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Caribbean-Latin America: Colombian Airline Wants To Make Its Planes Have Ridiculously Small Standing Seats
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  11:47 5 Comments 137 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Daily Caller] Columbian budget airline VivaColombia renewed its call for "standing seats" in an attempt to reduce ever-increasing flying costs.

VivaColombia, which flies daily from Medellin to Miami, is the latest airline to express interest in vertical seating, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

"There are people out there right now researching whether you can fly standing up," VivaColombia’s founder and CEO William Shaw said. "We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive."

Airbus pioneered vertical seating in 2003, and in 2010, RyanAir toyed with the same idea, calling vertical seats "bar stools with seat belts."

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that seatbelts are necessary to keep passengers safe, adding that there would be many barriers to break before carriers could launch "stand-up" flights.
#1: Yes, I'd like to 'Sky Miles' upgrade to 'seated' if I may.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 11:54 ||Comments

#2: What is the issue? Let the free market decide. Disinterested bystanders have nothingb to say about it.

The scientific method is all about proposing a hypothesis, and then testing use cases against the hypothesis.

In the real world, such experiments deliver great insights.
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2017-06-28 12:55 ||Comments

#3: ah, carry on and standing room only.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 13:21 ||Comments

#4: The old joke of having just flown in and "Boy are my arms tired." may in the future not be as far from the mark as once thought.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy|| 2017-06-28 13:39 ||Comments

#5: weight concerns? No senor
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 14:25 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Illinois Sen. Durbin's Office Won't Release Emails With GOP Baseball Shooter
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  11:35 5 Comments 225 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Daily Caller] Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin’s office will not release reported email correspondence with anti-GOP shooter James Hodgkinson.

An Associated Press report says, "Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state."

The "two Democratic senators from his home state" of Illinois would presumably be Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

When The Daily Caller reached out to Sen. Durbin’s office, we received this comment, "Mr. Hodgkinson contacted our office to state his opinion on a variety of legislation over the years. Those emails were all given to USCP and are part of the current investigation."

When TheDC asked for more details, or whether they planned to publicly release the emails Hodgkinson sent, no response was received.

TheDC also repeatedly contacted Sen. Duckworth’s office looking for a comment or a release of the emails, but received no response.

Hodgkinson, a left-wing Bernie supporter, allegedly opened fire on a group of GOP Congressman practicing at a baseball field. He shot and injured Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, and his social media presence indicated he thought Trump was a "traitor."
#1: Yes, many suspected there might be a tad more to this story. By all means, continue to dig.

And the late Mr. Hodgkinson's computer, what do we know about it ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 11:39 ||Comments

#2: Still using "allegedly" I see. I guess all the people were allegedly shot.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2017-06-28 12:50 ||Comments

#3: What's wrong mr pol pot? Did you say something mean?

This guy is a total assclown
Posted by: newc|| 2017-06-28 14:22 ||Comments

#4: No big deal, this is just politics. The FBI have all of the shooters emails from his account. While I am not fan of Durbin, this is all spin, or notice to him that they have it and to not try and clean their systems.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2017-06-28 15:06 ||Comments

#5: Not reassuring to think Clouseau Comey's FBI is on the case. They've already floated the usual "motive may never been known" nonsense.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2017-06-28 15:18 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Obama's Criminal Enterprise Collapsing
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  11:20 3 Comments 126 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[American Thinker] As former FBI Director James Comey’s best friend, Robert Mueller, stocks his Seinfeld investigation-about-nothing with every Democratic lawyer and Hillary and/or Obama donor he can find, we are treated to the delicious irony of collusion with Russia being confirmed -- and the colluder-in-chief being Ex-president Barack Hussein Obama.

Even Obama’s Democrat supporters are now acknowledging he knew about Russia’s hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails. They are acknowledging that he did nothing but are not acknowledging the reason why ‐ that he thought Hillary Clinton was going to succeed him and he wanted to do nothing to offend the Russians to whom he had once famously promised more "flexibility."
Somewhat lengthy, but succulent.
#1: Meanwhile, Obama travels the world on the taxpayer's dime looking for cushy countries without extradition treaties with the U.S.

I thought Trump could obtain these records on unmasking, etc. that have been squirreled away in the Obama library if he needs them. Thought Congress could also subpoena these records. Also thought a Special Counsel has access to such records.

How does Trump get rid of Mueller's "stacked deck" Special Counsel that is on a witch hunt?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 11:58 ||Comments

#2: Create a second special counsel to investigate Mueller.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 14:35 ||Comments

#3: Indonesia is a good place for Baraq.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 14:45 ||Comments



Government: Club for Growth Attacks Senate Health Care Bill: 'It Restores Obamacare' - Major doners close wallets
Posted by DarthVader 06/28/2017  10:11 1 Comments 719 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[PJMedia] On Tuesday, the conservative nonprofit Club for Growth issued a statement attacking the Senate Republicans' health care bill as "restoring," rather than repealing and replacing, Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The statement revealed how divided conservatives are on the legislation, with other conservative nonprofits tiptoeing around the issue.
Obamacare was about centering power over the health care system in Washington. Congress, with its love for pork and fundraisers does not want to kill it
"For seven long years, Americans have waited for health care reform that would repeal the disaster that is Obamacare," Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in the statement. "The Club for Growth and the American people took Republicans in Congress at their word when they promised to repeal every word -- 'root and branch' -- of Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered approach to health care."

McIntosh attacked the legislation before the Senate, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, as a restoration, rather than a repeal, of Obamacare. "Only in Washington does repeal translate to restore," he said. "Because that's exactly what the Senate GOP healthcare bill does: it restores Obamacare. And while it's hard to imagine, in some ways the Senate's legislation would make our nation's failing healthcare system worse."

He further added that the Senate "has produced Obamacare-lite." The Club for Growth president highlighted four key problems in the bill.

First, he noted that it is a $292 billion tax increase over the House version, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. He also argued that the bill "punts" the difficult task of Medicaid reforms, which "will bankrupt future generations due to Senate Republicans' lack of political courage." McIntosh also said the bill also would leave untouched Obamacare's most onerous regulations, which drove up premiums and deductibles. Finally, he attacked the bill for creating Republican mandates and penalties.

McIntosh was not the only conservative to attack the bill. "We're disappointed lawmakers haven't done more to improve health care, but we remain committed to working with them to make progress," Freedom Partners Vice President of Policy Nathan Nascimento told PJ Media. "We worked with the House to improve the AHCA, and we'll continue to work with the Senate to improve its legislation. But, regardless of the final text, we will still have a lot of work to do to fix healthcare."

Nascimento's comments revealed a conservative nonprofit stuck between the Scylla of endorsing a flawed piece of legislation and the Charybdis of stopping all possible improvements to health care. As the saying goes, "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
I'll just settle for government taking as many of its nose pickers out of health care as possible
Tensions are high on the issues. At least one conservative donor threatened to remove funding for Republicans in Congress if they fail to act on health care and taxes. Speaking in Colorado Springs, Colo., outside the Koch donor network's gathering, Texas-based donor Doug Deason said the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until Republicans pass meaningful reform.

"Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed," Deason said. "You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There's no reason you can't get this done. Get it done and we'll open it back up."

Yahoo News reported that billionaire conservatives warned "of a rapidly shrinking window to push their agenda through Congress and get legislation to President Donald Trump to sign into law." The most important issues for the Koch network (of which Freedom Partners and the larger Americans for Prosperity are a part) were to overhaul the tax code and repeal and replace Obamacare.

"If they don't make good on these promises ... there are going to be consequences, and quite frankly there should be," said Sean Lansing, chief operating officer for Americans for Prosperity (AFP).

"There is urgency," AFP President Tim Phillips explained. "We believe we have a window of about 12 months to get as much of it accomplished as possible before the 2018 elections grind policy to a halt."
Only the threat of losing seats might get these parasites moving
#1: Glad to hear that donations are drying up. That's about the one thing that will get Congress' attention.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2017-06-28 12:53 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: FBI agent indicted for alleged false statements in LaVoy Finicum shooting
Posted by DarthVader 06/28/2017  09:17 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Science & Technology: This man had the chip from his travel card implanted under his skin
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  08:29 3 Comments 92 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BBC] This Australian can now tap in and out at train stations with a travel card chip implanted in his left hand.

Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that's his legal name) says he had it put under his skin by a professional piercer.

The chip in his Opal card was cut down to 10mm by 6mm for the procedure and is one of several implants. Meow-Ludo says his new implant gives him "an ability not everyone else has".

"If someone stole my wallet I could still get home," he told ABC News.
#1: "If someone stole my wallet I could still get home," he told ABC News

"take his hand off"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 08:50 ||Comments

#2: "If someone stole my wallet I could still get home," he told ABC News.

Failing the chip, there's always the scent trail.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 09:09 ||Comments

#3: With a name like that, figured it would be on his shoulder.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 15:47 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Amtrak train hits, kills two CSX employees on tracks
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  08:24 2 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 3
WASHINGTON -- Amtrak says there's been a fatal incident involving two people who were struck while on the tracks in Washington.

The railroad says a train traveling from Boston and New York was approaching Washington's Union Station around 11:18 p.m. Tuesday when the two people were struck. Amtrak says none of the train's crew members or 121 passengers was injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the two people were CSX Railroad employees, reports CBS Washington affiliate WUSA-TV.

Amtrak later said it is "particularly saddened that incident involved fellow railroaders employed by CSX."

In an online statement Wednesday morning, Amtrak says service was temporarily suspended between Washington and Philadelphia while authorities investigated the incident.

A CSX train was also involved in the incident, according to an NTSB official.

A DC Fire and EMS Tweet said rescue crews found two people already dead. One railroad worker was transported to a local hospital for checkup. There was no initial word on what caused the worker's injuries.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told WUSA passengers stayed on the train for several hours before being transferred to another train and taken the rest of the way to Union Station.
#1: Unnamed deaders messing with the tracks, a soft target passenger train stopped for hours, a third man (unnamed) taken for 'evaluation'. Any other country and we would think this was a failed attack.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-06-28 10:47 ||Comments

#2: Skid?
The National Transportation Safety Board says the two people were CSX Railroad employees, reports CBS Washington affiliate WUSA-TV.

