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chattels: A takfiri (Arabic: takfīrī) is a Sunni Muslim who accuses another Muslim (or an adherent of another Abrahamic faith) of apostasy. The accusation itself is called takfir, derived from the word kafir (unbeliever), and is described as when “one who is, or claims to be, a Muslim is declared impure.”

MzDiva: Happy Halloween

chattels: Kirk H. Sowell ‏@UticensisRisk Oct 28 Don’t underestimate importance of Baghdad’s arbitration v. Turkey over KRG exports: nrttv.com/en/Details.aspx …


chattels: Barzani: KRG-US rescue in Hawija a ‘turning point’ – “The operation was a turning point in the war against Daesh [ISIS]. It was the peak of trust and cooperation between Peshmerga forces and the American army, which freed 69 people and that was a hit on Daesh’s image,” Barzani said, according to the statement. rudaw.net/english/kurdist…


chattels: ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki says that parts of his successor’s reform plan to root out massive graft and public spending are ”unconstitutional.”

Maliki, now one of Iraq’s three vice presidents, told reporters on Thursday that parts of the reform plan must be reversed because they are illegal. He said his lawyers have already reported Abadi to the Federal Court, which will decide on the matter.

In an effort to cut expenditures and graft, last month Abadi announced he would remove some 130 top government officials, including several ministers and general managers. Iraq’s three vice presidential posts would also be nixed under the reform plan.

“The positions of the vice presidents have not been eliminated and we are still discussing the options, since this is a constitutional question,” said Maliki. He said that according to the constitution the president should at least have one deputy.

chattels: rudaw.net/english/middlee…


chattels: ” ………. his lawyers have already reported Abadi to the Federal Court, which will decide on the matter. ”

chattels: WASHINGTON DC- The White House is expected to announce the deployment of a small unit of Special Forces in northern Syria, several US-based media reported on Friday. According to information coming from senior US officials who have spoken to US media on condition of anonymity, the force will be “tiny” and sent to northern Syria to assist moderate forces, according to one US official. ‘

The force is expected to be assisting the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Defense Units, YPG, and its allies in Rojava, or Syrian Kurdistan. The special forces will have an advisory role, according to the officials.

The White House also is expected to announce an undetermined number of US forces will form a task force based in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, to support forces against the Islamic State group (ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria. This is the first official deployment of US forces on the ground in Syria since the beginning of Syrian civil war in 2011.  ]

chattels: rudaw.net/english/world/3…


Tootsie: today you saw the CBI making a big announcement and showing you a photo of a big new architectural structure…..the new CBI Tower…their new headquarters. HMM, I saw this several years ago. rah rah, etc

Tootsie: these guys all need to be brought down around 52 notches ~ gracious

Tootsie: some flooding yonder. saw where flood waters from ?Iran I believe, went over the border and wiped out some villages,

Tootsie: but we in Texas are having our own flooding. San Marcos, Austin, etc, rough, heading east, so expect some weather/rain tonight, tomorrow, hope the kiddos can trick or treat, may stop prior to evening , who knows.

Stash: Yup waiting for that heavy rain here in East Texas

Tootsie: ‹@BOBBY› aww, lots of them go to the malls now and churches, etc. I live down a cul-de-sac , no street lights where I live, so last few years have had almost nada come out.

Tootsie: I have a sodium whatever light mounted above on roof , and down street has one in a tree.

Tootsie: ‹@Stash› just so no flooding , pweezzz

Stash: We had over 9 inches last weekend and have had an inch already this afternoon

BOBBY: Tootsie…… i always loved this time of the year

Tootsie: ‹@BOBBY› oh sure, fun ~~ San Marcos had so much rain, the pumpkins stacked in front of a store were floating down the street hahahaha

BOBBY: that must be a site …lol

Stash: I saw. That on the news

Tootsie: yes, looked funny on tv , LOL

Tootsie: sadly, I had to chuckle, but feel badly for the people.

Stash: Me too

chattels: ****** “…Iraq’s Minister of Finance Hoshiyar Zebari told the Reuters news agency on Wednesday that restarting the oil-sharing agreement between Baghdad and Erbil was vital for the 2016 national budget, expressing hope that a delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) would help reach an agreement.”

