Al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine editor Samir Khan reportedly killed in airstrike alongside al-Awlaki

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(WaPo/Eye-on-the-World) A Saudi-born American of Pakistani heritage who was raised in Queens, N.Y., was reportedly among those killed in a U.S. drone strike targeting radical cleric and fellow U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi. A self-proclaimed traitor to America, Samir Khan contributed to the efforts of al-Qaeda’s Yemen offshoot to promote itself among English-speakers. He was apparently a major force behind the widely-read English-language magazine Inspire, a mixture of ideology, first-person accounts of operations and do-it-yourself jihad advice. Copies of the magazine’s bomb-making and other sections have been found in the possession of several would-be attackers in the U.S. and Britain.“I am proud to be a traitor to America,” wrote Khan, 25, in an article in the second issue of the online magazine, published in fall last year. He described his life as working in the “jihadi media sector” in North Carolina, before his beliefs turned him into a “rebel of Washington’s imperialism.” He believed FBI agents were watching him in America, including a man who feigned a conversion to Islam, and one who antagonized him, sparking a fist-fight about his online work.Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Khan grew up in Queens before moving with his family to North Carolina in 2004. When he decided to travel to Yemen in October 2009, he did so with little difficulty, which he wrote surprised him: “I mean, I was quiet [sic] open about my beliefs online and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out I was al-Qaeda to the core,” he wrote. From Sanaa, he traveled to what he called a mujaheddin base in rural Yemen, where he trained and studied. He wrote, “it only brought me gleeful tears and great joy to hear that America labels me as a terrorist.” A federal grand jury in Charlotte, N.C., questioned Muslims from the mosque and Islamic center that he attended. His worried father tried to cut off his Internet access and dissuade him from running extremist Web sites, but with little effect. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) said authorities had tried stop Khan while he lived in North Carolina. “We tried to shut him down through the FBI but we couldn’t because he was not inciting violence, he was simply putting out information, and because he kept changing his server,” she said. Myrick described Khan as a loner whose departure for Yemen presented a “very clear red flag.” “He was one of the key people in recruiting and radicalizing Americans and that is of great concern to me but he was a misguided young person and really no one celebrates this death,” Myrick said. He is believed to have edited seven issues of Inspire magazine while in Yemen, which devoted much space to the thoughts of Aulaqi. In an interview Friday, former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who served eight years on the House intelligence committee, said Aulaqi and Khan had “targeted Americans directly, they inspired others to kill Americans.” Al Awlaki is gone but his Jihadists are multiplying (Dr. Walid Phares) Imam Anwar al Awlaki held two important positions in the cobweb of international Jihadi terror. First, he was one of the emerging younger leaders of al Qaeda after the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Out of Yemen, from which his family originates, he had built a network of recruits capable of performing missions in the Arabian Peninsula, but also communicating with the Shabab of Somalia and many cells inside the West. His reach in recruitment was as far as Jihadists have been indoctrinated. The Nigerian Abdelmutalib, known as the Christmas day bomber in the US, was also connected to the Yemeni-based cleric. In a sense, al Awlaki was one of the most effective al Qaeda international officers. His loss will undoubtedly be felt –at least for a while - within the ranks of the network. But his other position is even more important to Americans. The New Mexico-born Jihadist had established a web of American citizens, indoctrinated and incited to strike against US national security. Shazad, the terrorist who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, and Major Nidal Hassan, who massacred more than a dozen military in Ft Hood, are just two sinister examples of the American Jihadi network linked to al Awlaki. His writings in American English, his speeches and his savvy knowledge of American culture and politics made him in reality the “emir” of US citizens who followed the Jihadi ideology. Thus, his killing is in fact a strike at the head of the most dangerous network operating inside American borders, not just internationally. From that perspective, the “coalition against terror” has scored a point in its war with al Qaeda. But, although this could be coined as a major tactical victory, it is not a strategic one.(MORE PAIN)

Taking A Computer Out of Screensaver Mode to See Suspect’s Facebook Wall Is a Fourth Amendment Search

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(Volokh) The legal question: When a computer is in screensaver mode, does a police officer’s touching a key or moving the mousepad in order to reveal the contents of the screen constitute a Fourth Amendment “search”?
The facts: The local police received a few citizen calls about a threat posted on Craigslist regarding possible planned violence at a local shopping mall. The police contacted Craiglist and obtained contact information for the person who posted the threat. They visited the man at his home, and the man invited the officers inside. While the officers were present in the home, an officer saw a laptop computer that was either off or in screensaver mode. The officer touched a key or moved the mousepad, and the computer came out of screensaver mode. The officer could then see the contents of the screen, and those contents revealed the suspect’s Facebook wall. The Facebook wall contained a “status update” in which the suspect discussed the mall and wrote that another mall was next, and it also showed that the defendant had “liked” a group about the need to change the mall. The police arrested the suspect and took a way the computer. After being charged with making a threat, the suspect-turned-defendant moved to suppress the information relating to the threat found on the computer. He argued, among other things, that taking his computer out of screensaver mode to see the Facebook Wall was a “search” that required some sort of justification under the Fourth Amendment. The ruling: In United States v. Musgrove, 2011 WL 4356521 (E.D.Wis. 2011) (Joseph, M.J.): Whether there is a search here is a close call because the officer did not actively open any files. A truly cursory inspection—one that involves merely looking at what is already exposed to view, without disturbing it—is not a “search” for Fourth Amendment purposes. Arizona v. Hicks, 480 U.S. 321, 328 (1987). However, this is not such a case. By touching a key or moving the mouse, the officer put into view the Facebook wall, which was not previously in view. Though a close call, the Court concludes that this was a search, however minimal, which required further authority, a warrant or consent. The government submits that the officer’s manipulation of the computer was for the purpose of seizing the computer, not to conduct a preliminary search. However, intent is not generally relevant in assessing whether a search ensued. See, e.g., United States v. Mann, 592 F.3d 779, 784 (7th Cir.2010)(citing Platteville Area Apt. Ass’n v. City of Platteville, 179 F.3d 574, 580 (7th Cir.1999)). The Court therefore recommends that the defendant’s Facebook wall be suppressed.(MORE)
Close call? I agree with the finding and not the reasoning. Files most certainly were opened by ending the screen saver. There is a level of discretion that the court was allowed to decide what is a file and what is not in this finding. The court does not seem to be aware of this. The right decision would of been to decide the intent of the officer. how was the machine bumped? I suppose if I were this police man I would of lied.

Sex With Dolphins

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Male Dolphins are known to gang rape the females. Why wouldn't a female Dolphin be looking elsewhere?
Malcolm Brenner Chronicles His Sexual Relationship With Dolphin In 'Wet Goddess' (Huffington Post) What is repulsive about a relationship where both partners feel and express love for each other?" Brenner asked. "I know what I'm talking about here because after we made love, the dolphin put her snout on my shoulder, embraced me with her flippers and we stared into each others' eyes for about a minute.

“Counterproductive”- The Despicable Willary Klintoon

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(SheikYerMami/Vlad Tepes) The Klintoons, agents of Islam: Her hubby bombed the Christian Serbs to help the mujaheddin establish 3 Islamic Heroin and Jihad statelets in the middle of Europe. Both are in the Arab pocket. Willary Clitman: ‘Israel should allow her enemies to determine where she may or may not build homes for her people’ ...US blasts ‘counterproductive’ Israeli settlement Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israel’s announcement of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem is counterproductive to the Mideast peace talks. (Sept. 27)

DOUBLE CHOKE! Boston Red Sox And Atlanta Braves Complete Historic Collapses

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The CURSE is BACK!
(Wiz Bang) If you weren’t watching ESPN this evening you missed some serious baseball drama. The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves both managed to historically squander large September 1st wild card leads (9 and 8 1/2 games respectively), loose their final games, and then watch their dogged pursuers (Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals) win their final games and take the last two wild card spots. The sequence of the Red Sox blowing a 3-2 lead to the Baltimore Orioles and nearly simultaneously having the Rays cap a extra inning comeback in a game they were down 7-0 to the New York Yankees was really the best baseball has to offer in terms of drama.
Red Sox Analysis FAIL! Federal Reserve Bank Analysis FAIL! Climate Change Analysis FAIL!

Lawmakers call for trade commission to investigate Facebook

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I suspected as much from all social networks and online sites.
(Hill) Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook's practice of tracking users even after they log out of its site. (IHatetheMedia) ...Zuckerberg is a spying little weasel. Too bad someone doesn’t kick his weaselly ass. (Daily Mail) ...when you sign up to Facebook it automatically puts files known as ‘cookies’ on your computer which monitor your browsing history. Some cookies remain on your computer after you log out, and report back when you visit a site connected to Facebook. This covers millions of websites and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it. This covers millions of websites worldwide and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it. Monitoring all: Facebook founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg The data that is sent back is the IP address, or unique identifier of your computer, and a log of what you have been viewing. Mr Cubrilovic wrote: ‘Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. ‘The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate (web) browser for Facebook interactions. ‘This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean’. The admission is the latest in a series of privacy blunders from Facebook, which has a record of only correcting such matters when they are brought to light by other people... (MORE PAIN)(Pretty Much Everything Related To You And Facebook Is Recorded In Your Facebook Permanent Record | Techdirt)Thanks to European data privacy rules, some folks have successfully requested and received a detailed list of all the data that Facebook has kept about them. They've released a redacted version of the document for one person, which comes in at a hefty 880 pages. To be honest, nothing in this is all that surprising, but it does highlight just how much data Facebook ends up with and that it appears to not delete very much, if anything, ever. The parts that seemed a bit questionable to me were things like recording every computer from which you'd ever logged in... as well as a list of all other Facebook people who have logged in from that same machine. I'm assuming they use this for security/anti-phishing, but it's still a bit creepy to keep all that information. The other part that's a bit strange is that Facebook keeps deleted messages. That's a bit more troubling, since most people expect that when they delete things, they're really deleted. Still, while a lot of people may make a big deal out of this, it still doesn't seem particularly surprising or really bad. At best it's just a reminder of how much info you're giving out, and that Facebook is hanging onto... forever. Perhaps your "permanent record" is becoming a real thing. (MORE PAIN)

