It was the right call.
As always the Evil Oppressors over-react
Massive anti-terrorism operations in NSW and Queensland:
7News reporter Robert Ovadia has received information about an alleged plot to kidnap a random person from the streets of Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, execute them by beheading …
AFP swooped in pre-dawn raids to disrupt plans to commit a violent attack on Australian soil.
They executed 25 search warrants in Sydney, arresting 15 people, one of which has been charged with serious terror offences.
Click for video. Around 500 officers were involved in the raids:
Hundreds of ASIO and heavily armed police officers swooped in anti-terrorism raids to prevent a mass casualty shooting in Sydney and possible beheadings.
Police backed up by armoured cars arrested dozens of people in a dozen separate pre-dawn operations across NSW and Brisbane.
The combined effort amounted to the largest anti-terrorism operation in Australian history – and senior officers revealed the attack by a suspected terrorist cell was imminent.
Further to come following court appearances later today.
One of the men arrested in Thursday morning’s anti-terrorism raids in Sydney has appeared in court on a charge of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act …
Prosecutors allege he was part of a plan to commit an act to “shock, horrify and terrify” the community.
Mr Abbott was briefed on the police raid on Wednesday night, which included intelligence that public beheadings were planned. “The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” he told reporters.
“So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”
The raids follow investigation of a Lakemba-based company over $9 million in possible Islamic State funding.
Naturally, some folks are upset that they weren’t given advance warning of the raids
UPDATE III. A press release from Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesidiot Uthman Badar:
As late as last week both the Prime Minister and outgoing ASIO boss David Irvine confirmed that there was no intelligence of any plans to carry out attacks in Australia. A few days later and we wake up to heavy-handed raids and talk of a “terrorist network” planning attacks.
The timing of these raids is suspect indeed. With the ‘anti-terror’ laws, which hit a wall in the community, to be tabled to Parliament next week and with ‘military intervention’ imminent in Iraq, these raids are very timely for the Government and its propaganda campaign for the same.
Shockingly, even CNN is covering this.
And tons of cops around. I asked one what was up and he sort of chuckled and said “Third Anniversary of Occupy.”
Oh for god’s sake.
The Left is doing whatever they can to yell “squirrel!”
To “fight” ebola.
Is he out of his freaking mind? What the hell can they possibly, possibly do that 50 doctors and a ton of medical and food supplies can’t?
Here’s, sadly, what I see as most likely happening: as ebola requires quarantines of people our troops will be forced to guard/enforce them. And a quarantine makes those poor folks’ lives even suckier, as there are people dying, food and sanitation getting sketchy, etc, and there will be a riot. And our troops will be forced to fire to defend themselves.
People will die, civilians will die, at our hands for absolutely no reason.
And once again Obama will have given the US another knockdown on the world stage.
He’d be a hell of a lot more effective than who we’ve got now…
…from today’s Washington Examiner Op-Ed…
Reality rains on President Obama’s foreign policy parade
…The relatively stable Iraq that Obama exited in haste during his re-election cycle is now being overrun by a well-funded and possibly self-sustaining terrorist army – arguably more powerful than anything America faced in al Qaeda. ISIS has amassed an increasingly advanced arsenal and is attracting thousands of new recruits through its successes, its pretensions to statehood, and even its widely broadcast atrocities. Osama bin Laden is dead, and ISIS is fulfilling his vision.
…dovetailed nicely with something I’d seen this morning that Megyn Kelly had posted.
Oh, GOSH. If ONLY someone had thought to tell Obama…
“Is there a douchebag in the house? Raise your hand!“
— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) September 4, 2014
So I’m moving there IMMEDIATELY – with no job, mind you – to get to the bottom of this.
City mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents
That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.
The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.
But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.
Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.
“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said.
“Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”
John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.
“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,‘” Lovell told The New York Times.
Now THAT’S California Dreamin’!
I’m mean, it’s not like the NATO meeting (or for that matter the entire alliance) means anything to him anyway
President Obama was nowhere to be found during the beginning of a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine commission in Wales on Thursday.
Obama was “noticeably absent” from the start of the meeting, according to a White House pool report, although U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute was in attendance.
Like the BASTARDS don’t have a cargo plane they can put a cage or two on.
Jonah Goldberg: No military dog left behind
We’ve all heard the expression: “A man’s best friend is his equipment.”
You haven’t? Well you must not work for the Pentagon. There, military dogs are considered mere “equipment” and as such can be left behind when the troops come home.
…Legislation pushed by Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., that would require military dogs to be retired only upon return to the U.S. has been languishing in Congress for years. Politically, and morally, it’s understandable that the top priority must be given to providing human veterans with adequate care, particularly amid the horrific Veterans Affairs scandals plaguing the Obama administration. No politician wants to be accused of caring more about dogs than people. But that’s largely a false choice. The cost of finding room on military transports is negligible, according to many. Private organizations can handle the rest.
From Patrick at Popehat:
If you believe it’s wrong for the army to abandon its dogs in the wilds of Iraq and (coming soon) Afghanistan, why not call your congressional representatives to let them know you support Walter Jones’ bill prohibiting such practices, and may vote accordingly come November?
Like, not running out of toilet paper or accounting for ELEVEN missing Libyan jetliners or IRS hard drives.
As long as we’re cool and don’t lose our heads, we can unicorns and rainbows them into submission…or vapor.
…HAD read it in the morning papers. Or COULD have, if he could get his nose out of the comics.
— Lilly McKim (@lillymckim) September 2, 2014
Denied energy for 33 years, the Indian village of Dharnai nevertheless rightfully rejects sub-standard electricity:
Greenpeace decided to use the village as an example to the world to showcase how communities can do just fine on renewable energy. Greenpeace India set up a “solar-powered micro-grid” to power the village and it was paraded before the media as a success.
But the villagers hate it, because their new power source is rubbish. India Today reports:
They now want asli bijli (real electricity) from the government.
Slogan such as “Hamen nakli nahin, asli bijli chahiye (We do not want artificial energy, give us the real one,)” greeted former Chief minister Nitish Kumar, as he went to the village to see how the long forgotten region, devoid of electricity since 1981, looked after dusk.
Nitish … was met by village youngsters carrying placards demanding “real source of energy”, and “not the fake solar powered” one.
How dare they not worship at the feet of Greenpeace for their solar set-up…which is useless at night. Hell, they should be sleeping and not worry about such corrupting icons of Western Decadence like refrigerators. And lights. And hospitals.
Sing it with me now: “Hamen nakli nahin, asli bijli chahiye (We do not want artificial energy, give us the real one!)”
Ah, good times, good times!
…and then there aren’t.
You can title this one The ONGOING Study to Figure Out WHY Lesbians Are Disproportionately Fat.
I shit you not.
OR you could call it what the clever fellows who filed the research grants did:
SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND OBESITY: TEST OF A GENDERED BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL
…Women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women…
WHILE they were SWEATING losing their ‘stipend’ due to sequestration, this year’s 2014 pay-out has survived to the tune of costing you $670+K, ON TOP of the $2,202,913 in funding they’ve received since it got cranking in 2011 (2011-$778,662/2012-$741,378/2013-$682,873).
Think back to some of the illustrious moments in this administration’s reign so far. They LOCKED WWII Vets OUT of their Memorial, wouldn’t allow Boy Scouts and OLD LADIES through the White House, THREATENED military retiree pay, BARRICADED the National Parks, wanted WOUNDED VETS to get their OWN insurance, gave EVERYBODY a WHOPPIN’ heart attack of EPIC PROPORTIONS…but kept the bucks flowing to the “how on EARTH did these wymmins get so ROTUND?” research committee.
Yeah. THE ‘no stra-tee-gery’ guys.
…and, if you need a hostage rescued, DON’T call Obama.
Senior Pentagon official just confirmed to me that "hesitation" by President Obama delayed July 4th #Foley hostage rescue mission
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) August 29, 2014
But don’t you be taking pictures of her Royal Highness. Don’t you dare. She’s “trying to have a private moment” doncha know.
How ’bout she takes her imperial derriere and power walks on her PRIVATE bazillion dollar vacay estate.
Or get a new job.
How about a little Common Core math to get things rolling?
— Nathan Wurtzel (D) (@NathanWurtzel) August 25, 2014
…“Hmmmm. Schmaybe it’s just not the economy/ObamaCare closing this factory…” Two interesting sentences jumped out at me amid the tale of woe…
400 out of work as Hostess shutters Schiller Park plant again
Workers at Hostess Brands’ Schiller Park bakery were blindsided by news Wednesday that the company plans to close the plant where the iconic Twinkie snack cake was invented more than 84 years ago.
“When we heard the news, it was shocking to us as well as our membership there,” said Donald Woods, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 1. “They were working like 12 hours, six days a week, and they were looking for this plant to be a part of their future.”
Hostess said Wednesday it expects to close the plant in October “to enhance its production and distribution capabilities and efficiencies.”
About 400 employees will be affected by the closing. Roughly 85 workers are employed on a contingent basis at the plant, which also makes Sno Balls and Ho Hos.
“The employees feel devastated because in May of this year the workers there voted to rejoin the [union],” Woods said. ”We were in the process of negotiating a contract with the group.”
Twinkies and other Hostess snack cakes returned to store shelves in July 2013 after the former Hostess company filed bankruptcy during a battle with its union workers.
…The Schiller Park bakery is the company’s last remaining bakery in Illinois. Two other bakeries operated in the state closed in 2012…
To steal a phrase, “Do you see what I see?”
Sounds more like unions and the well-known business friendliness of Illinois causing them to LEAVE to enhance to company’s “efficiencies”.
Automatic, semi-automatic, whatevs people.
…might be a Brit who was released from Gitmo.
…have fast-roped their technical relief teams into…
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) August 18, 2014
I guess it’s easier to pronounce than “Yazidi” and the motels are better.