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Reader Selected News For Week Aug 31 – Sep 6

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Aug 31 – Sep 6”

  1. captstubby says:

    facebook post;
    hi Syria,
    will be visiting you soon, here is our travel arrangements.
    Yahoo news.


    hi Adolph,
    will be visiting you soon, here is our travel arrangements
    useful American idiots.


    • Noyzmakr says:

      I love the comment below that story of president mom-jeans’ (LOL…thanks Rusty) war plans leaked to make him look tough.

      Posted by: 6-4-3
      17 hours ago
      “Maybe the Syrians are too smart to read news on Yahoo.”

      Short and succinct with an element of truth. The sign of good comedy.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    A fool tells you what he knows.
    – King Solomon

  3. captstubby says:

    Obama Says He Doesn’t Need Congress’ Permission to Strike Syria, So Why is He Asking for It?
    By Patrick Reis | National Journal – 10 hrs ago
    Obama said Saturday he’ll go to Congress for approval before launching a strike against Syria, but he also made it clear that he doesn’t believe he needs anyone else’s permission.

    “While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger … and our actions will be even more effective” if the strike is authorized by Congress, Obama said Saturday in a televised address from the Rose Garden.
    So why is Obama asking for authority he already believes he has?

    Ask FactCheck

    Sen. Obama, who has taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, has regularly referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor,” most famously at a March 30, 2007, fundraiser when he said, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” A spokesman for the Republican National Committee immediately took exception to Obama’s remarks, pointing out that Obama’s title at the University of Chicago was “senior lecturer” and not “professor.”

    Media Inquiries
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    Statement Regarding Barack Obama
    The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as “Senior Lecturer.”

    From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School’s Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined.

    “yes We (oops,) i mean, I Can.”

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Arab states urge action against Syrian government
    Yahoo News: http://tinyurl.com/kle3b6d

    The final resolution passed by an Arab League meeting in Cairo urged the United Nations and international community to “take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits of this crime that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for”.

    Great, when are the ARABS going to get this done? Oh, by “international community” they mean America don’t they.

    “The time has come to call on the world community to bear its responsibility and take the deterrent measure that puts a halt to the tragedy.”

    Also great. I am sure all the money saved up from those oil revenues enables the ARABS to solve their own problems, since it’s THEIR responsibility. Aren’t you glad they all got together, talked, debated, haggled, carefully assessed the situation, and then childishly came to the conclusion that someone else should handle it? -what bold statesmanship!

    The Arab League resolution promised to “present all forms of support” to help the Syrian people to defend themselves.

    …….yeeeeah, “all” except actually shedding their own blood, putting boots on the ground, or using their own combined militaries to help out. –all forms of (moral) support.

    Isn’t it nice to see how these snakes try to get us involved, make us pay with our resources, then sit back and nag and complain when they don’t approve of how we are doing it? Then when it backfires, they can wash their hands of it, “don’t blame us, burn the American flag, we didn’t tell them to do THAT!”

    1. Because of the sequester, we have no money for this.
    2. Does a Nobel Prize winner beat the drums of war? Where is his magical diplomacy? I thought his swooning, tantalizing, sweet words were the elixir the world was waiting for? Why isn’t he back again in Cairo dazzling the Arabs when they need him?
    3. You mean DEMOCRATS want to attack an Arab nation based on shady evidence of WMDs?
    4. Even Michael Vick says we have no dog in this fight.

    • captstubby says:

      the history of the Arab community always was in fighting among themselves.

      if Infidels could do the heavy lifting against one of them,praise Allah.

      by the 1400’s their attention was focused on warring with Christens and invention


  5. yadayada says:

    and there’s no way that these wmd could possibly be linked to the wmd everyone was absolutely certain were secreted away to Syria by sadam hussien before the invasion.
    and there is absolutely no way this could have been done by the mooslim extremists and couched to look like someone else did it in order to suck oblameless in and do the mooslim bruddahood ‘s bidding.
    nah, i’m just too cynical (read; cringing in corner, clinging to gun and bible, in paranoid fear)

  6. Noyzmakr says:

    From the US Air Force

    Air Force Space Command shuts down space surveillance system

    Published August 13, 2013

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) –Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations at the Air Force Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1. Final decisions on all fiscal 2014 budget issues will be made over the next few weeks.

    By discontinuing operations, the AFSSS would not be maintained in operational status; however, equipment will not be removed until a final disposition determination is made.

    I’ve just learned say they shut it down this morning at 6 am MDT.

    From Wikipedia

    The United States Space Surveillance Network detects, tracks, catalogs and identifies artificial objects orbiting Earth, i.e. active/inactive satellites, spent rocket bodies, or fragmentation debris. The system is the responsibility of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, part of the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

    Space surveillance accomplishes the following:

    Predict when and where a decaying space object will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere;
    Prevent a returning space object, which to radar looks like a missile, from triggering a false alarm in missile-attack warning sensors of the U.S. and other countries;
    Chart the present position of space objects and plot their anticipated orbital paths;
    Detect new man-made objects in space;
    Correctly map objects travelling in the earth’s orbit;
    Produce a running catalog of man-made space objects;
    Determine which country owns a re-entering space object;
    Inform NASA whether or not objects may interfere with satellites and International Space Station orbits.

    The SPACETRACK program represents a worldwide Space Surveillance Network (SSN) of dedicated, collateral, and contributing electro-optical, passive radio frequency (rf) and radar sensors. The SSN is tasked to provide space object cataloging and identification, satellite attack warning, timely notification to U.S. forces of satellite fly-over, space treaty monitoring, and scientific and technical intelligence gathering.

    SPACETRACK also developed the systems interfaces necessary for the command and control, targeting, and damage assessment of a potential future U.S. anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) system. There is an Image Information Processing Center and Supercomputing facility at the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS). The resources and responsibility for the HAVE STARE Radar System development were transferred to SPACETRACK from an intelligence program per Congressional direction in FY93.

    The Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS), also known as the “space fence”, is a very high frequency radar network located at sites across the southern United States (from California to Georgia) with a centralized data processing site at the Naval Network and Space Operations Command in Dahlgren, Virginia. The “fence” is now operated by the U.S. Air Force (20th Space Control Squadron Detachment 1).

    The Satellite Detection and Reconnaissance Defense (the former designation of the NSSS) reached initial operating capability in 1961. Since then, the role of the “fence” has grown. The system detects space objects from new launches, maneuvers of existing objects, breakups of existing objects, and provides data to users from its catalog of space objects. Orbital parameters of more than 10,000 objects are maintained in this catalog—which has now gained usage by NASA, weather agencies, and friendly foreign agencies. The information is essential to computing the collision avoidance information to de-conflict launch windows with known orbiting space objects.

    And then we have this little nugget from Huffington Post

    From a story posted from Reuters on HuffPo August 12, 2013 we have this qoute…

    Commander of the Air Force Space Command, General William Shelton, said the system – which has been in operation since 1961 – was outmoded and that newer technology will provide more accurate observations.

    Shelton said a new Space Fence is being planned now, which will provide more precise positional data on orbiting objects and would become the most accurate radar in the Air Force’s space surveillance network.

    So you see, there is nothing to take it’s place. The replacement is being “planned”. They claimed they are shutting it down to save $14 million because of sequestration. $14 million?!?!? Obama spends that on flying his dog and basketballs around the world!

    The destruction of our Intelligence services and other military defense programs by this regime is criminal.

    We are blind!

    • captstubby says:

      why is anyone surprised.
      the Campaigner in Chief promised CHANGE,
      and even got a second term.
      “welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.”

  7. captstubby says:

    today’s morons who call themselves architects unknowingly invented a working DEATH RAY.

    Towering new skyscraper in London blamed for melting cars, setting fires
    Walkie-Talkie Tower, because of its peculiar shape, is producing an intense beam of light that has one community seething; developers are investigating .

    The City of London, hoping to stop the melting of cars, has suspended parking operations in three areas that might be affected by the beam.

    Tourists who will be visiting London in the near future might want to check out the city’s hottest new property: a 37-story skyscraper known at 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed the “Walkie-Talkie Tower” because of its curved shape.
    But beware: when the sun reaches a certain position in the sky and hits the tower at a particular angle, the reflected beam of sunlight is intense and, in fact, it’s being blamed for melting cars, setting carpet ablaze, and blotching paint on buildings.
    On Monday, street-level temperatures beneath this beam of light soared to 150 degrees in Eastcheap, which is the present focal point for the beam–or ground zero.”

  8. Noyzmakr says:

    From CBS 2 NY:

    Jury To Rule On Punitive Damages In Controversial Case On Racial Slurs
    Jurors Rejected Argument That N-Word Can Be Term Of Endearment
    September 3, 2013 8:55 AM

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal jury has rejected an argument that the use of the N-word among blacks can be a culturally acceptable term of love and endearment, ruling instead that its use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter what.

    Jurors last week awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to a worker at the black employment agency STRIVE East Harlem who was the target of an N-word-laced rant by her black boss.

    The case against Rob Carmona and the employment agency he founded, STRIVE East Harlem, gave legal airing to what some see as a complex double standard surrounding the word – that it is a degrading slur when uttered by whites but can be used at times with impunity among blacks.

    But Brandi Johnson, 38, told jurors that being black didn’t make it any less hurtful to be the target of what her attorney called Carmona’s “four-minute n****r tirade” about inappropriate workplace attire and unprofessional behavior.

    In his testimony, Carmona defended his use of the word…..

