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Selected News For The Week Oct 9 – Oct 15

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, October 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Oct 9 – Oct 15”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Just a comment to describe the current government. I was watching James Burke’s “Connections” on DVD last night and he uttered the phrase and I could not believe how appropriate it was to the whole mess of creatures currently occupying Washington right now:

    “Never have so many known so little about so much.”

    Perfect.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Here’s another one I just got in an e-mail this morning. I have no idea who said it first but it is remarkably accurate.

    “A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.”

  3. canary

    Convicted gitmo prisoner upset he’s moved in with cell with more extreme terrorist, losing his level 4 lucrative gitmo community center life.

    AP: Deal pledge unfulfilled for Gitmo detainee
    By Mike Melia 10/12/2010

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The attorney for a former al-Qaida cook said Monday that the government did not deliver on a promise included in a plea bargain deal that led him to plead guilty to supporting terrorism, and she said that could discourage other inmates at Guantanamo from reaching deals with prosecutors.

    Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi of Sudan was removed from a communal-living compound over the weekend….

    There was no guarantee that al-Qosi would stay in the prison camp reserved for the most cooperative detainees, but that was the recommendation of the Pentagon official who oversees the tribunal system and prosecutors made personal pledges to ensure that it happened.

    “As has been the practice with previous detainees convicted by a military commission and serving punitive sentences, al-Qosi is no longer housed with detainees held solely as a function of the law of war,” said Army Maj. Tanya Bradsher, a Pentagon spokeswoman. She declined further comment.

    Al-Qosi, 50, had been held in Camp 4, a section of the prison where detainees live in communal, dorm-like units and can spend the day outdoors.

    Lachelier said the only information she received Monday from Joint Task Force Guantanamo about her client’s new whereabouts is that he was locked up with the only other convict at Guantanamo — al-Qaida media chief Ali Hamza al-Bahlul.

    …al-Bahlul, an unrepentant militant who was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison after boycotting his own trial.

    “To the extent that he doesn’t want to socialize with somebody who’s that militant, he’s going to end up isolated,” she said.

    http://www.boston.com/news/wor....._detainee/

  4. canary

    320,000 U.S. Soldiers from NY not allowed to vote. This is becoming an epidemic and oil spill can’t be blamed this time.

    AP: Schumer: New York missed deadline for military ballots
    Oct. 11, 2010, N.Y. — Sen. Charles Schumer lashed out at elections officials in the New York City area and two western New York counties for missing a deadline to send military ballots, but elections officials say the ballots are in the mail.

    Schumer said Monday that election officials in New York City and Erie, Niagara, Putnam and Westchester counties missed an Oct. 1 deadline for mailing ballots to troops overseas.

    …the mishap means that service members may not receive their ballots in time to vote in the Nov. 2 elections. The state has 320,000 overseas and military voters.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/i.....eadli.html

    Convicted gitmo prisoner upset he’s moved in with cell with more extreme terrorist, losing his level 4 lucrative gitmo community center life.

    AP: Deal pledge unfulfilled for Gitmo detainee
    By Mike Melia 10/12/2010

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The attorney for a former al-Qaida cook said Monday that the government did not deliver on a promise included in a plea bargain deal that led him to plead guilty to supporting terrorism, and she said that could discourage other inmates at Guantanamo from reaching deals with prosecutors.

    Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi of Sudan was removed from a communal-living compound over the weekend….

    There was no guarantee that al-Qosi would stay in the prison camp reserved for the most cooperative detainees, but that was the recommendation of the Pentagon official who oversees the tribunal system and prosecutors made personal pledges to ensure that it happened.

    “As has been the practice with previous detainees convicted by a military commission and serving punitive sentences, al-Qosi is no longer housed with detainees held solely as a function of the law of war,” said Army Maj. Tanya Bradsher, a Pentagon spokeswoman. She declined further comment.

    Al-Qosi, 50, had been held in Camp 4, a section of the prison where detainees live in communal, dorm-like units and can spend the day outdoors.

    Lachelier said the only information she received Monday from Joint Task Force Guantanamo about her client’s new whereabouts is that he was locked up with the only other convict at Guantanamo — al-Qaida media chief Ali Hamza al-Bahlul.

    …al-Bahlul, an unrepentant militant who was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison after boycotting his own trial.

    “To the extent that he doesn’t want to socialize with somebody who’s that militant, he’s going to end up isolated,” she said.

    http://www.boston.com/news/wor....._detainee/

  5. canary

    Foreign Policy: Chávez’s Secret Nuclear Program

    It’s not clear what Venezuela’s hiding, but it’s definitely hiding something — and the fact that Iran is involved suggests that it’s up to no good.
    BY ROGER F. NORIEGA | OCTOBER 5, 2010

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez admitted last week that his government is “carrying out the first studies” of a nuclear program. He attempted to portray it as an innocuous program designed solely for peaceful purposes.
    .
    On Sept. 21, I held a briefing for journalists and regional experts where I revealed for the first time information about Chavez’s nuclear program and his troubling and substantial collaboration with Iran. This research — conducted during the past 12 months by a team of experts who analyzed sensitive material obtained from sources within the Venezuelan regime — paints a far darker picture of Chavez’s intentions.

    Chávez has been developing the program for two years with the collaboration of Iran, a nuclear rogue state. In addition to showing the two states’ cooperation on nuclear research, these documents suggest that Venezuela is helping Iran obtain uranium and evade international sanctions,….

    Chávez’s suggestion that he is merely studying the idea of a nuclear energy program is misleading. In fact, in November 2008, Iranian and Venezuelan officials signed a secret “science and technology” agreement formalizing cooperation “in the field of nuclear technology.” (The text of the agreement, available in Farsi and Spanish, is available here.)…

    …, Chávez’s decision to rely on one of the world’s worst proliferators to help develop his country’s capabilities in this sensitive technology sets alarm bells ringing…

    …- other documents provided by sources within the Venezuelan government reveal a suspicious network of Iranian-run facilities in that South American country that could contravene Security Council sanctions.

    For example, a November 2008 contract between a Venezuelan state-run firm, CVG Minerven, and the Iranian government firm Impasco grants the Iranians a “gold mine” the basin is also home to one of the world’s largest deposits of uranium, according to a survey by the U308 Corp., a Canadian uranium exploration company.

    There is nothing illegal about the commercial mining of uranium — unless it is conducted by Iran….

    …. For example, a “cement plant” produces little if any cement, a “tractor factory” produces few tractors, and both facilities are well situated for supporting Iran’s shadowy activities in an area that is far from everything but uranium.

    …., where it is transferred onto Iranian-flagged vessels on the Atlantic Ocean. Once it reaches the open sea, there is nothing to prevent its delivery to Iran.

    The “tractor factory” in the state of Bolivar is a second facility that provides Iran a benign cover for its activities in this remote region. Operated since 2006 by a Venezuela-Iran joint venture, the facility produces few tractors and is housed in a military-style compound protected by Venezuelan National Guard troops,…

    …According to media reports, 22 cargo containers and crates labeled “tractor parts” were found to contain barrels of nitrate and sulfite chemicals — bomb-making material

    — as well as components of what Turkish experts described as an “explosives lab.” Moreover, this suspicious cargo was being delivered by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in September 2008 for providing logistical services to Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics.

    In addition to providing physical cover for Iranian operations, banks and other purportedly commercial ventures established in Venezuela afford Iran….” Documents retrieved from Venezuelan government archives (available in Spanish here) show that by 2007, Iran’s Bank Saderat had already incorporated the Banco Internacional de Desarrollo (BID) in Venezuela. All of BID’s founding directors are Iranian, and it appears to operate today as a Venezuelan bank that is actually a wholly-owned front for Saderat. Records of Iranian firms operating in Venezuela reflect dollar-denominated transactions carried out by BID in contravention of U.S. law and U.N. resolutions.

