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Sunday, November 14, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Senior Republican against US aid to Palestinians. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who stands to head House Foreign Affairs Committee, opposes transfer of $150 in aid because Palestinian leadership 'failing to live up to commitments'.The likely next head of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee said she is against handing out $150 million in direct aid to help the Palestinian Authority close its budget deficit.“It is deeply disturbing that the Administration is continuing to bail out the Palestinian leadership when they continue to fail to meet their commitments, under international agreements and requirements outlined in US law, including dismantling the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure, combating corruption, stopping anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement, and recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. She stressed that funds are continuing to flow into Ramallah despite reports indicating that corruption among the Palestinian leadership is increasing.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf.Severe headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, burning eyes and throat, earache and chest pains — and that’s just the beginning.BP’s stock has already bounced back. The media has mostly moved on. But the long-term health impacts on Gulf Coast residents from the catastrophic oil spill are only beginning.Exhibit A, says chemist Wilma Subra of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, is a recent evaluation she performed of blood sample analyses from eight BP cleanup workers and residents in Alabama and Florida.Originally collected on four separate dates throughout August, all the blood samples — from three females, age 44, 46 and 51, and five males, age 30, 46, 48, 51 and 59 — contained dangerously high levels of volatile organic chemicals found in BP crude oil, including Ethylbenzene, m,p-Xylene and Hexane, Subra explained during a wide-ranging interview with Alternet.“The people that are sick are going to be sick for the rest of their lives,” Subra said. “This isn’t just a short time that they’re sick and then they’ll get well. These issues are long-term chronic health impacts that will linger.”She pointed out that 21 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, people in Alaska are still experiencing related health issues today.BP has seen all of Subra’s findings but hasn’t responded.“I’ve sent them the data,” she said, “but I didn’t really expect them to respond.”Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Clinton - Netanyahu meeting: Epic fail? Part 2 (Why the 'Palestinians' will accept the deal).Before I discuss the incentives, I want to say that as an Israeli I don't believe that there's any package that's acceptable, and as an American I'm embarrassed to see the American government groveling before a much smaller power in a bid to get that power to accept something - anything - to move ahead. As much as I couldn't stand him, Bush 41 had the right idea in 1990, when he gave both sides the White House phone number and told them to call when they were ready to make peace. The Obama administration has made the US look like a middling regional power by continuing to push under these circumstances. There is no 'fierce moral urgency' other than its own survival that ought to make a great power like the United States grovel in front of anyone. It doesn't bode well for American power and prestige in the future - regardless of whether Israel accepts the incentives.There is very little else that is more dangerous to Israel's existence right now than the prospect of a Chapter 7 (compulsory for all UN members) resolution creating a 'Palestinian state.' That's why Israel's government must say no!A MUST read !Read the full story here.

  • HT:WarOnTerrorNews.Islamist Mullah Omar Bakri Arrested in Lebanon.Lebanese Authorities Arrest Radical Muslim Cleric Sentenced Last Week.VoA News: A radical Muslim cleric who last week was sentenced to life in prison by a Lebanese military court has been arrested.Omar Bakri was taken into custody Sunday in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli.The military court handed down his sentence in absentia Thursday, on charges of carrying out terrorist acts and attempting to destabilize the Lebanese government. It is not clear why Lebanese authorities waited until Sunday to take him into custody.One day after the sentencing, Bakri insisted he would not spend “one day” in prison. He has denied the charges against him, referring to them as “fabrications” that are politically motivated. Read the full story here.

  • Nazis Were Given ‘Safe Haven’ in U.S., Report Says.A secret history of the United States government’s Nazi-hunting operation concludes that American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the United States for Nazis and their collaborators after World War II, and it details decades of clashes, often hidden, with other nations over war criminals here and abroad. The 600-page report, which the Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, provides new evidence about more than two dozen of the most notorious Nazi cases of the last three decades. It describes the government’s posthumous pursuit of Dr. Josef Mengele, the so-called Angel of Death at Auschwitz, part of whose scalp was kept in a Justice Department official’s drawer; the vigilante killing of a former Waffen SS soldier in New Jersey; and the government’s mistaken identification of the Treblinka concentration camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.The Justice Department itself sometimes concealed what American officials knew about Nazis in this country, the report found.Ms. Feigin said she was baffled by the Justice Department’s attempt to keep a central part of its history secret for so long. “It’s an amazing story,” she said, “that needs to be told.”Read the full story here.

  • Netanyahu: US proposal not final.PM tells cabinet American incentives package offered in exchange for 90-day construction freeze in West Bank 'undergoing consolidation process'; four Likud ministers oppose moratorium.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is trying to convince ministers to support an additional 90 day settlement construction freeze said on Sunday morning that the proposal he presented to the inner cabinet, which consists of the seven top government ministers, is not final. Netanyahu mentioned that the proposal "is undergoing a consolidation process on both the US and Israeli sides. If and when the process is completed it will be brought before the proper governmental forum – the Political Security Cabinet, for approval".Ahead of the meeting, four ministers from the Likud party Silvan Shalom, Gilad Erdan, Yuli Edelstein and Moshe Ya'alon expressed their opposition to the three month renewal of the settlement construction freeze.Interior Minister Eli Yishai said that he would agree to abstain from a government vote on the renewal of the construction freeze for three months on condition that construction throughout Jerusalem would be resumed immediately.He also stated that Shas would demand that "a letter be sent from the US president which promises future construction in Ma'ale Adumim, Beitar Illit, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer" when the freeze period comes to an end.Settlers were also displeased with the US proposal. Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said "it is clear that Netanyahu is a tiger on television but a frightened cat on the ground".Hmmm....better have that letter carved in granite rock,with matching fingerprints.Read the full story here.

  • U.K. Couple Freed by Somali Pirates After a Year.Somali pirates have freed Paul and Rachel Chandler, ending the retired British couple's year-long captivity, British news agencies reported early Sunday.Sky News' Emma Hurd said a ransom of up to one million dollars was paid to the pirates to secure the release. It is understood private individuals came up with the money.Hurd said the Chandlers were in the hands of the mayor of Adado, a central Somali town near the Ethiopian border.The release ends an ordeal that started when the couple's yacht was hijacked off the idyllic shores of the Seychelles a year ago.Sources told Hurd, talking from Nairobi, that the couple looked tired but happy to be free.Read the full story here.

  • Should you be snuggling with your cellphone?San Francisco: WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health. So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body. San Francisco officials voted to require retailers to display how much radiation each cellphone emits. A supporter of the rule wore a button at City Hall. I'm paraphrasing here. But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding the phone against your head or body into the fine print of the little slip that you toss aside when unpacking your phone. Apple, for example, doesn't want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry's manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch.Brain cancer is a concern that Ms. Davis takes up. Over all, there has not been a general increase in its incidence since cellphones arrived. But the average masks an increase in brain cancer in the 20-to-29 age group and a drop for the older population. Read the full story here.

  • HT:NewZeal.Foreign Nations to Challenge Arizona Law?This is unbelievable. Foreign nations being allowed to challenge the laws of a sovereign US state.10 Latin American Countries joining Mexico to challenge Arizona law.Read and see the full story here.

  • Betting On The Gold Standard? Odds Are Still Long.When the price of gold tipped $1,400 a troy ounce this week, the news fit right into a frenzy over the metal ignited by the World Bank president on Monday.In a Financial Times column, Robert Zoellick wrote that the global economy should consider using the price of gold as an "international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values."His statement was immediately taken, in some quarters at least, as a call for a return to the gold standard. Although he later clarified his point, the fire had been lit. And Zoellick, for the moment, became a hero for a small group that believes the U.S. should return to the gold standard. At the same time, he drew ire from mainstream economists tired of having the discussion in the first place.Bell says he'd like to see gold as the "final money of the world.""It should be what people keep as reserves, the way it was in the hundred years until 1914," he says.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RightTruth.Oklahoma: When Sharia comes sweeping down the plains.Two questions should be forwarded to Muneer Awad, American Muslims and visitors who feel that a rejection of Sharia law within the American court system is worthy of court litigation. The first question is, what are the true motivations for the opposition of the American justice system applying its own laws within a sovereign nation? The second question is, just what country do you think you are living in? Some that may wish to push the Sharia agenda at worst, or to be apathetic to its dangers at best, say that Oklahoma’s lawmakers and voters are premature to address this issue as it has not yet been a factor in Oklahoma courts. Really, this question is of little importance when compared to Oklahoma’s right to deal as a sovereign state with the issues it finds important. It appears that something dark and sinister may be afoot within the upcoming Oklahoma Sharia litigation, and Americans should be privy to the truth. Groups like CAIR and the ACLU should be made to more fully explain their motivations for opposing state’s right in Oklahoma and its people’s desire to uphold American law. Read the full story here.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Pentagon Readies New Ship-Killers for Pacific Showdown.Pentagon planners were wary of China’s double-digit military-budget growth rates even before the global economic crisis put the squeeze on America’s own defense investment. Now the Chinese army’s growth continues while America’s flat-lines. That’s got the U.S. military, especially the Navy, scrambling for new ideas.The most hopeful is an emerging concept for mixing U.S. Navy ships and subs with Air Force planes to form a tightly-knit, super-lethal, ship-killing force meant to counter an increasingly powerful Chinese fleet. The Pentagon calls it “AirSea Battle,” an homage to NATO’s Cold War “AirLand Battle” concept that pioneered tactics for taking out thousands of Soviet tanks with smart weapons. U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates called the classified AirSea Battle concept “encouraging.”On Wednesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a 3-year, $160 million contract to develop the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile. The goal is for LRASM to give Navy ships “the ability to attack important enemy ships outside the ranges of the enemy’s ability to respond with anti-ship missiles of their own.”Read the full story here.

