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-Land of the Free
California Ushers in 2018 with Ammunition Control
[Breitbart] It is January 1, 2018, which means law-abiding Californians can no longer buy ammunition out-of-state or possess an unregistered AR-15 with a bullet button accessory.
On December 13, 2017, Breitbart News reported that California’s war on guns was about to expand to a war on ammunition, and January 1 marks the day that the war on ammunition begins.

Currently, law-abiding Californians must buy their ammunition from a licensed in-state ammunition dealer. This means that Californians who buy ammunition online must have that ammo shipped to a licensed in-state dealer and pay that dealer a fee when picking up the ammo.

These controls immediately lessen the supply of ammunition, thereby driving up the price for those who demand it. Also, these controls set the stage for phase two of ammunition control, which will consist of requiring a point-of-sale background check for ammunition purchases starting January 1, 2019. The point-of-sale background check will also carry a processing fee, which will drive the price of ammunition even higher.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 16:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seems like a lot bigger Commerce Clause violation than most things CC is used to justify.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/01/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect most will buy out of state; cops need probable cause to pull over and also suspect most cops do not support this law.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/01/2018 20:13 Comments || Top||

#3  USN, the last few times we crossed the Nevada border into California, we had to stop for an agricultural inspection. I wanted to ask what they would do if they saw cartons of ammunition (or drugs or some other contraband).
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/01/2018 21:36 Comments || Top||

Illinois group gets $10K to restore WWI 'doughboy' statue
[St. Louis Post] HERRIN, Ill. • An American Legion post in Southern Illinois is getting ready to restore a 90-year-old statue honoring those who fought in World War I.

The Southern Illinoisan reports Herrin American Legion Post 645 received a $10,000 grant from Landmarks Illinois, a private not-for-profit historic preservation group.

The money will go toward restoration of Herrin's "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" monument, which was erected in 1927. Herrin is about 85 miles southeast of St. Louis.

The monument is one of 140 doughboy statues created by Ernest Moore "Dick" Viquesney.

Charles Parola, president of the Herrin Doughboy Committee. He says restoration will be scheduled for next year and cost about $30,000. The group has raised about $23,000.

The work will include stripping patina off the statue, fixing holes, reapplying the patina and applying wax to protect it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 06:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unrelated, but if you thought Chicago had the market cornered on prohibition era bootlegging, here's a fascinating book on Williamson, County (Herrin, IL) and vicinity.

Sitting on the running board in white shirt with pistol, Jewish, Russian born Shachna Itzik 'Charlie' Birger, the last man hanged in Illinois.

Army records show Birger enlisted in St. Louis on July 5, 1901 and was assigned to Company G of the newly formed 13th Cavalry Regiment, which was stationed in South Dakota. Birger was described as a good soldier and was honorably discharged on July 4, 1904 at Fort Mead, South Dakota.

Birger was burried at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in the University Park area of St. Louis, Missouri.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 7:05 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Zimbabwe General in Mugabe Ouster Gets Number Two Post
[All Africa] President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed retired general Constantino Chiwenga who led the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe, and Kembo Mohadi to the positions of vice president.
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From what I have seen, he is Ruling well. Does anyone have an intel brief available?
Posted by: newc || 01/01/2018 4:43 Comments || Top||

Bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers in Congo leaves one person dead, several injured
[DAWN] Congolese security forces rubbed out a man and injured several others on Sunday in a bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power.

AFP news hounds witnessed the latest of several recent outbreaks of bloodshed in the vast, mineral-rich central African country, wracked by tension over delayed elections.

An AFP news hound at a demonstration in the central city of Kananga saw a man shot in the chest by soldiers who opened fire on worshippers gathered for what church leaders said would be a peaceful protest.

Elsewhere, troops fired tear gas and bullets in the air to break up gatherings at Catholic masses across the capital Kinshasa, in one case arresting 12 altar boys who were leading a protest.

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

Anti-government protests in DRC turn deadly
[Al Jazeera] Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
(DRC) have rubbed out two people during anti-government demonstrations in the capital, Kinshasa, according to a rights group.

Another man was reportedly rubbed out in the central city of Kananga by soldiers who opened fire on worshippers gathered for what church leaders said would be a peaceful protest, according to AFP news agency.

Catholic church activists had called for a "peaceful march" after Sunday mass, demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down.

There is growing anger over what some see as Kabila's refusal to relinquish power after his second full term ended in December 2016.

In Kinshasa, the two men were killed outside St. Alphonse church in Matete district as security forces dispersed peaceful protesters, according to Ida Sawyer, the Central Africa director of Human Rights Watch.

