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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Spain: Sabotage suspected in high-speed train stoppage

Spain: Sabotage suspected in high-speed train stoppage
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s deputy prime minister says fiber-optic cables crucial for high-speed train safety may have been cut by a saboteur or saboteurs, interrupting train service in the northeastern Catalonia region. Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told reporters Friday that a judge has opened an investigation into Thursday’s incident. 
Train service was halted for more than three hours, affecting 13,000 passengers. Authorities first accused thieves of cutting cables to steal copper cable. They said later that very little copper cable was stolen but that fiber optic cables alongside the tracks were cut.
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Major attack by ‘suicide’ bombers against Kurdish rally in Turkey

And Obama's friend, Erdogan, shuts down half the internet in response.


Two explosions have ripped through a pro-Kurdish peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara, leaving multiple casualties.

Witnesses described how the blast shook the ground at the road junction near the main train station in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara.

The Ankara prosecutor have confirmed that at least 52 people have been killed and over 100 wounded in the blasts at 10.05am local time.

Video footage has emerged of protesters holding hands and dancing together just as the bomb is detonated in the background.

Twitter and Facebook have been disabled by the Turkish government.

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From Breitbart:
On Thursday, Republican 2016 presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson stated on CNN that the Holocaust would have been less likely had Jews been armed. 
In his new book, A Perfect Union, Carson contends, “Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.” 
He defended that argument on national television, explaining, “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed. I’m telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take guns first.” 
The media cynically objected to Carson’s language. Good Morning America labeled Carson’s comments “bizarre.” Politico accused Carson of “linking Hitler to gun control” – a ridiculous notion, given that Hitler is the one who linked Hitler with gun control. 
The media quickly ran to its leftist allies in the Anti-Defamation League, a longtime opponent of gun rights. “Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate,” National Director Jonathan Greenblatt told Yahoo! News. 
“The small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state.” 
Well, of course the “small number of personal firearms available to Germany’s Jews” wouldn’t have prevented the Holocaust. That was the entire goal of prohibiting Jews from owning firearms over the course of years.
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Why Don't They Just Kick Them Out of the Country?

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Hamas Leader Declares New Intifada

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Paul, it’s like this, YOU‘RE BEING CALLED

The nation NEEDS a speaker who has a shot at getting the Tea Party and the other republicans to be effective as a majority that LEGISLATES as one.
If there is anyone who recognizes that the House originates legislature, and votes on it DESPITE anything that gets walled up by 41 D’s, it HAS GOT TO BE YOU. Work it out in conference, but commit acts of legislation.
Now, your stance on the TPP makes me want to disqualify you, but this Speaker election may be the pivot point on which the death of the GOP occurs. If you Don’t run we may have it right there. If you do and then do a Boehner, it will happen right there. Give it a shot. Maybe the last one.
No doubt, Hillary, Pelosi and others are rubbing their hands with unbounded glee on this one.
So did Buchanan et al over the Whigs overdue demise.
Things don’t always work out the way conventional wisdom indicates.
BTW Paul, I have a reading assignment for you.
Learn from it.
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Spencer Stone hero of France stabbed in USA?


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This week’s coincidence

So as NATO sees Russian air over it’s territory twice during the THIRD large deployment and use of Ivan’s armed forces in the last year and a half, …
Moscow increased the number of deployed nuclear warheads by a total of 111 weapons for a total of 1,648 deployed warheads. That number is 98 warheads above the treaty limit of 1,150 warheads that must be reached by the 2018 deadline of the treaty.
At the same time, U.S. nuclear warheads, missiles, and bombers have fallen sharply and remain below the required levels under the New START pact.
The United States during the same period of the Russian increases cut its deployed nuclear arsenal by 250 warheads.
The Russian increases and U.S. cuts bolster claims by critics who say the arms treaty is one-sided in constraining U.S. forces while the Russians appear to be ignoring the treaty limits as part of a major strategic forces buildup of missiles, submarines, and bombers.
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THE VACUUM: REPORT-Egypt buys French Mistrals, LEASES TO CHINA

Report: Egypt to buy French mistral ships and lease them to China

From Gertz’s Geostrat-Direct
The two French-made helicopter carriers, known as the Mistral ships, will be sold to Egypt but they may well be leased to China, reports Russian news service Russia Today in a detailed news analysis published on Sept. 24.
The two Mistral ships were built for Russia at a price tag of $1.7 billion. On the eve of delivery, however, Russia annexed Crimea and got itself heavily involved in the Ukrainian turmoil.