    Carmona said he might put his arm around a longtime friend in the company of another and say: “This is my n****r for 30 years.”

    “That means my boy, I love him, or whatever,” he said.

    He was asked if he meant to indicate love when he called Johnson the word.

    “Yes, I did,” he responded.

    A rose by any other name……

  9. preparing4theworst says:

    Something I picked up…too good (?) not to share…
    Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

    By Global Research News

    Global Research, September 01, 2013

    Defense and Foreign Affairs and Oilprice.com

    Region: Middle East & North Africa

    Theme: Intelligence, US NATO War Agenda

    In-depth Report: SYRIA: NATO’S NEXT WAR?


    863 1566


    by Yossef Bodansky

    There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.

    The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

    On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

    The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained. The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured the Syrian regional commanders that they would be provided with plenty of weapons for the coming offensive.

    Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons, mainly anti-aircraft weaponry from shoulder-fired missiles to ammunition for light-guns and machineguns. The weapons were distributed from store-houses controlled by Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of US Intelligence.

    These weapons were loaded on more than 20 trailer-trucks which crossed into northern Syria and distributed the weapons to several depots. Follow-up weapon shipments, also several hundred tons, took place over the weekend of August 24-25, 2013, and included mainly sophisticated anti-tank guided missiles and rockets. Opposition officials in Hatay said that these weapon shipments were “the biggest” they had received “since the beginning of the turmoil more than two years ago”. The deliveries from Hatay went to all the rebel forces operating in the Idlib-to-Aleppo area, including the al-Qaida affiliated jihadists (who constitute the largest rebel forces in the area).

    Several senior officials from both the Syrian opposition and sponsoring Arab states stressed that these weapon deliveries were specifically in anticipation for exploiting the impact of imminent bombing of Syria by the US and the Western allies. The latest strategy formulation and coordination meetings took place on August 26, 2013. The political coordination meeting took place in Istanbul and was attended by US Amb. Robert Ford.

    More important were the military and operational coordination meetings at the Antakya garrison. Senior Turkish, Qatari, and US Intelligence officials attended in addition to the Syrian senior (opposition) commanders. The Syrians were informed that bombing would start in a few days.

    “The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days,” a Syrian participant in the meeting said. Another Syrian participant said that he was convinced US bombing was scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Several participants — both Syrian and Arab — stressed that the assurances of forthcoming bombing were most explicit even as formally Obama is still undecided.

    The descriptions of these meetings raise the question of the extent of foreknowledge of US Intelligence, and therefore, the Obama White House. All the sources consulted — both Syrian and Arab — stressed that officials of the “Mukhabarat Amriki” actively participated in the meetings and briefings in Turkey. Therefore, at the very least, they should have known that the opposition leaders were anticipating “a war-changing development”: that is, a dramatic event which would provoke a US-led military intervention.

    The mere fact that weapon storage sites under the tight supervision of US Intelligence were opened up and about a thousand tons of high-quality weapons were distributed to the opposition indicates that US Intelligence anticipated such a provocation and the opportunity for the Syrian opposition to exploit the impact of the ensuing US and allied bombing. Hence, even if the Obama White House did not know in advance of the chemical provocation, they should have concluded, or at the very least suspected, that the chemical attack was most likely the “war-changing development” anticipated by the opposition leaders as provocation of US-led bombing. Under such circumstances, the Obama White House should have refrained from rushing head-on to accuse Assad’s Damascus and threaten retaliation, thus making the Obama White House at the very least complicit after the act.

    Meanwhile, additional data from Damascus about the actual chemical attack increases the doubts about Washington’s version of events. Immediately after the attack, three hospitals of Doctors Without Borders (MSF: médecins sans frontières) in the greater Damascus area treated more than 3,600 Syrians affected by the chemical attack, and 355 of them died. MSF performed tests on the vast majority of those treated.

    MSF director of operations Bart Janssens summed up the findings: “MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms nor establish who is responsible for the attack. However, the reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events — characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers — strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent.” Simply put, even after testing some 3,600 patients, MSF failed to confirm that sarin was the cause of the injuries. According to MSF, the cause could have been nerve agents like sarin, concentrated riot control gas, or even high-concentration pesticides. Moreover, opposition reports that there was distinct stench during the attack suggest that it could have come from the “kitchen sarin” used by jihadist groups (as distinct from the odorless military-type sarin) or improvised agents like pesticides.

    Some of the evidence touted by the Obama White House is questionable at best.

