Saturday, April 09, 2011
A freak sandstorm that swept across a motorway in northern Germany caused a multiple pile-up, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured.EERIE SAD VIDEO HERE.
Sand and dirt were blown on to the four-lane A19 near Rostock, close to the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state, on Friday.
The pile-up involved 80 cars and three lorries, with 20 vehicles set ablaze.
A combination of recent dry weather, ploughing of fields and high winds was blamed for the accident.
HAMAS ARE GENOCIDAL RACIST SCUM.
IOW: AGW = TFBS.
THERE'S A REASON - AND IT AIN'T GOT NUTTIN' TO DO WITH MAN-MADE "GREENHOUSE GASES": VIA WUWT:
NASA MSFCIOW: "IT'S THE SUN, STUPID!"
Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 62 in July of 2013. We are currently over two years into Cycle 24. The predicted size would make this the smallest sunspot cycle in nearly 200 years.
HMMM... 200 YEARS AGO... THAT WOULD BE THE EARLY 19TH C. HMMM: 1816 WAS CALLED THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER!:
Hamas: We'll broaden attacks if IDF strikes continue
Hamas said on Saturday it would escalate it attacks against Israel to include a wider range of targets deeper into Israeli territory if the IDF failed to halt its aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip.IDF vows to keep up air strikes as 120 rockets hit South
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri blamed Israel for an escalation in violence. "If the Israeli escalation continues, amid international silence and complicity, the reactions by resistance factions will broaden," he told Reuters, saying such actions would be necessary to protect Palestinians in Gaza.
Over 120 rockets and mortar shells slammed into Israel over the weekend as the IDF hammered the Gaza Strip and threatened to open a large ground offensive to stop the rocket attacks.IF THEY WANT WAR, THEN I SAY WE GIVE IT TO THEM IN SPADES.
Five Israelis were reportedly wounded when scrambling to enter bomb shelters as rockets were being fired.
Throughout the day, a number of messages were relayed to Israel by various mediators with an offer of a cease-fire from Hamas’s political echelon in the Gaza Strip.
Defense officials said Hamas appeared to be split and that while its Izzadin Kassam military wing, led by Ahmed Jabari, was continuing to attack Israel, this was being done against the position of the political echelon led by Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
The round of violence began on Thursday when Gazans fired an anti-tank missile at a school bus, critically wounding a 16- year-old boy and lightly injuring the driver. Hamas rocket and mortar attacks continued throughout Friday and Saturday in Beersheba, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ofakim, Sderot and other Gaza-belt communities.
The Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system intercepted 10 Katyusha and Kassam rockets over the weekend that were fired in the direction of Ashkelon and Beersheba, where the two batteries are deployed.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the successful interception by the missile defense system “an extraordinary achievement for the IDF.”
With this picture worth a thousand words, what else can be said, aside from how he makes himself into a male who wears a Muslim male's type of headwear as a totally unnecessary sign of "respect", but which is more like degradation and definite appeasement, and gives a little more insight into how that degrading "option" was authorized for female soldiers to wear a burka on missions in Afghanistan?
After seeing this, I no longer have any respect for Petraeus, who shouldn't even be wearing what looks like a primitive coat.
He doesn't need to wear a military uniform; he could wear a suit and tie, but to wear what may be tribal gear is just as insulting as that headpiece.
Update: While we're on the subject, Rob Miller's discovered more about just how bad Petraeus and his aides are.
This man is not suited to lead the US army, and should resign.
BOEHNER GOT CUTS.
AND HARRY AND BARRY AREN'T EVER GONNA RESTORE THOSE CUTS.
HARRY REID AND OBAMA GOT NOTHING BUT THE STATUS QUO ON A FEW POLICY ITEMS THAT WE CAN COME BACK TO AND CHANGE LATER.
IOW: WE WON.
END OF STORY.
WASHINGTON -- The threatening package containing a bloody pig's foot sent to Rep. Pete King (R-LI) was as much a racist assault as it was religious hate mail, The Post has learned.Was it a black Muslim who sent the package? Good question. The crazy writing seems to insult Muslim women at the same time, considering many are naming their children after Muhammed, and like many Arabs, the primary race Islam began with, are white, including Muhammed himself. It reminds me of this older case, an example of how Muslims can turn on each other, even possibly based upon skin color.
The rambling note accompanying the porcine parcel proclaimed that "white bitches" would soon be naming their sons Mohammed, said a Capitol Hill source.
The note contained anti-Semitic slurs, called the pig's foot a "Jew foot," taunted "kiss my black Muslim ass," and said King -- who is Catholic -- was targeted because of hearings he held on the radicalization of Muslim Americans.
King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, received numerous threats over the hearings and has been getting additional security.
The congressman's office would not comment on the threatening package other than to say it was cooperating with the investigation and referred questions to the Capitol Police.
US Postal Service screeners intercepted the package Monday at a postal facility before it reached King's office at the Capitol.
Friday, April 08, 2011
March comparable-store sales may have outpaced analysts’ estimates, retailers still find themselves in a precarious position as spring selling gets underway and fall orders are placed.AND OBAMA'S ANTI-DRILL/ANTI-COAL POLICIES MEAN THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT FOR RISING gas PRICES.
The hope is that job growth will continue to be strong enough to fuel consumer spending, but that bullish sentiment assumes the turmoil in the Middle East, the debt troubles in Europe and the nuclear fallout in Japan don’t worsen and somehow upset the economic recovery.
“Rising gas prices and food prices are really hammering the bottom, probably 80 percent of wage earners,” said Charles McMillion, chief economist at MBG Information Services. “[Consumers] have to buy gas to get to work and they have to buy food, so that means other things get put off,” he said.
(MORE ON WHAT'S DRIVING UP FOOD PRICES HERE.)
