Hi there, !
Today Wed 10/16/2013 Tue 10/15/2013 Mon 10/14/2013 Sun 10/13/2013 Sat 10/12/2013 Fri 10/11/2013 Thu 10/10/2013 Archives
Rantburg
496584 articles and 1752284 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 56 articles and 151 comments as of 18:08.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Operations    WoT Background    Opinion        Politix   
Tunisian Forces Clash with Jihadists
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 3: Non-WoT
9 20:26 S.A.M. New Delhi Field Office [6502] 
0 [6461] 
1 00:50 Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 [6487] 
6 22:09 Alaska Paul [6499] 
5 11:59 Redneck Jim [6468] 
2 11:51 Procopius2k [6480] 
0 [6461] 
6 17:56 Abu Uluque [6505] 
3 19:35 Redneck Jim [6537] 
3 07:05 Procopius2k [6485] 
7 18:48 Dopey Sinatra [6511] 
10 12:56 Frozen Al [6464] 
7 12:42 Barbara [6477] 
17 22:55 SteveS [6517] 
Page 1: WoT Operations
6 20:38 Silentbrick - Oil Rig Insanity Division [6556]
4 13:04 Thrans Splat1574 [6518]
1 10:19 Woozle Splat4116 [6465]
0 [6465]
0 [6602]
0 [6471]
2 12:36 Bright Pebbles [6464]
0 [6461]
0 [6462]
0 [6462]
0 [6465]
0 [6462]
0 [6466]
0 [6463]
0 [6466]
0 [6475]
2 09:56 Barbara [6472]
3 12:56 Captain Snolush5861 [6466]
0 [6465]
0 [6467]
0 [6471]
3 11:54 Gluger Ebbens5443 [6472]
Page 2: WoT Background
7 21:49 Alaska Paul [6511]
4 22:57 Squinty [6533]
6 20:33 JosephMendiola [6500]
4 14:01 Steve White [6464]
2 10:24 Woozle Splat4116 [6465]
0 [6468]
0 [6463]
0 [6462]
0 [6511]
0 [6484]
0 [6462]
0 [6464]
0 [6463]
9 15:36 irishrageboy [6468]
2 14:03 g(r)omgoru [6461]
Page 4: Opinion
2 19:55 3dc [6534]
3 14:46 Bobby [6461]
Page 6: Politix
6 22:46 Pappy [6503]
2 06:24 Shipman [6483]
7 12:54 Iblis [6461]
-Short Attention Span Theater-
New York Man Hit by Exploding Toilet
[An Nahar] A New York man was maimed when a toilet went kaboom! in his face after he pulled the handle to test the water pressure in his Brooklyn apartment.

Michel Pierre sustained shrapnel wounds from flying shards of porcelain that pierced his face, arms and legs, and required 30 stitches, his lawyer told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The 58-year-old information technology specialist is now so fearful that he uses a rope to flush the toilet from behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.

"Those fears are part of his damages," said his lawyer Sanford Rubenstein. "Clearly toilets are supposed to flush, not explode."

Three other tenants were also injured by what the Daily News website dubbed "the porcelain bomb."

The website said Pierre was briefly knocked unconscious and covered in blood by the kaboom on October 2 in Brooklyn, an increasingly well-heeled part of New York.

"It sounds silly but I'm still scared," Daily News quoted Pierre as saying. "Maybe someday it goes away but right now I'm in pain."

Rubenstein said a lawsuit would be filed against the management company of the building so that a jury could decide how much compensation Pierre should be paid.

The full cost of his medical bills and whether he needs plastic surgery are not yet known, Rubenstein said.

"Obviously there is a serious problem in the building," the lawyer told AFP.

The water had been turned off that day to allow for maintenace work in the 16-story building, which was built in 1964 and contains 275 apartments.

Theresa Racht, a lawyer for the co-op board, told AFP that it appeared to have been a freak accident.

"This is a horrific incident. Everybody feels terrible that such a thing could have happened," she said.

"It certainly makes me think twice about flushing the toilet when the water's been turned off."

She said four toilets in the building went kaboom! but that no particular evidence of wrongdoing had yet been found.

"It has never happened before and certainly nothing has happened since," she said.

"The only conclusion anybody has reached -- and they're still investigating -- is that there was a buildup of air pressure in the pipes so that when it came back on, the pressure was just pushed through the pipe and caused the kaboom."

