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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Muslim-owned hotel in New York offers easy citizenship "birth tourism"

And they'll get their healthcare from Obamacare no doubt. Anchor babies. Jan Brewer has it right. If you're here illegally and you have a baby here that is thus an American citizen that's YOUR problem. Take the baby or leave it but YOU'RE going back.

We are way past due for another look at the Fourteenth Amendment.

Jihadwatch:

Making more Muslim American citizens, cheap. And the way Turkey is going, it is increasingly unlikely that the children born in New York via this method will grow up to be ardent secularists. "New York hotel pioneers birth tourism," from Breaking Travel News, June 10 (thanks to Logans Warning):


A New York hotel is staking its claim to have invented a new hospitality niche -
birth tourism. The Marmara Manhattan offers "an exclusive package for new mothers that wish to give birth in the USA", with the additional bonus of the newborn child gaining US citizenship.

The hotel, which is part of the Turkish hospitality chain, exploits the 14th amendment to the US constitution, which states that all children born on American soil "are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside".

The Marmara Manhattan, which is located in New York's Upper East Side, told The Times: "What we offer is simply a one-bedroom suite accommodation for $5,100, plus taxes, for a month, with airport transfer, baby cradle and a gift set for the mother." There are also medical fees of about £20,500.

However the price is a cheap and easy one to pay for US citizenship. Many will eventually use the newborn - known as an "anchor baby" - as a stepping stone for the immigration of extended family.

The hotel has so far sold 15 of the packages.

According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the practice is entirely legal as long as the women can pay their medical bills.

However there are noises being made in Washington to close the loophole.

Gary Miller, a Republican congressman, told The Times: "They come to this country and have babies. The children are citizens. The children are eligible to go to school.

They receive food stamps and social programmes. The American taxpayers
are paying for it....

Yep.

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WTF???

Someone get some duct tape foir this woman's mouth. Fingers. Whatever.

Like we ain't got enough problems these days. . .

Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton should be Obama's vice president
By Sally Quinn
Friday, June 18, 2010

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden should switch jobs

Really.

It makes sense for the Democrats, actually. Clinton has done an incredible job as secretary of state. First of all, she has worked harder than anyone should ever be expected to. She has managed to do the impossible: She is the ambassador of the United States to the world, maintaining her credibility while playing the bad guy to President Obama's good guy, such as with North Korea, Iran and Israel, and still looking good. She has been a true team player. If Clinton is dissatisfied with her role, you would never know it. She has been loyal and supportive to the president and has maintained a good relationship with him and with others in the White House. If she is being left out of the policymaking, or being sent on trips to keep her out of town, she has not shown it. She is cheerful, thoughtful, serious and diligent. There are no horror stories about her coming out of the State Department. Most notable, though, is that Bill Clinton has not been the problem that so many anticipated. He has been supportive of her and of Obama, and he has stayed out of the limelight and been discreet about his own life.

In short, the arguments against Hillary Clinton being Obama's vice president have pretty much evaporated.

So, what kind of running mate would she be? We've seen the team player. Now consider Hillary the Democratic campaigner. She is tireless and relentless. Given the combination of votes that she and Obama got in the 2008 primary campaign, they would be a near-unbeatable team. Clinton also appeals to independents, but importantly, she would neutralize the effect of Sarah Palin. Whatever Palin came up with, Hillary could best her -- and the Tea Party crowd as well. The Republicans would lose their "year of the woman" argument. And based on experience alone, Hillary is far more qualified to be president than any of the Republicans being considered today, including Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty and Palin.

Clinton is also young enough to be the Democratic nominee at the end of an Obama second term; she will be in her late 60s in 2016 but still younger than Ronald Reagan was when he was inaugurated in 1981 (just shy of 70) and younger than John McCain, who was 72 when he ran in 2008. Most important, were she vice president and Obama were for some reason not able to fulfill his term, she would be ready to step in.

True, Joe Biden has been rehabilitated. A recent profile in The Post portrayed him as a successful and intelligent man whose foreign policy advice is valued by the president. The gaffe-prone former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee seems to have worked out the kinks. Clearly, he is aware that he is no longer an independent voice but, rather, a representative of the president. But Biden has no intention of running for president in six years. His passion is foreign policy. He would have been an ideal choice for secretary of state had he not been Obama's running mate. And those who know him have said that secretary of state is his dream job.

It would not be out of the question for Clinton and Biden to switch jobs sometime after the midterm elections. After the president announced the switch, majorities in both houses of Congress would have to confirm Clinton to her new position, following the rules laid out in the 25th Amendment. She could then immediately begin campaigning for Obama for 2012, and she would also have at least two years in the White House as vice president to give her unassailable experience, clout and credibility. For his part, Biden would simply need Senate confirmation to get to work in Foggy Bottom.

Another scenario is that Obama could wait and choose Hillary as his running mate for 2012 and then have her step down as secretary of state so she could start campaigning. The catch with that plan, however, is that it would make Biden a lame duck and Obama would probably have to appoint an interim secretary of state.

Take it seriously.

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Dem Sen. Ben Nelson: Obama May Not Have Constitutional Authority, But He Has Moral Authority



This “moral authority trumps the rule of law” mindset launched the world’s worst dictators from Hitler to Mao…
“Does President Obama, in your mind, have the constitutional authority to have BP surrender the stockholders’ money without due process of law

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Saturday Nooner!!!

Luigi Boccherini
LA MUSICA NOTTURNA DELLE STRADE DI MADRID. No. 6, Op.30

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Protesters Clash during Military Parade in Barking

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Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

—John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

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Giuliani: If This Was Bush, He Would Have Been Impeached By Now

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New York Post:

$7-a-gallon gas?
By BEN LIEBERMAN

Last Updated: 4:31 AM, June 19, 2010

Posted: 12:02 AM, June 18, 2010

President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.

That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.

So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill?

Good question, because such measures wouldn't do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led to the leak.

The answer can be found in Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's now-famous words, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste -- and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."

That sure was true of global-warming policy, and especially the cap-and-trade bill. Many observers thought the measure, introduced last year in the House by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), was dead: The American people didn't seem to think that the so-called global-warming crisis justified a price-hiking, job-killing, economy-crushing redesign of our energy supply amid a fragile recovery. Passing another major piece of legislation, one every bit as unpopular as ObamaCare, appeared unlikely in an election year.

So Obama and congressional proponents of cap-and-trade spent several months rebranding it -- downplaying the global-warming rationale and claiming that it was really a jobs bill (the so-called green jobs were supposed to spring from the new clean-energy economy) and an energy-independence bill (that will somehow stick it to OPEC).

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) even reportedly declined to introduce their new cap-and-trade proposal in the Senate on Earth Day, because they wanted to de-emphasize the global-warming message. Instead, Kerry called the American Power Act "a plan that creates jobs and sets us on a course toward energy independence and economic resurgence."

But the new marketing strategy wasn't working. Few believe the green-jobs hype -- with good reason. In Spain, for example, green jobs have been an expensive bust, with each position created requiring, on average, $774,000 in government subsidies. And the logic of getting us off oil imports via a unilateral measure that punishes American coal, oil and natural gas never made any sense at all.

Now the president is repackaging cap-and-trade -- again -- as a long-term solution to the oil spill. But it's the same old agenda, a huge energy tax that will raise the cost of gasoline and electricity high enough so that we're forced to use less.

The logic linking cap-and-trade to the spill in the Gulf should frighten anyone who owns a car or truck. Such measures force up the price at the pump -- Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs thinks it "may require gas prices greater than $7 a gallon by 2020" to meet Obama's stated goal of reducing emissions 14 percent from the transportation sector.

Of course, doing so would reduce gasoline use and also raise market share for hugely expensive alternative fuels and vehicles that could never compete otherwise. Less gasoline demand means less need for drilling and thus a slightly reduced chance of a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon spill -- but only slightly. Oil will still be a vital part of America's energy mix.

Oil-spill risks should be addressed directly -- such as finding out why the leak occurred and requiring new preventive measures or preparing an improved cleanup plan for the next incident. Cap-and-trade is no fix and would cause trillions of dollars in collateral economic damage along the way.

Emanuel was wrong. The administration shouldn't view each crisis -- including the oil spill -- as an opportunity to be exploited, but as a problem to be addressed. And America can't afford $7-a-gallon gas.

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UK: MCB’s Book for Schools

An Anonymous commenter left the following information. I don't know where he got it, but you can also find reference to such a program here in the Asian News.

The Books For Schools project aims to provide mainstream schools with high-quality Islamic resources (including books, custom made teacher notes, pupil activities, worksheets, CDs, DVDs, videos and accompanying teaching aids) in order to promote harmony and respect amongst Britain’s diverse communities. Our resources are designed to facilitate the teaching of Islam within the Schools Curriculum as outlined by QCA guidelines.

Here, you will find all the information you need to know about the project. A detailed list of resources that are available in the books packs as well as some more detailed information about the history of the project, the core team and why this initiative was sought.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the concept behind Books For Schools?

2. How can this resource facilitate the teaching of Islam in RE?

3. What does a resource pack contain?

4. For what age groups are the Books For Schools resources?

5. How much does a pack cost and from where can I order it?

1. What is the concept behind Books For Schools?



2. How can this resource facilitate the teaching of Islam in RE?

Our resource has been designed by educationalists and teachers with reference to the RE Non Statutory Framework (QCA). It covers both Key Stages 1 and 2 and aims to enhance children’s experience of diversity in all areas of the curriculum, including the hidden, through enjoyable, cross-curricular based work. This self-contained resource pack provides teachers with all the materials needed to teach about basic Muslim beliefs, pillars and practices through four original, engaging and interactive class/small group projects.

3. What does a resource pack contain?

A resource pack consists of:


Four user friendly, child orientated projects

Six objects/artefacts in common use by Muslim children in various parts of the world

Two audio visual items (CD and a Video)

Seventeen children’s books and booklets

Two card model kits

Four posters

The projects are:


Folder 1: Introducing the Qur’an

Folder 2: Id-ul-Adha and the Hajj

Folder 3: Prayer, Fasting and Id-ul-Fitr

Folder 4: Islam Through the Arts

The objects/artefacts are:


Compass (used to locate the direction of Makkah for Prayers)

Hijab (head scarf worn by girls and women)

Ihram (two pieces of white cloth worn by men during the Hajj pilgrimage)

Prayer cap (often worn by boys and men when offering Prayers)

Prayer mat (often used when offering daily prayers).

Rehal (wooden Qur’an stand)

The audio visual items are:


Expressions of Faith (CD)

Wafa’s Eid (DVD with accompanying booklet and poster)

The books and booklets are:


A Caring Neighbour

A Gift of Friendship

Colouring Book 2: The Arts of the Muslim World

Dawud Wharnsby Ali

Dear Diary

English Translation of Holy Quran

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings

Muslim Child

My Id-ul-Fitr

Ramadan

Seeing Things More Clearly

Stories from the Muslim World

Tell Me About Hajj

Tell Me About Muhammad

The Colour of Home

The Greatest Stories from the Quran

The posters are:


5 Basic Duties of Islam

Sacred Places

Prophets of Allah

How to make Wudu and Salah

4. For what age groups are the Books For Schools resources?

These resource packs are designed for mainstream primary schools to facilitate RE teachers when teaching Islam.

5. How much does a pack cost and from where can I order it?

Materials have been designed to be reusable / photocopiable. We recommend one resource pack per primary school; these are priced at only £250/pack. Resource packs will be ready for distribution in January 2005 and can be ordered from MCBDirect, The Muslim Council of Britain,P O BOX 57330,LONDON E1 2WJ. To order a pack or for further details please email booksforschools@mcb.org.uk.
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3 Reasons the FCC Shouldn't Touch the Internet

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Flag this messageFCC to toughen internet rules.The stage has been set for what many predict will be an ugly fight over broadband plans for US citizens

From the BBC via Will:

FCC to toughen internet rules.The stage has been set for what many predict will be an ugly fight over broadband plans for US citizens."It's a tough road ahead and the telcos are going to fight this to the death," communications director Art Brodsky told BBC News.
Who's Julius Genachowski??He received his J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where he was a notes editor at the Harvard Law Review when it was headed by Barack Obama, who graduated in the same year. Is Harvard actually the ruling power in America?
PS : the whole thing looks more and more like a conspiracy to take over the power in the US by Harvard elite!
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American Thinker:

Israel's Crisis At Sea - Another Storm Coming
By C. Hart

Israel is expecting the arrival soon of another flotilla of ships, this time Iranian sponsored. This follows on the heels of the Turkish IHH and Free Gaza sponsored flotilla that was stopped by Israeli naval commanders on May 31, 2010, when attempting to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is not only concerned about the Iranian flotilla, but Israel's military is on high alert for the possible intrusion of a Lebanese fast boat. The fast boat may attempt to hinder Israel's naval operations at sea, at the same time that the Iranian ship is being intercepted. The fast boat, linked to Hizbullah, is expected to include female Islamic militants on-board.

The Israeli government has stepped up its efforts to warn international activists not to board ships sailing from Iran or Lebanon, claiming it will endanger their lives, as Israel's navy forces plan to stop the ships in international waters before they reach Gaza.

Meanwhile, family members of the nine Turks killed by Israeli naval commandos on the Mavi Mamara ship, say they will join the next IHH sponsored flotilla that sails from Turkey to Gaza. Israel is concerned that Turkey may include a naval escort to accompany future aid ships on their voyage to Gaza.

This guerilla war at sea is a ploy to use "humanitarian" terrorism as a way of changing the political climate in the Middle East, influencing public opinion by trapping Israel in a diplomatic quagmire. It distracts from major issues such as stopping Iran's nuclear capabilities and trying to weaken Iran's goal of regional hegemony.

The Changing Geo-Political Map

The current axis of state-sponsored terrorism (Iran-Syria-Lebanon-Gaza), that has been a major concern for Israel, has now expanded to include Turkey.

Turkey has just downgraded relations with Israel and is set to cancel military contracts with the Jewish State. Until recently, Turkey was Israel's largest trading partner in the region, and its strongest business ally in the Middle East. At least $20 billion dollars of on-going projects in the energy, water, and agricultural sectors are currently at risk because of deteriorating diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel.

While Turkish trade with Israel decreases, Turkish trade with Arab countries is steadily increasing. Last year, Turkey did $29 billion in trade with Arab League nations. Turkey's business with Islamic countries and economic ties to Islamic markets is luring Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan into forming new alliances. He is dependent on Islamic aid to keep him in power. The money coming into his coffers should help him with his reelection campaign in 2011, especially finances pouring in from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is concerned that Iran's intent on becoming a nuclear superpower will give the Shiites throughout the Middle East increased power. This may very well weaken Sunni Arab influence in the region.

Despite the recent Islamic fundamentalism sweeping across Turkey, its reputation for being a secular, modern Islamic state with ties to Europe and the Arab world makes Erdogan a promising new star on the horizon. He could become a mediator in a future struggle between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. The gap in the Shiite-Sunni divide narrows when Moslem interests are shared, specifically in efforts to weaken Israel, diplomatically and militarily. This is another reason Turkey is becoming a catalyst for greater unity among members of the Islamic radical front in the Middle East.

Turkey is currently in a strategic partnership with Iran, intent on strengthening Iran's proxy, Hamas. Turkey would like to overshadow Egypt's mediation efforts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas in order to unite Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. If these two groups unite, they will be a political force to contend with, and will put greater pressure on the international community to lift the Gaza blockade. The leverage Israel has over Hamas would evaporate, and the possible release of Israel's POW, Gilad Shalit, would diminish.

With the recent opening of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, that now allows Hamas militants to cross freely back and forth, it's expected there will be an increase in terror coordination between Hamas and its parent organization, the Moslem Brotherhood. This could cause greater instability within the Egyptian government. A weakening of Egypt's moderates could pave the way for increased terrorist infiltration into Israel through the porous Sinai border.

Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow three Iranian parliamentary members to visit the Gaza Strip. This is the first of its kind by a high-level Iranian delegation. Iranian Revolutionary Guards have already infiltrated Gaza through open border crossings in years past, with the intent of training and instructing Hamas fighters.

Iran has been able to deliver weapons to Hamas, in single components, through Gaza's tunnels. But, Egypt is clamping down on tunnel smuggling, which has resulted in fewer weapons reaching Hamas, as well as less money getting into the hands of its government. This has caused a financial crisis for Hamas, weakening its control of Gaza.

Several of the 40 violent operatives that were on board the Mavi Marmara ship during Israel's recent confrontation with the flotilla, had $10,000, each, in cash. Stacks of money were also found on-board in one of the operatives control rooms. It's probable that the funds were destined for Hamas. Now, with an Iranian delegation being given the green light to enter Gaza, it may be a way of getting millions of dollars into the hands of a cash-strapped Hamas, giving the terrorist organization a lifeline for keeping its government functioning.

The International Community Caters To Hamas

Meanwhile, members of the Obama Administration have recently hinted at future dialogue with Hamas, and Hamas has hinted at backchannel discussions already taking place with the U.S. European and Russian diplomats have been talking to Hamas and the perception is that, while nothing has changed in terms of the Hamas doctrine towards Israel, the international community has changed in that there is more of a willingness to negotiate directly with the terrorist organization.

Hamas wants its Islamic allies to have free access to Gaza's sea port in order to help arm its government with long-range Iranian missiles and other weapons. The kinds of arms that can be brought in by sea are much greater than those that can be smuggled in by land. Egypt is building an underground wall with plans to close the tunnels. This means less opportunity for Hamas to receive weapons by land, and it makes the opening of the Gaza sea port an important strategic goal for Hamas.

Hamas will continue to use humanitarian aid organizations to try and break the Gaza blockade, while the international community debates how much pressure to put on Israel to lift the blockade and open the sea port. There is some acknowledgment on the part of western diplomats that they are playing into the hands of Hamas. But, European and Arab governments are more concerned about riots on their streets from protestors who sympathize with Gaza's need for humanitarian aid for its population. Seeing biased media reports on their TV and computer screens, these protestors do not understand that sufficient aid is coming through Israel's border crossings to adequately feed Gaza residents.

This current crisis is already turning into a war of attrition, catching Israeli leaders by surprise. Israel's military was preparing for a war on its northern and southern borders with Iranian proxies, Hizbullah and Hamas. But, Israel's intelligence agencies did not accurately assess that its adversaries would use humanitarian terrorism as a way of entrapping the Jewish State at sea.

The European Union Emerges As A Key Player

The EU has been debating what to do about the flotilla crisis. Activists from at least 12 European nations were on the recent flotilla, so parliamentary members have a vested interest in calming tensions. Europe could now play a pivotal role in the Middle East in trying to ease the blockade by calling for EU monitors to be stationed at Israeli and Egyptian border crossings into Gaza.

The EU has also talked about a plan to use European monitoring forces at sea in an effort to investigate cargo ships before they come into the area of the Gaza sea port. Israel is opposed to this effort, claiming that international naval monitoring forces did not prevent the smuggling of arms to Hizbullah after the Second Lebanon War. So, why should Israel now trust the effectiveness of such forces to inspect cargo ships in Cyprus or anywhere else before reaching Gaza?

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already claimed that Israel will not allow the free flow of war material and contraband to Hamas via an open Gaza sea passage. Furthermore, if the blockade is lifted, Israel expects a resurgence of arms trafficking, along with an influx of terror groups into Gaza. Already, there is the potential for terrorists to freely move through the Rafah border crossing that has been indefinitely opened by Egypt.

Who Will Win The Battle At Sea During The Next Crisis?

The purpose of the recent flotilla event was to create an international upheaval that would isolate Israel and legitimize Hamas. If you look at Israel's current standing among the nations, the flotilla event was a success in that it did put Israel into greater diplomatic isolation. Round One, Hamas won. If the nations continue to engage Hamas, and play into the hands of humanitarian terrorists, Hamas is bound to win Round Two.

The world was quick to condemn Israel without considering the facts of what happened on the Mavi Marmara ship. As this war of attrition heats up again, Israel's ability to diffuse tensions at sea, will be the key to its effectiveness in diffusing tensions on the diplomatic front and in the public arena.

Israel's elite naval forces have learned that they are not only facing peace activists sailing on Mediterranean waters, but state-sponsored terrorist operatives. With greater intelligence information, along with experiences recently learned at sea, Israel's military will be more prepared to confront the next flotilla of ships expected to arrive close to Israeli-Gaza shores any day now.

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American Spectator:

Barack Obama's Square Box
By Daniel Oliver on 6.18.10

When John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crashed into Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in July 1999 some observers said he had gotten himself into a "square box," meaning that he had run into the limits of his experience and his imagination.

Barack Obama is in a square box, and observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.

There was some question about JFK Jr.'s flying experience. There's no dispute about Barack Obama's executive experience: he has none. In fact, he is the least qualified person ever to be elected president.

Prior to being elected, he had done almost nothing. Certainly nothing requiring, or teaching, executive ability.

He served in some capacity as a "community organizer," which Sarah Palin might say is like running a Sunday-school picnic, but without the kids.

He worked as a civil-rights attorney, whatever that means. And he taught at a law school, which may be why he always sounds as if he's lecturing to twenty-somethings.

He served in the Illinois legislature for a few yeas, but spent most of his time voting "present." Then he served in the U.S. Senate, but for only two years.

Would the directors of any mid-sized company have asked him to be its CEO? He wouldn't even have qualified for -- in Ross Perot's memorable phrase -- middle management.

He is a man without significant executive experience in life.

He also seems to have little imagination. His supporters say he is tremendously brilliant. Maybe. But how do we know? Obama has never released his college or law-school grades, and, given the educational institutions he attended (Columbia College and Harvard Law School), we are entitled to assume he may have been an affirmative-action admittee. As he was to the White House.

Besides, the relationship between brains and imagination is not clear. Harvard brains are obviously not a necessary condition for a fertile imagination. President Reagan went to Eureka College. But he had the imagination -- the vision -- to reduce taxes and win the Cold War. He inspired America and was the most successful president of the 20th century. (Roosevelt only won a war. Reagan won a war and saved the economy.)

Certainly nothing Barack Obama has done since becoming president shows much imagination. He is a complete knee-jerk liberal. Not a single action he has taken makes you say, "Wow, that was clever."

His economic policy is straight from the FDR-progressive mold. And although, like Roosevelt's, it has failed miserably (skyrocketing deficits, persistent unemployment), he lacks the imagination to try something else. Even his speeches are turning into liabilities. Exhibit A (or are we up to Exhibit Q now?): his Oval Office speech on BP, which his friends panned.

His foreign policy is now a Washington joke. Rude to America's friends, obsequious to her enemies, he leaves people wondering what disaster will be next. He got off to an awful start by taking the wrong side in the Honduras crisis. The good guys threw out the bad guy, and Obama backed… the bad guy.

It has only gotten worse. Iran seems set to get the bomb. Israel is friendless in this administration, even when it seeks to keep the bad guys out of Gaza, Israel's Cuba. In Europe he is known as "Obama the Impotent." The president of France wonders out loud if he is "weak." Obama has even dissed our best allies, the British, repealing (to the extent one man can) the long-term "special relationship." And much, much more.

Some people are suggesting that if the Republicans win big in November, Obama may make a midterm course correction, as President Clinton did. But Clinton was a man of experience. (He was also a Rhodes Scholar.) Before he became president, he had been elected governor of Arkansas, defeated for reelection, then reelected two years later. He figured out what people wanted and gave it to them. He even realized that America wanted welfare reform, although he didn't.

Clinton, George Will said, was not our worst president; but he was the worst man ever to become president. Obama is not the worst man ever to become president. But he is certainly the most incompetent, as Americans, watching this weak community organizer flail impotently against the BP oil spill, are now coming to realize.

Obama's performance will not get better, because Obama lacks the experience and the imagination to make it better. His crash now seems inevitable.

Mayday!

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Newsmax:

Son Kills Father Who Translated for US in Iraq
Friday, 18 Jun 2010 08:50 PM

An al-Qaida-linked insurgent shot and killed his own father as he slept in his bed Friday for refusing to quit his job as an Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. military, police said, a rare deadly attack on a close family member over allegations of collaborating with the enemy.

The attack happened on a particularly bloody day in Iraq, with at least 27 people killed nationwide in bombings and ambushes largely targeting the houses of government officials, Iraqi security forces and those seen as allied with them.

Hameed al-Daraji, 50, worked as a contractor and translator for the U.S. military for seven years since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

He was shot in the chest about 3 a.m. while sleeping in his house in Samarra, a former insurgent stronghold 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police Lt. Emad Muhsin said.

Authorities arrested the son and his cousin, saying the young men apparently were trying to prove their loyalty after rejoining the insurgency. Police were also looking for another son who allegedly took part in the attack.

Citing confessions, police said the son whom they arrested, Abdul-Halim Hameed, 30, was a former member of al-Qaida in Iraq who quit the terror network in mid-2007 under pressure from U.S.-Iraqi security operations that have led to a sharp drop in violence in the area.

Col. Hazim Ali, a senior security official in Samarra, said Hameed, his 19-year-old cousin and 24-year-old brother remained committed to extremist causes.

With U.S. troops withdrawing from the country, Ansar al-Sunnah, an insurgent group with ties to al-Qaida, recently lured the men into their ranks with offers of hard cash, Ali said.

The U.S. military said it was looking into the report.

The Samarra assault brought into focus the fears of Iraqis who have worked with the Americans and are worried they'll face renewed violence as their employers prepare to leave the country by the end of next year.

Already, many have been targeted by extremist groups who view them as traitors. But Iraqis could not think of another case in which a family member killed an immediate relative because of his or her employment with the Americans in this country.

Such attacks have happened elsewhere, though.

Several suspected collaborators have been killed by relatives in recent years in the Gaza Strip in an attempt to clear the family name. Most recently, three alleged informers for Israel were killed by family members after busting out of Gaza's central prison during Israel's military offensive against Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009.

Samarra, in the Sunni heartland north of Baghdad, has been one of the hardest areas to control since the U.S.-led invasion. It was the site of the February 2006 bombing that destroyed a revered golden-domed Shiite mosque, sparking a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war.

The area has been relatively peaceful since local tribal leaders revolted against al-Qaida in Iraq, but Ali said sleeper cells were waiting for the chance to regroup.

"Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are trying to recruit some young people in order to carry out attacks in an apparent attempt to show that they are still active," Ali said.

In other violence Friday, gunmen ambushed a checkpoint near the Anbar province town of Qaim, a former insurgent stronghold near the Syrian border, killing seven Iraqi soldiers, according to police, hospital and provincial officials.

They said the gunmen shot an eighth soldier several times but left him alive "to convey a message to the Iraqi army."

Provincial council member Sheik Efan Saadoun blamed the attack on a decision to replace police with Iraqi soldiers who are less familiar with the local surroundings.

Meanwhile, car bombs targeting a police captain and a provincial council member tore through two restive cities north of Baghdad.

One blew up in the city of Tuz Khormato about 50 yards (meters) from the house of Niazi Mohammed, an ethnic Turkomen member of the Salahuddin provincial council, according to police.

City police chief Col. Hussein Ali blamed al-Qaida for the attack, which killed at least eight people and wounded 69. A second car bomb was discovered about 100 yards (meters) from the blast site, but it did not explode, Ali said.

Another blast targeted the house of police Capt. Mustafa Mohammed in the city of Baqouba, killing two neighbors and wounding 27 other people, including some of the officer's relatives, police said.

Hours later in the Sunni district of Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, a bomb exploded at the gate of a house, killing a man and two women who sold tea and water to soldiers at a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint, according to police and hospital officials.

Police said the residents had ignored insurgent warnings to cut off relations with the soldiers.

In a separate attack in Abu Ghraib, gunmen killed an employee of a local irrigation department, 40-year-old Faisal Hassan, his wife and two children as part of an apparent tribal dispute over water distribution, officials said.

Also Friday, two rockets slammed into a group of houses near the Baghdad International Airport, killing two people and wounding eight, police said.

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Chavez Wants Interpol To Arrest Opponent Who Fled His Tyrrany

From the Astute Bloggers:


NYTIMES:

Venezuela on Friday called for the capture of a government opponent who owns a critical television channel and who recently fled the country after authorities sought to arrest him.

The government put out an international request for Guillermo Zuloaga's capture through Interpol, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said.
Zuloaga is the majority owner of Globovision, the country's only remaining channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez.
Authorities believe Zuloaga is in Miami, along with Nelson Mezerhane, who owns a minority stake in Globovision, El Aissami said.
A court last week issued an arrest warrant for Zuloaga and one of his sons.
Prosecutors want Zuloaga jailed while he awaits trial on charges of usury and conspiracy for keeping 24 new vehicles stored at a home he owns. Zuloaga has called the charges bogus and an attempt to intimidate him and silence Globovision.
Mezerhane was already in Florida when banking regulators seized control of his bank, Banco Federal, on Monday citing major financial problems. Mezerhane condemned the bank takeover as political retribution against him and Globovision.
''They flee, they go away, of course,'' El Aissami said. ''In Miami -- where Mr. Zuloaga is, where Mr. Mezerhane is -- they have the necessary conditions of complicity and impunity.''

WHO IS EL AISSAMI? HERE:

The recent designation of Tarek El – Aissami as Minster of Interior and Justice of Venezuela has raised concerns because of his connections with extremist groups.
Mr. El – Aissami is a Venezuelan national of Syrian descent who, before becoming Minster of Interior and Justice, occupied the position of Deputy Interior Minister for Public Security. His father, Carlos Aissami, is the head of the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath political party. Before the invasion of Iraq, he held a press conference in which he described himself as a Taliban and called Osama Bin Laden, "the great Mujahedeen, Sheik Osama bin Laden." Tarek's great-uncle Shibli el-Aissami was a prominent ideologist and assistant to the party's secretary general in Baghdad during the Saddam Hussein regime.[1]
It was discovered that in 2003 El Aissami was appointed, along with another radical student leader from the University of the Andes in the city of Mérida, Hugo Cabezas, to head the country's passport and naturalization service, the Onidex (Identification and Immigration Office). The choice came as a surprise precisely because of their ties with guerrilla movements at Universidad de Los Andes (ULA). Evidence has surfaced that during this time both men illegally issued Venezuelan passports and identity documents to members of Hezbollah and Hamas.CHAVEZ IS PART OF THE AXIS OF EVIL ALONG WITH TURKEY AND IRAN AND SYRIA AND AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN.

WE SHOULD TREAT THEM ALL ACCORDINGLY.

AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN APPEASE THEM, EITHER.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Traveling Wilburys
Handle With Care


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This One's For WC, Always on Watch and The Gathering Storm Show

Tutti Cantare!

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Because the rest of the time he is Obama's caddy. . .

ABC:

Obama's Spill Recovery Chief Will Be Part-Time
2 big jobs: Spill recovery chief to split time as Navy boss, puzzling some environmentalists
The Associated Press
By MATT APUZZO and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

President Barack Obama's point man charting a new future for the oil-poisoned Gulf Coast will do the job part-time. Some environmentalists said the job demands someone's full attention.

(AP) Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who oversees 900,000 Navy and Marine personnel, is inheriting an amorphous second job as the Obama administration's leader of long-term environmental and economic planning. His task is no less than rebuilding a region still suffering after Hurricane Katrina and beset by decades of environmental problems.

Mabus won't resign from his Navy job. When President George W. Bush picked Donald Powell to lead the recovery after Hurricane Katrina, Powell resigned as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

"The president talked to the governor about this, and they both agreed that he had the ability to do both," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday after Mabus met with Obama at the White House.

That prompted quick criticism from the Defenders of Wildlife, which is working to save animals from the oil that has gushed from an offshore BP oil well for nearly two months.

"The idea that he is only going to work on this part-time is disturbing," said Robert Irvin, the group's vice president for conservation programs. "If this is the equivalent of war, as the president has been saying, it needs a full-time general."

the rest here if you're so inclined. Why we need yet another czar no one quite understands. We got more czars than the Russians ever did.

I didn't really just say that. . .

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Incomparable

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Gotta Love The Alabama Ads These Days

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Good news - Imam to be deported, convent sale to MSA on hold?

Thanks to Her Royal Whyness:

With a growing Muslim community in Rutherford County, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro wants to build on Veals Road. The project done in phases could take years to finish: a 52,000-square-foot mosque, with a community ...
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A plan to sell a Roman Catholic convent on Staten Island to a Muslim group for use as a mosque is faltering in the face of community opposition. In a letter sent on Thursday to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan , the Rev ...
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The embattled pastor of the Midland Beach church considering the sale of a former convent to the Muslim American Society has withdrawn his support, and asked Archbishop Timothy Dolan to stop the ...
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The controversial sale of a former Midland Beach convent to the Muslim American Society for use as a community center and mosque was dealt a blow today when the pastor who signed the contract ...
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A judge put Yasser Mohamed Shahade on probation for 10 years and designated him a sexual offender Thursday. He will be deported to Egypt. He faced 15 years in prison if convicted of the initial charge, sexual battery on ...
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TAMPA - A Muslim imam accused of molesting a boy at a Tampa mosque pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and will be deported. Yasser Mohamed Shahade, 35, pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious molestation. He was initially ...
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Stupak Gets the Ball Rolling: “Legitimate” for BP Escrow Account to Fund Health Care

 From Weasel Zippers:


Barton couldn’t have been more on target when he said the Dems will end up using BP’s $20 billion as a slush fund, sadly he retracted his comments after his fellow Republicans threw him under the bus…

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.): “I think we had to have someone say this is where you can go without limiting your criminal liability or civil liability.For instance, the question is brought up, pay for all of the health care for the people in the Gulf. No, but Ithink those who lost their job, then lost their health care would be legitimate.”
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Pakistan May Seek Death Penalty For Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg For “Blasphemy Against Prophet Mohammed”


I’m sure the fact that Facebook’s founder is a Joooo has nothing to do with it…

Click on the title to read the whole thing at Weasel Zippers.



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Angelina Jolie is a Racist Bastard

Because, you know, as a WHITE woman she keeps accetping roles that should go to BLACK actresses.

Like that of Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. Because Mariane's mother was part African many in the black community felt it should have gone to a black actress. Nevermind that Mariane Pearl herself chose Angelina for the part.

And now she has the nerve to play Cleopatra. And the same criticisms are arising.

Fucking morons.

Daily Mail:

Race row erupts over casting of Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra
By Sophie Forbes

She hasn't even been officially confirmed as having the role, but Angelina Jolie is already receiving criticism over her possible portrayal of the legendary Queen of the Nile.
Jolie, who turned 35 last week, is caught up in a racially charged debate over whether the role should have been played by a black woman.
The Egyptian royal was most famously portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.

The new film's producer, Scott Rudin, previously told USA Today the role is being developed with Angelina in mind as she has 'the perfect look'.

But this statement has angered members of the African American community
An Essence Magazine online story asks, 'Another White Actress to Play Cleopatra?'

'Honestly, I don't care how full Angelina Jolie's lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a black woman.'

Jolie adopted her daughter Zahara,5, from Ethiopia and gave birth to Shiloh,3, in Namibia. She also has 3 other children with partner, Brad Pitt. Maddox, 8, Pax, 6, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 2.

'Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day?' the writer continued.

'Why does Hollywood think it’s even slightly plausible to cast white women in roles that would be more sensible to cast a black actress for? Especially when that role is an African queen.'

The film is being directed by Ocean’s 11's Steven Soderberg, who originally planned to turn Cleopatra into a $30 million 3D epic starring Catherine-Zeta Jones and Hugh Jackman.

The casting of Joile has been backed by Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff, who wrote the book which the film is based on, Cleopatra: A Life.

'I think [Jolie] be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future,' she said. 'Physically, she’s got the perfect look.'

The original film was one of the most infamous films of all time.

With several delays lasting months due to illness, crew strikes, a change of director and even deaths on set, the movie became the most expensive film ever made - nearly bankrupting 20th Century Fox.



(I'd say something about her playing with my asp but you've already thought it)

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You know that freedom of speech and blasphemy thing?

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On March 20, 1974, a juvenile began yelling at a saleswoman in a downtown Boston department store, calling her, to quote from a subsequent account of the incident, a "'f----- a-----' and the like." When a female security guard approached, the juvenile "continued his tirade, calling her, among other things, a 'f------ a------' and a 'f----- pig.'" When asked to leave, the youngster "gestured by raising the third finger of his hand, symbolizing what he was verbally expressing." The juvenile was finally removed from the store, but managed to return and resume his previous behavior. All told, his activities went on for some forty minutes, and were witnessed by more than a hundred shoppers. The juvenile was tried and convicted of being a disorderly person; on appeal, however, the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction, holding that it had violated the defendant's right to "freedom of expression" under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

This was upheld

Connect the dots today

With thanks to NRO

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Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

They dissappeared over the last 2 years, none in the last 3 months and NOW they are issuing a BOLO???

Foxnews:

By Jana Winter

A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com has learned.

The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," written by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas and obtained by FoxNews.com.

The Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) bulletin was distributed to local and federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday night.

The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.

"I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute," said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. "They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months."

The most recent Afghan to disappear from Lackland was First Lt. Javed Aryan, who went AWOL in January 2010, Emery told FoxNews.com. The others listed in the NCIS report disappeared at various times last year.

Each of the missing Afghans was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they "could attempt to enter DOD installations," according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.

"The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS," it reads.

Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), which is shared by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is a computer-based database used to identify people suspected of violating federal law.

Afghans are not the only foreign military who have gone AWOL from Lackland, Emery said.

"In 2009, the Defense Language Institute English Language Center reported two other students from countries other than Afghanistan went missing," he told FoxNews.com. "They include one Iraqi who requested asylum in Houston and one Djiboutian whose status is unknown. To date in 2010, one student from Tunisia and one from Guinea Bissau have gone AWOL in addition to the Afghani student [Aryan] who went AWOL in January.

"To put these numbers in perspective," Emery said, "more than 3,400 international students entered training at DLI in 2009, including 228 from Afghanistan."

A senior law enforcement official said Friday that the Afghans' disappearance was more of an immigration violation than a security threat, saying there are no "strong indications to any terrorism nexus or impending threat."

The official further said that an unspecified number of the 17 have been caught. "A number of these guys have already been located or accounted for by now," the official said. "Some are in removal proceedings to be deported already. (Authorities) still need to locate the others, and that is why the bulletin went out."

The official said the information is "kind of old" -- up to two years -- but added, "It is important in the sense that some people look to come to the U.S. and will take advantage of invitations to train or attend a conference or to study, etc. But their real intention is to get to the U.S. and start a new life. It is not completely rare for this to happen....

"Although we are vigilant and need to work toward not allowing this to happen," the official said, this alert should "not necessarily" be described as "a national security threat, more of a 'hey these guys violated our laws and we need to find them.'"

Included in the bulletin are photos of the 17 men, accompanied by their dates of birth and their TECS Lookout numbers.

The bulletin requests, "If any Afghan pictured herein is encountered, detain the subject and contact your local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, the FBI or NCIS."

"When a DLI student goes missing," Emery said, "officials report the incident to the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the sponsoring service branch. Invitational Travel Orders, passports, driver licenses, and airline tickets are revoked in order to hamper travel opportunities for the missing students."

The FBI and NCIS did not respond to requests for comment. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman referred FoxNews.com to the FBI.

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Alex, I know I am so going to burn in hell for swiping this from you but it is hilarious.


The Three Terrors

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Hey Will! Thanks for All the Links Dude!

Electric Light Orchestra
Turn to Stone




Sweet Talking Woman

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Evil Woman


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bali: Muslim Seduced By Cow - Cow Must Be Killed According To Islamic Bullshit

Thanks to Anonymous for the story and the title.

RRA notes:


Secret identities of the 72 virgins revealed! 
Paradise-bound shahids in udder shock! 
Mooooooooslims riot over "insult" to Holy Cows! 
IBA milking story for all it's worth!

:)

From Short News:
Nhurah A. from Bali was caught in the sex with a cow.  According to the village oldest, the 18-year-old was observed of a villager how he stood naked behind the cow and held its rear.  In the interrogation, the culprit explained that the cow would be a young and beautiful girl. 

"You has me called and made flattering comments, had I sex with its", said A. vis-à-vis the authorities.  In order to clean the village of the "dirty behavior", the cow is supposed to be drowned now after traditional ritual in a lake. 

The culprit A. must wash itself in the ocean and must pay 2,000 Balanese coins as a fine. 
In an IBA exclusive, we have obtained photos of this bovine babe. I mean, you can't really blame him, Can you?

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Clinton: Obama Administration to Sue Arizona Over Immigration Law

According to CBS, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the Obama administration has already decided to file suit against the state of Arizona over their decision to enforce federal immigration law by requiring immigrants in that state to carry documentation of their status.

Apparently, Obummah objects to states enforcing federal immigration law via their own legislation because "the federal government should be determining immigration policy".

Just follow the white rabbit, folks. Tea will be served. And a very happy unbirthday to all.


June 17, 2010 3:10 PM
Hillary Clinton Says White House Will Sue Over Arizona Immigration Law
Updated 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time

According to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to file suit over Arizona's controversial immigration law, which Mr. Obama has called "misguided" and potentially discriminatory.

According to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, the decision has already been made.
"President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy," she said in an interview with an Ecuadorean television station flagged by The Right Scoop. "And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act."

The Arizona law, which would go into effect in July, requires immigrants in the state to carry documents verifying their immigration status and requires police officers to question a person about his or her immigration status during a "lawful stop" if there is "reasonable suspicion" that person may be in the country illegally.

Holder has indicated that he believes "the law is an unfortunate one that will be subject to potential abuse" and said that the Justice Department is "considering a court challenge."

It is not clear whether Clinton was just making a prediction or whether she was getting ahead of a planned announcement by the administration. The Justice Department said today it is continuing to review the law.

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YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY

Afghan Woman Having Her Picture Taken For Voter Registration Card

Didn't George Bush say something about a war for Freedom?



A burqa-clad Afghan woman has her picture taken as she registers for parliamentary elections at a voter registration centre in Herat, Afghanistan. (London Telegraph/EPA)
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Peter Singer, New York Times: "Should This Be The Last Generation of Humans?

Peter Singer is a respected Philosopher who teaches at Princeton, and a malevolent human being.

He is probably the most famous modern Philosopher, and one of the primary things he is known for is having written a book called Animal Liberation, which argues that Animals deserve the same rights humans do, because of their ability to suffer.

He argues, here, that this ability to suffer is exactly the reason human beings ought to off themselves. Which leads to the question of whether we ought to off all the animals before we off ourselves.

From the NYT, via Saint Johnny:

Have you ever thought about whether to have a child? If so, what factors entered into your decision? Was it whether having children would be good for you, your partner and others close to the possible child, such as children you may already have, or perhaps your parents? For most people contemplating reproduction, those are the dominant questions. Some may also think about the desirability of adding to the strain that the nearly seven billion people already here are putting on our planet’s environment. But very few ask whether coming into existence is a good thing for the child itself. Most of those who consider that question probably do so because they have some reason to fear that the child’s life would be especially difficult — for example, if they have a family history of a devastating illness, physical or mental, that cannot yet be detected prenatally.

All this suggests that we think it is wrong to bring into the world a child whose prospects for a happy, healthy life are poor, but we don’t usually think the fact that a child is likely to have a happy, healthy life is a reason for bringing the child into existence. This has come to be known among philosophers as “the asymmetry” and it is not easy to justify. But rather than go into the explanations usually proffered — and why they fail — I want to raise a related problem. How good does life have to be, to make it reasonable to bring a child into the world? Is the standard of life experienced by most people in developed nations today good enough to make this decision unproblematic, in the absence of specific knowledge that the child will have a severe genetic disease or other problem?

The 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer held that even the best life possible for humans is one in which we strive for ends that, once achieved, bring only fleeting satisfaction. New desires then lead us on to further futile struggle and the cycle repeats itself.
Schopenhauer’s pessimism has had few defenders over the past two centuries, but one has recently emerged, in the South African philosopher David Benatar, author of a fine book with an arresting title: “Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence.” One of Benatar’s arguments trades on something like the asymmetry noted earlier. To bring into existence someone who will suffer is, Benatar argues, to harm that person, but to bring into existence someone who will have a good life is not to benefit him or her.
Few of us would think it right to inflict severe suffering on an innocent child, even if that were the only way in which we could bring many other children into the world. Yet everyone will suffer to some extent, and if our species continues to reproduce, we can be sure that some future children will suffer severely. Hence continued reproduction will harm some children severely, and benefit none.
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Benatar also argues that human lives are, in general, much less good than we think they are. We spend most of our lives with unfulfilled desires, and the occasional satisfactions that are all most of us can achieve are insufficient to outweigh these prolonged negative states. If we think that this is a tolerable state of affairs it is because we are, in Benatar’s view, victims of the illusion of pollyannaism. This illusion may have evolved because it helped our ancestors survive, but it is an illusion nonetheless.
If we could see our lives objectively, we would see that they are not something we should inflict on anyone.
Here is a thought experiment to test our attitudes to this view. Most thoughtful people are extremely concerned about climate change. Some stop eating meat, or flying abroad on vacation, in order to reduce their carbon footprint. But the people who will be most severely harmed by climate change have not yet been conceived. If there were to be no future generations, there would be much less for us to feel to guilty about.
So why don’t we make ourselves the last generation on earth? If we would all agree to have ourselves sterilized then no sacrifices would be required — we could party our way into extinction!
Of course, it would be impossible to get agreement on universal sterilization, but just imagine that we could. Then is there anything wrong with this scenario? Even if we take a less pessimistic view of human existence than Benatar, we could still defend it, because it makes us better off — for one thing, we can get rid of all that guilt about what we are doing to future generations — and it doesn’t make anyone worse off, because there won’t be anyone else to be worse off.

Is a world with people in it better than one without? Put aside what we do to other species — that’s a different issue. Let’s assume that the choice is between a world like ours and one with no sentient beings in it at all. And assume, too — here we have to get fictitious, as philosophers often do — that if we choose to bring about the world with no sentient beings at all, everyone will agree to do that. No one’s rights will be violated — at least, not the rights of any existing people. Can non-existent people have a right to come into existence?

I do think it would be wrong to choose the non-sentient universe. In my judgment, for most people, life is worth living. Even if that is not yet the case, I am enough of an optimist to believe that, should humans survive for another century or two, we will learn from our past mistakes and bring about a world in which there is far less suffering than there is now. But justifying that choice forces us to reconsider the deep issues with which I began. Is life worth living? Are the interests of a future child a reason for bringing that child into existence? And is the continuance of our species justifiable in the face of our knowledge that it will certainly bring suffering to innocent future human beings?
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Semi-sense

Barry Rubin at the Gloria Center tells that the EU's foreign ministers have shown some partial sanity on the subject of both Gaza and Iran. But again, it's only partial sensibility they've shown.

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CNBC Analyst Says Obama is “Once Again Creating His Own Sense of Legal System” 


From Weasel Zippers:



The analyst pointed out that “once again,” President Obama has “created his own sense of legal system. He fired the CEO of General Motors. He circumvented the rights of bondholders in the GM situation, and now he’s confiscated $20 Billion from a private company to set up “a financial and legal framework that already exists. It’s not his job to create laws, it’s his job to enforce laws."
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The Democratic Party is TOTALLY SCREWED: 71% Say Government Response To Oil Leak Important To Their Vote

Seventy-one percent (71%) of U.S. Voters rate the government's response to the Gulf oil leak as at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote in November, with 35% who say it is Very Important.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of Likely Voters say the government's response is not very or not at all important to their upcoming vote.


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Just how Islamo-paranoid is the new (old-old) Turkey?

TURKS SUSPECT ISRAELI ROLE IN PKK ATTACK ON NAVAL BASE AT ISKENDERUN
Hours before the deadly Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara and other ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, an assault on Turkey's Iskenderun Naval Base left seven servicemen killed and six injured (Firat, May 31; Today's Zaman, June 6). Though earlier reports indicated the attack was on the naval installation, Hatay Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz said later that PKK members fired on a military vehicle carrying troops to sentry posts with RPG-7 grenade launchers and "long-range weapons" (TurkishPress.com, May 31). Iskenderun Naval Base is located in the Hatay province of southern Turkey on the northeast coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The base hosts the largest of Turkey's three naval training centers. Iskenderun is well outside the usual range of PKK military attacks, though the group has carried out terrorist bombings throughout Turkey.
The deadly attack at Iskenderun came shortly after midnight, on the morning of May 31. A few hours later, Israeli commandos boarded six ships carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza in international waters, killing nine and injuring dozens more. All of the casualties were Turks, and the news of the event sparked large protests throughout the nation. Inevitably, news of the fatal attack on Iskenderun looked to many Turks like two sides of the same coin. The feeling was reflected at top levels across the political board; AKP Deputy Chairman Huseyin Celik remarked:

"We do not think that it is a coincidence that these two attacks took place at the same time" (Today's Zaman, June 2).

After expressing regret over the losses at Iskenderun, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu stated, "At a time when the Israeli army continues military operations, it is meaningful that such an incident took place in Turkey" (Today's Zaman, June 2).

Turkish intelligence agencies are reported to be investigating any links between the raid on the flotilla and the attack on the naval base (Today's Zaman, June 6). Funerals of the dead servicemen across Turkey were attended by prominent government officials and large numbers of mourners carrying flags and shouting slogans (Hurriyet, June 1).

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