Among the more remarkable documents of the Holocaust is a scroll, created in North Africa in 1943, called “Megillat Hitler.” Written in the style of Megillat Esther and the Purim story, it celebrates the Allies’ liberation of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, which saved the local Jewish communities from the Nazis. What the scroll’s author did not realize, however, was that at the very moment he was setting quill to parchment, those same American authorities were actually trying to keep in place the anti-Jewish legislation imposed in North Africa by the Nazis.But it is clear that he was not the champion of human rights some think he was. He betrayed Jews in Africa just as much as in Europe. For all we know, WW2 could probably have been won much more easily if a president with much more morale than FDR had was in power at the time.
On November 8, 1942, American and British forces invaded Nazi-occupied Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. It took the Allies just eight days to defeat the Germans and their Vichy French partners in the region.
For the 330,000 Jews of North Africa, the Allied conquest was heaven-sent. The Vichy regime that had ruled since the summer of 1940 had stripped the region’s Jews of their civil rights, severely restricted their entrance to schools and some professions, confiscated Jewish property, and tolerated sporadic pogroms against Jews by local Muslims. In addition, thousands of Jewish men were hauled away to forced-labor camps. President Franklin Roosevelt, in his victory announcement, pledged “the abrogation of all laws and decrees inspired by Nazi governments or Nazi ideologists.”
But there turned out to be a discrepancy between FDR’s public rhetoric and his private feelings.
On January 17, 1943, Roosevelt met in Casablanca with Major-General Charles Nogues, a leader of the new “non-Vichy” regime. When the conversation turned to the question of rights for North African Jewry, Roosevelt did not mince words: “The number of Jews engaged in the practice of the professions (law, medicine, etc) should be definitely limited to the percentage that the Jewish population in North Africa bears to the whole of the North African population… The President stated that his plan would further eliminate the specific and understandable complaints which the Germans bore toward the Jews in Germany, namely, that while they represented a small part of the population, over fifty percent of the lawyers, doctors, school teachers, college professors, etc., in Germany, were Jews.” (It is not clear how FDR came up with that wildly exaggerated statistic.)
What this suggests is that FDR didn't enter the war with full sincerity about routing evil, and if he was willing to leave anti-Jewish laws in North Africa, then he wasn't sincere about helping the Jewish community either. It even tells that he was basically siding with the Islamic entity in North Africa.
At least 11 people, mostly children, died Thursday and more that 15 were wounded when an armed man attacked a school in Realengo in the poor suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.Shouldn't that be "no longer believes in anything BUT Islam"?
According to a preliminary police report, the attacker - a 24- year-old former student at the school - was among the dead after shooting himself in the head. He attacked Tasso da Silveira school, where some 400 students ages 9-14 were in classes. [...]
Beltrami described the letter as 'the words of a person who no longer believes in anything, full of sentences that made no sense and references to Islamic fundamentalism.'
Beltrami said the attacker was friendly as he went into the school, chatting with administrators and teachers and asking for permission to address the children. When he reached the third floor of the building, the suspect entered one of the classrooms and started to shoot at students, killing nine girls and one boy.Translation: they haven't read the Koran, and don't want to acknowledge how the writings of Muhammed condone murdering non-Muslims, women, Jews, and even fellow Muslims.
The attacker apparently committed suicide upon being chased by a police officer who had been called in by a student who managed to escape the building
Roselane de Oliveira, a sister of the attacker, told Rio de Janeiro radio station Band News that the young man 'was very strange.'
'He had no friends, and he spent all his time on the Internet,' she said.
In recent months, she said, he appeared to have got closer to Islam.
Police stressed, however, that there was no concrete evidence that the attack had either a religious or a political motive.
Following this, is Brazil going to wake up to what they've got in their own midst?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
IMAGINE IF THE WHOLE WORLD GOT FREE OF ITS "ADDICTION" TO MIDDLE EAST OIL?
... with the recent findings of theoff its waters, Israel has a future as an energy independent country. By why stop there? Some believe that Israel could become one of the world’s leading oil producers.
Such is the plan of Harold Vinegar and his colleagues. Dr. Vinegar, the former chief scientist of Royal Dutch Shell, and current chief scientist at Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI), believes that with Israel’s oil shale deposits, this could be reality.
IEI is working on an ambitious project to extract oil and natural gas from oil shale from a 238 sq km area off the Shfela Basin, southwest of Jerusalem.... According to Dr. Vinegar, Israel has the second-biggest oil shale deposits in the world, outside the United States. “We estimate that there are the equivalent of 250 billion barrels of oil there. To put that in context, there are proven reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil in Saudi Arabia.” he told The Times.
Once operational, IEI estimates that the cost of production of shale oil would be between $34-40 per barrel. This would make it comparable to the current price of $30-40 per barrel for deepwater oilfield and cheaper than Canadian sand oil and crude oil extracted from the Arctic.
WE COULD TELL THE ARABS TO GO EFF THEMSELVES IF:
- WE FULLY EXPLOITED BRAZIL'S DEEP-WATER FINDS...
- AND CANADA'S OIL SANDS...
- AND ALASKA'S ANWR OIL...
- AND NORWAY'N BRITAIN'S NORTH SEA OIL...
- AND NOW ISRAEL'S GAS AND OIL -
- AND IF WE ALSO PRODUCED MORE COAL ENERGY.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has captured a Hamas terror cell that was operating in east Jerusalem and planning attacks against Israeli targets. One of the cell members was behind a bomb that seriously injured a Jerusalem Municipality worker in March.It's good to see that the authorities took responsibility and tracked down the terrorists. But this is exactly why they're going to need to maintain more of a presence in the eastern neighborhoods if they're to keep terror cells from gaining a foothold here.
