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May 02, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (2 May 2015)

Why U.S. Allies Saudi Arabia and Israel are looking beyond Obama. I suspect there are many more countries doing the same thing. I don't think the next President will be able to regain our lost influence in foreign affairs.

Gitmo Five

So why did we release these guys again? US reportedly in talks on keeping restrictions on 'Taliban Five' as deal set to lapse. Last year, Peter Bergen said this:

They have been transferred to the custody of Qatar, which is a rich, efficient police state and they have been banned from travel for a year. Assuming that ban holds, by the time they are able to travel back to Afghanistan, there will no longer be any U.S. combat presence as American combat soldiers are all pulling out at the end of December 2014. So any potential threat that those five Taliban officials might pose to American targets in Afghanistan will be much smaller by then.

Guess we should've kept them in Gitmo.


Sooo, gofundme has dropped the contributions being raised for the Baltimore Police officers that have been charged in regard to Freddie Gray's death. However, they still have a page up to help pay the bail for what they call protesters who were arrested for rioting. I think of rioting as a serious crime don't you?

Thar Be Pirates

In New York

So this happens in NY. Topless women posing with underage kids in New York for cash. Well I gotta say that is better than other forms of panhandling.

Military Style Cars

So you can have the look of a military vehicle without the armor? OK. US Specialty Vehicles bringing military style to the street. Starts at $165K. The Chinese export version is called the G. Patton. At $500K.


Raising the minimum wage will just accelerate this. Experts predict that robots will take over one third of jobs by 2025.

Bad Ass Of The Week

Sergeant First Class Andrew Busic.

Busic then slammed the e-brake Vin Diesel style, spinning the truck sideways to provide additional cover to the men behind him, and Busic and Plumlee sprang out of the truck. Busic opened fire with his M4, but Plumlee's gear became entangled in the door as he exited the truck (we've all been there, dude), so he was like "fuck this fucking bullshit," left his shit stuck in the car door, pulled his pistol like goddamned Wyatt Earp, and started fucking running fifty feet across open ground towards guys with AK-47s and bomb vests shooting his goddamned pistol like a fuckin boss. Busic was right there with him, and both men pressed straight on at the enemy, who all pretty much died on the spot just from a heart attack of seeing something that awesome happen in real life right in front of them.

Where's The Ammo?

City audit finds a whole lot of ammo missing from Hartford Police range.

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