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Monday, November 22, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Two Christian brothers killed in Mosul.Iraq’s Christian community comes under attack, again. Gunmen shoot and kill two shop owners in cold blood. Iraqi Christians issue an appeal: “Pray for us persecuted Christians”.Anti-Christian violence and persecution continue in Iraq. Two days after a Christian home was attacked in Mosul (northern Iraq), two Iraqi Christians were killed in the city’s Sina’a neighbourhood.Sources told AsiaNews that unknown thugs entered a store owned by two Christian brothers, Hanna and Saad Wahad, 40 and 43 respectively, and shot them in cold blood. Saad died instantly, Hanna, two hours later.Hmmmm....outrage of the U.S. President in 3..2...."Islam is a great religion" - America is no longer a Christian country?Read the full story here.

  • Holiday Drivers Face Highest Gas Prices in More Than 6 Months.Americans preparing for Thanksgiving travel face the highest gasoline prices in more than six months, with prices at the pump topping $3 per gallon in New York and on the West Coast.The average retail gasoline price was $2.89 a gallon on Nov. 15, the latest weekly reporting period, up almost three cents from the week before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At the end of August, drivers were paying 21 cents less a gallon, or $2.68.Analysts blame the recent price increases on temporary shutdowns at refineries in the U.S. and France, as well as on weakness in the dollar in early November, which led to higher oil prices.They predict the cost of gasoline will stop rising or will fall by the end of the year.Hmmm that falling price must be at the time that pigs start to fly and crows wear shoes?Read the full story here.

  • Hundreds feared dead following festival stampede in Cambodia.Hundreds of people are believed dead following a stampede at a festival in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.The celebrations turned to tragedy this evening after a bridge on the Tonle Sap river became blocked with festival-goers heading to a concert.Officials have so far been unable to confirm the number of victims, but latest news reports have put the death toll at 339, with a further 329 injured. According to eye-witnesses, several members of the packed crowd collapsed while crossing the bridge to Koh Pich Island - a long spit of land in the river where the concert was being held to mark the end of the three-day holiday.Read and see the full story here.

  • Jews have no right to Western Wall, PA 'study' says.Official paper by published by PA Ministry of Information claims Al-Buraq Wall, as it is known to Muslims, constitutes Waqf property.The Western Wall belongs to Muslims and is an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Haram al-Sharif [the Noble Sanctuary], according to an official paper published on Monday by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information in Ramallah.The paper, which has been presented as a “study,” was prepared by Al-Mutawakel Taha, a senior official with the PA Ministry of Information to “refute” Jews’ claim to the Western Wall.The new paper claims that the Western Wall, or Al-Buraq Wall as it is known to Muslims, constitutes Waqf property owned by an Algerian-Moroccan Muslim family.It claims that there isn’t one stone in the wall that belongs to the era of King Solomon.The PA ministry’s study also warned that “no Muslim or Arab or Palestinian had the right to give up one stone of the Al-Buraq Wall or other religious sites.”Hmmm....amazing how much things have improved and became clearer since Barack Hussein Obama started his peaceplan.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TechDirt.President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans.From the well,-look-at-that... dept.As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who's been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff's consulting firm. Of course, similar concerns were brought up a year ago when Chertoff was busy promoting the scanners, but it appears that many in the mainstream press continue to highlight his old Homeland Security title, while downplaying his current role making money from seeing those scanners sold. However, perhaps even more interesting is the news that President Obama was finally asked to address the whole thing this weekend, and (not surprisingly) defended the scans and the pat downs as "the only [procedures] right now that [the TSA] considers to be effective," to prevent terrorism (while also admitting that he doesn't have to go through security to get on airplanes, so he hasn't experienced the scans. No surprise there. Of course, what he didn't mention is that he just got done traveling with the CEO of OSI, the parent company of Rapiscan, the makers of the main naked scanner that is being purchased and put into all these airports. Apparently, OSI CEO, Deepak Chopra (no, not the new agey guy), "was selected to accompany US President, Barack Obama, to Mumbai and attended the US India Business Entrepreneurship meeting..."Hmmm....the best of both worlds?Read the full story here.

  • CBC Investigation: Who killed Lebanon's Rafik Hariri? It wasn't until late 2007 that the awkwardly titled UN International Independent Investigation Commission actually got around to some serious investigating.By then, nearly three years had passed since the spectacular public murder of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri.Hariri, the builder. The billionaire tycoon who'd reclaimed Beirut's architectural heritage from the shattered cityscape of a civil war and made it his mission to restore Lebanon's mercantile leadership.Hariri, the nationalist who'd had the courage to stand against Syria, Lebanon's longtime occupier; and in his day was the most important reformer in the Middle East.The massive detonation that killed him on Feb. 14, 2005 unleashed forces no one knew were there. All of Lebanon seemed to rise up in the murder's aftermath, furiously pointing at the country's Syrian overlords.The not unreasonable assumption was that Hariri had died for opposing Damascus.Lebanon's fury quickly accomplished what the assassinated leader had failed to achieve in his lifetime.The murder gave rise to the so-called Cedar Revolution, a rare Lebanese political consensus. Syria, cowed by the collective anger, withdrew its troops.Read the full story here.Related : Kuwaiti Daily: Hizbullah Is Monitoring International Tribunal Investigators.Source

  • Turkish, Iranian Foreign Ministers talks on phone.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke to his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on the phone after the NATO summit in Lisbon ended.Turkey's efforts for Iran not to be cited as the source of threat regarding the missile shield system and the outcome obtained as a result have been welcomed by the regional countries.Mottaki thanked Turkey for its principled attitude at the summit and draw attention to the importance of this attitude.Foreign Minister Davutoglu also spoke on the phone to Iran's nuclear negotiator Said Celili.The two made an assessment of the latest developments ahead of the critical meeting on December 5, of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. Hmmm....."His masters voice"?Read the full story here.

  • Over 1,650 German mortar shells unearthed near site of First World War's Battle of Verdun.Some 1,652 German mortar shells have been found in a small French village in the Hinterland between France and Germany - a flash point in the First World War.The village Coucy-lès-Eppes, where the shells were unearthed after a house was being constructed, is very near to the site of the Battle of Verdun, one of the major battles on the Western Front.Locals have been evacuated until Friday for safety reasons and the shells, which are almost 100 years old, will be destroyed in nearby military camps.Read the full story here.

  • HT:AmnonandJonathan.Torture ? At the interrogation center! Not in the prison !Inmates have surprising amount of leeway in a maximum security jail they built themselves, writes Jason Koutsoukis in Gaza City. Naser Suleiman has what many Gazans can only dream of: a well-paid job that he loves.The director of Gaza's new maximum security prison, Suleiman is proud of the facility that he says is the territory's first prison to be built by inmates.''It's like a five-star hotel here,'' he says, pointing to the freshly painted architrave in his office.The most striking aspect of the prison is the atmosphere of leeway. Friends and relatives of the inmates walk in and out of the main entrance unhindered, more like visitors to a hospital.Also absent are the steel bars, razor wire and electric fences that are standard features in most modern prisons.''Where would anyone escape to?'' Suleiman asks, explaining the laissez-faire approach. ''The Gaza Strip is … a prison from which there is no escape.''Read the full story here.

  • Sarah Palin drops 2012 presidency hint with staff visit to Iowa. Palin scouts for office space in early voting state, suggesting next week's visit will be 'more than just a book signing'.Sarah Palin has dropped another hint of her intention to run for the White House in 2012, dispatching aides to scope out office space in Iowa, the first stop in the presidential race.The "will she, won't she?" speculation about Palin in 2012 has become a Washington parlour game – as well as generating free publicity for her new book, which goes on sale this week.Palin's 16-stop schedule, unusually for a book tour, includes no readings in Los Angeles, New York or Washington DC, but has Palin spending time in states such as Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina.In addition to stoking speculation about her political ambitions, the book has escalated Palin's running feud with the media. On Saturday she obtained a court order forcing the Gawker website to take down 21 leaked pages from her new book.Hmmm..."There will be blood" - Obama might need more then Golf balls in 2012? Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheBlaze.Man Arrested for Trying to Record Underwear Strip-Down at TSA Checkpoint.Planning on filming any “minimally invasive” TSA pat-downs this travel week? Think again. After trying to film his over-the-top stunt at a San Diego TSA checkpoint, Samuel Wolanyk was arrested and charged with refusing to complete the security process and trying to videotape the event.On Friday, Wolanyk opted out of the advanced imaging screening at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. When told he would need to get a pat-down, he instead stripped down to his underwear, the NBC San Diego affiliate reports.“TSA needs to see that I’m not carrying any weapons, explosives, or other prohibited substances, I refuse to have images of my naked body viewed by perfect strangers, and having been felt up for the first time by TSA the week prior (I travel frequently) I was not willing to be molested again,” Wolanyk said in a statement on Friday.TSA requested that Wolanyk put his clothes back on in order to complete the pat-down, but he refused, according to his attorney.While it’s not surprising that Wolanyk was taken into custody for stripping down (and we already knew that failure to complete the screening process could carry consequences), the charge of unlawfully recording the event is new.Read the full shutzstaffel story here.

