Monday, October 05, 2015

One dead elephant is unfortunate, two is an epidemic.

October 2, 2015
By Sandi Doughton

A 4-year-old elephant (click here) at the Oklahoma City Zoo, where Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo moved its two female elephants this spring, died suddenly Thursday.
Zoo officials say they will perform a necropsy to determine what killed Malee, the first elephant born at the zoo. Staff had treated her for a type of herpes infection particularly deadly to young elephants.
A 6-year-old elephant called Hansa died at the Seattle zoo in 2007 from a related type of herpes infection. Animal-welfare activists who opposed the transfer of Seattle’s two adult females — Chai and Bamboo — to Oklahoma warned they might pass the virus to Malee and her 9-month-old sister, Achara....
Oh, dear God, there is Jason Chaffetz again on CNN. 

Tom Cotton is having a hissy fit, just to have a hissy fit. These are some of the worst Republicans ever in office. They want to dismantle the function of the government because of personal vendettas. The last time a Republican carried out a personal vendetta we ended up in Iraq.

October 5, 2015


Washington (CNN) Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas (click here) defended placing a hold on three Obama administration as part of a "constitutional clash" after the Secret Service leaked information about Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
"If they will do that to the congressman who oversees them -- with his influence and his megaphone -- what might they do the the little guy, to the normal American?" Cotton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "That's not the level of leadership that we should expect from the Secret Service."
Cotton called on Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to get "personally involved" and for the Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation into whether certain laws were broken....

Regardless incidents with the Secret Service there is no reason to hide a conflict of interest. End of discussion. The problem belongs to Chaffetz.

April 2, 2015

Jason Chaffetz, who as House Oversight Committee chairman is responsible for overseeing the agency, once applied for a job there and was turned down—because of his age, he says.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who oversees the Secret Service, never disclosed that he had applied for and was rejected from the agency in the early 2000s.
“It was because I was too old,” the Utah Republican told The Daily Beast. “I’m not sure [of the reason]…that’s more than a decade ago.”
The Secret Service now requires that applicants be between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of appointment. Chaffetz said he was unsure whether he had applied in 2002 or 2003. He would have been 36 in 2003....

The only time I have seen his leaked application is when he is holding it. He can't handle power.

Chaffetz reminds of me of someone else who couldn't handle power either. 

When a person is elected to office, the victory is not about him or her it is about the people. If an elected representative can't separate themselves from the business of the people they should not be in office. 

The question to me is not about leaning left or right, it is about the facts and the truth.

So, when I complain about the media it can be any of the media services. Political clout falls away when the truth is at the center of the information.

It is amazing to realize there is a climate crisis that has resulted in a completely debilitating storm and there is not a mention of it on the commentary programs. NOT A WORD. There are deaths and tragedy. FOX covered the storm during their news times, but, not in the evening. It is totally focused on politics and nothing else. If all I did was watch FOX News, I could easily never know there were tragedies taking place in the southeast USA. That is unconscionable.  

October 21, 2015
By Aaron Blake

One chart (click here) I didn't get to include in my post Tuesday morning on Pew's new study of Americans' media habits was the one below.
Pew has basically taken the average viewer/consumer of all of these media outlets and plotted them on a continuum, trying to ascertain which outlets are favored by which side of the political spectrum....

Mediterranean resort towns devastated by torrential weekend downpour that trapped residents in cars, parking garages and retirement homes

October 5, 2015
By AFR

Biot, France: (click here) Rescue workers searched Monday for four people still missing after floods tore through the French Riviera, leaving 17 dead, while a clean-up began of normally glitzy towns now strewn with mud and debris.
Mediterranean resort towns beloved by jet-setting tourists such as Cannes, Nice and Antibes were devastated by a torrential weekend downpour that trapped residents in cars, parking garages and retirement homes.
Rivers of water gushed through some of the world’s wealthiest streets, scattering cars hundreds of metres from where they were parked and destroying businesses in what were described as “apocalyptic” scenes.
Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed the death of a British national in the floods, without giving further details.
“We are still at the terrible figure of 17 dead and search operations have resumed. There are still numerous flooded parking garages that need to be emptied out to verify that there are no more victims,” said regional government official Francois-Xavier Lauch....