The cell consisted of five residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher who were arrested in February. The details were released on Thursday.
The cell began planning its attacks on the sidelines of Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Three of the members - Munir Atun, Ahmed Nimar and Ahmed Dawit - met in a restaurant in Sur Baher and discussed their frustration with the operation and their readiness to engage in anti-Israel terrorist activity.
The Shin Bet said that the three were known Hamas operatives and had familial links to Hamas. Nimar, 25, was in an Israeli prison between 2006-2007 and his brother began serving a sentence in 2010 for his involvement in Hamas activity and work he did on behalf of the Hamas command in Syria.
The three assembled an improvised explosive device with a gas balloon and hi[d] it. Later, Monir and Dawit drove to Bethlehem where they purchased a pistol for $5,000. During 2009 and 2010 the three met often in a coffee shop in Sur Baher owned by Dawit and discussed plans to attack a Jerusalem mall with a car bomb.
In the beginning of 2010, Jihad Atun, another Hamas operative from Sur Baher, contacted a Hamas operative in the Gaza Strip and asked to receive money that was intended for Hamas prisoners. Some $15,000 was sent to Atun from Jordan with the help of several money changers.
Atun's brother is serving a prison sentence for his involvement in the murder of three Israelis, including Border Policeman Nissim Toledano, in 1992. Following the murder, 415 Palestinian terror suspects, mostly from Hamas, were deported to Lebanon. Another brother was a Hamas legislator elected to the Palestinian parliament in 2006.
The Gaza-based Hamas operative later instructed Atun to purchase a new phone and informed him that contact would be made via encrypted email messages. He later sent Atun a code he could use to decipher the messages.
In February, the Gaza-based operative sent Atun a message and asked him to carry out an attack like the shooting attack at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 2008, in which eight students were killed. The operative transferred 10,000 Jordanian Dinars to Atun and promised to transfer 20,000 more in the near future. The cell planned to purchase an M-16 assault rifle and two pistols. At this stage, Atun was arrested by the Shin Bet.
This led the Shin Bet to Mahmoud Diwat, brother of Ahmed Diwat, the owner of the coffee shop. Mahmoud confessed to planting a bomb in a bush on Rehov Derech Hebron in Jerusalem which was found by a Jerusalem Municipality worker who lost part of his hand in the explosion.
Mahmoud said he had planned to plant the bomb at a hitchhiker post in Gilo used by residents of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
The five were indicted in Jerusalem District Court on Thursday.
Most important to note here, however:
A just-released survey shows that a full third of Palestinian Authority residents have expressed support for the brutal massacre of the Fogel family. The poll was jointly conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.And what if there's more who do, but deny it taqqiya style?
Update: speaking of which, it seems CAIR sought blood money from Qaddafi (Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs).
Each year, an ever larger portion of the world’s crops — cassava and corn, sugar and palm oil — is being diverted for biofuels as developed countries pass laws mandating greater use of nonfossil fuels and as emerging powerhouses like China seek new sources of energy to keep their cars and industries running. Cassava is a relatively new entrant in the biofuel stream.
But with food prices rising sharply in recent months, many experts are calling on countries to scale back their headlong rush into green fuel development, arguing that the combination of ambitious biofuel targets and mediocre harvests of some crucial crops is contributing to high prices, hunger and political instability.
This year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that its index of food prices was the highest in its more than 20 years of existence. Prices rose 15 percent from October to January alone, potentially “throwing an additional 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries into poverty,” the World Bank said.
Soaring food prices have caused riots or contributed to political turmoil in a host of poor countries in recent months, including Algeria, Egypt and Bangladesh, where palm oil, a common biofuel ingredient, provides crucial nutrition to a desperately poor populace. During the second half of 2010, the price of corn rose steeply — 73 percent in the United States — an increase that the United Nations World Food Program attributed in part to the greater use of American corn for bioethanol.
TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY WE NEED TO FIRST MAKE THE LEFT HISTORY.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Government shutdown: Potential furloughs for 800k federal workers...ACTUALLY, THERE WOULD STILL BE MORE FED WORKERS DURING A "SHUTDOWN" THAN BEFORE OBAMA WAS INAUGURATED.
Failure to reach a budget deal would mean furloughing about 800,000 federal employees nationwide — many of whom are expected to surrender their BlackBerries, according to senior administration officials familiar with shutdown planning.
WE COULD PROBABLY DO JUST FINE WITHOUT THESE 800,000 FOLKS ON THE PUBLIC TEAT ER UM I MEAN PAYROLL.
From 1981 through 2008, the civilian work force remained at about 1.1 million to 1.2 million, with a low of 1.07 million in 1986 and a high of more than 1.2 million in 1993 and in 2008.
In 2009, the number jumped to 1.28 million.
Including both the civilian and defense sectors, the federal government will employ 2.15 million people in 2010 and 2.11 million in 2011, excluding Postal Service workers.
The Pentagon responded to Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin’s concerns about female soldiers being encouraged to wear the hijab while serving in Afghanistan Thursday evening.Mullen's response is limp, as is the standing of any female soldier who goes through with this appeasement gesture. It most definitely should not have even been authorized as an option, and if Petraeus has any responsibility here, there's one more reason why I don't think he'll be a darling for the right anymore.
The letter, penned by U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Mullen, said the military is not directing or requiring female soldiers to wear the headscarf, but instead giving them option of wearing one with their uniform if they deem it appropriate.
“The general consensus among female Service members working with the local population in Afghanistan is that they should have the flexibility to wear a head scarf if they, along with their command, determine the mission or their safety are enhanced by it, as long as it is a personal choice,” Mullen wrote, adding that in some Afghan regions female soldiers have been prohibited from wearing headscarves.
