festivities.

On October 22, the Qusaya region witnessed festivities between the pro-Damascus Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine
... Paleostinian Marxist movement, founded in 1967. It is considered a terrorist organization by more than 30 countries including the U.S., European Union, Australia, Canada, and Antarctica. The PFLP's stated goal is the establishment of a socialist State in Paleostine. They pioneered armed aircraft hijackings in the late 60s and early 70s...
-General Command and the Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front.

The PFLP-GC has a military base in Qusaya.

Gunbattles had erupted between the PFLP-GC and unknown faceless myrmidons in central Bekaa in August.

The group said at the time that gunnies targeted its post as well as a Lebanese army position in Ain al-Baida near Kfar Zabad.

The PFLP-GC, whose command is based in Damascus, has maintained military bases in the eastern Bekaa Valley as well as in the hills of Naameh south of Beirut for the last 23 years.

The PFLP-GC is the only Paleostinian faction that maintains significant military positions outside the 12 Paleostinian camps in Leb.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Gunmen in North Lebanon Fled Clashes during Truce
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 852 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Gunmen, who engaged in deadly battles with the Lebanese army in the northern coastal city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
and in Akkar over the weekend, deserted their positions and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace after they realized that they will not be able to stand firm against the army, As Safir newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the daily, gunnies linked to runaways Shadi al-Mwalawi and Ousama Mansour in Tripoli's al-Tabbaneh neighborhood decided to leave their position after Mawlawi posted a voice record accusing Moslem scholars of "abandoning them."

Sources said that gunnies escaped the Sunni neighborhood during a humanitarian truce
..The purposes of a truce are twofold: 1.) bring up more arms, ammunition, and reinforcements; and 2.) get the enemy to relax his vigilance. A truce is not the same thing as a ceasefire, and a ceasefire doesn't mean you have to stop shooting...
, which was made to evacuate civilians.

"The gunnies moved through the narrow alleyways to al-Mallouleh and into the Western Saqi area, where they carried out their military training," the sources added.

The Western Saqi area is close to Bab al-Tabbaneh and is the main passageway towards the coast.

The report said that Mawlawi and Mansour didn't flee al-Tabbaneh neighborhood together, fearing that the army would detain them both.

The Lebanese army has been carrying out large-scale raids since the weekend in Tripoli and the region of Koura in search for suspects. Some of the gunnies were detained while others fled.

The battle between the Lebanese army and snuffies in northern Leb was widely expected after members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group and al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, launched several attacks over the past weeks in areas on the border with Syria.

Lebanese troops have been subjected to a wave of attacks over the past months.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow...
As Safir newspaper reported that gunnies-led by Islamist holy man Sheikh Khaled Hoblos fled after festivities with the army in the town of Bhannine in the Akkar district into Dhour Bhannine area, where they engaged in direct festivities with the army, and moved towards the Oyoun al-Samak area in al-Dinniyeh.

The newspaper said that the gunnies could have fled Oyoun al-Samak into two directions, either Akkar or Dinniyeh.

Gunmen linked to Sheikh Hoblos, a previously unknown holy man, engaged in festivities with the army over the weekend in the town of Bhannine.
#1: What's that sound in the distance? I believe it's the Bugout Boogie. (They's playin' my song...)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:31 ||Comments

#2: That's not how Chairman Mao would define this.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 08:35 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: More Arrests as Army Clampdown on Militants Continues
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 606 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] The army said on Thursday that it has tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
a Lebanese man who admitted to smuggling arms to jihadists taking position on the Lebanese-Syrian border as the military rounded up dozens in its clampdown on Lion of Islams.

Abdullah Mahmoud al-Hujairi was apprehended in the area of Wadi Hmeid in the northeastern border town of Arsal, said an army communique.

He admitted to smuggling weapons and food to the bully boyz on the outskirts of Arsal, it added.

Also Thursday, the state-run National News Agency said the military arrested 13 suspects in the town of al-Dreeb in the northern Akkar district.

NNA said that three of the suspects are Lebanese nationals.

The remaining are Syrians, including the leader of an gang that engaged in battles in the village of al-Hosn in central Syria.

The army said in its communique that the number of suspects rounded up during raids in northern Leb on Wednesday reached 50.

