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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Jean Wallace aka Susan Lowell in "The Big Combo" aka Ann Custance in "No Blade of Grass" aka Guinevere in "Sword of Lancelot" aka Julie MacDonald in "Beach Red" aka Katrina in "Star of India" aka Elizabeth in "Storm Fear" aka Kelly James in "The Devil's Hairpin" (Died in 1990 at age 66)



PETA is correct, women should not wear fur.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/12/2011 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, I'd certainly she wore nothing than fur!
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  They can make drapes out of fur now? Truly, we live in a Age of Wonder!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/12/2011 9:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Heh. You comletely missed the leopard skin drapes. She shot those herself.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 13:32 Comments || Top||

#5  She shot the drapes, Fred? What did they ever do to her?

/pedant
Posted by: Barbara || 10/12/2011 15:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Drapes?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/12/2011 19:37 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
3 peacekeepers killed in Sudan's Darfur
[Bangla Daily Star] Three international peacekeepers were killed and six maimed when their patrol came under attack in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, their force said yesterday.

Unidentified gunnies attacked the peacekeepers late on Monday in a camp for displaced persons south of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, the UNAMID joint 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...
/UN. mission said in a statement.

Mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms against Sudan's government in 2003, accusing it of marginalizing the remote western territory.

Khartoum mobilized troops and mostly-Arab militias to crush the uprising, unleashing a wave of violence that Washington and some activists have called genocide. Khartoum dismisses the accusation.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Probably Mormons, out having a little fun. Nothing to see here.
Posted by: mojo || 10/12/2011 10:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egyptian Deputy PM Quits After Cairo Protests
[Voice of America] Egypt's deputy prime minister resigned Tuesday in the wake of violent festivities between security forces and Coptic Christians that left 26 people dead.
You might describe these as "Egyptian versus Arabs" festivities. Sadly, the Egyptians are outnumbered...
State media reports gave no reason for Hazem El-Beblawi's departure. However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
Egyptian news organizations quote a ministerial aide as saying he quit in protest of the handling of Sunday's festivities between security forces and Copts. He also served as finance minister.

The unrest began after more than 1,000 Christians marched to the state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
building in Cairo to protest a recent attack by Islamist gunnies on a Coptic church in the country's south.

Witnesses say demonstrators began fighting with police and soldiers who were guarding the building. They also say security forces in armored vehicles drove into the crowd of protesters crushing some. Some Mohammedans joined the fighting.

More violence erupted on Monday outside a hospital where many of the maimed had been taken for treatment. Also Monday, thousands of people turned out for a mass funeral for the victims.

On Tuesday, Egypt's Coptic Christians began three days of mourning for the protesters killed during the street violence with security forces.

Coptic church leaders urged followers to fast and pray during the mourning period.

Egypt's ruling military council has ordered the government to investigate the violence.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's roughly 80 million people. Many complain that Egypt's new leadership has been too lenient on Islamists they blame for a series of anti-Christian attacks since a popular uprising forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
in February.

The Coptic church issued a statement saying the minority community has suffered repeated problems and the perpetrators have gone unpunished.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let the Christians and the Muslims wipe eachother out.

When they are fighting eachother they are not fighting Israel.

It will be easy for us to exterminate the Christians and Muslims who remain.
Posted by: Israel4Jews || 10/12/2011 4:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Clean up please
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/12/2011 4:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's roughly 80 million people.

Used to be more. And a lot wealthier. Whatever happened?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/12/2011 7:27 Comments || Top||


Libya fighters capture Sirte cop shoppe
[Haaretz] Troops of Libya's interim rulers seized the police headquarters in the centre of Sirte on Tuesday, hometown of runaway leader Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years...
, following fierce fighting since the early hours of the morning.

The fighters were seen on Arab satellite televisions honking the horns of their vehicles and firing into the air in celebration, after they took control of the police headquarters, where Qadaffy's fighters were positioned.

They also destroyed posters of Qadaffy.

Earlier on Tuesday, troops of Libya's interim rulers fought their way across the coastal town of Sirte, as doctors in the city said medical supplies were running low.

"We gained very strategic positions inside the centre of the city overnight and now we have cornered loyalists of Qadaffy in one area," a military commander inside Sirte was quoted as saying by Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya.