 A general view shows part of Dubai skyline covered in an early morning fog

Turkey is taking a reasonable, but, cautious approach to a border incursion by a Russian jet.

October 5, 2015


...Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (click here) said the Russian ambassador had informed him that the incident was a mistake, but it nonetheless contributed to the sense that Moscow’s intervention in Syria had added a dangerously unpredictable new dimension to the war....

This is the current top story in the Gulf countries. Very sorry to hear about this terrible tragedy of a 21 year old man.

October 5, 2015
By Aghaddir Ali

Sharjah: A 21-year-old Emirati, (click here) who became the UAE’s first recipient of an artificial heart three months ago, died in Chicago where he was sent to have a natural heart transplant, Gulf News can exclusively reveal.
Senior officials confirmed that Salem Juma Mohammad Al Junaibi’s condition had worsened and he suffered a brain stroke, leading to his death on September 12.
His brother told Gulf News that the burial was held on September 13 at a Sharjah cemetery.
“This is the wish of Almighty Allah, we thank Him for everything. The hospitals in the UAE and Chicago did their best for my brother. We thank them for their efforts to save him, but this is the Almighty’s decision,” Al Junaibi’s brother said.
Al Junaibi was first referred to Al Qasimi Hospital on June 11 in poor condition, Dr Al Nooryani, a doctor who treated him, had earlier told Gulf News: “Two days later, he had a cardiac arrest and doctors thought they had lost him. He was clinically dead,” he added....

Governor Chris Christie has been busy.

Christie 2016 
Tell it like it is (click here)







For Immediate Release: (click here)                                               
Thursday, October 1, 2015

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Today, top Iowa Republicans announced they are joining Christie's leadership team. The team is made up of influential business and community leaders from across the state. These leaders have deep roots in Iowa politics and will be instrumental in communicating Christie's proven record and bold ideas to Iowans in every county.
State Chairman Kraig Paulsen, Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, stated, "I am excited to be a part of this great team of Iowa leaders supporting Governor Chris Christie. The Governor's record of conservative reforms in one of the bluest states in the nation is unique and impressive. He has cut taxes, cut spending, shrunk government and returned fiscal sanity to the New Jersey budget. Governor Christie's political courage and strong leadership skills are needed in Washington, and I firmly believe that he is the candidate to lead our party in 2016 and beyond."...

Gun laws are constitutional and work to prevent the deaths of innocent people.

NRA bitterly opposes gun laws even though the gun laws are constitutional. 

President Barack Obama (click here) claimed that “states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths.” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, meanwhile, has made nearly the opposite claim, saying states with stringent gun control laws have “the highest gun crime rates in the nation.”
In looking solely at the numbers of gun deaths and gun crimes, the data back up Obama, not Fiorina. But both politicians imply a causation that’s impossible to prove — that gun control laws lead to fewer or greater gun crimes or gun deaths.
Obama talked about gun deaths, while Fiorina said “gun crime rates,” which could include aggravated assault and robberies. Let’s start with gun deaths.

Gun laws are constitutional and when they exist there is less deaths by gun violence.

In the case where others are purchasing guns for what becomes a murderer or mass murderer, the 'other' should be implicated in the deaths caused by the guns purchased. These purchasers should face trial and prison.

This is a graph by the BBC that measures the number of deaths in a country due to gun violence. This graph is accurate to 2012.

The USA and Brazil are comparable because the populations are similar.The USA has 300+ million while Brazil has 200+ million.

There is nothing unique about the USA's gun violence. There is a 1 to 1 ratio in the USA in the number of guns per person in the country. 

Brazil has about a 5 guns per hundred people. Both countries would benefit from gun control. The percentages of deaths would fall from very powerful weapons. Guns kill far easier than any other weapon available to the public. 