Nine of them are Lebanese, one is Paleostinian and the others are Syrians, it added.

The Lebanese army has been carrying out large-scale raids since weekend battles with fighters 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...
and the region of Koura in search for suspects. Despite the arrest of scores of Lion of Islams, several of them have fled.

The battle between the Lebanese army and Death Eaters in northern Leb was widely expected after members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group and al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, launched several attacks over the past weeks in areas on the border with Syria.

Army units continued on Thursday clamping down on gunnies involved in the town of Bhannine Akkar as Army chief General Jean Qahwaji inspected military positions in Tripoli and Akkar.

An army reconnaissance drone accompanied the operation.


Africa Subsaharan: In Burkina Faso, President Declares State of Emergency After Protests
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 238 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NY Times] President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaore, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government on Thursday, but also offered negotiations with his adversaries after a day of fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
protests against plans to add a further term to his 27 years in office.

The venting of rage was depicted by some analysts as the most serious challenge to his grip on power since he deposed his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, in a coup in 1987.

Throughout Thursday, demonstrators rampaged through the dusty streets of Ouagadougou, the capital, overrunning state broadcasters, setting fire to the Parliament building and torching the homes of the president's aides and relatives.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian regime denounces Turkey for allowing foreign fighters to enter Kobane
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 404 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Washington Post] Ten Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey on Thursday, drawing an angry response from the Damascus government, which accused Ankara of violating national illusory sovereignty by allowing foreign troops to enter Syria.

The Iraqi peshmerga delegation crossed back into Turkey at nightfall after discussing with Syrian Kurds details of the expected deployment of a larger force of about 150 that was dispatched from Iraq to help the Syrian Kurds battle 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....
murderous Moslems for control of Kobane, Kurdish activists said.

The obscure little town has no strategic significance but has emerged as an early test of the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria. As the battles in Kobane raged within sight of TV cameras on the Turkish border and Kurds complained that they were being ignored, the town became the chief focus of the Arclight airstrikes.

U.S. warplanes have since conducted multiple bombing raids against Islamic State positions in and around Kobane, helping the Kurds stave off what had appeared to be imminent defeat.

The small peshmerga deployment is unlikely to herald a major shift on the ground, but it was a symbolically important moment for Kurds across the region, signifying an internationally sanctioned cross-border alliance that some of them hope will advance their dreams of uniting under an independent nation.

"The peshmerga won't change the military balance," said Kurdish activist Barzan Iso, speaking from the Turkish border. "But it shows that Kurds are not alone, and that we are united in the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State."
#1: Ummm, Wash Post, you sure that translated correctly to the Kurds, specifically?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:47 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Sweden Recognizes Palestinian State
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 135 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ONLINE.WSJ] Sweden's center-left government on Thursday recognized Palestine as an official state, joining a short list of other European countries to have done so.

Israel Recalls Envoy after Sweden Recognizes Palestine

[AnNahar] Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for "consultations" Thursday, hours after Stockholm officially recognized the state of Paleostine, the foreign ministry front man said.

"This indeed reflects our irritation and annoyance at this unhelpful decision, which does not contribute to a return to (peace) negotiations," Emmanuel Nachshon told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

He said the recall of Ambassador Isaac Bachman was for an unspecified length of time.
#1:
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:57 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 07:13 ||Comments

#3: Can't wait for the Paleo immigration applications to quickly follow.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 09:08 ||Comments

#4: Beat me to it, P2K.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:45 ||Comments



-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Typhoid Mary defies orders to stay at home and goes for a cycle
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 16 Comments 144 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK]
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox, 33, and her boyfriend Ted Wilbur left their home on Thursday morning with their bikes for an hour-long ride
  • She said: 'There is nothing to stop me from going for a bike ride in my home town'
  • She spoke to the press outside the home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Wednesday night, saying she will continue to fight the Ebola quarantine
  • Hickox shook the hand of MailOnline's reporter at the scene and said: 'You could hug me. You could shake my hand. I would not give you Ebola'
  • Maine Governor said he would give up on the state's demand to keep the nurse under quarantine if she agrees to take a blood test
  • However a blood test for Ebola would only be positive if Hickox was displaying symptoms of the virus
#1: I wonder how Joshua Chamberlain, former governor of Maine, winner of the Medal of Honor, and hero of Little Round Top would have dealt with this woman.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-31 00:39 ||Comments

#2: If she does come down with it they should treat it...