Amtrak later said it is "particularly saddened that incident involved fellow railroaders employed by CSX."
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 11:42 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Acting FBI Director McCabe disparaged Flynn to agents before Russian probe
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  08:07 3 Comments 217 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[World Tribune] The FBI may have launched its investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn as retribution for Flynn’s intervention in a counterterror agent’s gender discrimination case against top FBI officials, including current acting Director Andrew McCabe, a report said.

The investigation of Flynn began two years after the retired Army general "roiled the bureau’s leadership" by intervening on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz, Circa reported on June 27, citing documents and interviews.

Flynn’s intervention, seen as highly unusual, included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf, the report said.

"His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks."

Memos obtained by Circa show that the FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for Gritz, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.
A similar story ran yesterday, but it may be something to monitor as the digging continues, and I certainly hope it continues.
#1: More on the Acting FBI Director:

The FBI's boss is under investigation for possible Hatch Act violations
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 08:11 ||Comments

#2: I trust McCabe about as much as Comey.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 11:26 ||Comments

#3: Man, it surely takes a special/unique personality to want to be in Washington (and at those lofty levels).
Posted by: Cleanter Cheth4468|| 2017-06-28 14:43 ||Comments



Home Front: Culture Wars: Christianity is ‘white supremacy disguised as religion'
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  07:57 8 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[The Blaze] New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King said that some Christians’ faith is not really faith at all, but "white supremacy disguised as religion."

King made the comments on Twitter Monday shortly after the Supreme Court decided to take up in October President Donald Trump’s travel ban case.

The nine justices allowed parts of the travel ban to go into effect until October, and asked the parties in the case to determine whether the case would be moot by October, since the ban on individuals traveling from six Muslim-majority Middle Eastern countries would last only 90 days, and the ban on refugees coming to the U.S. would end after 120 days -- roughly the same amount of time between now and late October.

About an hour or so after the ruling, King took to Twitter to mock Christians, but more specifically, white Christians."

"To support a ban on immigrants & refugees, while calling yourself a Christian, is not faith, it’s white supremacy disguised as religion," King tweeted. In a separate tweet, King called Christians’ faith "fake as a $3 bill."

#1: OK, now explain Jeremiah Wright.
(Friendly fire incident in 5, 4, 3, ...)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2017-06-28 08:46 ||Comments

#2: Shut up, honky!
Posted by: Raj|| 2017-06-28 09:14 ||Comments

#3: I do love it when Atheists attempt to tell people what is and what is not proper Christianity or Islam and suggest the followers of those faiths don't know or are lying.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2017-06-28 09:45 ||Comments

#4: I love how the "open borders" people crawl home at night and lock their doors once inside. "Open borders for thee, but not for me!".
Posted by: Crusader|| 2017-06-28 10:47 ||Comments

#5: Maybe King didn't notice that Justice Thomas is black. Justice Ginsburg is Jewish. We had a black president who said he was Christian. Susan Rice is tooting this same horn. She was discriminated against because she is a woman and she is black. Did she happen to consider that she reached the highest levels of education and government? If she was discriminated against it was because she was a liar.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 11:34 ||Comments

#6: Wait. I thought Jesus was black.

Fake as a three dollar bill..lame lame lame. And to be fair, I don't think Sham King has the conviction to be an Atheist.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 12:43 ||Comments

#7: Thumbing through my Bible here and I don't see anything about white folk. Looks like Jesus mother was Jewish and pop was the Holy Spirit. Those that carried out the crucifiction were Jewish and Romans (Gentiles). Sounds like another Fake News alert from the heathen.
Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135|| 2017-06-28 14:51 ||Comments

#8: Oblate spheroids and circles Jesus did not have a cube shaped head !
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707|| 2017-06-28 15:23 ||Comments



Fifth Column: CNN faced $100M lawsuit over botched Russia story
Posted by Skidmark 06/28/2017  07:38 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Government: Pelosi: Let's Face It, This Republican Health-Care Bill Dishonors God
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  04:50 20 Comments 1323 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Free Beacon] House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said on Tuesday that Republicans were dishonoring God with their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Pelosi invoked God to appeal to Republicans across the aisle.

"I know my colleagues are people of faith,"Pelosi said. "They tell us that all the time."

"So, this is God's creation, we have a real responsibility to it," she continued. "To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us."

Pelosi said Republicans were ignoring "those needs," and implored her colleagues to "look into their hearts."

"So from our faith, from our responsibility and community in our country to acknowledging that we are all one family in our country, it is very important that our colleagues not only read the bill, but examine their consciences and look into their hearts, and maybe look into the eyes of these families, and maybe make a decision in favor of what is right," she said.
#1: Is Pelosi a big Churchgoer ? Does she have a Prayer Life? Catholic or Protestant? Is she known for any particular Piety ?
Are matters of faith a big priority of hers?

Or is she on her knees a lot?

Nancy's track record with God is well known, is it? About as good as that of Al Franken then? I hear he's on his knees a lot.
Posted by: Big Platypus8146|| 2017-06-28 05:57 ||Comments

#2: The only thing she worships is government money. Like all Democrats.
Posted by: no mo uro|| 2017-06-28 06:05 ||Comments

#3: Her bible is right there next to her Margaret Sanger Award.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2017-06-28 06:07 ||Comments

#4: Lets airdrop her in ISIS territory where she can explain to them what Islam really means.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 06:09 ||Comments

#5: From the party whose tenets are 'thou shall covet', 'thou shall bear false witness', and 'thou shall steal', which God is she referring to, Marx?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 07:52 ||Comments

#6: Pelosi is a living dishonor to God.

And Buddha

And Shiva

And pretty much every other religion out there.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2017-06-28 08:17 ||Comments

#7: "You have to pass it to read it" Pelosi should talk about dishonoring God! C'mon California, quit punishing us and term limit this botoxed old bag.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 08:42 ||Comments

#8: The only way to explain some of Pelosi's comments are assume she's getting her cues from a carry around computer that's running a random bullshit generator. Just stringing impressive words together and firing them off.
God told her this, did he?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2017-06-28 08:50 ||Comments

#9: Moloch?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 08:51 ||Comments

#10: Re #1: Nancy is nominally a Catholic. Yet she consistently and constantly supports abortion - i.e., the murder of unborn babies. I am amazed that she has not been eexcommunicated already.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 2017-06-28 08:51 ||Comments

#11: And Planned Abortionhood doesn't, Nancy?
Posted by: Jack Salami|| 2017-06-28 09:27 ||Comments

#12: The number of religious folks convinced by an Atheist's opinion of God's likes and dislikes has got to be really close to 0.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2017-06-28 09:47 ||Comments

#13: She knows because he told her.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-06-28 10:52 ||Comments

#14: Did you take your meds today, Nancy?
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 11:00 ||Comments

#15: it is very important that our colleagues not only read the bill

Don't know whether to laugh or barf.

Meds; is that like a Shiraz or Pinot Gregio?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 12:20 ||Comments

#16: Minority Leader Pelosi is doing that politician thing wherein she says things to elicit a certain reaction from her target audience, not because she believes it. She is no doubt unaware of how many atheists live in the right... and how many religious people on the right do not see God's will the way she does.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2017-06-28 12:25 ||Comments

#17: ...do not see God's will the way she does...

I am quite certain Nancy has zero interest at all in "God's will".
Posted by: Crusader|| 2017-06-28 12:39 ||Comments

#18: What about us taxpayers, Nancy? Did your deity tell you taxpayers are a bottomless money pit?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2017-06-28 13:49 ||Comments

#19: "Amendment? No, Nancy, assessment.
Let's start with this strange term, 'investment.'
The robbing, the robing...."
"Don't waste your time probing.
I'm named in God's last will and testament."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2017-06-28 14:04 ||Comments

#20: Nancy Pelosi is not Mother Teresa, Mother Mary, or Saint Melania (adored by the Right).
Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135|| 2017-06-28 14:34 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Trump Dossier Firm Again Refuses To Identify Its Political Clients
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  04:36 6 Comments 182 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Daily Caller] Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous Trump dossier, is again refusing to disclose the identity of political clients who financed the anti-Trump dirt-digging project.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee sent on Friday, lawyers for Fusion GPS said that disclosing the information about the firm’s opposition research project would undercut its First Amendment privileges and violate confidentiality agreements.

As has been widely reported, an unidentified Republican donor hired Fusion GPS in late 2015 to research Trump. But after the real estate magnate won the Republican primary, the donor dropped from the project. But Fusion GPS soon found another client, this one a Democratic ally of Hillary Clinton’s.

Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele to research Trump’s Russia connections. He produced a series of memos now known collectively as the dossier. The salacious document, much of which has been debunked, was leaked to numerous news outlets and published by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10.
#1: If only President Trump had not fired James Comey, he could get them to talk.

[sarc off]
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 04:40 ||Comments

#2: Fusion GPS - DNC's own private CIA?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 05:36 ||Comments

#3: Put em on the Platte River subpoenas agenda
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 08:48 ||Comments

#4: I'm certain Acting FBI Director McCabe can sort this out. Oh WAIT !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 09:03 ||Comments

#5: So, they had this 'dossier' that the FBI wanted to read, presumably because they thought it evidentiary in some way or other. OK, that's all well and good. I'm just curious when it was you got to start charging for evidence. Seems as though they used to just pretty much demand you hand it over followed by a herd of them in raid jackets introducing you and your employees to the floor in the event that order was not followed with great immediacy. The of course the real fun begins and they rip the walls out of your various homes and reduce your vehicles to component parts in the parking lot. But these guys get money? Now they don't want to answer questions? Nothing to see here...
Posted by: hailcaesare@yahoo.com|| 2017-06-28 10:38 ||Comments

#6: So Fusion won't tell but I'd bet the client was somebody close to the Bushes. If I'm wrong let them deny it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 12:07 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: NATO partner Erdogan Seizes 50 Syriac Churches and Monasteries, Declares Them Turkish State Property
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  04:24 0 Comments 170 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[PJ] The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has seized control of at least 50 Syriac churches, monasteries, and cemeteries in Mardin province, report media sources from Turkey:

The Turkish-Armenian daily Agos reports:

After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods as per the law and attached to the provincial administration. Following the legislative amendment introduced in late 2012, the Governorate of Mardin established a liquidation committee. The Liquidation Committee started to redistribute in the city, the property of institutions whose legal entity had expired. The transfer and liquidation procedures are still ongoing.

