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Sunday, January 9, 2011

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Clinton seeks stronger ties with Arab allies.US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's trip to the Persian Gulf is intended to strengthen ties with Arab allies, rally support for penalties against Iran and promote democracy and security across the Middle East.Clinton departed Washington late Saturday for the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar, where leaders are concerned about Iran's nuclear ambitions and growing influence in the region.America's chief diplomat also will seek greater cooperation in enforcing international sanctions on Iran that are designed to make Iran prove that it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons.In her meetings with leaders in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat and Doha, US officials say Clinton will look for more Arab backing for the new government in Iraq and more financial support for the Palestinian Authority.Some Arab states have yet to fulfill pledges to fully normalize relations with Iraq and open embassies in Baghdad, gestures of support that Washington wants to see as it winds down its military presence there.As the Obama administration struggles to get the Mideast peace process back on track, Clinton will push wealthy Arab powers to broaden their contributions to the Palestinians. The US is keen to keep the development of Palestinian governmental institutions moving ahead.Official hope such progress may help forestall Palestinian moves to declare statehood or seek UN action against Israel.Hmmmm.....Barack Hussein Obama wants better relations between the Arab states and an Iraq who will be controled by Iran?Read the full story here.

  • Flashback !Nov 05 2010:Mark Penn Says Obama Needs ‘Similar Event’ to Oklahoma City to Reconnect with Voters.Mark Penn, Democratic strategist and former chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, let out the kind of doozy, on last night’s Hardball, that must be seen to be believed. Comparing Obama’s current situation to the aftermath of the 1994 “Republican Revolution,” Penn noted that it took the Oklahoma City tragedy in order for President Clinton to “reconnect” with the American people.He then stepped off the cliff by saying that President Obama needed a “similar event” to achieve that reconnection following his party’s midterm losses.Hmmmm............Read and see the full story here.

  • The WhiteHouse or Jarret's house?FIVE HOURS LATER: President Obama and his wife left Valerie Jarrett's house at 11:11 p.m., after spending five hours at his senior adviser's residence, the pool reports.The Obamas left the White House for Jarrett's shortly after the president spoke about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.The pool adds: "The two stayed for nearly five hours tonight, coincidentally leaving minutes after the conclusion of two incredibly close NFL playoff games. The Seattle Seahawks upset the New Orleans Saints 41-36, and the New York Jets just eliminated the Indianapolis Colts 17-16 with a late field goal. No news on what POTUS was actually doing.".Hmmmm....Did he go and watch the games?Who's running the White House?Transparancy?Yeah whatevah !Read the full story here.

  • Pakistani extremists set a new "Target".Pakistan ex-minister Sherry Rehman fit to be killed, says cleric.Islamabad: Several clerics have issued fatwas against former Pakistani minister Sherry Rehman and declared her an infidel for calling for changes in the blasphemy law, prompting civil society activists to register a complaint with police in the port city of Karachi today.Media reports said the imam of Sultan Masjid, one of Karachi's biggest mosques, declared Rehman a 'kaafir' (infidel) and 'wajib-ul-qatl' (fit to be killed) while delivering a sermon after the Friday prayers.The mosque has close ties to the Saudi Arabian government.Islamic hardliners who organised a massive rally in Karachi today also issued a pamphlet that named Rehman as a person who "has invoked the religious honour of Pakistan's Muslims" for calling for changes in the blasphemy law.Civil society activists today filed a complaint against the imam of Sultan Masjid at the Darakhsan police station in Karachi.The complaint was registered on behalf of Rehman, a senior leader of the Pakistan People's Party, Salmaan Taseer's son Shaan Taseer and journalist Ali Chishti.In the complaint, the civil society activists alleged that the imam of Sultan Masjid had also lauded Mumtaz Qadri, the policeman who assassinated Salmaan Taseer.Chishti told the media that civil society groups feared for Rehman's life following the murder of the Punjab Governor.The civil society activists said they were proud to be Muslims but rejected murdering people in the name of Islam.Security has been enhanced at Rehman's residence in Karachi and she has told the media she will not leave Pakistan.Hmmmm......Islam the religion of peace.Read the full story here.

  • A country is about to be born?Southern Sudan set to become world's newest country as George Clooney flies in to encourage population to vote in referendum.Citizens of Southern Sudan voted in their thousands today at the start of a week-long, landmark referendum on its independence that is highly likely to result in the north-eastern African region becoming the world's youngest country.Voters turned out unprecedented numbers and there was a carnival atmosphere, fuelled by the prospect of a new state being formed.For the vote to be valid, 60 per cent of the electorate must vote and celebrities, including film star George Clooney, and politicians, such as former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan, ex-US president Jimmy Carter and Senator John Kerry, flew over to offer their support for the voting, which got off to a largely peaceful start.'Nobody ever bothered to ask the people of Southern Sudan as to what their destiny should be.'There is singing, there is dancing, this is a day like no other in the history of the people of Southern Sudan.'The referendum is expected to pass overwhelmingly, but some of the thousands of voters waiting in line at polling stations faced the prospect of having to take advantage of the seven-day period when polls are open.'I would like to call on all south Sudanese people to be patient in case anyone does not have time to cast his or her vote today,' southern Sudan president Salva Kiir said after casting his ballot in the morning.Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had campaigned for unity, faced with the prospect of losing a quarter of the nation's territory and a majority of its oil reserves. But he has since changed his position, saying this month that he would join in independence celebrations if the referendum passed.Earlier, General Acuil Tito Madut, the inspector-general of the South's police, said rebel groups were trying to depress voter turnout following violent clashes with the region's military.The general added: 'Once these fights break out in these states that will mean some people will not vote, and once people don't vote that means the required percentage is not achieved.'Southern army spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said forces loyal to rebel leader Gatluak Gai attacked SPLA forces overnight in Unity State, an oil-rich area bordering northern Sudan. He said six rebels died in the exchanges.Should the referendum be passed Southern Sudan would be on track to become the world's newest country in July.Outstanding issues like sharing oil wealth, water rights and demarcating the border still have to be agreed to.Aid groups also fear that southerners living in the north and northerners living in the south will face harassment and abuse.The US has made the referendum a foreign policy priority and has offered to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terror if Khartoum does not hinder the vote.
    Hmmmm.....The chances of The Islamic North allowing the Southern part to leave with the oil are as good as non excisting according to me.Once the observers are gone,tension will reach boiling point very soon.Read the full story here.

  • Republican Introduce Bill to Eliminate Presidential Czars; How Many Czars are There? Obama on Czars Then vs. Now; Vanity of Barack Obama.President Obama has an army of Czars. Counts vary from 32 to 45 (with 7 more planned). The interesting thing about Czars is Obama's blatant hypocrisy about them. Let's start with a look at Obama and his 32 czars."The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States."- Sen. Barack Obama, March 31, 2008To say President Obama failed to follow through on this promise is an understatement. By appointing a virtual army of "czars" - each wholly unaccountable to Congress yet tasked with spearheading major policy efforts for the White House - the president has made an end-run around the legislative branch of historic proportions.The Imperial Court Please consider The Compleat List of Czars.Hmmmmm.....In my eyes they are a Communist version of congress ,planning to be ready to take over power in 2012 no matter what the election results are,or sooner if needed!Nothing more or less than a government within the government,wake up America!Read the full story here.

  • Saudi Arabia gives names of 47 terror suspects to Interpol.Riyadh, Jan 9 (DPA) Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that it has given international policing agency Interpol the names of 47 suspected Saudi terrorists currently living outside the kingdom. Saudi Arabia believes the expatriates are affiliated with Al Qaeda, according to ministry of interior spokesman Mansour al-Turki. He said they 'want to seize the opportunities to carry out, or assist in committing, criminal acts'. The ministry called on the suspects to surrender and, in an attempt to lure them in, promised to take into consideration the possibility of reuniting them with their families. Saudi Arabia announced in November 2010 that it had arrested 149 alleged members of Al Qaeda terrorist rings, thereby preventing a number of planned attacks.Read the full story here.

  • Iran: Dutch-Iranian women sentenced to death.Dutch-Iranian woman Zahra Bahrami has been found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to death by a court in Tehran.Ms Bahrami was born in Iran but moved to the Netherlands, becoming a Dutch citizen, Zahra Bahrami is 45 and has 2 children. She returned to Iran in December 2009 to visit relatives. She is reported to have been arrested after taking part in anti-government demonstrations.In court, Ms Bahrami maintained her innocence, recanting a nationally televised confession. She says the confession was made under coercion. According to Iranian law, the possession of 30 grams or more of cocaine is a crime punishable by death, with no possibility for appeal. Iranian authorities claim Ms Bahrami had 450 grams of cocaine in her possession at the time of her arrest, in addition to 400 grams of opium.The drugs charges against Ms Bahrami came on top of charges of membership in an armed opposition group, for which she could also face the death penalty. That portion of her trial must still take place.As for the death penalty for possession of drugs, Ms Bahrami does have one more chance to get her punishment commuted in the Iranian legal system, through the co-called Committee of Forgiveness. If she is willing to admit to her crime, she can appeal to the committee for forgiveness. It is rare, if not unprecedented, for the committee to grant forgiveness in cases involving drugs.The Dutch government says it has attempted to provide Ms Bahrami assistance, in the interest of trying to make sure she gets a fair trial, but has been prevented by the Iranian authorities, who do not recognize her Dutch citizenship.Ms Bahrami feels she has not received a fair trial. Her daughter, Banafshef Najebpour, told Radio Netherlands how much her mother had counted on the Netherlands to help assure she got a fair trial. Ms Najebpour broke down as she recounted her disappointment in the Dutch government. She said,The Dutch government says it has attempted to provide Ms Bahrami assistance, in the interest of trying to make sure she gets a fair trial, but has been prevented by the Iranian authorities, who do not recognize her Dutch citizenship."The last time I have seen my mother was Tuesday last week. She was doing quite well, and she was certain that she would receive help from the Dutch government because she knows she hasn’t done anything wrong. But we didn’t get any help."The Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Uri Rosenthal reacted in writing to the news of Ms Bahrami’s sentence. He says Dutch authorities are using every possible opportunity to bring up the subject with Iran.The case of Ms Bahrami is an early test for Mr Rosenthal, who has been foreign minister for just a few months. He has already come under criticism for not prioritizing human rights in Dutch foreign policy.Hmmmm....Come and visit Iran,a once in a lifetime experiance?Read the full story here.More here.HT:IslamInEurope.

