Interrupted while dancing and asked about his failed policy towards ISIS, Obama sighed and said, “look, I’ve got a lot on my plate”. He then left on his private jet to sightsee in Patagonia.
Daily Archives: March 24, 2016
Of the entire article, I found this particularly telling:
Led by veterans of the Iraq insurgency, Islamic State has no shortage of bomb-makers, according to the Western officials, although the bombs used in Brussels weren’t sophisticated or designed to avoid detection.
Some analysts estimate there may be hundreds of fighters trained to make triacetone triperoxide, the explosive discovered Tuesday in the apartment the Brussels attackers used.
Authorities said they found 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of TATP and nearly 40 gallons of acetone and eight gallons of hydrogen peroxide—enough to possibly make eight more suitcase bombs.
“Terrorists use what’s available in their area and what they are trained to,” said Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor and explosives expert at the University of Rhode Island. “They have obviously been trained to use TATP.”
An unstable, a white, crystalline explosive, TATP was also used in the Paris attacks. The challenge is that making TATP in large quantities risks exposure if neighbors smell the acetone, as well as disaster if it accidentally detonates.
“Put a five gallon bucket of acetone in a room, it is going to smell like crazy,” said Otto J. Gregory, who is also a professor at the University of Rhode Island.
Fortunately for Muslim terrorists, their neighbors are their friends and supporters, so they won’t raise a stink.
With luck (and a Republican win) our next president won’t, as Obama has done, demand that intelligence assessments of terrorist groups like ISIS be suppressed.
Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.
That complaint was supported by 50 other analysts, some of whom have complained about politicizing of intelligence reports for months. That’s according to 11 individuals who are knowledgeable about the details of the report and who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.
Things like that will happen when the Commander in Chief is on record as calling ISIS “the JV squad”.
And it was definitely the subject of discussion here three days ago.
“We don’t have a looming fiscal disaster on our hands,” the governor told FWIW, “we have a slight cash deficit, which is what I’ve just solved. The state constitution may say we have to balance our budget, but it doesn’t say how we have to do that.”
The administration has set a $2.7 billion “soft bonding cap” for the 2016 calendar year, Malloy told reporters after Thursday’s commission meeting.
The cap refers to general obligation bonding – loans repaid with receipts from income, sales and other taxes dedicated to the general fund. Those funds are used for municipal school construction, capital projects at public colleges and universities, state building maintenance, open space and farmland preservation, and various smaller projects.
It does not involve bonding for transportation projects, which is repaid with fuel tax receipts. [Not true – the gasoline tax is shoved into the general fund and pissed away on any project Dannel’s friends think up next]
Connecticut, which has more than $22 billion in bonded debt, already has one of the highest per capita debt burdens of any state in the nation.
And Sen. L. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich, who serves on the bond commission, noted Thursday that Connecticut is almost halfway toward its annual bonding cap just three months into the year.
Annual general obligation bonding has nearly doubled since 2012, when Malloy had set the cap at $1.4 billion.
Three of the four Wall Street rating agencies have attached a “negative outlook” to Connecticut’s bond rating, warning it will be watched closely over the next year and could be subject to a downgrade that would be likely to raise interest costs for the state.
The “But Jimmy does it too” defense
[T]he governor said Connecticut is not the only state facing heightened scrutiny from Wall Street. “It’s clear that the bond market and those who rate risk are concerned on a more general basis,” he said.
Malloy also argued that “we need to make investments in our state,” such as the $500 million in borrowing approved Thursday for municipal school construction. [How is it that every government spending plan is always an “investment”? For all the billions CT has “invested” in medical leave, maternity leave, expansion of UConn campus branches, a high speed bus lane from Hartford to New Britain, a high speed choo choo train from New Haven to Waterbury, and so on forever, costs never come down as a repayment?
In the last two years of Malloy’s first term, leading up to the 2014 gubernatorial election — which Malloy won by defeating Greenwich Republican Tom Foley — the governor and the legislature’s Democratic majority moved hundreds of millions of dollars of operating expenses onto the credit card to avoid pre-election tax hikes.
These steps included:
- Refinancing debt to push $392 million in payments owed then until after the election.
- Bonding $173 million in new municipal aid.
- Bonding $57 million for pollution abatement and stem cell research grants that previously were paid for out of the operating budget.
- Borrowing an extra $39 million so that debt payments tied to converting state finances to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles could be deferred until after the election.
“But by the time I began to attend school I started to encounter people with less faith in my abilities to reach my goals. People who didn’t think I was smart enough and would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades. Asking my brother what career plan he had, but me what kind of man I wanted to marry.”
Michelle Obama is walking, drooling testimony against affirmative action. She was admitted to Princeton and Harvard because of the color of her skin, she served in a no-show job paying $316,972 job arranged through her husband’s political connections, and has now spent 7 years disgracing the country she was ashamed of most of her life, while accumulating a net worth of $11.8 million, all for doing still more nothing.
The poor dear.
Young Brant offered no particular excuse for his behavior, but did tell this to FWIW: “You don’t know what Hell is, until you’ve grown up in Greenwich”.
Connecticut legislature moves to tax Yale’s endowment, and Yale doesn’t welcome its chance to practice the redistributive principles it espouses
“Those monies must be held in reserve”, Yale spokesman Kingman Brewster told FWIW. “There’s a very good possibility, horrifying as it is to admit it, that Donald Trump may be our next president. If that’s the case, we’ll need hundreds of millions to make our university secure for at least four years and even, God forbid, eight. Safe rooms for students who feel threatened, round-the-clock counseling, puppy dogs and warm milk, emergency relocations to Canada for our most traumatized children, and so on.
“These things cost big bucks, and without them, an entire generation of leaders will simply disappear, hiding in their dorm rooms, weeping, unable to cope. The damage to our country’s future would be incalculable, and I’m very disappointed that a sharp person like Senator Looney can’t understand that.”
A PR boss who asked a Muslim woman to ‘explain Brussels’ has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.
Matthew Doyle, an LSE alumnus and partner at a south London-based talent agency, sparked outrage on social media after he ‘confronted’ a Muslim woman about the Brussels attacks which killed 34 people.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘I confronted a Muslim woman in Croydon yesterday. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said “nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.’
The comment went viral, being retweeted hundreds of times before it was eventually removed from Twitter.
The Metropolitan Police issued a statement confirming that a man had been arrested.
‘A 46-year-old man was this evening arrested at his home in Croydon on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media,’ said the Metropolitan Police.
‘He has been taken to a south London police station and enquiries continue.’
‘The incident did happen. I didn’t confront the Muslim woman, I just saw her coming towards me and I was emotionally fuelled.
‘She said “it was nothing to do with me”. I said “have a good day” and then turned around and said “bye”. It’s not like I’m a guy with tattoos who pushed her against a wall.
Some people might think this fellow was just being rude, even unpleasant, but they would be wrong; he’s a terrorist, as as long as the Brits can’t seem to catch Muslim terrorists, which might ease the fears of the public, this monster will have to do.