Saturday, August 18, 2012
(Afganstan) People shopping at a market Shindand district. got more than they bargained for when Islamic idiots set off a bomb targeting only they know who. The resulting blast killed 4 people, injuring 12.Yesterday at a parade commemorating the passing out of Afghan police cadets, a young police officer on receiving his official pistol, took it out and murdered two US serviceman.
(Philippines) Not content with killing Non-Muslims in their quest to carve out a new Islamic nation from Christian majority Philippines, the faithful instead of thinking good thoughts decided to attack their fellow Islamic terrorists which is why 6 of these stupid,stupid thugs got their wish and are now 6 feet under.
(Pakistan) In the frontier town of Quetta, a very nice Muslim drove his explosive laden car up to a checkpoint and utter the immortal words 'Allah ackba' the resulting blast murdered 5 people.
(Bahrain) Rioting Shia muslims (Paid for by Iran perhaps?) were met by force by the local police when they presumed that allah would protect them . Unfortunately for them Allah doesn't work that way and 1 rioting thug was killed.
(Kashmir) An Indian border guard was shot dead after Pakistani troops opened fire on the border post he was based in, because apparently that is the nature of the beast which is Islam.
Ramadan death count moves up to 3,227.
Ramadan 2010 Death Count: 1,339 ( 6.3%)
Ramadan 2009 Death Count:1,260
Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide.
The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four.
Unemployment rates rose in nine states that are considered battlegrounds in the presidential election. That trend, if it continued, could pose a threat to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid in less than three months.
Nationwide, hiring improved in July after three months of tepid job gains. But the national unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent. Monthly job gains have averaged 150,000 this year. That’s barely enough to accommodate population growth. As a result, the unemployment rate is the same as when the year began.
Still, 31 states gained jobs in July, while 19 lost them. Unemployment rates can rise in a state even when more jobs are created if more people start looking for work. People who are out of work are counted as unemployed only if they’re looking for a job.
But it has started to tick up in recent months. In Nevada, the rate rose to 12 percent in July from 11.6 percent the previous month. That’s the highest rate in the nation, though it’s still much lower than a year ago, when it was 13.8 percent.
And in Michigan, the rate has increased to 9 percent, from 8.5 percent two months earlier.
Unemployment also increased in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
The rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent in Ohio, the only swing state that didn’t suffer an increase. Still, that rate is down sharply from 8.9 percent a year ago.
Most competitive states have unemployment rates below the national level, so even recent increases may not have a large impact on voter sentiment.
Iowa’s unemployment rate, for example, increased to 5.3 percent, still the sixth-lowest in the country. New Hampshire’s rose to 5.4 percent and Virginia’s increased to 5.9 percent, both far below the national rate.
Only four swing states have higher unemployment rates than the national figure: Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina at 9.6 percent, and Florida at 8.8 percent.
Some battleground states reported large job gains that could lead to lower unemployment rates in coming months. Michigan added 21,800 jobs, the second-largest increase in the nation, after California. Michigan’s gains were mostly in manufacturing and government. Virginia reported the third-largest increase, 21,300, mainly in education and health care.
Most other battleground states added small numbers of jobs.
Unemployment rates and total jobs data are derived from two separate surveys and aren’t always consistent each month. But they tend to even out over time.
Many political scientists say voter attitudes may be shaped more by national economic trends than local or statewide changes.
Most Americans probably read or hear more news about the national economy than they do about their local areas, some experts say. And they may not attribute regional economic changes to presidential policies.
Overall, the economy hasn’t been growing fast enough to generate more hiring. It expanded at an annual rate of only 1.5 percent in the April-June quarter, down from 2 percent in the first quarter and 4.1 percent in the final three months of last year.
Muslim Brotherhood ‘Crucifies’ Opponents, Attacks Secular Medi
Last week in Egypt, when Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized the secular media, several Arabic websites—including Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, and Egypt Now—reported that people were being “crucified.” The relevant excerpt follows in translation:
A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.
That there were attacks and violence—both in front of Egypt’s presidential palace and at major media facilities, is well-documented. An August 9 report by El Balad, a widely read Egyptian website, gives the details:
Last Wednesday, August 8, “thousands of the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters” attacked 6-October’s media facilities, beat Khaled Salah—chief editor of the privately-owned and secular Youm 7 newspaper—prevented Yusif al-Hassani, an On TV broadcaster, from entering the building, and generally “terrorized the employees.”
El Balad adds that the supporters of Tawfik Okasha, another vocal critic of President Morsi—the one who widely disseminated the graphic video of a Muslim apostate being slaughtered to cries of “Allahu Akbar”—gathered around the presidential palace, only to be surrounded by Brotherhood supporters, who “attacked them with sticks, knives, and Molotov cocktails, crucifying some of them on trees, leading to the deaths of two and the wounding of dozens.”
Far from condemning these terrorists, Al Azhar, Egypt’s most authoritative Islamic institution, has just issued a fatwa calling for more violence and oppression, saying that “fighting participants in anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations planned for 24 August is a religious obligation.”
Most of the aforementioned Arabic sites point out that these attacks are part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign to intimidate and thus censor Egypt’s secular media from exposing the group’s Islamist agenda, which Youm 7, On TV, and Okasha do daily. [Note: the latter's channel was recently shut down, despite Morsi's previous reassurances that "no station or media will be shut down in my era."]
These threats are not new; back in April, an organization called the “Jihad Group to Cleanse the Country” threatened these media with “painful and severe punishments.” Apparently now that Morsi has become master of Egypt, threats are becoming reality, just as promises are being broken.
And the threats are taking their toll. Sky News, which was first to report about the crucifixions, has taken down its original article (though the URL still appears in the address box with the Arabic words “protesters-crucified-in front of-egypt’s-presidential-palace”).
While one may argue that Sky News removed the article because it was found false, one can equally argue that it censored itself for fear that it would be next in the terror campaign against the media.
In reality, there is little reason to doubt this crucifixion story. Militant Muslims crucifying their opponents is a regular feature of the Islamic world—recent cases coming from the Ivory Coast, where two Christian brothers were crucified, similarly by supporters of a Muslim president who ousted a Christian; Indonesia, where Islamic separatists crucified a fellow Muslim for being a military informant; and in Iraq, where Muslim militants crucified Christian children.
Moreover, those alleged to have been crucified in Egypt certainly fit the Koran’s description of who deserves to be crucified. According to Allah, “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this: that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off…” (Koran 5:33).
“Making mischief in the land” is precisely what the secular media is being accused of, by constantly exposing the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist agenda. Even the Jihad Group to Cleanse the Country, which threatens to “liquidate” many secular media, accuses them of “creating chaos to implement the American and Zionist agenda.”
Finally, it is telling that only a few months ago, and for the first time in Egypt’s modern history, an Egyptian MP proposed to institutionalize Sharia’s most draconian punishments—including crucifixion.
In short, under the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the bottle has been uncorked and the Islamic Genie set loose. Expect much worse to come.
“a yeasty system where the rule of law isn’t always followed.”
Joe Biden. The Gift to Republicans that never stops giving.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Noticing the back and forth between Israel and Iran I realize,…..
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South African police say they were forced to fire on striking miners, killing 34
Riah Phiyega said that 34 miners were killed on Thursday and another 78 wounded when her officers used “maximum force” near Marikana mine, owned by Lonmin, the London-listed company.
They did so when a gang of “heavily armed” miners rushed towards them, armed with firearms as well as clubs and machetes. “Police retreated and were forced to use maximum force to defend themselves,” said Ms Phiyega.
Images broadcast by private television station e.tv carried the sound of a barrage of automatic gunfire that ended with police officers shouting: "Cease fire!" By that time, bodies were lying in the dust, some pouring blood. Another image showed some miners, their eyes wide, looking in the distance at heavily armed police officers in riot gear.
It was a harrowing development in a country that had been seen as a model of stability since white rule ended with South Africa's first free elections in 1994. The shooting recalled images of white police firing at anti-apartheid protesters in the 1960s and 1970s, but in this case it was mostly black police firing at black mine workers.
Several commentators said members of the new union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), had guns and other weapons and used them when the shooting began.
Joseph Mathunjwa, the union's president blamed Lonmin, the London-list company which runs the mine, and said the huge National Union of Mineworkers collaborated against the striking workers.
He denied his members played any role in the violence. AMCU does not yet have enough members to be registered as a union.Here is the photo that came along with the Telegraph article. It almost looks like a sick joke.
The Real Arab Spring? Young Egyptian Muslim Destroys His Koran, While Declaring, This is the Real Naqba (Catastrophe)
There it is, Allah's book, this is the basic catastrophe. I don't know what day it is of this disgusting month of Ramadan! You are making the tearing of the Quran such a big and dangerous thing.. it is instinctive to tear this book, those sons of ----- think they can threaten me and challenge me to tear the Quran, but I want to proof to them that they are nothing and what is the big deal in tearing this book!! There it is (he starts tearing the Quran) in the trash. Are you feeling better now! You cannot touch a hair in my head! We keep blaming Hamas and Gaza, but it is not them, it is this son of ----- book that I am stepping on right now. That book is the source of all evil and the real catastrophe. There is nothing new here, it is not Omar Abdel Rahman, Abbud or all the others, it is this garbage that is causing us to run in a demonic never-ending circle that will never end.
Labels: Arab Spring
Some more galling details from Harvey Pekar's last scrap heap
Mozzocco's list of graphic novels he's obtained is nothing to write home about either:
Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, written by Pekar with Philadelphia-based artist JT Waldman (Megillat Esther), is seemingly on a subject far less associated with Pekar than Cleveland, one that can be incredibly controversial, as Israel’s history embodies a sort of perfect blend of serious life-and-death issues that almost everyone is extremely passionate about. It’s also, incidentally, not a a subject Pekar owns the way he owns, say, Cleveland; I don’t necessarily seek out graphic novels about Israel and its relations with its neighbors, but in the past few years the following have come across my desk: Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Joe Sacco’s Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza, Marv Wolfman and company’s Homeland, Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds and Jamilti and Other Stories and Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem: Chronicles From the Holy City.I don't know about Wolfman's book, but the rest is pretty much by anti-Israel advocates, most of whom I've already spoken about.
Then, Mozzocco goes on to say 2 things that give anybody with common sense reason enough to be dismayed at both him and Pekar:
Pekar never went to Israel, despite an attempt as a young man to emigrate there (they wouldn’t have him). His feelings and opinions about the nation actually predate its founding, however, as his Jewish parents, who lived in a Jewish neighborhood (in the 1930s and ’40s, Cleveland had a population of about 85,000 Jews, and Yiddish was spoken on the streets of their neighborhoods rather than English), followed closely the events of the diaspora in Europe and the Middle East.So let me see, Pekar never actually traveled to Israel, making his arguments far less credible. I don't know if he really had trouble with immigration officials for Israel (I wouldn't be surprised if he weren't being very truthful there either), but that wouldn't prevent him so easily from coming here (unless maybe authorities suspected he was planning on participating with anti-Israel activists and balked at providing him with immediate citizenship?), and he could've come here on a tour vacation if he'd wanted to. But I guess he wouldn't fork out the air fare needed, showing just how cheap he must've been.
As a gentile American in the 21st century, it’s not all that difficult to find things to be disappointed in when it comes to the conduct of the state of Israel, but Pekar’s disappointments predate, say, the Second Intifada of 2000-2005, but go all the way back to the aftermath of the 1967 war and the beginnings of the controversial settlements programs … which still continue.
Mozzocco's claim that as a non-Jew he's disappointed in Israel's conduct also reeks of offensiveness and is actually insulting to much of the gentile population, making it sound like he's painting non-Jewish citizens of the US with the same brush. Guess he's someone who doesn't take pride in being American! It doesn't take much to figure out that he's clearly opposed to Jews living in Judea/Samaria, and probably doesn't want to visit Israel either. He says towards the end:
It would have been nice if Israel and its neighbors could have solved some of their most pressing problems before the end of Pekar’s life, if he could have seen at least a glimmer of the Israel his parents dreamed of when he was a kid. But then, there are a lot of things one wishes might have happened before Pekar passed away.I'm not sure it's clear what kind of Israel Pekar himself thought his parents wanted; after all, he basically rejected their visions circa the late 70s. And the problems Mozzocco clearly has no comprehension of center around the Koran's vision of the Jews: that they're "sons of monkeys and pigs" and that it's acceptable to commit murder of a Jew in the name of the Koran/Hadith. These beliefs also apply to other infidels/kuffars.
Mozzocco's also shown his true colors at other times too, like when he wrote a disgraceful pan of Frank Miller's Holy Terror where he trivialized the seriousness of subjects like Islam, and like quite a few other leftists of his sort, never mentioned that the book features a dedication to the memory of Theo VanGogh, and probably didn't like that the story features an Israeli official as the hero's trainer either. Hey, it's not like I'm a rabid fan of Miller; of course there were some dumb things he'd done in past years. But speaking out against a belief system you feel is dangerous and abhorrent is not a crime, and by attacking Miller just for that, Mozzocco has only beclowned himself. He's also a disgrace for attacking Miller because Miller had the clever sense to condemn the Occupy movement. Does this mean that Mozzocco is opposed to Stan Lee and Julius Schwartz making money from all the comics they'd published? What's also galling about Mozzocco is that he's allegedly lamented how DC published their misogynist screed called Identity Crisis, yet he seems quite unconcerned when similar crimes took place at the Occupy movement's messes, nor does he seem particularly troubled by their connections with anti-semitism either. He also oblivious to how Will Eisner more or less slammed the Islamic world's embrace of anti-semitism, and Eisner and Miller were good friends in their time, so I don't see what Mozzocco's problem is.
And this is why I don't consider Mozzocco worth reading anymore. But it explains why some of the most leftist sites on the web want to hire him.
Mass Exodus of US Oil Refineries - "The Price of Gas will skyrocket" in Obama's second term if reelected
This comes from a retired oil executive who spent some 40 years in the industry.The Closures in The U.S. Oil Refinery Industry In The Past 2 Years In 2010, there were 149 operable U.S. refineries with a combined capacity of 17.6 million barrels (2,800,000) per day.
Something odd started happening in late 2010-early 2011. The US oil refinery industry quietly announced the closure of numerous US oil refineries. Many are completely unaware the US ships oil overseas to be processed. We do so as we do not have enough refineries to process the vast amounts here, and we are barred from building anymore refineries.
All refineries perform three basic steps: separation, conversion, and treatment. Pretty simple. Several reasons include technical and economic factors as to why we ship it overseas to be processed.
1. The crude petroleum is sold to the highest bidder, NOT the nearest bidder
2. There are different kinds of crude oil, such as sweet/light and dark/heavy. They have different applications and uses.
3. Different kinds of refining processes are needed to make different products from the crude oil. Petroleum is processed to make lots of products other than gasoline, like plastics and asphalt.
4. Politics, unions and the "environmentalists"
How many of you are aware Sunoco, Conoco Phillips and The HESS Corp are all closing US oil refineries? Not many, as the media refuses to give this HUGE story coverage.
My guess is that if Americans understood the complete truth to how we are being sold out, and enslaved there just might be the much needed revolution to turn this country around.
Last September, both Sunoco and Conoco Phillips announced plant closing, effecting thousands of workers. Sunoco announced they are completely getting out of the oil industry.
Closing up shop. They are done with the US oil industry.
Sunoco is closing it's 2 oil refineries in July 2012 in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, Pa. Those 2 facilities alone process over 500,000 barrels a day. Also announced last year, ConocoPhillips announced 2 plant closing for sure in Trainer, PA and Bayway, NJ., the other 3 plants are undecided as of today.
Conoco also announced they were closing their Alaskan refining facility: Just a week ago, the US 3rd largest oil refinery owned and operated by The HESS Corp just announced it's permanent closure. Costing over 2,000 jobs, and effecting 950 contractors.
Refineries on the East Coast of the US supply 40% of the gasoline sales and 60% of the diesel and other fuel oils. Of that, HALF that comes from the Sunoco and Conoco Phillips plant closures. When Conoco Phillips announced that it was closing the Trainer refinery, Willie Chiang, then ConocoPhillips' Senior Vice President of Refining, Marketing, Transportation and Commercial, noted that their decision to sell, like Sunoco's, was based on unfavorable economics caused by a competitive and difficult market environment characterized by "...product imports, weakness in motor fuel demand, and costly regulatory requirements."
They are ALL closing up shop due to government regulations, union demands and excessive operating costs brought on by the Government regulations. Then you have the unions, led by Barry's buddy Leo Gerard saying they will close ALL US oil refineriesstarting from the east coast to west coast today.
The unions are shutting down ports, rail and air across the pond right now......the SAME EXACT thing they plan on doing here. When the ships stop importing, the rails and air stop delivering....how much is everything you consume gonna cost? Remember...we are a CONSUMING country, no longer a producing one.
The excessive and costly government regulations on the US oil refinery market has forced companies to re-evaluate the cost of doing business in the US ..
Why have operations in the US where you bleed money via regulations and demands, when you can have refineries built in Columbia , Mexico or Brazil for pennies on the dollar, and less regulations? It's all business America ...nothing personal. Besides.....your government is giving BILLIONS to Columbia and Brazil to build refineries to process all that oil the US is losing. We are building up every country on earth, while destroying our own....all in the name of redistribution of wealth.
You do the math. When the US oil refineries finally close up shop, who will process all that oil....and how much do YOU think that oil will cost when it's ALL processed over seas? Think gas and energy costs are high right now.......wait 6 months. You haven't seen anything yet.
How can anyone expect any company to do business with an anti-American, hostile government out of control?You can't. That is why we are seeing a mass exodus, across the board in every industry in the US LEAVING.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Barney Frank: “We Would Have Unemployment Below 8%” If GOP Didn’t Stop Us From Hiring More Public Workers
Barney Frank and his Tossed Salad-Stained Stache
From Real Clear Politics:
On the Wednesday night broadcast of Current TV’s “Viewpoint,” outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) explained how cutting federal spending has hurt the economy. Frank also shared why he believes unemployment is above 8% and how to fix it.
“When you cut back so substantially, you’re not just doing social harm, you’re doing economic harm because you do not have the spending power in the economy that you ought to have. Look, again, it’s now clear,” Rep. Frank said.
“We would have unemployment below 8% if it weren’t for the fact that Republican policies have forced cities and states to lay off 700,000 people. Firefights, police officers, teachers, public works employees, people who collect garbage, people who shovel snow because they’ve been hit by the property tax collapse. So, they have been losing. We’ve tried to help them out and the Republicans say no, we have to preserve tax cuts for the wealthy, we’ve got to send money overseas to the military in useful ways, and the result has been 700,000 jobs lost from state and local governments over these past couple years,” he said.