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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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State Dept. Spokesman Refuses to Say Whether Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel

State Dept. Spokesman Refuses to Say Whether Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel.(WeeklyStandard).There was an amazing exchange today at the State Department press briefing when the press secretary refused to say that Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel. “We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said in response the question.When pressed further, Nuland stood her ground. “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. That's all I have to say on this issue,” said Nuland.
Later, an apparently irritated spokesman again repeated her commitment not to answer the simple question. “I don't have anything further to what I've said 17 times on that subject,” said Nuland. “OK?”
The questions were regarding this Washington Free Beacon story that highlighted the State Department's refusal to list Jerusalem as part of Israel.
Q: Is it the view of the -- of the United States that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, notwithstanding the question about the embassy -- the location of the U.S. embassy?
MS. NULAND: We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem.
Q: Does that -- does that mean that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Jerusalem is a permanent-status issue. It's got to be resolved through negotiations.
Q: That seems to suggest that you do not regard Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Is that correct or not?
MS. NULAND: I have just spoken to this issue --
Q: (Inaudible.)
MS. NULAND: -- and I have nothing further to say on it.
Q: You've spoken to the issue --
Q: -- but (haven't answered ?) the question. And I think there's a lot of people out there who are interested in hearing a real answer and not saying -- and not trying to duck and say that this has got to be resolved by negotiations between the two sides.
MS. NULAND: That is our --
Q: What is the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations. That's all I have to say on this issue.
Q: What is the capital of Israel according --
MS. NULAND: Our embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv.
Q: So does that mean you regard Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel?
MS. NULAND: The issue on Jerusalem has to be settled through negotiations.
Hmmmm..........“We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”he did not point out who's beliefs.Read the full story here.

Obama Ignores Shocking Racism In Capital Transit System.

Obama Ignores Shocking Racism In Capital Transit System.(JW).While the Obama Justice Department works to bring racial diversity to the nation’s workforce and education system, the administration ignores the perplexing homogeneity at on at one of the largest employers in the capital region, the taxpayer-funded Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

This may seem ironic considering the administration, mostly via the Department of Justice (DOJ), has implemented a variety of controversial programs to promote and protect blacks and Latinos in the name of diversity. Examples will be listed below, but first let’s check out the outrageous lack of racial diversity at the sprawling transit system that serves the area surrounding the White House.

Nearly all of the bus and train operators in the system are black, according to an investigation conducted by a local newspaper. This week the paper is publishing a three-part series outlining the findings, which are downright astounding. The first article reveals that 97% of the bus and train operators in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers.

This unbelievable lack of diversity has led to a series of lawsuits, the story reveals, and a culture of corruption in which favoritism—rather than merit—plays a role in promotions. Here is a typical example straight from court and transit records; a black man who served an eight-year prison sentence for dealing drugs was promoted to a high-level management job after his release while whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably paid less.

Even in entry-level occupations typically dominated by Hispanics, there are virtually none in the system, the records show. Only one laborer out of 67 is Hispanic; of 540 landscapers, carpenters and cleaners, only 22 are Hispanic. An attorney representing a dozen white women in a lawsuit against the metro system says “the odds of such a disparity occurring by chance are statistically infinitesimal. There appears to be an entrenched network of African-American employees at WMATA that is able to steer jobs, promotion, training and other career enhancing benefit to persons of their own racial or ethnic group.”

The system does have a “civil rights” office that hears discrimination complaints, but it too lacks racial diversity because all 17 employees running it are black. White and Hispanic transit workers who have reported discrimination have encountered a “deaf ear at Metro’s civil rights office,” the article states.
All this is occurring in the president’s back yard, indicating that he cares only about selective affirmative action. In the last few years the administration has implemented a number of measures to shield and promote minorities in the workforce as well as public education. The movement started with a new Office of Diversity and Inclusion to help build a “diverse and inclusive workforce” at all federal government agencies.

The DOJ’s bloated civil rights division has committed to eliminating workplace tests that may be viewed as discriminatory against minorities. Known as “disparate impact,” the racial discrimination created by written exams is especially rampant in the nation’s police and fire departments, according to Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General who heads the DOJ’s civil rights division. In the name of diversity, he has vowed to do away with the racist exams.

A few months ago the administration issued official government guidelines to promote diversity in the nation’s public education system. The joint venture between the DOJ and the Department of Education (DOE) aims to “reduce racial isolation among students,” by, among other things, blending the rich with the poor. The guidelines are expected to be implemented by the nation’s elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities that receive taxpayer dollars.

The administration has even proposed a special plan to make the airwaves more ethnically diverse by holding broadcasting rights hostage for those who don’t pass a “public value” test. Hmmmm.....They could be my Brothers and Sisters?Read the full story here.

Obama's 'buddy' Erdogan: No need for strike on civilian nuke program.

Obama's 'buddy' Erdogan: No need for strike on civilian nuke program.(JPost).Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Iran's leaders in Tehran on Wednesday, speaking out against any attack on a country "pursuing a peaceful nuclear program," Iranian state news agency, IRNA reported.
IRNA quoted Erdogan as saying any wise man is against the use of nuclear technology as arms and there should be no opposition to peaceful nuclear activities.
Erdogan held talks about Iran with US President Barack Obama on Sunday in South Korea, raising speculation Turkey was taking a message from Washington to Tehran - although a Turkish official dismissed that. Obama said in Seoul there was time to resolve the dispute through diplomacy but the window was closing. Iran says it has the right to develop a peaceful nuclear program but the US and its allies suspect it is trying to develop atomic weapons. "There is no new message on the nuclear issue," the Turkish official said. "Turkey is not the messenger. That is just speculation. Our message is what we have said many times before."
Wednesday's talks also concern economic cooperation. Trade between the two states has rocketed to $16 billion dollars over the last ten years. Iran is keen to build trade relations to minimize tough new sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union against its financial and energy sectors. In a joint news conference with Iranian vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Erdogan said the trade goal was $35 billion dollars by 2015, the Iranian state news agency reported.Hmmmmm............Did Obama give Erdogan an Oil Waiver, why the secrecy on this topic?Read the full story here.

Turks favor having their own nukes if Iran have them too, reveals poll

Turks favor having their own nukes if Iran have them too, reveals poll.(AlArabiya).More than half of all Turks believe the country should have nuclear weapons if Iran develops its own nuclear arsenal, according to an opinion poll released Wednesday.
A total of 53.9 percent of respondents said Turkey should have its own nuclear weapons in case of a nuclear threat from Iran, rather than rely on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for protection, the survey conducted by Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies said.
Nearly 35 percent of those surveyed said Turkey should not developed nuclear weapons under any conditions, while eight percent said NATO's security umbrella was sufficient to ward off a threat. Turkey, a northwestern neighbour to Iran, has the second largest army in NATO and has recently set up an early-warning radar shield to protect NATO allies from nuclear attacks, particularly from Iran. Although Turkish officials frequently claim that the radar does not target any country but is a measure of defence, the newly implemented security system chilled ties between Ankara and Tehran. The survey was conducted nationwide among 1,500 participants, aged over 18.Hmmmm......Erdogan:" "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers..."Read the full story here.