WOW…reinstate the oil-sharing…reinstated again and both sides implement…This tells me that the HCL has all along be in place…just not implemented.

chattels: The only ” Wow ” to be understood from the foregoing is how stunning it is that someone can read the article he cites and conclude that the oil sharing agreement has been reinstated as yet and much less implemented. Amazing how far people will go to make news sound good or read the way that they want it to read.

chattels: The oil agreement between Baghdad and Erbil was incorporated into the 2015 budget, but honored by neither side. Moreover the budget law allowed either party to ” void ” the agreement if not performed upon which is exactly what the Kurds did when they began selling their oil worldwide in March / April of this year.

chattels: The Kurds were reported to be coming to Baghdad last week, but no word of their arrival. Indeed other news doubts the likelihood of an agreement along the same lines as last year and not to mention that the agreement lacked much regarding specifics as to many things related to oil production and sale.

chattels: Arbitration is currently pending between Baghdad and Turkey regarding oil sold from the pipeline.

chattels: acknowledged head of the Integrity Commission [agency] Hassan al-Yassiri Tuesday difficulty of the fight against corruption, saying that “the body as you know, as an institution of the State marred what was marred by shortages and deficiencies that marred many of the state institutions and when we came to the Commission and found many difficulties in the way of reform, the most important is underrated spend public money and in various ways.”

“The regulators could not rein in corruption and this result should not be the reason for the criticism of these devices and forget about corrupt ” .

chattels: lifted the Presidency of the Council of Representatives, the parliamentary session to the day after tomorrow Alatnin. www.alliraqnews.com/modul…


chattels: And DONE. Monday is the 2nd day of November.

chattels: On October 20th I posted the following : MY read / take is that if the budget is not voted upon by the 1st that the recess will be will not start on the 1st and the session extended for 30 days to complete adoption of the budget law. No way it can be done in the next 11 days, IMO, so we are into November if the article is accurate.  chattels: wealthwatch.world/showthr…



*SCZIN11: “that Iraq is heading to rely on investment instead of oil, after the vote on the amendment of the Investment Law will be available opportunities real Estmaria’, adding: ‘The amendment of the Investment Law aims to rely on investment instead of oil in the coming budgets’. ”

*SCZIN11: WHOLE STORY wealthwatch.world/showthr…


chattels: ‹@*SCZIN11› My sense is that there is no money in the budget for ” investments ” or to fund the law from the Iraqi side of things so that the dependency will be upon investment in Iraq from the international community.

chattels: News reports tell us that the GOI hopes to reduce dependency upon oil or increase diversification by 10 % per annum.

chattels: BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / The Heads of the Republic and the Minister and the House of Representatives need to make informed austerity measures to make Iraq come out well from the current financial crisis.

A statement by the Presidency of the Republic: “The President of the Republic Fuad Masum, the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-discussed During the tripartite meeting at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, security and economic situation and file reforms, and ways to address current issues and fundamental challenges.

chattels: “He discussed the three presidents / according to the statement /” financial and economic situation and came to the need for austerity steps deliberate beside other steps to rid Iraq healthy financial distress faced by “.  chattels: www.ninanews.com/News_Det…


chattels: The notion of austerity and it’s effect upon the salaries of politicos has not been warmly embraced to say the least.

chattels: Najaf / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / called to Fri Najaf, Mr. Sadr al-Din Qabbanji to recover stolen funds through fictitious projects and aliens and reducing salaries and huge re-examine him new employees’ salaries, noting that the new salary scale caused significant damage to the middle and lower class,……

chattels: www.ninanews.com/News_Det…


chattels: Indeed the the salary ” ladder ” appears to lack the full approval of religious authority.

chattels: I cannot tell from the news reports exactly how the salary reductions are proposed to work. Are the ” cuts across the board ” or do they vary such that there is possible constitutional issues ?

chattels: “The forces under the command of the island operations and the desert had found during its operations in the sweep hand-Baghdadi East on the wheel belonging to terrorists Daash within sum of $ 17 thousand and 650 pounds [a coin Daash].” www.alliraqnews.com/modul…


chattels: “that the Iraqi economy is suffering from a real crisis resulting from the decline in the purchasing power of the Iraqi consumer who constitute the middle class based on monthly salaries of the vast majority of it indicating that the salary cuts in this way will lead to the stoppage of the purchase-sufficiency and basic foodstuffs. www.ninanews.com/News_Det…


chattels: Peshmarga and teachers in Kurdistan go without any salaries for months on end and these Arabs can’t take a pay cut !

chattels: oil minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, said he “can not achieve results in the work of the ministry without having a clear and correct relationship with local governments.”

