Dangerous confrontations between Iranian and American warships in the Persian Gulf are up more than 50 percent in 2016 compared with this time last year, according to a U.S. defense official – despite the highly touted nuclear accord, as well as a recent $1.7 billion U.S. payment to Tehran.The latest incidents of provocative Iranian behavior flared in the Persian Gulf earlier this week, including one filmed by the U.S. Navy. The video showed four Iranian gunboats from its Revolutionary Guard Corps coming within 300 yards of USS Nitze, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The incident was part of a troubling pattern, according to stats shared with Fox News.In 2015, there were roughly 30 dangerous interactions between Iranian and U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf, according to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. The Iranian vessels acted as the aggressors every time, the Navy says.Yet already this year, that number is at least 30. Through the first six months alone of 2016, there were 26 dangerous confrontations that U.S. military officials called “unsafe and unprofessional.”“We are on pace to exceed last year’s numbers by more than fifty percent,” the defense official told Fox News, while saying the confrontations have risen by that much so far.
Flake has decided to veer into punditdom, opining Donald Trump, the GOP’s presidential nominee, “can‘t win and shouldn’t win,” the election. The only takeaway from that statement is that Flake will be supporting scandal-plagued leftist Hillary Clinton. SRAZ came to that conclusion in July with this post.At a Tuesday event at the offices of Allstate Insurance in Tempe, Flake lobbed a barrage of spew at Trump, even disapproving of the way Trump expressed “regret” for some past comments. Flake, of course, remains the ideal in the apology department. When his son Tanner, used offensive racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs on his Twitter account, papa Flake stepped in and publicly apologized for him, letting a teachable moment pass.
he program and into a million variations, all of them serving the same basic purpose, but in a million permutations on the same basic themes. Yes, we are here to mischaracterize, control, and defraud you. Yes, it is going to be done along the same basic paths and guidelines. But no, it is not going to be exactly the same at all times and places and applications.
Nearly every day I have someone call me up and offer to ream me out because they tried some course of action I recommended two years ago and in their particular instance and situation it didn’t help.
A number of things must be brought to everyone’s attention— first of all, I (and everyone else involved) have learned a lot in the past two years, including information that has led to different understandings of basic facts. It therefore behooves everyone to follow along in the current thread to get the most up-to-date take on things.
Judge Anna von Reitz
It is important for everyone to understand that we are engaged in a process— a learning and fact-finding and research and legal process that is ongoing. Every day we learn more. Every day we connect dots that we didn’t know about before.
This necessarily gives the impression of two steps forward and one step back, because that is what it is. It’s a process of discovery. We don’t have a road map. We are obliged to go down many rabbit holes to find out where they go and if they connect and precisely how they connect.
In most cases the path isn’t just complex. It has been deliberately obscured to make it difficult and even nigh-unto impossible to unravel. There are cinch points in this process that resemble a tangled ball of yarn or a knotted necklace chain. It takes…
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A #muslim — who knew as soon as they read the headline?
A New Hampshire man accused of raping two young children in Massachusetts has been released on bail.
A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday decided to keep bail set at $35,000 for Abdulrhman Abduljalil.
Prosecutors had asked that bail for the 31-year-old Pelham, New Hampshire man be set at $100,000. Prosecutors say the family of the children Abduljalil is charged with sexually assaulting reported seeing him driving around their neighborhood.
Authorities say the rapes happened at a Weymouth, Massachusetts home in May.
Prosecutors say police discovered physical evidence supporting the children’s story that Abduljalil had touched them both inappropriately.
The Saudi national faces charges including rape of a child with force and aggravated statutory rape.
Prosecutors say the family whose children the man is charged with sexually assaulting reported seeing him driving around their neighborhood.
Over the last few days a number of interesting reports have surfaced with regard to Hillary.
One of them is that Preet Bharara is investigating (along with other branches of the FBI and DOJ) the Clinton Foundation. It’s about damn time, given that some of the “hacked” emails that were released appear to make a facial case that the foundation has been involved in “pay to play” schemes involving foreign nationals, a blatantly corrupt practice that, if true, violates a number of federal statutes.
Then there is the raw “in your face” middle finger Clinton has erected in the direction of James Comey at the FBI. By repeatedly claiming that she was “truthful” and that Comey said she was she has quite-effectively backed him into a corner.
You see, if she was truthful about classified data being on the server in her FBI interview (remember that Comey said there was such material present) and she admitted it then she (1) admitted the elements of the crime in question since intent is not a factor in that statute and worse (2) she admitted to committing perjury before the US Congress since she claimed no such transmission or reception took place.
If she was not truthful about the data being on the server then she lied to the FBI and that is a (separate and distinct) crime, along with the aforementioned perjury.
This places the FBI in a rather interesting position, all out in public. Either they formally refer charges to the Department of Justice (which makes for an interesting dark material meets fan blades moment) or the FBI destroys its own credibility as the US Federal Law Enforcement agency by openly refusing to bring a criminal complaint when someone publicly gives them the middle finger on national television.
A failure to act at this point would be a literal public declaration by our Federal Law Enforcement agency that rich and powerful people will not go to prison irrespective of what laws they violate.
I had the pleasure of beginning that meeting [with Kenyatta], as I want to begin this press conference this afternoon, by congratulating Kenya on something no nation’s athletes have ever before accomplished, and that is to win both the men’s and the women’s marathon races at the Olympic Games. Absolutely extraordinary. When I mentioned that to President Kenyatta, he promptly said to me, “Well, we also had a hand in helping you win a silver because the person who won came from Kenya.” (Laughter.)
“And I said, “Actually, Mr. President, you did better than a silver and a gold. You gave us a president of the United States.” (Laughter.) So you can see we had a very friendly and positive beginning to the conversation.
During an appearance in Nairobi, Secretary of State John Kerry said he thanked the Kenyan president for giving America “a president of the United States” – a comment alluding to the contested issue of where President Obama was born.
On Monday, Kerry told Kenya’s foreign minister he had a conversation with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta concerning the Olympic Games in Rio and President Obama’s birthplace:
I had the pleasure of beginning that meeting [with Kenyatta], as I want to begin this press conference this afternoon, by congratulating Kenya on something no nation’s athletes have ever before accomplished, and that is to win both the men’s and the women’s marathon races at the Olympic Games. Absolutely extraordinary. When I mentioned that to President Kenyatta, he promptly said to me…
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