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Friday, January 14, 2011

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • DOJ Defending DOMA in Legal Briefing.President Obama seemed to have mended his difficult relationship with his the gay rights movement by getting the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” done, but this evening brings another flare-up.Gay groups are furious with a Justice Department brief defending — though in quite narrow terms — the Defense of Marriage Act, which Candidate Obama, unlike even his Democratic rivals, had pledged to repeal in full.Read the full story here.

  • New Imam Named for NYC Islamic Center.The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center said the imam who has been the public face of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be playing a reduced role in the facility.The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to help lead religious programing so that Rauf could focus on other initiatives.Rauf announced late this fall that he would be starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths and cultures. He is set to start a national speaking tour Saturday in Detroit.Rauf will remain on the Islamic center's board, Park51 said in a statement, but the group needed someone who could be more focused on the day-to-day business of building a local congregation.The group named another New York City imam, Abdullah Adhami, as its senior adviser.Adhami was born in Washington, D.C., and earned an architecture degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He has already performed guest lectures at the site of the planned center, and has had a presence in lower Manhattan since the early 1990s.Hmmmm....Replacing a "Moderate" with a descendant of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad and Sharia" expert??Shaykh Abdullah Adhami was born in Georgetown, Washington, DC, of the noble lineage of the family of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He began his studies of shari’ah at the age of eight, and heard his first scholarly narrative in 1975. He earned scholarly licenses from many eminent scholars from Damascus, Egypt and Morocco, and is honored with the unique and rare distinction of being a certified narrator of hadith.His works center on exploring the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the linguistic implications of shari’ah texts. His works also strive to relate the eternal relevance of the essence of shari’ah laws as a vehicle to enhance modern lived experience.Last known residence Damascus, Syria, with his wife and son.Hmmm....Introducing Sharia in America?Read the full story here.

  • Report: Tunisian president flees amid riots.Prime minister takes over after rioters throng capital decrying unemployment, corrupt leadership.Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency Friday and announced that he would fire his government as thousands of protesters mobbed the capital to demand his ouster. Gunfire rang out across Tunis, clouds of tear gas filled the streets and police beat any protesters they could grab.Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi said in a live address later that he had taken over from President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali on an interim basis. "Since the president is temporarily unable to exercise his duties, it has been decided that the prime minister will exercise temporarily the (presidential) duties," Ghannouchi said on state television.Unconfirmed news reports, citing unidentified government sources in Tunisia, said Ben Ali had left the country.Ben Ali was facing his toughest challenge yet in 23 years of repressive rule after weeks of anti-government riots across the North African nation.Many shouted "Ben Ali, out!" and "Ben Ali, assassin!" Another poster read "We won't forget," a reference to the rioters killed, many by police bullets.In response, Ben Ali dissolved the government and also promised that early legislative elections would take place within six months, the official TAP news agency reported. He made no reference to any resignation of his own.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Fight 'The Decisive Battle Against the Jews and Crusaders'.In New Audio Message, AQIM Leader Hails 'Uprising' in Tunisia and Algeria, Calls on Tunisians to Send Their Sons to Train with Al Qaida in Order to Fight 'The Decisive Battle Against the Jews and Crusaders'.On January 13, 2011, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) leader Abu Mus'ab 'Abd Al-Wadud released two audio clips, produced by AQIM's media wing Al-Andalus and disseminated on various jihadi forums, in which he called on the Tunisians and Algerians, respectively, to escalate riots against their governments.Read the full story here.

  • HT:RossRightAngle.Islamonazi FPI Say Ahmadiyah Minority has ‘NO RIGHT TO LIVE’ in Indonesia!The Islamonazi gangsters who calls themselves Defenders of Islam (FPI) have now declared that the Ahmadiyah minority creed has ‘no right to live’ in Indonesia.(please note, there are two verbs in Indonesian for ‘to live’ – one is ‘tinggal’ which means ‘to live’ as in ‘to reside. to dwell,’ while the other is ‘hidup’which means ‘to live’ as in ‘to be alive’ or ‘to exist.‘FPI menganggap Ahamdiyah adalah penista agama yang tidak berhak hidup di bumi Indonesia.’ press report quoted the FPI leader as using the latter!According to 13/1, the presence of representatives of the Ahmadi religious minority at the inter-faith meeting of the Forum Discussion Group at Hotel Inna Simpang, Surabaya on Thursday was their excuse for disrupting it.The fanatics’ Surabaya gauleiter, Sasmito, justified his goon-squads’ intimidation of the pro-tolerance gathering thus.”Actually we do not object to this meeting but went to break it up because Ahmadiyah was invited."In a chilling warning of more thuggery to come, Sasmito asserted that while the Ahmadi elements exist in the forum, then the FPI will be present to prevent and dissolve discussions. Sasmito added if Ahamdiyah are the cause of unrest, it must be dissolved. “We did not bring many, but hundreds of our members are ready to move from Al-Akbar Mosque.”The success of the hooligans was actually due to police action. Local cops ordered the meeting, less than twenty people in a hotel coffee shop, to cease because of’ security concerns over a pending visit to the city by President SBY.Coming so soon after the incident in Bandung, reported on RRA (see our post on 7th January) involving the same pro-tolerance organisations and the same primitives hoodlum group (this time using the title of Warrior Defenders of Islam) bodes ill for religious liberty in Indonesia.Obviously the network of brutal bigots is using the same tactics, and getting back-up by those meant to enforce law and order, across the archipelago.Hmmmm....."Obama"Indonesia is an example of religious tolerance".Read the full story here.

  • HT:PrisonPlanet.FBI Targets Critics Of Government With Home Visits After Arizona Shootings.Another victim of the Tucson tragedy – the right to criticize your Congressperson without getting a knock on the door from the feds.We can add another victim to the Tucson tragedy – the right to criticize government without fear of getting a knock on your door from the feds. Despite the fact that shooter Jared Loughner was not politically motivated, the FBI is now compiling a list of Americans deemed a potential threat because they criticized their representative – and targeting them with home visits.An Ozark man who ran a blog last year critical of Republican Congressman Billy Long was shocked to see an FBI agent turn up on his doorstep asking questions. The agent was accompanied by Green County Sheriff Jim Arnott, who had stepped outside of his jurisdiction to become involved in this act of political repression directed against Clay Bowler, a resident of Christian County.The FBI agent wanted to know if Bowler was a threat to Long because he had used an Internet blog to highlight claims of cronyism and corruption involving the Congressman before the southwest Missouri election in November, in which Long defeated Democrat Scott Eckersley to replace outgoing Rep. Roy Blunt.Green County Sheriff Jim Arnott’s justification that it’s best to “err on the side of caution” in targeting critics of government with home visits has no place in a free country. Perhaps Arnott would feel more at home in the former East Germany or the Soviet Union.“Arnott confirmed to KSPR News that Bowler isn’t the only local person who’s been scrutinized in the wake of last weekend’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ) during a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson, Ariz,” states the report, affirming that the authorities are compiling new lists of Americans who are now considered to be potentially violent threats for the crime of asking their own public servants uncomfortable questions. Separately it was reported that the FBI was preparing to visit other bloggers in the area.Targeting anyone who exercises their First Amendment right to redress their grievances against local representatives who are paid to serve them with home visits accompanied by FBI agents only has one outcome – it chills free speech and discourages other Americans from speaking out against the government. These tactics also have the impact of making asking questions of elected officials, the lifeblood of a free society, seem somehow abnormal or suspicious.Once again, vultures are still busy circling around last weekend’s tragedy, using it as a vehicle through which to advance their own authoritarian and anti-American agendas of political repression.Hmmm...."The test of democracy is freedom of criticism."  ~David Ben-Gurion.Read the full story here.

  • Theme of “Together We Thrive” T-shirt came from Obama’s Organizing for America.The “Together We Thrive” T-shirts that starred at Wednesday’s Arizona `Memorial’ originated from Organizing for America (here), a sad fact unearthed by The Drumbeat of Liberty and the Preservation of Freedom editor and Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Robert Rohlfing.In the controversy of the pep rally/rock concert style Memorial for those who lost their lives in Saturday’s Arizona tragedy, the mainstream media reported that the “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” T-shirt given to mourners as they entered McKate Center was the idea of University of Arizona brass, not the Obama administration.Yet the “Together We Thrive” slogan dates back to a post to Obama’s own Organizing for America in a Feb. 11, 2008 post by self-described “globalist” John Berry IV.More than passing strange that the Obama campaign message of civility was the same on Feb. 11, 2008 as it was in his Wednesday Memorial speech, and the same one, too carried by the mainstream media in coverage of the Memorial.University of Arizona brass did not originate the “Together We Thrive” T-shirt. They merely recycled it for Obama—and recycled it in time for what should have been a dignified Memorial for the dead.If you were a mourner who took home a “Together We Thrive” T-shirt have a look at the bottom of your shirt. “Rocking America and Rocking the Vote” is a common theme of the DNC, and it’s right there on your Memorial T-shirt memento.Welcome to the era of Obama, where cheering and standing ovations, for the first time in history, became part of the Requiem for the Dead.Hmmmmm......Read the full story here.

  • "Life in Iran's prisons"Two Kurdish Political Prisoners on Death Row: “We Were Threatened with Sexual Torture”.According to the CDPP website, the two prisoners declared that the self-incriminating confessions they made regarding their armed activities and the murder of the son of the Friday Prayer Imam in the city of Marivan were extracted under torture and they played no role in the act [of homicide].Loghman Moradi told CDPP, “We ask human rights defenders for help, because we really had no role in the assassination of the son of the Marivan Friday Prayer Imam. However, due to the extensive torture and threats of “sexual torture” and “the detention of our families” [had we not confessed], we were forced to make [false] confessions. No evidence was ever presented that would indicate we had a role in this act.Read the full story here.

