Thursday, August 25, 2016

Game On: Presidential Race Narrows as Donald Trump Closes in on Hillary Clinton in Wake of Campaign Shift






NEW YORK CITY, New York — In the wake of a series of campaign shuffles—and bold moves—by 2016 GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, the race for the White House has narrowed in a series of just-published recent polling.

What the media had declared an insurmountable lead for Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton in the dog days of summer has nearly vanished as Trump surges back into contention.
A new Economist/YouGov poll out on Wednesday has Trump back within three points of Clinton, which is essentially a tie because it’s inside the survey’s 4.1 percent margin of error. That poll, conducted with 1,300 general population respondents—from whom registered voters were culled—from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, found Trump at 44 percent and Clinton at 47 percent in a two-way race. In the four-way race adding Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Clinton’s four-point lead over Trump is still inside the margin of error. The four-way race found Clinton at 42 percent, Trump at 38 percent, Johnson at six percent, and Stein at four percent.
It comes as a Monmouth poll of 401 likely voters in North Carolina also has Trump at 42 percent, easily within the margin of error, just two points behind Clinton’s 44 percent. Johnson gets seven percent in the poll, while one percent name another candidate and six percent are undecided. The poll, which was conducted Aug. 20 to Aug. 23, has a margin of error of 4.9 percent. In a press release, Monmouth described Clinton’s lead over Trump in this poll as “negligible.”
A new poll in Florida, conducted by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) from Aug. 19 to Aug. 22, has Trump in the lead 43 to 41 over Clinton—with Johnson at eight percent and five percent undecided. Stein wasn’t included in this poll, for which the margin of error was 2.7 percent.
Trump is also leading Clinton by one point in a Missouri poll from Monmouth conducted Aug. 19 to Aug. 22 of 401 likely Show Me State voters. Trump’s lead—he’s at 44 percent and Clinton’s at 43 percent, while Johnson is at eight percent with five percent undecided and one percent naming another candidate they’d back—is inside the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error. Stein also wasn’t polled in this survey.
Trump has gone through a series of campaign shake-ups in the past week, bringing on Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon—who is taking a leave of absence from this news organization until election day—as his campaign’s CEO. He also hired pollster KellyAnne Conway as his new campaign manager, and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned last week.
Trump seems to have rediscovered the groove that earned him the nickname “Teflon Don” from early in the primaries, as his trip to flood-ravaged Louisiana on Friday with vice presidential running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has sent both Clinton and President Barack Obama for a loop. Trump forced the sitting president of the United States, Obama, to—after leaving Louisiana underwater for days while vacationing and golfing on Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts—finally visit Louisiana this week. Clinton, meanwhile, has come under withering criticism for flying over the state on her way from a fundraiser with Cher in Massachusetts and birthday party with her husband former President Bill Clinton—also on Martha’s Vineyard—to Hollywood for another lavish fundraiser. Clinton says she will eventually visit the state, but hasn’t committed as to when.
Couple all that with Clinton under fire from the media for holding no press conference in more than 260 days now, along with a new email scandal and new Clinton Cash scandal revelations—including evidence that interweaves the two scandals together. Emails have surfaced between Clinton Foundation officials and Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide Huma Abedin proving that she took a meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain as Secretary of State not because of diplomatic channels but because the prince was a Clinton Foundation donor. That, along with the revelation from the FBI that federal law enforcement officials discovered a whopping 15,000 never-before-disclosed Hillary Clinton emails—meaning she lied under oath when she claimed she turned them all over—has led Trump and his growing army of surrogates to lead the call for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. The Justice Department can’t be trusted, most say, since Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Barack Obama could conceivably tamper with an investigation for political purposes. Lynch and her aides have already been reported to have shut down FBI agents who sought to open a public corruption investigation. 
Even Clinton supporter Ed Rendell, the former governor of the all-important state of Pennsylvania, says that Hillary Clinton is in the wrong here—even if by accident.
“Look, the bottom line is, what they did, I wouldn’t have done, it creates a bad perception,” Rendell said in a radio interview. “But will it hurt her? It’s obviously not gonna help. I think people have decided that they’ve made their judgment.”
Government Accountability Institute’s Peter Schweizer, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and the author of the bestselling book Clinton Cash, said on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel Wednesday morning that there are even more damning emails on the way.Schweizer said:
Look, Hillary Clinton is supposed to be representing the U.S. government, and American citizens, in foreign policy. What you see in the emails that have come out and that are going to continue to come out, by the way – I’ve seen some of the other ones that are going to be released soon – what you find is that she’s spending a lot of time taking calls, and the State Department is doing favors for foreign oligarchs, that, really, you would have no reason for the secretary of state to be doing favors for, other than the fact that they are donors to the Clinton Foundation.
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, similarly told Breitbart News Daily that these emails are likely to start dripping out. he said:
We’ve been pushing for those emails for some time, and the State Department finally told us late on Friday – privately, and then publicly at the court hearing on Monday – that there are 14,900 emails that Mrs. Clinton sent, or received, and those documents might include attachments, that the FBI was able to recover in some fashion. They didn’t even want to begin talking to us about getting those records until October, but the court said no, no, no, you’re going to have to move a little bit more quickly, come back next month and tell me what your production schedule is going to be.
With the mounting evidence against Clinton building in the public domain, and pressure increasing on President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor so his legacy isn’t tarnished with Hillary Clinton’s corruption, Trump is now barnstorming America with an organized, energetic, and coherent message—aggressively expanding and solidifying his own coalition while creeping into Clinton’s territory. Late Tuesday, Breitbart News ran the first of several feature pieces on lifelong Democrats defecting from their party with plans to vote for—and campaign for, with intricate grassroots politicking—Donald Trump in November. Calling themselves the “Trumpocrats,” these Democrats for Trump present a significant challenge for Clinton, because if they harness their full potential in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, and elsewhere, Trump could dominate with a Ronald Reagan-like coalition over Clinton in November.
All of this remains to be seen, but the momentum—Hillary Clinton is literally descending into playing racial politics with plans to attack the “alt-right” on Thursday in Reno, Nevada—is all on Trump’s side. Hillary Clinton’s strategy, per Politico, is to try to just run out the clock, but with a tight race now, she might not be able to last until Nov. 8. Game on.

