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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: US Sends Troops to Thwart the Rooskies
Posted by Bobby 04/23/2014  13:25 3 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The Pentagon is sending about 600 troops to Eastern Europe in response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Tuesday.

A company-sized contingent of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will arrive in Latvia on Thursday, the U.S. embassy there announced Wednesday. A similar number of soldiers, about 150, are scheduled to land in Poland on Wednesday. Estonia and Latvia will also host American soldiers for joint training missions in the coming days.
Then we'll have Ukraine boxed in!
As Yosemite Sam once said, "come out out here, rabbit! I got yas outnumbered one-to-one!"
The move drew measured praise from Rep. Buck McKeon, a California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

"This as a small step in the right direction," McKeon said. "By rearranging U.S. forces already deployed in Europe, the president is doing something, however incremental, to reassure our allies. It might have more deterrent value if he included the Ukrainian military in the exercises. It remains to be seen if this move of 600 troops comes in time to make an impression on the tens of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine's borders."
Remains to be seen? Really? By whom?
#1: The Speed Bump Brigade
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-04-23 14:55 ||Comments

#2: From the Benghazi Bunch. Not even a speed bump. More like ritual sacrifice for one man's ego.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-04-23 15:21 ||Comments

#3: An army of lions led by a lamb . . . .
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-04-23 15:30 ||Comments

Africa North: Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 04/23/2014  11:44 3 Comments 175 words Read the whole thing on page 1
A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.

I ran across this five minutes ago and it seemed to 'resonate' with TW's posted article from The Daily Mail early this morning.
A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya's first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya....
I'm too busy/lazy to do all the embedded links in the article, so I'm stopping here
#1: And in my rush I forgot... HT: AoSHQ and Drew M.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-04-23 11:54 ||Comments

#2: ...and link.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-04-23 11:55 ||Comments

#3: "You didn't build that." Oh, I guess you knew that already...
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-04-23 15:35 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Golfer-in-Chief Skipped Aunt's Funeral (Important State Business Got in the Way)
Posted by gorb 04/23/2014  11:32 2 Comments 251 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Sociopathic President Obama did not attend the funeral of his late aunt Zeituni Onyango. Instead, he went golfing.

The New York Times reports:

After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.

Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president's father, as "the spirit of the Obama family" and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango's family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing.

The paper notes that the president has kept his distance from his family:
Yeah, the optics would be bad if he went.
As president, Mr. Obama has kept his distance from, and even failed to acknowledge, members of this eclectic clan. In the time-honored tradition of eccentric presidential relatives, the assorted Obamas have faced deportation and drunken-driving charges, started Obama-branded foundations and written memoirs.
Now if his aunt happened to be his golf caddy, this story would have been entirely different.
Naah, I don't think so...
#1: Bye Aunt Zeituni, I'll be thinking of you...Can you have a talk with the Big Guy and maybe let me have a Hole in One ?

Posted by: Caribbean Pete|| 2014-04-23 12:59 ||Comments

#2: He would've been ripped to shreds if he showed up. And when it comes down to "doing the right thing" or "doing what's best for Barry", you know which way that's gonna fall.
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-04-23 14:36 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Steyn: Happy Erf Day
Posted by Frank G 04/23/2014  09:29 0 Comments 160 words Read the whole thing on page 4
In his Guardian column this week, our old friend George Monbiot argued persuasively that poverty made people happier: "In southern Ethiopia, for example," wrote George, "the poorest half of the poorest nation on earth, the streets and fields crackle with laughter. In homes constructed from packing cases and palm leaves, people engage more freely, smile more often, express more affection than we do behind our double glazing, surrounded by remote controls."

He's so right. That's why I'm glad I made the effort to attend the opening gala of the Earth Summit, truly a night to remember. The banqueting suite of Johannesburg's Michelangelo Hotel was packed as Bob Mugabe warmed up the crowd with a few gags: "I don't know about you," he said, "but I'm starving..." With his usual brilliant comic timing, he paused just long enough. "...millions of people!"

The canned laughter - an authentic recording of happy Ethiopian peasants clutching their bellies and corpsing - filled the room.

Home Front: WoT: Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  07:02 8 Comments 1874 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Everything y'all said here at the time and since? You were right.
Notice that once again you have to go to a British newspaper to read about America...
o Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked gunnies who opposed Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...

o Their rise to power, the group says, led to the Benghazi attack in 2012
o The group claims the strongman Qadaffy offered to abdicate his presidency, but the US refused to broker his peaceful exit
o The commission, part of the center-right Accuracy In Media group, concluded that the Benghazi attack was a failed kidnapping plot
o US Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be captured and traded for 'blind sheikh' Omar Abdel-Rahman, who hatched the 1993 WTC bombing plot

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented -- if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.
Photo at link of Commission members is subtitled
The Citizens Committee on Benghazi released its interim findings on April 22, 2014 in Washington. Pictured are (L-R) Clare Lopez, Admiral (Ret.) Chuck Kubic, Admiral (Ret.) James 'Ace' Lyons, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons and civil rights attorney John Clarke
'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the B.O. regime for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked turbans.

'Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,' Lopez claimed. 'They were permitted to come in. ... [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..

'The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress -- if they were briefed on this -- also knew about this.'

The weapons were intended for Qadaffy but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.

'The White House and senior Congressional members,' the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, 'deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Qadaffy] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.'

'Some look at it as treason,' said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission's research.

Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, another commission member, told news hounds Tuesday that those weapons are now 'all in Syria.'

'Qadaffy wasn't a good guy, but he was being marginalized,' Kubic recalled. 'Qadaffy actually offered to abdicate' shortly after the beginning of a 2011 rebellion.

'But the U.S. ignored his calls for a truce,' the commission wrote, ultimately backing the horse that would later help kill a U.S. ambassador.
Kubic said that the effort at truce talks fell apart when the White House declined to let the Pentagon pursue it seriously.

'We had a leader who had won the Nobel Peace Prize,' Kubic said, 'but who was unwilling to give peace a chance for 72 hours.'

In March 2011, Kubic said, U.S. Army Africa Commander General Carter told NBC News that the U.S. military was not actively targeting Muammar Qadaffy. That, Kubic revealed, was a signal to the Libyan dictator that there was a chance for a deal.

Qadaffy responded by 'verifiably ... pull[ing] his forces back from key rebel-held cities such as Benghazi and Misrata.'

Qadaffy wanted only two conditions to step down: permission to keeo fighting al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the lifting of sactions against him, his family, and those loyal to him.

The B.O. regime's unwillingness to help broker a peaceful exit for the Libyan strongman, 'led to extensive loss of life (including four Americans)' when al-Qaeda-linked gunnies attacked U.S. diplomatic facilities in the city of Benghazi,' the commission told news hounds.

The White House and the National Security Staff did not immediately respond to questions about the group's findings.

'We don't claim to have all the answers here,' said Roger Aronoff, whose center-right group Accuracy in Media sponsored the group and its work.
'We hope you will, please, pursue this,' he told news hounds. 'Check it out. Challenge us.'

Retired Admiral Chuck Kubic said the White House refused to let the Pentagon pursue a peaceful exit for Muammar Qadaffy: 'We had a leader who had won the Nobel Peace Prize, but who was unwilling to give peace a chance for 72 hours'

The commission and AIM filed 85 document requests under the Freedom Of Information Act, hitting the Department of Defense, State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency with demand after demand.

But most of its information has come from insiders with deep knowledge of the flow of weapons in Libya and elsewhere in the African Maghreb.

Admiral James 'Ace' Lyons told the group that he believes the raid on the Benghazi compound was intended as a kidnapping exercise, aimed at snatching U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and demanding a prisoner swap for the 'blind sheikh' Omar Abdel-Rahman.

Abdel-Rahman is serving a life sentence in federal prison for planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center garage in New York City. He also criminal masterminded a plan, later foiled, to blow up the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
, both the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington Bridge and a federal building where the FBI had a base of operations.

A senior FBI source, Lyons said Tuesday, 'told me that was the plan.'
The attack, history shows, grew in intensity and resulted in the deaths of Stevens and three other U.S. personnel.

Lyons also said U.S. claims that it lacked the resources to mount a counterattack in time to save lives is false.

'I'm going to tell you that's not true,' he said. 'We had a 130-man unit of forces at Sigonella [AFB in Italia]. They were ready to go.'

'The flight time from Sigonella to Benghazi is roughly an hour.'

Some of the group's claims strain credibility, including the assertion that the B.O. regime's early effort to blame the Benghazi attack on a protest against a crude anti-Mohammedan YouTube video 'appears to have been well-coordinated with U.S.Moslem Brüderbund organizations as well as Islamic state members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).'

Those groups, the commission noted, 'all joined in condemnation of the video, and, even more troubling, issued calls for restrictions on Americans' free speech rights.'

But Simmons, the former CIA officer, criticized the B.O. regime on the familiar refrain of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Dean Acheson ...
exclaiming in a Senate hearing that it mattered little why the Benghazi facilities were struck.

'They believed they were going to be saved, that they were going to be rescued, but they weren't,' Simmons said of the four Americans who died.

'I know who made the decision, in my heart of hearts, to leave our war fighters there and be blown up. And then to have one of the most powerful politicians in our country sit there and say, "What difference does it make?" -- should be an alarm bell for all Americans.

'It haunts me,' Simmons said. 'I play that line over, and over, and over, and over in my mind.'

The group has called for a Select Congressional Committee to investigate the Benghazi episode. A total of 189 House members have signed on to a bill that would create the committee, which would be bipartisan and have sweeping powers to subpoena the executive branch.

House Speaker John It is not pronounced 'Boner!' Boehner
... the occasionally w eepy leader of House Republicans...
, Lopez said Tuesday, 'he blocked it. One has to wonder if he and Congress have had some sort of briefing on what happened.'

Kubic insisted that Congress is unable to break logjams in the B.O. regime and find out what happened in the days leading up to and following the Benghazi attack without a new committee.

'If they don't have strong subpoena power, if they don't have the ability to do long-term cross examination, it won't work,' he said.
#1: 'I know who made the decision, in my heart of hearts, to leave our war fighters there and be blown up. And then to have one of the most powerful politicians in our country sit there and say, "What difference does it make?" -- should be an alarm bell for all Americans.

She was simply "following orders".... much like the fellow who is sitting in her old job today.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 07:41 ||Comments

#2: Some of the group's claims strain credibility, including the assertion that the B.O. regime's early effort to blame the Benghazi attack on a protest against a crude anti-Mohammedan YouTube video 'appears to have been well-coordinated with U.S.Moslem Brüderbund organizations as well as Islamic state members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).'

Part of the overall psychological operations deception plan. Susan Rice and the Sunday talk show 'talking points' were another piece of the plan. A successful deception plan must enjoy wide dissemination.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 08:05 ||Comments

#3: Par for the course with this administration. They always support the enemies of the US and if some Americans get killed along the way... hey can't make an omelet right?
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-04-23 09:11 ||Comments

#4: The Hildabeast will have her minions strike back. "Preznit Cankles" won't be happening if they can't put out the Benghazi fires
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-23 09:25 ||Comments

#5: She was simply "following orders"....

Yes, but WHOSE orders? Doesn't seem like Zero orders anything more involved than a tee time.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-04-23 10:49 ||Comments

#6: > appears to have been well-coordinated with U.S.Moslem Brüderbund

Huma Abedin connects Clinton and the MB.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-04-23 10:56 ||Comments

#7: Great find / post TW. Just hoping that there are TPTB's interested in keeping this alive over the wishes of those opposed.
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-04-23 11:04 ||Comments

#8: I am starting to believe that America elected the mohammadcherian candidate.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-04-23 12:08 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  06:21 3 Comments 235 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[The Guardian] Naveed Shinwari hasn't seen his wife in 26 months. He suspects it's because he refused to become an informant for the FBI.

In February 2012 Shinwari, who has lived in the US since he was 14, flew to Afghanistan to get married. He says that before he could get home to Omaha, Nebraska, he was twice detained and questioned by FBI agents who wanted to know if he knew anything about national security threats. A third FBI visit followed when he got home.

The following month, after Shinwari bought another plane ticket for a temporary job in Connecticut, he couldn't get a boarding pass. Police told him he had been placed on the US no-fly list, although he had never in his life been accused of breaking any law. Another FBI visit soon followed, with agents wanting to know about the "local Omaha community, did I know anyone who's a threat", he says.

"I'm just very frustrated, [and I said] what can I do to clear my name?" recalls Shinwari, 30. "And that's where it was mentioned to me: you help us, we help you. We know you don't have a job; we'll give you money."
Strange, or possibly not so, citing "missed opportunities", this recent article and report indicates the Tsarnaev brothers were never placed on the No-Fly list.
#1: Another FBI visit soon followed, with agents wanting to know about the "local Omaha community, did I know anyone who's a threat", he says.

If yoooz goes for your coffee table, we'll SHOOT !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 07:52 ||Comments

#2: no job, but you can afford a flight to Afghanistan and bring back another breeder/mouth to feed?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-23 09:36 ||Comments

#3: Isn't Muslim charity an amazing thing, Frank?
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-04-23 10:22 ||Comments

Government: Jim 'Not wittingly' Clapper forbids employees from Media contact
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  06:17 2 Comments 28 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] A leaked memo from the country's top intelligence director informs the government's intel employees that they are forbidden to talk to the media, a new report claims.
#1: First thing the intelligence employees do is leak the memo...whahahha.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 08:16 ||Comments

#2: I'm sure someone in charge said something about being the most transparent administration ever.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-04-23 08:18 ||Comments

Government: Video: IRS agents who didn't pay their taxes get $1 million in bonuses
Posted by DarthVader 04/23/2014  00:16 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Terror Networks: Hezbollah's Unsuccessful Revenge
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 615 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Ynet] Most of Lebanese terror organization's attempts to avenge its commander's liquidation have failed thanks to improvement in Israel's intelligence collection abilities.

On March 17, 1992, a jacket wallah detonated a boom-mobile near the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. Four Israeli embassy workers and five local Jews were among the 29 people killed in the terror attack.

Two days later, American intelligence officials intercepted a phone call received by Hezbollah's military commander, Imad Mugniyah, from his commander in Argentina, Talal Hamiyah, who briefed him on the successful attack.

Two years later, in March 1994, Hamiyah, who had since been appointed head of Hezbollah's foreign operations, sent a suicide bomber to the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok. The attack was prevented after the terrorist changed his mind at the last minute.

This week, exactly 20 years later, that same Hamiyah, according to information published in Thailand, tried to come full circle and correct his mistake. But this time the telephone in Beirut did not ring. There was nothing to report. The attack was foiled.

There are three main reasons for what happened: First of all, Imad Mugniyah was assassinated, and there is no one with similar military skills to avenge his death. Secondly, the Thai authorities respond quickly to any warning received from Israel, according to foreign reports. And most importantly, there has been a significant improvement in Israel's intelligence collection abilities.

Hezbollah's efforts to continue targeting Israelis are part of a pattern of action which has been going on since Mugniyah's liquidation in 2008. Since then, his authorities have been divided between at least four people. Hamiyah is one of them, and one of his jobs is to achieve Dire Revenge™.

Those same intelligence abilities which, according to the foreign press, made it possible to locate -- and assassinate -- Mugniyah likely helped thwart Hezbollah's attempt to avenge his death.

Despite a series of bold and murderous operations the Revolutionary Guards sought to execute together with Mugniyah's successors -- which included abducting Israelis, bombing Israeli offices abroad, targeting Chabad emissaries and Israeli tourists -- almost all were foiled in time.

It was only in one case that Hassan Nasrallah's men had the upper hand: In the terror attack in Burgas. In July 2012, a suicide bomber sent by Hezbollah succeeded in blowing himself up on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at the Bulgarian resort city's airport.

The corpse count was heavy: Six dead and 30 injured. It's a terrible price, but the Hezbollah men, who have not let go of their fatal schemes for a minute in the past few years, had sought a much higher corpse count.

The criminal masterminds of the Burgas attack are now on trial in Bulgaria. The affair, which refuses to be forgotten, still causes great embarrassment for the terror organization.

Nonetheless, the recent arrests in Thailand prove that Nasrallah's list of priorities has not changed: His desire to achieve Dire Revenge™ and target Israelis is still bigger than his sensitivity towards the public opinion and international law.

Home Front: WoT: Govt Must Turn Over Info On CIA Prisons To Defense
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] U.S. prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

The order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing. Al-Nashiri, who was born in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, has been held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006.
#1: Interesting isn't it, seems like everything that turns up with a foul smell has a similar component.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:16 ||Comments

Good morning
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: German Rapper-Turned-Jihadist Reported Dead in Syria
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 364 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide kaboom carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday.

Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide kaboom Sunday in an eastern province.

He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide kaboom carried out by Al-Nusra Front, a rival jihadist group that is Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate.

Messages posted on jihadist Internet forums announced his death.

"The Islamic nation is bleeding with the news of the martyrdom of the jihadist fighter, brother Abu Talha al-Almani. May he be accepted by God," one message read.

"His death is the result of a suicide kaboom carried out by the traitorous soldiers of (Nusra chief Abu Mohammed al-) Jolani against a house in which a number of ISIL brothers were staying," it added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, also reported the suicide attack carried out on Sunday.

"Two members of Al-Nusra Front blew themselves up the day before yesterday, killing 16 ISIL fighters," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Abdel Rahman said a fighter known as Abu Talha was among those killed in the attack in Deir Ezzor province near the boundary with Hasakeh province.
#1: And another one bites the dust, (Bang, Bang)
Another one bites the dust, (Bang, Bang,)
And another on's gone,
another one's gone,
Another one bites the dust,(Bang, Bang,)
Oh, gonna get you too, Another one bites the dust.

Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:14 ||Comments

#2: From a western point of view, Syria is being very productive.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-04-23 08:30 ||Comments

#3: BP is right: Syria is right up there with Champ's drone-zap program in taking out the trash...
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-04-23 10:41 ||Comments

#4: Allahu Akbar!
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-04-23 15:32 ||Comments

Africa Horn: 'Piles and piles' of bodies in South Sudan slaughter
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 410 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[FOXNEWS] Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.

Toby Lanzer told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named in a phone interview Tuesday that the ethnically assassinations in a quiet provincial capital are "quite possibly a game-changer" for a conflict that has been raging since mid-December and that has exposed longstanding ethnic hostilities.

There was also a disturbing echo of Rwanda, which is marking the 20th anniversary this month of its genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people. The Rwandan genocide saw kill orders broadcast by radio and it happened in South Sudan, Lanzer said.

"It's the first time we're aware of that a local radio station was broadcasting hate messages encouraging people to engage in atrocities," said Lanzer, who was in Bentiu on Sunday and Monday. "And that really accelerates South Sudan's descent into an even more difficult situation from which it needs to extract itself."

U.N. human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
Sherlocks said late Monday that hundreds of non-combatants were killed last week because of their ethnicity after rebel forces seized Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state. Those rebel forces are Nuer, the same ethnic group that former Vice President Riek Machar, who is now a rebel leader, comes from.

