Hi there, !
Today Sun 10/22/2017 Sat 10/21/2017 Fri 10/20/2017 Thu 10/19/2017 Wed 10/18/2017 Tue 10/17/2017 Mon 10/16/2017 Archives
Rantburg
405039 articles and 1437485 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 72 articles and 205 comments as of 0:34.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Operations    WoT Background    Opinion        Politix    Posting Order
TTP names successor to APS mastermind Umar Mansoor
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 3: Non-WoT
1 18:04 Raj [152] 
8 22:39 newc [303] 
8 21:23 KBK [320] 
5 23:07 Thing From Snowy Mountain [387] 
1 13:34 g(r)omgoru [167] 
9 20:52 Zenobia Floger6220 [525] 
23 20:50 Silentbrick [559] 
2 15:18 Skidmark [249] 
2 05:38 g(r)omgoru [288] 
0 [151] 
0 [153] 
0 [123] 
3 15:39 Skidmark [258] 
3 12:34 gorb [215] 
9 15:25 Skidmark [420] 
3 22:29 Skidmark [271] 
Page 1: WoT Operations
3 16:35 g(r)omgoru [295]
3 16:36 g(r)omgoru [288]
1 16:38 g(r)omgoru [235]
3 19:01 Barbara [326]
1 16:38 g(r)omgoru [249]
10 17:46 Zenobia Floger6220 [533]
0 [328]
3 09:58 gorb [257]
0 [237]
0 [192]
0 [216]
4 11:01 Shipman [276]
0 [317]
0 [229]
0 [209]
0 [211]
0 [181]
0 [182]
0 [198]
0 [212]
0 [209]
0 [204]
3 10:22 AlanC [263]
Page 2: WoT Background
0 [229]
0 [220]
1 12:26 gorb [174]
0 [176]
0 [149]
6 18:14 g(r)omgoru [300]
0 [127]
0 [134]
5 18:07 Gomez Clavise8851 [292]
1 18:15 g(r)omgoru [214]
0 [137]
0 [172]
1 12:08 Mercutio [198]
0 [153]
0 [123]
1 04:15 Procopius2k [205]
Page 4: Opinion
3 19:26 irishrageboy [276]
1 11:23 Skidmark [213]
0 [173]
15 20:59 Zenobia Floger6220 [474]
2 18:05 Thing From Snowy Mountain [190]
Page 6: Politix
7 23:12 Elmerert Hupens2660 [275]
4 15:56 lord garth [258]
1 07:31 M. Murcek [212]
7 12:41 g(r)omgoru [302]
2 08:44 Vast Right Wing Conspiracy [265]
4 18:17 g(r)omgoru [266]
4 19:47 gorb [326]
4 22:36 Frank G [321]
9 17:17 Skidmark [327]
12 21:51 KBK [409]
4 11:35 Abu Uluque [306]
3 13:16 Eltoroverde [217]
-Lurid Crime Tales-
Evidently it wasn't lightning - Arson Suspect in Wine Country Wildfires is Arrested
[LI] In the course of the past week, the Wine Country Wildfires have incinerated more than 200,000 acres, obliterated or damaged more than 5,500 homes, and displaced over 100,000 people. The current death tool stands at 41, including a private contractor who was bringing water to fight the blazes when his vehicle rolled over.
"He was helping to fight the fires and do the right thing," said CHP Capt. Mike Palacio. "Unfortunately, at this point, we don’t know what happened."

..."This has been the deadliest week that we’ve experienced here in California... from wildfires," Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday.

Sonoma County officials report that a suspect has been arrested for arson in connection to the area’s blazes.

The arson suspect is Jesus Fabian Gonzales, 29, Sgt. Spencer Crum, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office told CNBC. Crum described him as "a transient out of Sonoma" and said the suspect was "arrested for setting a small fire in a park in Sonoma on Sunday."

Speaking at the Tuesday afternoon press conference, Giordano said the arson suspect was seen "walking away from a small fire" and stopped by deputies. Also, the suspect allegedly had "a fire extinguisher and a lighter with him," said the sheriff.

Giordano said the suspect was asked whether he started the fire and responded that "he started the fire to warm himself up ‐ something to that effect."

This is at least good news for California’s largest electric utility company, which has seen its stock plummet over concerns it could be found liable for the fires that have ravaged Northern California.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 01:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [525 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Illegal alien held on ICE detainer:
ICE Detainer Issued for Suspected Wine Country Arsonist in Sonoma Jail

also:
Sonoma County fires have killed dozens. 172 are still missing and 102,000 residents have been dislocated — about one-fifth of the entire population. The latest (as of 10/17) financial losses include 3,819 unincorporated parcels with 100 structures valued at $2,016,962,239, and 2,907 homes and 86 commercial units lost in the city of Santa Rosa valued at $1.18 billion.
Posted by: Black Bart Omeasing1539 || 10/19/2017 5:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Wildfires have incinerated more than 200,000 acres, obliterated or damaged more than 5,500 homes, and displaced over 100,000 people. The current death tool stands at 41

Who needs a gun?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 5:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Unless he has deeper pockets than the power company, he probably won't be declared 100% liable.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/19/2017 7:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Itinerant Hispanic illegal? Time to play Muslim, crazy, or sociopath?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/19/2017 9:23 Comments || Top||

#5  ICE Detainer Issued for Suspected Wine Country Arsonist in Sonoma Jail


Let's see if the Sanctuary State releases him before ICE can pick him up.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 11:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Sanctuary state put to the torch by Itinerant Hispanic illegal ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 12:25 Comments || Top||

#7  Let's see if the Sanctuary State releases him before ICE can pick him up.

This is different. Somehow.
Posted by: gorb || 10/19/2017 12:29 Comments || Top||

#8  I'm curious if this news moves the needle at all regarding public opinion in California for illegals.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/19/2017 14:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Volcanoes and immigrants. Goma?
No? Such a suggestive aroma!
A mole. Melanoma?
Hell, no! Have some soma.
"A transient out of Sonoma."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/19/2017 20:52 Comments || Top||


CIA urging President Trump to delay Kennedy document release another 25 years
Selected excerpt:
[Politico] The still-secret JFK library at the Archives is made up of about 3,100 documents that the public has never seen before, as well as more than 30,000 other files that have been only partially released in the past.
Just beyond the MLK files and Soetoro college transcripts, third shelf from the top, second row. We close at half past four.
Many are known to involve a mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination‐a six-day trip that JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the CIA’s Mexico City station. Previously released FBI documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.

Under the 1992 law, millions of pages of other documents about the assassination were made public in the 1990s, and they did reshape the thinking of many historians about JFK’s murder. Many of those documents revealed how much information had been withheld by the CIA and FBI over the years that demonstrated how those agencies had bungled intelligence in 1963 that, if acted on, might have prevented the assassination.
Emphasis added

A "bungled intelligence" reminder? Well at least it's not some wild-eyed conspiracy theory. A cover-up supported by 50 years of indisputable supporting evidence is still a cover-up. Lastly, let us not forget it is a Politico article.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lastly, let us not forget it is a Politico article.

It was on Zero Hedge two days ago.
Posted by: Raj || 10/19/2017 12:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Aliens.

Secret memo shows JFK demanded UFO files 10 days before death
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:18 Comments || Top||


Fella arrested 42 times goes on shooting spree, 3 dead in Edgewood, MD
[FOX] EDGEWOOD, Md. - A gunman linked to a shooting that left three people dead and two injured at a business in Harford County, Maryland on Wednesday has now been linked to a later shooting in Wilmington, Delaware, according to officials.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office said 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince shot five employees at Advanced Granite Solutions in the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Maryland, killing three and critically injuring two just before 9 a.m.
Honest, gainful employment just really wasn't ever going to work for Radee.
The Wilmington Police Department said Prince is also wanted in a shooting that happened at a car dealership in the 2800 Block of Northeast Boulevard in Wilmington at about 10:45 a.m. Police arrived at that scene and found a man who had been shot twice, but was conscious and alert. The victim, who appeared to suffer non-life threatening injuries, identified Prince as the shooter and said the suspect was known to him.

Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said Prince had "beefs" with the victim. Wilmington police said they spotted Prince in his vehicle and gave chase but lost him. Authorities said Prince has family in the Wilmington area.

Officials said the attack at Advanced Granite Solutions, which was carried out with a handgun, was targeted. The sheriff's office said Prince was an employee at Advanced Granite Solutions for the last four months and said Wednesday was a scheduled work day.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So much for the "3 strikes and you're out" law...
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/19/2017 12:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Officials said the attack at Advanced Granite Solutions, which was carried out with a handgun

"But he passed the background check!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Three people died in the shooting at the Emmorton Business Park near Baltimore.
They were identified as
Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, of Virginia;
Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34 of Aberdeen, Maryland;
Enis Mrvoljak, 48, of Dundalk, Maryland.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:39 Comments || Top||


Woman shoots, kills teen who carjacked her son in Clearwater
[TAMPABAY] They met after dusk in the parking lot of a bank for what seemed like a routine transaction.

Louise Ornduff and her son Kalaeb were there to negotiate the sale of a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Lasupta Singletary, 18, and Jernalen Dreshaw Coleman, 17, at the Bank of America at Belcher and Belleair roads, according to Clearwater police.

But instead of a handover of cash for the car, the meeting turned deadly.

The men, armed with guns, demanded the keys to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster that Kalaeb Ornduff, 18, had driven to the bank, police said. As the men drove from the scene, Louise Ornduff fired a shot, hitting Singletary.

Doctors at Mease Countryside Hospital pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
. Though police said Ornduff fired the shot, Coleman of Dade City faces charges of second-degree felony murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors can pursue a felony murder charge against a co-conspirator in Florida when someone dies during the commission of a crime.

What's less clear is what will happen to Louise Ornduff, 36. Police are reviewing details of the case with the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office to determine whether to bring charges against her. Many details that could determine whether a claim of self-defense is legally sound have yet to be released by Sherlocks, citing the open investigation.

"The timeline is going to be critical," Deputy Chief Eric Gandy said during a news conference. "It's important to determine whether the threat existed when the shot was fired."

With the limited information released by police, experts have varying opinions about whether Florida's "stand your ground" law would be applicable.
A routine Public Service Homicide (PSH). She should be reimbursed for ammo, damages to her vehicle, and be given free tickets to the upcoming police holiday ball.
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [420 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It's important to determine whether the threat existed when the shot was fired."

Yes. And given the nature of the crime, and the kind of personality committing it, that danger will exist until they are killed.
Posted by: gorb || 10/19/2017 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Pro-active. She was protecting the life of the next victim from armed robbery.
Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135 || 10/19/2017 0:36 Comments || Top||

#3  I know where these fine upstanding young men went wrong. Their names! The freshly deceased young mans name was Lasupta! The noble friend; Jernalen Dreshaw!

Names like this could drive to a life of crime. Imagine the embarrassment of applying for a job with names like that.
Posted by: Cravilet Poodle5789 || 10/19/2017 4:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Oh, *this* Lasupta Singletary?

Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 10/19/2017 9:05 Comments || Top||

#5  And it appears the parents of Jernalen Dreshaw didn't do such a hot job either.
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 10/19/2017 9:08 Comments || Top||

#6  "Names like this could drive to a life of crime. Imagine the embarrassment of applying for a job with names like that."

Apply for jobs? These animals? Surely you jest.

Resume skills:

Weapons training
Driving skills
Conflict resolution
Dispute negotiation
Transportation Acquisition
Posted by: Warthog || 10/19/2017 10:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes, I was jesting. Don't call me Shirley! 8-)
Posted by: Cravilet Poodle5789 || 10/19/2017 11:25 Comments || Top||

#8  it appears the parents

You're suggesting there were two?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:24 Comments || Top||

#9  [or more]
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:25 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
'Thing' reportedly sighted in Northern California, pictures go viral
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 09:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [387 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Better head south Thing, Kern county is just the place for a Yeti with mad machinist skills.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/19/2017 11:22 Comments || Top||

#2  so many fires in the mtns there, its brought them down looking for easy food
Posted by: 746 || 10/19/2017 12:54 Comments || Top||

#3  He recounted two others stories, including one from a woman who said her two sons saw a Bigfoot in their orchard and one from a man who saw five creatures in the same orchard.

“What are the odds of three people, three different families, who don’t know each other, within a radius of 2 to 3 miles


I must be missing something.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 15:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Never send unsolicited Thing pictures!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/19/2017 16:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm very late to this. All I can offer is:

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 10/19/2017 23:07 Comments || Top||


School Cancels Halloween, Will Celebrate ‘Black And Orange’ Spirit Day
[BOSTON.CBSLOCAL] The decorations are out and Halloween is two weeks away but there’s controversy at Boyden Elementary School in Walpole. The school will not be having its annual Halloween costume parade this year.

"I think it’s a lot of political correctness," a Walpole woman said. "I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children."

In a message to parents the school principal says, "...the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected."

On Friday the school will have a Halloween party after school hours, but the school says Halloween itself will be "Black and Orange" spirit day.

Parents WBZ-TV spoke with are not happy about the decision to cancel the parade.

"We have grand-kids going to Boyden School. Wonderful school," a grandmother of a student said. "The Halloween party should happen on Friday cause all the kids are excited."

"Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time," a Walpole man said. "Why do you have to turn it into something political?"

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  the parade is not inclusive

Neither is a true democracy or republic. The interests of the majority take precedent. The majority are not asked or dictated to surrender their fundamental rights in the name of minorities.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2017 4:09 Comments || Top||

#2  "Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time," a Walpole man said. "Why do you have to turn it into something political?"

