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Selected News For The Week Dec 24 – Dec 30

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Dec 24 – Dec 30”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    A Tale of 2 Counties: Oakland County, Republican and incredibly well managed and, Wayne County, home of the city of Detroit a democrat bastion since the Pleistocene. The article highlights the ongoing corruption of Wayne County: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20111223/METRO02/112230361/Oakland-County-Leave-us-out-it?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

  2. canary says:

    UN’s cultural education division continued funding muslim youth magazine after it praised Hitler for killing Jews and worshiping Muslim warriors.

    The Washington Post/ AP: UNESCO cuts funding for Palestinian youth magazine over praise for Hitler

    AP Dec 23 3011


    The magazine, Zayzafouna, published an article in February written by a teenage girl who presented four role models: a medieval Persian mathematician, a modern Egyptian novelist, the Muslim warrior Saladin and the Nazi leader.

    UNESCO said in a statement it “strongly deplores and condemns” the “unacceptable” material and would cease funding the magazine. UNESCO said it funded three different issues later in 2011, and not the one in question.

    In the article, the author has Hitler telling her in a dream that he killed Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world.” He advises her to be “resilient and patient concerning the suffering that Palestine is experiencing at their hands.”

    “Thanks for the advice,” the narrator replies.

    A translation was made public by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli organization that tracks incitement in Palestinian media.

    …He defended the publication. “We depend in the content of our magazine on the participation of school students, and it’s not our job to prohibit the freedom of speech,” he said.

    The publication sparked a written protest by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a U.S.-based Jewish group, to UNESCO, and that protest appears to have triggered the U.N. agency’s decision and public statement.


  3. canary says:

    GM Recalls fire starting compact suv Captiabas (overhauled 2011/2012 for Obama) Plans are Russia is to start building them. How nice to pay U.S. and Russia government for other people’s cars.


  4. canary says:

    Irish Examiner: US Judge rules Iran responsible for 9/11

    By Daniel Harding
    Dec 24, 2011

    Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed the judgement a week after hearing evidence in the 10-year-old case.

    The signed ruling came in a $100 billion lawsuit brought by victims’ families.

    Judge Daniels signed findings of fact saying the plaintiffs had established that the attacks were caused by the support the defendants provided to al-Qaida.

    It also said Iran continued to provide material support and resources to al-Qaida by providing a safe haven for al-Qaida leadership and rank-and-file members.

    During last week’s hearing, September 11 victims’ families sat through a four-hour presentation from lawyers who cited evidence supporting their claims that Iran actively assisted the hijackers of planes that crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

    Former members of the September 11 Commission and three Iranian defectors also spoke.

    Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/kfqlidkfgbkf/rss2/#ixzz1hTuAj7xC

    Power to the people and this U.S. judge, and thanks goes to the Irish media.


  5. canary says:

    U.S. getting cozy with both Afghanistan and Iran – the new railroad referred to as “Silk Road”.

    The Telegraph: Afghanistan opens first ever train route

    bu Barney Henderson Dec 21 2011

    In a rare piece of good news for the war-ravaged country, a train chugged into the newly built station in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for the first time on Wednesday after its inaugural 47-mile journey from the border with Uzbekistan.

    “It’s actually a big deal. It’s very significant both practically and symbolically,” said Fred Starr, chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

    “We do not have numbers yet, (but) we anticipate that the rail line will be able to speed the transit of cargo into Afghanistan and out of it,” said Cmdr. Bill Speaks of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.


    The Telegraph: India plans ‘world’s most dangerous railroad’ from Afghanistan to Iran

    By Dean Nelson Nov 2 2011
    of American troops in 2014.

    Washington has urged India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to co-operate in creating a new ‘Silk Road’ of trade ties to break the current suspicion which mars political relations and restricts potential trade.

    India expects American hostility to its plan, however, because it will bolster Iran’s sea capability by developing a major port at Chabahar on the southern tip of the country facing out over the Gulf of Oman.

    Sources close to the project said an Indian delegation from its foreign, railways, shipping and commerce ministries, will visit Iran next month to continue negotiations on the plan which are understood to have been discussed between the two countries when Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met in New York in September.

    One figure close to the project said although India’s plans look to exploit Afghanistan’s mineral reserves, the threat to any rail development from the Taliban and other militant groups would be so great that it would have to be regarded as a strategic rather than commercial project.

    “They could blow it up at any time,” he said.


    The new “Union of Taliban Railroad Workers” is sure to be formed. Just waiting for Obama and Biden to announce Iran is our friend.

  6. Mithrandir says:

    Pope Urges Faithful to Look Beyond Christmas ‘Superficial Glitter’ in Midnight Mass
    From FoxNews: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/12/24/pope-urges-faithful-to-look-beyond-christmas-superficial-glitter-in-midnight/

    December 24, 2011

    *Note: Still love Christianity, but this exemplifies why I am no longer Catholic. Will try to be kind…

    Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night…

    …he said from his $50,000 silk cassock, and amice laced with real silver and gold trimmings….

