Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 29 Comments
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My kids’ Christmas concert is tonight, so I’ll have to run, but here’s the latest Reuters update on the emerging crisis:
South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area on Thursday, the fifth day of a conflict that has deepened ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation.
The conflict, which has so far killed up to 500 people, has alarmed South Sudan’s neighbours. African mediators held talks with President Salva Kiir on Thursday to try to broker peace.
The fighting that erupted around the capital Juba on Sunday night has quickly spread, pitting loyalists of the former Vice President Riek Machar, a Nuer, against Kiir, a member of the dominant Dinka clan.
Machar, whose dismissal in July led to months of tensions, has denied Kiir’s accusation that he had led a coup attempt.
Rivals have fought fierce gunbattles over the town of Bor, north of Juba, the scene of a 1991 massacre by soldiers loyal to Machar of hundreds of Dinkas.
Thousands of people have sought refuge in U.N. bases, including 200 oil employees in a main crude-producing region. U.N. officials said one base in Jonglei state, where Bor is located, was breached by Nuer and there may have been deaths.
Here’s Agence France-Presse:
The fierce fighting that erupted in South Sudan this week risks spiralling into an ethnic conflict, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned Thursday.
“The risk of seeing the fighting taking on an ethnic dimension is extremely high and could result in a dangerous situation,” Pillay said in a statement.
She expressed deep concern over reports of “civilians killed in Juba based on their ethnicity,” and of “numerous extra-judicial killings.”
Some 450 people have been killed in the capital Juba since battles broke out late on Sunday and thousands displaced, as rebels loyal to fugitive former vice president Riek Machar battle government forces following an alleged failed coup attempt against President Salva Kiir.
They seized the town of Bor in Jonglei state late Wednesday.
The U.N. says the situation in South Sudan’s Jonglei State has deteriorated and a group of young people has reportedly forced its way onto a U.N. base sheltering civilians. Officials say there may be casualties, but they cannot confirm how many.
The United Nations says Lou Nuer youth are reported to have entered a temporary operating base belonging to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Akobo, Jonglei state. The United Nations said it is trying to extract its unarmed personnel from the area while reinforcing the base with an additional 60 peacekeepers.
U.N. Deputy-Secretary General Jan Eliasson told reporters that they are working to verify reports of casualties.
“Our base in Akobo, Jonglei state, was attacked and we have reports that lives were lost. We do not have the details of that yet. Of course, the secretary-general and I both condemn this attack in the strongest terms,” said Eliasson.
— Tom Law (@TomLawMedia) December 19, 2013
— Lulu Walcott (@LuluWalcott1) December 19, 2013
— UN Peacekeeping (@UNPeacekeeping) December 19, 2013
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 19, 2013
Anarchy in Africa: U.S., U.K. Evacuate as South Sudan Spirals Out of Control UPDATE: Rebels Hit U.N. Mission
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 29 Comments
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 19, 2013
The United States has evacuated non-essential personnel from its embassy in Juba, South Sudan, British nationals are being evacuated, and people are trying to make sense of the crisis that developed suddenly over the weekend:
During the final session of the National Liberation Council, one of the ruling party’s highest political organs, on December 15, there was a dispute among different elements of the Presidential Guards (Tigers) over orders to surrender their arms. According to Adwok, guards were disarmed but later the officer in charge opened the stores and rearmed only the Dinka soldiers. The Nuer guards questioned this, a fistfight ensued and more Nuer soldiers came in and broke into the stores. The Nuer soldiers managed to take control of the headquarters and the next day after some SPLA reinforcements, the mutineers were dislodged. There is no evidence of any planning, masterminding or political coordination before or during the clash.
Although ethnicity is a major factor, the crisis was actually precipitated by a deep political rift and power struggle. Yes, the President Salva Kiir is a Dinka and his rival the former vice-president Riek Machar is a Nuer. Yes, the race card is being played by both sides, and certainly it is a real dimension of the conflict especially at the ground level. But behind Riek Machar is a coalition that includes prominent Dinka politicians as well such as the former Sudanese minister of foreign affairs and the widow of the founding father of the SPLM John Garang. Other prominent non-Nuers are in the camp of the former vice president such as the now dismissed secretary-general of the ruling party, Pag’an Amum, a Shilluk.