In 2016, the Transfer, Liquidation and Redistribution Committee of Mardin Governorate transferred to primarily the Treasury as well as other relevant public institutions numerous churches, monasteries, cemeteries and other assets of the Syriac community in the districts of Mardin.

The Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation appealed to the decision yet the liquidation committee rejected their appeal last May. The churches, monasteries and cemeteries whose ownerships were given to the Treasury were then transferred to the Diyanet.


Home Front: Politix: Senate Democrat Compares Supreme Court Justices to 'Horsemen of the Apocalypse'
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  04:19 12 Comments 193 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[PJ] On Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) compared Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas to "the three horsemen of the apocalypse" for their decision to partially grant the Trump administration's request to lift a stay and implement his travel ban, which Hirono called a "Muslim ban."

"Neil Gorsuch, who I did not support as a Supreme Court justice, he's joined two of the most conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, and Alito on the Court to take the position that the entire injunction should have been lifted," Hinoro said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

"This is like the three horsemen of the apocalypse, and they're waiting for the fourth one to come along so that they can go on their trend toward what I call extremism," Hirono added. "I'm not surprised at all that Neil Gorsuch is right in there with Thomas and Alito, wanting to pretty much tell the president, 'You just go right ahead, impose a Muslim ban.'"
#1: Dear Senator Hirono -

I should like to cordially invite you to procure a sense of proportion, then shut up.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2017-06-28 04:57 ||Comments

#2: You ain't seen nothing yet, Oba-san.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 06:01 ||Comments

#3: Wasn't it a unanimous decision?
Posted by: chris|| 2017-06-28 06:45 ||Comments

#4: Wasn't it a unanimous decision?

Yeah, but saying "nine horsemen of the Apocalypse" sounds even stupider than saying three.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2017-06-28 06:51 ||Comments

#5: "Muslim ban."

Except it doesn't effect all Muslim countries and travelers. Truth has never been in the foundation of the Left. And not to be confused with the prior administrations 'de facto' ban on Syrian Christians.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 07:49 ||Comments

#6: When everything is a crisis and will bring about the end of the world... you lose the shock factor.

The demoncrats lost the shock factor sometime around 1983 and it has only gotten sillier.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2017-06-28 08:20 ||Comments

#7: On Monday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) compared Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas to "the three horsemen of the apocalypse" Soon to be Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Senator, I like to think of them that way too--just think of them as the bullshit knife--a return to justice.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 10:17 ||Comments

#8: Dems are working for the Acrapalypse.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418|| 2017-06-28 11:11 ||Comments

#9: On a tiny island like Oahu it wouldn't take long for Moslem colonists to outnumber the natives.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 11:12 ||Comments

#10: Abu, pretty sure the whites came to outnumber the Polynesians in Hawaii a long time ago, and suspect the East Asians now outnumber the whites.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2017-06-28 11:48 ||Comments

#11: There are more Philippino's, and there are more Chinese, and there are more Japanese, let alone the whites.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2017-06-28 15:04 ||Comments

#12: You know Senator if you pols did your job in the House of the People instead of shifting over the power and authority its suppose to exercise to the unelected and unaccountable judiciary, you wouldn't have this view. Maybe time for a Constitutional amendment for Term Limits?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 16:19 ||Comments



Government: Theater That Put On Trump Assassination Play Gets New NEA $100,000 Grant
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  04:06 2 Comments 261 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Free Beacon] The Public Theater in New York has received an additional $100,000 grant from the federal government, fresh off its controversy for staging a Julius Caesar production where a Donald Trump lookalike is assassinated.

Just days after controversy over the graphic mock Trump killing began, the National Endowment for the Arts announced its newest round of grants.

The Public Theater received $100,000 for its New York Shakespeare Festival. This time the theater will do performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

"Performances will take place outdoors at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, bringing together a diverse audience with renowned classical performers and young, emerging actors of all backgrounds and experience," according to the June 14 grant announcement.

The NEA denied that any previous funding went to the production of Julius Caesar, but said, "In the past, the New York Shakespeare Festival has received project-based NEA grants to support performances of Shakespeare in the Park by the Public Theater."

While the government is not shying away from the theater after the controversy, other corporate sponsors have. Bank of America and Delta Airlines pulled funding following the graphic images from the play, and attention from the Trump family.

"I wonder how much of this ’art' is funded by taxpayers?" asked Donald Trump Jr. in a tweet.

The taxpayer transparency group OpenTheBooks.com reported that the New York Shakespeare Festival, which is the parent company of the Public Theater, has received nearly $30 million in federal, state, and city grants since 2009.
#1: Why are we still funding a 'great society' program from 50 years ago? Strip the budget of all these 'endowment' programs if nothing more to convince us rubes that they're (half, quarter?) serious about the trillions of dollars of debt.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 08:00 ||Comments

#2: If I lived in NYC, I'd bring airhorns every night.
Posted by: Raj|| 2017-06-28 10:09 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Alabama Veteran returns fire, wounds three repeat home invaders
Posted by Besoeker 06/28/2017  03:59 5 Comments 193 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] A Theodore, Alabama, Marine Corps veteran took fire then returned it, wounding three home invasion suspects in broad daylight.

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reports that the three suspects "have broken into the man’s home before and threatened to harm the victim if he reported the incident to authorities." The 62-year-old veteran reported that incident anyway, and was ready when suspects attempted to enter the home again.

According to AL.com, when the suspects approached the veteran’s residence for the second time, "they fired several rounds through the front door," hitting the veteran in the shoulder. " The veteran then "returned fire, injuring all three suspects."

One of the suspects remained on scene while two others got into their car and drove to nearby Dollar General Store. "Deputies arrived at the store to find the two suspects on the ground."

The suspects were taken to a hospital and MCSO made clear that they were "in custody" while in the hospital. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be treated for his shoulder wound as well.
#1: Looks like a Charlie Manson wannabe.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2017-06-28 07:09 ||Comments

#2: ...while two others got into their car and drove to nearby Dollar General Store.

I didn't realize Dollar General had expanded into emergency health care.
Posted by: Crusader|| 2017-06-28 10:25 ||Comments

#3: Bandaids and beer
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-06-28 10:50 ||Comments

#4: Numerical advantage favored the attackers. Unfortunately however, they had forfeited the all important 'element of surprise.'
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 12:40 ||Comments

#5: Looks like a Charlie Manson wannabe.

Look at their ages. Five spot says the drug dealer worked at the Dollar General.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 12:49 ||Comments



Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga forces foil ISIS attack on Kirkuk
Posted by trailing wife 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 337 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARA News] Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces on Tuesday repelled an offensive 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....
’s (ISIS) jihadists in Kirkuk province.

ISIS turbans tried to infiltrate into the Kerawa town in Kirkuk province to target one of the key Peshmerga headquarters there.

"ISIS [ISIS] gunnies launched the attack from three axis in a bid to hit our headquarters in Kerawa," a Peshmerga front man told ARA News.

ISIS jihadists reportedly initiated the offensive by targeting a Peshmerga checkpoint with boom-mobiles, causing injuries among the Kurdish forces.

"The attack was foiled after festivities with these terrorists," the Peshmerga official said.

At least 12 ISIS members were killed in the festivities. The group withdrew from the area in the evening on Tuesday after suffering losses in manpower and equipment.

"Our forces are heavily deployed in this area, and prepared to defend Kirkuk province with all means," he told ARA News.


Southeast Asia: 18 Philippine troops killed by ISIS during ongoing battle for Marawi
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 357 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] Heavy festivities continue to embroil the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao, while civilians bear the brunt of the ongoing crisis.

According to Amaq Agency, 13 government soldiers were killed during skirmishes in Marawi’s neighborhoods on Tuesday while an additional 5 were burned alive as an 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....
RPG destroyed an armored vehicle, bringing the total alleged Philippine Army corpse count to 18 for the day.

On the other hand, the Philippine Armed Forces said they had restored 90% of the city under government control due to ongoing counter-insurgency operations that have the ISIS-linked Maute and Abu Sayyaf
...also known as al-Harakat al-Islamiyya, an Islamist terror group based in Jolo, Basilan and Zamboanga. Since its inception in the early 1990s, the group has carried out bombings, kidnappings, murders, head choppings, and extortion in their uniquely Islamic attempt to set up an independent Moslem province in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf forces probably number less than 300 cadres. The group is closely allied with remnants of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiya and has loose ties with MILF and MNLF who sometimes provide cannon fodder...
groups running low on manpower.


Iraq: Iraqi Army begins big offensive in Mosul to defeat ISIS for good
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 5 Comments 507 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] Over the past 24 hours, the Iraqi Army has initiated a remarkable pincer offensive in the largely ISIS-held Old City neighborhood of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, ultimately looking to cut the tiny 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....
pocket in two by joining forces at the al-Sa’ah Roundabout, a key junction in the heart of the densely populated district.

After liberating the al-Saa church intact, the Iraqi Federal Police secured the al-Zewani Mosque in the southwestern sector of the embattled neighborhood on Tuesday morning after imposing full control over the al-Farooq residential area hours earlier.

With rapid gains finally underway through the narrow streets of the Old City, Iraqi troops also captured around a dozen homemade rocket launchers and a makeshift field hospital where significant batches of pain killers were recovered:

Notably, recent government gains have secured large stretches of the main roads in the Old City; in turn, civilians are able to escape more easily through the humanitarian corridors that are vital to reduce collateral damage.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
Amaq Agency released a by now rare video depicting ISIS snuffies amid their last-ditch defense in the battle for the Old City, the last Mosul neighborhood where jihadist belligerents maintain a presence:

In a related event, two ISIS sleeper cells opened fire on coppers in the al-Jazar district (liberated over six months ago) on the eastern bank of the Tigris River on Monday. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
the assailants were hunted down by shop owners and local residents who beat them to death before security forces managed to interfere.
#1: at one time, ISIS was suppose to have been vanquished by the start of 2017, then by the time Obama left office, then it was before the end of Ramadan

a cruel and evil bunch but tenacious fighters
Posted by: lord garth|| 2017-06-28 00:11 ||Comments

#2: You can't vanquish ISIS because ISIS is the very essence of Muslim soul.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 05:29 ||Comments

#3: the assailants were hunted down by shop owners and local residents who beat them to death before security forces managed to interfere.

