Monday, May 21, 2018

If the area is liberated from terrorists, what did they do with the Palestinians?

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - The Syrian Army has liberated the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, located south of Damascus, from terrorists, a security services source told Sputnik.

Damascus is completely freed from militants as the Syrian Army clears the last stronghold, according to the source. The information has been confirmed by the Syrian Army.

"The Syrian Army has liberated the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus and hoisted the Syrian flag there," the source said.
Syrian state television says the Syrian army has taken control of the Daesh-help Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district South of Damascus.

"As a result of a joint operation of our armed forces and allies, Al Hajar Al Aswad and the surrounding territories have been completely liberated from terrorists," the army said in a statement.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cougar kills biker not far from granola-crunching, wilderness-loving Seattle

“That’s the Left Coast for you.

“Coastal cities and suburbs densely inhabited by granola-crunching moonbats on bicycles exist just a short distance from genuine wilderness. The crunchies love the scenery and think nothing of going off into an out-of-doors shared with large predators unarmed, unprepared, and unaware.”

Saturday, May 19, 2018

What price honor?

“In an 1802 duel, DeWitt Clinton was challenged by John Swartwout, a friend of Aaron Burr. Swartwout accused Clinton of trying to ruin Burr with political smears. The men exchanged five rounds. After each round, as the code provided, seconds encouraged the combatants to mend their differences. Clinton adamantly refused to sign a letter of apology. Swartwout, despite being shot in the thigh and ankle, refused to quit. Unwilling to continue shooting at a wounded man, an exasperated Clinton left the field. Surgeons standing at the ready tended Swartwout's wounds.”

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Five shots each, with one-shot pistols.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Illinois can’t afford gas to transport murder trial witness

By Andy Kravetz / Gatehouse Media Illinois
Posted May 9, 2018 at 12:45 PM

PEORIA, Ill. — A Peoria murder trial was delayed this week after the Illinois Department of Corrections said it was short of gas money.

This week, an official at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling sent an email to the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office saying it couldn’t bring an inmate who was slated to be a witness in a murder trial because it was “having difficulties with making fuel purchases at the current time.”

The official then asked the state’s attorney’s office to push the trial back later in May “when the probability is more likely that we will be able to obtain fuel while on the road if needed.”

Samuel T. Clay Jr., 23, was to go on trial Tuesday in Peoria. He is charged with the October 2015 shooting of 14-year-old Tommie T. Forest III after a home invasion, but when the prison said it couldn’t deliver a witness — who had previously pleaded guilty to aggravated battery — the trial was delayed.

An emailed request for more information, including the policy on buying gas and how many prisoners were affected, was not immediately answered by a DOC spokeswoman.

Less than three years ago, IOC touted its prison work program for producing $52.6 million worth of products. In 2016, Illinois was $32 million behind in prison utility bills.

Does the Illinois government not know the word “budget?”

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pledge a bed to a Syrian

“A national campaign calling on Irish homeowners to pledge a bed or an empty home to Syrian refugees has been launched.

“The Irish Red Cross wants people to consider offering a spare bedroom to a Syrian refugee to use for up to a year.

“The charity is also calling for the owners of vacant, standalone properties – including apartments, houses and converted accommodation –to offer the space to a refugee family.

“The Irish Red Cross said any refugee housed through the register would be paired with a caseworker and provided with educational, health and employment support.”

Some rent owners reportedly have sold their property to local councils, placing the councils in line for government or charity rent payments.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let’s get to the root of the plot against the president

“For its part, the Left is unnerved by his success at undermining the Mueller plot, while exposing the FBI treachery. They are grasping the reality of Trump. He’s not a guy committed to winning them over with theory or looking for a way to join the club. Popular lore says he set off on this journey because he was insulted by the snubs from the political elite. The people peddling it hope it means he wants to join their club and will do so on their terms. It turns out that Trump is looking to bust up the club and make his own.”

A couple of Oklahoma boys playing baseball

On Sept. 9, 1962, two Oklahoma-born baseball players, Howie Goss and Willie Stargell, pinch hit in a Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 win against the San Francisco Giants.

Neither of the players got a hit.

Howie Goss, born in Wewoka OK, played parts of two seasons in the majors, 1962 and 1963. He was 27 years old when he made his major league debut on April 10, 1962, as a defensive replacement. Goss played in 222 games, posted a career batting average of .216, hit 11 home runs, and knocked in 54. He played all three outfield positions and had a .991 fielding average, handling 331 of 334 chances. He threw out nine base runners. Goss stole nine bases and was caught stealing eight times. Goss was 6-4 and weighed 204 pounds. He died July 31, 1996, in Reno, Nev., at age 61.

Willie Stargell, born March 6, 1940, in Earlboro, Okla., and a graduate of Encinall High School in Alameda, Calif., played a little longer than Goss. Nineteen years longer. His first major league game was as a pinch hitter on Sept. 9, 1962, at age 22. He also had more than 10 times as many games as Goss – 2,360. His career average was .282. He hit 475 home runs and knocked in 1,540. He played all three outfield positions, plus 848 games at first base. His lifetime fielding average was .985. Stargell stole 17 bases and was caught 16 time. He was 6-2 ½ and weighed 225.

Stargell also was named a National League All Star seven times and played in two World Series, 1971 and 1979. He died April 9, 2001, in Wilmington, N.C., at age 61.

Stargell played his entire career with the Pirates. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.