Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August.



The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August.(AP).By Michael Snyder.Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now? At the moment, approximately 61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country.

Less than two weeks ago I wrote an article asking what would happen if these drought conditions persisted, and now we are finding out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history. The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is. You can see a map of this disaster area right here.

This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen. The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing "moderate to extreme" drought conditions. If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing. Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage. How much worse can things get?

At the beginning of July many were hoping that we would soon see some rain and that we could still see a decent corn harvest.
Unfortunately, the drought has gotten even worse since that time. The following is from an article in the Chicago Tribune....
The whole of Iowa was classified as abnormally dry as of July 10 and 12.7 percent of the top corn and soybean producing state was in severe drought, up from 0.8 percent the prior week.
Harder-hit Illinois, the No. 2 corn and soy state, was 66.28 percent under severe drought or worse, up from 40 percent the previous week.
Severe to exceptional drought covered 80.15 percent of Indiana, versus 68.84 percent the prior week.
Conditions in Missouri also deteriorated, with 82.54 percent of the state in severe drought or worse, compared with 78.83 percent the week before.
That is not good news.

Posted below is the latest update from the U.S. drought monitor. As you can see, nearly the entire southern half of the country is extremely dry right now....


It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.

Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it. The following is from an article in the New York Times....
'Corn is anywhere from knee-high to waist-high,' Gonzalee Martin, agriculture and natural resources educator with Purdue University’s Allen County extension office, told The News-Sentinel. 'Much of it has already tassled with no ears at all. Much of it’s going to be completely lost'
When your livelihood depends on the weather, an endless drought can be extremely stressful. Many farmers that had been anticipating a bumper crop this year are now faced with an utter disaster. The following example comes from CNN....
Now, as punishing drought grips the Midwest, Villwock, 61, walks his hard-hit 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana in utter dismay.
Where there should have been tall, dark green, leafy plants, there now stand corn stalks that are waist high or, at best, chest high. They are pale in color and spindly. Fragile. Tired.
Pull back an ear's husk and you find no kernels, he says. With temperatures rising above 95 degrees, the pollen starts to die.
'It's emotionally draining,' he said. 'The crop got out of the ground very well. We were so optimistic. But maybe a few of us were counting our eggs before they were hatched.'
So is there any hope that things are going to turn around?

Unfortunately, things do not look promising right now. It is being projected that the Corn Belt will experience extremely high temperatures and very low rainfall all the way through mid-August. The following report comes from accuweather.com....
AccuWeather.com agricultural meteorologists are concerned that new and frequent waves of near-100-degree temperatures and stingy rainfall will further stress crops over Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska into mid-August.
When temperatures are very high and rainfall is very low, evaporation happens very rapidly. As accuweather.com notes, when the ground becomes very, very dry it can create a vicious cycle that feeds on itself....
Evaporation rates are very high into the first part of August. Soaking rain on a regular basis instead of a brief downpour is needed to be of benefit beyond a couple of days.
Turning things around in the Midwest as a whole will be a difficult task as dry ground tends to bring higher daytime temperatures, which in turn raises evaporation rates and so on.
 So what does all of this mean for the rest of us?

It is going to mean higher food prices.


On Friday, the price of corn hit $7.50 a bushel.

It had been thought that the price of corn would only be about $5.00 a bushel this year.

At this point, the price of corn is up 48 percent since mid-June, and it could go a whole lot higher.

Some analysts are projecting that if this endless drought persists, we could see ten dollars for a bushel of corn and 20 dollars for a bushel of soybeans.

And yes, you will notice this at the supermarket.

In a previous article, I included a quote from a recent article by Holly Deyo about why the price of corn affects the price of so many other products....
Since 75% of grocery store products use corn as a key ingredient, expect food prices to skyrocket. Corn is also a staple in many fast foods. Corn is in ethanol and the main food source or chickens. In addition to this, maize is in many things that aren't obvious like adhesives, aluminum, aspirin, clothing starch, cosmetics, cough syrup, dry cell batteries, envelopes, fiberglass insulation, gelatin capsules, ink, insecticides, paint, penicillin, powders, rugs and carpets, stamps, talcum, toothpaste, wallpaper, and vitamins. That's just for starters...
This is a huge heads up for you to purchase corn-using products NOW before these conditions reflect in grocery goods. It will be a narrow window of opportunity.
This endless drought is also a complete and total nightmare for ranchers.

At this point, approximately 50 percent of America's pastures and ranges are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.

Back in June, that figure was only sitting at 28 percent.

So things have gotten a lot worse very quickly.

A lot of ranchers are selling off their cattle because this drought is making it very difficult to continue to feed them.

The following is from examiner.com....
Rauhn Panting, with the University of Idaho, who works with ranchers and farmers, says, 'We're going to run out of grass. It's going to be scary.' Ranchers are being advised to vacate grazing lands, weeks and even months before when they usually have to leave.
Left with only two choices, feed or sell, many are opting to sell their cattle. The Torrington Stock Market in Wyoming, has recorded that 36,000 cattle were sold in May and June of this year. The usual average for these months is 5,500. Small ranchers, with 30-50 cow/calf pairs, are being hit the hardest.
So expect higher meat prices in the fall and winter as well.

This all comes at a really bad time. We are already on the verge of a global financial catastrophe. Agriculture was supposed to be one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy.

Sadly, the U.S. is not the only one having problems with crops this year.

For example, in Germany farmers are actually experiencing a full-blown plague of rats.

Yes, seriously.

The following is from a recent Der Spiegel article....
Millions of field mice are overrunning the central German states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, much to the concern of local farmers. The rodents are devastating food crops, cutting yields by up to 50 percent. Getting birds of prey to hunt the critters didn't help, and now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison.
So why is all of this happening?

Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?Hmmm........If you can control the Climate you can wage war on the whole world, Wake up people the 'Big One' is coming.Read the full story here.

Jihad in Syria: The Penetration of Radical Islam in the Syrian Conflict.



Jihad in Syria: The Penetration of Radical Islam in the Syrian Conflict.(INSS).Recent reports of dozens of Kuwaiti jihadists traveling to fight in the Syrian conflict further highlight the stronger foothold radical Islamic groups are gaining in Syria. Since January 2012, Syria has been transformed into a major battleground of the jihad world, with a number of foreign and Syrian jihadist groups surfacing to participate in the conflict. This development not only poses a serious threat to the present Syrian government or any government that may follow, but also threatens the armed opposition in Syria, headed by the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
At present, at least ten different notable foreign and Syrian groups with varying ideologies are waging militant jihad in Syria. 
In spite of these differences, a useful distinction becomes apparent when comparing each group’s mode of operation, which can be categorized as one of three types:

  1. The first type are “support” groups that predominantly assist the flow of arms and fighters into Syria.
  2. The second type are the “guerilla” groups that carry out small scale but regular attacks on security forces, 
  3. and the third type are the “terror” groups that carry out high profile bombings outside the usual fighting areas. 