I find it concerning that the local shopkeepers were able to eliminate the terrorists before the police arrived.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2017-06-28 11:30 ||Comments

#4: On the other hand, the ISJV thought they could operate with impunity, and armed men were beaten to death.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 12:25 ||Comments

#5: facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...

Put another way, figures never lie, but liars always figure.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 15:51 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Ottoman Turkish artillery opens fire on Kurdish forces across entire frontier in northern Aleppo
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 207 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] A massive rebel offensive is looming in northern Syria after the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces bombarded nearly a dozen Kurdish-held villages on Tuesday evening.

Artillery shells landed on Tall Rifaat, Harbul, Ain Daqnah, Maranaz, Malkiyah, Qastal and Vilat al-Qadi while Turkish reconnaissance planes hovered over the town of Sheikh Issa for hours, likely to provide coordinates of Kurdish targets and explore weak points in their defensive lines.

In response to the Turkish hostilities, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ‐ the majority of whom are YPG fighters ‐ exchanged fire with Turkish-backed rebels in northern Aleppo.

According to multiple reports, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
hopes to link the Idlib rebel heartland with the northern Aleppo pocket in order to strengthen the Syrian Opposition at the expense of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Menagh Airbase, Sheikh Issa and Tall Rifaat are said to be the initial targets of the Turkish-led offensive which is yet to begin in full force.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkish Army tanks pour into northern Aleppo for humongous offensive
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 3 Comments 157 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] Kurdish forward units in the Efrin region are on high alert after massive deployments of Turkish armored vehicles were spotted arriving in northern Aleppo on Tuesday.

Ahead of the suspected offensive, the Turkish Army lit up the skies over northern Aleppo on Tuesday evening, targeting a string of Kurdish-held villages with artillery fire while reconnaissance planes hovered above the battlefield throughout the day.

Meanwhile,
...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
an amateur video emerged reportedly showing dozens of Turkish Army tanks arriving in region, likely to spearhead a brand new offensive aimed at connecting the northern Aleppo pocket with the rebel heartland in Idlib.
#1: Saith the Lord Humongous - the Ayatollah of Rock 'n Rolla - the Master of Disaster: "NOBODY BUT NOBODY GETS OUT OF THIS PLACE ALIVE!"
Posted by: borgboy|| 2017-06-28 11:20 ||Comments

#2: How much longer can NATO ignore the imperial designs of the Neo-Ottoman?

What happens when Turkish weapons are turned on American advisors?

This is fast getting out of hand, no?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2017-06-28 12:27 ||Comments

#3: I don't understand this. Turkey stands a good chance of running into active Syrian or Hezbollah positions if they really carry out the operation.

Or it could be bluster.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2017-06-28 14:56 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel uses fabricated claims of rocket fire as excuses to attack Gaza: Hamas
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 330 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Talk to the hand, dude
[Iran Press TV] The Paleostinian resistance movement Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, has stressed that Israel uses fabricated claims of rocket fire to justify its attacks on the Gazoo Strip.

"The Israeli claim of a rocket being fired from Gazoo and issuing a statement on behalf of ISIS to justify the escalation and an attack of resistance positions are part of a dangerous and transparent Israeli game," said Hamas on Tuesday.

The resistance movement was referring to claims made by Israeli media that a 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...
terrorist group affiliated to ISIS had announced its responsibility for a rocket being launched from Gazoo into an unpopulated area in the occupied territories.

Hamas released the statement after Israeli fighter jets carried out multiple Arclight airstrikes on various positions throughout the Gazoo Strip in response to the alleged rocket fire.


Home Front: Politix: US Senate Republicans delay vote on Obamacare repeal bill
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 4 Comments 462 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Iran Press TV] US Senate Republican leaders have delayed the vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare
... aka the Affordable Care Act, an ineptly designed and worse executed piece of legislation designed to bring 17 percent of the U.S. economy under the direct control of the government. The previous iteration, known as Hillarycare, was laughed out of Washington. This stinker was passed on a party-line vote without being read...
until after next week's Fourth of July holiday due to a lack of party support.

The announcement made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday came as a setback to the Republicans to replace Obamacare, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would leave an estimated 22 million more people without health insurance by 2026.

"We are going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have that we’ll continue to try to litigate," McConnell told news hounds. "Consequently, we will not be on the bill this week but we are still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place."

It is "a big complicated bill, they’re hard to bring together and hard to pass," he added, describing Republicans as "optimistic that we’re going to get a result that’s better than the status quo."

The Republican bill is aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the signature health insurance achievement of former President Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
. Obamacare covers some 20 million Americans.

In the most contentious congressional vote of Trump's presidency last month, politicians voted 217 to 213 to pass the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill.
#1: Poor timing or chutzpah redefined? You be the judge:

USA Today - Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants a $2,500 housing stipend for members of Congress
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 05:18 ||Comments

#2: You'll sleep in your office and like it, Jason. For the rest of your abbreviated term, anyway.
Posted by: Raj|| 2017-06-28 07:48 ||Comments

#3: US Senate Republicans delay vote on Obamacare repeal replacement bill

FIFY
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 07:54 ||Comments

#4: According to the latest available census figures:

In 2015, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire calendar year was 9.1 percent, or 29.0 million, lower than the rate and number of uninsured in 2014 (10.4 percent or 33.0 million).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Republicans replacement plan (which according to the CBO) would leave an estimated 22 million more without health insurance by 2026.

Does this mean that 22 million people would lose crappy health care insurance over the current estimate of 29 million uninsured? In other words, 51 million people would be uninsured? Are we back to where we started before the Dems started this costly albatross?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 09:42 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa: Mattis
Posted by trailing wife 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 307 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AlAhram] U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust 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....
turbans from Raqqa, Syria.

Describing American reassurances to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
that the U.S. will take back weapons given to the Syrian Kurds after the IS group fight, Mattis says it depends on when or where the next mission is.

And he's also sounding a cautionary note when asked if all the weapons would be returned.

"We'll do what we can," the defense secretary told news hounds traveling with him to Germany Tuesday.

Mattis' comments marked the first time he has spoken at length publicly about the U.S. pledge to recover the weapons provided to the Kurds.
#1: "We'll do what we can,"

Which may be nothing, eh, church stealers.
Posted by: Chesney Prince of the Visigoths3595|| 2017-06-28 14:32 ||Comments



Arabia: Who targeted the Holy Kaaba?
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 7 Comments 830 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The question itself is chilling. How could anyone, whatever his religion, target the Holy Kaaba? How could he target the masses of believers in the most peaceful and spiritual moments?

The question is magnified and mystified when the doer is carrying the banner of Islam, citing the holy book, and claims to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). How could a state, group, or an individual who embraces the peaceful religion of Islam target Moslems during the holy month of Ramadan, on the night of the Holy Qur’an, in the House of God, the Haram al-Sharif?

The inevitable answer is that they have no relation to Islam or any religion -- whatsoever. The executor is merely a tool, a person who has lost his mind, soul and humanity to the point of conviction that he is entering Paradise with Moslems by killing Moslems; that he would drink from Al Kawthar spring with the Prophet (peace be upon him), by killing and frightening his visitors and his mosque worshipers (as they did the same time, last year).

As for those who motivated, guided and supported the terrorists, I have no doubt that they know exactly what they are doing. They sit in their safe houses with their children and families, and pay the fools to carry out their dirty worldly political agendas. They do not care how many innocent victims fall, and how much Islam’s image is distorted, for their goals have nothing to do with religion or humanity.

Important objective
One of the most important objectives, I believe, is to prove that 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...
is unable to provide protection for the holy mosques and their visitors. Therefore, the management of Haj and Umrah must be internationalized, as Iran has, forever, been calling for.

They also aim to fail the new Crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Salman, who has declared war on their terrorism and achieved measurable successes.

Recent wins against terrorist organizations in Arab and Moslem countries must have provoked their sponsors’ anger and resentment. In response they pursued high-impact strikes against us. What would be more appropriate, in their twisted minds, to carry out the horrendous crime, than the night of "khatma" (the reading of the last chapter of Qur’an), when 4 millions pilgrims and worshipers gather in one place behind one imam, watched live by 1.6 billion Moslems, plus billions more around the globe?

What is easier and more effective than a suicide kaboom that results in a stampede in the most crowded place on earth, leaving huge losses and uncontrollable chaos? What is a better platform than to do it under the eyes and ears of the Saudi leadership and their guests, the Arab and Moslem leaders, praying in Safa Palace, overlooking the Sacred House?

These people forgot that the House is protected by the Lord; that the State of Saudi Arabia has used all its resources to secure the guests of the Beneficent; and that every Saudi citizen is their adversary. We must always remind them that they are the targets, the persuaded. And that the Sword of Firmness will reach them wherever they may be -- Iran included.

The Islamic Nation and the international community should intensify their efforts to fight terrorism, abort terrorist schemes, and target all terror sponsors.

Finally, a special tribute must be extended to the security forces who have proved, once again, that they are our watchful eyes and solid shields. Their performance is appreciated in the service of the guests of Allah and the security of the two holy mosques.

They deserved the special tribute of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman during his visit to the group that faced the snuffies and thwarted their malicious plans. God bless them all!

#1: ISIS considers the various actions involving the Kaaba stone to be idolatry.

Their theory is not without some substance.

the Kaaba stone is not mentioned in the Koran, it is based on Islamic tradition and probably pre Islamic tradition and the veneration of the stone comes close to being an act of stone worship which would be idolatry. From this point of view, the destruction of the Kaaba stone would save many moslems from the fiery torment of hell since it would prevent this act of idolatry.
Posted by: lord garth|| 2017-06-28 00:22 ||Comments

#2: 21.422487 N, 39.826206 E, in case you were doing a little targeting yourself.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2017-06-28 00:29 ||Comments

#3: I think we have a new target for one of those car-sized meteors...
Posted by: Haliburton Meteor Tossing Division|| 2017-06-28 00:39 ||Comments

#4: Who targeted the Holy Kaaba?

