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  • US Embassy says family of staff authorized to depart Turkey

    07/26/2016 7:42:33 AM PDT · by Braak · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/26/2016 | Alya Jean Yackley
    Tue Jul 26, 2016 | 2:58 AM EDT U.S. Embassy says family of staff authorised to depart Turkey (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday the State Department has authorised the voluntary departure of employees' family members in Turkey after a failed military
  • Saudi Arabia Admits To A Full-Blown Liquidity Crisis

    05/19/2016 1:38:49 PM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 5/18/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Previously we documented that as a result of the still low oil prices, largely a result of Saudi Arabian strategy to put high cost producers out of business and to remove excess supply, none other than Saudi Arabia has been substantially impacted, with the result being dramatic state budget, a sharp economic slowdown and mass worker layoffs. Just three weeks ago we reported that the biggest construction conglomerate in the middle east, the Saudi Binladin Group had announced it would layoff 50,000 workers ot a quarter of its workforce, slammed by the weak economy. Now, Saudi Arabia has admitted that...
  • The Coming Democratic Civil War

    01/21/2015 11:32:14 AM PST · by Braak · 19 replies
    myself ^ | 1/21/2015 | Braak
    It's interesting to hear Obama talk these days. His SOTU was pure bunk, as usual (What did anyone expect?). What this small missive is about is something far different. Obama has sucked the air out of the Democratic room. That's right, Hillary! may be the front runner, but she's far from got the nomination locked up, especially in the wake of 2008, where Obama showed she can be beaten. Naturally, being a Clinton, bygones will not be bygones, and while HW and Bill may be friends, Hillary! will not forget, or forgive. So far, if one looks at the playing...
  • FSA says Israeli jets hit chemical site

    04/29/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT · by Braak · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | 4/28/2013 | UPI
    DAMASCUS, Syria, April 28 (UPI) -- The Free Syrian Army says Israeli air force jets flew over President Bashar Assad's palace and bombed a chemical weapons site near Damascus, Maariv reported. The report said Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday and flew over Assad's palace in Damascus and other security facilities before striking a chemical weapons compound near the city. The Hebrew language daily said a Syrian army air defense battery positioned in the city fired at the Israeli jets, but the aircraft left Syrian airspace unscathed. FSA rebels posted a video showing smoke rising from...
  • Injured Saudi is a witness, not a suspect, in Boston bombing

    04/16/2013 10:03:22 AM PDT · by Braak · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/16/2013 | Greg Miller
    U.S. law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi national injured in the Boston Marathon bombing is regarded as a witness, not a suspect. The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s and is in the United States on a Saudi scholarship to study at a university in the Boston area.
  • U.S. says U.N. sanctions 'will bite' after North Korea threatens nuclear attack

    03/07/2013 9:04:28 AM PST · by Braak · 19 replies ^ | 3/7/13 | Josh Levs and Jethro Mullen
    (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea Thursday targeting the secretive nation's nuclear program hours after Pyongyang threatened a possible "preemptive nuclear attack." "These sanctions will bite, and bite hard," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said after the vote.
  • Syria: Assad Already Using Chemical Weapons On Civilians – Activists

    12/10/2012 12:36:43 PM PST · by Braak · 62 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/10/2012 | Al Bawaba News
    Global concerns over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles grew after U.S. officials this week privately said the regime had begun mixing chemicals that could be used for the lethal nerve agent sarin. On Saturday, Syrian told the United Nations that it would never use chemical weapons against its peoples and warned that opposition fighters are the ones who could use chemical weapons. But videos uploaded on the web by activists proved otherwise. The video showed the destruction caused by what they identified as chemical weapons. They said the fire was caused by a tank dropped from a Syrian warplane and was...
  • Canary in the Coalmine? An American Jewish Conservative who is scared.

