Sunday, January 29, 2012

Occupy Mob Violence

Occupy Oakland went completely violent last night and brought out nothing but a rioting mob. They began by attempting to break into the Henry Kaiser Convention Center, tearing down fences and destroying equipment. When asked by police to disperse they responded by attacking police with bottles, metal pipes, rocks, spray cans, fire, improvised explosive devices, and at least one bicycle. Several police officers were injured in the assault. Occupiers continued to break into the Oakland City Hall and a YMCA building, causing thousands of dollars in damage and stealing US flags to burn on the steps. In defense of the city, and their own lives, police were forced to use tear gas, pepper spray, batons, flash bangs, rubber bullets, and bean bag guns. At least 400 occupiers were arrested over the course of Saturday alone.


Ironically most of the occupiers are not even from Oakland, but from all over the country. They consist mostly of anarchists and communists who are using the protests to promote their own agendas, cause chaos, and simply destroy things. Occupy Oakland has also threatened to attempt closing the airport as well as the shipyards, again. In ridiculous attempts, the occupiers have tried blaming the city and the police for their own actions last night. They have already filed law suits, claiming that they were peacefully protesting when attacked. "Their intent is to commit vandalism and cause problems," interim police Chief Howard Jordan said of the protesters. "Their intent is not to be peaceful."


Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is seeking "stay away" orders against occupiers that have been arrested repeatedly. These would basically act as restraining orders, making it illegal for the repeat offenders to enter into Oakland city limits. Police were kept so busy with the violence that they couldn't respond to over 200 other calls. This even despite help coming throughout the day from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and other city's police forces, including Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, Pleasanton, Union City and Newark.

MOP Not Enough

It seems that the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is no longer enough. The Pentagon, despite seeking massive cuts elsewhere, has asked Congress for funding to build the "mother of all bombs" (MOAB). Pentagon experts state the need for one, by noting that certain countries have built bunkers housing nuclear facilities that the MOP may not be able to reach, and the MOAB could. Both the MOP and MOAB are attempts to avoid the use of nuclear weaponry.

Iran's Fordo facility for nuclear enrichment is built at least 200 feet below ground, and has been further strengthened with concrete and steel. Fordo is likely the foremost target in the mind of the military thinkers. A MOP likely would not be capable of destroying that site.

Tensions between Iran and the world have been at all time highs due to the continuation of Iran's nuclear program. While the US is joined by the EU, and most of the world, in placing sanctions against the belligerent country; Russia has stood by their ally vetoing any UN resolution that would place sanctions on Iran. Even China has cut down it's purchasing of Iranian oil, to put pressure on Iran's government, over the nuclear program. Iran's response to the sanctions has been to repeatedly threaten to close the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping lane for a fifth of the world's oil travels through. The US, France, and UK have all maintained and increased naval forces near the strait to ensure it stays open.

The Mothership

The USS Ponce is to be converted into a "mothership", where special operations forces can be kept and deployed from. Capable of housing helicopters, rapid deployment troops, speed boats, and some aircraft she would prove an extremely useful mobile base for the United States Navy. She would be very helpful asset against pirates and could be used as a commando station against hostile groups such as Al Qaeda.

Naval technicians are already working on full on motherships, which they hope to begin building in 2013. These would be capable of carrying a lot more troops and equipment. As they will be specially designed, rather than retrofitted, they would likely be much more capable as well.

The USS Ponce and it's successor will likely be sent to the Persian Gulf or Arabian Sea, as counters to the aforementioned pirates, but also as a message to Iran. Iran and the United States have been increasingly hostile over Iran's nuclear program. While the US is joined by the EU, and most of the world, in placing sanctions against the belligerent country; Russia has stood by their ally vetoing any UN resolution that would place sanctions on Iran. Even China has cut down it's purchasing of Iranian oil, to put pressure on Iran's government, over the nuclear program. Iran's response to the sanctions has been to repeatedly threaten to close the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping lane for a fifth of the world's oil travels through. The US, France, and UK have all maintained and increased naval forces near the strait to ensure it stays open.

