Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

The mental reset button has popped!  Time to push back and listen to the music of my youth……

Here in the South if there is a local pub with a jukebox there will be 3 songs that will be on it…….guaranteed…..Stroking by Clarence carter…..Free Bird by Leonard Skynard…..and Eric Clapton’s version of a JJ Cale song…..Cocaine……

 

US Police Visit Israel to Learn New Strategies

Monday I did a press of an article along the lines of a police state here in the US……what better place to study a police state than Israel?

Aletho News

teleSUR | November 17, 2014

Police officers from Chicago, Illinois, in the United States, which is one of the countries with the most militarized police corps, visited Israel, which has one of the most repressive security agencies, to learn “cutting-edge policing strategies and technologies.”

The public security officials attended the Third International Homeland Security Conference held last week in Tel Aviv.

The U.S. delegation was led by the Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who spoke at the conference, according to the Jewish United Fund (JUF), which sent the officials to Israel.

Several areas were addressed during the conference, including cybersecurity, emergency preparedness, counterterrorism and critical infrastructure, such as ports, airports, trains and pipelines.

Both countries have recently been under the radar for the repressive and violent methods that their police corps use against their population.

As an example, United States security agencies have been condemned over the incidents in Ferguson…

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ISIS Coalition SITREP #40

Good day and welcome to today’s briefing…..

Airstrikes are being productive but not in positive way……

Item 1–we can expect at least a 2 year war with ISIS…….

A new report prepared for the United Nations Security Council warns that the militant group known as the Islamic State (Isis) possesses sufficient reserves of small arms, ammunition and vehicles to wage its war for Syria and Iraq for up to two years.

The size and breadth of the Isis arsenal provides the group with durable mobility, range and a limited defense against low-flying aircraft. Even if the US-led bombing campaign continues to destroy the group’s vehicles and heavier weapons, the UN report states, it “cannot mitigate the effect of the significant volume of light weapons” Isis possesses.

Those weapons “are sufficient to allow [Isis] to continue fighting at current levels for six months to two years”, the UN report finds, making Isis not only the world’s best-funded terrorist group but among its best armed.

Item 2–Some good news from the Iraqi army…….

State TV broadcast footage of Iraqi troops entering the Baiji Refinery. The nearby town of Albu Jewari was also recaptured. With the siege of Baiji now apparently over, the government says it will regroup and plan out a strategy to retake Tikrit, which lies to the south and is the second largest city occupied by the militants. A separate operation was launched in Saidiya.

Next target for an Iraqi operation……

The Iraqi army’s next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group’s hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said Monday.

Item 3–Iraq has an army of “ghost soldiers”…….

The Iraqi army includes “ghost” soldiers, a purely Iraqi term used to describe members whose names are registered in the wages and salaries lists, but who are not actually present in the military ranks. Their wages go to leaders who cover for their absence.

Maybe the US should check to see how deep this thing goes….are we paying for troops that do not exist?

Item 4–ISIS is playing a game with Washington…….

The enticement game played between the US administration on the one hand, and the Islamic State (IS) on the other, lingers.

As Washington adopts a slow pace and attempts to create appropriate conditions for its real regional strategy without falling into the traps and swamps that it previously experienced, the other camp seems to be provoking and forcing the United States to deploy its troops on the ground by further slaughtering of US citizens.

In this context, the question is no longer whether IS is luring the United States, but rather why it is in a hurry to lure it and what for?

ISIS is in a hurry for a ground confrontation with the US because it is about to collapse under its own weight….

Item 5–John Kerry is building the case that I warned about right here on IST…..

The US has accused Syria’s president and the Islamic State group of enjoying a “symbiotic” relationship as it seeks to shore up support for its strategy of supporting moderate rebels ahead of key Congressional votes.

In a speech in Washington just hours after the death of the latest American hostage at the hands of the Islamist militants known as Isis or Isil, Secretary of State John Kerry argued the country’s two sworn enemies were propping each other up.

