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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: NYC Eboller acting an ass during hospital walkout
Posted by Skidmark 10/25/2014  13:56 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over US Javelin
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/25/2014  13:13 0 Comments 79 words Read the whole thing on page 2
India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival US offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.

India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), the source said after a meeting of India's Defense Acquisition Council.
Ah, that explains


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS attempts to cut off Kobane from Turkey.
Posted by Besoeker 10/25/2014  10:26 2 Comments 63 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Illustrating once again this conflict is more than a simple terrorist action.
Looking back to October 11th. ISIS today is still trying to cut off Kobane from Turkey, only considerably more ISIS men are dead and ISIS material destroyed, so clearly it's important to them.
#1: Yes, dated mid-Oct, but contains some good photos and as the TW indicates, Kobane is still relevant to the ISIS strategic mission.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 12:10 ||Comments

#2: If you could expand a bit on your thinking, Besoeker? Thanks in advance!
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-25 14:48 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Kiev prepares its cause for war as militias wait for attack
Posted by badanov 10/25/2014  10:06 0 Comments 121 words Read the whole thing on page 4

For Sunday, October 26th:

Donetsk militias and their leaders have been warning that Kiev is planning a new assault on Donetsk for at least three weeks. All the signs are there for an attack, and are so blatant that even the Donetsk political leadership admits they expect an attack soon.

Most pro Russian militias say they expect an attack on or just after election day, October 26th.

Rantburg.com correspondent Chris Covert, who has been covering the hot part of this conflict since mid August details the coming attack and what to expect.

On the Rantburg.com Sunday Morning Coffee Pot, for Sunday October 26th, 2014


Olde Tyme Religion: How the Muslim World Benefits from ISIS
Posted by g(r)omgoru 10/25/2014  07:46 0 Comments 128 words Read the whole thing on page 4
by Daniel Greenfield

[Frontpage] However the US campaign against ISIS goes, the beneficiaries will be its Sunni Muslim allies who are also doubling as our allies.

...Islamic terrorism benefits Muslims directly and indirectly. The direct benefits are obvious. The indirect benefits are more subtle. Whether it’s ISIS and the FSA, Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, the "extremist" mosques that openly preach death and the "moderate" mosques that dress it up a little, Islamic violence benefits both sides in the game of "Good Caliph" and "Bad Caliph".

Islamic "extremism" creates a market for "moderates". The more bombs go off, the more the affected countries scramble to ally with cooler heads who claim to be able to defuse the anger of the radicals.


-Obits-: CSM Robert Gallagher, decorated U.S. Army veteran.
Posted by Besoeker 10/25/2014  06:39 1 Comments 21 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ArmyTimes] CSM who fought in Panama, Somalia and Iraq dies at 52
#1: “You know, I don’t say this lightly, but Bob is probably one of, probably the best soldier I ever served with,” said retired Col. Greg Gadson, who served as the program’s director from 2010 to 2012. “That man really cared about soldiers.”

“I know a lot about this man’s life, and he’s been through a lot. I almost come to tears thinking about what he overcame,” Gadson said.


RIP
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:18 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: 38 dead found in Guerrero in Mexico
Posted by badanov 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 174 words Read the whole thing on page 2


A total of 38 people have been found in ten graves in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, according to Spanish language news sources.

According to a news article published in an online editon of La Cronica (Mexicali, B.C.) news daily, over the last three weeks ten gravesites have been found by government troops in Iguala municipality at a location called Pueblo Viejo.

Eight bodies were exhumed at Rancho El Seripe. A total of 30 more were found in Pueblo Viejo.

A total of 43 students missing since last month sparked a search of the area, but Mexican news report say none of the dead found were the missing atudents. Those missing were involved in anti government protests which have been ongoing since the installation of the new government in 2012.

It is being reported that the 38 dead found were likely victims of Mexican organized crime.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com


-Lurid Crime Tales-: California jury says castrated sex offender no longer sexually violent, should be released
Posted by Besoeker 10/25/2014  00:00 3 Comments 125 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Aypee] SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California jury has concluded that a castrated sex offender is no longer a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release from a mental hospital.

Lawyers involved in the case say the Orange County jury in Santa Ana reached its decision Friday. Deputy Public Defender Holly Galloway adds that 53-year-old Kevin Reilly could be released as early as Friday.

She says Reilly spent time in prison for sex offenses committed in the 1980s and 1990s. He has been confined to a state mental hospital since 2000. Galloway says Reilly had himself surgically castrated in 2003 to help control his pedophilia and completed a treatment program for sex offenders in 2010.
That took some nads.
Prosecutors opposed his release.
#1: Released just in time to vote. This upstanding hollywood type should be getting his own show on cable very soon.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-25 07:38 ||Comments

#2: help control his pedophilia

Help, mind you; not cure. I think physics beats chemistry every day.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-25 08:44 ||Comments

#3: let him babysit the juries' kids
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:15 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge
Posted by DarthVader 10/25/2014  00:00 11 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


-Land of the Free: This Week in Guns: October 25th, 2014
Posted by badanov 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 1041 words Read the whole thing on page 3


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The shooting today in Seattle was over a girl, according to news reports. The shooting takes place at the same time as the Washington plebiscite which, if passed, will begun universal background checks for firearms sold in Washington state.

Dunno how the vote will break after this, but as usual -- and you can set your alarm clock by it -- fascists in the media are calling for even more draconian gun laws nationwide. We can expect the usual: a teary eyed parent of a shooting survivor featured on television news pleading with the public to save her little precious from Evil Firearms.

The good news is that a Canadian national government functionary "put down" a lethal threat to the Canadian parliament a few days ago. In honor of that blessed event, today's featured gun of the week is the firearm type used in the incident. A lot of people on our side will point out a "Good Guy with a gun" ended a potential massacre, except the Good Guy was, for all intents and purposes a government agent with a gun with which he was granted kind permission to carry as sergeant at arms.

It turns out that Eric Frein, the fugitive Pennsylvania state cops have been hunting for weeks shot a state police officer because one of the state police was having an affair with a relative of his. None of this tempers what the guy did, of course, but it appears a state police officer violated yet another social convention, and apparently has not only gotten away with it, but his affair now has the imprint of approval by the Pennsylvania state government. We know now one of two rifles used in the attack: a .308 NATO scoped rifle, or an AK-47. The .308 would be my guess, but then it's just a guess.

The cops have marked Frein for death, for at least making them look like Keystone Kops.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for pistol ammunition were unchanged, while prices for rifle ammunition were mostly lower.

Prices for used pistols were lower, while used rifles were mixed.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: SG Ammo, Tulammo, steel cased, .30 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammunition, Tulammo, steel cased, .29 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each)

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)

Cheapest, 50 rounds: SOWW Armory, Summit, FMJ, Reloads, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: The America Marksman, Unknown Brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Bang It Ammo, Wolf WPA, Steel Cased, FMJ, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: High Country Ammunition, Store Brand, Reloads, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Independence, JSP, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000: Cheaper Than Dirt, Magnum Michigan, Reloads, FMJ .38 per round (From Last Week: +.04 Each)

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: LG Outdoors, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Silver Bear, steel cased, .41 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (19 Weeks)(!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Smokey Mountain Munitions, Wolf, steel case, .21 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Brown Bear (Barnaul), steel case, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds (Limit 4 Boxes): Natchez Shooters Supply, CCI, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds (2 Box Limit): Target Sports USA, Remington Thunderbolt, .08 per round (From Last Week: -.08 Each)

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $560 Last Week Avg: $580 (-) ($600 (2 Weeks), $560)
California (205, 210): Smith & Wesson M&P15: $600 (2 Weeks) ($600, $600)
Texas (313, 315): American Tactical Imports Omni 15: $600 ($600, $600)
Pennsylvania (161, 170): Remington: $550 ($600 (2 Weeks), $550)
Virginia (225, 224): Mixed Build: $550 (2 Weeks) ($600 (2 Weeks), $550)
Florida (367, 388): Bushmaster XM15-E2S $500 (!) (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($500, $500)

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $988 Last Week Avg: $978 (+) ($988, $953 (2 Weeks))
California (52, 53): Smith & Wesson M&P10: $1,000 (Same Gun (2 Weeks))($1,000, $1,000)
Texas (61, 63): DPMS LAR308: $900 ($1,000 (2 Weeks), $900)
Pennsylvania (33, 37): Bushmaster ORC: $990 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($990, $990)
Virginia (54, 55): DPMS LR308: $900 (!) (Same Gun (8 Weeks)) ($900, $900)
Florida (69, 76): Rock River Arms: $1,050 ($1,050, $1,000 (2 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $471 Last Week Avg: $513 (-) ($544 (2 Weeks), $471)
California (54, 54): WASR: $550 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($550, $550)
Texas (76, 79): Romak: $500 ($615 (2 Weeks), $500)
Pennsylvania (52, 54): Unknown Brand: $480 ($575 (2 Weeks), $480)
Virginia (86, 81): Czech VZ2008: $525 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)) ($525, $525)
Florida (113, 116): Romak: $300 (!) (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($300, $300)

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,082 Last Week Avg: $1,017 (+) ($1,082, $1,017 (2 Weeks))
California (0, 0): None Available
Texas (1, 2): Romak PSL: $1,200 (Same Gun (5 weeks)) ($1,200, $1,200)
Pennsylvania (1, 0): Romak PSL: $1,395 ($1,395, $1,395)
Virginia (1, 2): Romak PSL: $650 (!) (Same Gun (7 Weeks)) ($650, $650)
Florida (0, 2): None Available

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $395 Last Week Avg: $406 (-) ($406 (2 Weeks), $395)
California (193, 193): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($400, $380 (2 Weeks))
Texas (239, 235): ATI FX45: $375 ($450 (2 Weeks), $375)
Pennsylvania (127, 127): Rock Island Armory: $375 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($375, $375)
Virginia (164, 170): American Tactical Imports: $425 ($425, $400 (2 Weeks))
Florida (379, 386): American Tactical Imports: $400 ($425 (2 Weeks), $400)

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $314 Last Week Avg: $325 (-) ($335 (2 Weeks), $314)
California (155, 163): Sig Sauer P250: $300 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($300, $300)
Texas (279, 275): Smith & Wesson SW9VE: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Pennsylvania (205, 205): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $345 ($350 (2 Weeks), $345)
Virginia (238, 242): Smith & Wesson 6904: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Florida (443, 466): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $325 (4 Weeks) ($325, $325)

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $300 Last Week Avg: $315 (-) ($316 (2 Weeks), $300)
California (87, 87): Ruger P94: $300 ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Texas (165, 159): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 (Same Gun (2 Weeks)) ($350 (2 Weeks), $300)
Pennsylvania (136, 139): Smith & Wesson M&P 40: $300 (2 Weeks) ($300, $300)
Virginia (115, 118): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 (Same Gun (5 Weeks)) ($300, $300)
Florida (207, 215): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $300 ($300, $275 (2 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week (Dead Terrorist Edition): (Oregon)

Smith & Wesson Model 5946 Chambered in 9mm Parabellum


Chris Covert writes for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com


Home Front: Culture Wars: The Circle Completed: TLC Cancels Show After June Dates Child Molester
Posted by Omaviper Ebbaper2092 10/25/2014  00:00 6 Comments 67 words Read the whole thing on page 3
TLC has CANCELLED "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" TMZ has learned, in the wake of our story that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester who sexually abused one of her relatives.