I don't know - but lets blame it on the French.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 05:47 ||Comments

#5: How could a state, group, or an individual who embraces the peaceful religion of Islam target Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, on the night of the Holy Qur’an, in the House of God, the Haram Al-Sharif? Several thoughts came to mind upon reading this:

1. First, was that Ramadan would be the best time for targeting.
2. Second, was that you reap as you sow.
3. Third, that maybe some Muslims might be waking up to the problems within their religion.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 11:43 ||Comments

#6: FO is a pretty recent podcast but the information covered is outstanding.

Listen to this guy tell a short story on Mohammed.

And put his sites on your thingy. He is damn sharp.
Posted by: newc|| 2017-06-28 14:49 ||Comments

#7: The holy oblate spheroids what a fucking dumb question!
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707|| 2017-06-28 15:19 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS pushes use of its currency in Syria
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 244 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS ordered shopkeepers and traders to price goods in its currency, the dirham, as of Tuesday and set the value at 1,000 Syrian pounds ($1.80) per dirham, seeking to steer its own monetary policy even as its territorial grip is shaken.

The announcement, circulated in an audio statement on ISIS-run messaging platforms, said two Syrian banknotes - the 1,000 pound note and 50 pound note - would be banned in the areas it controls as of July 25.

The murderous Moslem group has lost swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, and is under siege in its de facto Syrian capital at Raqqa as US-backed forces press an assault to capture the city. It is also on the brink of defeat in the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The group is believed to have moved its leadership to the Syrian town of al-Mayadeen, southeast of Raqqa, close to the Iraqi border in Deir al-Zor province.

The ISIS decree made no mention of a ban on the 500 Syrian pound note. It said exchange rates for the ISIS currency would be declared on a daily basis. ISIS declared the launch of its own currency in 2015.



Arabia: Kuwait will deny entry of figures on Qatar-linked terror list
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 276 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Kuwait has said it will not allow the entry of figures who are currently named on a Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
-linked terrorism blacklist by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, local media reported on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain have blacklisted 59 individuals and 12 entities for their support to terrorism whether by supplying money or arms.

In a previous joint statement by the four countries, it said that the list is linked to Qatar, highlighting the latter country’s two-faced policy, which appears to be fighting terrorism on one hand while funneling and supporting terrorist organizations on another.


Arabia: Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir: In Qatar’s hands to stop financing terror
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran’s supreme leader calls for jihad against Israel
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[Dhaka Tribune] Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
...the successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the actual dictator of Iran...
has said Moslems today are obliged to fight Israel with whatever means they have because Paleostine is the foremost issue of the Islamic world.
Tell that to those fighting for survival or conquest in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, and so forth, O Ayatollah Khamenei.
"According to Islamic jurisprudence, when an enemy takes over Moslem lands, Jihad in any possible form becomes everyone’s duty," Khamenei told Moslem ambassadors, Iranian officials and the public in Tehran on Monday during a meeting on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, reported Iran’s state-owned news media Press TV.

"Paleostine is the number one issue of the Islamic world, but some Islamic countries are acting in such a way as to have the Paleostinian case ignored and forgotten."

He referred to remarks this month by the US politician Dana Rohrabacher
...Representative for Caliphornia's 48th congressional district, and previously the 46th, 45th and 42nd, serving since 1989. He is a member of the Republican Party and a former speech writer for President Reagan...
appearing to support a terror attack in Tehran by 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....
and implying that it was President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s strategy.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, "A US congressman defending a Sunni community against Shias, while they are hostile to the essence of Islam and Moslems, is a vicious conspiracy.

"And this matter calls for awareness and concern, but unfortunately, the authorities of the Islamic states are neglecting these hostilities," he added.

The Iranian leader’s remarks come at a time of growing conflicts between the country and the Arab states.

Several Arab states in the Middle East and North Africa, led by 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...
, have recently slapped paralysing sanctions on the Gulf state of Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
, ordering it to sever its ties with Iran and to shut down the Al Jazeera news network.

Iran has responded by sending food and other resources to the country. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the move and said Tehran will stand by Qatar’s government.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: US seeks Bangladesh’s help for info on suspected scammer Muksedur
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 236 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Dhaka Tribune] The US government has sought help from Bangladesh to obtain the bank and business records of a suspect in a fake jobs scam case.

The US Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs prepared a letter addressed to family members and relatives of the suspect, Muksedur Rahman, reports Saipan Tribune.

According to the report, Assistant US Attorney James J Benedetto mentioned the letter in documents filed in federal court last week.

Benedetto said six people, including one Bangladeshi, were accused of collecting large amounts of money from 12 people.

Roughly between $15,000 and $20,000 were taken from each of the 12 victims and the majority of the payments allegedly occurred in Bangladesh.

Muksedur and his co-schemers allegedly instructed the victims to make payments to his (Muksedur) various relatives and in-laws living here.

The assistant US attorney said some of the payments were made in cash directly to one of the schemers and some were deposited directly into the accounts of Muksedur’s family members.

He said witnesses who were present when the payments were made will corroborate the cash payments, and business records will corroborate the payments deposited into Muksedur family members’ bank accounts.

The records will be produced in discovery as soon as they are received by the US government.

The defendants were charged with 17 counts such as mail fraud, fraud in foreign labour contracting, and fraud and misuse of visas and permits.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: US tech giants join forces against terror content
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[DAWN] Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of murderous Moslem content online.

The "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism" intends to share engineering, research and knowledge to help "continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to turbans and violent murderous Moslems," the companies said.

Each of the technology giants has been working individually to prevent its platforms or services from being used to promote or spread murderous Moslem views.

"The spread of terrorism and violent extremism is a pressing global problem and a critical challenge for us all," said a joint statement posted on Twitter's policy blog.

"We believe that by working together, sharing the best technological and operational elements of our individual efforts, we can have a greater impact on the threat of terrorist content online."

The new forum built on discussions in Europe and conclusions of recent G7 and European Council, according to the companies.

The forum planned to work with smaller tech firms as well as civil groups, academics and governmental bodies.

"The scope of our work will evolve over time as we will need to be responsive to the ever-evolving terrorist and murderous Moslem tactics," the founding companies said.

Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign

[Ynet] Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech.

The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is working on explaining its process better.

Facebook says it defines hate speech as attacks on people based on their race, sexual orientation and other "protected characteristics." The Menlo Park, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, company says it mostly relies on its nearly two billion users to report any hateful posts they see. Workers then review the posts and decide whether to delete it.

Facebook Inc. says it has 4,500 workers reviewing posts and plans to hire 3,000 more in the next year.

The deleted posts went up over the last two months.
#1: I'd look at the small print - in particular their definition of "terrorism", very carefully.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 05:32 ||Comments

#2: The definition of terrorism includes any action in support of Donald Trump or other Republican (other than Mcshame), libertarian or conservative; or any criticism of any Clinton or other top Democrat, Planned Parenthood or any organization judged supportive of SJWs.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2017-06-28 07:01 ||Comments

#3: They'll be as successful as they are with 'adult' content.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2017-06-28 08:03 ||Comments

#4: Wonder if Facebook has a 'memory hole'?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 08:30 ||Comments

#5: What chance those are 4500 linkage analysts?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-06-28 10:33 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Nisar concerned as US administration appears to 'speak India's language'
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[DAWN] Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over what he said was the administration of United States (US) President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
'speaking India's language', a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Trump during an official trip to the US.

In the run-up to the meeting, the US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin
...the aging, morbidly obese chief of Hizbul Mujaheddin and the titular head of the United Jihad Council in idyllic Kashmire. Originally owned body and theoretical soul by Jamaat-e-Islami he and his organization are currently controlled by Pakistain's ISI. Salahuddin's hobbies include crocheting doilies shaped like the Taj Mahal, combing his enormous beard, and eating....
a global terrorist and slapped sanctions on him ─ a move slammed by the Foreign Office today as 'completely unjustified'.

"It seems as though the blood of Kashmiris in not at all important to the US, and international laws relating to human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
do not apply to Kashmire," Nisar said.

Accusing the Indian government of serious human rights violations in India-held Kashmire, and of trying to paint 'freedom fighters as terrorists', Nisar said that Indian acts should concern every principled nation.

The interior minister said that deliberately overlooking 'the worst kind of state terrorism
... any action taken by a non-Moslem state that constrains the violent impulses of Moslems or their allies ...
' in IHK has not only adversely impacted the values of justice and international principles, but also laid bare the double standards of powers who claim to champion human rights and democratic values.

#1: Moslem Values are bigly in favor of Democratic Values? And Islam is an absolute hotbed of freedom and Liberty and open elections and so forth?

Well, you learn something every day.
Posted by: Big Platypus8146|| 2017-06-28 06:17 ||Comments

#2: Actually, it's our language, but we're happy to let them use it because that's how we roll.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2017-06-28 06:47 ||Comments

#3: Moslem Values are bigly in favor of Democratic Values?

They ride the Democracy Bus to a certain point. Then they get off. Like Kashmire.

You know all about riding a bus. Right, Hemingway?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 08:42 ||Comments

#4: The 'Short Bus', Pappy?
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2017-06-28 11:44 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Explosion heard from ship off the coast of Somalia
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 2 Comments 356 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[SHABELLENEWS] A huge kaboom has been heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia’s Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
region with flames seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official has told Rooters.

"We heard (a) huge kaboom and flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland’s port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Rooters on Tuesday.

He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew.

It was not immediately clear whether the kaboom on Monday afternoon was caused by an accident onboard the vessel or was triggered by pirate attackers. It was also not clear whether the vessel had sunk after the blast.

Somali pirates often prowl waters around Alula. In March, pirates hijacked an oil tanker, Aris 13, with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, the first time a commercial ship was commandeered in the region since 2012.
#1: The usual imaginary news report or did someone just seize a pirate mother ship and sanitize the evidence?
Posted by: ggailey@cox.net|| 2017-06-28 10:32 ||Comments

#2: the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew

Two Iranian destroyers helping their support ship?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 16:05 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Govt forces clash with Al shabaab militants in Middle Shabelle
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[SHABELLENEWS] A heavy battle between Somali government forces and Al shabaab was reported to have erupted on Tuesday in the eastern parts of Middle Shabelle region.