Said Abdul-Mahdi, in a speech during a coordination meeting with the provinces held in Dhi Qar and was attended by a number of governors and officials of the oil sector, that “without a clear and healthy relationship between local governments and the Federal Government represented by the Ministry of oil will be unable to achieve the results that have been achieved during the last period.”

chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul…


chattels: Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, announced the arrival of the production of the southern ports of Iraq’s crude oil to record levels. Said Abdul-Mahdi told a news conference after a deliberative meeting for the provinces over oil management contract in Dhi Qar that “these ports produces 3.8 million barrels a production equivalent to historical rates,” adding that “these exports do not include the Turkish port of Ceyhan.” www.alliraqnews.com/modul…


chattels: Reports tell us that the KRG is producing about 650,000 barrels per day which if added to the southern output makes for nearly 4.5 million barrels per day. Quite an output.

chattels: Enorrste : Earlier in the week we had an article in which it was said that the Dawa Party (Maliki’s State of Law) was urging Abadi to step down because he was so ineffective. Now we see that just the opposite is being claimed here. Is this a clue that Maliki is losing his grip on the Dawa Party?

chattels: News articles have told us of the conspicuous conflict between Maliki and Abadi within the Dawa party. The core strength of Maliki, the 45 signatures in a display of no confidence as to Abadi, comes from the SLC, Maliki’s party.

chattels: The Shiite ” alliance ” that governs in Iraq includes both the Dawa party and the SLC.

chattels: See ” Is Iraq’s Dawa Party on verge of division? ” wealthwatch.world/showthr…


chattels: See Reidar Visser ‏@reidarvisser Oct 28 Amid talk of #Iraq PM Abadi being unseated by his own alliance, worth noting only 45 MPs demand no-confidence vote www.qanon302.net/news/201… …


chattels: See ” Deputy calls for parliament to withdraw confidence from the government Abadi ” wealthwatch.world/showthr…

chattels: In my observation Maliki has had a ” high ” profile of late. If he is ” losing his grip ” on anything it is a ” slow release “.

chattels: To wit : In today’s news –

chattels: House Speaker Saleem al-Jubouri, with the head of a coalition of law Nuri al-Maliki ways to improve the joint political action. A statement by the Office of the President of the House of Representatives, received by all of Iraq [where], a copy of the al-Jubouri, received the private al-Maliki in his office, “and discussed the most important issues on the political and security arena, and how to improve the joint political action and to meet the ambitious people of the country and fits with the change phase experienced by the region, “.  chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul…


chattels: And yesterday’s news –

chattels: Maliki says Abadi cannot nix all vice presidents By Rudaw

chattels: rudaw.net/english/middlee…


chattels: ” Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that he was still vice president, pointed out that the three deputies resorted to the judiciary against Abadi decision to cancel their posts, …………… ”

chattels: ” He pointed out that the posts of Vice President of the Republic has not been canceled, are still under discussion and legislation because it is a constitutional issue, explaining that the President of the Republic can not keep himself without a deputy and at least one, as stipulated by the Constitution and the law, ………… ”

chattels: ” ………… the President of the Republic can not keep himself without a deputy and at least one, as stipulated by the Constitution and the law, ……”

chattels: “The positions of the vice presidents have not been eliminated and we are still discussing the options, since this is a constitutional question,” said Maliki.

chattels: ” ………… we are still discussing the options, ………”

chattels: Bet you dollars to doughnuts that option one (1), advocated by you know who, is that one VP remains by the name of Mr. Maliki.

Doug_W: Sigh

chattels: But, before I go – I have been waiting for the following update

chattels: Urgent Oil Minister: senior Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad soon to discuss the province’s budget :: 2015/10/31 14:20 • Oil Minister: senior Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad soon to discuss the province’s budget [Dhi Qar-where] detect and Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, on a recent visit of the delegation from the Kurdistan region to visit the capital, Baghdad.

Abdul-Mahdi said in a news conference after a meeting of the deliberative provinces over oil management contract Dhi Qar province, said that “high-level delegation from the region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss the oil agreement and the region’s share in the budget of 2016” followed ..

chattels: “high-level delegation from the region will visit Baghdad in the next few days to discuss the oil agreement and the region’s share in the budget of 2016”

chattels: www.alliraqnews.com/modul..


Doug_W: this is a ghost room today 4 Holloween

TxBrand: Who won the skeleton beauty contest ?

TxBrand: NO body

TxBrand: What is a Mummie’s favorite type of music?

TxBrand: Wrap

TxBrand: What’s a monster’s favorite bean? A human bean

Doug_W: baddddd  ] Doug_W: as in really baaaad

TxBrand: What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A sand-witch.

TxBrand: ‹@Doug_W› lol

TxBrand: Where does a ghost go on Saturday night? Anywhere where he can boo-gie

TxBrand: What did the skeleton say to the vampire? You suck

Doug_W: omg  lol

TxBrand: It’s never said that Humpty Dumpty was an egg in the nursery rhyme.

TxBrand: The water in Lake Superior could cover all of North and South America in a foot of water.

TxBrand: We went to the moon before we thought to put wheels on suitcases.

Doug_W: get out of ur grand daughters joke book Tx