Saudi Arabia on quest to eradicate sorcery."I'll put a sword on you".

Saudi Arabia on quest to eradicate sorcery."I'll put a sword on you".(BM).CAIRO: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared war on a sworn domestic enemy: sorcery.
The daunting task of eradicating sorcery has been assigned to the Kingdom’s dreaded religious police.
Sorcery is punishable by death in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the preferred method of execution is a public beheading by sword, followed by crucifixion.
The religious police, officially known as The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, announced they have established a ‘field unit’ dedicated to ridding the kingdom of the blasphemous practice of black magic.
The perpetrators of sorcery are named as the “key causers of religious and social instability in the country.”The new unit is headed by Sheikh Adel Al Muqbil, a religious scholar in Saudi Arabia.
The Commission’s president, Sheikh Abdul Latif Al Shaikh, ordered the creation of this unit with a statement, that is intended to “activate field action to fight sorcerers and charlatans in all parts of the kingdom.”
The unit has been given orders to immediately arrest sorcerers and charlatans and refer them to the specialized authorities to apply God’s punishment on them and end their harmful deeds against Muslims,” his statement read.
The new unit is the latest in a series of measures taken by Saudi Arabia to eliminate sorcery as part of a campaign spearheaded by the Commission, an autonomous state fundamentalist group backed by King Abdullah.Local Saudi Arabic language newspapers reported last year that King Abdullah tasked the Commission to devise new ways to combat the offense of sorcery in a SR 2 million plan.
Saudi Arabia enforces one of the most draconian interpretations of Islamic sharia law in the world.
Apparently, there has been a surge in black magic there, recently.
The campaign, which will continue indefinitely, involves lectures, training courses, a stronger coordination among all relevant authorities, exchanges of information within the kingdom’s regions and storming of suspected places.There have been a spate of Saudi beheadings for sorcery, in recent years.The Commission said the drive would cover all areas of the kingdom and would target all forms of black magic, which is viewed by Islam and other religions as evil and satanic-driven. While some people defend what they describe as white magic, Islam and many other religions consider all types of magic as evil.
The Commission has not specified witchcraft offences in the kingdom but there have been reports of cases involving all forms of black magic, including dowsing, exorcism, money cloning, fortune tellers, healers, bone-setters, makers of potions, herbalists, palmists, animal callers, alchemists, psychics, and empathy.Hmmmm..................."I'll put a spell sword on you"?Read the full story here.

Obama's World Bank Nominee Tied to Monsanto Shareholder Bill Gates, Soros.

Obama's World Bank Nominee Tied to Monsanto Shareholder Bill Gates, Soros.(NaturalSociety).Obama nominated Dartmouth University president Jim Yong Kim, M.D. to head the United Nations World Bank. Most people think that UN agencies benefit poor people, but this is far from the truth.The UN World Bank claims to fight poverty in developing nations by financing infrastructure projects. But the UN World Bank is really a tool used to acquire Third World natural resources through conditions on loans that are extremely difficult to repay. The raw resources are then privatized by insider multi-national corporations. The World Bank actually creates more poverty.

The nomination of Jim Yong Kim indicates that the World Bank may shift away from focusing on infrastructure and will instead turn toward providing health care in Third World countries. Jim Yong Kim’s areas of interest include vaccines for tuberculosis as well as drugs for HIV and AIDS.
Kim brokered a deal with Big Pharma and the UN World Health Organization for expanding the pharmaceutical drug market to a larger populace in exchange for lower drug prices for second-line tuberculosis drugs. Second-line drugs are used when basic treatment fails because of drug resistance. Drug resistance similar to the new ‘resistant White Plague‘ brought about by big pharma’s drugs. Many in the medical community believed it would be dangerous to distribute second-line drugs widely. Kim is also responsible for pushing HIV/AIDS retroviral drugs in developing nations.
HIV/AIDS drugs used in the Third World have profound side effects that include eye, kidney, liver and heart problems.
Jim Yong Kim says that the highest point in his career was when George Soros donated to Kim’s tuberculosis vaccine program, which was followed by a a huge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $44.7 million. Monsanto shareholder Bill Gates, who has repeatedly stated that Monsanto’s GMOs are the answer to starvation despite scientific proof of the contrary, gave a controversial speech at a Ted conference outlining the controversial population reduction plan through ‘healthcare’:
“The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”
Additionally, Kim is the co-founder of Partners in Health along with Paul Farmer who is famous for saying that healthcare is a right. Healthcare as a “right” disables health freedom to escape the medical health paradigm and choose your own methods of healing. In addition, it also enables the government to determine whether or not an individual may receive care — the ‘right’ to live or die. Therefore, this shocking and disturbing program falls into the category of a eugenics-based plan.
The objective of Jim Yong Kim heading the UN World Bank appears to be to promote ludicrous policies by expanding healthcare through dangerous drugs. Kim’s support for redistribution of wealth and socialized medicine may come with a tremendous price tag for developed countries (especially the US). If the UN World Bank was truly a benevolent organization, the focus for the Third World would be on support for independent farming, clean water and food.Hmmmm........Global ObamaCare.......?Read the full story here.

Video: Is A.G. Eric Holder turning again a blind eye based on race?

Is A.G. Eric Holder turning again a blind eye based on race?(Fox).J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Attorney, talked to Brian Kilmeade on Fox and Friends this morning about why he felt the New Black Panther party were being ignored by Attorney General Eric Holder, despite their illegal threat to 'capture' Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman.
Adams argues that the Justice Department needs to focus on them because "You cannot solicit kidnapping in the State of Florida, it's a felony."
"The new Black Panthers think they are above the law" and Adams attributes this thinking to Eric Holder's Department of Justice.Read and see the full story here.

Major Discovery in Obama’s LFBC forgery.........and It’s in the INK!

Zooming in on the top part of the D in Dunham. You can see the variation in color pixels–variations of grays to black tones. This is how pixels of a signature should appear when a signature is applied with ink and then scanned. But what’s really interesting is that the rest of the signature, ‘unham Obama’, is not in ink.3 The letters are a solid greenish-black color with no gradation in color at all. This lack of gradation reveals that this part of the signature was created on a computer and is not even penmanship.