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [165 views] Top|| File under:

Saudi Arabia steps into a new era with VAT
[ARABNEWS] It is hoped that the levying of a value-added tax (VAT) from Monday will power the Kingdom’s march toward progress and prosperity.

The tax is imposed by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the UAE within the framework of a unified agreement endorsed by the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

"The imposition of VAT will help to raise tax revenues of the Saudi government to be utilized for infrastructure and developmental works," said Mohammed al-Khunaizi, a member of the Shoura Council, here on Sunday, while calling VAT "a major move that will contribute to address challenges and sustain growth." While referring to the compliance of Saudi businesses with VAT regulations, he pointed out that VAT or sales taxes are key revenue sources for more than 166 countries across the world today.

Al-Khunaizi also called for "punitive measures" to be adopted strictly for those who have not registered so far, or who violate the laws. The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has announced that in cooperation with the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT), it will intensify inspection tours in markets and commercial firms across the Kingdom to track down irregularities before and during application of the VAT.
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Countdown to coup 5..4..3
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 2:32 Comments || Top||

#2  VAT is the worst tax.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/01/2018 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Here I thought The Sauds were modern enough to not have a VAT.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/01/2018 14:25 Comments || Top||

#4  VAT on what, exactly? They export petroleum and import tourists -- both government enterprises. Is the government going to tax itself?
Posted by: magpie || 01/01/2018 17:41 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia indicts St. Petersburg blast suspect on terrorism charges
[Ynet] Russia's Investigative Committee said on Sunday it had indicted on terrorism charges a suspect who allegedly organized and carried out a bombing that injured 13 people in a St. Petersburg supermarket this week.

The committee said in a statement that the suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed by Sherlocks, "deliberately made and planted a homemade bomb" that went kaboom! on Wednesday at a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain in Russia's second city.

The suspect told Sherlocks he had been motivated by "hatred toward the organizers and participants" of mindset training sessions he used to attend, the committee said without providing further detail.
Not a jihadi after all, so posted on Page 3: Non-WoT.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under:

North Korea’s Kim says US will never start war against North
[ARABNEWS] North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Monday that the United States will never be able to start a war against North Korea now that his country has developed the capability to hit all of the US mainland with its nuclear weapons. “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat,” Kim said during a televised New Year’s Day speech.
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Fuck them all I have one from ACME on my fucking desk that does every facility known and unknown on the planet in every country oooh scary boo!
Posted by: Jeaque Glomoter1116 || 01/01/2018 11:56 Comments || Top||

North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row
[BBC] South Korean authorities have seized a second ship suspected of supplying oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, officials say.

The Panama-flagged tanker, which is named Koti, is being held at a port near the western city of Pyeongtaek.

South Korea has already impounded a Hong Kong-registered ship it suspects of secretly transferring 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean vessel.

The UN imposed sanctions on the North in response to its weapons programme.

The latest vessel seized, which has a mostly Chinese and Burmese crew, is a 5,100-tonne oil carrier, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
I believe we may be close to the point where we wake up one morning to discover the kak has hit the fan in Korea.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence...
Posted by: Grunter || 01/01/2018 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  No more hiding at sea. All ships are monitored these days. The Norks are going to have to find another way.
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 01/01/2018 14:35 Comments || Top||

Population and Immigration Authority: Zero ‘infiltrators' entered in 2017
[Jpost] Human rights organizations continue to decry ‐ as inhumane and antithetical to Jewish values ‐ the policy of forcibly removing African refugees to a country as perilous as Rwanda.

Amid ongoing legislation to forcefully deport tens of thousands of African refugees to Rwanda, the Population and Migration Authority on Sunday released a report claiming no "infiltrators" entered Israel in 2017.

Moreover, according to data submitted by the authority, 4,012 illegal residents voluntarily left the country, of whom 3,332 were from wartorn Sudan or Eritrea. Still, approximately 35,000 African asylum seekers remain in the country in varying states of legal limbo.

Over the past year, a total of 2,550 asylum requests were made by Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, 7,710 requests were made by Ukrainians, and 7,710 were made by Georgian nationals, the authority said.

However, the government continues to ignore the thousands of African asylum applications that it has received over the years.

The issue of heightened border security reached a fever pitch in 2011, when 17,000 African migrants ‐ most of whom the government referred to as "infiltrators" ‐ entered the country, bringing the total to 64,000 by 2012.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 02:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And they know this because they asked them.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/01/2018 13:18 Comments || Top||

#2  And they know this because they asked them.