Through this distinction, it quickly becomes evident that the “terror” groups have had the most significant contribution to the conflict in Syria. January 2012, including suicide car bombings in Damascus, Aleppo, and Idlib. In addition to helping escalate the violence in Syria, the attacks leveled a major psychological blow against the Syrian regime by highlighting the weaknesses of the Syrian security apparatus. Primarily carried out by two Syrian Salafist groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and its Idlib based offshoot, Kata’ib Ahrar al-Sham, these “terror” groups have been inspired and assisted by al-Qaeda in Iraq to become two of the most prominent Syrian groups currently operating in the conflict.
Despite this, “terror” groups in Syria do not receive widespread support within Syria and have not attempted to forge links with the FSA. Nonetheless, outside Syria these groups have gained wide support, including receiving small numbers of foreign Salafist fighters from Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and most recently Kuwait. This external support has also been extended to a number of the “guerilla” groups operating in the Syrian conflict and can be linked to the increased violence around Homs as well as the 134 percent increase in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Syrian security forces since January 2012. Despite different ideologies, many of the Syrian and foreign groups in this category have forged loose ties with the FSA and are assisting them in their fight against the Syrian security apparatus, through the use of guerilla warfare tactics based on experience gained in other jihad arenas.
Two examples of groups that work with the FSA are the Syrian group Dhu al-Nurayn and the Lebanese based group Fatah al-Islam. The “support” groups, which constitute the third category, remain a key link in supplying arms and fighters into Syria along preexisting smuggling routes, mainly from Iraq and Lebanon. 
These groups, though remaining at the sidelines, are important in helping feed the conflict in Syria and have indicated they may join the conflict at a later date. One example is the group called “The Free Army of Iraqis.” For the main Syrian opposition, the radical Islamic elements are currently a necessary but problematic partner in its fight against the Syrian government: By keeping these radical Islamic groups at arm's length, making alliances with some, and denouncing others (especially al-Qaeda), they are hoping to utilize these groups' fighting power without damaging their credibility in the eyes of the Syrian people and the international community. 
Yet in the long term, with these radical Islamic groups gaining more support and competence, this uneasy relationship may waver and the opposition, especially the FSA, may find it faces an additional challenge to its rise to power in Syria. The ability of any future Syrian government to control the impact of these radical Islamic groups is a key question, as a possible repeat of events in Iraq after the American-led invasion of 2003 demonstrated. For Israel, the conflict in Syria has largely been beneficial, helping destabilize Syria’s government, and by extension, two of its key allies, Iran and Hizbollah. However, with the emergence of several radical Islamic groups in Syria strongly hostile towards Israel, Israel’s northern border may begin to see attacks from these groups in the future. With the situation in Syria growing more sectarian and chaotic, the radical Islamic groups in Syria are sure to profit, but to what extent is an open question. Read the full story here.

Iranian Spokesman: Security of Hormuz Strait "Iran's Top Priority" but "we have a plan for closing it, which is a clever and wise one."



Iranian Spokesman: Security of Hormuz Strait "Iran's Top Priority" but "we have a plan for closing it, which is a clever and wise one."(Fars).Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast stressed the vital importance of maintaining security in the Persian Gulf region, cautioning that foreign meddling in the region will endanger security of global energy supply."The security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz is among the main priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran and this security should be durable so that all counties of the region can protect and defend their interests and those of the region," Mehman-Parast said at a weekly press conference on Tuesday. "Any factor impairing this security will threaten the national interests of the regional states," he stated. He said Iran enjoys military and defensive deterrence capability making it possible for the country to establish security in the region, and ensured that the country's "deterrence capability is fully efficient when it comes to defending regional security". He further noted that those countries which are seeking to impair security of energy supply to disturb balance in the global energy market are "the real threat to the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz". The remarks by Mehman-Parast came days after Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi announced that the country has drawn a plan for closing the world oil lifeline, the Strait of Hormuz, in the Persian Gulf, but meantime stressed that Iranian forces will not shut the waterway before they receive the needed permission from the Supreme Leader. "We have a plan for closing the Strait of Hormuz, but executing the plan needs the permission of the Supreme Leader," Firouzabadi told reporters on the sidelines of an annual gathering of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders in Tehran on Sunday. "The Armed Forces have their own plans for every subject, but the decision to close the Strait of Hormuz lie on the Commander-in-Chief (Ayatollah Khamenei), who also receives consultations from the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)," he added. The general dismissed the western states' claims that Iran is not able to block the Strait of Hormuz, and said, "They allege that we are bluffing in a bid to appease themselves." "Of course, we don't want to block the Strait of Hormuz, but we have a plan for closing it, which is a clever and wise one," Firouzabadi said. Iran has threatened to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the oil-rich Persian Gulf if its nuclear program is targeted by air strikes that Israel and the United States reserve as an option. Hmmmm.......Just sink a few tankers and the job is done.Read the full story here.

If Damascus falls, Israel and its gas fields feared threatened.





If Damascus falls, Israel and its gas fields feared threatened.(Debka).Syrian military forces were gathered in Tuesday, July 17, to save Damascus. Tanks and armored vehicles were positioned in strength in the capital’s center and around government buildings. However, the noise and fury of battle in the Syrian capital Tuesday, July 17, were produced, DEBKAfile’s military sources report, by six battalions of Bashar Assad’s loyal Allawite militia in clashes with the rebels who captured the two southern suburbs of Meidan and Tadmon Monday. They are trying to pound the enemy into extinction before its forces reach central Damascus. The two beleaguered districts are home to a quarter of the capital’s 1.8 million inhabitants. The Syrian general staff has withdrawn its command headquarters to a well-fortified complex on Shuhada Street in the capital’s center. If Damascus falls and Assad is cornered, the entire region stands in peril of wider repercussions, because neither he nor Tehran will take defeat lying down.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report their campaign will be paced and scaled according to the momentum of the Syrian rebels’ advance on Bashar Assad’s door-step, which could be drawn out and bloody. On the Iranian-Hizballah list are Middle East oil installations as well as Israeli, US, Turkish, Saudi and Jordanian strategic targets. Saturday, the Cypriot police captured a Hizballah terrorist before he could blow up an Israeli El Al flight and tourist buses in Limassol. Tehran is feared to be focusing on the Mediterranean island as part of a plot to set Israel’s Mediterranean gas field Tamar on fire. The field is 80 kilometers west of Haifa It would be a spectacular curtain-raiser for the closure of the Strait of Hormuz and for strikes against Gulf oil installations. Navy Commander, Maj. Gen. Ram Rothberg called last week for an extra five warships and submarines to safeguard Israel’s burgeoning gas fields at the cost of a billion dollars. The Syrian ruler has stoked up the menace by moving out of storage missiles and shells armed with mustard gas, sarin nerve gas and cyanide stockpiled for years. They are on operational readiness at Homs, Latakia and Aleppo and, according to Nawaf Fares.Read the full story here.

U.S To Build Missile Defense Radar Station In Qatar To Counter Iranian Missiles......and more?



U.S To Build Missile Defense Radar Station In Qatar To Counter Iranian Missiles.....and more?(INN).The Pentagon is building a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar and organizing its largest minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf, as preparations accelerate for a possible flare-up with Iran, according to U.S. officials. The radar site will complete the backbone of a system designed to defend U.S. interests and allies such as Israel and European nations against Iranian rockets, officials told The Wall Street Journal. The moves are namely intended to address Tehran's arsenal of ballistic missiles and its threat to shut down the oil-shipping lanes of the Strait of Hormuz, according to the report. The measures are also said to be an attempt to reassure Israel that the Pentagon is taking further steps to counter Iran’s nuclear program, after months of fruitless negotiations. The Pentagon chose to place the new radar site in Qatar because it is home to the largest U.S. military air base in the region, Al Udeid Air Base, analysts say. More than 8,000 troops are stationed there and at another U.S. base in Qatar. The radar base in Qatar is slated to house a powerful AN/TPY-2 radar, also known as an X-Band radar, and supplement two similar arrays already in place in Israel's Negev Desert and in central Turkey, officials said. Together, the three radar sites form an arc that U.S. officials say can detect missile launches from northern, western and southern Iran, according to The Wall Street Journal. The sites will reportedly enable U.S. officials and allied military forces to track missiles launched from deep inside Iran, which has an arsenal of missiles capable of reaching Israel and parts of Europe. Intelligence agencies believe Iran could have a ballistic missile as early as 2015 that could threaten the U.S.Hmmmmm.....WHY do the Radar stations to have be build in ANTI Israel Countries like Turkey and Qatar the 'home base' of the Muslim Brotherhood?I don't like it at all, Israel Beware!Read the full story here.



"Caliphate?" - Syrian Muslim Brotherhood discusses revolution “Muslim Brotherhood: Ongoing March”



"Caliphate?" - Syrian Muslim Brotherhood discusses revolution “Muslim Brotherhood: Ongoing March”(TZ).The Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), a key player within the Syrian National Council (SNC) -- an umbrella organization encompassing all opposition groups in Syria -- gathered in İstanbul on Monday for a two-day conference under the title “Muslim Brotherhood: Ongoing March” to hammer out a new road map to define the future of the revolution and to restructure the organization accordingly. The conference comes as fierce fighting between Free Syrian Army (FSA) guerillas and Syrian troops in suburban areas of the capital Damascus enters a new phase. “The primary objective of the conference is to reshape and restructure the organization. The second important goal is to define and determine the role and place of the organization in the Syrian people’s revolution,” said Omar A.Aziz Mushaweh, a member in the executive board of the MB and head of the Press Office, in an interview with Today’s Zaman. He said the conference aims to ensure that the organization is a key part of the new Syria. Several Syrian NGOs, some members of the SNC -- including its head Abdulbaset Sieda -- and old and new generations of the MB convened to discuss the role of the organization in the revolution, as well as to restructure it in accordance with the demands of the Syrian people.
Delivering a speech at the opening of the conference, the organization’s head, Mohammad Riyad Sukfa, said the struggle of the Syrian people would never cease, and that the world has left them alone amid the ongoing slaughter of the Bashar al-Assad regime. “Despite the enormous pressure and monitoring of the Assad regime, we, as Muslim Brothers, have managed to survive in the social, cultural, historical and political arena. We support all opposition groups. We don’t accept any plan which excludes the will and views of the Syrian people.” he said.Hasan Hattab, deputy head of the Sura Council, said the organization is officially convening after a 30-year period in a law has been in effect enabling the death penalty for those proved to be members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. He argued that Assad’s fate will resemble the end of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.The future of the revolution, the state of the organization and it’s political trajectory, as well as building a future for Syria and the country’s youth and women, are topics to be discussed during the two-day conference. Hitam al-Sufi, head of the women’s branch of the SNC, said women are able take an active role in the revolution thanks to the organization’s openness to female contribution in the political arena. She said female members actively work to help refugees from Syria in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.Hmmmm.......NEXT Muslim Brotherhood 'Target" JORDAN!Read the full story here.

Turkey - İncirlik Air Base officials have warned American soldiers to be "respectful and informed" during Ramadan.



Turkey - İncirlik Air Base officials have warned American soldiers to be "respectful and informed" during Ramadan.(HD).İncirlik Air Base officials have warned American soldiers to be careful during the month of Ramadan, listing a series of important points to keep in consideration, Anatolia news agency reported. The statement released called for the soldiers to be "respectful and informed" while telling them that from July 20 until Aug. 18, Turks "will not be eating or drinking during the day." Gardeners during Ramadan will not be accepting any food or water even if they are offered, the statement said, and soldiers should not take the rejections personally. Soldiers were also told not to eat or drink in public to "respect the Muslim faith," the statement read, while warning soldiers to be patient with drivers who may "be driving aggressively right before iftar." The statement also sought to inform soldiers by giving background information on Ramadan, stating that it will be followed by a three-day Ramadan bayram holiday. İncirlik is a U.S. Air Force base that is also used by Turkish Air Force in the southern province of Adana.Hmmmm...........Obama: "“We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”Read the full story here

From 'MuslimConverts':



The purpose of fasting is not to just get hungry and thirsty but it is to become pious.

Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever does not give up false speech and false actions and ignorance, Allah has no need of his giving up his food and drink." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6057.
He also (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "A fasting person may get nothing from his fast except hunger and the one who prays at night may get nothing from his qiyaam but a sleepless night." Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 1690; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Fasting is not just (abstention) from food and drink, rather fasting is (abstention) from idle and obscene talk.” Narrated by al-Haakim and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (5376).
So one should stay away from Un-Islamic things such as:
  • Getting angry
  • Using Bad language
  • Back biting and gossip
  • Arguing and fighting with Muslims.
  • Promoting Un-Islamic ideologies such as democracy and socialism. ??????
  • Being rude and impolite
  • Looking, touching , flirting with non-mehrems of the opposite sex.
  • Lying and cheating
  • Engaging in riba (interest, usury)
  • Women wearing improper dress.
  • Men shaving beards and having cloths below ankles
  • Allying with the enemies of Islam against the Muslims
  • Anything that is Haram

"The war on Christianity" - Gaza's Hamas gov. denied claims that a Christian man had been forced to convert to Islam.



"The war on Christianity" - Gaza's Hamas gov. denied claims that a Christian man had been forced to convert to Islam.(HD).Gaza's Hamas government today denied claims that a Christian man had been forced to convert to Islam, saying he had willingly changed religion. The statement came a day after the Orthodox Church in Gaza accused an unnamed Islamist organisation of "kidnapping" 24-year-old Ramez al-Amash, as well as a woman and her three daughters, and forcing them to convert to Islam. Health minister Bassem Naim, a Hamas leader in Gaza, denied the allegations. "Through contacts with some officials, the Christian youth Ramez al-Amash met with his family in a friendly meeting held at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights," he said in a statement.
"The young man insisted that he converted to Islam without pressure on him to do so," the statement said, adding that no official report had been submitted on the alleged kidnapping and conversion of Amash and the four others. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights confirmed it had met with both Amash and the woman involved, 32-year-old Heba Abu Dawud. "We held separate meetings with Ramez al-Amash and Heba Abu Dawud and her daughters at the centre, and they confirmed their desire to embrace Islam," PCHR legal unit director Iyad Alamy told AFP. He stressed that there was "no truth at all" to claims that Amash, Abu Dawud or her daughters were kidnapped. He said Amash had met with his parents at the centre, and his father had accepted the conversion and asked him to move back home, though his mother continued to reject her son's apparent decision. "We're working to try to solve this issue so the young man can live with his family normally," he said. Abu Dawud also met with workers from the centre along with her daughters, and said she had converted "of her own free will," Alamy said. 
She expressed willingness "to allow her husband to see his daughters, but said she considers herself divorced on the basis of her understanding of Islamic law which does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a Christian," he added. The incident has stirred tensions in Gaza, where a tiny Christian community has complained of feeling beleaguered and unprotected by the ruling Islamist movement Hamas. In his statement, Naim accused the church of "pure baseless fabrications which contain no truth." "Such accusations lack credibility and push an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence towards tensions, which does not serve the Palestinian people." In its statement, circulated at a protest of several dozen people on Monday evening, the Orthodox Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City accused an unnamed Islamist group of "kidnapping Ramez al-Amash on Saturday along with a woman and three girls who were abducted from their homes last Wednesday." "The Islamist group tries to persuade young Christian men and women to convert to Islam and to destroy the Christian presence in Gaza," the statement said.
"This Islamist movement uses dark and dirty methods, sowing fear and using intense pressure, blackmail, and dishonest means including using chemical substances to control and terrify those who have been kidnapped," it said.
There are approximately 3,000 Christians living among Gaza's population of 1.5 million. Most of them belong to Orthodox churches. The community was badly shaken by the October 2007 kidnapping and murder of Rami Ayyad, the owner of the only Christian book shop in Gaza, which had earlier been attacked in 2007 and 2006. Hamas has stressed a policy of tolerance towards the enclave's Christian minority, but many in the Christian community feel that crimes against them have not been properly investigated and that attacks against them are largely ignored.Hmmmmm...........“Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity. On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be,” ~ Pope Benedict XVI . I wonder who he had in mind?Read the full story here.

Obama Administration Granted Deportation Stay to President’s Illegal Alien Uncle Onyango Obama



Obama Administration Granted Deportation Stay to President’s Illegal Alien Uncle Onyango Obama.(JW).Documents Shows ICE Leadership Tracked Politically Sensitive Case
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered a new record from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama, who was arrested in August 2011 on drunken driving charges in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The document, obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on April 10, 2012, includes an internal agency email from Brian Hale, ICE’s Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs, to ICE Director John Morton dated April 1, 2012, titled “Onyango Statement and TP’s [Talking Points].” The email (on page 43) confirms that the ICE curiously permitted Onyango to seek the reopening of his deportation proceedings closed in 1992:
Mr. Onyango is subject to a final order of deportation. ICE had granted him a stay of deportation effective until June 5, 2012.
The stay was granted to allow him to attend pending criminal proceedings and to seek reopening of his deportation proceedings, which concluded before the Board of Immigration Appeals on January 29, 1992.
On March 27, 2012, the Framingham Massachusetts District Court entered its judgment in Mr. Onyango’s criminal case. Since his criminal case has concluded and his attorney appears not to have filed a motion to reopen, ICE is requiring Mr. Onyango to report to our Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations in Burlington, MA on April 12,2012 at 10:30 a.m. with his attorney of record.
At that appointment, arrangements, including medical accommodations, will be discussed to effectuate his departure from the United States on an appropriate date.
Absent a change in circumstances, ICE does not intend to deport him at the time of his April 12 appointment.
Onyango was first ordered out of the country in 1989.
On March 27, 2012, Onyango Obama admitted to the Framingham District Court that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, meanwhile, claimed the agency intended to continue deportation proceedings against Obama, however, they allowed Onyango to seek the reopening of his deportation proceedings.
Obama, who, upon his arrest, said his one phone call would be to the White House, has indicated he will fight ICE’s efforts to deport him in a high profile proceeding the Boston Herald conjectured could “drag on for years.” While he fights deportation, Obama will be allowed to drive a car. He was supposed to lose his license for 45 days, but received a “hardship license,” from the Massachusetts’s Department of Motor Vehicles so that he could drive back and forth to his job at a liquor store.
On July 12, Judicial Watch released records showing agency officials withholding information on Onyango’s release from the press and Congress.
It certainly appears that Obama’s uncle is receiving favorable treatment from the Obama administration, which explains that we had to sue in federal court to obtain this material,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “ICE should have deported Onyango immediately, especially after his DUI. We now know that the Obama administration decided not to deport Obama’s uncle despite his being a criminal and being on the lam for at least 20 years.”
As Director of ICE, John Morton has led the implementation of President Obama’s illegal alien amnesty program. On June 30, 2010, Morton sent a memo to all ICE employees instructing local immigration officials to use their discretion in “prioritizing” illegal immigration deportation cases. On June 17, 2011, John Morton followed up with another memo to all field officers, special agents and to the chief counsel further defining the term “prosecutorial discretion,” which, in essence, asked immigration officials to focus deportation proceedings on illegal aliens convicted of crimes.Read the full story here.

U.K Border staff 'let in three terror suspects' since the start of July.



U.K Border staff 'let in three terror suspects' since the start of July.(Telegraph). The new staff, who have been recruited to shorten queues at Britain's largest airport in the run up to the Games, are repeatedly "missing" passengers on the Home Office watch list who should be referred to counter-terrorism officers when they reach passport control, a senior border officer told the Observer. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the UK Border Agency official claimed three terror suspects had been waved through by staff on his shifts since the start of July. All were registered on the Home Office suspect index system. Another employee alleged that staff had missed five suspects in just one day earlier this month. The senior official told The Observer: "The missing of counter-terrorism 'hits' is a huge thing, but new recruits are not getting enough time to be taught. "It is vital these people do not get in without being noted and that the information is passed to the police or security services. Once they're in, you've no idea where they might be going." Border officials are instructed immediately to alert counter-terrorism police or MI5 if they suspect an "SX traveller" is attempting to enter the UK. But a large number of Home Office officials have been drafted in from different departments to help cope with border staffing shortages before the Olympics. Those working on passport desks have received just basic training with some only getting a day's tuition instead of the standard six to eight weeks, according to The Observer.Read the full story here.

Heavy gunfire in heart of Damascus as U.N. council heads for Syria showdown.




Heavy gunfire in heart of Damascus as U.N. council heads for Syria showdown.(AA).Heavy machinegun fire rocked the Sabah Bahrat square in central Damascus on Tuesday, witnesses said. “Machinegun fire was heard in the Sabah Bahrat square, and members of the security forces, armed with Kalashnikovs, ran across the square,” site of the country’s Central Bank, witnesses told AFP. Shooting was also reported in Baghdad Street, a main road near the square. As many as 14 people have been killed by Syrian forces across the country on Tuesday, Al Arabiya reported citing activists at the Syrian Revolution Commission. The Local Coordination Committees, earlier, denied the presence of any massacres inside a Falouja School at the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, following reports by activists that the Syrian regime troops had stormed the camp, Al Arabiya reported on Tuesday. Syria’s military deployed armored vehicles near central Damascus on Monday as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. Rebels late Monday announced the launch of a full-scale attack operation. The Free Syrian Army’s central-Homs Joint Command said its operation was launched “in response to massacres and barbaric crimes” committed by the Assad regime. The FSA, the statement said, started to conduct “attacks on all security stations and branches in the cities and the countryside, to enter into fierce clashes (with their forces) and to call on them to surrender.” The FSA called for all international roads to be cut off, “from (northern) Aleppo to (southern) Deraa and from (eastern) Deir Ezzor to (coastal) Lattakia, to cut off and seize the supply lines.” As battles raged around Damascus for a second straight day, troops deployed armored vehicles near the historic neighborhood of al-Midan. “When there is fighting in the capital for several hours, even days, and troops are unable to control the situation, that proves the regime's weakness,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. Online videos showed street battles in the capital, with fighters firing off rocket-propelled grenades from behind sandbags.
An activist on the ground, identifying himself as Abu Musab, said the army was trying to overrun al-Midan and called the fighting a “turning point” in the revolt against Assad's autocratic regime. Damascus -- and Syria’s largest city, Aleppo -- are both home to elites who have benefited from close ties to Assad’s regime, as well as merchant classes and minority groups who worry their status will suffer if Assad falls. But for months, rebels have been gaining strength in poorer towns and cities in the Damascus countryside. Some activists suggested Monday that recent government crackdowns in those areas had pushed rebels into the city, where they were determined to strike at the heart of the regime.
It seems there is a new strategy to bring the fighting into the center of the capital,” activist Mustafa Osso told The Associated Press. “The capital used to be safe. This will trouble the regime.”In Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Syria is in a state of all-out civil war and that all sides must respect humanitarian law or risk war crimes prosecutions. “Each time there is fighting we can see conditions that can be defined as a non-international armed conflict,” ICRC spokesman Alexis Heeb told AFP, adding “international humanitarian law applies” in such circumstances.
Nawaf Fares, the first Syrian ambassador to defect, warned Assad will use chemical weapons against opposition forces and may have already deployed them. Fares, the most prominent politician to defect since the uprising against Assad began, insisted the president’s days were numbered but warned he would be prepared “to eradicate the entire Syrian people” to remain in power. When asked by the BBC’s Frank Gardner whether that would mean the use of chemical weapons, Fares said: “I am convinced that if Bashar al-Assad’s regime is further cornered by the people, he would use such weapons.”Read the full story here.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New Evidence shows Hillary a mastermind behind Gunwalker.



New Evidence shows Hillary a mastermind behind Gunwalker.(Examiner).By Anthony Martin.Last week it was reported that the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were deeply involved in the scandal known as , or . Today, however, new evidence has surfaced indicating that not only was Hillary deeply involved in the scandal but was one of the masterminds behind it. According to investigative citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh, sources close to the development of the Gunwalker scheme state that early on, Hillary and her trusted associated at State, Andrew J. Shapiro, devised at least part of the framework of what would later become Operation Fast and Furious. It was Shapiro who first described the details of the proposed scheme early in 2009 just after the Obama Administration took office. Vanderboegh relates the following:
My sources say that as Hillary’s trusted subordinate, it was Shapiro who first described to the Secretary of State the details of what has become the Gunwalker Scandal. The precise extent to which Hillary Clinton‘s knowledge of, and responsibility for, the Gunwalker Plot, lies within the memories of these two men, Shapiro and Steinberg, sources say. The sources also express dismay that the Issa committee is apparently restricting itself to the Department of Justice and not venturing further afield. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, they say, needs to summon these two men and their subordinates — especially at the Mexico Desk at State — and question them under oath as to what Hillary Clinton knew about the origins of the Gunwalker Scandal and when she knew it. There is one other thing those sources agree upon. The CIA, they say, knows “everything” about the “Mexican hat dance” that became the Gunwalker Scandal.
The ‘Steinberg’ mentioned in the quote above is Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Secretary of State, who was appointed directly by Barack Obama and was considered from the start to be an ‘Obama man’ whose objective was to carry out the wishes of the President in the State Department. Hillary had said of Steinberg,
Clinton said Steinberg had been a “fixture” at meetings with the National Security Council (NSC) and frequently represented the US State Department at the White House.
That statement is key. Hillary herself stayed out of all meetings dealing with strategy concerning the euphemism the Administration used to designate Gunwalker, ‘strategy meetings on Mexico and the problem of drug and gun trafficking.’ Hillary’s absence would give the impression that she had no connection to the scheme while making sure that her views were represented by Steinberg and Shapiro, both of whom were fully complicit with the details that developed concerning how to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico. According to sources, Hillary was obsessed with gun statistics that would prove that ’90% of the firearms used by Mexican criminals come from the United States.’ As previouly reported, that meme, repeated incessantly by Democratic Senators, Barack Obama, certan members of the ATF, Janet Napolitano, and Hillary Clinton was patently and blatantly false. The fact that they all knew it was false is borne out by the lengths to which each of the above named co-conspirators went to attempt to ‘prove’ that the 90% figure was true. Again, Vanderboegh relates the following:

My sources say that this battle of the “statistics” was taken very seriously by all players — the White House, State and Justice. Yet, WHY was this game of statistics so important to the players? If some weapons from the American civilian market were making it to Mexico into the hand of drug gang killers that was bad enough. What was the importance of insisting that it was 90 percent, 80 percent, or finally 70 percent? Would such statistics make any difference to the law enforcement tactics necessary to curtail them? No. This statistics mania is similar to the focus on “body counts” in Vietnam. Yet if Vietnam body counts were supposed to be a measure of how we were winning that war, the focus on the 90 percent meme was certainly not designed to be a measure of how we were winning the war against arming the cartels, but rather by what overwhelming standard we were LOSING. Why? Recall what the whistleblower ATF agents told us right after this scandal broke in the wake of the death of Brian Terry: “ATF source confirms ‘walking’ guns to Mexico to ‘pad’ statistics.”
Thus, from the beginning the scheme was to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico in order to be in a strengthened position to call for gun bans and strict gun control at a time when it was politically unpopular. Further, the scheme would involve a made-up statistic, out of thin air–90%–which then had to be proved by using civilian gun retailers along the southern border as unsuspecting pawns to walk U.S. guns into Mexico by ATF agents, straw purchasers, and others with connections to Mexican drug cartels. And the evidence points to the fact that Hillary Clinton was one of the original Administration officials who was ‘in the loop’ on the scheme from the very beginning. Be sure to catch my blog at The Liberty Sphere. Visit my ministry site at Martin Christian Ministries. Subscribe by clicking the links at the top of the page, or below, and you will receive free notifications of new articles plus a free newsletter.Read the full story here.

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Iran - drought is 'Soft War' - “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent.



Iran - drought is 'Soft War' - “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent.(AA).The drought in southern Iran is part of a “soft war” launched against the Islamic republic by the West, the Fars news agency quoted an Iranian vice president as saying on Monday. “I am suspicious about the drought in the southern part of the country,” Hassan Mousavi, who also heads Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organization, said at a ceremony to introduce the nation’s new chief of meteorological department. “The world arrogance and colonist (term used by Iranian authorities to label the West) are influencing Iran’s climate conditions using technology... The drought is an acute issue and soft war is completely evident... This level of drought is not normal.” Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years, especially in the south where it was hit in recent weeks by violent sand storms that engulfed several cities. Sand storms particularly enter Iran from neighboring Iraq where desertification has increased over the last two decades due to wars. Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western countries of devising plans to “cause drought” in Iran, adding that “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent. Iranian leaders claim on a daily basis that Western countries, led by arch-foe the United States, devise “plots” in many forms to undermine the Islamic republic and to impede its economic and scientific development.Hmmmm.....I knew it...it's 'Zionist plot'.I wonder why they caused the U.S. to suffer the worst drought in decades as well?LOL!Read the full story here.

Verizon Wireless wants to 'edit' your Internet access.



Verizon Wireless wants to 'edit' your Internet access.(CNet).

What if your wireless provider gave you Internet access and search results according to what it decided was a "priority"?
As a Verizon Wireless customer, I'm furious at the idea that it would "pick favorites" over what I was actually looking for -- especially if it was an emergency.
But that's just what Verizon is fighting in court to do right now. Verizon has filed a brief (Verizon vs. FCC) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the "freedom" to edit your Internet, dear customer.
If you think this would remain a Verizon issue, think again. If Verizon gatecrashes Internet access filtering, you better bet that other ISPs will hustle to get on the train to sell Internet "priority" spots to the highest bidders.
This comes at the same time that Verizon is set to win approval from the FCC, according to reports, in an airwave buyback deal from a group of cable companies (including Time Warner and Comcast). Only the U.S. Justice Department can block the deal.
Verizon is suing to have the FCC's net neutrality order thrown out -- and it's not the first time, as Verizon was quick to challenge the FCC about this very issue in 2011 when the FCC first set such rules.
The FCC's order was intended to keep the Internet as it was when it began -- to keep Internet service providers like Verizon from becoming "editors" or gatekeepers. It holds that neither Verizon nor any other Internet provider can block or slow access to online content, including if they disagree with its message or are being paid by a third party to favor some alternative.
Verizon's argument is sure to enrage people who cherish the free and open Internet. Verizon's reason is that Internet/broadband providers inherently have "editorial discretion."Hmmmm............“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.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops?



‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops? (NN).While millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would essentially force the federal government to approve GMOs at the request of biotechnology companies, and prohibit all safety reviews of GMOs from having any real impact on the GMO approval process.
The Alliance for Natural Health – USA (ANH-USA), the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and several other health freedom advocacy groups have been actively drawing attention to these stealth attacks in recent days, and urging Americans to rise up and oppose them now before it is too late. If we fail to act now as a single, unified community devoted to health freedom, in other words, America’s agricultural future could literally end up being controlled entirely by the biotech industry, which will have full immunity from the law.
You can fight back now against these threats to food freedom by visiting:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm
Full exemption from the law for the biotech industry
Authored by Congressmen and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill rider, known as the “farmer assurance provision” (Section 733), specifically outlines that the Secretary of Agriculture will be required, upon request, to “immediately” grant temporary approval or deregulation of a GM crop, even if that crop’s safety is in question or under review.
In other words, if the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is strong-armed into approving a new GM crop that is later legally challenged in court (which is basically what happened for GM sugar beets and GM alfalfa), the Secretary of Agriculture, under the provisions of the Kingston rider, will be required to approve the cultivation and sale of that crop anyway, even if a higher court has already ordered a moratorium on that crop.
“A so-called ‘Monsanto rider,’ quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, would require — not just allow, but require — the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed,” wrote Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins in a recent piece for AlterNet.
“All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply.”
You can read the rider for yourself, which begins on page 86, Sec. 733 of the following document:
http://appropriations.house.gov
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or.) introduces amendment to kill ‘Monsanto Protection Act’
According to the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations website, the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, with the Kingston rider, was already approved by the committee on June 19. (http://appropriations.house.gov) But it will move next to the House floor, where debate and further amendment proposals will take place — this means there is still time to fight it.
One amendment being proposed by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or.) seeks to altogether eliminate the Kingston rider, which has now been dubbed by the health freedom community as the Monsanto Protection Act, from the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. You can urge your Congressmen to support Rep. DeFazio’s amendment to kill the Monsanto Protection Act by emailing (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm) or calling (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25778.cfm) them.
Committee Farm Bill riders would destroy safeguards that protect farmers, environment from untested GMOs
Another serious food freedom threat exists in the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the contentious 2012 Farm Bill, where Monsanto et al. have inserted key language, via corrupt legislators of course, that will dismantle existing federal law as it pertains to regulating GM crops, and replace it with a free-for-all system where biotech giants are basically free to grow and market whatever GMOs they please without resistance or legal challenge.
“Deliberately buried in the House Agriculture Committee’s voluminous discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, these significant changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA) — one of the few statutes that regulate GE crops — will counter the gains that have been made to protect our food supply and the farmers who grow it,” writes Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one of the key groups fighting back against this Monsanto sneak attack.
“The provisions (Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014) would force the rushed commercialization of GE crops, create a backdoor approval for Dow’s ‘Agent Orange’ corn and eliminate any meaningful review of the impacts of these novel crops” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com).
These provisions would explicitly outlaw any review of the environmental or human impacts of GM crops under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or any other environmental laws as well. Only the USDA would be allowed to review the safety of GM crops, and this review process would be so severely neutered that the USDA would essentially operate as a formal “rubber stamp” for approving the biotech industry’s offerings.
Both sets of riders threaten to eliminate every remaining semblance of regulatory power that “We the People” have over our own food system. If passed, these riders will abolish virtually all remaining protections over the American food supply, and allow Monsanto and the rest of Big Ag to completely control what is grown, and how it is grown.
There is still time to fight back against these heinous threats to food freedom, but swift action is necessary to stop Congress from hammering the last few nails into the coffin of American food freedom.
Be sure to contact your Congressmen right now and demand their support for Rep. Peter DeFazio’s amendment to eliminate the Monsanto rider from the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, as well as their opposition to Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014 of the 2012 Farm Bill:
(http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm)
Sources for this article include:
http://www.anh-usa.org/urgent-action-alert-on-two-gmo-amendments/
http://www.alternet.org
http://rt.com/usa/news/monsanto-bill-immunity-court-862/
http://fooddemocracynow.org

Canada - Pearson airport Muslim cab drivers rules can take the bark out of your trip home.

                                               Muslim and Dogs HARAM???????? 


Canada - Pearson airport Muslim cab drivers rules can take the bark out of your trip home.(TS).By Sue-Ann Levy.TORONTO - Last Monday morning at 1:30 a.m. I came out of Pearson Airport with my dachsie Kishka in tow looking for a limo to drive us home. Kishka, as is the requirement whenever I fly to and from my home in Florida, was comfortably zipped up in his soft kennel. He was half-asleep at that hour — and so hidden away — that the first driver in line headed towards me to start loading my luggage. It was when he grabbed Kishka’s kennel and realized a dog was in there that he turned around quickly and waved me away. The second driver, also a visible minority, said “No” the moment I approached him. The second driver — who works for McIntosh Limousine — refused to give me a reason for refusing me or his name. Thankfully, a third driver eventually pulled up. He had no issue transporting Kishka, who promptly fell asleep in his kennel the moment we hit the highway. However after I posted my plight on Facebook later that day, I soon discovered I’d opened quite the can of worms. 
What I realized is that this occurs quite often not only at the airport but in Toronto proper and is happening due to religious reasons — that is, because dogs are considered unclean in certain religions. In fact, Gail Beck-Souter, general manager of Beck Taxi that operates about 900 cars in Toronto, confirms that if certain Muslims take a dog in their vehicle, they are required to go home and shower afterwards (before they pray). It would seem that the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) which licenses limos that pick up at Pearson airport and the companies that operate out of the airport have bent over backwards to accommodate the religious demands of their drivers — who clearly have strength in numbers. 
McIntosh Limousine manager Anne Ruddy claimed the driver who turned me down, a gentleman from India, did so because he “doesn’t have to” take dogs. But the driver would have to take Kishka if he was a service dog — that’s the “law,” she said. She denied Muslim drivers in their fleet would ever turn down dogs for religious reasons contending it has more to do with “them being scared” of dogs.
Asked how she felt about a woman being denied a ride at 1:30 a.m., Ruddy said she “hates the idea” but they have to “abide by the GTAA rules” — they “don’t have a choice.” I had to laugh when I read the description of their drivers on the McIntosh website, most particularly this gem: “Our drivers have taken sensitivity training...” Guess that sensitivity training didn’t include the part about not leaving a woman stranded at 1:30 a.m.
The GTAA isn’t much better. Spokeswoman Trish Krale confirmed that drivers are “not required” to take passengers with animals and if they do, they must give their vehicle a “full interior cleaning” after a ride due to dander and allergies. However, they are not entitled to turn down someone travelling with a service animal — after which a “full cleaning” would also be required. Although I’m not ruling out the people who are allergic to dogs, I suspect the “full cleaning” issue has been driven entirely by the religious demands of the drivers. Besides, it’s absolute B.S., in my view. Does that mean whenever a limo picks up my partner and I with our two dogs, they have to take it off the road right after to clean it? We’ve never been told that by any drivers. One doesn’t have to go further than the GTAA website to note how far their Consultative Committee on Taxicabs and Limousines (CCTL) will go to pander to the drivers. One of their issues in the minutes of this past January is to have their Prayer Room relocated from the international departures area of Terminal 3 to the domestic arrivals area. Souter tells me while they “don’t like it” they do give their drivers the option of not taking a dog and sometimes it is “difficult” to find a car that will take dogs. “Some feel unclean (with dogs),” she said, adding that a “small percentage” will also not pick people up at the liquor store. She says some will use allergies as an excuse when their concern is really religious. Kudos to Souter for being, shall we say, less than politically correct about this issue. Last I looked this is Canada. Seeing as they’ve chosen to move here for presumably a better life, the least we can expect is that they assimilate.Read the full story here.

Hmmmm.....And what does the 'Holy Koran' say about dogs?: "Abu Dharr reported: THE MESSENGER OF 'ALLAH (may peace be upon him)
SAID: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, HIS PRAYER WOULD BE CUT OFF BY (passing of an) ASS, WOMAN, AND BLACK DOG.
I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog?
He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1032).

Toronto’s Pearson International has been voted the country’s worst airport, for the second time, in an online survey by FlightNetwork.com.

Canada: Muslim preacher calls on Toronto to “introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively”.