    …urging the faithful to look beyond the holiday’s “superficial glitter” to discover its true meaning.

    The Pope said, while standing behind a golden pulpit lined with precious felt, reading from a bound leather Bible. The faithful observed with sunglasses on because of all the superficial glitter jammed into every possible nook and cranny during the simple and humble mass.

    In his homily, Benedict lamented that Christmas has become an increasingly commercial celebration that obscures the simplicity of the message of Christ’s birth.

    That message came after putting down the diamond encrusted chalice to celebrate the life of a simple carpenter, who never owned much more than his own clothes, and certainly never indulged in building churches beyond the riches of any king on earth.

    Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light,” he said.

    Upon leaving, the Pope entered the priceless smooth marble high vaulted ceilings with the world’s most expensive paintings by the world’s most renowned renaissance artists carrying his solid silver staff of Jesus, or ferula, passing along fanciful engravings and bronze lanterns. The Pope briefly turned around one last time to the crowd, followed by 100 similarly dressed members of the church, and sheepishly announced, “Um, remember my followers, keep it real simple…..uh, as simple as possible, you know, in remembrance of our savior who…….” –unintelligible, Pope trails off muttering to himself inside the Basilica.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”*Note: Still love Christianity, but this exemplifies why I am no longer Catholic. Will try to be kind…”

      Have a blessed Christmas, Mith. And re-read the line you wrote that I quote above…..especially the last five words.

      I’lll continue to pray that you heal of the bitterness that seems to permeate nearly every one of your posts.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Bitter. Yeah, that’s a good word for it.
      ~I have watched the Baby-Boomers destroy this country, as we have long known they would, and will until they pass through history.
      ~From Bill Clinton’s election, until now it has been one disaster after another, but at a seemingly faster rate than ever before.
      ~Since 911, the Republicans have lost 1000s of opportunities to do the right thing, and that gave us the ding-dong in chief we have now.
      ~Since 911, we have spiraled into an unrecognizable police-state, thanks to centralized planning liberals, and hawkish conservatives.
      ~We are governed by the least qualified among us, and the qualified are turned off by the ferocious hatred by the opposition.
      ~Republicans have almost ZERO capability to stand up for themselves, turn the tables on the media and liberals, seem confused and flabbergasted all the time.


      ~If I could find a country that would accept me, in which I could turn in my passport, I would have done it by now. . .

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Mith made a great point. Sadly, many catholics do the same blind stare to the pope that muslims do to their clerics.

      It’s fairly obvious to anyone who would just look.

      Remember how the papacy came into being, please. And, how in its long, odd history was the center of socio-politics for many a century. To say nothing of what it did to Galileo. Then…there were the Medici, a corrupt, brutal family of gangsters. Not to say that no good came of them but, seriously.

      When Henry the VIII decided to break against the catholic church, I can certainly understand his arrogance for it was, in its day, a power-play of monumental proportions and predominantly about the two things people fight over most often: Power and wealth.

      History has been kinder about it but largely, much cash is spent on the papacy. Not any of mine, but as long as there are the faithful who, rather than revere the birth, life and death of Christ and instead believe in the rigorous shackles that catholicism places on people, then the pope will get his due.

      What Mith has glanced upon is that humans want someone who they can look up to and worship as a “living god” and provide the opportunity to appear humble and subservient. A truly reverent man will do this to God but not to the pope. The pope is elected by his “peers” which is categorically rife with the internal politics of the catholic church. Perhaps a benevolent “cosa nostra” for lack of a better way to put it.

      As early as age seven, I noted that in my episcopal upbringing how arrogant my catholic friends were for my not being catholic and not knowing the catechism. Then the utter flaming I got from another(catholic) friend when my dog died and I made a reference to “dog-heaven”. I also noticed that as time went by, I tended to avoid catholics for such behavior. Oddly ran into it again when in the USAF when a holier-than-thou fellow officer made it a point to “explain” to me how I was inappropriately acting within social circles. His down-his-nose attitude and superior countenance instantly transported me back to 1970 when I was laughed at by the catholic kids for not knowing this and that about the bible and all the “rules”.

      Chief Sitting Bull is quoted to have said, “You white men confuse me. You say that there is one religion but if that is so, why do you differ about it so greatly?”.

      I like the Bible, I have read it frequently and as I get older, its meanings become more clear but to have a certain group “explain” it to me is off-putting and seemingly cannot be done without an underlying agenda. That agenda being “Be like us, we’re saved. They…are not. Not even the other factions of the Christian religion, because WE have it right. They don’t. See things OUR way or burn in hell.” And I have only run into about three people in my whole life who can discuss the bible without an air of superiority in their attitude. Perhaps it’s human nature, I dunno but I find it beyond annoying.

      As for Mith being bitter….I echo his statements about the baby-boomers buggering up this great nation. No leaders, no thinkers, no innovators…nothing. Just the same assholes I saw when I was eight or nine years old who thought they knew it all.

    • JohnMG says:

      You’ve both missed the greater point.

      I could discuss with each of you, point by point what you state. And I agree in large part what you say about who and what has brought about our current state of affairs. But to pretend that such arogance doesn’t exist in other beliefs is illustrative of selective vision. I have been scorned and ridiculed by peoples of all faiths….and by those with none at all. But as I’ve said, you missed the point.

      I have forgiven my enemies in the past and continue to do so even today for my own gratification. Yes, I even pray for Obama. Because bitterness is a destructive force and it consumes those who cannot find it in their heart to forgive. It is self-destructive behavior, and the model we are to follow was exemplified on the cross by Jesus Himself; “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”

      I find it ironic that Mith first says he will try to be kind and then makes no such effort. Or, if that is his best effort at what passes for kindness he espouses a strange brand of Christianity. And Rusty…..is it so that you’ve only experienced duplicity from Catholics? Curious, indeed.

      I forgive my enemies and pray for people who are on a destructive path because I, as a Christian and a practicing Catholic, am commanded to do so. And I feel at peace with myself when I do. I’m sorry you feel as you do toward me now that you know my religious inclinations because I don’t think you felt this way before you knew of them.

      And no, I don’t think of either of you as ‘enemies’. Your opionions are yours alone to do with what you wish, and I respect your right to express them. But you’ll find a lot of those things you seem to abhor in others in your own posts. I’d offer the above as worthy exhibits.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “And Rusty…..is it so that you’ve only experienced duplicity from Catholics? Curious, indeed.”

      No, of course not. But rather than go on about duplicity and superior attitudes from any/all comers, I was simply referring to the particular brand that I got from catholics. On the other hand, aside from islam, I tend to respect everyone’s choice and freedom of religion, so….point taken.

      So it’s clear that arrogance, in all forms, from all sources is one side of the human condition that often becomes intolerable.

      My greater point was to address that, although belonging to something, such as a unified faith, can be strengthening and uniting, often I have seen it have the opposite effect. The old joke, “What’s the difference between a Jew, a Baptist and a Catholic?

      A Jew doesn’t recognize Jesus as the son of God.

      A baptist doesn’t recognize the pope as the leader of the Christian church and…

      catholics don’t recognize each other in the liquor store.

      Har har.

      Trying to say it…without actually saying it is that with organization comes the usual rabble of all facets of humanity. The “organizer”, the “leader”, the “know-it-all” the “complainer” the this the that. For me, it’s probably one of the reasons I no longer enjoy belonging to a group, club, organization, etc. Some say that I miss out on the fun but, I am so (and it is a personal, recognized failing of my own) incredibly sensitive to people and their “beneath the thin veneer” behavior that it destroys the fun for me, or…perhaps I let it. But I always seem to find myself in competition with this jerk or that, when none was solicited by me.

      I tried some churches…and found each and every one to be a hierarchical structure amongst the worshipers. Many (most?) believed that their standing in the church was what made them better than me. OK…even if I never said a word nor implied that I was “over” anyone else. Far as I knew, it’s not a competition. But….to a great many, it seems to clearly be. Though I can think of many things worse than “trying to be the better Christian”.

      Certainly, such things occur in any/all religions. Not to mention any/all groups, clubs, organizations. Which brings me to politics. Politics seems to be a natural human thing. I do not possess the gene for it. Wheeling and dealing and negotiating nauseate me. And I found much of this, in its subtle form, in organized religion. There is the empirical, “all are equal in the eyes of God” (but you’ll rank higher if you put more in the plate).

      Call it that natural human competitive spirit. I tend not to compete, not care what other people think (other than my mother) and generally don’t gossip, engage in hearsay, worry about who’s employed or not or who drives what, etc. Maybe I border on antisocial…or, maybe I just hate bullshit. Though I applaud that I was brought up with Christian values and that I tend to see things through that prism, I cannot for the life of me stand most parishioners.

      With that said, I have met many who are sincere and not judgmental which, admittedly is probably hard be.

      When I was a young lad in the USAF…there were so many wanting to “witness” to me that it got to be a real pain. I finally found myself being rude to them for being so pushy and to just leave me alone. Their excuse was they “wanted to save me and make sure I was going to go to heaven”. Which brings me to sales. I cannot stand sales. Sales people, sales tactics, sales pitches, sales brochures, sales incentives…TV commercials…etc etc. etc. My first roommate’s whole identity was wrapped up in bible study and “quiet time” and generally interfered with what I wanted to do when I was off-duty that I had to leave my room and go someplace else. Fine for him, but how utterly rude…using a similar excuse that lefties use by saying, “So…you think your watching TV is more important than my quiet prayer time?”. Oh good grief. And it was my TV.

      This might be the focal point where many lefties get their ammo. Because it IS annoying and it IS unwelcome. Please understand, I do not wish the “witness” harm or desire to hurt them in any way but it’s bad manners to inundate someone with it. But when I’m sitting down to dinner and someone comes to my door with leaflets, pamphlets, etc…I am just as annoyed as when it’s a sales call.

      I get your point, John. Really, I do and I’d much prefer a Jehovah’s witness come to my door 20 times a day than a muslim wanting to blow up my world in the name of jihad. But I was trying to, and failing at, making the point that arrogance is not unique to catholicism. My experience as a youngster turned me off to it and continued to do so throughout the years whenever I attended a wedding at a catholic church because without fail someone would ask me if I was catholic at some point. A harmless enough question and I handled myself appropriately but I always, of course, replied just “no, I am not” rather than being rude and saying something else. It’s really none of their business. Conversely, attending a bris, a Jewish wedding, a bar mitzvah…well…seems everyone was welcome and the requirement was all the guys had to have a yarmulke on (loaners were available). In the seven Jewish weddings I’ve attended, no one asked me if I was Jewish and those who knew I wasn’t treated me like a member of the family. Curious.

      I realize I have rambled. Mostly stream-of-consiousness but I hope you understand more fully what I mean. For the record, there is one religion I dismiss categorically and that’s islam.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Time to end this thread.
      I have no qualms about challenging ANY sacred cows, as all of them are probably corrupted in some way or another, and not meeting the needs of its original intention, (military calls it “Mission Creep”) abusing it’s followers, and taking their money to boot!

      I find it ironic that Mith first says he will try to be kind and then makes no such effort.

      Actually, I made a great deal of effort to show restraint, by NOT lambasting the Catholic church on:
      ~Its decades (centuries maybe?) of sexual molestation by priests, and cover-up by all levels of the church.
      ~The horrific and wholly evil practices of The Inquisition, and at least tacit approval of the Malleus Maleficarum
      ~The homosexual corruption of it outlined in the book “Goodbye Good Men.”
      ~The semi-concrete evidence that Catholics shepherded Nazis out of Europe through their own underground rail-road system.
      ~The non-Biblical teachings and practices, in which their only justification of their 7 deadly sins, novenas, stations of the cross, purgatory, limbo, praying to the virgin Mary, praying to saints (Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, Thou shalt not pray to any false gods), praying the rosary, offering up suffering such as self-flagellation (Jesus never taught anyone to abuse God’s temple), and the whole concept of 3 Gods (the Trinity) is based solely on TRADITION.
      ~Even going to heaven or hell is questionable, as Lazarus (and others) surly would have mentioned it. If heaven was intended for us, the garden of Eden would not have even been created…..or Earth.
      ~The cult-like practices of the Catholic “Opus Dei” sect, which, if I didn’t know any better, would say it was invented and proctored by Satan himself.
      ~And the fact that the Vatican was at least partly financed by selling indulgences, or rather, “Allowing people to commit acts of sin, as long as they paid properly to the church.”
      ~The act of TITHING 10% is out of guilt, not really part of the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 9:7.

      I am sure there are many good Catholics out there, it’s just a shame that I have yet to experience any.
      @Rusty Shackleford

      So it’s clear that arrogance, in all forms, from all sources is one side of the human condition that often becomes intolerable.

      You are right to feel the burn of arrogance, it’s not just your lone perspective. In my experience, it’s worse inside the church. The rich people get all back-slaps, board positions, golfing with the head priest every Saturday, and choice seats in the front row. The rich people’s children get all the good sports positions, parts in Christmas and other plays, and their grades are rigged to never fail, nor are they ever disciplined or are at fault.

      The FoxNews article made me burst out laughing, and the thought of the Pope having the nerve to chastise other people for their shallow, materialistic, superficiality, while being surrounded by such pomp and circumstance-showmanship, precious metals and gemstones, really ought to be pointed out.

      I wonder what Jesus would say if he came back to observe what has been done in his name?

      If you find peace and solace in the church, fine. Be at peace, I’ll go it alone from now on. It’s the same with all the institutions I used to trust, and they all have mostly let me down time after time. For some people, they can endure vast disappointments from the same source 5, 10, 50, or 100 times. It takes me about 6, and I usually won’t afford the opportunity for a 7th.

    • canary says:

      In support of the Pope and Catholic church, Christians and all faiths. (clear the throat and probably some good muslims in the 4 out 5 statistic that call themselves peaceful. Perhaps they are as many in the world Christians, Jews, muslims, that take their religion lightly in practicing to a different end of the scale or branches of fanatic nuts living in cults.

      I am no longer a Catholic, and am non-denominational though on paper now a Baptist too. I’ve enjoyed church hopping after private Catholic schooling & daily church, when I finally read the Bible at 17. I’ve seen the greed and incidents of sexual perversion of the big commercial churches, denomination and the worst a big non-denomination church that brags whenever they set up in a different state. Talking about trying to get rid of a
      pedophile in it’s youth group. Outrage, but perversion seemed to be spreading throughout.

      Have seen the great trend of churches luring our youth with the latest video game gadgets and pizza. Some non-denomination churches being spin offs from the Assembly of Christ, churches with all honestly wanting to base their church on the bible. Churches that have big fall outs and splinter and splinter with new ones that splinter, endlessly. Probably some good reason for it.

      I like the churches that don’t care about their buildings; except city codes now consider those mega tin churches temporary buildings that need to go back to court once a year for permission or deny the church a sprinkler system, or insist they plant trees etc. Christian churches in my town built on Christianity have it the worst as far as doing anything. The liberals have taken over and spending out money on art on, some down right ugly eye blinding; all leading to more car accidents as they are popping up without notice.

      I still thank the Lord for the strict moral foundation and principals that the Catholic church and my old world Catholic relatives instilled in me, and I’ve always had a free spirit.

      Thank the Catholic Church for building of hospitals that have stood for decades and century. Thank the Catholic Church for AA.

      At least the Pope took a political stance. At least Nancy Pelosi’s visits to him in Rome have left her frowning in spite of botox or sick and in hiding shame.

      And it is the Pope loudly condemning the heinous slaughter of Christians in Nigeria this Christmas.

      In one of the Timothy’s in the bible it says beware of churches that tickle your ears. Try 4 years at a church and then a young man “sing his religious song” and after-wards say after “Hi. My name is ” “. And I’m Gay.” applause).
      Now, do we expect every choir or person that sings a hymn for it’s members, to follow up with announcing their sex life details?

      After Obama was elected my first thoughts were perhaps it would change his racism and hatred of America. I felt it if this did not happen within the first hours or days, it wasn’t going to happen. His announcement that he was now proof to the world that the scripture “with God all things are possible” only showed Obama messiah complex.

      At the least after he won I made lemon-aid out of the lemon felt a warm fuzzy peace inside that at least racial barriers would crossed. Nope. Instead Obama & his picks pulled the country down instigating racism towards whites now the minority in our America.

      I was caught off guard by fellow conservatives in their political correctness mode going around saying
      “He is our President and we must support him. etc”

      Sure didn’t hear that politeness after Clinton was elected.

      I had moments early on I felt great pity for Obama that maybe he was just ignorant and thought he was doing the right thing. I’m so glad those moments lasted a few seconds because Obama kept crossing the line at a great speed destroying America.

      I will not honor any person in authority except for my Lord.

      I do not have time to pray for Obama anymore.
      My prayers go to every American and every person in the World. May God’s Will be done. He is the Highest. I will put my trust in Him. Everything in the heavens and earth belong to Him. I pray for the world, and I pray America become a moral and great leader and teacher to the world.

      Mithrandir, the problem is other countries have strict guidelines upon even entering their country, while the U.S. allows criminals and terrorists to freely enter the country.
      Instead I day dream a new America and what ever it takes.
      If America fails, then we will have to build a new one. And meanwhile I seriously joke with the elderly sick that they will get better because America can not afford to lose them, and it’s gone from this election to that I we need them for many elections to come. Can’t say that to some though, but you can tell the ones whom you can say that too. Like if a patient complains that’s Obama care. And some hospitals are offering the Obama Care Social Care death panels. Question #1. Are there other issues you are upset (unsaid is the issue of the reason why they are in the hospital) such as financial issues in the home that you would like a social worker to discuss with.

      Spiritual Preference? uh. tit tat on the computer intake. There is it is under “other”. You might call your church if you live through your illness and have them visit as the patient lies there in no shape to be answering “social” questions. It’s up to the patient to say I’m here because I need emergency medical help! Oh my, the computerizing is not paying off yet or making a difference in communicating and giving the patient better care. Nothing but failure from names disappearing to machines that set alarms that don’t get to the nurses stations. I’m telling you the written down charts are better.

    • sticks says:

      How to reply to this thread? So many issues raised by the behavior of so many in the Church (the whole church not just the Catholic Church). And yet the Bible teaches that Jesus loved the Church and gave his life for her (Ephesians 5; 25). Jesus Christ being God Himself; here on earth, in the flesh, yet at the same time; eternal, all knowing and unlimited in any way (Immanual, God with us, Matt.1:23). He knew already that the church for whom He gave His life would be a mess, filled as it is with human beings. This does not mean that He does not care about what we do, nothing could be farther from the truth, the Bible speaks directly to those who would use; it’s words, or position in the church, or the name of Christ, to abuse other people or to gain their own selfish sinfull desires, 2nd Peter 2; 1-3 is a good example. “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” These false teachers can be found in any
      church anywhere of any name, but they will have to answer to God for what they do, and so will I. The number one biggest issue fo me to deal with is the person I see in the mirror, there is enough sin in that man for me to spend a lifetime working with God to try to correct. I am not saying that it is wrong to be critical of; false ideas, bad government, greedy, abusive, immoral behavior and all the things we discuss here, just that we need to be careful. after all God wants me to be as; kind, patient, forgiving and compassionate towards others as I want Him to be toward myself. And when I fail, all I can do is ask for forgivness and try to do better next time.

    • tranquil.night says:


      Only S&L could manage to provoke something so meaningful from a discussion so absurd.

  7. Astravogel says:

    Afghan railroad. Perhaps the Russians still have
    some of those neat armored trains left over from
    their first revolution available for rent. (See: one in
    Dr. Zhivago) Railroads are the easiest method of
    transport to interdict. (See: US War Between the

  8. canary says:

    Rome News Tribune: Soldier paralyzed in shooting at homecoming party

    Dec 25 2011Rn T.Com

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A decorated Army soldier recovering from injuries suffered in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan has been shot at his homecoming party, and family members say he’s paralyzed and in critical condition.

    Christopher Sullivan, 22, was shot late Friday while trying to break up a fight between his brother and another man at a San Bernardino, Calif., residence.

    Suzanne Sullivan said her son suffered two gunshot wounds to his back, which shattered his spine. Family members told the newspaper that the shooting late Friday left Sullivan paralyzed and in critical condition.

    The gunman fled the scene before police arrived.

    Sullivan was wounded in a suicide bombing attack last year in Kandahar while serving with the 101st Infantry Division. He suffered a cracked collar bone and brain damage in the attack and has been recovering in Kentucky where he is stationed. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

    Police have not identified the suspect.

    Read more: RN-T.com

    May God Bless our troops this Christmas day and everyday. Amen.


    tribal Taliban bombs “funeral” killing 20 wounding 50 in Afghanistan this Christmas Day.

    article footage

  9. canary says:

    The Chicago Sun: Ex-Army major from Chicago gets 5 years for taking bribes from defense contractors

    By Maureen O’Donnell updated Dec. 25 2011

    A Chicago man who is a former major in the Army National Guard has been sentenced to five years in prison for taking kickbacks from military defense contractors while deployed in Afghanistan.

    Christopher P. West is the eighth co-conspirator sentenced in the scheme. Ten more defendants still await sentencing.

    West — who admitted taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes — also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly to pay $500,000 in restitution and given an additional two years of supervised release.

    West had pleaded guilty in 2009 to eight counts of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.

    West and his assistant, Illinois National Guard Lt. Robert Moore of Chicago, signed bogus approvals for bunkers and barriers that were never delivered to the U.S. military’s Bagram Air Base, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The contractors made a profit by billing for the non-existent supplies, and West and Moore received kickbacks in return, according to court documents.

    West, Moore and another defendant — Sgt. Patrick W. Boyd of Rockledge, Fla. — also approved contracts to three suppliers and then pocketed $30,000 each, according to the Justice Department.

    West and Moore mailed their cash back to Chicago, prosecutors said. In 2005, a package belonging to Moore and containing more than $10,000 was intercepted by authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport, officials said.

    Boyd has been sentenced to 40 months in prison, and Moore received a 15-month prison term.

    The prosecution also netted an Afghan defense supplier who pleaded guilty to bribing West to arrange contracts worth $1 million. Noor Alam was arrested at O’Hare Airport in 2008 after investigators lured him and other Afghan contractors to the United States with an invitation to what turned out to be a bogus seminar in Columbus, Ohio. The fake invitation said Alam was to be honored at the event as a contractor “who best represent(s) the cooperative nature of our . . . reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.”

    West allegedly told one contractor that he saw Afghanistan as his chance to get rich.

    West and the contractor “discussed the history of America and how it was built on the back of others, ultimately concluding that ‘fleecing the government’ was the American way,” prosecutors said in a court filing. – Contributing: AP


    NOTE: West was an “ACTIVE” Army Major in a Chicago IL National Guard Unit when in one instance he took $27,000 from Noor Alam. Good luck finding any photos.

    Discussing getting rich of the war –

    “West and the contractor “discussed the history of America and how it was built on the back of others….”

  10. canary says:

    CBC Canada: Overseas troops get Christmas visit from GG

    Dec 25 2011inks

    Canadians stationed overseas received a special visit over Christmas.

    The Governor General spent the holidays visiting Canadian soldiers and civilians in Italy and Afghanistan.

    Johnston was already headed overseas for the state funeral of former Czech president Vaclav Havel, who died earlier this month.

    Afterwards, the three men travelled to Afghanistan to celebrate Christmas with Canadians now stationed in Kabul.

    The Governor General met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other senior Afghan officials to discuss Canada’s contribution to Afghanistan, while MacKay met with U.S. Gen. John R. Allen, who is commanding the international military presence there.

    “Canadian Forces members have worked tirelessly, at home and abroad, to save lives, provide security, and promote peace,” MacKay said in a statement.

    Dignitaries don Santa hats

    Liberal Leader Bob Rae also took part in the trip to Kabul, donning Santa hats with MacKay and Johnston for a photo with soldiers.


    No doubt Canadian brass had bullet proof santa hats, and to think they actually saw the forever hiding Afghan leader Karzai. No doubt the ungrateful Afghans are still complaining about Canadians working to slow.

    POINT. It’s a Merry Christmas for U.S. Troops not weather an Obama visit Afghan to display his basketball and golf skills.

  11. TerryAnne says:

    I don’t know whether to be disgusted at this article or the comments. I’m not Jewish, but this article irritates me to no end, as it lambasts a small percentage of Orthodox Jews on how they treat women and young girls…and then almost never says the same on how the whole of Islam treats women.


    Naama Margolese is a pale, blue-eyed, ponytailed, bespectacled second-grader who is afraid of walking to her religious Jewish girls school for fear of ultra-Orthodox extremists who have spat on her and called her a whore for dressing “immodestly.”

    Her plight has drawn new attention to the simmering issue of religious coercion in Israel, and the increasing brazenness of extremists in the insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

    Beit Shemesh’s growing ultra-Orthodox population has erected street signs calling for the separation of sexes on the sidewalks, dispatched “modesty patrols” to enforce a chaste female appearance and hurled stones at offenders and outsiders. Walls of the neighborhood are plastered with signs exhorting women to dress modestly in closed-necked, long-sleeved blouses and long skirts.

    The abuse and segregation of women in Israel in ultra-Orthodox areas is nothing new, and critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye.

    The ultra-Orthodox are perennial king-makers in Israeli coalition politics — two such parties serve as key members of Netanyahu’s coalition. They receive generous government subsidies, and police have traditionally been reluctant to enter their communities.

    The ultra-Orthodox Jews make up 10 percent of Israel’s population and are its fastest growing sector because of a high birth rate. In the past, they have generally confined their strict lifestyle to their own neighborhoods. But they have become increasingly aggressive in trying to impose their ways on others (HYPOCRITES!!), as their population has grown and spread to new areas.

    • canary says:

      TerryAnne, first the consider the media source one of the most ignorant source in the world. I can not tolerate it. And I’d love the facts behind 1 out of 10 ultra-Orthodox Jews and growing. Why would we not expect some ultra orthodox Jews who abuse and treat women so badly when they are surrounded in their part of the world by the barbaric culture of muslim. Considering people from all over the world visit Israel and their enemies live among them just as they live among us.

      The insane cartoon at the bottom sums up the ignorance by MSNBC when it’s common knowledge Palestine and all the muslim countries goal in life is to kill Jews behind every tree and rock.
      At least it’s not 1 out of 5 “American” muslims who believe in Jihad, which no doubt is higher and most of them aren’t going to tell if they do believe in it. Neighbors describing some terrorist as a nice guy. Who’d have guessed.

      Religious cults are everywhere in the world.
      Pretty bad when a Democratic politician goes public shouting may the Republicans burn in hell.

    • canary says:

      TerryAnn here is a present story of Israel Jewish & Palestine women holding protective classes to protect themselves against the muslim abusive Arabs that live freely in the democratic Israel. Point is the worst of evil against women.

      Haaretz: In East Jerusalem workshop, Jewish instructors teach Arab women self-defense

      By Julia Niemann

      “He attacked me! No! No violence!”

      It’s the final class in a five-week self-defense course for women, run by women in Wadi Joz, East Jerusalem. The two female instructors and the three men serving as mock attackers are Jewish, while the participants are Palestinians.

      …; they use their voices and elbows, not to mention a few kicks to the head and groin.

      “I’m very happy I’ve taken this class. It has really taught me how to defend myself; in the beginning I just wanted to watch,” says Sahra, a 37-year-old East Jerusalem mother of three. Her husband was supportive when she decided to take part in the workshop, but she would never tell her father or brothers.

      The events in the cold gym in a community center are indeed a bit surreal. Jews hardly ever enter Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods, let alone teach women self-defense there….

      “In about 80 percent of the cases, assaults against women are carried out by someone they know,” she says; in closed religious societies this figure might be higher.

      According to Ika, a 35-year-old religious woman, “The conflict has nothing to do with this, this is about human rights,” she says, noting that “there are alpha dogs everywhere in every society.”

      Even women who have served in the army, secular and tough ones, need training to find a way to express emotions like anger or fear, Nina says.

      And how did she feel about being taught by Jewish Israelis? “They’re great.”


      And we hear the stories of American muslims killing their wives and daughters in our own country. Honor killings.

      And now Israels next door Palestine terrorist Hamas neighbors are visiting the Muslim Brother Hood in the new worse Cairo Egypt whose new laws will kill women in the streets.


  12. Astravogel says:

    I am at a loss as to why apparently rational males hate women so
    much as shown by their actions in the Middle East (eg. Muslim and
    Ultra-Orthodox Jews) Africa (female genital mutilation) and to a lesser
    extent world-wide. Was it birth trauma? I admire and respect women
    generally, have worked for them, supervised 35, and love my wife,
    the mother of our two sons, who have also made their wives happy.
    Why does anyone still belive that Eve was the cause of all out woes?
    Why do other so-called religions hate their women? You don’t see
    this in the animal kingdom.Unless and until this destructive philosophy
    is phased out, the race cannot progress.

    • canary says:

      Namely the muslim religion which is epidemic.
      African are mostly muslim and a more barbaric in adding their older magic practices. Today, for instance many of them believe eating a virgin female will cure their AIDS. That and starvation has increased in tribes that practice of cannibalism. As Senator of Illinois Obama even went to Africa to campaign for his named uncle who wanted Sharia Law. When he lost there was a massive slaughter and the Kenya govt made up a position for him.

      Then, in Indonesia, a so called Asian country where now more than 91% muslim (Obama keeps up the increase this being his most favorite period of his life living and practicing muslim and Asian hindu. You are what you eat. Now the purge of communists in the 60’s was also the purge or radical muslims, bringing modernization to the country. Now they are back to enforcing veils on women.

      Add India where one of the largest mosques in the world is run and the spreading of muslim and terrorist attacks. India is very sexual country, but with muslims spreading this makes them a greater target. Such as you may have a local biologist with a doctrine in America that makes visits to the
      massive mosque and land is able to practice medicine namely the procedures of destroying the females organs. The pain and blood is the point in the ritual. None of this putting them to sleep and many bleed to death but that means allah decided this.

      Simple answer? The Hitler mentality. Bullying grows until someone stops the bulling. Tyranny increases when people don’t stop it. Growing weakness. I use the word Communism more than most as it’s practiced here in America as far as I’m concerned.

      I consider the Mormon practice of forcing their young men to do 2 years of missionary work instead
      of their freedom to go to school and date a form of religious communism. I will say some of the finest
      Christians I know, and just met another (family needed the money, but fortunately the son is converted and another fine Christian for my children to hang with, but they are the ones who submit to 2 years missionary work. wow. What’s their rule on new older male converts.

      A liberal, but good high school history teacher I had said something that stuck in my mind in life. And it’s the tendency for people to have someone beneath them to feel superior to. And that even the lowest class will search a minority class they can bully and control.

      We’ve come along ways. Women can vote and work in the U.S. Remember when secretaries were all men?

      And that is what is so good about Christianity in the USA. To practice what Jesus taught which is to stop stoning women. For men to love their wives as themselves. And before Jesus the ten commandments and other laws are practiced today. It’s just this narcissistic Mohammad idiot that
      hallucinated and dreamed in caves and tried to take over the world, his death followed by those who wished to take his place in controlling the world and it spreads. Plus, the culture of drugs in other countries has led to the birth of brain damaged addicted baby’s. The frontal lobe of the brain never being able to form.

    • sticks says:

      It is difficult for me to imagine how men who hate women could be seen as rational, and I know Astravogel you said “apparently rational” yet shurely they see themselves that way.
      Because women are sexually attractive to us men we then blame them for the problems that come as a result, like Adam who blamed Eve and then God for making her in Genesis 3. While I will admit that an attractive suggestivly dressed woman will catch my eye as qiukly as any other man, we men need to grow up and take some responsability for our thoughts and behavior. I love women even though they are different and have their issues, the world would be a sorry place without them.

    • canary says:

      sticks, good eye. I don’t see them as apparently rational either and I agree with you that the world would be a sorry place without them as you guys most likely would not have been born. I sure wish it was the men who had the babies though. Daddy’s baby, mommy’s maybe.

    • proreason says:

      Islam is about two things. Dominating women and dominating other people.

      That’s what the culture is all about. Loving or appreciating women doesn’t enter the equation.

  13. canary says:

    Newsmax: Pelosi’s $10,000-a-Night Vacation

    28 Dec 2011

    President Barack Obama is not the only VIP to be spending his holidays in exclusive islands in Hawaii.

    While the president and his family are on a 17-day holiday vacation in beach front homes in Kailua, Oahu, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona, reports the Hawaii Reporter.

    Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her two visits, at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers, the Reporter says.

    Pelosi has many friends in Hawaii, including Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, whom she supported during his successful campaign for governor in 2010.

    Obama’s trip to the island of Oahu is much higher. Last week, the Reporter added up the total cost of his vacation to be more than $4 million.

    article and Editor’s Note: Is this the Video that will cost Pelosi Her Job? Watch it now.


    Was the rumor of midnight mass in Hawaii just for Nancy? Wonder what she donated. We’ll never know the bribe for Ted Kennedy, but do know VP Biden thanked a Catholic Church for allowing the service and funeral of his role-model mother.

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