"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, November 14, 2009
WHY WOULD HE DO THAT?
TO STEAL THE 2010 MID TERMS.
ARE THEY "BLACK POWER CHAIRS"?
AND WHO'S THE "UNCLE TOM" WITH MICHELLE?
AND WHERE'S HER SPEAR?
REMEMBER: OBAMA'S DOJ NOT ONLY WANTS TO GIVE KSM A SHOW TRIAL IN NYC, IT HAS DROPPED CHARGES AGAINST THE BPP FOR VOTER INTIMIDATION.
WHENEVER GIVEN THE CHANCE, OBAMA SIDES WITH ANTI-AMERICAN FORCES.
WHEN NOT GIVEN A CHANCE, HE DITHERS.
GOING ABROAD MEANS HE CAN "APOLOGIZE: FOR AMERICA.
NEXT TO GIVING TERRORISTS THE PRIVILEGES OF CITIZENS THIS IS HIS FAVORITE THING!
HE'S THE ONLY ONE WITH HIS HANDS IN FRONT OF HIMSELF.
WHAT'S HE HIDING ... A BONER?
AND LOOK AT ALL HIS TEETH!
WHAT AN ASS.
DOJ to Give KSM the NYC Show Trial He Wants; Obama Warns Against Congressional Investigation of Ft. Hood Massacre
More terrorist pandering and abject hatred for Americans from the Obama administration.
Michael Mukasey, the attorney general at the end of President Bush's second term, ripped his successor's decision to prosecute the Sept. 11 conspirators in a federal court, saying the trial will give jihadists a forum and could compromise delicate intelligence.The decision to do this is a proclamation that 9/11 was not an act of war. Holder is doing this because it is exactly what terrorists want and doing exactly what terrorists want comprises the majority of Holder's career accomplishments. He is doing this in order to persecute the Bush administration for abiding by federal and international law.
Mukasey, in an interview with Fox News, called the civilian trial announced Friday by Attorney General Eric Holder "the wrong place, under the wrong circumstances, in the wrong forum."
"After 9/11, we recognized that we were at war," he said, arguing that military tribunals were created for this kind of case and noting that they have been used since the Revolutionary War and during and after World War II.
"There are forums that allow the presentation of evidence in a controlled atmosphere, where you can limit access to classified information, and where you can receive evidence gathered on the battlefield, not necessarily under the kinds of conditions in which police gather evidence in a conventional case," he said. "That's not true in federal court."
The defendants are not American citizens, so they should not be tried in civilian court anyway, yet that constitutes the crux of Holder's argument for doing this.
Holder said he decided to seek justice against the suspects in federal court rather than a military tribunal because the attacks targeted civilians on U.S. soil. But Mukasey and other critics say the attack was an act of war that should be prosecuted in a military tribunal.Holder's explanation is neither here nor there. Who the victims happen to be is 100% legally irrelevant. This is a contrived argument regarding jurisdiction. The issue is whether the defendants are American citizens, not where the attack took place. Military tribunals were established for the express purpose of prosecuting non-citizens for terrorist attacks here or abroad. To prosecute them in federal court defies legal precedent.
This is about the defendants' detention, not the mass murders they committed. Holder is putting the Bush administration and the intelligence community on trial. The main argument in favor of military tribunals is to keep important intelligence out of the public domain. They were established in the interest of national security, for which Holder has no concern, hence his ongoing crusade against those who have kept us safe and those continue to keep us safe.
And now this, straight from Obama's mouth (boldface mine):
President Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.He wants no real investigation at all, as with ACORN, hence his attempt to undermine any and all accountability for the failures that led to the Fort Hood massacre. He wants to give all the agencies involved a chance to cover their asses so that his administration can't be held accountable, even though he has done everything he could to weaken the intelligence community ever since he took office and the blame for Fort Hood lies squarely on him.
On an eight-day Asia trip, Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.” He said those who died on the nation’s largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.
So don't investigate the military and intelligence failures that led to the slaughter of 14 Americans and injuries to 38 more because their families don't deserve justice and there's no point in trying to prevent acts of terrorism in the future (even though it is certain to happen again, and much worse, because Fort Hood was likely a test run for something larger, given all of Hasan's al-Qaeda ties, his sheer brazenness, and his Pakistan connections), but give the mastermind of the murders of 3000 Americans a show trial to contest his detention even though he's not an American citizen in order to persecute Bush and the intelligence community for keeping us safe for 7 years, and compromise crucial intelligence to boot. Basically, Obama wants to "be clear" in his position that terrorism and murdering Americans are to be encouraged, but preventing terrorism and punishing mass murderers for war crimes when they commit them is verboten. I can reach no other conclusion from the administration's actions.
Obama has demonstrated more loyalty to al-Qaeda than to America, and for that he should be tried for treason, but not before he is made to prove his US citizenship, and if he can't then he should be tried in a military tribunal. That's my idea of justice and it happens to be the military's, too.
Update: Sexy bitch and former CIA agent Mike Baker concurs.
OBAMA'S TREATMENT OF 9/11 AS A CRIMINAL ISSUE RATHER THAN AN ACT OF WAR SHOULD BE CONSIDERED TREASON
Here's the Presidential Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Al Qaeda, and all the other Jihadists like them, want to destroy the United States, and replace our Constitution with Sharia Law.