Canada: Muslim preacher calls on Toronto to “introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively”.(TorontoSun).By Terry Davidson.Canadian laws should be changed to require women to "cover themselves" to prevent sexual assaults, says an Islamic street preacher in Toronto. Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana, a 33-year-old Islamic convert, called for legal change in response to recent sex attacks at York University. Atangana is connected with a group called Muslim Support Network and is one of a number of street-corner clerics commonly seen at the Yonge and Dundas Sts. In an e-mail to the Toronto Sun, Atangana said "the reason ... these sex attacks are continuously happening is because (of) Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women" when it comes to how they dress. "You should take your example from the way Muslim women dress," he wrote.
"Why does (sic) Muslim women who wear long dress and covers her head aren't targeted for sex attacks?" The clash between western culture and values and the beliefs of some Muslim adherents has been a source of controversy and conflict across North America. Atangana, who plans to distribute his views on paper in the coming weeks, went on to state that "the reason ... a woman gets raped is because of the way she (dresses)," and suggests that "Toronto (become) the first city in North America to introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively." 
If Toronto did this, Atangana said in an interview, other Canadian cities would follow suit. "If (women) want to prevent being sexually assaulted, they should cover themselves," said Atangana, adding that while he doesn't expect Western women to dress as Muslim women do, they should have a "dress code" and take note of the burka the head scarf and face veil some Muslim females wear. Atangana says he began planning to distribute his views after a recent spate of sex assaults at York University's Keele campus, and praised Const. Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto police officer who ended up in hot water after telling students at a York University safety forum in January that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" if they didn't want to be victimized. The website Atangana provided for his group, Muslimsupport.net, is sparsely populated but contains links to other sites that offer advice on conversion to Islam and Islamic dress, including such advice as this: "Men must cover their body from the navel to the knees. But when praying he must also cover his shoulder." "Women must cover their whole body except the face, hands and feet while inside. But they are also required to cover their whole body including a part of the face while going out, according to the majority of the Madhabs (school of thought)."
Moderate Muslim writer Tarek Fatah says Atangana's view is a stark example of radical Islamist misogyny. It is an example, Fatah says, of passages taken from the Qur'an, Islam's holy book, and exaggerated to fit an antiquated, patriarchal ideology such as that of the Muslim Brotherhood. "This is not about what women wear," Fatah said. "This is about ... some Muslim men believing that any woman whose head is uncovered is fair game because she is lustful...and doesn't belong to the pious (Islamic) sisterhood." Fatah says it is "hogwash" to think a woman wearing traditional Islamic dress will not be sexually assaulted, and points to an on-going problem of sexual harassment in Egypt, where Muslim faith dominates.But Alia Hogben of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women sees things differently: Atangana's opinions are not as much to do with Islam as much as they reflect a general patriarchal desire among some men to control women. "There is absolutely no connection between how women dress and being sexually assaulted," Hogben said, adding that other religions from Judaism to Christianity have traditional dress codes of their own. She did agree, however, that "good, pious" Muslim women are sexually harassed, despite wearing modest and traditional clothing. "
If (Atangana) thinks good, pious Muslim women are not sexually assaulted, he's wrong. If he thinks this is not happening in India or Egypt ... it is not true." As for Atangana, who converted to Islam in 1998 after finding the Trinity of Christianity the belief in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit too "confusing," he remains steadfast in his views. "Women here should have a dress code," he says. "That would prevent sexual assault."Read the full story here.

The Sun finds the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal in Hungary, Csizsik-Csatary Sent 15,700 To Die.



The Sun finds the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal in Hungary, Csizsik-Csatary Sent 15,700 To Die.(TheSun).The world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal - who helped send 15,700 Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz - has been tracked down by The Sun. Sadist Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, was a police commander in charge of a Jewish ghetto in Kassa, Hungary, during World War Two. He took pleasure in beating women with a whip he carried on his belt, according to devastating documents uncovered by the Nazi-hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.
Csizsik-Csatary also forced them to dig ditches in frozen ground with their bare hands, made dissenting Jews take up stress positions for hours, hit them with a dog lead and oversaw a shoot-on-sight policy if they tried to escape. He fled Kassa - now renamed Kosice in Slovakia - after the Allied victory and was sentenced to death for war crimes in his absence in Czechoslovakia in 1948. But Csizsik-Csatary created a new identity, turning up as an art dealer in Canada. When his cover was blown there - in 1997 - his citizenship was revoked and the government began to build a case against him. He fled before deportation papers could be served. For 15 years his whereabouts have been a mystery. But a Sun team tracked him down to a two-bedroom apartment in a smart district of Budapest, Hungary. Our investigators were given details of where he might be by the Holocaust campaigners at the Wiesenthal Centre. The human rights organisation had been given a tip-off after launching Operation Last Chance, aimed at bringing World War Two Nazis to justice before they die. Once our team found Csizsik-Csatary they were able to establish he was the Nazi collaborator - Number One on the Wiesenthal Centre’s most wanted list. We confronted him at the flat where he had been living quietly among families unaware of his chilling past. Csizsik-Csatary, who speaks English with a Canadian accent after decades living in Montreal and Toronto, answered the door in just socks and underpants. When we asked if he could justify his past, he looked shocked and stammered “No, no. Go away.” Questioned about his deportation case in Canada he answered angrily in English: “No, no. I don’t want to discuss it.” Our reporter asked: “Do you deny doing it? A lot of people died as a result of your actions.”Read the full story here.

Disgraced Weiner Eyes Run for Mayor of New York.



Disgraced Weiner Eyes Run for Mayor of New York.(TNYP).From a New York Post report: Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office. The disgraced former congressman - who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest - is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post. The pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics. Weiner, 47, has even spoken to former staffers about going back to work for him, according to another source. And he wants to run soon because the public match on his campaign funds are due to expire after the 2013 election. “I’ve heard he is seriously thinking about getting into a citywide race in 2013 and would like it to be mayor,” said a source with ties to Weiner. “In his mind, he’s trying to figure out how to run for mayor.” He’s reached out to politicos to “talk about the landscape,” said a former staffer. The buzz in political circles is that Weiner has a better shot at public advocate - a $165,000-a-year job viewed as a “cleansing” post where he could put his character issues further behind him as he prepped for a 2017 mayoral run. Potential candidates for public advocate are state Sen. Daniel Squadron, City Council member Letitia James and Reshma Saujani, currently a deputy in the Public Advocate’s Office - none of whom has Weiner’s citywide name recognition or his deep campaign coffers. The pol has kept a low profile since resigning from Congress in June 2011. Weiner made the media rounds to applaud the US Supreme Court’s health-care decision last month - dipping his toe back into political waters. But he still has his political infrastructure intact if he decides to launch a campaign. A spokeswoman for Weiner declined to comment on his political future.Hmmmm......Read the full story here.