    11/07/2012 8:27:01 AM PST · by Braak · 20 replies
    vanity | 11/7/2012 | Braak
    Well, it's done. Whether Romney won or lost on his own merits or not is immaterial. Obama won, and he did it with the help of 70% of my fellow Jews. I want to remind those idiots of the example of the Judenrat of the Warsaw Ghetto, the SonderKommando of Auschwitz. Jews helped other Jews die with no fuss or muss for their killers. They did so to save their own skins. Perhaps the stakes were not quite life and death last night. That remains to be seen. But what does remain is this: 70% of American Jews actually voted...
  • Sudan blames Israel for weapons factory blast

    10/26/2012 4:08:01 PM PDT · by Braak · 14 replies ^ | 10/24/2012 | This Just In
    Sudan says Israel bombed a weapons factory overnight, killing two people. Sudanese officials originally said the explosion took place inside the facility near a residential area in southern Khartoum. But by afternoon, officials announced that the blast came after four airplanes flew overhead. A resident told CNN he saw two planes and a flash of light coming from them, followed by the sounds of rockets being fired.
  • Rio school shooting leaves up to 20 children dead

    04/07/2011 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Braak · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 April 2011 | Tom Phillips
    As many as 20 people are feared dead after a gunman invaded a primary school in Rio de Janeiro and opened fire. One witness told the Guardian he had seen between 15 and 20 children dead or seriously wounded inside the Tasso da Silveira primary school in western Rio.
  • Explosion injures several people at MDot Headquarters

    01/06/2011 11:21:57 AM PST · by Braak · 96 replies
    ABC 2 News ^ | 1/6/11 | ABC 2
    HANOVER, Md. - Sources tell that several people have been injured after an explosion at the Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters in Anne Arundel County. Sources also say it may have been an improvised explosive device. It happened just after 1pm Thursday afternoon. ABC2 News reporter, Don Harrison, is at the scene where fire crews are treating those who were hurt. Hazardous Materials units are also at the scene along with K-9 units. Authorities are working to set up a mobile command Authorities have not released any more information. Stay with for updates.
  • Police: Shots fired at Coast Guard office in Va

    11/02/2010 8:27:51 AM PDT · by Braak · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/2/2010 | AP
    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in northern Virginia say shots were fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting station, the latest case of someone shooting at military buildings in the DC area. Prince William County police say they're investigating multiple bullet holes at the building.
  • Just when I thought I saw it all this political season...(Most racist and vile political ad ever!)

    10/29/2010 8:39:14 PM PDT · by Braak · 18 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 10/29/2010 | Carlos Allen
    You've just gotta see this ad.....
  • Gunman Barricaded at One Discovery Place (HQ of Discovery Channel!)

    09/01/2010 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Braak · 98 replies
    WRC-TV 4 Washington DC ^ | 9/1/10 | WRC-TV
    A barricade situation involving a gunman who may have taken at least one person hostage has been reported at the Discovery Communications Building in Silver Spring, Md. Police have shut down several roads, including Georgia Avenue, around the building at One Discovery Place. All employees at One Discovery Place have been alerted to the incident and are seeking shelter or have been evacuated from the building. Hazmat teams, bomb squads and SWAT teams have been called to the building. Twitter user @wasroykosuge tweeted out the following: "A bunch of cops w guns and machine guns drawn surrounding the #discovery corporate...
  • 3 Charged, 4 to Hospital, in 70-Person Brawl at L'Enfant Metro

    08/10/2010 7:06:49 AM PDT · by Braak · 9 replies
    WJLA-TV ^ | 8/07/10 | Don Parker
    A brawl broke out at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station at about 11 p.m. Friday night, with an estimated 70 people involved, according to police. Numerous injuries were reported, with four of those requiring hospital treatment, two adults and two juveniles. One adult was listed as having serious but not life-threatening injuries. DC Fire/EMS, DC Police, and Metro Transit Police all responded, police said. An EMS mass casualty unit was called to the station near 6th St & Maryland Ave SW. Roads were closed by police.Three male teens were arrested, police say. They said most of those involved left when...
  • One killed in shooting at Army Reserve center near Atlanta

    06/17/2010 4:59:06 PM PDT · by Braak · 41 replies · 3,050+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/17.10 | CNN
    One person was fatally shot Thursday at an Army Reserve center south of Atlanta, Georgia, an Army spokesman said.
  • Obama's Youth Brigade Burns Out [ sad...could it be they're getting they got HAD!]

