Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mid-Week Post


Also, remember that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya one year ago. Three others-Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods - were also killed while their murderer commander-in-chief was nowhere to be found. The US embassy, it has been discovered, was the hub of a weapons-running scheme and possibly a place of recruitment for jihadis to fight in Syria.

Everything now comes full circle.

Please see here.


State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki did not directly deny to reporters Wednesday that Benghazi survivors were being withheld from testifying before Congress, suggesting instead that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is mistaken to assume any of the survivors do want to testify. ...

Lee asked Psaki directly if the assertion that the survivors of the Benghazi attack, who have been interviewed by the FBI and the Accountability Review Board, were being kept from Congress was "incorrect." Psaki paused and said that, "based on the information available," interviewing the survivors "outside of the criminal justice process" would pose "risks" to the efforts by law enforcement. She went on to say that if the identities of the survivors became public, it could make them and their families "targets" and "at risk."

Psaki went on to infer that the survivors did not want to testify: "[Lee's inquiry] implies an interest from any of the individuals [Issa] has requested in participating." When asked directly if that is what she was implying, she responded, "I don't have any more for you."

Sure they don't. Who wants to get to the bottom of this gun-running/ambassador-murdering/region destabilising/war-starting scheme? Who?

A bomb goes off in Benghazi:

A car bomb damaged a Libyan foreign ministry building in Benghazi on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. consulate in the country's second largest city.

Two years after the revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is riven along regional and tribal lines and dogged by armed violence, leaving the central government struggling to curb the clout of rival militias and radical Islamists.

Over at the Fur: I don't approve of burning religious texts just as I don't approve of damaging or desecrating houses of worship but if the suicide vest fits, O Those Who Burn Coptic Churches, Debase and Degrade Women, Force Religious Minorities to Pay the Equivalent of Mob Shakedown Money, wear it; well, as long as the UN panel finds both the rebels and Assad equally guilty, I guess it's okay; the audacity of a Muslim Million Man March (did they think it was a victory march?) on September 11th is tempered by those who stood up to these cretins; it was bad enough that then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo withdrew Filipino troops to satisfy terrorists' demands but to cave into so cowardly a group of thugs should be unthinkable, and Richard Dawkins continues to lose whatever influence and marbles he had.

Allegedly from Vladimir Putin:

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”............

(Sidebar: rather like what the former Soviet Union did.)

He forgot to add what he is getting out of this. This is the master Obama would learn from if he wasn't so stuck-up. (Insert own Lenin/Stalin squabble here)

But wait! There's more:

The Obama Administration is citing the worry that North Korea will use chemical weapons to gain support for a strike on Syria … from China. Good luck with that. It has to be about the most naive diplomatic strategy I’ve heard all year.  

This is why prehistoric animals should not be cloned:

A unique new fossil discovered in Jordan has given researchers fresh insight about a prehistoric sea lizard called prognathodon, as it is the first fossil to show the shape of the lizard's tale, suggesting that it swam like a shark.

The prognathodon was a huge, fearsome predator that hunted in Earth's oceans during the late Cretacious period, roughly between 65 and 80 million years ago. They could grow up to 12 metres long, and although they lived their entire lives in the ocean, they were air-breathers, and it's thought that they evolved on land first and adapted to life at sea. This species is sometimes called the 'T-rex of the seas' ('sea rex'?). Just one look at fossils of the species' skull, with its powerful, tooth-filled maw, and it's easy to see why.

Who will love a little sparrow? This boy, apparently:

Vadim Veligurov, 12, found an abandoned baby sparrow near his grandmother's house in the historical town of Minusinsk in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, where he was spending his summer holiday.

The unlikely duo have been inseparable ever since.

Vadim named the bird Abi, and decided to care for her until she grew strong enough to fly away. Instead of returning to the wild, however, the sparrow had no intentions of leaving her human friend.

(With thanks to all)


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