August 25th in History...( Now with links to other events )

The Great Moon Hoax 1835






On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper.
Known collectively as “The Great Moon Hoax,” the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of Science. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant, described as a colleague of Sir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, South Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it, Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fantastic animals as unicorns, two-legged beavers, (We Have Two-Legged Beavers On Earth Too!) and furry too! And strange winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon’s geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst crystals, rushing rivers and lush vegetation.
The New York Sun, founded in 1833, was one of the new “penny press” papers that appealed to a wider audience with a cheaper price and a more narrative style of journalism. From the day the first moon hoax article was released, sales of the paper shot up considerably. It was exciting stuff, and readers lapped it up. The only problem was that none of it was true. The Edinburgh Journal of Science had stopped publication years earlier, and Grant was a fictional character. The articles were most likely written by Richard Adams Locke, a Sun reporter educated at Cambridge University. Intended as satire, they were designed to poke fun at earlier, serious speculations about extraterrestrial life, particularly those of Reverend Thomas Dick, a popular science writer who claimed in his bestselling books that the moon alone had 4.2 billion inhabitants.
Readers were completely taken in by the story, however, and failed to recognize it as satire. The craze over Herschel’s supposed discoveries even fooled a committee of Yale University scientists, who traveled to New York in search of the Edinburgh Journal articles. After Sun employees sent them back and forth between the printing and editorial offices, hoping to discourage them, the scientists returned to New Haven without realizing they had been tricked.
On September 16, 1835, the Sun admitted the articles had been a hoax. People were generally amused by the whole thing, and sales of the paper didn’t suffer. The Sun continued operation until 1950, when it merged with the New York World-Telegram. The merger folded in 1967. A new New York Sun newspaper was founded in 2002, but it has no relation to the original.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Veteran Kills Himself in Parking Lot of V.A. Hospital on Long Island - “He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” - “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”




A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center.
The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated health care organization, which has been under scrutiny since 2014, when the department confirmed that numerous patients had died awaiting treatment at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix. Officials there had tried to cover up long waiting times for 1,700 veterans seeking medical care. A study released by the Government Accountability Office in April indicated that the system had yet to fix its scheduling problems.
Why Mr. Kaisen decided to end his life was not immediately known, but two people connected to the hospital who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his death said that he had been frustrated that he was unable to see an emergency-room physician for reasons related to his mental health. “He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
The worker questioned why Mr. Kaisen had not been referred to the hospital’s Building 64, its mental health center. The staff member said that while there was normally no psychologist at the ready in the E.R., one was always on call, and that the mental health building was open “24/7.”
“Someone dropped the ball,” the worker said. “They should not have turned him away.”
Christopher Goodman, a spokesman for the hospital, said that there “was no indication that he presented to the E.R. prior to the incident.” It is unclear if any official record was made of a visit by Mr. Kaisen.
Mr. Goodman said “the employees here at Northport feel this loss deeply and extend their thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Mr. Kaisen’s family declined to comment.
Lt. Kevin Beyrer, a Suffolk County detective, said that the F.B.I. was carrying out the investigation into Mr. Kaisen’s death because it had occurred on federal property. He said that the V.A. police had called the county police on Sunday at 12:32 p.m. and that it appeared that Mr. Kaisen had been alone at the time of his death.
The Northport hospital has been under scrutiny for mismanagement and poor care since The New York Times reported in May that it had closed all five of its operating rooms for months after sand-size black particles began falling from air ducts. The office of Representative Lee Zeldin, a Republican whose First Congressional District includes Northport, had been looking into the allegations, Eric Amidon, Mr. Zeldin’s chief of staff, said in an email to The Times in June.
Jennifer DiSiena, Mr. Zeldin’s communications director, said on Wednesday that his office was trying to confirm the details of Mr. Kaisen’s death and “piece everything together.”