The attack sparked a fierce clash between al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
bully boyz and Æthiopian forces who are serving with the 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...
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

"We heard heavy shootouts that lasted for about an hour. All the residents were in state of fear and shock," said one of residents in Ali Fooley village, near Mahaday town.

The number of casualties is yet unclear as both sides did not provide further information about the gun-battle which broke out after the troops advanced on Al shabaab strongholds.

Al-Shabaab has intensified its ambush attacks on Somali and AMISOM forces in the past few months, as the group is trying to topple the UN backed Federal government in Mogadishu.

Somalia’s new federal government has announced in March an offensive against Al shabaab , to recapture all areas still under the control of the Death Eaters.


Africa Horn: Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border
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[Al Jazeera] At least four children and four coppers have been killed in a roadside kaboom in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia, according to police.

Noah Mwivanda, a police brass hat in Lamu County, said Tuesday's blast happened between Mararani and Kiunga towns.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The deadly incident bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Somalia's al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
gang, which has previously targeted security forces in the region.

It increases the corpse count from homemade explosives in the last three months to 46, with coppers as the majority of fatalities.


Caribbean-Latin America: Brazil's president says corruption charge is 'fiction'
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 19 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Al Jazeera] Michel Temer accuses Brazil's prosecutor general of seeking 'revenge, destruction and vengeance' with the indictment.
#1: So did the previous president.
Posted by: Raj|| 2017-06-28 07:42 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen
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[Al Jazeera] A suspected US-led coalition air raid on an ISIS-run prison in eastern Syria has killed at least 57 people, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that most of the fatalities in the town of al-Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor province were civilian inmates.

At least 15 ISIS fighters were also killed in the raid, the UK-based monitor, which tracks developments in Syria's long-running conflict via a network of contacts on the ground, said.

Al-Ikhbariya, a Syrian state-run TV station, also cited its Deir Az Zor correspondent as saying coalition fighter jets had destroyed a building in al-Mayadeen used as a prison by ISIS to hold a "large number of civilians".

An activist-run media outlet in Deir Az Zor also reported the hit, which it said took place at dawn on Monday.

The US Central Command confirmed to the News Agency that Dare Not be Named news agency on Tuesday that it struck ISIS facilities in al-Mayadeen on June 25 and 26, but made no direct reference to the alleged ISIS prison.

CENTCOM said it will assess the allegations that civilian prisoners were killed, and it would publish the results of its assessment in its monthly civilian casualty report.

It said the Mayadeen mission was "meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk ... to non-combatants".


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Ransomware attack causes disruptions across globe
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 11 Comments 129 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Al Jazeera] A massive new international cyberattack via a ransomware virus dubbed Petya has paralysed businesses across Europe and is spreading elsewhere.

Several major corporations on Tuesday said they had been targeted in the cyberattack which started in Ukraine and Russia before hitting other European countries.

Danish shipping giant Maersk, Russia's Rosneft oil firm, British advertising agency WPP and the French industrial group Saint-Gobain all said they came under attack and put protection protocols in place to avoid data loss.

One of the countries particularly hit was Ukraine, where serious intrusions at the power grid, banks and government offices were experienced. Boryspil Airport in the capital, Kiev, was also affected.
#1: I use Sandboxie on my windows systems and firejail on my Linux systems. There is no excuse for letting yourself be exposed to these attacks.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 08:26 ||Comments

#2: OMG. More PCMatic commercials.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2017-06-28 08:39 ||Comments

#3: What should I do for my iPad?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2017-06-28 09:08 ||Comments

#4: Ed,
The tools are free (free-ish, Sandboxie has a premium service). I just mentioned the ones that I use. If you aren't running your browsers (e.g. webmail) sandboxed in something then you are putting yourself at needless risk. The latest Android runs everything sandboxed by default. But not Windows.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 09:19 ||Comments

#5: Trailing wife,
I would start here.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 09:24 ||Comments

#6: Ed,
One more thing, I run my Linux systems as VirtualBox guests. If anything did get past my hardening (I use Lynis) then I simply reset the guest back to the last snapshot; problem solved.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 09:28 ||Comments

#7: An easy way for non tech savy people is keep all vital stuff in a cloud. So if your tablet gets hit, restore and you don't lose anything.

And if you are using a windows biased OS for the love of all that is holy... keep adobe flash the hell off your system.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2017-06-28 10:18 ||Comments

#8: Darth,
I keep mine backed up to an external drive but yes. Sandboxes are designed to stop this kind of attack dead in its tracks. Don't surf the internet without it.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 12:26 ||Comments

#9: "There is a single hardcoded BTC wallet and the instructions require sending an email with a large amount of complex strings (something that a novice computer victim is unlikely to get right.)"

and

"Although there is significant code sharing, the real Petya was a criminal enterprise for making money. This is definitely not designed to make money. This is designed to spread fast and cause damage, with a plausibly deniable cover of “ransomware.”"

It looks more like Russia messing with Ukraine than anything to me.
Posted by: newc|| 2017-06-28 14:29 ||Comments

#10: Elmiting Angemble5896... as I said, for non-tech savy people. ;)

I got sandboxes in my sandbox.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2017-06-28 15:15 ||Comments

#11: Darth,
Sorry. iPad. Got it. My wife bought me one. I gave it to one of my boys.
Posted by: Elmiting Angemble5896|| 2017-06-28 15:46 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: Maduro says supreme court attacked from helicopter
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 8 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Al Jazeera] Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that a police helizaped the Supreme Court in Caracas in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a conspiracy to destabilise his socialist government.

The incident occurred as Maduro was speaking live on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
to journalists gathered at the presidential palace.

He said two grenades were thrown from a helicopter upon offices of the court but that the Venezuelan special forces repelled what he called a "terrorist attack".

"I have activated the entire armed forces to defend the peace," he added.

But many opponents on social media accused the president himself of trying to spread fear to help justify a crackdown against Venezuelan seeking to block his plans to rewrite the constitution.

Maduro has been facing three months of opposition protests and some dissent from within government ranks.

#1: From the NYT:

Another video posted on social media on Tuesday showed a uniformed man identified as Oscar Pérez, flanked by masked, heavily armed men dressed in uniforms, taking responsibility for the operation. The speaker said he represented a coalition of military, police and civilian personnel who opposed what he called “this transitional, criminal government.”
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 08:58 ||Comments

#2: Warning grenades? Surely Maduro has relative in Miami.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 09:01 ||Comments

#3: Perez is supposed to be an agent of Venezuela's FBI, who stole one of their helicopters, and had it dragging a freedom banner before attacking the court building, and then landing.
Maduro's support is starting to crack.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2017-06-28 09:02 ||Comments

#4: Perez is supposed to be an agent of Venezuela's FBI.....

It all fits, doesn't it ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-06-28 09:05 ||Comments

#5: ...On the other hand, what's Spanish for'Reichstag Fire'?

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2017-06-28 09:32 ||Comments

#6: Dropping cinder blocks would have been more effective.
Posted by: Raj|| 2017-06-28 09:42 ||Comments

#7: ...his plans to rewrite the constitution...

Sometimes the punch lines are too numerous to select from.
Posted by: Crusader|| 2017-06-28 10:20 ||Comments

#8: Entering the "Victorious February" phase of the revolution...
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2017-06-28 13:35 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Pakistani Forces 'Providing Weapons' To Taliban In Border Regions
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 257 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] A police commander in Paktia province, in Afghanistan’s east, on Tuesday said Pakistani military forces ‘are supplying heavy weapons to Taliban fighters in areas along the Durand Line – the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan – in order to attack Afghan security forces’.
Weapons, food & lodging, transport, medical evacuation....been going on for years, possibly decades.
The militants are stationed in parts of Dand-e-Patan district, said Gen. Abdulwase, commander of 203 Thunder Army Corps in the district.

“How do they (the Taliban) find weapon in the Zero Point (of the Durand Line), how are they equipped, how do they find personnel and where are they supported from? Pakistan is simply deceiving the world. But the world knows that Pakistani government is providing all these facilities to the Taliban,” he said.

He said the security forces will clear the district of Taliban and will cut off the supply lines of the militants, he said.

Wase said that so far over 110 Taliban fighters have been eliminated during the battles with the security forces. “At least 115 enemy fighters were killed and 70 others wounded. They attacked us twelve times in past few days but we repelled all their attacks,” he added.

According to him, the Pakistan government does not want the supply line to be cut off. The security forces launched a military operation in Dand-e-Pathan district one month ago, killing more than 150 Taliban militants.
#1: Weapons, food & lodging, transport, medical evacuation....been going on for years, possibly decades.

You left out training and advisors (plus intel and ops support).
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 16:02 ||Comments



Europe: Ukraine: Car bomb kills military intelligence officer
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[AA.TR] At least one military intelligence officer in Ukraine has been killed by a boom-mobile Tuesday, the country's Defense Ministry announced.

The bombing, which took place in central Kiev early Tuesday morning, left Col. Maksim Shapoval dead and a few others maimed.

The ministry said the incident was regarded as a terror attack and that an investigation had been launched.

Ukraine has been wracked by conflict since March 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea after an internationally contested referendum.



Africa Subsaharan: Nigeria: Boko Haram confirms abducting several police
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 508 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AA.TR] Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
factional chief Abubakar Shekau
... the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down ...
said in a new video on Tuesday that his men were behind last week's abduction of several policewomen in Nigeria's northeastern area of Damboa.

"I want to tell you that we were the ones who attacked the convoy...we were the ones that kidnapped the female coppers; in fact, they are senior female coppers," Shekau claimed in the 17-minute footage.

"What we did is nothing when compared to our women, children, and friends that have been wiped out or enjugged
You have the right to remain silent...
for many years by the Nigerian government. We only kidnapped them to serve as slaves to us," according to the top Lion of Islam who had repeatedly been reported killed by the local army.

Last Tuesday, a convoy of security agents was ambushed along Maiduguri-Damboa road. Several coppers and civilians in the convoy were maimed as bully boyz opened fire on them, with several security operatives escaping into the bush. Police confirmed one officer dead but has been silent on the abduction which were reported by many local media outlets.

