"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I THINK IF THEY DID, THE CASTRO TYRANNY WOULD FALL QUICKLY.
SO FAST, IN FACT, THAT THE DITHERING APPEASER OBAMA WOULD BARLEY MANAGE TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE PEOPLE BEFORE THE FALL.
So far, Germany is the only Western nation which has been able to convince Muslims to leave. They are doing something right.
If Germany can make it happen without violence, then so can the rest of the Western World.
From Der Spiegel:
After Germany stopped recruiting guest workers in 1973, the main way to emigrate was for family members abroad to join their relatives in Germany. However, because these family reunions primarily allowed women and children to move to Germany -- thereby causing the already low educational level of immigrants to drop even further -- they were later severely impeded.
Since then, an ever-dwindling number of Turks have been emigrating to Germany. Their net immigration plunged from 10,130 in the year 2000 to 1,746 in 2005. In the meantime, the direction of emigration has even reversed itself. In 2008 -- the most recent year with available concrete figures -- there was a net emigration of 10,147 persons to Turkey.
Statistics also reveal that over the past two years the number of people from majority Muslim countries who returned home significantly outstripped the number who immigrated to Germany.
NO WONDER HE WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: SUDDENLY, OBAMA DECIDES GADDAFI MUST GO - and sounds like he feels that him just saying it will make it so...
Obama says Gadhafi must leave Libya 'now'AND IF THIS POWERFULLY PROFOUND PRONOUNCEMENT BY OBAMA DOESN'T MAKE GADDAFI COME TO HIS SENSES AND SPLIT, THEN OBAMA AND THE U.N. WILL SEND A MUCH MORE HARSHLY WORDED CONDEMNATION OF QADDAFI.
U.S. president says 'when leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people' he must go; Obama's comment marks first time he called on the Libyan leader to step down.
THAT'LL DO IT!
NO WONDER OBAMA ONE THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!
UPDATE: THE UN LEAPS INTO ACTION: WANTS TO HAVE AN INVESTIGATION AND SANCTIONS:
Security Council Calls for Inquiry in LibyaTHE WON AND THE UN: PERFECT TOGETHER!
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and called for a war crimes investigation.
THE LEFT IS FOND OF USING THE TERM "SUSTAINABILITY".
WELL, THE POLITICAL AGENDA OF THE LEFT IS ECONOMICALLY UNSUSTAINABLE.
IT'S TIME WE JETTISON THE SPENDING THAT'S DEVOURING OUR TAX DOLLARS BEFORE THE DEBT DEVOURS ALL OF US US.
ONE REASON THE POSTMODERN LEFT WANTS TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS RUINOUS PATH IS THAT THIS PATH - THIS ROAD TO SERFDOM - WILL WIPE OUT AMERICA'S ABILITY TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE WEST, THE FREE WORLD, THE FIRST WORLD.
THEY THINK WE DESERVE THAT AND THEY ALSO WANT THE ANTI-AMERICAN THIRD WORLD TO GET ITS REVENGE ON US FOR COLONIALISM (AS IF OUR WEALTH IS WHAT IMPOVERISHED THEM).]
THE AS*HOLES AT THE IMMORAL CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION, SOCIALISM AND PROSTITUTION KNOWN AS THE UN IS DEBATING WHAT TO DO.
I THINK THAT MAYBE BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK THEY WILL AGREE ON WORDING FOR A VERY HARSHLY WORDED LETTER.
HERE'S HOW THEY DEALT WITH "NOKO KIM":
AT THE VERY LEAST, WE SHOULD BE ARMING LIBYAN THE REBELS.
AT BEST, OBAMA MERELY DITHERS. IT'S HIS MOST FREQUENT TACTIC.
IN HIS FIRST 2 YEARS IN OFFICE, OBAMA SAID FAR HARSHER THINGS ABOUT NETANYAHU AND ISRAELI APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION THAN QADDAFI.
IT SEEMS OBAMA CUTS SLACK FOR ALL THE ANTI-AMERICAN TYRANTS AND GIVES OUR TRADITIONAL ALLIES THE COLD SHOULDER AT BEST.
THIS ONLY HELPS OUR ENEMIES.
ONE HAS TO WONDER IF THE WEST'S ENEMIES ARE OBAMA'S.
I THINK NOT.
UPDATE; THE NYTIMES LAYS OUT A FEW POSSIBLE SCENARIOS HERE.
I HAVE LONG FELT THAT THE SO-CALLED UNIVERSAL CONSTANTS - LIKE THE SPEED OF LIGHT - ARE NEITHER UNIVERSAL OR CONSTANT.
NYTIMES: Ireland’s Ruling Party Headed for Crushing Defeat, Early Poll Shows:
In November, the country was forced to accept a humiliating and onerous $92.8 billion 67.5 billion euro international loan package that tied it to a brutal four-year austerity program. The package came with such unfavorable interest rates that some economists feel the country might be unable to afford even to service the debt.IRELAND SHOULD HAVE NEVER JOINED THE EURO BY RATIFYING THE LISBON TREATY;
Many of these problems can be directly attributed to poor decisions made by the government, said Diarmaid Ferriter, a professor of modern history at University College Dublin. “There has been a complete and utter lack of leadership in Ireland,” Professor Ferriter said. As for Fianna Fail, he said, “They’ve actually managed to alienate all sections of our society.”An early exit poll conducted for RTE, the state broadcaster, had the country’s main opposition party, the center-right Fine Gael, drawing 36.1 percent of the vote - the most of any party, but short of the overall majority needed to govern alone.
BRIAN COWEN AND FIANNA FAIL RAMMED IT DOWN IRELAND'S THROAT AFTER THE IRISH INITIALLY VOTED IT DOWN.
THEY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED.
IF IRELAND WANTS TO STAGE A COMEBACK THEY NEED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE EURO - A TOUGH THING TO DO NOW SINCE THEY NEED EU AID.
KEEPING THE HISTORICAL RECORD STRAIGHT: BUSH DIDN'T ATTACK SADDAM BECAUSE SADDAM WAS PART OF THE OF 9/11 ATTACK
One of the things he said was that Bush and Rumsfeld erred in going into Iraq in part because they thought Saddam was part of 9/11 and wanted the American public to believe this, too.
THIS IS A LOAD OF CRAP.
PROOF: If Bush had thought that Saddam was part of the 9/11 attack - in any way - then Bush could've and would've used the 2001 AUMF top attack Saddam, and wouldn't have needed an UN support or UNSC Resolution (PDF) - nor would Bush have sought - AND RECEIVED - separate Congressional approval to attack Saddam.
Leftists and revisionist scum like Alter have long sought to besmirch Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld for lying about WMD and also attacking Saddam because he was part of 9/11.
Neither of these charges have any basis in fact.
The CURVEBALL revelations and the 2003 Congressional authorization for the usa of force against Saddam proves this beyond any doubt.
AND ANOTHER THING:
These lying Leftists were quick to call for the USA to dump Mubarak, but never ever got behind the overthrow of Saddam who was FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR worse than Mubarak.