  • HT:BloggerBase.What do the Talmud and...the Chinese Have in Common?Here is a new take on a Yiddishe Kopf: the Chinese are trying to emulate Jewish business intelligence and ingenuity, by (of all things) studying the Talmud!Jewish visitors to China often receive a snap greeting when they reveal their religion: “Very smart, very clever, and very good at business,” the Chinese person says. Last year’s Google Zeitgeist China rankings listed “why are Jews excellent?” in fourth place in the “why” questions category, just behind “why should I enter the party” and above “why should I get married?” (Google didn’t publish a "why" category in Mandarin this year.) And the apparent affection for Jewishness has led to a surprising trend in publishing over the last few years: books purporting to reveal the business secrets of the Talmud that capitalize on the widespread impression among Chinese that attributes of Judaism lead to success in the financial arts.Han Bing, a Chinese author of the book "Crack the Talmud" said after attending a series on the Torah that Jews and the Chinese people have had similar problems, such as immigration and global isolation. I read somewhere--wish I remembered where, so I could link it--that Chinese leaders met with Israeli leaders some time back and were marveling at the economic success of Israel in such a short span of 62 years of statehood. They were under the impression that there were approximately "only" 100 million Jews world-wide. Were they shocked when they were informed that the global Jewish population was only approximately 13.3 million (don't know if this is current).Read the full story here.

  • HT:IslamInEurope.Netherlands: Life benefits to Bosnian refugees who go home.The Netherlands has offered life benefits to Bosnians who settled in the country in the wake of the 1992-1995 war, if they decide to return home, Bosnian Ministry for Human Rghts and Refugees said on Wednesday.It is estimated that some 30,000 Bosnians settled in the Netherlands after the war and many have failed to integrate into Dutch society.The Dutch government said it was a “quality solution for all foreigners who have failed to integrate into Dutch society”.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheBrusselsJournal.The Lights Are Going Out in Denmark!I am posting (below) a letter from the Danish Free Press Society, the parent organization of the International Free Press Society, of which I am vice president. It is of urgent importance. It tells of the terrible turn of events in Denmark, which for years now has bravely spearheaded the West's fights to save free speech, now and seemingly in perpetuity under assault from both the Marxian Left and the press of sharia (Islamic law) -- and with zero support from diplomatic, governmental, or professional institutions in the United States, home and caretaker of the First Amendment. This appalling lack of support, which translates into a lack of courage and vision, is the main reason the assault of free speech continues to be successful.But et tu, Denmark?Last month, Danish MP Jesper Langballe was convicted of "hate speech" -- "racial discrimination," for having highlighted the pattern of "honor killings" in Muslim families. (Here is his "confession.") Now in the crosshairs is my very dear friend and colleague, Lars Hedegaard, President of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society.On January 24 he goes on trial. His crime? Discussing the high incidence of family rape within Islamic cultures, which the prosecutor is attempting to outlaw as "racism."In fact, the Danish prosecutor is attempting to enforce Islamic "blasphemy" laws, which outlaw all criticism of Islam.Hmmmm....."The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech." Justice Anthony Kennedy.Read the full story here.

  • HT:NewsRealBlog.The Top 10 People (or Groups) in America Who Loathe Israel, Our Strongest Ally.Across the wide seas, there is a magical place where people live in a similar setting to that here in the United States. They live with democracy, freedom, individual human rights and prosperity – just like here. Although much of their population embraces one faith, they allow all faiths to flourish – just like here. They welcome (legal) immigrants – just like here.And, in perhaps the most compelling commonality of all, they are targeted for destruction by the forces of Islam – just like here (just like all of Western Civilization, in point of fact).So, naturally, this magical place is absolutely loathed by American Leftists. After all, they hate their own country, so why shouldn’t they hate Israel? These haters walk among us. Let’s spend a few minutes calling them out (and in some cases, laughing at them hysterically)… To start with: the self-proclaimed protectors of human rights.10. The United NationsNo, they’re not American. But they are here in America, are they not? Perhaps it’s (long past) time that we kick their fannies off U.S. soil. The U.N. “Human Rights Council” is obsessed with Israel’s “many human rights abuses” and loses no opportunity to condemn the country, while not managing to muster up any indignation toward Iran, Libya, China, Qatar… oh, wait! Maybe it’s because those nations are all part of the Human Rights Council! Which makes perfect sense, if it was Opposite Day. Unfortunately, every day is Opposite Day at the U.N. – like the day they applauded terrorism toward Israel:At least under George W., the U.S. boycotted this kangaroo human rights court. But Obama has us going back, so that we can receive human rights counseling from North Korea, Nicaragua, Cuba, Egypt, and yes, even Iran! Our president apparently believes we have much to learn from these nations.Hmmmm........"They don't trust me because of my middle name".Read the full story here.

  • Europe condemns Sheikh Jarrah construction in East Jerusalem.UK issues statement condemning demolition of Shepherd Hotel favor of Jewish housing units, while European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says east Jerusalem part of occupied territory.The European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton harshly condemned the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in east Jerusalem for the purpose of building housing units for Jewish residents Sunday. Ashton described the compound as a Palestinian symbol. Britain also condemned the step. "The British Government reaffirms its strong, long-standing opposition to the creation of this new illegal settlement in occupied East Jerusalem and condemns today’s demolition in Sheikh Jerrah," a statement on behalf of the British Foreign Office noted."This latest settlement activity does not help – on the contrary, it raises tensions unnecessarily," Britain's Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said. Ashton said in a statement that she strongly condemns the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel and the future construction of "an illegal settlement." She noted settlements were illegal according to International Law.Ashton said that settlements undermine trust between the parties and pose an obstacle for peace. She noted that east Jerusalem was part of occupied territory adding that the EU does not recognize the annexation.The new Jewish neighborhood will contain 20 housing units.The EU's foreign policy chief also expressed sorrow over the death of four Palestinians over the last few days in the West Bank and urged the parties to cease violent acts.Read the full story here

  • 50 people survive Iran plane crash: Reports.Tehran: An IranAir passenger plane crashed Sunday night in the country's northwest, and around half of the 95 people on board survived with light injuries, Iranian media reported.The Boeing-727 operated by Iran's national airline crashed shortly before it was to land in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Tehran, said Abbas Mosayebi, spokesman of the Iranian civil aviation organization, state TV reported.The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted the head of the State Emergency Canter, Gholam Reza Masoumi, as saying 50 people survived with light injuries. There was no information on the fate of the others.Masoumi said heavy snow was complicating rescue efforts. That report also said there was fog in the area.The plane was broken into several pieces, but there was no explosion or fire, said Mahmoud Mozaffar, head of the rescue department of Iran's Red Crescent Society, speaking on state TV.Iran has a history of frequent air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance.Read the full story here.

And the band played Waltzing Mathilda

Today, in 1916. the last Allied troops were evacuated from Gallipoli.


MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Hospital: Rep. Giffords expected to recover from Tucson shooting that killed six including a child and federal judge.Tucson - The surgeon who operated on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said he was "optimistic" she would recover from being shot in the head by a man with a semi-automatic weapon outside a grocery store.Six others at the congressional outreach event did not. Federal law enforcement sources said that John M. Roll, the senior U.S. District judge in Arizona, was shot and killed in the incident. The Pima County Sheriff's office said that five others including a nine-year-old child had died, and a total of 18 people were injured. In brief public remarks, President Obama said he had dispatched F.B.I. director Robert Mueller to the scene. A 22-year old man was taken into custody after being tackled by people in the small crowd after the shooting. One pistol was recovered and it had what police described as "an extended clip." The man was identified as Jared Loughner, who appears to have left a trail of Internet postings, including some that express convoluted observations about government. Law enforcement officials said they believed he was a military veteran. Giffords, who in November narrowly won reelection to a third term, was hosting her first "Congress on Your Corner" event when a gunman ran up and began shooting her and others in her entourage with a Glock handgun, according to law enforcement sources. Eyewitness Steven Rayle, a Tucson doctor, said he saw a young man wearing sneakers and what appeared to be navy blue sweats approach Gifford with a semi-automatic handgun raised. The man shot Giffords once in the face, he said. After Giffords fell, he said, a number of people near Giffords sought to flee but were trapped--hemmed in by the table and a concrete post. The gunman fired into the crowd, he said.Read the full story here.Witness report here.

  • Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson: Did it stem from state of political discourse?Trent Humphries was headed to the local Safeway for some milk when he was stopped by a police barricade. It wasn't until later that he would find out that a congresswoman with whom he had often clashed politically had been shot there, along with more than a dozen others. A neighbor was among the dead. "We were sickened," recalled Humphries, an organizer with the Tucson Tea Party. "Obviously, we do not condone violence. We've had dozens and dozens of events and we've never had violence. Whoever did this, they're not grounded in political thought. I would be very surprised if it was someone who had ever come to our meetings."After the suspected shooter's name was released, Humphries said he checked the 4,000-person Tucson Tea Party contact list and found no one by the name of Jared Loughner. Across Arizona, conservative and tea party activists expressed shock and dismay at the events that unfolded in the grocery store parking lot in Tucson. Though little was known about the alleged shooter Saturday afternoon, questions inevitably arose about his politics. Some Arizona tea party activists, like Humphries, said it was unfair to connect the politics of a large and mostly peaceful movement to the actions of a single criminal. The day's events led others to question the environment fostered by some of the more confrontational members of their movement. "You have to be very careful what you say. We live in a very polarized environment here in the United States, and while I do believe in the second amendment, no one should be referring to second amendment solutions," said Patrick Beck, president of the Mohave County Tea Party in the northern part of the state.When asked about the Palin target map, Beck said: "I don't know. It's really easy in the context of what happened this morning to look back and say, I don't know if this was such a bright idea. At the same time, there are other politicians from the other side of the political spectrum who have said similar military-style sayings. Do I really believe they are intending harm on people? No."
    Hmmmm....We even have a President who calls US patriots "The Enemy".In my opinion it's just another "Hitler" adoring  Jew hating nutjob, who no matter what party he belongs to would start on a shooting spree sooner or later!Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Gabrielle Giffords was shot because she is Jewish.Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) wasn't shot because she was pro or anti-immigration. She wasn't shot because she voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. She wasn't shot because Sarah Palin targeted her seat in last fall's elections. And she wasn't shot because she voted for Obamacare. Gabrielle Giffords was shot because of a much more baseless hatred. Gabrielle Giffords was shot because she is a Jew!"The investigation has been taken over by the FBI, and is being run through the Tucson Command Post. Here's what can be confirmed at this time (1800 hrs)... * Gabrielle Giffords Is in ICU.* Federal judge John Roll is deceased. He did rule on a 32 million dollar civil rights lawsuit in February, 2010. That ruling brought death threats to Roll and his family, and for a time he was given a protection detail.* 6 deaths attributed to the shooting. 19 total people hit by gunfire.* suspect’s mother works for the Pima County Board of Supervisors* the suspect has multiple arrests ... But no criminal record? Intervention by someone?* no direct connection - but strong suspicion is being directed at AmRen / American Renaissance. Suspect is possibly linked to this group. (through videos posted on his myspace and YouTube account.). The group’s ideology is anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic. Gabrielle Gifford is the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government.Hmmmm....I said it already yesterday i call the reason of her shooting "JudenHass".Read the full story here.

  • HT:RightTruth.Arizona Shooting, let's review.A few things I need to add to my post on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords are the fact that the shooter, Jared Lee Laughner, was never in the military and never served in Afghanistan, as the Left media would have you believe. He applied to join the military but was rejected, probably because of his previous encounters with law enforcement, arrests for drugs and more, and/or his psychiatric history. Nor did he have any connection to the TEA party, Republicans, Conservatives etc. He was a left-wing loon.A must read !Read the full story here.

  • HT:Imra.Iran 20% Enriched N. Fuel Stockpile Stands at 40kg.TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Saturday that the country has, thus far, produced almost 40kg of 20-percent-enriched uranium to supply fuel to the Tehran research reactor."We have produced about 40kg of 20% (enriched) uranium and we hope to witness the injection of the first batch of Iran-made 20% fuel to the Tehran research reactor soon," Salehi told FNA.Salehi had in June announced that Iran is potentially capable of producing five kilograms of 20-percent enriched uranium per month.Elsewhere, he announced Tehran's preparedness to resume talks with the Vienna Group (the US, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency) on the swap of nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor, and said the more they delay in holding a new round of negotiations with us, "the more progress we make in fuel production and after a while the issue of fuel swap will become meaningless".Stressing that Iran is one of the few countries capable of producing fuel rods and plates to be used for peaceful purposes, Salehi said Iran's progress in this ground was a result of the West's lack of cooperation and sanctions."Actually the West's attitude made us reach the point."Read the full story here.

  • Jewish congresswoman shot in Arizona.Shocking attack in US: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head during public event in Tucson; conflicting reports about her condition. More than 10 people hurt in shooting, fatalities include judge, 9-year-old girl.Shocking attack: US Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, National Public Radio reported on Saturday.She is the first Jewish woman from Arizona to be elected to Congress and is also known as a pro-choice supporter but also as a supporter of gun rights. Giffords highlighted her Jewish identity as part of her first Congress campaign.“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it,” she said at the time.Giffords is the granddaughter of Akiba Hornstein, the son of a Lithuanian rabbi who in the 1940s moved from New York to Tucson. He later changed his name to Giff Giffords in an effort to avoid anti-Semitism.In a recent visit at the Temple Emanuel synagogue she told the congregation that the US must remain committed to Israel, the Middle East's only democracy. Last week, she wrote in Arizona's Jewish newspaper that there would be no peace in the region before the Palestinian leadership and other organizations accept Israel's right to exist.Hmmmm.....Now gunned down by a "person" who considers Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books,and still the left wont call it what it is!It's Antisemitism - JudenHass or whatever you want to call it!So go on shouting on the corners of the streets about "Islamophobia" while a Jewish congres woman is shot in broad daylight!He might be deranged but it's still "The Jew" who's the victim.Read the full story here.

  • Rep. Carson Increases Security in Light of Giffords Attack.Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), one of two African-American Muslim members of Congress, is increasing his security following the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)."Part of this is making sure we can do what we need to do to protect the Congressman and staff," said spokesman Justin Ohlemiller. "And part of this is protecting constituents who interact with the Congressman as well."Ohlemiller would not elaborate on the steps being taken. He did say that Carson's office has spoken with the Department of Homeland Security but would not say whether the U.S. Capitol Police were involved.Carson and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights figure who was beaten by the Alabama State Police during the March to Selma, were the targets of racial slurs as they walked between a House office building and the U.S. Capitol the day before the House approved the health care reform law last spring.Hmmmmm.......Cry "Islamophobia" while JEWISH congresswoman is shot.Read the full story here.

  • The WhiteHouse or Jarret's house?FIVE HOURS LATER: President Obama and his wife left Valerie Jarrett's house at 11:11 p.m., after spending five hours at his senior adviser's residence, the pool reports.The Obamas left the White House for Jarrett's shortly after the president spoke about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.The pool adds: "The two stayed for nearly five hours tonight, coincidentally leaving minutes after the conclusion of two incredibly close NFL playoff games. The Seattle Seahawks upset the New Orleans Saints 41-36, and the New York Jets just eliminated the Indianapolis Colts 17-16 with a late field goal. No news on what POTUS was actually doing.".Hmmmm....Did he go and watch the games?Who's running the White House?Transparancy?Yeah whatevah !Read the full story here.

  • Second suspect sought in Arizona shooting spree.Authorities are searching for a second suspect they describe as a “person of interest” in the shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others. The man is described as an adult Caucasian male, between 40 and 50 years-old, with dark hair, His picture is shown in a security camera image at left.Police are not providing specific details of the possible role this man might have had in the shooting spree, although a law enforcement source close to the investigation told this author that the man might have had prior knowledge of the plans of the primary suspect, Jared Lee LOUGHNER.The as-yet unidentified male was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket.The victims who lost their lives have been identified as John ROLL, 63, a federal judge who happened to be in the vicinity of the shooting, nine-(9)-year-old Christina GREENE, Phyllis SCHNECK, 79, Dorothy MURRAY, 76, Dorwin STODDARD, 76, and 30-year-old Gabriel ZIMMERMAN.In addition to Rep. Giffords, eight-(8) others were injured. There were a total of 18 victims of yesterday’s attack.Read the full story here.

  • Ousted patriarch behind locked doors in Jerusalem.Former Greek Orthodox Church Patricarch Irineos I claims new patriarch imprisoned him because he sold east Jerusalem land to Jews. Six years ago he was the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Holy Land. Today, Irineos I claims he is a prisoner in the church's Old City compound in Jerusalem, trapped by the successor who ousted him in a dispute over the sale of church property to Israeli settlers.Reporters who tried to gain access to the onetime leader of the Holy Land's 100,000 Orthodox followers through the compound's massive metal door were denied entry by church guards peering out through a crack.Irineos spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday through a wireless microphone hoisted at the end of a rope to his roof — in the same black shopping bag supporters use nightly to deliver him groceries."They allow nobody out and nobody in to visit me," said Irineos. "They are afraid of the people because I'm loved by the people, and I love the people," he said into the microphone, peering over the edge of his roof.It is a harsh comedown for a man who ruled his flock for four years as a revered spiritual figure.Irineos said his successor, Theofilos III, will not allow attorneys, doctors or visitors to enter the home he has lived in for almost 40 years. He said he's been trapped there for three years for refusing to concede the patriarchate.Senior church officials denied he was under house arrest, but others say he is indeed being held against his will.The church deposed Irineos in 2005 over allegations he signed a land deal handing over prime church properties to Jews who seek to increase their presence in predominantly Arab east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want for capital of a future state. Irineos refused to recognize his ouster.Palestinians consider sale of land to Jews a serious crime, and most Orthodox Christians in Jerusalem are Palestinians.Irineos maintains he was unaware of the transactions and did nothing wrong. A report commissioned by the Palestinian Authority in 2005 concluded he didn't participate in any of the sales. When he was deposed, his defenders said the land sale charges were trumped up by his political opponents."I ask God every day to reveal the truth," he said. "There is no patriarch. I'm the patriarch."Hmmmm....."The truth shall set you free"John 8:32.Read the full story here.