"This could be very well what we call a true accident."
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thats the way I flush my toilet, don't you ?
Posted by: Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 || 10/13/2013 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Shit explodes happens.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/13/2013 0:56 Comments || Top||

#3  "toilets are supposed to flush, not explode"

Beans, beans, good for the heart....

Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 1:03 Comments || Top||

#4  I do so hope the TF Foundation steps up to the porcelain on this one, Kate Smith would want that.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2013 6:18 Comments || Top||

#5  toilets are supposed to flush, not explode.

Clearly, this fellow has never been around engineering students in a freshman dorm.

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/13/2013 12:51 Comments || Top||

#6  High rise buildings do not have one connection to the water. They usually have several floors together as pressure zones. That way your pressure will vary say from 30 psi to say 50 psi. The Code limits pressure to fixtures to 80 psi.

However, if someone is working on the water pipes, and has them emptied, then if they turn on the water all at once, you have a giant air spring, that when going to a toilet water tank, can instantly pressurize it with air, causing the porcelain tank to catastrophically fail.

The same thing can happen to pvc pipes, which produce shrapnel when burst if they are overpressurized with gas.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/13/2013 22:09 Comments || Top||


London Firefighters: Telling Men to Quit Putting Their Junk in Items
London firefighters have launched a public shaming campaign to stem the rise of locals summoning urgent help to remove foreign objects stuck on -- or inside -- their bodies, but the kinky topic is so taboo in America some top U.S. emergency workers won't discuss the behavior.

Except in Los Angeles.

L.A. Fire Department medical director Dr. Marc Eckstein acknowledges that 911 operators do receive a small number of sexually bizarre rescue pleas and do dispatch ambulances, including instances in which they must assist men with heavy steel rings lodged around their private parts.

In some of those scattered cases, Eckstein said, the firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians use bolt cutters or, when necessary, the blazing torch of a plasma cutter to burn the rings off of the men's penises.

"They have to be careful because the plasma cutters cause a lot of heat and sparks," Eckstein said, adding he could not provide statistics on the number of such calls. He did emphasize, however, that the L.A. Fire Department receives high a number of other types of "inappropriate" 911 calls from local residents that tie up ambulances, fire trucks and personnel -- resources that could otherwise be used for people in actual medical trouble.

When contacted for comment, officials at other emergency agencies struggled to answer if -- as in London -- they have marked an uptick in the rate of 911 calls or ER visits from Americans with foreign objects wedged into their rectums or folks with sensitive body parts jammed into kitchen appliances or other embarrassing orifices.

"Is that a huge problem over in the U.K. with people sticking things where they don't belong?" asked Frank Dwyer, a spokesman for the New York Fire Department. "I don't have any statistics to that kind of claim or inquiry in New York City. I've got nothing to offer you, man."

A spokeswoman for the National Association of EMS Physicians simply responded to the query with: "I'm just not sure where to go with this."

But in London, fire officials aren't holding their tongues about how they must perform tasks like freeing a man's penis from a vacuum cleaner.

The London Fire Brigade has launched a public campaign dubbed "Fifty Shades of Red," theorizing that an increase in such randy rescue calls in that city is perhaps propelled by the popularity of the erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The campaign simply urges people in London -- especially guys -- to exercise more common sense before inserting their manhood into gadgets made for cooking or cleaning. The brigade reports that it responded to 416 stuck-body-part calls in 2010-11, another 441 in 2011-12 and 453 in 2012-13. Among those emergency requests for assistance, 79 people were wearing handcuffs they could not remove.

To help fuel the agency's gentle request to just stop doing these things, the brigade has added a dose of public shaming, often taking to Twitter to share some of these ambulance requests from people who have become oddly entangled.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh my.

*Sigh*
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/13/2013 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe all of this can be solved by electro-shock therapy...

Posted by: Fat Bob Platypus3347 || 10/13/2013 2:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Jeez, a woman's a freak unless she's got a shelf-foot of Betty Dodson and a "Femme Nikita" secret closet of antique eggbeaters and whatnot, but let a dude flirt with a crawfish hole or cozy up in a dark booth with a vacuum cleaner and they go all Fahrenheit 451 on him. This is equity?

