March 30, 2015
**UPDATED**BUMPED** SUV Rams Gate at NSA (Cross Dressing Jiahdis on Dope?!?!)
This is still developing but something happened at the gate to the NSA:
Few details were immediately available about the incident, which the AP said occurred just after 10 a.m.
...At the Fort Meade police headquarters, a spokeswoman said “preliminary information” was that two people showed up injured at the gate of the facility.” But she gave no other information and referred calls to police at Fort Meade.NY Daily News reports the driver of the SUV was killed.
I'm getting sources saying the dead driver was a female. Also that another female a passenger was injured. The other injury was to an officer, possibly the one who rammed the SUV to stop it. From what I can see he is not badly hurt and was conscious when loaded to the ambulance.
Update: Shenanigans! They were not two women they were two men dressed as women.
Obviously terrorism because only ISIS supporters would try that. They like the way women's clothes feel next to their bodies.
UPDATE 14:15 by Rusty: They found cocaine (pronounced: Koh-ka-ayn) in the vehicle.
Cocaine and a weapon were found near or inside the men's vehicle, officials said.I just thought that was interesting. Jihadis are sometimes known to get their bravery up for suicide runs with drugs. Just wanted to throw that out there even though we still have no idea who was behind this.
For what it's worth, the FBI is claiming this was 'not terrorism'. And by 'for what it's worth' I mean 'the statement is literally worth nothing' as the knee jerk reaction is nearly always to say 'not terrorism' even when it's obvious it is:
“The shooting scene is contained, and we do not believe it is related to terrorism,” the FBI said in a statement."Why else would someone attack the NSA if not terrorism? That's a serious question. Even if this turns out to be some left-wing or right-wing nutjobs, what other explanation could there possibly be?
March 26, 2015
Voice Recorder Shows One Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit on GermanWings Flight (Bumped Prosecutor Says Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Intentionally Crashed Plane)
I'm getting a very bad feeling about this.
PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”
He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”
While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading up to the Germanwings crash, it also left many questions unanswered.
"We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. "But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door."
Hat Tip: Pat Dollard.
Trust your feelings.
ABC:So the next question is who was Andreas Lubitz?he co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crash in the French Alps this week appeared to want to "destroy the plane," Brice Robin, Public Prosecutor of Marseille, said today.
“The intention was to destroy the plane," he said.
Robin also confirmed reports about the pilot being heard on the voice recorder asking co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a German citizen, to take over the controls, with a chair heard being moved and door heard closing.
The co-pilot, 28, was in control, Robin said, and the accelerated descent was made manually.
he co-pilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps has been named by French authorities as German national Andreas Lubitz.Video of the prosecutors statement is here at CNN.
Image credit and more at Heavy.com
The information released by authorities investigating the crash about the pilots has been sparse.
However, what we do know about Lubitz is that the 28-year-old was from Montabaur, a town in the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, according to a local flight club.
The LSC club, where he was a member, posted a death notice on their website naming him.
The captain of the doomed Germanwings plane has since been named as Patrick Sonderheimer by the same flying club, which said he had completed more than 6,000 flying hours on A 320 aircraft.
Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign
Didn't take long the proxy war just went super nova..
Saudi Arabia deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units on Thursday, after it launched its operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.The battle is joined. The Gulf states will not roll over without a fight..
The Saudi aerial deployment enabled the Royal Saudi Air Force to take control of Yemen’s airspace early Thursday.
Reports also emerged that top Houthi leadership Abdulkhaliq al-Houthi, Yousuf al-Madani, and Yousuf al-Fishi were killed, and head of the Revolutionary Committee for the Houthis, Mohammed Ali al-Hothi, was wounded.
Saudi allies including its Gulf counterparts - except Oman - also showcased their military power to curb the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from reaching Aden to dislodge Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who remained in the southern city.
The Gulf nations said they decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”
The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s stability.
The UAE contributed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwaiti 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 in the operation.
March 25, 2015
Shocking News! Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion
Bowe Bergdahl, what a waste of perfectly good blips his name is.
March 24, 2015
Germanwings Flight From Barcelona to Dusseldorf Crashes After Distress Call
A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.Developing.
Valls said he fears those aboard the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany -- 142 passengers and six crew members -- may be dead.
French President Francois Hollande also said no survivors were expected. The plane crashed near Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, Valls said.
"The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," Hollande said.
A distress call associated with the Germanwings plane that crashed in France was sent at 10:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET), the French interior minister's spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told CNN affiliate BFMTV.
Germanwings Flight 9525 had left a Barcelona airport at 10:01 a.m., the airport website said.
Update: I have a bad feeling about this.
"high number of Spaniards, Germans and Turks"Update II
..We are working with French and German authorities in the investigation...
The owner of a French Alpine camping ground says he heard a series of loud noises in the air before a Germanwings passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed to the ground.
- 10:30 a.m. ET: Air traffic controllers sent out a distress signal after controllers became concerned at the loss of radio contact with the doomed Germanwings plane and the speed of the plane's descent, a spokesperson for the French civil aviation authority said.
The crew of the plane itself did not issue a distress call before crashing in southern France, the spokesperson said.
February 04, 2015
Jordan Hangs Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli
Jordan responded rapidly, executing Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted after attempting a suicide bombing, and Ziad al-Karbouli, a top lieutenant of Al Qaeda in Iraq, before dawn on Wednesday, according to the official news agency Petra.
February 03, 2015
ISIS Burns Jordanian Pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh Alive (Bumped: Image Kenji Jogo Holding Still From Today's Video)
Isil jihadists have released a video that shows the Jordanian pilot they have been holding hostage being burned alive.Jawa report has obtained a copy of the video. We can confirm this is true, and also he was held by a different cell. There is no Jihadi John in the video and it is a very long and highly produced video with the most horrific end.
Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a pilot in the Jordanian air force, was captured by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on December 26.
His death, if confirmed, marks the failure of a proposed prisoner exchange for a woman failed suicide bomber being held in Jordan.
The Jordanian was kidnapped by the jihadists after his plane crashed closed to their stronghold city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria.
In the video the pilot is soaked with fuel and white phosphorus, which is used in munitions to burn metal and disable armor.
As al-Kasasibah is set on fire inside a cage he suffers and struggles terribly. Before finally giving up the struggle in a corner of the cage. Once he dies a front end loader puts out the fire by dumping concrete rubble on his body.
These people are savages and must be killed every last one. I'm sure Jordan will respond on the most severe manner and may God speed the death of ISIS.
The video was apparently timed to be released with the King of Jordan's visit to the US.
A reader points out that the video of Kenji Goto Jogo holding the Jordanian pilots picture was a still from this video.
He was already dead as Jordan demanded his release. In the still you can see the same wall behind him and the bars of the cage in which he was burned.
A second image for dumbass Phil in comments, "Same cement block means nothing."
I personally believe that the Jordanian and Jogo were held by different cells, but they are in communication.
Thanks to Twitchy for reminding me.
If you don't believe me the video is below the fold. The murder is at around 16 minutes. I've taken down the video, a copy is available by request to @darthodius or by clicking here.
Update 02/06/2015: I've taken down the video, if you've not gotten it by now, too bad.
January 31, 2015
ISIS Murders Kenji Goto Joto
ISIS has carried out the Murder Japanese hostage of Kenjo Goto Jogo.
I can confirm this is the case. In the video Jihad John appears, it is his voice, he then speaks about the Grace of Allah, but Kenji was shown no grace. Joto is silent and stoic, a still at the end of the video confirms his death.
Our prayers go out to the people of Japan and to his family.
Evil does abide on this Earth its name is ISIS.
Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
ISIS seems annoyed that states are not recognizing the power of the group as a true state, the irony of murdering a bound journalist while hiding in a ravine seems to escape them.
The video is also very short and has a number of issues playing outside a web browser. Its fairly high resolution but appears hastily prepared with out many of the post production features. Aside from the reappearance of the al-Furqan label.
Chatter Jordanian Pilot Executed( Update: ISIS Claims Killing of Syrian Accused of Working for Jordanian Intelligence: Video Released)
I'm seeing chatter that the Jordanian Pilot has been executed. There are posts on forums and twitter indicating the release of a high quality video production of his death.
I would warn that this is at this point only chatter. I can't confirm it yet. But the sources look credible.
I would note that ISIS never provided proof of life for the pilot, that combined with al-Furqan media's recent troubles. Sending out still images over audio messages indicates to me that the pilot has been dead for some time.
That ISIS didn't provide proof of life because ISIS was sitting on a this production as things went sour.
We'll update if this is confirmed.
Upate: From what I can gather its of a Syrian accused of working for Jordanian intelligence.
Not the pilot. No news of him. But this person had been held for some time so when he was killed is still not clear.
Update : The video is here and below the fold.
January 28, 2015
Hostages Fate Unknown After Efforts to Exchange Prisoners
Jordan today agreed to release a would-be suicide bomber in exchange for one of its air force pilots being held by the Islamic State.
Pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been threatened with execution this afternoon unless the Jordanian government frees an Iraqi terrorist.
Al-Rishawi was sentenced to death in Jordan for her involvement in a 2005 terrorist attack by Al Qaeda on hotels in Amman that killed 60 people.
Information Minister Mohammed al-Momani said 'Jordan is ready to release the Iraqi prisoner' if al-Kaseasbeh is released unharmed, according to a statement on Jordan's state television.
But Mr al-Momani made no mention of Mr Goto.
In separate developments, efforts to free the Japanese journalist were thrown into confusion today after Tokyo was forced to deny reported comments by one of its ministers that a deal was imminent.
The Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister was earlier reported as saying that Mr Goto would be released 'within hours' in a prisoner exchange deal for al-Rishawi. I see chatter that an exchange has occurred but at this point that's all I can say chatter.