    06/04/2010 11:52:09 AM PDT · by Braak · 18 replies · 1,288+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/3/2010 | Dayo Olopade
    A crowd of twentysomething true believers followed Obama from the campaign to Washington. But 18 months in, the "Yes We Can" crowd is losing faith. Joe Boswell quit his job at Camp David. But first, he played a tennis match with Michelle Obama. Her second chief of staff, Susan Sher, is an avid tennis fan, and Boswell, her assistant, was game for a doubles match. After a straight-sets victory, he leveled with the first lady of the United States. “I was tired of going through the motions,” he remembers. “She told me to go out and save the world and...
  • After 20 Seasons, 'Law & Order' Is Canceled by NBC (THANK YOU!!)

    05/14/2010 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Braak · 69 replies · 1,976+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | 5/14/2010 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The venerable police-courtroom drama "Law & Order" has been axed. NBC announced Friday that the show would end its historic 20-season run on May 24, with a season finale that was never meant to bring the saga to a close. The show starred an ensemble cast currently consisting of Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, Linus Roache, Alana De La Garza, Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson, who, unrelated to the show's abrupt cancellation, had already announced she was moving on. Even as it issued a death sentence to the original "Law & Order," NBC announced a new...
  • Have aliens hijacked Voyager 2 spacecraft?

    05/13/2010 8:28:07 AM PDT · by Braak · 170 replies · 4,670+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | 5/12/10 | The Daily Telegraph
    IT left Earth 33 years ago, now it's claimed the Voyager 2 spacecraft may have been hijacked by aliens after sending back data messages NASA scientists can't decode. NASA installed a 12-inch disk containing music and greetings in 55 languages in case intelligent extraterrestrial life ever found it. But now the spacecraft is sending back what sounds like an answer: Signals in an unknown data format! The best scientific minds have so far not been able to decipher the strange information – is it a secret message? Alien expert Hartwig Hausdorf said:"It seems almost as if someone had reprogrammed or...
  • President's Second Choice for Transportation Security Chief Withdraws From Consideration

    03/26/2010 7:35:05 PM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies · 1,656+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/26/10 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's second choice for transportation security chief has withdrawn from consideration because of questions over his background as a defense contractor. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding took himself out of the running Friday night as head of the Transportation Security Administration, another setback for Obama after his first choice withdrew in January. Harding said the distractions caused by his work as a defense contractor would not be good for the administration or the Homeland Security Department. The TSA is part of that department. Harding has extensive intelligence experience that Obama hoped to tap in shoring...
  • Baltimore Mayor Dixon resigning post

    01/06/2010 12:12:18 PM PST · by Braak · 61 replies · 4,207+ views
    Baltimore Buisness Journal ^ | 1/6/10 | Robert J. Terry
    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, convicted last month on one count of embezzlement, is stepping down. WBAL AM-1090 reported Wednesday afternoon Dixon would leave office Feb. 4. The decision by Dixon, a Democrat, was revealed Wednesday as her lawyers were set to argue in court that the mayor deserved a new trial because of juror misconduct. She was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21. Under the state constitution, Dixon would have been required to step down as mayor upon her sentencing, with City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake assuming Dixon’s mayoral duties. Speculation had run rampant in recent weeks that city leaders...
  • Tech Issues Cripple Metro Services, MoCo Traffic Lights

    11/04/2009 7:06:39 AM PST · by Braak · 22 replies · 1,569+ views
    NBC Washington (WRC-4 TV) ^ | 11/4/09 | JIM IOVINO
    A power outage at Metro's headquarters has led to massive problems systemwide, allowing people to ride some buses for free and shutting down WMATA's Web site, call center and e-mail alert system. Metro said it experienced a power outage at about 2:45 a.m. that took down the data center responsible for communication functions. Besides the Customer Call Center not being able to make or receive calls, Metro said the following problems have developed: Some Metrobus fareboxes are not functioning and if that is the case, customers are being allowed to ride without paying a fare. The NextBus system is not...

