"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, November 07, 2009
It's about not wanting to OFFEND a group with words.
Why does the Left insist on calling Tea Partyers - (the term they use to describe themselves, a term chosen because they wish to associate themselves with the patriots who staged this nations first tax revolt, Boston Tea Party) - as "Tea Baggers?
Tea Bagger is a deliberately provocative term.
EVIDENTLY: The Left is perfectly willing to use derogatory language against some people.
This hypocrisy makes it inescapably apparent that their whole entire PC effort is NOT idealistic, but merely a partisan tactic meant only to help them achieve their long-held goals.
No surprise here: those who have excused genocide for the sake of socialism (whether Mao's, Stalin's, Hitler's. Pol Pot's, or any other socialist tyrant) will of course excuse hypocrisy.
THEY WON'T POST IT ON-LINE.
THEY WON'T DEBATE IT FOR MORE THAN A DAY.
LIKE A VAMPIRE, OBAMACARE IS AN ABOMINATION AND THEY MUSTN'T LET SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.
THEY SHOULD RENAME THE HOUSE BILL: PELOSI-SCARE
- THEY PASSED IT BETWEEN 11PM AND MIDNIGHT: HOW FITTING!
- FINAL VOTE: 220-215.
- THERE WAS BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL: A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF DEMOCRATS VOTED "NO" THAN REPUBLICANS VOTED "YES".
The Washington state Department of Transportation has temporarily shut down two highways in the Cascade Mountains due to heavy snow from a fall storm and plans to close a third.
Transportation officials closed State Route 410 over Chinook Pass and State Route 123 over Cayuse Pass Saturday morning. The North Cascades Highway on State Route 20 closed around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.All three roads typically close during the winter due to heavy snow.
DOT officials will be assessing whether Chinook Pass can reopen.
The 5,430-foot-elevation pass usually closes for the winter season "right around the 20th of November," according to McFadden. The pass typically reopens in time for Memorial Day.
DOT officials closed SR 410 five miles east of the summit near Morse Creek about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
"We got about 25 inches of snow, and they're expecting another 10 to 17 in the next 12 hours," McFadden said. "We made the decision to close it based on the avalanche danger.
"Right now, it's just temporarily closed. We hope to get it back open, but we may end up closing it for the season."
DESPITE HIGH GLOBAL LEVELS OF MAN-MADE CO2, NEW ZEALAND JUST HAD ITS COLDEST OCTOBER IN 64 YEARS AND THE USA'S CASCADES ARE COLD AND SNOWY AND THEIR HIGHWAYS MAY CLOSE DOWN THREE WEEKS EARLY.
OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE PACIFIC AND IN OPPOSING HEMISPHERES.
- AGW = BS.
- CO2 = BENIGN.
- CARBON SCHEMES = STEALTH SOCIALISM.
With the release of the jobs report on Friday, the broadest measure of unemployment and underemployment tracked by the Labor Department has reached its highest level in decades.
If statistics went back so far, the measure would almost certainly be at its highest level since the Great Depression.
OBAMA'S STIMULUS DID BUPKUS.
CORRECTION: IT DID NO GOOD AND PERHAPS DID SOME HARM.
OBAMA IS A FIASCO.
President Barack Obama has begun to favor a plan that would send an additional 34,000 U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan, military officials told McClatchy Newspapers according to a Saturday report.
The president's current plan would require 23,000 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Drum to deploy. An additional 7,000 would support a division headquarters in Kandahar, with 4,000 more trainers coming with them, McClatchy reporter Jonathan S. Landay wrote.
AFTER DITHERING FOR WEEKS, OBAMA IS SPLITTING THE BABY.
WHATTA JERK: HE WILL PISS OFF THE LEFT AND THE BRASS, AND LEAVE HIMSELF OPEN FOR CRITICISM. WHATTA JERK.
THIS IS NOT THE STUFF LEADERSHIP IS MADE OF.
OBAMA IS A FAISCO.
It will come as little surprise to most New Zealanders that the country shivered through the coldest October in 64 years.CO2 = BENIGN.
In its climate summary for the month, the Niwa said the average temperature nationwide was 10.6degC _ 1.4degC below average.
Such a cold October has occurred only four times in the past 100 years, the last time in 1945.
AGW = BS.
CARBON SCHEMES = STEALTH SOCIALISM.
DON'T BE A DUPE; HELP US DEFEAT THE ECO-ALARMISTS BY SPREADING THE TRUTH.
OUR PROSPERITY DEPENDS ON IT.
THE LARGEST CONSERVATIVE PARTY HAS BEEN TRYING TO BAN MINARETS FOR A FEW YEARS; IT'S FINALLY COMING TO A VOTE - IN A REFERENDUM - ON NOVEMBER 29TH.
A row is brewing over religious symbolism in Switzerland.BBC 2008:
Members of the right-wing Swiss People's Party, currently the largest party in the Swiss parliament, have launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned.
They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with Switzerland's legal system.
Signatures are now being collected to force a nationwide referendum on the issue which, under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, would be binding.
The move has shocked Switzerland's 350,000 Muslims, many of whom have been campaigning for decades for more recognition for their faith.
Swiss minaret ban gains momentumTIME LAST WEEK:
There are currently only two minarets in Switzerland
In Switzerland some 115,000 people have signed a proposal to ban the building of minarets.
The campaign is being organised by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), the largest party in parliament.
Under Swiss law, a group can request a national referendum if it manages to collect 100,000 signatures.
The SVP claims the minaret is not needed for worship, but is a symbol of Islamic law, therefore incompatible with the Swiss constitution.
Buildings with minarets, they argue, symbolise a "political-religious claim to power, which challenges fundamental rights".
Strolling through downtown Geneva on a cool October evening, Nadia, a 23-year-old Kosovo native, shakes her head at a provocative poster depicting a burqa-clad woman in front of a thicket of missile-shaped minarets rising out of a Swiss flag. Below the flag, the word stop is written in big, bold letters. "As a Muslim woman, I am offended by this image," says Nadia, who requested that her last name not be used. "It presents Islam as a danger to Swiss society."BBC TODAY:
That is exactly the message the poster's creators intend to convey. The image that has unsettled many of Switzerland's 310,000 Muslims is part of a campaign by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) to urge voters to approve a Nov. 29 referendum on whether to ban the construction of new minarets on mosques in the country. The party contends that more minarets — only four mosques currently have them — could inflame extremism and lead to a "rampant Islamization" of the country.
Muslims in many parts of Switzerland have invited the public into mosques - three weeks before a vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets.FRANCE BANNED THE HIJAB IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS FIVE YEARS AGO.
Muslim organisations say they hope their open day will counter what they say are fears and prejudices.
The conservative group that initiated the vote - the largest party in the Swiss parliament - says minarets are a symbol of Muslim political power.
Opinion polls suggest the proposed ban will be rejected by voters.