The decision comes one day after TMZ broke the story ... June has been secretly dating Mark McDaniel, who got out of prison in March after serving 10 years for forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old.
#1: Good riddance.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:16 ||Comments

#2: Now if only the rest of the cheap, trashy crap on TV can be cancelled.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-25 00:51 ||Comments

#3: First the "Arts & Entertainment" (A&E) channel looses 'Dog the Bounty Hunter', and now "The Learning Channel" (TLC) has to shut down 'Honey Boo-boo'.
Oh, the angst. Whatever will we do?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-25 07:24 ||Comments

#4: CNN is trying to get a comment from Roman Pilansky on Honey Boo Boo cancelation.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-25 07:35 ||Comments

#5: Whatever will we do?

Find another urban stereotype of fly over country to satisfy their bigotry of the 'others' and reinforce their prejudices. I guess Springer has too many urban representatives to cover the trailer park tribes for the progressives' taste. Who needs balance? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-25 09:30 ||Comments

#6: McIntyre, Georgia gets a break. Now if we can just cancel the Michelle Nunn adds.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 09:44 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Facebook Shuts Down James O'Keefe's Account
Posted by charger 10/25/2014  00:00 2 Comments 32 words Read the whole thing on page 3
A good thing he's got a twitter account for communicating with the outside world... for the moment, at least.
#1: Project Veritas still up
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:30 ||Comments

#2: I got to his Facebook page just fine right now. The Project Veritas Facebook page also works.

His personal page is up and shows (now 18 hr old) his posting of the fact that Facebook shut down his personal account. I'm a little confused -- does he not have access, or did they restore his page?
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-10-25 10:49 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Air Strikes Kill 10 Children, 5 Women in Aleppo
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 2 Comments 217 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing also destroyed civilian property and maimed several people, some of them critically, the Britannia-based Observatory added.

Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
's air force has carried out near-daily strikes against areas under rebel control in the northern province since last December, killing several hundred people, mostly civilians.

Rights groups have repeatedly criticized the use of barrel bombs, which they say fail to discriminate between civilian and military targets.
#1: so how many armed men did they kill then?
I reckon they didn't mention that as it would make the whole article look daft.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-25 05:56 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-25 08:54 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Detainee at Afghan Prison to Face Trial in U.S.
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 1 Comments 342 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] A Russian held for years by the U.S. military in Afghanistan will be flown to the United States to face trial, marking the first such transfer for a foreign fighter from the country, officials said Friday.

The detainee is one of 13 foreigners who remain under detention by U.S. authorities at a wing of the Parwan prison near Bagram in Afghanistan, on suspicion of fighting with Taliban bad boys.

"We can confirm that a detainee at the Parwan detention facility in Afghanistan will be transferred to law enforcement custody and brought to the United States for trial," a defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The detainee will face "terrorism-related charges" in federal court, the official said.

The detainee was a Russian national, known by the nom de guerre of Irek Hamidullan, who allegedly led bad boy attacks in 2009 that maimed or killed American forces, officials said, confirming media reports.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the case.

Although other detainees at Parwan have been quietly repatriated to other countries, this was the first time an inmate had been transferred to U.S. soil from the prison.

The American combat mission in Afghanistan is due to wrap up this year, and Washington is anxious to transfer the remaining foreign detainees at Parwan by the end of December.

A Pentagon front man said the U.S. military was seeking to transfer more detainees out of the prison, without confirming whether they might be flown to the United States for trial.

"The Defense Department is working diligently to transfer the handful of remaining non-Afghan detainees at the Afghan National Detention Facility-Parwan prior to December 31," Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins said.
#1: Knowing this administration, this is the wrong decision for the wrong reasons headed for the wrong results.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink|| 2014-10-25 12:32 ||Comments



Africa Horn: U.N. Clamps Down on Somalia Shebab 'Lifeline'
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 554 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Despite reservations from Russia and Jordan, the U.N. Security Council on Friday authorized snap inspections off Somalia's coast of ships suspected of carrying charcoal sold by Shabaab Islamists.

About a third of some $250 million in annual revenue from the charcoal trade flows directly to the coffers of the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighting the Mogadishu government, according to a U.N. monitoring group.

The British-drafted resolution was approved by 13 of the 15 members of the Council, with Jordan and Russia abstaining, but not opposing, the measure intended to tighten an embargo on the charcoal trade.

Jordan argued that the text allowing inspections in Somali territorial waters and on the high seas opened the door to abuses and could be used for political aims in the volatile Horn of Africa.

Russia questioned the findings of the monitoring group's report, with Ambassador Vitaly Churkin saying that the experts should not base their conclusions on "rash accusations."

British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the inspections were in line with a request from the Mogadishu government to choke off a major source of funding to the Shabaab.

"Charcoal is giving al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
a lifeline," the ambassador told the Council.

The U.N. monitoring group reported that despite the ban, charcoal exports continued to Gulf countries, including Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The Security Council imposed a charcoal and arms embargo in 2012 and last year moved to partially lift the ban on weapons sold to the Mogadishu government to allow it to supply its forces in its fight against the Shabaab.

The U.N. monitors however reported that some of the weapons sold to the Somali army fell into dubious hands including some shipments that were distributed to clans linked to the government.

Weapons sent to the national army and supposed to be used to defend the internationally backed government have been seen on open sale in at least one market where Shabaab agents bought arms, the report said.

The resolution called on the Somali government to report on the storage, distribution and use of all of the weapons by March and again in September.

Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, but the government which took power last year was the first to be given global recognition since the conflict began.

Somali troops, backed by African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
forces, have managed to beat back the Shabaab, which grabbed credit for last year's attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.


Home Front: Politix: US Officials Confirm: Israel Defense Chief Denied Meetings
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 3 Comments 684 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] The B.O. regime this week refused Israel defense minister's requests to meet several top national security aides, still miffed over negative comments he made about Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
's Mideast peace efforts and nuclear negotiations with Iran, US officials said Friday.

While Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon did see Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and US Ambassador to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Samantha Power, the officials said the White House and State Department rejected Israeli proposals for meetings with Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
, national security adviser Susan Rice and Kerry on his five-day trip to the United States. The administration had sought to stop Ya'alon from seeing Power but the objections were made too late to cancel the meeting, according to the officials.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the snubs, which were first reported by several Israeli media outlets.

Their comments were reported hours after publication of a report by the Israeli news-site Ynet, which said Ya'alon had been denied the meetings because the US administration was settling scores with Ya'alon for statements he made in January in which he called Kerry "obsessive" and "messianic" about Israeli-Paleostinian peace talks, which came to an abrupt halt in April. Ya'alon also privately derided Kerry's security proposals for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

Ya'alon met with Hagel at the Pentagon on Tuesday. Kerry himself was out of the country until late Wednesday, but the officials said pointedly that a meeting with the secretary of state could have been arranged before Ya'alon departs the US.

The White House and State Department declined to comment on internal deliberations about who Ya'alon should see.

"I can't speak to any meetings that didn't occur," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told news hounds.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki
...a valley girl who woke up one morning and found she was spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State...
noted that the Ya'alon's meeting with his counterpart Hagel was "a natural, standard procedure."

Visiting Israeli defense ministers, including Ya'alon's immediate predecessor Ehud Barak, have in the past been granted meetings with senior US officials other than their direct counterparts. This week's refusals come amid increasingly strained US-Israel relations, particularly over criticism of Kerry by several members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, including Ya'alon.

Earlier this year, Ya'alon infuriated officials in Washington with comments accusing the administration of being weak on Iran and questioning the U.S. commitment to Israel's security. That followed reports that Ya'alon had criticized Kerry for being unrealistic and naive in trying to forge an Israeli-Paleostinian peace deal.
#1: Kerry and Biden are both JV....not to mention potentially "shovel ready."
Posted by: Goober Poodle7799|| 2014-10-25 09:58 ||Comments

#2: Sadly, "Slow Joe" and Lurch are the best and brightest the democrats have with regard to foreign policy.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-10-25 11:23 ||Comments

#3: A pity. He wanted to inform you of a plot to nuke DC.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-25 13:12 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Riots Resume In Jerusalem After Palestinian Teen Killed In West Bank
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 11 Comments 605 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] Clashes between Israel Police and Paleostinian rioters in East Jerusalem continued Friday evening, after a Paleostinian teenager was rubbed out by IDF forces in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah, earlier.

Protesters hurled stones and firecrackers at police forces in the Old City and the capital's Silwan neighborhood. Police, in turn, responded with riot dispersal means, Army Radio reported. There were no injuries in the incidents.

Hamas called on Friday to avenge the killing of 14-year-old Orwa Abed El Wahan Hammad Wahab, who was shot by IDF troops after he attempted to hurl a Molotov cocktail at traffic on Highway 60, in the West Bank. A relative of the teen said he was a US citizen.

A relative said Hammad was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank at age six. Hammad's cousin Moath said he was among a group of Paleostinians who were throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.

The US consulate in Jerusalem said the youth held US citizenship, while locals in Silwad said Hammad's father lives in the United States.

"We can confirm now that the teenager who was killed was an American citizen," consulate front man Leslie Ordeman told AFP, without commenting further.

The US State Department later expressed its condolences to the boy's family, and called for "a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation." It urged calm from both sides to "avoid escalating tensions."

The IDF said the teenager was 17 and was shot as he was about to hurl a Molotov cocktail at oncoming traffic on Highway 60 in the West Bank, endangering lives.

"The forces fired immediately to neutralize the danger ... and confirmed a hit," an IDF spokeswoman told AFP.

He is the second teen to be killed by army fire in eight days. A 13-year-old was killed last week in a West Bank village.

Another 12 Paleostinians were maimed in the festivities on Friday, a hospital official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media.

Earlier Friday, three Paleostinians were enjugged
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
by police during rioting in the Wadi Joz neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

The suspects were throwing rocks and fireworks at police after the conclusion of prayers on the Temple Mount.

Police responded with crowd dispersal methods, according to officials. There were no reports of injuries from the incident.

On Thursday, police dispersed a similar crowd of rioters in the neighborhood. No injuries were reported at that incident, but the stones caused damage to a vehicle.

Tensions flared in the capital Thursday in the wake of a Wednesday terrorist attack on a Jerusalem light rail station in which three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was killed and eight others were maimed.

Jerusalem's mayor called for a crackdown against the wave of Paleostinian unrest. In a Thursday interview, Mayor Nir Barkat said the violence had become intolerable, and he vowed to restore order.
#1: The US State Department later expressed its condolences to the boy's family, and called for "a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation." It urged calm from both sides to "avoid escalating tensions."

