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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bernie gets the money out of politics on: Today at 06:44:52 PM
https://www.facebook.com/NationInDistress/photos/a.226861490778020.57363.226821494115353/783229941807836/?type=3&theater
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders on: Today at 06:21:36 PM
Answer:  Master of playing on white guilt.
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bernie and the Rev. Al on: Today at 04:12:36 PM
https://www.facebook.com/EnemiesOfLiberalism/photos/a.310586372408546.1073741828.310559449077905/769892353144610/?type=3&theater
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A human moment on: Today at 04:06:11 PM
https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/02/10/my-private-marco/
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders on: Today at 03:59:12 PM
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/02/after-sanders-big-win-in-new-hampshire-establishme.html
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A superdelegate strapped Hillary schlongs Bernie on: Today at 03:58:10 PM
http://usuncut.com/news/the-dnc-superdelegates-just-screwed-over-bernie-sanders-and-spit-in-the-faces-of-voters/

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/268935-clinton-likely-to-leave-nh-with-same-number-of-delegates
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: Today at 03:24:43 PM
Let's take this over to the Congress thread.

BTW I'm hearing the Reps hold on the Senate is not a sure thing?  Let's discuss in the Congress thread.
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The War on Drugs on: Today at 03:22:47 PM
"Every solution creates a problem."
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WSJ on NH vote on: Today at 01:18:04 PM
The Left-Right Revolt
Sanders and Trump ride very different populist uprisings in New Hampshire.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after winning the New Hampshire Democratic Primary on Feb. 9. ENLARGE
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after winning the New Hampshire Democratic Primary on Feb. 9. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Feb. 9, 2016 11:52 p.m. ET
433 COMMENTS

Americans keep telling pollsters they’re unhappy—or worse—with their political leaders, and on Tuesday they proved it in New Hampshire by handing victories to a 74-year-old socialist and a blustery businessman with no political experience. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are still a long way from the White House, but their victories reveal parallel but very different popular revolts on the left and right.
***

The uprising on the left is perhaps most surprising given that Democrats hold the White House, and Hillary Clinton campaigned to build on President Obama’s record. But in New Hampshire the revolt was ideological and personal against Mrs. Clinton and the status quo.

Mr. Obama tilted before the Iowa caucuses toward Mrs. Clinton as his preferred successor, but New Hampshire shows that his Presidency has been a hot-house garden for nurturing progressives. According to the exit polls, nearly seven in 10 Democrats described themselves as liberal, up from 56% in 2008. Roughly a quarter described themselves as “very liberal,” and Mr. Sanders won them two to one.

Mr. Obama calls inequality the defining issue of our times, and Democrats believe him. A third of Democrats said it is the most important issue facing the country, and about 70% of those voted for Mr. Sanders.

Mrs. Clinton won the New Hampshire primary in 2008, but this year Democrats seem to have rejected her on personal and character grounds. Mr. Sanders won nine of 10 voters in the exit polls who said that only Mr. Sanders or neither of the two candidates were “honest and trustworthy.” The Clinton campaign has tried, as it always does, to plow through her email scandals by portraying them merely as Republican attacks. But even many Democrats don’t believe her anymore.

Mrs. Clinton now finds herself in a populist showdown she never anticipated and doesn’t play to her strengths. She’s best as a machine candidate of the unions, feminist volunteers and wealthy environmentalists. Mr. Sanders is motivating the younger liberals who were also drawn to Mr. Obama and who are voting for the Vermonter by three or more to one.

The Clinton campaign will console itself that the campaign now moves to states where the electorate will have more minorities and fewer gentry liberals. And to win the nomination Mr. Sanders will have to show that he can expand his support among minorities, especially the black voters who are so important in southern primaries.

The Vermont Senator’s other great obstacle is that many Democrats still fear that a self-avowed socialist can’t win in November. But that argument becomes less damaging as it becomes clearer that Mrs. Clinton has weaknesses that also could be fatal in the fall. As Republicans get closer to nominating the mercurial Mr. Trump, more Democrats may also conclude that even Mr. Sanders could win so why not take a chance on their true heart?

Which brings us to Mr. Trump and the revolt on the right. This is less about ideology and policies than the businessman’s political style and Republican disgust with Washington. The New Yorker dominated the field with some 34% of the vote as we went to press, while no other candidate broke into the high teens. The victory showed that, contrary to Iowa, Mr. Trump could translate polling leads into actual votes. And it showed that the ceiling in his support is higher than many Republicans have believed.

The businessman did especially well among voters without a college degree, but his support was strong across most demographic and ideological groups. He’s the choice of voters who like that he “tells it like it is” and think he can change Washington. But the exit polls also showed some signs of potential weakness. A little less than a third of his voters said they liked Mr. Trump but had reservations. And his share of voters who said he could best handle an international crisis was below his overall vote share.

As for the others, Mr. Trump will be happy that no clear alternative emerged. John Kasich’s investment in the Granite State—100 town halls—paid off with a second-place finish. The Ohio Governor did well among independents and especially moderates. His challenge going forward will be that there are fewer of both of those voting blocs as the primaries head to South Carolina next week and elsewhere in the South on March 1. He will have to raise money fast to be competitive, as well as show he can win over more conservative voters.

Jeb Bush spent heavily in the state and has to be disappointed to finish in the mix for third or fourth place as we went to press. He has been performing better in debates and has the money to fight on in South Carolina, but he will have to show he can beat Mr. Kasich and Marco Rubio to go much beyond that.

Mr. Rubio may be the most disappointed by Tuesday’s result because the Florida Senator couldn’t build on his Iowa surge and suffered from his debate brain-freeze on Saturday. More late deciders turned to other candidates, and some two-thirds said that debates influenced their votes.

Ted Cruz also failed to capitalize on his Iowa victory, notably in failing to make inroads among voters who aren’t evangelicals or very conservative. The Texas Senator will find more fertile territory in the South, but his showing in New England bodes ill for winning swing states if he is the GOP nominee in November.
***

All of which means that New Hampshire hasn’t performed its traditional role of winnowing the field as much as usual. Chris Christie will find it hard to continue after his sixth-place finish, as will also-rans Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. The rest have a case to fight on. But one big lesson of New Hampshire is that if the non-winners want to become the GOP nominee, they will sooner rather than later have to stop attacking each other and start educating voters about Donald J. Trump
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cost per vote on: Today at 12:43:25 PM
Working from memory of a graphic on FOX this AM:

Cost per vote:

Hillary:  $120
Bernie:  $60

Bush:   $1200  shocked shocked shocked
Christie $900    shocked
Rubio   $500
Kasich  Huh
Trump   $38   shocked
Cruz      $19   shocked shocked shocked

That's right, Bush spent approximately 50 times as much per vote as Cruz!
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Atlantic: UBS and Hillary sitting in a tree on: February 09, 2016, 11:56:37 PM
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/hillary-helps-a-bankand-then-it-pays-bill-15-million-in-speaking-fees/400067/
12  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Yellow Tag promotions on: February 09, 2016, 04:32:01 PM
Woof all:

While in Memphis, Brown Tag Instructor Dog Will presented Jaush Harris and Jacob Totty for my consideration for Yellow Tag-- which was an exceedingly easy yes for me!  Indeed, based upon what I see, the next level is already within reach.

Excellent work from Dog Will!

PG Crafty
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Clinton Foundation's laundering scheme on: February 09, 2016, 04:25:38 PM
Recently, Charles Krauthammer alluded that he  had no doubt some of the
30,000 emails Hillary deleted from her private e-mail  server very likely made
reference to the Clinton Foundation, which deletion  alone would be illegal
and a conflict of interest.  Here’s the back story  in its sickening and
menacing details, which ought to be front-page headlines  from now until
Election Day:

The Clinton Foundation is "organized crime"  at its finest

Here is a good, concise summary of how the Clinton  Foundation works as a
tax free international money laundering scheme. It may  eventually prove to
be the largest political criminal enterprise in U.S.  history.  This is a
textbook case on how you hide foreign money sent to you  and repackage it to be
used for your own purposes. All tax free.

Here's  how it  works:

1. You create a separate foreign "charity." In this  case, the Clintons set
it up in Canada. [!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

2.  Foreign  oligarchs and governments then donate to this Canadian
charity.  In this  case, over 1,000 did -- contributing mega millions. I'm sure
they did this out  of the goodness of their hearts, and expected nothing in
return. (Imagine  Putin's buddies waking up one morning and just deciding to
send untold millions  to a Canadian  charity).