The new government's military also said they also made gains overnight in the inland enclave of Bani Walid, where they say senior members of Qadaffy's regime are still hiding.

Sirte and Bani Walid are the two last bastions where Qadaffy's loyalists are still fighting the country's new rulers.

Doctors in Sirte and Bani Walid described the medical situation as "miserable.'

"The situation is very, very bad, we are only four doctors left inside the hospital and the number of maimed is increasing by the hour," doctor Abdullah Breiga told the BBC Arabic channel from Sirte.

The International Committee of the Red Thingy warned this week of a medical emergency in Sirte.

"There is a lack of medical personnel, no medical equipment, no drugs, no medicines, and there is no electricity inside the hospital," the Red Thingy's Dibeh Fakhr said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Yemen security arrests terrorist cell in Aden
[Yemen Observer] The security forces in Aden province jugged a terrorist group in Tawahi district, a security official said.

One of the group's members was captured in his house, where the security forces found an integrated plant for manufacturing bombs in addition to RPG shells, TNT explosives, various chemical materials, batteries, electricity wires, watches, cameras, iron pieces and Jihadist publications, the source said.

The source added that the group has carried out some terrorist acts in Aden.
On the other hand, Aden's security jugged armed gangs accused of looting cars at gunpoint, the source said, adding that a number of the looted cars have been returned back to their owners.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Yemenis Stage Fresh Demos to Demand U.N. Action on Saleh
[An Nahar] Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched on the streets of the capital Tuesday, demanding for a second straight day the U.N. Security Council take action against President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower...
"This is a message to the world, to the powerful nations, and to the Security Council...take Saleh and his regime to court," the protesters chanted from Sanaa's Change Square.

Energised by Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman's Nobel Peace prize win on Friday, protesters warned Saleh they would not give up until their demands for his departure were met.

"Understand this...we have won the Nobel peace (prize) and we will not rest...we will not rest until the butcher is tried," they chanted.

Calls by the Yemenis for an intervention by the United Nations
...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas...
have increased in the lead-up to U.N. Yemen envoy Jamal Benomar's report to the Security Council planned for later Tuesday.

On Monday, a similar protest called on the U.N. to play a stronger role in resolving the months-long political crisis that has pushed Yemen's economy and its leadership to the brink of collapse.

The formal opposition group, the Coalition Forum, has also joined the call for action, saying it would support a more prominent U.N. role in ending the political deadlock that began when widespread anti-government protests erupted in the impoverished country in January.

European nations meanwhile are pressing for a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Saleh step down.

On Monday, European diplomats in New York told Agence La Belle France Presse they hope to pass a resolution that calls for an immediate end to violence by all parties and for Saleh to sign and implement the Gulf-sponsored initiative for a peaceful transition of power.

They said work on the draft resolution, intended to bolster the faltering Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, would be stepped up after Benomar's briefing to the council.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:


Yemen defected General alleges that Saleh forged 2006 elections
[Yemen Observer] The defected general Ali Muhsen said Monday that President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower...
forged the presidential elections of 2006 after his rival won.

In the 2006 presidential elections, President-for-Life Saleh
... exemplifying the Arab's propensity to combine brutality with incompetence...
had 78 per cent of the vote while his main rival, the opposition coalition candidate, Faisal Bin Shamlan had 21 per cent of the vote.

The elections was recognized by the opposition and the international community as " reasonably free, fair and competitive".


" At the end of the day of election, I went to president Saleh in his palace, he was very sad, he told me the computer made a mistake," general Muhsen told a group of journalists in his office.

Then , they spent three days to correct that " mistake" and Saleh was announced as the winner and Bin Shamlan the loser.

" Saleh is still alive, Allah Almighty may preserve him and give him long life, you can make sure of what I am saying by asking him," said the general to the journalists who were only demanding him to release their colleague Mohammed Sudam, Reuter's news hound, who was kidnapped by the general's soldiers two days ago. " this is the real story of the 2006 elections, so what constitutional legitimacy he is talking about," the general wonders.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  NO! Really?

