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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Another baby stolen by woman in burqa.MUMBAI: Even as the Bombay high court on Monday afternoon was coming down heavily on the BMC for the spate of baby-stealing incidents that have been occurring in municipal hospitals, another baby was stolen from a BMC-run primary health centre in Govandi. The two-month-old, Sahil Ansari, was stolen from his eight-year-old brother, Mohammed, who was taking care of him while his mother went out to buy medicines. Sources said that around 3.30 pm on Monday, a burqa-clad woman approached Mohammed with a ten-rupee note and asked him to buy her a paan while she looked after his baby brother. "Ten minutes later when Mohammed returned, she was gone," said a police officer from the Shivaji Nagar police station. "But Mohammed was unable to describe her features since her face was veiled."Additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said this case was similar to the one at the V N Desai hospital in Santa Cruz a few days ago. Here too, the mother had given the baby to his sibling, from whom he was stolen. "After the Santa Cruz incident, we put up posters everywhere, asking people to be wary of handing their baby to strangers. People need to be alert in the wake of such situations," Mhaiskar should not pat down people in Burkas?Read the full story here.

  • HT:CompetingHypotheses.Are they perfectly incompetent? Ridiculous. The American Transportation Safety Administration couldn't be perfect at anything. All that is asked is that they be some degree of capable. Sadly, THEY AREN'T. these morons (And I Don't Use That Term Lightly) seem to think the correct answer to any problem is over-reaction. cf:Japan Post to comply with the closure of the US Mail to any international package weighing more than one pound (453 g). No period or end-date announced.Apparently, the TSA thinks this is such a good idea that they are making it a world-wide ban:Post Offices in the Caribbean are also preventing shipment of packages over 400 grams to the U.S.A. until 10.December and there are no commercial alternatives there as the other mail delivery companies there have also been ordered to cease shipments.Hmmm...the Obamas did already all their Christmas shopping!Read the full story here.

  • US jury hands down Ghailani verdict. Ex-Guantanamo inmate accused of role in US embassy attacks acquitted on all but one of 286 charges at civilian trial.The first former Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court has been found not guilty on all but one of the 286 charges in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.A federal jury handed down the verdict on Wednesday to Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian national who had been accused of conspiring in the car bomb attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.The jury found him guilty of one charge of conspiracy to damage or destroy US property by means of an explosive device.Ghailani was cleared of 276 murder and attempted murder counts, along with five other conspiracy charges.However, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years after his conspiracy conviction."We respect the jury's verdict and are pleased that Ahmed Ghailani now faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, and a potential life sentence for his role in the embassy bombings," the US justice department said after the verdict.Daphne Eviatar, from Human Rights First, said that the trial demonstrated the system works and that there was no need to keep the Guantanamo Bay facility open."What strikes me is how efficient, fair, and transparent the federal court prosecution was," she said."The questions today's verdict raise are why the government has not tried all terror suspects in federal court and when will the government announce additional prosecutions."Read the full story here.

  • F.B.I. Seeks Wider Wiretap Law for Web. Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to meet with top executives of several technology firms about a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users. Mr. Mueller and the F.B.I.’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, were scheduled to meet with senior managers of several major companies, including Google and Facebook, according to several people familiar with the discussions. How Mr. Mueller’s proposal was received was not clear.Law enforcement officials want the 1994 law to also cover Internet companies because people increasingly communicate online. An interagency task force of Obama administration officials is trying to develop legislation for the plan, and submit it to Congress early next year.Under the proposal, firms would have to design systems to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages. Services based overseas would have to route communications through a server on United States soil where they could be wiretapped. Read the full story here.

  • HT:BigPeace.CAIR Spreads Propaganda for Radical Saudis on Islam’s Holiest Day.Even carried yesterday’s bizarrely ‘urgent’ press release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which praised the leading Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, on the most significant Muslim holiday of the year- Eid al-Adha (Holiday of the Sacrifice).No previous single press release or statement by CAIR more clearly reveals its ideological ties and service to the Saudis, and their Wahhabi ideologues – and its willingness to use word games, deception and moral equivalence to avoid revealing its true objectives.CAIR’s assertion that this should “put to rest once and for all the false claim that Muslims leaders do not condemn terrorism” demonstrates, once and for all, that CAIR is part of the Saudi propaganda machine. Further, it should rather actually ‘put to rest’ any doubts that CAIR is, in fact, part of the theo-political global Islamist movement in the West and in the United States, hatched and nurtured by Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamist groups from the Middle East.According to Geo News, the Grand Mufti also said in his sermon:“God sent the last and final Prophet with the complete code of conduct (Shariah), which, is in complete harmony with human nature, owing to the fact that it caters to all natural and material needs.” He also added that, “the human inner being (nafs) drives man to do evil.”CAIR voices no disagreement on their part with the Mufti, about his interpretation of shariah here or anywhere. In fact, CAIR is now also suing the state of Oklahoma to protect their fellow Islamists’ “right” to use that same shariah, without interference from the state.CAIR’s rush to highlight the radical Saudi cleric’s “condemnation” of terrorism was clearly based on its expectation, not without merit, that most Americans would not research how immoderate this cleric really is. A brief review of that sermon – in context, and in view of the Grand Mufti’s ‘other’ prominent radical ideas – reveals a dangerous, influential Islamist who uses Wahhabi interpretations of Islam and shariah to impose misogyny, child marriage, child abuse, Muslim supremacy, and spread hate-filled anti-American propaganda.Shamefully, CAIR chose Islam’s holiest day of the year to spread this type of propaganda. We, modern reform-minded American Muslims and non-Muslims alike, must unite and speak with one voice against word :"Al-taqiyya".Read the full story here.

  • Updated Story.'Stop touching me!' Fury as airport security staff are caught on camera searching a crying three-year-old girl.The national outcry over intrusive body searches at American airports intensified today after it emerged security staff were caught on camera frisking a crying three-year-old girl.Mandy Simon is seen sobbing and pleading with staff at Chattanooga, Tennessee airport.She had become upset after having to have her teddy bear put through an x-ray machine and can be heard screaming: 'Stop touching me!'Mandy was searched after she set the metal detector off at the airport twice. It is TSA policy to do a pat down search after the second time whatever the age of the passenger. It has also emerged the TSA is being sued for a an incident at the Corpus Christi airport when a woman's breasts were exposed.An unnamed 23-year-old college student was allegedly singled out for 'extended search procedures' before flying in 2008.'As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff's blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs' breasts to everyone in the area,' the Amarillo Globe-News quotes the lawsuit as saying.'As would be expected, plaintiff was extremely embarrassed and humiliated.'Hmmmm....i'll keep saying it,the weakest link in airport security is the staff working at the airport.Are they being screened and searched??Read the full story here.

  • Schoolgirl, 15, who killed paedophile suspect 'in revenge attack' is jailed for six years.A 15-year-old girl who killed a suspected paedophile after learning that he would not face charges for abusing her sister was jailed for six years today.The schoolgirl and her older sister's boyfriend, also 15, stabbed Robert Daley, 45, to death in his kitchen hours after prosecutors dropped sex abuse charges against him. They were aged 14 when they committed the crime.Weeks before the killing, the girl told police that Daley had pestered her to have sex with him since she was 11 and had twice indecently assaulted her.Her 16-year-old sister and another woman had also complained to police that Daley had abused them. But only the 16-year-old was willing to proceed with the allegation and lawyers decided there was a lack of evidence.The same day Daley rang the 16-year-old to 'gloat' that the case had been dropped, enraging her boyfriend who wanted to 'teach him a lesson'.Hours later he went with her 14-year-old sister to Daley's home where a fight broke out and Daley was knifed five times including twice in the heart.Read the full story here.

  • Iraqi President refuses to sign execution order for Tariq Aziz because he is a 'Christian and an old man'.Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has said he will not sign an execution order for Tariq Aziz, the former deputy of dictator Saddam Hussein sentenced to death last month for crimes against humanity.In an interview with French television channel France 24 Talabani said, 'No, I will not sign the execution order for Tariq Aziz, because I am a socialist,' 'I sympathise with Tariq Aziz because he is an Iraqi Christian. Moreover he is an old man who is over 70,' he said.Talabani, a Kurd, did not oppose the death sentence being carried out against other Saddam aides, such as Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known as 'Chemical Ali' for overseeing poison gas attacks on Kurdish villages in which thousands died.Hmmmm....a man with principles ,a rare breed indeed, he's an asset to the Kurdish people.Read the full story here.

  • Former Israeli Airline Security Chief: U.S. Needs to Profile Air Passengers. As criticism mounts over the use of full-body scanners and physical pat-downs at U.S. airports, the former security director for Israel’s national airline told that airline security in America is an “illusion,” and that the United States should adopt El Al’s passenger profiling approach to ensure safety.According to Isaac Yeffet, the former security chief for El Al Israel Airlines, the United States should adopt El Al’s security approach of ensuring that every passenger is interviewed by a well-trained agent before check-in, a move that involves profiling passengers, which he said is not discriminatory.“Yes, profiling,” he said. “Profiling is not that I am choosing that I want to interview them. We don’t have discrimination [at El Al]. Every passenger--I don’t care who he or she is--has to be interviewed by security. We have to be polite. We know how to ask questions.”“The TSA [Transportation Safety Administration in USA] wants to tell me we now have security in this country--this is an illusion,” he said. “It’s not security. It’s about time that we are proactive and reactive. In this country we fear reactive, we don’t do anything to be proactive.”When asked if he thought the use of full-body scanners created an illusion of security, Yeffet said, "Yes, they are a small part of the entire system that you use to check a passenger if he is suspicious".Hmmmm....but what if these body scanners are part of a "business" deal at the highest levels and planned to be implemented everywhere?Read the full story here.

  • MP 'death list' blog: man charged with soliciting murder.A 23-year-old man has been charged with soliciting murder and other terrorism offences in relation to a blog listing MPs who voted for the Iraq war. Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, of Dunstall, Wolverhampton, was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the website which influenced a student who tried to kill MP Stephen Timms. He will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London this morning.He was also charged with three counts of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism under the Terrorism Act 2000. The hit list of MPs who voted for the Iraq war was removed from the extremist website after the Home Office urged the US to act against it.Hmmmm....meanwhile they moved to another website and the US does nothing about it, perhaps waiting for the Obama administration go ahead sign?Read the full enemy within story here

  • Turkish PM says command of missile shield system "to be in our hands".Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said NATO was the center of the missile shield issue, and it was a step to be taken within the framework of NATO."If missile shield system is thought to be installed in our territories, its command should definitely be in our hands, otherwise it is impossible for us to accept such a thing," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul as he returned from South Korea and Bangladesh.Erdogan said Turkish Armed Forces was working on the issue, and the system would be debated in the NATO Summit to take place in Lisbon on November 19-20.To say it with the words of General Tony McAuliffe "NUTS"!You don't give the keys of your defence to your potential enemy their friends.Get Turkey out of NATO NOW!Read the full treason story here.

  • Erdogan to be Time's person of the year?Turkish PM frontrunner in vote, praised by magazine's editors for standing up to Israel, US."Turkish aid groups had been part of the flotilla, after all, but his rebuke of Israel was notable because of his refusal to tiptoe diplomatically around the issue." The editors added, "His rhetorical takedown of Israel, which he repeatedly accused of 'inhumane state terrorism,' was particularly striking given Ankara's history of warm relations with Israel and the US."Hmmmm....I can't believe that Time magazine is blind to the cooperation & relationship between Turkey and  Iran (Islamic state terrorisme) ,Iran who hates both Israel and the U.S. "Time" to go back to school ! Read the full idiocy story here.

  • Top terrorist killed in Gaza strike .Senior Army of Islam terrorist Muhammad Yassin killed after IDF targets his vehicle in Gaza City Wednesday afternoon; army says he was planning to abduct Israelis in Sinai. Yassin's brother also killed in strike.The commander of the Army of Islam group in the northern Gaza Strip, Muhammad Yassin, was killed after the Volkswagen Golf he was riding in exploded in central Gaza City Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian sources in the Strip reported. Yassin's brother sustained wounds in the strike and later died; several other people were also wounded hurt in the attack.According to Gaza sources, an Israel aircraft fired at least one missile at the vehicle. Eyewitnesses at the site reported seeing a scorched body inside the vehicle.Hmmm.....Vorsprung Durch Technik.Read the full story here.

  • Sister of Jailed Iranian Journalist Given Prison Term.The sister of a jailed Iranian journalist and human rights activist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.Parvin Tajik was sentenced by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh in Tehran's revolutionary court no. 28 on November 16 for "disseminating propaganda against the Islamic republic regime" and "agitating public opinion."Tajik's brother, Abdolreza Tajik, is a member of the Tehran-based Defenders of Human Rights Center. He was arrested on June 12 for the third time since Iran's controversial presidential election in June 2009.In an open letter to the Iranian Judiciary in late July, Tajik's family wrote that their son, Abdolreza, had been "dishonored" in jail.Parvin Tajik told Radio Farda at the time that during a prison visit, her brother had informed her of his being "dishonored" in the presence of a deputy prosecutor on the first night of his arrest.Abdolreza Tajik's lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, told Radio Farda then that "being dishonored" in Iranian judicial cases is interpreted as "being sexually or physically assaulted."Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Put up or shut up.When the President of the United States says "trust me" should we trust him? Or should we get it in writing? Given this country's past experiences with President Obama, and with President Clinton before him, there is no way we should not get a written commitment from President Obama. I don't believe we can trust a written commitment from Obama either, but at least if we get it in writing, we can show his political opponents when he tries to cheat us. Thus far, Prime Minister Netanyahu agrees. It doesn't sound like the letter is coming anytime soon.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RightSideNews.An Extremist Sharia Makeover .For the past month-and-a-half, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee (ISM) has been sponsoring a program attempting to whitewash the effect that Sharia law, if implemented, would have on American society. Teaching the courses was Zulfiqar Ali Shah, an individual tied to various radical Muslim groups, including a Hamas charity. Does the ISM really believe that a known extremist can put a good face on Sharia, and what does this say about those who advocate for Sharia.From October through November, 2010, that was Shah’s goal, in a six-week course that he led held at the Men’s Masjid of ISM, entitled ‘Is Islamic Shari’ah a Threat to America? ’ However, when one looks at Shah’s background, one might not only view Sharia law as a threat, but they may view Shah as a threat, as well.Prior to his employment at ISM, Shah was involved with a variety of Muslim extremist groups. One of them was the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the American arm of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan.Shah is, as well, seen in video footage obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism  (IPT) praising terror fighters (mujahideen) in Kashmir and calling for violent jihad, at a Cleveland, Ohio rally held in July 2001.Another radical Muslim organization Shah was involved in was KindHearts, an Islamic “charity” that was established in January 2002 and was shut down by the FBI in February 2006. KindHearts was found to have provided more than $16 million to Hamas.While Shah’s credentials as a “Sharia scholar” may be exceptional, all of the above has shown that he is the last person to be lecturing Americans on what is good or not good for their country. Indeed, with his involvement in KindHearts alone, he probably shouldn’t be giving lectures anywhere, except behind prison bars.Is Islamic Sharia a threat to America?Maybe the answer lies with those who are teaching it.Read the full treason story here.

  • Somalia overtakes Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Colombia to become world’s terror capital – Global study. Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula pulls Yemen into 'extreme risk' but Greece sustains more attacks.Somalia is now more at risk from terrorist attacks than Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Colombia according to a global ranking assessing the frequency and intensity of terrorist incidents in 196 countries. Sixteen countries are rated as ‘extreme risk’ with Somalia (1), Pakistan (2), Iraq (3), Afghanistan (4), Palestinian Occupied Territory (5), Colombia (6), Thailand (7), Philippines (8), Yemen (9) and Russia (10) at the bottom of the ranking.The Terrorism Risk Index (TRI) is developed by global risks advisory firm, Maplecroft, to enable organisations to identify and monitor terrorism risks to human security and international assets. The index uses data from June 2009 to June 2010 to assess the frequency of terrorist incidents and the intensity of attacks, which includes the number of victims per attack and the chances of mass casualties occurring. It also includes a historical component assessing the number of attacks between 2007 and 2009. None of the major Western economies fall within the high or ‘extreme risk’ bracket – USA (33), France (44) and United Kingdom (46) all remain in the ‘medium risk’ category, whilst Canada (67) and Germany (70) are rated as ‘low risk.’Hmmmm....they seem to be "working" on Germany it's rating,al though 'low risk' doesn't mean no underground cells?Read the full story here.