The thing is this; the 1 to 1 ratio of guns per person in the USA is an inaccurate depiction of the gun ownership picture in the USA. That is why the graph above stating all those guns are owned by 43 percent of the USA population.

Afghan forces are successful.

October 5, 2015
By Reuters

...Residents said that, (click here) unlike the previous eight days, they had not heard gun battles and were able to leave their homes to buy food and take stock of the damage done.
Government forces raised the national flag over the provincial governor's house for the first time since losing control of much of the city when Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged assault.
Soldiers were conducting house-to-house searches as they continued to push Islamist insurgents out of areas that had witnessed fierce fighting.
"The centre of the city is normal," said Abdul Ghafoor, a Kunduz resident, but added it would still take time to recover.
"The city smells so bad with dead bodies still on the pavements and in the sewage. The local government must do something."...
Residents said that, unlike the previous eight days, they had not heard gun battles and were able to leave their homes to buy food and take stock of the damage done.
Government forces raised the national flag over the provincial governor's house for the first time since losing control of much of the city when Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged assault.
Soldiers were conducting house-to-house searches as they continued to push Islamist insurgents out of areas that had witnessed fierce fighting.
"The centre of the city is normal," said Abdul Ghafoor, a Kunduz resident, but added it would still take time to recover.
"The city smells so bad with dead bodies still on the pavements and in the sewage. The local government must do something."
- See more at: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/world/afghan-forces-regain-most-kunduz-some-shops-reopen-%E2%80%94-residents#sthash.qXoLSd7Y.dpuf
There goes Chaffetz again. McCarthy has not been seeking a campaign through the media. I hope he knows what he is doing if he sincerely wants the office of Speaker.

"The people voted us into office..." says Chaffetz, "...to take the fight to the Senate and the President and we aren't doing that."

So, he is stubborn and doesn't believe in governance and cooperation. One man has the answer for 434 US House members, excluding himself, and 100 US Senators. I think Chaffetz has an ego problem.

Kevin McCarthy has been in the US House 2 years longer than Chaffetz. McCarthy has an MBA. Chaffetz has a BA in communications. Chaffetz tried to apply to the CIA and was rejected due to better qualified candidates.

Of the two, McCarthy is better qualified and more readily will seek consensus and actually govern. Chaffetz will continue the chronic obstruction of the Congress. 

I think Kevin McCarthy is honest besides his qualifications. He doesn't lie. What is wrong with a Speaker of the US House that says it like it is? He should never apologize for his words if they are the absolute truth. He should not play the lie of politics. Seriously. Be a great Speaker, Rep. McCarthy. The country does not need anyone to play games with it's future.
Special Report - Guantanamo Court Coverage (click here) 

July 30, 2015
By Noor Wazwaz and Matt Yurus
 
With President Obama (click here) renewing his vow to close detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Medill News Service traveled to the base and photographed the abandoned Camp X-Ray detention center.
The military used Camp X-Ray from 1994 to 1996 to house tens-of-thousands of Haitian and Cuban refugees who were seeking asylum in the U.S....


Still, another failure of the F-35.

October 5, 2015
By Laura Seligeman

...The fears focus on the Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat. (click here) During testing of the new Generation 3 helmet this summer, testers discovered the risk of fatal neck injury when a lighter pilot ejects during slower-speed flights, according to a source with knowledge of the program. Testers discovered the ejection snapped the necks of lighter-weight test dummies, the source said.
Until the problem is fixed, the US military services decided to restrict pilots weighing under 136 pounds from operating the plane, Defense News first reported Oct. 1.
Since the issue emerged, lawmakers have vowed to push for increased oversight of the F-35, with one congresswoman condemning the program for "malpractice." Rep. Jackie Speier, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations, slammed the Pentagon for rushing tests to field the plane prematurely.
"We're seeing these flight restrictions because the F-35's ejector seats weren't tested to the level they would be on a normal aircraft, and the Pentagon rushed to field them prematurely. This is yet another example of the kind of procurement malpractice we should be avoiding," the California Democrat said in an email to Defense News last week.

