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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Obama family attended church for only the third time in a year. They went on foot to the St. John’s Episcopal Church situated across the Lafayette Park.But what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular church, Dr. Ziad Asali, M.D., a Muslim, founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine, was the guest speaker. He was there to speak on the subject of “Prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle-East.”But Who's Ziad J. Asali the guest speaker at the St. John’s Episcopal Church?He is among other things President and Founder, American Task Force on Palestine and he also figures on the board of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project.Among the members of the organisation are : Surprise!Daisy Khan, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement and Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam, Masjid al-Farah in New York City; Founder and Chairman, Cordoba Initiative; author of What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America.Hmm now i really wonder why the President wanted to attend this peticular Church service?Click here for comments.

  • Libby Jurist's Career Built on Toughness.While presiding over perhaps the most high-profile trial of his career, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton made time for his more mundane courthouse role: the scolding mentor to this city's young thugs. So, the vice president's former top deputy, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, his team of well-heeled and famous defense lawyers and a nationally known prosecutor in the CIA leak case would have to wait to argue over key evidence in Libby's perjury trial that day in February. Walton had some important yelling to do at defendants whose names would never make the papers."For some reason you've chosen to be a criminal, and at some point you're going to pay a price," Walton warned one defendant facing jail for fighting and violating his probation. "If you really hurt someone, we would put you away for a long time."Today, it will be Libby standing before Walton to be sentenced for his perjury and obstruction conviction in a probe of the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame. The bad news for Libby is that Walton, a judge for a quarter-century, is known throughout the defense bar as a "long-ball hitter" -- a jurist willing to put defendants away for a long time to deter future crimes. Legal experts familiar with the judge's career say the chances are very high that Walton will give Libby a considerable sentence, probably at the high end of the range for perjury cases, as a result of Libby's lies to investigators about what he told reporters about Plame's CIA job.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.HT:TheInfidelbloggers.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Michael Oren hints: Israel has decided to attack Iran? In Yom Kippur remarks delivered at three different Washington area synagogues, Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren may have been hinting that Israel plans to attack Iran.As such, the Book of Jonah can be read as more than morality play, but also a cautionary tale about the hazards of decision-making. It is a type of political primer, if you will, what the medieval thinkers called a Mirror for Princes. The Talmud teaches us that, in the post-Biblical era, the gift of prophecy is reserved for children and fools. In modern times, we don’t have prophets—pundits, yes, but no prophets. Instead we have statesmen who, like Jonah, often have to make fateful decisions for which they will bear personal responsibility. If not a paradox of prophecy, these leaders face what we might call the quandary of statecraft.I believe that the Israeli government decided a long time ago that it would attack Iran rather than let it go nuclear. But I don't believe that any decision on the timing of that attack has been made. The timing will likely depend on events in Iran, and I am know that the government of Israel is monitoring those events much more closely than any of us can.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Construction crews unearth fossil 'treasure trove'.A Riverside County site yields camels, llamas, horses and saber-toothed cats, some well over 1 million years old.Excavation at the site has so far revealed what may be California's oldest example of the saber-toothed cat Smilodon gracilis, a specimen more than a million years older than the Smilodon fatalis from the La Brea tar pits, which carry an array of fossils dating to as recently as 9,000 years ago.Scientists so far have identified more than 1,450 specimens, including about 250 large vertebrate fossils and more than 1,220 fossils that are rabbit-size or smaller.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • UN: hunger strike for minorities in Pakistan.The European Organisation for Pakistani Minorities (EOPM) launched a three-week hunger strike that includes an awareness-raising campaign in front of the United Nations building in Geneva.The 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council opened on 13 September in the Swiss city. Demonstrators want to bring to the attention of the member states the suffering endured by Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Ahmadi communities who live in Pakistan. In recent months in fact, attacks by Muslim fundamentalists against religious minorities have intensified, including attacks against their places of worship.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Video: Interview Christiane Amanpour With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  • Prosecutor Reportedly Asks For Blogger's Execution.An informed source who does not want to be named has confirmed in an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda that Tehran's prosecutor has asked for the death sentence for jailed blogger Hossein Derakhshan, known by his nickname Hoder and also as Iran's "Blogfather."The judge in the case has reportedly not issued a sentence yet.Rumors about the likelihood of a death sentence against Derakhshan, who has been in jail for more than a year, were reported earlier this week by some Iranian news websites bases outside the country.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Sheikh Abu Basir Al-Tartusi Calls on Egyptian Muslims to Storm Churches in Search of Abducted Convert Camilia Shehata, Even if This Requires "Trampling on the Corpses of the Wicked [Pope] Shenouda… and the Other Wicked Bishops and Priests."Islam the religion of peace?"Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Google creates censorship map.The US government asked Google for user information 4,287 times during the first six months of 2010.During the same timeframe the UK government put in over 1,000 such requests.This is just two snippets from Google's new Transparency Report, a set of tools designed to show censorship levels around the globe.Civil liberty groups welcomed the tool but called on Google to provide even more detail about the requests.The map allows users to click an individual country to see how many removal requests were fully or partially complied with, as well as which Google services were affected. In the US, for example, there were seven court orders to remove content from YouTube from July 2009 to the end of the year.There is also a traffic graph showing Google services around the world and related traffic outages, caused either by governments blocking access to information or, more mundanely, cables being cut.Google's public policy head Scott Rubin demonstrated the tool to the BBC.Read the full story here .Click here for comments.

