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  1. Flashermac

    Usa Thread

    Yakama Nation Chairman denied entry to Supreme Court for wearing headdress ... Chairman Goudy released a statement, “The Yakama Nation treaty case is on trial at the Supreme Court today. I cannot wear my traditional regalia before the Supreme Court for the reasons that were stated, but I refuse to take off my traditional regalia.” ... https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/yakama-nation-chairman-denied-entry-to-supreme-court-for-wearing-headdress-QK6kcAfpCU-Qra2PLb9MPg/ From a Native American website. Immigrants have more rights than the original inhabitants of our country.
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    Usa Thread

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    Usa Thread

    p.s. And that is from 2009! Long live Queen Nancy!
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    Usa Thread

    Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Repeated Requests for Military Travel Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s multiple requests for military air travel. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), include internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. The following are a few highlights from the documents, which are linked in full below: In response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.” One DOD official complained about the “hidden costs” associated with the speaker’s last minute changes and cancellations. “We have…folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc.” The documents include a discussion of House Ethics rules and Defense Department policies as they apply to the speaker’s requests for staff, spouses and extended family to accompany her on military aircraft. In May 2008, for example, Pelosi requested that her husband join her on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) into Iraq. The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining CODEL’s into combat zones. Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi’s office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled “Operation Tribute” was an “exception to standard policy.” The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. “It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable…The speaker will want to know where the planes are…” wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset peaker.” During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.” Speaker Pelosi came under fire in 2007 for requesting a 42-seat Air Force carrier to ferry the Speaker and her staff back and forth between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was allowed access to a 12-seat commuter jet for security reasons after the events of 9/11. “Taken together, these documents show that Speaker Pelosi treats the Air Force like her personal airline,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel, but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands.” https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-uncovers-documents-detailing-pelosis-repeated-requests-military-travel/
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    Global RIP thread

    Aw, I liked him. I had no idea he was that old, but I suppose he'd have to be. That show was quite a few decades ago.
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    Days Till Siam/nep/pattaya

    I lived just north of Pattaya for over a year. I never once set foot in any of the bars. I like Pattaya as a town, but the bars I can do without.
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    Usa Thread

    The term for the Thai students who overstay is Robin Hood . Allegedly, if you manage to get away with it for so many year, you'll be allowed to stay, but I wouldn't count on that.
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    Days Till Siam/nep/pattaya

    It's the high tourist season right now, the supposedly "cool" season ... though you wouldn't notice it (except in the evenings).
  9. A LONE SAS man was hailed a hero of the Kenya terror siege — after storming in to wipe out attackers and save civilians. He was in the country training Special Forces when news broke of the gun and grenade atrocity that killed at least 21 — including Brit Luke Potter. At least one other Brit was injured in the rampage. After getting kitted out, dramatic photos show the hero charging into a building single-handed — Colt Canada C8 assault rifle at the ready — to free cowering locals. In another, the balaclava-clad elite soldier, whose face we have masked, helps to carry an injured victim. He was also seen clasping a woman’s hand as he led her to safety. The man — a long-serving SAS member — checked plans with local special forces, directed sorties in the heat of battle and frisked suspects. An insider said last night: “He was training Kenyan forces when the shout went up, so he went in. “British Special Forces always run towards the sound of gunfire. “He fired off rounds during the operation. It’s a safe bet he hit his target — the SAS don’t miss. There’s no doubt his actions saved lives.” His battlegear included body armour, a Glock pistol and dagger. The hero is thought to have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and to be a top counter-terror warfare expert. Yesterday, survivors hailed his heroics in the 19-hour attack on Nairobi’s DusitD2 hotel and office complex. Lucy Njeri said: “He carried out one of the wounded, then went back and did that again. “There was a lot of confusion, a lot of people running around, but he stood out. He was very brave.” Joshua Kwambai — who fled a restaurant there when the attack began — added: “This guy got there quick. I think he was one of first there. He had a mask on. “We could see him talking to the police and army and they listened to him. They were looking at pieces of paper, maybe plans of the building.” https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8207170/nairobi-hotel-attack-kenya-sas-terrorists/
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    Air Pollution BKK to Pattaya - Where to Next

    Koh Chang should be fine. Don't know about nightlife though. Might have to bring a companion.
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    Thailand pollution 2019

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    Thailand pollution 2019

    Yesterday I saw some Thais in my area wearing face mask. First time I've ever seen that in my part of the city. The pollution must be spreading out here too. Toxic smog settles in for long haul http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362313
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