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Reader Selected News, Week Sep 29 – Oct 5

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

27 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Sep 29 – Oct 5”

  1. canary

    Haaretz: By ReutersIran pushes ahead in building nuclear research reactor, sources say
    Analysts say heavy-water reactor near the town of Arak, supervised by IAEA, could produce plutonium for nuclear arms if the spent fuel is reprocessed.
    By Reuters | Sep.27, 2012

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/mi.....y-1.467019

    I chose the Haaretz news because it shows a recent picture of this heavy-water nuclear reactor
    picture.

    US wants to say a year so of course they are working faster, and then Israel says 6 months.
    So, if Israel says 6 months, Iran is working faster than ever. Maybe Iran’s Ahmadman Jehad
    will get his 2012 present on time. Iran ahmadman will most likely will at least do some small measure to get his 2012er welcome back party for Mohammad. Send a goat into space or something.

  2. captstubby

    careful Canary

    with that kind of talk.
    it may incite a spontaneous/planned Embassy “protest.”
    and then the White house will have to deny/apologies.
    and you will get arrested.

  3. geronl

    Europeans protest budget cuts. Demand Skittle Pooping Unicorns.

    http://asspos.blogspot.com/201.....-cuts.html

  4. captstubby

    Biden Blames Bush Administration for Deficit
    By Arlette Saenz | ABC OTUS News – 4 hrs ago

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – Vice President Joe Biden placed the blame for the ballooning deficit on the Bush administration today, arguing that the previous administration saddled the country with the burden of trillions of dollars in debt.

    “Let’s get serious here! How did we get this debt? Ladies and gentlemen, they put two wars on a credit card. Not paying a penny, not paying a penny, even though I introduced legislation to pay for that war. They voted against it,” Biden said at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center. “Two, they voted for a new entitlement program without paying one penny for it, and that was clear. Number 3, they added another trillion dollars in the tax cut for the very wealthy, so what’s the result? These are the facts, folks, these are the facts.

    “The result was by the time the reins got turned back over to Barack [Obama] and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years, doubled the national debt in eight years,” Biden added.

    Biden recounted that within the first week of being in office, Larry Summers, a top economic adviser to the president, warned newly inaugurated President Obama of the deficit the country faced.

    “We were sitting in the oval office, and Larry Summers, the chief economic adviser, and the economic team came in and said ‘Mr. President, looking at this year’s budget you are going to have a trillion dollar deficit.’ He said, ‘I haven’t done anything yet,'” Biden said. “I’m serious. They said, ‘No, Mr. President, the budget they passed, the budget they passed in October of last year guarantees no matter what you do you’re going to have a trillion dollar debt this year in the budget.’ A trillion dollar deficit to be precise.”

    Earlier in the week, the Washington Post fact checked President Obama’s claim that the Bush administration’s policies accounted for 90 percent of the country’s current deficit and rated the assertion as false, since the president also pushed spending increases and tax cuts that added to the deficit.

    Biden also claimed the Obama administration has proposed a plan that would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years and has already decreased the deficit by $1 trillion

    “We’ve already reduced the deficit. In four years, we’ll reduce it by another trillion dollars. Ladies and gentlemen look, there’s an easy way to do this. We have to make some difficult decisions. We’ve made them, but we’ve got to ask the very wealthy to pay more,” Biden said.

    Biden mocked the GOP’s concern about the debt, saying, “I love how they bleed over the national debt,” but adding that Republicans would be unwilling to sign onto a deficit reduction plan that would promise $10 in cuts in spending in exchange for a dollar increase in revenue.

    The vice president honed in on energy, touting the Obama administration’s work as well as highlighting what he believes is the GOP’s misunderstanding the role conservation plays in energy exploration and expansion.

    “I love to hear them talk about their energy policy, which is ‘drill baby drill,’ right? OK, now let me say something about drilling. You all realize that there are more gas and oil rigs working today, pumping today, than all the rest of the rigs in the entire rest of the world. Do you know that? That’s a fact. That’s why we’re importing less than we have in decades, that’s why we’re in the position we’re moving in,” Biden said.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, there is an exponential, exponential supply of natural gas done right and renewable energy that’s here in this country,” he said. “That’s why we doubled – and they voted against it – and Romney talked against it, we doubled the fuel economy standards for cars and trucks by 2025. That will save 12 billion barrels of oil over the period of time. I don’t know how they don’t think conservation is part of this. They, they sure don’t know it.”

    is Biden going to have a fund raiser in Vegas?

    people pay big money there to laugh at absurd comedy routines.

    “blame the last administration for the first year of yours, but after that you own the problem. If you haven’t taken ownership after 4 years, you don’t deserve another term.”

  5. canary

    Obama releases notorious Al-Qaeda terrorist who blew up U.S. Soldiers from Gitmo back to Canada.

    He will be released in a few years despite worshiping his Al-Qaeda father and his Canadian mother and sister proud of his terrorist murder of U.S. Special Forces Medic.

