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  • ISIL’s advance puts Saudi Arabia between Iraq and a hard place

    06/18/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 96 replies
    Al Qaeda ... Ooops! I mean Al Jazeera ^ | June 17, 20 | Tom Kutsch
    The battle between Iraq’s government and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which threatens to plunge Iraq back into the chaos of sectarian civil war, puts Saudi Arabia in an increasingly awkward position. The Saudis have long been at loggerheads with the Iran-backed Shia-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, seeing Iraq as a key theater of its battle for influence with Tehran that also plays out in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the region. But while ISIL poses the deadliest challenge yet to Maliki, its rapid emergence as a key regional player threatens Saudi interests as...
  • The Law Requires Email Archiving (Helloooooo IRS!)

    06/17/2014 11:35:06 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 25 replies
    IT World ^ | October 10, 2008 | Edward Alexi
    After the amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedures were passed in December of 2006, all emails, communications, files, directives and requests that may be relevant to a current or future litigation cannot simply be deleted or overwritten. The data must be produced and thus it must be archived, because that's the law. Remarkably, most business operators don't realize they must comply with the Federal Regulations on Civil Procedures, or FRCP. In this instance, ignorance is far from bliss. It could put you and your organization in serious legal trouble, if the requested electronically stored information (ESI) is not produced when...
  • The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria (Flashback)

    06/11/2014 12:35:38 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 18, 2013 | Jessica Donati, Ghaith Shennib and Firas Bosalum
    Abdul Basit Haroun says he is behind some of the biggest shipments of weapons from Libya to Syria, which he delivers on chartered flights to neighboring countries and then smuggles over the border. (Snip) A Reuters reporter was taken to an undisclosed location in Benghazi to see a container of weapons being prepared for delivery to Syria. It was stacked with boxes of ammunition, rocket launchers and various types of light and medium weapons. (Snip) "Abdel Basit Haroun was with us in the February 17 brigade before he quit to form his own brigade," said fellow brigade commander Ismail Salabi....
  • Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 48 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 6/11/2014 | Gil Ronen
    New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up. A new book sums up 13 years of research on female participation in IDF combat units and declares the feminist experiment in the Israeli military a failure. “Lochamot Betzahal” by Col. (res.) Raza Sagi, a former infantry regiment commander, points to high rates of serious injury among women serving in combat units, and to involvement of radical political groups behind the scenes of the campaign for combat service by women. ..... "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat...
  • ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul in Mosul, pushes into Iraqi oil town

    06/11/2014 11:45:36 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    The Turkish Consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul was seized on Wednesday and the head of the diplomatic mission as well as 24 staff members were kidnapped by members of the Al-Qaeda-inspired armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a police colonel said. The city of Tikrit kas also fallen to ISIL, and there is ongoing fighting in the city of Kirkuk. The colonel said he had spoken with one of the kidnappers, who said those held "are safe with us" and will be moved to a "safer place." The kidnappings came a day after...
  • Ukrainian troops in control of Donetsk Oblast's Kramatorsk airfield, surround Sloviansk; (Etc.)

    04/15/2014 11:51:51 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 15, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – Interfax Ukraine reports that Interim President Oleksander Turchynov has announced that Ukrainian troops have successfully freed the Kramatorsk airfield. According to the AP, "The mayor of Kramatorsk said Ukrainian troops have now occupied the military airport and are blocking its entrance." The freeing of the airfield is part of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's "anti-terrorist operation," which is being conducted throughout eastern Ukraine to quell Russian-backed separatist movements. Rossiya 24 reports that four Russian-sponsored terrorists were killed as a result of the operation. Further, according to Interfax Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense...
  • Congress secretly approves U.S. weapons flow to 'moderate' Syrian rebels

    01/29/2014 11:18:41 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Mark Hosenball
    Light arms supplied by the United States are flowing to "moderate" Syrian rebel factions in the south of the country and U.S. funding for months of further deliveries has been approved by Congress, according U.S. and European security officials. The weapons, most of which are moving to non-Islamist Syrian rebels via Jordan, include a variety of small arms, as well as some more powerful weapons, such as anti-tank rockets. The deliveries do not include weapons such as shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, known as MANPADs, which could shoot down military or civilian aircraft, the officials said. (Snip)
  • HealthCare.gov Can't Count

    12/16/2013 3:32:00 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 15 replies
    Facebook ^ | 12/16/2013 | Uncle Miltie
    "Days until Dec 23: 10" says 0bamaCare's Facebook page on December 16th. Twenty three minus sixteen is NOT TEN! It is SEVEN. If HealthCare.gov can't subtract, how can you trust them with your application, your identity, your insurance and your healthcare?
  • 10 names Democrats have called Republicans on the brink of a government shutdown (0bamaCare Change)

    11/14/2013 8:00:39 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | September 30, 2013 | Melissa Quinn
    “You cannot negotiate when they take hostages and when they extort, period.” - Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “What we’re not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest” -Senior WH Adviser Dan Pfeiffer “They refuse to pass a budget unless I let them sabotage Obamacare, something they know is not going to happen.” -President Barack Obama “…the anarchists have taken over. They’ve taken over the House, now they’re here in the Senate.” -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “We need to act like adults not like squealing political pigs” -Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “Or we...
  • National Geographic's ‘Doomsday Preppers’ visits Buckley survivalists

    11/11/2013 3:02:43 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 125 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 11/8/2013 | CRAIG SAILOR
    (heavily snipped) “We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.” On Tuesday night, National Geographic Channel survivalist TV show “Doomsday Preppers.” Spartan Survival is not a political group. Contrary to expectations, he says he is pro-government and a supporter of President Barack Obama. “We’ll kick your door in and take your supplies. We are the marauders.” “It will also make me the apex predator in my area, and that’s all that matters,” he says.
  • Police charge duo in parking garage Stadium District homicide

    09/30/2013 8:38:12 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    Tacoma (WA) News Tribune ^ | 09/27/2013 | STACIA GLENN AND ADAM LY
    <p>The law will treat Andrew Boyd and Jeremy Bennett as adults, but they struck Dave Howse as something else altogether Friday.</p> <p>“It’s disheartening how young they were and how cold they could be,” said Howse, whose brother Lawrence allegedly died at Boyd’s and Bennett’s hands last month. “They were the age of my kids and my brother’s kids.”</p>
  • Internal Senate email warns lawmakers not to sign up for Obamacare yet

    09/25/2013 11:39:06 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The Senate this week warned lawmakers and their staff not to sign up for Obamacare’s health exchanges, saying that the administration hasn’t yet finalized the rules for how to keep paying for their premiums. “Members and staff are advised that they should delay enrolling in health insurance plans until we are able to offer further guidance as to how they should enroll in these insurance plans for 2014,” the Senate disbursing office said in an email to staffers Monday. “Premature enrollment could adversely impact eligibility for the employer premium contribution.” The health exchanges are slated to open next week, and...
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz urges customers to not bring guns to cafes

    09/18/2013 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 96 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | 09/18/2013 | CBS
    Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms. The fine line that the retailer is walking to address the concerns of both gun rights and gun control advocates reflects how heated the issue has become, particularly in light of recent mass shootings. Most states allow people to openly carry licensed guns in some way and many companies do not have policies banning firearms in their stores. But Starbucks has become a target for gun control advocates, in part because of its liberal-leaning corporate image. In turn, gun...
  • Homicide in parking garage shakes Stadium District residents

    09/06/2013 9:20:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 32 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 9/6/2013 | ALEXIS KRELL
    (Summary: Sons Of Barack'S murder white guy; no press conference by President...) Last weekend’s killing in the supposedly secure parking garage of a high-end condominium complex in Tacoma’s Stadium District has shaken residents throughout the neighborhood. Lawrence Howse was killed inside the private garage of the Sky Terrace condominium building, a fortress-like structure built on a steep hillside that drops from Broadway to Stadium Way. The eight-story concrete building is characterized by its sweeping views of Mount Rainier and Commencement Bay, and by its rooftop swimming pool, advertised as the only one in the city. The walk-up entrance to Sky...
  • Fatal shooting in Tacoma's Stadium District was robbery gone wrong