  • UN special rapporteur says waterboarding is torture.MARK COLVIN: There’s no question that in international law waterboarding is torture?JUAN MENDEZ: I don’t think there is any question, any serious question. I mean it’s a question of severity. If you think that waterboarding is not severe mistreatment you don’t really know what waterboarding is. But you know if just with the definition that it’s designed to create a sensation of asphyxia, you can tell that it’s severe. There’s just no other way.MARK COLVIN: So where does that leave Dick Cheney and George Bush?JUAN MENDEZ: Well I think they’re left with the obligation of the United States government to investigate you know to the best of its capabilities and then to decide who is to be prosecuted and who is not. I mean I don’t have you know access to the evidence to know that any individual is particularly responsible but what I do know and I think and I’m disappointed about is that even under the Obama administration the government of the United States is not seriously pursuing these episodes.I mean with a false sense of not being partisan et cetera they are, maybe it looks like they have put a stop to torture, at least I keep my fingers crossed that I’m not wrong, but there’s no evidence that they’re actually pursuing this the way they should: the way they are obliged by international law to do.Read the full story here.

  • Women with “seditious” eyes must cover up.Women unveiling their eyes in public in Saudi Arabia will be forced to fully cover up their faces if their eyes are found to be seditious, according to the Gulf Kingdom’s most feared Islamic law-enforcement group.The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice was reacting to last week’s fight between one its members and a Saudi husband, who was maddened by the man’s orders to his wife to cover up her face, the Saudi Arabic language daily Alwatan reported on Sunday.“The Commission members have orders to tell any women in public to cover up her face if they find that her eyes are seditious,” the paper said, quoting Sheikh Mutlaq Al Nabit, a Commission spokesman in Hael.Women in Saudi Arabia, one of the most conservative Muslim nations, must veil their faces in public but some of them uncover their eyes.Hmm....i wonder if this would be allowed?Read the full story here.

  • Another Sri Lankan maid alleges nail torture in Kuwait.Woman had told surgeons that her employers drove the nails into her hands and left leg.A Sri Lankan housemaid has accused her Kuwaiti employer of hammering 14 nails into her body, in the second such incident in the past few months, a local doctor said Saturday.The woman, identified only as Lechchami, 38, underwent surgery to have the nails removed after returning home to Sri Lanka, the director of the hospital in the northwestern town of Kurunegala said."We have removed nine out of the 14 wire nails that showed up in X-rays," hospital director Soma Rajamanthri told AFP.A police spokesman said the case was under investigation.Non-governmental organisations report frequent cases of employer abuse of maids who work abroad.Read the full story here.

  • Snowstorm causes 400 Minn. crashes; 2 die in Wis.Parts of the Upper Midwest dug out from a heavy snowfall Saturday that caused more than 400 traffic accidents in Minnesota, and wintry conditions also were being blamed for a collision in northern Wisconsin that killed two people.Nearly a foot of snow had fallen in parts of the Twin Cities area by Saturday evening, downing trees and causing sporadic power outages.The storm that began late Friday night was blamed for a collision Saturday morning that killed both drivers and left a passenger hospitalized. The sheriff's department in Wisconsin's Bayfield County said the storm produced "rapidly deteriorating road conditions" that likely contributed to the crash.Kevin Kraujalis of the National Weather Service's Duluth office estimated that Bayfield County had a couple of inches of snow on the ground when the collision occurred. The meteorologist said the county had about 5 inches as of 6 p.m. Saturday.Read the full story here.

  • Jailed hate preacher Abu Hamza's home has a £40,000 makeover... paid by taxpayers.Hate preacher Abu Hamza’s family home is having a £40,000 makeover paid for by tax­payers, the Daily Mail can reveal.Workmen from at least three construction firms have already spent two months doing up the £700,000, five-bedroom council property in an exclusive West London street.Astonishingly, it is the second time in only five years that council bosses have approved expensive renovations on the property where the hook-handed cleric’s wife and eight children live supported by benefits worth nearly £700 a week.All the Hamza children are British-born, meaning they are entitled to support from the state, which would continue even if Hamza is extradited. At one time, the family received a weekly income of £351 in dependant children’s allowance, £97 child benefit, £56 lone parent allowance and a £16 family premium.The rent of £120 per week and council tax of £42 per week were also paid by the taxpayer.‘The house is one of a scarce supply of large family homes and we, of course, have to do repairs and look after the property for future tenants.’Hmm....Whats the average repair frequency on council houses if i may ask?....Every 5 years? Read the full story here.

  • FANATICAL Muslims behind the burning of a giant poppy in an Armistice Day outrage are unmasked by The Sun. The hate-filled extremists whipped up a 40-strong mob who screamed insults about Britain's war dead during the nation's two-minute silence on Thursday. They head Muslims Against Crusades - formed after the radical group Islam4UK was banned - and want Sharia law imposed in the UK. Pony-tailed leader Abu Assadullah masterminds the organisation's sick demos from a website where he spouts bile supporting al-Qaeda. He shares the name of a dead chief of the terror network linked to the 2008 Mumbai massacre, and posts video diatribes on MAC's YouTube channel.Muslims Against Crusades follows the same agenda as banned groups al-Muhajiroun and Islam4UK, which were fronted by notorious firebrand Anjem Choudary. He has claimed the men behind MAC as his "students". The group protested in Barking, East London, in June and called for Muslims to burn the Stars and Stripes outside the US embassy on the anniversary of 9/11. Islam4UK was outlawed in January after threatening to protest in Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town through which dead British soldiers are transported after being brought back from Afghanistan.Being a descendant of someone who actually took part in the Medieval Crusades, i would say not much has changed since those days. Read the full story here.

  • Russia - Russian archbishop sacks clergy accused of alleged child abuse in convent.The archbishop of Vladimir and Suzdal fired on Saturday the Mother Superior of St. Bogolyubsky Convent in the central Vladimir Region and other clergymen allegedly involved in a child abuse scandal.Media reports earlier said the convent's nuns victimized teenagers from a local orphanage, beating them with belts, forcing them to bow innumerable times, eat spoonfuls of salt, as well as depriving them of food and sleep as "punishment." However, a human rights working group established by the Vladimir Region's governor has found no proof of these claims.Archbishop Yevlogy ruled that no children or volunteer workers with children can reside on the convent's territory and that the boarding school will be transformed into an ordinary Orthodox school.Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said the archbishop's move will help avoid pressure on the children involved in the abuse row, and investigators of the case.The convent was investigated a year ago after allegations of mistreatment, but no action was taken as the claims were not proven.Read the full story here.

  • Growing backlash against TSA body scanners, pat-downs.A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel system.Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year, is less than two weeks away.Grassroots groups are urging travelers to either not fly or to protest by opting out of the full-body scanners and undergo time-consuming pat-downs instead.According to the group, passengers who say "I opt out" when told to go through body scanners are submitted to a pat-down."Be sure to have your pat-down by TSA in full public -- do not go to the back room when asked. Every citizen must see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens," the website says.Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has issued its own travel advisory over pat-downs many "describe as invasive and humiliating."Some scientists and two major airline pilots unions contend not enough is known about the effects of the small doses of X-ray radiation emitted by one of the two types of airport scanning machines.Read the full story here.


  • Mexico Drug Hitman Is 12-Year-Old Boy.The Mexican army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies.Known simply as El Ponchis, which means The Cloak, the young boy is accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state.Reports say he is paid $3,000 per murder, tortures his victims before killing them and often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread.Videos of El Ponchis attacking one enemy with a stick and cutting the throat of another have appeared online, as have photos of him posing with various weapons and standing by a dead body.The boy works for the little-known South Pacific cartel, which has allied itself with the brutal Los Zetas - former government paramilitaries who have gone rogue - to battle the major La Familia cartel for control of southwest Mexico.Based just outside the city of Cuernavaca, El Ponchis is said to work with a group of girls, including his sisters, who are referred to as Las Chavelas and are often responsible for disposing of the bodies.Hmmm...illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican - American border...No problemo Mr President?Read the full story here.

  • UN worker jailed two-month for showing the finger at female staff member at the Dubai airport.A tourist has received a two-month prison sentence after flipping the finger at an airport official, the 7Days tabloid reported on Sunday, quoting the English tabloid The Sun.The 34-year-old Brit, Paul Anthony, was arrested at Dubai International Airport following an altercation with a female member of staff as he made his way through passport control.Dubai Misdemeanors Court then sentenced the United Nations worker to two months behind bars.The prosecution claims he argued with the woman because she would not allow him to use a telephone at a customer service desk.It is alleged he then cursed and made an offensive hand gesture.Read the full story here.

  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam’s  Apartment Goes Into Temporary Receivership.A northern New Jersey apartment building owned by the imam planning an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero in New York has been put into temporary custodial receivership.The Jersey Journal of Jersey City reported Saturday that Hudson County Judge Thomas Olivieri issued the order this week, citing a lack of improvements at the Union City site owned by Feisal Abdul Rauf.Tuesday’s ruling is the latest in the lawsuit Union City brought against Rauf in late September, alleging that he’s failed to address code violations. Olivieri’s decision means the tenants October rent payments will be used to eliminate bedbugs from four apartments, cap sewer lines in the basement and improve a fire escape ladder. The work must be done by Dec. 9.Neither Rauf nor his attorney, Tomas Espinosa, could be reached for contempt for law and order,... only Sharia law counts for him?Read the full story here.

  • Armed forces chief warns the West wil never win the war against Al Qaeda.The head of Britain's Armed Forces warned today that the West will never be able to defeat Al Qaeda and Islamic militants.General Sir David Richards said the national security of Britain was still at stake, but the threat can be contained to allow Britons to lead secure lives.He said he would advise the Queen that Prince William should not fight at the present time.But regarding his brother, Prince Harry, he said the 'omens were good' that he could serve again.Read the full story here.

  • 'Gaza aid ship crew released in Greece'.Several aid workers who were held captive by Greek commandos while on board a relief ship that was supposed to deliver supplies to Gaza have been released. "The convoy members, who were abducted then detained in Greece, have been released following examination of video footage. The captain has been arrested," Press TV broadcaster Lauren Booth said on Saturday after receiving contact from the Road to Hope convoy members. Read the full story here and more here.

  • Free! Little woman with a lion’s heart: Joy as Burmese pro-democracy leader who spent seven years under house arrest is finally released.As the light began to fade in Rangoon yesterday, the barricades were rolled away from the gates of a house beside Inya Lake. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Nobel laureate, was finally set free after seven years of house arrest.In a lilac dress and with a customary flower in her hair, she urged her jubilant band of followers to resume the fight for democracy ‘in unison’.As cameras clicked, the world was once more riveted by one of its most charismatic freedom-fighters – an elegant but frail woman with a lion-sized, incorrigible heart. Ms Suu Kyi, 65, has spent 15 of the past 21 years in detention. Yesterday, she was welcomed into the warm embrace of her countrymen, many crying tears of joy as they proudly sang their national anthem. That euphoria was mirrored across the world as international leaders celebrated her release.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Walmart’s secret study: Inflation already here.The world’s largest retailer just completed a confidential study revealing inflation has already heated up.This information is counter-intuitive to the second quantitative easing (QE2) strategy that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is planning to employ. The controversial plan, designed to generate moderate inflation of 2 percent annually by injecting $600 billion into the money supply has caused loud protests from trading partners across the world including such heavyweights as Germany and China.Perhaps Walmart should take a new survey and start out with the real economic numbers as their base. They will find the results much more illuminating than the trend they believe they discovered.Read the full story here.

  • Muslim-Jewish outreach effort contracts following allegations.Two area rabbis drop out after claims of radicalism.A national effort to forge better ties between Jews and Muslims has run into opposition from some Jewish community members who view the interfaith partnerships as a ruse perpetrated by radical Muslims. An undercurrent to the “twinning” events in mosques and synagogues has had a significant impact in Western New York, where two rabbis who participated in last year’s local twinning weekend have since distanced themselves from the effort.The twinning became a more contentious issue in Western New York after a national group asserted earlier this year in an online publication that Buffalo-area Jews were being deceived by radical Muslims posing as moderates.What we found was that the entities behind the Buffalo interfaith effort are anything but moderate,” wrote Ilya Feoktistov, research director of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a Boston-based organization that seeks to monitor radical Islamic groups and support moderate Muslims.Islam the religion of peace.Read the full story here.

  • For 30 years the Chinese have only been allowed one child - and now they are only allowed one dog.For the last 30 years they have been banned from having more than one child in their family.Now the residents of Shanghai are facing a new limit over the size of their household - the one-dog policy.Nobody will be allowed to own more than one pooch under the proposals which call for zero tolerance on unplanned pregnancies.Read the full story here.

  • Friends buy lottery ticket in Detroit porn shop and win $129 Million.A syndicate of friends and family is celebrating - albeit anonymously - after winning nearly $129 million with a lottery ticket bought at a Detroit-area porn shop. And the one syndicate member who did come forward to claim the money on behalf of the others has vowed to give some of the windfall to religious groups. Mike Greer, a member of the group, came forward on Friday to claim the Powerball winnings on behalf of the others, who chose to keep their identities secret.Read the full story here.

  • And now for something completely different.Where does Google TV go from here?Those beautiful Sony television sets featuring Google TV are starting to look a lot like high-priced door stops. Google TV enables users to view Web sites and Internet video on their home TVs. However, consumers are prevented from accessing content from the four major broadcast networks on the software platform as Fox announced Wednesday it would join ABC, CBS, and NBC in blocking access to their content.If you expected to watch a wide range of popular shows for free via Google TV anytime soon, it really is time to panic. The networks are preventing Google TV, a software platform, from streaming to consumers' TVs the same content that's available for free on the Web. But why are the networks doing this and what can be done about it?In September, Google hired Robert Kyncl as head of TV and film entertainment. Kyncl was the former vice president of content acquisitions at Netflix. Last month, Netflix said the company has transformed itself from a mail-order DVD-rental business to a streaming-video service. If Google follows the path forged by Netflix, expect the search engine to push Google TV onto a large number of video game consoles, set-top boxes, and Internet TVs (Google TV is already working with Sony and Logitech). However, Google TV must generate a large following. Netflix has acquired 17 million subscribers so far. Read the full story here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Conservative Group Calls on Justice Dept. to Investigate Muslim Prayers on Capitol Hill.A conservative advocacy group on Friday called on the Justice Department to investigate a weekly prayer session on Capitol Hill that Muslims with terrorist ties have been participating in since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The American Center for Law and Justice, founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson, issued the demand one day after revealed that notorious Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was among the controversial figures who has attended the weekly Friday Jummah prayers hosted by the Congressional Muslims Staff Association during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.There appears to be no public record of the people the Congressional Muslims Staff Association has invited to Capitol Hill, but was able to glean a portrait of the Jummah prayer meetings through video footage, news reports, court records and social media posts. Among those who have participated are an Al Qaeda leader, the head of a designated terror organization and a confessed jihadist-in-training.Read the full story here.

  • Saudi Arabia blocks Facebook, says site doesn't agree with its values.The official says Saudi's Communications and Information Technology Commission blocked the site Saturday and an error message shows up when Internet users try to access it.He says Facebook's content had "crossed a line" with the kingdom's conservative morals, but that blocking the site is a temporary measure.The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam and religious leaders have strong influence over policy making and social mores.Pakistan and Bangladesh both imposed temporary bans on Facebook this year.Values like only one religion is tolerated,women are not allowed to drive ...etc,etc?Read the full story here.

  • Obama’s Claiming More Power Over Americans Than King George III, Says Virginia Attorney General. Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last March, says Obama and the Congress that enacted that law--which mandates that individuals must buy government-approved health insurance plans--are seeking a power over the lives of Americans that even King George III did not claim to possess.“We now have a Congress and a president who believe they can order you to buy a product when King George III and the Parliament of Great Britain, whom we rebelled against, acknowledged that they could not,” Cuccinelli said in a video interview with the full story here.

  • HT:AmericanThinker.The House Should Curb Obama's Extravagant Lifestyle.Pundits, political analysts, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have offered their recommendation for items which should be placed at the top of the 112th Congress's legislative agenda. Surprisingly, in light of the negative press the Obamas have received relating to their recent junket to India, so far as I have seen, not one person has suggested including legislation limiting the amount of taxpayer funds that may be expended on presidential trips -- official or otherwise -- and the White House party budget. Like all government agencies, the White House operates on the basis of appropriations that originate in the House of Representatives, and it is incumbent on the House to exercise its responsibilities in guarding the taxpayers' money.It is time for Congress to intervene and put the kibosh on the spending of a president who has no idea, or who does not care, that his behavior is highly inappropriate. He parties continuously at the White House, entertaining his Hollywood supporters with music, dance, fine food, and wine. One would have expected that the 2010 midterms would have provided a much-needed reality check and led to the end of the glitz and glamor. Apparently not, and it is therefore time for the parents to cut off the apron strings, tear up the credit cards, and budget the children who seemingly were never taught the value of a hard-earned dollar.It is time for the Republicans to cut down Obama's out-of-control spending not only in terms ending the enactment of wasteful stimulus packages and socialist entitlement programs, but also in terms of the Obama family's extravagant lifestyle, which far surpasses that of any sane person's wildest dreams.Read the full story here.

  • With Words on Muslims, Opening a Door Long Shut.A book arguing that Muslim immigrants are socially, culturally and intellectually inferior has sold more than a million copies.THIS quiet, orderly man, who lives in a quiet, orderly house, in a very quiet tree-lined neighborhood has caused a huge public stir here with his volatile book arguing that Muslim immigrants in Germany are socially, culturally and intellectually inferior to most everyone else. With the certainty of an accountant adding up rows of numbers, Thilo Sarrazin has delivered his conclusion in a book that has sold over one million copies, forced him to quit his job at the German central bank, may get him kicked out of his political party and for the first time since World War II made it socially acceptable in Germany to single out a particular minority for criticism. “The facts I quoted and analyzed are undeniable and cannot be done away with,” he said without a hint of defensiveness in his quiet, understated manner. “The facts I quoted and analyzed are undeniable and cannot be done away with,” he said without a hint of defensiveness in his quiet, understated manner. “I am not impolite,” he says. He prefers blunt.Read the full story here.

  • Ht :Right SideNews.Pelosi Considering DREAM Act Vote in the House.Sources within the Democratic Party are saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants a vote on the DREAM Act during the lame-duck session, and it could be as soon as next week. The DREAM Act would provide amnesty to illegal aliens who are attending college or serve in the military, but it includes no enforcement provisions and several loopholes that would open the amnesty to many more than it is intended.Speaker Pelosi said she would keep controversial bills of the House floor in the months leading up to the election, but with the dramatic swing of the Immigration Balance of Power in the House as a result of the elections, she likely sees the lame-duck as the last chance to pass the DREAM Act.Read the full story here.

  • Gary Shilling Sees `Significant' Stock Selloff Within 12 Months.Gary Shilling, who predicted the U.S. housing collapse, says the stock market is overvalued and foresees a “significant” selloff within a year as the Federal Reserve fails to stimulate economic growth. Shilling, who predicts real gross domestic product growth of 2 percent “and maybe less in the next couple of years,” said the government is out of options for fixing the economy. No Magic Bullet “There’s not much that can be done,” said Shilling. “There isn’t any magic bullet. There isn’t anything in my view that’s going to return us to the solid days of the 80s and 90s when consumers were spending freely. I don’t think that’s going to come back. The need to deleverage is just too great.”Read the full story here.

  • Updated : Supporters wait for Suu Kyi news.Crowds gather near Myanmar opposition leader's home and party office as expiry of detention order nears. Throngs of supporters of Myanmar's detained opposition leader have been gathering near her home and outside her party headquarters waiting for news of her release.Reports earlier said the military government had signed the release order for Aung San Suu Kyi, but the military rulers have remained silent over the issue.Her latest detention order expires on Saturday.Scores of people holding vigils over the last few days had hoped to see the 65-year-old opposition leader, who has spent 15 of the past 21 years in detention, freed on Friday.Security was sharply up in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city where Aung San Suu Kyi lives, with riot police cruising the streets in lorries and keeping watch on major junctions.Crowds gathered on Saturday at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters, with women cooking food and people bringing flowers to place before posters of Aung San Suu Kyi and her late father, the revered independence fighter General Aung San.Many wore T-shirts reading "We stand with Aung San Suu Kyi" and "Freedom from Fear", a title of one of her books.Other supporters gathered around a barbed wire barricade leading to her home in a residential area in Yangon."My sources tell me that the release order has been signed," Tin Oo, the NLD vice-chairman, said. "I hope she will be released."Tin Oo did not say when Aung San Suu Kyi would be freed or when the order had been signed.Read the full story here.Updated : Suu Kyi Freed in Myanmar, Reports Say.Read more here.