The USA, allies and the criminal court at the Hague played an intricate part of removing chemical weapons from Syria.

Chemicals Will Be Destroyed Aboard a U.S. Ship (click here

June 23, 2015 

By Naftali Bendavi

...On Monday in The Hague, (click here) OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü praised the final removal of the chemicals from Syrian turf. "A major landmark in this mission has been reached today," Mr. Üzümcü said. "There were expected and unexpected challenges along the way, but the OPCW and the member states have been able to overcome them."
The U.S. has harshly criticized Syria for a series of delays in removing the chemicals, but Mr. Üzümcü said Monday Syria's cooperation has been "satisfactory." The mission has also showcased U.S.-Russian cooperation at a time of strain over Russian incursions into Ukraine.
The final stretch has been the most difficult. All but the final 100 metric tons of chemicals were removed and loaded aboard Danish and Norwegian ships several weeks ago. But the roads leading to the site holding the final batch was threatened by rebel forces, a senior United Nations diplomat said, preventing Syrian forces from reaching it.
Mr. Üzümcü said Monday the "security situation" had changed in recent days, allowing the Syrians to move quickly.
About 560 tons of the most-lethal chemicals will now be transported by a Danish ship, the Ark Futura, to an American vessel, the MV Cape Ray, which has been waiting in a Spanish harbor. The Cape Ray will then sail into international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where a team of American experts will neutralize the substances using a process called hydrolysis, which involves mixing the chemicals with water.... 

The operation was probably paid with OCO funds. FOX commentary is pathetic and is deliberately deceptive to create hate of President Obama. This was a great accomplishment for the USA and President Obama. This is what occurs when a cooler head prevails.

Universal background checks are not a conspriacy to control guns.

How Much Does a Background Check Cost? (click here)


There is no choice between feeding the family or submitting a background check.

The cost of a background check varies depending on how much is being investigated.
A county court criminal background check usually costs $15-$20, and includes misdemeanors, felonies, offense date, case number, and arrest information.
A statewide criminal background check typically runs $10-$20. This type of report includes address history, age, misdemeanors, felonies, offense date, case number, arrest history, and offense description.
Since a comprehensive nationwide database isn't available to the public, most national background checks search each state's online databases. These types of criminal background checks usually cost $25-$45.
Checking SSN verification and sex offender status are generally $0-$10, since that information is more widely available.

No one is asking the Taliban if they are committing war crimes.

I don't know how anyone gets the information about mass murder or gang rapes, but, I am quite sure the Taliban committed war crimes.

And such good looking folks, too. I can understand how they might gang rape people otherwise engaged in living a life of peace, potential prosperity and hoping for a better future. 

Did I mention the Taliban is not an ethnicity, but, a militia? Did I mention that?

October 1, 2015
Amnesty International 
Mass murder, (click here) gang rapes and house-to-house searches by Taliban death squads are just some of the harrowing civilian testimonies emerging from Kunduz as Afghan forces today claimed to have regained control of key areas of the northern city, Amnesty International said.
The organization has spoken to numerous people, the majority of them women, who have fled Kunduz since Monday, when the Taliban launched a sudden assault on the city. Women human rights defenders from Kunduz spoke of a “hit list” being used by the Taliban to track down activists and others, and described how fighters had raped and killed numerous civilians.
“The harrowing accounts we’ve received paint a picture of a reign of terror during the Taliban’s brutal capture of Kunduz this week. The multiple credible reports of killings, rapes and other horrors meted out against the city’s residents must prompt the Afghan authorities to do more now to protect civilians, in particular in areas where more fighting appears imminent,” said Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan Researcher at Amnesty International....

I am sure "Doctors without Borders" is very upset, but, the Taliban turned their facility into a war zone. It comes with the territory. The USA military is an easy target because they are legitimate and have accountability. But, they aren't the people that turned the city into a war zone, now did they?

I stated the USA military has to leave because they are too powerful a presence in the region. The first thing any military personnel does is reach for are the bombs and the heavy weapons. That is the USA and it's allies. Then mistakes happen and people die that survived the initial attack by the Taliban.

