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Daily Comedy 4.24.15

Ron White – Library/Steal Music

 

 

 

 

IS Fighters Destroy 3,000-Year-Old Artifacts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Islamic State has released a video which appears to show militants smashing up rare ancient artifacts in northern Iraq.

  In five minutes of footage, a group of men can be seen destroying several sculptures up to 3,000 years old, using sledgehammers and pickaxes, in Mosul museum.

  One shot reveals a black-clad militant at a nearby archaeological site drilling through a winged-bull Assyrian deity that dates back to the 7th century BC.

  Facing the camera, one of the men says: “these ruins that are behind me, they are idols and statues that people in the past used to worship instead of Allah”.

  The montage was posted on social media sites affiliated with the Islamic State group, and a professor at Mosul’s Archaeology College confirmed that the two locations depicted are the city museum and Nirgal Gate, which historically led to the capital of the Assyrian Empire, Ninevah.

” It’s a catastrophe,” Amir al Jumaili said. “With the destruction of these artifacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul’s civilisation.”

  Since IS fighters seized large swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, they have sought to cleanse society of everything considered heretic, even targeting Islamic sites deemed idolatrous.

  This week reports emerged that fighters have also ransacked Mosul Library, setting fire to more than 10,000 rare manuscripts and books. Some of the documents, which span centuries of learning, were registered on a UNESCO rarities list.

  Washington has claimed that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are preparing to recapture the city – Iraq’s second largest – in April or May.”

 

 

Words fail us as we watch the wanton destruction of thousands of years of human culture …

 

Thanks to Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting Rampage Near Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

” Four people were killed and five  others injured Friday when a gunman clad in black went on a shooting rampage through Santa Monica, Calif., before being shot to death in the library of a community college, authorities said. A police spokesman said that investigators had concluded the gunman acted alone and that a “person of interest” who was held for questioning had been released.

Police said the gunman used an AR-15-type assault rifle and had other weapons as well as handguns. They have not established a motive for the bloodshed.

Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis said the gunman  killed two people at a residence and two others at separate locations before he was shot and killed in a library at Santa Monica College.”

 

 

 

    Editor’s Note : There are conflicting reports regarding the number of dead , number of suspects , suspect dead , suspect in custody .  As usual media’s rush to be first has again provided the public with less than certain information .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Ridiculously Long and Incomplete List of Things Ben Franklin Invented 

 ” We all remember Ben Franklin as a pretty bright guy who discovered some pretty important stuff. The real question is, what didn’t this polymath genius invent?

1742: Observing the wasteful use of firewood in inefficient colonial fireplaces, he designed the Franklin Stove, which used its iron body to diffuse a much larger proportion of the heat. The stove enabled poor families to save money and be warmer in the winter.
1749: Noticing that lightning was attracted to metal and tall objects, Franklin hit on the idea of attaching vertical metal rods to the tops of tall buildings to attract the lightning, thus sparing the roof a direct hit.

1787: Although he never actually built them, during one of his eight Atlantic crossings, Franklin came up with a design for watertight bulkheads that would help limit flooding below deck if a ship’s hull was breached.

Along the way, he also helped develop America’s first fire department, the first library, and the concept of daylight saving time. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ben Franklin the inventor was his refusal to patent any of his ideas, so that the widest possible number of people could benefit from them.