Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Medical Study Confirms Gardasil Dangers Exposed By Judicial Watch


Medical Study Confirms Gardasil Dangers Exposed By Judicial Watch.(JW).A new medical study confirms what Judicial Watch exposed years ago about a controversial vaccine fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect against a sexually transmitted disease; that the risks far outweigh the purported benefits.

In fact, the unknown dangers of a life-threatening adverse reaction to the vaccine—known as Gardasil—far outweigh the known risks of contracting the disease, according to the medical study conducted by two reputable Canadian researchers. Since 2007 JW has investigated the Gardasil scandal and exposed droves of government records documenting thousands of adverse reactions associated with the vaccine, including paralysis, convulsions, blindness and dozens of deaths.

Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Merck, Gardasil is promoted as a miracle shot that can prevent certain strains of cervical cancer caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Instead it’s been linked to thousands of debilitating side effects, according to the government’s own daunting statistics, exposed in the course of JW’s ongoing probe. Based on the records JW published a special report in 2008 detailing Gardasil’s approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices. Undoubtedly, it illustrates a large-scale public health experiment.

Now a medical study, conducted by the University of British Columbia’s Neural Dynamics Research Group, collaborates the alarming side-effects of a vaccine that’s been shoved down the throats of unsuspecting victims by government at every level. Some 20 states have passed laws requiring funding for Gardasil or education programs promoting it. Among states that have enacted Gardasil-related measures are California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, Maine and Utah. In all 50 states, tax dollars help pay for the costly shots ($360) because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) makes them available through the federal Vaccines for Children program.

Before the Canadian study, first discovered by the Washington Examiner, there had been no solid medical research conducted on Gardasil. The newspaper cited it in a piece on Virginia rescinding its Gardasil mandate for pre-adolescent girls entering the sixth grade. The study lists the following Gardasil side effects: “Death, convulsions, paraesthesia, paralysis, Guillain–Barre syndrome, transverse myelitis, facial palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, anaphylaxis, autoimmune disorders, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolisms and cervical cancers.”

The medical researchers also point this out in their report: “In the Western world, cervical cancer is a rare disease with mortality rates that are several times lower than the rate of reported serious adverse reactions (including deaths) from HPV vaccination.” In fact, the overwhelming majority (88%) of cervical cancer deaths occur in third world countries. Hmmmm.......no cases of "Tourette Syndrome"?Read the full story here.

Why is Obama in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood?

Why is Obama in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood? “Obama is anti-Western, anti-Christian and antisemitic”(DocsTalk).(IsraPundit).By Ted Belman.
Dr. Essam Abdallah, an Egyptian liberal intellectual, in an article published last October in the leading liberal pan Arab, Elaph, refers to certain reports coming out of Washington:
These reports reveal the depth of the below-the-surface coordination between the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Jordan. This bloc of regimes and organizations is now becoming the greatest Islamist radical lobby ever to penetrate and infiltrate the White House, Congress, the State Department and the main decision making centers of the US government. All of this is happening at a time when the US government is going through its most strategically dangerous period in modern times because of its need to confront the Iranian Mullahs regime, which is expanding in the Middle East, as well as penetrating the United States, via powerful and influential allies.”“the popular revolts in the Arab world – and the Obama Administration’s position towards them – were determined by political battles between various pressure groups in Washington.”
He followed up with another article this month in which he asks,
“why isn’t the West in general and the United States Administration in particular clearly and forcefully supporting our civil societies and particularly the secular democrats of the region? Why were the bureaucracies in Washington and in Brussels partnering with Islamists in the region and not with their natural allies the democracy promoting political forces?
Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism said of this article, “This is one of the most important articles I have read in years.” He then made allegations of his own:

It was just revealed two days ago that FBI Director Mueller secretly met on February 8 at FBI headquarters with a coalition of groups including various Islamist and militant Arabic groups who in the past have defended Hamas and Hizballah and have also issued blatantly anti-Semitic statements. At this meeting, the FBI revealed that it had removed more than 1000 presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that was deemed “offensive.” The FBI did not reveal what criteria was used to determine why material was considered “offensive” but knowledgeable law enforcement sources have told the IPT that it was these radical groups who made that determination. Moreover, numerous FBI agents have confirmed that from now on, FBI headquarters has banned all FBI offices from inviting any counter-terrorist specialists who are considered “anti-Islam” by Muslim Brotherhood front groups.”
This comes as no surprise to me. On August 2011, after making the case, I wrote, “To my mind, the alliance between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood is the cornerstone of Obama’s New Middle East policy.”.
The most damning bit of evidence was reported by Herb London in his article U.S. Betrays Syria’s Opposition:
“In an effort to understand and placate Syrian opposition groups, Secretary Clinton invited them to a meeting in Washington. Most of those invited, however, have links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Missing from the invitations are Kurdish leaders, Sunni liberals, Assyrians and Christian spokesmen. According to various reports the State Department made a deal with Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood representatives either to share power with Assad to stabilize the government, or replace him if this effort fails. One organization, the Syrian Democracy Council (SDC), an opposition group composed of diverse ethnic and religious organizations, including Alawis, Aramaic Christians, Druze and Assyrians was conspicuously — and no coincidentally — omitted from the invitation list.”
Caroline Glick wrote in August of last year:  “What these observers fail to recognize is that Erdogan’s interests in a post-Assad Syria have little in common with US interests. Erdogan will seek to ensure the continued disenfranchisement of Syria’s Kurdish minority. And he will work towards the Islamification of Syria through the Muslim Brotherhood. “Today there is a coalition of Syrian opposition figures that include all ethnic groups in Syria. Their representatives have been banging the doors of the corridors of power in Washington and beyond. Yet the same Western leaders who were so eager to recognize the Libyan opposition despite the presence of al Qaeda terrorists in the opposition tent have refused to publicly embrace Syrian regime opponents that seek a democratic, federal Syria that will live at peace with Israel and embrace liberal policies.
This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a private meeting with these brave democrats. Why didn’t she hold a public meeting? Why hasn’t Obama welcomed them to the White House?
“By refusing to embrace liberal, multi-ethnic regime opponents, the administration is all but ensuring the success of the Turkish bid to install the Muslim Brotherhood in power if Assad is overthrown.”
The Syrian Democratic Coalition (SDC) above mentioned, is self-described as:
“The Syrian Democratic Coalition (SDC) is an emerging coalition of diverse Syrian organizations coming together to help bring an end to the Assad regime and promote the transformation of Syria into a secular democracy based in liberty. The coalition is founded upon a belief in the separation of religion from state and is dedicated to establishing a new constitution and transparent federal republic in Syria, based in reason that equally protects minority rights, promotes gender equality, and embraces the rights and liberties of every individual as enumerated in the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights.

This growing coalition crosses all ethnic, religious and tribal lines to represent all Syrians. It currently includes members of Save Syria Now!, the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, the Union of Syrian Arab Tribes and the Syrian Christian Democratic Movement.”
Sherkoh Abbas is Secretary General of the Syria Democracy Council and President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. I first met him when he invited me to be a Director of the American Kurdish Friendship League some 5 years ago.
Recently, he confided in me that in all his dealings with the State Department over the last two years, no interest was shown in his coalition and instead he was continually pressed to support the Syrian National Council made up of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists and Arabists. He believes that the U.S. is working with Salafi groups, and the Turkish government, to create an opposition in Syria that is strictly Islamist, and will thus serve Turkish economic interests in Syria, and keep the Kurdish issue as dormant in Turkey as well as in Syria.
For the last six months at least Obama has been cultivating a relationship with PM Erdogan of Turkey. The budding relationship prompted Barry Rubin to ask, Why Is an Anti-American Islamist, Obama’s Favorite ME Leader? According to Sherkoh Abbas, one faction of the SDC had family connections in various Gulf States at the highest level and went to them for financial support. They were turned down as Obama had instructed them to only give money to the SNC. Nevertheless the SDC is gaining traction amongst the Kurds, Druze, Sunnis, Christians and even the Alawites. This is so because these various minorities are beginning to think of a post Assad Syria and they all want a region of their own. They have expressed their willingness to be secular, democratic and a friend of Israel and will be asked to commit to this in writing. They don’t want Islamism or Arabism. They prefer peace, freedom and prosperity. So why isn’t Obama embracing them?
The Obama administration is totally in sync with the Muslim Brotherhood.

At the renowned Herzlia Conference this year, I met Salman Shalkh, one of the speakers from Qatar. We had a long conversation in which he kept pushing for the Saudi Plan to be embraced by Israel. This is the plan that Obama is committed to, i.e., ’67 borders with mutually agreed swaps. He argued that Israel should talk to Hamas and I countered, “What’s the point, we have nothing to offer to them”. He was also an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood. These arguments should be expected from someone from Qatar. Unfortunately, the same arguments are being made by the White House.
It is instructive to note that he is Director of Brookings Doha, Center, in Qatar, the Arab offshoot of the Brookings Institute that has so much influence with the State Department.
He told me that he was one of the people who drafted the Roadmap on behalf of the State Department. I told him that it didn’t surprise me and suggested that he probably drafted the Saudi Peace Plan for them, as well.
What is going on now in American Foreign Policy is not so much a product of the Islamist Lobby fueled by both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Gulf States as it is a product of a strategic alliance that has existed between the US and the Gulf States lead by Saudi Arabia since before Israel declared her independence. Unfortunately, President Obama with his overt embrace of Islam, Muslims and the Muslim Brotherhood, has taken it to another level. It would appear that the ideas expressed by Mearsheimer and Walt in their book, The Israel Lobby, are being embraced by both the State Department and the White House. These ideas include the idea that the Israel Lobby is too strong for America’s good and that Israel is a liability to America.
But the truth is otherwise, as John R. MacArthur pointed out in 2007, in The Vast Power of the Saudi Lobby:
“Somehow, though, I can’t shake the idea that the Israel lobby, no matter how powerful, isn’t all it is cracked up to be, particularly where it concerns the Bush administrations past and present. Indeed, when I think of pernicious foreign lobbies with disproportionate sway over American politics, I can’t see past Saudi Arabia and its royal house, led by King Abdullah.” This article is a classic and should be read in full.
Obama has decidedly moved from an alliance with Israel to an alliance with the Islamists.
MK Aryeh Eldad in a speech he gave in the fall in the US, when Israel was intending to act against Iran militarily, said word came down from the White House that “if you act alone, you will remain alone”.

Because Israel is so dependent on the US for resupply of weapons and munitions in a prolonged war, this threat changed the calculus immediately. It is true that when Mahmoud Abbas was threatening to go to the UN for recognition, the Obama administration lobbied around the world for negative votes. But at the same time, Obama threatened Netanyahu that he would withhold his veto if Israel took punitive action against the PA by annexing some of the territories or by withholding funds. Finally he used the same threat to get Israel to instruct AIPAC to lobby Congress not to punish the PA by withholding US funds. Over the last six months, Israel has been warned by a succession of senior military and administration officials not to attack Iran, at this time, all in the name of giving sanctions a chance. But who believes that sanctions will stop Iran. And who believes that that the US will in the end attack Iran to stop them.
So while Obama is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, he is keeping Israel under his thumb.
Isi Leibler takes exception to all this and reminds everyone that:
this organization [The Muslim Brotherhood] represents one of the most fanatical and dangerous of the radical Islamist groups in the region, with a dark record of violence and terrorism imbedded in its DNA. It is rabidly anti-Western, anti-Christian, antisemitic, committed to imposing sharia law and a global Caliphate – and willing to employ any means to further its objectives.”
Many would argue that Obama is also “anti-Western, anti-Christian [and] antisemitic”. Judging by his policies, they would be right.Read the full story here.

MFS -The Other News - What the main papers don't say.


  Morning Posting.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation Russia 5.3 - 5.1 ; Japan 5.4 - 5.2 ; Vanuatu 5.1  !More info here.

  • ATF Implicated in another DHS Agent's Death; Where is Napolitano's Outrage?(BN).This new development could indicate that Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley have come into possession of the best evidence yet that ICE Agent Jaime Zapata's murder was a direct result of an ATF Fast and Furious type operation. It involves a man named Manuel Barba, whom I posted about here last week. Barba had been convicted of trafficking a weapon connected to Zapata's death without the Zapata family being notified. That is noteworthy in itself.On the heels of that astonishing news, Issa and Grassley have sent another letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and it contains information that may indicate exactly why the DOJ wanted to let Barba's prosecution fly under the radar.To this point, there have been three other men with ties to guns that were used in Zapata's murder but they reportedly weren't under ATF surveillance at the time. Though they had plenty of reason to be. The names of those three other men are Otilio and Rafael Osorio and Kelvin Morrison. The addition of Barba to this grouping may point directly to a Fast and Furious style operation that led to Zapata's murder, which would seemingly contradict a statement made by an ATF spokesman.Here is a portion of the letter to Holder I had sitting in my inbox from Issa Press Secretary Becca Watkins this morning.Read the full story here.

  • 20 Signs That Dust Bowl Conditions Will Soon Return To The Heartland Of America.(BLN).By Michael Snyder.For decades, the heartland of America has been the breadbasket of the world. Unfortunately, those days will shortly come to an end. The central United States is rapidly drying up and dust bowl conditions will soon return. There are a couple of major reasons for this. Number one, the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted at an astounding pace. The Ogallala Aquifer is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the entire world, and water from it currently irrigates more than 15 million acres of crops. When that water is gone we will be in a world of hurt. Secondly, drought conditions have become the “new normal” in many areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other states in the middle part of the country. Scientists tell us that the wet conditions that we enjoyed for several decades after World War II were actually the exception to the rule and that most of time time the interior west is incredibly dry. They also tell us that when dust bowl conditions return to the area, they might stay with us a lot longer than a decade like they did during the 1930s. Unfortunately, without water you cannot grow food, and with global food supplies as tight as they are right now we cannot afford to have a significant decrease in agricultural production. But it is not just the central United States that is experiencing the early stages of a major water crisis. Already many other areas around the nation are rapidly developing their own water problems. As supplies of fresh water get tighter and tighter, some really tough decisions are going to have to be made. Fresh water is absolutely essential to life, and it is going to become increasingly precious in the years ahead.Most Americans have never even heard of the Ogallala Aquifer, but the truth is that it is one of the most important bodies of water on the globe. It covers well over 100,000 square miles and it sits underneath the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.Water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer is used to water more than 15 million acres of crops. Without this source of water, the United States would not be the breadbasket of the world.That is why what is happening right now is so alarming.The following are 20 signs that dust bowl conditions will soon return to the heartland of America….
  1. The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.
  2. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, since 1940 “a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie” has been permanently lost from the Ogallala Aquifer.
  3. Decades ago, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet, but today the average depth is just 80 feet. In some areas of Texas, the water is gone completely.Read the full story here.


  • Google offers $1 million reward to hackers who exploit Chrome.(DR).There's security and then there's security.Google has pledged cash prizes totaling $1 million to people who successfully hack its Chrome browser at next week's CanSecWest security conference.Google will reward winning contestants with prizes of $60,000, $40,000, and $20,000 depending on the severity of the exploits they demonstrate on Windows 7 machines running the browser. Members of the company's security team announced the Pwnium contest on their blog on Monday. There is no splitting of winnings, and prizes will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until the $1 million threshold is reached....At last year's competition, Internet Explorer and Safari were both toppled but no one even attempted an exploit against Chrome (despite Google offering an additional $20,000 beyond the $15,000 provided by contest organizer Tipping Point).Chrome is currently the only browser eligible for Pwn2Own never to be brought down. One reason repeatedly cited by contestants for its lack of attention is the difficulty of bypassing Google's security sandbox.Read the full story here.


