A little story about appeasement

Appeasement is the new way to handle any situation so it seems.

In a certain prison, in a certain state, the inmates had a major fight in the exercise yard. At least 50 prisoners were involved in a fight between two gangs. The guards managed to end the fight with very little force though about 6 guards were injured. One of the guards was stabbed in the arm with a large piece of wood that had been whittled into a sharp point. While he was sitting in the clinic with the pieces of wood still sticking out of his arm the prison superintendent came to see the guard. Did he say anything like “are you ok son”, “you did a good job and I’m proud of you”. No! the guard was asked “what did you do to antagonize the inmate?” :angry4::angry4::angry4:

This was followed by giving the prisoners several MORE privileges rather than ordering lock down. :angry4::angry4::angry4: Well that will certainly teach those prisoners not to riot. Oh and one more thing. This is the toughest prison in the state. These prisoners are not the non violent kind, they are multiple murder type prisoners.


Oil spill visits get partisan

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand.

House Democrats said no.

Scalise’s trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons, but it has also opened a new vein of partisan squabbling over who should be allowed to arrange a trip to view the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Republicans want to be able to take trips using their office spending allowance. But Democrats have heard from the Department of Homeland Security, which has asked that Congress organize trips through committees of jurisdiction, to avoid having to cater to a ton of individual lawmakers in a disaster zone, Democratic aides say. GOP leaders say they’ve heard nothing of this.

The squabbling over who gets to travel to the Gulf on whose dime is the latest sign that congressional oversight of the oil spill oversight from Capitol Hill has been bogged down by partisanship. Congress has held upwards of 20 hearings on the disaster, often duplicative ones each week, as lawmakers struggle to grasp and fully realize the scope of BP’s giant oil spill


Unanimous: US Senate confirms Petraeus as war chief

Unanimous: US Senate confirms Petraeus as war chief

The US Senate has unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the next commander of the Afghanistan war. The vote was 99-0.

Petraeus replaces Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose career spanned three decades before ending in disgrace because of inflammatory remarks he and his aides made to Rolling Stone magazine. (AP)


US says no Russian diplomats to be expelled

US says no Russian diplomats to be expelled

The US State Department says it has no plans to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the arrests of 11 alleged Russian spies.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said US officials have been in contact with their Russian counterparts to discuss the US arrests and said he foresaw no further diplomatic fallout. Crowley said the “highest levels” of the State Department were aware of the US counterintelligence investigation and the plan to make the initial arrests. (AP)


Lador: New proof against Lieberman

Lador: New proof against Lieberman

State attorney announces new report on the FM corruption case.

State Attorney Moshe Lador announced to reporters that there have been developments in the investigation of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday.

“Last week, the state attorney’s office received the results of a significant investigation that helps understand the entirety of the events, and will help us make a decision,” Lador said, hinting that the document contains proof against the foreign minister.

The state attorney also mentioned a document his office had received two months prior “that will also help,” he said. “The legal adviser to the government already has that document.”

Lieberman responded to Lador’s announcement as follows: “Every time the state prosecution has a public or image problem, it does a spin at my expense that is both embarrassing and sad.”


Tension Between Netanyahu and Lieberman

Tension Between Netanyahu and Lieberman

Reported: 22:15 PM – Jun/30/10

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly angry about not being updated about the fact that Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer met in Zurich with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davot Ulu.

“This is a violation of trust with the Prime Minister,” Lieberman reportedly said. Netanyahu’s office replied, “Lieberman was not updated due to technical reasons only.”


Europe: Worst for Jews Since End of WW2

Oooops Sing, I just saw your post on this same subject. Sorry…

Europe: Worst for Jews Since End of WW2

European Jewry is in its worst condition since the end of World War II. This bleak evaluation was delivered by European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor on Tuesday.

“Jews are afraid to walk the streets in Europe with Jewish symbols”, Kantor said. “Synagogues, Jewish schools and kindergartens require barbed-wire fences and security, and Jewish men, women and children are beaten up in broad daylight.”

EJP (European Jewish Press) reports that Kantor was speaking at a lunch meeting in Brussels, organized in honor of Belgium’s ascendance to the presidency of the European Union. The participants were members of the European Parliament from Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands (Holland) and Luxembourg), as well as representatives of the Jewish communities of those countries.

Malmo, For Example

“Most worryingly,” he added, “Jews are being forced out of many European cities, like Malmo, because of the atmosphere of hostility and violence.” Malmo, on the southern tip of Sweden, is the country’s third largest city, with 290,000 people. It has the highest proportion of non-Scandinavian natives of any Swedish city; the largest group of immigrants is from Iraq.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Telegraph reported that increasing numbers of Jews were leaving Malmo for Israel and England because of a jump in anti-Semitic violence by both Muslim extremists and neo-Nazis.


There Will Be War

There Will Be War

Reza Kahlili, 06.21.10, 07:20 PM EDT

The time to support Iran’s people is now.

Last week, Iran’s opposition leaders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi canceled anti-government demonstrations timed to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s disputed presidential election. Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton called the cancellation “regrettable,” but missed the larger point. The reform these two men offer is not what the majority of Iranians want: They want an end to the current Islamic regime.

One year ago, the Obama administration missed an opportunity to support Iran’s uprising. They mistakenly calculated that back-door negotiations with Iran’s clerics and promises made by its rulers would bring cooperation on the nuclear issue. The Americans were duped and now find themselves grasping for another chance to support an Iranian uprising.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has ordered a massive buildup of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf starting with Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier. Just last Friday an armada of more than 12 U.S. and Israeli warships passed through the Suez canal amid extreme security provided by Egypt. The ships are headed for the Red Sea and from there to the Persian Gulf. Another four U.S. warships will be making their way to the region to join the Strike Group. The Americans have also conducted joint air and naval strike practices with France and the U.K. under the command of American forces, while Germany is sending warships to the area, also under the command of American forces.

Both Israel and the U.S. have positioned nuclear-armed submarines in the region. Israel has conducted multiple tests on its missile defense systems to protect its citizens once war breaks out. U.S. and Israeli Special Forces have been deployed inside Iran to investigate potential targets and gauge the willingness of Iranians to overthrow the current regime. Russia–up to now a key backer of the regime–recently announced a freeze in sales of its S-300 missiles to Iran. Vladimir Putin confirmed this himself last week.

Iran, for its part, is also preparing for an all-out war in the Middle East. Before even a vote was cast at the U.N. on recent sanctions, Iranian leaders had ordered the Guards to build up. Reinforcement troops have been dispatched to the Iraqi and Afghanistan borders. Hezbollah has been armed to the teeth, and Syria was presented with missiles carrying larger payloads and longer range.


Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have set up detention centers in rural areas capable of housing thousands in the event of any further unrest. The Guards have been anticipating this day ever since Mohammad Ali Jafari was picked as commander by Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei. Jafari has said that Iran’s opposition is an even greater threat to Iran than its former archenemy Saddam Hussein had been. He has facilitated the establishment of 31 command and control centers in and around Iran that can operate independently in case of a break in communication during a war. Each center is authorized to suppress any unrest and to confront any enemy. Jafari has also brought Iran’s Basij militia–a group of pro-government vigilantes–under Guard command to insure greater coordination.

More here….



'China naval drill not retaliatory'

‘China naval drill not retaliatory’

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 14:19:21 GMT

China says its six-day military exercise in the East China Sea is not a response to a planned joint military drill between the US and South Korea.

“This is not related to the situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday, describing the drill as “a regular military exercise,” Reuters reported.

Media reports has suggested that China’s live-ammunition drill due to start Wednesday is in fact Beijing’s response to a planned joint naval exercise between the United States and South Korea in the Yellow Sea.

“Though the Chinese government did not say anything about the drill, anybody with common sense on military strategy will bet that they are related,” Shi Yinhong, an expert on US studies at Renmin University, was quoted as saying in the official China Daily.

Beijing, on the other hand, says the military exercise by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “not aimed at the US-South Korea joint exercise,” calling the timing a “coincidence.” ……