Tuesday News Break

WTF?! A missle launch off the coast of California and no one admits knowing where it came from? Who is running this country? Oh yeah, an inexperienced, clueless guy who split the scene right after his party’s disastrous showing in the midterm elections. Hey, we need some answers here.

The video was captured by KCBS in San Diego last night.

A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught on video Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter.

The spectacular contrail could easily be seen up in Los Angeles, but who launched this missile and why, remain a mystery for now….

A Navy spokesperson tells News 8, this wasn’t its missile. He said there was no Navy activity reported in that part of the region.

On Friday, November 5, Vandenberg Air Force Base launched a Delta II rocket, carrying the Thales Alenia Space-Italia COSMO SkyMed satellite, but a sergeant at the base tells News 8, there have been no launches since then.

Some speculation from conservative blog Hot Air here They link to Danger Room:

Someone semingly launched a mysterious missile 35 miles off of the California coast last night — just west of Los Angeles and north of Catalina Island. But anyone in the military knows who did it, or what the hell the thing was, they haven’t told me yet.

“We’ve checked and confirmed — this is not associated with any Navy operations,” says sea service spokesman Lt. Myers Vasquez. Who knows, the thing might only look like a missile – but turn out to be something else.

“Several different offices are looking into it,” says Anthony Roake, a spokesman for Air Force Space Command. “I’m reaching blanks with the folks I’ve talked to.” U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Global Strike Command, the and Missile Defense Agency sources are similarly stumped.

In an odd statement, U.S. Northern Command says it’s “unable to provide specific details… [but] can confirm that there is no threat to our nation, and from all indications this was not a launch by a foreign military.”

What the heck is going on here? Via an update to the Danger Room post, naval analyst Raymond Pritchett says the lack of information provided by the government is a security risk in itself.

When someone makes an unannounced launch what looks to be a ballistic missile 35 miles from the nations second largest city (at sea in international waters), and 18 hours later NORAD still doesn’t have any answers at all – that complete lack of information represents a credible threat to national security. If NORAD can’t answer the first and last question, then I believe it is time to question every single penny of ballistic missile defense funding in the defense budget. NORTHCOM needs to start talking about what they do know, rather than leaving the focus on what they don’t know.

If this missile was launched at sea, was it launched from a ship or sub? If it wasn’t our ship or sub, then whose ship or sub was it? Did anyone cross-reference the launch with public AIS logs from the port of Los Angeles yet? How many dozens of times have we had someone give Congressional testimony regarding the scenario where a non-state actor launches a short ranged ballistic missile from a ship off the coast?

I raise that last point to note, if the mystery missile didn’t come from our military, you have to start looking for alternatives… and most of those alternatives are a threat to national security.

Any ideas?

Here is a less surprising story from the Obama Times: No Charges in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes

A federal prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against any of the Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in destroying videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation of Al Qaeda detainees, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

After an investigation spanning nearly three years, John H. Durham, the special prosecutor assigned to the case by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, has decided not to charge the C.I.A. undercover officers and top lawyers at the agency for their roles in the destruction of the tapes.

Wonderful. Just more evidence (as if we needed it) that Obama is Bush III.

Jeff Kaye had a frightening post on Obama’s executive assassination program at FDL yesterday:

Today in federal court, government attorney Douglas Letter argued against a lawsuit brought by both the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) that the U.S. executive power had the right to kill an American citizen abroad, without review by the judiciary. In his argument to drop the suit, brought on behalf of the father of “radical” Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Aulaqi [Awlaki], Letter claimed, ““If we use lethal force we do so consistent with the law.”

Why didn’t we just make Dick Cheney dictator and get it over with? Please read the whole thing. I can’t begin to choose excerpts.

The Oil Spill Commission is finding a “culture of complacency” behind one of the the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

A stream of evidence shows that “a culture of complacency” rather than a “culture of safety” prevailed at BP, Transocean and Halliburton as they worked on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, according to one of the chairmen of the presidential commission investigating the April 20 gulf oil spill.

William K. Reilly, who was EPA administrator under President George H.W. Bush, said that the panel’s investigators had uncovered “a suite of bad decisions,” many still inexplicable, involving tests that were poorly run, alarming test results that were ignored, proper equipment sidelined, and safety barriers that were removed at the high-pressure well prematurely.

What news stories or blog posts are catching your attention this afternoon?


31 Comments on “Tuesday News Break”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Right wing site suggests the missle came from North Korea:

    http://www.therightperspective.org/2010/11/09/did-north-korea-launch-mystery-missile/

    • Dee says:

      Wouldn’t it be INCOMING instead of outgoing?

    • Woman Voter says:

      http://www.blogdelnarco.com/2010/11/capturan-hombres-con-armas-de-alto.html

      I posted this last night after they caught these three with military in Tijuana and LA isn’t that far off from Tijuana. Also, someone I work with said that in Univision they did a report about the Narcos going to the Middle East for ‘training’ as the Zetas are known to be connected to the military.

      So, one has to ask what are these three doing with military war weapons? Could these narco people have helped out to sneak in a missile launcher? Good grief I hope not!

      I bet Nancy Reagan never dreamed that the WAR on Drugs was ultimately going to involve rocket launchers and lord only knows what else.

      • Sima says:

        That’s dang scary. Narcos with a missile? Sheez.

        I wish the navy would just fess up to making an error. But if it didn’t, if it was some independent entity, I’d bet it was drug runners.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Well, it is just a coincidence, but on TCM tonight is the most fabulous of movies: Dr. Strangelove…So what we want to make sure off, is that there is no mineshaft gap….

    http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=73309

    • bostonboomer says:

      I love that movie!

      • Dario says:

        Most of the time I don’t care for remake of movies, but I think Dr. Strangelove would be a great movie to update. Peter Sellers was great in that movie, and I can’t imagine anyone who would do as good a job as he did.

        • bostonboomer says:

          It wouldn’t be the same without Stanley Kubrick either. I usually don’t like remakes. The remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers was pretty good. I still love the original though.

          Who would play the Peter Sellers parts if they remade Strangelove? Maybe they’d have to have different actors playing his roles.

          • Dario says:

            You are right about the director, Kubrick. As we saw with 2001 A Space Odyssey, Kurbrick understood the subconscious mind. Wachowsky (The Matrix) could do a good job.

          • Minkoff Minx says:

            And I did not even get to see it…had to take my daughter to ER with bad stomach flu. However, I would say that no one could remake Strangelove…and do it justice. For one, there is no other person that could do what Peter Sellers did. Two, Stanley Kubrick is the master. And three, I do not think in our current society, the generations that did not live through the height of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc., would be able to fully grasp or appreciate just how important that film is. (As a social commentary.)

  3. bostonboomer says:

    The “missile” may have been just an airplane contrail:

    http://www.informationdissemination.net/

    • Branjor says:

      It doesn’t look like an airplane contrail. It is too thick and is arching upwards.
      what do I know though? I’m no expert.

    • Branjor says:

      If it’s an airplane contrail, it’s a wonder we don’t see it looking like that more often and recognize it.
      I don’t know, I’m not sure I buy it. Maybe the cover up is beginning.

    • Branjor says:

      I mean, I used to live near La Guardia Airport and I never saw something that looked like that.

    • Branjor says:

      If airplane, what flight, where did it take off from and where is it going?
      Local air traffic controllers should know.

    • janicen says:

      That sure doesn’t look like any contrail I’ve ever seen.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The UFO in New Mexico in 1947 didn’t look like a weather balloon either. The government will come up with some cover story and the media will sell it for them.

  4. Branjor says:

    A couple of years ago, a National Guard F-16 fighter jet mistakenly strafed an elementary school in southern New Jersey. Luckily, it was the weekend and nobody was there but the janitor, who was unhurt. The military does make mistakes.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Obama had a gay nanny when he was a kid.

    His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.

    Wapo:

    Apparently, such a thing is not uncommon, as Indonesia has a relatively advanced drag culture, the Australian newspaper the Age reported in 2003. Transvestites, known in Indonesia as “waria,” are particularly prevalent in the tailoring and makeup artist professions, according to the paper.

    However, not everyone in Indonesia enjoys the drag queen volleyball games. The BBC reported that hardline Islamists broke up a transvestite beauty pageant in 2005.

    • Zaladonis says:

      One time, recalled the elder son, Slamet Januadi, now 52, Mr. Obama asked a group of boys whether they wanted to grow up to be president, a soldier or a businessman. A president would own nothing while a soldier would possess weapons and a businessmen would have money, the young Obama explained.

      Mr. Januadi and his younger brother, both of whom later joined the Indonesian military, said they wanted to become soldiers. Another boy, a future banker, said he would become a businessman.

      “Then Barry said he would become president and order the soldier to guard him and the businessman to use his money to build him something,” Mr. Januadi said. “We told him, ‘You cheated. You didn’t give us those details.’ ”

      • Seriously says:

        Lol Too funny.

        I think it’s weird how provincial he seems. Doesn’t it seem weird that he traveled as a kid, yet seems uncomfortable around all kinds of people outside of his bubble?

    • Teresa says:

      I can’t get past the fact that the poor little underpriviledged boy had a nanny……

  6. Drug cartels have gotten their hands on an ICBM and had it on one of their little submarines. All it took was a spark, a stray cigar coal… then WHOOOSH!