  • People around the world signing petition to save Asia Bibi.In two days, more than 1,300 people sign a petition launched by AsiaNews to save the life of the Pakistani woman sentenced to death on false blasphemy charges.“Asia Bibi is innocent. Saving her is not a political act, but a moral obligation towards all persecuted Christians,” wrote one reader. “The blasphemy law destroys coexistence and Pakistan’s development,” said another. They are but two of a long list of people who have signed the petition launched by AsiaNews on 15 November on behalf of Asia Bibi (pictured during her trial), the Christian woman sentenced to death in Punjab after she was falsely accused of blasphemy.So far, some 1,500 people have signed the appeal, which was picked up in Malaysia by the local Catholic weekly newspaper, the Herald. Individuals and news agencies elsewhere have also picked up the story and sent it around the world. Hundreds of messages are coming in from Spain and Latin America, but also Vietnam and China.“The women of Pakistan are taking action: the case of Asia Bibi nags at our conscience. There is an urgent need to repeal the blasphemy law,” said Saman Wazdani, a Muslim and a human rights activist.Read the full story here.

  • Kyl statement deals serious setback to Obama's push for START.One of President Obama's top foreign-policy goals suffered a potentially ruinous setback when the Senate's second-ranking Republican said the U.S. nuclear treaty with Russia should not be considered until next year. The statement Tuesday by Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) stunned the White House and Democrats, who scrambled to save the pact. It came just days after Obama declared that ratifying the treaty was his top foreign-policy priority for the lame-duck session of Congress.Kyl's decision came despite an administration offer Friday to pour an extra $4.1 billion into modernization of the nation's nuclear complex. Because the treaty would reduce both sides' stockpiles of nuclear weapons, Republicans have insisted that the administration spend more money to ensure that existing U.S. weapons are well maintained. Kyl's decision reflects a more assertive Republican stance following the midterm elections.The New START treaty is the centerpiece of Obama's "reset" of relations with Russia - a policy that the administration credits with producing critical cooperation from Moscow on Iran and Afghanistan. Five Republicans who are opposed to the treaty discussed their concerns in a report released last month by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They said the treaty's limit of 700 deployed nuclear delivery systems was "a bad deal" because it required more U.S. than Russian reductions. They also said the 10-year funding proposed for modernizing the nuclear complex - a total of $84.1 billion - was "a good start" but did not meet the total need.Read the full story here.

  • Panic Strikes Trinidad and Tobago School After 'Devil Attack'.Panic broke out at Trinidad and Tobago high school after students fell mysteriously ill, began rolling on the ground and blabbering in a strange tongue, triggering fears of a demon attack, the Guardian Trinidad and Tobago reported.Seventeen female students at Moruga Composite School began the strange behavior after suffering from nausea and headaches. Two of the students reportedly tried to throw themselves off a railing and had to be physically restrained.Teachers took the students into the multi-purpose hall where some of them fell into a semi-conscious state. One student, Kern Mollinea, told the paper that the girls were unusually strong, and many of them had bruises.Mollineau also claimed he communicated with the “Devil” who had possessed the girl. “I asked the Devil what he wanted with the girls and the voice said he wanted a life. He kept saying to send the girls in the toilet and to leave them alone." Hmmm....sounds more like someone exploiting superstition and drugs.Read the full story here.More here.

  • Man Denied Life-Saving Liver Transplant Because of Cuts in Arizona’s Medicaid Program.Arizona's Medicaid agency announced earlier this year that it would no longer cover liver transplants for Hepatitis C patients, a move blasted at the time as "a death sentence" by one patient advocacy group. And now a Hep-C patient has been denied a life-saving liver transplant because he couldn’t afford to pay for it himself.According to the Arizona Republic, 32-year-old Francisco Felix was in the hospital, ready to receive a liver that was donated to him late Monday night. But the liver went to someone else Tuesday morning because Felix couldn't find $200,000 overnight to pay for the transplant.The newspaper reported that approximately 100 Arizonans enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System are awaiting transplants that are no longer covered by AHCCCS, and 60 of them have liver disease related to hepatitis C, as Felix does. Transplant is their only cure.Patients who lost transplant coverage have been allowed to stay on the waiting list, but when a match is found they must come up with the money right away.Hmmm....Obama care in it's natural habitat?Read the full story here.

  • Meteor Fireball Explodes Over Netherlands.A fireball meteor zipped across the Netherlands sky Tuesday evening before exploding in to the North Sea, an expert says.The Netherlands just escaped a natural disaster from a meteor. Many Dutch people in the Netherlands witnessed a large "fireball" meteor in the sky. In the north people heard a bang and saw flashes. Also on Twitter people reported on the phenomenon.About one hundred reports have been received from people who have seen the fireball. From the north of the Netherlands there are reports of people who heard rumblings when the meteor passed by and buildings were shaking.Several pictures of the fireball meteor have been posted on the internet.The meteor exploded over northern Netherlands and the North Sea and caused an explosion that made shock waves.Comment :"We were driving somewhere near Breda (from Belgium) and just in front of us, slightly to the right, saw a clear and very bright flash with a long tail, then 3-4 small parts fell down. The time was around 17.00, still bright sun and blue sky. I realised that it was meteor straight away, as the flash was very big and its tail quite long, so it was clear that something penetrated the Earth atmosphere."Read the full story here.More here.(Google translate).

  • Bolide lights up sky over Serbia.Milan Jeličić of the Ruđer Bošković Astronomical Society says that a bolide was seen in the sky above Serbia last night.“A bolide is a luminous meteorite which is more luminous than Venus and is accompanied by sound effects which are created as it disintegrates,” he explained. According to him, one could not see anything from the observatory Kalemegdan observatory due to unfavorable weather conditions. Tanjug news agency correspondent from Vranje reported that a light ball was seen in the sky last night at 19:32 in several towns in that part of the country. The luminous body flew across the sky at great speed and a strong detonation was heard afterward.Read the full story here.

  • Combined revolutions begin to bear fruit for Kurdish women guerrillas.Female freedom fighters here have paid a heavy price, writes Catrina Stewart in the Qandil Mountains, northern Iraq.A JEEP screeches to a halt in front of the house, and with a slamming of doors, three Kurdish fighters emerge, two of them women. They stride into the villagers’ house, and even though it is late and the family wants to sleep, their hosts bring out some fruit and tea.Sitting cross-legged on the floor, their rifles propped up in the corner of the room, the two women light cigarettes and crack a joke to ease the tension with the men in the room.Since joining the Kurdish resistance in the early 1990s, these women have cut themselves off almost entirely from their families and loved ones, dedicating their lives to a cause that has cost an estimated 40,000 lives from both sides in the past three decades.The women are soldiers of the Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, which for 26 years has waged a bloody war for autonomy in Turkey from the mountains in northern Iraq that straddle southern Turkey and part of Iran.Only in the last two years has the movement lowered its sights, settling for equal democratic and cultural liberties in a bid to end the conflict.The PKK is proud of its attitude towards women. Abdullah Ocalan, the movement’s revered head who languishes in a Turkish prison, argued that the Kurds could only be emancipated if they freed their women, too.Inevitably, there was resistance at first from the men, who viewed women as a liability in battle, and a distraction. When the females proved themselves again and again, opposition to them gradually melted away.Nevertheless, for the first time in years, Kurds say they sense that change is in the air, and parents can now dare to hope that their sons and daughters may finally come home – perhaps not next year, but soon.So, too, do the guerrillas.Hmmmm...the road to Hell is paved with empty promises.Read the full story here.