  • "Life in Iran's prisons".Mother of Nazanin Khosravani Says Daughter Forced to Sleep in Cold Cell with No Warm Clothes.The website Kaleme reports that the family members of incarcerated journalist Nazanin Khosravani were finally allowed to meet with her today. In an interview with Kaleme, Azam Afsharian, Khosravani’s mother said, “Although Nazanin was in good spirits, she complained about the extremely cold conditions in Evin prison’s ward 209.” According to Mrs. Afsharian, despite the sharp drop in temperature over the past few days, the Ministry of Intelligence officials in eard 209 have failed to provide Khosravani with warm clothes. Mrs. Afsharian added, “Nazanin informed us that the cell is so cold that at night it feels like you are sleeping on ice. I don’t understand why prison officials refuse to give my daughter warm clothes.”There are no beds in the the prison cells in the Ministry of Intelligence’s ward 209. Consequently, prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor. Despite the extreme cold weather, prisoners have not be provided with warm clothes or extra blankets.Nazanin Khosravani’s mother said, “During our visit Nazanin was very surprised about the fact that they intended to hold a trial without informing her lawyer and her family.”When Khosravani was taken to the Revolutionary Court to attend her trial on Wednesday, she accidentally bumped into her lawyer in the court house. As a result, her lawyer was able to speak to the Judge presiding over the branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in order to postpone her trial. According to Khosravani’s mother, a date has not yet been set for her new trial, however, Mrs. Gheyrat, Khorsravani’s lawyer announced that her trial will take place soon.Read the full story here.

  • Indonesia slams Saudi maid abuse sentence.Indonesia said Wednesday a three-year jail sentence given to a Saudi woman for brutally torturing her Indonesian maid was "too light", and promised to back an appeal in the Saudi courts.A court in the Saudi city of Medina sentenced the woman to three years in prison for stabbing, beating and burning the Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, with an iron.Her sentence was lighter than the maximum penalty of 15 years, Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Tene told AFP."The judge there had found the employer guilty of abuse but her three-year sentence didn't fulfil a sense of justice," he said."Prosecutors there, with support from Sumiati's lawyer provided by the Indonesian government, have lodged an appeal."The Saudi woman slashed Sumiati's face with scissors, scalded her with a hot iron and beat her so severely she broke the young woman's bones and caused internal bleeding.Read the full story here.

  • Berlusconi facing extortion and underage prostitution probe over consorting with underage Moroccan belly dancer 'Ruby Heartbreak'.Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was under fire again today as it emerged he is being investigated for extortion and underage prostitution.The probe on Mr Berlusconi, 74, centres on his relationship with a belly dancer called Karima el Mahroug, then 17, who was a guest at a party he hosted at his home last year.The extortion accusation centres on the pressure he put on Milan police to release the exotic dancer - nicknamed Ruby Rubacuori (Ruby The Heartstealer) - after she'd been arrested on suspicion of theft.Berlusconi's current term in office has been dogged by continual allegations involving women - but somehow he has managed to cling on to office even surviving a double no confidence vote in Parliament which greeted by riots in the street.His lawyers confirmed he is under investigation in a prostitution case which they call 'absurd and groundless'.Two months ago it emerged that the media tycoon turned politician had called police and asked them to release Moroccan-born Miss El Mahroug after she had been arrested on suspicion of theft.He is said to have wrongly told officers that the girl, who at the time was 17, was the grand daughter of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and to avoid diplomatic embarrassment she should be released.Hmmm...."You people married to Italian men, you know what it's like." Geraldine Ferraro.Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheDailyCaller.How the mental health system failed Jared Loughner, despite Arizona’s lenient commitment standard.As Americans grapple with the implications of Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, which killed six, injured 13, and left authorities alleging that it was an assassination attempt on Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, many are wondering how such a tragedy could have been avoided.Reportedly most who came into contact with perpetrator Jared Loughner felt he was mentally disturbed, if not violent, yet he remained unknown to local mental health providers. Nobody — not his peers, not his professors, not his community college and not his parents — ever reported or sought help from any metal health services.“To the best of our knowledge, he was never and is currently not enrolled in our system,” Neal Cash, president of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, the public mental health services provider for Tucson and Pima County, told the Washington Post, adding that the system would have data on anybody diagnosed with a mental ailment.U.S. mental health law varies state to state, and although involuntary civil commitment fell out of favor long ago, Arizona has some of the most lenient commitment laws to require treatment. While many states require the plaintiff to prove an individual presents imminent danger to himself or others, Arizona’s standard is just based on a person’s “need for treatment.” Further, anybody can petition the courts to have an individual compelled to receive treatment or be institutionalized.Had Loughner been on record as mentally unstable he might have been prevented from purchasing a gun as the he would have been flagged as ill by the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and unable to purchase a gun under the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibits the possession of firearms by the mentally defective.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Macleans.Defending her Holocaust education is racist thesis.Peto says she was attacked for being a 'pro-Palestinian activist'Jenny Peto has broken her silence on her controversial master’s thesis in which she attempts to prove that Holocaust education is used as a subversive method of indoctrination to justify Israeli apartheid.Peto’s paper, “The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education,” has garnered international attention for claiming that two Holocaust remembrance programs are essentially instruments of Zionist propaganda. Major news outlets picked up on the story and Peto’s paper was even debated in provincial legislature last month. Many slammed “The Victimhood of the Powerful” for supposedly spreading hateful messages, and others, including myself, decried the sorry state of academic affairs at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) for awarding a master’s degree to a polemic riddled with unsubstantiated claims and wild extrapolations.Read the full story here,more here.

  • HT:Elliott Abrams: Pressure Points.Freedom in the World 2011.Freedom in the world is declining. Given Hillary Clinton’s remarks yesterday about change in the Arab world and with the Obama Administration’s half-time in office coming next Friday, it’s a good moment for an assessment of Obama human rights policy.That freedom is declining is the stark conclusion of Freedom in the World 2011, the annual survey published by Freedom House. Their assessment:The increasing truculence of the world’s most powerful authoritarian regimes has coincided with a growing inability or unwillingness on the part of the world’s democracies to meet the authoritarian challenge, with important consequences for the state of global freedom. According to Freedom in the World 2011, the latest edition of Freedom House’s annual survey of global political rights and civil liberties, conditions worsened for the fifth consecutive year in 2010. While the decline for the year was less extensive than in some years past, the multiyear spate of backsliding is the longest of its kind since Freedom in the World was first published in 1972….As Freedom House points out, two of the most striking offenders are Russia and China. A famous old quip holds that hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue, and for much of the past two decades dictators often claimed that they were moving toward democracy—slowly, carefully, in keeping with the local political culture, they would say—but they would claim to be moving. They recognized democracy as the only legitimate and accepted goal. Today, that’s not what Hu or Putin are saying, and “truculent” is a good description of their rejection of freedom and respect for human rights. Putin’s treatment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Hu’s of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo are the best examples.The blame for violations of human rights and democracy lies squarely with the rulers who commit them, of course, but it is fair to ask about the efficacy of U.S. human rights and democracy promotion policy. Could we be doing better? Andrew Albertson, who until recently headed the Project on Middle East Democracy, has written a powerful assessment of the failings of the Obama Administration’s approach.Despite a few noteworthy gains, primarily Indonesia’s embrace of democracy and civil rights, Muslim-majority countries have failed to make significant progress over the past decade. Only two are ranked as Free, with 19 Partly Free and 26 Not Free. While practically no improvements were registered in the Middle East and North Africa, some gains were recorded in Muslim-majority countries outside the region. Hmmmm......Obama."Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

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MFS - The Other News

                          Morning Posting.

  • Pak to block websites, SMS 'propagating anti-Islam agenda'.Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik today directed the authorities to block websites and SMS "propagating an anti-Islam agenda" within 24 hours.Malik ordered the Interior Secretary to trace all websites that are "propagating against Islam". Cases should be registered against persons who are involved in such acts and are residing in Pakistan, he said. The minister also asked the Secretary to constitute a committee comprising representatives of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and Federal Investigation Agency to tackle anti-Islam propaganda. The panel should submit its report in a week, he said.He also called on people to inform authorities about websites that are "propagating against Islam and Pakistan". In a separate development, Malik told reporters at Pirpai village in northwest Pakistan that the government has no intention of repealing or amending the blasphemy law.Hmmmm......These are the people the Obama administration supports?"We'll Meet Again".Read the full story here.HT"TROP.

  • Tunisia: State of emergency declared amid protests.Police fire tear gas at the protesters outside the interior ministry.A state of emergency has been declared in Tunisia amid protests over corruption, unemployment and inflation.The decree bans more than three people from gathering together in the open, and imposes a night-time curfew.Security forces have been authorised to open fire on people not obeying their orders.State television is reporting that a "very important statement is expected to be announced to the Tunisian people very soon".Troops have surrounded the country's main international airport, Tunis Carthage, and the country's air space has been closed.Earlier, police fired tear gas as thousands gathered outside the interior ministry in the capital Tunis, urging President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to quit.The president has dismissed his government and dissolved parliament, saying new elections will be held within six months.On Thursday night, Mr Ben Ali, who has governed Tunisia since 1987, announced he would stand down in 2014 - but the protesters say he should go immediately.Read and see (Video) the full story here.

  • Developping !Al Jazeera- Army 'takes over' Tunisia ! The Tunisian president is reported to have left the country and the army has taken control, reports say.Friday's developments come amid violent clashes in the capital, Tunis, over unemployment and rising food prices.State media earlier reported that Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the president, had imposed a state of emergency in the country and promised fresh legislative elections within six months in an attempt to quell the wave of dissent sweeping across the country.It was also said that gatherings of more than three people had been banned.Read the full story here.Updated :PM replaces Tunisia president !Tunisia's long-standing president has left the country amid violent protests and the prime minister has taken over control of the government from him.The Tunisian prime minister, in a televised address, said on Friday that he has assumed control of the government as the president is "temporarily unable to exercise his duties".Tunisian state television said on Friday it is expecting the announcement of an "historic decision" which will satisfy the desires of the north African country's people.But the pledges seemed to have little effect as fresh streets erupted on Friday.More on this developping story here.

  • Iran's nuke tour without Turkey, major powers.A weekend tour of Iran's nuclear sites appears set to go ahead without Russia, China, the European Union or key allies Turkey and Brazil, blunting Tehran's attempts to gain support from major powers ahead of crucial talks on its atomic activities.On the eve of the visit, Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said Friday that representatives of nonaligned nations, developing countries, the Arab League, Venezuela and Syria had accepted invitations to visit Iran's central Natanz enrichment facility and its still-unfinished heavy water reactor at Arak."This trip will offer the most transparency" regarding Iran's nuclear program, Soltanieh told The Associated Press, adding that the diplomats would be able to see "everything they wanted."Hmmmm....If it is as transparant as the Obama administration then please Lord protect us all.Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelMatzav.Nasrallah: 'There won't be a civil war in Lebanon, because we'll kill anyone who gets in our way'.Hezbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave one of his lengthy, televised speeches on Thursday night, and promised that there would be no civil war in Lebanon.The Hezbollah leader said he was sure there would be no civil conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in Lebanon.But why would there be no civil conflict? Nasrallah blamed Hariri for the current political crisis.Hariri met with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Wednesday and held talks in France and Turkey on Thursday.Nasrallah called on Hariri to stay abroad and not return to Lebanon.Hmmmm.....You stay there and all will be well?Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelSeen.Countdown to a New Lebanon Crisis – Iran Sends a Signal to Obama through Beirut.On January 12, 2011, just as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House, the pro-Iranian Hizbullah forced a collapse of the Lebanese government. Ten of its ministers held a press conference announcing their decision in Beirut that was broadcast live on Lebanese television during the Obama-Hariri summit. by Shimon Shapira.There is a tendency in the West to underestimate the Iranian role in Hizbullah decision-making. But it should be remembered that Hizbullah was created in the offices of the Iranian ambassador to Syria, Ali Akbar Mohtashemi in 1982. Deputy Secretary-General of Hizbullah, Sheikh Naim Qassem, admitted in 2007 that Hizbullah does not pursue its own policy but rather submits to the authority of the Iranian leadership, which instructs it even on military-operative issues. This is based on the ideology of the Iranian Islamic regime, set forth by Ayatollah Khomeini, whose key principle is the rule of the jurisprudent (vilayat al-faqih), the title presently used by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.The U.S. and its Western allies, particularly France, have an opportunity to demonstrate their resolve to block Iranian expansionism in the Middle East by taking back the reins of what is transpiring in Lebanon today. They can also serve the interests of international justice by ensuring that the STL actually moves against the murderers of Hariri. But a failure to respond to this Iranian-sponsored provocation will only invite further adventurism on the part of the regime in Tehran elsewhere in the region as it seeks to further establish its hegemony in the Middle East. It will also reward Hizbullah, which remains one of the most dangerous international terrorist organizations targeting the West.Read the full story here.

  • Former Judge to AZ Sheriff: ‘Shut Up Before You Do Any More Damage to the Prosecution’s Case’. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R.-Texas), a former prosecutor and judge and a current member of the House Judiciary Committee, is offering some advice to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who has gained national attention since Saturday for his suggestions that radio and television talk shows were somehow responsible for the shooting attack in Tucson that took the lives of 6 people and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.Says Rep. Gohmert to the sheriff: “Shut up before you do any more damage to the prosecution’s case.”Read the full story here.

  • Pakistan Murdered Governor Taseer's daughter warned to back off. ISLAMABAD: The leader of an Islamic political party in Pakistan has warned the daughter of a murdered politician to ''remember her father's fate'' and to stop supporting his cause.Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, was shot dead by Mumtaz Qadri, a police officer, on January 4 because of his campaign to pardon a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.Many Muslims celebrated the murder and marched in support of Taseer's confessed killer.Advertisement: Story continues below Shadab Qadri, the leader of Sunni Tehreek, said the politician's daughter, Shehrbano Taseer, 21, must stop speaking out against blasphemy laws.''We read the statement of the slain governor's daughter in a newspaper. She should refrain from issuing such statements and must remember her father's fate,'' Shadab Qadri said.His organisation has also offered legal support to Mumtaz Qadri and financial help to his family ''as he performed a great duty in the name of Islam''.On Wednesday, Ms Taseer told the BBC Today program: ''My father's stance has been misrepresented and has been misquoted because he simply said these laws are being misused and they target the poor, the dispossessed and the voiceless.''He said it's a man-made law and these things should be debated in parliament. That has been misconstrued into saying that he has been blasphemous.''Hmmmm....These are the people the Obama administration is giving Tens of Billions of Dollars?"Together we thrive"?Thrive on what?Read the full story here.

  • "The War on Christianity".Wearing Rosary Beads to School Got Me Suspended, Texas Girl Says.A Texas girl is calling for an apology from her middle school after she says she was suspended for wearing rosary beads around her neck, reports.Jonae Devlin, 14, reportedly told the station that she wore the prayer beads at Hodges Bend Middle School in Houston because they remind her of her late grandmother, a devout Catholic."I wear them for my grandmother," she told the station. "It makes me feel like she's with me all the time."The school's principal ordered that the girl be suspended for one day, arguing that the beads violate the school dress code, reported."She said, 'I’m going to give you the choice to take it off or be suspended,' and I said, 'You might as well suspend me,'" Devlin told the station.Read the full story here.More on this story here .

  • Barack Obama's 2012 cash challenge.Bracing for a half-billion-dollar onslaught of outside GOP cash in 2012, President Barack Obama’s advisers are quietly working to bring back together the major donor base that produced a record-breaking fundraising haul in his first run for president. In the past few months, Democratic National Committee aides have contacted several of Obama’s earliest financial backers to brainstorm about when and where to host the first money-raising events. Several big donors said they expect the Obama 2012 operation to open its doors this spring, with a string of fundraisers to generate the early cash needed to rebuild the president’s high-tech campaign operation.But already some of Obama’s top financial backers are warning the White House: Raising money won’t be as easy this time around. “They are getting organized in Chicago to start a massive two-year campaign, which I believe will be successful, but has extraordinarily large challenges in some of the major states,” said Philadelphia philanthropist Peter Buttenweiser, who hosted one of the first Obama presidential fundraisers in 2007 and is in talks to organize an early one for the re-election. Obama’s team is running into resistance in at least one key fundraising hub — New York City, where some of Obama’s biggest 2008 backers have bitterly protested last year’s passage of financial reform legislation and what they perceived as an unfair bad-mouthing of bankers during the debate.In other places, such as Pennyslvania, top donors say Obama has to get in line behind other candidates who need the cash more urgently. And some donors are worried that the party has been slow off the mark in responding to the latest onslaught of GOP fundraising, millions of dollars raised from secret donors by a variety of Republican outside groups, including two associated with former Bush advisers Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.Hmmmm.....Chicago.....Shorebank.....Cap and Trade...Chicago Climate Exchange.......Follow the money.Read the full story here.

  • HT:NewZeal.Video : Traveling Down the Road to Serfdom: History of Socialism from Marx to Obama.Read and see the full story here.

  • The 11 Most Ludicrous Free Passes Given to The Obamas.One of the most infuriating events in the last few years for conservatives is surprisingly not the election of Barack Obama. What burns conservatives most of all is the refusal of the journalistic community to do its job where Obama is involved. Historically, the American press tends to be hard on a sitting president and the American people expect it. This keeps everybody honest. Never have we witnessed the media so willing to forgo its purpose for the advancement of one man. It seems odd that in an age of “vetting” candidates (which seems to be the number one priority for the press, unless the candidate in question is Obama) that we know so little about the man who sits at the Resolute desk. What we do know about him–his lethargic response time, the reneging on campaign promises, his excessive and multitudinous vacations, his robotic reliance on a teleprompter–is largely ignored or excused by the media, earning them a well-deserved nickname in conservative circles as the “State-Run Media.”The press has long viewed itself as the fourth branch of government, ever vigilant and on high alert for any funny business. But what happens when the Fourth Estate goes rogue, throwing all precedence to the wind in pursuit of their dream candidate? One unintended consequence has been the dethroning of the major networks as a legitimate and unbiased source of news. Who takes them seriously anymore? Their credibility has taken a major hit. Any ten minute viewing of the nightly national news will be chock full of anti-Republican slurs and lots of Obama stroking.This kind of blatant display of bias has been going on for many years which lead to the conservative majority on the radio waves and Fox News in answer to cable, network and major newspapers. But only now is the bias so glaring, so transparent, it can be said they’ve truly gone off the reservation.The following are the most glaring examples of the major passes given to the Obamas and his administration that have been extended to any sitting president in history.1. Promise anything, deliver nothing…Read the full story here.