Renewed Egyptian Turmoil

Protesters in Egypt have now begun turning on the Muslim Brotherhood, which was elected to a near majority in the elections last week. They blame the group for selling the revolution out and for supporting the military's continued control of the country. Military rule is set to end in June, and their timetable has been completely supported by the Brotherhood. The protesters did not turn to violence against them, but did send them the worst of insults as well as some thrown plastic bottles. Chants of,
"No Brotherhood, no officers! Down, down with military rule!" were heard. Members of the Brotherhood, that were present, seemed shocked by the turn of events, and did not really seem to know how to react.

Meanwhile, a mob broke into the Syrian embassy, with little to no resistance from Egyptian security forces. The attack lasted about fifteen minutes, mostly included ransacking the building, and then the group left with out any problems. The embassy had been empty at the time, so none were hurt. This is the fifth attack on an embassy in Cairo over the last year, the last was the Israeli embassy in September. Syrian ambassador, Youssef Ahmed, saw no relation in the attacks stating, "The Israeli Embassy was attacked by the revolutionaries of Egypt because Israel is the first enemy of the Arab nation," where as, "barbarians moved by money provided by Persian Gulf countries bent on Assad's ouster" had attacked the Syrian.

No More Peace! Massacre or Civil War?

Over the last few days Syria has gone more violent than ever. In what can only be described by witness as massacre and urban warfare, Syrian troops have begun systematically clearing the suburbs of Damascus of any signs of opposition, whether it be armed or not. Some news sources have posted pictures of children slain, reportedly by the Syrian army and security forces, who have brought in tanks to crush the protesters and rebels alike.

Violence is not isolated in the capital though, and is seen in Homs and many other cities throughout the country. Death tolls are thought to be well over 100 since Friday, marking the bloodiest days of the opposition.

The Arab League has responded by announcing that they will put out their observers, a move which Syria has condemned. Syria states that the removal of the observers will only bring about more violence as it will encourage the rebels. The Arab League, mostly just fears for the safety of the observers, and realizes how ineffective they have been. Originally they had been sent in hopes that their presence would bring an end to violence, but it has only gotten worse since the arrived. Under the original agreement for observers, Assad's government was to, "cease all violence against civilians, free political detainees, remove tanks and weapons from cities and allow outsiders, including the international news media, to travel freely in Syria". Very little of which happened.

The United Nations is considering a resolution which would fully support an Arab League resolution which was passed last week. The Arab League's resolution requires that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad resign from his office and turn power over to his vice president. They furthermore called for the Syrian government to start a dialogue with the opposition within two weeks and for a unity government to be formed within two months. The temporary government would then have three months to write a new constitution and then hold parliamentary and presidential elections. The latest violence by the Syrian regime, seems to be to try and regain control before the UN could make any decision.

Either way, any UN resolution has little hope for passing as Russia has pledged to block anything that involves a demand for change of government or sanctions. Wednesday, Russia signed an agreement to sell jets to the Syrian government.

Teens Suspended for Sharing Inhaler

In Monument, Colorado two eighth grade girls have been suspended, after the one passed her inhaler to her friend when both thought she was having an asthma attack during gym class. The incident went unnoticed until the one girl had a slight allergic reaction to the inhaler medicine, and went to the school nurse.

The principal of the school has not only suspended both girls for "sharing a prescription drug", but is recommending expulsion from the school district. The school district's superintendent has backed up the principal saying that the punishment is totally appropriate, and that the girls need to learn from this.

The girls, and their families, defend their actions as the right thing to do. Both say they would do it again under similar circumstances.

North Korea Bans Cell Phones

He's pointing at you! You used your cell phone didn't you? You're a war criminal. That's right, per sources, North Korea has now made cell phone usage a war crime. Apparently punishing your people for "not mourning enough" wasn't enough to establish the tyrannical rule of Kim Jong Un.

Sparked by fears of last year's Arab Spring, North Korean seems to think that tightening down further will prevent similar events from happening there. Now why would the North Koreans wish for new leadership? Isn't the rule of the amazing son of the "Dear Leader" enough of a reason to be happy? How could it not be when your government starves you into submission? Is it any wonder that an estimated 23,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea?

Occupy, this is what a police state looks like. Real police states don't allow you to gather, let alone encamp in public spaces. Your precious I-phone, that you take those pictures of your so called "police brutality" on, is illegal in an actual police state. Freedom of information isn't a right in some countries. Your ability to tweet and use the internet to plan your marches and gatherings is a privilege. Think of that next time you're asked to clear a sidewalk or park, for a few minutes, so that the city can cleanse it of your filth.