The Taliban are going to be a problem, mostly to themselves, but they will be a problem for as long as they believe they have a holy war to wage. The REAL problem is that Afghanistan has made progress within their larger cities and Taliban want it.

I looked for and found the current weather in Kunduz. I didn't think I would find it and this easily. That tells me Kunduz has some degree of sophistication and values knowledge. They aren't barbarians, like the Taliban.

Why the weather? I wanted to know what drove the Taliban into Kunduz. It is still fairly comfortable there, but, the mountains might be getting cold. 

There are a myriad number of tribes and militias in the region. Those tribes make a living. The Taliban doesn't. They  are barbarians, crude and do not value life. It is completely understandable how they came to shelter bin Laden and feed of his money. The Taliban are parasites off any society.

Before 911, anthropologists could make visits to Afghanistan and collect data regarding the people. The Taliban was a ruling group at that time. Anthropologists found a crude way of living. Rudimentary is a good word to the data they collected. When the King was in power Afghanistan was a very different country. The people and women regarded learning and quality of life as important pursuits. 

That quality of life was lost when the Taliban took over village after village. The LAW was as crude as the Taliban. We know the nightmares and it is based in "the elders council." However, the people did have a life and women were mothers an average of six times in their lives. It was the crudest form of Islam ever practiced.

It is at least one generation since that study and the Afghan people are still struggling to build their country and have a better quality of life. The fact is the Taliban is a problem and it is a persistent problem. The Taliban are not welcome in Pakistan and they left. Quite literally, the people made them miserable because they weren't permitted to have influence. Thinking about Pakistan, other than the tribal region, guns and death are not accepted as normal daily practice. The Pakistan people have cell phones. They like the connectedness and it serves them to have a quality of life somewhat better than it has been in the past. 

Afghanistan believes it needs war to protect the people and the Taliban is a dangerous entity that deserves war and death raining down on them. 

HOW IS IT, THE TALIBAN WERE DRIVEN FROM PAKISTAN WITHOUT WAR, BUT, FIND A METHODOLOGY TO OVER THROW GOVERNMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN? 

What did the Taliban do when they invaded Kunduz? Food? Basic staples for the winter to return to the mountains? No. They raided the bank and killed people because they could EASILY find munitions that belong to the USA.

I am very confident that Russia does not arm the Taliban. 

The presence of the USA is making the entire region far more dangerous than it normally would be. 

The Taliban have nothing to do with Iran. 

It's real simple.

TROOPS OUT NOW and the Doctors without Borders can decide if it will be safe enough for Infidels to stay in Afghanistan. Any Caucasian from a country outside Afghan borders will be considered a spy regardless of how benevolent they might be to the people and the Taliban. Doctors without Borders treat both sides of the war. They don't stop to ask if treating, while moral and ethical, both sides of the conflict places them in danger. If the Taliban cannot be routed out of Afghanistan, they will find the Doctors without Borders a threat. These volunteers doing important work could face death if the Taliban take control of any city in Afghanistan. 

The USA needs to leave Afghanistan, remove all munitions and war hardware with them and be sure the NGOs are either out of the country already or at least are warned about their danger.

When the excitement of the end of the USA occupation settles down, there won't be war wounds to treat anymore. Doctor visits will have to be at their own risk.

Ms. Fiorfina seems to have a ghost charity.

October 5, 2015
By Olivia Nuzzi
The Fiorina Foundation (click here) is run by an organization that has distributed funds to Planned Parenthood. Oh, and the Fiorina Foundation doesn’t appear to exist. 
Carly Fiorina is so opposed to Planned Parenthood, which she believes is “pushing women into late-term abortions so they can more successfully harvest body parts,” that she would shut the government down in order to prevent it from receiving any federal funding. But she doesn’t oppose Planned Parenthood enough, it seems, to care if the organization that controls the Fiorina Foundation, her mysterious charity outfit, also distributes funds to the group—nearly half a million dollars since 2011....