- The Jihadists have declared war on us. They tell us they are waging house of War) or Infidel land. We are the Great Satan. on Dar al-Harb (the
- Obama does not want to call it war. Bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York to stand trial shows that Obama thinks of 9/11 as a criminal act, not a war.
I think we need a Constitutional Amendment which states that, if a nation or group of people declare war on the U.S., and then actually proceed to carry out acts of war resulting in the deaths of over 1000 people, the President is REQUIRED TO IN RETURN.
IF HE DOES NOT DO SO, HE IS GUILTY OF TREASON HIMSELF,
BECAUSE HE IS NOT HONORING HIS OATH OF OFFICE TO SERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
Reliapundit adds: IMHO: We don't need ANY constitutional amendment; we have elections and the impeachment clause.
Obama wants KSM to get a trial to "expose" the CIA and Bushitlercheneyhalliburton and aid the enemy. It's a clever/stealthy anti-American act and does merit impeachment.
SAUDI ARABIA CONTINUES BOMBING RAIDS ON YEMEN IN EFFORT TO CREATE 10KM BUFFER ZONE - no outrage anewhere
Shia rebels in northern Yemen say Saudi Arabia has carried out more bombing raids, targeting several villages along the border.
The rebels say Saudi planes also struck a mountainous area more than 10km inside Yemeni territory.
There's been no word on any casualties from the recent raids.
Earlier this week, the Saudi authorities said they would keep bombing northern Yemen until the rebels had pulled back from the border.
The rebels, known as the Houthis, say their grievance is with the Yemeni government, and that Saudi Arabia should stay out of the conflict.
Saudi Arabia has evacuated 240 villages because of the fighting according to a statement by UN children's fund, Unicef.
The UN body also said more than 50 schools had been closed because of the fighting and that there was a "deep concern about the escalation of the conflict".
A Saudi government official said on Thursday that Saudi forces were using air power and artillery to enforce a 10km-deep buffer zone inside northern Yemen to keep the rebels away from the border.
IF ISRAEL BOMBED VILLAGES TO CREATE A BUFFER ZONE IN GAZA - OR IF NATO DID IT IN PAKISTAN'S BORDER REGION WITH AFGHANISTAN , THEN THERE'D BE HELL TO PAY.
THE SAUDI'S ARE RIGHT TO DO THIS.
ISRAEL AND NATO SHOULD DO MORE OF IT.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : With a drop of seven degrees in the average maximum temperature, Delhi Thursday witnessed the coldest November day in the last five years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.CO2 KEEPS RISING BUT TEMPS DO NOT.
The maximum temperature recorded at 5.30 p.m. Thursday evening was 22.4 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was four degrees above the average at 15.6 degrees Celsius.
"Not only was today the coldest day of the season but also the coldest day in November in the last five years," an IMD official told IANS.
- AGW = BS.
- CO2 = BENIGN.
- CARBON SCHEMES/GREEN ECONOMY = STEALTH SOCIALISM.
DON'T BE A DUPE: FIGHT GREEN TAXES AND THE "GREEN ECONOMY".
THE LEFTIST DOMINATED MEDIASAURS WANT TO DESTROY PALIN.
THEY HAVEN'T AND WON'T DO THE SAME TO ANY LEFTISTS.
JUST PROVES WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY WANT.
THEY MIGHT HAVE LOOKED INTO FRANK MARSHALL, AND HOW MUCH BILL AYERS REALLY WROTE OF OBAMA'S TWO BOOKS.
AND THEY MIGHT HAVE DUG INTO OBAMA'S BIRTH AND MEDICAL RECORDS - AND HIS SCHOOL APPLICATIONS AND GRADES.
BUT THEY NEVER DID.
SO - AS A DIRECT RESULT --- THE DESIRED RESULT! - MANY INDEPENDENTS AND MODERATES WERE DUPED INTO VOTING FOR THIS KING-KOWTOWING ANTI-AMERICAN SOCIALIST.
NOT ONLY WILL OBAMA AND THE DEMS PAY A HUGE PRICE IN 2010 - SO WILL THE MEDIASAURS!
On the one hand, while a gag order could actually be of help if that's what it takes to keep awful newspapers like the Columbus Dispatch from writing things that could actually hurt her, it is bad if hearings are being run behind everyone else's back, especially if a backdoor deal were to come up that could find Rifqa returned to her abusive parents without prior knowledge.
And that's one more reason to attend the rally on November 16 at 11AM in Dorrian Commons Park, where Andrew Bostom will also be present.
So far, there appears to be another hearing scheduled for December 22. Let's hope there'll be a rally planned for that time as well.
FOR BOWING DOWN TO ANOTHER FOREIGN KING, OBAMA HAS ONCE AGAIN PROVEN HE IS UNFIT FOR OFFICE AND NEEDS TO BE EFFIN IMPEACHED
FIRST TO KING ABDULLAH AND NOW EMPEROR AKIHITO:
UPDATED - VIDEO:
IT NOT JUST THIS BOW - (WHICH WAS A STEALTHY APOLOGY FOR HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI --- AS IF WE NEEDED TO APOLOGIZE FOR ENDING THE WAR AND SAVING 20 MILLION LIVES BY USING THE NUKES!) ...
