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Saturday, November 24, 2012

An important reminder of right-wing betrayal from 2005

Caroline Glick reminds everyone of the "disengagement", how Ariel Sharon turned to committing sickening acts of anti-demoncratic behavior and how even the alleged supporters of Israel turned against them, leading to the very terrible fix we're in now:
After both the Oslo process and the withdrawal from Lebanon left Israel strategically and diplomatically weakened, with its politicians, generals and its very existence brought before international tribunals and targeted by diplomatic pogroms, there was no basis for the empty claim that by withdrawing from Gaza, Israel would gain international legitimacy to defend itself.

By leaving Gaza, Israel was saying - as it had in Lebanon - that it had no right to be there. And if it had no right to be there, it had no right to return.

To force this mad initiative through, Sharon had to explicitly disavow the platform he was elected to implement. Sharon won the 2003 elections by pledging never to surrender Gaza.

After he betrayed his voters, Sharon demonized and, when possible, fired everyone in positions of power and influence who opposed him.

He called a referendum of Likud members to vote on his plan, and when his opponents won the vote overwhelmingly, he ignored it. He fired Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, then IDF chief of General Staff. He fired his cabinet ministers. He castigated as "rebels" his party members who opposed his plan.

Moreover, with the active collusion of the legal system, Sharon violently repressed his political opponents. Young girls were thrown into jail without trial for months for participating in anti-withdrawal demonstrations. Privately chartered buses en route to lawful demonstrations were interdicted by police and prevented from traveling.

Protest organizers were arrested in their homes at 3 a.m. And with the active collusion of the media, all debate on the merits of the withdrawal plan was stifled.

As bad as it was in Israel, the situation in the US was arguably even more devastating. Since Oslo, Israeli opponents of the Left's strategic insanity were intellectually and politically buoyed by their conservative counterparts in America.

The latter helped legitimize political opposition and enabled the conceptualization and maintenance of alternative policies as viable options.

Despite government repression, some 45 percent of Israel's Jewish population actively participated in anti-withdrawal protests. In the US, virtually no one supported them. The absence of opposition owed to the fact that in America withdrawal opponents were boycotted, demonized and blacklisted by the American Jewish community and the previously supportive conservative media.

During the years of the fake peace process, conservative US Jewish groups and conservative publications led by Commentary, The Weekly Standard and The Wall Street Journal forcefully opposed it. But when Sharon joined the radical Left by adopting its plan to withdraw from Gaza, these formidable outlets and institutions enthusiastically followed him.

Leading voices like former Jerusalem Post editor and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bret Stephens, Commentary editors Norman Podhoretz and Neal Kozodoy, commentator Charles Krauthammer and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol not only lined up to support the dangerous planned withdrawal. They barred all voices of opposition from the pages of their publications.

To greater and lesser degrees, their shunning of voices that warned against the Gaza withdrawal continues to this day.

So, too, with the exception of the Zionist Organization of America, every major American Jewish organization supported the withdrawal.

Like the editors of Commentary, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal, they barred voices of opposition from speaking to their groups.

All commentators who warned of the strategic calamity that would befall Israel in the aftermath of a withdrawal from Gaza were marginalized and demonized as extremists.

In a notable gesture, this week, Stephens along with Commentary's Max Boot, acknowledged their error in supporting the withdrawal from Gaza. Their recantations are noteworthy because most of their colleagues who joined them in pushing Israel down the garden path and cheered Sharon's "democracy" as 8,500 Israelis were thrown out of their homes and off their land in order to free it up for a terrorist takeover, continue to deny that they were wrong to do so.

But Stephens's and Boot's belated intellectual integrity on Gaza is not enough to make a difference for Israel today.
Of course not. For now, that these so-called defenders of democracy refused in any way, shape or form to speak out against a disgusting man who committed undemocratic behavior in his last days of living is shameful, and puts their support for democracy under a question mark. How are we really supposed to believe that they even want China to become a democracy if they're going to even remotely support totalitarian movements like the PLO, which has more or less run their own enclaves with sharia tactics? And supposing Sharon made racist statements against blacks? Would they have suppressed that info as well because this is Sharon who might've uttered blasphemy? If they did that, they'd be stooping to dark paganism.