... with a flamethrower.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 01:08 ||Comments

#3: Hope she sneezed on the medioids.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:31 ||Comments

#4: The fat, loud mouth in Jersey said "go ahead, sue me" then he let her return to Maine. He also lost his tempter and lambasted a heckler in a speech last week. Not presidential material, not at all.

As far as Typhoid Mary goes, rubber bullets would have kept her inside of her little house, would have kept Teddy there too.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 02:58 ||Comments

#5: So, if she infects somebody---can you try her for 1st degree murder (attempted, I hope)?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 03:01 ||Comments

#6: She is Ebola Kaci
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-10-31 03:36 ||Comments

#7: The good news: Hickox has returned home.

The bad news: Her nursing license is now ONLY valid in Liberia
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 04:03 ||Comments

#8:
Posted by: Kojo Speaking for Boskone2537|| 2014-10-31 04:44 ||Comments

#9: If her attitude is shared by a significant percentage of medical workers in the West then essentially all efforts at epidemiological disease control are moot.

If Ebola doesn't do significant harm to Western nations then Ebola in it's present form is just fundamentally incompatible with the epidemiological eco-system of a Western industrial society located in the temperate zone.

If we ever encounter something that's more compatible with our way of life, we're doomed.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2014-10-31 04:51 ||Comments

#10: It's an accepted judicial precedent that if an individual who has HIV bites an cop or corrections officer, the individual can be prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon. There's multiple instances on the books, in multiple jurisdictions.
So a great deal would seem to hinge on the blood test mid next month. Now, under HIPA regulations, that should be privileged information. We'll see...
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:25 ||Comments

#11: Worrying about Ebola is racis. Sexis, too.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-31 11:26 ||Comments

#12: I mentioned this in a comment days ago, not sure if anyone read it, so I will quote it again:

Dr. Beutler, an American medical doctor and researcher, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 2011 for his work researching the cellular subsystem of the body’s overall immune system — the part of it that defends the body from infection by other organisms, like Ebola.

He is currently the Director of the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas — the first U.S. city to treat an Ebola patient and also the first to watch one die from the virus. In an exclusive interview with NJ Advance Media, Beutler reviewed Christie’s new policy of mandatory quarantine for all health care workers exposed to Ebola, and declared: “I favor it.”

“Even if someone is asymptomatic you cannot rely on people to report themselves if they get a fever,” said Dr. Beutler, adding, “You can’t just depend on the goodwill of people to confine the disease like that – even healthcare workers. They behave very irresponsibly."
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-31 11:30 ||Comments

#13: Cacaa Kickox is being quite unprofessional and rude. In fact, she is acting like a drunk whose sole purpose for the bing at the bar is to see whether she can drive home without getting pulled over.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 11:55 ||Comments

#14: Gettiing her 15 minutes of fame.
Posted by: Slaitch Thrusong6976|| 2014-10-31 14:28 ||Comments

#15: FT Kent is so far out that she's only endangering moose and Canucks.

As an American hero, Obumble should make her UN Ambassador for the next 21 days.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-10-31 14:59 ||Comments

#16: She cares for no one and never did. It is these kind of people that ruin lives.


NEVER let that bitch into serious conditions again. Not a serious job and definitely nothing life or death.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-31 22:41 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Non-Citizens Are Voting
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 15 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[NATIONALREVIEW] James O'Keefe documents the problem in North Carolina, where the Senate race is close.
#1: Remember the hanging chads dilemma the Dems forced upon an election a few years ago? Time for the Republicans to create a calibration dilemma via law suits all over the country.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-31 00:31 ||Comments

#2: And they aren't voting Republican? Someone call Karl Rove!
Posted by: Iblis|| 2014-10-31 11:26 ||Comments

#3: Make an example of Amick--give him some prison time. That should help deter this corruption.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 11:50 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Gerrymandered Chicago District 'Leans Republican'
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 200 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[BREITBART] The 10th congressional district of Illinois, which was redrawn by state Democrats to make it virtually impossible for a Republican to win, is now leaning Republican, according to veteran political analyst Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia.

