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Syrian Chemical Attack: Who did It?   Leave a comment


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The Americans are going to have to present their evidence.  It better be very good evidence that the Assad regime perpetrated the attacks.  If Obama believes Assad did it, he must have that very good evidence.  After all, the United States has satellites that can listen and watch real time events, and the NSA is always listening and monitoring communications, including electronic digital communications as Mr. Snowden revealed. On the other hand Russian president Putin is just as adamant that the Syrian military did not do it.

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The 2013 Ghouta attacks were a series of alleged chemical attacks that occurred on Wednesday, 21 August 2013, in the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria.

Opposition and medical sources gave a death toll of 355 to 1,729, and said that none of them had physical wounds. According to the activist network Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which estimated 502 killed, 46 of the dead were rebel fighters. The attacks were launched on opposition-controlled areas, with the Syrian government and the Syrian rebels blaming each other for the attack. If the death toll is confirmed, the attack would be the deadliest chemical attack since the March/April 1988 Halabja poison gas attack and Second Battle of al-Faw of the Iran–Iraq War.

The alleged attack came almost exactly one year after U.S. President Barack Obama’s”red line” speech, in which he warned that chemical weapons use in Syria, which is one of five non-signatories to the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, would trigger American intervention. Since his speech, and prior to the chemical attacks in Ghouta, chemical weapons were suspected to have been used in at least four attacks in the country.

On 21 August 2013, the Syrian government launched an offensive to capture opposition-held Damascus suburbs.

The alleged chemical attacks reportedly occurred around 03:00 in the morning on 21 August 2013, in the rebel-held and mostly Sunni Ghouta agricultural area, just east of Damascus. The area had been under an Army siege backed by Hezbollahfor months. The towns attacked were: Hammuriyah, Irbin, Saqba, Kafr Batna, Mudamiyah, Harasta, Zamalka and Ain Terma. An attack was also reported in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Jobar.

Doctors Without Borders said three hospitals it supports in the eastern Damascus region reported receiving roughly 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” over less than three hours on after the morning, when the attack in the eastern Ghouta area took place. Of those, 355 died. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria claimed that of the 1,338 victims, 1,000 were in Zamalka, among which 600 bodies were transferred to medical points in other towns and 400 remained at a Zamalka medical centre. At least six medics died while treating the victims. The deadliness of the attack is believed to have been increased due to Syrians fleeing the regime bombardment by hiding in basements, where the heavier-than-air chemical agents sank to these lower-lying, poorly ventilated areas. Some of the victims died while sleeping.

The day after the alleged chemical attacks, 22 August, the Syrian army bombarded the Ghouta area.

Abu Omar of the Free Syrian Army stated to The Guardian that the rockets involved in the attack were unusual because “you could hear the sound of the rocket in the air but you could not hear any sound of explosion” and no obvious damage to buildings occurred. Human Rights Watch’s witnesses reported “symptoms and delivery methods consistent with the use of chemical nerve agents.”

Activists and local residents contacted by The Guardian said that “the remains of 20 rockets [thought to have been carrying neurotoxic gas were] found in the affected areas. Many [remained] mostly intact, suggesting that they did not detonate on impact and potentially dispersed gas before hitting the ground.”

On 23 August, US officials stated that American intelligence detected activity at Syrian chemical weapons sites before the attack on 21 August. Foreign Policy magazine’s The Cable, citing unnamed sources, reported that: “US intelligence services” intercepted communications, hours after a attack, between an official at the Syrian Ministry of Defence and the leader of a chemical weapons unit, demanding answers for a nerve agent strike. According to the report, American officials believe that the attacks were the work of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime based on the content of the calls, although they are unsure who ordered the attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, an ally of the Syrian government, told United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron that there was no evidence that the chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime. An Iranian Foreign Ministry official claimed that Russia submitted evidence to the U.N. Security Council, including satellite images, purporting to show that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian rebels and not by the Administration.

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Why Assad would not be motivated

Some have questioned the motive and timing behind the alleged Syrian government involvement, since the hotel in which the team of United Nations chemical weapons inspectors were staying was just a few miles from the attack. A CNN reporter pointed to the fact that government forces did not appear to be in imminent danger of being overrun by rebels in the areas in question, in which a stalemate had set. He questioned why the Army would risk such an action that could cause international intervention. The reporter also questioned if the Army would use sarin gas just a few kilometers from the center of Damascus on what was a windy day.

A reporter for The Daily Telegraph also pointed to the questionable timing given government forces had recently beaten back rebels in some areas around Damascus and recaptured territory. “Using chemical weapons might make sense when he is losing, but why launch gas attacks when he is winning anyway?” The reporter also questioned why would the attacks happen just three days after the inspectors arrived in Syria.

Why Assad would be motivated

Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg argued that the Assad would use chemical weapons because nobody “will do a damn thing to stop him.” Syrian human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh also argued that the Assad government would launch a chemical attack because “it knows that the international community would not do anything about it” as for “previous crimes.” Israeli reporter Ron Ben-Yishai stated that the motive to use chemical weapons could be the “army’s inability to seize the rebel’s stronghold in Damascus’ eastern neighbourhoods,” or fear of rebel encroachment into Damascus with tacit civilian support, an argument backed by declassified intelligence reports from the United States, which is considering military strikes on Syria.

Why the rebels would be motivated

According to military experts, the Syrian rebels can not win the ongoing civil war without foreign military intervention. Using terror against civilians has brought international media attention and sympathy in other regional conflicts and wars, resulting in military intervention like the 2011 military intervention in Libya.

