Hi there, ! Sunday November 3rd, 2013 

Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist
attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Saudis (et al) Tired of Waiting for Obama to Lead
Snowden says calls for reform
prove intel leaks were justified
Champ to aides: "I'm really good at killing people,"
Palestinian Report: Egypt Re-Opens Rafah Crossing Local official gunned down in Dagestan

Top Posted by John Frum 11/03/2013  11:29 2 Comments 35 words Link to article
NEW DELHI – India began a countdown Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars that was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget.

#1: India's First Mars Mission in Pictures
Posted by: John Frum|| 2013-11-03 11:35 ||Top

#2: Shabash.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:24 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  10:24 0 Comments 445 words Link to article
[RT] At least 30 members of a wedding party are dead after being ambushed on a rural road in Borno State on north-eastern Nigeria, according to multiple media reports. The region is at the heart of an ongoing Islamist insurgency.
What's it going to take for the Nigerian government to recognize that it has a full-scale insurgency in the northern part of their country and react accordingly?
A wedding convoy was returning to state capital Maiduguri from the neighboring district along the mountainous Bama-Banki highway, which has become notorious for frequent attacks by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, an krazed killer Islamic group, when attackers opened fire.

Eyewitnesses told local media that the groom, identified by his wedding robes, was among the dead, and bodies with gunshot and knife wounds were scattered across the road.

The massacre follows a pattern of escalating violence in the region in recent months, as the military steps up its efforts to root out the loosely-structured Boko Haram. The anti-Western and anti-Christian group, whose name is translated as 'Western education is sinful' from Hausa, is known for targeting government and civilian targets, including churches and schools.

The winding Bama-Banki passageway, which connects Nigeria with Cameroon, is a particular hotspot for disruptive activities, as Boko Haram often barricade the road, hijack cars, and attack army checkpoints along its route.

Last week Boko Haram fighters also made an assault on the city of Damaturu, destroying four police buildings in a five-hour shootout, with official reports suggesting that more than 120 people died, including dozens of bystanders.

In turn, the government says it has taken out several Boko Haram strongholds, claiming the deaths of more than 100 hard boyz in the past fortnight alone.

Nigeria, which has a population of over 170 million, is composed almost equally of Mohammedans and Christians, though the former tend to dominate the north, and the latter the southern coastal areas.

Top Posted by Bobby 11/03/2013  08:23 6 Comments 807 words Link to article
Persian Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, are moving to strengthen their military support for Syrian rebels and develop policy options independent from the United States in the wake of what they see as a failure of U.S. leadership following President Obama's decision not to launch airstrikes against Syria, according to senior gulf officials.
After all, the Libyan airstrikes worked out so well.
Although the Saudis and others in the region have been supplying weapons to the rebels since the fighting in Syria began more than two years ago and have cooperated with a slow-starting CIA operation to train and arm the opposition, officials said they have largely given up on the United States as the leader and coordinator of their efforts.
What did they expect from President I-Voted-Present?
Unhappiness over Syria is only one element of what officials said are varying degrees of disenchantment in the region with much of the administration's Middle East "policy" policy, including its nuclear "negotiations" negotiations with Iran and criticism of Egypt's new government.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia on Sunday on a hastily arranged visit -- to include his first-ever meeting with King Abdullah on Monday -- that is designed to smooth increasingly frayed U.S. relations with the kingdom.
Sending a pea-shooter to a gunfight.
Kerry will also stop in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel, all of which have expressed concerned at what they see as a weakened U.S. posture in the region. The 11-day trip also includes visits to the West Bank, Poland, Algeria and Morocco.
Poland? Does Big Jahwn think that's in the Middle East? Or maybe he's looking to pick up a little sausage?
Officials in several countries that had pledged to support a U.S. strike on Syrian targets after confirmation that President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons described their stunned reaction to Obama's abrupt decision in late August to cancel the operation just days before its planned launch so he could vote present and let someone else decide ask for congressional agreement.

"We agreed to everything that we were asked as part of what was going to take place," said a senior Saudi official reached by telephone in the kingdom. Instead of the 10-to-12-hour warning before launch that the Americans had promised, the official said that Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan "did not know about the cancellation. We found out about it from CNN."
Didn't Eddie Snowden tell you?
Although the current policy differences are unlikely to be resolved soon, if at all, the Saudis derive part of their standing as a regional leader from their close ties to Washington. Kerry's visit, in large part, is designed to publicly stroke that aspect of the Saudi image.

Sunni Saudi Arabia has no interest in reaching out to Shiite Iran, which it sees as its primary rival for influence in the region. The Saudis are convinced that the United States is so eager to make a deal with Iran that it has already signed on to an arrangement that its allies in the region -- including Israel -- are sure to disapprove of.
Maybe Champ is looking to add peace with Iran to his legacy.
"Absolutely," the senior Saudi official said.

The Saudis, who see Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a threat, believe the administration is hypocritical in its concern that the military rulers who overthrew Morsi are using too heavy a hand in cracking down on Morsi's Brotherhood organization. The United States, said one gulf official, expressed little concern over similar abuses under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whom the United States supported before he was overthrown in early 2011.
Yeah, but that was a Bush doctrine, not the new Hopey-Changey Doctrine. You guys gotta get with the program!
With new U.S. arms shipments to Egypt suspended, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait have given the new Egyptian government $12 billion to purchase Russian weapons to defray expenses, and officials said they plan to contribute at least another $3 billion in the coming days.

While the United States and its gulf allies share the same objectives in the region -- a stable Egypt, a non-nuclear Iran and a peaceful Syria without Assad -- one official said those allies have concluded that none of those objectives will be reached with Obama's current policy.
That's because there is no policy except the reduction of American power and prestige.

#1: LEAD, you're kidding.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 10:58 ||Top

#2: Samatha Powers, Val Jar, Jahn Karry, Susan Rice, Joe "Choo Choo" Biden. He's getting the best of advice. SMART Power
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 12:39 ||Top

#3: We need to stand up to the Saudis.They ae funding the extremist goups who will turn aound one day and bite the Saudi Monarchy/Gulf monarchy.

If they taught religious tolerance we would suppot the gulf nations but they dont!
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 13:09 ||Top

#4: The US needs to accelerate energy independence so we need nothing from the Saudis. Nor from anyone in the ME. Dependence on a bunch of psychopath leaders is not a good policy.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 14:58 ||Top

#5: There will never be peace in the world until the Gulf States preach religious tolerance.

Will this happen in my lifetime?
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 21:05 ||Top

#6: no
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 21:18 ||Top

Top Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 11/03/2013  09:48 1 Comments 177 words Link to article
(Reuters) - Fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said calls for more oversight of government intelligence agencies showed he was justified in revealing the methods and targets of the U.S. secret service.

Snowden's leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA), from its alleged mass scanning of emails to the tapping of world leaders' phones, have infuriated U.S. allies and placed Washington on the defensive.

In "A Manifesto for the Truth" published in German news magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday, Snowden said current debates about mass surveillance in many countries showed his revelations were helping to bring about change.

"Instead of causing damage, the usefulness of the new public knowledge for society is now clear because reforms to politics, supervision and laws are being suggested," the 30-year-old ex-CIA employee and NSA contractor wrote.

"Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime."

Snowden is in Russia, where he has been given asylum for at least a year.

#1: Laying the ground work for clemency?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 18:53 ||Top

Top Posted by Bobby 11/03/2013  08:04 9 Comments 518 words Link to article
In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, Obama's top economic aides were getting worried. The director of the White House's National Economic Council, and the head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was "up to the task" of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality.
The author was a Harvard professor, but not as smart as The One, as we shall see!
The Directors and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war played out inside the White House, according to five people familiar with the episode. On one side, members of the economic team and an Obama health-care adviser lobbied for the president to appoint an outside health reform "czar" with expertise in business, insurance and technology.
Run out of room in the Czar Palace, did we?
On the other, the president's top health aides -- who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail -- argued that they could handle the job.
We are the Ones You Have Been Waiting For!
So they were the only ones who actually read the bill, and they couldn't translate it into action...
In the end, the economic team never had a chance: The president had already made up his mind, according to a White House official. Obama wanted his health policy team -- led by Nancy-Ann De­Parle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform -- to be in charge of the law's arduous implementation. Since the day the bill became law, the official said, the president believed that "if you were to design a person in the lab to implement health care, it would be Nancy-Ann."

Three and a half years later, such insularity -- in that decision and others that would follow -- has emerged as a central factor in the disastrous rollout of the new federal health insurance marketplace, casting doubt even at the WaPo on the administration's capacity to carry out such a complex undertaking.
Not to mention the somewhat simpler task of running a government and an economy, as opposed to a campaign.
"They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn't have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business," said a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama's 2008 campaign, who confirmed he was the author of the memo [cited in the first paragraph]. "It's very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills."
Not for The Genius Elite! Nobody better than Nancy-Ann!

#1: Nancy Ann attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where her senior thesis was entitled "Uncle Sam, Hirohito, and Resegregation: The Tule Lake Segregation Center, 1943-1946." She was awarded a B.A. degree with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and selected as a Phi Kappa Phi scholar. She was the first female president of the University of Tennessee student body and was a member of Delta Gamma. In 1978 Glamour magazine named her one of the year's top ten college women.

After graduating from Tennessee she enrolled in Harvard Law School, but interrupted her studies there when she was awarded a Rhodes scholarship. As a Rhodes scholar, she received a B.A. from Oxford in 1981. After returning to Harvard, she earned a J.D. degree in 1983.

She is married to Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times.

[Unexpectedly!] DeParle has drawn criticism for her lucrative service on corporate boards after her tenure in the Clinton administration. Msnbc.com reported that she was paid more than $6 million, and served as a director of half a dozen companies that faced federal investigations, whistleblower lawsuits and other regulatory actions. Many of these companies have a stake in the health care reform that she led.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2013-11-03 08:22 ||Top

#2: Using only O's and 1's in the coding process is so, I dunno, binary and implicitly racist. It was important to allow the other digits to participate equally in the coding process. Hey wait, why is this thing not working?
Posted by: Matt|| 2013-11-03 09:28 ||Top

#3: In a speech in Boston on Wednesday, President Obama addressed criticism that he had broken his pledge that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

So, lied again.

Come on now you should expect a lie, it fits his meme.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 10:26 ||Top

#4: ...link to an interesting 8-min video analysis...:

ObamaCare: What You’re Not Being Told
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 12:20 ||Top

#5: The Wapo article's title is:

"How political fear was pitted against technical needs"

Political fear wins every time. Especially in this administration.
Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2013-11-03 12:20 ||Top

#6: What, you don't like my title, Al? ;)
Posted by: Bobby|| 2013-11-03 12:26 ||Top

#7: Both titles work for me. One can pass the WaPo editor's scrutiny, one can't...
Posted by: Steve White|| 2013-11-03 15:25 ||Top

#8: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuel's brother has been making the rounds of the Sunday talk show programs. The design of ObamaCare has been attributed to him although this is doubtful. This Donk albatross has been on the shelf for a long time before being dusted off. Emanuel is brash, rude, interrupts constantly (seems to be a liberal inbred trait) and acts like his opinion is the only viable opinion on anything.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2013-11-03 17:51 ||Top

#9: AKA: Asshole Supreme. I wanted to punch him thru my TV screen
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 19:06 ||Top

Top Posted by Ebbinens Crineling1930 11/03/2013  08:06 13 Comments 53 words Link to article
In which a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in Virginia's election this week demands that doctors be required to accept patients under ObamaCare terms. Apparently she doesn't think through carefully the response; this would require her to think.

#1: 13th Amendment -

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

However for the 'Progressives' the invocation of the 'Commerce Clause' overrides the subsequent amendment.

Quintus Arrius: Now listen to me, all of you. You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well, and live. - Ben-Hur
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 10:54 ||Top

#2: How could you not see this coming?
Posted by: regular joe|| 2013-11-03 12:05 ||Top

#3: So what difference does it make ?

People without health insurance are forced to purchase insurance through the health insurance exchanges or face a financial penalty.

Posted by: Kojo Sluling1823|| 2013-11-03 13:32 ||Top

#4: or face a financial penalty

It's not a penalty, it's a tax. Obama said he wouldn't raise taxes on the middle class but he lied. He said you could keep your insurance if you have it but he lied about that too. He's a big damn liar.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2013-11-03 14:21 ||Top

#5: Let them tax as muchas they can, it just makes the non-payment much more glaring.

You gotta catch me first.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 14:40 ||Top

#6: ...which will make the system implode like Greece. There is no real substitute for voluntary tax compliance. Why should the rich (who buy congresscritters) and the well connected get avoidance and not the proles? Teach the people to go to the gray or black economy to avoid taxes and their system spirals down.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 14:45 ||Top

#7: "The Slave Party is Back"

Honey, they never went away - they've just been better at hiding their love of owning bought & paid for Democrat voters slaves.

She'll learn.

Great Falls is in NoVa (northern Va.), so I expect she'll get elected - by people clowns who think this is a great idea. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara|| 2013-11-03 14:55 ||Top

#8: This twit gets elected and her idiotic and unconstitutional idea passes as law, it will be found that the former Great State of Virginia will be doctorless.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 15:22 ||Top

#9: former Great State of Virginia will be doctorless

They'll import docs from Pakistan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 15:27 ||Top

#10: No money no Doctors. NJ has lost 3000 already. Still Insurance costs for a Doctor are still outrageous. $15000 per month is nothing to sneeze at.Pak Doctors know how to make money but with this program even they will smell the problems. Obama insurance coverage but no where to go.Even single payer will not work. EOB, this is notice we have received your request for payment. This is not a guarantee of payment of what we decide is a reasonable and customary charge. Re-submit forms with proper billing code and testing. On and on. 180 days later please re-submit forms X and Y were incomplete or missing.
Posted by: Dale|| 2013-11-03 16:52 ||Top

#11: They'll import docs from Pakistan.

EXCEPT that evil one that gave away the location of Osama. You know Osama, right? The Paks (our allies and friends) couldn't find him right across the street from their West Point. So he gets punished. "No America for YOU!"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 16:56 ||Top

#12: For some reason, this administration and the Donkey Party wants to make us all slaves. The old South politicos was made up of Democrats during the Civil War. It doesn't seem like they have forgotten their roots.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2013-11-03 17:59 ||Top

#13: People without health insurance are forced to purchase insurance through the health insurance exchanges or face a financial penalty.

'Without health insurance" now includes people who had health insurance but their policies were cancelled.

So what difference does it make ?

Er, you didn't happen to work for the former Secretary of State, did you?

Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 22:47 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 11/03/2013  03:38 13 Comments 546 words Link to article
Also noted by Rantburg citizen Uncle Phester.
[Business Insider] This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

According to the new book "Double Down," in which journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicle the 2012 presidential election, President Barack Obama told his aides that he's "really good at killing people" while discussing drone strikes.
Taking credit for someone else's difficult work is he? So unlike him.
Peter Hamby of The Washington Post reported the moment in his review of the book. The claim by the commander-in-chief is as indisputable as it is grim.

