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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI's hands.
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  14:31 1 Comments 201 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Mcclatchy] WASHINGTON. A Connecticut company, which backed up Hillary Clinton's emails at the request of a Colorado firm, apparently surprised her aides by storing the emails on a "cloud" storage system designed to optimize data recovery.

The firm, Datto Inc., said Wednesday that it turned over the contents of its storage to the FBI on Tuesday.

A Republican Senate committee chairman, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, also has asked the firm to provide the committee copies of any data from Clinton's account still in its possession.

There were conflicting accounts as to whether the developments could lead to retrieval of any of Clinton's more than 31,000 personal emails, which she said she deleted from her private server upon turning over her work-related emails to the State Department, at its request, in December 2014.
Nelson Mandela spent 20 years in prison and was still elected president. She should not give up hope.
That just might be the coldest-yet moderator comment I've seen in my 14 years visiting the Burg. Heh...
#1: Stop it! You'll give her hope!!
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 16:16 ||Comments

Government: Kevin McCarthy Drops Out of House Speaker Race
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  14:16 1 Comments 141 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[NYT] WASHINGTON -- Representative Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John A. Boehner as House speaker, apparently undone by the same forces that drove Mr. Boehner to resign.

Mr. McCarthy's candidacy was damaged when he suggested in an interview on Fox News last week that the House committee investigating Benghazi had the political aim of damaging Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. He acknowledged that his remarks about Benghazi had factored into his decision.
Like most politicians, Mr. McCarthy knows how to count. In this case he couldn't get to 218 so he folded. I do wonder how close he was...
#1: Buffoon. Now go home and get your f'ing shinebox.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2015-10-08 15:48 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Spencer Stone, Hero of French Train Terror, Stabbed in Caliphornia
Posted by Bobby 10/08/2015  12:33 2 Comments 178 words Read the whole thing on page 2
One of the three heroes who thwarted a terror attack on a French train over the summer has been stabbed and is in critical condition, according to reports.
Prolly one of those Lutherans, again!
Early reports on the stabbing did not identify Stone as the victim. A reporter on the scene said that according to police, a man had been stabbed several times in the torso and was not at first expected to survive. Police reportedly told the reporter that they were prepared to investigate the incident as a homicide before learning the victim was expected to recover.
Must be a tough dude!
Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, who was travelling to Paris with Stone when they stopped an attempted attack on their train in August, solicited prayers for his fellow hero and his family on Twitter Thursday.

Skarlatos lives in Roseburg, Oregon, the scene of last week's fatal shooting at Umpqua Community College.
No doubt, a coincidence. Ask the Russian Security Service.
#1: Strange coincidence for a guy with a Islamist bounty on his head to get randomly stabbed on the street. Also strange that one of the other two who thwarted the French train terrorist would be a student at a dinky Oregon community college which got shot up last week. If something affects the third guy I'm declaring it a pattern of war.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-08 12:47 ||Comments

#2: It was enemy action with the shooting.
Posted by: Lowspark|| 2015-10-08 14:32 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Defend Roseburg - Deny barack 0bama facebook event 49K invited 6.8K going
Posted by DarthVader 10/08/2015  10:34 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Putin: Obama is unprofessional
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/08/2015  04:03 5 Comments 117 words Read the whole thing on page 2
h/t Gates of Vienna

...These comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin responding to a U.S. journalist are essential watching as they shed further light on President Obama's failed middle east policies, especially as they relate to the Islamic State. Moreover, they provide insight into Putin's motivations for taking action in Syria and how he views the current U.S. administration.

...I consider this absolutely unprofessional politics. It is not grounded in facts, in the real world.

...Can they [Obama Administration] not think a step ahead? We don't stand for this kind of politics in the U.S. We consider it wrong. It harms all parties, including you [U.S.A.].
#1: Ouch I bet that left a mark.

I wonder how the American journalist(?) felt hearing "The ONE" criticized that way?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 06:17 ||Comments

#2: What, Putin is not impressed with Champ's second-term "flexibility"?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 07:42 ||Comments

#3: No one besides the msm is impressed with this dumbass
Posted by: chris|| 2015-10-08 09:09 ||Comments

#4: The bammer can't fight his way out of a paper bag. How embarrassed the pubs in Congress must be to be out fought by such a lightweight.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 09:59 ||Comments

#5: Vlad figured that out, did he? I'm a little disappointed that it took him so long.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 11:54 ||Comments

Economy: China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/08/2015  03:47 5 Comments 38 words Read the whole thing on page 3
h/t Instapundit
Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since the financial crisis.
#1: Tired of Obean and the Fed inflating the currency, are they?
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-10-08 05:36 ||Comments

#2: China needs hard cash to keep propping up its crumbling economy and selling bonds is a good way to do that.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 10:22 ||Comments

#3: Yeah, but who's buying?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 12:16 ||Comments

#4: At a low enough price (i.e., high enough yield), there will be buyers. Finally we get a glimpse of higher interest rates! The Chinese banks--doing the job the US Fed won't do.
Posted by: Tom|| 2015-10-08 14:25 ||Comments

#5: The Chinese banks--doing the job the US Fed won't do. Posted by Tom

Exactly correct! Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 14:27 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF braces for more violence after day of terror
Posted by trailing wife 10/08/2015  03:19 0 Comments 383 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] After an escalating number of terror attacks on Wednesday, security forces prepare for the trend to continue, but there appear to be no plans to restrict Paleostinians' movements.

After a Wednesday full of several terror attacks throughout Israel, including two within the Green Line, security forces are expected to increase readiness all over the country.

Two Paleostinians, both residing illegally in Israel, committed attacks on Wednesday, raising concerns among many that one terror attack will inspire another.

The challenge faced by the IDF, Shin Bet and police is to foil attacks ahead of time, although the attackers committed in the last few days adhered to the profile of the "lone wolf" assailant without a criminal background.

Some in the security forces have expressed satisfaction that the more severe incidents did not result in a high number of casualties, and attribute this to speedy, determined reactions on the part of soldiers, police and civilians.

Four reinforcement brigades deployed to the West Bank last Thursday will continue to be active over the next few days, according to two main modes of operation: An increase in nighttime arrests of those active in popular terrorism, such as leaders of riots, high-profile agitators and stone-throwers, alongside "containment" of the many ongoing riots in the West Bank. Forces have been instructed to halt riots from spreading to roads, towns and army posts.

In contrast to the Second Intifada, during which Lions of Islam did away with himself attacks deep within Israel or made murderous infiltrations into settlements alongside enormous protests including thousands of rioters, it appears that there are no current plans to limit the movements of the Paleostinian population.

The policy of the IDF's Central Command is to continue to separate terrorism from the local population, based on the perception that continuing the easing of restrictions on movement and working in Israel will be a restraining factor that can prevent a larger conflagration.

The reliance on the economic factor as an element to prevent escalation can be seen in cities like Qalqilya, next to Kfar Saba, where the IDF has continued allowing Arab Israelis to enter to conduct business.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Situation in West Bank ‘under control,’ army official says
Posted by trailing wife 10/08/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Despite demonstrations, attacks across Israel and the territories, IDF projects calm against growing violence

"Around the holidays, there is always an uptick," the army source said. "But we have seen that there are more stabilizing factors on the ground than destabilizing factors on the ground, that there are more things restraining than inciting."
Despite multiple attacks on Israeli civilians in recent days and violent demonstrations by Paleostinians, the situation in the West Bank is "under control," an army official claimed Wednesday.

Following the fatal shooting of husband and wife Eitam and Naama Henkin last week, who were killed driving home from a holiday gathering while their children were in the backseat, the IDF quickly brought in additional troops to the West Bank.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Four Terror Stabbing Attacks in One Day in Jerusalem: Is '€˜ISIS Intifada' Here?
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  01:41 1 Comments 251 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[PJ Media] he first rains that follow the High Holy Days have come to Jerusalem. As always, a blessed relief. But no relief seems imminent from the renewed tensions that have descended on the city. A series of brutal murders and attempted murders of Israeli Jewish civilians by Palestinian Arab Muslims have taken place over the last two weeks. These have occurred against a backdrop of violent demonstrations and protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and increasingly among Israel's Arab citizens.

For five years, Israel has lived a strange and contradictory reality. The Arab world is in an advanced state of meltdown. A number of formerly strong states have effectively ceased to exist. Syria, Iraq, Yemen are today merely names for areas in which sectarian militias battle one another. These states have collapsed along their ethnic and sectarian fault lines. The results have been bloody and are not yet over.

Yet on the edge of all this, the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has remained quiet. An anomaly. This is the only place of non-Muslim sovereignty between Europe and India. The existence of a sovereign area successfully defended by the Jews -- a group traditionally despised and ridiculed by Muslims -- has long been a source of rage and humiliation for both Sunni and Shia.

Why then, at a time when religious and sectarian identity was everywhere breaking through the thin membrane of "national" and "state" loyalty, had this area of non-Muslim sovereignty been spared major strife?
#1: Why then, at a time when religious and sectarian identity was everywhere breaking through the thin membrane of "national" and "state" loyalty, had this area of non-Muslim sovereignty been spared major strife?

Because their paymasters (Palestinian is, basically, a profession): both oil tick & Western been very busy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 03:13 ||Comments

Government: Obama: I'll Stop Funding the Military Unless You Kill GITMO
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  01:09 9 Comments 304 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Breitbart] On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed "principally because...of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay." He added that Democrats would sustain Obama's veto, and defense authorization would die.

Obama's strong stand on Gitmo underscores two vital points. First, President Obama does not fear defunding America's national security. Second, Obama does not fear Republicans in Congress.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been authorized for five decades running. The current NDAA fully funds the military through a workaround measure, thanks to President Obama's demands that a huge chunk of sequestration cuts come from defense funding. Now Democrats complain that the workaround measure isn't good enough: Republicans should bust open the bank again.

But that's not Obama's main criticism of the NDAA. He has long had a bug in his ear with regard to Gitmo, which he feels has strengthened terrorists' feelings about the evils of the United States. Given his recent moves to parlay with the Cuban dictatorship as well, Obama may want to hand Gitmo in totality back to the Cuban government. The fact that Obama would be willing to dramatically cut America's military funding, even as Russia takes over Ukraine and Syria, as Iran gears up for a big regional military push, as China continues its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, demonstrates Obama's top priority is doing leftist work, not protecting the United States.
#1: I have a solution - empty out Gitmo by executing all of the prisoners. Problem solved.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:52 ||Comments

#2: Realize the Jihadis---from a plane at 30000 feet without a chute.
Use Gitmo for "public servants" who exceeded their authority.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 03:33 ||Comments

#3: Let the democrats sustain his veto over Guantanamo. There's an election coming up.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-08 07:13 ||Comments

#4: There can be no GITMO 'hand-over' and ribbon cutting ceremony without releasing the current occupants. We have extensive renovations and runway extensions left to do and we are months behind schedule already.

Vlad is getting quite anxious about his new military base.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 07:21 ||Comments

#5: Obama may want to hand Gitmo in totality back to the Cuban government. and here we get to the real nut.

Our CIC wants to totally destroy any impediment to the spread of OWG Socialism and supporting Cuba by handing over Gitmo is a large statement in that direction.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 08:13 ||Comments

#6: Like the Paleos, the Trunks always pass up an opportunity when given them. Pawns yes, but what better 'poster child' to have than the troops going without pay food , etc to be laid at O's desk. Trump is the guy who knows how to and could exploit this opportunity to scare the Donks in Congress. The rest are too afraid because they don't want to play that game.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2015-10-08 08:17 ||Comments

#7: Go ahead and do it Obama. We can have several divisions of unpaid and pissed off troops in DC in a couple days.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 10:27 ||Comments

#8: I'd say impeach the bastard but with wieners like Boehner and McConnell in Congress that's a pretty tall order.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 11:51 ||Comments

#9: He is such a piece of Sh%t
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 12:18 ||Comments

Europe: Merkel: No To Refugee Freeze, In Possession Of Cunning Plan That Cannot Fail
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 10/08/2015  00:00 8 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

Iraq: ISIS blows up oil well in Kirkuk
Posted by Fred 10/08/2015  00:00 0 Comments 406 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARA] Militants of 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....
(ISIS) have blown up an oil well in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday.

The Death Eater group has reportedly bombed an oil well that belonged to the state-run North Oil Company (NOC) in western Kirkuk.

An Iraqi security official told ARA News that the turbans have used improvised bombs to bomb the well no.2 of the Khabaz oil field in Hawija area in Kirkuk.

"The kaboom caused a large fire in the oil well in the Khabaz field, which is considered one of the largest oil fields in Iraq," the source said.

The Khabaz field includes some 55 oil wells and produces more than 20,000 barrels of oil per day.

This comes amid a remarkable decline of ISIS holy warrior group in Kirkuk province, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army have recently regained dozens of villages after battles with ISIS.

"The Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group tries to compensate its losses by hitting economic resources in Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
such as oil wells," Kurdish journalist Ahmed Muhammed told ARA News.

"The Peshmerga forces have made remarkable gains against ISIS in the last few weeks. Daesh could only launch such cowardly attacks," he said.

Down Under: How I saw Farhad Jabar change a week before he became a killer
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  00:00 2 Comments 1098 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[The Guardian] In his last weeks, Farhad Jabar started skipping school. Most mornings, in his school uniform, he would turn up alone to Parramatta mosque. That's where Isaac first saw him.
But according to the Champ, this sort of violence only happens in the States.
"I attend the mosque on a daily basis as I'm walking to work. In the morning it's quite empty," Isaac says. "In the last two or three months I noticed this young person."

A week after the death of Curtis Cheng, students at Arthur Phillip High School have remembered Jabar as quietly devout, a talented basketballer and a friendly but private classmate.

But what drove the teenager -- a timid, withdrawn 15-year-old with no history of violence -- remains a mystery.

Isaac, who asked for his real name to be withheld after calls by rightwing groups for attacks on Muslims, agreed to share with Guardian Australia his impressions of the young man he met in the mosque that day, and got to know over the next few months, until a "bizarre, concerning" final encounter a fortnight ago.

Jabar, in his school uniform, "stuck out" in Parramatta mosque the first morning he met Isaac. "He was just hanging out there, reading books, praying," he says.

"It was 9am, he should have been in school ... It's not normal behaviour to isolate yourself."

Their first encounters were frosty, but gradually the 15-year-old opened up. "He told me things weren't going well at school, he wasn't interested in school any more, that he was being bullied. He said he didn't like it any more. He wasn't interested because he wasn't feeling good.

"He spoke about it with a sense of sorrow," he says.

Isaac became concerned about the boy's mental health. "Sometimes he would be quite bubbly. Sometimes he would be quite withdrawn. And those are typical signs of all sorts of mental health conditions, especially young people," Isaac says.

"I presented my concerns to psychologists and other professionals and got some feedback. And the feedback was, these were depressive symptoms, these were symptoms of trauma, of anxiety."
#1: But what drove the teenager – a timid, withdrawn 15-year-old with no history of violence – remains a mystery.

Most mornings, in his school uniform, he would turn up alone to Parramatta mosque.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 11:20 ||Comments

#2: Question asked and answered.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 11:20 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Historic SS United States may be headed to the scrap yard
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  00:00 4 Comments 162 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Daily Press] The SS United States is in financial trouble again, and its owners have made a "gut-wrenching decision" to consider the scrap heap as a final destination for the fabled Newport News-built ocean liner.

A statement released Wednesday from the SS United States Conservancy says additional donors or investors must step forward soon to sustain the dream of transforming the 1950s-era icon into a modern waterfront attraction.

"After much deliberation and consultation, the SS United States Conservancy's board of directors has decided to retain a broker to explore the potential sale of America's flagship, the SS United States, to a responsible, U.S.-based metals recycler," the statement begins.

Absent an infusion of funds or a new sales option by Oct. 31, the preservationist group says "we will have no choice but to negotiate the sale of the ship" to a recycler.
#1: D *** NG, don't recall off-hand which one but IIRC from last month ditto awaits either the Queen Liz OR Queen Mary liners = waterfront tourist attractions.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-08 00:04 ||Comments

#2: ...I would give anything to see her as a museum/attraction, but the math is brutally clear: ocean liners were only built for a thirty year lifespan, and United States is coming up on her 65th birthday. At best she would be hideously expensive to renovate and operate, and she has had almost no maintenance at all done in thirty years.

We gotta let her go. Save parts - get them to the Mariner's Museum at Newport News (a hidden treasure if there ever was one) and say goodbye.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2015-10-08 05:31 ||Comments

#3: My grandfather was on her maiden voyage - he and a number of other shipyard employees were sent, partly as awards for their work building her, but also to 'be there' if some glitch came up needing attention. That trip set the (civilian) trans-Atlantic speed record (I believe it still stands.)(I suspect the USS Enterprise, which my grandfathers also helped build, would hold the overall surface speed record, but it's still classified.) Gibbs' masterpiece was something special, but jet travel made her obsolete anyway.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-08 09:31 ||Comments

#4: I was supposed to travel on her in 1965 but as usual her workers were on strike. Cunard came to our aid and traded our ticket on the SS United States for a QE1 one. The sickness has run deep.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-10-08 12:34 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Zimbabwe: Only 700,000 people work
Posted by Besoeker 10/08/2015  00:00 3 Comments 199 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Netwerk24] Only 700,000 Zimbabweans work - nearly half of them in the public service.

That's the least of working since 1968, when Robert Mugabe as vryheidstryder was thrown in jail by the prime minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith.

Zimbabwe has a population of approximately 13.8 million (it is not known how many people of working age are not).