  • HT:Memri.Iranian Official: Sarah Shourd Must Be Brought Back To Iran, With Interpol's Help.Iranian Majlis National Security Committee member Javad Jahangirzadeh has called on the Iranian regime to have Interpol return U.S. citizen Sarah Shourd to Iran to stand trial for espionage. Tehran prosecutor-general Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said that if Shourd does not show up for trial, the regime will redeem the half-million dollar bail posted for her September release – a release that was for humanitarian reasons. Shourd is one of three American hikers arrested by Iran in July 2009 near the Iran-Iraq border, who are being accused of espionage against Iran.Source.

  • Secret service agent breaks his long silence on the day Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.The secret service agent who was at John F Kennedy’s side on the day he was assassinated has spoken for the first time of the moment he was killed. Clint Hill told how he saw the former U.S. President collapse into the back of his car and into his wife’s blood-splattered arms after being shot while driving through Dallas in November 1963. The couple were rushed to hospital and on the way Jacqui Kennedy looked at her dying husband and said: ‘What have they done? What have they done?'‘When I got to the presidential vehicle, just as I approached it, a third shot rang out, hitting the president in the head, just above the right ear and left a hole about the size of my palm.Read the full story here.

  • American Narcissus.The vanity of Barack Obama.Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly? Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic? Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president? Or is it possible that Obama’s failures stem from something simpler: vanity. Politicians as a class are particularly susceptible to mirror-gazing. But Obama’s vanity is overwhelming. It defines him, his politics, and his presidency.Just a few weeks ago, Obama was giving a speech when the actual presidential seal fell from the rostrum. “That’s all right,” he quipped. “All of you know who I am.” Oh yes, Mr. President, we certainly do.Hmmm....yes i do.Read the full "Folie des Grandeurs" story here.

  • Obama’s Radio Address Highlights Web Site to Increase Transparency on Gov’t Wasting ‘Billions of Taxpayer Money’. In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama announced an update of the administration’s Web site,, to help shed light on “Washington’s habit that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars, and take a step towards restoring public trust.”“Today, we have a chance to go further,” said the president. “We have a chance to not only shine a light on a bad Washington habit that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars, but take a step towards restoring public trust.”Hmmm....only one thing wrong with the speech it's not Billions ....It's Trillions wasted Mr President ! Read the full story here.

  • Russia uses new research data to enhance Arctic territorial claim.Russia has done more research on the Arctic seabed in a bid to renew its claim for the region's minerals resources, the deputy head of the Geology Department of the Natural Resources Ministry said on Saturday.Daria Vasilevskaya told RIA Novosti the new research was necessary as details of previous expeditions were labeled secret due to the use of military equipment."It was not possible to give a full description of the military technical equipment on account of secrecy," Vasilevskaya said.The new research was done on board the ship Akademik Fyodorov from July through October. Only civilian equipment was used, Vasilevskaya said.Read the full story here.More here.

  • Expert: past 10 days have been worst of President Obama's 'political life'.President Obama is coming home from his overseas trip pretty much empty-handed.After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn't able to secure even a symbolic victory on a trip that was expected to give him plenty of opportunities to claim a win."This certainly was the worst 10 days of his political life," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "Given that he's not going to be able to get any domestic achievements with the Republicans in control of the House ... if he doesn't do it in foreign policy that's a big problem for him."He came back with bupkis [Yiddish for 'nothing']."Hmmm...Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.Churchill.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TomNelson.George Soros U.N. Panel Organizes $100 Billion Climate Change Shakedown Aimed Against U.S.George Soros, the radical, far-left billionaire, with a long history of antipathy toward American interests, now sits on a United Nations (UN) panel charged with organizing a $100 billion wealth transfer from the developed world to the underdeveloped world in the name of environmentalism. News of his involvement here is buried away in a New York Times report but it should be the lead sentence.The nexus between environmentalism and anti-Americanism is not difficult to unravel. Van Jones, an avowed communist, who previously served as a czar for the Obama Administration, was forced to step down when far left history came to light. Buried deep in the NYT piece is a revealing nugget that should have been in the lead.The headline should read: George Soros Led United Nations Panel Organizes $100 Billion Anti-U.S. Shakedown Effort. But that it does not should surprise none.Read the full story here.

  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents in attack on Nato base.Taliban militants have attacked a Nato military outpost near the airport in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said the attack on its forward operating base in Nangahar province lasted two hours.Eight militants, one of whom was wearing a suicide belt, died. The Taliban said it was behind the assault.Later, two policemen and six civilians were killed by a bomb on a motorbike in Kunduz province, local officials said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 14 suicide bombers had been involved. "They entered the airport. Some of them have blown themselves up," he was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.Read the full story here

  • HT:BigPeace.Some Moderate! Imam, Friend of Professors and Hollywood, Wants Nukes for Muslims ‘To Terrorize Their Enemies’.During the past month, Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood, has called on Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons “to terrorize their enemies.” He also boycotted an interfaith meeting with Jews on grounds he believes they support murdering Muslims in Palestine, and he additionally said Muslims are permitted to kill Israeli women because they serve in the army.In America, John Esposito, a religious scholar who is close to the Brotherhood, has called Qaradawi a supporter of a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism and human rights.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and prominent Islamists like Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, have expressed similar sentiments about Qaradawi.Qaradawi may hold more tolerant views on other issues. But when it comes to terrorism and anti-Semitism, his words and the consistency with which he offers them, speak for themselves.Read the full story here.

  • Multikulturell? Wir?How a fresh debate on multiculturalism in Germany clashes with the country’s need for more immigrants.HOW well does Halime Cengiz fit into Germany? A “typical guest worker’s child”, she wears a hijab and spends much time at the Mevlana mosque in Gröpelingen, a Bremen neighbourhood with many immigrants. She has a German passport but “would never say I’m German” (or Turkish). She calls herself “a Bremer with Turkish roots”. Yet she also speaks flawless German. Neither her marriage nor her veil was forced on her. Part of her mosque work is with churches, lowering barriers between Muslims and Christians. She urges parents to send their children to kindergarten to improve their German. The parents fret about their children becoming “too German”, but Mrs Cengiz allays such fears. She may be a model migrant after all. Read the full story here.

  • Pilots and passengers rail at new airport patdowns.Stepped-up security screening at airports in the wake of foiled terrorism plots has provoked an outcry from airline pilots and travelers, including parents of children who say they are too intrusive.With the busiest holiday travel season nearing, fliers face long security lines and new rigorous patdown checks begun in recent weeks aimed at discovering hidden explosives. As a result, some travelers are questioning whether to fly at all."Pilots are not the terrorist threat," said John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association and a veteran pilot for United Continental. "Seeing scarce security resources being used on pilots makes absolutely no sense."Some pilots, male and female, have complained the patdowns make them feel uncomfortable. The group urged any pilot who feels unfit for duty afterward to "call in sick and remove themselves from the trip."Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Video : Nasrallah: We'll Chop Off The Hand That Tries To Arrest Our Men.In a speech marking Martyrs Day in Lebanon, Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah announced that his organization would chop off the hand of anyone who tried to arrest his men on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri.He added that Hizbullah was waiting for war with Israel, and expressed confidence that the organization would triumph if war did break out. He said that France was the one that had proposed changing the Taif Agreement to Iran, and dividing the parliamentary and government posts equally among Christians, Sunnis, and Shi'ites in Lebanon in an attempt to lure Hizbullah into laying down its arms.Hmm....damd that peaceplan is working great Mr president.Read and see the full story here.

  • UN report: North Korea smuggling nuclear material to Iran, Myanmar, Syria.North Korea using front companies, couriers with cash and other "secret" means to avoid international sanctions. China, seen as a key ally of the country, wanted to block the publication of the report ready last May. According to a UN report published yesterday North Korea is providing nuclear and ballistic materials to Iran, Syria and Myanmar by "secret means " to avoid international sanctions. China had blocked the publication of the report, for six months. The experts who compiled the report say that North Korea "uses a wide range of techniques to mask their transactions: the use of foreign companies, front companies, informal transfer mechanisms, couriers with cash and bartering." Four cases “not in compliance with the law, involving the exports of arms" have come to light, since the latest sanctions imposed in June 2009.The report gives no further details but maintains that North Korea uses "masking techniques" containers with false declaration of contents; ships with false routes and destinations, "multiple layers of middlemen, front companies and financial institutions." Diplomats say that China is the main ally of North Korea on the international stage and until now had blocked the report ready in May this year.Read the full story here.

  • One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012.President Obama must decide now how he wants to govern in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country's problems. At one point, he spoke of the need for "mid-course corrections." At another, he expressed a desire to take ideas from both sides of the aisle. And before this month's midterm elections, he said he believed that the next two years would involve "hand-to-hand combat" with Republicans, whom he also referred to as "enemies." It is clear that the president is still trying to reach a resolution in his own mind as to what he should do and how he should do it. Read the full story here.

  • HT:EmptyWheel.Are Obama and Congress Set To Screw American Counties, Homeowners and Give Wall Street Mortgage Banksters a Retroactive Immunity Bailout?There are rapidly emerging signs the Obama Administration and Congress may be actively, quickly and covertly working furiously on a plan to retroactively legitimize and ratify the shoddy, fraudulent and non-conforming conduct by MERS on literally millions of mortgages.Just to make clear the implications of this craven action, the White House and Congress are conspiring to give a get out of jail free bailout card to the biggest banks and finance companies in the country to cover up and mask their illegal behavior and behavior that did not conform with state, county and local laws throughout the United States. On at least sixty (60%) percent of the existing mortgages in America.There are dozens of implications to individuals and both private and public entities. At a root minimum, it will likely decimate, if not bankrupt, most counties in every state of the union.Read the full story here,more on this here.

  • HT:Memri.Prominent Saudi Preacher: Europe Will Become an Islamic Continent.In a recent interview posted on, prominent Saudi preacher Dr. Aidh Al-Qarni said that 9/11, though a horrific event, was no more horrific than scores of other massacres that take place around the world every year, for instance in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The only difference, he explained, is that 9/11 has been exploited to promote "the so-called War on Terror." He therefore recommended using incidents of what he termed Islamophobia – such as the Swiss minaret ban and the French ban on the veil – to promote Islam in the West. He also assessed that Europe is on its way to becoming an Islamic continent.Hmmm...It's not Islamophobia - It's Islamosophia.Read the full story here.

  • Saudi journalist turns to human rights to avert lashes.A Saudi journalist who has been sentenced to 50 lashes with the whip has resorted to the local human rights group to stop the court from implementing the verdict, the Saudi Arabic language daily Okaz reported on Saturday.Fahd Al Jukhaidib was sentenced by a court in the central Saudi province of Al-Qassim last week after he was found guilty of instigating protests against a government electricity company because of continuous power cuts in his town.“The National Human Rights Society has received a letter from Jukhaidib asking it to interfere in his case…the Society has now started to gather information on the case for its intervention,” the paper said.“I will see a lawyer to appeal this sentence because the charge has no basis…I did not incite the residents but they only asked me to come with them and talk to the power company…there was no protest and everything was done peacefully.”Read the full story here.

  • Air Canada losing $1bn for being Canadian: CEO.Airline chief says outdated aviation policies constrain growth.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said on Saturday that his country’s “outdated policies” around the aerospace industry were constraining economic growth. “Outdated policies... not only hobble airlines but frankly the entire country and the economy,” he said at a Canadian Club luncheon in Toronto, and was quoted by the Wall Street Journal.Between airport rent, airport infrastructure, navigation fees and charges, Air Canada estimates that it would save about C$1 billion ($992m) if it was a US airline with the same volume of business, he said.Rovinescu also commended the Canadian government for “having the backbone” to put the overall interests of Canadians before other considerations on the foreign takeover of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan and the Canada-UAE bilateral air negotiations, WSJ said.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BloggerBase.Pat Condell Speaks up for Free Speech, Join Him!Pat Condell has once again turned his wit on the opponents of free speech. He specifically condemns the persecution of Geert Wilders and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. Austria and Holland are not the only countries with hate speech laws that can condemn innocent critics of Islam.When warning of an existential threat becomes a crime, justice is a dead issue.Condell rips into corrupt judges and corrupt, cowardly appeasers and journalists. But if we remain silent, we, too will be complicit in the death of justice and liberty. We must rise up as one with a loud voice demanding the dropping of charges against the innocents unjustly accused and reimbursement for their legal expenses. We must demand the repeal of hate speech & blasphemy laws. We must tell the United Nations to go to Hell with its resolution "Combating Defamation of Religions", soon to be voted on by the Third Committee.Free to Believe has the best petition against the resolution:I affirm the universal human right to freely choose and express an individual’s religious beliefs.Accordingly, I urge fellow Member States of the United Nations to focus on protecting the fundamental freedom of individuals to express their religion or beliefs and to oppose the so called “defamation of religions resolutions.”These resolutions seek to criminalize dissenting ideas and peaceful expression of non-favored religious beliefs. The “defamation of religions” resolutions are in direct infringement of the guarantees to free speech and belief found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.For these reasons, I ask all Member States to vote NO on “defamation of religions resolutions.”Please click this link and sign it. Spread the word; urge your friends to sign the petiton.Source.

  • Top Palin aide is on Soros' payroll.Revealed: the surprisingly close link between the liberal billionaire and the Republican superstar.Given Soros' alleged role plotting to destroy the United States, Beck and his Fox viewership might be surprised to learn that one of Sarah Palin's top aides has been on Soros' payroll for years.That would be Republican lobbyist Randy Scheunemann, Palin's foreign policy adviser and a member of her small inner circle. He runs a Washington, D.C., consulting firm called Orion Strategies. Scheunemann and a partner have since 2003 been paid over $150,000 by one of Soros' organizations for lobbying work, according to federal disclosure forms reviewed by Salon. The lobbying, which has continued to the present, centers on legislation involving sanctions and democracy promotion in Burma. Scheunemann's client is the Open Society Policy Center, a DC-based advocacy group founded and funded by Soros.Read the full story here.

  • School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike.13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was told to take it down.A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.Cody's grandfather says the school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag. He feels if there was really a problem it should have been brought up two months ago, not during Veterans week. And if it was an issue of safety, parents should have been contacted.After being contacted by FOX40 Friday morning, Denair's Superintendent says Cody will be allowed to keep the flag on his bike. He told FOX40 he and the school are patriotic, but their main priority is keeping students safe; the school will focus on the students who are causing uprisings. Riding a bike is still not allowed on school campus, but when Cody rides his bike to school he can now fly the flag.Read the full story here.

  • Catholic Bishops: More Exorcists Needed.Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops are sponsoring a conference on how to conduct exorcisms. A renewed focus on exorcism highlights the divine element of the church and underscores the belief that evil is real."For the longest time, we in the United States may not have been as much attuned to some of the spiritual aspects of evil because we have become so much attached to what would be either physical or psychological explanation for certain phenomena," DiNardo said. "We may have forgotten that there is a spiritual dimension to people."Read the full story here.

  • Kidnapping, Tribal Reprisal Upend Iraqi Woman's Life.Some of what you're about to read might not actually be true. The reasons for this will become clear as the story unfolds.It starts with a young woman named Uhud, who is 19 years old, barely literate, and the daughter of a proud and ancient tribe in Diyala, a province northeast of Baghdad.One day back in August, Uhud went shopping in the center of town. Recalling her ordeal during an interview with NPR, she told us she walked out of a store that day and was about to cross the street."A car stopped — four men," she said. "They threatened me with a pistol and then grabbed me, wrapped me in my abaya and put me in the car."The men took her to a house and beat her across the feet so badly she eventually lost her toenails. She said they blindfolded her and locked her in a room."They threatened me that if I escaped, they would go kill my father or my brother," she said.They held her for 10 days, then drove her north to a house in Irbil, a city in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan."They put me with four girls who were as young as I am," she said. "Some of them were kidnapped like me."One girl told Uhud, "If you want to work as a prostitute, join us. If you want a more decent job you can work in a cafe." Uhud chose the cafe.Human rights groups say this is how girls are often trafficked: with the promise of jobs, money or even love. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says tens of thousands of Iraqi women are being held in "sexual servitude."Many of them end up in other Arab cities, like Damascus or Dubai. Sometimes they remain in their own country.Read the full story here.

  • Principal sacked from Harlem school after confessing lesbian affair with her assistant.A principal in New York has been removed from her position after she revealed to her school board that she had been conducting a secret affair with her deputy principal.A report into the incident revealed that the principal only brought up the liaison because her now ex-lover had allegedly threatened her.During the investigation, Miss Simmons confessed to the relationship with her subordinate. Miss Jones is accused of threatening to kill Miss Simmons after being asked to resign, telling another school employee that 'it was easy to purchase a gun down south' and that her father 'had already purchased one', the report says.Read the full story here.

  • Stubborn Antarctic Ozone Hole refuses to change.Maybe it is because the major catalyst isn’t CFC’s after all? See this story:Galactic Cosmic Rays May Be Responsible For The Antarctic Ozone Hole.In the conclusions of the paper.Read the story here.

  • Blind Muslim woman uses miniature horse instead of a guide dog. Blind Mona Ramouni's family would not let her have a guide dog - but they didn't say neigh when she came up with an unusual alternative.Mona, 28, used three years of savings to pay for a miniature horse to be trained to act as her eyes. Mona lives with her strict Muslim parents and they would not allow a dog in the house because they consider the animal unclean.Dogs and pigs are considered "unclean" by Muslims.Read the full story here.HT:TheReligionofPeace.

  • And now for something completely different.Polar bear shot by hidden scumbag "sniper" at Moscow Zoo.Veterinary doctors are taking all efforts to heal a Polar bear which was shot at Moscow Zoo in late October, the Moscow government's information center reported, quoting zoo officials.The male bear, called Vrangel, is suffering from multiple wounds and doctors are trying to prevent inflammation, a statement said.Zoo officials believe a gunman who shot the animal was hiding in a neighboring building as the bear was not shown to the public and could only be seen from the windows of this building.We express our deep indignation over the behavior of those who committed this indecent action. The "sniper" probably feels himself a hero. But is there any heroism in shooting a helpless animal from a safe place? Vrangel did not deserve such attitude," zoo employees were quoted as saying.Source.

Obama to stage crisis says Michael Savage

Friday, November 12, 2010

Bombshell: FEMA Camps Confirmed !

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                          Morning Posting.

  • Bam AWOL on Vets Day.Today is Veter ans Day. Do you know where your president is? With his feeble flame of "hope" thoroughly doused here in the United States by last week's elections, President Obama has set out around the globe in search of throngs still enthralled by his flowery rhetoric. He found them, of course, in Indonesia this week by telling them about how Americans must stop mistrusting Islam. So that is why your president is halfway around the world instead of being here in the United States to celebrate the sacrifices American soldiers, sailors and airmen have made around the world to keep the real, still-burning flame of freedom alive. This aloofness of his really is becoming a problem. Not that Obama doesn't appreciate the sacrifices of veterans. He absolutely does. Just ask the Indonesians. He was in Jakarta for their Heroes Day this week to honor their veterans "who have sacrificed on behalf of this great country."In the same speech, Obama gave voice to a harsh criticism he has heard about freely elected governments. "Today, we sometimes hear that democracy stands in the way of economic progress," he said. The shocking statement raises the question: Where has Obama heard this fatuous claim and with whom has he been talking politics?Hmmm..Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abe.Read the full story here.

