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ISISsies in drag captured escaping Mosul

Pictures emerge showing men caught fleeing Mosul in dresses as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi orders men’s wives and girlfriends to flee. [story]

To be fair, perhaps these are wives or girlfriends.
Hey, y’never know.
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stuff that’s hard to do (Euro-Mars stuff)

Live coverage of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Schiaparelli lander arriving at Mars
Should acquire lander signal about 1:25pm Eastern.
Still waiting for confirmation from lander.

Lander signal was lost during atmospheric descent.
Looks like they won’t know anything until tomorrow.
Fingers crossed.

Europe’s Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday. Telemetry data recovered from the probe during its descent indicates that its parachute was jettisoned too early. The rockets it was supposed to use to bring itself to a standstill just above the ground also appeared to fire for too short a time. The European Space Agency (Esa) has not yet conceded that the lander crashed but the mood is not positive.

Experts will continue to analyse the data and they may also try to call out to Schiaparelli in the blind hope that it is actually sitting on the Red Planet intact.

In addition, the Americans will use one of their satellites at Mars to image the targeted landing zone to see if they can detect any hardware. Although, the chances are slim because the probe is small.

The probe is small; but its impact crater might be, well, more visible.

Not only is the chute jettisoned earlier than called for in the predicted timeline, but the retrorockets that were due to switch on immediately afterwards are seen to fire for just three or four seconds. They were expected to fire for a good 30 seconds.

In the downlinked telemetry, Schiaparelli then continues transmitting a radio signal for 19 seconds after the apparent thruster shutoff. The eventual loss of signal occurs 50 seconds before Schiaparelli was supposed to be on the surface.

Many scientists here at mission control have taken all this information to mean one thing – that the probe crashed at high speed. It is likely it went into freefall a kilometre or two above the surface. [story]

Ah, well. Looks like the Mars Jinx is still out there, and this goes to show that landing on Mars may not be as super-awesome as it once was, but it still falls within the category of “stuff that’s hard to do.”

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The latest as of Thurs PM.

today’s schadenfreude

Correct me…

You stand corrected.

Okay, one wouldn’t be so harsh with a normal person making that mistake, well, not if they haven’t taken Civics, yet; but apparatchiks in the Democrat Propaganda Ministry’s CNN Bureau aren’t “normal” people. They are the opinion-shaping elite.

You know what’s really troubling, though?
This must have also passed scrutiny by her even more elite editor.
Plus the two guys looking-on didn’t do face palms. I wonder if they’d received the same brief and were just relieved that they didn’t make the same mistake.

ToDaZeD Iron


Fear of an imminent terrorist attack is one of the top concerns of people across the globe, with most expecting extremist groups will acquire weapons of mass destruction, according to a new poll conducted in eight countries. [1,000 people]

The survey, commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), showed that many people think their governments are not doing enough to combat violent extremism.

…Even in the United States…6 in 10 … people deem it a good idea …to allow the government to monitor all phone records, email and social media for contacts with terrorists.

Great idea !!!1!!!! Like this?

Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people’s lifestyles are and how to target improved public health… They then built several versions of a machine learning algorithm to sort the tweets by indicators of happiness, activity and diet… [teh .gov is monitoring your happiness…]

Proximity to fitness centers or parks only modestly predicted mentions of physical activity, but density of fast food restaurants by neighborhood did predict how many mentions of fast food people in the neighborhood made.

…“Overall I think the patterns make sense, more fast food restaurants in the area are correlated with more fast food mentions, but I was surprised that coffee was so highly ranked,” said lead author

Clearly, this will work out sooooo well for Our Betters™ to make “public health” recommendations based on kickbacks from manufacturers what’s good for you.

Moar! »

Remember this?

Now this from London:

Within three hours, the statue got the attention of officers on the city’s counter-terrorism unit, who ordered Scioli [the artist] to take [the statue] down because he did not have the proper permit.

Counter-terrorism unit monitoring permits for political speech — about another country’s politix…

This is gonna work out swelll!!!!1111

What’s a metaphor, if not to make a point

Oh, so many possibilities:
Under the bus
Dumping on America
Rules? Rules are for them, not us
Hey, it’s just Georgia

CBS 46 News reported that a Lawrenceville businessman took several photos of the Clinton campaign’s “Forward Together” tour bus dumping waste into a storm drain. The man’s pictures showed liquid seeping out from underneath the Clinton bus.