OR THE BOW TO KING ABDULLAH.
IT'S THE FACT THAT OBAMA IS ALWAYS GOING OUT OF HIS WAY TO "APOLOGIZE FOR AMERICA" - AS IF WE HAD SOMETHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR! - AND HE'S ALWAYS GIVING AID AND SUCCOR TO OUR FOES:
LIKE BY GIVING KSM A TRIAL IN NYC - A TRIAL IN WHICH AL QAEDA CAN GLEAN ALL SORTS OF INTEL'...
A TRIAL WHICH WILL MAKE OUR INTEL' AGENTS AND TROOPS SHUDDER AT THE MERE POSSIBILITY OF EVER CAPTURING AN ENEMY COMBATANT (BECAUSE IT TURNS THE BATTLEFIELD INTO A "CSI CRIME SCENE" AND MEANS THE "ARRESTING SOLDIER" KNOWS THAT DURING A TRIAL HIS NAME WILL BE MADE KNOWN TO THE ENEMY IN A YEAR OR 2 OR 3 OR 4).
THAT'S WHY THE MERE PROSPECT OF THIS TRIAL MAKES THE ENEMY STRONGER AND US LESS SAFE - RIGHT NOW!
MEANWHILE, OBAMA IS BLOCKING A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO HASAN.
OBAMA IS PROTECTING THE ENEMY.
OBAMA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED, CONVICTED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE.
USING ALL NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE MEANS AT OUR DISPOSAL.
The crude paintshop to the right is not as horrible as Obama's bow.
Friday, November 13, 2009
A Spanish region's new approach to sex education has provoked anger by suggesting children be taught "self-exploration and self-pleasure".
The government of Extremadura launched a campaign based around the slogan "pleasure is in your own hands", which gives advice on masturbation.
The scheme has angered Spain's Roman Catholics and conservative media.
But youth workers have also been angered by the row, saying their plans were taken out of context.
The education campaign included producing leaflets, a "fanzine" and conducting workshops with children aged between 14 and 17.
"Extremadura should be pleased with itself," Pilar Rahola, a columnist in the Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper, wrote.
"It may have the most unemployed young people in Spain but they will be the best at masturbation."
WHAT IS THE FINAL EXAM LIKE!?!??!
ONLY LEFTISTS (IN THIS CASE SPAIN'S SOCIALIST PARTY) COULD COME UP WITH A COURSE LIKE THIS - AND THINK IT'S NECESSARY AND GOOD.
WHTA THEY'RE REALY DOING IS GRAMSCIAN: THEY WANT TO DEMOLISH THE FAMILY AND THE CHURCH IN ORDER REPLACE THEM WITH A TOTALITARIAN NANNYSTATE - ONE THAT ALLOWS LIBERTINAGE.
THE LEFT IS INSANE.
I guess REAL science is provisional and subject to change given additional info.
Why don't the AGW alarmists accept this?
SIMPLE: Because they are more wedded to their proposed "solutions" than tio any scientific analysis.
Because they are really and truly and madly committed to leftist "utopianistic" control of the economy and industry, and not science.
And not climate control" either.
- THE FIRST ROUND WERE INTERNATIONAL (THE ALLIES TRIED THE PERP'S), AND THE SECOND ROUND WAS EXCLUSIVELY RUN BY THE US MILITARY.
- THESE MILITARY TRIBUNALS WERE GOOD ENOUGH TO HANG DOZENS AND DOZENS OF NAZIS AND JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS LIKE TOJO AND HOMMA - WHO WAS DELIBERATELY TRANSFERED IN.
INSANELY, BOUMEDIENE OVERTURNED THAT.
AND AS A RESULT... KSM IS COMING TO NYC.
HE WILL BE TRIED BLOCKS FROM GROUND ZERO.
- THEY WILL PROBABLY FLY KSM INTO NYC - AND THEN HE'LL GET A VIEW OF THE HOLE AT GROUND ZERO...
- HE'LL SMILE ALL THE WAY TO THE COURTROOM.
- A SMILE ENABLED BY BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF GITMO IS A COUNTRY CLUB - AND THE INESCAPABLE AND INEVITABLE CONCLUSION THAT OBAMA IS NO PATRIOT
KSM AFTER YEARS AT GITMO:
GITMO IS OBVIOUSLY NOT A HARSH PLACE TO BE.
AND THE JUSTICE KSM WOULD'VE GOTTEN IN GITMO - IN FRONT OF A MILITARY TRIBUNAL - (WHICH AFTER ALL IS WHAT NUREMBERG TRIALS WERE FUHCRYINOUTTEARS!) - WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR EVERY POW IN WW2 AND EVERY ENEMY COMBATANT FROM WW2 UNTIL BOUMEDIENE.
IT'S INSANE TO BRING KSM STATESIDE, LET ALONE TO NYC - INSANE - OR DELIBERATELY EVIL.
MEANING, OBAMA IS EITHER THE DUMBEST MAN IN THE ROOM, OR ON THE OTHER SIDE.
WHEN COUPLED WITH OBAMA'S DITHERING ON AFGHANISTAN, IT PAINTS A VERY CLEAR PICTURE OF WHO OBAMA IS: A MAN WHO CANNOT BRING HIMSELF TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE USA.
