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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Zimmerman Trial has all the Ingredients for a Miscarriage of Justice
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/29/2013 10:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No, the "miscarriage of justice" came when he was charged with a crime.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 11:09 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm not going to disagree that this whole deal is a farce. I would like to point out that a proper investigation into whether a crime was committed or not is what the rule of law calls for, and it is that very rule of law which has prevented mob justice.

Now, this mob justice was fanned by very large national powers to push an agenda. There is really nothing remarkable (local vs. local with a death involved) about this case, except for the attention it is getting.

What I think happened is that somebody was looking for a story to follow the Belcher fiasco and fortify the gun grabber push, saw the name Zimmerman followed by kills minority and said roll with it; I think someone or some group put it all on 35 black to push or make a white guys randomly shoots down black child just for being black and came up 00. Now we are getting the self-falacio is really an accomplishment of our flexibility. It really shows that they are so far in the tank their toilet has a door bell.

Not being funny, but I think this time the system is working. With all the calls for automatic justice, from the president himself, the call ins, call for riots, attempted influencing of jury members and court officials, we are still having a trial open to the public in peers. So for that, perhaps this case is now remarkable.

There is a lot going on now in this case. Conceal Carry, Neighborhood Watch, Self-Defence, Racism, Political Influence on the Justice System, Rule of Emotion vs. Rule of Law, and the Media Industrial Complex, and Petition to Disarm America.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 12:02 Comments || Top||

#3  As always I tout Legal Insurrection if you want to follow what's going on at the trial. Andrew Branco, a defense attorney, is blogging there and has been brilliant.

I guess I see this differently: Champ and his people needed a way to get black voters to the polls in 2012. There was evidence that even his core of core voters were tuning out. Champ needed a reason to get them excited, and by gum he found one.

Worked, too.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/29/2013 12:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Excellent link. Thank you doctor Steve.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Sure, why not. Barry is at his most effective in the agitation event. Now, if Barry had a daughter-in-law she would be...so if we are to learn the merits of Black English, let's start with syszurp, the transcendental musing of Three Six Mafia, and why Obama not speaking Black English makes him a cornball.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 13:13 Comments || Top||

#6  It got the oppressed to the voting booths (some of them more than once).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/29/2013 13:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Angela Corey - the Mike Nifong of FLA
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 13:56 Comments || Top||

#8  at LI, if you look hard, you can find an occasional Dr. Steve comment :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 14:00 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Mandela dead?
South Africa – several sources, other than online, have confirmed that the great Nelson Mandela has passed away last night.

The reasons to keep this under wraps was because the family needed time alone and because of several political issues. The primay issue being that US president Barack Obama will visit South Africa this Friday. The visit could be overshadowed by the passing of Mandela and therefore the family and government agreed not to tell the world just yet. Therefore keeping Nelson Mandela’s passing away under wraps because of Obama’s trip. But we continue to wait for official verification.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'll put my money on a well planned unplugging and international foto opportunity.... {mainly because Champ said yesterday he "didn't need one"). If die groot Madiba is dood, the entire week end and much of next week's news will be consumed by the migration of dignitaries and reporting, with Champ and entourage at center stage.

No tears here, he was little more than a communist and terrorist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  What difference does this make? This is a waste of bits & newsprint.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/29/2013 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  he's only mostly dead, waiting only for the touch of Teh Won before he can leave this Veil of Tears
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 10:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Old terrorist dies, Obama to give a friend last rites, God will NOT accept him to the heavenly choir.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/29/2013 15:14 Comments || Top||


VIP's continue to arrive for Mandela
Wake of the century building momentum. Be there, or be racist square.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You're welcome to thank Mandela and his ANC colleagues for this. Yes, a foretelling indeed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 3:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe Winnie can get the olde soccer team back together, firestone could sponser.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 12:07 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Blind girl helps save friend from raccoon attack
[Pak Daily Times] Three children in Vermont had a frightening encounter with an aggressive raccoon while on a play date in the woods near their homes this past weekend, reports Yahoo News.

Irie Campbell, 11, was playing with her friend Piper Rolfe, 10, and Irie's 5-year-old brother, Felix, when the raccoon attacked Irie. She spoke about the incident.

