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Syrian rebels retreat Aleppo district amid heavy shelling
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Britain
Irish Olympic Sailing Commentary
Warning, a bit of language.
Posted by: tipper || 08/10/2012 15:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [362 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That was the funniest thing I have ever seen on the internet...ever!

Now I need to change my undies...
Posted by: Glinesh Craling7938 || 08/10/2012 16:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Time for a Guinness. The end of it is worth the wait. Very good post there Tipper.
Posted by: Dale || 08/10/2012 16:19 Comments || Top||

#3  that was amazing.
I'd love to see them put that guy as frontman for NBC! Hahahahahahahaha!!!
Posted by: Raider || 08/10/2012 17:15 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
China's Labor Unions - New Tendrils
Posted by: Dale || 08/10/2012 16:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US Warship Rescues Iranian Mariners From Burning Vessel
[Jerusalem Post] A US guided-missile destroyer rescued 10 Iranian seamen from a burning dhow in the Gulf of Oman and was providing them with medical care while working to coordinate their return home, the US Navy said on Thursday.

Crew members from the USS James E. Williams rescued the mariners on Wednesday after they were forced to abandon their burning vessel. The dhow was flying an Iranian flag and all the crew members said they were Iranian, the Navy said.

The Iranian seamen were receiving medical treatment aboard the destroyer while awaiting transfer to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which was coordinating their repatriation, the Navy said.

US warships have rendered aid to Iranian mariners in the region on several different occasions over the past year, despite escalating tensions over Tehran's nuclear program and sometimes threatening rhetoric between the two countries.

The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier strike group rescued 13 Iranian fishermen in January who had been held hostage by suspected Somali pirates for more than a month.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [405 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ten sailors sound suspiciously like an assination team, before transferring them X-ray them thoroughly, it just MIGHT avoid sinking the Carrier.
I could think of it, so can they, and the Iranians aren't above it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/10/2012 0:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Or we could, you know, NOT rescue them.
Posted by: Charles || 08/10/2012 1:55 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope that the Iranians do not start thinking that our humanity towards seamen in distress is a sign of weakness. This will hurt them big time if they do.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/10/2012 3:16 Comments || Top||

#4  And I hope to win the lottery---without paying for ticket.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2012 5:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Insantity, total insanity. Knowing that our western navies would pick up seamen from a burning vessel, would there be anyone, I ask you, that might believe the Iranians are playing by the same Chemical/Biological Warfare ROE ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2012 6:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Even the U-boats would stop to pick up sailors. Until Allied bombers started bombing them while conducting rescue operations.
Posted by: gromky || 08/10/2012 8:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Why does the Aesop's fable of the scorpion and the frog come to mind?
Posted by: charger || 08/10/2012 10:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Might be a good way to get a free ticket out of Iran.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/10/2012 10:53 Comments || Top||

#9  How did the dhow catch on fire?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2012 13:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Dry run.
Posted by: Shinter Javirong9154 || 08/10/2012 13:39 Comments || Top||

#11  Ten sailors sound suspiciously like an assination team, before transferring them X-ray them thoroughly, it just MIGHT avoid sinking the Carrier.
I could think of it, so can they, and the Iranians aren't above it.


"Assination team"? Is that the goat buggering squad? ;-)

I'm guessing you have never been on a Carrier before. The 'guests' will be very closely watched by the MAA's and the MARDET folks. I'm also confident the 'guests' will be well secured.

Still, I question the wisdom of humanitarian ops to save an avowed enemy. DNA swabs for everyone.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 08/10/2012 14:41 Comments || Top||

#12  do you get the impression these Iranian sailors are doing this deliberately - if I were on one of their boats I'd wanna get out quickly.

Can't be long before a bunch of Iranian ships are burning and sinking in the Straits of Hormuz :-)
Posted by: Raider || 08/10/2012 17:20 Comments || Top||

#13  For this, there are not nations In International waters when in distress. There is no where to run there. This was absolute correct action.
Posted by: newc || 08/10/2012 22:18 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
New Keystone Route ALSO Crosses Sensitive Areas
If the pipeline should spring a leak where it touches the aquifer or even above it, Kleeb and other opponents say, oil could quickly seep into and through the porous, sandy soil. The Ogallala, Kleeb said last year in a television interview, is "a very fragile ecosystem, literally made of sand. . . . To have a pipeline crossing that region is just mind-boggling."
Shirley, there are no existing pipelines in the enormous aquifer that covers several states.
Expert is 'embarrassed'

Goecke says that many people have the wrong impression about the danger a pipeline leak would pose to the Ogallala. He said people "were concerned that any spill would contaminate and ruin the water in the entire aquifer, and that's just practically impossible." To do that, the oil would essentially have to run uphill, he said. "The gradient of the groundwater is from west to east; 75 percent to 80 percent of the aquifer is west of the pipeline, and any contamination can't move up gradient or up slope," he said.

"Secondly," Goecke added, "any leakage would be very localized. . . . A spill wouldn't be nice, but it would certainly be restricted to within a half-mile of the pipeline." He predicted that the varied layers of fine-grained seams of silt and clay would contain the flow of oil.

After TransCanada submitted a revised Keystone XL route that veered east of the Sand Hills, Goecke agreed to appear in a television ad for TransCanada.
Goecke is Professor Emeritus at the U of Neb. What does HE know?
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2012 12:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So what? There are already DOZENS of pipelines and railroad tracks that cross this "sensitive" area. The oil is currently being hauled through there on rail which is much MORE likely to result in a spill and environmental damage.
Posted by: crosspatch || 08/10/2012 19:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Romney will approve that pipeline on "Day 1" of his administration.
Posted by: crosspatch || 08/10/2012 19:12 Comments || Top||


leaving thousands dissatisfied
h/t Instapundit
They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.

City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday, disappointing potentially thousands of pleasure-seeking women who hoped to get their hands on some no-cost sex toys.
I'm ought to be ashamed to post this
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/10/2012 05:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I ought to be ashamed to read it, but it is a great example of over-the-top, nanny-state, interference.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/10/2012 7:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Thousands of pleasure-seeking women hoping to get something for nothing....just a Fluke.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/10/2012 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  The production company affiliated with the event is currently in discussions with the Mayor’s Office to hold a promotional event with proper permits at a later date.”

Permits. Nothing to get aroused about. The Mayor just wants to get his beak wet, much to the dismay of those interested in moistening other parts.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/10/2012 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Then there's South Africa - where devices leaving someone 'rubbed the wrong way' are a bit different.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/06/20/south.africa.female.condom/index.html
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/10/2012 8:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh my! Vibrator deprived women? A fluke? Rubbed the wrong way. Rantburgers are on a roll this morning.

I'm surprised Nanny Bloomerberg didn't use taxpayer money to support this vital cause.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/10/2012 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Much as free birth control can be had by crossing your legs, there is a no-cost solution to this "problem".
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/10/2012 12:05 Comments || Top||



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Fri 2012-08-10
  Syrian rebels retreat Aleppo district amid heavy shelling
Thu 2012-08-09
  Yemen Strike Kills Key Al-Qaeda Leader, Foreign Militants
Wed 2012-08-08
  Muslim Terrorists Tell Nigeria's Christian President: 'Convert or Resign'
Tue 2012-08-07
  Libya’s interim authorities to hand over power to congress
Mon 2012-08-06
  Syria Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects
Sun 2012-08-05
  Kidnapped Syrian teevee host executed
Sat 2012-08-04
  IMU Emir Abu Usman Adil has Died
Fri 2012-08-03
  67 Killed in Syria as Rebels Use Tanks to Shell Aleppo Airbase
Thu 2012-08-02
  Kofi Annan quits as UN-Arab League envoy
Wed 2012-08-01
  Mexican Marines bag five, detain four in firefight in Veracruz
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  Unconfirmed: Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar assassinated, report says
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  Nine dead after Dagestani raid
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  Syria Rebels Fend Off Aleppo Assault
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  Helicopter gunships strafe Aleppo
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