“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time to Take a Break


  1. Ugh, ugh, it sounds like you have a very upset family there, ugh, it's time to take a break..

  2. I think the Texans have truly conducted themselves well throughout the ordeal.

  3. Life across Texas has abruptly shifted as floodwater turned streets into rivers. Hundreds of schools shut down in the state.


    The George R. Brown Convention Centre in downtown Houston had taken in 9000 people as of Tuesday morning, said Charles Maltbie, a regional disaster officer for the Red Cross who is at the convention. That number is nearly double the centre's anticipated capacity of 5000.

    The convention centre is the evacuation site for all air evacuations, Maltbie said, and bus evacuations are being diverted to other shelters around the city. When asked what the centre's top capacity is, Maltbie said: "We will meet the need."

  4. President Donald Trump last week encouraged a government shut down - not a debt default - if Congress refused to fund a wall to keep out illegal immigrants on the US-Mexico border. He was due to deliver a major tax reform speech on Wednesday (Thursday AEST), in a bid to bolster his stalled economic agenda.

    Since Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Houston, Mr Trump sounded more conciliatory and expressed hope that the government could avoid being shut down.

    Most retailers and restaurants remained close in Houston on Tuesday, as residents fled rising flood waters after a reservoir levee was breached south of the city.

  5. Any Kangaroo is brighter than this Aussie nitwit -

    Australia: Ex-human rights chief says “Sharia’s no different to Catholicism,” calls for Sharia courts
    By Pamela Geller - on August 29, 2017

    So many Western leaders seem determined to make sure their countries commit suicide. If Gillian Triggs gets her wish, as she probably will, and sharia courts are established in Australia, she will see them justifying spousal abuse and consigning women to lifetimes of brutalization and violence. And that’s just the beginning. When the jihad engulfs Australia, Gillian Triggs might reconsider her position. But by then it will be far too late.

    “‘Sharia’s no different to Catholicism’: Ex-human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs says Sharia law courts SHOULD be allowed in Australia – just as the Vatican already influences everyday life,” by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, August 24, 2017:

    Australia’s former human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs says Sharia law should be allowed in Australia.

    The former law professor likened the Islamic legal system to Catholic diktats from the Vatican.

    ‘There are various ways in which religious law affects the private lives of people,’ she told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday night, after sharing a stage with Iranian-born Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

    ‘The views of the Vatican affect the lives of Catholics in this country.’

    Professor Triggs also said Sharia divorce courts should be allowed in Australia, under a system where a Muslim man can leave his wife by saying ‘I divorce you’ three times and a woman’s word is worth less than a man’s.

    ‘If it’s a matter of private law within the Muslim community and they want to manage their affairs in that way, and they believe in those rules, that’s reasonably acceptable,’ she said.

    1. FGM doctors plan religious freedom defense, Dershowitz on legal team :

      O come on Alan, I like ya, but what the hell is wrong with you ?

    2. I like this idea, even tho Pam Geller doesn't. BIG 10 TON flower pots five feet apart three stggered rows deep with vines down the sides and pretty flowers on top....

      Anti-Terror Flower Pots Take Root in Italian Cities :

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  7. Harvey should be the turning point in fighting climate change



    1. It was all prophesied by Al Goreleoni long ago.

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  9. Pastor Joel Osteen has opened his Mega-Church to Harvey victims.

    It seems this sleezey looking fellow was telling the truth when he said it was earlier blocked by water.

    Why, after all, would a 'religious' magnate of a mega-church wish to turn folks away at such a time ?

    Think of the free advertising, and the coming donations....

    Hereeeee's Joel !

    Here’s why people hate Joel Osteen
    By Kate Bowler August 29 at 6:56 PM

    1. Joel preaches the "prosperity gospel".

      Make a donation, make Joel prosperous.

      In fact, donate all you have, Joel will be even more prosperous.

  10. For our very own SMIRK -

    August 30, 2017
    That leftist smirk, smile, and laughter when discussing serious matters
    By Thomas Lifson

    What is it about so many leftists that causes them to smirk, smile, and even laugh when discussing their purportedly serious proposals?

    For example, Tucker Carlson last night interviewed Robin Biro, one of those “strategists” who show up on cable news to argue a point of view. Mr. Biro was arguing in favor of a proposed law in California that would criminalize use of an “unwelcome” pronoun, for instance, calling using “he” to refer to someone with an X-chromosome and a Y-chromosome (what science calls a “male”), when that person prefers “she” or maybe “ze.”

    In the 3-minute segment below, notice how Biro reacts to perfectly reasonable comments by Tucker. Hat tip: Daily Caller:


    Do lefties smirk this way because they know their proposals are ridiculous and they are just trolling us?

    Or are they nervous when confronted with facts and logic?

    Or is something else at work.

    I seriously wonder.

  11. Handling Harvey shows America at its best
    By Jonah Goldberg August 29, 2017 | 6:41pm

    U.S. Army/Sipa USA

    Even hurricanes have a silver lining: The downpour washes away a lot of bull.

    Don’t get me wrong. This is a tragedy for untold thousands of people. And no upside could possibly balance the scale against the downside. The full human toll of Harvey, now a tropical storm, remains to be determined, but it’s already steep. As of this writing, the official count of fatalities was up to 14, and that number will probably rise. The economic cost will take a long time to calculate. And the emotional price — lost homes, heirlooms, pictures, worry, stress — can never be calculated.

    And yet, I couldn’t help but notice that there is a “feel good” aspect to the whole catastrophe. The best example is the hyper-viral story of two men loading up their boat and driving into the storm. CNN’s Ed Lavandera found them under a highway overpass readying the vessel.

    “You guys just jumping in to help out?” Lavandera asked.

    “Yes, sir,” says one of the men.

    “What are you going to do?” Lavandera asks him.

    “Go try to save some lives.”

    That man was African-American. His partner appeared to be Caucasian or maybe Latino. But it doesn’t matter at all. All they wanted to do was help. While it was a journalistic faux pas not to get the men’s names, it almost made the story more endearing that we didn’t get them, because it reinforced the idea that they were just normal Americans.

    All weekend, TV and social media highlighted stories like this. Granted, there were plenty of attempts to politicize the storm. Some had superficial legitimacy. Did Texas officials — particularly the Democratic mayor of Houston and the Republican governor of Texas — drop the ball in not ordering a mandatory evacuation? But even these debates lacked the bitter vitriol that marked coverage of Hurricane Katrina or even Hurricane Sandy.

    1. Other attempts to bend an apolitical event to a preferred political narrative were more desperate and despicable. The Twitter account for an outfit called Charitable Humans unleashed a Cat-5 gale of schadenfreude at Houston’s woes. Over a satellite image of Harvey: “Texas has been bitten by Karma, but they still have a huge debt to the bank of Karma.” “I just can’t bring myself to even consider providing aid to any red state, let them clean up their own mess.”

      To its credit, the organization later deleted its account and released an apologetic statement saying its leaders were “horrified” by their social media coordinator’s actions.

      But the point was already made. We live in an ugly, tribal moment in American history. Indeed, the more representative story of the weekend came out of Berkeley, where antifa goons beat up nonviolent protesters they unilaterally deemed to be fascist.

      By comparison, despite the terrible plight of its victims, Harvey was the happy story, at least in one narrow respect. Politics is becoming a substitute for identity, even religion, for millions of Americans. How you vote, what team you root for on the cable shout shows, is becoming a signifier of who you are. The media fuel this attitude, in large ways and small, by turning the news into “narratives” of good people and bad people. This is an unhealthy development, regardless of which ideological uniform you wear.

      But politics and ideology are, or should be, downstream from all of the most important things in life, at least in America. (It’s a different matter in places like Venezuela or North Korea.) Under normal circumstances this can be hard to see, never mind appreciate, because we are lucky to live in a fabulously rich and free society where people can afford to make politics into a sport or fashion statement.

      Most of us can see this within our own networks of friends and family, where political differences rarely trump more meaningful bonds. But on a mass scale, it becomes apparent only in dire circumstances, like when floodwaters wash away the nonsense and reveal the decency of the American people.


  12. Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Business Deal 'Will Get Donald Elected'


    1. A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.

      “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,”

      Mr. Sater wrote in an email.
      “I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

    2. A less gullible person at another site did a little homework on this:

      "Robert "The FBI White-Washer" Mueller's team of Trump-hating lawyers is leaking to Trump-hating journalists that a Russian immigrant named Felix Sater tried to make some deals between Donald Trump and Russian entities.

      Sater is an undercover agent for the FBI. Here is a passage from the Wikipedia article about Sater.


      In 1998, Sater was convicted of fraud in connection to a $40 million penny stock pump-and-dump scheme conducted by the Russian Mafia involving his company White Rock Partners. In return for a guilty plea, Sater agreed to assist the FBI and federal prosecutors as an informantin organized crime.

      In 2009, he was sentenced to pay a $25,000 fine and served no prison time. As a result of his assistance, Sater's court records were sealed for 10 years by Loretta Lynch, then the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch's decision to seal his records was discussed at her 2015 Congressional confirmation hearings to become attorney general; she stated that Sater provided "information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra."

      In July 2017, The Financial Times, citing five sources with knowledge of the matter, reported that Sater had agreed to cooperate with investigators looking into an international money laundering scheme involving Viktor Khrapunov, a former government minister in Kazakhstan. Khrapunov, who now lives in Switzerland, has been accused by the Kazakhstani government of embezzling millions of dollars and is wanted by Interpol.


      Sater became an FBI informant in about 1998 and seems to have continued to work as an FBI informant to the present. He probably earns a lot of money for doing so.

      Mueller was the FBI Director from 2001 to 2013."

  13. Psycho-rat is back.

    Having escaped again from his mom's basement.

    He needs to be institutionalized.

    Ciao and Cheers to all you others.


    1. The moral and physical coward of the Elephant Bar is running away, again.

      No new news, there.


  14. All Options are on the table ...

    Except talking.