If there's anybody Stephens, Podhoretz, Boot, Kozodoy, Kristol, Krauthammer and even Jonathan Tobin owe an apology to, it's the Jews once living in Gaza at whose expense they supported this whole sham, and contradicted their alleged belief in democracy as a result. How can they say they support freedom and then fully throw their weight behind the notion of turning Gaza over to an entity that's more than 99 percent the opposite of that? I'd say they have a lot of explaining to do, and one could reasonably argue that this is exactly why the GOP failed to win the election this year too. Just how do they expect to be truly successful if they cannot take a clear stand on what they believe in? Glick was absolutely correct to take them to task for their own shameful behavior, which is as disrespectful to Americans as it is to Israelis. They shouldn't even be working as columnists for major papers if they cannot or will not comprehend the real enemies and are willing to sacrifice their beliefs for the sake of dhimmitude. What they did is exactly what Benjamin Franklin considered abhorrent:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
That's exactly what the so-called conservatives supporting the "disengagement" did, and in doing so betrayed even Arabs in Gaza with common sense.
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Thus Spake The Muslim Brotherhood (Morsi)

From AP:

Here is a look at the main points of his decrees:
- All laws and decisions by the president are final, cannot be appealed, overturned or halted by the courts or other bodies. This applies to decisions he has made since taking office in June and any he makes until a new constitution is approved and a new parliament is elected, expected in the spring at the earliest.
- No judicial body can dissolve the upper house of parliament or the assembly writing the new constitution. Both are dominated by the Brotherhood and other Islamists and several cases demanding their disbanding were before the courts, which previously dissolved the lower house of parliament.
- The president can take any steps or measures necessary to prevent threats to "the revolution, the life of the nation or national unity and security" or to the functioning of state institutions.
- A new judiciary body of "protection of the revolution" is created to reopen investigations, prosecutions and trials of former regime officials, including ousted President Hosni Mubarak, for the killing of protesters during last year's uprising. Other police officers accused of killings, however, will not be retried.
- The controversial prosecutor general, a Mubarak appointee seen by many as lax in pursuing former regime figures, was removed from his post.
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It Serves You Right To Suffer

It serves you right to suffer
It serve you right to be alone

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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Allman Brothers Band
Whipping Post

One Way Out


Statesboro Blues


Midnight Rider 

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From the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:

The New York Times has published an article titled “Egypt Leader and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal” that confirms the GMBDR conclusion that today’s truce between Hamas and Israel represents a major victory for Egyptian President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the article, President Obama was “was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence”:  

WASHINGTON — President Obama skipped dessert at a long summit meeting dinner in Cambodia on Monday to rush back to his hotel suite. It was after 11:30 p.m. and his mind was on rockets in Gaza rather than Asian diplomacy. He picked up the telephone to call the Egyptian leader who is the new wild card in his Middle East calculations.
Over the course of the next 25 minutes, he and President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt hashed through ways to end the latest eruption of violence, a conversation that would lead Mr. Obama to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the region. As he and Mr. Morsi talked, Mr. Obama felt they were making a connection.
Three hours later, at 2:30 in the morning, they talked again. The cease-fire brokered between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday was the official unveiling of this unlikely new geopolitical partnership, one with bracing potential if not a fair measure of risk for both men.
After a rocky start to their relationship, Mr. Obama has decided to invest heavily in the leader whose election caused concern because of his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, seeing in him an intermediary who might help make progress in the Middle East beyond the current crisis in Gaza. The White House phone log tells part of the tale.
Mr. Obama talked with Mr. Morsi three times within 24 hours and six times over the course of several days, an unusual amount of one-on-one time for a president. Mr. Obama told aides he was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence. He sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology. Most important, Mr. Obama told aides that he considered Mr. Morsi a straight shooter who delivered on what he promised and did not promise what he could not deliver. 
‘The thing that appealed to the president was how practical the conversations were — here’s the state of play, here are the issues we’re concerned about,’ said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. ‘This was somebody focused on solving problems.’ The Egyptian side was also positive about the collaboration.
Essam el-Haddad, the foreign policy adviser to the Egyptian president, described a singular partnership developing between Mr. Morsi, who is the most important international ally for Hamas, and Mr. Obama, who plays essentially the same role for Israel. =‘Yes, they were carrying the point of view of the Israeli side but they were understanding also the other side, the Palestinian side,’ Mr. Haddad said in Cairo as the cease-fire was being finalized on Wednesday. ‘We felt there was a high level of sincerity in trying to find a solution. The sincerity and understanding was very helpful.’ 
Read the rest here.
The article cites President Obama’s aides who said “they were willing to live with some of Mr. Morsi’s more populist talk as long as he proves constructive on the substance.”  According to a recent Secure America Now report, Dr. Morsi’s “populist talk” has included:
  • Signing a bayyan (Islamic declaration) that speaks about the “ Zio-American pact and its allies” and calls for “military resistance” in Iraq and Palestine, which it labels as “Jihad.”
  • Stating “the Quran has established that the Jews are the ones in the highest degree of enmity towards Muslims” and that “there is no peace with the descendants of the apes and pigs”.
  • Calling Israelis “killers and vampires” who are “more dangerous to global security than any other kind of terrorism.”
  • Stating on the sixth anniversary of 911 that “The US administration has never presented any evidences on the identity of those who committed that incident” and that it was “impossible” for a plane to have brought down the Twin Towers 
In October, a post reported that Dr. Morsi participated in a prayer service during which an Islamic cleric called upon the Jews to be destroyed.”
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Mahmoud Al Zahar reveals Hamas' genocidal agenda

