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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Before I'm accused of being part of a conspiracy of silence, let me state that I believe, whether you are the lowliest Deacon or the Pope himself, if you are accused you should answer, if you are guilty you should be punished.

That said, Catholic bashing for the sake of it or using this for Catholic bashing for the sake of it, to paint one billion people world wide as wicked and hiding something because of their religion does no one any good and will not bring us any closer to the truth of the matter nor help for the victims or punishment for the evil.

The Pope may or may not have known what was going on and I say he still needs to answer that. Jump to conclusions if you wish but does the CEO of every large multinational corporation know what every one of his accountants is doing? And does he get involved in that persons firing?

That's all I have to say. And if that's not good enough for you, tough.

Newsmax:

Pope Blasts Irish Bishops, Orders Vatican Probe
Saturday, 20 Mar 2010

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI rebuked Irish bishops Saturday for "grave errors of judgment" in handling clerical sex abuse and ordered a Vatican investigation into the Irish church to wipe out the scourge.

In a letter to the Irish faithful read across Europe amid a growing, multination abuse scandal, the pope did not mention any Vatican responsibility. And he doled out no specific punishments to bishops blamed by victims and Irish government-ordered investigations for having covered up years of abuse.

The letter directly addressed only Ireland but the Vatican said it could be read as applying to other countries. Hundreds of new allegations of abuse which have recently come to light across Europe, including in the pope's native Germany.

"You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry," Benedict said, addressing himself to the generations of Irish Catholics who suffered "sinful and criminal" abuse at the hands of priests, brothers and nuns.

"It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church," he said. "In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel."

Benedict used his harshest words for the abusers themselves, saying they had betrayed the trust of the faithful, brought shame on the church and now must answer before God and civil authorities.

"Conceal nothing," he exhorted them. "Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God's mercy."

Benedict faulted their superiors, the Irish bishops, for having failed "sometimes grievously" to apply the church's own law which calls for harsh punishments for child abusers, including defrocking them.

But he didn't rebuke them specifically for having failed to report cases of abuse to police, saying only that serious mistakes were made and that now they must "continue to cooperate with civil authorities."

"I recognize how difficult it was to grasp the extent and complexity of the problem, to obtain reliable information and to make the right decisions in the light of conflicting expert advice," Benedict wrote.

"Nevertheless, it must be admitted that grave errors of judgment were made and failures of leadership occurred. And this has seriously undermined your credibility and effectiveness."

While the letter doled out no punishment for the bishops, the pope did order a Vatican investigation into some diocese, seminaries and religious orders. Such a move is undertaken only when Rome considers a local church unable to deal with a problem on its own. The Vatican ordered such an "apostolic visitation" into U.S. seminaries after the U.S. clerical sex abuse scandal exploded in 2002.

The results of the Irish investigation could lead to further action.

In the letter, the pope said merely that while bishops committed errors in the past, the church's leadership had already begun to remedy past mistakes.

Victims have been demanding that bishops resign, and three Irish bishops have offered to step down. Benedict hasn't accepted the resignations.

Asked why there were no punitive provisions contained in the letter, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi noted that the letter was pastoral, not administrative or disciplinary in nature, and that any further measures concerning resignations would be taken by the competent Vatican offices.

Three Irish government-ordered investigations published from 2005 to 2009 have documented how thousands of Irish children suffered rape, molestation and other abuse by priests in their parishes and by nuns and brothers in boarding schools and orphanages. Irish bishops did not report a single case to police until 1996 after victims began to sue the church.

The reports have faulted Rome for sending confusing messages to the Irish church about norms to be followed and, in general, for what it called the absence of an incoherent set of canon laws and rules to apply in cases of abuse.

In particular, the so-called Murphy report faulted a 2001 letter penned by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger instructing bishops around the world to report all cases of abuse to his office and keep them under pontifical secret. Irish bishops, at the very least, have said the letter was widely misunderstood to mean they shouldn't report the cases to police.

Subsequently, reports emerged last week that while he was archbishop of Munich, Ratzinger approved therapy for a priest suspected of molesting boys. The priest was then transferred to a job where he later abused more children. He was convicted in a criminal trial. The archdiocese has said Ratzinger's then vicar general took full responsibility for the transfer.

Lombardi defended Benedict in his handling of the global abuse scandal and said anyone who knows the pontiff's background and history would know he has been a "witness for coherence and correctness" in confronting abuse and a "guide to overcome a past of silence."

The letter is "clearly also a message to us in Germany," Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German Bishops Conference, said in a statement response to the pope's letter.

"I am grateful for his words. We know that mistakes were made also here in Germany. We must not repeat these mistakes and we also need a thorough investigation and unlimited transparency in Germany. We are working on this in all of our dioceses. The sexual abuse scandal in Ireland is not just an Irish problem, it is the scandal of the church in many places, it is the scandal of the church in Germany."

Lombardi was peppered with questions about why the German-born pope didn't directly address the German scandal or take the opportunity of the letter to make a more sweeping commentary on the now-global dimensions of the scandal.

Lombardi acknowledged the other cases but said the Irish scandal was unique in its scope and in what the Vatican has already done, noting that the pontiff last month met with Ireland's bishops. But he said that obviously issues in the letter could be read to apply to other countries and individuals.

"You can't talk about the entire world every time," he said. "It risks becoming banal."

For those who would minimize the importance of the Irish letter, Lombardi said: "There has never been a letter like this."

As the reports have multiplied in recent weeks, many church authorities have noted that child sexual abuse is not unique to the Catholic Church, and they have defended the church's prevention strategies taken to combat it as effective.

But Benedict said it wasn't enough to argue that abuse is widespread in society at large. He said the Irish church must now address the problem that has occurred in the Irish Catholic community "and to do so with courage and determination."

"The church is taking its full responsibility," Lombardi said.

The seven-page letter was divided into sections directed at particular groups: the victims, their parents, their abusers, the bishops and the Irish faithful as a whole. Addressing himself first to the victims, Benedict said he understood that nothing he could say could undo their pain. He equated their wounds with those of Christ, and said he hoped that they find the courage to find faith.

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Jihadis: Modern-Day Nazis

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Palinazi

From Weasel Zippers:

Palestinians hold a sign depicting a swastika during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah March 19, 2010. Stone-throwing Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in several locations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank amid tensions over Israel's recently announced plan to build houses in East Jerusalem.
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Of Tom Hanks, the “Slaughter House,“ Polar Bears, and Bronx Cheers

Guest Commentary by Edward Cline:

The avalanche of news and pending developments has compelled me to take a “shotgun” approach to the issues.

The Sands of Iwo Jima, according to Tom Hanks

Actor/Producer Tom Hanks made some unconventional, controversial remarks about the Pacific campaign during World War II. He more or less claimed that the conflict between American and Japanese forces was motivated by racism, not by ideas. Let me rephrase that: It was more a matter of American racism than it was stopping Imperial Japan’s version of Nazi’s Germany’s Lebensraum, a policy that could just as well have included the annexation of the West Coast if the U.S. had not recovered from Pearl Harbor.
“Back in World War II,” he says, “we viewed the Japanese as ‘yellow, slant-eyed dogs’ that believed in different gods. They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?”
One really is at a loss to task Hanks on this matter. He is a fine actor and heir to the mantle of also gregarious actor Jimmy Stewart (who actually piloted bombers over Germany). One is reluctant to slap his face silly, saying, “Wake up and smell the history!” but instead put a encouraging hand on his shoulder and say, “Read a few more books, son, before you make a fool of yourself.” But he did speak the words, and must take the slapping.

True, the Japanese were out to kill us. Just as they were out to kill the Chinese, the Koreans, the Filipinos, the Burmese, the Indians and any Europeans who were unlucky enough to be in the way of the Japanese march to “co-prosperity” at the point of a gun. Aside from race, just how “different” was our “way of living” from the Japanese “way of living”? Even with its nascent welfare state, America was still a relatively free country. Shinto and emperor worship, allied with bushido-driven fascist militarism, governed Japan. Also, the hubris of racial superiority.

True, many American soldiers went to war as racists. Much of the war propaganda was themed on race. But while Japanese war and political policy was racially motivated, American war and political policy was not. Its policy was: Defeat the aggressor. There was no trace of “moral equivalence” in those days. Victor David Hanson noted in his fine article, “Is Tom Hanks Unhinged?”:
Despite Hanks’ efforts at moral equivalence in making the U.S. and Japan kindred in their hatreds, America was attacked first, and its democratic system was both antithetical to the Japan of 1941, and capable of continual moral evolution in a way impossible under Gen. Tojo and his cadre.
Was our military out to “annihilate” the Japanese? No, not as a race, not even as a culture. Just its rank-and-file soldiers, who were indoctrinated to fight to the death in the realm of physical force. They owed their lives to the emperor, to their ancestors, and to die was to honor them. For our forces, it was a matter of killing them, or being killed by them. The stories of the suicidal combat and behavior of the Japanese brought back by soldiers, seamen, and Marines who fought them are legion.

So, it makes one wonder what interpretation Hanks would put on the European campaign. Was that fought from racist motives? He would be hard put to make such an argument, unless he claimed that “we” just didn’t like their cuisine, beer-drinking habits, folk-dances, and guys in funny uniforms who shouted speeches a guttural language to mass rallies of true believers.

And, what did Hanks mean by “Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what’s going on today?” Frankly, no, it isn’t familiar with anything that’s going on today. It is difficult to construe any meaning in this statement, unless he was referring to Islam’s ongoing war against the West, or perhaps to Iraq and Afghanistan, or to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. He did not qualify or clarify his remark. Neither did he shed any light on his meaning during an interview. He didn’t back-pedal. He stuck to his original remark and said that “America overcoming racism is taking an awfully long time.” Really? America boasts a black president, blacks on the Supreme Court, blacks in Congress, senior officers in the military, intellectuals and writers of many races, doctors, scientists, Japanese and Indian financiers, innovators, CEO’s…have I left anyone out? Perhaps Muslims and Patagonians.

Bill Gates’ “Final Solution”

One would think that Bill Gates, preeminent apologizer for his success and wealth, would know better than to jump on the anthropogenic global-warming wagon and say foolish things. But, he believes in it. And not only does he believe in it, he has a solution. During this year’s “Technology, Entertainment, Design” (TED) conference, he discussed the absolute necessity of reducing CO2 emissions to zero percent. His talk omitted any reference to the Climategate scandal surrounding the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia (and, as accomplices, NASA, NOAA, and sundry battalions of government-funded climatologists the world over), whose computers were diddled with and rigged and arm-twisted to produce the right politically-correct data and scary models. In his talk, Gates seemed to be oblivious to the headlines about the data-dumping conspiracy, a strange thing for a man to be whose career was devoted to creating computer software.

Addressing methods to reduce carbon emissions to zero, he suggested that, “if we do a good job on new vaccines, healthcare, and reproductive health services we could lower that [carbon emissions] by 10-15%.”

Did he forget that everyone in the audience, and he himself, was exhaling CO2? As was everyone else on the planet? Including all the inhabitants of the sink-holes he’s pouring his wealth into? All right. We’ll cut him some slack here. We’ll assume that he actually meant cutting CO2 emissions to zero by setting aside the human race’s own emissions and not including them in his equations. Then what? If the zero point is to be maintained, it means that we will all just sit around twiddling our thumbs until we drop dead from starvation (growing food entails producing those greenhouse gases), freeze to death or collapse from heat stroke (from seasonal climate changes), or begin to murder and cannibalize each other until a population number acceptable to Gates and his worry-warts is reached. Call that number a “critical mass.”

But, no one need starve to death or endure a slow death at the hands of nature. Bill will help to reduce the population with new vaccines, healthcare, and reproductive health services -- all necessarily administered by the state, although he doesn’t allude to that. His chosen panel of experts will decide who is to reproduce, and who isn’t, who is to receive medical care (when available), and who isn‘t. And if you are not lucky enough to be deemed an asset to the state, would you be so kind as to drop dead? We really wouldn’t want to resort to force, when things could become ugly.

Bill Gates either means what he says -- or he should stop to think before speaking. But, he hasn’t clarified his remarks, either, so we must assume he means what he says.

Those “Deeming” Democrats, or, The “Slaughter” on East Capitol Street

Speaking of “deeming,” Nancy Pelosi has a solution to voting for the health care bill this week: Don’t vote for it! That is, forgo the whole roll call business in the House and just “deem” the bill passed. That is, not vote on the equally horrendous Senate version of the bill. Then send the House version without amendments to the White House for certain signature. An excellent way to bypass all those troublesome socialist health care "deniers."
The "Slaughter" here is House Rules Chairman Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who CongressDaily reported Wednesday is "prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill." She is reportedly considering putting forth a rule that would dictate that the Senate version of the bill is automatically passed through the chamber once the House passes a corrections bill making changes to it.
This is the same Louise Slaughter of “her dead sister’s false teeth” fame I mentioned in a previous post, when she participated in the bogus “bipartisan” conference of fading memory. But, rather than belabor the obvious evil of any health care bill, there is an aspect of this enervating sordidness that has been overlooked, or not completely grasped. You look at the grunge who are running and ruining this country -- from the White House to Congress and all the way down to the mail room staff at the IRS or FDA or any federal agency or department you care to name -- and you must ask yourself: What moves them? What are they counting on? I can do no better than include here a remark I made in an email to a friend on the character and behavior of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Just read your comments here, and it caused me to grasp the horrible motive behind especially Pelosi's actions, statements and arrogance: She can't help but realize that if her "beloved" health care passes -- without or without a vote, with a roll call or with just a "deeming" -- she will be voted out of office. I am certain that she doesn't care if the Democrats suffer a massacre in November, and that she is willing to sacrifice her own political career to get this bill passed.

She and Reid and Obama and Hoyer and the rest were willing to throw other Democrats under the bus. What can you say about someone who, driven by an obvious, naked malice for freedom and a demonstrable contempt for Americans and this country (remember her "Are you kidding?" reply to the reporter who asked if health care was enumerated in the Constitution?), is willing to help destroy this country, even if it means sacrificing herself? She has not only thrown some of her recalcitrant supporters under the bus, she herself has rolled under it.
There is the proof of the pudding -- the precise, unsweetened, undisguised character of altruism and self-sacrifice in action. She is the distaff James Taggart, a principal villain in Ayn Rand‘s Atlas Shrugged. She wants to hear America scream. She wants to laugh and say, “There! It’s law! Deal with it! You’re going to obey me even if it kills you!”

Would she care if she learned that tens of thousands of doctors and other medical professionals would quit if the bills passes? No. If millions of Americans engaged in mass civil disobedience and refused to cooperate with or submit to the law’s dictates? No. She will advocate the use of naked force. Obama would approve and give the order. After all, from the first day of his presidential campaign and throughout his administration, he has waged his own jihad against America. He, too, seeks submission. His friends the Islamists don’t have a monopoly on that end.

It’s time Americans woke up to that fact. It’s not just about health care. It’s about power. It’s about tyranny. It’s about destroying America.

Humpty Dumpty’s Crumbling Global-Warming Wall

Not surprisingly, the polar bears, the Amazon rain forests, the glaciers, the snail darters, woodpeckers of all sizes and colors, and spotted owls of yesteryear are doing just fine. They’re not disappearing, or melting, or perishing, or being driven to extinction. Gerald Warner in the London Daily Telegraph, however, focuses on just the polar bears and the rain forests in his unheralded article of March 16th, “Climategate: two more bricks fall out of the IPCC wall of deceit -- rainforests and polar bears.“ He writes, with some humor, after reporting on NASA‘s own findings that a slight decrease of rainfall over the Amazon rain forests did not turn Brazil into a vast Sahara desert:
So, the rainforest scare, like the Himalayan glaciers panic, is garbage. A further encouraging feature of this development is that genuine scientists are increasingly becoming emboldened to challenge the IPCC’s junk science: the Academy is beginning to reassert its integrity. AGW [anthropogenic global warming] without withered rainforests is Hamlet without the prince. It was one of those emotive claims much invoked by priggish children in the voice-overs of nanny-state “green” commercials, lecturing their elders on the stewardship of the planet.
And all of Al Gore’s disciples, soothsayers and king’s men can’t put it back up again.

In the meantime, Hollywood, or one of its suburban branches, insists on producing AGW scare movies. Rob Lyons in a Spiked Online article, “What’s wrong with exploiting nature?” delves into the latest non-block buster, “Dirty Oil,” about how awful it is that oil developers in Alberta, Canada, are despoiling the landscape and altering the bucolic lives of local inhabitants.
With greens constantly assuring us that the day of reckoning for ‘peak oil’ is just around the corner, being able to exploit Canada’s oil sands to increase the total world reserves of oil and provide energy security seems a pretty good deal. But Dirty Oil seems uninterested in the wider economic benefits of oil-sands production.
Practically my only reservation about Mr. Lyons’ article is that he innocently assumes that the “greens” are truly concerned about oil reserves and everyone‘s well-being. The “greens” would rather everything come to an oil-starved halt and everyone be so good as to take a powder.

Israel’s Bronx Cheer to Obama, Clinton, and Biden

Finally, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cocked a snook at President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vice-President Joe Biden by announcing the continuation of Israeli settlement building in East Jerusalem, and on the very day Biden was in Israel to talk him out of it.
It left US Vice-President Joe Biden humiliated as he had traveled to the region in the hope of announcing the restart of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Biden, a buffoon, will get over the humiliation. He has the resilience of a rubber mouse pad.

Obama and Company would rather not see that construction take place because it would upset the Palestinians. The stateless Palestinians, you see, seem to be a better “client state” and ally to the U.S. than is Israel. The Palestinians do not recognize Israel’s right to exist -- indeed, Israel is missing from the maps Palestinian school books -- while Israel is expected to recognize their right to swamp Israel with its stateless manqués and so destroy it. The land at issue is land Israel won during the 1967 war.

Why would Obama and company side with losers? What could they possible gain in their ostensive fantasy of seeing Palestinians mix and mingle peacefully with Israelis in some Hegelian thesis-antithesis apotheosis? Daniel Pipes offers some advice to Obama, Clinton, and other policymaking denizens of the White House:
It concerns not a life-and-death issue, such as the menace of Iran's nuclear buildup or Israel's right to defend itself from Hamas predations, but the triviality of the timing of a decision to build new housing units in Israel's capital city. Wiser heads will insist that White House amateurs end this tempest in a teapot and revert to normal relations.
That advice is premised on the assumption that Obama and Company care about Iran’s nuclear buildup and Israel’s right to defend itself against Iran and the stateless beggars of non-existent Palestine, armed as they are by Hamas and Hezbollah. It presumes that the White House’s amateurs value “normal relations” with Israel. It asks that Obama and his fellow amateurs appreciate that it is a matter of life-and-death for Israel.

But, in truth, Obama does not value Israel. He would rather see it compromise and negotiate itself out of existence. Just as he would rather see America submit to socialism.

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If We Are Unable to Bring the Full Weight of the Law to This, What Chance Do We Have With Islam?

Don't expect this to be a popular question, but asking it anyway.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/03/20/ireland.abuse.voices/index.html?htp=C1

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Obama's bet

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Why are these people who appear to be smart, and ought to be as endowed as we are with survival instincts jumping off a cliff?

Are they delusional about the polls, and the anger and real rage? I don't think so.

Why is Obama betting HIS ENTIRE POLITICAL FUTURE, and that of his movement on this GOOP MELANGE loser of a bill?

THINK....
Today we can't do away with Medicare.
Today we can't do away with Medicaid.
Today we can't even change social security to be a more survivable entity out of fears that a 'good thing' may be lost.

The American public is HOOKED on these programs once they get going.
Someone else besides the active consumer is the one who has to worry about paying up.

What % of people now pay no federal taxes? 40+, right?
What % of people will get GREATER benefits they don't pay for and will be added INCREMENTALLY to the democratic party's dependent roles?
What actions are being taken in immigration reform and who will these voters be beholden to?

Maybe this doesn't hit in 2010, or 2012, or even 2014 ... but that party, and those people are making the bet that EVENTUALLY those hooked on benefits, those TAKING and not PUTTING will be the dominant and permanent majority.

In 'self reliant' hard core 'old new england' Maine, it is ALL BLUE NOW, because without the feds paying it out a valley of tears will have to be crossed before the people can lift themselves up.

THAT is Obama's bet.
THAT is the democratic bet.
Maybe not today's payout, but human nature and takers, LOOTERS will be the majority, and a permanent dependent majority in this nation SOON.

Well within our lifetimes.

Anyone feel like defending that society?
That America?

Take a look in the mirror people. Within the span of our lifetimes, we, our views, our thoughts, our philosophies are going to be the 'Chomsky's' , the 'Zinn's', radical revolutionary thought.

If my surmise is correct, this place is in REAL TROUBLE, and our reasoning, will comprise a thin repository, of a vague remembrance of what this place WAS.

Obama and the dems will have bet human weakness and human nature against the fighting will to ACT, DO, ACHIEVE, ACCOMPLISH.

They will be saying, 'HEY, HAVE ANOTHER HIT of fresh California sunshine', what are you bothering with those demogogic, right wing fringe people for?
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American Pie


From AFP:

Jihad as American as apple pie, says US-born cleric

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Violent jihad, or Islamic holy war, is "becoming as American as apple pie," US-born fugitive cleric Anwar Al-Awlaqi said in an unauthenticated message released Friday.

"Western jihad is here to stay," warned Awlaqi as he commented on a blonde American who dubbed herself "JihadJane" and has pleaded not guilty to trying to recruit Islamist militants to murder a Swedish cartoonist.

"Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea," the US-Yemeni cleric said in an English-language message posted on militant forums and released by the US-based SITE monitoring agency.

Western attempts to stop the spread of violent jihad to people who do not fit the usual profile of a potential extremist have failed, he argued, amid a rash of home-grown terrorism cases in the United States.

"Eight years after 9/11 and the declaration of war against terrorism, jihad is still reaching the shores of Europe and America. Not from the outside, but from within. Jihad is not being imported but is being homegrown," read the message attributed to Awlaqi.

He also referred to Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and to Colleen LaRose, the 46-year-old Pennsylvania resident who dubbed herself "JihadJane."

"The US has spent billions to protect its airlines but they couldn't prevent Umar Farouk, and the West has been profiling until 'Jihad Jane' shattered whatever trust was left in the value of profiling," the message read.

"A blond, blue-eyed, small framed, middle-aged female. It couldn't get any further from your typical 'terrorist' profile."

Awlaqi has been cited as an influence on three of the hijackers in the September 11, 2001 attacks and exchanged emails with Major Nidal Hasan, the US army psychiatrist accused of opening fire on fellow soldiers at a Texas army base, killing 13 people in November.

The imam has also been linked to Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight with explosives in his underwear on December 25.

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A Video We Should Force BHO And This Congress To Watch

Think that it's in simple enough terms for them?



Mr. Beamish has some commentary here.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

What a Douchebag

Simon Cowell to Convert to Islam to Marry Girlfriend?

From Logan's Warning:

Here we go again, another ignorant Hollywood “star” might take the leap, and join the religion of lying, rape, and war. Cowell was born in the UK, so he must have some idea what is going on there with Islam. Maybe he will completely surrender, and get married in one of the UK’s Sharia Courts. If he converts, mark him up as a traitor to Western Civilization. Maybe he can judge American Idol by Islamic Law.

Simon Cowell to convert to Islam to marry girlfriend?
2010-03-17

Mezhgan Hussainy’s family wants music mogul Simon Cowell to convert to Islam before he marries her, says a report.

The ‘American Idol’ judge had proposed to Hussainy last week.

‘They’re very westernised, but no one in their family has ever married a non-Muslim – and they’re not willing for their youngest daughter to become the first,’ digitalspy.co.uk quoted a source as saying about Hussainy’s parents Mary and Sayed.

Hussainy’s sister-in-law Erlene Garcia was also asked to convert before marrying her brother Wahid.

According to Hussainy’s friend, ‘Mezhgan is very reluctant about asking Simon to convert…and she knows how controversial it will be.’

‘Simon might be a big deal in the UK, but there are other people in the Afghan community in Los Angeles who her parents will be more afraid of offending. It would bring shame on their family and community if Simon did not respect their beliefs,’ the friend added.

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Do the beliefs of non-Muslims ever count, how about she leaves Islam for him?

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Obama's Poll Numbers Worse Than The Outgoing Bush Numbers


Obama Jumps The Shark:

Actually, it's one point worse than President Bush's final job approval at the beginning of January 2009:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President.

The "deeply unpopular" President Bush's final "Strongly Disapprove" rating was 43%. Obama retains a slightly more devoted core than Bush (23% vs. 13%).

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The Chieftains & Tim O'Brien
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How being incompetent, hardened Leftist ideologue actually leads to war instead of peace...

Will Obama's Betrayal of Britain Cause a Second Falklands War?

While the lion's share of the attention over the last two weeks has been drawn by the Obama Administration's political campaign against Israel on behalf of Arab-Islamic terrorists, there are worrying developments arising out of the Falkland Islands, which threaten a repeat of the original Falklands War.

The latest wrangling over the Falkland Islands erupted as oil resources near the islands have once again made them a tempting target for Argentina. Yet last month, the Obama Administration could have easily averted the growing crisis by staking out a position on the side of England, America's formerly closest ally. A country whose help is needed in Afghanistan, and whose government could have used a boost after being repeatedly undermined by Obama. Instead the Obama Administration staked out a neutral position, which in the context of geopolitics was a statement that Britain was on its own.

While Obama could have easily put a stop to the escalating crisis by stating clearly that the United States was prepared to back England, just as England had backed the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq-- his declaration of neutrality emboldened left wing Latin American leaders like Hugo Chavez to jump into the fight on Argentina's side. In her meeting with left wing Argentinian President Christina Kirchner, Hillary Clinton could have quietly pressed her to back down. Instead Clinton endorsed a call for talks in order to resolve the status of the Falkland Islands. Which actually moved the United States away from supporting neutrality, and toward supporting the Argentinian position.

The entire matter may seem like a tempest in a teapot to many Americans, but it's actually quite important for a number of reasons.

Christina Kirchner or "Queen Christina" is another one of Chavez's puppets. Two years ago Franklin Duran was convicted of serving as an illegal agent for Chavez's government as part of an attempt to silence Guido Alejandro Antonini Wilson, who had tried to relay a suitcase with 800,000 dollars from Chavez to Kirchner's election campaign. The entire incident was heavily tied to the oil industries in Venezuela, Argentina and Chavez's own oil ambitions.

If Chavez and Kirchner can take the Falklands from England, there is a great deal of oil and power in it for them. Under the waters around the Falkland Islands there may be as much as 60 billion barrels of oil. That's almost as three times as much as the oil reserves of the United States. It's more than Libya and Qatar have put together. And it is over 80 percent as large as Venezuela's own hefty oil reserves.

And both Chavez and Kirchner need it. Argentina's debt has risen under Kirchner, and Chavez's hook into Argentina depended on his offer to refinance Argentina's debt on favorable terms. Chavez got access to Argentina and the corrupt Kirchners got an economic savior. But Argentina's economy continues to head downhill and Chavez's influence building is proving to be expensive. Forcing England out of the Falklands would bring him one step closer to a vision of a Latin American OPEC under his control. But losing Kirchner would be a fatal blow to his tenuous Latin American coalition.

And Kirchner has become wildly unpopular in Argentina. And it will take a good deal more than a suitcase with 800,000 dollars to save her. A second successful Falklands war however might do the trick. It might also backfire badly. And while Chavez hates America, he isn't a fool. Which means that if the Obama Administration had sent a clear signal that it would back the UK, the entire affair would have evaporated in a puff of angry rhetoric and fitful lawfare. But that is now less likely to happen than ever. And Obama and Hillary Clinton are to blame for it.

Chavez warned England, "Be sure that the Argentine homeland is not alone, because it is also our homeland." The British government in turn has warned that it will do whatever is necessary to protect the Falklands and dispatched the HMS Spectre, a nuclear powered submarine to the region, in order to protect its shipping and interests, and avert any thoughts of a second surprise Argentine invasion. But while the idea of an Argentinian-Venezuelan war with England might seem a non-starter the second time around, this time Argentina will not only enjoy Latin-American backing, but Russian backing as well.

The Russians have turned Chavez into the new Castro, and Venezuela into the new Cuba, pouring money into it, and helping Chavez buy influence and radicalize the region. Chavez's plans originate from Moscow, much as Nasser's once did. And Venezuelan agents like Franklin Duran, actually began their careers in bed with the Russians. If war does come, the invasion forces will not be flying old Mirages the way they were in the original Falklands War, but they will have top of the line Russian equipment.

In light of this, the Obama Administration's failure to checkmate Putin, Kirchner and Chavez veer on the downright treasonous. Because a Second Falklands War would not only cost the lives of British soldiers, but the lives of American soldiers as well. Whether a Second Falklands War takes place or does not take place, the UK will be forced to divert military resources to coping with the threat. Which means there will be a further strain on the British military, and its ability to offer any assistance in Afghanistan, at a time when a crucial campaign to break the Taliban is underway.

The loss of British support will further undermine our ability to win in Afghanistan. It may well cost American lives. Yet when Hillary Clinton met with Christina Kirchner, she didn't yell at her or berate her, as she did Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Instead she backed her call for negotiations and agreed to have the United States serve as an intermediary. Which was as good as selling England down the river. England naturally rejected the call for meditation, but the damage had already been done.

The Obama Administration has made it clear that despite the presence of thousands of Britons on the islands, they consider the status of the islands open to negotiation. The fact that the Chavez axis is fundamentally hostile to America and American interests and represents a Russian wedge in the hemisphere, means that the Obama Administration once again has sold out an ally at the expense of an enemy.

The Kirchner government celebrated Hillary Clinton's agreement to its proposal for negotiations. As it should. And to understand how grave Obama's betrayal of Britain was, just read their statements.

Héctor Timerman, the Argentine Ambassador to the US, said he had never seen “such substantial support” from Washington for his country’s claim. Mrs Clinton had not only offered to mediate but had also signalled that talks should be in line with existing UN resolutions, he insisted, referring to non-binding UN General Assembly resolutions from the 1970s that urge both sides to negotiate.

Ruperto Godoy, the official Argentine government spokesman on the islands, said the new pressure from Mrs Clinton was “very significant, very important” and would help Buenos Aires to force Britain to the negotiating table.

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While Nation is Distracted by Health Care, Obama Administration Quietly Restores Full Funding to ACORN

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Judging by Obama's approval ratings, he's going to need all the vote-rigging ACORN can muster in 2012.

Click on the title to get the whole story at Weasel Zippers.

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Brazil: Lula's new position towards Iran


Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil.
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Business Week:
When Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defends Iran’s right to a nuclear program and makes plans to visit Tehran in May, he is following the path of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The similarities only go so far.
Chavez, who has visited Iran eight times, is supporting the Islamic Republic and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because he views the Iranian leader as a fellow “gladiator of the anti- imperialist battle” against the U.S.
Lula’s motivation is less ideological than strategic, say analysts in Brazil and the U.S. His policy is aimed at converting Brazil’s economic muscle into global clout by pushing “south-south” trade and political ties with developing countries, they say. Iran’s 74 million consumers make it an attractive market, and Lula’s resistance to Iran sanctions helps safeguard Brazil’s civilian nuclear program from outside interference.
This is not a surprise coming from the same man who has actually supported Castro's "justice system" after the murder of opposition activist Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
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Maybe Canada Will Take It

Sometimes it's just easier to clear everything out and start over.

Everyone has a room in their house -- a cellar, attic, den, pantry, closet -- where the stuff just accumulates.

You've lived in the house for 10 or 15 or 20 years and it has always gravitated to this room. Some of it worthwhile like the Complete Works of P G Wodehouse. Some of it not, like Shakespeares Sonnets for Sleepless Souls.

Over the years you've tried to keep at it, keep some sort of order in the room. Tried to keep it neat and organized.

But, of course, between work and vacations and daughter's ballet recitals and music lessons and Little League and soccer and track meets and rugby matches it has often gotten away from you. And the things pile up until you're reaching over a table to get at the bookshelf. But you let it go because there are far more pressing matters to attend to and besides, no one besides you really sees the room and it's not hurting anyone as is.

Until they day you're reaching over the table for The Ginger Man and that damn book of Sonnets falls on your head.

It's then, amid the cussing and swearing, that you realize you can't just rearrange things anymore. You have to clear everything out and start over because you just can't fit another piece of shit in this room.

And so you strip the shelves bare, move everything to the floor (if you can find it) or another room. And you begin to put back only those things that are really necessary, worthwhile or mean something to you (like your wedding album the saving of which is as much self preservation as wanting to keep it because, c'mon, have you really looked at it in the last 15 years?).

Everything else? All that other shit? In the trash. Give it to the neighbors. Have a yard sale. Whatever.

And that's what's happening now, when Pastorius says Obama may be the best thing to happen to America.

Obama fell on our heads and now Americans have finally woken up and realized the soccer game is not as important as the preservation of The American Photo Album, which Uncle Barry thinks you should toss out.

It's time to empty the room. Save and preserve only that which is important, worthwhile and dear to us. They're saying it through the Tea Party movement and many other venues, actually starting to pay attention to what's going on.

They're saying it's time to empty everything out and start over. Stack it on the floor, figure out what to keep and what to trash.

Maybe Canada will want it. Or we could try to sell it to Mexico for 50 cents.

But we just can't fit another piece of shit in this room.

Don't forget The Gathering Storm radio show today at 3:00 eastern, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain Time, Noon on the West Coast. All others please consult your local world time zone map.

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Newsmax:

Massive State-Level Revolt Brewing Against Obamacare
Thursday, 18 Mar 2010
By: David A. Patten

Dozens of states are considering laws to legally ban the individual insurance mandate that lies at the heart of President Obama's proposed overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.

Many states have complained that ObamaCare infringes on states' rights under the U.S. Constitution, because it requires residents to purchase healthcare insurance.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), at least 36 state legislatures are now using the legislative process "to limit, alter, or oppose selected state or federal actions, including single-payer provisions and mandates that would require purchase of insurance."

Twenty-six states have proposed amendments to their state constitutions that would ban the individual mandate requirement. Thirteen other states are moving to block the individual mandate by altering state statutes rather than amending their state constitutions, the NCSL reports.

Many legal scholars assume federal law would automatically overrule any state-level legislation. But other scholars say that would not necessarily occur in the case of healthcare reform, because there is no precedent for regulating interstate commerce that isn't already taking place.

The whole basis of the individual mandate – the federal requirement in ObamaCare that all citizens either carry insurance or be subject to stiff tax penalties that would be administered by the Internal Revenue Service -- is that individuals aren't engaging in a transaction that the federal government seeks to require.

"If you can do that under the premise it has some ethereal impact on the economy, then at that point what would prevent the federal government from requiring any purchase?" asks Robert Alt, senior legal fellow and deputy director of the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Alt says requiring an insurance purchase goes far beyond the federal government's current role of regulating interstate commerce. Alt believes the individual mandate authority is such a broad directive that there is a good chance a legal challenge – which would actually come from the individual citizens affected rather than from the states themselves – would succeed.

"I think that case would be extraordinarily strong," Alt tells Newsmax, "again, because of the reach by Congress with regard to this mandate. We use the term unprecedented lightly in many cases. But in this case, it truly is. You cannot point to a single precedent that would be this bold and far-reaching."
If Alt is right, it means that even as congressional Republicans battle against Democrats' over the proposed overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, yet another engagement is waiting for Democrats at the state level.

Under current healthcare reform proposals, according to Republicans, the IRS would be given authority to conduct audits to verify that citizens obtain adequate health insurance.

Two states, Idaho and the commonwealth of Virginia, have already enacted legislation to thwart ObamaCare. "In general the measures seek to make or keep health insurance optional, and allow people to purchase any type of coverage they may choose," the NCSL Web site states.

The new Virginia law states: "No resident of this Commonwealth, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through his employer, or a plan sponsored by the Commonwealth or the federal government, shall be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual insurance coverage. No provision of this title shall render a resident of this Commonwealth liable for any penalty, assessment, fee, or fine as a result of his failure to procure or obtain health insurance coverage."

Such language obviously sets up a constitutional confrontation with the federal government, should the ObamaCare plan squeak through Congress and be signed into law by the president.

The Idaho law, similarly, protects the individual's right to choose whether they want insurance coverage. It also directs the state's attorney general to sue the federal government if it enacts legislation requiring Idaho residents to purchase healthcare insurance.

Two other states, Utah and Arizona, have also passed the legislation.
The measure in Utah is awaiting the governor's signature. It would prohibit any agency of the state from implementing any part of federal health care reform without the state legislature "specifically authorizing the state's compliance or participation in, federal health care reform," according to the NCSL.

The Arizona measure orders that "no law or rule shall compel any person or employer to participate in any health care system." It has passed both houses of the Arizona legislature, but cannot become law until citizens approve it. It will be on the ballot in the November 2010 elections.

Many states do not allow a constitutional amendment to appear on the ballot until the legislature approves the measure two years consecutively. Those states might have to wait until 2012 to enact a mandate prohibition.

According to the bipartisan NCSL association, as of March the states filing formal resolutions or bills include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Alt says that states mulling anti-mandate legislation are sending a strong message to their Democratic representatives "that their constituents back home may not be on board with this measure."

One powerful force now pushing states to adopt anti-mandate provisions: the nascent tea party movement.

"We're 100 percent behind it and promoting it and pushing our state representatives to pass laws to protect our rights," Everett Wilkinson, a member of the national leadership council of Tea Party Patriots, tells Newsmax.

"All rights not enumerated in the Constitution are reserved to the people and to the states," he says. "So we are saying healthcare is not defined as a right in the Constitution.

"We can decide on a state-by-state basis whether we want to abide by [a mandate] or not, because it's a state's rights issue," he says. "It's not a federal rights issue, because it's not enumerated in the federal Constitution."

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Obamacare Grants IRS Perilous Power, GOP Says
Thursday, 18 Mar 2010

The Internal Revenue Service would gain sweeping new powers under President Obama's healthcare reform proposals, in what Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are calling a "dangerous expansion" of IRS powers.

That's according to a nine-page Republican report from the Committee on Ways and Means on Thursday. It's titled "The Wrong Prescription" Democrats' Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority."

Among the new powers the IRS would assume, the report says: The authority to confiscate tax refunds, to impose fines of over $2,200 per taxpayer, and to verify whether taxpayers' health insurance coverage is "acceptable."

One measure of the scope of the IRS' new responsibilities under the healthcare overhaul: The agency might have to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents, and other employees in order to administer the program, according to Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., the ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

"It is a very dangerous expansion of the IRS' power and reach into the lives of virtually every American," Camp said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

The Ways and Means report portrays healthcare reform as having a wide-ranging impact on how the IRS operates, including:

IRS agents would be tasked with determining whether Americans had obtained the insurance coverage required under the individual mandate.
Individuals could be fined $2,250 or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater, if you are unable to prove you have "minimum essential coverage."
The IRS would be empowered to confiscate tax refunds if necessary.
Audits probably would increase as a result of the legislation's new requirements.
The budget for IRS operations will balloon by $10 in the next decade in order to administrate the new program.
Nearly half of the new individual mandate taxes will be paid "by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty, $66150 for a family of four.
A statement that Democrats are sure to dispute, the report, which Camp and fellow GOP Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana prepared, says healthcare reform would "fundamentally alter the relationship between the IRS and taxpayers."

Essentially, the Republicans state, the reform bill makes the IRS responsible for "tracking the monthly health insurance status of roughly 300 million Americans."

They express the concern that reform would alter the IRS' traditional mission of collecting revenue, and adding a social-program delivery function to its portfolio.

"This is an unprecedented new role for the IRS — one that will inject the IRS even further into the lives of American families," the report warns.

Ironically, two groups of residents would be declared exempt from IRS enforcement measures, according to the Republicans: One is illegal immigrants who aren't supposed to be included in the insurance exchanges in the first place. The other consists of people who are incarcerated.

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Krauthammer: Why Does Obama Want an Israel Crisis?

Human Events:

Why Does Obama Want an Israel Crisis?
by Charles Krauthammer

03/19/2010

Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

And a gaffe it was: the announcement by a bureaucrat in the Interior Ministry of a housing expansion in a Jewish neighborhood in north Jerusalem. The timing could not have been worse: Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, Jerusalem is a touchy subject, and you don’t bring up touchy subjects that might embarrass an honored guest.

But it was no more than a gaffe. It was certainly not a policy change, let alone a betrayal. The neighborhood is in Jerusalem, and the 2009 Netanyahu-Obama agreement was for a 10-month freeze on West Bank settlements excluding Jerusalem.

Nor was the offense intentional. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not know about this move -- step four in a seven-step approval process for construction that, at best, will not even start for two to three years.

Nonetheless the prime minister is responsible. He apologized to Biden for the embarrassment. When Biden left Israel on March 11, the apology appeared accepted and the issue resolved.

The next day, however, the administration went nuclear. After discussing with the president specific language she would use, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Netanyahu to deliver a hostile and highly aggressive 45-minute message that the Biden incident had created an unprecedented crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations.

Clinton's spokesman then publicly announced that Israel was now required to show in word and in deed its seriousness about peace.

Israel? Israelis have been looking for peace -- literally dying for peace -- since 1947, when they accepted the U.N. partition of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state. (The Arabs refused and declared war. They lost.)

Israel made peace offers in 1967, 1978 and in the 1993 Oslo peace accords that Yasser Arafat tore up seven years later to launch a terror war that killed a thousand Israelis. Why, Clinton's own husband testifies to the remarkably courageous and visionary peace offer made in his presence by Ehud Barak (now Netanyahu's defense minister) at the 2000 Camp David talks. Arafat rejected it. In 2008, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered equally generous terms to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Refused again.

In these long and bloody 63 years, the Palestinians have not once accepted an Israeli offer of permanent peace, or ever countered with anything short of terms that would destroy Israel. They insist instead on a "peace process" -- now in its 17th post-Oslo year and still offering no credible Palestinian pledge of ultimate coexistence with a Jewish state -- the point of which is to extract pre-emptive Israeli concessions, such as a ban on Jewish construction in parts of Jerusalem conquered by Jordan in 1948, before negotiations for a real peace have even begun.

Under Obama, Netanyahu agreed to commit his center-right coalition to acceptance of a Palestinian state; took down dozens of anti-terror roadblocks and checkpoints to ease life for the Palestinians; assisted West Bank economic development to the point where its GDP is growing at an astounding 7 percent a year; and agreed to the West Bank construction moratorium, a concession that Secretary Clinton herself called "unprecedented."

What reciprocal gesture, let alone concession, has Abbas made during the Obama presidency? Not one.

Indeed, long before the Biden incident, Abbas refused even to resume direct negotiations with Israel. That’s why the Obama administration has to resort to “proximity talks” -- a procedure that sets us back 35 years to before Anwar Sadat’s groundbreaking visit to Jerusalem.

And Clinton demands that Israel show its seriousness about peace?

Now that's an insult.

So why this astonishing one-sidedness? Because Obama likes appeasing enemies while beating up on allies -- therefore Israel shouldn't take it personally (according to Robert Kagan)? Because Obama wants to bring down the current Israeli coalition government (according to Jeffrey Goldberg)?

Or is it because Obama fancies himself the historic redeemer whose irresistible charisma will heal the breach between Christianity and Islam or, if you will, between the post-imperial West and the Muslim world -- and has little patience for this pesky Jewish state that brazenly insists on its right to exist, and even more brazenly on permitting Jews to live in its own ancient, historical and now present capital?

Who knows? Perhaps we should ask those Obama acolytes who assured the 63 percent of Americans who support Israel – at least 97 percent of those supporters, mind you, are non-Jews -- about candidate Obama's abiding commitment to Israel.

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And what do the people in Israel think? ..check out THESE polls

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Haaretz:

Some 27 percent of Israelis believe that U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Semitic, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted this week. Anpther 56 percent questions said they don't believe politicians who call Obama anti-Semitic or hostile to Israel, or who say he is "striving to topple Netanyahu." On the whole, Obama's popularity may be declining in American public opinion, but a sweeping majority of Israelis think his treatment of this country is friendly and fair. Advertisement The poll, which was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday and supervised by Professor Camil Fuchs, comes after reports of a crisis in diplomatic relations due to Israel's announcement during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that it will build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem.


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Some 27 percent of Israelis believe that U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Semitic, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted this week.

Anpther 56 percent questions said they don't believe politicians who call Obama anti-Semitic or hostile to Israel, or who say he is "striving to topple Netanyahu."

On the whole, Obama's popularity may be declining in American public opinion, but a sweeping majority of Israelis think his treatment of this country is friendly and fair.


The Poll itself:

Do you support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to continue construction in Jerusalem ?
Yes, 62% No 26%

Do you think that Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision will lead to more or less pressure from the United States ?
More 61%, less 9%, same 21%

Do you think that President Obama is:
pro-Arab 42%, pro-Israel 9% or neutral 34%

Some claim that if Israel were to withdraw to the '67 lines - including leave the Golan - it would enjoy peace for generations since the Arabs would no longer have any claims against Israel. Do you think that this is a naive
or simplistic view or a reasonable and correct assessment?
Naive and simplistic 82% Reasonable and correct 8%

The idea that Obama is antisemitic?

  • Jeremiah Wright (20 years in a pew for Obama)
  • Samantha Power appointed after she urged US forces be sent to invade Israel and protect the west bank
  • Genl Merrill McPeak appointed after claiming the reason there is no peace in the middle east because of 'certain groups' in NY and Miami
  • Praising those who support Buchanan's ideas as valuable teachers and mentors (Zbig)
The idea that he is not?

  • Axelrod
  • Emanuel
But of course, to those two we can say ...Finkelstein, Chomsky, Judt, Zinn

It is hard to accept the idea that behind what Obama does is some sick ignorant inner compulsion. But that it can be questioned OBJECTIVELY by his appointments and friends in a disturbance in the FORCE.


Personally, I think his running to quell disquiet by 'allies' who keep telling him if Netanyahu gets in a pic with Abbas shaking hands over a peace of paper in front of the White House, the world will be Happy Madison's HAPPY PLACE is behind his behavior, but in the end that amounts to the same thing, since it is all a delusion. I also think he HE believes Israel is not a solution to problem in the world, but THE BIGGEST problem in the world.


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The essence of the Dangerfield Admin:Everyone will 'affront' and 'insult' you

RodneyDangerfield_no_respect.jpgbecause EVERYONE recognizes that what you wish to see as your 'even handedness' is really MORAL COWARDICE.


  1. Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, promised on Thursday that Moscow would help Iran complete a civil nuclear power station by this summer, drawing criticism from Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state.

    His remarks highlighted the continuing differences between the two powers over how to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions. Mrs Clinton was visiting Moscow on a trip partly designed to increase the pressure on Tehran by showing America's unity with Russia.

  2. The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.

  3. Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition -- the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.

  4. Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance.

    Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states.

  5. A spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) said this afternoon that Virginia will file suit against the federal government if the Democratic health care reform bill is approved by the U.S. Congress.

    Cuccinelli has long said he was examining the legal issues and suggested he would likely file suit. Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for the office, said this afternoon that a lawsuit is now a definite.

  6. China's ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, says China believes the door of diplomacy is still open on finding a compromise over Iran's nuclear program.

    And he says it's still not the time to talk about sanctions against Iran.

  7. Xinhua News - BEIJING, March 19 -- America's rocky relationship with China is much like that of an abusive spouse. When times are good, warm feelings abound. But at slightest sign of trouble, America vents its frustrations on China like a husband who just lost his job, so he comes home to beat his wife.

  8. March 12 - In recent statements, Saudi officials repeated the official position approved by the follow-up committee, and stressed that Israel and the U.S. were being given a last chance. Saudi Foreign Minister Sa'ud Al-Faisal told the Saudi daily Al-Madina: "The foreign ministers in the committee have decided to give one last opportunity to the two sides, [namely] to the Americans, who are sponsoring the peace process, and to the Israelis. [This opportunity] will last four months, in an attempt to push the peace process forward. At the end of this period, if there is no progress in the peace process, and if Israel ignores the... the Arab peace initiative - which has been endorsed by all the Arab countries as a suitable basis for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict - then the Arabs will adopt a suitable position."

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Hey! Pastorius! Here's one for you!


Gillian Welch
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Obama; The Best Thing Ever To Happen To America

I've been predicting since before Obama was elected that his Presidency would, ultimately, be a good thing for America, because his policy would be so far outside the American tradition that it would force a national debate on the subject of what America is all about.

We have seen this happen.

And yet, people have continued to predict nothing but doom and gloom while I have predicted nothing but eventual triumph.

Here's a writer who agrees with me:

Barack Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in the last 100 years. Truly, he is the savior of America 's future. He is the best thing ever.

Despite the fact that he has some of the lowest approval ratings among recent presidents, history will see Barack Obama as the source of America 's resurrection. Barack Obama has plunged the country into levels of debt that we could not have previously imagined; his efforts to nationalize health care have been met with fierce resistance nationwide; TARP bailouts and stimulus spending have shown little positive effect on the national economy; unemployment is unacceptably high and looks to remain that way for most of a decade; legacy entitlement programs have ballooned to unsustainable levels, and there is a seething anger in the populace. That's why Barack Obama is such a good thing for America.

Obama is the symbol of a creeping liberalism that has infected our society like a cancer for the last 100 years. Just as Hitler is the face of fascism, Obama will go down in history as the face of unchecked liberalism. The cancer metastasized to the point where it could no longer be ignored.

Average Americans who have quietly gone about their lives, earning a paycheck, contributing to their favorite charities, going to high school football games on Friday night, spending their weekends at the beach or on hunting trips — they've gotten off the fence. They've woken up. There is a level of political activism in this country that we haven't seen since the American Revolution, and Barack Obama has been the catalyst that has sparked a restructuring of the American political and social consciousness.

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Animals



I'm mad...And that's a fact
I found out...Animals don't help
Animal think...They're pretty smart
Shit on the ground...See in the dark.

They wander around like a crazy dog
Make a mistake in the parking lot
Always bumping into things
Always let you down down down down.

They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them
They're never there when you need them
The never come when you call them down down down down.

I know the animals...Are laughing at us
They don't even know...What a joke is
I won't follow...Animal's advice
I don't care...If they're laughing at us.

They're never there when you need them
They never come when you call them
They're never there when you need them
The never come when you call them down down down down.

They say they don't need money
They're living on nuts and berries
They say animals don't worry
You know animals are hairy?
They think they know what's best
They're making a fool of us
They ought to be more careful
They're setting a bad example
They have untroubled lives
They think everything's nice
They like to laugh at people
They're setting a bad example
(Go ahead) Laugh at me.
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The Corrs
Joy of Life/Trout in the Bath

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Great Days In the History Of The Obama Presidency

Obama endorses immigration blueprint...

Won't Rule Out Using 'Slaughter' on Immigration Or Other Bills...



ANOTHER SLAP: Russia agrees to help Tehran build plant, as Clinton visits Moscow...

Russia to drill for oil in Gulf of Mexico...


BIGGER, BOLDER, LARGER...
OBAMA SCRAPS TRIP
*Cancellation raises questions about global agenda...
Top Blue Dog: Slaughter solution is 'poison'...
Dems Touting 'Unofficial' CBO Score...
*'This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a review of the language of the reconciliation proposal'...
Pelosi floor whip 'NO' on health vote; Says procedural move will hurt Congress...
ON THE CROSS: Stupak says it's been 'a living hell'...
Limited Vote Raises Constitutional Questions...
Dem Congressman: 'If You Don't Tie Our Hands, We Will Keep Stealing'...

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Inside story of terror on Flight 253

Northwest Airlines Flight 253 sits on a Metro Airport runway after  the attempted attack on Dec. 25. (J.P. Karas Associated Press)

Northwest Airlines Flight 253 sits on a Metro Airport runway after the attempted attack on Dec. 25. (J.P. Karas Associated Press)

Passengers on Detroit-bound jet recount failed attack that changed their lives

Ron French / The Detroit News

After the screams died down and the smoke dissipated, the passenger cabin of Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day was eerily quiet. An Indian woman stared out the window at the fast-approaching subdivisions and freeways surrounding Detroit Metro Airport. A businessman frantically texted on his BlackBerry. A scared mother clutched her children.

The Keepman family held hands and sang "Jesus Loves Me." Roey Rosenblith hummed the Sh'ma and braced himself for what he feared was an upcoming crash.

In Row 1, Melinda Dennis focused on the bare foot of a silent young man across the aisle, the foot flexing up and down slowly as the jet dove toward a runway. Underwear bunched up around the man's ankles, rising and falling with the methodical movement of his foot. A gray blanket covered most of the man's naked legs and groin, but left exposed white and black patches of burned flesh on the side facing Dennis.

Flight attendant Dionne Ransom-Monroe leaned over the half-naked man.

"What did you have in your pants?" she asked.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab whispered something. The flight attendant leaned closer and asked again.

"What did you have in your pants?"

"Explosive device," he said louder, his right foot flexing up and down, up and down.

In a series of interviews with The Detroit News, passengers from four continents described details of the attempted terrorist attack never before released to the public. Many never saw what happened, and most didn't realize until hours later that they had shared their Christmas Day flight with a terrorist bent on bringing down the airplane.

EARLY FEARS

At 6:30 Christmas morning, the seating area at Gate E-7 of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was bursting at the seams with tired, impatient travelers waiting to board an Airbus A330 for a flight to Detroit.

Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus jostled elbow-to-elbow in a room built to seat about half of the 278 passengers booked on Northwest Flight 253. Lines formed in the small bathrooms. Most stood or squatted against walls.

There were Americans coming home from dream vacations, Europeans visiting sweethearts in the states and natives of India returning to their adopted homes in the United States and Canada. Two families were bringing newly adopted children home to the United States from Ethiopia.

Many passengers had already flown for hours to arrive in Amsterdam to catch the connection to the United States.

Roey Rosenblith had flown all night from Nairobi, Kenya, and, preparing to board an eight-hour flight, he was annoyed that no restaurants were open to grab breakfast. The St. Louis native, heading home to see his family, had lived in Uganda since June. There, he operated a startup business selling inexpensive solar-powered electrical sources to villagers with no access to the power grid. After six months in rural Africa, the 27-year-old felt out of place in a shiny airport, in a blizzard, surrounded by "so many white people."

Rosenblith made small talk with Laura Vincent, a 24-year-old public housing authority employee from Chester-le-Street, England, who'd spent the night in the airport to catch the flight. Vincent was meeting her family in Orlando, Fla., for a vacation. She was nervous because it was the first time she'd flown on an airplane alone. Rosenblith told her not to worry.

Vincent and numerous other passengers were on the flight because of snow cancellations of previous flights. The Lammerts family from the Netherlands had been trying to get to America for five days, but kept getting bumped because of weather and ticket mix-ups. Though passengers could barely see across the tarmac through another snowstorm, the Dec. 25 flight was scheduled to leave on time at 8:30 a.m. The Lammerts were relieved, knowing they'd be able to celebrate Christmas with relatives in the Detroit suburb of Beverly Hills.

The Lammerts sat on the floor in front of the boarding gate as the Keepman family from Oconomowoc, Wis., rushed down the terminal with two wide-eyed children in tow. Scotti Keepman, 51, and her husband, Charles Keepman, 43, were coming home from two weeks in Ethiopia, where they had adopted an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. The day marked the first airplane trip for both children, and they looked around the airport in wonder.

The security checkpoints for the gate, adjacent to the waiting area, were chaotic and overcrowded, as airport workers rushed to clear passengers for the flight. The Keepman family was pushed through metal detectors without taking off their shoes or baggy coats, Scotti Keepman recalls. She had forgotten to discard a large bottle of water before reaching security, but the bottle went through unnoticed. Charles Keepman rolled his eyes at what the couple considered lax security.

"I had a very uncomfortable feeling about this flight," Scotti Keepman recalled later. "It was too chaotic, with people from all over the world and sloppy airline security."

She asked her 24-year-old daughter, Richelle, who'd accompanied them on the trip, to say a prayer for their safety.

"What's wrong with you?" Richelle asked.

"Everything about this flight gives me the willies," her mother said.

On the outside of the security checkpoints of Gate E-7, in a less-crowded waiting area, a diminutive 23-year-old Nigerian leaned against a wall next to a restroom. One hand was on his hip, and the other hand rubbed his forehead. Abdulmutallab would later tell his seatmate on the airplane that his stomach hurt from eating bad airport food.

He'd paid $2,831 for a round-trip ticket in Accra, Ghana, on Dec. 16 for a Dec. 25 flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Amsterdam, then on to Detroit. Originally, he'd purchased a ticket that would return him Jan. 8 to Accra; later the same day, though, he'd returned to the airline office and changed his return destination to Lagos.

Abdulmutallab paid cash for the ticket, a common practice in many African countries.

At 10:30 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, Abdulmutallab boarded a flight in Lagos that landed in Amsterdam at 5 a.m., three and a half hours before the flight to Detroit was to take off.

When boarding began at 6:51 a.m., Abdulmutallab still hadn't gone through security at the gate.

One other passenger was waiting until the last minute to board. Shama Chopra was sick, too. The Montreal resident, 54, had contracted food poisoning before leaving India, where she had visited relatives and worked at a New Delhi religious charity.

She sat across the waiting area from Abdulmutallab, watching the young man. To Chopra, the Nigerian didn't seem sick -- he seemed nervous.

ROUGH START

Herded onboard over the course of an hour, passengers maneuvered carry-on luggage into packed overhead compartments. Groans went up through the cabin as the pilot informed travelers that takeoff would be delayed 25 minutes as the jet's wings were de-iced.

Vincent, whose trip to Orlando had already been delayed by 24 hours, shrugged in resignation. "Well," she said to her seatmate in Row 16, "it can't get any worse than this."

Richard Griffith settled in for a nap in Row 36 in the back section of the plane. A bad Michigan economy had pushed the Gulf War veteran back to Iraq, this time as a civilian contractor. In recent months, the 41-year-old electrician had helped close a regional embassy in Al-Hillah, about two hours south of Baghdad. Several times a week, insurgents fired mortars into the encampment. First, there was a shrill whistle as the rocket flew toward the camp, and then a dull thud as it hit. He always hoped to hear the thuds before he went to bed, so he could sleep better, knowing he was safe for the rest of the night.

He considered his work to be a calculated risk to pay off bills at home. Taking his seat on Flight 253, Griffith was glad to be away from explosions for awhile.

Most passengers were seated when Abdulmutallab entered the airplane. He paused at Row 19, in the middle of the passenger cabin directly over the left wing. Jay Howard rose to let him reach the window seat.

Howard, a 23-year-old Calvin College student from Grand Rapids, coming home from a semester studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary, recalls his seatmate being polite but quiet through most of the trip. Abdulmutallab turned down offers of a meal (deli meat and pizza) and snacks, saying he had an upset stomach.

Many passengers slept through much of the routine flight. Others watched movies on screens built into the seats in front of them.

Abdulmutallab listened to music channels available on the jet's media service and stared at a map on the TV screen, silently tracking the plane's progress as it streaked toward Detroit.

A LOUD NOISE

Flight 253 glided across the skies above Ontario as the long, dull trip from Amsterdam entered its last hour. Laura Vincent, trying to rouse from a long nap, clicked on a movie. Melinda Dennis read a book. Alain Ghonda, who had cut a business trip to Ghana short so he could make it back to Maryland for his son's fifth birthday, bought a model airplane for his son and perfume for his daughter from an in-flight gift selection.

Abdulmutallab inched past Howard into the aisle. Linda Lammerts, sitting one row behind Abdulmutallab, saw him open the overhead compartment and rummage in a carry-on. Abdulmutallab clicked the compartment shut and carried a small bag to a bathroom in the front of the airplane.

The young man emerged from the bathroom after about 20 minutes. As he climbed past his seatmate, Lammerts picked up a strong odor. The man had doused himself in cologne while in the toilet.

How cute, she thought. She guessed the young man was meeting his girlfriend at the Detroit airport, and he wanted to smell good. But he had really overdone it.

Abdulmutallab climbed into his seat and pulled a blanket up to his chin.

Soon afterward, the Airbus A330 tilted forward as Flight 253 began its descent toward Detroit. Over the intercom, the pilot said there were 30 minutes until landing, and asked passengers to put up their tray tables and put their seats back in their upright positions.

At 11:38 a.m. Detroit time, Flight 253 passed into U.S. territory from Canada, heading toward Detroit from the northeast. Vincent, sitting three rows in front of Abdulmutallab, was happy to note the movie "Public Enemies" would finish before the plane landed.

The movie was reaching its violent climax when Vincent heard a noise loud enough to drown out the voice of Johnny Depp in her earphones.

It was 11:44 a.m., and the Airbus A330 was estimated to be about two miles over Grosse Pointe or east Detroit.

'FIRE! FIRE!'

Passengers throughout the midsection of the airplane stood up to investigate a noise some described as a popped balloon, others as a firecracker. A flight attendant, unable to locate the source, asked passengers to sit down and buckle up because the airplane was traveling through turbulence.

Howard could tell the noise was close. He asked his seatmate if he smelled smoke, but Abdulmutallab said nothing. The Nigerian still had the blanket pulled up to his chin, but something was different. Small wisps of smoke wafted from below the blanket.

Howard lifted the blanket, and a billow of smoke rose toward the ceiling and spread across nearby rows.

Abdulmutallab's hands were inside the front of his pants. Abdulmutallab pulled them out. Both hands were on fire.

Howard jumped into the aisle.

"Everyone freaked out," Howard said. "There was chaos."

Across the plane, Ghonda saw the smoke and shouted, "Fire! Fire!"

Thirteen-year-old Marijn Lammerts jumped up from her seat directly behind Abdulmutallab. Screaming, she scrambled to the aisle and climbed into the lap of her father, sitting one row behind.

Linda Lammerts, also sitting in the row behind the fire, ran toward a male flight attendant. Not knowing the English words for fire extinguisher, the Dutch native yelled "Foam! Foam!"Passengers seated near the fire bounded down the aisle to get away, while flight attendants dashed toward Row 19, creating a traffic jam.

On the other side of the wide-body plane in Row 18, Dutch video producer Jasper Schuringa jumped across the middle-row seats, bumping passengers out of the way to get to Abdulmutallab.

Schuringa snatched a flaming syringe out of Abdulmutallab's hands. Flames spreading to his own hands, Schuringa shook the syringe and threw it to the floor.

Ghonda and other passengers threw blankets and pillows across the cabin toward Row 19; other passengers passed bottles of water over the rows to pour on Abdulmutallab, who appeared to some to be in shock.

One man tried to pat out the flames with his leather hat, later complaining that his favorite headpiece was charred; a flight attendant handed a fire extinguisher to a business-class passenger, who shoved his way through the aisle to spray the Nigerian.

CHAOS SWIRLS

Amid the smoke and confusion, passengers weren't sure what had happened. The Lammerts family, occupying the two rows directly behind Abdulmutallab, thought the young man had lit a firecracker in a misguided attempt to celebrate Christmas. (After landing, the pilot told passengers the fire was caused by firecrackers.)

In the back section of the plane in Row 36, Richard Griffith figured someone was having a medical emergency; in the front section in Row 1, Melinda Dennis guessed there was an electrical fire.

Passengers didn't have to see the flames to be frightened. When a flight attendant ran past Row 40 muttering "Oh, my God! "Oh, my God!" Scotti Keepman flashed back to the waiting room at gate E-7 in Amsterdam, where she "had the willies" about the flight. Her family had just adopted two Ethiopian children to give them a better life in America, and now they could die before that life started.

Determined not to let them die frightened, Keepman tickled and poked 8-year-old Ytbarek and 6-year-old Arsema, telling the children who had never been on an airplane before that day that the running and screaming was a game the flight attendants played with passengers. The family held hands and sang the one English-language song the children knew, "Jesus Loves Me."

Rosenblith had watched "Up" and "Inglourious Basterds," and was rounding out the trip with "Land of the Lost" when he heard muffled cries of "fire."

This is how his life would end, Rosenblith thought, in coach class watching a Will Ferrell movie.

EERIE SILENCE

Something was strange about the way Abdulmutallab was acting. The young man was on fire, yet he stayed in his seat, motionless, not screaming or attempting to put out the flames. This was no accident, Schuringa thought, he'd tell media later. This man was trying to blow up the airplane.

Schuringa pulled Abdulmutallab's pants down to his ankles, looking for more bombs, then yanked the badly burned Nigerian out of his seat and shoved him to the aisle floor. One male passenger tried to attack the prone would-be terrorist, but was restrained by another man.

Three minutes after the loud pop, the flames were doused and Abdulmutallab was dragged to business class by Schuringa, the business class passenger and a male flight attendant. The Nigerian didn't speak or resist. "He looked like a zombie," said Shama Chopra. "His eyes were wide." Chopra, sitting in Row 4, recognized the young man limping toward the front of the plane with blue jeans around his ankles as the traveler who looked so nervous in Amsterdam.

Melinda Dennis was flying to Phoenix to spend the holiday with her fiancé, a staff sergeant in the Air Force who served a tour in Afghanistan fighting al-Qaida. She was reading the book "Business Stripped Bare" when the half-naked man was plopped into a seat across the aisle in Row 1.

No one seemed sure what to do with the man. The business-class passenger fumbled with a pair of plastic handcuffs he'd been given by a flight attendant. While the plane bucked in turbulence, the three men pulled off Abdulmutallab's pants, throwing them at the feet of Dennis. A Nigerian passport dropped into the aisle. They stripped off his shoes and socks and pulled Abdulmutallab's underwear down to his ankles. Schuringa ripped open Abdulmutallab's shirt, sending buttons flying across business class.

Schuringa returned to coach class, where he was greeted with applause. The business-class passenger who'd helped bring Abdulmutallab to the front of the airplane sat next to the Nigerian, pressing his hand against the alleged terrorist's white T-shirt so he couldn't move.

In a shaky voice, a flight attendant told passengers through the intercom that the situation was under control -- a message that passengers say made them more frightened.

Cleared for an emergency landing, the Airbus A330 dove toward Detroit Metro Airport. An emotionally exhausted flight attendant waved her hands to order passengers to sit down, then slumped against a wall.

Three minutes of chaos were followed by six minutes of jaw-clenching silence -- a hush that passengers from the front of business class to the back of coach remember lasting until the aircraft's wheels screeched against the tarmac at 11:53 a.m.

Marijn Lammerts couldn't return to her seat in Row 20 because it was soaked with water and fire extinguisher foam, so the young girl remained curled on her father's lap until landing.

Laura Vincent held hands with her seatmate, a middle-aged Indian woman with tears in her eyes. "It's going to be OK. It's going to be OK," Vincent told the woman.

"I kept repeating that all the way to the ground," Vincent said later, "partly to convince myself."

In the front of the plane, the man who tried to end the lives of 289 passengers and crew members sat motionless, a scene that struck Dennis as one of the strangest things about the incident. Underwear around his ankles, with severe burns on his thighs and groin, Abdulmutallab was calm and quiet, as if he were just another businessman flying into Des Moines, Iowa.

MOVING ON

After five hours quarantined together in a small area of McNamara Terminal while the bomb attempt was investigated, the passengers of Flight 253 split up. Some rushed to make connecting flights, some queued up to rebook travel, and others headed out the door with a coupon for a free hotel room and a $13 food voucher. Most learned they'd been the target of a terrorist attack only then, through CNN reports, frantic calls from relatives or a scrum of reporters gathered at the terminal.

What was supposed to be a sleepy eight-hour flight became a weeks-long ordeal for some passengers, as the holiday season dissolved into a blur of interviews, blog entries and sleepless nights.

The media labeled Schuringa a hero. Several days later, the same media labeled him a crass profiteer for selling a grainy cell phone image of Abdulmutallab. Rosenblith was called an Israeli spy by some online hate mail. Ghonda began taking sleeping pills to make it through the night without nightmares of exploding airplanes.

"On behalf of Delta Air Lines," began an e-mail to passengers from the parent company of Northwest, "I want to take this opportunity to express our concern for the inconvenience you experienced when there was a disturbance by another passenger as you approached Detroit on Flight 253 ... I understand how unsettling this event may have been for you."

For some, the $250 travel voucher for future flights offered by Delta seems inadequate for the terror they faced. Others believe their close brush with death was a reward in itself.

Dennis has made plans to leave her high-paying job in the Netherlands to be with her fiancé in the United States. The Christmas Day incident made her realize life shouldn't be measured by bank accounts, but by relationships. "If I knew I was going to die, would I have done things differently in the past year?" she said. "There's time lost on things that weren't a priority, time not spent with family."

When Rosenblith returned to Uganda in January, "the color of the trees, the landscape, everything seemed brighter and more alive," he said.

Abdulmutallab is in a federal prison in Michigan awaiting trial. Osama bin Laden took credit for the attack and warned that more like the young Nigerian are on the way.

"Maybe I should be cowering and afraid," Rosenblith said. "But in the days afterward, I had this newfound appreciation for life."

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