You might want to wait for the results of that trial before you start expressing condolences.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:11 ||Comments

#2: The US State Department later expressed its condolences to the boy's family, and called for "a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation."

Haya Zissel-Brown was an american too. Any condolences for her family? Any calls for an investigation.? No. More money for Paleosimians!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-25 04:43 ||Comments

#3: Paleosimians!

Is that an ad hominid attack?

As for the State Department, I wouldn't get too torqued over anything that comes out of there. Even their own mothers don't believe them at this point.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-10-25 05:35 ||Comments

#4: Do not speak ill of my State Department. Prioktan 918 describes these people. The prophet is pleased.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 05:49 ||Comments

#5: Big Easy to Paleostein, fate had him in its sights early.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-25 06:52 ||Comments

#6: thank you, IDF, for taking out the trash
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 08:38 ||Comments

#7: In other news: US goes from net importer to exporter of terrorism.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-10-25 09:08 ||Comments

#8: West Bank! Just gilding Shipman's flewer-dee-lee (like that's ever stopped me)...

When terrs cross its muddy frontiers,
It hastens their nascent careers:
A terrible fitna
Is living in Gretna,
Westwego, Belle Chasse, or Algiers!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-25 13:43 ||Comments

#9: Teamwork works! Nice gilding, Zenobia F. Is there really an Algiers in Louisiana, or did you use that there poetic license thingy?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-25 14:35 ||Comments

#10: Algiers is part of New Orleans; it's a little sliver of Orleans Parish proper on the West Bank of the river. (Most of the West Bank is other parishes, and in Louisiana cities proper can't cross parish boundaries).
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-25 14:47 ||Comments

#11: Wait, which West Bank are we talking about now?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-25 14:49 ||Comments



Africa North: Kikla 'could be secured' within days, says western region military commander
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 857 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] The mountain town of Kikla could be under the full control of the Libyan National Army (LNA) within days, according to the Commander of the Military Operations in the Western Region.

"The majority of Kikla [area] is under the control of the Libyan army, and we could secure total control within two to three days," Brigadier Idris Madi told the Libya Herald. He added, however, that because of the difficult mountain terrain and the way the town was spread out, the operation could take longer to complete.

"We are fighting groups in different places there and are trying to deal with each place as a separate entity," Madi said. He added that it was known to the Libyan Army that these groups included several affiliated either with the Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
operation or Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
Echoing advice given to residents of Benghazi, he advised local people not to allow turbans or militias to use their homes as hideaways. "The cooperation with local people is very important and they need to protect themselves," Madi said, adding that the LNA had "great support" from civilians in many of the Western mountain towns as well as in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
. "We have to keep social cohesion among the people and many in the Western Mountains are cooperating with the Libyan army."

The military forces were advancing gradually, to avoid heavy fighting in residential areas, which could result in civilian casualties, he explained.

The LNA itself had not sustained heavy casualties so far, with the injured being taken to hospitals in Tunisia for treatment, Madi said. Those fighting for Libya Dawn were believed to have suffered heavier losses but, he claimed, the opposition was always keen to withhold such information.

Once Kikla was secured, LNA forces would wait for orders from higher ranks regarding its next move, Madi said. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the ultimate goal of the military operations in the Western region was to keep progressing until Tripoli was retaken from Libya Dawn.

"We will move forward until we liberate the capital," Madi said. "The Libyan army is willing to protect all areas that are in need of protection, and this will be provided by the military, not by Libya Shield
...a conglomerate of pro-Islamist militias deployed across Libya. It reports to the Libyan defense ministry and is organized like a real army unit. Its commander used to head a Benghazi brigade called Free Libya Martyrs...
Since the latest wave of fighting began in the Western Mountain region in early September, the LNA has been slowly advancing. As well as parts of Kikla, the towns of Kasarat, Shalghouda and Abusheba were now under control of the Libyan Army and supporting units, Madi said. The suburbs of Aziziya ‐ the largest town in the Wershafana area ‐ have also been secured.

"What remains are pockets of people, especially in areas close to Warsherfana and the Western Mountain and the Libyan army is dealing with such pockets," Madi said. "These are not necessarily members of Libya Dawn but they are smaller groups from other areas that support Libya Dawn operations."


Africa North: Government forces claim victory at 17 February Camp for second time
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 420 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Pro-government forces fighting under the banner of the Libyan National Army (LNA) have claimed control of 17 February Brigade's central Benghazi camp nine days after they initially announced victory there.

A member of 204 Tank Battalion told the Libya Herald that his unit had completely destroyed the camp, driving out any remaining Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) forces there.

Residents in Garyounis and other areas near to the sprawling camp reported some of the worst festivities they had witnessed in recent days. They said the heavy fighting began at around 7 am and continued well into the afternoon.

Before the apparent pacification of the 17 February Brigade camp, Saqr Adam Geroushi, a leading LNA air force commander told the Libya Herald that victory over the BRSC position had been become harder as Islamist bandidos faceless myrmidons took refuge in homes, engaged in fighting dangerously close to residential areas, and deployed snipers in around places such as Suq Al-Hood in central Benghazi.

Geroushi said because of the tactics used by Islamist forces in Benghazi the LNA was unable to effectively carry out Arclight airstrikes on their positions or employ the artillery at their disposal.

While the fighting has subsided at the BRSC camp it has continued in Gwarsha, Bel Awn and Al-Habba. The LNA claimed a symbolic victory at the entrance to Gwarsha two days ago taking out a strategic Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
checkpoint and weapons cache. Residents have also reported the arrival of LNA forces in Shibna.


Iraq: Iraq army recaptures town near Baghdad from ISIL
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 434 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] The Iraqi army says its forces, backed by Shia volunteers, have recaptured the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, southwest of Baghdad, from the ISIL bully boys.

Located nearly 60 kilometers away from Baghdad, Jurf al-Sakhr sits on a major road linking the capital to oil-rich provinces in the south.

Earlier, over 40 bad boyz were potted in fierce festivities with Iraqi soldiers in the Dwailiba district south of Baghdad. The army troops also sized a large cache of ammunition from the bully boys.

On Thursday, the Iraqi army, which has been fighting the terrorist group for nearly six months now, engaged the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Death Eaters south of the city of Tikrit in Salah al-Din Province, killing at least 20 terrorists.

The Iraqi army has also continued to advance in the eastern Diyala Province, regaining strategic parts of the province used by the Death Eaters as launch pads for attacks against the Iraqi forces.

In a separate incident, 134 ISIL Death Eaters along with a big shot of the terrorist group were killed in Arclight airstrikes by the anti-ISIL coalition led by the US in the city of Baiji, which is located in Salah al-Din Province.

The US-led coalition has been conducting Arclight airstrikes on ISIL positions across Iraq, but the air raids have so far failed to dislodge the terrorists.

The Iraqi troops have pledged to make more gains in the coming weeks.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: High school shooting leaves two dead, four injured near Seattle
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 5 Comments 265 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Press TV] Two people have been killed and four others have been injured after a student shot up a high school north of Seattle in the US state of Washington.

The shooting incident happened in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School on Friday morning. The gunman killed one person and injured four students before turning the gun on himself.

"We are now confirming one person that is deceased and that person is believed to be the shooter and at this point we do not believe there are any other shooters on campus," Marysville police front man Robb Lamoureux said.

In a statement following the incident, the Marysville school district said the school was in lock down due to an emergency situation.

"The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement," the statement said. "We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement."

Law enforcement officials told CNN three injured students were at death's door and one was at death's door.

The shooting caused students and staff members to run away from the school that has the large campus of more than 2,000 students.

FBI spokesperson in Seattle Ayn Dietrich announced that the agency would investigate the school shooting.
#1: I thought that schools were "Gun Free" zones. Did I get it wrong?
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper|| 2014-10-25 01:33 ||Comments

#2: Nope, they badly need to be "Moron free" as well.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-10-25 07:10 ||Comments

#3: That would get rid of a lot of the administration.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 10:19 ||Comments

#4: You speak as if that's a bad thing. Not necessarily.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-25 11:17 ||Comments

#5: You speak as if that's a bad thing.

Not bad. Just improbable, since morons seem to be the ones making the rules more than ever these days.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 13:58 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Five Lebanese soldiers injured in fresh Tripoli clashes
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 818 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] Fresh festivities have broken out between Leb's army forces and armed Lions of Islam in the northern city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, leaving at least five Lebanese troops maimed.

According to reports, several civilians and Lions of Islam were also injured in Thursday festivities in Tripoli. A first lieutenant also sustained injuries during the fighting and is now at death's door.

"The number of maimed soldiers has risen to five," said a Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, adding that "several gunnies have been injured, while others have been tossed in the calaboose
Please don't kill me!
."

The identity and motive of the armed Lions of Islam have not been revealed yet, but it is said that the fighting might have been related to the festivities between the Lebanese army and anti-Syria Lions of Islam that killed at least four people in the city earlier in the day.

The deadly fighting took place after the Lebanese military forces attacked an apartment in the village of Aasun in the Dinniyeh region of Tripoli, said the country's security sources.

The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front and the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Lions of Islam overran the city of Arsal, situated 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut, in August, abducting more than three dozen soldiers and security forces. They have executed at least three of the hostages.

The Takfiri murderous Moslems demand the release of a number of Lions of Islam in Lebanese jails in exchange for the captive Lebanese soldiers and coppers.

Over the past months, Leb has been suffering from terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-affiliated Lions of Islam as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri murderous Moslems currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east and north.


The Grand Turk: 3 Istanbul Consulates Evacuated
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday. Dogan Eskinat, a front man for Turkey's emergence management agency, AFAD, said that seven people from the Canadian consulate have been hospitalized as a precaution after one of them opened a package and was exposed to a yellow powder.

Dogan said that as part of standard procedures, Turkish authorities have sent samples for testing. Claude Rochon, spokeswoman at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, said: "All staff at the Canadian mission are safe and accounted for."


Africa North: Egyptian Army Suffers Deadliest Attack In Decades
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 3 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Premeditated offensive on military position in Sinai kills 30 troops; officials believe attack initiated by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic turbans since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Officials described it as "well-planned" attack that began with a boom-mobile which may have been set off by a suicide kaboomer. Other murderous Moslems then fired rocket-propelled grenades, striking a tank carrying ammunition and igniting a secondary kaboom. Roadside bombs intended to target rescuers struck two army vehicles, seriously wounding a senior officer.
#1: It is important to keep in mind that the attack has nothing to do with Islam.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-25 04:47 ||Comments

#2: perhaps a Pharoahic Smiting™ is in order
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 09:58 ||Comments

#3: Will you-know-who be blamed?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-25 12:56 ||Comments



Iraq: Iraq Kurds to send up to 200 fighters to Syria next week
Posted by Steve White 10/25/2014  00:00 2 Comments 215 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will send next week up to 200 fighters from its peshmerga security forces to aid the embattled Syrian town of Kobani, a spokesman said Friday.
Impressive as the Iraqi Kurds themselves are being pressed pretty hard...
The town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the fight against the ISIS group, which overran large parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in Syria. Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, Kurdish militia have been defending Kobani against a fierce ISIS offensive for more than a month.

