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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses amid chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials.

Operations against militants have been scaled back dramatically amid the fall of the American-backed government and the evacuation of U.S. personnel. What had been consistent pressure on Yemen's dangerous al-Qaida affiliate has been relieved, the officials say, and a safe haven exists for the development of an offshoot of the Islamic State group.

via bigstory.ap.org

Oh goody.

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ted Cruz: "We demand our liberty"

There should probably be an exclamation point there in the headline. Well, here's the video of his announcement speech. Judging from the RW blogosphere, I'm odd man out. The video and Mr. Ted leave me not precisely cold, but pretty meh. Maybe it's the religious setting.  I'm not very enthusiastic and not inspired by the implicit Bible thumping. Cruz obviously figures born agains (almost wrote "born agins") will be a critical voting block. Still, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat over TBGFH ("Hillary").

 

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S. - WSJ

The White House discovered the operation, in fact, when U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks, officials briefed on the matter said.

via www.wsj.com

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Bret Stephens: The Orwellian Obama Presidency - WSJ

Here is my advice to the Israeli government, along with every other country being treated disdainfully by this crass administration: Repay contempt with contempt. Mr. Obama plays to classic bully type. He is abusive and surly only toward those he feels are either too weak, or too polite, to hit back.

The Saudis figured that out in 2013, after Mr. Obama failed to honor his promises on Syria; they turned down a seat on the Security Council, spoke openly about acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan and tanked the price of oil, mainly as a weapon against Iran. Now Mr. Obama is nothing if not solicitous of the Saudi highnesses.

via www.wsj.com

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The New York Times Should Seriously Consider Not Writing About Science Anymore | RealClearScience

As a whole, too many of the NYT's science articles take a pro-fearmongering, anti-technology viewpoint that is buttressed with dubious research. Even though interested readers can easily find plenty of thoughtful science journalism elsewhere, the NYT's shoddy reporting still matters. The journalistic malpractice that regularly stains the pages of that once great paper besmirches the reputation of all journalists.

via www.realclearscience.com

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

3 Reasons Ted Cruz Could Win

First: Ted Cruz matches up with the activist base better than any other significant candidate in a long time. I don’t think people outside of that base really understand how powerful Cruz’s appeal is to the populist energized conservative voter, which is of course just a faction of the right, but is a sizable faction. Cruz’s critics need to hope that he is limited to this faction, and incapable of appealing outside of it. But that may not prove to be the case, particularly if Cruz is able to cut into the appeal of, say, Walker for pro-business types, Huckabee for social conservatives, Paul for libertarianish Republicans and the like. And he doesn’t just match up with them on policy, he matches up with their brashness, their yearning for someone who loves the taste of blood in his mouth. Cruz was the only guy on the stage at the Iowa Ag gathering to basically give the whole room the finger on ethanol. His words are sweet music to the conservative right which has wanted a capable fighter for so long. Here’s a guy who’ll fight the lion and the midgets at the same time.

via thefederalist.com

"Here's a guy who'll fight the lion and the midgets at the same time." That's actually kinda funny.

Well, maybe Cruz is the guy. I don't know. I like his ideas fine. He just comes across as a bit of a creeper. Maybe that's just the media or something.

March 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Thais warned against taking 'underboob selfies' | Oddly Enough | Reuters.com

"We can only warn people to not take it up. They are inappropriate actions."

via mobile.reuters.com

March 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Company Claims Their Flying Car Will Hit Markets In Two Years | IFLScience

But excitement was renewed once again last year when Slovakian company AeroMobil tantalized us with their prototype car/plane hybrid, the AeroMobil 3.0, which was unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. In their promo video, you can see the vehicle effortlessly transform from a futuristic-looking roadster into a sleek aircraft at the touch of a button, and then smoothly take to the skies from a grass runway.

via www.iflscience.com

I guess you could say goodbye to rental car lines.

March 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Probably won't be legal in CA

March 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Transgender teen responds to bathroom controversy | Local & Regional | Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Idaho News, Weather, Sports and Breaking News - KBOI 2

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - 13-year-old D.W. Trantham is speaking out after a parent pulled their child out of South Junior High. This comes after learning Trantham, who is transgender, was able to choose which bathroom she could use.

via www.kboi2.com

DW doesn't really look transgender, I guess. Not really sure what they look like, however. She's pretty cute, in fact. Her father sports a goatee, of course.

March 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)