These leftists - like Alter,(who is the son of a member of the Cook County/Chicago Machine!) are immoral lying scum.
A dual US-Lebanese citizen appeared in a court in Philadelphia on Friday on charges that he tried to raise money Hezbollah, following his recent extradition from Paraguay.IT'S THE ISLAM, STUPID!
Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, a former resident of Brooklyn, New York, faces a maximum sentence of 260 years in jail on 31 charges of attempting to use the proceeds of stolen and counterfeit equipment to enrich Hezbollah.
QUESTION: WHO IS PAYING FOR THE HOTEL ROOMS AND FOR THE TRAVEL EXPENSES OF WISCONSIN DEMOCRAT FLEEBAGGERS?
I THINK IT PROBABLY IS - UNDER THE GUISE OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STATE DEMOCRAT PARTY.
AND ANOTHER THING:
WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE LEFTIES IN WISCONSIN THAT THEY FILL OUT FRAUDULENT SICK-DAY FORMS, USE THEM, AND FLEE THE STATE TO AVOID A DEMOCRATIC VOTE?
IT SAYS THAT THEY ARE IMMORAL SCUM.
BY THEIR ACTIONS, THE LEFTIES IN WISCONSIN HAVE PROVEN THAT THEY ARE TOTALLY IMMORAL SCUMB*GS.
UPDATE: MORE HERE: Wisconsin rebellion reveals the "contemptible nature of progressivism"
UPDATE#2: GREAT CARTOON HERE.
Many festive words had been written and uttered this past month in respect to “democracy” and “popular uprisings.” We were told about the downfall of Middle Eastern tyrants as if this is the 1989 Eastern Europe. A more realistic view may seek new democracies yet discover anarchy, death, aggressive rulers and radical political Islam waiting to take over.And what might that be? Just more of the savage same, no more, no less. It's the mideast becoming overrun with blackness.
There is not even one beginning of democracy in any of the “revolutions” we are seeing around us.
People are talking about Facebook and Twitter, yet in practice we have violent tribes competing for oil, as is the case in Libya, vengeful sects like in Bahrain, hostile regions that seek to disengage in Yemen, as well as wounded military establishments and severe violence.
If there is one change in Egypt, it has to do with the blunt emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which mocks democracy. The Islamists are already feeling like the state’s future masters.
The provocative return of the Egyptian Khomeini, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, was meant to grant this revolution a face and an identity; an Islamist identity. Qaradawi was the one who issued the call for Israel’s destruction last week in his appearance before hundreds of thousands (and possibly millions) of Egyptians in Tahrir Square. He opposes the United States and the Shiites, and is of course in favor of a religious Islamic regime in Egypt. This is a grave blow to anyone who thought that Egypt is moving towards democracy; it is also a sign of things to come.
OBAMA'S LEFTIST/GREEN ANTI-DOMESTIC DRILLING POLICIES HURT THE US ECONOMY AND ARE HURTING THE POOR THE MOST: WE SCOOPED HOT AIR BY WEEKS
TAB 2 WEEKS AGO.
TAB 4 WEEKS AGO.
REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT WE BEAT THE BIGGIES WITH LINKS AND COMMENTARY ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORD.
BOTTOM-LINE: BIG GOVERNMENT ANTI-BUSINESS/ANTI-INDUSTRIAL POLICIES HURT THE ECONOMY AND HURT THE POOR THE MOST.
WHICH IS WHY I HAVE LONG SAID: IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY, THEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE LEFTISM HISTORY.
The embattled regime of Moammar Gadhafi is arming civilian supporters to set up checkpoints and quash dissent, residents of Tripoli said Saturday…
Pro-Gadhafi forces opened fire Friday on demonstrations after Muslim prayers, and Gadhafi told supporters he would “open the arms depot so all Libyans and tribes become armed.”
Residents contacted by phone from Cairo on Saturday reported trucks of pro-regime civilians patrolling the streets. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
WE OUGHT TO BE MAKING IT A FAIR FIGHT.
AND WE OUGHT TO BE OFFERING QADDAFI'S MERCENARIES MONEY TO DEFECT.
OBAMA IS EITHER INCOMPETENT, A COWARD OR ON THE OTHER SIDE.
BOEHNER TO KUDLOW: "IF THE DEMOCRATS WON'T EAT A LOAF OF BUDGET CUTS, THEN WE'LL FEED THEM A SLICE AT A TIME!"
MEANING THE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS WILL BE FOR 2 WEEKS ATA TIME AND EACH CONTAIN 4 BILLION DOLLARS OF CUTS.
IT WORKS FOR ME!
I HEARD IT ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING. HOPIN' KUDLOW WILL POST IT SOMEWHERE SOON. BOEHNER TOLD IT TO KUDLOW IN A PHONE CONVERSATION.
UPDATE: LISTEN TO KUDLOW TALKING MONEY, POLITICS - AND SLICED BREAD!
Friday, February 25, 2011
AGW = TFBS.
JUST ASKING: IS GE GETTING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FROM THE EPA AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WITH REGARDS TO THE HUDSON RIVER PCB CLEANUP?
JUST ASKING... BECAUSE THE CEO OF GE IS PAL$Y-WAL$Y WITH OBAMA.
I THINK SO. OBAMA IS A BREZHNEV SOCIALIST AND TAKING CARE OF HIS CRONIES IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE.
AND ANOTHER THING: THE WHOLE GREEN ECONOMY IS A SCAM.
HOW TO END THE LIBYAN CIVIL WAR IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT ANOTHER BULLET BEING FIRED: PAY QADDAFI'S MERCENARIES TO STOP
The world should intervene in Libya to stop the killings and bloodshed there, a senior United Nations official said Friday, as France and Britain called on the United Nations to approve an arms embargo and sanctions on Libya and NATO said it was ready to help to evacuate refugees.I'VE GOT A BETTER NON-KINETIC/NON-VIOLENTR/NON-MILITARY IDEA:
What can the world do to keep a brutalized country from falling apart?
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that “there’s a need for more state action and intervention for Aprotection” of civilians.
QADDAFI'S FORCES ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY MERCENARIES.
WHY NOT OFFER THEM A THEIR PAY PLUS A BONUS AND AMNESTY FOR RETREATING/DEFECTING?
QADDAFI IS PROBABLY GONNA L.OSE AND IF HE DOES THEY WON'T GET A CENT.
THIS IS REALLY THEIR ONLY OPTION, AND IT WILL END THE BLOODSHED AT ONCE.
UPDATE: AFTER ALL, TURNABOUT IS FAIR-PLAY
Charlie Sheen and John Galliano: Two stars in 2 different industries on two different continents get fired over anti-Semitic remarks
AND JOHN GALLIANO - THE HEAD DESIGNER AT DIOR:
THESE INCIDENTS ARE NOT MERE COINCIDENCES.
John Galliano, the chief designer at Christian Dior since 1996, has been suspended from his duties at the fashion house after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and making anti-Semitic remarks at an outdoor Paris café last night.
“Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behavior,” Sidney Toledano, the Dior chief executive, said in a statement. “Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.”
