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  • Saturday Election in Louisiana, Vote Republican it is Important

    11/19/2015 5:27:25 AM PST · 1 of 11
  • Texas official suggests bombing Muslims with nuclear weapons (Hero of the week)

    11/18/2015 9:20:55 PM PST · 1 of 47
    This happened in august but it seems prophetic.
  • Attkisson: Obama Doesn’t Even READ Reports From Intel Experts On Terrorist Groups

    11/18/2015 6:01:40 PM PST · 51 of 61
    robowombat to markomalley; All
    Anyone who has had the misfortune to be around academic liberals will instantly spot the behavior and the smug self satisfied attitude. I remember trying to get Richard Brace , who was some sort of academic guru on the Maghreb, in about 1966 , to even listen to the notion that there was a significant Soviet component to the Egyptian expeditionary force deployed to Yemen to keep the Nasser-Soviet puppet regime from tanking. The conversation was predicated on his insight that the USSR had never directly interfered with disputes in the Arab world unlike the meddlesome USA. As long as I live I will remember his smug camel like arrogant visage. He knew better, after all he spoke Arabic and had a PHD in Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Shunning refugees is no answer to terror

    11/16/2015 7:16:45 PM PST · 34 of 80
    robowombat to The Toll; All
    Their government isn’t actively trying to kill them like ours.

    Japan also will permit no Muslims to settle permanently there. Rigidly controls short term visa holders who are Muzzies (regardless of national origin) and in general the Nipponese are really disdainful of Islam considering it a retrograde and backward religion and culture. Does this look like the policies of the USA?

  • ISIS Threatens To Attack Russia Very Soon

    11/12/2015 9:04:34 AM PST · 41 of 87
    robowombat to Fennie; All
    That would be interesting. A major terrorist incident would likely cause Putin to reconsider the ‘no Russian ground forces’ proviso. If the Russians do enter the fray they will have blood in their eye to take out on ISUS all the rage they feel for their humiliations in Grozny. ISIS would be immolated as a result with lots of er, um collateral damage. Shades of General Skobeleff.
  • Lexington Police Chief slurs VMI Cadets calling them "trained killers"

    11/12/2015 9:00:06 AM PST · 40 of 41
    robowombat to vmirog91; All
    W & L recently banned the CSA flag at the Lee Birthday ceremony at the Chapel/Lee Tomb. A number of the anti-micro aggression folks at W & L are agitating to change the name as Marse Robert's connection with the school offends and frightens them.
  • Lexington Police Chief slurs VMI Cadets calling them "trained killers"

    11/12/2015 8:57:06 AM PST · 39 of 41
    robowombat to vmirog91
    Paragraphs are your friends:

    Police Chief raises concern about VMI, W&L relations

    Al Thomas speaks to W&L students about staying safe when interacting with cadets on the weekends . Jordan Cohen November 9, 2015

    Cam Tyler, ‘17, was throwing a birthday party for her housemate in their home on North Randolph Street when some unexpected visitors arrived. “Two VMI guys walked up our front steps, and I can’t even remember if they knocked on our door or if they just came right in,” Tyler said. “But their explanation of why they needed to come in was a party that they were just at got busted, so they were running from the cops.”

    The cadets were only briefly at the party made up of 30 Washington and Lee women, before Tyler overheard the cadets had invited friends. She asked them to leave. Fifteen minutes later, they returned with three more cadets in tow. A girl standing near the front entrance shut the door before they could come inside. “They weren't’t belligerent, [and] they weren't’t rude at first. It’s just, when they weren't’t allowed back into our party the second time it [was] like we had taken something from them that they deserved,” Tyler said.

    In a classroom meeting with W&L journalism students organized by Professor Toni Locy, Lexington Police Chief Al Thomas expressed some concerns about the this type of late-night mingling between Virginia Military Institute keydets and W&L students. “What’s the deal with you guys mixing with VMI now?” Thomas asked a class of W&L students last week.

    “I don’t know if I like that. That’s scary, to me.” Thomas said this mix prompted more police presence on North Randolph Street this September, where VMI cadets and W&L students were partying together with greater frequency. “So now we’ve got this mix here that bothers me just a bit, maybe it shouldn’t, but [at] that location we’re seeing the VMI Keydets join in on this party, and we’ve had a couple of fights out there, just minor, but we are concerned about that,” he said.

    The issue with mixed nightlife is that VMI Keydets and W&L students are distinctly different, according to Thomas. Said Thomas: “You guys are so completely different. Your two universities are so vastly different. Your cultures are different. When you put these two different universities together, in the middle of night, consuming alcohol, I have some concerns.”

    He also noted the physicality required of the average VMI Keydet. “They are trained killers,” he said. “These guys are going through military training, they don’t have the social life that W&L has.” The most notable difference, Thomas said, is the regimented lifestyle of Keydets. “Everything for their lives is structured, and then, every now and then, we let them loose, out into the public. And then we say okay, now we need you to behave like a normal 20 year old

    ,” Thomas said. “They’re not normal. They’re different. They’re not your typical college: It’s a military institute.” W&L students are freer in their social lives. “For you guys, Lexington’s your home. You have free reign, free run of the whole city.” This difference, compounded by drinking, says Lexington Detective Robert Smith, can cause friction. “That can lead to the aggressive behavior that we see sometimes, with the binge drinking and, kind of, congregating,” he said. “With the differences, it will just, sort of, escalate very quickly at times.â€

     Camille Lejeune, ‘17, said that for the most part, she doesn’t mind the rare times when cadets come to W&L parties. “I don’t have anything against it to be completely honest,” she said. “It’s just that it never happens because we don’t know them.” Thomas made clear, however, that he is not suggesting the schools should be completely separate. “There are a number of events and endeavors that you guys can partner in, and do great things,” he said. His concerns lie with what happens in the late hours of the night. “I want you to understand the context that I mention this is we’re talking one o’clock in the morning, you know, drinking,” Thomas said. “That’s dangerous, or potentially dangerous.”

  • Paul Craig Roberts: 9/11 Fourteen Years Later

    11/08/2015 7:59:08 PM PST · 17 of 30
    robowombat to driftless2; All
    Roberts proves once again that he is a nut of the first rank.

    Yes, and he was Asst. Sec of the Treasury in the first Reagan Administration. He has been sounding more and more deranged since the Iraq War began. I actually believe he has some form of dementia.

  • Cops: Chicago boy, 9, was lured into alley in execution killing

    11/05/2015 9:19:31 PM PST · 10 of 45
    robowombat to FourPeas; All

    Do black lives matter? Apparently not much to other blacks.

  • Cops: Chicago boy, 9, was lured into alley in execution killing

    11/05/2015 8:41:43 PM PST · 3 of 45
    robowombat to TigerClaws
    No address is given but the area is 97% black and every influential figure in the community is black. The father offers these heart broken comments:

    Police say Tyshawn’s father, Pierre Stokes, is an active member of one of those gang factions. They believe that's the reason his son was targeted. Tyshawn’s mother Karla Lee reportedly denied any gang connections within her family, but Stokes himself agrees his son was intentionally killed.

    “If he wasn't a target he wouldn't have gotten hit so many times in the back and the face. I think he was a target,” said Stokes.

    McCarthy said Stokes is not cooperating with the investigation. “Let me put it this way. We've tried to interview him at least twice. I can't even tell you what he said because you can't say it on TV. But he made it emphatically clear that he's not cooperating with us.”

    In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Stokes said that he didn't believe anyone would want to hurt him, but if they did, there would be no reason to harm his son instead because Stokes is easily found in the neighborhood.

    He said investigators seem more interested in him than in finding who killed his son.

  • Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs

    11/05/2015 8:24:15 PM PST · 1 of 25
    Two comments on MN:

    They left out the part where they were eliminating a bunch of their customer base as well. Consolidation in Chicago won't bring more customers.

    The Snowman • 11 hours ago They also are planning to close the Davenport Iowa plant as well BUT they want to build a new $203 million dollar state of the art plant if the city and state will give them some economic incentives but because of the new plant they will need only 475 employees instead of the now 1,414 employees. So basically they are saying bend over and give so you can keep 1/3 of your citizens there jobs so they can pay taxes so we don't have to.

  • I was in a committed relationship with two people—and then I got pregnant.

    11/05/2015 6:31:38 PM PST · 59 of 78
    robowombat to ForYourChildren; All
    Check out the novels of the late Robert Rimmer. They were very popular in the period 1965-75 and cover the waterfront from multiple sexual partners (Harrad Experiment) to a ‘communitized palyamoritized social order’. Rimmer is sort of the godfather of this movement which has been quietly germinating underground since the 70’s and in light of the recent restructuring of marriage for the gay caballeros is going to quickly come out of their own closet and demand similar ‘rights’ as the queer community.
  • Glenn Beck Says U.S. Needs to ‘Atone’ For Racial History

    11/04/2015 6:16:41 PM PST · 36 of 163
    robowombat to John S Mosby; All
    ‘the clear direction of the Temple Moroni Elders from Utah.’

