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October 29, 2015

Oct 29 06:33

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili plotting to shoot down US plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript]

Ukrainian Wikileaks alleges it has a transcript of a conversation between John McCain and various plotters in which a plan is being discussed to shoot down a US plane and make it look like the Russians did it and then to shoot down a Russian plane with a US stinger to produce the spark that will ignite and open Russia/USA armed conflict.

R.": Ramzan Machelikashvili - cousin of Ruslan Machelikashvili, infamous field commander of Islamic State, callsign Seyfullakh. Commander of special anti-aircraft unit, received special training in the ATO zone. Anti-aircraft specialist sent to Syria.

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M. Let him come in!

M. Sit down, David! Everything should be done on time, as we discussed. You understand the importance of everything! Wait a second, I will turn on anti-surveillance.

McCain confirmed the plan, everything is in place so you know. We got cover from the US Senate. In Syria, Russians must be hit, or else if Russians and Americans fundamentally agree, they will really dump Ukraine. Donbass is on conservation, project Transnistria is suspended. If it goes on, we are done! We should speed things up in Syria!

Oct 29 06:30

Turkey: Is The Divided Nation a Step Away From Erdogan Dictatorship?

If he fails to secure the coveted supermajority in parliament will Turkey's authoritarian president go outside the law?

Oct 29 06:29

Why We Must Stop Obama’s Escalation in Syria and Iraq! - Ron Paul

'Whoever concluded that it is a good idea to send US troops into an area already being bombed by Russian military forces should really be relieved of duty'...



Oct 29 06:28

Naughty Ex-East Bloc-kers: Merkel & Co Are Using Migrants to Bash Eastern Europe

Relevant because the western urge to bash Eastern Europeans like Poles, Hungarians and Czechs comes from the very same place the urge to bash Russians comes from...

Oct 29 06:20

BEX Alert!!! - "Pope Francis Tells Jewish Leaders: Attacking Israel Is anti-Semitism"

“To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism. There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issues, but the State of Israel has every right to exist in safety and prosperity,” Pope Francis told Lauder and his delegation.

Oct 29 06:20

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili are plotting to shoot down American plane in Syria to blame Russia [transcript]

McCain confirmed the plan, everything is in place so you know. We got cover from the US Senate. In Syria, Russians must be hit, or else if Russians and Americans fundamentally agree, they will really dump Ukraine. Donbass is on conservation, project Transnistria is suspended. If it goes on, we are done! We should speed things up in Syria!



Oct 29 05:55

Trump stands for protecting the Homeland, says he would take in ‘no refugees period’

During a recent town hall meeting 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was asked by an undecided attendee for the “specifics” of his immigration plan.

Oct 29 05:52

Flashback 2011 - "Jews Did 9/11 - John Friend Booed For Telling the Truth"

Crowd goes a little squirrely when this man points the finger at the Jewish state with respect to the attacks of 9/11.

Oct 29 05:46

Danger: Senate Passes CISA Bill Warrantless Surveillance of Domestic Citizens!



Oct 29 05:44

Kremlin comments on NATO's intention to approach Russian borders

Dmitry Peskov, the official spokesman for Russian President Putin, commented on the information about the intention of NATO to increase the number of alliance troops on Russia's borders. According to Peskov, the alliance has been discussing the initiative for a long time, and Moscow is aware of that. Moreover, Peskov added, Moscow knows how to respond to NATO.

Oct 29 05:40

ISIS terrorists obtain chemical weapons

Islamic State terrorists have gained access to the production of chemical weapons, the head of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said, Pravda.Ru reports with reference to TASS. "By all accounts, the Islamic State group has gained access to technologies for the production of chemical weapons," the official said. Ulyanov said that the terrorist group has left traces of its use in Syria and Iraq. Earlier, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov stated that the Islamic State was expanding its zone of influence. Mercenaries from more than 100 countries of the world constantly join the organization.

Oct 29 05:38

MSNBC, Martin Fletcher Disavow Image of Palestine Being Wiped Off the Map

The Israel lobby may pervade U.S. news media and dominate what it may say, but the real facts about Palestine are increasingly leaking out to Americans. And that is what most scares those who wish Israeli power over Palestinians, which is only possible through U.S. support, to continue.

Oct 29 05:37

Qatar Orders Ouster of Ahrar Al-Sham's Chief Commander

Qatar has ordered the members of the leadership council of Ahrar al-Sham to expel the militant group's military commander after the change in the balance of power in favor of the Syrian government that took place in the aftermath of Russian airstrikes, media reports said.
Over 500 ISIL militants have been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard planes arriving from Turkey to fight against Houthi rebels, a Syrian general said Tuesday. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001663

Oct 29 05:35

"Why We Jews Are Dangerous" - Douglas Rushkoff

Posted in light of the recent ADL attack on the Detroit "America First Not Israel" billboard as being "anti-Semitic" and that "dual loyalty" is just an "anti-Semitic Canard".

Oct 29 05:30

McCain: Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help Due to US Failed Leadershi

The Afghan government is reaching out to Russia for military assistance as a result of US President Barack Obama’s "focus on limiting America’s involvement in Afghanistan," US Senator John McCain said.

Oct 29 05:28

US to Intensify Anti-ISIL Campaign to Counterbalance Russia, Iran

The United States has decided to intensify military efforts against the ISIL in response to Russia’s air campaign and to counter Russian and Iranian influence in the Middle East, former Pentagon official Steven Bucci.



Oct 29 04:47

EU COUNTRIES WON’T BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF GENETICALLY-MODIFIED FOOD

EU LAWMAKERS HAVE rejected a hard-won compromise which would have allowed member states to decide whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for use in food and animal feed.

Oct 29 04:30

Civil Defense Chief: US Convinced of Inability to Attack Iran

Washington has come to realize that it lacks the ability to pose an effective military threat to Iran and has, thus, shifted its focus to soft war plots as its main agenda, Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said Wednesday.

Oct 29 04:27

Report: Saudi Plot to Attack Damascus Foiled

The Saudi regime with the help of Jeish al-Islam terrorist group had prepared a plan to attack Damascus from the Southern provinces after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the Syria-Yemen swap proposal by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, media reports said.



Oct 29 04:26

800 Colombian Soldiers Hired to Join Saudi-Led Forces in Yemen with $1000 Weekly Salary

At least 800 Colombian nationals could soon be fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition against Yemenis, with dozens likely already in the war-torn Middle Eastern country, a Latin American paper disclosed.

Oct 29 04:24

Putin: Terrorists Using Middle East, Africa as Springboard for Expansion

Terrorists may be preparing to expand their violence to other states, the Russian president warned.
No country in the world is capable of fighting against terrorism effectively enough on its own, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the heads of CIS special services on Wednesday. http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940806001287

Oct 29 04:12

Moldova’s PM promises to take decision on government resignation by Thursday morning

Voting will be held on the background of large-scale anti-government protests going on in Chisinau for the second month.

