Category Archives: News Around the world
While talking about Assad’s chemical weapons yesterday, Fox News mistakenly showed footage I hadn’t seen on mainstream media before–it was footage released by the Syrian government that showed its soldiers finding a stash of chemical weapons and antidotes in a rebel hideout. The Fox footage below shows that the antidotes were made by a Qatari-German company, and of course the Qataris are supplying the rebels not the government. You can see the dirty containers on the chemicals, the cellophane covers tied on – definitely not government issue!
Our two favorite capitulators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have managed to accomplish the unthinkable: Egypt no longer wants U.S. aid. Yes, after Senator Rand Paul and his allies in the Wacko Bird Caucus tried to end aid to Egypt, only to be thwarted by the Senate, Graham and McCain managed to anger Egyptians so much that they are telling the U.S. to keep its billions. When a bill dies 86-13 in the U.S. Senate, it must be the right course of action.
McCain and Graham characterized the recent overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi as a coup, and it matters to McCain and Graham that Morsi was overthrown by a coup. Former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, not so much, but an Islamist fanatic whose party was enthused about brutally repressing the rights of average Egyptians, yes. It’s no surprise, of course, because these are the same two Senators who want to give jihadists in Syria arms on the U.S. taxpayers dime. After all, they’re freedom fighters, says John
Fonda McCain, who apparently doesn’t mind a coup against Syrian President Bashir Assad.
Larry Summers, erstwhile Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, is in the news again. Ryan Grimm of the Huffington Post is reporting the President is considering Summers for the Federal Reserve’s top job, much to the consternation of virtually everyone outside the hedge fund community. Back in May, I wrote a piece when Summers was rumored to be in the running for the job, and I feel that the piece is even more relevant given the president’s apparent desire to ruin the economy even more by appointing Larry Summers to chair the Fed. After all, when you’ve destroyed your university’s endowment, gambled its cash reserves on derivatives, ensured that derivatives would remain deregulated so your friends could gamble at 40:1 leveraging, why not move on to managing our monetary policy next? What could possibly go wrong?!
Without further adieu, I give you Larry Summers: Failure will get you everywhere, printed below. The piece originally appeared on dustinstockton.com. Enjoy!
Welcome to the fourth volume of the News that isn’t News, where we aggregate the day in pointless for you to give your brain a warm bath in a steaming pile of useless, irrelevant information. You’re welcome, America.
Our first story is the story that’s lighting up America, a country that fought a revolution to avoid having to give a damn about royal births, but still manages to care about the Duchess of Cambridge’s recent birth. That’s right, Kate Middleton gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, who will be automatically richer than you simply because of who his parents are. CNN reporter and royal commentator Victoria Arbiter thinks that giving birth to a boy right off the bat makes Kate brilliant as a royal, because all those unintelligent royals who don’t decide right off the bat to have a boy are just daft.
“I can’t believe we finally, after all this waiting, know that we have a boy. My first thought, I have to say, was this is how brilliant a royal Kate is. There are women throughout British royal family history that have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy. And here we are — Kate did it first time.”
San Francisco, with its open air crack bazaar in the Castro, and its sanctuary city status, has long been an example of the inglorious ways of Big Government. This month, San Francisco jumped the Shar Pei when it began enforcing a series of new regulations requiring dog walkers to purchase and maintain $1 million in liability insurance for vehicles used to transport dogs. That’s right, in the city of San Francisco, vehicles used to transport humans are required to carry less liability insurance than vehicles used to transport dogs. Dog walkers are also required to obtain a city-issued permit, and the city is limiting the number of dogs who can be walked at a time to eight.
San Francisco is serious about enforcement; so serious, in fact, that it is dedicating two to four park patrol officers at once during the 24 hours of the day at the city’s 220 parks. 56 dog walkers have managed to navigate the bureaucratic maze and obtain their licenses so far, and the city predicts that 300 or so dog walkers will eventually obtain their licenses.
The calls to war over Syria grow more insistent. Many of the usual suspects who are convinced it is better to destabilize entire regimes and regions than “lead from behind,” are joining the voices of human rights groups appalled by Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad’s brutal attempts to tamp down the various rebel forces. An analysis of Syria should leave aside the budget busting $6 trillion dollars we will have spent on Iraq because as has become clear, money is not considered an issue when it comes to grand ideological battles, however existentially or tenuously related to our own national interests. Senator Lindsay Graham persists in calling for boots on the ground in Syria. Sen. McCain does not want boots on the ground but demands the United States enforce a no-fly zone to help the Syrian rebels lest Syria becomes a failed state. Calls for war in Syria ignore the almost overwhelming odds that what we seek to achieve, may simply not be achievable, and a voluntary war fought at any cost may be a greater threat to our actual national interest than any existential or philosophical ones.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of a U.N.team investigating casualties from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan declared after a secret research trip to the country that the attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Ben Emmerson, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said the Pakistani government made clear to him that it does not consent to the strikes — a position that has been disputed by U.S. officials.
The strikes have caused growing controversy because of the secrecy surrounding them and claims that they have caused significant civilian casualties — allegations denied by the United States.
According to a U.N. statement that Emmerson emailed to The Associated Press on Friday, the Pakistani government told him it has confirmed at least 400 civilian deaths by U.S. drones on its territory. The statement was initially released on Thursday, following the investigator’s three-day visit to Pakistan, which ended Wednesday. The visit was kept secret until Emmerson left.
Imtiaz Gul, an expert on Pakistani militancy who is helping Emmerson’s team, said Friday that the organization he runs, the Centre for Research and Security Studies, gave the U.N. investigator during his visit case studies on 25 strikes that allegedly killed around 200 civilians.
Tom Fitton, Head of Judicial Watch, Battling Obama Administration for Access to Photos of Usama Bin Laden’s Body
The watchdog group Judicial Watch is battling the Obama administration in court for the release of 52 photos of the body of terrorist leader Usama bin Laden and his burial.
The Justice Department has argued making the photos public could inflame tensions in the Muslim world. At the time of bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan, President Obama said he would not release the photos because he did not want the world to view it as “spiking the football.” The body was ultimately buried at sea.
In denying this Freedom of Information Act request, the administration said the photos could harm national security or lead to attacks on Americans overseas. The case is now in a federal appeals court…
Brian Doherty of Reason was interviewed by PBS Newshour during the ‘We are the Future Rally’ on Sunday in Tampa FL.
is testing drinks after you go through the naked body scanners or pat downs and buy your drink at the gates.