    Payback for the US effectively squashing the LDS project to create a theocratic state within a state in the far west in the 19th century and trolling for blacks to become LDS?

  • Dems in shock over near landslide loss of Kentucky governorship to Tea Party Republican

    11/04/2015 7:03:52 AM PST · 70 of 83
    robowombat to ExNewsExSpook

    The same out of synch poll performance seems to be happening in La. Some (probably cooked poll) put Vitter losing to Williams after the GOPers outposted the Dems by a large margin in the October election.

  • Migrant crisis pushing Germany towards ‘anarchy and civil war’

    11/03/2015 8:25:18 PM PST · 20 of 33
    robowombat to fhayek; All
    In what warped universe did Angel Merkel think that this was a good idea for her country?

    The same one much or most of our political class inhabit . It is more than just cheap labor. In the last 30-40 years the weird world of post-Marxian cultural Marxism has pretty much taken over the so called social sciences. Elite schools faculties are stuffed with people such as BHO and Hillary full of hatred for the west and a generalized free floating anger and hostility they create a narrative in which the wet and the US are seen as uniquely evil instead of historically unique. Those who absorb their hate speech come out believing that ‘multiculturalism’ is the goal most to be desired and any sense of national integrity is the first step to Belsen. These people literally have no sense and when their cloud cuckoo land collides with reality all they can do is double down and watch the tidal wave of chaos they have unleashed sweep them away. (and a lot of us as well unfortunately)

  • South Carolina Trooper Who Shot Unarmed Man Reaching for Wallet Caught Shoplifting at Walmart

    11/03/2015 8:06:54 PM PST · 10 of 36
    robowombat to Autonomous User
    Watched the video of him shooting the guy. Hope they hang his barney fife arse.

    This is one where the only question is how many zeros have to appear on the check to keep this from going to civil court after the criminal charges are tried. Of course if one is in New Orleans the Parish and City make no deals and then refuse to pay settlements saying the ‘lack available funds’.

  • Black Gang Beats White Men Unconscious for Little Rebel Flag Sticker in Truck

    11/03/2015 8:03:32 PM PST · 69 of 101
    robowombat to Zionist Conspirator
    Since the abrupt end of the Peculiar Institution many blacks have had no real moral compass. You always knew there were a lot of blacks you couldn't trust to do other than something bad if the opportunity presented itself. Therefore stick a dirk in the boot top and carry a good pistol either on horseback or on the car seat. If your were going to be late coming home make sure your wife had a good shotgun handy. In places in Mississippi and La where blacks outnumbered whites until the 1950’s by 5 to 3 or better there was always a sense of menace that settled in as the sun went down.

    Black labor was of value until cotton farming declined or became mechanized. There was no resistance to the much larger black exodus starting in WW2 as there had been to the much smaller one during WW1.

    Lynchings of the technicolor extravaganza types did happen but went into a steep decline with the coming of the Model T, radio , and moving pictures.
    Shoot first ask after long existed in the rural South before the lynching craze of the 1880’s came along and continued down to the 50’s. Where i live it was by no means restricted to white/black dust ups but was understood that if many individuals met on a rural road gunfire was likely.

  • Black Gang Beats White Men Unconscious for Little Rebel Flag Sticker in Truck

    11/03/2015 6:57:46 PM PST · 44 of 101
    robowombat to Tired of Taxes; All
    ‘That was a group of cowards. Only cowards gang up to beat on one guy.’

    We down here in the Deep South know that dim wit black males such as these are still, well, scared crapless of white men and only feel comfortable when the odds are five or six to one. This was the basis for a lot of white on black shoot first inquire at leisure events on the lonely roads of the Deep South some decades ago as was the axiom that one when traveling alone one traveled well armed.

  • Black Gang Beats White Men Unconscious for Little Rebel Flag Sticker in Truck

    11/03/2015 6:53:41 PM PST · 40 of 101
    robowombat to digger48; All
    ‘the white guys who got beaten will be the ones indicted’

    At the least the police and DA will likely be as unhelpful as possible and these fellows will be told privately by at least one detective that
    they got what they deserved for displaying a anti-negro hate symbol.’

  • McAuliffe’s hopes for state Senate majority dealt a blow

    11/03/2015 6:51:07 PM PST · 6 of 67
    robowombat to HokieMom

    Good news indeed. This race is a lot more important than most state house races. It both ends hopes of having a rat majority in the VA Senate the next term and the race was watched closely in the Old Dominion as a bell weather for next year.