Lanzer said thousands of civilians from several ethnic groups are streaming to the U.N. peacekeeping base in Bentiu because many believe more violence is coming. The base now holds 25,000 people but has only one liter of water per person per day and only one latrine per 350 people.

"The risk of a public health crisis inside our base is enormous," he said.

Arabia: US personnel sifting through rubble on ground in Yemen after drone strikes
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 472 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[FOXNEWS] U.S. military personnel has been on the ground in Yemen sifting through the aftermath of recent drone strikes, helping to retrieve bodies and data from the scene of a handful of weekend drone strikes carried out by the CIA, a source told Fox News on Tuesday.

Separately, Fox News has learned that U.S. pilots provided airlift to Yemeni troops via Russian-built MI8 helicopters overnight for a separate ambush on a vehicle believed to be carrying top Al Qaeda myrmidons.

The missions follow the recent targeting of suspected turbans in the country. On Monday, a suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed 68 people, a Yemeni government official said Tuesday, though a list compiled on preliminary DNA testing was not yet complete. The official emphasized that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leadership was not the target of the raid.

But a list of the dead, now being circulated among Jihadi social media in Yemen, does include what are described as "high value" targets, including a senior recruiter and religious scholar. The names are being reviewed by US intelligence officials.

Also on Tuesday, Yemeni officials said gunnies killed four senior security officers in the past 24 hours in a string of attacks. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, said the assailants riding cycle of violences bumped off three colonels -- two of them in the intelligence agency and one from military police -- in Sanaa on Monday and early Tuesday.

They say gunnies also rubbed out a deputy security chief Tuesday in the central city of Harib.

In another Yemen-related development, a Yemeni government official confirmed to Fox News that a recent propaganda video released by Al Qaeda in Yemen was a "gold mine" for intelligence, revealing the faces of operatives, identifying their vehicles, the license plates and their location in the rugged mountains of the south, an area that is largely outside the Yemeni government's control and similar to the lawless tribal areas of Pakistain. The source characterizes the video as an apparent "miscalculation" by Al Qaeda in Yemen, helping the security forces narrow the focus of the operation, which came in three waves over the weekend.

Afghanistan: Release of Afghan Deputy Minister a Failed Operation
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 231 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] On Tuesday, Kabul Special Forces launched an operation in Deh Sabz district of Kabul to release the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Waheed, from the kidnappers who kidnapped him last Tuesday, but the operation was unsuccessful.

An Afghan police officer was injured during the gunfire battle between the police force and kidnappers. Afghan police officer was shot twice in the leg.

Kabul Police Chief Gen. Zahir Zahir, who led the failed operation, told TOLOnews that before the operation launched residents of Deh Sabz cooperated with the investigation by providing leads to Minister Waheed. Though, before the police force could arrest the kidnappers they had already escaped the premises with the minister in midst of the clash.

"The kidnappers were informed that we detained Fawad, a man who was providing food for the suspects," Zahir said. "Unsuitable land, ups and downs and water-filled holes of Deh Sabz district paved the way for them to runaway."

Deh Sabz is a location known for kidnapping; it's located in northeastern Kabul. Gen. Zahir said that 15 kidnapping cases were filed from this district.

Minister Waheed was kidnapped by four unknown gunnies last Tuesday morning while he had just entered his vehicle in Khair Khana area of Kabul city.

India-Pakistan: Gen Beg warns of Egypt-like change in Pakistan
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[The Nation (Pak)] Former Army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg
...the occasionally incoherent retired four-star general who was the Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army, succeeding the creepy General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, after the latter was rubbed out died in an air crash in 1988. The general was involved up to his hairy ears in the Mehran bank scandal, shuffling millions in public money to buy or lease politicians, and is believed one of the prime movers in the sale of Pak nuclear technology to Iran. He ranks second only to Hamid Gul in the volume and flavor of his anti-Western vitriol..
on Monday proposed a three-point formula to normalise the tense civil-military relations, warning the government of an Egypt-like change in case urgent steps were not taken in accordance with his suggestions.

He said the high treason case against Gen Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
should be dropped and he should be allowed to go abroad; the Pemra should ensure that no TV channel telecasts programmes that undermine the prestige of the army; and ministers or other leaders should be barred from speaking against the people who defend the country even at the cost of their lives. Talking to The Nation, he said the civil setup would face no threat and the situation would normalise within no time if the government acted in the light of his suggestions. Otherwise, he said, a military general would take over, just like Gen El-Sisi did in Egypt, and the United States would support the change for its own interests.

Gen Beg was of the firm view that the Constitution would not be able to block a military intervention if the rulers did not give the army its due respect. "ZulifikarAli Bhutto had said the 1973 Constitution would bury martial laws, but it was the martial law that buried Bhutto".

Critical of the flawed decision-making process of the present government, Gen Beg said the rulers did not properly calculate the likely negative fallout of their policies. According to him, the government takes decisions first and thinks later. As a result, its damage control measures don't yield results. Gen Beg said the army was like a family and Gen Musharraf was its former head. The way he was insulted created unrest in the rank and file which forced Gen Raheel Sharif to issue a statement that army will defend its honour and dignity. Compared to the anger of the soldiers, Gen Raheel's statement was 'very soft' however, he claimed.

He said it was after Gen Raheel's statement all government functionaries had gone on defensive and they were offering explanations that they did not want to insult the army. Such people should have been careful before issuing derogatory statements, said Gen Beg.

The army, he said, would not tolerate the way Gen Musharraf was being singled out for trial. Similarly, he said, the former president-COAS could not be held responsible for 'high treason' as what he was accused of having done did not fall in this category. A treason charge on a former army chief was just not tolerable.

Making a strong plea for permission to Gen Musharraf to go out of Pakistain, Gen Beg said if a man like Hussain Haqqani could be allowed to leave the country despite a very serious charge
#1: Oh, They're going broke?
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:54 ||Comments

#2: The voice of reason just like his pal Hamid Gul

Who is more Islamist the army or the Govt?
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-04-23 06:32 ||Comments

#3: Beg damn near drove Pakistan into a nuclear war with India. He followed that up with a tour as head of Pakistan's military ISI and helped cement that units relationship with the Taliban. For more than a quarter century this Islamist has caused nothing but trouble in and for Pakistan.
Posted by: Thrusotch and Tenille7340|| 2014-04-23 08:33 ||Comments

#4: For more than a quarter century this Islamist has caused nothing but trouble in and for Pakistan.

In other words, they deserve each other...
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-04-23 10:42 ||Comments

Europe: France to stop flow of militants to Syria
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A clever decision, to be sure, but how?
[Iran Press TV] La Belle France plans to stop its citizens from joining the turbans in Syria, fearing they could threaten its security after returning home.

The government will take "all kinds of measures to dissuade, to stop, to punish those who would be tempted to go fighting in places where they have no place," French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
said on Tuesday.
Ah. By doing it...somehow.
The planned policies include asking minors to present parental consent for leaving the country.

There will also be an increased surveillance of bully boy websites, which recruit Death Eaters, as well as a system to encourage parents to signal suspicious behavior in their children.

La Belle France estimates the number of its nationals directly or indirectly involved in the conflict in Syria at about 700.

French and other western officials are concerned that the Death Eaters, who have obtained military skills in Syria, would return to their countries and conduct terrorist attacks on home soil.

A British defense study showed last year that about 100,000 Death Eaters, fragmented into 1,000 groups, were fighting in Syria against the government and people.
#1: There will also be an increased surveillance of bully boy websites, which recruit Death Eaters, as well as a system to encourage parents to signal suspicious behavior in their children.

We monitor 'tax payers' here in the States. Probably wouldn't be very effective in France. With so few working, not certain how effective it will soon be here either.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 01:10 ||Comments

#2: Why?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-23 05:56 ||Comments

#3: Better to crack their heads and wills during Car-B-Que season at home and let the hardcore head out with no return passport
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-23 09:34 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: SC suspends ECP's Ludhianvi notification for NA-89
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[DAWN] The Supreme Court of Pakistain on Tuesday suspended Election Commission of Pakistain's (ECP) notification that declared Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat
...which is the false nose and plastic mustache of the murderous banned extremist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain, whatcha might call the political wing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
(ASWJ) chief Ahmed Ludhianvi to be the winner from the NA-89 constituency, DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the petition that was submitted by Pakistain Mohammedan League -- Nawaz (PML-N) member Sheikh Akram who was originally elected on the National Assembly seat from Jhang.

Akram's counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan argued before the bench that the tribunal had not given any explanation as to why it had declared Ludhianvi as the winner from the constituency.

Therefore, the court directed the tribunal to hear all appeals submitted by concerned parties in this matter and make a decision within three months' time.

Earlier, the election tribunal had disqualified Akram from NA-89 and declared runner-up Ludhianvi the winner. Consequently, the ECP had issued a notification announcing the tribunal's decision.

India-Pakistan: Defence ministry moves application against Geo TV network
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[DAWN] The Ministry of Defence has moved Pakistain Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take action against Geo TV network, for leveling allegations against an intelligence agency of Pakistain.

According to an official source, the application has been moved following approval from Federal Minister for Defence, Khawaja Asif under the PEMRA Ordinance 2002, section 33 and 36 to take legal action against the channel management for framing allegations on the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and its Chief, Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam.

The network had aired a portrait of the ISI chief, alleging that he was responsible for the attack on anchor and senior journalist Hamid Mir.

The injured journalist had informed a friend, family members and the management of Geo TV, about a possible attack on him.