"People survive because they have to. Money relatives abroad sending off is a major element of survival, "said John Robertson, an independent economist in Harare.

Thousands of Zimbabweans working informally and sidewalks are full of stalls offering everything from tomatoes to pirate DVDs sold. According to a 2011 survey of the country's statistical office, known as Zimstat, working almost 84% of Zimbabweans in the informal sector and 11% in the formal sector.

More than 3 million Zimbabweans are estimated since 2010 left the country, most of them for South Africa, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

The unemployment crisis can be traced to 2000, when the government began to annex commercial white-owned farms to. It has the country's import revenue for products such as tobacco and paprika make a drastic fall and thousands of workers jobless.
#1: Just like the US!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:25 ||Comments

#2: Funemployment!
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-08 07:33 ||Comments

#3: It's a race to the bottom. They're slightly ahead, but thanks to our urban emphasis, we're gaining.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 07:36 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: An armed protest in Oregon against Obama on Friday
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 10 Comments 188 words Read the whole thing on page 4
From Kit Lange of the Washington state based Patrick Henry Society:
It’s been roughly 36 hours since a patriot in Oregon—local activist Casey Runyan—posted on Facebook to say that “on Friday, we assemble.” Runyan’s words were a direct call to patriots in the Pacific NW to stand with citizens in Roseburg who have already made it clear that Obama is not welcome there for his planned visit on Friday. The call was regional…but the answer was national. The rally went viral. Not even the mainstream Obama cheering section can ignore it anymore.

In that 36 hours, 23,000 people have been invited on Facebook alone, not counting emails, Twitter, and other social media. Watching the incoming links on PHS yesterday, I counted no less than 26 various patriot, gun, and prepper forums who were discussing it. Almost 2,500 people are listed as “going” on Facebook with another 1,000 as “maybe.” A search on Facebook for posts about the rally net an astronomical number of results. To say that Runyan’s words sparked a firestorm is like saying Hillary is possibly a bit of a liar.
#1: If Obama had a son he would look like the perp of the Roseburg massacre.
Posted by: Grins Snese4215|| 2015-10-08 00:41 ||Comments

#2: Not sure who does the research and climate sensing work for our Champ, but he might want to find someone else.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 00:50 ||Comments

#3: Good luck, mates - I only hope Obama doesn't send out the goon squad / his version of the Schutzstaffel.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:47 ||Comments

#4: The trip is now morphing into a fund raising tour.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 06:20 ||Comments

#5: Sorry to disappoint you Beso but that was always the primary reason for this trip, just like every trip Zero has ever taken.

This is just a poor attempt to put a veneer of charity on it.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 07:57 ||Comments

#6: I wouldn't walk across the street to listen to this doufas. It would be a great waste of time. Got zero respect for Zero.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 08:27 ||Comments

#7: I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be allowed to cross the street JohnQC. In fact they will probably escort to at least 3-6 blocks away, ironically by gunpoint if necessary.

Only rabid Obama supporters would be allowed to attend. And pay no attention to the parking lots full of busses used to bring them in from Portland or Seattle.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-10-08 09:54 ||Comments

#8: #7 I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be allowed to cross the street JohnQC.

That would be a great favor to me, Obama and I finally agree on something.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 11:07 ||Comments

#9: Even if only half of the people that are saying they will be there show up, that is over 3,000 armed people protesting.

The MSM will try to spin it as militant right wing groups and there really weren't all that many, but behind closed doors the libs will be peeing themselves.

I truly don't think they understand the level of anger that is out there against what they are doing to the US and when it finally pours out they will wail and lament how this could ever happen to them by barbarians.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 11:22 ||Comments

#10: The trip is now morphing into a fund raising tour.

Yeah, and now they say he's heading to San Diego. Thanks, Roesburg. Thanks a bunch. You know what that's gonna do to the traffic? JohnQC might notice while the SS is escorting him across those three to six blocks that all those streets have been closed and all the traffic has been detoured around it just so obummer and some of his local sycophants can have a fancy get together.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 12:36 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Donald Trump's guns madness
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 2 Comments 1368 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[CNN] The insanity that Donald Trump embodies in his unique dash for the White House became all-too-obvious this past weekend when he suggested that teachers at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, should have been armed and waiting. He complained that this college was "a gun-free zone." At a campaign stop in Tennessee, he added: "Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off."
Hard to argue against that, but Jay here is going to give it a shot.
We can hope this his shoot-from-the-lip nonsense will accomplish two things: Put a stop to this man's political pretensions and, more importantly, draw attention to the madness of guns in this country.
Yep. Just the other day I asked Olga, my Russian bolt action rifle, if she was still mad, and she was silent. Two things I can take from this: 1) She's really, REALLY mad. 2) She's thinking about it.
How many more lives have to be ruined by guns before we finally take them away? And how often do we have to listen to crazy people (including members of the Supreme Court) telling us that the Second Amendment grants every American citizen the right to carry a weapon?
Actually, it doesn't grant that. Americans already have that right. The 2nd Amendment only says that the government can't take firearms away from the people.
I'm tired of hearing about this "well-regulated militia" that is so necessary for American freedom.
The phrase "a well regulated militia", to my mind is separate from keeping and bearing arms. What is necessary for American freedom is for the government to limit itself as to laws and regulations on the American people.
OK, if you want a "well-regulated" militia, get some strong regulations in place. I don't myself mind if, in addition to the police and the military, there are some self-appointed militias in old-fashioned breeches carrying muskets -- that's the sort of firearm our Founding Fathers knew about. But let's regulate them.
Jay wants more government, which runs counter to the very spirit of the Constitution. He cracks wise over the issue of muskets, when in fact, as has been pointed out repeatedly, today's semiautomatic rifles are today's muskets.
I suspect that the framers of the Bill of Rights have long since rolled over in their graves. They never meant that ordinary citizens, including crackpots, should be able to buy weapons meant for battlefields. The only people who should be carrying military-style weapons are soldiers and police officers.
Coz nothing says freedom for the American people than restricting firearms to thugs paid by the politicians.
And Donald Trump is dead wrong: Teachers should not carry weapons.

I've been teaching full-time for 41 years at small colleges, and I can't imagine what it would mean for me or my colleagues to be armed with handguns or rifles instead of books and a thorough knowledge of our chosen disciplines. In my view, an educational institution is the last place on Earth where anyone should ever dream of having a weapon on hand just in case a madman turns up.

Madmen the world over agree. That is why when a mad man comes to a campuses, they know that will make the biggest last gasp for fame because they will take the lies of large numbers of their fellow citizens with them.

Do we really want our campuses turned into armed camps?
Jay, consider arming teachers as a roach motel for armed mad men. You can walk in with the intention of committing mayhem, but no way you will walk out. That is a very powerful incentive not to do it and to seek other forms of self expression.
Colleges and classrooms should be havens of tranquility, places where thoughtful discussions occur, where students work together with their teachers to acquire knowledge of the arts and sciences. A campus should be peaceful and peace-loving, and they should be places where arguments are made and defended rationally, with evidence.
That won't change with allowing firearms, and arguably it will allow debate to become more vigorous.
The fact that Christopher Harper-Mercer was legally able to acquire so many guns was decried by his own father, Ian Mercer. "How was he able to compile that kind of arsenal?" he wondered aloud, decrying our lack of gun laws. Good for him to say that! It's been the same problem again and again: madmen get their hands on dangerous weapons. And, too often, they do so legally.
I heard that Harper-Mercer blamed Christian wimmins coz he couldn't get laid. With the wampum required to buy 13 firearms, he could have had a pretty good time in 'Vegas with hookers and blow.
Let me dream for a moment: I would much prefer to live in a country where only hunters who pass appropriately strict tests for mental competence and a knowledge of gun safety can still acquire rifles that are appropriate for hunting. Handguns and assault rifles would be banned, period.
Dream on.
And no, guns do not make you safer, as countless studies have shown. A household with guns is a dozen times more likely to have someone in that house killed by an intruder.
Makes sense, but if public safety was the only issue, we would be like Australia and Great Britain. Freedom is the only measure for owning a firearm, not governmental dicta.
It's also obvious that handgun ownership, in particular, wildly increases the chances that somebody will die from suicide by using that gun. It's harder to kill yourself with a knife or razor blade, as studies have shown again and again. And more police officers are killed in areas where there are more weapons around. The facts are not up for grabs here.
No, facts aren't up for grabs, it is true, just how they're displayed. And Jay, here has completely ignored the rights of the other 100 million plus gun owners, by making them responsible for the actions of a tiny minority.
There is no safety in gun ownership. Only threat.
So far, the main threat is more writers such as Jay, who wants to increase government so they can take money, guns and lives just so Jay won't soil his knickers over the next massacre.
So let's get rid of guns in this country, once and for all, making it a felony to possess a handgun or assault rifle. Over a period of years, illegal guns will gradually disappear. Guns don't kill people, as they say. People who acquire guns -- legally or illegally -- do. And we should make it extremely difficult for them to get their hands on these weapons.
As I have said repeatedly, the first step in the registration/confiscation two step that has been tried thus far in New York and Connecticut, has been a failure of legendary proportions. Trying that at the national level will most certainly be at least one of the causes for another civil war. And this time, Jay, you won't be able to hide behind the police or any security detail while claiming this isn't what you wanted. Especially if that same security force decides they'd rather go home and be with their own families than protect you. Or they have caught the flu, or they resign. In those instances, things will start to go very bad for you. My suggestion: Get a gun. Now.
In the meantime, let's send Donald Trump back to the world of skyscrapers and casinos, where he belongs.
If you were a Republican, I would suggest you vote him out. But since you are a leftist, I suggest you get a gun.
#1: Maybe Jay should move to Chicago. Or Phrance.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 07:31 ||Comments

#2: The local university posts signs that say the University is a "gun free" zone. Thugs/crazies don't pay much attention to such admonitions. They know, because of these postings that it is likely they will be able to do what they want without opposition. The thugs and crazies tend to view gun free zones as easy pickens and a target (victim) rich environments. I used to feel like a sitting duck with a target on my back while teaching there.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 08:23 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: What no politician wants to admit about gun control
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 9 Comments 1889 words Read the whole thing on page 4
President Obama is clearly fed up. His speeches after mass shootings — speeches that have become a bit of a morbid ritual, given how regularly the shootings occur — have grown angrier, more emotional, and more disgusted at America's gun violence problem and Congress's unwillingness to do literally anything to stop it. "This is a political choice that we make," Obama declared Thursday night, after the 294th mass shooting of 2015, "to allow this to happen every few months in America."
I saw a graphic that points out that under Obama, mass shootings are on the rise. Is there a correlation? Dunno.
But let's be clear about precisely what kind of choice this is. Congress's decision not to pass background checks is not what's keeping the US from European gun violence levels. The expiration of the assault weapons ban is not behind the gap. What's behind the gap, plenty of research indicates, is that Americans have more guns. The statistics are mind-blowing: America has 4.4 percent of the world's population but almost half of its civilian-owned guns.
Woo hoo! Arsenal of democracy, baby. That's America!
Realistically, a gun control plan that has any hope of getting us down to European levels of violence is going to mean taking a huge number of guns away from a huge number of gun owners.
I am sure federal and state security forces will get right on that.
Other countries have done exactly that. Australia enacted a mandatory gun buyback that achieved that goal, and saw firearm suicides fall as a result. But the reforms those countries enacted are far more dramatic than anything US politicians are calling for — and even they wouldn't get us to where many other developed countries are.
The writer wants to turn America into a penal colony like Australia, a road which we are fairly well along.
Think about it this way. In 2013, the US had 106.4 gun deaths per million people. In 2011, the last year for which we have numbers, the UK endured 146 gun deaths total — or 2.3 gun deaths per million people.

To get to UK levels, we'd need to reduce gun deaths by nearly 98 percent. Even if we wanted to reach the same levels as Finland — another developed country with a relatively high rate of gun deaths — we'd need to drop from 106.4 deaths per million to 35 — more than a 67 percent reduction.
Forgive my interjection, but, seriously, who gives a flying f*ck how many Finns or Brit are killed by other Finns or Brits? As a matter of fact, who cares about government statistics, which are routinely twisted into a meaningless pretzel which has lost all resemblance to its original form, like our Constitution and how it should be interpreted.
And here's the truth: Even the most ardent gun control advocates aren't pushing measures that could close the gap. Not even close.

Plenty of research has found a strong correlation between the amount of guns in an area and its gun homicide rate. Countries with more guns have more gun homicides. States with more guns have more gun homicides. Individuals with guns in the house are likelier to be killed or to kill themselves with guns.
As I have said repeatedly, the more guns that are in the hands of people the higher the criminal instances of their use. It's just demographics. Freedom is messy and dangerous, and it always has been. You want to turn America into Nerf World, where no one ever gets hurt and everyone pulls down $40k per year without lifting a finger. Good luck with that.
So Australia's 1996 gun control was based on a simple idea: They took away a bunch of guns.
And Australia is a lesser nation for it.
After a 28-year-old man killed 35 people at the Port Arthur historic prison colony in Tasmania, Australia, a popular tourist destination, Prime Minister John Howard and his right-wing Liberal Party banned the importation of all semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, instituted a mandatory national buyback program for such guns, and convinced state governments to ban the weapons outright. In total, about 650,000 weapons — 20 percent of the country's total arsenal by some estimates — were seized and destroyed.
Every Australian who believes in liberty and freedom should be ashamed by what happened in 1996.
Evaluations after the reforms suggest that they saved lives. A study by Andrew Leigh of Australian National University and Christine Neill of Wilfrid Laurier University estimated that buying back 3,500 guns per 100,000 people led to a statistically significant drop in firearm suicides — 74 percent, in fact, with no parallel increase in non-firearm suicides. While gun control opponents have tried to rebut those results, those responses have been riddled with methodological flaws, and even some of the study's critics have conceded that the laws likely cut down on suicides.
I won't rebut those claims, except to say those claims are, or at least should be irrelevant to a free people. A suicide only matters if it is someone close or a relative, and even then, I don't demand a hostile government take away firearms as a response.
Determined suicides will choose the most congenial of those methods available to him. If guns are unavailable, other methods will be found. In Japan they regularly jump off mountains and in front of trains.
The results on homicides were a little less clear. Leigh and Neill found that the buyback resulted in a 35 to 50 percent decline in the gun homicide rate, but because of the low number of homicides in Australia normally, this change wasn't statistically significant. Supporters of Australia's policy often argue that no mass shootings have occurred since, which is only true for a certain restrictive definition, as last September a man shot himself, his wife, and their three children in a murder-suicide in rural New South Wales.

There have also been a number of non-gun massacres in the years since the Port Arthur massacre. This past December, a mother in a suburb of Cairns, Queensland, allegedly stabbed to death seven of her own children and one niece. In 2000, a man burned a backpackers' hostel to the ground in Childers, Queensland, killing 15.

But the homicide and mass shooting results are almost beside the point.
First thing this author got right.
Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths in the US are suicides. If we can reduce them by 74 percent, we'd be saving more than 15,000 lives every year. That doesn't get us to where most developed countries are, but it gets us in the ballpark of Finland.
If you like Finland's ball park, plane tickets are cheap, I hear.
The NRA's Wayne LaPierre, a prime reason Australian gun laws could never fly here.
So could it happen in the US? The legal scholars I talked to suggested that an Australia-style program would probably pass muster. If we went further than Australia and also banned handguns, that might cause problems; the Supreme Court struck down Washington, DC's handgun ban in 2008. But Australia's actual system is probably constitutional.
A lot of unconstitutional garbage has been signed off by American courts since 1996 (Obamacare and same sex marriage to name but two), so much so, that their approval of laws that fly in the face of the Constitution makes the laws themselves meaningless.
"Courts have consistently upheld bans on military-style semiautomatic rifles because other firearms are equally useful for self-defense," Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, says. "Gun control isn't stalled because of the Second Amendment. It's stalled because elected officials won't pass effective new laws to reduce gun violence."

Sanford Levinson, a law professor at the University of Texas Austin and author of the landmark article "The Embarrassing Second Amendment," concurs: "If such an extraordinary law actually got through Congress (meaning with necessary Republican support), then I find it impossible to imagine that there would be five votes on the Court to say no," he says. "But the real problem, of course, is that there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of Congress actually passing any meaningful legislation re guns, let alone this kind of quite radical legislation."

And there's the rub. President Obama occasionally cites Australia in discussions about gun control, but proposals he and congressional Democrats have put forward stop far, far short of what Australia's done. Obama's plan to tackle gun violence focuses on universal background checks for gun sales, banning assault weapons again, and increasing criminal penalties for illicit gun traffickers. That's nowhere near as dramatic as taking 20 percent of America's guns off the street.
But no more dramatic than the image of the bodies littering the homes of people who try to take those guns.
Australia provides strong evidence that a form of gun control can save lives. But it's a form of gun control that's too dramatic for most mainstream American politicians to embrace.

Background checks aren't enough.
Milder, easier-to-pass changes would probably also save lives. But the effect sizes are, unsurprisingly, smaller, and vary considerably depending on the study you're looking at.

