discarded lies: saturday, november 18, 2017 1:18 am zst
a little down in the mouth
daily archive: 07/15/2005
evariste in Discarded Lies:
Thunder Horse Rising
Eric posted this in the comments to our previous Thunder Horse Sinking thread:

Hi Everyone,

Im out here at the Thunder Horse. Yes, they are salvaging it. They are slowly raising it by pumping out the water.
The leakage is still yet to be determined. The salavage crews are working 24 hrs a day to pump out the water and find out what happened. There is no damage to the hull that has been found.

There is no oil in the water.

There are at least 10 boats here at this time. These are support vessels providing various types of services.

They are closing sea chests and doing sonic soundings to find where the water came in at. It is day 5 and still no answers.

BP has mobilized a tremendous amount of resources to restore the rig.

The USCG and MMS area on scene.

The rig has been raised over 8 feet at this time. All deck cargo and equipment is still secure on the rig. There are approx 30 people over there restoring different equipment.

All pumps aboard the vessel are unusable due to flooding.

The emergency generator is illuminating the rig.

Pumps were placed by the salvage teams to pump out the water.

These pumps are moved lower in the legs when they loose suction.

The salvage crews attempted to use the vessels pumps but did not work.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
American Beauty
This is what Americans do:
During a routine patrol in Baghdad June 2, Army Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was filmed by the insurgents.

Tschiderer, with E Troop, 101st “Saber" Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he popped right back up, took cover and located the enemy’s position.

After tracking down the now-wounded sniper with a team from B Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, Tschiderer secured the terrorist with a pair of handcuffs and gave medical aid to the terrorist who’d tried to kill him just minutes before.

See the video of the attack.

Read the account of the incident from the 256th Brigade Combat Team. [pdf]
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Are you gonna read it?
I won't go wait in line at midnight tonight, but by Sunday night I hope to be curled up with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And I'm also getting The Historian to ease the transition from Hogwarts to bloggie.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Real Stars
For years, Ben Stein has been writing a column called "Monday Night At Morton's" - Morton's being a restaurant chain for the rich and famous. This is his last piece and definitely worth a read: How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?
The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.

We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die.
(a thimbleful of cognac to BLT)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Accountability Act in Pakistan
Afghanistan was so successful under the Taliban, what's not to emulate? 'Taliban-like' morality law sent to Pakistani governor
Hard-line lawmakers in a Pakistan provincial assembly passed an "Accountability Act" that aims to ensure "Islamic correctness" in public places and establishes a morality police to enforce decent behavior.

Violators could be fined or jailed for up to six months. The bill needs the governor's signature.

A six-party Islamic coalition, the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, dominates the assembly in conservative North-West Frontier province. "They want to establish a Taliban-like system here," said opposition lawmaker Khalil Abbas, referring to the rule of the Islamic fundamentalists in neighboring Afghanistan before U.S.-led forces ousted the regime in late 2001.
I wonder what Musharraf thinks about this "Islamic correctness" and if there's anything he can do about it. Today he said "We owe it to our future generations to rid the country of the malaise of extremism". How?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Who's in charge in Gaza?
Not the PA, that's for sure.
Israeli intelligence officers have increasingly observed that Hamas has set up itself as a rival authority to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. Several shooting incidents during the past few months indicated severe trouble for the PA’s attempts to govern there.

A civil war began to brew Thursday night after Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorists launched a massive mortar and rocket attack on Israeli communities when PA Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) visited the area.

An ensuing shootout between PA police forces and Hamas caused the death of two unarmed teenagers and left 16 injured, some of the seriously, according to the Al-Jazeera Arab news site. Several of the wounded were policemen. Hamas retaliated in Shechem, storming a PA police station and freeing one of its jailed terrorists.

Battles continued in Gaza Friday morning, with PA security forces using armored vehicles to travel in Hamas neighborhoods and Hamas terrorists firing anti-tank missiles. Leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which was responsible for the suicide bombings in Netanya this week and in Tel Aviv in February, tried to negotiate a cease fire early Friday afternoon.

Hamas demanded that the PA fire interior minister Nasser Youssef, who had ordered police to "prevent, by force if necessary, all firing of rockets and mortars" against Israeli targets. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri accused the PA of intentionally trying to stop Hamas from "defending the Palestinian people against Israel aggression."
Civil War Brewing in Gaza
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Inspired to murder
Lame excuse #45,678: London Bombers Were Angered by War in Iraq

(For lame excuses #1 - #45,677 see Israel, Jews, existence of)
Shahzad Tanweer, the 22-year-old son of a Pakistani-born affluent businessman, turned to Islam, the religion of his birth, a few years ago. The transformation was gradual, but then his relentless reading of the Quran and daily prayers became almost an obsession, his friends told The Associated Press. He became withdrawn and increasingly angry over the war in Iraq, according to those who knew him best.

The U.S.-led war was what likely drove him to blow himself up on a subway train last week, said his friends.

"He was a Muslim and he had to fight for Islam. This is called jihad," or holy war, said Asif Iqbal, 20, who said he was Tanweer's childhood friend.

Another friend, Adnan Samir, 21, nodded in agreement.

"They're crying over 50 people while 100 people are dying every day in Iraq and Palestine," said Iqbal. "If they are indeed the ones who did it, it's because they believed it was right. They're in Heaven.

"Have you ever been inspired in life?" he asked.
I get inspired quite often, Iqbal. However, my inspirations usually involve creating something, not blowing up people in subways and killing little children receiving chocolates.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Re-Britannification of Britain
From Boris Johnson, conservative MP and editor of the Spectator: This is a turning point: we have to fly the flag for Britishness again (a thimbleful of cognac to Jim Russell)
I have already had enough about how perfectly normal these young men were, and what charming fellows they were, and how there was nothing they loved more than serving in dad's chip shop or helping an old lady across the street or a good game of cricket in the park.

"All he wanted to do was have a laugh," said one of the neighbours last night, about one of the sick quartet responsible for killing themselves and at least 52 others in London. "He was sound as a pound." Yeah, right. If these four young men were perfectly normal Yorkshiremen, then what the hell is happening to this country? Of all the shattering revelations of the past few days, the worst has been that these suicide bombers were British.
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guest author: Mauro in Discarded Lies:
The victims we know so well?
Depressing as it is, the media and the police are already worrying more of any backlash than addressing the reasons why people would want to act when governments don’t. As usual, Muslims are being presented as the victims of a non-existent backlash whereas their silence over all the atrocities and their implicit support of Radical Islam is not addressed.

When is a backlash a backlash and not self-defence? Would a backlash HERE be right or wrong? And if your own state does not defend you, who will? Is it backlash to slap someone that has slapped you? Difficult subject but if criticising Islam is practically punishable by law, if you are portrayed as implicitly racist when they can walk away with almost anything, when your media lies continuously, when your politicians forget who elects them…how long before a reaction cease to be a theory and becomes a practice?

And if we are pushed into a corner, why not take that action? The Latins made an empire out of “If you want peace, prepare for war�? and there are signs everywhere that appeasing and being accommodating does not work. Violence is not just the verbal/physical aggression of a few disadvantaged “white-trash�? kids from a sub-urban ghetto…a far more dangerous violence is the denial of responsibility practiced by Muslims themselves, police and media.

Let’s remember that a great nation like America was built more out of bounty hunters and Wild West than human rights compensation lawyers.
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