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!
Iraq and Iran form alliance within Opec
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.
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Biden Says the ‘Great’ Cities Are in China, Not America
“If I said, ‘which one is in America and which one is in China,’ most Americans would say, ‘That great one is in America.’”
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.You can bet that the Malaysian government will be listening. Listening for anyone with unauthorized Islamophobic opinions.
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.
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.Go read the whole thing.
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?
(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; andIn 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.”
“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?
President Obama will announce a new immigration policy this morning that will allow some undocumented students to avoid deportation and receive work authorization.Update:
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.
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.
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.”More:
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.”
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.”
STEVEN SPIELBERG BEHIND OBAMA’S FAILED BAIN CAPITAL ATTACK
Michael Baroneis correct, Obama really needs to stop taking advice from wealthy, limousine liberals.
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.”
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.”Quite frankly, boys, it sounds like this here Obama fella has invented a new thing. Let's call it, "Schmapitalism".
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?
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...Read the rest HERE.
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.