    10/09/2009 10:14:20 AM PDT · by Braak · 11 replies · 469+ views
    Vanity | 10/09/09 | me
    (COURSUCANT) In a terse announcement from the Imperial Palace today, Darth Vader has announced that Emperor Palpatine is stepping down for reasons of "ill health" and is appointing US President Barak Obama as his successor effective next month. When Lord Vader was asked about the experience or accomplishments of the new Emperor-designate. Lord Vader force choked the obvious Rebel spy and said "I find your lack of faith in our new Emperor disturbing! His platform of Hope and Change for the galaxy will usher in a new Imperial change, we believe." Vader went to furthermore denounce critics as "Rebel sympathizers...
  • Swine flu fears close schools in NY, Texas, Calif

    04/27/2009 9:41:36 AM PDT · by Braak · 80 replies · 4,966+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4/27/09 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    sti Lamonaca's illness started with a high fever, a cough and achy bones, just a couple of days after she returned from a spring break trip on the beach in Cancun with friends. By the weekend, her voice was hoarse and she was wearing a surgical mask. The 18-year-old senior was one of a dozen students from several New York City high schools who traveled to Mexico earlier this month, and she thinks she has swine flu. Health officials have confirmed that eight students from her school have been infected with the strain, which has caused a deadly outbreak in...
  • Iran remarks on Israel sparks walk-out at U.N. meeting

    04/20/2009 9:27:52 AM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies · 2,574+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/20/09 | Robert Evans & Johnathan Lynn
    Article on website

    02/20/2009 4:24:46 AM PST · by Braak · 14 replies · 975+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/20/2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A dwindling number of student activists remained barricaded inside a New York University cafeteria early Friday morning after dozens of supporters scuffled with police outside the building overnight and one person was arrested on a summons. School officials and the police could not immediately confirm whether the person arrested was a student, either from NYU or another college campus. Police said the person was issued a summons for disorderly conduct.
  • Historical Inevitability: Or how the MSM will discover how crow tastes come Tuesday.

    10/31/2008 11:00:36 AM PDT · by Braak · 11 replies · 784+ views
    Me ^ | 10/31/08 | Braak
    Ah hello Freepers, Up until a few days ago, I was an eyore. Yep. It looked grim..but something funny happened. And it happened in spite of the pundits, the Axelrods and the Obama spin machine. The people of America took a hard look at the messiah the supposed "learned classes" mean to foist on us, and they thought it over, and answered: "nope". See, America's a land of few words once we make our mind up. You can tell real Americans...we are the strong, silent types. When we move...we move mountains, liberate nations, even save the world thrice in the...
  • Iraq vets and post-traumatic stress: No easy answers

    10/24/2008 9:41:53 AM PDT · by Braak · 2 replies · 329+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/24/08 | A. Chris Gajilan
    BELLMORE, New York (CNN) -- Walking through a crowded shopping mall can bring back memories of war. The shifting crowds, the jostle of passers-by and the din can all trigger Army Sgt. Kristofer Goldsmith's post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • 'Perfect storm' could give Dems 'magic 60' in Senate (They're already celebrating...ugh!)

    10/08/2008 1:53:49 PM PDT · by Braak · 70 replies · 2,148+ views ^ | 10/08/2008 | Emily Sherman
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the face of an economy in crisis and a deeply unpopular president, some analysts believe the situation is ripe to give Democrats a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate in November. Analysts say Democrats may control the Senate after the November election. Analysts say Democrats may control the Senate after the November election. It's "the perfect storm," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
  • The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power

    08/14/2008 2:21:01 PM PDT · by Braak · 11 replies · 183+ views
    Stratfor ^ | August 12, 2008 | George Friedman
    The Russian invasion of Georgia has not changed the balance of power in Eurasia. It simply announced that the balance of power had already shifted. The United States has been absorbed in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as potential conflict with Iran and a destabilizing situation in Pakistan. It has no strategic ground forces in reserve and is in no position to intervene on the Russian periphery.
  • A Darn nice thing a small Miniature Gaming Company I deal with is doing for the troops

    07/24/2008 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Braak · 77+ views
    Ground Zero Games ^ | 07/24/08 | Jon of Ground Zero Games
    GZG: FREEBIE OFFER FOR BFPO/APO TROOPS! We wanted to make a small supporting gesture towards the personnel from both sides of the Atlantic who are currently serving out in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly those who are keen gamers, so we came up with the following idea: We have allocated SIX SETS of FULL THRUST INTRO FLEETS, each worth £25.00 GBP (plus FREE rules!) to GIVE AWAY COMPLETELY FREE to personnel currently serving out there in the hot zones – three sets for British troops at BFPO addresses and three for US ones via APO. What we'd like is for people...
  • Power Outage Shuts Down 30 Blocks in N.W. [DC]

