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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sci-fi babe of the week



Charlize Theron, futuristic technology (or at least chic sci-fi styling), and drop-dead sex appeal. An infidel trifeca!
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Et Tu, Google Chrome?

Lately I have been have a massive amount of trouble getting to and from conservative blogs. The blogs in particular are most of my favorites;

IBA
Astute Bloggers
Gateway Pundit
Atlas Shrugs (truth is, Pamela's blog has always run slow, so this is nothing new)
Jawa Report

There are several others, but those are the biggies.

Many times, my computer freezes up and gives an "Unresponsive Script" warning. This is the Unresponsive Script:

chrome://global/content/bindings/tabbox.xml:69

Actually there are one or two others that come up. But they are also listed as "chrome".

I never signed up for Google Chrome and I do not want it.

So, what the hell is this problem, and how do I fix it?

Is this problem unique to my computer, or is Google Chrome actually making an attempt to sabotage conservative blogs?





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How to tell a military intervention was a mistake, Chapter 1


Financial Times:

Iraq and Iran form alliance within Opec


Iran and Iraq are forming a strengthening alliance insideOpec, raising concerns among moderate Arab Gulf producers like Saudi Arabia and increasing the potential for discord in the oil producers’ group.
Withthe EU sovereign debt crisis worsening and growing fears for the global economy, the deep divisions within Opec risk undermining the organisation’s ability to do its job of effectively managing oil supply and preventing violent price swings.
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A person familiar with the matter said Opec’s meeting in Vienna on Thursday was overshadowed by “strong disagreements” over issues ranging from the acceptable price of oil, to the global supply-demand balance, to who should replace the current secretary general of the organisation.High quality global journalism requires investment. 

A particular bone of contention was a proposal by Venezuela – backed by other Opec hardliners like Iran, Iraq and Algeria – that the group should protest against the EU sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme. The move was rebuffed by Saudi Arabia and other moderates including Nigeria, Libya and Kuwait, who argued that such protests were the preserve of foreign ministers, not oil ministers.
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Iraq … HOW MANY LIVES LOST?
HOW MUCH TREASURE?
Now what are we prepared to do?
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Ottoman Empire 'Wisdom' - ISRAEL Called "Wilayat Soorya" meaning "Province of Syria"

From Will at The Other News:
It is important to note that this 1893 map is an Arabic map, so it can't be brushed aside as a misunderstanding of the Ottoman Empire or Western propaganda.
IQ al Rassooli, who emailed this map to the JawaReport, notes:
 ...the area of Israel is called " Wilayat Soorya" meaning "Province of Syria." This land was under the domination of the Ottomans for almost 500 years and NO WHERE can one read the word Palestine or Palestinian on it.
Read the full story here.
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"Running on Empty"

I've always loved this song:


In the mess that we've got today in America and all around the world, the song resonates with me.

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If you want to know why it feels like decline… HERE IS THE LEADERSHIP MINDSET THAT CREATES THAT FEELING


Weekly Standard:

Biden Says the ‘Great’ Cities Are in China, Not America

“If I blindfolded Americans and took them into some of the airports or ports in China, and then took one of them to any of your cities in the middle of the night just so that they could see it,”Biden said.

“If I said, ‘which one is in America and which one is in China,’ most Americans would say, ‘That great one is in America.’”

The size, population density, crowds, mass …that is greatness?
Has he ever been to Zurich’s airport?
Schiphol?
Heathrow?
If you came to the small 26,000 population city in a rural state that I live in and head over to the 12,000 foot runway, the massive taxiways of a former B-36, B-47 base, and current tanker base, and PRIMARY FIRST STOP for returning forces from the MIDDLE EAST, where local volunteers ARE ALWAYS THERE TO GREET AND THANK THE RETURNING TROOPS NO MATTER WHAT TIME, is that less great then Chengdu?
Joe Biden is merely reflecting the inner gestalt of those people in the administration. Those people have ALL lost hold of the rope.
They don’t believe in space exploration, they believe it’s REMNANT should be an outreach to other religions
They don’t believe in PURELY DEFENSIVE WEAPONS which can only be of use once an enemy has actually attacked us, they believe in sly off microphone remarks assuring the potential enemy that once the people have been euchred at the voting booth, we will cooperate with them
They don’t believe in the GOODNESS of the business and profit which made it possible for the USA to become FDR’s Arsenal of Democracy, they believe those things, business and profit are predatory vultures and it’s result which harms the people.
They don’t believe America’s basis in the Constitution and the limits its places on govt, and therefore the FREEDOM OF ACTION it RECOGNIZES THE PEOPLE OWN BY NATURAL LAW is the best thing for us. They believe they know better.
They think what makes you great is a large, crowded airport in the middle of the night, in a nation which houses suicidal workers in dormitories to enforce them remaining alive and at the ready to be the MATRIX ENERGY to make RETINA SCREENS at any time of the day in one of a series of factories of 120,000 in cities created by demand for the cheapest ‘thing’ that month, and by the way compels abortions on women 7 1/2 months pregnant when you are late paying your 2nd child’s BIRTH PENALTY.
Sounds great to me!
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Yeah, right: More 'political freedom' for Malaysian university students