Sabato switched the race between incumbent Democrat Brad Schneider and Republican Bob Dold from "Toss-up" to "Leans Republican" in his latest ratings, less than a week before Election Day.

The shift towards Dold and a Republican victory likely heralds a nationwide trend. Of the 22 ratings changes that Sabato has released, 15 include districts moving towards Republicans, while Democrats have shown gains in only 7.

Dold was elected in the wave election of 2010 but was unseated in 2012 after the district was redrawn. The 10th district takes in some reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
suburbs as well as urban areas north of Chicago, such as Waukegan.
#1: Leans Republican?

No matter. The fix is in at the voting machine.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 11:44 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 199 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[THENEWSTRIBUNE] WASHINGTON, PA. -- Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious at death's door.

Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same "Stop the Violence" T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said.

The victim, Joshua Magraff, also is a community organizer with the anti-violence group, and shared an apartment with the suspects until recently.

Online court records don't list lawyers for the defendants, who face a preliminary hearing Nov. 10 on charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Local "Stop the Violence" leader Suzanne Kelley said she hopes to hear from Ardeno, and insisted that "we don't promote violence at all."

"I can't believe this is going on. I don't want the community to get a negative effect from this because they back us," Kelley said.
#1: Fortunately, they hadn't joined the "No More Beheadings" and "Stop Disemboweling Now" advocacy groups.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:08 ||Comments

#2: bwahahahaha

hahaha

ahh

sorry for the poor victim though.

Just like the Socialist Alliance. Just give it a go sometime. Take their mobile phone and say you are redistributing it to a poor person
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 10:36 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Mary Burke: I wasn't technically 'fired' from my family's company
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 9 Comments 92 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[HOTAIR]
Multiple former executives at Trek Bicycle now say Burke was forced out of her position by her own family as a consequence of her terrible management, and a fellow member of a Democratic administration referred to her leadership as "a disaster" in a contemporaneous assessment. And now she wants to be governor. Even as GOP-aligned pollsters are privately warning that Marquette's Walker +7 projection is more bullish than their internal findings, this can't be the front page coverage Team Burke was hoping to see five days out from the election.
#1: When your brother and father "eliminate your job" due to poor performance? You're fired
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-31 09:08 ||Comments

#2: Depends on the meaning of what 'is' is. And it wasn't sex. Right Bill?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 10:26 ||Comments

#3: Sometimes you hire relatives just to keep tabs on them so they don't do something stupid and hurt themselves or others.

When that doesn't work, you ship them to Europe.

When that doesn't work, you get them an appointment job in government (perhaps as a state Secretary of Commerce).

When that doesn't work, you get him/her elected to the governance of the local Country Club. Least damage to others possible (except for maybe the caddies and greens).

Some relatives can't help themselves and still try to create havoc for others by running for School Boards or possibly the governorship of some Midwestern state.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-10-31 10:51 ||Comments

#4: Some family members just need shipped to the dark side of the moon and left there.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-31 11:47 ||Comments

#5:
The mainstream media, playing frantic catch-up on a story they evidently didn’t bother to investigate for months — even as Burke routinely cited her Trek experience as a raison d’etre of her campaign — is finally asking questions.

That might prove to be a bigger story than Burke's firing.

Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 12:27 ||Comments

#6: Having had court side seats at several businesses organized under the dysfunctional family business model, the father and the brother probably heard the adage "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 2 generations"- founding father starts with nothing, works his/ her/ their arses off to build a successful business that then gets handed down to the idiot son/ daughter who runs it into the ground and ends up where the founder started once they find actual hard work and talent are involved. Shuffle her off to government where here talent is more suited.
Posted by: Capsu78|| 2014-10-31 13:25 ||Comments

#7: ...or as Bobcat used to say "... I lost my job. Well I didn't really lose it, it's just that when I went back someone else was doing it".
Posted by: Capsu78|| 2014-10-31 13:28 ||Comments

#8: "And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire..."
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:25 ||Comments

#9: She left to spend more time with her family - at home rather than at work.

I hope she kept her stapler.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-31 23:04 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Husband of Sen. Hall-Long charged with sign theft
Posted by Fred 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 365 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[DELAWAREONLINE] Middletown police have issued an arrest warrant for the husband of state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long for allegedly stealing roadway campaign signs erected by Republicans.

