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Friday, June 1, 2012

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Three scenarios lie ahead for Hosni Mubarak on judgment day tomorrow.

                          Don't worry as i told you before 'I've got your back'.

Three scenarios lie ahead for Hosni Mubarak on judgment day tomorrow.(AA).Egyptians are impatiently waiting for the verdict in what has come to be referred to as “the trial of the century” in which former president Hosni Mubarak, his sons and several of his top aides and officials face charges.
Despite the fact Mubarak is not the only defendant, Egyptian public opinion is focusing on the former president’s destiny more than the others and the media has been preoccupied with the trial’s possible outcomes.
Egyptian state television will broadcast live the verdict and sentencing on Saturday, official media reported.
The first several hearings the trial, which started in August, were broadcast live, but chief judge then ordered cameras out before witnesses began to take the stand.
According to the Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabea, Mubarak is facing three scenarios: acquittal, jail or capital punishment.

In the first scenario, Mubarak will be found not guilty of the killing of unarmed protestors during the days of the revolution and will consequently be set free. This would absolve security forces charged with firing live ammunition at the protestors in the first place and that they only used tear gas and water cannons.
This scenario is expected to infuriate Egyptians who will most likely take to the streets to protest what they would see as a betrayal to the revolution.
The second scenario is the prosecution will have proved that security forces did fire at protestors. In this case, Mubarak would be found guilty of inciting murder even if he did not directly give the police orders to fire and was not even aware they did so.
This scenario could lead to a10-year prison sentence. If the prosecution proves that he knew about the firing at protestors but did not order it, he might receive 25 years in jail.
The third scenario is that the prosecution will be able to prove that Mubarak gave orders to security to use violence in dispersing protests and to fire at protestors. In this case, Mubarak will be found guilty of premeditated murder and could therefore be sentenced to death. This is considered the most unlikely scenario.
In case of the second scenario, seen as the most likely, the main issue would be the place of detention and how suitable it can be in relation to Mubarak’s health. It remains to be seen whether he will be detained at a special place other than the regular facilities in accordance with the medical reports presented to the prosecutor general.
In addition to the possible verdicts, speculations are rife about how Egypt’s next president would react should Mubarak be put in jail.
Observers are specifically wondering what Mubarak’s former minister and last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, known also to be one of his closest aides, will do if he wins the elections and whether he will grant Mubarak a presidential pardon.
Mubarak’s critics, including members of parliament, have demanded that he be moved to Torah prison just like his two sons Gamal and Alaa, who are also on trial. But Interior Ministry officials have said the prison was not equipped for Mubarak's health needs.
“He will not be imprisoned. He will live out his sentence here,” a source at the hospital said. “There are no arrangements to move him out of here."Since he was flown to Cairo from the seaside resort of Sharm al-Sheikh in August 2011 at the start of the trial, Mubarak has resided in the International Medical Center (IMC), a large medical compound located on the outskirts of Cairo.
Head of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, Abdul Ghaffar Shukr says if Mubarak is acquitted, the Egyptian people’s reaction is bound to be very forceful.
“Public opinion in Egypt will be rattled by such a verdict and the country will go through a long phase of upheaval and we don’t know what the consequences could be,” he told Al Arabiya.
Shukr said the likelihood of Mubarak receiving amnesty is impossible even if Shafiq is the next president.
“The next president, whoever he is, will not be able to take the Egyptian people to the past.”Hmmmm......The Muslim Brotherhood thanks you 'Hussein'.Read the full story here.

Pastors to Obama: "You've broken our hearts - MLK would oppose gay marriage"

Pastors to Obama: "You've broken our hearts - MLK would oppose gay marriage".(WE).The Coalition of African American Pastors wrote Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama to request a meeting with the president, as they argued that he is wrong to support gay marriage.
"Let us speak with you and President Barack Obama about the issue of same sex marriage," the Rev. William Owens, founder of CAAP, said in the letter. "If President Obama changed his mind, let him consider changing it again."
Owens added that "President Obama is the fulfillment of our dreams for our sons--and he has broken our hearts by using his power and position to endorse as a civil right something that is simply wrong."

He argued that Martin Luther King would oppose gay marriage. Here is the quotation from King's Letter from Birmingham Jail that Owens cited, in which King denounced Jim Crow laws and articulated his understanding of civil rights:
How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made
code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.
Owens asked Holder and Obama to show "residual respect" for the black pastors who supported King and now oppose gay marriage by meeting with CAAP officials.
Gay marriage is broadly-opposed in the black community, which Democrats rely upon in every election to support their party overwhelmingly. "If black voter participation can be diminished even by ten percent it will make that critical difference all across the country," Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., told a group of black pastors earlier this week.Hmmm...."And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse" ~ Genesis 12:3.Read the full story here.

"Cooking the Books!" April 2012 - Between January 2009, when Obama took office, and March 2012, there has been a net decline of 740,000 jobs for both men and women.

"Cooking the Books!" April 2012 - Between January 2009, when Obama took office, and March 2012, there has been a net decline of 740,000 jobs for both men and women.(Factcheck).On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has been hammering a statistic that “over 92 percent of the jobs lost under this president were lost by women,” evidence, he says, that President Obama’s policies amount to a “war on women.” Romney’s statistic is accurate, as far as it goes. But it’s not the whole story.
Looking back at the whole recession, men have lost many more jobs than women. But the biggest job losses for men came earlier in the recession, and recovery for men has come faster than it has for women.
With Romney under attack from the Obama campaign for policies it says are anti-woman (such as Romney’s opposition to abortion rights and support for federal de-funding of Planned Parenthood), Romney has tried to turn the tables, pointing to a statistic that shows the unemployment rate for women is recovering more slowly from the recession.
Here’s what Romney said in a Fox News interview on April 11 (at about the 5:45 mark):
Romney, April 11: He [Obama] has lost 800,000 jobs during his presidency. And by the way, do you know what percentage of those jobs lost were lost by women? Over 92 percent of the jobs lost under this president were lost by women. His policies have been, really, a war on women.
Romney’s statistic is accurate. It’s true, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that between January 2009, when Obama took office, and March 2012, there has been a net decline of 740,000 jobs for both men and women, and that among women there has been a net loss of 683,000 jobs. The Romney campaign did the math and calculated that 92.3 percent of the jobs lost under Obama were lost by women.

