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Selected News For The Week Feb 11 – Feb 17

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Feb 11 – Feb 17”

  1. Curiosity says:

    Drudge posted this Daily Caller article on Media Matters.
    It reminds me a lot of the Journo-list. It’s discouraging how much manipulation goes on, and how deep it runs.

  2. Curiosity says:

    NASA cuts next Mars rover to save $226M.

    JPL scientists frequently commented (I forget the specific numbers) that the DoD annually spent more in air conditioning than NASA gets in its entirety for a year, or that the amount we spend in Iraq – per year – would fund NASA for 20 years at current funding levels (I think they said 20, my math is closer to 4 years per year). I’m perfectly happy to fund the DoD, but the US waste tons of money elsewhere.

    At Kennedy Space Center’s museum, they said something about every dollar spent on NASA returns six to the economy. That is simultaneously absurd black magic math and a drastic understatementbased on their contributions to society.

    Imagine if we weren’t giving out $650M for new buses but making busing companies make or break themselves. Imagine investing the money not in Solyndra and similar doomed pipe dreams, but instead cutting the federal budget in unhelpful areas and maintaining research.

    • Anonymoose says:

      There is a lot they’re learning from the Mars rovers and probes, although it adds to knowledge rather than money. The old returning money to the economy saw has been around a long time.

      I remember the Space Shuttle was supposed to be so efficient and so heavily used to launch satellites that it’d pay for itself. Still, I’d much rather see money spent on NASA than some other corrupt entitlement program with questionable results.

      But wait! Obama is the science president! And the Dems are all about how much smarter they are than everyone else! How can they even think about cutting NASA’s budget?

  3. BillK says:

    From Grand Junction, Colorado’s KREX Television:

    Religious Music in High School Choir Forces Student to Quit Singing

    Islamic Prayer Song Being Sung by GJHS Choir

    By Matt Kroschel

    Grand Junction – A Grand Junction High School student wants a song picked for the after-school men’s choir group pulled, because he says the Islamic piece is not appropriate for a public school choir. The song is called “Zikr,” and its composer says is not intended for a worship ceremony.

    For senior James Harper, a Christian who is active in his local church, the wording and meaning of the song is such that he feels it should not be performed by students in a public school setting.

    I don’t want to come across as a bigot or a racist, but I really don’t feel it is appropriate for students in a public high school to be singing an Islamic worship song,” Harper told NewsChannel 5.

    Harper sent an email to District 51 officials expressing his concerns with the song. He also contacted the KREX newsroom.

    District officials said while they understand not everyone will agree with or appreciate songs due to the religious nature of the pieces, they completely stand behind both the music teacher and the song.

    This is about bringing diversity to the students and showing them other things that are out there,” spokesman Jeff Kirtland said. “The teacher was open with the parents and students do not have to participate in this voluntary club choir.” …


    Fox News points out:

    The song is written in Urdu, but one verse translates to “There is no truth except Allah” and “Allah is the only eternal and immortal.” Although the choir sang the original version, Wieland distributed translated lyrics.



    • Anonymoose says:

      The song is actually fairly up tempo and if it was purely on the basis of music itself you could see why it was being done by a choir.

      However, despite what they say it is purely an Islamic worship song–there’s more than just one lyric about Allah, and they wheel out the tired justification of “diversity” again. We’ll never hear of a Saudi or Iranian school singing any music with Christian themes, why should we accommodate them?

      Most any other religious work I’d say over reaction, just don’t perform if you disagree, but Islam is different because the whole point is infiltration. Make you feel obligated to let them in for “diversity,” then out of fear of “offending” them and finally they’re calling terms and you can’t do anything about it.

      The small midwestern town my family is from just saw a million dollar mosque built there, and they’re trucking in the relatives as fast as they can. Intolerance is a good thing if it preserves you and your way of life, since the idiot liberals won’t let go of the idea that if we just roll over and be nice then all the world will be happiness and sunshine, and they never open their eyes at what is really going on.

  4. canary says:

    The New York Post: Iranian woman wanted over Bangkok terror plot flees to Tehran

    Feb 17 2012 NEWSCORE February 16, 2012

    BANGKOK — An Iranian woman wanted over a failed bomb plot targeting Israeli diplomats in Bangkok has fled to Tehran, Thai authorities said Thursday.

    “We could not ask Iran to extradite her to Thailand as both countries have not had the extradition treaty,” he said.

    On Wednesday, Malaysian authorities arrested the third Iranian suspect wanted over the plot. Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, 27, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur after fleeing Thailand on Tuesday.

    And 28-year-old Saerb Morabi, had his legs blown off while trying to throw a bomb at police while fleeing an earlier unintended blast at a house in the Thai capital.



    Mirror News: Target Britain: Iran and al-Qaeda link up with UK in their sights

    Feb 17 2011 1 hour ago

    If this isn’t enough evidence to support Iran is al-Qaeda

    Israel claims Iran was also behind botched plots in India and the former Soviet republic of Georgia this week.

    Tons more evidence to support 9/11 Commission’s Report Iran is in cahoots with al-Qaeda. Do we really need an old retired ship with our finest U.S. soldiers floating on waves to see how close they can come to the line Iran has chose that moves with the waves?

    Does anyone not understand the U.S. and world & media spinning and lying that Israel is expanding settlements to make it sound like they are crossing their border, when they are not.

    note: some kind of propaganda in public schools to make our children anti-Jew & Israel is sneaking in.

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