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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:RedState.The Morning Briefing: The Tsunami.This is an unusual Morning Briefing because you need to understand what happened while you’ve been sleeping.Republican gains are massive. And when I say Republican gains are massive, I mean tsunami.No, the GOP did not take the Senate and some races are still outstanding, but the Senate GOP has moved to the right. More so, the Republicans picking up, in the worst case, seven seats is historically strong.But consider that as you wake up this morning the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1948 — that is more than sixty seats. Ike Skelton, Class of 1976, is gone. Many, many other Democrats are gone.That, in and of itself, is significant. But that’s not the half of it. The real story is the underreported story of the night — the Republican pick ups at the state level.There will be 18 states subject to reapportionment. The Republicans will control a majority of those — at least ten and maybe a dozen or more. More significantly, a minimum of seventeen state legislative houses have flipped to the Republican Party.Read the full Tsunami story here.Click here for comments.

  • YouTube Drops Radical Cleric Awlaki's Videos.Popular video-sharing site YouTube has removed videos featuring calls to holy war by an Al Qaeda-linked Muslim cleric after pressure from British and U.S. officials.YouTube spokeswoman Victoria Grand said the videos by Anwar al-Awlaki violated the site's guidelines prohibiting "incitement to commit violent acts," The New York Times reported Wednesday. American and British officials had been pressuring the Google-owned company to take down the videos, fearing that Awlaki's Internet preaching would radicalize Muslims.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Ban YouTube hate videos: Ministers call for crackdown on U.S. websites hosting jihadi sermons after student tries to kill MP.Britain's security minister has urged the U.S. to shut down websites hosting Al Qaeda videos after a student inspired by an online sermon tried to kill an MP.Baroness Neville-Jones said websites which try to radicalise members of the public would 'categorically not be allowed in the UK' and would be torn down.The move comes as it emerged Roshonara Choudhry, who was yesterday convicted of attempting to murder Labour MP Stephen Timms, had been watching online jihadi sermons by US-born Anwar al-Awlaki before the attack.In private comments to the Brookings Institute in Washington, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, Lady Neville-Jones said: 'When you have incitement to murder, when you have people actively calling for the killing of fellow citizens and when you have the means to stop that person doing so, then I believe we should act.'Those websites would categorically not be allowed in the UK.'They incite cold-blooded murder and as such are surely contrary to the public good.'If they were hosted in the UK then we would take them down but this is a global problem.'Good luck with that considering the track record of this U.S. President.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:MichelleMalkin.Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats! On the eve of a historic midterm election upheaval, President Barack Obama tried to walk back his gratuitous slap at Americans who oppose his radical progressive agenda. “I probably should have used the word ‘opponents’ instead of ‘enemies’ to describe political adversaries,” Obama admitted Monday. “Probably”?Here is an ironclad certainty: It’s too little too late for the antagonist-in-chief to paper over two years of relentless Democratic incivility and hate toward his domestic “enemies.” Voters have spoken: They’ve had enough. Enough of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s rhetorical abuse. Enough of his feints at bipartisanship. Whatever the final tally, this week’s turnover in Congress is a GOP mandate for legislative pugilism, not peace. Voters have had enough of big government meddlers “getting things done.” They are sending fresh blood to the nation’s Capitol to get things undone.Just two short years ago, Obama campaigned as the transcendent unifier. “Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,” he proclaimed. “We have been and always will be the United States of America.” It’s been an Us vs. Them freefall ever since.Let us be clear, in case it hasn’t fully sunk into the minds of Obama and the trash-talking Democrats yet: You can take your faux olive branch and shove it. Thank you.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Sakineh’s execution may be imminent, sets off alarm bells.The International Committee Against Stoning announces that Iranian authorities have authorised the execution of the woman accused of adultery and of murdering her husband. Two Italian ministers appeal to Tehran for clemency.The International Committee Against Stoning announced that Iranian authorities have given the green light for Sakineh Ashtiani’s execution, tomorrow. In a press release, “the ‘Human Rights Commission’ of the regime has announced that: ‘according to the existing evidence, her guilt has been confirmed.” For the committee, the regime “ created a new scenario in order to expedite her execution.” It noted that “the case file regarding the murder case of Ms Ashtiani’s husband” was “seized from her lawyer’s office [. . .] and found missing from the prosecutor’s Oskoo branch office”. Thus, Ms Ashtiani’s case was likely based on “trumped up murder charges.”Significantly, for the first time since 11 October, a news agency close to the Iranian regime has reported the arrest of Ms Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and her lawyer, Houtan Kian. In an article published on the website of French daily Le Monde, an Iranian journalist said that Raja News, which is close to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, reported the arrest 20 days ago of Sakineh’s son Sajjad and her lawyer Hutan Kian during an interview with two German nationals, who were also detained.Read the full story here.Update :Saudi newspaper says she will be hanged on Wednesday!Source.Click here for comments.

  • Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard: Iran Will Bomb Israel.Speaking from an undisclosed location, with his voice digitally altered to protect his true identity, former Iranian Revolutionary Guard Reza Kahlili told Israel National Radio's Yishai Fleisher that Iran would not hesitate to use nuclear bombs against Israel."[Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government] will use the nuclear bomb against Israel, they will use it against Persian Gulf countries, and they will use it against Europe to bring about that last hadith (Islamic commentaries on sayings and activities of Mohammed and his companions) that calls for total chaos, lawlessness, and havoc in the world, which creates the circumstance for Imam Mahdi (the Islamic messianic figure) to appear." Kahlili also noted that despite Ahmadinejad's fierce anti-Semitism and personal desire to eradicate Israel, the average Iranian does not hate Jews. "Before the Revolution, we had many Iranians who were Jews, and there were many marriages between Muslims and Jews. The Iranians do not look at Jews, the Iranians do not look at Israelis the same way as the Iranian government." Kahlili said. "[The Iranian people] would welcome anybody – they would welcome Israel – to help them get rid of this regime." Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Israel: Iran Can Build 1 Bomb, Soon Can Build 2.Israel's military intelligence chief says Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a second.Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin's statement coincides with previous assessments from both the CIA and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.But any Israeli commentary on Tehran's nuclear program is significant because Israel has not ruled out a military strike to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.Israel, like the West, does not believe Tehran's claims that it is developing nuclear technology to produce energy.Yadlin spoke to parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee Tuesday. His remarks were reported by meeting participants who spoke on condition of anonymity because the testimony was delivered behind closed doors.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon uses Facebook to present Israel’s case.The live, half-hour question- and-answer session he held with worldwide users was the latest in a series of steps the Foreign Ministry has taken to defend Israel on the Internet and to educate supporters all around the world to do the same.“We have to create Israel defenders,” Ayalon told the Internet audience.Earlier in the day, he told pro-Israel activists at the Foreign Ministry that the Internet was a critical tool in the new Israeli-Palestinian public relations war.“We have to understand that we are facing a very dedicated enemy,” he added, saying it was making use of the Internet and non-government human rights organizations in a very sophisticated way.To fight this dangerous delegitimization, Israel also needs a network that goes well beyond governmental institutions, he continued, declaring that in the 21st century, an entire community had to band together to tackle its problems.The ministry, he said, was seeking other Web ideas for spreading Israel’s message.“Today we need to deal with globalized information and globalized spokesmanship. It happens fast. You need to be permanently on the alert if you want to be there [and to be heard],” said Palmor.Journalism, he said, was more global than he could ever have dreamed.“When a Spanish newspaper carries an interview with a renowned Holocaust denier, I will get a phone call from a Polish journalist in Warsaw who wants me to make comments,” said Palmor.The truth is Israel seems to be loosing this fight.So "Ask not what your pc can do for you,but what your pc can do for Israel."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Al Qaeda threat: Christians are legitimate targets.The authors of the terrorist massacre in the Baghdad church publish a message on the internet that is a threat to all Christians, and make explicit reference to the Vatican.“The ultimatum made two days ago to the church of Egypt for the release of two Muslim women held prisoner, has expired. We have had no response and now you are all involved in the war on Islam , so be careful of the souls of your followers. " The so-called 'War Department' of the 'Islamic State of Iraq' (ISI) al-Qaeda in Iraq issued a statement on the Web to announce that the passing of the deadline of its "ultimatum" to the Egyptian Coptic Church to release two Egyptian women, Camilia Cheh and Wafa Constantine, wives of Coptic priests, whom according to the terrorists are detained against their will in a convent after converting to Islam.Al-Qaeda, however, confirms that all Christians and their churches have become "legitimate targets" of the terrorist group and are therefore are in danger. The message issued today by the Iraqi cell of al-Qaeda also makes explicit reference to the Vatican.Islam a religion of peace?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.Radical Islamist ‘Thinkers’ Now Moving to Violent Action.Followers of the outspoken groups Revolution Muslim and the Islamic Thinkers Society are moving from ideology to violent action, a review of recent terror indictments by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows.Revolution Muslim has also been a stopover point for identification with larger terrorist groups like Hamas and al-Qaida, or an ideological breeding ground for homegrown jihadist sentiment. By giving would-be warriors a centralized place to review and discuss violent speeches by clerics such as Abdullah al-Faisal, RM gathers isolated individuals on varying levels of the radicalization process. It gives them “a push” to identify with the most violent extremes of Islamist theology and feeds the narrative that Muslims everywhere are the victim of a “War on Islam.”Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:DanielGreenfield.Christians and Jews Once Again in the Muslim Line of Fire.With the attack on an Iraqi church and the mailbombs addressed to an American synagogue, while the media worry about Islamophobia– Christians and Jews once again find themselves in the Muslim line of fire.Just last week we were witness to the spectacle of a black NPR liberal being dragged through the muck, accused of being insane or racist, for even conceding that he was worried by Muslim terrorism. The indictment of Islamophobia is that it is somehow an irrational or unreasoning fear. But if a group is actively trying to kill you, then how can fear of it possibly be unreasonable?The New York Times has published a piece by Robert Wright claiming that Islamophobia and Homophobia have a lot in common. The most obvious thing they have in common, is that Muslims don’t like gay people either. Or women. Or Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Hindus, atheists… and well let’s face it, pretty much everyone else. Muslims are still killing each other over religion, at a time when members of other religions settle their differences with sternly worded editorials.The recent synod to address the decline of Christianity in the Middle East took place in a strange vacuum, like a conference to discuss the reason why there’s no more space in the living room and the couch has been crushed– without ever mentioning the elephant in the room. The elephant in the Middle East is Islam. But no one dares mention it. Or draw cartoons of it. Instead the synod concluded that the blame rested somewhere between Israel and economics. Not the people who are machine gunning churches.The reason for their silence was all too plain. Islamophobia.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IMRA.UN Watch Exposes Failed Reform in U.N. Testimony: Say No to Iran & Saudi on U.N. Womens Rights Agency.Iran and Saudi Arabia, countries that hang, lash and stone women to death, are on track to join the board of a new U.N. agency devoted to women's rights. No joke. The elections are next week, on November 10th.In response, UN Watch today launched a worldwide protest campaign, urging member states and U.N. officials to speak out immediately against this cruel and cynical manipulation of international institutions. If you have a Facebook account, stand up against this outrage: visit this webpage and click "Like." ( U.N. Watch Testifies to U.N. Human Rights Councilon its Betrayal of Kofi Annan's Promised Reforms.The question before us today is this: What about the millions upon millions of victims worldwide who continue to go ignored? Is there anything that Secretary-General Annan said in 2005 about the old, discredited commission, that does not apply today to this new and reformed council?Read the full story here .Click here for comments.

  • HT:RightTruth.Oorthodox Rabbi in California state Senate race - A conversation with Rabbi Nachum Shifren.So, what's a nice Orthodox rabbi doing in California politics? According to TEA Party candidate, Rabbi Nachum Shifren (R), "I've thrown my hat in the political ring and am running for the California State Senate in the 26th district because like many others, I'm outraged by the far reaching tentacles of big government and it's destructive effect on our individual rights and liberties."This Southern California native is not only an Orthodox rabbi but is also a disciplined athlete and a big wave surfer. His 2001 autobiography, "Surfing Rabbi: A Kabbalistic Quest for Soul" describes his circuitous journey from rebellious teenage surfer to a life committed to Torah and mitzvos.Turning to foreign affairs, Rabbi Shifren offered his views on the Obama administration's position on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by saying, "For Obama to say that settlements are an obstacle to peace in the Middle East is beyond absurd. Just remember, there were no settlements in 1948, or 1956 or in 1967, and there was no peace. The current administration is playing with fire in its attempts to pressure Israel to make even more territorial concessions to her sworn enemies, because a weakened and indefensible Israel is tantamount to an America that will be more vulnerable to terrorist attacks and enemy onslaught. What the president doesn't understand is the mentality of the Arab nations. If you appear strong you will be respected but if you appear weak you will be despised and now America appears weak, in large part due to Obama's obsequious stance as it pertains to US relations with Islamic countries."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Report: YouTube faces new ban in Turkey. Turkey's telecommunications authority will again block access to YouTube unless the video-sharing site removes a sex video of a former opposition party leader, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday.Turkey began blocking access to websites in 2007, after parliament adopted a law against cyber crime in an effort to curb child porn, prevent the dissemination of terrorist propaganda and stamp out illegal gambling. More than 6,000 sites have been banned in Turkey according to Engelli Web, a site that monitors blocked pages. Former opposition leader Baykal resigned in May after the video showing him having an affair with his aide appeared on the Internet.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • In Unusual Move, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Slam Ahmadinejad Over Comments.In an unprecedented move, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has directly blasted President Mahmud Ahmadinejad over controversial comments he made recently, including saying that parliament is not on top of the country's affairs. Ahmadinejad was also criticized for promoting an "Iranian school of thought" instead of an Islamic one. Ahmadinejad has in recent weeks come under fire by his hard-line allies and conservatives over his new nationalistic rhetoric. So far, the IRGC, whose power and influence has grown since Ahmadinejad came to power, had not publicly criticized the Iranian president.The unusual attack by the IRGC, coming in one of its main publications, is seen by analysts as a warning issued to Ahmadinejad from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with the intention of trying to tame the Iranian president.In Germany, researcher Reza Khaligh, who has written extensively about the IRGC, says Khamenei is concerned about Ahmadinejad's growing power. "Ahmadinejad has the country's government and budget under control, through which he has appealed to the lower segments of the society. Recently, by promoting an Iranian Islam and an Iranian school of thought, he's been trying to get the backing of the middle class," says Khaligh.He added that it appears Ahmadinejad is turning into “a real power” within the structure, a power opposing the supreme leader. “That is not acceptable to Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards," Khaligh says. Khaligh says Khamenei has been publicly supporting Ahmadinejad, but behind the scenes he's been trying to counter the "unruly" president and weaken his position.The criticism by the Revolutionary Guards, Khaligh believes, could make Ahmadinejad retreat in the short run. In the long run, he believes the combatant president will push for his own agenda.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • US-born preacher tried in Yemen.The trial begins in absentia of a US-born radical preacher linked to the bombing of a US-bound plane in December 2009.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Celebrating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, UN style. The United Nations is planning a very special celebration for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. They are going to hold a third Durban conference to incite against Israel... in New York City. Timing Durban III for the annual opening of the General Assembly is meant to guarantee the extensive involvement of presidents and prime ministers, most of whom eluded organizers of Durban I and II.The U.N. will now be marking the 10th anniversary of Durban I at the same time and place as the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Durban I, the platform for violent, pro-terrorist, and anti-Semitic rhetoric that included such speakers as Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro, ended just three days before 9/11.Will the Obama administration go along with Durban III?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Mumbai neutralises falling coconut threat to Obama.The municipal authorities in Mumbai have removed coconuts from trees around the city's Gandhi museum in case any of them fall on US President Barack Obama when he visits, an official said Wednesday."The coconuts were falling off, so we requested the local authorities here to remove the remainder,".Obama has often cited Gandhi as a major inspiration. Hmmm.....On the other hand such a coconut might give him some common sense?Read the full idiocy story here.Click here for comments.