    Ignoring what Chávez and his friends are up to right under our noses is no longer an option. … hold both regimes accountable. Unfortunately, U.S. policymakers continue to shy away from issues that might lead to a confrontation with the irascible Chávez. But Venezuela’s willingness to flout international law and abet Iran’s activities close to U.S. shores is becoming too flagrant — and ultimately, too dangerous — to ignore.

    entire long article at this link.
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/a.....ar_program

  6. BillK

    Helen Thomas says she’s absolutely not anti-Semitic and takes the time to bash two conservative women.

    From our friends at the Associated Press:

    Helen Thomas on being anti-Semitic: ‘Baloney!’

    MARION, Ohio — In a radio interview, former White House correspondent Helen Thomas acknowledges she touched a nerve with remarks about Israel that led to her retirement. But she says the comments were “exactly what I thought,” even though she realized soon afterward that it was the end of her job.

    “I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive,” Thomas told Ohio station WMRN-AM in a sometimes emotional 35-minute interview that aired Tuesday. It was recorded a week earlier by WMRN reporter Scott Spears at Thomas’ Washington, D.C., condominium.

    Thomas, 90, stepped down from her job as a columnist for Hearst News Service in June after a rabbi and independent filmmaker videotaped her outside the White House calling on Israelis to get “out of Palestine.” She gave up her front row seat in the White House press room, where she had aimed often pointed questions at 10 presidents, going back to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    She has kept a low profile since then. …

    http://www.google.com/hostedne.....AD9IQD6482

    Let’s see, how is telling Israelis to “get the hell out of Palestine” and to “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else” being “exactly what I thought” not anti-Semitic?

    Of course she also took the time to wail on Mrs. Clinton for not being liberal enough and to point out Palin is “dangerous”:

    Thomas described Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as “a hawk.” “I thought women in politics would have more compassion, be more liberal,” Thomas said.

    As for Sarah Palin, Thomas said she believed the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate was ambitious enough to run for president.

    “That would be a tragedy, a national tragedy,” she said, describing Palin as “very conservative, reactionary, unbelievable.”

    Asked about tea party-backed Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, Thomas responded with one word: “Frightening.”

    Seeing an ultra-liberal like Thomas say these things about Palin and O’Donnell, it only proves what the press poo-poos all the time – that the Democrats are running scared from these women who conservatives love because they endanger not only their power but also their well-worn template about the role of women as liberal stalwarts.

  7. Coco Q. Rico

    Kathy Griffin is trying, trying, trying to turn the gay teen suicide issue into a win for liberals, and hoping gays won’t notice the Democrats screwing them over on marriage and military policy.

    http://colorfulconservative.bl.....ys-to.html

  8. confucius

    From Time:

    Should Tennessee Firemen Have Let the House Burn?

    By Adam Cohen
    October 13, 2010

    It was one of the stranger news stories in a long time — and one of the most polarizing. Firefighters in rural Tennessee looked on as a house burned because the family who lived in it had not paid the $75 annual fire-protection fee. Their home was destroyed — along with three puppies that were inside.

    The Cranicks live in Obion County, Tennessee, outside of the city limits. That means they do not automatically get fire service — they have to pay a special fee. The family says it has paid the fee in the past, but claims they simply forgot about it this year.

    When the Cranicks’ home caught on fire, the firefighters showed up — but only to help out a neighbor, whose property was in the fire’s path, who had paid the fire fee. Gene Cranick says he offered on the spot to pay whatever it took to put out the fire, but the firefighters refused. It might seem that firefighters would have a legal duty to put out a fire. But in this case, the firefighters did not work for the Cranicks’ county — they worked for a nearby city. Their position was that they had no more obligation to put out the fire than New Jersey firemen would have to answer a call from New York. …

    There is a major debate underway today about what citizenship should mean — and what you should get just for being an American. It’s not, of course, a new debate. During the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt expanded what citizens got through the New Deal: he created emergency assistance programs so people would not starve, and minimum wage and maximum hours laws to protect workers from the worst excesses of the free market.

    Today, there are politicians and commentators who want to push in the other direction: to water citizenship down, and turn Americans into mere customers. In this view, you should get things — including basics like fire service — not as a right of citizenship, but as a privilege with a price. …

    http://www.time.com/time/print.....42,00.html

    Remember this story the next time you hear tax hikes are needed to pay the firefighters.

  9. confucius

    From AP:

    Fla. pastor wins car for canceling Quran burning

    By Beth DeFalco
    October 15, 2010

    SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A New Jersey car dealer plans to keep his word after offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a new car if he promised to not burn a Quran.

    Car dealer Brad Benson made the offer in one of his dealership’s quirky radio ads, which focus more on current events than cars. But he was surprised when a representative for Jones called to collect the 2011 Hyundai Accent, which retails for $14,200.

    “They said unless I was doing false advertising, they would like to arrange to pick up the car,” Benson recalled. At first he thought it was a hoax, so Benson asked Jones to send in a copy of his driver’s license. He did.

    Jones, of Gainesville, Fla., never burned a Quran but told The Associated Press on Thursday that the offer of a car was not the reason, saying he learned about the offer a few weeks after Sept. 11.

    He said he plans to donate the car to an organization that helps abused Muslim women.

    “We are not trying to profit from this. We are not keeping the car for ourselves,” Jones said by telephone from California, where he was taping television appearances.

    Benson, a former New York Giants center, said he originally offered Jones use of a car for a year if he refused to burn a Quran ever.

    “I just didn’t think that was a good thing for our country right now,” Benson said.

    He’s now giving Jones the car outright because he doesn’t want to be connected to whatever the Florida pastor does with it.

    “I don’t want to be involved in the politics of that,” Benson said.

    Before he made his decision, Benson asked listeners to weigh in on whether he should honor his promise. …

    In 2003, Benson offered another newsmaker — Saddam Hussein — a new car if he fled Iraq. That commercial wasn’t as successful, and Benson pulled the ad after two days, replacing it with one apologizing for any offense that was taken. …

    “We don’t have your typical car commercial,” Benson said.

    But they are memorable — and effective. Three years ago, he was selling 60 cars a month, he said. Today, that number is between 500 and 600 — making him one of the state’s most successful dealers.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201.....o_preacher

    One shyster screws another.

  10. BillK

    As with the case with the union/liberal rally in D.C. on 10/10, prepare for the press to play up how many people show up at Jon Stewart’s “rally,” with the other big liberal “O” stepping in.

    From The Hollywood Reporter:

    Oprah gives Jon Stewart audience rally tickets

    Oprah Winfrey had a big surprise for the audience of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” on Thursday.

    The daytime queen appeared via satellite on the Comedy Central show to announce that she was going to fly the audience to Washington, D.C., for Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity,” taking place Oct. 30.

    “We need a bit more sanity in the world,” she said. “I wanted to show my support for you, Jon, and your audience, so here’s what I did, I had my staff sneak into your studio with a little gift.”

    She told the audience to look under their seats, where they found red envelopes, which they opened.

    “You’re going to the rally!” she yelled. “Now get out there and restore some sanity.”

    Winfrey — who previously showed her support for the rally via Twitter — also is planning to pay for the audience members’ hotels, according to JustJared.com. …

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.c.....f5f4f8c257

    Proving once again that the biggest liberals in the world tend to be those who have taken advantage of our capitalist system to its fullest.

    Yet I haven’t yet seen Oprah make a large donation to offset the national debt, and I further suspect her own employees don’t get anywhere near the health care benefits most Government employees do.

    But that’s why liberals like their positions – so that instead of being able to do things for yourself, they can set themselves up as benevolent Gods bestowing their largesse upon you, the poor unwashed, while preventing others from reaching their rarified level.

  11. proreason

    Red meat from VDH, that wackily unhinged conservative classicist.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/.....son?page=1

    10 step plan to destroy and economy.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      He pretty much sums it up. Looks like the conservatives have a huge task ahead. Sadly, the conservatives will be made to look like the bad guys because they have to be the adults and take away everybody’s ill-gotten lollipops. “Awwww, they’re spoiling all the fun” we’ll hear from Brian Williams, Ms. Couric and others. And that constant thumping of the “mean conservatives” may bode badly for the nation in the next heavy congressional elections, or even if the brown clown seeks another term to be “dictator for life” because he’ll “give everyone ice cream”.

      I do fear a “fool me twice” scenario. Not that I was fooled the first time, but there were people who were duped and I’d like to think it’s a small fraction of the voter-base that is of the ilk that a McDonald’s commercial at 9PM will make them run out to get five Big-Macs. But everyday as I drive to and from work, I feel I am surrounded by just such people. Drones, Sheeple who do what the TV tells them to.

      The story would be like this….”Obama elected for second term….plans to increase spending from previous anemic levels as the economy really needs it. Laser-like focus on jobs is replaced by a microscope focus on same. Big businesses and Wall Street fat cats will be held by much tighter reins” and all kinds of other pathetic sound-bites that the “general populace” and especially our hyphenated friends will buy into. If there’s one thing this nation is good at, is giving proven losers a second chance to screw up all over again.

      I will keep my fingers crossed and as we all know…November is just the beginning and I fully expect freshmen congress members to tell old heads to sit down and shut up when they try to bully them into line. I hope for the best but I fear the worst.

    • tranquil.night

      Spectacular. Hard to choose a single talking point as it’s all so frighteningly true. It’s bigger than The Big Lie. Marxism/Socialism are just vessels – Obama may or may not even care if any of this works. The goal on the part of the international forces controlling him was simply to cut America down to a size where the beast could be chained.

      “Then just when their entire Keynesian blueprint is operative — have them all quit their jobs and return to places like Berkeley, Harvard, and the Council on Foreign Relations.”

      Exactly. Mission accomplished.

      Rush nailed Obama too regarding the foreign campaign money by basically accusing him of being under the money strings of the Chinese. It was an absolutely brilliant way of eviscerating the narrative and sending it right back, and of course it made NO airwaves except foxnation. Which is to say it’s true.

      We all know it’s true. We just had it all pinned on Soros for the most part, but it’s clear now that the Chinese aren’t playing ball with the multinational wealthy elites anymore, and OPEC is probably with them. The Fed has to publicly admit they’re buying Treasuries, which is a public admission that they’ve run out of buyers.

      God help us if those Chinese hardliners get enough power to call our debt (blame the Republicans!) I still think that unseating the dollar would throw their economy into too much tumult as well, but that may not matter. The dirty little secret might be that China’s economic, political, and fiscal situations were never as strong as it was made out to be, and these international calls for a One World Currency are exactly what’s motivated all of this.

    • proreason

      It’s no secret that China has more than it’s share of problems, despite it’s notable successess.

      Most of the country is still deep in poverty. Those who have recently come out of poverty are so new to modern life that there are huge psychological problems. Aging population. Freeish markets and communist overlords….splain how that will work long time. Massive regional distrust. Too few women. Contrained by its own writing system and a language that is nearly impossible to learn. Animosity with Korea and Japan. Overly idealogical. Highly dependent on the US market. Quality issues with their manufacturing. 80 years behind on environmental issues. Huge human rights issues. They haven’t even confronted imbedded issues the west began confronting 100 years ago.

      Once the US returns to adult leadership, we should be able to help China, and the world solve many of those problems.




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