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Reader Selected News For Week Oct 12 – Oct 18

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Oct 12 – Oct 18”

  1. canary says:

    Recommitted US aids kidnapped Libya Prime Minister from “gunmen”

    Reuters: UPDATE 1-Western allies have little chance of influencing Libya

    Oct 11, 2013 – By Myra MacDonald

    LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – With Libya sliding into anarchy – its prime minister was briefly kidnapped by militiamen on Thursday – Western countries are repeating their commitment to help the North African country complete its transition to democracy after its 2011 revolution.

    France and Britain, prime movers behind the Western intervention to support the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, were quick to pledge support for Prime Minister Ali Zeidan after his capture on Thursday.

    But NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the defence[sic] alliance was still considering how to meet an earlier request by Zeidan for help in training security forces.


    But Zeidan’s kidnapping from a luxury hotel in the capital Tripoli highlighted the extent to which splits within Libya cannot be divided into neat groups, for example by region or tribe, but run through the city and even the government.

    The gunmen who kidnapped Zeidan – who said they were angered by the weekend capture by U.S. special forces of an al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli – were themselves associated with the fragmented Libyan security apparatus.

    “No one has been paying attention to how fragmented Libya is, how bad the militia situation has become,” a former U.S. national security official said. “Now it’s become obvious.”

    U.S. military officials said earlier this week the United States would move about 200 Marines to a U.S. base at Single-lane, Italy, from one in Spain to respond to any crises after its raid in Libya.

    Geoff Porter, from North Africa Risk Consulting, said the situation in Libya was “not completely catastrophic” given that Libyans were still seeking to negotiate among themselves, albeit often at the end of a gun.

    They had little appetite for a new dictatorship and the prime minister’s eventual release, he noted, fitted a pattern for resolving grievances. “The goal is not confrontation,” he said. “The goal was to negotiate.”


    With regards to the last two paragraphs, an interesting rumor initially was to secretly have the unsuspecting US Ambassador kidnapped in order to negotiate the release of Al-Qaeda prisoners held by the US. To bad Hillary didn’t offer herself. So what?

  2. canary says:

    Loads of Varieties of Drugs Smuggled into Canada from Pakistan, Guatemala, Peru, India, etc.
    woven in carpet, crock pots, wooden clocks and decorations

    OTTAWA CITIZEN: Heroin found in carpets at Toronto airport leads to international drug ring bust

    By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press September 25, 2013

    TORONTO – More than a dozen kilograms of heroin woven into carpets shipped to Toronto’s airport are among the drugs seized by police and border agents, who say they have interrupted an international trafficking ring.


    • GetBackJack says:

      … and we should remember that a Canadian company what hath wrought the spectacular debacle of the ObamaCare Exchange IT-programming.

      Wat-up with Canada?

  3. canary says:

    Syrian Rebels nearing underground chemical weapon plants, increase mortar killings on schools.

    AP: Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

    By Karin Laub – Oct 12, 2013

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria’s capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical weapons inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said.

    An 8-year-old girl was killed and 11 people were hurt in the blasts in the upscale Abu Roumaneh area of Damascus, the SANA news agency said.

    One shell fell near a school and the other on the roof of a building.

    The girl was in her family car near the school when she was killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist group monitoring the fighting.

    The blasts struck some 300 meters (1,000 feet) away from the Four Seasons Hotel where the chemical weapons inspectors and U.N. staff are staying.

    Syrian rebels routinely fire mortar shells from the outskirts of Damascus at city neighborhoods controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

    Last week, a similar attack reportedly killed eight people.

    Earlier this week, Syrian warplanes twice bombed the rebel-held town of Safira, just a few kilometers (miles) from a large military complex believed to house an underground chemical weapons production facility.

    Another mortar attack Saturday in the regime-held Damascus suburb of Jaramana left two people dead and several others wounded, according to the Observatory.

    Rebel groups have become increasingly fractured, with Islamic extremists, including those linked to al-Qaida, assuming prominent roles in battle.


    When the rebels promised to turn into blood thirsty monsters they meant it. Animals.

  4. captstubby says:

    we our now RENTING our own Parks from the Goverment.

    Associated Press – Sat, Oct 12, 2013
    In Arizona, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer balked at spending about $112,000 a day for a full reopening of the Grand Canyon. She said a partial reopening would be much cheaper while allowing tourists to visit and businesses to benefit.

