[FOX] A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the horrific murder of a teenager who was stabbed 153 times at a Maryland park in 2016.
Prosecutors called the death of 17-year-old Christian Villagran Morales at the hands of Juan Gutierrez-Vazquez "demonic." One other has been sentenced and another two are awaiting trial for the gruesome killing.
In court on Thursday, prosecutor Robert Hill said Gutierrez-Vasquez had just turned 16 when he agreed to take part in the brutal murder. His job, Hill said, was to hold down the victim while other gang members took turns stabbing Morales, a total of 153 times, Fox 5 DC reported.
[OpsLens] Sgt. Maj. Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson was probably the single most influential person to determine the success of integrating the United States Marine Corps. Johnson was the first black USMC drill instructor. He wasn’t just training Marines ‐ he was training the Marine Corps. Johnson ensured that the new recruits were well trained, and prepared to succeed in military life.
Nobody was better qualified for the task. He got his nickname, "Hashmark," because he had more hash marks (indicating enlistments) than chevrons (indicating rank) on his sleeve. He had enlisted in the Army in 1923, and again in 1926. He mustered out as a corporal, spent four years in civilian life, and then enlisted in the Naval Reserves and eventually in the regular Navy.
Not only was the Navy segregated, but it also restricted black Americans to service only in the Steward Branch. Six months before Pearl Harbor, while Johnson was serving aboard the U.S.S. Wyoming, on June 25, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802. "I do hereby reaffirm the policy of the United States that there shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race, creed, color or national origin."
When Gilbert Johnson learned about Executive Order 8802, he requested immediate discharge from the Navy so he could enlist in the Marine Corps. His request was granted immediately. He had six years of Army experience in a combat unit, and nine years as a Navy Steward, when he joined the Marines.
[NextBigFuture.com] Reduced sunspot activity has been observed and indicates the sun is heading into a 50 year reduced solar activity similar to what happened in the mid-17th century.
The cooldown would be the result of what scientists call a grand minimum, a periodic event during which the Sun’s magnetism diminishes, sunspots form infrequently, and less ultraviolet radiation makes it to the surface of the planet. Scientists believe that the event is triggered at irregular intervals by random fluctuations related to the Sun’s magnetic field.
Scientists have used reconstructions based on geological and historical data to attribute a cold period in Europe in the mid-17th Century to such an event, named the "Maunder Minimum." Temperatures were low enough to freeze the Thames River on a regular basis and freeze the Baltic Sea to such an extent that a Swedish army was able to invade Denmark in 1658 on foot by marching across the sea ice.
the Mauder minimum was a severe dearth of solar activity coincided with the little ice age
there really is no reason to expect our 21st century minimum to be as severe - it could be like the Dalton minimum in the early 19th century
Posted by: lord garth ||
02/09/2018 0:25 Comments ||
Well just re-elect obama and you can have a complete burn up and drought and no water, and famine, and pestilence and then maybe the sun will black hole sun on you and show you mercy before all your Family becomes starving animals like every other democrat paradise.
the ozone in the stratosphere adsorbs and re-radiates the UV which is a small percentage of the Sun's radiation
decreasing stratospheric ozone might create a small decrease in temperature in the polar areas
outside the polar areas, there are offsetting effects of reduced stratospheric ozone some effects increase ground temps, some decrease, its a complicated question for which we don't really have a good quantitative answer because other issues, like CO2, cloudiness, El Nino, etc. greatly outweigh the ozone issue in terms of temperature
Posted by: lord garth ||
02/09/2018 10:27 Comments ||
It's better to have "Fallen Angels" than "Footfall" or "Lucifer's Hammer"!
The Dalton Minimum was a period of low sunspot count, representing low solar activity, named after the English meteorologist John Dalton, lasting from about 1796 to 1820 which corresponds with solar cycle 4 to solar cycle 7.
Recall that Napolean decided to invade Russia in 1812 which is right about in the middle. I guess Napoleon didn't own a Farmer's Almanac.
Posted by: G. Threretch3395 ||
02/09/2018 16:24 Comments ||
Recall that the last half of the 20th century saw 5 Solar grand maximums in a row.
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02/09/2018 16:26 Comments ||
[KP] The government of China will help Afghanistan in the deployment of the second satellite to orbit under the name of Afghan Sat-2, the officials in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology officials told reporters in Kabul today.
The Acting Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Syed Ahmad Shah Sadat informed regarding the deployment of the second satellite, Afghan Sat-2 into the orbit.
He told reporters that China has pledged to support Afghanistan in this regard.
