Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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.
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.(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.
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.(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.
"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’.(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.(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.
President Barack Obama's Irish Karney ancestry a 'cheap' fraud?(NoelOgara).
Does Barack Obama have Irish ancestry?
Did Barack Obama really have an ancestor in Moneygall county Offaly?
Obama and his Irish cousins? You be the judge of the records.
The Name Carney altered to Karney These two photos of the register of baptisms in the church at Moneygall County Offaly clearly show that Obama's alleged maternal ancestor was Carney and somebody overwrote it to read Karney.
The Obama handlers were desperately trying to suggest that an American man called Falmouth Kearney who was traced in the USA on a gravestone was originally from Moneygall Ireland and here was their proof. Its an obvious fraud. Its a deliberate forgery. You dont need to be a handwriting expert to see that it has been tampered with. The Irish people who first saw the alteration didnt want to question it and were happy to go along with it once the Obama election handlers latched on to it in order to pretend that he had Irish blood in him to get some wavering Irish votes in America.
It was what they wanted to believe. It would bring business to a deprived rural area.
The name Falmouth is unheard of in Ireland and was very likely the name of a young Englishman from the town of Falmouth in Cornwall, England, who joined the emigrant ship at Bristol bound for the new world of the Americas, never to return and was given the name by his father to assist him in a foreign land if he ever met up with another person from Falmouth. Kearney is a common surname in England which has many more Kearneys that Ireland. For those doubters who say Kearney is pronounced Carney or vice versa, yes and Obama is really Osama and O'Gara is O'Bama.
The facts are that the Moneygall parish register records the name Carney and not Kearney regardless of the similar sound of the names. To twist the spelling to suit the fiction that Barack Obama has Irish ancestry is fanciful and fictional.
Anybody who has experience of tracing old family or property records will know how tedious it is and how easy it would be if one could make such wild assumptions as has happened in this case. Trying to establish who was who five six seven or eight generations back is pure guesswork in this case and the amazing thing is that a section of the Irish people were taken in by it. The whole Obama Irish connection hinged on that altered record. It is clearly a fraud having being altered by persons unknown who wanted to make the link giving Obama an Irish heritage to capture the Irish votes in the US and pretending that his ancestor had been forced to leave his homeland because of the famine in Ireland.
Naturally President Obama was delighted that the Irish media had accepted that he was one of them and he joined the party to give credence to the lie that he was Irish. The Moneygall men were going to cash in on a piece of fiction that was born in their pub and developed into a self serving reality to put them on the map. Obama responded by pretending that he was indeed Irish and that Henry Healy was indeed his cousin eight times removed. Healy's conviction that he was related to Falmouth Kearney helped Obama to join in the pretense and he came to Ireland and to Moneygall and played out the part of a long lost cousin of the emigrant Falmouth Kearney. ITS ALL BUILT ON A FORGERY BUT WHICH OF THEM ALTERED THE PARISH RECORD BOOK? AND WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO CHANGE IT?Hmmm......Great way to obtain the "Irish Vote".Read and see the full story here.HT: @noelogara.
U.S. institute says sees new activities of 'scrubbing' at Iran site.(Yahoo).VIENNA (Reuters) - A U.S. security institute says commercial satellite imagery shows new activity at an Iranian military site which raises concern that the Islamic state may be "washing" a building the United Nations' nuclear agency wants to inspect. The United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) suspects nuclear weapons-related research may have taken place at the Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran. Iran has dismissed the allegations but has yet to allow the agency to visit the facility, despite repeated requests. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said last week that the agency had recently noticed some "activities" there. He gave no details but Western diplomats suspect Iran may be cleaning the site before any inspection. Tehran denies this. The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a Washington-based think-tank specialising on nuclear proliferation, said it had acquired commercial satellite imagery from April 9 which back up the IAEA's concern. "The new activity seen in the satellite image occurred outside a building suspected to contain an explosive chamber used to carry out nuclear weapons related experiments," it said on its website in a May 8 report including the satellite image.