France joined the international sanctions led by the U.S. to punish Russia’s behavior in Ukraine. As a result, President Francois Hollande decided to cancel the delivery, paying back Russia’s deposit.
But the two ships had to be bought by someone else as the French navy itself has reached capacity for such vessels.
China has been coveting the Mistrals for years most because the ship could match Japanese Izumo-class helicopter carriers.
In April, a French naval flotilla led by another Mistral-class vessel currently in service with the French navy arrived in Shanghai and the PLA navy conducted a thorough inspection of the ship, feeding a widely spread rumor of Chinese purchase of the two new Mistral vessels originally built to Russia.
But it would be difficult for France to make the sale to Beijing because of a two and half decades old arms embargo against China imposed soon after the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre by the PLA.
When France and Russia settled the dispute by mutually agreeing to cancel the delivery, Russia insisted that the two Mistrals could not be sold by France to any country conflicting with Russia’s national interest. Specifically, they could not be sold to any NATO member states, especially Poland and Turkey.
Selling them to Egypt will not impact Russia directly and therefore will be allowed by Russia.
If the two ships end up being operated by the Chinese navy, France will not be legally challenged or to blame for the transaction as France technically did not violate the NATO’s embargo.

I just cannot imagine why

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Hey Donald, as RIGHT as you are on the border and trade is as WRONG as you are on Eminent Domain

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60 Minutes: "Putin is Challenging Your Leadership ..." - Obama: "In What Way?"

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Did Turkey Just Shoot Down a Russian Jet?


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Friday, October 09, 2015

Breaking Benjamin
I Will Not Bow

Angels Fall

The Diary of Jane

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French train hero now in 'good spirits' after stabbing outside bar

French train hero now in 'good spirits' after stabbing outside bar
The UC Davis Medical Center upgraded Airman Spencer Stone's condition from serious to fair. Doctors say he was awake, and could get out of bed Friday. 
"We know it's not related to what occurred in France," Sacramento Deputy Police Chief Ken Bernard said. 
Stone was out with four friends when they got into a fight near a bar with another group of people, Bernard said. 
The deputy chief would not disclose what sparked the argument but said there was no evidence the assailants knew who Stone was.
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Christians flee ISIS through 'underground railroad'

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Government IP Address Edits Wikipedia To Accuse Kevin McCarthy of Affair - McCarthy and Ellmers to Resign By Monday -BOEHNER TO CONTINUE ON AS SPEAKER INDEFINITELY

Government IP Address Edits Wikipedia To Accuse Kevin McCarthy of Affair


The Wikipedia page of North Carolina Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers was edited by a federal government IP address to accuse her of having an affair with Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. 
“Ellmers is alleged to have been involved in an extra-marital affair with Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy since 2011,” the edited article read. The sources listed for the allegation were a Breitbart article (which didn’t allege anything of the sort) and a blog post by conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson. 
The edit was reversed by another editor, calling them “not reliable sources”. But the Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay noticed something interesting about the IP address behind the anonymous edit…

Kevin McCarthy seemed to have been stuck at 170 votes, well short of the 218 he would have needed to be elected Speaker.


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Saudi Cleric Says, Jihadists Will Be "Ripping Hymens" in Paradise

Religion of Satan:

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Republican Rep. Charlie Dent: Say, Maybe We Need to Team Up With Democrats to Elect a Speaker Who Will Represent Both Parties

When he says no Republican can secure 218 votes from within the party, what he means is that Establishment "centrists" like himself will refuse completely to support a Freedom Caucus candidate like Daniel Webster. 
That means that to insure an Establishment candidate, he thinks they'd have to reach out to Democrats to secure Democratic votes. So he'd prefer a coalition with Democrats than with other Republicans. 
Striking deals with Democrats is just business, but striking the same sort of deal with conservative members of his own party is just unthinkable.
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It runs deep, the incompetence in this one....

Unbelievable: EPA Triggers ANOTHER Waste Spill In Colorado 

Can't this incompetent Administration do anything right?

Via Denver Post:
An Environmental Protection Agency crew working at the Standard Mine above Crested Butte triggered a wastewater spill into a creek that flows into the town water supply — a small-scale repeat of the Gold King incident this year.
Only an estimated 2,000 gallons spilled Tuesday, amid efforts to open a collapsed portal. The impact on town water is expected to be minimal.
Critics pounced.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said the spill — while not a disaster like the EPA-triggered 3 million-gallon Gold King deluge that turned the Animas River mustard-yellow — raises questions about EPA procedures.
“They told us things were going to be different. Now we have a spill. … We’ve apparently got a real challenge with the EPA, not only with notification but their accountability and their ability to adequately execute these types of cleanup projects,” Tipton said. “They’ve got resources. They’re the ones in charge of the program. And they’ve had two spills in my district alone. Is there a better way to approach this?”
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Saudi Arabia: Woman Likely Going to Jail For Videotaping Her Husband Attempting to Rape The Maid