A Muslim community leader in Zurich, Tamir Hadjipolu, said the proposal - launched by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) - was "open discrimination".
Preaching to the converted?
Switzerland is home to 400,000 Muslims, who have about 200 places of worship. Only four have a minaret, local media say.
THE FRENCH ARE NOW CONSIDERING BANNING THE BURQA ALTOGETHER.
I THINK THE WEST OUGHT TO MAKE A LOT OF MOVES IN THIS WAY AND MAKE MUSLIMS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO LIVE HERE IN THE WEST TO CHOOSE TO BE WESTERN OR TO LEAVE.
REPEAT: BE WESTERN OR TO LEAVE.
WE MUST STOP THE ISLAMIZATION OF THE WEST.
FRANCE HAD A CHOICE A FEW YEARS AGO: ELECT SEGOLENE ROYAL AND GET MORE SOCIALISM OR ELECT NICOLAS SARKOZY AND GET LESS.
THE FRENCH CHOSE SARKO AND LESS SOCIALISM.
WHY? SIMPLE: MOST DISLIKE IT BECAUSE IT SUCKS.
DITTO GERMANY - WHICH JUST ELECTED THE CONSERVATIVE MERKEL AND THE PARTY TO HER RIGHT.
AND NEXT YEAR, GREAT BRITAIN WILL THROW OUT THE LEFTISTS OF LABOUR AND ELECT CONSERVATIVES.
THEY ALL KNOW SOCIALISM SUCKS.
SO WHY DOES OBAMA WANT TO DRAG US DOWN TO A PLACE THEY'RE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM?
BECAUSE HE'S A COMMITTED SOCIALIST - WITH LOADS MORE CHARM THAN GORDON BROWN OR SEGOLENE ROYAL.
A COMMITTED SOCIALIST WHO KNOWS HE NOW HAS ONLY UNTIL NOVEMBER 2010 TO ENACT AS MUCH SOCIALISM AS HE CAN.
WE WILL ALL SUFFER AS A RESULT.
THE SUPPORTERS OF OBAMACARE THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN AND THAT OBAMACARE WILL "GUARANTEE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AMERICANS".
THEY'VE SAID THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW.
THIS IS NONSENSE. IT'S THE CORE FAILURE OF THEIR PLAN.
THE GOVERNMENT CAN ONLY RATION HEALTHCARE THEY CANNOT MAKE THE PRICE "AFFORDABLE".
RATIONING IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS HAPPENED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT TAKES OVER THE TRADE OF ANYTHING. GAS. TIRES. ANYTHING.
THE PRICE MECHANISM CANNOT OPERATE EXCEPT IN A FREEMARKET.
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLS HEALTHCARE, THEN THEIR INTEREST IS IN CONTROLLING PUBLIC EXPENSE AND ENSURING PUBLIC HEALTH; THIS IS SIMPLY NOT THE SAME THING AS YOU HEALTH.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU'RE VERY OLD AND SICK IT'S IN YOUR INTEREST TO GET CARE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.
BUT IF THE CARE IS PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT, THEN THE EXPENSE IS NOT IN THEIR INTEREST.
THAT'S WHY WHATEVER THEY PASS WILL BE A FIASCO.
LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY. LIKE MEDICARE. LIKE THE USPS. LIKE CASH FOR CLUNKERS.
THE CORE PRESUPPOSITION OF THE OBAMACARISTAS IS BULLSHIT TOO:
THE WAY THEY TALK ABOUT THE "HEALTHCARE CRISIS IN AMERICA" YOU'D THINK WE WERE A FREAKIN' THIRD WORLD NATION WITH PEOPLE DYING FROM RUN-OF-THE-MILL DISEASES LEFT AND RIGHT.
WE HAVE THE BEST HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD.
WE LIVE THE LONGER - ON AVERAGE - THAN EUROPEANS, AND WE HAVE BETTER RECOVERY RATES ON ALL MAJOR DISEASES.
BUT THE LEFTISTS WANT TO TURN US INTO THE EU - THAT'S LIKE A HUGE STEP BACKWARDS IN TIME.
WE WILL ALL SUFFER IF THEY SUCCEED.
OBAMACARE IS A LOSE-LOSE PROPOSITION: NO MATTER WHAT PASSES - OR IF NOTHING DOES - OBAMA AND THE LEFT LOSES
Obamacare - or Pelosicare, if you prefer - is a LOSE-LOSE Proposition for Obama and the democrats.
If they pass nothing, then they fail.
If they pass ANYTHING then they will damage the already weak recovery and damage the health insurance industry and the healthcare industry and create unsettling havoc in millions and millions of families lives.
The power grab also will continue to turn independents off and ensure that 2010 will give us huge GOP and conservative victories.
That's a good thing.
These victories are coming no matter what.
The only difference is that by passing Obamacare the left ensures that there is gong to be a WAVE OF COUNTER-MEASURES AND SIDE-EFFECTS AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN THE MARKETPLACE CREATING MORE INSECURITY and ensuring millions of people will therefore unnecessarily suffer between now and 2010.
Obama cares not for the people, just achieving his deeply held socialist dreams of having the state "create a utopia" by taking over.
It's about POWER: the Left wants the state to have it.
Once they get power, the state will ruin whatever they takeover. It's inevitable.
It's the postofficification.
They will turn the best healthcare system in the world into a clunker.
WE WILL ALL SUFFER AS A RESULT.
Until we retake power in 2012 and undo the damage they're doing now.
Prosecutors have dismissed a complaint filed by a group of Norwegian lawyers accusing Israeli leaders of war crimes over its incursion into Gaza last winter.I hope this means that the UN will back away from this as well. But maybe not.
Chief prosecutor Siri Frigaard said Friday she was dismissing the complaint, which was lodged on April 22, because "there is no good reason" for Norwegian authorities to investigate further.
The lawyers filed the motion under Norway's universal jurisdiction law.
Frigaard said Norway "must show great care" when deciding whether to investigate alleged war crimes committed by individuals with no connection to Norway. A 2008 law allows foreigners to face charges in Norway for war crimes committed anywhere in the world.
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Tzipi Livni were among the 10 Israelis named in the complaint.
The case was dropped although Norway chose not to vote against, but rather to abstain from the vote on the Goldstone Report in the UN General Assembly.
The report alleges that Israel may have committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead, the official name of the Gaza campaign.
The report was commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council and Israel refused to cooperate with jurist Richard Goldstone and his team throughout their investigation, claiming the mandate of the Goldstone Commission was biased against Israel prima facie and therefore any report it would publish would necessarily be morally tainted.
The Palestinians have been trying to exploit the report as leverage against Israel in several international spheres.
Barak escaped war crimes allegations several weeks ago, when a British court decided to drop an arrest warrant petition against him, citing his official position in the Israeli government as the reason.