Oct 29 04:08

Kremlin rules out ‘barter’ on refugees in exchange for lifting sanctions

The Kremlin believes there can be no deal on the possible Russian assistance to Europe in coping with the current unprecedented refugee crisis in exchange for lifting sanctions against Moscow. "Barter is absolutely unsuitable here, such an approach is certainly absolutely ruled out," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "Russia simultaneously helps Europeans to solve the refugee problem in its origin," he said.



Oct 29 04:05

Donetsk republic leader’s Facebook account blocked

"A couple of hours ago I discovered that my page in Facebook had been blocked for no apparent reason. It is noteworthy that the page went dead immediately after I published my message to the Ukrainian people on the occasion of the anniversary of Ukraine’s liberation from Nazi invaders," Zakharchenko’s press service quotes him as saying.
Dead candidate wins local elections in western Ukraine http://tass.ru/en/world/832615

Oct 29 01:12

Ex-CIA Ray McGovern: Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes

While there is a glimmer of hope that international negotiations may finally find a way to resolve the Syrian war, there is also growing pressure on President Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement even if that risks a wider war with Russia, a danger that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern assesses.

Oct 29 01:10

Feeding the Vultures While Starving Agriculture: Capitalism’s Great Indian Con-trick

The story goes like this: India is an economic miracle, a powerhouse of growth. It is a nation that increasingly embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. And the proof? Until recently, India had year on year 9% GDP growth (or thereabouts).

Such logic, statements and figures are the stuff of headlines that pay homage to the supposed wonders of neoliberalism which the corporate media trots out time and again in the belief that if something is repeated often enough then it must be true.

Oct 29 01:04

Shot Woman: Israeli Police alter Story Again

The official Israeli story about Israa Abed – the Nazareth woman who was shot six times on October 9 by Israeli security forces as she stood motionless in a bus station – has changed so many times, it’s difficult to know what to believe any more. By a small miracle she survived the shooting.



Oct 29 00:53

EU Toughens Against TTIP as Top German Lawmaker Blasts Anti-Democratic Deal

Adding yet another voice to the growing chorus of European activists and government officials who oppose the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and EU, the president of the German Bundestag, or parliament, has threatened to vote against the so-called "trade" agreement due to its lack of transparency and democratic legitimacy.

Oct 29 00:50

The Evolution of Washington’s Position on Syria is Clearly Visible Now

Despite the significant changes in the situation on the ground in Syria that is caused by the Russian intervention aimed at destroying ISIL and other militants, Washington remains confused what sort of politics it should be conducting in Syria. At least the latest meeting of the Secretary of State John Kerry with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has shown that the US is not demanding the immediate Assad’s departure. This has become the cause of some serious criticism from Riyadh and Ankara, but frankly, the White House couldn’t care less. Apparently, American politicians have finally got to grips with the fact that as long as ISIL is controlling extensive territories in Iraq and Syria, the situation in the Middle East would remain complicated. At this stage the US is more concerned about ISIS, since Bashar al-Assad has already lost the control of half of the Syrian territories due the major ISIS offensive that was launched in the summer of 2014.

Oct 29 00:45

United States is part of the problem in Syria, not the solution

State Department spokesman Mark Toner is finding it increasingly difficult to comment on US policy toward Syria. After four and a half years of bloodshed, Washington is still deluding itself about Bashar al-Assad’s imminent overthrow. The State Department has begun singing a new tune about the settlement of the conflict, claiming to be in the “process to start the process”, as the Americans themselves mockingly refer to this initiative. Toner says that Assad cannot remain in power, but that he does not have to quit his post immediately. The Americans now need the Syrian leader to play a role in the “transition process” that will result in his own ouster.

October 28, 2015

Oct 28 20:20

How Russia and Syria Turned the Tide on Terror

This week we saw some of the first jihadi footage from dead or captured jihadis who had been hoping to record some home movies to be shown to grandchildren someday. They showed poorly trained fanatics with poor radio discipline in total chaos. It almost looked like a contest as to who could recite the most religious slogans while filming bombing strikes and amazing low level MI-24 strikes that sometimes were below the minarets. I had heard they were heavily armored, and they seemed to be totally unconcerned about ground fire.

While the jihadis were filming and chanting slogans the Syrian Army was of course maneuvering around them, to cut them off from retreating north. This prevented a flow of reinforcements flowing to new terrorist defensive lines, ending the long tactic of the Syrian Army pushing them out of an area but not destroying them, so they lived to fight another day.

Anti-aircraft fire was mostly from twin 20mm technical trucks, a dual ground and air defense versatile unit. The videos show them wasting ammo at targets too far away, sometime even shooting through low hanging clouds in frustration where the poor cameraman searches for something to see.



Oct 28 19:52

Gilad Atzmon - Zionism, Jewish Identity, and Political Jewry

Gilad Atzmon speaks about Zionism, Jewish Identity, and Political Jewry. He explains Jewish satellite opposition as a refined form of controlled opposition. Atzmon explains that this form of proxy opposition is spontaneous in its nature - not conspiratory, but is exploited nonetheless to avoid criticism of international Jewish political affairs.

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Oct 28 19:09

'I Would Have Refused Such An Order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

'I do not accept that the target could have been mistakenly targeted. The crew and command centre would have been fully aware they were attacking a hospital. I followed one of your links suggesting that the C130 crew challenged their orders to target the hospital. This is the very least that I'd have expected to happen. I have extensive operational experience flying in Afghanistan. I am struggling to comprehend in what circumstance I would blindly follow an order to attack a fully manned civilian hospital. If the description provided by MSF's director-general is accurate I can say without hesitancy that I would have refused such an order for it is an obvious war crime. During the Kosovo war it was fairly routine for RAF Harrier pilots to return home with bombs still loaded because they had been unable to confirm visual acquisition of targets. RAF pilots are probably more inclined to think for themselves than American crews who are extremely tightly controlled. American military personnel give up many rights when they join up, but I am still disappointed that this crew did not appear to do more to challenge their orders. Back in the UK, we lost crown immunity many years ago and it is essential to challenge every questionable act carried out on the battlefield (our emphasis).

Oct 28 19:07

39% of L.A. millennials 'chronically stressed' about money, survey finds

Most Los Angeles millennials are confident about their ability to manage their finances, but that doesn't mean they're not stressing about money.

Oct 28 19:02

B'nai Brith to nominate Canada's PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize

Canada's recently replaced and largely unlamented former PM Stephen Harper, who never saw a neocon inspired war he didn't want Canada to get in on, is to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by B'nai Brith.

Dimant continued, “In accordance with the rules of the Nobel Foundation it gives me great pleasure to nominate in my capacity as Professor of Modern Israel Studies at Canada Christian College, Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the Nobel Peace Prize in honor of the outstanding moral leadership he has demonstrated.”

Harper has been a staunch supporter of Israel and continued to stand up for the Jewish state during the last conflict in Gaza.

