VIA CLAIRE BERLINSKI:
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"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
VIA CLAIRE BERLINSKI:
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The previous night, the receptionist at his hotel explained what the protesters wanted. The Government had pushed through plans to demolish the area, making way for a gaudy Ottoman-era themed barracks and a shopping mall.Boy, if it's a nod to the Ottoman regime they're thinking of, then it's something the country could do without.
"The protesters seemed young," says Coffey. "They want Turkey to continue being secular and feel that the Government is leading them back into the Islamic world."Unfortunately, it's not entirely what it could be if Islam was still lurking in the background, and if the country's government refused to recognize the Armenian Holocaust (Medz Yeghern).
For the past 10 days, secular protesters and the Islamist-dominated government have been eye-balling each other, part of a tense stand-off over Turkey's future.
Turkey is a country caught between worlds. Stand on one side of the Bosphorus Strait - the glistening waters that cut Istanbul in half, linking the Aegean and Black Seas -and you're in Europe. Cross to the other, you're in Asia.
Following the fall of the Ottoman Empire at World War 1's close, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - who led the defence against Allied forces at Gallipoli - established the Turkish republic and set about implementing dramatic reforms, fiercely prescribing a secular identity while insisting on a homogeneous "Turkish" ethnicity. It amounted to social engineering.
Turkey's famed secular state has been welcomed by Western politicians, who have long seen it as a bulwark against the creep of Islamist regimes on the doorstep of Europe. Turkey, too, welcomed the West.
The country's military staunchly defended the secular wave for decades, staging a post-modern coup in 1997 and forcing the resignation of Turkey's first Islamist Prime Minister, Necmettin Erbakan. Yet Islamic forces, severely repressed, pushed back. Now, through Erdogan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP), they've been in power since 2002. A secular-Islamic rift splits the country.We can only hope this current revolt helps keep it that way in the end, but if the army's been infiltrated by the Islamofascists, that could decrease the optimism.
Over the next two years, tens of thousands of New Zealanders hope to travel to Istanbul and Gallipoli to mark the centenary of World War I. Will the Turkey they encounter be as friendly as they expect?
I will leave this office at some point – sometime in the next three and a half years.
Upon the announcement from Vladimir Putin that he will divorce his wife of nearly 30 years, Lyudmila, speculation abounds that the Russian president is dating gymnast Alina Kabayeva.
“My position and my work mean a life completely open to the public,” Putin, 60, said, according to Russian outlet RIA. "Some people are fine with that, some people are incompatible with that lifestyle. [Lyudmila and I] practically never saw each other. We have our own lives.”
Lyudmila added that “this is a civilized divorce,” but British tabloid The Sun reported that Putin may be “about to hook up with a woman rumored to be his long-term mistress.” The woman in question is 30-year-old former gymnast Kabayeva.
Kabayeva, who is 30 years Putin’s junior, won a gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a bronze during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She was the subject of a state television documentary in late May. which showed her in a favorable light, according to Reuters.
The affair rumors arose from a newspaper owned by Putin’s rival, Alexander Lebedev. However, Kabayeva, who is now a lawmaker as a parliamentary deputy for the Kremlin-backed United Russia party, was spotted kissing Putin in a Moscow restaurant as early as 2008, The Sun noted.
Some have said the pair even have children together. But the brunette beauty recently denied those rumors: On Russia’s Channel One network last month on her 30th birthday, Kabayeva denied having children, though she never mentioned Putin’s name.
“The whole country -- and perhaps now other countries, too -- write that I’ve got two or three children,” she said. “Sadly, I don’t have children yet. But, of course, I want to be a mother. Still, I’m not yet."
... yesterday, Kelly gave another unforgettable speech at the 5th Marine Regiment Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial Dedication ceremony.
In a thick Boston accent, Kelly touched on the inherent multiculturalism in the Marine Corps, as well as the very nature of military service, best characterized by the word "sacrifice." Then he eulogized all the lost Marine infantrymen of the 5th Marine Regiment ( — next to the dirty 1st — ) the most decorated and experienced regiment in the Marine Corps.
Kelly himself lost a son to combat in Afghanistan, and he related directly with the families of those who fell in America's most recent wars. He said to the Marines and families:
You will all soon enough finish your military service and go home to the cities, to the villages, to the hometowns that you come from, all across America.
You will hopefully find wonderful spouses and raise children who are at least as good as you are. Who will hopefully bring you great pleasure.
For sure, you will put on a lot more weight, many of you will lose your hair, but regardless or where you go, how fat you get, or what you do for the rest of your life, never forget, and be proud, till the day you die, that you served your country.
And in many cases, fought and died for it.
And never forget your buddies, that never made it home.
Remember them for the heroes they are, for the commitment they made, for the price they paid, and pray for their families and their loved ones, and their friends, they left behind.
Keep memorial day sacred, for this purpose. Never forget. We owe them at least that much.
And now, to the precious Gold Star families:
To the moms and dads, sisters and brothers, spouses and friends of the fallen — I am sorry.
From the bottom of my own broken heart, I am sorry.
I think I can accurately say that from the moment you were informed of his death, you have struggled endlessly with the question as to whether it was worth it ...
Every time I have asked it, I have come up with the same answer ...
It came to me the day I stood beside his grave at Arlington, as men exactly like him, folded his flag, so lovingly.
I realized the question was not mine to ask, or to answer. That it didn't matter what I thought, only what he thought.
The answer was his to give, and he gave it by his actions of that day.
For the entire life that brought him to the instant he was lost.
When he went down, he was exactly where he wanted to be, doing exactly what he wanted to do. Surrounded by the best men on this earth, his Marines and his Doc. And I thank them for caring for my boy, after God in his wisdom, and for his own purpose, took him to eternity.
That is the answer to all my questions. I need nothing else.
Meet Professor Henry Graff, perhaps the most legendary and honored professor ever at Columbia University. He was THE American History and Diplomatic History professor at Columbia for 46 years. And he is more emphatic than yours truly that there are no Obama footprints at Columbia.
I was put on Professor Graff’s trail by another Columbia classmate, skeptical about Obama’s story. He told me that Professor Graff had been the speaker for the Class of ’53 last weekend at Columbia. My friend was watching Graff answer questions from the crowd when he was asked about Obama at Columbia. Graff said, “I have my doubts he ever went here.”
I did some digging and located Graff’s home phone number.
I called him yesterday. Now retired, he was delighted to hear from me. He agreed to go on the record about Obama.
Unlike Obama, Professor Graff clearly remembered me. He was thrilled to hear from his former student. I was in several of Graff’s classes and he remembered me like it was yesterday. He sounded great- like he hasn’t lost any of his trademark sharpness in 30 years since we last met.
I was honored to learn that this legendary historian has been following my political career for many years. But he had no such cheery things to say about the President. Graff said, “I taught at Columbia for 46 years. I taught every significant American politician that ever studied at Columbia. I know them all. I’m proud of them all. Between American History and Diplomatic History, one way or another, they all had to come through my classes. Not Obama. I never had a student with that name in any of my classes. I never met him, never saw him, never heard of him.”
Even more importantly, Professor Graff knew the other history and political science professors. “None of the other Columbia professors knew him either” said Graff.THERE'S MORE!
When George was about six years old, he was made the wealthy master of a hatchet of which, like most little boys, he was extremely fond. He went about chopping everything that came his way. One day, as he wandered about the garden amusing himself by hacking his mother's pea sticks, he found a beautiful, young English cherry tree, of which his father was most proud. He tried the edge of his hatchet on the trunk of the tree and barked it so that it died.
Some time after this, his father discovered what had happened to his favorite tree. He came into the house in great anger, and demanded to know who the mischievous person was who had cut away the bark. Nobody could tell him anything about it.