  • ACLU Seeks Court Injunction to Stop Jersey Shore Town From **Gasp** Reciting the Lord’s Prayer Before Meetings.For at least six years, a Jersey Shore community has begun its borough meetings with a flag salute and a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.But a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey last week may remove the prayer from the monthly civic meetings in Point Pleasant Beach, Ocean County.The suit asks a Superior Court judge to issue an injunction to stop the prayer. The judge will rule on Sept. 30, two days after the next meeting.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Israel rejects offer to join UN atomic agency.In response to Arab initiative, Israel's Atomic Energy Commission chief says Jewish state only country to be singled out, asked to take decision against its national interests."Israel is not the only member state ... that has exercised its sovereign right not to accede to the NPT due to its national security considerations," Israel's Atomic Energy Commission chief Shaul Horev said."Yet Israel is the only state that has been singled out, and is called upon to take a decision which is against its best national interests," he told the conference."Indeed, the advancement of states' accessions to international treaties does not fall within the mandate of the (IAEA)," he said.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:WeaselZippers.Because Obama Extending his “Unclenched Fist” to Iran Was Such a Smashing Success, He Will Use U.N. Visit to Tell Ahmadinejad the “Door is Open”…White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters during a telephone briefing that in order for Iran to walk through that door, it would have to demonstrate the peaceful intent of its nuclear program.According to me this is the only way he can get to his real goal!Pressure Israel at the U.N. in disclosing it’s nuclear arsenal and then asking(Forcing) them to remove it,like the Muslim world wants!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Mosque ally's vid shows 'Hez' true colors.Among the Islamic clerics defending plans for a mosque near Ground Zero yesterday was an outspoken critic of Israel who enthusiastically signaled his support for terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah during a rally a decade ago. At a news conference outside the site of the proposed mosque, Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Washington-based Muslim American Society, was adamant about Muslims' right to build a mosque where they choose.But he refused to discuss a video, from a rally in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, that shows him onstage repeatedly raising his arms when an unidentified speaker asked how many in the crowd supported Hamas and Hezbollah.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.The proposal by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.Currently employers withhold tax and pay the government, providing information at the end of the year, a system know as Pay as You Earn (PAYE). There is no option for those employees to refuse withholding and individually file a tax return at the end of the year.If the real-time information plan works, it further proposes that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first.My take on this:First it will take a lot of administration to do this and it will cause for sure delays in the paycheck being paid out,what brings me to number two:is it a way for the goverment to make extra money with workers their money ,just think if you put this amount of money on a short term account lets say 2 weeks at the max, how much intrest would that yield for the goverment?We know in Europe banks take sometimes from 24 to 72 hours timedelay before your money is transferred in to your account(Making a small profit?).Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • For Indian Rape Laws, Change Is Slow to Come.NEW DELHI — Should a woman’s sexual experience and history be introduced as evidence in the trial of her accused rapist? Will the Indian legal system ever recognize forced sex between husband and wife as rape? What constitutes the “modesty” of a 10-year-old girl?“I want to tell the world, my family and friends, the truth — my husband was a rapist,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity to shield her family. “I can tell them about the beatings, but not the rapes. We aren’t supposed to talk about these matters, because they’re shameful. But if there was shame, there was also anger. The anger of being told, ‘He was your husband, he had the right to do this.’ Maybe for others, it will change. My pain has no voice.” Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Twitter Hacked Tuesday Morning.Twitter was overrun with tweets on Tuesday morning that used a programming flaw to play pranks, distribute porn and spread worms to unsuspecting Twitter users.The problem appeared to be confined to Twitter’s old Web interface, and does not affect the new interface that Twitter is gradually rolling out to users of the service or to mobile applications. Security experts said that a JavaScript command in the offending tweets included a command, “onmouseover,” that caused messages to pop up and Web sites to open automatically when a mouse hovered over it. The script in some cases also caused a user to tweet the offending link, spreading it virally to their followers and the rest of Twitter.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • US Jews Prepare for Arrests at Anti- Ahmadenijad Vigils.The New York Board of Rabbis announced that it is organizing a human link chain "Across First Avenue in Protest of President of Iran at UN" on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. at the southwest corner of First Avenue and 40th Street in New York City."The New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR), the largest interdenominational rabbinic body in the world representing over 700 Rabbis from the New York metropolitan area will protest and voice their condemnation of the madman of Tehran, Mahmud Ahmadinejad being granted a platform at the United Nations. Members of the Interfaith community will be participating as well."Read the fulll story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Gadi Adelman."TAQIYYA" The song and video!

  • HT:InfidelBloggersAlliance.Mexico paper asks drug cartels what they can print without risk of murder.You know things are really getting out of hand, when the press asks this.The biggest newspaper in Mexico's most violent city is to restrict drug war coverage after the killing of its second journalist in less than two years, just as international press representatives will urge the government to make security for journalists a national priority.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Watchdog: Christine O'Donnell "Clearly a Criminal".Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, today filed a pair of complaints concerning Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's use of more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses."Christine O'Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted," CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a release. "Ms. O'Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate." CREW is requesting that the U.S. Attorney's office in Delaware open a criminal investigation and asking the Federal Election Commission to audit O'Donnell's campaign expenses.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Seized Somali media network 'must serve Islam'.Somali militants who have seized a radio and TV station say it will now broadcast only Islamic messages.Hassan Dahir Aweys, who leads the Hizbul Islam group, said he wanted the broadcasts to serve Islam.The seized station, GBC, was popular because it used to show live international football matches.Another broadcaster, HornAfrik, was also attacked on the weekend. Witnesses blamed the al-Shabab militant group, but they denied the raid.Both al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam are trying to topple the transitional government, and have frequently targeted the media by killing journalists and banning music from the airwaves.