Col. Martha McSally, whose frustration about being made to wear the Muslim abaya while stationed in Saudi Arabia during the 1990s resulted in legislation banning the practice of forcing soldiers to wear Muslim garb in that country, told TheDC that, whether women are being forced or allowed, wearing the hijab sends a bad message.
“The whole point I have been trying to make is that this is a strategic and not tactical issue. And the Commanders at General Petraeus’s level or above should have never AUTHORIZED it as an option, due to the wrong message it sends,” McSally wrote in an email. “I understand that you may not get immediate access to a village if the women don’t wear hijabs, but we shouldn’t be so desperate to do ‘whatever it takes’ to win over rural Afghan men and women that we are willing to compromise who we are.”
Mullen added that some women feel the headscarf helps them to better perform their jobs.
“They feel this gesture helps them in accomplishing their mission by serving as a sign of courtesy and respect to the locals,” Mullen wrote.
The ambiguity of the policy leaves McSally scratching her head. In an occupation where rules are king, McSally told TheDC the lack of precision is concerning.
“If we have even abandoned these practices about the importance of the wear of the uniform and command level policies and instead take a ‘wear whatever you choose in your view of what helps your tactical mission,’ that is inappropriate as well,” McSally wrote.
THESE ARE BAD FOR THE USA AND GOOD FOR RUSSIA.
HOW DO YOU SAY "THANKS OBAMA!" IN RUSSIAN?
BOTTOM-LINE: OBAMA HAS BEEN VERY BAD FOR THE USA AND OUR ALLIES.
LONDON – The British government said on Monday that it does not support calls for a retraction of the Goldstone Report after its lead author distanced himself from the report’s main allegations. [...]Oh, so that's their excuse. Most of those are equally BS, the difference being that Goldstone's propaganda is what got the most major attention.
“Justice Goldstone has not made such a call [to retract the report], and he has not elaborated on his views surrounding the various other allegations contained in the report, allegations which we firmly believe require serious follow- up by the parties to the conflict,” a Foreign Office spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Monday night.
The British government said that while Goldstone’s acknowledgment was important, his was not the only report on the 22-day conflict.
Joshuapundit's got a very good post stressing just how needless Britain is already, and how hostile the environment is towards Jews and free trade. A most recent example is Ahava cosmetics being forced to move away from Covent Garden because of nasty demonstrations from the usual suspects (H/T: Israel Matzav). I would suggest in reaction to Britain's constant unwillingness to do anything to improve their environment to not buy any products they have left. It could include Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin, for example.
And on top of all that, the really telling news, as the above signaled, is that Goldstone won't even seek an authentic nullification of his own abomination:
South African jurist Richard Goldstone said Tuesday that he did not plan to seek nullification of his highly critical U.N. report on Israel's 2008-2009 offensive in the Gaza Strip and asserted that claims to the contrary by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai were false. [...]So just as some keener writers have stressed, Goldstone is not serious about his regrets, and the damage is done regardless. We can add one more voice agreeing that Goldstone's supposed regrets fall flat:
In an interview with The Associated Press, Goldstone said that Yishai had called him on Monday to thank him for an op-ed piece published Friday in The Washington Post in which the judge wrote that new information had come to light that made him rethink his central conclusions.
Goldstone said, however, that he never discussed the report with Yishai in the telephone conversation. Israeli leaders have called for the report to be retracted since it was issued in 2009.
A South African Jewish leader wrote in The Johannesburg Times that Goldstone’s "mea culpa” was not an expression of being pro-Israel. On the contrary, Victor Gordon, Chairman of the Pretoria Council of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, asserted that Goldstone is “trying to shift the blame onto Israel for not cooperating” with his probe.Why should we when his crap was one-sided to begin with? A most disgusting thing is that he may visit Israel soon, but doesn't deserve to, and should receive a most cold reception if he comes here, because there's every possibility that he'll come and go pretending to be sorry. If he really is, he'd at least have the audacity to research the Koran and acknowledge some of the most revolting themes and verses inside. But I doubt he ever will.
Update: by the way, has there been any further news on whether Britain will cancel their laws allowing libel tourism? I guess that too is but a pipe dream that they'll really fix that.
New Gilo housing is 'an obstacle to peace'THIS EU FM SC*BAG HAS NEVER CONDEMNED THE ROCKETS HAMAS FIRES INTO ISRAEL - OR THE ITAMAR ATTACK.
SHE - AND MOST OF THE OTHER LEFTISTS RUNNING THE EU - THINK THAT BUILDING HOMES IS A BIGGER THREAT AND OBSTACLE THAN TERRORISM.
AND BY SPOUTING THIS BS THEY ACTUALLY AID THE ISLAMO-TERRORISTS.
THEY ARE ALL SC*M: THE LEFTISTS AND THE JIHADISTS.
BTW: THERE IS NOTHING ILLEGAL ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION. THAT'S A LIE,, TOO.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Repsol YPF (REP.MC: Quote) expects to have a Chinese-built drilling rig in Cuban waters by the end of the summer and start drilling immediately into a prospective undersea oil field that looks like it could be a big one, a geologist for the Spanish oil company said on Monday.
Repsol, in a consortium with Norway's Statoil (STL.OL: Quote) and a unit of India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC.BO: Quote), plans to drill one well with the high-tech Scarabeo 9 rig and another if the first is successful, said senior structural geologist Gonzalo Zamora at Cuba's Earth Sciences Summit in Havana.
"The perspectives are to find something, if not, we wouldn't be drilling. And the sizes are big," he told reporters after making a presentation at the conference that is heavily focused on Cuba's oil and gas development.
IF CASTRO AND THE NORWEGIANS CAN DO IT, THEN SO SHOULD WE.
TOO BAD OBAMA WOULD PROBABLY RATHER WE BOUGHT OIL FROM CASTRO!