    09/05/2013 12:51:14 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 40 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | September 4, 2013 | Stacia Glenn
    Tacoma police said a fatal shooting in a Stadium District parking garage last weekend was a random robbery gone wrong and are asking anyone who might have seen two suspicious men in the area to call in tips. Lawrence Howse, 54, arrived home at the Sky Terrace Condominiums shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. He entered his code to open the door to the private garage and pulled his black BMW inside. That’s when detectives believe two men slid under the door to gain access to the garage. It’s unclear whether Howse saw them. “He was confronted in the secure parking...
  • Anti Iraq War Speech delivered by Illinois State Senator Barack Obama

    08/30/2013 12:58:07 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 18 replies
    danaroc.com ^ | October 2, 2002 | Barack HUSSEIN 0bama
    Good afternoon. Let begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest in history, and yet it was only through the crucible of the sword, the sacrifice of multitudes, that we could begin to perfect this union, and drive the scourge of slavery from our soil. I don't oppose all wars. My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead...
  • Tukwila Raids: Motel Owners Accused of Hosting Drug, Sex Activity

    08/29/2013 6:14:03 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/28/2013 | Ken Mandel
    Raids of three Tukwila, Wash., motels Tuesday morning involved hundreds of local police officers and federal agents. The three owners and a fourth person were arrested, suspected of being involved with drugs, prostitution, and money-laundering. The raids came after agents spent a year gathering evidence on owners of the Boulevard Motel, the Travelers Choice Motel and the Great Bear Motor Inn. Officials said those three motels accounted for 17 percent of emergency calls in Tukwila in 2011 and 2012... About 400 officers and agents participated in the investigation, though not all attended Tuesday's raid, which began shortly after street crews...
  • Rage in London after 'Unforgivable' Beheading

    05/23/2013 12:28:28 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 96 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/23/2013 | Gil Ronen
    There is shock and fury in Britain following the gruesome murder of a soldier by Muslims in Woolwich,... “London is having a hard time dealing with this kind of cruel terror. Muslims beheading a soldier – that is an unforgivable deed.” There were riots and confrontations in different parts of London Thursday, and two mosques were reportedly attacked. In recent years, Muslims have become dominant in several neighborhoods in London, to the chagrin of the native locals, and there have been reports that fundamentalists have been trying to enforce Sharia law in the neighborhoods. EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among...
  • Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo brought up a devout Christian

    05/23/2013 11:50:36 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 27 replies
    The London Times ^ | May 23 2013 | Jenny Booth
    Michael Adebolajo, who was arrested for hacking a soldier to death in Woolwich, was brought up a devout Christian but rebelled against his parents and turned to Islam, friends and neighbours say. Mr Adebolajo was born in Lambeth in December 1984, and brought up with his siblings in Romford by staunchly church-going parents who both worked for the NHS. He attended Marshall Park School in Romford, and Havering Sixth Form College. Yesterday the 28-year-old was captured on film with his hands red with blood and a soldier slumped dead on the road behind him, telling passers-by: “The only reason we...
  • High death-toll highlights increasing Hezbollah intervention

    05/20/2013 12:31:28 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 4 replies
    AMMAN/BEIRUT - About 30 Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to President Bashar Assad have been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair, Syrian activists said on Monday. Sunday's reported death toll was the highest for Hezbollah in a single day's conflict in Syria, highlighting the increasing intervention by the guerrilla group originally set up by Iran in the 1980s to fight Israeli occupation troops in south Lebanon. If confirmed, the Hezbollah losses also reflect the extent to which Syria is becoming a proxy conflict between Shi'ite Iran and Gulf...
  • RNC Chairman calls for Holder resignation

    05/14/2013 10:16:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2013 | Susan Ferrechio
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus believes Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for tapping the phones of the Associated Press, calling the move a violation of the First Amendment. Here is his statement: “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn’t request the federal government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously...
  • Gun Control Amendment: Apply Identical Background Check to VOTING

    04/11/2013 9:53:58 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 30 replies
    centermass ^ | 04/11/2013 | Uncle Milties / centermass
    With thanks to centermass for the original idea: I suggest that Rand Paul offer the following Amendment to the Gun Control Anti-Bill-Of-Rights legislation before the Senate: "Any background checks, documentation, restrictions, waiting periods, or any other restrictions of this legislation on a citizen's G-d-given Second Amendment Rights must be equally applied to each citizen's right to VOTE and SPEAK." If Liberals are going to destroy our G-d-Given and Constitutional rights, let's equally gore their ox. There is no logic to their position, of course, and putting the identical restriction on their pet rights will prove their hypocrisy. Can anyone get...
  • Heitkamp to NYC mayor: Butt out

    03/29/2013 9:59:22 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 17 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | 03/26/2013 | Chuck Haga
    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., responded sharply today to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s TV ad campaign targeting senators who may be reluctant to support pending gun control legislation. Bloomberg is personally financing the campaign in 13 states, including North Dakota, where he believes senators, Republicans and Democrats, need pressure from constituents to vote for requiring background checks for all gun purchases. Of the roughly $10 million aimed at boosting support for the legislation across the country, about $156,000 is to be spent in North Dakota. “North Dakota continues to have one the highest rates of gun ownership and lowest...
  • Why the Democratic Party is backing Bush’s war drive vs. Iraq (Remember 2002?)

    03/21/2013 2:15:12 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 4 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 11 October 2002 | Patrick Martin
    The Democratic Party is moving to provide a comfortable margin of votes to pass resolutions in the House of Representatives and the Senate authorizing an imminent US invasion of Iraq. The House voted Thursday to give Bush the power to wage war, a week after an agreement between Bush and House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt on the language of the resolution. A series of top Senate Democrats have endorsed the resolution, including Majority Whip Harry Reid, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, and John Kerry of Massachusetts, a prospective presidential candidate and one-time leader of veterans’ protests against the Vietnam...
  • Sequester Frees Immigrants From Tacoma (WA) Detention Center

    02/27/2013 1:36:41 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 5 replies
    KUOW ^ | 02/27/2013 | Liz Jones
    Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. With budget cuts looming, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it’s shifting some detainees around the country to supervised release. It appears that includes some detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which is the area’s main holding facility for immigrants facing deportation. Immigration officials in Seattle declined to comment about how people there have been released in recent days. But an attorney who works with detainees at the NWDC says she’s heard an estimate. “Some...
  • Police: Bomber at U.S. Embassy in Turkey with leftist group

    02/01/2013 4:46:52 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/01/2013 | Ivan Watson
    Turkish officials say a suicide bomber belonging to a radical leftist organization blew himself up just outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday. ...... Istanbul police identified the bomber as Ecevit Shanli, a member of DHKP-C, a Marxist Leninist terror group. .....
  • Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted multiple sites

    02/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 | JPOST Staff
    'Time' quotes Western officials as saying IAF jets hit several targets in Syria and US has given Israel green light to carry out more raids; Panetta: US supports all steps to prevent weapons from falling into terrorist hands. IAF raids overnight Tuesday struck multiple targets in Syria, Time magazine reported on Friday, citing Western intelligence officials. Syria on Wednesday publicly accused Israel of striking a scientific research center northwest of Damascus, denying reports that the strike had targeted a suspected shipment of anti-aircraft missiles en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The description of the military research center that Syria claimed...
  • F-16s 'Fired 8 Missiles, Bunker-Buster at Syria Chemical Site'

    01/31/2013 12:50:04 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/31/2013 | Gil Ronen
    The site allegedly attacked by Israel in Syria manufactured chemical and biological weapons, according to a report in Iraqi newspaper Azzaman that appears in London. ... It says that the classified installation, which is located just 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the presidential palace, was guarded by a large contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, many of whom died in the attack. A diplomatic source interviewed by the newspaper said that the attack took place 48 hours before it was first reported. He said that initial reports regarding a convoy that was attacked were meant to disguise the true target of...
  • Clackamas Town Center shooting: Gunman was Jacob Tyler Roberts

    12/12/2012 10:49:42 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 74 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 12.12.12 | Helen Jun
    Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, was the masked man who stormed into Clackamas Town Center Tuesday afternoon, fatally shooting two people and wounding another before turning a gun on himself, police said. Roberts does not appear to have a criminal history in Oregon, according to court records. He had two speeding tickets earlier this year. Court records show that Roberts and a woman, Hannah Shoemake, were evicted last summer from their Happy Valley apartment. Roberts' mother answered her door at her Portland home, but declined to comment to an Oregonian reporter. "I loved my son very much," she said.
  • How to Make Tax Increases 100% Democrats' Fault (Vanity)

    11/29/2012 2:12:24 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 17 replies
    My Fertile Brain ^ | 11/29/2012 | Uncle Miltie
    In the House: Put up a bill that repeals all the Bush Tax Cuts. Have all the Republicans vote against it. Put up a bill that makes all the Bush Tax Cuts Permanent. Have all the Republicans vote fore it. Put up a bill that repeals the Bush Tax Cuts on the top 50% of taxpayers. Have all the Republicans abstain. Put up a bill that repeals the Bush Tax Cuts on the top 25% of taxpayers. Have all the Republican abstain. Keep going until a bill passes that is the maximum tax increase the Democrats pass by a majority...
  • Iran Building Powerful Nuclear Device

    11/27/2012 3:25:16 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/27/2012 | David Lev
    Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb with at least triple the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II, diagrams obtained by the Associated Press indicates. According to AP, the diagrams were first discovered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scientists after an inspection of an Iranian nuclear facility. The document was published by the AP Tuesday after, the news agency said, it was leaked by officials critical of the way the West has been handling the Iran issue. The diagrams discovered by the IAEA show Iranian scientists calculating the desired "nuclear explosive yield" in...
  • Who is Mohamed Morsi?

    11/27/2012 10:13:16 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Al Jizzeer0 ^ | 11/26/2012
    Egypt has elected as its president a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was never prominent within the organisation. Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first civilian head of state in June 2011 and the first Islamist to lead the Arab world's most populous nation. Born in Sharqiya, in the Nile Delta, Morsi was a high-ranking figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, but he was not widely known among the Egyptian public. An engineer by trade, he studied in the US before returning to Egypt to head the engineering department at Zagazig University. He was a member of the Committee...
  • IDF Blows Up Hamas Soccer Field-Missile Site

    11/19/2012 2:22:10 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 29 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/19/2012 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The IDF Sunday night bombed a Gaza City soccer field that camouflaged a Hamas underground missile launching site it used to attack Tel Aviv last Friday. Use of the soccer field to attack Israel explains several Hamas claims in the past that Israel has attacked children playing soccer. Covering an underground missile site with a soccer field is part of Hamas's strategy to use civilian sites for terrorist activities. The strategy has been effective in causing deaths to civilians who live in homes that are used to house terrorists or serve as weapons depots. Hamas has claimed that dozens of...
  • Official: 'Racist' Hamas Targeting Ethiopians, Asians

    11/19/2012 1:29:48 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/19/2012 | David Lev
    New Ethiopian immigrants, who have no family in the country, are suffering greatly from Hamas' ongoing rocket attacks Although “only” three Israelis have been killed as a result of the ongoing Hamas terror rocket attacks against Israel, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering – perhaps none more than residents of immigrant absorption centers in southern Israel. Unlike veteran Israeli families, these new immigrants – many of them olim from Ethiopia – have no family elsewhere in the country to take them in, and hence nowhere to go. ...... Some 450 Ethiopian immigrants, most of them in the country only...
  • Four More Top Terrorists Eliminated

    11/19/2012 1:24:35 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 40 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 11/19/2012 | David Lev
    IDF planes on Monday targeted and eliminated another four senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. .... That the loss of the four to Gaza Arab terrorists was evident from the fact that Hamas denied that the IDF had eliminated the four. In a statement, Hamas said that it could not confirm that the four had been killed by the IDF, and said that they were “out of communication range.” Among the four was Abu al-Attah, a member of the Hamas senior military council. Al-Attah directed hundreds of rocket attacks against Israel, including long-range attacks. He was also a senior figure...
  • Nigeria accused of abuses in Boko Haram fight