Mir was injured after his arrival in 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...
on Saturday when unknown gunnies opened fire on the vehicle he was traveling in near Natha Khan area on Shahrah-e-Faisal road.

Earlier on Sunday, 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...
had decided to constitute a three-member judicial commission to probe into the attack.

A formal request in this regard was later sent to Chief Justice Jillani to nominate three members for the commission.

India-Pakistan: Nine suspected militants arrested from Peshawar hospital
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[DAWN] Nine suspected Death Eaters including three injured with gunshot wounds were tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
from the Lady Reading hospital on Tuesday as they were brought to the hospital for treatment.

The official sources said that the suspected Death Eaters belong to a banned outfit operating in the Khyber Agency adding that they were first shifted to the Khyber Teaching Hospital for treatment but were referred to the LRH for further treatment.

The three alleged Death Eaters in injured condition were brought by six people in an ambulance to the LRH 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.
where police arrested all of them.

Some sources claimed that these Death Eaters might have been injured in a shootout with the security forces or due to infighting and were later brought to the hospital for treatment.

The police officials present on the scene refused to give details about the arrests and took away the suspects in a police mobile.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saleem Aman told that few injured persons were brought to the hospital but they were not admitted for treatment.

The hospital officials said that the suspects including three injured were brought to the hospital but the police arrested them as soon as they were brought and took them away.

Another high ranking official source said that the injured people were brought to the Khyber Teaching Hospital in the morning from the Badbher area where they might have been injured last night in a gun-battle with police after an attack on security forces.

Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Najeebur Rehman Bahwai said that the police have arrested some suspects from Peshawar and are investigating to find their probable link to the Badbher incident.

He said that security forces have also recovered the body of a myrmidon from the spot who was wearing security forces uniform while the severed hand of another has also been recovered from the spot in Badbher where the attack on police had left five dead.

India-Pakistan: Policeman killed during robbery attempt in Karachi
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[DAWN] Two people, including a policeman, were killed and one person was reported injured in 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...
, DawnNews reported.

The incident took place in the city's Garden Town near the Karachi zoo during a robbery attempt at a booking office of the Pakistain International Airlines.

Police reached the site and an exchange of fire took place between the robbers and the law-enforcers with Inspector Qamar Satti losing his life.

The robbers fled the area immediately afterwards and the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Today's incident comes a day after 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...
presided over a meeting on law and order and the ongoing operation against bully boyz in Karachi.

It was reported, however, that the premier had expressed displeasure over the poor law and order situation in the city and had questioned officials present as to why the condition had deteriorated after becoming stable for some time.

Bangladesh: Jamaat man wounded in 'shootout' with cops in Jessore
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[Dhaka Tribune] A Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
activist was shot in the left leg in a shootout between Jamaat-Shibir men and police yesterday around 4am in Hamidpur, under Jessore Kotwali cop shoppe.

The victim Muhaid Hussain, 28, is also former president of the Fatehpur union unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
. He hails from Jhaulia village under Jessore Sadar upazila.

Reshma Sharmin, assistant superintendent of police in Jessore, said a shootout ensued between Jamaat activists and police when police raided a secret meeting of the activists near a garbage disposal area in Hamidpur. "Muhaid got caught in the line of fire and was shot," she said, claiming he was an accused in a saboteur case.

Police also tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
two other Jamaat activists named Habibullah and Aminur, and recovered a firearm and a round of bullet, the assistant superintendent said.

On the other hand, Muhaid, who was being treated at Jessore Medical College Hospital, claimed that police had called him out of his residence and shot him in the leg.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Trucks Deliver Aid to Besieged Tufail
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[An Nahar] Aid trucks delivered on Tuesday food packages and fuel oil to the residents of Tufail on the Lebanese-Syrian border through the backing of armed forces.

Tufail, which lies in eastern Leb in an area surrounded by Syrian territory, was isolated after the only road that leads to the town came under the control of Syrian government troops.

Scenes of jubilation accompanied the arrival of the aid trucks, while other residents expressed their anger against Syrian authorities despite their backing of Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...

"We only want the deployment of the Lebanese army in Tufail," they declared.

"We do not want any support or aid from Syria. All we want is the Lebanese state's backing," they added.

The Syrian military has made successes against rebels in the Qalamoun region with the support of fighters from Hizbullah since the government launched an offensive in November in the strategic area, a wedge of mountainous territory between Damascus and the Lebanese border.

Another dirt road leads to Tufail via Brital, but is in poor condition. The residents of Tufail, who are Sunnis, are afraid to pass through the Shiite town, which supports Hizbullah.

Tuesday's aid was delivered to Tufail's residents in the town of Ras al-Harf.

Tufail is now home to 3,000 Lebanese and some 5,000 Syrian refugees.

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir, the secretary general of the Higher Relief Council, denied there were armed Syrian rebels in Tufail.

"Everyone agrees on the need to bring aid to its residents," he told news hounds before the convoy of aid left for the town.

The Mufti of Baalbek and Hermel also thanked Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq for his efforts to help the town's residents.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Watchdog Says Syria Chemical Handover at 86.5%
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[An Nahar] Syria has handed over 86.5 percent of its chemical weapons, the global chemical watchdog said on Tuesday, amid new claims that Damascus may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month.

The latest update comes five days before a self-imposed cut-off of April 27, by which Damascus aimed to have its stockpile removed from Syrian soil, ahead of a June 30 deadline to destroy it.

A further consignment of chemicals was delivered to the main Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, raising "the overall portion of chemicals removed from Syria to 86.5 percent of the total", the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement.

"Today's consignment was the 17th to date and the sixth consignment since April 4, making a significant acceleration in the pace of deliveries to Latakia this month," the Hague-based OPCW added.

Upon arrival, the chemicals were "immediately" put onto cargo ships and "removed from the country."

"This latest consignment (is) encouraging," said OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu.

"We hope that the remaining two or three consignments are delivered quickly to permit destruction operations to get under way in time to meet the mid-year deadline for destroying Syria's chemical weapons."
#1: Eighty six point five percent - because a decimal point makes everything more believable.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-04-23 00:10 ||Comments

#2: There' enough left.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:57 ||Comments

#3: Watchdog says Iran is not building the bomb.
Posted by: KBK|| 2014-04-23 10:04 ||Comments

#4: They're sure they know that much about Syria?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-04-23 11:34 ||Comments

Arabia: Yemen Jails Qaida Man for Plotting General's Murder
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[An Nahar] A Yemeni court tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
an al-Qaeda Death Eater for 15 years on Tuesday on charges of helping plan the murder of the commander of a blistering 2012 offensive against the jihadists.

The state security tribunal found Sami Dayan guilty of "taking part in plotting the liquidation of General Salem Ali Qatan, the chief military commander in south Yemen."

Dayan was also convicted of "forming an gang to carry out terrorist acts," and of attacking military bases.

Co-defendant Farhan Awad al-Saadi was tossed in the calaboose
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for four years.

A Somali jacket wallah killed Qatan on June 18, 2012 as he headed to his office in the southern port city of Aden.

The assailant detonated his explosives after throwing himself on Qatan's car. A medic related to Qatan said the attacker shook hands with the general before blowing him up.

-Land of the Free: JHC!!!: Reid: 'Something Will Happen' To Stop Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy
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Harry forgot the veil.
#1: “This would never happen in any state east of the Mississippi, because they own their own land,” said Janine Hansen, a state’s rights advocate.

Or so we're led to believe.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:34 ||Comments

#2: Yeah... right.

The second a species is listed "endangered" because some politician wants to make use of the land you'll see how far that goes.

That and $2.50 will get ya a small cup of coffee.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-04-23 01:05 ||Comments

#3: Keep talking, Harry. You will prejudice any court case against Bundy, regardless of the facts.

Of course Dingy is just trying to deflect against revelations of his dealings with the Chinese and others, IMHO.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-04-23 01:11 ||Comments

#4: 'Something Will Happen' To Stop Dingy Harry, Say Impeachmnt?

(Say, Selling China Land under his control)
That'll do it,
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:47 ||Comments

#5: Something, even superficially, legal?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-23 05:59 ||Comments

#6: Technically, everything George III and the privy council did was 'legal', It just violated the 'natural rights of Englishmen',
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-04-23 08:43 ||Comments

#7: To repeat what I've said elsewhere.. I know Sen. Reid suffers from "Little Man" syndrome. I know it must have been a hardship growing up in the Whorehouse town of Searchlight NV. BUT WTF is his problem? By his age he should have got a life!
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-04-23 10:05 ||Comments

#8: By his age he should have got a life!

Some whores never retire. They just become the Majority Leader in the worlds most prestigious whorehouse.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-04-23 10:21 ||Comments

Africa North: Morocco refuses bail for 9 detained activists
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[Al Ahram] Nine activists with Morocco's February 20 pro-reform movement, who were tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
this month during a mass demonstration in Casablanca, had their request for bail rejected on Tuesday.

Police arrested 11 activists during a "national march" organised by the country's three main unions on April 6, in which some 10,000 took part.

Accused of "organising a non-authorised protest" and of carrying out "acts of violence against coppers", two of the 11 activists have since been released on bail.

During Tuesday's hearing, the court in Casablanca refused a renewed demand for bail by the remaining nine defendants,with the trial adjourned to April 29, an AFP journalist reported.

A few dozen activists gathered outside the court house to demand their release, denouncing what they called a "political trial."

The march organised by the unions primarily targeted the policies, and especially the austerity measures, introduced by Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.

But the February 20 activists had shouted slogans "against the regime as a whole," according to several watchdogs, including the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, which has expressed "concern" over the arrests.