3. The Canadian charity then bundles these  separate donations and makes a
massive donation to the Clinton  Foundation.

4. The Clinton Foundation and the cooperating Canadian  charity claim
Canadian law prohibits the identification of individual  donors.

5. The Clinton Foundation then "spends" some of this money for  legitimate
good works programs.
Unfortunately, experts believe this is on  the order of 10%. Much of the
balance goes to enrich the Clintons, pay salaries  to untold numbers of
hangers on, fund lavish travel, etc.  Again, virtually  all tax free, which means
you and I are subsidizing it.

6. The Clinton  Foundation, with access to the world's best accountants,
somehow fails to report  much of this on their tax filings. They discover
these "clerical errors"  and  begin the process of re-filing 5 years of tax 
returns.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Carson people defecting to Cruz in NH on: February 09, 2016, 04:16:29 PM
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2016/01/11/ben-carson-entire-super-pac-staff-quit-and-joined-ted-cruz-campaign/mTaafD40dEsjPsbFiLrRpO/story.html?s_campaign=bcom:gigya:facebook
15  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Akita Tactical on: February 09, 2016, 03:13:52 PM
My business partner Kevin Carr and I are proud to announce the coming of Akita Tactical:

"Things tactical and practical for those who would walk as warriors for all their days".

 http://akitatactical.com
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ted Nugent goes over the line , , , again on: February 09, 2016, 12:57:46 PM
I have previously had harsh criticism of Ted Nugent for calling Baraq a "mongrel", now this.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/09/ted-nugent-blasted-by-jewish-groups-and-gun-owners-over-facebook-post-on-jews-and-gun-control/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Firewire%20-%20HORIZON%202-9-16%20FINAL&utm_term=Firewire

Ted can be good fun sometimes, but not someone I think we should include in "our side".
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Yezdizi women former sex slaves of ISIS form unit to war on ISIS on: February 09, 2016, 12:30:00 PM
http://en.alalam.ir/news/1787751
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Frankie McRae on: February 09, 2016, 12:29:00 PM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=984286798306872&set=gm.1551948995120121&type=3&theater
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, Sedition, and Treason? on: February 09, 2016, 12:28:16 PM
ttt
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Actual audio recordings of slaves on: February 09, 2016, 12:24:07 PM
https://www.facebook.com/rosieroyjr/videos/1036195299740607/
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pressure building on AG Lynch on: February 09, 2016, 12:19:07 PM
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/268456-pressure-on-lynch-to-step-aside-in-clinton-email-probe
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen Cruz intos bill to declare Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organization on: February 09, 2016, 12:11:42 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/04/ted-cruz-introduces-bill-designate-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-organization/
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen Cruz intos bill to declare Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organization on: February 09, 2016, 12:10:58 PM
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/04/ted-cruz-introduces-bill-designate-muslim-brotherhood-terrorist-organization/
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sen. Sasse on: February 09, 2016, 10:23:57 AM
In the tumultuous political times we are currently witnessing heading into this election year, it seems appropriate to be reminded why conservatism is the only chance America has to return to some semblance of normalcy after eight years of progressive politics.  Enter the Republican senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, who was recently asked by NBC's Chuck Todd to define conservatism. Sasse was more than happy -- giddy really -- to be asked such a question and delivered a most eloquent answer:

America is the most exceptional nation in the history of the world because the U.S. Constitution is the best political document that's ever been written. Because it says something different than almost any people and any government has believed in human history.

Most governments in the past said, "Might makes right and the king has all the power and the people are dependent subjects." And the American founders said, "No! God gives us rights by nature and government is just our shared project to secure those rights."

