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Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics


  1. Shaun Appleby

    That the revolution is because of al Qaeda putting hallucinogenic drugs in the peoples’ coffee can’t be doing much for jihadist recruitment.  Just sayin’.

  2. Shaun Appleby

    Cool! Gulfstream V tail nr N223GA US Dept of Justice FBI HQ just overhead Malta is about to land at Lacarna Cyprus ETA 02:38

  3. spacemanspiff

    I’m changing my handle.

    I need all of you (allllll of you, this is important) to participate.

    Please reply to me, the sexy and mysterious spacemanspiff, for one last time.

    a) spacey

    b) spiffy

    Spaceman Spiff

  4. spacemanspiff

    What could of been…

    (bold mine)

    kysentoo says:

    August 6, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I think that Indie/John said that BlueNation and BlueAmerica were taken.

    I liked your ideas Blue Notes and, especially, Blue Horizon.

    Riffing on that – Blue Rising.

    Other ‘Blue’ ideas:

    Blue Progress?

    Bleed Blue?

    Blue Revolution?

    Azure Nation?

    (actually, I kinda like that one)

    Blue Uprising?

    Blue Thoughts?

    (sounds like a depression board)

    Blue Spot.

    Blue Zoo

    Blue Blog

    Seeking Blue

    Blue Promise

    Blue News

    Non-Blue ideas

    Changing Nation

    Forward Progress

    Democratic Daily

    Daily Progressive

  5. Shaun Appleby

    US registered Southern Air 747-230B N760SA cargo flight apparently inbound to Malta after overflying Libya.  Interesting:

    …we have delivered military equipment, national aid and even crucial life-saving flights to every corner of the globe. In addition to supporting the U.S. military with our experienced service, we have honorably served many other government agencies and NGOs worldwide. As part of the IOSA registry, quality is our top mission.

    We are a proud provider of cargo airlift to the United States Military. Our commitment to flexible, reliable service is unmatched through our integrated operations platform, ensuring quick response time and the ability to meet ever-changing requirements. Fluidity is integral to the air cargo industry. It is as natural to us as flying.

    A rich history of government partnership Southern Air

    On final approach now to Malta.

  6. HappyinVT

    A ferry carrying fleeing Americans finally departed from Tripoli, Libya at 1:37 p.m. local (6:37 a.m. EST), en route to Malta with an estimated transit time of eight hours, subject to weather conditions, according to the U.S. State Department.

    Aboard the M/V Maria Delores “are more than 300 passengers, of whom more than half are U.S. citizens,” the State Department announced, saying, “Additional passengers were added prior to departure.”

    Moreover, to help Americans still stranded in Libya, the State Department is arranging a chartered aircraft to fly Friday from Tripoli to Istanbul, Turkey, that would depart from the Mitiga Air Field near downtown Tripoli.

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  7. Ban Ki Moon calls for the Security Council to get off their ass.

    Libyan ambassador makes impassioned plea to the Council, finishes in tears.

    Giving press conference now, holding nothing back.

    Now is the time.

  8. Shaun Appleby

    Libyan Navy allegedly want to defect but concerned about being attacked by the air force and has requested NATO protection but can’t get a frequency.  Seems odd considering there’s an USAF AWACS and SIGINT aircraft over the Mediterranean.

    Tripoli reports heavy casualties in outlying areas and reports a protester was shot and kidnapped in Green Square.  NATO failed to even discuss the no-fly option but the US says unilateral sanctions will be applied imminently and has allegedly threatened Qaddafi loyalists that war crimes information is being collected which would explain the SIGINT flight and the FBI/DOJ presence in the region.

    MSF claims medical relief is blocked at the Tunisian border and in Tripoli and protesters claim, with footage, that the wounded are being treated in mosques in the Tripoli area as hospitals are in the hands of loyalists who have prevented treatment, sometimes with violence.

    Fair bit of military aviation activity in the area including Greek and Turkish military evacuation flights some of which have turned back.  They may be getting NATO SIGINT feeds or merely responding to traffic problems over Libya amid reports that Tripoli is the only destination.  Some reports that relief medical flights are headed to Benghazi but no confirmation that the airport is in service.  Stay tuned.

  9. Shaun Appleby

    This source is as suss as they come but still…

    US, British and French military advisers have arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya’s eastern breakaway province, Debkafile’s military sources report exclusively. This is the first time America and Europe have intervened militarily in any of the popular upheavals rolling through the Middle East since Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution in early January.  The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk Thursday Feb. 24, for a threefold mission:

    1. To help the revolutionary committees controlling eastern Libyan establish government frameworks for supplying two million inhabitants with basic services and commodities;

    2. To organize them into paramilitary units, teach them how to use the weapons they captured from Libyan army facilities, help them restore law and order on the streets and train them to fight Muammar Qaddafi’s combat units coming to retake Cyrenaica.

    3. The prepare infrastructure for the intake of additional foreign troops. Egyptian units are among those under consideration.

    US military advisers in Cyrenaica. Qaddafi’s loses his air force DEBKAfile 25 Feb 11

    Strong disclaimer: This site is traditionally the Mossad unofficial ‘Friday dump’ first stop for rumourmongering and even at that they get a bit out-of-school sometimes but perhaps worth a look.  Every once in a blue moon it gets something right.

    With all the SIGINT and black operations aviation assets we’ve seen loitering around the Mediterranean lately anything is possible.

  10. HappyinVT

    WEST POINT, N.Y. – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying out a change of government in that fashion again were slim.

    In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it,” Mr. Gates told an assembly of Army cadets here


    He went on to suggest the Army would have to justify it’s size and budget because most conflicts would employ air and sea forces.

  11. HappyinVT

    the good and bad out of SC…

    Republicans still like her, but now they openly question whether she could or should be nominated for president, let alone elected.

    At a recent gathering in South Carolina, the site of a crucial early presidential primary next year, party activists said the former Alaska governor didn’t have the experience, the knowledge of issues or the ability to get beyond folksy slang and bumper-sticker generalities that they think is needed to win and govern.

    Many are shopping for someone else. They’re looking at Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., for example, and seeing what they call a smarter, more experienced candidate who’s equally as conservative.

    “Sarah Palin with a brain,” said Gail Moore, a Republican from Columbia.

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  12. HappyinVT

    57-year-old Odd Birger Johansen for the last year has been the pilot of the private jet of Colonel Gaddafi. Until yesterday, he was in Tripoli, together with his wife and daughter that had chosen this unhappy moment to visit him for a holiday in Libya.

    Yesterday, he spoke to the private Norwegian broadcaster ‘TV2’, saying he wanted to evacuate Libya as soon as possible. “Right now, the way I feel it, is that things are burning around me … and I don’t want to … I am not a hero, I will go home,” Mr Johansen told the broadcaster.


    Today, the family managed to buy the last available tickets for a flight from Tripoli to Vienna, Austria. Arriving safely in Europe, the Johansen family again dared to contact Norwegian media.

    Gaddafi’s private pilot therefore has joined a growing stream of key foreign workers fleeing the country. Not only the dictator’s private jet is now grounded; most of the economy is at a stand-still as it has depended completely on foreigners.

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