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Barack Obama the Tax Cutter? Don’t Make Me Laugh.Poor E.J. Dionne just can’t figure out why Barack Obama isn’t getting the recognition he deserves as a tax-cutter. Yes, you heard that right; after you’re done cleaning the coffee you just spit out off of your keyboard, take a look at his latest column in the Washington Post, in which he laments the fact that everybody’s talking about George W. Bush’s tax cuts for “the rich,” but nobody’s talking about Obama’s “progressive tax cuts”.Y’know what, lefties? Go for it. Campaign on Obama’s record as a tax cutter. Let me know how that works out.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Report: Iranian bank under sanctions operates in Turkey.Turkey and other US allies have been allowing Iranian banks with suspected links to Tehran’s nuclear program to do business within their borders, frustrating Western countries trying to put a financial squeeze on the Islamic republic, a news report claimed.“Turkey’s blossoming financial-economic relationship with Iran provides Iran with a gateway to the entire European financial system,” Reuters quoted an intelligence report on Turkey and Iran as saying, noting that report was provided by a diplomat. It didn’t mention the nationality of the diplomat.“The fact that Turkey is allowing itself to be used as a conduit for Iranian activity via Turkish banks and the Turkish lira is making it possible for Iranian funds in Turkish guise to make their way into Europe,” the same report was quoted as saying.“Reportedly Turkish companies have started sending petroleum to Iran or opening up ports to do trade with Iran instead of Dubai. How do you see the effect of this kind of effort on the sanctions against Iran?” the question was posed“Obviously Iran’s neighbors have a variety of types of trade with Iran, and the objective of the Security Council resolution, the objective of the national measures, is not to impose a total embargo on Iran. Legitimate trade between Iran and its neighbors can and should continue, but there are certain provisions in the Security Council resolution which prevent major categories of arms from going to Iran, that prohibit arms transfers from Iran, prohibit a wide range of illicit activities as well. We will encourage all of Iran’s neighbors to implement the resolutions faithfully, but we’re not going to urge them to impose a total embargo on Iran,” Einhorn had responded.Read the full scam story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.George Soros' perfect storm.Anne Bayefsky explains what George Soros is buying with his $100 million gift to Human Rights Watch. .Why, then, did George Soros deem it worthy of the largest gift he has ever made?Because Soros has recognized what Republicans ignore at their peril — namely, the power of human-rights claims, legitimate or not.Soros, logged as one of President Obama’s frequent White House guests, appreciates that a human-rights mantra, particularly when amplified with the U.N.’s global megaphone, is a formidable tool for manipulating public policy. A tool, mind you, and not a principle.President Obama has styled himself a champion of the victims of human-rights violations. But he is the president who went to Egypt and spoke in support of Muslim women who want to cover their bodies while saying nothing in defense of those who want the freedom to do otherwise. He is the president who has let Iranian dissidents die in vain. The president who keeps mumbling about reset buttons while Russian human-rights defenders are systematically eliminated.Soros makes no attempt to hide his agenda. As he wrote in The Bubble of American Supremacy: “People have different views and . . . nobody is in possession of the ultimate truth . . . [P]eople are supposed to decide for themselves what they mean by freedom and democracy. . . . What goes on within individual states can be of vital interest to the rest of the world, but the principle of sovereignty militates against interfering in their internal affairs.” The same speech has been made by China and Cuba and thugs the world over.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Kremlin declares war on the last Tsar of Moscow. The army of Russians ex-kingpins ousted from the Kremlin and forced into exile in Europe could soon count among its new recruits, the mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov and his wife, the oligarch Elena Baturina. The powerful governor of the capital is now at loggerheads with President Dmitri Medvedev and his "resignation" seems imminent. This has been confirmed by a hard hitting press campaign to discredit him organized and carried out on state television NTV. According to foreign media, the richest couple in the country has already prepared for their golden exile in Austria and England, and possible candidates to the mayor's chair have begun to circulate.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Obama Doesn’t Know the Price of an Apple.Hmmm...on the other hand perhaps he does?President Obama today tried to pay for four apples with one dollar. Now, if Bush did this, can you imagine the uproar??According to this afternoon’s press pool report from Philadelphia, where Obama is traveling, the president made a surprise visit to the Reading Terminal Market, which contains numerous stalls selling all kinds of delicacies.Obama shook hands with customers in front of the falafel stall and ordered a couple of cheese steak sandwiches with sweet peppers and mushrooms, just like any self-respecting Philly guy would do.Then the fruit vendor called out, “President Obama how ’bout an apple? Something healthy too.” Obama grabbed four apples and gave the salesman a dollar.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Imam Behind NYC Islamic Center Avoiding New York, Getting Protection Over Security Concerns.The imam behind the proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero is largely avoiding New York City because of security concerns and is receiving protection from the New York Police Department, according to those close to the imam.”There’s just a lot of crazies and that’s why he has police protection from the NYPD,” the Rev. James Parks Morton said Monday of his friend Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.“I know that he’s being guarded, that he’s not been staying in the usual places, that he’s not working from his office and that he’s concerned for his safety,” said another friend of the imam’s, Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, in an interview Sunday night.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Turkish president to urge Mideast nuclear-free zone at UN summit.Turkish President Abdullah Gül said he will call for a Middle East totally free of nuclear weapons when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly later this week."We would like to see our region free of nuclear weapons," Gül told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday. "The region should not be under such a threat."Hmmm .... i wonder if this was decided during his last phone conversation with Obama?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Frattini warns EU against pushing Turkey towards Iran.Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who is a staunch supporter of Turkey’s EU membership, was quoted by the conservative Avvenire daily on Sunday as saying that Turkey may distance itself from the West and face Iran. Noting that his country always supports Turkey’s EU membership, the Italian foreign minister said that Turkey was at a crossroads and that it would be “stupid to push it toward Iran.” “Turkey is at a crossroads. It could make its way toward the West. But it could also make its way toward Iran, which will make it a power that is a friend of Iran,” Frattini warned.Don't blame Europe for Turkey's love for Iran and hate for Israel this is a religious motivated choice not an result of European actions,choice who became only clearer once Obama became President in the U.S.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TundraTabloids.The Netherlands shuts out Jews due to where they live.According to the present Dutch government, if you're a Jew from Judea or Samaria, you're a persona non grata. The Tundra Tabloids longs for the day when Geert Wilders takes control of the Dutch parliament, as a friend of Israel, there's no doubt that such a decision as the one just made by the Dutch MFA, would never have been considered.OMG whats next?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Islam's Encounters With America. A survey by Elaph, the most respected electronic daily in the Arab world, saw 58% object to the building of the WTC mosque.From his recent travels to the Persian Gulf—sponsored and paid for by the State Department—Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf returned with a none-too-subtle threat. His project, the Ground Zero Mosque, would have to go on. Its cancellation would risk putting "our soldiers, our troops, our embassies and citizens under attack in the Muslim world."Leave aside the attempt to make this project a matter of national security. The self-appointed bridge between America and the Arab-Islamic world is a false witness to the sentiments in Islamic lands.A survey by Elaph, the most respected electronic daily in the Arab world, gave a decided edge to those who objected to the building of this mosque—58% saw it as a project of folly.We don't always assert all the "rights" that we can get away with. The faith is honored when the faith bends to necessity and discretion.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:GrassTopsUSA.Society For Voluntary Jewish Extinction Fights Islamophobia.In response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism, here and abroad, courtesy of the Religion of Peace, liberal Jews (Temple Beth Meshuga) have pledged to fight Islamophobia – the “phobia” the left loves to hate.We’re told that anti-Muslim hysteria has reached a fevered pitch. Daisy Khan, wife Imam Rauf, point-man for the Ground Zero Mosque, says it’s “like a metastasized anti-Semitism.” What, that serious? “It’s not even Islamophobia; it’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s (gasp) hate of Muslims!” Are Muslims being lynched by rampaging mobs? Are imams kidnapped and tortured to death? Are cars filled with Muslim civilians ambushed, and pregnant women shot to death at close range? Much worse, my friends. This uber-bigotry is epitomized by opposition to a mosque – excuse me, a cultural center – built near the spot where 2,752 Americans were murdered by Muslim hijackers, in the name of Islam, 9 years ago. Will the horror never end? But, not to worry, Jewish liberals are here to save the day.By all means, let us have more mosques in the United States, more Saudi-trained imams, more spokesmen for “moderate” Islam like Imam Rauf, and more spiritual strugglers like the Muslim shrink at Ft. Hood who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers in cold blood. Why should Europeans have all the fun? Liberals are naturally unstable. The Jewish left's latest craze – monitoring opposition to the construction of mosques, speaking out “more directly against anti-Muslim bigotry” – should land them on a suicide-watch. (Keep sharp objects away from them. Confiscate belts and shoelaces.) In the midst of a world war against Jews, Jewish liberals want to ensure that no one is mean to the pogromists’ cheering section and recruiting center. Islam is the religion of peace they cry, as Jewish families bury the victims of peace. Saperstein, Rabbi Nancy, Foxman and friends – call them the Society for Voluntary Jewish Extinction.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • In Afghanistan, Boys Are Prized and Girls Live the Part.KABUL, Afghanistan — Six-year-old Mehran Rafaat is like many girls her age. She likes to be the center of attention. She is often frustrated when things do not go her way. Like her three older sisters, she is eager to discover the world outside the family’s apartment in their middle-class neighborhood of Kabul.But when their mother, Azita Rafaat, a member of Parliament, dresses the children for school in the morning, there is one important difference. Mehran’s sisters put on black dresses and head scarves, tied tightly over their ponytails. For Mehran, it’s green pants, a white shirt and a necktie, then a pat from her mother over her spiky, short black hair. After that, her daughter is out the door — as an Afghan boy. There are no statistics about how many Afghan girls masquerade as boys. But when asked, Afghans of several generations can often tell a story of a female relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who grew up disguised as a boy. To those who know, these children are often referred to as neither “daughter” nor “son” in conversation, but as “bacha posh,” which literally means “dressed up as a boy” in Dari.Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • HT:MuslimsAgainstSharia."STAND WITH US" stages silent protest against
    Approximately 60 people attended the silent protest which featured "street theater" including participants with blue duct tape over the mouths, signifying the lack of free speech or dissension in Iran, while others held signs that depicted the horrific human rights abuses that take place in that country. While there were no speakers or organized crowd chanting, the powerful message of those suffering under the draconian rule of the Iranian regime came across loud and clear.Among those in attendance were long time Jewish activist Helen Freedman, the New York City coordinator of Americans For a Safe Israel along with a contingent of AFSI members. "We came here today to stand in solidarity with those Iranian citizens who are being beheaded, stoned and buried alive for speaking out against the tyrannical rule of the Iranian ayatollahs. It is the pinnacle of hypocrisy for Iranian President Ahmadinejad to come to New York and speak at the United Nations while his own citizens are not granted the basic rights of free speech that we take for granted in this country. We also hold the UN responsible for extending an invitation to Ahmadinejad", she declared.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Morning Bell: The Economic Toll of the Obama Tax Hikes.In today’s Wall Street Journal, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) identifies two justifications for his unequivocal opposition to any impending tax increases: “The first concerns the pain that tax increases threaten to inflict on our economy over the short term. The second is to stop the slide under our current leadership towards becoming a stagnant European-style welfare state with limited individual opportunity and entrepreneurship.”We’ve written before about how President Barack Obama’s reckless spending threatens to undermine our nation’s economic vitality. Before the recession, federal spending totaled $24,000 per U.S. household. President Obama’s FY 2011 budget would hike it to $36,000 per household by 2020 — an inflation-adjusted $12,000-per-household expansion of government. But spending is just one-half of this White House’s economic plan. Massive wealth-distributing tax hikes are the other half of President Obama’s wish list, and they are just as big a threat to our nation’s economy.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Well, at the end of Recovery Summer, the house is boarded up. The doors. The windows. Everything. We're at the Comfort Inn. Room 112.What's not to like about the Summer of Recovery? Like, dude, the recession ended eons ago.And last but not least:It would appear that certain foreclosures by major, major institutions may have been fraudulent... and, thus, invalid, which could really, really screw things up.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BarenakedIslam.So, why do you think Barack Obama and family really went to church on Sunday?what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular church, Dr. Ziad Asali, M.D., a Muslim, founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine, was the guest speaker. He was there to speak on the subject of “Prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle-East.”Dr. Ziad J. Asali is described as “a long-time activist on Middle East issues” who has testified to both chambers of Congress about Palestinian interests, increased U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, and “Israel’s disproportionate use of force” in Gaza.As i said on Sunday : Al-taqiyya a.k.a. The art of lying !Hmmm"They don't trust me because of my middle name?"Yeah whatevah!Read the full story here.Updated here.Click here for comments.

  • Proof: New Records Show DOJ Lied About New Black Panther Dismissal.A FOIA request reveals contradictions in statements made to Congress, the Civil Rights Commission, and to the public. Some of these statements were made under oath.Judicial Watch made an explosive announcement today about the Justice Department’s stonewalling in the New Black Panther voter intimidation case dismissal. Forced to bring a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after DOJ rebuffed its public records request (so much for transparency), Judicial Watch obtained a privilege log from the DOJ last week.It shows — in a rather dramatic way — that the DOJ has been untruthful about who was involved in the dismissal of the case.In July, I complied with a subpoena and provided testimony to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. I did so in part because inaccurate statements had been made about the case by DOJ officials. Some of these statements falsely claimed that ethical rules mandated the dismissal of the charges against the New Black Panthers. This was nonsense.But the real whopper? DOJ’s claim — repeated over and over again — that career civil servants were wholly responsible for the spiking of the case.Today we learn, from the Department’s own records, that this claim is demonstrably false.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TheJawaReport.Video:Football Coach Fired for Obama Song.Catchy tune, eh? I suggest it's unreasonable to fire someone for composing it.Click here for comments

  • HT:Amnon&Jonathan.Why isn't that man president?Colonel West and Obama on Islam.The Impeach Obama Campaign website links to a video that was put together on September 11, 2010, in which President Barack Obama and Colonel Allen West comment on the nature of Islam. Obama states "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith which has done so much over the centuries to shape the World, including in my own country." Listen to West's comments on the subject, and like me you'll be saying - why isn't that man president? Trevor Loudon.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Voter to Obama: "I'm exhausted of defending you".Over the weekend, Barack Obama tried to reenergize his black base by urging members of that constituency to make their voices heard in November's midterm elections. If the stated views one such voter are any indication, however, the president is going to have to do more than persuade blacks to get out and vote. He's going to have to explain to them why they should continue to trust him and back candidates who support his policies.The views were expressed by a woman at a town hall where Obama was fielding questions. The woman's statement and question appear in the video linked here. She tells Obama "I'm one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for."Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.The Sword &Shield to Stop the Islamization of America.This is an encouraging paper, because it explains the moral and constitutional justifications to stop the islamization of our country.We face a grave threat – the Muslims are infiltrating our country and taking over. We seem powerless to resist: Our governments won’t acknowledge the threat; we are told Muslims have “constitutional rights” to come here, proselytize everywhere, build mosques, and implement shariah in their communities and in the public square; and our governments are letting them do it.The Muslims seek to replace our Constitution with shariah – their totalitarian political, economic, military, social & legal system – with the goal of incorporating our Country into a global Islamic caliphate.They are making progress in islamicizing our Country because we are not resisting.And the dreadful message we are getting from all sources is that our Constitution renders us powerless to resist islamization.But read on, and I will show you how our Constitution &Declaration of Independence – properly understood – actually give our federal, State & local governments justification and authority to stop the islamization of our Country. Once we understand two things, it becomes clear what we may – and must – do.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Terrorists ‘will attack’ France after burka ban.It is only a matter of time before Islamic terrorists mount a successful attack on France, the country’s top spy believes.The recent burka ban means all the ‘red lights are now flashing’ in regard to a possible atrocity, domestic intelligence boss Bernard Squarcini said.Speaking after the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower last week following a bomb scare, Mr Squarcini warned: ‘France’s role in Afghanistan, its foreign policy and the debate over the law banning the burka have all increased the risk.’He said security services foiled an average of two planned attacks every year, but added: ‘One day or another, we’re going to get hit.Meanwhile, security has been stepped up around Jewish institutions in Paris following the arrest of a suspected terrorist who planned to bomb an Israel defence forces fundraising event in the capital.There have been 47 attacks against synagogues, Jewish schools, creches and association buildings in France so far this year, and 190 threats.Islam the religion of peace?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Here You Have Worm and E-Jihad Connection.On Friday, September 10, I hinted that a cyber-jihad group might be behind the “Here you have” mass-mailer worm. Here is some additional information.Imsolk.A/Visal.A/VBMania, was originally designated as “Imsolk.A“ and was first seen in August 2010. That attack was much smaller in scale and its possible origins were not investigated at the time. Studying clues in the second attack showed that it might have originated from a cyber-jihad organization called “Brigades of Tariq ibn Ziyad”, whose founding member is known as “iraq_resistance”.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Israel's 'extremely dire' situation in Europe?There is a debate within Israel over the broader implications of the cancellation of the local authorities' heads' trip to Holland on Sunday. Some commentators see it as part of a broader anti-Israel trend in Europe, while others view it as an isolated incident.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • ‘Civilization Jihad’ – the Muslim Brotherhood’s Potent Weapon.Part 3 of a serialization of Shariah – The Threat to America, the report of Team B II of the Center for Security Policy.Violent jihad dominates the attention of those responsible for national security. But the more dangerous long-term threat, the Center for Security Policy’s Team B report found, is what the Muslim Brotherhood calls “civilization jihad.”This pre-violent form of jihad, according to the totalitarian ideology of sharia, is considered an integral, even dominant element of jihad.Team B, which used open-source information to compile its groundbreaking report, Sharia – The Threat to America, takes a look at civilization jihad as part of enemy threat doctrine. Here’s a summary.If it can be demonstrated that the enemy refers to and relies on this doctrine to guide and justify his actions, then that is all that matters in terms of the enemy threat doctrine. US civilian and military leaders must thoroughly understand and orient upon this threat doctrine for the purpose of defeating such foes.Failing to orient an enemy’s self-identified doctrines not only violates our own doctrine on threat analysis but renders us unable to defeat the enemy because we have failed properly to identify him.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Bolton demolishes Obama's UN record.Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton has a scathing review of the Obama administration's record at the United Nations. Naturally, a lot of that review deals with Israel. Here are some of the Israel parts. Obama’s first mistake was announcing immediately after his inauguration that the United States would join preparations for the 2009 “World Conference against Racism,” known as “Durban II” after the South African city that hosted its 2001 predecessor. Durban I denounced Israel as racist and was, just below the surface, profoundly anti-American. Then secretary of state Colin Powell, announcing the withdrawal of the U.S. delegation in protest, rightly stressed that Durban I was “a throwback to the days of ‘Zionism equals racism’” that we would not dignify with our presence. In later years, the U.S. walkout was routinely cited as evidence of Bush-administration unilateralism. Durban II, coming just months after Bush left office, was therefore widely seen as an important signal of how his successor would treat multilateral affairs.Obama's mendaciousness on the nuclear conference may yet come back to haunt Israel. Although the Obama administration has asked the Arab and Muslim states to take the nuclear free Middle East plank off the agenda for the next IAEA conference, for some strange reason they refuse to do so.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:ShalomLife.Former Mayor of NYC Critical of Obama's "Mistreatment" of Israel.In the course of his long distinguished career, Edward Irving “Ed” Koch has served three terms as mayor of New York City (“I loved it”), written several books, enumerable articles, and played the judge on the TV show The People’s Court. Now 85, he has just launched a new organization, New York Uprising, which aims to renovate a “dysfunctional” Albany.Although Koch has been a life-long Democrat and worked to help President Obama’s election, he is now fiercely critical of Obama’s “mistreatment” of Israel.“Prior presidents had a special relationship with Israel,” he said. But not Obama. He made that clear almost from the beginning of his tenure when he spoke in Cairo, his first major speech, and did not go to Israel immediately after. “That’s the usual protocol. When you go to an Arab country you follow up with a trip to Israel and vice versa.”He believes, he wrote, “that President Obama’s policy is to create a whole new relationship with the Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq as a counter to Iran. If throwing Israel under the bus is needed to accomplish this alliance, so be it.”He added: “Members of Congress in both House and Senate have made pitifully weak statements against Obama’s mistreatment of Israel, if they made any at all. The Democratic members, in particular, are weak. They are simply afraid to criticize President Obama.”He contrasts this with Obama’s treatment of the “corrupt, opium producing” Karzai government which “shows the utmost contempt for the U.S. and is being hailed by the Obama administration as an ally and publicly treated with dignity.Yes but he's a Musim?Karzai recently even threatened to join the Taliban if we don’t stop making demands on him,” he wrote in an article in April.Hmmmm ...As one man told me "Nobody here in Israel trusts Obama".Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Signs Of A Crumbling Regime.Can you see it? The signs are everywhere. The regime is crumbling.No not the President Barack Obama regime, though that is part of it; maybe even the catalyst in the United States, at least. I’m talking about the regime in general; the system.You can see it in places like Greece. There the government has been fighting for its economic life. Years of socialist redistribution — theft from the producers to finance the growing State leviathan and unionized public and private sector employees — have caught up.The government is now instituting “austerity” measures. It has to. It can’t meet its obligations. So it’s cutting back on growth in salaries, vacation days, benefits and pensions. Unionized public works employees and service employees aren’t happy their gravy train has jumped the tracks. They strike and riot. Greece may or may not survive.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • House lawmakers close to net neutrality bill.According to Hill sources who were not authorized to speak publicly, the committee staffers have gained momentum in recent days on a narrow proposal that would give the FCC authority for two years to enforce its four open Internet principles.One House staff member said the bill will reflect the “least worst” of options for parties on both sides of the issue. Telecommunications and cable firms would get a bill that doesn’t give the FCC authority over broadband and only temporary authority to enforce net neutrality rules. Public interest groups and companies such as Skype, Facebook and other Internet firms would get a bill that at least gives them assurance that guidelines at the FCC are enforceable by law.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Star-of-David Nanoparticles Discovered by Israeli Researchers.A new type of nanoparticle that resembles the six-pointed Star of David, a Jewish symbol which appears on the flag of Israel, has been discovered by researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.The Hebrew University team, headed by researcher Uri Banin, said the star-shaped nanoparticles have a unique, cage-like structure. The discovery is described in an article in the October 2010 issue of the journal Nature Materials.The particles, which are some 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, may prove useful in applications ranging from the development of new ways to sense glucose in diagnosing diabetes to serving as photo-catalysts for turning solar energy into clean fuel, the university said.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Shia cleric loses citizenship amid Bahrain clampdown.Bahrain has revoked the nationality of the country's leading Shia cleric, amid a clampdown on Shia activists ahead of next month's parliamentary elections.Ayatollah Hussein Mirza Najati, who has close ties to Iraq, was stripped of his passport on Sunday, officials said.A wave of arrests in Bahrain since August has led to clashes and renewed street protests across the country.Twenty-three activists have been charged with forming a "terror network" aimed at toppling the Sunni leadership.Bahrain's Shias - who make up 70% of the population of the small Gulf island state - have long complained of discrimination in state jobs and housing, and say that they are barred from holding influential posts in the country's security forces.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Arctic Ice in Death Spiral.The carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have melted the Arctic sea ice to its lowest volume since before the rise of human civilisation, dangerously upsetting the energy balance of the entire planet, climate scientists are reporting."The Arctic sea ice has reached its four lowest summer extents (area covered) in the last four years," said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in the U.S. city of Boulder, Colorado. The volume - extent and thickness - of ice left in the Arctic likely reached the lowest ever level this month, Serreze told IPS."I stand by my previous statements that the Arctic summer sea ice cover is in a death spiral. It's not going to recover," he said.There can be no recovery because tremendous amounts of extra heat are added every summer to the region as more than 2.5 million square kilometres of the Arctic Ocean have been opened up to the heat of the 24-hour summer sun. A warmer Arctic Ocean not only takes much longer to re-freeze, it emits huge volumes of additional heat energy into the atmosphere, disrupting the weather patterns of the northern hemisphere, scientists have now confirmed. Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • How genocide wiped out a Native American population. Study documents mutilated human remains from 800 A.D. in Southwest.Crushed leg bones, battered skulls and other mutilated human remains are likely all that's left of a Native American population destroyed by genocide that took place circa 800 A.D., suggests a new study. The paper, accepted for publication in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, describes the single largest deposit to date of mutilated and processed human remains in the American Southwest. The entire assemblage comprises 14,882 human skeletal fragments, as well as the mutilated remains of dogs and other animals killed at the massacre site — Sacred Ridge, southwest of Durango, Colo.Based on the archaeological findings, which include two-headed axes that tested positive for human blood, co-authors Jason Chuipka and James Potter believe the genocide occurred as a result of conflict between different Anasazi Ancestral Puebloan ethnic groups.Given basic established patterns from more recent ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Rwanda, the researchers think political structures that had been keeping ethnic conflict at bay probably broke down at Sacred Ridge.Read the full story here.Click here for comments. HT:TheAstuteBloggers.

  • Lohan Probation Revoked, Arrest Warrant Issued.Although the bench warrant was issued, it's being held -- i.e., on hold -- until Friday at 8:30 AM, when Lindsay is ordered to appear in court.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

Monday, September 20, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Row over Israel to dominate UN atomic watchdog meeting.A bitter row over Israel's assumed nuclear arsenal looks set to dominate the annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency which begins Monday.Every year at the week-long conference which brings together all 151 member states of the IAEA, Arab nations table a resolution urging Israel to foreswear atomic weapons and sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Because the resolution is non-binding and the Jewish state -- believed to be the only Middle East power to possess nuclear weapons -- steadfastly refuses to become a signatory of the NPT, it is purely symbolic.Washington's concern is shown by the decision to fly in President Barack Obama's top nuclear advisor, Gary Samore, to Vienna last to try and persuade Arab nations to drop their resolution.The annual conference, scheduled to run from September 20-24, will be opened with a message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, followed by the opening address by IAEA chief Amano.Read the full story here.Click here for comments

  • Shooting at Fort Bliss Army Base.A shooting at Fort Bliss Army base in Texas forcing the area into lock-down Monday afternoon, U.S. Army officials confirmed to Fox News.Officials said shots were fired inside Shopette, a convenience store on base. They are sealing off the area and closing the gates at Fort Bliss.Details about the identity of the shooter or about possible casualties are still unclear.A press conference is underway.Update:Two people were killed during a shooting on Fort Bliss Army base in Texas, officials said.Law enforcement arrived on scene and killed the person they believed to be the shooter, officials said. Details about the identities of the victims and of the shooter remain unclear.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam: “I’m a Loyal American, Just Look at my Voting Record,”… Records Show He Hasn’t Voted Since 2001, Not Even Registered Anymore.The leader of the Ground Zero mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, yesterday said he's a loyal American, and cited his voting record to prove it.The only problem is that, according to Board of Elections records, Rauf hasn't voted since 2001. In fact, New Jersey records show that he's no longer registered in his home state, The Post has learned."I vote in elections, I pay taxes, I pledge allegiance to the flag, and I am a Giants fan -- I am glad they won yesterday," Rauf quipped during a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday.But New Jersey records show that Rauf, once a registered Democrat, voted last in November, 2001, when Jim McGreevey was elected governor.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Obama says military action against Iran not ideal.U.S. President claims military action is an option but army commanders warn of region destabilization.U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran having a nuclear weapon would be a "real problem" but he did not think military action by Israel or the United States was the "ideal way" to solve the crisis."We continue to be open to diplomatic solutions to resolve this," Obama told a town-hall style meeting on CNBC.The thing with bullies is they're usually cowards! Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • A Mosque at Ground Zero? Sure! A Synagogue in Litchfield, CT? Now, That's a Zoning Violation!Chabad shul too revolutionary, says Connecticut town.Trial expected after federal judge finds evidence of “discrimination against Jewish people.” Chabad’s federal suit contends that, under the US and Connecticut constitutions and federal law, the borough violated Chabad’s religious freedom and denied it the right to expand its building to the same size as Christian churches in the historic district.US District Judge Janet C.Hall wrote in her July ruling on pretrial motions, “Several statements were made in what appear to be meetings of the [historic district commission] that may contain evidence of discrimination directed against Jewish people in general and the Chabad in particular.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Iran and Syria to back Hezbullah coup in Lebanon? At a brief Saturday meeting in Damascus on his way from Tehran to New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the two would support a Hezbullah coup against the Lebanese government, according to a report by DEBKA which has been picked up Lebanon's Naharnet.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Muslim man disgusted with Chicago Politics tries to bomb Wrigleyville.A 22-year-old Chicago northsider Lebanese man, Sami Samir Hassoun, who is disgusted with Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago politics is in custody for allegedly attempting to bomb the Wrigleyville bar district on Saturday night.according to a law enforcement source close to this author, is a “devout Muslim and permanent legal resident from Lebanon.” He appeared on the radar screen of federal authorities in early June, when he solicited assistance and advice from associates to “wage jihad on the streets of America.”Authorities were tipped off by a co-worker of the man, and the bomber was caught in the act of carrying out his plan.In June, HASSOUN was directed to an undercover FBI agent whom he believed was a “jihadist contact.” HASSOUN “worked” with the undercover agent through August, at which point he decided to plant a powerful “anti-personnel” bomb in a crowded area near Wrigley Field last Saturday night. While under direct FBI surveillance, HASSOUN was provided with a realistic looking but inert bomb and given instructions on how to use it. Agents arrested HASSOUN as he placed the inert bomb inside of a trash container in an area filled with people and popular night spots near the corner of Eddy and Clark Street, about one block south of Wrigley Field.Sami Samir Hassoun allegedly admitted to planning to blow up Willis Tower or locations along Chicago's Lake Michigan lakefront. He is being arraigned in Chicago this afternoon.Read the full story here and here.Click here for comments.

  • “We pray for peace in Ayodhya,” Card Gracias says, against possible Hindu-Muslims tensions.On 24 September, an Indian court will rule on the destruction of the Ayodhya mosque in Uttar Pradesh and the Hindu-Muslim clashes that followed.The verdict, according to the cardinal, “could lead to violence between Muslims and Hindus. Clashes would in turn raise tensions and cause social disorder. As spiritual leaders in India, we have called on all the faithful to pray for our beloved homeland, especially for peaceful acceptance of the sentence. [However,] we fear that someone might resort to unlawful methods to express their dissatisfaction with the ruling”.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Health Care Law : 61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law.Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely U.S. Voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who Strongly Favor it. That’s up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely Voters oppose repeal. Since the passage of the bill in late March, a majority of voters have consistently favored repeal of the new law, with support ranging from a low of 53% to a high of 63%.Only 33% say the health care plan will be good for the country, the lowest level measured since late July. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and believe the new law will be bad for the United States.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • I'd do it again, says Dishonour killer.Every year hundreds of women are killed by their husbands or brothers or another male family member for supposedly bringing shame on their families.In many countries the honour killers are given leniency. Many men are not charged, or they spend only a few days or weeks in custody.But Palestinian human rights groups have recently drafted their own amendments to have them treated as murderers.Khaled Mahmoud, 21, admits beating his sister to death last year in the West Bank."She has made very wrong decisions," he said.As brother and sister they were close, yet Mahmoud says she made the unforgivable mistake of sleeping with another man, a Christian, and brought enormous shame on the family.I refuse to call them"honor"killings, there's no Honor in murder, to me they are Dishonor killings.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • PA affirms death penalty for land sales to Israelis.The PA says the land law is necessary to prevent the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.The PA later drafted its own law to replace the Jordanian statute. The law is called the “Property Law for Foreigners.”Hahahahaha!What a joke!Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Investigativeproject.Iman Rauf's Group Claims Credit for 'Training' NY Times Reporter.A reporter who helped write the first and positive New York Times story on the Ground Zero Mosque was trained by the group run by mosque leader Feisal Abdul Rauf, according to that group's website.Rauf's organization, the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), touted the journalist's participation in a training program by ASMA's "Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow" (MLT)."Media trainings showed immediate results," Yeah i bet!ASMA's 2009 year-end report said.Rauf's group then cited Sharaf Mowjood, "a journalism student at Columbia University and trained at the MLT [Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow] conference, wrote a compelling story about the Muslim community's plan to establish a center near Ground Zero. The story was published on the front page of the New York Times with Sharaf as co-author." The article appeared in the Dec. 9, 2009, edition of the New York Times.Rauf, the force behind the mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, started ASMA in 1997 as an organization to promote Muslim values. As the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported earlier this month, ASMA's application for tax-exempt, church status from the Internal Revenue Service included a number of questionable assertions. Among them, the group – originally called the American Sufi Muslim Association – promised to build a "permanent large scale prayer center in New York City," and claimed to be operating as a prayer center for between 450 and 500 daily worshipers.The promised building never materialized. The address given for the existing prayer services turned out to be an Upper West Side apartment building with no space large enough to hold such daily crowds.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Anti-Immigrant Party Gains Seats in Swedish Parliament.Sweden's prime minister sought help from the opposition Greens on Monday to avoid a political deadlock after an Islam-bashing far-right group spoiled his center-right government's control of Parliament.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • China, Japan Appear Headed For Bruising Encounter Over Fishing Incident.A temperamental trawler captain is at the center of an increasingly bitter row between Asia's two biggest nations, China and Japan. The Chinese fisherman, Zhan Qixiong, stands accused of deliberately ramming his ship into a Japanese patrol boat early this month in the East China Sea.The incident, which normally would be considered relatively minor, occurred in disputed waters near islands claimed by both nations.Ministry spokesman Ma Zhouxu promised further actions if Japan acts -- as he put it, "willfully" -- "making mistake after mistake, China will take strong counter-measures, and all the consequences will be born by the Japanese side."A popular Chinese tabloid, "Global Times," as reported by Reuters on September 20, runs a robust editorial even hinting at military action."China should use enough resources and force, and be prepared to sustain losses, because if we don't, Japan will go further down the path of a hard line toward China, and conflict that erupts between China and Japan will be even more intense," the editorial said.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Lockerbie Bomber 'Can Get Out of Bed, Walk'."I was very relieved to see him as well as he was. He is a very sick man but he can get out of bed and walk though not very far," the 74-year-old told AFP. "I think one of the reasons he has lived so long is he has had good treatment in Libya and he has been returned to his family and his community and his country.Scottish and British officials have already turned down requests to appear at Senate committee hearings in Washington. Tony Hayward, the outgoing chief executive of BP PLC, also declined to attend.Some U.S. legislators have expressed concerns that oil giant BP — seeking better access to Libyan oil fields — may have pressured officials to approve Al-Megrahi's release, a claim strongly disputed by ministers in Scotland and London.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Building sand castles on Florida’s beaches is illegal, feds tell oil-hunting reporter.Ever go to the beach and not think of slapping together a sand castle? And who doesn't enjoy the feeling of wet, warm sand between her toes?According to federal authorities who recently intercepted an oil-hunting reporter on a Florida beach, those activities have been deemed "illegal."Shovel men at the ready, it did not take Thomas long to uncover splotches of oily crude less than a foot below the surface. Within seconds, his report had shown that BP's cleanup efforts, which have been limited to just the top six inches of sand in most cases, are not entirely effective.That's when a representative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up, demanding he produce a permit to use shovels on a public beach."Are you digging for oil product?" the official asked. When Thomas did not immediately confirm his intentions, the man threatened to call law enforcement and advised the journalist to move down the beach.Moments later, an officer of the National Parks Service was demanding the reporter identify himself, insisting over and over, "you can't dig.""So, no sand castles?" Thomas asked. "None of that, huh?""You're right," the officer replied.BP has previously been accused of burying oil-coated beaches with clean sand shipped in from other locations, but conclusive evidence proving the claim have yet to surface.Read the full sand castle story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:WeaselZippers.Academic at University of Illinois: The Students “Nativist Display” on 9/11 of Chanting “USA” at a Football Game is Offensive to Muslims.The observance at Saturday’s football game was no different. A moment of silence was followed by a military airplane flyover; in between, Block-I students chanted “USA, USA.” This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. Read the full anti-patriot story here.Click here for comments.

  • Race relations: Blacks, Republicans see problems since '08, poll says.Blacks and Republicans are more likely than anyone else to say that the presidency of Barack Obama, America's first black chief executive, has impaired race relations in the United States and made race more difficult to discuss.Carol Swain, a law professor and race expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., raises several examples, including the Gates affair and Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court. In these examples, she says, "it seems like Obama has made race more salient in a negative sort of way that will make white people feel like they're not represented." Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • The Iron Ceiling: Sexism Still Strong In Russia.It's one of the most visible changes on Moscow's streets. Twenty years ago, you could go weeks without seeing a single woman driver. Now it seems there's a woman behind the wheel of every second car."Russians have much stricter limits in their perceptions about gender roles -- what's a man, what's a woman,” she says. “Society restricts its discussions to those limits."It’s those entrenched attitudes that are helping perpetuate one of Russia’s darkest secrets: domestic violence that's so pervasive many see it as a normal part of everyday life, in a country where an old saying advises, "If he beats you, he loves you."The government's own figures estimate 14,000 women die each year from domestic violence. That's the death of one woman at the hands of her husband or partner every hour. It's more than 10 times the number of deaths in the United States, which has twice Russia's population.If change does come, Mikhaylovskaya says, it will be very slow."We're so far away from the West," she says, "it's not a question of some years or even a generation."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Islamic conference head in New York for UN general assembly.Secretary General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu will participate in the 65th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.İhsanoğlu will hold bilateral talks with heads of state and foreign ministers of participating countries, and attend OIC-European Union (EU) Troika Meeting, and meetings concerning OIC member states.The secretary general will also participate in meetings on Palestine, Iraq, Somalia, Kashmir, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sierra Leone.İhsanoğlu will open the new building of OIC's Representation to the UN, and make speeches in many think-tank organizations.Proceeding to Chicago, İhsanoğlu is expected to discuss situation of Muslim minority in the region; and deliver opening remarks of a conference on situation of Muslim in the United States.Makes you wonder if there's anything but Muslim intrests at the UN?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

                         The Forgotten Man !

HT:AmnonJonathan.Want to see the "Bullet" in my head?...Most of the Vids I watch, are of the "full spectrum" Documentaries kind ! I do "take 5's" from time to time to ventilate my brain with "Silence ! I Kill You !" stuff, Like :- Beheadings, The Psychozomboids on MEMRI, ' war porn ' on Weasel, and so on... But, this one... Simply shot me in the head ! Watch and Listen here.A MUST SEE !Click here for comments.
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