ANTISEMITISM IS BIGGER THAN IT'S BEEN IN A LONG TIME.
AND IT'S STARTS - IN THE USA - FROM THE TOP: OBAMA HAS BENT OVER BACKWARDS TO APPEASE MUSLIMS AND BEEN VERY TOUGH ON ISRAEL, AS IF ISRAEL AND APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION WAS A BIGGER OBSTACLE TO PEACE THAN ISLAMISM.
ACCORDING TO FBI STATS, IT'S MUCH BIGGER IN THE USA THAN ISLAMOPHOBIA OR ANTI-MUSLIM HATE CRIMES.
...The unions have broken Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, and California, to name a few. It is time to rein in the unions and save our states.Okay, that statement is obvious to any thinking person. But the following snippet is of critical importance and heartening:
The Reagan you are looking for is sitting in Republican governorships, not in Washington.Reining in the federal government must begin at the state level.
Go back to America's founding principles:
...America was to be ruled by law, not by individuals...Along those same lines, America was NOT to be ruled by mobs.
Obama and the Democratic Party are doing all they can to evade and defile our founding principles. Thuggery and treason!
IN FRANCE THEY MAKE CHEESE FROM IT.
I THINK THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE GRAMSCIAN POMO LEFT EXPLOITING SOMETHING THAT HAS LONG BEEN EXTREMELY INTIMATE AND PERSONAL AND TURNING IT INTO A PUBLIC SPECTACLE WHICH BELITTLES TRADITIONAL MOTHERHOOD AND THE FAMILY.
THEIR UTOPIA IS A FAMILY-FREE AND G-D-FREE NANNYSTATE WORLD THAT ENCOURAGES LIBERTINAGE.
ANY INSTITUTION IN THEIR WAY THEY RIDICULE AND ATTEMPT TO DESTROY.
YES: WE SCOOPED AP AND THE NYTIMES ON THIS.
I think the squatting men are members of the Balad party.
The man next to Gaddafi here is none other than Ahmed Tibi.
And that's him on a plane too. I'm not sure who the man next to him is though.
And that's these disgraceful "politicians" sitting at the dinner table in Gaddafi's palace.
Though I couldn't find the exact same article in English, I did manage to find this earlier one from last November, which tells that Tibi got a rebuke for his distasteful actions.
RELIAPUNDIT: HERE IT IS IN ENGLISH.
Disgraceful people like Tarazi cannot be allowed to continue with these lawfare tactics that are practically intended to drain the defendants of money. I think this is one more reason why it'd be greatly appreciated that the Republicans bring up that bill they'd proposed to protect against frivolous lawsuits, and I hope that's one of the things they'll be doing now, post-election.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Qaddafi Strikes Back as Rebels Close In on Libyan Capital
Mercenary and irregular forces fought rebels around Tripoli on Thursday, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi blamed “hallucinogenic” drugs and Osama bin Laden for the violence.
IF HE WANTS TO FIGHT BIN LADEN, THEN LET'S ACCOMMODATE HIM!
DESPITE COLDEST AND SNOWIEST WINTER IN MANY DECADES, BRITAIN AND DENMARK PUSH FOR STRICTER CO2 LIMITS!??!
Britain and Denmark on Thursday called on fellow European Union members to adopt a more ambitious target for cutting carbon emissions.
The British and Danish governments want to move to a 30 percent cut from 20 percent by 2020. Their call comes as EU states are considering whether to move faster than the one-fifth reduction from the 1990 level.
A draft paper showed earlier this month that the EU is overhauling its strategy in favour of a 25 percent cut.
Britain and Denmark are having their coldest snowiest winters in several decades and yet the pomo leftists and Gaia-worshiping eco-nutsies still want Draconian CO2 cuts - which will make everything more expensive and not effect global climate one freakin' bit.
Just a little perspective on the doings on Earth!
The periodic table is meant to be an authoritative list, but scientistsbelieve there are a few elements missing. Well, not exactly a few – more likely between 3,500 and 7,000. And now they are preparing to build a series of giant new machines to find them. This new breed of atom-smashers, billed as the successors to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern in Geneva, will recreate some of the most extreme conditions found in the universe, creating miniature supernovae (huge explosions triggered when stars collapse), neutron stars and even the mysterious vampire stars right here on planet Earth.The Periodic table here.
Inside the replicas of these cataclysmic cosmic explosions, scientists expect to find atoms that have never been seen before winking in and out of existence. It is a search for what nuclear physicists describe asterra incognita, an unknown land of atomic science. More here.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A brave teenager has spoken for the first time of the harrowing ordeal of being beaten up in an arranged marriage after her father tried to sell her for £10,000.NEARLY 2000/YEAR IN BRITAIN. THAT'S ABOUT 1/MOSQUE/YEAR.
The 15-year-old girl was tricked into flying to Pakistan then forced to marry a 31-year-old man so he could get a British passport.
She has described how she feared she would die after being hit, scarred with broken glass and locked up for refusing to get married.
Her harrowing story has been revealed as part of BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat investigation into forced marriages.
The girl, who would not be named, said: 'It was just about the money. He was literally selling me and my nationality so I could bring the person back.
'In pounds, it would have been about £10,000.
'He whacked me across the face, then I started rebelling more, saying ''no''.
Then he got a glass and scarred my arms. He had somebody holding me from behind and he got a glass and was cutting very deep.
'I thought he might kill me. I thought I was going to die.'
The beatings started when the young girl refused to get married. She was then locked up without food or water.
Fortunately she summoned her strength and escaped to the British High Commission in Pakistan. She then returned home and was reunited with her worried mother.
Figures obtained by Newsbeat show that her ordeal is one of many suffered by an estimated 1,735 potential forced marriages involving British citizens in 2010.
THERE ARE UNDOUBTEDLY MORE INSTANCES OF THIS ALL OVER EUROPE AND EVEN MORE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA.
EXTRAPOLATING FROM THIS BRITISH NUMBER - AND ESTIMATING THAT THERE ARE 1O0 MILLION YOUNG SINGLE MUSLIM WOMEN IN THE WORLD (OUT OF 1.5 BILLION MUSLIMS), THEN THERE ARE PERHAPS AS MANY AS 1 MILLION FORCED MARRIAGES PER YEAR IN ISLAM.
THIS BARBARIC DEHUMANIZING PRACTICE AMOUNTS TO SLAVERY, AND MUST BE ABOLISHED IF WE ARE TO FULFILL THE UN DECLARATION OF UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS.
ISLAM ISN'T A RELIGION; IT'S A MISOGYNISTIC MILITARY CODE DESIGNED TO PRODUCE SOCIOPATHIC JIHADISTS CAPABLE OF BEATING AND MURDERING THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS AND COMMITTING GENOCIDE AGAINST "INFIDELS".
IT SHOULD BE ERADICATED.
THIS TIRADE SHOULD MAKE CLEAR THAT I DO NOT HATE MUSLIMS; I WANT THESE WOMEN AND THEIR DESCENDANTS SAVED FROM ISLAM.
