"Asmodeus and the Wicked Wizard of the East" is my latest effort at writing a book. It's at the top of the list on the right. It's my first effort at a first person approach, and my first at fantasy. It's set in a Roman Empire that never quite fell, where the east coast of the present U.S. is made up of Roman provinces. It's set in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, which make up the province of Agus. Rather than being a scientific, machine-based society, they rely on magic.
Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to the index. You can read the chapters and there's a box for comments. As I finish writing them, I'll be adding them. If you've got the time to read and critique, please do.
Fred, about three months ago I was sitting in a deli and two homeless guys were talking about x, y, z axis and multi-dimensional dimensions when a third homeless guy raced in and started explaining some complex abstract they were confused about that he solved. I swear! They sounded like the last few paragraphs at your link. They were the smartest homeless people I had ever heard. Then they started talking about where the best place to sleep for the night would be.
I've been around alot of home less people in my struggles through life. Alot of them are very articulate. Heard some ver good singers in jail. Just because you hit hard times or fucked up never means you don't have the brains of talent.
They sounded like the last few paragraphs at your link.
That was only the end of the first chapter, Vespasian Ebbereng3110. If you go back to the top of the page, you’ll discover there are 19 more chapters written thus far, available to the reader for the merest click. ;-)
When I was in college, the prof for the Phil 101 offering was what you would expect from a philosophy professor: gangly, Adams apple that stuck out almost as fat as his big hawk nose, an out of control mop of curly brown hair and a rumpled tweed sport coat that he wore every day all year.
One day a classmate saw me in passing and said "I saw Professor F__ sleeping on a park bench just now!"
"He's conducting research," I replied.
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10/16/2020 6:57 Comments ||
Fascinating premise Fred! Looking forward to the read. Romans here, how will they deal with the natives.
Speaking of premise, Assassin 33 AD. Muslims grab a time machine to murder the Christ.
[Jpost] Higgins is the eighth man charged by Michigan authorities in the case, all of them described by prosecutors as members or associates of an anti-government militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen.
Michigan's attorney general has filed domestic terrorism charges against a 14th man accused of taking part in a plot by armed bandidosbully boyz to kidnap the governor as retribution for the public health orders she imposed to control spread of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... The latest suspect in the alleged conspiracy, Brian Higgins, 51, was arrested on Thursday in his home state of Wisconsin, where he now faces extradition proceedings, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press statement.
Higgins is the eighth man charged by Michigan authorities in the case, all of them described by prosecutors as members or associates of an anti-government militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen.
Six other man have been arrested on federal kidnapping charges stemming from the same joint investigation by the FBI, state police and other agencies.
They are accused of conspiring over the summer to abduct Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer ...Her Excellency, the dictator of Michigan, 2020 Dem VP contender... , a Democrat who has clashed sharply with Republican President Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... over stay-at-home measures she ordered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agent said the two governors were singled out because of coronavirus lockdown measures the conspirators believed had gone too far.
At least three of the defendants were among hundreds of protesters, many carrying weapons, who thronged the Michigan capitol on April 30 as state politicians debated Whitmer's request to extend her emergency health authority. Photos show all three men were armed.
Higgins, like his seven co-defendants charged in state court, has been charged with providing material support for terrorist acts, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Nessel said. Six entered not guilty pleas last week. The seventh is awaiting extradition from South Carolina.
[KhaamaPress] A senior member of the Taliban ...Arabic for students... ’s Quetta council, Mullah Abdul Karim, has been killed in an ambush by Afghan cops in the Jani Khel district of southeastern Paktika ...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo... province, security officials said.
A front man for the Paktika police chief, Shah Mohammad Areen, told the media that Mullah Abdul Karim, a key member of the Taliban’s Quetta council, was ambushed by security forces as he tried to cross the Jumjuma area of Jani Khel in Paktika province.
He added that besides Mullah Abdul Karim’s death, two of his accomplices were also maimed in the ambush, further reporting over the seizure of their carried weapons and ammunition.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
[ToloNews] Foreign fighters are backing the Taliban ...Arabic for students... in the ongoing attacks in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , the provincial governor Yasin Khan said on Thursday as violence in the southern province continues into its sixth day.
Yasin Khan said that imported muscle associated with Al Qaeda, and Pakistain-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... are supporting the Taliban in the battle.
He said that the Taliban has provided safe havens to the fighters associated with Al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, stating that these terrorist organizations are providing military and bomb-making training to the Taliban fighters.
But the Taliban front man has rejected the claims.