  • Peretz: IDF needs to step up its attacks on Hamas.Former defense minister says army's deterrence strategy in Gaza is weakening as Kassam, mortar attacks escalate in area.As violence escalated on the Gaza Strip border, Labor Party MK Amir Peretz said that the IDF deterrence strategy in the territory is beginning to weaken, reported Israel Radio on Sunday.The former defense minister said that the military needs to step up its reactions and attacks on Hamas; adding that he trusts the IDF and its judgment.He also concluded that Israel must make it clear to Hamas that it sees the organization as responsible for all attacks and that Israel will not allow this to continue.Attacks on southern Israel continued Sunday morning as a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area.No one was hurt and no damage was reported in the attack.Violence escalated over the weekend after one IDF soldier was killed, four were wounded and three foreign workers were injured in clashes with Palestinian terrorists.On Saturday, four mortar shells fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza landed in a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, wounding three foreign agricultural workers – one of them seriously.The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the al-Quds Brigades, took responsibility for mortar fire that injured three agricultural workers on Saturday.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Imra.PM Netanyahu Adopts IDF Position and will Submit for Cabinet Approval a Plan to Promote Military and Civic service in the Ultra-Orthodox Sector. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, on Sunday, 9.1.11, submit for Cabinet approval, a decision that will enable a significant increase in the number of ultra-orthodox young men who are drafted for military and civic service. This is in order to promote equality and a sharing of the security and economic burden among the various population groups in Israeli society.The decision was made following a meeting that Prime Minister Netanyahu held this morning, with Finance minister Yuval Steinitz and GOC Personnel Maj.-Gen. Avi Zamir.Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to adopt the recommendations that were submitted to him by IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi and the IDF General Staff at their meeting yesterday (Thursday), 6.1.11.The decision will enable the number of draftees from the ultra-orthodox sector to double over the next five years. It is expected that the number of draftees will reach 4,800 by 2015 (2,400 for military service and 2,400 for civic service). It was also agreed that the IDF would create additional combat frameworks in order to absorb the ultra-orthodox. In order to meet this goal, the Government will allocate an additional NIS 130 million in order to create new and unique frameworks for draftees from the ultra-orthodox sector, and NIS 70 million per annum for developing new civic service frameworks.The decision also determines that the age at which ultra-orthodox young men without children may be enrolled in regular civic service, as an alternative to military service, will be 26.Read the full story here.Government approves haredi military recruitment reform plan. Here.

  • HT:Memri.Video : Algerian Participant in Freedom Flotilla: It Has Always Been My Dream to Be Martyred on the Threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.Hmmmm....real peacefull aid convoy indeed.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:challahhuakbar.Israel Sending "Agricultural Carcinogenic Medicine" and "AIDS Girls" to Egypt. Ismail Sukariyya: Egypt is always flooded with Israeli food products and fruits, 60%-70% of which are drowning in chemicals. This is very clear. There are 200,000 cases of kidney failure in Upper Egypt. 200,000 people receive dialysis treatment. This is because of the Israeli agricultural carcinogenic medicine, which has been imported for the past 7-8 years by the greedy “Knights of Normalization,” whose only allegiance is to their pockets. This caused 200,000 cases [of kidney failure], and they are the statistics of last year. This year, the number is definitely higher. Let’s not even mention the AIDS girls that they are sending there, or the [Egyptair) plane coming from the US, which they downed, sending 90 Egyptian generals to the sharks. This Israel, this Zionism, kills more in times of peace than in wartime.Hmmmm.....Why would anyone try to obtain a nuclear weapon if you can do all this?Read the full story here.

  • Pakistan bows to opposition demands on fuel price.Pakistan’s prime minister has agreed to reverse an unpopular fuel price hike under pressure from opposition parties, as he seeks to save his govt following the defection of a key coalition partner.The United States called the decision a “mistake” and the International Monetary Fund, which has an $11 billion loan program with the nuclear armed nation that depends partly on it making painful economic reforms, also voiced misgivings. The decision — which a Pakistani official said could cost the government $58 million a month — along with delays in a planned tax reform could make Pakistan miss its budget targets and endanger remaining payments from the IMF loan. “All the political leadership has agreed that fuel prices should be reversed,” Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly on Thursday. “I announce a restoration of the prices” to the levels they were on Dec. 31. The rollback of the 9 percent price increase, which took effect on Friday, was one of several demands made of Gilani’s Pakistan People’s Party by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N). Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, leader of the PML-N in parliament, said Gilani had “bowed to the demand of this parliament,” calling the move a “big act.” Hmmmm.....Perhaps give them a couple of Billion Dollar more?Read the full story here.

  • HT:TundraTabloids.Rabbi Hollander directs open plea towards Austrian Jewish community President and leaders of the EU states.Dear Dr. Musikant,I received a copy of your open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu dated December 22. I am responding not on his behalf, since an open letter does not require a response from the addressee, but on my own behalf, on the behalf of Ne’emnei Eretz Israel and on behalf of the many Jews in Israel and the diaspora who agree with our policy.I understand and sympathize with the feeling expressed in your letter regarding association with a political party which you identify as an anti-Semitic party.It is surely clear to you that we fully participate in these sentiments regarding Nazism, especially in Austria and Germany. Most of us had relatives who were murdered by Germans and Austrians and their collaborators. The memory of the murder of our people is alive, part of our daily consciousness. We are concerned about the increase of anti-Semitism in the world, and in Europe specifically, together with you.In recent years, anti-Semitism has increased terribly in Western Europe, but interestingly, mainly on that side of the political spectrum which calls itself “Liberal”, or Left. In recent years, these “liberal” elements have been leading public opinion in the de-legitimisation of Israel which, as students of the Holocaust know, is a preliminary step in the mental preparation for the “liquidation” of the delegitimized people. The Left has forged a diabolic alliance with radical Islam to rid the world of the Jewish State. In the eyes of radical Islam, the conquest of Israel is a preliminary step in the plan to conquer Europe.The “Liberals” cannot see what stares them in the face: that the threat of radical Islam to free Europe is immanent. The romanticism of the Left makes them incapable of seeing what stares them in their faces – and what the proponents of radical Islam say loudly and clearly: they want to take over Europe. And institute Sharia law as law of the land.Please make no mistake: If radical Islam doesget to rule any country in Europe – God Forbid, no Jew will be safe. Jews will be attacked! Jews will be murdered! The radical Islamists quote the Koran [9:30] “And the Jews say: Uzair [Ezra] is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!” Futher quotes from many Hadiths say the same and worse.Instead of following immoral policies which are also contrary to European interests, Europe’s leadership should consider how to best serve the interests of European Freedom and Culture and Religion; how to act in order to rid Europe of the immanent threats of radical Islam.After European Leaders successfully remove the threat of Islamization from Europe, perhaps their advice will be relevant to the handling the much more difficult problem in the Jewish State of Israel, surrounded by hostile, warlike Arab states, and threatened with Nuclear destruction by Iran.Very Sincerely,Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander......A MUST READ !Read the full letter here.

  • Turkey - PM Erdogan calls Peace monument in Kars ‘abomination’, announces demolition.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday called a monument in Kars “an abomination” and announced it will not stay up much longer.During his visit to the northeastern province of Kars over the weekend, Erdoğan mentioned the city’s “İnsanlık Anıtı,” or Monument of Humanity, in a speech to locals. He said, “They have placed an abomination next to the Mausoleum of Hasan Harakani [a religious figure from the 10th century]; they erected a strange thing.” Erdoğan called the monument’s existence next to the historic monuments in the area “unthinkable” and said he hopes to not to see it there next time he visits Kars. “Our mayor will do his duty with haste,” Erdoğan assured the residents of Kars. According to the prime minister, the area will be turned into “a beautiful park” by the municipality.Current Mayor Nevzat Bozkuş, from the leading Justice and Development Party, or AKP, stated the monument is on Treasury land, which is also a protected area, and has no zoning permit. Former Mayor Alibeyoğlu, speaking to news television station NTV via phone, said the public will evaluate the “abomination” comment. Bozkuş said the monument was erected as an answer to a “genocide monument” in Armenia and in the name of peace.Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy had said in January, 2010, that the mayor wanted a monument of peace, as opposed to other monuments with messages of war and hatred. “War is a crime against humanity and people cannot progress forward with wars,” Aksoy said. “These two figures in the sculpture are actually a single human torn in half. They are in a position of confrontation against each other, made into enemies. The two figures become a single person again with the outreached hand.”Hmmmm.....Anyone still doubting where Erdogan is taking Turkey?No Armenian genocide ever happened and nothing next to Islamic Religious places.Freedom of expression?Read the full story here.

  • HT:IndiaToday.Chinese troops enter Indian territory again; stop work of construction firm.After remaining peaceful for most of the year, Chinese troops entered Indian territory in the fag end of 2010 along the Line of Actual Control in South-eastern Ladakh region and threatened a contractor and his team to halt work on constructing a "passenger shed".The Chinese troops, which included motor-cycle borne personnel of People's Liberation Army (PLA), entered Gombir area in Demchok region in Jammu and Kashmir and threatened the civilian workers who were building the shed, the plan for which was cleared by the state rural development department, according to details accessed by PTI.The incident took place in September-October last year in a village about 300-kms south-east of Leh district headquarters.An official report, which was prepared after a meeting of officials from civilian administration, army, central security agencies and Indo-Tibetan Border Police, stated that a passenger shed was approved at an estimated cost of Rs two lakh to be built at 'T' point in village Gombir under the Border Area Development Project of Ministry of Home Affairs.The Chinese army -- PLA -- came to the 'T' point and asked the contractor to stop the work, the report said. An official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the arrival of Chinese troops, some of whom were ironically on motorcycle, triggered panic among the workers who rushed to the nearby Army post for help.The Chinese troops also shouted some slogans which could not be translated by the officials, the official said.In 2009, the Chinese Army haD violated the International Border in Ladakh region and painted boulders and rocks in the area red.The Chinese troops had entered nearly 1.5 kilometres into the Indian territory on July 31 near Mount Gya, recognised as International border by India and China, and painted the boulders and rocks with "China" and "Chin9" in red spray paint.The 22,420 ft Mount Gya, also known as "fair princess of snow" by Army, is located at the tri-junction of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, and Tibet. Its boundary was marked during the British era and regarded as International border by the two countries.Before this, Chinese helicopters had violated the Indian air space on June 21 along the Line of Actual Control in Chumar region and also helli-dropped some expired food."They (Chinese) have threatened the nomadic people who had been using Dokbug area (in Ladakh sector) area for grazing since decades long, in a way to snatch our land in inches. A Chinese proverb is famous in the world 'better do in inches than in yards," the report filed by a former Sub Divisional Magistrate (Nyoma) Tsering Norboo had said.Hmmm......All Obama can see is Israeli settlers?Read the full story here.