AS MUCH AS ALL HUMANS, THEY DESERVE FREEDOM AND PEACE AND AUTONOMY AND JUSTICE AND PROSPERITY AND ALL THE WONDERFUL TRAPPINGS OF MODERNITY.
THEY DESERVE TO BE LIBERATED.
...energy analysts predicted that oil prices may surge to $220 a barrel if the turmoil engulfs Libya's oil-exporting neighbors, world leaders sought to avert panic with statements that the situation is under control.IT WENT FROM 895 TO 100 IN 5 DAYS.
IF IT GOES AND STAYS AS HIGH AS $130/BARREL IT COULD BRING THE ENTIRE WORLD ECONOMY TO ITS KNEES. A GLOBAL DEPRESSION.
THE JIHADISTS WOULD LOVE FOR THIS TO HAPPEN; THEY'D LOVE IT IF THE WEST'S ECONOMY WOULD COLLAPSE.
THIS IS WHY THEY ARE FOMENTING ALL THIS MAYHEM AND WHY THEY WANT TO TAKEOVER IRAQ AND LIBYA AND ... THE GULF STATES AND SAUDI ARABIA.
WE MUSTN'T LET THEM SUCCEED!
THE CARTER DOCTRINE HOLDS THAT THE USA CAN AND WILL DEFEND THE WEST'S OIL SUPPLY.
QUOTING PRESIDENT CARTER:
THAT'S A PRETTY CLEAR AND SIMPLE STATEMENT.
- "Let our position be absolutely clear:
- An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region
- will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America,
- and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary,
- including military force."
IF OBAMA REALLY SUPPORTS THE USA AND THE FREE WORLD AND THE WEST'S ECONOMY AND WANTS IT TO THRIVE, THE IT'S ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME OBAMA ACTED TO SUPPORT THE CARTER DOCTRINE. CARTER IS AFTER ALL ONE OF HIS HEROES!
Reports in Somalia indicate that intense fighting between African Union peacekeepers and Islamist militants has resulted in heavy casualties.THIS IS WHAT ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT, AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.
A spokesman for the African Union, Maj. Barigye Bahoku, said peacekeepers had killed 14 militants on Wednesday. He declined to comment on reports of heavy losses by the AU troops.
An al-Shabab spokesman, Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, said that militants had killed five peacekeepers and captured one alive. He said the militants had paraded the bodies of the five men.
“The president and I have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny and that, as applied to same-sex couples legally married under state law,” a crucial provision of the act is unconstitutional, Mr. Holder wrote.THIS IS AWFUL FOR TWO REASONS:
... Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday saying that the Justice Department will now take the position in court that the act should be struck down as a violation of same-sex couples’ rights to equal protection under the law.
- OBAMA RAN FOR OFFICE AS A DEFENDER OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE AND D.O.M.A.; BY COMING OUT NOW IN FAVOR OF IT OBAMA IS RENEGING ON HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE.
- OBAMA IS NOT ONLY UNILATERALLY AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY ABROGATING THE LAW, HE IS FAILING TO FULFIL HIS SWORN DUTIES: AS POTUS HE MUST ENFORCE THE LAWS DULY PASSED. IOW: THE POTUS IS NOT THE SCOTUS.
AND ANOTHER THING:
IT'S TYPICAL OF THE SLY LYING WEASELLY PIECE POF CRAP THAT OBAMA IS THAT HE NEVER FORTHRIGHTLY CAME OUT IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE, BUT INSTEAD IS TRYING TO SNEAK IT THROUGH STEALTHILY - LIKE A SNAKE.
ROUND UP HERE.
Wait? What happened right around Sept. 2008? That sounds familiar.The price of Brent crude oil has hit $110 a barrel for the first time since September 2008 as worries persist about the unrest in Libya.Markets are concerned the unrest could worsen in key oil producing countries, affecting supplies and hitting growth.
This could get ugly.
It may very well send the global economy into a tailspin. The stock market will crash again.
Could we be headed for the big D?
Depression is setting in for me, that's for sure.
I think I'll go to the gym.
We must offer our prayers for all involved, and hope that as many people, both local and foreign can be saved from this horror.
Clowes was commissioned to draw the portrait for a New York Times Magazine profile on Beck when it seemed he wouldn’t be willing to sit for a photograph, but apparently cooler heads prevailed and/or Beck found a break in his busy schedule of rooting for the massacre of unarmed Arab protesters, and an agreement with the dreaded liberal media behemoth was reached after allIt sounds like this item was written simply as a means for assault on Beck. Now that's really low, claiming without presenting any proper evidence that he supports Gaddafi, and I suppose this is more important to them than the sexual assault on Lara Logan by savages in Egypt? Sadly, it appears to be the case. It takes away considerably from whatever seriousness they claim to promote too.
It's disgusting stunts like this that make me lose respect for CBR.
The violence erupted during a rally by more than 30,000 angry workers near the Greek parliament. They object to the government's far-reaching budget cuts.
The strike paralysed public transport. More than 100 flights were cancelled.
Many schools are closed and hospitals have reduced services. Small businesses have joined in, closing many shops.
It is Greece's first major labour protest this year, as the government sticks to austerity cuts demanded under the terms of the country's international bail-out.
LEFTISTS AND JIHADISTS ARE REBELLING EVERYWHERE AND THE COMBINED POTENTIAL EFFECT - GLOBAL RECESSIONS, GOVERNMENTS IN BANKRUPTCY, INFLATION MAKING CURRENCIES WORTHLESS, AND A JIHADIST CONTROLLED MIDDLE EAST - WILL DRIVE THE WORLD INTO A GLOBAL DEPRESSION.
AND OBAMA ISN'T DOING ANYTHING EFFECTIVE TO STOP ANY OF IT.
HE IS EITHER THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER OR HE WANTS IT TO HAPPEN - A SORT OF GLOBAL CLOWARD-PIVEN.
JORDAN'S King Abdullah faces unprecedented calls by a mix of Islamists, liberals and traditional supporters for moves towards a constitutional monarchy, Jordanian politicians said on Tuesday.
Emboldened by uprisings across the region, these usually divergent voices are grouping around a broad demand for constitutional changes to limit the extensive executive powers of the Hashemite monarchy.
Sheikh Hammam Said, head of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, said voters should have the right to elect their prime minister, an appointment currently made by the king.
'We are seeking an elected government where people choose their governments,' he said, echoing demands to curb the king's sweeping powers to appoint cabinets and dissolve parliament, granted in successive changes to a 1952 constitution.
King Abdullah 2 will give in.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
GEE... I WONDER WHY?!
WHY SHOULD THEY? THEY ASSASSINATED HIS GRANDFATHER FOR BEING A MODERATE. THEY WILL TRY TO DO THE SAME TO HIM. HE'S A FOOL FOR BARGAINING WITH THEM; HIS FATHER SLAUGHTERED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM. HE SHOULD DO THE SAME.
DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT IS HEALTHFUL.
CALIFORNIA IS NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF COMMIE PAGANS.