“I am aware that some believe the air strikes against Isil in Iraq and Syria will have the perverse affect of assisting the country’s long time dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose ruthless repression has generated the gravest humanitarian catastrophe certainly of this century,” he said.

“That assumption is actually based on a misreading of the political reality in Syria. In fact the Assad regime and Isil are dependent on one and other, that’s why Assad has relentlessly bombed areas held by the moderate opposition while doing almost nothing to hinder Isil’s march.”

That sounds more like wishful thinking to this analyst……..could be a move to include action against Assad…..

This concludes today’s briefing…..hopefully it was informative…..

Thanx for your time and attention…..

Turn The Page!

Net Neutrality: Will You Listen Now?

WARNING:  Some may find this press offensive…..

However it is a perfect way to get a non-intellectual look at net neutrality….this puts the subject in simple and easily understood terms…..

Have you had enough bullshit concerning net neutrality?

There is much confusion being spread……I have tried a way to make it easily understood….this piece does just that….you may not appreciate the content but if watched you will become better informed…..

Warning:  Content may be offensive!

 

Will you listen now? Naked porn stars explain why net neutrality is important VIDEO — RT USA.

Society: Breaking Records

The news almost daily are the breaking of records….like Wall Street day after day or the massive bonuses received by CEOs or maybe the huge profits some are raking….it is all good news….right?

Sad all these all time records do NOTHING for the hard working American….they are looking at massive debt, loss of home, rising costs, etc.  With all these records there are some that we just do not hear much about….thanx to the MSM…….

The number of homeless children in the US has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing, and the impact of pervasive domestic violence. The National Center on Family Homelessness report calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. That’s based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE. The problem is particularly severe in California, which has one-eighth of the US population but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children—nearly 527,000.

The federal government has made progress in reducing homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless adults, but “the same level of attention and resources has not been targeted to help families and children,” says a report author. “As a society, we’re going to pay a high price, in human and economic terms.” Child homelessness increased by 8% nationally from 2012 to 2013, according to the report, which warned of potentially devastating effects on children’s educational, emotional, and social development, as well as on their parents’ health, employment prospects, and parenting abilities. The report ranked states on the extent of child homelessness, efforts to combat it, and overall level of child well-being. Minnesota, Nebraska, and Massachusetts scored the highest, while Alabama, Mississippi, and California scored the lowest.

But NONE of the pundits seem to care about these children….only at election time and they use them as a campaign prop…..this should make EVERY American ashamed…..and yet it barely gets noticed…..and that makes me ashamed of my country.

Side note….as usual my state, Mississippi, is in this list…….that is just too sad for words.

Business – Opec output cut talk heats up

We Americans are smiling all the way to the pumps…..gas is down continues to drop, slightly, but dropping nonetheless…..

If you know anything about the spot markets….the question should be asked….how long will this lower price continue?

Most likely we will not hear from most people until the prices start to rise a again and then….some moron will blame Obama for the increase…..

Try-to keep up!

Business – Opec output cut talk heats up.

The Keystone(XL) Cops

I wrote this post about 3 yrs ago……and the antics are still humorous if they weren’t so pathetic……FYI…there will be 50 permanent jobs on the pipeline….all around a bad idea!

In Saner Thought

If you are an old fart like me you will remember the humor that was the Keystone Cops……and today we have another Keystone humor if it were not so sad!

A good friend of mine, a person who truly believes that drilling will break our dependency on oil, ask me why I had not written much about the environment lately…..and I had no good answer other than the silliness of politics is all consuming…..this is a person who in the past has called me an eco-commie….so to make him happy I will now write about the Keystone XL Pipeline……

A little background…..this pipeline will run through the middle of America from Canada’s oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas…..there are those that protest the pipeline and those that see it as a good thing (especially the oil industry)……of course the con side of the issue is that it…

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