  • Iran: Only military can decide if IAEA can visit Parchin.(JPost).TEHRAN - It is up to Iran's military to decide whether UN nuclear inspectors can visit a site they want to see as part of their investigation of Iranian nuclear activities, a senior Iranian official said on Wednesday.The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said last week that it had requested access to the Parchin military facility during high-level talks in Tehran earlier this month, but that the Iranian side had not granted it.The IAEA had hoped that Iran would start addressing its mounting concerns about possible military links to the Iranian nuclear program but made no progress in its talks.Iran rejects Western accusations that it is secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability and says it wants nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes, notably electricity generation and medical uses.The official IRNA news agency quoted Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, as saying IAEA inspectors could visit the country's nuclear sites "whenever they want."But "Whether or not IAEA inspectors can visit Parchin will be a decision for the country's military officials," he said, adding that his organization was under no obligation "to show them anywhere they ask to visit in the country."The IAEA's request to visit Parchin, a military complex southeast of Tehran, followed a report the Vienna-based agency issued in November suggesting Iran had pursued military nuclear technology. This helped precipitate the latest round of US and EU sanctions on Iran.The report said the IAEA had information that Iran had built a large containment chamber at the Parchin complex to conduct high-explosives tests. There were "strong indicators of possible weapon development," the agency said.Suspicions about activities at the Parchin complex date back at least to 2004, when a prominent nuclear expert said satellite images showed it might be a site for research and testing relevant to nuclear weapons.UN inspectors visited Parchin in 2005, but did not see the place where the IAEA now believes the explosives chamber was built.Read the full story here.


  • Gaza, Jerusalem, Nicosia, Baku.(HD).Since Turkey decided to isolate Israel in the aftermath of the Mavi Marmara raid in which Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American in May 2010, the events have not exactly taken the route Ankara wished them to take. A well-deserved apology for the Israeli fiasco and the unnecessary loss of life has never arrived. Nor has compensation for the families of the victims. And the termination of Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip remains a Turkish dream. Meanwhile, two-way trade between Turkey and Israel rose by nearly 30 percent to $4.449 billion last year from $3.440 billion in 2010. In the same period, Turkish imports from the Jewish state rose more than 50 percent. Turkey’s “brotherly” relations with its southern and eastern Muslim neighbors – Syria, Iraq and Iran – have metamorphosed into something reminiscent of relations among brothers claiming the Ottoman throne. In the meantime, Israel has cultivated closer ties with Balkan countries such as Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece. It has also put in more effort to strengthen ties with Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, India and China. But the brawl goes on. In December, an Israeli defense company, Elbit, canceled a sale of hi-tech surveillance systems to the Turkish Air Force. More recently, Turkey imposed tighter restrictions on Israeli cargo flights entering the Turkish airspace, leading to economic losses for Israeli companies.If the “Israeli defense officials” chose the timing to announce the lucrative Azeri deal, they must have a genuine sense of humor: A $1.6 billion handshake between Israel and “one nation-two states” Azerbaijan on the same day when the other of the (one nation) two states was exhibiting solidarity for the Azeri victims of Karabakh in demonstrations previously unseen!If there is one region that is the ostensible reason for all this reshuffling of political balances in this part of the world, it is Gaza (see Ömer Çelik, deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling party, who said that the “Gaza conflict is Turkey’s domestic issue”). If there should be another, it is Jerusalem.Now we have Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay swinging his sword in the Battle for Jerusalem. A few days ago, Mr. Atalay said Jerusalem had to be freed of Israeli occupation if a lasting settlement was to reign in the Middle East. “Without the liberation of Jerusalem,” he said, “No real peace and stability can be achieved.” Speaking at the International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Doha, Qatar, Mr. Atalay described Jerusalem as “a captive city in the hands of Israel.”Hmmmm.......I think The US could solve it's energy probs if only they could catch and transform all the 'hot air' coming from Turkey in energy.Read the full story here.


  • Defense Minister: US to Face New Environment in Battle with Iran.(Fars).Tehran - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi warned about the country's crushing response to any aggressive move by the enemies, and said Iran has not revealed all its capacities and capabilities and the US and its allies will face a new realm and environment if they dare to enter war with Iran. "Undoubtedly, since our defense is an independent and defensive one based on our own defensive policies, special defense doctrines and our own indigenous defense and internal capabilities, the US will face a completely new environment when gets involved with the new issues that Iran is pursuing and it will be obliged to think of this new environment," Vahidi told FNA on Tuesday. He underlined the US Armed Forces' passivity in confronting Iran's military programs, and said, "Naturally, they cannot reach this point since we have not displayed all our capabilities and capacities." Iran has recently renewed and upgraded the weapons and defense systems of its air defense units. Late in September, Iran equipped its air defense units across the country with large numbers of the home-made Mersad Air Defense Missile System. In November and during the massive air defense exercises in Iran, the power, capability, weapons and military systems of the Rapid Reaction units of Iran's Air Defense Force were tested. The Iranian Air Defense Force's rapid reaction units used their state-of-the-art, home-made weapons and systems, including multi-frequency radar equipment, anti-aircraft canons and different types of air defense missiles to force hypothetical enemy aircraft out of the country's air space. Later in the drills, the rapid reaction units tested their ability against the hypothetical enemies' surprised night raids and blitzkrieg with full radio silence.Read the full story here.

  • Al-Shabab Migrates to Yemen.(BM).SANA’A: Amid leaking intelligence pointing to the American militarization of the Arabian Peninsula, as it prepares for a potential armed conflict with Iran, and steps up its “War on Terror” in the region, officials in Somalia announced that hundreds upon hundreds of al-Shabab Jihadists fighters were headed for Yemen in a bid to join up with al-Qaeda there.Reports already confirmed that as many as 8 boats had left Kismayu port in Somalia for Yemen in the past 48 hours alone. Since informants advanced that each boat had an 100 person capacity, 800 armed militants could be now heading for the shore of the poorest and most unstable country in the Arabian Peninsula.The Jihadist mercenaries, also known as al-Mujahedeen al-Muhajereen (the migrants jihadists), could be now turning their attention towards Yemen and its Ansar al Shariah as they believe their task in Somalia complete, while Yemen’s campaign was only starting.Even since the beginning of the Yemeni popular uprising, al-Qaeda fighters in the country used the power vacuum left by the protests to further their territorial ambitions in the tribal southern provinces of Abyan and Mareb, seizing towns and villages.Emboldened by the government’s inability to thwart their moves, al-Qaeda declared a few months ago that it aimed at setting up an Islamic Caliphate in Yemen, returning to an ancestral governing system based solely on the Muslims scriptures.In February, al-Shabab declared in a statement that it was looking at partnering with al-Qaeda in Yemen in a bid to control the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, saying it had already sent dozens of fighters.Read the full story here.

Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag.

Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag.(IV).First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close.
On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led.
It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent.
Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected the administration position that you can have freedom of conscience as long as you don't act on it and that Catholics can run hospitals believing what they want as long as they don't act on those beliefs.Cardinal George responded that what Catholics and others do is what they believe and the two cannot be separated.
"Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the constitution of the former Soviet Union," Cardinal George wrote in a column in the Catholic New World. "You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship — no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. We fought a long Cold War to defeat that vision of society."Indeed we did. It was fought to protect the First Amendment and the free exercise of religion in all its aspects.
The oft-mentioned "separation of church and state," a phrase that appears in an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson but nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, was meant to imply protection of churches from the state as much as the other way around. "The state is making itself into a church" with this mandate, Cardinal George said.The Founding Fathers knew that freedom of religion was a bedrock of democracy and all other freedoms.
That is why they put it in the First Amendment of a Constitution that mentions freedom of religion, but not health care. This country was founded by those escaping government interference in and persecution of their religion and the way they practice their faith.
The Soviet Union that Cardinal George warned our government was copying in its attack on religious freedom was brought down by a Polish church led by Pope John Paul II who, along with President Ronald Reagan, believed that religious conscience and freedom go hand in hand.
While some believe health care is a right guaranteed by the state, some still believe and fight for those inalienable rights that our Declaration of Independence says we were endowed with by our Creator.Nationalized health care is not one of them.Read the full story here.

Judges resign in Egypt, NGO trial to continue despite state TV report


Judges resign in Egypt, NGO trial to continue despite state TV report.(BM).CAIRO: An earlier report on Wednesday by Egypt’s state television revealing that the trial of 43 NGO workers was to be abandoned has turned out to be false.
According to new information, the judges on the case have resigned, but the trial itself is expected to continue on April 26 as planned.
Egypt’s state television had reported on Wednesday morning that the trial of 43 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, was being abandoned. The case, over alleged illegal funding of NGOs in the country had sparked tension between Washington and Cairo and angered local activists.
The presiding judge, Mohammed Shukri, made a formal request to renounce the case, without citing a reason, according to the TV report.
Among those who had been on trial were 19 Americans, 5 Serbians, two Germans, three Arabs and the remaining Egyptians. Sam LaHood, the son of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who had made headlines recently after being barred from leaving Egypt, was among those charged.
The spat over American citizens being barred from leaving Egypt had left a diplomatic row between the military junta here in Egypt and the American government.
A senior State Department official said earlier this month that a “handful of US citizens have opted to stay in the embassy compound in Cairo while awaiting permission to depart Egypt.”The official, who was not allowed to discuss the matter on the record, would not say whether Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, was among those at the embassy.LaHood said that he feared he could be jailed for up to five years after being barred from leaving the country in late January.
LaHood and a number of other Americans were banned from leaving Egypt little over a week ago.
The younger LaHood told Fox News via telephone last month that an Egyptian judge claims he, along with the other Americans stopped, worked for an unregistered non-governmental organization and took a salary.“We’re kind of expecting the worst,” LaHood said.For its part, the White House demanded that Egypt “immediately” lift the travel ban on Americans.Hmmm.......In Other News Saudi Arabia Just pledged $ 3,75 Billion to Egypt.......Who needs U.S.Money?Read the full story here.More here.

Egyptian People's Assembly (Muslim Brotherhood) creating law to prosecute Mubarak for Treason.


Egyptian People's Assembly (Muslim Brotherhood) creating law to prosecute Mubarak for Treason.(IW).Muslim Brotherhood Lawyers: More Charges To be leveled Against Mubarak, in Addition to Murdering Demonstrators.Ali Kamal, a civil rights plaintiff in the case murdered demonstrators and a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) lawyer, asserted that there is no legal provision that prevents the prosecution of the deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and seeking the death penalty, contrary to rumors that this is not possible because Mubarak has exceeded the age of 83.
 In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Kamal explained that, in principle, Mubarak will not escape the killings of demonstrators, pointing out that Mubarak in his former capacity as president of Egypt and the President of the Supreme Council of every institution in Egypt, is responsible for the health damage suffered by innocent Egyptians, as well as economic damage suffered by the whole country. Kamal confirmed the possibility of prosecuting Mubarak for this damage suffered by the Egyptian people.
 Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud, one of the civil-right plaintiffs in the killing-of-demonstrators case and the Brotherhood's lawyer, said that the Egyptian People's Assembly is currently discussing a law on the crime of treason, pointing out that they are waiting until this law is passed, so as to charge and prosecute Mubarak with high treason.Abdel-Maksoud said that the law will define and detail the crime of treason and set clear standards and mechanisms which should help bring charges against Mubarak, pointing that the charge of treason in Mubarak’s case will be based on his relations with Israel and the United States and his involvement in the corruption of political life in Egypt during his reign.Hmmm.....Thanks to Pres Obama this has become possible.Israel is warned what can happen to Obama's allies.Read the full story here.
 
 
 

Twitter opens user archives to paying companies.


Twitter opens user archives to paying companies.(BBC).Companies are now able to search and analyse up to two years of Twitter updates for market research purposes.
Firms can search tweets back to January 2010 in order to plan marketing campaigns, target influential users or even try to predict certain events.
Until today, only the previous 30 days of tweets were available for companies to search. Regular users can access posts from the past seven days.UK-based Datasift is the first company to offer the archive.
Its existing customers will be able to use access "historical" tweets from today, the company said.
"No-one's ever done this before," Tim Barker, Datasift's marketing manager, told the BBC.
"It's a brand new service that we're bringing online - it's a massive technology challenge because of the amount of data that is pumped out every single day."
He said the company takes in roughly 250 million tweets every 24 hours, all of which are analysed for content - such as whether they were said in a positive or negative tone.The software will also log location data and social media influence based in part on existing influence monitoring service Klout.
Private accounts and tweets that have been deleted will not be indexed by the site.Datasift said they have seen a lot of demand for the product - with almost 1,000 companies joining a waiting list to access the service.
Twitter, which has been steadily building various revenue streams, will earn money from Datasift as part of a licensing fee.
The cost to businesses will depend on the company's size, with Datasift's entry-level package costing £635 ($1,000) per month for "individuals or developers".
"Twitter has turned a social network that was meant to promote real-time global conversation into a vast market-research enterprise with unwilling, unpaid participants."
Meanwhile, online rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation described the service as "creepy". Hmmmmm........Tweets for sale expire only after two years.Read the full story here.

Netherlands to supply 2 state-of-the art container scanners, Dutch donation to boost Palestinian trade.

                                                      Mobile truck-container scanner
Netherlands to supply 2 state-of-the art container scanners, Dutch donation to boost Palestinian trade.(JPost).While Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are stalemated, economic cooperation continues between the two sides with the Netherlands announcing this week it will supply two state-of-the art container scanners to facilitate Palestinian trade.
The scanners are to “promote the economic development of the Palestinian Authority through expanded trade flows, while safeguarding” Israel’s security, according to a joint agreement signed Sunday by Dutch Ambassador Caspar Veldkamp and Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot, the coordinator of government activities in the territories.
The first scanner will be installed at the Allenby Bridge to Jordan “as fast and efficiently” as possible, expected within six to nine months, and the second one – possibly at the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza – at a later date.
In a unique form of cooperation, the scanners will be donated to and owned by the PA, but will be operated by Israel “to maintain and ensure” its security requirements.
According to a statement put out by the Dutch Embassy, the scanners will boost Palestinian trade by “reducing transit costs for businesses and increasing the volume and range of goods allowed through the crossings.” The Allenby Bridge scanner could increase the amount of trade flowing through the crossing by up to 33 percent, something that will “help the Palestinian economy grow,”the statement said.
The new container scanners – which cost about $2.5 million each – will allow manufacturers to load their product directly into the containers at their factories, and the goods will not have to be touched again in shipment, reducing the risk of damage in handling, theft and exposure to the elements.Talks about putting container scanners into place have been ongoing for years.
Veldkamp said it was the “trust and friendship between Israel and the Netherlands” that was able to seal the deal at this time. “This benefits Palestinian economic development, and takes into account Israel’s security needs, which we really care about,” he said.
Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal announced the deal in Brussels on Monday at the monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers. The issue was discussed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte when they met last month in Holland. Rutte and Rosenthal previously discussed it with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.Read the full story here.

" In Frack's Name " - US wants natural gas as major auto fuel option.


" In Frack's Name " - US wants natural gas as major auto fuel option.(NWW).Natural gas has never been much of an option for US car drivers and its going to take a lot of effort by the government and auto manufactures to make it a viable alternative to gas.
But that's just what a $10 million program from the Department of Energy's advanced project development group The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) aims to start anyway. ARPA-E's Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE) program wants to develop system "that could enable natural gas vehicles with on-board storage and at-home refueling with a five-year payback or upfront cost differential of $2,000, which excludes the balance of system and installation costs."
From ARPA-E: "Specific aims include technological advancements in the area of 
  1. new sorbent materials for low-pressure storage of natural gas and
  2. new high-strength, low-cost materials and manufacturing processes for conformable tanks capable of high-pressure (250 bar) natural gas storage. Low-pressure approaches inherently reduce the cost on home refueling; however for high-pressure approaches this program also seeks.
  3. innovative low-cost, high-performance compressor technology."
According to the agency, there are over 13 million natural gas vehicles on the road worldwide but only 120,000 in the United States. But with what the agency termed as massive increases in the US natural gas reserves over the past decade, there is now an "unprecedented opportunity for advancing the economic, national, and environmental security of the nation. Spurred by technological advances in shale gas production, increased natural gas reserves have led to a decoupling of domestic natural gas with global petroleum prices, and historically low natural gas prices relative to petroleum."
"Natural gas vehicles have the highest deployment in regions of the world where governments have artificially altered market conditions to favor natural gas. For example, in most of Europe, compressed natural gas is about $4.00/GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) less expensive than gasoline due to high gasoline taxes.
By contrast, natural gas vehicles in the U.S. must compete with gasoline and diesel vehicles based on commodity market prices.

As a consequence, the US currently has limited deployment of natural gas vehicles and in only small, specific market sectors. These include buses and fleet vehicles, in addition to some heavy-duty trucking applications, such as refuse trucks that benefit from both high fuel use and predictable daily routes," ARPA-E says.
In terms of refueling infrastructure, the US has five times fewer natural gas refueling stations per natural gas vehicle than nations with wide-spread adoption of natural gas vehicles. However, a change appears to be on the horizon for heavy-duty, long-haul natural gas trucks as the private sector is beginning to finance CNG (compressed natural gas)and LNG (liquefied natural gas) refueling stations along major highways without the use of public funds, ARPA-E says.Furthermore, the current cost of a natural gas refueling station is about $1.6M, compared to about $100k for gasoline.
With 65 million US homes using natural gas service, the natural gas light-duty vehicle infrastructure problem could be overcome with at-home natural gas refueling. That requires a new home storage system that would also be developed as part of the MOVE plan.Hmmm..........Home gas storage......a terrorists dream come true.Read the full story here.


US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey denies advising Israel against Iran strike.



US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey denies advising Israel against Iran strike.(JPost).Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Tuesday told a Senate panel that he did not instruct Israel against an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was also speaking Tuesday on Capitol Hill, said that US President Barack Obama’s administration was working as “aggressively” as possible to implement sanctions on Iran, and that they had seen more progress than initially expected.
Dempsey, who visited Israel for high-level talks in January, was answering the panel’s questions on comments he made about a possible Israeli attack on the Islamic Republic earlier this month.
In an interview with CNN, he had said: “A strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve their [Israel’s] long-term objectives. I wouldn’t suggest, sitting here today, that we’ve persuaded them that our view is the correct view and that they are acting in an ill-advised fashion.”
On Tuesday, Dempsey said that he had merely spoken to Israeli officials about “the issue of time,” and had not advised them against a military strike on Iran.
Dempsey also defended comments in which he described Iran as a “rational” actor, stating in his panel testimony, “We can’t afford to underestimate our potential adversaries by writing them off as irrational.
His comments came as Defense Minister Ehud Barak was visiting the US, where he was scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Iran was expected to play a prominent role in these meetings.Hmmmm.........In 1991, Deputy President Ayatollah Mohajerani stated that Iran should workwith other Islamic states to create an ‘‘Islamic bomb.’’ Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani,characterized today as a pragmatist, in contrast to hardliner Ahmadinejad, in 1988 explicitly called on Iran to equip itself both in the offensive and defense use of chemical,bacteriological and radiological weapons.’’ Read the full story here.

Jerusalem debate heats up.


Jerusalem debate heats up.(HD).Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Feb. 26 of trying to erase any Arab identity from Jerusalem, drawing a strong response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who criticized the comments as inflammatory and contemptible.
Abbas, speaking at the International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Doha, said that for the past few years Israel was intending to destroy Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque and has been waging a “final battle” aimed at erasing the Arab and Muslim character of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war. “Abbas knows full well that there is no foundation to his contemptible remarks, including his baseless and irresponsible claims regarding the al-Aqsa Mosque,” the Associated Press quoted Netanyahu as saying. “This is a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace.” The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they are looking to establish in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Netanyahu, who opposes dividing the city, said Jerusalem has been the “eternal capital for the Jewish people” for thousands of years. He said Israel will continue to maintain the city’s holy sites and freedom of worship for all.
Qatar also urged the United Nations to investigate settlement expansion of Israel in east Jerusalem, warning that Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories was unacceptable. “We must act quickly to stop the Judaization of Jerusalem,” said Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Agence France-Presse reported.On behalf of Turkey, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay has said Jerusalem must be freed of Israeli occupation if a lasting settlement is to reign in the Middle East. “Without the liberation of Jerusalem, no real peace and stability can be achieved in the Middle East or farther afield,” Atalay told Anatolia news agency.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu said he had conveyed to U.S. Secretary of ummah State Hillary Clinton that the OIC considers the al-Aqsa Mosque a red line for the Islamic ummah, impressing on her the need for an immediate end to Israeli violations in Jerusalem.Read the full story here.

Contrary to previous US Armed Forces Mortuary claims, 9/11 remains dumped in landfill.




Contrary to previous US Armed Forces Mortuary claims, 9/11 remains dumped in landfill.(IT).(CNN).Retired General John Abizaid, who is in charge of the independent review of the practices at the Armed Forces Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), briefed Pentagon reporters on Tuesday, saying it was unclear how many victims’ partial remains were disposed of in this manner.
The report contradicted a 2011 US Air Force account that claimed there were no records showing how remains at Dover were handled before 2003.
Washington: Partial remains of some victims of the September 11 attacks were dumped in a landfill, the Pentagon revealed on Tuesday for the first time, issuing a report that exposed years of bungling at the US military's most important mortuary.
The portions of remains that ended up at a landfill came from the 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and from a hijacked airliner that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on 9/11, according to the report by an independent panel.
The revelation came from a review of the troubled mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, which has been blamed for mishandling the remains of some troops killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The details about the 9/11 remains were mentioned only in passing in the report, which focused on how to fix management problems at the troubled mortuary.
Any remains related to 9/11 carry a special significance for Americans and the White House promptly issued a statement, saying the Pentagon was taking steps to ensure such mistakes "never happen again.""We are deeply concerned about reports that in 2001, some unidentified portions of remains from the 9/11 attacks were disposed of in a landfill, and about the unacceptable handling of remains at Dover," the White House said.Officials said it was unclear how many victims might be involved or whether some of the remains belonged to the al-Qaida hijackers.
The military had acknowledged last year that some portions of remains of fallen soldiers at the Dover mortuary in Delaware had been incinerated and sent to a Virginia landfill, a practice that was halted in 2008.The military now disposes of unidentified cremated remains at sea.But the review released on Tuesday said "several portions of remains from the Pentagon attack and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site" also were taken to an unidentified landfill."These cremated portions were then placed in sealed containers that were provided to a biomedical waste disposal contractor," it said.The report contradicts a 2011 US Air Force account which said there were no records that showed how remains at Dover were handled before 2003.Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told a news conference on Tuesday he was not aware that some remains of 9/11 victims had been taken to a landfill, saying: "This is new information to me."
But retired Army general John Abizaid, who led the review, said he had briefed all the armed services on his report's findings.
The coroner in Pennsylvania's Somerset County who oversaw the recovery of remains from hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he was surprised to hear that any remains could have been taken to a landfill.Hmmmm......."Officials said it was unclear how many victims might be involved or whether some of the remains belonged to the al-Qaida hijackers"....I can hear another 'Apology' coming in the distance.Read the full story here.