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabicمحمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/"Change and Reform" government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Prior to that he was seen as a major candidate among the Hamas members elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council for prime minister, as he was at that time the most senior official within the organization.
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JOBLESS foreigners are being forcibly ejected from Belgium

Antwerp Belgium

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

JOBLESS foreigners are being forcibly ejected from Belgium.(Ex).JOBLESS foreigners are being forcibly ejected from Belgium following a public outcry at a massive surge in immigration, it was revealed yesterday. Belgian authorities have introduced a law allowing the withdrawal of residency rights from any newcomers remaining unemployed for six months after arriving in the country. The crackdown is being seen as a huge turnaround for the country that is home to many EU institutions and was previously seen as one of the most welcoming nations in Europe for migrants.
Euro MP Derek Clark, the Ukip employment spokesman, said: “Amazingly the Belgians seem to have a better idea as to their own interests than we do. If they can do it to protect their taxpayers and welfare system, then why on earth can’t we?” 
Many of the migrants being turfed out of Belgium are thought to have moved there from Spain in response to the worsening Spanish recession. Some are understood to have originally migrated to Spain from Latin America.

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Whoopi Goldberg continues to be awful

She retweeted a blood libel against Israel a few days ago. I feel terrible at ever having thought she deserved any kind of a career in the past 2 decades. Clearly, she did not. Today, I know better about contemptible "celebrities" like her.
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The view of this ‘HAMAS cease fire’ from space

Let’s see… on the morning HAMAS blows up a bus in Tel Aviv, or was it Jerusalem, (does it matter, I mean jews were aboard, right?) and after a week or so of Israel bombing, rocketing, and otherwise trying to obliterate HAMAS’ Iranian smuggled Fajr-5’s as well as the rest of the stupid arsenal, and after 800 HAMAS rockets bombarding Israel this year, Bibi agreed to a US sponsored, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood guaranteed mini truce which will last until it doesn’t.
I could not figure out why.
Later yesterday there was an announcement that the US was going to finance a ‘further’ deployment and development of the one thing thing this war proved .. IRON DOME works rather well. In fact if 2-3 interceptors were used per incoming missile (expensive, no?) then perhaps NOTHING reaches any ground where people or valuable targets are.
Then, there was an announcement that Morsi had arrogated to himself (and the Brotherhood) new executive powers to try, hold, retry and otherwise act to ‘protect the revolution’. That sounds PRECISELY like 1979 from here. Just a salafi version of the freaks from Qom.
So to stop the inevitable invasion of Gaza, we have paid for an Israeli umbrella of their own design (and perhaps our own needs for certain real world testing), and sold out any idea, hope or future for ANY SORT of secular Egypt with any sort of individual rights.
Egypt bought internal freedom for salafism by guaranteeing (until they don’t) that NO jihadis would launch anything from Gaza (or Sinai) into Israel. Of course to do this, they will have to have their army RIGHT in the zone which the 1973 peace agreement dictates there be NO forces. Egypt will enforce on Gaza that which they could enforce inside Sinai (Egypt proper)?

We have said nothing.
Bibi has concluded a deal 70% of Israelis oppose.