"The forces that will be sent are support forces and their number will not exceed 200 fighters," Halgord Hekmat, spokesman for the ministry responsible for the peshmerga, told AFP.

"We are not able to specify the day but it will definitely be during the next week," he added.

They will be armed with automatic weapons, mortars and rocket launchers, he said, declining to specify what route they would take. They will likely pass through Turkey, which said this week it would allow peshmerga fighters to do so to relieve the town's defenders.

The deployment stretches the bounds of regional autonomy and has been termed unconstitutional by some Iraqi MPs.
#1: Optimism is in the air in Irbil. Hardees, the first fast food joint, has opened and is making a pile of money. The airport is busy with carpetbagggers arriving daily. The flow of oil continues in the pipeline to Turkey. Aint prosperity grand?
Posted by: Beldar Sloque3832|| 2014-10-25 09:12 ||Comments

#2: Beats the alternative.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-25 11:26 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: Pudgy on the Road to Gout
Posted by Steve White 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 122 words Read the whole thing on page 2
North Korean leader Fat Boy Kim Jong-un visited a town in South Pyongyan Province earlier this week, the official Rodong Sinmun reported Wednesday, marking his first foray outside Pyongyang since he resurfaced in public.

Still requiring a cane to walk, the corpulent Kim visited the site for a retreat for scientists and checked on progress in construction, the daily said. He was accompanied by Hwang Pyong-so, a vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission and Workers Party Secretary Choe Ryong-hae.

A Unification Ministry official said the visit appears to be aimed at quelling any lingering suspicions over Kim's health. Suet Face Kim reappeared last week after about 40 days out of the public eye.


China-Japan-Koreas: U.S.: No Deal with N.Korea for Prisoner Release
Posted by Steve White 10/25/2014  00:00 2 Comments 134 words Read the whole thing on page 2
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has denied there was a secretive deal involved in North Korea's release of American Jeffrey Fowle.
He's lying, I think...
Kerry said in Berlin on Wednesday that the U.S. is concerned about the remaining American detainees, adding that he hopes Pyongyang will release them as soon as possible.

The top U.S. diplomat also expressed hope for the resumption of denuclearization talks with North Korea. He added the U.S. is prepared to reduce its regional military presence if North Korea takes steps toward denuclearization.
How about we take steps to reduce our presence after South Korea and China divide North Korea between them?
#1: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has denied there was a secretive deal involved in North Korea's release of American Jeffrey Fowle.

Congratulations on accidentally not screwing up this time. I think . . . .
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:14 ||Comments

#2: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has denied there was a secretive deal involved in North Korea's release of American Jeffrey Fowle

"Get up, Achmed. The good news is you're being released from Gitmo in trade for a hostage."

"Praise Allan!"

"The bad news is that you're going to Pyongyang."

"I'll stay here."
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-25 11:33 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: ValJar Key Player in F&F Cover-up after Holder lied to Congress
Posted by Besoeker 10/25/2014  00:00 8 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Judicial Watch] President Obama's trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.

The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) "Vaughn index" detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency's objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder's wife as part of the administration's efforts to cover up the scandal.
I remain confident that Klingon Director John Brennan and Mexican cartel links will eventually surface. Numerous Other Gov't Agencies are simply running interference.
#1: Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up ... and some other issues as well; can you say Benghazi?

Posted by: Chuckles Noodleman7433|| 2014-10-25 11:18 ||Comments

#2: You forgot to mention she's a major Chicago slumlord as well.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-25 11:29 ||Comments

#3: She's seldom more than an arms length away.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 11:57 ||Comments

#4: Besoeker, the article you submitted is from October 11th, though your point is still valid. Still want it?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-25 12:00 ||Comments

#5: Yes, if you wouldn't mind TW. Good background info I suspect. Your decision however.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 12:02 ||Comments

#6: Published.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-25 12:05 ||Comments

#7: Rodent-faced anti-American puppet
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 13:22 ||Comments

#8: She's seldom more than an arms length away.

The marionette strings are only so long....
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-10-25 14:56 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: The Hildebeest Reveals Her Stunning Ignorance of Economics
Posted by Besoeker 10/25/2014  00:00 14 Comments 132 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[PowerLine] In this one-minute clip, trying to shore up the floundering Coakley campaign in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton displays her ignorance of how the world works not once, but twice. First she assures her audience that raising the minimum wage doesn’t cost jobs, it leads to job gains. (“Our entry-level employees will now cost $15 an hour? Great! Let’s hire two!”) Of course, no one ever asks: if that’s true, Hillary, then why are you so cheap? Why not raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour?

You have to watch the clip for her second gaffe:

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Where do they come from, then? Does the stork deliver them? Are they legislated by Congress? Two equally plausible alternatives.
#1: She's a liberal. By definition, they don't get economics.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:19 ||Comments

#2: IIRC, in the UK the Brit Govt can basically frack andor drill for fossil fuels, etc. on allegedly
"private" land widout the permission of "private landowners" because the latter seemingly do not actually or legally own their land - the Govt. does, as part of the price ordinary Brits pay for benefitting from the massive Brit Socialist Welfare-Nanny State.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-25 00:53 ||Comments

#3: Ref #2: Land ownership is a popular myth, has been for years. Stop paying taxes on that land or let it become the subject of an 'Eminent Domain' action and see how long you own it.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 05:41 ||Comments

#4: I know she's stupid, it's about time YOU realized it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-10-25 07:03 ||Comments

#5: All mineral rights belong to the Crown in UK, or so I've been told.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-25 07:15 ||Comments

#6: Nobel Prize in Economics in 54,3,2...

Hillary also thinks Monica Lewinsky was the problem in Bill's Whitehouse love life.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-25 07:46 ||Comments

#7: Her specialty is actually real estate. Do not miss the book's audio epilogue at this link, which is recited by the author.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 09:08 ||Comments

#8: Right you are Redneck Jim, even this kid knows it,

Posted by: Herman Hatrack9414|| 2014-10-25 10:47 ||Comments

#9: Based on the amount of weight she's lost, I'd say she's running. Based on the stupid things she says, I'd say she'll lose.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble|| 2014-10-25 11:07 ||Comments

#10: I suppose we can be reasonable certain her weight loss has nothing to do with either Bill or the FLOTUS veggie eating campaign.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 11:19 ||Comments

#11: She's both flanking Fauxcahontas and heading off charges she's friend's with Wall Street.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-25 11:47 ||Comments

#12: Yes Pappy, 'flanking action' to continue until the "I'm stepping out of the race for my brain is cold porridge med reasons" and the entire platform [along with most of the funding] defaults to Fauxcahontas.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 12:14 ||Comments

#13: She's both flanking Fauxcahontas and heading off charges she's friend's with Wall Street.

I thought she flunked flank.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-10-25 12:20 ||Comments

#14: of course democrats do not understand economics, or else they would not be democrats.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-25 13:02 ||Comments



Arabia: GCC vows tough steps to curb 'media extremism'
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 224 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Gulf states are stepping up their awareness campaigns to alert young people about the dangers of extremism, said Kuwait's Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.

He said the new 'Gulf Awareness' programs would adopt a different approach with the aims of moving youth away from Lion of Islam and harmful views.

Al-Sabah's remarks followed a meeting of the Gulf information ministers that concluded in Kuwait recently.

The meeting discussed plans for combating extremism.

Terrorism in the media has become a global phenomenon, he said.

A recent meeting of interior ministers of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
has stressed the need to boost monitoring mechanisms against media networking sites that support terrorism, he pointed out.

Gulf authorities will support educational and media awareness campaigns to prevent terrorist ideologies and Lion of Islam thoughts from spreading across the Internet via social networking sites.


Arabia: The 'politics' behind oil price fall
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 3 Comments 175 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[ARABNEWS] It is no longer a issue of whispering in the corridors of the oil industry. It is now part of public debate. Is 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...
launching an oil price war in tandem with the US to undermine or at least weaken energy dependent adversaries Russia and Iran?

The latest to join this discussion is the notable New York Times
#1: The disaster was not only in the financial bleeding of those oil producing states, but many of them have what was known as stripper wells that bump between 5, 000 -- 10, 000 bpd. And if such wells are closed because of the low prices, they would never be opened again.

Total bullshi*! Firstly, 5-10k bpd does not fit my definition of a stripper well. Higher oil prices result in increased production (pump jacks going up and down - new drilling, etc, supply/demand thingy) Lower oil prices can result in lower production wells not being pumped, or pumped as often. That does necessarily mean the wells are capped. Farmers also store corn and soybeans in large, galvanized bins when the prices go down.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 09:40 ||Comments

#2: Don't understand the 5-10,000 bopd stripper well thing either, Besoeker. 0.5 - 10 bopd is more like it. With a million of them out there, it does add up.
We indeed can shut them in if prices get lower than the actual direct lifting costs, and often re-open them later. But not much later - lease terms require sustained production to retain the lease, and regulations require inactive wells be permanently abandoned. 90 - 180 days are common (though not universal) limits on the former and 1-3 years on the latter.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-25 10:59 ||Comments

#3: Yes Glen, someone wants to give me a 10 bpd lease, I'll sit in the dog house reading Zane Greys and pump it myself.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 11:08 ||Comments



Arabia: Behind Yemen's crises
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 817 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[ARABNEWS] Years of knowing former Yemeni 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...
has enabled this writer to better understand his tactics. One thing is for sure that Saleh is not credible and mainly relies on deception.

Saleh successfully managed to mislead the Americans, his Gulf allies, Iraqis and Syrians. The biggest victims of his deception were the political and tribal leaders in Yemen.

It was his manipulative tactics that enabled him to keep leading a country of contradictions and competitors. Saleh is the director of the events taking place for the past eight weeks in Yemen. The 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 Americaâ¢, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
takeover of Yemen's major cities with minimal confrontation from the government and tribal troops has left many astonished.

Houthis, by the way, have nothing to do with the self-ascribed 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....
(IS) but are a tribal militia with strongholds in the north of Yemen. It was very unlikely for them to expand influence to the country's southwest without the help of any ally.

The element of surprise in the Houthis' capture of major cities appeared to have blunted the analytical skills of many. In addition to that, many other factors helped mislead the public opinion into believing the Houthi narrative.

Saleh's ex-employees spread false information about an alliance between Houthi rebels and the sitting president of the country and drag the name of UN International Envoy Jamal Benomar into the crisis.

These reports gaining currency in the mainstream media are not logical. While one can agree that Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is not capable enough to manage the country during the current crises, it is clear that he is not a fool to hand over the keys of the capital to his enemy. Similarly, the involvement of UN international envoy in this game is also far-fetched.

In this writer's opinion, whenever there is a problem in Yemen, Saleh is behind it. From unrest to spreading of rumors, the former president has a role to play in everything occurring in Yemen.

Saleh may have been ousted, but he still manages the institutions of the old state, as he still has influence over most of the military and security establishments. It's through these foundations that he is trying to overthrow the regime that replaced him and will continue to try to sabotage Yemen, hoping to return as the president.

He might not know that in the process of sabotaging the current situation, he is ruining the future of his son, Ahmed, who is seen as a good person and a potential leader in the future.

Before the current destruction, it would have been possible for Saleh's party to return to power in two transitional years, as it wasn't uprooted. But he ruined this opportunity by teaming up with the Houthis to topple the current regime.

Rather than praising God for staying alive in a soft transition of power in which he was granted partisan rights and his family was allowed to work in the government, Saleh is still plotting and conspiring to spread chaos in Sanaa. He should learn from the events in Libya and from the fate of Qadaffy.



Arabia: Deviant ideology has no place in Islam: Al-Sudais
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 1 Comments 566 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said Salafism reflected the true Islamic way of life suited to any time or place.

"It is the way of life of the adherents of Sunnah who followed in the footsteps of the Messenger (peace be upon him) and also the way of the early believers, the Muhajirs and the Ansars," Al-Sudais said while delivering the Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque.

"It is also following the will of the Prophet (peace be upon him) who said: 'Hold fast to my Sunnah and the way of life of the rightly guided caliphs after me. Beware of the innovations in religious matters; each new innovation in religious matters is a deviation from the right path and every deviation ends up in Hell Fire,'" he said quoting Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiah.

However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
Al-Sudais clarified that opposition to new innovations was confined to religious matters and did not apply to modern scientific inventions and technological advancement. He said that some people do evil deeds and wrongfully attribute them to the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The Salafi principles and method could not be held responsible for the erroneous understanding and practice of some people, he said.

Al-Sudais said the Kingdom has been holding fast to the Salafi creed and the teachings of Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab who called on people to follow the path of Tawhid and faith. His teachings sought to reform people from the aberrations in the creed and he fought against deviant views and wrong practices.

"His call was not for a new religion or a fifth school of thought but for the true understanding of the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him), his truthful companions and followers of the succeeding generations to strictly follow the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. His teachings were poles apart from the takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
ideology and the khawarij practices, even though they attracted baseless accusations, false charges and attempts to tarnish him," Al-Sudais said, adding the teachings of Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab were labeled by his enemies as Wahhabism. "The land of the Two Holy Mosques follows the moderate middle path of the Salafi way in the light of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah and the way of the righteous early followers of the Prophet.

At the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, Imam and Khatib Sheikh Husain Al-Asheikh called on the believers to introspect and evaluate their own deeds to know how far they have succeeded in making the best use of their time leading lives as true Moslems on the occasion of the end of the current Hijri year.

#1:
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Africa North: Masked men burn Saudi consulate cars in Egypt
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 422 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of 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...
in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday morning, local security sources and the state news agency reported.

Security sources told Rooters at least four men threw crude fire bombs at the vehicles. State news agency MENA said the cars were parked in a lot in Suez's Arbaeen district.

Major General Tareq Al-Gazoor, director of security in the city, said authorities were working to identify the attackers.

The Saudi embassy in Cairo declined to comment.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait have supported Egypt with large-scale aid in cash and petroleum products.

Security sources, meanwhile, said two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 28 security personnel.

More than 25 people died in the first attack in the Al-Kharouba area northwest of Al-Arish, near the Gazoo Strip, the sources said. Medical sources expected the toll to increase because some of the maimed were in a critical condition.

The car kaboom targeted two armoured vehicles stopped at a checkpoint near an army installation, the sources said. One Sinai-based official said the attack was by rocket-propelled grenade. More than 25 people were maimed.

Hours later, gunnies opened fire on a checkpoint in Al-Arish, killing three members of the security forces, officials said.

The maimed and dead were transported by military helicopters to Cairo, state news agency MENA reported.


Iraq: IS chlorine gas attack claim probed
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 1 Comments 430 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] The US is looking into reports that 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....
bandidos murderous Moslems used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces, US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
said.

Kerry said he was unable to confirm media reports that chlorine gas was used against Iraqi coppers last month.

"These allegations are extremely serious and we are seeking additional information in order to be able to determine whether or not we can confirm it," Kerry said.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that 11 Iraqi coppers were rushed to a hospital north of Baghdad last month with symptoms that are consistent with chlorine poisoning.

The newspaper said Iraqi forces have reported two other crude chlorine gas attacks in Iraq since Islamic State bandidos murderous Moslems took over large areas of the country.

"The use of any chemical weapons ... is against international law and these recent allegations underscore the importance of the work we are currently engaged in," Kerry said, adding that the possible chlorine gas attack would not sway US strategy in battling the Islamic State.
#1:
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Arabia: Tribesmen blow up Yemeni oil pipeline
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 212 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] Tribesmen blew up Yemen's main oil export pipeline on Friday, halting crude flows, local officials said, less than a week after it was repaired.

Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged, often by rustics who have feuds with the central government, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country. The last attack was on Oct. 16 and the pipeline was repaired two days later.

The officials said the pipeline, which transports crude from Marib oil fields in central Yemen to Ras Isa on the Red Sea, was blown up in the Wadi Obaida area.

Yemen has said oil flows through the Marib pipeline, one of its main petroleum export routes, at a rate of around 70,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Before the spate of attacks began three years ago, the 270-mile (435-km) pipeline carried around 110,000 barrels per day to Ras Isa.

It was unclear when it would be repaired.

Heavily-armed tribes carry out such assaults to extract concessions from the government such as jobs, settlements of land disputes or the release of relatives from prison.

Most of Yemen's output is from the Marib-Jawf area in the north, with the rest coming from Masila in the southeast.



Iraq: More than 1,700 bombs dropped in US-led air war
Posted by Fred 10/25/2014  00:00 7 Comments 476 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the IS group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said Thursday.

The flights for "Operation Inherent Resolve" include thousands of mid-air fueling runs, surveillance sorties and 632 air strikes in Iraq and Syria, according to US Central Command.

The latest tally was released one month since the US-led coalition extended its air campaign from Iraq into Syria, in a bid to counter the advance of the IS men.

The effect of the open-ended air campaign remains the subject of debate, with the White House saying the snuffies have been damaged by the strikes and critics pointing to the group's battlefield successes despite the raids.

Coalition aircraft have targeted IS snuffies with more than 1,700 bombs and missiles since Aug. 8 in both Iraq and Syria, Central Command said in a statement.

Washington often stresses that a broad coalition is fighting the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boys, but US aircraft have conducted the overwhelming majority of the strikes so far.

Out of 632 bombing raids, non-US coalition members, including four Arab states, carried out only 79 of the strikes, Central Command said.

In Iraq, aircraft from Australia, Belgium, Britannia, and the Netherlands have taken part in the strikes along with the US.

And in Syria, the Americans have been joined by combat aircraft from Bahrain, Jordan, 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...
and the UAE, it said.
#1: Let's suppose at least one IS "soldier" is killed with each bomb. Where are the casualties?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:15 ||Comments

#2: Interesting question. Here's another - why does it take an average of nearly four sorties to drop a single bomb?

I suppose some planes might even drop multiple bombs, meaning 75-80% of the ordinance comes back to base - unused. We're wasting a lot of JP-4.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-25 09:44 ||Comments

#3: My guess:

1) Recon
2) Bomb
3) Bomb damage assessment
4) Rebomb to clean up targets missed
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-10-25 09:48 ||Comments

#4: Bad, you send a plane out with a couple bombs and a recon pod. On the way out it takes pictures of a previously bombed target and on the way back it can take pics of a not-yet-bombed target.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-10-25 09:51 ||Comments

#5: Interesting question. Here's another - why does it take an average of nearly four sorties to drop a single bomb?

Been a while since I've done any air-ground operations, and I've never had anything to do with Naval Air, but I suspect many of the sorties are recce, targeting missions.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 10:02 ||Comments

#6: This little bastid (Tiger Shark UAV) saves a lot of AVGAS and pilot recce flight hours. Of course you have to be close enough to the fight to use it.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 10:09 ||Comments

#7: More than 1,700 bombs dropped in US-led air war

..and that was just at the White House press briefings (punctuated with "Me, myself, and I")
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-25 10:47 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Top Hamas Official Claims Group Barely Scathed By Gaza Operation
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 7 Comments 132 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] The summer war in Gazoo barely set back Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s military capabilities, the movement's political second-in-command said in comments published this week, countering Israeli claims that the movement was significantly harmed during Operation Protective Edge.

"After all the bombing and war, Israel reduced Hamas's military capabilities by less than 7%," Abu Marzouk said in a lengthy interview with Egyptian daily A-Shorouk published Monday.
Long article at the link full of stuff Hamas wants the world to believe is true.
#1: Who's up for round two?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-10-25 00:15 ||Comments

#2: He must be counting the replacements which the EU, U.N., and current U.S. Administration have pledged to 'rebuild'.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-25 06:02 ||Comments

#3: "Running away, eh? You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to ya! I'll bite your legs off!"
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2014-10-25 06:50 ||Comments

#4:
Posted by: Goober Poodle7799|| 2014-10-25 10:03 ||Comments

#5: LOL BR, - "A flesh wound"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:13 ||Comments

#6: If you read it as bluster, it's really quite funny.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-25 11:37 ||Comments

#7: He's doing the Hamas Black Knight.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-25 15:13 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Unrest, Instability, Intifada -- Whatever Its Name, It's In Hamas's Interest
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 620 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[IsraelTimes] Whether the violence in Jerusalem since the gruesome murder of Muhammad Abu-Khdeir in July amounts to a Third Intifada will only be clear in hindsight. But what the murder on Wednesday of Chaya Zissel Braun has shown, beyond the ruthlessness of the act and the enduring tension in Jerusalem, is the shrewdness of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s strategy of overthrowing the Paleostinian Authority in the West Bank by, of all things, persistently killing innocent Israelis.

That is one of the ways Israel should view the recent developments in Jerusalem. When Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, a Hamas member and relative of a former head of the organization's armed wing, turned his car into a lethal weapon on Wednesday, he was, whether by design or not, acting exactly according to the alleged Hamas coup plans exposed in August.

At the time, the Shin Bet said that it had exposed a Hamas plan to "overthrow the Paleostinian Authority and seize control of Judea and Samaria."

Many pictured a coup: the surrounding of the Muqata and the deposing of the chairman of the Paleostinian Authority. But what the Shin Bet actually uncovered was a plan, coordinated from Hamas headquarters in Turkey, to establish a loose network of terror cells, comprising a total of 93 operatives, which would "destabilize the security situation in the West Bank and carry out a string of grave attacks in Israel."

The Shin Bet left the rest unsaid: Israel, as happened in Gazoo, would assign blame to the PA, seethe, and finally retaliate, weakening the PA to the point that Hamas could step in and finish it off.

And the reactions to the terror attack were, in fact, unusually harsh and directed squarely at PA President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, speaking from Washington, said that "there is none, nor has there ever been, in the Paleostinian Authority a culture of peace, but rather a culture of incitement and jihad against Jews."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assigned blame to Hamas, but also to Abbas, "who just a few days ago incited attacks on Jews in Jerusalem," as he said in a statement.