Police on Wednesday responded to a complaint about the theft of political signs, some of which read "Fix the Economy! Vote Republican."

Police identified the suspect as Dana Armon Long, of the 100 block of St. Augustine Court near Middletown. Police confirmed he is the husband of the state senator. Both are Democrats. The warrant was issued for theft under $1,500.

Reached at his home, Long would not comment on the allegations. "I cannot at this point in time make any comments at the advice of counsel," Long said.

An investigation revealed that on Sunday, 28 signs were placed on Middletown Odessa Road at Silver Lake Road, and on the 700 block of Middletown Odessa Road, police said.

They were discovered missing on Monday, replaced, and once again removed. After the campaign signs were replaced a second time, campaign volunteers staked out the spot where the thefts were occurring during early morning hours on Wednesday.

Middletown police said the campaign officials observed "a vehicle pull off the roadway in front of the signs. An individual exited his vehicle and began removing the signs."

The two workers confronted the man and posted video of the incident online.

Republican and Democratic party leaders condemned the thefts on Wednesday.

"When you only have a track record of high taxes, unemployment and lower wages for private sector employees to stand on, the Democrats must resort to breaking the law to win elections because they are scared of being held accountable for their dismal performance," John Fluharty, executive director of the state GOP, said in a written statement.

John Daniello, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said in a statement that, "Each campaign season, we deal with candidates removing their opponent's signs. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable. There are more positive ways in which to support your candidate regardless of party affiliation."

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine up to $2,300, including restitution and other conditions set by the court.

In a prepared statement, Hall-Long apologized for the incident.
#1: In for the Long-Hall.

Multiple offender caught once. I have a real disgust for this behavior, and should also include charges of trespassing and hate crime.

Is the wife up for re-election, or is this guy a troll by default?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 13:08 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 7 Comments 164 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[PJMedia] An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely happening in every single county and subdivision across the state. The group believes that the illegal voting has been happening for years.

The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that it compared how voters in Frederick County filled out jury duty statements compared with their voting records. The group's investigation found that thousands of people in Frederick County who stated that they are not U.S. citizens on jury duty forms went on to cast votes in elections. Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes. Both are crimes. The same group previously found that about 40,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland.
#1: "We know where you live!"
Is that even a threat?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:48 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-10-31 07:44 ||Comments

#3: I didn't un-register when I moved from Maryland to Virginia, so I was registered in both state for a while. I never voted in both, however!

Shortly after I moved back to the Lone Star State last year, Virginia noticed my address changed and I un-registered.

I suppose that's an argument for re-registering (by mail) every two years.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-31 09:52 ||Comments

#4: Either they failed to tell the truth when they were summoned for jury duty, or they cast illegal votes

I'll go with the former.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 12:13 ||Comments

#5: The Democrats have always avered that voting fraud was a very, very small problem--so small so as to not be of any concern. Any voting fraud should be of concern; even a very small amount as it undermines the democratic process and threatens the integrity of elections. The only thing to do is to prosecute every one of these cases whenever they occur and not matter how inconsequential.

The outcome of the 2008 and 2012 presidential election would probably not be any different if all the election fraud were rooted out. The spread was just too great in Maryland. In other states, such as toss-up states where the margin was thin, fraud could sway an election.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-10-31 12:31 ||Comments

#6: I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty wide margin this year too. But not like 2008 and 2012.
Posted by: Jomong Gray3113|| 2014-10-31 12:46 ||Comments

#7: We are one fixed election shy of an armed insurrection.
Posted by: Ulosing Poodle7595|| 2014-10-31 20:45 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkish Foreign Ministry, Norway Embassy Targeted by 'Suspect Packages'
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 314 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The Turkish foreign ministry and Norwegian embassy in Ankara on Thursday received suspicious packages, officials said, the latest in a string of such incidents in the country.

Turkey's emergencies management agency AFAD said in a statement that both reported receiving the suspect packages in the morning.

It did not say what was in the packages but the Dogan news agency said they contained the same yellow powder that had been sent to half a dozen consulates in Istanbul last week.

Twenty-five staff from the consulates were hospitalized after coming into contact with the powder but all were eventually released without showing ill health.

The health ministry had said there was no evidence of dangerous substances in the powder, which turned out to be nothing more than yellow chalk.

