On 9/29/14 The NY Times originally reported the White House intruder overpowered “a female Secret Service agent.“
As of 9/30/14, The word “female” has been removed from the sentence. Now it says the intruder overpowered “a Secret Service agent.“
No corrections are listed at the end of the article.
Original NY Times report:
9/29/14, “White House intruder got farther than first reported,“ NY Times, Michael D. Shear via Boston Globe
WASHINGTON- “A man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the president’s home than previously disclosed, overpowering a female Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the East Room before he was tackled, according to a congressional official familiar with the details of the incident.”…
Screen shot of original report for the record:
9/29/14, “White House Intruder Got Farther Than First Reported, Official Says,” NY Times, Michael D. Shear
“An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled, according to a member of Congress familiar with the details of the incident.”…
8/22/14, “Global Warming Pause ‘Due to Atlantic Ocean Carrying Heat Deep Down’,“ IBT.com, by Jayalakshmi K
“The Atlantic ocean could be contributing to the ‘pause’ in global warming by drawing down heat by nearly a mile, according to a new study.
The research from the University of Washington shows that heat from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic, affecting the balance between incoming heat and heat radiated back into the atmosphere. The study is published in Science.
Recent measurements of ocean temperature made by thousands of buoys and observations of Earth’s radiative energy by satellite instruments have shown that the Earth is warming up. In fact, Earth’s heating rate increased between the 1985-1999 and 2000-2012 periods.
But this increased heating has not directly corresponded with surface warming - and apparently, the answer could be found deep in the Atlantic.
The temperature at the Earth’s surface depends upon where the heat is deposited in the oceans. If the upper levels warm, so too will the atmosphere above it. However, if ocean circulations cause more heat to be drawn down to deeper depths, then surface temperatures will cool.
Ka-Kit Tung, a University of Washington professor of applied mathematics and co-author Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China, observed deep-sea temperatures from Argo floats that sample the water down to 6,500ft (2,000m).
The authors say that fluctuations in surface temperature are part of a cycle involving ocean circulation responses to changes in how dense the upper Atlantic Ocean layers are - ie, how saline they are.
The cycle starts when saltier, denser water at the surface northern part of the Atlantic, near Iceland, causes the water to sink, taking heat down with it. This changes the speed of the current in the Atlantic Ocean that circulates heat throughout the planet.
Recent observations at the surface in the North Atlantic show record-high saltiness, Tung said, while at the same time, deeper water in the North Atlantic shows increasing amounts of heat.
The cycle switches naturally between warm and cool because of tropical water being carried to the North Atlantic, warming the surface and deep water and causing ice to melt. In turn, this makes the surface water there less dense and after a few decades will set off the cooling phase.
After 30 years of warming, the researchers say we are now in the ‘cool’ phase.
The pause in global warming has been attributed to many environmental factors, with another recent study from ETH Zurich citing climate fluctuations like El Nino and solar irradiance. The team also said that global warming would continue once these natural fluctuations settle down.
“”Oceans which constitute more than three-quarters of the earth’s surface play a key role in regulating the climate.(Reuters)” Caption
Comment: Author says recent observations “in the North Atlantic show record-high saltiness.” Where in the North Atlantic? How long have records from these locations been kept? Who has taken the measurements? Where have the measurements been stored?
“On Thursday alone, up to 100,000 Iraqi Christians fled their homes.”
8/10/14, “Iraq crisis: ‘It is death valley. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead’,“ UK Telegraph, By Jonathan Krohn, aboard an Iraqi Army helicopter on Mount Sinjar
“On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight”
“Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.
Other refugees have made their way through Islamic State lines, evading the jihadists to reach safety, or travelling through Kurdish-controlled sections of Syria to reach the town of Dohuk. So far the Yazidi refugees left behind have survived by hiding in old cave dwellings, drinking from natural springs and hunting small animals, but with families scattered across Mount Sinjar, a barren range stretching for around 35 miles near the border with Syria, there are fears aid will not reach them all unless the humanitarian relief operation is significantly stepped up.
Hundreds can now be seen making their way slowly across its expanse, carrying what few possessions they managed to flee with on their backs. Exhausted children lie listlessly in the arms of their parents, older ones trudging disconsolately alongside while the sun beats down overhead.
The small amount of relief the peshmerga militia can bring up into the mountain is not simply enough.
One pershmerga fighter, Faisal Elas Hasso, 40, said: “To be honest, there’s not enough for everyone,” he said. “It’s five people to one bottle.”
The refugees who made it out described desperate scenes as they awaited help from the outside world.
“There were about 200 of us, and about 20 of that number have died,” said Saydo Haji, 28. “We can live for two days, not more.”
Emad Edo, 27, who was rescued in an airlift on Friday at the mountain’s highest point explains how he had to leave his niece, who barely had enough strength to keep her eyes open, to her fate. “She was about to die, so we left her there and she died,” he said.
Others shared similar stories. “Even the caves smell very bad,” Mr Edo added. According to several of the airlifted refugees, the Geliaji cave alone has become home to 50 dead bodies.
Saydo Kuti Naner, 35, who was one of 13 Yazidis who snuck through Islamic State lines on Thursday morning, said he travelled through Kurdish-controlled Syria to get to Kurdistan.
He left behind his mother and father, too old to make the rough trip, as well as 200 sheep. “We got lucky,” he said. “A girl was running [with us] and she got shot.” He added that this gave enough cover for the rest of them to get away.
Mikey Hassan said he, his two brothers and their families fled up into Mount Sinjar and then managed to escape to the Kurdish city of Dohuk after two days, by shooting their way past the jihadists. Mr Hassan said he and his family went for 17 hours with no food before getting their hands on some bread.
The Yazidis, an ethnically Kurdish community that has kept its religion alive for centuries in the face of persecution, are at particular threat from the Islamists, who regard them as ‘devil worshippers’, and drove them from their homes as the peshmerga fighters withdrew.
There have been repeated stories that the jihadists have seized hundreds of Yazidi women and are holding them in Mosul, either in schools or the prison. These cannot be confirmed, though they are widely believed and several Yazidi refugees said they had been unable to contact Yazidi women relatives who were living behind Islamic State lines.
Kamil Amin, of the Iraqi human rights ministry, said: “We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them.”
Tens of thousands of Christians have also been forced to flee in the face of the advancing IS fighters, many cramming the roads east and north to Erbil and Dohuk. On Thursday alone, up to 100,000 Iraqi Christians fled their homes in the Plain of Ninevah around Mosul.
Refugees said the American air strikes on IS positions outside Erbil were too little, too late. They said they felt abandoned by everyone – the central government in Baghdad, the Americans and British, who invaded in 2003, and now the Kurds, who had promised to protect them.
“When the Americans withdrew from Iraq they didn’t protect the Christians,” said Jenan Yousef, an Assyrian Catholic who fled Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town, in the early hours of Thursday. “The Christians became the scapegoats. Everyone has been killing us.”
The situation in Sinjar has irreparably damaged the notion of home for the Yazidis. For a large portion of them, the unique culture of the area will never return, and they will therefore have nothing to go back for.
“We can’t go back to Sinjar mountain because Sinjar is surrounded by Arabs,” said Aydo Khudida Qasim, 34, who said that Sunni Arab villagers around Sinjar helped Islamic State take the area. Now he as well as many of his friends and relatives want to get out of Iraq altogether. “We want to be refugees in other countries, not our own,” he said.”
Image above: “Photo: RUDAW,” from UK Telegraphtowards an aid helicopter
Image above: Sat., 8/9/14, “(IS) are rescued by Kurdish forces,” getty
8/9/14, “Kurdish pleas for weapons may finally be heard,“ AP, Ken Dilanian
U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some to the Kurds. Their peaceful, semiautonomous northern region had been the lone success story to come out of the 2003 U.S. invasion.
The U.S. has resisted arming the Kurds because Washington’s aim is to keep Iraq united. A strong Kurdish army could hasten independence for the Kurds.
Now, the Islamic State group, which some American officials have branded “a terrorist army,” has overpowered lightly armed Kurdish units, threatening the Kurdish region and the American personnel stationed there.
President Barack Obama said Saturday that the U.S. had increased military aid to the Kurds, though he did not elaborate. White House officials said Friday that Baghdad had sent the Kurds some weapons, a first after years of ill relations between the Kurds and the central government.
“The United States and the Iraqi government have stepped up our military assistance to Kurdish forces as they wage their fight,” Obama said.
Among the 300 military advisers the Pentagon sent to Iraq in June, dozens are operating out of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region, which is now within 25 miles of fighters from the Islamic State.
In a bitter irony, the extremists used American armored vehicles and weapons they had seized from the Iraqi military to defeat Kurdish fighters who were blocked from acquiing just such equipment, U.S. and Kurdish officials said.
The U.S. sought to halt the extremists’ advance toward Irbil with airstrikes, but Kurdish officials also say Washington has promised to begin sending them arms. Pentagon officials say their policy hasn’t changed — they will only sell arms to Baghdad.
That raises the question of whether the CIA has begun providing weapons in secret to the Kurds, something U.S. officials will not confirm nor deny. The CIA declined to comment on whether it was sending arms.
But whether or not a covert program is underway, a growing number of voices are calling for the U.S. to begin openly and speedily arming the Kurds.
“If Baghdad isn’t supplying the Kurds with the weapons that they need, we should provide them directly to the Kurds,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
“The only way to confront this threat is to arm Iraqi security forces and Kurdish forces, and yet we’re doing nothing to support either one of those,” said retired Gen. Michael Barbero, who used to run the mission training the Iraqi military. “It just doesn’t make sense to me. It’s an existential threat, so why we are not in there at least equipping and arming them?“
Karwan Zebari, spokesman for the Iraqi Kurdistan region in Washington, said in an interview that U.S. officials have assured him that guns and ammunition would be forthcoming.
“Last night, they said, ‘We will be moving expediently with providing you some military assets,'” he said Friday.
The U.S. has not wanted to stoke the Kurds’ desire for, and Baghdad’s fear of, an independent Kurdish state. Officials tried to steer some of the military aid it has given the Iraqi government to the Kurds, but Maliki didn’t cooperate.
Under the Pentagon’s foreign military sales program, some $200 million worth of American weapons that was supposed to be earmarked for the Kurds by the Maliki government
was never delivered to them, Barbero said.
“This policy of one Iraq, everything goes through Baghdad, ignores the reality on the ground,” Barbero said in an interview.
Zebari and Barbero said Kurdish forces have been outgunned by ISIL troops driving in armored American Humvees and firing American machine guns seized from the Iraqi army.
“It’s not that the peshmerga forces are scared or not willing to fight,” Zebari said, referring to the Kurdish militia. “They are coming at us with armored Humvees and we’re throwing these AK-47 bullets at them. It doesn’t do anything. At some point you run out of bullets.”
The Kurds have some tanks and armored vehicles, but not in Sinjar, a city far from the Kurdish seats of power in Irbil and Suliminiya. That city fell swiftly to an onslaught from Islamic State fighters, leading thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority to flee to a mountaintop, where the U.S. has airdropped supplies to stave off deaths from hunger and thirst.
Many of the peshmerga soldiers defending Sinjar had just six magazines of ammunition, said a former CIA official with close ties to the region who spoke on condition of anonymity because he got the information in confidence.
Image: “Kurdish demonstrators gather in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administration has rebuffed America’s closest allies in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)”
US Gen. Michael Barbero quoted in the AP article served in Iraq until 2011. In Nov. 2013 he was in Baghdad as a business consultant. 1/9/14, “Who lost Iraq? It’s Complicated.” Politico Magazine, Ned Parker
Two Chris McDaniel fact sheets at end of this post.
6/17/14, “Sarah Palin: GOP Establishment Fighting Chris McDaniel Rather Than Obama,” Breitbart, Tony Lee
“Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted the Republican establishment on Tuesday for spending more time trying to tear down Mississippi conservative Senate candidate Chris McDaniel than combating President Barack Obama’s lawlessness at home and incompetence abroad.
Days before the Mississippi runoff, establishment Republicans have been trying to save incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) by painting McDaniel as “unelectable” in a general election in one of the most reliably conservative states in the nation.”…
[Ed. note: Not so, per Rasmussen Poll March 26-29, 2014, which finds either Mississippi Republican Senate primary candidate would easily beat Democrat Travis Childers. McDaniel led Childers 47-35, Cochran 48-31. Two polls since June 3 primary show McDaniel lead over Cochran increasing].
(continuing): “Palin said that if “the national GOP machine spent as much time fighting President Obama’s disastrous and dangerous agenda as they’ve spent fighting that great conservative candidate Chris McDaniel, well, maybe they’d have been successful at stopping Obama’s ‘fundamental transformation’ of our country.” She added that the “negative results from Obama fulfilling that one promise of his to transform America are just beginning to be felt at home and abroad.”
“Let’s cut through the GOP Establishment’s rhetoric and the predictable media bias in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race and look directly at the record,” she said. “Chris McDaniel is a proven conservative fighter with undeniably impressive, tangible and needed results. He’s gone above and beyond in his capacity as a citizen, attorney, and citizen legislator to stop the Obama agenda.”
“We need to send this fighter to Washington where he will continue his fight for all of us by shaking up the status quo and by effectually defending our Constitution,” Palin wrote.
Palin urged voters in Mississippi to “please send a message to the career politicians who sure seem satisfied with the trajectory our nation is on, because they sure don’t lift a finger to help elect the guys they KNOW will be the fighters for American exceptionalism in DC.”…
“They ignore their opportunity to stop the damaging leftist policies the people do not want,“ she said, adding, “and instead choose to put all these resources into trying to defeat a courageous, proven Republican who’s smart enough to stay independent of any political machine on any side of the aisle for the sake of We the People.”
As Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle reported, on the Friday before the primary, “Palin made a last-minute appearance with McDaniel in his home county–Jones County–and 2,000 people showed up at the event with less than 24-hours’ notice.” Crowds “even swarmed Palin when they saw her getting lunch at a local diner after the event with McDaniel’s campaign.” On election night, that county saved McDaniel “by giving him 85% of the vote combined with a massive turnout.”
Rasmussen Poll finds either Mississippi Republican Senate primary candidate would easily beat Democrat Travis Childers. In poll conducted March 26-29, 2014 McDaniel led Childers 47-35, and Cochran 48-31. Two polls since June 3 primary show McDaniel increasing his lead over Cochran.
3/31/14, “Mississippi Senate: Cochran (R) 48%, Childers (D) 31%,“ Rasmussen Reports
“Both Republican contenders have a solid lead over former Democratic Congressman Travis Childers in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi.
A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Mississippi voters finds longtime Senator Thad Cochran leading Childers by 17 points – 48% to 31%. Nine percent (9%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) [Chris McDaniel leading Childers 47-35]
The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Mississippi was conducted on March 26-29, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.”
Added: Rasmussen found Chris McDaniel leading Childers 47-35 in late March. You need to be a Rasmussen subscriber to get the McDaniel number, which I am. Another blog (below) substantiates the McDaniel 47-35 number I posted. The free report states “both Republicans” have “solid lead” over Childers. The specific Cochran number was in the free report whereas the specific McDaniel number required subscription. Via 3/31/14 post of MississippiConservative.com, below.
3/31/14, “Thad Cochran Fails to get 50 percent in Rasmussen Poll against Travis Childers,” mississippiconservative.com
“In a new Rasmussen Poll out today, Senator Thad Cochran failed to get at least 50 percent against Democrat Travis Chiders. Despite a career spanning 42 years in Congress, and huge name recognition, Senator Cochran garnered only 48 percent against a man who lost his congressional seat as an incumbent in his own district by 17 points!
Despite the lies of Cochran’s supporters that Senator Chris McDaniel would most assuredly lose to Childers, Rasmussen states that both Republican candidates have a “solid lead” over the former Democratic Congressman. Senator McDaniel is up on Childers by 12 points, 47 to 35. Those numbers are remarkable for a state senator from Jones County against a former US Congressman.
And although Cochran’s people will likely point to the fact that McDaniel also failed to reach the 50 percent threshold, we again must point out that he is a state senator, not a longtime incumbent who has been in Washington since 1973 and has poured millions into the race. These numbers can’t make the Cochran team happy.”
McDaniel leads in both Republican and Democrat leaning post-primary polls per Politico. Strategic National Poll conducted June 5, two days after the Miss. primary shows McDaniel leading by 6 pts. Chism Strategies poll conducted 6/5 also shows McDaniel ahead:
6/9/14, “New poll gives McDaniel 6-point lead in runoff,” Politico Morning Score, by Emily Schultheis and Jose Delreal
“SCORE EXCLUSIVE — MCDANIEL LEADS IN NEW POST-PRIMARY POLL:
The conventional wisdom says Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel has the advantage in the upcoming June 24 Senate runoff — and a new robopoll of likely GOP runoff voters from the group Strategic National feeds that CW by finding the GOP challenger with a 6-point lead. McDaniel takes 52 percent in the poll, with GOP incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran at 46 percent. (McDaniel led the primary with 49.5 percent of the vote, compared with 49.0 percent for Cochran.) Asked if Cochran should continue to contest the runoff or step down and let McDaniel win, 40 percent of voters thought Cochran should step aside. Despite McDaniel’s lead, those surveyed have a slightly more positive view of Cochran than they do of McDaniel: Cochran is at 58 percent favorable and 26 percent unfavorable; McDaniel is at 53 percent favorable, 32 percent unfavorable. The poll was conducted on June 5, two days after the primary; it was not conducted for any candidate or group involved in the race, though Strategic National is closer to the tea-party wing of the GOP.”….
Talking Points Memo, McDaniel leads in both Republican and Democrat leaning polls:
6/9/14, “Polls: McDaniel Leads Cochran In Runoff,“ TPM, Daniel Strauss
“A pair of new polls shows state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) leading Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff of the Republican primary for United States Senate.
The poll was conducted on June 5 (two days after the primary) among 442 respondents. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.66 percentage points.
Meanwhile another poll by the Democratic-leaning Chism Strategies found McDaniel leading Cochran 50.6 percent to 47.6 percent among those surveyed. An earlier Chism poll also found McDaniel just barely leading Cochran. The new Chism poll was conducted among 832 voters who participated in the 2008, 2010, and 2012 GOP primaries. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3. 3 percentage points. The runoff is on June 24.”
6/9/14,“Sean Hannity Endorses Chris McDaniel,“ Breitbart, Matthew Boyle
“McDaniel, who is leading in two new polls, is generally considered the frontrunner because he won the first round of balloting, brings a youthful vigor to the race that Cochran at 76 lacks, and generally enjoys more enthusiastic support.
The first poll, a Chism Strategies poll, found McDaniel leads Cochran 50.6 percent to 47.6 percent, just inside the poll’s 3.3 percent margin of error. The second poll from the Strategic Journal, according to Politico’s Morning Score, shows McDaniel with a six-point lead, 52 percent to Cochran’s 46 percent….
Fox News host and national conservative radio personality Sean Hannity endorsed state Sen. Chris McDaniel over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) Monday, saying the race is “too important” and McDaniel is “too good” a candidate not to.
Noting, “I mostly stay out of primaries,” Hannity explained his support was rooted in distaste for Washington deal making as he indirectly compared McDaniel to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
“It’s very, very frustrating to me,” he said. “It just is. Do we want to change the country for the better? If we want to do that, we need bold, outspoken, dynamic, inspiring leadership—people that are willing to take a stand. Ted Cruz is willing to take a stand. Ted Cruz is fighting the administration.
Ted Cruz goes out there and does what every Republican said they’d do on healthcare and he gets trashed by his fellow senators for doing what they themselves promised to do. I don’t understand it. I really don’t.”
“I kind of feel awkward telling people in Mississippi who to vote for, but I’ve been asked, and I’m giving you the answer: People ask me who I would vote for, and I would vote for Sen. Chris McDaniel,” Hannity said. “That’s my answer.””…