Oct 28 18:14

Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

On BBC News at Ten on October 15, 2015, BBC North America correspondent Jon Sopel told viewers over footage of the ravaged Kunduz hospital that it had been 'mistakenly bombed by the Americans'. Not intentionally bombed, as MSF were saying, but 'mistakenly bombed'. BBC News were thereby adopting the Pentagon perspective presented earlier by General John Campbell, the US senior commander in Afghanistan, when he claimed that:

'A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility'.

In fact, the US has done so before, many times. In November 2004, the first target of the huge American ground assault on Fallujah, following several weeks of bombing, was the city's General Hospital. This was a 'war crime', Noam Chomsky noted, and it was even depicted on the front page of the New York Times, but without it being labelled or recognised as such by the paper:



Oct 28 18:03

Petition calling on MSNBC to stand by Palestine maps!

On March 15, MSNBC broadcast maps depicting Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to the present. The network came under pressure from Israel partisans, and host Kate Snow and correspondent Martin Fletcher ended up recanting.

However, the maps were accurate and incredibly revealing about the Palestine-Israel issue. We, the undersigned, support MSNBC's original airing of the maps and urge the network to withdraw its misguided "correction."

A few days after showing the maps, Snow apologized and claimed they were "not factually accurate." Fletcher, who had originally endorsed them, concurred and provided the explanation.

He made two claims about why the maps were "inaccurate," both of them fallacious.

1) Fletcher claimed the maps were wrong because the 1946 map was labeled "Palestine" and Palestine was not a sovereign state.

Oct 28 18:02

California students score near bottom in math and reading

California students' test scores are among the worst in the nation.

The state that some call the "world's 8th largest economy" is producing students that score among the lowest in the United States in reading and math, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, gathered test scores from American students in the fourth and eighth grades to provide a picture of educational achievement at different levels.

Fourth graders in California performed worse than students in every state except a few: Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Eighth graders in California fared better but were still roughly in the bottom 15 states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank goodness for Common Core ( not to mention all those students in the classrooms who cannot speak English).

Oct 28 18:00

FLASHBACK - Navy Lacks Plan to Defend Against `Sizzler' Missile

The U.S. Navy, after nearly six years of warnings from Pentagon testers, still lacks a plan for defending aircraft carriers against a supersonic Russian-built missile, according to current and former officials and Defense Department documents.

The missile, known in the West as the ``Sizzler,'' has been deployed by China and may be purchased by Iran. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has given the Navy until April 29 to explain how it will counter the missile, according to a Pentagon budget document.

The Defense Department's weapons-testing office judges the threat so serious that its director, Charles McQueary, warned the Pentagon's chief weapons-buyer in a memo that he would move to stall production of multibillion-dollar ship and missile programs until the issue was addressed.

Oct 28 17:59

Police use terror powers to seize BBC Newsnight journalist's laptop

Police have used powers under the Terrorism Act to seize the laptop of a young Newsnight journalist in a case that has shocked BBC colleagues and alarmed freedom of speech campaigners, The Independent can disclose.

Officers obtained an order from a judge that was served on the BBC and Secunder Kermani, who joined the flagship BBC2 news show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis.

The development has caused alarm among BBC journalists. The editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz said: “While we would not seek to obstruct any police investigation we are concerned that the use of the Terrorism Act to obtain communication between journalists and sources will make it very difficult for reporters to cover this issue of critical public interest.”

Oct 28 17:57

BBC banned Johnny Rotten in 1978 for telling the truth about Jimmy Savile

Oct 28 17:56

US Admits that Russia Has Not Attacked The US-trained Terrorist "Assets".


Yesterday at the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Chair John McCain grilled Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter.

During questioning, Carter admitted that neither Russia, nor the Syrian Army has targeted none of the US-trained terrorists.

This despite MSM reports of the opposite. However, they state that Russia has targeted and largely destroyed the so-called "moderate" terrorists. Russia has confirmed that they are targeting all terrorists in Syria. They offered not to attack the American trained terrorists if the US would give coordinates of where NOT to attack. The US has refused that offer.

So what does that say that Russia has not targeted the US-trained terrorists? Either they're non-existent, or they're sitting in Turkish cafes.

Oct 28 17:19

Max Igan Assaulted and Beaten After Delivering Pro Palestinian Speech

Activist, humanitarian, Radio host and outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights Max Igan of TheCrowhouse.com was viciously attacked after delivering a Pro Palestine speech at the 2015 Freedom Summits in Byron Bay on October 23rd. "The attack came from nowhere" he said. "I had just left my favorite eating place and was attacked from behind by quite a large individual"

(Note: These Jewish Supremacist Criminals just don't get the concept of "Freedom of Speech", do they???)

Oct 28 16:24

Intensifying Storm to Bring Strong Winds, Heavy Rain and Some Snow to Midwest, East

An intensifying area of low pressure is delivering a trifecta of inclement weather to portions of the Midwest and East through Thursday. Those impacts include strong winds, soaking rainfall that will contribute to commuting hassles, and even a little snow.

Oct 28 16:03

Ben Carson Dons The Beanie

In case you missed it, Dr. Ben "No American should be Allowed to Have A Semi-Automatic Weapon" Carson paid his obligatory visit to the 'Wailing Wall' wearing his yarmulke. Carson, the dim-witted glassey-eyed Irsaeli shill, has also said that the mllions of illegal aliens "uh, they could stay." He's also said "Al Sharpton and I Have the Same Goals." I am not kidding he actually has said all of those things. He just changed his party affiliation to Republican six months prior to running for president.

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Oct 28 15:51

‘Mentally Unstable’ Obama Looking To Start A War With China?

This week, Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action.

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Oct 28 15:43

House Passes Budget Deal for Debt Limit Increase

The House has passed a bipartisan budget-and-debt deal that prevents an unprecedented government default.

A coalition of Democrats, GOP defense hawks and pragmatic Republicans supported the measure.

The legislation now heads to the Senate, which is on track to pass it before Tuesday’s deadline for increasing the so-called debt limit. It gives the government authority to borrow freely through March 2017.

Oct 28 15:35

Jeb Bush knows 9/11 was false flag operation: Researcher

Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush knows full well that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was a false flag operation, according to an American researcher in Chaska, Minnesota.

Oct 28 15:20

10 Taxpayer Handouts to the Super Rich That Will Make Your Blood Boil

The next time you hear someone complain about how the poor get “all this free stuff,” show them this.

Oct 28 15:16

US to Sacrifice 3000 Troops in Syria to Start WW3!

Oct 28 15:09

For science! US government says it's OK to hack your car, tablet or smart TV

The Library of Congress just granted a set of copyright exemptions, giving the owners of smart TV sets and cars the ability to tinker with their devices without violating copyright law. This will allow the installation of third-party software.

Oct 28 14:47

FBI director says “viral videos” intimidating police in US

In two recent speeches in Chicago, FBI Director James Comey has asserted that police anxiety in “the era of viral videos” is partially responsible for a rise in violent crime in many big US cities.

At a University of Chicago Law School forum Friday night, Comey asked, “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime?”

Oct 28 14:45

'Isolated Iran' Set to Join BRICS Bank

As US hegemony wanes in the face of dysfunctional domestic politics, foreign policy confusion, and a “lead from behind” mentality, the world has begun to transition towards a kind of new world order both politically and economically.

On the geopolitical front, we’ve seen a resurgent Russia take charge in Syria after the situation spiraled out of control, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and creating the worst migrant crisis in Europe’s history.

On the economic front, the BRICS nations have embarked on a series of projects designed to supplant the US-led multinational institutions that have dominated the post-war world.

Oct 28 14:43

Russia Interested in Joining the Nicaragua Canal Project

Russian economic structures and companies are ready to participate in the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal project as soon as progress is seen, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin American Department said.

“We know that steps are being made by the Nicaraguan government and we know that all of the plans that exist have been confirmed.

And from our side, we confirm the readiness of a number of Russian economic structures and companies to participate in the realization of projects tied to the development of the infrastructure, but so far we don’t see any sort of a principle quality move,” Alexander Shchetinin told RIA Novosti in an interview.

Oct 28 14:43

US Navy Commander: Russia's Military Operations in Syria Are Impressive, Effective

A US Navy Commander writes that Washington has seriously underestimated Russia's military capabilities in Syria

Oct 28 14:15

Seeing Syrian Crisis Through Russian Eyes

“To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war,” as Sir Winston Churchill put it at a White House luncheon on June 1954. The aphorism applies in spades today as the U.S., Russia and other key countries involved in troubles in Syria decide whether to jaw or to war.

Oct 28 14:05

Infighting? White House, Pentagon Divided Over Anti-ISIL Ground Operation

While US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the US is planning to start a ground operation in Syria and Iraq, White House spokesman Eric Schultz stated on Tuesday that the US authorities are not going to conduct a long-term military campaign in these countries.

Oct 28 13:52

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

That was news to the Iraqis, it turns out. And it wasn't very good news at that. Today Sa'ad al-Hadithi, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said "thanks but no thanks" to a third US invasion of his country. "We have enough soldiers on the ground," he said.

Oct 28 13:49

Iraq to Washington: We Don't Want Your Troops

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours ago US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was telling the Senate Armed Services Committee all about the Obama Administration's new military strategy for the Middle East. The headline grabber from his testimony was the revelation that the US military would begin "direct action on the ground" in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 28 13:45

EU lawmakers block opt-out from GMO rules

European Union lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would have allowed countries to ban certain genetically modified food and animal feed even if the produce was authorized by EU authorities.

Lawmakers fear the move could force a return to border controls to keep GMO produce out of some countries. The decision to reject the law was taken on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority.

The environment spokesman for the assembly's biggest political group, Peter Liese, said that "we need to avoid chaos for consumers and farmers."

He warned that "having national bans would mean re-introducing border controls for foodstuff and feedstuff."

Oct 28 13:38

US “Protects” ISIS Terrorists in Ramadi, … 22 Iraqi Troops Killed by US-Led Airstrikes, US Planes Drop Weapons for ISIS

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

“The coalition warplanes pounded the Iraqi forces after they advanced near the city of Ramadi after al-Jama bridge and al-Davajen bridge,” a security source said.

He noted that at least 22 Iraqi forces, including volunteer forces, known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, were killed in the US-led airstrikes in Ramadi.

The US has repeatedly struck the popular forces’ positions in different parts of Iraq.

In June, fighter jets of the US-led coalition struck the Iraqi forces’ positions in Anbar province, Western Iraq.

Oct 28 13:37

US Wipes Out Iraq Army Unit in No So “Friendly Fire” Incident

Iraqi security sources disclosed that the US-led coalition’s airstrikes have once again killed 22 army and volunteer forces on Tuesday.

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces’ positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

Oct 28 13:37

The Fake News Food Chain

This progression—from hoax site to Fox News to Donald Trump to NBC‘s mainstream audience—resembled the path taken by Fox‘s claim that hundreds of Cuban troops were secretly in Syria (FAIR Blog, 10/21/15). In that case, Fox seemed to manufacture its own disinformation, based on a flimsy claim by a right-wing think tank in Miami. Another GOP hopeful, Ted Cruz, delivered Fox‘s phantom fact to NBC News, telling Meet the Press‘s Chuck Todd (10/18/15), “There’re a couple hundred Cubans right now with a major Cuban general fighting in the Syrian civil war.”

Oct 28 13:32

Ben Carson Wants To Police Speech On College Campuses

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday he would use the U.S. Department of Education to police speech on college campuses.

During an interview, Glenn Beck asked Carson if he would shut down the Education Department as president.

"I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do," Carson responded. "It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so Carson does not support the First Amendment right to free speech, and in all probability will equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism!

Oct 28 13:05

Netanyahu: “We Will Forever Live By The Sword”, Indefinitely Control All Palestinian Territory

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his plan to control “all of the territory” and “live forever by the sword.”

The remarks were reported in Haa’retz newspaper, according to PNN, in an article by journalist Barak Ravid.

Mr Ravid wrote: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that although he doesn’t want a binational state, “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.”

MKs who took part in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting – today (Monday) – reportedly told Mr Ravid that Netanyahu had turned to the politicians present and said: “You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree. I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword – yes.”

The prime minister also spoke about possible plans to revoke Israeli citizenship or residency from the Arab residents of east Jerusalem.

Oct 28 12:58

In Latest Escalation, Australia May Join US, Send Warships To China Islands

Australian defense planners are looking at the possibility of a naval sail-through close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, in case the government decides to follow its close ally the U.S. in testing Beijing’s territorial claims.

“Australia has been looking at options,” said one official in Australia’s military familiar with operational planning.

Oct 28 12:58

The Full Details Of How Goldman Criminally Obtained Confidential Information Form The New York Fed

On July 21, 2014, an individual began work at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group ("FIG") of the Investment Banking Division ("IBD"). The Associate reported to a Managing Director and a Partner at Goldman.

Prior to his employment at Goldman, from approximately August 2007 to March 2014, the Associate was a bank examiner at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York ("the New York Fed"). His most recent position at the New York Fed was as the Central Point of Contact ("CPC") – the primary supervisory contact for a particular financial institution – for an entity regulated by the Department (the "Regulated Entity").

Oct 28 12:57

Massive Debt, Budget Deal Introduced In Dead of Night, Vote Violates Another Boehner Pledge

The giant debt ceiling increase rolled together with a budget deal was introduced at 11:36 p.m. Monday, in the dead of night, several congressional sources confirm to Breitbart News.

The text is 144 pages long and increases the debt ceiling beyond when President Barack Obama leaves office, all the way until March 2017. It also, according to Politico, increases spending by $50 billion this year and $30 billion more the following year.

As AP reports, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is pushing for a Wednesday vote, this would be yet another instance in which he has broken his promise to give members and the public three full days—72 hours—to read legislation before voting on it.

Oct 28 12:56

Now Austria Plans To Build A Fence To Thwart Europe’s March Of Muslim Migrants

Austria will build a fence along its border with European Union (EU) neighbour Slovenia to help stem the migrant invasion now flooding Europe, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said today. Both countries are part of the passport-free Schengen zone and remain key transit countries for hundreds of thousands of mostly young, Muslim men trying to reach northern Europe via the Balkans.

Oct 28 12:55

'HATE SPEECH' LAWS ARE JUST ANOTHER WAY FOR GOVERNMENTS TO PUNISH PEOPLE THEY DON'T LIKE

Two recent legislative efforts have been mounted to add police to the rolls of "disadvantaged" citizens in need of the additional shelter of "hate crime" laws. Hate crime laws are immediately problematic. They add additional punishments to criminal acts already punishable under existing laws. It's exactly the sort of thing justice isn't meant to be: vindictive. A murder is a murder, whether or not it was propelled by someone's underlying biases. A threat is a threat, no matter the threatener's personal views on race, marriage or human sexuality. Adding additional punishments solely because of a perceived motive serves no purpose other than to make those who support these laws feel like past racial/sexual wrongs are slowly being righted. The sinners of the present pay for the sins of the past sinners.

Oct 28 12:51

Who are the Terrorists? US Intends “Direct Action on the Ground” in Iraq and Syria, In Support of ISIS…

It bears repeating and stressing what other articles explained. Washington uses ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as US foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and wherever else they’re deployed.

In over a year of US bombing both countries, zero ISIS targets were struck – infrastructure and other government sites only. Claims otherwise are Big Lies about Obama’s wars in both countries.

Last year, he promised no “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. We will not get dragged into another ground war” – another of his many Big Lies.

Last week, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said he has “no intention to authorize long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like our nation has conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Middle East analyst Phyllis Bennis told RT International: “I think the question of US boots on the ground has been true for over a year now. We’ve had at least 35,000 troops in Iraq that went back last year (2014).”

Oct 28 12:50

This is Netanyahu’s horror: “An open unleashing of raw racism that has always been a part of Israeli society”

If the Holocaust taught us anything, it is not to remain silent as a government directs hatred at an entire people

Oct 28 12:49

Netanyahu’s Offensive Fake History

Benjamin Netanyahu’s bit of revisionist history about the origins of the Holocaust certainly deserves the outraged response it got this past week. One wonders why he chose to push this line given the well-established and easily cited historical fact — which many of his critics did cite — that the Nazi regime’s mass killing that would become known as the Holocaust was well under way before the meeting to which Netanyahu referred, between Adolf Hitler and the mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Oct 28 12:38

Residents in St Louis dying in record numbers from World War II radioactive waste

According to a 1990 article in the New York Times, the toxic waste was dumped secretly with the approval of the federal government.

“Reporters here asked questions about the trucks that were hauling dirt from the plant to land bordering the airport,” the article reads.

“The concerns disappeared after the Government and Mallinckrodt said the wastes were ‘not radioactive or otherwise dangerous’.”

Oct 28 12:36

Israel only country at UN to join US in supporting Cuba embargo

The United States and Israel voted against the non-binding resolution, but a resounding 191 countries supported the measure in the 193-member assembly, the highest number ever.

Oct 28 12:36

Islamists rise as chaos descends in Yemen's cosmopolitan port

In Aden, Yemen's most cosmopolitan city, the masked Islamist gunmen seem to have burst onto the streets from some other world.

They storm university classrooms to demand men and women to stop studying together, charge into supermarkets firing in the air to force the female cashiers to cover up, harass families celebrating a Muslim holiday on the beach.

Three weeks ago, four suicide bombers detonated car bombs at a temporary Yemeni government headquarters and two Arab coalition outposts.

With that, Islamic State served notice that it was bringing its bloody campaign for a Sunni Muslim caliphate to a city where separatist fighters, Arab armies and an embattled rump government had just forced out Shi'ite militiamen. For many residents, it now seems like a baffling conflict is about to enter its darkest phase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Islamist" could be anyone, including more hired US actors!

Oct 28 12:35

Fighter Jets Track Military Blimp Drifting Over Pennsylvania

North American Aerospace Defense Command officials tell NBC News that an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and drifted north is now 16,000 feet over Wilmington, Pennsylvania.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Worse, the tether broke at the bottom end and is being dragged behind the blimp knocking out power lines. In theory a couple dozen men should be able to grab the tether to get the blimp under control if they can ahead of it in its path, but so far there is no report of such an attempt.

Oct 28 12:34

Ukrainian Wikileaks: McCain and Saakashvili are plotting to shoot down American plane in Syria to blame Russia [Transcript]

Oct 28 12:16

SWAT TEAMS DEPLOYED TO DESTROY HOMES BUILT BY CHARITY GROUP FOR THE HOMELESS

SWAT operators were among the estimated 70 officers deployed to Denver’s Sustainability Park on October 24 to tear down “tiny homes” erected the group Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL). Protest organizers explained that the park had been selected because the Denver Housing Authority, which owns the property, has demolished hundreds of low-income housing units, exacerbating an already critical shortage of affordable homes. Zoning and building code restraints have frustrated efforts to build the “tiny homes” elsewhere in the city. Had the demonstration proceeded as planned, activists would have erected a makeshift community called Resurrection Village modeled after the 3,000-person tent city built in Washington, D.C. by Martin Luther King, Jr..’s Poor People’s Human Rights Campaign nearly fifty years ago. Ten activists were arrested during the Denver crack-down.

Oct 28 12:15

US Threatens to Send More Ships Near Chinese Island After Criticism

After months of hyping the incident, the Pentagon finally sent the USS Lassen to 22 km off the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, a move that they’d been promising would show China that US ships can sail wherever they please, and over any foreign objection.

China called the move a “serious provocation,” though under international law naval sovereignty does not extend to the sea around artificial islands. Still, it is hard for China not to see the incident that way, since the Pentagon was very public about doing so explicitly to needle China after months of condemning the building of islands, something which is similarly perfectly legal under international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In an earlier post, I expressed the hope that the US wasn't going to escalate the situation here, but unfortunately, I was dead wrong.

It appears that DC will continue playing the picador until China's leadership will have no choice but to confront the US militarily, and things may get....very ugly here in the Pacific.

Oct 28 12:12

AP/GfK Poll: Americans Want Gov’t. Shutdown Unless Federal Spending Is Cut

According to the AP/GfK Poll published on October 27th, 50% of Americans agree with the statement, “Congress should ONLY increase the debt ceiling if it makes significant spending cuts at the same time, even if that means there will be considerable reductions in government services and programs.” 35% disagree. 11% marked a third box: “Congress should NOT increase the debt ceiling under any circumstances, even if that means the U.S. defaults on its debt.” (And, it does, in fact, mean that: the government would default on its existing debt.) So: a solid 61% favor the position of congressional Republicans on this matter — the Federal Government should default on its existing debts unless federal spending going forward will be slashed (drastically slashed, as will be explained subsequently here).

Oct 28 12:08

It’s official: Republicans nominate Paul Ryan for Speaker

House Republicans nominated congressman Paul Ryan by secret ballot Wednesday to be their next speaker, surfacing from a turbulent month of GOP soul-searching to rally behind the rising star from Wisconsin.

Oct 28 12:08

Israeli Father Puts His Sons in Twin Towers Halloween Costumes

This is an extremely insensitive Halloween Costume, showing the Twin Towers being struck by Airplanes.

I guess this is what passes for humor in Israel these days.

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Oct 28 12:05

VACCINES: BY THE NUMBERS. A Self-Explanatory InfoGraphic Produced by the Immunity Education Group

Oct 28 12:03

Meanwhile, in an average German city

Oct 28 12:01

Iraq: We Didn't Ask for U.S. Ground Operations

The Iraqi government said Wednesday it didn't ask for — and doesn't need — the "direct action on the ground" promised by the Pentagon.

The revelation came a day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. may carry out more unilateral ground raids — like last week's rescue operation to free hostages — in Iraq to target ISIS militants.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's spokesman told NBC News that any military involvement in the country must be cleared through the Iraqi government just as U.S.-led airstrikes are.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight: The US will be attempting ground operations in Iraq, which haven't been approved by the Iraqi government?!?!?

And right after the Iraqi Parliament has asked for Russian help in getting the Isis terrorists pouring out of Syria?!?

It is painfully, and clearly apparent, that there is a symptomatic, pathological inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion in DC.

Oct 28 12:00

US to send admiral to China for talks

The commander of the US Pacific Command is expected to visit China for talks with the Chinese military in early November after a US warship came close to Chinese reefs on Tuesday and drew harsh warnings from Beijing.

Admiral Harry Harris will be sent by the US military to China on Monday, where he will hold talks with top Chinese military officials to discuss bilateral military exchanges, a US military officer was quoted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK as saying on Wednesday.

Oct 28 11:59

JLENS blimp breaks free of tether in Aberdeen

One of the two blimps that has been floating over Aberdeen has come off its tether, Aberdeen Proving Ground officials confirms.

Officials said the break occurred around 11:54 a.m. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, two F-16 fighter jets from the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base in New Jersey are monitoring the blimp, which was holding at approximately 16,000 feet in the air.

NORAD said it is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure air traffic safety.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another fine quality product of the US Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex!

Oct 28 11:58

(ESA) First detection of molecular oxygen at a comet

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has made the first in situ detection of oxygen molecules outgassing from a comet, a surprising observation that suggests they were incorporated into the comet during its formation.

Rosetta has been studying Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for over a year and has detected an abundance of different gases pouring from its nucleus. Water vapour, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are the most prolific, with a rich array of other nitrogen-, sulphur- and carbon-bearing species, and even ‘noble gases’ also recorded.

Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the Universe, but the simplest molecular version of the gas, O2, has proven surprisingly hard to track down, even in star-forming clouds, because it is highly reactive and readily breaks apart to bind with other atoms and molecules.

Oct 28 11:57

Turkey's Jets Fire On Syrian Kurds Allied With U.S. Against ISIS

Turkey has acknowledged attacking a Kurdish militia group that has been a U.S. ally in the fight against ISIS, saying fighters had crossed into an off-limits area in Syria. Turkey also says it has attacked ISIS within its own borders.

The attacks underscore the complications the U.S. and its allies face when forming a strategy against the extremist ISIS terrorist group in an area where regional and sectarian conflicts continue to play out.

Discussing Turkey's role in the region and its two strikes on the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, in Syria, Turkey's prime minister said, "Turkey has not laid all of its cards on the table yet. The picture will be different when it does so. Everyone should watch its steps," according to Hurriyet Daily News.

From Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Brilliant, just brilliant!!!

SecDef Carter, what are your comments about our alleged "frenemy" and NATO, member Turkey, shooting at Kurdish troops which, I thought, were on the side of the US here?!?

Is Erdogan attempting to make himself look "butch" to the Turkish people, just days before the Turkish general election?!?

Perhaps the place over which Russia needs to place a "no-fly zone" is the Turkish/Syrian border, and right the hell now!

Oct 28 11:53

Comey under fire for incendiary ‘Ferguson effect’ claims

As President Obama spoke Tuesday to an international conference of police chiefs and the nation reeled from the latest incident of police violence gone viral, FBI director James Comey has come under renewed fire for further driving a wedge between law enforcement and the communities they are supposed to serve.

Oct 28 11:50

2015 Ministerial Code Reflects Government Intention To Break Int’l Laws On Aggression

The Ministerial Code is a document setting out “rules” and standards for government ministers in the United Kingdom. Separate codes exist for ministers of the Scottish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive (based on the St Andrews Agreement) and the Welsh Government.

Oct 28 11:44

Breaking: Radioactive Landfill Leaking Hazardous Waste (St. Louis MO)

Oct 28 11:34

Warships sent, US ambassador called in as China bolsters Navy presence in disputed Spratly islands, after US sail-by rattles Beijing's sovereignty claims

The People's Liberation Army yesterday sent two vessels to warn a US Navy warship after the guided-missile destroyer sailed close to China's man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said the PLA would take all steps to protect national security as it sent its own guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou and frigate Taizhou to warn USS Lassen, which had entered waters within 12 nautical miles of the Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratly archipelago.

But while USS Lassen's sail-by was the United States' most significant challenge yet to China's territorial claims in the disputed waters, analysts believed neither side would allow the situation to escalate beyond control.

A US defence official said the warship's patrol was completed without incident. Another official said the sail-by was part of Washington's "routine operations in the South China Sea in accordance with international law".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that DC is not intent on escalating the situation here, which is already tense enough.

Oct 28 11:31

Laughing abortionists ‘pull out baby hearts after abortion, just for fun. It’s cute’ *VIDEO*

An eleventh undercover video was released Tuesday by the Center For Medical Progress, again capturing officials at Planned Parenthood admitting to selling aborted body parts, and laughing about it.

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Oct 28 11:23

Homeland Security “Concerned About Security Breach” From ISIS As Refugees Prepare to Flood America

Get ready. The refugee controversy sweeping Europe is now coming to America... and maybe ISIS may be among them.

Is a false flag in the cards again, after Putin just humiliated the U.S. in Syria?

[Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson] said vetting procedures for 10,000 Syrian refugees who are to be resettled in the United States during fiscal year 2016 refugees had been tightened... But he acknowledged that the self-proclaimed Islamic State might try to use the influx of refugees as an opportunity to infiltrate the United States. “We have to be concerned about the possibility of a security breach and we are concerned about that, and we’re going to vet refugees very carefully.”

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Oct 28 11:23

WATCH: NYC cop puts skateboarder in banned chokehold and blasts him with pepper spray

New York City police officer has been accused of using a banned chokehold to take down a skateboarder during an arrest captured on video.

Yibin Mu, of Queens, posted the video Monday on YouTube showing the officer grab and throw him to the ground during the incident about 5 p.m. Sunday in Columbus Circle, where skateboarding is prohibited, reported Gothamist.

“Without warning, the police officer used one hand to grab my forearm and the other hand to grab the back of my neck,” Mu explained in the YouTube post. “He then put me in a chokehold and this is what happened next. I was non-aggressive the entire time.”

Mu posted video of the arrest on his Facebook page, captioned: “When police brutality finally happens to you.”

Police confirmed that the 22-year-old Mu had been arrested for skateboarding despite six signs warning that the activity was not allowed — although Mu claims he never saw those.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I get that this young man was doing something illegal by skateboarding in a restricted area. But really, was a choke hold, and throwing him him to the ground actually necessary?!?

I live my life relatively quietly, so don't really have confrontations with police officers, so I cannot begin to imagine what happens in confrontations between cops and American minorities, where things can turn completely nasty in a heartbeat.

But I do understand that something has gone horribly wrong with a culture of police brutality which can overwhelm a completely innocent suspect, even to the point of death.

Oct 28 11:10

6 Reasons Why You Need to Pick Up the Phone Right Now and Tell Your Rep to Oppose CISA

By Matt Agorist

On Tuesday, the Senate passed one of the most damning blows to your privacy in the history of the police state. With a vote of 74-21 your elected leaders decided that your already intrusive government needs more help to spy on you...

Oct 28 11:09

THE U.S. POLICE STATE: HOW THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME ITS OWN WORST NIGHTMARE

Total Number of People Fatally Shot by British Police in Last 3 Years: 2

Average Number of People Fatally Shot by U.S. Police Per Day So Far in 2015: 2.6

Of all the alarming statistics, stories, and, increasingly, videos that indicate a rising tide of police brutality – or, as the government more euphemistically terms it, “excessive force” – the above numbers should be the most concerning for every citizen of the United States. Not simply because of the astronomical disproportion at hand, but because of the object of that disproportion. To whom do we compare with so unfavorably?

That’s right. The very tyrannical entity from which we originally escaped, then rebelled. We’ve become our own worst nightmare.

Why did we rebel? State overreach that included an invasive, aggressive, and overly hostile standing militia – then the equivalent a police force.

Oct 28 11:06

'UNTOUCHABLES': OBAMA CRONIES "PROTECTED WALL STREET'S MOST CRIMINAL FROM PROSECUTION"

The slow motion financial holocaust has been underway for some time now.

Goldman Sach recently commented that we are in the third wave of the great crisis. What happened in 2008 remains directly relevant to the personal financial risk that most Americans face at the brink of the next phase of the collapse.

It’s almost like they’re looking for a sacrificial lamb… the banks have gotten away with murder too many times to count. Those who might be tried under a truly fair system instead stand firm with their understanding of impunity, an arrangement befitting their position and stature in society, that they will never be seriously investigated, much less prosecuted, for their role in the manipulation that caused the biggest problems.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Economically for most working Americans, Obama's "hope and change", coupled with not prosecuting financial corruption after corruption, has morphed into "financial meltdown and collapse."

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Oct 28 10:59

US GROUND TROOPS IN SYRIA IS "ILLEGAL, BIG MISTAKE", RUSSIA WARNS OBAMA OF "UNPREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCES"

Alright, so let’s see if we can untangle this. Washington intends to send in the Apaches to bolster Iraqi forces both Peshmerga and otherwise. Or at least that’s what it sounds like. The Pentagon is also considering the placement of American ground troops with “moderate” rebels and with the YPG in Syria.

As we’ve detailed extensively (and this isn’t exactly a secret), Iran effectively runs the Iraqi military via its various Shiite militia proxy armies. That’s not an exaggeration. As Reuters reported earlier this month, “the Fifth Iraqi Army Division now reports to the militias’ chain of command, not to the military’s, according to several U.S. and coalition military officials.” So when the Apaches and their crews aren’t supporting the Kurds, they’ll be openly supporting Iran-backed fighters.

Ok, fine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an insane attempt to handle something militarily which can only, ultimately be handled with political negotiations, after Russia rids Syria of all of its terrorists, US-government sponsored or otherwise.

Inserting US troops on the ground here is utter madness, and a near-guarantee that there will be direct military conflict between the US and Russia, and soon.

One has to conclude that such an outcome is precisely what the White House, Congress, Pentagon, and State Department want to see happen; they have all gotten drunk on the Koolaid of "We can whip those darn Ruskies!", but there is one seriously fatal flaw in their reasoning.

At this point in its history, the US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a military victory over Russia in a conventional war; this is simply fact.

For Russia and China, there is a tacit agreement between these governments and their weapons makers that when weapons are purchased and ultimately deployed, they work as advertized, and come in on budget.

Because of the huge "inducements" given to our alleged Congressional representatives to favor this or that arms manufacturer in the US, weapons, ships, and planes are generally produced at huge cost over-runs; are late in getting deployed; and never quite deliver as promised.

That is going to be a big problem if we engage directly with Russia militarily in Russia (or Iraq, or anywhere else, for that matter.)

Oct 28 10:58

Patrick Brazeau gets no jail time or criminal record following guilty plea

Sen. Patrick Brazeau has been granted an unconditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault and cocaine charges in September, which means he avoids both jail time and a criminal record.

Brazeau pleaded to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine after a more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But Arthur Topham is looking at two years in prison for criticizing Israel!

Oct 28 10:57

Snow snarls mountain traffic; skiers camp out for Loveland’s opening Thursday

A wintry blast in the mountains made roads a mess for drivers but got skiers excited Tuesday.

Oct 28 10:53

Tom Brady just said Coca-Cola is poison and food companies lie to us

In an unexpected move, celebrity football star Tom Brady recently joined the ranks of countless health experts and activists by denouncing the popular soft drink Coca-Cola, calling it “poison.”

Oct 28 10:47

MSNBC Apologizes After Accidentally Telling the Truth About Israel

Earlier this month, MSNBC aired a well-known, but controversial graphic that illustrates how Israel has taken over Palestine as the occupation of the region has grown over time.

The graphic, which appeared during an Oct. 15 discussion between MSNBC anchor Kate Snow and Martin Fletcher, a Middle East correspondent, shows a series of four maps dating from 1946 to the present that depict the loss of Palestinian territory to Israel.

During the segment, Fletcher discussed the ways that Israel’s provocative behavior at Al-Aqsa Mosque is a major trigger for the latest violence in Gaza and the West Bank, then Snow introduced the graphic as it appeared on screen, saying: “What does that show you, Martin, that the area Palestinians are living, has it grown increasingly smaller?”

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Oct 28 10:46

Why the Delta Force Raid Video Is Pure Propaganda

By now you've probably heard about the video that surfaced last weekend, which showed a US military raid against an ISIS prison. The raid was a joint effort by Delta Force operators and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and they managed to rescue 70 Iraqi hostages who were scheduled for execution the next day. At least one US soldier by the name of Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler was killed in the raid, making him the first US serviceman to be killed in Iraq in nearly 4 years.

As noble as the whole affair sounds at first glance, I have admit that I had a funny feeling about the video when it first surfaced. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it shows our military fighting militants that our government has covertly supported in the past (and the present as far as we know). Call me crazy, but something about that didn't sit right with me.

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Oct 28 10:44

Russia just announced that it is sending humans to the moon

Before 2030, Russia plans to land its first cosmonauts on the moon, and Europe wants a piece of the action.

They're a little late for the great space race of the '60s, but the mission is an admirable push for the re-ignited interest in manned deep-space travel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the US is pointedly not invited to go along!

Oct 28 10:44

Middle School Teacher Tells Students to Deny God Is Real or Receive Failing Grade

We all know that in most public schools in America, talking about religion is now strictly verboten. Those who pushed for this policy have always argued that it would be a violation of the separation of church and state. However, the argument goes both ways. If it's going to be inappropriate for a teacher to push his or her religion on students in a public school, it should also be wrong for a teacher advocate atheism in the same forum.

Oct 28 10:43

Trump stands for protecting the Homeland, says he would take in ‘no refugees period’

During a recent town hall meeting 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump was asked by an undecided attendee for the “specifics” of his immigration plan.

Oct 28 10:42

Is War Beautiful?

"War Is Beautiful" is the ironic title of a beautiful new book of photographs. The subtitle is "The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict." There's an asterisk after those words, and it leads to these: "(In which the author explains why he no longer reads The New York Times)." The author never explains why he read the New York Times to begin with.

Oct 28 10:42

Disgust at Walmart’s Israeli soldier costume for kids

On Tuesday evening, Walmart withdrew from sale two products that have generated widespread outrage and disgust: the Israeli soldier costume for children and the grotesquely racist “Sheikh Fagin Nose.”

The Halloween costumes are no longer available on the company’s website. The giant retailer has not responded to a request for comment.

Earlier, a host of groups, including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the US Palestinian Community Network jointly called on Walmart and other retailers to stop selling the two items.

Oct 28 10:40

WASHINGTON ACCUSES PUTIN. RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKES ARE TARGETING “OUR GUYS” IN SYRIA: CIA OPERATIVES, MILITARY ADVISERS, MERCENARIES, SPECIAL FORCES, … INSTEAD OF ISIS TERRORISTS

The Western media quoting US officials has reported that the Russian Air Force is not really targeting ISIS terrorists.

They are targeting CIA sponsored operatives inside Syria.

According to a US official in an interview with Fox News:

‘Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.’

Moscow is “deliberately targeting” U.S.-backed forces in Syria as part of a military campaign that has killed up to 150 CIA-trained rebels, a U.S. official told Fox News

The claims state that Russia’s apparent mission to destroy ISIS is really a facade, and that their real mission is to kill American assets. (October 14, 2015).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an attempt at regime change by the US government, pure and simple.

Russia has been invited by the Syrian government to put an end to all terrorism in the country: the US government has not been invited to do so.

Putin understands that only by eliminating all the terrorists in the country (including ours) will there be a chance for stability here.

And by pledging to put American troops on the ground in both Syria and Iraq, SecDef Carter is encouraging potential direct military confrontation against Russia, which is one of the pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid decision he could possibly make.

And in examining his CV,

http://www.defense.gov/About-DoD/Biographies/Biography-View/Article/602689/ashton-b-carter

One notices something very interesting: here is a Secretary of Defense who has never, ever actually seen combat.

I don't know if that seems as odd to you as it does to me, but it does seem painfully ironic; just about as ironic as electing a President whose sole professional credits are that of a community organiser, and also as an alleged lecturer in Constitutional Law.

Oct 28 10:29

REMAINS of 274 TROOPS DUMPED in Virginia LANDFILL

The Pentagon on Thursday pledged “utmost care” for the remains of fallen soldiers following a report that the remains of at least 274 troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill.

The report, in The Washington Post, revealed that the Air Force used the landfill far more frequently than had previously been acknowledged. The practice was ended three years ago.

“The secretary is aware of this media report and remains committed to the utmost care for our fallen heroes and their families,” George Little, spokesman for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said in a statement.

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Oct 28 10:18

Paul Ryan’s favorite welfare myth gets torn to shreds: Now the GOP candidates must answer for it

There have been two Republican presidential debates thus far, and neither featured any serious discussion of poverty, the welfare state, or the candidates’ plans to address the problems facing low-income people. There’s been plenty of talk about tax cuts and spending cuts and how they’ll combine to trigger unheard-of levels of economic growth, but no specific discussion of what the candidates would do within the existing policy framework to improve the lives of people living below the poverty line.

Oct 28 10:06

The Next Tool of Tyranny and Enslavement Is Coming From Your Pastor and FEMA

Many who have followed the writings on this site are all too familiar with how the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have turned your pastor into an agent of the state. And as such, your pastor has been trained to invoke Romans 13 in order to enforce compliance with government edicts, no mater how draconian, in a time of national emergency.

Many of the nation’s pastors have been trained how to bring calm to incarcerated Americans being held in the proverbial FEMA camps in which the pastors are forbidden to quote the Bible and speak of Jesus. It would be wise to click on the link for the two aforementioned claims before proceeding with this article.

Oct 28 10:04

Cameron warns against Norway-EU model

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned against calls by some eurosceptics for Britain to adopt a Norwegian model for relations with the European Union.

He made the statement as debate is heating up ahead of a membership referendum.

"Norway actually pays as much per head to the EU as we do, they actually take twice as many, per head, migrants as we do in this country, but of course they have no seat at the table, no ability to negotiate," he told parliament.

Oct 28 10:00

Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police

The extreme militarization of American police forces has been brought to public attention by the tactics employed against Occupy protesters, which often appear more appropriate to counter-terrorism operations than to the control of non-violent protest.

According to investigative journalist Max Blumenthal, however, the proper term for this ruthless suppression of dissent should be “Israelification.”

Oct 28 09:59

Putin wants to ax dollar from Russian trade

Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the government for turning a blind eye on US dollar payments in the domestic oil trade.

Oct 28 09:57

MSF says Saudi-led coalition had GPS coordinates of Yemeni hospital, but still hit it

International medical organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a Yemeni hospital with patients and staff inside even though the coalition knew the GPS coordinates of the facility in Saada.

"We are going to ask for explanations, because the GPS coordinates of the district's hospital and other infrastructure had been transmitted to the coalition to make sure there was no problem," Laurent Sury, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Paris told RIA Novosti.

Sury said that Monday night MSF's hospital was targeted by airstrikes six times, adding that only the coalition is capable of conducting airstrikes. The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside, including medical supplies. Several people were moderately injured.

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