But the scare in Istanbul came amid mounting concerns about the growing national security threat to Turkey and Western states posed by the jihadists, who are trying to seize the town of Kobane close to Turkey's border with Syria.

The consulates of Belgium, Canada, Germany, La Belle France, Hungary and the United States -- all countries involved in the international coalition 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....
(IS) jihadists -- had reported receiving the yellow powder.
#1: Did they say "You may already be a WINNER!" on them?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:01 ||Comments



Home Front: WoT: U.S. to Check Troops for Chemical Exposure in Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 400 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The U.S. military will launch new medical examinations for troops and veterans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and review claims they were ordered to stay silent about such contact, officials said Thursday.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the U.S. Army and Navy secretaries to ensure troops affected by chemical munitions "are receiving the care and the support they require," front man Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

As a result, army and navy leaders plan to offer fresh medical examinations and to monitor the health of soldiers exposed to chemical agents in Iraq, defense officials said, confirming a New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
report.

Hagel is "also troubled by suggestions that some of these same troops might have been ordered not to discuss their potential exposure and would like a fuller accounting of the veracity of those claims," Kirby said in a statement.

The medical exams and broader review came in response to a New York Times report this month that found at least 17 soldiers had been exposed to nerve or mustard agents in Iraq during the American occupation of Iraq and had been told not to discuss their handling of the chemicals.

Before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, president George W. Bush insisted Baghdad was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program.

Although U.S. forces never found evidence of an active program, they did find remnants of an aging chemical arsenal and often they were not trained nor equipped to handle it, according to the Times report, which cited officials, veterans and government documents.

Following the invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, American forces uncovered 5,000 warheads, shells and bombs filled with chemical agents, but their findings were kept secret, according to the Times report.

Some veterans who handled the weapons also have questioned why they did not receive Purple Hearts, the award given to troops injured in battle.

Officials said a separate review of all combat awards and decorations would examine the decision not to award Purple Hearts to some veterans exposed and injured by chemical agents.
#1: exposed to chemical weapons
Is that enemy weapons or Ambys&Adders?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:08 ||Comments



Africa Subsaharan: Niger Says 9 Security Forces Killed by 'Terrorists'
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 246 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Nine security agents in Niger were killed on Thursday in multiple "terrorist" attacks in the western Tillaberi region near Mali, the government said.
Is this meaningful, or just lads having their bit of fun?
"Terrorists staged simultaneous attacks. Five coppers, two gendarmes and two national guards were killed," the defense and interior ministries said in a joint statement.

The statement did not specify who the attackers were and there have been so far no claims of responsibility.

It said the attacks targeted a camp housing refugees from Mali, a local prison and a military patrol.

Several prisoners had beat feet from the jail at Ouallam -- the site of one of the attacks -- which is less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the capital Niamey.

A witness at the refugee camp said the attackers came on eight cycle of violences with two people riding on each.

"They were crying 'God is Greatest'," a local official told a radio station.

A humanitarian source said they crossed over from Mali and went back after the attack at the camp, where more than 6,000 Malian refugees have lived since 2012.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: FSA Says Has 400 Fighters in Kobane, More to Come
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 588 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) already has 400 fighters in Kobane and more are on the way, the commander of a unit there said in a rare public appearance Thursday.

Nizar al-Khatib, who said he was in charge of an FSA unit sent into Kobane, told news hounds in Istanbul that a command post had been set up to coordinate activities between his forces and the Kurdish fighters also battling 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 atrocitythey can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) jihadists for the town.

The FSA rebels, who are opposed to the regime in Damascus, have joined Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the defense of the mainly Kurdish Syrian border town and are expected to be joined shortly by Kurdish peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq.

Dressed casually in civilian clothes in a jacket and open-necked shirt, Khatib said that FSA forces had been present around Kobane even before the current fighting started.

"There were 200 of us from the region even before the first fighting started against Islamic State (jihadists) and now there are almost 400 of us and we are expecting other reinforcements," he told news hounds at an Istanbul hotel.

Turkey, which has long called for the ousting of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
as the sole solution for the Syrian crisis, is a strong supporter of the FSA.

Head of an FSA unit calling itself the "dawn of freedom", Khatib said that coordination was good between his forces and the Kurdish factions, who have not always been allies in Syria's civil war.