Government is not the author or source of our rights and you don't make America great again by giving more power to one guy in Washington, D.C. You make America great again by recovering a constitutional republic where Washington is populated by people who are servant-leaders, who want to return power to the people and to the communities. Because what's great in America is the Rotary Club, it's small businesses, it's churches, it's schools, it's fire departments, and it's little leagues across this country. What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, "If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally." That's not the American tradition

25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Narco spotters in mountains south of Phoenix on: February 08, 2016, 10:07:52 PM
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31154548/drug-cartel-scouts-living-in-mountain-ranges-south-of-phoenix
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mayor Sanders of Burlington on: February 08, 2016, 09:54:22 PM
http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-burlington-city-sustainable-future/
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Newsweek: Russia has Chechen spies in ISIS on: February 08, 2016, 09:42:24 PM
FWIW

http://www.newsweek.com/isis-chechen-spies-putin-kadyrov-424090
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / DoJ recommends banks report $5k cash withdrawals on: February 08, 2016, 08:33:03 PM
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/feds-banks-inform-law-enforcement-customers-depositingwithdrawing-5000-cash
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Newt Gingrich interview on the 2016 election on: February 08, 2016, 05:54:27 PM
http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/30/exclusive-newt-gingrich-evaluates-2016s-political-climate/
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wesbury: Put the jockey on a diet on: February 08, 2016, 05:38:43 PM
Monday Morning Outlook
________________________________________
Want Faster Growth? Put the Jockey on a Diet! To view this article, Click Here
Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist
Robert Stein, Deputy Chief Economist
Date: 2/8/2016

The number one reason the US has a Plow Horse economy rather than a Race Horse economy is the growth in the size and scope of the federal government, which sits like a grossly overweight jockey atop an otherwise healthy thoroughbred.

After being limited in the 1980s under President Reagan and then in the 1990s in President Clinton’s first six years in office, it started creeping upward again.
At first, it didn’t seem like a big deal. The economy was booming in the late 1990s, and so the increase in spending was hard to notice. From 1992 to 1998, discretionary spending – federal outlays that have to be approved every year – were up only 0.5% per year.

Yes, much of the spending restraint was due to the Peace Dividend after the demise of the Soviet Union. But social (or non-military) discretionary spending grew at only a 4% annual rate, which was slower than the 5.6% annual growth rate of nominal GDP (real GDP growth plus inflation). In other words, social spending was shrinking relative to the economy.

Then, the limits on the size of government gave way. Maybe it was an inevitable political reaction to prosperity. Voters don’t mind politicians loosening the purse-strings when times are good. Or maybe President Clinton was just spending more to reward supporters for standing by him during impeachment.
Either way, discretionary spending started moving up faster, growing 3.6% in 1999, 7.5% in 2000, and 5.5% in 2001 (the last budget President Clinton had a hand in) with increases in social spending leading the way.

Then came President Bush, who ushered in No Child Left Behind, a new prescription drug entitlement for seniors, and, eventually, TARP and “temporary” stimulus in 2008. In eight years, discretionary social spending rose 6.8% per year, and that doesn’t even include prescription drugs or TARP. Total spending soared 8.3% per year. In Fiscal Year 2009, the federal government was spending 24.4% of GDP, up from 17.6% eight years prior.

Then came an avalanche of new spending initiatives in President Obama’s first 15 months that substantially increased the future path of government outlays. Not all of it was designed to show up right away, just like FDR and Social Security or LBJ and Medicare and Medicaid. But data from the CBO show that between taking office and mid-2010, his policies added about 9% to future government spending.

And that’s not even counting some of the new spending, which is hidden. When Obamacare regulates health insurance markets to raise insurance rates for some people and cut them for others, it’s no different than the government taxing healthy people and spending money on the sick. But now, instead of collecting and spending the money directly, the government gets insurance companies to do the dirty work for it.

In 2010, voters reacted by handing control of the House of Representatives back to the GOP and, in 2011, some progress was made against higher spending. In particular, they passed a Sequester. But then the discipline faded and, with budget deal after budget deal, spending started creeping up again.
And so here we find ourselves, with huge entitlement programs ready to ramp up further as the Baby Boomers keep retiring and much of the economy regulated more than ever before.

Underneath all this are entrepreneurs generating new ideas, keeping the economy going, but only able to push growth to a Plow Horse pace, not the Race Horse pace we’d have if the jockey slimmed back down to where it was in, say, 1998.

Increasingly, it looks like the only way to end the upward spending ratchet is for voters to elect a president dedicated to a smaller government at the same time they elect a Congress with the same commitment. Less spending, less regulation, particularly in energy and health care, as well as lower tax rates are the only policies that can stir the economy out of its doldrums.
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: February 08, 2016, 04:28:42 PM
I find myself wondering why no one is going after Christie for not going after Trump.

Kasich might find strong resonance in NH.
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / EMP attack on: February 08, 2016, 11:28:01 AM
https://www.facebook.com/theblaze/videos/1057675700936436/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/02/08/for-the-record-understanding-the-threat-of-emp/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Firewire%20-%20HORIZON%202-8-16%20FINAL&utm_term=Firewire
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillary and Goldman Sachs on: February 08, 2016, 11:17:10 AM
Goldman Sachs Loved Hillary's Speeches
By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
Published on TheHillaryDaily.com on February 5, 2016
What exactly did Hillary Clinton say to her Wall Street friends when they paid her $225,000 an hour? According to reports by attendees at the time, Hillary was warm and friendly and decried "bank-bashing."

Maybe that explains why she won't release the transcripts of her Goldman speeches.

According to Politico, she struck "a soothing note on the global financial crisis, telling the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we're all going to have to work together to get out of it."

The Goldman crowd loved it. "What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn't going to improve the economy -- it needs to stop." 

It turns out that the big money men have feelings, too.

One of them offered this. "It was like, 'Here's someone who doesn't want to vilify us but wants to get business back in the game,'" said an attendee. "Like, maybe here's someone who can lead us out of the wilderness."

The verbatim transcripts that she routinely demanded could certainly tell a story. She charged the speech hosts $1250 for a stenographer. So the answers are there.

But, there's a problem: The transcripts remain Hillary's sole property, so don't expect to see them anytime soon.

She's has been repeatedly asked whether she'll release the transcripts. Generally, she ignores the question. The Washington Post requested them several times -- to no avail. Asked about it during the New Hampshire debate, she said "She'll look into it."

That's Hillary-speak for get lost.

Earlier, when a reporter from The Intercept asked her about releasing the transcripts at a campaign event, she laughed out loud.

Apparently that was a very funny request.

But here's what's not funny, Hillary: the Sanders campaign thinks it will become a big issue. Here's what Sanders' senior campaign strategist Tad Devine had to say:

"My advice would be: Don't look into it too long because it's not going to go away until they come out, okay?"

Them's fightin' words. And, judging by the press attention to the issue, Devine is right.

Stay tuned.
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Thorium ready on: February 08, 2016, 11:14:51 AM
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129913-world-s-first-thorium-reactor-ready-to-be-built-for-cheaper-safer-nuclear-energy
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Malaysia and the "Jewish conspiracy" on: February 08, 2016, 11:00:35 AM
http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/196642/anti-semitism-in-malaysia?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=3c71c0cf8b-Monday_February_8_20162_8_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-3c71c0cf8b-207194629
36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Amazing views on: February 08, 2016, 10:55:21 AM

https://player.vimeo.com/video/107995891" style="color:purple;text-decoration:underline" href="https://player.vimeo.com/video/107995891" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" data-mce-href="https://player.vimeo.com/video/107995891" data-mce-style="color: purple; text-decoration: underline;">https://player.vimeo.com/video/107995891

Beautiful, but OTOH it looks like we are headed for a world where one can be on camera everywhere all the time.
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / FP on: February 08, 2016, 10:48:41 AM
Syria

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added its voice to Saudi Arabia's in the rather small chorus of Gulf Arab countries hypothetically willing to send ground troops to Syria. UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash told the AP that he is "frustrated" at the slow pace of the war against the Islamic State and that the UAE would be willing to send a small number of troops to Syria to help train anti-Islamic State forces. The UAE already has ground troops fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Iranian-backed militias from Iraq are not wild about Saudi Arabia and the UAE's recent pledges to send troops to Syria, threatening to "open the gates of hell" for them if they deploy there. The threat came from Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-supplied Iraqi militia and U.S.-designated terrorist organization which is fighting on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria. The group is also active in Iraq, where it is operating as part of Baghdad’s war against the Islamic State.

The gains made by the government of Bashar al-Assad in the recent offensive around Aleppo spell trouble for the future of armed opposition to the Assad regime, analysts tell Agence France Presse. The loss of the city would deny rebels a crucial base and launchpad from Turkey into the rest of the country. Faced with Russian airpower and little means to counter it, the rebellion against the Assad regime may further radicalize into a deeper embrace of jihadist groups as the Russian and Iranian-backed coalition behind Assad tries to carve out a rump state in the populated west of Syria.

The fighting around Aleppo is also creating a massive refugee problem for Turkey as residents flee toward the border seeking shelter, Al Jazeera reports. Already, as many as 50,000 refugees are waiting on the Syrian side of the Turkish border as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledges that Turkey will let them in if they “have no other choice." Turkish officials estimate that the bombing could force another 70,000 refugees toward the border.

The Islamic State

The Washington Post has identified another member of the Islamic State's kidnap and murder squad, whose English accents earned them the nickname "the Beatles."  A U.S. intelligence official confirmed that Alexanda Kotey, a Londoner and convert to Islam, was a member of the group headed by Mohammed "Jihadi John" Emwazi, killed by a U.S. drone strike in November. Kotey's upbringing in the Shepherd's Bush section of London loosely aligns with descriptions of "Ringo," an Islamic State fighter involved in detaining and torturing the group's foreign hostages.
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / FP: on: February 08, 2016, 10:46:33 AM
By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley

3-2-1. The big news over the weekend was North Korea’s long-range rocket launch which it claimed put a satellite into space. The move, which comes just weeks after the North tested a nuclear device, has rattled world leaders and added to some existing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Almost immediately upon news of the launch, the U.S. and South Korea announced they were kicking off “formal consultations” over deploying the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to South Korea. A statement released on Saturday by U.S. Forces-Korea claimed the system “would be focused solely on North Korea and contribute to a layered missile defense that would enhance the Alliance’s existing missile defense capabilities against potential North Korean missile threats.” But Beijing isn’t so sure.

Beijing unhappy. The Chinese government has long cited concerns over the potential deployment of THAAD’s radar system to South Korea, which can penetrate deep into China. The Lockheed Martin-built THAAD is a long-range missile defense system that can knock ballistic missiles out of the sky at high altitudes, even outside the earth’s atmosphere. Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said late last year that Tokyo is considering deploying the system the bolster its Patriot missile capability.

And if you need to see what THAAD looks like in action, here’s some video.

As concerning as the North’s actions are, Ben Goodlad, an analyst at IHS Aerospace, Defence and Security, urged some caution. It’s “important to remember that this wasn't a ballistic missile test, however the rocket motors tested during the launch could be used to form the first and second stages of any future weapon," he said. Reports indicate that the satellite launched Sunday weighed about 440 pounds, doubling the weight of a satellite launched in a similar test in 2012.

Blame Clinton (the other one). The launch came up on the campaign trail here in the States, with Republican presidential hopefuls using it to try and secure some national security leverage. Texas Senator Ted Cruz reached back almost two decades in assigning blame for the North’s ability to launch the rocket and continuing ability to test nuclear devices, FP’s John Hudson writes. “The fact that we’re seeing the launch and we’re seeing the launch from a nuclear North Korea is a result of the failures of the first Clinton administration” for loosening sanctions against the nation, Cruz said. “What we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we should be with Iran.”
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Islamophobia on: February 08, 2016, 09:23:22 AM


https://www.facebook.com/Rahav.Rani/videos/992239060822502/
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Monotheism on: February 08, 2016, 09:06:43 AM
Moving CCP's post to here:

I was reading Life's magazine on King Tut and was surprised to learn that his father tried to change the multi deity worship of Egypt to a single sun God.  I always thought the Jews were the first to do this.

His father lived and ruled around 1332 to 1322 BC - before Abraham. Ater his death Egypt went right back to a pagan society.  On Wikipedia, reading on monotheism it mentions this but concludes it is not clear if the sun God worship was more a worship of the sun God or meant to mean worshiping of the pharaoh by way of this.

It also mentions that Sigmund Freud tried to link this to the Jews of Egypt having been there and that may have been a factor in the monotheism of the Jews.  This is doubtful because # 1 this would be at least 100 even before Abraham, and certainly long before any Jews might have been in Egypt (which is unclear if and what they were doing there - various theories holding that they were slaves, they were not slaves but workers, perhaps indentured, or were never there in the first place.).  Also the evidence seems to suggest that Egyptians were very unhappy with this renegade pharaoh doing this and quickly reverted back to the old ways after his short reign.  So it doesn't seem logical to think there was any influence on Abraham:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mystery-surrounding-king-tuts-dad-solved/
41  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife Law on: February 08, 2016, 09:04:20 AM
A British Dog Brother comments:

"Hey, I can't comment on the link you tagged me in (the OP will have security set). It's poorly written, misinformed hack journalism. There are laws here about 'what is something designed for' and 'what is the purpose of carrying something in public'. The latter picks up on the fact that kitchen knives, chain saws, pool cues, etc can all be used to harm people. It allows for police to stop people if the have 'probable cause' to do so. No one is trying to ban kitchen knives, I can go to HomeStore and buy a pruning machete if I want. But if I start carrying it around on the street I've got some explaining to do (and I'll be given my opportunity to do so). On amnesty, this is to remove things from circulation that are covered by the former law. They are normally only done after a major crime (people 'poop' themselves about the consequences of being caught with an 'illegal') or when police/charities have been successful with gang work. The law does allow for the carriage of utility and multi tools. It's all about purpose and intent. A frozen haddock, carried with the intention of bludgeoning someone would be a weapon  (and you could be charged with premeditation). Hope this makes sense.

"An example! The Glasgow Clan used to meet in a public park every Sunday. Glasgow is well known as 'not exactly safe' and has a greater than average police presence.  The first time we were there we were approach by police after about 30 mins, they politely asked us what we were doing. We (Actually Scotty) explained and we were cool. It helped we were all branded up with t-shirts and bags wink emoticon Though every week the police did just 'drive by' us few the first month until they decided we were harmless."

42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Partners in peace-- what could go wrong? 3.0 on: February 08, 2016, 12:18:26 AM
https://www.facebook.com/ILuvFreedom/videos/1655979804653081/
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: February 08, 2016, 12:02:19 AM
I too was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the questions.
44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / France: the new kistalnacht on: February 07, 2016, 10:41:14 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/22/france-jewish-shops-riot_n_5608612.html
45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Colin Powell sides with Hillary on: February 07, 2016, 10:34:38 PM
http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/02/05/attention-gop-colin-powell-says-he-agrees-with-hillary-clinton-on-classified-emails/
46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: February 07, 2016, 10:26:22 PM
I notice we have not had much overall commentary on the debate.

I thought Trump's opening statement very good, almost presidential.  Woefully inadequate on Obamacare and its replacement (and the other day he sounded like he was advocating single payer.  Pathetically evasive in his response eminent domain.  Sounded like a real yahoo on waterboarding.

The governors gang attack on Rubio looks to neuter his surge, thus leaving victory to Trump.  Glad to see Rubio double down this morning.  Also, I thought he had several good sallies last night.  Quite eloquent on Life.

I thought Cruz had some excellent moments where he sounded presidential , though the IQ, thoughtfulness, and precision of his responses on North Korea and waterboarding probably went over the head of most with nary a look back.  Stunned at the rare display of emotion about his sister.  It was well outside his usual modes and all the more powerful for it.

Though his closing statement was bland, I thought Carson had some good moments; I wish the moderators had taken up his challenge to be questioned on North Korea.

Bush now calls on his brother and his mommy.  Oy fg vey.
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Iran replaces dollar with Euro for its oil sales on: February 07, 2016, 10:08:43 PM
http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/iran-replaces-us-dollar-with-the-euro-in-oil-sales.html/
48  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / UK looking to go further on: February 07, 2016, 03:07:05 PM
http://countercurrentnews.com/2014/11/british-police-calling-for-knife-ban/#
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: February 07, 2016, 03:01:47 PM
Fair enough.

Also fair is to note that later in the debate Rubio spoke well and responsively on foreign affairs (and pro-life) a number of times, but probably this will get a lot less attention.
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: February 07, 2016, 01:04:05 PM
Of course I get the point about the modules, but OTOH on a human level I can understand that somewhere around your one thousandth coffee clatch, speech, interview, etc.  there come's a point where you have worked out how you want to say what you have to say.

Certainly I do this in my teaching.  I too have lines and "modules" that I use again and again.

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