  • HT:IndiaToday.A woman is raped every 18 hrs in Delhi.This is what you feared but hoped was not true - crime-prone Delhi has turned against women, making them the target of assault each day. There are hard facts to prove this.New figures released by the Delhi Police reveal that a woman is raped every 18 hours or molested every 14 hours in the Capital. Shockingly, the majority of the attackers are below 25 years.The crime graph is heading north. Expect it to rise further in 2011, says Delhi Police commissioner Brijesh Kumar. The number of rape cases in the city increased in 2010 over the previous year. In 2009 there were 459 cases of rape reported across the city, while in 2010 the figure was 489. This roughly translates to one rape case every 18 hours.The cases of molestation of women have also increased in 2010. While there were 528 cases of molestation in 2009, such cases went up to 585 in 2010 - or once every 14 hours.A staggering 56 per cent accused in rape cases were below the age of 25. Similarly in molestation cases, 92 per cent accused were known to the victims. Of the 765 accused arrested, 58 per cent were below the age of 25, the police figures show.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Iranian Authorities Remove Sign from Esther and Mordechai Tomb in Hamadan.The Iranian authorities have removed the sign from the tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the city of Hamadan, which identified the building as a recognized holy site. The Iranian news agency Fars stated that Iran ignored Esther and Mordechai's responsibility for the slaughter of 75 thousand Iranians, adding that the Jews celebrated this event on their festival of Purim, which they also called "Festival of the Massacre of the Iranians." Fars added that the tomb was visited by Jews and Israelis (who entered Iran on non-Israeli passports).It should be noted that Basij members recently threatened to destroy the site in response to Israel's alleged excavations beneath Al-Aqsa mosque.Read the full story here.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Jewish congresswoman shot in Arizona.Shocking attack in US: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head during public event in Tucson; conflicting reports about her condition. More than 10 people hurt in shooting, fatalities include judge, 9-year-old girl.Shocking attack: US Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, National Public Radio reported on Saturday.She is the first Jewish woman from Arizona to be elected to Congress and is also known as a pro-choice supporter but also as a supporter of gun rights. Giffords highlighted her Jewish identity as part of her first Congress campaign.“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it,” she said at the time.Giffords is the granddaughter of Akiba Hornstein, the son of a Lithuanian rabbi who in the 1940s moved from New York to Tucson. He later changed his name to Giff Giffords in an effort to avoid anti-Semitism.In a recent visit at the Temple Emanuel synagogue she told the congregation that the US must remain committed to Israel, the Middle East's only democracy. Last week, she wrote in Arizona's Jewish newspaper that there would be no peace in the region before the Palestinian leadership and other organizations accept Israel's right to exist.Hmmmm.....Now gunned down by a "person" who considers Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books,and still the left wont call it what it is!It's Antisemitism - JudenHass or whatever you want to call it!So go on shouting on the corners of the streets about "Islamophobia" while a Jewish congres woman is shot in broad daylight!He might be deranged but it's still "The Jew" who's the victim.Read the full story here.

  • Breaking News!Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot and critical condition at Public Event! Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot along with three of her aides by a gunman Saturday morning outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Fox News has confirmed.Twelve others were shot as well at Giffords' first public event called "Your Corner." The gunman is in custody.Giffords was taken to a hospital but the condition of those shot was not immediately known, a senior congressional aide told Fox News.Rep. Giffords, who is 40, is married to an astronaut. Jonathan Allen of Politico says that Giffords is involved with immigration and armed services issues.Congres woman shooting Update !At least four people are dead, University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten said.Eight others were shot, including three of the Arizona Democrat's aides, at Giffords' "Your Corner" event held at a Safeway grocery story. A suspect is in custody.The three staffers who were shot worked out of Giffords' Arizona office.Her husband Mark Kelly scheduled to command the Shuttle Endeavor in April...he is reportedly on his way to Tuscon w their daughter. Read the story as it develops Here,Live update here.Video report here.

  • Updated !Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona " in critical condition," she was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and injuring several others in a rampage that rattled the nation. "She's in critical condition," Giffords was among at least 18 people shot, and the hospital said her outlook was "optimistic" and that she was responding. "She's in critical condition," Dr. Peter Rhee said. "The neurosurgeons have finished operating on her and I can tell you that in the current time period I am very optimistic about recovery ... she was following commands."Rhee described Giffords' wound as "through-and-through ... It went through her brain."The hospital said a 9-year-old child was among the killed, and a federal judge was also fatally shot."It's not surprising that today Gabby was doing what she always does, listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors," Obama said in a nationally televised news conference. "That is the essence of what our democracy is about."Hmmmm....I can not believe it that he's trying to get political advantage from this shooting.On second thought ...yes i can.Read the full story here.

  • HT:GatewayPundit.Related:AZ SHOOTER: Left-Winger JARED LOUGHNER – He Likes Watching US Flags Burn & Favorite Book is Communist Manifesto.He is definitely NOT a tea partier….Killler identified: Jared Loughner. He is 22. Born September 1988.He was reportedly left-wing, quite liberal.** His favorite books: Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf.10 Patients- 1 has died. Several – Five are in critical condition.The Congresswoman is in critical condition. She was shot in the head one time.Channel 9 WSYR reported:Congressional officials say an aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has died after an attack in Tucson, Arizona.A hospital official there says the congresswoman herself is alive but in critical condition after being shot in the head.The AP reports that the gunman is identified as Jared Laughner; he is in custody.Hmmmm........Let me see : The gunman, who listed Mein Kampf as a favorite, shoots a Jewish Congresswoman.Another one to the FBI statistics of Hatred towards the Jews not Muslims! Read and see the full story here.

  • Shia leader Al-Sadr calls on Iraqis 'to resist'the US occupiers.Shia leader urges peaceful resistance and a rejection of violence in his first address since returning from exile.Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia Muslim religious leader, has called on his followers to resist the "occupiers" of Iraq.In his first public address since returning from self-imposed exile, he called on the newly formed government to make sure all US forces left Iraq by the end of the year as planned."We are still resisting the occupation through armed, cultural and all kinds of resistance, so repeat after me: no, no to occupiers," al-Sadr told a crowd of thousands outside his ancestral home in Najaf on Saturday."Yes, yes for Muqtada! Yes, yes for the leader!" the crowd shouted, waving Iraqi flags and al-Sadr's pictures.David J. Ranz, the spokesman for the US embassy in Iraq, brushed off al-Sadr's remarks, saying the speech contained "nothing new".A security agreement between Washington and Baghdad requires all US forces to be out of Iraq by the end of the year, but officials in both countries have admitted that security forces are not yet ready to protect Iraq's borders from possible invasion.Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf in Baghdad said that al-Sadr's message specified ending the occupation as a key goal."He made clear reference to fighting them [the US forces] with all means necessary ... but he also made clear that this is a more disciplined Sadr organisation," she said."He said breaches would not be tolerated and that Iraqis would not assassinate Iraqis ... altogether a much more determined, perhaps a more disciplined Muqtada al-Sadr."Police and al-Sadr's guards were out in force in Al-Hanana, the area of Najaf where al-Sadr's home is located, and where he spoke.Al-Sadr left Iraq at the end of 2006, according to his movement, and had reportedly been pursuing religious studies in the Iranian holy city of Qom. He returned to his home city of Najaf on Wednesday.Iraq's new government, which was finally approved by parliament on December 21 after nine months of delays, includes six ministers from Sadr's bloc and the popular leader said that it must be given a chance to perform. "The government is new, so we should give it a chance to prove it is at the service of the people," Sadr said.Ali Al-Saffar, the deputy editor and Iraq analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said that al-Sadr's remarks about the government were probably more significant than the rhetoric about resistance."I think Muqtada al-Sadr has realised that times have changed since he left Iraq," he told al Jazeera from London.Hmmmmm.....More important is the question "What is Turkey's (IRAN's) Role in this"?related:"Iraq's Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday met with some 70 co-religionists in Istanbul, including members of the Iraqi parliament."He met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan first for talks on "security in Iraq and the promotion of links between the parties," according to a Turkish diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity."Once Again i strongly recommend "GET TURKEY OUT OF NATO!"They are the ennemy within the Western defence!And what and how much exactly does the Obama administration know about all this?Read the full story here.

  • No Burqa on the Greyhound Bus?A Chicago woman says she was denied travel on a Greyhound bus last month while wearing a full burqa and is looking for reimbursement from the company.
    Jacqueline Pasha said she's traveled by Greyhound for years and was floored when an agent wouldn't let her board an Arkansas-bound bus to visit her family for the holidays last month."She said, 'You look scary. There's too much going on in the world today for you to be dressed like that. I can't see your face,'" the 31-year-old recalled.Pasha said she offered to show her face to any female employee in private."I said, 'Ma'am, I'll show you my face, no problem.' She said, 'You might have something under there.' I said, 'You can search me in a separate room, said recounted.
    Ultimately, the newly-married woman who has been a Muslim for about five years was sent home with her tickets and a suitcase full of gifts for her three children.Pasha and her husband were in Chicago to find a new home, and her husband was going to continue the search for the roughly two weeks that Pasha was with her family.Since the Dec. 20 incident, the couple has racked up bills for food and hotels. The couple wants Greyhound to reimburse them for those expenses and the unused bus ticket.A Greyhound spokesman denies Pasha's claim."The customer who contacted you had a non-refundable ticket for travel on that specific day and when the customer indicated she no longer wanted to travel that day, we reissued her ticket," said Bonnie Bastian, a Greyhound manager of media relations. "At no point did we refuse to allow her to travel on our buses."The Department of Human Rights is investigating and is expected to return a legal opinion soon.Hmmmm....Another "Milkcow" is "Discovered"?Read the full story here.