    “The daily cost difference is enormous, especially without assurances that Arizona will be reimbursed,” said Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for Brewer.

    In the end, Arizona agreed to pay the Park Service $651,000 to keep the Grand Canyon open for seven days. The $93,000 a day is less than the $112,000 the federal government had said was needed to fund park operations each day.

    In additional to state money, cash provided by the town of Tusayan, just outside the South Rim entrance, and private business would also be included in the funding.

    At this time of year, the Grand Canyon draws about 18,000 people a day who pump an estimated $1 million a day into the local economy.

    and this;

    Obama administration
    “will allow ”
    national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.

    Interior Department spokesman Blake Androff said the government does not plan to reimburse states that pay to reopen parks

    of course the Blue States will get payed.
    “YES WE CAN.”


  5. canary says:

    Mega Gaza Cement Tunnel Just Discovered with Explosives to Attack Israel Kindergarten

    YNet News: IDF uncovers terror tunnel in Israel

    Gaza tunnel laden with explosives uncovered near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha; likely meant to serve terrorists in high-profile attack on Israeli kindergarten in next round of violence

    Yoav Zitun -10.13.13, 08:52

    Cleared for publication: IDF forces uncovered a tunnel laden with explosives in the Gaza vicinity area on Thursday. It is estimated it was meant to serve terrorists in a high-profile attack on an Israeli kindergarten.

    Over the weekend, troops held extensive checks along the tunnel to dismantle the explosives and locate the many holes that had been dug in it.

    Related stories: Egyptian army says destroyed 102 Gaza tunnels

    Troops patrol area where tunnel was uncovered (Video: Efraim Barel)

    Recent weeks have seen several attempts by Palestinians to approach the border fence. Some two weeks ago, an IDF force fired at two Palestinians who approached the fence in the northern Gaza Strip.


    YNet News.com: Israeli Cement, Cables, Candy Wrappers: Inside the Tunnel

    IDF reports uncovered tunnel on Gaza border reached depth of 22 meters, dug over two years, never completed. ‘Builders, planners – everyone will pay the price,’ major general promises

    Yoav Zitun -10.13.13

    They were digging for two years. Using hammers, drills and shovels, laying thousands of arches and cement blocks – some Israeli made – with an overall weight of 500 tons, laying electrical and phone cables.

    Related stories: Gaza tunnels idle amid Egypt crackdown

    Over the last few days large engineering forces employed bulldozers and trucks to uncover the tunnel’s openings and trajectory, and revealed a tunnel of astounding sophistication.

    The cables which lined the tunnel walls allowed for uninterrupted communications with base, as well as ample lighting with energy-saving halogens.

    The builders inscribed the walls with their names.

    In January 2013, several weeks after Operation Pillar of Defense ended, a large tunnel collapsed in Israeli territory near the border fence as a result of rain-induced floods in the area.

    Southern Command Chief Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman noted that this is the third tunnel exposed this year and warned: “This is a gross breach of Israeli sovereignty, and if Hamas realizes its terrorist intentions, especially using a tunnel, it will pay a heavy price, and the Gaza Strip will not be the same.”

    According to Turgeman, “They’re digging many tunnels and it’s a large industry which includes house and land renters, planners, diggers and engineers. It’s a bona-fide terror industry, and all parties, from the laborers to the planners, will pay the price.”

    “Hamas invests tens of millions of dollars in digging tunnels instead of investing them in the community, in building houses and schools, businesses and industry.”

    “Hamas continues to become stronger and fortify, and has been cynically taking advantage of our good intentions when we let construction materials in the Strip for the private sector, for civilians.”

    Turgeman noted that tunnels of the kind exposed could be used for abduction, attacks against IDF forces or against civilian targets: “The tunnel can be active all the time, not only in times of warfare. Hamas is under pressure after losing its strategic support, the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo.”


    Nice to know all the foreign aid from the US and UN to Palestine is being used to blow up Israel.

    The Egyptian Army should be commended for tearing down the tunnels and weakening the Muslim Brotherhood. Potus must be seething over the news.

  6. Melly says:

    Valerie Jarrett “was the architect of Obama’s handling of the shutdown as she was the one to tell him not to negotiate”

    Republicans have largely been blamed for the ongoing government shut down but a new theory points the finger at President Obama’s longtime advisor Valerie Jarrett.

    Author Ed Klein believes that Jarrett was the “architect” of the approach that President Obama has taken with the budget battle.
    The New York Post reports that Klein says that it was during a late-night strategy session that Jarrett held with the President in the residence where they came up the idea that he would not negotiate.

    “It was during one of those nightly sessions that Jarrett devised the no-negotiating strategy that Obama has employed in his fight with the GOP over the government shutdown,” Klein told the paper.

    ‘She convinced the president that a government shutdown and default offered a great opportunity to demonize the Republicans and help the Democrats win back a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014.


    • Noyzmakr says:

      What do you expect from the Persian born daughter of destruction. She’s the real president. Nerobama couldn’t wipe his rear end without her holding his hand.

    • canary says:

      Noyzmakr/ Presidential adviser Valerie Jarret is Iranian decent from her Iranian born parents who were Iranian doctors. Her religion is Muslim. She spent a lot of time as a little girl growing up in her homeland Iran assisting her parents practicing IranCare for the sick.

      She was first Michelle’s vbbf for years, which qualified her to be adviser to the president. Hillary, followed her steps and got her own Muslim assistant to keep with the agenda of their apologetic world tour to Muslims from the E to the W and the N to the S, as the Quran demands.

      I learned the EWNS from a resume, who was trying to get a job in India starting a universal school for post-modern Islam in India.

      He had a break down where he explains in great deal on bizarre resume where you come across a lapse where he changes to the only heavy font of a near book “I walked off my job” explaining he had gotten food poisoning after his pilgrim Mecca trip to Saudi Arabia. After walking of the job he went to his 2nd ex-wife to try and save their marriage, but failed.

      He tells of memorizing the Quran, Islam this and that. Spends a lot of time explaining how teachers can become doctors like Obama Sr and then Jr. did.

      Then 300 pages of his Universal Education plans which starts out with teaching Islam.

      We never hear our leader demand or order other countries to halt prosecuting Christians.
      He does not care about Christians.

      India is becoming one of the most dangerous countries for Christians.
      Peru sucks and it sickens me they come to our country and get their medical doctrines.
      Many of these doctors are perverts and treat females like pieces of meat.

  7. Melly says:

    Friends, you don’t need a tin foil hat to understand what may happen. Think about it … the Walmart EBT glitch, Obama purging the military of its high ranking generals. This dictator isn’t playing around. Those of you who had thought he was just another typical politician are in for one Hell of a wake-up call. The following was posted at FreeRepublic http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3079167/posts, and the original source for the letter was a foodbank’s page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151656956002691&set=a.107446732690.104974.44317167690&type=1&permPage=1. There are other reports in media that seem to verify the letter’s authenticityhttp://www.southmilwaukeenow.com/blogs/communityblogs/227937091.html. If this is a hoax, it’s fooling larger news outlets too http://www.examiner.com/article/media-blackout-obama-has-ordered-states-to-stop-food-stamp-payments-next-month

  8. captstubby says:

    Paramount Spar Over ‘Noah’ Final Cut.
    “Darren Aronofsky’s epic movie based on the Bible story…
    and Paramount have been at odds over the version of Noah … to his right to final cut”

    more hollywood nonsense,
    but i always thought the original was good enough as is.


    • canary says:

      Catsbubby: No doubt Al Gore will take the fake scenes of the fake flood and animals for his next movie.

      “Some in the faith community already have expressed skepticism about the result, especially after writer Brian Godawa in October 2012 obtained a version of the Noah script and posted his summary online under the heading, “Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko.” (Aronofksy has in the past described Noah as “the first environmentalist.”)”

  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The Government, summed up clearly:

    US debt ceiling crisis – Barack Obama has won the shutdown. His prize is a lame duck presidency


    By Tim Stanley

    The shutdown is basically over and the President has won. Or, at least, he’s won because the Republicans have definitely lost. Not only did they not get what they wanted – that “life or death” delay on Obamacare implementation – but they’ve given the impression of dragging partisanship to new lows. Obamacare had been passed already, the Supreme Court had okayed it and Obama had won an election on it, yet the GOP was still prepared to bring the country to the brink of ruin to cripple it. When Grover Norquist is saying that the Right went too far (he of the “drown government in the bath tub” fame) then the Right probably went a bit too far.