    06/13/2008 7:48:47 AM PDT · by Braak · 19 replies · 184+ views
    WRC Channel 4 TV ^ | 06/13/08 | WRC-TV
    WASHINGTON -- Thousands homes and businesses are without power and Dupont Circle and Metro Center Metrorail stations are closed after a major outage in northwest D.C. on Friday. Officials said the outage was due to a failure at a substation on 10th Street. About 12,000 customers were without power at 10:30 a.m. Pepco said the outages stretches from as far north as U Street N.W. to F Street N.W., the Dupont Circle area to the west and Third Street N.W. to the east. Many downtown workers have been waiting outside on city streets because their offices are dark. Power is...
  • Why Don't More Colleges Teach Military History?

    04/30/2008 1:20:01 PM PDT · by Braak · 19 replies · 181+ views
    MSN/US News and World Report ^ | 4/30/08 | Justin Ewers
    Five years into the war in Iraq, military history seems to be experiencing a golden age. Hollywood has been cranking out war movies. Publishers have been lining bookstore shelves with new battle tomes, which consumers are eagerly lapping up. Even the critics have been enjoying themselves. Two of the last five Pulitzer Prizes in history were awarded to books about the American military. Four of the five Oscar nominees for best documentary this year were about warfare. Business, for military historians, is good.
  • How the South Won (This) Civil War (MEGA-HURL)

    04/25/2008 5:07:54 PM PDT · by Braak · 68 replies · 287+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 4/25/2008 | Michael Hirsh
    In the summer of 1863, Robert E. Lee led an ill-advised incursion into Pennsylvania. His army was defeated at Gettysburg, and thence afterward Lee beat a fighting retreat until the South lost the Civil War. One hundred and forty-five years later, the South--or what has become the South-Southwest--has won another kind of Civil War. It has transformed the sensibility of the country. It is setting the agenda for our political, social and religious mores--in Pennsylvania and everywhere else. This thought, which has been recurring to me regularly over the years as I've watched the Southernization of our national politics at...
  • US court overturns death sentence

    03/27/2008 1:43:36 PM PDT · by Braak · 15 replies · 721+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/27/08 | BBC
    US court overturns death sentence Abu-Jamal has been on death row for 25 years A US federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence imposed on former Black Panthers member Mumia Abu-Jamal. The court said Abu-Jamal's conviction for murdering a Philadelphia police officer should stand, but that he should have a new sentencing hearing. The former radio journalist and activist was sentenced to death for the murder in 1982. While in jail he became a leading campaigner against the death penalty. He appealed against the sentence, on the grounds that racism on the part of the judge and the prosecutors...
  • Chuck Norris the only WMD in Iraq, say U.S. troops

    03/10/2008 1:57:57 PM PDT · by Braak · 11 replies · 416+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-10-2008 | Mohammed Abbas
    ALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Hollywood action star Chuck Norris, known for his martial arts prowess and tough-guy image, has become a cult figure among the U.S. military in Iraq and an unlikely hero for some in Iraq's security forces. A small cardboard shrine is dedicated to Norris at a U.S. military helicopter hub in Baghdad, and comments lauding the manliness and virility of the actor have been left on toilet walls across Iraq and even in neighboring Kuwait, soldiers say. "The fastest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris's fist," reads one message at the shrine, which consists...
  • Students spend five days homeless

    03/10/2008 6:03:32 AM PDT · by Braak · 38 replies · 679+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 3-10-2008 | CP
    EDMONTON -- Students at universities across Canada may come across a surprise when they show up for class this morning -- groups of fellow students huddled against the cold, asking if they could spare something to eat for breakfast. Dozens of students are camping out on the campuses of 10 universities from last night to Friday night to raise awareness and money for a variety of charities aimed at helping homeless youth. The students will have no money or access to food, drinks or showers. They will have to survive on donations and must sleep outside unless temperatures plunge low...
  • The last testament of Flashman's creator: How Britain has destroyed itself