  • HT:CreepingSharia.The “Lady Caliphs” (video).An old clip from ESPN, but the glaring omissions to sell Islam to the masses is more evident now than it was when this post 9-11 clip was aired. The Lady Caliphs of W Deen Mohammed High School in Atlanta, Ga.“Take hope” seems to be what many Muslims are taught, not just the Lady Caliphs.A little background on W Deen Mohammed that ESPN failed to mention:Born in Chicago in 1933, Wallace Deen Muhammad (WDM) is the son of Elijah Muhammad, who was the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) for forty years (until his death in 1975). Wallace Deen Muhammad (also known as Warith Deen Muhammad, Wallace Delaney Muhammad, and Warithuddin Muhammad) began working for NOI after his graduation from high school.What could be being taught in these Middle Eastern funded schools? The name of the team itself, Lady Caliphs, dosen’t bode well for non-Muslims. A caliph is generally used to describe the leader of the Islamic ummah, that is ruled under sharia law.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:BigPeace.South Sudan: George Clooney and Larco Lomayatdit say Goodbye, Unity, Hello Independence!Bye Bye to Unity is the words people of South Sudan are saying every day and are waving their hands when greeting themselves; which also means Bye Bye for Unity.Not only South Sudanese are saying Bye Bye for Unity, if you can see here, the world’s celebrity a well-known Hollywood Movie Star George Clooney is waving his hands saying Bye Bye to Unity.See the whole thing here.

  • HT:TheDailyCaller.Somali Islamists ban men, women from shaking hands.Al-Qaida-linked militants in war-torn southern Somalia have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together in public, residents said Saturday. People who break the rules could be imprisoned, whipped or even executed.The insurgents already have banned women from working in public, leaving many mothers with a terrible choice: risk execution by going to sell some tea or vegetables in the marketplace, or stay safely at home and watch the children slowly starve.“It’s an awful rule. I feel like I’m under arrest. I’ve started to ignore the greetings of the women I know to avoid punishment,” Hussein Ali said by phone form the southern Somali town of Jowhar. The edict is also being enforced in the town of Elasha.Gunmen are searching buses for improperly dressed women or women traveling alone, said student Hamdi Osman in Elasha. She said she was once beaten for wearing Somali traditional dress instead of the long, shapeless black robes favored by the fighters.The Islamists’ insistence that women wear the long, heavy robes also forces many women to stay at home because they can’t afford the new clothing.In Jowhar, the insurgents are now also insisting that men grow their beards but shave their mustaches, said another resident, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution.The Islamists have also banned the cinema, music, and bras because they say they are all un-Islamic. Such restrictions are influenced by foreign fighters practicing Wahhabi Islam, which is much stricter than Somalia’s traditional Sufi Islam that incorporates a long tradition of poetry and song.“The last time I listened a song or music, was two years ago, before the insurgents managed the full control of my village,” said Bile Hassan. Now, he says, even the memory of music makes him feel afraid.Read the full story here.

  • HT:BigPeace.IPT.Why Are American Muslim Groups So Quiet About the Assassination of Pakistani Governor?American-Muslim groups were swift to issue statements condemning New Year’s Eve bombing attacks at a Nigerian army barracks and at a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt. But those same groups have been silent since Tuesday’s assassination of a moderate Pakistani governor over a religious dispute as Islamists rejoice and hail the killer as a hero.JeI leader Munawar Hasan blamed the victim, saying “Salman Taseer was himself responsible for his killing. Any Muslim worth the name could not tolerate blasphemy of the Prophet, as had been proved by this incident.
    Sindh Asadhullah Bhutto, head of a JeI branch, told a news conference that Qadri “is a pious man and will go directly to heaven.”Bhutto then said that Aasia Bibi, the Catholic woman Taseer defended who is facing execution for alleged blasphemy “will suffer the same fate if the punishment awarded to her by the court for using derogatory remarks against Hazrat Mohammed Mustafa (PBUH) is not implemented.”American Muslim groups which advocate interfaith dialogue can benefit from taking a stand for Taseer and Bibi.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called the New Year’s Eve bombings “cowardly” attacks meant “to harm long-term relations between Muslims and Christians.” But its officials have endorsed blasphemy laws as recently as 2006.During a news conference in the wake of the riots protesting the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, then-CAIR Chairman Parvez Ahmed said Muslim outrage about the cartoons was justified, but that “Violence is not justified. Peaceful protest is justified. Harmful, destructive behavior of properties is not justified.”Still, he indicated that expanding hate-crime laws to cover speech might not be enough. Policy makers should “even contemplate about passing blasphemy laws,” he said, citing icons including the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad which have been ridiculed. “So governments, legislatures, international bodies … must contemplate about what are the ways in which an anti-blasphemy law can be passed that can protect the right to exercise freedom of religion.”CAIR officials declined an invitation to appear on the “O’Reilly Factor” last month to discuss the Bibi case.Those officials normally do not hesitate to weigh in on foreign affairs when it suits them, condemning burka bans in France and Tunisia, and issuing almost daily statements Israel’s 2009-10 fight against Hamas in Gaza. But the pattern of selective outrage is well-established. The 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh after he produced a short film, “Submission,” which was critical of Islam’s treatment of women, drew no condemnation. The same goes for threats that have followed Van Gogh’s partner in that project, Aayan Hirsi Ali.When CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper mentions Hirsi Ali, it is to dismiss her, saying “her message is one of bigotry, not one of mutual understanding” and calling her ‘just one more Muslim-basher on the lecture circuit.”The Muslim Public Affairs Council, which has stood up for free speech, hasn’t issued any statement on Taseer’s killing or what it means for Pakistan’s future. The same goes for the Islamic Society of North America.A looming “descent into chaos” in Pakistan will only make the challenge in the fight against terror greater. A few press releases aren’t going to change that. But a united front among Muslim communities around the world that – while they may be offended by things written or said about their faith – killing the offenders is worse. That would be an important statement for tolerance and modernity.Hmmmm.....He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr."Read the full story here.

  • Former US attorney-general visits Hamas terror leader in Gaza.Ramsey Clark, a long-time critic of US foreign policy who served on Saddam Hussein's legal team, meets with Haniyeh.Former US Attorney-General Ramsey Clark is in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on a solidarity mission.Clark met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday to kick off a three-day visit. He'll also meet with human rights activists and visit relatives of people killed during Operation Cast Lead two years ago.Clark did not comment to reporters, but Haniyeh's office says the two discussed Israel's blockade of Gaza and recent escalations in Israeli-Palestinian fighting.The visit places Clark at odds with American foreign policy, which shuns Hamas as a terrorist group. A longtime critic of US military policy in the Middle East, Clark served on Saddam Hussein's defense team.Hmmmm....Who's Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark 1. 2. ?Read the full story here.

  • HT:BigPeace.China: No Need to Verify, Just Trust Us.Americans are frustrated with China. Big time. The most recent leaks of State Department documents reveal Peking with explicit complicity in arming Iran with ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons technology. An article also appeared in the Washington Post calling attention to the major advancements China has made in ballistic missile technology, including rockets capable of attacking American aircraft carriers at distances up to and beyond 1000 kilometers.Americans rightfully are asking, “Were not the Chinese going to help us with sanctions against Iran? Didn’t they vote for the UN sanctions? Does such a report run counter to the conventional narrative that despite some small lapses, the PRC is really helping the US counter such proliferation?”Well, Americans are right to have doubts. Chinese “cooperation” is a pile of largely false promises. It reminds one of the story about a priest who enters the monastery and prays to God to “let me be chaste, but not yet!”What do the facts show? Let’s review just the past few years the highlights of Peking’s actions.Chinese airports are used to trans-ship North Korean armaments to Iran. For some reason, the excuse we hear is that China is unaware of such activity and is just “not looking” in the right direction. On November 30, the Wall Street Journal had a hysterical news story how China’s inspectors were just not doing an adequate interdiction job. The headline was China was looking “in the wrong direction.” What, they could not figure out which of the planes at their airports were North Korean?They even had folks at the Arms Control Association fooled. China says ACA, is only guilty of “benign neglect,” don’t you see? Nothing to worry about here. Apparently, it did not occur to them that China is helping ship missiles to Iran from North Korea deliberately.When it was revealed such rockets from North Korea have a range around 3500-4000 kilometers, we were initially told not to worry. We are assured that these new missiles could indeed allow Iran for the first time to reach Western Europe but well, the Iranians do not have the technology to build small nuclear weapons of the size that could be mated with such rockets. Oh, I really am feeling better already! What good news.But then just a few days later, Global Security Newswire reported North Korea was working on making smaller nuclear weapons capable of being mated to their current rocket inventory which of course includes the BM-25. And their current rocket inventory is being shipped to Iran. Oops!Unfortunately, there is a pattern that cannot be ignored. The Chinese regime believes it has a right to rule the world. It reacts menacingly to perceived slights and blacklists those it deems not sufficiently supportive—panda-huggers as they are known.Some analysts see their enhanced military capabilities as nothing more than part of their ocean port projects in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia and Timor. But these projects are the first installment of future Chinese hegemonic actions. China has a thirst for petroleum and natural gas that is second to none in the world. It is securing not just access to such resources but a guaranteed supply. Their military will follow the port projects and that will be the key signature on all energy deals they are now making—whether off the coast of Brazil or Cuba. The oil is theirs, period.Proliferation of the most dangerous kinds of weapons and the missiles to deliver them are part of this strategy. Arm America’s adversaries and give China a free hand as much as possible.And then add to that the following “top 25 Chinese hegemonic hits”.Read the full story here.

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                          Morning Posting.

  • Breaking News!Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot and killed at Public Event! Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot along with three of her aides by a gunman Saturday morning outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Fox News has confirmed.Twelve others were shot as well at Giffords' first public event called "Your Corner." The gunman is in custody.Giffords was taken to a hospital but the condition of those shot was not immediately known, a senior congressional aide told Fox News.Rep. Giffords, who is 40, is married to an astronaut. Jonathan Allen of Politico says that Giffords is involved with immigration and armed services issues.Eight others were shot, including three of the Arizona Democrat's aides, at Giffords' "Your Corner" event held at a Safeway grocery story. A suspect is in custody.The three staffers who were shot worked out of Giffords' Arizona office.Congres woman shooting Update !At least four people are dead, University Medical Center spokesman Darci Slaten said.Her husband Mark Kelly scheduled to command the Shuttle Endeavor in April...he is reportedly on his way to Tuscon w their daughter. Read the story as it develops Here,Live update here.Video report here.

  • Twitter Subpoenaed by U.S. Government for Wikileaks Accounts.The U.S. government has asked Twitter to hand over private messages sent to and from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other WikiLeaks staffers. In all likelihood, it's also contacting other web services Assange may have used to get contact details and personal information about Assage's activities and supporters.
    According to a report just filed by The New York Times, Twitter has been subpoenaed by the U.S. government in connection to the ongoing WikiLeaks investigation.Twitter, like most web companies, has a "spy guide," documents pertaining to compliance with request from governments and law enforcement into criminal investigations. These requests are supposed to be accompanied by subpoenas or warrants.According to Twitter's specific guide [PDF], "In accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, non-public information about Twitter users is not released unless we have received a subpoena, court order or other legal process document." Such requests would only be valid if sent by law enforcement.In this particular case, every indication would point to the speedy release of Assange's direct messages and other data to the U.S. government.The court ordered Twitter to surrender the above information for accounts belonging to Assange, WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning (widely suspected to be the original source responsible for transfering cables to WikiLeaks), and several WikiLeaks associates and volunteers, including Birgitta Jonsdottir, Rop Gongrijp, and San Francisco-based programmer Jacob Appelbaum.Google and other web and social media services all have the same kinds of spy guide documents governing compliance; we'd be shocked if Twitter was the only company that got a WikiLeaks-related court order to surrender information. And we're pretty sure other services have much more sensitive information on Assange et al.Hmmmmm......"A Tweet to far"?Read the full story here.

  • WikiLeaks demands Google and Facebook unseal US subpoenas.Call comes after it emerges that US has tried to force Twitter to release WikiLeaks members' private details.WikiLeaks has demanded that Google and Facebook unseal any US court subpoenas they have received after it emerged that a court in Virginia had ordered Twitter secretly to hand over details of accounts and use of the micro-blogging site by five figures associated with the group, including Julian Assange.Amid strong evidence that a US grand jury has begun a wideranging trawl for details of what networks and accounts WikiLeaks used to communicate with Bradley Manning, the US serviceman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of sensitive government cables, some of those named in the subpoena said they would fight disclosure."Today, the existence of a secret US government grand jury espionage investigation into WikiLeaks was confirmed for the first time as a subpoena was brought into the public domain," WikiLeaks said in a statement today.The writ, approved by a court in Virginia in December, demands that the San Franscisco based micro-blogging site hand over all details of accounts and private messaging on Twitter – including the computers and networks – used by five individuals.Those include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Manning, Icelandic MP Brigitta Jonsdottir and Dutch hacker Rop Gonggrijp. Three of those – Gonggrijp, Assange and Jonsdottir – were named as "producers" of the first significant leak from the US cables cache, a video of an Apache helicopter attack that killed civilians and journalist in Baghdad.The broad-reaching legal document also targets an account held by Jacob Applebaum, a US computer programmer whose computer and phones were examined by US officials in July after he was stopped returning from Holland to the US.The court issuing the subpoena said it believed that it believed that there were "reasonable grounds" to believe Twitter held information "relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation."It also ordered Twitter not to notify the targets of the subpoena, which the company successfully challenged.The court order crucially demands that Twitter hand over details of source and destination Internet Protocol addresses used to access the accounts, which would help investigators identify how the named individuals communicated with each other, as well as email addresses used.The emergence of the subpoena appears to confirm for the first time the existence of a secret grand jury empanelled to investigate whether individuals associated with WikiLeaks, and Assange in particular, can be prosecuted for alleged conspiracy with Manning to steal the classified documents."I think I am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone," Jonsdottir said in a Twitter message.Twitter has declined comment on the claim, saying only that its policy is to notify its users, where possible, of government requests for information.
    The subpoena itself is an unusual one known as a 2703(d) which a recent Federal appeals court ruled was insufficient to order the disclosure of the contents of communication. Significantly, however, that ruling is binding in neither Virginia – where it was issued – or in San Francisco where Twitter is based.Assange has promised to fight the order, as has Jonsdottir, who said in a Twitter message that she had "no intention to hand my information over willingly".Gonggrijp praised Twitter for notifying him and others that the US had subpoenaed his details. "It appears that Twitter, as a matter of policy, does the right thing in wanting to inform their users when one of these comes in," Gonggrijp said. "Heaven knows how many places have received similar subpoenas and just quietly submitted all they had on me."Read the full story here.

  • HT:Aim.Mideast Christians Victims of 'Cleansing': Sarkozy.PARIS -- French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that Christian minorities in the Middle East are victims of "religious cleansing", following deadly attacks on churches in the region.A series of attacks against Christians "looks more and more... like a particularly wicked programme of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing," Sarkozy said in an annual New Year's address to religious leaders.A deadly attack on a Coptic church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on January 1 killed 21 people.An al-Qaida-linked website had published threats against that church and other Coptic communities in various countries.Forty-four worshippers and two priests died in an attack on a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad in October, the worst of a series of attacks against Christians in Iraq.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Spectator.BREAKING: CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion.The Congressional Budget Office, in an email to Capitol Hill staffers obtained by the Spectator, has said that repealing the national health care law would reduce net spending by $540 billion in the ten year period from 2012 through 2021. That number represents the cost of the new provisions, minus Medicare cuts. Repealing the bill would also eliminate $770 billion in taxes. It's the tax hikes in the health care law (along with the Medicare cuts) which accounts for the $230 billion in deficit reduction.Read the full story here.

  • HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Pakistan: With Salmaan Taseer out of way, Sherry Rehman next target of Taliban.Praising the commando of Pakistan's elite force Mumtaz Qadri for assassinating Punjab Governor Salaam Taseer, the Taliban warned that all those who opposed the blasphemy law would meet a similar fate.Angered by the governor's opposition to a controversial blasphemy law, Qadri shot him in a market as Islamabad on Tuesday. The blasphemy law was introduced by Pakistani military ruler General Muhammad Zia-ul Haq in 1980s.Under the law, anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime and faces the death penalty but activists say the vague terminology has led to its misuse.Only recently, Pakistan People's Party leader and former information minister Sherry Rehman submitted a bill in the national assembly to amend the blasphemy law.Talking about amendment in the law TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan said, "Our next target is Sherry Rehman who introduced the bill to the Parliament She wants to make amendments in religion. Other politicians who supported this move are also on our radar. All secular lawmakers and politicians should know that we monitor their activities and we can target them any time."Ihsan added, "Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Salman Taseer is hero for all the Muslims. He has encouraged Muslims around the world and Taliban appreciates his efforts. He gave a message to the world that whoever insulted the Prophet would not be spared."The Taliban spokesperson criticised those who attended Taseer's funeral. "Under Islamic law no one should offer prayers at a funeral." Allama Afzal Chisti of Ulema Wing of PPP led the funeral prayers on Wednesday.Interior Minister Rehman Malik also advised Rehman, a former journalist, to leave the country for her own safety. Malik told her on phone to leave the country at the earliest because “fanatics are hell bent to take her life due to her views on blasphemy laws.”Malik cited intelligence reports that extremists were after her and advised her to go abroad for the time being. Rehman, however, refused to leave the country. She told Malik that she would not be attending the National Assembly session due to inadequate security in the federal capital. She also told Malik that she felt more secure in Karachi than in Islamabad.Pakistan's anti-blasphemy law has been in the spotlight since November when a court sentenced a Christian mother of four to death, in a case that has exposed deep rifts in the troubled Muslim nation.Hmmmm....."The Religion of Peace".Read the full story here.More here.

  • HT:TheAmericanDream.Unfortunately, Obamacare Is Not Going To Be Repealed In 2010, It Is Not Going To Be Repealed In 2011 And There Is A Good Chance That It May Never Be Repealed.Right now the mainstream media is paying a lot of attention to the effort by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal the health care reform law that Barack Obama and the Democrats crammed down the throats of the American people during the last session of Congress. House Republicans are calling their legislation the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act", and the House of Representatives is expected to pass the legislation on January 12th. However, there are two huge problems. One is that Democrats control the U.S. Senate and they have declared that there is not a chance in the world that a repeal of the health care reform law will get through them. Secondly, even if a repeal of the health care law did somehow magically get to Barack Obama's desk, he has sworn that he would veto it. So unfortunately, Obamacare is not going to be repealed any time soon.So what do the American people think about all of this?Well, according to a Gallup Poll released this week, 46 percent of Americans are in favor of repealing Obamacare while 40 percent of Americans do not want it repealed.The numbers are pretty close. Republicans overwhelmingly want it repealed while Democrats overwhelmingly want to keep the new health care law.But perhaps someone should be paying attention to what doctors are saying about this new legislation. This new health care law is driving thousands upon thousands of American doctors out of the profession. In fact, according to one absolutely stunning new poll, 40 percent of all U.S. doctors plan to bail out of the profession over the next three years.Considering the fact that the U.S. was already facing a very serious shortage of doctors over the next several decades, this has the potential to be a national crisis of mammoth proportions.Today, there are nearly a million practicing physicians in the United States. So what in the world is going to happen if several hundred thousand of them actually do throw up their hands and head for the exits?Yes, this is really happening. The U.S. health care system is actually starting to come apart at the seams.Sadly, there is absolutely no chance that the new health care law is going to be repealed in the next two years. If Barack Obama wins in 2012, that will mean that we are facing at least six years until it has any chance of being repealed.Meanwhile, this new health care law is going to be savagely ripping apart our health care system and our entire economy.But this is the new Amerika - where "The American Dream" is rapidly becoming "The American Nightmare".
    Hmmmm......"Change you can see"?And once America is completely disintegrating who will "Controll" what is left?
    Read the full story here.

  • HT:ThePeoplesCube.My Favorite Progressive Talking Point in Jeopardy.I heard a very well versed progressive woman say this very thing to Comrade Red Square in a Houston book store."If it weren't for the Iraq War, we would have enough money for health care and other programs and there would be no deficit."For years, we had it as a solid gold talking point. In my opinion, it was our number one talking point, but now, I'm sad and concerned--we progressives are always sad and concerned, don't you know? Only now, I came across this very disturbing chart showing the war spending in comparison to all other spending. What! I said. This cannot be. No! No! No! The war spending in this chart appears miniscule. What will we do if the masses get a look at this chart? Keep it to yourself, and don't e-mail this post to anyone.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Pakistan: Orgy of hate.WHERE is the state? In the days since Punjab governor Salman Taseer`s assassination, the hate speech and incitements to violence have been openly, matter-of-factly and brazenly spread. What began as `celebrations` by obscure, extremist clerics has quickly snowballed into even mainstream religious party leaders seemingly endorsing the murder of Mr Taseer. And thus far there has been nothing, not a peep, not a meaningless arrest, not a word of condemnation from the government or state officials against the orgy of self-congratulatory hatred swatches of the population have been wallowing in since the governor`s assassination.The `mainstream` conservative and religious political party leaders who appear to be endorsing Mr Taseer`s killing have set a new low in what passes for acceptable public discourse. It is one thing for some illiterate, small-time `religious leaders` in parts of the country where modernity has yet to visit to spew out odious thoughts; it is quite another to see familiar political faces publicly expressing sympathy for a murderer and his motive. What appears to have happened is that when the initial eulogising of Mumtaz Qadri`s act by the far right was not condemned by any quarter, other conservative elements were emboldened to come forward with their own expressions of support and understanding for Mr Taseer`s killer. Perversely, a call by obscure clerics gathered under the banner of an equally obscure religious group to not give Mr Taseer a Muslim burial resulted in senior clerics associated with renowned religious institutions in Lahore declining to lead the funeral prayers for the late governor. Whether it was done out of fear or conviction is not known, but the chilling effect threats from extremists can have is very clear.Read the full story here.

  • Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans.STANFORD, Calif. - President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said. That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies. The announcement came at an event today at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, where U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Schmidt spoke. The Obama administration is currently drafting what it's calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which Locke said will be released by the president in the next few months. (An early version was publicly released last summer.)"We are not talking about a national ID card," Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities." The Commerce Department will be setting up a national program office to work on this project, Locke said. Details about the "trusted identity" project are unusually scarce. Last year's announcement referenced a possible forthcoming smart card or digital certificate that would prove that online users are who they say they are. These digital IDs would be offered to consumers by online vendors for financial transactions.Hmmm....The original idea of the card came from Microsoft boss Bill Gates after seeing years ago the new Belgium micro chipped identity card!With such a card logging on a public computer would still tell the Gov who's on that computer.Big Brother in overdrive?Read the full story here.

  • China's New Fighter Jet Could Pose 'Terrifying' Challenge to U.S. Fleet.While the Pentagon downplays China’s rollout this week of what appears to be a jet fighter designed using sophisticated stealth technology, military experts are warning that the aircraft – reportedly capable of besting America’s F-22 in speed and maneuverability – could pose the greatest threat yet to U.S. air superiority.Decorated Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley, a Top Gun graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School who flew 44 combat missions over Iraq, says, “It’s probably leaps and bounds above where we are, and that’s terrifying.”“As a former Navy fighter pilot, going up against something that’s stealthy, highly maneuverable and with electronic systems more capable than mine -- that’ll keep me up at night,” said Buckley, now chief strategy officer at Fox3 Options LLC.Buckley said photos posted online of the radar-evading Chengdu J-20 jet fighter lead him to believe the aircraft has great stealth capabilities, based on what appears to be a bumpy exterior possibly housing stealth technology, and the lack of external components, such as a gas tank and missiles.“It was built to reduce radar signatures. You can tell it has some serious stealth technology,” he said. “My F-18 looks like an 18-wheeler on radar. That thing might not even show up.”“We used be No. 1 at having the leading technology. ... Now, we’re kind of in catch-up mode, where we’ve never really been before.”Hmmmm.....Obama "Lets cut the defence budget".Read the full story here.

  • HT:Northeast Intelligence Network.Fish & Bird kills: are we getting answers or being placated?7 January 2011: Readers looking for reassuring evidence that the recent massive die offs of fish and birds will find comfort in knowing that such events are historically not all that uncommon. Weather, pollution, parasites and disease are reported as the major culprits behind such events, even as reported yesterday by Glenn Beck. That appears to be the “safe, middle-of-the-road” explanation. It might even be the correct explanation. But what if it’s not?Also, why are we treated with absurd explanations by our government when the truth, if it is indeed the truth, would be more convincing?Before dismissing the concerns of us regular folks by citing statistics and general causes, however, shouldn’t we be getting answers that are specific to the latest series of incidents? Or at least have someone asking direct and specific questions instead of relying on anecdotal evidence?After all, we are supposedly at war, and our enemy has made it clear their intent to use biological and chemical weapons. If that is indeed a legitimate threat, doesn’t it make sense to know the truth before shrugging the events off to natural happenstance?After receiving several e-mails about this matter, including one from a soldier with extensive biological and chemical experience currently serving in Iraq, I thought it was time to begin conducting my own investigation.Hmmmm.....the Truth is out there"?Read the full story here.

  • Obama strongly backs US trials for terror suspects.WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama forcefully declared his support Friday for U.S. civilian trials of Guantanamo detainees, pledging to overturn language in a sweeping defense bill that would effectively block such trials anytime soon."The prosecution of terrorists in federal court is a powerful tool in our efforts to protect the nation and must be among the options available to us," the president said. "Any attempt to deprive the executive branch of that tool undermines our nation's counterterrorism efforts and has the potential to harm our national security."Obama made the comments even while signing the legislation, which also allows funding for a wide range of military and national security programs that the president said were too important to dispense with.The language reflects deep concerns in Congress and the country about Guantanamo detainees being tried on U.S. soil. The first Guantanamo detainee tried in federal court was acquitted in November on all but one of more than 280 charges that he took part in the al-Qaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. That case ignited strident opposition to any further such trials.Obama's comments drew a swift rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky."The American people strongly oppose the president's goal of transferring these terrorists to the United States for trial and detention. And there is overwhelming bipartisan opposition in the Congress as evidenced by the legislation the president signed Friday," McConnell said. "When it comes to terrorism, we should err on the side of protecting the American people."Hmmm......"They don't trust me because of my middle name"?Read the full story here.

  • Get ready for gender-neutral passports.“They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, according to the State Dept.“The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father’,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services Brenda Sprague. “They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’”A statement on the State Department website noted: “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.".Sprauge said the decision to remove the traditional parenting names was not an act of political correctness.Some conservative Christians are outraged over the decision.“Only in the topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness could it be considered an ‘improvement’ for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth,” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins wrote in a statement to Fox News Radio. “This is clearly designed to advance the causes of same-sex ‘marriage’ and homosexual parenting without statutory authority, and violates the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act.”Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, agreed.“It’s part of an overall attempt at political correctness to diminish the distinction between men and women and to somehow suggest you don’t need both a father and a mother to raise a child successfully,” said Jeffress. “(This decision) was made to make homosexual couples feel more comfortable in rearing children.”Hmmmm....Where are the days that politicians would kiss babies in order to gain votes?Read the full story here.

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Submission II is too risky.Ayaan Hirsi Ali says she will not make sequels to her controversial 2004 film , an attack on the treatment of Muslim women. In an interview for Dutch TV, the former Dutch politician said the risk to the crew and cast would be too great.The script for is finished and a third part was planned, Ms Hirsi Ali says, but it would be too difficult to guarantee anonymity for producers or actors.Submission criticised alleged violence against women in Islam, and featured images of women’s bodies painted with verses from the Qur’an. After the film was aired on Dutch TV, its director Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist. The filmmaker and broadcaster was an outspoken critic of Islam. He had been open about his role in collaborating with Ms Hirsi Ali on Submission, which some Muslims criticised as blasphemous.Fanatics Submission II was to have tackled the oppression of homosexuals in Islam. In part three God would have been portrayed speaking directly. Although Ms Hirsi Ali says she feels too great a sense of responsibility to go ahead with the sequels, she denies her decision was based on fear. Creating a climate of fear was precisely the aim of Muslim fanatics who reject any criticism of Islam, she says. As a feminist Islam critic she argued that Dutch politics had ignored the oppression of Muslim women.Hmmmm....."Silence or I Kill You?"Read the full story here.

  • HT:Serbienna.Bosnian Muslim town Tuzla griped by rape, violence.Bosnian Muslim town of Tuzla is convulsing in a grip of violence and rape after several young females have been ganged raped by multitude of Muslims.On New Years Eve, a 19 year old student was gang raped by 2 armed men, just a day later after another one was also ganged raped at a gun point. Later, 3 unknown men ganged raped another female after they got hold of her on the streets.Before these new year rapes, a 25-year old Muslim, Samel Catic, raped a 50-year old woman in the city then stabbed her 15-year old son in the back.Then, 4 men kidnapped a guy and his girlfriend, then took his girl to the village of Pasci where they ganged raped her.In Tuzla’s Shi Village area, a 29-year old female was assaulted then raped by a 34 year old man while another Muslim from Montenegro came to Tuzla and raped a married woman.A 73-year old Tuzla man was arrested after a 13 year old girl delivered a baby that was conceived after the old man raped the child.Muslim political party, BOSS, has issued a communique in which it says that Tuzla is in the state of lawlessness and that the power of the city is held by organized criminal groups that are victimizing the the public and raping women at random.The Association of Muslim women of Tuzla and several other groups are planning a “spontaneous” demonstration on the streets of Tuzla against rape.The protest, titled “I’m Afraid!” is scheduled for Sunday.Earlier in 2010, 7 Muslim men held an underage female as sexual slave and raped her for days on end. The men brought in an 11-year old boy to show him “how it’s done”.Bosnia is experiencing a tremendous escalation of all sorts of gruesome violence and criminals are using inventive ways to kill their victims.Hmmmm.....Welcome to A.D. 620?Read the full story here.
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