Afghanistan’s first satellite was deployed into the orbit under the name of Afghan Sat-2 earlier in 2014.
The officials had then said the satellite was deployed with an aim to provide digital broadcast.
The satellite was deployed into the orbit by Eutelsat Communication under a multi-year agreement signed by the former Afghan Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Amirzai Sangin.
Afghan Sat-1 delivers full national coverage and extensive reach of Central Asia and the Middle East, under the multi-year agreement, according to the former officials of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The satellite also supports a wide range of services including broadcasting, mobile telephony back-haul and IP connectivity.
[XINHUANET] At least 26 people were killed on Saturday in inter-ethnic fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... (DRC), according to security sources on site.
The sources said the fighting involved members of the Hema and Lendu community in Ituri province, where a Hema village located a few kilometers from the city of Bunia was attacked.
Sources from the provincial government of Ituri also confirmed the incident, saying that some villagers were killed and several houses were burned during the attack.
Police and soldiers were dispatched to the spot to prevent the spread of violence, which followed days of tension between the two ethnic communities in the region.
The conflicts between Hema and Lendu have made it difficult for the two communities to coexist for several years in the province of Ituri. Between 2001 and 2006, at least 60,000 people died in festivities between the two in Ituri.
[XINHUANET] Two South African opposition parties on Thursday urged Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule an urgent sitting of Parliament for the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma to be debated and voted on.
South Africa cannot continue to be held in limbo while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma and their respective factions continue to fight over the terms of Zuma's exit, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said.
"We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible," said Maimane.
This came after Ramaphosa said on Wednesday he and Zuma need more time to conclude their discussions on the transition of power and matters relating to Zuma's position as the President of the Republic.
Maimane said he had consulted with the leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to push for an urgent anti-Zuma motion of no confidence next Tuesday.
[DAWN] Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... on Thursday executed four Pak men convicted of raping and murdering a woman and raping her teenage son, the interior ministry said.
The men were also convicted of stealing jewellery and cash after entering the woman's home in Riyadh and raping and strangling her, according to a ministry statement cited by the official SPA news agency.
Saudi Arabia has executed 20 people since the start of 2018, according to an AFP count.
Last year, 141 people were put to death in the kingdom, where executions are carried out by the sword.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/09/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia
Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $476.2-million-dollar seven-year contract to build the latest Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles for it.
Oshkosh, headquartered in Wisconsin, expects to complete the A2 variant vehicles by Feb. 7, 2022, the U.S. Army announced on Wednesday.
The 15-vehicle family, which shares a common chassis and components, moves weapons, sensors and communication platforms for active, reserve and National Guard soldiers. The payloads range from three to 10 tons in combat mission support, relief efforts, logistics and supply operations.
FMTVs went into service in 1996 to replace the 2.5-ton "deuce-and-a-half" and 5-ton trucks. Stewart & Stevenson, which later was acquired by BAE Systems, built the original vehicles.
"We are pleased to have been selected for this opportunity to continue to ensure that our troops get the best possible equipment to complete their missions, and return home safely," Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of Army and Marine Corps Programs at Oshkosh Defense, said in a statement.
"With the Oshkosh FMTV A2, our troops are getting the safest, most capable and reliable FMTV this program has ever seen. We are fully prepared to build the next generation fleet of exceptional, cost-effective FMTVs to serve our troops in future missions."
Was thinking the same thing Pearl. Those were great bib jeans.
Mandatory Minnesota-Wisconsin joke, composite cheese armor? Great for the Cheddar heads AND our troops. Coming from a state where farmer's kids learn to use heavy equipment way before their teens. That is experience you can't substitute.
Oat harvest time and hauling grain gravity boxes. Grandpa said, "I need you to drive the Farmall H today, your mom learned when she was eight now it's your time." We learned, they learned and now our wonderful troops benefit.
[AlAhram] La Belle France is planning a 37-billion-euro revamp of its nuclear arsenal over the next seven years, part of a sharp increase in defence spending aimed at allowing La Belle France to "hold its own" as a key power in Europe, the country's defence chief said Thursday.
The upgrades to La Belle France's land- and sea-based nuclear deterrent will be part of the nearly 300 billion euros ($370 billion) to be spent by 2025.
That would take the defence budget to the NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... target of 2 percent of GDP, compared with about 1.8 percent currently.
"We are going to make up for past shortfalls and build a modern, sustainable, protective army" that would allow La Belle France to hold its own, defence minister Florence Parly said Thursday.