Police responding to the scene found scattered toilet paper and a foul smell.

WSB-TV 2 News added that an employee at O’Reilly Auto Parts along Grayson Highway also observed someone from the bus dumping raw sewage nearby.

Gwinnett County hazmat units have since cleaned up the mess, and CBS 46 News reported that the Gwinnett County Stormwater Management and the State Environment Protection Department are now involved in the investigation.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is affiliated with the Clinton camp’s tour bus, on Tuesday apologized for the incident.

“This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused,” a DNC spokesperson told WSB-TV 2 News.

“We were unaware of any possible violations and have already taken corrective action with the charter bus company to prevent this from happening again,” they added.
[story w/vid]

Violations? WTFnF‽
What responsible adult dumps human-waste sewage into a storm drain, illegal or not?
Do you want cholera? Because that’s how you get cholera. [/ArcherVoice]

It’s jackasses all the way down.

Hillary’s Rolling Sh** Show

The comments are as expected.
My favorite:
Policeman: “Clean it up.” Hillary: “You mean like with a cloth or something?”

this is how liberty dies (part deux)

Watch Part One, first.

~ story ~

They ain’t bein’ “democratic” when they cheat.

*thump*thump* *thump*thump*

Here’s a Noo Idea

this is gonna be Great!

QUITO, Ecuador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than 60 mayors from around the world have joined forces to create an alliance dubbed a ‘global parliament’ to demand a more powerful role in the management of city growth and urbanisation..


United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday, the mayors outlined a united vision in which local government would lead the global response to rising urbanisation. …More than 35,000 people, from academics and planning specialists [BIRM] to government officials and U.N. leaders have gathered together in the Andean city to discuss the future of the world’s cities.

oh. an Agenda.
the twenty-first…
by Your Betters™

…The mayoral group met in The Hague last month to launch a Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM)

Swell! a Noo Layer of .Gov!!!

The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, delivered a passionate call for cities to be “fair for all“, the young and old, able and not, refugees and migrants, straight and gay.

She said the feminisation of politics at local government level had already achieved more livable cities and that the group had to work for more women at the helm.

“already achieved more livable cities’
check around… I’m not seein’ it.

The mayor of Montreal, Denis Coder [said] “I believe that national governments will have to realise that cities exist and that it is not just in speeches that we make a difference in the quality of life of our people, our citizens,”

Cuz the people living in Oakland have the same issues as the people in Pyongyang who have the same issues as the people in Ordos who have the same issues as the people in Dubai … Kabul … Bahir Dar … Helsinki … Chernobl … Pokka …Paris … Cork … Fergussen … Yellow Knife … …I guess you get my point.

I wonder if they’ll subscribe to the #ScienceMustFall*
…will it be voluntary?

Will things like the removal of clown costumes from Target stores become world-wide thang?

Finish your assignment! »


this is how liberty dies

~ story ~
Yeah, let the Wookie win.
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Previously on KisP
Sheriff Clarke weighs in (I’m not there yet) more

For committing the sin of gettin’ caught:

Scott Foval, one of the subjects of a recent James O’Keefe exposé broken exclusively by Breitbart on Monday, has been removed from his job with the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change. [story]

today’s distraction

It’s Monday, the battle for Mosul has begun, the NorKs are threatening a preemptive nuclear strike on the US, Assange’s internet access has been severed, the Dems have gone full-Brownshirt on Trump, and thousands are still mopping-up from Matthew here in NC; but Femen has come to our rescue.

⬇︎ French boobies! ⬇︎ »
See? The French police know how to handle ‘em.

You’re welcome.
Now, back to our regularly-scheduled Monday.
Cultural ref

(What? Because I’m a std-issue straight guy, and I don’t really care what they’re protesting about.)

today’s winner

Somebody is unclear on the concept of Nazi

A North Carolina Republican Party office … was firebombed overnight, causing major damage and destruction. … The explosive device was thrown through the window of the office, and the words, “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else,” were painted on a nearby building. [story w/vid]

Looks like NC Democrats are back to their old ways
Roehm’s SA/Brownshirts were the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party, much as the Klan originally served as the anti-Republican paramilitary wing of the Democrat Party.

Looks like there are still some good Democrats out there