Syria’s war has raged for well over a year in a region of intense US interest. The country shares borders with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and NATO ally Turkey. President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has a chemical weapons stockpile. The country is a close ally of Iran. And the US has long urged Syrians, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, to upend their country’s political order and build a new order while successively piling sanctions on the central government.
But according to a Washington Post article yesterday, which relies entirely on the anonymous sourcing so prevalent in coverage of Washington, the Central Intelligence Agency and other US intelligence agencies have no idea about the composition of the forces fighting Mr. Assad and their ultimate political goals. The Obama administration has been supporting rebels with communications equipment and other non-lethal support for months, and appears eager to do more. But the Post writes that, according to “officials,” Team Obama has been stymied by a lack of information.
The Post article quotes a US “official who expressed concerns over persistent gaps” in the government’s knowledge. “We’ve got to figure out who is over there first, and we don’t really know that,” the source told the Post. “It’s not like this is a new war. It’s been going on for 16 months.”
The lesser of two evils is still evil.
In 1920, the brothers Lutz and Heinz Heck, directors of the Berlin and Munich zoos, respectively, began a two-decade breeding experiment. Working with domestic cattle sought out for their “primitive” characteristics, they attempted to recreate “in appearance and behavior” the living likeness of the animals’ extinct wild ancestor: the aurochs. “Once found everywhere in Germany,” according to Lutz Heck, by the end of the Middle Ages the aurochs had largely succumbed to climate change, overhunting, and competition from domestic breeds.1
The last aurochs herds died out in the Polish-Lithuanian Union, where a documented population persisted under royal protection in Mazovia until the middle of the seventeenth century. Historical descriptions of these animals identified the aurochs as similar to domestic oxen, but entirely black, with a whitish stripe running down the back.2 More distant accounts emphasized their ferocity and imposing size. Julius Caesar described the aurochs of Germania as an elephantine creature prone to unprovoked attack.3
Racism is not dead, but it is on life support—kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists.’
— Thomas Sowell
An anonymous Colorado law enforcement official is reporting — despite a gag order — that James Holmes, the suspect in Friday’s deadly shooting, sent a notebook to a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the massacre that was ”full of details about how he was going to kill people.”
The official says the notebook was sitting in a university mailroom for almost two weeks:
Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people… There were drawings of what he was going to do in it — drawings and illustrations of the massacre.
Among the images shown in the spiral-bound notebook’s pages were gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures.
The notebook reportedly is in the hands of the FBI, which is refusing to comment under the gag order.
From : mediaite
A BIG reason to own your own gun!
The Police are Under No Legal Obligation to Protect You
Opponents of the private ownership of firearms always claim there is no need for individuals to own a firearm for self-protection because the police are entrusted with that duty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Courts throughout these United States have consistently held that police have no legal duty to provide police protection to any individual citizen.
In 1981, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals issued a decision in a civil suit against the Metropolitan Police Department. In the syllabus, the Court wrote:
“[The] fact that police answered [the phone call for help] and arrived outside premises which were scene of burglary and assault did not give rise to special duty on part of police toward victims therein, and police officers were not answerable in damages for failing to ascertain that assaults were continuing upon victims therein, or for leaving premises without so ascertaining.”
The Court ruled that:
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Russia Is Stockpiling Drones to Spy on Street Protests
A Zala 421-06, a drone that can fly for 90 minutes at 6,500 feet above sea level. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
Small surveillance drones are starting to be part of police departments across America, and the FAA will soon open up the airspace for more to come. This drone invasion has already raised all kinds of privacy concerns. And if you think that’s bad, across the ocean, Russia seems hell-bent on outdoing its former Cold War enemy.
Russia’s leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles, Zala Aero, has provided the Russian government with more than 70 unmanned systems, each containing several aircraft. According to an article published yesterday on Open Democracy Russia, the Kremlin’s romance with drones started in 2006, when the Interior Ministry deployed a Zala 421-04M to monitor street protests at a G8 summit in St. Petersburg. The Russian government has also bought drones from Israel.
My Big Fat Belizean, Singaporean Bank Account
The DMS House located on Grand Cayman island. Mitt Romney has been reported to have money in accounts in the Cayman Islands.
Earlier this month, I decided to see how hard it would be to set up my own offshore bank account. I figured it would be pretty difficult, because I’m not rich and don’t have a team of tax lawyers to oversee my money and because the E.U. and U.S. governments have been cracking down on tax havens by imposing stricter tax-sharing requirements. So I proceeded with some caution.
