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Beware the ominous green haboob and shun the frumious pollen.

"Ominous green cloud towers over town as storm stirs up rare pollen haboob" — Accuweather.Have I written about "haboob" before? Meade sent me the link because he thought I might relate "haboob" to the recently blogged "hooha." Funny words, both.I have, in fact, blogged "haboob" before — back in 2016 when a Texan took umbrage at the use of the word by the National Weather Service.Haboob!?! I’m a Texan. Not a foreigner from Iraq or Afghanistan. They might have haboobs but around here in the Panhan...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Iraq, Clouds, Language, Plants, Sudan, Storms, Milton, Meade, John Milton, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Ades, Demogorgon, Panhandle of TEXAS


How any good news for Trump will be reported — the rule is quite clear.

I'm seeing 2 big examples of how the media are reporting good news for Trump this weekend. It's really embarrassing for them because the 2 stories are very big and very good for Trump and, in both, the same move is made to turn it into something negative and ominous.1. The Mueller investigation has concluded, and though we can't read it yet, we know that it means that there will be no charges against Trump or any of his people that have to do with colluding with Russians to affect the election. ...
Tags: Headlines, Isis, Law, Iraq, Journalism, Syria, Philippines, Middle East, Manhattan, Nyt, Torture, Trump, WaPo, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome


Is The AR-15 A ‘Weapon Of War?”

Joe Scarorough: As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I agreed with the Supreme Court’s “Heller” holding that concluded Americans had the right to keep and bear arms. But that constitutional protection did not, and will not, extend to guns designed as weapons of war. One should expect such things from a mindless dolt like Scarborough, but we should be able to expect better from people who should know better.  Apparently, it has become all the rage to throw around a few g...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, Iraq, Israel, Department Of Defense, Military, Scarborough, Vietnam, Firearms, Samuel, Babylon, Jonathan, Fallujah, Saul, Heller, Philistines


Argument analysis: Sorting out a thorny statute-of-limitations question in False Claims Act case

The Supreme Court engaged in a relatively lively argument today over a thorny issue of statutory interpretation under the False Claims Act: how two separate statute-of-limitations provisions apply to whistleblower, or “qui tam,” actions when the federal government has not intervened in a suit brought by a private party, or relator. “These types of actions are exceptional in many ways,” Chief Justice John Roberts observed about the qui tam suits brought under the 1863 statute that was meant to ba...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Fca, Graham, Hunt, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, U S Court of Appeals, Samuel Alito


A look at how the number of women in the military has steadily grown

Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was awarded the Coast Guard Air Medal for operations. (Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video) Last month, Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was one of eight pilots to be awarded the prestigious Coast Guard Air Medal for operations after the deadly hurricane that hit Houston in 2017. She is the first African-American woman in the branch to receive the Air Medal. The Women in Aviation International Conference ends Saturday, March 16 in Long Beach. Nine C...
Tags: News, Navy, Washington, Iraq, Defense, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Military, International Space Station, Army, Marine Corps, Va, Pentagon, Houston


Argument preview: Justices to determine relevant statute of limitations for whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act

Liza Starr, a student at Stanford Law School and a member of Stanford’s Supreme Court Clinic, co-authored this post. On March 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt. The justices will consider how two statutes of limitations under the False Claims Act apply to whistleblower (also known as “qui tam”) suits when the government has not intervened in the case. Enacted in 1863 amidst rampant fraud by Civil War contractors, the FCA has grown...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Fca, Graham, Department Of Justice, Chamber of Commerce, Wilson, Hunt, Parsons, U S Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit


MoD claim of one civilian death in Isis raids ridiculed

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence claim that the RAF killed only one civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as ludicrous and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It said 90% of ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


MoD challenged over 'ludicrous' claim of one civilian death in Isis raids

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence’s claim that the RAF killed only a single civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as “ludicrous” and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It sai...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


RAF says it harmed just one civilian out of 4,000 enemy fighters in Iraq and Syria

Claim of almost completely avoiding civilian harm from airstrikes met with cynicism The Royal Air Force harmed just one civilian among more than 4,000 enemy fighters during just over four years of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said.The figures, provided by the MOD in response to a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), show that of the 4,315 individuals targeted by British airstrikes from September 2014 to January this year, 4,0...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, charity Action on Armed Violence AOAV