For example, researchers have found that:

After Connecticut passed a law requiring gun purchasers to first obtain a license, gun homicides fell by 40 percent and suicides fell by 15.4 percent.
Again, irrelevant. The loss of freedom is a far more important measure than gun registration laws, which are being ignored by gun owners.
When Missouri repealed a similar law, gun homicides increased by 23 percent and suicides increased by 16.1 percent.
Both firearm homicides and overall homicides are lower in states that check for restraining orders (13 percent fewer firearm homicides) and fugitive status (21 percent fewer) before selling guns, and firearm/overall suicides are lower in states that check for fugitive status (5 percent fewer), misdemeanors (5 percent fewer), and mental illness (4 percent fewer).
All meaningless because of the loss of basic rights that are supposed to be guaranteed in the Constitution.
The national assault weapons ban did not decrease gun deaths in the US, though if it had existed longer it might have made certain shootings less lethal. The end of the assault weapon ban did meaningfully increase homicides in Mexico.
A Maryland law banning cheap, crummy handguns might have reduced gun homicides, but this effect was offset in part by customers rushing to purchase the guns before the ban took effect.

There are a few promising items there, especially when it comes to gun licensing. But taken together, this doesn't look like an agenda that can get the US to European rates of gun deaths.
More drivel using statistics that do not address the loss of personal freedoms and liberty. This comes down to resources. The writer wants to government to take as much as they dare: money, guns and lives in order to help growing the size of government; the loss of liberty means nothing...
#1: Where does he fit in the Chicago statistics?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 07:39 ||Comments

#2: One or two Lexington Commons in the 'gun grab' would be followed by numerous Concord Bridges and the whole rotten corrupt system would start to implode. Enough smart pols are still around who understand that.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2015-10-08 07:52 ||Comments

#3: One variant on the possible gun control laws that I might be able to support is a requirement of a gun safety training certificate (available from a non-government source) as a condition for being able to purchase a (or many) firearm. ONE certificate, as many guns as desired, whenever desired - or none at all.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-08 08:29 ||Comments

#4: Glenmore, and make it available through an in-school firearms course like the old drivers ed. courses where you could get a permit on completion.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 10:06 ||Comments

#5: Glenmore, the obvious cynical response to your comment is; are there any other constitutional ammendments you would consider a training requirement prior to excersing your right? The larger issue is the thrust of this article. Gun control advocates recognize the folly of their "incremental approach".
Posted by: DepotGuy|| 2015-10-08 12:41 ||Comments

#6: European levels of gun violence? Europe is where they bring criminal charges against politicians like Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen for telling the truth. Britain won't allow Michael Savage into the country because they don't like his books. But they'll let an army of barbarians from the Middle East to overrun their towns and villages. Screw Europe.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 12:51 ||Comments

#7: Depot Guy - there are no other Constitutional rights that endanger others by the exercise thereof. As such, it seems a not-unreasonable concession. Now, if you link the training to specific times and guns you create a de facto gun registry, and that is unacceptable.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-08 13:04 ||Comments

#8: No and unnecessary.

All that would do is prevent a first time firearm purchaser with too much money from making an impulse purchase.

At the very base level, a person begins thinking about their first firearm when they have to start saving the money to purchase one. Usually they ask around about sizes and qualities with people they know who have experience, so the training is already beginning.

So for free, they have peers, the instruction book which comes with a firearm which goes point by point on how to not be stupid, countless books, and the entire internet.

Need to hear it go bang? There are ranges available if you don't have a buddy with the good land. Need instruction? Many ranges have instructors available if you can't find a private hire.

Hunter safety course is already in operation, as well as programs like Project Appleseed.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2015-10-08 13:08 ||Comments

#9: Glenmore, I'm of the opinion that the first amendment is more powerful then 2nd and therefore when misused has a greater potential for harm then the second. I also don't disagree with those that suggest that the second amendment is neccessary to protect the former. With that said, I don't find it unreasonable when individual states require training (not a test) to obtain a CC permit.
Posted by: DepotGuy|| 2015-10-08 14:00 ||Comments

Caribbean-Latin America: Let Them Eat Fried Rocks
Posted by Fred 10/08/2015  00:00 4 Comments 492 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[NEWS.INVESTORS] In the absence of food, a Venezuelan governor exhorts locals to eat "fried rocks" to defend La Revolucion. It's just socialism's latest lunacy. The greater absurdity is why the likes of Bernie Sanders
...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
still believe in it.

Make no mistake, these idiotic statements are coming out because the country's socialist rulers want that shining utopian faith in socialism to remain, no matter what the reality tells them.

"Let them take away whatever they want. We are capable of eating a stick, or instead of frying two eggs, fry two rocks, and we will eat fried rocks," said Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel, "but no one can beat us."

The PanAm Post dryly noted that his sentiment echoed the faith of the late President Hugo Chavez, who said: "It doesn't matter if we have no clothes to wear, or no food to eat. This is about saving the revolution."

That's why a population can be asked to eat rocks for the revolution, or the current President Maduro can announce, as he did in 2013, that the country's toilet paper shortage is because "Venezuelans are eating more."

The lunacy is all the work of socialism and the absurd measures taken to save it even as it clanks hard against real-world economic forces likes double-entry bookkeeping and running out of other people's money.

Its state controls are why stores are short of basic goods and workers lose 40% of their work day standing in line, but why inflation runs at 150% and stores are besieged by looting with people dying in each food frenzy.

Police dogs now need ration cards for dog food, and prisoners have taken to eating stray cats for dinner.

Babies in hospitals are being killed by germs from opossum -- yes, possums -- infestations, and basic medicines -- and doctors -- are absent.

Have cancer or hemophilia? Good luck.

With the streets awash with crime, the government arrests tweeters who post photos of empty stores to embarrass the government, dubbing it "economic warfare."

Yet amid all these towering lunacies tied to that wretched idea of defending socialism at any cost, the mad belief in socialism lingers in the West.

Socialist Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders still defends this insanity against all the evidence of where it leads, while absurdly claiming to have no identification with Venezuela's sorry story.

He's lying, of course. He praised the Chavista revolution and made a deal for cheap Venezuelan heating oil with Joe Kennedy's Citizen's Energy, on Hugo's dime.

What is it about socialism that socialists don't get?
#1: if only they could teach the possums to eat fried rocks instead of infecting babies.
Posted by: Grins Snese4215|| 2015-10-08 00:45 ||Comments

#2: From a systems ecology point of view, I wonder how you can accumulate enough possums for an infestation without someone eating them.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-10-08 00:55 ||Comments

#3: Granny Clampett could cook up a fine possum stew...
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-10-08 08:49 ||Comments

#4: Roast Opossum
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 13:06 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Davao mayor: Kidnap suspect in custody
Posted by ryuge 10/08/2015  00:00 0 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Gulf Today] A suspect was arrested in the abduction of three foreigners and a Filipino woman from Davao del Norte province on September 21. This claim was made by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who identified the suspect as Pandagon Adona, alias Banon, now undergoing interrogation following his arrest.

Duterte said Adona was positively identified from security camera footage retrieved from the island resort known as the Garden City of Samal. Duterte said Adona was among the group of gunmen who stormed the resort and kidnapped the four.

The mayor said he received the information from the military in his capacity as the chairman of the Southern Mindanao Peace and Order Council involved in tracking down the 11 suspects believed to have connections with or were themselves members of the Abu Sayyaf.

Duterte also said that security forces have identified at least two "contacts" who hosted the suspects. One of the contacts yielded a mobile phone taken from an American and his Japanese wife who were injured when they evaded capture by leaping into the sea from their yacht when the suspects arrived.

-Land of the Free: A New Constitution or the bullet
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 4 Comments 1309 words Read the whole thing on page 4
I never thought I would be in the place I am in right now. About two months ago, I was in Oakland at a “Say Her Name” protest and was being detained by about 25 cops in riot gear. I had a text message ready to send to my lawyer that I was about to be arrested. Luckily, myself and other protesters were let go. The next day as I was in my kitchen doing dishes and I began singing the freedom song passed down to our generation by elder community activists, “Which side are you on?”. After organizing and participating in numerous protests, cries for freedom rang through my mind. However, I began to feel hopeless.

After what has felt like endless hours of Black protest and uprising throughout the United States, I felt like our progress was moving in circles. Instead of police killings decreasing in the Bay Area, I witnessed an increase in killings of Black men in Oakland. Five Black men have been executed by in OPD this summer alone. I am tired of waking up and checking Twitter to see another Black body as a hashtag. Our Black Lives Matter protests have stormed the country, yet cops continue to kill us daily, and the judicial system continues to justify our deaths with acquittals, non-indictments, and light sentences-all in the name of upholding the Constitution.

I have come to realize that the Constitution is the root of virtually all our problems in America. In order to understand the injustices against Black folks in United States, we must look back to its foundation. The U.S. is a country that was founded on slavery, genocide, rape, and white male patriarchy. The colonizers that we condemn for enslaving Afikans and murdering indigenous peoples are the same people that produced and upheld the document we use to govern our nation to this day. Our bloodshed is rooted in this nation’s founding document, The Constitution. A body cannot be separated from its head and remain living. The Constitution and all the evil that it allows to be perpetuated are the head of White America, or more so corrupt America. Racist America. If you separate the head then racism will die. This is why it must be a new constitution or the bullet.
A new Constitution or the Bullet. You chose a new Constitution. You will have the bullet. The problem is that the author wants more government to be on his side and he wants freedom. You can't have both. It's either freedom or enslavement by government. There is no middle ground here.
This constitution was written for “all men to be equal”, yet these same white men who cried out for equality and freedom from persecution owned Black people as slaves and participated in calculated genocidal tactics against the Black race. In addition, only white men wrote the Constitution. A Constitution written by only white men will never serve the interests of Black people. The Constitution was written for the ruling class of white men which constructed whiteness to be more valuable than any other race. When we discuss institutional racism, it is essential that we realize that the Constitution created it.
The Constitution as written provides limits on government, not on people. A government that limits people is a government that should be replaced with one that observes its own limits on its power. The Founders wrote the document that way, but subsequent governments and courts have decided to use their power to wreck any meaning the Constitution has, and destroy any benefit that may derive from limited government. That is not the fault of the Founders, but of the current society, which is Godless and without direction.
The Constitution has created a system of governance that has been executing Black people everyday. From slavery, to sharecropping, to debt peonage, to chain gangs, to gentrification, to the for-profit prison industry that is upheld through the 13th amendment. From Emmett Till, to the four little girls, to Mike Brown, to Rekia Boyd, to Maya Hall, to the Charleston nine, and to Sandra Bland. America has not protected us. On the contrary, it seeks to destroy our very own humanity. We live in a society that is not safe for us. And as the Declaration of Independence says:
The courts and the law as constituted is responsible for the civil rights mess this great nation finds itself it. The specific enjoining as to the loss of life or liberty are part and parcel of the Constitution. Ignore the role of government in taking life and property, and you can the blame at how laws are interpreted.

In order for this to be an honest discussion on the limits of government, you must first admit black folks have a problem with each other far more than white folks have with black folks. I have yet to see that discussion.

whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness

Do we not have the right to abolish the laws that oppress us? It is time to claim the Declaration of Independence and apply it to our struggle as colonized Black people in America. The United States has failed us; it is time we demand a new constitution or tell America that she will get the bullet. White supremacy’s bullets are killing Black people every day. If America does not protect us, then it is our human right to defend ourselves by any means necessary. It is our human right to overthrow a government that has been destructive to our people. This is why we must rise up and let all people come together and write new constitution to serve ALL people.
The tag 'white supremacy' is so twisted by today's press it has little real meaning. There's a saying in the south right now: If five Ku Klux Klansmen are meeting on a given day, at least three members will be federal snitches. Your problem is with a bloated government coming for more blood and treasure for itself at the expense of everyone who pays taxes, not with white people.
The idea for a new constitution is not a new idea, rather an old one that was developed by the Black Panther Party. In 1970, the Black Panther Party organized a Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention, however, after infiltration by the illegal COINTELPRO the idea never came into fruition. We must pick up where the Black Panthers left off and declare a new constitution or it will be the bullet.
You sound like you want a Marxist state. We currently are as far along that road as we have ever been, and yet you want more. You want a Marxist state with whites as slaves to satisfy your lust for revenge and power. 100 million gun owners have other ideas about your goals, and if you keep pressing, about your very future.
If America truly wants to be a nation that values the lives of all people, it has one option, and the option is a National Constitution Convention. This is the last hope America has to become whole. If America fails to allow all people of this nation to write a new constitution, then it will be the bullet. Revolution is inevitable in a society that does not value the lives of all people.
The mask slips.
Let the bells of freedom ring…

In struggle,

#1: We don't need a new Constitution. We need to obey the one we have. Of course, I would like to see the U.S. live within our means and set forth limits on how long the political class (Congresscritters) can serve (or help themselves at the trough). The present Constitution, if followed, would prevent SCOTUS from making up the law as it goes along. The 10th Amendment sets out the duties of the States. However, the Feds have usurped much of that.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 08:15 ||Comments

#2: I'll see your bullet and raise you a well regulated militia that is heavily armed.

Your move, bitch.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 11:09 ||Comments

#3: Wonder what she does for a living and what she buys with her EBT card? Where is that going to come from if white America is gone? Be careful what you wish for dummy!
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2015-10-08 12:38 ||Comments

#4: People like her used to emigrate to Soviet Union. Alas...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 15:55 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Intel officer, friend gunned down in southern Thailand
Posted by ryuge 10/08/2015  00:00 0 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Gunmen opened fire on a pickup in Yala province on Saturday night, killing an intelligence officer and his friend.

Police spokesman Wanchai Jindawan said yesterday the incident occurred in Raman district. He said Sergeant Muhammad Sila and his friend were heading to Tambon Riang when they were attacked and killed by men armed with military-grade weapons.

Officials believe the attack was related to the ongoing insurgency in the far South because Muhammad worked for an intelligence unit.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Mpls. Man Charged with Raping 10-Year-Old Girl in Apartment Hallway
Posted by Fred 10/08/2015  00:00 5 Comments 268 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[KSTP] A Minneapolis man has been charged after police say he raped a 10-year-old girl in the hallway of an apartment complex in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.

The assault happened Sunday, Oct. 4, on the 1600 block of South Fourth Street in Minneapolis, which is Riverside Plaza.

The child said a man followed her onto the elevator and that they got off on the third floor. The man extended his hand, and when the girl shook it he refused to let go, according to the complaint. He then raped the girl in the hallway, police say.

Witnesses said they heard screaming in the hall and saw a young girl crying, so they flagged down an off-duty police officer.

The girl was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

Based on the girl's description and surveillance video from Riverside Plaza, the suspect was identified as 34-year-old Ahmed Hersi Abdi
of Minneapolis. He was later locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
in St. Paul.

The Minneapolis Police Department's John Elder said community policing was a key in identifying the suspect. He said the officers knew who the suspect was after seeing the video.

"That is because of the amount of time that these officers have spent in that community both on and working off-duty, and a lot of community policing efforts," Elder said.
#1: Ahmed Abdi. A good Scandinavian name if ever I heard one. Probably came over with Leif.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 07:43 ||Comments

#2: His Missouri Synod elders will be peeved.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2015-10-08 08:36 ||Comments

#3: They should drop the charges. It's part of his culture, dontcha know.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2015-10-08 09:17 ||Comments

#4: The authorities will probably be forced to drop the charges as this is a part of Ahmed Hersi Abdi's culture; he will then be apologized to for the dissing of his culture. Then he will bring lawsuits.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 11:15 ||Comments

#5: "That is because of the amount of time that these officers have spent in that community both on and working off-duty, and a lot of community policing efforts," Elder said.

This is because nobody who witnessed the assault was willing and able to be Colonel Mustard in the Hallway with the Candlestick.

Did we sit closer to the TV, turn the volume up, and pretend it away until it became obvious the little girl wasn't going to pretend it away either?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2015-10-08 11:50 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Nurse used same syringe on 67 people at N.J. flu clinic, state says
Posted by Fred 10/08/2015  00:00 1 Comments 157 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NJ] A nurse who administered flu vaccines to employees of a West Windsor company has been reported to health officials because she re-used a single syringe for the shots.

At an employer-sponsored flu clinic at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals last week, the unnamed nurse committed an "infection control breach," according to a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health.

"Full infection control practices that prevent transmission of blood-borne diseases were not used by a contracted health care agency, Total Wellness," said Donna Leusner, the spokeswoman.

Most of the employees impacted by the clinic breach have been notified. Although the state says the risk of infection is low, state and local health officials, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are recommending those employees be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and the HIV virus.

The name of the nurse has been referred to the state Board of Nursing, which regulates nursing, according to Leusner.
#1: Count how many they go thru before they change gloves.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2015-10-08 00:10 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: FBI probe of Clinton e-mail expands to second data company
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[WASHINGTONPOST] The FBI's probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton
... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Edmund Randolph ...
's e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton's account.

The additional data, provided by Connecticut-based Datto Inc., could open a new avenue for Sherlocks interested in recovering e-mails deleted by the former secretary of state -- now the Democratic presidential front-runner -- that have caught the interest of GOP politicians.

Datto's work on the Clinton e-mail system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton e-mail system.
A 'cover firm' contract within a 'cover firm' contract. Who could have orchestrated such a scheme ?
Datto was hired to provide backups for the Clinton e-mail accounts starting in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based tech firm hired earlier that year by the Clinton family to manage the system after Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Henry L. Stimson ...
concluded her term as secretary.

The FBI has been investigating whether classified information may have been improperly stored and transmitted through Clinton's private server.
#1: You use your government email to do government business because:
1. It is behind the government firewall
2. Retention laws get obeyed

You use your own e-mail when you are doing shady sh*t.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 16:03 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Rep. Jim Jordan Says House Will Impeach Head Of IRS
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[BREITBART] Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) says that the House of Representatives will impeach IRS
...the Internal Revenue Service; that office of the United States government that collects taxes and persecutes the regime's political enemies...
Commissioner John Koskinen this session.

"It is something that has to be done," the Washington Examiner reports Jordan, chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told members of the Young Americans Foundation. "If we don't hold some people accountable in the executive branch for the executive overreach we've seen in [the Obama] administration, then they'll never get the message."

Three months ago Jordan, chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules of the House Oversight and Government Operations Committee, was only willing to say that the House "should consider impeaching" Koskinen.

Two months ago, in July, Jordan said the House should impeach Koskinen if President B.O. doesn't fire him.

With the resignation of Speaker Boehner, Jordan has changed verbs.

Now, instead of calling for the House to "consider impeaching" Koskinen, he is saying it "will impeach" Koskinen.
#1: I will note that, for the second year in a row, IRS officials will not be attending our year-end tax seminar. There is one guy that is a panelist (former IRS guy) who is a huge apologist for these guys. Last year I shot this assclown the dirtiest look possible when he chalked up the targeting to a 'mistake'. Let's just say I'm going after him this year. Details next month.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:59 ||Comments

#2: BTW, I'll believe this when I see it.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 02:00 ||Comments

#3: If after 8 years of this scum administration, Congress only has one thing to show for it, It will not be enough, but if you can do this, it is a Bey Bey step.

Ohh, if we could get something, anything to correct DC

But to no avail.......................
Please don't add rows of periods to indicate your strong feeling, dear newc. You temporarily broke the Burg until I deleted most of them.

--tw at 3:15 a.m. ET
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 03:18 ||Comments

#4: You mods are really on it. Good for you!
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 03:24 ||Comments

#5: I will not do it again Trailing Wife.

Maybe I just wanted to see..
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 03:29 ||Comments

#6: I always use CAPS. Pappy likes CAPS.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 07:32 ||Comments

#7: Pappy gonna bust some caps....

I really don't see the Republican congress doing much to upset the status quo. They are still getting too much money from it.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 10:46 ||Comments

#8: I don't look for impeachment to get very far as the Donks aren't going to vote for that. All Kabuki theater.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 11:10 ||Comments

#9: I believe Jim Jordan will get to that right after he cleans out the hall closet.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2015-10-08 12:37 ||Comments

#10: file this one with all the other GOP promises
Posted by: Titus Flung9787|| 2015-10-08 14:03 ||Comments

Arabia: Gulf Arabs wrest strategic Yemen island from Iran-allied group
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies.

Gulf Arab troops swooped in from air and sea last week to take back Perim, which sits on one of the world's most important sea lanes.

The successful action denied Iran, the Houthis' main ally, a symbolic foothold astride trade routes as the Saudi-led Gulf Arab states and Tehran vie for influence across the Arab world.

"The island has now been completely secured by the coalition and the resistance forces from among its people," Rami Fahmy Mayuni, a tribal chief of the island's original inhabitants and commander of its militia fighters, told news hounds flown to Perim by United Arab Emirates forces for a tour.

In 2013, more than 3.4 million barrels of oil per day passed through the 20 km (12 mile) wide Bab al-Mandab Strait linking the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a big reason why Egypt and the United States vowed to defend the security of shipping there as the Houthis descended upon it in March.

The warring parties appeared to receive the message and oil tankers and cargo ships continue to heave along, untroubled by the ground combat grinding slowly up Yemen's western coast.

The white-washed British colonial buildings of the island known in Arabic as Mayun, now looking like an abandoned movie set crumbling in the blazing sun, have witnessed more than one historic upheaval over the last century.

When the Red Sea linked British ports to the riches of India via the Suez Canal, its lighthouse kept vigilant watch on Yemen's mainland for raids by the Ottoman Turkish empire until it collapsed after World War One.

Africa North: Tunisia arrests 11 ISIS recruiters
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[ARA] The Tunisian authorities locked away
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
11 suspects for recruiting fighters for the radical group of 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....
(ISIS), Tunisia's Interior Ministry said.

The suspects were recruiting bully boyz in Tunisia to join the ranks of ISIS in neighboring Libya.

Tunisian police has reportedly arrested the ISIS recruiters after breaking up thee terror cells.

"The National Guard counterterrorism unit dismantled three cells which sent young people to Libya," the Interior Ministry said in statement on Monday evening.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Jihadists of the Islamic State attack Kurdish forces north Raqqa
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[ARA] The radical group of 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....
(ISIS) carried out two car kabooms on a Kurdish security checkpoint in Tel Abyad city north of Syria's Raqqa, Kurdish sources reported on Wednesday.

At least two Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) were killed and three more maimed in ISIS-led car kabooms on a YPG-held security checkpoint at the southern entrance of Tel Abyad city.

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, YPG member Habun Osman said: "Subsequent to the terrorist attacks, festivities broke out at the southern entrance of Tel Abyad between our (YPG) forces and ISIS terrorists."

"A group of Lions of Islam tried to infiltrated into the liberated city during the attacks, but our units confronted them and killed at least 10 terrorists, while the rest escaped towards Raqqa city," the source said.

Wednesday's festivities reached Bir Asheq village in the countryside of Tel Abyad, where the YPG fighters took two ISIS hard boyz as hostages.

"The Lions of Islam believe they can regain Tel Abyad, but we want to reassure them that our fighters will continue until liberating the entire Raqqa province," Osman said.

Iraq: ISIS executed 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq's Anbar
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...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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
said Wednesday.

The victims, members of the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed on Sunday in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.

"These people who were executed were the fathers and brothers of members of the police, the army... and of tribal fighters who are battling Daesh," he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Daesh executed them by shooting," he said.

Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes, launched a vast operation west of Ramadi Sunday to tighten the noose on ISIS, which captured the Anbar capital in May and controls most of the province.

Hatem al-Gaoud, another clan member reached by phone, said ISIS had trapped dozens of tribe members in the Khanzir area of Tharthar since the jihadist group launched its major offensive in Iraq last year.

"They gathered them outside Khanzir and shot them all in the head," he said.

"I don't know what ISIS did with the bodies, but it is likely they buried them in mass graves near the site of the execution," he said.

The U.N. Mission in Iraq's human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
office said it had been able to confirm the mass execution.

"This is not the first attack on the Albu Nimr, since they have been actively opposed to ISIL (ISIS)," it said in an email to AFP.

Possibly as many as 300 of the tribe's members were killed around a year ago, when anti-IS forces were still holding out in some parts of Ramadi, which is the Albu Nimr's main hub.

The tribe was very active in the Awakening Councils, groups of Sunni tribal fighters the U.S. military paid and armed a decade ago to fight against ISIS's previous incarnation in Iraq.

Local tribal fighters are seen by the United States as a key component of any successful effort to retake control of Anbar and other Sunni regions of Iraq IS took over virtually unopposed last year.

They no longer receive direct support from the US, whose assistance is channeled through the Shiite-dominated federal government.

ISIS has massacred hundreds of former Awakening fighters in an effort to intimidate Sunni residents from taking up arms against them.
#1: Human Rights Watch comments expressing outrage in 10...9...8...

Funny how HRW doesn't say a word about what these animals do but will do somersaults up their own butt in outrage when we as much as muss the hair on a terrorist's head.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 06:10 ||Comments

Arabia: Saudi hackers expose ISIS 'love affairs'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Saudi hacker group, Cyber of Emotion, has exposed several ISIS online users and revealed their identities.

The group launched its anti-ISIS campaign on Sept. 28 and has so far revealed the several ISIS supporters living in 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...
. The leader of the hacker group told Al-Watan that a majority of ISIS supporters in the Kingdom were women.

The group hacked into multiple ISIS electronic E-mail accounts and their inbox messages showed that that several ISIS bandidos snuffies were having love affairs with the women who support them locally.

The leader also revealed that he and his team members have received death threats from ISIS.

"We targeted them specifically to try to stop their dangerous and deviant ideas from spreading in Saudi society. Young men who never traveled abroad were involved in most of the terrorist attacks in the Kingdom. They were recruited online through internet and social media," he said.

He said that his group members are young Saudis possessing unique skills in technology and programming. The members decided to utilize their skills to serve their country and fight those wanting to break the Kingdom apart and defame its name.

"We're all volunteers and we're not looking for fame or fortune. The electronic war we unleashed on ISIS targets their accounts and anyone affiliated with them. We will try hard to eliminate them and save our country from their evil designs," said Cyber of Emotions leader.

Fake accounts
According to the hacking group leader, social media -- especially Twitter -- is full of fake accounts belonging to ISIS members who use a lot of "hashtags" related to the Kingdom's affairs.

These accounts target young Saudi men and deliberately try to spread rumors and tarnish the country's image.

"We identified a large number of these accounts and after close monitoring we found out their disgraceful intentions. Our main goal is to attack these accounts and expose those who hide behind them," he said.
#1: Get back to me when you have pictures of ISIS members with goats & camels...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:21 ||Comments

#2: Not surprised. A lot of these "princes" are educated in the US.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 11:25 ||Comments

Iraq: Kurds: ISIS used mustard agent in Iraq
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...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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq during festivities in August, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, which oversees Kurdish armed forces there, said on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from around 35 fighters who were exposed in the attack southwest of the regional capital Erbil, along with an examination of wounds, showed "signatures of sulfur mustard", the ministry said in a statement.

It did not say if any of the peshmerga had died as a result of the attack or how severely they had been maimed.

Mustard gas, which can burn skin and mucus tissue and cause severe respiratory problems, is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, an arms treaty intended to stop the use of chemical weapons.

The samples were sent to a laboratory outside of Iraq for analysis with the help of members of the "Global Coalition against ISIL," the statement said, citing an acronym for identifying Islamic State.

It also called on countries fighting ISIS to give Kurdish peshmerga fighters equipment for protection against chemical attacks. The United States is among a handful of countries who are giving military assistance to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

The ministry's statement adds to a mounting body of evidence that ISIS has a stockpile of chemical weapons inside Iraq.

Roughly 37 mortars fired in the attack detonated "releasing white smoke and a black liquid," according to the ministry statement.

ISIS already has a broad arsenal of weapons and military vehicles that they seized from the Iraqi army. In January of this year, ISIS carried out an attack using "weaponized chlorine" and has used chemical weapons on at least four other occasions, the ministry statement said.

ISIS has also been accused of using chemical weapons in neighbouring Syria.

The director of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international body that tracks the use of banned chemical weapons, expressed "serious concern" on ISIS's use of chemical weapons in mid-August.

The Grand Turk: Turkey arrests six over 'minting coins for ISIS'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Turkish authorities on Wednesday incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
six suspected members of 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) myrmidon group on suspicion of trying to illegally mint coins for use in areas controlled by the snuffies in Syria.

Police in the southeastern region of Gaziantep on the border with Syria also seized coin punches, presses and other coin-making equipment, the official Anatolia news agency said, quoting a statement by the regional governor's office.

The regional police force issued a picture of the sophisticated equipment piled up in front of the police force's flag. According to Turkish media reports, 56 coins in four different sizes were seized.

Another picture showed a punch to produce a coin with Arabic writing on one side and a picture of the world on the other.

There have been reports that ISIS is keen to impose its own currency in the areas it controls in Syria to free itself from the global financial system.

Acting on a tip-off, Turkish police raided the would-be mint in the town of Sahinbey just south of Gaziantep city.

The suspects, who include foreigners of unspecified nationality, were sent to court after being detained and remanded in jug ahead of trial, Anatolia added.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has been under pressure from its Western partners to crack down on the activities of ISIS jihadists inside the country and stop snuffies from crossing into neighbouring Syria.

The authorities have arrested hundreds of foreign jihadists in the last months and Ankara says it is doing all it can to secure its borders and maintain security.
#1: Maybe they can get jobs working for our Treasury department?
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:18 ||Comments

#2: Down at Mu Omega...

"Say, bro, could you lend me an Allah?
It's like a Mohammedan dollar
With one little difference --
I can't pay you interest."
"Sure, Mo." "You're a Musselman scholar!"
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-10-08 02:21 ||Comments

#3: Iraqi News has photos here.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-10-08 11:32 ||Comments

Great White North: Are food products from ISIS-held Mosul making their way to Canada?
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Tahini, an oily sesame-seed based delicacy popular all around the Middle East, as well as other foodstuffs, could be making their way from 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held territory in northern Iraq to the international market including Canadian stores, sources told Al Arabiya News.

Iraq's second largest city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, which was seized by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces in a shock offensive in June last year, has long been famous for its exports of tahini, also known as "rashi al-Mosul."

Many Iraqis believe the finest version of the sauce-- known in the Iraqi vernacular as "rashi" hails from the northern metropolis.

Khadhum Jabar, an Iraqi-based business consultant, said products coming from ISIS-held territories in Mosul could be sold outside its borders with "no problem" with the help of smugglers inside Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan.

"Their main corridor [for Mosul products] is Kurdistan and from Kurdistan to other places in central and southern Iraq. It is sold under the disguise that is from Kurdistan," he said, citing grave concerns that ISIS is still being able to sell oil and strategic grains.

He added: "ISIS is in control with three borders. It also takes toll charges from them from trucks."
#1: You mean the UN hasn't imposed sanctions on the Caliphate? Jacque! Call a meeting!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 12:45 ||Comments

Africa North: Tunisia probes murder claims by TV producer
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Tunisian authorities opened a probe after a controversial television producer and presenter who said he had "revelations" about the liquidations of three opposition politicians in 2013, and attacks on a Tunis museum and seaside resort earlier this year which killed dozens, according to a source from the justice ministry.

He added that "Interior ministry sent a letter to the general prosecution attached with the video published by Moez Ben Gharbia, owner of the private channel Attasiaa TV, and therefore a judicial investigation was opened by the judicial division for the fight against terrorism."

His video, which Al Arabiya has seen, was posted ahead of a new hearing on October 30 in the trial of 24 Tunisians accused of involvement in the killing of Chokri Belaid, an anti-hardliner opposition politician who was bumped off outside his home in Feb. 2013.

Ben Gharbia said in his video that he fled Tunisia to Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
, and claimed that he too had been the target of "attempted murder" a week ago because of information in his possession.

"Anyone who knows the truth about these deaths will be murdered," Ben Gharbia said.

Radio Mosaique FM, citing Attasiaa's executive director, said Ben Gharbia would be returning to Tunisia Sunday.

Blame game
The authorities blamed Belaid's murder on Islamist holy warriors.

On February 6 last year, authorities said his suspected Islamist assassin, Kamel Gadhgadhi, had been killed in a police raid.

Last December, Lions of Islam linked to 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group said they were behind the murders of both Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi, who were both assassinated in 2013.

Belaid's family has repeatedly demanded the full truth behind his killing.

At a news conference Tuesday, his widow, Basma Khalfaoui, called on Ben Gharbia to hand over his evidence to the authorities.

On March 18, Ben Gharbia was given a six-month suspended sentence for identity theft, embezzlement and insulting the head of state.

In his video, Ben Gharbia, whose telephone was off during many calls made by Al Arabiya, said that Tarek Makki, another opposition leader who passed away in 2012, was assassinated by an "overdose of Viagra which was administered in a glass of juice."

He added that he possesses other information and data regarding the attacks of the seaside resort of Sousse and the Bardo museum.

He asked the government to restore his protection "otherwise I will publish another video with more revelations."

Some opposition activists called on Ben Gharbia to divulge his information.

The leftist Popular Front leader Hamma Hammami said that Ben Gharbia "opted for having a burden on his shoulders especially with regards to the information dealing with the liquidations of the front's leaders Chokri Belaid and Mohammed Brahmi."

Fouazi Kilani, a member of Nasiriyoun Youth, a movement that follows the pan-Arab vision of late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, said that the video is evidence that the country is still being ruled by "gangs of smugglers who get their wealth from illegal activities and have the benediction of some officials inside the interior ministry. This is why you can easily link smuggling to terrorism."

Mouldi Cherni, whose son, a security officer, was assassinated, said to Al Arabiya News that Ben Gharbia's video is "vain and nonsense. After my son was assassinated, I approached him as he was the anchor of a popular talk show, but he ignored me, and now he is trying to involve the political liquidations made by then ruling Troika led by Islamists, in his personal problems."

Some analysts say that the timing of the video coincides with many pressures put on the government that "will led to radical changes within its structure" according to Hamed Mathlouthi, an independent journalist.

Some observers linked the video with the resignation of Lazhar Akremi from his post as minister of relations with parliament, who said in a public statement that "he decided to leave the government because I don't know who is running the country."

nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
Mohsen Nebli, a media expert, says that "Ben Gharbia knows nothing more than many Tunisians. Given that Ben Gharbia is too close to Nida Tunis (the majority party in Parliament) I think that his video is important because this party is witnessing these days a very critical period.

There is a conflict between many of its personalities over leading the party founded by the very old Tunisian President Beji Caed Sebsi. Whatever would be the outcome of this matter, I would think that Ben Gharbia could be one of the winners from this buzz as he prepares to re-launch soon his channel."

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.S. insists no cooperation with Russia on Syria
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United States is not cooperating with Russia over Moscow's air strikes in Syria beyond basic safety precautions, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter insisted Wednesday, describing Russia's action there as fundamentally mistaken.

"I have said before that we believed that Russia has the wrong strategy -- they continue to hit targets that are not ISIL. We believe this is a fundamental mistake," Carter told a presser in Rome, referring to 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group by an alternative name.

"Despite what the Russians say we have not agreed to cooperate with Russia so long as they continue to pursue a mistaken strategy and hit these targets."
#1: Ditto as per IRAQ + AFGHANISTAN???

The Iraqi Govt. is repor getting ready to formally request Russian air strikes agz the ISIS + Other Hard Boyz in Iraq.


Ditto to future as per CHINA? IRAN? OTHER?

Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-08 00:42 ||Comments

#2: "Not that we're doing much, anyway."
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2015-10-08 10:24 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Putin tells troops to capture al-Baghdadi alive
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
has asked his forces fighting against IS in Syria that he wants His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, the group's leader, alive.

The Middle-East Panorama website reports that Putin wants the dead body of al-Baghdadi displayed in case he is killed.

The website made the announcement referring to aware sources.

Russia has been pounding IS positions in Syria claiming heavy casualties to IS Death Eaters. Russian officials say that the Arclight airstrike will continue.

"We will not only continue strikes... We will also increase their intensity." said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army.

Russia is also mulling to complete 150,000 soldiers in Syria in a bid to wipe out 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....

some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
has condemned Russia violating its airspace to reach out to Syria to support Bashir al-Assad's regime.

...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
has issued a stern ultimatum," Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
told a presser in Brussels.

"We cannot endure it. Some steps that we do not desire are being taken. It is not suitable for Turkey to accept them. This is also beyond the principles of NATO." He said.

A war of words has also begun between Russia and NATO over Moscow's violation of Turkish airspace and its military intervention in Syria.

#1: "Dead body of AL-Baghdadi displayed ..." > Shade of the USSR's Josef Stalin's public parade of captured German 6th Army Banners + Prisoners after Stalingrad + later Surrender of Nazi Germany, or North Vietnam's display of captured American Pilots.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-08 00:23 ||Comments

#2: Vlad wants Al-Baghdadi's Rolex
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 06:19 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Former spy chief: Those responsible for Kundoz tragedy must be brought to judiciary
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Former spy chief and leader of the Green Trend has called on government to conduct an investigation into Kundoz attack that led to a tragedy and drag those responsible to justice.

While talking to a gathering organized about Kundoz, Amrullah Saleh said that government published a blurb regarding the incident which is not satisfactory.

He said those who showed negligence in their duties need to be dragged to judiciary.

Saleh further said that Taliban infiltrators who are considered to be the fifth pillar of the government must be identified and trialed.

The former spy chief mentioned that at the time of need he is ready to take arm and stand for the defense of the country.

"If manpower is needed, we are all ready to take up arms within the official frame to defend our values against Taliban and Terror," he said.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
has also said that an investigation would be conducted into Kundoz attack and those who have shown negligence in their duties would be punished.

Residents of Kundoz city have been trapped in the fighting between security forces and Taliban from the past 10 days.

Although, a specific number has not been announced yet but reports suggest that at least 300 people have been killed and maimed since the beginning of the attack.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russia is 'ready' to begin contacts with Syrian rebels
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Moscow said on Wednesday it was ready to establish contacts with Syria's Western-backed moderate opposition, the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, battling against Russian-allied Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Leveler of Latakia...

"At the president's request, the foreign ministry informs our partners in countries that have links to the Free Syrian Army of the Russian side's readiness to establish contacts with the leadership of this structure," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Earlier in televised comments, Russia's air force will support offensive operations by Syrian government forces fighting on the ground in the war-torn country, Putin said Wednesday.

Russian efforts "will be synchronized with the actions of the Syrian army on the ground and the actions of our air force will effectively support the offensive operation of the Syrian army," Putin said in televised comments.
#1: I bet any thing the Russians say to the rebels include the phrase "or else" several times.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 07:01 ||Comments

#2: The size of the carrot is always proportional to the size of the stick.

It's a pity the West has lost sight of this basic truth.
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India-Pakistan: A vulnerable minority
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[DAWN] PERSECUTION can be overt at times, subtle and insidious at others; and most people would likely agree that it is an ugly, despicable thing. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
there is one minority community in Pakistain -- the Ahmadis -- against whom persecution of both kinds not only exists but is celebrated as a virtue by sections of the majority.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistain held a consultative meeting with members of the community on Sunday to explore the issue and perhaps, in the process, attempt to hold up a mirror to society's unconscionable collusion in discrimination against them.

On the occasion, examples were cited from various aspects of life, including educational institutions and the workplace, where they are subjected to humiliation and harassment, as well as in the media -- where hate speech against them may have even incited the murder of some members of the community.

The HRCP panelists recounted Pakistain's legislative history whereby adherents of the minority faith were declared non-Muslim through a constitutional amendment in 1974; that was later followed by Gen Zia ul Haq
...the creepy-looking former dictator of Pakistain. Zia was an Islamic nutball who imposed his nutballery on the rest of the country with the enthusiastic assistance of the nation's religious parties, which are populated by other nutballs. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff in 1976 by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whom he hanged when he seized power. His time in office was a period of repression, with hundreds of thousands of political rivals, minorities, and journalists executed or tortured, including senior general officers convicted in coup-d'état plots, who would normally be above the law. As part of his alliance with the religious parties, his government helped run the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, providing safe havens, American equipiment, Saudi money, and Pak handlers to selected mujaheddin. Zia died along with several of his top generals and admirals and the then United States Ambassador to Pakistain Arnold Lewis Raphel when he was assassinated in a suspicious air crash near Bahawalpur in 1988...
making it a punishable offence for Ahmadis to call themselves Muslim, to refer to their call to prayer as 'azan' or their places of worship as 'masjid'.

The HRCP deserves to be commended for highlighting an issue that the conscience of society has long buried. Years of institutionalised discrimination against the Ahmadi community and its persistent vilification have led to a situation where even the mass murder of its members in Lahore on May 28, 2010 failed to elicit the kind of public outrage that such carnage should have merited -- and has done so in the case of similar attacks on adherents of other minority faiths.

But then, why should one be surprised at such callous indifference when the state, duty-bound to protect the fundamental rights of all its citizens, has left the community's right to religious freedom entirely at the mercy of what the majority considers acceptable?

This carte blanche is best reflected in Section 298-C of the Pakistain Penal Code, which stipulates that an Ahmadi is liable to sanctions if he "in any manner whatsoever outrages the religious feelings of Muslims": such an open-ended law cannot promote the cause of justice.

Now that there is a realisation that religious intolerance has spawned many of the problems that Pakistain is grappling with today, there must be a resolve to eliminate it in all its forms -- without exception.

Afghanistan: Study Finds Radicalization On The Rise In Afghan Schools
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[Tolo News] There is widespread political activism, including an extensive presence of radical activists among high school students in Afghanistan, a new study by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) said Wednesday.
But I understood 'radicalization' to be part of the Muslim common core ?
This is despite a government ban on political activism in high schools, which in itself can be argued that is a relic of an authoritarian era, said AREU in a statement.

The study reiterates that the on-going radicalization of high-school students has not yet reached a critical point, where it could contribute decisively to the destabilization of the country. However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
rather than waiting for that to happen, the competent authorities should
reconsider the effectiveness of their educational policies and, first and foremost, their ban on political activities in high schools.

The study was conducted over six months and covered 18 provinces.
A similar study with parallel findings was undertaken by King Richard the Lionheart some years back.
"Political activities in high schools are concerning and Death Eater and radical Islamic parties are active at schools," said Ali Mohammad Ali, an AREU researcher.

"Most groups like Tehrik-e-Islami, Hezb ut-Tahrir and Jamaat-e-Islah of which their centers are outside the country, recruit teachers here with high salaries and then attract the attention of students," he added.

He said that such groups want to infiltrate all tribes and ethnic groups of Afghanistan.

"Hezb ut-Tahrir and Jamaat-e-Islah are mostly active in Kunduz and their goal is to infiltrate all tribes in Afghanistan," Ali added.
This simply cannot be accomplished at the local level alone. It will take a huge, costly bureaucracy, a national Department of Education which issues mandates and controls funding at all levels. This really is the key.
The study reiterates that the lack of employment, a sluggish economy and dissatisfaction about the functioning of the Afghan educational system are major factors in the politicization of high school students in Afghanistan, which also includes an attraction towards Death Eater groups.

Researcher and university lecturer Dr. Antonio Giustozzi said: "If nothing is done I think there is going to be a problem of serious political mobilization among the students. Then of course the students are the generation of the future," he said adding that often people kept these political ideals they absorb in high school for the rest of their lives.
She's obviously been following Chicago crime reporting.
In addition, the study found: "One key assumption of donors in Afghanistan is that the quantitative growth in the offer of state education is always a positive indicator and that the number of students enrolling in high schools is an unmistakably positive sign."

"The numerical rise of youth in education, not matched by an improvement in the quality of education and/or growth in educational opportunities, leads to youth radicalization and political instability," read the statement.
Nothing at all to do with a death cult religion mind you.
The study notes that if the ban were to be revoked, at least there would be a more level playing field in high schools, allowing a greater variety of parties and organizations to compete for the loyalty of the younger generation. To date, the ban has primarily only been successful in keeping out moderate and progressive groups.

Afghanistan: Terrorists Include Taliban and Criminals: Ghani
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[Tolo News] President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
for the first time announced at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that "terrorist groups" are made up of Taliban, criminals and foreign forces of Evil -- unlike his previous statements where he often referred to the Taliban as either brothers or political opposition.

"Preliminary assessments by intelligence agencies show that terrorist groups in Afghanistan are criminal groups, Taliban and foreign forces of Evil who commit unforgivable crimes on behalf of outsiders and drug smugglers," said Ghani, who has made a U-turn on his public comments regarding the Taliban and also apparently changed his policy towards Pakistain after a wave of terrorist attacks in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
over the past few months.

According to Ghani, Death Eaters that launched attacks in Faryab, Kunduz, Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, Badakhshan, Uruzgan and Helmand Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces aimed to accomplish the goals of outsiders.

In addition, the Army's Deputy Chief of Army Gen. Murad Ali Murad and the acting governor of Kunduz Hamdullah Danishi briefed the meeting via video teleconference about the recent security developments in Kunduz city -- which recently fell to the Taliban following a massive and well-planed attack.

Murad assured the meeting, chaired by Ghani, that security forces had not violated human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...

According to Murad, security forces were putting all their efforts into protecting the lives and properties of civilians in the embattled city.

Referring to reports of crimes by the Taliban that include mass murder and looting in Kunduz, Ghani noted that the traitors were being financed by external elements behind the killings of Afghans and the looting of their properties.

Touching on the advances being made by the forces in Kunduz, Ghani praised the troops and said: "Our courageous and brave forces are moving forward towards protecting the lives of Afghans to ensure their freedom, independence and prosperity."

Afghanistan: No Sleep For Commandos Who Patrol Kunduz Streets At Night
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[Tolo News] Afghan commandos have started carrying out night raids in Kunduz city in a bid to secure the city.

TOLOnews news hound Tamim Hamid, who spent time with a commando unit on Tuesday night, experienced first hand the meaning of night operations.

He said: "We have seen wrecked military vehicles which were targeted in recent attacks. When you walk here on Kunduz city streets at night, you will see security force vehicles and military vehicles which have been damaged in the festivities."

On patrol, commandos checked in with colleagues in Chawk-e-Kunduz, the city center, which had earlier in the day been the scene of fierce fighting around the traffic circle between forces of Evil and security forces.

a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
while in the area, the unit came under attack. Following an exchange of gunfire, they then moved on to Bala Hisar area of Kunduz.

This is a historical site, which dates back 3,500 years and is on 170 acres of land just outside the city limits.

The crack unit wrested control of the area from the Taliban four days earlier but forces of Evil continue an offensive to recapture the area.

Hamid reports that during the drive through the area, forces of Evil fired a mortar in their direction. After taking cover, forces of Evil retreated and commandos found an area where they could settle down to eat their dinner.

"We are always ready to sacrifice our life for this homeland. We do not care whether we get food or not. We are always ready to serve our country," a commando, Rahmaullah said.

Bala Hisar is a key area of Kunduz and commandos believe that their successful operation to retake it was an achievement.

"Enemies were here before we reached the area but we caused a major blow to the Taliban and they escaped," a commando, Sayed Maqsoud said.

"We assure the people that we have caused a major blow to the enemy and we are ready to do it again in future. We respect all the Kunduz residents," said Abdul Ahad, commander of the commando unit in Bala Hisar area.

After dinner, the commandos continued their mission and retuned to patrolling the streets. Hours later they returned to the heart of the city.

if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
with other commando units stationed in key areas around the city and in Bala Hisar, sleep is a luxury for most of them who work tireless to secure the battle-weary city.

Afghanistan: Soldier Claims Insurgents Were Hiding in Hospital At Time Of Air Strike
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[Tolo News] An Afghan National Army (ANA) commando claimed on Wednesday that Taliban members were possibly present at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital when the facility was bombed last week.

The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital was the main medical facility that the Taliban used for its maimed, he said.

"Taliban were being treated in this hospital ... because it was their main center (in Kunduz) for their healthcare services. I think they had come in large numbers and that the aircraft attacked them," he told TOLOnews correspondent Wali Arian in Kunduz.

In addition, he said the Taliban had used the hospital to launch attacks on security forces.

Another ANA officer said the Taliban had seized the hospital for their own injured fighters before it was bombed.

"When the hospital was seized by the enemy (Taliban) they took the doctors hostage and were treating their injured fighters in the hospital," he said.

The strike came in the early hours of Saturday morning killing 22 people, including 12 MSF staff members.

However MSF officials called the incident a war crime and have blamed the United States for the attack.

Also, they rejected as baseless claims that holy warriors were hiding in the facility.

"So claiming that they were targeting [Taliban] fighters is not proven by the facts so this claim is ridiculous ... only patients inside the building were - as I said - patients and staff and they are the only maimed and casualties of this attack," said MSF President Meinie Nicolai.

This comes after the United States' commander of international forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Campbell said on Tuesday the Arclight airstrike on the hospital had been a mistake.

Campbell said U.S. forces had responded to requests from Afghan forces and provided close air support as they engaged in a fight with Talibs in the historic provincial capital.

"To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command," Campbell said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."

Campbell's comments on Tuesday were the most direct acknowledgement yet by the U.S. government that the strike on the hospital was carried out by U.S. forces. But in a statement on Monday, Campbell said only that U.S. forces had responded to requests for support from Afghan forces.
#1: Mixed in with the fluffy ducks and baby bunnies?
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Arabia: Yemeni govt vows to stay in Aden despite ISIS attack
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemen's government vowed on Wednesday to stay in the country's temporary capital Aden despite a deadly ISIS attack on its headquarters which lightly maimed several ministers.

Two bombs targeted the government's temporary headquarters in Aden's Al-Qasr Hotel, lightly wounding several ministers although Prime Minister Khaled Bahah escaped unharmed. Two guards were reportedly killed.

Two more bombs hit military installations used by the Arab coalition troops, who have been battling Shiite Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias since March in support of the internationally-recognized Yemeni government.

ISIS claimed the attacks and published the names and photographs of the four jacket wallahs it said had carried them out.

It was the first time that the bully boy group had claimed attacks on government and coalition targets.

Previous attacks had targeted Shiite mosques frequented by the militias.

The coalition said that one Saudi and three Emirati soldiers were among the dead in Aden.

Bahah and his ministers only returned to the southern port city on September 16 after six months of exile in neighboring 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...

The Yemeni government "insists on continuing its national and historical role during this exceptional phase from the temporary capital Aden until all parts of the country are liberated," said a statement issued after Tuesday's cabinet meeting.

India-Pakistan: SC maintains Mumtaz Qadri's death penalty, says he is a terrorist
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[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistain on Wednesday maintained the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri -- the killer of former Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

governor Salman Taseer -- by an Anti Terrorism Court.

The Islamabad High Court's (IHC) March 9 verdict which had rejected Qadri's application against his death sentence under the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC) but accepted his application to void the Anti Terrorism Act's (ATA) Section 7,was overturned by the court.

Headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, the bench had taken up two appeals; one moved by Advocate Mian Nazir Akhtar on behalf of Mumtaz Qadri, and another moved by the federal government against the IHC verdict.

A three-member bench of the apex court allowed the government application to re-include the terrorism charges against Qadri

The appeal filed by Mumtaz Qadri for a reduction in his sentence was dismissed by the court.

Qadri still has the right to submit a mercy appeal to the president.

During the course of court proceedings on the case, Qadri's counsel argued that the accused was a straightforward man who had a justification for killing the former governor, admitting that whatever he did was in accordance with the dictates of the Holy Koran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him), because he was convinced that the victim had committed blasphemy by calling the blasphemy law "a black law".

"We have to look into whether the dear departed (Salmaan Taseer) indeed committed the act of blasphemy or he commented adversely on the effects of the blasphemy law," Justice Dost Mohammad Khan had observed.

Given the prevailing constitutional and legal setup, Justice Dost Mohammad observed, can the accused be given the right to judge on his own cause and commit murder in uniform of a person who was under his protection, especially when there is no evidence of him having committed blasphemy, save a few press clippings.

These questions need to be focused upon, Justice Dost Mohammad emphasised adding that the impression he had gathered from reading the facts of the case was that the dear departed governor was talking about the defects in the blasphemy law, which were sometimes misused for personal benefit.

In any democratic government, the nation has the right to criticise any law made by the parliament because it was made by representatives of the people, Justice Khosa observed, and illustrated his argument with the example of the 21st amendment.

"Will it not instil fear in the society if everybody starts taking the law in their own hands and dealing with sensitive matters such as blasphemy on their own rather than going to the courts," Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had later asked.

Quoting instances such as the lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan, Justice Khosa had asked whether an individual has the right to act on his own in such matters without even first ascertaining the facts.

Justice Dost Mohammad Khan also stressed the need of exercising restraint because blasphemy accusations were serious and prone to misuse. Allowing individuals to deal with such matters on their own is fraught with danger, especially in divided societies like ours, where even Learned Elders of Islam are reluctant to offer prayers with members of other schools of thought, he observed.

Afghanistan: Insurgents Pushed to Outskirts of Kunduz City
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[Tolo News] Security forces have pushed back gunnies to the outskirts of the city after having regained control of Chawk-e-Kunduz, the main traffic circle, on Wednesday.

TOLOnews journalist Karim Amini reports that the Taliban's defense lines have been pushed back to the outskirts of the city but that festivities are ongoing in these parts.

According to Amini, all four main roads, that start at the roundabout and lead to strategic areas, are once again open to traffic.

Civilians are reportedly venturing out on to the streets once again and some shops and bakeries have reopened.

The city was on Wednesday relatively calm after ten days of fierce battles between security forces and gunnies -- which has resulted in about 6,000 families being left homeless since the start of last Monday's siege.

"Most parts of the city are now under control of the security forces," reported Karim.

...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth ordered the entire 614th quadrant searched. The Green Lensman must be found!...
security officials said house-to-house search operations will be launched soon to eliminate gunnies hiding out in civilian homes.

"We are going to conduct house-to-house search operations at night and if we find any suspicious house, we will search it to make sure there is not threat," a police officer told TOLOnews.

In addition, he said gunnies are also hiding in the mosques.

However the overall situation in Kunduz has been relatively calm on Wednesday. The roads leading to Kunduz Airport and to provinces have also reportedly been quiet.

Kunduz city fell to the Taliban last Monday when hundreds of armed gunnies carried out a coordinated attack and captured government facilities.

They also attacked the prison and allowed about 600 inmates to escape, including 110 Taliban members.

Afghanistan: President Ghani Appoints Five Governors
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[Tolo News] On the Proposal of Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the decision of Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
five new governors have been introduced.

1. Yasin Zia son of Mohammad Nasim as the governor of Takhar province.
2. Zahir Wahdat son of Haji Ghulam Ali as the governor of Sar-e-Pul province.
3. Sayed Anwar Sadaat son of Sayed Muqim as the governor of Faryab province.
4. Abdul Satar Bariz son of Abdul Rashid as the governor of Baghlan province and
5. Haji Shahzada Mazlumyar son of Mohammadaa jan as the governor of Laghman province.

Recently the presidential administrative office said in a statement that Hamdullah Danishi, from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance has been appointed as Kunduz acting-governor.

The appointment comes in the wake of the fall of Kunduz to the Taliban.

Kunduz Governor Omar Safai was out of the country at the time of the attack.

Danishi previously worked as the Kunduz deputy governor.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Council of Europe steps up criticism against Baku
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Council of Europe has withdrawn from a joint group on human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
issues in Azerbaijan, according to a written statement released Sept. 7, by the spokesperson of the organization's secretary general.

Thorbjørn Jagland, the secretary general of the Council of Europe, informed the Committee of Ministers of his decision to withdraw the Council's participation in the joint working group on human rights issues in Azerbaijan, read the statement.

Since October 2014, a Council of Europe representative had been attending meetings in Baku intended to revive the dialogue between civil society and Azerbaijani authorities.

"Despite this initiative, the overall situation of human rights defenders in the country has tanked dramatically. An increasing number of human right defenders have recently been imprisoned and the Council of Europe has received worrying reports about unacceptable detention conditions," said the statement. Prior to his intervention at the Committee of Ministers, the secretary general had informed Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev of his decision.

The Grand Turk: HDP files complaint over dragging of dead body in Sirnak
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has filed a complaint over the notorious dragging of a dead body of an alleged outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bad boy through the streets of Sirnak in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, also tabling a parliamentary motion addressed to the interior minister.

The dead body belonged to the brother-in-law of HDP Sirnak deputy Leyla Birlik, Haci Lokman Birlik, who is said to have been killed during festivities between police and members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the PKK, in downtown Sirnak.

The HDP said in a written statement that the party's lawyer had filed a complaint over the incident, in which Birlik's body was apparently dragged from the back of a police truck, to the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office.

The party issued complaints against Interior Minister Selami Altinok, Sirnak Governor Ali Ihsan Su, Sirnak Police Chief Haci Sel, and all people involved in the incident.

On Oct. 4, the Interior Ministry announced that it had launched an investigation into possible human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
abuses after the image was posted online earlier that day. The photograph spread widely on social media and was also shared by Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas.

Arabia: Yemen's Houthis, Saleh's party accept UN peace terms, eye talks
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[DAWN] Yemen's Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
group and the party of the former president have on Wednesday accepted a peace plan brokered by the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
in talks in Oman, paving the way for resuming negotiations to end months of conflict in the country.

Both groups said on Wednesday that they had officially notified UN chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon that they were ready to join talks on a settlement based on a seven-point peace plan proposed by the UN in talks in Oman last month.

Aid agencies and the UN have raised alarm over the human cost of the war, both from fighting that has claimed over 5,000 lives and from a blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that they say has brought Yemen area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
close to famine.

Citing allegations of war crimes, the rights group Amnesia Amnesty International on Wednesday called for states including the United States and United Kingdom to stop arming the Saudi-led coalition, which has been bombing Yemen for over six months.

In his letter dated October 3, Houthi front man Mohammed Abdul-Salam confirmed that his group and others allied to it backed the seven-point plan.

"The Security Council supports a political settlement for the Yemen crisis and the return to the talks with no preconditions, and so do we," the letter added.

Former President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
's General People's Congress (GPC) party also accepted the plan.

"An official source at the General People's Congress reiterated the party's fast position on ending hostilities and raising the blockade and on a peaceful solution to Yemen's crisis," it said in a statement.

The Saudi-led coalition and exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi regard Saleh as a spoiler trying to undermine a political accord that allowed him to step down following months of protests in 2011.

Hadi had previously refused a UN invitation to peace talks in the region, demanding that the Houthis publicly accept the UN Security Council resolution.

In its report, Amnesty said: "Damning evidence of war crimes by the 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...
-led coalition, which is armed by states including the USA, highlights the urgent need for independent, effective investigation of violations and for the suspension of transfers of certain arms."

It urged an end to the sale of warplanes, helicopters and bombs, especially internationally-banned cluster bombs.

Spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition did not immediately respond to a Rooters request for comment.

Gulf-backed forces have in recent weeks pushed the Houthis and Saleh's forces out of Yemen's second city Aden and retaken swathes of the south.
#1: The political agreement hammered out previously provided the Houthi their own political region. This was rejected because the Houthi, faced with a major drought in their homeland, wanted not just a sort of autonomy in the north, but other space as well. They get what they wanted -- for a time. But now the Saudis have got what they wanted -- the opportunity to destroy the Houthi homeland and drive them back from the 11th to the 9th century.
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India-Pakistan: Three suspected militants killed in Balochistan's Awaran
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[DAWN] Security forces on Wednesday killed three suspected turbans in Awaran district of 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...

"Security forces launched an operation in Awaran's Maskhay and other areas," said an official from the security forces.

The official added that during the operation, three suspected turbans were killed and weapons were recovered from their possession.

"Security forces also destroyed various safe havens of the turbans operating in the area during the operation," stated the security official.

The turbans killed during the security operation could not be immediately identified, but security officials added that they belonged to a proscribed organization.

Security forces also claimed that the turbans had often targeted security forces and vital national installations.

Security forces have intensified their actions in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the announcement of the National Action Plan to combat terrorism in the country.

The Grand Turk: Syria conflict must not spark Russia-NATO crisis: Turkish PM
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Oct. 7 he does not want the conflict in Syria turning into a crisis between Russia and 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...
nor into a Russian-Turkish dispute.

But The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a member of the alliance, will not compromise on the security of its borders or air space, Davutoglu said at a school opening in Istanbul in comments broadcast live by state TV. Russia has breached Turkish air space since launching air strikes in Syria last week.

Only two of Russia's 57 air strikes in Syria have hit 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....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while the rest have been against the moderate opposition, the only forces fighting ISIL in northwestern Syria, Davutoglu also said.

The Grand Turk: Former chief of general staff says Bush administration supported plot against Turkish army
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Former Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug presented his defense at a second hearing before the Supreme Court of Appeals in the Ergenekon coup plot case on Oct. 7.

Former Chief of General Staff said a plot was laid against the Turkish Armed Forces.

Basbug was asked who was behind the "game" played against the Turkish Armed Forces and replied, "The George W. Bush administration has supported the game against the Turkish Armed Forces," adding that the Gulen movement was the main perpetrator of the violation of law via their cadre placed in the judiciary and police department.

With statements such as "What they have asked and we did not give?" and "We were cheated," the U.S. government clearly stated they had given support to the Gulen movement, Basbug also said.

He was targeted by the Gulen movement because of his statements against the group, Basbug said.

The Ergenekon coup plot trial, considered the most important legal battle in recent Turkish history, reached an end on Aug. 5, 2013, after Istanbul's 13th High Criminal Court handed down severe punishments.

The verdict trial, which decided the fate of 275 suspects at the end of a five-year process, resulted in hundreds of years of imprisonment in total and several aggravated life sentences for a series of the country's high-ranking army members, journalists and academics.

Suspects faced a series of charges from a combined mass of different cases, but with the overall focus around their implication in the Ergenekon network, which was ultimately acknowledged by the court as a terrorist organization that had attempted to overthrow the government.
#1: W overthrow a NATO Allie? Doesn't pass the smell test.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 15:57 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turks oppose military intervention in Syria, gloomy on economy: Survey
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Citizens are gloomy about The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's economic prospects, suspicious of international partners, and opposed to military involvement in neighboring Syria, according to new research published on Oct. 7 by the German Marshall Fund.

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
the Turkish Perceptions Survey revealed that a majority still favors membership in the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, Rooters reported.

Turkey has been battered by domestic and international headwinds in recent months, with inconclusive elections, weak economic growth, regional conflicts and a surge in outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eater violence.

In light of this, Turkish people overwhelmingly think the government should focus on domestic problems, according to the survey, carried out between July 4 and July 13 through face-to-face interviews with 1,018 respondents.

"Seventy percent of respondents said Turkey should deal first with its internal problems. Only 20 percent said Turkey should play a more active role in the Middle East, the Balkans, and Central Asia," according to the survey, conducted with financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

India-Pakistan: Two shot dead for honour in Swabi
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[DAWN] SWABI: A woman, who had allegedly left house of her husband and married one of her cousins, was rubbed out along with her second husband here on Tuesday, said police.

The woman of Maneri village had married with a man two months ago but their relations remained strained from the very first day of marriage.

During the period the woman allegedly developed relations with her cousin and left the house of her husband. She went to the house of her second husband's maternal uncle at Kotha village.

women are made to be loved, not understood...
her first husband managed to get information about their presence in the Kotha village and traced them.

A brother of the dear departed man told Topi city police the two were allegedly killed by woman's first husband and his two accomplices inside their maternal uncle's house.

Police registered FIR and began investigations.

...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
Hidayat Khan of Mirali was killed and two others were maimed over a children's row.

Police said the rivals opened fire after exchanging heated arguments, adding Hidayat was killed on the spot while Rahat Ali and Mir Wali of the rival group were maimed. Both groups registered FIR against each other.

India-Pakistan: Factory raid: Man found in chains
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[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: A man was found chained in a factory during a raid conducted by a magistrate and police on Tuesday.

Five factory workers were also incarcerated
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
and shifted to Industrial Area cop shoppe for detaining the man for two weeks and a case has been registered.

Earlier, the Islamabad deputy commissioner received a complaint that a labourer had been kept in illegal confinement in a steel mill. He asked magistrate Saddar to look into the issue and try to get the labourer released.

The magistrate, accompanied by Industrial Area police, raided the factory and found the man chained to a charpoy within the factory premises. The magistrate questioned other labourers who said the man was chained by the factory owner for alleged theft.

"He was in terrible condition. His hair had been cut strangely to insult him," they said, and added that the man's leg was also injured.

Further questioning revealed that the man were tossed into the calaboose since September 23, after he allegedly stole braze weighing 5kg, worth Rs1,500, from the factory.

During the inquiry, the victim confessed to the theft.

Police said a man approached the raiding team and identified himself as the owner, but later denied ownership and said the factory was owned by his uncle.

India-Pakistan: Engineer belonging to Hizbut Tahrir arrested for distributing pamphlets
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[DAWN] KARACHI: Police on Tuesday claimed to have jugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
an engineering and business graduate, who has allegedly been working for a banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's south district, in the Boat Basin area of Clifton.

The suspect, Owais Raheel, targeted educated youngsters in the Defence and Clifton areas in order to use them "for illegal activities" with a view to implementing "Khilafa" in the country, the police said.

He graduated from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) and the NED University of Engineering and Technology and joined the banned Hizbut Tahrir al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
(HT) in 2007, said a bigwig.

Within eight years, he added, Owais became a key member of the group that defied Pakistain's democratic system and aimed to implement "Khilafa" in the country.

"The suspect was arrested in the Boat Basin area on Tuesday under Section 11EEEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act," said Mazhar Mashwani of the Counter-Terrorism Department of police.

"We have also recovered from his possession several pamphlets of the organization which he used to distribute outside mosques," the officer added.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: DoD: U.S. and Russian Aircraft Have Close Encounter Over Syria
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[NBCNEWS] There has been at least one close encounter between a Russian aircraft and a U.S. aircraft over Syria, forcing the U.S. to re-route that aircraft to avoid a conflict, the Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday.
Perhaps the two forces should exchange phone numbers? Maybe the officer of the day could contact the operations duty officer? Or divide the airspace east and west or north and south or by quadrant.
Moscow's unexpected move to launch Arclight airstrikes in Syria has brought the greatest threat of an accidental clash between Russian and Western forces since the Cold War. Russian warplanes as well as those of the United States and its allies are now flying combat missions over the same country for the first time since World War II, raising concerns about potentially dangerously crowded airspace.

The U.S. continues to conduct Arclight airstrikes over Syria, but the missions are "not unabated" as the U.S. had been saying in recent days, Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis told news hounds during a briefing on Wednesday. The manned U.S. aircraft was within 20 miles of a Russian aircraft.

He did not elaborate on exactly when and where in Syrian airspace the incident occurred.

The U.S. has "a high level of situational awareness" of the airspace above Syria, Davis said, and American military officials have "taken some actions to ensure safe separation of aircraft."

OTOH DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > THREAD showed a computer graphic from CBSNEWS.COM indic that the overwhelming majority or bulk of third-party aircraft - Manned or Drone - ON-SCREEN are AMERICAN, US ALLIES = RUSSIA = HAD ONLY TWO AIRCRAFT BLIPS???

Personally, I'd like to know iff the US = POTUS Obama do the same + "re-route" the USN-USDOD vee the Chinese PLAN in the SCS andor ECS???


Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-08 00:14 ||Comments

#2: Let's hope the next U.S. 'aircraft' that has a close encounter is an F-22.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:19 ||Comments

#3: Its starting to feel a lot like "Alas Babylon" to me.

This could get very ugly as Russia and the US are on opposite sides flying close air support in the same AO...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 06:14 ||Comments

#4: This is just the latest example of "smart" diplomacy coupled with unlimited hubris and bottomless incompetence and ignorance.

I fear that the only real question left about our regime is exactly when and where they will stumble (or step) into WWIII.

With the tone and content of all their recent pronouncements denigrating any prospective foe I would be not be surprised to find out that the step I mention above was deliberate as a ploy to support some sort of martial law movement.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 07:19 ||Comments

#5: I fear that the only real question left about our regime is exactly when and where they will stumble (or step) into WWIII.

A military 'incident' is inevitable. A U.S. retreat and a further weakening of our military is also inevitable. War is unlikely. This is a row between like-minded brothers, Vlad being the older and much more cunning of the two.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-10-08 07:25 ||Comments

#6: You may be correct Beso.

The problem is, to continue your metaphor, when the younger brother becomes enraged at the constant humiliation inflicted by the elder and the resulting temper tantrum gets way out of hand and the gun is grabbed.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 09:58 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Suicide bombers kill 40 in Nigeria including in 2 mosques
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[FOXNEWS] Suicide bombers, some screaming "God is great," killed at least 40 people in two northeastern Nigerian states Wednesday, including kabooms in two mosques, officials and witnesses said. All the bombers died.

Earlier, Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamic bandidos faceless myrmidons had attacked a rural military camp in northeastern Yobe state overnight but were repulsed by troops who killed at least 100 of the hard boys, army front man Col. Sani Usman said. Seven troops died in that fighting and nine were maimed, he said.

Hours later, at around 6 a.m. when mosques are filled with the faithful performing early-morning prayers, two women jacket wallahs struck in Damaturu, Yobe state's commercial center.

"One of the suicide bombers gained entry into the mosque and detonated explosives and the other bomber was sighted roaming around the compound and (when) asked questions, she too detonated explosives," said resident Ibrahim Musa.

In Damaturu, police Assistant Superintendent Toyin Gbagedesin said seven people died. Musa said he counted 15 bodies. There was no immediate way to reconcile the conflicting tolls.

Gbagedesin also reported a third attack by two male suicide bombers on a settlement of Fulani herders that he said killed 10 people.

At around the same time, two male suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a mosque in Gubio town of neighboring Borno state and killed at least 12 people, according to survivors who asked not to be identified for fear of repercussions.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States
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[REUTERS] Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Theocratic Republic, already said last month there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal, but has not previously declared an outright ban.

His statements directly contradict those of moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who says his government is ready to hold talks with the United States on how to resolve the conflict in Syria, where the two countries back opposing sides.

"Negotiations with the United States open gates to their economic, cultural, political and security influence. Even during the nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests.," Khamenei was quoted as saying on his website.