— louis charbonneau (@lou_reuters) December 19, 2013
— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) December 19, 2013
South Sudan only recently gained its independence from Sudan’s Muslim-dominated Khartoum regime, and this sudden descent into violent tribal anarchy is profoundly disappointing for those who supported Juba’s independence. The breakdown of discipline in the SPLA is particularly disturbing, and remember that South Sudan is right next to the Central African Republic:
Armed gangs are rampaging through the Central African Republic carrying out atrocities including executions and mutilations, despite the presence of French and African troops.
Reports by two leading human rights organisations say the situation in the war-torn country is spiralling out of control and requires a robust response from the international community.
Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say the death toll is much higher than reported and that peacekeeping forces in the CAR must be beefed up to protect the population from further war crimes.
Have you heard anything about this on the national news? Has any reporter asked our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president about it? No, of course not. Innocent people are being slaughtered wholesale, but it’s not “news” because, hey, it’s just Africans.
On the one hand, media silence about the bloodbath in central Africa is racist, but on the other hand, it’s also “racist” to expect Obama to do something to prevent genocidal violence. So this brutality continues, and we’re not supposed to notice.
— Heather Marsh (@GeorgieBC) December 19, 2013
The United Nations says it fears casualties after attackers forced their way into a peacekeeping base in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
Rebels from the country’s second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, attacked the base, targeting civilians of the majority Dinka ethnic community. . . .
UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Thursday that “fighting took place” at the compound in Jonglei.
“We fear there may have been some fatalities but can’t confirm who and how many,” he said.
The UN peacekeeping mission is sheltering civilians in five state capitals, including Juba and Bor. The attack on the Jonglei compound came after Nuer rebels seized control of Bor. Even before the unrest, Bor was seen as one of the most volatile areas of South Sudan.
Earlier, there were reports of gun battles in the town, as renegade officers fought with troops still loyal to the president.
— P_van den Ende (@DefenseInAfrica) December 19, 2013
Hearing multiple reports of fighting in Bentiu, capital of #SouthSudan's Unity state where oil fields lie, with militias & defectors vs gov.
— Hannah McNeish (@HannahMcNeish) December 19, 2013
#SouthSudan: Unrest spreads to Bentiu from Rubkona. Fighting started in Bentiu at 7:00 PM – no info about casualties (local source).
— José Vieira (@josesvieira) December 19, 2013
@rsmccain I guess it's not racist for the first black President to ignore mayhem in Africa.
— Laura Rosen Cohen (@LauraRosenCohen) December 19, 2013
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 4 Comments
There’s still time to do your last-minute Christmas shopping via our Amazon Associates holiday specials, and this week somebody ordered the hottest game of the year, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for an Xbox 360 system. (It’s also available for PlayStation and other systems.) The sale price was $47.99 and, as with all sales from our Amazon links, we got a small commission at no cost to you.
Among the other Amazon purchases this week, readers bought an Alexander Del Rossa designer fleece bathrobe for $49.99 and a Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set for $127.49.
Let’s face it: You don’t want to go to the mall and fight those crowds, just to find they don’t have what you want, or they don’t have it in the right size or color. Who needs that hassle? Just click the link, shop around Amazon and have it shipped in time for Christmas!
And if you’re not sure what to buy that special someone? Just get them an Amazon Gift Card and have it shipped in a special gift box.
- Dec. 15: Thanks to the Reader Who Bought the LG Electronics 32-Inch LED TV from Amazon
- Dec. 4: Thanks to the Reader Who Bought the Amazon Kindle Fire 7-Inch HDX Tablet
- Dec. 2: Cyber Monday: Thanks to the Reader Who Bought the $200 Lego Set From Amazon!
- Nov. 30: ‘Suck It, Capitalist-Hating Leftists’
- Nov. 5: ‘Hating Breitbart’ for Christmas
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 60 Comments
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 17, 2013
OK, I’m way late blogging this.
Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child
Footiejammies from the Id!