LOOK AT THAT PHOTO OF OBAMA, (ABOVE).
AND THEN THERE'S THIS ONE OF OBAMA CAMPAIGNING IN IOWA. ALSO: NOT SALUTING DURING THE ANTHEM.
OLD HABITS DIE HARD.
OBAMA CAN'T SEEM TO BRING HIMSELF TO BE FULLY RESPECTFUL OF THE FLAG OR THE VETS OR ANYTHING PURELY PATRIOTIC.
(IT'S THE POSTMODERN LEFTIST DEEP WITHIN HIM; THE PERSON MENTORED BY FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS AND SAUL ALINSKY'S PROTEGE, GERRY KELLMAN; THE LEFTIST SUCKLED ON THE CHOMSKY/ZINN PROPAGANDA THAT "AMERICA IS THE EVIL EMPIRE"..)
OBAMA SHOULD BE IMPEACHED BEFORE HE GETS US ALL KILLED.
THE WESTERN WALL: LITERALLY; FIGURATIVELY; PHYSICALLY; METAPHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY THE WALL OF THE WEST
THE WESTERN WALL.
LITERALLY, FIGURATIVELY, PHYSICALLY, METAPHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY THE WALL OF THE WEST.
EAST OF JERUSALEM IS "THE EAST."
IT IS MORE THAN A SYMBOL; IT IS A REAL BULWARK.
IF WE LET THIS WALL FALL ISLAM, THEN THE WEST WILL FALL, AND MANKIND'S ENLIGHTENMENT WOULD BE ARRESTED AND ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF DARKNESS WOULD BEGIN.
INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THE DIVISION JERUSALEM, THE WORLD SHOULD BE FIGURING OUT HOW TO FURTHER SPREAD THE LIGHT WHICH HAS EMANATED FROM JERUSALEM FOR MORE THA N 3000 YEARS...
MORE ON THE WALL HERE.
According to authorities the "non-western" perpetrators have a primitive attitude towards women.
Later on in the article the politically correct label for the perpetrators is replaced by "muslim" as they explain that these "non-western" men consider the scantily clad, intoxicated white women as sinners, and unreliable witnesses (at least in their Sharia Courts).
The article does not tell us what percentage of the population of Stavanger is "non-western" male... but Muslims make up less than 2% of the population of Norway... and the population of Stavanger is about 190,000.
That means that a group of about 1900 "non-western" males were "responsible" for 16 sexual assaults (that's 119 men per assault) and 93100 Norwegian men we "responsible" for 1 sexual assault.
That means - in Stavanger at least - it is almost 800 times more likely that a "non-western" male will perpetrate a sexual assault than a Norwegian male.
I THINK SO:
CNN:Top White House Lawyer Pushed Out — TOKYO (CNN) - In the first major shakeup among President Obama's senior staff, CNN has learned that White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over the struggle to close the U.S. Military prison at Guantanamo.
WILL ANYONE IN THE MSM DIG INTO THE COINCIDENCE?
OR HE WANTS NYC ATTACKED.
SCALIA SAW THIS INSANITY IN HIS BRILLIANT BOUMEDIENE DISSENT.
MORE FROM ANDY MCCARTHY HERE.
Faced with the worst domestic economy in decades, the president has responded -- by setting a record for foreign travel. An Asian swing that began Thursday will bring his total this year to 20 countries in eight trips, according to CBS News's Mark Knoller, official statistician of the White House press corps.BHO is stroking his own ego on the American taxpayers' backs:
That easily bests the previous record-holder, George H.W. Bush, who hit 14 countries in his first year. By the time he returns next week, Obama will have spent more than 12 percent of his presidency overseas -- and he still has another trip or two in the works for this year....
By some measures, in fact, foreigners have a more favorable view of Obama than Americans do.
Eighty-six percent of Britons, 88 percent of Canadians, 91 percent of French and 93 percent of Germans say they have confidence in him. So do 85 percent of Japanese, 88 percent of Nigerians and 77 percent of Indians. All those figures trump Americans' confidence in their own president -- 74 percent when the poll was done in the spring.
That could explain why Obama seems to enjoy spending so much time with the foreign media....
NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors took steps Thursday to seize four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government.Are they so sure of that? If this were a Christian Church or a Jewish Synagogue in question, something tells me it would've been shut down long ago if they were suspected of aiding evil forces.
In what could prove to be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, prosecutors filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets.
The assets include bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story glass office tower in New York.
Confiscating the properties would be a sharp blow against Iran, which has been accused by the U.S. government of bankrolling terrorism and trying to build a nuclear bomb.
A telephone call and e-mail to Iran's U.N. Mission seeking comment were not immediately answered.
John D. Winter, the Alavi Foundation's lawyer, said it intends to litigate the case and prevail. He said the foundation has been cooperating with the government's investigation for the better part of a year.
"Obviously the foundation is disappointed that the government has decided to bring this action," Winter told The Associated Press.
It is extremely rare for U.S. law enforcement authorities to seize a house of worship, a step fraught with questions about the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
The action against the Shiite Muslim mosques is sure to inflame relations between the U.S. government and American Muslims, many of whom are fearful of a backlash after last week's Fort Hood shooting rampage, blamed on a Muslim American major.Once again, the AP Wire is resorting to victimology and apologia, and paying lip service to an unindicted co-conspirator in terrorism, instead of providing the authorities with the backup they need to get the job done.
"Whatever the details of the government's case against the owners of the mosques, as a civil rights organization we are concerned that the seizure of American houses of worship could have a chilling effect on the religious freedom of citizens of all faiths and may send a negative message to Muslims worldwide," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The mosques and the skyscraper will remain open while the forfeiture case works its way through court in what could be a long process. What will happen to them if the government ultimately prevails is unclear. But the government typically sells properties it has seized through forfeiture, and the proceeds are sometimes distributed to crime victims.And we all have Jimmy Carter to thank for the Shah's downfall and replacement by the much more sadistic Ayatollah. I hope the authorities do the right thing and shut down those so-called institutions.
"No action has been taken against any tenants or occupants of those properties," U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Yusill Scribner said. "The tenants and occupants remain free to use the properties as they have before today's filing. There are no allegations of any wrongdoing on the part of any of these tenants or occupants."
Prosecutors said the Alavi Foundation managed the office tower on behalf of the Iranian government and, working with a front company known as Assa Corp., illegally funneled millions in rental income to Iran's state-owned Bank Melli. Bank Melli has been accused by a U.S. Treasury official of providing support for Iran's nuclear program, and it is illegal in the United States to do business with the bank.
The U.S. has long suspected the foundation was an arm of the Iranian government; a 97-page complaint details involvement in foundation business by several top Iranian officials, including the deputy prime minister and ambassadors to the United Nations.
"For two decades, the Alavi Foundation's affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
There were no raids Thursday as part of the forfeiture action. The government is simply required to post notices of the civil complaint on the property.
As prosecutors outlined their allegations against Alavi, the Islamic centers and the schools they run carried on with normal activity. The mosques' leaders had no immediate comment.
Parents lined up in their cars to pick up their children at the schools within the Islamic Education Center of Greater Houston and the Islamic Education Center in Rockville, Md. No notices of the forfeiture action were posted at either place as of late Thursday.
At the Islamic Institute of New York, a mosque and school in Queens, two U.S. marshals came to the door and rang the bell repeatedly. The marshals taped a forfeiture notice to the window and left a large document sitting on the ground. After they left a group of men came out of the building and took the document.
The fourth Islamic center marked for seizure is in Carmichael, Calif.
The skyscraper, known as the Piaget building, was erected in the 1970s under the shah of Iran, who was overthrown in 1979. The tenants include law and investment firms and other businesses.
The sleek, modern building, last valued at $570 million to $650 million in 2007, has served as an important source of income for the foundation over the past 36 years. The most recent tax records show the foundation earned $4.5 million from rents in 2007.For the sake of America's safety, and the rest of the world, that's why it's important to close these institutions down.
Rents collected from the building help fund the centers and other ventures, such as sending educational literature to imprisoned Muslims in the U.S. The foundation has also invested in dozens of mosques around the country and supported Iranian academics at prominent universities.
If federal prosecutors seize the skyscraper, the Alavi Foundation would have almost no way to continue supporting the Islamic centers, which house schools and mosques. That could leave a major void in Shiite communities, and hard feelings toward the FBI, which played a big role in the investigation.
The forfeiture action comes at a tense moment in U.S.-Iranian relations, with the two sides at odds over Iran's nuclear program and its arrest of three American hikers.
But Michael Rubin, an expert on Iran at the American Enterprise Institute, said the timing of the forfeiture action was probably a coincidence, not an effort to influence Iran on those issues.
"Suspicion about the Alavi Foundation transcends three administrations," Rubin said. "It's taken ages dealing with the nuts and bolts of the investigation. It's not the type of investigation which is part of any larger strategy."
Legal scholars said they know of only a few cases in U.S. history in which law enforcement authorities have seized a house of worship. Marc Stern, a religious-liberty expert with the American Jewish Congress, called such cases extremely rare.Unfortunately, if I'm not mistaken, they have not done the same with other Islamic countries with potential ties to terror like the UAE, and the House of Saud. These should not be overlooked, and federal prosecutors are going to have to start considering investigating them as well.
The Alavi Foundation is the successor organization to the Pahlavi Foundation, a nonprofit group used by the shah to advance Iran's charitable interests in America. But authorities said its agenda changed after the fall of the shah.
In 2007, the United States accused Bank Melli of providing services to Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and put the bank on its list of companies whose assets must be frozen. Washington has imposed sanctions against various other Iranian businesses.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- 8-9PM: SOFT POWER TALK - WITH KIRSTEN POWERS, MICHELLE MALKIN, PEGGY NOONAN AND DONNA BRAZILE. ("THE VIEW", ONLY POLITICAL)
- 9-10PM: CAPITAL IDEAS - WITH MARIA BARTIROMO AND KATTY KAY - (WALL STREET MEETS FLEET STREET
- 10-11PM: EXECUTIVE SUITE - WITH MARIA SHRIVER AND CARLY FIORINA - INTERVIEWS BY AND WITH POWER PLAYERS
SERIOUSLY: IF I WAS REVAMPING THEIR SCHEDULE, THEN I'D GO FOR MORE DEBATE AND ALL WOMEN!
NEW TAGLINE : "BABES, BOOBS'N BARBS!"
Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.AND DEMS HAVE 23 SOFT-LEANERS WHICH MIGHT BE THREATENED!
Toss-Up: These are the most competitive; either party has a good chance of winning.
Democrats currently have 36 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.
Republicans currently have 12 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.
2010 IS SHAPING UP TO BE BETTER THAN 1994!
THE GOP M IGHT PICK UP 50+ SEATS!
IF THE GOP CAN HOLD ON TO THEIR GENERIC PARYTY-ID LEAD (SEE HERE AND HERE), THEN IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT 2010!
AS USUAL: THE BLOGGER-BIGGIES ARE LATE TO THE STORY AND HALF-ASSED. US EARLIER THIS WEEK:
MEGAN MCARDLE: Chavez’s Economic Problems Turn Nasty: “For a long time I have been saying (along with a lot of other people), that Hugo Chavez was running his country into the ground. He diverted investment funds from PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil company, into social programs. As long as the price of oil kept rising, he could do that. Unfortunately, Venezuela’s sour, heavy crude is particularly hard to get at and refine, and requires a high rate of investment in order to keep production up. As a result, the number of barrels per day (bpd) that Venezuela produces has declined pretty sharply since he took office in 1999. As a consequence, the money that Chavez used to paper over the cracks in his socialist paradise has vanished, and the cracks are deepening.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 6:42 pm
CHAVEZ TAKES OVER THE COFFEE INDUSTRY:THIS TODAY/AP:Venezuela formalizes compulsory acquisition of coffee manufacturerTHE ROAD TO SERFDOM IS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL... FIRST OIL THEN ELECTRICITY THEN BANKS AND WATER AND THEN COFFEE AND SOON...
The Venezuelan government made official the compulsory acquisition of coffee companies Fama de América C.A. and Cafea C.A, as published in the Official Gazette No 39,303 dated November 10, 2009.
The government argued, among other things, that Fama de América and Cafea had come to purchase each, up to 30 percent of domestic production, dislodging small and medium coffee roasters.
SOCIALISTS LIKE CHAVEZ ARE MORE GREEDY AND CRIMINAL THAN THE CAPITALISTS THEY ATTACK - WHO AFTER ALL JUST WANT AS MUCH AS THEY CAN EARN.
CHAVEZ USES THE COERCIVE POWER OF THE STATE TO STEAL WHAT OTHERS EARN.
Chavez tightens control over food sectorAND ALSO TODAY THIS - WHICH YOU WONT SEE ANY OTHER BLOG POST ON - CHAVEZ DESTROYS 30,000 GUNS:
President Hugo Chavez's government has nationalized two coffee processors and is planning to purchase a majority stake in a third as it moves to assert greater control over Venezuela's strictly regulated food sector.
Presidential decrees published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday ordered the takeover of Fama de America and Cafea. Government officials have said they also hope to purchase a majority stake in a third company, Cafe Madrid _ guaranteeing Chavez's government control over more than half of Venezuela's coffee industry.
Company executives have not been available to comment on the announcements, and it was not clear whether they would be compensated.
In addition to nationalizations in the electricity, cement and oil sectors, Chavez's government has nationalized some 2.5 million hectares of land considered to be idle or whose titles were in doubt.
In the past two years, the government has also purchased a major dairy company and expropriated a rice processing plant owned by U.S. food giant Cargill Inc.
It is now asserting control over coffee companies it accuses of acting as monopolies and flouting price controls by smuggling coffee into Colombia _ allegations the companies deny.
Price controls are among the dozens of laws and regulations that Chavez's government has imposed on the food sector. The government says the controls are necessary to guarantee affordable supply in the face of 27 percent annual inflation. But food prices have increased 26.5 percent in the last twelve months despite the regulations.
Venezuela on Wednesday crushed more than 30,000 guns seized from the streets during police raids this year.
Policemen used blow-torches to chop up some of shotguns and pistols. They compacted weapons including home-made pistols into a 5 ton block, said Interior Minister Tarek Al Aisammi.
"Here we have weapons captured in operations during 2009," he said on state television. "This act forms part of the disarmament policies that we have been promoting."
With 13,000 murders in 2007, the last time figures were published, violent crime consistently registers as Venezuelans' main concern in opinion polls.
Gun laws are lax in the South American oil exporter. The government estimates there are 6 million firearms circulating among the population of about 28 million. Venezuela's murder rate is about 8 times that of the United States.
Crime has risen under President Hugo Chavez, who has focused on poverty reduction to tackle violence in poor city neighborhoods.
YES: CHAVEZ IS DIARMING HIS PEOPLE - MAKING THEM LESS SAFE FROM CRIMINALS AND LESS SAFE FROM A POLICE STATE.
DO OLIVER STONE AND DANNY GLOVER AND SEAN PENN REALLY SUPPORT THIS STATIST CRAP?!
ARE THEY TOO DUMB TO SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES!?
IT'S A FASCIST POWER GRAB AND IT DESTROYS AN ECONOMY, REDUCING PROSPERITY AND MAKING MORE PEOPLE SUFFER. MAKING THEM MORE VULNERABLE, NOT LESS.
