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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Xmas Present - Enjoy
[BookworkmBeat] Few of these posters and pictures have anything to do with Christmas Eve. They’ll just make you laugh and think. That’s a good start for a Merry Christmas.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/25/2019 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks Mercutio. LOL this Christmas.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/25/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||


My Christmas Eve (video)
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 06:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I’m in tears. God bless all those who go out in the dark and cold to keep us safe.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/25/2019 7:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Very nicely done. Thanks Besoeker. And Merry Christmas.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/25/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks, B. Merry Christmas to you, Fred, the Mods and all the Rantburgers, even Herb.


But not the talk-to-gibberish text spammer
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank you, Besoeker. Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 11:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks Besoeker for the touching vid. A Merry Christmas to you and Fred and mods. A Happy Channuka for our Jewish friends as well. Best wishes in the coming year as well.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/25/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Thanks for the best Christmas message in years.

That's a tear jerker that could end a lot of droughts.

Merry Christmas to all the 'burg...and anyone that needs it.
Posted by: AlanC || 12/25/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#7  thanks. wiping tears....

Merry Christmas all.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 12/25/2019 22:38 Comments || Top||


Simulated 'NukeMap' images show how a Hiroshima-like nuclear bomb would affect U.S. cities including New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is the map supposed to be a deterrent or an enticement?
Posted by: Ulineng Jones2382 || 12/25/2019 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  ...NukeMap is actually a useful tool, but it has one fairly serious drawback - it doesn't allow for terrain effects at all, which skews the results pretty thoroughly. However, as I said, it is useful and helpful in giving you an idea of what happens when The Big One arrives.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/25/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Hiroshima blast at 150,000 feet. Show the emp damage.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/25/2019 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  So much for peace in earth. Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Bobby on the road || 12/25/2019 14:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Those things have been around for almost 50 years - maybe more. I was stationed at the Pentagon in 1971 and remember reading an article of what would happen if a nuclear blast happened over the Washington Monument. (At the distance, the skin of my car would have been melted.)
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 12/25/2019 17:34 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Dems Seek To Outlaw Suburban, Single-Family House Zoning, Calling It Racist And Bad For The Environment
[Daily Caller] Democrats in Virginia may override local zoning to bring high-density housing, including public housing, to every neighborhood statewide ‐ whether residents want it or not.

The measure could quickly transform the suburban lifestyle enjoyed by millions, permitting duplexes to be built on suburban lots in neighborhoods previously consisting of quiet streets and open green spaces. Proponents of "upzoning" say the changes are necessary because suburbs are bastions of segregation and elitism, as well as bad for the environment.

The move, which aims to provide "affordable housing," might be fiercely opposed by local officials throughout the state, who have deliberately created and preserved neighborhoods with particular character ‐ some dense and walkable, others semi-rural and private ‐ to accommodate people’s various preferences.

But Democrats tout a state-level law’s ability to replace "not in my backyard" with "yes, in your backyard."

House Delegate Ibraheem Samirah,
...the Joo-hating, Chicago-born, Palestinian-American dentist who spent his teen years in Jordan after his illegal immigrant father, Dr. Sabri Ibrahim Samirah, chair of the Hamas-linked Islamic Association of Palestine and a leader in the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, was barred in 2002 from re-entering the U.S. before being allowed back in 2010. In his own dawah outreach, this friend of Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined a Jewish fraternity as a poli sci undergrad, was an activist for Students for Justice in Palestine while in dental school, and has since become an advocate for BDS...
a Democrat, introduced six housing measures Dec. 19, coinciding with Democrats’ takeover of the state legislature in November.

"Single-family housing zones would become two-zoned," Samirah told the Daily Caller News Foundation. "Areas that would be impacted most would be the suburbs that have not done their part in helping out."

"The real issues are the areas in between very dense areas which are single-family zoned. Those are the areas that the state is having significant trouble dealing with. They’re living in a bubble," he said.

He said suburbs were "mostly white and wealthy" and that their local officials ‐ who have historically been in charge of zoning ‐ were ignoring the desires of poor people, who did not have time to lobby them to increase suburban density.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 10:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Urban vs everyone else

How's SanFran working for you?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/25/2019 10:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The Hive Collective is their goal. A disarmed tax herd to manage and control by the socialist state and the democrat elites. This doesn’t end well.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 12/25/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Picking up where 'Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac' left off.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Attacking the enemy where he lives. How dare people build nice places they want to live in!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/25/2019 11:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Yet somehow the elite very likely have an exception. Amazing how that works out.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/25/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Urbanism is a disease. Eventually it will be eradicated.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2019 11:49 Comments || Top||

#7  The California Lefty approach - aka Neo-Feudalism
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 11:51 Comments || Top||

#8  I am continually amazed at the Democrats' unique ability of seriously proposing galaxy-level stupid, unworkable ideas & policies (e.g, the Green New Deal) combined with strong totalitarian attributes, done under the guise of fairness and, oh yes, the ever precious diversity.

Plus, it's a nonstarter - where's all that money going to come from? Are they going to compel real estate developers to do this when they would otherwise not build them? You Dems gonna put a fuckin' gun to their head or something? These bastards need to be thrown out of office and down a huge flight of stairs.
Posted by: Raj || 12/25/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Dr. Samirah’s background suggests this is the soft jihad of the law rather than mere lefty nonsense. Check out the piece on him in The Federalist in July — the kid is connected.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/25/2019 12:42 Comments || Top||

#10  Nice rant, Raj!
Keepin' the Rant in da 'burg
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 12:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Joel Kotkin on California's neo-feudalism
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 12:51 Comments || Top||

#12  where's all that money going to come from?

From the dumb rubes who elected/let them be elected, natch.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/25/2019 13:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Because it is now a crime to be white and wealthy, comrade. Don't you just love communism? Besides, we need housing for all those illegal aliens, I mean immigrants.
Posted by: One Eyed Ghibelline9404 || 12/25/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#14  "I'll take 'How Do We Get More Trump?' for $500, Alex."
Posted by: Matt || 12/25/2019 14:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Going to bet this initiative bypasses the "horse country" area of VA south of I-66 in Fauquier County where all the beltway bandits have bought up farms.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2019 15:24 Comments || Top||

#16  /\ You wouldn't want their property taxes or crowded two lane highways.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 16:03 Comments || Top||

#17  A lot like Moscow. high rises, above ground heat pipes, nothing buy grey. So sexy...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/25/2019 16:10 Comments || Top||

#18  If this includes the NoVans who voted for this, then (shrug).

Of course, none of these policies are about effectiveness or fairness; it's about pwning and trolling the normies and deplorables.
Posted by: charger || 12/25/2019 16:15 Comments || Top||

#19  Diversity and Cultural Enrichment for everyone. Yeah Democrats.
Posted by: Snaitch Tingle2108 || 12/25/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#20  Michael Totten's The Dark Towers of Paris(2004) is a blogpost about the horrors of planned neighborhoods. These slums are what the Democratic Party apparatchiks seem to think are success stories.
Posted by: magpie || 12/25/2019 17:14 Comments || Top||

#21  Progressivism is a way of maximising rent-seeking.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/25/2019 18:33 Comments || Top||

#22  Just look at the low income high rises of Chicago. Where Valjar, the slumlord, has her slums.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/25/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#23  Suburban houses are the new ‘okay’ sign.
Posted by: Airandee || 12/25/2019 22:00 Comments || Top||

#24  As "muckferdoo" used to say: Meat is murder.

To which we can add:
Suburbs = "toxic sprawl"
Single-family suburban homes with yards = like, fascism dude
Cars, highways, gasoline = agents of the counter-revolution that Must Be Destroyed
White males = phallocratic felons
Guns = signs of the devil
Founders of the American Republic = war criminals
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 22:18 Comments || Top||

#25  and a dollar goes into The Bee jar.....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 12/25/2019 22:39 Comments || Top||


Texas resident grabs his shotgun and shoots, kills 3 home invaders
h/t Instapundit
[ABC] - A Texas resident grabbed his shotgun and shot and killed three men when they allegedly broke into his home, authorities said.

Early Monday morning, one of the two residents of a trailer home in Channelview -- about 20 miles east of Houston -- heard a "commotion" outside, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He then saw several men in dark clothing -- possibly one armed -- force their way inside, the sheriff said at a news conference.

That resident ran to hide, while his roommate, armed with a shotgun, exchanged gunfire with the suspects, Gonzalez said.

During the exchange of gunfire, one of the residents was shot and was hospitalized in unknown condition.

"We're told it's serious. But he's going to be going into surgery so we're not exactly sure of his condition," the sheriff said.

...The second resident was not hurt, Gonzalez said.

The case will most likely be referred to the grand jury, he said.

"A person does have the right to defend themselves if that's what the facts are," the sheriff said. "We'll have to confirm that. Everything is preliminary."

It's not clear why the suspects targeted this home, the sheriff said.

"If it turns out that that's what they were doing -- breaking into someone's home -- regardless of the circumstances, crime doesn't pay," Gonzalez said. "Eventually you're going to end up dead or end up in jail, most likely."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/25/2019 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:


#2  Certainly cuts down on recidivism. Old fashion justice that the state said they'd do, but now refuses to.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/25/2019 4:29 Comments || Top||

#3  yeah, but think of all the spackling you need to do afterwards.
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/25/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#4  I agree, those are never going to 'buff out.' As an interim measure, I recommend 90 mph tape to keep the moisture and weather out. Professional aluminum skin patching should produce acceptable results.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 10:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Gotta love slugs!
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/25/2019 16:25 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Unknown Armed Men Open Fire at Health Center in Kabul
[ToloNews] The men are believed to work for Commander Wase, and residents say such threatening behavior is not new.

Unknown gunnies on Monday night shot up a health center in PD5 in Kabul, a number of eyewitnesses said on Tuesday.

The gunnies, who apparently belong to Commander Wase, a local strongman, have also warned that the residents should evacuate their homes, the residents claimed.

"Wase is not letting us live in peace. This is not the first time--he has threatened us with death several times," said Raz Mohammad, a resident in PD5 of Kabul.

"Over the past 20 years, six to seven hundred acres of land have been grabbed and were sold," said Ajab Gul, a resident in Kabul.

"The government never took action against the illegal gangs and instead supported them and, in some cases, created them," said Abdul Mohammad, the owner of the health center.

But Wase has rejected the allegations, saying the land where the health center was been built was his personal property and it has been grabbed by a man named Jannat Gul.

"Why should someone build a health center on my land? I asked the bullying man over the past seventeen years to come and give me my money or divide the land," said Wase in a telephone interview with TOLOnews.

Some residents said that the Kabul police failed to provide security to the public.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10799 views] Top|| File under:


Afghan presidential candidates with less than 10% votes will lose AFN 1m each
Be not amazed, dear Reader. As you read further, you will discover they forfeited their deposit — which is startling enough.
[KhaamaPress] Eleven out of thirteen presidential candidates who were unable to secure at least 10% votes will get fined 1m AFN each as per the procedure, Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, an IEC spokesperson said.

Each presidential candidates deposited AFN 1,000,000.00 in a state bank as a criterial to get eligible for running the election.

Those candidates who made it to get at least 10% votes will be fully refunded, Ibrahimi told Khaama Press.

According to Ibrahimi, the five candidates who withdrew from the election process will also get refunded.

Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
, Abdullah Abdullah
...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president...
, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Zalmay Rassoul, Ibrahim Alokozay, Noorulhaq Olumi and Shaida Mohammad Abdali will get refunded AFN 1,000,000.00 each.

The rest eleven candidates including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
, Rahmatullah Nabil, Faramarz Tamanna, Sayed Noorullah Jalili, Abdul Latif Pedram, Enayatullah Hafiz, Mohammad Hakim Torsan, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Mohammad Shahab Hakimi, Prof Ghulam Farooq Nijrabi and Noor Rahman Liwal who could not manage to secure the minimum 10% votes will get fined AFN 1m each and their deposited funds will get transferred to the national budget, Ibrahimi said.

The preliminary Afghanistan election results announced after a prolonged delay on Sunday. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani secured 50.64% votes and his main rival Abdullah Abdullah got 39.52% votes.

The final results will get announced within next five weeks after the electoral complaints commission completes reviewing the complaints.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  About 13 grand in real money? Don't tell anyone, but I might pay more than that not to be President of Afghanistan, too. Anyhoo...

A vroom and a crash and a clank!
An akhoond had hijacked a tank
("I'll spend dese Afghanis
On dope cars and ranis!")
To rob Da Afghanistan Bank.

Posted by: Nero Greatle2218 || 12/25/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Su-57 fighter jet crashed during a training flight near Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the country's far east
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's the plane they plan to sell to the Turks, right?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/25/2019 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  It is was the first operational SU-57 for the Russian air force. They will have to wait a little longer.
Posted by: Ulineng Jones2382 || 12/25/2019 2:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Small flat wings, great at avoiding radars, not so great at generating lift. Pretty much the same issue as the F-35
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 12/25/2019 4:05 Comments || Top||

#4  All they have to do is beat the time it took us to get the F-35 off the ground. So don't count them out until 15 years have gone by.
Posted by: gorb || 12/25/2019 12:28 Comments || Top||

#5  I just had to troll the "only Murica bad" commenters at Zero Hedge. Said "it must be Murica's fault, Zionist death ray."

There was unhappiness aplenty.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#6  Spare the Goat Herders
Posted by: Lex || 12/25/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
US flies 4 spy planes at same time amid concern about N.K. 'Christmas gift’
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Donald Trump jokes Kim Jong-un might send him 'beautiful vase' instead of conducting ballistic missile test after aggressive North Korean dictator promises 'Christmas gift'
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Economy
Retailers Make Historic $34.4 Billion During Super Saturday Sales
[Breitbart] Shoppers gave retailers a massive boost Saturday by making it the biggest sales day in U.S. retail history.

Super Saturday sales reached $34.4 billion thanks to a booming economy and more jobs, according to retail research firm Customer Growth Partners.

"Paced by the ’Big Four’ mega-retailers ‐ Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Target ‐ Super Saturday was boosted by the best traffic our team has seen in years," said the firm’s president, Craig Johnson.

Johnson noted that stronger household finances have "put consumers in a buying mood this season," adding that more of them are shopping online, which has accounted for a 58 percent sales growth compared to last year.

The weekend record beat out Black Friday’s $31.2 billion and Cyber Monday’s $19.1 billion, a Fox Business report said.

In November, incomes rose by half a percentage point, which caused consumer spending to rise at a 0.4 percent annual rate, according to Breitbart News’s John Carney.

He continued:
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...You'd think this would kill the "The-Economy-Actually-Sucks" stories from the Democrats, but I doubt it.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/25/2019 7:40 Comments || Top||

#2  One type of consumer confidence survey that can't be easily fudged to suit the gloom-and-doomers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/25/2019 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  I cant imagine how CNN will spin this to a Trump's fault event..
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/25/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#4  "Nations store supplies run low. Trump sanctions blamed"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, "Trump Chinese trade sanctions responsible for panic buying, box store shortages, and escalating prices."

Hopefully this will not end well for the dems.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 10:59 Comments || Top||


Government
New Space Force launches website
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/25/2019 08:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sweet! Now it is feeling like the future is here!
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/25/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Now the spiffy uniforms.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/25/2019 10:52 Comments || Top||

#3  but not the Red Security Guy shirts
Posted by: Frank G || 12/25/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#4  "Maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet."

OK - I give that slogan a passing grade
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/25/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2019-12-25
  Boko Haram abducts 17 fishermen in Cameroon’s Far North region
Tue 2019-12-24
  Merry Christmas - Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, Peter Alexander
Mon 2019-12-23
  Islamic State just issued this statement that claims the Battle of revenge is on
Sun 2019-12-22
  France kills 33 militants in Mali raid: president
Sat 2019-12-21
  Berlin police Foiled ISIS Terror Attack at Christmas Market
Fri 2019-12-20
  Government of National Accord in Libya have officially requested that Turkey intervenes militarily in the civil war
Thu 2019-12-19
  ISIS captures new ground in eastern Syria after launching powerful attack against Syrian Army forces
Wed 2019-12-18
  Assailants attack several protest camps in north and south Lebanon
Tue 2019-12-17
  Backer of Iraq anti-government protests killed in Baghdad
Mon 2019-12-16
  Iran claims the whole Persian Gulf. Both sides!
Sun 2019-12-15
  Attempt to assassinate the son of the political spokesman of Muqtada al-Sadr
Sat 2019-12-14
  Haftar-led Libyan Army claims new advance near Tripoli
Fri 2019-12-13
  Triumphant Boris hails landslide win gives him ‘power to get Brexit done’
Thu 2019-12-12
  AMAL, Hizbullah Supporters Try to Storm Riad al-Solh, Repelled by Tear Gas
Wed 2019-12-11
  Iraqi protesters defiantly turn out in the capital Baghdad

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