Anti-AZ Immigration Law Protest – Photos

From The Dustin Inman Society:

Protest pictures at Phoenix Capital

Photos from the May 29, 2010 Phoenix protest against the Arizona immigration enforcement law…


The racism and sheer ignorance on display is simply staggering. (Hint: the Western Hemisphere is not a continent.)

And someone should tell Mrs. Pelosi that there is a lot of Nazi talk and swastikaas [sic] being bandied about.

But, as usually happens, their real agenda slips out.



Karzai To Try To Buy Off Taliban – Again

From a short term memory deficient Associated Press:

A peace conference billboard in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Afghans to discuss peace at national conclave

By ROBERT H. REID and DEB RIECHMANN (AP) – May 31, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai is rolling out his program to lure Taliban and other insurgent fighters off the battlefield, addressing a three-day conference starting Wednesday aimed at building a national consensus on how to end the nearly nine-year war.

About 1,600 Afghans will convene in a giant tent at Kabul Polytechnic University to discuss how to reconcile with the fighters — even as the U.S. rushes in more troops to ramp up the war. Lawmakers, provincial council members, tribal and religious leaders and representatives of civil society will participate.



Afghans Suspend 2 Christian Aid Groups

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Afghan women clad in burqas receive food aid in Kabul May 5, 2010.

2 Christian aid groups suspended in Afghanistan


May 31, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities suspended two Christian foreign aid groups Monday on suspicion of proselytizing in the strictly Islamic nation and said a follow-up investigation would include whether other groups were trying to convert Muslims.

U.S.-based Church World Service and Norwegian Church Aid will not be allowed to operate while the allegations, aired Sunday on Afghan television, are investigated, said Mohammad Hashim Mayar, the deputy director of the Afghan government office that oversees nongovernment organizations, known as NGOs.

An investigation commission including officers from the National Security and Interior Ministries had been appointed, he said.



Video Shows Activists Attacking Israelis

From the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, via YouTube:

Demonstrators Use Violence Against Israeli Navy Soldiers Attempting to Board Ship

May 31, 2010 — Early this morning, IDF Naval Forces boarded six ships attempting to break the maritime closure of the Gaza Strip. This happened after numerous warnings from Israel and the Israeli Navy that were issued prior to the action. The Israel Navy requested the ships to redirect toward Ashdod where they would be able to unload their aid supplies which would then be transferred over land after undergoing security inspections.

During the boarding of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier.



10 Killed As Israel Raids Terror Suppliers

From a selectively outraged Agence France-Pressee:

At least 10 killed as Israel raids Gaza aid fleet

By Joseph Krauss

May 31, 2010

ASHDOD, Israel (AFP) – At least 10 activists were killed before dawn on Monday when Israeli navy commandos stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, sparking international outrage and plunging the Jewish state into a diplomatic crisis.

The bloody ending to the high-profile mission to deliver supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for fence-mending talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington Tuesday.

The early morning assault prompted an unprecedented fallout with Israel’s former ally Turkey, which recalled its ambassador in fury on the back of reports that most of the bloodshed occurred on a Turkish passenger ship carrying more than 600 people.



Obama Might Not Plug Hole Until August

From a seemingly unfazed Reuters:

Gulf Coast warned oil may leak until August

By Ed Stoddard And Sarah Irwin

May 31, 2010

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – Oil from BP’s out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said on Monday, as public anger surged over the country’s worst environmental disaster.

U.S. government and BP officials are warning that the blown-out deepwater well feeding the catastrophic spill may not be shut off until August as the company begins preparations on a new but uncertain attempt to contain the leaking crude…

The disaster, in its 42nd day on Monday, is already the largest oil spill in U.S. history and officials are treating it as the country’s biggest environmental catastrophe…

Even though it is not even close to being in the top ten worst oil spills in history.



Obama, Hillary Pressure On China Fails

From a dismayed Agence France-Pressee:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) looks at China’s President Hu Jintao during the opening ceremony of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing May 24, 2010.

Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails

by Jun Kwanwoo Jun Kwanwoo Sun May 30, 2010

SEOGWIPO, South Korea (AFP) – China resisted pressure Sunday from South Korea and Japan to censure North Korea publicly for the sinking of a warship, calling only for regional tensions over the incident to be defused.

Host President Lee Myung-Bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama teamed up at the two-day summit to nudge China’s Premier Wen Jiabao to declare Pyongyang responsible for the March sinking of the South Korean corvette.

But Wen gave no sign that China is ready to back United Nations Security Council action against its ally over the sinking, which cost 46 lives.



Farrakhan Goons ‘Face Down’ WH Press

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The Reverend Minister Farrakhan’s mansion.

Farrakhan, press have minor ‘stand-off’ in Obama’s neighborhood

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter

May 30, 2010

An interesting “stand-off’’ of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend’s house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press and the U.S. Secret Service guarding the president on the other.

Just a few blocks from Obama’s home in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood, Obama’s friend Marty Nesbitt lives across the street from the ornate yellow-gold home where Farrakhan lives.

For the past two years, when Obama has brought his family over to Nesbitt’s home, the press pool bus parks near Farrakhan’s house. This usually does not cause a problem, but Saturday night — as most of the city was indoors watching the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals — a bit of tension emerged on Woodlawn Avenue.



NYT Claims BP Ignored Rig Safety Risks

From a witch-hunting New York Times:

Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig


May 29, 2010

WASHINGTON — Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week.

The problems involved the well casing and the blowout preventer, which are considered critical pieces in the chain of events that led to the disaster on the rig.

The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of “well control.” And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.

On June 22, for example, BP engineers expressed concerns that the metal casing the company wanted to use might collapse under high pressure.



BP’s Ties To Obama Are Long, Complex

This nugget almost slipped past us unnoticed, from a damage controlling New York Times:

Before they joined the Department of Energy, Steven Chu, left, and Steven E. Koonin.

BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex


May 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through a new Energy Biosciences Institute.

Dr. Chu received the grant from BP’s chief scientist at the time, Steven E. Koonin, a fellow theoretical physicist whom Dr. Chu jocularly described as “my twin brother.” Dr. Koonin had selected the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, over other universities in the United States and Britain in part because of Dr.



Obama Still Has Not ‘Plugged The Hole’

From a giddy Associated Press:

A nation mesmerized: Can BP plug the Gulf gusher?

By Ben Nuckols, Associated Press Writers

May 29, 2010

COVINGTON, La. – As the nation remained transfixed by a busted oil well spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, BP said Saturday that its latest bid to plug the worst oil spill in U.S. history still hadn’t worked and scientists suggested any progress was incremental at best.

BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters Saturday in Port Fourchon that the effort known as a "top kill" has not stopped the flow of oil, and that he doesn’t know if the risky maneuver will succeed. He said the company was already preparing its next option to cap the well.



Obama Opposes Penalizing Hiring Illegals

From the DNC’s Washington Post:

Administration opposes Arizona law that penalizes hiring of illegal immigrants

By Robert Barnes
Saturday, May 29, 2010; A07

The Obama administration on Friday urged the Supreme Court to review and set aside an Arizona law that sanctions employers who hire illegal immigrants, saying it would disrupt the "careful balance" that Congress struck in federal immigration law

The law being challenged, the Legal Arizona Workers Act, imposes tougher sanctions than federal law for hiring illegal workers. If the court chooses to hear the case, its ruling could show how receptive the justices would be to arguments that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility that cannot be usurped by the states…

The administration, in a brief submitted by Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, said federal law should preempt state efforts.



U Of VA Fights To Protect Climate Fraud

From an approving New York Times:

Quash the Subpoena, U.Va. Urges


May 28, 2010

As we noted briefly in Friday’s Times, the University of Virginia has filed a court petition asking a judge to block a subpoena of a prominent climate scientist’s research materials.

The subpoena was issued by the state attorney general. In the court petition, the university’s president, John T. Casteen III, said it had “sent a chill through the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities — a chill that has reached across the country and attracted the attention of all of higher education.”

The scientist, Michael Mann, formerly a professor at U.Va. and now at Pennsylvania State University, became the subject of controversy last year when his private e-mail messages and those of other climatologists were posted online in a scandal known as Climategate.



WH: Bill Clinton Offered Joe Sestak ‘Jobs’

From the Caucus Blog of the New York Times:

White House Used Bill Clinton to Ask Sestak to Drop Out of Race


May 28, 2010

President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no and went on to win last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter.

The White House did not offer Mr.



Sestak Won’t Talk Until White House Does

From the Washington Post:

Sestak says his brother, White House met about alleged job offer

By Paul Kane
Friday, May 28, 2010; A06

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman’s allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary

He told reporters Thursday that he would not expand upon his prior statements until the White House releases its report on the matter. President Obama said in his news conference such a report would come "shortly."

Richard Sestak, who has served as his brother’s top political adviser and campaign lawyer, spoke with administration officials Wednesday, Joe Sestak said.

"They got ahold of my brother on his cellphone, and he spoke to the White House .



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