The Dove World Outreach Center in Florida offers a women's shelter for those who need protection from Islamofascism. Now, if Muslim women in Florida, if anywhere, need a place to go for protection, here it is. Let's hope they can expand their services to more locations where they can come in helpful.
This is what these people intend to do to her.
Come to the Rally for Rifqa on November 16th to try to save this young girl. I'll be there.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery but spared his pregnant girlfriend until she gives birth
In the Muslim world, they protest by killing the promiscuous:
Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, was killed in front of a crowd of some 300 people in the port town of Merka.
An official from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby.
So, two people had sex, and a baby resulted. So, the Islamists are going to kill the two people, but spare the babe.
Two out of three ain't bad, right?
Hey, at least they're against abortion.
And, of course, we have to keep our eyes out, here in the Western World, for the rise of the Christian Taliban.
That it must dominate the entire world with its unifying ideology -
That the entire world must come under the rulership of its single dictator -
That the United States Constitution and all American laws must be replaced by the laws promulgated by this particular political movement and its leader -
That it was proper for members of this political party to kill all who did not submit to their rule, and take from them everything they own -
That women must be eternally subjugated, and deprived of education, the right to work, the right to vote, and the freedom to choose their husbands -
That representational art, music, dancing, and theatrical performances (including films) must be abolished -
That banking, mortgages, a free market in securities, and commercial credit all be eliminated -
That sovereign states which refused to submit to this political movement be destroyed -
And so on.
Do you think for a New York minute that adherents of that political philosophy or members of such a political party would be enrolled in the United States Armed Forces? That the United States would encourage political organizers for such a party to have official establishments on American military bases, in American prisons, or on the campuses of government-supported American universities? That the American president would go out of his way to coddle, praise, stroke, and conciliate such a political party?
But if you call such a political movement a "religion" and say that its tenets were given it by its God, then you'll be free to infilitrate, subvert, and attack our American way of life, again and again and again.
There was no madness at Fort Hood. That was just the worldwide jihad in action.
The madness is in Washington.
It is past time to recognize that whether or not you want to be at war with the jihad, the jihad is at war with you.
According to the Wash. Post (via The Jawa Report):
He had been a "very devout" worshiper at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, attending prayers at least once a day, often in his Army fatigues, said Faizul Khan, a former imam there.But even more astounding is to learn that this sheep's clothing monster was a psychiatrist. There may have been absurd depictions of psychiatrists in fiction years before that depicted them as evil. But now, as this case suggests, it may not be so farfetched. That said, the SanFrancisco Chronicle tells that his performance in this career was said to be very poor.
FOX News now reports:
A former neighbor of Hasan's in Silver Spring, Md., told Fox News he lived there for two years with his brother and had the word "Allah" on the door.NPR reports that he was prosyltyzing:
A source tells NPR’s Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.And KXXV-TV reports:
Hasan, was giving all of his furniture along with copies of the Qu'ran to neighbors Thursday morning.And in this clip from CNN, he's seen wearing an Islamic robe:
I think there's going to have be some serious consideration about letting Muslims serve in the army if they could pose the stealth threat Hasan became.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Inhofe was quoted as saying, “In the history of this committee, we have not been able to find a time when the bill has been marked up without minority.”
The Dems knew it was garbage, even by their standards, which was why Baucus abstained. They could not work on it because of the Republican boycott. Environment and Public Works Committee rules require that one third of the minority party be present.
Boxer is also the final judge on any dispute over committee rules, a fact that would allow her to override any GOP objection to her process.Isn't that convenient!
And she's refusing to wait for cost analysis, just to underline how little regard she has for either our hard-earned tax dollars and the legislative process.
How about a truth analysis? How about they have to prove definitively that AGW is real?
How about a legal analysis? How about the have to prove that taxing us for carbon is somehow Constitutional?
November 5th: Obama gives a three-minute shout-out before not even euphemistically addressing the Islamic terrorist attack committed against our own soldiers on US soil.
157 days later, Obama still has yet to condemn the Islamic terrorist attack on US soil in which Pvt. Andrew William Long was murdered in cold blood by another jihadist.
Islam is inherently seditious and therefore cannot be legally practiced in the United States. A single bow toward Mecca constitutes nothing short of treason. Stop tolerating it. Start enforcing the law, which means 20 years in the federal pen for practicing Islam.
"IT'S NOT A BIG STORY; NO REFLECTION ON OBAMA; OBAMA'S DOING FINE..."
NEW JERSEY GOES GOP BIGTIME, FROM A BIG OBAMA STATE TO A BIG GOP STATE DESPITE CORZINE'S HUGE WAR-CHEST AND FIVE APPEARANCES BY OBAMA - BUT THE LEFT SPINS IT LIKE,
"IT'S NOT A BIG STORY; NO REFLECTION ON OBABA;OBAMA'S DOING FINE..."
BUT UP IN THE 23RD CD IN RURAL NEW YORK, A THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE COMES OUT OF NOWHERE TO COME WITHIN A FEW POINTS OF DEFEATING THE CANDIDATE WITH THE DEMOCRAT ENDORSEMENT AND THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE LOCAL GOP CANDIDATE AND THE LEFT WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT
"IT'S THE DEATH KNELL FOR ANGRY TEABAGGERS AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT."
- PURE BULLSH*T. LIKE AGW. LIKE "THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS" THAT ISN'T. LIKE "WE LOST IRAQ." LIKE SO MUCH ELSE - NO: EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE LEFT'S AGENDA: BULLSH*T.
- WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN.
- 2010: HERE WE COME.
- HEY LIBS: YOU'D BETTER GET THE F*CK OUTTA THE WAY.
RICHMOND, Va. – Some ache for revenge, others simply for justice. There is frustration, too, and defiance.I know some people who won't be happy to see this happen: Islamofascists who condone the very jihad Muhammed and his partner committed, something that this article doesn't even deal with, which shouldn't be surprising, coming as it does from the AP Wire. The sooner Muhammed is sent to hell, the better.
For those wounded by the D.C. snipers and for the relatives of those killed, the emotions leading up to the execution of the mastermind behind the 2002 attacks vary as widely as those who found themselves in the cross hairs.
John Allen Muhammad, 48, is set to die by injection in a Virginia prison Nov. 10, seven years after he and his teenage accomplice terrorized the area in and around the nation's capital for three weeks.
Some family members can't wait to see Muhammad take his final breath. Others plan to make the trip to Virginia but never step foot on prison grounds.
And there are those who plan to spend the night at home with their families, satisfied that Muhammad is paying for what he's done but indifferent as to how it will happen.
For Nelson M. Rivera and Marion Lewis, watching Muhammad's execution will be the closest they will ever come to revenge.
"I feel like it's going to be the last chapter of this book and I want to see what his expression on his face is. And I want to see if he says anything," the 38-year-old Rivera said. "I want to see his face and see how he likes that — confronting his death."
Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, who was Rivera's wife and Lewis' daughter, was killed as she vacuumed her van at a Kensington, Md., gas station.