Just then George, with his little hatchet, came into the room. "George,'' said his father, "do you know who has killed my beautiful little cherry tree yonder in the garden? I would not have taken five guineas for it!''
This was a hard question to answer, and for a moment George was staggered by it, but quickly recovering himself he cried: "I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.''
The anger died out of his father's face, and taking the boy tenderly in his arms, he said: "My son, that you should not be afraid to tell the truth is more to me than a thousand trees! Yes - though they were blossomed with silver and had leaves of the purest gold!''NUKING POLITICS VIA IMAO:
- Mr. Obama wasn't around when the IRS was abusing conservative groups for the last few years.
- He never knew the DOJ was spying on AP and Fox News.
- He wasn't in the loop when somebody told General Ham, then head of AFRICOM, to stand down when Benghazi was under attack.
- He has no idea why General Ham was relieved shortly afterwards.
- Low level staffers did all these things, and he only found out about them when he read it in the papers.
- He never heard of Operation Fast and Furious until he saw something about it on TV.
And on and on.
- He has no idea why there are these rumors about DHS, EPA, the FBI, the Treasury, and the USPS buying millions of rounds of hollow point ammunition or why they think they need them.
Bush did it. Unfounded rumors. GOP witch hunt. Evil Fox News people making up stuff.
Anytime anything, well, treasonous happens, count on him to be taken completely by surprise.
Just ask Jay Carney.
It's a little bit like listening to a 10 year old explain that he doesn't know how the cat got duct taped to the wall. For the third time.
President Obama is now caught in a trap of his own making.
By downplaying the threat and trying to create an atmosphere of peace and normality in the country, he has delegitimated the measures he believes that our safety requires.
Having tried and failed to keep these secrets dark and hidden, he must now try to explain what many Americans will find inexplicable.
If the terrorists are really on the run, and we can finally go back to a 9/10 state of mind, why are you assembling and wielding the most powerful and intrusive systems of surveillance ever conceived?
In a 9/12 world, these measures can be understood, though there are legitimate questions to be asked about oversight and slippery slopes.
In a 9/10 world, they are much harder to justify.
And so, Mr. President, the ball is in your court.
Where exactly do we stand, and what kind of world are we living in today?OBAMA IS A LIAR WHO - FOR 5 YEARS - HAS BEEN TRYING TO HAVE HIS CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.
I have an idea for a play, based on "12 Angry Men," about a NYT editorial board meeting. At the beginning of the meeting they've decided to run a damning editorial about how the current administration has lost all credibility, but one member dissents, and starts working on the others, and by the end of the play the editorial has been turned into yet another love letter to Obama. Next stop Broadway!BACKGROUND HERE.
BBC: US spy chief James Clapper has strongly defended government surveillance programmes after revelations of phone records being collected and internet servers being tapped. He said disclosure of a secret court document on phone record collection threatened "irreversible harm". Revelations of an alleged programme to tap into servers of nine internet firms were "reprehensible", he said.SO... THE LEAKS HELP THE ENEMY AND THEREFORE DON'T MAKE US SAFER....
There has been a significant increase in attempts to abduct soldiers in recent months, a source in the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday.That's the terrible thing about the Gilad Shalit kidnapping: the terrorists have used it as an influence.
This has prompted the army to strictly enforce safety measures and remind soldiers of directives intended to prevent such incidents, he said.
Since the beginning of the year, the IDF has counted 27 attempted or planned abductions of soldiers, mainly by terrorist cells, the source said. This is the same number as for the whole of 2012.
On Tuesday, two female soldiers reported an attempted abduction on their way to their base near Hadera. They said several men tried to push them into a car, but they resisted and the car drove away. Police said it wasn’t clear whether the perpetrators were terrorists.
On New Year’s Eve, the IDF captured a group of Islamic Jihad operatives near the Eyal checkpoint. The men carried items apparently intended to help in an abduction, and the army said this incident posed a “very high threat.”
