May 152012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police, who have a reputation for dealing toughly with protesters, will be prepared for the worst with new riot gear, including “sound cannon”, if demonstrators at the NATO summit get out of line this weekend.

America’s third-largest city and President Barack Obama’s hometown has never hosted anything like the meeting starting on Sunday, which will draw representatives from some 50 countries, including leaders of the 28 members of the military alliance.

The two-day summit is also drawing protesters from around the United States and beyond, most to protest peacefully against the NATO-led war in Afghanistan and economic inequality.

Protest organizers hope thousands will turn out to demonstrate on Sunday and march to the summit site at a sprawling convention center along Lake Michigan.

Police said they will be keeping a watchful eye out for anarchists bent on more provocative actions, and have ordered about $1 million worth of new riot gear, including face shields that attach to helmets and fit over gas masks.

* Interjection: MSM & the rabid libs always tout how the Tea Party is so danged dangerous. Did you EVER hear about police needing to order riot gear to deal with them?! -~ JP

They have also ordered armor for police horses and acquired two long-range acoustic devices that can be used as “sound cannon” to disperse crowds.

Critics say these devices can cause hearing damage. A police spokeswoman said they would be used to deliver messages to crowds.

“What I want to do is extract the people who need to be extracted,” Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy said of the strategy for handling protesters.

Police would not use their new riot gear unless it was necessary to control the crowds, he said in an interview broadcast on local radio on Tuesday.

There are fears are that the meeting could descend into the chaos of the 1999 World Trade Organization negotiations in Seattle, where window-smashing protesters ran wild. Since then, protests have become a fixture at such international meetings and police have become more sophisticated at handling them.

“Weapons of mass destruction and all those things that scare people at night – that’s my world,” Grant said, adding that precautions were being taken to detect any plots.

Today the ‘reported’ arrests are four from an immigration protest:

CHICAGO, May 15 (Reuters) – Four protesters were arrested on Tuesday when about 100 people opposed to U.S. immigration policy, war and economic injustice marched on a Chicago courthouse and then through downtown, police said.

In a week of expected protests leading to the start of a NATO summit, a Chicago priest, Rev. Jose Landaverde. from Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission and a woman were arrested after refusing to leave a federal courthouse that hears immigration cases.

SEE what CPD is going through from the video!

A group of anti-Wall Street Occupy Chicago protesters joined those opposed to U.S. immigration policy at the courthouse, and as the group marched downtown, two of the Occupy Chicago protesters were arrested.

On Wednesday, a downtown protest is planned that will call for a year-long moratorium on home foreclosures. ( So expect more arrests )

The largest demonstration is expected to be on Sunday, when organizers hope thousands will show up for a rally and a march on the Chicago convention center where the two-day NATO summit is being held to discuss the military alliance’s strategy in Afghanistan.

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See Detailed report for Day One. My Goddaughter niece works in the building housing Obama’s campaign headquarters and told me via Facebook she is not worried because Chicago will not allow ‘anything’ to happen where Barry’s HDQTRS are.

* Check out this OUTRAGE:

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Tuesday it had invited Pakistan to a summit in Chicago next week, lifting a veiled threat that it might exclude the country from the talks on the future of Afghanistan.

May 152012

Rsoe EDIS Code: NC-20120515-35141-GBR – 15th May 2012

Torness Nuclear Power Station

A component fault caused the shutdown of one of the two nuclear reactors at Torness power station in East Lothian, its operator has revealed.

Reactor two stopped generating electricity on Sunday when a component within protection equipment failed.

EDF Energy said the reactor shut down safely and there was never any danger.

It had been due to come offline later this week for routine maintenance work. The power company said this work would now start early.

EDF Energy says fault caused Torness reactor shutdown

May 152012

~ My first impression of the father was how ‘ scripted’ his 911 call was. He sounded bored and rehearsed!

April 20 was the last time the family of six-year-old Isabel Celis saw her before they discovered her to be missing from her bedroom the next morning, her father Sergio telling authorities that the screen in her window had been popped out and the child was nowhere to be found. Today, 911 calls made by both Isabel’s mother and father were released … and the difference in the tone and content of the two calls is startling.

In Sergio Celis’s call to authorities, the father seems to be very calm, at one point even joking with the dispatcher, saying, “I was even in the living room watching the Diamondbacks game at midnight … I just called her [mother] and I told her to get her butt home… (laughs)”

Contrast that to wife Becky’s call, and you’ll hear a mother noticeably shaken, alternating between shrill screams and crying. She repeatedly told the dispatcher, “I should have gone in and checked on her” and “we looked everywhere; she’s nowhere in the house!”

Officials say 19 detectives were assigned to the case – 15 of those investigating the possibility of a stranger taking the child, four looking into the family.

Arizona Child Protective Services has told Sergio Celis he can’t have any contact with his two sons during the investigation, but police are cautioning the public not to read guilt into that, nor into his nature in the 911 tapes.

~ That’s a good thing because my instinct is telling me he molested/killed her. But that is JUST my opinion.

Also See:

Missing Tucson Girl’s Father Barred From Contact With Her Brothers

May 152012

Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.

But as the week progressed, a developing bombshell story got buried under President Obama’s gay marriage announcement. Not only is the supposed CIA asset not a CIA asset at all, but the entire operation was exposed prematurely and the double-agent’s life was immediately threatened by an intelligence leak that very well may have come out of the White House for political gain.

As the story broke, the establishment media was more than happy to attribute the intelligence coup to the CIA and the Obama administration, describing the mole as a “CIA informant.”

It turns out that wasn’t true. The double-agent hadn’t been recruited and placed by the CIA, but by British intelligence, who also managed the operation. In fact, the Americans had only recently been made aware of the joint British-Saudi effort.

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The leaks about the operation from the American side have infuriated British intelligence officials, who had hoped to continue the operation. The leaks not only scuttled the mission but put the life of the asset in jeopardy. Even CIA officials, joining their MI5 and MI6 counterparts, were describing the leaks as “despicable,” attributing them to the Obama administration.

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Does leak of foiled Al Qaeda bomb plot amount to treason? Sen. Diane Feinstein calls for prosecution:

As the stillborn investigation into the leaks continues (stillborn, because if the leaks are in fact traced to the White House, there will be no repercussions), the zeal with which the establishment media trumpeted the supposed CIA coup won’t likely be surpassed by the more important story of how the Obama administration attempted to score political points at the expense of one of the most important intelligence operations since 9/11.

Nor is it likely that the establishment media, particularly the Associated Press stooges who broke the story, will examine its own role as handmaiden to the administration’s scuttling of this sensitive intelligence operation for apparent political gain and betrayal of our foreign intelligence service partners.


Also See from April 19, 2012:

On a conference call this afternoon, the FBI announced a reversal of its decision to cut off the intelligence sharing of information from the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC). The FBI shut down reporting to the 77 fusion centers on March 1, and PJM reported on the shutdown yesterday.

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May 152012

Tissue and Smile Alert. My favorite performance of the night :)

Alexa and Jorge:

Can you say Phe-nom-enal?

William Close and His Earth Harp:

Always Fascinating…

Lightwire Theater:

Loyalty Dance Team:

Emotional performance…

Shanice and Maurice:

Talk about putting a smile on your face…

‘ Perfection’ – Howard Stern

Brought tears to Nick Cannon’s eyes…

May 152012

BTW Hoawrd Stern did well…

How did she do this?

Miss Less and Her Birds:

A Mazing…

All Wheels Sport, Aerialist Elizabeth:

Not what you would think…

Chris La Vrar:

A keeper, Cloggin’ their way to the Top…Love, LOVE them…

Elements Dance Crew

Scorpion Swallower, Talking Dog, Dangerous Duo:

May 152012

I think she may be going home, not because of the injury, which was heart stopping, but because IMO the other three stars are better. I hate saying that because she has been one of my favorites (#2) but honest is as honest does. But this dance was JUST to stressful for her, This was Terrible!:

Katherine Jenkins

What I enjoyed was the telling of each star’s story before their second dance. These performances are putting in order who I would like to see win. I also believe that it is the proper judging for WHO the winner should be. I only posted what I felt were noteworthy dances…

Maria Menounos

Enjoyed this so much, saw it three times :)

William Levy

His story of the sacrifice his parents and he made in Cuba touched my heart…

Donald Driver

Donald has gotten Sooo Smooth:

Performance Recap:

May 152012

I was stunned and ecstatic all in that moment. I keep going back & forth WHO will win.

May 152012

A former Bush aide pleads with President Obama NOT to kill Al Qaeda’s master bomb maker. Why?

This controversial plea is a big write up today in liberal Washington Post:

The United States is on the hunt for Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the al-Qaeda master bombmaker behind the just-thwarted plot to bring down a U.S.-bound jetliner. If previous patterns hold, at some point in the coming weeks or months a drone launched from a secret CIA base will take al-Asiri out — and we will celebrate another “success” in what was once called the war on terror.

Mr. President, don’t do it.

A drone strike would vaporize this ingenious terrorist intent on attacking the United States. But it would also vaporize all the intelligence inside his brain. Our national security would be better served if the United States captured al-Asiri and kept him alive for questioning, so we can find out what he knows.

What would be lost if President Obama chose to kill, rather than capture, al-Asiri? According to former senior intelligence officials involved in terrorist captures, a high-ranking terrorist leader such as al-Asiri could provide us with treasure trove of information on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the terror network that poses the greatest threat to the homeland today.

Read more of the ‘opinion’ piece by Marc A. Thiessen

Marc Thiessen writes a weekly column for The Post on foreign and domestic policy and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Thiessen served as a chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and before that as a senior aide to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms

Does leak of foiled Al Qaeda bomb plot amount to treason?

Top senator calls for prosecution:

Privacy concerns raised as US puts out rules for drone use

30,000 drones expected to be in our skies by 2020

May 152012

Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.

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Obama deputy campaign manager: New York Times Poll is biased:

Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter dismissed today’s CBS/”>New York Times poll showing that 67 percent of people believed Obama made his decision on gay marriage for political reasons. Only 24 percent said that Obama did it “mostly because he thinks it is right.”

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Poll is also cited at Yahoo:

Obama’s gay marriage stance could hurt him

Among those who say it will influence their choice, 26 percent said they are less likely to vote for Obama as a result, while 16 percent say they are more likely to.

Let us hope that Obama keeps opening up his: