My Common Sense Politics
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Posted by Veterans Today
Top Daily Story … Press TV, Tehran
[ Editors Note: The taking of the Turkish Embassy hostages could be a game changer. The ISIL tactics have not only been effective, but the money spent in Iraqi defenses more suited for checkpoint and traffic control versus fighting off invaders from their cities.
Warning on enemy attacks seems to be zero, so local Iraqi security heads for the hills, leaving their armories, ammo, bank cash and prisons to resupply the attacking ISIL people with all the provisions and manpower they need to continue their attack.
They have a pattern of taking hostages now as a proven exit pass if they need to withdraw. No one thinks about the cost of having them regroup and attack again, since no on accepts any responsibility for failure. It kind of reminds me of US foreign policy.
They need to move all prison imates to to a secure area of the country so they cannot be raided and released. Bankers need to be ready to at least bring their cash when they leave. But it seems the ISIL people were able to infiltrate the city and attack the key targets all at once, collapsing resistance.
How much would you like to bet there has been no training on defending against such an attack, the key ingredient being that reinforcements would be quickly dispatched in support?
That the local security took off so quickly shows how little faith they have in the defense forces who just spend $1.6 billion on F-16's that they need like a hole in the head. You just can't make this stuff up... Jim W. Dean ]
By Megan Gannon, News Editor
June 10, 2014 04:33pm ET
Seagulls cooled down on an iceberg floating in Lake Superior on June 6, 2014.
Though it's starting to feel like summer in the Great Lakes region, with temperatures soaring into the 80s (Fahrenheit), icebergs are still loitering in Lake Superior — a reminder of an especially harsh winter.
Last week, a marine warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was patrolling Lake Superior when she spotted seagulls resting on a huge chunk of ice near Madeline Island, off the northern coast of Wisconsin.
"Normally the ice is mostly gone by end of April with some bays having some ice chunks floating around," said warden Amie Egstad. "We were doing commercial net checks and had been seeing the ice floating around the area. This one was the biggest we had seen so far." [Photos: Summer Icebergs in Lake Superior]
By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:49 EDT
The Ku Klux Klan plans to begin military-style combat training under the direction of military troops returning home from overseas deployments, according to a Barcroft Media report.
The notorious hate group has been attempting to recruit new members – children, in particular – in recent months, and the Loyal White Knights faction has begun preparations for a long-awaited race war.
“We’re going to do something a little different for probably the next couple of years to try to get our men and women ready for the upcoming battle that we’re about to take upon us, and this is something that no Klan has ever done and we’re going to start it,” said one Klan leader during a rally in Parkersburg, West Virginia. “All our boys are finally coming back home from the military, which is good, and we’re getting a lot more military members to join.”
Other young people are recruited by their own parents to join the group.
The end of cheap fruits and veggies draws nigh. Here's why.
When people tell you to "eat your veggies," they're really urging you to take a swig of California water. The state churns out nearly half of all US-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts; farms use 80 percent of its water. For decades, that arrangement worked out pretty well. Winter precipitation replenished the state's aquifers and covered its mountains with snow that fed rivers and irrigation systems during the summer. But last winter, for the third year in a row, the rains didn't come, likely making this the driest 30-month stretch in the state's recorded history. So what does the drought mean for your plate? Here are a few points to keep in mind:
By Lachlan Markay — The Washington Free Beacon
Friday, June 6, 2014
** FILE ** A Pakistani Taliban militant holds a rocket-propelled grenade in the tribal region of Waziristan, Pakistan, a stronghold of the Haqqani network. (Associated Press)
Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story, according to a high-level intelligence official involved in efforts to find and rescue the Army sergeant.
The Haqqani Network, a terrorist group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, freed Bergdahl on Saturday after holding him captive for five years in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay prison inmates.
A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up.
The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner.
The Obama administration taliban bergdahl trade officials say reportedly considered offering cash for his release as late as December 2013. The State Department has repeatedly refused to say whether the deal that released Bergdahl involved any cash payment.
Rostov’s Governor Vasily Golubev made the decision on Wednesday after a growing number of refugees arrived from Ukraine.
According to local officials, some 7,000 people, mostly women and children, have crossed the border to take shelter in Russia in the past 24 hours.
Officials said 15 regions in the Rostov Province have been stretched to the limit due to the large number of Ukrainian refugees.
This is while hundreds of other refugees have taken shelter in Crimea, which has recently rejoined the Russian Federation.
The influx of refugees comes as civilians have been targeted during Kiev’s military operations in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
On Tuesday, Russia submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), calling for an immediate ceasefire and a humanitarian corridor in Ukraine.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin has said the humanitarian situation in Ukraine needs to be addressed urgently. Churkin pointed to the “heavy and indiscriminate shelling of residential areas” using both artillery and aviation, saying the operations are killing civilians every day.
The government in Kiev has been staging military operations since mid-April in the eastern and southern regions in a bid to root out pro-Russia protests there. On June 2 alone, at least 10 people, including several civilians, were killed during operations in the city of Lugansk.
The country’s two eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk declared independence on May 12 following local referendums in which the regions’ residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Kiev.
The referendums followed a similar vote in Crimea in March that led to the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation.
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:11PM GMT
By Jim W. Dean
US President Barack Obama
The State Department and the NY Times got caught red-handed with faked evidence of Russian aggression in East Ukraine. But the story is now one of a double and maybe a triple hoax.
One might become curious at the US repeatedly claiming that Russian troops and agents were the tip of the spear on the East Ukraine civic building takeovers. Why? Because day after day the charges went on and on without any proof being put on the table.
Now mind you, this is after we have had several big intercept releases, which we assume were from Russian intelligence, starting with Victoria Nuland and her potty mouth discussing who was going to be in the post-coup government in Kiev. This is the same Ms. Nudlemann that was shoehorned into a top level State Dept. job some years ago with only four years of college and no diplomatic experience. It is the kind of placement that would catch the eye of counter-intelligence people of someone being planted.
What made her position so strange is that she had started as an assistant to Dick Cheney, so her qualifications were family and Israel Lobby political connections. That she was kept over from the Bush thugs by Obama is still mind boggling, when all the NeoCons should have been cleaned out in the first day security sweep.
And then we had the EU's Catherine Ashton and the Latvia Foreign Minister talking about the Maidan coup killings, and how everyone knew who had done it, and how nonchalant Ashton was about that news. Those were major intelligence coups by the Russians to use on YouTube to stake out who the real aggressors were in Ukraine.
The West had their controlled corporate media to help them publicize the endless charges above, using the old tactic of “the offense is the best defense.” Accuse your opponent with what you are doing, because who said it first always stays imprinted in the public's mind. But we were expecting some payback from NSA and CIA via releasing some intercepts of their own to show the Russians being caught red-handed.
General Breedlove added his failed spin attempt to this sad record of deception on the American people by releasing outdated satellite-photo “proof” of the Russian offensive build-up on Ukraine's borders, taken a year ago. It was shot down in flames by the Russians, without an S400 being needed.
Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Posted by Jim W. Dean
… by Jim W. Dean, … with PressTV, Tehran
- First published May 31 2014 -
An analyst says Washington’s most recent act of military provocation against China is in retaliation for Beijing’s decision to trade in its own currency and undermine the US dollar, Press TV reports.
Jim W. Dean made the remarks when talking to Press TV on Saturday about the US deployment of two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to a base in northern Japan to spy on North Korea and China.
“The big issue behind all of this is China setting up its own reserve currency with Russia, which is a threat to the [US] dollar supremacy,” he said.
The analyst added that the decision by Moscow and Beijing to have their own trading currencies would “eliminate the [US] weapon” of imposing sanctions against the two countries using the dollar.
“This military shadow boxing is just a threat that if you proceed in this direction we are going to make problems for you,” Dean added.
You can watch the 4-minute interview here on Press TV.
President Bashar al-Assad's win was seen by many as a foregone conclusion
5 June 2014 Last updated at
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a third term in office after securing 88.7% of votes in Tuesday's presidential election, the parliamentary speaker has announced.
Earlier, Syria's Supreme Constitutional Court put the turnout at 73.47%.
Voting took place in government-controlled areas, but not in parts of the north and east held by rebels.
Tens of thousands of people have died in three years of civil war in Syria, with millions more displaced.
President Assad's sole challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, received 4.3% and 3.2% of the vote respectively.
It was the first time in decades that someone other than a member of the Assad family had been allowed to stand for president in Syria.
by William Boardman / June 5th, 2014
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”
Astronomer Carl Sagan was fond of saying this when talking about the possibility of intelligent life existing elsewhere in the universe. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also used the expression in his own portrayal of intelligent life on this planet, in reference to his inability to find Saddam Hussein’s WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) that didn’t exist.
It’s a basically useful mindset that has both useful and useless applications, as in Rumsfeld’s using it to mean, apparently, something like: “we don’t need no stinking evidence, we know his WMDs used to exist, we believe they still exist, and that’s good enough – trust us.”
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” applies as well to the events of September 11, 2001, and it’s still not clear which usage applies best to which argument from any perspective. The assumption here is that, at a minimum, the official 9/11 story is false in some of its essentials. The official 9/11 story has too many elements to assume they’re all false, or even that they’re mostly false. On the contrary, whether one assumes official honesty or an official cover-up, the motive is the same: to get as much right as possible and/or necessary. The best lies are embedded in truth.
The 9/11 Museum is full of contradictions, acknowledged and ignored
The National September 11 Memorial Museum (cost $700 million) opened ceremonially in New York City on May 15, 2014. The Museum (operating budget $60 million a year) opened publicly six days later (admission $24). The openings were characterized by both reverence (President Obama called the museum a ”sacred place of healing and hope”) and controversy (over the gift shop, and especially its Darkness Hoodie ($39) and its United-States-shaped cheese platter with hearts marking 9/11 death sites (price unavailable), as well as serious censorship (no charge) and the CEO’s salary ($378,000)).
A “Museum Review” in the New York Times pondered the museum’s “trifurcated identity:”
Was it going to be primarily a historical document, a monument to the dead or a theme-park-style tourist attraction? How many historical museums are built around an active repository of human remains, still being added to? How many cemeteries have a $24 entrance fee and sell souvenir T-shirts? How many theme parks bring you, repeatedly, to tears?
Because that’s what the museum does. The first thing to say about it, and maybe the last, is that it’s emotionally overwhelming….