"So I put my hands up to my face like this. And then it grabs onto my thumb," Irie said. "I started to choke it with my left hand and then it started to fall off and then it grabbed a hold of me right here. I started to choke it with both hands. Then it jumped up and got me on my hand and now I have four stitches there." The attack might have been worse were it not for Piper's bravery. Piper, who suffers from a degenerative visual disorder and is legally blind, began hitting the raccoon with a stick.

"I already had the stick. I don't really know what I was thinking. I just thought to try to get it off Irie," Piper said.

Felix said he wanted to help out, too. "When Piper was beating it with a stick, I was trying to find a big enough stick. There was this really big stick. But since it was really big, I was afraid to use it," Felix explained. "And then I screamed, 'Get away from my sister, raccoon!'" The raccoon ran off and Irie was treated for her injuries and received shots to combat a possible rabies infection. According to the Humane Society, a raccoon that attacks unprovoked might be more likely to be infected with a virus. Irie's father, Derek Campbell, said he'd witnessed Piper's bravery in other situations. "Piper is a little hero. She is a cool kid. I mean Piper is a tough kid. She is one that will just, I mean she will barrel down any run at the ski mountain," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brave girl. Extraordinary. Admirable.

Sincerely admirable.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 06/29/2013 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I mean she will barrel down any run at the ski mountain," he said.

NOT BLIND, if she can ski, she can see (My wife is "Blind" Meaning she can't drive or see well enough to do things, But she CAN see, poorly)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/29/2013 15:02 Comments || Top||


Cops bust marijuana-growing operation in California home after fridge explodes
Authorities say an exploding refrigerator led them to a marijuana-growing operation in San Diego.

City News Service says the fridge exploded and caused a fire Thursday afternoon at a home in the Encanto neighborhood.



Posted by: Au Auric || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:

#1  likely the ether to extract the hash oil blew up.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/29/2013 0:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds likely 3DC, very volatile and dangerous stuff. Still a 5% solution is the best remedy for red bugs I know of.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/29/2013 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Chiggers are annoying as all get out, but there is no way I'd be wasting hash oil on the little sumbitches.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/29/2013 13:10 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Black bear breaks into zoo
[Pak Daily Times] A bear broke into a Tennessee zoo earlier this week, Yahoo News reports.

A neighbour called the Knoxville Zoo late on Monday night and alerted a ranger, saying there was a bear in a nearby park, according to the zoo's assistant director of marketing Tina Rolen.

A short while later, the ranger saw what he presumed to be the same bear climbing over a fence and into the zoo. But it was unclear where, exactly, the ursine interloper wound up.

The ranger had to wake up the zoo's four resident bears to conduct a "nose count".

"They weren't too happy with us," said Rolen. After multiple sweeps the next morning, zoo employees once again counted only the four bears that are supposed to be there.

Rolen said the bear was probably a black bear, based on what is native to Knoxville.

"He must have left as quickly as he came," said Rolen. While the zoo has encountered dogs, cats and other small animals trying to break in, Rolen said a bear visit was "a first for us". However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
she wasn't surprised since numerous bear sightings have been reported in the area recently. Rolen said because it is breeding season and because the bears are in the process of "fattening up" to get ready to hibernate, they are more likely to "roam around the area" looking for food and mates.

"They can sneak up on you" but usually "they really don't want any part of us, they're afraid of us," said Rolen, adding that their diets consist mostly of berries, acorns and insects.

A chairman of the Bear Specialist Group and expert on human-bear relations, John Beecham, said in an email, "bears moving through urban areas do not pose much of a threat to people".
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [421 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Probably felt safer in the zoo, what with the Nat'l Park Service having guns running loose.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/29/2013 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Yer doing it wrong, Yogi.

Snark of the day. And the day is young.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/29/2013 1:49 Comments || Top||

#3  obama caire, ebt cards, whats not too like.
Posted by: bman || 06/29/2013 2:03 Comments || Top||

#4  it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...

No, just a starving man.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/29/2013 7:00 Comments || Top||

#5  I've been to that zoo. They have an African Lion. In Washington, D.C. they have a lyin African.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/29/2013 7:47 Comments || Top||

#6  It pays to keep an eye of Joseph M.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/29/2013 9:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Deer used to break into the San Diego Wild Animal Park and take up residence. (I wonder if they still do...). Made me think about what could get out.