  • Hearing for Muslim NY TV exec accused of beheading wife .With his murder trial coming up in January, the founder of a Muslim-oriented television station accused of beheading his wife is due in a western New York courtroom for pretrial proceedings.Muzzammil Hassan (moo-ZAHM'-mel HAH'-sahn) has been through several attorneys as he plots his defense strategy, one that's expected to include claims he was a battered spouse.A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday in Buffalo.The most recent attorney to leave the case, Julie Atti Rogers, withdrew in late September after saying the working relationship with Hassan had become difficult.Aasiya (AH'-see-ya) Hassan was killed inside the suburban Buffalo television station she and her husband established to promote cultural understanding.Defense attorneys' claims that Muzzammil Hassan was victimized by his wife drew a blunt response at a hearing Friday from District Attorney Frank Sedita."He chopped her head off," Sedita said. "He chopped her head off. That's all I have to say about Mr. Hassan's apparent defense that he was a battered spouse."Nancy Sanders, a former news director at Bridges TV, was skeptical of the abuse claim, noting the stocky Hassan stood over 6 feet tall and "filled a doorway," while Aasiya was slender and several inches shorter.DiPirro said the couple had "physical confrontations off and on" for their entire eight-year marriage that had recently escalated to death threats. The grounds for divorce were "cruel and inhuman treatment," DiPirro said, referring to mulitple prior incidents of abuse. She declined to elaborate."We were worried about the situation becoming volatile," DiPirro said.Asked if the slaying is being investigated as an honor killing, Benz replied, "It's safe to say we're investigating all the angles we can, all the possibilities in conjunction with the district attorney's office. We're looking at whatever we might come across." judge yourselves how this over 6 -foot tall "man" ,known for "cruel and inhuman treatment," suddenly tries to play the "battered Spouce!Read the full abuse story here.More here and here.

  • Behind delayed summit: Republican distrust of President Obama.The roots of the partisan standoff that led to the postponement of the bipartisan White House summit scheduled for Thursday date back to January, when President Barack Obama dominated a GOP meeting in Baltimore to deliver a humiliating rebuke to House Republicans. The one-sided televised presidential lecture, which many Republicans decried as a political ambush — Obama’s staff wanted the event to be broadcast and GOP aides agreed reluctantly at the last minute — has left a lingering distrust of Obama invitations and a wariness about accommodating every scheduling request emanating from the West Wing, aides tell POLITICO. “He has a ways to go to rebuild the trust,” said a top Republican Hill staffer “The Baltimore thing was unbelievable.”According to the White House, McConnell and Boehner — soon to be Speaker Boehner — cited “scheduling conflicts in organizing their caucuses” as the reason for requesting the postponement on Tuesday.“I never received a formal invitation, so no, it was never on my schedule,” Kyl told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon. “This week was never propitious for that kind of meeting anyway.” seems Obama hasn't learned anything from the midterms and still wants to rule like a potential dictator,"don't call us we'll call you!"Read the full story here.

  • Glenn Beck: 'Spooky Dude' George Soros gloats about Obama's China failures Video.George Soros accepted the Globalist of the Year Award without a mention of Glenn Beck, the conservative TV commentator with a loyal following, who has relentlessly focused on him as the "Puppet Master" of the world's global financial crisis.Instead Soros focused on President Obama's failures to seal the deals demanding international cooperation have failed and given rise to a new world order, one dominated by China, allowing China to dominate in New World Order.One wonders if Soros was gloating as he announced that,"The world order as we know it is turning into disorder," adding a double dose of gloom and doom to his statement, saying, "The Washington consensus is finished."Read the full story here.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Obama wants DREAM Act in lame duck.In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week she plans to bring the measure to the floor before the end of the year. Democrats are eager to address the concerns of Latino voters who have been disappointed that Congress hasn’t passed a bill with a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. But Latinos still turned out on Nov. 2, supporting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), among other candidates. And Gutierrez said he reminded Obama that Latinos were a key voting bloc. “We did tell him that there’s a gentleman named Bennet in Colorado, and a gentleman named Reid, and a gentle lady named Boxer,” Gutierrez aid. “Give them a ring.”'s pretty obvious he has no respect for what the American people wants,Americans have never had such a hostile President.Read the full story here.

  • Boehner Challenges Constitutionality of Health Reform Law.Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, filed an amicus brief Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health care law passed by Democrats earlier this year.“ObamaCare is a job-killer, and our economy simply cannot afford this unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab by the federal government,” Boehner stated Tuesday evening. “That is why Republicans will continue standing with the American people and fighting to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with better solutions put forth in the Pledge to America to lower health care costs and protect American jobs.”In the brief, Boehner says that the Obama Administration has distorted the Constitution to increase congressional power, which in turn compromises the integrity of the legislative process, and undermines accountability to the American people.Republican aides privately speculate that Boehner could use the first bill of the next session of Congress to repeal health care.Read the full story here.

  • Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn’t Obama volunteer to subject his family to the same security procedures?So here’s my not-so-modest proposal: If the President’s Homeland Security department is so adamant that this is the absolute best way to prevent terrorism, I think the President and his family should voluntarily submit to one of the new invasive pat down procedures. I know the Obamas don’t fly commercial at all these days, so they should probably get a pretty good idea what the rest of us are putting up with.All of America will to see the TSA handling the President’s crown jewels. Then a rubber-gloved federal agent will run his hands all over his wife and daughter’s privates while he watches. Then I want him to turn to the camera and tell all of America that this is no big deal and we should all be good citizens and comply with the necessary security procedures.Read the full story here.

  • Meteor Fireball Explodes Over Netherlands.A fireball meteor zipped across the Netherlands sky Tuesday evening before exploding in to the North Sea, an expert says.The Netherlands just escaped a natural disaster from a meteor. Many Dutch people in the Netherlands witnessed a large "fireball" meteor in the sky. In the north people heard a bang and saw flashes. Also on Twitter people reported on the phenomenon.About one hundred reports have been received from people who have seen the fireball. From the north of the Netherlands there are reports of people who heard rumblings when the meteor passed by and buildings were shaking.Several pictures of the fireball meteor have been posted on the internet.The meteor exploded over northern Netherlands and the North Sea and caused an explosion that made shock waves.Comment :"We were driving somewhere near Breda (from Belgium) and just in front of us, slightly to the right, saw a clear and very bright flash with a long tail, then 3-4 small parts fell down. The time was around 17.00, still bright sun and blue sky. I realised that it was meteor straight away, as the flash was very big and its tail quite long, so it was clear that something penetrated the Earth atmosphere."Read the full story here.

  • Turkish PM says command of missile shield system "to be in our hands".Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said NATO was the center of the missile shield issue, and it was a step to be taken within the framework of NATO."If missile shield system is thought to be installed in our territories, its command should definitely be in our hands, otherwise it is impossible for us to accept such a thing," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul as he returned from South Korea and Bangladesh.Erdogan said Turkish Armed Forces was working on the issue, and the system would be debated in the NATO Summit to take place in Lisbon on November 19-20.To say it with the words of General Tony McAuliffe "NUTS"!You don't give the keys of your defence to your potential enemy their friends.Get Turkey out of NATO NOW!Read the full treason story here.

  • Former Iranian fighter pilot: 'Ahmadinejad incites war'.Iran has a nuclear military plan and intends to acquire atomic weapons, a former Iranian air force lieutenant said in an interview broadcast on Channel 10 news Tuesday night.Bahazad Masawi, a former fighter pilot who defected from Iran and is in hiding in Paris, said: “Ahmadinejad creates terror and incites war in the area. This is not good for the Iranian people. Ahmadinejad makes the situation in Iran and in the entire region worse.”Masawi expressed regret in the interview for Iran’s support for Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations.“All of the state’s money finances terrorism; the Islamic regime in Iran is the biggest supporter of terrorism in the world. Everyone knows this,” he added.Speaking about the regime, the pilot said, “One young man comes out and speaks against the Iranian regime, shouting in the streets, ‘Death to the dictatorship,’ and then they arrest him, rape him, imprison him and then kill him.“This is called a dictatorial regime. This is not a just regime.”Israeli intelligence assessments conclude that Iran will continue to enrich uranium at low levels, as it is currently doing, and then – when it believes the price it will pay internationally will be low – it will go to the breakout stage and begin enriching to higher levels required for a nuclear weapon.During his meetings with Mullen as well as with Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, Ashkenazi is also expected to discuss Israeli concerns with the current military buildup in the region, recently highlighted by US plans to sell $60 billion worth of advanced military equipment to Saudi Arabia, including 84 F-15 fighter jets and JDAM smart bombs.The IDF is primarily concerned with the sale of the JDAMs to the Saudis.Hmmmm....according to Turkey...Iran is no threat!Read the full story here.