    A small incident in Beirut raises big questions. A day after the chemical attack, Lebanese fixers working for the “Mukhabarat Amriki” succeeded to convince a Syrian male who claimed to have been injured in the chemical attack to seek medical aid in Beirut in return for a hefty sum that would effectively settle him for life. The man was put into an ambulance and transferred overnight to the Farhat Hospital in Jib Janine, Beirut. The Obama White House immediately leaked friendly media that “the Lebanese Red Cross announced that test results found traces of sarin gas in his blood.” However, this was news to Lebanese intelligence and Red Cross officials.
    According to senior intelligence officials, “Red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh told [them] that the injured Syrian fled the hospital before doctors were able to test for traces of toxic gas in his blood.” Apparently, the patient declared that he had recovered from his nausea and no longer needed medical treatment. The Lebanese security forces are still searching for the Syrian patient and his honorarium.

    On August 24, 2013, Syrian Commando forces acted on intelligence about the possible perpetrators of the chemical attack and raided a cluster of rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar. Canisters of toxic material were hit in the fierce fire-fight as several Syrian soldiers suffered from suffocation and “some of the injured are in a critical condition”.

    The Commando eventually seized an opposition warehouse containing barrels full of chemicals required for mixing “kitchen sarin”, laboratory equipment, as well as a large number of protective masks. The Syrian Commando also captured several improvised explosive devices, RPG rounds, and mortar shells. The same day, at least four HizbAllah fighters operating in Damascus near Ghouta were hit by chemical agents at the very same time the Syrian Commando unit was hit while searching a group of rebel tunnels in Jobar. Both the Syrian and the HizbAllah forces were acting on intelligence information about the real perpetrators of the chemical attack. Damascus told Moscow the Syrian troops were hit by some form of a nerve agent and sent samples (blood, tissues, and soil) and captured equipment to Russia.

    Several Syrian leaders, many of whom are not Bashar al-Assad supporters and are even his sworn enemies, are now convinced that the Syrian opposition is responsible for the August 21, 2013, chemical attack in the Damascus area in order to provoke the US and the allies into bombing Assad’s Syria. Most explicit and eloquent is Saleh Muslim, the head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which has been fighting the Syrian Government. Muslim doubts Assad would have used chemical weapons when he was winning the civil war.

    “The regime in Syria … has chemical weapons, but they wouldn’t use them around Damascus, five km from the [UN] committee which is investigating chemical weapons. Of course they are not so stupid as to do so,” Muslim told Reuters on August 27, 2013. He believes the attack was “aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction”. Muslim is convinced that “some other sides who want to blame the Syrian regime, who want to show them as guilty and then see action” is responsible for the chemical attack. The US was exploiting the attack to further its own anti-Assad policies and should the UN inspectors find evidence that the rebels were behind the attack, then “everybody would forget it”, Muslim shrugged. “Who is the side who would be punished? Are they are going to punish the Emir of Qatar or the King of Saudi Arabia, or Mr Erdo?an of Turkey?”

    And there remain the questions: Given the extent of the involvement of the “Mukhabarat Amriki” in opposition activities, how is that US Intelligence did not know in advance about the opposition’s planned use of chemical weapons in Damascus?

    It is a colossal failure.

    And if they did know and warned the Obama White House, why then the sanctimonious rush to blame the Assad Administration?

    Moreover, how can the Obama Administration continue to support and seek to empower the opposition which had just intentionally killed some 1,300 innocent civilians in order to provoke a US military intervention?

    Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

    Copyright Defense and Foreign Affairs and Oilprice.com 2013

  10. captstubby says:

    when the Official News Networks Of The Party admits that the chemical “attacks ” cannot be confirmed, its a sure thing something stinks.(no pun intended.)

  11. Noyzmakr says:

    From UK Mail Online:

    Extraordinary images that show just how similar we are to our closest living relative – the bonobo: Affectionate primates share 98.7% of human DNA right down to hair loss
    By Helen Collis

    PUBLISHED: 07:38 EST, 4 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 EST, 4 September 2013

    These extraordinary images detail the remarkable similarities between humans and our closest living relatives, bonobos.

    Sharing 98.7 per cent of human DNA, the fascinating creatures exhibit the same expressions, mannerisms and behaviour as man displays on a daily basis.

    From turning taps on and off for a drink to cuddling their babies, the great apes are the closest thing to observing a human in a zoo – even suffering hair loss.

    ‘The babies are just like human babies, very comical, playing and fighting between each other. The mannerisms are just so close to the way we act – there is only one chromosome difference between us and you can really see it.

    So What??

    Chromosomes of species:Human=46, gorilla or chimpanzee=48, common fruit fly=8, domestic pig=38, lab mouse=40……

    What a bunch of BS!! Where are their cities? Where are their hospitals? Where are their houses?

    Also, a dog has about %75 of the same DNA as humans and hosueflys have about %63 the same.

    These people are idiots. They only want to equate us with animals so they can’t be held to any moral or ethical standards. They want to be able to live their hedonistic lifestyles without any consequenses.

    I would also like to point out that watermelons are %95 water and clouds are %95 water. WOW!! They are just alike.

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