Now June 2012 - 766,000 More Women Unemployed Today Than When Obama Took Office. (CNSNews).The number of American women who are unemployed was 766,000 individuals greater in May 2012 than in January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In January 2009, there were approximately 5,005,000 unemployed women in the United States, according to BLS. In May 2012, there were 5,771,000.
The BLS derives its employment statistics from an overall number it calls the civilian non-institutional population. This includes all Americans 16 or over who are not on active duty in the military and who are not in an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home. From this civilian non-institutional population, BLS determines a subset it calls the civilian labor force, which includes all members of the civilian non-institutional population who are either employed or have made specific efforts to find work in the past four weeks. People who are not employed and who have not sought work in the past four weeks are considered by the BLS to have dropped out of the labor force.
Unemployed people are those who are in the labor force but do not have a job—despite having looked for one in the past four weeks. The unemployment rate is the percentage of the overall civilian labor force that does not have a job—that is, who have sought a job in the past four weeks and not found one.
In January 2009, according to BLS, the unemployment rate for American women was 7.0 percent. In May 2012, it was 7.9 percent.
When Obama took office in January 2009, the female civilian non-institutional population was 121,166,000. In May 2012, it hit 125,788,000—an increase of 4,622,000 since January 2012.
However, at the same time the female civilian non-institutional population was increasing, the percentage participating in the labor force was declining—following a long-term trend. In January 2009, 59.4 percent of women participated in the labor force, while in May 2012 it was 57.8.
Hmmmmmm..........Some one is seriously 'manipulating the statistics for electoral purposes, now WHO might that be?Read the full story here.

Report: Obama ordered cyberstrikes on Iran, but he didn't want to do it.

Report: Obama ordered cyberstrikes on Iran, but he didn't want to do it.HT: IsraelMatzav.A report in the New York Times claims that President Barack Hussein Obama ordered cyberstrikes against Iran in a bid to interfere with its nuclear weapons program.

Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm’s “escape,” Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America’s most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran’s nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.

“Should we shut this thing down?” Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president’s national security team who were in the room.

Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. The last of that series of attacks, a few weeks after Stuxnet was detected around the world, temporarily took out nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges Iran had spinning at the time to purify uranium.
The report comes from a book that is being published this week. Sounds like an instant best seller to me.
Mr. Obama, according to participants in the many Situation Room meetings on Olympic Games, was acutely aware that with every attack he was pushing the United States into new territory, much as his predecessors had with the first use of atomic weapons in the 1940s, of intercontinental missiles in the 1950s and of drones in the past decade. He repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons — even under the most careful and limited circumstances — could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks.

“We discussed the irony, more than once,” one of his aides said. Another said that the administration was resistant to developing a “grand theory for a weapon whose possibilities they were still discovering.” Yet Mr. Obama concluded that when it came to stopping Iran, the United States had no other choice.

If Olympic Games failed, he told aides, there would be no time for sanctions and diplomacy with Iran to work. Israel could carry out a conventional military attack, prompting a conflict that could spread throughout the region.
In other words, incredibly, Obama did not want to do this. This moron was more than willing to take the chance that he could talk Iran out of developing nuclear weapons - and nothing else - but those darned Israelis would never have stood for it.

And the truth is that the groundwork was laid by the Bush administration, working with - you guessed it - the IDF's unit 8200. Read the full story here.

Cherokees to protest Warren during Saturday’s Democratic Convention in Springfield.

Cherokees to protest Warren during Saturday’s Democratic Convention in Springfield.(BH).By Hillary Chabot.Cherokees angered by Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American heritage said today they’ll stand in silent protest against the embattled Senate candidate during Saturday’s Democratic Convention in Springfield. “I believe we need a presence there. Warren hasn’t recanted her claims or apologized to the Cherokee people,” said David Cornsilk, a 53-year-old citizen of Cherokee Nation who co-created a group called “Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren.” The protest will come as Warren’s Democratic rival Marisa DeFranco pushes to get 15 percent of delegate support at the Saturday convention in order to get on the ballot. Warren nabbed Gov. Deval Patrick’s endorsement yesterday, only three days before the convention as questions continue about whether she used her alleged roots to get a teaching job at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.Cornsilk said Warren’s admission today that she did inform both ivy league schools of her alleged American Indian ties points to her character. Warren had originally said she didn’t know the universities were listing her as Native American until she read about it in the Boston Herald. “I think there’s a pattern of deception that is emerging, and she’s showing that she did know and that she did do these things,” said Cornsilk.Read the full story here.

Video - New Les Misérables Trailer.

If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.

Video - Inside The Mind Of A Psycho - Canada's Most wanted Luka Magnotta.

Porn actor 'who mailed body parts' to Canadian government filmed himself beheading victim... before posting horrific footage online.(DM).A low-budget porn actor suspected of sending dismembered body party to offices across Canada allegedly filmed himself hacking his victim's body up with an ice-pick and then posted the sickening video online.
Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is the subject of a massive manhunt after a man's maggot-ridden torso was found in a locked suitcase by his Montreal apartment block.
The sickening 'snuff video' footage, called '1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick' and uploaded last week, shows a naked male tied to a bed frame being attacked with both an ice pick and a kitchen knife.
The Best Gore website says the film, which is unclear where or when it was filmed, then shows the victim being stabbed and having his throat slashed to the soundtrack of True Faith by New Order.
He is later decapitated, dismembered and sexually assaulted. It is believed he was already dead when the camera started rolling.
The man in the video, whose face is never revealed, then goes on to play with the corpse's body parts in a 'sexual manner'.
Doubt was initially cast on the veracity of the film but police have now confirmed 'it depicts the actual crime', the National Post reports.
Police believe a festering foot from the body was then mailed to Canadian Conservative Party's HQ, and a hand was found at a postal warehouse, both in Ottawa, Ontario.
Officers believe he could also be behind a sickening video posted online where kittens are tortured and killed.
The animal-cruelty video, filmed two years ago, shows a man looking like Magnotta placing two kittens inside an airtight bag and using a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air.
In distressing scenes, too graphic to be posted on MailOnline, the cleaner is then switched on and the air is slowly sucked out of the bag. The mewing kittens can be seen wriggling around and clawing to escape as the polythene tightens around them.After switching off the cleaner, the sick teen opens the bag and proudly holds up the body of one of the kittens for his camera, before displaying them on his bed.
Yesterday, police in masks combed through the blood-soaked Montreal studio apartment where the torso was discovered. A blood stained mattress remained there after they left.
Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said: 'For most of the officers that were there all night long this is the kind of crime scene they've never seen in their career.'Read the full story here.

Update ! Police identify victim in body-parts killing case.(CP24).MONTREAL — Police have identified the victim in the gruesome body-parts killing case as a 33-year old Chinese man. Montreal police say Jun Lin was a student at Concordia University. He was reported missing on May 29, the same day a torso was discovered stuffed in a suitcase in a heap of garbage behind a Montreal apartment building.Montreal police have issued a countrywide arrest warrant for the suspect in the case, Luka Rocco Magnotta, who has also been added to Interpol's wanted persons list. He is believed to be in France. French police say they're actively searching for the porn actor. A senior French police official says he is "sure" that Magnotta is currently in France. Another French police official says Magnotta apparently flew to Paris from Montreal last weekend. The officials say France's fugitive search unit was ordered to hunt for Magnotta.Read the full story here.

"SILEX": Iran's Undetectable Nuclear Enrichment Technology?

"SILEX": Iran's Undetectable Nuclear Enrichment Technology?(GI).By David P. Goldman.German nuclear weapons expert Hans Rühle warned in the daily Die Welt May 21 that Iran can enrich uranium using laser technology that is much harder to detect than centrifuges. Rühle headed the German Defense Ministry's policy planning staff during the 1980s. In a widely-discussed commentary last February 17, he argued that Israel has the capacity to cripple Iran's nuclear weapons program. He also presented evidence in Die Welt that Iran may have tested a nuclear weapon in North Korea.
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadihejad announced in 2010 the 'good nuclear news' that Iran then possessed laser technology for uranium enrichment. Iran would not use this technology immediately, Ahmadinejad insisted, but his extremely positive characterization of the new technological option casts strong doubt on Iran's intentions and suggests that Iran's voluntary restraint on enrichment is an attempt at diversion," Rühle wrote in his May 21 analysis.
"Laser enrichment is the silver bullet in this field," Rühle continues. "By the estimate of Australia's leading expert, laser enrichment is sixteen times more efficient than earlier enrichment technologies. This begs the question of why this sensational enrichment procedure was not put into effect earlier. The answer is that laser enrichment was long considered to be the technology of the future, too expensive and complicated for practical application."
As an alternative to mechanical separation of fissile uranium-235 through centrifuges, laser separation has been used experimentally since the 1960s, without bringing the new technique into industrial application. But the major nuclear powers had little incentive to invest in a new technology, Rühle argues, because their centrifuge installations could enrich uranium at comparatively low cost.All that changed in 2006, Rühle adds, when an Australian laser enrichment technology, the "SILEX" method, began official tests. A billion-dollar laser enrichment facility is planned in the United States, large enough to provide enough fuel for 60 large reactors filling the energy needs of 60 million households. The facility could also produce enough highly-enriched uranium for 1,000 warheads per year.
Iran may have acquired laser enrichment technology from Russia, Rühle argues, starting with support for Iran's nuclear weapons program under agreements dating back to the Yeltsin administration. "It was no great surprise," Rühle argues, "that in the spring of 2000, America's spy services discovered a pilot program for laser enrichment between Iran and the D.V.-Efremov Institute in St. Petersburg. American diplomats at the time demanded that Russia cease this activity, on the stated grounds that "there can be no doubt that this installation can and will be turned to military nuclear applications in no time at all."Ahmadinejad's boast that Iran possesses laser enrichment technology has a factual background, Rühle concludes. During the past year, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has demanded on several occasions that Iran explain its laser enrichment program, with no response from the Iranian side.
If Iran has acquired this technology, it can enrich uranium far more cheaply and quickly, in inconspicuous facilities that are far harder to detect than centrifuge installations, Rühle warns. Laser enrichment requires a quarter of the physical space and much less energy than centrifuges. "For the international community's negotiations with Iran, this implies that what must be demanded is the complete opening of the country to appropriate inspection. Anything else would be too little—much too little."Rühle concludes. "Laser uranium enrichment is so attractive that it will be implemented—and Iran could become the test case."Hmmm......"Time is on my side".Read the full story here.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Video- Houla Eye Witnesses: Free Syrian Army Responsible for Massacre.

Russian language video - (Original Video:

Video- Houla Eye Witnesses: Free Syrian Army Responsible for Massacre.The Syrian News blog has posted eye witness accounts of the massacre in the Syrian city of al-Houla on May 25.
According to a translation of a Russian video of the interviews, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) carried out the attacks and the victims were al-Assad loyalists and people who had demonstrated opposition to the armed opposition group.
According to the accounts, FSA gunmen entered the city located in the Homs countryside and after securing it began killing people.
The attack was carried out by a unit of armed fighters from Rastan, in which more than 700 gunmen were involved,” writes Marat Musin, a journalist with ANNA News. “They brought the city under their control and began with a cleansing action against loyalist (pro-Assad) families, including elderly people, women and also children.

The head of an inquiry committee into the massacre put the number of attackers closer to 800.
The dead were put on display for the United Nations and the corporate media and portrayed as victims of al-Assad’s military, according to the Syrian News blog report.
The United Nations, the U.S., and the European Union have used the massacre to call for a new round of sanctions against al-Assad in an effort to force his compliance with an international peace plan that was recently rejected by the FSA.
“Time is running short for that (plan) because terrible crimes are being committed,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday. “There is a great danger of a collapse into a sectarian conflict more bitter and more widespread than we see today.”
Earlier today, we reported that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice had emerged from a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday and said the Council and the United States are prepared to attack the al-Assad government in Syria.
Russia and China are perceived by the West as standing in the way of imposing more sanctions on Damascus. On Sunday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said any additional sanctions should wait until an official investigation into the massacre that killed over a hundred people has concluded.
Russia’s Permanent Representative at the UN Igor Pankin questioned the allegations that Syrian armed forces are responsible for the al-Houla massacre, according to SANA, the Syrian Arab News Agency.

"CHANGE" - Russian Military to Hold Over 1,000 Drills in June-October.

"CHANGE" - Russian Military to Hold Over 1,000 Drills in June-October.(RN).The Russian Armed Forces will conduct over 1,000 command-and-staff and tactical exercises during the summer training period from June to November this year, the Defense Ministry said.
The summer training will focus on improving interoperability of all branches of the Armed Forces and efficient use of automated battlefield management systems, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The training will be carried out on average 2-3 times a week with the emphasis on weapons proficiency and driving skills.
The training period will culminate with the Kavkaz-2012 large-scale strategic exercises in southern Russia and North Caucasus, which would also involve Abkhaz and South Ossetian military units.
In addition, Russia will hold about 50 joint military exercises with foreign countries, including the Slavic Commonwealth – 2012 with Ukraine and Belarus, the INDRA-2012 with India and the Selenga with Mongolia.
The Russian Navy will traditionally take part in RIMPAC, FRUKUS, Northern Eagle and Blackseafor international naval drills.Hmmmm........Don't tell me this is 'normal procedure'.Read the full story here.

Related ? Russia reopens Arctic airbases.Russia plans to reopen Soviet-era airfields in the Arctic. Air force personnel of the Western Military District will soon start preparations for a return to abandoned airfields.
We will start reopening airfields on Novaya Zemlya and in Naryan-Mar already this summer”, Commander of the Western military Districs’s aviation Maj. Gen. Igor Makushev said on Wednesday.
Plans for next year include the reopening of a military airfield on Graham Bell Island, which is part of Franz Josef Land.
Military airfields in the Arctic were used extensively in the Soviet era, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 they have been generally mothballed.
According to Russian experts the reopening of the old airbases do not necessary mean that Russian is scaling up its military presence in the Arctic. “I don’t think these will be fully operational military bases with airplanes stationed there at all times”, says Redactor of the magazine Independent Military View Viktor Litovkin. Litovkin believes that the airports will be used during exercises, for control flights and other tasks, Kommersant writes.Read the full story here.

Overnight Music Video - The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna' Shine Anymore.

Turkey - Mavi Marmara raid victims remembered by IHH.

                                              Mavi Marmara armed terrorist

Turkey - Mavi Marmara raid victims remembered by IHH.(HD).On the second anniversary of the deadly Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara flotilla, families of the victims and activists said their ship was still on its way to free Gaza, with millions of supporters. “Two years ago today, we were on our knees, handcuffed. Today, we are at a point all the world is watching and condemns what happened that day,” Hüseyin Oruç, the vice president of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH), said yesterday, speaking at a press meeting held in front of the Mavi Marmara itself. On May 29 an Istanbul court formally pressed charges against members of the Israeli military who were involved in the Mavi Marmara incident, demanding nine consecutive life terms for four commanders. The indictment said the four faced prison for “inciting to kill monstrously and by torturing.” Oruç said 197 other Israeli soldiers for whom the court has identity information will also face charges soon. “Four high-level officials have been charged now, but this is not enough,” he told the Hürriyet Daily News. “The European countries and the U.S. cannot stand idle after the Turkish court’s ruling. They will be wanted internationally some day. They will not be able to travel easily in the world.” Oruç also said the ship is ready for a new trip to the Gaza Strip, although there no action planned for now. “If needed we are ready to break the blockade again,” Oruç said. Meanwhile, another commemoration was held in Yemen. Protesters who gathered in “Change Square” prayed for the nine Turkish citizens who were killed, according to Anatolia news agency. The İHH also organized a march in Taksim Square at 7 p.m. yesterday.
Hmmmmm........As part of its humanitarian activities in Somalia, IHH also operates, admitted IHH leader Bülent Yildirim, in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab, which has links to Al-Qaeda.In our assessment, Al-Shabaab allows IHH to operate because of its radical Islamist ideology and because in the past IHH had links to global jihad networks. Al-Shabaab, which seeks to overthrow the Somali government, is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. Some of its operatives were apparently trained by Al-Qaeda and fought in its ranks in Afghanistan.Bülent Yildirim interviewed by the Turkish daily Star. The interviewer asked Yildirim to discuss the proposal made in the American Congress that IHH be designated as a terrorist organization. He answered at length, focusing on the anti-Semitic claim that the United States was "ruled by Zionists." The main points of the interview were the following: The motion to designate the IHH as a terrorist organization was born following the Mavi Marmara incident and was the initiative of Jewish Congressmen. It demonstrates just how much influence Jews have on life in the U.S. and to what extent they have been able to enslave that country. Collecting signatures in the Congress to submit the motion demonstrates better than anything else “the dirty face” of the Congress. According to Yildirim, if the initiative is passed, it would expose “the dirty face of the Zionists in the U.S.”Read the full story here.

EU Titans To Address Euro Crisis At Bilderberg.

EU Titans To Address Euro Crisis At Bilderberg.(IH).By Paul Joseph Watson.President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will join fellow elitists at the 2012 Bilderberg conference this week to discuss the collapsing euro and how the Greek debt crisis threatens to unravel the quest for a European federal superstate.
According to veteran Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker, Van Rompuy will be joined by former president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet to wargame with other Bilderberg members on how to handle a potential Greek exit from the single currency system.
Van Rompuy’s presence at Bilderberg is particularly noteworthy given the fact that just days before he was announced as EU president back in 2009, the Belgian attended a dinner organized by the Bilderberg Group in Brussels, where he met with top Bilderberg steering committee members.
Van Rompuy held discussions with Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon, who earlier the same year had bragged to the EU Observer about how the Euro single currency was a brainchild of the Bilderberg Group. Van Rompuy also had a meeting with lifelong Bilderberg member Henry Kissinger.
Both Trichet and Van Rompuy have been staunch advocates of the single currency, in line with other Bilderberg members who, as we have highlighted, are desperate to prevent a Greek exit.
In a recent Financial Times piece written by Arvind Subramanian, a Senior Fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, which counts amongst its directors numerous influential Bilderberg members, including former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, former United States Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and Bilderberg kingpin David Rockefeller, the elite’s true concerns over a ‘Grexit’ are perfectly encapsulated.“Suppose that by mid-2013 Greece’s economy is recovering, while the rest of the eurozone remains in recession. The effect on austerity-addled Spain, Portugal and even Italy would be powerful. Voters there would not fail to notice the improving condition of their hitherto scorned Greek neighbour.
They would start to ask why their own governments should not follow the Greek path and voice a preference for leaving the eurozone.
In other words, the Greek experience could fundamentally alter the incentives for these countries to remain in the eurozone, especially if economic conditions remained grim,” writes Subramanian, adding that Greece’s potential exit “may prove an infectious model” and lead to the demise of “the eurozone and perhaps for the European project.”Jim Tucker’s inside source also told him that the prospect of a war with Iran would again be a topic of this year’s confab.Bilderberg 2012 Official Participant List here.Hmmmm........."The Rockefellers and Rothschilds Hook Up".Read the full story here.

Former US presidents to honor Peres.

Former US presidents to honor Peres.(Ynet).WASHINGTON – Former US presidents, state secretaries and a long line of Hollywood stars and business tycoons will take part in a special event to be hosted by President Barack Obama in honor of Shimon Peres. The White House is set to host a grandiose dinner on June 13 during which Obama will award Peres with the Medal of Freedom.
The White House has invited former presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush Senior, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The dinner will take place at the State Dining Room which can hold up to 120 people. The dinner will also be attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren and US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapira. The White House has decided not to invite any Jewish leaders so as not to offend anyone who was not invited.
It is still considering which Jewish congressmen to invite.(Helloooo the Democrats). The task at hand has reportedly caused organizers many sleepless nights.Among the celebrities set to participate in the event are singer Barbra Streisand, filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Obama wishes to pay special tribute to Peres and that is why he has decided to separate this event from the one which honored this year's other 12 Medal of Freedom recipients which was held earlier this week.Hmmmm.....Anything for the Jewish vote and their money.As one commentator pointed out:" When did streisand become Jewish? She did not want to come her to sing on Israel's 60th Independence Day. Notice how most of them are dems? This is how b.o. tries to win the Jewish vote."Read the full story here.

White House Says Obama Will Oppose Ban On Sex-Selection Abortions.

White House Says Obama Will Oppose Ban On Sex-Selection Abortions.(ABCNews).

TAPPER: The House is, I think, this afternoon preparing to take up a bill that would ban gender selection as a factor in abortions in this country. And I was wondering — I haven’t a statement of administration policy; I was wondering if the White House had a position on that?

CARNEY: I will have to take that as well. Been focused on other things, but I will get back to you. Note: The White House got back to me this evening to say the president opposes the bill. White House deputy press secretary Jamie Smith says in a statement: “The Administration opposes gender discrimination in all forms, but the end result of this legislation would be to subject doctors to criminal prosecution if they fail to determine the motivations behind a very personal and private decision. The government should not intrude in medical decisions or private family matters in this way.”Hmmmm.....'Gendercide', defined as "the systematic extermination of a particular gender," .... in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan to an Islamic male youth bulge.Read the full story here.

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Fisker Automotive now says it may never assemble cars in the U.S. if it doesn't receive more taxpayer money.

Fisker Automotive now says it may never assemble cars in the U.S. if it doesn't receive more taxpayer money.(Heritage).President Obama and his surrogates have repeatedly insisted that federal backing for green energy companies like Solyndra is somehow superior to private equity investing, since federal bureaucrats are concerned with more than enriching investors.
But “investors” in an Obama presidency – i.e. his top supporters – have reaped the benefits of many of his administration’s green energy projects, at the expense of taxpayers who see no substantive return.
Take Fisker Automotive, the Energy Department-backed electric vehicle manufacturer that announced last year that it would assemble its luxury Karma model in Finland, despite having drawn nearly $200 million of its $529 million federal loan.
Fisker now says it may never assemble cars in the United States. In an interview with ABC News published Wednesday, a company spokesman warned that if DOE does not reopen the taxpayer spigot, Fisker may consider “other options” for the location of the assembly plant for its newest model, the Atlantic.
If the company opts to assemble the car overseas, American taxpayers will have sunk nearly $200 million into a company that created jobs that no American will fill.
That’s not to say that no American will have benefited from the federal loan to Fisker. The folks at California venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will enjoy returns on their investment in the company even if it does assemble the Atlantic overseas.Kleiner Perkins is teeming with political connections and ties to the Obama White House. One of its senior partners is none other than former Vice President Al Gore.Less known members of the Kleiner Perkins team still enjoy strong relationships with Obama and other administration officials. Partner John Doerr hosted the president at his Silicon Valley home for a meeting with top technology executives last year. Other attendees included Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Doerr isn’t just an Obama supporter. He has played an active role in forming green energy policy over the last few years. He sat on the president’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and even submitted detailed recommendations for green energy subsidies to Congress in the weeks before Obama took office.
Other Kleiner Perkins executives have also been key supporters of the president. Partner David Blood helped organize a $2,300-a-head fundraiser for then-Senator Obama during his 2008 campaign. Obama has received $19,000 in contributions from the company’s employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The president disdainfully discusses private businessmen seeking nothing more than a higher return for their investors. But some of the administration’s forays into venture capitalism – such as its work with Fisker – have enriched key Obama “investors” without yielding much for the American people.
Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen detailed even more examples in a recent column.Hmmmm.....All the choices we've made have been the right ones..............FOR WHOM?Read the full story here.

Lawmakers introduce measure to fight UN regulation of the Net.

Lawmakers introduce measure to fight UN regulation of the Net.(TheHill).A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the Obama administration to oppose efforts to give the United Nations more control over the Internet. Proposals to give the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December. The move is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, but is opposed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the Obama administration.
The proposals would give the UN more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system. They would also allow foreign, government-owned Internet providers to charge extra for international traffic and allow for more price controls. The Internet is currently governed under a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives power to a host of nonprofits, rather than governments. The resolution introduced Wednesday would encourage the United States delegation “to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multi-stakeholder model that governs the Internet today.”
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) introduced the resolution with the support of Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and ranking subcommittee member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.). The Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday morning to examine the UN plan.Read the full story here.

Coptic bishop advises women in Egypt to dress modestly like ‘Muslims and St. Mary’.

Coptic bishop advises women in Egypt to dress modestly like ‘Muslims and St. Mary’.(AlArabiya).A Coptic Bishop in Egypt infuriated many Christian women in the country after saying on May 18 that they should dress more modestly, “like their Muslim sisters” and follow their example, the Guardian reported earlier this week. “Our Lady Mariam [referring to St. Mary] used to wear a tarha [long scarf covering the hair], why can’t you follow her example and cover up?” the bishop, who is one of the nominees for the papal seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, recently said.
The comments were seemingly made in light of the fact that a vast majority of Muslim women in Egypt are now veiled, while Coptic women have recently said they are increasingly being insulted in society for not covering their hair, as per typical Muslim practice. “Women, Muslim and Christian, who do not cover their hair or wear mid-sleeved clothing are met with insults, spitting and in some cases physical abuse,” the newspaper reported. One Coptic woman told the British newspaper that she, along with Muslim women who do not cover their hair, get yelled at by men passing by, telling her “just you wait, those who will cover you up and make you stay at home are coming and then there will [be] no more of this lewdness. Recent political events in Egypt after the uprising which ousted the former autocratic government last year, have witnessed a rise in Islamist political presence. After a vote at the end of 2011, Islamist politicians won majority seats in parliament, while a Muslim Brotherhood candidate made it to the presidential election run-off next month. The former government, led by ousted president Hosni Mubarak, has been strongly accused of suppressing the Brotherhood and disallowing their inclusion in the country’s political affairs. Coptic Christians in Egypt, which account for about 10 percent of a population nearing 85 million, have shown signs of being concerned at the prospect of Islamist rule in Egypt. Christian women expressed their anger at Bishoy’s comments, staging a protest in the Coptic Patriarchate in Abbassiya on May 18 in which 50 men and women attended. The protesters believed the bishop’s statement was “political instrumentalization of Coptic women,” the paper reported. Bishoy was accused by Coptic women of trying to woo Islamists “by showing he is willing to comply with their dress code for women,” in what would expected to be imposed upon women, under Sharia (Islamic law), in the event of a Brotherhood presidency win. But the Islamist group’s candidate, Mohammed Mursi, dispelled such fears this week. Appealing to non-veiled Muslim and Christian women alike, Mursi said he would not impose a Muslim dress code if he assumes office.Read the full story here.

Kosovo pattern in Syria? US ready to act on Syria outside UN?

Kosovo pattern in Syria? US ready to act on Syria outside UN?(RT).The US has hinted at taking actions against the Syrian regime bypassing the authority of the UN Security Council. This comes as pressure is piling up on Damascus following massacre in Houla that claimed over 100 lives. US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has said that if the council does not take swift action to pressure Syrian authorities to end 14-month crackdown on the anti-government uprising, the Security Council members may have no choice but to consider acting outside the UN
“Members of the international community are left with the option only of having to consider whether they are prepared to take actions outside of the Annan plan and the authority of this council,” Rice said on Wednesday after the 15-member council met in a closed door session to discuss last week’s massacre. The United Nations is conducting its own investigation of who exactly is responsible for the bloodshed in the town of Houla. However the US and its allies seem to have come to their own conclusion, saying that the Assad government is solely responsible for the violence. Rice did not specify what “actions” she meant. However the US and European countries had earlier imposed their own sanction on Syria outside the UN. So there are fears that her words could mean the threat of military action.
The US envoy said the worst but most probable scenario in Syria is a failure of Annan’s peace plan and a spreading conflict that could create a major crisis not only in Syria but also in the entire region. “The Syrian government has made commitments. It has blatantly violated those commitments, and, I think it’s quite clear, as we have said for many weeks if they continue to do so there should be consequences,” Rice said. Meanwhile, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar Jaafari has stated Wednesday that the massacre in the town of Houla was carried out by “professional terrorists” who were seeking to ignite a sectarian conflict in the country.
Many Syrian innocents got killed because of this misbehavior of these outsiders. The Syrian people need one clear-cut message that the international community, if there is an international community, is there to help settling the conflict in Syria,” he said referring to last Friday’s violence. Russia’s envoy tot the UN Vitaly Churkin stated that both the authorities and opposition leaders should understand that the current situation in Syria is unacceptable.
Susan Rice’s comment became a disturbing reminder of what happened in 1999 when the US and NATO intervened in the former Yugoslavia without a UN Security Council mandate. “The precedent is already there – we’ve mentioned Kosovo. It’s exactly what happened – you had an allegation of a massacre, which was the village of Racak; you had a UN decree that was severely bullied by the US ambassador who was leading the observation mission on the ground; you had claims that it was brutal unprovoked massacre of innocent civilians by government troops. Serbia was blamed, presented with the ultimatum and then bombed,” historian and author Nebojsa Malic told RT. “We have the same pattern repeating itself in Syria.” Blogger Rick Rozoff believes that the US has warned Russia and China that it will push forward military action no matter what. “Ambassador Rice is basically telling Russia and China and other members of the Security Council that if they do not go along with Western plans for more stringent sanctions and other actions against Syria, the US and its NATO allies reserve a right to act outside the Security Council as they did with Yugoslavia 13 years ago and launch military actions against Syria,” Rozoff told RT.
Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Russia’s position regarding the Syrian issue is “well-known… balanced and consistent and completely logical,” according to the Russian Interfax news agency. “So it is hardly appropriate to talk about this position changing under someone’s pressure.”Peskov also stated that Moscow’s refusal to support measures against the Syrian government following the Houla massacre and other attacks on civilians was based on an approach “completely free of emotions, which are hardly appropriate here.”Read the full story here.

"Apologist-in-Chief" won't apologize to Polish people.

"Apologist-in-Chief" won't apologize to Polish people.(ABCNews).Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski said Wednesday he had written a personal letter to President Barack Obama urging him to do more to correct the record after Obama referred to “a Polish death camp” in a White House ceremony on Tuesday. “I hope we will jointly act to make up for this unfortunate mistake. I believe that every error, every mistake can be corrected if it is given adequate consideration,” Komorowski said in remarks posted on his official website. Komorowski stopped well short of explicitly demanding an apology from Obama, who used the phrase Tuesday as he honored World War II Polish resistance hero Jan Karski with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian American honor. Poland’s foreign minister had demanded a full apology late Tuesday. But Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk made no reference to an apology on Wednesday even as he blasted Obama’s remark. The phrase shocked Polish leaders and echoed across media in Poland, where the remark was seen as suggesting that Poles — not Nazis — carried out the genocidal policies of Adolf Hitler. Obama’s past comments all-but-certainly refute that interpretation, and the White House has said he merely “misspoke.”. . . Asked whether Obama had plans to reach out to Polish leaders, Carney demurred. The Polish president cast the issue in terms of improving relations with the United States. “Every recognized and reconsidered mistake can bring us closer together,” he said, “to prevent recurrence of painful phrases that are divorced from the truth but which influence opinions about Poland’s history and present day.” “We in Poland know well that the phrase ‘Polish death camps’ is not only painful and unfair but simply untrue,” Komorowski said.Hmmmm......Now if Poland were Islamic that would be a whole other ballgame.Read the full story here.

Nassim "Black Swan" Taleb: Forget the euro crisis... The U.S. is in far worse shape.

Nassim "Black Swan" Taleb: Forget the euro crisis... The U.S. is in far worse shape.(Bloomberg).Nassim Taleb, author of "The Black Swan," said he favors investing in Europe over the U.S. even with the possible breakup of the single European currency in part because of the euro area's superior deficit situation. Europe's lack of a centralized government is another reason it's preferable to invest in the region, said Taleb, a professor of risk engineering at New York University whose 2007 best- selling book argued that history is littered with rare events that can't be predicted by trends. A breakup of the euro "is not a big deal," Taleb said yesterday at an event in Montreal hosted by the Alternative Investment Management Association. "When they break it up, there will be a lot of fun currencies. This is why I am not afraid of Europe, or investing in Europe. I'm afraid of the United States."
The budget deficit as a proportion of gross domestic product in the U.S. amounted to 8.2 percent at the end of 2011, government figures show. That's twice the 4.1 percent ratio for euro-region countries, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. "Of course Europe has its problems, but it's in much better shape than the United States," Taleb said. He voiced similar concerns about U.S. prospects at a conference in Tokyo in September. Yields on two-year Treasury notes were little changed at 0.285 percent at 9:19 p.m. New York time yesterday, while yields on five-year notes dropped more than one basis point to 0.761 percent. Interest Rates Rising interest rates would make things worse for the U.S., said Taleb, a principal at hedge fund Universa Investments LP who also serves as an adviser to the International Monetary Fund. "We have zero interest rates," Taleb said. "If interest rates go up in the United States, you can imagine what the deficit would be. Europe is like someone who is ill but is conscious of it. In the United States we are ill, but we don't know it. We don't talk about it." Europe's lack of a centralized government works in its favor, he said. "The best thing Europe ever did is managing to have members bickering with each other, so you don't have the big government," Taleb said. "Centralized government doesn't work. In Europe they tried to have a powerful Brussels, but what happens when you have a powerful Brussels? You have lobbies hijacking Brussels."Read the full story here.

'NATO Ally" Erdogan slams West for sparking crisis over Iran's nuclear program, blames Israel.

'NATO Ally" Erdogan slams West for sparking crisis over Iran's nuclear program, blames Israel.(Presstv).Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the West for ‘sparking a crisis’ over Iran’s nuclear energy program, while turning a blind eye to Israel’s atomic activities.
We raise this issue [on] almost all international platforms. We urge them to take the necessary safety measures. But those who have nuclear facilities, who see nuclear as a right to them, do not hesitate in criticizing Iran,” the Hurriyet Daily News quoted Erdogan as saying during the opening ceremony of Turkey’s first particle accelerator facility on Wednesday.
Stressing every country’s right to have nuclear energy facilities, Erdogan called for a “fair” approach toward nuclear issues.
You have to be fair. You will overlook … Israel’s nuclear activities but you will spark crisis over Iran. This is not fair,” he said.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran refutes such allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Unlike Iran, Israel is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty.
Israel, widely believed to possess between 200 to 400 nuclear warheads, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear work.Hmmm..........Erdogan .....Obama's 'trusted ally' a good thing Obama got's Israel's back.Read the full story here.

Iran - UK opera stirs anti-Islam profanity fear.

Iran - UK opera stirs anti-Islam profanity fear.(Ptv).Britain is to host an opera on four Muslim youth planning a suicide bombing in what appears to be a potentially profane attack on Islam and Muslims. The opera named “Babur in London “, which is to be staged in Leeds starting from June 12, is reportedly the story of four young men plotting a suicide attack in which concepts of Jihad, war, the afterlife and the Islamic ban on alcohol are put to question. “In a London suburb four young men and women are preparing a terrorist act. As their mission draws closer, they are disturbed by the ghost of Babur, first Mughal Emperor - poet and warrior, who died 500 years ago,” the Opera North, which is co-producing the chamber piece said on its website. “Challenging their convictions he [Babur] calls them ‘children playing at battle, in love with death’, but what are his motives for interfering?” Opera North said in the synopsis. The performance is feared to encourage the western-backed stereotype of Islam and terrorism and repeat profane accusations against Islam as writer Jeet Thayil names one of the suicide bombers Mohammed that the symbolic water-bottle strewn setting of the opera suggest could have further blasphemous implications. "My name is Mo, short for Mohammed … And I owe my allegiance to global Umma./ My nation's the Republic of Islam," an excerpt of the chamber piece reads. Thayil further argues, through the words of Babur, that suicide bombing is not approved by God and that the four aspiring bombers are ignorant of the Holy Book. "God doesn't countenance the slaughter of innocents," Babur says. "Suicide is a sin and murder is a sin,/ And in the eyes of God you are sinners," he later adds. However, that is put in the words of a past ruler who the audience suspect of severe brutality and bloodshed rather than passionate care for his victims, falsely suggesting that Islam, nevertheless, supports violence.Read the full story here.

Christians Should "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave," Says Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Candidate?

Christians Should "Convert, Pay Tribute, or Leave," Says Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Candidate?(GatestoneInstitute).By Raymond Ibrahim.According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will "achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya," the additional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslims, or financial tribute.
In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, adding "We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt."
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was "carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641]," he asked Morsi, "Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?" Morsi, replied, "The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi," referring to himself, "and history will record it."
When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly said, "They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate."
If this interview is accurate, certainly Morsi would not be the first political Islamist in Egypt to say he wants to see the nation's Christians subjugated and made to pay jizya (see here for more examples).
However, considering that the English language media are currently reporting that Morsi is trying to woo Egypt's Christians and women to win more votes, it is difficult to imagine that he actually made those comments: one does not doubt that he favors the idea of a "second Islamic conquest" and the subjugation of Christians; one doubts that he would be so foolish as to reveal his mind now, publicly, and thereby jeopardize his chances of winning the presidency.
Then again, his remarks are reported in the context of a private meeting at the headquarters of the Brotherhood's political party. Perhaps Morsi thought he was speaking to a fellow Islamist who would not expose him? Perhaps he was frustrated at having to win Copts over and was "venting"? Stay tuned.Hmmmm........."The religion of peace".Read the full story here.

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Obama Administration’s advancing its own agenda by circumventing Congress trough Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers.

Obama Administration’s advancing its own agenda by circumventing Congress trough Strings-Attached NCLB Waivers.(Heritage).Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced that eight more states will receive waivers to opt out of the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).However, the message of “relief” and “flexibility” the Administration is pushing is a far cry from what the waivers actually represent. Sure, states may receive temporary relief from one flawed federal policy, but they are doing so at the cost of agreeing to even greater federal encroachment. To receive a waiver, a state must sign on to a set of conditions set forth by the Administration.
“One of the most concerning conditions attached to the waivers is the requirement for states to adopt common standards and tests,” wrote Heritage’s Lindsey Burke earlier this year. “Having national organizations and the Department of Education dictating standards and tests will effectively centralize control of the content taught in local schools. It’s an unprecedented and dangerous federal overreach.”
Interestingly, as Klein points out, most of the eight states receiving waivers have already signed on to the Administration’s education reforms as part of the Race to the Top grant competition:
Except for Connecticut and Louisiana, all of the waiver recipients were among the dozen states that won a slice of the $4 billion Race to the Top fund. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. To get a waiver, states must embrace certain Obama administration reform priorities. And many of those requirements… are similar to the policies embraced by the administration’s Race to the Top competitive grant program.
Undoubtedly, states need relief from NCLB, but waivers fraught with heavy-handed demands from Washington are far from the best interest of states. The Administration’s approach of advancing its own agenda by circumventing Congress shows blatant disregard for the proper lawmaking process. While the Obama Administration has been attempting to impose its own education agenda on states, other reforms that provide true flexibility are currently being considered in Congress, such as the A-PLUS proposal, which would allow states to completely opt out of No Child Left Behind.
Instead of kowtowing to the White House’s demands, states should reject strings-attached waivers and insist on real flexibility.Hmmmm..........Obama Blames “Founding Fathers” For Making It Difficult For Him To “Bring Change”But..."I will keep plotting".Read the full story here.

Google Warns Million Users Could Lose Internet Access in July.

Google Warns Million Users Could Lose Internet Access in July.(Matzav).Google has warned that hundreds of thousands of internet users may be unable to access the web on July 9 if they do not get rid of malicious software, also known as malware, from their computers. Google has been alerting users to the threat of DNSChanger with the message “your computer appears to be infected” on machines infected by the software. The company had successfully alerted a million users last summer to a different type of malware. This time the method has been repeated with Google showing a special message appearing at the top of the Google search results page for users with affected devices. Google has warned that as many as one million computers may be infected with malware. The Domain Name System (DNS) converts web address names like into numericals that enable computers to send traffic to the right place. DNSChanger changes the DNS settings and forces users to use malicious servers that redirect them to fake and other harmful sites. The malware also alters the settings on home routers and can infect other computers and mobile devices.A really good freeware Anti-spyware program can be found here @ Emisoft.Read the full story here.

'Obama ... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President'.

'Obama ... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President'.(WS).President Obama met yesterday with "about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders, thanking them for the work they do to improve communities around the country and discussed their shared commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy," Haaretz reports.In the meeting, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about Judaism" than all past presidents. "[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel."
Similarly, he said to the group, "I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?"
He then suggested that he should not be questioned about his commitment to the Jewish state because "all his friends in Chicago were Jewish - and at the beginning of his political career he was accused of being a puppet of the Israel lobby," Haaretz reports.
According to Ynet's account of the meeting, President Obama insisted that the perception that he's not a friend of Israel is the work of Republican bigotry:
During the meeting, Obama told the rabbis that when he was running for Senate some accused him of being the Jewish lobby's "puppet" because of his many Jewish associates in Chicago. Now, he said, the Republicans are trying to portray him as not being supportive of Israel by stressing the fact that his father was Muslim and he has a Muslim name, as well as by claiming that he had been overly aggressive in pushing Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu to promote the peace process with the Palestinians.Hmmmm.....Not mentioning all the knowledge he got on Judaism from "The Holy Koran"?Read the full story here.
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