Here is more at Huffpo
It seems the hangup is that Jogo and Jordanian pilot are not held by the same cell. And Jordan is demanding its pilot. There is no mention of him. If ISIS has already murdered Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh then it might sour the deal for Jogo.
January 24, 2015
ISIS Murdered Haruna Yukawa
I'm looking this over at the moment. Anyway there was a delay in the release and Kenji Goto Jogo it appears is still alive.
click for larger
At first glance it appears the new video is a hasty release, without the high production value in the previous video. It is a simple audio message over a the above still image.
Our thoughts go out to the People of Japan and to the family of Haruna Yukawa.
Update: In the video, in which Jihadi John is conspicuously absent Kenji Goto Jogo in English says the captors demands have changed. The demand for ransom is dropped and that Mr. Goto will be traded for a single female captive help by the Jordanians.
I'm not sure the spelling of her name or who she is. I will update shortly on that.
I can verify that Haruna Yukawa has been murdered.
Obviously something has seriously went wrong for the al-Furqan Media cell that was running this operation. But the video appears authentic despite the obvious difficulty al-Furqan is having.
Goto, again speaking to his family, said in the purported video released Saturday that Islamic State had changed its ransom demand and no longer wanted money.
"Their demand is easier. They are being fair. They no longer want money. So you don't need to worry about funding terrorists. They are just demanding the release of their imprisoned sister Sajida al-Rishawi," he said.
Sajida al-Rishawi is a female suicide bomber dispatched by al-Qaeda in Iraq to attack a hotel in Jordan in 2005, SITE reported. She survived when her explosive belt failed to detonate.
Al-Rishawi was arrested by Jordanian authorities at the time of the attack on the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman that killed 57 people, many of whom were at a wedding reception.
She was later shown on Jordanian tV confessing to participating in the attack, the BBC reports. Jordanian police said she was the wife of one of three Iraqi male suicide bombers involved in the assault.
"My husband wore one [bomb] belt and I another -- he told me how to use it," she said, explaining that he took one corner of the hotel and she took another.
"There was a wedding in the hotel. There were women and children," she said. "My husband executed the attack. I tried to detonate and it failed. I left. People started running and I started running with them."
January 12, 2015
Reports of Smoke, Multiple Rescues and Fires Closes DC Metro Line
There are few details but the images are eerily similar to those from Madrid and the London Tube bombings.
I see reports of a small fire, and also a disabled train and now "mass casualties"
It may be nothing but its clear something is out of the ordinary and the situation is changing quickly.
Now reports of one small fire are two alarm major fire.
*Breaking* 2nd Alarm Fire at L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, DC - Maryland Fire News http://t.co/T2LrkWt2E5— Wide Awake (@haightbj) January 12, 2015
The report of flooding was a stale report from Dec 16th, my bad.
Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said one of the passengers injured the tunnel incident has died. The woman has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, he said.So if there was enough smoke to cause this it must have been a pretty serious fire.
In addition, Sarles said two people were in critical condition at George Washington Hospital; 40 were transported by bus to Howard University Hospital, and another 20 to 25 people were taken to Washington Hospital Center.
Sarles said that since the incident involved a fatality, the Metropolitan Police Department would now be involved in the investigation.
Still no word on the cause, researching.
Here are some images from those on the train. A train broke down and began to smoke it is reported but no word on how a malfunction would cause such a fire.
A Metro train broke down near L'Enfant Plaza and filled with smoke. WMATA has confirmed at least one person has died from the smoke; two are in critical condition, and many more went to local hospitals.
While the train operator told passengers to remain in the train, they eventually decided to evacuate through the tunnel as the smoke made some people have trouble breathing. Jonathan Rogers was on the train and took this video:
January 09, 2015
Breaking Third Hostage Situation in France
According to French media, one or two people are being held in a jewellery store in downtown Montpellier, in southern France.There has been a lot of speculation about the motives for the attacks in France.
It is believed the situation came about from a failed robbery.
Police have since cordoned off the area and are currently trying to evacuate people from the nearby shops, local media reports.
The hostage taker is said to be surrounded by police.
Officers have confirmed the incident is not linked to the two sieges in Paris.
Set aside the targets for a moment, Jews and Charlie Hebdo.
France has been taking to the terrorists for months now. Bombing AQIM after freeing the last French hostage. Assisting in Syria and this week announcing a campaign against terrorists in Libya.
In fact its been France who has been filling the leadership vacuum left by Obama's hesitancy to act forcefully against AQ and ISIS.
Its not that Obama doesn't act when forced to, it that his goal is to get us out the the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has stubbornly stuck to this goal without any regard for they enemy's plans and actions.
Obama can try to leave the war, but the war follows and AQ and ISIS have flourished under the lack of pressure.
So in acting against France they hope to peel off the coalition member that currently has the most will to fight. The nation that lately has given the terrorists the blackest shiners.
Meanwhile in Obama's New Libya
Two Three Terrorist Attacks in France
French Pay for Hostage
But then, once MUJWA had given up its last French hostage, the French took their refund strait out of Ahmed al Tilemsi's ass.
Update the police are saying its unrelated to the previous incidents, possibly a robbery taking advantage of the police being preoccupied with the terrorists situations. We'll update when it becomes more clear.
French Police Storm Hostage Both Hostage Situations All Terrorists Dead
*FRENCH POLICE START RAID ON CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS' HIDEOUTWe will update as we learn more.
*2 EXPLOSIONS, 10 SHOTS AS POLICE RAID DAMMARTIN HIDEOUT
*CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS KILLED IN POLICE RAID: AFP
*CHARLIE HEBDO SUSPECTS' HOSTAGE IS FREE: AFP
*DAMMARTIN HOSTAGE FREED, ISN'T HURT, AFP REPORTS
And now we are hearing explosions at the 2nd hostage situation in Paris:
*FOUR EXPLOSIONS HEARD AT PARIS PORTE DE VINCENNES HOSTAGE SITE
*EXPLOSIONS, GUNFIRE HEARD AT PORTE DE VINCENNES HOSTAGE SITE
*SEVERAL HOSTAGES FREED AT JEWISH SUPERMARKET IN PARIS: AFP
Two police were injured at the Jewish Kosher Market. Those hostages are reported to have been freed and safe.
The two brothers at the other site are dead and the one hostage is unharmed.
There are still ambulances on scene and arriving on scene. No word on any more injuries.
A replay of the tape you can hear one of the brothers yell Allahu Ackbar just before shooting, then drowned out in a hail or return fire.
Reports that Hayat Boumeddiene survived the police raid and is being treated for her injuries. I also see conflicting reports that she is at large.
Update: AQAP who recently issued Issue 13 or its Inspire magazine claims credit for the attacks.
AQAP just officially claimed responsibility for directing the terror attacks in France #CharlieHebdo— Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) January 9, 2015
I'm totally shocked.
Video of the raid on the Kosher Market. Note the body already on the floor before the raid. Also that someone runs out apparently carrying a baby trough the cross fire.
AQAP just officially claimed responsibility for directing the terror attacks in France #CharlieHebdo— Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) January 9, 2015
Two Reported Dead as Terrorists Attack Kosher Market in Second Hostage Incident Six Hostages Held
Two people were reportedly dead in a second hostage situation in Paris, 25 miles south of a printing plant where police had suspects Wednesday's massacre holed up.Update the two suspects in this incident are.
The second case, which reportedly followed another shooting that left an unidentified victim wounded, was unfolding at a kosher grocery in the eastern Paris area known as Porte de Vincennes. The gunman in that case is armed with two AK-47s, was believed to be holding as many as five hostages, including women and children, and is believed to be the same person who shot a Paris policewoman on Thursday.
The fresh situation would be the third shooting to rock the French capital in three days, and may be related to Wednesday's massacre, in which 12 people were killed in an attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, sources said.
French Police In Standoff With Paris Terrorist Hostage Situation
Reuters is reporting that authorities have surrounded the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and that the terrorists have taken at least one hostage in a small town north of Paris.Here is a live feed from France 24.
Dammartin-en-Goele, a small town of about 8,000 residents, has been cut off from the rest of the country and an industrial estate where the suspects have holed up has been surrounded.
The drama unfolded on a highway leading back into Paris when police pursued the suspects for miles in a high speed chase. Witnesses say shots were exchanged before the terrorists abandoned their car and fled on foot.
Reuters is also reporting that the man suspected of murdering a policewoman yesterday is a member of the same terrorist cell as the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi.
And a recent report from the scene.
January 08, 2015
Police Woman Killed in Second Shooting in Near Paris (Terrorists Rob Gas Station)
Another shooting has been reported in Paris this morning although as yet, there is no official confirmation it is linked to yesterday's attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in which 12 people were killed, including two policemen.Hat Tip: Hetro Woman.
Agence France-Presse reported that a man opened fire with an automatic weapon this morning in the south of Paris, seriously injuring a policewoman and municipal employee. AFP have since confirmed that the policewoman has died.
French television station iTELE said that two police officers could be seen lying on the ground following the attack.
During his news piece outside the petrol station which is reported to have been robbed by the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdon attack, our correspondent says he has seen armed police along the main roads into Paris and military helicopters flying overhead.
December 14, 2014
Two Islamic State Terrorist Holding Up To 50 Australians in Sydney Cafe (Update Five Hostages Escape: Demands made in Videos Plus Bomb Threats/Terrorist Identified as Mufti Sheik Haron) Terrorist Shoots Twice: Police Kill Terrorist
I'm getting reports of from as few as a dozen hostages up to 50.
There are reports that two gunman have taken hostages, some of which are standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.Developing...
Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told news.com.au he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff.
Other reports are suggesting there may only be 13 hostages.
Huddled in the dark, up to 15 hostages are tonight hoping for a breakthrough in negotiations to free them from a gunman.Another woman just escaped I see on the live feed.
Well-wishers are standing in vigil outside the exclusion zone in Sydney's Martin Place, as an eerie quiet settles over the city
Five hostages including three café staff have escaped the siege so far with their dashes for freedom captured on live television.
There is only one gunman with up to 25 people thought to still be held hostage.
Here is a video from one of the hostages.
The gunman who took hostages at the Lyndt CaFE in Martin Place is known to police.
The Islamist wants officials to deliver an ISIS flag to the cafe. He also said he wants to speak with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Hostage taker in #sydneysiege is Mufti Sheik Haron. A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows ”
The gunman holding up to 20 people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been named as Sheikh Man Haron Monis, aged 49.
He has been holed up in a cafe in the heart of the city's financial and shopping area for several hours, raising a black Islamist flag and using human shields in the window.
Five of the hostages have managed to escape but police say they do not know how many are still inside.
Sydney police say Monis - who claims he's planted two bombs inside the cafe and two more nearby - is well-known to them.
Update: Its seems the people are not listening to the Shiek.
Breaking: About 6 more hostages have just left the Lindt cafe #sydneysiege— Fatima Kdouh (@FatimaKdouh_) December 15, 2014
Update: Apparent gunfire, Two shots and people fleeing.
Two motionless hostages including one resembling the heavy set woman on the video's removed. From building. Not moving.
Reports of two persons killed.
Reports that one hostage was killed and the terrorist.
November 10, 2014
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is Dead! (update: Not Alive Yet Not Dead... Yet)
That translates as:
Statement # # # Dolh_alkhlavh_alasalamah important wed # martyrdom caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi # # # Albgdada_bzma_allah Massh_alaatsamHammer time!
Hat Tip: Adrian.
Update: Stop the Music. Iraqnews retracts, but....
There's a whole pile of ISIS martyrs. And no proof of life for Baghdadi, In fact there is evidence they are hiding either his death or his status.
See this deleted tweet.
So I'll take that any day.
October 28, 2014
Video: Antares Rocket Crash
Today's launch of the Cygnus spacecraft failed.
The mission, Orbital CRS-3, marks the first flight of the upgraded Antares 130 rocket, which features a more powerful second stage to accommodate larger future payloads.the launch was scrubbed yesterday due to a ship downrange.
It is also the final flight for the current configuration of Cygnus, with a larger Enhanced Cygnus due to be introduced with the next mission.
This new version will take advantage of the increased capacity of the Antares 130 in order to deliver a greater amount of cargo to the space station.
First flown in April 2013, the launch is overall the fifth flight of Orbital’s Antares rocket which was developed specifically to launch the Cygnus spacecraft.
The introduction of the Antares 130 has been planned since the beginning of the program as Orbital ramp up the rocket’s capacity through upgrades to the second stage.
Which today we didn't get much downrange.
October 22, 2014
Yet Another Terrorist Attack in Canada (update Two Shooters One Dead Another in Custody)
It appears that ISIS appeals for Muslims to attack nations that are part of the coalition are being heeded resulting in yet another attack.
A uniformed Canadian soldier has been shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa, and gunfire has also broken out inside the Parliament buildingsA terrorist and recent revert to Islam was killed when using his car as a weapon earlier this week.
CPR was performed on the soldier and he has been transported to hospital by ambulance.
Police have told reporters that the suspect, reportedly carrying a "large weapon," possibly a shotgun or rifle, is still on the loose, and the parliament buildings are on lockdown. Prime Minister is safe and "off the hill."
The situation is still developing. Updates will follow.
I'll bet you $100 that the perpetrator of this attack was on Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau's now defunct Facebook page friends list.
Which is why I feel Facebook removed Ahmad's page. So the public can't see all his other terrorist pals.
We'll update when we know more about today's um, incident.
Update: More here from CBCNews:
An arrest has been made after at least two people were shot in a hail of gunfire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.
The victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.
Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament.
Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency at least one of the shooters was shot and killed inside the building.
Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of shots.
The car now sits empty outside Centre Block. It has no licence plates.
Journalists reported police were trying to keep them away from the scene. Those inside Parliament reported they were told to stay inside rooms with the door locked.
Update IV: Coincidence or motive?
It appears there was only one shooter despite earlier reports of two. ISIS has claimed the attack.
Update 10/23/2014 06:00 CDT: Robert Stacy McCain has more on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau
We learn that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the terrorist killed in his attack Thursday on the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, was both mentally ill and a convert to Islam:Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982 and was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman who appears to have fought in 2011 in Libya, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of a division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. The two were divorced in 1999. . . .So we don’t know, and may never know, exactly how it was that Zehaf-Bibeau went from crazy Muslim to terrorist. Rather than focus on the details of that, however, let’s look at the general pattern in the context of history. What you find about killers like this is that the misfit or mental case has both real-life problems and an extremist ideology. Think about Lee Harvey Oswald who, like Zehaf-Bibeau, was the product of a broken home and, like Zehaf-Bibeau, adopted the ideology of a foreign enemy. Whereas the Canadian-born Zehaf-Bibeau became a Muslim in the 21st century, the American-born Oswald became a Marxist at a time when the Soviet Union was America’s greatest enemy.
Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau grew up in Eastern Canada, including Ottawa and Montreal, and had spent time in Libya before moving to Western Canada to become a miner and labourer, according to friend Dave Bathurst.
...At the Burnaby mosque, Mr. Bathurst said his friend’s “erratic” behaviour — he did not elaborate — caused frictions with the elders at the house of worship, who asked him to stop attending prayers. At that time, Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau was living in a barely furnished single-room apartment.
Mr. Bathurst said he recalls his friend being arrested at the mosque a few years ago after bizarrely calling police to tell them about a crime he had committed many years before.
What causes some people to adopt the ideology of hostile foreign powers? They are misfits and malcontents who are alienated from their own national society, hostile to the dominant culture. By identifying with an extremist ideology, this type of warped personality seeks a kind of empowerment that enables them to enact their fantasy of revenge on the society that rejects the misfit.
October 08, 2014
Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Dies of Ebola
Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, the patient with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the Liberian man at the center of a widening public health scare, died in isolation at a hospital here on Wednesday, hospital authorities said.a former false report of his death, inspired some conspiracy theorists to speculate that he was, you know, the living dead already.
Mr. Duncan died at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, more than a week after the virus was detected in him on Sept. 30. His condition had worsened in recent days to critical from serious as medical personnel worked to support his fluid and electrolyte levels, crucial to recovery in a disease that causes bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea. Mr. Duncan was also treated with an experimental antiviral drug, brincidofovir, after the Food and Drug Administration approved its use on an emergency basis.
Its too bad he could not be saved even with experimental anti-viral treatment.
Our condolences go out to his family and we pray no one else comes down with this infection.
October 03, 2014
ISIS Murders British Hostage Allan Henning
Jawa Report can confirm that British hostage Allan Henning has been murdered by the Islamic State in revenge for this week's vote in Parliament approving strikes against ISIS.
The tape comes within hours of reports of coalition airstrikes against ISIS in support of Kurds besieged in Kobane.
An American Peter Edward Kassig is shown at the end and is threatened with death.
The murder is carried out by the same Jihadi John.
The blood of Davbid Haines is on your hands Cameron.Update: Some background on Henning.
Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood in on the hands of the British Parliament.
(continues) Obama, you have started your ariel bombardment in Sham(Syria) which strikes our people, so its only right that we strike the necks of your people.
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning pleaded Saturday with ISIS to release him, describing her husband as a "peaceful, selfless man" who was only in Syria to help people in need.May he rest in peace and our prayers are with Mrs Henning and his family. May the Lord keep him and comfort his family
"I cannot see how it could assist any state's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying," Barbara Henning said, according to a message released by the UK Foreign Office. ISIS refers to itself as "the Islamic State."
Alan Henning, a taxi driver from near Manchester, England, was part of a team of volunteers that traveled to Syria in December to deliver food and water to people affected by the Middle Eastern country's devastating civil war.
He was abducted the day after Christmas by masked gunmen, according to other people in the aid convoy
And let the UK know what we stand with them.
Um yeah that was me.
September 24, 2014
French Hostage Herve Pierre Gourdel Murdered
Jund al-Khilafah in Algeria beheaded its French hostage, Hervé Gourdel, after having given a 24-hour deadline for French President Francois Hollande to stop airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS).Our thoughts and prayers go out to France and the family of Mr. Gourdel.
The 4 minute, 46 second video entitled, "A Message with Blood to the French Government," was posted on Twitter on September 24, 2014. The production was made to resemble IS videos of beheadings, but showed a clip of Hollande in place of Obama, and showed a similar title screen. Footage shows fighters standing behind Gourdel as one reads a speech, and then they hold him down while one takes a knife. The actual beheading is not shown, but a subsequent scene shows his severed head sitting on his lap, and then the fighters holding it up.
Hat Tip: Mr Orange.
September 04, 2014
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers has died, as you recall she stopped breathing during an endoscopy last week. One tweet I read said at the time, "At least she died doing something she loved." A joke I'm sure Joan would have appreciated.
Comedian and entertainer Joan Rivers died on Thursday at the age of 81.
"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon," her daughter Melissa said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the family confirmed she was on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan after going into cardiac arrest last Thursday.
August 19, 2014
ISIS Murders American Journalist James Foley
American Journalist James Foley has been murdered by ISIS.
In a statement citing Obama's authorization of airstrikes in support of Iraq and the the Kurds ISIS has murdered American Journalist James Foley in an act of revenge.
Jawa Report has obtained a copy of the video and can verify that James was beheaded.
From James' family's website:
Journalist James Foley disappeared in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.Our hearts go out to the Foley family in this most terrible time.
Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.
The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed.