Obama oversaw the 2009 surge in Afghanistan, 145 Predator drone strikes in NATO's 2011 Libya operations, the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and drone strikes that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader and a senior member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab this week.

His administration also expanded the drone war: There have been 326 drone strikes in Pakistan, 93 in Yemen, and several in Somalia, compared to a total of 52 under George Bush.

In 2011 two of those strikes killed American-born al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki and his American-born, 16-year-old son within two weeks.
No need for Triple-A to stick around and testify about Nidal Hasan and their known association.
Under Obama U.S. drone operators began practicing "signature strikes," a tactic in which targets are chosen based on patterns of suspicious behavior and the identities of those to be killed aren't necessarily known. (The administration counts all "military-age males" in a strike zone as combatants.)
Identities are oftentimes confused by the use of multiple names. Example: Mahamood Kilal is an MAM (military age male) AKA (also know as) Kimal, Razik, Lalar, and Ackmed Sabil. Mahood Kilal rides a red Chinese motorcycle. He always visits a man named Zamil in Azuremem village before going to his weapons cache cave in the mountains.
Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the "double tap" -- bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders -- has become common practice. Needless to say, a lot of innocent people have been killed along with combatants.

Obama has also embraced the expansion of capture/kill missions by Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) after it developed into the primary counterterrorism tool of the Bush administration.
Quite honestly, if you're going to fight terrorism, this is the only game in town.
One JSOC operator told investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of "Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield," that operations under Obama became "harder, faster, quicker -- with the full support of the White House."
"Harder, faster, quicker" wins. Second place....not so good.
Scahill, who also made a "Dirty Wars" documentary, told NBC News that Obama will "go down in history as the president who legitimized and systematized a process by which the United States asserts the right to conduct assassination operations around the world."

So although President Obama has proven to be "really good at killing people," the demonstration has not necessarily been noble.
Dispatching jihadist murderers fits my definition of noble. Just saying.

#1: "I'm really good at killing people,"

So was Hitler, he's dead, and nobody misses him.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 11:13 ||Top

#2: Is this what it means to live vicariously?
Posted by: gorb|| 2013-11-03 12:00 ||Top

#3: He channels Al Capone's Chicago very well... wonder what he is planning for St. Valentine's day.
Posted by: Kojo Sluling1823|| 2013-11-03 13:23 ||Top

#4: Not to mention dogs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:28 ||Top

#5: Furthermore, the disturbing trend of the "double tap" -- bombing the same place in quick succession and often hitting first responders

First responders? The Taliban call them the.... 'clean up team', whose job it is, is to salvage weapons, ammo, explosives.

Not defending the evil bastid mind you, but there is a method to the madness.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 14:59 ||Top

#6: The one percenter's King's version of FPS video games: Call of Duty - White House

Pwned him did you?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 15:13 ||Top

#7: Very, very likely P2k. Nothing is quite as enlightening as a Full Motion Video (FMV) drone feed of an A-10 working over a target, picking off the squirters, walking/crawling wounded, friends and family picking up the odd AK-47, RPG,
or satchel charge, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 15:25 ||Top

#8: "I'm really good at killing people"

While playing Spades with his personal Fluffer.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2013-11-03 15:32 ||Top

#9: #7 B: Weasel Zippers used to post "War Pron" with Afghan/Iraq footage of A-10 runs. Very good to watch from the other side of that nose cannon
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 16:58 ||Top

#10: Unfortunately, he is not very discriminating. He was AWOL when the 3:00 am call from Ambo Stevens,Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods came. He oversaw the shipment of firearms to the cartels that took Border Agent Brian Terry's life. And then there was his tongue wagging that identified Seal Team 6 who later died in a helo crash in Afghanistan. On the plus side, you could say he didn't have a Waco on his resume.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2013-11-03 17:29 ||Top

#11: So with all this bragging, if the world community ever determines that drone strikes are war crimes, with Champ man up? ( rhet question for a guy that rides a gurly bike...)
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2013-11-03 19:07 ||Top

#12: Not for a few years, if ever.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 20:50 ||Top

#13: He may be good at it, from a great distance. I wonder how he would go on the two way rifle range.....
Posted by: Bunyip|| 2013-11-03 23:46 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  01:42 0 Comments 72 words Link to article
[Ynet] According to Paleostinian news agency Ma'an, Egypt has re-opened the Rafah Crossing after it was closed for a week.

Senior Paleostinian sources said that the crossing opened at 10 am in both directions.
How long or briefly it will remain open is entirely dependent on the behaviour of various armed wings. This lesson will once again not be noted.

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  01:42 1 Comments 91 words Link to article
[Ynet] The International Tennis Federation has handed a one-year ban to Tunisia for not allowing their player Malek Jaziri to play a match against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the Tashkent Challenger last month.

The brother and agent of the Tunisian tennis player filed a request with the Tunisian Tennis Federation to not play opposite Weintraub. The country's sports ministry approved Jaziri's request claiming the game has no sports value.
Some organizations have actual standards Good for them.

#1: Ya gotta feel for the guy. Nothing worse than getting Juice cooties all over your passing shot.

Snark of the day.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2013-11-03 01:10 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  01:42 5 Comments 109 words Link to article
[Ynet] Security officials in Egypt say a fight between two families sparked by a dispute in a line to buy bread has killed nine people.

The officials said Saturday the feud began a month earlier in a town in the southern governorate of Assiut when a member of the Shaibaa tribe was killed in a fight over who was first in line to buy bread. Four members of the rival family were charged over the killing.
This is what real poverty looks like, as compared to most of what is labelled poverty in the U.S.

#1: This is what real poverty looks like, as compared to most of what is labelled poverty in the U.S.

This is not poverty, this is face (what westerners mistranslate as "honor").
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 03:47 ||Top

#2: On the plus side, with nine down there is more bread per capita.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2013-11-03 13:08 ||Top

#3: You always see the bright side, SteveS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:26 ||Top

#4: This is not poverty, this is face (what westerners mistranslate as "honor").

People who are not seriously hungry don't tie face to being first in line for a loaf of bread, g(r)omgoru, but to less immediately tangible things.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2013-11-03 14:28 ||Top

#5: less immediately tangible things

Yes, like loosing face by yielding in an argument---regardless of the subject.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:38 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  01:42 8 Comments 891 words Link to article
[Ynet] Analysis: Global jihad spreading like cancer throughout Middle East; Israel preparing for the worst

More than 30,000 global jihadists have settled in and are fighting in countries that border with Israel. They belong to various groups, but they all have one dream: To liberate the Arab world from heretic regimes, with the climax being the liberation of Jerusalem. Afghanistan is already here; on our border.

Global jihad is the main concrete threat the army will be preparing for in 2014, and it is the focus of discussions the defense minister is holding with the General Staff ahead of the next working year. While not all of the IDF's top officers accept the term "Afghanistan is already here," there is broad agreement regarding the scope of the threat this development poses to Israel.

The argument is about the timetable: Is global jihad approaching the time when it will turn its attention to "take care" of the State of Israel, or does it need more time to establish itself on the ground and complete the mission of "taking care" of the heretic regimes of Assad, King Abdullah, General al-Sisi and others? IDF operational officers identify the jihadi threat as immediate. Army officials specializing in assessment are more cautious.

All the incidents that occurred along the borders between Israel and its neighbors since August 2011 involved global jihadists. The expected threat consists not only of the firing of rockets and missiles. Global jihad will try to breach the border and paint in the heart of Israel a picture of terror attacks similar to the one that is seen in Iraq and Afghanistan on a daily basis.

Never better?
The global jihad threat is a direct result of the Arab Spring. Just as the turmoil the region experienced between 1979 and 1982 (from Khomeini's rise to power to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the first Leb war) led to the rise of Death Eater forces such as al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and the Taliban, global jihad was drawn into the vacuum left by the collapsing regimes around us.

The army is also discussing the supposed discrepancy between the sense that the Middle East has shifted from a reality of crises to a reality of agreements and the intelligence assessments indicating that the potential for an kaboom remains high. There are talks with Iran, dialogue with Syria and negotiations between Israel and the Paleostinians. The security establishment sees another positive development in the dramatic weakening of the Moslem Brüderbund in Egypt. Seemingly, our situation has never been better.

But all of these processes are expected to exhaust themselves towards May-June. The Iranians are talking about a solution within six months; the Syrians are supposed to get rid of their chemical weapons and head for elections in the summer of 2014; and Israel and the Paleostinians need to reach an agreement by April. What if these processes fail to yield results? Where will that put the State of Israel?

The only element in the Middle East that these processes have no effect on is global jihad. The dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons and the plan to reach a political agreement with the opposition in Syria does not interest global jihad. Lately there have been more and more festivities not only between global jihad and the Syrian army, but also between jihadists and moderate rebels. Global jihad settles in every area that is vacated in Syria, including the Deraa region, which is not far from the Israeli-Syrian-Jordanian border triangle. If they get a foothold in the Golan Heights, Israel will not be able to remain indifferent.

...back at the mall, Clarissa suddenly spied Mr. Bartlett at the checkout counter. He was buying Grecian Formula!...
this cancer is spreading, and no one can stop it. Who'll be able to expel from Syria those tens of thousands of global jihadists? The Egyptians estimate there are some 3,000 jihadists in Sinai. Some of them are connected to the Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra group, while others are affiliated with al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen. In Leb several hundred Sunni-Lebanese are operating under the auspices of Syrian global jihad groups. Hezbollah is having a hard time dealing with groups such as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which launched rockets at Israel and detonated boom-mobiles in Beirut's Dahiyeh district. In Gazoo there are also a few hundred global jihadists, who pose a threat to the Hamas regime.

Has the Middle East missed the train?

#1: Who'll be able to expel from Syria those tens of thousands of global jihadists?

Israelis will have to decide what they consider the lesser of two evils - Assad or the jihadists trying to topple him. Based on their attacks on Assad, it appears that they prefer the jihadists. We'll see if that pans out as well for them as it did for us, when we sponsored anti-Soviet Afghan rebels via Zia ul-Haq. We did it for a sound reason, namely that determining the lesser of two evils - the Afghan rebels vs the Soviets, who had 20K nukes in their armory - took all of a few seconds. The blowback from the Afghan adventure was bad, but the Afghans helped accelerate the fall of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union, and that was worth something. Not sure what the Israelis are getting out of a jihadist victory in Syria.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2013-11-03 08:25 ||Top

#2: It appears right now they're getting a lot of chemical weapons depleted through use or destruction.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 08:29 ||Top

#3: Are the Israelis just trying to keep the conflict alive in a plague on both your houses strategy?

Seems I've heard similar thoughts in the 'burg, no? ;^)
Posted by: AlanC|| 2013-11-03 08:37 ||Top

#4: Who is funding the global jihadist?

These people need targeting.Is it state policy within the Gulf or do they still use the same excuse thats it private businessmen from Kuwait,UAE,Saudi and Qatar.

I would say the religious authority in Saudi/gulf are pulling the strings.
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 09:06 ||Top

#5: do they still use the same excuse thats it private businessmen from Kuwait,UAE,Saudi and Qatar.

I don't think it's an excuse. And it's not just wealthy businessmen. Islamist fervor for jihads pervades their societies, partly because oil wealth has given them the means to contribute without making a dent in their wallets. The hoi polloi hate our guts, probably more intensely than ordinary Iranians hated our guts in the run-up to the Iranian revolution. The royals are wise to make anti-American noises every so often - it helps defuse the anger of ordinary folk who view them as puppets of the West.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2013-11-03 12:59 ||Top

#6: What they preach in the gulf states explains why they hate every eligion bar wahabbi sunni Islam.

The Govts of the Gulf have influence over this surely?

Why do they not teach feedom of religion?

I spent a week in Dubai and local arabs in full arabic dress code were drinking alcohol in western Hotels.

Fucking hypocrites!
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 20:24 ||Top

#7: What they preach in the gulf states explains why they hate every eligion bar wahabbi sunni Islam.

The Govts of the Gulf have influence over this surely?

Why do they not teach feedom of religion?

I spent a week in Dubai and local arabs in full arabic dress code were drinking alcohol in western Hotels.

Fucking hypocrites!

This stuff is transmitted from father to son, from some hereditary local imam to his flock. Anyone who gets in the way of these traditions risks deposition or assassination. The Shah and Anwar Sadat are prime examples of what happens to Arab leaders who buck the opinion of the Arab man on the street. Unlike in the West, ordinary Muslims take their religion seriously, and will not be dictated to by liberalizing elites, who drove much of the change in the West. Ironically, we owe our relative internal peace to the fact that Western man is a slave to material comforts, and as long as this is not disturbed, we will put up with the most outrageous slights to traditional values. The Muslim man will kill, often in gruesome ways, members of the literati or leadership who dissent from the orthodoxy. In Afghanistan, Najibullah and his brother were tortured to death, mutilated and hanged by the Taliban not because they were cruel - they were exceeded in cruelty by the Taliban. They were singled out for special treatment because they were apostates, as all Communists are.

Ultimately, Muslims in majority Muslim countries are not blank slates waiting for either the West or their leaders to write on. They have historical and cultural traditions that predate the leader of the moment by 1300 years and will literally defend those traditions to the death, not in open battle, but via subterfuge, assassination and coup. And these traditions are what drive Pakistani leaders to pretend to criticize the use of American drones to kill the Taliban over Pakistani airspace even though any gun-armed 50's era jet aircraft could shoot them down with impunity *and* they are actually personally happy that Uncle Sam is helping them with pest control. The Pakistani man on the street hates the US, and any leader who appears to be openly aligned with the US is obviously tired of public life (and perhaps of life altogether).
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2013-11-03 22:58 ||Top

#8: The one thing the US did that collapsed Egyptian popular support for the Muslim Brotherhood was to back it.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2013-11-03 23:59 ||Top

Top Posted by Uncle Phester 11/03/2013  00:00 10 Comments 50 words Link to article
...ObamaCare...now with extra creepy..!
Uncle Phester, please highlight your comments, instead of leaving it for us to do.

For the moderators,
trailing wife

#1: Voice recognition software, an essential and very pricey engineering change request (ECR) to the ACA contract award ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 05:07 ||Top

#2: No wonder all the paying young folks can't get registered - the media is clogging the I/O!
Posted by: Bobby|| 2013-11-03 10:06 ||Top

#3: ...TW - sorry - had the "oh crap" moment 1-millisecond after pressing "submit" (not kidding)...I'll ask IT if they can layer my node to include a pre-submit "hey dummy - did you highlight you comment?" step...
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 10:09 ||Top

#4: So he gave them his name and address, and they found him on The List. Technically simple, the interesting bit is the admin bothered to do it - the digital version of the ol' Chicago "Who sent you?".

So who else is on The List? Pity Snowden didn't leak that.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2013-11-03 13:16 ||Top

#5: NSIOA - No Secrets In Obama's America
Posted by: Kojo Sluling1823|| 2013-11-03 13:28 ||Top

#6: "Obamacare Losers" is a new political group comprised of millions of Americans who have had their existing health coverage cancelled thanks to the Obamacare rollout.

Posted by: Flusoth Shosh2069|| 2013-11-03 14:33 ||Top

#7: More on Obamacare Loosers

Obamacare losers could pack political punch

Obamacare’s Unintended Losers

Posted by: Flusoth Shosh2069|| 2013-11-03 15:11 ||Top

#8: Picture Of The Day: You Can Keep Your Plan!
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 15:25 ||Top

#9: "Voice recognition" required training for FBI recruits.
Posted by: Dale|| 2013-11-03 16:55 ||Top

#10: The good thing about this extra added creepiness is that system is down most of the time. Once again, the politics and party are the watchwords--not the American citizen.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2013-11-03 18:06 ||Top

Top Posted by Uncle Phester 11/03/2013  00:00 19 Comments 0 words Link to article

#1: Back to? They aren't there already? (Except for Tehran and the nukes.)
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2013-11-03 00:30 ||Top

#2: Wikipedia article

An ex-atmosphere blast would have too large a footprint. Which means an atmospheric blast.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2013-11-03 01:28 ||Top

#3: What's wrong with bronze age?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 03:49 ||Top

#4: ...There's a couple things out of whack with this article, but for the most part he's on point. Keep in mind a couple things:

*As Phil B pointed out, this will have to be an atmospheric shot. Exoatmospheric means you'll hurt people you don't want to hurt, though in that part of the world it's hard for the Israelis to tell the difference.

*A high atmospheric shot over Tehran (and/or Qom) will do more than send the Iranians back into the 1800s - it will effectively remove any semblance of control the mullahs have over that beknighted land. And you would be surprised, I think, at just how many people in how many places over the Iranian map would suddenly decide that they were the best successors.

And how many people in other countries (ah-ah-AH-CHOOCommunist China) felt they were best qualified to go in and 'help' the poor Iranians.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2013-11-03 10:18 ||Top

#5: One should also consider the international response to an Israeli-fired EMP over Tehran. It very likely would bring near-unanimous condemnation; Champ would certainly lead the U.S. into breaking relations (or at the very least stopping all aid). The Euros would follow. Putin and Russia might well be even more direct.

Israel's neighbors (the ones not whacked with the EMP) could be goaded into responding: Egypt has a semi-decent military that wouldn't mind fighting someone besides their own citizens. That they would very likely lose big-time wouldn't stop them from trying.

My calculation is that Israel would do a Tehran-EMP only if it believes itself to be completely, truly cornered. Stakes are too high for it be otherwise.
Posted by: Steve White|| 2013-11-03 10:30 ||Top

#6: My calculation is that Israel would do a Tehran-EMP only if it believes itself to be completely, truly cornered. Stakes are too high for it be otherwise. Posted by Steve White

I concur Dr. Steve. Being "cornered" or pulling your opponent into the corner is also a good strategy. The enemy can only approach from one angle, and the response can indeed be characterized as cold, ruthless survival, culminating with a speedy and in this case, potentially horrific culmination.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 15:09 ||Top

#7: Agreed, Steve White. An EMP attack on Teheran or larger area in Iran is Sampson Option Lite, so to speak.....
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 15:19 ||Top

#8: Perhaps the juices have a non-nuclear EMP option.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2013-11-03 15:37 ||Top

#9: Personally, I fancy a plague of 8 inch golems.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 15:51 ||Top

#10: Shipman I would be seriously surprised if they did not...
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 16:09 ||Top

#11: #9 Personally, I fancy a plague of 8 inch golems.

So 20th Century. How about a Shiite miniaturisation ray?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2013-11-03 16:17 ||Top

#12: So 20th Century

I said golems, not gremlins.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 16:29 ||Top

#13: I've got a better idea. We can make a computer virus that'll screw up all of their electronics so that they can't launch any programs. I hear the NSA already has a prototype in testing, called "Windows 8."
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2013-11-03 16:57 ||Top

#14: Golem - Left Astronaut - Right
Posted by: WeRNotNKansas ToTo || 2013-11-03 16:59 ||Top

#15: EMP is almost useless against such a broken down country. Once you decide to nuke something, then just go all old testament on it.
Posted by: rammer|| 2013-11-03 17:39 ||Top

#16: Mined an email to family Sept 2012.

It's been a month of leaks, a battle on both sides of the Atlantic between the hawks and doves crescendoing with Netanyahu cancelling his second day of meetings and demanding Mossad polygraph his entire security cabinet. I'll leave out the dramas. But two noteworthy leaks from all this: a battle plan and a hint to having a secret weapon.

At first I thought the battle plan leaked what the secret weapon is. The leaked plan details Israeli aircraft AND MISSLES being coated with a cheap but effective nano particle paint that eats radar and makes planes nearly stealth/invisible. But this I found was open sourced and has been out there for a few years: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3919257,00.html.

But. I think I know what's up their sleeve. There was an Israeli op-ed about sending Iran back to the stone age with an Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon (EMP). But the author was talking nuclear, and that's a no-go.

However I think I'm nailing it here - non nuclear electronic pulse weapon. Soviets and US built them in the 1960s. I have a little traction here. A prominent Israeli counter-terrorism expert Yael Shahar (Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism) has whole lectures on how easy it would to build one. Her lectures are mostly defensive in ways to harden infrastructure and airlines.

But! She's often quoted, "the really alarming thing is that non nuclear EMP weapons are 'not technically challenging to build'.”

The alleged war plan said the Israeli strike would begin with an unprecedented cyberattack designed to paralyze the Iranian regime and blind it to what was happening on its territory. The Internet, telephones, radio and television transmissions, the electrical grid would all be taken out.

The trial run for the initial strike was Syria. Israelis hacked their air defenses and turned them off. Got into the electric grid and turned off the power. Hacked the cell towers, sent texts mssgs to everyone in the vicinity to flee or get bombed, then they turned the towers off. They were in and out before Syria knew what hit em.

Next phase is missle and cruise missle (land and sea based) strikes on command and control, research and development, and high value personnel and govt figures. Remember that "invisible" paint, even if they get some of their systems back up, the paint will make the missiles invisible. No warnings.

This is the phase the non nuclear ectronic pulse missles are used. Totally crippling Iranian infrastructure.

Then the IAF goes in and mops up.

Israelis are domestically producing bunkbusters, little 500 pounders. Also in their arsenal are 100s of US made 1000 and 5000 pounders.

Another trending headlines this year, the electronic warfare unit of the IAF have been bragging about capabilities.

Janes says the Israelis don't have enough air tankers to successfully carry the strike out. But a German Cold War relic Hans Rühle another security expert takes the opposite side.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2013-11-03 17:40 ||Top

#17: But. I think I know what's up their sleeve. There was an Israeli op-ed about sending Iran back to the stone age with an Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon (EMP). But the author was talking nuclear, and that's a no-go

Don't believe I'd go quite that far.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 17:56 ||Top

#18: Israel would have to have its back to the Wailing Wall before they used an NEMP. That said, they did take out Iraq's and Syria's nuclear capability. The world made outraged noises but it didn't go very far at the time.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2013-11-03 18:22 ||Top

#19: Non-nuclear EMP weapons would be small footprint, a single building at most.

What occurred to me is a directed EMP weapon in a satellite. You could progressively take out key buildings, if the recharge time was a few minutes.

Could have deployed one already. Easy to test and I would think undetectable.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2013-11-03 18:54 ||Top

Top Posted by ryuge 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 65 words Link to article
A state official in the regional finance ministry was gunned down in his car in the Russian republic of Dagestan on Saturday afternoon. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that two gunmen fired shots at a car in Makhachkala killing the driver, who was later identified as a department head in Dagestan’s finance ministry. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 4 Comments 22 words Link to article

#1: Birthday Gam Shot

Aria Giovanni[Filmography - Selected Short Subjects](age 36)

Designed from the Bottom Up - NSFSS

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC|| 2013-11-03 10:21 ||Top

#2: What's this SS that this is not safe for?

Work I could understand but such wonderful floatation devices should certainly be safe for the Secret Service or Social Securityers.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2013-11-03 10:46 ||Top

#3: ... "SS" = silly savages..? Photo may provide conversion enticement...?
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 14:15 ||Top

#4: Dark walnut fluting, and wingbacks. What's not to like ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 14:19 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 2 Comments 274 words Link to article
[Libya Herald] A Benghazi cafe popular with women and families was bombed at around 7am this morning. There were no casualties in the kaboom but much of the Rotana Cafe, in the Hadaiq district of Benghazi, was destroyed.

The owner had previously received threats relating to the cafe catering for women. Families and female customers were seated and served in a separate section upstairs, while the downstairs part of the cafe was reserved for men only.

In response to the threats, the owner temporarily closed the upstairs section and told customers that it was undergoing renovation work. Local people are convinced, however, that the cafe was still targeted for being women-friendly.

One customer said that the Rotana was one of the most popular cafes in Benghazi for women and kiddies. "I am very upset," she said, "It was a special place." She added that she liked to go there because it was "cosy and classy and was a good, safe place," pointing out that it was one of the few cafes women could go where they were not hassled by men.

"The people who blew up the cafe want to take away all the good modern things from us," she said. "They want to take us back into the past and leave us with nothing."

Nearby residents were also furious. One family with a young baby described how they were woken up by the massive blast which shook the house and shattered all the crockery in their kitchen.

#1: Moslem Values. PBUH
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:26 ||Top

#2: Islamic values.

If you're gonna do rote phrases instead of your usual purple prose, at least try to be accurate.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 13:10 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 202 words Link to article
[An Nahar] The Bahraini police on Saturday summoned the head of the main Shiite opposition faction for questioning, the group said, as tensions persist in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

The summons was delivered to Ali Salman's house in the morning, the opposition al-Wefaq association said in a statement, adding it was not clear why he was being called in for questioning.

"It is believed to be part of a campaign of political blackmail and Dire Revenge™ against the peaceful opposition that is demanding democracy and rejects tyranny," the statement said.

The summons comes just over a week after al-Wefaq's leading figure Khalil Marzooq was released from jail at the opening of his trial for inciting terrorism.

Marzooq, a former MP, was incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
in September after being summoned for questioning and later charged by the general prosecutor with "promoting acts that amount to terrorist crimes."

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 219 words Link to article
[An Nahar] Ten people were killed in a feud between two families who went on a shooting rampage in a town of central Egypt on Saturday, security officials said.

The violence in the El-Badari area of Assiut province pitted members of the El-Shaieba and El-Aawashir families.

It started when a senior El-Aawashir member was rubbed out along with a relative and another man in an ambush by the rival family members, a police brass hat from Assiut, Hassan Seif, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Seif said when reports of the killings spread, angry members of El-Aawashir went on a rampage, shooting at El-Shaieba members, resulting in seven more deaths.

Three others were maimed in the fighting.

Security officials said the El-Shaieba members carried out the initial ambush to avenge the death of a relative last year whose killing was blamed on the El-Aawashirs.

The area where the fighting broke out was sealed off by security forces, Seif said.

#1: The Baxters and Rojos
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 07:15 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 284 words Link to article
[An Nahar] Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition were deadlocked in talks Saturday to choose a new prime minister tasked with steering the country out of a months-long political crisis.

Tensions have gripped the country since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and were exacerbated with the murder this year of two opposition politicians by suspected radical Islamists.

Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party whose resignation has been demanded by the opposition, has pledged to step down and allow the creation of a government of independents as part of a roadmap.

After months of stalling, the Islamist-led government opened talks with the opposition on October 25 to form the new government, agree on a much-delayed constitution and prepare for elections.

The roadmap to resolve the crisis was drafted by mediators including the powerful UGTT trade union, which announced the latest setback.

It said that a meeting Friday of party leaders to chose a new prime minister became bogged down over who should be appointed to the post from among four candidates.

The delegates agreed to set up a new committee tasked with overcoming the stalemate, the UGTT said in a statement overnight.

The committee is to meet on Saturday at an undisclosed time and would include the head of the National Constituent Assembly, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi, and five opposition figures.

The dispute reportedly centers on the frontrunners to become prime minister -- Mohammed Ennaceur, 79, and Ahmed Mestiri 88, two veteran politicians and former government ministers.

Both are well respected and have served under the late Habib Bourguiba, who led the fight for Tunisia's independence from its French colonial masters and served as its first president (1957-1987).

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 2 Comments 298 words Link to article
[Pak Daily Times] Tribesmen opened fire on a US drone in North Wazoo on Saturday where Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a drone strike a day earlier, residents and officials said. Local residents told AFP that dozens of rustics and bully boyz had opened fire on a US drone which was flying low in the same area where the Taliban chief was killed. "Tribesmen and bully boyz were firing with light and heavy guns for an hour," Tariq Khan, a shopkeeper in Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
told AFP. A security official in Miranshah confirmed the firing. The official and residents said Mehsud was buried late on Friday along with the four others killed. The usually busy Miranshah bazaar opened on Saturday but shoppers stayed at home. "Local people are scared. The death of Hakimullah Mehsud has created uncertainty. Everyone is talking about Taliban Dire Revenge™," Khan said.

#1: The article doesn't say that they got the Drone. Apparently they wasted a lot of bullets. Well, perhaps they can look up and hear the buzzing tomorrow and try again. But they will just have to remember that what goes around does come around. And when it does... turban boy goes boom boom.
Have a nice day, Abdrool.

say your prayers PBUH.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:31 ||Top

#2: How high are these drones flying? I can't imagine a dude with a rifle shooting something flying around at say 1/2 a mile up. That's only 2600+ feet which doesn't sound that high for the technology.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2013-11-03 10:05 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 528 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] The suspension of Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's show "El-Bernameg" by privately-owned channel CBC has drawn widespread critcism from public figures, many expressing their concern regarding the future of Freedoms in Egypt.

Minutes before millions were expecting El-Bernameg's second episode of the third season on Friday, a statement was read by the host channel saying El-Bernameg would not air as expected, claiming Youssef and his producer had "violated what had been agreed upon" with the channel, as well as CBC's "editorial policies."

The statement added that the show will remain off air until editorial and commercial disputes with Youssef are resolved.

"If only I were minister of information, I would have invited Bassem Youssef to host his show on state TV," said Law professor and Head of Cairo University Gaber Nassar via Twitter on Friday night, adding that the suspension affirms that the relationship of businessmen to media outlets is an issue that needs to be revised.

Mohammed Abdel-Hameed, one of the audience members who attended the recording of the banned-episode on Wednesday, told Ahram Online that Bassem had "ridiculed CBC's two-faced attitude towards his show after they issued a statement disagreeing with the content of the episode."

"He made it very clear that whatever ******** reason they had is redundant, as they aired "Hekayet Hayah" in Ramadan, which according to their 'code' should have been banned," said Abdel-Hameed, referring to a TV series aired on CBC last August that drew criticism for containing foul language and sexual intimation, which many perceived as inappropriate for an Egyptian audience.

"In the last part [of the banned episode] he said, if the government thinks I am a threat to national security, they should give me a call and I'll stop the show, adding that he didn't think the country is that fragile," added Abdel-Hameed.

The dispute began following Youssef's first episode, which came after an almost three month hiatus, stirring controversy after the popular satirist poked fun at supporters of the General Commander of the Armed Forces Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, whose popularity soared after the ouster of Mohammed Morsi
...the former president of Egypt. A proponent of the One Man, One Vote, One Time principle, Morsi won election after the deposal of Hosni Mubarak and jumped to the conclusion it was his turn to be dictator...
on 3 July.