IF WE HAD BOMBED THE CRAP OUT OF SOMALIA WHEN THEY TOOK THEIR FIRST AMERICAN HOSTAGES YEARS AGO, THEN THIS WOULD'VE NEVER HAPPENED.
The hijackers killed the Americans today.
The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead.
Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast – and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.
All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors.
WE SHOULD'VE BOMBED THEM SO HARD THAT IF THEY EVER KIDNAPPED AN AMERICAN BY ACCIDENT, THAT THEY'D SHOWER HIM WITH GIFTS AND APOLOGIES AND ESCORT THEM ANYWHERE THEY'D WISH.
- THESE MUSLIM PIRATES - A MODERN VERSION OF THE BARBARY PIRATES - ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING ABOUT 600 HOSTAGES.
- PAYING THE KIDNAPPERS HAS ALWAYS ONLY ENCOURAGED THEM TO KIDNAP MORE PEOPLE.
- IT'S TOO LATE FOR THESE 4 AMERICANS, BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BOMB THE CRAP OUT OF THESE MUSLIMS PIRATES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN SOMALIA.
- WE SHOULD KILL TEN THOUSAND FOR EACH AMERICAN THEY KIDNAP.
- THIS IS ALL THIS KIND OF MUSLIM SCUM UNDERSTANDS.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Since July, people have been wondering why their dishes are not as clean. “I thought I needed a new dishwasher,” said Florida resident Gloria Share. “My dishes were very very filmy. I couldn’t even use them. I had to do it over by hand.”BY MAKING US SPEND MORE TO GET THE SAME RESULT, THIS AMOUNTS TO A TAX INCREASE - AND WE STILL HAVE DIRTIER DISHES THAN BEFORE.
... Now, over 7 months later, people are becoming more aware of what the problem is, and it isn’t because of their dishwashers. After studies showed that one of the key ingredients in dishwasher detergent, phosphate, was leaking into rivers and reservoirs, decreasing oxygen for fish and plants, environmentalists took a strong stand to ban the compound from detergent.
Forced to respond to a law that passed in July for 16 states, companies like Proctor and Gamble (Cascade) went back to the drawing board to create a working product that was phosphate-free.
Consumers have spent the past few months trying every trick in the book to get their dishes back to their original shine, with some tactics causing more grief than gain.
“People have come out and bought more energy efficient dishwashers, thinking that will solve it. People have been adding more soap thinking that will solve it. But when you add too much soap, it gets pumped into the motor,” said Mumma’s Appliance owner Seagrist Grace. “People are kind of clueless about detergent.”
Switalski emphasizes that if you learn a little about dishwashing detergent, the no-phosphate problem can be remedied. “As long as the rinse aid is filled or if you use Electrosol with the power ball in the center, your dishes will come out just fine.” Other consumers have found similar solution. “I have Lemi Shine and I put that in my dishwasher and my dishes are fine,” said Share. Lemi Shine is the latest product released by Envirocon Technologies and is completely environmentally friendly, according to the manufacturer. Several consumers told Foxnews.com that Electrosol has also been very effective post phosphate ban because it has working enzymes that cut grease and burnt on foods and includes Jet Dry Gel to produce shiny spotless glasses.
“I go online a pay $14 for the active ingredient and I add it to my detergent. I take satisfaction that I am defying ridiculous environmental rules,” said Marianne Sanders of Virginia. “I keep quiet about it though because everyone would be bent out of shape if they knew I was breaking the rules. There is nothing illegal about it, though. If you don’t use it, you actually use more water trying to get your dishes clean.”
When all else failed to find a phosphate substitute, many people went right back to the original ingredient -- some people are even selling original Cascade WITH phosphate on Ebay. Will this black market for phosphate be enough to convince lawmakers to reverse the ban?
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook up residents at the entrance to the Suez Canal early Monday morning, 48 hours before two Iranian ships, a frigate and a supply vessel, are expected to enter the canal.A SIGN FROM G-D?
The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research reported that tremors from the 3 a.m. quake lasted for 27 minutes, but caused no damage.
“I don’t use my blog anymore,” said Mr. McDonald, who lives in San Francisco. “All the people I’m trying to reach are on Facebook.”I THINK IT'S GOOD IF THE BLOGOSPHERE IS LESS CLUTTERED.
Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people — particularly the younger generation.
The Internet and American Life Project at the Pew Research Center found that from 2006 to 2009, blogging among children ages 12 to 17 fell by half; now 14 percent of children those ages who use the Internet have blogs. Among 18-to-33-year-olds, the project said in a report last year, blogging dropped two percentage points in 2010 from two years earlier.
Former bloggers said they were too busy to write lengthy posts and were uninspired by a lack of readers. Others said they had no interest in creating a blog because social networking did a good enough job keeping them in touch with friends and family.
Blogging started its rapid ascension about 10 years ago as services like Blogger and LiveJournal became popular. So many people began blogging — to share dieting stories, rant about politics and celebrate their love of cats — that Merriam-Webster declared “blog” the word of the year in 2004.
JPOST: Hezbollah might attack Israeli target to help Iran
IDF Northern Command believes regime in Iran may initiate attack if it feels under pressure due to anti-government protests.HAARETZ: Hezbollah chief tells IDF: Watch your heads
Tehran could activate Hezbollah forces to attack Israel along the northern border in an effort to stave off domestic pressures within Iran, according to assessments in the IDF’s Northern Command.
The concern within the army is that if the regime in Tehran feels under pressure due to anti-government demonstrations it will try to initiate an attack on an Israeli target – either overseas or near the border – to divert attention from its own troubles.
Hassan Narallah calls on 'Islamic resistance fighters' to 'be ready for the day when war is forced on Lebanon'; Hezbollah leader who escaped Egyptian prison appears at rally where Nasrallah spoke.I AM SURE THAT THE PASSAGE OF THE 2 IRANIAN WARSHIPS IS A COORDINATED EFFORT AIMED AT ATTACKING ISRAEL - EITHER WITH LEBANON OR GAZA AS A FLASH-POINT. OR BOTH - AFTER ALL: THEY HAVE SENT 2 SHIPS.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday warned "Zionist officers and generals" to "watch your heads," in response to a military tour that Israel's defense minister took on the border with Lebanon earlier in the week.
Nasrallah spoke at a rally that was held to honor a Hezbollah leader who had escaped from an Egyptian prison during the country's unrest, and made his way back to Beirut.
MAYBE THE RE-EMERGENCE OF THE CALIPHATE WILL SAVE EUROPE?
MAYBE THIS WILL WAKE UP EUROPEANS AND LEAD EUROPE TO EXPEL ALL MUSLIMS WHO FAVOR SHARIA OVER DEMOCRACY ON THE BASIS OF TREASON AND INSURRECTION?
SHARIA AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE AND CANNOT COEXIST WITHIN NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.
NOT BECAUSE I SAY SO, BUT BECAUSE JIHAD FORBIDS IT.
THE ONLY WAY THE REBELLIONS SWEEPING THROUGH THE MUSLIM WORLD CAN LEAD TO DEMOCRACY AND PLURALISM IS IF A MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS IN THE NATIONS ARE APOSTATES.