SOMEONE ASKED ME TO EXPLAIN WHY OBAMA WOULD RATHER THE USA BOUGHT OIL FROM OVERSEAS AND ONLY PRODUCED MORE EXPENSIVE "GREEN ENERGY."
- OBAMA WANTS TO HOBBLE THE USA ECONOMY ...
- SO WE CANNOT HAVE A BIG DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ...
- AND CANNOT BE THE POLICEMAN FOR THE FREE WORLD ...
- AND MUST BE SUBSERVIENT TO THE UN AND THE ARAB LEAGUE AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL/TRANSNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS...
- THAT ARE ANTI-DEMOCRATIC AND ANTI-AMERICAN.
BRINGING DOWN THE USA S IN OBAMA'S POSTMODERN LEFTIST DNA.
A team of researchers will begin excavations later this month to search for the tomb beneath a convent in Florence, the suspected burial place of Lisa Gherardini.THEY HOPE TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY AND PROVE WHETHER SHE WAS REALLY DA VINCI'S MODEL.
UPDATE: YES, WE SCOOPED THE AP AND HOT AIR ON THIS. YAWN.
THE BIG LIE OF 2011: THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHUTDOWN IF THE GOP HOUSE AND THE DEMOCRAT SENATE CAN'T COME TO A BUDGET AGREEMENT
It really is a slowdown.
That's won't stop the left's propaganda machine from lying about it OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
If you tell a BIG LIE often enough people start to believe it.
Like these other LIES OF THE LEFT:
- CO2 causes AGW;
- Bush Lied (here's a long list of lies they told about Dubya!);
- FANNIE MAE DIDN'T CAUSE THE REAL ESTATE BUBBLE;
- ACORN WAS CLEAN;
- OBAMA IS A MODERATE;
- OBAMACARE WILL LOWER THE DEFICIT;
- THE TALIBAN SHOULD BE PART OF THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT
- - and this -
- ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.
- RELIGION IS THE OPIATE OF THE MASSES.
Er, um.. no, socialism is - and in the last century socialism killed more people than religion did in the previous 20 centuries - (well, er um... all religions except Islam, that is).
- ANTHROPOGENIC CO2 IS CAUSING UNPRECEDENTED AND SOON TO BE CATASTROPHIC GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.
No again. Current warming is entirely within geological precedents which have no anthropogenic causes; global climate is always changing - and a warmer climate is actually beneficial for humanity.
- PEAK OIL WILL DESTROY THE GLOBAL ECONOMY; THEREFORE WE MUST FORCE PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES AND ECONOMIES TO SWITCH ENERGY SOURCES NOW - AND HIGHER TAXES WILL HELP.
Er, um... NOPE: there are more oil reserves now than ever - and we might never run out if oil is abiotic, which seems more and more likely.
- THE PROFIT SYSTEM AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ARE BASED ON GREED AND ARE INEFFICIENT AND IMMORAL.
Actually, the profit incentive and competition are what increase prosperity and value. When a monopoly controls a good or service then there is no incentive for improvement of quality or price. And when & where there are competing enterprises, there are more jobs and better wages. Therefore, the profit motive and free enterprise it is better for all people, both as consumers and workers.
- WE CAN REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH AND ELIMINATE POVERTY.
Redistributionist policies have never ever worked at anytime in any place. Socialism and the welfare state actually perpetuate poverty and dependence and decrease economic growth and diminish prosperity. "Red" China, the USSR, India, Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Sweden all prove this. If you really want to make poverty history then you have to make socialism history.
- MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WORK BETTER THAN PRIVATE INSURANCE.
Wrong again: Medicare and Medicaid run a 60 billion dollar deficit every year and much of that is fraud; this would never be possible if they were well run, but it is perpetuated because the taxpayer picks up the bill and not the "administrators" of the plan. Medicare and Medicaid are unsustainable. Liberals and leftist constantly harp and harangue about "sustainable" economies; they should start by making Medicare and Medicaid sustainable - (and if they can't they should allow for the ORDERLY transition to privatization over the next few decades).
DISARMAMENT AND APPEASEMENT AND AN EMPHASIS ON DIPLOMACY AND MULTI-LATERALISM WILL DIMINISH INTERNATIONAL HOSTILITY AND INCREASE THE PEACE.
Yeah, sure: As if the League of Nations and the UN ever stopped a war. Really bad "players" never respect the rule of law or treaties and see weakness as an opportunity for adventurism and aggression. Peace comes though strength is a fact proven over and over again throughout human history. Appeasement has always increased the likelihood of war and its cost in blood and treasure.
YES: this is a partial listing!
HERE'S WHY THE LEFT CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH:
If the Left didn't lie, then they'd have nothing to say.
The increasing focus on France’s Muslims – who number at least 5 million, the largest such population in western Europe – comes with presidential elections a year away and support for a far-right party growing. A recent palpable rise in tensions has also been boosted by fears of a mass migration of Muslims due to disarray in the Arab world.We better hope that's not the case, but you can be sure the AP very much wants negligence to take place.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant put it bluntly Monday.
“This growth in the number of (Muslims) and a certain number of behaviors cause problems,” he said in remarks carried on French radio. “There is no reason why the nation should accord to one particular religion more rights than religions that were formerly anchored in our country.”
France’s challenge is evident in the Paris suburb of Trappes. It has a large Muslim population and is one of the few towns in France where veiled women are occasionally seen on the streets.
At the town hall, the subject of the impending crackdown is taboo. Some predict police will turn a blind eye to any veils to keep things tranquil.
The topic of Tuesday‘s roundtable by Sarkozy’s conservative UMP party is officially secularism, a foundational value of France. However, the talks are expected to take up distinctly Muslim social issues like halal food in school cafeterias or demands by some for separate hours for women at public swimming pools.I wonder if schools should stop serving food and all students should bring their own if that's what it takes to solve that issue?
Its backers say debate is needed to address evolutions in French society – such as a growing demand for mosque building and Islamic butchers – since the country’s 1905 law formally separated the state from the Catholic Church.
Sarkozy did something positive as a step with one of his staffers:
Sarkozy fired his adviser on integration, Abderrahmane Dahmane, last month for castigating party leader Jean-Francois Cope, who is organizing the talks.These are precisely whom Sarkozy and the UMP must distance themselves from, if they're to boost their reputation and regain any votes they've lost.
“Cope’s UMP is the plague of Muslims,” Dahmane said in an interview.
Dahmane is a controversial figure who has called on French Muslims to wear a green star Tuesday, similar to the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear under Nazi occupation. Prominent Jewish figures in France have bristled at the comparison.
Another longstanding UMP member tore up his party card in a rage at the Paris mosque. Abdallah Zekri, a member of the High Council of Mosques of France from the southwestern city of Nimes, says Arabs are being targeted.
“Muslims will always be scapegoats,” he said at a Paris news conference. “We no longer talk about immigrants. We talk about Muslims.”
The measure banning the veil forbids women to hide their faces in public places, even in the streets. It punishes those who defy the law with a fine of euro150 or a citizenship course of both. Anyone discovered forcing a woman to cover her face risks a year in prison and a euro30,000 fine – doubled if the veiled person is a minor.Oh yes, this is a very important part in all the issue, and must definitely be followed through on.
I think another subject they might want to bring up is canceling any laws that forbid criticism of religion, and take up a law similar to the 1st Amendment's Religion Clause. And, they might also want to consider taking a firmer stance on immigration from Islamic countries, another subject that plenty of people there would surely want brought up.
Authorities intercepted a parcel this morning addressed to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) containing a bloody pig’s foot and a derogatory message, a source has confirmed to CBS News.The letter contained anti-semitism too, and attacked the hearings he conducted on Islamic terrorism:
The parcel was intercepted at the Congressional mail facility in Landover, Maryland, where mail sent to lawmakers is screened for security risks.
The U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Postal Service confirmed that there is an open investigation, though would not confirm the details of what was contained in the parcel because the investigation is ongoing. King’s office, which did not see the parcel, referred all questions to the Capitol Police.
According to the Postal Service, a hazardous materials response team tested the parcel and found it to be non-hazardous.
A Capitol Hill source tells NBC that the Washington D.C. office of Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was sent a bloody pig’s foot with a note attached that contained anti-Semitic ramblings.It should be noted that King is not Jewish and his default religion is Catholicism.
The note referenced King’s controversial hearing last month about Muslim extremism within the United States.
Now what can we learn from this? At least 3 things: a]the culprit could have been a most deranged leftist, or b]an Islamofascist who had no problem associating him/herself with pork if it suited their deranged goals, and c]that no matter how badly King caved to political correctness by not inviting Steve Emerson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Robert Spencer, it will not satisfy such demonic creatures; they will still despise him till the end of time.
We must hope the horrifying package is traced, but can't be surprised if the culprits have made an effort to cover their tracks.
TAB 5 YEARS AGO. YOU READ THAT RIGHT: YEARS.
WE SCOOP THEM ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORD.
ADDENDUM: YOU'D THINK A BLOG CALLED "HOT AIR' WOULD GET THE SCOOP ON A FART POST!
ARE THEY RIGHT?
THE GOP NAME IS MORE ACCURATE.
NOT ALL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL SHUTDOWN.
BECAUSE MOST OF THE PUBLIC IS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW WHICH IS MORE ACCURATE, I THINK THE GOP WILL CARRY THE DAY.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Defense Minister Ehud Barak plans to approve urban zoning in a number of West Bank settlements, the Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday.And in similar news, 942 housing units were approved for Jerusalem's Gilo district.
Barak will reportedly allow for four settlements - Rotem, Hemdat, Eshkolot and Nofim - to be zoned as urban areas. The settlements will join Kiryat Netafim and Halamish (Neve Tzuf), whose urban master plans the Defense Ministry already approved.
All of the aforementioned settlements were established with government approval. Twelve such settlements, including Itamar, where the Fogel family was brutally murdered weeks ago, do not have approved urban master plans.
The changed zoning allows for higher density of building in the settlements, making them more likely to be allowed to continue construction. However, no building permits have been handed out for the four settlements.
Following Israeli media reports that Barak approved widespread construction in the West Bank, the Defense Ministry said that "these are legal settlements that were built on state lands, received authorizations from the government, but their urban construction schemes were not arranged. Only recently were those arrangements completed."
"This is the approval of the existing situation," the Defense Ministry's statement explained. "Any additional construction requires another authorization."
Last week, 45 Knesset members signed a letter released on Sunday, requesting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Barak to authorize the urban building scheme in the settlement of Itamar, where five members of the Fogel family were stabbed to death earlier this month.
MKs from the Likud, Kadima, Israel Beiteinu, National Union, United Torah Judaism, Habayit Heyehudi and Shas signed the letter, including Deputy Ministers Danny Ayalon, Gila Gamliel, Menahem Eliezer Moses, Leah Ness and Ayoub Kara.
Officials of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's leading Islamic group, have called for the establishment of a Saudi-style modesty police to combat "immoral" behavior in public areas in what observers say in another sign of a growing Islamic self-confidence in the post-Mubarak era.Well thank goodness for that - even in Libya, Islamists supporting severe sharia law are a problem, and if those "rebels" are Islamic, they don't need support from the west.
In the political sphere, the Brotherhood led a successful drive to get voters to approve a package of constitutional amendments. On the street level, at least 20 attacks were perpetrated against the tombs of Muslim mystics (suffis), who are the subject of popular veneration but disparaged by Islamic fundamentalists, or salafis. After some initial hesitation, Islamic leaders have publicly praised the revolution.
"This is incredibly worrying to many Egyptians," Maye Kassem, a political scientist at the American University in Cairo (AUC), told The Media Line. "The salafis were always undercover in Egypt and now they are emerging as a political force. They are getting too vocal."
Newly freed from the political strictures of the Mubarak era, Egypt has turned into a battleground between those who envision a liberal, secular state and those who advocate various shades if Islam. The conflict mirrors those taking place elsewhere in the region. In Bahrain, unrest has evolved into a conflict between Sunni- and Shiite Muslims and the US has pulled back from supporting Libyan rebels over concerns they are dominated by Islamists.
Issam Durbala, a member of the Brotherhood's Shura council, told the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Youm on Sunday, that he supported the establishment of a virtue police, or Hisbah, which had existed in medieval Islamic societies to oversee public virtue and modesty, mostly in the marketplace and other public gathering spaces.That doesn't sound so limited to me. In fact, it sounds quite dreadful. He's only talking out of both sides of his mouth, most ambiguously. And this is exactly why all concerns Egypt will sink into the darkness of sharia are fully valid. Sadly, if a majority of Gazan Muslims could support Hamas, there's every chance the same will emerge in Egypt, and they could even rig the elections to ensure the Muslim Brotherhood will reign victorious. Then, we could witness the forcing of the chador/abaya/niqab upon the land once inhabited by the ancient Egyptians.
But he seemed to stop short of advocating a force along then lines of that which operates in Saudi Arabia today under the auspices of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. It enforces a dress code, separation of sexes and the observances of prayer times.
"The new police must have a department with limited authorities to arrest those who commit immoral acts,” Durbala told the newspaper.
GADAFI, MUBARAK AND NOW SALEH.
ALL HELPED US FIGHT JIHADISTS AND ALL ARE OPPOSED BY OBAMA.
OBAMA DOESN'T OPPOSE OR SEEK TO DEPOSE ASSAD OR HIZBALLAH OR AHMADINEJAD - OR KARZAI, EACH OF WHOM OPPOSES US AND OUR INTEREST MORE AND MORE.
AND BY REMOVING THESE ALLIES OBAMA IS MAKING US LESS SAFE; WE WILL GET LESS INTEL AND THE ENEMY WILL BE FREER TO ROAM AND ORGANIZE IN EACH OF THESE COUNTRIES. TO ORGANIZE ATTACKS AGAINST US AND OUR ALLIES.
IF OBAMA REALLY WAS A CRYPTO-MUSLIM WHO WANTED TO HELP THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND IRAN WOULD HE BE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
Sunday, April 03, 2011
NO DESIRE BY OBAMA OR HIS COMRADES IN THE ARAB LEAGUE AND THE UN TO STEP IN.
OBAMA ONLY SEEMS TO STEP IN IF JIHADISTS NEED HELP.
GENOCIDE IS AN ISLAMIC SPECIALTY: THEY'VE DONE MORE OF IT THAN ANYONE ELSE.
...the follow-up to Goldstone’s statement must not be limited to either its now somewhat penitent author or the vicious UN agency that promoted his flawed document. The Goldstone report was a pivotal moment in the growing effort to delegitimize Israel. What we must now hear are similar apologies from all those groups and individuals, from Human Rights Watch to J Street to mainstream bloggers like Andrew Sullivan and minor Palestinian mouthpieces like Hussein Ibish, that either defended Goldstone’s false allegations or sought to aid efforts to promote his scandalous charges. There must be an accounting from all of Goldstone’s previous champions. Like Goldstone’s report, their credibility on this issue is finished.Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they'll admit it in turn. Creatures like those do not see themselves bearing responsibility. And the damage is tragically done. The Islamic world won't care one bit if Goldstone's recanted. And as John Podhoretz says:
That Richard Goldstone did not know in 2009 that Hamas is a terrorist monstrosity which functions parasitically off civilian populaces while Israel is a beacon of war-fighting restraint in a manner practically unknown in the course of human history suggests even more plainly than the report itself that he is a dupe, a fool, a clown, and a worldwide embarrassment. Not to mention a special kind of reprehensible and appalling figure of inglorious, hideous shame to his own people through the delivery and promulgation of a false document that helped anti-Semites everywhere feel themselves justified.There you go. There is no chance Goldstone was not aware in the past how Hamas is a terrorist gang, existing for more than 2 decades now, and if he's still holding negative sentiments against Israel, that's another serious minus. As I said before, Goldstone is a figure to be ostracized by sane society, along with countless other monstrosities littering up the UN.
He was then, and is now, an entirely despicable public figure—and so is his op-ed, by the way, which continues to act as though it is appropriate to draw parallel inferences about Hamas and the state of Israel.
Among the other guilty parties is the New Israel Fund:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev attacked the New Israel Fund Sunday for feeding Judge Richard Goldstone biased information against Israel for his report charging Israel with alleged war crimes.What to do with the NIF is shun them, pure and simple. They're traitors, and they must take responsibility. Yet Goldstone himself cannot be exonerated or overlooked here; he too is equally guilty, and could tell very easily just what he was dealing with.
Goldstone admitted on Friday that the report damning Israel for the defensive Operation Cast Lead campaign against Hamas terrorists was not accurate.
“All of the material from the left was supplied by the NIF, and the question now is what to do with them [the NIF]," the Foreign Minister said Sunday morning.
Likud MK Miri Regev said she will bring up the issue of the NIF at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee.
And what of Hamas and Fatah?
