Tuesday, September 2, 2014

IS Not Prone to Idle Threats

The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

In the video, which lasts for just under three minutes, ISIS murders Sotloff andthreatens the life of David Haines, a British citizen.

Sotloff, 31, was kidnapped in 2013 while reporting on the bloody civil war in Syria.


The video comes weeks after ISIS released a video in which it beheaded another American journalist, James Foley. In that video, the militants threatened to murder Sotloff next if the US bombing of ISIS targets continued.


Stadium Catering Centerplate Forced to Do What It Should Have Done Immediately

Stadium catering company Centerplate will today announce the resignation of CEO Desmond Hague, 10 days after surveillance video emerged of Hague kicking and choking his dog in an elevator.

Centerplate, which handles food and beverage services for stadiums including Levi's Stadium, Qualcomm Stadium, Tropicana Stadium, FedEx Field, and the Superdome, had originally announced that Hague would be placed on probation, donate $100,000, and volunteer 1,000 hours with animal charities.

I’m guessing the animal charities didn’t want him. Elevator camera video of the abuse is on the site if you think maybe it wasn’t too bad.
[T]oday the Union-Tribune and Global News both report that following continued criticism, Centerplate has informed clients that Hague is being forced out of his job as CEO.


A hotel employee saw the video and provided copies to the media and the British Columbia office of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The BC SPCA carried out its own investigation, which determined that [the dog’s] behavior indicated "she has received this treatment before," and has forwarded its findings to prosecutors for potential charges against Hague.
I should think the least that could be done is have the dog taken away from the bastard.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

A Little Common Sense Might Have Told Them

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 26-30 August 2014. [...] Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%.


It is worth noting that the size of the change in favor of Hamas is unprecedented since 2006. Indeed, if presidential elections were to take place today, Ismail Haniyeh would easily win over Abbas and Hamas would win the largest percentage of the popular vote in parliamentary elections.

And here’s “the money quote” for me:
An overwhelming majority of 86% support the launching of rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel if the siege and blockade are not ended.
So it very clearly indicates that Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza actually aided and abetted its enemy and ensured its continued resistance. Short of an actual extermination of the Palestinian people (which they seem to favor), it looks obvious that Israel’s government needs to change course, accept the Palestinians’ rights, reverse their indefensible position of blockading and land-grabbing, and – I don’t know – drown itself in the bathtub, maybe.

But that wouldn’t be good for our “defense” industry economy, would it?

...and hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Ferguson Police Update

[O]fficers in Ferguson, Missouri, are now wearing body cameras to film their work.


Experts say police body cameras would help to provide an accurate account of police-involved incidents, possibly resulting in fewer incidences of police abusing their powers.

Until they turn them off, or they “accidentally” get damaged or quit working for some unexplained mysterious reason just at a crucial moment.
Meanwhile, Digital Ally, which produces tiny cameras that fasten to the shirt of police officers and relay images back to a centralized location, reported last week a 387 percent surge in its stock price since the slaying of Michael Brown on August 9.
Well, at least the shooting of an unarmed teenager 35’ away in the street was good for somebody's business.
Public Advocate Letitia James has endorsed video cameras for New York police officers following the death of Eric Garner as police attempted to arrest him for selling black-market cigarettes. A cell phone video captured the tragic incident, which showed one police officer applying an illegal [ed: and, as it turned out in this case, deadly] chokehold on Garner.

The pilot program would cost $5 million and equip 15 percent of the city’s police officers with the devices.

Humanitarian Intervention

The government of Libya said Monday that it had lost control of its ministries to a coalition of militias that had taken over the capital, Tripoli, in another milestone in the disintegration of the state.

And, there goes Libya.

You’re welcome. No need to thank us.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Go On About Your Business

Journalists in Somalia reported that suspected U.S. drones fired missiles near the port city of Barawe, a stronghold for al-Shabab. In a rare acknowledgment of its clandestine military activities in Somalia, the Pentagon said it had conducted a counterterrorism operation there but gave no details.

“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement late Monday.


Monday, September 1, 2014

When Good Comes from Tragedy

Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank yesterday announced the takeover of 988 acres (3,799 dunams) belonging to five Palestinian villages between the Etzion settlement bloc and Jerusalem. The move clears the way for construction of a new settlement named Gvaot.

The announcement follows the cabinet’s decision last week to take over the land in response to the June kidnapping and killing of three teenage Jewish boys by Hamas militants in the area.

Well, that plus the utter bomb-athon it has leveled on Gaza over the past few months.
Peace Now, which monitors settlement construction, said it was the largest Israeli appropriation of West Bank land in 30 years.


The appropriated land belongs to five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area: Jaba, Surif, Wadi Fukin, Husan and Nahalin.

The move is the latest of a series of plans designed to attach the Etzion settlement bloc to Jerusalem and its environs. Construction of a major settlement, known as Gvaot, at the location has been mooted by Israel since the year 2000.
Wasn’t it a stroke of luck for Israel that those three boys were taken?
Palestinian officials did not seem very surprised last night by the Israeli cabinet decision.

One Down

Or maybe he'll just get hired on to a different police department.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Never Forget

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.