Top Hillary Fundraiser Hsu Turns Himself In

From a reluctant Associated Press:

Top Dem fundraiser turns himself in

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A top Democratic fundraiser whose criminal past has roiled the campaigns of top presidential candidates turned himself in Friday in California, where he had been a fugitive for more than 15 years.

Judge H. James Ellis ordered Norman Hsu handcuffed and jailed on $2 million bail. The judge declined Hsu’s request to immediately reduce the bail by half, instead scheduling a Sept. 5 hearing to consider the request.

Hsu pleaded no contest in 1991 to a felony count of grand theft, admitting he’d defrauded investors of $1 million in a bogus investment scam. He was facing up to three years in prison when he skipped town before his 1992 sentencing date, Deputy Attorney General Ronald Smetana said outside court.



Reports Claim S Korea Paid $20M For Hostages

From the terrorist enablers at Al Jazeera:

Korean hostages negotiator Kim Mambok, left with an unidentified associate addresses the press in a Dubai hotel, Friday Aug. 31, 2007.

S Korea criticised for hostage deal

South Korea is facing growing criticism amid reports it paid a ransom to secure the release of 19 Koreans recently freed by the Taliban.

Several sources have told Al Jazeera that a sum of money was paid by Seoul.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper also quoted an Afghan source as saying the move was made after mediators decided the payment of a ransom was the only way to resolve the crisis.

However, a South Korean presidential spokesman said there had been no discussions with the Taliban about a ransom…

Taliban and Afghan officials have also denied that a ransom was involved.



Media Champions Gay Sex In Public Toilets

From the hopeless reactionaries at Life Site News:

[AP caption:] Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mayor Jim Naugle, while insisting during a Aug. 28, 2007 interview that he is not homophobic and is simply trying to combat illegal and unsafe activity in his city, has made a string of recent comments that critics say were blatantly homophobic. He portrayed city park restrooms as popular gay sex spots and opposed a gay book collection in a public library. He’s called for less tourism emphasis directed specifically at gays and questioned tourism brochures showing men in bed together.

Gay Sex in Public a Major Health Risk – Naugle Calls on Homosexuals to Stem the Spread of HIV

FORT LAUDERDALE, August 23, 2007 ( – At a news conference at City Hall this week, Jim Naugle, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has called on homosexual men to end their public sexual encounters in order to curb the local HIV/AIDS rate.



S Korean Hostages To Fly Back To Korea Today

From the fans of the Taliban at the Associated Press:

South Korean hostages go home from Afghanistan

Friday, August 31, 2007

KABUL: Nineteen South Koreans freed by Taliban kidnappers prepared to fly home Friday as their government denied allegations that it paid a ransom to end the six-week hostage standoff.

A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said the militant group planned to abduct more foreigners, reinforcing fears that South Korea’s decision to negotiate directly with the militants would embolden them at a time of surging violence in the country.

“We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan, because we found this way to be successful,” he said via cellphone from an undisclosed location.

The 19 hostages, all church volunteers seized as they traveled by bus in southern Afghanistan on July 19, were freed in separate handovers on Wednesday and Thursday under the terms of a deal struck between the Taliban and South Korean government representatives…

Under the terms of agreement Tuesday, Seoul repeated a pledge it had made long before the kidnappings to withdraw its 200 troops in Afghanistan before year’s end and vowed to prevent missionaries traveling to the country…

A senior Afghan official close to the negotiations alleged Friday the South Koreans also paid a ransom.



Violent AU Rove “Protesters” Get Wrist Slaps

From their fans at the Washington Post:

Rove Protesters Charged

AU Students Agree To Pay $100 Fines

By David Montgomery
Friday, August 31, 2007; B01

Six American University students agreed late yesterday to pay $100 fines to settle misdemeanor charges stemming from a raucous April 3 protest of White House counselor Karl Rove’s visit to the campus, their attorney said.

The cases were filed by the D.C. attorney general’s office last week — nearly five months after the demonstration in which one student mooned Rove’s car while some of the others allegedly lay in the street to block the vehicle. Five students were accused of crossing a police line and of disorderly conduct. The sixth was charged with crossing a police line.

The students had not turned themselves in to be formally charged when their attorney, Mark L.


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Our Unbiased Media At Work – Craig Vs Hsu

A search on Google News for "Larry Craig" returns 5,482 articles, mostly from the brand name mainstream news media:

Larry Craig is alleged to have made improper advances in a public bathroom. (An activity our media usually uphold as a "civil right.")

He will resign his Senate office today in disgrace.

The actual incident happened three months ago. Mr. Craig is a Senator that most people have never heard of before.

Meanwhile, a search on Google News for "Norman Hsu" returns 437 articles, and many of them are from "blogs":

Norman Hsu is alleged to have violated our campaign finance laws by funneling millions of dollars into the coffers of the Democrat party over the last three years. (Laws our media usually deem "sacrosanct.")

The money involved is very possibly from the Communist Chinese government.



Petraeus Tells Aussies: Iraq “Surge” Is Working

From an outraged Reuters:

Petraeus says Iraq “surge” working: paper

Thu Aug 30

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The U.S. troop surge in Iraq has thrown al Qaeda off balance and led to a reduction in sectarian violence and bombings, the U.S. commander in Iraq was quoted on Friday by an Australian newspaper as saying.

“We say we have achieved progress, and we are obviously going to do everything we can to build on that progress and we believe al Qaeda is off balance at the very least,” General David Petraeus told the Australian in an interview after briefing Australia’s defense minister, Brendan Nelson, in Baghdad…

Petraeus told the Australian that there had been a 75 percent reduction in religious and ethnic killing since last year, while the number of al Qaeda “kills and captures” was on the rise.



Christian-Mocking “Art” On Display In Australia

From those defenders of the faith (Islam) at Reuters:

The Blake Prize entry titled ‘Bearded Orientals: Making the Empire Cross’ by artist Priscilla Bracks is exhibited in Sydney August 30, 2007. The ‘double vision’ print, which depicts both Jesus Christ and Osama bin Laden, in a Christ-like pose, depending on which side the viewer looks at the artwork, has been criticised by Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard for undermining Australians’ religious beliefs.

Christ-like bin Laden image stirs debate in Australia

By Katrine Narkiewicz Thu Aug 30

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Artworks depicting Osama bin Laden in a Christ-like pose and a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in a burqa have caused a stir in Australia after they were showcased in a prestigious religious art competition.



NYT Whitewashes Democrats’ Hsu Scandal

From those champions of campaign finance reform at the New York Times:

Clinton Donor Under a Cloud in Fraud Case

August 30, 2007


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said yesterday that it would give to charity $23,000 it had received from a prominent Democratic donor, and review thousands of dollars more that he had raised, after learning that the authorities in California had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a 1991 fraud case

The travails of Mr. Hsu have proved an embarrassment for the Clinton campaign, which has strived to project an image of rectitude in its fund-raising and to dispel any lingering shadows of past episodes of tainted contributions.

Already, Mrs. Clinton’s opponents were busy trying to rekindle remembrances of the 1996 Democratic fund-raising scandals, in which Asian moneymen were accused of funneling suspect donations into Democratic coffers as President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were running for re-election

Everyone is trying to make the implications that it’s Chinese money, that it’s the Al Gore thing all over again, but I haven’t seen any proof of that,” said John A.



The UN Praises Iran’s “Cooperation” On Nukes

From a delighted Associated Press:

Deputy chief of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Olli Heinonen, (L) shakes hands with deputy secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Javad Vaeidi.

IAEA: Iranian cooperation significant

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria – The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected and praised Tehran for “a significant step forward” in explaining past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.

The assessment is expected to make it more difficult for the United States to rally support for a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

At the same time, the report confirmed that Iran continued to expand its uranium enrichment program, reflecting the Islamic republic’s defiance of the U.N. Security Council.



Man Plotted To Sell Arms To Iranian Opponents

From an outraged Associated Press:

US man pleads guilty in plot to sells arms to Ahmadinejad opponents

Aug 30, 2007

An Iranian-born California man pleaded guilty to a scheme to buy submachine guns and sell them to Iranian government officials opposed to the country’s president, court records show.

Under the plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, a US citizen, acknowledged that he attempted to obtain night vision goggles and as many as 100,000 Uzis for shipment to Iran, in violation of US laws.

Maghloubi, 49 was the subject of a sting operation in February, when a person he had reportedly approached about buying the equipment brokered a meeting between him and a Los Angeles police detective Maghloubi believed was an arms dealer, according to the plea deal.


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Shocker: Congress Report Says Surge Failed

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Iraqi soldiers take a break as their comrades stand guard at a checkpoint near Sadr City.

Auditors say Iraq goals not being met

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush’s Iraq war strategy, congressional auditors have determined.

The Associated Press has learned the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, will report that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq are unfulfilled ahead of a Sept. 15 deadline. That’s when Bush is to give a detailed accounting of the situation eight months after he announced the policy, according to three officials familiar with the matter.


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Indicted Hillary Fundraiser Fled US In March

Here is an article from last March by the same duo of reporters who broke the story that Norman Hsu is on the lam.

The Los Angeles Times seems to have purged the piece from its site. So this comes courtesy of the packrats at Rantburg:

Mr. Sadiq, Senator Hillary Clinton and Mr. Rehman Jinnah

Clinton donor wanted by FBI in scheme to funnel money

Robin Fields and Chuck Neubauer,

Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2007

A Pakistani immigrant who hosted fundraisers in Southern California for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is being sought by the FBI on charges that he funneled illegal contributions to Clinton’s political action committee and Sen. Barbara Boxer’s 2004 reelection campaign. Authorities say Northridge businessman Abdul Rehman Jinnah, 56, fled the country after an indictment accused him of engineering more than $50,000 in illegal donations to the Democratic committees.



Buried: No Evidence Of Drunk NASA Astronauts

From the back pages of the New York Times:

NASA Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O’Connor (L) and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announce the results of a safety review which found no evidence of improper alcohol use by astronauts before space flight in Washington, DC.

Astronauts Were Not Impaired for Missions, NASA Says


WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — A NASA investigation into astronauts’ use of alcohol before space missions has found no evidence of heavy drinking or drunkenness in the hours prior to launches, according to an agency report released today.

After a month-long review of 20 years of spaceflights conducted by NASA’s safety chief, the former astronaut Bryan D. O’Connor, no evidence could be found to support hearsay claims of astronauts being impaired by alcohol before missions, the report said.



Al-Sadr Suspending All "Militia Activity" In Iraq

From a gobsmacked Associated Press:

Mahdi army militiamen parade during a rally in Baghdad, 2006.

Al-Sadr Suspends Militia Activity in Iraq

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BAGHDAD — Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army militia in order to reorganize the force, and it will no longer attack U.S. and coalition troops, aides said Wednesday.

The aide, Sheik Hazim al-Araji, said on Iraqi state television that the goal was to “rehabilitate” the organization, which has reportedly broken into factions, some of which the U.S. maintains are trained and supplied by Iran.

“We declare the freezing of the Mahdi Army without exception in order to rehabilitate it in a way that will safeguard its ideological image within a maximum period of six months starting from the day this statement is issued,” al-Araji said, reading from a statement by al-Sadr.



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