Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kuwaiti Police Disperse and Arrest Protesters

Thousands of protesters blocked the main artery into Kuwait City, Sunday.

They were protesting a new electoral law that the emir put in place, less than two months before new elections.

After they refused to move out of the way, the military was called in.

With the military at their backs, riot police moved in on the protesters with smoke bombs, tear gas, and stun grenades.

Police then arrested anyone who did not get away from them.

Security forces had blocked two different locations which were the original site and alternate site for the protest.

The Arkells and Lights at Summit Music Hall

Photo by Janice Scott
Saturday night Toronto artist Lights played at the Summit Music Hall, in Denver. Opening for her were the Arkells, out of Hamilton, Ontario.

For those who haven't heard of Lights, she is an amazing artist who's albums have each had very different sounds. We are very much looking forward to what her next album will bring.

It was our first time at Summit Music Hall, and we greatly enjoyed the seats we were able to grab, right behind the sound booth. Though we didn't try the food, they do have a kitchen available, as well as a full bar.

We were however very disappointed when security did not allow us to go the merchandise tables, after the concert. Apparently management has a music is over, get out policy.

Photo by Janice Scott
The Arkells opened up with some great energy, firing up an already enlivened crowd.

With their lead singer's Prince like looks and non stop movement from their amazing pianist, they brought a sound, partly reminiscent of the eighties combined with modern alternative, that you can't help but move to the beat of.

Our personal favorite of theirs was "Where U Goin?" We will definitely be purchasing their albums.

Photo by Janice Scott
Lights, well she was simply spectacular. Her energy was beyond infectious, and by the end of her first song, new comers to her music were declaring themselves fans.

Playing a mix of songs from both her Siberia and The Listening albums, she truly rocked the crowd. Pretty much every song had the entire audience singing along, especially the older songs from The Listening.

Her amazing voice hit levels that enraptured the crowd into screams, during Savior. And the crowd's only complaint, about her performance, was that it ended. Go see her as soon as you get a chance.

She is set to begin work on her next album, after this current tour ends. We can only guess as to what amazing sounds she'll bring with that album.

2 Year Old Killed After Falling Into Pittsburgh Zoo Exhibit

A two year old child was killed Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

The child fell into the African painted dog exhibit, after his mother stood him on the railing, so he could see.

Zookeepers were able to get seven of the eleven dogs into their back up yard, but four more attacked the child, causing death.

In an attempt to protect the child, a Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed one of the dogs.

Both the zoo and police are investigating the incident, which has for now shut down the facility.


Libyan Militia Groups Fighting Each Other

Rival militia groups have taken the streets of Tripoli, Libya, on Sunday.

Fighting broke out between the groups, after a member of one of the groups was arrested, and police have been unable to stop them.

When police did attempt to, they found one of the militias retaliating by burning a security headquarters, that tried to give the militias orders.

At least five people have been injured in the violence as stores were vandalized and looted.

The General National Congress is threatening to call in the military, if the militias do not stop their fighting.

Explosion Kills 1, Wounds 18 in Turkey

One person was killed and eighteen injured when a car bomb went off, Sunday.

The explosion happened in Semdinli, Turkey near a wedding party.

An armored police vehicle was also driving by, so it's not completely clear which was the target of the bombing, or if both were.

Turkey is accusing the Kurdistan Workers' Party of planting the bomb.

The PKK seeks a separate Kurdish state and is often blamed for terrorist acts, in southeast Turkey.

They have been fighting a guerrilla war since 1984, in their efforts.

Grenade Thrown Into Kenyan Church Wounds Ten

Ten people were wounded when a grenade was thrown into their church, Sunday morning.

The attack happened in Garissa, Kenya, at the Utawala Interdenominational church.

No one has claimed the attack, yet, but it is being blamed on al-Shabab, who regularly carries out grenade and bomb attacks upon Christian churches.

Al-Shabab is the Somalian wing of Al Qaeda, but operates in Kenya, mostly in retaliation for Kenya's aid in ousting them from a position of strength in Somalia.