  • HT:ElderofZion.Iran's involvement in a Nazi website .Is Iran’s government sponsoring an Internet site that extols the German Nazis, their history and achievements, including the antisemitism that the current Iranian regime also supports? Or is it merely permitting one to operate in its highly censored communications' system?Here are the facts. There is a discussion group site entitled IranNazi that has an Iranian internet URL. It is written in Persian and seems to have begun on August 24. All the material on the site is pro-Nazi and features pictures of Adolph Hitler, the swastika, and goose-stepping German soldiers. There is an English-language part as well.This site pretends to be an association for the research of Nazism and to be "completely historical and scientific."It includes such topics as claims that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the well-known antisemitic forgery is true; insistence that the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis never happened and is in fact a lie; makes the prediction that Israel will collapse in five years; and highlights cartoons and satire ridiculing the Holocaust. All four of these positions are also taken by the Iranian government and official media.Iran does not have freedom of speech and certainly not freedom of the Internet. Given the tight censorship in Iran and the fact that all sites are closely monitored, permission to publish--especially to claim government sponsorship--is evidence of state backing.So is this, then, a state-backed site, showing just how far the regime has gone in boosting Nazism historically and antisemitism or a private initiative by some Iranian immigrants in the United States who are supporters of the Iranian regime? Is the statement on the site, which has not been suppressed by the government, accurate? It isn't completely clear. A very well-informed and highly credible Iranian notes that the fact that it isn't blocked "is a significant indication that the government at least does not have problem with it." The deputy minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance is Muhammad Ali Ramin, who was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's advisor on Holocaust issue and founder of Holocaust Institute in Tehran and the president of the conference of Holocaust; A Global Perspective, which denied that the mass murder of Jews never took place. Hmmm....Iran.....Turkey....hating who?Read the full story here.

  • Mosque Money Shocker.The so-called Ground Zero mosque recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, reports The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from Ground Zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11th, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the ninth anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue."If Imam Feisal and his retinue want know why they're not trusted, here's yet another reason,” says Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam and Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU, when I asked her about the grant proposal. “The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy—especially from a man who says he's all about dialogue."Hmmm...reward for the "good" work in Indonesia 2 1/2 weeks ago?Read the full story here.

  • HTLIsrael.Matzav.Video: The Obama administration shames America.Two and a half weeks ago, I reported on the United States' periodic review at the UN 'Human Rights Council.' At the time, I said that the Republican party ought to get a hold of the video for use in the next election cycle. I now have that video and it's even worse than I thought it would be.Let's go to the videotape. I'll have more afterward.The last comment on the tape was the key one: Demeaning the United States is apparently in President Obama's political interests. The key foreign policy goal of the Obama administration is to destroy the notion that America is an exceptional nation, and to cut it down to the same size as brutal dictatorships around the world. Trying to cut down America's most feisty ally by forcing it into a situation where it will have to fight for its very existence is part of the same 'strategy.'Read and see the full story here.

  • Islamic Knifeman stabs Russian cop because they prevented him from living according to Sharia law.A traffic cop was stabbed at his desk in what police believe is a revenge attack following a crackdown on religious extremism.The attacker, an unemployed 18-year-old man, burst into a police station in Baskortostan, shouting “Allah-u-Akhbar” (God is great).He then stabbed Chief Lieutenant Vilmir Minnikhanov in the neck, chest and left forearm.A second officer, Seargeant Radkhika Shakirov, was also injured in the ensuing scuffle.The attacker was arrested and religious texts were found among his belongings. The literature has been taken away to be assessed for extremist content.And he told police that he had intended to kill any police officers he found because they prevented him from living according to Sharia law, Bashkortostan’s deputy interior minister Ruslan Sharafutdinov told Interfax.“We view this attack as a kind of revenge for the effective control of extremism in the country,” he added.Read the full story here.

  • Israel - Archaeologists: 1,800-Year-Old Pool an Important Historical Find.It's a case of history repeating itself – at least partially. Archaeologists who have been helping to prepare an area in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City for construction of a mikveh (ritual bath) were stunned to discover that the exact same spot had been used for bathing purposes thousands of years ago. They uncovered an empty stone pool there, apparently part of an ancient Roman-era bathhouse that stood on the spot.The archaeologists dated the pool to between the years 200 and 300 C.E., meaning that the structure is at least some 1,800 years old.Read the full story here.

The Obama admin & the trashing of America at the U.N.

HT: IsraelMatzav.

Political Correctness And Jihad.IQ al Rassooli knows Islam better than anyone I know. In this interview, he speaks to Laurie Roth about how political correctness is helping Jihadists.

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • HT:TheJawaReport.Federal Judge: Terror trial evidence creates "a prima facie case as to CAIR's involvment in a conspiracy to support Hamas".A federal judge’s long-secret ruling that federal prosecutors violated the rights of three major American Islamic organizations and others named as unindicted co-conspirators in a Texas terrorism support case finally became public on Friday.Their efforts to have their names cleared by claiming they never had an opportunity to respond to the government's listing them as conspirators appears to have been a Pyrrhic victory as the ruling by Judge Jorge Solis lays out the government's evidence that the groups did in fact conspire to support Hamas.The Government identifies four portions of the record from the first trail that purportedly established that CAIR was a "joint venturer and co-conspirator".Judge Solis then spends several pages (pp. 14-19) laying out the evidence against ISNA, NAIT and CAIR concerning their active support of HLF's fundraising for Hamas. He rules that while the list of unindicted co-conspirators should be sealed, their names should not be expunged.Read the full story here.

  • Sarah Palin drops 2012 presidency hint with staff visit to Iowa. Palin scouts for office space in early voting state, suggesting next week's visit will be 'more than just a book signing'.Sarah Palin has dropped another hint of her intention to run for the White House in 2012, dispatching aides to scope out office space in Iowa, the first stop in the presidential race.The "will she, won't she?" speculation about Palin in 2012 has become a Washington parlour game – as well as generating free publicity for her new book, which goes on sale this week.Palin's 16-stop schedule, unusually for a book tour, includes no readings in Los Angeles, New York or Washington DC, but has Palin spending time in states such as Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina.In addition to stoking speculation about her political ambitions, the book has escalated Palin's running feud with the media. On Saturday she obtained a court order forcing the Gawker website to take down 21 leaked pages from her new book.Hmmm..."There will be blood" - Obama might need more then Golf balls in 2012? Read the full story here.

  • Landau to settlers: No return to Auschwitz borders.Protesters against renewal of freeze block entrance to J'lem; minister addresses thousands protesting outside PM's Office.Thousands of settlers protested outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Sunday against a potential freeze on construction in West Bank settlements.Dozens of young people also blocked the entrance to Jerusalem. Police dispersed the protesters and arrested two people. Earlier, National Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau (Israel Beiteinu), an opponent of an additional freeze, addressed the demonstrators."The Oslo accords are a fatal disease whose traces we can still see inside of us today. Israel has changed its tune. We said said we wouldn't leave the Golan or the Bekaa. We said we wouldn't return to the '67 borders, which are Auschwitz borders. We said we wouldn't divide Jerusalem or evacuate the settlements. But each year we see the governments are ready to make concessions."Landau equated evacuating settlements to "transfer" and blamed Netanyahu's government for playing into the hands of the left-wing, who have defined settlers as enemies of peace.Read the full story here.