Maybe for some room to act near Fordo and Qom.
For the US, we gain NOTHING from this.
All for nothing. Except Israelis can go back to work until next time, and Gazan families can go back to normal life with a missile launcher in the kids playroom.
Arab countries governed by man-made law cannot be considered Muslim because they do not implement Sharia even though their experience and religion have introduced Sharia to them (Zubaida 60).  In this way, Qutb represents how both external nations and the internal state are Islam’s enemies because these nations/states live in a state of Jahiliyya, “ignorance,” and when applied to Western ideas “barbarism” (Brown 216). The societies who claim to be Muslim and do not follow Sharia law, Qutb labels infidels. 
This is the revolution which must be ‘protected’ and this is what the USA has acquiesced to for this truce.

Who is served?
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If the recession is over, why are twice as many Americans on Food Stamps today than in 2007?

Just a question for those with common sense?
Huh, 51.5%?
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Morsi Declares Himself Dictator of Egypt



Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt (Foto:Jason DeCrow/AP/dapd)<br />


Egypt’s Morsi takes on sweeping powers

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has decreed constitutional changes granting himself far-reaching powers. He also fired the country’s chief prosecutor, a move likely to cause further conflict with the judiciary.
The Egyptian leader on Thursday decreed, among other constitutional amendments, that all decisions he had taken since taking office in June could not be appealed in court or by any other authority.
A constitutional declaration read out on television by spokesman Yasser Ali stated that Morsi “can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution.”
“The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal,” the declaration continued.
Morsi also granted immunity both to the constituent assembly drafting a new Egyptian constitution and to the upper chamber of parliament from any possible court decisions to dissolve them. Both bodies are dominated by Islamist allies of the president.
“Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences,” ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.
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Saudi Women Now Being Monitored By Electronic Tracking System

(AFP) – Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements. 
Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together. 
Manal al-Sherif, who became the symbol of a campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy a driving ban, began spreading the information on Twitter, after she was alerted by a couple. 
The husband, who was travelling with his wife, received a text message from the immigration authorities informing him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh. 
“The authorities are using technology to monitor women,” said columnist Badriya al-Bishr, who criticised the “state of slavery under which women are held” in the ultra-conservative kingdom. 
Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border.
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Crime And Punishment In The UK

If the following is accurate, Eurabia is in full bloom:

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Herbie Hancock & Lang Lang
Rhapsody in Blue

Victor Symphony Orchestra
An American In Paris


Miles Davis
It Ain't Necessarily So


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Lynyrd Skynyrd
Winterland 1975

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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George Gershwin

Alicia Zizzo, piano

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THE Thanksgiving Day Song

Alice's Restaurant

Hope All You Infidels Have A Wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Obama's Potemkin Southeast Diplomacy

Obama receives "servant greeting" from Cambodian First Lady

Wow, this is a withering criticism from Investor's Business Daily:

Diplomacy: So amid all the colorful and flirty photos from President Obama's first tour of Southeast Asia, what did he actually accomplish? As usual, he served himself politically in what was largely a Potemkin mission abroad. 
It was obvious enough from the rubelike gaffes that the president hasn't been particularly interested or attentive to the affairs of Thailand, Burma or Cambodia as he made his first trip since his re-election. It was pretty much all style over substance. 
In his tour of Burma, billed as an historic first visit since Burma's 2007 move to democracy, it was clear he was in way over his head, even on small things. Obama repeatedly referred to the country's Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi as Aung Yan Suu Kyi, an astonishing error given her global fame. 
He also bungled the norms of Burmese polite address, calling Thein Sein, the nation's leader "President Sein," an error comparable to addressing Cambodia's Pol Pot as Mr. Pot. 
But he also undermined his supposed democracy mission, first by telling the Burmese leaders that he too wished he could govern without opposition, calling into question whether he himself believed in the representative government he was advocating. 
It didn't help that he ignored the real heroes who helped push Burma toward a more open system — President and Mrs. Bush, as well as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Sens. John McCain and Mitch McConnell, seeming to take credit for it himself. 
That emptiness of purpose left showy photo-ops in all three countries, with the president flirting around with Thailand's photogenic Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and visiting the Buddha statues, effectively trivializing Thailand as a tourist trap instead of a major trading partner and the U.S.'s oldest ally in Asia. 
Neither trade nor military matters were addressed substantively. Obama's lecture to Thailand about its democracy needing "improvement" was a fairly strong signal that he had no intention of restoring free-trade talks with the Thais, who lost their access to that a few years ago after a military coup that has since restored democracy. 
The other cornerstone of the U.S.-Thai relationship — the military — wasn't advanced either, given Obama's efforts to cut the U.S. Navy to 1918 levels even as he talks of a "strategic pivot" to Asia. 
No substance, no influence. Nothing underlined this quite like the lack of crowds greeting Obama in all three nations. When a leader's visit is cause for hope and a catalyst for change — think Pope John Paul II's 1978 Poland visit — crowds turn out. Obama, supposedly representing the greatest nation on earth, couldn't draw so much as an Occupy-sized crowd. Nor did he draw respect. 
On his trip to Cambodia, a country he claimed didn't deserve a visit due to its strongman government, first lady Bun Rany greeted Obama with a traditional "sampeah" pressed-hands greeting reserved for servants, a little dig that was probably lost on him but not to Asians. 
So what is really Obama's tour about? Apparently a get-out-of-town photo-op all about himself as a means of avoiding pressing problems back home. The Asians deserve better — and so do the Americans.