The Foley Family
At the end of the production they are holding another prisoner one, Steven Joel Sotloff. Although my copy has not hint of his fate. It appears they will murder him next if their demands that US back down are not met.
August 08, 2014
Wipe ISIS Out. All of Them
*I've never been prouder of President Obama than right now. But Mr. President ISIS is no pushover. See Headline.
President Obama authorized airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamic militants if they move toward Erbil in northern Iraq where American military, diplomats and civilians are stationed.If you're going to use our powah, Use it very liberally Mr. President.
During a late night statement Thursday from the White House, the president said he's okayed "targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death."
Mr. Obama explained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days has "continued to move across Iraq and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces to stop the advance on Erbil.
US military aircraft conduct strike on ISIL artillery. Artillery was used against Kurdish forces defending Erbil, near US personnel.— Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) August 8, 2014
And you keep saying if necessary Its long past necessary, sir. Failure to crush ISIS will be a mistake we'll pay dearly for.
Update: Right on cue the ISIS supporters whine, but but civilians.
You mad bro?
BREAKING: US official: US launches second round of airstrikes on targets near Irbil, Iraq— The Associated Press (@AP) August 8, 2014
*Didn't take much to reach that level, but if he bombs the living crap out of ISIS he begins filling that very large hole he's been digging.
July 24, 2014
Algerian Plane Presumed to Have Crashed Over Mali
It seems it's a bad time for flying.
An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.Not only do we have the crash in Ukraine, yesterday a plane crashed in Taiwan and also a US Teenager, Haris Suleman, died trying to circumnavigate the globe when his plane crashed into the ocean off American Samoa.
Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.
The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.
Update: The wreckage has been located. There was bad weather in the area and the pilots requested a change of course, but no word on exact cause of crash yet.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Fidel Castro's niece was aboard the plane.
June 24, 2014
Sudan Detains Meriam Yehya Ibrahim At Airport
Unfortunately Vinnie is prescient, he doubted that Sudan would let Meriam Yehya Ibrahim exit the country safely.
CNN: (CNN) -- A Sudanese Christian woman who'd been sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith -- and then released -- was rearrested Tuesday at an airport as she was trying to leave the African country, her legal team told CNN on Tuesday.Apostasy laws are a relic of the dark ages and any nation that still has them on the books should remove them post haste. Its why Sharia is antithetical to liberty.
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, her American husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children were stopped at an airport in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, and then detained and interrogated at Khartoum's national security headquarters, the legal team said.
Details about why the family was held weren't immediately available.
Wani, in a phone call to CNN, also said that he and his family were being held at the national security office, but did not provide details.
The developments came a day after Ibrahim's legal team announced she'd been released from prison after weeks of international controversy over her conviction on apostasy and adultery charges.
The case began when one of Ibrahim's brothers, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out Ibrahim had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years, according to her lawyer.
The court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she proclaimed to be a Christian. So she was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman's marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing her original faith.
The ball is now unfortunately in Obama's court.
May 31, 2014
US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan (Sticky - Scroll For Newer Posts)
Just breaking....price for his freedom were 5 detainees from Gitmo
Welcome home soldier.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.
The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The transfers happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield."
Officials said the Taliban turned the 28-year-old Bergdahl over Saturday evening, local time, in Afghanistan. Several dozen U.S. special forces were involved in the exchange, which took place in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.
Officials described the transfer as a nonviolent handover between the American forces and about 18 Taliban.
Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details of his release.
May 30, 2014
Shocking News! Shinseki Resigns!
Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki thew himself under the bus a few minutes ago.
Well kind of shocking, maybe a little tiny smidgen of shocking.
OK, so not shocking at all, but it happened.
May 14, 2014
Claim Deso Dogg Alive?
In the last few hours reports have emerged that he was seriously wounded but not dead. I can find no copy of this image less that 16 hours old. If you do, please we'd like him to be dead.
الدواعش يضربون بالكبسات والثريد وشعب الرقة يموتا جوعا وليمة بمناسبة شفاء اميرهم ابو طلحة الالماني مغني الراب سابقا pic.twitter.com/gXd2sX39sS— تنسيقية مركدة الحرة (@Sh84Omar) May 13, 2014
May 09, 2014
Elderly Man Beheaded in Georgia Wife Missing
Who killed and decapitated an 88-year-old Georgia man, and where is his 87-year-old wife?Any time you have a beheading or a throat cutting we need to make a mental note that possibly an Islamist had a beef with this person.
Russell Dermond's death and Shirley Dermond's disappearance are mysteries detectives are trying to unravel -- and fast.
"We need to assume, or at least pray, that Mrs. Dermond is still alive, and we desperately need to know her whereabouts," Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Thursday.
...nvestigators believe Russell Dermond was killed between last Friday and Sunday, and they're still searching for his severed head, Sills told reporters, describing the case as "very unusual" and the most frustrating homicide of his career.
"I don't think it's a random incident. I think for whatever reason these people were singled out for this," Sills said. "They live in the most exclusive neighborhood, or one of the most exclusive neighborhoods, in this county. ... They're on a cul-de-sac in a gated, multimillion dollar resort community that we have no crime in."