Most of the other incidents involved detainees who admitted under interrogation by the Shin Bet security service that they were planning to abduct a soldier. “These organizations realize that to free their people from prison, they need to capture a soldier,” a senior officer explained Thursday. “Most of the incidents were carried out by operatives affiliated with Hamas, but [the desire to kidnap] is common to all the organizations. As long as they have desire and motivation ... this requires us to maintain a higher alert level.”
AND WITHOUT A TELEPROMPTER!
ZIP AHEAD TO 6:00 MINUTE MARK.
BIKINIS have been banned from this year's Miss World contest - to ward off Islamic hardliners in Indonesia who threatened Lady Gaga.Very funny. What about the host countries; don't they also have a responsibility to show respect? The pageant should not be recognizing countries with totalitarian mindsets, and what they're doing now only politicizes it.
The pageant is taking place in the Far East country for the first time and organisers are wary of upsetting Muslim fanatics.
In a bid to calm any tensions, the 137 women will ditch the traditional swimsuit round and instead wear more conservative outfits like sarongs.
The move comes after pop icon Lady Gaga was last year forced to scrap a gig in the world's most populous Muslim country.
The Born This Way singer had sold out a 52,000-seat stadium in Jakarta, but cops ordered her to pull out because of threats.
Fundamentalists accused her of "satanic teaching" and called her "vulgar".
They even threatened to stop the megastar from setting foot on Indonesian soil.
Habib Salim Alatas, of the Islamic Defenders Front, said: “She had better not dare spread her satanic faith here. Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality.
“She wears only panties and a bra when she sings and she stated she is the envoy of the devil’s child.”
Beyonce and the Pussycat Dolls were also both reportedly urged to "cover up" during her gig in Indonesia.
Much of this year's Miss World will take place on the idyllic island of Bali where thousands of holidaymakers are allowed to wear bikinis.
But the pageant's chairwoman Julia Morley said: "I do not want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful.
"We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant," she said.
Leno: An 84-year-old Florida woman claims the $590 million Powerball prize. But the IRS can't calculate her taxes until agents determine if she's a Republican or Democrat.
The Turkish prime minister's dismissal of anti-government protests as the work of opposition thugs fits a pattern of how many Islamist political leaders are responding to legitimate criticism of their regimes.But they also write:
Islamist leaders in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have shown an arrogance toward opposition views, breeding frustration that exacerbates civil unrest and instability and is likely to spread as democratic reforms continue to sweep the region, analysts say.
"The similarity is quite striking, (but) not that surprising," because Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Islamist leaders "have a similar view of democracy," says Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center.
They believe winning elections gives them a mandate and considerable latitude to pursue their vision, even in the face of significant opposition, Hamid says. "There's less of an idea of consensus building or taking into account the positions of the electoral minorities."
The democratic changes that followed the Arab Spring revolts have led to the political rise of Islamist groups sidelined or repressed by Middle East political structures for decades. In Turkey, Erdogan's Islamist government has gained power in part by eroding the once powerful influence the nation's military had on politics.Oh please. When were the elections "democratic" to start with? Chances are the ones in Egypt were rigged too. But they nailed it down right that minorities are not protected under Islamic regimes, not even if they pay jizya.
While the Islamists have taken advantage of democratic elections, they appear not to have embraced another feature of Western democracy: protecting minorities from the majority.
The second-quarter UCLA Anderson Forecast said the growth of real gross domestic product — meaning the inflation-adjusted value of goods and services produced — is too small to help the nation climb out of its slump. The figure was 15.4 percent below a "normal" growth trend, forecast director Edward Leamer wrote. "To get back to that 3 percent trend, we would need 4 percent growth for 15 years, or 5 percent growth for eight years, or 6 percent growth for five years, not the disappointing twos and threes we have been racking up recently," he said.
Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency's Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010. Transcripts of the interviews, viewed Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, appear to contradict earlier statements by top IRS officials, who have blamed lower-level workers in Cincinnati. Elizabeth Hofacre said her office in Cincinnati sought help from IRS officials in the Washington unit that oversees tax-exempt organizations after she started getting the tea party cases in April 2010. Ms. Hofacre said Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington, closely oversaw her work and suggested some of the questions asked applicants.
"I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull's influence or input," she said, according to the transcripts.
Mr. Hull could not be reached for comment.WE NEED TO FIND OUT ALL THE CONNECTIONS HULL HAD WITH HIGHER UPS...
IRS Phone Directory: IRC 441 to 565 - SmartPros Accountingaccounting.smartpros.com/x5735.xmlIRS Code and Subject Telephone Directory IRC Code § 441 to 565 (Accounting, ..... E:EO:R:4 Carter Hull (202) 622-8031. E:EO Robert Fontenrose (202) 622- ...MORE ON HULL:
IRC 501 (c)(4) Organizations - Internal Revenue Servicewww.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopici03.pdfBy John Francis Reilly, Carter C. Hull, and Barbara A. Braig Allen. Overview. Purpose. This article discusses issues relating to the tax-exempt status under IRC ...HE HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE. AND IS SMILING. IF HE DID WHAT IS ALLEGED, THEN THAT MIGHT SOON CHANGE. SIGH.
Did you know there is an Islamic Council on Scouting of North America and National Islamic C... (Boy Scouts of America)? I didn't think so.Daniel Pipes also noted this association back in 2004 and had several updates since, including the dhimmitude of the British Girl Scouts. This is something that may have been going on since the mid-80s. The Seattle Times had another report in 2008:
According to their website, "The Islamic Council on Scouting vision and promise [is] to promote and guide cooperative contacts between the proper authorities of Muslim organizations, mosques, and proper authorities of Islamic organizations, mosques and centers in partnership with Scouting. This Vision is directed at developing the spiritual phase among Islamic youth by means of the Scout oath and law."
There are currently about 90 Boy Scout units — including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturing Crews (for young men and women ages 14 to 20) — chartered to Muslim organizations. That's up from 58 eight years ago.And just 2 years ago, World Net Daily reported:
The Boy Scouts of America maintains scouting partnerships with Islamic groups closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, WND has learned.Now it's bad enough that the Scouts caved on the issues of homosexuality. But for all those sources whom they've betrayed, from parents to churches to synagogues, here's a challenging question they might want to ask themselves: where was the outrage over the Scouts' dhimmitude when the news first turned up? Why only now is it a dire affair?
The Boy Scouts of America welcomes major religions, including Islam. It has incorporated under its banner a group called the National Islamic Committee on Scouting, or NICS, which provides Muslim scouts an opportunity to earn badges or emblems by participating in religious activities.
NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED THAT OBAMA - WHO WAS A STUDENT OF EDWARD SAID'S AND A BEST FRIEND OF RASHID KHALIDI AND WHO TRIED TO APPOINT CHARLES FREEMAN TO THE NSC - IS ONCE AGAIN TRYING TO INSTALL ANOTHER ANTISEMITIC ANTI-ZIONIST TO A KEY FOREIGN POLICY POSITION.
It is an open secret that the State and the Family do not get along. As Leviathan grows, that which claims a greater hold on the minds, hearts, souls, and loyalties of its citizen-subjects becomes increasingly perceived as a threat to be neutralized or destroyed.
After the sovereignty of the states and the prerogatives of local government have been bled dry, the family remains as the last line of defense between the naked exercise of state power over the will of the individual. It is a telling fact that in the widely varied dystopian fiction of the past century, a recurring element is the destruction of our understanding of the family. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, it has been replaced entirely by casual sex and cloning vats. In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, it clings to existence as a stud system more suitable to a barnyard than a free society. Perhaps most chillingly of all, in George Orwell’s 1984, the family retains the outward trappings of the institution we call by that name, but internally it has been perverted into the cruelest instrument of state surveillance ever devised.