    01/05/2008 4:20:21 AM PST · by Braak · 52 replies · 171+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/06/2008 | GEORGE MACDONALD FRASER
    When 30 years ago I resurrected Flashman, the bully in Thomas Hughes's Victorian novel Tom Brown's Schooldays, political correctness hadn't been heard of, and no exception was taken to my adopted hero's character, behaviour, attitude to women and subject races (indeed, any races, including his own) and general awfulness. On the contrary, it soon became evident that these were his main attractions. He was politically incorrect with a vengeance. Through the Seventies and Eighties I led him on his disgraceful way, toadying, lying, cheating, running away, treating women as chattels, abusing inferiors of all colours, with only one redeeming virtue...
  • Philly Mayor Gets Big Payday From City

    12/26/2007 5:36:15 PM PST · by Braak · 4 replies · 38+ views
    AP ^ | 12/25/2007 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor John F. Street is getting more than $111,000 as he leaves office, money that a city official said comes from pay raises that he was entitled to but did not take. Street had vetoed a pay-raise bill in the midst of an election in 2003, and the City Council overrode it. The mayor, however, chose not to take an increase, which at the time would have raised his salary from $146,000 to $165,000. Now he has decided to collect it retroactively. Street referred questions to City Finance Director Vincent Jannetti, who said the mayor is entitled...
  • Police hunt for stolen Guinness

    11/29/2007 7:55:57 PM PST · by Braak · 71 replies · 714+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/29/2007 | Diarmaid Fleming
    Gardai in Dublin are on the lookout for 36,000 pints of beer stolen from the Guinness brewery. More than 400 kegs were stolen in what is likely to be the largest carry-out of drink this Christmas. A man drove a truck into the yard on Wednesday, and left with a trailer containing 180 Guinness kegs, 180 Budweiser kegs, and 90 Carslberg kegs. Police estimated the haul to be worth at least 64,000 euros (£46,000), at wholesale prices. However, this figure would be considerably more if Dublin pub prices were charged. The robbery occurred the same day as a special Garda...
  • East German Border Guards Had 'Shoot-to-Kill' Orders to Stop Defections to West

    08/13/2007 4:15:24 PM PDT · by Braak · 24 replies · 528+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2007 | The Times of London
    BERLIN — Researchers have discovered a Cold War “shoot-to-kill” order in what amounts to the clearest evidence yet that East German troops were given a licence to fire on people fleeing to the West, the Times of London reported. The written order, issued to Stasi secret service agents, states: “Don’t hesitate to use your weapon even when border breaches happen with women and children, which traitors have often exploited in the past.” It was found by a researcher in a regional archive of Stasi documents in the city of Magdeburg.
  • How clerk played key role to expose Fort Dix terror plot

    05/09/2007 6:34:36 AM PDT · by Braak · 40 replies · 1,388+ views
    The Seattle Times/AP ^ | May 9, 2007 | Wayne Parry
    FORT DIX, N.J. — Ever since Sept. 11, U.S. authorities have asked the public to be vigilant, urging, "If you see something, say something." In January 2006, a store clerk in New Jersey saw something. A group of men had brought him a video showing them firing assault weapons and chanting "God is great!" in Arabic. They wanted him to dub the footage to a DVD. So the clerk called the Mount Laurel Police Department, which in turn contacted the FBI.
  • 'UK blundered' over friendly fire video (Hatchet Job Alert)

    02/07/2007 12:45:55 PM PST · by Braak · 5 replies · 713+ views
    Yorkshire Post Today ^ | 02/07/07 | Rob Waugh
    THE American military last night claimed that if the British government had requested that the US declassify a controversial cockpit video of a British soldier being shot by "friendly fire" before yesterday, it had asked the wrong people. Major David Small, from the US Central Command, said the US would not have had a problem declassifying the tape which shows the moment Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull's convoy was hit by an American A-10 tankbuster. The video, which was leaked to the Sun newspaper, had previously been unavailable to the soldier's inquest. Major Small said: "We are the owners...
  • N.Y. lawmaker hopes to ban iPod use in crosswalks (NYS Silliness NANNY STATE ALERT!)