Ken Allen, call your office.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/29/2013 16:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Dopey - are you a SD resident? Others here are...
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 16:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Was from 1978-82. SDSU, Class of 1980. Met The Wife (she was born in San Diego) at a restaurant we both worked at (Kelly's Steak House)((Daddy, what did you do with your journalism degree?). After a brief stint in Montana, we've lived in SLO County ever since.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/29/2013 17:16 Comments || Top||

#10  lol - same time (+) that I was at SDSU
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 20:13 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Mauritania sacks culture minister
[MAGHAREBIA] Mauritania sacked Culture Minister Cissé Mint Cheikh Ould Boidé, PANA reported on Thursday (June 27th). She has been replaced by Family Minister Aicha Mint Michel Verges.

The move is reportedly related to alleged misappropriation of funds in connection with a project for the construction of a stadium in Nouadhibou. Ould Boidé's husband and some ministry officials were arrested over the allegations.
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who knew they had a culture to minister?
Posted by: Steven || 06/29/2013 1:35 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Hundreds protest POTUS visit in march on US Embassy Pretoria
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 04:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I love the way they're described as "lively".
Posted by: Pappy || 06/29/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Hier Kom die Vleieende fort [Here comes the airplane fleet]

Unbelievable !
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3  He shouted: "Free Palestine. Free Swaziland. Free Zimbabwe. Down Obama, down!"

The sentiments are familiar, but Free Zimbabwe? He means Rhodesia, right?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/29/2013 11:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Who's the sheila with the constipated guy?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/29/2013 13:51 Comments || Top||


Britain
Dupe entry: Best headline, evah
Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited.

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia.

But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.

John Marchant, 62, who had made the trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours.

‘But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it.

‘We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay.

‘Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead.

‘It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.’

The last sighting of a white-throated needletail was 22 years ago. A relative of the common swift, it is said to be capable of flying at an astonishing 106mph.

The bird was thousands of miles off course when it was originally spotted in Northumberland, before travelling further north. But it hadn’t reckoned on the wind turbine hazards of the Hebrides when it landed on the Isle of Harris.
Posted by: Beavis || 06/29/2013 21:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
WFB's Bill Gertz Discusses Russian Nuclear Treaty Violation on Fox News
Gertz said the story had been percolating in intelligence circles and around Capitol Hill for nine months, and he called the development bad news for the Obama administration's arms-control agenda.
I thought Cmdr. Zero had only a domestic arms control agenda....go figure....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why should Putin keep any agreement with the US. With Obama in power he has no worry of any manly action.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/29/2013 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  There are agreements and treaties made for public consumption and there are shadow agreements made between comrades. The uitlanders (outsiders) and little people always pay retail. Special reserve is for family.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 2:32 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
PLAN Naval Aviation Training Facility
Hat tip to Information Dissemination. Interesting, long article with photos on the PLAN's effort to build a blue-water carrier-based navy. Worth a read on a slow Saturday. Just the top end here.
The People's Republic of China is in the process of jump starting a complete carrier aviation industry and capability for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and doing it in relative short order. Nations like the United States, which commissioned it's first aircraft carrier, CV-1, USS Langley in 1922, have been operating carriers and establishing their doctrine through war and peace over the last 91+ years. China is attempting to pull it together in less than two decades.

This development has occurred over the last 10+ years as the PRC purchased, transported to Dalian Shipyards, and then completely refurbished and refit the former Russian Carrier, Varyag, into their own, modern short-take off but barrier arrested (STOBAR) carrier, CV-16, the Lianoning. The Chinese had studied numerous carrier designs before this, including the older Austalian Carrier, HMAS Melbourne, and two of the older Russian Kiev class carriers which they had purchased to scrap and/or create theme parks out of them.

Towards the end of the construction/refit of the Liaoning, the PRC created an entire mockup of the carrier, from the hanger deck up, and set it atop a large research building on Lake Huangjia near Wuhan. This facility has continued to be developed and is now called the Wuhan Naval Research Institute. Deck handling, logistical considerations, armament and weapons handling, and hanger placement and movement of aircraft can all be researched and trained upon at this facility, which will be the object of a seperate article.