Iran's mission to the IAEA was not immediately available for comment. It has previously dismissed allegations aired about Parchin as "childish" and "ridiculous". The images showed items lined up outside a building and what appeared to be a stream of water, ISIS said. "The items visible outside the building could be associated with the removal of equipment from the building or with cleansing it," it said. "The stream of water that appears to emanate from the building raises concerns that Iran may have been washing inside the building, or perhaps washing the items outside the building," ISIS said. Previous satellite images from recent months did not show any similar activity at the building, indicating it is not a regular occurrence, it added. The IAEA has said that gaining access to Parchin is a priority when it holds a new round of talks with Iran in Vienna next week after two previous meetings in Tehran failed to make any notable progress.Read the full story here.
Obama Threatens Media With Federal Investigation If They Persue Birth Certificate.(CQ).The lead investigator in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s review of the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate today unloaded a bombshell about the case: that he was told by sources members of the media were threatened with federal investigations should they continue to report on the birth certificate issue. Lead investigator Mike Zullo told WND that as he was preparing information to be presented to the public “it was clear that the mainstream media was not going to be in attendance” at the sheriff’s scheduled new conference, where he presented facts suggesting both fraud and forgery in the image of a Hawaiian birth certificate that the White House released last year as “proof positive” of Obama’s eligibility for office. “During our investigation, we actually were told [that media] had been threatened with FTC investigations. Commentators [had been] threatened with their jobs,” Zullo said. The threats were so intimidating that some individuals quit their positions over safety concerns for their families, he said.
So the problem became to get the information to the American public in spite of an intentional media blackout, since citizens still must make critical leadership decisions about their government through the election process. The solution was an ebook with details from the investigation, the evidence that was accumulated, and the issue that remain for Arpaio and his investigators to pursue. Zullo has been blasted in recent days for coordinating the book project with longtime political writer Jerome Corsi. Much of the online criticism stems from a single AP article that links Zullo to “well-known political conspiracy writer” Corsi and includes a statement that Corsi “denied using Sheriff Joe Arpaio … as a promotional tool to sell his books and theories.” It cites Zullo “as the co-author” of the ebook. But it fails to mention the evidence cited by the investigation indicating crimes of fraud and forgery. Zullo told WND that he had no interest in working on an ebook but was faced with the question of how to get the information to the American people absent national media coverage. There were interests outside of Arizona, he was convinced, making obvious efforts to censor the information and never allow it to move beyond the borders of Arizona. Corsi confirmed that Zullo was very reluctant to do the book. The prospect of being reimbursed financially from his investigation never was his intention. But Corsi pointed out that Zullo contributed six months of his time to the investigation. Corsi also said he was acutely aware of the financial sacrifice Zullo made over the last six months, having to devote much of his time to the investigation. The posse investigation was not subsidized by taxpayers. The bigger question, Zullo said, is how can an investigator or a law enforcement officer ignore findings that indicate deception at the highest levels of politics. Zullo said it’s a very serious and alarming concern that casts doubt on the integrity of the vetting of presidential candidates. “If the evidence took us the other way, and the sheriff proclaimed this thing to be authentic, the news would have traveled from Arizona to New Jersey to Hawaii in milliseconds,” he said.
“If I wrote a book about it, I would have been hailed a hero. “All we’re trying to do here is get this information out there and keep it out there. Had the mainstream media done their job, we wouldn’t have done [this book].” He said now media members have started calling him a “kook” and an “old geezer” for reporting on the facts that resulted from the investigation. “The media just wants to come destroy people’s credibility,” he said. “They’re trying to vet [investigators] when they should be vetting the next presidential candidate of the United States.”
He said that many people didn’t come forward with their knowledge about Obama “out of fear.” “The information that we got, which these people refused to step forward with out of fear, but shared afterward, came independently – they don’t even know each other – from distance parts of the country, that investigations of major media outlets [were planned] if they continued reporting,” he said. “Our system is broken because the vetting process used to rely on the free press. We don’t have a free press any more,” he said. Martin wrote that the sheriff also failed to mention that much of the evidence concerned questions about the digital scan “that was already investigated and proven to be false” by another investigative agency, National Review Online. There were signs, however, that the national media’s silence was creating concerns. Wrote Jeff Crouere at the St. Tammany Slidell Sentry: “Despite a mountain of evidence and new allegations of fraud, the national news media refuses to cover the Obama birth certificate scandal.” He cited the discoveries from the Arpaio investigation.
“Such a bombshell should have led the national news coverage throughout the country. Instead, it was completely ignored by a corrupt network of media elites who are decidedly liberal and wholeheartedly support Obama’s re-election,” he wrote. “The vast majority of the American people have been denied the truth by a media who want to shield Obama.” He called reporters nationally “liberal sycophants” and said, “If these allegations had been made about a Republican president there would have been a media firestorm greater than Watergate and Iran/Contra combined. “Not surprisingly, the media acted like partisan Democrats in the news conference after Arpaio’s team announced their findings. Instead of asking questions about the Obama documents, the reporters were more interested in asking Sheriff Arpaio about his political affiliation, his relationship with the tea party and his motives for the investigation. “What the media conveniently overlooked was the expert testimony and the evidence presented by Arpaio’s group of investigators. Potentially, a major crime has been committed at the highest levels of our government, and the media attacked the messengers.”Hmmmmm.......“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.
Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-TX) claims that he was assaulted by a TSA agent during a pat-down at the San Antonio International Airport.
"I went through the full-body scanner, they stopped me and they said 'we're going to have to pat you down,'" Canseco, a freshman representative, said. "I said OK; I lifted up my arms, they start patting my leg very, very aggressively. The guy goes up close to my groin and when you get pat there it hurts! And there's a very human reaction when it hurts there — you move the offensive thing out of the way and you step back."
He continued, "In doing so, I would expect the TSA agent to say hey, I'm sorry, which would have been OK. Instead he raises his hand, he says ,'I need a manager here, I've been assaulted!'"
UK seeks delay to EU's Iran ship insurance ban.(JPost).Britain is seeking to persuade fellow European Union members to postpone by up to six months a ban on providing insurance for tankers carrying Iranian oil, arguing that it could lead to a damaging spike in oil prices, European diplomats said. A European Union ban on importing Iranian oil, which takes effect on July 1, will also prevent EU insurers and reinsurers from covering tankers carrying its crude anywhere in the world. `The impact of the measure is likely to be felt strongly in London's financial district, the center for marine insurance. Iran exports most of its 2.2 million barrels of oil per day to Asia. The four main buyers - China, India, Japan and South Korea - have yet to find a way to replace the predominantly Western insurance shipping cover provided by London insurers.
The sanctions seek to stem the flow of petrodollars to Tehran to force it to halt a nuclear program that the West suspects is intended to produce weapons. Some Indian and Chinese firms have already asked state insurers to step in and provide coverage by offering government guarantees. The situation is more complicated for Japan and South Korea, which have already cut imports of Iranian oil under pressure from Washington, but need Western protection and indemnity (PandI) ship insurance to continue importing the remaining volumes. "Britain will be pushing the EU to postpone the ban on P and I insurance by six months," said one diplomatic source."The main reason is pressure from Japan and South Korea as they would struggle to buy oil after July 1," the source said. He said Britain feared oil prices could rise sharply as a result of disruptions caused by the lack of insurance after July 1, as Japan and South Korea would be forced to bid aggressively for alternative supplies to meet their needs. A second European diplomatic source said he was aware of the British initiative. Both sources said Britain's proposal had yet to win support from other EU members, including France, which has been pushing for the toughest stance on Iran. But in Asia, some shippers welcomed the proposal. Against the background of these developments. another round of talks with Iran about its nuclear program is scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad, but Iran has said it wants a softening of sanctions first.Read the full story here.
Sculptor Sergio Redegalli to Unveil New Work, "Aisha from Behind the Veil".(AM).Fortunately for Redegalli, Muslims are quite fond of artwork, and the tremendous tolerance inherent in Islam leads Muhammad's followers to show great patience even when they don't like a particular work of art. So I'm sure he'll be perfectly safe. Robert Spencer writes:
The courageous Sergio Redegalli, a sculptor and artist in Sydney, Australia, is the originator of the famous "Say No to Burqas" mural, which one would think that women's rights activists in the West would love, but as it turns out, the Leftist alliance with Islamic supremacists has proved stronger than feminists' concern for Muslim women. Leftist and Muslim vandals have defaced Sergio's mural many, many times.
Above is a photo of one of his latest works that will be showing at his Glass Artist Gallery in Sydney this Thursday evening. The artwork is made from cast crystal, hand polished with some sandblasting detail and copper work. It is 30cm tall and is called “Aisha from behind the veil."
Congratulations and bravo to Sergio. Long may he exercise his artistic freedom in peace.Hmmm....."Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.Read the full story here.