According to Egyptian filmmaker Amr Salama, the suspension of El-Bernameg has exposed a lot.

"Now the January 25 revolution and its gains are officially being fought; just as they were abused by the Moslem Brüderbund, now they are being usurped by those whose interests they conflict," added Salama on his Twitter account.

Others have hinted that the decision behind the ban could have been influenced by the authorities.

Human Rights lawyer Gamal Eid argued via Twitter that the decision is "an intervention from the military institution."

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 171 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] Authorities in Iraq say shootings have killed four security members, including two anti-al-Qaeda militiamen, in north-central Iraq.

Police officials say the first attack took place early Saturday when gunnies in a speeding car killed two fighters and maimed four at a security checkpoint manned by Sunni Sahwa Death Eaters in the city of Samarra.

Also, police say they found the bodies of two coppers killed by gunshots to the head in a town near the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul, a day after they were kidnapped.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 370 words Link to article
[Dawn] Security has been beefed up in the scenic provincial capital Quetta and other restive parts of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Saturday in the aftermath of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud's killing.

An intelligence official, who requested not to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media, told Dawn.com that security forces were placed on a high alert to avoid occurrence of any untoward incident.

Apart from police and Balochistan Constabulary, personnel of Frontier Corps were also deployed at all sensitive parts of Quetta, he said. Security was tightened at all entry and exit points of the city and patrolling was also increased to avoid occurrence of any terrorist attack.

"We are taking pre-emptive measures to ensure peace," he explained.

The government of Balochistan has already doubled security arrangements in the wake of fast approaching holy month of Muharram in the province.

Home Secretary Balochistan, Asad Gailani told Dawn.com that around 8,000 police and paramilitary troops will be deployed in Quetta alone during the Islamic month celebrated mainly by minority Shia Mohammedans of the country. "There would be aerial surveillance of Ashura processions," he said.

Plagued by growing sectarian violence mainly against Shia Hazara community and attacks of Baloch separatists, Balochistan has witnessed worst aincidents of suicide kabooms and high profile assassinations and kidnappings in the recent past.

#1: Living in Moslem countries is what Moslems adore. they love it there. They want everybody to kiss the Koran and be serenely conscious of the religion of Peace.

The blessings never end when you worship Allah and are careful that you don't step in it.

I hear the Tourists want to view the Pyramids and tour Luxor and ride a real live Camel. Be sure to consult your friendly guide and get your picture taken. Memories to last a lifetime.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:59 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 526 words Link to article
[Dawn] The Pak government said Saturday it would not allow the death of Pak Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike to derail proposed peace talks.

Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid told news hounds in Islamabad that the government wanted to press ahead with its plan to negotiate with Mehsud's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP).

"We can say that this time drone struck the peace talks but we will not let the peace talks die," Rasheed said.

He said the process of peace should not stop despite the TTP chief's death.

Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Wazoo agency Friday evening, throwing the talks process into doubt a day after the government said it was taking steps to initiate dialogue.

Rashid said Pakistain was committed to peace through talks despite losing 40,000-50,000 civilians, soldiers, and police to hard boy violence.

"So I am sure that the other party will show the same spirit which we had shown," he said.

Opposition politician Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
condemned the drone strike as an attempt to "sabotage" peace efforts, and called for the federal government to block NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
supplies going through the country.

ars longa, vita brevis...
when asked by news hounds, Rashid said blocking NATO supplies will not end drone strikes.

"We blocked NATO supplies in the past after (the incident at) Salala. Drone strikes did not stop then, and will not stop now," he said.

When asked if the strike signified a failure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
's recent visit to the US, Rashid rejected the notion. "They are two separate, unrelated things. They should not be looked at in this way."

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 162 words Link to article
[Dawn] The Afghan Taliban on Saturday described the killing of Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud as "a big loss" and urged Islamabad to prevent any further US drone strikes.

Mehsud, who was under a $5 million US government bounty, was killed when a drone targeted his car in the North Wazoo tribal district of Pakistain, near the Afghan border.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns this terror act by America and describes the martyrdom of Mullah Hakimullah Mehsud as a big loss," the Taliban said in a statement, using the group's formal name.

"America can not create a vacuum or achieve their evil goals by martyring mujahideen."

"The Islamic Emirate calls on the Pak people and government to make more effort than at any other time to prevent such brutal attacks by the American invaders," said the statement.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 3 Comments 128 words Link to article
[Dawn] A spokesman of al Qaeda and Afghan Taliban-backed Haqqani Network vowed to avenge the US for killing Hakimullah Mehsud.

Speaking to Dawn.com from an undisclosed location, Ahmed Yousuf said the US was not fighting with the Taliban, but in fact, he added "it was waging a war against Muslims and the Islam."

The United States blames the Haqqani network, a faction of the Taliban waging a 12-year insurgency in Afghanistan, for a series of high-profile attacks in recent years.

The militant outfit was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a mujahideen leader against Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s who is now based with his family in Pakistan.

Haqqani is close to al Qaeda and his fighters are active across east and southeastern Afghanistan and in Kabul.

#1: Be wise and leave this manner closed. Everyone lost.
Posted by: newc|| 2013-11-03 00:50 ||Top

#2: Senior Haqqani is based with his family in Pakistan tells us that the Paks are not our friends/allies.
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 09:30 ||Top

#3: Wish we could get that senior haqqani.
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad|| 2013-11-03 21:54 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 397 words Link to article
[Dawn] Decision on Gen Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
's post-arrest bail plea in the 'murder' case of the Lal Masjid holy man Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, which was to be announced on Friday, has been deferred to next week.

Instead of announcing the judgment he had reserved on Wednesday, Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali decided to hear further arguments on November 4, after Ghazi's son, Haroon Rasheed, objected to the police investigation into the murder charge that he had filed against the former president and army chief.

Ghazi was killed in the 2007 military operation in the Lal Masjid. Musharraf, already under house arrest in other cases, was tossed in the clink
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on October 10; five weeks after Haroon registered the murder charge against him with Aabpara police.

In their preliminary investigation, the police declared "innocent" and informed the sessions court that the complainant Haroon Rasheed was "neither eyewitness of the said murder, nor could he produce tangible evidence against Musharraf".

Haroon's counsel Tariq Asad told the court on Friday that the police investigations were "based on mala fide intentions" and were "completed in unnecessary haste."

Maulana Wajihullah, the other counsel, contended that the police did not include post-mortem report and other 'important evidence' in the challan.

He claimed his client had 'enough evidence' that connected Musharraf with the 'murder' and requested the court to make it part of the case record.

Advocate Wajihullah charged that the police hastily submitted the challan
... list of charges ...
"without examining the evidence."

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 117 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] Top officials from the main Syrian opposition group have met with the head of the Arab League to discuss a proposed peace conference to end the country's civil war. Saturday's talks in Cairo came a day before foreign ministers from the League's member states were to meet to discuss the 2 ½-year crisis.

The meeting between leaders of the Syrian National Coalition and Nabil Elaraby came as UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi voiced uncertainty about the proposed Geneva peace conference scheduled for later this month.

The Syrian opposition is made up of different factions, many of them exiled politicians -- the majority of whom are part of the coalition demanding President Bashar Assad to step down.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 734 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] A wave of attacks motivated by sectarianism in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has maimed 19 members of the minority Alawite sect this week, a security official told AFP Saturday.

The attacks come after a week-long battle between Alawite fighters in Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood and Sunni Death Eaters in the neighbouring Bab al-Tebbaneh area that killed 14 people from both sides.

Nine Alawite workers were maimed on Saturday when Alawite gunnies stopped the bus they were travelling in and opened fire.

"The gunnies shot up the bus and then beat some of the workers travelling in it. All nine Alawites had either gunshot or beating wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment," the security official said.

"The bus they were on stopped at the entry of (Tripoli's Sunni) Bab al-Tebbaneh. That's when the gunnies attacked," the official added.

A doctor who treated the men said none had been injured critically.

Three more Alawites suffered knife wounds on Saturday after they were attacked by unknown men in Tripoli's central Tal Square.

Another man, who works for the city municipality, was also attacked by a knife-wielding assailant in a separate incident.

Earlier this week, six other Alawites were maimed in attacks against the community in the city.

Tripoli is Leb's second city and is the scene of frequent Syria-linked battles, that pit Sunnis from Bab al-Tebbaneh against Alawites in Jabal Mohsen.

Most Sunnis support Syria's revolt against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Trampler of Homs...
, while Alawites, who belong to the same Shia-offshoot sect as Assad, support his regime.

The latest fighting ended when the army deployed along Syria Street, which separates the two districts and acts as the makeshift frontline.

Tripoli's population is 80 percent Sunni and 11 percent Alawite.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, a barber from Jabal Mohsen who works in central Tripoli said he is afraid of going to work.

"Ever since the latest battle ended, I've received threats by phone. I'm scared of going to (central) Tripoli. I'm thinking of closing my shop down," he said.

Many of Tripoli's residents long for peace, as every fresh outbreak of violence forces schools and universities to close.

"I condemn these attacks (against Alawites)," said 35-year-old Sunni resident, Khaled al-Rafei.

"What happened today is bad and the state must detain whoever was behind the attacks, whatever their political or sectarian affiliations."

Leb was dominated by Damascus for 30 years until 2005, and its population is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Assad camps.

The violence raging in Tripoli now is in part the legacy of this intervention.

Tripoli's sectarian and political divisions were further aggravated earlier this year when the powerful Shia movement Hezbollah openly admitted sending fighters to support Assad's troops in Syria.

Tripoli suffered horrific boom-mobile kabooms near two mosques in August, killing 45 people.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 215 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] Syria's air force struck Sbeineh south of Damascus on Saturday, as loyalists pressed a fierce bid to crush rebel bastions around the capital, a monitoring group said.

"Warplanes struck areas of Sbeineh... as regime troops shelled the town," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rebels on the capital's southern front were battling government troops backed by both pro-regime militias and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement.

"The strike was part of the regime's offensive against rebel areas in and around southern Damascus," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

There has been a marked escalation in recent days along Damascus' southern belt, which has been under a suffocating siege for months, giving rise to widespread malnutrition especially among children.

In eastern Damascus, battles raged between rebels and troops, while loyalists also pressed an advance in Barzeh, north of the capital, the Observatory said.

The regime has for months been trying to secure the capital, which is surrounded by rebel positions.

Elsewhere, warplanes struck Mahin, a town in the central province of Homs, where rebels have for two weeks been battling to take over massive weapons warehouses.

The battles in Homs have left scores of fighters on both sides dead, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 63 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] Niger has detained 100 migrants on their way to Algeria, a security source said Saturday, in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died of thirst trying to cross the Sahara. The migrants, mostly men but also some children, have been placed in police cells, the source said. Niger's government earlier announced it had "intercepted" 47 other migrants headed for Algeria on Friday.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 2 Comments 151 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] An official in Yemen says a cease-fire has taken effect between an Islamic Salafi movement and rebels in the country's restive north following three days of fighting that killed more than 100 people.

Yehia Mansour, a member of a presidential committee tasked with negotiating the cease-fire, said Saturday that two army battalions would enforce the agreement in the northern Saada province.

Serour al-Wadie, a front man for the Sunni Salafi movement, said at least 100 of its fighters were killed in the festivities that began Wednesday.

Tribesmen close to the northern rebels say dozens of Hawthis also were killed in the fighting. They spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.

Animosity runs deep between the Salafis and Hawthis, who had fought against the government.

Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:33 ||Top

#2: "festivities". LOL
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad|| 2013-11-03 21:52 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 4 Comments 56 words Link to article
[Al Ahram] Pakistain summoned the US ambassador on Saturday to protest over two recent drone attacks including the one that killed the leader of the Taliban, the foreign ministry said. The government was determined to pursue talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain, whose commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US drone on Friday, the statement said.

#1: Summoned with cheque book no doubt.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:54 ||Top

#2: shouldn't the roles be reversed here?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 06:57 ||Top

#3: Now they will have to watch television for a while and then hope that the next turban who heads the Taliban is faster on his feet and can trust those in the neighborhood not to snitch on him which for a few shekels they do tend to do. Moslems like that money more than they like each other it seems. Who can you trust PBUH. ?

And who ARE your friends...I mean ...really?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:37 ||Top

#4: Pakistan wants to come to an understanding with the Taliban. 'Coming to an understanding' will mean that more Taliban assets get freed up for use in Afghanistan, and Pakistani assets for use in both Afghanistan and H&K.

And who ARE your friends...I mean ...really?

Probably the only comment from this clown that I'll agree with. Except there are no such things as "friends" in this business - only shared interests.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 13:27 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 881 words Link to article
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Besides American drones, the Pak Taliban in the tribal North Wazoo region are worried about polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccines, which they think are an American plot to sterilize their population.

The krazed killer group ordered a ban on polio vaccinations in 2012 after it emerged that a Pak physician, Shakil Afridi, was helping the CIA run a fake vaccine program 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....
to confirm the presence of the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now beyond all cares and woe...
in the town.

But the ban is now threatening thousands of children in the area with Polio, which can cause irreversible infantile paralysis after infection.

Authorities have recently begun talks with the Taliban through local tribal Jirga mediators to remove the ban, Pakistain's Dawn newspaper reported. The talks reportedly began after another child was diagnosed with Polio, taking the toll of 2013 cases to 16.

Authorities say more than 150, 000 children remained unvaccinated due to the Taliban ban. The World Health Organization estimated that 39 of the 54 nationwide polio cases have come from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The Taliban have carried out a series of attacks against health workers providing vaccination in the area. Earlier this month two were killed when an kaboom targeted a vaccination team in the restive northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.

Ahmed Marwat, a front man for Jundullah, a splinter group of the Pak Taliban, grabbed credit, telling Rooters: "Jews and the United States want to stamp out Islamic beliefs through these drops."

Tariq Bhutta of the Pakistain Pediatric Association told Rooters this month that Taliban are unlikely to change their stance and left the ban of polio vaccines. The attacks against vaccination teams are becoming more frequent, he said.

"The vaccination teams are still going out, but at risk to their lives," he told Rooters. "People can come up on cycle of violences and shoot them, and they've also started attacking the police put there to protect the vaccination teams."

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) says polio remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistain.

"Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially in the 'poliovirus importation belt' of countries from west Africa to the Horn of Africa," GPEI added.

Recently GPEI reported that 10 cases of polio have been confirmed in the war-torn Syria confirmed following an investigation. Most of the cases included children 2 years old or younger and were either. Polio has not been detected in Syria since 1999 and the origins of the latest cases have not been determined.

#1: If you are a Moslem you have to be very careful, vigilant even, in every possible way that your pee-pee doesn't shrink away to nuthin'.

It happened to Abdrool once. His mother had to hold onto it with a pair of pliers while the neighbors sacrificed a goat. There is even a name for it in Arabic. Would I lie to you?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 09:04 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 516 words Link to article
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The body of a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, Death Eater was recovered from a tunnel in Gazoo on Saturday, a security source said, amid conflicting reports of the festivities with Israeli troops in which he was killed.