"The command of Kobane is not in the hands of a single individual," he said.

"There is a command post where all the forces present are represented and take decisions together," he said.

But he said that training of FSA forces as promised by Turkey had yet to materialize.

"There are discussions in progress with Turkey about the possibility of training the FSA forces. But nothing has really been decided. It has yet to get started," he added.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the BBC earlier this week that Ankara wants the FSA to control Kobane if IS defeated, and not the Kurdish forces loyal to the YPG.


Iraq: Norway To Send 120 Soldiers To Iraq To Help Train Army
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 285 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The Norwegian government said Thursday it would send about 120 troops to Iraq to help train its armed forces in the fight 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....
jihadists.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg however stressed that "the Norwegian military will not follow the Iraqi soldiers into battle."

Solberg also told news hounds that "diplomatic and humanitarian means are important but military means are also important" in the battle against IS Lion of Islams.

Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said half of the Norwegian contingent will travel to Baghdad, where it will have an advisory role and support Iraqi security forces.

The other half will be in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, where it will be stationed at a training center, she said.

The deployment is planned for a period of one year "with the possibility of extension," she added.

The center-right minority government's decision received the support of several other parties, including the main opposition Labor Party.
#1: Several companies of the very finest ski troops.
They'll soon be pinin' for the fjords. (No, really. Every one of them.)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 07:59 ||Comments

#2: ISJV would never expect an attack from the Saladin Glacier Pack.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:36 ||Comments



Africa North: U.S. Says Egypt Has Right to Build Gaza Buffer Zone
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 11 Comments 300 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Egypt has the right to use a Gazoo buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday.
Golly. The diplomacy astounds.
"Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to maintain their own security. And we understand the threat that they are facing from the Sinai," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
...a valley girl who woke up one morning and found she was spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State...
said.

"We also continue to encourage them to take into account those that would be internally displaced by this," she added.

Egypt has the right to use a Gazoo buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday.

"Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to maintain their own security. And we understand the threat that they are facing from the Sinai," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"We also continue to encourage them to take into account those that would be internally displaced by this," she added.
Notice, not a chickenshit or Aspergery to be found.
#1: Jen Psaki: "former mouthpiece for Obama"
Even if I could make this up I wouldn't think of it.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:16 ||Comments

#2: Imagine what the response would've been if, you know who, tried it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 02:59 ||Comments

#3: g(r)om, I'd love to see an Israeli announcement

"Now that the US has endorsed building buffer zones around Palestinians our bulldozers will start work next week."

Then sit back and listen to the screams.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-31 07:39 ||Comments

#4: Note: Israel and states along the southern US border need not think this applies to them.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-31 08:28 ||Comments

#5: Now, one thing that distinguishes Egypt from Israel is that Egyptians been talking, quite earnestly too, with Russia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 08:28 ||Comments

#6: Israel needs to do this. Thanks for setting the precedent Obama/Kerry.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 09:07 ||Comments

#7: Now, one thing that distinguishes Egypt from Israel is that Egyptians been talking, quite earnestly too, with Russia.

I don't think Arizona can use that option...
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-31 11:36 ||Comments

#8: The buffer zone for Gaza should be bulldozed from the Israeli border to 100 meters past the low tide mark.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-31 12:03 ||Comments

#9: But Texas?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-31 14:01 ||Comments

#10: Texas may act on its own. They have a habit of being "ornery"
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-31 14:43 ||Comments

#11: Awesome. I think they should fill it with crocodiles in honor of the Blahmo's Cairo Speech.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-31 16:15 ||Comments



Africa North: Jihadists Held for Plotting Attacks in Morocco, France
Posted by trailing wife 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 437 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Morocco said Thursday it has nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two jihadists who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in the North African country and in La Belle France.

An interior ministry statement said a Frenchie and a Franco-Moroccan arrested on Monday had also been planning to join 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....
jihadist group.

It said they used the Internet to urge "individual terrorist acts in Morocco and La Belle France", citing preliminary results from the investigation.

Both men had been motivated by the actions of Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian national killed by French police in March 2012 after murdering seven people, including several children at a Jewish school.