  • Report: Hezbollah linked to Hariri murder.Canadian Broadcasting Corp says Lebanese police officer and UN investigators unearthed extensive circumstantial evidence implicating Syrian-backed movement in February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister. UN faulted for misplacing vital piece of evidence.WASHINGTON - Hezbollah is responsible for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This conclusion, based on circumstantial evidence, has been unearthed by United Nations investigators and a Lebanese officer, who was assassinated following the revelations, according to an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. According to the report, the UN International Independent Investigation Commission's findings are based on an elaborate examination of Lebanese phone records. They suggest that Hezbollah men communicated with the owners of cell phones allegedly used to coordinate the detonation that killed Hariri and 22 others in Beirut on February 14, 2005. Eid, a former student of computer engineering, had conducted a review of the call records of all cell phones that had been used in the vicinity of the Hotel St. George, where Hariri's convoy was bombed, the Washington Post reported. He quickly established a network of "red" phones that had been used by the hit squad, established links with other small phone networks he suspected of being involved in planning the operation, and traced all the networks back to a landline at Hezbollah's Great Prophet Hospital in South Beirut, and a handful of government-issued cell phones set aside for Hezbollah."The Eid report was entered into the UN's database by someone who either didn't understand it or didn't care enough to bring it forward. It disappeared," CBC said.Hmmm...not really a surprise listening to Hezbollah these last weeks.Read the full story here

  • Let’s not waste the blasphemy law, please! Pray, what is this National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW)? Terrible the very fact that such a commission is functioning here to turn good Muslim women into monsters by giving them funny ideas. What makes it outrageous is its defence of Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman who blasphemed and has been, in our mercy, sentenced to death by hanging, which, arguably, is better than being lynched.But no, they want to make a big thing out of it, like some people today talk ill about Henry VIII for getting rid of some of his wives. What’s a man supposed to do when wives become troublesome? He merely acted in good sport and did the routine, though slightly more imaginatively.But let me present a simpler argument. It’s a case of logistics. The best catch, I agree, is always an Ahmadi, preferable to a Christian, a Hindu or a Shia or even a shrine-worshipping Muslim. But it’s not every day that one can find an Ahmadi. Some we have allowed to escape to infidel lands. The remnants are breeding slower than the rate at which we can find and kill them. (There’s an argument here, in fact, that we should spare Ahmadis for a while so they can breed enough for our sport.) They are not always readily available, even though we have the ever-vigilant Khatm-e-Nabuwwat sniffing for them everywhere. So, what does one do on a bad, no-Ahmadi day? Right! One should get hold of whoever is available. And if it’s a Christian woman, so be it.Already, we have a very poor record of killing alleged blasphemers. We try hard to nail them in the lower courts only to see them released by the higher courts. This is shameful, an honest day’s work of a bunch of faithful making shipwreck on the rocks of modern sensibility and legal technicalities. We have just seen and suffered the floods for our collective sins. We need to wake up and stop preventing people from doing the right thing. This is what we have the blasphemy law for. Let’s make use of it and not waste it.Hmmm....Islam the religion of Peace...Obama ...."Islam is a great religion".Read the full hatred and insanity story here.

  • 'It only cost $4,200 and was run by less than six brothers': Al Qaeda’s gloats at ‘bargain’ printer bomb plane plot.Al Qaeda has boasted that a plane printer bomb plot foiled in Britain and Dubai was a 'bargain' which 'cost only $4,200 and was run by less than six brothers'.In an extraordinary article on the terror group's online magazine Inspire, organisers claim that the thwarted attacks - dubbed Operation Hemorrhage - were part of a new strategy to 'bleed the enemy to death'. The authors even include a shopping list for the operation - 'two Nokia mobiles, $150 each, two HP printers, $300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of $4,200'.'That is all what Operation Hemorrhage cost us,' they add.Read the full story here.

  • Death by stoning woman could be spared: Iran.There is a "good chance" that the life of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery could be spared, the head of Iran's High Human Rights Council said in an interview aired on Monday."Our judiciary made a lot of efforts (in reviewing the case) and we think there is a good chance her life could be saved," Mohammed Javad Larijani told Iran's English-language Press TV.Sakineh's current lawyer, Javid Houtan Kian, was arrested in the northwestern city of Tabriz in September along with two Germans who were conducting an interview with her son.The two Germans, who entered Iran on tourist visas, are accused of spying.According to prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, Houtan Kian's possible links with "anti-revolutionary groups based abroad" are being investigated.Without naming him, Larijani also criticised Sakineh's first lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaie, for having "preferred to give interviews to foreigners" rather than defend his client.Read the full story here.

  • Local jihadist website tied to terror thugs returns under new name, militant New York website tied to terror plotters - and shut down for promoting violence - has resurfaced under a new name.Revolution Muslim has been linked to at least a third of almost two dozen homegrown terror schemes exposed during the past year, investigators said.The site was taken down Nov. 5, after an uproar over a user posting that called for the assassination of members of the British Parliament who voted for the Iraq war.The posting, which gave tips on how to meet with the pols, went up after a 21-year-old woman radicalized through the site was sentenced to life for trying to stab an MP.Website co-founder Younus Abdullah Muhammad, 31, disavowed the posting and others urging violence."It was ill-advised and not a platform that I or Revolution Muslim ever held," said the Columbia University graduate. "I did not say, 'Bomb them, kill them,' I don't have those opinions. You cannot be responsible for what people do with your message."Anti-terrorism experts say no matter what the name, the site is a breeding ground for anti-American hatred and validates terrorist fantasies."Revolution Muslim, in its various forms, provided an ideology that could be used to justify violence," said Mitch Silber, head of the NYPD's intellegence analysis division.Investigators uncovered ties to a roster of terror suspects.Hmmm....meanwhile the TSA searches kids for terrorisme?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Matzav.Senator Cardin: Anti-Israel Sentiment Contributes to ‘Significant Increase’ in Anti-Semitism.The chairman of the Helsinki Commission said that there is “no question about” anti-Israel sentiment contributing to the growing trend of global anti-Semitism. “It does go in that direction,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told The Hill in a sit-down interview in his office last week after stating “there’s been a significant increase in international anti-Semitism sparked by international events.”"But there’s good news, bad news here,” he said. “The bad news is there’s an escalation of anti-Semitism. The good news is it’s recognized by the governments and the governments are doing something to try to prevent it.”“So we have a game plan to fight anti-Semitism,” he said. “In Europe, there is a rise in anti-Semitism but it’s not government-instituted. Some countries are better than others in dealing with it.” Europe it is not goverment - instituded...where is it, or by whom ?Read the full story here.

  • View from Middle East: President Obama is a problem.Vowing to change a region that has resisted the best efforts of presidents and prime ministers past, Barack Obama dove head first into the Middle East peace process on his second day in office. He was supposed to be different. His personal identity, his momentum, his charisma and his promise of a fresh start would fundamentally alter America’s relations with the Muslim world and settle one of its bitterest grievances. Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him forthe current stalemate – just as they blame one another. Instead of becoming a heady triumph of his diplomatic skill and special insight, Obama’s peace process is viewed almost universally in Israel as a mistake-riddled fantasy. And far from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has become just another frustrated player on a hardened Mideast phrase comes to mind: "They don't trust me because of my middle name" among another million other things.Read the full story here

  • HT:TheAmericanDream.Will TSA Groping Destroy Tourism In The United States?One of the things that has not been considered in the debate over the horrific new TSA security procedures is the economic impact that all of this is going to have. The rest of the world is watching what is going on, and millions of people are going to decide that they simply do not want to go through the hassle of flying to the United States. There are some cultures where allowing a strange person to touch your private areas is unthinkable. In 2009, 54.9 million tourists visited the United States, and those tourists spent approximately 93 billion dollars. That doesn't even count all of the internal tourism in the United States which is far greater. Tourism is the first, second or third biggest employer in 29 U.S. states. So what happens if a significant chunk of tourists decide that they are simply not going to fly because of the new full body scanners and the new "enhanced pat-downs"?In our obsession with "underwear bombers", we could literally kill the goose that killed the golden egg. The United States is still one of the favorite destinations in the world for tourists, and many areas of the country are highly dependent on tourist dollars. So are we willing to take a hit to our economy that could reach into the tens of billions of dollars just so that we can all feel slightly safer from "underwear bombers"?Even before these new security procedures were implemented a lot of tourists were already staying home or avoiding having to fly because of our ridiculous air security system.So how damaging to our economy will all of these new security procedures be?The truth is that the rest of the world is watching what we are doing.They are watching as little boys are being strip-searched at U.S. airports.That doesn't exactly scream "welcome to America" now does it?Hmmmm....come and visit America groping included?Read the full story here.

  • US will not pressure Israel to extend freeze after 90 days.National Security Adviser Uzi Arad says US committed, in writing, to not asking for additional building moratorium.The US has given written assurance to Israel that it won't be pressured to impose any additional settlement freezes after it accepts a limited 90 day construction moratorium aimed at reviving peace talks, a top Israeli official said Saturday."A commitment not to ask an additional freeze after 90 days was written by the Americans," National Security Advisor Uzi Arad said Saturday afternoon to Channel 2.The US proposal would mean Israel would cease settlement building for 90 days in return for US pledges to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations and a fleet of next-generation stealth fighter planes.The proposal does not include a freeze on building in east Jerusalem.Netanyahu has asked for the assurances in writing in part to appease some members of his cabinet who oppose the deal.Israel and the Palestinians are supposed to try to and work out a deal on their future borders during the 90-day freeze period. Once borders are settled on, Israel could then resume building on any territories it expects to keep under a future peace deal.Hmmmm....and Obama is supposed to keep his promise?The road to Hell is paved with empty promises,this is a high speed rail to it.Read the full story here.

  • OMG !Christmas overtime pay axed after bosses say it discriminates against other religions.A chain of care homes is refusing to pay its staff overtime this Christmas – claiming that it would discriminate against other religions.The firm said it had an ‘ethical belief in equality’ which means it cannot favour Christmas over ‘other religious festivals’.Staff were told that it would only pay bonuses for bank holidays, which rules out Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year because they fall at the weekend.Scores of care workers who provide 24-hour care for the elderly were told of the pay arrangements during recent meetings with Guinness Care and Support.One member of staff said: ‘We have learned that senior head office management have decided that all staff who work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day will be paid standard, flat-rate wages with no bonuses whatsoever.‘The management themselves are on two weeks’ annual leave. It has come as a shock and left us all stunned.Exeter Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said that he would be contacting Guinness Care and Support for a more comprehensive explanation of the company’s position.He said: ‘I am surprised at their stance. We are still an overwhelmingly Christian society and Christmas is a religious festival and a public long before Christmas is abolished in Britain?Read the full story here.

  • Sharia lessons for pupils aged six: BBC uncovers 'weekend schools' that teach pupils how to hack off thieves' hands.Children in Britain are being taught brutal Sharia law punishments, including how to hack off a criminal’s hand or foot.So-called ‘weekend schools’ for Muslim pupils as young as six also teach that the penalty for gay sex is execution and that ‘Zionists’ are plotting to take over the world for the Jews. One set textbook challenges youngsters to list the ‘reprehensible’ qualities of Jews.Another for six-year-olds asks them to answer what happens to someone who dies who is not a believer in Islam. The answer being looked for is ‘hellfire’.Mr Gove told the programme: ‘I have no desire or wish to intervene in the decisions that the Saudi government makes in its own education system. ‘But I’m clear that we cannot have anti-Semitic material of any kind being used in English schools. Ofsted are doing some work in this area.Referring to the lesson that tasks children to list the ‘reprehensible qualities of the Jews’, in a letter to the BBC, the Saudi ambassador said it was ‘dangerously deceptive and misleading to address such texts and discuss them out of their overall historical, cultural and linguistic contexts’.Hmmmm...Obama...."Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • Saudi woman and three passengers killed while defying driving ban.A young woman driver and three of her passengers were killed in a crash in Saudi Arabia after she defied the kingdom’s ban on women motorists.The woman, who was in her 20s, had been driving a 4X4 with nine girlfriends on Saturday night in the capital, Riyadh, in an open area often used by young men in car races. Four of the women were killed when the vehicle overturned. The remaining six were injured and taken to a nearby hospital.Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam. Although there is no specific law to forbid it, women cannot obtain driving licences. In remote parts of the kingdom they sometimes drive illegally.One said: ‘Allowing women to drive will only bring sin. The evils it would bring - mixing between the genders, temptations, and tarnishing the reputation of devout Muslim women - outweigh the benefits.’Hmmm...the defenders of women rights at the U.N.Read the full story here.

  • Jindal: Time to Stop Apologizing for America.Criticizing both the Bush and Obama administrations for failing to execute adequate domestic security policies, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went on a tear Sunday, criticizing Washington for playing defense, relying on luck and apologizing for protecting the nation from terrorists.The federal government has to face the fact the War on Terror is about enemies who hate the U.S. way of life, not about social justice, he said."The reality is, this isn't about people who don't have enough jobs, who don't have enough social aid, this is about fighting an enemy that hates our way of life," Jindal said on NBC's "Meet the Press.""This is a fundamental clash of cultures. ... This isn't, well, let's go and figure out a way to apologize for Americans. This isn't how we offended them because we're supporting Israel," he continued.Read the full story here.

  • Iran sets February trial date for 3 Americans.The lawyer for three Americans facing espionage charges in Iran said Sunday that a new trial date of Feb. 6 has been set but that the judge has refused to allow him to meet with his clients to prepare a defense.The trial was to have started on Nov. 6, but authorities said they delayed it because one of the Americans, who was freed on bail, had not been summoned to return to the country to appear in court.Their lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, said he received an official notification Sunday of the new trial date.Sarah Shourd was freed in September and returned to the United States. Her fiance, Shane Bauer, and their friend Josh Fattal remain in prison.The case is among the many points of confrontation between Iran and the United States, which has repeatedly appealed for the Americans to be released.Shafiei said the judge turned down his request to meet with Bauer and Fattal — both 28 — to prepare for the trial."He replied, 'You will meet them on the day of the trial,'" Shafiei told The Associated Press. "I need to meet them to prepare my defense letter."Iranian authorities said they freed Shourd as a humanitarian gesture because of unspecified health concerns, though she has since said her health is fine.Iran warned that it will seize the $500,000 bail posted by Shourd if she does not return for trial.The 32-year-old woman, from Oakland, California, has not disclosed any plans to return to Iran.Hmmm...welcome to "Justice" style A.D. 620?Read the full story here.

  • Why Turkey will emerge as the leader of the Muslim World.Turkey is not thought of as the Muslim country par excellence, but Turkey is, perhaps, the most Muslim nation in the world. Due to its unique birth during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, as a state forged exclusively by and for Muslims through blood and war, Turkey is a Muslim nation by origin, a feature shared perhaps only with partition-created Pakistan.The AKP has eschewed Ataturk’s vision of Turkey as part of the West, replacing Western solidarity with a Manichean “us (Muslims) versus them” worldview. Hence, in the post-Sept. 11 world, stripped of its Kemalist identity, Turkey’s self-appointed role is that as leader of the “Muslim world.” The country is, in fact, suited for this position: It has the largest economy and most powerful military of any Muslim nation. After years of successful de-Kemalization, the only obstacle that remains is convincing its Muslim brethren to anoint it as their sultan of the “Muslim world.”According to a recent poll by TESEV, an Istanbul-based NGO, the number of people identifying themselves as Muslim increased by 10 percent between 2002 and 2007, and almost half them described themselves as Islamist. In effect, the AKP’s steady mobilization of Turkish Muslim identity along with its close financial and ideological affinity with the nation’s new Islamist elites is setting the stage for a total recalibration of Turkey’s international compass.Hmmm..these are the people NATO entrusted with the keys of the West their defence?Have you ever witnessed greater madness?Get Turkey out of NATO NOW!Read the full story here.