  • US concerned over Saudi weapon deal's impact on Israel.House members seek conditions to prevent arms being used against Israel; 198 representatives voice complaints about Saudi policies. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is demanding more assurances from the Obama administration that a record $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia won’t give the kingdom new military capabilities that threaten Israel.In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, 198 representatives voiced a range of complaints about Saudi policies, and said they “would like to know how these sales will affect Israel’s qualitative military edge.”The group of lawmakers raising questions included both liberal and conservative members, and the letter faulted several Saudi policies. They complained that Riyadh has not moved to normalize relations with Israel, has lagged on financial support to the Palestinian Authority and has not done enough to try to pressure Iran to curtail its nuclear weapons program.Hmmmm....finally someone with a brain in charge?Read the full story here.

  • Germany fears terror attacks.Interior minister bolsters security for trains, airports due to 'concrete indications' of planned attacks.Germany has raised the level of security including at train stations and airports in response to concrete indications of terrorist attacks being planned at the end of this month, the interior minister said on Wednesday. "The security situation in Germany has become more serious," the minister, Thomas de Maiziere, told a news conference. "We have concrete indications of a series of attacks planned for the end of November."Read the full story here.

  • Likud Min. Landau: US Demanding Much More Than 3-Month Freeze. Contrary to reports in the media that portray the U.S. as giving Israel a “package” of “benefits” for another three months of building freeze in Judea and Samaria, Washington is actually demanding a lot more for its largesse – far more than Israel can safely agree to, said Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau.According to Landau, the conditions for the deal are far different than those being portrayed in the Israeli media, which is telling Israelis that in exchange for a “small” Israeli gesture of an additional three month freeze. “Here too, with the Obama promises, we must see the structure of the deal – and you see that the Americans are demanding that we come to a full agreement with the PA in order for the benefits to kick in,"Landau explained. "You only get the benefits in the event of a final-status agreement – only when everything is over.” Given the history of Israel-PA negotiations, the likelihood of that happening is “very low,” he added.Perhaps even worse, Landau said, the understandings between Israel and the United States – which included American opposition to a unilaterally declared PA state – are apparently no longer extant, and have instead been turned into a “sword of Damocles,” to be held over the head of Israel.“Until now, it was understood that the U.S. would veto” sanctions against Israel, or a non-negotiated settlement of the Middle East conflict. Apparently that has changed, Landau said. “The veto was promised and taken as a matter of course, as long as progress was being made and negotiations were continuing. No 'gestures' were required to expect it. Now, the American veto is being used as a threat against our negotiators, pressuring them to surrender our positions. If in a year there is no deal – and it's unlikely there will be – the threat will descend like a sword on our heads, and the U.S. will blame us” and vote against Israel, Landau said.“That's why the Likud is presenting this deal as a 'honey trap.' They are right, but we're much more likely to fall into the trap than to enjoy any honey,” Landau added.Hmmmm....would any sain man blame them for not trusting this "deal"?No matter what happens Obama will vote against Israel,so why bother?Read the full story here.

  • HT:EyeOntheWorld.12-Year-Old Islamic Thug (Arsalan Skittles) threatens another for supporting British Army.13-year-old Darius Gill goes to Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, a predominately Islamic area which has 4 mosques within 300 metres of the school. Well, half-cast Darius (his father is a Muslim) offended his fellow school mates because on his Facebook page he posted a tribute to British servicemen serving in Afghanistan. Well, Allah's little learners didn't like how one of their own could support and defend his fellow countrymen, so, like the little victims they all are, they posted the following acerbic comments on his Facebook page (remember, these are 12-year-old children).”Fight on Monday gonna be heavy knuckle dusters nd knifes hopefully I don’t die.” Another added: ”ill bang him ma slef am a terrorist.”Islam the religion of peace.Read the full story here.

  • The shocking image that reveals Haiti's torment: Desperate and naked woman collapses on cholera-stricken streets.Naked and destitute, she lies curled on one side, arms pulled protectively to her chest.But despite appearing the manifestation of human misery, no-one stops to even give her a second glance on the devastated streets of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.Still reeling from the earthquake, struggling against a cholera outbreak which has claimed 1,000 lives, Haiti's citizens are consumed simply by their own survival.Hmmm...Can you hear the world's outcry?Where have all the funds gone to,that the world so generously donated?Where are they,WHO has them?Read the full story here.

  • Increasing tension between Muslims and Copts. Burned houses, battle over church.Muslims set fire to ten houses and a shop in southern Egypt. In Talby, near the Pyramids, hundreds of Coptic Christians patrol the land for a church whose construction was opposed by fundamentalists.A love story between a young Christian and a Muslim girl has sparked violence in a small town 465 km south of Cairo, security forces intervened to take control of the situation and prevent that the violence spreading to nearby towns. Several people were arrested. The attacks were launched after a young Copt and a Muslim girl were seen together at night in the village cemetery. Both are now under police custody. After the intervention of the police, and after the local religious leaders appealed to the faithful of the two communities, peace returned. Clashes between Christians and Muslims are not uncommon in southern Egypt, many over issues of land, or because of the construction of churches. In recent months, however, the clashes have begun to spread in the capital.More than a million Copts live in the Talbiya, without even a church, and must travel several km every Sunday to attend religious services. The area is full of mosques built without permission, say the Copts, but when it comes to Christians, it takes years to obtain the necessary permits, and then the authorities find some excuse to stop everything. "When they saw the dome of the church, the Muslims went mad," said one of Christian leaders. And when they learned of the construction of the church, they began to throw garbage. A jihadi forum "Atahadi" (Challenge) which is said to have connections with Al Qaeda, published a story on its website called: "Images of the church building at the pyramids, and how to demolish it." And it said: "An easy and effective way which does not need weapons or explosives: just pour t sugar into the moulds of the columns, because the sugar chemically reacts with cement and sand".Hmmmm.....Obama "Islam is a great Religion".Read the full story here.

  • Archbishop of Mosul warns of change in strategy in attacks on Christians.The United Nations should "put pressure on the Iraqi government," therefore investigate attacks and killings "in depth", says Mgr. George Basile Casmoussa, Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul. With the murder of two Christians, in their own homes, we are witnessing an escalation of attacks against the Christian minority in Iraq. Families are leaving the country.On November 15, in Mosul, two other men were killed in their homes. According to the statements of police, some unknown persons broke into homes and gunned them down with automatic weapons before fleeing. The victims were Nabil Ghanem and Nashwan Khoder, both 36 years old. The first, Syrian Catholic, worked for the provincial unit of the organization to combat corruption, the second, a carpenter of Armenian origin.This latest attack - a real execution- seems to indicate a different strategy in the attacks against Christians. We are asking the United Nations to seriously discuss the issue of Iraqi Christians. To send a real commission for an inquiry. To put pressure on the Iraqi government to ensure attention and the highest security to churches and Christian villages. And to pursue the murderers, to the very end.Hmmm....the Islamic Nations United Nations seem to busy hammering Israel,to protect Christians or basic human rights.Read the full story here.

  • If you won't submit to screening, you won't fly, TSA says.Airline passengers who object to any type of physical screening are not going to fly anywhere, the head of the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional committee Tuesday.Quizzed by lawmakers about a controversial new airport procedure that uses revealing full-body scan machines and intimate "pat-downs" of those who object or set off alarms, TSA Administrator John S. Pistole appealed to the flying public to become "partners" in the effort to combat terrorism. But Pistole told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that his inspectors at 453 of the nation's airports are not going to back down in the face of complaints that techniques are invasive.Asked by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) about groups that objected to all forms of search on religious grounds, Pistole was unambiguous: "While we respect that person's beliefs, that person's not going to get on an airplane."Read the full story here. More here.

  • HT:NewZeal. Video : Allen West on How to Defeat Radical islam.Lt Col Allen West is a freshman Republican congressman from Florida.Here he explains how to defeat radical Islam.How often do you hear a politician speak this plainly and honestly?Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.Harry Reid’s amnesty bill must be crushed, says philanthropist.When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faced low poll numbers and the threat of being replaced by a Republican on November 2, he quickly promised Latinos in Nevada that he would push for the DREAM Act, which would be a surreptitious amnesty program for illegal aliens.It is believed this promise brought out droves of Hispanics to vote for him and many observers suspect some of them were illegal aliens.Now that Harry Reid has been re-elected, if he proposes an amnesty bill — as he promised during his campaign – in the lame duck session of congress, the consequences of this will be disastrous for unemployed Americans and must be crushed, according to the Coalition to Protect American Workers founder Henry Buhl, a philanthropist, community activist and art collector residing in New York.Buhl’s organization is the only full time humanitarian alternative to Federal detention and deportation for illegal immigrants. CPAW pays illegal immigrants seeking voluntary repatriation to return home.”There are currently between 4-6 million illegal immigrants working in the United States,” Buhl says. “A successful amnesty bill will take away desperately needed jobs for Americans at lower prices.” CPAW does not propose voluntary repatriation as a solution to the “intractable” illegal immigration problem. It is a solution for people who want to go home and for those who want to avoid costly federal detention and deportation proceedings. In fact, privately funded repatriation can be achieved typically at less than 10 percent of full federal detention and deportation costs. This is a savings to the American taxpayer and affords a more dignified departure from America for the illegal the Obama administration it's not about the illegal immigrants or the American unemployed ,but about votes to remain in power.Read the full story here.

  • HT:MichelleMalkin.Dude, Where’s My Obamacare Waiver?More than one million Americans have escaped the clutches of the Democrats’ destructive federal health care law. Lucky them. Their employers and labor representatives wisely applied for Obamacare waivers earlier this fall and got out while the getting was good.Now it’s time for Congress to create a permanent escape hatch for the rest of us. Repeal is the ultimate waiver.As you’ll recall, President Obama promised repeatedly that if Americans liked their health insurance plan, they could keep it. “Nobody is talking about taking that away from you,” the cajoler-in-chief assured. What he failed to communicate to low-wage and part-time workers across the country is that they could keep their plans—only if their companies begged hard enough for exemptions from Obamacare’s private insurance-killing regulations.According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, at least 111 waivers have now been granted to companies, unions and other organizations of all sizes who offer affordable health insurance or prescription drug coverage with limited benefits. Obamacare architects sought to eliminate those low-cost plans under the guise of controlling insurer spending on executive salaries and marketing.It’s all about control. If central planners can’t dictate what health benefits qualify as “good,” what plans qualify as “affordable” and how health care dollars are best spent, then nobody can. The ultimate goal, of course: precipitating a massive shift from private to government insurance.Hmmmm...more important what did they promise to get the waiver?Read the full story here.

  • Massive support for Kerala lecturer whose hands were chopped off by Muslim fundamentalists.Kerala lecturer T J Joseph, whose hand was chopped off by fundamentalists four months ago for allegedly insulting the Prophet in a question paper, made his first public appearance at an event on Tuesday. The function was organized by colleagues and Left-leaning intellectuals to express solidarity to him. Joseph said he was touched by the support he has received from various quarters."Neither the brutal attack on me nor my dismissal from service has weakened my resolve. It is the love and blessings of well-wishers that has moistened my eyes," he said.The lecturer is now fighting a legal battle against the Newman College management which dismissed him from service for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Despite the huge public outcry, the college management has refused to reconsider its decision.Read the full story here.

  • HT:EmergingCorruption.Gadsden Flag License Plates: A Nationwide Movement?We are on a roll. The great resurgence of American patriotism fueled by the Tea Party revolt made its voice heard this November 2nd. Not only did the corrupt Democrat Congress suffer a big reversal, but more importantly, Republicans won the largest majority of state houses they have had since 1928, and made a net gain of ten governorships, now holding a majority of 29 to 18. This is critical to the redistricting that will determine Party control for the next ten years, and is a serious setback for the Left.In keeping with the Tea Party’s spirit of resistance and freedom, you may soon be able to express your defiance with a Gadsden Flag license plate.O’Bannon told me yesterday that the bill just got a boost from Del. William Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House, who asked to be a co-patron. According to an article in the Virginia Pilot, VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s spokesperson said he “loves the idea and would put the plates on his car.” Cuccinelli is one of the 22 state AGs suing the Obama administration to challenge Obamacare in court.Read the full story here.

  • Iranian President Removed As Central Bank Board Chairman. The Iranian parliament has passed a law removing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad from the post of chairman of the General Assembly of Iran's Central Bank, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.The legislation passed on November 14 also divests Ahmadinejad of the authority to appoint the Central Bank's governor and deputy governor.The remaining members of the Central Bank's General Assembly are currently the minister of economic affairs and finance, the head of the State Management and Planning Organization, the minister of commerce, and one more minister to be selected by the Council of Ministers.Under the new arrangement, the members will include seven economists, plus the chief prosecutor and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines. IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Bahonar, the legislator who proposed the bill, as saying one of the reasons for the changes in the Central Bank management is that some Western countries have tried to confiscate the bank's assets as government assets. For that reason, "Iran's Central Bank should be independent from the government," Bahonar reasoned. Read the full story here.

  • HT:MuslimsAgainstSharia.STOP PRESS : Will you help this anti-Jihadist movie?Script of the anti-Jihadist full length feature film BLACK is now ready! We are planning to start filming of BLACK during end December. In this regard, we are already finalizing the signing process of artistes, who would play various roles in this movie. At least 75 people will work in this film.Main objective of BLACK is to very prominently and boldly project how Muslim fanatics and Jihadists are gradually becoming active and influential in Muslim societies. It also gives a clear picture of Hindu repression in Muslim Bangladesh.BLACK challenges various Koranic verses, which goes against humanity, especially those verses, which are in favor of waging Jihad against non-Muslims. It also shows sodomy inside Madrassas; how students in Madrassas are brainwashed with Jihadist indoctrinations; adverse affect of polygamy as well repression of Muslim women; abduction and forceful conversion of Bangladeshi Hindu females etc.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Video : Israeli MK Hanin Zoabi: Israeli President Shimon Peres Is Not My President, While with PA President Mahmoud Abbas I Have Political Disagreements.Read and see the full story here.

  • Food Safety Bill Seen As Threat to Small Farms. A far-reaching food safety bill that could give the government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses has become a target of those who advocate buying locally produced food.They worry the legislation's safety requirements could force small farms out of business.The opposition of these "locavores" -- advocates for buying food directly from the farm or closer to home -- and owners of small farms has become a sticking point in the Senate, which was to vote Wednesday on whether to consider the bill.Supporters will need 60 votes to proceed on the bill because Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has objected, saying the legislation's $1.4 billion cost isn't paid for.While the bill is designed to give the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over the nation's food supply, opponents say it could bankrupt some small farms that don't have the means to comply with new standards the bill would impose.Read the full story here.

  • And now for something completely different !Richard Branson to work as air hostess after losing bet.Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson will don a striking red skirt and play a stewardess on a rival airline AirAsia flight after he lost a bet with the company's owner.Branson lost a friendly bet to AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes as his Formula One Virgin Racing team ended behind Lotus Racing in the overall team rankings."We want him to shave his legs. We are going to try and get him to shave his legs and wear some make-up," The Star quoted Fernandes, the Indian-origin chief of the Malaysian budget airline, as saying Wednesday.If Richard is sporting, so is Tony. He is prepared to make a concession to his British friend as he seeks his pound of flesh.Branson, who has already received his AirAsia badge and uniform for the Kuala Lumpur-London charity flight, has been a good sport about the whole deal, added Fernandes.The budget airlines owners had wagered the friendly bet at the start of the Formula One (F1) season in March.Although neither won the race, Lotus Racing finished 10th while Virgin Racing came in last (12th).Both Branson and Fernandes are big names in the world of civil aviation. Both are knighted in their respective countries. If Branson is Sir Richard, Fernandes has the Malaysian equivalent, Datuk Seri.A nervous Branson was looking for loopholes to get out of shaving his legs, one report said.The date of the Kuala Lumpur-London AirAsia flight has yet to be set, but seats will be auctioned off and the money given to Branson's chosen charity.Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Europe stumbles blindly towards its 1931 moment.It is the European Central Bank that should be printing money on a mass scale to purchase government debt, not the US Federal Reserve.Unless the ECB takes fast and dramatic action, it risks destroying the currency it is paid to manage, and allowing a political catastrophe to unfold in Europe. If mishandled, Ireland could all too easily become a sovereign version of Credit Anstalt - the Austrian bank that brought down the central European financial system in 1931, sent tremors through London and New York, and set off the second deeper phase of the Great Depression, the phase when politics turned ugly.“Does the ECB understand the concept of contagion?” asked Jacques Cailloux, chief Europe economist at RBS. Three EMU countries have already been shut out of the capital markets, and footloose foreign creditors hold €2 trillion of debt securities issued by Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece.Bundesbank chief Axel Weber might fairly conclude that it is impossible at this stage to reconcile the needs of Germany and the big debtors. If the ECB prints money on the scale required to underpin the South, it would set off German inflation, destroy German faith in monetary union, and perhaps run afoul of Germany’s constitutional court. If EMU must split in two, it might as well be done on Teutonic terms. All this is understandable, but is Chancellor Merkel really going to let subordinate officials at the ECB destroy Germany’s half-century investment in the post-war order of Europe, and risk Götterdämmerung? Read the full story here.

