On November 29th 2013 at approx 7:15 pm Chief kessler was startled by a loud banging at his front door, it was one of his neighbors Screaming “THERE’S A HUGE FIRE BEHIND YOUR HOUSE” Chief kessler proceed to the rear of his home, less then 40 feet from Chief kesslers home his neighbors shed was blazing FULLY ENGULFED BY FLAMES
Now with no power to the shed one has to conclude it was set on fire purposely, the fire was so massive it caught another neighbors garage on fire just from the heat, it is believed that Gilberton Borough Mayor ( Mary Lou Hannon, Vice Council president ,Eric Boxer and a twice convicted felon that works for Gilberton Borough conspired to send a message to Chief kessler , that Message being quit or else, ( we have a very strong belief Mayor HANNON , Council member Boxer, and the twice convicted Gilberton Borough worker were involved, torching what they belived to be Chief kessler’s Property but they got it wrong one! THIS IS ALL OUT WAR! Chief kessler might of used foul language but he committed no crime! to commit acts of terror against a man that stood his ground and said no more, to put his family in great danger, by what we believe was a botched plan by Gilberton Borough officials and workers is uncalled for and must be dealt with properly !
Chief Kessler gets attacked By Mayor Hannons Family at sporting events, he gets singled out by Gilberton Borough Council members ( MIKE VAN ALLEN ) who abuse his power as a Schuylkill County Employee because he works in the Schuylkill County tax office !
Mayor Hannon has even went as far as to have her terminally ill father put a hit out on Chief Kessler! the same man who shot & Killed a man 30 yrs ago!
This has become a life and death situation now! but Chief Kessler will not be intimidated nor will he back down!
Despite the constant whining by people like Glenn Greenwald & the Tea Party about the intolerably oppressive government we Americans supposedly live under, all it takes is one article like this to remind me of how extremely fortunate we are to have been born in a place where situations like the ones in this story are so far from anything we’ve ever experienced as to make them nearly incomprehensible.
Dr Hab’s advert runs up to three times a day on Mogadishu’s radio stations.
“He’s gone crazy! He’s running away!” screams the actor. “Chain him down!”
The scenario is familiar in Somalia. A man has become possessed by spirits and the only option for his family is to restrain him and call the sheikh. But as the young man protests, a voice that challenges Somali tradition booms out. […]
There were only three practising psychiatrists in the whole of Somalia at the last count, and Hab - despite his lack of advanced qualifications - is head of what has become the country’s leading provider of mental health services.Dr Hab is not actually a real psychiatrist. Rather it’s the persona of Abdirahman Ali Awale, a nurse who after three months of specialist training from the World Health Organization (WHO), has made it his mission to rescue Somalia’s mentally ill. He claims he is able to treat everything from post-natal depression to schizophrenia.
But the alternative to a trip to Hab could be a visit to one of Somalia’s popular herbalists or sheikhs who still advocate traditional - and sometimes barbaric - cures.
“There is a belief in my country that hyenas can see everything including the evil spirits people think cause mental illness,” says Hab. “So in Mogadishu, you will find hyenas that have been brought from the bush and families will pay £350 ($560) to have their loved one locked in the room overnight with the animal.” […]
There were only three practising psychiatrists in the whole of Somalia at the last count, and Hab - despite his lack of advanced qualifications - is head of what has become the country’s leading provider of mental health services. He even carries a letter from the minister of health that says so. […]
Holed up in an abandoned house on a war-torn Somali street, in pain after being shot in the back and surrounded by an unknown number of enemy militia members, it dawned on Chris Faris that he would never see his family again.
“When I accepted the fact that I was going to die in the relatively near future, I was engulfed by the greatest peace and calm I ever felt in my life,” says Faris, now the command sergeant major of U.S. Special Operations Command. “I looked at my wedding band, told my wife of two years and two little girls goodbye and thought, ‘Please God, don’t let them see my body being dragged through the street.’ After that, I was all good.”
That was 20 years ago today. Faris, then a sergeant first-class with the vaunted Delta Force, was one of 78 troops wounded during a two-day fight beginning Oct. 3, 1993, that would see 19 Americans killed. The Battle of Mogadishu, immortalized in Mark Bowden’s book “Black Hawk Down” and by a movie based on the book, forever changed how and when the United States gets involved in humanitarian disasters.
And it forever changed Faris, who turns 52 next month and now serves as the bridge between operators in the field and Adm. William McRaven, the commander of Socom.
“Accepting my death became the mechanism for me being in combat,” says Faris, who went on to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq and received more than three dozen military awards and citations, including a Purple Heart and seven Bronze Stars. “In hindsight, I realize that in order for me to maintain that mechanism, I always did keep a degree of separation between myself and my wife and daughters.”
In the late summer of 1993, Somalia was gripped by a brutal two-year civil war that led to one of the planet’s worst famines ever. Efforts by the United Nations to deal with the crisis were disastrous, with 24 Pakistani U.N. troops massacred in a single attack, leading eventually to a U.N. resolution to go after Gen. Mohamed Farrah Aidid, one of Somalia’s most notorious warlords.
Near the end of August, Chris Faris and the rest of his Delta Force squad joined Task Force Ranger, a joint effort between Deltas and Rangers, to hunt down Aidid. They set up shop in a hangar on an airfield at Mogadishu Airport.
“I remember the first couple of weeks was quite boring,” said Faris in a telephone interview from his office at MacDill Air Force Base. “We didn’t have the technology that we have today.”