The spending hike under President Emmanuel Macron marks a reversal of years of belt-tightening in defence, which caused tension in the ranks while drawing criticism from the United States that La Belle France and other NATO members were not pulling their weight.
Nuclear-armed La Belle France and Britannia are the biggest military powers in the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... The defence ministry plans to raise overall spending by 1.7 billion euros a year from 2019 to 2022, increasing to 3 billion a year between 2023 and 2025.
"The government's goal is twofold: reach the target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defence by 2025, while also ensuring we manage our public finances," Parly said.
French forces and equipment have been strained by operations against jihadists in West Africa as well as the country's participation in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group in Iraq and Syria.
Thousands of soldiers have also been deployed across La Belle France as part of the anti-terror patrols implemented after a string of attacks claimed or inspired by IS.
La Belle France will also begin studying a replacement for its sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, which is slated for retirement around 2040, while financing research into next-generation combat jets and tanks.
Drones, satellites and surveillance craft will also be developed in order to increase strategic autonomy for both La Belle France and Europe, according to the defence proposals released Wednesday.
[DAWN] Harris County prosecutors say a 41-year-old Pak man who fled Texas where he's charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl is being returned to Houston after he was placed in durance vile You have the right to remain silent... and unsuccessfully sought asylum in Canada.
Authorities say Aamir Khan was being extradited on Thursday from Quebec.
The head of the runaway apprehension section of the Harris County district attorney's office, Kim Bryant, says Khan was "walking through the woods" in November in Canada when he was arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Officials believe he was planning to return to his native Pakistain.
Khan is facing up to 20 years in prison in Texas if convicted of charges of indecency with a child and sexual assault of a child.
He does not yet have a court appearance scheduled in Houston.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/09/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists
[Breitbart] A Utah school board voted to change the name of the oldest elementary school in its district from Andrew Jackson Elementary School to honor a NASA engineer with the same last name.
The Salt Lake City school board voted unanimously this week to change the school’s name from Andrew Jackson Elementary School to Mary Jackson Elementary School, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Mary Jackson was the first black woman to work as a NASA engineer in the 1950s, and her story was profiled in the movie Hidden Figures.
The elementary school would be the first Utah school to be named after a woman.
The school board mulled over changing the elementary school’s name for years but did not go through with it until it determined the majority of the community would support the change. Seventy-three percent of parents, alumni, and friends of the school supported the change before the vote.
[qz.com] In my classes on authoritarian regimes, I used to lecture my students on how modern authoritarians have abandoned the openly repressive tactics of their predecessors. Today’s authoritarians frequently come to power by democratic elections and then erode democracy through seemingly legitimate means. They have adopted a new playbook that borrows the trappings of democracy without its functionality.
Although I would warn my students that no country is immune to these stealth authoritarian threats, these lectures, I could tell, never really resonated. My students assumed that authoritarian takeovers happen only in backward, faraway lands, in countries riddled with corruption and incompetence, and in nations that end with -stan.
So I decided to go rogue.
I threw away my lecture notes and instead asked my students to do something they had never done before: Play the role of an aspiring dictator and come up with ways to decimate democracy in the United States. The students studied the playbook of modern authoritarian governments and adapted it to the United States. They then switched roles and devised measures to guard against the most serious threats.
In creating this exercise, I followed the lead of Merck’s CEO, Kenneth Frazier. Like most executives, Frazier wanted to promote innovation at Merck. But unlike most executives who simply ask their employees "to innovate," Frazier asked them to generate ideas to destroy Merck and figure out how to put Merck out of business. The executives then reversed their roles and crafted strategies to avert these threats.
The "kill American democracy" exercise, an adaptation of Frazier’s "kill the company," should be happening‐not just in my law school classroom‐but in town halls and at dinner tables across the United States.
No mention of Obama's "Fundamental Transformation of government in 2008?" No mention of the weaponization of government agencies against its citizens. How about the shredding of the Constitution? How about the takeover of schools? Or the takeover of the media? Or the lying? The desruction of religion? False flags? See Adolph Hitler as well as the Communist dictators for how its done.
[HOT AIR] On Wednesday night, Donald Trump vented to advisers that Kelly had not fully briefed him on Porter’s issues with women until recently, two sources told me. Trump was also not aware of the severity of the alleged abuse until yesterday, when Ivanka walked into the Oval Office and showed her father a photo published in the Daily Mail of Porter’s ex-wife with a black eye. "He was f***ing pissed," said one Republican briefed on the conversation. According to a source, Ivanka and Jared Kushner have been discussing possible chief-of-staff replacements. The problem is there’s not an obvious candidate waiting in the wings...