Rivera, a Honduran immigrant who recently became a U.S. citizen, has remarried and had two more children since Lori was killed, leaving behind a 2-year-old daughter, Jocelin. He now works as a public-schools groundskeeper in the suburbs of Sacramento, Calif.
Still, "there is not one day I don't remember what happened and I don't remember my wife. This is going to be with me the rest of my life," Rivera said.
Lewis, 57, a laid-off construction worker, said he would like to tell Muhammad how losing his 25-year-old daughter devastated their family.
"For the hurt, the pain that he's caused my family, I'd like to be his executioner, period," Lewis said.
Robert Meyers takes some solace in knowing that Muhammad's execution is out of his hands.
He and his wife, Lori, plan to be in the witness booth, but not out of any bloodthirsty lust to watch his brother's killer meet his maker. Rather, he considers it justice being served, a sentence being carried out.
"The reason why this life is going to be taken has everything to do with choices that he made and the process that those choices took him through," said Meyers, 56, of Perkiomenville, Pa.
Executions in Virginia, home of the nation's second-busiest death chamber, usually are intimate affairs observed by a handful of lawyers, prison officials, the mandated six citizen witnesses, a few reporters and family members.
But the sheer number of victims — 10 killed and three injured in and around the nation's capital alone — has the state scrambling to accommodate all the people entitled to watch. Corrections officials are tightlipped about the arrangements, though relatives say each victim's family was offered two spots in the roughly 10-by-10 witness booth.
Meyers said he owed it to his brother, Dean Harold Meyers, to be there and that he also wanted to be there for other victims' families.
Dean Meyers, 53, a Vietnam vet and civil engineer, was the youngest of four brothers. He was shot in the head while filling up at a Manassas, Va., gas station. Muhammad's teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, later bragged to police, laughing that Dean Meyers "was hit good. Dead immediately."
It was Meyers' murder that sent Muhammad to death row.
"We're expecting justice being done, but not from a vengeful standpoint," Robert Meyers said. "It is more about the payment of his debt to society, because that was decided by others."
Charles Moore believes Muhammad deserves to die, and he's frustrated that Malvo will not be on a gurney beside him.
"The only thing that would give me closure would be if I knew that Lee Boyd Malvo was being punished properly," said Moore, 80, of Gainesville, Fla.
Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing Linda Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst who was shot as she and her husband loaded supplies at a Home Depot in Falls Church, Va.
"I don't see how someone can plan and plot and commit murder, one right after the other, and get off with just life in prison, I don't care what their age is," Moore said.
Moore, a retired bioengineer at the University of Florida, said his daughter used to call him every morning "to tell me to get out of bed and start chasing my wife around the house or something."
He struggles with Parkinson's disease now, and says he can't afford the trip to Virginia to watch the execution. He's not really sure he would make the trip if he could, though.
"When my daughter was first killed, if I would have had a gun I would have been willing to kill him but right now I don't know how I feel," Moore said. "I don't want him turned loose on society, that's for sure."
Caroline Seawell has refused to live the last seven years as a victim.
Sure, her ribs are deformed and there's a piece of mesh covering a hole in her diaphragm. But Seawell has been blessed with no major medical problems since a sniper's bullet raced into her back and through a handful of organs as she loaded a scarecrow and other Halloween decorations into her minivan.
She and her family moved to South Carolina not long after the shooting outside a Fredericksburg, Va., Michael's craft store. Her youngest son, now 11, doesn't even know about the shooting.
"I've been really good about being able to kind of just put it behind me," Seawell said. "I've been able to just continue on with my life."
In that defiant spirit, Seawell said she will not travel to Virginia to watch Muhammad take his last breath. He deserves to die for what he's done, she said, but after watching both parents die from cancer, she has no desire to witness another death.
"There was enough killing already with all of us," she said.
If anything, Seawell says the shooting has made her a much stronger person. If given the chance, she'd like to tell Muhammad and Malvo just that.
"They didn't do what they set out to do because they haven't devastated my life," she said. "I've been able to move on and continue and raise my children, which is exactly what I wanted to do.
"I don't want them to have any satisfaction out of the fact that they shot me."
A mass shooting at Ft. Hood military base in Texas has left at least 7 dead and 12 wounded, officials told Fox News.According to Hot Air, CNN reports that now 9 people are dead from this repulsive onslaught. Just who the gunmen are is not clear yet. I'll try to post an update when I get the chance.
There were two shooters in the Army base massacre in Killeen, the New York Post reported. One suspect was in custody and the other was on the loose, Fox News confirmed.
The attack apparently happened at the base's Soldier Readiness Center. Army officials didn't know whether the victims were civilians or military personnel.
The men were reportedly dressed in Army fatigues, but military officials couldn't confirm that they were Army personnel.
Update: one of the suspects is a military officer. 12 are now reported dead and at least 27 people injured. There were 3 culprits who attacked.
Update 2: this report appears to have been deliberately edited, but Allahpundit copied the text giving clues to who the culprits could be and what their motives are:
“A senior administration official told NBC News analyst Roger Cressey that the suspect who was in custody was an Army major with an Arabic-sounding name. The official said the shootings could have been a criminal matter rather than a terrorism-related attack and that there was no intelligence to suggest a plot against Fort Hood.”Again, they're trying to avoid the hard answers.
Update 3: now, one of the suspects names has been confirmed by ABC: one Malik Nadal Hasan:
The suspected gunman was identified as Major Malik Nadal Hasan. He was killed and two other suspects have been apprehended, Lt. Robert W. Cone said.Brian Ross of ABC says that Hasan was a convert to Islam.
The gunman used two handguns, Cone said. He wasn’t sure if the shooter reloaded the weapons during the attack.
The general called the attack “a terrible tragedy, stunning.” He said the community was “absolutely devastated.”
- SOME REPORTS SAY TWO ACCOMPLICES ARE IN CUSTODY. DO YOU THINK THE ODDS ARE GOOD THAT THEY ARE MUSLIM, TOO?
- AND IF THEY ARE, WILL OUR ELECTED LEADERS STILL TELL US ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE?
- WILL THEY TELL US THAT WE SHOULD TRUST MUSLIMS IN THE ARMY OR FBI OR CIA OR AS PILOTS OR TRUCKERS OR AS WORKERS IN THE FOOD SERVICES INDUSTRY?
The Saudi air force has attacked rebels in northern Yemen following Wednesday's killing of a Saudi security officer in a border area, reports have said.
Saudi aircraft had targeted strongholds of the Houthi rebels on the Yemeni side of border, spokesmen for the group and Arab media said.
A Saudi official told Reuters they had hit rebels occupying its territory.
The attacks came after a Saudi officer was killed and 11 were wounded in a raid by the rebels on the Jizan region.
The Houthis said on Wednesday that they had taken "full control" of a mountainous section of the border region of Jabal al-Dukhan.