  • Muslim Group CAIR Advises Women Wearing Hijabs to Allow TSA ‘Enhanced Pat Downs’ Only on Head and Neck Area.You got to be kidding me?On Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a travel warning to Muslim airline passengers on U.S. aircraft in response to the Transportation Safety Administration’s (TSA) ‘enhanced pat down’ policy that went into effect in late October.CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a “special recommendation” for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they should only be searched around their head and neck.In the “special recommendations for Muslim women who wear hijab,” it states: “Before you are patted down, you should remind the TSA officer that they are only supposed to pat down the area in question, in this scenario, your head and neck. They SHOULD NOT subject you to a full-body or partial-body pat-down.”You can hide a "PocketBattleship"under a burka in a matter of speech and they shouldn't pat them down?Read the full story here.

  • Secret service agent breaks his long silence on the day Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.The secret service agent who was at John F Kennedy’s side on the day he was assassinated has spoken for the first time of the moment he was killed. Clint Hill told how he saw the former U.S. President collapse into the back of his car and into his wife’s blood-splattered arms after being shot while driving through Dallas in November 1963. The couple were rushed to hospital and on the way Jacqui Kennedy looked at her dying husband and said: ‘What have they done? What have they done?'‘When I got to the presidential vehicle, just as I approached it, a third shot rang out, hitting the president in the head, just above the right ear and left a hole about the size of my palm.Read the full story here.

  • The tragedy of Iraq’s Christians is that it does not interest anyone, Chaldean Catholic says.Under Saddam Hussein, Christians in Iraq were around a million. Today, more than half have fled, living as refugees in other countries, in particular Syria and Jordan. Those who are left behind feel betrayed and abandoned by the government and the international community, with only one desire, to be able to live and worship in peace.“There is now a real danger that Christians in the Middle East, and in Iraq in particular, of being exterminated, due to both persecution and large-scale emigration,” this according to Dr Joseph Seferta, an Iraqi-born Chaldean Catholic living in Birmingham, Britain, where he is a member of the Commission for Inter-faith Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.While love is central in Christianity, it is hardly relevant in Islam. The few Qur’anic verses that mention love mean something that is totally different from the New Testament. In the Qur’an, Allah’s love is conditional upon man’s blind obedience to his laws. Thus, we read in verse 4:107, for example, “Allah loveth not the impious and the guilty.”Read the full story here.

  • Pelosi Must Go.Instead of leading House Democrats for another two years, John Avlon says the outgoing Speaker should step down for good to avoid harming Democrats—and Obama’s reelection—any further.Madame Speaker—step away from the party leadership, before you hurt anyone else.Nancy Pelosi’s surprise decision to stay on as party leader serves no one but herself. And the only people cheering are Republicans.They’ve said as much—the “Fire Pelosi” sign outside GOP headquarters in D.C. has been changed to read “Hire Pelosi.” Now, some of her members are starting to speak out, with Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley bluntly telling the Associated Press that Pelosi is “politically toxic”. He’s right: the biggest gift Democrats can give the GOP would be to keep the profoundly unpopular Pelosi in power as Obama aims toward 2012.Read the full story here.

  • Burma generals 'sign Aung San Suu Kyi release order'.Reports are coming out of Burma saying the military authorities have signed an order authorising the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The Nobel laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, and her house arrest term expires on Saturday.There has been increased police activity outside her house in Rangoon, but as yet no official confirmation.However, Ms Suu Kyi is not expected to accept a conditional release if it excludes her from political activity.Read the full story here.

  1. Obama Praises Jew-Free Indonesia.Obama is out there courting the Moslems again, but at least let him be truthful.“Obama heralds Indonesia’s political, religious diversity in latest outreach to Muslims.The U.S. President heaped praise upon Indonesia as the model of what an Islamic Country can be. He especially noted the incredible religious diversity of Indonesia when he remarked:"Across an archipelago that contains some of G-d’s most beautiful creations, islands rising above an ocean named for peace, people choose to worship G-d as they please. Islam flourishes, but so do other faiths."Are other faiths in Indonesia “flourishing?” According to the latest statistics (from the U.S. government), over 86 percent of Indonesians are Muslim. That makes 209,000,000 practicing Muslims in the country. Let’s see about the other “flourishing religions”:    --- 5.7 percent of Indonesians are Protestant    ----- 3 percent are Roman Catholic---1.8 percent are Hindu  --------.00001 percent are Jews.That’s right, 209,000,000 Muslims and 20 Jews.If this is Obama’s definition of “flourishing religious diversity,” I am really worried.Read the full "Diversity" story here.

  • The Fed Trashes the Dollar. If it is the first responsibility of the Federal Reserve to protect the dollars that Americans earn and save, is it not dereliction of duty for the Fed to pursue a policy to bleed value from those dollars? For that is what Chairman Ben Bernanke is up to with his QE2, or “quantitative easing.”Translation: The Fed is committed to buy $600 billion in bonds from banks and pay for them by printing money that will then be deposited in those banks. The more dollars that flood into the economy, the less every one of them is worth.Bernanke is not just risking inflation. He is inducing inflation.Sarah Palin has nailed cold what Bernanke is about: “We shouldn’t be playing around with inflation. It’s not for nothing Reagan called it ‘as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.’As for inflation, are not the prices of gold, silver, oil and other commodities flashing signals that it is on the way?Today, it takes seventy $20 bills to buy a $20 gold piece, which means the dollar can buy in 2010 what you could get for 2 pennies in 1910. Quite a record for a central bank set up to protect the dollar.Read the full crash story here.

  • Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy .The Obama administration is preparing a stepped-up approach to policing Internet privacy that calls for new laws and the creation of a new position to oversee the effort, people familiar with the situation tell the Wall Street Journal.The strategy is expected to be unveiled in a report being issued by the U.S. Commerce Department in coming weeks, these people said, though the report isn't yet final and could change.This and other initiatives would mark a turning point in Internet policy. Recent administrations typically steered away from Internet regulations out of concern for stifling innovation. But the increasingly central role of personal information in the Internet economy helped spark government action, according to people familiar with the situation.There is no comprehensive U.S. law that protects consumer privacy online. Internet privacy issues generally are policed by the FTC, which can take action only if a privacy-violating action is deemed "deceptive" or "unfair."Hmmm....sounds like an Democrats only party to me,Ivan Grozny and his Oprichniki.Read the full story here.

  • Obama Has Visited Indonesian Mosque But No Synagogue Anywhere Since Taking Office.President and Mrs. Obama visited a controversial mosque in Indonesia on Wednesday, but there is no indication the president has visited a synagogue anywhere since becoming president, according to a review of the White House Web site and news reports.When directly asked by telephone and email whether the president had ever visited a synagogue since taking office, the White House press office did not respond.On Wednesday, Obama and his wife were photographed outside the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended a Friday prayer service at the same mosque during a trip to Indonesia four years ago. Before his visit to the mosque, Ahmadinejad had given speeches in Indonesia in which he predicted that Israel would be destroyed, cast doubt on the historical fact of the Holocaust and said that every young Muslim man is an "atomic bomb." At the mosque, the congregation greeted Ahmadinejad with a chant of: "God is great."Spero believes a goal of Obama’s presidency is to “mainstream Islam,” and visiting the mosque fits that agenda, while visiting a synagogue would not.Hmmm....Or he's just afraid he might be struck by lightning when entering a synagogue?Read the full story here.

  • Osama Bin Laden appoints new commander to direct Al Qaeda operations against the West.Osama Bin Laden has appointed a new lieutenant to lead a flurry of Al Qaeda operations against the West.Known to intelligence as Saif al-Adel - or 'Sword of the Just' - the new chief of international operations is believed to be behind the recent terror alerts across Europe and the mid-air parcel-bomb plot.U.S. and Pakistani sources said that al-Adel was running several operations aimed at convincing the West that the war against terror was unwinnable.Al-Adel was captured by Iranian forces and held along its Caspian coast with his wife Wafa and five children for several years.But in April he was released from custody as part of a prisoner swap along with Saad bin Laden, Osama's son, and top Al Qaeda operatives Suleiman al-Gaith and Mahfouz al-Walid.U.S. intelligence documents also claimed he had worked as an instructor at Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and Somalia and took part in several attacks.Read the full story here.

  • Hate preacher Omar Bakri is sentenced to life for training and funding Al Qaeda members.Hate cleric Omar Bakri has been sentenced to life in prison by a military court in the Lebanon for allegedly helping to train members of Al Qaeda at a terror camp in Tripoli.The Syrian-born preacher, who was not in court when the punishment was handed out, was also accused of fund raising for Osama Bin Laden's fanatics in the middle eastern country.Bakri, who became known as the ‘Tottenham Ayatollah’ during his time in Britain has previously issued rants blaming the British public and Government for the 7/7 London bombings and calling for Christmas to be 'completely forbidden'.British-born Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary, Bakri's right hand man in the UK, said: 'It will be a sad day for Islam if Omar Bakri is ever silenced.'His profile is still massive and he is a big influence on Muslims in the UK. This was politically motivated after the Lebanese government came under pressure from Britain and America.'Read the full story here.

  • Anti-terror bureau: Leave Sinai at once.Officials issue grave warning, citing credible terror threat to abduct Israelis in Egyptian peninsula; however, travelers unimpressed by alert, 'we know Sinai is safer than Israel,' one tourist says.The Counter-Terrorism Bureau is urging Israelis to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula at once and return to Israel. The grave advisory also urges the relatives of Israelis in Sinai to contact them and update them about the warning.A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office Thursday evening warned Israelis that up-to-date, credible information elicited by security authorities shows that a cell belonging to the Army of Islam group, affiliated with Global Jihad organizations, is in Sinai at this time in order to abduct Israelis.Meanwhile, Egyptian security officials said that authorities detained some 25 jihadists in recent days. The sources told Palestinian news agency Ma'an that the radical Islamists were planning to target peace-keeping forces in the Sinai as well as Israeli tourists.Read the full story here.

