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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336080 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Helen Twelvetrees looks about as Indian as Elizabeth Warren
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2012 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Reminds me of a saying, something about carpets and curtains. Jut can't remember how it goes.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/27/2012 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  There's really only one way to find out of Ms. Twelvetrees is really a platinum blonde...
Posted by: badanov || 10/27/2012 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  or a perfectionist
Posted by: Frank G || 10/27/2012 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  AA5839:

Or you can go with the James Bond line from Diamonds are 4ever (IIRC) when speaking to Jill St. John..."As long as the cuffs and collar match..."
Posted by: AlanC || 10/27/2012 10:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Helen's first husband was named Clark Twelvetrees. I don't think he ever did anything of note, other than tagging her with his last name.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Frank G wins the 'Snark of the Day' award.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/27/2012 11:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Not many Clarks around these days, I blame Bush.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/27/2012 16:46 Comments || Top||

#9  I don't know, Fred, tagging Helen seems very appealing to me right now.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 10/27/2012 16:48 Comments || Top||

Taliban claim Afghan attack killing two Americans
The Taliban are claiming responsibility for what may have been the latest insider attack against Western troops.

They say one of their infiltrators killed two American service members in Uruzgan province.

A statement Friday said an Afghan soldier shot the men a day earlier, and then escaped to join the beturbanned goons.

A spokeswoman for US forces in Afghanistan said authorities were still determining whether the attacker was a member of the Afghan cops or an beturbanned goon who donned a government uniform.

It was the second suspected insider attack in two days. On Wednesday, two British troops and an Afghan policeman were bumped off in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

The spate of insider attacks has further undermined public support for the 11-year war in NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
countries and increased calls for earlier withdrawals.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336088 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Maybe President Romney will be more open to ARCLIGHT strikes. We can only hope...
Posted by: Old Patriot || 10/27/2012 22:20 Comments || Top||

Neurosurgeon kidnapped in Swabi
Neurosurgeon Dr Abdul Aziz was kidnapped by unidentified kidnappers along with his car on the way home in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
from Adina village, police said here on Friday.

Dr Aziz, who is son of former principal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad Abdur Rehman, is currently teaching at the college.

Police sources said the kidnapping occurred in the jurisdiction of Kalu Khan cop shoppe. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
Kalu Khan police denied the neurosurgeon was kidnapped in the areas under their jurisdiction. Police sources said they didn’t exactly know the area, where the kidnapping occurred.

They said the kidnapped neurosurgeon had a clinic in his native village, Adina, and he went there daily after attending duty at Ayub Medical College in Abbottabad and returned in the evening.

Police sources said when he left his clinic on Thursday, he didn’t reach home and was kidnapped by unidentified people along with his car.

They said despite efforts by his family and police, his whereabouts had not yet been known and that adductors hadn’t yet contacted his family for ransom. Majority of the officers said he was adducted from the district areas.

Police said an FIR had yet not been lodged with the Kalu Khan cop shoppe by his family.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336080 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Gunmen kill two anti-Taliban elders in Swat
Gunmen rubbed out two members of an anti-Taliban peace committee in Pakistain’s northwestern Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
valley, where cut-throats tried to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousufzai, police said Friday.

The shooting will heighten fears of a campaign of assassinations in Swat, as in the last four months, two businessmen and outspoken anti-militant campaigners have been rubbed out and two others maimed.

The latest incident took place in the Charbagh area, a former myrmidon stronghold some 10 kilometres north of Mingora, the main town of Swat valley, where Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala in the head for promoting the right of girls to go to school.

Police said gunnies opened fire on Tajim Gul late Thursday, in front of a mosque while Sardar Mohammad was bumped off at his home.

“In both incidents the attackers managed to flee. We have started the paperwork but haven't done much else against the unknown attackers,” Liaqat Ali, an official in Charbagh cop shoppe told AFP. Daidar Ghani, another police official, confirmed the incident.

Mohammad’s five-year-old son was injured in the shooting.

Residents said both victims were members of local peace committee and they blamed Taliban for the killing.

All four victims before Malala were senior members of an anti-militancy group.

Malala, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of cut-throats in Swat for more than three years.

The army declared Swat, once known as the “Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
of Pakistain”, back under control in July 2009, after defeating radical holy man Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullahs Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
and his Taliban fighters who waged a two-year campaign of terror in the district.

The operation was arguably Pakistain’s most successful offensive to date against the homegrown bully boyz who have bombed and killed thousands across the country for the last five years.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336080 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Southeast Asia
Indonesia foils plot to attack US missions
Indonesian police have arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions in the latest terror alert to hit the country.

The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the Australian embassy in the capital Jakarta that houses the office of American mining giant Freeport-McMoran, police said on Saturday.

They said they were from a new outfit called HASMI, the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society, and explosives and a bomb-making manual were found when members were arrested in locations across the main island of Java.

"The group's objectives were to attack the US embassy in Jakarta and consulate-general in the eastern Javanese city of Surabaya," national police spokesman Suhardi Alius told reporters.

Indonesia has waged a long battle against terrorism since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. The resort island held commemorations this month to mark 10 years since the attack.

Indonesia has not seen a major attack since 2009, when suicide bombers killed nine people in attacks on two five-star hotels in the capital.
Posted by: tipper || 10/27/2012 12:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336098 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The newly announced "Panetta Doctrine" is that we will not act to aid our embassies and consulates unless we have a crystal clear picture of the risk involved in aiding them. Since the picture will never be crystal clear -- that white blob on the video feed might or might not be a guy holding an SA-7 -- the new doctrine is in effect FYBYOYO ("Funk you buddy you're on your own".) So why shuldn't the bad guys plan attacks on our diplomatic missions?
Posted by: Matt || 10/27/2012 13:25 Comments || Top||

More than 100 killed during fresh communal violence in Myanmar
A government front man in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine says the corpse count in recent communal violence is now more than 100.

Rakhine state front man Win Myaing said Friday that 112 people had been killed in festivities that began Sunday between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Moslem Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children

The latest outbreak of violence, which prompted Myanmar’s main Islamic organizations to cancel celebrations for the four-day Eidul Azha holiday that begins Friday, has drawn a swift and concerned response from the international community.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Thursday said Washington “urges parties to exercise restraint and immediately halt all attacks”, while the United Nations
...When talk is your weapon it's hard to make yourself heard over the artillery...
expressed grave concern over the violence.

Myanmar’s 800,000 Rohingya are seen as undocumented Democrats from neighbouring Bangladesh by the government and many Burmese, who call them “Bengalis”.

The bloodshed in Rakhine has cast a shadow over widely-praised reforms by President Thein Sein, including the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the election of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

61 Dead in Clashes, Bombings as Syria Ceasefire Collapses
Deadly car boomings and artillery fire on Friday shattered a fragile truce between the warring parties in Syria just hours after it had begun on the first day of the Mohammedan Eid al-Adha holiday.

State television blamed "terrorists," the regime term for rebels, for a car kaboom in Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
that killed at least five people and maimed dozens, and a rights watchdog reported another deadly bombing farther south in Daraa.

Rebels accused regime forces of opening up with artillery in the embattled north, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting erupted near the key army base of Wadi Deif.

The army said it was responding to attacks by armed rebels that violated the truce agreed to mark Eid al-Adha, one of the most sacred holidays in Islam, which started at dawn.

U.N. and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had brokered the ceasefire in the hope that if successful, it could lead to a longer cessation of violence.

Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
's forces and main rebel group the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had both agreed to a call by Brahimi to lay down their arms for the four-day Eid, but both also reserved the right to respond to attacks.

"Armed terrorist groups attacked military positions, thereby clearly violating the halt to military operations agreed by the army command," the military said in a statement read on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
"Our valiant armed forces are responding to these violations and pursuing these groups," it added.

An FSA commander in the northern city of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
accused the regime of breaking the pledge to stop firing.

"The regime does not respect the ceasefire, it is not shooting and there are no festivities but it has started shelling... What ceasefire? We can't trust the regime," said Abd al-Jaber al-Akaidi.

"The regime is perfidious, a cheater and a liar."

The rebel jihadist group al-Nusra Front, which has grabbed credit for deadly car boomings in the past, had refused to sign up to the ceasefire.

As the day progressed it became clear there had been little let-up in the violence.

The Britannia-based Observatory reported car boomings in Damascus and in Daraa, cradle of the anti-regime revolt that has become a fully fledged uprising since it first erupted in mid-March last year.

The watchdog said the a car boom blew up outside the Omar bin Khattab mosque of the Daf Shawk district in southern Damascus, killing five people and wounding more than 30, adding that children were among the casualties.

State television reported at least five people killed and 32 maimed in the "terrorist" act.

A security source told Agence La Belle France Presse the bombing had targeted residential buildings for coppers and their families, and that children were playing in the area when the blast occurred.

In Daraa, three soldiers were killed and eight maimed when a car boom went kaboom! near a military checkpoint and the railway station, the Observatory said. Eight troops were maimed, most of them critically.

The Observatory said the truce had "collapsed" in several regions and gave a corpse count of 61 on Friday, a day after 135 were reported killed, adding to an estimated corpse count of 35,000 people over 19 months of conflict.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman reported fighting in various parts of Syria, including in and around Damascus, in second city Aleppo, in the central city of Homs and near the Wadi Deif base in the northwest.

At least 10 soldiers and four rebels were killed at Wadi Deif, the watchdog said.

The Observatory relies on a countrywide network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals, and says its tolls take into account civilian, military, and rebel casualties.

In Aleppo, scene of fierce fighting since mid-July, there was a brief morning respite and children playing in the streets of some neighborhoods, an Agence La Belle France Presse news hound said.

Some families also ventured out to check on their homes on the front line, taking advantage of the lull, the news hound said.

Residents reported festivities at mid-day after rebels tried to overrun a checkpoint near the Mohasab army base in the northeast Seryan district, and in the Sheikh Maqsoud area between Kurdish militias and rebels.

Shams, a mother in the city's army-controlled Sabil district, said the ceasefire "is only a political phrase and not a reality on the ground."

Brahimi had hoped a temporary truce could lead to a more permanent ceasefire during which he could push for a political solution and bring aid to the most stricken regions.

After festivities late Thursday, the ceasefire began as morning prayers marked Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice capping the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

State television showed Assad joining Eid prayers at a Damascus mosque, smiling and chatting with worshipers.

The truce was also tested as security forces opened fire to disperse anti-regime protests after prayers at Inkhel in Daraa, wounding three people, the Observatory said.

General Mustafa al-Sheikh of the FSA said the rebels considered the protest crackdown a violation of the ceasefire, but they were not planning to respond.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336086 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Ceasefire with (among) Muslims.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/27/2012 5:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The truce was also tested as security forces opened fire
Yeah, tested.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/27/2012 5:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Was just saying to my wife how this is a perfect example of black humor.

I've read about fighting everyday for months. WHAT CEASEFIRE?????

Did they dumb down ceasefire so that now anytime anyone stops to reload THAT's a ceasefire??
Posted by: AlanC || 10/27/2012 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Man, that didn't even last long enough to set up the over/under pool.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/27/2012 10:13 Comments || Top||

#5  'Ceasefire' in Arabic can also be pronounced as 'reload'.
Posted by: Charles || 10/27/2012 18:30 Comments || Top||

#6  "Did they dumb down ceasefire so that now anytime anyone stops to reload THAT's a ceasefire??"

Pretty much, AlanC. :-(
Posted by: Barbara || 10/27/2012 18:55 Comments || Top||

Tank fire, snipers kill 3 in Damascus suburb: Activists
Three people were killed by tank fire and snipers in the Damascus
...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations...
suburb of Harasta on Friday, activists said, in another violation of a ceasefire intended to mark the Mohammedan holiday of Eid al-Adha. Rebels in a northern town close to the Turkish border also reported one of their fighters was rubbed out by a sniper early on Friday and a Rooters journalist in the town heard what sounded like four rounds of tank fire.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336077 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syrian army says responded to rebel ceasefire 'violations'
Syria's army command said on Friday it had responded to several attacks by rebel forces on military positions across the country, which it said violated a ceasefire marking the Moslem holiday of Eid al-Adha. It said it had responded to the rebel attacks in accordance with its announcement on Thursday that it would cease military activity during the four-day holiday but reserve the right to react to rebel action.
Posted by: Fred || 10/27/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336077 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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