These writers, and the dictators of totalitarian regimes the world over, understand that the Family is the greatest threat to the unchecked might of the State, for it is within the sanctity of the home that loyalties stronger than any flag can command are fostered. Minds, both young and old, are at liberty to develop free of the suffocating hand of political correctness and party line.
Traditional Marriage: The Secret of Familial Strength
Presently, our society is facing an unprecedented, albeit long in the works, threat to the strength and integrity of the family. Many libertarians have been sadly duped into fighting on the wrong side of the battle. As previously stated, there are many ways in which Man organizes himself in a free society, many grouping and associations into which he may enter. What defines his family, though, rests on our traditional understanding of marriage: one man and one woman coming together in a lifelong commitment out of which children may naturally arise. Now granted, for decades Western society has been doing a horrible job at living up to this ideal, but it is something in our collective psyche for which we continue to strive. Despite the tragic mundanity of divorce, we still do not refer to the aftermath as a “family,” but rather as a broken family or a broken home. We recognize that the ideal has been ruptured, and while we may not live up to it, we at least continue to respect it.
This could all change within the next generation. As an alternative to the traditional conception of marriage, two proposals have arisen. In the first, it has been proposed that marriage be altered in our legal code from one man and one woman to any two consenting adults. In the second — one favored by many libertarians — it has been proposed that our legal recognition of marriage be done away with entirely. Both proposals constitute folly and a threat to liberty.THE POSTMODERN LEFT WANTS TO ESTABLISH AN ALL-POWERFUL NANNYSTATE THAT'S SEXUALLY INDULGENT.
MORE...An interesting factoid emerges from a look at a transcript of last Friday’s edition of “The Lead With Jake Tapper”– Stephanie Cutter was in on the White House meetings that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman attended.Cutter insists that Shulman was simply meeting about implementation of ObamaCare — and in fairness, one of her responsibilities was managing communications strategy for the unpopular law. But as everyone knows, Stephanie Cutter’s expertise is not primarily in the policy area; it is in the realm of politics: Political strategy and communications. She has been described by the Daily Beast as a partisan “pit bull.” Her job isn’t the nuts and bolts of governing. She is a political fixer. That’s why she was a Deputy Campaign manager for the President’s re-election. ...
The whole point of the IRS' supposed "independence" is to insulate the agency from the influence and machinations of people exactly like Stephanie Cutter.AND CUTTER WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS ON HER OWN. SHE MUST HAVE HAD APPROVAL FROM HER BOSSES.
So whether or not the stated purpose of the meetings was about ObamaCare -- unless Shulman's politics are very different from the lefty leanings of his wife -- it isn't hard to imagine Shulman and Cutter exchanging some congruent views. That's particularly true given that foremost in political discussion at the time was the Citizens United case (holding it unconstitutional for the government to restrict speech by corporations, associations and unions), which had recently been handed down by the Supreme Court -- and which scared President Obama to death. Is it really a stretch to think that Cutter and Shulman might have commiserated, bemoaned the supposed threat to democracy, and wished that something could be done, oh so subtly? . . . Consider the following timeline:
May 2009 - Cutter moves to White House from Treasury Department
January 2010 - Citizens United is handed down; Democrats are hysterical
March 2010 - IRS begins targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups
April 2010 - Cutter assigned to sell health care reform; if meetings with Shulman didn't occur before, presumably they did so afterwards.
It was Canadian essayist David Warren who in 2003 originated the concept of the so-called “Flypaper” strategy with regard to the war in Iraq. As Warren wrote in his first essay on the subject:
While engaged in the very difficult business of building a democracy in Iraq — the first democracy should it succeed in the entire history of the Arabs — President Bush has also quite consciously to my information created a new playground for the enemy away from Israel and even farther away from the United States itself. By the very act of proving this lower ground he drains terrorist resources from other swamps.