Major Discovery in Obama’s LFBC forgery.......and It’s in the INK!(PakAlert).By Linda Jordan.Chiyome Fukino (former Director of Hawaii Public Health Department) had this to say about how “birthers” would respond to the release of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate:
They’re going to question the ink on which it was written or say it was fabricated,” said Fukino. “The whole thing is silly.”

Let’s start with the ink, shall we?

From Hawaii Public Health Regulations. Title: Vital Statistics, Registration & Records. Chapter 8, Certificates of Vital Statistics Events, Section 1:

Preparation. Certificates of vital statistics events are to be filled in by typewriter or in ink. If ink is used only permanent ink will be acceptable. All signatures are to be made with permanent ink. In all other respects, the certificates shall comply with provisions of Section 57-14, R.L.H. 1955.
On April 27, 2011, Barack Obama revealed what his representatives said was a photocopy of his original long-form Certificate of Live Birth from Hawaii (as posted on the White House blog website). The signatures on this Certificate of Live Birth are required to be made in permanent ink.

The truth is in the pixels

Download the Certificate of Live Birth document off the White House blog website2 and open it in Adobe Illustrator. Now zoom in on the signature of Obama’s mother.
The pixels reveal that only a portion of the signature is in ink as required by Hawaii Public Health Regulations. The Ann and the D in Dunham are in ink. The pixels are a variety of gradations in grays and blacks, like ink signature pixels are.But what’s really interesting is that the rest of the signature, ‘unham Obama’, is not in ink.3 The letters are a solid greenish-black color with no gradation in color at all. This lack of gradation reveals that this part of the signature was created on a computer and is not even penmanship. Read and SEE the full story here.

PC - Political correctness killed the Dinosaurs, now evolved to eliminating Dancing and Birthdays?

PC - Political correctness killed the Dinosaurs, now evolved to eliminating Dancing and Birthdays? (NYPost).In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, educrats have banned references to “dinosaurs,” “birthdays,” “Halloween” and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.
That’s because they fear such topics “could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students.”
Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays aren’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism.Even “dancing’’ is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet.
The forbidden topics were recently spelled out in a request for proposals provided to companies competing to revamp city English, math, science and social-studies tests given several times a year to measure student progress.“Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment,” the request reads.
Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. Poverty is likewise on the forbidden list.Also banned are references to divorces and diseases, because kids taking the tests may have relatives who split from spouses or are ill.Officials say such exclusions are normal procedure.
“This is standard language that has been used by test publishers for many years and allows our students to complete practice exams without distraction,” said a Department of Education spokeswoman, insisting it’s not censorship.
In fact, sensitivity guidelines recently published by a group of states creating new high-stakes exams also caution against mentioning luxuries, group dancing, junk food, homelessness or witches.
Yet a comparison shows the city’s list, at 50 topics, is nearly twice as long and has fewer exceptions.
The city asks test companies to exclude “creatures from outer space,” celebrities and excessive TV and video-game use — items that are OK elsewhere.Terrorism is deemed too scary. Slavery is also on the forbidden list.Columbia University Teachers College professor Deanna Kuhn said, “If the goal is to assess higher-order thinking skills, controversial topics, for example, ones that are the subject of political debate, are exactly what students should be reasoning about.” Read the full story here.

Anne Frank's Tree will continue to inspire for hope in Israel.

              Caption reads: "From this window Anne Frank was watching the Chestnut tree.

Anne Frank's Tree will continue to inspire for hope in Israel.HT: Giyus. This is a sad story about a girl in hiding and the tree she could see from her window which gave her hope.
Three times in Anne Frank's widely read diary, the young Holocaust victim wrote about a tree. She could see it from the attic window of the secret annex where her family hid for two years, before being betrayed.
The tree that inspired Anne Frank stood at the same place until a storm toppled it in August 2010.
In her diary Anne wrote on February 23, 1944 - "From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be."
The tree has actually been sick for the last 10 years.As a battle raged between city officials that wanted to cut it down and activists that insisted it stay, the Anne Frank museum began to collect chestnuts from the tree to grow seedlings, so that pieces of the original tree could take root and flourish elsewhere.
One of those saplings will now be planted at Yad Vashem, near the Children’s Memorial and International School for Holocaust Studies.
In her last note about the tree Anne Frank wrote - "Our chestnut tree is in full bloom. It’s covered with leaves and is even more beautiful than last year.” Sadly she didn't survive the holocaust to enjoy more springs. But her memory lives on through her diary and now her tree will live longer as well.
Click here to leave your leaf in Anne's tree - a leaf of goodness and hope against hate and evil.Hmmm.........“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”   
 ~      Anne Frank, Read the full story here.

Guardian Gives Platform to Promote Terrorist-Organized “Global March to Jerusalem”

Here’s an image on the official GMJ Facebook Page, portraying Jews as rats (a popular Nazi antisemitic motif) undermining the al-Aqsa Mosque:

Guardian Gives Platform to Promote Terrorist-Organized “Global March to Jerusalem".(CIF).Global March to Jerusalem, scheduled for this Friday, March 30, is an anti-Israel publicity stunt that aims to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from surrounding countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt – with the aim of reaching Jerusalem. Concurrently, demonstrations are planned against Israel’s diplomatic missions in major cities throughout the world.

The organizers of GMJ are made up of members of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, far-left extremist groups and are backed by the Iranian government. Senior organizers include:

  • Ahmed Abo Halabiya, a Hamas MP
  • Zaher Birawi, a prominent Hamas activist in the UK and senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood linked Palestinian Return Center.
  • Abdul Maqri, head of the Algerian delegation aboard the Mavi Marmara who in 2010 said “all our blood is Palestine” and declared that “Israel will be annihilated soon”.

Advisory board members include George Galloway, Mahathir Mohammed and Sheikh Raed Salah.

Official statements of the organizers of GMJ attempt to portray the movement as a peaceful protest aimed at highlighting the so-called “Judaization of Jerusalem”.

In 2011, GMJ general coordinator, Ribhi Halloum stated “[t]he protest aims to move the right of return possessed by Palestinian refugees from theory to practice”.

In practice, the right of return is subterfuge for the destruction of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Coupled with that, employment of the term “Judaization of Jerusalem” is hateful rhetoric designed to negate thousands of years of Jewish history and incite the Muslim world.

Combined with the terror groups behind GMJ and the rallying cry of “saving Al Aqsa (Jerusalem) from the Jews”, it seems likely that sufficient numbers the organizers will seek violent confrontation with Israeli forces with the aim of sparking another Intifada.

The Guardian, undeterred by such quotidian concerns as the possibly deadly results of such a terrorist provocation on Israel’s borders, provided a platform to Palestinian Solidarity Campaign’s Sarah Colborne, “Jerusalem is at the heart of the Palestinian struggle“, CiF, March 27.

Sarah Colborne is both a member of the GMJ International Executive Committee, its International Central Committee, and is also the GMJ national co-ordinator for the UK.
Colborne’s Lie #1

Jerusalem is a city that embodies the cultural heritage of three religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Yet Palestinians – both Christian and Muslim – are being driven out of Jerusalem….Just one example of this ethnic cleansing.

Since 1967, when Israel united Jerusalem, (based on the Israel Central bureau of Statistics) there were:
  • Jews: 195,700
  • Muslims: 54,963
  • Christians: 12,646
Then, by 2009:
  • Jews: 479,756
  • Muslims: 278,568
  • Christians: 15,476
So, far from being driven out of Jerusalem, the Muslim population of the city has increased roughly 5 fold, while the Jewish population has increased roughly by a factor of 2.8. So, the Muslim population has grown dramatically faster as the Jewish population.
Obviously, there is nothing resembling ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem.
Colborne’s Lie #2
Jerusalem, the traditional centre of Palestinian social, religious and economic life , is increasingly being isolated and restricted by Israeli policies.
Such a moral inversion, suggesting that religious life in Jerusalem for Palestinians is increasingly restricted, represents the nadir of anti-Zionist propaganda. Jerusalem, since 1967 – in stark contrast to Jordanian control of the city from 1949 to 1967, when Jews were forbidden from visiting Judaism’s most holy sites – has never been more free for citizens of all faiths to worship.
Muslim rights on the Temple Mount, the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa Mosque, have not been infringed, and the holy places are actually under the supervision of the Muslim Waqf. Although it is Judaism’s holiest site, Israel has left the Temple Mount itself under the control of Muslim religious authorities.

Colborne’s Lie #3

The Global March to Jerusalem is bringing together an impressive coalition of Palestinian voices and organisations, with supporters from dozens of countries around the world travelling to Jerusalem, and to the border countries, to participate in the peaceful actions.
The struggle for Palestinian rights is at the core of the global movement for social and economic justice.
As our research has demonstrated (which can be seen at our site, Exposing the truth about the Global March to Jerusalem), this coalition is led by members of proscribed Islamist terror organizations with backing from the Iranian regime.
Finally, equally as absurd as characterizing the GMJ as an endeavor consistent with peace, liberalism and human rights is the suggestion that Colborne embodies anything resembling such progressive values.
Her organization, PSC, has demonstrated, at best, a tepid approach to Holocaust denial and racism among its members. And, Colborne has shared a platform with the homophobic and racist leader of the Northern Islamic Movement Raed Salah, and leapt to his defence when he was apprehended by the British authorities.
Colborne and Salah also sailed together on the ‘Mavi Marmara’ in 2010 as part of the ‘Freedom flotilla’, during which Islamist incitement to violence was documented in , in which Salah can be seen in the first row, wearing a white skull-cap.
The Guardian’s decision to provide a platform to the organizer of a violent provocation – an organized act of incitement – led by terrorists with the explicit aim of destroying Israel represents a further erosion of the media group’s increasingly absurd veneer of liberalism.
The Islamists, terrorists, and their apologists who have planned and are behind the March to Jerusalem can only be described politically (based on their broader ideological orientation) as representing the antisemitic extreme right.
As such, Guardian Left politics is increasingly defined by this tendency to allow nearly anyone willing to mouth platitudes about “Palestinian rights” moral impunity for their reactionary, malign, racist agendas.Read the full story here.

Former Navy Seal: Obama Using “Classic Soviet Style Tactics” To Put America In “The Throes Of a Cold Civil War”

Former Navy Seal: Obama Using “Classic Soviet Style Tactics” To Put America In “The Throes Of a Cold Civil War”(NiceDeb).
Very early on in Obama’s term, March 18, 2009,I wrote a post entitled, Outrage After Outrage After Outrage in an attempt to convey my shock and awe at the dizzying rate in which Obama was enacting his destructive agenda.

How can I take a break from politics, and write about light hearted and interesting stories in the news, if virtually everything the man does is an embarrassment and/or God-awful violation of everything patriotic Americans hold dear?
Well it’s been outrage after outrage after outrage for the past three years, as Obama’s Chicago machine hs usurped congressional and constitutional authority and ineffectual Republicans have done little to stop it.

Via Radio Patriot, here’s a hard hitting essay from former Navy Seal, Benjamin Smith, now, a writer, speaker, political strategist and ardent Constitutionalist. Benjamin is a regular contributor to several news outlets including Breitbart and Fox News.

It is his opinion that everything is coming to a head.

On the heels of NDAA, ObamaCare, Stimulus, Son of Stimulus, Patriot Act, takeover of auto, energy, media and movie industries, and the relentless implementation of Agenda 21… the Obama regime running our country into the ground has issued an updated Executive Order which suggests the probability of impending MARTIAL LAW.
We are left to scratch our heads and ask……… Why now?
America is in fact, right now, in the vicious throes of a Cold Civil War.
Cold as in non-violent and Civil as in nationwide; an attempt to force a new government-controlled ideology upon an unwilling public.
And the forces implementing this agenda are relentless.
I cannot tell you exactly what is coming but I know, as do you, that something unprecedented in American history, perhaps even all human history, is coming soon.Hmmm.......Such a nostalgic Czars, Truth Commissars...... only a new October Revolution is missing.Read the full story here.

Does Obama have Israel's back or just the UN's?