New resolution on Syria drafted at U.N. council to focus on humanitarian angles.


 
New resolution on Syria drafted at U.N. council to focus on humanitarian angles.(AA).The United States and France have drafted an outline for a new U.N. Security Council resolution demanding access for humanitarian aid workers in besieged Syrian towns and an end to the violence there.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that the council was working on a third resolution, this time focusing on the escalating humanitarian crisis caused by Assad’s military operations against protesters.
The draft resolution, obtained by Al Arabiya, demands an immediate halt to all forms of violence in Syria and condemns the continued widespread, systematic, and gross violations of human rights in the country.The draft resolution calls on the Syrian government to cease all violence and protect its population, release all detainees and withdraw military forces from cities and towns nationwide.
According to the new draft resolution, Syrian authorities should immediately allow humanitarian access and fully cooperate with the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance.
The draft also expresses full support to the Arab League’s decision to facilitate a peaceful political transition in the country and starting a serious political dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.
Russia, U.N. diplomats said, has indicated that it would support a resolution that focuses exclusively on the humanitarian crisis without any mention of the political situation. Arab and Western diplomats, however, say that such a resolution would be unacceptable to them.
The Russians would most probably oppose to article 9 of the draft resolution, which states that in case of non-compliance with the resolution within 14 days, further measures could be considered by the member states.
The new U.S initiative, they said, could succeed since the Chinese have signaled that they might not want to keep vetoing Syria resolutions in the council.If the United States, Europe and Arabs manage to win the support of the Chinese, or at least a pledge from Beijing to abstain and allow the resolution to pass, it will be very difficult for the Russians to stand alone and veto it.Read the full story here.

Obama Admin Spends $750,000 of taxpayers money on Soccer Field for Gitmo Detainees


Obama Admin Spends $750,000 of taxpayers money on Soccer Field for Gitmo Detainees.(Fox).At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the finishing touches -- at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.
The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo.
The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this spring. The detainees will now have three recreation facilities at Camp 6, which is home to "highly compliant" detainees who live in a communal setting.In addition to an indoor recreation field and the existing outdoor recreation field, the new soccer field -- selected because it is such a popular sport with detainees -- is half the size of an American football field.
The new field has been specially constructed so that the detainees "have maximum access" -- about 20 hours a day. Special passageways allow the detainees to pass into the new recreation yard without being escorted by the military.
On the tour, a military police representative who asked not to be identified by name said allowing high levels of activity outdoors helped reduce behavioral problems at the camps, and it also limited the amount of interaction between detainees and the guards.
Even some of President Obama's most ardent supporters suggest the administration seems eager to close the camps and reduce the detainee population, and plea agreements with minimal jail time are a sweetheart deal for all involved.
Detainees like Usama bin Laden's personal cook and his driver are spending less time in prison than American citizens prosecuted in federal courts on lesser charges.
By example, Zachary Chesser of Charlottesville, Va., who was convicted for making threats against the creators of "South Park" and for supporting a Somali terror group, but who never fired a shot on the battlefield, is now serving a 25-year sentence.
By contrast, Omar Khadr, who killed an American soldier on the battlefield in Afghanistan is nearly half way through his eight-year sentence at Guantanamo, and may finish out his term in Canada.Hmmmm.......Make way for the new FIFA member the 'Jihad League'.Read the full story here.

NATO Agrees to Put Quran Burners on Trial


NATO Agrees to Put Quran Burners on Trial.(AM).The Afghan government has announced that two Muslim delegations have met with NATO officials, and that NATO has "promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident . . ."
Yes, Americans are going to stand trial for burning Qur'ans that were used to spread messages among terrorists.
In other words, NATO has agreed to enforce Sharia.
Joint Statement by the Delegations Assigned to Probe Bagram Incident

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

Following the insulting and shameful act of burning Quran in Bagram airbase that injured the religious sentiments of the Islamic world and particularly of the Afghan Muslim nation, two delegations comprising of representatives from government, the National Council of Ulemma and the National Assembly were assigned and dispatched to investigate the circumstances and causes that have led to the inhumane incident.

The delegations, while deeply touched by the religious sentiments shown by the Afghan Muslim and Mujahid nation, inform our citizens of the following:

1. In view of the particular security situation in the country, we call on all our Muslim citizens of Afghanistan to exercise self-restraint and extra vigilance in dealing with the issue and avoid resorting to protests and demonstrations that may provide ground for the enemy to take advantage of the situation.

2. After the shameful incident by the US soldiers stationed in Bagram, senior NATO and American officials expressed their deep apologies to the Muslim nation of Afghanistan and assured that such incidents will not happen again.

3. NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible.

4. The assigned delegations demand from the government of Afghanistan to take over from the Americans the authority of the Bagram prison so no such incidents can recur and calls on the US government to fully and comprehensively cooperate to this end.

5. The delegations also want from the Afghan government to formally praise those brave Afghan army soldiers and all others who showed feelings against the disrespectful act by preventing more religious books and Quran copies from burning, so that the pure Muslim sentiments of our honored Mujaheddin nation can remain alive.Hmmmm.....And on top of it Obama will hand over The Taliban terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo bay i presume?Read the full story here.

Chastity Day initiative stirs controversy in Morocco.


Chastity Day initiative stirs controversy in Morocco.(AA).By Hassan al-Ashraf.The call by a prominent Moroccan preacher to mark a national Chastity Day stirred controversy in the kingdom with some advocating the propagation of chastity and others regarding the initiative as an insult to Moroccans.
Sheikh al-Idrisi Abu Zeid, Quran reciter and leading member of the Islamist-oriented Justice and Development and the Islamic organization al-Tawhid wa al-Islah (Monotheism and Reformation), called for dedicating a day to the annual promotion of chastity and suggested calling it National Chastity Day. This day, he said, will aim at fighting all “unchaste” phenomena that have lately invaded the conservative Moroccan society.
For sociology researcher Mohamed Boulouse, promoting chastity is a must, but one day a year will not be enough.“We need campaigns that would last for weeks and months in order for chastity to become part of our society again and to counter all phenomena that are stranger to all society,” he told Al Arabiya.Boulouse cited the example of “indecent” films, TV serials, festivals, and different artistic expressions that aim at “sexual arousal.”
Such campaigns, Boulouse added, should also include food, clothes, actions, and words that should all be in line with Islamic principles.“There should be a focus on curbing sexual desire and abstaining from all lustful actions.”“There are several democratic powers that have fought for long to create a multicultural Morocco that accepts all intellectual, artistic, cultural, and ethnic differences and those who launch such initiatives are trying to see how they would respond.”
Lakhal argued that the Chastity Day initiative is an insult to Moroccans since it assumes they are not chaste in the first place.“The initiative means that Moroccans have lost chastity and need to restore it. As far as I know, national days are dedicated to urgent issues concerning specific sectors or echelons of society that are facing problems that need to be addressed."Read the full story here.

Mark Levin Apologizes To Our Soldiers For Their 'Commander-In-Chief'.

Video - Feds Release Official List Of Words Monitored On Social Networking Sites



Ever complain on Facebook that you were feeling "sick?" Told your friends to "watch" a certain TV show? Left a comment on a media website about government "pork?"
If you did any of those things, or tweeted about your recent vacation in "Mexico" or a shopping trip to "Target," the Department of Homeland Security may have noticed.
In the latest revelation of how the federal government is monitoring social media and online news outlets, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has posted online a 2011 Department of Homeland Security manual that includes hundreds of key words (such as those above) and search terms used to detect possible terrorism, unfolding natural disasters and public health threats. The center, a privacy watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request and then sued to obtain the release of the documents.Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Overnight music video - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay

MFS -The Other News - What the main papers don't say.


  Morning Posting.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation Russia 5.2 !More info here.

  • Hillary Siding with Muslim Brotherhood against... Republicans?(BN).By BenBarrack.Back in June, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a question from someone in Jamaica about the situation in Libya; Muammar Gadhafi had not yet fallen. She used strong rhetoric in her defense of the Libyan (al-Qaeda) rebels. Here is a portion of her response: ...the bottom line is, whose side are you on? Are you on Qadhafi’s side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them? For the Obama Administration, the answer to that question is very easy.Then, just this past weekend, while in Tunisia, Hillary called out Russia and China over their support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Via UK Telegraph: Speaking after a Friends of Syria conference, held in Tunisia, Mrs Clinton said that Russia and China must join international condemnation of President Assad's regime.In Libya, Hillary essentially sided with the Muslim Brotherhood. The al-Qaeda flag was placed atop the Benghazi Courthouse after Gadhafi's fall. In Syria, she's doing the same thing. In fact, Hamas can be added to the list as well; they formally came out in support of the rebels this past week.While speaking to that audience in Tunisia, in response to a question from the audience, Clinton came off as being far more partisan than her position is supposed to afford her.Via Fox News:Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested Sunday she may have been less than diplomatic when she told an audience in Tunisia to "not pay attention" to the rhetoric coming from the Republican presidential primary race. But she doesn't take back the gist of her comments.Perhaps it's time for someone to ask Hillary whose side she's on?Read the full story here.

  • Good News: DHS Spending $11 Million Scouring Web for Criticism of Its Policies.(DR).The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to monitor social media websites and other Internet communications to find criticisms of the department’s policies and actions.A government watchdog organization, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), obtained hundreds of documents from DHS through the Freedom of Information Act and found details of the arrangement with General Dynamics. The company was contracted to monitor the Web for “reports that reflect adversely on DHS,” including sub-agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.In testimony submitted to the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Ginger McCall, director of EPIC’s Open Government Project, stated that “the agency is monitoring constantly, under very broad search terms, and is not limiting that monitoring to events or activities related to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or manmade disasters…. The DHS has no legal authority to engage in this monitoring.”McCall added: “This has a profound effect on free speech online if you feel like a government law enforcement agency—particularly the Department of Homeland Security, which is supposed to look for terrorists—is monitoring your criticism, your dissent, of the government.”Rest assured that our beloved, baritone DHS secretary -- and her ostensible boss, Eric "Fast 'n' Furious" Holder -- would never, ever use this kind of information to go after private citizens. They're just doing research.As far as you know.Hmmm.........“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” ~ Bruce Coville.Read the full story here.


  • Robert Spencer: Will Obama Behead the Qur’an-Burners?(AS).Robert Spencer works out the logical questions arising from Obama's enforcement of Sharia law regarding the treatment of the quran in Afghanistan: Madness has overtaken Washington, and the world. Every day this past week has brought fresh reports of more people murdered in Afghanistan over the burning of some copies of the Qur’an at Bagram Airfield. In response, every day new apologies come from American officials. Barack Obama, Leon Panetta, the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, and others have all issued abject apologies to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the “noble people of Afghanistan,” and everyone else in sight.Even the most minor of officials are getting into the act: Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, scraping the bottom of the barrel for a suitable object for his abject submission, apologized to Muslims in the Washington, D.C. area. Some have rightly skewered Obama and his cohorts for their cowardice and eagerness to appease the Afghan mobs, especially as the death toll steadily mounts. No one, however, has noted the most remarkable aspect of this entire episode: the United States Government has, no questions asked, eagerly embraced Islamic law (Sharia) regarding the treatment of the Qur’an, and assured the Afghans that it will be enforced.In his apology letter to Karzai, Obama said that the Qur’an-burning was “inadvertent,” but that nevertheless “we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, including holding accountable those responsible.”If it was “inadvertent,” why does Obama intend to hold them accountable? Accidents will happen. If he is going to adopt Sharia to the extent that he thinks that anyone should be held accountable for this at all, is he going to adopt Sharia punishments for this “crime” as well? Will he have the U.S. soldiers whom he finds to be responsible for the Qur’an-burning beheaded?If not, why not?If burning the Qur’an is now a crime for Americans, and we are thus now subject to Islamic law, how much Sharia are we under? To what extent have we capitulated? Where does Obama draw the line, if anywhere?The jihad terrorists who struck America on 9/11 were doing so in order to weaken the U.S. to the extent that eventually our free society would surrender to the rule of Islamic law. And now it is happening – but as the OIC’s agenda of stifling every critical word about Islam also advances apace in the U.S., fewer and fewer people will know about it. How will they find out? The Left is complicit, and the Right is afraid to tell them.Has the conquest of a great nation ever been this easy?Hmmmm......"Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty". ~ Plato.Read the full story here.


  • Stratfor Email Leak Reveals Insider Views On Obama, Emanuel and Romney.(ZH).Earlier today, Wikileaks made its latest startling release on Twitter, telling the media world to standby for a ‘major announcement’. Alas, in keeping with the recent tradition from Wikileaks, the “release” was a dud and is merely the collected dump of all the emails previously hacked from Stratfor by Anonymous, as was noted here previously. Alas a quick perusal through the emails so far reveals absolutely nothing exciting, except for the communiques of a paid intelligence provider, which may at times have had a few delusions of grandure and a mistaken and rather overblown sense of self-importance (hardly unique). Yet one exchange that is rather interesting is the following email threadfrom 2009 which goes from discussing how the billionaires behind ACORN have lost all respect for Obama and Biden (“The billionaire (who also funds ACORN) is greatly disappointed over Obama’s “weakness and wimpyness” towards ChinaShe believes Biden is weasel and Obama is a pussy… The liberal factions in DC think Obama is being a pussy.“), views on Rahm Emanuel (“I don’t disagree that Biden is a weasel. I think Emanuel is emasculating Obama by selling him on clever Clintonesque tactics”), views on how Obama may get back into the thick of things: (“Obama needs to get in a fight and do something really mean and unfair to the right.”), on Obama and the banks: (“he could also tell the banks to go screw themselves.”) and from there going to analyzing the GOP field: (“The GOP folks I talk to are pushing Jeb Bush. I think that is a mistake. Who else is out there?”) and culminating with the GOP frontrunning Mitt Romney – “Romney can’t make it. Mormons are viewed as Voo Doo.” Much more in the full email thread inside.From Wikileaks.Read and see the full story here.


  • Actor Compares Pro-Navy SEAL Movie 'Act of Valor' to Hitler Propaganda Film.(Newsbusters). Star of TV’s Parenthood [NBC], Dax Shepard, compared the pro-U.S. military film that stars actual Navy SEALs, Act of Valor to Adolf Hitler’s Triumph of the Will. On his Twitter feed the one time Ashton Kutcher prank boy from Punk’d wrote: “Saw ‘Triumph of the Will’ tonight, oh wait, I mean ‘Act of Valor’ great action.” Apparently the reaction to Shepard’s obnoxious tweet, comparing this week’s #1 movie starring active duty Navy Seals to a Nazi propaganda movie was immediate, as he attempted to walk back his comments.Read the full story here.


  • Iranian Enrichment Reports, Prophecies Suggest Timetable for Attack on Israel.(Bigpeace).Bill Clinton’s former CIA director Jim Woolsey weighs in on Iran with great detail about the nature of the regime and the beliefs of the factions there in. He also makes sense of uranium enrichment reports and their significance for interpreting the timing of a potential weapons capability. Jim makes sense of Iranian “prophecies” that call for the return of the twelfth imam who will lead the battles that will end the world. He explains that the Iranian regime believes it is time for an epic battle between Iran and the Jews, and their allies, resulting in the destruction of the Jewish people and a new Iranian world order. Jim compares this notion of future world events with the Nazi beliefs of the 1930s. The American government has not been candid with its citizens as to the extent of the Iranian nuclear program and the threat it poses to global security.You can hear Jim’s interview with Frank and all of today’s guests at Secure Freedom Radio , Here.

  • More bad news: U.S. water bills to triple.(WE).First high gas prices, now water. A shocking new report about the nation's crumbling drinking water system says that Americans should expect their bills to double or triple to cover repairs just to keep their faucets pouring. That means adding up to $900 a year more for water, nearly equal the amount of the newly extended payroll tax cut.Fixing and expanding underground drinking water systems will cost over $1 trillion in the next 25 years and users will get socked with the bill, according to the American Water Works Association.As with most infrastructure investments, spending heavily now means less costs down the road. But with little appetite in the country for even trickling taxes now, a delayed and more expensive fix is almost guaranteed. The association figures that spending to fix leaky water systems will double from roughly $13 billion a year today to $30 billion annually by 2040.What kind of stress? Families can expect to pay at least $300-$550 more for water in taxes and fees just to keep their current systems operating. Add growth and improved systems, and that bill jumps to $900 for a family of three, said the report.Currently, Americans pay about $400 a month in water taxes and fees.Hmmmm.......Time to install that rainwater tank?Read the full story here.

  • President Obama Kept Air Force One In The Air An Extra 30 Minutes To Watch A Knicks Game?(SAB).Reporters were perplexed, recently, when President Obama’s airplane took an extra 30 minutes to fly from Washington DC to Florida, where the President bashed Republicans over oil prices. What explained the delay? There’s apparently no official explanation, but that the plane finally landed just at half time in the Knicks game is, I’m sure, just a coincidence: President Obama flew to Florida this past week to explain high gas prices. According to the Washington Post, on his way to Florida this past Thursday, reporters were “perplexed” at the President’s 41 minute flight from Washington, DC to Orlando, Florida taking 1 hour and 15 minutes. The flight was in the air an extra 30 minutes, burning precious fossil fuels.It does not seem a coincidence that the President landed right at half time of an NBA basketball game between the star studded Miami Heat and New York Knicks. Some theorized that the President delayed his flight in the air to watch more of the basketball game.Read the full story here.



  • Obama Camp Sending Creepy, Intimidating Email To Former Donors Who Have Failed to Donate to 2012 Campaign.(ND).It’s no secret that the Obama campaign is falling short of its fundraising goals this election season. Now, it looks like they’re getting desperate, using SEIU-like intimidation techniques to drive their fund-raising numbers up.Last night, a former Obama supporter forwarded BigGovernment an email sent out Sunday by the Obama campaign.It’s equal parts desperate and creepy: As you may have noticed, we’ve asked you for a donation a few times now.But according to our records, you haven’t yet made an online donation to this campaign at this email address. (If our records are wrong, I apologize and thank you!)The email goes on to ask for “feedback” on why the former supporter has failed to cough-up their hard-earned dollars for Obama’s reelection:I’m not writing to ask you for money again. I’m actually writing to ask your opinion about why you haven’t given, and what you think would inspire you or other Obama supporters like you to decide to take the leap and donate.There’s a good reason we’re asking for your feedback: The kind of organization we all decided to be a part of only works if people like you pitch in to build it.Read the full story here.


  • Egypt president hopeful Sabahi says no gas to Israel if elected.(BM).CAIRO: If elected, Egypt presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi says he will end all exports of natural gas to Israel.Speaking at a seminar at the National Center for Youth, Sabahi told the audience that he completely rejects the Camp David Treaty with Israel and said he “does not seek to be at war with Israel, as priorities as president would be fighting poverty and corruption,” but then added that he would “ban the export of Egyptian gas to Israel.”At the rally, Sabahi also said when he files his papers for candidacy, he would resign from his al-Karama Party, which he helped found.He said that he “is the candidate of the people,” and “will not run on behalf of any party or political movement.”Concerning the powers of the next president, Sabahi said, “we want greater powers for the People’s Assembly being able to restrict the powers of the president and shall have the powers and authority to object any decision by the president such as the US Congress,” pointing out that the current parliament “is the best parliament in the history of Egypt, but its level does not rise to the parliament of the revolution.”He stressed the need to support the Palestinians, stressing that he “will open all crossings to Gaza and will support the resistance against Israel.”He rejected the idea of a safe exit for the military junta from power, saying “it would rather be a just exit, which could be realized if we hold whoever committed mistakes accountable.”Read the full story here.


  • Allah Tattoo photo puts Malaysia newspaper on defensive.(BM).SINGAPORE: The publishing of a photo that included an American singer tattooed with the Arabic word “Allah” has forced Malaysia’s the Star newspaper to apologize after anger fomented in the country.The photograph of singer Erykah Badu, who was scheduled to hold a concert in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, was published in Monday’s edition of the newspaper, but it led to a backlash among readers who were offended by the tattoo.“We deeply regret any offense caused to Muslims and sincerely apologize for the oversight,” the Star said.Tattoos in Islam are forbidden and the use of the Arabic word for God, “Allah,” is looked upon by many conservative Muslims as blasphemy.Civic groups in the predominantly Muslim south-east Asian country criticized the newspaper, noting that tattoos of Islamic religious scripture are considered an insult to Muslims.Mashitah Ibrahim, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, said that while Americans and non-Muslims view tattoos as an art form, the name of Allah should not be used in that way.Human rights activist and blogger Mohamed Rishad in Kuala Lumpur told Bikyamasr.com that while the criticism is well-founded, the newspaper should not be blamed for what someone else is wearing or has on his or her body.“At the end of the day, the newspaper was publishing a photo of a musician, an American one at that, so while we can get angry, it is not fair to the newspaper to get the people’s anger,” he said.Read the full story here.

  • What’s The Exchange Rate For Jerusalem Shekels To Tel Aviv Shekels?(CA).Later today my employees will drive to Jerusalem to sell goods to some Arabs (they’re not going to Salahadin St today because the situation is a little more tense than usual but they’ll exchange goods for cash somewhere else).When they get there they will receive payment in “New Israeli Shekels” - ₪ NIS. The same currency is used across the whole of Israel including by the Arabs under administrative control of Israel and the Palestinian Authorities. My customers today work in both Jerusalem and Ramallah.But according to the US IRS web site from December 31st 2011, perhaps I should be asking my Arab friends to pay a different rate? Apparently their Shekels aren’t worth the same as my Shekels in Tel Aviv!From the following web page: Treasury Reporting Rates of Exchange as of December 31, 2011 which is used by US citizens who need to report income earned overseas in US Dollars:We scroll down to find the rate for Israel and we get a bit of a surprise. Because, apparently, there is another place in the world that uses the New Israeli Shekel. A whole ‘nother country called “Jerusalem”. And this must be another country because it has a different rate from the one that covers the country called “Israel”.So, just to be sure of when this Shekel using country popped into existence I had a quick scan back. I look all the way back to 1982 but only found one country, with one exchange rate, using the Israeli Shekel. That country was Israel.But even as recently as December 31st 2010 there was only one country using the Shekel: So sometime last year either the IRS, or the IRS following the wishes of the State Department created a whole new country called “Jerusalem”, assigned it a whole new currency called the Shekel and decided to make up their own exchange rate.I better tell my Arab friends in Jerusalem.Read the full story here.