Saudi women likely going to jail for videoing her husband attempting to rape the maid
She used a hidden camera to catch her partner forcing himself upon the family maid, according to reports in the Gulf state. 
The man appears to try to kiss and grope her – despite another maid being present in the kitchen. His wife uploaded the video to YouTube with the caption: "The minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalise him." The footage has gone viral in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia – along with the hashtag 
despite being removed from YouTube. 
But the wife's efforts to shame her husband may backfire, according to Saudi lawyer Majid Qaroob. She could also spent a year in prison or face a fine of £87,000 "in line with the law on information technology crimes", he said. 
Qaroob added: "This law includes stiff punishment for anyone using mobile phones with camera or other equipment to photograph others and defame them."
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Train terror hero Spencer Stone was stabbed after 'trying to protect a girl being punched by her boyfriend' during gay club's 'straight night' - then she fled with attackers

UKDailyMail: EXCLUSIVE: Train terror hero Spencer Stone was stabbed after 'trying to protect a girl being punched by her boyfriend' during gay club's 'straight night' - then she fled with attackers
*Stone was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento, California 
*He was seen fighting off a group of three men - two of them Asian men being hunted by cops after fleeing scene in a car 
*Eyewitness tells Daily Mail Online he saw one of the men hit a woman who appeared to be his girlfriend - then Stone stepped in 
*It looked like Spencer was defending her,' says worker at liquor store opposite club. 'He wasn't the one that started the fight.' 
*Woman fled with the suspects and can be seen getting into car with them  
*Stone's shirt was covered in blood but he was still walking after the stabbing, says eyewitness 
Man, that girl ought to be really ashamed of herself. Maybe she should start staying home and punching herself in the fucking face, huh?

Why involve someone else, especially when it ends up in a guy almost being murdered.

Fucking stupid broad.

By the way, the witness, a man named Eric who works at the liquor store across the street, says the men and the woman looked like Pacific Islanders:
Asked how he would describe the girl who got in the car with the suspects, Eric said: 'She was an Asian girl, in her 20s, she had pants on and a tank top.' 
Eric said he thought the suspects and the girl were 'Asian Pacific' in appearance and possibly from the Asian and Pacific Islander community of Sacramento. 
Describing what happened before the fight broke out, Eric said: 'There was probably like eight people total, probably like three girls, four or five guys… they were all pushing and shoving… 
'I thought they were all together, I figured it was a whole group of people and they were friends, because it went on for five or ten minutes out there they were arguing. 
'They were arguing like a bunch of friends who were getting out of a club being stupid. 
'I almost walked back in the store and then it happened. It was like boom, boom, boom.' Eric is positive Spencer was not the aggressor and was trying to protect the woman who was being abused. 
He added: 'I don't know if it was something that was said and he was protecting the girl. 
These guys were short and someone thin. So it is unlikely they were Samoans or Tongans. Yet they were described as looking like Pacific Islanders.

There are a lot of Muslims in the Philippines. In fact, the 9/11 plot was initially organized in the Philippines.

Always on Watch wonders if Spencer Stone was baited/set-up.

The thought has crossed my mind.

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U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law

From Fox News:
Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned. 
At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.” 
In short, this means that foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies will, under certain conditions, be allowed to do business with Iran. The problem is that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by President Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called “foreign sub” loophole.
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Good God in Heaven !!!!

Carter lashes out at Russia's 'unprofessional' behavior


Unprofessional !? UNPROFESSIONAL!? 



(Circa 1939 - Mr. Hitler. That was very unprofessional of you bombing Warsaw - curtsy)


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George Harrison
Got My Mind Set On You

Give Me Love

Devil's Radio

All Things Must Pass
(his last live performance)

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Thursday, October 08, 2015


Stabbed 4 times, defending a friend - CBS News reports he suffered a wound to the heart and the lung and was with a female companion when the stabbing occurred.

Initially police did not believe that Stone would be able to survive his injuries.

French train attack hero Spencer Stone ‘repeatedly stabbed’ while reportedly trying to protect his friend

NOTE: It was widely reported that Stone had strong ties to Sacramento...and msm broadcast his past ties and future plans to be in Rosedale as well...suggesting msm aiding and abetting terrorists vengeance.

NYDailyNews:"An Air Force medic who helped thwart a terrorist attack in France is in critical condition after being repeatedly stabbed, reports said. Spencer Stone, 22, was stabbed in Sacramento, where he’s stationed..."

WaPo: The France train heroes will all head to Roseburg in show of support after massacre - providing partial itinerary, is the msm aiding and abetting the enemy?
CBS Sacramento:
The owner of a liquor store says he has video of the incident and it appears show five to six men in a group attacking someone in an intersection.

Note how the American msm narrative is fully established as it adopts the British characterization "Asian" when offering the slightest hint at a description of the perpetrators:

UKDailyMail: French train attack hero Spencer Stone is repeatedly STABBED whiledefending a female friend as police search for two adult Asian male suspects

CNN: Police are looking for two males in connection with the stabbing. Bernard described the pair as two Asian males who were wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts, and linked them to a dark gray or black 2009-2012 Toyota Camry.