I DOUBT THIS IS THE CASE.
AND I DOUBT THOSE ON THE CUSP OF APOSTASY WILL CHOOSE DEMOCRACY WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE JIHADISTS.
I EXPECT THEM TO CHOOSE TO LIVE ON THEIR KNEES WITHIN A JIHADIST CALIPHATE RATHER THAN CHOOSING TO DIE ON THEIR FEET FOR DEMOCRACY.
WE SHALL SOON SEE.
Two are in the news today: "economic justice" and "social justice".
In the most basic sense, these phrases are meant to clothe the naked desire of a particular faction to have the state coerce goodies from the general population and gift it to them.
IOW: All they really want is the state to take away the fruits of someone else's labor and give it to them.
This has been an especially easy THEFT for government unions to accomplish because they have a virtual monopoly: in most states only NEA, AFSCME, and SEIU unions and affiliates can supply workers to the government enterprises (schools, civil bureaucracies, hospitals, etc).
And these monopolistic unions use both fists to get what they want from the politicians they control and the public they effectively hold captive: one fist is the threat of strikes against the public - a devastating threat on account of their monopoly; and the other is donations to the corrupt politicians they control and who for decades have given away OUR MONEY to their cronies to help THEMSELVES GET RE-ELECTED. (This is the corrupt "axis of taxes" - and this axis - this "complex" - is WORSE than the so-called "military industrial complex".)
Real justice would be if these government unions did NOT have a monopoly over the government.
Real justice would be if workers had the CHOICE to join or not.
Real justice would be for the workers to pay their own fair share of benefits - like the rest of us, and not get a free ride, not have the power to feast off the fruits of our labors.
Real justice is for last November's election results to be respected, and the policies of the majority to be implemented.
I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE UNIONS AT THE CENTER OF THE AXIS OF TAXES:
if you don;t like the results, then try to win the next election.
And stop using propagandistic slogans like "economic justice" and "social justice".
Real justice is balanced, and what's happening in Wisconsin - and in other states all over the USA - is a re-balancing of our budgets, our taxes, and our largess. The benefits packages and monopolies that government unions have enjoyed for the last several decades are unjust, and unaffordable. And they are ending now. It's not just about time - IT'S LONG OVERDUE.
God Bless Governor Walker.
NOTE: from one of the above links:
'social justice’ is frequently just a euphemism for a socialist political agenda of leftist politics, redistribution of wealth, and heavy state controls over the marketplace.EXACTLY!
GREAT ARTICLE ON WHY GOVERNMENT UNIONS ARE INTRINSICALLY BAD HERE.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRACY AND DEFEAT FOR THUGGERY!
UH-OH: Former Finance Minister of Pakistan: Pakistan might be the next nation to fall to an islamist uprising
Pakistan’s domestic situation is becoming increasingly precarious. Indeed, serious questions are now being raised as to whether the country can survive in its present form.
Such questions stem from a growing fear that Islamist groups might once again make a serious bid to capture the levers of power in the country. If that is not possible because of the presence of a large and disciplined military, the Islamists might attempt to carve out some space for themselves in which to establish a separate system of governance more fully aligned with what they view as the principles of Islam.
Islamist groups’ previous attempt to create such a space was successfully countered by the military in 2009, when it drove insurgent forces from the sensitive district of Swat and the tribal agency of South Waziristan.
But today, Pakistan’s military may not be prepared to act with the force and conviction it showed last time. Its resolve to counter the Islamists’ growing influence has been weakened by two unfortunate events: the recent assassination of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province; and the deaths last month of two young men allegedly at the hands of an American official named Raymond Davis
REMINDER: PAKISTAN HAS NUKES.
MUCH IS BEING MADE OF IT NOW BECAUSE MUCH MONEY IS BEING MADE FROM A GREAT MOVIE ABOUT IT. THE HYPE HELPS THE MOVIE.
IN FACT, THE KING AND HIS SPEECHES WERE NOT CENTRAL TO BRITAIN'S EFFORTS IN THE WAR.
THE PRIME MINISTER'S SPEECHES WERE - AS WERE HIS ACTIONS AS LEADER OF BRITISH WAR EFFORTS.
I SPEAK OF WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL, WHO HAD A WORSE SPEECH IMPEDIMENT THAN KING GEORGE IV, AND WHO NEVERTHELESS WAS ABLE TO BECOME A MASTERFUL COMMUNICATOR WHOSE SPEECHES ACTUALLY HELPED SAVE THE HUMAN RACE.
DESPITE HIS SPEECH IMPEDIMENT - AND NUMEROUS POLITICAL DEFEATS - AND DESPITE BEING HARANGUED FOR YEARS AS A JEW-LOVER AND A WAR-MONGER, CHURCHILL WAS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF:
BUT IF I SAY MOHAMED WAS A CHILD MOLESTER, THEN I CAN BE PROSECUTED AND CONVICTED FOR HATE SPEECH IN THE WEST.
YES: RIGHT HERE IN THE FREE WORLD.
DESPITE FREE SPEECH BEING A HUMAN RIGHT.
IN 2011, ISLAM TRUMPS HUMAN RIGHTS, APPARENTLY.
NO ONE IS PROSECUTED OR THREATENED WITH VIOLENCE FOR MAKING SIMILAR VERBAL OR PICTORIAL ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS, ARE THEY!?
NOPE. THEY ARE NOT. THE CARTOONIST WHO DREW THE ABOVE CARTOON WAS NEVER THREATENED AND HIS PAPER WAS NEVER THREATENED.
AND HE WAS NEVER CHARGED WITH HATE SPEECH, WITHER.
BUT NOW, IN THE WEST, WESTERNERS ARE CONVICTED OF DOING THE SAME THING TO ISLAM.
THIS APPEASEMENT OF ISLAM WILL NOT STAND.
The passage of two Iranian naval vessels through the Suez Canal has been delayed by 48 hours, a canal official said on Sunday.(CORROBORATED HERE.)
I WONDER WHY THE DELAY? WHAT'S NOT YET IN PLACE? WAS THIS A DELAY REQUESTED BY IRAN? BY EGYPT? THE USA? HAMAS? HIZBALLAH?
THIS MEANS THEY WILL PASS THROUGH THE CANAL ON WEDNESDAY, 2/23/11.
WHY RISK THIS VERY PROVOCATIVE MOVE, (WHAT'S CALLED A GAMBIT IN CHESS)?
WHAT CAN THEY GAIN FROM A PROVOCATIVE TRANSIT THROUGH THE CANAL?
I THINK THEY WANT TO BE A MEDITERRANEAN POWER AND HAVE A DIRECT ROLE IN THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT.
I HAVE A FEELING THAT THEY WILL TRY TO DOCK IN GAZA ON THURSDAY - AND WHEN TURNED BACK, USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO MOUNT A MINOR ATTACK, USE THE INEVITABLE ISRAELI COUNTER-ATTACK AS AN INCITING INCIDENT WITH WHICH TO START A NEW ARAB-ISRAELI WAR AND FOMENT AN UPRISING ON FRIDAY WITHIN ARAB LANDS AND ANOTHER INTIFADA WITHIN ISRAEL.
ROLLS ROYCE TO UNVEIL A NEW ELECTRIC CAR - THE PHANTOM 120EX, AKA: EVERY LIMOUSINE LIBERAL'S WET DREAM
BMW group-owned luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce, will unveil its first electric car at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1....AUTEVOLUTION:
“We have engineered the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Mr Torsten Muller-Otvos. ... The Rolls-Royce marques are also famous for its emblem, the figurine, known as the Spirit of Ecstasy.
Details on the 102EX have not been revealed, not even the type of electric motor used to help the car go for how much of a range. According to the maker (and as a weak, very weak glimmer of hope for EV detractors), the 102EX is not heading for production. Not yet, we reckon.IT'S THE PERFECT CAR FOR HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES AND LYING LEARJET LIBERALS LIKE AL GORE.
Rolls-Royce will send the car, after the Geneva event, on a world tour, putting it in the hands of drivers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Following the tour, some conclusions will be drawn and decisions will be made.
“I must be convinced that any alternative drive-train we choose for the future delivers an authentic Rolls-Royce experience,” added Muller-Otvos. “It must be a technology that is right for our customers, our brand and which sets us on a sound footing for a sustainable future.”
MICHELLE OBAMA WILL NO DOUBT GET ONE TOO, ONE DAY...
"We believe that whoever is doing this is operating with sophisticated and large equipment," an Al Jazeera spokesman said in a statement.
In Beirut, Lebanese Telecommunications Minister Charbel Nahhas said the jamming "originated from Libyan territory" and it was also affecting Lebanese channels.
"They (Libyans) see what these televisions carry about what is happening in their country and they jam the transmission points ... so Al Jazeera is affected and we are affected too," Nahhas told Reuters.
... Earlier this month, Egypt's Nilesat cut off Al Jazeera's signal for more than a week after authorities there ordered it to stop operations in Egypt during the unrest that ultimately ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
ALL TYRANNIES NEED TO CONTROL THE NEWS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE PEOPLE. (THEY DO THIS IN CHINA, TOO.)
TYRANTS ALSO NOW KNOW THAT INTERNET FREEDOM LEADS TO CIVIL FREEDOM WORLDWIDE.
ONLY TYRANTS CAN LIMIT OUR INNATE FREEDOMS - AND ALL TYRANTS ARE EITHER LEFTISTS, ISLAMISTS - OR BOTH.
THEREFORE, IN ADDITION TO ATTACKING TYRANTS, WE NEED TO ATTACK BOTH OF THESE HIDEOUS IDEOLOGIES.
ZAWAHIRI SENDS A VIDEO MESSAGE TO EGYPT: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS SCOOPS JAWA, BLOOMBERG, AND THE GREAT JIHAD WATCH BY A DAY
Vivian Salama / Bloomberg:THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS YESTERDAY.
Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri Tells Egyptians to Establish Islamic State
REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT WE REGULARLY SCOOP THE BIGGIES ALL THE TIME.
SPREAD THE WORD.
- IN TURKEY - LIKE IN EGYPT DURING THE TIME OF MUBARAK - THE MILITARY HAD LONG BEEN THE PROTECTOR OF THE SECULAR STATE.
- THAT'S WHY THE THE RULING PARTY - THE AKP, AN ISLAMIST PARTY LED BY THE PM ERDOGAN - HAS BEEN ATTACKING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE MILITARY --- A STORY WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING SINCE 2008.
- THE AKP ALLEGED THE PRO-SECULAR MILITARY WAS PLANNING A COUP TO PROTECT TURKEY FROM ANY FURTHER ISLAMIZATION, (A COUP THEY NAMED THE ERGENEKON AFFAIR - ERGENEKON MEANS "SLEDGEHAMMER").
- THE TRIALS FOR THE ARRESTED MEMBERS OF THE ALLEGED COUP ARE STARTING, AND TURKS WHO WANT TURKEY TO REMAIN SECULAR --- AS ATTATURK, THE FOUNDER OF TURKEY, TURKEY'S WASHINGTON HAD WANTED --- ARE BEGINNING TO FIGHT BACK.
WE LEARN TODAY - VIA GLENN - THAT MANY TURKS, (PERHAPS INSPIRED BY THE RECENT WAVE OF UNREST) ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE TO THE STREETS AND DEMONSTRATE:
Thousands of Turks, including the wives of defendants charged with trying to topple the government, marched to the tomb of the founder of modern Turkey on Saturday to protest at the arrests of army officers.MORE HERE:
More than 150 active and retired military officers are in jail during hearings in the so-called Sledgehammer trial, at which prosecutors say they planned to overthrow in 2003 Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party, which traces its roots to a banned movement.
The military leadership denies any coup plots.
Some 3,000 people gathered in a heavy rain at Anitkabir, the sprawling tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a former officer who led Turkey to independence after World War I, founded the secular republic in 1923 and served as its first president.
They carried flags and shouted "Turkey is secular and will stay secular" and "The army and the people are hand in hand."
The military is Turkey's self-proclaimed protector of secularism in a country that is 99.9 percent Muslim. Generals have toppled three governments since 1960 and pressured a fourth, Turkey's first Islamist-led, to quit in 1997.EVEN MORE HERE:
Noting that they want a fair trial, Sevil Örnek also called on senior commanders to show their support for the detained officers.AND THERE ARE SIGNS THAT THE AKP RULING PARTY THINKS THERE IS A REAL POSSIBILITY THESE ANTI-DE-SECULARIZATION MOVEMENT IS CATCHING ON: THEY'RE ARRESTING JOURNALISTS ATTEMPTING TO COVER THE STORY:
“We are the spouses of those who were judged in the name of Balyoz and unjustly arrested. We want support for our demand that the hearings should be broadcast live,” said Rengin Gürdeniz, wife of Rear Adm. Cem Gürdeniz of the Turkish Naval Force.
“We are not against trials but we are against arrests being done without recognition of the laws,” she said.
A prosecutor ordered the detentions of 163 retired and serving officers last week, including top former generals such as former Air Force Cmdr. İbrahim Fırtına and former 1st Army Cmdr. Çetin Doğan, as part of the ongoing Sledgehammer case. The detentions have created uneasiness in the military, whose head, Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner, recently passed along the force’s concerns to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Sledgehammer is the code name for an alleged military coup plot against the leading Justice and Development Party, or AKP, drafted in 2003.
Turkey: Three journalists jailed in connection with Ergenekon investigationTHIS IS A GOOD SIGN, IN A WAY; WHEN THE TYRANTS START TO ARREST JOURNALISTS, THEN YOU KNOW THEY THINK THEY'RE IN TROUBLE!
An Istanbul court on Friday ordered three online journalists detained on charges of “inciting hatred and hostility through the media,” membership of a “terrorist organisation” and obtaining and publishing confidential state documents. They are facing possible sentences of more than 20 years in jail, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported
They are Soner Yalçin, the owner of the Oda TV news website, Baris Pehlivan, the site’s editor, and Baris Terkoglu, one of its reporters. They were arrested when counter-terrorism police raided the website’s Istanbul headquarters on the orders of prosecutor Zekeriya Öz on February 14.
