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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Report: Egyptian Foreign Minister says Obama told him to be patient; he will 'show the Muslim world how [to] deal with Israel'

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 From Doug Ross:

Victor Mordecai, writing in the May 2010 edition of Israel Today (PDF, 4MB), offers this report which, as yet, is unconfirmed by an independent source such as MEMRI.

My wife Rachel, who monitors Arab language broadcasts for Israel Radio, picked up a revealing statement on the “Round Table Show” on Egypt’s Nile TV.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said he had a one-on-one meeting with Obama, who told him that he was a Muslim, the son of a Muslim father and stepson of Muslim stepfather, that his half-brothers in Kenya were Muslims, and that he was sympathetic to the Muslim agenda. He asked the Arabs to show patience.

Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic American issues (like healthcare reform), he would show the Muslim world how he would deal with Israel.

...Pro-Arab, so-called Christian presidents are one thing. But how concerned should we be if the US President is a Muslim who is loyal to the Muslim agenda to isolate and weaken Israel? When the Palestinians talk about nothing but war with Israel and its annihilation, and the president of what was our strongest ally backs their demands for a state with Jerusalem as its capital, and adheres to the same faith, should we not be warning the American public?

...It is time to create an awakening among our true brethren and allies in America: Congress, the Jews and the Christians. We must work together to thwart the emerging alliance between the US and the Arab-Islamic agenda. We must pray for an awakening among the Jews and a Christian revival for Israel’s survival.

In September of 2009, Obama did meet with Ahmed Aboul Gheit. This photo, provided by the State Department, depicts the pair with their spouses.

And it is well-known that Gheit is a true hard-liner when it comes to Israel. One of his recent editorials spelled out his hatred for the Jewish state:

All the Arab sides – both those who support negotiations and the ones who pin their hopes on resistance – must refrain from extending a [friendly] hand to the extremist Israeli government. What we need now is to increase Israel's isolation, to besiege it as an occupying country, and to expose its racist face and gain the world's support for our just causes. If this peaceful siege does not achieve the hoped-for results, we will discuss [what to do] when the time comes.

I repeat: though Obama and Gheit definitely met, the report of the President's statement is unconfirmed. However -- for a guy who marinated in Rev. Wright's anti-American, Hamas-supporting, and antisemitic Church for two decades -- it wouldn't come as much of a surprise to find out it's entirely accurate.



UPDATE -

From Atlas Shrugs:

Of course, if Obama believes himself a Muslim, it was taqiya -- deception or lies to advance Islam. Which he performed brilliantly during his election: he lied with brazen contempt. And clearly his Islamic Jew-hatred is made painfully clear in his stunning rebuke of Israel.
Is it any wonder that his counter terror adviser speaks arabic, calls Jerusalem al quds and calls jihad a "legitimate tenet of Islam"?
Adul Gheit claimed Obama told the Arabs to show patience. Obama promised that once he overcame some domestic issues, like the Health care reform, he would show the Muslim World how to deal with Israel.
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US President Barack Obama welcomes the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Aboul Gheit to the Nuclear Security Summit April 12, 2010,in Washington
We know that Gheit met with Obama in April 2010 in DC -- check out White House.gov:
World Leaders and Heads of Delegation Attending the Nuclear Security Summit Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt
They met more than once. Gheit had a private meeting with Obama in May 2009.
Egypt: Obama "The Boy King"
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Worse yet, Gheit just last month called Israel "the enemy." This after Israel gave them the Sinai (which Israel had won in a defensive war and defended through another one) with all its oil in return for "peace."

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Let's review:
March 2009, Obama declares the "war on terror" is over despite a dramatic increase in jihad war ops.
March 2009, he floats the idea that he will talk to violent, genocidal Hamas.
March 2009, he demands, recruits and insists that more Muslim Americans work in the Obama administration.
April 2009, Obama tells Europe to admit Islamic Turkey into EU, much to the consternation of the Europeans.
April 2009, Obama demands non-Muslims respect Islam (despite our differences) in a speech in Turkey.
April 2009, Obama in a speech from Turkey: "We are not a Christian nation."
April 2009, Dalia Mogahed, the first hijab-clad senior adviser to Obama on Muslim affairs says in an interview with terrorist- and jihad-supporting Sheik Yusuf  Qaradawi's website, "Many have claimed that terrorists have 'hijacked Islam'. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world. What the terrorists have been allowed to take over are Muslim grievances."
In April 2009, Obama lays groundwork for a partnership with Hamas.
May 2009, Obama promises to offer his "personal commitment" to Muslims.
May 2009, Obama calls America "one of the largest Muslim countries on the planet."
June  2009, Obama invites the Muslim Brotherhood, violent global jihadist group whose sole objective is a universal caliphate, to his speech to the ummah (Muslim community) in Cairo.
June 2009, Obama makes a stunning speech to the Muslim world from Al Ahzar University in Cairo. It defies explanation.

July 2009, Obama reaches out to the violent jihadists of Hezb'allah.
July 2009, Obama creates a new office at the State department, Outreach to the Worldwide Muslim community, reporting directly to Hillary Clinton.
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Obama promises to close GITMO.
Obama is rebuked when plans are revealed for CIA prosecutions for 911 interrogations: Seven Ex-chiefs of CIA Oppose Case Review: ALL Sign letter to Stop CIA Persecutions.
In July, Obama sanctions the brutal crackdown of those marching for freedom in Iran and sides with the mullahcracy. He stands silent about the Iranian regime's mass executions, mass rape and murder.
July 2009, Obama plans to slash US nuclear arsenal.
September 2009.  Bolton on Obama at the UN: "This is the most radical anti-Israel speech I can recall any president making" "I have to say I was very shaken by this speech."
October 2009, Obama offers millions in Muslim technology fund.
November 2009, Fort Hood Jihad Cover up:  Obama Urges Congress To Put Off Fort Hood Probe, Warns Against Turning Tragedy Into "Political Theater."
November 2009, Obama offers the Taliban control of the Kandahar, Helmand, Oruzgan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces, in return for a halt to the Taliban missile attacks on U.S. bases.
November 2009, Obama Reaches out to bloody Jihadis in the Philippines.
 On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues a special Hajj message to the world's Muslims.
December 2009,  Obama's "Non-Religious" White House Christmas and No Christmas Gifts for his Kids.
February 2010, Obama names a Hafiz to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. "And as a hafiz of the Koran, [Hussain] is a respected member of the American Muslim community," Obama said in his message to the Doha meeting, using the term for someone who has mastered and memorized the Muslim holy book. 
February 2010, Obama cuts US space program, orders NASA to work with Muslim countries.
February 2010, covering up for jihadists in the White House.
Obama's counter terrorism adviser, John Brennan, Involved in Obama Passport Breach.
March 2010, Obama Obsession with Islam: Calls 'entrepreneurship summit' with Muslims.
April 2010, Libyan Pres Gaddafi Praises Obama: "Barakeh Obama is friend" "He is of Muslim descent, his policy should be supported...."
May 2010, Obama's Counterterrorism Adviser Calls Jihad "Legitimate Tenet of Islam."
May 2010,  White House Pro-Terrorism John Brennan Speechifies in Arabic, Equates Terrorists with Shoplifters, Lawmakers Call for his Firing.
June 2010,  Obama equivocates on the jihad warship convoy (affectionately named a "flotilla" by the media): Obama "Expressed a Deep Regret Over Loss of [Jihadist] Life."
June 2010, Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN.
Press conference earlier this week: First flagless "President." Ouch. What a disgrace.
Obama flagless
The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America
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What You Need To Know About The Ground Zero Mosque, The Cordoba Initative, and the Imam Behind Both

Islamic Supremacist 911 Mega Mosque Imam Rauf's "Muslim Leader of the Future" Hater, Anti-Semite, Jihadist

Ground Zero Mosque Imam Tied To "Free Gaza" Flotilla 

About the Ground Zero Mosque Imam

Ground Zero Mosque Imam: "I Don't Believe In Religious Dialogue" 

Ground Zero Mosque Imam Denies Muslims Were Behind 9/11 

Organization Behind Ground Zero Mosque Named After The Seat of the Islamic "Caliphate" - In Other Words, KINGDOM OF ALLAH


Wafa Sultan on Ground Zero Mosque


911 Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Blames Christians: "The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end"

Chairman Of The Cordoba Initiative Comments On South Park Cartoonifada

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Paypal Declares Atlas Shrugs "Hate Site" And Cuts Off Her Account 

What a nightmare. I think we can be quite sure that Paypal is doing business with all sorts of real hate sites.

Why did they cut off Pamela's site?

Who runs this country and it's businesses anymore?
Please email or call paypal and let them know Atlas Shrugs is a news site and political blog. I am not responsible for the bad news in the world. I just report.
Great, another lawsuit. Want to make a contribution to my fight?
Mail a check to Pamela Geller, PO Box 121, 1040 1st Avenue, NY NY 10022. 

Click on the title at the top of the post to get the whole story at Atlas Shrugs.


By the way, I have had people offer to help fund this site. And, I have declined all donations. The major reason is I never, ever want to become beholden to anyone, and I don't want anyone else at this site to become dependent upon funding to express their points-of-view.

That being said, the mission that Pamela has does require funding, and I would encourage everyone to donate money to her as soon as possible.
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Owner of TV Channel Critical of Hugo Chavez Ordered Arrested in Venezuela

From FreeThinker at Weasel Zippers


Oliver Stone and Sean Penn were unavailable for comment. Comrade Obama smiled when he heard the good news,

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP)Venezuelan authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday for the owner of a television channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez.

Intelligence agents arrived at a home owned by Guillermo Zuloaga seeking to arrest him and one of his sons Friday night, but their whereabouts were unknown, defense lawyer Perla Jaimes said.

Zuloaga is president and majority shareholder of Globovision, the country’s only remaining channel on the airwaves that is stridently opposed to Chavez.

A court issued the warrant for the businessman and his son, also named Guillermo, citing accusations of illegally keeping 24 new Toyota sport-utility vehicles stored at a home owned by Zuloaga, Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. Zuloaga and his son are charged with usury and conspiracy.
Usury? That's an interesting charge. Sounds Medieval, doesn't it?
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The Truth About CAIR

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Smiling In Our Faces, Cursing Us In Their Hearts: The Truth About the Ground Zero Mosque

(Thank you to Will for sending this to me)

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And then .. only in the Middle East ..

Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites


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Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.

To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom's air defences will return to full alert."The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way," said a US defence source in the area. "They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren't scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department."

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid.

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Epa, Krauthammer, and now VDH:"I think the mad-dog hatred of Israel is more or less because it is a Jewish state. Period. "

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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON:

Helen Thomas, Turkey, and the Liberation of Israel

The world cares deeply about refugees, disputed territory, and divided cities -- when Israel is involved. Otherwise, otherwise.

It is hard to become much more influential than the doyen of the White House press corps, who is given a ceremonial front-rows seat at press briefings and press conferences. So when Helen Thomas suggested that the Israelis should leave their country and "go home" to Poland and Germany, this was not some obscure, eccentric anti-Semite, but a liberal insider who has come to enjoy iconic status and a sense of exemption from criticism.

Note that Ms. Thomas did not call for just a West Bank free of Jews. And she did not just wish for the elimination of the nation of Israel itself. Rather, Thomas envisions the departure of Israelis to the sites of the major death camps seven decades ago where six million Jews were gassed.

Turkey's role in aiding and abetting the flotilla, and its subsequent anti-Israeli outbursts, were excessive even by the often sick standards of the Middle East -- but not exactly new. State-run Turkish television has aired virulent anti-Semitic dramas like the 2006
Valley of the Wolves, in which a Jewish doctor harvests organs from captured Iraqi civilians. Former Turkish prime minister Necmettin Erbakan once claimed that the Jews had instigated World War I in order to create Israel. Israel, Erbakan further asserted, in full-blown Hitlerian prose, was a "disease" and a "bacteria" that needed to be eradicated. The current prime minister,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talks of sending in the Turkish fleet to confront the Israeli blockade, says he is sick of Israeli lies, and warns that his new Turkey is not "a young and rootless nation," as Israel presumably is (note the code word "rootless"). So speaks our NATO partner and EU wannabe. This week, in reaction to criticism from the West, Erdogan labeled such concerns "dirty propaganda" -- note well, not just propaganda but a "dirty" sort.

In an odd way, Thomas's sick suggestions and Turkey's new Islamist and vehemently anti-Israel foreign policy will have a liberating effect on Israel. After all, if the ceremonial head of the White House press corps wants Israel's citizens either gone or dead, there is a legitimate suspicion that things are not quite right in the capital of Israel's staunchest ally. And if the most secular, democratic, and pro-Western Muslim country in the Middle East wishes to pick a fight to prove its Muslim fides, then there is not much hope that Israel is going to win over anyone else in that region.

Anti-Semitism as displayed by both Thomas and Turkey's leaders is not predicated on criticizing Israel, much less disagreeing with its foreign policy. Instead, it hinges upon focusing singularly on Israeli behavior, and applying a standard to it that is never extended to any other nation.

There are plenty of disputes over borders and land in the world. But to Helen Thomas or the Turkish government, Kashmir or the Russian-Chinese border matters little -- although the chances of escalation to nuclear confrontation are far greater there than on the West Bank. Has Thomas ever popped off, "Why don't those Chinese just get the hell out of Tibet?" or "Why don't those Indians just get out of Kashmir?"

The Palestinian "refugees" -- a majority of whom are the children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of people actually displaced in 1948 -- compose a small part of the world's refugee population. There are millions of refugees in Rwanda, the Congo, and Darfur. Well over a half-million Jews were ethnically cleansed from the major Arab capitals between 1947 and 1973, each wave of expulsion cresting after a particular Mideast war. Again, few care to demonstrate for the plight of any of these people. Prime Minister Erdogan has not led any global effort to relocate the starving millions in Darfur, despite his loud concern for "refugees" in Gaza. The United States gives far more millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians than does their Muslim protector in Turkey, who saves cash in winning Palestinian support by practicing anti-Semitism on the cheap. Nor have I heard of any German suicide bomber blowing himself up over lost ancestral land in Danzig or East Prussia, although that land was lost about the same time as some Palestinians left Israel. Few worry that in 1949 tens of thousands of Japanese were forcibly expelled by the Soviet Union from Sakhalin Island.

The world likewise cares little for the concept of "occupation" in the abstract; it is only the concrete example of Palestine that earns its opprobrium. We can be assured that President Obama will not bring up Ossetia with President Putin. He will not raise the question of Tibet with the Chinese or occupied Cyprus with Prime Minister Erdogan. Will Helen Thomas ever ask, "How can Turkey be allowed to keep Nicosia a divided city?" Will she worry whether Greeks are allowed to buy property in the Turkish sector of that capital?

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Metamorphosis One
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JOINT THE RALLY TO


 DENOUNCE THE 9 - 11 MOSQUE
IN BAY RIDGE, BROOKLYN

Where: McKinley Park (Where Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway meet  - Take the   N Train to Fort Hamilton Parkway bet. 62nd & 63rd Streets or the )

When:  SATURDAY, JUNE 12th, 2 pm

What: Speakers including members of the audience and -

- DR. JOHN K. PRESS president of the Brooklyn Tea Party
- SENETORIAL CANDIDATE JAY TOWNSEND.
- SATYA D -Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam,
- MADELINE BROOKS, the Chapter Head of ACT for Manhattan,
- ANDREW SULLIVAN: A first responder who was at 9 – 11. 
- NARAIN KATARIA from the Indian American Intellectual Alliance

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Tea Party
(Join us on-line. Go to facebook, search “Brooklyn Tea Party, and look for the above logo)

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Al Rueters Cropped Photo Guy Liked to Hang Out with Terrorists 

From Jawa:


A picture paints a thousand words - in this case about Islamic writer Adem Özköse, who took the Mavis Marmara photographs caught up in the latest Reuters 'fauxtography' doctoring scandal
Via Undhimmi (photo & caption also by Undhimmi)
It transpires that the pictures were supplied to Reuters by a Turkish photographer and writer, Adem Özköse. In addition to his IHH (the terror-linked charity that organised the Turkish flotilla) links, he is also a journalist writing for the Turkish publication ‘Real Life Magazine’ and a writer of book supporting Islamism and in particular, the ‘Palestine’ cause.
No surprise here. h/t Star
Related:
Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive
Jihadi Flotilla: Another Reuter's Photoshop?
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The Dems' Needle Is Stuck

Blame Bush forever, huh?

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Afghanistan: Child Bride Beaten For Running Away

Afghani Officials do nothing, of course. Thank God we have Liberated that country, huh?


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Rabbi Who Taped Helen Thomas Is Inundated With Hate Mail and Death Threats

From Stogie: 

Rabbi David Nesenoff of New York (left) is the cinematographer who taped Helen Thomas's anti-Israel rant this week.  The YouTube video of Thomas went viral and she was denounced far and wide, leading to her abrupt retirement from the White House Press Corps.

Now Rabbi Nesenoff is the recipient of torrents of hateful bile from anti-semites and Islam-Firsters who are outraged that Jews should be allowed to exist.

Fox News has the story here.

Meanwhile, Rabbi Nesenoff is busily posting all of the hate mail to his site at Rabbilive.com.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Stop Sharia Law Now!

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English-Language Iranian "PressTV" Airs Forced-Confession Clip of Journalist As Anti-Western Propaganda

(UK) Iranian TV channel Press TV, which is allowed to broadcast in the UK thanks to the previous socialist government, is currently in the spotlight over how it used a forced confession from a reporter inside prison to look like he was openly speaking against the West. Channel 4 news aired this report last night. Funny enough, the bBC hasn't even mentioned it.


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Nigeria: Muslim youth attack, burn churches and pastor's house

From Watcher:

Nigeria (MNN) ― There has been yet another attack against Nigerian Christian: this time in Kano state, north of Jos where January and March violence took place. Two churches and a pastor's home were destroyed.

Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs, USA said, "In this most recent event, which happened in May, we have seen young Muslims--reportedly as many as 100 of them--coming onto church property, attacking the people who were there, and burning down the buildings."

Fortunately, no one was killed. However, because of the number of deaths early this year, this attack mostly went under the radar. The violence that does get reported is rarely referred to as "religious persecution."

"Typically, when we hear reports of the violence in Nigeria, we don't hear the words 'Christian persecution.' What we typically hear is that great phrase 'sectarian violence,'" Nettleton said.

More...
I feel the need to bring up, yet again, Obama's claim at Cairo that "throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality."
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Former CAIR Lobbyist Hired to Report on Muslim Issues for NY Times 
From Newsbusters:

A journalist hired by The New York Times to report on a controversial mosque at 9/11's Ground Zero and the failed Christmas Day bomb plot previously held a government lobbying position at the Council on American Islamic Relations.
The Associated Press and ABC News also enlisted former CAIR workers to cover stories involving the Muslim community, raising concerns over whether it's ethical for objective media outlets to hire ex-advocacy group employees to report on the issues they previously championed.
Sharaf Mowjood, who helped pen the Islam-focused articles for The New York Times and the Times' world-affairs paper the International Herald Tribune in December of 2009, worked as a government relations coordinator for CAIR up until at least March of 2008.
Mowjood's gushing, 1,200-word article on the controversial mosque planned for construction near the former site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks was titled "Muslim Prayers and Renewal Near Ground Zero." All eight of the sources cited in the piece said they approved of the project or lauded its advocate Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
More from Atlas Shrugs:
The Society of Professional Journalists: Why We Never Get the Straight Story on Islamic Jihad
Just how long has the Muslim Brotherhood been strategizing the takedown and take over of the U.S. and the West? Decades.
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Tempers Flare at Meeting on “Muslim American Society” Buying Staten Island Convent to Build a Mosque – Video

 I'm so glad to see this. We need to start doing this out here in Southern California, where I live.

From Weasel Zippers:




Go to Weasel Zippers to get the whole report.
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Turkish Catholic leader beheaded in a “ritual Muslim sacrifice”

From Weasel Zippers:


By his own driver, who shouted “Allah akbar” from his victim’s rooftop afterwards.
Rome — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Turkey, killed last week by his driver, was decapitated in a “ritual Muslim sacrifice,” the head of a missionary news agency said on Tuesday.
After the murder of Luigi Padovese, the driver reportedly shouted from the roof of the victim’s house that he had killed the “great Satan,” adding Allah akbar (“God Is Great”), a Turkish journalist told AsiaNews.
The news agency for overseas missionaries said Padovese “was stabbed in his home, and managed to leave his home to ask for help,” AsiaNews director Bernardo Cervellera told Italy’s Sky TG24 all-news television channel.
Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi, contacted by the religious news agency I-media, said he was awaiting clarification of the reports but would neither deny nor confirm them.
Turkish news reports said the 26-year-old alleged killer, Murat Altun, had been released from a psychiatric ward a few days before the murder.
He told police he had had a “divine revelation,” the reports said.
Local authorities have ruled out a political motive in the killing, and Altun’s lawyer and mother both said he had psychological problems.
The 63-year-old Italian bishop, Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia since 2004, was killed at his summer house in a Mediterranean seaside town near Iskenderun, close to the Syrian border in southern Turkey.
Pope Benedict XVI said shortly after the murder that it was “certainly not a political or religious murder but rather a personal affair”
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Russians Dedicate Beautiful Memorial To Victims of 9/11

This Memorial is more heartfelt and beautiful than anything the American government has done in memory of those murdered by Islamic Jihadists on 9/11.

And, the Russians gave it to us as a gift. Putin was there for the dedication. And, no one seems to know about it:

You would think that people would flock to a 10-story bronze monument to 9-11 sitting in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty and looking directly into the line of sight where the World Trade Center once stood.

And the Tear Drop Memorial is a beauty ... a 100-foot-high chiseled monolith cuts a jagged frame around a giant hanging gold-mirrored tear drop.
tearm.jpgFormer President Bill Clinton and Russia's Vladimir Putin were on hand for the dedication of "Tear of Grief" in Bayonne on Sept. 11, 2006.
A matching plaque also designates the monument as a gift from Russia with a photo of the city and a sketched outline of the Twin Towers to show where they were located when you look up into the distant skyline that still looks empty.

But as I roam alone among more than 3,000 names of 9-11 victims etched in silver into its 11-sided charcoal-black granite base, I wonder why Bayonne’s Tear Drop Memorial — aka the Tear of Grief and To the Struggle Against World Terrorism — is such a big secret.

Why should a $12 million 9-11 landmark created by renowned Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli and dedicated on-site by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and former President Bill Clinton hide in plain sight with all the secrecy of a CIA operation?

“I have no idea,” says Jerry Kelly, co-chair of the memorial’s Paver Committee, a group that sells the personally-inscribed bricks found in the tiled pathway around Harbor View Park.

“Putin was here for the dedication. Clinton was here,” Kelly says. “With the cruise ship docking there, people are seeing it.”

Few, however, have spread the word since it was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2006.


Here's a video about the Monument (with thanks to Total):

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If they mean this, it's big ..and a big IF

Russia to freeze missile sale to Iran, Putin tells Sarkozy

Following meet, Sarkozy spokesman says Putin confirmed scrapping of planned weapons deal with Iran despite Iranian threats to impose penalties against Russia.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told France that Moscow will freeze a delivery of surface-to-air missiles to Iran, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said on Friday following talks between the two men.Russia has a contract to sell S-300 missiles to Tehran and there was confusion whether the deal could go ahead under the terms of a fourth round of United Nations sanctions introduced earlier this week to penalize Iran over its nuclear program.

However a spokesman for Sarkozy told reporters that Putin had confirmed the delivery would be frozen. The official quoted the Russian leader as saying Iran was "very unhappy" and wanted to impose penalties on Moscow for breaking the contract.

I'm not buying yet, it's from Haaretz and might yet be wishful thinking.

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STOCKHOLM INTIFADA DAY 3

From the Astute Bloggers:

Some youths are denied entrance to a party at a local school. What do they do? Set fire to the school and cars etc. This time it's not Paris but a immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm - Rinkeby. After 3 nights of unrest the Police seem to have the situation under "control".
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Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week

From the Weekly Standard:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident.

The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.

While UN Ambassador Susan Rice is reported to have played an important role in pushing for U.S. support of a UN investigation, the decision is, one official stressed, of course the president's. 
Go read the whole thing.

Epaminondas adds: Gee I am just so shocked. (here is a quote from Samantha Power, Obama Foreign Policy Advisor, on how to solve the Israel problem)
"What we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing—or investing, I think, more than sacrificing—billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force, not of the old Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence. Because it seems to me at this stage (and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human rights abuses, which were seen there), you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line."

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Pence to Obama: Whose side are you on, anyway?

From Hot Air:

Rep. Mike Pence delivered a strong challenge to Barack Obama on the House floor this morning on his handling of foreign policy, which is especially timely on the day after Obama announced a $400 million aid package for the Palestinians and held a photo session with Mahmoud Abbas — just a few weeks after deliberately refusing to hold one with Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel offered to lift restrictions on spices and snack foods, but the Palestinians want “spare parts and electronics,” which the Israelis might well believe would have less-than-peaceful purposes.

Besides, while Hamas continues to use Gaza for a launching pad and refuses to release Gilad Shalit after holding him hostage for four years, is the next move really Israel’s?  Pence wonders whether Obama intends to support our ally in the region at all:


“We all grieve the loss of life that occurred last week when a flotilla designed to challenge Israel’s effective blockade of Gaza ended in military confrontation. But Israel has a right to defend itself.
“The history is clear in that region; Gaza is controlled by a terrorist organization known as Hamas. Hamas used Gaza as a launching pad for thousands of rockets that killed innocent civilians in Israel. Israel responded with military force and has instituted a blockade that has saved lives in Gaza and in Israel. And there’s no humanitarian crisis. Ten thousand tons of food and medical supplies are transferred into Gaza every single week.
“Remarkably, yesterday the president said it was time for Israel to sharply limit its effective blockade in Gaza, saying ‘the situation in Gaza is unsustainable.’
“The truth is, Mr. President, your policy in Israel is unsustainable.
“The American people are on the side of Israel and Israel’s right to defend herself.
“Mr. President, whose side are you on?"
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Pentagon In Manhunt For Wikileaks Founder - Fear Massive Release of Classified Documents

From the Daily Beast:
Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange. Philip Shenon reports.

Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that, if made public, could do serious damage to national security, government officials tell The Daily Beast.

The officials acknowledge that even if they found the website founder, Julian Assange, it is not clear what they could do to block publication of the cables on Wikileaks, which is nominally based on a server in Sweden and bills itself as a champion of whistleblowers.
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American Thinker:

A Shrink Asks: What's Wrong with Obama?
By Robin of Berkeley

So what is the matter with Obama? Conservatives have been asking this question for some time. I've written a number of articles trying to solve the mystery.

Even some liberals are starting to wonder. James Carville railed about Obama's blasé attitude after the catastrophic oil spill. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd revamped Obama's "Yes We Can" motto into "Will We Ever?"

The liberal women of the TV show "The View" have expressed sympathy for Michelle Obama's living with a man so out of touch. Peggy Noonan, hardly a vehement Obama foe, recently pronounced him disconnected.

Obama's odd mannerisms intrigue a psychotherapist like me. He also presents a serious diagnostic challenge.

For one, Obama's teleprompter and the men behind the Blackberry keep him well-scripted. We know so little about the facts of his life.

But it's more than just a lack of information. Obama himself is a strange bird. He doesn't fit easily into any diagnostic category.

Many people attribute Obama's oddness to his narcissism. True, Obama has a gargantuan ego, and he is notoriously thin-skinned.

Yet a personality disorder like narcissism does not explain Obama's strangeness: his giggling while being asked about the economy; his continuing a shout-out rather than announcing the Ft. Hood shootings; or his vacations, golfing, partying and fundraising during the calamitous oil spill.

Take also Obama's declaring on the "Today Show" that he wants to know whose ass to kick. Consummate narcissists would never stoop to this vulgar display of adolescent machismo.

Obama is flat when passion is needed; he's aggressive when savvy is required. What's most worrisome is that Obama doesn't even realize that his behavior is inappropriate.

So if it's not just simple narcissism, what is wrong with Obama? Since I've never evaluated him, I can't say for sure. But I can hazard some educated guesses.

If I saw a client as disconnected as him, the first thing I would wonder: Is something wrong with his brain? And I'd consider the following theoretical diagnostic possibilities.

--Physical problems: There are a multitude of physiological conditions that can cause people to act strangely. For instance: head injuries, endocrine disturbances, epilepsy, and toxic chemical exposure.

It makes me wonder: Did Obama ever have a head injury? His stepfather in Indonesia was purportedly an alcoholic abuser. Was Obama subject to any physical abuse?



-- Drugs and alcohol: Damage to the brain from drugs and alcohol can also cause significant cognitive impairments. Obama once said that there were 57 states -- and didn't correct himself. Memory problems can be caused by both illicit and prescription drug use.

Obama admits to a history of drug use in his youth. Did his usage cause some damage? Does Obama still use?

--Asperger's Syndrome: Also known as high-functioning autism, Asperger's causes deficits in social skills. A person with Asperger's can't read social cues. Consequently, he can be insensitive and hurtful without even knowing it.

Could Obama have Asperger's? He might have some mild traits, but certainly not the full-blown disorder. In contrast to Obama, those with Asperger's get fixated on some behavior, like programming computers. Obama lacks this kind of passion and zeal.

--Mental Illness: Obama's family tree is replete with the unbalanced. His maternal great-grandmother committed suicide. His grandfather, Stanley Dunham, was particularly unhinged: He was expelled from high school for punching his principal; named his daughter Stanley because he wanted a boy; and exposed young Barry to not just drunken trash talk, but unrestricted visits with alleged pedophile Frank Marshall Davis (who might or might not be Obama's biological father). Barack Sr. was an abusive, alcoholic bigamist.

Since mental illness runs in the family, does Obama have any signs? Yes and no. No, he is not a schizophrenic babbling about Martians. But there are red flags for some other conditions.

While Obama doesn't appear to hallucinate, he seems to have delusions. His believing he has a Messiah-like special gift smacks of grandiose delusions. His externalizing all blame to conservatives, George W. Bush, or the "racist" bogeyman hints at persecutory delusions.

Along with a delusional disorder, Obama may fit for a mild psychotic disorder called schizotypal disorder. It may explain some of Obama's oddness.

People with schizotypal disorder hold bizarre beliefs, are suspicious and paranoid, and have inappropriate and constricted affect. They have few close friends and are socially awkward. A schizotypal is someone like your strange cousin Becky who is addicted to astrology, believes she is psychic, and is the oddball at social gatherings.

Schizotypal Disorder does ring some bells vis-à-vis Obama. One way the diagnosis doesn't fit, however, is that schizotypals are generally harmless, odd ducks. Not so with Obama.

--Trauma: My gut tells me that Obama was seriously traumatized in childhood. His mother disregarded his basic needs, dragged him all over the place, and ultimately abandoned him.

But I think there may be something even more insidious in his family background. While I can't prove it, the degree of Obama's disconnect reminds me of my sexually abused clients.

With serious sexual abuse, the brain chemistry may change. The child dissociates -- that is, disconnects from his being -- in order to cope. Many adult survivors still dissociate, from occasional trances to the most extreme cases of multiple personality disorder.

Apparently, young Barry was left in the care of Communist Frank Marshall Davis, who admitted to molesting a 13-year-old girl. As a teenager, Obama wrote a disturbing poem, "Pop," that evoked images of sexual abuse -- for instance, describing dual amber stains on both his and "Pop's" shorts.

Would trauma explain Obama's disconnect? In many ways, yes. A damaged and unattached child may develop a "false self." To compensate for the enormous deficits in identity and attachment, the child invents his own personality. For Obama, it may have been as a special, gifted person.

Let's return now to my original question: What is wrong with Obama? My guess is a great deal. The answer is complex and likely includes some combination of the above.

Along with the brain issues are personality disorders: narcissism, paranoia, passive-aggressiveness. There's even the possibility of the most destructive character defect of all, an antisocial personality. Untreated abuse can foster antisocial traits, especially among boys.

If my assessment is accurate, what does this mean?

It means that liberals need to wake up and spit out the Kool-Aid...and that conservatives should put aside differences, band together, and elect as many Republicans as possible.

Because Obama will not change. He will not learn from his mistakes. He will not grow and mature from on-the-job experience. In fact, over time, Obama will likely become a more ferocious version of who he is today.

Why? Because this is a damaged person. Obama's fate was sealed years ago growing up in his strange and poisonous family. Later on, his empty vessel was filled with the hateful bile of men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers.

Obama will not evolve; he will not rise to the occasion; he will not become the man he was meant to be. This is for one reason and one reason alone:

He is not capable of it.

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Wonder If She'd Contribute to IBA?

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What do you think about?

I have a bad cold this evening, so while I was lying on my back staring at the ceiling I wondered what other people think about. I often think about Lazarus, but that's just me. Other people? That's a question for Google. Here's one post I found.

"What do people think is most important?"
By Rich Markey

There's an article in today's San Francisco Chronicle predicting that the sun and earth and all the other planets will be hurled into deep space until we collide with a neighboring galaxy. Not soon - but soon enough to make me wonder why people think this is important.

It also leads me to wonder what else people believe is important, so, I made a list of what I believe some well known Americans consider most important. The object: to achieve some clarity through comparison of what I confess are entirely my perceptions.

For Dennis Prager the most important issue is Goodness.


More: http://nodhimmitude.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-have-bad-cold-this-evening-so-while-i.html
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hey Babba!

More Shakin' for ya.
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Turkey is not Turning Away from the West

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They already did YEARS AGO.

It's just that the evidence is now becoming unavoidable and unrestrainable.



ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered reassurance on Thursday that his country is not turning away from the West in the wake of its vote against UN sanctions on Iran, calling such charges "dirty propaganda".

Speaking at a Turkish-Arab forum, Erdogan pointed to French investments in Syria and other Arab countries, adding: "But when it comes to Turkey investing in Arab countries or vice versa, a dirty propaganda is trying to impede this process."

"Those who say that Turkey has broken away from the West are the intermediaries of an ill-intentioned propaganda," he said.

"We are open to all parts of the world. We are not open to one and closed to another."

Many in Turkey and the West are concerned that NATO's sole mainly Muslim member is sliding away, pointing at a severe crisis with Israel over its bloody raid on aid ships last week and Turkey's "no" vote on fresh UN Security Council sanctions against Iran regarding its nuclear programme Wednesday.

Erdogan's Islamist-rooted government has sought a stronger Turkish role in the Middle East, notably improving ties with Muslim countries, among them former foes Syria and Iran.


The Turkish foreign minister has said : Psychologically this attack is like 9/11 for Turkey because Turkish citizens were attacked by a state, not by terrorists, with an intention, a clear decision of political leaders of that state."

Information on Ahmet Davutogl, Turkish FM, from Jamestown.

And Turkey's prime minister Erdogan said: "This bloody massacre by Israel on ships that were taking humanitarian aid to Gaza deserves every kind of curse."

Profile of AdbullahGul, President since 2007, from the BBC

Profile: Abdullah Gul
Abdullah Gul's presidential ambitions have long alarmed Turkey's secular establishment.

His election as president makes him the first politician with an Islamist background to become head of state since the Turkish Republic was established in 1923.

Secularist parties boycotted a parliamentary vote on Mr Gul's candidacy in April, blocking his presidential bid and creating political deadlock. He was foreign minister at the time.

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Abdullah Gul has powerful backing from the ruling AKP

The ruling AK Party, which Mr Gul helped found, decided to re-nominate him, arguing that a sweeping general election victory in July had given it the mandate to do so.

Nevertheless, secularist opposition to Mr Gul remains strong.

The military has frequently warned it would intervene to protect the secular system if required.

And the desperate gasps from a dying foreign policy:

"I think we have to think long and hard about why" policies have changed in Turkey and "about what we might be able to do to counter them and make the stronger linkages with the West more apparently of interest and value to Turkey's leaders," said Gates.


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