I'd noted the murder in Boston where a throat was cut and weed put all ovber that body that later turned out to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev who carried out the Boston bombings. But I failed to run it as I was worried about, you know, Islamophobia. I wished I'd called or paid more attention to it. As it was a clue as to what was to come. Had that murder been solved it could have prevented Boston.
So lets not jump the gun here but keep an open mind that nothing missing, no apparent or known motive, plus brutal beheading, together those lead me to believe that any leads to Radical Islamists need to be looked at very closely. Because whoever carried out this act, whatever the motive will probably act again at some point.
May 07, 2014
Islamic State of Losers Lose Homs Syria: Rebellion Crushed
End result of all that terrorist red on red infighting. Assad takes the birthplace of the rebellion.
Syria Direct:AMMAN: An agreement to allow safe passage to rebels and civilians out of Old Homs has left regime opponents divided, with some saying the battle will move to the provinces and others yearning to move on with their lives after two years of a strangling encirclement of their districts.Pussies! You were so close to achieving martyrdom?
The estimated 2,500 fighters and citizens inside the 13 rebel-controlled districts of Homs agreed in principle on Friday to hand over to the government its territory in Syria’s third-largest city. A UN-supervised departure is scheduled to begin this week, Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi told AFP on Monday, adding that the ceasefire is holding.
With a ferocious government military campaign in recent weeks and gnawing hunger from a regime blockade in place since June 2012 that allowed almost no movement in or out, regime opponents said they had little choice but to surrender.
“We must put ourselves in the place of the people who lived in the siege and saw their children die from hunger, they saw their brothers die because of infected wounds due to shelling,” Suhaib Ali, a Homs-based FSA spokesman, told Syria Direct.
Rebels inside had little choice given “the neglect from the political opposition and the international community,” Ali said.
“What would you do?” he asked.
February 03, 2014
Barry Rubin: Rest In Peace
Dr. Barry Rubin has passed away. He will be missed.
January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger Kicks the Bucket!
He went to that Wonderful Atheistic Soviet Collective Farm in the sky.
Image Credit Rolling Stone
January 06, 2014
Today is "Blue Monday", the Most Depressing Day of the Year
Science! This is the time at the Jawa where we dance.
Wow, I don't remember the early eighties being so freaky deaky. This is how I remember the early eightees.
Father, you have been avenged!
November 26, 2013
Out: Selling Ecstasy -- In: Selling Uranium
I'm trying to figure out just what this means, but if I'm reading this right then the uranium the drug dealers were trying to sell actually is of a lower grade then naturally mined uranium. The implication, I think, is that this is post-processed uranium. Kind of the opposite of enriched uranium.
So, the drug dealer was trying to sell .... nuclear waste? Nuclear waste that wasn't from South Africa, but which had been ... imported from another country?
That's how I read it at least. Maybe someone who has more expertise could fill me in here? Business Insider:
South African officials seized 2.2 pounds of uranium and 90 ecstasy tablets from two men allegedly trying to sell the items in the city of Durban, reports AFP....So, is this a big deal or not?
“Yes it is uranium and the tests suggest that it must have come from a country that is dealing with some uranium enrichment at the moment, very very unlikely (in) Africa,” NECSA spokesman Elliot Mulane told AFP.
The uranium is 0.38 percent made up of the U-235 isotope and is well below the average 0.7 percent of the U-235 found in natural uranium. Uranium would need to be at a 90% level in order to be considered weapons grade.
I found an older article about the arrests that says that what they were trying to sell was yellowcake. Now, I thought yellowcake was something we didn't want bad guys to get their hands on. You'll remember that when we thought Saddam Hussein was trying to get the stuff, it was something we frowned on.
So, I know the stuff is less radioactive then other types of uranium. But still, would you carry it around in a shopping bag?
A shopping bag filled with stolen uranium has been seized in a sting operation in Durban, triggering alarm among local and international nuclear watchdog agencies....Carrying yellowcake around in a shopping bag seems to be about as bright an idea as carrying around a cobra in your purse.
They were found with a bag of the material in powder form, known as “yellowcake”, in what The Witness has established is only the fifth confirmed seizure of smuggled uranium in South Africa in the past 20 years.
November 13, 2013
US Its Almost Time To Declare Boko Haram a Terrorist Group
he US state department is expected to designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, as a foreign terrorist organisation.Why the sudden rush to judgement?
The move, expected to take place on Wednesday, means US regulatory agencies are instructed to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram.
It will become a crime under US law to provide material support to the group.
October 25, 2013
7.3 magnitude quake strikes east of Japan
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the Fukushima region of Japan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.Say a prayer...
The epicenter was located 295 miles east northeast of Tokyo and 231 miles east of Japan's Honshu Island.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning at 1:14 p.m. EST for Fukushima Prefecture.
"Marine threat is in place," the agency warns. "Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately."