German Employees At US Bases To Get 2.4% Pay Hike, US Military To Get 1% Pay Hike

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Military retirees to get 1.7% hike in retired pay. As a US Army retiree I would trade my 1.7% for the 1% that our troops are receiving.

Via Stars and Stripes

Thousands of local nationals working for the U.S. government and other foreign forces in Germany will see their wages increased by 2.4 percent, retroactive to Sept. 1, ver.di, the union representing the workers, announced Wednesday.

The agreement on the new 12-month contract came early on the second day of salary negotiations Wednesday in Bonn between the union and representatives from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance and the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.

Those discussions were preceded by widespread protests by union members throughout Germany, including one Monday in Landstuhl, where hundreds of local civilians working for the U.S. and other foreign militaries in the Rhineland Palatinate didn’t show up for work to protest stagnant wages.[...]

“We consider this as a good result,” said Jürgen Dehnert, spokesman for the Rhineland Palatinate region of ver.di, on Wednesday.

Dehnert said he did not know what the average wage increase would be.

Achim Meerkamp, a board member of ver.di, said the agreement struck was acceptable, “especially when you consider the fiscal situation of the foreign forces and their plans to save money,” he was quoted in a union press release.

The pay raise also will apply to local nationals slated to lose their jobs because of pending U.S. military post closures.

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Breaking: Man Attacks Group Of Police Officers In NYC With An Ax…Update: Muslim Who May Have Been ISIS Supporter…Update: Video Of Attacker


Via NBC:

An NYPD rookie is in critical condition and another police officer is in stable condition after being attacked by a man wielding a hatchet on a Queens street Thursday, police said.

Two other officers fired on the man, stopping the attack. The assailant was pronounced dead at the scene. A 29-year-old female bystander was also struck by a bullet and underwent surgery at Jamaica Hospital, where she’s recovering, officials said.

The officers, all recent graduates of the Police Academy assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, were asked to pose for a picture by a freelance photographer at the intersection of 162nd Street and Jamaica Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. when the man attacked them from behind, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

The suspect “charged at the officers with a hatchet in his hand,” Bratton said. “Unprovoked and not speaking a word, the male then swung at one of the officers with a hatchet, striking his right arm. After striking that officer, the suspect continuing swinging the hatchet, striking a second officer in the head.”

It wasn’t clear what provoked the attack, Bratton said. The metal hatchet was about 18 inches long.

Authorities were working to confirm the identity of the assailant, Bratton said.

The 25-year-old officer who was struck in the head, Taylor Kraft, was undergoing surgery and his family, several of whom are NYPD members, was keeping vigil at Jamaica Hospital, Bratton said. The 24-year-old officer who was struck in the arm, Joseph Meeker, was expected to be released from the hospital later Thursday.

Following the attacks on uniformed soldiers in Canada on Wednesday, the NYPD issued a warning for officers to be in a heightened state of awareness.


One thinks that this is not coincidental with timing of the Canada attacks. Here’s his Facebook page:


Via Vocativ:

The hatchet-wielding man who attacked four NYPD officers earlier today and was then shot dead by police may have had ties to ISIS, sources told Vocativ.

Law-enforcement sources we spoke with identified Zale Thompson as the armed man who charged at a group of NYPD uniformed police assembled on a street corner in Jamaica, Queens, at around 2 p.m. today. The 32-year-old Muslim, who lived in Queens, struck one of the officers in the back of the head with his hatchet and gashed another on the arm, the police said.

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Pics of the attacker, dead in the background. One of the injured officers is in the foreground. He is in critical condition. Another officer was slashed in the arm, and a woman passerby was hit by an errant bullet in the gunfire and seriously wounded.

Video of start of attack:

HT: Annie

BREAKING: Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patients Rushed To Hospital In NYC With Ebola Symptoms – UPDATE: Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola…Update: Doc Rode On Subway Yesterday…


This doesn’t sound good. Several of the Doctors Without Borders folks have already died from Ebola.

Via NY Post:

The Big Apple may have its first case of Ebola.

A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to New York City 10 days ago was rushed in an ambulance with police escorts from his Harlem home to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, sources said.

Craig Spencer was suffering from Ebola-like symptoms — a 103-degree fever and nausea, sources said.

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UPDATE: Not good.

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He did not self-quarantine. He flew on planes from Guinea to Brussels and then from Brussels back to NYC. He lived in Harlem with his fiancee who he presumably exposed, went bowling last night at a trendy hipster bowling joint (rental shoes, rental ball), taking an Uber ride to get there and back. He sent his clothes out to be dry-cleaned.


Hotdog, this is some quarantine. He went on a 3-mile run yesterday (where presumably he sweat), took the A (I took the A train yesterday), 1 and L trains, then went bowling, according to the Health Commissioner.

Canadian-Muslim Journalist: Because Of Harper’s “Pro-US Agenda” Canada Got What It Deserved…

Canadian journalist Nelofer Pazira wrote this offensive drivel for The Independent:

The safest country in the world is no longer a safe place and many Canadians will be asking today whether this is because the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper pushed Canada into joining the US-led war in the Middle East.

A multicultural society which prided itself on tolerance became divided when the Conservative government put a number of Muslims on a “watch list” in addition to announcing three weeks ago that it would send 600 special forces members along with fighter jets to support the US effort in their fight against Isis in Iraq. Two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car on Monday near Montreal – one of them died later. The attacker was shot dead and identified as a Muslim convert influenced by “radical Islamists”.

Canada has a large Muslim population – more than 2 per cent are Canadian citizens – but the word “radicalised” only came into use recently when the Harper government revealed it believed that about 30 young Canadians had gone to support Isis. […]

But now he is sending them back to the Middle East. Canadians have been against joining wars on the basis that, historically, their country only sent peacekeepers abroad. However, Harper’s pro-American policies appear to have turned Canada – and indeed the seat of political power in the capital Ottawa – into a target. Now Canadians will not only be worried about travelling to Europe, America or the Middle East – but wondering if they’re even safe inside their own homes.

So what happens next? Will Canada’s Muslim community – which has existed for more than 100 years – now have to “re-prove” it is loyal to a country which is fighting in the Muslim world? There have been plenty of “plots” uncovered in the past – in one of which Muslim extremists were apparently threatening to kill MPs. Since 9/11, many Muslims in the country have offered to work in government security in order to prevent incidents like those this week. How long this co-operation will continue now that Canada is in action in Iraq is another question.

Feds Fund Study Teaching Mountain Lions How To Ride A Treadmill…

Your tax dollars, hard at work.

Via CNS News:

Every year, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and his staff compile an exhaustive volume of wasteful government spending from that year. The 2014 tome is chock full of government waste ranging from the redundant to the downright absurd.

Here is a list of my personal worst of the worst in federal waste:

Teaching Mountain Lions to Ride a Treadmill: $856,000

The National Science Foundation shelled out nearly a million taxpayer dollars to determine if captive mountain lions could be trained to ride a treadmill. The University of California-Santa Cruz researcher even boasted about receiving the grant saying, “People just didn’t believe you could get a mountain lion on a treadmill, and it took me three years to find a facility that was willing to try.” If anyone was wondering, it took the lions all of eight months to learn.

Studying how many times “hangry” people stab a voodoo doll: $331,000

After teaching mountain lions about treadmills, the National Science Foundation also funded a study to come up with the self evident conclusion that hungry people tend to be more angry and aggressive. They tested this theory by allowing spouses to poke pins into voodoo dolls as their “hanger” grew.

“Over the course of twenty-one consecutive evenings, 107 couples were given a chance to stick up to 51 pins into a voodoo doll representing their spouse. The pin-pushing happened in secret, away from the other partner. Participants then recorded the number of pins they poked into the dolls. Those tests revealed what may already be obvious to many couples: a spouse with low blood sugar was an angrier one, and stuck more pins in the doll.”

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His Dogs Are Still Waiting For Soldier Killed By Terrorist To Come Home


Cirillo was a single dad to a six year old son who had just started school.

Via Daily Mail:

Their noses peeking out from under the fence, Nathan Cirillo’s dogs wait patiently for their dad – unaware that he will never be coming home.

A day after the 24-year-old Canadian reservist and single dad was gunned down in Ottawa on Wednesday, his forlorn dogs could be seen peering out from his family’s home in Hamilton, Ontario.

Cirillo was devoted to his animals, posting image after image of him grinning beside them to his Instagram feed. Friends also recounted the story of him recently finding an abandoned, emaciated puppy that he nursed back to heath and then re-homed.

‘Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,’ Cirillo wrote just four weeks ago of the pup.

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This last picture was taken seconds before he was shot in the back by Islamist terrorist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Video: Debate Audience Bursts Out Laughing When Democrat Uses “War On Women” Line To Attack GOP Opponent…

The look on her face after they start laughing says it all.

Dem Rep. Jared Polis Is Fired Up For The Colorado “Erection”…

Obama and Reggie Love nod in approval.

(WFB) – Congressman Jared Polis (D., Colo.) flubbed the word “election” during a stump speech for embattled Sen. Mark Udall (D., Colo.) on Thursday.

“More than just electing Mark Udall–a fine man that I’ve known for much of my life–to the United States Senate,” Polis said. “More than that, control of the United States Senate is what’s at stake here in this Colorado erection–Colorado election.”

Dem Sen. Mark Begich: Obama Is “Not Relevant” Anymore…

Only a racist would say Obama is irrelevant.

Via Washington Examiner:

Sen. Mark Begich might be facing attacks from Republicans over his degree of support for President Obama’s policies, but he didn’t dodge Wednesday when asked whether he personally voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

“I did, but that’s irrelevant,” Begich, the Democratic incumbent from Alaska, told the Washington Examiner. “The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.”

Begich faces an existential threat from Republican Dan Sullivan in one of the pivotal Senate races this year, which could determine control of the Senate.

Malaysian Islamists Blame Tornadoes On Muslim Dog-Petting Event And Oktoberfest Beer Festival…


Wait, I thought global warming caused tornadoes? More on this story.

Via Malaysian Insider:

“What has caused tornadoes to be interested in coming to this country when all this while it has never been interested to do so,” the Selangor chapter of the group asked in a Facebook post.

“In the past, we only hear of it hitting the South China Sea and even if it does hit, it would be to Vietnam or the Philippines.

“Could it have something to do with the widespread vice, such as gambling centres, prostitution, beer and dog-petting festivals which have become an attraction?”

Last Sunday’s “I want to touch a dog” event, which attracted more than 1,000 Malaysians of all faiths, drew flak from numerous Muslim clerics who said it was an insult to Islam.

The annual Oktoberfest beer festival also ignited a storm of controversy among Muslims, particularly PAS and Umno leaders.

In its posting, Perkasa urged the public to reflect on the “truth” behind the disasters that had hit the country, adding that only Allah knew the truth.

Facebook users who commented on the post agreed that the tornadoes must be a reminder from God that He was unhappy with the recent developments in Malaysia.

“When vice is widespread, then Allah will unleash his wrath. When Islam is toyed by those who claim to be champions of the religion, then the disasters will be greater,” said Mohd Azizan Ismail.

Dem Sen. Pat Leahy Plays Race Card: Obama’s Opponents “Never Want To Have Another African-American President”…


Yeah, nothing to do with his ideology.

Via RCP:

TAVIS SMILEY: Those who are pushing for these tough ID laws, there are those who cherish their right to vote, in part because, including the Supreme Court, I might add. Whose argument seems to be that in the era of the first African-American president, these voter ID laws, these laws in the Voting Rights Act specifically, are no longer necessary. We afterall, have an African-American president. How then does one make the argument that we still have to have these laws that carve out special privileges and special protections of African-Americans when they’re done enough to elect a black president.

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vermont): Well I was and am a strong supporter of Barack Obama, he’s one of 44 presidents. 43 White, 1 African-American. We’ve got to do more about that. But I also know that it is not just the president, it is the legislatures, the governors, the members of Congress. Because there are those who never want to have another African-American president, and that would be another very, very bad thing for this country.

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Pathetic: MSNBC Accuses GOP Rep. Tom Cotton Of “Disseminating ISIS Propaganda”…

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It’s been alarming to see so many Republicans use ISIS propaganda in their campaign ads. But Rep. Tom Cotton (R), the frontrunner in Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race, appears to have taken the tactic to a whole new level.

In recent months, most of the Republicans incorporating ISIS propaganda into their commercials have relied on the ISIS video in which James Foley was murdered. Foley’s family has pleaded not to even watch the footage, but in a few cases, politicians on the right have ignored those wishes.

But Andrew Kaczynski has uncovered an even more outrageous example.

“An ad from Republican Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton about his military experience and national security issues uses footage from an ISIS propaganda video as B-roll.

Cotton’s ad, “Decisions,” which came out on Oct. 13, highlights the “tough decisions” Cotton would have to make as a senator about ISIS, the militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and cites Cotton’s work as an Army Ranger.

The ad about ISIS uses footage directly from the group – a 55-minute long ISIS video, “Flames of War,” which was professionally made and features graphic content that includes a mass execution of a group of men who fall into a ditch.”

The right-wing congressman claims in the ad that he’ll “make America safer” – and apparently he’ll do so by paying money to help disseminate footage from a terror video that ISIS is desperate to disseminate.

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How anyone could watch this and claim he’s helping ISIS is beyond me.

See Any Problem? Bellevue Hospital Demonstrates How To Receive Suspected Ebola Patients


Answer below the fold.

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Iranian President’s Senior Adviser Calls Obama The “Weakest U.S. President”…


Hey, that not true! . . . No, wait, yes it is.

Via Free Beacon:

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon. [...]

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

“Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.

Liberal Canadian MP Defends Islam After Terror Attack, Warns “Not To Speculate” Over Shooter’s Motives…

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Here she is defending the Religion of Peace™

Via Soopermexican

UN: Detroit Shutting Water Off For Black Residents Who Don’t Pay Their Bills Is Racist, Obama Must Investigate…


White people who don’t pay their bills, not so lucky.

Via HuffPo:

United Nations experts are calling for a federal investigation of the water shutoffs that have affected thousands of Detroiters, expressing concern over the number of low-income black residents who are living without running water.

Two UN special rapporteurs made an informal trip to Detroit this weekend to hear first-hand from people who have had their water turned off or are struggling to pay high water bills.

“We were deeply disturbed to observe the indignity people have faced and continue to live with in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and in a city that was a symbol of America’s prosperity,” read a joint statement Monday from Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and Leilani Farha, whose role addresses adequate housing and the right to non-discrimination in housing. [...]

“We were also distressed to learn from the low-income African American residents of the impossible choices they are being compelled to make — to either pay their rent or their medical bill, or to pay their water bill,” Farha and de Albuquerque said.

“We recommend that the Federal Government immediately undertake an investigation into the water shut-offs to determine if they are having a disproportionate impact on African Americans and other groups protected against discrimination,” the two experts said.

Video: DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz Can’t Name A Single Senate Race Where Obama Will Campaign…

DWS is the train wreck that just keeps on giving.

Her deer in the headlights look after being asked to name one of the competitive races she just touted Obama is campaigning in (50 second mark):

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Via Free Beacon

Michelle Obama Tells Students To “Bring That Cute Guy Or Girl You Met At The Party Last Weekend” To Vote…


Nice constituents you have there, Mooch.

Florida City Votes For Southern Half Of State To Secede To Save Themselves From Global Warming…


Governor Al Gore?

Via WaPo:

The South Miami City Commission voted 3 to 2 for Florida’s 23 southern counties to secede and form a new state named South Florida because of frustration over environmental issues and a lack of concern by state leaders.

The average elevation in southern Florida is lower than in the north, and global warming and rising sea levels threaten the region, the city said in a resolution  this month. However, getting Tallahassee to pay attention to the growing problem is difficult, the city said.

“South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” reads the resolution. “Presently, in order to address the concerns of South Florida, it is necessary to travel to Tallahassee in North Florida. Often South Florida issues do not receive the support of Tallahassee.”

The need to create a new state is a “necessity for the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida,” the commission said.

A copy of the resolution will be sent to the 23 counties and all municipalities in Miami-Dade County. To form a new state, a proposal must be approved by the state legislature and U.S. Congress. No state has been formed from a previously existing state since 1863 when West Virginia was created from Virginia.

Mooch Touts Dem Sen. Mark Udall As A “Fifth-Generation Coloradan” – One Problem, His GOP Opponent Is The Fifth-Generation Coloradan…

Udall was born and raised in Arizona, so she was just a tad off.