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Almost 150 Killed on First Day of Syria Truce
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--Tech & Moderator Notes
A Suggestion
A gentle suggestion for Rantburg readers:

If, this fine Sunday morning, you find that your local / regional big newspaper has not a single story about Benghazi in the news section of either the print or digital edition --

-- send the executive editor or producer a polite email asking why not.

Be polite. Point out to him/her that you are a subscriber. Note that you've been following the story from other sources, and remind him/her of the latest news.

Ask how you're supposed to be informed if they aren't informing you.

I've done this for my own metro newspaper and am waiting to hear from them. If you get a response from yours, post here at the Burg. I'd love to see it.

Oh, and my home metro newspaper of course endorsed Champ.
Posted by: || 10/28/2012 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excellent.

I know the Editor, he will remember me. He once asked if he could ride with me on Patrol car around Ponce and Blvd.
Its an interesting neighborhood. But the Editor doesn't live there. He's got a nice house out on Lake Hartwell.

The owner of Majic Mart hired two police officers to stakeout (off duty like directing traffic outside a Baptist Church on Sunday ) inside a Majmt at the intersection on Ponce at the top of the hill after repeated robberies killed a Korean mgr. They set up a concealed Partition and sat there with shot guns. The robberies were too repetitive. The Editor wanted to talk to someone about why the Police Officers didn't arrest the next two black dudes with guns, but just emptied their shotguns into them when they pointed their weapons at the clerk. Blew the two guys totally away right back and through the Majic Mart front glass window. Parking lot full of blood and glass. It was legal. But it was obvious that there was a "message " being sent while being "legal". The Editor wanted to talk to someone to "explain " it to him. I told him it was Legal. Nothing a broom and a hose couldn't take care of, and it was not a good idea to get hysterical about the business. Besides it was good for business.

I think Maynard Jackson was mayor back then. Its been a while.
Maynard was a big fat guy who wore too much Cologne the only time I ever met him in the elevator. Made a good living arranging loans after the election.
MARTA loves him. We needed that rapid rail.
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 10/28/2012 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Too much Fulton County history Threater. We have isle clean-up police here you know. :-)

* Thank you for your service on the APD.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2012 8:25 Comments || Top||

#3  To the WaPo Ombudsman -


I thought I might see something on the front page this morning about the unraveling story about the September 11th attack in Benghazi, Libya. Other sources tell me there was a gunship overhead, waiting for the order to fire. General Petraeus says no one in his department (CIA) denied assistance, and the Weekly Standard suggests the buck stops with the President.

How can you inform us of the news if you ignore major stories, which might be considered unfavorable to your endorsed candidate?

Respectfully, {insert name here]
Posted by: Bobby || 10/28/2012 9:16 Comments || Top||

#4  The Cincinnati Enquirer carried a quarter page Ay Pee article on page 6 of the front section in today's paper -- an investigation on the ground in Benghazi which contradicted the administration's key claims in the subject, although the video was mentioned in passing. The Cinti Enquirer, a Gannet paper, endorsed Obama.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/28/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||

#5  My problem is that I don't subscribe to any newspapers, so I can't claim to be a subscriber. I also don't watch TV news. Not even Fox. Although Fox is better than the others, compared to my views, even Fox is a left-wing radical, Islamist front organization.

I get most of my news from the Burg. I think I am better informed about what is really going on than most people.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/28/2012 15:48 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Earn your Trident every Day
How brave were Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty? Read here and you'll get a glimpse. Highly, highly recommended, and hat tip to Instapundit.
Posted by: Steve White || 10/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Everyone should write their Congressional representatives DEMANDING that these two men are awarded the Medal of Honor. Yes, I know, the Medal of Honor is only awarded to active duty personnel. That can be changed by an act of Congress. If anyone deserves the MOH, these two do.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/28/2012 2:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Depending on how long they've been out, there's a number of loopholes out in the laws. It maybe possible to back date a 'recall to active duty' via the Board of Military Records, usually requiring someone with power of attorney of the estate, and then submit the MOH papers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/28/2012 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force.

