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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority security director is a felon
Detroit -- Federal agents are investigating why the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority hired a security director positioned at a key entry point along the U.S./Canadian border who is a felon convicted of extorting $30,000 to help an illegal immigrant stay in the country.
The rest of Detroit officials have yet to be convicted...
Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided the port authority's gleaming riverfront headquarters Wednesday, and search warrant affidavits obtained exclusively by The Detroit News show they are probing allegations of a conspiracy involving security director Benjamin Bostic. The alleged conspiracy involves submitting phony documents as a cover-up of Bostic's criminal record in order to receive a fingerprint-based security pass granting access to port facilities across the United States.

Bostic has not violated any federal criminal laws, said his attorney Brian Legghio, who accused the government of "employing the heavy hand of the criminal justice system."

"He went to prison and has been rehabilitated and is a fine citizen," Legghio said.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/04/2013 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At least he hasn't been given a whopping but underfunded pension. Yet.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/04/2013 9:04 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Google's Schmidt sez No Such Agency spying outrageous....if true.
[Rooters] Captain Renault graphic please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

Africa North
Egypt's Executioner Reminisces
Posted by: Grunter || 11/04/2013 10:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sick bastard.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/04/2013 20:13 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
DR Congo Rebels Order Fighters to 'End Hostilities' with Army
[An Nahar] The leader of the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday urged all fighters to "immediately end hostilities" with army troops. M23 president Bertrand Bisimwa said in a statement his aim was to "allow the continuation of the political process" with Kinshasa in a bid to end the insurgency.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Soon to be Yam harvest time in the villages. Time for a strategic pause.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:16 Comments || Top||

British minister says Islamic full-face veil should be banned in courts
[Al Ahram] Mohammedan women should be banned from wearing a veil when giving evidence in British courts, a cabinet minister in Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
's government said on Sunday, arguing it was hard to judge someone's testimony otherwise. In comments likely to stir up an already emotive debate, Ken Clarke, a minister without portfolio who used to work as a criminal barrister, likened traditional female Islamic dress to being "in a kind of bag", and said he found it "a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century."

"I think we do need a clear rule. I don't think a witness should be allowed to give evidence from behind a veil," Clarke, a former interior minister, told BBC radio.

"I can't see how on earth a judge and a jury can really appraise evidence when you're facing someone who is cloaked and is completely invisible to you. It's almost impossible to have a proper trial if one of the persons is in a kind of bag."

A judge's ruling in September that a Mohammedan woman could not give evidence at her trial wearing a full-face veil sparked debate about whether Britannia should follow other European countries and ban veils in schools and public places.

Judge Peter Murphy said at the time he hoped parliament or a higher court would provide a definitive verdict "sooner rather than later".

Britannia has so far steered clear of following the examples of La Belle France and Belgium, where it is illegal for women to wear full-face veils in public.

Clarke, who said he had no objection to anyone wearing what they liked outside the courtroom provided it was "decent", said it was vital for jurors to be able to observe a person's body language and facial expression to make a decision on whether they were telling the truth.

Face-coverings were therefore an obstacle to justice, he said.

"I actually think it undermines a trial and that's not based on any trace of Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...

Cameron's government is considering how to better integrate Britannia's 2.7 million Mohammedans without restricting their right to freedom of religious expression.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cameron's government is considering how to better integrate Britain's 2.7 million Muslims without restricting their right to freedom of religious expression.

The answer to this pommie paradox is stridently obvious. Simply relinquish your own freedom and religious expression and submit to theirs. Oh, your churches are now museums and assembly halls? Well grand, you've nearly arrived.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:27 Comments || Top||

China to reap harvest of NSA scandals
...leftish perspective that has some threads of lucidity...
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Chinese backing of UN efforts to curb the NSA's activities may undermine American hegemony by disrupting America's alliances.

...which IMHO is exactly why functionaries in the Ogabe regime engineered the Manning and Snowden leaks, likely with the full knowledge of The Won himself. Who in the hell believes that a near-lunatic E-3 intel clerk and a junior NSA conract employee with holes in his background that should have kept him from getting hired, just happened to end up in places where they could score espionage coups causing damage that took this guy and his accomplices almost twenty years to inflict?
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) || 11/04/2013 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  NSA chief to retire soon.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:48 Comments || Top||



PLA 2nd ARTY DF-11 missle strikes in combo wid PLAAF SU-30MKK aattack sorties = NO NEED FOR CHINA + PLA TO MOBILIZE THEIR GROUND FORCES.

* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [Epoch Times] "US IS THE ENEMY", SAYS CHINESE MILITARY DOCUMENTARY, labeled 'Silent Battle" + produced by the National Defense University.


PRC FM Spox Hong Lei.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 23:17 Comments || Top||

The Downside of Dead Voters
The U.S. government has a problem with dead people. For one thing, it pays them way too much money.
Yeah, but can you buy votes for any less?
In the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased. The federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who had passed away. And an aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and air-conditioning bills for more than 11,000 of the dead.
And how does the WaPo know this? Or are they just making up numbers?
These mistakes are part of a surprising glitch at the heart of the federal bureaucracy. Because of a jury-rigged and outdated system meant to track deaths, the government has trouble determining exactly which Americans are deceased.

As a result, Washington is bedeviled by both the living dead and the dead living.
As long as they vote correctly, who cares?
The first group are people who have died but are counted as alive in federal records. Their benefits keep coming. Millions of dollars pile up in unwatched accounts. Millions more are spent by feckless relatives. In one recent rec­ord-breaking case, a son stole his dead father's federal benefits for 26 years.
"Stole" being the operative word. I trust he's in the slammer now?
The second group includes living Americans -- at least 750 new people every month -- whom the system falsely lists as dead. And once you're on that list, it is not easy to get off. This summer in Utah, one man visited a Social Security office to protest his "death" in person. But the clerks wanted more evidence. They gave him a piece of paper, and asked him to write on it, "I'm alive."

In Washington, these failures have become a long-running case study in how government systems break -- and stay broken.

The task of tracking deaths for the federal bureaucracy is an enormous one; about 2.5 million Americans die each year. Federal officials say the vast majority of these cases are handled correctly: The death is recorded. Government money is no longer sent to that person.
But they can continue to vote, depending on who is counting.
In 2011 alone, auditors found, Medicare paid $23 million for services provided to dead people. From 2009 to 2011, it spent $8.2 million on medical equipment prescribed by doctors who had been dead for at least a year. The causes seemed to include poor record-keeping, sometimes exploited by fraudsters.
No! Say it ain't so! Fraud?
For government watchdogs, these are some of the most fixable -- and therefore the most maddening -- mistakes that the government makes. A big part of the frustration stems from the fact that there is no interest group fighting to keep the flawed status quo: The dead do not lobby.

But, somehow, they still get paid.
The same root cause as most of what ails the US - Somebody Else's Money™
"Not to speak ill of the dead, but they're the least deserving of federal payments," said a spokesperson for the group Taxpayers for Common Sense. But the situation doesn't get fixed, he said, because the cost is spread among all taxpayers -- too wide and too thin to make anybody very mad.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/04/2013 09:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope that after I die, I don't vote democrat.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 11/04/2013 10:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't worry, even before you die, the NSA will do the voting for you when they hack the computer systems.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/04/2013 10:15 Comments || Top||

#3  At the rate we are headed, your vote will probably not much matter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  The government can't track dead people? Apparently, they cannot track live people from south of our border either.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  It isn' that they can't track live people from south of our border - it's that they choose not to.
(or choose to order the border patrol, and southern states like Arizona, not to).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/04/2013 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Zombies are NOT Commies or Lefties - they believe they have a right to earn a good living despite the Apocalypse.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 23:02 Comments || Top||

Fed Reserve Gives Banks New Dire Scenarios for 2014 Stress Tests
I wonder if this is the Federal Reserve reacting to alarm bells.

Posted by: Pappy || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In the Fed’s “severely adverse” scenario, the jobless rate peaks at 11.25 percent, stocks fall almost 50 percent and U.S. housing prices slide 25 percent, while the euro area sinks into recession. Developing economies in Asia also experience a “sharp slowdown,” the Fed said.

Encouraging to see at least someone planning for the eventual fall of Obamacare, or more appropriately, the economy tasked with supporting it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Making sure (Or trying to) Republicans get the blame.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/04/2013 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe the Fed is realizing how much trouble it is in, and it is doing the old Brenda Lee song so as not to appear as a bunch of total fools:

And break it... to me gently
Give me time... oh give me a little time to ease the pain
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/04/2013 0:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, 55, said yesterday he doesn’t see evidence of market bubbles developing and that investors should celebrate when the Fed begins to taper its support program because it will signal the economy is healthy.

We've been waiting for that for five years now, Jimbo, ya got any idea when that might happen?
Posted by: Bobby || 11/04/2013 10:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Without federal funny money stocks are twice as affordable and land costs 50% less to own.

It would also reveal that taxation of incomes is causing a vast amount of unemployment.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/04/2013 15:00 Comments || Top||

Berlusconi Voters Like His Daughter for Italian PM
[An Nahar] Silvio Berlusconi
...current Italian prime minister, known for his plain (for a European politician) speaking and his liking for hookers a third his age or less...
's daughter Marina, touted as his possible political successor, was given a boost in a poll published Sunday showing that the flamboyant ex-premier's supporters think she is prime minister material.

Some 65 percent of voters for Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party think 47-year-old Marina Berlusconi "would be suitable for the office of prime minister", according to the SWG institute poll published in the Corriere della Sera daily.

The sentiment was shared by 57 percent of the center-right.

Speculation is rife in Italia over whether Berlusconi, embroiled in a series of court cases, is planning to hand over the reins of his party to his eldest daughter -- though she has repeatedly denied an interest in entering politics.

Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud earlier this year and an upcoming Senate vote on whether to expel him from parliament have threatened to weaken his grip on his party, and Marina appears to be the only choice for successor.

His former protege Angelino Alfano led a revolt against Berlusconi's hardline allies earlier this month, a betrayal the mogul has not forgiven.

Marina, who sits at the helm of the Berlusconi family's powerful holding company Fininvest, has refused so far to give up her business career.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  At 57%, Italian voters appear to have an affinity for successful entrepreneurs. Sadly, we seem to be terminally stuck on snake-oil community organizers who have never earned an honest days pay in their entire lives.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:36 Comments || Top||

Most Israelis think US is spying on them
An overwhelming majority of Israelis believe the US spies on Israelis, according to the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University's monthly Peace Index poll, released Monday.

When asked if the US listens to Israeli leaders' and citizens' conversations, 90 percent of Jewish respondents and 62% of Arabs said yes.

At the same time, 65% of Jewish Israelis and 22% of Arab Israelis support spying on friendly countries, while 73% of Israeli Jews believe Israel already does so.
Of course, one might ask what constitutes "friendly" if you're Israel?

The poll results come after The New York Times reported Sunday that classified files made public by fugitive former US National Security Agency agent Edward Snowden showed that the NSA tracked Israeli military targets and shared material with the IDF Military Intelligence's Unit 8200.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 08:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, we are aren't we?

Further, shouldn't we be?

In my mind, one of the (very few) proper activities of our government is to spy on foreign governments (friendly or not).
Posted by: GORT || 11/04/2013 8:58 Comments || Top||

#2  It can come at a terrible price.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 9:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Playing tourist in war zone, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Heck, most Americans think the US is spying on Americans too. Howdy NSA, how's morning coffee?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/04/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#5  "Tourists" ....yes of course, anything you say.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Governments are NOT spying on foreign governments. Interest is wastefully diverted into spying on foreign citizens and sharing that useful to the politically-connected info with foreign governments often to get around constitutional restrictions...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/04/2013 16:10 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Britain set to sell-out Financial Markets to Sharia compliance
...looks like much more than just the nose is now inside the UK tent...
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sukuk is an investment that doesn’t pay ‘riba’ (interest) because riba is considered amongst the Seven heinous sins of Islam.

No heinous bank "sinning" going on in Georgia, unless you consider .44% a legitimate form of interest. Sukuk is us !
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 1:12 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Exclusive: Skunk Works Reveals SR-71 Successor Plan
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/04/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The engine operation diagrams for the SR-71 are amazing. What genius it took to develop that propulsion system!

The SR-72 will also have an amazing system, but it will be presented in general terms for now, understandably.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/04/2013 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds (And looks) like an orbital craft,

We need a surface-to-orbit craft.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/04/2013 0:47 Comments || Top||

#3  We need a surface-to-orbit craft.

With a death ray.
Posted by: phil_b || 11/04/2013 2:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Wasn't that "Aurora"?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/04/2013 4:22 Comments || Top||

#5  the fastest air to air missiles probably can't sustain mach 6 which makes the SR71 pretty impressive

I wonder what materials they use, the stresses must be enormous.
Posted by: lord garth || 11/04/2013 6:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Logic would suggest something like Aurora exists. The USAF etc., would not go 20 years without some kind of high altitude reconnaissance aircraft even with the optical capabilities of the K-birds.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 11/04/2013 8:32 Comments || Top||

#7  It's an amazing aircraft, especially considering the UNIVAC age when it was developed.
Posted by: Fred || 11/04/2013 16:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Bill, The Air Farce, in it's infinite wisdom, retired the Blackbird and replaced it with satellites. The Blackbird community was too small to be influential and there were far more opportunities for promotions, funding and post military careers in the companies that make satellites. Remember this is the same branch of service that is constantly trying to replace the very effective A-10 with F-16's and F-35's
Posted by: Chantry || 11/04/2013 18:10 Comments || Top||

#9  I believe the USDOD + DARPA have been testing the "Aurora" over Guam-WESTPAC.