Does Obama have Israel's back or just the UN's?(Fox).By Anne Bayefsky.The UN’s top human rights body ended its latest session in Geneva on Friday by dealing a body blow to one of President Obama’s signature foreign policy moves. The extreme anti-Israel extravaganza has prompted Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to cut ties with the body intimating Americans should also withdraw support, while administration officials have hit the airwaves to make the case that the demonization of Israel is troubling but tolerable. The message communicated: the President has the UN’s back, not Israel’s.
The Bush administration refused to lend the UN “Human Rights” Council the credibility offered by U.S. membership and withheld taxpayer dollars accordingly.
In 2009 President Obama, signed on, paid the dues, and is currently seeking a second three-year term for the United States on the Council.
The only trouble is, in just six short years the body created in 2006 as a reform of the discredited UN Human Rights Commission, has gone from very bad to even worse.
As of this past Friday, 42% of all the resolutions and decisions critical of the human rights records of specific states ever adopted by the Council have been directed at Israel. The scorecard was 44 resolutions against Israel and 61 resolutions directed at all of the other 192 UN members combined. And Council resolutions never even mention “Hamas.”
The Council has a permanent agenda governing every regular session composed of ten items, one reserved for criticizing Israel and one for “human rights situations that require the Council’s attention” anywhere else.
192 of 193 UN members meet in five regional groups before the Council’s public sessions to strategize and share information – Israel is the only UN state excluded.
The Council has commissioned thirty reports condemning Israel alone. That’s compared to five specific reports on Syria’s executioners, three on Iran’s genocidal regime, and none on Council members like Saudi Arabia – which tyrannizes its entire female population, or China – which denies more than a billion people elementary freedoms.
UN demonization is not idle bureaucratese. Last March Palestinian terrorists stabbed and killed members of the Fogel family, three children and their parents, including a 3-month old baby “settler.” But a year later, the only reference to “violence” in this perverse UN “human rights” resolution was trumped-up “violence by Israeli settlers.”
So where was the Obama administration? Its UN Geneva Ambassador Eileen Donahoe ducked out, and a political counselor and a first secretary were sent in to cast and explain America’s vote against the slew of new anti-Israel resolutions.
Team Obama decided to use this moment to criticize Israel – “we do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity” – and to reinforce the Council’s bona fides by depicting Americans as a member of a like-minded club. “As members of the Human Rights Council, we all share a responsibility to promote and protect human rights.”
Everyone listening understood the code language. President Obama cares more about propping up the credibility of the Council than he does about protecting Israel from UN-driven harm.
To be clear, Nuland was not speaking out of turn. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told a Congressional sub-committee on March 20: “Let me start by underscoring the importance of the United Nations to…upholding the universal values we hold dear.” She then argued for a reversal of Congressional restrictions on funding UNESCO despite the organization circumventing a negotiated solution and embracing Palestine the state.
UN documents indicate the new settlements' “Independent International Fact-finding Mission” will cost $290,000 among other things for “travel and accommodation of three commissioners and four support staff and other staff members to Geneva, Cairo and Lebanon.”
The Obama administration will insist Americans pay for that too. As Rice explained to Congress: “withholding U.S. funding only harms U.S. interests.”
What about when U.S. interests have degenerated beyond recognition?Hmmmm......Obama “We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”Makes a nice motto for the Post United States of America, doesn’t it?Read the full story here.

Women can cover up at Olympic beach volleyball.

Women can cover up at Olympic beach volleyball.(HD).Most female beach volleyball players will wear their usual bikini outfits at the London Olympics. For those who prefer to cover up, that's OK, too.
Under new rules adopted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), players are free to wear shorts and sleeved tops. The governing body said the move was made out of respect for the cultural beliefs of some of the dozens of countries still in contention to qualify for the games.
"Many of these countries have religious and cultural requirements so the uniform needed to be more flexible," FIVB spokesman Richard Baker told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The rule, which will now apply to the Olympics, has already been in effect at five Continental Cup qualifying competitions involving 142 nations.
"Winners of the Continental Cups will qualify for the Olympics, so it has to be applied," Baker said.
The FIVB has not specified which countries have lobbied to be allowed to cover up in London.
An African qualifying event scheduled May 24-26 in Kigali, Rwanda, includes Algeria, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo among the contenders. Photographs on the FIVB's website of preliminary matches shows female players from those countries covering their midriffs by wearing sleeveless tops, which are the typical attire of indoor volleyball teams.
The modified rule permits "shorts of a maximum length of three centimeters (1.18 inches) above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops." Bikinis have helped define women's beach volleyball, which became an Olympic medal event at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
FIVB regulates the size of bikinis allowed, setting "a maximum side width of seven centimeters (2.76 inches)." But players also had the option to wear body suits in cold weather.
"Up until now, athletes had the choice," Baker said. "They weren't forced to wear a bikini." Cultural and religious sensitivities have been brought into focus by changes to the Olympic entry format to encourage more nations to compete.
Four years ago, qualification was based almost entirely on world rankings earned by competing in at least eight elite-level events.Read the full story here.

U.S. Senate fails to ramp up Iran sanctions.

U.S. Senate fails to ramp up Iran sanctions.(AlArabiya).A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Tuesday blocked Democrats from passing legislation designed to further punish Iran for developing its nuclear program, and each side blamed the other for its failure in a presidential election year that will put extra scrutiny on President Barack Obama to be tough on Tehran.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, said it will request funding to expand Israel’s “Iron Dome” short-range air defense system.
The legislation, which had the backing of many Democratic and Republican Senators, focused on foreign banks that handle transactions for Iran’s national oil and tanker companies, and included a host of measures aimed to close loopholes in existing sanctions.
A handful of Republicans wanted to include additional measures to the bill such as sanctions on companies that insure trade with Iran. But Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted to take up the legislation without amendments.
“New changes to the bill at this time will only slow down its passage,” Reid, a Democrat, said before he sought unanimous consent from Senators to approve the legislation -- a procedure that allows no amendments, according to Reuters.
Senator Rand Paul formally objected to taking up the legislation unless the Senate would also consider his amendment to it saying that nothing in the bill could be construed as an authorization of war against Iran or Syria. This effectively blocked the bill from advancing.The timing of the next step was not immediately clear.
The latest set of penalties signed into law by President Barack Obama in December have made it increasingly difficult for Tehran to sell its oil. They are aimed at slowing Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran has said is purely for civilian purposes. The United States and some other Western countries say the program is for nuclear weapons.
The bill would have built on efforts by the United States and other Western nations to implement oil and banking sanctions.“These sanctions are a key tool as we work to stop (Iran) from obtaining a nuclear weapon, threatening Israel and ultimately jeopardizing U.S. national security,” Reid said earlier on Tuesday.
The Senate Banking Committee easily passed the sanctions bill on Feb. 2 and the full House of Representatives passed its version in December.
Before Paul blocked the bill, Reid said Democratic senators had agreed to move forward without offering any amendments, which could speed a vote. “I’m willing to move this bill without amendments at any time,” Reid said afterward.
Democrats were quick to blame Republicans for blocking the bill. “I hope that the select few Republicans who reportedly blocked this important bill will reconsider their opposition and allow it to move forward as soon as possible,” said Tim Johnson, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
A Republican congressional aide said it was “unfortunate” that Reid “seeks to silence both Democrats and Republicans who want to consider tougher sanctions against Iran.”Read the full story here.

Their Oil Is Thicker than Our Blood.

Their Oil Is Thicker than Our Blood.(TCJ).This is an excerpt from a book called “Saudi Arabia & the Global Islamic Terrorist Network” via The Terror Finance Blog. By Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld:
The December 12, 2011 Iran’s Intelligence Minister Haydar Moslehi met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Nayef in Riyadh. Two days later, at the OPEC meeting in Vienna, the Iranians reveled that the Saudis agreed not “to replace Iranian crude if Iran faces any sanctions."
Accommodating their supposedly biggest enemy - the radical Shiite regime in Iran - while betraying their self-proclaimed ally - the United States, is a long held Saudi strategy. Support of radical Islamic regimes and groups helped keep the House of Saud in command.
Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) , and other terrorist groups, including Hamas,” read a cable dated December 30, 2009, from United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, This was one of the cables published by Wikileaks in late November 2010.

Ongoing Saudi Support for Terrorism by Direct Means
The angry form of Islamism and Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia today is the soil in which anti-Western and anti-American terrorism grows.[40]
—Former CIA director R. James Woolsey
Saudi efforts to bring Wahhabi Islam to global dominance began in earnest in 1962, with the establishment of the first international Saudi charity, the Muslim World League (MWL). Influenced by exiled Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members, then-Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz used the growing oil revenues to fund MWL, which in turn established many other Islamic charities and nonprofits that helped create the global jihadist movement we are facing today.
According to a report submitted to the president of the UN Security Council in December 2002, “One must question the real ability and willingness of the [Saudi] Kingdom to exercise any control over the use of religious money in and outside the country.”[41]
In the year 2000 alone, Saudi citizens’ contributions to various Islamist groups amounted to $500 million.
Most of the money went to cover expenses such as salaries, pensions, and “terrorcare” services that included hospitals and schools—especially (religious teachers) and madrasas.
Saudi Arabia is a theocracy dominated by Wahhabi power figures that (despite Saudi protestations to the contrary) control both governmental and non-governmental sectors of the country.
The government/ruling family makes or breaks the wealth of all its subjects. Moreover, successive Saudi kings have created ”charitable” organizations to fund the worldwide spread of Wahhabbism and have on occasion organized several national campaigns encouraging citizens to support Sunni terror organizations outside the country.[42]
Thus it would be wrong to distinguish between contributions to radical Sunni organizations by the ruling family, the Saudi government, and wealthy Saudi subjects.
Afghanistan’s financial intelligence unit FinTraca reported in May 2010 that Saudi contributors have funneled over $1.5 billion to Afghanistan through Pakistan since 2006. Most of the money has entered Afghanistan through Pakistani tribal areas, especially through North Waziristan, which is known as “al-Qaeda’s heartland.”
Mohammed Mustafa Massoudi, the director general of US-trained Afghan intelligence in Kabul, said, “We can trace it back as far as an entry point in Waziristan” the uncontrolled tribal border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Then went on, “Why would anyone want to put such money into Waziristan? [for] Only one reason: terrorism.”[43] The likely destination of the money was thought to be the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Since 2006, these groups have killed at least 1,525 American soldiers in Afghanistan and maimed thousands more.[44] As former Under Secretary Levey declared in his April 2008 testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, “Saudi Arabia today remains the location from which more money is going to terror groups and the Taliban—Sunni terror groups and the Taliban—than from any other place in the world.”[45]A year before Obama bowed?
The Saudis also support Pakistan’s Laskhar-e Taiba (LET), a terrorist group most known in the West for perpetrating the Mumbai attacks in 2008, which killed over 200 people and injured over 300 more.[46] Pakistani police reported in 2009 that the Saudi al-Haramain Foundation—a charitable organization designated as a terrorist sponsor by both the US and Saudi governments[47]—gave $15 million to jihadists, including those responsible for suicide attacks in Pakistan and the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.[48]
The Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization’s (IIRO) Philippines branch, which was run until his death in 2007 by Muhammad Jamal Khalifa, Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law until his death in 2007, was designated a terrorist sponsor by the US Treasury in August 2006 “for facilitating fundraising for al Qaida and affiliated terrorist groups.”[49]
This apparently did not stop Saudi support for the al-Qaeda-affiliated Abu Sayyaf Group.
A Wikileaks-released cable from the US Embassy in Riyadh described the US Government’s concerns with the IIRO’s continuing Saudi funding of al-Qaeda-affiliated group in the Philippines.[50] Dated February 24, 2007, and classified as “secret,” the cable detailed a February 6, 2007 private meeting between US assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Francis Fragos Townsend and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. Townsend asked the foreign minister to stop the “involvement of the Saudi ambassador to the Philippines Muhammad Amin Waly in terrorism facilitation,” noting “his intervention to get two members of IIRO out of prison.” Prince Saud declared a belief that Waly’s actions “may have involved bad judgment rather than intentional support for terrorism” and Waly remained in his position until October 2009.[51]
Despite evidence of IIRO funding to radical Muslim groups the world over, the US Government has refrained from designating the IIRO in its entirety as a terrorist organization. As a result, the IIRO obtained membership in the United Nations’ Department of Public Information (DPI) in August 2010. This membership provides the IIRO the perfect cover from which to expand its reach.[52]
Saudi funding to the US-designated Muslim Brotherhood Palestinian branch, the terrorist organization Hamas, has never stopped.[53] In March 2007 Israel notified the US that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh transferred a $1 million contribution he received in Saudi Arabia to Hamas’ “armed wing,” the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades.[54] On December 16, 2009, while Hamas was shelling Israeli civilians from the Gaza Strip, Haniyeh told Al-Jazeera that he passed $1 million in funding from a Saudi donor to Hamas’ “armed wing.”[55]
In January 20, 2009, even before Israel concluded Operation Cast Lead,[56] its defensive operations to stop terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip, Saudi Arabia pledged $1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza.[57]
As documented in my book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed—and How to Stop It, several Saudi financial institutions openly funded terrorist groups throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. In September 2000, Saudi Arabia conducted two telethons for the specified purpose of raising funds for the families of Palestinian homicide bombers, including members of Hamas and the al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades.[58]
Saudi Arabia also created the Saudi Committee for the Support of the al-Quds Uprising, based in Riyadh and run by interior minister Prince Nayef. This committee “reported the transfer of $55.7 million mostly to the families of suicide bombers and to the families of imprisoned or injured Palestinian militants.” Records found in the offices of the Tulkarm Charity Committee detail the payments to 102 Hamas terrorists who were killed in “martyr operation[s].”[59] In 2002 the Saudi Arabian International Islamic Relief Organization donated $280,000 to Palestinian organizations that the US has linked to Hamas.[60]
Read more including Dr. Ehrenfeld’s recommendations on what must be done to protect America from the Saudi sponsored terrorism and civilization jihad.Read the full story here.