IT GETS WORSE: Colombia takes Chavez war talk to Security Council
NOT ONLY IS CHAVEZ A COMMIE THIEF, HE'S A BELLIGERANT ASS.
AND A SUPPORTER OF IRAN, HAMAS AND HIZBALLAH.
ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS CHAVEZ IS AN ENEMY OF LIBERTY, PROSPERITY AND WORLD PEACE.
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led government in Pakistan is considering a proposal to seek Interpol's red corner notice against ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a bid to bring him back from abroad to face treason charges, days after he called party chief and president Asif Ali Zardari "a criminal and a fraud".
Musharraf's remarks about Zardari, made in an interview to New Yorker magazine, have virtually united the PPP and main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the issue of dealing with the former president, who has been living outside Pakistan since April.
"The government is seriously considering a proposal to ask Interpol to issue a (red corner notice for) Musharraf so that he can be brought back here and tried for violating Article 6 of the Constitution (which relates to treason)," PPP leader Raja Riaz, who is senior minister in the provincial government of Punjab, told PTI.
PPP leaders had so far refrained from backing the demand for Musharraf to be brought back to Pakistan to face trial on charges of treason. Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani had even hinted it might not be possible to put Musharraf on trial after main opposition PML-N stepped up demands for action against him.
However, PPP leaders changed their stance after Musharraf harshly criticised Zardari.
During the interview, Musharraf said, "He (Zardari will) do anything to save himself. He's not a patriot and he's got no love for Pakistan. He's a third-rater."
... PML-N leaders [NAWAZ SHARIF'S PARTY] said their party will not join protests against Musharraf being organised by the PPP but will support the move.
"The PPP-led government should take some concrete steps to bring the dictator back from abroad and arrest him for violating article 6 of the constitution," PML-N parliamentarian Pervaiz Rashid said.
MUSHARRAF IS RIGHT.
THE REASON AFGHANISTAN GOT WORSE IS BECAUSE THE POST-MUSHARRAF REGIME WENT SOFT ON THE TALIBAN.
WHAT THE PPP AND PML-N WANNA DO IS JUST WHAT ALL LEFTISTS WANNA DO WHEN THEY GET POWER: ARREST THE OPPOSITION.
Beijing’s heaviest snowfall in at least 54 years grounded hundreds of flights and trapped thousands of motorists on frozen roads as Premier Wen Jiabao oversaw relief efforts.AND IT WAS THE THIRD COLDEST OCTOBER IN THE USA IN 50 YEARS...
Wen traveled yesterday afternoon to Hebei province, adjacent to the Chinese capital, to visit stranded travelers. Tens of thousands were trapped on highways linking Beijing with the surrounding provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
JUST GOES TO SHOW YA:
- AGW = BS.
- CO2 = BENIGN
- CARBON SCHEMES = STEALTH SOCIALISM
SHOCKER: US AMBASSADOR TO AFGHANISTAN - A VET OF THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN - URGES OBAMA NOT TO SEND MORE TROOPS
The US ambassador in Kabul has written to the White House arguing against sending thousands more American troops to Afghanistan.
In a leaked cable, Karl Eikenberry expressed doubts about the competence of President Hamid Karzai's government.
The message arrived amid intense debate over strategy, with President Obama yet to make a decision on troop numbers.
This dramatic intervention seems to put the envoy at odds with generals wanting reinforcements, correspondents say.
... The top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, has asked for at least 40,000 more US troops.
The US currently has some 68,000 troops in Afghanistan, contributing to a coalition force of more than 100,000.
Gen McChrystal was "fuming" about Mr Eikenberry's intervention, sources said.
OBAMA SEEMS UNABLE AND UNWILLING TO EITHER DETHRONE KARZAI OR ERADICATE THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA.
I GUESS OBAMA'D RATHER JUST LOSE.
I GUESS THE EIKENBERRY STORY WAS LEAKED BY RAHM EMANUEL.
ASIDE: Lakhdar Brahimi IS A TURD.
Eikenberry graduated from Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1969 and then studied as an undergraduate at West Point, where he graduated in 1973. In August 2007 he returned to Goldsboro to receive the key to the city from the mayor.
He received an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, where he would later return as National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an M.A. in political science from Stanford, where he was also a Ph.D candidate. In addition, Eikenberry has studied in Hong Kong at the UK Ministry of Defence Chinese Language School, earning the Foreign Office's Interpreter’s Certificate for Mandarin Chinese, and Nanjing University, earning an advanced degree in Chinese History.
...Eikenberry served two tours of duty in the war in Afghanistan. His first tour in Afghanistan was from September 2002- September 2003.
During this time he filled two positions; his primary duty was as the United States Security Coordinator for Afghanistan and the second position was the Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan (OMC-A).
As the Security Coordinator he worked closely with UNSG Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi to forge a unified international effort to build a cohesive security sector. This Security Sector Reform (SSR) project included building the Afghan National Army (U.S.), reforming the Afghan Police (Germany), Counter-Narcotics (U.K.), Judicial reform (Italy), and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration of the militias (Japan and U.N.). In his role as Chief of the OMC-A he was the chief architect of the strategy that built and fielded the first Afghan Army Corps. During his second tour he was Commander of the Combined Forces Command for 18 months, leaving in 2007 to become the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAYBE REALLY BE MEANT TO PUT PRESSURE ON KARZAI AND WIN REFORM GUARANTEES.