The “terrorist organisation” referred to in the charges is Ergenekon, an alleged secret network of senior army officers, academics, businessmen and others who have been on trial since October 2008 on charges of plotting to use terrorist methods to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Öz is the prosecutor in charge of the Ergenekon investigation.
The homes of the three journalists were also searched on February 14. A fourth Oda TV journalist, Ayhan Bozkurt, was arrested at the same time, but was released Thursday.
The searches and arrests were carried out after Oda TV questioned some of the judicial procedures use in the Ergenekon investigation and trial.
THESE DEMONSTRATIONS AND THE AKP'S TYRANNICAL REPRISALS MAY FURTHER IGNITE A REBELLION. (I HOPE SO!)
YOU KNOW, AT BEST, ALL WE CAN HOPE FOR IN EGYPT IS A PRE-AKP TURKISH DEMOCRACY.
BUT EVEN TURKEY - WITHOUT A STRONG PRO-SECULAR/NON-DEMOCRATIC MILITARY - COULDN'T MAINTAIN IT'S COMMITMENT TO EITHER DEMOCRACY, PLURALISM, OR SECULARISM;
THEREFORE, THE EGYPTIAN MILITARY IS BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE:
- IF THE EGYPTIAN MILITARY ALLOWS FURTHER DEMOCRATIZATION IT MIGHT LEAD TO FURTHER ISLAMIZATION,
- AND THAT WOULD LEAD TO A MILITARY THAT IS SUBJUGATED TO MULLAHS,
- SOMETHING THE MILITARY MIGHT NOT WANT AND MIGHT FIGHT AGAINST,
- AS TURKEY'S MILITARY DID REPEATEDLY BETWEEN 1960 AND 1997.
- WITHOUT SECULARISM THERE CAN BE NO DEMOCRACY.
- IT'S AS BASIC AS FULL HUMAN RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE --- INCLUDING WOMEN.
- ON BOTH COUNTS - SECULARISM AND ANTI-MISOGYNISM - THE MUSLIM WORLD FAILS MISERABLY, AND THIS IS WHY THEY ARE SO UNCIVILIZED AND UNDEMOCRATIC.
IT'S THE ISLAM, STUPID!
- WILL THEY MAKE IT TO SYRIA? IF SO, WHAT MIGHT THEY BE UNLOADING THERE? OR IN BEIRUT? OR IN GAZA?
- OR, MAYBE THEY WILL BE BLOWN UP INSIDE THE CANAL - DAMAGING THE CANAL - IN A SUICIDE ATTACK THE IRANIANS WILL BLAME ON ISRAEL?
- JUST A HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO.
I HOPE THE EGYPTIAN ARMY BOARDS THESE SHIPS AND INSPECTS THEM...
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Japanese and Muslim American communities called Saturday for the protection of all Americans' civil rights as they recalled the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the hostility faced by Muslim Americans since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States.Oh, so now, Muslims are claiming additional victimhood in the vein of Japanese-Americans. As it so happens, there were spies during WW2 for Japan. Was the US not supposed to be concerned? And do the leaders of the Japanese-American community not realize how they're making themselves look like they fail to recognize the problem regardless of whether they were cooperative on their part with authorities or not?
Saturday was the 69th anniversary of the signing by President Franklin D. Roosevelt of an executive order that led to the internment of around 120,000 Japanese Americans.
Keynote speaker Norman Mineta, who was transportation secretary at the time of the September 2001 attacks, recalled his experience in 1942 when he first saw the posters notifying Japanese Americans that they would be sent to internment camps.
"They were not even willing to acknowledge that we were citizens of the United States," he said, noting that terrorists and Muslims should not be seen as identical.
Another keynote speaker, Imam Hamza Perez, a Muslim American from Pittsburgh, recounted his post-9/11 experiences, including being followed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at his workplace and having his mosque in Pittsburgh raided at gunpoint during a prayer service.
And it's not mentioned if the imam named Perez actually cooperated with authorities. If he didn't, that's just one more show of victimhood.
There is no comparison between race and religion, and thus, the Japanese community's willingness to associate themselves with the Muslim community is shameful.
I can only conclude from this latest mess that Glover's of a standing just as reprehensible as Mel Gibson, his Lethal Weapon co-star. It makes me wonder what Mel's take on Islam is like too. I've got a feeling I wouldn't like what I might discover, were I to do some research on that awful actor who grew up in Australia.
And this is just one more reason why I don't want to see the Lethal Weapon movies ever again.
SAUDI ARABIA IS INCREASINGLY WORRIED: SURROUNDED BY IRANIAN SPONSPORED UNREST - AND OBAMA IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN
The recent illness of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, 87, who is expected to return to the kingdom this week after an absence of more than three months for treatment in the United States and Morocco, has reinforced the sense of insecurity.DUE TO OBAMA'S INACTIONS, INCOMPETENCE AND PRO-MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ACTIONS, I FEAR THAT THE HOUSE OF SAUD MIGHT SOON FEEL IT MUST CUT CLOSE TIES WITH THE USA AND - LIKE TURKEY - START TO APPEASE IRAN AND COME WITHIN IRAN'S HEGEMONY.
“The Saudis are completely encircled by the problem, from Jordan to Iraq to Bahrain to Yemen,” said one Arab diplomat, voicing a view that is common in the halls of power in Riyadh, the capital. “Saudi Arabia is the last heavyweight U.S. ally in the region facing Iran.” He spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with diplomatic protocol.
The Saudis tend to see any threat to the established order in the region as a gain for their nemesis Iran, and its allies Syria and Hezbollah. They have grown increasingly worried that the Obama administration is drifting away from this perspective and supporting movements for change whose outcome cannot be guaranteed. Those worries were heightened by the crisis in Egypt, where the Saudis felt that Mr. Mubarak should have been allowed to stay on and make a more “dignified” exit, Saudi officials say.
King Abdullah had at least two phone conversations with President Obama to convey his concerns in the weeks before Mr. Mubarak’s ouster, and the last conversation ended in sharp disagreement, according to officials familiar with the calls.
... Still, the Saudis are closely watching American diplomatic gestures toward Bahrain. Any wavering of American support for Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy, analysts say, would provoke a deep sense of betrayal, and could create an unprecedented rift in a partnership with the United States that has been a pillar of Saudi policy since 1945.
“Saudi Arabia has always had a fear of encirclement, whether with Communism or with Iranian influence,” said Rachel Bronson, an expert on Saudi Arabia at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Bahrain to me is the tipping point for when this becomes really unsettling.”
NONE OF THESE OTHER MOVES WILL BE GOOD FOR THE FREE WORLD.
IF OBAMA REALLY WAS A CRYPTO-MUSLIM WHO WANTED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO CONTROL THE ARAB WORLD AND IRAN THE SHIA WORLD, THEN WOULD HE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY?