Should'a tightened the lug nuts -
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According to the Helms-Burton Act, which enforces the sanctions, the embargo cannot be lifted until there is "demonstrable progress underway" in compensating Americans for their seized and annexed property.Add to that layer of the onion, the inconvenient truth that Americans voted against Barack by handing control of the US Senate to the Republican Party and advancing the majority that the Republicans hold in the House of Representatives. Congress would need to vote to end the embargo and I don't see that happening in the next two years.
Under King Abdallah, Shiism expanded more than at any recent prior time. This was not necessarily because of any failure of Saudi policy, but the King could not stop the spread of "heresy" that others facilitated. Iraq came under more open and direct Iranian influence. The Baathist/Alawite government in Syria survived. Lebanese Hizballah emerged as into a regional influence beyond the borders of Lebanon. Hamas lost a war with Israel, but did not return to the Arab fold. Egypt's Mubarak, a strong and steady ally, was overthrown in a phenomenon called the Arab Spring.
Tag Line: Set within the world of global cybercrime, Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month on Iran, countering President Obama's threats that he will veto any legislation that imposes more sanctions against Iran if talks on its nuclear program fail.
(IBD) Tehran on Tuesday, for instance, with Russia's defense minister visiting, signed a pact with Moscow to expand military ties, including mutual use of naval ports. Russia of course, going back to the days of the Soviet Union, has been behind the building of Iran's nuclear program, seeking to counter American power in the Middle East.
In a statement, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan made no bones about this move being all about opposing "the expansionist intervention and greed of the United States." Moscow was already set to build two additional nuclear reactors within Iran.
The German magazine Der Spiegel recently reported presumed Iranian involvement in the construction, ongoing since 2009, of an underground nuclear facility in Syria near the Lebanon border. The presumption is based on intercepted phone calls and satellite images.
Approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored at the site, which features a deep well connecting it to a lake two and a half miles away — a necessity only for a nuclear facility.
|Chinese Cartoon depicts a police officer shooting violent bearded Muslims|
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said that since May a task force on human smuggling across the country's southwestern borders had uncovered 262 cases. The authorities said they worry that Uighurs go abroad to contact Islamist militants. The smuggling is "mainly organized abroad and controlled behind the scenes by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in efforts to spread religious extremism, and bewitch and incite people to flee abroad to take part in jihadist activities."
(Duffle Blog) BORNO, Nigeria — According to insider reports obtained by Duffel Blog, leaders for the terrorist group Boko Haram have called an emergency meeting to determine how many more murders, rapes and kidnappings it will take before anyone in the international community will start giving a shit.
“It’s frustrating,” complained Boko Haram Commander Abubakar Shekau. “We work extremely hard, and all we get from the rest of the world is phlegmatic indifference. I mean, what’s a warlord supposed to do?”
During a month in which the group has attacked hard targets in Cameroon, as well as orchestrated the slaughter of up to 2,000 civilians, international media outlets have largely focused on recent terror attacks in Paris. The carnage wrought by Boko Haram in the Belgium-sized swath of territory it now controls in the northeastern states of oil-rich Nigeria was designed to get attention.
Delegates to the strategy meeting struggled to come up with ideas evil enough to generate media attention. Numerous suggestions were scrawled across a white board, to include a moon laser, Ebola zombies, canceling American football, Scientology, a Hitler robot, and Furry convention, only to be crossed out, one after the other, in fits of despondency. Throughout the meeting, many in attendance appeared distracted by the television across the room showing live footage of leaders from countries like Russia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia marching in defense of a free press.
“Nigeria has elephants,” said Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, when asked for comment. “But I don’t think Broker Ham or whatever it is wants to hurt elephants.”
By the close of their strategy session, Boko Haram leaders reported a general feeling of pessimism at the prospect of getting people’s attention any time soon.
“Between France, ISIS and those crazy-low gas prices, I don’t think your average media consumer has any room left on his plate,” Shekau admitted. “Je suis Boko Haram, and I am pretty bummed.” Shekau then donned his fedora made of flayed baby skin, filled his pipe with virgin hymens and asked his driver to bring around the Rolls Royce with the old lady crucified on the hood.
“If things keep going this way, he might do something crazy,” Commander Tobala Nukaway confided to Duffel Blog. “We might start killing white people.”
*Knute Rockne gave his "Win One for the Gipper" speech to the Notre Dame players at halftime of the 1928 Army game. To inspire the players he told them the story of the tragic death of George Gipp, a great football player at Notre Dame. Notre Dame won their game against Army.
-- But that was back when Army had a football team. Army has lost to Navy for the past thirteen consecutive years. This shows the natural order of things as Navy men are naturally superior.
(Fox News) Belgian news site L'Avenir, as well as Le Soir and France24, reported that the government prosecutor's office said a dozen operations have been launched against suspects across Belgium, in Verviers, Brussels and Hal-Vilvoorde. Some of those targeted in the raids are known to have returned recently from Syria.
The Belgian news site reported that, based on phone intercepts in the homes and cars of the three individuals involved in a shootout in Verviers, authorities believed the three were in the process of carrying out imminent attacks inside Belgium. A shootout between the three and police has left two of the suspected terrorists dead and another wounded.
Because of rampant corruption, the true number receiving French government benefits are alleged by many to be over one hundred percent, since death rarely stops the flow of government benefit checks in the no-go zones.
|2017 Ford Raptor|
Aluminum unibody will replace steel I-beam
Same horsepower with a 3.5 liter V-6 as currently delivered from a 6.2 liter V-8...doable, but there are trade-offs that Ford is not discussing. Will the new engine be as reliable as the present power plant? I'll eat popcorn and watch.
No change there. The current Raptor is ~6" wider than the F-150 -- almost as wide as a Hummer.
Trying to squeeze every drop of gasoline.
Nice, but not necessary in my opinion. You can manually shift at present but I don't because the power is quite sufficient to throw you back into the seat. The Raptor is functionally the truck equivalent of a Corvette.
Two more than presently offered.
I prefer a push button start, but absent one, the key is good enough.2017 Ford Raptor: