"Am I therefore become your enemy,because I TELL YOU THE TRUTH...?"
(Galatians 4:16)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Typhoon Fengshen strikes

China tornado wrecks 650 homes, kills just one person

BEIJING-A tornado in China tore up 650 houses in just five minutes and damaged nearly 1,000, state media said on Sunday, but only one person died.The tornado touched down in the eastern province of Anhui on Saturday, causing 18.5 million yuan ($2.7 million) in losses.Forty-five people, including eight seriously wounded, were taken to hospital after the tornado hit in Lingbi county, Xinhua news agency said.One 76-year-old villager died on the way to hospital. More than 20,000 people were "affected" by the tornado and 950 were relocated, Xinhua said.
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TYPHOON FENGSHEN:Philippine ferry sinks; 700 plus passengers missing

MANILA-A Philippine ferry with more than 700 people on board capsized during a typhoon and all but a handful of those aboard have been accounted for, officials said on Sunday.Rescuers were trying to reach the scene where the MV Princess of Stars sank near Sibuyan island in the centre of the country but churning waves from Typhoon Fengshen made the crossing hazardous. "The ship is upside down. We are waiting for rescuers but there are none so far. Our pump boats are all broken," Ricardo Aligno, a town councilor from the coastal village of San Fernando, told local radio.The coast guard expected one of its ships to arrive in the area by early afternoon. The ferry sank about three kilometers from shore.Local mayor Nanette Tansingco told radio that three survivors had been found.But at least four others aboard are known to have died.The bodies of two women and some children's' slippers were washed ashore. Before dawn on Sunday, some villagers heard warning sirens from the ship, which had 626 passengers and 121 crew on board.Dozens of relatives, some in tears, crowded into the offices of Sulpicio Lines, the ship's owner, in the central city of Cebu, looking for information.
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QUAKEWATCH:5.4 MAG SOUTHERN GREECE

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THe MILLION DOLLAR BILL....

THEREFORE I HAVE SPOKEN...

Don’t you just love to dig into the promises of God?They are power-filled words. Today’s Words from the Lord are no different.They are power-filled.We were created in the image of God as it shows in this next scripture.(Genesis 1:26)And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
If you read the first chapter of Genesis, you see that God created the earth with the spoken Word. We are to create the same way.We are to speak.We are to speak those things which line up with the will and the word of God only.
We were given power over all the power of the enemy.That authority was transferred to us on this earth through Jesus.(Luke 10:19)Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Let’s dissect this next verse and get all of it.You are to SAY unto the mountain… That means speaking to the problem or situation that is in the way.Now look at the “shall not doubt” part. That is to know what you have been promised in the Word of God, choosing to believe it and not the physical circumstances.The “shall believe”part means full of faith having had your faith built scripturally by the hearing of the word (Romans 10:17) and by the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).(Mark 11:23)For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Here is your Word today.I believed, therefore have I spoken.Look at that past tense word; believed.It is past tense already done.You already believed.Then you haven spoken.I am not talking just the power of positive confession, although there may be some natural truth in that.I am talking about the positive confessions of the Rhema Word of God.When the Holy Spirit quickens it to you, then you speak it under the unction of the Holy Spirit.(Psalms 116:10)I believed, therefore have I spoken.Let me remind you that keep speaking the Logo Word until it become that Rhema Word. Speaking the Word (your are hearing yourself speak) will build your faith.
Your mouth is the key to your seeing good things in your life and being renewed.I have seen many men and women of God preach way on into their 90’s because of their attitude and Godly confessions.But this is not all that God is saying with this word.As you go, thank God for the good things and renewing your youth.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Your speech (lined up with the word) will make the difference in things you will have in life. (Psalms 103:5)Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.When eating out recently, we confessed this scripture before we went.I know that the quality of the food was better than before.I believe that our words can cause that chef to do a better job and our money is not wasted.I have seen the gas price go down a couple of cents after we pray and right before we gas up.Whatever it is He will satisfy our mouth, which means acting on what we confess, if we confess correctly.He acts on our Godly Words.(Mark 16:20)And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
With this natural economy as it is, praise the name of Jesus that we are not locked into it.We have supernatural supply.(Isaiah 1:19)If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.My God still supplies all of my need and He still gives witty inventions.
This is a great Word for today as well.Just thank Him for renewing your inward man, right now. Thank you Lord for renewing my inward man, making me more into your image, In Jesus name.(2 Corinthians 4:16)..the inward man is renewed day by day.
And again let cover the subject of your words, your decrees, your confessions…
Are you calling things according to the promises of God or the natural disasters? Brother Charles Capps had a revelation long ago from the Lord.“My people can have what they say.Instead they say what they have.”What are you saying? Real revelation that has come from the Lord can be scripturally proven.This is the scripture for what the Lord said to Charles Capps.(Romans 4:17)...and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
And lastly, the Lord wants you to fill yourself up with His faith and decree some things today. You have the knowledge, the power, and the opportunity.Straighten some things out today in the Spirit.Don’t wait or tough things out.Get rid of the devil and his battle right now, in Jesus name.You don’t want to be like Pharoah and have one more night with the frogs.When Jesus fought satan in Matthew 4, it was with “It is Written.”Then the devil departed for a season.He will depart from your situation as well.Just use your faith and authority right now.(Job 22:28) Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.The “violent” take heaven by force (Matt 11:12).Amen?
In Him,
Prophetess Frances Lloyd
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OBAMA WATCH:The Great Seal of the Pretentious Elite

Barack “I have delusions that I’m already the President” Obama had the -pictured left--symbol before him at a recent meeting with Democratic governors:”Vero Possumus”, a faux Latin rendering for “Yes, we can” as its motto, the Great Seal of Obama screams pretentious narcissism.But, the folks here at Say Anything are a pretty creative group, so here’s your chance to come up with your own motto: What would you suggest for Obama’s Trained, er, Great Seal?(Extra points for pretentious Latin phrases!)To get you started, here’s mine: ”Praetensa Maximus” What’s yours?
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HORRIBLE REALITY:Scavengers die at Guatemala dump

PERSECUTION WATCH:Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP)-Safety pins and screws are still lodged in 15-year-old Ami Ortiz's body(picture left at hospital) three months after he opened a booby-trapped gift basket sent to his family.The explosion severed two toes, damaged his hearing and harmed a promising basketball career.Police say they are still searching for the assailants. But to the Ortiz family the motive of the attackers is clear: The Ortizes are Jews who believe that Jesus was the Messiah...
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OBAMA WATCH:The Great Seal of Barack Obama

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Yesterday Barack Obama rolled out his very own seal. The New York Daily News reports the comments of the Obama and McCain campaigns in "Barack Obama appears with personalized presidential seal." As the Daily News notes, the Seal of Barack Obama bears an uncanny resemblance to the presidential seal, though it incorporates the Obama campaign graphic and a nifty new Latin motto: "Vero Possumus." Andrew Malcolm helps with the translation of the Latin motto. Malcolm explains:The seal's...got a terrifically impressive motto in Latin-"Vero Possumus"-which means "The possum speaks truthily."No, just kidding. It actually means "Truly we're able" which translates as "Si se puede" which translates as "Yes, we can." Malcolm adds:Plus it's got Obama's website right up there too. Lord knows, he needs more donations because the poor White Sox fan from Chicago's impoverished South Side has only raised a little under $290 million so far. I think the campaign may have missed a beat with "Vero Possumus." My Latin is a little rusty, but I think the Seal of Barack Obama clearly calls for something more along the lines of "Obamanum Credimus." You know, "We believe in Obama."
From the Daily News....They comment as follows...:
Yes, he can. But, really: Oh, no, he didn't!
Barack Obama's presidential campaign raised eyebrows and elicited snickers Friday when it unveiled the Obamamania version of the presidential seal.At a meeting with Democratic governors in Chicago, Obama sat behind a rostrum with a seal that looked not-so-coincidentally like the official seal of the President of the United States.Featuring an eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch, the seal contained a Latin phrase for a touch of gravitas that roughly translates to "Yes, We Can."Asked to explain the new seal, Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "It's a mix of presidential politics and a call for hope and change."Snarked John McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, "I think we can all agree that we need presidential candidates that are serious enough not to play make-believe on the campaign trail.""It's laughable, ridiculous, preposterous and revealing all at the same time," Bounds said.
PS:I'm ROL....really....I can't believe this guy....!!!!!!
It would be funny if it wasnt THIS PATHETIC!!!!!!!
Yes...It's:
Laughable
Ridiculous
Preposterous
Revealing......
ALL TOGETHER!!!!!
Now ya'all tell me please:
HAVE U EVER SEEN ANYBODY ELSE SO DESPERATE AS TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE US as this guy??????
I wonder how lower he can get.....
We'll see in the next weeks!!!!!!!!
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PAGAN WATCH:Pagans, Partygoers Celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

STONEHENGE, England-Thousands of partygoers, pagans and self-styled druids cheered and banged drums Saturday to greet the dawn at Stonehenge on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.Blowhorns signaled the rise of the sun over the ancient stone circle at 4:58 a.m.-although in typically English fashion, the sunrise was barely visible through the clouds. Still, the mist and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of revelers who gathered under umbrellas, ponchos and plastic bags to greet the dawn."I've done this for the last three years," said Peter Rawcliffe, 26, who cycled the 50 miles from his home in the city of Oxford. "I suppose I'm a bit of a closet druid.""It's a really magical experience," he said.Police estimated 28,000 revelers had made the trip, one of the largest numbers in years. They said there were 15 arrests for theft and other minor offenses.Trevor Wyatt, 55, described the historic site as his "cathedral.""It's been a sacred place for 6,000 years for the people of this country," he said.Wyatt, who lives in London, said he is neither pagan nor druid, "just English."In ancient times, a druid was a member of the Celtic priesthood who would act as priest, arbitrator, scholar, magistrate and healer. They appeared in sagas and in Christian legends as magicians or wizards.Solstice celebrations were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar and in many countries bonfires, maypole dances and courtship rituals linger on as holdovers from Europe's pagan past.Zoe Neale, 48, cheerfully admitted her visit to Stonehenge "is part of my mid-life crisis." She left her West London office amid gentle teasing from her colleagues Friday afternoon to see a very English tradition."I've always thought it's just a bunch of old hippies. I'm just going to ignore the hippie things and think about Stonehenge and the sunrise," she said.Throughout the night, visitors gathered in groups to dance around drummers and bagpipe players — or to swig from cans of beer to the beat of techno music."We heard about it through our really studious friends, but we're going to come and get drunk," said Alison Newcomer, a 21-year-old student from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain about 80 miles southwest of London, was built over three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions, drawing more than 750,000 visitors a year.The solstice is the one day of the year that visitors are allowed access throughout the night to the stone circle. Representatives of English Heritage, the monument's caretaker, were on hand to make sure no one climbed on or vandalized the stones.
Though the stone circle's alignment with the midsummer sunrise makes it an ideal location for celebrating the solstice, the event has a controversial past.A clash between police and revelers at the solstice celebration in 1985 led to closure of the monument for the solstice for 15 years. During those years riot police and people determined to celebrate the solstice often clashed.But in 2000, English Heritage reopened Stonehenge for the solstice, and celebrations since have been peaceful, with only a few arrests for minor offenses each year."People generally respect the stones and we don't have a problem," English Heritage spokeswoman Rebecca Milton said. Exactly how and why Stonehenge was built remains a mystery. Some experts believe it is aligned with the sun simply because its builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, while others believe the site was part of a huge astronomical calendar.In May, researchers said new evidence suggests the stone circle was used as a burial ground. Cremated remains found at the site date to 3000 B.C. and radiocarbon dating shows burials continued at the site for at least 500 years.
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Iran women's activist jailed for five years: lawyer

TEHRAN-An Iranian women's rights activist has been sentenced to five years in prison on security-related charges, her lawyer said on Saturday. Hana Abdi, a 22-year-old woman from Iran's Kurdistan province, was accused of "illegal gathering with the intention of committing a crime against the nation's security", lawyer Mohammad Sharif told Reuters by telephone."The verdict was communicated to me on Wednesday," he said, adding it would be appealed. Abdi is a member of a campaign to try to gather 1 million signatures in support of greater women's rights in the Islamic Republic, a fellow activist said. Rights groups accuse Iran of discriminating against women, a charge Tehran denies."We're all very shocked by this harsh sentence," the campaigner said, declining to be named.There was no immediate comment from the judiciary.An unidentified Iranian judge was in December quoted by an official news agency as saying Abdi and another woman arrested in a Kurdish region a few months earlier were accused of being members of a rebel group, PJAK, and of involvement in bombings.The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) is an Iranian offshoot of the separatist Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) movement that is fighting neighboring Turkey.Several clashes between Iranian forces and Kurdish rebels have been reported over the past year in northwest Iran.
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PS:There it goes again the "AHMADINEJAD REGIME"...
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Deadly typhoon floods Philippines

Two more levees overflow in US

Mississippi floodwaters cresting, costs mount

PALMYRA, Missouri-The crest of the swollen Mississippi River moved relentlessly downstream on Saturday as volunteers manned sandbagged levees, nursed hopes and coped with the costs of the worst U.S. Midwest flooding in 15 years."At times like these you don't know whether to cry or laugh. But here in the Midwest we tend to favor the latter," said Charlotte Hoerr, who with her husband Brent farms land not far from the river in this small Missouri town.The violent rush overcame more than two dozen levees this week, submerging small towns and vast stretches of prime farmland as the nation's most important river absorbed the runoff of torrential rains that put many Iowa towns under water last week. No levees were reported breached on Friday night.The Midwest flooding and storms blamed for 24 deaths since late May have caused damage in the billions of dollars and are expected to push U.S. and world food prices higher.Up to 5 million acres may have been lost to just-planted crops at the heart of the world's top grain and food exporter. Prices for corn, cattle and hogs all set records this week due to the floods, as a world economy already slammed by inflation from soaring energy prices absorbed the blow.The spillage onto the Mississippi's vast flood plain covered thousands of acres of crops. But several days of dry weather this week cut water flows, as did the levee breaches. "It's starting to feel like the worst of the crisis has passed," said Farm Bureau official Blake Roderick in nearby Hannibal, boyhood home of author Mark Twain.The river in Hannibal was expected to crest on Sunday at 28.7 feet, below the record 31.80 feet (9.7 meters) set in the 1993 flood.
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India floods push people onto trees, alligators flee

BHUBANESWAR, India-Flood victims in eastern India took refuge on treetops as monsoon rains swamped homes and continued to spread misery among millions.Swelling rivers continued to break through mud embankments in the country's east and northeast on Friday, killing at least 50 people in the past 10 days and affecting more than three million.Air force helicopters dropped food packets in the eastern state of Orissa, as hundreds of villagers climbed trees, hoping to be rescued as their homes got washed away, officials said."I have seen hundreds of people living on trees and pleading to be rescued," Jayanarayan Mohanty, a community leader, said.In the eastern city of Jamshedpur, three alligators and a crocodile slipped out of a zoo after heavy rains flooded the park, officials said.The crocodile was later caught, but a park official said the missing alligators were a danger to the people.Heavy monsoon rains also had an impact on coal mining in eastern Jharkhand state, with production at the state-run Central Coalfield Limited down by over 50 percent.In West Bengal, trains services came to a halt in many flood-hit areas and a bridge was destroyed in West Midnapore.Although the army has been called out to provide aid, people in many villages were angry at delays."We have not got any relief so far, we are homeless and starving for the past three days," said Usharani Manna, a flood victim in West Midnapore district.Prices of essential commodities have shot up across the region as flooding blocked many highways and trucks carrying food and medicine were stranded. http://www.reuters.com/article/homepageCrisis/idUSDEL302922._CH_.2400
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Disaster looms as India floods

Typhoon Frank floods Philippines

END TIMES WEATHER:At least 17 dead as typhoon lashes Philippines

MANILA-Typhoon Fengshen killed at least 17 people in floods and landslides in the Philippines and left a ferry adrift with over 700 passengers and crew on Saturday.The Princess of the Stars stalled in rough seas near Sibuyan island in the central Philippines with 626 passengers and 121 crew on board, officials said."It's dead on the water but we can't get to it because of big waves," said a coast guard spokesman. The boat left Manila on Saturday morning for the central province of Cebu.In the southern Philippines, 10 people drowned and five were missing after a river burst its banks in Maguindanao province. In Cotabato City, a man and a child were buried in a landslide at a rubbish dump, police said. Five other people were also drowned.Fengshen, with winds gusting up to 195 kph (121 mph), is moving through the centre of the Southeast Asian country and is expected to exit on Sunday and head north towards Taiwan, according to storm tracker website http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com.president/ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered clean-up and rescue operations before her departure for an 8-day state visit to the United States.In the south, the navy used motorized rubber boats to rescue residents stranded in chest-deep water.Fengshen, the sixth typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, tore up trees and power lines across wide swathes of the country. Flights were cancelled and ships kept in harbor.In Boracay, the Philippines' top holiday island, tourists deserted the white beach and headed for bars and restaurants.
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Iran Reiterates It Won't Suspend Uranium Enrichment

TEHRAN, Iran-Iran is reiterating its decision to continue enriching uranium, calling Western pressure to suspend the work "illogical."The statement by a government spokesman comes as Europe waits for Iran's formal answer to an international package of incentives designed to rein in its nuclear program. Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham on Saturday as saying that his country will respond to the package at a convenient time.The package would give Tehran economic incentives, and the chance to develop alternate light-water reactors, in return for dropping the uranium enrichment.
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U.N. Nuke Chief Urges Syria to Cooperate With Inspectors

CAIRO, Egypt-The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief urged Syria on Friday to show "transparency" and cooperate with inspectors from the world agency visiting the Mideast country this weekend.It marks the start of an international fact check of U.S. and Israeli assertions that Damascus had tried to build a plutonium-producing facility under the radar of the international community.
Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, told the pan-Arab Al-Arabiya Television that he hoped Syria will let IAEA inspectors visit "all locations" they are interested in.
Syria said earlier this month it won't allow IAEA to probe beyond a site bombed by Israel last September, despite IAEA's expressed eagerness to visit three other suspect locations."We will go (to Syria) with open eyes and we will observe the facts...All I ask of Syria is to show absolute transparency and help" the IAEA probe, ElBaradei said in the interview, aired late Friday."I hope that Syria will take us to all the locations," where allegedly there could be other reactors, ElBaradei added. His remarks reflected IAEA hopes that Syria could still warm to giving IAEA access to the three other sites. The main focus on the agency's three-day visit that begins Sunday is the Al Kibar facility-a building in the country's remote eastern desert that was destroyed in September by Israeli jets.ElBaradei again rebuked Israel for the bombing. "Before (Israel's) hitting Syria ... we could have had the time to go to Syria to investigate and learn of any covert Syrian reactor," ElBaradei said.In the interview, part of which was aired earlier this week, ElBaradei also said that his agency doesn't have evidence Syria possesses the fuel or technical know-how for a large-scale nuclear plant.Syrian President Bashar Assad has repeatedly denied that his country has a secret nuclear program.Israel has never officially confirmed September's air strike on Al Kibar, though it has not disputed the foreign reports, or U.S. government comments, on the incident.
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Iran accuses U.S. of backing Sunni Muslim rebels

TEHRAN-Iran accused the United States on Saturday of supporting a Sunni Muslim rebel group which said on Friday it had killed two of 16 Iranian policemen kidnapped last week in a volatile area near the border with Pakistan. Predominantly Shi'ite Iran has previously linked the group, Jundollah (God's Soldiers), to al Qaeda, but government spokesman Gholamhossin Elham did not repeat that on Saturday."This terrorist group, which is supported by the Americans, has a history of such terrorist acts," Elham told reporters without giving details.Iran has often accused Washington and London of trying to destabilize the country by supporting rebels, mainly in sensitive border areas.Jundollah said on Friday it had killed two policemen and threatened to kill the 14 others it is holding unless Tehran meets demands including the release of jailed comrades, Al Arabiya television reported.It said a spokesman identified as Abdul-Raouf had told Arabiya by phone that the group had decided to kill the men after the Iranian government executed two Sunnis in its custody.The Arab network screened a video of two blindfolded men kneeling on the ground but said it could not show the full footage of the killings to avoid disturbing viewers.Iran and the United States are engaged in a standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear ambitions. Washington also accuses the Islamic Republic of backing Shi'ite militias in Iraq, a charge Iranian officials deny.Elham said Iranian authorities were investigating the reported killings. "It is likely that (Jundollah's) claims are a psychological maneuver and nothing more. And, consequently, one cannot confirm their propaganda and psychological ploys," the spokesman said.
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Iran presses on with nuclear enrichment "non-stop"

TEHRAN-Iran is pressing on with uranium enrichment "non-stop", its envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency was quoted as saying on Saturday, despite a world powers' offer of economic incentives to coax Tehran into halting such activities.The Islamic Republic also appeared to dismiss any suggestion of limiting nuclear work it says is for generating electricity but which the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.Six major powers, including the United States, last week offered Iran help in developing a civilian nuclear program and other benefits in their latest attempt to resolve a long-running dispute that has helped pushed oil prices to record highs. Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said Tehran was ready to start negotiations "based on a win-win principle", official media said. Saeed Jalili was also quoted as saying such talks represented a "golden opportunity" to strengthen peace.But Iran "will not bow to any illogical demands that would deprive it of its rights to continue with its peaceful nuclear activities", he said.The United States says it is focusing on diplomatic pressure to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions but has not ruled out military action as a last resort.The New York Times on Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying Israel had carried out a large military exercise, apparently a rehearsal for a potential bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities.The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief, Mohamad ElBaradei, the same day warned a military strike on Iran would turn the Middle East into a fireball.
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'Ball of fire' if Iran attacked: IAEA chief

The UN atomic watchdog chief warned on Saturday that an attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme would turn the region into a fireball, as Tehran rejected an Israeli strike as "impossible."Mohamed ElBaradei also warned that he would not be able to continue in his role as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general should the Islamic republic be attacked.His stark comments came as Iran stressed yet again that it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its controversial uranium enrichment."A military strike (against Iran) would in my opinion be worse than anything else ... It would transform the Middle East region into a ball of fire," ElBaradei said in an interview with Al-Arabiya television.A report by the New York Times on Friday cited US officials as saying a major Israeli military exercise earlier this month seemed to be a practice for any potential strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.In Athens, an official with the Greek air force's central command confirmed the substance of the US media report, stating that it had taken part in "joint training exercises" with Israel off the Mediterranean island of Crete.The manoeuvres, code-named "Glorious Spartan 08," took place on May 28 and June 12, and consisted of aerial exercises and knowledge exchange, said the Greek source, who requested anonymity.The goal was for more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighter jets to prepare for long-range strikes and demonstrate Israel's serious concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Times reported.But ElBaradei said any attack would simply harden Iran's position in its row with the West over its nuclear programme."A military strike would spark the launch of an emergency programme to make atomic weapons, with the support of all Iranians, including those living abroad," he said.He did not believe that there was an "imminent risk" of proliferation given the current status of Iran's nuclear programme and made it clear he would "not have a place" as IAEA head in the event of a military strike.The West fears that Tehran could use uranium enrichment to make an atomic bomb although Tehran insists it only wants nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. ElBaradei's comments come as Iran stressed on Saturday it will not negotiate with world powers over its nuclear programme if it is required to suspend its enrichment activities."Suspending uranium enrichment has no logic behind it and it is not acceptable and the continuation of negotiation will not be based on suspension," Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told reporters.He responded to talk of a military strike by saying "such impudence and audacity to have an aggression against our national interest and integrity is an impossible action."For his part, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said Tehran would "continue uranium enrichment non-stop since this activity is under the 24 hour surveillance (of IAEA cameras)."The request to stop uranium enrichment is an old issue and does not have any legal or technical foundation," he added.In Jerusalem, the Israeli parliament foreign affairs and defence commission chairman Tsahi Hanegbi said Saturday that Western diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's nuclear programme had failed."Next year and the year after that will be crucial. The world must must decide if it gives more time to diplomatic efforts, which currently do not seem very promising," he told Israeli public radio."Western measures against Iran's nuclear programme have failed."On June 6 an Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz, warned that Iran would face attack if it pursues what he said was its nuclear weapons programme.A week ago, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a new offer to Mottaki on ending the six-year standoff over Iran's nuclear drive, offering economic and trade incentives. Iran is still considering the plan.It was made on behalf of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
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Iran says Israel a "dangerous regime"

TEHRAN-Iran called Israel a "dangerous regime" on Saturday after a U.S. report that the Jewish state had carried out a large military exercise, apparently a rehearsal for a potential bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities.The comments by Iran's government spokesman came a day after the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said a military strike on Iran would turn the Middle East into a fireball and prompt Tehran to launch a crash course to build nuclear weapons.Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office declined to comment on the exercise, first reported in the New York Times. But a senior lawmaker in his centrist Kadima Party said on Saturday that diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program have failed and that the next 1-2 years would be critical.Tzachi Hanegbi, who heads parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Israel Radio that the world had to decide how to proceed. Israel Radio did not broadcast direct quotes from its interview with Hanegbi.An Israeli military spokesman said of the Times report: "The Israeli Air Force regularly trains for various missions in order to confront and meet the challenges posed by the threats facing Israel."Citing unidentified American officials, the Times said more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June.It said the exercise appeared to be an effort to focus on long-range strikes and illustrates the seriousness with which Israel views Iran's nuclear program.Israel has long trained for missions using fighter-bomber squadrons for what officials call "possible strategic scenarios"-code for a confrontation with arch-foe Iran.When asked about the reported exercises, Iranian government spokesman Gholamhossein Elham said: "It demonstrates the Islamic Republic of Iran's view that this (Israel) is a dangerous regime and an impediment to peace and calm in the region and world."
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PS:QUESTION:IF Israel is a dangerous regime...then what IS LEFT for Iran running agaisnt time to get as many nukes as possible to blow Israel out of the map,with that nutjob of AHMADINEJAD,whom people dont really like,who thinks that he is the "forerunner for the MAHDI",a total mental case that thinks the holocaust NEVER HAPPENNED and that also says that they have no gays in IRAN...???That fellow should be suit with a nice roomy jacket that fastens in the back and relocated to a nice cushioned room....That lunatic is the head of the government and Israel is a regime????He is a MENTAL CASE....Him and the croonies around him that OPPRESS THE POOR PEOPLE OF IRAN and keep EXECUTING THEIR OWN day in and day out!!!!!!!!!!
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Obama's Bundler, Osama's Enabler

SHOULD A MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT, WHO HAS PLEDGED HIS SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS, REJECT THE MONEY AND SUPPORT of an anti-American extremist who thinks Osama bin Laden had a “valid” argument on 9/11 and says she is currently acting “to undermine the war effort”? Barack Obama should be forced to make that decision about the ample funds he has received from Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans.According to Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen, Evans has “raised at least $50,000” for the Obama campaign. As long ago as February 2007, the Code Pink co-founder and pampered divorcee co-hosted a Hollywood fundraiser for Obama with her ex-husband (financier Max Palevsky) and Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen of DreamWorks studios. [1]
Rare Candor (Read: Undisguised Hatred) from the Left
Evans capped off a lifetime of yeoman service to the leftist fringe this June 3, when she told Kansas talk show host Paul A. Ibbetson al-Qaeda may have had a point on 9/11. On Ibbetson’s “Conscience of Kansas” radio program, Evans declared:
Evans: We were attacked because we were in Saudi Arabia. That was the message of Osama, was that, because we had our bases in the Middle East, he attacked the United States.
Ibbetson: Do you think that’s a valid argument?
Evans: Sure. Why do we have bases in the Middle East? We totally violated the rights of that, that country. Why do we get to have bases in the Middle East? [2]
The Code Pinko revealed, with unusually cold-blooded frankness, the reason Code Pink targeted military recruiters – and U.S. soldiers:
Ibbetson: I understand the activism and the protesting of George W. Bush and Cheney…What is this protesting and work against the military recruitment…in Berkeley?
Evans: As an antiwar activist, one of the things you try to do is you try to find the pillars that keep us at war and try to undermine those pillars. And one of the things: You can’t go to war if you don’t have soldiers.
When pressed to clarify the “pillars” her deeds “undermined,” the Obama bundler removed all doubt she aimed at our uniformed men and women themselves:
Ibbetson: You said you want to undermine the pillars of the war effort, and part of those pillars of that effort is the military, complex or whatever. Would you –
Evans: Well, the soldiers that fight the war. If you don’t have soldiers, you won’t be at war.
She didn’t sound very convincing in denying, “Code Pink sees the military as the enemy.” (“N-n-n-n-no,” she eventually stammered out.) She then likened Military Recruiting Centers to “liquor stores and porn shops.”
Finally, Evans affirmed of Code Pink’s travels to Iraq: “You’re right! We were trying to undermine the war effort!”
More Than Words
Evans’ revealing performance could serve as light radio comedy – (e.g., she later blurted out, in earnest, “Why is being a Communist anti-American?”) – if it did not mask a long history of actions designed to demoralize soldiers in harm’s way, vilify the military (and the United States as a whole), provide monetary and military support to jihadists, and popularize the views of Islamic radicals who believe terrorists who kill U.S. troops are “guaranteed Paradise.”Her statement that “you can’t go to war if you don’t have any soldiers,” dovetails with her work to break the morale of soldiers fighting in Iraq. In July 2003, Jodie Evans joined the Advisory Board of Iraq Occupation Watch (IOW) as a founding member. Castroites Medea Benjamin and Leslie Cagan established IOW in Baghdad to convince American soldiers serving in Iraq to obtain “conscientious objector” status and get sent home. As part of this process, they recycled anti-American news stories to the troops in Iraq, and spread “first-hand” accounts of mythical U.S. “atrocities” back home. At least one fellow Advisory Board member called for the murder of U.S. troops in Iraq.Tiring of rhetoric, Code Pink tended to the material needs of those who killed U.S. troops or tended to the “insurgents.” In December 2004, Evans and Code Pink delivered $600,000 in cash and supplies to “the other side” in Fallujah, a recent battlefield and terrorist stronghold infamous for killing American soldiers.That summer, Evans disclosed, in blunt fashion, that she had little concern over troops being killed, because she viewed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death squads as our moral superiors:
We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies. [3]
Before long, she and Code Pink would seek to join forces with the terrorists’ leaders once again. In August 2006, she joined 11 other far-leftists in a Code Pink-sponsored trip to meet Iraqi “political leaders” such as:
Sheikh Ahmad al-Kubaysi, who once pronounced foreign-born jihadists killing U.S. soldiers “very brave.” He added, “These Mujahideen are guaranteed Paradise.” He is said to have given militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr $50 million.
Saleh al-Mutlaq, the trip’s prime sponsor, chided Americans for trying “to brand as terrorists the honorable national resistance movements.” He concluded, “We cannot give peace.”
Code Pink announced after this trip, “We left this historic meeting with a commitment to make sure that the voices of these Iraqi parliamentarians are heard here in the U.S.” Indeed, one delegation member, a DailyKos blogger who ran for Congress in 2006, blogged, “if justice is to ever come to the people of Iraq, the people we call insurgents will have to be recognized as the ones who are actually defending their homeland.” As I noted at the time, Medea Benjamin laid out her full plan to coordinate anti-American events with foreigners in her essay “Toward a Global Movement," published in April 2003 in Nation magazine.
Evans was “present at the creation” of this subversive agenda. And now she sees her savior in Barack – and Michelle – Obama.
Her official page on Barack Obama’s campaign website states, “I am impressed with his ideas and ideals and that he has an amazing wife and listens to her.” Discussing Michelle Obama may be “low class” for her detractors, but evidently it is a selling point to radicals like Jodie Evans.
Not Just Obama: Code Pink’s Growing Influence in the Party of Defeat
As David Horowitz and I point out in our new book, Party of Defeat, this pathology extends far beyond Barack Obama. The Hate America ideology Code Pink represents – once at-odds with Democratic leaders like Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt, Sam Nunn, and the young Al Gore – now represents the will of its McGovernite base. Increasingly, when the Radical Left talks, the Democratic leadership listens – whether by attending the Take Back America Conference, the Yearly Kos, or inviting hate-spewing bloggers into the halls of power.Code Pink has not been left out of this arrangement – and an increasing number of lawmakers are singing the group’s praises. Sen. Russ Feingold, declared: “People try to marginalize them as being ‘left,’ But they serve as a reminder to (lawmakers) of the broader concern in the country over the war.” Even one of the group’s targets, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, courted their support last month, saying, “Instead of fighting us – which is your right to do – let’s all work together to end the war and bring the troops home.” Rep. Lyn Woolsey, a California radical Democrat and co-founder of the Progressive Caucus, admitted, “If it weren't for Code Pink and groups like Code Pink, we'd be a lot farther away from resolving the situation in Iraq.” And according to CP (which stands for “Code Pink,” not “Communist Party”) activists, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, signed the letter to get them into Fallujah to exercise their jihadist philanthropy.Similarly, Code Pink activists know they have the Democratic Party’s ear (or other appropriate part of the anatomy). Founding member Gael Murphy told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We've gotten to a place now where Hillary and Obama are falling all over each other to be the leading peace candidate.”They did, indeed, court the radical Left – even as the media lauded them for standing up to it – and this has led them to turn their backs on a war they supported, and to seek the defeat of the soldiers they put into harm’s way. As Jodie Evans smiles.
Show Me the Money…Being Returned
Barack Obama now faces a question, not of experience, ideology, or judgment, but of decency. Will he return the money raised by someone so self-evidently opposed, not merely to victory in Iraq (they have that in common), but to our soldiers themselves? Anyone seeking to be a credible commander-in-chief of those forces, anyone deserving of their respect and sacrifice, must return her funds, renounce her organization, and refuse any support Code Pink might seek to offer his campaign.Yet while he has been prompt to throw other longtime associates under a bus when problematic statements crop up, he has not yet lifted a finger in regards to Jodie Evans. Perhaps this is because, unlike Jeremiah Wright, Otis Moss, Michael Pfleger, or Jim Johnson, Evans offered more than rhetorical support.Compare his reticence against the Texas Republican Party. The Lone Star GOP recently divested itself of $1,500, because it came from a vendor who sold a racist button asking, “If Obama is president ...will we still call it The White House?” Texas Republicans swiftly donated the money to a charity benefiting Midwestern flood victims. Party spokesman Hans Klingler told AP: “This vendor need not apply to another Texas GOP state convention. We will neither tolerate nor profit from bigotry.”
Shouldn’t Barack Obama make the same pledge about hatemongers who justify 9/11?
ENDNOTES:
1. Evans also said she had donated to Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards, and Ron Paul. This bipartisan (or, if you count Paul’s Libertarian background, tripartisan) coalition should also return these funds and any others she generated or delivered.
2. You can listen to the entire interview in the program’s audio archives, or watch relevant clips here and here.
3. A sanitized version of this statement now appears on the Code Pink website.
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ENDGAME--Trailer-By Alex Jones

US Group Highlights Plight of World's Refugees

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, or USCRI, estimates the number of refugees has increased in the last year to more than 14 million people worldwide. Much of the recent growth comes from vast numbers of Iraqis, more than two million in all, who continue to flee violence and bloodshed that has gripped the country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.Most Iraqi refugees have settled in Jordan and Syria, where they are prohibited from working legally, according to USCRI President Lavinia Limon."You have 40 percent of the professional class of Iraq who have left the country," said Lavinia Limon. "How many teachers, doctors, engineers, who speak the same language, who have common culture and religion to Syria and Jordan, and if they were allowed to work they would be contributing to those economies, instead of being engaged in underground work where they are exploited?" Limon was speaking on Capitol Hill. She was joined by several U.S. lawmakers who accused the Bush administration of failing to do its part to welcome refugees from Iraq, especially those who once served as translators for U.S. troops and contractors performing missions in Iraq. Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin:"When you look at a country like Sweden, that has nine million people, and in 2007 alone relocated 18,000 Iraqis, and then you look at the United States, which has relocated around 5,000 [Iraqis] since 2003, you wonder as to the commitment our country has made to take care of people that we put at risk," said Senator Cardin.The U.S. State Department says it aims to relocate 12,000 Iraqi refugees this year and is processing applications as quickly as possible.In its 2008 World Refugee Survey, USCRI lists nine countries it deems the world's "worst places for refugees." They include Bangladesh for its treatment of Rohingya refugees, China for its spurning of people fleeing North Korea, Russia for returning some refugees from Uzbekistan, and Thailand for expelling tens of thousands of Burmese refugees.The report also criticizes many European nations for making it difficult for refugees to gain entry, as well as Kenya and other countries for confining vast numbers of refugees to sprawling, semi-permanent camps - a practice USCRI refers to as "warehousing." Merrill Smith edited USCRI's 2008 survey:"The question now is: are we really protecting refugees by keeping them in camps at all? We saw what happened to the Darfurian refugees in Chad," said Merrill Smith. "They were attacked repeatedly. Camps become notoriously infiltrated by guerrilla forces. It is an inhuman situation. It is not an appropriate response to refugee protection."The report does note some encouraging signs, including the formation of coalitions in Israel to advocate on behalf of refugees from Sudan's Darfur region, and similar pro-refugee initiatives in Thailand, Tanzania, and elsewhere.USCRI argues that refugee rights are human rights, and that all nations have a duty to accept and look after people fleeing violence and danger in other lands. The organization acknowledges that burdens are inevitably placed on host countries, but that those costs must be defrayed through financial contributions and other assistance from the broader international community.

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World Population To Hit 7 Billion In 2012:China, India, United States Have Largest Populations

WASHINGTON-The Census Bureau said the world's population will reach 7 billion in 2012.According to projections released Thursday, there are about 6.7 billion people in the world today. China and India have the largest populations, followed by the United States with 304 million.The world's population hit 6 billion in 1999, meaning it will take only 13 years to add a billion people. By comparison, a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau said the number of people didn't reach 1 billion until 1800. Carl Haub said the quick climb comes from rapid population growth in developing countries, where medical and nutritional advance led to a population explosion after World War II.But with more women in those countries going to school and joining the work force, the growth rate is starting to slow worldwide.
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Nazi suspect 'ready for justice'

A Croatian man suspected of war crimes for his role during World War II has said he is ready to face justice as his conscience is clear.Milivoj Asner, now 95, was a senior member of the country's pro-Nazi Ustasha regime during the war. Campaigners say Mr Asner, who lives in Austria, is the fourth most-wanted living Nazi war crimes suspect.He told Croatian television that he had ordered the deportation of Jews and Serbs, but not to Croatian death camps."I am ready to come to Croatia. My conscience is clear, I could appear before a court tomorrow," Mr Asner said in the interview."I am deeply convinced that if the court is just and if judges are honest people, they have to clear me of all charges," he added.
Fragile health
He fled to Klagenfurt, Austria after being tracked down in Croatia in 2005, where he is wanted on suspicion of organising the persecution of Serb, Jewish and Roma people during the war.
"Nothing ever happened to whoever was a loyal citizen of the Croatian state," said the wartime police chief."For others, my theory was: You are not a Croat, you hate Croatia, okay, then please go back to you homeland."The Croatian television reporter who conducted the interview said Mr Asner appeared senile and was only temporarily lucid.Mr Asner was recently filmed mingling with European championship soccer fans in his home town, prompting the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre to urge Austria to extradite him.Austria has in the past refused to hand over Mr Asner to the Croatian authorities, saying his mental health is too fragile to allow him to stand trial.Jewish groups have accused Austria, which was annexed by Hitler in 1938 and supplied his Third Reich with many top officials, of a lack of political will to track down Nazi criminals.

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PERSECUTION WATCH:Judge:"Homeschooling like driving drunk"

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Islamic school has notorious alumni

A conservative group says it's attempting to "lift the veil off the deception" at an Islamic school in Virginia funded by the Saudi government.The Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) recently held a demonstration outside the Islamic Saudi Academy, which is renting a school facility from Fairfax County, Virginia. Conservative activists, as well as the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have called on the State Department to shut down the private school because of its use of textbooks that promote violence against Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims. Andrea Lafferty, executive director of TVC, says both the State and Justice Departments need to investigate the Academy because it is "a virtual one-stop shopping center for law enforcement.""The former valedictorian from this school is in jail right now because he plotted to kill President Bush," she points out. In addition, that individual-Ahmed Omar Abu Ali-was convicted of joining al-Qaida after graduating from the school.He is serving a 30-year sentence. Lafferty also relates a widely reported news story involving a man and woman who were taking pictures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge."The person that was apprehended in that incident was the finance officer at the time for the school," says the TVC spokeswoman. "Then, you had some of the students who were apprehended by Israeli intelligence because they flew to Israel with no luggage, lots of money, and some questionable documents."Lafferty says in the case of the Muslim school, "it's clear that where there's smoke, there's fire.""There are schools like this all around the country, and America needs to wake up," she declares."Traditional Values Coalition is wanting to lift the veil off of the secrecy and the deception surrounding Islam.But, I don't want people ... to think 'Oh, it's just Virginia.' No, it is all over the country-and if America is not free, no one is free." More recently, the director of the Islamic Saudi Academy was arrested for obstruction of justice and refusing to report child abuse.

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GAY AGENDA WATCH:Maine evangelicals drop bid to repeal homosexual rights law

AUGUSTA, Maine - An evangelical group has abandoned its campaign to overturn Maine's law prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals.Executive Director Michael Heath says the Christian Civic League of Maine failed to attract the voter, volunteer and financial support it needed to continue its campaign. He says homosexual rights groups succeeded by linking support for the proposal to "bigotry and homophobia and hatred."In addition to repealing the anti-discrimination law, the proposal would have reaffirmed Maine's law restricting marriage to one man and one woman and would have barred towns from licensing civil unions.
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Transgenders in New York jails call the shots

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Transgender youth in New York's juvenile detention centers are now allowed to wear whatever uniform they choose, be called by whatever name they want and ask for special housing under a new anti-discrimination policy drawing praise from advocacy groups.The policy went into effect March 17, the day Gov. David Paterson was sworn into office. Last month, Paterson directed all state agencies to recognize homosexual marriages legally performed elsewhere as valid in New York.Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield said the policy reflects the state's intent to be "tolerant, responsive and respectful" of gender identity and gender expression issues.The new policy prohibits staff from asking residents about their sexual orientation or gender identity and says any disclosure must be voluntary. It also directs staff to talk to youth who decide to reveal their gender identity."Staff should never just move on; talk about what it means for this youth to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning," the 14-page policy states.The policy directs staff to learn and use the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in an appropriate context when talking with youth.While all residents may ask to be called by a preferred first name rather than their legal one, the policy says males who believe they are female must be called "she" and females who believe they are male must be referred to as "he." Staff must use the preferred name and pronoun in any documents they file.All residents must wear a uniform, but the policy allows transgender youth to wear a uniform of the opposite sex, including underwear of their choice. Each facility must have underwear for both sexes. Borges said OCFS spent about $4,500 to stock its facilities.Like housing requests, most clothing requests will be referred to the special committee to ensure their legitimacy, he said.So far, only one housing request has been made, though the youth ended up being sent to an adult jail, Borges said.The policy shift stemmed from a 2006 lawsuit brought by a 15-year-old who was born male but dressed and identified herself as female. She had been taking prescribed feminizing hormones for nearly three years when she was arrested and placed in an OCFS facility.In a civil complaint alleging sex and disability discrimination, the girl said OCFS staff took away her hormones and would only call her by her male name. The state paid $25,000 to settle the case and agreed to change its policies.It developed initial guidelines but found them wanting, said Mishi Faruqee, co-chairwoman of the group that created the new guidelines. The initial guidelines were revised after a new OCFS commissioner was appointed last year, Faruqee said.The agency will start train its staff about the new guidelines this month, Borges said. http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Default.aspx?id=147140
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OBAMA WATCH:A Timeline Of Obama’s Lies

March 1, 2007 - In response to an FEC ruling regarding contributions to a presdiential campaign, the Obama campaign said the following: “Sen. Obama is pleased the FEC took this important step in preserving the public financing system. If Sen. Obama is the nominee, he will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
April 27, 2008 - Barack Obama promises “I would be very interested in pursuing public financing, because I think not every candidate is going to be able to do what I’ve done in this campaign, and I think it’s important to think about future campaigns.”
June 19, 2008 - the Mercury News reports “Sen. Barack Obama has become the first candidate in a general presidential election to reject public campaign financing, despite an earlier pledge to accept the limits and benefits of the system.”
(Quotes shamelessly ripped off from Wizbang)
by Rob
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Teen Treated by Faith Healer Dies of Simple Urinary Tract Infection

http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=116193

PS:I don't know what this "church" believes in....There are many "churches"out there that actually are not biblical churches....I don't know all the details,but this is a sad trend that I am seeing more and more.I tend to think that ignorance played and important part in all this situation....Sometimes as christians wouldn't hurt to use some common sense....And if--to be honest with you--you dont have the faith to receive the healing,and you are just quoting scripture as a parrot with nothing really happening in the faith camp....It would have been better to take the child to the hospital....There has been way to much abuse on faith teaching in the recent years and the results some times are the ones we are hearing in the video...which gives a bad name to receiving--truly--healing by the prayer of faith and to christianity in general...

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Christianity 'could die out within a century'

More than half of Britons think Christianity is likely to have disappeared from the country within a century, according to a survey.Research by the Orthodox Jewish organisation Aish found that just over a third of people thought religions like Christianity and Judaism would still be practiced in Britain in 100 years' time.Although four in 10 people said they would choose to be a member of the Christian religion, almost the same number said they would rather practice no religion at all.Buddhism however, proved more attractive than both Islam and Judaism, and was chosen by nine per cent of those questioned. Aish UK's executive director Rabbi Naftali Schiff said the results of the YouGov poll of 2,000 people were alarming. "It clearly demonstrates that religion, including Judaism, is becoming unattractive to the British public."At Aish we know that Judaism provides real meaning and enrichment to one's life. Whilst we have attracted many disinterested Jews back to Jewish identity it is clear there is much work to be done."Research published earlier this year suggested that church attendance is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation.According to Religious Trends, an analysis of religious practice in Britain, the huge drop off in attendance means that the Church of England, Catholicism and other denominations will become financially unviable.In contrast, the number of actively religious Muslims is predicted to increase from about one million today to 1.96 million in 2035.
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NAZI REVIVAL WATCH:Visitors can't get enough of Hitler tours in Munich

MUNICH - Visiting tourists can't get enough of Adolf Hitler tours in Munich, the southern German city where the dictator nurtured his Nazi Party and, 10 years before he was elected German chancellor, mounted the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The guided walking tours take visitors to city sites with Adolf Hitler significance which most Munich natives today are no longer aware of, such as the fact that Hitler gave his first public speech upstairs at the world-famous Hofbraeuhaus beer hall in 1918. In the nearby Schwabing district there is a pub, the Schellingsalon, where Hitler liked to drink and often did not pay the bill.Though he was born in Braunau, Austria, Hitler made Munich his home in 1913, before World War I. The trail follows him from his beginnings to his rise to Fuehrer of the Third Reich. Eric Loerke, 57, a U.S. national and longtime Munich resident, conducts the walks in English for a local tourist company, Munichwalktours, with a maximum of 25 paying visitors on each Third Reich Tour. "We wanted to find out some more about Hitler," said one vacationer, a lawyer from Dublin, Ireland. She and her husband were on a weekend break in Munich. Others on the tour were a family with two teenage daughters from Alabama, several U.S. teenagers and three women from Puerto Rico. Bo Williams, 22, a Washington, D.C. history student, said, "It's pretty interesting to see all the places where Hitler was." Most of the visitors have also visited the Dachau concentration camp memorial on the outskirts of Munich. "After that, a lot of them are curious to know how Hitler came to power," Munichwalktours co-owner Ralph Lluenstroth said. Wilma, 60, from Puerto Rico, said: "I've read so much about this, and I just could not comprehend how the Germans could follow a guy like that. After seeing the place, I can understand it better." Loerke, whose previous job was tending golf courses, has lived in Germany for more than 30 years and is able to explain the German mindset, as well as why modern Germans do not enjoy Hitler walking tours. He starts the tour by holding up photos of Hitler as a baby and as a mediocre artist in 1913 drawing pictures for postcards. He describes Hitler's enthusiasm for the operas of Richard Wagner. The tour begins at the heart of the city, the Marienplatz, and continues to Koenigsplatz, site of the old Nazi Party headquarters and a rally site, taking in the Hofbraeuhaus, where Hitler honed his rhetoric and founded the Nazi party in 1920. In 1923, Hitler gathered his supporters at a public meeting at another beer hall, the Buergerbraeukeller, and marched to the city's landmark Feldherrnhalle, in an unsuccessful attempt to seize power, the Putsch. That beer hall was torn down decades ago, but the tourists can see where the Nazi Party affixed a plaque on the Feldherrnhalle to commemorate the Nazi men killed when police put the coup down. Older Munich residents remember when the plaque was there, because they were required to do a Heil Hitler salute when passing it. Those who hated the Nazis preferred to pass the site by a back lane, Viscardi Gasse, nicknamed "Evaders' Alley," so that they would not have to salute. The Nazi period rouses such agony among modern Germans that few would care to do a Nazi-sites walk as part of a happy holiday. Loerke tells the visitors that he sees a certain ambivalence about how to deal with the Nazi past among the Germans. They face up to the past, but often only after long-running reluctance, he says, pointing to a program only begun in 2000 to compensate Europeans drafted by the Nazis into forced labor. Inside a palace built for Hitler overlooking the Koenigsplatz, the tourists looked stunned at the imposing red-marble staircase. The palace is one of the few Nazi-style buildings still standing in the city. It is now a college of music and theater. A choral performance, sung by students born long after World War II, wafts out of a great hall in the palace as Loerke describes to the tourists the Nazi campaign to enslave Europe. "Where is Germany today?" Loerke says. "The answer now is simple: it's part of the European Union. But defining the answer back then cost millions of people's lives."
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UFO WATCH:Police chase UFO over Cardiff

A police helicopter crew gave chase to a UFO after it almost collided with their aircraft near a military base.The pilot was forced to bank sharply to avoid being hit by the mystery aircraft as the helicopter was returning to the Ministry of Defence base of St Athan, near Cardiff.The three crew, who described the UFO as 'flying saucer-shaped', then gave chase, getting as far as the North Devon coast before they ran low on fuel, it was reported.The police aircraft was hovering at 500ft and waiting clearance to land on June 7, when those onboard spotted the other craft hurtling towards them from below.A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "We can confirm the Air Support Unit sighted an unusual aircraft. This was reported to the relevant authorities for their investigation."It was reported that the aircraft closed in at great speed, aiming straight for the helicopter which swerved sharply."They are convinced it was a UFO. It sounds far-fetched, but they know what they saw."The helicopter crew are said to have crossed the Bristol channel in pursuit of the UFO, but lost sight of it and had to turn back due to a fuel shortage.The sighting comes weeks after the most comprehensive Government files on UFO activity are opened to the public for the first time today and they disclose that even air traffic controllers and police officers have seen mysterious craft in the skies over Britain.The sightings range from incredible tales of little green men visiting the Wirral to corroborated accounts from policemen and pilots of Unidentified Flying Objects hovering above towns and cities.All were recorded on official forms, held by air bases and police stations, and compiled by the Ministry of Defence between 1978 and 2002.
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Pastors Challenge Law, Endorse Candidates From Pulpit:Ministers Pit 'Freedom of Expression' vs. 'Separation of Church and State'

Few Americans would invite an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, but that's exactly what Minnesota pastor Gus Booth wanted when he stood behind his pulpit and told his congregation God wanted them to vote Republican.In an election where candidates openly discuss their faith and are regularly seen in churches, and a time when pastors' sermons lead the politics sections of newspapers, one might be excused for not knowing that it is illegal for a church to endorse or oppose a candidate for president.But when Booth addressed the members of his Warroad Community Church one Sunday in May and told them, "If you are a Christian, you cannot support a candidate like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for president," he very much knew he was violating the law. He even wrote a letter to the IRS explaining what he had said and challenging the tax collection agency to do something about it.Churches and other non-profit groups like charities and universities do not have to pay taxes. That exemption, however, comes with a price. Churches, and by extension the pastors who serve them in an official capacity, are not allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates.Booth, 34, is one of several religious leaders who this year hope to challenge federal law by flouting the regulations about endorsing candidates from the pulpit — a move that could potentially cost them their tax-exempt status, creating financial ruin for many congregations.The separation of church and state may be one of our democracy's most vaunted values, but its enforcement falls to one of our government's most derided institutions — the IRS.
First Amendment Protection?
Booth and other religious leaders who want to challenge the government believe their rights to freedom of speech and religion, enshrined in the First Amendment, permit them to say whatever they want, wherever they want. Those rights, they say, should trump a 54-year-old tax code."The government is trying to censor me and other religious leaders," Booth told ABC News. "I may be taking on the IRS, but the IRS has taken on the Constitution unchallenged since 1954. I feel like the only law that should dictate what I am allowed to say is the First Amendment."
By Russell Goldman
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=5198068&page=1
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"D-Day assault" on Thai government

Thousands of Thai protesters clash with police

BANGKOK, Thailand - Several thousand protesters pushed through a heavy police cordon around Thailand's seat of government Friday, vowing to besiege the compound until the prime minister resigns.After initially scuffling with the demonstrators, the police offered little resistance as crowds surged toward and pressed up against a fence on two sides of the Government House compound.The protesters, spearheaded by the People's Alliance for Democracy movement, claim that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's government is a proxy for former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup.The alliance led mass demonstrations before the coup demanding Thaksin step down for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
They now accuse Samak's government of interfering with corruption charges against Thaksin and trying to change the constitution for its own self-interest.Although facing criminal charges for alleged corruption, Thaksin remains a powerful figure in Thailand.Alliance leaders say they don't want to occupy the compound itself but plan to peacefully maintain a siege around it.Chamlong Srimuang, an alliance leader, said the protesters would camp around the compound overnight and stay until Samak's coalition government resigned.Samak, after meeting with the country's army commander and other senior security officials, declared the situation was under control and could be handled by police without help from the military, said Deputy Government Spokesman Nattawut Sai-gua.There were no immediate plans to declare a state of national emergency or martial law, he said.Police radio estimated that about 22,000 people were taking part in the protest. Alliance leaders gave far higher figures, which could not be independently confirmed.Reporters saw about a dozen protesters receive minor injuries during the scuffles, but the police — although equipped with tear gas and water cannons — used minimal force. The Web site of the Bangkok Post newspaper said seven police officers were injured.An almost festive atmosphere prevailed as protesters waved, cheered and chatted with security officials. Others, dressed in the alliance's trademark yellow, shouted "Thaksin Out, Samak Out."The number of demonstrators climbed as people got out of work Friday evening and headed for the protest, whose organizers have been feeding thousands of people every night since the demonstrations began three weeks ago.Demonstrators claim their ranks could swell to 100,000 as reinforcements converge from across the country.
Earlier, police spokesman Maj. Gen. Surapol Tuanthong said around 5,000 police were deployed to block roads and prevent "the mob" from getting near Government House, a compound of ornate buildings from the 1920s set on 11 acres of land.Samak was not expected to be at the compound on Friday.Government spokesman Wichianchote Sukchotrat said schools and government offices around Government House were ordered to close Friday for safety reasons and "to allow police to work smoothly."During a meeting televised on the evening news Thursday, Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged Samak to keep his pledges to do good for the nation."I expect that you will do what you have promised and when you can do that, you will be satisfied," the king said.Samak's People's Power Party won general elections last December. His Cabinet is packed with Thaksin's allies, and critics say rehabilitating the former leader is among the government's top priorities.

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