The first story is just so symbolic of our times:
When Marcos and Kathy Perez heard the words coming from their 5-year-old daughter’s mouth, they were flabbergasted.
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide swath of Southern California, breaking water mains in a nearby community and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides.
There were no reports of injury or substantial structural damage from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La Habra, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and hit at 9:09 p.m. on Friday (12:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"Tonight's earthquake is the second in two weeks, and reminds us to be prepared," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a written statement released about an hour after the shaking stopped.
The quake was felt as far away as Palm Springs in the east and Ventura County to the north.
In Anaheim, Disneyland shut down park rides as a precaution and asked guests to remain seated. In Fullerton several water mains ruptured, spilling water into the streets and forcing police to divert traffic.
Geologists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena said the temblor was shallow, at a depth of only 1.2 miles.
"We have to analyze that to make sure of the exact depth but it is relatively shallow," said Robert Graves of CalTech. "Earthquakes in California tend to be deeper than that so it's a little bit anomalous."
This is the second notable earthquake to shake L.A. this month. On March 17, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake hit L.A., with the quake centered 5.6 miles north-northwest of Westwood. Friday night's quake was was roughly ten times larger in energy released than the March 17 quake.
[Don't think this is an isolated incident]
“I'll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey.” This leaked conversation is coming back to haunt the highest echelons of the Turkish government as it plans a provocation in Syria, while scrambling to contain social media internally.
The leaked audiotapes that reveal Turkey’s highest ministers staging an anti-Assad military intervention in Syria, have already caused YouTube to be shut down in the country, as well as leading to fevered accusations of treachery and betrayal of Turkey’s political interests – “a declaration of war,” as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu put it.
This is of course after intelligence chief Hakan Fidan suggested seizing the opportunity to secure Turkish intervention in the Syrian conflict - a war that has already claimed 140,000 lives, and counting. In the conversation, Davutoğlu is heard saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees any attack as an "opportunity" to increase troop presence in Syria, where it has staunchly supported the anti-Assad rebels.
[What a most excellent game the PA is playing. Admit there is no peace in the future, but continue asking for more and more concessions in order to 'continue talks'. Wow. And the 'West' falls for it EVERY TIME]
Israel told the Palestinians it will not free the final batch of prisoners they had been expecting alongside US-brokered peace talks, a senior Palestinian official said on Friday.
The 26 prisoners were set to have been released on Saturday as part of ongoing peace talks. Israeli law requires that the government make the names of the prisoners selected for release known at least 48 workday hours before they are set free, to allow for the processing of High Court of Justice appeals. But the relevant five-minister committee chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had not convened by Friday.
The Prime Minister’s Office turned down requests for comment on the issue. Tzipi Livni, the justice minister and the top negotiator with the Palestinians, said last week that there was never an “automatic commitment to release prisoners unrelated to making progress in negotiations.”
“The army took control this morning of the villages of Ras al-Maarra and Flita, after bombing the last groups of armed terrorists there,” the source said.
Bashar Assad’s troops, backed by fighters from Lebanon’s Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, have been waging a crushing battle against rebel positions in Qalamun, north of Damascus, since November.
The coming weeks and months present an uncertain security forecast for the West Bank.
Security forces and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are continuing to put a lid on organized terrorism, and the Palestinian Authority is monitoring and disrupting Hamas and Islamic Jihad efforts to rebuild their influence. Yet there are nagging concerns among Israeli security officials that unforeseen events may trigger mass rioting in the future, as levels of frustration among the Palestinian public grow.
Three Palestinians were shot dead in gun battles that erupted during acounter-terrorism raid in Jenin last weekend, in an incident that testifies to Israel’s ongoing ability to track and take apart developing terror threats in real time.
In addition to organized terror plots, the IDF Central Command is on the lookout for potential incidents that could spark unplanned mass rioting.
On March 30, Israeli Arabs will mark Land Day with protests. Although this event is not expected to spill over into the West Bank, the army will be on a higher than normal alert. The risk of mass violence set off by an unforeseen incident, such as the deaths of several Palestinian rioters, is just the kind of trigger that might upset the status quo.
As apparently fruitless negotiations drag on between the PA and Israel, rising frustrations among the Palestinian public could boil over into violent demonstrations.
With anger mounting over their poor economic situation and lack of satisfaction with the PA’s rule, violence might be around the corner.
IDF officials are acutely aware of the dangers posed by a deadly combination of catalysts.
They are overseeing preparations to ensure that army battalions are ready to respond to a sudden upsurge in unorganized violence, and to stay vigilant of developments that intelligence agencies cannot predict or prevent.
The EU does nothing to protect its citizens, showing over and over again that the ruling class has sold out to Arab and Iranian oil money. Tony Blair took millions from Muammar Gaddafi. Jacques Chirac grabbed even more from Saddam Hussein. The neo-fascist Italian Five Star Movement is practically run by Tehran.
Without America, Europe must therefore turn to Moscow, but this time something much closer to the old Russian Empire.
Putin is all about power, in the traditional Russian fashion, and power is fluid. Right now Russia is on one of its expansionist evers, and Putin is likely to get away with it.
Europe has the wealth to buy protection, and Russia has the force of will and moral conviction to fight when necessary.
Putin knows the West because he served as the KGB rezident in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through the East German Stasi, the KGB ran spies into the top levels of the West German government -- just as the KGB penetrated the British, French, and U.S. governments. Putin has little faith in liberal dreams, having seen them in reality. Putin is a very smart, ruthless, and realistic man. He is surrounded by people like himself.
Obama is withdrawing U.S. military protection from our allies, on the historically dubious bet that everything will turn out all right. Like millions of fatuous liberals, Obama thinks that a world-governing socialism is the answer. UN-believers live for such fantasies. They are eager to trade American independence for their fuzzy dreams.
Unless America turns around and finds its true self again, there can only be two winners in Europe: Imperial Islam or Imperial Russia.
Both of them spell the end of American world power. The rule of international power is, and has always been, if you don’t control your destiny, some more ruthless power will do so.
As the Kremlin's own interpretation of the call between the two leaders discloses, "Vladimir Putin drew Barack Obama’s attention to continued rampage of extremists who are committing acts of intimidation towards peaceful residents, government authorities and law enforcement agencies in various regions and in Kiev with impunity."
Here, Putin undoubtedly is focusing on last night's storming of the parliament by the "Right Sector" neonazis, which initially had been insturmental in the violent Ukraine coup and have now become a huge nuisance to the acting government. Which, as we noted yesterday, meant they suddenly had become Putin's best friend. Because in bringing attention to their actions, the Kremlin makes it quite clear that the Russian case of neofascists running rampant in Kiev, was in fact at least partially accurate.
Vladimir Putin also pointed out that Transnistria is essentially experiencing a blockade, which significantly complicate the living conditions for the region’s residents, impeding their movement and normal trade and economic activities. He stressed that Russia stands for the fair and comprehensive settlement of the Transnistria conflict and hopes for effective work in the existing 5+2 negotiation format.
Simply said, Putin called Obama to make it quite clear that the Russian is nowhere close to de-escalating, and in fact is bringing even more attention to the old party line - that Russia is concerned about the living conditions of Russians and other "compatriots" in Ukraine. The implicit threat here is that should the neonazis continue to act with "rampant impunity" then Russia will have no choice but to intervene.
To summarize, Putin calls Obama to inform him, and thus the international community, just under what conditions Russia will continue to push on inside Ukraine - namely a real or false flag provocation by "extremists" against Russians, while Obama drones on, pun inteded, about de-escalating and threatening with "costs." Sounds about right.
When you get what you want, you find out it’s not what you need. That is what Millennials are experiencing right now as the liberal program they voted for in 2008 and 2012 is being implemented.
All of these magically inspired words painted the rosiest of pictures of liberal ideology; a utopia of free healthcare, free birth control, no gun violence, no more greedy mean rich people, affordable education, and a for all. Sadly, reality has arrived in America and it has millennials saying, “Dude, I didn’t sign up for this!”
In 2009, before Obamacare and the aftermath of the president’s ambitious first two years, nearly 50-percent of millennials viewed Democrats favorably. Now, that number has dropped to a staggering 36-percent. Furthermore, over half of millennials disapprove of the president job performance, up from 38-percent prior to his 2012 reelection. The unpopularity of liberalism in America has not only affected the beltway politicians but also presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton. The Democratic frontrunner enjoyed a comfy 60-percent approval rating from millennials in 2009, but today that has fallen to 42-percent in a recent poll by the .
Having lost its moral compass, the nanny state U.S.A. has become a society reeking of greed, envy, hate, corruption, lawlessness, and promiscuity. The takers and the entitled, legal and illegal, have outnumbered the givers.
The takers, who repeatedly vote without an I.D. because they are too dumb to procure one but smart enough to produce an I.D. for welfare benefits and free healthcare, will guarantee that our society will become and remain a socialist nanny state.