EPA CO2 Regulation Effectively Bans New Coal Facilities.“So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them…”

EPA CO2 Regulation Effectively Bans New Coal Facilities.“So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them…”(Heritage).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new rule to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants, which would effectively ban new coal power plants, as its emissions standards are too low to be met by conventional coal-fired facilities.
This stands in stark contrast with the President’s supposed “all of the above energy approach” and sends a strong signal that coal is not part of the President’s energy vision for America. In combination with other EPA regulations that contribute to the premature shutdown of existing coal plants, the EPA’s actions represent one of the greatest threats to the electric sector and America’s energy supply.
The new rule requires power plants to meet an output-based standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. Other than natural gas-fired power plants built in recent years, most power plants, and especially coal-fired ones, would fail to meet that standard.
For average Americans, the expensive EPA rule would mean higher energy costs, fewer jobs, and a less prosperous economy. A recent video by Energy for America shows the real-life impact of regulations and subsidies for alternative energies—designed to reduce coal’s contribution to the nation’s energy supply—on the residents of Craig, Colorado, an economy fueled by coal.
It’s important to remember that the greatest progress toward environmental protection has not been accomplished by government regulation but through greater economic growth. Economic freedom and freer trade promote economic growth and prosperity, which provides society with the wealth and resources to pursue sound environmental policies. Increased government regulation, on the other hand, would stifle economic growth and could lead to counterproductive environmental results. As Heritage’s Terry Miller and Anthony Kim explain:

Policy efforts aimed at imposing stricter environmental standards…undercut the economic growth necessary for greater efforts to protect the environment. Such regulations only serve as feel-good actions, without generating real “change” that could mitigate climate change and its possible negative impacts.
Case in point: regulations subjecting existing coal plants that wish to make upgrades to costly and exhaustive New Source Review requirements, which actually discourage energy efficiency and safety improvements that plants would undertake on their own accord.
Congress should step up and stop the EPA from bypassing Congress’s sound rejection of cap and trade. The EPA regulations on CO2 are just one of those other ways to skin the cat, as President Obama famously promised.Read the full story here.More here.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them…”
                  ~ Barack Obama speaking to San Francisco Chronicle, January 2008.

U.S. plane in emergency landing after pilot’s al-Qaeda rant.

U.S. plane in emergency landing after pilot’s al-Qaeda rant.(AlArabiya).A U.S. airliner made an emergency landing in Texas on Tuesday after the pilot, shouting about al-Qaeda and bomb threats, had to be restrained by passengers, officials and reports said.
The JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas, Nevada was diverted to Amarillo, Texas after the incident, which the airline said was due to a medical issue involving the captain.
The captain went to a restroom just outside the cockpit, and when he emerged began shouting “Iraq, al-Qaeda, terrorism, we’re all going down!” according to the Amarillo Globe-News newspaper.“It was a little scary. He was pretty freaked out,” passenger Heidi Karg told CNN. “When they were trying to calm him down... they had to restrain him and a bunch of male passengers ran to the front of the plane to subdue him.
Gabriel Schonzeit, who was seated in the third row, told the Globe-News: “He started screaming about al-Qaeda and possibly a bomb on the plane and Iraq and Iran and about how we were all going down.”
Amateur video showed chaos at the front of the plane as male passengers scrambled to help restrain the pilot, who could be heard shouting hysterically after being pulled away from trying to get back into the cockpit.
The captain was described as a “very large man,” but passengers on the flight -- many of whom happened to be security professionals heading to a conference in Las Vegas -- managed to pin him down.
“The pilot was a very large man, bigger than me,” said Schonzeit, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.“Two flight attendants tried to subdue him, and then seemingly out of nowhere about six or seven large guys stormed to the front of the plane and wrestled (him) to the ground,” passenger Laurie Dhue told CNN.
They “had him subdued in a matter of moments,” she added. “It was really like something out of a movie.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane’s co-pilot worried that the captain was behaving erratically.
“The co-pilot became concerned that the captain exhibited erratic behavior during the flight. The captain had exited the cockpit during the flight, after which the co-pilot locked the door,” said an FAA statement.
“When the captain attempted to enter the locked cockpit, he was subdued by passengers. After the flight landed safely, local law enforcement secured the pilot and he was transported by ambulance for medical evaluation.”
A JetBlue statement said that roughly three and a half hours into the flight, “the pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, Texas for a medical situation involving the captain.”
Another captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crew member, who was taken to a local medical facility in Amarillo.
TV pictures showed the pilot, strapped to a stretcher, being wheeled off the aircraft.“It seemed like he went crazy,” passenger Schonzeit told the Globe-News.
We all knew in the front rows if he got back in the cockpit, we were going down.”Read and see (Video) the full story here.


'It's like a flea market for airport employees': More than 200 items stolen every DAY from checked baggage at JFK airport.

'It's like a flea market for airport employees': More than 200 items stolen every DAY from checked baggage at JFK airport.(DM).It’s one of the busiest airports in the world, but it's fast earning a tarnished reputation.More than 200 thefts occur daily at the New York City airport, law enforcement officials told CBS New York.
What’s worse is that these thefts are not being reported – rather, the airlines involved write the stolen items off as ‘lost luggage.’JFK security lawyer Kenneth Mollins told CBS New York: ‘The belly of the airplane has become like a flea market for airport employees. 'They go in there and go through all the luggage unencumbered.
He is representing Rita Lamberg, a passenger who had more than $160,000 worth of jewellery stolen from her checked bag at JFK.
Ms Lamberg told CBS New York that thinking of her stolen belongings makes her ‘so sick. This is a lifetime of savings, my savings,’ she said.
Former NYPD Frank Shea confirmed Mr Mollins’ story, saying that checked baggage is a treasure trove for thieves, since there is often little to no repercussion
What we’re seeing out there is that really anything that isn’t nailed down is being stolen and for that matter, I would caution… if there weren’t tires missing from the aircraft,’ Mr Shea told the station.
The CBS report states that the airlines aren’t reporting these thefts because it would discourage customers from flying. Instead, they tell customers that their bags were lost in transit.
The report notes that when airline employees are looking for a bag from which to steal, they often go for designer or expensive-looking suitcases.What's worse - after a bag is checked, there is little customers can do to protect their belongings.
Current TSA screening mandates require the government organisation to inspect any and all bags they choose.
Checked baggage with unapproved locks will be removed if the TSA needs to inspect the luggage. Many travellers have said their luggage is returned to them without the lock on it.
As a result of the report, the airport says they will be installing more cameras to catch the thieves.
In 2010, police charged veteran American Airlines worker Henry Ibarra for stealing nearly $8,000 worth of items from bags.Among the stolen items: iPods, Kindle readers, DVD players, cameras, and Nintendo gaming systems. He worked as part of the airline’s clean-up crew for 41 years.Hmmmmm........The TSA has been criticized for an increase in baggage theft after its inception. Reported thefts include both valuable and dangerous goods, such as laptops, jewelry guns, and knives. Such thefts have raised concerns that the same access might allow bombs to be placed aboard aircraft.
In 2004, over 17,000 claims of baggage theft were reported. As of 2004, 60 screeners had been arrested for baggage theft, a number which had grown to 200 screeners by 2008. 11,700 theft and damage claims were reported to the TSA in 2009, a drop from 26,500 in 2004, which was attributed to the installation of cameras and conveyor belts in airports.
As of 2011, the TSA employs about 60,000 screeners in total (counting both baggage and passenger screening) and approximately 500 TSA officers have been fired or suspended for stealing from passenger luggage since the agency's creation in November 2001. The most affected airports are in the New York area – John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK, LaGuardia Airport LGA and Newark Liberty International Airport EWR.Source Here.Read the full story here.
In 2008 an investigative report by WTAE in Pittsburgh discovered that despite over 400 reports of baggage theft, about half of which the TSA reimbursed passengers for, not a single arrest had been made. The TSA does not, as a matter of policy, share baggage theft reports with local police departments...........Theft Serves All?

Canada - Aboriginal history must be factor in sentences, Supreme Court says.

Canada - Aboriginal history must be factor in sentences, Supreme Court says.(CBC).The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that aboriginal background should be a paramount consideration when sentencing violent offenders who have breached long-term supervision orders.
In a 6-1 decision, the justices ruled on a pair of cases in which offenders on long-term supervision were sentenced after violating the terms of their orders.Both men had long, violent, criminal histories.
The justices said the issue of aboriginal background must be considered even in cases where the accused have been placed under long-term supervision by the courts."To be clear, courts must take judicial notice of such matters as the history of colonialism, displacement and residential schools and how that history continues to translate into lower educational attainment, lower incomes, higher unemployment, higher rates of substance abuse and suicide and, of course, higher levels of incarceration for Aboriginal Peoples," Justice Louis LeBel wrote for the majority.
"Failing to take these circumstances into account would violate the fundamental principle of sentencing."
The ruling marked the first time the court has ruled on how the Gladue principles, guidelines set by Parliament on aboriginal sentencing, are to be applied in cases involving long-term, violent offenders.
Those Criminal Code provisions are not a "race-based discount on sentencing," LeBel wrote.
They are a "remedial provision designed to ameliorate the serious problem of overrepresentation of Aboriginal People in Canadian prisons and to encourage sentencing judges to have recourse to a restorative approach to sentencing."
Last year, the British Columbia Court of Appeal judge reduced Frank Ladue's three-year sentence for breaching a court order to one year.His record lists more than three dozen convictions, including robbery and sexual assault.Hmmmm......How many people do you know, who came from broken homes, inner-city slums, poverty and other wretched circumstances, yet went on to live decent lives and do honest jobs?If there’s one can do it, then so can all the rest. It’s called self-discipline.Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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US Hutaree militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against U.S. government.

US Hutaree militia members cleared of charges that accused them of plotting war against U.S. government.(Yahoo).DETROIT - A federal judge on Tuesday gutted the government's case against seven members of a U.S. militia, dismissing the most serious charges in an extraordinary defeat for federal authorities who insisted they had captured homegrown rural extremists poised for war.
Judge Victoria Roberts said the members' expressed hatred of law enforcement didn't amount to a conspiracy to rebel against the government. The FBI had secretly planted an informant and an FBI agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008 to collect hours of anti-government audio and video that became the cornerstone of the case.
"The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level," the judge said on the second anniversary of raids and arrests that broke up the group.
Roberts granted requests for acquittal on the most serious charges: conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, against the U.S. and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. Other weapons crimes tied to the alleged conspiracies also were dismissed.
"The judge had a lot of guts," defence attorney William Swor said. "It would have been very easy to say, 'The heck with it,' and hand it off to the jury. But the fact is she looked at the evidence, and she looked at it very carefully."
Prosecutors said Hutaree members were anti-government rebels who combined training and strategy sessions to prepare for a violent strike against federal law enforcement, triggered first by the slaying of a police officer.
But there never was an attack. Defence lawyers said highly offensive remarks about police and the government were wrongly turned into a high-profile criminal case that drew public praise from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who in 2010 called Hutaree a "dangerous organization."
David Stone's "statements and exercises do not evince a concrete agreement to forcibly resist the authority of the United States government," Roberts said Tuesday. "His diatribes evince nothing more than his own hatred for — perhaps even desire to fight or kill — law enforcement; this is not the same as seditious conspiracy."
U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade declined to comment. Two years ago, when militia members were arrested, she said it was time to "take them down."
Stone was recorded saying he was willing to kill police and even their families. He considered them part of a "brotherhood" — a sinister global authority that included federal law enforcers and United Nations troops.
He had a speech prepared for a regional militia gathering in Kentucky in 2010, but bad weather forced him and others to return to Michigan. Instead, he read it in the van while a secret camera installed by the FBI captured the remarks."It is time to strike and take our nation back so that we may be free again from tyranny," Stone said. "Time is up, God bless all of you and welcome to the new revolution."
Swor said Stone is a Christian who was bracing for war against the Antichrist."This is not the United States government. This is Satan's army," Swor told the judge Monday, referring to the enemy.
Militia members cleared of all charges were Stone's wife, Tina Stone, and his son, David Stone Jr.; Thomas Piatek, Michael Meeks and Kris Sickles."It's hard to believe it's over," said Tina Stone, crying as she spoke by phone. "Thank God we live in a country where we do have freedom of speech."Read the full story here.

President Obama filling the Federal Reserve board with "Fat Cat Bankers"?

President Obama filling the Federal Reserve board with "Fat Cat Bankers"?(Cato).By Mark A. Calabria.
Tomorrow the Senate Banking Committee will likely hold a vote on President Obama’s recent nominations to the Federal Reserve Board, Harvard professor Jeremy Stein and former investment banker and Treasury official Jerome Powell. I’ve written elsewhere on how these two fail to meet the statutory requirements for board membership, as it relates to geography. But there is another issue that continues to bother me about these nominations. That is the unwritten assumption that Wall Street gets a seat on the Federal Reserve Board.

As Bloomberg reports Powell “would bring expertise on financial markets to the Fed’s board, filling a void left by Kevin Warsh, a former Morgan Stanley banker.” But this overlooks the fact that the New York Federal Reserve President, currently former Goldman Exec William Dudley, is a permanent member of the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). As an institutional matter, the Fed already has a line from Wall Street via the New York Fed, where’s the need for another?

The Federal Reserve Act requires the president, when making nominations to the Fed, to give “due regard to a fair representation of the financial, agricultural, industrial, and commercial interests.” As far as I can tell there is zero representation on the Board for “agricultural, industrial and commercial interests” and already one former banker (Duke) on the Board. How is that “fair?” While this “fairness” requirement is not as black and white as the geography issue, I do believe it is one fundamental to the functioning of the Fed. Is this a Fed that represents all sectors and interests in the economy, or is this a Fed that mainly represents Wall Street (and academia, which is never mentioned in the Federal Reserve Act)?

While I do not personally know Mr. Powell, and I have no reason to suspect he is anything other than an honorable and well-intended man, I think we all have reason to believe that the last thing the Fed needs is another New York investment banker.Read the full story here.
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