  • Israel demands written US guarantees before freeze. Official says Netanyahu will not present Cabinet with American proposal for renewal of settlement construction moratorium until he receives written security guarantees. Officials: Tension over US refusal to promise not to demand another freeze.Israel has demanded the United States provide written security guarantees before it votes on whether to agree to freeze Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, an Israeli political source said Tuesday. The official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the offer to his Cabinet only upon receiving written guarantees which "reflect the understandings reached during his talks with Hillary Clinton in New York." Jerusalem is insisting that it is the Palestinians who are delaying a finalized version of the US proposal. "What is causing the delay in drafting an agreed version of the American paper is the Palestinian claim that the understandings between Clinton and Netanyahu are too good for Israel and deny them of pressure means," a state official said.Another official said the agreement includes an American commitment to veto any initiative brought before the UN to bypass the peace negotiations; a US commitment not to demand another freeze extension beyond the agreed upon 90 days and guarantee that the borders issue will not be negotiated on separately. Government officials who are familiar with the issue told Ynet that Netanyahu's demand for written guarantees has resulted in some tension with the Americans. The Americans, one official said, wanted to water down the agreement due to Palestinian opposition to a US commitment that it would not demand another freeze.The officials hinted that Netanyahu is demanding a US pledge that a final peace agreement would not include the return of Palestinian refugees to preference carved in granite with matching fingerprints.Read the full story here.

  • Caution urged on U.N. resolution.In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly voted to adopt a resolution on the defamation of religion. While that may sound like a good thing, Patrick Beard of Indigenous Outreach International (IOI) believes otherwise."There's a difference between freedom of religion and defamation of religion," he relates. "It sounds kind of nice, [it] sounds like religious tolerance and equality -- but in actuality...this resolution...puts a rubber stamp, if you will, on countries that persecute religious minorities, particularly Islamic countries."Beard, executive director of IOI, says the U.N. resolution is non-binding, but points out the fact that it was sponsored by an Islamic conference is cause for concern -- not to mention that it drew support from Pakistan and Saudia Arabia, which are among the biggest violators of human rights. Venezuela also backed the resolution.The ministry has now created the website, which invites people to sign a petition that objects to the resolution, and offers signers an opportunity to promise to pray for the U.N. General Assembly."Basically, why it matters to us as Americans -- and why it really matters to me as a missionary -- is that countries with an Islamic majority [are] passing blasphemy laws," Beard explains.MFS "Aproving these laws will make of the U.N. an instrument to suppress the Human Rights it should be defending in the first place."Read the full story here.

  • HT:BacktoBasics.It’s gone too far.Naked Scanners paid for by Stimulus money. George Soros holds financial interest in company.It’s about control, not security.Perhaps one of the most controversial topics today is the use of “naked” body scanners at airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As this investigation found, it is indeed a matter deserving of such controversy and further investigative focus.Using the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by 23-year-old “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as “Exhibit A” for needing the ultra-intrusive “naked” body scanners, the TSA, under the direction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, stepped up their purchases and deployment of the scanners to U.S. airports.In the wake of his flurry of media appearances suggesting that full body scanners would have likely caught Abdulmutallab before he boarded flight 253, and article critical of Chertoff appeared in the January 1, 2010 edition of The Washington Post. The former DHS secretary was criticized for “using his former government credentials to advocate for a product that benefits his clients.” It was disclosed that Chertoff’s security consulting agency included a client that manufactures the controversial scanners. That client is Rapiscan Systems, the leading provider of the scanners to the TSA and numerous other airports across the world.The units often referred to as “naked” or “nuclear” body scanners are more officially known as the Secure 1000 Single Pose scanners, made by Rapiscan. They also produce scanning units for air cargo inspection.A look at OSI Systems, Inc., including its Rapiscan subsidiary identifies Deepak Chopra as the president and CEO. Chopra, individually and through his PAC, has been identified as a significant donor to the Democratic party, including contributions to the campaigns of Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that he accompanied President Obama and his royal entourage by invitation on his trip to India to promote further trade between the two countries. The trip was paid for by U.S. tax dollars.Investigation into the financials of Rapiscan and its parent company becomes even more interesting when it is learned that George Soros also holds a financial stock interest in the company. As of last June, Soros held about 12,000 shares of OSI stock.Instead, it was issued as a result of the number of airline passengers “opting out” of the body scans. The reasoning was that passengers would be more likely to select the more passive and less invasive of the two options. In other words, the directive was meant to “convince” people to choose the (ostensibly) less personal and humiliating scrutiny of a full body scanner instead of being groped by a TSA agent.One might wonder why one option over the other would matter so much to the Department of Homeland Security. The answer might possibly be found in DHS documents described as “conceptual discussions” about trial deployments of the full body scanners to non-aviation public locations, such as sports stadiums, schools and malls. It appears that it is the intent of DHS to eventually install naked body scanners in these venues. But first, the public must be “conditioned” to accept their use at airports.Read the full story here.

  • Backlash over naked body scans and groin pat downs grows as pilots push for security check exemptions and 100 scans leak online.A hundred full-body scan images have leaked online showing passengers' bodies - despite Transportation Security Administration promises that such a breach would never happen.It was revealed in August that US Marshals in an Orlando, Florida courthouse had saved 35,000 images on their scanner, and now 100 have been posted online at tech website Gizmodo with identifying features blocked out.The backlash against the full-body scans has grown in recent weeks as the holiday travel season fast approaches.In Chattanooga, Tennessee the TSA conducted a body search of a three-year-old girl, the daughter of television reporter Steven Simon.Simon recording his daughter, who had set off a metal detector, screaming and crying as the TSA guard searched her body.Read the full story here.

  • Early Learning Centre bans toy pig from farmyard set for fear of offending Muslims (but keeps sty and oink noise). A children's shop has removed toy pigs from farmyard sets in case they offend Muslims and Jews. The Early Learning Centre ditched the pig from its HappyLand Goosefeather Farm toy set after it upset some customers.One mother realised the pig was missing from the set she bought for her daughter’s birthday when she found a pig sty and a button that made oinking noises, but no pig.When the mother complained, she was told in an email: ‘Previously the pig was part of the Goosefeather Farm. However due to customer feedback and religious reasons this is no longer part of the farm.’Last night, the retailer did a U-turn and agreed to bring back the pigs after disappointed families complained at such a move driven by political correctness.The angry mother, named only as Caroline, told The Sun newspaper: ‘This is political correctness gone loopy. Surely if someone has an issue with a toy they don’t agree with then they don’t buy it.’Hmmmm...pretending an animal doesn't excist doesn't make it dissapear.Read the full story here.

