The Marine Corps is sending a complement of about 50 Marines to Libya in response to a violent attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, including the U.S. ambassador to the country.
A Marine “FAST team” — for Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team — will protect U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya and is heading there now. Sources at the Department of Defense would not confirm if the FAST team, trained to respond to terrorist incidents and protect U.S. installations, will head to the capitol of Tripoli or the city of Benghazi, where the mob attacked.
There is a Marine FAST team headquartered in Rota, Spain, according to the Marine Corps, but it is not clear if that is the team heading to Libya.
There are two Americans confirmed dead in Libya: U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and a foreign service officer, Sean Smith, a U.S. Air Force veteran. Contrary to early media reports, it does not appear that two Marines were killed alongside Stevens and Smith. A Marine Corps official who would not speak for the record told Danger Room that the Corps did not and currently does not have assets in Benghazi. It is currently unclear who the two other Americans dead in Libya are.
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1948. Berlin airlift
Why Do Colleges Compete by Becoming More Expensive?
It is ceaselessly (and correctly) observed that college tuition has gone through the roof and something must be done to get the cost of higher education under control. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2009, while the median income of American families grew a modest 16 percent, the cost of attending college shot up 63 percent; more than 70 percent for in-state students at public universities. Even during the terrible year 2009, when family income actually fell more than 2 percent, average tuitions rose nearly 4 percent at all institutions; more than 4 percent at public universities. Today, the list price for a student from an average American family to attend a prestige college or university for 7 1/2 months is only slightly less than her family’s entire income in 12 months.
Free marketers champion for-profit universities as the answer. If they are, it is an odd answer: 80 to 90 percent of the for-profits’ income comes from federal tax dollars—$26.5 billion in 2009. Another odd “solution” presently in play is to radically cut state aid for state universities which, of course, forces the universities to increase tuition even faster (and to try to replace in-state students with out-of-staters, for whom tuition is typically two to three times higher).
This 1941-dated single shot was intended to dispatch wounded horses and this British military marked example has enough “dings” on its mallet cap end to suggest it saw some use. This unusual item also included a box of rare .310 cartridges.
The army prepares for electronic warfare
Someone can’t even stand on the balcony of a high-rise building, others jump from one roof onto another one. But when does courage turn into folly? This guy from Kiev seems to have no fear at all. As for me, I feel giddy just looking at these photos…
‘None of the Above’ Should Be on the Ballot
I am a big fan of having a “None of the Above” option on ballots. I know it is the Rodney Dangerfield of election reforms. It gets so little respect that the only state that offers NOTA is Nevada, and there it decides nothing because if “no one” wins — as he has a few times — nothing happens. In fact, just last month U.S. district judge Robert Jones ruled NOTA unconstitutional for precisely that reason.
The lawsuit opposing Nevada’s NOTA was brought by two of the state’s Republican members of the Electoral College. They argued that, theoretically, the law could provide for a runoff or appointment of new candidates when NOTA wins the most votes. Then it would be constitutional. But — so their suit went — because the law in reality doesn’t do either of those things, voters who vote “None of the Above” are being unconstitutionally discriminated against.
Luckily, late last week a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Judge Jones’s ruling and reinstated NOTA as an option for Nevada voters. The unanimous ruling was agreed to by both Judge Stephen Reinhardt, one of the circuit’s most vehement liberals, and Carlos Bea, one of the circuit’s staunchest conservatives.
Why were Nevada Republicans trying to neuter NOTA?
What We Know About Sam Bacile, The Man Behind The Muhammad Movie
When The Music Stops….. A Must Read
This was posted at WRSA back on the 3rd of Sept. Nobody knows what or if any of this will happen but given the situation we find ourselves in today of course this is possible. Sooner or later we are going to run out of money or inflation will skyrocket prices making it even more than likely that rioting will occur. If you think about how our society has been slowly devolving we are going to see some form of the the following one way or another.
What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but zeroes? Or if the government’s refusal to reimburse them causes supermarket chains to stop accepting them for payment? The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.
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Oscar Mayer Proposes a New Bacon as a New Currency
Many people, even those who are not New York State residents, have probably heard the lottery slogan, “All it takes is a dollar and a dream.” Now comes an actor, comedian and writer, seeking to make his way across the country in the next two weeks with only a dream and, oh, yes, instead of a dollar, a trailer filled with 3,000 pounds of a new bacon.
The actor, Josh Sankey, will embark this week on a promotion for the Oscar Mayer division of Kraft Foods that is being called the Great American Bacon Barter. The promotion includes a Web site, baconbarter.com; social media like Twitter; and a public relations campaign.
Mr. Sankey’s trailer will be filled by Oscar Mayer with a ton and a half of its new Butcher Thick Cut bacon, which he is to trade for food, fuel, a place to spend the night and anything else he might need during his trip from the New York area to Los Angeles, by way of a route that is to include what Oscar Mayer executives describe as bacon-loving locales like Charleston, W.Va.; Louisville, Ky.; Chicago; and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
We originally posted this in May of 2011. Unfortunately, it’s timely again. Barack Hussein Obama made Siding With Savages his number one priority as president. How’s that workin’ out for us? Uh, huh. Yup.
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