    Donald J. Trump


    The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!

    5:47 AM - Aug 30, 2017

    Unless one believes, as does Rex Tillerson that Donald Trump speaks for himself.

    The president posted the message as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was preparing to meet Wednesday morning with Song Young-moo, South Korea’s defense minister.

    Mattis, asked Wednesday morning at the Pentagon whether there are no diplomatic solutions when it comes to North Korea, indicated that there still are.

    “No, we’re never out of diplomatic solutions,” he said.
    “We continue to work together, and the minister and I share a responsibility to provide for the protection of our nations, our populations and our interests, which is what we are here to discuss today.”

    Who should the people of the United States believe ???
    The President or the Generals and Goldman Sucks Bankers that are really running the country?

    Oh My !!!

    1. High comedy, Rat. Thanks for the chuckle. WWBWBD??

    2. See below, MOME, even Rich Lowery speaks of the dysfunction in the Trump Administration.

      You do know who Rich Lowery is ...

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  16. Flake Toast

    The most important poll in America right now isn't the approval rating for President Donald Trump. Instead it's a new survey of Republican voters in Arizona that has a stunningly clear message for the rest of America. And that message is this: The Republican Party is stuck with President Trump.

    The JMC Analytics poll came out Monday and it showed that incumbent GOP Senator Jeff Flake not only trails leading primary challenger Kelli Ward, but he trails her by a whopping 26 percentage points. It also shows that Flake only has a 22 percent approval rating among Republicans, and that those voters would like to see someone else be the GOP nominee in the 2018 Senate race by a 44 percentage point margin. Finally, 76 percent of the Arizona Republicans surveyed approve of the job President Trump is doing.

    That's a lot of numbers to digest, but the final message is clear. And that message is that Flake's recent attacks on President Trump are coming at a hefty price, even though he represents a state that only tilted to Trump in the election by fewer than 100,000 votes and under four percentage points.

    In other words, as bad as many establishment Republicans think publicly supporting President Trump may be for them and their electoral chances, publicly opposing him is worse. For all the pundits who insist, cajole, and even pray that the GOP make a clean break with the Trump team to preserve their political future, the best response is this poll.

    Much of this is due to the establishment's very obvious lack of understanding the election results.

  17. .

    Melania Trump Rocks FLOTUS Cap

    She looks great. I love it.

    Even better scan down in the article to see what the back of the cap says.


    1. :)

      I bet it is at times, too.

    2. What's the back say? Twitter blocked at work.

    3. 'My life is a living hell. Please help !'

    4. Should be worn full time by every general and liberal in his cabinet.

      Trump's certainly chosen the most dysfunctional cabinet in history.

      I'd like to see Tillerson molested by a gay Boy Scout.

    5. .

      My, my, some of the Trumpkins seem to have lost their sense of humor.


    6. Canada introduces gender-neutral passports as part of equality drive

      Canadians who wish to identify as gender-neutral or trans-gender will be permitted to write an "X" onto their passports in the section where, conventionally, the passport holder would be denoted as either "M" for male or "F" for female.

    7. Mary Jones 30 Aug 2017

      Oh Canada! I lived in you and loved my time there when I was young. Why are you committing suicide? Trudeau pere started the rot and Trudeau fils is following in his footsteps. They have much to answer for. I am filled with sadness to see the destruction of a once beautiful and contented country.

  18. PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia would go to war if the US asked us to join them, as he called for more economic pressure on North Korea and likened the rogue nation to the mafia.


    China is working with other members of the United Nations Security Council on a response to North Korea’s missile launch over Japan, the Chinese foreign minister said on Wednesday.


    Later on Wednesday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying criticised the actions of “relevant parties” who say China should step up pressure on North Korea.

    Washington has pressed Beijing to do more to rein in Pyongyang.

  19. The US military has shot down a medium-range ballistic missile during a test off Hawaii, officials say.

    The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai Island.


    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain the US territory of Guam, which is home to key US military bases.


    Devil's Tower, Wyoming UFO Enthusiasts Rendezvous

    If you haven't visited Devil's Tower you haven't lived.

    Doug scaled the Tower up and down both, once, back in his hay days.

    1. I heard Quirk was born upon the Tower on a moonless rainy and cloudy night.

    2. But it's all right now, cause he's Quirk, and he's a gas, gas, gas bag.

  21. This is for all you old heads that were players, badd asses and got thrown out of a bar or three when in your twenties.

    I got a kick out of this:

  22. :)
    Heh the end of a perfect evening.

  23. Getting to the bottom of things -

    Rep. Rohrabacher says 'rendezvous' being set up with Trump to relay info from WikiLeaks' Assange on DNC hack
    By Andrew Kaczynski, CNN
    Updated 2:21 PM ET, Wed August 30, 2017

    "It is my understanding from other parties who are trying to arrange a rendezvous with myself and the President, it is being arranged for me to give him the firsthand information from (Assange)," Rohrabacher said.

    The White House did not return a request for comment on Rohrabacher's comments.