— Ed Driscoll
Even MSNBC Is Laughing
Hysterically at Pajama Boy
— Jammie Wearing Fools
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 18, 2013
— Shoshana Weissmann (@senatorshoshana) December 19, 2013
Meanwhile, an organization called “Out2Enroll” (get it?) produced this gay-themed ad for ObamaCare:
Exit Questions: How many U.S. tax dollars are being spent to fund these laughable ObamaCare propaganda efforts? Couldn’t that money be better spent on, y’know, actual health care?
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 10 Comments
Yesterday’s Washington Times featured an article by Rowan Scarborough indicating that the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. was going to be removing portraits of Confederate generals such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and hinted that this was more political correctness run wild, as in the case of Duval County, Florida’s Nathan B. Forrest High School, soon to be renamed something less offensive. For The ChildrenTM.
Evidently the commandant of the War College reads the Times, or was informed of the article, since he posted an article to the War College blog pointing out the several inaccuracies in the article and stating that there was no plan to “remove all traces of the CSA”. They are planning on adding more art dealing with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, as well as organizing the art in a less random fashion, which will mean less of the Civil War-oriented art that currently dominates the walls, but there is by no means a politically correct art purge going on at Carlisle Barracks. So that’s something.
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 63 Comments
Two Alabama men have been charged with imprisoning and filming their sexual abuse of a minor for use in child pornography made with the son of one of the accused.
Domestic partners Charles Dunnavant and Carl Herold face a litany of charges ranging from sexual torture and sodomy to exposing a person to an STD and child pornography production.
The young boy, only nine-years-old, was held hostage in the Huntsville house of horrors for eight months, during which he was sexually assaulted, abused, sodomized and exposed to an STD by both men while a camera caught all the depraved details, according to a court filing cited by WHNT. . . .
‘They held the child captive for eight months and there are no standards, taboos or lines this defendant and his co-defendant hesitated to cross,’ Huntsville Police Department investigator Chad Smith testified in court Monday, according to WHNT.
Yes, this is strictly a local news story:
Dunnavant lived with Herold in Huntsville. . . .
Dunnavant was arrested at a family home in Lincoln County, Tenn., Friday investigators said. During a hearing Monday seeking to raise Dunnavant’s bond from $276,000 cash-only to $1 million cash-only, Huntsville Police Department investigator Chad Smith testified he was contacted by the FBI in early November about the possibility of a child sex victim in Huntsville.
Smith said investigators came across numerous photos depicting sexual torture involving a child.
This has no ramifications or significance outside Alabama. However, if somebody says something that offends gay people . . .
Hyping the absurd Duck Dynasty controversy, Chad Griffin of the gay-rights lobby Human Rights Campaign said this: “Phil Robertson’s remarks are not consistent with the values of our faith communities or the scientific findings of leading medical organizations. We know that being gay is not a choice someone makes, and that to suggest otherwise can be incredibly harmful.”
Got that? It is “incredibly harmful” even to “suggest” that individuals are capable of rational action. No, according to “scientific finding,” we are told, sexual behavior is biologically determined, utterly beyond our control, and our sexual preferences are so hard-wired and overpowering that incredible harm will result if we attempt to conform our actions to moral ideals or social norms.
Ideas Have Consequences, as Richard Weaver once famously observed, and this idea — what I’ve called the “Desire Is Destiny” view of sexuality — has consequences far beyond the narrow and selfish purposes of HRC’s Chad Griffin, who is interested only in fundraising, political power and his own $360,000 annual pay.
Chad Griffin is not some idealistic humanitarian, you see. He’s a highly paid professional activist, a full-time anger merchant who oversees an organization whose top dozen officials, himself included, rake off a combined $2.56 million a year. Most people don’t understand that there is a sort of political industry at work — Gay, Inc. — and there are many hundreds of people who earn their livings from various gay advocacy groups, not to mention other similar gigs, e.g., “Queer Theory” professors at universities.
All these people wake up every morning and go to work where they spend the entire day laboring to destroy morality in America. Given the enormous resources and manpower devoted to this project, we certainly ought not be surprised by their successes.
And never mind what they might consider a “success.”
Posted on | December 19, 2013 | 5 Comments
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