Malaysia says university students are now allowed to have more 'political freedom'. Well and good, but those students had better not do anything rash like supporting Israel or criticizing Malaysian mistreatment of non Muslims or criticizing Islam. Remember, the Malaysian government has officially declared that freedom and Islam do not mix. From "Students take advantage of more political freedom" by Tashny Sukumaran, The Star, 16 June 2012:
KUALA LUMPUR: Student activists have wasted no time in taking advantage of the Universities and University Colleges Act (AUKU) 1971 amendments that allow them to engage in political activity.

The newly started Barisan Nasional Youth Volunteers (BNYV) movement is one such outlet, boasting over 400 members despite having been around for just over a month.

The brainchild of Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin, the movement has members as young as 18 and from all ethnic groups and walks of life.

Izzati Aisyah Adnan, a 19-year-old law student, said that joining the movement was "the best choice I've ever made".

A team member, Izzati, said she had a passion for local governance that she was not allowed to express before the amendments were made.

"We can use BNYV to connect and bring our enthusiasm and unique perspectives to the table," she said late Friday night at a tweet-up.

Izzati and a crowd of other members had gathered at NZ Caf in Jalan Ampang for a a tweet-up with Khairy, who engaged with the crowd and answered questions for two hours.

"I'm doing this so we can see a new culture in BN, of your own initiative and intention," he told the rapt audience.

"I want to prove that the youth of this nation can make a difference."

BNYVs will engage in public campaigning, voter education workshops, social work, communications, and even hope to set up voter registration booths for unregistered voters.

25-year-old Loganesh Sivabalan joined to contribute to society.

"The government has done a lot for youths. We have so many energetic youngsters in Malaysia who are interested in politics, and some are influenced by the opposition," he said, criticising the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government for not stepping up to the plate during the recent PTPTN freeze on Selangor-owned university Unisel.

28-year-old Zaidel Baharuddin, who is BNYV's project coordinator, echoed this sentiment, saying that it was a platform for youths to have their political opinions heard.

"Unlike Pakatan Rakyat, we don't hijack the voice of the youth and claim to speak for them. We listen to you," he said.

You can bet that the Malaysian government will be listening. Listening for anyone with unauthorized Islamophobic opinions.

Crossposted at Infidel Bloggers Alliance and Pedestrian Infidel
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The Arab Winter in Egytp: Massive Violence on the Horizon as Egyptian Army Takes Control


From Barry Rubin:
The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court has just invalidated the parliamentary election there. The parliament, 75 percent of whose members were Islamists, is being dissolved. The military junta has taken over total authority. The presidential election is still scheduled for a few dozen hours from now.

In short, everything is confused and everything is a mess. All calculations are thrown to the wind. What this appears to be is a new military coup. What is the underlying theme? The armed forces concluded that an Islamist takeover was so dangerous for Egypt and for its own interests that it is better to risk civil war, a bloodbath, and tremendous unpopularity than to remain passive and turn over power. I believe this decision was made very reluctantly and not out of some lust for power by the generals. They have decided that they had no choice.

Yes, it is under legal cover, but nobody is going to see it as a group of judges — appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak, remember — looking deep into the law books and coming up with a carefully reasoned decision based on precedent. In theory, this will be seen by every Islamist — whether Salafi or Muslim Brotherhood — and by most of the liberals — who feel closer to the Islamists than to the government — as if the 2011 revolution has just been reversed. In preparation, the army prepared a new regulation allowing itself arrest anyone.

Prediction: massive violence.
Still, there’s something strange going on. So far, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists have not reacted so strongly. Is it that they were caught unawares, or want to keep quiet because they think they’ll win the presidential election, or maybe there will be some kind of deal in which the Muslim Brotherhood backs down, most of the parliamentary members will be allowed to stay on, and the military will retain a lot of political power? Everything is up in the air? So far the Brotherhood doesn’t seem so upset by the decision. Why is that?

With typical journalistic “neutrality,” CNN’s Ben Wedeman reported from Cairo: “Those who don’t want to see a return to the oppression of the past … are very unhappy with this ruling.” What about the people who don’t want a radical Islamist regime and a Sharia state to become the oppression of the future?
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Congressional Leaders Call for Investigations of Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of the Obama Administration

From Will at The Other News:
(CfSP).Washington, DC, June 14, 2012: Five influential Members of Congress called yesterday for the inspectors general (IGs) of government departments with national security responsibilities to investigate whether their agencies are being subjected to influence operations mounted as part of what the Muslim Brotherhood calls its “civilization jihad.”
This initiative holds out hope that a grave, and largely unremarked, threat may thus be recognized and thwarted in time.


The authors of letters sent to the IGs for the Departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are:
  • Rep. Michele Bachman, a member of the House Intelligence Committee and Chairwoman of the House Tea Party Caucus
  • Rep. Trent Franks, Chairman of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution a member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert, Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Rep. Tom Rooney, Deputy Majority Whip and member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee; and
In a joint press statement, each of these congressional leaders expressed profound concern about the dangers posed by the Muslim Brotherhood and the need to understand that threat here in the United States. What is more, they cited in their letters evidence of the penetration of Brotherhood operatives and allies inside the Obama administration, and examples of policies that appear to have been influenced as a result.
 
The legislators explicitly draw upon documentation of that evidence contained in Parts 8 and 9 the Center for Security Policy’s new, ten-part online video curriculum: The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within (www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com).
 
Center President Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. said:
 
These five key legislators are to be commended for their exemplary leadership on a matter of utmost peril to this country – namely, the stealthy effort being made by avowed enemies of this country, the Muslim Brotherhood, to destroy us ‘from within.’ 
 
Their request for the five inspectors general to conduct investigations of the Brotherhood’s progress toward that end – and report back within ninety days – will hopefully be seconded by others in both parties and be swiftly addressed by the IGs, given their responsibility for conducting such independent inquiries within executive branch agencies. 
 
The Center for Security Policy’s extensive research, and the online course that presents it, shows those inquiries are fully warranted and urgently needed – as are, for that matter, corresponding investigations by the Congress, as well. 
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Wow!

Just Who The Fuck Does Obama Think He Is?

He didn't ask for an argument?

This isn't the time for questions?

It is the right thing to do for the American People?

Methinks the man is coming unhinged.

Can't handle the pressure of being behind. Or of being a behind.

Whatever.

Testy tyrannical prick.

This is our President. Leader of the free world.

Yikes.



Here's just the fiery parts



The reporter was Neil Munro from the Daily Caller. According to The Blaze he has since issued this statement:

“I always go to the White House prepared with questions for our president. I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States. I know he rarely takes questions before walking away from the podium. When I asked the question as he finished his speech, he turned his back on the many reporters, and walked away while I and at least one other reporter asked questions.”
Wonder if Tingles or Madcow or Sgt Schultz would have gotten the same treatment?

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THE PRESIDENT WAS A JOB CREATOR FROM DAY ONE


Thank you Ms. Pelosi. By the way the private sector is doing fine.
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HOORAY FOR AMERICA! WE SUCK THE LEAST!


Despite everything, it’s the USA, the american people as expressed by US Treasury Notes

Foreign holdings of US debt hit record high

Foreign holdings of US debt hit record high; China ups holdings after 2 declinesForeign demand for U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record high in April. China, the largest buyer of Treasury debt, increased its holdings slightly after trimming them for two straight months.

TheTreasury Departmentsaid Friday that total foreign holdings rose 0.4 percent to $5.16 trillion. It was the fourth consecutive monthly increase.
Demand for U.S. debt is rising largely because investors are worried about Europe’s worsening debt crisis. U.S.government debtis considered one of the safest investments.
China boosted its holdings 0.1 percent to $1.15 trillion in April. That followed a 1 percent drop in March and a 0.9 percent decline in February. March’s figures were revised down from the government’s initial estimate a month ago that China had boosted its holdings in March.
Japan, the second-largest buyer of Treasury debt, trimmed its holdings 0.9 percent to $1.07 trillion. Brazil, the third-largest buyer of Treasury debt, boosted its holdings 5.3 percent to $246.7 billion.
Britain increased its holdings 26.5 percent to $154.2 billion while France increased its holdings by 29.4 percent to $59.4 billion. Germany, the largest economy in Europe, boosted its holdings ofTreasury securities1.5 percent to $65.6 billion.
Demand for Treasury securities has remained strong despite the first-ever downgrade of the government’s debt last August. Standard & Poor’s lowered its rating on long-term Treasury debt one notch from AAA to AA+ following a prolonged debate in Congress over increasing the nation’s borrowing limit.
Last week, S&P reaffirmed that rating and said it was keeping a negative outlook on the rating for the future. S&P said U.S. political leaders were not addressing the federal debt burden. The rating agency predicted that the government’s debt, as a percent of the economy, would rise from 77 percent in 2011 to 83 percent this year and 87 percent by 2016.
Imagine what would happen to cash flow if Barack Obama is GONE, and the promise of American Fiscal Responsibility increased by 0.01%, and US business confidence in a growing business sector increased by 5%
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Breaking: Obama Issues Executive Order Halting Deportations of Younger Illegal Immigrants, Will Be Given Work Permits

What is this President not able to do with an Executive Order?

Via ThinkProgress:
President Obama will announce a new immigration policy this morning that will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization.
Under the president’s “deferred action” executive order, students in the U.S. who are already in deportation proceedings or those who qualify for the DREAM Act and have yet to come forward to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, will not be deported and will be allowed to work in the United States.
An estimated 1 million young people could benefit from the deferral. To be eligible, applicants have to be between 15 and 30 years old, live in the U.S. for five years, and maintain continuous U.S. residency. People who have one felony, one serious misdemeanor, or three minor misdemeanors will be ineligible to apply. “Deferred action” will last for two years and can be renewed.
Obama is expected to speak about this new policy later today.
Update:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration deportation policies.
The policy change, described to The Associated Press by two senior administration officials, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It also bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act, a long-sought but never enacted plan to establish a path toward citizenship for young people who came to the United States illegally but who have attended college or served in the military.
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Obama Is A "Radical" Who Is "Dangerous" To Free Speech Says.....Mitch McConnell

From Drew at Ace:
Today, Mitch McConnell is going to speak at AEI (11:30 eastern, livestream here) and he gave Breitbart News a preview:
“This is a dangerous, radical administration,” said McConnell.
“I’m going to lay out a long litany of abuses pursued by the Obama Administration and its allies against its political opponents,” McConnell said. “It’s reminiscent of the Nixon administration. It’s much more pervasive than Clinton. They have their enemies list. They’re checking it twice. They’re going to go after those that have been naughty and not nice.”
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McConnell is incensed over the administration’s use of government and nongovernmental resources to target its political enemies. “They’ve used the IRS, the FEC, the FCC, the SEC, their allies in the Obama campaign to go after people who disagree with them. The Obama campaign has rifled through the divorce records of a major donor to an opposing super PAC. The government itself is intimidating donors. Appointees at the IRS and other agencies are pursuing similar efforts to ferret out who is contributing to outside groups critical of the administration so that they can scare them off the playing field and shut them up.”
More:
Most frightening of all, says McConnell, is that David Axelrod, head of the president’s re-election campaign and former White House honcho, has stated that “he wants to amend the First Amendment – the ultimate act of radicalism – to give to the federal government the ability to control the speech of American citizens who band together to pursue a political cause.

Sen. McConnell says that there is a “full-scale effort underway to intimidate and harass their opponents. It wouldn’t surprise me if they’re coordinating with outside left-wing groups to be supportive of their causes. That’s their prerogative.”
[More...]
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Fox Nation:

23% Of Small Business Owners Went A Year Without Pay


by William Bigelow

Barack Obama has said the private sector is doing fine.

Tell that to small business owners; a new survey by Citigroup shows that 23% of small business owners have gone more than a year without pay. The study also says that 54% of them have gone without at least one paycheck; 38% of them said their employees had worked overtime without being compensated; and 18% of them had been unable to make a paycheck for their employees at least once.

During recent years, 78% of the owners have taken less profit, 70% have been working more hours, and 69% have used their own funds in order to keep their businesses afloat.

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Frank Zappa, Jean Luc Ponty
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obama Brags About His Success With The Economy, Says We're Lucky Unemployment is Only 8%

Barack Obama just keeps making stupiderer and stupiderer arguments on the economy.



My prediction; his next speech he'll tell us, "Well, at least I didn't give you AIDS when I butt-raped you."

midnight rider adds:

Dear Mr. President, Honorable Members of Congress (if any) and anyone else delusional enough to believe this,

We are out here losing everything. Our jobs. Our livelihoods. Our savings. Our hope of retirement (if we ever get back to work). Our homes. Our children's futures. Our hope things may change.

America is out here slowly strangling choking and dying because of your bumbling stumbling inept mismanagement.

The sooner you can join us out here, the 8% or 25% (if you want a more believable number) the better.

I pray for the day when I can watch you have to call unemployment every week to get your share of the dole. Have to burn through your savings to pay the bills. Open rejection after rejection after rejection. Day after Day After Day. When you have to take the phone off the hook during the day just to get some peace from the parade of creditors calling

when Malia and Sasha have to help pay for YOUR groceries

when they can't move out on their own because living it is impossibly expensive.

When you have to forgo a gift on Mother's Day or her birthday or Christmas for Michelle (bet she'll love that) because there is no money.

yes, the sooner you're out here with the rest of us, truly TRULY feeling our pain, the better.

But it won't be soon enough

For any of us out here now.

Cheers!

midnight rider
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Even with money and talent, the elite CANNOT IMAGINE what is objectively true


STEVEN SPIELBERG BEHIND OBAMA’S FAILED BAIN CAPITAL ATTACK

Michael Baroneis correct, Obama really needs to stop taking advice from wealthy, limousine liberals.

If you were looking for advice on how tell a story that would impact millions upon millions of people, would you go to a director whose last four films were “War Horse,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” Indiana Jones 4,” and “Munich?”
Nope.
But Team Obamadid, and what they got in return was a continuation of the ongoing Spielberg flop-streak:
At DreamWorks Studios, Steven Spielberg spent three hours explaining how to capture an audience’s attention and offered a number of ideas that will be rolled out before Election Day. An early example of Spielberg’s influence is RomneyEconomics.com, a website designed by the Obama team to tell the story—a horror story, by their reckoning—of Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital. Afterward, Spielberg insisted that Messina sit down with the DreamWorks marketing team. Hollywood movie studios are expert, as presidential campaigns also must be, at spending huge sums over a few weeks to reach and motivate millions of Americans.
The raw truth is that with JUST ONE SUCCESS, Staples, Bain and Romney ended up creating QUANTA more jobs than it cost by failures in which they closed losing businesses.
This is one of the worst conceived political smear attacks of all time.
Carry on Hollywood!
Carry on Broadway!
Go for it Sarah Jessica ‘Trigger’!
But Spielberg? An arch 1%’er?
Pullleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!
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Good news for America? Who knows, maybe? Egypt’s Army takes over


There can be no doubt that the political aspirations of the large majority of Egyptians have just been snuffed out.
Egypt’s highest court on Thursdaydeclared the country’s parliament invalidand cleared the way for a member of former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime to run in a presidential election runoff this weekend.
The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that parliament must be dissolved, state TV reported. An Egyptian constitutional law expert told CNN that following the court’s decision, a political decision would be made about whether to dissolve parliament.
Following the ruling, Egypt’s interim military rulers claimed to have full legislative control of government. Parliament had been in session for just over four months.
The court had ruled that about one-third of Egypt’s members of parliament were invalid because they ran as independents and later joined party blocs.
There is no doubt that the will of the people of Egypt is not going to better the safety of the US population or that of ANY of its allies. Those people can barley tolerate us and cannot tolerate most of our allies. Religiously speaking our allies are Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Shintos, animists, atheists, and of course, worst of all jews.
The last time I can name a moment when the people of another national group set disliked the PEOPLE of the USA is the late 1930’s.
So what’s the answer? The vast majority of people here really have no ill wishes for the people of Egypt. Who cares what their religion is, but the only way the election of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi parties could work out for the betterment of the world (unless your definition of peace is Islamic Peace) is if that elected govt figures out it will keep its Quranicly disagreeable agreements, such as those with Israel, and make improvements in the lives of the people IN THIS WORLD its priority above all others, oh and one other minor thing .. recognize it must lead the people to the finish line of people’s complete sovereignty.
Of course if they were to do such a thing they would then no longer be salafists or the Muslim Brotherhood, would they? The problem is that if the people are not sovereign, and the Quran is, then it’s imperative as interpreted by these islamists setting themselves up for the next life is going to be a VERY HARD RAIN.
So the Army, which apparently is thinking about all this, has thought about what the final act of all this popular  voting will be if the people really have their way…. now.
Maybe later.
Maybe.
And that’s the good news?
This puts a very different light on Iran in 1953. Doesn’t it?
The court also ruled that Mubarak allyAhmed Shafiq is allowed to run for president in elections that begin on Saturday, invalidating a law that bars members of the ousted dictator’s party from participating in political life.
Incensed revolutionaries called the two decisions the death of Egypt’s revolution, and declared the dissolution of parliament and Shafiq’s participation in the landmark presidential vote the final steps in a military coup. 
Protesters clashed with security forces outside the courthouse minutes after the decisions were announced.
“This ruling means that the next president will work without institutions, he will face huge criticism and rage,” said Sobhi Saleh, a leading lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice  party.
What does it mean when the will of the people is so heinous to the safety of american that we are rooting for it to be LONG DELAYED until saner heads prevail?
Didn’t work out that well in 1979 either, but the Dulles Bros, who helped dream up that stunt in Iran can at least say they gave us a more peaceful generation, something the moralists of the Carter Admin cannot say. I am having a real problem figuring out the moral right.
George Washington has distance and time on his side with the foreign entanglements thing. We no longer have such a luxury.
I just cannot wait to hear what Obama has to say.
Good Luck with that one.
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BREAKING - Egypt's Military Seizes Control Of Country, Invalidates Parliamentary Elections

HIGH COURT RULES 1/3 OF PARLIAMENT WERE ELECTED UNCONSTITUTIONALLY

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION COMES IN

This is probably good news. From the information I have, most positions of power in the Egyptian military are filled with Mubarak supporters and Christians.

As is often the case in the Muslim world, the hardcore Muslims leave all the real work those who are not part of the Ummah. The true followers of the prophet are above real work.

The military often acts as a bulwark against absolute chaos. Think Pakistan, as an example.

ANOTHER THOUGHT - This is yet another repudiation of Obama's policy. The "Arab Spring" was untenable from the get go. It was not a Democracy movement, but a Fascist movement which pretended to use Democracy to get elected only to institute it's dictatorial, violent, and insane policies. 


Obama has been on quite a losing streak the past few weeks, and now, perhaps, the biggest "jewel" in his foreign policy crown is beginning to crumble.

In a way, the Arab Spring has been the Obama equivalent of Reagan's "tear down this wall", or Nixon's opening up of China.

This is a major repudiation of Obama's vision.

Yet another Obama initiative is falling apart. 


From the Washington Post:
CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is likely to be suspended after a high court ruling Thursday that one-third of its lawmakers were elected unconstitutionally, officials said.

Local newspapers and Arabic television channels reported that Egypt’s military rulers were going to take over legislative power in the country and planned to announce the dissolution of the lower house of parliament later Thursday.
The court also ruled that Mubarak ally Ahmed Shafiq is allowed to run for president in elections that begin on Saturday, invalidating a law that bars members of the ousted dictator’s party from participating in political life.

Incensed revolutionaries called the two decisions the death of Egypt’s revolution, and declared the dissolution of parliament and Shafiq’s participation in the landmark presidential vote the final steps in a military coup.

Protesters clashed with security forces outside the courthouse minutes after the decisions were announced.
“This ruling means that the next president will work without institutions, he will face huge criticism and rage,” said Sobhi Saleh, a leading lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice  party.

Among Egypt’s old guard, Saleh claimed, “there was outrage over the Islamic majority of the parliament. And there was a plan to destroy it.”

The court said that political parties unlawfully fielded candidates for the one-third of seats in the lower house of parliament that were supposed to be set aside for independent candidates.

As a result, lawmakers elected to those seats likely will lose their posts. Maher Sami, a spokesman for the constitutional court, told reporters that the ruling effectively calls for the dissolution of the entire lower house of parliament.

“Both decisions empower the Mubarak status-quo, which is no surprise, as the judges of the court were appointed by the latter, and represent a part of the so-called ‘deep-state,’ ” Omar Ashour, an Egypt expert at Exeter University, said in an e-mail.

Shafiq will compete for the presidency against Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood candidate. Morsi and his allies say Shafiq wants to return Egypt’s government to the repressive tactics Mubarak favored. Shafiq, in turn, says a Morsi victory would transform Egypt into an ultra-conservative Islamic state.

The judges on the top court are Mubarak appointees and seen as sympathetic to the old order. That perception could fuel confrontations between protesters and security forces, who were recently given vast powers to detain civilians.

The lower house, known as the “people’s assembly,” is the most powerful part of the parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood, which controls just under half the seats in the lower house, stands to lose the most from the decision.

The question of Shafiq’s eligibility to run for office centered on whether Shafiq ought to be subject to a recently passed law that bars senior members Mubarak’s disbanded National Democratic Party from political life for 10 years.

The court ruled the law was unconstitutional.

Amr Darrag, another leading member of the Freedom and Justice Party, said his party would respect the judicial decision regarding Shafiq’s fitness to run for office and would continue to strive to beat him at the ballot box.

“Our position was to do our best to legally isolate Ahmed Shafiq from the post of president,” Darrag said. “If we can’t do that then the people will isolate him with the vote.”



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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Midnight Rider!

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is Midnight Rider.

Listen to the June 15, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Humpday Blues

Muddy Waters & Mike Bloomfield
Long Distance

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wait, We've Got To Try?!?


If we have to try, how is it any different than Capitalism?
President Barack Obama told a crowd of donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday that his “vision” for America “is more consistent with our history and those moments when we’ve been most successful as a country” than his opponent’s, according to a transcript of his remarks.
Despite presiding over a crushing economic recession and historic levels of national debt, Obama maintained that he will uphold a “bargain”: “If you work hard in this country regardless of what you look like, where you come from, what faith you hold, who you love, that you can make it if you try.”
Obama said that he would ensure Americans are “doing their fair share, so that we’re not just relying on cuts to programs for the vulnerable or for our kids.” He also will ask “those of us who have been incredibly blessed to be born in this country, for us to give a little back and to think about the future.”
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Quite frankly, boys, it sounds like this here Obama fella has invented a new thing. Let's call it, "Schmapitalism".

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John Popper
No Woman No Cry

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Johnny Winter
Be Careful With A Fool


Dust My Broom

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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Room To Move


Parchman Farm

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Driftin' Blues


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Christo Redemptor


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Bizarre tattoo diversity in Green Lantern

In DC's latest upcoming publicity stunt for diversity's sake, they're coming up with a GL member who may or may not be a Muslim (and still no Armenian characters anywhere in sight), with a tattoo of the Arabic word for courage on his right arm and is carrying a handgun:
While the introduction of an Arab character might be welcomed as bringing more diversity, the portrayal of the new Green Lantern on the cover of Green Lantern #0 is generating quite a bit of controversy. If the character is an Arab, many fans are pointing out that permanent tattoos are forbidden in the Islam religion. However, others have also pointed out that the tattoo could be non-permanent, and thus permitted. It’s also possible the new Green Lantern could be an Arab but not Muslim.
Well if he's not a Muslim like that Nightrunner character in Batman Inc, and is just simply of Arabic descent, then there's really no worries there. But that handgun? Just what is that supposed to be for?

In any case, they're right about what the Religion of Peace decrees: as told in Bukhari Vol.3 #299 in the Hadith, tattoos are forbidden, and it can include even temporary ones like what singer Erykah Badu got herself (H/T: Jihad Watch). That could explain why even if the tattoo on the new GL were a sci-fi application, it's still causing controversy nevertheless.

But even if this new character doesn't adhere to Islam, the sad part is, there's no chance DC would ever allow any negative critiques of it. And the pistol is simply ludicrous.
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Obama: Left-Handed Tyrant

With a hat tip to Bob Mack of Be Sure You're RIGHT, Then Go Ahead:



Excerpt from Bob's post:
Democracy is always only skin deep with this bunch. Progressives, Liberals, Socialists … it doesn’t really matter what they’re called, or what fashionable appellation they’re currently using in an attempt to hide the un-American malevolence of their true natures — scratch a Democrat and you’ll find a velvet-gloved tyrant. The latest bit of evidence, as if any more was needed, has been provided by Senator Dick Durbin...
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Let us pay particular attention to the following, linked to in Bob's post:
Allies Urge Barack Obama to Go It Alone on Causes

By Steven T. Dennis
Roll Call Staff
June 11, 2012, Midnight

Important parts of President Barack Obama’s political coalition — Hispanics, the gay and lesbian community, and women — are looking to the White House to act on its own via executive order given that their issues are going nowhere in Congress.


The White House so far has resisted executive orders on the DREAM Act and discrimination by federal contractors as it continues, publicly at least, to push for legislation that appears doomed.

But Obama’s allies on Capitol Hill suggest it’s time to reconsider that cautious approach — and they say the White House is taking another look.

“You’d have to say that the last year and a half of tea party dominance in the House has been a very unproductive period, and they’ve been unwilling to take and even consider some of these issues, so I can understand the frustration of many people on the outside and the dilemma facing the White House,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. “I wouldn’t rule it out. ... The president needs to consider taking action by executive order when Congress will not respond to a major national challenge.”

Durbin said the White House is actively looking at preventing deportations of people who would be subject to the DREAM Act, for example.


“It’s being researched by legal counsel, I know that, in the White House and outside,” Durbin said. “I know they’re going through this calculation right now, weighing this and deciding whether to move with the executive order.”


The DREAM Act, which Durbin has championed in the Senate, would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrant children who go to college or join the military.

Durbin acknowledged that an order wouldn’t come without risks.

“You could get a political backlash with an executive order. ... I’m sure there’s a calculation,” he said. “But I’d have to say, in all fairness, we’ve gone a year and a half without a serious overture on DREAM other than Sen. [Marco] Rubio [R-Fla.]. ... There comes a point again where you’ve just got to say that there’s an awful lot of vulnerable people out there.”
Although those affected would still face some legal uncertainty should a new president rescind the order, they are subject to deportation now, Durbin noted.

And a new president would be faced with a new status quo — one where people have been granted protection.

“I think there’s more pressure for him to continue that protection,” Durbin said.

Gay rights groups, meanwhile, have been pressing the Obama administration for an order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. And there have also been rumblings about an executive order applying pieces of the filibustered pay equity bill to contractors as well. So far, the White House has resisted.

Press Secretary Jay Carney has faced repeated questioning on the LGBT executive order, including after Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders recently rejected anti-discrimination protections for its workers. He said the White House remains focused on a legislative strategy to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Carney repeatedly pointed to the success of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which happened in the 2010 lame-duck session after the White House resisted calls for executive orders. Advocates, however, have noted that the DADT repeal happened when the president enjoyed big majorities in both chambers. ENDA, on the other hand, is going nowhere in the current divided Congress.

They contend that, in the meantime, Obama could take an important step to ban discrimination by contractors, which include numerous major businesses from coast to coast.

And before last week’s vote on the pay equity bill, senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett rejected consideration of an executive order on pay equity on a conference call with reporters.

“Our efforts right now are devoted to getting this act passed,” she said then. “There is no interest right now in talking about a fallback.”

The strategy has been a contrast to the “We Can’t Wait” campaign on economic issues, where Obama has announced numerous executive initiatives aimed at creating jobs. But the White House has been somewhat more cautious when it comes to executive orders on social issues. That’s not to say that it hasn’t issued any — indeed, protecting the president’s executive orders has been a priority of the White House as it fights GOP policy riders during the annual spending bills.

Several liberal lawmakers, however, say Obama would help his constituencies by acting more on his own.


“Slow isn’t working,” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), a liberal who has long complained of a too-cautious White House. “These groups need to know that there is support for them. The time for not ruffling feathers is past. It’s not worked. It’s time to ruffle feathers and show the people that support this White House that he supports them.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said, “We would far prefer that they move forward and vindicate people’s rights as soon as possible.” He noted that when Obama came out for marriage equality, it helped, not hurt, and that his base would like to see more.

“You can have tepid support or you can have enthusiastic support, and we can use all we can,” Ellison said.

It’s not a question of progressives voting for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, it’s a question of them voting at all, advocates of a more aggressive White House said.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the White House has been wrestling with the CHC over whether it has the legal authority to stop deportations of people affected by the DREAM Act for nearly two years. Already, Obama has asked immigration authorities to prioritize deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed other, more dangerous crimes. Still, potential DREAM Act beneficiaries continue to be deported.

Obama shouldn’t wait to act, Gonzalez said, if the administration determines it has the authority.

“The White House has to recognize that this Congress, in this election year, is basically frozen,” he said. “The executive order would be more like an emergency room physician who would simply deal with the most pressing issue right now knowing there will have to be follow-up later. ... He has nothing to lose, and the DREAM kids have everything to gain.”

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) reiterated his push for an order with an item on the Huffington Post last week following a New York Times editorial pushing the executive order. And almost 100 law professors signed a letter to the White House asserting that the president has the authority to issue the order.

Rubio told Roll Call that he’s not sure whether the executive order would help or hurt his efforts to line up Republican votes for the compromise legislation that he is drafting. But he said he would prefer the legislative route.

Democrats, however, have been largely skeptical that Rubio can deliver a product that will both be worthy of their support and get Republicans and Romney on board.

The drumbeat for an executive order will only grow louder as Obama faces a tough re-election fight — and one where he will need Hispanic voters to put him over the top.

The White House remained noncommital last week. “The President is deeply committed to doing all he can to improve people’s lives and ensuring that Congress fulfills its responsibilities to act on measures important to millions of Americans,” a senior administration official said.

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