Hamas, of course, cannot take all of the credit for the roiling tension and constant drip of violence in the northern part of the city since the July murder. Other forces are at work, too ‐ the friction on the Temple Mount and the status quo that leaves many Arab residents of East Jerusalem cut off from the West Bank and also unaffiliated, at least by citizenship, with Israel. Nonetheless, it is squarely within the organization's interest to perpetuate instability so that even a random spark could light the fire of a third intifada.

"I say this and I repeat, I do not recognize an intifada," Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch insisted Wednesday after the terror attack.

Instead, he said, there was "a rise of incidents" of late but one that, with the help of an increased police presence in the capital, "we will overcome."

For Aharonovitch and the Israel Police, an organization beset by widespread malfeasance, that will be a tall order, and one hopefully achieved before the fire hops the fence and spreads to the West Bank.


Great White North: Ottawa X-ray Technologist Sentenced to 12 Years in Terror Plot
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 2 Comments 310 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A former Ottawa x-ray technologist was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for conspiring to facilitate terrorism, officials said.

Misbahuddin Ahmed, 30, was convicted in July, but was acquitted of a more serious charge of bomb-making for terrorist purposes.

He was convicted of "conspiring to facilitate a terrorist activity," Canada's Public Prosecution office said Thursday, adding that he has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

The sentencing came a day after a gunman shot a soldier dead in Ottawa and stormed the capital's parliament building before he was killed by a federal officer.

The attack was unrelated to Ahmed's case.

Ahmed and two alleged co-conspirators had been tossed in the slammer
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in police raids in 2010.

Authorities said he and his accomplices had plotted to attack a repatriation ceremony at a Canadian military base usually attended by the minister of defense and chief of the defense staff.

Police had said the accused were in possession of a horde of material for making improvised bombs, including schematics, videos, drawings, instructions, books and electrical components.

During raids on the homes of the suspects, authorities said they also seized more than 50 electronic circuit boards that could be used in remote detonators.

The alleged ringleader of the terror cell Hiva Alizadeh pleaded guilty to the bomb-possession charges in a plea deal that saw him sentenced in September to 24 years in prison.

A third man, Khurram Sher, a Canadian doctor of Pak heritage who once auditioned for a televised talent show, was acquitted at trial of terrorism the previous month.
#1: Enjoy your stay. Please don't worry about your cell mate because he's actually a very, very friendly and really nice, caring guy. The music? That's Country and Western music and we play it 24 hours a day because that's what most of the inmates want.
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#2: Misbahuddin Ahmed, 30

Hoser
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:01 ||Comments



Iraq: U.S. Officials: Iraqi Army Months Away from Major Offensive
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[AnNahar] The Iraqi army is still months away from staging a major offensive to retake ground lost to the Islamist State group and is regrouping after suffering battlefield defeats this year, U.S. military officials said Thursday.

Iraqi security forces were now able to stage small-scale attacks 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....
group but needed time to plan and train for a larger operation, even with the aid of U.S.-led air strikes, one military official told news hounds.

"It's well within their capability to do that (counter-attack), on the order of months, not years," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
But he added: "It's not imminent."

Asked when the Iraqi army might be ready to launch an operation to push the Islamic State group out of the northern town of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the official said it could be up to a year.

Officials at the U.S. military's Central Command headquarters acknowledged the pace of the bombing raids by American and allied warplanes has been limited by the Iraqi army's shortcomings, as it was not on the move and mainly in a defensive position.

There have been more than 600 strikes in Iraq and Syria since August 8, officials said, a much smaller number when compared to previous air campaigns in Libya or the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The scope of the air strikes also has hinged on how often the IS group moved in larger numbers in the open, leaving themselves open to attack.

Under the Shiite-led government of former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi army had deteriorated in recent years with some capable senior officers replaced by political loyalists and equipment neglected, the official said.

U.S. military advisors based in Baghdad and Arbil were working to shore up the Iraqi army, according to officials.

And for the first time, U.S. officials left open the possibility advisor teams could eventually deploy to western Anbar province, where the Iraqi army has suffered a string of setbacks.

"I can't tell you when" advisers may operate out of Anbar, the official said. "There's been a lot of discussion and planning."

Such a move could put U.S. forces at more risk, given the strength of the Islamic State group west of Baghdad, and open President Barack Obama
I bowled a 129. Itâs like â it was like Special Olympics, or something...
up to criticism that he is escalating the American commitment despite a vow not to have "boots on the ground."

Obama's war strategy calls for helping to persuade Sunni tribes to confront the Islamic State Lion of Islams, but officials said that effort -- led by Baghdad -- was only at a preliminary stage.

More than one tribe had joined the fight but "it's not a widespread tribal uprising," the official said.

Many Sunnis, who felt alienated by the previous Baghdad government, were "waiting to see which way the (Haider) Abadi government is going to go," he said.

- IS stalled in Kobane -
Officials said it was too soon to judge whether President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat the Islamic State group was succeeding because the war effort is in its early stages.

But commanders have said the initial goal of the air strikes was to stop the advance of the snuffies across Syria and Iraq, buying time to train and arm local forces to eventually roll them back.

In at least one battleground, in the mainly Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria, the American air strikes appear to have succeeded in helping halt the onslaught of the Lion of Islams, officials said.

A weeks-long offensive by the jihadists around the border town has stalled and Kurdish fighters likely will be able to hold out indefinitely with the help of air raids, officials said.

The front lines between Islamic State snuffies and Kurdish forces have not moved for more than a week, despite a concerted push by the well-armed jihadists.

"If you look at what's happened over the last week and a half, really the line in Kobane hasn't really changed much," said a second official at Central Command.

"I think unless something happens out of the current paradigm of what ISIL (IS) is doing, I think the Kurdish defenders... are going to be able to hold."

The fate of Kobane has grabbed headlines and now carries crucial symbolic importance for both the IS group and the U.S.-led coalition.

Officials said the Islamic State group had not given up its assault on the town, and would likely keep up its offensive.

But a failure to prevail in Kobane will present the snuffies with a propaganda problem, as it has painted itself with an aura of inevitability, the official added.

In Washington, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged "mixed" results in the war effort but said: "We believe that our strategy is working."
#1: WTF does this Artic mean - is the US-Allies going to reorg, retrain, + reequip the Iraqi Army over the next few months; or does it mean no Iraqi-led ground offensive until after the Nov/2014 Elex + January swear-in back in the US, until such time in late February or mid-March when things M-I-G-H-T actually get moving???
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-25 01:02 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Raids Terror Network in Dinniyeh, Arrests Wanted Fugitive
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[AnNahar] The Lebanese Army Intelligence raided at dawn on Thursday an apartment in the northern area of Dinniyeh, which is inhabited by a "group of terrorists," killing three gunnies and apprehending a runaway.

The army said in a communique that one soldier sustained minor injuries during the raid.

The identities of the killed turbans were not identified.

According to the statement, an army unit had been monitoring the location of terrorist 51-year-old Ahmed Salim Miqati, who is also known as Abou al-Huda and Abi Bakr.

Miqati recently pledged allegiance 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 the Levant (ISIL) and established cells linked to the group in the region.

He was planning to carry out a huge terrorist act along with his son Omar, who is fighting alongside ISIL in the northeastern border town of Arsal, the army added.

The army seized in the apartment light and medium weapons, in addition to rockets, grenades, boom belts and military equipment.

Investigations kicked off with him, the army said.

Media reports had earlier said that two members of the raided network fled away, while the state-run National News Agency said that a Syrian refugee was killed during the raid.

OTV identified one of the killed men as Mohammed al-Etri.

Miqati is also the relative of Bilal Omar Miqati who is accused of beheading Lebanese soldiers on the outskirts of Arsal.

Abou al-Huda has been recruiting men to join ISIL ranks and has an arrest warrant against him, the army said in its statement.

Agence La Belle France Presse reported that a soldier who recently announced via YouTube his defection from the army was captured during the raid.

He was the fifth Lebanese soldier to have announced his defection from the army since August.

All have announced their desertion in videos released by jihadists groups in which they claim they have joined Death Eater ranks.

The army has been cracking down on Syrian refugees across the country after the military engaged in battles with murderous Moslems from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front and the Islamic State group in Arsal in August.

There are fears that the Syrian refugee encampments in Leb could turn into areas that harbor Death Eaters, or a springboard to head to Syrian or Lebanese territories for violent acts.

The jihadists held several soldiers and coppers captive after withdrawing from the town. Three of them were executed in August and September.


The Grand Turk: Three Kurdish Militants Killed In Attack On Turkish Power Plant
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[Ynet] Turkish soldiers killed three Kurdish gunnies who were part of a group that attacked a power plant in the eastern province of Kars, Turkish sources said on Friday.

Fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) set fire to two vehicles and a cabin at the plant in Kagizman district, and shot at soldiers who returned fire, the general staff said in a statement on its website.

Three PKK guerrillas were killed and a search was launched for the others, a security source said.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Gaza Sources: Hamas Test-Fired Rocket Out To Sea
Posted by trailing wife 10/25/2014  00:00 3 Comments 64 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, test-fired a rocket in the direction of the Mediterranean sea on Friday morning, sources in Gazoo said.

This the sixth reported test firing that the group has carried out recently.
#1: Did they hit it?
Posted by: Bunyip|| 2014-10-25 03:37 ||Comments

#2: They gotta work for their money.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-25 07:42 ||Comments

#3: Proof positive that they're being advised by the North Koreans...
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-10-25 10:56 ||Comments



Europe: At Least 824,000 Displaced by Ukraine Conflict
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[AnNahar] The conflict in Ukraine has driven more than 824,000 people from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday, warning that it was having to scramble aid to offset the impact of winter.

At least 430,000 people had been displaced within Ukraine as of Thursday, UNHCR said, 170,000 more than at the start of September.

"With the crisis in Ukraine entering its first winter, UNHCR is racing to help some of the most vulnerable displaced people cope with expected harsh winter conditions," the U.N. agency said.

"Ongoing fighting in the east, and the resulting breakdown of basic services, continues to drive more people from their homes," it added.

Around 95 percent of the displaced people are from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

UNHCR said that the need for humanitarian aid was greatest around Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev and in the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions.

In addition to those displaced within Ukraine, another 387,000 have fled to Russia, while 6,600 have applied for asylum in the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and 581 in Belarus, UNHCR said.


Africa North: Six 'Militants' Killed Ahead of Key Tunisia Polls
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[AnNahar] A raid by Tunisian security forces on an gang near the capital Friday left six suspected snuffies dead, including five women, fanning tensions days ahead of a landmark election.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police will be deployed for Sunday's parliamentary polls -- the first since an uprising three years ago that inspired the Arab Spring revolutions.

The authorities have expressed fears that "terrorists" will seek to disrupt the vote.


Iraq: France Announces Big Coalition Air Raid against IS in Iraq
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[AnNahar] The international coalition currently battling the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group in Iraq dropped around 70 bombs on an arsenal and jihadist training center in a large-scale overnight raid, the French military said Friday.