Kenya moved into Somalia, along with other African Union nations, after Al-Shabab began raids across borders.

Syrian Rebels Capture Oilfield

Syrian rebels have claimed the al-Ward oilfield in Deir Ezzor, on Sunday.

It is the first time that rebel forces have conquered an oil field, during the nineteen month civil war.

According to observers, forty national troops were killed or captured during the battle for the fields.

The fields there are among Syria's best sources for oil, bringing even greater importance to their capture.

Rebel forces have continued to make small gains, slowly grinding down the forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Iran Opens New Naval Base

Iran opened a new naval base, on Sunday.

The new base is located in Bandar Lengeh, one of their ports in the Persian Gulf.

According to IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi marines and missile units have been sent along with the navy.

By locating the base in Bandar Lengeh, just to the west of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran hopes to show their ability to carry out their threat to close down the Strait of Hormuz.

The placement also puts growing pressure on the situation over the Greater and Lesser Tunb Islands and Abu Musa, which are disputed with the United Arab Emirates.

Denver Police Investigating Deadly Shooting

Denver police arrested a man after a shooting killed one, early Sunday morning.

The shooting took place near Lincoln and 11th Avenue.

Apparently an argument occurred, which broke into a fight, and then a gun was pulled.

Police arrested Marvin Joel Rosario-Lopez, twenty-four, later on Sunday.

Lincoln remained closed between 10th and 12th Avenues, during the continuation of the investigation.

Blue to Gold: NAVY Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor

NAVY Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, twenty-two, of Gillette, New Jersey died in Zabul, Afghanistan.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.htm
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, twenty-two, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense announced Saturday.

Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Virginia, perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom.

In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time."

According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began eleven years ago.

Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, died Thursday while supporting stability efforts in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Kantor, a special warfare operator assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team out of Fort Story, Va., perished in Zabul Province, officials said. According to Lt. David Lloyd, spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, Kantor was killed by a gunshot wound sustained in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom. In extending his condolences, Capt. Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, called Kantor "a true warrior." "He has paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom," Smith said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and shipmates during this very difficult time." According to media reports, Kantor is the 47th service member from New Jersey to die in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan since they began 11 years ago. Kantor's family requested that no other information be released at this time, according to the defense department.

Read more: http://sgt-jim.blogspot.com/2012/11/rip-petty-officer-2nd-class-matthew-g.html

Coast Guard Says NYC Blocking Gas From Stations

Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City government are griping about the lack of oil and gas available, after super storm Sandy.

However, the US Coast Guard gives a different story.

According the USCG there are four tankers full of ready to go gasoline, and another four with crude oil aboard, sitting in New York City's harbor.

What are they waiting on? New York City hasn't lifted traffic restrictions that would allow tug boats and barges to either pull the tankers in or transfer the fuel themselves.

That's about two million barrels of fuel, or sixty three million gallons, just waiting to go to gas stations.

Presidential Race Update – Toss Up States & Electoral College Breakdown


Mitt Romney drew a crowd of 30,000, in West Chester, Ohio, on Friday night. The massive crowd included Senator John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Additional star power was injected into the event with an appearance by musician Kid Rock, who opened the event with a forty minute concert. Kid Rock ended his show with the Born Free song that the Romney campaign has used as an anthem at its rallies. He exited the stage with an uplifting "Go Romney, we can get this done Ohio".

President Obama, also in Ohio on Friday, fell short of the crowd of thirty thousand that Romney drew but did manage to fill a Lima, Ohio high school gym and an attached overflow room. Of particular note, Obama is the first sitting Democrat president to visit Lima, Ohio since Harry Truman visited in 1948.
Most polls show President Obama with a narrow lead nationally and in Ohio, but the margins in seven key swing states are less than three percent, or within the polls' margins of error.



Rasmussen polling shows the Presidential race tied, with President Obama and Mitt Romney each having acquired support from 48% of voters nationwide.

