When In Rome . . .

. . . five, six, seven, eight, we will not assimilate!

15 arrested in N.Y. Playland melee over head scarves

Two people were charged with felony assault and two police rangers were injured during a melee that broke out Tuesday at Playland Amusement Park when Muslim visitors became angry that the park was enforcing its ban on headgear by prohibiting the women from wearing their traditional head coverings on some rides.

The park was crowded with Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, one of Islam’s two major holidays.

Police from at least nine agencies converged on the park after county police sought assistance in responding to the disturbance, which involved 30 to 40 people.

. . .

Parks officials “painstakingly” told the organizer about the headgear ban, said Tartaglia. But he said that the rules might not have been communicated by the organizer to some attendees.

See also:
Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park’s head scarf ban; 15 arrests made
Muslims, police fight at New York theme park over headscarf ban
Headgear ban sparks melee between police, Muslim park patrons
Fight over Head Scarves at Amusement Park Reignites Debate
Headgear ban at Rye Playland sparks scuffles
Mass brawl at theme park after Muslim women are banned from going on rides unless they remove their head scarves
Ahead of 9/11, NY park bars Muslim women with hijabs
New York theme park closes after headscarf row sparks brawl
Muslim head scarves spark amusement park brawl
13 arrested when NY amusement park bans headgear on Muslim holiday
New York Amusement Park Goes on Lockdown for Two Hours
Park brawl over head scarves
No Religion Can Claim Superiority Over Safety and Security

As usual, when confronted with pesky infidel rules that conflict with Sharia law, Muslims get angry and indignant. And then they do what they do best, rampage and riot! Hey, at least no one was strapped with explosives, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

/throughout world history, where Islam goes, trouble follows

Ghost Of The Sea

Is this the U.S. Nay’s follow on to the $195 million Sea Shadow program, the Sea Shadow that’s currently floating on the scrap heap, waiting to be dismantled?

New Stealth Boat Glides Over Gas Layer

A new kind of boat is designed to move quickly and stealthily through water by generating a layer of gas around its underwater surfaces.

The design reduces friction by a factor of 900, according to the New Hampshire company that produced the boat. Its smooth speed makes it ideal for special operations. It could also revolutionize shipping.

Juliet Marine recently unveiled the Ghost, a ship it says can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The shape of the craft is similar to earlier attempts at making watercraft less visible to radar — notably the Navy’s “Sea Shadow” project of the 1980s.

The phenomenon is called supercavitation. Supercavitation occurs when a projectile moving through water generates a low-pressure zone around its surface. Go fast enough and the low-pressure zone becomes a layer of gas. In that respect the Ghost is similar to a Russian-made torpedo (called the “Shkval,” or squall), though the underwater portion of the boat’s twin hulls are a new design.

See also:
Juliet Marine Systems, Inc. Announces the First Super-Cavitating Ship, GHOST
Stealth Boat Glides Over Gas Layer
‘Ghost’ craft comes into view
Ghost ship unveiled: Stealth vessel is ‘virtually unstoppable
GHOST Boats Will Prey on Pirates
Pirate-fighter vessel revealed by Juliet Marine
Juliet Marine Develops Offshore Anti-Piracy Platform
“Stealth” Boat Could Revolutionize Naval Warfare
Juliet Marine Systems

Given the massive debt hole the U.S. is already in and that the Sea Shadow ended up being scrapped, I’m not sure the Navy really needs a new “stealth boat” like the Ghost, especially if it’s primary purpose would be to combat pirates. Pirates, for the most part, don’t have radar. The problem isn’t sneaking up on them, the problem is finding them in the first place and we don’t need a “stealth boat” for that.

/the supercavitation technology does, however, appear to be extremely promising in terms of possible commercial shipping applications where time and fuel are money

Weekly Watch List

LULU (8/28/11, +0.00%)
AH (8/21/11, +4.56%)
ALXN (7/24/11, -7.29%)
ULTA (8/28/11, +0.00%)
RGLD (7/30/11, +16.74%)
NFLX (8/28/11, +0.00%)
HS (8/28/11, +0.00%)
NUS (8/28/11, +0.00%)
BWLD (8/9/11, +6.75%)
SHPGY (8/9/11, +6.31%)
HUM (8/9/11, +5.21%)

Additions:
HS (8/28/11, +0.00%)
LULU (8/28/11, +0.00%)
NFLX (8/28/11, +0.00%)
NUS (8/28/11, +0.00%)
ULTA (8/28/11, +0.00%)

Subtractions:
TJX (8/21/11, +3.42%)

Last week, the long losing streak was finally broken with all the major indexes moving higher. The Nasdaq vaulted 5.9%, the S&P 500 leaped 4.7%, the Dow added 4.3%, and the NYSE composite gained 4%. Tuesday’s jump, across all indexes, on higher volume, constituted a follow through day and changed the IBD outlook to “market in confirmed uptrend”. However, Thursday’s backslide, on volume higher than Wednesday, was a distribution day, indicating institutional selling, and pushed the IBD outlook over to “uptrend under pressure”. A distribution day coming this soon after a follow through day almost always dooms the new uptrend to failure. Nonetheless, Friday’s upward surge wrestled the IBD outlook back to “market in confirmed uptrend”. So, while it’s technically okay to start buying stocks again, proceed with caution and build positions slowly, in small steps. Wait to see if, against the odds, this new, fragile uptrend can grow some bull horns.

This week, unfortunately, or maybe just as well, none of the watch list stocks are at or near proper buy points. They sustained too much technical damage during the correction and it’s going to take some time and positive market action to repair the charts.

/as usual, your mileage may vary, always do your own homework

Abandon Ship!

What’s I say? This is what happens when you put all your eggs in the Russian technology basket and the basket falls apart.

Space station could be abandoned in November

Astronauts may need to temporarily withdraw from the International Space Station before the end of this year if Russia is unable to resume manned flights of its Soyuz rocket after a failed cargo launch last week, according to the NASA official in charge of the outpost.

Despite a delivery of important logistics by the final space shuttle mission in July, safety concerns with landing Soyuz capsules in the middle of winter could force the space station to fly unmanned beginning in November, according to Michael Suffredini, NASA’s space station program manager.

“Logistically, we can support [operations] almost forever, but eventually if we don’t see the Soyuz spacecraft, we’ll probably going to unmanned ops before the end of the year,” Suffredini said in an interview Thursday, one day after Russia lost a Soyuz rocket with an automated Progress resupply ship bound for the space station.

See also:
Will the Space Station be Abandoned?
International Space Station might be abandoned in November
Cargo Craft Loss Prompts ISS Concerns
NASA Sets Space Station Status Update Briefing for Monday
Roscosmos smarting after Progress loss
ISS crew safe despite supply failure: Russia, US
Matt Reed: After Russian crash, turn to the F-150 of American rockets
Progress Fails To Make Progress

Okay, so the Russian rockets are turning out to be piles of junk. Why can’t we launch the Progress cargo ship or the manned Soyuz capsule on top of the highly successful, dependable workhorse, Delta IV or Atlas V rockets? Where’s that old fashioned American ingenuity?

/and what about SpaceX, they’re already planning a rendezvous mission to dock with the ISS later this year, why can’t resources be poured into that and the schedule moved up?

Obama’s Malmedy

You stand them up, supply them with cash and weapons, and declare them as your allies . . . you own them.

Rebels settle scores in Libyan capital

The killings were pitiless.

They had taken place at a makeshift hospital, in a tent marked clearly with the symbols of the Islamic Crescent. Some of the dead were on stretchers, attached to intravenous drips. Some were on the back of an ambulance that had been shot at. A few were on the ground, seemingly attempting to crawl to safety when the bullets came.

Around 30 men lay decomposing in the heat. Many of them had their hands tied behind their back, either with plastic handcuffs or ropes. One had a scarf stuffed into his mouth. Almost all of the victims were black men. Their bodies had been dumped near the scene of two of the fierce battles between rebel and regime forces in Tripoli.

See also:
Libyan rebels carry out reprisal attacks
Crimes against humanity mounting in Libya courtesy of US and NATO
Disturbing Trend in Tripoli: Reports of Executions and Abandoned Bodies
African ‘mercenaries’ are executed in cold-blood by rebels in Libya
Atrocities taint rebel victory
Black Africans executed in cold-blood by rebels in Libya

Obama said we went into Libya to protect civilians. It all turned out to be a big lie. What we got is up to our neck complicity in brutal, cold blooded war crimes committed by our “rebel allies”. If we can’t control their savage “Allahu Akbar” asses, we have no business whatsoever slathering them with cash, weapons, arstrikes, and formal diplomatic recognition.

/Samantha Power must be so proud

Red Dragon Rising

Five months late, the Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military is finally released, and it’s not good news for the good guys.

China’s Modernizing Military Threatens Regional Peace, Pentagon Report Says

The swift advancement of the Chinese military, which is on course to grow into a modern fighting force by 2020, threatens to disrupt the politics of the Asia-Pacific region due to its opaque intentions, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a report released Wednesday.

In the briefing to Congress, the Pentagon said that “uncertainty about how China will use its growing capabilities,” especially in its development of power- projection platforms such as aircraft carriers, submarines, fighter jets, and long-range surface-to-air missiles, is worrying.

Read the report:

Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

See also:
US Says China’s Military Expanding Rapidly
China rises: US warns Beijing is expanding its military power
Pentagon cautions on China military might
China military ‘closing key gaps’, says Pentagon
China could build a modern military by 2020, says Pentagon
Pentagon releases report on China’s military
Assessing Concern Over China
China Has ‘Workable’ Anti-Ship Missile Design, Pentagon Says
China military has Taiwan in its sights
China’s military ‘catching up’ with US
China Slams Pentagon Over Critical Military Report
Xinhua ‘baffled’ by new Pentagon report on China
China denounces Pentagon report, defends military modernization
Despite some positive signs, Pentagon report on China still makes much ado about nothing

This just in, China is not our friend. We’re cutting our military, while China is building up their forces. And, to add insult to injury, we owe them over a trillion dollars.

/every day the Chinese spend dollars fleeced from America on weapons, their military gets stronger, and every day Obama squats in the White House, the United States gets weaker

Progress Fails To Make Progress

It’s been a really bad week for the Russians with two rocket failures in the last seven days and four failures total in less than a year.

Russian Progress space freighter lost

An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency said the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying three tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

. . .

It appears the Soyuz rocket’s third and final propulsion stage shut down early. As a result, the Russian federal space agency (Roskosmos) said, the Progress vessel “was not placed in the correct orbit”.

. . .

Officials reported the ship coming down in Russia’s Altai province, some 1,500km northeast of the launch site. A loud explosion was heard in the region and there were reports of windows being blown out, but it is not thought there were any injuries on the ground as a result of wreckage coming out of the sky.

See also:
Russia’s Progress M-12M launches toward ISS – fails to achieve orbit
Russian supply spacecraft crashes after launch
Russian cargo rocket lost in rare launch mishap
Technology.ISS supplies strained as Russian Progress freighter crashes to Earth
Space station manager: We can weather the Russian crash
Rocket headed for space station crashes
Russian Progress unmanned ISS resupply vehicle lost during launch
Russian Progress space truck crashes in Siberia
Unmanned Russian Supply Ship for Space Station Crashes
Search Underway for Remains of Russian Spacecraft
Debris from Russian space freighter falls in south Siberia
Spaceship crash ‘exposes Russia’s systemic failures’
Russia likely to suspend space deliveries over loss of Progress freighter
Roscosmos to tighten control of space industry after rocket lost
Russia grounds rocket, orders probe
Russian spacecraft lost to apparent engine failure uninsured
Will cargo crash leave ISS crew high and dry?

It’s not that I was a big fan of the space shuttle, but if the Russians can’t get these recurrent rocket failure problems under control, there’s a possibility that the International Space Station might eventually have to be abandoned, because there’s currently no available alternative to supply the ISS. The ISS managers are putting on a brave face that they can manage the cargo loss, but losing three tons of scheduled resupply has just got to hurt.

/what is it they say about putting all your eggs in one basket?

Super Bill

Super Bill is in the Yahoo Winners 676001 League, a league where all the participants have previously won a Yahoo! public league. The results of the autodraft were . . .

Super Bill
1. (1) Arian Foster
(Hou – RB)
2. (20) Michael Vick
(Phi – QB)
3. (21) Maurice Jones-Drew
(Jac – RB)
4. (40) Brandon Lloyd
(Den – WR)
5. (41) Dez Bryant
(Dal – WR)
6. (60) Jeremy Maclin
(Phi – WR)
7. (61) Owen Daniels
(Hou – TE)
8. (80) San Diego
(SD – DEF)
9. (81) Nate Kaeding
(SD – K)
10. (100) BenJarvus Green-Ellis
(NE – RB)
11. (101) Eli Manning
(NYG – QB)
12. (120) Plaxico Burress
(NYJ – WR)
13. (121) Jordy Nelson
(GB – WR)
14. (140) Detroit
(Det – DEF)
15. (141) Visanthe Shiancoe
(Min – TE)

/Super Bill is ready for some football!

About Those Libyan “Rebels”

Be careful what you wish for, because it probably won’t turn out the way you’d hoped it would.

Islamic law at heart of new Libyan constitution

The Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) has issued a draft of a new constitution which has Islamic law as its foundation.

According to the document issued by the TNC, Islam will be the state religion and the principal source of legislation will be the sharia (Islamic law).

See also:
Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia Is ‘Principal Source Of Legislation’…
DOCUMENT: Libya’s Draft Constitutional Charter
Draft Libya Constitution Puts Sharia Front and Center
Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is ‘Principal Source of Legislation’
What Will Libya Look Like?
Sharia In Libya
Libya Made Safe for Sharia?
Did NATO help pave the way for Sharia law in Libya?
New Constitution for Libya to Enforce Sharia Law?

Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya, three countries the United States has made safe for the constitutional dominance of Islamic law through force of arms. These are also three countries where Christians are routinely persecuted and killed just for being Christians living under Muslim rule.

And then there’s Egypt, where the U.S. encouraged the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and downplayed the possibility of the Muslim Brotherhood gaining power. Well, now Egyptian elections are coming up soon and it looks like the Muslim Brotherhood will, indeed, dominate the next government of Egypt. While Mubarak was in power, Egypt was Israel’s strongest partner in Middle East peace. Now, after Mubarak, the majority of Egyptians are calling for an abrogation of the peace treaty with Israel, weapons are being freely smuggled to Hamas through Egypt, and terrorist attacks are being launched against Israel from Egyptian soil.

/is this the type of “democracy” and “freedom” the United States is looking to spread throughout the Middle East region?

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