After arriving in Somalia, the task force went on five or six missions looking for Aidid and his lieutenants. “We got in several firefights,” Faris said. “We got mortared a lot at the hangar.”
WASHINGTON—As President Obama continues to push for a plan of limited military intervention in Syria, a new poll of Americans has found that though the nation remains wary over the prospect of becoming involved in another Middle Eastern war, the vast majority of U.S. citizens strongly approve of sending Congress to Syria.
The New York Times/CBS News poll showed that though just 1 in 4 Americans believe that the United States has a responsibility to intervene in the Syrian conflict, more than 90 percent of the public is convinced that putting all 535 representatives of the United States Congress on the ground in Syria—including Senate pro tempore Patrick Leahy, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and, in fact, all current members of the House and Senate—is the best course of action at this time.
United States military involvement in Syria would likely cost billions of dollars and carry a range of risks for the forces involved, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey said in a letter released Monday.
“I know that the decision to use force is not one that any of us takes lightly,” Dempsey wrote in the letter to Sen. Carl Levin,D-Michigan, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It is no less than an act of war.”
Dempsey’s letter was in response to a request by Levin and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to provide his assessments of possible scenarios for future involvement in the Syrian civil war.
But it also came with a warning for a military now in a second decade at war.
“We have learned from the past 10 years, however, that it is not enough to simply alter the balance of military power without careful consideration of what is necessary in order to preserve a functioning state.”
Establishing a no-fly zone in Syria would cost $500 million initially, while “averaging as much as a billion dollars per month over the course of a year,” Dempsey said of an operation that would limit as much as possible the aerial bombing capabilities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Dempsey said establishing a no-fly zone could result in the loss of U.S. aircraft, which would require personnel recovery forces in Syria. “It may also fail to reduce the violence or shift the momentum because the regime relies overwhelmingly on surface fires - mortars, artillery, and missiles,” he wrote.
During my last vacation we stayed at near Exchange Place on the Jersey Shore, and it’s an easy place to recommend to a friend due to the great things there. Among them are easy access to ferries, water taxis, and the Path Station, as well as incredible city views across the Hudson and a great walkway / jogging path.
However near the Path station there’s also a very striking sculpture - one that’s highly dramatic and appears like something you might see in a panel of a graphic novel, or on an agit-propaganda poster. It commemorates a few things, but most notable is the Katyn Massacre, which you should read about if you don’t know about it already.
Here’s a photo I took of the sculpture by Andrzej Pitynski:
Syrian rebels have received heavy weapons — including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles — from “brotherly nations that support the Syrian revolution,” a rebel spokesman said Friday.
Free Syrian Army political and media coordinator Louay Almokdad told CNN during a phone call from Istanbul that Free Syrian Army leaders believe the weapons “will be a turning point” in the war against government forces “and will definitely change the rules of the war on the ground.”
The issue of providing military assistance to Syrian rebels is expected to be further addressed Saturday at a “Friends of Syria” meeting in Doha, Qatar, which will be attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The White House has not publicly specified what steps it would take to support members of Syria’s opposition, though sources have told CNN that small arms, ammunition and possibly anti-tank weapons would be part of the assistance package.
Been a while since I was reminded of this one. Friend of mine posted it today. Let me share it with you. Liam Clancy
Our laws constrain the power of the President, even during wartime, and I have taken an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States,” President Obama said in a speech Thursday at the National Defense University. Obama’s role as defender of the Constitution has been subject to justified criticism recently, with the rise of the secretive drone war in Pakistan and elsewhere. Obama took belated steps to address those concerns. And he did more: He committed himself to a legal path to ending the current “war” with the Taliban, and vowed not to allow Congress to expand it.
There seem to be two Obamas: the public idealist who seeks to harness and fulfill American ideals, and the tight-lipped commander in chief who asks the nation to trust him. The two dueled uneasily in the speech, but the advantage goes to the idealist.
In his discussion of the “drone war,” the speech rates a B. Because the administration has stonewalled on the law and the policy behind the use of drones, the president found himself forced to make the following disavowal: “For the record, I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any U.S. citizen — with a drone, or a shotgun — without due process.”
If Obama really has committed himself to ending the war on the Taliban, he has taken a course few presidents can be expected to choose.
This issue was always a red herring. The NDU speech identified the real problem with drones: “The very precision of drones strikes, and the necessary secrecy involved in such actions, can end up shielding our government from the public scrutiny that a troop deployment invites,” he acknowledged. But there was no commitment that I can see to opening the drone war to public scrutiny. Instead, Obama offered the standard defense of the policy — it is effective, aimed against only those terrorist targets who cannot be captured, and conducted to minimize civilian casualties — in even more truncated form than that given months ago by figures like former State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh and Attorney General Eric Holder.
In the wake of President Obama’s big speech about restraining the war on terrorism, a member of the House intelligence committee is working on a bill to undo the basic authorities to wage it.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is preparing a piece of legislation that would “sunset” the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), a foundational law passed in the days after the 9/11. “The current AUMF is outdated and straining at the edges to justify the use of force outside the war theater,” Schiff tells Danger Room.
Schiff thinks that the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014 ought to occasion the end of the AUMF, and his bill would use the Afghanistan drawdown as a hinge point. He openly admits to being unsure whether Congress should pass a follow-on piece of legislation allowing the president a limited version of his war powers, or what those post-Afghanistan powers might appropriately be