  • US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama's Mumbai visit.The US would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs. 900 crore approx) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city."The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments."Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the US officials may not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is competent to take care of the security measures and they would be piloting the Presidential convoy," the official said on condition of anonymity.Hmmm.....the "Emperor and his Pretorian guard"?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • More on the subject from 'LogisticsMonster'.The Sultan Travels To India With A $200 Million Dollar a Day Tab.Read and see the whole story here.Click here for comments.

  • Pakistan Ahmadi man forcibly exhumed in Lahore.Police in Pakistan have forced a family of the Ahmadi sect to exhume the body of a relative because it was buried in a Muslim graveyard.Officials in the Sargodha district of Punjab province say they took the unusual move after anti-Ahmadi Muslim groups threatened peace in the area.Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims but a 1984 law barred them from identifying themselves as followers of the faith.The law also put restrictions on their religious practices.Mr Islam said that he was not concerned about the moral aspect of the exhumation of Mr Waraich's body - his job was to enforce the law.Ahmadis in Pakistan are often mobbed and lynched by extremist elements who critics say are encouraged by favourable laws.The Ahmadi spokesman, Salimuddin, said it was the 30th incident since 1984 in which an Ahmadi body has been forcefully exhumed by the administration to satisfy the opponents of the community."The administration always sides with our opponents, and has a convenient argument that they are trying to maintain peace," he said.The Ahmadi are a peacefull branch of Islam,they do not believe in violant Jihad.Read the full story here .Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Eye-Witness Accounts of Massacre in Baghdad Church.Iraqi newspapers have published eye-witness accounts of the October 31, 2010 attack on the church in Baghdad by terrorists from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization Islamic State of Iraq.Three terrorist then blew themselves up among the hostages, while two others were killed and five were arrested, and were later found to be carrying non-Iraqi identity cards.The attack ended with at least 45 parishioners dead and 75 wounded, in addition to casualties among the Iraqi troops whose number has not been disclosed. The church sustained heavy damage.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Israeli Dancing with the Stars features same-sex couple.The Israeli version of Dancing With The Stars has become the first to feature a same-sex couple, with the inclusion of a female-only pair in the new series.Sports presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is raising a little boy with her female partner in real life, said dancing with another woman felt "natural" to her.She and professional dancer Dorit Milman, who will alternate the traditional male role of leading the dances, performed the cha-cha for the media ahead of the show's premiere.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 80-year-old man marries 14-year-old.A Saudi old man aged above 80 years has married a 14-year-old girl and is refusing to divorce her unless she pays him back his wedding money, the Saudi Ajel Arabic language online paper reported on Wednesday.The bride’s father, Showan Ateen, said his daughter had been forced to marry that man from the southwestern town of Sabya but that she has not moved in with him yet. He did not say who forced her to marry him.“The father and the bride now want a divorce but the husband is refusing to divorce her before they pay him back his SR-17,000 dowry,” Ajel said.“Her father said he does not have the money and is appealing for all benevolent people to help him so he will regain his daughter…the old man has threatened that they either pay him or he will take her by force.”The report comes amidst furor in the Gulf Kingdom over widespread teen age marriage and calls for enacting laws to curb such practices.Source.Click here for comments.

  • And now for something completely different.Saudi millionaire seeks “caring” husband.A Saudi businesswoman who describes herself as a millionaire has invited applicants for an exciting vacancy and her key condition is that he must be a man. For the job is to be her husband.The woman did not identify herself but said she had been married twice and is now looking for a “caring husband who is full of affection,” according to the Saudi Arabic language online paper Alhiyad.Anther key qualification for the job is that the would-be husband must be aged 50-60 years and should not marry her for money.“She says the new husband should not necessarily be a rich man….she just wants an educated and mature man who will respect her and make her feel secure, loved and warm….she says she will be willing to hand him over her businesses while she dedicates herself to managing her house and providing him with love, comfort, and good life.”she is convinced that money is not everything in life,” the paper added.Well ...Amen to that any person who comes this conclusion is worthy of true happiness.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 10-year-old girl gives birth in Spain.A 10-year-old Romanian girl has given birth in Spain, according to news accounts. The father is also a minor. Authorities don't consider it a case of rape, and officials are deciding whether the girl and her family can keep the child.The baby, born last week in the southern city of Jerez de la Frontera, weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister, said mother and child, whose gender was not revealed, are doing fine.An official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid told the Associated Press that, under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse. But no criminal investigation is underway; it's not clear the underage father could be charged.Time says the young mother is not the youngest on record.Read the full story here and vid here.Click here for comments.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