A little detail that has been left out of the narrative.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/28/2012 18:37 Comments || Top||

#4  That can be changed by an act of Congress. If anyone deserves the MOH, these two do.
Something to ask every candidate for Congress if you should meet them at a campaign event.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/28/2012 19:39 Comments || Top||

Requesting to Know What Happened To The Billions In Oil Money That Gushed Out Of Libya
[Tripoli Post]
Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that you mention Goldman Sachs, one western political venue comes to mind.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/28/2012 1:08 Comments || Top||

Eli Lake Gets the Scoop
[NATIONAL REVIEW] As the administration's Libya narrative unraveled, Lake was on the job.
Posted by: Fred || 10/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

A Geyser of Entitlements, Swamping the Too-Young to Vote
RTWT. My highlights -
Beginning two decades after the death of Franklin Roosevelt, who would find today's government unrecognizable, government became a geyser of entitlements. In 2010, government at all levels transferred more than $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services to recipients -- $7,200 per individual, almost $29,000 per family of four.
But the Pubs have been complicit, too, George.
Why, then, should we expect Romney to reverse Republican complicity? Because by embracing Paul Ryan, Romney embraced Ryan's emphasis on the entitlement state's moral as well as financial costs.

One reason work now is neither a duty nor a necessity is the gaming -- defrauding, really -- of disability entitlements. In 1960, an average of 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments; in 2011, 8.6 million were.

For every 100 industrial workers in December 2010, there were 73 "workers" receiving disability payments. Nov. 6 is a late and perhaps last chance to begin stopping the scandal of plundering our descendants' wealth to finance the demands of today's entitlement mentality.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/28/2012 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

Fifth Column
Who Is Fethullah Gülen?
Controversial Muslim preacher, feared Turkish intriguer--and "inspirer" of the largest charter school network in America

by Claire Berlinski
Mr. Fethullah Gülen has shown up on Rantburg's pages from time to time, both with regard to the slow motion Islamist coup occurring in NATO ally Turkey and interesting connections in the U.S. (Click on his name above, and also here to see articles linked to both spellings of his name.) Herewith a long and thorough article in the City Journal tradition about the gentleman. Whether or not you agree with the writer's conclusions, it is good to be aware of what is going on quietly beyond our notice.
[City Journal] With the American economy in shambles, Europe imploding, and the Middle East in chaos, convincing Americans that they should pay attention to a Turkish preacher named Fethullah Gülen is an exceedingly hard sell. Many Americans have never heard of him, and if they have, he sounds like the least of their worries. According to his website, he is an "authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology." The website adds that "by some estimates, several hundred educational organizations such as K--12 schools, universities, and language schools have been established around the world inspired by Fethullah Gülen." The site notes, too, that Gülen was "the first Muslim scholar to publicly condemn the attacks of 9/11." It also celebrates his modesty.

Yet there is a bit more to the story. Gülen is a powerful business figure in Turkey and--to put it mildly--a controversial one. He is also an increasingly influential businessman globally. There are somewhere between 3 million and 6 million Gülen followers--or, to use the term they prefer, people who are "inspired" by him. Sources vary widely in their estimates of the worth of the institutions "inspired" by Gülen, which exist in every populated continent, but those based on American court records have ranged from $20 billion to $50 billion. Most interesting, from the American point of view, is that Gülen lives in Pennsylvania, in the Poconos. He is, among other things, a major player in the world of American charter schools--though he claims to have no power over them; they're just greatly inspired, he says.

Even if it were only for these reasons, you might want to know more about Gülen, especially because the few commentators who do write about him generally mischaracterize him, whether they call him a "radical Islamist" or a "liberal Muslim." The truth is much more complicated--to the extent that anyone understands it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/28/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So there are rational Islamic philosophers and imams out there? In this day and time who would have ever thought that.

I wonder what his security forces look like?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 10/28/2012 11:53 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2012-10-28
  Almost 150 Killed on First Day of Syria Truce
Sat 2012-10-27
  Indonesia foils plot to attack US missions
Fri 2012-10-26
  Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack kills at least 41
Thu 2012-10-25
  Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza
Wed 2012-10-24
  Libya fighters seize Bani Walid
Tue 2012-10-23
  Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali
Mon 2012-10-22
  Men 'planned mass suicide attack'
Sun 2012-10-21
  Nigeria military nabs Bokoboy at senator's home
Sat 2012-10-20
  Leb: Wissam al-Hasan Assassinated in Beirut Bomb Blast
Fri 2012-10-19
  144 Dead as Syria Jets Blast Maaret al-Numan and Suicide Bomber Hits near Interior Ministry
Thu 2012-10-18
  Iranian-American Pleads Guilty to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy to U.S.
Wed 2012-10-17
  ROPer arrested for attempting to blow up Federal Reserve Bank in NYC
Tue 2012-10-16
  Pak President Admits Creating Terrorist Groups
Mon 2012-10-15
  Gunmen kill 20 at mosque in northern Nigeria
Sun 2012-10-14
  Israel AF kills head of Al-Q affiliate in Gaza

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