Ann Coulter - August 24, 2016 TRUMP: THE GREAT UNIFIER!



Ann Coulter


The modern Democratic Party is obsessed with voting blocs they call "Latinos," "Hispanics" and the "blacks and browns.”


But apart from ethnic pimps trying to get money from the government, no authentic person calls himself a "Hispanic." They're "Portuguese," "Cuban" or "Colombian" -- and they don't think of themselves as "brown.”


Everybody else is from a country.


It's an insult to imagine that recent immigrants are all in a simmering rage at Trump's affront to the brown masses. Salvadorans and Guatemalans resent having to pretend they're Mexican -- much less Mexican illegal immigrant rapists.


Mexico is heaving Hondurans out of their country. El Salvador and Honduras went to war over a soccer game. But we're supposed to imagine that the moment they cross the Rio Grande, they all become blood brothers.


The only people who believe in something called "Hispanics" are white liberals and the RNC. The condescending class is not happy unless they are infantilizing minorities.


Republicans B.T. (Before Trump) worked overtime to reinforce these artificial group identities as one big happy (and aggrieved) family, constantly babbling about reaching out to -- as Rand Paul says -- "blacks and browns.”


Has he heard of Compton? The city memorialized in the song "Straight Outta Compton," by the hip-hop group N.W.A. (modern translation: African-Americans With Attitude), is now majority Mexican.


This dramatic transformation didn't happen because "blacks and browns" came together in peace and harmony in our vibrant melting pot, but because Mexicans moved in and decided they wanted blacks out, which they accomplished with violent racist attacks and drive-by shootings.


Unlike white Americans, Mexicans are unguiltable.


Nearly 20 years ago, both black and Hispanic Americans begged Congress to do something about illegal immigration. Rich white people see illegal immigrants only as their maids. Blacks and Hispanics live in their neighborhoods.



Terry Anderson, a black radio talk show host from South Central Los Angeles, told a U.S. House subcommittee on immigration in 1999 how illegal immigration had changed his predominantly black community. (That was then; today South Central is 99 percent Mexican.) He said all anyone ever hears about is the "poor, poor immigrant," and the immigrant worker, "who works harder than the black person works and he will take the job that nobody else takes.”


But, Anderson said: "You never hear that every time that illegal alien comes here, he displaces somebody else ….


"You never hear about all the race-based organizations that step forth and advocate for the illegal alien. You have MALDEF, MEChA, LULAC, La Raza and others who are exclusive only to one race of people and advocate for those people only …


"(You) will never hear from these people about the 17-year-old black kid in my neighborhood who went to McDonald's and was told you can't work here because you don't speak Spanish.”


In response to Anderson's claim that only Spanish-speakers could get jobs at McDonald's, Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tried to put the onus entirely on McDonald's. Anderson wasn't having any of it.


Every time Rep. Lee tried to say the responsibility belonged to corporate America, Anderson responded with, "And to the illegal alien who takes the job. Yes, ma'am.”


Would any politician ever blame the foreign law-breakers themselves? That's a rhetorical question -- the answer is "no." Until Trump.


A Latina witness, Angie Morfin from Salinas, California, told the committee that illegals were bringing "crime, gangs and an overloaded social safety net" and that "the Latino-American citizens of our community want illegals removed." She blamed Reagan's amnesty for the rise of Mexican gangs in the U.S., saying, "You gave them a right.”


Republicans obsessed with winning the "Hispanic vote" act as if these Hispanics don't exist. The only Hispanics in their circle of concern are those who broke into our country illegally.


By constantly groveling to ethnic activists, the GOP simply confirmed the idea that people should see themselves as ethnic identity groups -- and ought to be bloc-voting for whichever party offers their team the most goodies.


Their argument to Hispanics was: We'll give you everything the Democrats are offering, but not as much. Paul Ryan's "opportunity society!" was not cutting it.


Democrats must go home and laugh themselves silly at the GOP's incompetence at sucking up to minorities. We buffaloed them out of talking about immigration once again!


Instead of cooing at immigrants and trying to lick their necks, Trump treats them like Americans.


They like America! They came here. And they'd like good-paying jobs without the endless competition of cheap foreign labor.