    (CNN)Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said Monday that a "rendezvous" is being set up between him and President Donald Trump to relay information he received from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about the hack of the Democratic National Committee last year.

    Rohrabacher, who is considered to be among the most pro-Russia members in Congress, met with Assange earlier this month and claims Assange told him that Russia was not involved in the hacking. Rohrabacher said after the meeting that he wanted to brief Trump on what Assange told him. Appearing on the Sean Hannity radio show Monday afternoon, the California congressman said that meeting was in the process of being set up.

    "It is my understanding from other parties who are trying to arrange a rendezvous with myself and the President, it is being arranged for me to give him the firsthand information from (Assange)," Rohrabacher said.

    1. One must not have a meeting, but a rendezvous being much higher class one should have that.

    2. Just as long as the Times continues to receive a full transcript of the rendezvous.

    3. That's right.

      Or Rachel Maddow.

  24. Crystal Otero and her husband know what they saw in the Bayonne night sky last weekend. The “red, fireball like object” appeared in the sky above the city around 1:30 a.m., and it was no optical illusion, the pair say.


    According to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), there is no lack of strange sightings in New Jersey. In 2016, the NUFORC received dozens of “UFO” sighting reports across the state, including in Piscataway, Manalapan, Camden, Burlington, Atlantic City, Newark, Jersey City, Bloomfield, Passaic, Toms River, West Orange, Florham Park and Clifton.

  25. UFO sightings are soon in increase dramatically in California -

    California initiative would legalize psychedelic mushrooms....DRUDGE

    Rufus would approve.

    1. If you've got the soccer moms, and Rufus, how can you fail ?

      California would become the first state in the nation to legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a long-shot ballot initiative passes muster with voters next year.

      The measure is backed by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin habit with the help of a mushroom trip in Death Valley. It would exempt Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin, the compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties.

      “There is a cultural fascination with mushrooms that goes really deep,” said Kevin Saunders, the activist behind the initiative. “The soccer moms are all pretty much, for lack of a better term, high now, and some of them are taking mushrooms.”

  26. Muzz putting women in their place in Sydney, Australia - Sheik Shady at work

    Sydney Muslim Youth Group Trains Girls to Avoid Cameras so Photos Show Only Males
    By Geller Report Staff - on August 30, 2017

    A Muslim youth group in Sydney, Australia, is busily training the next generation in the Islamic way it should go, teaching girls to look away from cameras so that photos only contain the faces of males.

    A new promotional video from the youth group actually hides the faces of its female leaders.

    In its 13-minute video, the United Muslims of Australia only shows the backs of a couple hijab-wearing women — and that, only briefly.

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    A male sheikh, Shady Alsuleiman’s face, features clearly in the video, along with other men.
    The Daily Mail has the story (h/t The Religion of Peace):

    The United Muslims of Australia’s website features a 13-minute promotional video which shows the faces of five male leaders.

    However, two hijab-wearing women in the video are only shown from behind, even though their names are on the screen.

    High school teacher Mariam Elrayes Kayal, the sister youth program co-ordinator, looks away from the camera in the video as she talks.

    ‘It’s a place people come and feel really comfortable,’ she says.

    ‘You get to meet your sisters every week, have a bit of a social gathering, bond over morning tea or something that someone has baked.’

    Footage of a male sheikh, Shady Alsuleiman, is on the screen addressing a room full of women in hijabs, known as the UMA Sisterhood, during Ms Kayal’s video narration.

    Sheikh Shady, the president of the Australian National Imams Council, features prominently in the video, with his face and that of other men clearly shown.

    ‘We created a very important project, which is the camps, where they could uplift the spiritual side,’ he says.

    Another woman, Marwa Elsankari, is also in the video looking away from the camera as she talks about the group’s charity work.

    ‘We gift those who need smiles for those who are going through hardship, medically, financially,’ she says.

    Daily Mail Australia contacted United Muslims of Australia, who have a youth centre at Padstow in Sydney’s south-west, but has not had a response.

    Last year, the group sold separate tickets for men and women attending its Quest for Success conference in Sydney.

    They did this even after freelance journalist Alison Bevege had successfully sued Islamist extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir for gender discrimination, for making her sit in a separate section for women at the back of the room.

    Sheikh Shady was part of another gender controversy last year, when an Islamic conference in Melbourne he was addressing blacked out the faces of female speakers.

    The Australian Islamic Peace Conference pamphlet featured the often smiling faces of 12 male speakers, but not the women.

    1. If I may -


  27. Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon
    AFP AFP•August 30, 2017

    A new species -- like this fish -- is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average (AFP Photo/Dalton NIELSEN)

    Sao Paulo (AFP) - Researchers have found 381 new species in the Amazon rainforest, the World Wildlife Fund announced Wednesday, warning that the discoveries were all in areas threatened by human activity.

    The report by the WWF and Brazil's Mamiraua Institute, released in Sao Paulo, listed 216 previously unknown plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 19 reptiles, one bird and 20 mammals, two of them fossils.