Shekau did not say the exact number of the policewomen kidnapped by his men.



Iraq: Iraqi forces retake 6 villages outside Tal Afar: Army
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[AA.TR] The Iraqi army has retaken several more villages from ISIS forces of Evil outside the town of Tal Afar west of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, according to an Iraqi military source.

"Soldiers of the Iraqi Army's 15th Infantry Division have liberated the villages of Tel Khima Minor, Musheiqra al-Uliya, Musheiqra al-Sufla, Abu Kaddur, al-Baghla and al-Buwair," Iraqi army officer Jabbar Hassan told Anadolu Agency.

"The operation is aimed at stepping up pressure on armed holy warriors in Tal Afar -- and limiting their movement outside it -- in advance of a fresh push on the town center," Hassan said.

ISIS captured the predominantly Turkmen town of Tal Afar in mid-2014, forcing thousands of local residents to flee their homes.

On Tuesday, Iraqi forces also announced the recapture of a strategic part of ISIS-held western Mosul’s Old City district.

The Iraqi military remains engaged in a wide-ranging campaign -- launched last October in coordination with a U.S.-led air coalition -- to recapture the entire city of Mosul, ISIS’s last remaining stronghold in northern Iraq.



India-Pakistan: Pakistan slams US naming Kashmir militant 'terrorist'
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 460 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AA.TR] Pakistain on Tuesday rejected as "unjustified" the U.S. decision to declare the chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen group, Syed Salahuddin
...the aging, morbidly obese chief of Hizbul Mujaheddin and the titular head of the United Jihad Council in idyllic Kashmire. Originally owned body and theoretical soul by Jamaat-e-Islami he and his organization are currently controlled by Pakistain's ISI. Salahuddin's hobbies include crocheting doilies shaped like the Taj Mahal, combing his enormous beard, and eating....
, a "global terrorist".

"The designation of individuals supporting the Kashmiri right to self-determination as Death Eaters is completely unjustified," Pakistain’s Foreign Ministry front man Nafees Zakaria said in a statement, adding that the 70-year-old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmire remained legitimate.

"The people of Kashmire cannot be denied the right to self-determination," he added.

The U.S. State Department announcement came ahead of the first ever meeting between President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday.

The State Department in its statement accused Sallahuddin of blocking " the peaceful resolution" to the conflict of Kashmire, and of threatening to turn the valley into "a graveyard of Indian forces".

"The gross and systematic violations of human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
of the Kashmiri people in IOK [Indian-occupied Kashmire] that have been recorded and reported by independent human rights bodies is a reality.

#1: I consider all Pakistanis terrorist
Posted by: chris|| 2017-06-28 06:42 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: UN: Colombian rebels have handed over almost all weapons
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[RUDAW.NET] Leftist rebels in Colombia have turned over almost all of their fighters' individual weapons as part of a historic peace deal reached with the government last year to end a half century of conflict, the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
said Monday.

A U.N. statement said it had received 7,132 weapons belonging to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a drug cartel based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
fighters. A smaller number of weapons will remain in the hands of guerrillas until Aug. 1, providing protection at 26 rural camps where the FARC's 7,000 fighters are making their transition to civilian life.

The announcement comes a day before President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC's top commander Rodrigo Londono, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, are to meet in one of the rural camps to commemorate the completion of the disarmament process.

The rebels were supposed to have turned in all of their weapons by the end of May under the original terms of the peace deal but there have been numerous delays.

The first year of implementing the peace deal has been behind schedule on everything from building demobilization zones to passing laws to implement the accords. Nonetheless both the FARC and the government say they are making steady progress as the rebels transition to civilian life.

The accord, first signed in November, was narrowly rejected by Colombians in a referendum before being redrafted and pushed through Congress. Critics had said it was too lenient on FARC members.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Damascus, Moscow deny preparations for chemical attack
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 245 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[RUDAW.NET] The Syrian regime has dismissed warnings from the White House that it had "potential" evidence Damascus was preparing to carry out another chemical weapon attack.

Ali Haider, Syrian minister for national reconciliation, told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named the move was part of a new diplomatic campaign against Syria at the UN.

On Monday, the White House issued a statement claiming it had "potential" evidence the Syrian regime was preparing to carry out a chemical weapon attack similar to one that killed dozens in April. The statement warned Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
"he and his military will pay a heavy price" if they carry out another "mass murder attack."

Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said on Tuesday that activity at Syria’s Shayrat air base indicated "active preparations" of chemical weapons.

US intelligence claimed Shayrat air base was used to launch a sarin gas attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province on April 4, killing as many as 86 and injuring hundreds more.
#1: "It was...somebody else"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2017-06-28 11:35 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Daily clashes between Turkish forces and YPG in Afrin
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[RUDAW.NET] Daily clashes are taking place between Kurdish forces and Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria.

The Kurdish canton of Afrin has been “shelled repeatedly” by Turkish forces and rebel groups backed by Turkey, the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday. The Observatory noted that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) returned fire.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the dominant force in the SDF, confirmed that Turkish forces and their Syrian allies have “increased their attacks against Rojava,” targeting Afrin canton on a near daily basis over the past week and also flying over Kobane.

According to the Observatory, the rising tensions in northern Syria followed a build-up of Turkish forces in the area and “continued preparations” of Turkish forces and their Syrian allies “to carry out a wide-scale military operation against the Syria Democratic Forces in Afrin” and areas in the northern Aleppo countryside.

Asked earlier this week if the US-led coalition was aware of the Turkish build-up in northern Syria and fears of an attack on their SDF and YPG allies, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon confirmed they had “seen some movement” but declined to make any further comment.

After clashes between Turkish and Kurdish forces near Manbij in March, the US deployed special forces to the area to “deter aggression” against them and reassure their Kurdish allies.


Africa North: Libya’s Amazigh intend to declare a military council
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 140 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Observer] Military officers from the Amazigh community in western Libya are planning to declare a military council for Libyan Amazigh, Fassato news website quoted a military source as saying.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source told the Amazigh news outlet on Thursday that the move comes in response to "the policy of exclusion and marginalization practiced by the Presidential Council and its government towards the Amazigh in Libya."

"These practices pose a threat to the national security of the Amazigh," the source said.

The military source also rejected the latest Presidential Council appointment of Osama al-Jwaili, from Zintan, as Chief of the Western Military Zone.

"The inclusion of the Amazigh districts within this military zone is a political decision imposed from the outside." The source stated.

No date was set for the declaration of the Amazigh military council.
#1: Tribes, Hemingway.

Tribes.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2017-06-28 08:31 ||Comments



Africa North: Benghazi Defense Brigades say they are ready to disband group
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[Libya Observer] Senior commanders of Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) said on Friday the group is ready to dissolve, but they stressed their right to return to their city.

In a statement read by the top commander, Brig Mustafa al-Shirksi, the BDB indicated that their intention to dissolve aims to spare the country the woes of international war.

According to the statement, the dissolution also aims to alleviate the suffering of Libyan people in general and Benghazi IDPs in particular.

The BDB pointed out that they had withdrawn from Jufra region peacefully to save lives of local residents, confirming they could have repelled Dignity Operation forces.

"We forward our intention to the concerned state authorities for consideration," read the statement, adding a group of BDB fighters are ready to join the Libyan Army as individuals, while others aim to engage in legal and human rights
...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state...
works to voice their rejection of the "coup project."

The BDB was placed by 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...
, UAE, and Bahrain on a list of alleged "terror." The claims were rejected by the BDB, saying they were politically motivated.


Africa North: Ghariani calls for inclusive reconciliation on eve of Eid Al-Fitr
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[Libya Observer] Libya’s top religious holy man Sheikh al-Sadiq al-Ghariani
...Libyan Moslem Brüderhood Grand Mufti since 2012. Issued a fatwa forbidding Libyan women from marrying foreign men. Issued a "fatwa against a UN Commission on the Status of Women's report because it urged governments to protect women and girls against violence" Aligned with the GNC govt...
has called for an inclusive reconciliation and stoppage of bloodshed and fighting in the conflict-hit country, as Libyans, like many Moslem countries, celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Sunday.

In a televised address on Tanasuh TV to announce the end of Ramadan and start of Eid al-Fitr, he said the nation does not need more fighting or differences, urging the Libyans to rally behind a newly-proposed national initiative to resolve the political crisis.

"Despite our repeated calls for reconciliation, some parties are still accusing us of inciting bloodshed," he said.

He criticized "some countries" for fueling the conflict in Libya, saying their support to one of the conflicting parties over another is a clear example that they cannot reconcile between the Libyans.

The Mufti is an advocate for a Libyan-Libyan political solution to the conflict.



Africa North: Ramadan ended with tribal clashes in southern Libya
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 330 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Observer] One person was killed and five others maimed in tribal festivities that broke out in the southern Libyan city of Sabha in the first day of Eid al-Fitr.

Local sources said gunnies from Tabu tribe exchanged fire with Gadadfa rustics in the City Center Street in Hai Mahdia district at around 1.00 am on Sunday while people were shopping for Eid, causing panic among the shoppers.

"The street was very crowded with Eid shoppers and suddenly the shootout started and people started to scramble and scream," an eyewitness reported.

Sabha Medical Center said a pregnant woman, a 13-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy were among the maimed in the random shooting that lasted for several hours before it came to an end.

It is still not clear what caused the fighting, but the city has been plagued with tribal festivities over trivial matters. In November 2016, a monkey sparked deadly festivities between Gadadfa and Awlad Suleiman rustics that left 12 people dead and 25 others maimed.

Tuareq, Tabu, Awlad Suleiman, Awlad Sahil, Magharha, and Gadadfa are the main social components in Sabha.

In March, the Italian government brokered a comprehensive reconciliation agreement between Tabu and Awlad Suleiman tribes in the Italian capital of Rome to end tension between the two warring tribes.



Africa North: Egypt's air forces foil arms smuggling attempt in Western Desert
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[AlAhram] Egypt's air forces halted an arms smuggling operation to Egypt through the Western Desert, the Egyptian armed forces announced on Tuesday.

According to a statement published on the army spokesperson's official Facebook page, air forces acting on intelligence reports launched a mission on the Egyptian-Libyan border and destroyed 12 (4x4) vehicles carrying weapons, ammunition and explosives.

Egypt's over 1,000 kilometre-long border with Libya has witnessed ongoing arms smuggling since the fall of the Qadaffy regime in 2011.


Afghanistan: 12 militants killed, 7 hideouts destroyed in Nangarhar airstrike
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least twelve faceless myrmidons were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in the eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Arclight airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district.

A statement by MoD said at least twelve faceless myrmidons were killed and seven of their hideouts were destroyed in the raid.

No further details were given regarding the Arclight airstrike and it is yet not clear if the Lions of Islam belonged to the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
faceless myrmidons or ISIS terrorist group.

Nangarhar is among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but certain remote districts of it have witnessed growing insurgency mainly led by Taliban and ISIS during the recent years.

A major plan of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan cops, the acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said earlier.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan cops have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of Arclight airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 Lions of Islam of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.



Afghanistan: ISIS in Afghanistan release grim execution video purports to show execution by children
Posted by Fred 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 659 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, the so-called ISIS-Khurasan province, has released a new grim execution video purportedly showing the murder of five individuals.

The video circulated online by the supports of the terror group shows the killing of five individuals, accused of espionage.

However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
the grimmest part of the video is the execution carried out by two children, with both apparently being less than ten years of age.

The latest video by ISIS loyalists in Afghanistan has been released days after the terror group received unprecedented setbacks on the battlefield, losing several key commanders, leaders, and fighters.

The video has been released after the terror group’s attempts to establish a regional so-called caliphate and foothold in the country was thwarted, specifically in the battle of Tora Bora, one of the key mountainous terrains of the country and home to al-Qaeda’s founder and leader the late Osama bin Laden
... who is no longer with us, and won't be again...
who was ousted as a result of the US air campaign and was subsequently killed in Abottabad of Pakistain.

In the meantime, the Afghan forces, in collaboration with the US forces based in Afghanistan have stepped up efforts and counter-terrorism operations to oust and eliminate the terror group from the Afghan soil.

The acting Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami said two weeks ago that a major plan of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIS) to establish the Khurasan province in Afghanistan has been foiled by the Afghan cops.

Bahrami further added that the Afghan cops have launched 12 large operations so far and dozens of medium and large operations while hundreds of Arclight airstrikes have been conducted on the hideouts of the terror group.

According to the acting minister of defense, at least 2,500 Death Eaters of the terrorist group have been killed during the operations until now and around 800 others have sustained injuries.

#1: Chicago-Style
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel security chief: Agency strikes back at online hackers
Posted by trailing wife 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 337 words Read the whole thing on page 2
A different front of the same war.
[Ynet] The Shin Bet's director announces during conference that Israel has gone on the offensive against hackers seeking to carry out cyber attacks on Israel, arguing that 'passive defense' is not enough; Mossad also launches technological innovation fund to ’strengthen both startup companies and the Mossad’s knowledge base.’

Israel's security chief said Tuesday that the Shin Bet has gone on the offensive against hackers trying to carry out cyberattacks against Israel on the internet.

The remarks by Nadav Argaman are a rare admission of Israel's use of offensive cyber capabilities.

Argaman comments were made at a cyber defense conference in Tel Aviv.

He said that "passive defense" is not enough, and that the Shin Bet studied hackers' strategies and developed "a variety of ways and methods" on how to strike back.

Israeli cyber officials are ordinarily reluctant to discuss the use of offensive capabilities against hackers.

Also on Tuesday Israel's Intelligence and Special Operations agency, the Mossad, officially launched Libertad Ventures, a technological innovation fund, which the organization says seeks to "strengthen both startup companies and the Mossad’s knowledge base, operating at the forefront of technological innovation."

Libertad--the Latin word for freedom and also the name of a ship that carried immigrants colonists from Bulgaria to mandatory Paleostine during World War II--will invest up to NIS 2 million in five startups every year working on groundbreaking technologies at the R&D stage.

Developers would retain the rights to their product and could sell it on, a Libertad statement read.

Shin Bet head says over 2,000 terror attacks thwarted with cybertech

[IsraelTimes] Nadav Argaman notes cryptically that anti-Israel hackers ’experience unexpected problems.
#1: I'd love to see the look on some of these hackers' faces when their computers melt.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 14:29 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Obama choked on Putin long before the election
Posted by ryuge 06/28/2017  00:00 7 Comments 45 words Read the whole thing on page 4
By Eli Lake

[Bloomberg] It's no wonder Putin thought he could meddle in the U.S. He had gotten away with everything else he tried.
#1: Obama must have liked it since he always came back for more.
Posted by: Chesney Prince of the Visigoths3595|| 2017-06-28 01:57 ||Comments

#2: one is the product of affirmative action, the other of KGB school.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2017-06-28 06:12 ||Comments

#3: What? The Commander n' Sheep blew it?
Posted by: Jack Salami|| 2017-06-28 09:30 ||Comments

#4: I recall the collusion (could read as treason) with Medvedev, Putin and Russia which was captured on an open mike in 2012. This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility

When he said he choked, what did he mean? Does he mean he didn't accomplish the flexibility that he promised Russia in 2012 or that he choked and didn't do anything for the U.S. when he knew about Russia's attempted forays into election meddling?

When did the Obama-Putin Bromance go south? Did Hillary screw Russia during the Uranium One deal, or during the Russian re-set or in some other way? Or did Hillary get screwed in her dealings? Did the check to the Clinton Foundation not clear the bank?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2017-06-28 10:13 ||Comments

#5: What? The Commander n' Sheep blew it?

Giggled when I read the headline, then had to put my coffee down.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2017-06-28 12:44 ||Comments

#6: Didn't know his gag reflex was that strong?
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2017-06-28 14:46 ||Comments

#7: What part did he choke on? Is it that huge is that the whole story or are there Russian hookers and golden showers?
Posted by: Snilet Hatrack8707|| 2017-06-28 15:21 ||Comments



Science & Technology: What happens when you put a laser gun on an Apache helicopter?
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Southeast Asia: Maute rebels take slaves as Marawi battle intensifies
Posted by ryuge 06/28/2017  00:00 0 Comments 686 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Good photos and video report at the link. These reporters have some gonads
[Sky News] Over four days in Marawi, Sky News watched the Philippine military carry out repeated air strikes, bombers wheeling overhead and diving towards targets in the city. The fighting is intense and sustained - mortars and helicopters mounted with machine guns are being used, as well as armored personnel carriers and ground troops.

Philippine forces train to combat militants in jungle conditions, but here they are facing urban warfare, fighting street-to-street, at times house-to-house. We saw armored vehicles reinforced with planks of wood in an improvised attempt to withstand anti-tank weaponry and rocket-propelled grenades fired by the rebels.

Drone footage from inside rebel-held territory showed a mosque believed to be used as a base - local fighters are also said to have knowledge of tunnel networks and bomb shelters beneath the city. The mosque has not been targeted by the military, but whole streets around it have been flattened. We saw large fires burning in the ruins.

One commanding officer told us some of the trapped civilians are being used as slaves and orderlies by the rebels, with some being forced to wear black robes and act as human shields. Lt Col Christopher Tampus, commander of 1st Infantry Battalion said, "Those hostages are being dressed, we have some visuals of this. They are being dressed with a black-like robe. We believe these are civilians because we can easily see how they move."

We set out to reach a family we had heard was still in touch with relatives trapped inside, but as we ran across the street to their house a bullet landed less than a meter from our team. It appeared we were being targeted.

We planned to stay in the building until the threat outside subsided, but then a fire started. It was not clear whether deliberately or not. We had to get out, but the only way was back across the same street. We lined up to make the run, one at a time, into our vehicle, crouching low inside until we had reached relative safety.

We passed a dead dog, abandoned in the road, and black graffiti as a reminder of what they were running from. "WELCOME ISIS!" one scrawled message read. Another had a picture of a skull and cross-bones beneath an ISIS slogan.

We spoke to the uncle of a young man killed fighting for the Maute group, who told us there are many more like him. He said, "In my village, the number of recruited were 10. Actually there are lots of them that have already been killed in the fighting in Marawi. There are a lot because Abdullah Maute targeted Cotabato City. He convinced a lot of teenagers..."

On Sunday, a temporary ceasefire was declared to mark the end of Ramadan, and allow a humanitarian pause. A delegation of religious leaders and volunteers, armed only with megaphones, headed out across the front line to try to negotiate the release of some of the trapped civilians. But as we waited for news, a number of shots were fired into our street, forcing everyone to take cover behind parked cars.

Three hours later, the rescue teams re-emerged, bringing with them a 14-month old girl and her mother, father, grandfather, and aunt. The family had hidden in their employer's basement for 33 days. The 14-month-old girl and her family spent 33 days hidden in a basement

His daughter-in-law had given birth while they were trapped, but the baby did not survive. The teams also brought out the body of a 72-year-old man, who had suffered a stroke, and died before he could be reached.

Even as the rescued family was being taken to hospital, the fighting in Marawi resumed. The military insists the rebel leadership is crumbling and victory is irreversible but declined to say when it might come.


Government: US official announces cyber pact with Israel
Posted by trailing wife 06/28/2017  00:00 1 Comments 289 words Read the whole thing on page 3
If only President Obama had done something like this, we wouldn't have had nearly a year of yammering about Russia interference in the election. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats would still have been interfered with, because some people choose to be stupid, but the hysteria would have taken a different form.
[Ynet] President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's homeland security adviser has announced a new cybersecurity partnership with Israel.

Tom Bossert says the new working group will focus on key cyber issues and encourage international cooperation. He says the partnership is aimed at "stopping adversaries in networks and identifying ways to hold bad actors responsible."

Bossert spoke at Israel's Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the conference that his country experiences dozens of cyberattacks each month.

He said the government has created a "cyber net" with dozens of companies to work together on security issues. He says Israel is now ready to cooperate with other countries.

Monday's announcement brings together two cybersecurity powers. Netanyahu says Israel attracts roughly one-fifth of global private investment in cyber security.
The Times of Israel lays out the details here.
#1: All your base are belong to us
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2017-06-28 16:49 ||Comments