    02/07/2007 11:30:51 AM PST · by Braak · 6 replies · 288+ views
    CNET NEWS ^ | 02/07/07 | Caroline McCarthy
    A New York state senator has announced his plan to introduce legislation that would ban the use of electronic devices such as iPods, BlackBerrys and cell phones while crossing streets in major cities. State Sen. Carl Krueger, a Democrat who represents New York's 27th district in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, claimed that the phenomenon of "iPod oblivion" has led to a number of fatal accidents on urban streets. While he did not cite any statistical studies that have indicated a rise in such incidents, he referred to the January death of a 23-year-old Brooklyn man who, tuned...
  • Israel field-tests effective anti-RPG weapon (PMSNBC BARF)

    01/09/2007 9:07:26 PM PST · by Braak · 16 replies · 1,001+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7:16 p.m. ET Jan 9, 2007 | By Adam Ciralsky, Lisa Myers & the NBC News Investigative Unit
    WASHINGTON - In September, NBC News first reported on a fierce debate within the Pentagon over an Israeli-made system that shoots rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) out of the sky. The Army seems intent on killing the system, but officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense believe it can save American lives. Over the last three years, U.S. commanders in Iraq have issued a series of urgent pleas for a system to counter RPGs — a favorite weapon of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation (OFT) scoured the world for a solution and thought it...

    01/02/2007 6:05:47 PM PST · by Braak · 12 replies · 580+ views ^ | 01/02/07 | nbc4
    WASHINGTON -- Amtrak officials said Union Station in downtown Washington was evacuated due to some type of smoke condition. Officials said diesel locomotive smoke coming through the luggage room caused the precautionary evacuation just after 6 p.m. Fans were used to blow the smoke out of Union Station. The evacuation ended after about a half hour. Trains were delayed for 25 minutes during the evacuation, but regular service has resumed.
  • Ethiopia says forced into war with Somali Islamists

    12/24/2006 11:38:26 AM PST · by Braak · 27 replies · 794+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2006 | Hassan Yare
    Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Sunday he was waging war against Somalia's Islamists to protect his country's sovereignty, escalating a conflict that threatens to engulf the Horn of Africa. Ethiopian planes defending Somalia's weak interim government pounded Islamist fighters in Somalia on Sunday as Islamist and government forces battled for a sixth day. Ethiopian officials have said the Somali Islamists are terrorists who are backed by Ethiopia's foe, Eritrea, and pose a threat to the government in Addis Ababa. "Ethiopian defence forces were forced to enter into war to the protect the sovereignty of the nation and to blunt...
  • I wanna fight, the cause is worth it.

    11/08/2006 4:31:05 PM PST · by Braak · 10 replies · 287+ views
    Me | 11/08/06 | Braak
    Ok folks, No doubt, we took a beating. I hear a lot of folks saying today "we deserved it", and such. Who cares? The fact is, our leadership compounded this disaster by throwing Don Rumsfeld under the bus, and then practically giving Pelosi the opening of a lifetime with Robert Gates. So, now we have the most important cabinet post open to political wrangling in time of war? Between a disloyal opposition, and a leader who won't, it's harder to say who I am madder at. The bad guys won today, and I mean both the Dems, and the terrorists....
  • Islamofascists: a dangerous label

    10/01/2006 12:11:48 PM PDT · by Braak · 60 replies · 1,174+ views
    London Times Sunday Edition ^ | October 01, 2006 | Michael Burleigh
    Making an easy comparison with the Nazis confuses our responses to terror, says religious historian Michael Burleigh Most people will have called someone a “fascist” in moments of anger, usually a young person arguing with an older conservative. For the term has never been confined to the ideologies and movements of interwar Europe that bore the name. In recent months the use of “fascism” has migrated from left to right while spreading to the Islamic world. Tariq Ramadan, the Oxford-based Islamist ideologue, speaks of the (western) “fascism which kills innocent people in Iraq”. President George W Bush has announced that...
  • Japan developing remote control for humans

    11/11/2005 8:20:57 PM PST · by Braak · 18 replies · 627+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 25, 2005; Posted: 3:58 p.m. EDT (19:58 GMT) | Yuri Kageyama
    Japan developing remote control for humans By Yuri Kageyama Associated Press Tuesday, October 25, 2005; Posted: 3:58 p.m. EDT (19:58 GMT) ATSUGI, Japan (AP) -- We wield remote controls to turn things on and off, make them advance, make them halt. Ground-bound pilots use remotes to fly drone airplanes, soldiers to maneuver battlefield robots. But manipulating humans? Prepare to be remotely controlled. Just imagine being rendered the rough equivalent of a radio-controlled toy car. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japans top telephone company, says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic. A special headset was...