Hi there, ! Monday May 27th, 2019 

Memorial Day Texas Senate approves bill allowing Texans
to carry guns for week after natural disasters: report
Incendiary Balloons From
Gaza Ignite Fire In Border Community
Israel briefs: 14 Paleos
arrested in West Bank and Jerusalem
Arab Report: Ex-IDF Officer Admits
2015 Assassination Of Terrorist Kuntar
CAIR Report Claims Jewish Funders
Supporting 'Islamophobia Network'

Top Posted by 3dc 05/27/2019  12:20 5 Comments 51 words Link to article
In memory of those who stood strong for the USA!

Dick was OSS in WW-II then a major player in the Cold War until it ended.
Photo from 1942 before going into Germany...

#1: Grandpa on his Indian in Belgium with in 1918 - D company 304 Infantry
Posted by: 3dc|| 2019-05-27 12:44 ||Top

#2: Today is a difficult and quiet time for most. The families and the fallen are over us in every thought. Today we grill and drink beer. We celebrate those that are near, as those that have fallen would have wanted. Some say there is more to this holiday than grills and beer, maybe so, but it all starts there, with friend and family.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2019-05-27 13:38 ||Top

#3: Memorial Day grew out of the Civil War. Though non-partisan it still took generations to gain acceptance nationwide, and then only because it was expanded to honor WWII (and later - WWI was initially covered by Veterans/Armistice Day) losses. Now it is at least as much a start of summer holiday for most as an honoring of those who gave their lives for our country. (Please, no ‘Happy Memorial Day ‘)
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2019-05-27 14:37 ||Top

#4: Moved to the top of Page 1 so that this is the first thing we see on the site today.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-27 15:37 ||Top

#5: 45 minute video of one of the greatest heroisms during a naval battle. Ernest Evans, an unexpected American Indian "Samurai" captain of the destroyer Johnston against a much larger Japanese force in Leyte Gulf, WWII.

Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310|| 2019-05-27 18:16 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  09:44 9 Comments 119 words Link to article
[NBC Sports] Bart Starr, the MVP of the first two Super Bowls and a cornerstone of the Packers’ dynasty of the 1960s, has died. He was 85.

The Packers announced the death of the legendary quarterback on Sunday morning.

"We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr," Starr’s family said in a statement released by the Packers. "He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.

#1: Nice guy and an athlete role model kids could actually look up to.

Had lunch with his wife Cherry and him at a function in the mid 2000's. They were involved with an outreach program we shared in common, Rawhide Boy's Ranch. Very friendly, gracious and with a good sense of humor.

He will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2019-05-27 09:58 ||Top

#2: A stand-up guy from an age when nobody was confused about when to stand up.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:18 ||Top

#3: Heaven's All-Star team adds bench strength.
Posted by: Warthog|| 2019-05-27 10:26 ||Top

#4: Even though I grew up rooting for the 49ers, I always enjoyed seeing the Packers play. Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Ray Nitschke, and others I've forgotten. A truly great team!
Posted by: Tom|| 2019-05-27 11:04 ||Top

#5: ice bowl
Posted by: 3dc|| 2019-05-27 12:13 ||Top

#6: I used to loathe Bart Starr as a Cowboys fan, but I have to say that after reading about him in several books, including the great Jerry Kramer book about St. Vince the Lombardi, I came to realize what a great human being he was. Truly, he was all the best of what humanity has to offer in a person.

God's blessings on Bart, and may Jesus give you a special seat in Heaven.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:54 ||Top

#7: Very nicely said SPOD.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 13:25 ||Top

#8: SPOD, I know what you mean....As a teen in the '60's I was a Unitas fan but I had to respect Starr and the Packers.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-27 14:02 ||Top

#9: Amen to that. RIP Mr. Starr. All American all the way.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-27 17:50 ||Top

Top Posted by Skidmark 05/27/2019  08:27 6 Comments 0 words Link to article

#1: something tells me that texans don't need your law too allow them too do that
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-27 09:54 ||Top

#2: This guy has been a problem lately, so we'll see how far this frankly wise piece of legislation goes...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:11 ||Top

#3: Every time a tropical disturbance starts spinning up towards the upper Texas coast my first disaster prep is to inventory the ammunition. Haven't had any looting on my block for 36 years.
Posted by: BrujoTejano|| 2019-05-27 13:50 ||Top

#4: Like I was waiting for their permission.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2019-05-27 14:10 ||Top

#5: Note: these are State declared disasters.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 18:43 ||Top

#6: @#2: Bonnen is Joe Straus’s mini me, RINO piece of filth. How he got elected to be Speaker I’ll never know. He needs to be gone.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Clavith3514|| 2019-05-27 19:09 ||Top

Top Posted by Procopius2k 05/27/2019  07:58 16 Comments 51 words Link to article
[Daily Caller] CNN laid off almost all of its health care coverage division Tuesday, in a move the network called a “crazy rumor” less than three weeks ago.

While Dr. Sanjay Gupta is expected to keep his job, most of the rest of the division, based out of Atlanta, were released.

#1: Well, I mean, since AOC and Bill Nye both say "we're all gonna die" in exactly 11 years, 10 months, five days and 47 hours, it seems like sound management.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:49 ||Top

#2: and since all they talk about is impeaching trump, why do they need it anyway.Evidently they are finding out how many ppl are tired of their left wing bullshit and the ratings are hurting badly.
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-27 09:57 ||Top

#3: CNN Lays Off Almost Entire Obamacare Disinformation Division.

There, fixed it.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 09:59 ||Top

#4: As long as they keep their "pants of fire" team they'll be able to continue as usually.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2019-05-27 10:31 ||Top

#5: and since all they talk about is impeaching trump, why do they need it anyway.

Fire them all. I could write a bot to spit out impeachment drivel all day. But I learned to code.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 10:40 ||Top

#6: only 7 or 8 people in that division
Posted by: lord garth|| 2019-05-27 11:20 ||Top

#7: Only 2 left now. Who's gonna write their fake news/DNC agitprop?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-27 11:46 ||Top

#8: Who's gonna write their fake news/DNC agitprop?

The janitor could write it, but he or she probably voted for Trump...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 11:54 ||Top

#9: #7....the DNC writes the talking points, CNN be simply the sock puppets [allusion to a certain sexual activity appropriate].
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2019-05-27 11:59 ||Top

#10: Hey watch how you use that term!
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:06 ||Top

#11: Is Ted Turner still alive?
Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253|| 2019-05-27 13:45 ||Top

#12: Fox News' Neil Cavuto has taken over as leftist healthcare champion it seems.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 15:13 ||Top

#13: That's a start.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-27 17:39 ||Top

#14: Well they are pretty sick. Would absolutely not like to see it happen but one can only imagine former CNN staff bring an AR to work.

But now never Trumper RINOs like Cavuto have no ship to jump to. Or is "he" Jane Fonda". They do oddly resemble each other.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-27 17:50 ||Top

#15: Isn't a Division like 50,000 troops?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 19:44 ||Top

#16: ...or fake Facebook accounts.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2019-05-27 20:45 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  05:20 3 Comments 324 words Link to article
[The Federalist] On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing the intelligence agency heads to comply and cooperate with "a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election." The memorandum also gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify information pertaining to the investigation.

For several years, government officials from the Obama administration had alleged in anonymous leaks to friendly reporters that Trump was a traitor who had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. After nearly a year of investigation at the FBI, which included the use of wiretaps, national security letters, and overseas intelligence assets deployed against the campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein launched a special counsel to further investigate the claim.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his nearly two-year probe with a determination that neither Trump nor his campaign ‐ and indeed no Americans at all ‐ had colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. That probe, whose overwhelmingly Democrat participants bristled at the charge they were engaged in a "witch hunt," did attempt to show that Trump’s complaints against the false smear were tantamount to "obstruction of justice," but was unable to do so.

Media who are implicated in perpetuating the false allegation that Trump was a traitor reacted poorly to the news that Barr was given authority to bring some transparency to the Russia collusion narrative that had been effective precisely because it was shrouded in secrecy.

As bizarre as it is for journalists to fight transparency ‐ MSNBC’s Trump-bruised Joe Scarborough said declassifying documents is what an "autocrat" does ‐ it matches the talking points of those inside the agencies who worry about their activities being exposed. With the implosion of the Russia collusion theory, neither the sources nor their compliant journalist buddies who promised "bombshell" after "bombshell" are covered in glory.

#1: The memorandum also gave Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify information pertaining to the investigation.