There is a sense that the Porter situation may finally push Trump to move against Kelly, according to several Republicans close to the White House. Last night, a source said, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski called Trump and urged him to fire Kelly.
Don't blame General Kelly, blame Porter, the White House Special Security Officer (SSO) and background investigators for not bringing this to the attention of the leadership. Based on his previous background and potential deception (non-reporting/memory loss) final clearance access may have NEVER been granted to Porter.
Porter is the deceptive shi*bird in all of this. He should have gone to the leadership at hiring and said:
"Hey fellas, I've got a buttload of spousal baggage I need to inform you of before I punch in today."
I can't imagine anyone in the administration saying "oh well, what the hell, no big deal."
Background investigations are done for a reason. This is one of the reasons. Somewhat delayed and certainly embarrassing, but the system worked. Good luck with your new job at Costco Mr. Porter.
Amazing that all these 'sources' know, I mean they REALLY know just what POTUS thinks every minute of the day and why. I have no ax to grind for Porter, but I have also seen more than my share of black eyes due to a mild addiction to boxing and martial arts. I never saw one minus swelling with bruising confined to so small and well defined an area.
Impossible he clocked her a good one? Not at all and he may well be an unpleasant romantic partner. That said, it is hard to put credence in 'ex' statements based on the divorce behavior I have seen, sometimes long after the split.
I am with Besoeker, background checks, especially K-clearance, should have caught this.
I want to know more.
Posted by: G. Threretch3395 ||
02/09/2018 10:38 Comments ||
Seems like if this information was covered up, it would be a win-win for the FBI. They could either blackmail Porter with it if they promised to not find out, or it would embarrass the Trump administration with it if came t light by itself.
Posted by: G. Threretch3395 ||
02/09/2018 11:14 Comments ||
I have no thoughts about the alleged abuse, lacking as I do knowledge of the people involved. But I agree with Cesare in being suspicious of anonymous leaks about President Trump’s state of mind, or indeed anything he might have said in private.
[DAWN] Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police on Thursday locked away Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! a teenage boy over charges of sexually abusing a minor boy in Swabi, DawnNews reported.
A case has been registered at Zaida cop shoppe under Section 377 of Pakistain Penal Code on the complaint of victim’s father. Police have also arrested the teenage suspect nominated in the first information report.
According to the FIR, the six-year-old boy informed his family that he was raped by a boy living in the same vicinity. The suspect reportedly took the victim to his house and subjected him to sexual abuse.
A medical examination of the child was conducted following the incident, the result of which confirmed that he had been raped.
Earlier on Wednesday, police had arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of raping a five-year-old girl in Swabi's Yar Hussain area. According to the FIR, the girl had gone to some fields in the area to fetch mustard leaves when she was raped. The suspected rapist threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident, the FIR said.
The suspect was produced before a local court on Thursday where police obtained his physical remand for two days, said Yar Hussain SHO Abdul Ali Khan.
[DAWN] An 11-year-old boy was allegedly raped by two men in Lakki Marwat's Mama Khel town on Wednesday, according to a first information report (FIR) lodged in the Sarai Naurang cop shoppe on the victim's complaint.
The child was going to play cricket along with his cousin when two men took them away at gunpoint to an inn, the FIR said. The cousin was made to wait while they raped the victim inside a room, the FIR claimed.
The police tossed in the slammer Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! one of the suspects soon after the FIR was registered. The second suspect, who had escaped to Rawalpindi, was arrested after Sarai Naurang Station House Officer Zaheer Khan traced his location.
Police also recovered weapons from the two suspects.
"Both the suspects are habitual offenders and have spent time in jail before, "Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Murad Ali said.
A medical examination of the victim at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital confirmed that he was raped, according to DSP Ali.
[DAWN] Investigators probing the murder of 19-year old student Intizar Ahmed in Defence Housing Authority on January 13 by nine personnel of Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) have concluded that there was no ’criminal conspiracy’ behind the murder involving a police brass hat, however, the incident appears to be more than a mistake.
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) termed it a "cold-blooded murder", saying it will now submit a report before the court under Section 173 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to initiate a trial of all nine ACLC personnel over murder charges, it emerged on Thursday.
IGP Sindh, A.D. Khowaja had tasked the CTD to carry out an investigation into the case after as the victim’s father, Ishtiaq Ahmed, had raised objections on the police investigation.
"So far, no concrete evidence has emerged to prove that there was a criminal conspiracy behind the murder," said CTD in-charge DIG Pervez Ahmed Chandio.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/09/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
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.