The second action was a cooribnated attack by a lone gunman who shot up a large amount of young people attending a youth confrence on Utoya Island, 25 miles from the Norwegian capitol….
This will be their 9/11…No Doubt
From the Washington Post……
The blast struck around 3:30 p.m. local time near the 17-story building that holds the prime minister’s office — he was not there at the time — blowing out almost every window and setting off a billowing fire at the nearby oil ministry.
Two hours later, a man dressed in a police uniform opened fire on Utoya Island, 25 miles northwest of the capital, where the ruling Labor Party was holding an annual conference for young people, police said.
“Ambulances and helicopters are flying nonstop,” Kvernen said. “The losses are quite huge.”
Police originally reported the death toll at the youth conference at 10, but early Saturday they said they had discovered many more victims.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was rushed to a secret location in the aftermath of the blast but spoke to reporters late Friday.
“I have a message to whoever attacked us. It’s a message from all of Norway,” he said. “You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy.”
But many residents of Oslo said the attacks would probably have a deep impact. For years, the most fortified building in town has been the U.S. Embassy — the subject of eye-rolling from those who thought the security measures were unnecessary.
“This is one of those events that will change everything,” Christopher Wright, 35, of Oslo said by telephone. He was at a bakery a thousand feet from the government buildings when the explosion happened….
That seems to be a recurring theme for the US and NATO thru the years….
As this piece from the Atlantic by James Joyner points out…..
Mommar Gaddafi is gonna be out of Libya sooner or later….
When that occurs…..
What’s gonna happen?
As we see in several countries …
Replacing the bad guy running the show creates a vacuum…
That creates unrest…
Unrealistic expectations by the masses…..
And of course an oppountity by an organized opposition that often finds itself as the ONLY organized body…
All this the country has to continue running itself with with same corrupt people stealing from its population even if the head of the bad guy is gone….
So as in Iraq and Egypt….
What will happen in Libya when the time comes?
“Getting Libya back on its feet will be an unwieldy, and probably fractious, process in which many scores are settled against those who once supported the Gaddafi regime. But the problem is, of course, that much like in the former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe, virtually everyone at one point or another had to deal with the regime to survive. Unless political authority can be restored quickly, the sorting out of claims will undoubtedly be a bloody affair in light of the pent-up frustration that is now being released.”
James Dorsey noted for Al Arabiya recently, “The immediate problems Libyans and the international community will have to address once Mr. Qaddafi departs are huge and so are the potential pitfalls. The problems include restoring and maintaining law and order; securing basic services such as food, water and energy; achieving international recognition of a post-Qaddafi government; resuming oil exports to ensure funding for the new government; and kick starting Libya’s stagnating economy.”
He noted, “Anticipating the need to maintain security, avoid violent revenge and retribution and ensure that a post-Qaddafi government gets off to a good start, some US commanders, including Admiral Samuel Locklear, NATO’s joint operations chief in Naples, and General Carter Ham, who runs the US military’s Africa Command, have suggested that United Nations or African Union peacekeepers would have to be inserted into Libya once Mr. Qaddafi has been removed from power.”
The parallels with Iraq are eerie. In his seminal work on that conflict, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks quotes Major Isaiah Wilson, the official Army historian of the spring 2003 invasion and later strategic planner in Iraq saying that there was “no single plan as of 1 May 2004 that described an executable approach to achieving the stated strategic endstate for war.” Joint Staff officer Gregory Gardner explained why: “Politically, we’d made a decision that we’d turn it over to the Iraqis in June” 2003. Additionally, an Army War College study found, what little planning there was for post-conflict stabilization was predicated on the unfounded assumption that “the international community would pick up the slack.”
Jesco White in a scene from Julien Nitzberg’s “Wild and Wonderful Whites of WestVirginia.”
She was bothered about the family portrayed in the film….
And quite frankly she found the whole film disquieting…
” Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia “(2009) stars Jesco White the star of the “Dancing Outlaw”……
The film ( which my wife has seen a bit of….is about a Outlaw family that seems to have notoriety of the Wild West rolled into one..)
Here’s the IMDb Storyline……
Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing , drug dealing, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing – what do these all have in common? These are just a few of the parts of being a member of the Wild and Wonderful White Family. The legendary family is as known for their wild, excessive criminal ways as they are for their famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of the cult classic documentary “Dancing Outlaw.” Exploring both the comic and tragic sides of life on the other side of the law, this stylish, fast-paced family portrait exposes the powerful forces of corruption, poverty, and West Virginia’s environmentally and culturally devastating coal mining culture that helped shape the White family, a dying breed of outlaws preserving a dying form of dance…….
And here’s a piece on the film from the New York Times…..
“The Wild and Wonderful Whites,” a sequel of sorts to “Dancing Outlaw,” spends a year with Jesco and his mother, sisters, nieces, nephews and other friends and relations, following them into and out of prisons, hospitals, rehab centers and a good many nights of drinking, pot-smoking and prescription drug abuse. A side trip is made to Minnesota, where Poney White, Jesco’s only surviving brother, has escaped with his children into middle-class normalcy, making his living as a house painter and expressing relief to be far from Boone County.
Back there, an anthology of country standards unfolds in real life and real time: murder ballads, cheating songs and rebel hollers, with an occasional pause for fatalistic spiritual meditation. The Whites — in particular the three generations ofwomen who are the movie’s most compelling and complicated characters — are not shy in front of the camera, and their forthrightness quiets, at least temporarily, the queasy sense of exploitation that hangs around the film.
It is hard to know just what to think of these people, whose unabashed recklessness might make you envious even as you shake your head in appalled amazement at their disregard for every conceivable societal norm. But one thing is certain, and is in a way the whole point of this fascinating and problematic documentary: The Whites don’t care what you or anyone else thinks of them…….
My wife really didn’t want hang around to see the end of the film……
Federal prosecutors will get the first crack at trying alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner, federal and local officials said Friday.
Loughner will first be prosecuted by the Arizona district of the U.S. attorney’s office, and will then face prosecution by the Pima County attorney’s office, the two agencies announced in a joint statement. So far, Loughner has been charged with three federal crimes — including one for the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — and is expected to face more charges there, on top of anticipated state charges.“
These cases,” the two offices said, “will be tried in sequence and will ensure that all rights of the victims and their families are vindicated.”
Throughout the weeks since the shooting, the agencies said, they have worked closely to investigate the case……
Tucson shooting….18 shot….6 Dead including a US Federal Judge, and 9 year old…Rep Giffords is alive….
From an earlier Press confrence…..
6 DOA’s…the last one died in University Medical Center…
US Federal Judge John Roll is among the deceased…
The suspect is 22 Year old Jared Loughner…A white male
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is out of surgery for a gun shot wound to the head that passed thru….
She is sedated….The Hospital will wait 24 hours…But believes she has a ‘good chance’ for recovery….
The Investigation is being handled by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI….
[Major and minor updates from Arizona:]
Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Saturday, January 8, 2011 11:16 am [MountainStandard Time]
(some emphasis added by me)
U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot point blank in the head on Saturday in a shooting at a northwest side grocery store this morning, but surgeons say they are “very optimistic” about her recovery.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is confirming federal judge John Roll[nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in 1991 by Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1991] was among the dead.
Sheriffs authorities said there were six dead, including a child, as well as 18 wounded.
Giffords, who is in critical condition, is out of surgery at University Medical Center, said Dr. Peter Rhee at University Medical Center.
The shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket where Giffords was holding one of her regular “Congress on Your Corner” events, which allows her to speak directly with constituents in her district.
The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, according to the Associated Press.
Giffords has held several events since first taking office in January 2007. At one such event in 2009, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell on the supermarket floor.
This was her first event since her re-election to a third term in November.
Giffords, 40, was talking to a couple in the store when a gunman rushed her,shouting as he fired his weapon.
The gunman fired at people in line and got within 4 to 5 feet of the congresswoman, said Mark Kimble, a former Tucson newspaper executive who is now on her staff.
The gunman fired at Giffords then ran out, continuing to shoot.
Members of Giffords’ staff were among the wounded. District director Ron Barber remained in surgery, but his life was not expected to be in danger.
Individuals at the event tackled the man after the shooting, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar.
Last March, Giffords’ Tucson office was vandalized after the House vote overhauling the nation’s health care system.
Giffords had just started the congressional session. She tweeted welcomes to new Republican congressman David Schweikert and had just sponsored legislation, with Republican Congressman Ron Paul, to cut congressional salaries.
U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, Giffords’ seatmate from Southern Arizona, said, “It’s horrific. It’s heartbreaking. It’s very frightening. I hope she comes out of it. This is not what public service is all about.”
The heated rhetoric and civil discord creates an environment for something like this to happen.
He lamented a series of incidents demonstrating the buildup that leads to something like this, including envelope of white powder sent to his Tucson office as well as a shot fired at his Yuma office.
“Gabby’s contributions were all in the future. Her career was all in the future.”
Washington D.C. authorities have spoken with his staff to “stay put.”
His family in Tucson now has security, but he doesn’t know yet whether he will have a secret service detail in the future….
Backround from DSD….
…The gunman, who may have come from inside the Safeway, walked up and shot Giffords in the head first.”
Giffords’s Tuscon constituency office was vandalised last March after she voted in favour of Barack Obama’s controversial health bill, which has been bitterly opposed by the American right. Giffords had been named as a political campaign target for conservatives in November’s elections by former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin for her strong support of Obama’s reforms. Palin had published a “target map” on her website using images of gun sights to identify 20 House Democrats, including Giffords, for backing the new health care law. At an event in 2009 which was similar to the one Giffords was holding today, a protester was removed by police when his pistol fell to the supermarket floor.
Giffords, who was born in Tucson and has two children, took office in January 2007 supporting immigration control, embryonic stem-cell research and the right to abortion. While the motive for today’s shooting was not immediately clear, Giffords was one of 10 Democrat members of Congress who were the subject of harassment over their support for the healthcare overhaul. Although a Democrat, Giffords was a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and was re-elected to her third term last November in congressional elections, edging out the Tea Party favourite Jesse Kelly.
The man who went after the US government finds himself a step away from going back to Sweden in cuffs….
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who sent the world into a tailspin last week when his organization dumped some 250,000 U.S. secret diplomatic cables — is without question the world’s most wanted man. But according to several British news outlets, Assange’s arrest is imminent, possibly as early as Monday.
Speculation that the end was in sight began after it emerged late Friday that Swedish prosecutors had filed a fresh request to British police to extradite the WikiLeaks founder. In November, Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for Assange, who was accused of sexual crimes committed there in August. But a procedural error in the original European arrest warrant sent by Swedish prosecutors to Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (Soca) have prevented any move to apprehend the Australian.
For the past several months, Assange has widely believed to have been in hiding somewhere in the United Kingdom. The public perception has been one of a man hunt….
“Not every fight can get resolved by punching someone in the face…but Spider-Girl’s gonna punch somebody anyway, just to make sure.” A new Spider-Girl hits stores next week. Here, advance images and a Marvel writer on writing multidimensional female characters. More »
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If Prop 19 is approved in California …
There are going to be several efforts to overturn the vote…..
If it get’s passed…
While it’s passage was way ahead in the polls….
The number’s have closed….
The Fed’s letting everyone know their position…
Of course …there isn’t going to be FBI agents locking people up for small amounts of grass….
That would shut down the Federal courts in the state…
Buzz kill. Even if California voters legalize marijuana next month, federal law enforcement officials will still “vigorously enforce” drug laws against people who grow, distribute or sell pot, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
“Let me state clearly that the Department of Justice strongly opposes Proposition 19. If passed, this legislation will greatly complicate federal drug enforcement efforts to the detriment of our citizens,” Holder wrote.
The ballot initiative allows state residents 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to 25 square feet worth of pot plants. It also authorizes cities and counties to oversee cultivation and sales.
But the federal Controlled Substances Act forbids the possession and sale of marijuana, and it’s that statute that Holder said he will continue to uphold — no matter what happens in California…..
The positions — some paid and others volunteer — are transforming every-day citizens into crime-scene investigators, evidence gatherers and photographers in what some analysts suggest is a striking new trend in American policing.
“It’s all being driven by the economy and we should expect to see more of it,” saysUniversity of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, who analyzes law enforcement practices. “As budgets are squeezed, an increasing number of duties are going to be moved off officers’ plates.”
The chief opponents of the movement are police union leaders who believe cash-strapped agencies are lowering standards and undermining professionalism in the ranks. In some cases, the civilian positions circumvent pay and benefit obligations outlined in hard-fought labor contracts, says Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).
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