"Our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances," he said.

Although he supported the last 18 months of negotiations, Khamenei has not publicly endorsed the nuclear agreement with the United States, Germany, La Belle France, Britannia, China and Russia that settled a standoff of more than a decade.
#1: If the intel is correct, Khamenei's putative successor isn't going to be an improvement.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-08 14:38 ||Comments

Down Under: Three of four released after Sydney raids
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[SKYNEWS.AU] Three of the four people incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in pre-dawn raids in Sydney's west have been released from custody as investigations into the killing of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng continue.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested at a home in Wentworthville remains in jug.

It comes after more than 200 armed officers raided homes in Guilford, Wentworthville, Merrylands and Marsfield at 6am on Wednesday, arresting four males aged between 16 and 22.

The 16-year-old and two 22-year-old men have been released from custody, a police spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The 16-year-old and 18-year-old were from Wentworthville; one 22-year-old was from Merrylands and the other was from Marsfield, police said.

They included past and present students of Arthur Phillip High School, the school attended by 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar, who bumped off Sydney police accountant Curtis Cheng in a Parramatta street on Friday.

A 17-year-old boy arrested and charged on Tuesday is also a student at the school.

Authorities are almost certain Jabar did not act alone.

At least three of the four who were arrested on Wednesday were also targeted in the sweeping September 2014 terror raids across western Sydney.

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said authorities suspect those arrested have some knowledge of Friday's shooting and could have influenced Jabar.

Investigations into Jabar's motivation continue, but Ms Burn told news hounds on Wednesday it's suspected 'there was some influence' that was of an ideological, religious or political nature.
#1: Ms Burn told news hounds on Wednesday it's suspected 'there was some influence' that was of an ideological, religious or political nature

At least the Commissioner didn't blame firearms, or global warming.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-08 10:47 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Sunni Tehreek to file review Mumtaz Qadri petition
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[DAWN] In a statement released today, Sunni Tehrik
...formed in Karachi in 1992 under by Muhammad Saleem Qadri. It quickly fell to trading fisticuffs and assassinations with the MQM and the Sipah-e-Sahaba, with at least a half dozen of its major leaders rubbed out. Sunni Tehreek arose to become the primary opposition to the Deobandi Binori Mosque, headed by Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was eventually bumped off by person or persons unknown. ST's current leadership has heavily criticized the Deobandi Jihadi leaders, accusing them of being sponsored by Indian Intelligence agencies as well as involvement in terrorist activities...
(ST) has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistain (SCP) in regards to the apex court's earlier decision to uphold the death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri under ATA laws.

"The death penalty awarded to Mumtaz Qadri is against Shariah and the Constitution of Pakistain," claimed the statement from ST.

The statement was issued by Naeem Raza, incharge of ST's media cell and quoted Muhammad Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, chief of ST.

Qadri, a former commando of Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

police's Elite Force, was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in October 2011 for assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in Islamabad's Kohsar Market. Qadri said he killed Taseer over the politician's vocal opposition to blasphemy laws of the country.

He had confessed to shooting Taseer dead outside an upmarket coffee shop close to the latter's residence in Islamabad on Jan 4.

Following the sentencing, Qadri's counsels had challenged the ATC's decision through two applications the same month.

The first petition had demanded that Qadri's death sentence should be quashed and the second asked for Section 7 of the ATA to be declared void from the sentencing.

India-Pakistan: Rangers consider legal action against ad about 'unknown Rangers'
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[DAWN] Sindh Rangers front man said on Wednesday that the paramilitary force "has every right to adopt legal course against the elements involved in tarnishing its image among masses".

Taking strong exception to the advertisements published in certain dailies on Tuesday seeking public assistance for recovery of certain allegedly kidnapped individuals, the front man said "it was an attempt to affect peace and normality restored in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...

"There is absolutely no truth in these advertisements and Pakistain Rangers, Sindh, is contemplating to take legal action against those behind the publication," he said.

It was reiterated that the advertisement was part of a campaign to create misgivings about the performance of Rangers among the residents of Karachi.

"The objective is mainly to affect the Karachi operation," said the front man.

...back at the pie fight, Bella grabbed the cocoanut cream...
Sindh Minister for Information Nisar Khuhro clarified the position of his ministry regarding the very advertisement, saying "the information ministry doesn't make any changes to the content forwarded by relevant departments".

A newspaper advertisement issued by the police.

Afghanistan: Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack, MSF demands independent probe
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[REUTERS] U.S. President Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
on Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime.

MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday's air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff.

Obama telephoned MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, International President Joanne Liu to apologize and express his condolences, White House front man Josh Earnest said. Asked whether Obama offered some explanation to Liu, Earnest said no.
#1: MSF had a horde of Taliban and weapons using the compound with them...Taliban using them as shields and you know the rest.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-10-08 06:15 ||Comments

#2: So MSF thinks Champ would cover up a US military mistake? They're dumber than I thought!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 07:44 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russia Fires Cruise Missiles in Syria as Assad Begins a Ground Attack
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[NYTIMES] Russia and Syria unleashed a coordinated assault by land, air and sea on Wednesday, seeking to reverse recent gains by rebel groups that were beginning to encroach on Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
's last bastion of power.

Moscow said it had fired 26 cruise missiles on Syrian targets from naval vessels in the Caspian Sea, 900 miles away, though it was not immediately clear whether they hit targets in the area of the ground offensive.

The ground assault, and Arclight airstrikes, seemed to focus on an area of northern Hama Province and southern Idlib Province, around three villages that bandidos murderous Moslems consider the first line of defense of the strategic Jebel al-Zawiyah area.

The bombardment appeared to be severe in some places. One video showed white smoke rising above a village's minarets, while another appeared to show at least a dozen kabooms -- the person filming described the weapons as rockets -- in less than five minutes.
#1: Moscow said it had fired 26 cruise missiles on Syrian targets from naval vessels in the Caspian Sea, 900 miles away

American version of "shock & awe". Fire a few hundred cruise missiles. Then send in (American) ground troops to pass out Hershey bars to kids and "build a nation".
Russian version of "shock & awe". Fire a few dozen cruise missiles. Then send in local allies---possibly with Russian arty/armor support---to butcher the survivors.

I wonder if it'll work.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 03:21 ||Comments

Posted by: paul|| 2015-10-08 09:17 ||Comments

#3: Across Iran and Iraq?

Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2015-10-08 13:38 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Child ISIS jihadi taunts 'Dog of Rome' Obama to submit to the 'Caliphate' or die
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[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] A child jihadi armed with a rocket-propelled grenade has threatened to behead 'Dog of Rome Obama' in a chilling new video released by ISIS.

The boy, who is only about ten-years-old, tells US President Barack Obama
If I had a son he'd look like Trayvon...
he is 'dreaming' if he thinks American soldiers will enter the large swathes of land the terror group controls.

With one finger pointed to the sky - a hand signal which has become synonymous with ISIS - he warns: 'Wake up from your sleep and pay the jiz' yah (religious tax) in submission before the swords of the khalifah (caliphate) reach you and cut your filthy head.'

The child, dressed in army fatigues, calls Obama the 'Dog of Rome', which means servant of the Vatican, and references the US' military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

'If you think your soldiers will enter the land of the khilafah and pollute it with their filth, then you're dreaming,' the boy, one of the so-called 'cubs of the caliphate', says.

The video ends with an image of a motorboat travelling through an expanse of water - possibly referencing a journey across the Atlantic or the threat of Lions of Islam slipping into Europe hidden among the hundreds of thousands of migrants.

America has been hitting ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria with Arclight airstrikes. On Sunday alone, the US struck 16 ISIS targets.

...back at the hanging, Butch continued with his last words, trying not to repeat himself too often......
Russian warplanes have been flying over Syrian territory since last Wednesday, conducting air strikes on what Moscow says are targets belonging to 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....
jihadists in the country's northern and central provinces.
#1: I'd task a Predator just for this little punk
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-08 09:15 ||Comments

#2: raqqa and mosul should be bombed nightly
Posted by: paul|| 2015-10-08 12:13 ||Comments

#3: That Evinrude won't make it across the Atlantic.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2015-10-08 12:42 ||Comments

#4: The boy, who is only about ten-years-old, tells US President Barack Obama he is 'dreaming' if he thinks American soldiers will enter the large swathes of land the terror group controls.

Anybody told him about Russians?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 15:53 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Resident shoots down neighbor's drone, says wife felt like it was watching her
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[THEADVOCATE] An Ascension Parish man hunting squirrels on his property Monday shot down a neighbor’s drone that had been flying over his home for several months, making his wife feel as though she was being watched.
Question #1: Was she nekkid or a reasonable facsimile thereof?
Aaron Hernandez, the owner of the drone, which was outfitted with a camera, said Tuesday he was flying his $1,200 remote-controlled quadcopter, which he got as a Christmas present last year, at his father’s home in a rural area off La. 936 early Monday evening when his neighbor shot it, disabling it at first, leaving it hovering in the sky.
[BANG!]" Take a picture of that, neighbor!"
Hernandez said he ran over to his neighbor’s property, saying he wouldn’t fly the drone again, but the neighbor, Derek Vidrine, blasted it out of the sky.
[KERBLAM!] "Heh! They charge you money to shoot skeet!"
Hernandez said he had his 7-year-old niece with him at the time and the incident frightened her.
"Oh, Unkie! I'm ever so frightened!"
He called the Sheriff’s Office.
"Operator, gimme the police!"
Vidrine said Hernandez has been flying the drone over his property for months.
"Now, what's the trouble here?"
"He shot down my drone, sheriff!"
"He been flyin' that thing over my property for months!"

Last week, he said, when his wife saw the drone flying above her, she rode her horse to the property line and told Hernandez to stop flying the machine over her property.
"B'better knock it off, Hernandez! I'm tired of hearin' that thing fire up every time I splash into the pool!"
“He said, ‘Call the cops.’ We called the cops,” Vidrine said.
"Aw, call the cops! By the way, nice boobs!"
The sheriff’s deputy that answered the call asked Hernandez to stop flying it over the neighbor’s land, Vidrine said.
"Knock it off, Hernandez, or I'll run you in!"
"Yes, officer! Of course! It was entirely inadvertent, really!"

“Yesterday, he did it again,” Vidrine said Tuesday.
"Derek! He's doin' it again!"

Vidrine was out hunting when he first saw the drone.
"I see it, honey!" [KERBLAMMO!]
“It’s squirrel season. It was right there. I shot it,” Vidrine said.
Squirrel season? You got a season to shoot pests in Louisiana? Who knew?
“That’s where we’re at,” he added.
$1200 worth of slow-moving skeet.
#1: I always feel like,
somebody's watching me...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:28 ||Comments

#2: rural La? He's lucky the guy didn't shoot him
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-08 07:30 ||Comments

#3: Hmm, first get a more powerful transmitter. Take control, land it, switch the frequency settings.

Problem solved. Plus you can return the favor and follow the neighbor around.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 10:12 ||Comments

#4: Then there is this.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 10:19 ||Comments

#5: Very funny.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2015-10-08 11:13 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Robert Fisk: There are no good guys
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 5 Comments 1167 words Read the whole thing on page 4
World famous journalist, the man who is the epitome of "Fisking" -- Robert Fisk -- weighs in on the Syrian War now that the Rooshuns have weighed in.
[Independent] The Russian air force in Syria has flown straight into the West’s fantasy air space. The Russians, we are now informed, are bombing the “moderates” in Syria – “moderates” whom even the Americans admitted two months ago, no longer existed.

It’s rather like the Isis fighters who left Europe to fight for the “Caliphate”.Remember them? Scarcely two months ago, our political leaders – and leader writers – were warning us all of the enormous danger posed by “home-grown” Islamists who were leaving Britain and other European countries and America to fight for the monsters of Isis. Then the hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees began trekking up the Balkans towards Europe after risking death in the Mediterranean – and we were all told by the same political leaders to be fearful that Isis killers were among them.

It’s amazing how European Muslim fighters fly to Turkey to join Isis, and a few weeks later, they’re drowning in leaky boats or tramping back again and taking trains from Hungary to Germany. But if this nonsense was true, where did they get the time for all the terrorist training they need in order to attack us when they get back to Europe?

It is possible, of course, that this was mere storytelling. By contrast, the chorus of horror that has accompanied Russia’s cruel air strikes this past week has gone beyond sanity.

Let’s start with a reality check. The Russian military are killers who go for the jugular. They slaughtered the innocent of Chechnya to crush the Islamist uprising there, and they will cut down the innocent of Syria as they try to crush a new army of Islamists and save the ruthless regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian army, some of whose members are war criminals, have struggled ferociously to preserve the state – and used barrel bombs to do it. They have also fought to the death.
The Russians also slaughtered a fair number of bad guys, not just innocents. As for war criminals: it depends on who wins as to who is a war criminal. If Assad and the Rooshuns win, nothing they did will be prosecuted as a war crime.
“American officials” – those creatures beloved of The New York Times – claim that the Syrian army does not fight Isis. If true, who on earth killed the 56,000 Syrian soldiers – the statistic an official secret, but nonetheless true – who have so far died in the Syrian war? The preposterous Free Syrian Army (FSA)?

This rubbish has reached its crescendo in the on-again off-again saga of the Syrian “moderates”. These men were originally military defectors to the FSA, which America and European countries regarded as a possible pro-Western force to be used against the Syrian government army. But the FSA fell to pieces, corrupted, and the “moderates” defected all over again, this time to the Islamist Nusrah Front or to Isis, selling their American-supplied weapons to the highest bidder or merely retiring quietly – and wisely – to the countryside where they maintained a few scattered checkpoints.

Washington admitted their disappearance, bemoaned their fate, concluded that new “moderates” were required, persuaded the CIA to arm and train 70 fighters, and this summer packed them off across the Turkish border to fight – whereupon all but 10 were captured by Nusrah and at least two of them were executed by their captors. Just two weeks ago, I heard in person one of the most senior ex-US officers in Iraq – David Petraeus’s former No 2 in Baghdad – announce that the “moderates” had collapsed long ago. Now you see them – now you don’t.

But within hours of Russia’s air assaults last weekend, Washington, The New York Times, CNN, the poor old BBC and just about every newspaper in the Western world resurrected these ghosts and told us that the Russkies were bombing the brave “moderates” fighting Bashar’s army in Syria – the very “moderates” who, according to the same storyline from the very same sources a few weeks earlier, no longer existed. Our finest commentators and experts – always a dodgy phrase – joined in the same chorus line.

So now a few harsh factoids. The Syrian army are drawing up the operational target lists for the Russian air force. But Vladimir Putin has his own enemies in Syria.

The first strikes – far from being aimed at the “moderates” whom the US had long ago dismissed – were directed at the large number of Turkmen villages in the far north-west of Syria which have for many months been occupied by hundreds of Chechen fighters – the very same Chechens whom Putin had been trying to liquidate in Chechnya itself. These Chechen forces assaulted and destroyed Syria’s strategic hilltop military Position 451 north of Latakia last year. No wonder Bashar’s army put them on the target list.

Other strikes were directed not at Isis but at Islamist Jaish al-Shams force targets in the same area. But in the first 24 hours, Russian bombs were also dropped on the Isis supply line through the mountains above Palmyra.

The Russians specifically attacked desert roads around the town of Salamia – the same tracks used by Isis suicide convoys to defeat Syrian troops in the ancient Roman city of Palmyra last May.

They also bombed areas around Hassakeh and the Isis-held Raqqa air base where Syrian troops have fought Islamists over the past year (and were beheaded when they surrendered).

Russian ground troops, however, are in Syria only to guard their bases. These are symbolic boots on the ground – but the idea that those boots are there to fight Isis is a lie. The Russians intend to let the Syrian ground troops do the dying for them.
Not quite true. There are Russian volunteers fighting for Assad deep in Syria, and talk around the water cooler is that no more than a brigade of Russian heavy infantry -- about 5,000 troops including support troops -- are to be deployed to Syria soon, to guard an expanded Russian air campaign.
No, there are no good guys and bad guys in the Syrian war. The Russians don’t care about the innocents they kill any more than do the Syrian army or Nato. Any movie of the Syrian war should be entitled War Criminals Galore!
There are never any good guys in war, unless the Americans are fighting. Then Americans are always the good guys.
Don't forget the Israelis. They're good guys, too.
But for heaven’s sake, let’s stop fantasising. A few days ago, a White House spokesman even told us that Russian bombing “drives moderate elements… into the hands of extremists”.

Who’s writing this fiction? “Moderate elements” indeed…
#1: Yet we refuse to give Rooshuns the Rebel positions because then there would be no leverage at all

Like we have some at all.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 03:22 ||Comments

#2: But some are better than others. For example Robert: I believe that a garbage eating street dog is your moral and intellectual superior.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 03:28 ||Comments

#3: has anyone got a video of 2 minutes of hand-wringing I could replace the article with?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-08 06:02 ||Comments

#4: Fisk must really be pissed. In the ISIS mis-en-scene He can't find any Israelis to pillory.
Posted by: Betty Peacock3509|| 2015-10-08 08:14 ||Comments

#5: So where's the popcorn?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 12:26 ||Comments

Europe: 'Integration Has Failed': Danes Changing Laws to Exclude Foreigners From Citizenship
Posted by Bright Pebbles 10/08/2015  00:00 0 Comments 103 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Breitbart London] Speaking at the opening of parliament in Copenhagen yesterday, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen outlined how up until this point, integration had been allowed to utterly fail in Denmark. He told the chamber: “We need to speak openly about the fact that there is a difference between being a refugee and being an economic migrant. We can never cope with a mass migration that is borne upon the desire for a better life, regardless of how understandable that desire is”.