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    Reuters: Guantanamo’s last Western detainee returned to Canada

    By Rod Nickel Sept 29 3012

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – The youngest prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base, Omar Khadr, was sent to finish his sentence in his native Canada on Saturday, the Canadian government said.

    Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that Khadr, who was a 15-year-old fighting in Afghanistan when captured in 2002, had been flown from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a military base in Trenton, Ontario and transferred to the province’s Millhaven maximum-security prison.

    Khadr’s case has been controversial both in Canada and abroad given his age when he was captured, the nature of his detention and hearing, and the reluctance of Canadian officials to accept his return.

    Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murdering American Army medic Christopher Speer with a grenade in a 2002 firefight, conspiring with al Qaeda to commit terrorist acts, making roadside bombs to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan, spying on American military convoys and providing material support for terrorism.

    Canadian-born Khadr was taken to Afghanistan by his father, a senior al Qaeda member who apprenticed the boy to a group of bomb makers who opened fire when U.S. troops came to their compound. Khadr was captured in the firefight, during which he was blinded in one eye and shot twice in the back.

    HAPPY TO BE HOME

    The transfer represents progress, but the Guantanamo prison should close immediately, said Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA’s executive director.

    “Canada now has the chance to right some of these wrongs.”

    (Additional reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson in Toronto and Jane Sutton in Miami; Editing by Bill Trott and Sandra Maler)
    read entire article)
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/young.....02399.html

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    Ottawacitizen: Update: Toronto family of Omar Khadr say they want to see their relative

    Parole board will determine how many more years Khadr will serve in custody, says Public Safety Minister Vic Toews

    By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press September 29, 2012

    TORONTO — A decade after 15-year-old Omar Khadr was pulled near death from the rubble of a bombed-out compound in Afghanistan, the Canadian citizen set foot on Canadian soil early Saturday after an American military flight from the notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay.

    “Omar Khadr is a known supporter of the al-Qaida terrorist network and a convicted terrorist,” Toews said, adding it will be up to the parole board to determine how many more of the six years remaining on his eight-year sentence Khadr will have to serve in custody.

    In his three-page decision reached Friday allowing the transfer, Toews identified five areas of concern, including that Khadr has been away from Canadian society for so long and will require “substantial management” to re-integrate.

    Toews also said Khadr idealizes his late father — a purported high-ranking al-Qaida financier — while his mother and older sister “have openly applauded his crimes and terrorist activities,” an apparent reference to interviews they gave in a TV documentary in 2004.

    Norris, who said “it was finally a time that justice had triumphed over politics,” expressed surprise at Toews’ position.

    “We’re at a loss to understand why the government continues to demonize Omar and to stoke public opinion against him,” said Norris.

    “We know him to be a kind, intelligent thoughtful young man who has tremendous potential and we know that he will live up to that.”

    The most serious offence was murder in violation of the rules of war — a crime not recognized outside of the military commissions — for the death of U.S. special forces soldier Sgt. Christopher Speer, who died from a grenade blast following a massive bombardment of the Afghan compound in July 2002.

    The New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights said the move ended “one of the ugliest chapters” in the Guantanamo’s history and called for Canada to release him immediately.

    In a statement from Washington, Human Rights Watch called on the Canadian government to help the “former child soldier” integrate into society and “remedy abuses he suffered” during his decade in U.S. custody.

    Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/N.....z27wLMs64p
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    Someone tell this &%^$ Norris the U.S. Troops should have let the sob die.
    She sounds like she’s going to marry him. I hope so, as he practices Sharia law.

    Unbelievable

  6. canary

    Military Ballots Sent Late Across the Country

    Clarion Ledger: Military ballots sent late

    Sept 27 2012 By Geoff Pender

    Mitt Romney’s campaign has raised concerns that Hinds County didn’t send absentee ballots to people serving overseas in the military, but county officials say the problem has been corrected and soldiers will be able to cast their votes online.

    Anthony Principi, a former U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs now working on the Romney campaign, sent a letter to the Hinds County Election Commission this week noting the county missed the Saturday deadline to send absentee ballots to military voters. Romney’s campaign has raised similar concerns in Vermont and Michigan, a spokesman said.

    As you know, (federal law) requires election officials to transmit absentee ballots to military voters at least 45 days before a federal election … your office was required, but failed, to transmit absentee ballots to military voters no later than September 22, 2012.”

    Later, when called after Romney’s campaign had continued to voice concerns, McKinley clarified that those 32 were online ballots, and that the county had missed the deadline for 13 others requesting paper ballots.

    Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in a letter last week urged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to improve efforts to ensure overseas military members are able to vote.

    Wicker said a recent study by the Federal Voter Assistance Program showed many service members do not receive ballots when requested, including more than 120,000 in the 2010 federal midterm elections in which the GOP gained control of the U.S. House.

    A recent Department of Defense Inspector General report said about half of U.S. military bases lack congressionally mandated voting assistance offices for service members.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/a.....7CHome%7Cs

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    VA: Military absentee ballots going AWOL in 2012

    Sep. 10, 2012 – by By Kenric Ward
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    FREDERICKSBURG — A 92 percent drop in absentee-ballot requests by military personnel in Virginia is raising concerns that the Pentagon is failing to carry out a federal voting law.