Trump's plan to stop job-killing trade deals, H1-B workers replacing American workers, and the dump of millions of low-skilled workers on the country has made him the great unifier!


The media's only move is to quadruple down on the phony "racism" charges. But to accuse Trump of "racism" because he wants to protect jobs for our own poor, working-class and native-born is like squeezing a balloon. His popularity with the employers of nannies and diversity coordinators may be in the dumps, but oh my gosh -- look at what's happening at the other end! It looks like Americans want jobs!


Let Hillary produce studies showing that it's much better for African-Americans to have to compete with Mexicans. Yes, that'll work!


No one really enjoys thinking of himself as a victim. Trump sees Americans as winners and he doesn't care if you're black, white, gay or a disabled Eskimo. He'll bring back jobs for everyone -- except the plutocrats outsourcing manufacturing and importing cheap labor while making the rest of us subsidize their foreign workforces.


Because of his positions on immigration, Trump has a sneaky appeal to everybody. For more on how great America is going to be under our next president, get In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!", out this week.


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This Day In Naval History - August 24
1814 - British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Washington Navy Yard and ships burned to prevent capture by the British
1912: The collier, USS Jupiter, is launched. The vessel is the first electrically-propelled Navy ship. She is renamed USS Langley in April 1920 with the designation of aircraft carrier CV-1 and a few months later becomes the Navy's first aircraft carrier in March 1922 following conversion.
 
1942 - U.S. carrier aircraft begin 2-day Battle of Eastern Solomons where Japanese task force defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk. Japanese recall expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.
1960 - USS Bexar (APA-237) deploys to Pangahan Province in response to emergency request for aid from the Province's governor.
 
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From the King's Proclamation to Richie's MiG by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
08/24/2010
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
Aug. 23, 1775:  Less than two months after the Second Continental Congress issues its "Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms [against the British]" in which the Congress resolves "to die free men rather than live as slaves," King George III issues his own proclamation declaring the American colonies to be in a state of rebellion.
 
The king adds, "not only all our Officers, civil and military, are obliged to exert their utmost endeavours to suppress such rebellion, and to bring the traitors to justice, but that all our subjects of this Realm, and the dominions thereunto belonging, are bound by law to be aiding and assisting in the suppression of such rebellion, and to disclose and make known all traitorous conspiracies and attempts against us, our crown and dignity."
 
 
Aug. 23, 1864:  Union Naval forces under the command of Adm. David Glasgow Farragut – best known for purportedly uttering the command, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" – take Fort Morgan, effectively ending the near-month-long battle of Mobile Bay.
 
Aug. 24, 1814: British forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Robert Ross close-with and defeat a mixed American force of Continental Army regulars, Marines, sailors, and militia under overall command of U.S. Army Brig. Gen.
William Henry Winder in the battle of Bladensburg, Maryland on the road to Washington, D.C. during the war of 1812.
 
The disastrous defeat of the Continentals at Bladensburg will enable the British to march on, sack, and burn the nation's capitol within a few hours. But according to legend, the British are so impressed by the indomitable stand of the American Marines and sailors – who "broke two British regiments" during the fighting – that the commandant's house and the Marine barracks will be spared the torch when Washington is burned.
 
Aug. 25, 1944:  U.S. and French Army forces liberate Paris. The Germans fall back.
 
The BBC reports: "This evening French, American and Senegalese troops marched triumphantly down the Champs Elysee to ecstatic cheers of Parisians, young and old."
 
Aug. 28, 1862:  The Second battle of Bull Run (known to many Southerners as Second Manassas) opens between Union Army forces under the command of Maj.
Gen. John Pope and Confederate Army forces under Maj. Gen. Thomas J.
"Stonewall" Jackson (Gen. Robert E. Lee in overall command).
 
Within days, Confederate forces will drive Union forces from the field, not unlike what happened at First Bull Run/Manassas on July 21, 1861.
 
Aug. 28, 1972:  U.S. Air Force Capt. Richard Stephen Richie, flying an F-4 Phantom, shoots down his fifth MiG over North Vietnam, becoming the Air Force's first ace of the war.
 
But to hear Richie tell it, it was just a ride. "My fifth MiG kill was an exact duplicate of a syllabus mission, so I had not only flown that as a student, but had taught it probably a dozen times prior to actually doing it in combat," he says.
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
Why Elon Musk Built a Tesla That's Race-Car Quick
 
EPA-rated range to 315 miles on a charge and give it a mind-bending zero-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds
 
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Thanks to Bill
 
            Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember ..
            Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks.
           
            'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?'
           
            'Sure.'
           
            'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks.
           
            'No, I can remember it.'
           
            'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?'
           
            He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.'
           
            'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks.
           
            Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!'
           
            Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.
 
           
 
            'Where's my toast?'
           