Intelligence more than 24 hours old generally isn't worth much. The revealing of the NYT and other MSM outlets as 'leak conduits' is the real danger... for them anyway.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 05:28 ||Top

#2: Reall? Try Stuxnet.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889|| 2019-05-27 09:10 ||Top

#3: Leaks are like protests, dissent, the cult of personality and so forth. they're bad until suddenly they're not only not bad but instead are pillars of democracy. Cripe.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:31 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  05:10 7 Comments 1982 words Link to article
[Hot Air] Call it the last of the red-hot overhangs. Earlier this week, NPR’s Scott Horsley took note of a curious and counter-intuitive trend in disability claims. For the first time in decades ‐ and a few years after a sharp spike ‐ the number of Americans declaring themselves unable to work have started falling. It’s the last piece of a recovery puzzle that stumped a lot of people who should have known better:
During and after the Great Recession, people turned to disability rolls in large numbers to make ends meet. This accelerated what had been going on for a generation, as the federal government’s disability insurance program saw steady growth.

But now, for the first time in decades, the disability rolls are shrinking. More people with disabilities are returning to work and holding on to their jobs. With unemployment at a nearly 50-year low, companies are struggling to find workers. And that means people who had trouble finding a job in the past are suddenly in demand. That includes people with disabilities. ...

It’s still unusual for people to leave the disability program and return to work. Less than 1% of recipients do so each year. But the numbers have been growing as the job market has improved. In 2017 more than 51,000 people traded disability checks for paychecks, up from about 32,000 four years earlier.
It’s not like the inflation of disability rolls were a mystery, and yet nearly everyone seemed to forget about them. It began in earnest as the extended unemployment insurance payments began to run out in 2011-12. After a few years of the recovery, economists claimed that the US economy had reached "full employment" based on the U-3 unemployment rate. Yet wages remained flat and personal economies showed little sign of improvement. The same economists began claiming that the normal labor-market wage mechanisms of supply and demand had stopped working and that government intervention on compensation would be required to resolve the problem.

#1: Decline In Disability Rolls Might Mean This Jobs Boom Is For Real

It also "might mean" people claiming disability may have actually been able to work, but used deception to gain government benefits instead.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 05:17 ||Top

#2: i know several ppl who did exactly that b
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-27 07:13 ||Top

#3: That includes people with disabilities. ...

But apparently not including journalists who seem surprised at this economic boom; learn to code, assholes.
Posted by: Raj|| 2019-05-27 07:30 ||Top

#4: Now let's stop telling out of work Journolistas to learn how to code. We have more than enough bad programming as it is and they'd probably be hired by the gov't and screw things up to a fair-thee-well.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-27 07:52 ||Top

#5: I used to ride shotgun with a disabilities fraud investigator. Saw people doing roofing, changing out a transmission on a pickup in the driveway, golfing and so forth. Would you be surprised to learn union members and gummint employees are the most frequent offenders?
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:46 ||Top

#6: So Trump is forcing the disabled to work to survive?
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2019-05-27 14:40 ||Top

#7: Could the increased grants to development of assisted technologies also have something to do with this ? I also remember Trump awarding the Congressional Medal to Steve Gleason for something to do with assisted tech for disabled people.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 15:30 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  04:55 3 Comments 269 words Link to article
[Washington Examiner] Amid investigations into potential misbehavior by intelligence officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday, "It doesn't surprise me that the people we are looking at, they don't want transparency."

The South Carolina Republican told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace he agreed with President Trump's decision to give Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to work with the intelligence community in declassifying documents related to the origins of the Russia investigation and the conduct of the Justice Department and the FBI.

Barr's move has drawn strong criticism from former FBI Director James Comey, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Each has said the declassification process could lead agencies vulnerable to revelations about intelligence sources and methods.

But Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it's the ex-intelligence and Justice Department officials who should be on the defensive about their conduct in the 2016 campaign and early into Trump's tenure.

"The people who are worried about this are worried about being exposed for taking the law in their own hands," said Graham, 63, without identifying specific officials.

Wallace pressed him on this, calling these government secrets "the crown jewels of the intelligence community" and saying that critics had raised questions about whether Barr can "be trusted with these secrets" and whether Barr can "be trusted not to cherry-pick the information to make a case for the president."

#1: Barr's move has drawn strong criticism from former FBI Director James Comey, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Clearly a confirmation that AG Barr is on the right track.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 05:01 ||Top

#2: To copy Insty, "Faster Please"

While I truly believe that these Deep State minions are guilty as charged, until I see something done I'll expect them to run out the clock.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2019-05-27 07:55 ||Top

#3: What is it that said all the time - If you have nothing to hied you have nothing to worry about? Well, I'm sure you boys have nothing to worry about then. Or maybe you do...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:23 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  04:48 0 Comments 225 words Link to article
[American Thinker] Democratic expectations of victory over Trump were dashed when Mueller absolved the President of any untoward arrangement with Russian tools of Putin. Within an hour, Mueller went from being heralded as the "most trusted man in America" to a traitor. His words had been twisted by AG Barr, they said. Mueller would come to Congress and tell them the real truth. But Mueller does not want to be grilled by crazed Democrats; one can imagine their vicious anger that would be directed his way. By noon that day, these former Mueller devotees turned their wrath upon Barr. Suddenly he was "the President's lawyer," not the AG. In short, since the day the report was released, the left's meltdown that began on election night 2016 got infinitely worse. For nearly three years they had studiously ignored the mountains of evidence that the entire fiasco was a seditious attempt at a coup, a scheme to frame and overthrow a duly-elected President. Those involved believed their plan would work. Those who were duped by the rumors and innuendo because they so hated the fact that this drain-the-swamp outsider had come to power in their backyard were left stunned.

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  04:40 7 Comments 1139 words Link to article
[American Thinker] Sir Richard Dearlove, former Head of British Secret Intelligence Service MI6 warns that 99 percent of Huawei is directly owned by the Chinese Communist Party.

In ’Defending Our Data: Huawei, 5G and the Five Eyes,’ Dearlove reports that by undercutting the prices of once dominant European telecom network equipment by 18-30 percent, Huawei’s sales rose from $4.6 billion in in 2014 to $105 billion in 2018.

Although customers give high marks to Huawei for quality and reliability, the key to achieving its 41 percent global telecom network infrastructure share has been Chinese state-owned banks lending $10 billion directly to Huawei or indirectly to its customers.

With a purported a $100 billion Chinese bank credit line, Huawei was positioned to gain an even more dominant market share with the roll-out of fifth generation cellular network technology (5G), before President Trump placed Huawei Technologies, Inc. on the U.S. Commerce Department's "Entity List," that bans American companies from selling components to Huawei without a U.S. government license.

President Trump’s actions may have reduced Huawei’s potential sales by up to 60 percent, due to follow-on bans by U.S. allies in Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada and others. But given that Huawei runs on Google Android software and gets its chips from Intel and Qualcomm, the U.S. ban may be the equivalent of a technological death sentence.

#1: ...Dear Sir Richard:


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2019-05-27 06:20 ||Top

#2: The 'Cone of Silence' lifted at last. Sir Richard's amazing discovery, not so very different from here or anywhere else. Stop paying taxes on it and see who owns it next.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 09:27 ||Top

#3: I never get tired of reading lefty tech writers wetting their pants over how Trump is dealing with this.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:53 ||Top

#4: Don't forget that Lenova (which is Chinese based) was caught with malware and spyware embedded in the operating systems of their computers a few years back.

If you are at all worried about cyber security, you should not ever buy anything manufactured in China. Their technology industry is a direct arm of their intelligence gathering machinery.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:35 ||Top

#5: So where can I buy a computer that is NOT Made in China?
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2019-05-27 14:19 ||Top

#6: I mean, I have a Samsung tablet that was made in Korea but the OS is Google's Android and it sucks. I've thrown myself at this device trying to figure out how to get anything useful out of it. It works with bluetooth keyboard and mouse but even so the Android OS is more of a child's toy than a useful tool for grownups.
Posted by: Abu Uluque|| 2019-05-27 14:23 ||Top

#7: Abu Uluque: I build my own PC's (and will help if you want, I have some spare parts). I try to restrict my purchases to Korean (Samsung) and Taiwanese (Coolermaster, Gigabyte, Asrock) manufactured components. There is a USA made power supply, but likely has hybrid origins. That covers everything except CPU's; you never know there, but AMD's Ryzen's are supposed to be made in Taiwan. Nvidia is a USA company that uses TSMC, a Taiwanese company, for their fabs to make their GPU's. So buy an Nvidia card from Gigabyte and avoid the PRC. Mostly. Many components and chips will be made in the PRC. This wasn't true before, but it is now.

You can get a computer from Supermicro and spec it for no PRC parts, but I can't swear to full compliance, and it will be crazy pricey as you are specifying something that will be audited to the component level throughout the build. My only Mac is a Mac Pro that was supposed to be made in the USA. I know all the parts are not.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike|| 2019-05-27 17:20 ||Top

Top Posted by Besoeker 05/27/2019  04:26 4 Comments 296 words Link to article
[Breitbart] Sunday on ABC’s "This Week," Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said negative statements by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page while investigating President Donald Trump sounded "a whole lot like a coup" and added that it could even be "treason."

Cheney said, "What is crucially important to remember here is that you had Stzrok and Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like we must stop this president. We need an insurance policy against this president. That in my view when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup, and it could well be treason. And I think that we need to know more. What was Jim Comey’s role in all this? These people reported to him. Andy McCabe reported to him. What was Comey’s role in that, and that is what the attorney general is going to be focused on."

She added, "Think about the fact that we had people that are at the highest levels of our law enforcement in this nation saying that they were going to stop a dually elected president of the United States, saying they need an insurance policy against him. That is something that simply cannot happen. We have to have confidence in our law enforcement, and the attorney general has got to get to the bottom of what happened, how it was that those people were allowed to misuse and abuse their power that way."

#1: Demolition of the Orange Man appears to have been their assigned task. The attributing of thousands of text messages between the two to an illicit affair is probably a cover for action.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 04:34 ||Top

#2: Use the proper word Liz - Sedition.

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2019-05-27 09:41 ||Top

#3: Perfect fit for a host of players in this deep state miasma. Thanks for the precise definition P2K.
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2019-05-27 11:19 ||Top

#4: Many of the things done in trying to take down POTUS and the goverment seems to fit the definition.

I thought that death was a possible penalty? Has that been changed?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-27 17:47 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 2 Comments 145 words Link to article
[Jpost] Incendiary balloons launched from Gazoo started a fire in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, an Israeli community bordering Gazoo, on Sunday.

The incident is under investigation.
“Yo! Ari — you see that? Call the fire department, I do believe it is another fire balloon from Gaza.”
“Why, yes, Yossi, I do believe it is. In fact... Hark! There’s a label on the bottom that says ‘If found, please return to Mahmoud Hassan ibn Mohammed Hasn al-Majayda, 11 Jihadi Street, Khan Yunis, Gaza’ “
Fortunately, all the fires have been put out per last report, so no worries until the next round.

#1: 10x more fires should be lit in Gaza in response, preferably with napalm.
Posted by: Raj|| 2019-05-27 00:29 ||Top

#2: absolutely - in their downtown hovels
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-27 08:38 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 209 words Link to article
Some people just can’t play nicely with others, and so must be given a time out.
Police Arrest Six Suspects In Possession Of Weapons In Umm Al-Fahm

[Jpost] Israel Police arrested six suspects in possession of illegal weapons in Umm al-Fahm Sunday morning.

The search, conducted by police and Border Police, uncovered three pistols and ammunition.

The detainees, aged between 19 and 29, will be brought for a hearing on Monday on the request to extend their detention in the Hadera Magistrate's Court.

Police Arrest Three Muslims On Temple Mount For Cursing Jews

[Jpost] Three Muslims on the Temple Mount were arrested on Sunday morning after they cursed at Jews and approached them, Kan reported. Jews are still allowed entry to Temple Mount.

Israeli Security Forces Arrest Five Palestinians

[Jpost] Israeli security forces arrested five Palestinians overnight Saturday in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. The IDF and Shin Bet arrested the five people for suspected involvement in terrorist activity.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 6 Comments 388 words Link to article
Or not, as the case may be. But the gentleman in question is most unquestionably dead, which is what matters.
[Jpost] Was Israel responsible for the liquidation of Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese terrorist who belonged to the Paleostine Liberation Front?
The PLF was a precursor to the secular Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
The London-based Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat claimed Sunday that a former Israeli army officer, Marco Morno, confirmed that Israel assassinated Kuntar in 2015 with "two planes that bombed a building with four long-range missiles after receiving information from ’one of the leaders of the Syrian opposition faction.’"

Kuntar murdered three Israelis in 1979, a 28-year-old man, his 4-year-old daughter, and an Israeli policeman. The man’s 2-year-old daughter suffocated as her mother tried to quiet her crying.

The terrorist spent nearly 30 years in Israeli prisons and was released in exchange for the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed by Hezbollah in 2008. On his release, he returned to Leb and joined Hezbollah, becoming a prominent member.
Did he get religion in Israel’s prisons, or did he, like so many, join the jihad in whichever organization would provide him the greatest latitude to exercise his skillz?
At the time of Kuntar’s death, Israel did not claim responsibility, though according to Asharq al-Awsat , the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has previously said that Kuntar was the target of various failed Israeli liquidation attempts in Syria.

Morno reportedly told an Israeli news site about the liquidation, which he said he could share under military censorship.

The IDF has not responded to the report and it remains unclear if the operation was in fact carried out by Israel or the Syrian opposition.

#1: Yeah, so?

The PLF was a precursor to the secular Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 00:48 ||Top

#2: The Free Syrian Army has released a video clip claiming responsibility for killing Kuntar and accusing Hezbollah of blaming Israel for propaganda purposes.
Posted by: BernardZ|| 2019-05-27 10:11 ||Top

#3: Did they indeed, BernardZ. How delightful! You wouldn’t possibly have a link to share on the subject?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-27 15:52 ||Top

Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 19:11 ||Top

#5: Free Syrian Army Claims Killing of Hezbollah’s Samir Kuntar – ‘Not Israel’
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 19:12 ||Top

#6: That works for me — thank you, Skidmark. Also from your second link:

The FSA vowed Monday in its statement to Arab media that it would also target other Hezbollah fighters in future attacks, the Lebanon-based Daily Star reported.

Turkey’s proxy vs Iran’s proxy? Go for it, guys, while we cheer from the sidelines for both sides to lose big.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2019-05-27 20:55 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 7 Comments 129 words Link to article
The softish jihad of Alinskyite tactics.
[Jpost] The report, "Hijacked by Hate," claims that more than 1,096 mainstream foundations funded 39 groups in what it calls the "Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
Network" between 2014 and 2016.

A new report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations

#1: I don't like the word islamaphobia. We're npt scared of you, we just don't like you.
Posted by: chris|| 2019-05-27 04:49 ||Top

#2: There's no such thing as islamophobia. Although islamophilia has been witnessed among some pitifully naive people.

You can't fear islam. You can either hate it, like it or be indifferent to it.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 08:40 ||Top

#3: Phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something. Fear of Islam is neither extreme or irrational.
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2019-05-27 11:06 ||Top

Posted by: 3dc|| 2019-05-27 14:07 ||Top

#5: You don't fear shit, you flush it.
Posted by: Woodrow|| 2019-05-27 16:16 ||Top

#6: A bright green camellia! The Knights
Protect all Islamophiles' rights,
Distributing passes
From camels and asses
They ride on their heavenward flights!
Posted by: Wholing Bonaparte6194|| 2019-05-27 17:33 ||Top

#7: The Jews aren't conducting terrorist attacks all over the world, so I'm fine with them. You, not so much.
Posted by: Regular joe|| 2019-05-27 17:44 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 1 Comments 62 words Link to article
[Ynet] A German business group says German companies' trade with Iran has declined sharply as the United States turns up the economic heat on Tehran.

Treier said that, of 120 German companies that were active in Iran, only 60 are still in the country. He said that "the U.S. sanctions affect economic relations like a full embargo because the financial sector is affected."

#1: Good. Get it down to 0.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick|| 2019-05-27 14:25 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 481 words Link to article
[DAWN] GWADAR: A suspected murderous Moslem was killed during an exchange of fire with security forces in the Tump area of Kech district on Saturday, officials said.

According to security officials, Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
personnel were passing by the Gomazai area of Tump when gunnies opened fire on them. The FC personnel retaliated, and heavy exchange of fire continued for a while. As a result, an attacker was killed while the rest managed to escape.

Security officials handed over the body to Levies for identification. The man was identified as Mehrab Khan.

A search operation was launched in the area to trace out the forces of Evil involved in the attack.

...back at the desert island, Bert climbed the cocoanut tree, looking for ships. He saw none. He looked in the other direction and saw Irene, vigorously scrubbing her backside...
the Levies personnel seized 1,500kg hashish from a truck in the Talar area in Pasni Tehsil of Gwadar district on Saturday.

Pasni assistant commissioner Jamil Ahmed Rind said that the truck was on its way to the port city of Gwadar from Turbat.

Levies personnel patrolling the area found the truck parked on the main highway as it had run out of fuel. During search, Levies found a huge quantity of hashish in the truck. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
no arrest was reported.

Gwadar deputy commissioner Wasim Ahmed announced a cash award of Rs250,000 for the Levies personnel who seized hashish from the truck.

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[DAWN] The contest to replace Theresa May as British prime minister hotted up on Saturday with five candidates now vying for a job whose central task will be to find a way to take a divided Britannia out of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...

May announced on Friday she was quitting over her failure to deliver Brexit, raising the prospect of a new leader who could seek a more divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
split with the EU which could lead to confrontation with the bloc or a possible parliamentary election.

British health minister Matt Hancock became the latest figure to join the contest to replace May, following former foreign minister Boris Johnson, current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, International Deve­lo­pment Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey.

About a dozen contenders in total are thought to be considering a tilt at the leadership, with trade minister Liam Fox and former junior Brexit minister Steve Baker not ruling out a challenge when asked on Saturday.

#1: I like Boris, and just think how much they'll save on the PM's hair care and styling
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-27 10:24 ||Top

#2: London hairdresser gay riot in 3-2-1...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 11:58 ||Top

#3: Popcorn and may the best slanger/haranguer win.