Because you oppress the transgendered.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 14:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Little demons were culturally misappropriated.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 22:29 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
North Korea warns 'a nuclear war may break out any moment'
[AP] UNITED NATIONS ‐ North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment."

Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s ‐ and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense.

He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using "nuclear assets" and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a "secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership."

This year, Kim said, North Korea completed its "state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets."

Related: CBS - North Korea warns U.S. of "unimaginable strike"
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 08:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Aha
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 13:34 Comments || Top||


Hillary Clinton criticizes U.S. policy on North Korea
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Perennial Presidential Campaigner Hillary Crooked Hillary Clinton
... former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
on Wednesday chastised U.S. policy against North Korea, calling the rising threats of war "cavalier."

"There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive," Mrs. Clinton said at a forum in South Korea, Rooters reported.

Although she declined to directly name President Trump, she did say that threats on Twitter were more beneficial to Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
than to the U.S.

"Picking fights with Kim Jong-un puts a smile on his face," she said.

Mr. Trump has taken to the social media platform to call out the North Korean leader, referring to him as "little rocket man." He has also said that the U.S. is ready for war if North Korea’s threats continue.
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I simply scrolled past this story, thinking, "Who cares what she thinks," and realized there were no comments on this story. Perhaps, because we don't see her views on anything as relevant?
Posted by: OregonGuy || 10/19/2017 11:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Perhaps we are all familiar with her failure to deal with the problem during her time at State?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 11:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Rather, her exacerbation of the problem caused by her ignorance, stupidity and greed.
Posted by: gorb || 10/19/2017 12:34 Comments || Top||


Europe
Why Europe's New Nationalists Love Israel
BLUF:
[PJ Media] The existence and success of the State of Israel changes everything. It is not merely a promise, spiritualized by Christianity into a vision of another life beyond this one, but a living, breathing people that punches above its weight in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps the people of Israel will help fulfill their mission to be a light unto the nations by example. Europe's new nationalists may attempt to emulate Israel not but superceding it or by asserting their claims for election against each other, but by seeking to identify its virtues.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 01:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [559 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Could it be that the Jewish state stands for something ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I've discussed the phenomena with an old friend. We reached the conclusion that a new term: Antisemitic Zionist, is needed.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 5:36 Comments || Top||

#3  but a living, breathing people that punches above its weight in every field of human endeavor.

I'm a pro Israel guy, but, they take a lot of economic and military aid to be considered punching above its weight.
Posted by: jvalentour || 10/19/2017 9:19 Comments || Top||

#4  At least the aid they receive goes into something useful and accountable, instead of someones pocket.

So giving Israel aid, you know is going to be used the way it is supposed to be used.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 10/19/2017 10:56 Comments || Top||

#5  So giving Israel aid, you know is going to be used the way it is supposed to be used.

Most of it is used to counterbalance the aid that USA gives to their Muslim "allies".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 11:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Ouch.
Posted by: gorb || 10/19/2017 12:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Most of it is used to counterbalance the aid that USA gives to their Muslim "allies".

Aid used to keep them semi-friendly with Israel, and dependent on the US for munitions and spare parts resupply, which somewhat limits their offensive capabilities vis-a-vis Israel. Zeroing out aid to Israel and its immediate neighbors would save $5b a year. Even in this day and age, that's a lot of simoleons. That's 50 F-35's every year. It's a Ford-class carrier every three years. Just how expensive is this aid to Israel and its semi-hostile neighbors, relatively-speaking? It only costs $1b to keep US forces in Korea.

There was a time when Israel needed the money to survive. That time is now past. It's time for it to stand on its own two feet.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 14:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Aid used to keep them semi-friendly with Israel, and dependent on the US for munitions and spare parts resupply, which somewhat limits their offensive capabilities vis-a-vis Israel.

You just described why USA ME policy is a total failure and Israel has, periodically, to pull your chestnuts from fire.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 14:47 Comments || Top||

#9  You just described why USA ME policy is a total failure and Israel has, periodically, to pull your chestnuts from fire.

You'll have to remind us less informed readers about when that's happened. Whereas it's pretty clear we stopped the Soviets from eliminating Israel - and triggering an aliyah in reverse - in 1973.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 15:11 Comments || Top||

#10  How else does the US keep a beach head on the east Med, ZF? Who is going to do the non-PC weapons R&D? Who is going to deploy the accelerated prototypes? Who else has US 'friendly' contract software shops?

It will be a sad day for US Defense without Israel.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 15:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Whereas it's pretty clear we stopped the Soviets from eliminating Israel

No boy, actually you lied to us about Russians' intentions to save your future ally Egypt.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 15:20 Comments || Top||

#12  How else does the US keep a beach head on the east Med, ZF? Who is going to do the non-PC weapons R&D? Who is going to deploy the accelerated prototypes? Who else has US 'friendly' contract software shops?

It will be a sad day for US Defense without Israel.


It's a beach head that we've not been able to use in any of our Middle Eastern expeditions. Besides, with satellite and all-weather drone reconnaisance and guided munitions, beach heads aren't what they used to be.

The issue isn't whether we should be allied with Israel, although that obviously causes us a lot of headaches, some terror-related, with the Muslim world. It's whether we should be sending $5b per year in grants to Israel and its semi-hostile neighbors. We should end the aid and formalize our commitment to Israel via a mutual defense pact. That way, they'd be a little shyer about doing an end-run around us and selling defense tech under false pretenses to our enemies - as they attempted to do with Phalcon and their actual sale of Lavi tech to the Chinese. The kicker is that most of it was developed on the basis of fundamental knowhow we provided to Israel on the Israeli pretext that they needed this information to customize and improve upon it.

Jon Adelman, an international relations specialist and jpost columnist, on how this phenomenon needs to end:

Israel also has to recognize the serious constraints imposed on its arms sales by its close and highly beneficial relationship with the world's dominant superpower. The United States provides great economic, political, and military benefits to Israel, as well as closely reflecting Israel's democratic, free market, and cultural values. In return for this help, Israel needs clear and explicit approval for arms sales to controversial countries that are not considered friendly to the United States. No longer can Israel afford what Amnon Barzilai depicts as: "Vagueness, uncertainty and even an attempt at deception all played a role in the affair over the years, the forced cancellation of the billion dollar deal with China."14 Failure to gain this transparent approval from the U.S. will lead Israel into further pointless confrontations with the superpower that is conducting a highly beneficial war against the axis of evil that includes two of Israel's most serious strategic enemies.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 15:44 Comments || Top||

#13  No boy, actually you lied to us about Russians' intentions to save your future ally Egypt.

So Nixon went to DEFCON 3 to save the Egyptians? What was Israel going to do - occupy Egypt? Enough with the paranoia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON#Yom_Kippur_War

On October 6, 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a joint attack on Israel resulting in the Yom Kippur War. The U.S. became concerned that the Soviet Union might intervene, and on October 25, U.S. forces, including Strategic Air Command, Continental Air Defense Command, European Command and the Sixth Fleet, were placed at DEFCON 3.

According to documents declassified in 2016, the move to DEFCON 3 was motivated by Central Intelligence Agency reports indicating that the Soviet Union had sent a ship to Egypt carrying nuclear weapons along with two other amphibious vessels.[10] Soviet troops never landed, though the ship supposedly transporting nuclear weapons did arrive in Egypt. Further details are unavailable and may remain classified.

Over the following days, the various forces reverted to normal status with the Sixth Fleet standing down on November 17.[11]
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 15:52 Comments || Top||

#14  The tension at sea peaked just as the land war was ending a week later, with the Egyptian Third Army surrounded in the Sinai desert. Responding to Cairo’s plea, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev warned Washington that if Israel did not lift its siege of the Third Army, the Soviet Union would have to consider sending in troops to do so. Airborne divisions were put on alert in the Soviet Union and Volubuyev was ordered to organize a naval infantry force made up of volunteers from his squadron to be landed at Port Said at the mouth of the Suez Canal in a show of support for Egypt.

The Pentagon’s response to Brezhnev’s warning was a worldwide alert, Defcon (Defensive Condition) 3, the highest state of readiness in peacetime. An American airborne division was put on standby for departure to the Middle East and 50 B-52 strategic bombers were recalled from Guam to the US. A third carrier task force was ordered into the Mediterranean and a 2,000-man marine detachment with the Sixth Fleet was moved south of Crete, closer to the battle area. The Soviet squadron, reinforced through the Dardenelles, now numbered 97 vessels, including 23 submarines, while the Sixth Fleet had grown to 60. “The pressure has reached the breaking point,” wrote Capt. Semenov.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2012-10-26/little-known-us-soviet-confrontation-during-yom-kippur-war
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 15:58 Comments || Top||

#15  Oft its starting to reveal that the murky depths conceal.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 16:22 Comments || Top||

#16  I have no problem supporting Israel. I have personally used numerous products of their robust R&D in multiple fields, including medical and commercial. I have on occasion thrown a few pizza's the IDF's way as well. I still think we should drop the aid to their so called neighbors and give it to Israel instead.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/19/2017 16:46 Comments || Top||

#17  'Brick, a few year ago Bibi asked your congress to drop aid to ME: Israel & Arabs both - guess what the answer was?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 16:52 Comments || Top||

#18  whether we should be sending $5b per year in grants to Israel and its semi-hostile neighbors

Turning to a quotable platitude:
"Necessity is the mother of invention"

Guess what subsidized Israel's F35s?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 17:12 Comments || Top||

#19  Oft its starting to reveal that the murky depths conceal.

You're like an entitled child calling your parents Nazis for not wanting to buy you a new car every year for the rest of your life. Except we're not your parents.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 18:21 Comments || Top||

#20  So, you see Israel as USA's entitled child, Zhang?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 18:29 Comments || Top||

#21  Not Israel. You.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/19/2017 18:50 Comments || Top||

#22  Do you know what kish mir in tuches means?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 18:51 Comments || Top||

#23  Yeah well, I can only vote in one state (Cause unlike Democrats, I obey the law) and in Texas there's only so much I can do. Got Cruz there...Abbott in the Gov Mansion, so we're making progress.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/19/2017 20:50 Comments || Top||


Catalans rally against separatist leaders’ detention
[DAWN] Thousands of people erupted into the streets of Catalonia on Tuesday after a judge ordered the detention of two separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions over the region’s chaotic referendum on splitting from Spain.

Thousands of workers in Barcelona and other cities staged a brief walkout at noon in protest at Monday’s move by the National Court in Madrid to keep Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez behind bars pending investigations into sedition charges.

"Repression is not the solution," protesters shouted as hundreds gathered outside the Catalan regional government offices in central Barcelona. "Now anyone can be put in jail," said Carme Guell, a 62-year-old beautician who joined the walkout as civil servants from nearby regional ministries blocked the street.

Like many who back independence for Catalonia ‐ which is profoundly divided on the issue ‐ Guell said the wealthy northeastern region was "treated like a colony. All our money is taken away, nothing is reinvested here."
Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [151 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Culture Wars
The best of times, the worst of times
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 17:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who knew that some colleges are jock factories?
Posted by: Raj || 10/19/2017 18:04 Comments || Top||


Is Hollywood sitting on a pedophilia scandal?
h/t Instapundit
[TheWeek] The flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein confirms an unsettling truth that deep down we already knew. There's a reason "casting couch" has become a grotesquely ubiquitous term. We have long quietly assumed that big-time movie producers exploit their power to sexually exploit women. We should have heeded the warning signs. The smoke has been there for a long time. Of course the faint plumes were evidence of a fire raging, a fire we both did not imagine and yet knew was burning.

The answer to this question will also give you the answer to the next question: Can we seriously doubt that Hollywood is also turning a blind eye to a very real child sex-abuse scandal?
No. I won't believe it!
How could we have been so blind?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 14:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes.
Next question
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/19/2017 16:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Ditto that Darth. D.C. is most likely also sitting on such a scandal.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/19/2017 18:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Ask the Coreys.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/19/2017 18:07 Comments || Top||

#4  ...but, but, but gays are a protected group. Just that Orlando showed they're below Muslims. No butts about it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/19/2017 19:05 Comments || Top||

#5  No it's not a pedophile scandal. It's a whole pile of pedophiles and many scandals each.
Posted by: gorb || 10/19/2017 19:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Is water wet?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/19/2017 20:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Hollywood is perpetrating it, the press is sitting on it.
Posted by: charger || 10/19/2017 20:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Pizza anyone?
Posted by: KBK || 10/19/2017 21:23 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Senator McCain says he is on the rocks with Generals Mattis and McMaster
[Defense News] WASHINGTON ‐ Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Tuesday painted a dire picture of his relationship with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, saying it’s worse than it was with Obama-era Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

"I had a better working relationship, back and forth, with Ash Carter than I do with an old friend of 20 years," McCain said, referring to Mattis. He added that he has considered both Mattis and McMaster "friends of mine for many years."

As McCain has waged a public battle with cancer, his penchant for asserting the Senate’s powers to check and balance the executive branch has only grown. On Tuesday, McCain implied national security officials have seen his committee as a rubber stamp, and he is using his seat’s powerful levers to conduct oversight.

"I think they had this idea, once that Trump won, that we are a unicameral government," said McCain, R-Arizona, "and we have to do what we have to do."

The Carter comparison says something, as Obama was McCain’s frequent foil. In Obama’s final year in office, McCain jousted with Carter and the administration over the defense budget, his reform efforts and his slow-rolling of DoD nominees. At one point, McCain vented over a frayed relationship between Congress and the Pentagon’s civilian leadership when Carter denied McCain a courtesy preview of the 2017 Pentagon budget.

It has appeared there might be a thaw in the senator’s relationship with the Pentagon. McCain said he was receiving information from Mattis about his strategy for Afghanistan and the Islamic State fight‐and that he would not block a handful of Pentagon nominees from Senate floor votes.

On the other hand, McCain was in a war of words with the commander in chief. While accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia Monday night, McCain warned the United States against turning toward "half-baked, spurious nationalism" ‐ widely read as a repudiation of Trump.

Trump responded in a radio interview Tuesday, "I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/19/2017 15:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe they finally got tired of your self serving grandstanding, you old, tired turd.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/19/2017 16:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe McMaster and Mattis understand they may be expected to solve problems McStain won't be around to see?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/19/2017 16:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Lets do it the easy way, Senator, lets count your friends.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 16:54 Comments || Top||

#4  we are a unicameral government
Only 1 hump?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/19/2017 17:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Could it be that M & M don't ask you to support the death of the military like Carter did, and you do Support the Death of the military?
Posted by: AlanC || 10/19/2017 18:04 Comments || Top||

#6  Amazing that McCain has decided he hates love of country.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 10/19/2017 21:57 Comments || Top||

#7  he sold his corrupt soul in Keating 5. Ever since it's been Legacy and RINO'g
Posted by: Frank G || 10/19/2017 22:38 Comments || Top||

#8  I thought I asked you to retire, John.
Posted by: newc || 10/19/2017 22:39 Comments || Top||


FBI snitch blocked by Obama from testifying before Congress
[Breitbart] An American businessman who went undercover for the FBI was blocked during the Obama administration from telling Congress what he knew about Russia’s efforts to influence the Clintons’ and Obama administration decisions, according to a report.

Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate intelligence committee, told The Hill that she is trying to get the Trump administration or the FBI to free her client to talk.

“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” Toensing said.

She said her client possesses “specific allegations that Russian executives made to him about how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and sent millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to the U.S. to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation.”

At the time, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and serving on the government panel that approved the deal, the lawyer said. Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 Russian speaking fees in 2010 and collected millions more in donations from parties with a stake in the Uranium One deal. The Clintons and the Obama administration have denied that had any influence on the deal.

But Toensing said her client can also testify that FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted, and that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal if it became public.

“There was corruption going on and it was never brought forward. And in fact, the sale of the uranium went on despite the government knowing about all of this corruption. So, he’s coming forward. He wants the right thing to be done, but he cannot do it unless he is released from the NDA,” she told the outlet.

Via Clarice Feldman:

Hannity: I'll start with you Victoria. This is your client. He wanted to tell Congress about all the Bribery, all the scheming, all the kickbacks, all of the corruption. He had the information, he wanted to tell the story. What happened?

Toensing: Well when he started working for the FBI IN 2009 they had him sign what's called an NDA, a Non-Disclosure Agreement. They never gave him a copy of it and when he went public in 2016, way after all this case stuff was done, the Justice Department under Loretta Lynch, called him and threatened him with his freedom if he violated the NDA. Now I've never heard of an NDA that had a criminal penalty for violation but they won't show him a copy of it, so we decided to go to the members of Congress in the Senate, and I have breaking news for you. While I was in make-up, I got a message from Chairman Grassley asking my client to give them information. Now what this does is set up a Constitutional Issue because the Executive Branch can not say to someone "Don't you give information to the legislature." So It will be a very interesting thing to see how the Justice Department responds.

Hannity: So they have the power to lift that NDA--That would be amazing.
We live in interesting times...
Posted by: badanov || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just wait until we get to the records of Truth favorably packed away as Truth shall be available.

I told you I AM coming for you.

In fact, I just spot check. Americans will fix it, they always do in the end.

Right?

Posted by: newc || 10/19/2017 1:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Pravda means Truth, newc. Too bad, the sides switched.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/19/2017 5:38 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Minibus driver, conductor beat passenger to death in Karachi
[DAWN] KARACHI: A 30-year-old man was beaten to death by the driver and conductor of a minibus in Bahadurabad on Tuesday when the passenger argued with them over bus fare, police said.

The bus driver and conductor have been taken into custody.

The police added that the dear departed identified as Abdul Rahman argued with bus conductor Umar Khan of route X-23 over fare when the vehicle was standing near the Bahadurabad roundabout.

The bus driver, Arif Nawaz, intervened and the heated debated turned into a brawl, with the two badly thrashing Abdul Rahman.

The bus conductor was also injured in the fight, the police added. "Rahman sustained serious head injuries which suggested that he was hit on the head multiple times with some heavy metal instrument," said inspector Qamar Zeb Satti, the SHO of the SITE B cop shoppe.

"The brawl in Bahadurabad left Abdul Rahman unconscious and conductor Umar Khan injured. The driver panicked and asked other passengers to get out of the vehicle so he could take him to hospital. The driver brought the two injured to Metroville to shift them in a charity organization’s ambulance."

The driver, the SHO said, was nervous and used the charity’s ambulance to avoid his involvement in transporting them to hospital.

The area police was informed by the charity workers about the injured. The police detained the bus driver. The police later also nabbed
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
the bus conductor after he was released by the hospital following treatment, he added. The dear departed was associated with a private security company.

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:


Qandeel murder case: Mufti Qavi apprehended, arrested on the way to Jhang
[DAWN] Cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi was enjugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by police on the highway from Multan to Jhang on Wednesday after his application for an extension in his pre-arrest bail in the Qandeel Baloch murder case was rejected, police said.

Mufti Qavi had appeared before a sessions court for the first time in connection with the murder case on Tuesday. Upon his lawyer's request, the court had adjourned the hearing of the case for a day.

The holy man had on Wednesday filed for an extension in his pre-arrest bail.

As the hearing began today, District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ameer Ahmad Khan reserved his decision on the matter for a few minutes.

However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
before the judge could announce his decision, a group of lawyers helped Mufti Qavi escape from the court.

The judge later ruled that the application for an extension in the holy man's pre-arrest bail would be turned down.

He also ordered the investigating officer to arrest Mufti Qavi and submit a challan
... list of charges ...
for the Qandeel murder case in the court soon.

Investigating Officer (IO) Noor Akbar had said police would arrest Mufti Qavi and present him in court in compliance with the judge's orders.

Superintendent of Police Cantonment Dr Fahad later confirmed to Dawn that the holy man had been arrested on the highway from Multan to Jhang and will be presented in the court on Thursday.

Later, City Police Officer (CPO) Mohammad Saleem dismissed IO Akbar for "poor investigation, favouring Qavi during investigation and helping him flee".

Akbar was also arrested on the CPO's orders.

Change of heart?
While arriving at the court on Tuesday, Mufti Qavi had said that he had presented himself in the court as per orders.

"We will accept whatever decision the judiciary announces," he had said at the time.

Police had included Mufti Qavi's name as a suspect in the murder case of the social media celebrity on the request of her father, Muhammad Azeem, the complainant in the case, who in a statement before the police suspected the holy man's possible role in her murder.

Judge Ameer Ahmad Khan last week granted pre-arrest bail to Mufti Qavi shortly after a trial court issued his non-bailable arrest warrants in the Qandeel murder case.

Posted by: Fred || 10/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan



Who's in the News
36[untagged]
9Islamic State
6Govt of Pakistan
3Taliban
3TTP
3Govt of Iran
2Govt of Iraq
2Hamas
2Commies
1Houthis
1Narcos
1Hezbollah
1Moslem Colonists
1Sublime Porte
1Govt of Syria

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Thugburg
RSS Links
Gulf War I
The Way We Were
Bio

Merry-Go-Blog
Hair Through the Ages









On Sale now!


A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Thu 2017-10-19
  TTP names successor to APS mastermind Umar Mansoor
Wed 2017-10-18
  US-Backed Forces Say Have Captured Raqa from IS
Tue 2017-10-17
  Terror leaders Hapilon (Abu Sayyaf), Maute (Maute Group) gunned down in Marawi
Mon 2017-10-16
  The "War after ISIS" begins in Iraq
Sun 2017-10-15
  Report: U.S. Coalition Cuts Islamic State Revenues over 90 Percent
Sat 2017-10-14
  Iraqi forces move to begin operations against Kurds
Fri 2017-10-13
  Iraq PM Denies Attack Plan as Tensions Rise with Kurds
Thu 2017-10-12
  British jihadi Sally Jones killed by US drone strike fleeing ISIS hell
Wed 2017-10-11
  Bangladesh arrests top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami
Tue 2017-10-10
  Nusra Front, Islamic State clash in Syria's Hama province
Mon 2017-10-09
  Syrian rebels capture ISIS HQ in Deir Ezzor
Sun 2017-10-08
  Two Saudi guards killed in attack on royal palace in Jeddah
Sat 2017-10-07
  Driver 'deliberately mows down pedestrians' outside London Museum
Fri 2017-10-06
  Iraqi premier claims victory against Islamic State in Hawija
Thu 2017-10-05
  3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger

Better than the average link...



Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
54.234.228.185
Paypal:
WoT Operations (23)    WoT Background (16)    Opinion (5)    (0)    Politix (12)