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Selected News For The Week Sep 4 – Sep 10

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Sep 4 – Sep 10”

  1. 11ten1775 says:

    Is Time trying to make a recently killed chaplain look like a Muslim sympathizer?


    From Time.com:

    Army Chaplain Dale Goetz, RIP
    Posted by Mark Thompson

    “Captain Dale Goetz became the first Army chaplain to die in combat since Vietnam when a roadside bomb killed him and four fellow soldiers in Afghanistan on Monday.

    …He acknowledged that Muslim concerns over what they perceive as a degenerate Western culture can drive some Muslims toward terror. “As Americans we repudiate the practice of the terrorist,” he said. “Though I disagree with their practice, I do understand their complaints against western society.”…”

    If you read the chaplain’s entire piece that Thompson is referring to in The Independent (http://www.theindie.us/article.aspx?article=31), Goetz is clearly referring to the worst Western society has to offer (pornography, hook up culture, divorce, abortion, etc.). Thompson, however, leaves his audience wide open to form their own opinion of what beef Goetz may have had against Western culture. The chaplain was no dummy. He knew (in 2008) what the suicide bombers were doing the night prior to flying those planes into the World Trade Center. Yet, as a chaplain in today’s Army, he had to be diplomatic and not point out what a bunch of hypocrites the jihadists are for all their posturing against the evils of Western culture while they gladly partake whenever it suits them.

    Here’s the central point of what Dale said in The Independent:

    “…They know about the divorce rates and the abortion rates and see other social evils that western society has to offer. Extremist see all that a free society has to offer along with these moral issues and decide that freedom is not worth it, if that is how their kids will turn out. The kids from Muslim nations come to America and turn their back on their beliefs and this is evil to the devoted Muslim. For many it is better to live with repression and religious holiness than a society that is free and socially evil. So, when we advertise freedom to these people and they reject it, you have a better understanding of why because in their eyes freedom is associated or synonymous with sinful behavior.

    I strongly disagree with their doctrine and as Americans we repudiate the practice of the terrorist. Though I disagree with their practice, I do understand their complaints against western society. Doctrinally, I don’t agree with their method of receiving forgiveness from sin. I believe Christ died for my sin and I do not need to become a martyr for salvation and forgiveness.”

    I’d like to see Time quote the chaplain on that last sentence.
    But it’s the very thing he’d want emphasized most.
    Privileged to have known him.

  2. Petronius says:

    From Reuters:

    Judge Rules Against US Government on Oil Drilling

    Anna Driver, 1 Sep 2010

    HOUSTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government’s request to dismiss an industry lawsuit challenging its deepwater oil and gas drilling moratorium, dealing another blow to the Obama administration.

    Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc and other drilling companies sued the administration on June 7 after it first ordered a halt to deepwater drilling . . . .

    As a result of Louisiana-based Hornbeck’s lawsuit, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans blocked implementation of the drilling ban on June 22.

    The Obama administration then issued a reworked second drilling moratorium and asked that the Hornbeck lawsuit be thrown out because the first ban was no longer relevant.

    But in his 20-page ruling on Wednesday, Feldman said the administration’s new moratorium offered “no substantial changes” from the first one, and denied the motion to dismiss the Hornbeck lawsuit.


    * * *

    When is enough enuff? At some point there must be an end to litigation. Or perhaps not.

    First the regime issues the oil drilling moratorium.

    Then the Federal district court in New Orleans, Judge Martin Feldman, issued an injunction lifting the moratorium.

    Then the regime doubled-down and appealed to the Fifth Circuit.

    The Fifth Circuit upheld Feldman’s decision.

    The regime tripled-down and issued a revised moratorium, attempting to circumvent the two adverse court decisions that lifted the first drilling ban.

    Now the district court (Judge Feldman) has struck down the regime’s revised moratorium.

    What next? Back again to the Fifth Circuit? A revised revised moratorium?

    According to Reuters, “A Justice Department spokeswoman said the department was reviewing the decision.”

    And time yet for a hundred indecisions
    And for a hundred visions and revisions
    Before the taking of a toast and tea.

  3. Gil says:

    Appalling – women burned after acid thrown in their faces in the USA! No names or reasons given..

    Arizona woman burned after acid thrown in face
    Sept 4, 2010

    MESA, AZ (AP) – Police are searching for a suspect who threw acid on the face of an Arizona woman who had arrived home and was getting out of her car.

    Mesa police said Friday that the 41-year-old victim was being treated for second-degree burns to her face and chest area after the attack Thursday.

    Police say the act does not appear to be random. They are following up on leads to find the female suspect, between 30 and 40 years old.