                         Chinese Professor.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:AmnonandJonathan.Halloween is over ! Will the real Obama show up !President plans to trade Israel's support for Palestine's .Earlier this year, President Obama drove U.S.-Israeli relations - to use one of President Obama's oft-employed analogies - into a ditch. Arguably, ties between the two countries were never more strained than last spring when Mr. Obama serially insulted the elected leader of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vilified his country and tried to euchre it into making territorial, political and other ill-advised concessions to Arabs determined as ever to destroy the Jewish state. Unfortunately, what the president has in mind for Israel after the election next week will make his previous treatment of the Jewish state look like the good old days.To be sure, ties between the United States and Israel - far and away America's most important and loyal friend in the Middle East - have improved lately from the nadir to which Mr. Obama plunged them since he took office. That has nothing to do, however, with a change of heart or agenda on the part of the president and his administration.Rather, it is a reflection of a cynical calculation forced upon the Obama White House by its panicked congressional allies. Already laboring under the backbreaking burden of their association with a president and his agenda that have become huge liabilities, Democrats on Capitol Hill faced wholesale defections of their Jewish constituents and funders if their party's leader persisted in his assault on Israel. Public letters and private conversations had the desired effect: Mr. Obama began treating his Israeli counterpart with a modicum of respect and the optics of a restarted peace process - however short-lived or doomed - helped conjure up an image of a renewed partnership between the two nations.Make no mistake about it, though: Once the 2010 elections are behind him, it is a safe bet that Mr. Obama will revert to form by once again exhibiting an unmistakable and ruthless determination to bend Israel to his will.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • My brother and the deadly lure of al-Shabab jihad.Among Britain's Somali community there are alarming rumours about the number of young men heading to Somalia to fight with the Islamist militia al-Shabab. But when we asked to meet someone who has gone or knows someone who has gone, we were met with blank faces. Then, in a draughty community hall in north London, we were introduced to a young woman - we will call her Amina - with a story to tell. Amina is Somali-born but international in her outlook. A student in London, she works part time in a fashionable clothes shop and likes to travel the world. She says her younger brother was much the same, a true Brit who liked his friends and football. But there is a lot about her brother that she does not know. Last year after graduating from university, the 21-year-old announced he was going to Egypt with his best friend to study religion. From there, he phoned home and sounded happy but after a few months, his tone changed. "It seemed someone was there with him and every time he tried to say something, they would cut the phone off," she said.Later, she learned he was in Somalia with al-Shabab, and six weeks ago, she spoke to him for the last time. He said "make sure mum's OK. I'll find a way to be back". A few days later, his friend rang with news that her brother had been killed by a missile. The family are devastated and full of questions to which there are no answers. How did he get the money to travel? Who recruited him? Why did he go?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Breaking:Blast Reported at Swiss Embassy, Greek Police Say.An exploding object was thrown into the courtyard of the Swiss Embassy in central Athens Tuesday, police said, a day after police foiled attempts to send mail bombs to French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other embassies in the city.No injuries were reported.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:JIDF.New Terrorists Come From Within United States.The newest terrorists against America are potentially a bigger threat since they come from within, according to a series of NPR reports recently published.One such example is Adnan Shukrijumah, who is considered the highest-ranking American in al-Qaeda and believed by Intelligence officials to be the successor of the mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed.Adnan Shukrijumah was born in 1975 and grew up in Trinidad and Saudi Arabia. In the 1990s he began to occasionally visit Brooklyn and eventually moved with his mother and five brothers and sisters to Florida. He even took classes at Broward College for several years, where he studied chemistry in the late 1990s and never graduated.Several weeks ago, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released the second issue of its English-language magazine called Inspire. The 74-page edition featured an article entitled “I Am Proud To Be a Traitor to America”, written by a 24 year-old former resident of North Carolina and New York City named Samir Khan. Some have speculated that Inspire’s intent is to recruit American-born and UK terrorists.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • UN investigator: Migrants suffer worst racism.Migrants in Europe, the United States and many other parts of the world are subjected to the worst forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia, a UN independent investigator said Monday.Githu Muigai, a Kenyan lawyer, said many other groups are also victims including ethnic minorities attacked because of their minority status, individuals stopped and searched because of their perceived religious or ethnic background, and soccer players insulted because of their color.He reiterated his opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration law because it compromises basic international human rights that migrants are entitled to.On the issue of inciting racial or religious hatred, he said criticizing religious doctrines and teachings is a legitimate exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. But he expressed concern at violence and discrimination against individuals based on their religious beliefs, attacks on religious sites, and religious and ethnic profiling.Of course it's not a problem for the UN to persecute Christians,Jews . Kurds and Hindus?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Iran Plans to Execute Woman in Stoning Case.Human rights observers warn that Iran plans to execute a woman whose sentence to stoning has drawn international condemnation.Contacts inside in Iran say authorities in Tehran have given the go-ahead to prison officials in Tabriz to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, possibly as early as Wednesday, though it's not clear yet by what method, Mina Ahadi of the International Committees.Ahadi and her organization are calling on foreign governments to put pressure on Iran to issue a stay of execution, as they believe that Western governments are now Ashtiani's greatest hope, possibly her only hope.They also are calling on the public to come out Tuesday and protest the latest development in the hope of raising attention and awareness to the case and press for release of Ashtiani, as well as her son and lawyer, who are missing.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:WND.Leaving out 'Creator' dates to U.N. report.Controversial State Department document says all 'equal and endowed' with rights.President Obama's omission of the Creator in his citation of the Declaration of Independence in recent speeches has drawn media attention, but federal documents reveal his administration began altering his reference to the founding document at least two weeks earlier than believed.In the Universal Periodic Review submitted by the Department of State to the United Nations in August, the administration stated, "The story of the United States of America is one guided by universal values shared the world over – that all are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights."The Declaration states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." President Obama repeatedly has stated only that all men "are endowed" with certain rights. After WND reported on the issue and raised questions it at the White House, he resumed referring to the Creator.Other speeches, with the reference missing, followed.Other references to America's Christian heritage have been excised at the home of the Liberty Bell, the Supreme Court and even the Washington Monument.Chaplain Todd DuBord, who works with martial arts expert, actor and philanthropist Chuck Norris' multiple organizations, has documented the ongoing trend at his National Treasures seems the Tea party has lots of work in sight.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:CommentaryMagazine.The Crooked Finger of Anti-Semitism.Why can’t we set ourselves the goal of eradicating anti-Semitism? All across the civilized world, people track anti-Semitism, expose it, oppose it, decry it. And yet no one seriously considers the possibility of bringing about its end. Is this because of some lack of capacity or courage? Or do we face in anti-Semitism something, to use the phrase of the Yiddish writer L. Shapiro, as eternal as the eternal God? Two other scourges of modern times have seen their power greatly diminished if not eliminated. Fascism was crushed in World War II, and Communism lost its political base in 1991. These movements still have their adherents, but their sustaining polities went down to defeat. Yet anti-Semitism, which figured prominently in both, has metastasized and, according to one of its foremost historians, Robert Wistrich, “will probably get worse.”Many reasons—historical, religious, sociological, ideological, even epidemiological—have been adduced for the persistence of what Anthony Julius has termed the “sewer” of anti-Semitism. All have merit. But the one reason that remains but dimly understood, and even stubbornly resisted, is the political—and yet it is the one, I believe, that accounts for the phenomenon’s continuing success. Politically, anti-Semitism succeeds by working through misdirection, and its opponents no less than its adherents tend to be taken in by some of its deceptive strategies.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Judge questions Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona immigration law.A federal appellate judge expressed deep skepticism Monday about a Justice Department lawsuit challenging Arizona's new immigration law, leaving uncertain the Obama administration's chances of stopping the law from taking effect."I've read your brief, I've read the District Court opinion, I've heard your interchange with my two colleagues, and I don't understand your argument," Noonan told deputy solicitor general Edwin S. Kneedler. "We are dependent as a court on counsel being responsive. . . . You keep saying the problem is that a state officer is told to do something. That's not a matter of preemption. . . . I would think the proper thing to do is to concede that this is a point where you don't have an argument."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • House arrest for all when Obama visits.It may be an honour to have a world leader stay at your hotel, but for the staff it’s a headache.A Mumbai hotel is shutting its doors to other guests as it readies to receive Barack Obama, Indian media reported.The US President is staying at the hotel on November 6 and 7, as part of a state visit to India. It has hosted other heads of state such as Queen Elizabeth II, but when Obama visits, the entire hotel turns into an offsite White House, say reports. Apart from the 12-room presidential suite, three satellites ensure his staff can operate exactly the way as it does in Washington. And a whopping 50 people will be working round the clock in a ‘cabinet room’, briefing room and a special control room.But with all 570 rooms booked out by Obama, hotel staff will be under virtual house arrest. Worse, they can’t keep their mobile phones with them. “In case of an emergency, they can use a secured phone line, which will be under round-the-clock surveillance for obvious reasons,” a source in the hotel’s security team told the DNA newspaper.“Only 10 per cent of the staff will be present at the hotel on November 6 and 7. The rest have been given leave,” he said. A source close to the hotel’s management said that even among the 10 per cent staff, only a core team of 125 will serve the Obamas. “Security is so tight that apart from personnel directly responsible for Obama, no one, not even members of the presidential delegation, will be allowed on the president’s floor. The rooms adjacent, above and below the presidential suit will be occupied by FBI agents – 700 of whom will accompany the Obamas,” the source said.Over a tonne of food and equipment has already arrived and chefs are working overtime to ensure that the Obamas get to sample Indian specialities.Hmmm....."no one, not even members of the presidential delegation, will be allowed on the president’s floor"something is being hidden?Or "La follie des grandeurs" strikes again?One question: will Obama behave the same way in Indonesia?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Tomas Graham: Obama will be pressed to walk back from reset with Russia.Will there be consequences for the foreign policy? Obviously, yes. Particularly, if the Republicans take of the one or both houses you’ll have different chairmen for the foreign relations committees which will give a different tone to the hearings they hold, and to the way they react to the White House.With regards specifically to Russia and US – Russian relations, if the Republicans win the majority in the House the chairman would become someone who has significant questions about Obama’s reset, how closely Russia’s working with us on Iran, Afghanistan, other problems.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • U.S. Embassy In Armenia Clarifies Biden's Genocide Comment.The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has issued a statement about an online video in which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian told him not to "force" the issue of the Armenian genocide during Turkish-Armenian reconciliation negotiations. Biden tells the activist to "tell [the Armenian-American community] that it was the Armenian president that called me and said, 'Look, do not force this issue now, while we're in negotiations [with Turkey on reconciliation].'"In a statement late on October 29, the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan said Sarkisian "did not raise the issue of the content of President Obama's statement for Armenian Remembrance Day or seek a delay in consideration of House Resolution 252 [calling for the affirmation of the Armenian genocide].""Instead, the discussions between Vice President Biden and President Sarkisian that were recently referenced by [Biden] were about the need to take immediate steps to improve Armenian-Turkish relations," the statement said. "The two leaders agreed that there should be no preconditions to normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 'Smiling' woman 'stabbed MP twice in stomach after confronting him about Iraq war'.A Muslim woman tried to kill a Labour MP by stabbing him in the stomach 'in revenge' for him voting for the Iraq War, a court heard today.Roshonara Choudhry, 21, is accused of knifing Stephen Timms twice in a shock attack during a constituency surgery meeting after she greeted the MP with a smile and offered him the hand of friendship.A second later the fanatic allegedly lunged forward, repeatedly plunging a three inch kitchen knife into his stomach, sending the MP 'reeling and staggering' backwards, before staff jumped in to wrestle the blade from her grasp.After the attack, she coolly told police: ''I just pushed it (the knife) in like how it is if you punch someone.'I was trying to kill him because he wanted to invade Iraq.'I was not going to stop (stabbing him) until someone made me. 'I wanted to kill him. I was hoping to get revenge for the people in Iraq.'Mr Timms, 55, suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the attack days after the general election in May this year.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Baghdad attacks, threats to the Copts.An Iraqi group linked to Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday in an Eastern-rite Catholic church in Baghdad (where the faithful killed were 37, seven policemen and five terrorists) and also gave an ultimatum of 48 hours to the Coptic Church of Egypt, to free two wives of priests who (according to the terrorists) are "imprisoned in monasteries" because, they converted to Islam. This according to reports from the American centre for monitoring Islamist websites SITE. "A group of angered Mujahideen among the faithful Allah - according to a statement from the terrorist group - has carried out a raid on one of the shelters of obscene idolatry, which had always been used by Christians of Iraq as a headquarters for the fight against the religion of Islam and which supports those who fight this religion. " The Islamic State of Iraq said the attack on the church, was "to help our poor Muslim sisters prisoners in the Muslim country of Egypt." The ISI has given the Egyptian Coptic Church 48 hours to free these women "imprisoned in infidel monasteries of in idolatrous churches in Egypt."According to SITE, the Iraqi terrorists in their threat to Egyptian Copts refer to two Coptic priests' wives, who are reportedly segregated in religious structures because one has apparently converted to Islam and the other would have expressed her intention to follow suit. The ISI posted an internet message attributed to the head of the suicide commandos in Baghdad that threatens Egyptian Christians and identifies the women as Camellia Shehata and Wafa Constantine.Source.Click here for comments.