    A new species is discovered in the Amazon area, spread over nine South American countries, every two days on average.
    This is the third report in a series, listing 2,000 new species over the last 17 years. However, the good news comes with a worrying trend, the WWF said.

    "All the species that were discovered, all 381, are in areas where humankind is destroying the Amazon. This is very important to us, because it links the fact that our economic activities are causing species to go extinct before we even know about them," Ricardo Mello, WWF Brazil Amazon program coordinator, said.

    "We have to show this and act so that economic activity is more transparent," he said.

    mark3 hours ago
    If a species in the rain forest goes extinct and there was no one tat ever knew ot existed.. does it make a difference?

    Of course it does, moron, but maybe not to you.

    Network3 hours ago
    Idiots at yahoo. The fish picture is UPSIDEOWN!

  28. A not so rare muzz crime - mom and dad kill daughter - they don't think of it as a crime, but a duty, in their upside down insane 'culture' - law school, clothes, interest in the opposite sex -

    How a body language expert caught out parents who killed teen daughter
    Yahoo7•August 30, 2017


    Chilling moment parents who murdered their daughter are caught out by body language experts

    How a body language expert caught out parents who killed teen daughter
    Chilling moment parents who murdered their daughter are caught out by body language experts

    It was during a TV interview that the parents of a teen girl became the prime suspects in her murder case.
    A body language expert's analysis was the start of Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed's lies unravelling when they were interviewed about the murder of 17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed's, who disappeared in 2003, The Mirror reports.
    Shafilea Ahmed is one of the most prominent victims of an 'honour killing' - where people, often women and girls, have disrepected their family's honour or culture and face repercussions, often death.

    Shafilea Ahmed was murdered by her parents in 2003. Source: AAP

    Footage analysed by Cliff Lansley, a body language expert, shows Iftikhar and Farzana questioned over their involvement with their daughter's disappearance during a TV interview.

    Iftikhar replies "Never. I couldn't even dream of it" when asked if he killed his daughter.

    It wasn't just what Iftikhar said but his body movement combined that raised the eyebrows of Mr Lansley.

    As he spoke, Iftikhar is seen lifting his head in an up and down motion at the moment he was pressed on his involvement in the murder, which is a signifcant indiction of guilt, according to Mr Lansley.

    Her parent's were analysed in a TV interview. Source: Supplied

    "He has got his eyes closed, his volume has dropped and we see the head nod yes. Slightly diagonal, but this is up and down," Mr Lansley said, who shares his findings on Investigation Discovery's Faking It: Tears Of A Crime.
    The addition of "I couldn't dream of it" also alerted Mr Lansley to the fact Iftikhar was lying as it appears he is further trying to qualify his story in fear that his lies may be detected.

    "Farzana is sitting here motionless," Mr Lansley added.

    "But she reacts slightly when he says never. You get this little sideways glance to her right. She's looking over to check he is answering correctly maybe.

    "He's doing all the speaking but silently she is the one who is the architect behind this whole episode."
    Iftikhar was arrested and jailed. Source: AAP

    1. It took almost six months for Shafilea's body to be found and nine years for the truth to come out about her murder.
      The pair choked the 17-year-old to death in front of her four siblings, stuffing a plastic bag down her throat at their home in Warrington, Cheshire, after they argued about her choice of western clothes, the court found.
      It was the culmination of years of arguments over Shafilea's wishes to follow a more westernised way of life.
      She was studying to become a solicitor and took an interest in clothes, make-up and also boys.

      was arrested and jailed over her daughter's death. Source: AAP

      Shafilea wasn't reported missing by her parents but by her college in September 2003 when she didn't turn up for a week, and her friends were concerned they had been unable to contact her.

      She also helped in the conviction of her parents when in February 2003, she had run away from home before she was taken to Pakistan to be forced into a marriage.

      She had asked social services to help her find a place to live.

      In the application form, she cited domestic violence as a reason for wanting to leave.

      Shafilea's parents shoved a plastic bag in her mouth. Source: AAP

      “One parent would hold me whilst the other hit me," she wrote.

      “I was prevented from attending college and my part-time job.”

      Her sister, Alesha, gave a daming testimony during the trial and described how her parents suffocated Shafilea with a carrier bag forced into her mouth and then hands over her face to close her airways so she could not breathe.
      Alesha then saw their mother in the kitchen "sorting through a pile of blankets and sheets' and holding a roll of black bin bags and two rolls of tape", the court heard.

      Iftikhar crying at Shafilea's funeral. Source: AAP

      She looked out the window and saw her father with a large object wrapped in bin bags with brown tape around it.
      Shortly afterwards, she saw her father leaving in a car with Shafilea's body inside.

      All four children shed tears in the court room when their parents were found guilty.

      The pair were each jailed for 25 years in 2012.

  29. Bang !

    Houston chemical plant just blew up, as expected.

    Cooling system was down.

    Everyone said to be out of the area.