    But there are caveats to that narrative. First, the Republicans aren’t the only ones who ought to hang their heads in shame. It was the Democrat-controlled Senate that first rejected the House’s bill and so sparked the crisis. It was the President who refused to talk to anyone about it (and went campaigning instead). It was the federal government – even when in shutdown – that behaved like a spoiled child, covering war memorials in fences and trying to stop military priests from saying Mass. And it was the mainstream media that took the side of the President and helped foster the impression that the GOP is run by a bunch of blowhard crazy people. For example, Dave Weigel points out that, contrary to reports, wild child Ted Cruz actually had “no intention” of delaying the critical final vote in the Senate. His image of being Sarah Palin 2.0 is entirely a media myth.


    And not only is that myth applicable to Cruz, but to Palin as well. She’s not stupid, she never said, “I can see Russia from my house” and I read her book which is clear, to the point and very common sense.

    Second, what has Obama really won? He keeps his precious healthcare reform and he gets government open again – but tomorrow morning he’ll still have the same gridlocked political system that he had the night before. The shutdown is a rare example of him winning, but remember that this lame duck president has not only had a very simple (and, frankly, inoffensive) gun control bill killed in the Senate but was so spooked by bad poll numbers that he tried to dump responsibility for military action in Syria onto the Congress – before quietly dropping the idea altogether. Any thought that the shutdown payoff will be that he can sail an immigration reform package comfortably through Congress is pure fantasy. This is a broken presidency living out its last few years either holding off Republican attacks or lazily cruising the country on some pointless, endless, fatuous campaign trail. Obama’s administration is politically bankrupt.

    Indeed. It has been for some time. In spite of the media’s not reporting it, this shutdown debacle had them showing their ass at every turn and turning off the American people. And the American people knew who, exactly was shuttering open-air monuments.

    The talk for the next week will be about how the Tea Party is dead and Republicans must elect a politically correct, middle-of-the-road, unimaginative, establishment, compromising candidate in 2016 (preferably a singing sloth, cos the polls show that Americans just love those). But the reality is that US politics right now is a mess for both Left and Right, and the country is stuck in partisan limbo until the 2014 midterms or even the 2016 presidential election. This is not a Republican problem, it is an American problem.

    As Rush has said repeatedly, the democrats aren’t interested in helping republicans get elected, so why do our “esteemed” republicans listen to them when they say what they need to do in order to win the presidency?

    Meanwhile, I have to go be sick over Boner’s incredible cave-in. He would do well to listen to the words of General Patton when he said, “Your job is NOT to die for your country; Your job is to get the other son-of-a-bitch to die for HIS country”.

    See, there’s a reason to not trust elected officials with no military service. I’ll leave it to the readership to understand what I mean by that.

  10. captstubby says:

    1.8-million-year-old skull shakes mankind’s family tree
    The world’s first completely preserved adult hominid skull from the early Pleistocene era looks surprisingly different from other skulls of the same era, yielding a remarkable insight: Man’s early ancestors appeared as physically diverse as humans do today, researchers said, and our family tree has perhaps fewer branches than today’s schoolbooks teach.
    The skull in question is a complete, 1.8-million-year-old ancestor of man, found in Dmanisi, Georgia, in Eastern Europe. The fifth such skull from the region spanning a period of a few centuries, it’s known at present only as “Skull 5” — it hasn’t received a clever name yet .

    “The five Dmanisi individuals are no more different from each other than any five modern humans or chimpanzees,” said neurobiologist Christoph Zollikofer, a co-author of the paper with Ponce de Leon, both of whom work at the Anthropological Institute and Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.
    “The brain case is very small — around a third of [the size of] modern humans at 546 cubic centimeters — and at the same time, we have the face that is quite large, and the jaws are quite massive, and the teeth are big and large,” she explained.
    “This is a strange combination of features that we didn’t know before in early homo,” paleoanthropologist
    Ponce de Leon said. Such a skull shape was previously unseen,

    based on this
    I used Television Forensic Magic and came up with this computer image.


  11. canary says:

    FoxNews: Update: Iran turns on the charm for international audience as its bloody clampdown continues at home

    By Lisa Daftari – Oct 16 2013 – Oct 16, 2013

    An estimated 560 people have been executed in Iran this year, including as many as 250 since President Hasan Rouhani took office in August, according to human rights advocates.