Shortly therafter, the PLAN announced and then displayed and flew the prototype of a new carrier strike fighter, the J-15, which is an indegenous, modernized version of the Russian SU-33 aircraft. This aircraft, in conjunction with the trials and commissioning of the Liaoning has now started Low Rate Initial Productrion (LRIP).

But simply having a carrier and having some fighters does not equate to carrier aviation. The individuals flying and maintaining the aircratf must also be developed, significantly trained, and steeped in carrier aviation doctrine, policy, and procedure. This is not an immediate process. It takes many years, and takes significant investment.

The PRC, and the PLAN in particular are in the process of making that investment.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/29/2013 05:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wondering about the translation; in this case 'barrier-arrestment.' That turns aircraft into junk real quick. the pix show traditional wires, that makes more sense
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/29/2013 9:46 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Ankara slams social media for role in protests
[Al Ahram] Turkey's Transportation and Communications Minister calls Twitter a 'crime', denounces the micro-blogging site for refusing to deliver personal information on its users
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Try the threat of an IRS visit or an EPA non-compliance citation. That usually brings them around.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 3:00 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
US Park Police lost track of huge supply of weapons, report says
The U.S. Park Police has lost track of a huge supply of handguns, rifles and shotguns, according to a report released Thursday on the law enforcement agency responsible for safeguarding the National Mall and critical American landmarks.

In the scathing report, the inspector general's office of the Department of Interior faults staff at the agency for having no idea how many weapons they control and says the department has no clear policies or procedures for investigating missing weapons. The office said top managers, including the police chief, have shown a "lackadaisical attitude toward firearms management."

"Historical evidence indicates that this indifference is a product of years of inattention to administrative detail and management principles," deputy inspector general Mary Kendall wrote to Jonathan Jarvis, the director of the National Park Service, in a letter that accompanies the report.

While surveying Park Police field office armories, investigators found more than 1,400 extra and unassigned weapons that were intended to be destroyed. They also found 198 handguns that were transferred from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and stored in an operations facility firearms room without being recorded in an inventory system.

Posted by: tipper || 06/29/2013 01:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Silly Goose. They are all being used to protect parks along the TX border, I think. Let me get back to you in that one.
Posted by: Steven || 06/29/2013 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe the very distinct possibility of a BATF connection was mentioned yesterday. No post-graduate research experience or critical thinking required on that one however. I wonder who is being covertly armed ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 2:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Right there with you 'soeker. The circumstances underlying this report are, shall we say, malodorous....

Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/29/2013 9:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, to that park in Mexico featuring the cross the border experience, Its a Small Border After All, Coyotes of the Rio Grande, Displace Mountain.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 12:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Ah yes, this is the same responsibility and efficiency the Democrats want to bring to your healthcare.
Posted by: OldSpook || 06/29/2013 15:01 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
KP to supply power to whole country in five years: Imran
[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
has said that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
government would generate sufficient electricity in the next five years to meet the energy needs of the country. He assured that the PTI would establish an exemplary government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and introduce a model of good governance for other provinces to follow. Imran said that the PTI government would eliminate the class-based education system in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and introduce a uniform education system, syllabus. He vowed to remove dichotomy from the education system in the province. Imran said the PTI provincial government would establish an independent accountability institution to ensure transparency and accountability in the province. He said that there is an immense need to devise a common national agenda and ensure national reconciliation to form a counterterrorism strategy.
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  And if you don't vote for us, and follow our lead, you can't use "OUR" power.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/29/2013 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  til the Bugtis migrate and continue their traditional pylon demolition festivities
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 10:44 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
RENEWABLE ENERGY -- TOOL OF SATAN?
h/t Instapundit
There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited.

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia.

But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.
Save the environment, use nuclear power!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/29/2013 14:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [429 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Species die every year, it's natural, NOT UN-NATURAL. (If species didn't die, there'd still be Dinosaurs around and nobody wants that).

TAKE THAT.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/29/2013 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Not sure what material they use for the rotor blades on a wind turbine, but I suspect it is irony.