           
            An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.
            The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.'
            The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?'
            The first man thought and thought and finally said, 'What's the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that's red and has thorns.'
            'Do you mean a rose?'
            'Yes, that's the one,' replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?'
           
           
            Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.
            After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel him to the elevator.
            On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.
            'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'
 
           
           
            A senior citizen said to his eighty-year old buddy:
            'So I hear you're getting married?'
            'Yep!'
            'Do I know her?'
            'Nope!'
            'This woman, is she good looking?'
            'Not really.'
            'Is she a good cook?'
            'Naw, she can't cook too well.'
            'Does she have lots of money?'
            'Nope! Poor as a church mouse.'
            'Well, then, is she good in bed?'
            'I don't know.'
            'Why in the world do you want to marry her then?'
            'Because she can still drive!'
           
           
            A man was telling his neighbor, 'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect.'
            'Really,' answered the neighbor. 'What kind is it?'
            'Twelve thirty.'
           
           
            Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.
            A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.
            A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, 'You're really doing great, aren't you?'
            Morris replied, 'Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.''
            The doctor said, 'I didn't say that.. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful.'
           
           
            One more. . .!
            A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlour and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool... After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.
            The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'
            'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'
 
           
 
           
            Now, before you 'forget ', send them on to some other folks you know who could use a good laugh!!
 
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Thanks to Dutch
...and the US uses its Super Weapon "CONDEMNATION".....
North Korea Fires Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile, U.S. Condemns Action
August 23, 2016 8:25 PM
KN-11 Launch. North Korean Central News Agency Photo
A North Korean submarine successfully launched a ballistic missile on Tuesday, U.S. Pacific Command officials confirmed in a late Tuesday statement.
The unidentified submarine launched what's believed to be a KN-11 ballistic missile, Cmdr. Dave Benham told USNI News in a statement.
"U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean submarine missile launch at 3:29 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2016," Benham said.
"The missile was tracked over and into the Sea of Japan, approximately 300 miles off the coast of North Korea. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America."
The U.S. condemned the action.
"We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology," he said.
The launch comes during the annual U.S.- South Korea Ulchi Freedom Guardian bilateral military exercise which began earlier this week.
North Korea, which sees the exercise as provocative and threatened a nuclear response to the drills if the U.S. and South Korea, "show the slightest sign of aggression," reported CNN.
The following is the complete Aug. 23, 2016 statement from PACOM.
U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean submarine missile launch at 3:29 p.m. CDT, August 23, 2016. The launch of a presumed KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile occurred off the coast of Sinpo. The missile was tracked over and into the Sea of Japan, approximately 300 miles off the coast of North Korea. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate UN Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology.
This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to counter the DPRK's prohibited activities, including through implementing existing UN Security Council sanctions. Multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions require the DPRK to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program. We intend to raise our concerns at the UN to bolster international resolve in holding the DPRK accountable for these actions.
Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, is ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation. We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations.
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/24/2016 AFGHANISTAN - AMERICAN SOLDIER DIES AFTER TRIGGERING IED IN HELMAND (AUG 24/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- An unnamed American service member has died of his wounds after being hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, reports CNN.   The blast took place Tuesday near Lashkar Gar, the capital of Helmand province, said NATO coalition officials.   One other U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers were injured, said officials.   A statement from the U.S. military said the soldier was among the 500 troops in the province providing training and advice to Afghan forces. He was part of a foot patrol that was clearing IEDs, said officials cited by NBC News.   This is the second U.S. combat death in Afghanistan in 2016.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 08/24/2016 CHINA - GROUND TROOPS BEING BROKEN INTO SMALLER DIVISION-SIZE UNITS TO ENHANCE FLEXIBILITY (AUG 24/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China has plans to reorganize its land force troops into smaller units, say military sources cited by the South China Morning Post.   Some of the existing 18 army corps will be converted into 25 to 30 divisions, said the sources on Wednesday.   A Chinese corps has between 30,000 and 100,000 troops, while a division usually has 10,000 to 20,000.   The current organization is considered too bulky for modern warfare, which favors modularity and flexibility, said one retired colonel.   The People's Liberation Army has been studying the style of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, he said.   President Xi Jinping, who also heads the Central Military Commission, began a major military restructuring effort earlier this year.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/24/2016 EL SALVADOR - HONDURAS, GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR TARGET CRIME IN VIOLENT NORTHERN TRIANGLE (AUG 24/EFE)  EFE NEWS SERVICE -- The governments of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have agreed to establish a joint anti-crime task force along their shared borders in Central America, reports EFE (Spain).   El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Guatemala's Jimmy Morales finalized the agreement Tuesday during a meeting in San Salvador.   The "Trinational Force" will be deployed starting in September; it will only operate in the border regions.   The operation in the Northern Triangle will include personnel from the national security, justice, intelligence and defense organizations of each nation, said Sanchez Ceren.   The agreement covers coordinated security measures, intelligence sharing and extradition of suspects, said the Salvadoran president.   The area covered is considered one of the most violent in the world
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/24/2016 INDIA - SUB DOCUMENTS SUFFER MASSIVE HACKING ATTACK; DATA BREACH AFFECTS DCNS SHIPBUILDER (AUG 24/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- India is trying to determine how many of its submarine secrets may have been compromised by a leak of documents.   French shipbuilder DCNS, which constructs submarines for several nations, has been hit with a data breach, reports the International Business Times.   More than 22,000 documents from France's DCNS on India's Scorpene submarine were made public in the leak, which was first reported by the Australian, a newspaper in that country.   The documents in question include detailed information on underwater sensors, above-water sensors, torpedo launch systems, communications systems and navigation, the Australian said on Wednesday.   India Defense Minister Manhohar Parrikar told reporters on Wednesday that his government was looking at the hacking, reported Reuters.   India signed a US$3.5 billion contract with DCNS for six of the boats in 2005. They are being built at a state-run shipyard in Bombay (Mumbai), reported the BBC.   Brazil, Malaysia and Chile are also customers of the Scorpene.   A DCNS spokesman said the leak would not affect its US$38 billion contract with Australia to provide 12 Shortfin Barracuda subs
Item Number:5 Date: 08/24/2016 IRAQ - SECURITY FORCES TO DEPLOY ARMED ROBOT AGAINST ISIS IN MOSUL (AUG 24/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- Security forces in Iraq plan to employ an armed unmanned ground vehicle for operations against the Islamic State to evict the terror group from Mosul, reports Defense One, citing domestic media.   The Alrobot (Arabic for robot) is equipped with four cameras, an automatic machine gun and a launcher for Katyusha rockets, reported the Baghdad Post on Tuesday.   The system can reportedly be operated by laptop and radio link at ranges of up to 3,280 feet (1,000 m).   The wheeled vehicle is about the size of a small car, according to a video posted by the newspaper.   The robot is expected to be used to liberate Mosul in northern Iraq.   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:6 Date: 08/24/2016 ISRAEL - IDF BUSTS ILLEGAL GUN FACTORIES IN W. BANK (AUG 24/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Israeli security forces have been cracking down on the manufacturing of illegal guns in the West Bank, reports the Times of Israel.   Early Tuesday morning, security forces said they made their largest raid of the year, capturing dozens of weapons and equipment and making several arrests in Hebron and Bethlehem.   According to the IDF, seven illegal gun workshops were raided and 22 pieces of gunsmithing equipment, such as drill presses and metal lathes, were seized. About 50 weapons were also confiscated, including handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles and so-called Carlo machine guns.   Ammunition and dozens of gun components were also seized, said a military official. More than 20 machine shops were searched, reported Haaretz.   Two alleged gun manufacturers were arrested. They were not believed to be connected to any terrorist groups. It was likely a financial venture, said the army source.   The raids were the culmination of months of intelligence-gathering, said officials.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/24/2016 JAPAN - TROOPS GIRD FOR NEW PEACEKEEPING DUTIES IN S. SUDAN (AUG 24/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Japan's Defense Ministry has announced that military units will soon be training for overseas missions, reports the Japan Times.   Under new legislation that went into effect early this year, the Self-Defense Forces have been authorized to come to the aid of other nations.   On Wednesday, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said that the next rotation of troops headed to South Sudan will train to aid foreign peacekeeping troops and civilians that come under fire.   The next Japanese rotation is scheduled to head to Africa in November. The troops will swap out with another unit serving with the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).   Beginning Thursday, they will train on ways to protect camps in Juba, South Sudan's capital
Item Number:8 Date: 08/24/2016 LATVIA - BIDEN BRINGS REASSURING DEFENSE MESSAGE TO BALTIC STATES (AUG 24/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden have pledged to strengthen their nations' defense relations, reports the Baltic News Service.   Biden met on Tuesday with Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia; Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia; and Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania.   "Faced with an unpredictable security environment, we commit to deepening our cooperation and our efforts to ensure security and stability in the region, as part of NATO's approach to collective defense," said a joint release following the talks in Riga, the capital of Latvia.   The Baltic leaders expressed their appreciation for NATO's efforts to strengthen its defense and deterrence posture in the region and the visible U.S. presence. "The United States, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania intend to reinforce and deepen our defense cooperation to promote regional security," said the release.   The four countries will meet regularly to discuss defense and security priorities, including land, air, and maritime defense; border security; law enforcement; national resilience; and transnational threats. The goal is to improve intra- and intergovernmental coordination and create regional efficiencies, said the statement.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/24/2016 LIBERIA - NIGERIAN DEFENSE MINISTER PROMISES TO SUPPORT LIBERIAN OFFICER CORPS (AUG 24/LINA)  LIBERIA NEWS AGENCY -- The Nigerian government has decided to resume training Liberian military officers at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji in central Nigeria, reports the Liberia News Agency (Monrovia).   According to Nigeria's defense minister, Liberian junior and senior officers will again be able to take courses at the college, although no date has yet been set for the training to begin.   Nigeria has also approved the resumption of phase two training for Liberian pilots at the International Aviation College in Ilorin, said Nigerian Defense Minister Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali on Aug. 19 during a visit to Monrovia, the Liberian capital.   The Nigerian government has also approved commissioning training slots for Liberians at the Nigerian Defense Academy, said the minister.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/24/2016 NORTH KOREA - IMPROVEMENTS NOTED IN LATEST SUB-LAUNCHED BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST (AUG 24/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its eastern coast, improving its previous efforts says the South Korean military, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The missile was launch Wednesday morning near the eastern port of Sinpo, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in Seoul.   According to the South Korean military, the missile from the North flew about 500 km (310 mi) before falling in waters in Japan's air defense identification zone.   The missile was fired at a very steep angle and could have a range of more than 1,000 km (620 mi), said a military source.   This launch demonstrated improvements in the sub-launched system, said the JCS. This is the sixth time Pyongyang has tested SLBM capabilities since May 2015 and the third test this year.   The results may mean that the North could deploy SLBMs starting in 2017, said some experts. Previous estimates suggested that might take two or three years.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/24/2016 PHILIPPINES - MILITARY SHIFTS EMPHASIS TO ABU SAYYAF; TROOPS HEAD TO JOLO (AUG 24/MANBUL)  MANILA BULLETIN -- With peace talks under way with communist rebels, the Philippine military has begun redeploying its troops against Islamist militants, reports the Manila Bulletin.   Talks between Manila and the Maoist-led guerrillas began on Aug. 22 in Norway. Negotiators hope to reach a deal within nine months to an year, reported Al Jazeera.   On Wednesday, troops from the 10th Infantry Division, based in the southern region of Davao, began deploying to the island of Jolo. About 400 to 500 troops are expected to be transferred by Thursday.   Other units will move into Davao, said a military spokesman.   The latest move is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's counterterror efforts against the Abu Sayyaf militant group, said the spokesman
  Item Number:12 Date: 08/24/2016 QATAR - PATROL BOATS, WEAPONS SOUGHT FROM U.S.; STATE DEPT. GREEN-LIGHTS POTENTIAL DEAL (AUG 24/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The Qatari government is seeking to procure fast patrol boats from the United States, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The State Dept. has approved the potential deal, noted the DSCA.   The proposed US$124 million deal covers an unspecified number of Mk V patrol boats; eight M2HB .50-caliber machine guns; forward-looking infrared systems; MLG 27 gun systems and ammunition; support equipment; and associated technical and logistics services.   The boats will give Qatar the capabilities to protect its vital sea-based infrastructure and improve maritime security, said the agency on Thursday
Item Number:13 Date: 08/24/2016 RUSSIA - AIRBORNE FORCES IN LINE FOR MORE RECON, TANK UNITS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (AUG 24/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian airborne forces are expected to stand up additional reconnaissance and tank units before the end of the year, reports Interfax-AVN.   Three more reconnaissance battalions and six tank companies will be activated, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.   The force is expected to consist of three air assault brigades and five reconnaissance battalions, Shoigu said.   Another 2,000 pieces of modern weapons and equipment will be supplied to the airborne forces this year, said the minister.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/24/2016 SAUDI ARABIA - SECURITY FORCES FOIL PLANNED SUICIDE ATTACK AGAINST MOSQUE (AUG 24/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Saudi security forces say they have thwarted an attempted terror attack on a mosque in the country's eastern Qatif region, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   A man wearing a suicide belt was killed outside the Al-Rasoul Ad-Adham mosque in the village of Um Al-Hamam, the Saudi-owned satellite channel reported early Wednesday.   An accomplice was reportedly arrested. The two were said to be permanent residents, not Saudis.   Some reports said that the second man exchanged fire with security forces and was wounded.   The Saudi Asharq al-Awsat newspaper suggested that the two were members of the Islamic State terrorist group.  