  • HT:AmericanThinker.This Is America, Stupid!And it's not just the economy.It's the disrespect for the wishes of the electorate, who pay for everything.What's the fundamental difference between American elitists today and those very well-educated, wealthy colonial elites who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution?It comes down to one word: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.Respect for God, our Creator. That's the fountain of American wisdom from which all else flows.From respect for God, our Creator, comes respect for each individual that God has made. The foundational principle of American government is that human souls come in only one color, in one type, and at one value. In God's sight, we are all created equal. And since our very founding, good Americans of all stripes have worked to further this principle. As if to highlight this fundamental loss of respect for our Creator as the source of citizens' unalienable rights, our big-government elitist in chief feels perfectly free to simply remove God from the American equal-rights paradigm, as he did when speaking to the Hispanic Caucus last month. From respect for each individual flows the idea that liberty is a fundamental -- unalienable by government -- human right. Just as God has given free will to each person, in perfectly equitable manner, respecting man's ability to choose his own path, so a government made in the image of God's plan must permit the freedom to succeed or to fail, to prosper or to flounder, and to account for his own life when he faces God at the end of his earthly journey.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Cairo rejects Al Qaeda ultimatum and denies "conversion" of the two women.Egypt has rejected the request of the alleged terrorists who demand the "release" of two Muslim women, who according to Al Qaeda are being forcibly held in monasteries in the country."We categorically reject that our name be linked to such criminal acts," reads a note from the Foreign Ministry in Cairo, which "strongly condemns" the attack. The Iraqi cell of al Qaeda, responsible for the attack on the Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad that resulted in a raid by Iraqi forces which killed more than 50 people, gave Cairo an ultimatum of 48 hours.The two Coptic women called into question in the attack on the Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad, have sought refuge in some convents or communities because of '''the strong social pressure that they suffered'.''They had left their homes because of family disagreements - says Samia Sidhom to ANSAmed - but there was no conversion to Islam, as confirmed by the highest Muslim religious authorities”, as confirmed by the Sunni authorities of Al Azhar.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.
  • Christian graves vandalised on the island of Imvros.The island, birthplace of the Ecumenical Patriarch, although inhabited almost exclusively by the Orthodox population, was handed to Turkey in 1923, which did not comply with the rules imposed by the Treaty of Lausanne. Bartholomew: vandalism is due to the "usual known-unknown suspects." It seeks to undermine the government new openings.On the night between 28 and 29 October the feast day of the Republic founded by Kemal Ataturk, unknown assailants entered, in the cemetery of the island of Panagia Imvros (Goikocea in Turkish) and seriously vandalised 78 graves (see photo). A similar act had been committed in these parts 20 years ago. The incident, it is rumoured on the island, indicates an attempt to create panic among about 350 Christians left on this island. As noted in Istanbul, Turkey's European perspective should not only consist in claims for rights, but also the immediate application of the Union’s rules.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BigPeace.The View from Israel: Even After Midterms Obama Won’t Abandon Course.On Tuesday, US voters are set to repudiate US President Barack Obama’s agenda for their country. Unfortunately, based on his behavior in the face of a similar repudiation last January, it is safe to assume that Obama will not abandon his course.Last year, in an attempt to block Obama’s plan to nationalize healthcare, Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate. Brown was elected because he pledged to block Obamacare in the US Senate. Rather than heed the voters’ message and abandon his plans, Obama abandoned the voters. Instead of accepting his defeat, Obama changed the rules of the game and bypassed the Senate.So it is safe to assume that for the next two years, Obama will do everything he can to bypass the Congress and govern by executive orders and regulations. Although much can be done in this fashion, Congress’s control of the purse strings will check his domestic agenda.In matters of foreign policy however, Obama will be less burdened by – but not immune – to Congressional oversight. We can therefore expect him to devote far more energy to foreign affairs in the next two years than he devoted in the last two years.This bodes ill for Israel. Since entering office, Obama has shown that his primary foreign policy goal is to remake the US’s relationship with the Muslim world. Obama has also repeatedly demonstrated that compelling Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians and empowering international institutions that seek to delegitimize Israel are his preferred means of advancing this goal.The post-election Obama administration will make the lives of Israel’s leaders unpleasant. But Netanyahu and his ministers are not powerless in the grip of circumstances. They have powerful allies and supporters in Washington and the confidence of the Israeli people. These are formidable assets.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Islamic group protests against Pamela Anderson's disaster help.JAKARTA, INDONESIA : Actress and model Pamela Anderson has donated USD 25,000 to an Indonesian charity that helps disaster victims, but the funds have been questioned by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) because they come from Anderson's latest Playboy nude photo shoot.Jakarta chairman, Habib Salim Alatas, described the donation as unlawful. "If she wants to do nude shoots, it means she is challenging a bigger disaster to happen in Indonesia. It's not allowed," Salim said, explaining that even though Anderson has donated the funds "whole-heartedly," the Islamic Defenders  would refuse the aid because it is a religious prohibition.The FPI is known for their violent tactics. In April 2006, the hard-line Islamic group attacked Playboy's office in Jakarta by throwing stones. They protested against the first publication of the magazine, even though it contained no nudity.Why do they ALWAYS have to make threaths ?Why even bother giving them aid?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:TheBlogProf.Obamanaut explorer of "Muslim World" lands in Michigan, decries supposed anti-Islam sentiments; compares it to Japanese internment in WWII.Glenn Gilbert, editor of the Oakland Press had this a couple of months ago: Why questions about Obama s faith, background refuse to die. There's really good reason for the former moreso than the latter. Obama, but mostly his surrogates, claim him to be a Christian, yet his actions directly contradict that notion. Obama by his actions has been hostile towards Christianity. In contrast, he has been more than friendly to Islam, going so far as to sending NASA on an exploration mission to the "Muslim World." And that's not just me saying that, it's the Islamic Jihadi-sympathizer at the Detroit Free Press - Niraj Warikoo, who starts his freep piece today with this : Speaking to about 400 people in Livonia, President Barack Obama's envoy to the Muslim world said there is a "disturbing rise in anti-Islamic sentiment" that may be caused in part by the poor economy.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Jihadi Forum Member Suggests Booby-Trapping Dead Bodies of U.S. Soldiers.A posting on the jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam, by a member calling himself "Al-Raya Al-Sawda" ("Black Flag"),[suggests to booby-trap the bodies of American soldiers killed in "successful" jihad operations, and then detonate the charges by remote control when other troops come to collect the bodies or when they are on board a plane carrying them back to the US.Source.Click here for comments.

