Saturday Open Thread

ISIS released the full version of its latest propaganda video yesterday, "Flames of War." It's available on You Tube here.[new link] The speaker narrating the video sounds American. This struck me as an (unintentionally) funny line, which they attribute to al Qaida's Abu Musab al Zarqawi:

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    Lewinski (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Uncle Chip on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 07:57:08 AM EST
    Is the St Louis County Grand Jury getting a Lewinski????

    Cops Love Lewinski

    In most cases, Lewinski is called upon to present a scientific-sounding justification for what looks on its face unjustifiable. He tells juries that police have to make split-second decisions if they want to survive, that just because the victim was shot in the back doesn't mean he wasn't a threat. And he does it all with the mantle of authority granted by a tenured professorship at one of Minnesota's public universities.

    Scammer.... and Expensive at $475/hour (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by squeaky on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:14:13 AM EST
    Lewinski took an odd path into law enforcement studies. He never wore a uniform himself--he began his career as a teacher and therapist working with mentally disabled children in Ontario, and only shifted into his current focus during his graduate work. His doctorate degree in police psychology is the first such degree in the country.

    Police psychology isn't a field recognized by the American Psychological Association, and although Lewinski calls himself a psychologist, he isn't licensed to practice as one. Union Institute and University, which gave Lewinski his Ph.D., is mostly a distance learning institution, and Lewinski didn't attend any classes on campus during his three-year program. Union Institute doesn't even have an accredited psychology program.

    Do you have any proof that (none / 0) (#23)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:48:30 AM EST
    Lewinski has been called to testify to the Grand Jury or will be called to testify at a trial if Wilson is indicted??

    If not all you are doing is spreading rumors.


    That's so cute (none / 0) (#24)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:54:55 AM EST
    Jim, forehead creased cuz rumors :)

    I have a French gremlin attacking (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:36:37 AM EST
    my Mac.

    Over the course of the last couple of days, I have clicked on Huffington Post only to find that the articles on the far right side are in French. Since my French vocabulary consists of 5 - 10 words, I wish that this gremlim would go visit someone who wants to improve their French.

    It is bad enough to have a poltergeist in my home who likes to hid stuff I need right before I need it but a French gremlin in my Mac is just carrying this whole thing much too far. ;o)  

    French (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:51:35 AM EST
    Ha! Is it a HuffPo setting? (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:54:36 AM EST
    I know they have different versions. But I went and looked and I don't see how you did that!  Pepe Le Pew has struck!

    It is the link to HuffPost (none / 0) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:44:08 AM EST
    that I have used forever. The funny thing is that two of the columns are in English but the far right column (labeled Most Popular) is in French. It doesn't happen all the time. This morning that column was in French but right now all the columns are in English.

    What is even more frustrating is that some of the French articles look (from pictures) to be more interesting than the English version.


    An impish Rod Serling ghost, mayhaps? (none / 0) (#22)
    by christinep on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:45:17 AM EST
    Queen Rips Scottish Bas&$@ds (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 08:56:07 AM EST
    in Angry Televised Address

    LONDON (The Borowitz Report)--In an eleventh-hour development that could have an unpredictable effect on the vote to determine Scottish independence, Queen Elizabeth II took to the British airwaves on Thursday to excoriate the Scots in a one-hour, profanity-laden tirade.

    Yep, many are happy about the (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by fishcamp on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:12:09 AM EST
    loss of the vote to separate in Scotland.  Angela Merkel said it doesn't matter to her country but said it with a smile.  Spain is happy because both the Catalonians and the Basques were hoping to leave Spain.  France is happy since Corsica wanted to split as well.  I'm not happy down here in the Conch Republic.  Let's hope the English live up to their recent talk of reform for Scotland.  But then Wales and Northern Ireland will want more too.  It's not always good to be the Queen.

    Everyone seems happy (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:48:33 AM EST
    except some Scotts.

    The Knick was great last night (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:11:30 AM EST
    YES! It was so good I stayed up too late watching (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:50:56 AM EST
    I thought it was floundering a little till now, but it really hit its stride in this episode.  I'm glad Thackeray finally will be partners with Edwards.

    And Cornelia was great! Loved the previously.tv take.


    I got home way too late (none / 0) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 09:59:14 AM EST
    Lightening hit somewhere around the house too so the surge protector on the fuse box shut everything down.  I didn't even get a recording.

    But Enterprise HS in a big upset beat Auburn Tigers HS.

    Josh was in the pit at half time rockin out.  He couldn't hold still.  I am not allowed to call him cute anymore so at a loss what to call it?

    The weather was much cooler last night, maybe melting is over for the year.


    On tonight at 8 (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:16:23 AM EST
    i hope so too.  Totally ready for fall here.

    Go Enterprise.


    Only going to be in the 80s today (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:32:02 AM EST
    Already a rainy morning cut our dog park trip short.

    It is amazing what a difference the upper 80s feel from the mid-90s.  Much more tolerable!


    It makes parks something I can (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:40:09 AM EST
    Consider.  We lapped the park here yesterday morning after dropping Josh off at school.

    Thackeray (none / 0) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:17:14 AM EST
    is utterly mad.

    He sure is. Poor Bertie is going to (none / 0) (#17)
    by ruffian on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:19:34 AM EST
    have to stage an intervention at some point.

    France has joined the fight against ISIS. (none / 0) (#11)
    by Green26 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:03:53 AM EST
    Airstrikes in Iraq near Mosul by French planes yesterday. France is saying they will assist only in Iraq. Planes flew from UAE.

    Washington Post.

    Everybody is joining up for this (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:06:31 AM EST
    Is NY Times avoiding covering ISIS beheading plot (none / 0) (#16)
    by Green26 on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:18:44 AM EST
    or am I just deficient at Googling? This is the recent news coming out of Australia, involving terrorists with links to ISIS.

    "In what was called the largest anti-terror operation in Australian history, police have arrested 15 people allegedly linked to the Islamic State, some who plotted a public beheading."

    "Police said the planned attack was to be "random." The killers were to behead a victim and then drape the body in the black Islamic State flag, according to the Sydney Morning Herald."

    Washington Post article.

    This, along with intelligence indicating that ISIS was also planning to go after members of parliament, has received a decent amount of press. However, I was surprised not to see articles from the NY Times popping up in my internet search.

    I think....might be wrong too (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:45:14 AM EST
    That anything that can be used by ISIL for propaganda purposes has become quieter.  I read about these arrests, but CNN isn't going to treat it like they did the plane because of the hyper emotionality that involves.  All that media specuhoping will only make it into the next ISIL video as evidence of the "power" they have over the daily lives of the world.  

    So if we report the hateful crimes (none / 0) (#25)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 10:59:54 AM EST
    we are helping the criminals.... so we don't and the world doesn't know about it and the criminals are not attacked so they keep on doing the killings...which we can't report because it would help the criminals so they are not attacked because the world doesn't know  so they keep on killing which we can't report.....

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