Thursday, May 10, 2012

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"Forward" - Obama's Latest Ad Touts $299 Million Stimulus 'Success' Of A Company That Downsized American Jobs And Outsourced A Factory To Hungary.





"Forward" - Obama's Latest Ad Touts $299 Million Stimulus 'Success' Of A Company That Downsized American Jobs And Outsourced A Factory To Hungary.HT: AstuteBloggers.Johnson Controls received $299 million in taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars to make electric batteries and open up two factories in the U.S. But instead of opening two American factories, as they expected, Johnson Controls only opened one, according to a report last year from the Washington Post, and that plant only operates at half-capacity. But never fear, Johnson Controls just announced last month that they will build a second plant after all... in Kecskemet, Hungary. That's from a story in the Milwaukee Business Journal. And it gets better. Demand hasn't been what they expected so Johnson Controls is going to layoff an unspecified number of workers at their corporate headquarters according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Oh, and it was just reported earlier this month by Kevin Kistler that the battery plant where Slagle works in Springfield Township was hit with a hefty fine from OSHA for exposing employees to an unreasonable amount of lead. So, to recap: Johnson controls got $299 million of taxpayer stimulus and it resulted in 1 factory at half-capacity, outsourced jobs to Hungary, corporate downsizing, and the company is being fined for potential lead poisoning. And this is the success story he is putting in his campaign ads.Hmmmm......Obama: "All the Choices We've Made Have Been the Right Ones"Read the full story here.

Video - Speaker Boehner Plans to Stop Taxmageddon Train Wreck.

Destabilization: Scientists discover new unstable region the size of New Jersey under Antarctica Ice Sheet.





Destabilization: Scientists discover new unstable region the size of New Jersey under Antarctica Ice Sheet.(UTA).May 10, 2012 – ANTARTICA - Using ice-penetrating radar instruments flown on aircraft, a team of scientists from the U.S. and U.K. have uncovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) near the Weddell Sea. The location, shape and texture of the mile-deep basin suggest that this region of the ice sheet is at a greater risk of collapse than previously thought. Team members at The University of Texas at Austin compared data about the newly discovered basin to data they previously collected from other parts of the WAIS that also appear highly vulnerable, including Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier. Although the amount of ice stored in the new basin is less than the ice stored in previously studied areas, it might be closer to a tipping point. “If we were to invent a set of conditions conducive to retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, this would be it,” said Don Blankenship, senior research scientist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics and co-author on the new paper. “With its smooth bed that slopes steeply toward the interior, we could find no other region in West Antarctica more poised for change than this newly discovered basin at the head of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. The only saving grace is that losing the ice over this new basin would only raise sea level by a small percentage of the several meters that would result if the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet destabilized.
The study’s co-authors also included Duncan Young, research scientist associate at the Institute for Geophysics. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, was carried out in a collaboration led by the University of Edinburgh with the British Antarctic Survey and the Universities of Aberdeen, Exeter and York, as well as The University of Texas at Austin. “This is a significant discovery in a region of Antarctica that at present we know little about,” said Professor Martin Siegert of the University of Edinburgh, who led the project. “The area is on the brink of change, but it is impossible to predict what the impact of this change might be without further work enabling better understanding of how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet behaves.” The seaward edge of the newly discovered basin lies just inland of the ice sheet’s grounding line, where streams of ice flowing toward the sea begin to float. Two features of the basin, which is entirely below sea level, are particularly worrisome to scientists: First, like a cereal bowl, its edges slope down steeply. If the grounding line begins to retreat upstream, seawater will replace it and more ice will begin to float. The study’s authors predict that this positive feedback mechanism would sustain retreat of the ice sheet until eventually all of the ice filling the basin goes afloat. Second, the bed of the basin on which the ice rests is smooth. There are few big bumps, or “pinning points,” to hold back sliding ice. The newly discovered basin covers 20,000 square kilometers (7,700 square miles), nearly the size of New Jersey, and is well below sea level, nearly 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles) deep in places.Read the full story here.

Obama Ad Claims to Have Helped Man Get a Job, but Man Claims Employment Since 2006





Obama Ad Claims to Have Helped Man Get a Job, but Man Claims Employment Since 2006.(WS).Matt Negrin of ABC reports that "A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and 'scared to death' until the president swooped in to save the industry." In the spot, Slagle says, "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. ... He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him." The ad is meant to praise Obama's auto bailout for saving jobs.Indeed, it appears, via Facebook, that Slagle is an employee at Johnson Controls, a Wisconsin company that "create[s] quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles," according to its website.
But the ad itself seems to be misleading. It is not because of Obama's auto bailout that Slagle has a job. In fact, Slagle has been employed with Johnson Controls since February 2006, according to his own Facebook page,Slagle has since taken down his employment information from his Facebook page, but not before these screenshots were taken.Read and see the full story here.

VIDEO :: Israel in 1913 -- No Jews Allowed in Tomb of the Patriarchs. Only Muslims.



Israel in 1913 -- No Jews Allowed in Tomb of the Patriarchs. Only Muslims.(OneJerusalem)HT: InfidelBloggers.Watch this fascinating film of scenes from Israel's cities in 1913. It is worth pointing out the Hebron footage, which appears here. The local Muslim population prevented the Jews from entering the Mearat Hamachpela -- the Cave of Machpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs. As such, Jews can be seen praying only OUTSIDE the walls of the building, while Muslims freely enter the site. Only since 1967, when Israel recaptured Hebron, could Jews enter and pray within the Holy site. The scene serves as a chilling reminder of what would happen -- in Jerusalem and elsewhere -- should the Palestinians ever gain control of Christian and Jewish Holy sites.

Video - Boehner on Fast and Furious, Holder contempt proceedings: ‘All options are on the table’.







House Speaker John Boehner said he fully supports House Oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s efforts to enforce the Operation Fast and Furious subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder has demonstrably failed to comply with.Read the full story here.

How Obama had managed to become the president of the Harvard Law Review Without Publishing Anything Of His Own.