"I think it's safe to say we hurt them last night. The operation is a success," La Belle France's Chief of the Defense Staff Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio, adding the raid took place in the Kirkuk region of northern Iraq.

La Belle France's Rafale fighter jets took part in the operation, which destroyed buildings in which IS snuffies "produced their traps, their bombs, their weapons to attack Iraqi forces," he said.

"Some 70 bombs were dropped, we fired 12 laser-guided bombs and we hit our target."

Since it announced it would take part in the U.S.-led coalition in September, La Belle France has carried out seven rounds of air strikes over Iraq but it has so far refused to join the United States in its air war against IS in Syria.

Overall, U.S. and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in Iraq and Syria -- where IS controls swathes of territory -- and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the US military said Thursday.

The air strikes have helped Kurdish militia defending the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane to hold out against the more heavily armed jihadists but have not stopped IS making new gains in parts of Iraq.
#1: It's nice to see the French actually helping the US in Iraq.
Posted by: frozen al|| 2014-10-25 11:11 ||Comments

#2: Until I see a B-52 arclight or three, AND the use of the B-2, I have doubts about how much resolve the nowhere man regime has.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-10-25 11:20 ||Comments

#3: The French will do what is good for the French. As I recall, French president Mitterrand denied overflight rights for the Reagan bombing of Gaddafi in 1986.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 12:00 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Erdogan Says 1,300 Free Syria Fighters to Join Battle for Kobane
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[AnNahar] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said Friday that 1,300 Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
fighters would join Kurds in defending the key Syrian border town of Kobane from an assault by 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.

The Syrian Kurds have "accepted 1,300 people from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and they are holding talks to determine the transit route," Erdogan told news hounds in Estonia's capital Tallinn.

"I have just been informed that the number of (Iraqi Kurdish) peshmerga (to be sent to Kobane) was reduced to 150" from a previously agreed 200, he added.

Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to Kobane to fight jihadists from the Islamic State group.

There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters battling IS jihadists for control of Kobane.

Ankara views the PYD as the Syrian arm of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) whose three-decade armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey has left 40,000 people dead.

Erdogan on Thursday dubbed the PYD a "terrorist organization".

"As you know, in our talks with (U.S. President Barack) Obama we had agreed that the FSA could be the first choice (for deployment in Kobane) and the second choice could be (Kurdish) peshmergas," Erdogan said Friday in Tallinn.

He has also raised the acute humanitarian crisis gripping Syria and the spillover of refugees into Turkey.

Some 200,000 Kurds have fled from Syria to Turkey to escape the onslaught on Kobane by IS jihadists.

Turkey is separately hosting over 1.5 million Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
and rebels seeking his ouster.

"Where was the world when 300,000 people have been killed in Syria thus far?" Erdogan said Thursday in Riga.
Well, Turkey was aiding and abetting ISIS with funds, rest and rejuvenation opportunities, medical treatment and possibly training, and still pronounces ISIS to be less of a danger to humanity than the Kurds mountain Turks, so owns some responsibility for the consequences that developed...
"Why are they so keen on Kobane, but not on the whole of Syria? That's a question to ask."
War, like politics, is the art of the possible, Mr. President. Why are you not interested in what is passing a mere hundred yards or so from your border crossing?
Erdogan was in EU member Estonia Friday, where he was expected to discuss Turkey's bid to join the 28-member bloc.
Ynet adds:
Kurdish PYD says no deal yet on passage of Free Syrian Army fighters into Kobani

The co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD said on Friday that no agreement has been reached yet on the passage of Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) fighters into the besieged border town of Kobani, contradicting comments from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

"We already established connection with FSA but no such agreement has been reached yet as Mr. Erdogan has mentioned," Saleh Moslem told Rooters via phone from Brussels. He referred to the Turkish President's comments that 1,300 FSA fighters had been cleared to cross into Kobani.
#1: Gee, just yesterday it was 200.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-25 08:50 ||Comments

#2: It was 200 hundred Kurds, Skidmark, though it may become 150. The Free Syrian Army would be a shifting alliance of anti-Assad rebels ranging from Communists and democrats to Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, as far as I can tell. I'm not sure how trustworthy they are.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-10-25 10:22 ||Comments

#3: I'm not sure how trustworthy they are

Precisely. More like 300 FSA and 1000 Turkish MIT agents.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-25 11:39 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Imran announces 'decisive war' on November 30
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[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
addressed a massive public gathering in Gujrat on Friday which he had earlier confidently said would be a record breaking rally.

Today's rally is part of the PTI's campaign against the government of prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
, which it started in August along with Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul-Qadri, who recently decided against continuing the sit-in in front of Parliament in the federal capital.

The PTI leadership has also decided to hold rallies in different cities in the country as according to a prominent party leader it became difficult for PTI supporters from Islamabad and Rawalpindi to maintain presence at the sit-in continuously.

On Thursday, Imran Khan had expressed with great confidence that, "attendance in the rally will break all records of public gatherings held so far by different parties in the [Gujrat] district".


India-Pakistan: The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'
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[DAWN] "Pakistain is one of only three countries, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, where polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
is still endemic, and efforts to stamp it out have been badly affected by attacks on vaccinators like Sumbal.

In the 2000s Pakistain looked on course to wipe out polio after a series of vaccination drives brought the number of cases down to just 28 in 2005, from more than 18,000 in 1993, according to Unicef data.

But from 2008 the epidemic rebounded and in 2014 hit a 15-year high, with 210 cases -- 80 per cent of all the polio cases in the world.

The problem is concentrated in the northwest, wracked since 2007 by a homegrown Taliban insurgency, and the main city Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
has gained an unenviable reputation as the "world capital" of polio.

A Taliban ban on vaccination in North and South Wazoo tribal areas, on the Afghan border, has left hundreds of thousands of children unprotected from the virus.

Adding to the problem, many of the poorly-educated population believe unfounded rumours about the vaccine containing pork or being a Western plot to sterilise Moslems.


India-Pakistan: Hazaras: Fault in their faces
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[DAWN] Haji Abdul Qayyum Changezi, the head of Hazara Qaumi Jirga and a survivor of many Hazara massacres, still thinks there is a way to stop it. Earlier this month, in his Hazara Town office, he was surrounded by fellow survivors. A man had lost his entire family. "Yes all of them," the man shook his head and refused to say anything more. Here was a transporter who had lost all his business. An eight-year-old kid with a scar across his face who lost his mother in the Mastung bus massacre. "I was sitting in the front of the bus playing with my brother, my mother was at the back," was all he could remember. Homes in Hazra Town were full of teenagers who couldn't go to university and their parents who couldn't go to their jobs while amateurish looking gunnies sat on streets corners trying to do DIY security.

Haji Changezi tapped on a pile of national Urdu dailies published from Quetta and pointed to headlines that he had highlighted; in various poetic forms inciting the murder of Shia Hazras. "Whenever these headlines appear, an attack on our community follows. Can anyone stop these headlines?" A young man in the office opened the Facebook page of a banned sectarian organization and played a clip from a rally held recently in Quetta stadium. A singer sang a composition declaring all Shias kafir. Speakers following him did the same in blood-curdling prose.

Liaqat Ali Hazara, the transporter said that he had approached the military authorities to resume his business. "Give it to us in writing that if one of your buses gets attacked you'll not protest again and sit on the streets with your coffins."

He is still considering the offer. "There are some drivers who are willing to drive my buses. They are saying if we are going to die sitting in our homes then we might as well die working. Also if you are in a moving bus maybe you have a better chance of survival."

Another young man complained that non-Hazara bus drivers had started refusing Hazara passengers. "They think we are a security threat. Sometimes they charge us extra."


India-Pakistan: Co-accused acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder case
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Of course he was. It's no true crime to kill an unbeliever.
[DAWN] An anti-terrorist court (ATC) in Hyderabad on Thursday evening acquitted Qari Hashim, a co-accused in the kidnapping and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, for lack of evidence during an inside jail trial.
There was only one witness, but he died suddenly when he lost his head.
Hashim was incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in August 2005 in conjunction with the kidnapping and was locked up in Hyderabad's central prison.

Defence counsel Sher Mohammad Leghari had filed an acquittal plea under Section 265-K of the Criminal Procedure Code, arguing that there was no evidence against his client.

According to Leghari, Hashim had been apprehended for arranging a meeting for Daniel Pearl with Mubarak Ali Shah Gillani. The court acquitted the accused for lack of evidence.

Later in the evening, a younger brother of Hashim, Syed Khalid Imran, told journalists at the Hyderabad Press Club that his brother had not yet been released by prison authorities despite his acquittal in the murder case.

Imran, fearing that his brother may be implicated by authorities in some false cases, said that the family will approach their counsel again to pursue the matter legally.


India-Pakistan: Nawaz vows to eradicate polio
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[DAWN] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
said Friday that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunisation as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in relation to World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
-affected children and their parents.

Later, the prime minister administered polio vaccination drops to children and expressed commitment on behalf of his government towards eradicating the crippling virus. He said all resources were being made available to eradicate polio.


India-Pakistan: All eyes on Pakistan as world observes polio day today
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[DAWN] Despite efforts by the government and other stakeholders, the number of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
cases increased by four times in 2014 compared to the corresponding period last year. "The global community has been looking towards Pakistain to address the issue. During the low transmission season starting from December, quality campaigns have to be carried out to eradicate the virus."

This was stated by Dr Zubair Mufti, the representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), while speaking at a news conference at a local hotel a day before the World Polio Day (on October 24).

Dr Mufti said though Afghanistan and Nigeria had also the issue of polio, the situation in Pakistain was bad.

"As many as 217 cases of polio have been reported in the current year in Pakistain." He said 12 cases were reported from Afghanistan and only six from Nigeria during the current year.

"There are issues of security but still during the low transmission season, from December to April - steps should be taken to control the virus. Poliovirus cannot survive for more than four days in sewage."

He said the virus could only replicate in the human intestine so it has to be ensured that every child is vaccinated. The military operation in South Wazoo provided an opportunity to vaccinate the children who could not be covered for over two years.


India-Pakistan: Polio hits two brothers in Korangi, tally rises to 23
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[DAWN] A family in Korangi was informed on Thursday that two minor siblings were suffering from polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
, though the family had the brothers inoculated more than once during routine campaigns, officials said.

With two more polio cases in the city, the provincial government received confirmation of four polio cases within two days -- three from 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...
and one from Dadu. The provincial tally has now reached 23.

The officials said Ajmal Khan, a labourer from the Pakhtun community, residing in Union Council 3 of Ittehad Town brought his three-year-old son Umair on Sept 27 to doctors with polio symptoms.

On Oct 1, he reported to authorities with 12-month-old Kashif in the similar condition, officials added.

"Their excreta samples were sent to the National Institute of Health in Islamabad and today we were informed that both siblings are afflicted with poliovirus," said Dr Mazhar Khamisani, director of the expanded programme on immunisation of Sindh, while speaking to Dawn.