Hmmm, that sandwitch looks pretty good.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/13/2013 3:10 Comments || Top||

#4  A emergency physician friend of mine tells of his 'trophy board' in the physician's lounge that proudly displays items removed from, shall we say, the more adventurous of our brothers and sisters.
Posted by: GORT || 10/13/2013 10:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I've been hearing these stories from paramedics and emergency room workers since I was a teen. Nothing new here... just more willing to talk about it.
Posted by: 11A5S || 10/13/2013 11:19 Comments || Top||

#6  This being a family site, I won't go into the details of a call (when I was in the rescue squad) involving a woman and a hand mixer ....

(Think below the belt; nothing inserted)

Eeewwwwwwwwww.

*snork* :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#7  Then there was the guy in the no-tell motel who had a running vibrator stuck in a certain oriface (if you put your ear real close - ewwwwww - you could hear it).

And no, EMTs don't remove something like that - the doctors at the ER had that "pleasure."
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 12:42 Comments || Top||


MSNBC wants Fox investigated
From Weasel Zippers: Some funny sh*t
Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, says there's something fishy about Tuesday's ratings for the Fox News Channel, which were up significantly from a day earlier when Fox News debuted its new schedule. And he wants an investigation.
Fishy? Yes! Like rotten fish you suck!
He should have cheese and crackers to go with his whine...
"Monday we had a really good day with our three viewers On the night that Fox News debuted their three shows, we either tied or beat them in those hours," Griffin said at a briefing, according to TVNewser.

"Tuesday -- you guys should call the waahmbulance ; I have never seen it in all my years of cable -- same overnight, same everything. And they doubled their ratings in a day? It is impossible." Griffin continued, "I have never seen it. They did election-night numbers in the demo Tuesday."
Very revealing: Election night numbers
Posted by: badanov || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under:

#1  MSNBC has too much time on its hands, try some real investigative journalism and maybe your ratings will go up... I suggest a few like ... voter fraud, sasquatch, birth records...

Posted by: Fat Bob Platypus3347 || 10/13/2013 2:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Take note, this is part of the Left's mind, a total incomprehension that somebody, anybody could have a belief system other than their own. It will never enter their minds that maybe their numbers are the artificially manipulated ones.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2013 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  If you ask me the anomaly was on Monday when PMSNBC's ratings were spiked.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/13/2013 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  IRS, Fast & Furious, IRS... lots of investigations are needed but to wonder why a hot news girl our rated Rick Maddow does not require Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes to solve.
Posted by: airandee || 10/13/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||

#5  They suspect the numbers are bogus because, well, that's what THEY would do.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/13/2013 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Bingo, ed.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 10:00 Comments || Top||

#7  two images here. Sez it all
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2013 10:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Audit their tax returns!
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/13/2013 10:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Trick or Treat (Usual Pic behind the Pic)





Breaking News Design


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 10/13/2013 11:02 Comments || Top||

#10  One of them is apparently female, the other ... I really ... am not ... sure.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/13/2013 11:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Sort of a competitive bailout. Makes sense from the perspective of the half witted, twisted, hate-consumed Left.
Posted by: Woodrow Guelph8541 || 10/13/2013 14:43 Comments || Top||

#12  He said, while clenching his tiny fists and stamping his little feet!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/13/2013 15:14 Comments || Top||

#13  MSNBC is still being watched by people other than the loony left and the government?

Posted by: DarthVader || 10/13/2013 15:36 Comments || Top||

#14  No, DV. That's why they're whining.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 16:45 Comments || Top||

#15  Shows how far their is head up their .
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 19:48 Comments || Top||

#16  oops, should read "how far their head is up their you know what."
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 19:49 Comments || Top||

#17  FTA: At 9 p.m. on Monday, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show beat Fox News' new The Kelly File, hosted by Megyn Kelly, by a slim 10,000 viewers in the key demo.

So it was a pretty small value of 'beat'. How to explain the Tuesday bump in numbers? Consider:
1) Monday is sports night, which will suck viewers away.
2) The Fox shows debuted Monday, so they probably benefited on Tuesday from some water-cooler buzz.
3) No comment on the appeal Rachel Madow's boyish good looks (heh!) vs Megyn Kelly's hotness, or the actual content of either station
Posted by: SteveS || 10/13/2013 22:55 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Quake hits southwest Pakistan: Officials
[Al Ahram] A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistain Saturday, meteorological officials said, with tremors felt in some of the areas ravaged by a deadly quake last month.
The earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), and its epicentre was 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said.