  • Four-year-old killed after being stabbed 36 times with scissors as pregnant mother desperately tried to defend him.A 4-year-old boy died after he was stabbed 36 times with a pair of scissors by a teenager in a home invasion in Muskogee, Oklahoma.Dakota Lane and his 6-year-old brother were sleeping when the attack took place.The boy's mother Stephanie Lane, who is eight months pregnant, tried to fend off the attacker, but her son Dakota died later in hospital. The attacker, Aaron Michael Laconsello, 18, was arrested soon after the incident on the campus of nearby Bacone College, and is being held without bond on complaints of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.Pedro Zardeneta said, 'In my entire career, I've never seen anything like this.'Neighbors say Laconsello and friends often drank at a house near to the Lanes' home, and he had been drinking earlier that evening.It's for "people" like this that the death penalty is needed .Read the full story here.

  • Greek town becomes flash point in effort to halt Muslim immigrants.NEA VISSA, GREECE - This little farming town on the edge of Europe, where the crosses of Greek Orthodox churches face Turkey's minarets scarcely a mile away, has become the latest battleground in the continent's war against a flood of unwanted immigrants from the strife-torn Muslim world.Greek authorities calculate they arrested about 45,000 illegal immigrants in the first half of the year, most of them near here, accounting for 90 percent of the illegal immigrants taken into custody in all of Western Europe. As many as 350 illegal immigrants a day were being captured in the Evros Valley farmlands around Nea Vissa, according to Maj. Athanasios Kokkalakis of the Interior Ministry.Captured immigrants from those countries are taken to Interior Ministry detention centers for processing. Because of crowding, most are freed after a few days with an order to return home within two months. Typically, specialists said, they tear up the order and go on their way. Turkey has become the source of so many Europe-bound illegal immigrants mainly because of geography, which places two wars near its borders, in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with a large dissatisfied population in Iran. But Greek authorities charge it indirectly facilitates the flow by refusing to take most captured illegal immigrants back and, as part of its pan-Muslim policies, granting entry without visas to planeloads of would-be emigrants from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.Read the full story here.

  • Foiled at the 11th hour, 'Islamic terrorist' plot to assassinate France's leading Muslim cleric.Five alleged Islamic terrorists arrested in Paris this week were planning to assassinate the city’s leading Muslim cleric, it emerged today. All of the men, who are French passport holders, are believed to have returned from fighting British and American troops alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan. The murder plot against Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the French capital’s main mosque, was only foiled at the eleventh hour thanks to a tip-off.Security has also been stepped up around leading public figures in France, including Carla Bruni, who is seen as an assassination target. Intelligence chief Mr Squarcini said the five men were seen as important figures in the current ‘global threat’ against France.‘Thanks to our system we can protect freedom of thought and freedom of expression and have the freedom to live together in this dangerous world.The foiled plot illustrates the growing rift between Islamic moderates and those prepared to kill and maim in the name of their religion, said Mr Boubaker.Read the full story here.

  • EU suggests Iran talks in Europe, not Istanbul.The EU's diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton is expected to agree to Iran's proposal to hold new nuclear talks on Dec. 5 but not to its choice of venue in Istanbul, a European diplomat said Friday.The source, who has direct knowledge of the situation, said Ashton was expected to respond officially by the end of the day. Tehran proposed earlier this week to resume its long-stalled nuclear negotiations with major world powers in Istanbul on Nov. 23 or Dec. 5.The source said there had been consultations between Ashton and the powers she represents in the talks - Britain, China, France, Russia, Germany and the United States - over the last 48 hours and that the EU diplomat would propose a venue "somewhere in Europe, most likely Switzerland."Read the full story here.

  • HT:LogisticsMonster.AYFKM? New Round Of Aid To Palestinian Authority Brings Total To $225 Million.We KNOW we are underwater, ’9.6%’ unemployment, 48 million Americans on foodstamps, numerous states in budget shortfall, The Fed printing money like there is no tomorrow, and we are staring inflation dead in the eye. Big Government does not even bat an eye; the day after the pResident’s debt commission comes out with a proposal that features cutting Social Security benefits to seniors, and the mortgage interest credit for Americans than can still actually own property, Secretary of State Clinton promises ANOTHER $150 MILLION to the Palestinian Authority.The secretary of state said the funds bring U.S. direct budget assistance to the Palestinian Authority to $225 million this year. Overall support and investment to the Palestinians is nearly $600 million for the year.A must read post because there's lots more where this came from! Read the full story here.

  • Nearly $1 Trillion Net Tax Hike Proposed in Fiscal Commission’s ‘Tax Reform’ Plan. Over the next 10 years, Americans could see a net federal tax hike of $961 billion if the draft recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform are enacted. This proposed tax hike would include those earning below $250,000, the people that President Barack Obama has repeatedly pledged would not see a tax hike.The report projects $751 billion in revenue from changes to the tax code and another $210 billion from “other revenue.”“The American people will no doubt have a healthy and robust debate about these options, as they should,” Coburn said. “However, I would encourage taxpayers to view with great suspicion the beltway, interest group culture that often prefers demagoguery over honest debate. In the real world, no family facing tough economic times has the luxury of treating portions of their budget as sacrosanct. Neither should Congress.”Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri. Arab Parliament Sec-Gen: Al-Hariri Indictment Will Bring Down Lebanon's Regime.Adnan Omran, secretary-general of the Arab Parliament and former Syrian information minister, warned in a lecture that the release of the indictment in the case of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri is likely to lead to the toppling of the Lebanese regime, or to the rise of an alternative government. Omran called the U.S.'s Middle East policy "Israeli" and said that the EU was an economic giant but a political dwarf subjugate to the will of the U.S.Source.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Beck unsubstantiated?I had the video of Glenn Beck's takedown of George Soros open all day on Thursday, but I just didn't have the hour to watch it. It doesn't matter. I know this story well and I know well enough how to answer it.The American Jewish Left hates Glenn Beck so much that they will defend anyone against him.A must read !Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Sunni Mufti of Mt. Lebanon Sheik Muhammad Ali Al-Jozo: Hizbullah Is Placing "the Future of the Sunnis throughout the Region in Jeopardy".See and read the full story here.

  • Some Muslims Attending Capitol Hill Prayer Group Have Terror Ties, Probe Reveals.An Al Qaeda leader, the head of a designated terror organization and a confessed jihadist-in-training are among a "Who's Who" of controversial figures who have participated in weekly prayer sessions on Capitol Hill since the 2001 terror attacks, an investigation by reveals."The U.S. Capitol ought to be one of the most transparent and public bodies, yet they get some public criticism about who they’re bringing in and they pull down their website," said Patrick Poole, an anti-terrorism consultant to law enforcement and the U.S. military who has written about CMSA for the conservative blog Pajamas Media."That’s not behavior conducive to people drawing public salaries and working in the halls of Congress,” Poole said.“There is a pattern of seriously bad actors not just being involved with, but leading this organization,” Poole said. “There really needs to be some kind of investigation into who else CMSA is or has been bringing onto the Hill.”Read the full story here.

  • Pope Calls for Religious Freedom in Muslim States.Pope Benedict Thursday said all states must guarantee the freedom for everyone to practice their faith publicly, a clear criticism of some Muslim countries where religious rights are restricted.The pope issued the call in a document of nearly 200 pages called an "apostolic exhortation," in which he offered his reflections on a synod of bishops that met in the Vatican in 2008 on the theme the "Word of God."He said the Catholic Church respected all religions and a separate section of the document was dedicated to relations with Muslims."Reciprocity" is the term the Roman Catholic Church uses in demanding full rights for Christians in Islamic states where laws prohibit them from practicing their faith openly. It has often asked for reciprocity with Saudi Arabia.The freedom to practice Christianity, or any religion other than Islam, is not always permitted in the Gulf and varies from country to country. Saudi Arabia, which observes an austere form of Sunni Islam, has the tightest restrictions.The Vatican says Christians in predominantly Muslim countries should be allowed to practice their faith openly, just as Muslims can in predominantly Christian countries in Europe.Read the full story here.

  • Fire chief bans religious service to mark Remembrance day in case it offends non-Christians.A fire chief has been slammed after he scrapped his brigade's annual religious service to mark Remembrance Day in case it offended non-Christians.Staff at the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service used to hear prayers said by a local chaplain before and after the traditional two minute silence at 11am.But new chief fire officer Nigel Williams decided to axe the religious element of the service held at brigade headquarters at Hethersett near Norwich.The decision was made after he was told that several staff were 'uncomfortable' with the religious nature of the ceremony. Around 40 staff still gathered in the mess room yesterday (thurs) to stand in silence and lay poppy wreaths - but there were no Christian prayers said.Instead a senior fire officer simply read war poet Laurence Binyon's famous poem For the Fallen before the silence.Neil Harvey, a committee member of Norfolk Retained Firefighters' Union, said: 'I'm astounded. The people we're remembering here don't want to be anonymous and don't want their faith to be anonymous.The Spiritual Works of Mercy : To pray for the living and the dead ! long before Christmas celebration is banned in certain parts of the U.K?An educated guess month from now.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheJawaReport.Exclusive: British Arrest Revolution Muslim Member Bilal Ahmad.A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging an act of terrorism in connection with a website listing MPs who voted for the Iraq war.West Midlands Police said they arrested the man, from Dunstall, Wolverhampton, at about 0930 GMT on Wednesday.After searching his home, officers seized computer and electronic equipment for examination.Jawa Report can tell you that the arrested man's name is actually Bilal Ahmad. Or at least that's how he spelled it online, before he tried to disappear himself after posting his threat against the British MP's. It was fun to watch him try though. He's a very well known online terror supporter. Read the full story here.