How Obama had managed to become the president of the Harvard Law Review Without Publishing Anything Of His Own.(TOH).On 10.25.09, In Where Are Obama’s Records, By Record Master.
How Obama had managed to become the president of the Harvard Law Review Without Publishing Anything Of His Own.
Digital access to scholarship at Harvard
Enter obama’s name and you will find nothing. search for any article or any proof of scholarship of obama and you will find ZERO results
Harvard Law Review articles
In 1990, Obama beat out 18 other contenders to become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, where he spent at least 50 hours a week editing submissions from judges, scholars and authors.
According to Politico, there were “eight dense volumes produced during his time in charge there – 2,083 pages in all.” No published writing from obama?
According to Politico, Obama’s name does not appear on any legal scholarships during his time at Harvard.
Why Didn’t Obama Publish anything in the law journal he edited?
Change in Selection System of The Harvard Law Review in the 1980′s.
Mr. Obama was elected after a meeting of the review’s 80 editors that convened Sunday and lasted until early this morning, a participant said.
Until the 1970’s the editors were picked on the basis of grades, and the president of the Law Review was the student with the highest academic rank. Among these were Elliot L. Richardson, the former Attorney General, and Irwin Griswold, a dean of the Harvard Law School and Solicitor General under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.
That system came under attack in the 1970’s and was replaced by a program in which about half the editors are chosen for their grades and the other half are chosen by fellow students after a special writing competition. The new system, disputed when it began, was meant to help insure that minority students became editors of The Law Review. ………………………………………………………………………………
Obama was a “minority student” He was chosen by fellow students through a “special writing competition”.
No “special writing competition” by the “minority student” obama has been published or released by Harvard that would explain or justify how obama was chosen by fellow students for his “writing skills”.
This is how obama was chosen to be the president and editor in chief of the Harvard law review. Though writing skills competition. Yet obama DID NOT PUBLISH ANYTHING OF HIS OWN!
Let me review. Obama has NO RECORD of ANY WRITING SKILLS or PUBLISHED ANY WORK of HIS OWN WHLE AT HARVARD!
OBAMA HAS PUBLISHED NOTHING AT HARVARD YET HE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW AND WORKED AS AN “EDITOR IN CHIEF” 50 HOURS A WEEK?
Obama was chosen because of affirmative action and because he was a “minority student”. Obama was not chosen because of any published writing skill. No published work equals ZERO proof obama is a “skilled writer”. There is no EVIDENCE obama ever did ANYTHING to qualify for the position of president of the Harvard Law Review except though AFFIRMATIVE ACTION for his minority.
Obama seems to have had affirmative action help but there is NO evidence he EVER QUALIFIED for any help through his WRITING SKILLS! Obama ONLY qualifed because he was a MINORITY!
This is why there is no record of any published works from obama while he was the “president” of the Harvard law review.But there's much more to this story.Read the full hustle story here.

N.Korea Executed at Least 3 Cannibals in Recent Years.





N.Korea Executed at Least 3 Cannibals in Recent Years.(YHN).North Korea has held public executions of at least three people on charges of cannibalism in recent years, a South Korean state-run institute said Thursday, the latest development that could support what has long been rumored in the isolated country. There have been accounts among North Korean defectors in the South that some North Koreans ate and sold human flesh during the massive famine in the late 1990s that was estimated to have killed 2 million people. A North Korean man in the northeastern city of Hyesan was executed in December 2009 for killing a preteen girl and eating her flesh, the Korea Institute for National Unification said in a white paper on human rights in North Korea, which is set to be released next week. The man committed the crime because of a lack of food following Pyongyang's botched currency reform in late 2009 that caused massive inflation and worsened food shortages, the white paper said, citing an interview with an unidentified defector in June last year. The institute held in-depth interviews with 230 North Korean defectors in the South last year as part of efforts to glean fresh information on the North's situation ahead of publication of its annual white paper. The interviewees account for just a fraction of the more than 23,500 North Korean defectors who have settled in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. The white paper, the gist of which was obtained by Yonhap News Agency, also said a father and his son were shot to death in the eastern town of Doksong in 2006 on charges of eating human flesh, citing an eyewitness account of a North Korean defector. The institute also said there was an account of cannibalism in the country's northeastern town of Musan in 2011, though it was not known whether any punishment was meted out. Last year, Caleb Mission, a small South Korean missionary group, unveiled a 2009 North Korean police document, which, among other things, chronicled several cases of cannibalism amid an acute food shortage in the communist country. In one account, a male guard who could not bear his hunger killed his colleague using an ax, ate some of the human flesh and sold the remainder in the market by disguising it as mutton, the North Korean police report said, without giving any further details such as when the alleged crime occurred. A former North Korean official who defected to the South 2001 said Thursday that he heard about more than a dozen cases of cannibalism from a North Korean intelligence official around 1999.Read the full story here.

Enormously popular, extremist Saudi clerics are promoting hatred, violence, and intolerance on Facebook and Twitter. Can they be stopped?





Enormously popular, extremist Saudi clerics are promoting hatred, violence, and intolerance on Facebook and Twitter. Can they be stopped?(FP).Despite assurances from the Saudi government that it is cracking down on religious radicalism, the kingdom's top clerics continue calling for attacks on Christians across the Arab world. And in the Internet age, these voices of hate have been handed a larger megaphone than ever before. You don't have to look hard to find examples of religious intolerance emanating from the very top of the Saudi religious hierarchy. On a visit to Kuwait in March, Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, told the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society -- which has been designated as a "specially designated global terrorist" entity by the United States and the United Nations for arming and financing al Qaeda -- that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches in the Arabian Peninsula."
And there's more where that came from. The mufti also believes that proponents of women's rights are "advocates of evil and misguidance." These sentiments are particularly troubling as Saudi clerics flock to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and mobile apps to amplify their messages. Despite Saudi religious figures' historical opposition to modern technologies, they now see online social media as a crucial means of communicating with the Saudi public and the Muslim world. The top three Saudi clerics on Twitter -- Salman al-Odah, Mohamad al-Arefe, and Aidh al-Qarnee -- all have well over 1 million followers. To put this in perspective, Arefe's 1.5 million Twitter followers rival the number who follow football phenom Tim Tebow. Tebow's religious messaging may be controversial, but Arefe has him beat. In a July 2010 sermon, Arefe declared, "The desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of his religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer." This is just a taste of the messaging we sampled in our six-month study, conducted from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2011, to learn what these clerics are saying online and how they spread their messages. With the help of ConStrat, a Washington-based technology company, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies collected and analyzed more than 40,000 social media entries in both English and Arabic. ConStrat's researchers combed through the online data, which included content Saudi clerics posted personally, as well as content referencing the Saudi clerical establishment. ConStrat then assigned a sentiment to each post and flagged them by topic to help us better digest the large amount of data. Alarmingly, of the thousands of messages ConStrat scored, 75 percent could be described as xenophobic, bigoted, or openly hateful. Some Saudi clerics like Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, head imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, still describe Jews as "sons of monkeys and pigs." Saleh al-Fawzan of the Council of Senior Ulema (CSU) ruled that fathers may arrange marriages for their daughters "even if they are in the cradle."
And the Permanent Committee for Research and Ifta, one of the kingdom's highest religious bodies, suggested in December 2011 that repealing the Saudi ban on female driving could "provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, and divorce," predicting that in 10 years, there would be "no more virgins." 
To put it mildly, Saudi Arabia has never been known for freedom of speech and assembly. But now the kingdom faces an even tougher challenge -- balancing greater freedom of expression with the need to counter extremist and hateful language. As social networks have enabled clerics to disseminate their radical Wahhabi sentiments more widely, the monarchy is now trying to temper the views it once promoted. For Washington, the challenge is to ensure that the Saudis keep social media free from draconian censorship while simultaneously ensuring that the radicals who employ it cannot threaten international security. But with radical clerics gaining Twitter and Facebook followers at eye-popping rates, it won't be easy.Read the full story here.