Electoral college projections currently show the president with 237 electoral votes and Romney with 206. The number of electoral votes needed to win the White House is 270. There are eight toss up states, totaling 95 electoral college votes. Those states are listed below, with the number of each state’s electoral votes in parentheses followed by the percentage of support each presidential candidate has.

Toss Ups

CO (9)
Romney 50%
Obama 47%

FL (29)
Romney 50%
Obama 48%

IA (6)
Romney 49%
Obama 48%

NH (4)
Romney 52%
Obama 48%

NV (6)
Romney 50%
Obama 48%

OH (18)
Romney 50%
Obama 48%

VA (13)
Romney 50%
Obama 47%

WI (10)
Romney 49%
Obama 49%

Michigan isn't included as a toss up state, but though Obama is ahead by five points, this is the closest the race in Michigan has been all year.

Rasmussen Reports – Electoral College Breakdown

Obama: 237 – Romney: 206 – Toss-up: 95

Safe Romney (167)
Likely Romney (21)
Leans Romney (18)
Toss-up (95)
Leans Obama (53)
Likely Obama(12)
Safe Obama (172)

On Friday, Scott Rasmussen wrote: "It's somewhat surprising that heading into the final weekend of the election season, we are unable to confidently project who is likely to win the White House."

Cross-posted on RedState & Red Pill Report

Muscovites March in Protest of Putin

More than six thousand Russians marched in protest against Putin's regime, on Sunday.

Many waved flags from prerevolution Russia, others held religiously intoned pieces, and others carried anti immigrant slogans.

Twenty-five people were arrested for wearing swastika armbands and trench coats.

A large number of the marchers were there in protest of policies that they see as favoring immigrants and punishing Russians, some of them even suggest that internal migration should be limited.

In a surprising move, Moscow's mayor had allowed the march, whilst other towns and cities banned such from occurring, arresting those who did try to march.


Two Atlanta Officers Die in Helicopter Crash

Two Atlanta police officers died, Saturday night, when their helicopter crashed. They were in the midst of a search for a missing nine year old boy, who was found safe later.

The crash occurred about four miles from downtown Atlanta, near a busy area filled with food and shopping, along Interstate 20. Luckily, no one on the ground was injured in the crash.

Police Chief George Turner said, "Losing an officer is the most difficult thing a police chief can face. Losing two is an unthinkable tragedy. Our hearts go out to the families of these officers and our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is a difficult day. It is a reminder of their bravery and the sacrifices made by our officers every day."

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released a statement saying, "We mourn these two brave men and offer our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones. We also pause to extend our sympathy to the men and women of the police department who place their lives in harm’s way every day to keep our city safe, and who especially feel the pain of this loss."

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The names of the officers have not yet been released.

Nepalis Preparing Hunt for Killer Leopard

A leopard is being blamed for the deaths of fifteen people, over the last fifteen months, in Nepal.

All but one of the victims was a child, the last being only four years old.

Authorities, in the area, are preparing the police, military, and local hunters for a great hunt, to eliminate the man killer.

They suspect that it is but one single animal, as leopards rarely share territory.

Other unexplained deaths, in neighboring India, could be due to the same animal.

When animals of prey take down a human, they stop going after other prey.

Human blood is saltier than that of animals, making it tastier to the predators.

Coptic's Select New Pope

Egypt's Coptic Church selected their 118th Pope, on Sunday.

On November 18, Tawadros II will be consecrated as Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa in the Holy See of St. Mark the Apostle.

He is renowned for his theological knowledge, avoids politics, and sees his new role as one of being a pastor.

Tawadros II, who turned sixty on Sunday, has been a bishop since 1997, after joining the church in 1988.

Before that he ran a state run pharmaceutical factory, after receiving his degree in pharmacy from the University of Alexandria.

It is a time of turmoil for the Coptic church, with attacks upon their numbers increasing.

The papacy had been vacant since Shenouda III died, on March 17.