  • HT:IslamInEurope.Kosovo: Temporary marriages a key to entering EU.Each time she goes to sleep, Valbona (35), from Peja, western Kosovo, looks at her wedding photograph taken 13 years ago. Beside her, she sees her smiling husband.Today, that moment is just a memory. Two years ago, her husband remarried a German woman. Not only did Valbona, mother of their four children aged four to 11, know of his plan, she approved it.This is because Valbona is not really divorced in the eyes of her family or the wider community.Many Kosovar Albanian men divorce their first wives by mutual consent, departing for western Europe where they find new spouses who enable them to obtain residency papers.They leave their children behind in Kosovo so that they can pose as single men and remarry fast. Once they have permanent residency in Germany, or other EU states, they divorce their second wives, go back to their first ones and bring the family to the West.In the past, Albanian families did not accept divorce so easily. But the taboo has been forgotten now that Kosovar Albanians have discovered the usefulness of divorcing and remarrying foreigners in order to gain papers to live in western Europe.Not all foreign wives are equally acceptable, of course.A second marriage to a non-Albanian is seen as worthless unless the new wife has citizenship of the European Union. But if men divorce their Kosovar wives for that reason, society turns a blind eye.Valdrin Hoxha, an unemployed 23-year-old from Pristina, said he would do the same thing if he could."I would explain to my family that after getting the (EU) documents I would divorce my foreign wife and marry a Kosovar girl," he says, confidently.Hmmmm........Read the full "story" here.

  • HT:IslamInEurope.Belgium: Shariah4Belgium celebrating Vlaams Belang politician's terminal illness.The radical Islamist organization, Shariah4Belgium, is celebrating the terminal illness of former Vlaams-Belang politician, Marie-Rose Morel.Morel, who is fighting cancer, is currently in the terminal stage of her disease, and is too weak to receive further treatment."Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah the Master of the World, who makes Marie Rose Morel suffer to death and will then, inshallah, punish her severely in Hellfire! Allah the Almighty has, because of her campaign against Islam and Muslims, forced her to wear a headscarf [ed: she lost her hair due to treatments], though she's vehemently aganist it!"Vlaams Belang senator, Jurgen Ceder,wants to know when the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism will act against this form of incitement to hatred. He points out that political difference can be fought out in different way in Belgium, but not by wishing people to die. With such statement "extreme Islam once again shows its backwardness and fanaticism."Earlier former colleague Bart Debie announced on his Facebook to "put the champagne on ice", which cost him his place in Vlaams Belang.Hmmmmm......"Religion Of Peace".Read and see the full story here.

  • Now 300 dead birds fall from the sky in Alabama (how much longer can scientists keep saying this is normal?).Up to 300 dead birds have been found on the side of an Alabama highway in the latest mass animal death to be reported.The bodies of the birds, identified as grackles, were found strewn along the I-65 highway. Grackles have also been found dead in their hundreds recently in Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky.Since the 1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has tracked mass deaths among birds, fish and other critters, said wildlife disease specialist LeAnn White. At times the sky and the streams just turn deadly. Sometimes it's disease, sometimes pollution. Other times it's just a mystery.In the past eight months, the USGS has logged 95 mass wildlife die-offs in North America and that's probably a dramatic undercount, Dr White said.So what's happening this time?Blame technology, says famed Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson. With the Internet, cell phones and worldwide communications, people are noticing events, connecting the dots more.'This instant and global communication, it's just a human instinct to read mystery and portents of dangers and wondrous things in events that are unusual,' Wilson told The Associated Press on Thursday. 'Not to worry, these are not portents that the world is about to come to an end.'Read the full story here.

  • Related - Earth's magnetic pole shift unleashing poisonous space clouds linked to mysterious bird deaths.Following the unexplained deaths of several thousand birds over the last two weeks, events are now emerging that may offer a physics-based explanation for the mysterious deaths. It all begins on a runway in Tampa, where airport officials recently closed that runway in order to change the numeric designators painted there. Why are those numeric designators being changed? Because the Earth's magnetic poles are shifting and the numbers previously painted on the runway no longer match up with the magnetic measurements of sensitive airplane instruments. Last week, a report from the Russia's Ministry for Extraordinary Situations (MCHS) warned that the weakening Earth magnetosphere was allowing "poisonous space clouds" to enter deep into Earth's atmosphere where it is coming into contact with birds.These "space clouds" are called Noctilucent clouds, which exist at very high altitudes (roughly 50 miles) and accumulate space dust from micrometeors and other sources.What's really interesting here is that these noctilucent clouds exhibit very high radar reflectivity This means these clouds create a very large radar signature on weather tracking systems.Now here's where this story gets really interesting: On New Year's Even when birds began falling out of the sky in Arkansas, the National Weather Service in North Little Rock documented an unusual phenomenon on their radar monitors. "There are some indications that we're picking up a non-precipitation target," said Science and Operations Officer Chris Buonanno at the NWS. He went on to explain that the radar signature definitely was not indicative of a cloud or rainstorm. It was something altogether different.At or around the same time this radar image appeared, birds began falling out of the sky.Hmmmm......Now read the rest of the story here.

  • 1,800 British tourists to be evacuated from Tunisia by Thomas Cook after 23 die in violent street riots.Travel company Thomas Cook has vowed to fly home all 1,800 of its British customers who are holidaying in Tunisia, following violent riots which have claimed 23 lives so far this week.In addition the company has cancelled the next scheduled departures to the north African country, which were due to take off on Sunday.Thomas Cook said in a statement that they are 'strongly advising' those Brits on holiday in Tunisia to board the return flights, which will take off today.The statement read: 'Although there have been no specific problems for our holidaymakers, their well-being is our primary concern so, as a precaution, we've taken the decision to bring them back to the UK as soon as we can, using our fleet of aircraft today.'The riots, which have been rumbling all month, have been caused by high unemployment rates and general disenchantment with a government they view as corrupt.Yesterday the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - along with the US and French alternative - altered its guidance, advising against all but essential travel to Tunisia due to the 'unpredictable' climate.The president of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, last night vowed to step down in a bid to stop the riots.President Ben Ali, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1987, said he will leave the presidency when his term ends in 2014, he ordered prices on food to be slashed and made pledges for political and media freedom.Hundreds of people took to the street of the capital Tunis today to march after Mr Ben Ali read out the list of promises and concessions.Calling for a 'cease-fire', Mr Ben Ali, 74, told his nation in a televised speech: 'I have understood you.'I have understood the demands about unemployment, the demands about necessities, and the political demands for more freedoms.'He added that he had issued orders to the interior minister that no more bullets be fired on protesters, unless security forces are under threat. 'I won't accept that another drop of blood of a Tunisian be spilled,' he said.'There will be from now on a total freedom of the press and a removal of Internet restrictions,' he said, adding that 'many things have not worked as I wanted them to' in terms of democracy and freedoms.YouTube and other websites blocked previously were again accessible after his speech.Online media and social networks have helped spread the outrage since a desperate young graduate tried to set himself on fire in a provincial town last month.Read the full story here.

  • Immigration is too high, say four in five Britons.Four out of five people want to see cuts in the level of immigration, a large-scale survey carried out for the Government has revealed.More than half the population want to see numbers coming from abroad to live in Britain reduced by ‘a lot’, it found.The poll, carried out for the Communities Department, showed that public demand for reducing immigration is overwhelming and growing.It amounts to a warning from Whitehall to David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May that concerns over immigration – which played a central role in last year’s general election – have not gone away and are likely to lead to voter frustration if the Coalition fails to keep its promises.Ministers have pledged to bring net migration – the number of people added to the population by migration each year – down to 1990s levels of under 100,000. In Labour’s last year in power, net migration was 215,000.Read the full story here.

  • Hezbollah issues ultimatum to Hariri. As Lebanese caretaker prime minister meets with Turkey's Erdogan, opposition says will let him lead government until 2013 if he puts an end to 'libel being concocted' by international tribunal probing his father's murder.Following the dramatic resignation of Hezbollah ministers and their allies from Lebanon's government, the Lebanese opposition on Friday issued an ultimatum to caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Beirut-based newspaper al-Akhbar quoted a senior opposition official as saying that Hariri would be able to stay in office if he gave in to Hezbollah's demand and stop cooperating with the United Nations tribunal probing the murder of his father, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The international committee, which is expected to submit its conclusions in the near future, is likely to point a finger at the Hezbollah organization and file indictments against its members.Having met with President Barack Obama in Washington and stopped in France en route to Turkey, the Lebanese leader was expected to discuss steps to solve the government crisis with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkish leaders were expected to propose holding an international conference to address the crisis and advise Hariri to try to seek a consensus with Hezbollah, private NTV television said Friday.Turkey, which has built closer ties with Lebanon since participating in the Lebanon peacekeeping force after the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war in southern Lebanon, believes it could play a role in returning stability to the region.Hmmmm.....Not forgetting to mention the close ties Erdogan has to Iran -Hezbollah?Read the full story here.

  • Turkey’s rapid radicalization should concern Americans.Turkey’s transformation since the AKP party came to power in 2002 is a textbook example of how a democratically elected Islamist party can convert a formerly friendly nation into an antagonist in a few short years.That’s the opinion of Soner Cagaptay, who spoke Tuesday at The Society of the Four Arts. The Turkish-born Cagaptay is the director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank established in 1985 by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He’s also a regular commentator on Mideast affairs in print and on television and an adviser to the U.S. State Department.When the AKP took over, many people assumed Turkey’s democratic tradition would moderate the party’s views, Cagaptay said. Instead, the opposite happened. “Recent polls show that Turks consider the United States to be the greatest threat to Turkey,” he said.The AKP muzzled dissent by clamping down on the media and radicalized the Turkish public by exposing it to anti-American rhetoric, which allowed it to pursue Islamist policies inimical to American interests, he said.Among the recent examples Cagapty noted to support his case: Turkey’s opposition to United Nations Security Council sanctions of Iran’s nuclear program and its joint air force exercises with China.For the Islamists, “respect is a one-way street,” he said. “You have to respect them, but they don’t have to respect you.”The AKP’s reception of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been charged with genocide by an international court in The Hague, is another illustration of the party’s skewed world view, the speaker said. Approximately 300,000 Muslims have died in the war in Darfur.When asked whether it was honorable to invite an accused mass-murderer to Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied, “He’s a Muslim. Muslims don’t commit genocide.”“He’s saying that if you share my ideology, you can do no wrong, but if you don’t, I can do all kinds of wrong to you,” Cagaptay said.Hmmmm....“He’s a Muslim. Muslims don’t commit genocide.”Erdogan denies the Armenian genocide ,next he WILL deny the Jewish Holocaust!Get Turkey out of NATO NOW!Read the full story here.

  • Iran's Role in Collapse of Lebanese Government May Serve as Warning for Iraqis.Even as observers blame Iranian influence for the collapse of Lebanon’s coalition government Wednesday, the mullahs in Tehran seem to be extending their reach into the fledgling government in Iraq.When Moqtada Al Sadr landed in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf last week after three years of self-imposed exile, he was greeted with adulation and cheers by his followers. His anti-American rhetoric remained apparent at his first public rally this weekend.Fox News has now learned that some members of the U.S. military worked for more than a year to get Sadr back from Iran.“Although his rhetoric is disruptive, it is better he is in Iraq than Iran,” a senior military commander told FOX News. “From Iran he is controlled and used by Iran.”Hezbollah used its political clout to bring down the government of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri today as he met with President Obama at the White House. The move is likely tied to the expected release of a U.N. report linking Hezbollah leaders, and in turn its Iranian and Syrian benefactors, to the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, father of the current prime minister.“My prediction is that there will be some U.S. force level remaining in Iraq under some auspices,” Crocker told FOX News. “That is my prediction.”That may not be good enough for Sadr, who along with his Iranian benefactors, wants all U.S. troops to leave on time. Iran’s rising role and influence in Iraq was seen this week as the Iranian foreign minister visited Maliki in Baghdad.But there is some disagreement about just how much influence Iran will have over the fledgling Maliki government.Hmmmm....And how much influence has Erdogan (Turkey) in all this?If it depends on Iran and Turkey there will be no US troops in Iraq !Read the full story here.

  • Turkish "Frankenstein" doctor released in Kosovo organ trafficking probe.A court has released a Turkish doctor suspected of carrying out dozens of operations as part of an alleged international organ trafficking network in Kosovo. The release of Yusuf Sönmez on Wednesday comes a day after his detention in İstanbul on an arrest warrant issued by Kosovo.Turkish news agencies reported that Sönmez was freed pending trial.Serbian authorities reacted harshly to the release of Sönmez. Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic yesterday told reporters that Sönmez’s release may hurt the fight against illegal human smugglers in Kosovo, the Anatolia news agency reported. Arguing that the court ruling may negatively affect an organ trafficking investigation carried out by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo), Bogdanovic said the decision may pave the way for criminals to be acquitted.Sönmez is among at least nine people who were indicted in the case. A warrant issued by the district court in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, charged him with people smuggling and illegal immigration.Turkey does not extradite its citizens abroad but relays their testimony to other countries when deemed necessary. If convicted, they serve their term in Turkey.Hmmmm....Now just try to imagine if he would have been Jewish?The whole Muslim world would have exploded!Keep Turkey out of the EU!Read the full scandal story here.

  • Giving a whole new meaning to 'detention': Now unruly pupils as young as six are being ticketed by police in Texas.It used to be that the worst punishment when you misbehaved at school was a dreaded visit to the principal’s office.But now children as young as six are being ticketed by police and having to answer for their disruptive actions in court.Even elementary school children in Texas are being given misdemeanor tickets instead of detention for bad behaviour in class.The most common infractions earning tickets are cursing, disorderly conduct and leaving school early.Parents in North Texas are protesting about the court punishments that can cost a family up to $500.One six-year-old in Dallas received class C tickets for things like disrupting class and punch-ups in the playground.According to new data released by Texas education authorities, more than 1,200 elementary school students were given tickets over the past five years in Dallas alone.Alief school district issued 355, while Wichita Falls, Austin and Humble gave out less than 100 each.The shocking statistic led to protests from angry parents.‘It’s the school district’s job to help us as parents to help them determine what’s right or wrong,’ said mother Abby Amadore. ‘I don’t think it’s correct to give them a ticket at six years old,’ she added.The findings were revealed by school watchdogs Texas Appleseed after it collected five years worth of data from 22 districts across the state.In just one year, between 2006 and 2007, over 4,000 Dallas students of all ages were given tickets.'We certainly agree that students need to be disciplined for bad behaviour,' said Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director of Texas Appleseed.'We question if they should come in direct contact with the municipal or JP court system.'Hmmmm.....Anyone doing the Math on how much money it brings in to the empty state pockets?Read the full story here.

  • Lebanon: Grenades hurled at Christian party's office. Lebanese PM Hariri meets France's Sarkozy to discuss his government's collapse following resignation of Hezbollah ministers. Meanwhile, two grenades thrown at office of Christian party considered ally of Shiite group; no injuries. A day after Hezbollah shook the Lebanese political system, talks aimed at easing tensions in the country are continuing. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised that the resignation of the Shiite party's ministers from the government would not lead to a civil war, but a short while later two grenades were hurled at the headquarters of Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement north of Beirut.Aoun is considered an ally of Hezbollah. Hariri met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris Thursday, but the two leaders did not speak to the press. The Lebanese PM is expected to continue to Turkey for a meeting with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and then travel to Syria before returning to Beirut.Also Thursday, Nasrallah met with Druze leader in Lebanon Walid Jumblatt to discuss the political developments in the country since the resignation of the opposition's ministers from the government.Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said talks on forming a new government will begin next week.Nasrallah rejected the possibility of a civil war, saying, "There will never be a war between the Sunnis and Shiites. We will calculate our steps." Al-Jazeera reported that in a closed meeting with Hezbollah leaders, Nasrallah said he considers the filing of indictments in the Hariri assassination case a deliberate attack on the Shiite group.Read the full story here.

  • And now for something completely different.Disabled man banned from using off-road 'tank wheelchair' by DVLA (with video).A disabled man's incredible tank-style wheelchair that lets him go on off-road adventures has been sidelined by officials because it is too big to use in public.Jim Starr, 36, was hoping to use the hulking chair, which has caterpillar treads instead of wheels, to enjoy days out at the beach and the countryside with his children.The Tank Chair is designed to move easily across multi-terrain and Jim, 36, has already driven it through snow, across sand and into the surf of his local beach.But his hopes have been stopped in their tracks by the DVLA who say the Tank Chair cannot be categorised as an invalid buggy as it is 22cm(8.6in) too wide and more than 100kg(15.7st) too heavy for use on public land.They have told Jim that he must apply for a category H driving licence which allows people to drive track-laying vehicles such as tanks, on public roads.Hmmmm......A track to far?Read and see the full story here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Virginia introducing Bill to return to Gold and Silver standard in case of Federal Reserve System breakdown.

2 Offered January 12, 2011
3 Prefiled January 5, 2011
4 Establishing a joint subcommittee to study whether the Commonwealth should adopt a currency to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System. Report.
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Patron––Marshall, R.G. –––––––––– Referred to Committee on Rules
10 –––––––––– WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in In re Rahrer, 140 U.S. 545, 554
12 (1891), that "the police power" of a State "is a power originally and always belonging to the States, not surrendered by them to the general government, nor directly restrained by the Constitution of the United States, and essentially exclusive"; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in Beer Company v. Massachusetts, 97 U.S. 25, 33 (1877), that the police power of the States "extend[s] to the protection of the lives, health, and property of the[ir] citizens, and to the preservation of good order"; and WHEREAS, the protection of the lives, health, and property of Virginia's citizens, and the preservation of good order in the Commonwealth, depend upon the maintenance of both an adequate system of governmental finance and a sound and robust private economy; and WHEREAS, an adequate system of governmental finance and a sound and robust private economy cannot be maintained in the absence of a sound currency; and WHEREAS, the present monetary and banking systems of the United States, centered around the Federal Reserve System, have come under ever-increasing strain during the last several years, and will be exposed to ever-increasing and predictably debilitating strain in the years to come; and WHEREAS, many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System's currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future; and WHEREAS, in the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System, for which the Commonwealth is not prepared, the Commonwealth's governmental finances and Virginia's private economy will be thrown into chaos, with gravely detrimental effects upon the lives, health, and property of Virginia's citizens, and with consequences fatal to the preservation of good order throughout the Commonwealth; and WHEREAS, Virginia can avoid or at least mitigate many of the economic, social, and political shocks to be expected to arise from hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System only through the timely adoption of an alternative sound currency that the Commonwealth's government and citizens may employ without delay in the event of the destruction of the Federal Reserve System's currency; and WHEREAS, "legal tender" denotes a currency that must be accepted in payment of a debt denominated in United States "dollars" if the parties have not stipulated that some alternative currency is to be used as their medium of payment or are not otherwise required to use such alternative currency; and WHEREAS, the Federal Reserve System's currency has been designated "legal tender" under color of Title 31, United States Code, Section 5103; and
WHEREAS, under Title 12, United States Code, § 411 and Title 31, United States Code, § 5118(b) and (c), the Federal Reserve System's currency is not redeemable in gold or silver coin or the equivalent in bullion; and WHEREAS, that the Federal Reserve System's currency is not redeemable in gold or silver coin or the equivalent in bullion is being identified by more and more experts as a, if not the, major reason for the ever-increasing instability of the Federal Reserve System; and WHEREAS, all gold and silver coins of the United States are designated "legal tender" under the aegis of Title 31, United States Code, §§ 5103 and 5112(h), and must be so designated perforce of Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 and Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, each State must make gold and silver coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; and WHEREAS, the Supreme Court of the United States in Lane County v. Oregon, 74 U.S. (7 Wallace) 71, 76-78 (1869), and Hagar v. Reclamation District No. 108, 111 U.S. 701, 706 (1884), has ruled that the States may adopt whatever currency they desire for the purposes of performing their sovereign governmental functions, even to the extent of adopting gold and silver coin for those purposes while refusing to employ a currency not redeemable in gold or silver coin that Congress has designated "legal tender"; and WHEREAS, "the police power" being the primary sovereign governmental function of every State, under Lane County and Hagar every State may adopt its own currency, consisting of gold or silver, or both, whenever necessary and proper to facilitate exercises of that power in aid of the general welfare of the State and its citizens; and WHEREAS, under the aegis of Title 31, United States Code, § 5118(d)(2), and perforce of Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 and Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of, and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to, the Constitution of the United States, Americans may employ whatever currency they choose to stipulate as the medium for payment of their private debts, including gold or silver, or both, to the exclusion of a currency not redeemable in gold or silver that Congress may have designated "legal tender"; and WHEREAS, under the aegis of Title 31, United States Code, § 5118(d)(2), and perforce of Article I, Section 8, Clause 5 and Article I, Section 10, Clause 1 of, and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to, the Constitution of the United States, the citizens of Virginia may choose to employ as the medium for payment of their private debts whatever alternative currency, consisting of gold or silver, or both, that the Commonwealth may adopt in the exercise of "the police power"; and WHEREAS, in light of the possible instability of the Federal Reserve System, proposals for states and their citizens to adopt an alternative currency consisting of gold or silver, or both, are receiving increasing attention throughout the United States, as evidenced by bills that have been or are being introduced in the legislatures of the States of Georgia, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, and South Carolina; and WHEREAS, various systems of alternative currency employing gold or silver, or both, in the form of coin or its equivalent in bullion have already proved themselves in the free market, and could either be employed by the Commonwealth directly or be used as models for a new system created by the Commonwealth to meet Virginia's unique needs; and WHEREAS, the adoption of an alternative currency consisting of gold or silver, or both, would not destabilize the present monetary and banking systems, the Commonwealth's governmental finances, or Virginia's private economy, because it would not compel or commit the Commonwealth or her citizens to employ such alternative currency to the exclusion of the Federal Reserve System's currency immediately, but would merely make the alternative currency available, and enable it to be used in competition with and preference to the Federal Reserve System's currency, to the degree that the need for such use became apparent; and WHEREAS, the United States Congress, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Reserve System have taken and are preparing to take no action to provide the United States with an alternative to the Federal Reserve System's currency, in the likely event that the latter would be destroyed through hyperinflation; and WHEREAS, because legislators in Virginia know or should know all of these facts; and because the General Assembly has the authority, the ability, and the duty to take timely action to deal with this situation without first seeking the approval of or assistance from Congress or any other state; and because the Constitution of Virginia provides, "That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them"––for these reasons, the citizens of the Commonwealth will properly conclude that the members of the General Assembly will be primarily responsible if the Commonwealth is found to be without an alternative currency when the Federal Reserve System's currency collapses in hyperinflation, or some other related economic calamity supervenes; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That a joint subcommittee be appointed to study whether the Commonwealth should adopt a currency to serve as an alternative to the currency distributed by the Federal Reserve System in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System. The joint subcommittee shall consist of eight legislative members who shall be appointed as follows: five members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates and three members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The joint subcommittee shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall call or hear from such witnesses and take such other evidence as it deems appropriate and shall consider recommendations for legislation, with respect to the need, means, and schedule for establishing such an alternative currency. Administrative staff support shall be provided by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates. Legal, research, policy analysis, and other services as requested by the joint subcommittee shall be provided by the Division of Legislative Services. Technical assistance shall be provided by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Bureau of Financial Institutions of the State Corporation Commission. All other agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the joint subcommitte for this study, upon request. The joint subcommittee shall be limited to six meetings for the 2011 interim, and the direct costs of this study shall not exceed $12,000 without approval as set out in this resolution. Approval for unbudgeted nonmember-related expenses shall require the written authorization of the chairman of the joint subcommittee and the respective Clerk. If a companion joint resolution of the other chamber is agreed to, written authorization of both Clerks shall be required. No recommendation of the joint subcommittee shall be adopted if a majority of the House members or a majority of the Senate members appointed to the joint subcommittee (i) vote against the recommendation and (ii) vote for the recommendation to fail notwithstanding the majority vote of the joint subcommittee. The joint subcommittee shall complete its meetings by November 30, 2011, and the chairman shall submit to the Division of Legislative Automated Systems an executive summary of its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the 2012 Regular Session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall state that the joint subcommittee intends to submit to the General Assembly and the Governor a report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document and shall specify the date by which the report shall be submitted. The executive summary and the report shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports, and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website. Implementation of this resolution is subject to subsequent approval and certification by the Joint Rules Committee. The Committee may approve or disapprove expenditures for this study, extend or delay the period for the conduct of the study, or authorize additional meetings during the 2011 interim.

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MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Opec only likely to act if oil rally lasts.Opec will only hold an emergency meeting if oil climbs above $100 and stays there, although the group's Gulf members could informally add supply if needed, a delegate from a Gulf Opec member state said on Thursday. Brent crude this week hit a 27-month high of close to $99 a barrel, raising concern in consuming countries about the impact of higher fuel costs on the tenuous economic recovery."Opec will only have an extraordinary meeting if oil prices exceed $100 and stay there. We don't want the market to panic," the delegate told Reuters."And if the prices reach $100 and we see that there is a need of supply from our customers, Gulf countries will start producing above their quotas, but this has not happened yet."Most officials in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) maintain there is no need to change a production-restraining policy adopted in 2008, in the aftermath of economic crisis. Opec is not scheduled to hold another meeting until June.That stance was reiterated earlier on Thursday by Libya's top oil official, who said $100 oil would not harm the world economy and there was no need for OPEC to add more supplies."We think there is enough supply and there should not be any meeting at this point in time," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, told Reuters by phone.Opec's core Gulf members -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates -- are the most able to pump extra oil in the 12-member group because they hold the bulk of the world's unused oil production capacity.The third delegate said Gulf states were producing within their agreed limits, adding it was too early to say whether Opec would decide on an output change when its next scheduled meeting took place in June.By contrast, the International Energy Agency, which represents 28 industrialised countries, has warned about the risks to economic recovery from rising oil prices.The IEA said in December that Opec might come under pressure to increase supplies in 2011.Hmmmmm.....Notice how nobody mentions the actual Chairman of the Opec Iran?Read the full story here.

  • Wanted: 47 Al Qaeda commanders sought by Saudi Arabia - including the son-in-law of Osama Bin laden.A group of 47 Al Qaeda commanders have been identified by Saudi Arabia – and they include the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden.All the men are believed to be living outside the country and were described as posing a ‘serious threat to the public’.Suspect Muhammad Salim Barikan, who was thought to have been killed in a drone attack by the U.S., married Bin Laden’s daughter Fatima in 1996.Hmmmm....Wanted Bin laden and his 47 Robbers?Read and see the full story here.

  • Riots erupt around Tunisian capital. TUNIS, Tunisia — A protester was fatally shot and a journalist was hit in the leg by police gunfire Thursday as rioting youths clashed with authorities in Tunisia's capital, witnesses said. The second day of violence in the heart of Tunis sharply escalated a conflict between protesters angry over unemployment and repression and an authoritarian government that appears more and more willing to use force to put down its greatest challenge in at least a generation.At least 23 people, possibly dozens more, have now been killed.On Thursday, rioters hurled stones at trams and government buildings in Tunisia's capital. The smell of tear gas filled the air, and so many stones littered the streets that it was difficult to walk through the city, normally quiet and tightly controlled.In one clash near the state radio headquarters in central Tunis, police fired on protesters with bullets, two witnesses said. One protester was hit by a sniper on the balcony of a building overlooking the violence, said witness Hassene Ayadi, who lives in the surrounding La Fayette neighborhood.In the melee, an American journalist was wounded in the leg, according to another witness who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concerns for his security. The witness said police did not appear to be targeting the journalist, who was taken to the Charles Nicolles Hospital.The unprecedented violence has revealed deep anger against autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who has clamped down on civil liberties, jailed opponents and tightly controlled the media during 23 years of rule in the Mediterranean tourist haven.The government's death toll stands at 23, while opposition figures and witnesses say it is much higher.The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues, known by its French acronym FIDH, said Thursday it has tallied 66 dead in the unrest, including seven people who killed themselves.French and Swiss citizens visiting their native country were among those killed, the two European governments said.Hmmmm.....Tunesia ....Algeria...Who's next?Read the full story here.

  • As antisemitism rises, more of Belgium’s Jews immigrate to Israel. Figures released by the Jewish Agency indicated an increase of 63 percent in the number of Belgian Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2010 when compared to the previous year: 250 compared to 152 in 2009. Key causes include increasingly open antisemitism in recent years, and the rise of violent attacks against members of the community, especially its highly-visible ultra-orthodox members.Belgium’s Jewish community numbers about 40,000 from the national population of 10.8 million (0.003). Roughly half are members of the Jewish community of Antwerp, famous for its involvement in making the city a leading global center of the diamond trade, but increasingly under threat in recent years.It should be mentioned that the Belgian organization The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism issued in 2009 a report, indicating a surge in antisemitism in the country. Between 2004 and 2008, the Centre recorded some 60 antisemitic incidents each year. The same number of incidents was recorded in the first four months of 2009. About one third of the incidents are hate-mails. The Belgian organization attributed this surge to the growing tensions in the Middle East.Video:"I feel safer to talk to an Arab in Israel,then here in Brussels".Hmmm.....1939 revisited?Read and see the full story here.

  • EU sends out £4.4m diaries to schools which list Muslim, Chinese and Hindu holidays... but miss out Christmas and Easter.The European Union has sent millions of diaries to schools which list the dates of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivals - but omit any mention of Christian celebrations.In an extraordinary move, three million 2011 notebooks were printed at a cost of £4.4million to the taxpayer. Around 350,000 of the diaries have already been shipped to schools in the UK alone. There is no record for Christmas, Easter or Lent - despite bureaucrats carefully listing the EU’s self-styled ‘Europe Day’ on May 9.The EU was forced to apologise in the wake of the blunder as religious groups expressed their disbelief.John Dalli, consumer commissioner said: 'We regret this' and apologised. While the apology is general, there has been a specific, grovelling apology sent to the French government and to the French Catholic Bishop Conferences which had complained directly to Brussels.European Catholic Commission spokeswoman Johanna Touzel described the mistakes 'just incredible.' 'Christmas and Easter are important feasts for hundreds of millions of Christians and Europeans.'If the Commission does not mark Christmas as a feast in its diaries then it should be working as normal on December 25,' she added.Hmmm....We first carried this story at MFS on the 19 th of December 2010.And it happens often that we carry a story first.Read the full story here.

  • HT:IsraelSeen.The Two-State Delusion VIII: The New Middle East Paradigm:Wavering U.S. Resolve?By Dr. Arnold M. Soloway, President Emeritus and Founder of the Center for Near East Policy Research* President Obama’s publicly stated opposition to a united Jerusalem logically concentrates attention on other positions and actions he has taken that ominously diminish the U.S.-Israel relationship: His eloquent Cairo apology to and effusive praise for the Muslim world, while implicitly criticizing Israel; his very deferential attitude in various encounters with Arab leaders, contrasted with the utter disdain and disrespect he publicly showed Israel’s Prime Minister, Netanyahu; his endorsement of a Ground Zero mosque; his repeated acerbic demands on Israel alone, while courting terrorists that Israel must contend with every day. President Obama also seems to ignore the grim prospect that the “Two-State Solution” would effectively advance the P.L.O.’s “Strategy of Stages” for the destruction of Israel.Although giving occasional rhetorical assurance that “the American-Israel bond is unbreakable”, judged by his actions, President Obama has shown little concern for the existential threat to Israel from a nuclear-powered Iran and how that would affect our own security interests. Rather, he has warned Israel against taking preventive defensive action to thwart Iran. But permitting Iran to go nuclear and pandering to terrorists and their state sponsors, while disavowing America’s exceptional commitment to protect and advance freedom in the world, is strategically and morally unacceptable.Taken together, these negative perceptions are troubling to all who are concerned about our own security and future as well as that of Israel. They lead to a most disturbing conclusion. Despite a long, mutually beneficial relationship, and the rhetorical assurances, Israel’s security and survival appear less important to President Obama than his ardent cultivation of Arab-Muslim favor.Hmmmm...."They don't trust me because of my middle name"?Read the full story here.

  • Minnesota Wrestling Coach Put on Leave for Reportedly Insulting Obama, Challenging Him to a Fight.An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter has been placed on administrative leave from his job at a Minnesota high school after he insulted President Obama’s intelligence and challenged the commander in chief to a fight.Jacob Volkmann told Fox News Radio that he is under investigation by White Bear Lake High School, where he has worked as a part-time assistant wrestling coach for three years.“They didn’t like how I was representing the school,” he said. “They said I was representing them bad because of what I said about the president and his policies.”Marisa Vette, the school district’s director of communications, confirmed to Fox News Radio that Volkmann is on paid leave. She refused to say if his comments about President Obama sparked the investigation.“We have an employee who is on leave and the district is investigating in accordance with the law,” Vette said. She declined to elaborate on the investigation or any complaints that were made against Volkmann.Volkmann’s comments came during a New Year’s Day interview after he had won a fight. A reporter asked who Volkmann would like to fight next and he replied, “Obama.”“He’s not too bright,” Volkmann told MMA Fighting. “Someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot.”The comment prompted a visit by the U.S. Secret Service after they received several calls accusing the fighter of threatening the president. However, Volkmann said the comments were tongue-in-cheek.In a later interview, he backed off the “idiot comment,” telling The MMA Hour, “The only regret I have is calling him an idiot. I don’t think he’s an idiot, but I do think he’s making a lot of mistakes.”Volkmann was not arrested and he was not charged, but on Monday he was told to report to the school district’s human resources department. After a half-hour interview, he said he was put on paid administrative leave. Volkmann said several parents had called to complain that he was wearing a school shirt and a hat during one of his interviews.“It’s a little irritating to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that the school is pretty much saying you can’t voice your opinion and if you do voice your opinion you definitely can’t voice it against the policies of the president.”Hmmmm.....Freedom of Speech....Transparancy.......USSR......Gulag?Read the full story here.

  • Muslim Husband 'who hacked brother-in-law to pieces caught when bird dropped severed thumb from the sky'. A husband who hacked his brother-in-law to pieces was caught when a severed thumb 'fell from the sky' after being dropped by a bird, a court heard today.Mohammed Riaz, 33, allegedly kidnapped Mahmood Ahmad, 41, and tortured him to death in an attempt to track down his estranged ex-wife Nahid Ahmad.He enlisted the help of five accomplices to kidnap, imprison and murder father-of-two Mahmood with a mechanical butcher's saw, St Albans Crown Court heard.His remains have never been found and the gang was only arrested after a member of the public found Mahmood's severed left thumb in a car park.A prosecutor told the jury that CCTV footage captured the digit falling mysteriously from the sky and police believe it might have been dropped by a bird which had picked it up.Riaz, of no fixed abode, denies murder, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to imprison and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Sharif Mohammed, 37, Faisal Chowdhury, 18, Arnold Alexander Yousaf, 18, and Armizada Hussain, 37, all pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy to imprison.Chowdhury and Yousaf pleaded not guilty to the further charge of conspiracy to kidnap and Mohammed and Hussain denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Riaz's sister Sabra Sultana, 36, from Ilford, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to imprison and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.In a bid to track down Nahid, Riaz allegedly hatched a plan to kidnap Mahmood and torture him into divulging details of her new address.The court heard that on March 7 neighbours witnessed Mahmood being bundled into a car by Chowdhury and Yousaf on the doorstep to his home.He was allegedly taken to Hussain's home in Manor Park, east London, where he lived with his girlfriend, Sabra Sultana, 36, who is also Riaz's sister.The jury heard that neighbours heard cries of 'leave me alone' and 'let me go' and a scream 'full of fear or terror' between 2am and 4am on March 7.Ahmad, who is survived by his wife Farah Manir, was never seen alive again.Hussain and Sultana are alleged to have cleaned the murder room at a later date and arranged for workers to remove furniture and bathroom units.However, the court heard that police later found traces of Ahmad's blood on the floor and on the wall in the bathroom.Hmmmm.....Ever heard the saying"The truth will be known,even if the crows have to tell"?Read the full story here.

  • South Korea buries 1.4m pigs ALIVE in bid to eradicate foot and mouth disease.South Korea has buried 1.4million pigs alive after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease on the peninsula.The controversial measure has been brought in after 115 cases of the disease were confirmed, originating in the city of Andong.The country is also battling an outbreak of avian flu and recently raised its alert level to 'watch' after discovering the virus at poultry farms in four provinces.Slaughter houses have been asked to work on holidays to boost meat supply after the mass cull saw wholesale prices of beef, pork and chicken soared by 22 per cent in the last month.President Lee Myung-bak held an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday to discuss measures of containing the rapidly-spreading disease.South Korea has already vaccinated 1.2million livestock against foot and mouth since November in eight of its 16 provinces.It nows plans to expand the programme across the country, except for Jeju Island.A statement from the agriculture ministry said: 'Today's meeting reviewed current measures and decided to strengthen preemptive measures.'The government will import more vaccines to cover 11million livestock. Before the outbreak, South Korea only had 300,000 doses.Read the full story here.

  • HT:CrossRoadsArabia.Population.Here’s a link to an absolutely fascinating graphic via Google. The chart shows life expectancies against fertility rate (how many children a woman will bear) from 1960 to 2008 for each country of the world. The size of the population is indicated by the size of the circle. Disturbing, because they are so visually apparent, are the countries in which life expectancies go zipping off to the left due to political and military turmoil.Saudi life expectancy grows continuously throughout the period, with the fertility rate starting to drop around 1964. Compare it to whatever country you like, but the change is very significant. Here’s another chart showing the statistics for the Arabian Peninsula as a whole. It makes it very clear that Yemen is the odd-man-out.You can spend hours playing around with this chart. I applaud whomever came up with it because the graphical presentation is utterly clear and the information it contains extremely important.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:MichelleMalkin.Michelle Malkin Video flashback: Yes, some college students do know how to act at a massacre memorial.Reader Joshua Jones, who lived through the Virginia Tech shooting rampage and attended the campus memorial where President Bush spoke, e-mails his response to the whooping and hollering during President Obama’s memorial tribute to the Tucson massacre victims at the University of Arizona tonight.I was a sophomore member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC). Several of my friends and the woman I love most dearly were supposed to be in Norris Hall. Thankfully none of them were due to being late, ill, or simply choosing to skip classes. I was sequestered in the Pamplin College of Business building during the attack.President Bush spoke for barely 10 minutes if that. He was solemn, dignified and respectful-although the microphone that broadcast into the rest of the coliseum was barely working and we could barely hear and understand him as a result-we got the point he made.President Obama’s disgusting attempt at what appears to be a political rally in the wake of a similar massacre is beyond reprehensible.Hmmmm......."Together we thrive" on the murder of innocent people?Read the full story here.

  • Why the Left Bears Responsibility for the Arizona Shootings.Last week, mentally disturbed youth Jared Lee Loughner shot 20 people at a rally in Tucson, Ariz., including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The left, led by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, immediately capitalized on the bloody murders, stating without evidence that Loughner had been inspired by the "the anger, the hatred, the bigotry" of our current political climate.Over the course of the following days, Dupnik and his allies blamed talk radio, conservatives who spread "mistrust of government," Sarah Palin, Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle and Rush Limbaugh.There is enough blame to go around for this shooting spree. Unfortunately for Dupnik and his allies, that blame lies almost exclusively with the left.More than that, we know that he is loony. According to Sheriff Dupnik himself, Loughner has been in trouble with the law repeatedly; he was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. And more tellingly, "there had been earlier contact between Loughner and law enforcement after he had made death threats." Dupnik's office knew that Loughner was expelled from the junior college for frightening behavior -- his classmates said he exhibited "kind of hysterical laughing, kind of creepy ... his hands and his parts of his body were shaking and trembling like he was under the influence of drugs or something like that." Some feared for their lives.Let's leave aside Loughner's ideology -- we cannot assume that his leftist leanings were either rational or thoroughgoing, since he was clearly mentally ill. Let's focus instead on the two institutions that are supposed to prevent incidents like this: law enforcement and the mental health establishment.Law enforcement falls under Sheriff Dupnik's domain. Dupnik still has not answered why his office ignored the threats, why they failed to investigate properly, and why Loughner was allowed to roam free and buy a firearm. Even at the most basic level, Dupnik has not explained why Tucson is so crime-ridden altogether.More importantly, Dupnik blew it on this case, in large part because he appears not to understand the nature of madness. Dupnik believes that true mental instability does not exist. Apparently, all acts of madness must be attributed to others' influence. Not coincidentally, this is the leftist view of mental illness -- the left feels that, as Simon and Garfunkel put it, "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls" (it's no coincidence that another of Loughner's favorite books was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," where all the inmates are the sane).The left has blamed society for Jared Loughner. Ironically, they're correct -- but it's the society created by the left that is responsible, not the vaguely and idiotically defined "violent rhetoric society" of which they complain. Soft thinking has consequences.Hmmmm.....Was Loughner left roaming free with the thought that one day we could "Use" him?Read the full story here.

  • Jobless claims jump, wholesale food costs surge.U.S. jobless claims jumped to their highest level since October last week while food and energy costs lifted producer prices in December, pointing to headwinds for an economy that has shown fresh vigor.However, a surge in exports to their highest level in two years helped narrow the U.S. trade deficit in November, an encouraging sign for fourth-quarter economic growth.Despite a string of recent data that had signaled a pickup in the economy's momentum, the figures on Thursday showed the job market continues to struggle.The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly to 445,000 from 410,000 in the prior week, a Labor Department report showed. It was the biggest one-week jump in about six months and confounded analyst forecasts for a small drop to 405,000.The jobs data weighed on U.S. stocks, which were off slightly in late morning. Government debt prices were trading little changed as concerns about Europe's debt struggles helped support the market.Hmmmmm....."Together we thrive" towards the abyss?Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Pakistani Lawmaker Marvi Menon Slams Anti-Hindu Violence in Pakistan, Says: 'This is the Biggest Failure of the So-Called Islamic Republic of Pakistan – That Its Minorities Don't Feel Safe On Their Own Soil'.The December 21, 2010 kidnapping of Lakki Chand Garji, one of the most revered Hindu spiritual leaders in Pakistan and an official of the Kala Mata temple in the Kalat district of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, led to strong protest by minority Hindus in the province. This kidnapping is just one in a series of such violent incidents against the Hindu minority in Pakistan. In recent years, a number of Hindus in Pakistan have been kidnapped for ransom or for forced conversion to Islam, especially in Sindh province. These incidents are generally ignored by the Pakistani authorities, because the Hindu minority lacks support among government officials as well as in the local society, which is predominantly Muslim.The kidnappings of Hindus have become frequent recently in the interior areas of Sindh; according to a report, members of the minority community are now migrating to urban centers and in many cases to India. A media report of mid-October 2010 noted: "Since the beginning of this year, at least eight children of this family have been kidnapped and released in return for a hefty ransom [in interior Sindh]."In March 2009, 35 Pakistani Hindus from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATAs) of Pakistan went to India and asked for asylum. Jagdish Sharma, the Hindu community leader who accompanied them to India, said: "In Pakistan, we were living in extreme fear, due to the domination of a strong group of Taliban who are running a parallel government." Also in July 2009, a group of 100 Pakistani Hindus went to India and sought permission to live there.This migration to India is part of a pattern. In September 2009, an Indian website reported: "In the past four years, some 5,000 Hindus may have crossed over from Pakistan, never to return.""The Hindu Community Is Peaceful – So What Is Its Biggest Sin? It Is a Minority In a Land Where There Is No Rule Of Law".Hmmmm....A perfect example of interfaith dialog Islamic radicals style.Read the full story here.

  • HT:Memri.Pakistani Daily Reports – ‘Child Marriages: 10-Year-Old Girls Traded for Rs. 100,000 [$1,150 Roughly]’.On November 29, 2010, police officials in the Pakistani town of Sheikhupura raided a wedding hall and arrested the bridegroom and wedding guests as the marriage of a six-year-old girl, Uzma, was being solemnized. Bilal Zafar, a local police officer, confirmed the arrest of Maulvi Ghaus, the cleric who was solemnizing the marriage, as well as the 23-year-old bridegroom. Zafar stated, we received a tip-off about the marriage but it took us a while to find the place as the wedding was being conducted in secret."The incident drew an angry response from a newspaper reader, who wrote: "Surely this is a sign of pedophilia; how else does one justify a man in his 20s marrying a girl who is just six years-old? Why are we as a society so tolerant of such barbaric and medieval practices?" It seems that a large number of child marriages are taking place in Pakistan, especially in the rural areas of Sindh province, though only a few such cases are actually reported by the Pakistani media.In the Dadu district a local journalist was found dead last year after reporting on the marriage of a young girl. A newspaper reader argued recently that child marriages are taking place because government officials are not implementing the provisions of the Child Marriage Restraint Act [of] 1929, which dictates: (1) Punishment for a male adult above 18 years of age for marrying a female child under 16 years of age; (2) punishment for performing such a child marriage; and (3) punishment for negligently failing to prevent the performance of a child marriage."It might look like child's play but little girls dressed up in bridal gowns and jewellery are too often married off to men much older than them in a terrifying aspect of reality. Some parents may marry them off because they have no money or give their hands in marriage to settle disputes. Other motivating factors include family politics or inheritance battles [especially among the landed feudal class]."While the exact number of cases remains unknown, it can be regarded as a common phenomenon with roughly 58 percent taking place in rural and 27 percent in urban areas [of Pakistan]."Pakistan has the Muslim Family Law as well as the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 on its statute books. Moreover, the country also became a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Children in 1990, in which early marriage refers to the marriage of people less than 18 years of age. The government's adherence to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), should also have served as a deterrent against child marriages. These promises and laws, however, remain on paper, with little or no implementation.Hmmm.....Obama "Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • And now for something completely different.Want your hen party to go with a bang? Meet the Midnight Rider - the world's biggest limo with room for 40 guests... and even pole dancing.Any hens or stags planning on hiring a limousine to celebrate their nuptials should feast their eyes on this souped up mega monster... complete with pole for would-be dancers.The Midnight Rider is officially the world's heaviest limo according to the 2011 Guinness Book of Records and could also be the biggest.At 70ft long, the 13ft high behemoth has 22 wheels and weighs a hefty 22.7 tons.Boasting room for 40 hard-partying revellers, the Midnight Rider has also popped the champagne cork for being the tallest as well as the largest limousine for hire.Owner Pamela Bartholomew Machado, from California, said: 'It's the world's grandest limousine, boasting 460sq ft of pure luxury, and is the only one of its kind.'It's more like a travelling nightclub, even though it's classified as a limo.'Those lucky enough to afford the £650-an-hour rental fees can expect to be served by a 'crew' of five.Hmmmm....Is it tax deductable?Read the full story here.
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