Africa North: Jihadist Group in Mali Announces Death of French Hostage
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[An Nahar] One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead.

The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO
...Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, another offshoot of Qaeda in North Africa. Currently active in Mali and southern Algeria, the idea is to do as much good in West Africa as AQIM has done in North Africa...
), a splinter group of al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP Gilberto Rodrigues Leal "is dead, because La Belle France is our enemy."

Yoro Abdoul Salam, a front man for the group, gave no details on the date or circumstances of Rodrigues Leal's death during a brief telephone exchange.

Pressed for evidence in the absence of any pictures or video footage of Rodrigues Leal's body, he said that "in the name of Allah, he is dead," before hanging up.

The announcement came two days after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he was "extremely worried" about the safety of the 62-year-old.

"We haven't had any news for a long time. We are in contact with the family but we are extremely worried," he said.

Rodrigues Leal was kidnapped on November 20, 2012 by gunnies near the western town of Kayes as he was driving a camper van from Mauritania.

Government: WTF Headline Of The Day: Tax-Cheating IRS Staff Got Bonuses
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Based upon stories like these, it looks like I have made SERIOUS career errors.

Although the Nervousness Alert flag of Zero Hedge is hoisted, I've seen additional sources reporting this.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel to Send Call-Up Papers to Christian Arabs
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[An Nahar] Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, army radio reported Tuesday, angering Arab politicians who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Moslems.

Military service will remain voluntary for Israel's 130,000 Christian Arabs as it is for its more than 1.3 million Moslem Arabs.

But commanders hope that the routine sending out of call-up papers will help boost the numbers volunteering from around 100 a year at present to 1,000, the radio reported.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: March 14 Declares Geagea Its Presidential Candidate
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[An Nahar] Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
leader Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
succeeded on Tuesday in gathering the support of the March 14 alliance in his run for presidency, on the eve of a parliamentary session dedicated for holding the first round of vote on a new head of state.

March 14 leaders convened in the evening at the Center House, and declared Geagea as their candidate for presidency.

"We discussed the presidential elections and we stressed the importance of respecting constitutional deadlines," the alliance said in a statement after the talks.

"And after communicating with all parties, leaders and political figures in the coalition, we confirm supporting the nomination of Geagea and we consider that his candidacy is a representation of the principles on which the Cedar Revolution and March 14 were based," it added.

"We hope all MPs will consider (Wednesday's session) an opportunity to cross towards establishing a state in Leb."

MTV noted that MPs Marwan Hamadeh, Antoine Saad and Fouad al-Saad attended March 14 coalition's meeting, hours after Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Wally Jumblat
... Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling...
announced the revival of the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc and the nomination of its member MP Henri Helou for the presidency.

ars longa, vita brevis...
it was not immediately clear whether they will vote for Geagea or Helou.

Earlier in the day, both the Kataeb Party and al-Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
bloc also announced that Geagea is their presidential candidate.

The Kataeb Party stated that it will attend Wednesday's parliamentary session aimed at electing a new president.

Bangladesh: Comments made against atheists and sects are hateful and should be resisted
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[Dhaka Tribune] The extraordinary demand made by Hefazat Secretary General Junaid Babunagari, that followers of minority Islamic sects such as Ahmadiyya and Ahle Hadith should be banned, and that atheists should not be allowed to live in Bangladesh, cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

We are confident most Bangladeshis, regardless of their faith and background, value the spirit and letter of Bangladesh as a free country which constitutionally guarantees freedoms of belief and religion. Moreover, many devout Moslems would disagree with such calls on the Koranic basis that there should be no compulsion in religion.

As a religious body, his organization may be expected by its followers to disagree with or even dislike contrary religious opinions.

However the comments made against atheists, non-Moslems, and Moslems of sects, with which the Hefazat does not agree, are hateful rhetoric which should be resisted.

There is no justification for the state to ban minority sects of any faith. The Hefazat leader's accompanying remark that Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and people from other religions can still live in the country should not be taken as any form of moderation.

By using blood--curdling language to describe and threaten non-believers and those with whom he disagrees, he opens the door to discrimination and persecution.

All people, whatever their beliefs, or lack of them, deserve equal protection under the law. There is no room in Bangladesh for the state to discriminate between citizens on the basis of their religious beliefs or practices.

Africa North: Tunisian troops swarm Jebel Chaambi
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[MAGHAREBIA] Military forces are gaining ground in Jebel Chaambi and the surrounding areas, Tunisian defence ministry front man Taoufik Rahmouni said on Monday (April 21st).

"Backed by fighter jets, helicopters, as well as artillery and mortar shelling, the army and the security units are advancing on several fronts to rake and take control of the entire zone," Rahmouni told Mosaique FM.

Last Wednesday, Jebel Chaambi and nearby Sammama, Salloum and Mghilla were declared "zones closed for military operations".

Africa North: Algeria probes police violence in Kabylie
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[MAGHAREBIA] Algerian authorities on Monday (April 21st) announced an inquiry into allegations of police violence in Kabylie, AFP reported.

A video posted online Sunday reportedly showed police beating protesters in Tizi Ouzou.

"The contents of the video shows actions that are unacceptable and damage the reputation of the police force, whatever their motivations," national security (DGSN) spokesman Djilali Boudalia said.

Africa Subsaharan: Ugandan forces capture fugitive LRA officer
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[Iran Press TV] Ugandan soldiers have captured a runaway member of African myrmidon group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a perennial thorn in Africa's side and freed 10 hostages, the army says.

Ugandan army front man Paddy Ankunda said on Tuesday that LRA officer Charles Okello was taken into custody in the southeast of the Central African Republic (CAR).

Ankunda described Okello as a field commander of the "notorious" LRA, saying, "Most importantly we released 10 people, seven children and three women, who had been held hostage for six months."

The Ugandan army has been leading an African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
force tasked with capturing the LRA's members, some of whom are wanted by the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
(ICC) in The Hague.

The LRA is said to have split up into small groups and its runaway leader, Joseph Kony
... The Lords Resistance Army is a religious and military group formed in 1987. It is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, and who is periodically possessed by demons, Beelzebub and Legion prominent among them. Kony advises his soldiers to draw crosses on their chests as a protection against bullets. This does't work, but nobody outside the LRA minds. The group is based on a hodge podge of apocalyptic Christianity, mysticism, and traditional Acholi religion, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on an odd interpretation of the Ten Commandments. The LRA is famous for systematic criminal conduct, including murder, abduction, mutilation, sexual enslavement of women and children, forcing children to participate in hostilities, and occasional cannibalism. The LRA operates mainly in northern Uganda and also in parts of Sudan, Central African Republic and DR Congo...
, is thought to be hiding in a place where the borders of the CAR, South Sudan, and Sudan meet.

Europe: Ukraine to resume "anti-terror" operations in east
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 191 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Press TV] Ukraine's acting president has ordered the resumption of what he calls "anti-terror" operations in the east of the country.

Oleksandr Turchynov's call came on Tuesday after claiming that two "tortured bodies" were found near the eastern city of Slavyansk.

The bodies reportedly belong to a politician from the acting president's Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and a member of the city council, who were allegedly killed by pro-Russians.

Turchynov also blamed the deaths on what he labeled as "terrorists, who have taken the whole region hostage."

On April 15, Kiev launched a controversial "anti-terrorist" operation in a bid to root out pro-Russian protests.
The operation was suspended three days later, due to the Easter holidays and a Geneva agreement signed by the United States, the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, Russia and Ukraine on April 17.

Afghanistan: Drone Claims 2 Lives In Afghanistan
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 49 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] Police officials say a US assassination drone attack has killed two people in northeastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The attack, which left two Taliban commanders from Pakistan and Afghanistan dead, took place in the Nari district of Kunar province on Tuesday, the provincial police chief said.

Home Front: Politix: 4 Alabama counties have more active, registered voters than adult population
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 5 Comments 163 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[BLOG.AL] Less than three months before the June primary, four Alabama counties had more voters on their rolls than what the Census Bureau says is their voting age population.

Officials give a number of reasons for that, including under-counting by the census.

Secretary of State Jim Bennett said the discrepancies create opportunity for voting fraud.

"Every duplicate name and every bad address is just an opportunity for crooks to attempt to manipulate our elections," Bennett said.

Each county has a three-person board of registrars that is responsible for maintaining the voting lists with help from the secretary of state's office.

The county boards receive notification when a person dies, registers in another county, gets a driver's license in another state or is convicted of a disqualifying felony. The county boards are responsible for removing names from the list.

As of March, Greene, Hale, Lowndes and Macon counties had more active, registered voters than what the census estimated as their 18-and-older population in 2012.
#1: But many people live in that house

LEGALLY? (as in illegal aliens)
Bet they're Democrats.

What, no bet?
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:21 ||Comments

#2: There is nothing remarkable about this anymore. Every state is in the same situation, and federal rules make it very difficult to clean up voter roles.
Posted by: Snick Prince of the Weak7544|| 2014-04-23 08:45 ||Comments

#3: The article provides yet another opportunity to play the on-line parlor game, "Name That Party!"

What are the political affiliations of the registrars of those counties? Which way do those counties vote in typical state and federal elections?
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-04-23 10:50 ||Comments

#4: It wasn't called the Solid (Democrat) South for nuthin'.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-04-23 12:27 ||Comments

#5: Perhaps Alambama should not allow votes to be counted until every voter is ID'd?
Posted by: warthogswife|| 2014-04-23 14:38 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: South Korea: 'Increased Activity In N. Korea Nuclear Site'
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 123 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] South Korea said Tuesday that it identified an increased activity in North Korea nuclear test site and warned that it could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test.

"Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," said Defense Ministry front man Kim Min-Seok.

Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment" once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.
#1: Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment"

Look for the Mushroom Cloud, not deliberate, just an Oops. (Quietly, they make NO mistakes, you know)
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 03:01 ||Comments

#2: watch for the influx of Iranian "Observers"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-23 09:32 ||Comments

Government: Guess Who Makes More Than Bankers: Their Regulators
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 161 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[ONLINE.WSJ] Long before George Bailey wrestled with Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life," the public decried the pay of top executives in large financial institutions. Overpaid bank executives are the villains in regulatory morality tales and feed distorted public perceptions about bankers' pay.

It is true that the very top bank executives make more in a year than most of us make in a lifetime, but compensation of this magnitude is rare. Most banks in this country are small businesses and pay employees modest salaries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual salary of a bank employee was $49,540 in 2012, not much higher than the average annual across all occupations, $45,790.

Yet one group in banking stands out as highly paid--federal bank regulators. Before the Dodd-Frank Act, the average employee of a federal bank regulatory agency received 2.3 times the average compensation of a private banker. By 2013 this ratio increased to more than 2.7--and in some cases considerably more.
#1: I wonder how many of these guys are appointed as a political favor?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-04-23 08:08 ||Comments

#2: There is a world of difference between the responsibilities of a bank teller & those of a regulator.
Who STEALS/HAS STOLEN more than bankers? Jon Corzine, maybe, but I think you all get the drift.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-04-23 14:41 ||Comments

Europe: Ukraine president orders military operation restart against rebels
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 65 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Straits Times] Ukraine's acting president on Tuesday ordered a military operation against pro-Kremlin separatists resume, after two "brutally tortured" bodies were discovered in the restive east, one of whom was a kidnapped local councillor.

"I demand the resumption of effective counter-terrorism measures to protect Ukrainian citizens in the east from terrorism," Oleksandr Turchynov said, according to a statement from his other office as parliamentary speaker.

India-Pakistan: Bomb targeting police van kills constable, injures 39 in Charsadda
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 383 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[BRECORDER] A powerful bomb in cycle of violence targeting a police van on Mardan-Charsadda Road went kaboom! on Tuesday morning in Charsadda district, killing a police constable and injuring 39 others.

Police constable, Nasir Khan son of Azam Khan, resident of Sherpao Charssada district, who sustained critical wounds expired at Lady Reading Hospital 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.
while 39 injured are being treated in Peshawar and Charsadda hospitals.

According to Charsadda police front man, the injured also included a woman Jan Bibi and her son Owais Khan son of Torab Khan of Charsadda.

According to details, the gory incident occurred on Charsadda-Nowshera Road near Farooq Azam chowk where a police van en-route to Police Lines came under attack.

People in large number were busy in shopping in bazaar near Farooq Azam Chowk when a huge kaboom occurred, killing policeman Nasir Khan and injuring 39 others including 12 coppers. The injured coppers are Feroz, Asad, Akhtar, Hanif, Liaquat, Driver Sartaj, Ilyas, Jan Muhammad, Asad Jan, Farman, Kaleem and Abdullah sustained injuries.

As many as eleven injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar where police tailor Nasir Ali departed this vale of tears. Emergency has been enforced in hospitals LRH and DHQ Hospital Charsadda.

Africa Subsaharan: Hit by 'hard times', Mugabe accepts $4,000 a month
Posted by Fred 04/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 331 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Al Ahram] Zim-bob-wean President Bob Muggsy Mugabe
Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case...
has said he gets by on a modest salary of $4,000 a month because of the "hard times" facing the country, state media reported Tuesday.

Zim-bob-we is still recovering from years of economic collapse attributed mainly to government policies under Mugabe, who has run the country since independence in 1980.

"I am earning $4,000 (2,900 euros) just now, because of the hard times. This is what we decided on, that we should recognise the hard times at the moment," Mugabe said in a BBC interview at the weekend, according to excerpts published in state media.

The average wage in Zim-bob-we is $300 a month, but unemployment runs at 80 percent and most of the population of 13 million live in poverty.

The report did not say how much the 90-year-old president, who favours designer suits and Rolex watches, might receive in allowances or what he earns outside government.

Mugabe has interests in farming among known business entities under his name.

The president built a plush private mansion on the outskirts of the capital Harare, reportedly worth more than $10 million.

Last month the veteran leader gave a $100,000 gift to his daughter and son-in-law at their wedding, which he hosted at his mansion with more than 4,000 guests.

Last month Zim-bob-we announced a $6,000 salary cap for executives working for state-owned companies following reports that some of them were grossly overpaid.

The head of the public health insurance fund was a top earner, with a gross monthly salary of $535,499, while the Zim-bob-we Broadcasting Corporation boss took home $37,050 a month.

The country in 2009 ditched the worthless Zim-bob-we dollar currency in favour of the US dollar and a raft other regional currencies.
#1: Last month Zim-bob-we announced a $6,000 salary cap for executives working for state-owned companies following reports that some of them were grossly overpaid.

Signs of how desparate they are due to their cluelessness. Oh wait, aren't they floating that idea over here?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-04-23 15:22 ||Comments

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: The Russian Military Has a Tiny New Friend
Posted by Uncle Phester 04/23/2014  00:00 8 Comments 34 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Meet the new Finland?
I'm pretty sure that never in any way will Cyprus resemble Finland.
#1: Cyprus also has a reputation for a tax haven—one that’s become increasingly attractive to wealthy Russians.

Someone followed the money.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:47 ||Comments

#2: Wonder what EuNich management has to say about that...and what they plan to do about that. Nice little poke in the EU eye you got going in Cyprus, Russia.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-04-23 01:26 ||Comments

#3: Brits still have an airbase at Akro ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 01:33 ||Comments

#4: Problematic link.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-23 06:08 ||Comments

#5: It worked for me, g(r)omgoru. Try pasting this instead of clicking through:

Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-23 08:09 ||Comments

#6: Wonder what EuNich management has to say about that...and what they plan to do about that. Nice little poke in the EU eye you got going in Cyprus, Russia.

The same EU that's selling the Russians carriers and night vision equipment? The same EU whose heads-of-state 'retire' to work for Gazprom?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-04-23 11:40 ||Comments

#7: OTOH
How many new friends has American made lately?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-04-23 11:52 ||Comments

#8: SO it would seem, B - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akrotiri_and_Dhekelia
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-04-23 13:40 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: The New Yorker Who Stood Between the BLM and the Nevada Cowboys
Posted by Bubba Graiting8281 04/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 21 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Incredible stuff.
#1: Guys makes some really good points.

BLM doesn't police their land and let the cartels, drugs and illegals through.

Only point M-16s at fellow Americans.

Only Fox News covered the story from the ground (that the reporter saw).

All sorts of flavors of disgusting and a violation of the public trust from government to the media.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-04-23 00:13 ||Comments

#2: Think how interesting this story would be if the Gov't land actually belonged to another Gov't.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:18 ||Comments

#3: With Dingy Harry Selling land to the Chinese for a Solar array, it would.

I wonder just HOW that turned out, Haven't heard a word about it in the press, Have you?
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:26 ||Comments

#4: I'm sure the deal will go through as planned.
They won't let a little thing like public opinion influence them.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-04-23 12:14 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: 'Trespass Cattle': One of the Latest Theories on the Bundy Ranch and the Feds
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  00:00 5 Comments 325 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[The Blaze] Allegations that the so-called "land grab" showdown between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher terrorist Cliven Bundy was influenced by a deal involving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a Chinese-backed company failed to hold up to closer scrutiny last week.
Not nearly close enough in my view.
The Bureau of Land Management has begun to round up what they call "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy has been grazing in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

But now, a new claim regarding what may have led to the tense standoff is starting to gain traction.

The latest theory on what may have provoked the armed showdown between Bundy and federal agents involves the Bureau of Land Management at one point referring on its website to "trespass cattle" in the Gold Butte area, the same area that the federal government and the 67-year-old rancher have battled over for more than 20 years.

The document, titled "Cattle Trespass Impacts," which was removed from the Bureau of Land Management's website in the midst of the standoff, discusses the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone project and its effect on the local wildlife.
Yes, an inconvenient fact removed from the BLM website, but archived at above link.
"Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle [emphasis added]," the Bureau of Land Management said on its website.

But here's the thing: The passage referring to "trespass cattle" appears to indicate only that the federal agency has an interest in detailing which of its solar projects have negative impacts on the local wildlife and vice versa.
#1: Dry Lake Solar Energy links.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:44 ||Comments

#2: The land within the Dry Lake SEZ is undeveloped scrubland, characteristic of a semiarid basin. Vegetation within the SEZ is predominantly creosotebush and other low shrubs.

And PROTECTED turtles that are doomed to BLM'S extension ummm Relocation, then Kill them,(Because there's too many turtles)

Nice excuse.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:42 ||Comments

#3: The whole thing was about military style confiscation of property. Judging the facts i dont really support the Bundys but the gov overstepped big time so on general principal i now support the ranchers.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-04-23 09:38 ||Comments

#4: BLM needed a reality check and they got it. 200 pissed off, armed cowboys should sober up anyone.
The Fed agencies get mission creep and need to be tuned up every now and then. LEOs in general could use a refresher course on why they are allowed to wear the gun and badge. I think the whole event will end up being constructive, lead to a lot of discussion and, hopefully, some changes in the way that LEOs, both state and federal, interact with citizens.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-04-23 11:14 ||Comments

#5: The best reasons for the Fed I have heard are back taxes and turtles.

Back taxes is a financial issue, but if it is a financial issue, killing the bulls, destroying the water system, and losses to the herd via incompetence destroys the value of the property seized and renders incapable any effort to gain value to pay accused grazing fees/taxes/whatever.

Its like trying to get a person to pay back their college loan by cutting his arms off, if the real reason for cutting the arms off is to get that particular account even monetarily.

As for the tortoise, you know what helps grow items in the tortoise diet? Cow poop. You know what keeps at bay the predators of the Desert Tortoise? Cattle and Cowboys. You know what cows don't like to do and keep an eye out for? Stepping on things which might hurt them.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-04-23 12:52 ||Comments

Arabia: Saudi Arabia Sentences 8 To Death For 2003 Riyadh Attack
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 234 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] A Saudi court sentenced eight people to death and 77 others to prison on charges related to attacks against expatriate residential compounds in the country's capital more than a decade ago, the official press agency said.
And so they should. No real country allows its people to rampage at will among the king's guests, even if they all are damned kaffirs. Though in this case the mills of Allah ground excessively slowly, indeed.
In the May 2003 attacks, Death Eaters shot and bombed their way into the three compounds in Riyadh. The assault left 35 people dead, including eight Americans and nine attackers.
For contemporaneous details and discussions see here, here, here, here, here, and here. No doubt there is more in the Rantburg archives, but further search is left as an exercise for the reader.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Abbas: Borders Outline, Settlement Freeze Or Talks Will End
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 73 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] 'If Israel believes in two-state solution, then let's talk borders,' Abbas says in first public comments regarding possiblity of extending peace talks.
*yawn* And the PA offers in return what, exactly?

Or as an unnamed senior Israeli political source told another Ynet reporter:
Source: Abbas doesn't want peace

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinian Unity Talks Begin In Gaza
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 928 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] First PLO delegation since 2007 festivities between Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Fatah heads to Gazoo for Paleostinian unity talks.

The Paleostine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gazoo on Tuesday to negotiate unity with bad boy group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Paleostinian president the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
's position.

Few Paleostinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralysed Paleostinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel.

A deal could restore a measure of illusory sovereignty to Abbas in Gazoo and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the West Bank.

The reconciliation mission coincided with a meeting between Abbas's Fatah-led group and Israeli peace negotiators in Jerusalem to try to extend talks beyond an April 29 deadline.

Hamas and Fatah have failed since 2011 to implement an Egyptian-brokered unity deal because of disputes over power-sharing and the handling of conflict with Israel.

Azzam Al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official, denied that the attempt to negotiate a deal with Hamas was designed merely to strengthen Abbas's hand in peace talks with Israel.

"We want to end the division whether there is negotiation (with Israel) or there isn't. We want to build Gazoo and the West Bank and end the (Israeli) occupation," Al-Ahmed told official Paleostinian news agency WAFA.

A Hamas big turban based in Egypt arrived in Gazoo on Monday to prepare for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah. Moussa Abu Marzouk, responsible for external affairs, met with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
ahead of a visit by Fatah officials on later this week.

If Paleostinian unity talks end with a deal, paving the way to hold elections and plan a national strategy towards Israel, not only might Abbas gain negotiating power, but Hamas, hemmed in by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, might become less isolated.

The two sides disagree on policy toward Israel. Islamist Hamas refuses to renounce using force against the Jewish state and secular Western-backed Fatah wants a deal with Israel to set up a Paleostinian state in Gazoo, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem - lands Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.

Both Hamas and Fatah also persistently trade blame over their arrests of rival members. Dozens of prisoners have been held by each side since Hamas took control of Gazoo and Fatah remained the predominant party in the Israeli-occupied West Bank following Hamas's surprising win in 2006 parliamentary polls.

"If Fatah possesses the political will to implement the agreement, we would be going forward on the right direction to please our people," Hamas front man Sami Abu Zuhri
...a senior spokesman for Hamas. Zuhri gained notoriety in 2006 when he dropped his money belt containing somewhere between 640,000 and 900,000 euros, which was confiscated by Paleostinian security and customs officials at a routine border crossing from Egypt to Gaza. The news brought competing Hamas and Fatah forces to the crossing checkpoint for an epic face-making and hollering contest...
told Rooters.

"My feeling is closer to pessimism than optimism," Paleostinian Gazoo political analyst Talal Okal said.
And so it should be. Other than the original formation of the PLO and the idea of killing lotsa juices, what have the Palestinians ever agreed upon?

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Erekat: Palestinians have no intention of dismantling PA
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 46 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Paleostinian negotiator says that while Paleostinians aren't interested in dissolving the PA, Israel's actions 'have annulled all legal, political, security, economic and operational aspects of the PA.'
Yeah, yeah. Whatevs, doods.

Africa North: Jew-Jitsu: Jewish Lawyer Seeks To Join Islamist Party In Morocco
Posted by trailing wife 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 826 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Ynet] Lawyer praises party ideals, questions specific policies in open letter: 'There is no longer a viable alternative to your party.'

Leaders of Morocco's ruling political party, the Islamist Justice and Development Party, recently received an unusual request from Jewish lawyer Yitzhak Sharia to join their movement. The lawyer was still waiting for an answer on Monday.

Led by Abed al-Ayala Ben Hiran, the party took over parlaiment in elections in 2011 and follows moderate Islamic ideals supporting democracy and human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
as well as educational reform and greater economic ties with foreign countries.

Sharia approached the party through an open letter in which he explained that despite the difference in religion, he sees true patriotism in the movement.

The letter continued to say that when compared to Morocco's other parties, the Justice and Development Party is uncorrupt and displays a certain innocence in its ideals of modernization and cooperation.

The lawyer expressed his desire to join the "fighters of the Justice and Develpment Party" in their struggle to end corruption and bring the north African nation to a quality of life seen in the world's most advanced and modern countries.

"I saw that the Morroccan political arena had completely degenerated and for decent citizens who want to take a part in politics, there is no longer a viable alternative to your party," wrote Sharia.

Sharia, who was once a member of the Moroccan Liberal Party, said in his letter that joining the Justice and Development Party would also help to legally protect the country's Jewish community, in which he has extensive connections, and to recover their stolen rights.

While Sharia's letter expressed support for many of the party's underlying ideals, he was unsure how his request might be received and questioned several points of party policy which he may oppose.

"I want to know what the party stance is toward Morocco's Jews and toward foreigners in Morocco - both investors and immigrants," wrote the lawyer.

In an interview with local media, Sharia explained that his purpose is not to embarass Morocco's leaders, but to call upon the party to accept people who believe in certain ideas that contradict party ideas.

In his letter, the laywer critisized the party for investing more energy in external issues than critical national problems.

Sharia also questioned what the party stands to gain by supporting Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, over Fatah and what interest it has in aiding Sunnis over Shi'ites in Syria and Iraq. "Isn't this the beginning of civil war?" asked Sharia.

He also wondered why the Justice and Development Party offers support to the Moslem Brüderbund in Egypt and shares views with the Egyptian military.

Khaled A-Rahmouni, a member of the General Secretariat of the party received the letter and said in an Al-Arabiya interview that some members of the party were surprised by the request, but others regarded the letter as routine.

According to A-Rahmouni, "He is free to submit such a request to the party. This man's religious affiliations aren't relevant because the Party's philosophy is based on the principle of citizenship - a political party that has no problems with religions."

"The Party does distinguish between Judaism and Zionism as a racist movement and therefore it is the right of every Moroccan Jew to join the Party on the condition that he doesn't support Zionism."

Deputy Secretary General ofthe Party, Saliman al-Amrani, told Al-Jazeera
... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS...
that "Our doors are open before every Moroccan on the condition that they respect the Party's internal rules and agree to follow the principles, goals, and decisions of the Party."

Al-Amrani also noted that the party maintains a good connection with the Jewish community and reminded interviewers that the prime minister recently took part in a Jewish religious ceremony in Fes, a city in north-eastern Morocco.

Despite good domestic relations with Morrocan Jews, the Moroccan government opposes normalization of relations with the State of Israel.

Home Front: Culture Wars: CT Professor: "If pubs win, America will be a very different kind of country."
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  00:00 10 Comments 39 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Gateway Pundit] Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, told his class that a GOP victory will turn America into a "very different kind of country."
I'm certainly hoping Professor Terry is correct.
#1: People like this professor would do more good for this world as worm food.

All they do is spout hatred and poison.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-04-23 00:06 ||Comments

#2: "If pubs win, America will be a very different kind of country."

I read a report saying it's a certainty.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:51 ||Comments

#3: Assuming free elections, RJ?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-23 06:03 ||Comments

#4: Projection.

Libs want to change your country dramatically, to a failed model where they are in control.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-04-23 08:10 ||Comments

#5: The Liberal News Cycle

University professor tells his Class that Republicans are Racist
Posted by: Caribbean Pete|| 2014-04-23 12:39 ||Comments

#6: ECSU Professor’s Remarks Prompts Response From Lawmakers

Posted by: Caribbean Pete|| 2014-04-23 12:40 ||Comments

#7: ECSU professor apologizes for controversial comments
Posted by: Caribbean Pete|| 2014-04-23 12:42 ||Comments

#8: Tenure is great isn't it!

Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-04-23 13:30 ||Comments

#9: Eastern Connecticut State University is the safety school for those who can't get into community college.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-04-23 13:48 ||Comments

#10: If ‘Racist’ Republicans Win – Colleges Will Close

And what would the world be without the hallowed halls of Eastern Connecticut State University???
Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-04-23 14:52 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Fellow by the name of Mo Whitaker charged with KC highway sniping.
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 229 words Read the whole thing on page 3
After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that maimed three people.

Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at a news conference that 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker, of Grandview, has been charged with 18 felony counts and was being held on $1 million cash bail. Baker said Whitaker, who had been under surveillance by police for about a week before his arrest, was charged with two counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and injuring a person, seven counts of shooting into a motor vehicle and nine counts of armed criminal action.

"This has impacted all of us, each side of State Line, each side of the river," Baker said. "It's been something that's been at the hearts and thoughts of all us since the day this case first broke."

Police Chief Darryl Forte declined to discuss a possible motive for the shootings, and the probable cause affidavit released Friday also does not address the issue. Baker's office said it was unclear whether Whitaker had a lawyer.

Whitaker's mother, Maria Dunn, 55, said she doesn't believe any of the charges against her son, who she said has always been "happy" and a "good kid."

China-Japan-Koreas: China: Angry mob pulverizes chengguan on city street
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 04/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 233 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Nearly 1,000 outraged Chinese besieged a group of urban management officials in an eastern city on Saturday, smashing their vehicle with bricks and windows, beating them bloody and unconscious, and then flipping over the ambulance that came to provide medical treatment.

It was a dramatic and violent reversal to the usual order of events when notorious urban officials, called chengguan in Chinese, get into conflicts with street vendors and pedestrians. Though their official job is to enforce local street ordinances, chengguan have gained a reputation for their arbitrary brutality across China over the years.

On April 19, a group of chengguan in Cangnan county, part of Wenzhou City in Zhejiang Province, were seen to be bullying a street vendor. A passerby, 36 year-old Mr. Huang, began taking pictures of the encounter with his cell phone. One of the officials told him to delete the pictures. He refused. A flurry of abuse, kicks, and punches followed.

The crowd saw Mr. Huang being attacked, and decided to intervene. Online rumours then rapidly proliferated that "someone was beaten to death by chengguan," which intensified public anger and drove more people to the scene, according to the Chinese newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily.

"Such tragedies have happened again and again in recent years," said Duan Xingyan, a user of Weibo who identified himself as a police officer. "The root reason is the severe lack of rule of law in our society."
#1: These chengguan don't have their own swat team.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-23 06:05 ||Comments

#2: I translate chengguan as "Out of Control cops".
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 11:04 ||Comments

#3: chengguan = HOA board members with guns
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-23 12:31 ||Comments

#4: Another element in this story is the theme of suspects dying under Chinese police interrogation. It goes back many centuries.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-04-23 14:36 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Texas AG To Feds: "Stay Out of Texas."
Posted by Bubba Graiting8281 04/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 334 words Read the whole thing on page 6
"I am about ready," General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, "to go to go to the Red River and raise a 'Come and Take It' flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas."

Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab.

"I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations," General Abbott wrote. "The BLM's newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles--including the rule of law--that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box."

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, "This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country ...And now they've crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this."

Abbott said this issue comes down to a fundamental principle and that is, "private property rights and the rule of law are the foundation of democracy. Repeatedly we see the Obama Administration erode that foundation of democracy. As Attorney General, I will be restoring that bedrock foundation by restoring and protecting private property rights and the rule of law in Texas."

Abbott summarized his position thusly, "If I have to, I will make this our 31st lawsuit against the Obama Administration."
#1: Fuck the lawsuit. Call out the Texas national guard to defend the land. The BLM bullies will run with their cowardly tails between their legs.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-04-23 00:05 ||Comments

#2: Something under this land that we need to possibly discuss ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:30 ||Comments

#3: "This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country ...

Seems like...?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 00:48 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: They're at it Again
Posted by Deacon Blues 04/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 275 words Read the whole thing on page 3
After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM's focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners.

Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas.

"In Texas," Miller says, "the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn't pay him one cent."
Eminant domain, dontch know.
Miller referred to a 1986 case where the BLM attempted to seize some of Henderson's land. Henderson sued the BLM and lost 140 acres that had been in his family for generations. Now the BLM is looking at using the prior case as a precedent to claim an additional 90,000 acres.

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) represents the ranchers in this region of north Texas. According to Thornberry's legislative analysts, the issue of the ownership of this land dates back to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. When the BLM made the claim on Henderson's land, their position was that Texas never had the authority to deed the land to private parties and therefore it would fall under federal control.
Interesting assumption by the BLM as Texas was not part of the Louisana Purchase. Neither was Oklahoma.
#1: With a $117 / barrel, one year forecast....Just a wild guess.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 01:03 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: ABQ police, criticized for brutality, kill a THIRD suspect.
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 96 words Read the whole thing on page 3
An Albuquerque, N.M., police officer shot and killed a suspect -- the third in five weeks -- at a time when the city's police department is perhaps the most scrutinized in the country due to its brutal tactics, which have caused 24 deaths since 2010.

The shooting occurred early Monday morning. Police were looking for a car thief in southeast Albuquerque when they encountered a 19-year-old woman. Police claim the woman pulled a gun on an officer and was shot multiple times. She died on site according to KRQE News 13.
#1: Welcome to the wild west. Pox on both houses. Real and armed criminals and gun happy cops. Though, unlike NYC, they seem to hit the target rather than onlookers. The heavy irony is that both city and county goverment bitched when it was reported that COPS would film with the sheriff's office. The pols expressed the objection that it would give the place a bad rep. Heh.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2014-04-23 08:33 ||Comments

#2: All they have to say is they felt "threatened" before they blew you away. Case closed, move along, nothing to see here.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-04-23 12:06 ||Comments

Government: Illinois Dems use under-handed maneuver to fund Champ library.
Posted by Besoeker 04/23/2014  00:00 7 Comments 427 words Read the whole thing on page 6
(CBS) -- A top Republican state lawmaker has accused Democrats of using an "under-handed and sneaky" maneuver to advance plans to set aside $100 million in state funds to bring President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum to Illinois.
"Under-handed and sneaky"..... not again ?
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said Democrats pulled a fast one by using a procedural maneuver last week when the House Executive Committee approved the money at a hearing in Chicago.
Caught everybody by total surprise, even those napping.
"The Democrats who run the House of Representatives decided to change the format of the hearing, and proceeded with a vote without having any Republicans present," he said.

On Thursday, the committee's chairman asked for a vote on the library funding plan, using the roll call of a committee meeting from the day before. Only five Democrats attended Thursday's hearing, but all nine members -- including four Republicans -- were at the earlier meeting, and all nine members were recorded as voting yes.

"What they did last week was under-handed and sneaky, and offers further proof that they no longer can be trusted with taxpayer money," Durkin said.
"No longer be trusted".....say whaaaa ?
Durkin said now is not the time to be using public money on a presidential library.
Let Champ and FLOTUS fund it. It's their library.
"The state of Illinois is beyond broke. We can't pay our bills. We're $7 billion behind paying state vendors. We have pension systems that are barely afloat. Who in the world thinks that the state of Illinois can afford that right now?" he said. "To say that we are going to put $100 million aside in the hope that Illinois -- and, specifically, Chicago -- will be the recipient, or will be the designation of the Obama library, I believe it's inappropriate for that type of discussion at this time."
Simple! Charge admission to the library. Sell dope, hoes, stolen cars, votes, Lotto tickets, BBQ, whatever it takes.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has said the $100 million for an Obama presidential library would not come from the state's operating funds, but from borrowing used for construction funds. He's also said there is precedent for public funding for a presidential library, since the state earmarked nearly $100 million for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, which was completed in 2004.
Mike Madigan, yea, watsaproblem? Everybody believes him.
#1: $100 mil? Heck, all they need is one little display case to hold his autobiographies and his personal copies of "Das Kapital", "The Communist Manifesto", and "Rules for Radicals." Oh, wait. I forgot the Obamacare Wing. Never mind...
Posted by: PBMcL|| 2014-04-23 01:36 ||Comments

#2: Potential Presidential Library?

You mean Outhouse, don't you?
It would have the same stink.
Or is that the idea?

Curiousity, who would go? People who reallly had to poop?
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-23 02:32 ||Comments

#3: $100M won't get you much for a gubmnt building in Illinois.

About 45-55% goes for the actual construction costs and the rest to the 'fees', 'studies' and payola for local/state/union (interchangeable and co-existent in Ill.) agencies.

To top it off, wage and procurement rates for 'public works' in the Chicago area are about double the rates for the surrounding areas and the work will have to be performed 'Union Only' with only the highest craft-rate utilized (see 'payola' above).
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-04-23 08:30 ||Comments

#4: I recommend contacting ValJar and Tony Rezko. That $100m [less local fees and payoffs] should at least buy a nice vacant lot or old warehouse. We've got to start somewhere.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-23 08:44 ||Comments

#5: I've no problem with putting the Library in Chicago. It's got to go somewhere.

I want it in the Roseland neighborhood, currently one of the most dangerous in all of Chicago. I figure with all the security, etc, putting the library there would clean up a good 4 to 6 blocks in every direction. Now THAT'S urban renewal!

And notice no community activists would be required, though undoubtedly many would be paid.
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-04-23 10:47 ||Comments

#6: I say let it go to Hawaii, where Champ wants to retire. Fewer locals to visit and who - on a vacation to Hawaii - would bother to add that to their itinerary?

There must be some 'Roseland'-type neighborhoods in Honolulu.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-04-23 13:05 ||Comments

#7: Wrong. Save your money Chicago

The Obama Presidential Library has been built and dedicated in Florence Montana.

But both the Montana Democrats and Republicans object !

How do I know, the internet told me so, but I has to go to Maine's WCSH TV website to find out.
Posted by: Caribbean Pete|| 2014-04-23 14:26 ||Comments