Bernard says Stone was out with four other people and a fight with another group led to the stabbing near a bar. Police say they don't know if Stone was drinking alcohol, but others in his group were.

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Know The Peace Of Islam

Remember, these fuckers are our allies, buddies, amigos in oil.

Any decent religion would have burned them all decades ago.


Saudi execution set for juvenile offender sparks human rights uproar

Ali Mohammed Nimr was 17 when he was arrested without warrant by police in 2012 for taking part in an "Arab Spring" protest against the Saudi government.
The nephew of a prominent government critic, Nimr was held without charge for two years at a prison in Dammam in the kingdom's Eastern Province. Amnesty International charged in a report last month that he was tortured into confessing to taking part in the illegal protest, attacking security forces, possessing a machine gun and committing armed robbery.
Now Saudi authorities reportedly plan to behead the young man and display his remains in public. The sentence has ignited an international uproar by human rights defenders and exposed the kingdom to fresh criticism that it violates the principles it pledged to uphold as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Nimr was sentenced to death by a special counter-terrorism court 17 months ago, and the judgment was upheld on appeal and confirmed by the Supreme Court this year without the defendant's knowledge or that of his lawyer, according to the London-based human rights legal foundation Reprieve.
"Ali al-Nimr has been through the most horrifying ordeal at the hands of the Saudi government. He was arrested as a juvenile, tortured into a bogus 'confession,' put through a mockery of a trial, and sentenced to 'crucifixion,' in a blatant attempt to make an example of him," said Maya Foa, Reprieve's death penalty team chief.
A second case of a juvenile offender facing execution in Saudi Arabia, Dawoud Marhoon, was reported by Reprieve on Tuesday. Also 17 at the time of his participation in prohibited pro-reform demonstrations, Marhoon reportedly confessed to capital crimes after being held in solitary confinement and prevented from consulting with an attorney, the rights group said.
Nimr was allowed a visit by his family in late September and expressed hope of escaping execution.
"I have faith and I live with hope," Reprieve quoted him as telling his family. "If things change [with my sentence], I will thank God. And if not, I lived happily with my hope."
The sentence of death by beheading and what's been widely called the "crucifixion" of his headless remains in public can be carried out at any time unless King Salman intervenes, Reprieve noted.
Saudi Arabia is among the world's most active imposers of capital punishment, having executed at least 134 people so far this year, human rights agencies who monitor the practice report. The executions are often carried out in public, with the gruesome results of beheadings and stonings displayed at the scene as a message to other would-be offenders.
The kingdom's criminal justice system has come under fire by United Nations and independent rights advocates for failing to abide by international law and treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child that prohibits death sentences or life without parole for those accused of crimes committed while they were younger than 18.
Under hard-line sharia, or Islamic law, Saudi courts may impose the death penalty for murder, rape, false prophecy, blasphemy, witchcraft and sorcery, as well as actions against the kingdom considered to constitute treason or terrorism.
Riyadh's judicial track record exposed it to bitter denunciation as unfit to sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council when it was appointed to the Geneva-based body in 2013. Saudi Arabia was elevated to chair of the influential appointments committee last month, prompting fresh outcries of hypocrisy and vote buying in the secretive election.
"It is scandalous that the U.N. chose a country that has beheaded more people this year than ISIS [Islamic State] to be head of a key human rights panel," UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said after the Sept. 17 election of Saudi Ambassador Faisal Trad to head the office responsible for appointing investigators and special rapporteurs. "Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights."
Neuer, whose nongovernmental watchdog group monitors U.N. agencies, said Saudi Arabia has "arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women's rights."
The kingdom's emergence as head of the committee that makes crucial appointments "underscores the credibility deficit of a human rights council that already counts Russia, Cuba, China, Qatar and Venezuela among its elected members."
The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks recently released diplomatic cables that purport to show Britain collaborated with Saudi Arabia when both were seeking appointment to the rights council in 2013.
The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and Benyam Mezmur, head of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, were among a group of rights experts who jointly appealed to Saudi Arabia in late September to halt Nimr's execution and provide him a fair retrial. The group's letter cited the allegations of forced confession and mistreatment of a juvenile as "incompatible with Saudi Arabia's international obligations."
"International law, accepted as binding by Saudi Arabia, provides that capital punishment may only be imposed following trials that comply with the most stringent requirements of fair trial and due process, or could otherwise be considered an arbitrary execution," the rights advocates wrote.
There has been no official response from the Saudi government, nor from the official Saudi Press Agency.