Former Arab-American Miss USA gets probation in drunken driving case.



Former Arab-American Miss USA gets probation in drunken driving case.(AA).Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, avoided jail during sentencing Wednesday in a drunken driving case, an experience she called “very humbling.” A Michigan judge put Fakih on six months of probation, ordered her to perform 20 hours of community service and said she must pay $600 in fines and costs. Fakih also must attend an alcohol safety class. The 26-year-old pleaded no contest last month to driving while visibly impaired. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. She had faced a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail. “I’m very relieved,” Fakih said. “I was willing to pay the price it took because I knew I made mistakes.” Fakih has said she wasn’t drinking the night of her arrest in December, but two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at more than twice the legal limit. The police report says Rima Fakih was pulled over going 60mph, weaving in heavy traffic and changing lanes with a turn signal, and officers found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat of the 2011 Jaguar. The report says she "immediately identified herself as Miss USA." Fakih’s family moved from Lebanon in 1993. She won the Miss USA Pageant in 2010. Supporters called her win a victory for diversity, saying it countered negative stereotypes about people of Middle Eastern descent that have flourished in post-Sept. 11 America. Fakih said Wednesday the incident was out of character for her and that she didn’t take her first drink until age 23. “It’s not something that I grew up to be like a party girl or anything like that,” she said.Read the full story here.

Video - Gowdy: How Will Americans Get The Truth On Fast & Furious If Holder Keeps Stonewalling?



Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) discusses the ongoing stonewalling from the Department of Justice on documents and information related to Fast and Furious on the House Floor.HT: BarrackNow.

Toronto Islamic school’s anti-Jewish books came from Iran.



Toronto Islamic school’s anti-Jewish books came from Iran.(NP).TORONTO — A Toronto Islamic school’s teaching materials, which have prompted a police hate crimes investigation because of their portrayal of Jews, were originally published by Iranian organizations, records show. The passages of the East End Madrassah’s texts that drew the most widespread condemnation are excerpts from two books, including one published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran. 
The other book, which contrasts Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis,” was published by the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which the U.S. alleges was a front organization for the Iranian government. Jewish community groups were disappointed to learn that materials from Iran — whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is known for his anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and threats against Israel — had found their way into Canadian school texts.
As Canadians, we are deeply troubled at the notion that children in our country are learning from materials published by an organization that, according to the FBI, is directly controlled by the Ayatollahs of Iran,” said David Koschitzky, chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. “We urge the Toronto District School Board — and all public institutions that house related programs — to ensure that radical, theocratic regimes that are hostile to our values are not permitted in our public schools.” Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which filed a complaint with police about the madrassa, said the Ontario Ministry of Education needs to examine the school. “It’s shameful that the so-called literature from a foreign entity like Iran is being filtered here to educate young Canadian people, and transplanting the Iranian dogma into Canada,” Mr. Benlolo said. Neither the madrassa nor its parent organization, the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat, could be reached for comment Wednesday.Read the full story here.

House reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, strikes back on gay marriage.



House reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, strikes back on gay marriage.(Politico).By Seung Min Kim.Just hours after President Barack Obama publicly backed gay marriage, the House struck back and passed a measure aimed at reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act. With a 245-171 vote, the House voted to stop the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to actively oppose DOMA — the Clinton-era law defining marriage as between a man and a woman that the Obama administration stopped enforcing in February 2011. “It is not President Obama’s prerogative to decide which laws matter and which do not, nor his right to challenge constitutional amendments duly passed by the various states,” said the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.). “The Justice Department is duty-bound to enforce DOMA and to not do so is a flagrant disregard for the Constitution and for the rule of law.” Huelskamp’s amendment was attached to a $51.1 billion spending bill that would fund DOJ and the Commerce Department, and major science agencies. Sixteen Democrats voted with the GOP for the amendment, while seven Republicans opposed it. Hmmm........Obama Blames “Founding Fathers” For Making It Difficult For Him To “Bring Change”But..."I will keep plotting"Read the full story here.

End the Shariah War On Women: Center for Security Policy Launches Campaign.





End the Shariah War On Women: Center for Security Policy Launches Campaign.(TSWOW).
Washington, D.C., May 9, 2012 This Thursday, May 10th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room of the National Press Club, the Center for Security Policy will launch a national public education campaign to ask America’s leaders to end the real ‘war on women’ — the Shariah War On Women.
Shariah law oppresses women’s liberties and human rights, denying them their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:
Life: Shariah destroys women’s lives through honor killings, physical abuse, female genital mutilation, and rape. This occurs not only to Muslim women but also to Christian and secular women through acts of kidnapping, imprisonment and murder.
Liberty: Shariah crushes women’s liberty through censoring free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association.
Pursuit of Happiness: Shariah punishes women’s pursuit of happiness by denying equal rights and freedom in marriage, divorce, child custody, education and employment
A panel discussion, moderated by Center President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. and featuring several prominent civil liberties and human rights activists, will launch the national campaign to end the Shariah War On Women. Panelists will include:

  • Nonie Darwish: Ms. Darwish is an American human rights activist, writer, public speaker as well as founder and Director of Former Muslims United and founder of Arabs For Israel. She is the author of a new book titled The Devil We Don’t Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East. She is also the author of Now they Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror and Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. She speaks frequently at college campuses, religious institutions and civic association meetings. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy.
  • Cynthia Farahat: Ms. Farahat is an Egyptian political activist, writer and researcher. In December 2011, Ms. Farahat testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US House of Representatives on the roots of the persecution of the Coptic Christian minority in her native Egypt. In 2008-2009, she was program coordinator and program officer at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in Cairo, a multi-national free market think tank. She co-founded the Liberal Egyptian Party (2006-2008) and served as a member of its political committee. She is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and the Center for Security Policy and works with the Coptic Solidarity organization.
  • Clare Lopez: Ms. Lopez is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, homeland security, national defense, and counterterrorism issues. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving domestically and abroad for 20 years in a variety of assignments, acquiring extensive expertise in counterintelligence, counternarcotics, and counterproliferation issues with a career regional focus on the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of an acclaimed paper for the Center for Security Policy, The Rise of the Iran Lobby, where she serves as a Senior Fellow.
  • Karen Lugo: Karen Lugo is the founder of The Libertas-West Project and in this capacity she responded to a request from French jurists to submit a brief to the Conseil d’Etat on the legal grounds for banning the burqa. Karen is also Co-Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. In this role, she directs the Center’s litigation in support of constitutional issues. She has submitted amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court on such issues as Healthcare Reform, Arizona’s Border Security, Gay Marriage, The Ten Commandments, Christian Clubs on University Campuses, and Material Support to Terrorists. She is a visiting professor at Chapman Law School and co-teaches the advanced Constitutional Law Clinic. Karen is president of the Orange County Federalist Society lawyer chapter and sits on the Federalist Society International Law Executive Committee. She is also on the board of advisors for Trinity Law School in Orange County, CA and an advisor to UK Baroness Caroline Cox’s HART US. Karen is a regular guest on the Orange County PBS local issues debate program, Inside OC, and she is a frequent contributor to RedCounty.com, FlashReport, and contributing editor to Family Security Matters. She has been interviewed by dozens of radio hosts on the matter of sharia law. Ms. Lugo is an appointee to the California Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
What: Panel Discussion launching the Shariah War On Women Campaign
Where: The National Press Club, Bloomberg Room
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045
When: 10:00 a.m., May 10th
The panel will be live streamed at www.theshariahwaronwomen.org.
The Center for Security Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are vital to American security and then ensures that such issues are the subject of both focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public.
For more information visit www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org.HT: TundraTabloids.

"Forward" - 324,000 Women Dropped Out of Labor Force in Last Two Months.





"Forward" - 324,000 Women Dropped Out of Labor Force in Last Two Months.(CNSNews).324,000 women dropped out of the nation’s civilian labor force in March and April as the number of women not in the labor force hit an all-time historical high of 53,321,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The civilian labor force consists of all people in the United States 16 years or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital and who either have a job or are unemployed but have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are currently available to work.
The civilian labor force is a subset of what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population, which includes all people in the country 16 or older who are not in the military, a prison, or another institution such as a nursing home or mental hospital.
This year (in both January and April), only 57.6 percent of the women in the civilian noninstitutional population were in the labor force. That is the lowest rate of labor force participation by American women since April 1993, according to historical data maintained by BLS.
The rate of female participation in the civilian workforce peaked twelve years ago--in April 2000--when hit 60.3 percent.
In February, according to BLS’s seasonally adjusted data, 52,833,000 American women were not in the labor force. In March that climbed to 53,090,000—a one-month increase of 257,000. In April, it climbed again to the historical high of 53,321,000—a one-month increase of 231,000 from March and a two-month increase of 488,000 from February.
In February, there was an historical high of 72,706,000 women in the labor force. But in March, that dropped to 72,529,000—a decline of 177,000. And in April, it dropped to 72,382,000—a decline of another 147,000.
Thus, in March and April, according to the BLS data, a total of 324,000 American women dropped out of the civilian labor force.Read the full story here.


Mahmoud Abbas: Jerusalem only has Islamic and Christian history.



Mahmoud Abbas: Jerusalem only has Islamic and Christian history.(PW).By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority continue to deny Israel's 3,000 years of history in Jerusalem, claiming it is solely an Arab, Muslim and Christian city. Earlier this month, Abbas referred to Israel's presence and activities in Jerusalem as "Judaization" and stated that Israel is stealing what he called the "cultural, human, and Islamic-Christian religious history."
Last month, Abbas' advisor for Jerusalem said that Israel is trying: "to create an artificial heritage with a Jewish spirit at the expense of its true and authentic [identity] as an Arab, Islamic and Christian city." This is not the first time that Abbas has denied Jewish history in Jerusalem and claimed the city for Islam alone. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that Mahmoud Abbas said that taking Jerusalem from Israel is a religious Islamic obligation of the highest level, a "fard ayn" - a personal Islamic commandment incumbent on every Muslim:
 "I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us. Saving it [Jerusalem] from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and [land] confiscation is a personal [Islamic] commandment [Arabic: fard ayn] incumbent on all of us. Therefore, I call all of you to serious and urgent action to save [Jerusalem] and to make available all possibilities in order to strengthen our resolve and to maintain its historical, cultural and religious character." [Al-Jazeera TV, March 27, 2010]

In a different speech, Abbas said in 2010:
 "The oppressor will not last in Jerusalem; the oppression will not endure. Victory will come, Allah willing. This land is Allah's best land, for which He chooses the finest of His believers, as it is written in the words of the Prophet [Muhammad]." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2010]

Abbas' Minister of Religion Mahmoud Al-Habbash claimed that Jerusalem has been:

"throughout history, the capital of the Palestinian state and the capital of the Palestinian people." [PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 20, 2010]

Neither claim is correct. There has never been a Palestinian state and Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab or Muslim state. Nonetheless, the minister warned there would be religious war over Jerusalem: "The term 'war' cannot be erased from the lexicon of this region as long as Jerusalem is occupied." [PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 20, 2010]

The Palestinian Authority Mufti Muhammad Hussein likewise recently denied Jewish history in Jerusalem: "They [Jews] want to say or suggest that this place (i.e., the Temple Mount) was once, according to their claim, a Temple. However, in truth, there never was a Temple in any period, nor was there, at any time, any place of worship for the Jews or others at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site (i.e., which was built on the Temple Mount, 705 CE)." [PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 5, 2012]

Hmmmm........President Barack Obama said: "I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security... Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence." [AIPAC Conference, June 4, 2008].

President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority.White House spinmeister Tommy Vietor stated that President Obama made the decision to pour American taxpayer dollars into Palestinian coffers in order to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” He added the claim that, as the report puts it, “the PA had fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.”Read the full story here.

Al-Qaeda Coming Back Despite Obama’s Claims, Says Expert.



Al-Qaeda Coming Back Despite Obama’s Claims, Says Expert.(INN).U.S. President Barack Obama said last week that the Al-Qaeda was “on a path to defeat,” but Seth Jones, a former U.S. Special OperationsCommand senior adviser, says the evidence he has collected points to the contrary. Jones recently wrote a book called “Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa’ida Since 9/11”, in which he draws upon his expertise and thousands of pages of court transcripts, including wiretapped conversations and communications intelligence intercepts, to paint a picture of a terrorist organization that has been transformed, but not defeated. Jones spoke with the U.S. News website last week about his theory of “waves” of violence from Al-Qaeda and what needs to be done to prevent the next cycle. “When you look at fatality data, what you see is three major waves of activity,” he said.
“The first wave really begins around the time of the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998 and crests around September 11 [2001]. And then it comes way down after that. By the invasion of Iraq [in 2003], we begin to see a major increase in Al-Qaeda attacks. And it first starts in Iraq itself, where Al-Qaeda in Iraq is established after the invasion. And then it starts to get reinvigorated overseas—Bali, Casablanca, Madrid, and a very successful attack in London. The third wave starts around 2008 and into 2009, in particular with Al-Qaeda’s successful establishment of a sanctuary in Yemen.” He noted that “Those waves tended to rise when the United States and its allies have deployed large numbers of conventional forces to Muslim countries, Al-Qaeda has adopted a selective engagement strategy, and governments collapse in countries where Al-Qaeda has a support base. And these waves have tended to ebb when the United States and foreign powers have utilized a light-footprint, clandestine strategy, Al-Qaeda has embraced a punishment strategy that kills a large number of civilians and undermines its support, and local governments have developed competent security forces.” Jones noted that he believes that a “fourth wave” of attacks will probably begin to happen now.
The biggest variable is the weakness of multiple governments coming from Arab Spring,” he said. “Al-Qaeda activities, the number of attacks now, have actually increased, even around the time of [the killing of] bin Laden.” He added that Osama bin Laden’s death had “a little bit” of an impact on Al-Qaeda, mainly in the core element in Pakistan. He noted however, that, “at the same time, and this is part of a conscious decision by Al-Qaeda, is they have established what you might call a mergers and acquisitions strategy, where they have reached out and cut deals with a range of affiliated groups.” These groups, Jones said, include Al-Qaeda in Iraq, al Shabaab in Somaila, as well as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula based out of Yemen and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb. He said these groups “clearly, especially with the Yemen group, have continued to plot attacks against the U.S. homeland and its interests, including U.S. embassies in Africa. If you take the formal affiliates and the less formal allies, what Al-Qaeda’s done is become a little more decentralized. The central part in Pakistan after bin Laden’s death is less important than it was.” Asked what advice he would give to President Obama today, Jones said, “One, [I would emphasize] that Al-Qaeda is regenerating. And two, that we have got to focusour intelligence and special operations and FBI presence on probably about eight or nine countries, to work with their governments, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. We cannot leave in 2014 based on the trends right now in this area.
He concluded by saying that the U.S. should “have a very robust special operations presence” in Afghanistan. Obama said last week his goal of defeating Al-Qaeda is within reach and that it’s time to turn the country’s attention to domestic concerns. “After more than a decade of war, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home,” he said in his weekly radio and Internet address last Saturday, taking note of the agreement he signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which shifts security to the Afghan people. Obama said the nation now should concentrate on economic issues such as tax disparities and government spending. “That’s why I’ve called on Congress to take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt and use the other half to rebuild America,” he said.Read the full story here.

U.S. ‘pretends to be sorry’ over Quran burning, says al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri.



U.S. ‘pretends to be sorry’ over Quran burning, says al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri.(AA).Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri rejected the U.S. apology over the burning of Quran copies at a base in Afghanistan, adding that the Americans “pretend to be sorry,” SITE Intelligence Group reported on Wednesday. “The Crusaders once again repeated their crime by insulting the holy Quran, and once again mocked the messenger of Allah,” Zawahiri said in a SITE English-language translation of his nearly seven-minute message. “After each of their crimes, they pretend to be sorry, and they claim they will investigate what happened, which is a silly farce that Obama and his secretary repeated this time also,” said the chief of the terror network. In February, thousands of Afghan protesters attacked the biggest U.S. military base in their country, at Bagram near Kabul, reacting to reports that troops inside had burned copies of the Quran. Around 40 people were killed in several days of violent protests. American officials say the Qurans had been confiscated from prisoners as they used them to communicate between each other. The incident led U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize for what he described as an error. In Wednesday’s video which the U.S.-based SITE said was posted on extremist forums, Zawahiri criticized Obama’s apology. “The American Crusaders and their allies showed over and over again their hatred and envy of Islam, the book of Islam, the prophet (of) Islam,” Zawahiri said. He urged Muslim across the world to “fight the enemies of Allah and the enemies of His Messenger.”Hmmmm......Clinton says AQ chief Zawahiri in Pakistan, Obama bans raids on AQ in Pakistan.Read the full story here.

Afghanistan - 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban enjoy popular support have been shut recently.





Afghanistan - 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban enjoy popular support have been shut recently.(AA).Headmaster Abdul Rahman was heading to work when a man he believes was a member of the Taliban accosted him and warned him to shut his high school in eastern Afghanistan or face the consequences. Rahman agreed and his school, which teaches girls and boys, became one of more than 100 mixed or girls’ schools that have closed in Ghazni province in recent weeks, in what the Ministry of Education says is a Taliban campaign against educating girls.
Rahman has since re-opened his school, just south of provincial capital Ghazni, but is having difficulty in persuading students to return. “We now have to prove to families that nothing bad will happen to their children,” Rahman told Reuters at the one-story, bright yellow school building, built three years ago by foreign troops. Afghan girls were banned from receiving an education and women were not allowed to work or vote under the five-year rule of the hardline Islamist Taliban.
Since the group was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001, women have won back those rights. But the situation remains precarious and the future uncertain as the Afghan government and U.S. officials try to negotiate with the Taliban for a peaceful settlement to the end of the increasingly unpopular war, which just entered its 11th year. The Ministry of Education says 550 schools in 11 provinces where the Taliban enjoy popular support have been shut recently. “Most of these are girls’ schools and it is obvious that the Taliban are responsible for the threats against them,” ministry spokesman Amanullah Iman said. The Taliban denied involvement. Earlier this week unknown attackers burned down a large girls’ school in Khogiani district in Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan.
Five more girls’ schools in that district have since shut, said regional education spokesman Asif Shinwari. In southern Helmand province, a bastion of the Taliban, education official Mohammad Sarhadi said they have managed to reopen only 100 of the 170 that were forced to shut in recent months. President Hamid Karzai, who has taken to calling the Taliban “brothers” in recent speeches, urged the group to stop their campaign against education. “I call on the Taliban elders to avoid this and let our children get educated,” he said in a radio address last week. The Taliban blamed the government for the schools’ closure. “The enemy is stirring propaganda against us,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Mujahid said the Taliban deemed education “a necessity”, and added that their children attended schools in rural areas. Senior Afghan peace negotiators say the Taliban are willing to soften their hardline ideologies in an attempt to regain a share of power, and the group has said it is open to domestic business and wants to treat all ethnic groups equally. But when asked if the Taliban now supported girls’ education, Mujahid said: “It is too early to discuss this.”Hmmm.....Just imagine what will happen once the US troops are gone.Sleepwell Mr President.Read the full story here.


"Sanctions that Benefit" - NATO 'Ally' Turkey almost triples oil imports from Iran in March.



"Sanctions that Benefit" - NATO 'Ally' Turkey almost triples oil imports from Iran in March.(Ptv).Turkey has sharply increased its crude oil imports from Iran, dismissing the US-led oil embargo on the Islamic Republic, data shows. Turkey’s oil imports from Iran topped 270,000 bpd in March. The figure is almost triple the 100,000 bpd, or 401,349 tons, which Turkey imported in February. Statistics on the Turkish Statistical Institute website indicate that the country imported 1.174 million tons of Iranian crude in March, representing the highest monthly purchase of Iranian crude by Turkey since July 2011, Hurriyet Daily News wrote. The data reflects that Turkey’s crude imports from Iran jumped by some 90 percent in comparison to the corresponding period last year. Iran accounted for 193,000 bpd, (2.44 million tons) or more than half of the 350,000 bpd (4.416 million tons) of crude Turkey imported in the first three months of 2012, the report added. Trade between Iran and Turkey has increased over the past decade. The country seeks a waiver from US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The US and EU imposed tough financial and oil sanctions against Iran in the beginning of 2012 in a bid to pile up pressure on Tehran over its nuclear energy program. The Western powers and Israel claim Iran is seeking to acquire military nuclear capability. On March 20, the US announced that it would exempt 10 European countries and Japan from penalties for doing business with Iran's central bank. The most important countries not included on the exemption list are China, India, South Korea, and Turkey.Hmmmm.....Obama's 'trusted buddy' Erdogan.Read the full story here.

Strange Anomalies in the Famous Situation Room Photo."Photo Shopper -In-Chief"?





Strange Anomalies in the Famous Situation Room Photo."Photo Shopper -In-Chief"?(AT).By Mara Zebest. Recently, the MSM were shocked by the news that a girlfriend in Obama's Dreams book was a composite. For many, such news comes as no surprise. The concept of a composite presidency certainly comes as no shock as someone who participated as a contributor and authored evidence presented at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's press conference on Obama's long-form birth certificate report. On the heels of these events -- and taking advantage of an anniversary of the bin Laden raid -- are recent campaign tactics to politicize the killing of Osama bin Laden. With the re-emergence of another round of gutsy call faux heroism regarding Obama's decision, it may also be a good time to revisit the famous "Situation Room" photo released by the White House. Is it Photoshopped? Like everything else Obama does to make a political point, is the photo a composite as well? Beyond the obvious blurred photo in front of Hillary Clinton, are there other hints of manipulation? A Swedish paper makes the observation that Obama looks like a midget in the chair despite his six-foot-plus stature. When comparing the size of the surrounding people in the photo to Obama, the photo certainly gives the impression that Obama's head (or possibly the entire body) was placed into the photo and resized a tad too small. And as a side-note observation: why is everyone in the room dressed in work attire -- as if they went to work that day -- except for Obama? Compare the size of surrounding heads in the "Situation Room" photo to the size of Obama's head. Even if you use a perspective argument -- in which objects appear smaller at a greater distance -- then why are the faces behind Obama still larger? Marshall Webb's head is larger as well, and keep in mind that Marshall is sitting next to Obama (on the same plane).

Referring back to the "Situation Room" photo again, look at the difference in head size between Obama and Biden (in the "Situation Room" photo), and then contrast with differences in size from other photos found of Obama and Biden. The height and head shapes are comparatively similar in size for the vast number of photos seen of the president and VP.Read The full story here.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Salman Rushdie of music? Iran calls for killing of ‘apostate’ rap artist.





The Salman Rushdie of music? Iran calls for killing of ‘apostate’ rap artist.(AA).Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, a Shi’ite cleric based in the holy Iranian city of Qom, has issued a death sentence against rap artist Shahin Najafi for apostasy, the Persian-language Al Arabiya website reported on Wednesday. The sentence was issued after Najafi released a controversial song called “Naqi.” The song sparked a furor among protesters who believe it to be offensive to Imam Naqi, the tenth Imam in Shi’ite Islam. News website Asr Iran, which is closely tied to the regime in Tehran, launched an online campaign calling for the hanging of Najafi. The website stated that the aim of the campaign was to have Najafi condemned for apostasy, a crime that carries the death penalty in Iran. The campaign organizers have called on all Shi’ites and Muslims in general to find and kill Najafi and “send him to hell,” according to the website. Najafi, 31, was an underground artist during his time in Iran, and was banned by the authorities from performing in the country. He moved to Germany in recent years where he joined a group called “Tapesh 2012” which performs politically-motivated songs in Persian.Read the full story here.

Overnight Music Video - Ray Stevens - Everything Is Beautiful

Obama Admin Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy.



Obama Admin Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy.(Heritage).The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources.
A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year permits allowing them to kill bald eagles in the course of other legal activities. The length of those permits would be a six-fold increase over the five-year window allowed under current law.
The USFWS explains at FederalRegister.gov:
We have reviewed applications from proponents of renewable energy projects, such as wind and solar power facilities, for programmatic permits to authorize eagle take that may result from both the construction and ongoing operations of renewable energy projects. During our review, it became evident that the 5-year term limit imposed by the 2009 regulations (see 50 CFR 22.26(h)) needed to be extended to better correspond to the timeframe of renewable energy projects.
Current law allows permitting for “programmatic” killing of bald eagles, which “is recurring, is not caused solely by indirect effects, and that occurs over the long term or in a location or locations that cannot be specifically identified.”
The USFWS notes that permits “may authorize lethal take that is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, such as mortalities caused by collisions with rotating wind turbines.”
According to the regulation, measures will be taken to attempt to minimize bald eagle mortalities, and additional actions may be authorized if mortalities exceed “anticipated” levels. USFWS began investigating numerous bald eagle deaths associated with wind turbines in early 2012.
Without the proper permit, the killing of a bald eagle is a federal crime.Read the full story here.

Volkswagen showcases zero-emission hover car.





Volkswagen showcases zero-emission hover car.(NineMSN).Volkswagen has unveiled a prototype "Hover Car", developed with input from the Chinese public. The vehicle, which resembles a large glass yo-yo is currently on display at the Auto China 2012 show in Beijing. The German firm's People's Car Project invited ordinary Chinese citizens to submit their ideas and designs for innovative new vehicles last June. "The creative ideas from the "People's Car Project" give us a valuable insight into the wishes of Chinese drivers," Volkswagen China's head of design Simon Loasby said. "The trend is towards safe cars that can easily navigate overcrowded roads and have a personal, emotional and exciting design." With the help of Volkswagen's engineers three of the dream concepts have been realised with the "Hover Car" the standout for its space age design and environmental credentials. The two-seater vehicle uses an electro-magnetic field to levitate above the ground and employs distance sensors to prevent collisions with other cars. A joystick controls the vehicle's movement and it can even spin on its axis. Importantly, the "Hover Car" does not produce emissions as it does not burn fuel.Read and see the full story here.



Obama Says He Supports Gay Marriage.


President Obama completed his “evolution” today on gay marriage, announcing that he supports same-sex unions. Obama spoke to ABC News during an interview this afternoon that had been hastily arranged this week after Vice President Biden expressed support for gay marriage Sunday and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday received a shellacking from reporters who had finally become incredulous over Obama’s position that he opposed gay marriage but his views were “evolving.”Hmmmm......Anything for a vote.Read the full story here.

Nigel Farage - There Will Be an Attempt to Install a Dictatorship.





Nigel Farage - There Will Be an Attempt to Install a Dictatorship.(KWN). With escalating fears regarding the stability of the eurozone, today King World News interviewed former LBMA commodities broker and trader and current MEP Nigel Farage to get his take on the situation. Farage told KWN he believes there will be an attempt, within months, to install a dictatorship in Europe. Here is what Farage had to say about the deteriorating situation: “Frankly, the whole thing is falling apart. And in the middle of all of this, Mrs Merkel came out and said, The fiscal treaty cannot be renegotiated, and it must hold.’ So, I suppose, for once, we’ve got the Germans providing the humor, because this thing isn’t going to hold.” Nigel Farage continues: “I now believe the euro and the whole euro system are now in, by far, the deepest crisis that we’ve seen. We are in totally uncharted, chaotic territory. In some ways the ball is very much on the German side of the court. If they are unable to impose the discipline they thought this new Compact Treaty would give them, then maybe it’s the Germans that say, ‘Right, Greece you’ve got to leave.’ We know once Greece leaves, the dominos start to fall. To say that it’s a total mess is entirely accurate. You cannot have national democracy and this new form of economic and political government. We’ve seen these guys do some terrible things. I mean they’ve gotten rid of elected Prime Ministers in Greece and Italy. But they cannot at the moment, without imposing a total dictatorship, stop general elections from taking place in countries... 
“If you put me up against a wall and ask, ‘What’s really going to happen?’ My guess is, with the whole thing being unmanageable, we face the prospects of the markets just overwhelming this. (We risk) bond spreads heading to completely crazy levels. And French and German bank shares could be in very real trouble. I am back in Brussels today, and yeah, you can really see the fear in their (politicians) faces. They know that this thing (the EU) has become an absolute monster. 
We still don’t have many political voices that have the courage to say, ‘We’re headed for the rocks, and before we hit the rocks, let’s take a different course. Let’s try to break this thing up peaceably, before it ends in disaster.’ It’s always the case in history that the establishment always supports the status quo and says, ‘If what we have today breaks up, the sky will fall.’ But actually, I think the only way we can avoid a depression is to break this (the EU) up.” 
Farage also added: “It’s astonishing. I mean the European Parliament meets tomorrow, and there is a debate about the emergency. Would you believe it, that Mr. Barroso, the President of the Commission, and my old mate Herman van Rumpuy, the European President, are both not going to be there because they have previous engagements? Even if they do have previous engagements, surely nothing could be more important than to come before the one representative assembly for half a billion people here in Europe. It looks as though these guys are hiding in their bunkers, pretending it’s not happening. What these guys in the EU are going to try to do is, as this crisis gets worse and descends, there will be an attempt at some point in the next few months for them to set up something that will be very like a dictatorship. I’m not sure now, with the public mood, that they will get away with it ... the similarities (to the 30s) are really rather chilling.” Farage had this to say about gold: “I think the short-term speculative market had gotten itself too long of gold, and I’ve been warning about that for some months on your program. Just too many of the weak longs were there and they need to be flushed out of this marketplace. That process is beginning to happen. But my goodness me, with everything else I’ve seen over the last 72 hours in Europe, buy gold on dips.” This is an incredibly powerful and timely interview with Farage. The KWN interview with Nigel Farage is available now and you can listen to it HERE.

Video - Press conference with Sacha Baron Cohen in which he thanks UN for 'brave inaction' over Syria.




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"Your Tax Payer Dollars at Work" PA TV teaches children to make political map that turns all of Israel into "Palestine".



"Your Tax Payer Dollars at Work" PA TV teaches children to make political map that turns all of Israel into "Palestine".(PW).by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A children's program teaching arts and crafts on official Palestinian Authority TV instructed children how to make models of "Palestine." The shape of the map of "Palestine," which was cut out of paper, included all of Israel. Adding a political message, PA TV taught the children to cover the entire model with the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Palestinian sovereignty over the whole area.  




Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the official PA maps erase all of Israel defining it as "Palestine."
The international community has criticized the Palestinian Authority for this practice. Before he was elected to office, President Barack Obama said that he viewed the use of these maps that present a world without Israel as a security threat to Israel:

"I will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security... Not when there are maps across the Middle East that don't even acknowledge Israel's existence." [AIPAC Conference, June 4, 2008]

Maps that "don't even acknowledge Israel's existence" are still the official maps in the Palestinian Authority.

Another example of a political map that erases Israel was recently broadcast during a PA TV report on an event for youth sponsored by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education. A map displayed at the event likewise showed the Palestinian flag covering and accordingly erasing Israel. Above the map is the word "Palestine" and to the right of the map is the date "Nov. 15, 1988," the date that Yasser Arafat declared Palestinian statehood.[PA TV (Fatah), April 29, 2012]
The following is the text from the PA TV program showing children how to make a model of "Palestine" erasing all of Israel:Child host: "Hello friends, today we will learn how to make a model of the map of Palestine so that we continue to remember our country, Palestine...
Of course, all my friends know how to draw the map of Palestine. Here, the map of Palestine is ready, in its historic area."[PA TV (Fatah), March 30, 2012].
Hmmm........President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority.White House spinmeister Tommy Vietor stated that President Obama made the decision to pour American taxpayer dollars into Palestinian coffers in order to ensure “the continued viability of the moderate PA government.” He added the claim that, as the report puts it, “the PA had fulfilled all its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and accepting the Road Map for Peace.”Read the full story here.