  • Col Paul D Bunker, USA, DSM

    11/03/2015 4:24:56 PM PST · 1 of 3
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2

    11/03/2015 4:16:32 PM PST · 1 of 13
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell

    11/03/2015 4:14:21 PM PST · 1 of 10
  • Col Maurice Francis Daly USMA Class of 1927 and the All Time-All America team of manhood

    11/03/2015 4:10:49 PM PST · 1 of 3

    11/02/2015 8:56:28 AM PST · 87 of 112
    robowombat to grania

    Thanks for the concrete input.

  • Why Rubio Seems Best Positioned To Win The Republican Nomination

    10/31/2015 7:03:19 PM PDT · 82 of 97
    robowombat to Jim Noble; All
    The fact that Trump has been leading in the polls by a wide margin ever since he began his campaign would make most logical people think that he is best positioned to win.

    They literally can't imagine it. He's not one of them.

    Very true. But if Rubio keeps falling into limbo the Donald better have better security than Stalin. The Wizards of Smart inside the Beltway firmly believe that they have to control the political culture and outsiders who disturb the consensus (whatever the consensus is it is right because the political class say it is) have to be either co-opted, marginalized , intimidated or if necessary eliminated. Some sort of George Wallace treatment is coming the Donald's way.

  • Russia Pays Tribute to Victims of Stalinism, Gets Snarky Response From West

    10/31/2015 2:12:31 PM PDT · 30 of 69
    robowombat to marvel5

    Meanwhile here ‘The Color Purple’ or “Jane has Two Daddies’ is required reading.

  • Haredi magazine begs terrorists: Please don’t murder us (Israel)

    10/29/2015 9:58:20 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    robowombat to Olog-hai; All
    This approach has always worked very well for the Jews. Just like Jewish councils in shetls disarming Zionist Youth groups after the Germans took over the half of Poland the Soviets grabbed. The idea was to just put your head down and not do anything to possibly annoy the people wearing the eagle on their left sleeve. Worked really well, for the Nazi's that is. Sort of like the current philosophy of the Congressional GOPER leadership (sic).
  • What kind of US Army is this?

    10/26/2015 8:29:51 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    robowombat to humblegunner

    Thou art the one with the problems.

  • What kind of US Army is this?

    10/26/2015 2:16:55 PM PDT · 10 of 32
    robowombat to TADSLOS; All
    Humblegunner happily seems to be gone but others are there to pick up the gage of battle with blogs. However, Defense One appears to be a moderated posting board, more akin to this site than a normal blog. In any case it contains a wide array of useful articles on defense issues and I can see nothing offensive with it.
  • It's On: Obama Sends Destroyer To Chinese Islands, China Vows Military Response

    10/26/2015 1:55:37 PM PDT · 25 of 171
    robowombat to tcrlaf
    Here is the official pablum on the Lassen's mission:

    http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg82/Pages/USS-Lassen-Promotes-Maritime-Security-in-South-China-Sea.aspx#.Vi6TW2TBzGc USS Lassen Promotes Maritime Security in South China Sea
    By Lt. j.g. Lauren Chatmas, USS Lassen Public Affairs
    SOUTH CHINA SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) continues to patrol the South China Sea since the end of May 2015 in support of security and stability in the region.

    Since August 2013, Destroyer Squadron 15 DDGs have operated in the South China Sea. During these patrols, safe interactions with People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy vessels at sea, courteous radio conversations, and prudent shiphandling establishes U.S. Navy’s commitment to maritime security and informs our Chinese counterparts the U.S. Navy intends to operate freely in international waters.

    “It is a unique opportunity for Lassen to read about U.S. defense policies which affect the region and then be called to the tip of the spear to execute these policies,” said Lassen’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Robert Francis. “These are priceless lessons for our young junior officers, and will undoubtedly shape them into the skilled mariners who will one day lead our Navy.”

    Additionally, Lassen assists U.S. Navy aircraft with safety of flight through the area. These aircraft have been queried throughout their flight, and these queries have become ordinary as the U.S. Navy conduct patrols in the South China Sea, a major sea line of world-wide communication for commercial shipping traffic.

    Operations Specialist 2nd Class Ashley Smith runs the air controller console on board Lassen. As an air controller, she is one of the personnel responsible for the safety of flights. She sums up the experience as “this is just another day at work in South China Sea.”

    On board Lassen, in clear and perfect English, it is common to hear Chinese voices over the radio in the combat information center. Lassen conducts daily flight operations with her two embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51, also known as the “Warlords.” During these flights, Warlords are often queried by the Chinese. The pilots on the helicopter respond in a professional manner by reiterating they are operating in international airspace in accordance with international law.

    Lassen, Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan and assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

  • Pentagon weighing deeper US involvement in Iraq

    10/26/2015 1:51:23 PM PDT · 1 of 20
  • Why It Matters That Carter Says Iraq Raid Isnt Combat, Then Says It Is

    10/26/2015 1:35:54 PM PDT · 1 of 7
  • Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook On Hostage Rescue Mission in Iraq

    10/26/2015 1:30:18 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    robowombat to PghBaldy; All
    More words of wisdom from the eminentos at the Pentagon:

    Carter: ‘Combat’ death does not mean ‘combat role’
    By Andrew Tilghman and Michelle Tan, . EDT October 23, 2015
    Joshua Wheeler

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it was hard to describe in detail what happened in the moments leading up to the Thursday death of Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, the first American killed in action in Iraq since 2011.

    “This is combat, things are complicated,” Carter told reporters Friday, while declining to offer a full account of the fatal commando raid involving dozens of U.S. special operations soldiers targeting an Islamic State detention center in Iraq.

    “Combat” is a term that Carter and many military officials have studiously avoided using over the past few months in an effort to comport with President Obama’s vow to keep U.S. troops out of combat in Iraq.

    DoD identifies soldier killed in commando raid in Iraq

    But Wheeler's death this week from a gunshot wound in a firefight against hostile enemy forces is fueling new questions about whether U.S. military operations in Iraq have quietly expanded into a combat mission.

    Carter on Friday took pains to explain how Wheeler's death does not mean that the entire force of 3,500 U.S. troops in Iraq is involved in a combat mission.

    “It doesn't represent us assuming a combat role,” Carter said at the press briefing at the Pentagon. “It represents a continuation of our advise-and-assist mission.”

    “We do not have combat formations there, the way we did once upon a time in Iraq,” he said.

    In the case of Wheeler, Carter said initial plans for the raid did not call for putting U.S. troops into a direct combat situation, even though dozens of U.S. troops had joined with Kurdish fighters in several helicopters to head to the Islamic State prison compound.

    “As the compound was being stormed, the plan was not for the U.S. advise-and-assist and accompanying forces to enter the compound or be involved in the firefight,” Carter said.

    “However, when a firefight ensued, this American did what I'm very proud that Americans do in that situation — he ran to the sound of the guns and he stood up,” Carter said. “All indications are it was his actions and that of one of his teammates that protected those who were involved in breaching the compound and made the the mission successful.”

    “Again, it wasn't part of the plan, but it was something that he did,” he said. “And I'm immensely proud that he did that.”

    U.S. reports first death in combat with Islamic State

    On Friday, the commander of U.S. military operations in Iraq issued a rare statement directly rejecting any suggestion of mission creep.

    “U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have ‘boots on the ground,’” said Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, head of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

    “It is important to realize that U.S. military support to this Iraqi rescue operation is part of our overarching counterterrorism efforts throughout the region and does not represent a change in our policy,” MacFarland said.

    Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey said parsing the terminology used to describe the U.S. role in Iraq is not helpful.

    “We have thousands of forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” McCaffrey said. “We're conducting active air combat operations throughout Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. We have huge CIA involvement to include with paramilitary forces in Jordan and elsewhere. And we have Congress and the White House both playing political, arcane games with each other over the description of what these forces are doing.”

    “It makes no sense,” he said.

    McCaffrey applauded the troops who successfully executed the raid, saying the U.S. should view the prison raid as a “one-off operation of great complexity and success.”

    Wheeler was among dozens of special operations soldiers who joined Kurdish peshmerga fighters in the raid Thursday morning, which freed about 70 Iraqis who were imprisoned by Islamic State group militants and faced imminent execution, defense officials said.

    Wheeler, who joined the Army in 1995, was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is the first American service member killed in action by enemy fire while fighting Islamic State militants.

    An Oklahoma native, Wheeler served in the 75th Ranger Regiment, deploying three times to support combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, before being assigned to Army Special Operations Command headquarters. He deployed 11 times after that to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to information released by the Army.

    Even as the debate swirls over the role of U.S. troops in Iraq, top officials still believe the advise-and-assist concept remains viable, and that putting U.S. troops alongside Iraqis and other foreign forces improves their capability.

    “My experience, plus my reading of history through other operations is that the indigenous force or the force you are advising typically performs better when advisers accompany them out into various operations,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said in a interview with Army Times in early October.

    “On the other hand, you've got to weigh the complexity of the situation and the risk associated to the force, and there are judgment calls,” Milley said.

    “The question leaders must ask is whether the risk of advisers going forward is worth the benefits of improved performance in Iraqi troops,” he said. “Those are tough questions, and those are judgment calls, and they involve people's lives.”

    Interview: US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

    Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Scales dismissed arguments that the U.S. is stepping up its combat role in Iraq, saying this week's raid was a “dramatic exercise” of the military’s ongoing counterterrorism operations ongoing in Iraq.

    “There's nothing strategically ‘out of the paint’ with this,” Scales said. “It's unrelated to the advise-and-assist mission. To suggest that somehow this is an escalation of American involvement is simply not true.”

  • Benghazi Victim's Mother: My Only Child Was Sacrificed And No One Has Told Me Why (video)

    10/26/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · 18 of 32
    robowombat to DesertRhino; All
    I was friendly with an Egyptian years ago. Very well educated and an un-Islamic Muslim if ever there was one. He used to comment that if the Jews and the Arabs and Egyptians could ever work together the Middle East would become the Garden of Eden again. But he used to sigh and say, ‘G-d has other plans’.
  • George Soros Is Trying to Influence Local Politics in Caddo Parish, Louisiana

    10/25/2015 9:03:00 PM PDT · 19 of 45
    robowombat to Timpanagos1; All
    Edwards is far from unknown. His father was the sheriff of Tangapahoa Parish for many years. His wife is a big wheel in the teachers union and they support him to the hilt. But the vote breaks the way it now does in La. and in spite of being one of the better donkey party candidates of late he will lose. Lt Gov race is more interesting, a black Dem will face Billy Nungesser (a man with a good bit of baggage) in November. The Dem is also a Chamber of commerce type and mayor of baton Rouge.
  • George Soros Is Trying to Influence Local Politics in Caddo Parish, Louisiana

    10/25/2015 8:59:31 PM PDT · 18 of 45
    robowombat to Timpanagos1; All
    Vitter beat out the other two GOPERS in the election. He and Edwards will face off in November for round two and as with Miss Piggy in 2012 he will beat the donkey party candidate and be the next governor.
  • Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage on Mexican coast

    10/25/2015 2:03:20 PM PDT · 19 of 55
    robowombat to Grams A; All
    Yes, we here in SE loseriana only wish a couple hundred thousand more ‘displaced po people’ could have been sent to say the Aleutians or Greenland.
  • Ben Carsons Violent History Ended As A Seventh Day Adventist Do Gun Control Beliefs Make Him

    10/25/2015 1:59:25 PM PDT · 3 of 44
    robowombat to jimbo123; All
    I am not a Carson partisan. This ‘revelation’ of Carson being a young thug is not only not new it comes from his own autobiographical writings. His story is one of triumph over very adverse environmental conditions . He is one black male who beat the street and became something great. Unlike our current president whose privileged background has only produced an angry rabble rouser with a chip on his shoulder, Carson's is a true story of just how far one can go in our country.
    Why is this being seen as derogatory to Dr. Carson?
  • The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won

    10/24/2015 8:00:41 PM PDT · 9 of 20
    robowombat to jafojeffsurf; All

    Is there a way to impeach a pope?

    RC Freepers please comment. I do believe popes have been deposed. Not for a long long time, but there are precedents.

  • Iran: hurl scorn at human rights

    10/23/2015 2:12:39 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    robowombat to Keyvan Salami; All
    Let's see here:

    Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) has arrested a number of families of PMOI (MEK) and former political prisoners early this week. Shaqayeq Azimi, 22, one of the PMOI members whose parents Mahmoud and Fatemeh Ziae were amid the detainees of October 11, has launched a worldwide campaign to pursue her beloveds’ fate.

    In a meeting of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom on human rights in Iran at the UK House of Commons on October 19, 2015 via the internet, She described her torment after hearing the news. Shaqayeq has been unable to obtain any information about where her parents have been taken, or what their current condition is.

    The Washington Times writes: “It was eight years ago in Tehran, but Parisa Kohandel, who was just nine at the time, remembers the authorities coming to take her father as if it happened yesterday. “I was crying, and I hugged him, and they were just searching the home,” she says. “I hugged him so they wouldn’t take him. “Then, they put a gun on my head and separated him from me.”

    The case of her father Saleh Kohandel, resembles that of dozens of other political prisoners in Iran, the paper wrote. Some prisoners are passing their sentences for their participation in the 2009 protests after Iran sham presidential election. Moreover, the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence bodies aggressively pursue peaceful activists, working hand-in-hand with the Judiciary to send them to prison for lengthy terms.

    Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender, mother of two has recently been transferred from prison to hospital for worsening neurological condition.it is reported by her family members that she is chained to her bed in hospital. Atena Daemi, 27, serving 14 years for her participation in gatherings against the death penalty, and 28-year-old Atena Faraghdani, serving 12 for posting her drawings on Facebook, are just few of many others in prisons.

    Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry.

    ( I have to admit there are a number of so-called liberal literati for whom I would not find these punishments to be distasteful).

    Bahareh Hedayat imprisoned for over five years as a student and women’s rights activists. She has been given two years additional sentence after Bahareh’s threat to embark a hunger strike for her on time release.

    Regrettably more than 2000 have been executed in Rouhani’s tenure only 1000 this year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the Iranian regime's execution of two minors last week, while voicing his concern about the rise in executions in Iran. “(Ban) is deeply saddened by the news of the execution of two juvenile offenders last week in Iran,”… “Over 700 executions are reported to have taken place so far this year, including at least 40 public, marking the highest total recorded in the past 12 years.” Secretary-General Ban's press office said in a statement.

    The National Council of Resistance of Iran - Women's Committee has released a shocking report revealing the execution of 43 women under Rouhani (August 2013 - July 2015). Theocratic rulers in Iran are trying to introduce fear and despair within the people who might be vigilant to proclaim their own share of the Iran deal.

    The regime is on alert to prevent recurrence of social and economical moves like those in 2009. Hot lines are drawn clearly by Iran supreme leader: “brook no dissent”. The horrific human rights record hinged on Iran’s aggressive meddling in the region along with the missile test saber rattling should have awaken the naïve western sides.

    The world should not remain silent in the face of Iran’s egregious behaviors. The theocratic rule in Tehran must be hold accountable for its crimes against humanity in Iran as well as the region. In her message to conference on human rights in Iran in the United Kingdom House of Commons, October 19, 2015, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi called on Britain and all western governments to stop ignoring human rights abuses in Iran and predicate their relations with the Iranian regime on ending the death penalty. Pressure the mullahs’ regime to free all political prisoners. There that reads a little easier.

  • Iran: hurl scorn at human rights

    10/23/2015 2:06:12 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    robowombat to Keyvan Salami; All
    After reading the preceding (remember poster, paragraphs are your friends) the conclusion ‘Pressure the mullahs’ regime to free all political prisoners.’ reads like a joke. Fr the mullahs and their buddies the response would be ‘Pressure, we sh-t on your pressure infidel swine.’ These folks are definitely an in for a penny in for a dollar types and nothing other than superior force will budge them.
  • High school BANS patriotic gearand this happens immediately

    10/23/2015 2:01:29 PM PDT · 30 of 51
    robowombat to Impala64ssa; All

    ‘The principal and administrators were going to discipline the students, but quickly relented, they realized that freedom of speech applies to students as well. ‘

    I can remember circa 1963 our principal stating in an assembly “Students have privileges, which can be withdrawn at my discretion and obligations. Once you set foot on this schools grounds you do not have rights. I make the rules. Please remember that before you complain about anything.”

    It was a very easy school to get expelled from permanently. Expellees had to go to a HS about 5/6 miles away and they could not use school buses to get there.

  • Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook On Hostage Rescue Mission in Iraq

    10/23/2015 1:46:04 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    robowombat to robowombat; All

    something more:

    US Special Forces, Kurdish troops raid Islamic State prison in Iraq

    BY BILL ROGGIO | October 23rd, 2015 | admin@longwarjournal.org | @billroggio
    The Department of Defense announced today that US Special Forces and Kurdish forces launched an air assault against an Islamic State-run prison near Hawijah in central Iraq. One US soldier was killed during the raid, which the military insists was not a combat operation, but part of its “advise and assist” mission. From the Department of Defense press release:

    U.S. Special Forces supported an Iraqi peshmerga operation earlier today to rescue about 70 hostages from an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison near Hawijah, Iraq, Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters at the Pentagon this afternoon.

    American Special Forces personnel carried out the planned operation at the request of the Kurdistan regional government after learning through intelligence sources that the hostages faced imminent mass execution, Cook said.

    The Special Forces mission was consistent with Operation Inherent Resolve’s counter-ISIL efforts to train, advise, and assist Iraqi forces, he emphasized.

    One U.S. service member and four peshmerga soldiers were wounded when ISIL extremists fired on U.S. and Iraqi forces during the rescue, he said, adding the U.S. service member was medically treated but later died.

    The recovered hostages were placed with the Kurdistan Regional government, Cook said, adding that no hostages died during the rescue to his knowledge.