    11/01/2012 11:53:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    Al JiZero ^ | Nov 1, 2012
    Nigeria is illegally holding hundreds of people suspected of participating in violence perpetrated by the armed group Boko Haram and is denying them access to lawyers, an international rights group has said. Amnesty International alleged in a report released on Thursday that most of those imprisoned around the country are held without criminal charges. Some of the suspects in detention have been summarily executed by security forces before facing trial, the London-based Amnesty said. The group also said some of those detained told its researchers they were shackled for days, forced to sit in their own excrement in overcrowded cells...
  • Kuwait warns of harsher crackdown on protests

    11/01/2012 11:42:07 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 5 replies
    Al Jizzzzzerro ^ | Nov 1, 2012
    Interior ministry says forces will "firmly" confront protests as opposition figure accused of insulting emir is freed. Opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack (poster) is under investigation for allegedly insulting Kuwait's emir. Authorities in Kuwait have warned they will take a tougher line against anti-government demonstrators defying bans on protest gatherings. Thursday's warning came as the Gulf nation's opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak was released on bail after a night of violent protests against his detention that left dozens hurt, his lawyer and an AFP photographer said. Kuwaiti media reported that al-Barrack, a former member of parliament under investigation for allegedly insulting Kuwait's...
  • Sound Transit (train) project downtown Tacoma, Lakewood ($433,333 / Rider)

    10/08/2012 7:00:15 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Like many businesses in Tacoma’s Dome District, the Lighthouse Diving Center suffered plenty during the construction of Sound Transit’s new railroad link to Lakewood. For nearly two years, the little block building on the corner of 25th Street and Pacific Avenue was isolated by the massive civil engineering project necessary to get Sounder trains across Pacific and up the grade into Nalley Valley. “A lot of people thought we were closed,” said Randy Bierbaum, who manages the dive shop along with Molly, his well-fed Labrador retriever. “Everything was so torn up they couldn’t figure out how to get here.” Now,...
  • Middling Report With Upward Revisions

    10/05/2012 8:44:12 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | October 5, 2012
    The September Non-Farm Payrolls came in at + 114,000 with a lower unemployment rate 7.8%, slightly higher labor force participation and upward revisions of 40,000 to July (+181,000) and 46,000 in August (+142,000). The 2012 average monthly employment gain is +146,000 down from the 2011 average of 153,000. The labor force participation rate edged up to 63.9% from the August lows of 63.7%. This number will receive massive attention, and significant skepticism from some quarters, given the presidential contest and the focus on jobs by the candidates. We need about 110,000 net new jobs each moth to keep up with...
  • How did obscure hate film earn global wrath? (Al Jizz Apologetics / Indictments)

    09/13/2012 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 9/13/2012
    How did an obscure film titled either "Innocence of Muslims" or "The Real Life of Muhammed" lead to the emotional and violent ramifications playing out now in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and other places in the Muslim world? It was first posted on YouTube by a user called "sam bacile" in July 2012, and has to date received about 450,000 views. The trailer began to receive more attention this month. On September 4, the same user posted a version dubbed in Arabic, which has since garnered tens of thousands of views. Morris Sadek, an Egypt-born Coptic Christian who lives in the...
  • Angry protests spread over anti-Islam film

    09/13/2012 11:34:26 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 25 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 13 September 2012
    The Money Quotes: "The US prosecutor-general said on Wednesday that four people were being questioned after Tuesday's events. Nine Coptic Egyptian-Americans were also put on an airport watch list. They are believed to have contributed to the production of the anti-Islam film that led to the embassy protest."
  • Al-Qaeda video says U.S. will target American Muslims

    09/12/2012 10:01:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 25 replies
    Al-Qaeda released a Sept. 11 anniversary video declaring the United States is at war with Islam and that American Muslims should brace for a “holocaust,” U.S. monitors said Wednesday. The video, which features al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as well as its American spokesman Adam Gadahn, is entitled “Truth has Come and Falsehood has Perished” and was posted on jihadist forums, according to SITE and IntelCenter. According to a SITE transcript, Gadahn rejects President Barack Obama’s assertion that the United States is not at war with Islam because “America is crystal-clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system.” Referring...
  • Engage in Free Speech about Islam Here! (Vanity)

    09/12/2012 8:40:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 56 replies
    Please use this thread to exercise your G-d given right to Free Speech, secured by our constitution. A right unexercised is a right denied! Come on by and say whatever you wish about Islam! Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • Knifing cartons of poisoned milk

    09/11/2012 9:21:25 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 24 replies
    Aug. 29: The milk was poisoned, the man said – so he stabbed it with a kitchen knife. Officers responded to a report of a man with a knife at a grocery store in the 4000 block of South Tacoma Avenue. The report said the man was stabbing milk cartons and screaming. The officer arrived and cautiously edged toward the dairy section. He saw a man crouched by aisle 9, near a cooler. A broken jug of milk left a puddle nearby. Puddles of milk and the remnants of other containers marked a trail along the aisle. Two other officers...
  • Woman charged with injuring three at Gig Harbor-area store pleads not guilty

    08/15/2012 11:44:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 30 replies
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | Aug. 13, 2012 | Adam Lynn
    Pierce County prosecutors said today Laura K. Sorenson took three things into the Peninsula Market near Gig Harbor on Saturday afternoon: a history of mental illness, a hatred of men and a gun. By the time she left the market in handcuffs, three men were wounded, and blood covered the inside of the grocery at 14220 92nd Ave. N.W. Sorenson later told detectives “she had decided to kill herself and wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone else first,” court papers filed today show. “She states she had been molested as a young child and hated men,”...
  • Four Little Words

    07/27/2012 2:33:01 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/27/2012 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    What's the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out. "You didn't build that" is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words "out of context." That ad follows two separate ones from his campaign attempting damage control. His campaign appearances are now about backpedaling and proclaiming his love for small...
  • Bigger battles loom in Aleppo as Assad, rebels beef up forces

    07/26/2012 11:29:44 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 3 replies
    AFP via Arab News ^ | 07/26/2012 | Bulent Kilic
    ALEPPO, Syria: Syrian troops prepared on Thursday to launch an all-out offensive on rebel-held districts across Aleppo, a security source said, as pro-regime media warned of a looming “mother of all battles.” Fighting raged in parts of Syria’s most populous city through the night and into Thursday, but the security source told AFP the main offensive was still to come. “The special forces were deployed on Wednesday and Thursday on the edges of the city, and more troops have arrived to take part in a generalized counter-offensive on Friday or Saturday,” he said. Rebel fighters had brought in their own...
  • Iran Says Israel is Behind Bulgaria Terror Attack

    07/26/2012 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/26/2012 | Elad Benari
    Iran's UN envoy accused Israel on Wednesday of plotting and carrying out last week’s suicide bomb attack on a bus in Bulgaria in which five Israeli tourists were killed. Five Israelis were killed when a terrorist blew himself up near a bus that was carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas... “It's amazing that just a few minutes after the terrorist attack, Israeli officials announced that Iran was behind it,” Reuters quoted Iran's UN Ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, as having told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East. “We have never and will not engage in such a despicable attempt on...
  • "You Didn't Build That": Picture Posting Vanity Thread

    07/19/2012 6:11:48 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 152 replies
    Everyone post your favorite picture deriding 0bambi's "You Didn't Build That!" quote! It's a Free For All! Fun for FReepers of all ages! But remember, even if you photoshop the best pic of all, "You didn't build that!"
  • The Case Against Condi

    07/13/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 13, 2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    I doubt Romney is seriously considering Rice, because it seems so obvious that she would be a disastrous pick. Just in case there are people who do not see this, let me run through some of the reasons. 1) Her selection would seriously offend many social conservatives — possibly enough to depress their turnout. In general, I think claims that conservatives will stay home in this election are overblown: Opposition to President Obama is running pretty hot. A vice-presidential nominee who is “mildly” in favor of letting a million unborn children be killed every year, though, would be one of...