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Posted August 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Christopher Walken’s House of Pantaloons   Leave a comment


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Kevin Pollak impersonating Mr. Walken

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Posted August 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Monster B-Movie Blitz   Leave a comment


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Recently there has been a swarm of monster B-Movies on television.  I PVRrd a few of them and will have to get the popcorn popping.  But these damn things are so bad that I lose interest once I see the monster.  But you have to give it to the people at SyFy productions, they do have an imagination.  Some of these devil creatures are absurd hybrids that love blood.  Below are some of the posters.

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Thank God our Sasquatches aren’t this psycho!

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Ponch is back! Erik Estrada came out of retirement to star in this gem.

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Posted August 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Butthole Surfers: merriment and playfulness.   Leave a comment


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At a time in the ‘80s when hardcore was on the wane and college radio was increasingly dominated by future yuppie-rock arena stars like REM and U2, the Butthole Surfers stuck out like an angry boner. True to their Texas roots, they did nothing small, spiking their twisted but virtuoso experimental punk with heretical genres like acid rock and prog, all half-digested and projectile-vomited onto the burgeoning audience for the music that would eventually come under the catchall of “indie rock.”

The Butthole Surfers were creatively fearless, gleefully unpredictable, utterly glorious. Live performances were overwhelming and often just flat-out frightening multimedia affairs featuring projections of alarming/disgusting surgical footage, a nude dancer named “Ta Da The Shit Lady” who’d reputedly indulge a bandmate in the occasional onstage sex act, a pair of tandem tribal drummers, and vocalist Gibby Haynes recklessly playing with fire WAY too close to the audience (and his own penis). Nothing else at the time came close to that level of danger and excitement, and even when they toned the volatility down after improbably getting signed to Capitol Records in the heat of the ‘90s corporate-alt moment, they still remained one of the key yardsticks by which fuckedupedness was measured.

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All night long my body burned
the sheets were wet and cold
the lights were on my eyes were gone
any second lose control
the pounding on my window was just the pounding in my head
I wonder who was in my room last night,
who the hell was in my bed?
Ahhh!

There must have been a body there
I swear I felt some flesh
it took a little time
but I figured they were mine
there were fingers goin down my chest
my mouth went through the ceiling and my body fell through the floor
I couldn’t find the key cause there was no one I could see
and someone had moved the door
Ahhh!
The cops the priest the crisis line,
And no one really had a clue
no one could tell who abducted me,
Or exactly what I should do
my throat was dry and my hopes were high,
but nothing really ever got said
Who was in my room that night,
who the hell was in my bed?
AHHH!

Posted August 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Syria crisis: Western military options   Leave a comment


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All the signals from Washington and London suggest that military action against Syria is now a strong possibility. Contingency plans are being drawn up, potential target lists are being reviewed and various military assets are being moved into position.

The US Navy is re-positioning several vessels, including four cruise missile-carrying destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and probably a missile-firing submarine.

A British Trafalgar class submarine is also a potential launch platform.

If more firepower is needed, two US aircraft carriers could launch air strikes, and land bases in Turkey and Cyprus might also be used. French air power could also play a part.

But what kind of military action is being proposed ? What risks are involved ? What is the rationale behind such action? And, perhaps most importantly, how might Western military action contribute to a resolution of the Syrian crisis, if at all?

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Forces which could be used against Syria:

  • Four US destroyers – USS Gravely, USS Ramage, USS Barry and USS Mahan – are in the eastern Mediterranean, equipped with cruise missiles
  • Cruise missiles could also be launched from submarines, including a British Trafalgar class boat. HMS Tireless was reportedly sighted in Gibraltar at the weekend
  • Airbases at Incirlik and Izmir in Turkey, and in Jordan, could be used to carry out strikes
  • Two aircraft carriers – USS Nimitz and USS Harry S Truman are in the wider region
  • The Royal Navy’s response force task group– which includes helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and frigates HMS Montrose and HMS Westminster – is in the region on a previously-scheduled deployment
  • RAF Akrotiri airbase in Cyprus could also be used
  • French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is currently in Toulon in the western Mediterranean
  • French Raffale and Mirage aircraft can also operate from Al-Dhahra airbase in the UAE.

 

Posted August 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Miley Cyrus should be locked up in a looney bin   1 comment


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I saw this spoiled brat on Jay Leno a while back and I was aghast because of the obnoxiousness of this Hannah Montana.  She is a motor mouth like I have never seen before.  Horrid little dingbat. 

Billy Ray Cyrus is adamant his daughter Miley’s headline-grabbing antics at the MTV Video Music Awards were harmless, insisting: “I would have done the same thing.”

The former Hannah Montana star hit headlines around the world with her raunchy routine, in which she cavorted in skimpy, flesh-coloured latex underwear, gyrated against pop star Robin Thicke’s crotch, and groped him with a foam hand.

Her ‘twerking’ dance moves at the event on Sunday prompted a furore among many critics, but Achy Breaky Heart singer Cyrus is convinced his daughter did no wrong – and even claims he would have put in a similar performance in his heyday.

In a post on Twitter.com, former child star Miley tells fans of her father’s reaction to the scandal, writing, “‘Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented… And I had a foam finger… I woulda done the same thang you did.’ – DAD.”

Billy Ray is an over rated goofball hillbilly.

Miley keep your tongue in check:

 

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Posted August 29, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Martin Luther King Junior, here was a Man that saw reality!   Leave a comment


 

This man had the patience of a solid bolt on a railroad bridge.  He did things that are everlasting. I’m an Agnostic, and I think his message of charity below is the ultimate philosophical rule.

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Posted August 28, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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