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Residents of southern Israel galled at the capitulation

As expected, the citizens of Sderot and Ashdod are angry at the weak way the Netanyahu government dealt with the Hamas:
Eight days after Operation Pillar of Defense began, southern residents received the news of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza groups with great disappointment.

"This wasn't the conclusion we prayed for," said Ashdod Mayor Yehiel Lasri, whose city continued to come under fire after 9 pm Wednesday, when the truce went into effect. "I am afraid this lull will last for only a short while, and hope that at least we have garnered international support for a harsh response that will become necessary when the fire is renewed."

Sderot Mayor David Buskila echoed the sentiment, saying he opposes the way the hostilities were put to an end. Dozens of residents of the city rallied on Wednesday night against the truce agreement and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.

"The fighting should have been concluded with an accord indicating Israel's clear supremacy and with the Israeli deterrence being restored to its former level," he said. "I hope the decision turns out to have been the right one. Only time will tell.

"In any case, I feel no pride," he added.
Overnight, sirens still sounded in the region, as at least 13 more rockets were fired, and I won't be surprised if many of these people won't vote for Likud in the upcoming election.

Update: Daniel Greenfield says it right:
There is no ceasefire, despite declarations from the international community to the contrary, just as there has been no peace for the past twenty years despite peace accords being signed.

In the language of diplomacy, ceasefire does not mean that the rockets will stop falling and peace does not mean an end to the violence. They mean only that Israel is not allowed to fight back when the rockets fall and the bombs go off. Peace does not mean an absence of killing; what it means is that the terrorists are the only ones allowed to kill.

The ceasefire means that diplomacy has succeeded and the goal of diplomacy in the Middle East is not to make it possible for Israeli children to sleep safely at night, but to pull back Israel from finishing a war.
Exactly. And if Netanyahu's election campaign fails because of this, he will have to recognize and come to terms with his guilt in this whole affair.
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Federal-Postal Coalition Requests Special Treatment

From the National Journal, on November 21, 2012:
The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff."

Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily.

“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”...
Oligarchy and the Nanny State are in full bloom.

Weep for America.

Weep for the American taxpayer.

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Thanksgiving 2012

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Getting the Government You Voted For

Nearly four weeks since Sandy savaged New York (among others) and tens of thousands are still without heat power water food housing.

So volunteers want to help.

Their thanks?

Being cited for a violation for not maintaining "restaurant standards" in a food tent set up to feed victims and first responders.



This is the best they can do?

These guys seem to be doing more than the local state and federal governments (hey, I didn't vote for these guys) and their response is to slap them on the wrist?

How about lending a little support instead?

Fucking morons.


NYC sends health teams to post-Sandy food handouts, rubbing some wrong way 

The New York City Department of Health has been dispatching workers to storm-ravaged areas across the five boroughs as part of an outreach to ensure that volunteers are informed on proper food-handling and other safety issues.

But the presence of health officials has caused some confusion as to where the city is drawing the line between advisement and enforcement.

Bobby Eustace, an 11-year veteran with the city's fire department tells FoxNews.com that on Sunday he and his fellow firefighters from Ladder 27 in the Bronx were issued a notice of violation for not maintaining restaurant standards in a tent set up in Breezy Point, Queens, to feed victims and first responders.

“It’s just a little ridiculous. The inspector came up and asked if we were wearing hairnets. I told him, ‘We have helmets. This is a disaster area,’” Eustace told FoxNews.com. “Then he asked is we had gloves and thermometers [for food]. I said, “Yeah, we have rectal and oral. Which one do you want?’ He wasn’t amused.”

Eustace says that the Health Department worker then checked off a list of violations at the relief tent, including not having an HVAC system and fire extinguisher.

“He told us that he might come back to see if we fixed the violations. But what can we do? We are just going to keep going until a professional catering company can help take over,” Eustace said, adding that firefighters across the city together have been contributing about $800 a day out of their own pockets to feeding victims in areas hit hard by Sandy.

But a spokeswoman for the NYC Department of Health tells FoxNews.com that workers were not sent to issue violations. Rather, it was more of an outreach to inform volunteers on the proper way to handle food.

“We went out just to give recommendations. We were only at these locations in an advisory role,” the spokeswoman said.

Apparently, that wasn't the message Eustace received.


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Burn In Hell, Goatfucker



India Secretly Hangs Lone Surviving Mumbai Gunman 

India secretly executed the lone surviving gunmen from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through India's financial capital, killing 166 people and shattering relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was hanged early Wednesday at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency.

News of the execution was widely cheered in India, with political parties organizing public celebrations and some people setting off firecrackers. But for those more deeply touched by the events of 26/11, as the attack is known here, the hanging offered only a partial catharsis.

"This is an incomplete justice as the masterminds and main handlers of 26/11 are still absconding," said Kavita Karkare, the widow of Hemant Karkare, the chief of Mumbai's anti-terrorism squad who was killed while pursuing Kasab. "They should also be hanged."

Indian officials accuse Pakistan's intelligence agency of working with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the attack — an allegation Islamabad denies. India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since they were carved out of British India in 1947, suspended peace talks after the Mumbai attack.

Since 2011, the two countries have rekindled the peace talks, taken steps to bolster trade and signed a visa agreement to make cross-border travel easier, but New Delhi's frustration with Pakistan's failure to bring those responsible for the attack to justice has complicated efforts to mend relations.

The attacks were also a major embarrassment for India's security establishment, which failed to stop 10 gunmen who entered Mumbai on a dinghy from running roughshod over the police and elite security forces for three days.

Indian authorities faced public pressure to execute Kasab quickly, and the government fast-tracked the appeal and execution process, which often can take years or even decades.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the ministry sent Kasab's mercy plea to Mukherjee on Oct. 16 and he rejected it on Nov. 5.

Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the government had attempted to inform Pakistani officials of the impending execution, but a fax sent to Pakistan's foreign office went unanswered. He said the government had also informed Kasab's next of kin.

Indian officials said Kasab was buried at Yerwada Central Jail, where he was executed. Some of India's most famous freedom fighters including Mohandas Gandhi served time there.

News of the execution provoked little immediate comment in Pakistan. Pakistan foreign office spokesman Moazzam Ali Khan said Kasab's family had not approached authorities about bringing his body home.

"We will look into this matter if the family of Ajmal Kasab contacts us to bring his body back, but so far they have not contacted us," he said.

Kasab and nine other gunmen entered Mumbai by boat on Nov. 26, 2008. Carrying cellphones, grenades and automatic weapons, they fanned out across the city, targeting two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a tourist restaurant and a crowded train station. The three-day attack was broadcast live on television, transfixing the nation and the world.

A photo of Kasab striding through Mumbai's main train station, an assault rifle in hand, quickly became the iconic image of the siege.

All of the other attackers were killed during the siege. After Kasab was captured, an Indian judge sentenced Kasab to death in May 2010 for waging war against India, murder and terrorism, among other charges. Kasab cried as he heard the sentence.

In his confession, Kasab said he was recruited by Lashkar-e-Taiba after he left a low-paying job as a shop assistant in search of greater fortune as a bandit. The attackers were in regular phone contact with handlers in Pakistan during the siege.
Some in India felt Kasab should have been executed publicly. Others complained that the government had spent too much money on the care and feeding of a vilified criminal and said that for justice to be done, the attack's masterminds — not just their foot soldier — must be punished.

Mukesh Agarwal, who was shot in his right arm during the attack, called Kasab's execution "the best possible gift" from the Indian government. But he said "instead of secretly hanging him, they government should have hanged him publicly."

"I am sad and happy both," said Sonu, an office clerk in New Delhi who uses one name. "Sad because I wonder what forced him do such things and happy because this will be a good example to all the terrorists in the future."


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