    A similar attack that was random occurred Monday in Vancouver, Wash., where a woman threw a cup of acid on the face of 28-year-old Bethany Storro as she was getting something from her car before heading into a Starbucks. The suspect, who Storro said told her “Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?” before she attacked her, still has not been found.


  4. proreason says:

    Intersting look at the Oval Office decorating schemes through history:


    Tastes change.

  5. proreason says:

    Learn abouat the next congressman from the state of S&L


    • Liberals Demise says:

      Ronald Reagan once famously said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” We are that generation! Either we stand now and fight for our country, or the great United States of America may be but a fading memory.

      “Tell it to the Marines.”

  6. Rusty Shackleford says:

    More about the ongoing Kabul bank failure–

    From the WSJ

    Afghans Move to Bail Out Kabul Bank


    KABUL—Afghanistan’s government inched closer to bailing out the country’s largest bank, setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars that could be used to keep Kabul Bank solvent, officials said.

    The move Sunday came as depositors continued to pull their money from the lender, mobbing branches in Kabul and other parts of the country.In the capital, police and soldiers were ordered to guard Kabul Bank branches and razor wire was strung outside the main branch to keep crowds in check.


    Yet U.S. officials worry at the same that its woes and the government-financed bailout, brought on by allegations of corruption and insider dealing, will set back faltering Western efforts to restore confidence in President Karzai’s administration, a pillar of the allied strategy for defeating the Taliban.

    Well, it’s not like Obama or his regime is seeking “victory”.

    The central-bank official said several options were being discussed to recover the funds that are likely to be pumped into Kabul Bank. One option is forcing major shareholders who bought their stakes with loans from the bank to either repay what they borrowed or hand over their shares.

    Now….where have I heard that before? Wait….don’t tell me.

    And deeply embedded in the article:

    Experts from the U.S. Treasury Department are aiding the Afghan central bank’s efforts to stabilize Kabul Bank.

    How, exactly?

    But Washington has said it won’t finance a rescue of the lender, and even a $200 million bailout would strain Afghanistan’s finances.

    OK, that’s what one paragraph says but reading on…I find this:

    Some U.S. officials say Afghanistan’s fragile finances—the country collected less than $1 billion in revenue last year and depends on donor nations for most of its annual budget—could result in U.S. and other donor funds indirectly assisting an Afghan-government bailout of Kabul Bank.

    THERE IT IS!!! Your money and mine going to help them bail out a microcosm of the pathetic way to do banking that apparently is a trend in the world today. Corruption as far as the eye can see. Not surprised; Just disgusted. And…it will most likely be done with an “executive order” (pronounced ‘diktat’) by none other than the omniscient one.

    And then there’s this little gem:

    Mahmud Karzai, the president’s brother and Kabul Bank’s third-largest shareholder with a 7% stake, says the lender’s assets are roughly equal to the $1.3 billion in deposits it held before last week. He said the situation is stabilizing.

    And I believe him…. :-/ Don’t you?

  7. proreason says:

    somethin for the country music lovin maxist hating folks out there:


    we’re not gonna stand for this.

  8. canary says:

    WMD Anthrax originating from Bangladash spreading. This is first report I heard it was coming from tainted heroin, and it is spreading to other countries. It appears in spite the alert it is being downplayed, when it is critical comparison to the swine flu & pushes for vaccines.

    Anthrax Contaminated Heroin Continues To Spread

    via Anthrax contaminated heroin spreads | News.com.au.
    AFP: Anthrax contaminated heroin spreads
    February 06, 2010

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/anthrax-contaminated-heroin-spreads/story-e6frfku0-1225827313576#ixzz0ykIZoX14

  9. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    A good article to play “what if Bush were President” with:

    Fromt the AP via the USAToday:

    Ex-soldier takes hostages at Ga. hospital, then surrenders

    SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — A former Army soldier seeking help for mental problems at a Georgia military hospital took three workers hostage at gunpoint Monday before authorities persuaded him to surrender.

    …Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips, a senior Fort Stewart commander, said the former soldier was seeking help for mental problems that were “connected, I’m quite certain, to his past service.”

    However unfortunate, this doesn’t appear to be another VA screwup.

    Phillips said he’d seen nothing to indicate the former soldier had previously sought treatment at the Fort Stewart hospital.


    Had this happened under Bush, or had McCain won, this story would have been front page above the fold for a week. We would know more about this troubled young man than and his plight than Lindsay Lohan.

  10. proreason says:

    Goeff at Ace of Spades skewers the dimwits on the economy.


    For those who hate looking at graphs, allow me to explain.

    The first graph is a wildly popular one in the dimwits-osphere. It seems to show that the job losses began to improve dramatically, virtually the second the Moron was sworn in.

    But wait…..the dimwit-osphere in every other breath swears that Bush is responsible for evertything. You can’t have it both ways. Either its the Moron, or its bushhitler.

    Ezra Klein, noted pornolister has developed a set of rules to determine when bushhitler gets blame or credit or whether the godman gets blame or credit. They are totally bogus of course, as is everything the idiots come up with.

    So Goeff, that madcap genius, applies little Ezra’s rules to the same chart. It’s the second one down. WITH THE IDIOT’S OWN RULES, it proves that Bush is responsible for a powervul improvement in jobs, which ground to a halt the minute the Moron’s “responsiblity according to the idio Ezra” kicks in.


  11. proreason says:

    Drool mopping needs your support.


    This guy has the best chance in years to defeat the angriest queer in Congress. That one victory would be a triumph for humanity, regardless of what happens elsewhere.

    Franks is the humanity-hating pervert who is the single person most responsible for destoying the economy and hence placing our country in the hands of radicals who have wanted to destroy us since they learned to walk.

  12. canary says:

    The Atlantic: Fidel to Ahmadinejad: ‘Stop Slandering the Jews’

    by Jeffrey Goldberg Sept 7, 2010

  13. Coco Q. Rico says:

    The military is banning sales of Medal of Honor at stores on base:


    THere is a thread about this on the blog:


    I am not sure how I feel about this. Free speech v. respect. Tough call I guess.

  14. canary says:

    Rauf threatens world-wide muslim violence will explode if mosque is moved; threatens national security.
    September 09, 2010

    CNN, via AP

    NEW YORK — The imam behind a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero cautioned Wednesday that moving the facility could cause a violent backlash from Muslim extremists and endanger national security.

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN… moving it could strengthen the ability of extremists abroad to recruit and wage attacks against Americans, including troops fighting in the Middle East.

    “The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack,” he said,…

    “But if you don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world,” he later said,…

    Rauf, 61, has largely been absent since the debate over the center erupted earlier this year. He has been traveling abroad, including taking a State Department-funded 15-day trip to the Middle East to promote religious tolerance.

    Rauf said that, in retrospect, he might have chosen a different location for what he described as a multifaith community center.

    “If I knew this would happen, if it would cause this kind of pain, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said.


    Feisal Abdul Rauf says America is “a Sharia Compliant State”

    (you tube video)
    He says Sharia law is same as American’s constitutional laws

  15. canary says:

    The Jerusalem Post: Israel worried by Jones proposal for int’l force in W. Bank
    By Yaakov Katz 09/08/2010

    Israel is concerned about an American proposal to establish a multi-national force in the West Bank as one of the ways to expedite an Israeli withdrawal following any peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.

    He also served as the top NATO commander in Europe, and therefore is believed to be a proponent of using multinational forces to solve conflicts.

    Last week, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak endorsed the concept of an international force in the West Bank in an op-ed piece in The New York Times.

    The IDF, with the backing of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, is opposed to the idea…

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also voiced reservations about an international deployment.

    Ahead of the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, which opened last week in Washington, the IDF’s Planning Branch drafted a paper outlining Israel’s security needs regarding the West Bank. It was approved by Barak and Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen.

    “Experience shows us that we cannot trust multi-national forces to do the job like in Lebanon,” one senior defense official said recently…..”

    Another idea being floated is the deployment of a pan-Arab force in the Gaza Strip as a way to assist the PA in restoring a foothold there. It was ousted from Gaza during Hamas’s violent takeover three years ago.

  16. canary says:

    Palestinian terrorists bombing Israel daily to protest peace talks.

    YNet News: Mortar lands near kindergarten; no injuries
    by Ahmulik Hadad 09.08.10

    Wave of attacks on south Israel continues as Gaza terrorists fire mortar shell half-hour before children arrive at kindergartens in Negev kibbutz….

    A mortar shell fired by Palestinian terrorists in north Gaza Wednesday morning exploded near a number of kindergartens in a kibbutz located in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. . There were no reports of injury, but slight damage was caused to one of the kindergartens.

    …,” she said…. The Color Red alert system does not warn residents of incoming mortars as it does when Qassams are fired. That’s the scary part. Qassams and mortars fall here on an almost daily basis.”

    ….”The mortar’s landing site is proof of why all the structures, including their walls, must be fortified urgently,” another kibbutz resident said.

    On Tuesday at around 2 am, the residents of Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council awoke to the sound of the Color Red siren. A Qassam rocket hit the area…

    The firing of rockets from Gaza increased following the launching of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.


  17. proreason says:


    Hotness endorses hotness.


    Viagra sales will fall off the cliff tonight.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Sarah’s on fire and really seperating herself from the rest of the pack even if the polls don’t show it. She was dead on in her analysis on the Koran Burning and struck the right tone as a real American leader and not a politician, while still not neglecting the big picture either by vehemently calling out the media for the double-standard and their clearly fanning the flames. O’Donnell was being thrown under the bus. Now with this endorsement and recent nationalization of the race, we can once and for all put the idea to the test that true ideological Conservatives (especially Palinistas) can’t win in the Northeast.

      I’m not unrealistically optimistic but anything is possible. The trend at this point is that everyone inside the beltway, even some mainstream Conservative outlets, truly don’t fully understand what’s simmering out there.

      Slightly more off-topic, I have to mention that Sean had an all around great show today too (after angering me to the point of ranting yesterday heh). Brigitte Gabriel (the woman straight up is a warrior) took on a friend of the Imam Rauf and annihilated her talking points to the point where they got a money clip of her ad libbing the same basic threat: (paraphrasing) smoke will turn to fire if the mosque isn’t built.

  18. BillK says:

    Don’t worry about whether the military will get rid of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” – the judiciary has kindly handled that for us.

    From Los Angeles’ KTLA Television:

    SoCal Judge Declares ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Unconstitutional

    RIVERSIDE– A federal judge declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of gay and lesbians.

    U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips granted a request Thursday for an injunction halting the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military.

    In the ruling, Phillips said the policy, which bans gays from the military, doesn’t preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued that it does. She said evidence pointed to the policy having a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.

    The U.S. Department of Justice, which defended “don’t ask, don’t tell” during a two-week trial in Riverside, will have an opportunity to appeal that decision.

    Government lawyers argued Phillips lacked the authority to issue a nationwide injunction and the issue should be decided by Congress.

    In May, The U.S. House voted to repeal the policy, and the Senate is expected to address the issue this summer. …


    What would we do without the judiciary to protect our “rights?”

    I love this:

    Phillips said the policy, which bans gays from the military, doesn’t preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued that it does. She said evidence pointed to the policy having a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.

    It’s nice to know Judge Phillips knows so much more than all those silly people wearing uniforms at the Pentagon.

    From now on, if you want to know anything about the United States military, Virginia Philips is your go-to person.

    • Coco Q. Rico says:

      It is going to be a truly difficult job for the military to implement this, it’s true.

      But I happen to be one of those people who had to keep my life secret for about 20 years, because I was either trying to get into the Army or already in and trying not to get kicked out. I’m a good Christian and served my country the best I could; I made tremendous sacrifices. I’m a good conservative too: self-reliant, a good father, a good husband despite the secrets I had to carry around for so long.

      Sometimes it just breaks down. I am sorry to be the outlier on this one, but this had to happen. The military officers were going to delay making the change indefinitely, for obvious reasons: It will be a hassle to reconfigure living arrangements and reshape the bureaucracy. Sometimes the military needs an outside nudge. Here it is.

      As a patriotic American who happens to think men are incredibly beautiful, I salute you all. It is my pleasure to serve in uniform.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      “It’s nice to know Judge Phillips knows so much more than all those silly people wearing uniforms at the Pentagon.”

      Why wouldn’t a rich, Orange County CA native who attended Berkeley and spent her entire life in the most gay-friendly military-hostile state in the nation know more than people who actually serve? But who are we to judge her extensive book learning and her astute moral compass, especially compared to actual real-world experience.

      I would also like to know her reasoning behind the fifth amendment violation since the 5th amendment clearly states that the military in times of war are not privy to constitutional protections (‘except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War’). But as always, the AP article ignores the important facts for the more catchy emotional side of the story.

  19. jobeth says:

    Did I hear was I think I heard?

    John Bolton said he is seriously thinking of running for president!

    He was on Greta tonight (FoxNews) and she questioned him about it. He said he was actually thinking about it.

    Man! I’ve been saying he would make a good prez for a long time now. He understands world politics better than anyone I know…And right now that is neck and neck with our economy in importance. Its hard to say which is in more dire need of fixing. Both are in such a mess.

    I trust that man. He’s no nonsense and sees a situation in reality. He wouldn’t be quilty of going along to get along. Or afraid of doing the tough thing.

    You wouldn’t have to worry about his ability to handle a problem. And for a change, he, unlike Obalmy loves and values this country.

    Oh please…run.

    • proreason says:

      Bolton has said two or three times now that he is thinking about it.

      I love him because he is unshakeable on TV and his gravitas is only matched by Darth Cheney. It would be a sight for the ages to see him debating Mr. Hopeychangey.

      He probably doesn’t have a bats chance in hell, but I hope he jumps in.

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