UPDATE: NOW THE NYTIMES HAS THE STORY TOO.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:Republicans Edge Ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote — Registered voters prefer Republicans for the House, 48% to 44% — PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections …Discussion: Washington Examiner, MyDD, Wizbang, Politics Nation, Moe_Lane's blog, Below The Beltway, Left Coast Rebel, Townhall.com, Taylor Marsh, NewsBusters.org, Mouth of the Potomac, Politics Daily, The Swamp, National Review Online, Another Black Conservative, The Western Experience, Real Clear Politics, Newsweek Blogs, The Corner on National …, No More Mister Nice Blog, D.C. Now, AMERICAblog News, George's Bottom Line, Sweetness & Light, Scared Monkeys, The Hill, Hot Air, The Strata-Sphere and The Washington IndependentDiscussion:Byron York / Washington Examiner: Big news: New poll shows GOP leading Dems in congressional preference ballotJonathan Singer / MyDD: Breaking Down the 2010 Numbers — Today Gallup released polling …Kyle Trygstad / Politics Nation: Why Things Don't Look Good For Dems In The MidtermsCarol Platt Liebau / Townhall.com: No Comfort for Democrats — Today, the Gallup poll shows …Jim Geraghty / National Review Online: Tucson Tea Party Defeats Incumbent Democrat on City Council — By: Jim GeraghtyRich Lowry / The Corner on National Review Online: More Depressing News for the GOP — By: Rich LowryMark Silva / D.C. Now: Republicans gain edge over Democrats with 21-point swing among independent votersRELATED:Pew Research Center:A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment — Obama's Afghanistan Rating Declines — The mood of America is glum. Two-thirds of the public is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. Fully nine-in-ten say that national economic conditions are only fair or poor …
More Depressing News for the GOP [Rich Lowry]
Just when you thought things were getting better, a new Gallup survey shows that Republicans lead on the generic congressional ballot among independents by only 22 points.
What accounts for this disappointing result?
I'm guessing it’s over-determined.
Surely, the baleful influence of talk radio is at work, and the party's rigid ideological conformity, and its inability to speak to voters outside the South.
The party may also already be experiencing the turbulence of its much-anticipated "civil war." I look forward to reading Frank Rich on Sunday for a more fully fleshed-out explanation for this ongoing Republican debacle.
11/11 01:43 PM
WHAT WOULD BJ CLINTON SAY ABOUT THIS?
HE'D SAY THE GOP IS GROWING IN POPULARITY BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS ARE WINNING.
TRUTH: WHEN YOU RUN AS A MODERATE AND GOVERN AS A SOCIALIST YOU'RE GONNA PISS OFF A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR YOU.
- RAMMING THROUGH THE PORKULUS AND TRYING TO RAM OBAMACARE DOWN OUR THROATS - WHILE APOLOGIZING FOR AMERICA, DITHERING ON AFGHANISTAN AND DITHERING ON THE IRANIAN REBELLION - HAS OPENED A LOT OF PEOPLE'S EYES.
A bronze coin dated by Israeli archaeologists to 69 AD is part of an exhibition in Jerusalem of rare coins excavated at the foot the Temple Mount, found charred and burned from when the Romans razed the Jewish Temple nearly two thousand years ago.THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS A JEWISH HOLY SITE, NOT A MUSLIM ONE.
Israel displayed for the first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago.
About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of the exhibition.
The Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire and took over Jerusalem in A.D. 66. After laying siege to Jerusalem, the Romans breached the city walls and wiped out the rebellion, demolishing the Jewish Temple, the holiest site in Judaism.
The coins sit inside a glass case, some melted down to unrecognizable chunks of pockmarked and carbonized bronze from the flames that destroyed the Temple.
JEWS ARE THE RIGHTFUL AND LEGAL OWNERS OF JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL. AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
LET'S SAY YOU HAD A CAR. IT WAS STOLEN. THEN SOLD, STOLEN AGAIN. SOLD AND STOLEN AGAIN. WHEN THE COPS FINALLY GET IT, WHO SHOULD THEY RETURN IT TO?RE: JERUSALEM: THE ARABS SHOULD STFU. JUST FUGGEDABOUDIT!
THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHO HAS RIGHTFUL OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CAR: YOU. EVERYONE ELSE HAD STOLEN GOODS.
DITTO ISRAEL AND JEWS: THERE IS NO EXTANT PEOPLE WITH A PRIOR CLAIM ON THE HOLY LAND. NO CANAANITES, NO AMORITES, ETC.
TURKS AND ARABS ARE INVADERS. TURKS STOLE IT FROM THE ARABS.
THE BRITS TOOK IT FROM THE TURKS - THE BRITS PROMISED IT ALL TO THE JEWS, THEN RENEGED, SO THE JEWS TOOK IT - IN A WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. LIKE EVERY OTHER COUNTRY OF THE WORLD, ISRAEL'S BORDERS ARE A RESULT OF VICTORIES.
END OF STORY.
IF JEWS DON'T BELONG IN ISRAEL AND ALL OF JERUSALEM THEN NOBODY BELONGS ANYWHERE.