"Clash of the Little Monsters" - Indonesia Islamists threaten to stop Lady Gaga show, Gaga Fans "I would die for her,".





"Clash of the Little Monsters" - Indonesia Islamists threaten to stop Lady Gaga show, Gaga Fans "I would die for her,".(AFP).A hardline Islamic group warned Wednesday it would not let Lady Gaga set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert in the nation with the world's largest Muslim population. The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) vowed to mobilise 30,000 demonstrators to protest the US artist's June 3 performance in Jakarta and to intercept her at the airport. "We will stop her from setting foot on our land. She had better not dare spread her satanic faith in this country," FPI Jakarta chairman Salim Alatas told AFP. "Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children's sense of morality. She's very dangerous," he said.
The US pop diva, famed for her outrageous outfits and provocative performances, has sparked opposition in other Asian countries with her "Born This Way Ball" global tour, which kicked off in Seoul last month amid protests. But the FPI, notorious for making threats and often failing to follow through, will face opposition from 40,000 fans planning to attend the sold-out show in Indonesia. Little Monsters -- as Lady Gaga fans are called -- tweeted their determination to see the pop idol perform in Indonesia, 90 percent of whose 240,000 million inhabitants identify themselves as Muslim. "Little Monsters Indonesia vs FPI. I'm ready to fight," Bentaniokevin tweeted to the LadyGagaIndo Twitter account. "What?!! The FPI want to cancel Lady Gaga's concert? They don't know art!! She is the lady of art!! GAGA I'm waitin for you.. See u soon," nataliahaman tweeted.One page on Facebook, which is wildly popular in Indonesia, was seeking dancers for a Lady Gaga flashmob, which sees people perform a choreographed dance in a public place. The flashmob is "to show our appreciation to Lady Gaga for planning to visit and to tell others who don't approve of her that there's nothing wrong with being her fans," said Anggiat Sihombing, an 18-year-old university student who set up the LadyGagaIndo account. "We like her because she is a famous musician who makes use of her popularity to do good deeds, like establishing a foundation to protect kids who have been bullied." The Lady Gaga Indonesia Facebook page has more than 42,000 "likes". "Lady Gaga is not an ordinary human being. She uses her popularity to defend minority groups, especially gays and lesbians," said Hartoyo, general secretary of gay rights group OurVoice, who goes by one name. "I would die for her," he said.Protests have already begun for her June 3 performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, because a Muslim group there believes that Gaga, 26, promotes devil worship. "Lady Gaga insults all religions," says a spokesman for the Islamic Defenders' Front. "Even Christians in Korea opposed her. She is promoting the worship of Satan." In the signs protesters have been carrying, there's a red line through a photo of the singer with the message, "LADY GAGA GO TO HELL." So far, no decision has been made whether or not to cancel the show, but last week IDF's chairman Rizieq Shihab warned that if it went on as scheduled, there would be "chaos in Jakarta.Hmmmmm......."Mother Monster meets her Little Monsters"?Sounds like Ripley in Alien 3.Read the full story here.


Israel - Death of Hunger Striking Prisoners Will Launch ‘Disaster’.





Israel - Death of Hunger Striking Prisoners Will Launch ‘Disaster’.(INN).By Chana Ya'ar.PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is warning of a “disaster” if any of the Arab prisoners dies while carrying out a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. Hundreds of Palestinian Authority Arab prisoners began a hunger strike more than a week ago in solidarity with six inmates who have been starving themselves for more than 45 days. Two prisoners – both active members of the Islamic Jihad terror organization -- have been fasting for 71 days. One received medical care in a hospital and was returned to prison. The Supreme Court this week rejected an appeal by both to be set free. A commander in the Islamic Jihad terror group warned Sunday that the death of any hunger striker in prison will touch off a third intifada. Abbas told international reporters the situation is “very dangerous” when the International Committee for the Red Cross urged Israel to immediately transfer six of the hunger strikers to hospital. At least two were reported to be close to death. "If anyone dies today or tomorrow or in a week, it will be a disaster and no one will be able to control the situation,” Abbas warned a Reuters reporter in an interview at his office in the PA capital of Ramallah. "I told the Israelis and the Americans that if they do not find a solution for this hunger strike immediately, they will be committing a crime.” Female Islamic Jihad terrorist Hana Shalbi, who fasted for 43 days, was released last month by Israeli Prison Authorities and deported to Gaza. On April 17, an estimated 1,600 PA Arab prisoners joined two prisoners who had begun a hunger strike weeks earlier.Hmmm........Since when do Islamic extremist need an excuse to attack Israel?Read the full story here.

Rain, Darkness Complicate Search of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100, which went missing on Wednesday.





Rain, Darkness Complicate Search of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100, which went missing on Wednesday.(RN). The darkness, fog and rain complicate the search of Russia’s Sukhoi Superjet-100, which went missing on Wednesday on a demonstration flight near Jakarta, a spokesman of aeronautical airspace control in Indonesia said. The plane has failed to return to the airport after a demonstration flight. Shortly before radio contact was lost, 20 minutes after takeoff, the pilots had requested permission to descend from 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) to 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), air traffic controllers said. After it was cleared for descent the plane started turning right and descending but then disappeared from the radar screens at an altitude of 6,200 feet in a mountainous area 60 kilometers from Jakarta. The spokesman said that the plain disappeared in the area of Mount Salak, which is 7,254 feet (2,211 meters) high. There are 44 people on board, including eight Russians and 36 foreign nationals. The Russian Embassy in Jakarta said that in addition to the Russian crew, there were only citizens of Indonesia on board. Crisis Staff however reported that there were 50 people on board, including eight Russians, two Italians, one French and one American citizens and 38 citizens of Indonesia. Sukhoi Superjet-100 was fully functional, United Aircraft Corporation reported on Wednesday. Indonesian authorities suggested the airplane may have been hijacked or crashed into a mountain in poor visibility. By the time the plane was due to return it should have burned up its fuel. Earlier in the day the SSJ-100 carried out two demonstration flights in the Indonesian capital as the manufacturer said Pakistan’s Air Indus has shown an interest in purchasing eight SSJ-100s. The SSJ-100 arrived in Jakarta as part of a demonstration tour of six Asian countries. It has been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, and after Indonesia was due to visit Laos and Vietnam. Read the full story here.