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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some analysts think it is likely that Obama will significantly change the mission against ISIS to, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , "crush" the group. For a war-tired American public, the mission will be rebranded as a battle in the "war on terror," rather than in terms of the Iraqi war that the vast majority of Americans, in retrospect, consider a disaster. read more


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A California labor union wants a California school board to include former Black Panther and convicted cop-killer Mumua Abu-Jamal in their curriculum. The union backs a plan to not only use Abu-Jamal to paint the justice system as racist to school children, but also to compare him to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. read more


Monday, July 28, 2014

A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The threat -- which is far beyond the country's capability to carry out -- came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military's General Political Bureau. "If the U.S. imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon -- the sources of all evil," Hwang said during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang Sunday on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move. American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and travelled by road to Tunisia, with U.S. fighter jets and other aircraft providing protection, the State Department said. The mission was conducted without incident, and the entire operation lasted approximately five hours, officials said.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers." read more


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"The Palestinians want their state to include all land captured by Israel in 1967,"

I guess the "Palestinians," unlike a lot of our DR commandos, realize they don't really HAVE a state. The West Bank was all a part of Jordan until captured by Israel in 1967. The Israelis offered to return all captured land for peace treaties and recognition. They returned the oil-rich Sinai to Egypt but Egypt didn't want the Gaza strip because they didn't want the grief with the pesky "Palestinians." The Jordanians had been having trouble with them as well, even before 1967, and although they made peace they ALSO didn't want the West Bank and those "Palestinians" back. Syria never signed a treaty so Israel still occupies the Golan Heights. Since Jordan has ceded the West Bank, I guess it's actually a part of Israel now. All the "Palestinians" (Jordanians in the West Bank) had to do was recognize Israel's right to exist like Egypt and Jordan did and probably negotiate some agreement regarding Jerusalem. They STILL haven't recognized Israel's right to exist and it may have permanently cost them dearly. Nobody wants the Gaza Strip so I don't know what you might want to call those former Egyptians who live there. Probably just Hamas subjects???

"In June 1967, Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan, the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the area known as the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War. Israel, which was ordered to withdraw from conquered territories and negotiate final borders by United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, annexed East Jerusalem and extended its laws over the Golan Heights.

Jordan continued to have economic influence over the West Bank until the 1980s, when King Hussein unilaterally cut the link between his kingdom and its residents and the Palestinians of the West Bank. Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005."

"How many looters do you think a shopkeeper would be allowed to kill and have the deaths still be called justified?"

I would imagine that it wouldn't take any more than one to be effective. What's more relevant is the result of seeing armed owners with the resolve to protect their property and their persons prevented any damage. Then, of course, we have incidents like THIS when one is unarmed:

"David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday. He said a man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn't a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men.

They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said. He said he showed those officers his .45-caliber handgun and his concealed carry permit.

That was about 1 a.m., according to police, who did not give either man's name in a press release posted by WCBI-TV.

On the way to Weems' house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.

However, he said, they apparently had been followed by more than 20 people.

Knighten, who said he had served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, said he came out of the restroom to find Weems surrounded. "I was trying to defuse the situation," he said.

After some shoving, he said, the security guard told everyone to leave.

Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems. When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him. Knighten said others attacked him, adding "I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd."

Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.

Police did not arrive until after the crowd had left, he said."

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"Jest: In your right-wing, gun-loving fantasy scenario those shopkeepers have "lots" of high-capacity magazines so they can mow down looters who have decided that instead of food or electronics they want tattoos."

You think they would have skipped the tatto parlor in the vandalizing and wreckage frenzy? You did notice they skipped the food market that was protected too...right? I'm not a gun nut, 'Cade, and I don't think it's a fantasy that showing the resolve to protect yourself and your property would serve to make any killing unnecessary. There are many examples as you might have noticed in the photos of the Koreans in L.A., ...no?

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