  • Related:How a Muslim thinks and nuclear Iran.The last five years have seen the rise of political Islam, or in the Western rhetoric the unexpected consequences of freedom of choice in the Islamic world. The election victories of both Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine, or the seats that Muslim Brothers managed to win in the Egyptian parliamentary elections, clearly support that argument.Ironically, it is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad who understands Muslims’ psychology the best. At present, he is naively accused of being a crazy dictator in the West, but there is no doubt that Ahmedinejad is successfully playing to the gallery. For instance, he frequently attempts to mobilize popular feelings of being wronged as well as subsequently humiliated in the Islamic world by declaring the Holocaust a politically-motivated “invention” of the West and stubbornly questions whether it is not the right of all nations to have peaceful nuclear energy.These popular feelings also help us understand why terrorism, or radical Islamist groups with terrorist inclinations, appears as the only political alternative in the Islamic world. For many long years, ignorance as well as poverty have been portrayed as the real and only sources of terrorist tendencies among some Muslims of the Middle East. Actually, recent developments proved that such old-fashioned clichés are not at all reliable. It is rather disgust that is the main cause today behind well-educated, relatively prosperous Muslim youths’ suicide or martyrdom acts.Hmmm....Obama."Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • Clinton: TSA Should Try to Make Airport Screening Less Intrusive.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says officials should try to make the new airport security measures, including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.Clinton says there's clearly a need for the tighter security. But she says the government should explore ways to "to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance."She says she understands "how offensive it must be" for some people to undergo the searches. She says there's a need to strike "the right balance" and to "get it better and less intrusive and more precise."Would she submit to a pat-down? "Not if I could avoid it," Clinton says. "No. I mean, who would?" about all the other countries who don't use the TSA  practices ,do they loose any planes?Read the full story here.

  • Suspected War Criminal Lands Job at United Nations.A suspected war criminal who allegedly played a key role in the slaughter of 40,000 civilians in Sri Lanka has landed a cushy job at the United Nations -- with full diplomatic immunity.Human-rights groups are outraged that Shavendra Silva, 46, a top ex-military commander, was named Sri Lanka's deputy permanent U.N. representative in August, after which he moved to New York. His arrival came a year after his troops defied international pleas and shelled a no-fire zone packed with women, children and elderly refugees, according to observers.Silva also stands accused of mowing down a group of separatist political leaders who agreed to surrender and were waving white flags when they were shot."It's a slap in the face," said an investigator familiar with Silva, who last year oversaw the final months of a brutal 26-year civil war against Tamil separatists on the island nation off India's southeastern tip."Thousands were killed or starved. There were massive human-rights violations and he's the No. 1 suspect," said the investigator, a human-rights group expert who asked not to be identified.Hmmm....another example of how obselete the U.N. has become ,betraying it's fundamentals every day.Read the full story here.

  • Afghan Christian faces trial for alleged conversion from Islam.An Afghan Christian, detained for months for allegedly converting to Christianity from Islam, could face trial as early as next week - and could face a potential death penalty, officials said Sunday.Said Musa was arrested by Afghan Interior Ministry intelligence authorities near the German Embassy in Kabul because of the allegations, said Qamaruddin Shenwari, director of the Kabul courts' north zone. The exact date of his arrest is not known.The case against Musa has not yet been finalized, said Mohammad Najim Hamidi, director of public security at Zone 3 of the Kabul courts. He could face trial next week if the case is prepared by then, Hamidi said. It was earlier thought Musa's trial would begin on Sunday.The Afghan Constitution does not mention converting from one religion to another, so the judge will take Islamic law into account, officials said.Under sharia law, converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death.Hmmmm...Obama :"Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • 'Repo Man Of The Seas' Shivers Pirates' Timbers.Modern-day piracy is alive and well, and Somali pirates aren't the only ones in the game.One man who makes a living fighting back is Max Hardberger, a 62-year-old sea captain who repossesses stolen cargo ships from ports all over the world.But 25 years ago, he found his calling as a captain. Hardberger says it's not that hard to find customers; in fact, stealing a ship turns out to be pretty easy."Well, the best way to steal a ship would be to go to some port in, let's say, in Venezuela, where you know a corrupt judge or you know somebody who knows a corrupt judge, then you just pay him to have the ship seized," he says.The judges will often draft fake debt notices and have them delivered to the ship's captain once the vessel has been docked. Even though the papers are fake, the captain's only options are to pay off the fake debt or try to buy the ship back when it goes to auction."Once the ship is sold at auction, it doesn't matter if it was stolen, it doesn't matter how it got to that auction, the guy who buys it at the auction gets it free and clear," he says.And that's where Hardberger and his company, Vessel Extractions LLC, come in. He's usually recruited in the final days before auction by the owner. Once arriving in port, he has to work quickly."I'll find out the ship's condition. Sometimes I'll sneak onboard so I can find out whether or not the engines can be started," he says.He'll also do reconnaissance to figure out who's watching the ship, whether there are navigational hazards, and how difficult it will be to work under the cover of darkness.Read the full story here.

  • Arctic Oscillation Headed Back Towards Record Low Territory.This winter is looking bleak. We have the triple whammy of a low AO, low SSTs and below normal Arctic temperatures.Will there be enough fossil fuel generating capacity this winter? How many people will die as a result of the global warming scam?Source.

  • And now for something completely different.Massive vehicle can run over a person without causing injury.What’s the secret behind the Emergencies Ministry’s 2.5-ton off-roader, which can run over a person without causing injury?Read and see the full story here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine. 'I was absolutely humiliated,' said bladder cancer survivor.A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”Sawyer wears pants two sizes too large in order to accommodate the medical equipment he wears. He’d taken off his belt to go through the scanner and once in the office with security personnel, his pants fell down around his ankles. “I had to ask twice if it was OK to pull up my shorts,” said Sawyer, “And every time I tried to tell them about my medical condition, they said they didn’t need to know about that.”Still, Lipp said the TSA knows there’s a problem. “This came up during a recent meeting of the agency’s disability advisory board and I expect to see a procedure coming in place shortly that will directly address the pat-down procedures for people with disabilities.” check cattle there would be a vet present.Why not a doctor present to check people with disabilities.Read the full arbeit macht frei story here.

  • ‘Mandatory religion classes are assimilation,’ say Turkish Alevi groups.Alevi organizations gathered at a rally in İzmir on Saturday to repeat their protest of mandatory religion classes, arguing they are means of “assimilation.”“These mandatory religion classes are an operation to forcibly take our children from us,” Alevi Bektaşi Federation, or ABF, Ali Balkız said during the rally, adding that Alevi children experienced pedagogic problems because they were subjected to different religious information at home and at schools. “This is tyranny. The children are lonely, isolated and humiliated.”“We do not have a problem with our Sunni brothers,” he said. “We are respectful toward their beliefs and worship. However, the ones who do not respect us are the Religious Affairs Directorate, the theology faculties and the government,” Balkız said, adding that they would never give up on their demands and asked the crowd to gather for an even bigger rally in İzmir on March 6, 2011.A dark veil is coming down over Turkey get them out of NATO and keep them out of Europe!Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheJawaReport.Federal Judge: Terror trial evidence creates "a prima facie case as to CAIR's involvment in a conspiracy to support Hamas".A federal judge’s long-secret ruling that federal prosecutors violated the rights of three major American Islamic organizations and others named as unindicted co-conspirators in a Texas terrorism support case finally became public on Friday.Their efforts to have their names cleared by claiming they never had an opportunity to respond to the government's listing them as conspirators appears to have been a Pyrrhic victory as the ruling by Judge Jorge Solis lays out the government's evidence that the groups did in fact conspire to support Hamas.The Government identifies four portions of the record from the first trail that purportedly established that CAIR was a "joint venturer and co-conspirator".Judge Solis then spends several pages (pp. 14-19) laying out the evidence against ISNA, NAIT and CAIR concerning their active support of HLF's fundraising for Hamas. He rules that while the list of unindicted co-conspirators should be sealed, their names should not be expunged.Read the full story here.

  • Respected Muslim cleric jailed after molesting 15-year-old girl who he was supposed to be teaching the Qur'an.A Muslim cleric has been jailed for a year after sexually assaulting a young girl while he was meant to be teaching her the Qur'an.Hafiz Rahman, 67, was paid by families to teach their children after stepping down as a respected Imam.He went to the 15-year-old victim's home and molested her when they were left alone.A judge described the attack as the 'worst breach of trust imaginable' and said he believed it would have continued if the girl's father had not unexpectedly returned home.A jury of eight men and six women at Portsmouth Crown Court took less than two hours to find Rahman guilty of sexual activity with a year,for molesting a child?Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.More from the morons at TSA keeping America 'safe'.Here's an amazing story from the morons at TSA and how they're keeping America 'safe.' You can't make this stuff up.It's a story about a TSA inspection of 233 American troops on their way back from Afghanistan. All the soldiers were armed and they had spent two hours in a secure area in the Indianapolis Airport after airport authorities insisted that all passengers disembark rather than just the 100 Indiana National Guard troops who were being dropped off there.It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of course, the weapons weren’t loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this.Hmmmm...I can only wonder what went through the soldiers's mind,he deserves a medal for restraint!Read the full braindead story here.

  • Palestinian boy's mother: State backs criminal soldiers.Mother of boy who was forced to open suspicious bags disappointed with 'light sentence' given to soldiers, says 'This is a scandal that encourages others to continue this behavior'; MK Ben-Ari: Soldiers deserve medal.The ruling in the case against the Givati soldiers sends "a negative message to both the victims and the soldiers," claimes Afaf Rabah, the mother of the nine-year-old boy who was forced to check bags suspected of containing explosives during Operation Cast Lead.Hmmm...lady try passing by the TSA with a suspicious bag!Read the full story here.

  • North Koreans Unveil Vast New Plant for Nuclear Use. North Korea showed a visiting American nuclear scientist earlier this month a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium, confronting the Obama administration with the prospect that the country is preparing to expand its nuclear arsenal or build a far more powerful type of atomic bomb.Whether the calculated revelation is a negotiating ploy by North Korea or a signal that it plans to accelerate its weapons program even as it goes through a perilous leadership change, it creates a new challenge for President Obama at a moment when his program for gradual, global nuclear disarmament appears imperiled at home and abroad. The administration hurriedly began to brief allies and lawmakers on Friday and Saturday — and braced for an international debate over the repercussions.The scientist, Siegfried S. Hecker, a Stanford professor who previously directed the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said in an interview that he had been “stunned” by the sophistication of the new plant, where he saw “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges that had just been installed in a recently gutted building that had housed an aging fuel fabrication center, and that were operated from what he called “an ultra-modern control room.” The North Koreans claimed 2,000 centrifuges were already installed and running, he said.Read the full story here and here.

  • Celebrating Eid:Police arrest ‘husband and father-in-law after Asian woman is stabbed to death in back of car’in apparant "DisHonor" killing.A husband was remanded in custody under the Mental Health Act today after a pretty young woman was knifed to death in a car in what was believed to be a violent family argument.The 27-year-old victim bled to death on the back seat of the vehicle after the bloody attack which severed an artery was launched while she was travelling with two men, believed to be her husband and father-in-law.Detectives found a bloodstained knife alongside the body of the young woman in the Volkswagen Passat car which was parked on the road outside the family’s semi-detached home.A post mortem examination revealed that the mother-of-one, who has not yet been formally identified, bled to death after her femoral artery was severed.Today a 30-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder, was detained in a hospital secure unit under the Mental Health Act.Hmmm...mentally disturbed indeed?Read the full story here. HT:TeaAndPolitics.

  • Turkish, French presidents row over Iran at NATO summit.Turkish President Abdullah Gül and French President Nicolas Sarkozy had an angry exchange over Iran at this weekend’s NATO summit in Lisbon, according to reports in the Turkish media.Sarkozy had been insisting on naming Iran as the main source of a potential nuclear attack, something NATO decided not to do in the end and a prospect of much concern to Turkey.Gül also criticized the European Union on the Cyprus issue, saying that the bloc had not kept the promises it made to Turkish Cypriots in 2004. Turkey has had a crisis of confidence toward the European bloc, Gül told EU leaders participating in the official summit dinner.“We no longer have any confidence in you,” he said, according to the media reports.According to the reports, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen supported Gül in his statement, saying in his speech at the official summit dinner that it was an “injustice” that Turkey was still not a part of the EU’s defense cooperation. Rasmussen said the EU should make a security agreement with Turkey, adding that it is Turkey that sent the most solders to Bosnia and Herzegovina even though Ankara was not part of the decision-making "protect" their Muslim brethren?Can't wait to see Turkish Nato troops in Israel to enforce the Midle East peace deal.Read the full story here.

  • HT:AmericanThinker.Muslims vs. Martyrs.President Obama has assumed the role of a traveling advocate for Islam. Every chance the president gets, he climbs on a soapbox to address issues of callousness toward the Muslim faith. The president is well-practiced in Muslim apologetics, and regardless of nation or venue, he stresses the need for tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of all things Mohammad. When traveling abroad, America's living example of ecumenical tolerance makes it a priority to identify first with the religious roots of his childhood, while at home, the president forfeits religious neutrality only when hosting Ramadan celebrations at the White House.As far as Christianity is concerned, Obama takes a "not just" approach to clarify America as "no longer a Christian nation." In fact, Obama mentions his personal conversion to the Christian faith only as an addendum. Moreover, the president has yet to expound upon how someone so obviously enamored of Islam could leave such a "great religion" (he was registered as a Muslim in school in Indonesia) for Christendom if convinced that foundational principles of "advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings" are common to both faiths -- a belief proven false daily.At home, the president espouses the "right" to build controversial mosques like Cordoba House in New York City, but he has not yet broached the subject of Muslim protestors, in the name of "interfaith harmony," preventing Indonesian Christians from building churches. Moreover, while visiting a Muslim country that excludes Israelis from entry, the president felt it appropriate to rebuke Israel for housing plans in Israel's capital, calling the holy city of Jerusalem a settlement.Barack Hussein contends, "All men and women are created equal, they have certain inalienable rights, and one of those is to practice their religion freely." The question that a nation built upon a Judeo-Christian foundation needs to ask is this: Why would Obama, the self-appointed global ambassador for religious tolerance, refuse to address the brutal, bloody, life-and-death struggle his supposed Christian brethren face worldwide at the hands of a religion he maintains is one of peace?Hmmm..."They don't trust me because of of my middle name"?And a million other things !Read the full story here.

  • HT:Debka.US security guarantees for Israel worthless when Turkey controls missile shield.By bowing to Ankara's demand to omit Iran, Syria and their ballistic missiles as a threat from the NATO agreement to establish a missile shield base in Turkey, President Barak Obama has devalued any US security guarantees offered Israel - as well as negating the facility's avowed purpose. The missile shield and its location in Europe were conceived in the first place for detecting and defusing Iranian and Syrian ballistic missile before they reached Europe or the United States.President Abdullah Gul held out on this point in discussions with President Obama and NATO leaders, following the lead given him by Prime Minister Tayyep Erdogan of Monday, Nov. 15: "Turkey would demand that NATO assign a Turkish commander to oversee the shield. Especially if this is to be place on our soil…," said Erdogan.Turkey's leaders are very close to the Islamic Republic's extremist rulers and see nothing amiss in their deploying large portions of Iran's missile arsenal on Syrian and Lebanese soil (in Hizballah's keeping). A Turkish general in command of the NATO missile shield cannot be expected to regard threatening missile action by Iran, Syria or Hizballah in the same light as would President Obama or NATO Secretary-General Andres Fogh Rasmussen. He would simply follow the orders of his own prime minister.So NATO's forward missile interceptor may be physically and technically located in Turkey but, under a Turkish commander, its usefulness as an operational shield for the West against the most concrete perils facing NATO members is nil.Hmmm....You can just as well give the keys of the fort to Iran or Osama Bin Laden!Read the full story here.

  • HT:IslaminEurope.Antwerp: Syrian refused to follow instructions from female traffic cop.A 40 year old man from the Antwerp suburb of Sint Niklaas caused a traffic jam Thursday afternoon when he refused to follow the orders of a traffic cop because she was female.The Syrian Mahmoud D. was supposed to yield to another car at a busy intersection. He didn't like that, and instead drove into the intersection and stopped there. The city center was soon complete blocked up. Police sent agents to clear up the traffic jam, but the Syrian refused to follow the instructions of a female police agent because she was a women, says prosecution spokesperson Renzo Ottoy. Nobody could continue driving, but he wouldn't budge a millimeter and instead sat cross-armed in his car.The police called for reinforcements and tried to get the man out of his car. In the end they smashed in the widow, but the man continued to resist and injured a female police officer. The police used pepper-spray to restrain him. He was overpowered and taken to the police station.Police chief Jack van Peer says the man forgot his Dutch one he got to the police station, and demanded an interpreter. The agents called in an interpreter, and when the man saw she was a female too, he refused to talk to her. The same went for the female attorney assigned to the case. The Syrian was then brought before a magistrate, who was also female. It's unclear whether he agreed to speak to her, but in any case she decided to arrest the man.Hmmm...what would be the odds of him getting a female prison guard?Read the full story here.

  • HT:NewsFlavor.White House Insider: ” He Ain’t No Democrat “.Ulsterman: So is the president…so is Obama…a Democrat.Insider: (Laughter stops) Nooooo – I don’t know what he is, but he ain’t no Democrat. He’s Barack Obama. He’s in it for himself, but he ain’t no Democrat. He’s an entirely different thing altogether. People are seeing that now – more are anyways. No, this guy is destroying Democrats, destroying the party. He ain’t no Democrat. Hell, maybe, just maybe, all that birther -expletive- is right. Or maybe half right, huh? Maybe he ain’t even an American. But I ain’t getting my -expletive- wet on that one. No – you go on and help yourself to to all that nonsense if you want.You never know. Did you see the guy on TV the other day? He looked like he was runnin’on ’bout two hours sleep! You ever see clips of Elvis tryin’ to talk to an audience in those last years of his? The slurring, mumbling, the unfocused eyes? That’s our president! God help us all – that’s Obama! President Elvis -expletive- Obama! He’s either really-really tired all the time, or he’s over medicated, or he’s both. I keep waitin’ for him to say, “Thank yah…Thank yah very much,” at end of one of his speeches! (laughs) Ladies and gentlemen, Obama has left the building! We all wish, huh?Read the full story here.

  • Cleric Says Iran Should Reconsider Allowing Women In International Sporting Events. A conservative Iranian cleric has reacted to the recent success of Iranian female athletes at the Asian Games by calling on authorities to reconsider the participation of women in international competitions.Seyed Mohamamd Gharavi, a senior member of the Society of Qom’s Seminary Teachers, who does not seem to appreciate the success of women athletes, has said Iranian officials should “seriously” reconsider sending women to participate in international sporting events.Gharavi is quoted as saying, “Sports are good for everyone and perhaps they have a higher priority for women,” while adding that participating in international competitions has certain rules and principles that are “not compatible with Islamic principles."He also criticized Iranian state television for covering the games and airing some images that he said upset religious citizens.“The authorities should know that the path they’ve taken is not controllable," he said. "Its proof are some of the actions that took place at the games and people also witnessed them. Those moves were not in harmony with Islamic ideas.”An Iranian hard-line cleric, Ayatollah Alam Alhoda, said in 2008 that it is unlawful for women to participate in sports.Hmmmm...welcome to AD 620?Read the full story here.

  • FCC may regulate Internet lines days before Christmas.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a Christmas gift in store for the phone and cable industry: it may move ahead on its controversial net-neutrality regulations three days before Christmas.An FCC source confirmed on Friday that the commission plans to push its December meeting back by a week, meaning it will fall on the 22nd of the month. That's the same meeting in which analysts say the agency may move forward on its controversial net-neutrality proposal.Though the FCC has not confirmed that it will vote on net neutrality this year, rumors are swirling that it will. The timing of the meeting is already raising eyebrows. Some see it as a way to move the matter along before the GOP assumes the majority and while Congress is not in session to criticize the effort. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), ranking member of the telecom subcommittee, questioned the schedule on Friday.He said "it appears that Chairman [Julius] Genachowski is trying to slip it under the radar and hope no one notices."Industry sources also suggested that political calculus is involved with the change of date for the meeting."While many Americans will be enjoying their eggnog on that day, I'm sure the broadband providers won't be pleased to find this piece of coal in their stockings," an industry source jibed.Hmmm...Many of the worst laws were passed around the Christmas periode.Read the full story here.

  • Abbas: No Jerusalem construction freeze, no talks. Prior to meeting Mubarak Palestinian president says if construction freeze does not include Jerusalem 'we shall not accept it.' Meanwhile, Shas spiritual leader waiting for written assurances from US before making final decision.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinians will not return to the negotiating table should the renewed construction freeze not include east Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Shas is demanding written assurances from the US on the exact same issue.Hmmm....better ask it be carved in granite.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.AQAP Releases Special Issue of 'Inspire' Magazine 'Operation Hemorrhage' - Dedicated Entirely To Explosive Parcels Plot.On November 20, 2010, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a special edition of its English-language magazine Inspire titled '$4,200' the total amount claimed spent on the operation.This edition consists of 23 pages that are entirely dedicated to the recent parcel plot. The magazine was first pasted on the main Jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam. Among the topics presented is the objectives of ' Operation Hemorrhage' (i.e. parcel plot):-General details and objectives of operation -Technical details of devices used -Economic leverage the AQAP believes it has gained over West and religious objectives of the attack.The magazine also includes "exclusive" images of the devices and other articles which will be released in the coming day by MEMRI.Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Video: Interview with Obama buddy Bernadine Dohrn.Here's an interview with unrepentant radical Bernadine Dohrn, the wife of President Obama's good friend Bill Ayers. This is all about the President's connection to terrorists. In this first video, note how totally unrepentant Dohrn is for anything she did in the 60's.In the second part, she talks more about President Obama. Note how she hints that all white people who didn't vote for Obama are racists. Post-racial America anyone?Read and see the full story here.

  • NATO planning integral role in enforcing Mideast peace deal. NATO chief tells Haaretz that alliance will enforce, but not forge, Mideast peace.NATO will play an integral role in enforcing a Middle East peace deal, but will not play a direct role in reaching that agreement, the alliance's secretary general told Haaretz this weekend.One result of the new NATO doctrine will likely be closer relations with non-member states. This weekend, NATO sources said high-level officials at the organization's Brussels headquarters are cognizant of Israel's disappointment with its apparently downgraded ties with NATO over the past few years, and are laying groundwork for strengthening those ties. The North Atlantic Council - NATO's most senior governing body - also announced it would launch bilateral relations (in contrast to collective ties ) with Israel and the six Arab states that comprise the Mediterranean Dialogue. Egypt and several other of the Arab states have tried to prevent NATO from forging closer ties with Israel.Hmmmm....Obama's final goal,turning NATO  in a potential occupying force for Israel?Read the full story here.

  • Ahmadinejad urges girls to marry at 16.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged young girls to marry at age of 16 in his latest rejection of the country's once effective family planning program, local newspapers reported on Sunday.Following record birth rates in the wake of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran implemented an internationally praised family planning program in the 1990s that dramatically reduced the growth rate. Ahmadinejad has criticized the program as an ungodly and a Western import."We should take the age of marriage for boys to 20 and for girls to about 16 and 17," he said, according to the state-owned Jam-e Jam daily. "The marriage age for boys has reached 26 and for girls to 24, and there is no reason for this."Read the full story here.

  • Tijuana violence: 2 bodies hung from bridge, man beheaded.Two men were slain and hung from a bridge, another was decapitated and a fourth was shot to death over 24 hours in Tijuana, the latest gruesome killings in a Mexican border city where hopes had risen that cartel violence was decreasing.The bodies of two men were found hanging from the Los Alamos bridge early Friday, said Fermin Gomez, Baja California state's deputy attorney general for organized crime.Both victims had their hands and feet bound and one had his head covered with a black plastic bag. One of the bodies fell into traffic when the rope broke.A day earlier, a human head was found underneath another bridge in Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California. The body of the 24-year-old man was found 12 hours later alongside the highway from Tijuana to the beach town of Ensenada.Gomez said the victim, Victor Ramirez, had recently been deported from the United States, though he had no information on the circumstances.Also Thursday, a man was shot to death while leaving his house in the exclusive Tijuana neighborhood of Chapultepec, and two other people were wounded in a shootout on one of the city's main avenues.Read the full story here.

  • Former Gov. Ventura Will No Longer Fly Due to Abuse He’s Endured at Hands of TSA.Jesse Ventura said he will no longer be forced by the TSA to prove he is not a criminal or terrorist. Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, the former governor of Minnesota and host of the populTruTV show, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, announced he will no longer use commercial airlines due to the egregious abuses of the TSA and the government.Ventura said he made the decision to avoid public aircraft after he found himself becoming too comfortable with being routinely searched. He said he was subjected to pat down and search three or four times a week when he traveled for his television show. Ventura had hip surgery and the metal in his body invariably sets off airport metal detectors.Jesse said he will no longer be forced by the TSA to prove he is not a criminal or terrorist. He refuses to be considered guilty until proven innocent by the government in violation of the Fourth Amendment. He also admitted the decision not to fly may put an end to his career.Several people have initiated lawsuits against the government, including a 21-year-old college student from Amarillo, Texas, and a businessman and frequent traveler who is infuriated by TSA workersand has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami requesting an injunction against the TSA to prevent them from touching private areas without reasonable suspicion.Read the full story here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Currency wars and the Fed’s demise.The Federal Reserve has decided to buy US Treasury bills for about US$ 600 billion in all, in monthly instalments of about US$ 75 billion over eight months, until June 2011. However, this action will not achieve the desired goal of economic growth, nor will it change the US labour market, this according to most analysts and security traders surveyed by Bloomberg in its quarterly “Global Poll”. In fact, more than half of 1,030 experts who took part in the survey, expressed doubts about the Federal Reserve’s move. For more than 70 per cent of them, the Fed’s second round of quantitative easing (QE2[1]) is largely an attempt to adjust the exchange rate of the US dollar against other currencies. Thus, according to such set of views, the Federal Reserve (de facto but not de jure the US central bank) wants to redress the trading disadvantage US manufacturers have accumulated over the last few decades and cut the US trade deficit.With a portfolio of US$ 773 billion, the Federal Reserve is on its way of becoming the main holder of US Treasury securities. Within about one month from the start out of QE2, it will overtake China, which currently holds US$ 868 billion. This is a patent economic inconsistency. What it means is that the Fed is unable to sell a good chunk of its securities (failing to attract both US and foreign investors) to meet, if nothing else, the federal government’s current spending commitments. This is not surprising though since the US government debt is not “60 per cent of current gross domestic product, “but rather “840 per cent,” according to Laurence Kotlikoff (a little less according to this author, but of the same magnitude).Secondly, one does not have to be a graduate in economics to realise that the increases in ‘federal securities, notes and bonds’ (+ 87.20 per cent) and federal agency debt securities (+ 291.30 per cent) are huge for such a short period of time (12 months). As for mortgage-backed securities (+ 1,426.29 per cent), the jump is frightening and deserves a closer look, which we shall do below. In the meantime, if we take these three items together, we see that they have represent the largest part of the total Federal Reserve Balances, going from 26.76 to 84.33 per cent in the period under consideration. The Fed’ balance sheet has thus been completely turned around. What this means is that what Ben Bernanke had said would not happen when he appeared before the US Congress has actually happened, namely the monetisation (conversion) of government debt into currency.Hmmm....the "Obamination of America".Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.AQAP Releases Special Issue of 'Inspire' Magazine 'Operation Hemorrhage' - Dedicated Entirely To Explosive Parcels Plot.On November 20, 2010, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a special edition of its English-language magazine Inspire titled '$4,200' the total amount claimed spent on the operation.This edition consists of 23 pages that are entirely dedicated to the recent parcel plot. The magazine was first pasted on the main Jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam. Among the topics presented is the objectives of ' Operation Hemorrhage' (i.e. parcel plot):-General details and objectives of operation -Technical details of devices used -Economic leverage the AQAP believes it has gained over West and religious objectives of the attack.The magazine also includes "exclusive" images of the devices and other articles which will be released in the coming day by MEMRI.Read the full story here.

  • Zardari may pardon woman sentenced to death for 'blasphemy'.President Asif Ali Zardari may pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly committing blasphemy, amid growing outrage in the country and abroad.Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer today said he was hopeful that the President will pardon the 45-year-old Aasia Bibi who was sentenced to death by an additional district and sessions court last week for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad.Taseer said he had examined the woman's case and believed there was no incident of blasphemy."She is a poor helpless woman who had no legal defence. She does not even have the resources to help herself," he said.Aasia Bibi has denied the charge and said she was framed because of an earlier dispute with some residents of her village."A fake FIR was filed against me due to an old dispute. I am uneducated and can't even think of committing blasphemy," Aasia Bibi, wearing a veil, told reporters at the jail.Hmmm....she shouldn't be condemned in the first place for exercising free speech a basic human right.The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Read the full story here.

  • FBI pulls guns on dance troupe as they spark terror alert... by running through Lincoln Tunnel while dressed in camouflage.They were running to make a very important appointment on TV which could have changed their lives.But the dance troupe made two big mistakes - they were wearing camouflage shorts and vests and should never have ditched their cars in New York's Lincoln Tunnel.Armed police from the FBI swooped and pulled their guns on the group because they thought they were terrorists.The tunnel was closed for 45 minutes before cops realized the seven-member Club Envy needed to get to the studio in Manhattan. They eventually offered them a police escort to make the talent show.Read the full story here

  • Sarkozy: Missile threat comes from Iran.During NATO summit in Lisbon French president says Islamic Republic poses main threat anti-missile defense shield is designed to foil. On the backdrop of an extensive Iranian military exercise to thwart aerial strikes on the country's nuclear facilities, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday said the ballistic missile threat on Europe comes from the Islamic Republic.Sarkozy added that Iran poses the main threat of the type of rogue attack that NATO's planned anti-missile defense shield is designed to foil.No name appears in the documents made public by NATO, but let's call a spade a spade: today's missile threat comes from Iran," he told reporters at the NATO summit in Lisbon.France a real Turkish "Delight"?Read the full story here.

  • Sikhs outraged at US airport turban searches.Sikh Americans are protesting at what they say is a new policy at US airports to screen their turbans systematically, voicing fear the move would further stigmatize their faith.US officials have not confirmed a change in policy and insisted they respected religious beliefs. But they said security measures necessitated checks on "bulky" clothing such as turbans, which Sikh men are required by faith to wear.A group of Sikh American groups said they met several weeks ago with representatives of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who told them that airports would now screen turbans with hand-wands at all times.Current policy is erratic, with New York City airports rarely conducting secondary searches on Sikhs but airports in other cities such as Chicago and San Francisco doing so routinely, said Amardeep Singh, co-founder of the Sikh Coalition advocacy group.The TSA told us, point blank, that turbans will now be screened 100 percent of the time," Singh told AFP on Monday.President Barack Obama recently raised controversy by calling off plans to visit Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, during his visit to India.As Obama left India we here at MFS mentioned the first time the new TSA rules on Sikh headwear.Read the full story here.

  • HT:AmericanThinker.The Oklahoma Sharia Ban.A Federal District Court judge recently issued an order blocking the implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma State Constitution. The amendment, approved by seventy percent of Oklahoma voters, would bar state court judges from considering either international or Islamic Sharia law when rendering legal decisions. This has naturally caused a firestorm of debate in the news media, all of which misses the central question, which is whether or not a federal court has the authority to arbitrarily interfere with the governance of a member state of our federal republic.The ruling in Oklahoma comes, not surprisingly, from federal judge Vicki Miles-LeGrange, a Democrat and former Oklahoma state senator, appointed to the bench by President Clinton. Someone forgot to tell her that the federal courts have no authority whatsoever to enjoin a state government from amending its own constitution.The question is not whether the Oklahoma amendment ultimately passes muster with the terms of the U.S. Constitution -- that question could be addressed through the state and federal courts at a later time. The question is whether or not a federal judge can simply order states not to implement laws they think they might not agree with, even before a hearing of the facts. The citizens of every state have the right to govern themselves, and it is up to their state officials to start defending those rights against an increasingly oppressive federal regime in Washington, D.C.Read the full story here.

  • Eight killed after tourist bus overturns at high speed near Egyptian resort of Hurghada.Eight tourists have been killed and 40 injured after their bus flipped over near the Egyptian resort of Hurghada.The driver of the bus lost control at high speed on a winding road and the bus rolled over several times, officials said today.Three Russians and a Ukrainian woman were among the dead, but the identities of the other four killed has not been revealed.Read the full story here.

  • Girl, 14, arrested for luring teens into prostitution using Craigslist ads .A 14-year-old British Columbia girl has been charged for allegedly prostituting herself and pimping out other girls through the online classified site Craigslist. Acting on a tip last month, police began looking into allegations a teenage girl was selling sexual services and recruiting others into the sex trade.In online ads posted on Craigslist's controversial erotic services section, which has already come under criticism from the federal justice minister, the girl was posing as an 18-year-old woman available for sex. “She was the ringleader,” said Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Lea-Anne Dunlop. “It's something that's unfortunate to see.” While there's a ban on publication because of the girls' ages, Cpl. Dunlop said the accused teenager knew the other teens she is accused of recruiting. The girl faces one count of procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. Cpl. Dunlop said Thursday more charges could be laid as Mounties continue their investigation and the media interest may also prompt others lured into the sex trade to come forward.Read the full story here.
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