  • Internet Traffic from U.S. Government Websites Was Routed Via Chinese Servers.Nearly 15 percent of the world's Internet traffic -- including data from the Pentagon, the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other U.S. government websites -- was briefly redirected through computer servers in China last April, according to a congressional commission report obtained by was not immediately clear whether the incident was deliberate, but the April 18 redirection could have enabled malicious activities and potentially caused an unintended "diversion of data" from many U.S. government, military and commercial websites, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission states in a 316-page report to Congress."We've certainly seen a lot of Internet crime coming out of China and a lot of criminals that are based out of China, but as far as an actual link back to China Telecom, it's very difficult to say," Masiello said. "Who's to say criminals did not get into China Telecom? But the fact of the matter remains, we've seen a lot of cybercrime emanating out of China in the past year."Regardless of the intention behind the breach, Masiello concluded: "This type of attack shows there is a vulnerability in the Internet system, even if someone if able to hijack it for a very short period of time." i hear someone saying we need the ability to shut down the internet if needed?Read the full story here.

  • Muslims Torch Christian Homes in Southern Egypt.CAIRO-- Muslims set fire overnight to at least 10 houses belonging to Coptic Christians in a village in southern Egypt over rumors that a Christian resident had an affair with a Muslim girl, security officials said Tuesday.The officials said security forces have sealed off the village of al-Nawahid, in Qena province some 290 miles south of Cairo, to prevent the violence from spreading to neighboring towns. They said several people were arrested.The attacks started after locals spotted a young Copt and a Muslim girl together at night inside the village cemetery, the officials said. They added that both were put under police custody as authorities investigate. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.Clashes between Christians and Muslims occasionally occur in southern Egypt, mostly over land or disputes over church construction. But sectarian tensions have also been on the rise recently in the capital.Hmmm...interfaith dialog in it's natural element?Read the full story here.

  • Ministry: Iran security agents strike French diplomats.French Foreign Ministry summons Iranian ambassador over ' unacceptable violence' at entrance to ambassadorial residence in Tehran on November 14.Iranian security agents struck French diplomats in scuffles at a Tehran embassy residence, prompting France to summon Iran's ambassador and complain of "unacceptable violence", officials said Tuesday."Its entry was blocked by unidentified security services who proceeded to arrest guests of the French ambassador and carried out unacceptable acts of violence including against French diplomatic personnel," it added.Yes but according to Turkey Iran is not a threat.Read the full story here.More here.

  • At Turkey’s Insistence, NATO Will Not Name Iran As a Missile Threat.Ahead of a key summit this week, NATO’s secretary-general has confirmed that the alliance will not identify Iran as a threat requiring the deployment of a NATO-wide missile defense umbrella in Europe.Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s comment indicates that Turkey, a NATO member, will get its way on the matter. Turkey’s Islamist-leaning government has deepening political and economic ties with Tehran, and it has insisted that Iran not be singled out in NATO documents.The Obama administration also appears to be backing away from mentioning Iran in the context of the missile defense threat.U.S. envoy to NATO Ivo Daalder – a foreign policy advisor to the 2008 Obama-for-president campaign – presented “The case for NATO missile defense” in a New York Times op-ed published Monday, referring numerous times to the missile “threat” and “danger” but not identifying its source by name.Get Turkey out of Nato,you don't give the keys of your defences to your potential enemies friends,political correctness is a poor defence on the battlefield!Read the full story here.

  • NATO missiles in Turkey would defend Israel's 'crimes' - Iran.The possible deployment of NATO missile defense systems in Turkey is solely aimed at defending Israeli interests, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday."There are dubious intentions behind the story which raised concerns in regional and Islamic countries. We are not a threat to regional countries, and the countries in our region, except the Zionist regime, are not a threat to us," Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying.Earlier this month, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Turkey would not agree to host a missile shield that targeted Iran, Turkey's trade and political ally."Mentioning one country, Iran... is wrong and will not happen. A particular country will not be targeted...We will definitely not accept that," Gul said in an interview with the BBC's Turkish service.Turkey is expected to announce its final decision on the missile defense shield during the NATO summit in Lisbon on November 18-19.Hmmm....perhaps they should mention two particular countries?Cause it's pretty obvious that Turkey will never allow Nato to defend itselves against Iran.Read the full story here.

  • Iran Unveils Islamic Doll, Hijab Software, And Islamic Tie.Iran has unveiled a number of "Islamic" products including an Islamic tie.The tie, which is shaped like the sword of Imam Ali (cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad who is considered by Shi'a as his rightful successor) and decorated with an Islamic hadith (a saying attributed to Muhammad), has been registered in the Islamic republic by inventor Hemat Komeili. (For a picture, click here.) Komeili has been quoted as saying that his tie has been approved by some of the sources of emulation. He says it appears beautiful like a tie in addition to being based on Islamic values. Ties came under attack in Iran following the 1979 revolution as one of the symbols of "decadent" Western cultures. It was reported that men with ties were detained in the early days of the revolution and according to unconfirmed reports in some cases their ties were cut off. Some Iranian men still wear ties in public even though it is generally condemned and disapproved by the country's leaders and clerics. Meanwhile an Iranian company says it has created the first Islamic doll.Hmmmm....a tie shaped like a sword,real peacefull country according to Turkey of course.Read the full story here.

  • HT:WizBang."Islamophobia?" Redux.Over the weekend, my colleague Rick posted a piece about the latest strain of violence in Iraq -- the deliberate targeting of that nation's relatively few Christians. And that got me thinking. And Rick's other piece this morning gave me another push.Iraq is hardly the only place where Christians are being specifically targeted by Muslims for oppression and attacks. It's not that safe to be a Christian in Pakistan, either. I could cite a few more examples, but let's move on. Do I really need to bring up the treatment of Jews by Muslims -- and not just in Israel? And then there's Africa. Islam is pretty well established on that continent, especially the north -- and it's moving south. For example, the ongoing Darfur genocide is being carried out by Muslim Arabs against both Muslim and non-Muslim blacks -- it appears that race trumps religion in this case.In brief, there's a whole hell of a lot of religious-based killing going on around the world. And the vast majority of it seems to be done by Muslims.So, where the hell is this "Islamophobia" going on? Where in the world -- literally -- are Muslims being targeted and killed in large numbers purely because of their faith?As I said, a "phobia" is an unreasonable fear. When the fear is entirely reasonable, though, that fear has another term.It's called "a survival instinct."Read the full story here.

  • Mob in Athens abuses Muslims during Eid prayers.Dozens of far-right activists and local residents threw eggs and taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a central square for Eid Al Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of riot police.Greece, which has become the main immigrant gateway to the European Union, has a growing Muslim community and tensions between locals and incomers have run high in some Athens areas such as Attiki square, the scene of Tuesday's incident.Athens' Muslim community is without an official mosque and prayers are usually held at cultural centres or community halls or private apartments around the city. The Muslim community in Greece is estimated at about 1 million, in a country where most people are Greek Orthodox Christians.While the Muslims prayed, some locals shouted obscenities from their balconies and waved Greek flags. Leaflets that depicted pigs -- an animal Muslims consider unclean -- were scattered across the square."There is a (unofficial) mosque near here but we're afraid to go there," said a 30-year old migrant from Bangladesh, who gave his name as Shamasul. "Sometimes Greeks in the neighborhood threaten to kill us."Margarita Vassilatou, 56, who has lived in the square for more than 35 years said she wanted to leave as a result of the immigrants:"This is not a life ... We are afraid of them. Many of them are criminals, they carry knifes and deal drugs."Read the full story here.

  • Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General. President Obama's picture book for kids, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf, $17.99), pays tribute to 13 Americans whose traits he sees in his own children.The 31-page book, for kids ages 3 and up, is filled with lyrical questions for Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, opening with, "Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?"The book, out Tuesday, is illustrated with Loren Long's paintings of the Obama girls and their dog, Bo, as well as the 13 famous Americans as kids and grown-ups.A series of two-page spreads asks questions ("Have I told you that you are creative?") across from short tributes. He writes of Georgia O'Keeffe: "She helped us see big beauty in what is small: the hardness of stone and the softness of feather." His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn: ("A Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.")Hmmm...that's what happens when you think you're smarter then the average American .....they find out who you really are?Read the full story here.

  • And now for something completely different.Fat cell hope for heart attacks.Fat cells taken from the waistline could hold promise in treating heart attacks, say researchers.A pilot study on 14 patients in the Netherlands and Spain found that stem cells extracted from fat and delivered to the heart appeared to boost heart function after a heart attack.Doctors now plan to extend the study to over 300 heart attack patients at 35 clinics in Europe.A UK heart charity said the approach was "promising".Read the full story here.Read the full story here.
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