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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Tango Uniform
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/23/2014 08:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell brawl backstage at 'The View'
A shrill, backstage brawl at “The View” Wednesday left co-host Rosie Perez in tears while panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell battled over how to cover the latest allegations against Bill Cosby and the racially charged upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., sources said.

O’Donnell believed the show — now overseen by ABC News — needed to delve deeper into both controversial subjects, while Goldberg wanted to steer clear of the topics altogether. Ultimately, both news stories were discussed at length on the air by the panel.

“There’s terrible frustration and there are problems,” a source close to the show told the Daily News. “Whoopi didn’t want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O’Donnell) did — how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it’s ‘The View’ and it’s their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense.”

That tension boiled over in a meeting before the show to plan the day’s “Hot Topics” segment.

“Rosie (O’Donnell) was yelling at everyone. First, she had a fight with Whoopi and then she had a fight with the producers,” a “View” staffer said. But at least two show sources claim that while she’s “frustrated” at times with the show and its producers, O’Donnell has not raised her voice or “yelled at anyone for at least a month.”

One staffer said, “These are just two very smart women (Goldberg and O’Donnell) who insist that they need to be able to talk freely about topics that are meaningful.”

After the meeting, a teary-eyed Perez was consoled by producers — but sources said that the film star has also been drawing her own share of internal criticism and may be feeling the pressure.

Naturally, “View” officials downplayed the incident. But it’s clear that nerves are beginning to fray at “The View” this season as its ratings are down compared with last year — even after ABC spent millions drastically restructuring the show with a new panel of hosts, new producers and a new studio.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top||

#1  Bye-bye again, Rosie!
Posted by: Raj || 11/23/2014 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Pistols, knives, somebody FINISH IT !
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/23/2014 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  I din't consider Rosie Odonnel smart.
Posted by: chris || 11/23/2014 8:20 Comments || Top||

#4  When Shrill Harpies Attack!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 11/23/2014 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  An insult to harpies...

And Whoopie isn't to smart either.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/23/2014 9:44 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somaliland migrants dying for a life in Europe
Every year, thousands of migrants risk their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa into Europe. In Somaliland, although the region has escaped much of the conflict and chaos that plagues neighbouring Somalia, many young people are desperate to leave and find a new life elsewhere. The main reason that drives them is a lack of jobs with youth unemployment at around 80 percent.
Sucks to be part of a failed state...
52-year-old Warabee works at a livestock market in the capital, Hargeisa. His son Jiijile drowned in 2013 as he attempted the risky crossing from Libya to Italy.

"My son wanted to improve his life and build a future. Many people earn a lot of money in Europe and many of his friends were already there," he explained.

The family sold plots of land to pay smugglers to get Jiijile to Italy. Warabee says his 21-year-old son was hopeful and excited about the journey and not deterred by the horror stories of abductions, exploitation and shipwrecks that filter back. Months after his son left, Warabee received a phone call from Libya telling him his son had drowned. He says he can’t bear to talk about it.

An estimated 3,200 migrants have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year according to the International Organisation for Migration. The actual total will never be known, as many bodies are lost at sea.

It’s estimated that tens of thousands of foreign nationals are trapped in Libya, the main departure country for Europe. The UN’s Refugee agency UNHCR says it is deeply concerned about their safety as they are vulnerable to exploitation, kidnapping and torture as they wait for smugglers to get them on a boat.

The government in Somaliland says it is committed to lowering the rate of youth unemployment to stem the flow of young people leaving the country.

Somaliland is not officially recognised as a country, although for the last two decades it has held free elections, established a working government and its own currency, in stark contrast to its neighbour Somalia. In that time, both Eritrea and South Sudan have become countries, enabling them to access financial assistance from global institutions.

Officials in Somaliland say if they could get recognition and more trade and investment from the EU they would be able to keep their young people in their homeland instead of risking their lives to knock at Europe’s door.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

New deal suspends motion against Somaliland Parliament Speaker
HARGEISA, Somalia -- A new deal brokered by Somaliland House of Elders between ruling Kulmiye party MPs and opposition lawmakers led to the suspension of no confidence vote in parliament speaker and opposition leader on Saturday, Garowe Online reports.
But I think we all saw this coming...
During a joint press conference at Somaliland State House in the capital, Hargeisa, the Chairman of House of Elders Saleban Mohamud Adan announced that the recent political wrangles have been settled through peaceful means following lengthy mediations.
No guns? No mustache cursing? What kind of country is this?
The incumbent Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Siilanyo who is again vying for the presidency under the ruling Kulmiye Party shook hands with Parliament speaker, the chairman of Wadani opposition party and presidential candidate Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi Iro in the presence of mediating elders.

"The no confidence motion against parliament speaker, and spearheaded by the first Deputy Speaker has been suspended and can not be re-tabled until the term expires," House of Elders Chairman said in a press statement, adding that the speaker is expected to play a neutral role in parliamentary matters.

Adan urged registered political parties to refrain from campaigns prior to the date for which the general elections are slated.

The political stand-off in Somaliland parliament came after nearly 53 MPs representing ruling Kulmiye Party lodged no confidence vote in speaker of the parliament. Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia declared its independence from the rest of the country as de facto sovereign state in 1991 but it has not been recognized internationally yet.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top||

Africa North
Once a Stopover, Morocco becoming Home for Migrants
It's not just a first world problem...
[AnNahar] In a back alley in the Moroccan capital, the small household repair shop opened by Moctar Toure since escaping conflict in his native Ivory Coast is doing a brisk business.

At the gates of Europe, Morocco has long been a transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa looking to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

But tighter immigration controls and economic malaise in Europe have made the kingdom a destination in its own right for many.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2014 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
FARC to Free Colombian General, Others Next Week
[AnNahar] FARC guerrillas who captured a Colombian general and four others will release them next week, president Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday, paving the way for a return to peace talks.

"I am giving instructions to facilitate their liberation next week," Santos said in a Twitter message, noting that the Marxist guerrillas had already provided coordinates of where the captives would be delivered.

The November 16 kidnapping of General Ruben Alzate in the remote, jungle-covered Choco region threw peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a drug cartel based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
(FARC) and the government into disarray, with Santos suspending the two-year negotiations.

The two sides have been negotiating in Cuba for an end to the 50-year conflict that has claimed more than 220,000 lives and caused more than five million to flee their homes.

Alzate was kidnapped along with a corporal and an adviser. The FARC is also holding two soldiers who were kidnapped November 9 near the Venezuela border in Arauca province.

The Red Thingy, which the government has asked to assist in the handover, said Thursday it had a "green light" to begin the transfer.

But the operation appeared to stall Friday and there was no immediate sign that military activity had been halted in either of the regions where the hostages were captured, a precondition for the handover.

Founded in 1964, the FARC is the largest of the guerrilla groups active in Colombia, with about 8,000 fighters.

In a sign the conflict is far from over, a police officer was killed and four others maimed Saturday in an attack authorities blamed on the FARC.

Suspected FARC fighters carried out a dawn offensive on the island of Gorgona off the Pacific coast, Cauca province police chief Ramiro Perez Manzano said.

Three other coppers went missing during the fighting.

General Alzate, the head of an army task force charged with fighting rebels and narcos in the Choco region, is the highest-ranking officer to be captured by the FARC in five decades of conflict.

He was taken hostage along with Corporal Jorge Rodriguez and army adviser Gloria Urrego as they traveled by boat to visit a civilian energy project in the remote western region.

FARC fighters were already holding two other soldiers captured in combat in the eastern department of Arauca, Paulo Cesar Rivera and Jonathan Diaz.

Diplomats from Cuba and Norway, two of the countries acting as guarantors of the grinding of the peace processor, announced Wednesday that a deal had been struck to free all five hostages, but gave few details.

The defense ministry says Alzate, 55, was ambushed by armed guerrillas on arrival in the village of Las Mercedes.

But questions have emerged about why he was apparently traveling in civilian clothing and without a security escort.

Local residents denied Thursday that he had been ambushed, casting further uncertainty on the incident.

Choco has been one of the regions hardest hit by the conflict and numerous rebel groups, narco gangs and illegal mining operations flourish in the hard-to-reach, densely forested department, whose population is overwhelmingly poor and black.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2014 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [9 views] Top||

Chinese Leaders Committing Suicide In Droves
As Supreme Leader Xi Jinping’s anti-graft crusade penetrates the inner circles of the People’s Liberation Army, signs of internal tension and disorder among senior military leaders are becoming evident, with reliable sources reporting that a growing number of leaders have committed suicide.

On Nov. 13, Vice Admiral Ma Faxiang jumped to his demise from a 15th floor window in the PLA Navy’s Beijing headquarters. Days earlier, Maj. Gen. Song Yuwen, deputy commissar of Jilin military district, reportedly hanged himself. He was among eight flag officers who recently had been arrested on corruption charges. On September 2, Rear Admiral Jiang Zhonghua jumped to his death from a high-rise building on a naval base in Zhejiang province.

According to sources from China, more than 200 senior PLA officers are under investigation for corruption, and many are suspected of being members of a massive graft ring led by Gen. Xu Caihou, the highest uniformed officer between 2004 and 2012. Gen. Xu served as vice chairman of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, the nation’s highest military command authority. Many of these officers are under great stress, which is believed to be the primary reason for the suicides.

Apparently, the purge on corruption is not going to stop at Gen. Xu. On Thursday, Gen. Liu Yazhou, commissar of the Chinese National Defense University and a mouthpiece for Mr. Xi, issued a stern warning via the PLA Daily newspaper. He stated that “our investigation and punishment of corrupt elements such as Xu Caihou and Gu Junshan are only the beginning of our military’s anti-corruption battle of annihilation and protracted war.” The comments strongly hinted at the next target: Gen. Guo Boxiong, the other former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top||

#1  mob vs mob
Posted by: newc || 11/23/2014 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  There is no greater stress than having the secret police throw one out of a high level window.
Are the news media really that naive?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/23/2014 0:37 Comments || Top||

#3  It's the Stalin playbook. Purges don't appear. Bodies do.
Posted by: newc || 11/23/2014 0:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Back in the Tang dynasty, discredited imperial officials would sometimes commit suicide by shooting themselves dozens of times in the back with arrows. Only a highly skilled martial artist would know how to do that. The technique has since been lost.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/23/2014 0:44 Comments || Top||

#5  I don't know about that. Didn't an associate of the Clintons end up committing suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head... twice?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/23/2014 0:49 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't know about that. Didn't an associate of the Clintons end up committing suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head... twice?

That was only his lawyer. The other of the 34 surrounding him, that's different. heh.
Posted by: newc || 11/23/2014 1:06 Comments || Top||

#7  Risk through association - like being an international banker.
Posted by: Incredulous || 11/23/2014 4:26 Comments || Top||

#8  They don't have traffic accidents in the desert like the Saudis?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/23/2014 8:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Didn't anybody think to dust their backs for fingerprints?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 11/23/2014 9:31 Comments || Top||

Kiev Says Russia has 7,500 Troops in Ukraine
[AnNahar] Russia has 7,500 troops in the east of the country, where pro-Moscow separatists have been fighting government troops for months, Ukraine's defense minister said.

"Unfortunately, the stabilization of the situation in the east of Ukraine does not depend only on us," Stepan Poltorak said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Saturday.

"The presence of 7,500 representatives of Russian armed forces in Ukraine destabilizes the situation and prevents us from stabilizing it."

Cash-strapped Ukraine also plans to "increase the strength of the armed forces" and boost levels of arms and equipment, Poltorak added.

He pledged this would take place "in the nearest time" but did not give a more specific timeframe.

Ukraine's new coalition government declared joining NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
a priority Friday in a move which is likely to provoke fresh anger from Russia.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2014 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [18 views] Top||

Germany Releases, Deports Convicted Russia Spy
A reminder that old conflicts continue, even as our attention is focussed on the new one.
[Ynet] German authorities have released a woman convicted of spying for Russia and deported her after she served half of her prison sentence.

Heidrun Anschlag and her husband Andreas, known only by the fake names on the Austrian passports they used to enter Germany, were tossed in the calaboose
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in 2011 and sentenced to 5½ and 6½ years respectively in July 2013. They were convicted of spying for Russia over more than two decades, handing over European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [12 views] Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Ferguson Grand Jury Fails to Reach Decision on Indictment
Well, that's one way to sidestep it. Wonder if it'll play in Funkytown. NOTE: 24-hour Rule probably a good idea - Wish we had a newer photo of Ms. Brawley's guardian angel.
Posted by: Glolunter Spons4225 || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top||

#1  37 minutes later, they have STILL failed to reach a decision. Stay tuned, everyone!
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/23/2014 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  If I am not mistaken, a Grand Jury has three decisions upon which to decide/rule:

1. There is sufficient evidence to believe that a crime may have been committed.

2. There is sufficient evidence that the person under indictment may have played a material role in the possible criminal incident.

3. The court hearing the case has proper jurisdiction to try the case, based on the circumstances and prevailing law.

The Grand Jury does not try the case, and does not assign guilt.

Having not seen the charges of identified the court involved, I cannot say anything certain about Point 3 - but I will assume that the case has been referred to a court with the correct jurisdiction. This case would IMMEDIATELY be ejected out of any improper court - so the court could avoid responsibility.

If Point #1 is judged affirmatively, then it seems a slam dunk that Point 2 will be upheld - I have heard no whisper than anyone other than Brown and Wilson were involved, and I will assume that substantial ballistic evidence shows that it was bullets from Officer Wilson's pistol that ended the thug's rampage.

So - the entire decision rests on whether significant evidence suggest that crime MAY indeed have been committed. I'd say that question is not particularly clear in either direction. Wilson did not shoot a pure, innocent waif who just happened to be sauntering down the sidewalk, on his way home from church. But - there is no evidence that Brown was armed, or actively seeking to harm any third party , and it appears that prior to the shooting, Brown had been moving away from Officer Wilson, and only turned back when Wilson hailed him, or otherwise demanded his attention.

All things considered, I would not feel too much that injustice was unfolding, if the grand jury sends this case to trial.

Given that the grand jury is basically "hung", it would suggest that if this case does go to trial, then the criminal trial standard of "reasonable doubt" is likely produce an acquittal.
Posted by: Lone Ranger || 11/23/2014 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  I find myself wishing they would just get the whole riot over with.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/23/2014 2:42 Comments || Top||

#4  In Missouri the Grand Jury is comprised of 12 jurors. It takes 9 true votes for an indictment. When the final vote is taken you either have 9 true votes or you don't. It's hard to imagine a situation where a Grand Jury could be "hung".

There have been a lot of cases, however, where the jurors, in fear for their own lives or safety, may drop out or refuse to participate.
Usually a grand jury has 12 primary jurists and 6 alternates. If more than 6 members drop out and they don't have at least 12 members for a final vote... a new jury must be selected and the whole process resumes again from the beginning.

In this case I doubt the jury "failed" anything. It makes a lot more sense that final deliberations would be postponed until after the Thanksgiving Holidays to protect the jurors and their familys
Posted by: junkiron || 11/23/2014 3:57 Comments || Top||

#5  It only takes one asshat who thinks they are Dr Quincy or Detective Columbo to make up their mind based on theory, conjecture or personal bias rather than the facts of the case (or the opinion of a room full of other more intelligent reasonable persons).
Posted by: airandee || 11/23/2014 7:24 Comments || Top||

#6  I am no lawyer. If the jurors IN Ferguson and Missouri ARE craven to decide....can you move the jurisdiction? Vermont or Texas?

It is our American system. Do we have and trust the evidence? Its human nature we have to watch out for, isn't it?

Lynch mob or Law? If the Jurors are afraid and fear also for their families....what sort of Laws do we have? Racism is now on the other foot, it seems. Now the Blacks want to lynch a white Police Officer. Anyone see the irony? Justice seems to have nothing to do with it.

Is the law squishy? No, but some people are.

Postpone it until after Christmas. There is no hurry. Let the "Community Organizers" stay in a motel until January..or longer. Why hurry this thing? Have a good Christmas. Then load about six Tanks on Railcars and park them neat the town so everybody can see them sitting out there.
Everybody understands Tanks.

In combat there are three ways of doing it. Be out of reach. Be inside and too close. Or get face to face and try attrition. Never threaten, never warn.
Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476 || 11/23/2014 8:50 Comments || Top||

Author pays Danegeld for watermelon remark
Why face backlash when you can punish yourself?
The best-selling author also known as "Lemony Snicket" tweeted Friday that his remarks Wednesday night, centering on a joke about black author Jacqueline Woodson being allergic to watermelon, were "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." Handler pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and added that for 24 hours he would match donations up to $100,000. On Thursday, he tweeted that his humor "clearly failed."
Posted by: badanov || 11/23/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top||

#1  Danegeld is when you bribe an attacker stay at home. This is non-judicial fine for thoughtcrime.
Posted by: Theting Glasing4448 || 11/23/2014 1:45 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Rebuking a President--Censure
For responding to a president who defies his constitutional limits, Congress is said to possess four powers: to impeach, to defund, to investigate, and to withhold confirmation of nominees.

But there is a fifth recourse, which the new Republican Congress might consider in view of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants: the power to censure. In fact, censure could work in tandem with Congress’s other powers, helping the legislature make the moral case for responding to the president’s lawlessness.

Presidential censure is a rare occurrence. Most notably, in 1834, the Whig-controlled Senate censured President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat, for moving federal deposits from the Second Bank of the United States to local banks, derisively called his “pets” because most were operated by loyal Democrats.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/23/2014 06:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top||

#1  Wait for the new Congress, then have it pass a declaration that any civil service employee who carry out unconstitutional acts forfeits both job and pension. They have a choice, be out of a job for next two years cause Obean or his lackeys fire them or be permanently out of a job in two years.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/23/2014 8:45 Comments || Top||

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