Not only is it a ghost non-profit, it is stated to have donated heavily to Planned Parenthood.

July 10, 2015
By Lance Williams and Carla Marinucci

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, (click here) one of the world's leading businesswomen and a possible 2010 opponent to Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, tells the public she's the CEO of her own business and the chairwoman of her own charitable foundation.
But a Chronicle check of public records shows that Fiorina, a former economic adviser to 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain, has never registered her Carly Fiorina Enterprises to conduct business in California, either with the California secretary of state or the clerk of Santa Clara County, where Fiorina lives.
Records also show that her Fiorina Foundation has never registered with the Internal Revenue Service or the state attorney general's charitable trust division, which tax- exempt charities are required to do. The foundation "enables corporations, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists alike to address some of the world's most challenging issues," according to Fiorina's Web site, carlyfiorina.com....

I am assuming "The Eric Trump Foundation" is a branch of the Trump organization.

...Founded in 2006, (click here) The Eric Trump Foundation (ETF) is dedicated to raising money for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To date, ETF has donated and pledged nearly $30 million dollars to St. Jude. By using Trump-owned facilities, full-time volunteers and donated goods and services, The Eric Trump Foundation maintains one of the lowest expense ratios of any foundation in the country.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are the world leaders in pediatric research medicine and no patient at St. Jude ever pays for treatment --- St. Jude covers all medical expenses, so families never receive a bill.

In February 2015, St. Jude officially opened The Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center, a $20 million dollar state-of-the-art medical center that doubled the hospital’s surgery space and houses the most advanced pediatric ICU in the world.
To learn more, please visit: www.EricTrumpFoundation.com
Jason "Witch Hunt" Chaffetz has decided to run for House leadership because the current leadership won't have the legislative votes.

Typical of a Republican worried about his seat. He will run for higher office in order to change the dialogue. It frequently works for them.

October 5, 2015
By Jessi Byrnes
 
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) (click here) on Monday argued that he was best suited to become the next Speaker, highlighting his oratory ability over favorite, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
"I'm arguing that one of my strong suits is actually going on camera and going before the media and making the case to the American people," Chaffetz said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
 "I want a Speaker who speaks," Chaffetz continued. "I think that's what our conference wants."
 Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday officially announced his underdog bid to challenge McCarthy.

He argues McCarthy is short of the 218 votes needed on the House floor to be elected Speaker. Democrats in that election are expected to back Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), meaning Republicans will need to unify behind their pick for the position....

I am sure Kevin McCarthy does lack the 218 votes when the choice is between at least two candidates. i would like Gohmert to run for Speaker. He definitely speaks. He knows where the house floor is. He seems to be a natural for the position.

Rouge Waves. This documentary is called "Freak Waves." The specialists are oceanographers.

Tangential stress beneath wind-driven air–water interfaces

Michael L. Banner a1 and William L. Peirson a1
a1 School of Mathematics, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, e-mail: M.Banner@unsw.edu.au


The detailed structure (click here) of the aqueous surface sublayer flow immediately adjacent to the wind-driven air–water interface is investigated in a laboratory wind-wave flume using particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques. The goal is to investigate quantitatively the character of the flow in this crucial, very thin region which is often disrupted by microscale breaking events. In this study, we also examine critically the conclusions of Okuda, Kawai & Toba (1977), who argued that for very short, strongly forced wind-wave conditions, shear stress is the dominant mechanism for transmitting the atmospheric wind stress into the water motion – waves and surface drift currents. In strong contrast, other authors have more recently observed very substantial normal stress contributions on the air side. The availability of PIV and associated image technology now permits a timely re-examination of the results of Okuda et al., which have been influential in shaping present perceptions of the physics of this dynamically important region. The PIV technique used in the present study overcomes many of the inherent shortcomings of the hydrogen bubble measurements, and allows reliable determination of the fluid velocity and shear within 200 μm of the instantaneous wind-driven air–water interface....

The north Atlantic is difficult, but, severe weather with wind - wave interaction is common. To have this occur in the western Atlantic is mostly unheard of. 