Gee, and he seems like such a nice, understanding tyrant, too...
Posted by: mojo || 10/12/2011 17:53 Comments || Top||


Suicide bomber blasts himself up at police patrol in south Yemen
[Yemen Observer] Al-Qaeda jacket wallah blasted his self up at a police patrol in Aden on Tuesday, said a security source.

The bomber that was wearing an boom belt blasted his belt at a police patrol wounding two coppers, causing some damage to the police vehicle in Tawahi neighborhood in Aden city.

The source said that the bomber was killed and his body parts scattered off in the surrounding area and that no one else was killed.

The al-Qalloa'a cop shoppe of Tawahi neighborhood exposed to a blast that maimed seven coppers one of them died later of injuries last Saturday.

Last Monday the security authorities of Aden jugged a terrorist cell in Tawahi. The police found at one of the suspect's houses a laboratory for manufacturing explosives in addition to some weapons, explosives, RBG's, timing clocks, chemicals, and documents of Jihadists.

Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising...
Yemeni officials say a car boom kaboom killed an air force commander in al-Anad market in the south of Yemen on Tuesday. Attacks on government officials have increased in recent months.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia


Al-Awlaki Dead Says al-Qaeda in Yemen
[Yemen Post] After having denied that the US born holy man, Anwar al-Awlaki
... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, al-Awlaki is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He is an Islamic holy man who is a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He is the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list...
had been killed in a Drone strike led by the Americans in al-Jawf province in Yemen last month, the Islamist group al-Qaeda finally admitting the inevitable, by confirming his death.

Anwar al-Awlaki had been on the US most wanted forces of Evil list for several years, as the Americans saw him as one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda operatives in the World since his knowledge of English and his charisma they say, were attracting more supporters.

This Monday, al-Qaeda posted a statement in its website, saying that indeed al-Awlaki had been killed alongside 3 other hard boyz in an American Arclight airstrike in north Yemen, warning that the deaths would be avenged.

The SITE intelligence group which monitors all myrmidon websites is warning of a recent surge in activities on the internet, adding that forces of Evil are now well versed in the power of this media, using it as not only a propaganda tool but also a way to recruit.

"The blood of the sheik (al-Awlaki) and his brothers will not go in vain; there are heroes behind him who do not sleep under oppression, and they will retaliate soon," the group said. We and the Americans are at war: we get them and they get us, and the end is for those who are patient -- they are the ones who will be victorious."
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  ...the end is for those who are patient...

I wouldn't be so sure about that. When the Americans lose patience we're liable to nuke your ass.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/12/2011 11:41 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Security incident forces Chihuahua governor off the road
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By Chris Covert

A convoy in Chihuahua, Chihuahua carrying Chihuahua governor Cesar Duarte Jaquez was forced to seek refuge in a shopping mall Monday evening, as unidentified armed suspects fired their weapons nearby, according to Mexican news account.

Mexican news agencies were informed of the incident Tuesday by Duarte Jaquez's communications secretary, Juan Ramon Flores.

Chihuahua city is the capital of Chihuahua state and was where Governor Duarte and Hector Murguia Lardizabal, Juarez's combative mayor, were to meet to hear a speech by Murguia Lardizabal.

Duarte's convoy was near the intersection of avenidas Tecnologico and Ejercito Nacional at about 1900 hrs, heading to the gymnasium at Colegio de Bachilleres when the shooting took place.

Members of Duarte's security moved the convoy to the shopping mall at Tec Galleria, laagered up, then called in security reinforcements, which arrived shortly after, including local and state police agents, and army units. After about 10 minutes the convoy resumed its travel itinerary. It was later determined the shooting was some distance from Duarte's convoy, and that the shooters had been firing in the air.

Governor Duarte came to power in Chihuahua via last year's midterm elections on a platform of cracking down on crime, including stiffening penalties for kidnapping. His crusade to date has been somewhat a personal one: his nephew, Humberto Medina Vela, was shot to death on July 14th, 2010 in a botched kidnapping by a Sinaloa Cartel affiliated group in Chihuahua city.

At the moment the security situation has improved with violent crime down 50 percent, according to Duarte himself. The security situation has improved so much that nearly 75 percent of the Polica Federal detachment has been moved out of Juarez city, albeit after months of haranguing by Murguia Lardizabal that Duarte make the request from the federal government.

The last of the Polica Federals is due to leave left this weekend, as Chihuahua state and Juarez municipal police have taken over patrol duties in Juarez.
Posted by: badanov || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Anti-War Leftist Terrorist Organization Plants Bombs On German Railways
German police have discovered another explosive device designed to derail trains in Berlin - the third in two days. Two of the devices were found on Monday - one on a high-speed line and another near Berlin's main station.

The third was discovered on Tuesday on the track of a suburban railway line south of the German capital.

A previously unknown left-wing group, calling itself the Hekla Reception Committee, said it planted the devices. The explosive devices are made of bottles of flammable liquids attached to fuses.

The discovery of the third suspected fire-bomb follows the explosion on Monday of a device on the high-speed line between Hamburg and Berlin, where trains reach speeds of 200km/h. There were no casualties, but rail traffic was disrupted.

Another device was discovered on Monday before it went off at the mouth of a tunnel leading to Berlin's main station. It consisted of seven bottles, filled with flammable liquid, bundled together and linked to a fuse.

The leftist Hekla Reception Committee said in an online statement that it had planted the devices in protest at the presence of German troops in Afghanistan. Police said they were not familiar with Hekla, which is also the name of an Icelandic volcano.

Germany has about 5,000 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan as part of Nato's mission, most of them in the north of the country.

Last November, Berlin's transport system was severely disrupted when signalling cables were set on fire. There have also been arson attacks on a number of expensive cars in the German capital. But these latest attacks on high-speed railway lines take the potential destruction to a new level of danger.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If it were right-wingers doing it, German and international media would be all over it. But, it's those lovable leftist terrorists, so it's the bottom of the column on page G24 and the terrorists get a sympathetic hearing for their viewpoint.
Posted by: gromky || 10/12/2011 2:26 Comments || Top||

#2  No, this was Page 1 on every major and not so major paper and news site in Germany..

Nobody has ever heard of that group though
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/12/2011 3:07 Comments || Top||

#3  So, certainly, German society will come together to reject these sorts of acts.

Nah, Anti-War Leftist Terrorist Organizations are the good guys.
Posted by: gromky || 10/12/2011 4:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Come on gromky, nobody in Germany wants to get blown up in a train, left or right.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/12/2011 4:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Come on gromky, nobody in Germany wants to get blown up in a train, left or right.

But will they start persecuting leftwing bloggers?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/12/2011 6:42 Comments || Top||

#6  If they promote violence, certainly
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/12/2011 8:22 Comments || Top||

#7  I get the feeling that anyone who effs with the trains in Germany will get it. I saw a protest by nougetnazis at a station, basically all well and good protest unless someone rushed the station where I saw NFL worthy tackles and smiling eyebrow raising escorts...somewhere.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/12/2011 8:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Anti-war protests by committing violent acts. Makes perfect fucking sense....

Can we throw these guys out the back of a C-130 at 33,000ft before they reproduce please?
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/12/2011 9:30 Comments || Top||

#9  F*cking for virginity. Hey I thought the left was into peace and love, make love not war, yada, yada, yada. So we are back into the Bill Ayers-Bernardine Dohrn Weatherdork era?
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/12/2011 9:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Ahh, the democrat party
Posted by: newc || 10/12/2011 11:53 Comments || Top||


Finnish Police Uncover Two More Suspects Linked to Terror Funding
[An Nahar] A Finnish police probe into terrorist funding and recruitment has uncovered at least two more suspects, police said Tuesday, just over a month after making two arrests in raids in Helsinki.

"Police suspect at least two new people of funding terrorism in addition to the earlier two suspects," the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said in a statement.

The NBI said one of the new suspects was a Finnish citizen and that both were currently outside the country, although not believed to be fleeing authorities.

On September 7, Finnish police tossed in the clink a man and a woman on suspicion of funding and recruiting for overseas terrorist organizations, while the daily Ilta-Sanomat quoted unidentified police sources saying both were Finnish citizens of Somali origin.

Intelligence officials launched the probe in 2009 after a routine police check caught their attention.

"The case involves many individuals, some of whom are abroad... during the course of the investigation many witnesses have been interviewed and requests for international legal help have been made," the NBI said.

Police added that the woman who was tossed in the clink in September had been freed but was ordered not to leave the country.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Europe

#1  Instead of permitting a huge terror industry to develop, it would appear the Finns are going about their anit-terrorism program in the correct manner, that being to follow the money. We not only ingnore the money, but the sponsoring state as well. Even more troubling, we continue to fund the state.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/12/2011 11:54 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
FoxNews : All 100 Senators Called Into Intelligence Briefing on Iranian Assassination Plot
Posted by: tipper || 10/12/2011 17:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Joe Biden and the 100 Senators

needs some theme music

really making a show of it
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/12/2011 17:25 Comments || Top||

#2  The Senate, but not the house.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/12/2011 18:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Yup, they are riding that horse hard. Shell game to divert attention from solar company money laundering scams and F & F.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/12/2011 18:04 Comments || Top||

#4  All these years they let the Mad Mullahs develop their potential for nukes and export terror all over the world. But they think Iranians tried to ice one Soddy and they're ready to go to war? I'd be cheering for it if I didn't find it so peculiar...and if I didn't think Obama is so far in over his head.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/12/2011 18:19 Comments || Top||

#5  The cynic in me says they will ride this as far as they can so they can deflect the Gunwalker and Solyndra type corruption and crime from the public eye.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/12/2011 18:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Gunwalker House hearings will be held next May. If there are Green Giveaway hearings, they will be next June. 0bama can divert all he wants, but when Issa gets on primetime, he's toast.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/12/2011 18:50 Comments || Top||

#7  This story has allot of hits. Speculation is in overdrive. In my opinion O is a big question mark. Isolated as he is my concern is how he will react.
In my opinion he will dither. 100 Senators at a major briefing means much more may be of concern.

Posted by: Dale || 10/12/2011 19:48 Comments || Top||

#8  VARIOUS BLOGGERS = POTUS Bammer may start or wage war agz Iran to ...

> Divert from F-n-F = GunWalker brouhaha.
> Divert from Recession II = possib "Great Greater Depression".
> Failure of QES.
> "2012" + potential declaration of Iran as a NucWeaps State = REGIONAL, GLOBAL JIHAD-HAPPY MILTERRS + aligned will inevitably also possess advanced Nukes-WMDS = the US for all practical purposes has LOST THE GWOT DESPITE BATTLEFIELD, DIPLOMATIC SUCCESSES???

Iff PERSIAN + OTTOMAN HISTORY is any measure, any such war will be long + nationally chaotic/stressful - the US or any US-led Coalition will be fighting not just BASIJ + allied foreign Gighters-Groups, but also IRGC + heavy units of the regular Iranian military.

Iff Tehran has its way, IMO any fighting will be akin to the 1950-53 KOREAN WAR or VIETNAM, NOT AFPAK OR 2003 IRAQ, + save wid high risk of ANTI-US DIRTY BOMBS, TACNUKES, + BMS [e.g. SCUDS] + PROXY-LED TERROPS AGZ CONUS + WASHINGTON DC. Tehran has previously also made it clear that it is willing to unilater wage REGIONAL WAR iff necessary to defeat a US-Israeli "invasion" of Iran.

The Bammer + US Congresscritters had better think carefully about their response, AS THEY MAY INDEED BE PUTTING/BETTING THEIR LIVES ON THE TABLE.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/12/2011 20:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Obama wanted an audience to practice his apology to Iran.
Posted by: Cincinnatus Chili || 10/12/2011 21:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Central casting for Wag the Dog II
Posted by: Jack Salami || 10/12/2011 21:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Much as I enjoy the speculation about the multi-layered political maneuvering, Occam's law overrides, as usual.

Alas, and alarmingly, that means this is a confidential declaration of war straw poll. I expect another meeting very soon with the GOP House leadership.

When all that is done, we'll see the extent of the spine transplant, or even more aggressive drone an "counter-terrorist" activity - only this time crossing into Persian territory. That, or the rapid emergence of several "liberation fronts" within its boundaries.

Is Hillary watching the phone overnight?
Posted by: Halliburton - Mysterious Conspiracy Division || 10/12/2011 22:06 Comments || Top||


Underwear bomber pleads guilty to all counts
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an bomb in his underwear aboard a flight to Detroit, surprised everyone on the second day of his trial Wednesday by pleading guilty to all the counts against him.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.

Abdulmutallab acknowledged in a courtroom statement Wednedsay that he had previously visited Yemen and was "greatly inspired" to take part in such a plot by Anwar al-Awlaki. Abdulmutallab said, "I carried with me an explosive device to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims."
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#1  I wonder what made him change his mind?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2011 12:22 Comments || Top||

#2  I imagine he felt he had made his points and gotten his publicity.
detnews.com has the money quote: "Participation in jihad against the United States is considered among the most virtuous of deeds in Islam and is highly encouraged in the Quran," Abdulmutallab told the judge, reading from a statement.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/12/2011 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder what made him change his mind?

I dunno. Maybe he gets the guilts everytime he scratches his torched up scrotum...
He'll have plenty of time to do that at ADX Florence. It'll probably be the most constructive thing he does.
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/12/2011 13:16 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't know if he is bad enough for Florence. They have rather high standards for their alumni.

Whereas, he is just a "cornfield Nubian", as it were.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 10/12/2011 14:12 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm not a medical person, but I feel anyone who is going to commit suicide, even if it is part of jihad, is insane or temporary insane and should be sent to a facility for the criminally insane.
They could apply a large range of treatments, starting with a frontal lobotomy and move on to the Ludovico technique
Posted by: tipper || 10/12/2011 15:15 Comments || Top||

#6  The Trotsky technique is even more effective and save millions of dollars in incarceration costs.
Posted by: Eohippus Phater7165 || 10/12/2011 15:41 Comments || Top||

#7  There's a "What's My Party?" in the Florence Alumni.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/12/2011 18:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Somebody got to him.
Instead of looking/acting like a stupid muslim rube in a long drawn out media circus and reinforcing that image for all of the others, he 'chose' to go down as a martyr for a noble cause. More prison points I think.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/12/2011 22:44 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Rocket Attack on Pakistan Governor Meeting, Six Wounded
[An Nahar] At least six people were maimed but none were killed when rockets struck a meeting of tribal elders convened by a provincial governor in northwest Pakistain Tuesday, bigwigs said.

Senior administration official Sahabzada Anis corrected his earlier statement that one person had been killed when forces of Evil apparently perched on nearby mountains fired rockets on the gathering in Kalaya town of tribal Orakzai district.

He said that six people were maimed, one critically.

Anis added that one rocket hit the gathering before the arrival of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
(KPK) governor Masood Kausar,

A second rocket landed near a helipad and a third fell in surrounding fields, he told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The tribal belt on the Afghan border comprises seven federally administered semi-autonomous districts.

Tariq Hayat, secretary for the security of the districts, said seven people were maimed at the venue. He added that he had no immediate report of fatalities.

A security official said that five rockets had been fired, with most landing far from the gathering, but one falling close by, causing the injuries.

"Militants fired five rockets at the location of the jirga which the governor of KPK was about to address," a security official said.

"There have been no deaths so far and the governor is safe," he said.

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IHC stays hanging of Qadri
[Dawn] A court on Tuesday suspended a policeman's death sentence pending his appeal against conviction for killing a provincial governor.
Anybody here surprised? Nah, me neither.
The Islamabad High Court held a preliminary hearing to admit the appeal filed last week by lawyers for Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, who was working as one of Punjab governor Salman Taseer's bodyguards when he shot him dead.

"The high court suspended the implementation of the death sentence awarded by the anti-terrorism court until the appeal hearing concludes," said defence lawyer Shuja-ur-Rehman.

The court's two-judge panel will now fix a date for the next hearing, he added.

Qadri has confessed to killing Taseer in a hail of bullets outside an upmarket coffee shop in Islamabad on January 4.

Qadri was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by an anti-terror court on October 1 but the verdict led to an outcry by his supporters.

Rehman said the court had rejected a verbal request by the defence lawyers for the appeal to be heard in open session for security reasons.

The anti-terror trial of Qadri was also held behind closed doors, at the high-security Adiyala prison outside Islamabad.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
hundreds of demonstrators have rallied in support of Qadri.

Tuesday's rally took place as Qadri appealed his death sentence before a high court.
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Eleven militants killed in Upper Dir clash
[Dawn] Eleven more gun-hung tough guys were killed and several others injured in fresh festivities with Pakistain's security forces near the Pak-Afghan border in Upper Dir, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

Official sources claimed that 24 gun-hung tough guys were killed in the last three days of festivities with security forces.

The latest clash took place in the border areas of Karakar and Lagray Sir.

Most of the gun-hung tough guys killed belonged to the area of Batash in Afghanistan's Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral...
, sources added.
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Police claims new developments in Shabaz Taseer case
[Dawn] The city police has once again claimed important developments in the kidnapping case of Shahbaz Taseer, the son of slain former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, DawnNews reported.

According to informed sources, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprising police and other security agencies, was considering all possible angles in probing the case.

The JIT had so far gathered valuable information regarding the case from the four set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock suspects who allegedly helped the kidnappers, sources added.

CCPO Lahore Malik Ahmed Raza had confirmed those arrests but refused to share information with the media.

Raza said that the JIT was also considering Taseer family feuds and the death sentence given to Mumtaz Qadri who had killed the former governor.
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Gunmen set ablaze three Nato trucks in Balochistan
[Dawn] Four gunnies on cycle of violences opened fire on three Afghanistan-bound 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...
fuel supply trucks in the Dasht area of southwestern Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, police officials said.

The trucks were set ablaze in the attack and destroyed.
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Southeast Asia
Villager gunned down in southern Thailand
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Ten Lebanese, Palestinians Charged with Planning to Attack Army, UNIFIL
[An Nahar] The military court sentenced on Tuesday ten Lebanese and Paleostinians to several years of hard labor for planning to target the Lebanese army and United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Interim Force in Leb.

They were also accused of belonging to a terrorism group, attacking civil and military institutions, and possessing arms and explosives that they used to terrorize people and attack UNIFIL.

Lebanese Mohammed Assi Shouman and Muheiddine Tarha were sentenced to one year in jail, while Ibrahim Moussa al-Bunni was sentenced to three years.

Paleostinians Fadi Ibrahim, also known as "al-Sikmo", was sentenced to seven years hard labor, Mohammed Ibrahim Midlawi and Jamaleddine Qomboz three years, and Maher Hussein al-Saadi five years.

Fugitives Zein al-Abidine Khalil and Hasan Youssef Naufal were sentenced to life in prison with hard labor.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Fatah al-Islam


Syrian security forces kill 4 in Homs
[Emirates 24/7] An activist group says Syrian security forces have killed four people in the restive central city of Homs.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says security forces also jugged dozens of people in Homs, which has been the scene of mass protests since an uprising against President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Despoiler of Latakia...
regime began in mid-March.

Syria's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
Sana said Tuesday that authorities jugged 144 wanted people and confiscated large amounts of ammunition and assault rifles in Homs.

The uprising against Assad began amid a wave of anti-government protests in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Assad has reacted with deadly force that the U.N. estimates has left nearly 3,000 people dead.
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#1  Second row of medals, second from the left -- got that for murdering civilians?
Posted by: Steve White || 10/12/2011 9:48 Comments || Top||


Syrian Rockets Land on Hnaider Home, Security Sources Deny
[An Nahar] The house of a Lebanese villager in the northern town of Hnaider was hit by two rockets that came from the Syrian side of the border in the area of Wadi Khaled, Voice of Leb radio station (93.3) reported Tuesday.

VDL said that the rockets hit the home of Khaled al-Assaad on Monday night but did not cause any casualties.

However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
security sources later denied to VDL (100.5) that the Syrian army had shelled the village, saying the residents of Hnaider and al-Knaisseh spent a calm night.

As Safir daily quoted Hnaider residents as saying that Syrian soldiers deployed on the other side of the border opened machine gunfire and launched two rockets on their town.

They said the incident is part of a plan to terrorize the residents in Wadi Khaled and villages of Jabal Akroum under the excuse of carrying out anti-smuggling operations or pursuing Syrian army dissidents.

The residents again appealed for help from Lebanese security agencies and the army. They said the armed forces should either protect them or urge the Syrian military for an end to its operations.

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Arab Foreign Ministers Continue Dithering on Syria
[An Nahar] Kuwait's foreign minister told news hounds Tuesday the Arab world's foreign ministers are to meet to discuss developments in Syria.

"There will be a meeting of Arab foreign ministers to study the events in Syria," Sheikh Mohammed al-Sabah told a news conference in Kuwait's capital, without specifying the date for the gathering.

"Consultations are under way to set a date," he said.

The ministers first met on September 13 in Cairo where they called on the Syrian authorities to "immediately stop the bloodshed."

According to U.N. and human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
figures, more than 2,900 civilians have been killed in Syria since mid-March, when a nation-wide protest movement calling for President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Trampler of Homs...
resignation erupted.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Fred I love that "Dithering". Dick Cheney put that word on the map. I believe the caution is fear of unrest spilling over into their respective countries. Even when they have change things go downhill fast. Wealth will be attacked. Starting with symbols. In Germany they went for the cars. Here they go to the homes of the wealthy and Wall Street. They are not builders. They are the takers. When the dust settles they will go back to their old ways. Wasted, mindless efforts. The old riots destroyed their own communities in this country and will in the Arab world. Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, and Libya. Perhaps the Saudi or even Turkey next.
Posted by: Dale || 10/12/2011 16:07 Comments || Top||


Hariri Voices Support for March 14 Coalition, Backs 'Freedom' in Syria
[An Nahar] Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's liquidation. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
is holding on to the March 14
Those are the good guys, insofar as Leb has good guys...
coalition and to equality in distributing of powers between Mohammedans and Christians, An Nahar newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Former MP Bassem al-Sabaa told al-Mustaqbal
... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri...
leadership during a meeting led by head of the party's parliamentary bloc Fouad Saniora that Hariri voices his support to the Taef accord.

He is keen on supporting the Arab spring uprisings, especially for the Syrian people to attain "freedom and democracy," the daily said.

Hariri urged al-Mustaqbal leadership to focus on these three main points during the upcoming stage.

The newspaper noted that Hariri, who is currently in Riyadh, will travel to Gay Paree on Wednesday or in the coming days, to meet with Lebanese officials.

They are expected to discuss the developments in the region and the overviews of the forthcoming stage in Leb.

Sources told An Nahar that al-Mustaqbal Movement Secretary-General Ahmed Hariri was keen during his speech in Tarsheesh to support the Syrian revolution as a choice and support democratic change.

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EU backs Syrian opposition, ponders new sanctions
[Emirates 24/7] The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
is reaching out to the nascent Syrian opposition movement to see if it could play an instrumental role in ousting President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Sonny, disguised as Fredo, trying to be Mike...
, whose crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has so far killed nearly 3,000 people.

Diplomats said Syria's opposition needs more work to become an effective political force and gain formal recognition as a legal representative of the Syrian people. Still, some drew comparisons to European backing of Libya's National Transitional Council, the rebel-led group that overthrew strongman Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years...
"I believe we have to get to know them better and get to know their intentions," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said of the Syrians after the 27 EU foreign ministers met in Luxembourg and discussed the worsening situation in the Arab nation.

Earlier in the day, Syrian opposition members, including representatives of the newly formed Syrian National Council, said they had agreed on a democratic framework for a future nation and that they want international observers to be allowed into the Arab state to examine the situation there.

Ghied Al Hashmy, a political scientist who participated in a conference in Sweden of Syrian opposition members, including council representatives, said they oppose military intervention but want more political pressure on Syria, such as the targeted economic sanctions the EU has been applying.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the bloc is planning to expand action against Syria. A third round of measures will be necessary, she said, especially after Assad's "disappointing" speech over the weekend in which he criticized alleged foreign intervention in the country.

An official said last week that Syria's largest commercial bank will be targeted in any new sanctions. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The uprising against Assad began in mid-March amid a wave of anti-government protests in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Assad has reacted with deadly force that the U.N. estimates has left some 2,900 people dead.

The Syrian National Council is a broad-based group which includes most major opposition factions.
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