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PostSubject: Obama to Turkey: "Feel free to keep on gobbling."   Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:09 pm

Obama pardons TOTUS — the Turkey of the United States

David Jackson, USA TODAY 5:16 p.m. EST November 25, 2015



Watch as President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey named Abe from the dinner table, an annual tradition even he thinks is a little silly. VPC



(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

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WASHINGTON — President Obama seemed to be trying out a Thanksgiving-themed comedy club act Wednesday as he engaged in the traditional White House turkey pardoning.


"Feel free to keep on gobbling," Obama told the Rose Garden crowd as he announced that, also per tradition, two turkeys would be spared this Thanksgiving Eve.

"I can announce that the American people have spoken, and we have two winners," he said. "Their names are Honest and Abe — I confess that Honest looks like good eating, but this is a democracy."

With daughters Malia and Sasha at his side, Obama declared that "Abe is now a free bird" and will now be designated "TOTUS — the Turkey of the United States."

Obama — also known as POTUS, President of the United States — said Honest will be held in an "undisclosed location," ready to step in if "Abe can't fulfill his duties to walk around and gobble all day."

Actually, "Honest" and "Abe" are scheduled to be on public display at a park in Leesburg, Va., in a barn known as "the White House on Turkey Hill," Obama said — "which actually sounds pretty good."

For this 68th annual ceremony, the National Turkey Federation also brought two ready-to-eat birds to the White House. Obama said that, later in the day, he and his family will "take some of the less fortunate turkey brothers with us" to help serve meals to homeless veterans.

The First Family and friends helped serve dinner at Friendship Place, a Washington, D.C., organization with a Veterans First program for homeless and at-risk ex-service members.

During the Rose Garden ceremony, Obama thanked his daughters "for once again standing here with me during the turkey pardoning ... They do this solely because it makes me feel good — not because they actually think that this is something I should be doing."

In a more serious vein, Obama said Thanksgiving is an especially welcome holiday in "challenging times." Speaking less than two weeks after after attacks in Paris raised fears of terrorism worldwide, Obama said "the fact is is that we live in the greatest country on Earth and we are blessed in so many ways."




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Obama: No evidence of attacks during holiday

Less seriously, Obama noted that one of the turkeys got very close to White House aide David Simas.


"Simas, is he attacking you?" Obama said at one point. "Are you OK? ... My political director is getting pecked by TOTUS!"


The president weighed in on one of the Thanksgiving football games, sticking up for his hometown Chicago Bears.

"I'm grateful for the fact the Bears are going to beat the Packers this weekend," Obama said (though it must be said that the Pack is a big favorite, and the game is in Green Bay).

He also took an obligatory poke at the news media: "I've got to listen to my critics say I'm often too soft on turkeys, and I'm sure the press is digging into whether or not the turkeys I've pardoned have really rededicated their lives to being good turkey citizens."
Obama pointed out that this was his seventh turkey pardoning as president.
"Time flies," he said. "Even though turkeys don't."
As the crowd chuckled. Obama said: "I thought it was good. You think it's funny too, don't you?"
Also: "I know some folks think this tradition is a little silly. I do not disagree."

The turkey to be pardoned by President Obama, named "Courage," gets a special sendoff on Nov. 23, 2009, from Worley Farms near Princeton, N.C. At left, Walter Pelletier, chairman of the National Turkey Federation and vice president of Goldsboro Milling Co., state Agriculture Commisioner Steve Troxler, holding the bird, and grower Bryant Worley and his wife, Debbie.  Bobby Williams, AP

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PostSubject: Re: Obama to Turkey: "Feel free to keep on gobbling."   Thu Nov 26, 2015 10:09 am

"the Bears are going to beat the Peckers this weekend"

did he just call the Russians wankers or did he announce a Russian attack on Turks


"Time flies," he said. "Even though turkeys don't."


relates to "that bird won't fly"  meaning they won't let it happen/ get away with it ?

"The turkey to be pardoned by President Obama, named "Courage,"
The US won't sanction Turkey for their bravery in shooting down a Russian plane

"Simas, is he attacking you?"


Who/what is simas ?


Did he just mock the russians in a crypted message. or warned of upcoming actions

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PostSubject: Re: Obama to Turkey: "Feel free to keep on gobbling."   Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:41 pm

Vidarr wrote:
"the Bears are going to beat the Peckers this weekend"

did he just call the Russians wankers or did he announce a Russian attack on Turks


"Time flies," he said. "Even though turkeys don't."


relates to "that bird won't fly"  meaning they won't let it happen/ get away with it  ?

"The turkey to be pardoned by President Obama, named "Courage,"
The US won't sanction Turkey for their bravery in shooting down a Russian plane

"Simas, is he attacking you?"


Who/what is simas ?


Did he just mock the russians in a crypted message. or warned of upcoming actions

Or was it a coded message meant to deceive?  Obviously there are messages sent, buried in regular news; it's the jew tool for that.  But here it is too conspicuous.  Probably intended as just a jew joke, as jews would want the Kremlin cells racking their brains over what this stupidity really means.  But I think Russians too may be laughing at the cheap tactic and the sock monkey on the set.

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PostSubject: Re: Obama to Turkey: "Feel free to keep on gobbling."   Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:46 am

Turkish forces shell Kurdish camp in Syria, reportedly hit govt forces

Published time: 13 Feb, 2016 16:17Edited time: 14 Feb, 2016 09:49


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The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, with a massive attack. It also hit Syrian forces across the border, according to media reports.

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Anatolia news agency reported that the Turkish military hit Syrian government forces on Saturday, adding that the shelling had been in response to fire inflicted on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey’s southern Hatay region.

Turkish artillery targeted Syrian forces again late on Saturday, according to a military source quoted by RIA Novosti. The attack targeted the town of Deir Jamal in the Aleppo Governorate.

Meanwhile, the Turkish shelling of Kurdish positions continued for more than three hours almost uninterruptedly, a Kurdish source told RT, adding that the Turkish forces are using mortars and missiles and firing from the Turkish border not far from the city of Azaz in the Aleppo Governorate.

The shelling targeted the Menagh military air base and the nearby village of Maranaz, where “many civilians were wounded,” local journalist Barzan Iso told RT. He added that Kurdish forces and their allies among “the Syrian democratic forces” had taken control of the air base on Thursday.

According to Iso, the Menagh base had previously been controlled by the Ahrar ash-Sham Islamist rebel group, which seized it in August of 2013. The journalist also added that Ahrar ash-Sham militants at the base had been supported by Al-Nusra terrorists and some extremist groups coming from Turkey.

Ahrar ash-Sham is a militant group that has trained teenagers to commit acts of terror in Damascus, Homs, and Latakia provinces, according to data provided to the Russian Defense Ministry by Syrian opposition forces.

The group, which has intensified its attacks on the Syrian government forces since January, was getting “serious reinforcements from Turkey,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a briefing in Moscow on January 21.

A source in the Turkish government confirmed to Reuters that the Turkish military had shelled Kurdish militia targets near Azaz on Saturday.
The Turkish Armed Forces fired shells at PYD positions in the Azaz area,” the source said, referring to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara views as a terrorist group.

A Turkish security official told Reuters that the shelling of the Kurds had been a response to a shelling of Turkish border military outposts by the PYD and forces loyal to Damascus, as required under Turkish military rules of engagement.

Turkey’s PM Davutoglu also confirmed that the country’s forces had struck Syrian Kurdish fighters and demanded that the Kurds retreat from all of the areas that they had recently seized.

“The YPG will immediately withdraw from Azaz and the surrounding area and will not go close to it again,” he told reporters, adding that Turkey “will retaliate against every step [by the YPG],” Reuters reports.

A Kurdish official confirmed to Reuters that the shelling had targeted the Menagh air base located south of Azaz.

According to the official, the base had been captured by the Jaysh al-Thuwwar rebel group, which is an ally of PYD and a member of the Syria Democratic Forces alliance.

Syrian Kurds are actively engaged in the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group and have been recently described as “some of the most successful” forces fighting IS jihadists in Syria by US State Department spokesman John Kirby, AFP reports.


Earlier, the US also called the PYD an “important partner” in the fight against Islamic State, adding that US support of the Kurdish fighters “will continue.”


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Turkey’s shelling of the Syrian Kurds comes just days after a plan to end hostilities in Syria was presented in Munich after a meeting of the so-called International Syria Support Group (ISSG), in which Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura participated.

‘We will strike PYD’ – Turkish PM


Earlier on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threatened Syrian Kurds with military action, saying that Turkey will resort to force against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) if it considers the step “necessary.”

As I have said, the link between the YPG and the [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK is obvious. If the YPG threatens our security, then we will do what is necessary,” Davutoglu said on February 10, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily.

“The leadership cadre and ideology of the PKK and PYD is the same,” he argued in a televised speech in the eastern city of Erzincan on Saturday, AFP reports.

Davutoglu also said that if there is a threat to Turkey, “we will strike PYD like we did Qandil,” referring to a bombing campaign waged by Turkey against the PKK in its Qandil mountain stronghold in northern Iraq, Daily Sabah reports.

Turkey regards the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the YPG, as affiliates of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decade-long insurgency against Turkish authorities, demanding autonomy for Turkish Kurds.

The latest developments come as Turkey continues a relentless crackdown on Kurds in its southeastern region. Ankara launched a military operation against Kurdish insurgents from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in July of 2015, breaking a ceasefire signed in 2013.

Turkey’s General Staff claim that Turkish forces killed more than 700 PKK rebels during the offensive in the southeastern districts of Cizre and Sur. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has reported that at least 150 civilians, including women in children, were killed in the Turkish military operation, adding that over 200,000 lives have been put at risk.

According to the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, at least 198 civilians, including 39 children, have been murdered in the area since August of 2015.

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