Go to your room.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/29/2013 15:40 Comments || Top||

#3  ba-dum-dum *rimshot*

he's here all week, try the veal and be sure to tip your waitress
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 15:44 Comments || Top||

#4  (quietly withdraws joke about the bird only being brown moments ago)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 16:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Daft and slow o'thought birdie e' was. His synchronization gear experienced a catastrophic in-flight malfunction (completely tits up as it were). Not enough time to manually compute flight speed and beak to blade clearance ratios, correct, etc. Cut it a bit short e' did. Too bad for the onlookers. Oh the bloody horror. Probably won't witness another incident such as that for another 167 years. The Royal Military Aviation Authority (MAA) Military Air Accident Investigation Branch (MilAAIB) report is yet pending.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/29/2013 16:53 Comments || Top||

#6  completely tits up

Not a zoologist, eh, Besoeker; birds don't have tits (why the titmouse has that name is a mystery.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/29/2013 17:53 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Malaysian groups slam one-parent conversion law
[Pak Daily Times] Malaysian groups on Friday slammed an Islamic law enabling one parent to give consent for the religious conversion of a child, a contentious issue in the Mohammedan-majority country.

In 2009, the government said existing legislation would be amended so that children's conversion required the consent of both parents.

But amendments put forward in parliament this week retain a provision that a minor below 18 can convert to Islam if "his parent or guardian" consents. The Malay-language text of the new law says the consent of "mother or father or guardian" is required.

Interfaith group Malaysian Consultative Council Of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism said in a statement that the Federal Territories Bill -- effective for the capital Kuala Lumpur -- was unconstitutional and should be withdrawn. "Any conversion of a minor by a single parent will cause serious injustice to the non-converting parent and the children of the marriage," it said. "Such conversions are not only unconstitutional but are morally and ethically wrong." The Malaysian Bar Council also said that "unilateral conversion of minor children to any religion by a parent, without the consent of the non-converting parent, is contrary to our constitutional scheme".

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

It was not clear why the government has proposed the amended bill now, but lawyers said it could be part of a general overhaul of the decades-old law.

Parliament still has to approve the new law, but Prime Minister Najib Razak's coalition has the majority and legal amendments proposed by the government usually pass.

Conversion is a sensitive issue in Malaysia, where around 60 percent of 28 million people are Mohammedan Malays, with sizeable non-Mohammedan ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities.

Conversions of children and "body-snatching" cases -- where Islamic authorities tussle with families over the remains of people whose religion is disputed -- have raised tensions in past years.

Under Sharia law, a non-Mohammedan parent cannot share custody of converted children.

Non-Mohammedans also complain that they do not get a fair hearing when such cases end up in the religious courts set up to administer civil matters for Mohammedans.
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [381 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islam reelee sounds like it's on the run, desperate.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/29/2013 16:29 Comments || Top||


US trains Philippines on how to use drones amid China fears
[Pak Daily Times] US troops trained their Philippine counterparts how to use surveillance drones on Friday, as Manila seeks to boost military ties with Washington and counter what it perceives as a rising security threat from China.

The naval exercises are part of annual training operations between the two defence partners, but they have come under closer scrutiny this year due to simmering tensions between Manila and Beijing over rival claims to the South China Sea. At a naval base around 13 kilometres (eight miles) southwest of the capital Manila, US Navy SEALs trained Filipino soldiers how to use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, launching one from a boat out at sea after which it circled the base and landed in the water. US maritime civil affairs officer Jeremy Eden said these were the smaller "Puma" drones used only for surveillance and not the more lethal, armed versions employed in Afghanistan.

"They (the Filipinos) are very interested and highly motivated to learn and if they acquire the systems, they will use them effectively," Eden said. The drones would be useful for the poorly-equipped Philippine military which faces both internal insurgencies and potential external threats, said Lieutenant Jojit Fiscar, a senior coordinator of the naval exercises. "This would be a very good instrument to use. This unmanned aerial vehicle can monitor the actual movement of the targets," he said. The US and Philippine troops also practiced marksmanship and piloting small rubber boats which are frequently used by naval commandos. Military officials from both sides stressed that the exercises had nothing to do with China's claim to the South China Sea. But Philippine Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin reiterated Friday that the Philippines was looking to give the United States greater access to its military bases, saying this was needed to respond to China's threats. "At this point in time, we cannot stand alone. We need allies. If we don't do this, we will be bullied by bigger powers and that is what is happening now: there is China, sitting on our territory," Gazmin said. "What are we going to do? Wait till they get into our garage?"
Posted by: Fred || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  See also TOPIX > {People's Daily Online] MANILA MULLING WIDER [military = milbase] ACCESS TO US, JAPAN.