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Train Hero Stabbed Repeatedly

Identity, motive, ethnicity, Religious Affiliation unknown at this time although, since it happened at a bar, this could have been an ignorant dumb motherfucker picking a fight with a lauded "tough guy".


Spencer Stone, French train hero, in reportedly in stable condition after stabbing

Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans hailed a hero in the French train attack in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed near Sacramento early Thursday, the Air Force reports.
He was stabbed around 1 a.m. PT and was transported to a local hospital, according to an Air Force statement. It adds that local law enforcement are investigating.
The Air Force Times reported that Stone was stabbed four times in the chest.
VIDEO: Spencer Stone recalls tackling train gunman
Details of the stabbing early Thursday are unclear. A reporter for ABC 10 tweeted that police are looking for one suspect in the stabbing. There have been no arrests.
Update: The assault incident is not related to a terrorist act. Assault occurred near a bar, alcohol is believed to be a factor.
A Senior Pentagon official tells Fox News Stone was stabbed during a bar fight. Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred at around 1:30 a.m. In that case, a group of men were leaving a bar and a fight ensued. One man was stabbed in the upper torso, the report said, without naming the victim.
Sacramento Police did not identify the stabbing victim, but tweeted that the "assault incident" is not related to a terrorist act. The stabbing occurred in an area with a lot of bars and alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Law enforcement sources said they are working on the premise that Stone left a club with a woman who was harassed by wither one man or a group. Stone came to her aid about a block from the club, the sources said. Authorities believe Stone may have been attacked by up to six men and held down while stabbed, the sources said.
Stone, 23, a Sacramento State University senior, and two friends-- National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler-- were on the Amsterdam-to-Paris train in late August when a gunman started to open fire. The three Americans charged the gunman and were able to eventually subdue him.

"He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we," Stone said at the time.
Stone, who was stabbed and slashed with a box cutter during the train melee, said he was waking up from a deep sleep when Skarlatos "just hit me on the shoulder and said 'Let's go.'"
Stone and Skarlatos, 22, moved in to tackle the gunman, identified as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, and take his assault rifle. Sadler, 23, then moved in to help subdue the assailant. "All three of us started punching" him, Stone said. Stone said he choked El-Khazzani unconscious.
Stone is also credited with saving a French-American teacher wounded in the neck with a gunshot wound and squirting blood. Stone described matter-of-factly that he "just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped." He said he kept the position until paramedics arrived.
President Obama met with the three last month, praising them for their quick thinking and courage and calling them "the very best of America." They were also awarded France's highest honor by President Francois Hollande. The three appeared on late-night talk shows and received a hometown parade in their honor.


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This Week on The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.

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Italy Covers Nude Statue To Avoid Offending Sheikh’s Delicate Islamic Sensibilities

From the Local:
A naked statue in Florence was covered by the Italian premier Matteo Renzi’s team so as not to offend the visiting crown prince of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. 
Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose family’s wealth is estimated at €150 billion, arrived in the city on Wednesday morning for a diplomatic visit, during which commercial agreements between the two countries would be finalized, Corriere Fiorentino reported. 
Needless to say, the visit had been planned down to the smallest detail by Renzi and his team, with a wind breaker bearing the Fleur de Lis – the iconic lily of Florence – being placed around the American sculptor Jeff Koons’ statue, Gazing Ball. 
The statue features a naked man in Greco-Roman style balancing a blue mirrored sphere on his shoulder. In many Arab cultures, including Abu Dhabi, public nudity is prohibited in any form but it is not known whether the statue was covered due to a specific request by the Sheikh’s team or out of caution by the premier’s staff. 
This is not the first time Renzi has chosen to host a diplomatic guest in his native city of Florence over Rome. Renzi met the Abu Dhabi prince in the city’s town hall, Palazzo Vecchio – home to Italy’s most famous nude sculpture, Michelangelo’s David, which remained uncovered throughout.
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Iraq May Request Russian Airstrikes Against ISIS, Wants Russia To Have Bigger Role Than U.S.

Iraq May Request Russian Airstrikes Against ISIS
“BAGHDAD — Iraq may request Russian airstrikes against ISIS on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the militant group, the head of parliament’s defense and security committee said on Wednesday. 
“We might be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes in Iraq soon,” Hakim al-Zamili told Reuters. “I think the upcoming few days or weeks Iraq will be forced to ask Russia to launch air strikes and that depends on their success in Syria.” 
Iraq’s government and powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias question the United States’ resolve in fighting ISIS militants, who control a third of the country. They say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes are ineffective. 
Russian airstrikes against the government’s opponents in Syria have raised hopes in Baghdad that Russia could become an effective partner against the ultra-hardline group…”
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Charity considers cutting off aid for the ‘Jungle’ at Calais after visiting the camp and deciding most migrants had no real reason to leave their home country

Charity considers cutting off aid for the ‘Jungle’ at Calais after visiting the camp and deciding most migrants had no real reason to leave their home country