-Short Attention Span Theater-: LA Times to cut $10 million, 50 editorial staff
Posted by badanov 10/08/2015  00:00 4 Comments 644 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Via the perfesser.

A long-expected buyout program will soon be underway throughout Tribune Publishing, according to a memo to employees from company CEO Jack Griffin.

Employees will have until Oct. 23 to consider the terms of the buyout, which is open to non-union employees with more than one year of service, according to the announcement.

“At least 50″ editorial positions will be culled from the Los Angeles Times before the cuts conclude, according to CNN’s Dylan Byers.

The announcement heralds cuts at Tribune Publishing that have been forecasted for several weeks by numerous reports in Poynter, The New York Times and elsewhere. According to those reports, Tribune Publishing is looking to cut expenses by $10 million and trim about 80 positions.

The buyout package offers employees compensation based on tiers that correspond to time spent at the company. Employees who’ve been at Tribune Publishing between 1 and 10 years get one week of base pay for every year at the company; beyond that, employees get additional weeks of severance for each decade spent at Tribune Publishing.

The staff cuts come amid tensions between Chicago-based Tribune Publishing and the Los Angeles Times, the company’s largest newsroom. Last month, Tribune Publishing ousted Austin Beutner from his position as publisher of the Los Angeles Times amid reports that he was organizing a coalition for local ownership of the paper. Beutner was followed out the door by multiple members of the Los Angeles Times’ leadership team.

Here’s the memo:

Dear Tribune Publishing Employees:

Today we are announcing a Voluntary Separation Program for our employees. We are doing so now to allow employees to make decisions about their own personal and professional situations at a time when the company must continue to execute on its strategic plan, which includes reducing costs.

The senior management team and I recognize that each employee makes important contributions to our company. At the same time, in the challenging revenue environment that all publishing companies face, it is critical that we make hard decisions and take the necessary steps that continue to position Tribune Publishing Company for success over the long term.

Tribune Publishing is built on and committed to quality journalism and premium content. In our short history as an independent public company, our newspaper brands have been recognized for journalistic excellence and commitment to their local communities, including two Pulitzer Prizes at the Los Angeles Times and honorable mentions for the Chicago Tribune and TheBaltimore Sun. And as you may have read last week, The Sun recently received recognition from the Online News Association for its outstanding digital coverage of recent events in Baltimore.

Concurrently, we are investing in digital products, technology and talent to move the company forward. To accomplish and continue this, we must adapt our current cost structure and business model to meet changing times. This is the rationale behind the Employee Voluntary Separation Program. We recognize and appreciate that the decision whether to participate in the plan is a difficult one. Our Human Resources team stands ready to support you in the decision-making process.

Any non-union employee with more than one year of service will be eligible to participate in the program. Eligible employees will receive a personalized and detailed packet within the next five business days, and will have until October 23rd to decide whether to apply for the plan. Cindy Ballard, our head of Human Resources, will send a separate note today with further information.
As the company enters the important fourth quarter, we appreciate the continued focus and dedication our teams are already demonstrating to deliver results for all our stakeholders. Thank you for your hard work during this time and for your ongoing commitment to the success of our company.
#1: The senior management team and I recognize that each employee makes important contributions to our company.

To quote Inspector Clouseau, "Not anymore."
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:31 ||Comments

#2: also includes their newly-purchased San Diego Union Tribune, which has gotta down to large pamphlet-size
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-10-08 07:33 ||Comments

#3: Being a fifth column must no longer be a valid business plan.
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 10:14 ||Comments

#4: Being a fifth column must no longer be a valid business plan.

Note that the positions are "editorial." One can assume that there will be a greater reliance on using "shared" news stories and articles; likely with one or more centralized editorial offices.

So, still fifth column, with even tighter control.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-10-08 14:47 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels' weapons depots: commander
Posted by Choluting Speck7103 10/08/2015  00:00 5 Comments 260 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Rooters - Russian air strikes have destroyed the main weapons depots of a U.S.-trained rebel group in Syria, their commander said on Wednesday, in an expansion of Russian attacks on insurgents backed by foreign enemies of President Bashar al-Assad.
The US cannot provide air superiority? How a** backwards can the bammer be?
The Liwa Suqour al-Jabal, whose fighters have attended military training organized by the Central Intelligence Agency in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, was also hit last week by Russian raids as Moscow began its air campaign in support of Damascus.
How many MRAPS and Toyotas have died in these attacks ?
New strikes targeted the group's main weapons depots in western Aleppo province and completely destroyed them late on Tuesday, its commander Hassan Haj Ali told Reuters on Wednesday via an Internet messaging service.

Haj Ali said he believed the Russians were targeting his group because it was one of the bigger and stronger factions fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army with support from "Arab and foreign countries".
And to punch the bammer in his nose.
"These were considered the principal depots of the Liwa," he told Reuters.

Liwa Suqour al-Jabal operates areas of western and northern Syria where many of Russia's air strikes have been focused and where the Islamic State group - the stated target of the Russian air raids - has no significant presence.

* REUTERS > RUSSIA SAYS MILITANT MOVING ARMOR CLOSER TO MOSQUES [Urban = Civilian Residential Areas], where they Russia will be reluctant or hesitant to attack them.

* BIGNEWSNETWORK > RFE] RUSSIA - "SUPERPOWER" [again] FOR A WEEK?, at least on TV + Medias.


RUSSIA = may very soon be formally asked by IRaqi Govt. to launch Airstrikes agz ISIS, etc. in Iraq.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-10-08 00:35 ||Comments

#2: I wonder. All the NATO sorties against ISIS---were they notifying the intended targets in advance (so "civilians can evacuate"). Can we really put it past them?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-10-08 03:26 ||Comments

#3: Naw. If ISIS knew where NATO would attack they would rush more civilians there so as to get the press to put pressure on their own governments to "stop the autocracies".
Posted by: Sven the pelter|| 2015-10-08 09:56 ||Comments

#4: Wow I didn't know the Ruskies could hit that small a target.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-08 10:52 ||Comments

#5: I thought all the US-supplied weapons were already in the hands of ISIS. Or the Iranians.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-10-08 12:43 ||Comments

Europe: Lesbian bishop suggests removing crosses from church to make it welcoming for Muslims
Posted by Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 10/08/2015  00:00 6 Comments 2791 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Bishop Eva Brunne of Sweden made headlines when she was ordained a bishop in 2009. Installed as the bishop of the Diocese of Stockholm, she was the first lesbian to be elevated to such a post in a mainstream church. Brunne is in a same-sex partnership with another ordained cleric, and is reported to be "a vocal opponent of racism and xenophobia."
Removing the cross is a key first step which has worked well for centuries. Eva really does know best.
She also has an interesting view of the role and purpose of the church. Christianity has typically seen it as the point of the church to teach the message of Jesus Christ and worship him as savior. Thus, the iconic symbol of Jesus -- the cross -- is always prominently displayed in a church building.
But Bishop Brunne reportedly wants to change that at the Seamen's Church in Stockholm. She wants to remove the crosses from the church and provide direction markings for Mecca, to assist Muslims in praying there.

The church is part of the worldwide network of Scandinavian Seamen's Churches founded in 1864 under the patronage of the king of Norway. (There are six such churches in the United States, in New York, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, San Pedro, CA, and San Francisco.) Brunne's influence is limited to the Seamen's Church in the Diocese of Stockholm, on whose board she sits as a member.

The bishop has stirred up some controversy with her plan. Brunne apparently feels it would actually be "stingy" of Christians to retain the Christian character of their churches -- or at least of all of them. She put it this way:
"Making a room available for people of other faiths does not mean that we are not defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are stingy toward people of other faiths," writes Bishop Eva Brunne...

What is the context in which it could possibly be viewed as "stingy" for a church building -- or synagogue, mosque, or temple, for that matter -- to retain the character of the religion it serves? The original Swedish reporting on this development provides a clue.

Swedish outlet Fria Tider cites a blog post at Kirkligating ("Church Planting"), in which the author reports on the 6 February, 2015 meeting of the Seamen's Church board, where Brunne made the proposal. She was, says Patrik Pettersson, inspired by the inter-faith prayer room at Heathrow airport.
So, apparently, Brunne's view is that the Seaman's Church in Stockholm is like the inter-faith prayer room in an airport. Never mind that it began as a Christian church and has always been one; that its clergy and board are Christians and were expecting the church to remain a Christian church; and that those who pay for its upkeep and ministries expect the same thing.

Many Christian commentators argue that accepting gay clergy -- in opposition to longstanding Christian teaching and beliefs -- is a slippery slope to losing a church denomination's Christian character altogether.

And there is room to question whether the churches of many (even most) European nations became "denatured" some time ago. In 2011, for example, a survey indicated that only 15% of Sweden's church members -- not of the total population, but of those who are members of churches -- professed to believe in Jesus. Perhaps it would be hard to get the 85% of "church members" who don't believe in Jesus to care whether a church has crosses in it, or has been made more convenient for the use of Muslims.

On Tuesday, Ezra Levant posted video commentary on this topic at The Rebel.

One salient point here is that there evidently is a titanic sense of complacency among elite Westerners like Bishop Brunne, who seem to see themselves and their culture -- hard as this is to imagine -- as invulnerable, while they look for ways to tear down its protections for their countrymen.
'Invulnerable' yes, but generally incapable of reproducing. Recruitment of the young and innocent is the key, but perhaps we should not go there in this forum.
Set that point alongside Levant's. He wonders, by contrast, where the courage has gone in the defense of the West. Exit thought: out the door, perhaps, with Jesus and the God Jehovah -- the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? What is the West, actually, without them?
Coming soon to a country near you.
#1: Can't fix stupid.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 08:29 ||Comments

#2: Well, technically it is a Roman torture device which may make some uncomfortable, as 'when in Rome, do as the Romans do', adapt or assimilate.
Posted by: P2Kontheroad|| 2015-10-08 08:36 ||Comments

#3: ISIS crucified Christians.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2015-10-08 09:15 ||Comments

#4: She might want to have the crosses removed before ISIS crucifies her. Maybe now they'll just cut her head off...or there's always stoning.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-10-08 11:58 ||Comments

#5: Eva Brunne? Hitler's girlfriend? I heard she was dead.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-10-08 12:16 ||Comments

#6: There is something wrong with this. Can anyone figure it out?
Posted by: newc|| 2015-10-08 12:19 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Turkish authorities detain 6 suspects with printing plates used to produce ISIL currency bills/coins.
Posted by Vast Right Wing Conspiracy 10/08/2015  00:00 0 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Gaziantep statement made by the Governor, disposal of the ISIL activities and possible terrorist acts against Turkey, Turkey supplying materials to over conflict zones, preventing the activities of the parties to help ensure militants of the terrorist organization to work where specified.

Accordingly, in the Sahinbey District Savcili were found materials used for the minting of the ISIL currency, carried out on the Turkmen Isidor Street. six foreign nationals were caught related to the Events.

Anti-Terror Branch Directorate of individuals vehicles and the search for ISIL terrorist organization carried out in the workplaces used in minting 12 ISIL money plates, 2 front of different kinds of ISIL money and of the rear face four kinds of 56 currency mold, 4 pieces of money cutting die, 20 the pressure piston rods were seized.

The Captured 6 people were reportedly sent to prison. Read the full story here --->Source: yurtgazetesi. I Will update this story when more news is available.
If we were smart, but we're not, we should do the NORK-y thing of counterfeiting the currency of the enemy of our enemy of their enemy.

Great way to smash confidence in the government entity being cuckolded.

Iraq: Ministry refutes MP, says $2bn in oil sold since June
Posted by trailing wife 10/08/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 254 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Rudaw] The Kurdistan region's Ministry of Natural Recourses announced Tuesday it had exported over 66 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) from June to end of September this year and received just over $2 billion directly into its account at the Kurdistan International Bank in Erbil.

The statement rejected claims made by a Kurdish politician who told Rudaw earlier that the ministry had received $3 billion for the same period.

Izzat Sabir, the member of Kurdistan's parliament, told Rudaw on Sunday the Ministry of Natural Resources had received over $3 billion and could solve the economic crisis "if it had the will."

The ministry has strongly refuted Sabir's claims and says the politician should either apologize to the ministry or face a lawsuit for "false allegations."

The wrangling between parliament and the ministry comes as hundreds of teachers have taken to streets to protests against delayed wages.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has struggled to pay its employees in the past year due to plummeting oil prices, a refugee influx and the ongoing war with ISIS along its borders.

Some 80,000 Kurdish soldiers have been involved in the fight along a 1,700-km-long border with the bad boys, burdening the KRG with heavy expenses.
More details here.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Washington highlights stability in Kurdish areas of Syria
Posted by trailing wife 10/08/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 510 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Rudaw] WASHINGTON DC--The United States said Monday that there are signs of stability and inclusive government in areas liberated by the Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria or Rojava, adding that the Kurds have waged an effective war against 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....

"What we have always urged on the ground is that as areas of northern Syria are liberated by these forces, that we see stability return, that we see an inclusive government in place -- and by "inclusive" I mean all ethnicities and all religions," said Mark Toner, deputy front man for the State Department.

Washington has in the past acknowledged the effectiveness of the Kurdish forces in Syria, and according to a Washington Post report last week, the US has decided to arm them directly through the Kurdistan Region.
Toner's statement dismissed reports that the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) were expelling Arab residents from the area as was reported several months ago by some media outlets.

Supported by coalition air power the YPG which includes fighters from other Syrian minorities such as local Arabs and Christians, has successfully pushed ISIS out of many Kurdish areas and advanced close to the group's capital of Raqqa.

Syrian opposition groups accused the YPG of 'ethnic cleansing" in the summer, particularly after the Kurds liberated the city of Kobani and fought their way further east along the Turkish border.

Washington has in the past acknowledged the effectiveness of the Kurdish forces in Syria as was pointed out by Toner, and according to a Washington Post report last week, the US has decided to arm them directly through the Kurdistan Region.

If true, this decision implies a major shift in US policy towards Syrian Kurds whereas Washington has been cautious about direct communication with the YPG due to Turkish sensitivities.

Toner stressed that the US distinguishes between the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the YPG.

"We delineate between the YPG and the PKK that we view as a foreign terrorist organization; we designate it as such," he explained. "The YPG has effectively waged war on ISIL. We've seen nothing to date that suggests that they're looking to gain or hold territory. Obviously, we're in consultation with them, as well as other groups on the ground in northern Syria, as they conduct operations against ISIL,"
#1: The United States said Monday that there are signs of stability and inclusive government in areas liberated by the Kurdish forces and it is our goal to reverse this evil development and make the Kurds suffer our favorite blend of chaos and misery.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 07:32 ||Comments

Down Under: Australia Searches for Answers to Radicalized Youths After Slaying
Posted by Fred 10/08/2015  12:16 8 Comments 342 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[WSJ] Sydney police bemoan ‘unfortunate reality’ of radicalization after four young people are arrested following fatal shooting by teen

SYDNEY—Australian law enforcement warned of the difficulty in preventing terror acts by radicalized youths, after heavily armed police arrested three young men and a teenager in Sydney suspected of being linked to a fatal shooting last week by an Iranian-born youth.
A few subtle signs to look for (build your own estimate in individual cases):

1. Ranting, raving, calling people infidels.
1a. Explaining that Australian law doesn't apply to him because it's not based on shariah.
2. Wearing a dress and a beanie.
2a. Wearing a dress and a beanie or other funny hat over trousers
2b. Wearing a dress and a turban.
2c. Wearing women's clothing (you've either got a live one or an LGBTPQR-whatever complaint; check the falsies to find out)
3. Beards.
4. Groping and/or hollering at infidel women.
4a. Selling 11-year-olds into prostitution.
5. Lugging a prayer rug around and ostentatiously bowing down to Mecca five times a day, sometimes in traffic.
6. Refusal drink beer, eat a ham sandwich, use a wet wipe, sing, dance, go to the beach, or laugh.
6a. ... along with refusal to let others do so.
7. Lack of a sense of humor.
8. Peppering his conversation with Arabic words like Inshallah or alhamdullah or something.
9. Waving firearms.
9a. Having his picture taken waving firearms.
9b. Having his face Photoshopped onto a picture of somebody holding a freshly severed head.
9c. Having his own picture taken holding a freshly severed head.
9d. Explosives.
10. Posting his picture on Facebook trying to look ferocious and telling all his friends to read tomorrow's newspaper.
#1: I have an answer - drop them into the Outback for a summer vacation.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-10-08 01:24 ||Comments

#2: Send them all on a picnic to Hanging Rock.
Posted by: charger|| 2015-10-08 01:46 ||Comments

#3: Don't let muzzies arrive.
Close down mosques as soon as they cause shit.
Jail violent people and don't let them out.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-10-08 06:03 ||Comments

#4: I like it charger, obscure references ftw.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-10-08 06:25 ||Comments

#5: Australia has most of the world's deadliest animals of all types from the biggest crocodiles to the deadliest spiders, snakes and fish.

I'm sure there are plenty of animal farms and zoos that need live meat for their charges.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-10-08 07:36 ||Comments

#6: Australia Draconian firearm laws has not prevented the thugs/crazies/jihadists from doing the things they want to do. Instead, the laws seems to turn the country's citizens into targets.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-10-08 08:36 ||Comments

#7: You know all those people that call for Sharia law?

Kill them.

Problem solved.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-10-08 11:11 ||Comments

#8: I S L A M !!!

There's their answer.
Posted by: Spinesing Gray3122|| 2015-10-08 11:59 ||Comments