RELATED FREEREPUBLIC = JAPAN VOWS TO HELP PHILIPPINES AMID CHINA SEA ROW, i.e. help the PHIL defend its islands agz China.

* Also from TOPIX > CHINA SETS SUMMIT PRE-CONDITIONS FOR JAPAN: DECLARE "NO-ENTRY ZONE" AROUND SENKAKUS.

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > POSTER THREAD: US WILL NO DOUBT CONSIDER USING TACTICAL NUKES AGZ CHINA IFF ASBMS IS USED, + US Navy CVNS, warships are destroyed or damaged via PLA attack.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Yahoo News] CONFRONTATION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA "DOOMED", CHINA TELLS CLAIMANTS.

* STARS-N-STRIPES > CHINA BUILDING SHIPS FOR BLUE-WATER NAVY.

* SAME > CHINA'S AGGRESSIVE TACTICS ALIENATING ITS NEIGHBORS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/29/2013 1:28 Comments || Top||

#2  OTOH ...

* TOPIX > [Indianapolis Star] US ARMY ANOUNCES 10 BRIGADE COMABT TEAMS TO BE CUT, CHIEF SAYS.

* BREAKING DEFENSE > GENERAL ODIERNO: BUDGET CRUNCH [Sequester] WILL RENDER ARMY UNREADY FOR SYRIA OR HYBRID WAR.

RELATED ...

> US ARMY CUTS TEN COMBAT TEAMS - OR 11?, OR 13? -AND THATS JUST THE BEGINNING.
> US MARINES WILL SACRIFICE EVERYTHING BUT ACV + READINESS TO SEQUESTER, MARINE PERSONNEL CARRIER SCRAPPED.
> TOPIX = US AIR FORCE POSTURE DOES NOT REFLECT SEQUESTER CUTS.

versus

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [IRDW.org] INDIAN NAVY TO GOA: GIVE US ISLAND OR SECURE FLYING PATH.

I have to admit its highly similar to what China wants in ECS + SCS + Gwadar as per "strategic access".

* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > OBAMA'S "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" SYRIA STRATEGY.

Chasing Wabbits???

* TOPIX > OBAMA'S PUZZLING MIDDLE EAST POLICIES.

* 1ST HEADLINES > [Washington Times] IRAN COMMANDER: SYRIAN CONFLICT WILL END WHEN ISRAEL FALLS.

* WORLD MILITARY FORUM > US INTELLIGENCE: CHINA HAS SENT PLA WARSHIPS TO GUAM, HAWAII WATERS WIDOUT PROPER INTERNATIONAL NOTIFICATIONS.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > IRAN CONDUCTS TEST OF NEW ROCKET MOTOR WID ICBM CAPABILITY | WASHINGTON FREE BEACON.

RELATED SAME > IRAN ICBM ADVANCES.

My bad vibes as per China-vs-Japan-vs- Debt/Sequester-ridden-USA continues to steadily intensify in the worse way.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/29/2013 1:48 Comments || Top||


Two Muslims killed by Myanmar authorities in IDP camp: UN
[Pak Daily Times] Two Mohammedans were rubbed out and six others maimed when security forces shot up a camp for some of those displaced by last year's violence in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

The incident, on Thursday morning, took place as security forces tried to break up a dispute at the Kyein Ni Pyin camp in Pauktaw, home to at least 4,400 displaced people -- mainly Rohingya Mohammedans whose homes were torched in deadly festivities with ethnic Rakhine locals.

"Gunfire was used by the authorities to disperse the crowd, resulting in the fatalities and wounding," the UNHCR said in a statement, adding two of the maimed were minors.

It was unclear if the casualties were Rohingya, according to a spokeswoman for the UNHCR, explaining the camp is home to both the ethnic group and Kaman Mohammedans.

"We are appealing to the authorities to handle the matter in a peaceful and calm way to avoid fuelling further violence and loss of life.