The ministry statement said the arrested dual national had taken out several loans with French and Moroccan banks to finance their activities.
Heckuva background check y'all did on that one, guys.
It said the pair were arrested in Kenitra in the north as they "were busy rallying the ranks of the terrorist organization called Daesh", the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State organization, it said.

The detainees, identified only by their initials, were "involved in jihadist activism" by translating and disseminating blurbs and video recordings of "IS terrorism", the MAP news agency said.

It added that an "extremist of Algerian origin" was also arrested on Monday in the northern city of Fez, and that he "planned to join his wife," a Moroccan who had already joined the IS.
#1: La Belle France needs to implement the St Petersburg Declaration without delay.

Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-31 10:21 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russia, Ukraina sign gas deal
Posted by badanov 10/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 279 words Read the whole thing on page 3
From English language source:

The sticking point up until today has been Russian insistence that Ukraina prepay for part of this winter's gas supplies, and repay about 60 percent of the accumulated debt for past purchases.

Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015 during talks in Brussels.

The agreement was signed by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Prodan, and vice president of the EC in charge of energy, Guenther Oettinger. The signing was witnessed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the EC’s new vice president in charge of energy, Marosh Shefchovich.

Ukraine will be able to receive the needed volumes of Russian gas until the end of March based on a pre-payment plan at a price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, Oettinger said during the press conference.

Speaking at a briefing after the signing of the deal, Oettinger assured that Ukraine said it is ready to pay $1.451 billion of its gas debt to Russia “immediately.”

According to Oettinger, Kiev will be able to pay back $3.1 billion of its gas debts before the end of the year. However, he added that the final figure will depend on the decision of the international Stockholm court of arbitration on the gas debt dispute.

Ukraine will get the money it is lacking with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union, the EC official announced. Oettinger expects that the promised financial assistance from the IMF and the EU will be used by Kiev to pay for Russian gas.
#1: Ukraine will get the money it is lacking with the help of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
So...US.
Shouldn't there be some war debt rebate in there somewhere?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:34 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: Interesting precedent - no pension plan is safe from bankruptcy
Posted by Skidmark 10/31/2014  00:00 9 Comments 38 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NYT] Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit for Stockton, Calif.
Some things are inevitable. Or, as the Instapundit likes to say, "That which can't go on, won't."
#1: It would seem a no-brainer that, once the party guaranteeing the pension goes bankrupt, there AIN'T NO MO PENSION.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-31 00:33 ||Comments

#2: The employer once could use the pension as a negotiated deferred payment income strategy to offset a portion of the employee's wages. An allowable, DoL sanctioned Ponzi scheme.
Now its just wages, if you can find them.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-31 01:42 ||Comments

#3: The headline is extremely misleading. The bankruptcy judge approved of leaving the pensions alone because medical benefits were eliminated, inasmuch as no money had been set aside by Stockton to pay for it.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-10-31 03:11 ||Comments

#4: Anyone remember 401k employer matching funds ?

Anyone remember 401k's ?

Anyone remember employers ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-31 03:13 ||Comments

#5: Tax-free municipal bonds? Better look closely at their bottom line
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-31 09:14 ||Comments

#6: All pensions are just promises unless & until actually paid out to the beneficiaries. Lots of governmental pension plans have made promises they can't keep. As we are finding out. Governmental bonds are also simple promises of future payments.
A court which attempts to force a bankrupt governmental entity to pay out a pension, will have to levy taxes directly, I see no other options.
Bueller? Anyone?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-31 11:51 ||Comments

#7: The City in most cases hasn't made its required pension contributions in years. Oakland is in similar shape, squandering money on every loser deal it can dream up and missing 20 years worth of Policeman's and Fireman's pension payments. Now they just shrug their shoulders and want the courts to issue a retro-active haircut to pensioners. Retro-Active, I never heard of that one before!
Posted by: Jomong Gray3113|| 2014-10-31 13:03 ||Comments

#8: Of course no one in the higher levels of the unions ever took the time to do the economics themselves, ie income vs outlays and adjust 'demands'/expectations accordingly over the long haul. It's the same magic money tree that the Feds use for Social Security and future debt payments. And why the Fed/Tres keeps the inflation rate artificially at near zero. Lies, upon lies, upon lies.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-31 16:16 ||Comments

#9: Unions typically don't ever learn the #1 rule of parasites:

Don't kill the host!
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-31 17:15 ||Comments