First, I Googled “company registration tax haven” and randomly picked three firms that set up accounts in offshore jurisdictions. Then I called each and explained that I was hoping to minimize my tax exposure and didn’t want anyone to know anything about my finances. Each company quickly noted that I should consult a lawyer to make sure that I wasn’t breaking the law. Then they calmly explained how to create an account that, it seemed to me, was unlikely to be discovered by the I.R.S. or any other authority.
Nearly one in 10 employers to drop health coverage
About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.
Nine percent of companies said they expect to stop offering coverage to their workers in the next one to three years, the Wall Street Journal reported. Around 81 percent said they would continue providing benefits and 10 percent said they weren’t sure.
The companies, though, said a lot will depend on how future provisions of the law unfold, since most of the key parts are scheduled to take effect in 2014. One in three respondents said they could stop offering coverage if the law requires them to provide more generous benefits than they do now, if a tax on high-cost plans takes effect in 2018 as scheduled or if they decide it would be cheaper for them to pay the penalty for not providing insurance.
The Democratic Party – the party of “tolerance” [smirk]
A young woman who’s a member of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement stood in front of a Jewish synagogue in Pennsylvania where a pro-Obama event was held, carrying a sign protesting against what Obama had done as POTUS. She was law-abiding and peaceful, merely exercising her First Amendment right to free speech.
This is her description of what happened (I slightly edited her statement for grammar and clarity):
Rebuttal To Mayor Bloomberg
Once again I find myself having to open a blog entry with this disclaimer: the opinions stated are solely those of Frank Borelli and do not in any way represent the opinions or thoughts of Cygnus Business Media, Officer.com, any of its employees, associates or representatives. Now let me dive into the meat of this blog: a rebuttal to Mayor Bloomberg and some stupid things he’s said.
We’ve all seen in the news how James Holmes planned, schemed, purchased and prepared before he went into a movie theater in Aurora, CO and killed twelve people, shooting another 58. We’ve all seen how people from both sides of the 2nd Amendment aisle (pro and anti) have jumped on the event to further their own agenda. What we’ve JUST seen, Monday, July 23rd, was the first time a politician in the national limelight called on police officers, nationwide, to neglect their duty and endanger lives to serve that politician’s anti-gun cause.
On the Piers Morgan Tonight show, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that police officers across America go on strike and refuse to protect people until more gun control laws are enacted. The first time I read that my brain skipped a moment, I blinked and then I went back and read it again. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that police officers across America go on strike and refuse to protect people until more gun control laws are enacted. Um, HUH?!
Mayor Bloomberg’s statement was: I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re gonna go on strike, we’re not gonna protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.
Well, Mayor Bloomberg, let me give you a few reasons why, and in the process hopefully explain how your suggestion is not only stupid, but it’s insulting, AND it marks you as a politician who doesn’t care in the least about his constituency.
Internal documents shows Obama deportation proposal could cost more than $585M
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The Homeland Security Department plans, marked “not for distribution,” describe steps that immigrants will need to take — including a $465 paperwork fee designed to offset the program’s cost — and how the government will manage it. Illegal immigrants can request permission to stay in the country under the plan by filing a document, “Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” and simultaneously apply for a work permit starting Aug. 15.
Under the new program, which President Barack Obama announced last month, eligible immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years, are in school or graduated or served in the military.
They also must not have a criminal record or otherwise pose a safety threat. They can apply to stay in the country and be granted a work permit for two years, but they would not be granted citizenship.
The internal government plans obtained by the AP provide the first estimates of costs, how many immigrants were expected to participate and how long it might take for them. It was not immediately clear whether or under which circumstances any immigrants would not be required to pay the $465 paperwork fee. The plans said there would be no waivers, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that the government would grant waivers “in very deserving cases.” She said details were still being worked out.
“We anticipate that this will be a fee-driven process,” Napolitano said.
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Connect the Dots – Must read
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) defends the Islamic enemies of America with his despicable attack on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) PLUS so much more on this blog! It is one of my must reads each day! Go now to HERE.
Speaker Boehner has some explaining to do regarding Huma Abedin
Gov. Walker unhappy with Romney campaign strategy
Republicans Want Nothing More Than To Tax The Poor!
Check this out. Here is GROUCHY MEDIA’s website. They done a bunch of videos you will enjoy.
The video was made back in October of 2001 when the war in Afghanistan was just getting started. It quickly found its way to thousands of people across the Internet and reached tens of thousands of men and woman in the military stationed around the world in only a matter of weeks. From Okinawa to Alaska, its even been to sea on the USS John C. Stennis as seen on NBC.