Seriously, Britain needs a pro-Brexit PM to get the show on the road. The great mass of the unwashed in Britain voted for the danged thing in when? the last Ice Age? May and her minions did nothing her entire tenure but run a delaying rope a dope hoping for a change in public opinion.

NOW, with what is happening in European politics, they may be left turning off the lights as other countries flee the EU.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:51 ||Top

#4: And the UK needs a strong PM to deal with the jihadists before they go critical mass.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2019-05-27 17:14 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 3 Comments 341 words Link to article
[DAWN] Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday appealed to holy mans belonging to various schools of thought to provide all-out support to making the anti-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...
campaign successful.

The holy mans, who called on the chief minister at his office, announced their complete cooperation for the anti-polio campaign and resolved to work effectively to eliminate polio.

The chief minister said the presence of polio in Pakistain was a matter of concern and that the whole world had become polio-free, but the disease still existed in Pakistain and Afghanistan.

Stressing the role of holy mans in the anti-polio campaign, he said they had always played an effective role in the protection of social and moral values. Now, he said, children needed the holy mans to make the anti-polio campaign successful and eliminate the fatal disease. A detailed meeting with the holy mans will be held after Eidul Fitr, the chief minister added.

#1: Shit.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 08:41 ||Top

#2: Polio suits them nicely. Maybe we could hook them up with some small pox too.
Posted by: jpal|| 2019-05-27 13:49 ||Top

#3: Sounds like Seattle
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 16:12 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 197 words Link to article
[DAWN] A brother of late Afzal Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i, the central character behind the exposition of the 2012 Kohistan video scandal, was booked on Saturday for his alleged involvement in the murder of an acquaintance of Kohistani's widow.

According to a first information report registered against Kohistani's brother, Gul Nazar, and another suspect, Gul Shahzada, the former fatally shot Muhammad Waqar yesterday over suspicions that he was in a relationship with Kohistani's second wife.

The incident took place in the Byari area of Battagram's Allai tehsil in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The complainant, Waqar's brother, stated in the FIR that all three men were travelling to a relative's house in Allai when the two suspects stopped the car at Janazga and asked Waqar to step out and settle the dispute.

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[DAWN] Following reports of violence during a protest in North Wazoo on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement in the afternoon saying that a check post in the area was assaulted by a group and in an exchange of fire, three people were killed while 15 were maimed ─ including five soldiers.

According to the statement by the Army's media wing, MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir ─ both of whom are leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ─ were leading the group.

"A group led by Mohsin Javed [Dawar] and Ali Wazir assaulted Kharqamar check post, Boyya, North Waziristan tribal district this morning. They wanted to exert pressure for release of suspected terrorists’ controller tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
the other day," added the statement, without specifying who the suspect was.

"Troops at the check post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post. Due to firing of the group, five Army soldiers got injured. In exchange of fire, three individuals who attacked the post bit the dust and 10 got injured," it said.

All injured have been shifted to Army Hospital for treatment, said the ISPR statement, adding that Ali Wazir along with 8 individuals have been arrested while Mohsin Javed [Dawar] is on the lam.
An Nahar provides background:
The Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM) has rattled the military since it burst onto the scene earlier last year with a call to end alleged abuses by security forces targeting ethnic Pashtuns in the restive tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, both members of parliament, led a group that attacked a checkpost in Boyya in North Wazoo tribal district to "exert pressure for release of a controller of suspected terrorists," the military said in a statement.

North Waziristan, once plagued by militancy and unrest, is where Washington believes that Pakistain is providing safe haven to hard boy groups including the Afghan Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
and the Haqqani Network.

The army has carried out multiple operations in the region, and security there and across Pakistain has dramatically improved in recent years.

But the military maintains a heavy presence there still, and the PTM has unleashed festering anger over the alleged abuses against Pashtuns across the country, including enforced disappearances and assassinations.

The movement remains peaceful, but has been notable for its direct verbal attacks on the armed forces in a country where such criticism is largely seen as a red line.

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#1: In the West, we build atomic clocks with nanosecond accuracy. In Pakistain, they are trying to find the Moon so they can set their calendars.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 01:13 ||Top

#2: They even tried to 'dissuade' Lunar missions in Asia, protesting and beating their chests, women ululating and wailing on the streets.

There was a rumor spread by some moslem idjits that Neil Armstrong turned moslem because he was visited on... the moon !

look up Armstrong conversion to islam. ☺
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 08:54 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 3 Comments 88 words Link to article

#1: A lesson, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:28 ||Top

#2: Brexit party cleaned hous on the "Conservative" pary of May and the other Euro-swamp obstructioninsts.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891|| 2019-05-27 16:10 ||Top

#3: Time to try to sell another do over
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 16:14 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 316 words Link to article
[DAWN] Four men died and seven were maimed on Sunday in three separate kabooms in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect the involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the kabooms took place.

A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the kaboom at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.

Two more were maimed when an explosive they were carrying on a cycle of violence on the outskirts of Kathmandu went kaboom!.

Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.

"We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security," police front man Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.

Pokharel said that seven people have been tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
so far.

The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called by the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.

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[ALMASDARNEWS] A group of reconciled rebels
...what on earth does that mean?
carried out a new ambush against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate on Saturday.

According to a military source in the Daraa Governorate, the reconciled rebels that were previously part of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) opened fire on a Syrian Army bus in the town of Jillin.
With whom did they reconcile, then? Not the Syrian Arab Army, that’s for sure.
The source said several Syrian Arab Army soldiers were maimed and transported to a nearby hospital.

Prior to this attack, a group of reconciled rebels attacked the nearby military intelligence base and took the officers hostage.

The reconciled rebels demanded the Syrian military intelligence release the former Free Syrian Army commander Haytham al-Hariri from their prisons.

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[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recaptured the key town of Kafr Naboudeh this week after withdrawing from it as a result of the jihadist counter-offensive.
HTS/al-Nusra lost 120 men kicking the Syrian army out yesterday or the day before.
According to a military source, the Russian Air Force played an imperative role in the Syrian Army’s success on Sunday, as their fighter jets completely wiped out Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
’s fortifications inside Kafr Naboudeh.

With Kafr Naboudeh under their control, the Syrian Army will now make a push towards the Idlib province. In doing so, the Syrian Army will have to capture the large hilltop of Tal Sakher, which overlooks Kafr Naboudeh from its eastern flank.

If they are able to capture Tal Sakher, the Syrian Army can finally push to capture the town of al-Hobeit. The aforementioned town has long been under the control of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its proximity to the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun makes its capture all the more important.

Since Saturday evening, the Syrian and Russian air forces have been peppering Khan Sheikhoun with Arclight airstrikes every few hours. These airstrikes have reportedly caused significant damage to HTS’ defenses in this part of the Idlib province.

In regards to Khan Sheikhoun, its location along the Idlib-Hama Highway makes its capture a high priority for the Syrian Army’s high command.

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[USATODAY]Paramedics responded to Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port St. John Saturday after a woman was bitten by an alligator.

Brevard County Fire Rescue said the woman had "significant" bite injuries and was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.

No information was immediately available on the age of the victim or the circumstances leading up to the bite.

Gator trapper Frank Robb responded to the scene after a call from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He was able to locate the gator in the area where the bite took place.

Robb was able to lure out the gator by mimicking its calls. Witnesses at the scene verified that it was the same animal that bit the woman.

Gators that attack humans or pets are always killed as a precaution against future attacks, according to FWC policy.

"He was probably an 8-footer missing 2 feet of his tail from an old fight, and most all of his teeth was missing," Robb said. Based on the gator's behavior and lack of fear, Robb said it had probably been fed in the past.

#1: "Does your alligator bite?"
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 08:56 ||Top

#2: I bicycle past a lot of canals and lakes here where gators are to be expected. I should probably carry while riding but I imagine shooting a gator is a bigger legal hassle than shooting a person anyway. Lots of people don't know gators can do 35 mph for short bursts (not just those sudden lunges to get a poodle or dachshund that gets too close)
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:21 ||Top

#3: Witnesses at the scene verified that it was the same animal that bit the woman.

Did they have a sketch artist draw a composite or did they do a police lineup?
Posted by: jpal|| 2019-05-27 19:51 ||Top

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[MSN] As Memorial Day weekend wore on, by Sunday morning Chicago police had responded to the shootings of 21 people, three of whom died from their injuries, officials said.

The grim tally was only expected to increase as a shooting Sunday about 6 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Throop Street in Englewood is said to have left two dead and two injured. The shooting was possibly in retaliation for an earlier one in the same neighborhood on West Hastings Street, which also left a man dead, investigators said.

#1: Unprecedented! Meaning not since the last warm spring day. I think economists refer to this as pent-up demand.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 00:45 ||Top

#2: More than 34 shot
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 08:39 ||Top

#3: And here's still one more day to go.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance|| 2019-05-27 11:01 ||Top

#4: Chicago Crime 2019... Sad, though we can note that William Hale Thompson is as of 2019 the last Republican to have served as mayor of Chicago(1927-1931).
Posted by: magpie|| 2019-05-27 13:33 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 1 Comments 495 words Link to article
[AnNahar] Sri Lanka's military has detained nearly 100 suspects during four days of search operations against remnants of an Islamist group blamed for the Easter attacks that killed 258, officials said Sunday.

Some 3,000 military personnel were deployed in and around the capital as well as other key towns for cordon-and-search activities that began on Thursday, a military official said.

In the first three days, security forces took 87 suspects into custody and they were handed over to police for further investigations, he added.

"The number of people detained could be around 100 by now," a security official said adding that almost all were taken in for possessing drugs and in some cases illegal weapons.
“Never allow a good crisis to go to waste,” as Rahm Emanuel, recently retired mayor of Chicago, once said.
A few were also detained along with video and other propaganda material of the local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) which has been blamed for the April 21 bombings.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group has also claimed a role in the attacks.

Several parts of the capital were also targeted in search operations by troops on Sunday.

Similar raids were carried out in North Western Province, north of Colombo, where anti-Moslem riots this month left one man dead and left hundreds of Moslem-owned shops, homes and mosques destroyed.

Security forces have placed in durance vile
You have the right to remain silent...
scores of suspects in connection with the April 21 bombings of three hotels and three churches, as well as over what appeared to be organised violence against the island's Moslem minority.

While authorities say the immediate jihadist threat has been blunted, President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday extended for one month the 30-day state of emergency imposed after the suicide kabooms.

#1: I stand by my initial assumption. The roots for this thing in SriLanka lie in South India.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 08:44 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 95 words Link to article
[AlAhram] As Egypt’s current agreement with the International Monetary Fund is set to end soon, many are asking what comes next.

Egypt is nearing completion of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), while on Friday a staff team from the international financial institution completed their fifth and final review of Egypt’s economic reform programme supported by the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement.

Once approved by the IMF’s Executive Board, Egypt will receive around $2 billion, the final tranche of a $12 billion package signed in November 2016.

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Gotta get those Ramadan points while the getting’s good. It’ll be over soon, and then it’s back to normal for jihadis until next year.
[AlAhram] Gunmen burst into a church in northern Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
on Sunday and rubbed out four people, a security source said - at least the fourth attack on Christians in the past month.

Other worshippers were maimed in the assault on the morning service at the church near the town of Titao, the source added.

No one has grabbed credit for the attacks which threaten to upend traditionally peaceful relations between the Moslem majority and Christians who make up a quarter of Burkinabes.

The government has blamed unnamed terrorist groups operating in the country and Africa's surrounding Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...

Islamist Death Eaters based in Mali have regrouped after a French intervention in 2013 and now use the country’s north and centre as launchpads for attacks on neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Gunmen killed a Protestant pastor and five congregants in another church in northern Burkina in late April. A Catholic priest and five parishioners were killed in an attack in the central town of Dablo on May 12 and another four Catholics died in an attack two days later in the northern town of Ouahigouya.

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No doubt they were instead busily voting for right-of-Macron or Green delegates to the European parliament, depending on inclination.
[AlAhram] Yellow vest protesters clashed with riot police in Gay Paree and the northern city of Amiens on Saturday as the French anti-government movement waned on its 28th straight weekend.

Police in Amiens, hometown of President Emmanuel Macron, fired teargas at about 1,200 demonstrators after a group pelted stones at police, attacked local bank branches and set fire to rubbish cans, the local police chief’s office said.

Police detained 27 people in the city.

A few hundred protesters also clashed with police in downtown Gay Paree, in and around the Place de la Republique.

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[AlAhram] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
on Sunday shot down a bomb-laden drone deployed by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
to attack an airport in the kingdom, state media reported.
The Saudi air force intercepted and destroyed the drone that targeted Jizan airport, close to the southern border with Yemen, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the rebels was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The rebels' al-Masirah TV said earlier that the drone targeted military hangars at Jizan airport.

The airport is used by thousands of civilians every day, but the coalition reported no casualties and warned the rebels of a strong response.

The strike comes after the Houthis on Thursday similarly targeted Najran
a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. It is the capital of Najran Province and a favored target of Houthirocket forces....
airport also near the Yemeni border with an explosives-laden drone.

That attack -- the third against Najran airport in 72 hours -- had targeted a Patriot air defence system, al-Masirah said.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to push back an advance by the Houthi rebels, who still hold the capital Sanaa, and to restore to power President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Since then, the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say.

It has triggered what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 24.1 million -- more than two-thirds of the population -- in need of aid.
This compares to probably more than half needing aid as measured by the UN before the war.

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[DW] Since 2016, Germany has deported about 600 Afghans whose applications for asylum were rejected. When they land, they are given €150 and left to fend for themselves. Observers say this practice is irresponsible.
"Obervers" can eat a Bag 'O Dicks
In May alone, there have been numerous murders, incidents of violence and terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. According to a UN report, 561 non-combatants were killed from January to March 2019. And Germany's Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for Afghanistan, reporting that "staying in most parts of the country remains dangerous."

Despite these facts, Germany recently deported 26 more people to Afghanistan. Since December 2016, almost 600 people have been sent to the country in a total of 24 repatriation flights. Authorities have even used physical force to deport people.

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[al masdar news] Iraq stands by Iran, will not support US military action: Iraqi FM

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim said that Baghdad rejects the unilateral measures taken by the US.

He said that Iraq stands with its neighbour Iran and will act as an intermediary between both parties, adding that Baghdad does not believe an “economic blockade” is fruitful.

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[BIZPACREVIEW] With Speaker Nancy Pelosi locking horns with President Donald Trump in a battle that is getting increasingly personal, the Washington Post is out with a timely piece calling the 79-year-old California Democrat a “fashion icon.”

Describing Pelosi as “a recipe for stylish feminine authority with a healthy dose of attitude,” fashion journalist Christina Binkley doesn’t even try to hide her adulation for the Democrat leader.

In the article, Binkley props up Pelosi as a master effortlessly manipulating Trump back in December under the guise of writing about the red wool coat she had on.

“Pelosi also stayed largely mum when her clothes drew attention in December,” she wrote. “As she strode out of the White House looking victorious in a brick-red wool coat and sunglasses, having baited President Trump into taking responsibility for the coming government shutdown, she tipped her sunglasses. Her swagger went viral. So did the coat.”

#1: Yes, like the wookie's "toned arms, this is Important Stuff™
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:46 ||Top

#2: In my day, the chain of command frowned upon a healthy does of attitude.
Posted by: Cesare|| 2019-05-27 09:50 ||Top

#3: Oh please.

A fashion icon?

Anything to get a pro democrap article out there.

Perchance they could find a never Trumper out in the midst of the interior design world to write about (a twofer, gay and anti-Trump)
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:40 ||Top

#4: To these people Malia Obama is a rockstar.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 15:17 ||Top

#5: Can't wait til "bad girl" lives up to her name and the media has to go into overtime explaining a DUI is a "lifestyle choice" or shoplifting is "alternative shopping,"
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 15:49 ||Top

#6: In her defense, I have always thought that Nancy P. did dress very nicely; very elegant, understated suits, properly fitted and nicely accessorized - always suitable for the occasion. It's practically the only nice thing I do have to say for her, however. Always did wish that Michelle O. could have taken fashion advice from San Fran Nan, or whoever was her wardrobe adviser/ personal shopper. Fashion-wise, Michelle was a disaster, and no amount of flattery from Vogue and that ilk could make her into anything else.
Posted by: clyahayes@gmail.com|| 2019-05-27 15:56 ||Top

#7: So, are we going to start seeing Nan on the Amazon home page? (The way we've been treated to Oprah and Michelle O in the recent past.)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2019-05-27 17:47 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 2 Comments 433 words Link to article
[PILOTONLINE] The Memorial Day weekend party, he said, started in the late afternoon with several people setting up while others cooked and played music. As the sun was setting, two people rapped on top of a U-Haul truck as dozens gathered in the street and front yards, according to a video of the party posted to Facebook.

"This is our Something in the Water," one man said in the video, referring to a Virginia Beach festival last month that drew stars like Jay-Z, Pharrell and Missy Elliott.

Later that evening, the block party began to turn violent.

Around 9 p.m. Saturday, Chesapeake Police responded to the intersection of Holly Cove Drive and Airline Boulevard for noise complaints and traffic congestion as people refused to move for vehicles, Kosinski said.

Officers cleared the scene and left.

About an hour later, they got another call for the same complaints. Kosinski said police devised a new plan to ensure the problems didn't continue and then started driving back to the neighborhood.

While they were on the way, gunshots erupted.

"We were there fairly quickly," Kosinski said. "But it was very chaotic."

At the scene, officers found multiple people with gunshot wounds, he said, adding that all of the injuries occurred either on the street or in people's yards.

A man live-streamed the immediate aftermath of the shooting in a Periscope video. When shots rang out, he said he was waiting for food and had to duck to avoid being hit. Several kids were next to him, he said.

"All I heard was shots fired and people running toward me," he said in the video, repeating the "pop-pop-pop" of gunshots. "I just kept hearing gunshots."

About 20 minutes after the shooting, he said he was stuck in his car on the street while police were on the scene. Officers closed the neighborhood's entrance off Airline Boulevard while they worked to restore peace, preserve the scene of the crime and collect evidence.

For the rest of the long weekend, Kosinski said, there will be an increased police presence in the Holly Cove neighborhood.

Few details about what sparked the altercation were available, and Kosinski said he's not sure if it qualifies as a mass shooting because it will depend on intent.

"The police are doing a thorough investigation so that they can do everything in their power to prevent something like this from happening again," the mayor said.

#1: Kosinski said he's not sure if it qualifies as a mass shooting because it will depend on intent.

"At the moment, we have not determined if this is a mass shooting or simply a war zone."
Posted by: SteveS|| 2019-05-27 01:09 ||Top

#2: "Escape from New York" idea gains traction day by day.
Posted by: Warthog|| 2019-05-27 10:29 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 2 Comments 134 words Link to article
[NATIONALREVIEW] Theresa May said today that it was a matter of "deep regret" that she hasn’t delivered Brexit. But three years ago, it seems, a half-competent leader could have enacted a persuasive and moderate Brexit with a comfortable majority. A half-competent leader, making the kinds of mistakes Theresa May has made, would also have known when to quit. She has been entirely uncompromising on that front ‐ resigning only when forced to.

Which is why I don’t feel in the least bit sorry for the trembling ninny. As far as political obituaries go, Mrs. May is survived by the disintegrated remains of the Tories and populist drain (the Brexit party). How’s that for a legacy?

#1: "She's (politically) dead, Jim!"

It's always been amazing to me that certain individuals (such as Theresa here) have the political skills to reach the top, but are otherwise lacking in actual leadership ability or general intelligence. But of course this is a common malady among the self-described "elites" (spit).

Posted by: PBMcL|| 2019-05-27 12:27 ||Top

#2: Seems to me, her problem was that she was an opponent of Brexit and did every thing she could to prevent its implementation.

Now that we are seeing a conservative (relatively speaking of course) in European politics, Brexit is potentially being left in the dust as several new governments are looking at the sinister impenetrable monolith that is EU governance.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:38 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 8 Comments 156 words Link to article
[USATODAY] Automation has made planes safer and more efficient, but the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max jets is leading some to wonder if there is a dangerous flip side.

While advanced autopilots and computers are now considered an integral part of any modern jetliner, many pilots worry that the systems are detracting from developing and maintaining their own abilities.

"We’ve been talking about this in the industry for years. Pilots are losing their basic flying skills and there’s an overreliance on automation," said Les Westbrooks, an associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, after the latest 737 Max crash, an Æthiopian Airlines flight in March.

That crash followed the crash of a Lion Air flight into the Java Sea five months earlier. The two accidents together killed a total of 346 passengers and crew. Boeing is redesigning a key computerized system in the plane, but questions are being raised about pilot actions as well.

#1: ...We've known there was a problem like this since Air France 447 - but as long as the airlines keep pushing for automation to supplant (and eventually replace) the humans at the pointy end, this is going to keep happening.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2019-05-27 08:39 ||Top

#2: I know pilots who take what they are doing seriously and take pride in doing it. But then we hear about some of the others, and it's like anything else in life - luck of the draw.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:32 ||Top

#3: AF 447 was also due to pitot tube icing; rendering airspeed indicators useless.
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2019-05-27 11:19 ||Top

#4: Also, 447 was found in a technically challenging situation but relatively short order. Makes one wonder what's up with MH 370.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 11:52 ||Top

#5: The only reason for a pilot in a jet liner is for take offs and landings, and manage the emergency, if it happens. As what they call me, an analogue pilot, we fly the aircraft. Todays pilots fly the systems, and are there for emergencies. If we have learned anything from the latest crashes, their emergency training is wanting.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2019-05-27 13:41 ||Top

#6: The AF 447 disaster was started with the pitot tube icing, then the plane stalled. The two pilots lost 'situational awareness' and rode the plane down 35,000 fett, in a stall, despite 75 stall alarms recorded on the voice cockpit recorder. The senior pilot came in from a nap, seconds before the crash, immediately identified the problem, said, 'push the nose down!', but it was too late. Mush of the story was reported on the automated maintenance reporting system, via satellite.

Popular Mechanics article - What really Happened to AF 447

I see the current 737 Max issue as a Boeing response to the Airbus AF 447 problem.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2019-05-27 14:29 ||Top

#7: Mush of the story. ISWYDT.
Posted by: KBK|| 2019-05-27 16:49 ||Top

#8: Stick and rudder skills lacking all right. If you’re flying along, fat dumb bored and happy., you’re not doing something you should be doing.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2019-05-27 17:24 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 4 Comments 364 words Link to article
Isn't that where it was supposed to be?
[WSJ] At a gala dinner in February to raise funds for the families of Central Intelligence Agency officers killed in the line of duty, CIA Director Gina Haspel surprised her audience by delving into details of spycraft the agency has used to run agents on the streets of Moscow. But the crowd’s astonishment at the unusual revelation quickly evaporated when the spy chief confided that the material came from a journalist’s book.

After a year atop the CIA, Ms. Haspel is giving away few secrets. With a 35-year career in clandestine operations and a U.S. president who pounces when his spy chiefs contradict him publicly, she and her agency have adopted their lowest public profile in decades.

“She’s gone to ground,” said Mark Lowenthal, a former CIA official and staff director of the House Intelligence Committee. “It’s not going to be any good for her to be out there attracting lightning bolts.”

Interviews with nearly 20 current and former U.S. intelligence officials reveal a portrait of a CIA director who has been warmly received by the workforce she has spent her life among.

The CIA’s first female director since its 1947 founding, she has put in place her own leadership team—which also includes many women—and so far has avoided having President Trump’s political allies embedded in the agency’s senior ranks.

But if Ms. Haspel’s primary mission is overseeing a global spy agency charged with addressing threats ranging from terrorism to climate change, it sometimes seems her second priority is protecting the agency she has devoted her life to from the domestic threat of a toxic U.S. political culture.

“I think that she’s adopting a strategy much like [FBI Director] Chris Wray of keeping a lower profile, avoiding situations where she’s put in the position of publicly contradicting the president,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees the CIA.

#1: The CIA’s first female director since its 1947 founding, she has put in place her own leadership team—which also includes many women—and so far has avoided having President Trump’s political allies embedded in the agency’s senior ranks.

Total horseshi*!
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 09:56 ||Top

#2: I don't understand why they ever came out of the shadows.

The CIA was politicized under Clinton and polluted under Zerobama (I prefer to call him an empty suit as he was just a marionette for the Deep State).

BTW, why does Brennan still have a clearance?

When I had a security clearance in excess of Top Secret (I think that some levels of clearance are classified as I remember), I was reassigned to a unit that did not require such a high-fluting clearance and the oh my God galactic overlord clearance was revoked.

So if that ugly putz with the prayer rug and the COMINTERN membership card is no long DCI, why does he still have a clearance???
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2019-05-27 12:45 ||Top

#3: Just wondering if you were the subject of a high profile investigation covering actions and behaviors and documentary talk/decisions/operations as the highest level of classified material, could you be questioned without wing able to discuss matters bearing on the issue or research answers without a clearance? As a suspect or material witness would you need the freedom and protections to feel able to participate?
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2019-05-27 17:01 ||Top

#4: #2 BTW, why does Brennan still have a clearance?

I'm guessing that might be fake news.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-27 17:38 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 9 Comments 156 words Link to article
[MSN] President Trump tried somewhat clumsily last year to revoke the security clearance of the former C.I.A. director who played a role in opening the Russia investigation. He then wanted to release classified documents to prove he was the target of a "witch hunt."

Both attempts petered out, hampered by aides who slow-rolled the president and by Justice Department officials who fought Mr. Trump, warning he was jeopardizing national security.

But this week, Attorney General William P. Barr engineered a new approach. At Mr. Barr’s urging, Mr. Trump granted him new authorities to examine the start of the Russia investigation, demonstrating a new level of sophistication for an old line of attack. Unlike Mr. Trump’s hollow threats and name-calling, Mr. Barr’s examination of how the intelligence community investigated the Trump campaign could offer a more effective blueprint for the president to take aim at his perceived political enemies.

#1: The White House said a month later that the president was ordering the revocation of Mr. Brennan’s clearance. But the White House never followed through with the complex bureaucratic work it would have taken to strip the clearance, according to a person familiar with the process.

"Complex bureaucratic work".... total nonsense! Brennan's continued access is a clear indication of who is really in charge.

I'd wager the Hildebeest and Kerry still hold clearances.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 09:43 ||Top

#2: a clear indication of who is really in charge.

I don't know about that, but it is a bargaining chip. Whether it's a good one or worth the cost of allowing it to continue, that is the question.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:06 ||Top

#3: Here is one of the problems with permitting this fellow to retains his access:

Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

The sitting Director should be the voice briefing members of congress, dem or pub.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 10:19 ||Top

#4: Brennan will tell them what they want to hear, so they can "Harumph!" in concert
Posted by: Frank G|| 2019-05-27 10:23 ||Top

#5: As The Clash said - Give 'em enough rope...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:25 ||Top

#6: Once out of a position you should lose your clearance. What is the justification for continued clearance?
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2019-05-27 10:31 ||Top

#7: Where is Brennan's "need to know"? There isn't any. So debrief him and "move on".

Same goes for Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, or any other former office or rank holders regardless of party or position.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891|| 2019-05-27 16:21 ||Top

#8: Just a guess, but I suspect Brennan has been hired (unreported) as a mentor or adviser, by some beltway defense contractor who is holding his clearance.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2019-05-27 17:18 ||Top

#9: IMHO, Brennan ought to be in the Graybar Hotel.

It's the NYTs.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2019-05-27 17:55 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 4 Comments 250 words Link to article
[ORLANDOWEEKLY] On Thursday Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law legislation that bans the sale or possession of child-like sex dolls after it unanimously passed the Florida Legislature.
Dumb idea. Rather have them porking robots or rubber dollies than real little girls. They're just dolls.
SB 160, sponsored by state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, "prohibits a person from knowingly having in his or her possession, custody, or control an obscene, child-like sex doll." State Rep. Michael Gottlieb, D-Plantation, filed a companion measure in the Florida House.

"These are anatomically correct, lifelike silicone dolls that are eerily similar to real human children made for the sole purpose of sexual gratification," Book said in a statement from her office following the bill's approval. "Just as viewing child pornography lowers the inhibitions of child predators, so do these childlike sex dolls that have no place in the state of Florida."

A legislative analysis found that many child-like sex dolls are imported from China, Japan and Hong Kong, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reports.

While supporters of the bill say owning the dolls should be treated like possession of child pornography, others claim the dolls could prevent pedophiles from acting on their impulses with real children.

Violation of the law is a third-degree felony. Subsequent violations are being deemed second-degree felonies.

The law goes into effect Oct. 1.

#1: It's kiddie pr0n any way you slice it. I agree gummint has more important problems to solve, but they'll usually botch that anyway, so this sort of low hanging fruit at least keeps them busy.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:28 ||Top

#2: What about goat dolls?
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2019-05-27 15:18 ||Top

#3: Meanwhile Bacha Bazi culture is being normalized in Western societies.

Horrific child abuse in Afghanistan is being condoned by Western political consensus opinion.

Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2019-05-27 15:49 ||Top

#4: Condoned by the usual suspects. Not by the majority of western civilization.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 18:00 ||Top

Top Posted by Fred 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 170 words Link to article
[REUTERS] Marine Le Pen’s far-right party edged just ahead of the centrist alliance of President Emmanuel Macron in exit polls as French voters led what pollsters expected to be a nationalist surge in an EU parliament election on Sunday.

The defeat was narrow - just one seat - but a bitter one for those who hope the French leader can inspire Europeans to embrace the Union as an answer rather than part of the problem in the face of what for many is nerve-wracking social change.

today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
a first official projection of all 751 seats by the European Parliament indicated that losses for the pro-EU center may have been no worse than expected, with the Greens and liberals also gaining at the expense of the center-right and center-left.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 237 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces conducted an operation in central Wardak province of Afghanistan killing at least 4 Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
fighters, the security officials said Sunday.

"An Afghan special forces operation in Jalrayz district resulted in 3 Taliban fighters killed and 9 detained," the officials said.

The security officials further added that "Afghan forces killed 12 Taliban fighters during at attack on a checkpoint in Muhammad Agahah district of Pashtun-infested Logar province."

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban have not commented regarding the operation and clash in Pashtun-infested Logar and Wardak provinces so far.

Both Pashtun-infested Logar and Wardak are among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the two provinces where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 3 Comments 240 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] Unknown button men killer a prominent religious scholar Mawlavi Shabir Ahmad Kamawi in Kabul city, almost two days after a religious scholar was killed in an kaboom in Kabul city.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement confirmed that the enemies of the country once against martyred a religious scholar Mawlavi Shabir Ahmad Kamawi in Kabul.

The statement further added that Mawlavi Kamawi was one of the prominent religious scholars of the country who had invested most of his time for peace in the country.

This comes as an kaboom destroyed a mosque in Kabul city on Friday afternoon killing a prominent religious holy man Mawlavi Rehan dead.

The Ministry of Interior officials confirmed the incident and said the kaboom also maimed at least 16 others.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the two incidents.

#1: That'll learn 'im.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 11:57 ||Top

#2: Religious scholars are a dime a dozen in Islamic countries. Anybody can hang out a shingle and claim to be one.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Barnsmell4621|| 2019-05-27 13:01 ||Top

#3: I suspect the ones being murdered might be the rare sort, Victor. Usually its the progressive, reformist activists, judges and scholars that get bumped off.
Some people do try to reform islam from within, trying to get the sasquatches to live in peace with mankind. These are seen as disruptors by the largely criminal horde of clerics this religion appeals too.
Posted by: Dron66046|| 2019-05-27 14:36 ||Top

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 459 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] The United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed grave concern about credible accounts of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
subjecting detainees to ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture, as well as serious allegations that some detainees were killed.
"Tut tut. This will not do"
UNAMA released its preliminary findings earlier today regarding the ill-treatment of detainees by Taliban.

According to a statement released by UNAMA, the preliminary findings of the mission are based on interviews conducted with 13 prisoners who were released from Taliban prison late last month.

"They provided consistent accounts of the poor conditions in which they were held and credible claims of ill-treatment and torture, as well as the murder of civilians and security personnel. Multiple detainees reported the murder of at least 11 others by the Taliban," UNAMA said.

According to UNAMA, the group of 53 detainees freed from the Taliban-run facility known as Kalatak, located in the village of Shira in the Khas-Uruzgan district of Uruzgan, included 45 members of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and eight civilians, including three civilian government officials. Most of the detainees had been held since 2018, with three held since 2016.

"All those released reported being shackled permanently. Some had scars on their ankles," UNAMA said, adding that all but one of the detainees interviewed by UNAMA reported being beaten.

UNAMA also added that some detainees reported that during the beatings the Taliban demanded they provide information or confess to specific acts.

The remainder of the detainees said the beatings were punishment for what they were told was supporting the government, working with Americans or fighting the Taliban.

All detainees reported being held incommunicado and underground in five overcrowded rooms. Detainees said that for a minimum of seven hours a day they were forced to labour, including making improvised bombs, contrary to international humanitarian law.

The detainees have also told UNAMA that they were held in sub-zero temperatures during winter and were fed beans and bread twice a day, with no medical aid apart from some painkillers and antiseptics for wounds.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 230 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces carried out a series of raids against Talibs in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province killing dozens of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters and destroying weapons caches and explosives.

"Afghan special forces conducted a series of raids and strikes in the northern part of the province, resulted in 39 Taliban fighters killed and weapons caches, mines, IED components and combat equipment destroyed," informed military sources said Sunday.

The anti-government armed murderous Moslems including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 224 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces carried out an operation in south-eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province of Afghanistan killing at least 15 Talibs.

"An Afghan special forces raid in Bermal district resulted in 15 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters killed and large amount of weapons and explosives destroyed," the informed military sources said Sunday.

In the meantime, the security forces carried out an Arclight airstrike in south-eastern Ghazni province killing at least four Talibs.

"A strike in Andar district of Ghazni killed 4 Taliban fighters and destroyed 1 vehicle," the sources added.

The anti-government armed snuffies including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 289 words Link to article
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces conducted separate operations in south-eastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province killing at least 10 bandidos faceless myrmidons and arresting three others.

"In an Afghan special forces operation in Bermal district, 10 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters were killed and 1 VBIED and IED making materials were destroyed," the informed military sources said Saturday.

The sources further added that the Special Forces of the Afghan military detained 3 bandidos faceless myrmidons during a separate operation in Bermal district.

The anti-government armed bandidos faceless myrmidons including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Paktika is among the relatively volatile provinces in South-east of Afghanistan.

Talibs are active in some of the restive districts of the province where they often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities against the government and security institutions.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 195 words Link to article
[Rudaw] For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed.

Hussein and many other shop owners in Baghdad’s northern Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya have seen sales drop sharply over the past year since President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
began re-imposing sanctions on Iran, home to the largest number of Shiite Moslems around the world.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 322 words Link to article
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) ‐ At least 13 Iraqi non-combatants were killed and maimed Sunday in a bomb kaboom in Nineveh province, Iraqi police said.

"A booby-trapped vehicle went kaboom! today, afternoon, near a marketplace in Rabia district in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, leaving five people dead," Glgamesh quoted the Security Media Cell as saying in a press statement.

"The kaboom left eight others maimed," the statement read. The maimed have been rushed to hospital.
Rudaw adds:
Five people were killed and eight injured Sunday in a bomb attack in the Rabia district of Nineveh Province, near the Syrian border, according to security officials.

A truck packed with explosives detonated near the village bazaar in Aweinat, Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced Sunday.

Although nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast, Iraq’s official security outlet said it was a “terrorist attack”.

It follows a string of recent attacks across northern Iraq claimed by the Islamic State group (ISIS), which has returned to its earlier insurgency tactics of bombings, ambushes, and kidnappings.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 391 words Link to article
[IraqiNews] Nine non-combatants were killed in air raids on Taizz City, southwest of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Friday evening. SABA News Agency reported that the air raids were carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition.

A doctor at al-Thawra Hospital, east of Taizz Province, said that the air raids also resulted in the injury of a number of people.

...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone......
SABA News Agency reported that the coalition aviation hit a station for oil derivatives in the region.

Yemen is witnessing a war since 2014 between Iran-backed Houthis and forces loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. The war escalated in March 2015.

It is noteworthy that the city of Taizz, the largest city in Taizz Province, is controlled by the pro-government forces; however, it is besieged by the Houthis.

The conflict in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people, including many civilians, according to various humanitarian organizations.

There are still 3.3 million displaced people, while 24.1 million people need assistance, according to the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
. The UN also describes the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the worst in the world now.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 336 words Link to article
Anbar (IraqiNews) Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Sunday, apprehending a dangerous terrorist, known as Abi Zubair, in Anbar. It added that the terrorist is the IS commander of mortar detachment and participated in Saqlawiyah battles against security forces.

In a press statement, the directorate indicated that security forces incarcerated
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
the terrorist Abi Zubair, the commander of mortar detachment in al-Sajar area in Anbar.

The operation was conducted based on accurate intelligence information, and backed by the security forces of the 40th brigade, the statement added.

Abi Zubair is one of the gunnies who participated in Saqlawiyah battles against security forces, the statement explained. He has two brothers who are also members of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, but fled to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
during the liberation battles.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 213 words Link to article
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ An Iraqi court has sentenced three Frenchies to death by hanging for joining the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group, a court official said. It is the first death sentence to be issued by an Iraqi court for French IS members in Iraq, the official told the press Sunday on condition of anonymity.

The trio was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria and handed over to Iraqi authorities in February. They were among at least 12 Frenchies.

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Nineveh (IraqiNews) Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate announced, on Sunday, arresting two Syrians infiltrators, who sneak into Iraq.

The Directorate revealed in a press statement that security forces tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
two Syrian persons who infiltrated the Iraqi-Syrian borders. They were ambushed in Khazouka-Rabea area, in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the statement added.

Moreover, the statement explained that the operation was carried out based on accurate intelligence information.

The arrested infiltrators were transferred to the concerned entities for investigation.

Top Posted by trailing wife 05/27/2019  00:00 0 Comments 310 words Link to article
djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi military intelligence forces jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on Sunday an Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist, who was tasked with helping jacket wallahs to carry out terrorist attacks in Nineveh.

In a press statement, the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate said that its troops have arrested an Islamic State bully boy in Al Makhmur district in Mosul based on intelligence reports.

"The terrorist was responsible for transporting suicide bombers to carry out terrorist attacks and then securing safe havens for them," the statement read.

The arrestee was wanted by the Iraqi judiciary on terror charges.

Top Posted by 3dc 05/27/2019  00:00 9 Comments 101 words Link to article
[CNBC] Just revealed SpaceX lawsuit alleges Air Force ‘wrongly awarded’ billions to rocket competitors

  • The full SpaceX complaint alleges that the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center “wrongly awarded” the funds “to a portfolio of three unproven rockets based on unstated metrics.”

  • The Air Force awarded $2.3 billion in rocket development contracts last year to competitors Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance.

  • SpaceX alleges that the Air Force “determined that SpaceX’s one development launch vehicle,” or Starship, “rendered the entire SpaceX portfolio” as “high risk.”

#1: Jury is out on Blue Origin, though their engine seems to be progressing through development well. Northrop Grumman and ULA have a track record, so I think it's safe to say Vulcan and whatever else they are working on will fly no problem. Whether it's cost effective is totally unknown at this point. I'm pretty sure USAF has been directed by congress to avoid having only one vendor, so that's going to happen, short of a change in congress' thinking on the matter regardless of what Elon Musk would like to see.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 09:55 ||Top

#2: And I'd ad, the deeply beloved Augustine Commission said Constellation would be late and over budget. Never said it couldn't fly. And it was a Bath House operation, which the lovers should consider.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 13:26 ||Top

#3: United Launch Alliance has no proven track record of any kind. They are nothing more than a government subsidy program. Blue Origin seems to be progressing nicely, but they are definitely behind Space X by a large distance. Either of them winning contracts instead of Space X is a sign of corruption. No idea what Northrup Grumman has been doing recently, but have they gotten anything to fly yet? If not, they too are far behind Space X (and Blue Origin, for that matter).
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick|| 2019-05-27 14:25 ||Top

#4: Atlas V launches 78 successful of 79 launches. Delta launch rate 95% success rate. No. No track record at all at ULA.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 16:00 ||Top

#5: I nominate Vernal Hatrick to be the Herb McCoy of rocket science at Rantburg.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 16:04 ||Top

#6: Ow!
Posted by: Lyzette Sphigmomanometer1176|| 2019-05-27 16:20 ||Top

#7: The Atlas V is ancient, all current projects are extremely late and overbudget, and you know what? I wouldn't call using imported Russian technology a great idea. So no. No points should be awarded for the Atlas V's existence. Especially since it is too underpowered to be of any actual use in next-gen projects.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick|| 2019-05-27 18:07 ||Top

#8: Also, 79 launches since it started launching in 2002? Really? That is completely pathetic by itself. Less than 5 a year. That number by itself should be evidence of incompetence.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick|| 2019-05-27 18:09 ||Top

#9: Amateur astronomer captures the amazing moment dozens of Starlink satellites soar through the sky in single file, after SpaceX launch sparked UFO fears
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2019-05-27 19:04 ||Top

Top Posted by Mike Kozlowski 05/27/2019  00:00 3 Comments 457 words Link to article
...Our friends across the aisle tend to fling this word about with joyous abandon when we disagree with them about something. Well, finally one of our own has used it, and - IMHO - actual legal justification. Look carefully at the ones who scream the loudest about this...because I suspect there we shall find the guiltiest consciences.
[FoxNews] Liz Cheney: Strzok-Page texts sound ’like a coup,’ could be ’treason’

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo, said in an interview that aired Sunday that text messages between former FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page "sound an awful lot like a coup" and could even be treason.

"I think what is really crucially important to remember here is that you had Strzok and Page who were in charge of launching this investigation and they were saying things like, 'We must stop this president, we need an insurance policy against this president,'" she said on ABC News' "This Week."

"In my view when you have people that are in the highest echelons of the law enforcement of this nation saying things like that, that sounds an awful lot like a coup -- and it could well be treason and I think we need to know more," she said.

Cheney was referring to the anti-Trump texts uncovered last year by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Both Strzok and Page were involved in the FBI’s initial counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 election, and later served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

In an August 2016 text message exchange, they talked about Trump’s chance of being elected president.

"[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Page texted Strzok.

"No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it," Strzok responded.

In another text the two talked of an "insurance policy" against the election of then-candidate Trump. Page essentially confirmed in an interview with lawmakers that this referred to the Russia investigation.

She also explained that officials were proceeding with caution, concerned about the implications of the case while not wanting to go at "total breakneck speed" and risk burning sources as they presumed Trump wouldn't be elected anyway.

Horowitz, who was investigating the bureau’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, is now investigating alleged surveillance abuses during the 2016 campaign.

Trump on Thursday issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

"We want to be very transparent, so as you know, I declassified everything," Trump told reporters Friday. "We are exposing everything."

#1: Not a Liz Cheney fan, so I wish this message could have come via a different messenger. That said, I doubt that Jesus at His Second Coming saying it would convince those on the other side, so it's a wash. In any case, the message is sound.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2019-05-27 10:04 ||Top

#2: Left is seriously pushing back on the Treason claims. They know they will be exposed and are starting to fight the firing squad hoping instead of losing their pensions or something that will enable them to live as darlings of the left until the end.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2019-05-27 10:30 ||Top

#3: Yes, there is a technical argument against using the T-word (and, given the alleged Hildabeast/DNC collusion with Steele & the Russians, an argument for it as well.) But, as with the Supreme Court justice discussing pr0n, "I know it when I see it."

I just hope that AG Barr will uncover enough evidence to send the coup plotters to a SuperMax for forever and a day.
Posted by: PBMcL|| 2019-05-27 15:33 ||Top