Wave height alone will not necessarily cause severe conditions for ocean going vessels. The multiple directions of air and resultant water is when these conditions are perfect for rouge waves.

This isn't about homosexuality. It is about celibacy required as a priest.

4 October 2015

Pope Francis (click here) has celebrated Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, at the start of a synod of Roman Catholic bishops focusing on family issues.
The run-up was dominated by a row over a Vatican priest who on Saturday announced he was in a gay relationship.
Poland-born Krzysztof Charamsa said he wanted to challenge the Church's "backward" attitude to homosexuality.
He was later dismissed from his post at the Vatican's office in charge of guarding Roman Catholic doctrine.
A Vatican spokesman said Monsignor Charamsa's decision to give interviews on the eve of the synod was "grave and irresponsible" and would put Pope Francis under "undue media pressure"....
There goes FOX wishing and hoping the lie is true. Now, Goudy needs an apology. Blood is in the water.

And the witch hunt continues at the cost of American taxpayers.

...Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi....

...He said Stevens, 52, (click here) and other officials were moved to a second building - deemed safer - after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack....

Ambassador Stevens died of smoke inhalation and not weapon fire.

I have an article I kept about the Iraq invasion which was from Star News. The date was March 8, 2004. It appears to be a letter to the editor. (click here)

The point is Bush is directly responsible for the wars in the Middle East today. A lot of people thought so at the time of the invasion. This letter to the editor is a prime example of the overshadowing that brought Daesh to the region.



 
When the media gets serious about the DANGER within every American's lives due to gun violence, ask Senator Feinstein. She has all the information anyone needs.

The American Press is such a joke.

Mika Brazinski  and that deer in the headlights look when Hillary Clinton stated  there were no questions to answer because the Benghazi committee is nothing but a political tool.

Amazing.

The polling going on with Joe Biden as a candidate is a joke, too.

Where is the Republican ghost candidate?

Everytime Joe Biden is brought up they say, "When Joe Biden is in the race, Bernie Sanders becomes the front runner." Who started the Joe Biden candidacy anyway.

It is all sexism. All of it.

It is no different than fifty some votes in the House regarding the Affordable Care Act. It is all politics on the American taxpayer's dime.

Joe Biden has stated over and over he has to think about it. That is where it should be left. When he joins the race it will be welcome, but, right now and I am sorry Vice President Biden, his presence in the polls is a tool to diminish Hillary Clinton as a candidate.

Rove and Cheney? That's a question?

LET'S PRETEND.

Why isn't John Boehner all over the American Press for the riotous resignation from his Speakership. Ask him questions about the division in the party which presents as a risk to our democracy. Go ahead. Make a really legitimate gossip out of the Republicans for a change.

Oh and let's not forget President Obama is expected to support Joe Biden over Hillary Clinton. All of it is a direct attack against Hillary Clinton, her candidacy and her gender.

I am afraid she is going to have enormous election costs and more so than any other potential candidate simply because she is a woman. The head winds are simply unbelievable.

Emergency Services should not just warn citzens, evacuations should be ongoing.

Columbia, South Carolina has an enormous dam.

October 4, 2015


Columbia, SC (click here) – The South Carolina Emergency Response Team continues to caution residents of potential dangers of rising waters, including those associated with neighborhood dams and flooding.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has been contacted by dam operators and made aware of several dams across the state that have overtopped, and some that have failed.
“If you live below a small, neighborhood dam, please be vigilant of its status,” said DHEC Director of Environmental Affairs Elizabeth Dieck. “We would strongly encourage you to pay attention to local news reports that can contain important information about the status of your dam. Be prepared to take appropriate actions you feel are necessary for your safety or as directed by your local emergency officials.”

The students don't value their own lives.

This is group of students. This isn't a young man, a loner that has turned his bedroom at home into an arsenal. 

Oregon, California, Pennsylvania; when and where is the anarchy going to stop? 