A crisis relief charity chief is set to pull the plug on aid to the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp after discovering most people there are economic migrants ‘without any reason’ to leave their home country. 
The Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation has been running a project to help the ‘refugees’ at the makeshift camp and previously claimed they were all ‘fleeing war and significant atrocities.’ 
But a visit by a team led by Kassim Tokan, the HRF deputy chief executive, discovered a totally different picture on the ground, with unwanted clothing and food being ‘dumped and burnt’ by the migrants.
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British PM Cameron: ‘I’m a man in a hurry’: vows to shut Islamic schools teaching hate as he unveils radical reforms of prisons, schools and housing and tears into ‘terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating’ Corbyn’

Go Get 'Em, Tiger

‘I’m a man in a hurry’: Cameron vows to shut Islamic schools teaching hate as he unveils radical reforms of prisons, schools and housing and tears into ‘terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating’ Corbyn’
Vowing to stand up to 'passive tolerance' which leaves children vulnerable to extremists, Mr Cameron announced inspectors would shut down Islamic religious schools filling 'children's hearts with hate'. 
He told voters who handed him a surprise Tory majority in May's general election 'we will not let you down' as he tore into Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, warning his 'Britain-hating ideology' must never be inflicted on the country.
To my knowledge, Cameron has done nothing to help the situation in his years at PM. Why would anyone think his bold words mean anything at this point?

At least they sound vaguely Churchillian. Kinda gives one's heart a little flutter.
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Russian Jets 'Intercept' US Predator Drones Over Syria, Officials Say, US Military Reroutes Path To "Maintain Safe Separation"

From Fox News:
Russian fighter jets shadowed U.S. predator drones on at least three separate occasions high above Syria since the start of Russia’s air campaign last week, according to two U.S. officials briefed on this latest intelligence from the region. 
Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters a U.S. aircraft flying over Syria had to be rerouted to avoid a Russian fighter jet at least once. 
“We have taken action to maintain safe separation,” Davis said, adding that the U.S. aircraft "changed path a little bit." 
He did not disclose which type of U.S. aircraft was involved. U.S. officials tell Fox News the drone encounters took place over ISIS-controlled Syria, including its de facto headquarters in Raqqa, as well as along the Turkish-Syrian border near Korbani. 
Another occurred in the northwest, near the highly contested city of Aleppo. 
“The first time it happened, we thought the Russians got lucky. Then it happened two more times,” said one official. 
The U.S. military's MQ-1 Predator drone is not a stealth aircraft. "It is easy to see a predator on radar," said one official.   
The Russians have not attempted to shoot down any of the U.S. drones, but instead have flown "intercept tracks," a doctrinal term meaning the Russians flew close enough to make their presence felt, according to one official.
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France's Hollnade Warns of Total War If Syrian Crisis Is Not Ended With Solution That Favors Neither Assad Nor ISIS

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From the Washington Post:
MOSCOW — Russia’s Caspian Sea fleet on Wednesday launched a complex cruise missile strike against Syrian rebels from nearly 1,000 miles away, a potent exhibition of Moscow’s firepower as it backs a government offensive in Syria’s multi-faction civil war. 
The bombardment was the first naval salvo of Russia’s week-old military intervention in Syria, where it has already launched more than 100 airstrikes against the Islamic State and factions of Islamist and U.S.-backed rebel forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. 
The attack showcased Russia’s advanced military capabilities and closer coordination with the governments of Iran and Iraq, whose airspace the missiles traversed before striking targets in Syria held by the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda. Like Russia, Iran is a key backer of Assad. Iraq’s leadership has close ties with Iran but also depends on support from the United States and Western allies. 
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a nationally televised briefing that the ships launched 26 cruise missiles, destroying 11 targets and killing no civilians. He also said that Russian planes continued to carry out airstrikes Wednesday. 
The naval strikes on Wednesday were the first known operational use of state-of-the-art SSN-30A Kalibr cruise missiles, which were still being tested by the Russian navy in August. 
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the strikes spoke to the professionalism of Russia’s revamped army.
This is a message to Obama. Sit on your hands like a good little boy.
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How to Create a Gun-Free America in 5 Easy Steps
Guns - and the Second Amendment - won't just disappear.

Want to create a gun-free America in 5 easy steps?

Here's all there is to it:

Step 1: Elect. For a gun-free America, the first thing you'll need is two-thirds of Congress. So elect a minimum of 67 Senators and 290 Representatives who are on your side.

Step 2: Propose. Then, have them vote to propose an amendment to the Constitution which repeals Second Amendment gun rights for all Americans.

Step 3: Ratify. Then convince the legislators of 38 states to ratify that change.
At this point, the Second Amendment is history, but you've done nothing to decrease gun violence. All you've done is remove the barrier for Congress to act.