Another meteorlogist, Shahid Mehmood, said that the tremors were felt in Khuzdar, and towns in Awaran and Kharan.

No loss of life or property was immediately reported.

The 7.7 magnitude earthquake last month devastated several areas, including Awaran. It killed at least 376 people and left some 100,000 others homeless.

The population of Awaran is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) of remote and rugged terrain. Infrastructure is extremely limited, with few medical facilities or even roads.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6537 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Pakistan earthquakes need a theme song.....

Posted by: Fat Bob Platypus3347 || 10/13/2013 2:55 Comments || Top||

#2  It was Allah's will.

AND you get to wear a turban and curly toes slippers.
Posted by: Spereting Tingle4064 || 10/13/2013 5:42 Comments || Top||

#3  That's four.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/13/2013 19:35 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Veterans and Thousands Others Take Down Barriers This Morning: Place Them At The White House
Snip. Duplicate. Sorry 'bout that.

--trailing wife at 1:49 ET
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:


Computer Upgrade Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday
A possible glitch in a computer system upgrade was causing major problems nationwide with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System on Saturday, as a countless number of shoppers found themselves stranded at the register.

Reports from around the country began pouring in around 9 a.m. on Saturday that customers' EBT cards were not working in stores.

The glitch, however, did not appear to be part of the government shutdown. At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade.

The representative said the glitch is affecting people nationwide. She could not say when officials expected the system to be restored.
Posted by: Beavis || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, the shock of it all, try finding a job... you might find your dignity quotient going up.

Posted by: Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 || 10/13/2013 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Funny how that system works, and the insurance exchanges don't...
Posted by: Raj || 10/13/2013 0:59 Comments || Top||

#3  when the EBT cards start flashing "ERROR" the politicians' asreholes should pucker. They are the ONLY thing holding this country from total chaos. 50 Million hungry people, many of them "lifers" in the system and unable to feed themselves should scare the hell out of any public official.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/13/2013 1:14 Comments || Top||

#4  We could feed the federal officials to them. Cause you know, Soylent green is people.
Posted by: Silentbrick - Oil Rig Insanity Division || 10/13/2013 1:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Anonymous, should disable the EBT program if it is truly against censorship.
Posted by: withheldfrom fearof audit || 10/13/2013 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Another dry run for martial law? Champ will need the leech support when he enacts it. Nothing like going hungry to make you accept your Massa's bidding..
Posted by: Warthog || 10/13/2013 9:55 Comments || Top||

#7  the tweets from cellphones held by outraged EBT card holders was delicious and too ironic for words
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2013 10:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Bread and circus's were the opiate of the roman mob. The emperors and senate learned very quickly that dependence bred very little patience in the mob. Seems our democrat self-styled overlords neglected their classics studies !
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/13/2013 12:00 Comments || Top||

#9  It would seem to me that these incompetent govt systems and sites are also ripe for hacking by various nefarious folks. At least on the surface, it seems that the govt does not need help in crashing their own systems.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/13/2013 12:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Why does it seem to be a feature instead of a bug?

Al
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/13/2013 12:56 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Moroccans Stage 'Kiss-In' to Support Accused Teens
[An Nahar] A few dozen Moroccans staged a symbolic "kiss-in" Saturday in support of three teenagers locked away
Please don't kill me!
for posting pictures on Facebook of two of them smooching.

Only around a dozen couples actually locked lips in the gathering outside parliament, but the demonstrators insisted they had defended the right to public displays of affection in Morocco's conservative society.

The kissing case has sparked uproar online, with netizens protesting against what they see as creeping conservatism in the Moslem country long known for being relatively liberal and tolerant.

More than 2,000 people had indicated they would take part in Saturday's "kiss-in" but the vast majority failed to show, indicating a gulf between online activism and actual on-the-street protests.

The demonstrators gathered outside parliament for "a symbolic kiss of love", one participant, Nizar Benamate, told Agence La Belle France Presse after the display before a group of onlookers and news hounds.

"For us, the message got through. It was a success. There were couples and single people, and the couples were not embarrassed in public," said Ibtissam Lachgar, one of the organizers.

"Our message is that they are defending love, the freedom to love and kiss freely," she said.