  30. August 31, 2017
    China’s 19th Party Congress
    By David Archibald

    The next Presidential election will be on 3rd November, 2020. We can all plan around that if we want to. China also has a president who runs that country. The next Chinese Communist Party confab to choose future leaders will be the 19th Party Congress to be held in October or November, 2017. And that is as much detail that is available at the moment. Some 2,200 of China’s top people are expected to attend in Beijing at short notice.

    All this means is that President Xi is unsure of his position. Normally Chinese presidents get two five-year terms and, normally, Xi would get another five-year term and then retire. But Xi wants to rule for longer and he needs the blessing of the 19th Party Congress to put that in place. Xi also ramped up China’s military adventurism and has led the Chinese people to believe that they will end up ruling the world. The problem of starting down that road is that there is no turning back without being labelled as a traitor. So Xi initiated the Doklam Plateau crisis with India to provide a fresh victory to go to the Party confab with and secure his position. But that crisis has ended and still no date has been set. What is a megalomaniac, messianic communist dictator to do?

    It could be something very nasty, such as an attack on the Filipino base on Thitu Island in the South China Sea. Something that will confirm Xi’s reputation as a tough guy but not big enough for Japan and the U.S. to go to war over. Xi also has another window closing on him. President Trump has been quoted as saying to his Chief of Staff, Gen. Kelly: “So, John, I want you to know, this is my view. I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs.”

    This is like FDR cutting off Japan’s oil supply during World War II to punish Japan’s aggression in China. The Japanese knew that the clock had started ticking down and they would have to choose. They chose war, but they got kicked out of China which was the intention of the oil sanctions. Unfortunately, the longer term plan -- that China would join the community of large, civilized nations and be a force for good in the world -- failed. China used its accession to the World Trade Organization to make a lot of money and is using some of those funds to prepare attacks on a number of its neighboring countries.

    Now China is facing a U.S. President itching to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. If China attacks a neighbor now, that will be an excuse to ramp up the tariffs and impinge upon the Chinese economy. Politically-based tariffs, driven by Chinese aggression, will be easy to copy by other countries.

    So that is why the fact that there is, as yet, no date set for the 19th Party Congress is so important. Xi may feel the need to kill some non-Chinese in a military action to secure his position, and as the days pass without a date set, the number to be killed to achieve that will rise. If he miscalculates, then it is all-out war.

    What a way to run a country.

    What a way to run a country.

    Ain't that the truth.

    1. Bullshit.
      War not an option.
      China continues to buy Capital/Assets/Resources around the World.

    2. Italian wineries, Italian olive orchards, Vancouver BC, Nigartato...

    3. I agree but it's still a hell of a way to run a country.

      I think a Trump Tower in Moscow, Russia is a good idea.

      Moscow, Idaho being probably out the running.


      He'd be unlikely to launch a nuke at his own Tower.

    4. There is plenty of Chinamen/women in Vancouver, B.C.

      I am for selling Nigartator to the Chinese.

      They could put his socialist arse to work on a farm, raising chickens to sell to the West.

      That would wipe the smirk off his face.

  31. The video is:

    "The Man" by "The Killers"

  32. Frozen embryos catch a break -

    Sofia Vergara picks up major legal victory in bitter dispute over frozen embryos
    WITW STAFF08.30.17


    Modern Family star Sofia Vergara has been locked in a bitter custody dispute with Nick Loeb over frozen embryos she and her former fiancĂ© had made when they were together for years. Since the two split up, Loeb has aggressively tried to acquire custody of the frozen embryos. In his latest legal bid to obtain legal custody, Loeb filed an unusual right-to-live lawsuit against Vergara in Louisiana, the only state where frozen embryos have legal rights. He named the two embryos “Emma” and “Isabella” in court documents, and even went so far as to set up trust funds for them.

    Loeb brought the lawsuit back in December and last week a judge threw out the case on the basis that it was filed outside the proper jurisdiction, given that the embryos were created in California. In court documents obtained by TMZ, the judge even kept up the theme Loeb started in the lawsuit, ruling that “Emma” and “Isabella” are “citizens of California.”

    Nice one, your honor.

    Read the full story at The New York Post and TMZ.

  33. SWAP SHOPZara founder Amancio Ortega ousts Bill Gates to become world’s richest man as reclusive Spanish high street tycoon amasses £66billion fortune

    Rags-to-riches fashion mogul built his tiny Spanish clothes business into a multi-billion pound empire

    By Neal Baker
    31st August 2017, 9:41 amUpdated: 31st August 2017, 9:51 am

    HE'S made billions from flogging frocks and socks to Brits and other shoppers around the world — but Amancio Ortega, the world's new richest person, is a very private man.

    On Tuesday Ortega, 81, overtook tech supremo and Microsoft founder Bill Gates to take the top spot on the global rich-list.

    Amancio Ortega with wife Flora. The Zara owner has become the richest man in the world this weekGETTY - CONTRIBUTOR

    Amancio Ortega with wife Flora. The Zara owner has become the richest man in the world this week
    With an estimated net worth of nearly £66billion, he surpassed the computer wiz by just a few million dollars before share price fluctuations saw him bumped down to number two again.