Looked boradly like a meteoric or bolide fireball [ghost = spirit? ball or wisp] but widout any smoke andor fire/spark trails.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 19:00 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Peak Coconut crisis imminent
Asia's coconut palms, which mark the landscape from the Philippines to India, face a crisis as rapidly aging groves become less productive, curbing harvests that are a source of food and income for millions. The trees, many of which were planted about 50 to 60 years ago after World War II, no longer yield enough to meet rising global demand, according to the Rome-based Food & Agriculture Organization. There's an urgent need for replanting and rejuvenation, said Hiroyuki Konuma, regional representative for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations agency, which is seeking to coordinate a response to the challenge.

At stake is the productivity of a core part of the rural economy in the Asia-Pacific, which accounts for about 85 percent of the global supply of the commodity that goes into food, fuel, soaps and cosmetics. In the Philippines, among the three biggest growers, one in five people depends on the crop to some extent, according to the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community. The Jakarta-based group, which represents growers, predicts that harvests could be increased to benefit millions of smallholders.

"We have a lot of aging trees," Yvonne Agustin, executive director of the United Coconut Association of the Philippines, said in an interview, adding some local palms are already 100 years old. "The government recognizes that and has embarked on a planting and replanting program," Agustin said by phone.

The slender trees that are a staple image for tourists' postcards are productive for between 50 years and a century, with the highest yields in the first three decades, according to the FAO. The harvest in the Asia-Pacific is now about 40 nuts per tree a year, compared with a potential yield of 75 to 150, it estimates, saying replanting is advisable after 60 years.
Death by coconut
Posted by: phil_b || 11/04/2013 03:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  tl;dr: plant moar trees
Posted by: SteveS || 11/04/2013 11:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Cheer up, this too shall pass !

Posted by: Au Auric || 11/04/2013 13:20 Comments || Top||

#3  I've been wondering about this issue.

Here on Guam there are still trees which were already fully grown back when I was a kid during the Vietnam-era.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/04/2013 19:02 Comments || Top||

Appeals court strikes down ACA birth control mandate.
[Daily Caller] A federal circuit court struck down the Obamacare birth-control mandate Friday, ruling that the requirement places a substantial burden on the religious beliefs of individual employers.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the mandate infringes on the religious freedom of individual business owners, in this case Francis and Philip Gilardi, the Catholics who own Freshway Foods and Fresh Unlimited. The court did not, however, extend the same rights to companies themselves.

The Affordable Care Act requires that employers offer health insurance that covers contraception or face penalties. Catholics object to the mandate on religious grounds.
Now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. No victory laps just yet.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/04/2013 05:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm now sure that when this and other suits against the ACA reach the Supreme Court, Roberts et al. will twist themselves into knots again to avoid declaring the law unconstitutional.

In other words, the First Amendment, especially the religious freedom clause, is dead.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/04/2013 8:16 Comments || Top||

#2  D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has a way to enforce it's rulings?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/04/2013 8:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Does the ACA still have provisions for women to have prostate exams? How about men?
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/04/2013 8:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Good point, g(rom). Even if the Supremes declare the law unconstitutional, Obama will probably just take the Andrew Jackson approach: "Justice Roberts has made his decision. Now let him enforce it."
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/04/2013 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  Which is one of the reasons he has been purging the military. How many divisions does Justice Roberts have?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/04/2013 11:08 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2013-11-04
  Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
Sun 2013-11-03
  Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Sat 2013-11-02
  Egypt army arrests head of Sinai radical militant group, dozens others
Fri 2013-11-01
  Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources
Thu 2013-10-31
  Israeli warplanes strike shipment of Russian missiles at Syrian port: officials
Wed 2013-10-30
  Suicide blast in Tunisian resort of Sousse
Tue 2013-10-29
  Somalia's al-Shabab commanders 'killed' in strike
Mon 2013-10-28
  Bomb blast kills 18 wedding guests in Afghanistan
Sun 2013-10-27
  Bombings in Baghdad, Mosul kill at least 49
Sat 2013-10-26
  Nigeria says kills 74 'Boko Haram' Islamists in ground, air assault
Fri 2013-10-25
  Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border
Thu 2013-10-24
  Iraq PM warns of 'war of genocide' as attacks kill 48
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