'Successive air strikes'
In a statement on its website on Wednesday, the group said Saudi warplanes and helicopters had dropped phosphorus bombs on its fighters in the areas of al-Malahaid, Jabal al-Mamdud, al-Husama and al-Mujdaa.
Some interesting stuff to note here.
Saudi Arabia dropped "phosphorous bombs". Will they be censured by Human Rights Watch and by the UN? Will they be accused of war crimes?
Don't bet on it.
Also, this is just more proof that there are a million divisions in the Muslim world, and we would do better to exploit them, to keep the Muslims busy fighting with each other, so we don't have to bother.
An embroidery scarf bearing the name of South African judge Richard Goldstone is displayed at a Palestinian souvenir shop in Gaza City on November 4, 2009. The UN General Assembly is scheduled to discuss the controversial UN Goldstone report on Israel?s 22-day war against Palestinian militants in Gaza.165 million people want to move to US
Washington -- Some 700 million people worldwide, or more than all the adults of North and South America combined, think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and want to permanently move to another country, a poll showed Tuesday.Taliban infiltration impossible to stop
Residents of sub-Saharan African countries were the most likely to want to move abroad permanently, the polls conducted in 135 countries between 2007 and this year by Gallup showed.
On average, 38 percent of the adult population in sub-Saharan Africa, or around 165 million people, said they would up stakes and head for another country if they had the chance.
The most popular destination was the United States, where nearly a quarter of the 700 million -- around 165 million people -- said they would like to settle.
In joint second were Britain, Canada and France, each being named as the preferred destination of around 45 million people.
Thirty-five million said they would go to Spain, 30 million to Saudi Arabia, and 25 million each to Australia or Germany.
From Danish: Kai Vittrup, the Danish head of the EU police mission in Afghanistan says that you can't prevent the Taliban from infiltrating the Afghan police, which is working with NATO forces.--
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The IDF has raided a ship from Antigua bound for Lebanon and Syria carrying weapons for the Hezbollah provided by Iran:
Hundreds of tons of weaponry, ten times the size of the Karine A shipment of 2002, were seized in an overnight raid Tuesday by the Israeli navy, some 100 nautical miles west of Israel, officials said.Oh really? I should only hope so, but if they really didn't know, that's why it'd do to inspect the contents of what they bring elsewhere, or better yet, not do any business with Islamic countries like those that deal in this kind of atrocious behavior. Thank goodness that weapons smuggling was intercepted before it could've resulted in disaster.
The weapons seized on the ship, which was sailing under an Antiguan flag, included 3,000 rockets of various types.
The transfer of such large amounts of weapons, "is done in order to create a balance of terror with Israel," said Brigadier General Rani Ben-Yehuda, deputy commander of the Israeli navy, at a press conference.
Defense officials said the 140-meter long Francop, captured near Cyprus, was carrying arms sent by Iran and destined for Syria and Hizbullah.
After several days of the Israeli military monitoring the ship, IDF Navy Seals boarded it in the middle of the night. Suspicions were raised after the Seals uncovered certificates within containers that documented Iran as the point of origin for some containers, with Syria as the intended destination.
Upon receiving permission from relevant authorities, including the political establishment, the seals commandeered the ship and brought it to Israel. Once on its way to Israeli shores, Israel apprised the government of Antigua and the company that owns the ship of the situation, said the officials.
After leaving the Bandar-Abbas Port in Iran, the cargo was shipped through the Suez Canal, unloaded at the Mediterranean Port of Damietta in Egypt and then loaded onto the ship that was captured by the navy. The intended destination was the port Latakia in Syria, with the contents of the shipment to be sent to Hizbullah, they said.
The ships' crew was unaware of the weapons on board, as the armaments were disguised as humanitarian aid.
From Norwegian: According to a preliminary announcement from the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama will come to Norway Dec 10th, and leave the next day (missing the Noble concert). Planned for Obama: Noble prize ceremony + reception, lunch by the Norwegian king and queen, visit of the Noble institute and meeting the Noble committee. The Obama's will also inaugurate an exhibition about the peace prize winner (Obama) by British photographer Marcus Bleasdale. According to one report Obama will meet with PM Stoltenberg and talk about climate, energy and Afghanistan.Noble Prize to Vaclav Klaus
From Danish: Danish People's Party suggests Czech president Vaclav Klaus should receive the next Noble Prize for his fight against the Lisbon Treaty.Finnish immigrant forces Italian schools to remove crosses
(ANSA) - Strasbourg, November 3 - In a legal landmark that sparked a storm in Italy, the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that crucifixes in Italian classrooms were a violation of parents' rights to educate their kids according to their principles.Islamic Business Wins Academic Following
Upholding a plea from a Finnish immigrant to Italy, the Strasbourg-based court also said the crosses ran counter to a child's own rights to freedom of religious choice.
The Finnish woman, Soile Lautsi, had vainly sued in various Italian courts to have crosses removed from her children's classroom near Padua before she turned to the European court.
The Italian government was ordered to pay Lautsi, an Italian citizen, 5,000 euros in ''moral damages''.
At semiannual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Istanbul last month, talk was largely dominated, inevitably, by the economic crisis and its aftermath. But suitably enough, given the location, another topic also came to the fore: the role of Islamic finance, a fast-developing sector of the global banking industry that has remained remarkably resilient through the slowdown.Norwegian army kills innocent fishermen
With the value of assets in Islamic banks now close to $1 trillion and the industry growing at an estimated annual rate of 15 to 20 percent, business students are increasingly eager to cash in. Universities are increasingly offering new postgraduate programs in Islamic finance to help them do it.
From Norwegian: Somalis accuse Norwegian soldiers of killing two fishermen off the coast of Somalia. The Norwegians claim they were fired upon first. One fisherman was Somali, the other from Yemen. Three others were wounded in the incident.Somalis can only use Koran ringtones
From Dutch: A 19 year old was whipped for having an illegal ringtone in Kismayo.“Half of US intelligence info came from detainees”
Recently declassified documents reveal that half of all human intelligence the US government had on Al-Qaeda was discovered through detainee interrogations, Christopher Farrell from Judicial Watch told RT.'Consensus' around Belgian PM for top EU job: diplomats
“It hadn’t been previously produced in any other record,” he said.
At the end of October, the US Justice Department released documents that revealed the FBI was investigating CIA prisons. On a 2002 visit to a CIA jail, officials found prisoners “manacled to the ceiling and subjected to blaring music around the clock”.
Brussels -- "There is a consensus around his name, which is rare among the 27" EU nations, said one European diplomat. "No-one is opposed to him and many (leaders) are asking him to accept."Fatwa against Indian national song
A second source echoed that stance, saying "no-one else can get unanimity" following informal discussions between EU heads of government and state at a two-day summit in Brussels last week.