    With only 1,746 military voters in Virginia requesting absentee ballots so far this year — out of 126,251 service members in the state —the Military Voter Protection Project says the system has broken down.

    And it’s not just in the Old Dominion. MVPP Executive Director Eric Eversole reports significant declines in absentee-ballot requests by service members across the nation.

    Compiling data from Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada, Eversole’s organization found that military families have requested 55,510 absentee ballots so far this year. That’s a sharp decline from the 166,252 sought in those states in 2008.

    The dropoff is ironic, considering that Congress passed the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) in 2009 to help highly transient military voters obtain absentee ballots wherever they are stationed.

    Pam Mitchell, FVAP’s acting director, acknowledged findings in a recent DOD Inspector General report that indicated difficulties service members had in reaching voting offices at military installations.

    But he places the absentee-ballot issue squarely on the feds.

    “The MOVE Act was designed to create a more systematic, automatic procedure to update [service personnel’s] voter information. The military would provide servicemen a form for voter registration and absentee-ballot requests upon arrival at a new duty station. This isn’t happening,” Eversole said.

    He cited Air Force statistics from the second quarter of 2011 showing that the branch provided voter service at only seven of its 22 installations voting assistance offices. In the third quarter, the Air Force said only five service members received assistance from the offices.

    “The Air Force is not alone,” Eversole said. “All of the branches provided very little voter-registration assistance.”

    While it’s true that more military personnel have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2008, Heritage troop-strength analyst Jim Carafano said the vast majority remain stationed at bases outside where they’re registered to vote — still necessitating absentee ballots.

    Alt, who was embedded with troops as an Iraq war correspondent in 2004, called the military voting system “broken.”

    He cited the example of New York, which mailed absentee ballots to troops just 22 days before the 2010 election. Even though federal law requires a 45-day window, the state received no sanction from the U.S. Department of Justice.

    http://www.loudountimes.com/in.....l_in_2012/

  7. canary

    AFP: Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms

    Sept 20 2012

    Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday.

    “We have assured US officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian) flights and carry out random searches,” Zebari said, quoted by Arabic daily Al-Hayat.

    The Iraqi minister added that his government had told Tehran “to stop the flights and stop arming or financing the (Syrian regime) or any other party to the conflict.”

    Zebari said Iraq would not “not accept being a transit point or passage way for… arming or financing” the Syrian conflict.

    Clinton reported “some encouraging first steps,” citing an incident in which Iraqi authorities stopped a North Korean flight from crossing its air space while on its way to Syria over suspicions it was carrying arms and advisers.

    Zebari said the flights first started in March and were stopped after the Iraqis called on the Iranians to do so. By late July, however, the flights resumed.

    http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.c.....02599.html

    Iraq just had a prison break of 110 high profile Al-Qaeda terrorists escape from prison and believe it to be an insider.

    At least Iraq said they’d stop weapons to go to either party in Syria. Their own civil war is growing as the Islamic Extremists try to take them over.

    At this point it appears Iraq war was more successful than Afghanistan that turned into humanitarian aid war is even getting civilian contractors trying to build their country are getting murdered.

  8. canary

    Reuters: Iran Jury finds Reuters Guilty over ‘ninja’ Report

    09/30/2012

    In March, the Iranian government suspended the press accreditation of Reuters staff in Tehran after the publication of a video script on women’s martial arts training that incorrectly referred to the athletes as “assassins.” Reuters journalists have not been able to report inside Iran since then.

    “A jury member at a Tehran penal court told Press TV on Sunday that the news agency was found guilty of propagating against the Islamic Republic and disseminating false information to disturb public opinion,” Press TV said in an article on its website.

    It said the court was due to issue its ruling early in October, adding that Reuters could appeal.

    The jury acts in an advisory capacity in this court, and the final verdict rests with the judge.

    “We understand that the jury has stated its view and we now await the Court’s ruling. We do not intend to comment further until a decision is issued,” a Reuters spokesperson said.

    The story’s headline, “Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran’s assassins,” was corrected to read “Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran.”

    Reuters’ Bureau Chief in Iran, Iranian national Parisa Hafezi, was subsequently charged on several counts including spreading lies and propaganda against the establishment. She was banned from traveling, and her passport was confiscated.

    Reuters Hafezi Tehran script journalists bureau
    by Taboola
    From Our Partners
    http://www.jpost.com/Internati.....?id=286158

    This is a must read on Reuters’s interaction with the Iranian Court. No doubt they will murder the female reporter being held.

    The Iranian Marshall Arts is part of Iran’s
    Constitution.

    It is a legit form of fighting that allows civilians to fight other civilians with no rules.

    It’s a form of fighting that any goes and meant for civilians so as to not burden police.

    The practice this Iranian style fighting in a K-12 at a private Muslim school in my neck of the
    woods, but of course they do have school restrictions.

    It’s both girls and boys, but looked like they train separate. Once 4th grade the girls are isolated, covered more, and having a high wall outdoor pen so they get some sun shine.

  9. canary

    Yemeni officers who fighting al-Qaeda sent to Syria and captured by terrorist militants muslim youth rebels trying to overthrow Syria.

    http://www.straitstimes.com/br.....a-20121001

  10. canary

    Obama considering bombing North Africa. Ground U.S. Troops making little progress in.

    Libya rebels and Al-Qaeda have now moved on to overthrow Africa democracy.

    Such a change after once writing his anger of white tourists, missionaries, doctors, and British military serving humanitarian aid in Africa.

    And to think Obama accused Bush of Manifest Destiny. Let’s not forget Obama is the Muslim’s Messiah

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    The Washington Post: Secret White House meetings focus on al-Qaida in North Africa

    The Obama administration is weighing whether the threat posed by al-Qaida’s organizations in North Africa warrants preparation for unilateral strikes.

    By Craig Whitlock

    The White House has held a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaida’s franchise in North Africa and consider for the first time whether to prepare for unilateral strikes, U.S. officials said.

    The deliberations reflect concern that al-Qaida’s African affiliate has become more dangerous since gaining control of large pockets of territory in Mali and acquiring weapons from post-revolution Libya.

    The discussions predate the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya but gained urgency after the assaults there were linked to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.

    U.S. officials said the discussions have focused on ways to help regional militaries[sic] confront al-Qaida but have also explored the possibility of direct U.S. intervention if the terrorist group continues unchecked.

    “Right now, we’re not in position to do much about it,” said a senior U.S. counterterrorism official involved in the talks. As a result, he said, officials have begun to consider contingencies, including the question of “do we or don’t we” deploy drones.

    In addition, the U.S. military has launched a series of clandestine-intelligence missions, including the use of civilian aircraft to conduct surveillance flights and monitor communications over the Sahara Desert and the arid region to the south, known as the Sahel.

    At the same time, the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Libya triggered a migration of African mercenaries and their weapons back to countries where al-Qaida elements are based.

    It took more than a year for the United States to mount a full-scale campaign against the Yemen group, using armed drones operated by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command and the CIA.

    The United States has carried out 33 airstrikes in Yemen this year, according to independent estimates.

    In July, the Defense Department allocated $6.9 million worth of military trucks, uniforms and communications gear for Mauritania. It also agreed to give Niger $11.6 million in equipment, primarily in the form of two Cessna airplanes that can be used for surveillance and to transport troops.

    That same month, about 600 U.S. troops organized and led a joint military exercise, dubbed Western Accord 2012, with several West African nations, including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Gambia. French troops also participated.

    The Africa Command has continued to operate surveillance flights — under a classified program code-named Creek Sand — from a U.S. Special Operations forces base in Burkina Faso.

    Senior U.S. officials said there was no American involvement in a reported June airstrike in northern Mali and that they still don’t know whether it occurred.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/n.....cation=rss

    Do understand that Obama’s home country Kenya and others DO NOT want to go to war.

    So, this will be Obama’s unilateral war.

    And to think how bitter Obama grew up against white missionaries, the Brits humanitarian service, and white wealthy terrorists visiting Africa and getting ketchup brought to their table for he ordered.

    What a hypocrite. So, be sure and ask the Democrats what they think, so you can here them say “well…..” “well…..” like big deal. Try the experiment.

    • canary

      Obama’s Islam Wars are no different than Vietnam. Taking unilateral action in another country’s business. Both Muslims and VietCong like to chop off heads.
      Afghanistan is an Asian country by the way.

    • canary

      A key focus in Mali one of the most democratic countries in Africa is that the Islamic extremists taking over with Sharia law, (forget Al-Qaida) just as else where in Africa there are children killing
      the people. Children kidnapped from their families, brainwashed, and addicted to drugs. So, this should be interesting using drones. It would mean the U.S. is no different than Syria trying to stop their overthrow. But, the hypocritical democrats won’t complain. Maybe Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will object as if the world cares if they ever get married. Why should they make it legal.

    • canary

      Why would Obama attack the Islamic extremists in Africa instead of our neighboring country Mexico where the Mexican drug cartel is killing and chopping heads off people right on their border and they keep finding massive graves of Mexican civilians, and it’s so bad they can’t even get Mexicans to become police.

      Wouldn’t we be doing Mexico a favor so the people can stand in the beloved “la viva Mexico” country so they can wave their Mexican flags in their own country and prosper. The U.S. imports so much food, appliances and electronics.
      Plus, we’ve already spent a fortune aiding illegal Mexican immigrants in the couintry and they can would love to move back to Mexico where there are so many jobs being created there by the U.S. Even General Electric, Samsung, Mexico has plenty of jobs.

      Romney should suggest this to get the Spanish vote. Show his personal care for their country and aid cleaning the gangs and cartel out. That way families can stay together for generations to come.

  11. BillK

    In Colorado’s 6th District, far-left Democrat Joe Miklosi is not only running against incumbent Republican Mike Coffman, he’s running against… Rush Limbaugh?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?f.....jvo44arN_U

    The ad closes “Mike Coffman is a lot more like Rush Limbaugh, and a lot less like me.”

  12. canary

    Obama’s focus was on Africa’s civil war; ignored planned Al-Qaeda deadly attacks in Libya against U.S.

    The Record – AP: White House widening covert war in North Africa

    Oct 2 2012

    WASHINGTON — Small teams of special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa in the months before militants launched the fiery attack that killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya.

    But the teams had yet to do much counterterrorism[sic] work in Libya, though the White House signed off a year ago on the plan to build the new military task force in the region and the advance teams had been there for six months, according to three U.S. counterterror[sic] officials and a former intelligence official. All spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the strategy publicly.

    The counterterror[sic] effort indicates that the administration has been worried for some time about a growing threat posed by al-Qaida and its offshoots in North Africa. But officials say the military organization was too new to respond to the attack in Benghazi, where the administration now believes armed al-Qaida-linked militants surrounded the lightly guarded U.S. compound, set it on fire and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    Republicans have questioned whether the Obama administration has been hiding key information or hasn’t known what happened in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

    The White House, the CIA and U.S. Africa Command all declined to comment.

    For the Special Operations Command, spokesman Col. Tim Nye would not discuss “the missions and or locations of its counterterrorist forces” except to say that special operations troops are in 75 countries daily conducting missions.

    The go-slow approach being taken by the Army’s top clandestine counterterrorist[sic] unit — known as Delta Force — is an effort by the White House to counter criticism from some U.S. lawmakers, human rights activists and others that the anti-terror fight is shifting largely to a secret war using special operations raids and drone strikes, with little public accountability.

    But first, it will work to win acceptance by helping North African nations build their own special operations and counterterror[sic] units.

    A Navy SEAL task force set up in 2009 has used a combination of raids and drone strikes to fight militants in Yemen and Somalia, working together with the CIA and local forces.

    A U.S. training unit was pulled out of the country after a March coup that gave the militants the chaos they needed to seize the northern territory.

    U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Carter Ham said “a military component” would be a part of an overall solution in northern Mali, but he ruled out an overt U.S. military presence, speaking to reporters during a visit to Algeria over the weekend.

    Asked about the attack in Benghazi, Ham said it’s the host country’s responsibility to protect diplomatic missions on its territory.

    http://www.recordonline.com/ap...../121009946

    “But first, it will work to win acceptance by helping North African nations build their own special operations and counterterror[sic] units.”

    “U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Carter Ham said “a military component” would be a part of an overall solution in northern Mali, but he ruled out an overt U.S. military presence,…”

    Africa has ignored the spread of Islamist extremists and Al-Qaeda and they do not want the U.S.
    training them to go war.

  13. canary

    Muslims in Obama’s home country Kenya persecuting Christians

    Nairobi, Kenya – A former member of an Islamic extremist group in Uganda who converted to Christianity after claiming to see visions of Jesus is hiding in Kenya, his movements severely restricted following threats to kill him.

    Christian convert Hassan Sharif Lubenga’s former pastor at Gospel Life Church International, Bishop Umar Mulinde, 37, after acid attack. Photo Credit Compass Direct News.
    Hassan Sharif Lubenga, 54, was a sheikh and said to be member of Buk Haram, a violent group of Islamists whose name suggests the Bible is corrupt and therefore forbidden (not to be confused with the more well-known Boko Haram extremist group).

    Lubenga fled to Kenya last July 10 after hostilities peaked, and upon returning to Uganda in September he received messages on his cell phone from mujahidin – Islamic fighters – threatening to kill him, he said.

    When Lubenga felt like giving up on his new faith, he said, he received a call from Bishop Umar Mulinde, his former pastor at Gospel Life Church International who was scarred in a Christmas Eve acid attack by Muslim extremists.

    “All my family members have deserted me,” he said by telephone. “The Muslims are looking to kill me. I need protection and help.”

    By April 2010, one of his four wives had poisoned him because of his budding faith in Christ, leaving him unconscious, he said.

    “I explained to them that it is Jesus who came to me, and not I who sought Him,” he said. “They were furious. They then kidnapped me and blindfolded me for three days, coupled with beatings. They demanded I deny Jesus as the Son of God, which I consented to because I feared that they were going to kill me.”

    Within a few months, another threatening letter arrived: “If you do not join Islamic Jihad, then we shall kill you.”

    Lubenga decided to go on pilgrimage to Mecca, in accordance with the tenets of Islam.

    Jesus continued appearing to him for three months in visions, he said.

    “The whole family and clan members were out to destroy me. I was poisoned by my own family.”

    When he answered in the affirmative, reaffirming his decision to follow Jesus, his father was crestfallen; he later committed suicide, leaving a letter that read, “I have decided to kill myself because my son became a Christian” and urged all family members to curse him.

    As a result of this act, threats on his life grew more shrill, and he fled to Kenya.

    Two of his wives left him in 2007; one has decided to stay with him, and he has been sharing his faith with her. The fourth wife, whom he married five years ago, is a Christian who has also received death threats; six months pregnant, she has fled to an undisclosed location.

    http://www.africanoutlookonlin.....Itemid=673

    “his father was crestfallen; he later committed suicide”

    Cute using “crestfallen”.

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      Extremist Muslims growing in Kenya; home country of Obama.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19679545

      I can’t believe Obama wants U.S. to go to war in Africa unless it’s to aid the Islamic terrorists practicing Sharia law. After all, Obama supports Sharia law in the U.S. as a peaceful religion that shares our American values.

      Can anyone say WWIII

    • canary

      Brave former Marine of 31 yrs, now journalists held hostage by Syria Islamic extremists calls out for “Jesus” when ordered to say Muslim prayer on video.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Internat.....GwVDU3A-hk

    • canary

      AP leaves out U.S. Marines fighting Al-Qaida in Philippines Civil War.

      AP: Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

      By Jim Gomez – Oct 2 2012

      MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks on resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion.

      Government negotiators met with representatives of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation

      It would be the most significant progress in years of negotiations on ending a rebellion that has left more than 120,000 people dead and held back development in the southern Philippines.

      Western governments have long worried that rebel strongholds could become breeding grounds for al-Qaida-affiliated extremists.

      Rebel negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said at the talks’ resumption that they are “now on the home stretch and the smell of success is reinforced every day.”

      A breakaway rebel group has opposed the talks, and some Christian politicians, wary of losing land and power to minority Muslims, have been accused in the past of undermining the negotiations.

      “If we cannot conclude it soon successfully, now that we are at the brink of the exercise, we will be in trouble,” Iqbal said.

      The Moro rebel group has been fighting for self-rule for minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation’s south. It dropped a demand for a separate Muslim state and now seeks an expansion of an existing Muslim autonomous region and more powers and resources to rehabilitate the violent, poverty-wracked area.

      Iqbal earlier told The Associated Press that his group would not lay down its weapons until a final accord is concluded, adding that insurgents could form a political party and run in democratic elections to get a chance at leading the autonomous region for which they have been fighting.

      http://news.yahoo.com/philippi.....55546.html

      How can the AP leave U.S. Marines fighting al-Qaeda in the Philippines?

      The media just doesn’t want people to know how bad the spread of Islam across the world is.
      And the media doesn’t care about the growth in Christians being persecuted.

  14. canary

    U.S. down plays Iran shooting down U.S. Drones; Iran shoots their own commercial airlines and military aircraft too.

    The NY Times: Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Err in Strikes

    Oct 3, 2012 By Michael R. Gordon

    The civilian planes were fired on by surface-to-air missiles and antiaircraft batteries and intercepted by Iranian fighter jets.

    “Iranian air defense units have taken inappropriate actions dozens of times, including firing antiaircraft artillery and scrambling aircraft against unidentified or misidentified targets,” noted a heavily classified Pentagon intelligence report, which added that the Iranian military’s communications were so inadequate and its training deficiencies so significant that “misidentification of aircraft will continue.”

    If Israel violated Iraqi airspace, he said, he would have no choice but to hold the United States responsible, said Mr. Maliki, who said that he could not allow Iraq to “become a battleground.”

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/st.....z28GEXxq3y
    http://www.post-gazette.com/st.....es-655977/

    Let’s hope the book brings it up to date.

  15. canary

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articl.....76,00.html

    YNET: Iran: Reuters chief convicted in ‘ninja’ dispute

    Oct 1 2012

    Special media court finds news agency’s Tehran bureau chief guilty of ‘spreading lies’ against Islamic system for video story that briefly included posted description of women training as martial arts killers

    A special media court found the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson Reuters news agency guilty Sunday of “spreading lies” against the Islamic system for a video story that briefly included a posted description of women training as martial arts killers.

    The Reuters headline was corrected, but it led to the suspension of the Reuters bureau in Tehran in March. Most of the Reuters staff shifted to Dubai, but Hafezi was not allowed to leave Iran.

    Reuters was also found guilty of “publishing false information in an effort to disturb public opinion” over the ninja report, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency said, quoting the Tehran prosecutor’s office.

    “Thousands of female Ninjas train as Iran’s assassins”.

    Reuters subsequently changed the headline to read “Three thousand women Ninjas train in Iran”. It later removed the report.

    A sentence by the court is expected within a week. The media court rarely deals with international news outlets, but often issues rulings against domestic media for various violations with punishments including fines, closure or jail sentences.

    After the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Court dealt with some high-profile press cases, including Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari of Newsweek, who was freed on $300,000 bail in October 2009 after nearly four months detention.

    The Associated Press and AFP contributed to this report
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articl.....34,00.html

    The convicted reporter actually says 3500 women training in the video. And to think one of our new Supreme Court Justices outlawed sticks.

  16. canary

    U.S.giving Iran money to aid Muslim brotherhood to take over Syria?