  • Khamenei Coerces Qom into Submission.But fails in efforts to arouse massive public outpouring, major religious recognition. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei's fourth official trip to Qom, one of the world's two great centers of Shiism (the other is Najaf, in Iraq), finally took place after much planning and preparation. Throughout his reign, Khamenei has made many secret trips to Qom to talk to his allies in the seminaries there, and at the beginning of every Iranian New Year he travels to the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran. But his latest official trip to Qom was very different from those in the past, due to the surrounding circumstances. The trip was meant to demonstrate to the world that Khamenei is in command, is still popular, is supported by the senior clerics, and is recognized as a Marja taghlid (source of emulation for the masses).An interesting insight !Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Afghan Women Joining Armed Forces In Greater Numbers, Challenging Convention.Khatool Muhammadzai loves martial arts, underwent commando training in pre-Taliban Afghanistan, and has logged 500 official jumps as the only female paratrooper in the country's post-Taliban military.But the middle-aged general, Afghanistan's highest-ranking woman officer, wants to be known as a peacemaker.For Muhammadzai, the question is elementary."It's everybody's duty to serve their country, to protect it," the general says. "Why shouldn't Afghan women get involved? So many women from foreign countries are in Afghanistan as a part of international coalition troops and to protect our nation."For us, Afghanistan is our own home. Why shouldn't we serve our own country?"But just because most women soldiers are not destined for combat does not mean they will be kept out of harm's way."There are a number of problems that cannot be resolved without women officers," says Jamila Mujahid, a Kabul-based journalist who covers women's issues. "For instance, searching private houses, security checks alongside roads, streets. These all are currently being performed by men, but we need women working alongside them because Afghanistan's traditions and culture simply do not allow men to check women's bodies or women's bags. Only women can do this because it preserves women's dignity. That's why it has had a good effect so far."For women, the risks can be even greater. Taliban militants frequently target female students, teachers, journalists -- basically anyone who studies outside their homes. In 2008, the most high-profile police woman in Afghanistan, police Colonel Malalai Kakar, was assassinated while heading to work in the southern town of Kandahar.The Defense Ministry says it tries as much as it can to protect women in uniform.But General Muhammadzai, who says she get frequent death threats from "forces who don't want Afghan women to have their rightful place in society," says the reward is greater than the risk."We cannot and should not wait until these threats, risks, and problems disappear," she says. "We have to fight to overcome them, to build a better country. "Hmmmmm.......what will happen when foreign soldiers leave and the Taliban moves in again?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Grimsvötn volcano is located under Vatnajökull ice cap in central Iceland and waking up. Two major volcanic centers lie beneath the ice, the Bardarbunga volcanic centre and the Grimsvötn volcanic centre. Grimsvötn centre is the more active of the two. About every 5-10 years glacial melting causes large floods (jökulhlaup) on the sandur plain. Eruptions at Grimsvotn Volcano are phreatomagmatic.A possible eruption has begun at Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland. A flood started in Gigja in south-east Iceland. The disturbance occurred under the Vatnajokull glacier near Grimsvotn Volcano on 31st October 2010. There was an increase in flow of water by 30 cm but other rivers running from the glacier are dry. The flood may take 4-5 days to reach maximum. On Sunday the volume of water in Gigja was 130 cubic metres per second, and electrolyte levels double that of normal.Read the full story here and here.Click here for comments.

  • And now for something completely different !Computer wizz granny !People often joke that the best way to work out how to use new technology is to ask an eight year old. But in Poland, a 102 year old great grandmother is proving that age is no barrier to being IT literate.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

Monday, November 1, 2010

                             End Of Liberty.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Iraq hostage drama ends in bloodshed.At least 37 people have been killed after Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church in central Baghdad to free dozens of hostages being held by gunmen there, security sources say.Twenty-five hostages were among the dead, along with seven members of the Iraqi security forces and at least five of the attackers.About 100 people had been inside Our Lady of Salvation for an evening Mass.One eyewitness, who was inside the church, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that the gunmen "came into the prayer hall and immediately killed the priest".The gunmen reportedly threw grenades and blew their suicide vests.The gunmen had reportedly demanded the release of jailed al-Qaeda militants.Read and see the full story here.And here ,more here.Click here for comments.

  • John Boehner to hit President Obama on 'enemies'.The president said: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election — then I think it’s going to be harder. And that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.”“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as ‘our enemies.’ Think about that. He actually used that word. When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word ‘enemy,’ they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators — enemies of the United States. Enemies of freedom. Enemies of our country. “Today, sadly, we have president who uses the word ‘enemy’ for fellow Americans — fellow citizens.Mr. President, there's a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don't call them ‘enemies.’ We call them ‘patriots.’” Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 3 Churches set ablaze in Russia's Muslim Caucasus.Two Russian Orthodox churches and one Baptist Church were set alight in the predominantly Muslim province of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Russian news agencies said, adding no one was hurt in the attacks."An unknown group of people set fire to the Russian Orthodox church in the village of Ordzhonikidze, it is practically completely burned," Interfax reported, citing Kazim Baybanov, a spokesman for the local ministry of interior affairs.Vandalism of churches is rare in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus, where Christian communities live amongst Muslims.Muslim Youths angry about poverty and fueled by the global ideology of jihad (holy war) are fighting for an independent state separate from predominantly Christian Russia, where they want to establish Sharia, Islamic law.Hmmmm.....The religion of Peace.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Greek police arrest two suspects in attempted parcel bomb plot.Greek police on Monday detained two men suspected of planning terrorist attacks on the Mexican and Dutch embassies in Athens, state television reported.The two suspects were arrested after they attempted to send a parcel bomb to the Dutch embassy. Another parcel bomb, which was addressed to the Mexican embassy, earlier exploded in the hands of a female worker at a private delivery company.The woman was admitted to a local hospital with minor injuries to her hands, police said.The men were allegedly wearing wigs and Kevlar jackets and were carrying a third parcel bomb and handguns.One of the suspects is believed to have ties with a Greek far-left militant group.Mail bombs are becoming a common weapon among terrorists and militants around the world.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • PM: I'll discuss terror threat with Biden next week.After explosive-laden packages targeting Chicago shuls intercepted, Netanyahu says upcoming talks in Washington to focus on ways to 'stop rising wave of terror initiated by radical Islam.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday that he will be traveling to the US next week to discuss, among other things, the explosive-laden packages from Yemen that reportedly targeted synagogues in Chicago.Addressing the bomb plot, the PM said as far as the global security threat is concerned, "there is no difference between a synagogue in Chicago, a train in Madrid, London, Mumbai and Bali."We are facing a rising wave of terror initiated by radical Islam. One of the issues I'll be discussing in Washington pertains to the steps the free and civilized world must take to stop this wave, which threatens us all," Netanyahu told cabinet.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Jordanian-Palestinian Writer Yasser Al-Za'atra: The Bomb Plot May Have Been Fabricated by the FBI.Obama fabricated it to win the sympathy of the Jews since they are inclined to vote Republican now.How could anyone with half a brain imagine that Jews would open a package containing a "printer" from Yemen.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HRW: Turkey violating Kurds' rights.In new report, Human Rights Watch calls on Ankara to stop trying Kurdish protestors as terrorists.A new report by the Human Rights Watch released Monday accuses Turkey of violating rights laws in its dealings with the Kurdish people.The report says that although Turkey has signed a number of human rights treaties, it has violated a number of them by using terrorism laws to jail Kurdish protestors.In addition, the report says, the Turkish government violates freedom of speech on a regular basis, especially in Kurdish areas.Hundreds of Kurdish protestors are currently being held in prisons, awaiting the outcomes of their trials or decisions on appeals filed on their behalf. Others are carrying out lengthy sentences approved by the Turkey's Supreme Court.In July, following criticism for trying children who participated in a PKK rally as terrorists, the Turkish parliament changed the relevant laws, preventing such cases from reoccurring.Other cases documented in the report include that of a student serving six years in prison for making the "victory" sign at a funeral for four members of the Kurdish group.Read the full scandal story here.Click here for comments.

  •  Angry US voters line up to give Obama a drubbing.US voters demoralised by economic blight look certain to hand Republicans a mid-term elections triumph this week, after deserting President Barack Obama's Democrats just two years into his crusade for change.When he told The New York Times "I like taupe" (dark greyish brown) to explain his subdued redecoration of the Oval Office, it seemed to sum up his remoteness from ordinary people. He told Stewart last week that office had been harder than he had thought, rephrasing his famous slogan as: "Yes we can but ..."The iconic image of that 2008 campaign was the red and blue Hope poster. Now even the man who designed it is disillusioned. "There's a lot of stuff completely out of Obama's control," said Shepard Fairey. "But I think there's something a little deeper in terms of the optimism of the younger voter ... They wanted somebody who was going to fight against the status quo, and I don't think Obama has done that."Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Ahmadinejad: The West Hasn't Yet Clarified Its Position on Israel's Nuclear Program.Discussing the issue of Iran's conditions for renewing the negotiations with the 5+1, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that, since the West has not yet met Iran's demand to clarify its position on "Israel's nuclear bomb," Iran will take part in the talks as an enemy, not a friend.Source.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Saudi King Calls on Iraqi Parties to Meet in Riyadh.Saudi King 'Abdallah bin 'Abd Al-'Aziz has called on the leaders of the Iraqi parties to meet in Riyadh after the Hajj, under the aegis of the Arab League, in order to resolve the Iraq government crisis and defend their country's unity. Most of the Iraqi parties welcomed the initiative, excepting the party of outgoing president Nouri Al-Maliki, which refused to respond pending further inquiries into the initiative's nature.The party of Ayad Allawi thanked the king for his initiative, calling on the others to accept his invitation.As for the reaction of the Kurdish parties, reports are conflicting.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • New License Plate for Virginia | Don't Tread On Me .The citizens of Virginia will soon be able to express their support for smaller government and protest the Federal Government's intrusion into the affairs of private citizens with their license plates. At the recent Virginia Tea Party convention, 912 Richmond, gathered over 475 signatures in support of the issuance of a special license plate bearing the legend DON'T TREAD ON ME..On October 14, 2010, HOUSE BILL NO. 1418 was filed to start the process of establishing this special plate as an official Virginia license plate.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Libia : Lesbian to request asylum in France.Nessma Faraj, a Libyan girl who was arrested, raped and returned to her family which tried to force her into marriage after she announced on the internet that she is gay, has arrived in Metz travelling via Italy on a Schengen visa. France has authorised her to request asylum in the country. In fact she should have asked for asylum in Italy, the first country where she arrived. She only stayed in Italy for a few hours however, because France had decided to resolve the case using the sovereignty clause in the Dublin convention which regulates asylum requests since 1990.Nessma's request is supported by 126 associations and around twenty local people. According to Lesbian Coordination France (CLF), the woman has presented document of the Libyan police to the French authorities which show that she had been arrested because of her homosexuality, a crime in Libya for which people can be convicted to three to five years in prison.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Do Our Rights Come from God, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, or Congress?The future of our Posterity depends on a proper understanding of the Source of our Rights. I will explain four views; show you which one is True, and why the other three are False and lead inexorably to the destruction of any country which embraces them.
  1. Let us begin with what is True: Our Declaration of Independence says our Rights come from God. Our rights thus pre-date & pre-exist the U.S. Constitution.The Declaration of Independence says:“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”So these, then, are the foundational principles of our Constitutional Republic:•Our Rights are unalienable and come from God;•The purpose of civil government is to protect our God-given Rights;•Civil government is legitimate only when it operates with our consent; •Since the US Constitution is the formal expression of the Will of the People, the federal government operates with our consent only when it obeys the Constitution.Because the Declaration of Independence identifies The Creator as Grantor of Rights, we look to The Bible – or the Natural Law – to see what those rights are. The Bible – or the Natural Law – reveals many rights, such as the rights to Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness; to inherit, earn, and keep property; the right of self-defense; the right and duty to demand that the civil authorities obey the Law; the right to speak; the right to live our lives free from interference from civil government; the rights of parents to raise their children free from interference from civil government; the right to worship God; etc.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.
  • Midterm elections 2010: Prepare for a new American revolution. Popular rage against the elite could change the nature of US politics, says Janet Daley.More than three centuries ago, the residents of America staged a rebellion against an oppressive ruler who taxed them unjustly, ignored their discontents and treated their longing for freedom with contempt. They are about to revisit that tradition this week, when their anger and exasperation sweep through Congress like avenging angels. This time the hated oppressor isn't a foreign colonial government, but their own professional political class.The Democrats, too, are experiencing internal turmoil, with the Blue Dog congressmen (who represent conservative Democratic states) having to fight all their natural instincts to support Obama's healthcare and cap-and-trade policies. If they are annihilated in these midterm elections, their resentment against the White House will be terrible to behold. This could be a seminal moment in American post-war history, when popular rage against the political elite brings about realignments within parties which change the whole nature of the country's democratic choices.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Husband pledges in contract not to remarry.Mauritanian women say no to polygamy.Many Mauritanian women and their families are now stipulating the one-wife as a prerequisite before marriage, but religious scholars have condemned it as a violation to Islamic teaching.Many of the Mauritanian women now insist on including a condition in the marriage contract that prevents the husband from keeping a previous wife or taking a new one. In case the husband violates this condition, the woman becomes entitled to file an immediate divorce.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.HT:TheReligionofPeace.

  • HT:NewZeal.Sooooo BUSTED!: Communists Caught Altering History to Protect Obama.Communists have a well deserved reputation for altering history or "sanitizing the past to suit their purpose. But that's all in the past, they are open and honest now.... they would never use deception to advance their agenda, would they......?President Obama has a long history with several radical groups, including the Communist Party USA.The communists naturally want to protect their "friend" from negative fallout should such associations become publicly known.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Hürriyet daily chief columnist Oktay Ekşi is forced to resign.Hürriyet daily chief columnist Oktay Ekşi, who insultingly referred to the prime minister and state ministers in one of his recent columns, announced his resignation from the daily over the weekend after he received harsh reactions from both the government and the public.Ekşi referred to members of the government as having a “mindset willing to sell one’s own mother” -- the phrase in Turkish is highly offensive and implies one who is willing to sell one’s own mother as a prostitute -- when criticizing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız and Environment Minister Veysel Eroğlu over a government project to build a hydroelectric complex in the Black Sea province of Rize in his column published on Oct. 28. He concluded his column with the sentence, “Now you are seeing the attainments of a mindset willing to sell one’s own mother.”Hmmmm.....a dark veil came down on Turkey,probably he will be the first of many.Read a full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Basij Commander Calls For Including “Culture of Martyrdom” In Textbooks.The Commander of Iran’s Basij Force, Mohammad Reza Naghdi, has said that pro-government forces are calling on the Education Ministry to include “the culture of self-sacrifice and martyrdom” in school textbooks. Martyrdom and self-sacrifice were highly promoted during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, when thousands of school children were sent to the front and promised that by dying as martyrs, they would go straight to heaven.Naghdi said the Basij force want to bring the “values” of the sacred defense (a reference to the war with Iraq) to classrooms and textbooks. He said the move is part of the Basij’s measures to counter the “soft war” Iranian officials say the country’s enemies have launched to destabilize the Islamic establishment and lead to its downfall.A mother of a seven-year-old boy in Tehran, who described the efforts as “brain washing,” expressed doubt over the impact of the measures. “These things have been going on for 30 years. Have they made us the way [Iranian leaders] want us to be? Of course not. These moves will backfire and lead to more frustration among our children," said the mother, who spoke to Persian Letters on condition of anonymity.Hmmm....the "Bushido Code of the Islamic Warrior"?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Guarded welcome awaits Obama in India.Barack Obama, who once listed Mahatma Gandhi as his fantasy dinner guest, claims a personal connection with the world's largest democracy but many Indians feel he has some way to go to lay claim to their affections.Initial fervor for Obama has waned with a series of niggling bilateral spats over tightened US visa regulations, Obama's opposition to the outsourcing of US jobs and disagreements over India's nuclear liability policy.Topping all these issues is that of US support, including military aid, to India's arch-rival Pakistan - a (Presumed?)key US anti-terror ally.The subject of Pakistan, which most Indians view as a cradle of state-sponsored terrorism aimed at them, has dominated an online forum set up by the NDTV news channel for people to address messages to Obama."Mr Obama, today 1.2 billion people are requesting you to stop funding terrorism. We hope you listen this time," wrote Mukul Sehgal."We welcome you Mr President, but do not play with our emotions or our security by arming Pakistan and then building business with India," said another poster, Mohan Jayagopal.Hmmm....would Ghandhi take his dinner invitation?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.The Lebanese Forces Incorporate Anti-Islamic Slogans into Popular Computer Game "Counter Strike".Including "The Islamic Satan" among others.Players can also enter their own slogans.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Serbianna.Extremist Imam warns Serbia on security.Muslim Imam Muamar Zukorlic has warned Serbia, and Montenegro, that their stability and security depends on whether Serbia caves in and grants autonomy to an Islamist enclave in southeastern Serbia.In an interview for Al Jazeera, Imam Zukorlic, seen in the photo talking to AJ reporter, warned that the security in Serbia and Montenegro depends on whether Serbia re-carves the region into a single, Muslim-dominated “autonomous” region they call Sandzak. Autonomy, said the Imam, is the prerequisite for stability of these 2 states.Bosnian Muslim chief Imam, Mustafa Ceric, seen on the left in the meeting of the World Forum of Ulema known as the RABITA, urged Imams to pressure Serbia and “to speak out against the violation of the rights of Muslims in Bosnia and the Sandzak”.Policy decisions by RABITA are a general proxy for the collective action by the Islamic states in the world and is often a trigger for violent terrorist activities, primarily against European targets.Sources have told me that Zukorlic used to pride himself at the access and support he received from the US Embassy in Serbia.The Imam said that he does not want to talk to Serbia and predicted that problems will be enlarged.Hmmmm......"Support from the US Embassy"?Care to comment Mr President?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • 49 Jewish gravestones smashed in France.French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche says incident took place Friday night in cemetery in northeastern town of Bar-le-Duc. Police searching for several people believed to be involved."The gate to the cemetery, which has 126 graves, is always closed," the report said. "The resident arrived at the police station and filed a report. A police force dispatched to the area found 49 smashed gravestones."According to the newspaper, "These are very heavy gravestones, which were moved, fell on the ground and broke due to their heavy weight. A single person could not have defaced the cemetery on his own, so the police are looking for several suspects."The district's attorney general said the authorities viewed the incident as extremely severe and had launched an extensive investigation to locate suspects.Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in France several times in recent years.The latest incident took place in July, when 27 gravestones were smashed in a Strasbourg cemetery.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Muslim tortures, accuses Christian who refused slavery.Pakistan – A Muslim land owner in Pakistan this month subjected a 25-year-old Christian to burns and a series of humiliations, including falsely charging him with having sex with his own niece, because the Christian refused to work for him without pay.Fayaz Masih is in jail with burns on his body after No. 115 Chitraan Wala village head Zafar Iqbal Ghuman and other villagers punished Masih for refusing to work as a slave in his fields, said the Rev. Yaqub Masih, a Pentecostal evangelist. The village is located in Nankana Sahib district, Punjab Province.Sources said neither Fayaz Masih nor his family had taken any loans from Ghuman, and that they had no obligations to work off any debt for Ghuman as bonded laborers.Yaqub Masih said the young man’s refusal to work in Ghuman’s fields infuriated the Muslim, who was accustomed to forcing Christians into slavery. He said Ghuman considered Masih’s refusal an act of disobedience by a “choohra,” the pejorative word for Christians in Pakistan. Hmmmm.....perhaps give Pakistan a few Billion $ more Mr President?Read the full story here.Click here for comments.HT:TheReligionofPeace.

  • HT:BigPeace.Mapping the Muslim Brotherhood in America.Part 16 of a serialization of Shariah – The Threat to America, the report of Team B II of the Center for Security Policy. In this section, we use the Muslim Brotherhood’s own internal documents to map out the organization’s networks in North America.The “process of settlement” outlined in the Explanatory Memorandum and in published Muslim Brotherhood doctrine, such as Toward a Worldwide Strategy for Islamic Policy and Methodology of Dawah Ilallah in American Perspective has been operationalized in the United States by one MB-related front group after another, starting with the very first, the Muslim Students Association (MSA), and continuing to the present day.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Why people despise Obama.Barack Obama roused the world with his teleprompted words of hope and change. Before the chair in the Oval Office could get warm he toured the islamic world making apologies and promising a new future relationship with America. He put his hand out in friendship to Iran and attempted to follow the adolescent ideology of "Why can't we just all get along?"Two years into his Presidential term the world has gotten a very large dose of the results. Have the relationships strengthened? Has terrorism subsided? Have the islamists decided to "just get along" with their neighbors? Has misery and oppression started to subside? The blatantly obvious and painful answer is no.Mr. Obama, people don't despise you because you are black. People don't despise you because you aren't a nice guy. People despise you because your ideology is ignorant, naive, and extremely fatal. Your ideology, if followed through, will setback freedom and liberty to the same extent the burning of the Library at Alexandria setback human knowledge. That's a pretty large impact.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • Trick or treat: Why you shouldn’t sell gold despite all-time highs.Don't cash out just yet as the proverbial golden era for the yellow metal may have just begin, reckon experts.Fact: Gold price has more than doubled in the past two years.Fact: The Dubai Financial Market and the Abu Dhabi Exchange have decline 40 and 17 per cent, respectively, during that time.Fact: What goes up, comes down. And vice-versa.That’s a lot of facts already, but one that a gold investor must consider is this: The previous gold high in 1980 of $850/oz is worth over $2,000 in 2010 dollars once adjusted for inflation.Having reached an all-time high of $1,387.35 an ounce this month (October), the yellow metal has lost some of its gains and is now trading around $1,360/oz levels. Is this is a signal that gold is set to reverse the gains of the past two years? Not by a long margin, experts tell Emirates 24|7, who believe that gold still has a lot of steam left in it and there’s still time before this asset class sees any realistic correction.Read the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:Memri.Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hreiz Al-Sharif Complains about Women's Equality in Sports: When a Woman Scored a Goal in Soccer, She Exposed Her Breasts for All to See.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • HT:What's up with that.Sea Ice News.It certainly appears that there is more ice in 2010 than 2007 on the Cryosphere Today page. Dr. Meier seems to think that the 2007 map from CT is missing some ice, as NSIDC’s comparison between the dates doesn’t appear off as much as the CT images. Walt’s point is:There is more ice in the central Arctic this year, but less in the Beaufort Sea, Canadian Archipelago, and Baffin Bay. These areas roughly balance each other out.In other news, Antarctic ice continues to be significantly above normal.Read and see the full story here.Click here for comments.

  • A New Search Engine, Where Less Is More : BLEKKO !Start-ups and big companies alike have tried to take on Google by building a better search engine. That they have failed has not stopped brave new entrants.The latest is Blekko, a search engine that will open to the public on Monday. Rich Skrenta, Blekko’s co-founder and chief executive, says that since Google started, the Web has been overrun by unhelpful sites full of links and keywords that push them to the top of Google’s search results but offer little relevant information. Blekko aims to show search results from only useful, trustworthy sites. “The goal is to clean up Web search and get all the spam out of it,” Mr. Skrenta said.Blekko’s search engine scours three billion Web pages that it considers worthwhile, but it shows only the top results on any given topic. It calls its edited lists of Web sites slashtags. The engine also tries to weed out Web pages created by so-called content farms like Demand Media that determine popular Web search topics and then hire people at low pay to write articles on those topics for sites like“They have an interesting spin,” Mr. Sullivan said about Blekko. “It might take off with a small but loyal audience, but it won’t be a Google killer.” Read the full story here.Click here for comments.
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