Item Number:15 Date: 08/24/2016 SOUTH KOREA - UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR PROMOTES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH SEOUL (AUG 24/YON)  YONHAP -- The Ukrainian government has indicated that it wants to develop a strategic partnership with South Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Kiev wants to broaden bilateral relations with Seoul to include security issues, Ambassador Vasyl Marmazov said in an interview earlier this month.   "It's the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year, and now is the right time to increase our relations in different fields," said the ambassador to South Korea.   Political dialogue and cooperation in the science and technology sectors are likely possible areas for stronger collaboration, he said.   The Ukrainian government issued a formal invitation to South Korean President Park Geun-hye. No decision has yet been made, said the ambassador.   A bilateral commission for trade and economic issues is scheduled to meet in October, said Marmazov. This will be the third meeting since the commission was set up in 2011.   In the security field, Kiev is also interested in participating in the annual Seoul Defense Dialogue, he said.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/24/2016 SOUTH SUDAN - AS CASUALTIES MOUNT, E. AFRICAN NATIONS AGREE TO DEPLOY REGIONAL FORCE (AUG 24/XIN)  XINHUA -- The foreign ministers of five East African countries have agreed to deploy a regional protection force in South Sudan, where fighting resumed last month, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the foreign ministers from Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda on Monday in Nairobi to discuss the situation in South Sudan.   Nearly 290 people died over the weekend in the latest spate of violence, noted Bloomberg News.   Following the talks in Nairobi, Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed said the defense chiefs were still discussing the details of the deployment of the 4,000-strong force.   The force will be part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.   In July, the East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposed the protection force following clashes between troops loyal to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.   The protection force has already been authorized by the African Union and U.N. Security Council. The South Sudan government initially rejected the proposal, but has since agreed to it
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/24/2016 THAILAND - 'DOUBLE-TAP ATTACK' KILLS 1, INJURES 30 IN PATTANI PROVINCE (AUG 24/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- One person has been killed and about 30 wounded after two car bombs exploded in a busy nightlife district in southern Thailand, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The Bangkok Post noted that the initial blast late Tuesday targeted a pub and karaoke bar in Pattani province. There were no casualties reported.   Twenty minutes later, the second bomb in the "double-tap attack" exploded, killing one woman.   On Wednesday, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan ruled out any links between the recent bombings and earlier attacks, reported Reuters.   A series of coordinated blasts earlier this month at popular tourist spots throughout the country killed four people and wounded dozens.   The province has been suffering for years with an insurgency that has also affected other parts of the region.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 08/24/2016 TURKEY - ANKARA SENDS TANKS, TROOPS ACROSS SYRIAN BORDER TO EVICT ISIS FROM JARABLUS (AUG 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- In a major escalation of its military involvement in Syria, Turkey has launched a cross-border operation to oust the Islamic State from the Syrian town of Jarablus, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Code-named Euphrates Shield, the operation is aimed at "clearing the Turkish borders of terrorist groups, helping to enhance border security and supporting the territorial integrity of Syria," said officials on Wednesday.   CNN Turk reported that the offensive began Wednesday morning with a barrage of artillery and rocket shelling. Turkish special operations forces are also operating over the border, according to state media.   Turkish jets and U.S.-coalition warplanes hit ISIS positions inside Syria, reported the Wall Street Journal. Ground forces, including Turkish tanks and Syrian Arab rebels backed by Turkey, reportedly crossed into Syria around noon.   The Turkish strikes are the first in Syria since the downing of a Russian fighter jet in November; the ground assault is Ankara's first since a brief operation to relocate the tomb of a revered Ottoman figure in February 2015.   The major operation is also seen as pre-empting a potential attempt by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to gain control of Jarablus
Item Number:19 Date: 08/24/2016 USA - NAVSEA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR NEW RADAR FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS (AUG 24/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., a contract for the next phase of development of the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR), reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $92.1 million deal covers the engineering and manufacturing development of the radar, which will equip Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, said the Pentagon on Aug. 19.   The system will have two configurations: a rotating phased-array or a three-face fixed phased-array.   Under the contract, Raytheon will build, integrate and test an EASR engineering development model. The base deal covers design work leading to a preliminary design review and culminating with system acceptance following testing, said the release.   The award includes options that, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $723 million.   Work is scheduled to be completed by February 2020.  
Item Number:20 Date: 08/24/2016 USA - NUCLEAR SUBMARINE, OFFSHORE SUPPORT VESSEL COLLIDE IN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA; NAVY PROBE ONGOING (AUG 24/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is still investigating last week's collision involving a nuclear submarine off the coast of Washington state.   Last Thursday evening, a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine hit an offshore support vessel, reports USNI News.   USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) struck the USNS Eagleview (T-AGSE 3) in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a spokeswoman from Commander, Submarine Fleet Pacific (COMSUBPAC) told USNI on Monday.   "There is impact damage on the aft port hull of [Eagleview] and the forward starboard hull of the USS Louisiana," said the spokeswoman.   A command-level investigation has been.   The Louisiana is one of eight Ohio-class subs based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash. The Eagleview is one of four offshore support vessels which were purchased by the Military Sealift Command in 2015.   The vessels support "submarine and special warfare requirements," according to the MSC. 

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