    “While Rouhani was promoting a softer image of Iran internationally during his visit to New York two weeks ago, it was business as usual on the domestic front with scores of prisoners put to death following unfair trials,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

    Rouhani ran his campaign as a moderate and vowed to divert his course from the abusive and harsh government of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Last month, Rouhani made his first trip to the U.S., traveling with his envoy to New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

    His trip to New York ended with an unprecedented phone call between him and President Obama.

    But the phone conversation is not believed to have touched on human rights violations, despite the fact that

    Iran’s prisons are filled with journalists, bloggers, political activists, Christians and Bahai’s who have been arrested and are being held for compromising national security or going against the teachings of Islam.

    Iran currently has the highest rate of executions per capita, putting more people to death annually than any nation except China.

    Also this week, Maryam Naqash Zargaran was sentenced to four years for practicing her Christian faith.

    Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini is still being held in Iran for practicing his Christian faith.

    Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, has been sentenced to death for ‘spying for the US’ when he was visiting his family in Iran.


  12. canary says:

    Jerusalem Post: – Report: Fatwa allows starving Syrians to eat cats and dogs

    By Ariel Ben Solomon -10/15/2013

    Clerics in Damascus have issued a religious ruling that allows starving people to eat cats and dogs.

    While Muslims are busy on the hajj to Mecca, “there are people who died from hunger,” the imam said.

    “Haven’t you heard the fatwas that have filled our streets and mosques by permitting people to eat cats, dogs and other animals that have already been killed by the bomb attacks?” he said.

    “Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead after fearing our lives?”

    An imam in the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus also issued a fatwa permitting the eating of cats, dogs, and donkeys, the London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.


  13. captstubby says:

    so our Watchdog Forth Estate has deemed it a wise thing to allow the Democrats a new book of blank checks to spend like a “drunken sailor”

    i can’t use the other racial expression and i apologize to the sailors out there.

    Yahoo News

    After 16 days of a partial government shutdown, the House and Senate finally, on Wednesday night, agreed on legislation to fund the government.

    And according to almost every report, the funding legislation, which was quickly signed into law by President Barack Obama, also raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
    Except, that’s not exactly true.
    What actually happened was that Congress voted to effectively suspend the debt ceiling from Oct. 17, 2013, through Feb. 7, 2014. In other words, they didn’t raise the debt ceiling ― they eliminated it altogether until Feb 7 of next year.
    As it turns out, this is the second time this year that Congress has essentially turned over the keys on debt spending. And there’s every reason to believe it will do so again when both sides pick up this fight in a few months.
    Allowing the White House to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval is a move reportedly favored by Obama, but conservative critics say it will lead to disastrous and unchecked increases in spending.
    The Washington Post explains that suspending the debt ceiling actually stems from an idea floated by Mitch McConnell back in 2011. Under McConnell’s proposal, the president would have the sole authority to raise the debt ceiling. Congress would then vote to approve or disapprove of the change. If it voted to disapprove, the president could then veto the disapproval. And as with any presidential veto, Congress would then have to pass a two-thirds majority vote to overturn the veto and effectively block raising the debt ceiling.

    The Washington Post

    There’s also a proposal to end debt-ceiling crises forevermore.
    The effect of this policy would, in general, be to finish off the debt ceiling. Republicans are laughing this off as a ridiculous, pie-in-the-sky proposal. McConnell abandoned this plan shortly after he proposed it, and he certainly doesn’t support it now. But it’s actually a great idea — one that could do more to protect our economy than anything else in the debt deal. Even better, it would cost us nothing. Measured by its cost-effectiveness, it’s perhaps the best idea in American politics today.
    The debt ceiling is an anachronism. It’s an accountability mechanism from the days when Congress didn’t much involve itself in federal budgeting. Today, Congress exerts full control over the federal budget. The debt ceiling isn’t imposing accountability on the executive but calling into question whether Congress will pay the bills it has already chosen to incur.
    But it’s not an adorable anachronism, like grandfather clocks. It’s a dangerous one, like bloodletting, lobotomies and burning people you suspect to be a witch. If we crash through the debt ceiling, a global financial crisis could — and likely will — result. Even once we return to sanity and begin paying our bills again, America’s borrowing costs are likely to be permanently higher, and the market’s confidence in our political system is likely to be permanently harmed. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that the near-miss we had in 2011 cost us $18.9 billion. That’s $18.9 billion we spent for no reason. It didn’t buy us one service or lower taxes by even a dime.

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