Well, IDF changed the personnel of remotely operated, border guarding machine guns to all female - but, probably, no connection.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 13:37 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Baltimore Residents Blame Record-High Murder Rate On Lower Police Presence
h/t instapundit
For the third year in a row, Baltimore, Md., has had more than 300 murders, reaching a new record of murders per number of residents in 2017.

Some residents attribute the high murder rate to relaxed police patrols in the city following high-profile cases of police brutality. Officers have backed off in neighborhoods, like the one where Freddie Gray was arrested.

The Rev. Kinji Scott, a pastor in Baltimore who's held positions in local city government, says the opposite needs to happen.

"We wanted the police there," Scott says. "We wanted them engaged in the community. We didn't want them beating the hell out of us, we didn't want that."
I wonder how long it'll take for "African - Americans" to realize that "cognitive elites" are not their friends, and "African - Americans" coopted by said "elites" are not their representatives?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 03:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [493 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happens when you invert cause and effect. The police were not the cause of the underlying problems, rather the effect to the underlying problems. Now you don't have the police and still have the underlying problems. As long as you allow members of your community to denounce effective behaviors labeled as 'whiteness' I doubt you'll ever solve the underlying problems.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 01/01/2018 7:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The genetics of tribal cultures cannot be blamed. Someone else must be held responsible. The worship of primitive savages, their athletic prowess, song, art, bead work, and struggles must continue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 7:16 Comments || Top||

#3  May I add kneeing during the national anthem? Just felt the urge.

Meanwhile, it's been a couple of days since a black Congresswoman bumped someone from a flight. Geeesh, talk about "whiteness"!
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/01/2018 7:49 Comments || Top||

#4  "We wanted the police there," Scott says.

Does he have a mouse in his pocket?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/01/2018 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  The police backed off as the protesters demanded. Now they're not happy that the police did as they asked. WTF. Someone make this make sense. It's as of the protesters didn't want to be taken seriously.
Posted by: Harcourt Angoluting9366 || 01/01/2018 14:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Happens when you invert cause and effect. The police were not the cause of the underlying problems, rather the effect to the underlying problems. Now you don't have the police and still have the underlying problems.

Exactly right.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/01/2018 15:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Lets do a Gedankenexperiment. Suppose police comes back, and - in the first week - they've a violent encounter with drug dealers in which one of the later get's killed. (i) Would there be a violent protest? (ii) What Rev. Scott's position will be?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 15:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Happens when you invert cause and effect.

Seasoned liberally with equal parts of denial and projection.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 15:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Lets do a Gedankenexperiment. Suppose police comes back, and - in the first week - they've a violent encounter with drug dealers in which one of the later get's killed. (i) Would there be a violent protest? (ii) What Rev. Scott's position will be?

Freezing temps will negatively impact results. Please reschedule for May.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2018 16:01 Comments || Top||

#10  People don't do crack in January?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/01/2018 16:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Sucks to be you.

Throw out BLM and your black "leaders" and we'll talk. Otherwise die in the pit you created.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/01/2018 17:56 Comments || Top||

#12  Their neighborhoods are the space they "gave those who wished to destroy."
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2018 19:41 Comments || Top||

#13  #12 Their neighborhoods they don't actually live in are the space they "gave those who wished to destroy."
Posted by Fred
Posted by: Frank G || 01/01/2018 19:52 Comments || Top||

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Mon 2018-01-01
  Nigeria: Scores Killed in Boko Haram Attacks in Borno, Yobe
Sun 2017-12-31
  Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted
Sat 2017-12-30
  IS says it was behind Saint Petersburg supermarket bombing
Fri 2017-12-29
  Senior Pakistani Taliban leader blown by own explosives in Kunar province
Thu 2017-12-28
  Islamic State claims attack on Shiite center in Kabul, 41 dead
Wed 2017-12-27
  Swede among 'terror' suspects arrested in the Netherlands
Tue 2017-12-26
  Six Islamic State, involved in killing policeman, killed in Kirkuk
Mon 2017-12-25
  ISIS military commission chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan
Sun 2017-12-24
  Taliban’s IED expert famous as Osama killed in NDS operation
Sat 2017-12-23
  Terror Attack in Pennsylvania's State Capital?
Fri 2017-12-22
  US drone strike kills Qaeda propaganda chief in Yemen
Thu 2017-12-21
  ISIS shadow judge among 5 killed in Afghan forces operations
Wed 2017-12-20
  US drone targets compound in Kurram
Tue 2017-12-19
  Ballistic missile intercepted over Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh just seconds before it slammed into royal palace
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  Senior Al-Shabaab Militants Killed In Somalia Drone Strike

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