"There is the presence of Al Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammad ...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat... , Lashkar-e-Taiba and holy warriors from Central Asia, they collaborated with the Taliban now and in the past," said Yasin Khan.
Reports indicate that the fighting in Helmand has done significant damage to public infrastructure.
"Whether it is the Taliban or someone else, no one has the right to inflict damage on public assets," said Saifullah, a civil society activist in Helmand.
"All warring factions should ensure the safety of public assets," said Noor Agha, a civil society activist in Helmand.
The Taliban launched a massive offensive on Lashkargah city six days ago.
The Taliban also attacked parts of Nawa, Nahr-e-Saraj, Nad-e-Ali districts.
During the offensive, the group fighters managed to take over some check points.
Afghan security officials have said that the security forces will soon take back the checkpoints fallen to the Taliban.
[KhaamaPress] Ministry of Interior Affairs said Wednesday the Taliban ...Arabic for students... have carried at least 575 offensive attacks throughout Afghanistan in just two weeks, inflicting heavy casualties on civilians.
Tariq Arian, front man for the Interior Ministry, in a statement Wednesday said that 92 mine bombings and six suicide kabooms by Taliban among others are carried against Afghan people and security forces.
According to Arian, 86 non-combatants were killed in these attacks and further 165 were maimed; he did not comment on casualties among Afghan security and defense forces.
Of the 575 Taliban offensives, 72 were carried out in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province alone, the interior ministry said.
Figures came a time the Taliban snuffies have been carrying attacks in several parts of Helmand province for days now, and festivities between the group and Afghan forces are still ongoing.
Local officials, confirming the security status in Helmand, said up to 40,000 residents are displaced, which numbers nearly 6,000 families in the province.
According to sources, residents of Chah-e-Anjir, Seyed Abad, Babaji and Bolan areas — which are the centers of the war — have been completely evacuated.
Taliban did not immediately comment on the statement provided by the interior ministry.
[ToloNews] The US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Thursday urged the Taliban ...Arabic for students... to remain committed to the implementation of the US-Taliban peace agreement, warning that the rising level of violence in the country is threatening peace.
"Following several meetings General Miller and I had with the Taliban, we agreed to re-set actions by strictly adhering to implementation of all elements of the U.S.-Taliban Agreement and all commitments made," Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.
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[KhaamaPress] Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) nabbed at least 10 suspects over drug trafficking charges, said the Ministry of Interior Affairs in a statement Thursday morning, after its counter narcotics team carried multiple operations in North and Northeast provinces of Afghanistan.
According to statement, the CNPA seized at least 29 packs of heroin during the operation.
"10 narcos arrested following several separate Counter-Narcotics operations carried out by CNPA in Takhar, Ghazni & Herat ...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns... provinces," said MoIA in a tweet. "CNPA seized 29 packs of heroin as well."
[KhaamaPress] Local officials told media that a boom-mobile targeting security checkpoint in Zabul province on Thursday morning, maimed six coppers.
According to Hekmatullah Koshi provincial police chief, The incident occurred in the Noorak area in Shahoy district of the Zabul province when a boom-mobile hit a checkpoint.
Reports indicate, the Taliban ...Arabic for students... has increased their offensives in the district and 15 of their fighters so far have been killed. "Clashes are still ongoing in some parts," Tolonews Quoted Koshi.
[KhaamaPress] Security officials in Kapisa province said Thursday unidentified button men have murdered a Mullah in Najrab district of the province, and suspects are on the lam.
Abdul Shaiq Shorish Kohistan ...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns.... i, front man for the local police, said the incident occurred Thursday at around 4 a.m. at Chinark area of Najrab district.
According to Kohistani, armed murderous Moslems fled the area after shooting the Mullah dead, while motivation of the target remains unknown.
Officials did not provide further details on the identity of the victim but said an investigation is underway to bring the culprits to justice.
Kapisa is one of the insecure provinces of Afghanistan, where Taliban ...Arabic for students... has huge influence in some parts.
[KhaamaPress] Security forces foiled an attempted blast in Kabul Thursday, said the Ministry of Interior Affairs in a statement, after discovering a vehicle embedded with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).
Tariq Arian, front man for the Interior Ministry, said in a tweet that Kabul security forces discovered a vehicle fully loaded with explosive in Afghan capital.
According to Arian, the vehicle was found armed in Sang Noshta area, arresting at least three suspect who are introduced to relevant authorities for preliminary investigation.
Arian did not elaborate further about the suspects and their specific targeted area of attack, but said usually the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... bandidos turbans carry such an offensive to harm Afghan forces and people.
[RADIOSHABELLE] At least 13 Somali troops have died after the army attacked bully boy group al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... in jungle and farms near the district of Afgoye northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, a military official said.Al-Shabaab has battled since 2008 to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-recognized central government and establish its rule, based on its own interpretation of Islamic law.
"We left Afgoye district and attacked al-Shabaab in the farms outside Afgoye," Major Mohammed Ali told Rooters, describing Wednesday’s incident in the district about 30 km (19 miles) from Mogadishu.
"We killed four bandidosbully boyz and chased al-Shabaab," Ali said late on Wednesday. "Most of the military came back and we left two dozen soldiers there. Then, this evening, al-Shabaab attacked our few soldiers and killed 13."
Al-Shabaab, which launches regular attacks in a bid to undermine Somalia’s central government, which is backed by the United Nations ...where theory meets practice and practice loses... and 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... peacekeeping troops, grabbed credit.
"We killed 24 soldiers and the rest escaped and bravely ran away," said Abdiasis Abu Musab, the group’s military operations front man.
Somalia’s government and al-Shabaab often give differing figures of casualties after attacks.
Deadly violence has engulfed Somalia since 1991, when clan warlords deposed leader Siad Barre and then turned on each other.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/16/2020 00:00 ||
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[All Africa] Islamist faceless myrmidons attacked Nambo and Pangane, two villages in the Mucojo administrative post, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, between Friday and Monday, reports Wednesday's issue of the independent newssheet "Carta de Mocambique".The raiders murdered ten people, three in Nambo and seven in Pangane. Two Mozambican soldiers were among the dead in Pangane.
The faceless myrmidons also kidnapped 60 people in Pangane and two in Nambo. They set houses, shops and vehicles on fire, including two vehicles of the defence and security forces. People displaced from their homes in the villages fled to the district capital, Macomia town, and to Matemo island, off the coast.
This was the second attack on Mucojo in the space of a fortnight. Between 30 September and 6 October, the faceless myrmidons occupied several Mucojo villages and the headquarters of the administrative post, where they flew the black flag of the international terror organization that calls itself "Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... According to a second newssheet, "Mediafax", the faceless myrmidons attacked in force, greatly outnumbering the members of the defence and security forces, whose two positions were overwhelmed.
Local sources said the faceless myrmidons murdered, vandalised and looted, making it clear to the residents that they wanted nobody to stay in Mucojo. They even gave some elderly villagers money to catch buses to leave, telling them "Go to Maputo and stay with your President Nyusi".
Nonetheless, one vehicle braved the 70 kilometre road from Mucojo to Macomia town on Friday (before the second attack). The occupants of the vehicle found the jihadists had placed barricades of tree trunks at ten points along the road.
One person who travelled in this vehicle said "the car left from Naunde village and went to Macomia town. They didn't burn it because the car was hidden in the bush, and the gunnies didn't see it". People who had slept in the bush piled into the vehicle, and left the village deserted.
Others fled from the faceless myrmidons on foot. 43 year old Maquina Selemene said she had walked with her two children, one aged seven and the other ten, from Mucojo to Macomia town. The journey, she said, took six days and nights without anything to eat or drink. She had walked through the bush to avoid being spotted by the terrorists. From Macomia, she travelled on to her cousin's house in the bucolic provincial capital, Pemba.
[HRW.ORG] The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... has agreed to a request by the Mozambican government for help combatting the Islamist gang al-Sunna wa Jama’a.
The insurgency began in October 2017 and affects several districts in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Fighting between the group and government forces has left more than 1,500 civilians dead, displaced more than 250,000, and resulted in more than 700,000 people needing emergency assistance. The bully boyz have committed beheadings, attacks on villages, summary executions, looting, and destruction of infrastructure, including schools and health centers.
In a letter sent last month by the Mozambican minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Veronica Macamo, to the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, the government asked for humanitarian and logistical support, and specialist training for the Mozambican defense and security forces. It was the first time that the government publicly acknowledged the need for international assistance in fighting the Death Eaters.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/16/2020 00:00 ||
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[APA.AZ] The information that the Krasniy Bazaar settlement, occupied by Armenia, was allegedly shelled by the Azerbaijan Army using the “Smerch” MLRS and that the civilian population was injured is groundless and false, APA reports quoting. the Ministry of Defense.
Once again we declare that the Azerbaijan Army, which fully complies with the humanitarian ceasefire regime, retains the right to inflict a fire strike at the enemy’s legitimate military targets only if necessary and to suppress his activity.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/16/2020 00:00 ||
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Translation from the original Azeri: "They're winning...dammit"
[APA.AZ] "The glorious Azerbaijani Army has liberated from occupation Arish village of Fuzuli district, Doshulu village of Jabrayil district, Edisha, Dudukchu, Edilli, Chiraguz villages of Khojavand district. Long live Azerbaijani Army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan!" President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a post on his official Twitter account, APA reports.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/16/2020 00:00 ||
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We'll probably NEVER know his motivation. Bet it's "mental instability"
[NY Post] A knife-wielding man shouted "Allahu Akbar" and then beheaded a middle school teacher on a street in Paris on Friday ‐ in apparent retaliation after the educator had shown students cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, according to reports.
Immediately after the beheading, the attacker claimed responsibility and posted an image of his victim's severed head on Twitter, a police source told NBC News. The grisly image was removed by the social-media site.
The attacker ‐ who was also armed with a gun and shot dead moments later by cops ‐ was the father of a student at the school who may have had terrorist ties, according to Le Parisien and Le Monde.
His victim taught history and had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from the magazine Charlie Hebdo during a class debate on freedom of expression, Le Monde and NBC News reported.
In 2015, 12 people were killed when Islamist terrorists attacked the magazine's offices over its caricatures of the Muslim prophet. Then, late last month, another jihadist used a meat cleaver to attack and injure two people outside the magazine's former offices.
Bomb disposal experts were on hand in Friday's attack because of the suspected presence of an explosives vest on the attacker, sources told Agence France-Presse.
National anti-terror prosecutors said they are investigating a killing "in relation to a terrorist enterprise" connected to a "criminal terrorist association," Le Monde reported.
The beheading happened Friday afternoon in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital, the report said.
Police were at the scene after getting a call about a suspicious individual loitering near the school, the report said, citing a law enforcement source.
Police found the victim, whose first name was revealed as "Samuel P." by Le Monde and who was born in 1972 — and the suspect was still nearby.
Confronted, the suspect threatened police, who opened fire, killing him, the report said.
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/16/2020 16:03 ||
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and posted an image of his victim's severed head on Twitter,
Head hacking by a jihadi: OK, distribute widely to the Twitter-twaddle.
But emails and text messages showing a Democratic Vice President's corruption must be banned.
NY Post has published footage showing Tracy Lynn Molina posing with the toppled statue of Roosevelt in Portland. She has been arrested 7 times in recent months at #antifa riots. She posted—& deleted—videos of herself participating in last weekend's riot. https://t.co/RtQzMHHwB0pic.twitter.com/JF4rK3Xw8f
[AnNahar] Kurdish-led authorities released on Thursday hundreds of snuffies from the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group imprisoned in northern Syria, as part of a general amnesty in the region controlled by the U.S.-backed fighters.
Amina Omar, the head of the Syrian National Council, told news hounds that IS members who were released have "no blood on their hands" and have all repented joining IS at some point.
"They are people who can be reformed," Omar said shortly before the men were freed.
The Syrian Democratic Council said the 631 prisoners were released Thursday while 253 others will have their terms cut in half. It said the amnesty and the release followed requests by tribal leaders in northeastern and eastern Syria.
Kurdish authorities currently operate more than two dozen detention facilities scattered across northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. Among the detainees are some 2,000 foreigners whose home countries have refused to repatriate them, including about 800 Europeans.
The Islamic State group - which at the height of its power in 2014 controlled a third of both Iraq and Syria - lost its last sliver of land last year when the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces captured the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz.
Since then, the forces of Evil have gone underground, carrying out hit-and-run attacks, mostly targeting Syrian government forces and the Kurdish-led fighters.
Earlier this month, the Kurdish-led authority said it will allow Syrian citizens to leave a sprawling camp that houses tens of thousands of women and kiddies, many of them linked to IS.
Most of the detainees at al-Hol camp are Syrian and Iraqi women and kiddies. Another highly secured tent settlement that is part of the camp is known as the Annex and is home to some 10,000 hard-line IS supporters from other countries.
The overpopulated camp is home to a total of 65,000 people and has been a burden to the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Kurdish police in charge of security at the facility. Crime rates have been high inside the camp and some of the women have tried to escape.
Over the past 10 days dozens of families have left the camp.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
10/16/2020 01:53 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.