A front man for Rakhine State government confirmed that two Mohammedans were killed in the incident.
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Home Front: Culture Wars
Salon loses $3.9 million
With media stars such as Gleenda "Good day, sir!" Greenwald, Alex "Ferociusly Smart" Pareene, David "white Boston terrorist bombers" Sirota, Joan "What's the Matter with White People" Walsh and Curtis "The Bugger" Morrison, no wonder Salon is a media star of such intense magnitude.

Or something...

As Gerard Van der Leun quipped, who says there's no good news?

What a special little snowflake!

From TFA:

News business Salon Media Group Inc. lost $3.9 million in the year ended March, and that pushed the company's accumulated deficit to $116.4 million.

The San Francisco company (Pink Sheets: SLNM) had revenue of $3.6 million for the year, up from revenue of $3.5 million the previous year, when it lost $4.1 million.
Reach for those stars, Salon! Let's get to an even $120 million for 2014! You can do it! I know you can!
This article starring:
Reach for those stars, Salon! Let's get to an even $120 million for 2014! You can do it! I know you can!
Posted by: badanov || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

#1  how the hell do they make payroll and pay for their servers?
Posted by: 3dc || 06/29/2013 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  George Soros
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 06/29/2013 2:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like the Interim Chief Financial Officer of Salon Alex Fernandez excels at juggling debt. I'm guessing the previous CFO of Salon Norman Blashka couldn't withstand the pressure or likely needed to save what was left of his professional reputation.
Posted by: Au Auric || 06/29/2013 8:04 Comments || Top||

#4  They suck the life out of everything. Support always for takers means no revenue. Takers only take for themselves. No one nation but a diversity of cancer cells supporting only their own interests. No melting pot in this country anymore. We simply are going through the motions now. Why do they wish to change 200 year old laws?. Answer,"congress wrote the laws and congress can change the laws" I got that comment from a Representative in DC.
Posted by: Dale || 06/29/2013 8:06 Comments || Top||

#5  if only each of their readers ponied up $10 million, they'd only be $20 million in the hole!
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||


Net Roots 2013: A study in self loathing
Hilarious send up of the 2013 Net Roots convention.

From shedding tears for the polar bears to regulating behavior towards transvestites, this massive joke just writes itself, year in and year out.

From TFA, an excerpt:

"When I think about the polar bears, I cry," the young Netroots attendee sitting at the table next to us told his friend as he chowed down on a club sandwich.

Kredo and I were sitting in an Italian joint next to the convention hall, eating lunch. The rest of the day was consumed by events. There were "80 panels, 40 training sessions, inspiring keynotes, film screenings and other engaging sessions designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation's next generation of progressive leaders," according to the conference website.

I sat in on "State Battles 2013: Fighting to Block the Right-Wing Agenda." The folks on the mic said things like, "because we have the facts on our side, we tend to spend money smarter," and "on our side, we have people power."
Posted by: badanov || 06/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  progressive leaders

Hope...Change..stuff like that.

Print paper money and throw it at everything. And no more dirty nasty guns. And get a transvestite to teach your kids what they really need to be a success in life.
And be sure and join the Boy Scouts...its gonna be FUN.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 06/29/2013 7:54 Comments || Top||

#2  H.L. Mencken (born 1880 - died 1956) was a journalist, satirist,critic, and Democrat. He wrote the following editorial while working for the Baltimore Evening Sun, which appeared in the July 26, 1920, edition.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and
glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron."
Posted by: Betty Trotsky8109 || 06/29/2013 7:55 Comments || Top||

#3  The White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

Not his week Betty, I believe the occupant is out of town on a business trip.
Posted by: Au Auric || 06/29/2013 8:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Next year it's in Detroit at the Cobo Center.
Posted by: Pappy || 06/29/2013 9:16 Comments || Top||

#5  The Netroots folks truly are a fascinating lot. Even when they struggle to advocate for something they focus all their energy on their opposition. One would be hard pressed to find another group of people more dedicated in convincing the gullible and like-minded not to consider opposing viewpoints.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/29/2013 9:52 Comments || Top||

#6  Next year in Detroit, is not all that good a slogan.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/29/2013 9:54 Comments || Top||

#7  plenty of parking available, though
Posted by: Frank G || 06/29/2013 10:42 Comments || Top||

#8  I hear the locals will even park your car for you.

club sandwich = baby seal on white with mayo
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/29/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||



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