October 4, 2015
By Rong-Gong Lin II

A day before a gunman in Oregon killed eight classmates (click here) and his college writing teacher, Tuolomne County sheriff's detectives foiled a plot by students to go on a shooting rampage at their high school near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.
The Summerville Union High School students, all male, had detailed plans that “included names of would-be victims, locations, methods in which the plan was to be carried out,” Sheriff Jim Mele told reporters at a news conference Saturday. The targets included other students and faculty members....

Here we go. This occurred because Russia has been bombing al-Raqqah.

I don't believe the Russia move into Syria is about confronting NATO. Israel has border incursions with it's jet on a regular basis. No one gets that upset.



October 5, 2015
Ankara lodges formal complaint with Russians after incident near Syrian border, in which Russian plane was intercepted by F-16 jets

Turkey says its military intercepted a Russian fighter plane that had violated the country’s airspace while apparently flying a sortie over Syria – an incident that risked further inflaming tensions days after Russia’s military intervention began.
Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs said two F-16 fighter jets intercepted the Russian plane while it was flying south of Hatay, a province that borders Syria, on Saturday.
Ankara summoned Russia’s ambassador to the country and “strongly protested” about the violation. Turkey urged that there be no repeat of the incident and it was made clear that Russia would be blamed for any further escalation.
Turkey also lodged a formal protest with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and said it would consult with its Nato allies about the implications of the incident.
Richard Moore, the UK’s ambassador to Turkey, said: “Russia’s incursion into Turkish airspace is reckless and worrying. UK, and its other Nato allies, stand shoulder to shoulder with Turkey."...

It isn't THAT worrying. Everyone knows what is going on here. No one in Turkey was injured or killed. Russia needs to have their foreign minister work with Turkey to end any potential danger to Turkey's people.

An Olympic sports arena damaged by smoke and fire.

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaliy Mutko (click here) told Russian media the stadium itself wasn't damaged by the fire.

Excuse me, but, the very dark smoke is billowing out of the center of the building. Does anyone actually believe the fire didn't damage the sports arena?
 

Thank you, North Korea.

I take it the State Department has been busy. Well done.

In this photo provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Won Moon Joo, center, who has a permanent resident status in the United States, is escorted by a South Korean official at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. North Korea freed a South Korean national who'd been attending New York University before his detention, Seoul officials said Monday, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month. (The South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)

October 5, 2015
By Hyung-jin Kim

Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korea (click here) on Monday freed a South Korean national who is a student at New York University, in a possible sign it wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month.
North Korean state media said it "deported" Won Moon Joo, 21, at the border village of Panmunjom as a "humanitarian" measure about six months after he had been arrested for crossing the Chinese border into North Korea. It didn't elaborate.
South Korean officials confirmed Joo's repatriation. The National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main spy agency, said it will investigate whether Joo violated the country's anti-North Korean security law, which prohibits unapproved travel to the North.
Joo has permanent residency status in the United States. The exact motivation for his travel to North Korea wasn't clear....
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Door to door searches after the South Carolina governor asked citizens to stay home and off the streets. 

October 5, 2015
By Tribune Wire  

Days of torrential rains (click here) kept much of South Carolina and its capital gripped by floodwaters early Monday as emergency responders promised renewed door-to-door searches for anyone still trapped after a weekend deluge and hundreds of rescues.
At least seven weather-related deaths have been blamed on the vast rainstorm.
Heavy rain kept falling into the early hours Monday around the Carolinas from the storm that began swamping the Southeast late last week, part of an unprecedented low pressure system that dumped more than 18 inches on one spot alone in Columbia, the South Carolina capital.
The rainstorm dumped so much water on South Carolina and parts of several surrounding states that even the weather experts said they were astonished.


"The flooding is unprecedented and historical," said Dr. Marshall Shepherd, a meteorologist and director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, in an email to The Associated Press.
He said the unique double punch of the upper level low — aided by a "river" of tropical moisture in the atmosphere from Hurricane Joaquin spinning far out in the Atlantic — gave the monster rainstorm its punch....

Now, when I say a weather system; I mean a weather SYSTEM.

October 5, 2015
1030.18z
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES East Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)