    Ynet: Report: Iran transfers $10 billion to Syria

    Times reports that failure to decide conflict in favor of Assad, as Tehran continues to spend billions of dollars on Syrian president, has created rift at top of Iranian regime

    The Iranian economy is finding it difficult to cope with the economic sanctions, but the extensive financial aid to Syrian President Bashar Assad has not stopped – and is creating a rift at the top of the Iranian regime.

    The London-based Times newspaper reported Monday that Tehran has transferred some $10 billion in support of Assad’s war against Syrian rebels. Western intelligence sources say the failure to decide the Syrian conflict in favor of Assad has caused a split between Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iran’s spymaster in the past 14 years, Qassem Suleimani.

    Steinitz: Iran economy ‘on verge of collapse’

    This huge outlay of $10 billion has increased friction in Tehran as the Iranian economy labors under international sanctions imposed by the West to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

    Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, a unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, masterminds Iranian strategy with its proxies across the region, including Hezbollah and Hamas.

    Instead, the conflict has become a bloody stalemate, with Iran pumping weapons, troops and cash into Syria to counter support for the rebels from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, overseen by the US.

    But behind the scenes, The Times says, Iran is exploring other options, reopening talks with various opposition groups, including the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, in an effort to retain a stake in the country should the Assad regime be toppled.

    AFP contributed to this report
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articl.....76,00.html

    I’m so confused.

  17. captstubby

    Stephanopoulos has history of calling presidential debates for Democrats

    Published October 03, 2012
    | FoxNews.com

    Ideally, journalists who cover presidential debates should be fair, objective truth-seekers, but tonight’s showdown between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney may have the deck stacked in favor of the sitting president — at least when it comes to ABC News’ coverage.

    ABC News anchor and chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos will be one of the journalists analyzing Wednesday’s debate for his network, and the former communications director for Bill Clinton has never been shy about his leftist leanings.

    According to analysis from the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters blog, Stephanopoulos declared victory for the Democratic candidate in eight out of the past nine general election presidential debates — including Al Gore’s infamous eye-rolling-and-deep-sighing performance in his 2000 debate with George Bush, disagreeing with the majority of pundits who ceded victory to the soon-to-be president.

    “Gore dominated,” Stephanopoulos declared after the debate. “It was even the way that he would interrupt Jim Lehrer and say, ‘Listen, I want one more word.’ He looked like he was dominating, and then again, the issues that the time was spent on, prescription drugs, education, Social Security, even the RU-486 and abortion issue, all of those favor Gore.”

    Just last Sunday, during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Stephanopoulos argued that Romney is under “huge, huge” pressure. “He is behind right now. He is behind nationally, he’s behind in all of the battleground states. This is the last big audience that Mitt Romney is going to have with about four and a half weeks left to go.”

    Should a journalist who is covering the presidential debates — one who is ostensibly supposed to be neutral — be offering such a negative opinion of one of the candidate’s chances in what could be a game-changing night?

    Former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel criticized Stephanopoulos’ ascension from politics to punditry.

    “The overnight transformation of George Stephanopoulos from partisan pitchman to television journalist highlights a disturbing phenomenon: the progressive collapse of the walls that traditionally separated news from propaganda,” warned Frankel way back in 1997. “Self-respecting news organizations used to pride themselves on the sturdy barriers they maintained to guard against all kinds of partisan contamination.”

    For the past 15 years, there are numerous examples of Stephanopoulos championing Democrats with his purportedly “objective” analysis.

    “(Obama) comes in at a significant disadvantage on commander in chief,” Stephanopoulos said after the 2008 debates between Obama and John McCain, a former prisoner of war. “People wonder whether he has this experience to be president, to handle national security, and I think on answer after answer after answer, he showed confidence, he showed toughness and he showed he belonged on that stage. … Bottom line, the winner is Barack Obama.”

    Stephanopoulos even gave the edge in 2004 to John Kerry, who went on to lose the election to George Bush. “I think the most important thing that Senator Kerry did stylistically last night is he showed strength in his demeanor,” Stephanopoulos opined post-debate. “I guarantee you that if you didn’t speak English, you walked in and watched the debate last night without the sound on, you would believe that John Kerry was the incumbent, was the president.”

    So, who will win the debate tonight? If you ask Stephanopoulos, history says the odds are 88 percent that he’ll say Obama.

    The Boy King Of Media Bias is told he has no clothes!

  18. heykev

    Bible publisher Tyndale files suit against abortion mandate

    Tyndale House Publishers latest to challenge abortion pill mandate
    Posted on Oct 3, 2012 | by Michael Foust – Baptist Press

    WASHINGTON (BP) — Bible and Christian book publisher Tyndale House has filed suit against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraceptive mandate, asserting it is an unconstitutional violation of religious liberty to force the publisher to pay for drugs that violate its faith tenets.

    The mandate requires employers — with few exceptions — to carry employee health insurance plans that cover contraceptives and drugs that can cause chemical abortions. The latter drugs often are called “emergency contraceptives” and can act after conception, even after implantation. They come under brand names such as Plan B and ella.

    The mandate went into effect Aug. 1, but HHS gave all non-profit religious organizations until August 2013 to comply. Tyndale, though, is a for-profit company and ineligible for the extension. Its employees’ new insurance plan year began Oct. 1, meaning Tyndale is in need of immediate relief from the court, the suit states.

    Tyndale — which has 260 full-time employees — functions as a thoroughly Christian organization, the suit states. For instance:

    — One of its corporate goals is to “honor God.”
    — It holds a weekly chapel service for employees.
    — It opens business meetings with prayer.
    — It sends employees on mission projects to support Christian mission organizations, paid for by the company.
    — It contributes 10 percent of its profits each year to Christian organizations.
    — Its trustees must affirm a statement of faith that proclaims, for instance, “there is one God, eternally existent in three persons.”

    Attorney Matt Bowman said Bible publishers “should be free to do business according to the Book that they publish.”

    “To say that a Bible publisher is not religious is patently absurd. Tyndale House is a prime example of how ridiculous and arbitrary the Obama administration’s mandate is,” Bowman said. “Americans today clearly agree with America’s founders: the federal government’s bureaucrats are not qualified to decide what faith is, who the faithful are, and where and how that faith may be lived out.”

    Another example of government intrusion of our religious liberties.

  19. canary

    New Egypt Constitution contains Extreme Islamic Sharia Law, Genital Mutilations, and Violations of Civil Rights.

    AP: Islamist-secular struggle over Egypt constitution

    By Maggie Michael – Oct 2, 2012

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamists are seeking to enshrine in Egypt’s long-awaited new constitution a number of articles that secularists and liberals fear would bring theocratic rule and severely set back civil liberties, including provisions that could empower clerics to review laws and would stipulate that women’s rights cannot violate Shariah law or “family duties.”

    Around 100 women protested against the Islamists’ provisions Tuesday outside the upper house of parliament, where the assembly has been holding its sessions. They chanted against a “religious state” and shouted, “Down with the rule of the Brotherhood.”

    Magda Adly, one rights activist at the gathering, warned of “a constitution that only sees women as tasked to make babies,” saying the Islamists’ provisions would open the door to dramatically lowering the marriage age for women and ending restrictions on female genital mutilation.

    Lawyers from the two sides pushed and shoved each other in shouting matches that forced the judges to postpone the hearing for a week.

    The constitution has been long awaited as a key step in establishing a democracy in Egypt after last year’s ouster of autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak.

    But in the nearly 20 months since, Islamists have emerged as the strongest political power. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, is a veteran figure from the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated parliamentary elections last year. Also powerful are the ultraconservative Salafis, who call for an even stricter implementation of Islamic Shariah law than the Brotherhood.

    “There is a strong sentiment in the street for implementing Shariah,” said Sheik Khaled al-Azhari, a Salafi who sits in the assembly.

    Al-Azhari, who is also a TV star on a religious channel, said Islamists had one main rule guiding their hand in the constitution: “You can’t criminalize what is permitted by Shariah law.”

    Many Islamists see that language as too vague and want it changed to “the rulings of Shariah,” which they see as providing for a more strict adherence to their interpretation of Islamic law.

    “This is a disaster,” said leftist politician Hussein Abdel-Razek.

    Manal el-Tibi, a female activist who was in the assembly, resigned last week in protest over the articles concerning women.

    http://news.yahoo.com/islamist.....16415.html

  20. captstubby

    Gore blames Denver altitude for Obama’s debate performance

    Published October 04, 2012
    | FoxNews.com

    It was the altitude. Yeah, that’s it.

    As liberal pundits cringed Wednesday night over President Obama’s debate performance, Al Gore leapt to his defense with a curious explanation.

    If Obama seemed like he had his head in the clouds, the former VP reasoned, perhaps it was because he was having trouble adjusting to the Mile-High City.

    “I’m going to say something controversial here,” Gore said on Current TV, the channel he helped found. “Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today, just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust, I don’t know …”

    Gore trailed off with a chuckle, but his fellow co-hosts chimed in with agreement.

    “Exactly,” one of them said off-screen.

    Co-host Cenk Uygur noted how when he came from Los Angeles, “You know what I did? I drank two cups of coffee before coming out here.”

    Another guest added: “It’s really different. The first time I ever did stand up in Denver I had the same exact effect. I flew in that day and when your lungs aren’t acclimated to that kind of air, yeah it makes you drawn. It makes you off. The president had an off-night.”

    Other Obama supporters weren’t quite so willing to give the president a pass.

    “I can’t believe i’m saying this, but Obama looks like he DOES need a teleprompter,” comedian and Obama supporter Bill Maher tweeted.

    OK now boys and girls,
    Altogether now,
    “ITS ALL BUSH”S FAULT!”

  21. canary

    Abortion boat barred from Morocco

    http://news.yahoo.com/dutch-ab.....ories.html

    Pretty tacky looking book. I guess that metal storage bin is where they do the procedure. Women for Waves goes to countries where abortion is illegal. That means they won’t be going to Muslim countries.


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