  • HT:GatewayPundit.Michelle Malkin Schools Obama on Islamic Jihad (Video).55% of Arabs surveyed believe offensive words or actions justify violence.Millions of Muslims believe that violence against civilian targets in the name of Islam can be justified.25% of younger US Muslims approve of suicide bombings.1 of 4 citizens in Turkey believe that blowing up innocents is an acceptable practice.Less than half of Pakistanis think it is a good idea to “pursue and capture Al Qaeda or Taliban fighters.”Tonight Michelle Malkin explained jihad to our President Obama who flubbed the question this week in India.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BeforeIt'sNews.Bombshell: FEMA Camps Confirmed !Former Gov. Jesse Ventura and his crew at Conspiracy Theory have blown the FEMA camp issue wide open in a truly groundbreaking episode from the program’s second season on TruTV. The “Police State” episode proves once and for all that the feds have trained to take on American citizens, planned for riots and disasters and made preparations to maintain order at any cost. Tune in this Friday, Nov. 12 at 10 PM Eastern/ 9 PM Central and leave the denial at the door.This powerful episode is the largest and most in-depth investigation into FEMA camps to date– and it is scheduled to air on television. Radio host and filmmaker Alex Jones returns to the series yet again, as the team takes you to confirmed on-the-ground facilities, confronts the legislators who authorized FEMA camps and breaks down the full-scale technologically-integrated police state that includes Fusion Centers, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and more.Another Congressman who co-sponsored the bill starkly admits that FEMA camps exist, but rationalizes that they were put in place to deal with “happy children.” This bizarre admission is another confirmation that Congress and the leadership in Washington are out of touch with the oppressive measures that have been authorized against the American people."A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."Bertrand de Jouvenel .The thing the most bone chilling thing Bill Ayers said to me was that after the revolution succeeded and the government was overthrown, they believed they would have to eliminate 25 million Americans who would not conform to the new order.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:KleinVerzet.Anti-nationalism.This seems to be a classic case of co-ordination. On the day that van Rompuy declared the days of the nation-state to be over, in the Dutch MSM much was made of the founding of the Spinelli Group (list of membership here).On of its more prominent members are that other deeply 'federalist' Belgian, Guy Verhofstadt and leader of the European Greens and soixant-huitard Daniel Cohn-Bendit (the one that had the arrogance to place himself above a real head of state, president Vaclav Klaus). As van Rompuy was making his anti-nationalist statements in Berlin, the group thought it opportune to admonish the Dutch (NL), with Verhofstadt expressing his dismay over the support our current government enjoys from Geert Wilders' PVV. Anoter leading light, Groen-Links MEP Judith Sargentini just had to add "Also in the Netherlands we now see a government with a supporting party that turns its back towards Europe. Europe is however the solution to many of the problems we are facing, like the economic crisis".The Spinelli Group, in case your wondering, was founded to 'oppose nationalism and populism'. It hopes to attract academics and authors to give form to a pro-European (pro-EUnion) atmosphere. The group is named after Altiero Spinelli, who's wikipedia entry starts of in a totally NOT surprising way:Spinelli was born in Rome, and joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI).Quite tiresome in its predictability, isn't it?Hmm...and Obama who's happy to see a communist in India?Read the full story here.

  • Gaza aid shipment off course after row with captain.Libyan coast guard says captain of ship carrying 10 aid workers set sail to Greece while vessel was still tied up due to row over money. Eyewitness: Scene was crazy.Workers trying to take aid by sea from Libya to Gaza are being held by the ship's captain against their will along with Libyan police officers, and heading for Greece, their charity and the Libyan coast guard said."The scene was crazy," said Saeb Shaath, an aid worker who was at the port helping the charity to dispatch the aid consignment and witnessed the incident."He (the captain) broke anchor without permission to leave," Shaath told Reuters by telephone from Libya. "He broke the ropes tying the ship ... and nearly capsized the ship when it hit the wall. There were a lot of people on that ship.""The Greek captain ... was reported to be saying he wanted to proceed to Greek islands and drop off the conveyers (aid workers) and Libyans, so that the Greek people could deal with them as illegal immigrants," the Road to Hope statement said.There was no immediate comment from the ship's captain or its owner. Read the full story here.

  • Tory councillor arrested after using Twitter to call for female newspaper columnist to be stoned to death.He had earlier dismissed Twitter as a forum for ‘glib comment’.And Tory councillor Gareth Compton might now be wishing he had given somewhat more thought to his own posts on the social networking website.For after an ‘ill-conceived attempt at humour’ in which he allegedly called for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death, Mr Compton has been arrested and bailed, suspended from his party, accused of ‘incitement to murder’ and branded a racist.The 38-year-old barrister had been reacting to a radio show ­featuring newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown discussing David Cameron’s visit to China.Mrs Alibhai-Brown, 60, said that, since the Iraq war and allegations of torture arising from the invasion, she did not think Mr Cameron or most other British politicians were morally qualified to speak out about human rights abuses.The comments inspired Mr Compton, who represents Erdington in Birmingham, to tweet: ‘Can someone please stone Yasmin ­Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan’t tell Amnesty if you don’t. It would be a blessing really.’Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheAmericanDream.41 Facts About The History Of Central Banks In The United States That Our Children Are No Longer Taught In School.Today, most American students don't even understand what a central bank is, much less that the battle over central banks is one of the most important themes in U.S. history. The truth is that our nation was birthed in the midst of a conflict over taxation and the control of our money. Central banking has played a key role in nearly all of the wars that America has fought. Presidents that resisted the central bankers were shot, while others shamefully caved in to their demands. Our current central bank is called the Federal Reserve and it is about as "federal" as Federal Express is. The truth is that it is a privately-owned financial institution that is designed to ensnare the U.S. government in an endlessly expanding spiral of debt from which there is no escape. The Federal Reserve caused the Great Depression and the Federal Reserve is at the core of our current economic crisis. None of these things is taught to students in America's schools today.In 2010, young Americans are taught a sanitized version of American history that doesn't even make any sense. As with so many things, if you want to know what really happened just follow the money.The following are 41 facts about the history of central banks in the United States that every American should know.Read the full story here.

  • Lutfur Rahman council promotes extremist preacher who supports wife-beating.The preacher, Abdur Raheem Green, has stated that “Islam is not compatible with democracy.” He also says that a husband has the right to administer “some type of physical force… a very light beating” to his wife, to prevent her from committing “evil.” There is, of course, a considerable irony here. You may remember that Lutfur won the mayoralty with the help of smear literature falsely claiming that his Labour opponent was… a wife-beater.Hmmm...How long before Christmas celebrations are abolished from Lutfur?Read the full story here.

  • ROBBINS: Vietnam vets betrayed again.Pentagon bureaucrat wants to abridge 50th-anniversary ceremonies.The 50th-anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War should be a time of reflection and redemption, when a grateful country pays a long-standing debt to veterans who nobly fought in the conflict but came home to scorn and spit. But if a Pentagon bureaucrat has his way, the Viet vets will be denied their rightful honors once again.The Obama administration has a bad enough reputation among veterans without signing off on this ill-advised plan. Whether the White House was involved in this affair or not, it surely will take the blame. Failing action from the executive branch, Congress should intervene to make sure the anniversary commemoration is undertaken in a way that fulfills its intent. The Vietnam generation deserves better than stripped-down, pro-forma honors. Its veterans were spit on once - they must not be treated that way again.Hmmm....time and effort to honor Indonesian fallen soldiers but none for America's hero's.Read the full story here.

  • IDF pilot, navigator killed in jet crash.Bodies of Majors Amichay Itkis, Emanuel Levy retrieved hours after their F16I plane crashed into Ramon Crater during training flight. Human error believed to be cause of accident.The bodies of an Israeli pilot and navigator whose F-16I plane crashed in the Ramon crater during a training fight late Wednesday night were located Thursday afternoon following a long search which lasted throughout the night and morning hours.Air Force Commander Ido Nehushtan arrived at the families' homes on Thursday afternoon to deliver the devastating news of their sons' death.It appears that human error was the cause of the accident, perhaps loss of orientation, but all other planes of this type were grounded immediately. Within a few days it should be possible to rule out technical fault as the cause of the disaster.Read the full story here.

  • Before Clinton meeting, Cantor's one-on-one with Bibi.While the Obama administration has been scrambling to find a way to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks which have come to an impasse over resumed Israeli settlement building, Netanyahu has been sounding a triumphant note since he arrived in New Orleans over the weekend following the GOP gains in last Tuesday's midterm elections. Last night, Netanyahu met in New York for over an hour with incoming House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is set to become the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in history."Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington," the readout continued. "He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other."Veteran observer of U.S.-Israeli relations Ron Kampeas said he found that statement "an eyebrow-raiser."Read the full story here.

  • PA Blogger Arrested for Upsetting Muslim Facebook Readers.A 25-year-old Palestinian Authority university student who blogs in his spare time was arrested by PA security forces for upsetting his Muslim readers on Facebook. He was caught at an Internet cafĂ© in Kalkilya, in western Samaria. According to a report published by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, the controversial blogger “claimed divinity” and said he was angry with his subjects, infuriating Muslim readers.He was updating his Facebook profile when security forces caught up with him, some two months after they started tracking down the altered verses from the Koran and the caricatures from Danish newspapers that he posted.Muslims often ask me why I left Islam,” al-Husseini wrote. “What strikes me is that Muslims can’t seem to understand that renouncing Islam is a choice offered to everyone and that anyone has the right to do so".Hmmm...It's also one of the Human Rights.Read the full story here.

  • Time for something completely different.Get an AK-47 With Your Truck Purchase at One Florida Dealership.A truck dealership in Florida has found a new way to drive sales: When you buy a truck, you also get a free AK-47, reports.It’s not a joke.After purchasing a truck from a Sanford, Fla., dealership, customers get a voucher for a gun shop, which will fill out the required federal and state forms and perform a background check. If you pass, you’ll be entitled to a gun. And if you’re not in the market for a gun, you get $400 off your truck purchase or vouchers for other stores.The gimmick appears to be working.Read the full story here.

  • Prison dog kills feline drug dealer in 'arrest scuffle'.A cat with heroin-laden collar was killed by a Volga area jail dog while trying to smuggle the drug to a convict, the press service of the regional penitentiary department said.The inmate, kept in a jail in Russia's Volga Republic of Tatarstan, trained and tamed one of the prison's cats so that it could bring him drugs."The cat was taken outside the prison, where the convict's accomplices starved the animal for several days, then put a drug-laden collar on it and released near the jail," the department's press service said in a statement.The starving cat, with some 15 grams of heroin in the collar, rushed to its owner, hoping to get some food. It was caught and severely bitten by a prison guard dog shortly after crossing the main fence.Read the full story here.
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