    But yesterday he streaked ahead to leave a £155million gap between him an Gates as shares in his giant retail company Inditex — owner of fashion chain Zara, Pull&Bear and Massimo Dutti — jumped 1 per cent.

    His eye-watering net worth is up just shy of £1bn in the space of just a month, according to Forbes, putting him in a seemingly never-ending tussle with Gates and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

    It is a staggering achievement for a man whose humble beginnings in rural Spain saw him leave school at 14 to begin his career in fashion as a shop-hand for a local shirt maker.

    His craftsmanship progressed at such a rate that it was not long until he set up his own small label in 1972, Confecciones Goa, to sell handmade bathrobes.

    It expanded rapidly, and soon employed hundreds of seamstresses......

  34. Greek Life retreat cancelled after banana peel found in tree

    Anthony Gockowski
    Investigative Reporter
    Today at 8:17 AM EDT

    A Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was promptly cancelled this weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree.

    A student said he threw the peel because he could not find a garbage can, but the incident made some students uneasy, so the school “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.”

    A Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was promptly cancelled this weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree.

    “To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred at IMPACT,” Interim Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Alexa Lee Arndt remarked in an email between Greek leaders, according to The Daily Mississippian. “Because of the underlying reality many students of color endure on a daily basis, the conversation manifested into a larger conversation about race relations today at the University of Mississippi.”

    "To be clear, many members of our community were hurt, frightened, and upset by what occurred." Tweet This

    [RELATED: Clemson used banana incident to advance liberal agenda, emails show]

    Apparently, student Ryan Swanson admitted to discarding the banana peel in a tree after he was unable to locate a garbage can, and it was later spotted by Alpha Kappa Alpha President Makala McNeil, who leads one of the campuses historically black sororities.

    “The overall tone was heavy. I mean, we were talking about race in Mississippi and in the Greek community so there’s a lot involved,” McNeil recalled, later adding that she and her friend were “all just sort of paranoid for a second” after spotting the banana.

    After word of the banana spread throughout the retreat, leaders decided to end the event early. Arndt explained that she “felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident.”

    According to The DM, some students left the retreat in tears, with McNeil noting that they “didn’t feel welcome” and “didn’t feel safe.”

    Swanson apologized for the incident, writing in a statement that he wants to “sincerely apologize for the events that took place this past weekend.”

    “Although unintentional, there is no excuse for the pain that was caused to members of our community,” he continued. “I have much to learn and look forward to doing such and encourage all members of our community to do the same.”

    [RELATED: AU agrees to extension on exams, ‘sanctuary’ for students of color]

    While it is unclear how the university will proceed to handle the incident, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement Katrina Caldwell noted that she will be speaking with fellow leaders to decide “what makes the most sense.”

    “Right now, we’re just talking to people on campus who have some experience working across diversity to help the students process what happened,” she added.

    Campus Reform reached out to both Swanson and the university for additional information regarding the incident, and is currently awaiting a response.

    Follow the author of this article on Twitter: @AGockowski

    1. Whole thing seems a tad oversensitive to me.

  35. More laughs, MOME

    Donald Trump told us that he’d hire the best people. He didn’t mention that he’d be unable to fire them.

    The president is experiencing a bout of insubordination from his top officials the likes of which we haven’t witnessed in the modern era. It’s not unusual to have powerful officials at war among themselves, or in the presidential doghouse. It’s downright bizarre to have them publicly undercut the president, without fear of consequence.

    The new measure of power in Washington is how far you can go criticizing the president at whose pleasure you serve. The hangers-on and junior players must do it furtively and anonymously. Only a principal like Gary Cohn, Rex Tillerson or James Mattis can do it out in the open and get away with it.

    First, it was chief economic adviser Cohn saying in an interview that the administration—i.e., Donald J. Trump—must do a better job denouncing hate groups.

    Then, it was Secretary of State Tillerson suggesting in a stunning interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News that the rest of the government speaks for American values, but not necessarily the president.

    Finally, Secretary of Defense Mattis contradicted without a moment’s hesitation a Trump tweet saying we are done talking with North Korea.


    1. In case, MOME, you do not know who Rich Lowry is.

      Rich Lowry, editor of National Review and a contributing editor for Politico Magazine

      Not a liberal, not yesterday, nor today.


    2. In a more normal time, in a more normal administration, any of these would be a firing offense (although, in Mattis’ defense, he more accurately stated official U.S. policy than the president did). Tillerson, in particular, should have been told before he was off the set of Fox News on Sunday that he was only going to be allowed to return to the seventh floor of the State Department to clean out his desk.

      The fact that this hasn't happened is an advertisement of Trump’s precarious standing, broadcast by officials he himself selected for positions of significant power and prestige. A more typical scenario is that a president loses credibility in a foreign crisis when an adversary defies him, or in a domestic political confrontation when the opposition deals him a stinging defeat. Not at the hands of his own team.

      This isn't the work of the deep state, career bureaucrats maneuvering or leaking from somewhere deep within the agencies. This is the shallow state, the very top layer of the government, operating in broad daylight, in fact wanting to be seen and heard differentiating themselves from the president of the United States.

      Donald Trump, the Emasculated President.

      Oh My !!!

      ha, ha?

      No, not funny at all.


    3. It should be up to chief of staff John Kelly to make it stop. What these officials are doing is much worse than a White House aide slipping into the Oval Office to leave a printed article from WorldNetDaily on a corner of the Resolute Desk. It's worse than Steve Bannon feverishly trying to undermine H.R. McMaster, which is simply staff-level intramural politics taken to another level.

      This isn't “the system working,” the clichĂ© for how various other power centers have thwarted Trump in the early going. It's the system gone haywire and tottering on the brink of a more serious crisis.

      Nothing good can come from top officials of the U.S. government making it obvious that they believe, to borrow Tillerson’s phrase, that the president speaks for himself—and no one else.

      The Emasculated President, cannot even control his Cabinet.

      Bit in the ass by the banksters of Goldman Sucks and the lifers from the US military.
      Generals that could not devise a winning strategy in Afghanistan, let alone develop one for the politics in the capital of the United States.

    4. You've tossed that one out a couple of times MOME. Is it supposed to have some sort of meaning?

    5. Trump put his trust in Generals and the "man" from Exxon.

      Turns out they're all worse than run of the mill DC politicos.

    6. poor Trump, everyone is letting him down. riiiiight!

  36. Yet another Labor Day is upon us, and ISIS is still not 'wiped out' in Iraq.

    Hundreds of ISIS fighters surrender to Iraqi forces in the desert after fleeing key town of Tal Afar amid intense fighting
    Footage circulating online purports to show ISIS fighters surrendering in desert
    Video could be from Iraqi town of al-Ayadieh, which was partly liberated today
    ISIS fled to al-Ayadieh when the key town of Tal Afar was recaptured last week
    Iraqi forces said battle had been 'multiple times worse' than for Mosul's Old City

    By Jay Akbar For Mailonline
    PUBLISHED: 13:33 EDT, 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:01 EDT, 30 August 2017

  37. My research interests

    My research has been in the area of singularity theory and its application to nonlinear problems. It has specifically concerned :
    1) the relation between smooth and topological stability of mappings
    2) establishing the basic theorems of singularity theory (unfolding, determinacy theorems, and infinitesimal characterizations of local stability) for equivalences preserving additional structures for smooth or holomorphic mappings
    3) establishing topological analogues of these theorems with applications to topological stability and equisingularity
    4) applications to invariants and classification for bifurcation theory
    5) local structure of nonlinear Fredholm operators
    6) singular Milnor fibers and their applications for nonisolated complete intersections, including discriminants and nonlinear arrangements of hypersurfaces
    7) determining the freeness of discriminants and bifurcations sets for versal unfoldings for general equivalence groups
    8) solvable group representations yielding free divisors, and their application to determining the vanishing topology of nonisolated matrix singularities
    9) Topology of exceptional orbit hypersurfaces of prehomogeneous spaces, including the varieties of m x m singular matrices, which are general, symmetric or skew-symmetric
    10)singularity theory for solutions to PDE's with applications to computer medical imaging
    11) scale-based methods for computer imaging
    12) local and relative geometry of objects and their boundaries from medial data; global geometry via skeletal and medial integrals, and characterizing complexity of 3D regions via graph structures
    13) the analysis of multi-object configurations via medial/skeletal linking structures capturing both shape and geometry of individual objects and the positiona lgeometry of the configuration
    14) determining the evolving self-intersections of evolving surfaces defined by splines and the application to computing medial axes for regions defined by splines
    15) using singularity theory for mappings on special semianalytic stratifications to determinine the local structure in natural images allowing shade/shadow, geometric features, and apparent contours, for both stable views and transitions under viewer movement.

  38. Fort Frog

  39. Night Work

  40. On Thursday, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera spoke to Mr Mattis by telephone and the two parties reportedly agreed to keep putting pressure on North Korea in a "visible" form, officials said.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to urge China, North Korea's lone major ally, to do more to rein in the North.

    They also discussed the possibility of adopting a new UN Security Council resolution over North Korea, a British government source said.

  41. Mueller Teams Up With NY Attorney General to Investigate Manafort...RCP

    Manafort probably has a tax liability problem of some kind.

    If one cheats one one's Federal taxes, and your state has state income taxes, and you use the same figures for both, as you would, then you have cheated on your State taxes as well.

    The Donald could pardon cheating on one's Federal taxes, but he has no ability to pardon some State charge.

    Hence this is a move to put pressure on Manafort.

    1. After all, whether one is sitting in a Federal prison, as Hillary should be, and Comey too, along with former AG Lynch, Bill C. and many others, or in a state prison, doesn't make a great deal of difference to most, though if it was up to me I think I'd try for a Federal prison, some sort of Fed Med somewhere.

  42. U of Idaho Mighty Vandals Football Fans !

    U of Idaho 28
    Sacramento State 6

    Vandal Fans !

    Here is this years U of Idaho Football Schedule: