"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Comics

The Simpsons Couch Gag | Robot Chicken

Taliban Terrorist Watermelon Bombs

The Gift That Just Keeps Giving

(Agence France-Presse)  -  Sixteen years after the beginning of the US war in Afghanistan, the Taliban are still highly active, controlling broad areas of the country and continuing to target and kill civilians, political figures and military targets. As summer gets under way, they have a new weapon at their disposal – bombs concealed in watermelons.

Photographs emerged on June 20 showing a Taliban operative assembling a bomb and inserting it into a watermelon. While there have been no reports so far of Taliban operations using watermelons to conceal explosives, such techniques have been lethally effective in the past.

The United Nations reported record numbers of civilian casualties in 2016 - 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured – nearly a third of them children. Most of the casualties were in attacks by the Taliban and other insurgent groups. Afghan security forces suffered more than 6,785 deaths in 2016.

The Taliban have been known to hide mines inside the dead bodies of Afghan soldiers, or in the bodies of dead dogs. When it comes to bombs, they use other methods in order to infiltrate protected zones and even high-security compounds. They sometimes conceal explosives in pots of cooked food or even among the pages of the Koran. They use these methods to get the explosives past the security cordon. Their operatives pretend to be a chef or domestic worker delivering an order.

The Taliban use these kind of methods only when they want to hit an important target: for example, when they want to attack an official ceremony, or a high-level meeting of government officials or military personnel. For example when they assassinated former President Burhanuddin Rabbani in 2011, the explosive device was hidden inside a suicide bomber’s turban.

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British Fortifications, Kabul in 1879
From 1839 to 1919 the British fought three wars in Afghanistan with near zero real results.  But politicians and soldiers love to play war and refuse to learn the lessons of history on the limits of military power.  Now these same moronic "leaders" want to play soldier in Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Iran and Syria.
(Battle of Kabul 1879)

Officers of the 10th Hussars at Jellalabad - 1879
South West of Jellalabad in North Eastern Afghanistan.
See The Battle of Futtehabad.

The Man Who Is Going To Beat Paul Ryan

A billboard from Paul Nehlen's  2016 campaign against Ryan.

Do Conservatives Exist?
or is it all Bullshit and hot air?
If GOP voters really care about open borders 
then defeating Paul Ryan is the test.

Paul Nehlen is running against Paul Ryan in the first district of Wisconsin. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Sultress - Hailee Lautenbach

Hailee Lautenbach is a social media personality who is known for her sizable presence of more than 210,000 followers on Instagram. She has gained popularity for frequently sharing her professional modeling photos and videos.

She has also maintained her own Hailee bobailee YouTube channel.

She was born and raised in Oregon.

The Uber of Poo - Mobile Poo Stations

It's a Crappy Job

(Beta News)  -  Look, it isn't exactly a pleasant topic, but we all need to use the potty (toilet, loo, etc.). As much as we humans want to think we are somehow above the rest of the animals on Earth, we have to pee and poop just like bears, dogs, and other creatures. It is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, there is even a very popular children's book called "Everybody Poops."
Believe it or not, it is not easy to go to the bathroom in NYC. Many store restrooms have keypads, requiring you to buy something to get the access code on a receipt. Don't have any money? Tough luck! I have seen people rooting through garbage cans for receipts just to find a receipt and code. Even when you finally gain access, it isn't always clean -- yuck! Thanks to toilet paper-maker Charmin, there is finally a solution. Called "Van-GO," it is an on-demand mobile toilet service that is sort of like Uber -- but for poop and pee.
"Today you can get anything delivered on-demand except the one thing you really need -- a bathroom when you have to go. Until now! Charmin is piloting Charmin Van-GO, the first-ever on-demand mobile bathroom service, in New York City on June 21 and June 22.  New Yorkers can visit CharminVanGo.com and follow the simple directions to request a Charmin Van-GO. With just a few clicks, a totally private and super clean bathroom can be delivered directly to people in select NYC neighborhoods," says Charmin.
Janette Yauch, Associate Brand Director, Charmin explains, "At Charmin, we're always looking to bring people the best bathroom experience, both at home with our tissue and in new and unexpected ways. With the Charmin Van-GO, we are providing one of the largest, most-trafficked cities in the world a new way to Enjoy the Go…on the go."
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Sorry Harvard grads but "Dirty Jobs" will pay the bills for Americans long after your white collar job has been exported to India.

Communists Ban Internet Streaming

Thought Crime
Only listen to government approved content

(Radio Free Asia)  -  China's powerful media regulator has issued shutdown orders to three leading video streaming sites amid a nationwide crackdown on online media.

Microblogging platform Sina Weibo, popular online video site ACFUN and news portal iFeng.com have been ordered to halt video streaming services that violate regulations restricting online media, the TV and film watchdog said on Thursday.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) announced the move in a statement on its official website, saying it was part of a bid to create "a clean online environment."

The move comes after the agency announced a ban last December on user-generated audio and video, in a country where all news is controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

The rules said that any audio or video content posted by users must have government approval in the form of transmission licenses.

Social media providers are also required to limit audio and video content to that produced by state-approved providers, who already hold an "audiovisual online transmission license," it said.

Such licenses are very hard to obtain, are generally not held by online content providers, and are only held by some 300 organizations in China, sources told RFA at the time.

Shares in SINA Corp and Weibo Corp fell on Friday on the news, Reuters reported.

Hebei-based veteran journalist Zhu Xinxin said the government is afraid that spontaneous online video could spark political reactions among Chinese people.

"The Chinese Communist Party is controlling this sort of things, because they are mostly afraid that somebody could post anything at any time showing some breaking news in any part of the country," he said. "In particular, they don't want to see any kind of mass incident."

"In addition, the government doesn't want the general public to hear about news that shows it in an unfavorable light," he said. "They are afraid that social media users will leak stuff like that, and tell the whole world about it."

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Wonder Woman

A Wonder of a Woman

By Gary;

I have been so busy opening up a new business that I forgot to do my review of Wonder Woman, and with politics driving me crazy here we go for something different.

Needless to say this movie is light years beyond the crappy 1970s TV show.

The big drawback to the movie is Zack Snyder was not the director, only the producer and writer.

Zack has done wonderful work bringing characters alive in films like Watchmen, 300 and Man of Steel.  I believe his missing magic touch kept Wonder Woman from soaring to the level of a film like Iron Man.

That being said, the movie did soar. Beautiful special effects, a fairly good plot and Gal Godot as an excellent Wonder Woman.

The long opening origin segment ate up a lot of screen time but was very well done.  The "fish out of water" portion of Diana in London was OK, but that theme was far better done in Thor.

But the best part of the movie was Diana facing down Ares, the God of War.  A superhero must always face a super villain. Superman vs bank robbers story lines were always a joke.

All in all a very entertaining outing well worth the price of admission.

Zack Snyder will get his chance to direct Wonder Woman in this November's Justice League movie.  And yes I will be there on opening day

Rated - 8 out of 10

See More:
Wonder Woman Wednesday
Wonder Woman Wednesday, Part II

CIA torture chambers in Yemen

Looks Like CIA Torture is Back

  • But what I don't understand is my "small government" GOP friends cheering on a big faceless government secret police system torturing prisoners.

(AP) -- Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme - including the "grill," in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.

The AP documented at least 18 clandestine lockups across southern Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates or by Yemeni forces created and trained by the Gulf nation, drawing on accounts from former detainees, families of prisoners, civil rights lawyers and Yemeni military officials. All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen's government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with rebels over the last two years.

The secret prisons are inside military bases, ports, an airport, private villas and even a nightclub. Some detainees have been flown to an Emirati base across the Red Sea in Eritrea, according to Yemen Interior Minister Hussein Arab and others.

Several U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the topic, told AP that American forces do participate in interrogations of detainees at locations in Yemen, provide questions for others to ask, and receive transcripts of interrogations from Emirati allies. They said U.S. senior military leaders were aware of allegations of torture at the prisons in Yemen, looked into them, but were satisfied that there had not been any abuse when U.S. forces were present.

In a statement to the AP, the UAE's government denied the allegations.

"There are no secret detention centers and no torture of prisoners is done during interrogations."  

(Editor - a careful PR statement honoring Bill Clinton's "definition of what is is.")  

Inside war-torn Yemen, however, lawyers and families say nearly 2,000 men have disappeared into the clandestine prisons, a number so high that it has triggered near-weekly protests among families seeking information about missing sons, brothers and fathers.

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Is It Safe? - Marathon Man

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CIA "Accidentally" Destroys 6,700 Page Report on Torture