Centre-right van Rompuy's spokesman Dirk De Backer issued a straight "no comment" when contacted by AFP on Monday.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said at the summit's end on Friday that France and Germany will join forces to choose Europe's first full-time president, after sweeping Tony Blair towards the Brussels exit.
Sarkozy said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed to back "the same candidate," adding that the pair shared the same "vision" for two new top jobs to be created under the Lisbon Treaty, and their favoured runners.
Van Rompuy, 62, is "not a candidate, but he is the favourite," wrote Belgian daily De Standaard on Monday, adding that he could be "the most acceptable (name) under a Franco-German 'deal'."
NEW DELHI: Darul Uloom Deoband has asked Muslims in India to stop reciting Vande Mataram.McCain's mother suffers fall in Portugal
Concluding a three-day conference on Tuesday held in Deoband, the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind declared the act unislamic. Home Minister P Chidambaram was also present. The conference adopted 25 resolutions demanding the government stop interfering in affairs of minorities.
“The fatwa by the Darul Uloom opposing recitation of Vande Mataram is correct,” said one of the resolutions.
A Lisbon hospital says it has discharged the 97-year-old mother of U.S. Senator John McCain after a weeklong stay following a fall.Obama's brother has different dreams from his father
The Sao Jose hospital said Wednesday that Roberta McCain left the neurology ward where she had been under observation.
Senator McCain's office in Washington said his mother had fainted and injured her head last Thursday while on vacation in the Portuguese capital.
UANGZHOU, Nov 4 — US President Barack Obama’s half-brother made a rare appearance today in southern China, his home for seven years, to launch a novel he says draws on his painful childhood under an abusive father.Somali rebels close women's organizations
Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo — who had the same, late, father as the US President — has kept a low public profile since reports surfaced last year that he was living and working in the southern Chinese capitalist and manufacturing haven of Shenzhen, around an hour’s train ride from Hong Kong.
After repeatedly shunning media attention, Ndesandjo’s first major public appearance to launch his debut novel comes less than two weeks before the US president travels to China for the first time.
While he said his work, “Nairobi to Shenzhen” is a fictional account, it started off nearly 10 years ago as an autobiography and “reflects many experiences in my own life as a child brought up in Kenya” including a troubled relationship with his father.
“My mother used to say of my father, he’s a brilliant man but a social failure,” Ndesandjo told reporters at a press conference in Guangzhou, near his adopted city of Shenzhen.
“I remember times in my house when I would hear screams and I would hear my mother’s pain.” His American mother Ruth was his father’s third wife.
Somalia's hardline al Shabaab insurgents closed three grassroots women's organizations in the rebel-held town of Balad Hawa to stop women from going to work, a rebel leader said.
The group wants to impose its own version of Islamic law on areas it controls, and Washington says it is al Qaeda's proxy in the Horn of African nation.
“We have taken this step after we recognized that women need to stay in their homes and take care of their children ... Islam does not allow women to go to offices,” Maalim Daaud Mohmed, the chairman of Balad Hawa, told Reuters by telephone.
Chinese giant to buy US oil assets: company
Norwegian energy group Statoil said on Wednesday it was selling some of its oil assets in the United States to China's state-owned CNOOC, marking the first step by a Chinese energy major into the US market.Russian World
The sale, announced along with the company's quarterly results, involves a limited stake in four exploitation licences acquired by Statoil in 2007 and 2008 for deep-water blocks.
A new term could be introduced which would denote a community of the countries united by the Russian culture, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.When Nazis marched through London
"The term 'a Russian world country' could be introduced into usage. It would mean that a country sees itself as part of the Russian world, if it uses Russian as the language of international communication, promotes the Russian culture, and preserves the general historical memory," Patriarch Kirill said at the opening of the 3rd Russian World Assembly in Moscow on Tuesday.
Today the nations inhabiting the area of the historical Rus should "realize their being part of the same civilization and see the Russian world as their common supranational project," the Patriarch said.
It is important to preserve the unique deep meaning of the term "Russian world" and to preserve original Russian cultural tradition, Patriarch Kirill said.
This newly-released footage is really quite terrifying.
It was unearthed by a Discovery Channel programme to be aired next week called Wartime London, presented by London cabby Harry Harris.
It shows the funeral, in 1936, of the German Ambassador to Britain, Leopold von Hoesch in 1936.
After a fatal stroke a state funeral was held for him, a salute of nineteen guns was fired in Hyde Park, and Grenadier Guards marched down the Mall. Shoulder to shoulder with Nazi soldiers.
They carried a coffin draped in a swastika, while crowds lined the road and balconies, a terrifyingly large number of them giving the Nazi salute.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
The story is not that Pelosi lied. Pelosi always lies. That's not news.
What's arguably news is that the AP employs the same leftard Keynesian math as Pelosi, just more honestly, in order to cover for the Dems and shill for 3rd-world socialism like they have in uninhabitable places like England and Canada.
The real cost of the bill is $1.5 trillion, according to Heritage, where their Foundry bloggers didn't learn how to do math by studying communications, going to J-school, and sucking up to special interests. They, evidently, received actual educations at real schools, probably private ones.
This figure comes, of course, after Obama's promise that running over the Constitution and turning the United States into a hellish cesspoolstan wouldn't cost a dime, then Pelosi's backtracking claim that it would only (!) cost $900 billion.
All lies. All of them. Every time.
Notice a pattern?
It's a sad state of affairs when we have to turn to think tanks both for our news and to check the work of the CBO.
HERE AT TAB, WE COVERED THIS THREE WEEKS AGO.
The biggest energy innovation of the decade is natural gas—more specifically what is called "unconventional" natural gas. Some call it a revolution.
Yet the natural gas revolution has unfolded with no great fanfare, no grand opening ceremony, no ribbon cutting. It just crept up. In 1990, unconventional gas—from shales, coal-bed methane and so-called "tight" formations—was about 10% of total U.S. production. Today it is around 40%, and growing fast, with shale gas by far the biggest part.
The potential of this "shale gale" only really became clear around 2007. In Washington, D.C., the discovery has come later—only in the last few months. Yet it is already changing the national energy dialogue and overall energy outlook in the U.S.—and could change the global natural gas balance.... The supply impact has been dramatic. In the lower 48, states thought to be in decline as a natural gas source, production surged an astonishing 15% from the beginning of 2007 to mid-2008. This increase is more than most other countries produce in total.
Equally dramatic is the effect on U.S. reserves. Proven reserves have risen to 245 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2008 from 177 Tcf in 2000, despite having produced nearly 165 Tcf during those years. The recent increase in estimated U.S. gas reserves by the Potential Gas Committee, representing both academic and industry experts, is in itself equivalent to more than half of the total proved reserves of Qatar, the new LNG powerhouse. With more drilling experience, U.S. estimates are likely to rise dramatically in the next few years. At current levels of demand, the U.S. has about 90 years of proven and potential supply—a number that is bound to go up as more and more shale gas is found.