In the confirmation report, both legs of the two siblings were stated to have been hit by polio.

"It is the first time we have seen two children of a same family falling victim to polio."

Official records showed that Umair had been vaccinated thrice and young Kashif immunised twice in previous anti-polio campaigns.

"One reason could be the lack of immunity in their bodies for any reason that did not support the vaccine's efficacy," said an expert.

However,
Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried...
Dr Khamisani said the health authorities would investigate the matter.


India-Pakistan: Mob beats up 'hit men' before law-enforcers arrive
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[DAWN] A shopkeeper whose elder brother was recently killed in a suspected sectarian attack survived an attempt on his life in Incholi Society on Thursday afternoon when a mob got hold of two suspected hit men one of whom had allegedly tried to fire at the shopkeeper, according to police and witnesses.

The mob had severely beaten them up before the law-enforcers managed to take them away in an unconscious condition to a hospital.

As soon as Shakeel Haider arrived at his Haider Pakwan Centre in Block-17 of Federal B. Area adjacent to his home at around 3:30pm and got out of his car, two suspects came from behind him and one of them put a pistol to Mr Haider's head and asked him to recite 'Kalma,' said Mr Haider's nephew, Ahsan.

Mr Haider tried to push aside the attacker who opened fire but luckily the bullet got stuck in the pistol, giving Mr Haider an opportunity to raise alarm for help. His family members and area people rushed to his rescue and managed to get hold of the suspects.

They beat them up severely and in the meantime a man in the angry mob shot one of them in the leg.

In the meantime, contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the area. They faced some difficulty initially in controlling the situation as the angry mob was not ready to hand over the suspects to them.

Later, police and Rangers dispersed the mob by firing into the air and detained the suspects in an unconscious condition. They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where their condition was stated to be serious, said Samanabad SHO Nadir Khan.

The officer identified the maimed suspects as Bilal Allah Ditta and Imran Latif and said at the moment they were not in a position to give a statement to police.

He said that Bilal hailed from Hub, 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...
, while Imran was a resident of Hyderabad and claimed that the police had seized a 30-bore pistol, which appeared to be an old one with a bullet stuck inside.

The officer said the complainant, Shakeel Haider, told police that the suspects had made an attempt on his life but Sherlocks were probing the veracity of his claims and possible affiliation of the suspects with any group.

Eight months ago, Mr Haider's elder brother, Shahab Haider, was bumped off at his Al-Medina paan shop at around the same place in a sectarian attack, said the victim's nephew, Ahsan.

But AIG 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...
police, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, said that a preliminary investigation suggested the incident was a robbery attempt. The suspects pursued Mr Haider after he drew cash from a bank branch in the area and tried to rob him, he said, adding that the suspects had no affiliation with any religious or political group.
#1: In the meantime, contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the area. They faced some difficulty initially in controlling the situation as the angry mob was not ready to hand over the suspects to them.

"We ain't done beating the shit outta them"

"Hokay, we'll take a tea break and be back in 15, think you'll be done by then?"

"I think so"
*kick*

"Owwww"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-10-25 10:33 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: 11 students expelled from agricultural university
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[DAWN] The administration of Agricultural University, Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
expelled 11 students for their alleged involvement in a clash on the campus wherein a student was killed.

The decision was taken in a joint meeting of all deans, heads of teaching and administrative departments and section heads of the university. The meeting also approved a cleanup operation in the university's hostels to purge the institution of arms, ammunitions and outsiders.

A neutral student Altaf Alam had sustained serious head injury when two groups of students exchanged fire in the university on Tuesday last. The injured student remained in comma for some time and breathed his last in the hospital. The incident forced the administration to take some necessary decisions to avert such ugly incidents in future.

The participants of the meeting condemned the incident and expressed their shock and grief over the loss of life of an innocent student. They said that wrangling amongst different groups of students was the main cause of the unfortunate incident.

The university management affirmed the commitment of zero tolerance for politically motivated violence and indiscipline of any sort, saying the violators would be dealt with an iron hand.

The participants of the meeting said that a handful of miscreants would not be allowed to play with the future of students. They added that a conducive and peaceful academic environment on the campus would be maintained at all costs.

The meeting unanimously decided immediate expulsion of 11 students involved in the incident in the light of the Supreme Court of Pakistain verdict of 1993 and imposition of ban on their entry in the campus.

The expelled students Mian Amad Ali, Junaid Ahmad, Usmanullah, Dawood Khan, Jawad, Ahmad Ali, Mohammad Nauman, Kaleem Tahir, Adil Jan, Syed Gohar Ali Shah and Waqar Ahmed Afridi.

The meeting was informed that some of the accused persons were tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
and efforts were made to apprehend the others charged in the case.

The meeting decided that a permanent mechanism would be devised and implemented to ensure daily screening of the hostels for targeting outsiders and unwanted material. All the university entry and exit points would be properly guarded through police and their opening and closing timings would be strictly observed.

Similarly, the road in new development farm leading to Nasir Bagh Road would be allowed only for vehicles bearing university stickers.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Texas Presbyterian Hospital nurses Nina Pham, Amber Vinson have officially tested free of Ebola
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 10/25/2014  00:00 7 Comments 464 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Dallas Presbyterian Hospital nurses Nina Pham, Amber Vinson have officially tested free of Ebola.

Nina Pham was discharged from the NIH hospital in Washington DC & briefly met with the president before leaving for her home. Officials at Emory Hospital in GA also officially confirmed Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, but she remains hospitalized.

Nina is “cured of Ebola,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Let’s get that clear. That’s for sure.”

And it was: Pham, dressed in a blue business suit and a turquoise top, hugged Fauci and delivered a brief statement to the media upon her release.

“Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and my medical team,” said Pham. “I am on my way to recovery even as I reflect on how so many others haven’t been so fortunate.” She also thanked Fort Worth doctor Kent Brantly, who donated some of his plasma, for his “selfless” act.

Pham met briefly with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office before her return to Dallas. The president hugged the nurse and wished her well before she walked out of the White House and got in a waiting car.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said no extra precautions were taken to protect the president. A “clean bill of health” from the NIH is good enough, he said.

"Fauci said workers administered five separate tests, and she tested negative each time. He also said Pham was not given an experimental drug."
Dr. Brantley's plasma may not be considered an experimental drug, but giving it to Pham was an experimental treatment, unless treating acute Ebola with plasma from Ebola survivors is considered the standard.
It pretty much is now and was recognized as a therapy in the past. You just couldn't do such a thing in a third world country because they didn't have the ability to separate the plasma, test it to be sure it was free of other pathogens, and check to ensure that the antibody titer was appropriate. And so on. One of the advantages of being desperately ill in a first-world country...
WaPo does not even have this as its leading article, which seems strange. It does mention this: "The federal government is considering altering protocols for doctors and health-care workers who return to the U.S. from West Africa, the New York governor said."

About time. I wonder what the protocol for the NIH and Emory U hospital caretakers of Ebola patients now is.
#1: Illinois governor joins NY & NJ in ordering 21-day quarantine for Ebola patient contacts from the Hot Zone.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that he has ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for "high-risk" individuals who have had direct contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

The directive was issued to every local health department in Illinois.

According to a news release issued by the governor's office, the mandatory quarantine order includes any high-risk medical personnel who have performed medical services to individuals infected with the Ebola virus.

The order will be implemented by local health departments across the state. Previously such medical personnel were subject to a voluntary quarantine.

The move also comes after the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a similar if not the same mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the case of Dr. Craig Spencer led them to conclude that the two states need precautions more rigorous than those of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends monitoring of exposed people for 21 days but doesn't require quarantine, in which they are kept away from others.

"It's too serious a situation to leave it to the honor system of compliance," Cuomo said.

Those in the two states who are forcibly quarantined will be confined either to their homes or, if they live in other states, to some other place, most likely a medical facility, the governors said. Those quarantined at home will receive house calls from health officials. Twenty-one days is the incubation period for the Ebola virus.

Dr. Howard Zucker, acting New York state health commissioner, said any medical personnel who have treated Ebola patients in the three Ebola-ravaged West African countries -- Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia -- will be automatically quarantined.

An Obama administration official said federal officials have been considering similar quarantine requirements for some time. But the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss deliberations by name, said the Obama administration was not yet ready to take that step at the federal level.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-25 01:01 ||Comments

#2: Spain: Ebola-stricken nurse Teresa Romero has improved & has had 2 negative Ebola blood tests. Estimates are she will spend another week in hospital. She received an older version of ZMapp and immune serum infusions from a Spanish nun who survived her own Ebola infection in Liberia.
Now Teresa is fully compos mentis, she says she does not remember touching her face with her gloves whilst taking off her biohazard suit after treating missionary doctor Manuel García Viejo, who died from Ebola after being repatriated in a critical condition.

In her confused and delirious state in the early stages of her illness, she said she ‘probably said yes to whatever they asked’ her.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-25 01:40 ||Comments

#3: Being testing 'free from Ebola' is no guarantee you'll be used as a regime PR prop. I only hug and kiss womens for the camera.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-25 06:09 ||Comments

#4: Such a major celebration for an illness to the young lady that was 100% preventable. True leftist propaganda: advertising success of solving a problem of their own making.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-10-25 07:42 ||Comments

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Posted by: Whulet Shavins7256|| 2014-10-25 08:02 ||Comments

#6:
Posted by: Whulet Shavins7256|| 2014-10-25 08:22 ||Comments

#7: Return of the prodigal nurse!
A blessing replaces a curse:
Surviving this illness
Will get you the business
Instead of a bleach-scented hearse.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-10-25 14:14 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: Thailand appoints chief negotiator in peace talks
Posted by ryuge 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 163 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The Thai government has appointed the chairman of the army's advisory panel to head renewed peace talks with insurgents in the country's far South, a deputy prime minister confirmed Friday.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said the appointment of Gen. Aksara Kerdpol is awaiting an official order from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The government is working on solutions to violence in the far South and is determined to make headway, Prawit, who is also the defense minister, said.

The Prayut government has set out to resume peace talks with southern insurgents, with Malaysia continuing to act as the facilitator. A ten-member team has been formed to continue the stalled negotiations which will include all groups involved in the long-standing insurgency, army chief Udomdej Sitabutr said earlier.

According to Udomdej, the National Security Council is currently working with Malaysian authorities on the framework of the negotiation, but the date has not yet been set.


Southeast Asia: Philippines coordinating with MILF to end Abu Sayyaf
Posted by ryuge 10/25/2014  00:00 0 Comments 155 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The Philippine government is counting on the support of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in neutralizing the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group, a top government official said Thursday.
An interesting development. Is it likely to work?
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the government has been coordinating with the MILF in suppressing the group. He said, "They are our partner in achieving peace and order in Bangsamoro."

A Bangsamoro government is expected to be established to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao as part of an agreement signed by the Philippine government and the MILF in March this year.

Coloma said the Philippine government expected the MILF to not only condemn the activities of the Abu Sayyaf, but also to support the government forces' operation against the rebels in areas covered by the envisioned Bangsamoro entity.