The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress.
The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
But the document underscored the importance the Pentagon places on the Sunni tribesmen to its overall strategy to diminish Islamic State, and cautioned Congress about the consequences of failing to assist them.
A man who had made previous threats against police set his house on fire Saturday and ambushed the first sheriff’s deputy who responded, fatally shooting the deputy and wounding another before he was killed by a police officer who lives nearby, a law enforcement official said.
The man’s name and address had been entered into a law enforcement computer system because of previous threats, but the 911 dispatcher who entered the fire call put in the address of a neighbor who reported the blaze, so the alert wasn’t activated and the Leon County deputy who responded first had no warning, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information.
The gunman was hiding outside the house when the deputy approached about 10:15 a.m., the official said. He shot the deputy from behind, shot him again after he fell and then took the deputy’s gun. The gunman then tried to take other weapons from the deputy’s car, but they were locked down, said the official said, who had spoken to law enforcement officials handling the case.
Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.
The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the district’s disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.
He was considered by many to be the district’s most charismatic and controversial politician.
Barry collapsed Saturday and was taken to United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he died. He had just been released earlier from Howard University Hospital, where he had been admitted on Thursday, according to WUSA9.
Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported on Sunday.
“Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24,” ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna as saying.
“The issue of extension of the talks is an option on the table and we will start discussing it if no deal is reached by Sunday night,” the person said.
The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began a final round of talks with Iran on Tuesday, looking to clinch a pact under which Tehran would curb its nuclear work in exchange for lifting economically crippling sanctions.
In the early 1960s, Dallas became known as the City of Hate. The city was ground zero to many of the country’s major right-wing figures—and, on the other side, to Lee Harvey Oswald. (The era is the subject of an excellent new book by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, which is excerpted here.) But one thing that stands out today is how the era’s rhetoric—with a president from a new ethnic group derided as a socialist and a traitor—has in common with our own. A gallery of images from JFK-era Dallas:Air Force One arrives The president is greeted by a Confederate flag and anti-NAACP, anti-socialist signage.
Much More: Photos: Anti-JFK Protesters
So the title says it all. It’s like standing on an island and declaring there is water on every side. It’s like discovering rain is wet and falls from the sky. Fire burns. I could go on for hours. Yes it does. As several friends of mine who returned from their Dutch/French Indo China senior class trips discovered, great weed and fine hashish helped quell the mess going on in the boxes in their heads that occasionally popped open and they had trouble closing. The overwhelming drug of choice of the VA back then was Thorazine, a marvelous anti psychotic slate cleaning mind numbing dose of emptiness. Just drop a few and shuffle off to oblivion. Pot helped, and allowed many that I personally knew to figure out and get over the mess they came back with. Me and a few of my friends held onto our buddy one night as he flashed back to a locked down firebase, He and his boys were shelled 24/7 for a few weeks. We smoked almost daily, and he stopped taking that damn Thorazine and got better. In 1970. So excuse my sarcasm. Pardon my attitude. And don’t Bogart that joint my friend, pass it over to me
45 fucking years later………”Hey, Bobby? I think this plant could help people!”
Wow. Science Marches On.
That inclusive and generally open process stands in marked contrast to parallel talks currently taking place in Washington on a bill to — well, to do what? We can’t be absolutely certain, because a self-selected group of House members has joined with Sen. Dianne Feinstein in unusual secret negotiations that freeze the public out.
Some participants in the secret [House] negotiations have said they intend to get an agreement by the end of the week.
But judging from a previously adopted House bill and from comments by some involved in the secret negotiations, the goal is to unravel environmental laws that protect the flow of fresh water through California’s heart and lungs — the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — in order to ensure that large water districts and the agriculture businesses that are their members will get a larger share of water in drought years like the current one and perhaps even in wet years.
Some participants in the secret negotiations have said they intend to get an agreement by the end of the week. Only then, after deals are cut and votes are lined up, would the rest of us be let in on the terms.
Let’s get real.
The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.90 today when adjusted for inflation [see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index inflation calculator.]
Except you were talking about Los Angeles, which has a much higher cost of living than the national average.
In California, cost of living is fairly high for most areas, and Los Angeles is no exception. Overall, the Cost of Living in Los Angeles is 50 percent above the national average. The cost of housing has the greatest impact on the overall cost of living. Housing in Los Angeles is 157 percent higher than the national average, a significant difference compared to most other United States cities.
So if you do the math it becomes obvious that a $15.37 minimum wage is still below the level that would bring the minimum wage up to parity with 1968 national standards ($10.90 X 1.5 for the +50% modifier = $16.35/hr)
Which is funny, because you chastised Skip Intro for the very mistake you then proceeded to flagrantly commit yourself, conflating the national wage with local conditions.
Dude this is an article and Page about Los Angeles and within it’s city council. Not the whole country! That’s a big misread.
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White power music was in trouble. But then racist bands discovered iTunes, and now they’re back in business.
The racist music industry, a once lucrative source of funding for the white power movement, is a shadow of its former self. Over the past decade, it has become increasingly fragmented and disorganized in the wake of the collapse of several major labels and distributors. Concerts have become scarce and those that remain have been driven even further underground. However, the ever-resilient white power music scene has found new hope and new profit amidst the wreckage of a once multimillion-dollar industry from an unlikely source: the world’s largest music vendor, iTunes.
The digital media marketplace, owned by Apple Inc., boasts the sale of more than 21 million songs every week, from a catalog of more that 26 million songs that, as of September 2014, included at least 54 racist bands.
The catalogs of bands from across the spectrum of hate music, ranging from established acts like Skrewdriver, the Bully Boys and Max Resist to little-known, DIY groups, can be purchased as MP3s or streamed with iTunes’ radio service with ease. Providers of MP3s receive a wholesale payout of 70 cents per song and $7 per album sold, as well as an additional fee per play through the iTunes Radio interface and a proportionate share of monthly advertising revenue.
The iTunes legal department did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Where does this money go? Directly into the war chests of the individuals and organizations promoting racism and violence against minority groups both in the United States and abroad.
The basic right wing message we’ve heard for the last six years has been to challenge this President’s legitimacy. We’ve seen that in everything from the birther movement and charges that he’s somehow “un-American” to criticisms of Barack Obama that have never been leveled against a United States President (i.e., how much golf he plays, the fact that he takes vacations and that he signs executive orders).
Call me naive, but I don’t believe that all white Republicans buy into this insurgency. But their leadership has used this message of illegitimacy to undermine President Obama and convinced too many people that he is somehow a threat to the country. To the extent that they (and the media) have bought into the lies, they have given credence to a movement that is dangerous to our democracy.