Step 4: Legislate. You need to enact "common sense" reform.
You can try to do what Australia did and...ban all guns? That's not at all what they did, but whatever, fuck it. Go big or go home, right?
It will have to be passed by Congress and signed by the president. 
Great! The law is passed and guns are now illegal.  The only thing left to do is...

Step 5: Enforce. 
Guns won't just disappear because you passed a law. You need to confiscate some 350 million guns scattered among 330 Million Americans.
Sure, you can try a buy-back program like Australia, but like Australia that will still leave behind anywhere from 60 percent to 80 percent of privately owned firearms.

The rest you have to take.

You'll need the police, the FBI, the ATF or the National Guard—all known for their nuanced approach to potentially dangerous situations—to go door-to-door, through 3.8 million square miles of this country and take guns, by force, from thousands, if not, millions of well-armed individuals. Many of whom would rather start a civil war than acquiesce.

So inevitably gun violence, which is currently at a historic low, will skyrocket.
But that is how you get a gun-free America in five easy steps.

(For more in that vein, read this piece by Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review.)


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Humpday Blues

Joe Bonamassa
One Less Cross To Bear

So What Would I Do

Jockey Full Of Bourbon

Double Trouble

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Our Condolences to Culturist John Who Lost His Uncle In the Oregon Shooting

Larry Levine was an Author of well-received works of Fiction, 
as well as an avid Fly Fisherman

For those of you who are not regular readers, Culturist John is a fellow IBA contributor and has been for 8 years.

Culturist John's Uncle was Larry Levine, Professor of English at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Culturist John passed along this message today and gave me his permission to post it here at IBA:
My uncle was killed in this shooting. I am in Roseburg now. And, today we went to a victim's briefing. 
I can tell you that the majority of victim's family members are NOT for gun control. 
Several, in the private meeting, expressed anger that UCC is a gun free zone wherein not even security guards are armed. 
We haven't even started our memorials. It is a bad place and time to come push his agenda: Insensitive and unwelcome.
We also want to extend our condolences to the extended family.

I have known about this for a few days now. I am at a loss for words.

All I can think to say is, I'm sorry. That's it.

More about Larry Levine:
Levine, who lived in Glide, Ore., was an assistant professor of English at Umpqua Community College in the nearby town of Roseburg. 
The educator was also a dedicated fisherman and belonged to a fly-fishing and conservation group called the Steamboaters. The organization is dedicated to preserving “the traditions and art of fly fishing” on the North Umpqua River and keeping its waters clean and pure. 
Greenley, a fellow member of the group, said that Levine was a talented steelhead fly fisherman who has been involved with the North Umpqua River as a guide since the 1970s. “He wanted to be on the river. He stayed up there, wrote and guided. He was a nice, helpful guy,” Greenley said. 
“He was a recognized writer, and I’m an aspiring writer. We did a lot of talking about different stories we had done.” 
Levine occasionally wrote about his fishing adventures for the group’s website. In one post, he wrote about his “personal theory” about the power of awe to transform someone, temporarily or permanently. 
“I see the scene, simultaneously remembering its many manifestations over time, remembering the man viewing it twenty/thirty years ago, and, for too fleeting a moment, the old awe adds intensity to the present. Obviously, the river can also make a person a bit strange and esoteric, but its [sic] a fine madness,” he wrote. 
David Furman and Joey Weiss, two close friends of Levine’s from Beverly Hills, where they all grew up, talked to the Oregonian about how talented and caring he was. 
“He was the sweetest, most gentle, kind, thoughtful, and creative person,” Furman said to the local paper. 
“My heart is broken.” Weiss said that Levin’s greatest frustration in life was that none of the many novels he wrote were ever published. “Writing was his passion,” he told the Oregonian.
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Satan Rapes 8 Year Old Girl

Did I say, "Satan"?

I meant Scuzlims:

ISIS Savages Rape 8-Year-Old Yazidi Girl
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Cheryl Mills Emailed Classified Information to Officials at The Clinton Foundation

As Hillary says, "One little drinkie-winkie won't hurt."
Hillary Clinton’s No. 2 at the State Department twice forwarded information to the Clinton Foundation that was later deemed classified, the latest instance of former Clinton staff transmitting now-classified information. 
According to a new email chain shared with POLITICO by Citizens United, Cheryl Mills -- Clinton's former chief of state at State -- forwarded State Department background information about Rwanda and the Congo to the Clintons' philanthropic organization. 
Citizens United, a conservative activist group, obtained the messages via a Freedom of Information act lawsuit. Former President Bill Clinton was visiting Africa, including Rwanda, around the time that Mills sent the email, which was mostly redacted. Former president Clinton was also considering giving Rwandan President Paul Kagame a plenary role at the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the emails. 
The information in the 2012 emails was classified by the State Department in July of this year because of national security and foreign policy reasons, according to the documents. 
The classification specifically related to foreign government information and intelligence activities, sources or methods, according to the redaction labels.
Ace notes:
Note that sources and methods is usually considered the very most sensitive form of intelligence, because it directly exposes where we're getting this information. 
So it should have been obvious this information was "born classified."
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Sierra Club President Says "The Science is Settled", Doesn't Know There Has Been an 18-Year Long Pause in Global Warming

This is a shocking video to watch.

First, though, Ace notes:
The amazing thing here is not that the guy disagrees -- what's amazing is that he doesn't seem to know what Ted Cruz is even talking about. He does not know what "the pause" refers to (it's the 18 year long pause in predicted global warming), and has to rely on advisors throughout the questioning. 
At no point does he seem to even show a glimmer of recognition of this fact. 
This is all new news to him.
He's not aware of it at all.

The camera shows us that he asks his advisors how to answer the question. They tell him to say, "We rest on our evidence."

Ted Cruz asks another question. This time the camera avoids showing him asking his advisors for help in asking the question, instead, focusing on Cruz sitting their waiting for an answer.

And the camera people do this repeatedly, seemingly proving they don't want the President of the Sierra Club to look bad.

But he does. Oh, how bad he looks.

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Hillary's Deleted Emails May Have Been Backed Up on "Cloud" - Cloud Provider Agrees To Release Data

Hillary Clinton - Drunk As Usual

From McClatchey:
On Friday, Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, and Platte River agreed to allow Datto to turn over the data from the backup server to the FBI, said the person familiar with Datto’s storage, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. 
Datto said in a statement that “with the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, Datto is working with the FBI to provide data in conjunction with its investigation.” 
The source said, however, that Platte River had set up a 60-day retention policy for the backup server, meaning that any emails to which incremental changes were made at least 60 days prior would be deleted and “gone forever.” 
While the server wouldn’t have been “wiped clean,” the source said, any underlying data likely would have been written over and would be difficult to recover. 
Since Clinton has said she deleted all of her personal emails, the configuration might complicate any attempt by FBI forensics experts to resurrect emails from the backup. 
However, Bloomberg reported recently that the FBI has recovered some of Clinton’s emails, apparently from the server they seized from Platte River. 
In laying out facts gathered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which he chairs, Johnson offered the first public confirmation that Clinton or her representatives had arranged for a backup of her email server after she left office in early 2013.
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Muslims Hold Music Appreciation Class in France

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Stunning email from Czech doctor working with UMIs in German hospital read on Czech TV

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ISIS throw 4 more gay men to their deaths

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ALERT: ISIS jihadis posing as migrants ‘smuggle deadly undetectable NERVE GAS into Europe’

Hmm. Not too sure about this one. I guess, we'll see.

The chemical weapon, known as Sarin, can cause death in minutes but is undetectable because it has no taste, no smell and no colour.
It was used most recently in an attack during the Syrian civil war, with up to 1,800 people killed.
The shocking claim was made by Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, Colonel Gaddafi’s cousin.
It is the latest in a string of warnings that the terror group has taken advantage of the humanitarian crisis to launch attacks against Europe.
Mr Gaddaf al-Dam also warned that ISIS could spark a global “catastrophe” and “nobody will be spared” if the West does not follow Russia in propping up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
The former Syrian intelligence official said European countries would be powerless to stop “suicide bombers from hell” and the flow of oil through the Suez Canal would be blocked.

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Times UK: "Secret EU Plan To Throw Out Hundreds of Thousands Of Migrants"

I don't buy this for a second.

From the Times UK:
Hundreds of thousands of failed asylum seekers will be deported from Europe within weeks under secret plans leaked to The Times. 
Brussels will threaten to withdraw aid, trade deals and visa arrangements if countries such as Niger and Eritrea refuse to take back their economic migrants. 
The proposals also envisage EU states detaining thousands of migrants to prevent them from absconding to avoid deportation. 
More than 400,000 people who entered the EU in the first half of this year are expected to have their claims rejected ...
Let's be honest. For the past month or so, the only noise we have heard out of the EU and the leaders of the various states of the EU is that Europe must accept migrants, it is our Christian duty. The EU threatened Hungary over erecting a fence to help control the migrant situation.

So why all of the sudden is the EU threatening to throw out 400,000 people?

And think about it: The article says the EU will detain migrants so they don't flee and disappear into the population. And yet, they are GIVING WARNING TO THE MIGRANTS.

The only way for such a detention to work would be to do it with no warning.

So what the EU is doing here is just tough guy posturing to quell the dissent among the people of Europe.

The EU has no intention of putting a stop to this inflow of Muslims.

The EU has a fever, and the only prescription is MORE MUSLIMS.

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The Master and Margarita






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