    “The U.S. provided helicopter lift and accompanied Iraqi peshmerga forces to the compound,” where ISIL held the hostages, Cook said. While it appears more than 20 hostages were Iraqi security forces’ members and the remaining hostages were Iraqi civilians, that review remains under way.

    “Five ISIL terrorists were detained by the Iraqis and a number of ISIL terrorists were killed,” he said. “In addition, the U.S. recovered important intelligence about ISIL.”
    The Daily Beast’s Nancy Yousef has more on the raid and the Pentagon’s refusal to describe the raid as a combat mission. Additionally, US officials do not seem to know what the importance of the target was:

    Even after the raid, Pentagon officials, who once insisted there were no American boots on the ground, continued to call the U.S. effort a “train, advise and assist” mission, not a combat one. It marked the latest game of military semantics in a war defined as much by its messaging as by its tactical results.

    At a briefing with reporters, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the U.S. military was “not in an active combat mission” in Iraq. Cook repeatedly called the raid “unique” but refused to say whether the U.S. military had conducted similar mission before this one or whether anyone in the Iraqi government had asked for similar help in the past.

    Rather he said Secretary of Defense Ash Carter approved putting U.S. troops in harm’s way because the Kurdish forces asked for raid and because both Kurdish and U.S. forces believed hostages had recently been killed; more could die within hours, they feared.
    The U.S. military was not sure who it was rescuing, Cook said. In a statement, Kurdish officials said there were no Kurds among those rescued; they seem surprised and suggested that Iraqis had been rescued, instead.
    According The Daily Beast, “dozens of troops from the U.S. Army’s elite Delta Force” were involved in the operation. If true, the military’s claim that the Special Forces troops were not engaged in a combat mission is implausible. Delta operators are highly trained door-kickers and not military advisers.

    US special operations forces have conducted at least one other operation in the Iraq-Syria theater this year. In May, US personnel killed an Islamic State military and financial leader known as Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, Umm Sayyaf, during a raid at the Al Omar oil field in Deir al Zour province in eastern Syria. An estimated 19 Islamic State fighters were also killed during the mission.

    Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal.

    and this comment on Roggio’s take:

    I think the Americans thought that there were some western hostages (John Cantile and others) due to some intelligence, but when they reached there, they found Iraqis instead, but still rescued them. That’s the only thing I could think of why they did a raid on this ISIS prison.

  • MIA update

    10/23/2015 1:39:53 PM PDT · 1 of 4
  • Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook On Hostage Rescue Mission in Iraq

    10/23/2015 1:31:51 PM PDT · 1 of 13
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

    10/23/2015 1:29:21 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    The Pentagon idenfied the soldier as Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma, who died Oct. 22, in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Wheeler was assigned Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to a Pentagon statement released Friday morning. He completed at least 11 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a separate Army press release. Born Nov. 22, 1975, in Roland, Wheeler was a 1994 graduate from Muldrow High School in Oklahoma, according to the Army. He entered the U.S. Army as an infantryman in May 1995, completing his initial entry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, the release states. His first assignment was with Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington, it states.

    In February 1997, he transitioned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, where he served for over seven years as an infantryman, rifle team leader, squad leader, weapons squad leader, and anti-tank section leader, deploying three times in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Army. Wheeler was then assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command in 2004, and deployed 11 times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the release states.

    Wheeler was fatally wounded while fighting alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a U.S. Special Operations helicopter assault on a prison compound run by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in northern Iraq that freed about 70 hostages, officials previously said.

    Pentagon officials didn't disclose the circumstances of Wheeler's death, saying only that he was wounded during the firefight and died later while receiving medical treatment.

    At least nine other U.S. service members have died of non-combat causes during Operation Inherent Resolve against the ISIS, often referred to by the military as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

  • Student expelled, faces 10 years prison, for alleged hate crime

    10/23/2015 1:10:51 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    robowombat to Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; All

    Nutz is right. The Raw Story headline says it all:

    Muslim woman attacked at Indiana café by drunken Bernie Sanders fan yelling ‘white power’

  • Mexico braces for strongest hurricane in Western hemisphere

    10/23/2015 10:07:27 AM PDT · 29 of 77
    robowombat to rfreedom4u

    ‘she insists that the flooding will start at anytime!’

    Very heavy rainfall is projected for se Texas from a large low pressure front moving in which has nothing to do with the hurricane.

  • Student expelled, faces 10 years prison, for alleged hate crime

    10/23/2015 10:04:44 AM PDT · 1 of 26
    This is a strange story.