A small group of counter-protesters shoved some of the couples and threw chairs.

"We are an Islamic country and kissing in public is forbidden. A simple kiss can lead to other things. These are atheists who are acting against Islam," one of them said.

After the brief scuffle the two groups dispersed peacefully.

The couple at the heart of the case, a boy and a girl aged 15 and 14, and their 15-year-old male friend who took the photos outside their school in the northern town of Nador, were arrested last week, charged with "violating public decency" and held in a juvenile center.

The case lit up social media, with several young people posting similar kissing pictures on Facebook and Twitter and calling for "kiss-ins" in an online rebellion against conservatives.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah the knowledge that there is progress in the Mooselim world....
Posted by: Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 || 10/13/2013 0:50 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuelan Radio Journalist Arrested on Air
[An Nahar] A Venezuelan radio journalist was enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
by police detectives on the air just minutes after complaining to listeners that they drive around in luxury cars and wear flashy jewelry, the man's son said Friday.

Victor Hugo Donaire, 50, remained in jail Friday, a day after four officers of the national investigative police interrupted his morning show at Radio Los Morros in the Guarico state capital of San Juan.

He was being held on charges of resisting arrest and mistreating a public official, said his son, Danny Donaire, the station's vice president.

He said the officers manhandled station employees, confiscating the cellphone of its administrator so she could not take photos.

Audio of the scuffle was broadcast by various Venezuelan news media.

"We're really upset and worried," said Danny Donaire. "They didn't have a warrant." He said attorneys for his father were at the local jail on Friday trying to secure his release.

The agents who arrested Victor Hugo Donaire were from Venezuela's largest police agency, the Scientific, Penal and Criminalistic Investigations Corps.

The News Agency that Dare Not be Named called the local offices of the corps, where a detective said all inquiries were being handled by prosecutors, who could not immediately be reached.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bet Obama wishes he could do that to Rush, Hannity & Levin.

/Obv
Posted by: Raj || 10/13/2013 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 || 10/13/2013 0:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't laugh, this is us in 5 years.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/13/2013 1:08 Comments || Top||

#4  5 years?

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/13/2013 5:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Arrest Obama, before he can arrest you.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/13/2013 11:59 Comments || Top||


Dominican court ruling renders hundreds of thousands stateless
[Al Ahram] Court rules to deny Dominican nationality to anyone born after 1929 without one parent of Dominican blood, declaring them to be in the country illegally
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't worry former Dominican Republic citizens, Jerry Brown and the California Republic will take you in...

Posted by: Fat Bob Platypus3347 || 10/13/2013 2:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Join us in the United States soon, we have an amnesty program coming out of Congress in the next few days, catch the wave !

Posted by: Woozle Splat4116 || 10/13/2013 10:55 Comments || Top||

#3  NO SOY "ILEGAL"
IZ DEMOCAT
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/13/2013 16:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Excellent work AF.
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2013 17:46 Comments || Top||

#5  ZzzzzF ZF
Posted by: Shipman || 10/13/2013 17:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Yeah, and probably by the time you get here the EBTs will be fixed.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/13/2013 17:56 Comments || Top||


Europe
Lampedusa Migrant Shipwreck Toll Rises to 359
[An Nahar] Divers on Saturday found an additional 20 bodies off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian media reported, bringing the still provisional corpse count from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.

Only 155 of the about 545 migrants aboard the vessel, mainly from Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
, survived the disaster, the worst immigration tragedy for Italia in more than a decade.

An Italian military ship, the Cassiopea, arrived Saturday at Lampedusa, Italia's southernmost island, to pick up 339 coffins bearing the first batch of victims, to transport them to Porto Empedocle, Sicily.

The coffins were loaded using a crane in a lengthy operation beginning in the early afternoon.

About 100 of the victims may be buried at the cemetery of the southern Sicilian city of Agrigento, and the others in nearby towns, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Wednesday that a state funeral would be held for the victims, but did not announce a date.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lucky it wasn't off the coast of "Amurika".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2013 5:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Down in the MinTruth memory hole are the stories of Haitians experiencing the same. Was enough with the influx into Florida and the all important upcoming election cycle for Billy Clinton to invade liberate Haiti from its Detroit style cabal.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2013 11:51 Comments || Top||


Franco-fascism on the march in Spain: Is the government doing enough?
[CSMONITOR] Extreme, neo-fascist groups in Spain are preparing for a show of force during this weekend's nationalist holiday, and Spanish authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation.

But experts worry that the real fascist concern in Spain is not from small bad turban groups, but rather from growing public displays of fascist sympathies by a small part of the conservative government's constituency -- and even among elected officials.

"Spain has not been 'de-Francoized,' as Germany has been de-Hitlerized," explains Félix Ortega, a sociology professor and expert in public opinion in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. "There are still Franco symbols even in my university!"

An alliance of radical right groups -- including violent neo-Nazi ones -- have mobilized to travel from around the country to Barcelona to protest Catalonian nationalism on the October 12 "Día de la Hispanidad," or "Hispanic Day," holiday. Authorities said Thursday they plan to prevent violent groups from entering Catalonia.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Socialism --> Poverty/Hopelessness --> Fascism = Eurocyclism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2013 2:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Once a Fascist always a Fascist, its a family thing...
Posted by: Fat Bob Platypus3347 || 10/13/2013 2:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Franco and the boys were far more nationalist reactionaries than socialist(national or international). The problem with the current wave of socialists in Spain is that they're having a hard time showing people things are getting better and other people remember that things did get better under Franco compared to the Reds/Left in the East.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/13/2013 7:05 Comments || Top||


Greek police 'infiltrated' by Golden Dawn
[FT] Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has penetrated the country's police force, set up caches of heavy weapons in remote locations and trained its recruits to carry out brutal attacks against immigrants and political opponents, according to the country's top security official. Nikos Dendias, minister of public order and civil protection, said in an interview with the Financial Times that Golden Dawn's cult of extreme violence was "unique" among European far-right groups.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6511 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I read about them in Time magazine...
Posted by: Raj || 10/13/2013 1:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't "off-duty" cops have any fun ?

Posted by: Harcourt Prince of the Nebraskans4881 || 10/13/2013 1:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Yawn,
They don't call themselves Neo Nazis, why do the press???
Nationalists they call them, we could do with a few here ourselves IMHO, if we had a national identity, that is.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 10/13/2013 1:11 Comments || Top||

#4  The Second International Socialists have been calling anything that even looks like nationalism "facism" for so long that -- having marginalized all of the legitimate alternatives -- all they are left with is real, honest-to-God, facism.
Posted by: 11A5S || 10/13/2013 11:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Funny they never really bothered with the far left terrorist groups.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/13/2013 12:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Funny they never really bothered with the far left terrorist groups.

You mean "idealistic young people dedicated to changing the world for the better"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/13/2013 13:56 Comments || Top||

#7  I experience Golden Dawn every morning.

And then I flush the toilet.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra || 10/13/2013 18:48 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Veterans Remove Barricades from Memorials & Take Them to #SpiteHouse
Thank you all for your service.
On Sunday, protesting the barricades placed at memorials around Washington D.C. by the vindictive Obama administration, veterans removed the barricades and proceeded to take them to the White House. Multiple people tweeted photos of the barricades being removed and taken for presidential inspection.
(pics at link :-D )
Video at other links. What I like best is that the marchers stacked the barry-cades neatly at the White House -- those are government property after all, and we paid for them.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/13/2013 12:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  mounted cops and riot gear - great optics, asshole.
Posted by: Frank G || 10/13/2013 13:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Notice this is breitbart.com, not Rooters or AP.
Posted by: Woodrow Guelph8541 || 10/13/2013 14:38 Comments || Top||

#3  I checked to see how HuffPo covered this. A ways Dow the page was a lead "Conservatives continue to obsess about WWII memorial. If you did follow that link they carried the story lead World War II Memorial Barriers Pushed Through By Crowd".

I guess it is a non-story.
Posted by: jimk || 10/13/2013 16:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Silly rabbits. The revolution will not be televised. OT, but has anyone seen cones being stencilled? Subtle, washable black or grey, 6 inches or so. Bilingual.

O jack-o-lantern face
O logo
No you can't!
Politicized for your protection
Property of Democrat Party
No pasaran!
Public property
Like that.

Tie 'em to orange, autumn, Halloween. Great Pumpkin. Gummint cheez. Maaaaybe get "mandarin" a pencilpoint of mainstream mindspace. Let 'em eat Barack a l'orange. Canteloupe: yellow on the outside, orange on the inside. Autumn. Non-essential leaves falling: yellow, orange, red. Raking at sunset. Americana.

A little Alinsky muzak:
"Winter in America"
We Almost Lost Detroit

Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 10/13/2013 17:05 Comments || Top||

#5  A heart-warming story. Don't recall where I saw it, but some vet snarked "Normandy was closed when we got there, too!".
Posted by: SteveS || 10/13/2013 17:47 Comments || Top||

#6  I went to check it out. Unfortunately, I wandered off to the Vietnam War Memorial before I could help carry the barricades to the WH. :(

The US Park Police helicopters circling barely above the treetops was as creepy as it was unnecessary, as with the mounted police and riot gear. Universities indulge in similarly inane security overkill at conservative events on campus too. Never could figure out how a few dozen kids with crew cuts, American flag lapel pins, and smiles for the police were perceived as any kind of threat.

Now that campus leftie loonies have taken over the country, I guess paranoid projection is SOP.
Posted by: RandomJD || 10/13/2013 17:59 Comments || Top||

#7  A vet with both legs amputated and wearing prosthetics delivers a barricade to the White House.

Still a soldier of freedom.
Posted by: Thrans Splat1574 || 10/13/2013 18:55 Comments || Top||

#8  It's FINALY happened, Obama has pissed off enough people(The wrong ones to Piss Off), he's done for now.

TRY to jail THESE people asshole.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/13/2013 19:32 Comments || Top||

#9  There is going to be a fight. Hope I get back in time to get a few licks in.
Posted by: S.A.M. New Delhi Field Office || 10/13/2013 20:26 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Corruption cases against Zardari reopened
[Dawn] After the expiry of immunity to former President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
, an accountability court on Friday initiated proceedings against him in six corruption references.

The court issued notices to the prosecutor general of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as well as the former president. Mr Zardari's five-year-tenure as the president ended on September 8.

Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir summoned the NAB prosecutor on October 14. The notice will be served on Mr Zardari through the NAB prosecution.

According to a court official, the accountability court initiated the proceedings against Mr Zardari in compliance to the Supreme Court judgment passed in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case in December 2009.
Posted by: Fred || 10/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan



Who's in the News
29[untagged]
7Govt of Pakistan
7Arab Spring
3Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant
3al-Qaeda
2Govt of Syria
1Ansar al-Sharia
1al-Shabaab
1Commies
1al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula
1al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Bookmark
E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Thugburg
Gulf War I
The Way We Were
Bio

Merry-Go-Blog











On Sale now!


A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Seafarious
Pappy
lotp
Scooter McGruder
john frum
tu3031
badanov
sherry
ryuge
GolfBravoUSMC
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Gloria
Fred
Besoeker
Glenmore
Frank G
3dc
Skidmark
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2013-10-13
  Tunisian Forces Clash with Jihadists
Sat 2013-10-12
  US troops capture a senior Pakistan Taliban leader in Afghanistan
Fri 2013-10-11
  Libya PM 'Freed' after Several Hours Held by Militia, Calls for Calm
Thu 2013-10-10
  Libyan Prime Minister Zeidan kidnapped by gunmen
Wed 2013-10-09
  Egypt Strips Muslim Brotherhood of NGO Status
Tue 2013-10-08
  Egypt: Huge Explosion Hits Security HQ In Sinai
Mon 2013-10-07
  SEAL Strike on Shaboob Big Turban Fails in Somalia
Sun 2013-10-06
  Abu Anas al-Libi snatched
Sat 2013-10-05
  Boko Haram: 186 killed, 15 arrested as Military raids insurgents' camp in Yobe
Fri 2013-10-04
  Belgium Extradites Nisar Trabelsi to U.S.
Thu 2013-10-03
  Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead in suspected assassination
Wed 2013-10-02
  Iraq Executes 23 People in Two Days
Tue 2013-10-01
  Drone strike in North Waziristan kills two, injures one
Mon 2013-09-30
  US drone kills three in Pakistan
Sun 2013-09-29
  Boko murders up to 50 students in their sleep

Better than the average link...



Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
3.235.173.74
Help keep the Burg running! Paypal:
WoT Operations (22)    WoT Background (15)    Opinion (2)    (0)    Politix (3)