This is the meaning of Mr. Bush's “bring 'em on” taunt from the Roosevelt Room on Wednesday when he was quizzed about the “growing threat to U.S. forces” on the ground in Iraq. It should have been obvious that no U.S. President actually relishes having his soldiers take casualties. What the media and U.S. Democrats affect not to grasp is that the soldiers are now replacing targets that otherwise would be provided by defenceless civilians both in Iraq and at large. The sore thumb of the U.S. occupation — and it is a sore thumb equally to Baathists and Islamists compelling their response — is not a mistake. It is carefully hung flypaper.Nothing that has occurred since in Iraq and elsewhere has invalidated the fundamental correctness of this doctrine.
A court in Cairo has convicted 43 Egyptian and foreign employees of non-governmental (NGO) organisations for working illegally in Egypt.WE OUGHT TO SUSPEND ALL AID TO EGYPT.
The court sentenced the defendants - most of them in absentia - to jail terms of up to five years. It also ordered the closure of offices and the seizure of assets in Egypt belonging to several US NGOs. The case - which began in 2012 - has strained relations between Cairo and Washington.US officials had threatened to cut off the roughly $1.5bn (£980m) in aid paid to Egypt every year.
On Tuesday, the Cairo court sentenced 27 defendants to five years in prison. Another five received two years and 11 were given one-year terms. Only five defendants, including one American national, were present in court. Most foreign defendants - nationals of the US, Germany, Serbia and Arab states - were able to leave the country last year after the authorities had lifted a travel ban against them. They include Sam LaHood, son of the US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He received a five-year prison term.
THERE'S ONLY ONE POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THIS TYPE OF ATTACK.
IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTAL OR THE RESULT OF TRYING TO CUT CORNERS.
IT WAS A PREMEDITATED ATTACK - NOT JUST ON CONSERVATIVES, BUT ON DEMOCRACY AND LIBERTY.IF THE DOJ DOESN'T IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE, INDICT, AND CONVICT, THEN HOLDER MUST RESIGN OR BE IMPEACHED.
this administration is engaged in a coordinated attempt to dispirit, disarm and disenfranchise large portions of the American population and to weaken our founding principles through what is best understood as psychological warfare.
Two sergeants and a community support officer dressed in head-to-foot burkhas and other traditional clothing and went out shopping. Meanwhile a group of Muslim women were invited into police cells, a CCTV control room and shown other daily duties of a police officer. The move was part of a police initiative dubbed "In Your Shoes" taking place in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
But it has attracted strong criticism from onlookers.Matthew Elliott, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "This is an absurd diversion from real policing. "People want the police out catching criminals, not indulging in politically correct gimmicks."The police are overstretched as it is without officers being paid to do other things than their real job." Douglas Murray, director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: "This has nothing to do with crime. "Like most people who have been a victim of crime, I am amazed and flabbergasted that they have solved all the crimes so they can spend a day playing dressing-up games. "I did not know it was the job of police to see how people feel. I thought it was their job to solve crimes. "This is a fantastic demonstration that for the last 10 years the British police have been having an institutional nervous breakdown. They do not know what their job or their role is."
The clothes-swapping day took place earlier this year in Sheffield town centre and followed a similar event in Barnsley.THIS LITTLE STUNT WAS MEANT NOT JUST TO APPEASE THE ISLAMO-FASCISTS, BUT TO GET NATIVES TO START GETTING USED TO BURQAS.
OBAMA WAS "SHOOTING HOOPS" WITH REGGIE LOVE; (NO HOMO).
1 - The phrases no homo and pause are slang terms. They parenthetically assert that the speaker of such does not have any homosexual intent and are usually used after an utterance that may have given that impression.
2 - In 2013, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers stirred up controversy after he used the term in a postgame interview following a playoff game against the Miami Heat. Hibbert was fined US$75,000 by the NBA for his comments.  Hibbert said,
“The momentum could have shifted right there if [James] got an easy dunk,” ... “There was what ‑‑ was it Game 3 here? I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo.”
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TIMBUKTU, Mali — Her light-skinned master no longer beats her with a camel whip. He no longer makes her work from dawn to night without pay. He fled with his family four months ago, along with the Islamists who briefly ruled this historic city.I think the Tuareg are the very same Berber tribe the Volkswagen utility vehicle is named after. And the Moors? I think that name is basically synonymous with Muslim; Cervantes himself said westerners should trust no Moors, because they're all deceitful. Why name a car after a community that's still slavemongering? Better still, why buy it?
“I am free,” said Aminaya Traore, a 50-year-old woman who was born into slavery. “I can do whatever I want.”
Across this sand-swept city, hundreds of modern-day slaves are experiencing a sense of liberation, many for the first time. Nearly all the lighter-skinned Tuaregs and Arab Moors who for generations exploited them have fled the city, fearing reprisal attacks for supporting supporting the Islamists or the Tuareg separatists whose rebellion helped ignite the Islamist takeover of Mali’s north last year.
“Under the Islamists, blacks were exploited even more by the pink-skinned people,” said Roukiatou Cisse, a social worker with Temedt, a human rights group, referring to the Tuaregs and Arab Moors. “They told them, ‘We are with the Islamists. We are in power. We are the masters and you are our slaves. We will do what we want.’ ”
“Now, the slaves have profited by the pink-skinned people leaving.”
The jubilation underscores how deeply divided Mali’s northern communities became during the 10-month rule of the Islamists, who included homegrown jihadists, such as the Tuaregs and Arab Moors, as well as foreigners with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the terror network’s West and North Africa branch. A French-led military intervention that began in January ousted the Islamists from towns in the north, though a guerrilla war continues.
Under the Islamists, many Tuaregs and Arab Moors took advantage of their shared ethnic backgrounds with the jihadists and asserted themselves over their black neighbors. The widened rift between the communities could take years, if not decades, to close, residents say....
Slavery was abolished in 1960 after the West African nation gained independence, and all people are considered equal under Mali’s constitution. Yet there’s no law that criminalizes slavery, making it hard to seek legal action. And there’s little political will to address the problem: Many government officials deny the practice exists.
Today, an estimated 200,000 people live as slaves or in slavelike conditions in Mali, mostly in rural areas, according to Temedt, which means “solidarity.” The advocacy group Anti-Slavery International says that “descent-based slavery” exists in other West African countries as well, including Mauritania and Niger.
Those who have been freed, often by running away, still face discrimination because of their family’s historical status as slaves. Most of the people who have slaves are Tuareg, though some black ethnic groups in northern Mali have also been known to have slaves, who are known as Bella, which means both “black” and “slave.”
An Ohio woman held a would-be burglar at gunpoint until police arrived, warning him, “if you move, you’re gonna go to the morgue.”
Tammy Takach of Steubenville was sleeping Thursday morning when a noise in her home woke her up. She told WPXI-TV she grabbed her gun and went downstairs to find an intruder who’d entered through a window holding an air conditioning unit. He begged her not to call the police.
“He stood up and put his hands up,” Takach told WTOV-TV. “He said, ‘I’m just going to go. I’m sorry,’ and I said, ‘The only place you’re going to go is jail, and if you move, you’re gonna go to the morgue, because I’m going to blow your f-ing head off.”
Takach kept the gun aimed at him the entire time until police arrived. Upstairs, Takach’s son was still asleep, completely unaware of what was happening.
Ryan Geary, 23, was arraigned Friday on charges of burglary and possessing criminal tools. If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison.
Takach’s husband, Anson, said the family owns multiple firearms but that it was the first time his wife ever had to use one in a situation like that.
“We go to the range as much as we can. We own a lot of firearms,” Anson Takach told WTOV. “I’ve had extensive training with firearms, so I teach her and my son how to be responsible and to remain calm in situations like that.”