Hamas says death threats from the “Zionist lobby” forced Judge Richard Goldstone to write a “reconsideration’ of his 2009 U.N. Human Rights Council report against Israel; a friend of Goldstone says, “Jewish reaction influenced him."So we see here that they have no regrets themselves either, and are only spiteful and hateful of Goldstone for running out on them.
“The Zionist lobby’s death threats” and Israel-American pressure forced Goldstone to recant, Hamas stated Sunday. There is not evidence of either nor did Goldstone hint at the possibility in his article.
The rival Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, also condemned Goldstone's reversal, singling out Hamas for not investigating war crimes while vindicating Israel for alleged intentional attacks on civilians during the Operation Cast Lead counterterrorist campaign two years ago.
Update: here's extra news about this on Giyus.
Update 2: Melanie Phillips also agrees that Goldstone's faux-recant is just that; there is no chance he didn't know Hamas was a terrorist outfit, and all he did was subscribe in pure lockstep with the UN's obscene viewpoint (Hat tip: Jihad Watch). Again, he is most hateful man, and should be shunned indefinitely.
AND MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED MORE MUSLIMS THAN ANYTHING ELSE, TOO.
YUP: THE MOST DANGEROUS THING FOR A MUSLIM IS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE, AND NOT ZIONISM OR THE WEST.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Pakistan Sufi shrine suicide attack 'kills 41'
ISLAM IS AT ITS CORE A VIOLENT IDEOLOGY.
Suicide attackers have killed at least 41 people and wounded many more at a shrine in Pakistan, police say.
The explosions struck near the Sakhi Sarwar shrine in Punjab, as Sufi Muslim devotees gathered for an annual three-day festival.
Sufis, a minority Muslim group who follow mystical beliefs, are regarded as heretical by hardliners.
A Taliban fighter told reporters his group carried out the attack, the third on Sufi shrines in a year.
DON'T BELIEVE IT!?
WELL, DO YOU THINK MOHAMED WAS A MIS-UNDERSTANDER OF ISLAM?
IF HE WASN'T, THEN NEITHER ARE THE VIOLENT ISLAMO-FASCISTS WHO ATTACK THE WEST AND OTHER MUSLIMS THEY CONSIDER INFIDELS.
BY REFUSING TO TARGET KADDAFY, OBAMA NOW HAS US BOGGED DOWN IN LIBYA INSTEAD OF BRINGING MORE AND MORE PRESSURE TO BEAR ON IRAN AND THEIR NUKE PROGRAM.Former national security adviser to US President Barack Obama, James Jones, warned of Tehran's role in uprisings in the Middle East, saying "you can bet that Iran is affecting virtually everything and trying to play in every one of these countries where we’re having some difficulties … Iran is out there agitating things.” Jones made the comments in an interview with CNN aired on Sunday.
“(Iran) is flying under the radar right now because, you know, you don’t hear too much about their nuclear program because everyone else is focused elsewhere,” Jones stated.
EFFECTIVELY, OBAMA IS ENABLING IRAN.
THIS COMES A YEAR AND A HALF AFTER OBAMA DITHERED AS IRANIANS TOOK TO THE STREETS TO OVERTHROW THEIR ISLAMO-FASCIST OVERLORDS.
JONES IS NO FRIEND OF ISRAEL AND ISN'T SAYING THIS ABOUT IRAN TO AID ISRAEL:
IF OBAMA REALLY WAS A CRYPTO-MUSLIM WHO WANTED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO RUN THE MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN TO RULE FROM THE GULF TO THE MEDITERRANEAN WOULD HE BE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?
To actually have a positive effect you need to dump fewer stones from the edge and gradually build it up.
The same is true of damming up a big river: you can't just dump a barrier in the middle of the flow: To build the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River had to be diverted first:
Before the dam could be built, the Colorado River needed to be diverted away from the construction site. To accomplish this, four diversion tunnels were driven through the canyon walls, two on the Nevada side and two on the Arizona side. These tunnels were 56 feet (17 m) in diameter. Their combined length was nearly 16,000 ft or more than 3 mi (5 km). The contract required these tunnels to be completed by October 1, 1933, with a $3,000 per day fine to be assessed for any delay. To meet the deadline, Six Companies had to complete work by early 1933, since only in late fall and winter was the water level in the river low enough to safely divert.
Tunneling began at the lower portals of the Nevada tunnels in May 1931. Shortly afterward, work began on two similar tunnels in the Arizona canyon wall. In March 1932, work began on lining the tunnels with concrete. First the base, or invert, was poured. Gantry cranes, running on rails through the entire length of each tunnel were used to place the concrete. The sidewalls were poured next. Movable sections of steel forms were used for the sidewalls. Finally, using pneumatic guns, the overheads were filled in. The concrete lining is 3 ft (1 m) thick, reducing the finished tunnel diameter to 50 ft (15 m). The river was diverted into the two Arizona tunnels (the Nevada tunnels were kept in reserve for high water) on November 13, 1932.
Following the completion of the dam, the entrances to the two outer diversion tunnels were sealed at the opening and half way through the tunnels with large concrete plugs. The downstream halves of the tunnels following the inner plugs are now the main bodies of the spillway tunnels.
The same is true of damming up the federal budget. We can't balance it all at once. We need to divert it and gradually cut off the flow before building the dam.
We need to do it step by step.
So I won't condemn the GOP leadership in the House if they make a compromise on the 2011 federal budget.
A LONGER VIDEO ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAM - AT THE 5:50 MARK, THEY DESCRIBE THE TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION:
A chilly end to the month has given Melbourne its coldest March in 14 years.IOW: AGW = TFBS.
The average maximum temperature for the month was a brisk 23.5 degrees, the coolest since 1997, weatherzone.com.au said