Eleven Christians Killed Every Day For Their Faith

MEF: Last year, Christians were persecuted more than ever before in the modern era — and this year is expected to be worse: “4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons,” according to Open Doors USA in its recently published   (WWL) of the top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted. “On average, that’s 11 Christians killed every day for their faith.” Additionally, “2,625 Christians were detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned” in 2018, and “1,266 churches or Chr...
Tags: Politics, Iraq, Religion, Military, Jesus, Open Doors USA, WWL


I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


Agree Or Disagree, Sheriffs Must Enforce New State Gun Law

So says the editorial board of the Seattle Times. After their elections, county sheriffs take an oath to uphold the laws of the country, state and county — even when they disagree. At least 13 county sheriffs have said they won’t enforce the state’s new gun law, Initiative 1639. They must reconsider, enforce the law as it is and find another, legal way to protest. Not to do so is to flout their oath and responsibility to citizens. And, as Attorney General Bob Ferguson warns in a sharply worded l...
Tags: Iraq, America, Military, Yale, Gun Control, Ferguson, Emory, National Rifle Association, Bob Ferguson, Seattle Times, Franklin County, Yakima, Sheriffs, Jim Raymond, Multinational Force


Shamima Begum and questions of responsibility – hers and ours | Letters

Readers give their thoughts on the east London schoolgirl who left the UK to join Islamic State and now wants to returnMany words have been spilled in discussions over whether Shamima Begum and her newborn child should, or should not, be allowed to return to UK to face justice (Let Begum’s case be a turning point, 19 February). We indubitably have a responsibility for her and can’t just remove her citizenship, though many would, no doubt, like to.However, in all of this debate, I have read littl...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Children, Islamic State, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Shamima Begum, Begum


Special Operations

It started out as a boring day. Sitting in a makeshift hospital situated in an austere and hostile environment at an undisclosed location, Maj. Alexander Le and his fellow Special Operations Surgical Team, or SOST, members welcomed the monotony. After all, a busy day for the members of the surgical team would mean the worst possible day for someone else. Unfortunately, this calm day would soon be met with chaos. jQuery(document).rea...
Tags: Medicine, Iraq, Medical, Training, People, Afghanistan, Trauma, Military, Army, Las Vegas, Birmingham, Air Force, Uab, Miller, University Of Alabama, Le


President Trump Predicts ISIS Will Lose All Territory in Iraq and Syria by Next Week

U.S. officials have said that IS has already lost 99.5 percent of its territory
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Iraq, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Trump, Onetime


U.S. commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, World news, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer


Spiritual Socialism

Can’t be bothered to read this article…? You might find it interesting... Well, if not then you can just go straight to socialgnosis.org (where you’ll find free copies of the books that this is mostly about and some more articles by various authors) FREEDOM “It is stupid, terribly stupid, to choose intellectual demons so that, sitting in the chair of power, they can have the luxury of governing us. It is the height of absurdity to give someone the knife to cut our throat; and that, preci...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, Germany, Iraq, America, Society, Afghanistan, West, United States, Un, Tokyo, Weapon, Hitler, Vietnam, Dresden


Marines and Seabees are camped out on Catalina Island, repairing decaying runway at Airport in the Sky

CATALINA ISLAND — For more than two weeks Capt. Nicole Stockham has overseen a company of Marines and a dozen Navy Seabees tasked with rebuilding a decaying, 77-year-old runway at Channel Island’s Airport in the Sky. The Marines and Seabees are living in tents near the airport nestled in the hilly interior high on the island. The only access is a winding narrow road bordered in places by eucalyptus trees that act as barriers to steep drop-offs. There are dramatic views of the town of Avalon, whi...
Tags: Isis, News, Navy, California, Iraq, Department Of Defense, Sport, UPS, Afghanistan, Marine, Soccer, Military, Port Of Los Angeles, Marine Corps, Marines, Cia


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
Tags: Politics, Leadership, Iraq, India, Religion, Evil, Society, War, Chicago, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Palestine, Islam, Civil Rights, Manhattan


B-2 Spirit

With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force’s inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy’s most sophisticated defenses. jQuery(document).ready(function($){ // If multiple elements are selected, it will use the first element. var player = new...
Tags: Ge, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, History, Afghanistan, Military, Asia Pacific, Libya, Air Force, Kansas City, General Electric, Kosovo, South Carolina, Kansas City Royals, Mach


The 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard is running for President.

Politico reports.Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Sanders....During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat met with then-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 fo...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, Syria, Hawaii, Catholic, Biden, Donald Trump, Hinduism, Pacific Ocean, Kuwait, Bashar Al Assad, Sanders, Trans Pacific Partnership, Bashar Assad


"What brought Clinton down was public exposure not to her personality... but extended public scrutiny of every detail of a decades-long career in public life."

"This, in turn, is the exact same problem Biden will inevitably face as a presidential candidate.... And by 2020, there’s simply no reason to do that again. Most of the party’s bench consists of people like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, who are young enough not to have participated in the [Iraq] war debate in Congress.... Foreign policy experience theoretically should be a big Biden advantage over his rivals. But in reality, on one of the only foreign policy controversies vote...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Sexual Harassment, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Anita Hill, Democratic Party, Matthew Yglesias, Yglesias, Cory Booker, Clarence Thomas, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections


Children 'still being tortured to confess to Isis links' by Kurdish security forces

Nearly two years after raising the alarm, Human Rights Watch report reveals continued allegations of electric shocks and beatings on boys aged 14 to 17Kurdish security forces in Erbil are continuing to torture children to confess their involvement with Islamic State, according to allegations in a report released by Human Rights Watch.According to the organisation, which first raised the alarm about the mistreatment of child detainees by Kurdish security forces nearly two years ago, it has collec...
Tags: Isis, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Torture, Human Rights Watch, Erbil, Human Rights Watch According


Baghdad at 10 million: fragile dreams of normality as megacity status beckons

The next 15 megacities #1: Iraq’s capital remains a profoundly damaged place, but the city feels more stable these days – at times even vibrantAfter an exhausting journey through Baghdad’s vast and grimy suburbs, the pastel-coloured blocks of Besmaya Dream City rise up above the rushes just beyond one of the modern gates marking the edge of the city.The orderliness of these dozens of towers – some lived in, some unfinished – is a shock in the otherwise chaotic jumble of low-rise cityscape. The r...
Tags: Housing, Iraq, Society, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Cities and development, Baghdad, Hanwha, Besmaya Dream City


"I did not vote for Trump and have concerns about his behavior and policies, but I will not stand-up idly and condone what appears to be an effort to conduct a coup..."

"... and unseat a duly elected President. How so? I read and hear all the rhetoric about his misdeeds, but where is the meat? That he obviously lies. So? I recently read a study in which it was concluded that ALL presidents have lied to the public and knowingly did so. That Trump is more blatant in his lies and lies more often does not make him worse (or in need of impeachment) than his predecessors. Surely, you remember G.W. Bush and his justifications for invading Iraq and then blaming ...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Trump, Donald J Trump, G W Bush, David Leonhardt, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, Trump derangement syndrome


"[S]uch gratuitously negative reporting undermines the credibility of the press without Mr. Trump having to say a word."

Writes the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal.They are talking about the first 2 paragraphs of the Washington Post's report on Trump's trip to Iraq:President Trump touched down Wednesday in Iraq in his first visit to a conflict zone as commander in chief, a week after announcing a victory over the Islamic State that his own Pentagon and State Department days earlier said remained incomplete.The president’s visit to Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, which was shrouded in secrecy, follows ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Islamic State, Iraq, Journalism, Middle East, Pentagon, State Department, Donald Trump, Baghdad, Trump, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump And The Military, Al Asad Air Base


President Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Combat Zone for the First Time Following Syria Withdrawal

When President Donald Trump met Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, the commander of U.S.-led military forces fighting ISIS during a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday, it was the first time the Commander in Chief had spoken directly to a military commander on the ground in a combat zone since taking office nearly two years ago.…
Tags: Isis, News, Iraq, Uncategorized, Military, Donald Trump, Onetime, Paul LaCamera


President Trump and First Lady Melania Make Surprise Visit to U.S. Troops in Iraq

The trip marks Trump's first to meet with troops in a combat zone
Tags: News, Iraq, Uncategorized, Military, Donald Trump, Trump, Onetime


Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters

Homelessness and MPs | Mathew Law | Presidential visit | Donald Trump’s wall | Easter origins | Scotland’s MacedoniaNearly 600 homeless die on the streets (Report, 21 December). About the same number of MPs take two weeks’ leave to go back to their warm homes after a ridiculous PM’s questions; I cannot call it a debate. MPs must decide: Brexit circus – the most disastrous decision since the Iraq war – or education, housing and health. Two words sum it up: grow up.Joan LangrognatHarrow, Middlesex...
Tags: Politics, Crime, Scotland, Iraq, Life and style, Society, UK News, US news, Poverty, Homelessness, Jimmy Carter, House Of Commons, Newcastle, Pmqs, Donald Trump, Easter



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