WE DO THIS ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORLD. BLOGROLL US. BOOKMARK US.
Remains of four more people were unearthed from the backyard of a rapist's home Tuesday, raising to 10 the number of bodies found in and near the house, as police also searched boarded-up homes in the neighborhood where residents complained for years of a stench that one even said ''smelled like a dead body.''
Anthony Sowell, 50, a registered sex offender who lives in the home, was charged Tuesday with five counts of aggravated murder.
''It appears that this man had an insatiable appetite that he had to fill,'' police Chief Michael McGrath said.He said the four bodies were found buried in the backyard of the home and a skull was found in a bucket in the basement.
... Sowell is a registered sex offender and required to check in regularly at the sheriff's office. Officers didn't have the right to enter his house, but they would stop by to make sure he was there. Their most recent visit was Sept. 22, just hours before the woman reported being raped.
For the past few years, Sowell's neighbors thought the foul smell enveloping their street corner had been coming from a brick building where workers churned out sausage and head cheese.
It got so bad that the owners of Ray's Sausage replaced their sewer line and grease traps.
City Councilman Zack Reed, whose mother lives a block from the area, said he called the city health department on more than one occasion.
''What happened from there, we don't know,'' he said. ''It was no secret that there was a foul odor. We don't want to point fingers, but clearly something could have been done differently.''
Reed said he and other community leaders want an investigation into whether police and health inspectors missed signs that could have tipped them off to the bodies.
Reed said he can't imagine how police officers and sheriff's deputies could have missed the smell. His office records show that he called the health department in 2007 after a resident told him about an odor that ''smelled like a dead body,'' he said.
COULD THIS HAPPEN IN A RED COUNTY?
REALLY: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE PERVASIVE PERMISSIVENESS OF DEEP BLUE COUNTIES THAT MAKES ME FEEL THE WAY THE POLICE IGNORED THIS MONSTER WAS NOT HAPPENSTANCE.
- I THINK IT REVEALS A DISREGARD FOR GOOD OL' LAW AND ORDER AND AN OVER-VALUING OF PC.
- THIS MONSTER SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN LET OUT OF PRISON AND ONCE OUT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON A VERY SHORT LEASH.
- "BUT THAT WOULD BE CRUEL."
- OH YEAH!?!?
- TEN BODIES AND COUNTING.
- AND EVERY ONE OF THEM WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY IF CLEVELANDERS CARED LESS ABOUT THE PERPS AND CONVICTED VIOLENT SEX-OFFENDERS
HAJJ IS COMING UP - IT STARTS ON NOVEMBER 25.
IT'S OFTEN BILLED AS THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PILGRIMAGE.
"The Hajj (Arabic: حج Ḥaǧǧ) is a pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah). It is currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a moral obligation that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so."Largest annual pilgrimage in the world?
Yeah, maybe so - because of that qualifier "annual."
From the article on the Kumbh Mela:
"Kumbh Mela (Devanagari: कुम्भ मेला) is a mass Hindu pilgrimage. It occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among four locations: Allahabad (Prayag) at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, Haridwar along the Ganga river, Ujjain along the Kshipra river and Nashik along the Godavari river. The Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad , while the Purna (complete) Kumbh always takes place at Allahabad every twelve years .The Hindus pull a bigger crowd than the Muzzies. MUCH.
Over 45 days beginning in January 2007, more than 70 million Hindu pilgrims took part in the Ardh Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, and on January 15, the most auspicious day of the festival of Makar Sankranti, more than 5 million participated .
The Maha Kumbh Mela ('Great' Kumbh Mela) which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas' which is after every 144 years is also held at Allahabad . The 2001, Maha Kumbh Mela was attended by around 60 million people, making it the largest gathering anywhere in the world ."
Oh, and by the way: the Saraswati River is not "mythical." Its dry streambed can be documented by satellite.
BTW: MUSLIM GENOCIDE OF HINDUS: AS MANY AS 80 MILLION - AND COUNTING...
Obama Rewards Companies Supporting Cap-and-Trade with Over $600,000,000 Million in Grants, Says Free Enterprise Project
Washington D.C.: Today's page one New York Times story on Al Gore profiting from global warming advocacy illustrates how taxpayer money is being used to reward businesses that support Obama's energy agenda, says Tom Borelli Ph.D., director of the Free Enterprise Project.
Gore's venture capital company, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, will benefit from the Department of Energy grants to support the development of the so-called smart grid, according to the Times.
"The Department of Energy is doling out $3.4 billion in smart grid grants and some of these funds are being steered to "friends of Obama," said Borelli.
The Department of Energy (DOE) funds were part of the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" – President Obama's economic stimulus plan.
According to the Times, $560 million in grants were awarded to utilities that had contracts with Silver Spring Networks – a company that Gore's firm has invested in. Silver Spring Networks develops technologies to increase the efficiency of the electricity grid.
John Doerr, a partner in Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
And Belarus and Romania.
What's up with H1N1 in Eastern Europe?
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Italy school crucifixes 'barred' - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against the use of crucifixes in classrooms in Italy
Is Italy going to take this?
From the BBC:
It said the practice violated the right of parents to educate their children as they saw fit, and ran counter to the child's right to freedom of religion.
The case was brought by an Italian mother, Soile Lautsi, who wants to give her children a secular education.
But the ruling has sparked anger in the largely Catholic country, with one politician calling the move "shameful".
The Strasbourg court found that: "The compulsory display of a symbol of a given confession in premises used by the public authorities... restricted the right of parents to educate their children in conformity with their convictions."
It also restricted the "right of children to believe or not to believe", the seven judges ruling on the case said in a statement quoted by AFP news agency.
Is the Pope going to stand up to this, or is the Catholic Church, and Italy, simply going to lie down and die?
UPDATE: SCOOPED HOT AIR BY THREE HOURS.
Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of Warren E. Buffett, said on Tuesday that it planned to buy the 77.4 percent of Burlington Northern Santa Fe it did not already own for $34 billion in cash and stock, in the largest deal in Berkshire history.I AGREE: THE LEFT & OBAMA WILL NOT KILL THE USA. BUFFETT UNDERSTANDS THIS TODAY.
The deal, which will also include the assumption of $10 billion in Burlington Northern debt, represents what Mr. Buffett said was a big bet on the United States. He told CNBC in an interview that railroad operators cannot do well unless American businesses were producing goods and customers were buying them.
“It’s an all-in wager on the economic future of the United States,” he said in a written statement. “I love these bets.”
THE LEFT WILL GET IT TOMORROW.
THE ELECTION WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END THE USA'S LURCH LEFT.
IT WILL END IN 2010, WHEN THE GOP RETAKES CONGRESS.
AND AMERICA WILL SURGE WHEN THE GOP RETAKES THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2012.
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Wrong language means no medical help?
In Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, a regional hospital doctor refused treatment to a Russian-speaking patient who could not explain his symptoms in the country’s official language.Denmark demands from Obama
According to the Novosti.err.ee portal, Dmitry Smolnikov, a diver, had approached the hospital after receiving a jaw injury during an unsuccessful plunge. Smolnikov waited to be seen by the oral surgeon for three weeks.
When he finally got an appointment, he entered the doctor’s office and tried to explain his condition in Russian. He was then requested to speak Estonian.
From Danish: Danish climate minister Connie Hedegaard says she finds it hard to understand how an American president can accept the Noble prize in Oslo, just a few hundred kilometers away from Copenhagen, for his ability to creat new hope, and at the same time send an empty-handed delegation to the climate summit.Norwegian politician forecasted 6 million Jews would perish
From Norwegian: In 1943 Haakon Lie wrote a letter to The Nation about antisemtiism in Norway, the persecution of Jews and the deportation to German concentration camps.South Africans 'fought in Gaza'
Later that year he said in an interview with Nordisk Tidende (Norwegian newspaper in US), that everything that happened in Norway, Poland, even to the Germans, is nothing compared with the extinction of 6 million Jews, of a whole people.
(+ Al Jazeera YouTube clip)CareNow apologizes to Muslim job applicant
South African Lawfare
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Another lawfare development to keep your eye on, this one in South Africa. Apparently the investigations that went into the Goldstone Report also turned up evidence of South African nationals fighting in Gaza on behalf of the IDF. It's not clear from the article in what capacity they were fighting, that is, whether they were contractors, mercenaries or Jewish South Africans who enlisted in the IDF out of solidarity. In any event, a group of South African lawyers is trying to build the case for a war crimes investigation.
We've already seen some of the legal difficulties that have arisen with regard to holding U.S. military contractors responsible for criminal conduct under U.S. military or civilian justice. In fact, it has often seemed as if there is a legal loophole that makes prosecuting such conduct next to impossible.
But the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan has made use of non-American military contractors, recruited by subcontractors in Latin America and Eastern Europe. (David Axe reported on the latter in his WPR column some months back.) Which means that theoretically, these contractors could be held responsible in their countries of origin.
So the South Africa case could be a precedent-setting one worth watching.
CareNow, a medical group that operates 22 facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has apologized to a Muslim job applicant who was told a “no hat” policy would make it impossible for her to wear her hijab at work.Wilders warns against "climate of hate"
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday that Coppell-based CareNow has apologized to the applicant and added that it will clarify its policies to ensure employees are aware of what religious accommodations to make for employees.
The job applicant, Hena Zaki, is a doctor, according to the group.
CAIR sent a letter to CareNow advising them that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandates that employers “reasonably accommodate” an employee’s religious practices.
CareNow President Tim Miller responded to CAIR's letter via e-mail on Oct. 31.
“We regret the misunderstanding with Dr. Zaki," Miller wrote in the e-mail. "We will clarify our policy and continue to provide training to our current employees to try to prevent future misunderstandings. We look forward to sitting down with Dr. Zaki and discussing potential job opportunities. Bright, young doctors like her are just what we're looking for."
Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, has called Integration Minister Eberhard van der Laan (of the Labour Party) and Democrats D66 leader Alexander Pechtold "political accomplices" of Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.Wilders 'is undermining democracy': report
Five years ago today, the Dutch filmmaker was stabbed to death in the street by a radical young Muslim who felt he had insulted Islam. Theo van Gogh was well known for his outspoken anti-Islamic views and was the maker of the controversial film Submission. The murder was the second political murder in recent history in the Netherlands and sent shockwaves through the country. (The first came when politician Pim Fortuyn was murdered shortly before the elections in May 2002.)
Mr Wilders says comments by the two politicians have contributed to "a climate of hate and violence against him and his party." He added that the Labour Party and D66 had not learnt anything from the murder of Pim Fortuyn. The two politicians have typified the Freedom Party as extreme right and a danger to the constitutional state at the weekend.
Mr Wilders believes that this "demonisation and the denouncements" were made out of fear of the Freedom Party's success. He warned: "If anything ever happens to me or my party that everyone will know that Van der Laan and Pechtold contributed to a climate that made it seem justified to some madmen."
The Friends of Pim Fortuyn foundation is holding a public commemoration of Theo van Gogh on the spot where he died this afternoon. A number of debates have also been organised to mark the anniversary of his death.
Monday 02 November 2009Fetuses wrongly declared dead
Geert Wilders' PVV party is an 'extreme right-wing' grouping and a threat to social cohesion and democracy, according to a report on radicalism in the Netherlands by three academics for the home affairs ministry, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.
The report, which is not yet finalised, looks at polarisation and radicalism in the Netherlands. Ministers and the researchers are still discussing the final changes but sources say ministers want to water down the conclusions because of the political sensitivity, the paper says.
As it now stands, the report describes the PVV as an 'extreme right-wing party which is mobilising anti-Islam sentiment and hatred of governmental system', theVolkskrant states.
National News | 2009-11-02'Love Jihad' a misinformation campaign: Kerala Muslim outfits
In twenty four cases during the last three years, doctors have unintentionally been giving pregnant mothers the false piece of information that their fetuses have died.
The Swedish radio has investigated reports about mistakes in the medical sector and hospitals. The result shows that this mistake has happened at least twenty four times during the last three years. In half of the cases, the women who got the information that their fetus has died, was given abortion pills. When they returned to the doctor, they learned that it was not dead at all, but perfectaly healthy
According to the guidelines, two separate ultrasound examinations shall always be performed to avoid mistakes like this, but this is not always the case.
KOZHIKODE: Muslim outfits in Kerala today said the 'love jihad', where girls from other religious background are allegedly lured to marriage andNo dating at this University + pictures
converted to Islam, is a "malicious-and misinformation campaign" by Sangh Parivar outfits.
The term 'love jihad' is a misconceived notion "raked up" by Sangh Parivar outfits and reference of such a term by Constitutional establishments like the judiciary "is not a good sign", a joint statement by various prominent Muslim leaders here said.
"The misinformation campaign against the non-existent organisation in the name of 'Love Jihad' would only lead to vitiating the prevailing communal harmony and create suspicion among various communities and the parties concerned should keep themselves away from levelling unsubstantiated charges," the statement said.
MALAYSIA - THE International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) has become the first "no dating place" in the country.One of the weirdest headlines I've seen: Clinton wishes he had left White House "in a coffin"
A banner has been put up at its Gombak campus to warn the students from dating in the university compound.
The banner reads: "IIUM is an Islamic territory. No dating. Allah is watching us."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he would have preferred to leave the White House in a coffin because he loved being commander in chief, but signaled his political life is over.VIA: Islam In Europe
"It's good that we have a (term) limit. Otherwise I would have stayed until I was carried away in a coffin. Or defeated in an election," Clinton said at a conference in Istanbul. "I loved doing the job."
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