"The body ... was recovered from a tunnel after digging for more than 20 meters (yards) underground near the border" with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the central Gazoo Strip, the source said.

Four commanders of the military wing of the Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas that rules Gazoo were killed late Thursday in festivities sparked by an Israeli raid to destroy the tunnel.

The body recovered on Saturday was that of Khaled Abu Bakr, the source said.

Rescue workers started digging early Saturday for three bodies still missing from the festivities, along with staff from the International Committee for the Red Thingy, and watched from the nearby border by Israeli troops.

A front man for the Hamas government told AFP that Egypt had helped persuade Israel to allow the teams to dig.

There have been conflicting reports about the fighting.

One of the four men killed, Rabieh Barikeh, was buried on Friday, and Hamas sources had said the other three Death Eaters' bodies had also been found.

The Israeli military said fighting broke out when an explosive went off as troops were clearing the tunnel from Gazoo into Israel, allegedly dug to be used as a springboard for attacks.

Five Israeli soldiers were maimed, the army said.

But a Hamas Death Eater in Khan Younis, on condition of anonymity, said three men were killed "in a clash with (Israeli) soldiers ... inside the tunnel when the kaboom happened and it was shelled by Israeli tanks and aircraft".

The men had "tried to kidnap Israeli soldiers who entered the tunnel", he said.

Hamas health minister Ashraf al-Qudra said emergency crews would resume their search for the remaining two bodies on Monday.

Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:41 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 317 words Link to article
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Syrian regime newspaper on Saturday called U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi "one-eyed and many-tongued" a day after he visited Damascus to discuss the Geneva II peace conference.
"A shifty-eyed varmint, lower'n a snake's belly!"
Brahimi "has played both sides, as though he wants to please all parties in the same way, forgetting that his role as an international mediator requires him to be neutral," Ath-Thawra newspaper said in an editorial.

It lashed out at Brahimi's efforts to hold the conference between the regime and rebels within weeks, saying he was acting with "unnecessary haste."

Brahimi expressed hopes that the conference would be held "in the coming weeks, not next year."

Meanwhile, the Syrian regime forces pressed efforts to crush rebel-held pockets around Damascus on Saturday, as Kurdish fighters in the country's north drove home advances against jihadist groups, monitors said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air force carried out raids on Sbeineh, south of the capital, as regime troops shelled the town.

Rebels on the capital's southern front were battling government troops backed by both pro-regime militias and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, it said.

"The strike was part of the regime's offensive against rebel areas in and around southern Damascus," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The Syrian opposition has refused to take part in planned Geneva peace talks without halting the regime's attacks and without a commitment by President Bashar al-Assad to resign.

Haitham al-Maleh, a Syrian opposition official, told the Associated Press that the demands of the opposition will be announced during the Arab foreign ministers meeting Sunday.

The basics, he said, include an end to government aerial bombardment, releasing political prisoners and ending the siege of some rebel-held.

"The opposition can't go to Geneva while the Syrians are being killed and slaughtered," he added.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 539 words Link to article
[Dawn] In less than three months, armed assailants rubbed out a third member of an Ahmadi family in an Orangi Town locality on Friday.

Police said that two armed motorcyclists targeted Bashir Kiani, 60, in Khyber Colony in Orangi Town's Sector 4-F. When some people tried to rescue him, the fleeing assailants opened indiscriminate fire wounding three teenage boys.

Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt said besides Mr Kiani, the three teenagers -- Awais Ahmed, 18, Asad Khan, 18, and Mohammed Amin, 14 -- sustained bullet wounds and were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Doctors said that victim Kiani suffered three bullet wounds and died.

While the area SHO claimed that the murder was an outcome of a 'robbery bid', a spokesperson for the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya said that the victim was targeted on account of his faith.

The spokesperson said that he was on his way to a place of worship, 'Bait-ul-Hamd', when he was targeted.

He said that Zahoor Ahmed and Ejaz Ahmed, the son-in-law and son of the victim, were also killed on Aug 21 and Sept 18 in Orangi Town, respectively.

Policeman killed in targeted attack

A policeman was rubbed out in a targeted attack in the Napier area on Friday, police said.

They said that Head Constable Shahzado Wahab was standing outside the Napier crime branch near Lea Market when a man came close to him and fired at him.

The policeman sustained a single bullet wound in the head and was taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
where doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!

The police said the victim was associated with the crime branch and lived in a police quarter in Napier.

UTP dies at hospital

An undertrial prisoner died during treatment at the Civil Hospital Karachi, said the Eidgah police on Friday.

They said that Abdul Qadir, 23, was tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
for allegedly possessing narcotics and illegal weapons in the Mominabad area around seven months ago.

His health condition deteriorated during incarceration in the Karachi central prison and he was brought for treatment to the CHK on Thursday, where he died.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 839 words Link to article
[Dawn] A meeting of the Pak Taliban's council on Saturday decided on Khan Said 'Sajna' to lead the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in North Wazoo.

Most of the members of the shura (council) were present at the meeting which was held at some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location.

Out of 60 members attending the meeting, 43 members voted in favor of 'Sajna' whereas 17 others voted against him, bad turban sources told Dawn.com. They said that the appointment of Said, who leads the Taliban in South Waziristan, was not confirmed by several splinter groups of the bad turban organization.

A front man for the Taliban in South Waziristan, Azam Tariq, declined to say whether 'Sajna' had been chosen to lead the TTP umbrella group. He, however, said a formal announcement will be made in the coming days.

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
there were reports that at least two other senior Taliban capos were opposed to Said's elevation as TTP supremo.

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, Fazlullah's 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...
, the powerful leader of the 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...
Taliban who said to be currently based in Afghanistan's Nuristan province, was reported to be holding separate meetings to determine his group's future strategy.

Fazullah, along with Umar Khalid Khorasani who heads the Taliban in Mohmand tribal agency, were both frontrunners to succeed Hakimullah. Both are to be opposed to Khan Said 'Sajna'.

Said, who is 36, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and is also credited with criminal masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.

"Sajna has no basic education, conventional or religious, but he is battle-hardened and has experience of fighting in Afghanistan," an official had said earlier.

Mohmand Taliban leader Khorasani is the only surviving senior Taliban capo who had directly commanded operations under Hakimullah.

Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah is less likely to replace the assassinated TTP chief as he does not belong to the Mehsud clan.

#1: Three targets mentioned Khan Said,Fazlullah and Umar Khalid Khorasani need targeting next!
Posted by: Ulusoth Shereter7931|| 2013-11-03 09:22 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 572 words Link to article
[Dawn] Calling the drone strike that killed Pak Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday "an attack on regional peace by America," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed.

Speaking to a presser after concluding a high level meeting at the interior ministry, he vowed to raise the matter at international forums including the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
. The minister said that five permanent members of the UN Security Council will also be contacted on the issue.

He said an urgent meeting of the Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) has been called to review bilateral cooperation and ties with the US. The meeting is expected to take place in next two to three days upon return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
from London, he added.

Mehsud, along with at least four other bad boys, was killed when a US drone targeted his car in the North Wazoo tribal area of Pakistain near the Afghan border.

Speaking to both local and foreign media today, Nisar said the identity of those killed in the drone strike was irrelevant. "The government of Pakistain does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual but as an attack on the grinding of the peace processor," he said.

The interior minister said a three-member committee, comprising of Islamic holy mans, was scheduled to leave for a meeting with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) leadership on Saturday morning.

Claiming that TTP leadership including Hakimullah was aware of the meeting, he said he had written and telephonic records of recent correspondence between the government and the bad boy outfit.

Earlier on Friday, Pak Taliban front man Shahidullah Shahid said the Taliban had "no contact" with the government, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a process to initiate peace talks had already begun.

Chaudhry Nisar questioned timings of the Hakimullah's killing by the US asking why he was targeted just a day before the talks. "Can this be called supporting peace initiative?"

He said the US ambassador was being summoned to serve a demarche and convey formal protest of the government over serious damage done to the dialogue process with Taliban by the drone attack.

Top Posted by ryuge 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 337 words Link to article
Philippines and Malaysian officials have confirmed the arrest of a Malaysian national during a raid on a house frequented by former militant leader Nur Misuari in Zamboanga City.

Police said the Malaysian man, Koh Wui Chick, who uses the aliases Samson Jose Konde and Atchong, was brought to Manila where he is currently being investigated in connection to the deadly September attacks in Zamboanga. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said, “The Malaysian man is now in the custody of the Philippine National Police in Manila and he is currently being investigated in connection to the MNLF attacks in Zamboanga."

President Benigno Aquino earlier ordered an investigation into the MNLF attacks in Zamboanga and who financed the militants to carry out the raid. There have been media reports that some Filipino politicians may have financed them to discredit the Aquino government and that several Malaysians had met with militant leaders prior to the attacks.

Early this year, a Malaysian national, who allegedly helped in negotiating with Abu Sayyaf militants for the release of 21 mostly European holidaymakers kidnapped in Sabah in 2001, was spotted in Zamboanga City and Manila at the height of the standoff between armed followers of the Sultanate of Sulu who invaded Sabah’s Lahad Datu town.

It was not known whether Koh directly participated in the simultaneous raid by militants on September 9, but it triggered deadly street battles that lasted for three weeks. The fighting left over 400 people dead and injred and resulted in a humanitarian crisis.

Malaysia has confirmed the arrest of one of its nationals. Director-General, Datuk Mohammad Mantek said,“The arrest of the Malaysian man followed the action taken by the Philippine security forces against individuals suspected of being involved in the armed attacks launched by MNLF fighter in Zamboanga City on September 9."

He did not give details about the arrested Malaysian national, saying the man is still being investigated. It was not immediately known whether the foreigner had funded militant attacks in Zamboanga City.

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 5 Comments 460 words Link to article
Thousands of illegal foreigners, mostly unskilled workers from Asia, are rushing to leave Saudi Arabia before an amnesty expires on Sunday as they risk being fined or even jailed.

Nearly a million Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis, among others, have taken advantage of the three-month amnesty -- announced on April 3 and then extended for four months -- and left the country. Another roughly four million have legalised their situation by finding employers to sponsor them.

But the clock is ticking, and the Saudi labour ministry has said there will be no second chance, despite appeals from some Asian governments.

"We have absolutely no intention of prolonging the amnesty," said ministry spokesman Hattab Al Anzi.

Pakistan said this week that it has been pressing for an extension of the amnesty until the end of January. Even so, its foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said: "We are trying our best to legalise as many Pakistanis as we can before the deadline ends."

In contrast, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said"we have not asked for extra time," explaining Indians had been urged to "abide by the rules, and we have had quite remarkable success".

So foreigners are queuing outside governmental offices either to sort out the paperwork for leaving the kingdom or legalising their stays.

The Arab News daily said some Indians seeking repatriation had waited more than 31 hours outside the deportation centre in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to get the documents to leave. The immigration department said on Thursday that "more than 900,000 people have left the country with final exit visas".

Saudi Arabia is a goldmine for millions of people from Asia and elsewhere in the Arab world, who find work as common labourers, drivers, porters and house maids. Expatriates account for around nine million of the country's 27 million population.

Economist Abu Dahesh said illegal workers who were still needed by their employers had had their papers legalised, while the rest were rejected.

"They represented an oversupply," he said.

Economist Ihsan Bu-Hulaiga echoed that, saying "this labour force is marginal in terms of skills and qualifications; the Saudi economy will not be affected by their departure".

But the exodus could create a shortage of day labourers, particularly in construction and pottering.
It's not like a Saudi male will lift anything heavier than his purse...
Speaking at one of the many public squares in Riyadh where men used to gather and wait to be chosen, Pakistani Hafezudin Shah said "hundreds of men used to be available at this spot".

"Now, there are no more than 20."

Shah is among the lucky ones who found a new sponsor in a process that cost him 10,000 riyals.

#1: So Hafezudin Shah paid the equivalent of US$2700 for the privilege of working in the Magic Kingdom. Everyone gets a piece of the action....
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 00:41 ||Top

#2: The workers have to line up to get the exit documents in order to leave the country. They can't just leave, even though they are required to.

I'm so confused.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2013-11-03 01:06 ||Top

#3: ...strange, the Saudi jihadists didn't seem to need exit documents to go play in Iraq.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 10:50 ||Top

#4: The jihadists are pre-approved
Posted by: John Frum|| 2013-11-03 11:29 ||Top

#5: Rambler in Virginia:
They can check out but they can't leave. Like the Hotel California or the Roach Motel.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 15:05 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 322 words Link to article
China’s ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said Saturday.

The party’s top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to “ensure that the voices of hostile forces and the Dalai group are not seen or heard,” in an editorial published in a party journal called Qiushi. Officials would “make sure that the voice of the party is heard and seen everywhere in this vast 120 million square kilometre region,” Chen wrote in the editorial.

China has worked for decades to control the spread of information in Tibet, but some Tibetans remain able to access non-official sources of information including from exiles abroad by using radio, television and the Internet. But the party will attempt to stamp out access to such sources by creating party cells in some websites, confiscating satellite dishes and registering telephone and Internet users by name, among a host of other measures mentioned in the article.

China calls Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and accuses him of masterminding violent efforts to seek independence for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, says he advocates greater autonomy for Tibetans rather than independence.

Chen referred to Tibet as “a front line of the struggle against separatism” and vowed to “strengthen the role of party committees at every level, as the sole power”, in the editorial.

Tensions between Tibetans and the Chinese government continue run high, with more than 120 members of the minority setting themselves on fire in protest in recent years, leading to a security crackdown. Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans marking the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday in July, shooting at least one monk in the head and seriously wounding several other people, overseas rights groups said.

#1: It is becoming a tactical Military insurrection.
Posted by: newc|| 2013-11-03 00:42 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 4 Comments 254 words Link to article
Two French radio journalists were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Mali on Saturday and killed hours later, the French Foreign Ministry said.

The foreign ministry said the bodies of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont had been found. Earlier, radio station RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, saying that the two were taken at 1 p.m. by armed men in Kidal and had not been heard from since. The ministry said in a statement that French intelligence services along with Malian authorities “are putting everything in place so that light can be shed as quickly as possible on the circumstances of their deaths.”

The deaths come four days after France rejoiced at the release of four French citizens held for three years by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa.

A Malian military head, Col. Mamari Camara, said he had received a phone call in the afternoon from his men in the field confirming the two reporters had been taken. The two were grabbed by several armed men in a 4x4 after they finished an interview with a Tuareg rebel leader, a Kidal city official said on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press.

Northern Mali last year was seized by a faction of Al Qaeda which has used kidnappings of foreigners, especially French citizens, to bankroll its operations.

The global intelligence company Stratfor estimates that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, has carried out at least 18 kidnappings since 2003, raising an estimated $89 million in ransom payments.

#1: French? Why would anyone, even a Frenchman, want to work for any reason in Mali ? There are no Croissants in Mali. Just a lot of wogs in Turbans with AKs and Jezails and camel spiders in Mali.

Just pause for a moment and tell me where on the map Mali actually is? And its nearest neighbor is? You see? And that IS camel you smell. Take a deep sniff..now get back in your car and drive in the direction of the "other way".

French? yeah? Hard to feel sorry for the French isn't it?
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:48 ||Top

#2: I can find Mali on a map. Then again, a) I'm educated and b) it's part of my job.

What do you do for a living? Collect rejection notices from publishing houses?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 13:11 ||Top

#3: Here you go, Spereting Tingle4064. Mali on a map. It's in Africa next to Algeria. Really, this isn't nearly as hard as you make out.

This isn't my job -- my job is to be a little housewife deep in the Midwestern suburbs. But I was trained to read maps in third or fourth grade, and somehow I've managed to maintain the skill.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2013-11-03 14:36 ||Top

#4: And TW wins by a TKO!
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2013-11-03 19:03 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 2 Comments 171 words Link to article
Militants bombed a major oil pipeline in northern Iraq early on Saturday, disabling it and forcing pumping to be suspended, security officials said.
Iran expresses displeasure over Iraq pumping over its OPEC quota, and shortly thereafter Iraqi pipelines are bombed. Coincidence?
Three blasts went off along the pipeline, in Nineveh province, which runs to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, according to two security officials. They did not cause any casualties.

An official with the state-owned North Oil Co in the city of Kirkuk said the suspension was caused by a technical fault, and said repairs were being carried out on the pipeline, with pumping expected to resume on Sunday.

Militants frequently attack the pipeline, which ferries a significant portion of Iraq’s oil exports to international markets.

Iraq is heavily dependent on crude sales, which account for 95 percent of government revenues and an estimated two-thirds of gross domestic product, and is looking to dramatically boost them in the coming years.

Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 08:50 ||Top

#2: Iran expresses displeasure over Iraq pumping over its OPEC quota, and shortly thereafter Iraqi pipelines are bombed. Coincidence?

Just not my day. First CrazyFool, now you, Dr W.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:43 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 178 words Link to article
A fire broke out at a prison in northern Saudi Arabia and rioting and gunshots were reported, a Saudi news website said on Saturday.
We've seen this movie too...
A Saudi official confirmed a fire had broken out at the prison but said it had been brought under control. The official said a statement was expected later from prison authorities.

The news website www.sabq.org reported that security forces were at the scene in the Buraidah prison, where the fire was reported in three rooms. It said there were reports of riots and gunshots inside the prison but gave no further details.

Local residents said the inmates were being held for criminal offences in the prison, which is located in an old part of the capital of al-Qassim province.

Prisoners held for security offences or for involvement in anti-government political activities are held at a different facility far from the site of the riots, they said.

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 154 words Link to article
RAJBARI, NOV 2: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the opposition has called another 60-hour strike as they don’t want dialogue and peace. Referring to the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, she also called upon the people to build a strong resistance against those who are resorting to violence and are killing people in the name of movement.

“BNP and Jamaat are resorting to repression and torture on the people in the name of movement. So, you will have to build resistance against those who are out to keep you without food by creating anarchy and terrorism, and are killing people by hurling bombs,” she said.

Addressing a public meeting, organised by Rajbari district unit of Awami League, on Pangsha University College ground, Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League, said that the BNP comes to power to destroy the country through corruption, militancy and terrorism, but Awami League government never allows corruption.

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 316 words Link to article
Another day, another hartal...
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance on Saturday announced a fresh spell of countrywide 60-hour general strike for November 4-6 to press for holding of the next general elections under a ‘non-party’ neutral government.

The acting BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, flanked by the secretary level leaders of the alliance at a news briefing at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office announced the hartal. The hartal would be enforced from 6:00am Monday to 6:00pm Wednesday demanding free, fair and inclusive elections under a non-party government, Fakhrul said.

The BNP-led alliance earlier enforced a 60-hour countrywide shutdown from October 27.
And that worked well...
Fakhrul said ambulance, fire service and media transports would be out of the purview of the hartal. He said movement of pilgrims who would returned from Saudi Arabia after performing hajj would also remain out of purview of the hartal.

Before the news briefing, the acting BNP secretary general held a meeting with secretaries of the components of the alliance at Khaleda’s Gulshan office. Fakhrul said it was the responsibility of the government to set a date again for dialogue and take a fresh initiative for it.

But he alleged that without doing so the conversation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia was broadcast ‘unlawfully’ and ‘unethically’ by the mass media without consent of the opposition leader.

‘It is clear that the government has done it deliberately to block the path of dialogue and consensus,’ he said.

Fakhrul said the opposition leader during the phone conversation with the prime minister on October 26 had said that she was ready to talk anytime and anywhere after the hartal that ended on October 29.

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 135 words Link to article
Chittagong : Customs officials seized 25 gold bars weighing around 2.5 kg from a luggage here at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport on Saturday morning.
Actually they seized 225 gold bars, but for some reason they announced the seizure of 25 of them...
Assistant Commissioner Moshiur Rahman Mandal of airport custom office said a flight of Air Arabia from Sharjah landed at the Shah Amanat International Airport at about 9pm on Friday.

Acting on secret information, customs officials searched an abandoned luggage of a passenger of the flight and recovered the 225 25 gold bars on Saturday morning, said Moshiur Rahman Mandal. But the passenger could not be traced.
He went home to get some more gold bars...

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 12 Comments 708 words Link to article
NEW YORK -- While the US has "implemented unprecedented sanctions and pressure on Iran, we may very well have to use military force to back up our policy," Leon Panetta said on Thursday night. The former US defense secretary and CIA director made the remarks while addressing around 600 people at the Anti-Defamation League's 100th annual meeting.
He's one of the few adults in the Obama administration...
Was. It's Hagel, the third smartest man in the room, who's got the job now.
Panetta, who was receiving the ADL's William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award, said the US needs to "maintain a healthy skepticism" when negotiating to suss out Iran's true level of commitment to negotiations over its nuclear program.

"It is the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] who is key, and he is not likely to give up [uranium] enrichment," Panetta warned. "We have to remain strong. We have to remain consistent."

Panetta reiterated the American line that the US has "no friend, no better ally in the world than Israel," but he expressed concern over the "growing sense of isolationism in this country [the US]" over the last 10 years of fighting two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the shifting power dynamics among world leaders.
Much of that isolationism fueled by the progressive left, and some by conservatives who see ungrateful Iraqis and Afghanis...
"The fact remains that we live in a very dangerous world," he said. "We continue to have threats from North Korea as they test nuclear weapons. We have instability and fragility in the Middle East. All of this happens at a time when we are imperiled by gridlock in Washington."

Panetta was introduced by current Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who expressed his admiration for his predecessor, and similarly indicated his support for maintaining a firm hand with Tehran, while at the same exploring diplomatic options.

"We are testing Iranian intentions for diplomatic solutions," Hagel said. "When we engage Iran along with our partners, we are clear-eyed about the reality in the Middle East. Iran is a state sponsor of terror... but foreign policy is not a zero-sum game."

Hagel advocated for exploring more ways to resolve disputes, and tried to soothe audience members concerned that diplomacy would lead nowhere.

"Engagement is not appeasement, nor is it containment," he said. "We know what those are, we know where they lead, and we will not pursue them. And President Obama has repeatedly made clear that words are not enough. Action must match words."

Hagel announced that the US would be selling Israel six V-22 Osprey tiltrotor helicopters, and that he recognized the "challenges" on Israel's borders given the crises in Egypt and Syria. "There are no margins for Israel," Hagel said.

The other headliner of the first day of the meeting was UN Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, who received a gift from ADL National Director Abe Foxman -- a book with the word "Jew" written in it six million times, as a tribute to her work in the field of genocide, Foxman said.
One can recognize and applaud her desire to stamp out genocide, but she has a funny way of going about it by enfeebling the United States at a time when it is one of the few bulwarks against new genocides...
The book sounds like awfully dull reading, though perhaps Mr. Foxman meant it as a gentle hint of some sort.
She addressed the collaboration between the US and Israeli missions at the UN, and vowed to continue working to expand Israel's role.

"I have made it a priority... to oppose every example of anti-Israeli bias in the UN system," Power said. "On my watch, we will push ceaselessly for the further inclusion of Israel in regional groups. We will demand objectivity in resolutions affecting Middle East peace.... There is no basis to exclude Israel from full participation in the United Nations system."

#1: He's one of the few adults in the Obama administration...

I beg your pardon. Please don't be fooled by old age and a wrinkled snarl. This bastid and his Klingon sidekick Bremnan were at the center of everything that happened in Benghazi, and neither have offered any explanation.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:51 ||Top

#2: Samantha Power is no friend of Israel. She's part and parcel of the Obama "brain trust" that gave us the Arab Spring. Shanty trash
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 07:07 ||Top

#3: May but won't
Posted by: Nimble Spemble|| 2013-11-03 07:25 ||Top

#4: I'm sure that after the Syrian farce the Iranians are just shaking in their shoes....Oh no, that shaking with laughter.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2013-11-03 08:30 ||Top

#5: Can you ever see Obama fighting for anything for any reason?

The Pentagon won't go anywhere as long as Prance is Prez.

The Pentagon all sit around and shine their shoes and Obama has fired 9 top Generals in the past couple of months for laughing at him.

Leon Panetta is an old lady. No one is going to attack Iran. The Iranians probably already have an atomic and all the entire West ever did was wank and waddle like a EUroweenie.

Too wussie and what's the soup du jour in the Pentagon restaurant this wednesday? Chicken soup. No, the Pentagon and Intell can only produce men like Petraeus . And he was standing tall in his underwear with some Bimbo after ten.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 09:15 ||Top

#6: Can you ever see Obama fighting for anything for any reason?

His own life, maybe, if he can't run and hide, not mochelles or others, if NO Marines are available, no Army either.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 11:10 ||Top

#7: ...coming from Caspar W. Weinberger, the words would mean something. Panetta, not so much...
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 12:47 ||Top

#8: a book with the word "Jew" written in it six million times, as a tribute to her work in the field of genocide

Sounds like more of a reminder than a tribute.

As for Panetta, inquiring minds ask: why is *he* sending up this trial balloon *now*?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2013-11-03 12:59 ||Top

#9: Leon Panetta is an old lady.
Spereting Tingle

Disparaging "old ladies"....bad form Tingle ;-)
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 14:08 ||Top

#10: Margret Thatcher is not amused.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 14:50 ||Top

#11: Just trying to con calm down these crazy Jews.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 15:20 ||Top

#12: Except for the 'old lady' comment, I pretty much agree with ST4064; this time anyway.
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2013-11-03 19:12 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 1 Comments 113 words Link to article
Chief Editor of Iranian Bahar newspaper, Saeed Pourazizi was arrested in Tehran, ISNA news agency reported on Nov. 2.

On October 28, Iranian Press Supervisory Board has ordered the closure of reformist Bahar newspaper. The decision was made due to the "Imam, a Political Leader or a Religious Model?" article published in the newspaper on Oct. 23.

Earlier, the newspaper's editor apologized, saying that the article was published by mistake.
"Please don't kill me!"
It should be noted that previously, the newspaper representatives themselves announced about its temporary closure. The newspaper have been banned and reopened several times during last years.

#1: Remember - President Hassan Rohani is a moderate.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 13:36 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 2 Comments 74 words Link to article
A suicide attack against the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul was prevented, Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Nov. 2.

According to the report, the suicide attacker who was intending to commit the assassination was arrested during special operations. The report also said that, the suicide attacker was planning to assassinate officials who participated at the İzmir Economic Congress.

#1: Reichstag fire?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 11:38 ||Top

#2: Was a Lexus involved?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 22:29 ||Top

Top Posted by Steve White 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 628 words Link to article
The central bank governor of Somalia has unexpectedly resigned after seven weeks in the job, citing corruption concerns, in a blow to donors who have promised to pour billions of dollars of aid into the failed state.
The only surprise is that Somalia had a central bank...
Yussur Abrar, who was one of the world's few female central bank governors, was unavailable for comment on Friday.

Donors who support her were frantically trying to reach her on Thursday night. They believe that she sent her resignation letter, dated October 30, from Dubai, before travelling to an unknown destination.
One donor official said Ms Yussur was "scared for her life and so unlikely to return to Somalia".

In her letter to Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia's president, she said: "From the moment I was appointed, I have continuously been asked to sanction deals and violate my fiduciary responsibility to the Somali people as head of the nation's monetary authority."
Was she not getting a big enough cut?
In the strongly worded letter, seen by the Financial Times, Ms Yussur -- a former banker at Citigroup who had not lived in Somalia for several decades -- said she believed that these deals "put . . . frozen assets at risk and open the door to corruption".

Donors have pledged billions of dollars to help secure and rebuild Somalia at recent conferences in the hope that it can make good on recent military gains against the militants. But they fear that the new government -- elected last year and seen by analysts as the most representative and promising for years -- might repeat the gross corruption seen by its donor-backed predecessors.
Fear? It's a near-absolute certainty...
A report from a UN investigative panel this year gave warning that the central bank doubled as a corrupt slush fund and said that it failed to account for transfers worth $12m. Ms Yussur said in her letter:

"Unfortunately, the central bank has not been allowed to function free of interference, and as such cannot operate as a credible institution."
All the government guys, and their bag-men and hangers-on, had to wet their beaks, you see. We see the same thing in Chicago...
A government spokesman insisted on Friday that President Hassan remained committed to reforming institutions in his country. "All he wants is to ensure [that] public finance is managed properly and that there's no corruption," he said, adding that Ms Yussur was selected for her "impressive CV on finance", but had visited Mogadishu for "only a couple of days".
Then his nose grew and his lips fell off...
"For her leaving so early [it] is very sad. She was given the empowerment to reform the central bank and how the system works -- most of the systems are manual," he added.

In her letter, Ms Yussur also said she "vehemently refused to sanction the contract" with Shulman Rogers, a US law firm contracted to recover overseas assets frozen since before the civil war started in 1991. The same company was also hired to discredit the UN allegations of financial mismanagement ahead of a Brussels aid conference at which donors ultimately pledged $2.4bn, in what UN experts said was a conflict of interest. The law firm has previously denied any conflict of interest and said the UN experts made unfounded allegations.

Top Posted by Fred 11/03/2013  00:00 5 Comments 450 words Link to article
[CHRON] Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reiterated Saturday that he won't resign despite mounting pressure for him to step aside after police said they had obtained a copy of a video that appears to show the mayor puffing on a crack pipe.

Ford smiled outside his office and said: "No. As I told you before I'm not resigning."

Allegations that the mayor of Canada's largest city had been caught on the video smoking crack cocaine first surfaced in May. Two news hounds with the Toronto Star and one from the U.S. website Gawker said they saw the video but did not obtain a copy. Police Chief Bill Blair said he was "disappointed" in Ford at a news conference Thursday in which he announced that the video had been recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of the mayor's suspected of providing him drugs.

The Toronto Board of Trade called for Ford to take a leave of absence, saying the mayor needs to put the city first. All four major Toronto newspapers have called on Ford to resign.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, a Ford ally, said Friday he would meet with Ford on Saturday to express the concerns of many city council members. Kelly said he hoped Ford would make the right decision.

More damaging information has also come to light about Ford's bizarre behavior. A spokeswoman for the city of Toronto released a security incident report from city hall security guards who say they witnessed a "very intoxicated' Ford having trouble walking, sweating profusely and swearing at aides after St. Patrick's Day in 2012.

The report states that at 2:30 a.m. the mayor "visited the security desk alone with a half empty bottle of St. Remy French Brandy." The report states the mayor said his car had been stolen and that he wanted to call police. Security informed Ford his car was at home and took the bottle from him before finding him a taxi.

City officials changed course and agreed to release the document after Toronto police confirmed they had obtained the crack video this week.

Toronto City Councilor Shelley Carroll said Ford has hurt morale at city hall and urged him to take a leave of absence.

"The mayor's personal life has gradually overtaken his professional life and the findings that came to light over the week confirm many of the urban legends that existed," Carroll said. "We now know that mayor's personal life frequently, on a day to day basis, overshadows what he should be doing as a mayor."

#1: Frequent travel, Martha's Vineyard getaways, and golf, has he tried them ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:42 ||Top

#2: OK don't resign, jail is your only option, there's precedent for jailed politicians, throw them out.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 10:29 ||Top

#3: Let me guess---he didn't inhale?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:45 ||Top

#4: You know, I read the headline initially as "Detroit Toronto Mayor Repeats he won't resign".
Posted by: ejablow@cox.net|| 2013-11-03 14:47 ||Top

#5: Laws are for little people.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 20:11 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  00:00 3 Comments 95 words Link to article
[Ynet] IDF forces were sent towards an Israeli who approached the Gazoo Strip border fence and refused to step away from it despite their calls.

During the event, warning shots were fired towards his feet.
Was he a Palestinian in disguise?
He was lightly injured, treated at the scene and taken to questioning.
Everywhere there are idiots.

#1: IDF forces shoot him because they're racists!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 04:08 ||Top

#2: #1 IDF forces shoot him because they're racists!

Self-hating racists, sure. But I haz puzzlement -- are they still anti-semites when this happens?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2013-11-03 11:36 ||Top

#3: Of course.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:29 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  00:00 8 Comments 95 words Link to article
[Ynet] South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that the minister of her administration will not visit in Israel in solidarity with the Paleostinians. "We have agreed to slow down and curtail big shotship contact with that regime until things begin to look better," the minister was quoted as saying by the News24 website.

"The struggle of the people of Paleostine is our struggle. The last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I couldn't go to sleep," she said.

#1: Last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I could not stay awake.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2013-11-03 00:44 ||Top

#2: Last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I could not stay awake.

Barely after midnight, and already we have a Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2013-11-03 01:22 ||Top

#3: Coincidently, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane's actions are in keeping with a trend began in 1990. The fastest growing religion in South Africa is not Judaism or Anglicanism by the way.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:18 ||Top

#4: The last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I couldn't go to sleep," she said.

maybe she should avoid fiction at bedtime?

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 07:21 ||Top

#5: South Africa elected a socialist whore to govern them. Poverty is going up again. Leave the Jews alone.
Posted by: newc|| 2013-11-03 11:21 ||Top

#6: Breaks my heart.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:26 ||Top

#7: South Africa elected a socialist whore to govern them.

It appears to be 'going around'.....as they say.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 14:51 ||Top

#8: Curiously the ANC people don't seem concerned about Arabs killing, raping and enslaving Blacks by the tens of thousands in Soudan. Don't seem concerned at all.
Posted by: JFM|| 2013-11-03 17:38 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 59 words Link to article
[Ynet] Iran's Oil Minister said Iraq has increased its crude oil exports to compensate for a fall in Iranian exports as a result of sanctions over Tehran's suspected nuclear program, calling the policy "not friendly at all."

Bijan Namdar Zanganeh is quoted by the semiofficial Mehr news agency Saturday as saying that Iraq's oil policies are to Iran's detriment.

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 157 words Link to article
[Ynet] Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied that his country provided Israel with intelligence that aided it, allegedly, to attack a military base in Syria's Latakia this week.

"The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel against any Moslem country, and it never will."
"There is an attempt to give the impression that Turkey has coordinated with Israel. The Turkish government has never cooperated with Israel against any Moslem country, and it never will."

Davutoglu made the remarks during a presser with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Top Posted by trailing wife 11/03/2013  00:00 0 Comments 70 words Link to article
[Ynet] IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported that IDF fired at two Syrians who approached the border fence from the Syrian side in the southern Golan Heights while trying to steal mines.

One of the Syrians was injured in his leg. The two ran back to where they came from.
Lucky them: I'd just have triggered the mines remotely...

Top Posted by CrazyFool 11/03/2013  00:00 5 Comments 248 words Link to article
Was there ever a doubt?
In light of negotiations with US, conservative groups in Iran call for continued use of 'Death to America' as official slogan, celebrate anniversary of US Embassy hostage crisis.
Personally I think they are just trying to get on Obama's good side by showing they, and him (and of course ValJar) do have some common goals.
The Revolutionary Guards, the elite Iranian regime's army, said Saturday they are committed to the slogan "Death to America," chanted at official ceremonies, just days before the 34th anniversary of the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran.

"The slogan Death to America is the symbol of strength and determination of the Iranian nation against the dominance of the United States, which is an oppressive and untrustworthy nation," said the Revolutionary Guards on their official website.

In recent weeks, a debate was launched in Iran on the merits of continuing to chant "Death to America " during official ceremonies, while some relaxation occurred in relations between Tehran and Washington since the election in June of moderate President Hassan Rohani.
Hard-liners in Iran have unveiled two new "Death to America" songs at the former US Embassy in Tehran, hoping to keep anger high ahead of nuclear talks with Western powers. They performed the songs Saturday ahead of a planned massive protest Monday to mark the anniversary of the US Embassy takeover in 1979.

#1: Tick Tock.
Posted by: newc|| 2013-11-03 00:53 ||Top

#2: Something they've in common with... Oh, I see you've already noted the point, CF.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 03:43 ||Top

#3: Personally I think they are just trying to get on Obama's good side by showing they, and him (and of course ValJar) do have some common goals.

Destroying America as we know it, a primary as opposed to an ancillary goal of he shadow government, I assure you. Religious and political affiliations aside, all who assist with this effort are considered friends and associates.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:25 ||Top

#4: "...conservative groups in Iran..." instead of saying radical Mohamadans. I guess they could have described it as Iran's version of the Tea Party to line it up with the Homeland Securitys threat assessments here. We need a quote from Mr. Clapper or ValJar to clarify this.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink|| 2013-11-03 07:33 ||Top

#5: Do they have a Jerkface Killa Shock Battalion?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 08:21 ||Top

Top Posted by Skidmark 11/03/2013  00:00 57 Comments 117 words Link to article
[NY Daily News] The report by researchers at Australia’s Monash University and Britain’s Manchester University looked at how racism among whites and gun ownership is linked. The report used data from the American National Election Study and scored people based on their ‘symbolic racism,’ which is used to measure anti-black sentiments. Besides keeping a gun at home, they were also more likely to oppose gun control reforms.
An interesting choice of subject and locale for English and Australian academics. It couldn't be that they had a conclusion looking for evidence, could it?

#1: The more people insist that I am racist, the more threatened I will feel, and the more I am going to arm myself to defend against that threat, regardless of whether it emanates from blacks or naive youths or hypocritical manipulators. I don't think I am alone. And unlike my likely opposition, I hit what I aim at. And my wife does better than I.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2013-11-03 00:28 ||Top

Q. Do you believe the statistic that young African-Americans commit 80% of violent crimes in USA?
A. Yes, but I also
Shut up, racist! Racist!!!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 03:59 ||Top

#3: U.S. policymakers may have to consider implementing new policies even if it’s against popular opinion, the study found.

No worries! The current regime has no problem at all with restrictive "new policies".
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:59 ||Top

#4: "American Gun Owners Are More Racist"

Of course, because white America is racist to the core. Go ask the families of the 4,000,000 Vietnamese, 1,000,000 Iraqis, 1,000,000 Guatemalans, ?,000,000 Native Americans, ?,000,000 Africans, 1,000,000 Indonesians, 1,000,000 Koreans...the list is endless... that America™ has had a hand in the slaughter of...just to preserve the American hegemony and way of life...so hopefully the acedemics didn't spend a whole lot to come to the obvious conclusion.
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 05:15 ||Top

#5: idiot
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 06:58 ||Top

#6: I blame Jerkfacian logic.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 07:45 ||Top

#7: Aussie and Pommie bastard academics. Time to wage hostilities against these folks in academia. Scare the mud out of them.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man|| 2013-11-03 08:09 ||Top

#8: General Thomas Gage to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 08:11 ||Top

#9: Come on Jerkface that's just old tired stuff from the 60s, long before your workers paradise collapse. Got to spew all sorts of redirection for the hundred million killed by your fellow running dog socialists in the 20th Century, many of whom never had a chance to defend themselves cause the state took their means of defense from them.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2013-11-03 08:16 ||Top

#10: "Come on Jerkface that's just old tired stuff from the 60s"

Well, at least you didn't deny that Americans™ are mass murderers on pare with Mao, Uncle Joe, And Adolf. A pretty exclusive club you belong to. Be proud to be a Yank. Congrats Uncle Sam...
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 09:27 ||Top

#11: I own a gun because I am perfectly willing and actually quite capable of shooting people. Have unfortunately done it and it was completely legal too, and I rolled the body over and took a souvenir to remember him by. They said they were going to give me a Bronze Star but there was a technicality and the Captain said I would just have to forget about it. We got a Carbine off one of them, I think it was the young one's father. The kid had a carbine too, old things from back in the 50's, not well maintained either. We used it on night watch to throw down on anybody we shot in the dark overlooking the company dump. People crawled in there at night to get old batteries and stuff from the garbage. Couldn't have that.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064|| 2013-11-03 09:29 ||Top

#12: uh huh. Is that you, Jahn Karry?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 09:32 ||Top

#13: Of course, because white America is racist to the core. Go ask the families of the 4,000,000 Vietnamese, 1,000,000 Iraqis, 1,000,000 Guatemalans, ?,000,000 Native Americans, ?,000,000 Africans, 1,000,000 Indonesians, 1,000,000 Koreans...the list is endless... that America™ has had a hand in the slaughter of...just to preserve the American hegemony and way of life...so hopefully the acedemics didn't spend a whole lot to come to the obvious conclusion.

You didn't ask all 7+ million non white families worldwide. Where did you get your figures?
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 09:32 ||Top

#14: Congrats Spereting Tingle4064...way to be proud of your killin' and war crime...I'm sure you're a perfect representation of America™, though the obvious question would be did you get an erection while doing it? I'm sure Satan has a special spot reserved for you in Hades..
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 09:35 ||Top

#15: 1,000,000 Koreans...

That's your example of horrible American racism? The fact that we stopped the southern half of the country from being part of a nationwide work-to-death camp?

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2013-11-03 09:39 ||Top

#16: Thing From Snowy Mountain - Listen up cowboy

Just imagine if 1,000,000 Americans where slaughtered....America™ loses 3,000 innocents in 9/11 yet has no problem killing millions upon millions of civilians in revenge.
That's right. We learned that lesson when General Washington crossed the Delaware on Christmas Eve to kill Hessians in their sleep. You'd think, 240 years later, the world would have figured that one out, but no.
And you wonder why people hate you….
We're well aware that progressives, commies, fascists, imperialists, thugs and hard boyz around the world dislike us. We can live with it.
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 09:45 ||Top

#17: I do not wonder why people hate America. I wonder why people do not appreciate America; including our current president.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2013-11-03 09:48 ||Top

#18: Jerkface - you might want to lookup the term 'redirection' in the dictionary.
It's a common leftist tactic:

1) accuse your opponent of doing what you, yourself, are doing. No evidence needed or credible witness or even logic needed.

2) when you eventually get caught actually doing it (with actual evidence - see Killing Fields, etc...) - claim that your opponent 'started it' or 'is doing it too'.

But of course Jerkface screws even that up by applying 1) after 2). Doesn't quite work the same.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2013-11-03 09:49 ||Top

#19: "I do not wonder why people hate America. I wonder why people do not appreciate America"

Appreciate you for what exactly?? Keeping the world 'safe' for dictatorships?
We also manage to keep Canada safe. You may thank us now.
Maybe you should ask South Americans how much they 'appreciate' the USofA..I suggest you run after you ask...In fact people 'appreciate' America™ so much that American tourists have this propensity to say they are Canadian when asked where they're from…
Because they know Americans have money...
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 09:55 ||Top

#20: And you know about the Millions on Millions the Americans killed because the people who turned North Korea (for example) into a country-wide work camp told you this, and their word is good, and ours is bad, because of course we killed millions of Koreans...

You think you're a proud defier-of-the-Man, scoring points because you're making the Americans angry, and (I do not know where this comes from) Angry People Are Wrong,

But why shouldn't we be angry?

You're basically a Holocaust Denier for the Holocausts that killed Asians instead of Jews.

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2013-11-03 09:58 ||Top

#21: Just imagine if 1,000,000 Americans where slaughtered....America™ loses 3,000 innocents in 9/11 yet has no problem killing millions upon millions of civilians in revenge. And you wonder why people hate you....

Again, you have nothing to back up your claims. Millions upon millions following 911? Even Code Pink would say, "Dude, you're f*cking wrong!"
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 10:06 ||Top

#22: Well, at least you didn't deny that Americans™ are mass murderers on pare with Mao, Uncle Joe, And Adolf. A pretty exclusive club you belong to. Be proud to be a Yank. Congrats Uncle Sam...

Why shouldn't I? That's how I got to the top of the heap, looking down at you, farting in your general direction.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2013-11-03 10:50 ||Top

#23: Jerkface Killa, It's easy to prove you wrong, You're at home and the door opens, did you do it, NO, so what do you do, Run, you can't.

Die yup. Get robbed, maybe, if the crook has no fear of you, you might live, BUT you're a witness and your odds are bad.

So would you rather be armed? Or dead, your choice.(You don't HAVE to shoot, You're in a good position, so decide)
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 10:52 ||Top

#24: I forgot! DON"T FEED THE TROLLS is in effect. My bad!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2013-11-03 10:52 ||Top

#25: In fact people 'appreciate' America™ so much that American tourists have this propensity to say they are Canadian when asked where they're from..

They don't say they're American coz they don't wanna be robbed
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 10:57 ||Top

#26: If America is so bad, why is it that millions of people worldwide will do almost anything to come here and live?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2013-11-03 11:20 ||Top

#27: Redneck Jim - I put your post through Google Translate and it/I still can't figure out what language you werr scribbling...unfortunately they don't have 'hillbilly' as a choice so I guess we'll never know what words of...eh-hem...'wisdom' you were sputtering out...
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 11:25 ||Top

#28: "If America is so bad, why is it that millions of people worldwide will do almost anything to come here and live?"

Well, after you've went in and raped their countries of everything that wasn't nailed down, they figured that they would return the favour. BTW I have two US families living on my street...seems there are lots of ex-Yanks who wanted nothing to do with the 'Promised Land'™.
Let's take a look at your hero, Karl Marx, and his body count shall we?

China -- 65 million including Great Leap Forward
USSR -- 20 million including Ukraine Genocide
Cuba -- 1/2 million
East Europe -- 1/2 million
African 'Liberation' Wars -- 1 to 3 million easy
North Korea -- 2 million easy

And you're complaining about US?
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 11:30 ||Top

#29: I blame the TEA Party.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 11:44 ||Top

#30: BTW I have two US families living on my street...
What street is that exactly JK?
Posted by: Betty Whomomble3966|| 2013-11-03 12:18 ||Top

#31: ...absolutely! Don't you racists understand that "self preservation/defense" is now the gummints job..?

Here's something for Jerkface to have someone read to him: 7 Racist Liberal Hypocrites Who Call For Gun Control While Being Protected By Guns

When seconds matter, the police are only minutes away...
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2013-11-03 12:32 ||Top

#32: Oh, America's killed lots of people? Good. I live for the day when America has subjugated the rest of the world to our will, forced you to become states and removed from the Universe any doubt over who is on top.

You're vermin Jerkface, I'm HAPPY to step on you. I REVEL in your destruction because at the end of the day, it'll be us standing on the bloody remains of the rest of the world.

Now don't you feel special? We've given you a purpose in life, to be crushed under the treads of our tanks. After all, the guts to grease our tank treads needs to come from somewhere.
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2013-11-03 13:12 ||Top

#33: Not supporting the Jerkface rant, but with every untruth there must be also be a grain or two of truth.

For wat it's worth, one man's opinion.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 14:16 ||Top

#34: By the way, jerkface killa = JFK?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 14:21 ||Top

#35: Need help - comment #4 doesn't show on my computer, something about not supporting office98?
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2013-11-03 14:42 ||Top

#36: I forgot! DON"T FEED THE TROLLS is in effect. My bad!
It's ok, AlmostAnonymous5839. The poor dear volunteered to be a chew toy.

Congrats Spereting Tingle4064

He's well known here for being a fabulist, Mr. Killa. That's a fancy English major word that means liar. But you go ahead and get excited because he sounds like all those anti-war movies you so dearly love... Oh, and by the way, Redneck Jim's post contained exactly one word of North American dialect, which happens to be in common usage on your side of the border as well. All the rest were standard North American English, used in the standard North American way, with only five words of two syllables and one word containing three. Did you perhaps have to redo first grade three or four times before you were allowed to progress?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2013-11-03 14:52 ||Top

#37: Yee-ouch, tw!

That's gonna leave a mark - as soon as Jerk gets Mommy Jerk to read it to him.
Posted by: Barbara|| 2013-11-03 15:02 ||Top

#38: Jerkface Killa, sorry, I didn't know you were Illiterate, Odd that you can type, or are you letting your momma type here.

That's OK, I'll type slower.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 15:13 ||Top

#39: Why are you feeding the troll?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 15:26 ||Top

#40: Think feeding plots g(r)om, feeding plots. A place where they can congregate to permit more efficient culling.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 15:30 ||Top

#41: # 36 But you go ahead and get excited because he sounds like all those anti-war movies you so dearly love

A maroon. A platoonic maroon. All I got.

#39 Why are you feeding the troll?

Chomsky's kids gotta eat somewhere.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2013-11-03 15:48 ||Top

#42: Chomsky's kids gotta eat somewhere.

They can eat each other.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 15:49 ||Top

#43: rantburg.com is worth $ 1,680.00

rantburg.com has a traffic ranking of 940,562 in the world globally according to Alexa which is not really good and it seems the site has just started doing good and yet to do better in respect of users visits. The website was first registered on 2002-01-16 and , right now it is hosted in the country US and has been registered under DOMAIN.COM, LLC domain registrar. It has daily 603 unique visitors with average 1206 page views daily. We found some social buzz about this website with 42 fb shares, 21 tweets and 0 Diggs so far. Rantburg is estimated worth of US Dollar $ 1,680.00 and have a daily income of around $ 4.00 US Dollar. As no active threats were reported recently by users, rantburg.com is SAFE to browse.

Posted by: WeRNotNKansas ToTo || 2013-11-03 15:54 ||Top

#44: Not a rumor: War on White Man.

US Gov't doc obtained states, "heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege"

Title: The Equal Opportunity Advisor Student Guide

The subject of white privilege emerged in a 20-page section titled, “Power and Privilege.”

“Whites are the empowered group,” the manual declares. “White males represent the haves as compared to the have-nots.”

The military document advises personnel to “assume racism is everywhere, every day” and “notice code words for race.” They are also instructed to “understand and learn from the history of whiteness and racism.”

“Assume racism is everywhere, everyday,” read a statement in a section titled, ‘How to be a strong 'white ally.'"

“One of the privileges of being white is not having to see or deal with racism all the time,” the manual states. “We have to learn to see the effect that racism has.”
Posted by: mossomo|| 2013-11-03 16:07 ||Top


Whites Down To 10% Of World Population By 2060— Does It Matter?

By Patrick J. Buchanan on May 1, 2008 at 12:00am

"This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper," wrote T.S. Eliot in the closing couplet of "The Hollow Men."

Eliot's poem was written after the Great War of 1914-1918 had carried off 9 million soldiers, wounded twice as many more, brought down the Romanov, Hohenzollern and Habsburg empires, and ushered onto the world stage Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and, soon, Adolf Hitler.

Readers have ascribed various meanings to Eliot's words. One college professor of English suggested Eliot was looking back to the "whimper" in the cradle in Bethlehem that signaled the end of the old world, the Pax Romana, and the coming of the new Christian age.

Some saw it as the whimper of a man facing the executioner's axe. Others say Eliot was referring to the middle-aged protagonist of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, who had "measured out my life with coffee spoons" and soon would "wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."

Recent reports suggest God has another end in store for us.

An Augusta, Ga., group, The National Policy Institute, has meshed the figures on fertility rates with the continents and races on Planet Earth—to visualize what the world will look like in 2060. [Global White Population To Plummet, download it here.]

In 1950, whites were 28 percent of world population and Africans 9 percent, a ratio of three-to-one. In 2060, the ratio will remain the same. But the colors will be reversed. People of African ancestry will be 25 percent of the world's population. People of European descent will have fallen to 9.8 percent.

More arresting is that the white population is shrinking not only in relative but in absolute terms. Two hundred million white people, one in every six on earth—a number equal to the entire population of France, Britain, Holland and Germany—will vanish by 2060.

The Caucasian race is going the way of the Mohicans.
Posted by: WeRNotNKansas ToTo || 2013-11-03 16:19 ||Top

#46: "More arresting is that the white population is shrinking not only in relative but in absolute terms."

I guess whitey just can't get it up anymore. The day I trust anything that racist Pat Buchanan writes or says, please give me the needle cuz I must have caught Alzheimer's.
Posted by: Jerkface Killa|| 2013-11-03 17:19 ||Top

#47: you can have the needle. One less mouth-breathing idiot parasite to feed and care for
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 17:26 ||Top

#48: JK: This is your only warning. We have been subjected to your abuse since you logged on here by making statements you can't prove and then refusing to provide information that backs your outrageous claims.

One more false attack, or one more ad hominem attack, one more attempt to make charges against Americans here without providing documentary evidence. and you will be banned from commenting. Anything you do from this point to protest this warning and you will be banned from ever even reading Rantburg.com

El Malo
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 17:37 ||Top

#49: I wonder how many of the brand-new nyms are the same troll posting shit to argue with so he can pretend he's accomplishing something with his strawmen.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2013-11-03 17:37 ||Top

#50: Ref #45:

An Augusta, Ga., group, The National Policy Institute, has meshed the figures on fertility rates with the continents and races on Planet Earth—to visualize what the world will look like in 2060. [Global White Population To Plummet, download it here.]

Few surprises here. We have birth control in all it's various and sometimes sinister forms to thank for at least a portion of this.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 17:51 ||Top

#51: Dumbass
Posted by: Jerkface|| 2013-11-03 18:55 ||Top

#52: It has never been the "Teapot Party" you stupid fuck. If you're banned, it should be because you heard your talking points, but were too fucking stupid to even get them right. Idiot. We can forgive trolling - to a point. Incompetent trolling? NEVER!
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 19:10 ||Top

#53: JFK, you didn't exactly endear yourself when you first showed up.

It's not that the "correct" view is the only one allowed, it's that unintelligent, rote-argumented opposition tends not to be welcomed with open arms. Especially when the commentary is intended to be nothing but inflammatory; emotional m**sturbation at having "stirring up the rubes", as it were.

Aside from the argument about Russia in WWII, you've offered nothing of substance.

"Tea Party"? How... trite.

It's akin to walking into a foreign city and acting as if you're back where your behavior is acceptable. Might not fly. In this case, you've walked onto private property. A site privately owned and maintained and funded by donations.

And that you've received a warning is unique among blogs- many other sites aligning with your political persuasion, and even not of it, ban commenters by rote.

Invoking Godwin's Law? Not a wise decision:

Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies, sometimes also known as Godwin's Law, is a theory put forward by Mike Godwin in 1990. Godwin noticed that long-threaded discussions on the Internet tended to turn into mud slinging competitions by the end. The longer a thread got, the more likely it was that a Nazi comparison would be dragged into the discussion. Godwin's Rule states that: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

Comparing someone, or an action, with the Nazis is a serious charge. Throughout most of the world, Hitler and the Nazis are equated with ultimate evil, due to their actions in the Second World War, which included the roundup of millions of Jewish people, homosexuals, gypsies, and other “undesirables” in the name of ethnic purity. The Nazis are associated with dictatorship, totalitarianism, and rigid order.

There are situations in which bringing up the Nazi party or Hitler is entirely legitimate. Any discussion of modern German history, for example, should include a discussion of the Nazis. However, when Nazis are brought up because a conversation is not going well, it suggests that the other side may have won the argument. Furthermore, it weakens valid comparisons.

Often, an example of Godwin's Rule accompanies hyperbole. The idea is to invalidate the opposition by comparing it to the Nazi Party. However, this can backfire, and usually does. Unless the comparison is valid, the person who brought up Nazis or Hitler is considered to be the loser. In a rational discussion or debate on or off the Internet, resorting to a Nazi comparison is generally a strong indicator that you have run out of material to discuss or support your claims.

Many Internet communities have taken Godwin's Rule to mean that when Nazis enter a conversation, the discussion is over.

Posted by: Pappy|| 2013-11-03 19:17 ||Top

#54: Seeing how the owners of this joint have made their decision, I have a parting gift for you. Play it. Play it to remember. You may even be able to read my response before it ends.

Classic response. The people who run this joint politely suggest you use the restroom and you shit in your chair. Had I been here I would have won $5. Seeing how English is likely a second language I'll keep it simple. In a way I should thank people like you who turned me off from the unithink paradise where I grew up - liberals, progressives, and even some legit democrats. Educated, or at least think they are, some even successful. I've seen how your caste is involved as their barnacle of state, or if not into that sort of thing the corn in the crap. First noticed, often talked about, but really not part of the body politic. Good for buying the coffee and giving rides. You try to get in by banging on the cages of dissenters to your colonialist ideals to laugh at the monkeys as you would say, show off to your little boyfriends. You lack pizazz, you lack the it factor. In the essence of pruning your vines down so you can see the walls, you have a number of tells, one of which I have explained and here are two of more obvious ones:

Wanna-be. You are not using that right. Obviously you have distain for a separate culture and think bashing egos with your superior culture, which earns you a colonialist badge, is the thing to do. By turning people off it makes them consider being bes. It has with me at least. You are an ineffective progressive.

Second, your sexual deviancy solidifies you in the progressive rather than liberal or democrat category.

As said, your flash cards are out of date. And if our regulars saw the thread the other day which stated roughly, "So your answer to ending gun violence is with more guns" is classic. No the answer to violence is not guns - good guys with guns mostly deter or defend against violence. The answer to reducing violence is culturally and spiritual. People who get free shit and don't have to work get idle hands and fall into mischief. People who have no real working worries always find something to do. And if you think I'm talking about blacks you need to consider your racists tendencies because it is anybody; humans are programmed like that. Even the plague of Kardashians have to find something to do.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2013-11-03 20:59 ||Top

#55: Mortal Sin #1 - impersonating others
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 21:17 ||Top

#56: swksvolFF has a mean streak. I like it.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 22:05 ||Top

#57: * Loads. *
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2013-11-03 23:49 ||Top

Top Posted by Grunter 11/03/2013  00:00 5 Comments 59 words Link to article
This should prove amusing... though not necessarily for the oh so earnest instigators. My first cut response, as a techno-uncertain little mother clearly in need of assistance for such things, is, "You go first, dear, and I'll watch to see how it's done."

#1: Maybe - just maybe - healthcare.gov will actually be sort of working in time for Christmas.

That doesn't mean that people will actually be able to sign up for insurance, just that they will be able to enter all of their private data.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2013-11-03 00:20 ||Top

#2: How fitting. That bug eyed creature delivered it on the Eve at the same time an underwear bomber burned his balls off trying to sink a plane.

It takes all kinds.
Posted by: newc|| 2013-11-03 00:46 ||Top

#3: The Holidays sounds about right. This will give the DNC sufficient time to use the pirated lists (and info therein) as a 2014 campaign contact and contributions and intimidations vehicle.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:36 ||Top

#4: Don't want to give them ideas, but why don't they use the "old fashion" paper application form for enrollments ?
Posted by: Kojo Sluling1823|| 2013-11-03 13:39 ||Top

#5: Pipe dream. The only kids who will be in the market are those that qualify for Medicaid.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2013-11-03 14:57 ||Top

Top Posted by Uncle Phester 11/03/2013  00:00 6 Comments 10 words Link to article
...more a reminder than Pulitzer...

#1: Vertical mobility.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 04:00 ||Top

#2: A clean portaloo ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 04:46 ||Top

#3: Get the size of the public sector work force down to about 2/3 of what it is now (including a similar sized reduction in grants and subsidies and regulations that channel money into rent-seeking "private" business) and most of our problems would evaporate.

Any society where the "good" jobs are public sector jobs is an autocracy.
Posted by: no mo uro|| 2013-11-03 06:04 ||Top

#4: No, get the Government payroll down to 1/10 what it is now, and we'll all be happy.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2013-11-03 15:19 ||Top

#5: Size of gov't has doubled since 2000.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2013-11-03 16:09 ||Top

#6: *ahem*
I have 3 bridges under construction, and a joint venture with Caltrans (DOT) retrofitting a historic 100 yr old bridge to which I assigned one of my assistant engineers, and we are also covering a soil-nail slope repair emergency project. All this with myself and 3 others. I can attest that my section of local gubbamint is NOT overstaffed
Posted by: Frank G|| 2013-11-03 16:53 ||Top

Top Posted by Uncle Phester 11/03/2013  00:00 3 Comments 0 words Link to article

#1: Any bets on American MSM picking up the story?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2013-11-03 03:45 ||Top

#2: They've obviously omitted one key name.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2013-11-03 05:02 ||Top

#3: He's an honorary member.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2013-11-03 16:50 ||Top