The Tragedy of John Mearsheimer

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(American Power) Gilad Atzmon, whose book Mearsheimer blurbed, is a despicable and ugly Hitler apologist and Holocaust denier. What's also particularly disturbing is that Professor Stephen Walt joined the debate to explicitly defend Mearsheimer against the allegations of anti-Semitism.
Related: The title at Goldberg's entry is not subtle: "John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist." David Bernstein, at Volokh, "A Challenge to John Mearsheimer", Bernstein links to Pejman Yousefzadeh, and here's another from Pejman that's vital: "John Mearsheimer Further Beclowns Self. Film at Eleven.", And here's this from David Rothkopf, "Mearsheimer picks a winner: Finally, a revealing book jacket blurb", Rothkopf's reference is the the post by Mearsheimer at Stephen Walt's blog at Foreign Policy, "Mearsheimer responds to Goldberg's latest smear.", this Harry's Place entry is probably the most precise examination of Gilad Atzmon's anti-Semitism: "Mearsheimer and Walt defend antisemite who thinks Hitler will be proved right."

Al Qaeda to Iran: Stop Spreading 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

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A shocker from the liberal media!
(abc) The terror group al Qaeda has found itself curiously in agreement with the "Great Satan" -- which it calls the U.S. -- in issuing a stern message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: stop spreading 9/11 conspiracy theories.
In the latest issue of the al Qaeda English-language magazine "Inspire", an author appears to take offense to the "ridiculous" theory repeatedly spread by Ahmadinejad that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the U.S. government in order to provide a pretext to invade the Middle East.
"The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government," an article reads. "So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?"
Though Iran was the first of the two to use the "Great Satan" as a synonym for the U.S., the author claims that Iran sees itself as a rival for al Qaeda when it comes to anti-Americanism and was jealous of the 9/11 attacks.
"For them, al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world," the article says. "Al Qaeda... succeeded in what Iran couldn't. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories."
Iran continues to spread the conspiracy theory, al Qaeda says, because doing otherwise would expose their "lip-service jihad" against the U.S.
The magazine also includes a short article allegedly written by al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden before his death at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs in early May in which bin Laden advises his fighters not to let American soldiers "become great in your eyes."
Apparently looking to bolster their ranks of the "Inspire" news desk, al Qaeda included at the end of the magazine a solicitation for contributors to the magazine "with any skills – be it writing, research, editing, or advice."

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 9/11

Ahmadinejad has repeatedly claimed that the U.S. was behind the 9/11 terror attacks, recently during the somber observance of the tenth anniversary of those attacks and then again in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly last week. That speech triggered a walk-out by the U.S. and several other delegations.
Ahmadinejad's UN Speech Triggers US Walkout

Obama Scolds Hispanic Roundtable: Stop Complainin’

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What Obama should say to Latin America is that the U.S.A. will reform it's immigration laws when they do. I really don't get this hypocrisy. A Democratic Republic's very definition is to have borders to protect from arbitrary jurisdiction which is tyranny.

(Weaselzippers.us) They have no reason to complain, Obama flaunted his power and granted de facto amnesty to millions of illegals.
(Politico) — President Barack Obama showed some frustration Wednesday as he responded to questions about stalled immigration reform, chiding a Hispanic roundtable that “we live in a democracy.”
“This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is not true,” Obama told Hispanic journalists at an “Open for Questions” White House roundtable. “The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books I have to enforce. And there is a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and comprehensive immigration reform passed by perpetuating the notion that somehow by myself I can just go and do these things.” Obama’s brief moment of pique highlights his struggle to maintain Hispanic support amid disappointment over his failure to push immigration reform aggressively and the inability of Democratic lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act through Congress. The act would offer a path to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Just 48 percent of Hispanics approve of the job Obama is doing, down from 60 percent in January, according to Gallup. Hispanics, meanwhile, comprise potentially decisive voting blocks in key 2012 states including Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Solyndra Executives Wrongly Claim Fifth Amendment at House Hearing

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(CSPAN) Executives from the solar power company Solyndra were on Capitol Hill today to testify in front of a House Energy Committee. CEO Brian Higgins and Chief Financial Officer Bill Stover invoked their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent anddid not answer any questions asked by the members of the committee. Solyndra got more than $535 million in loan guarantees from the federal government, and President Obama visited the company's factory in Fremont, California, to express support for their efforts to create "green" jobs. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy and laid off over 1,000 workers at the end of August. The FBI later raided their headquarters. A criminal investigation is currently underway into whether Solyndra misled the government about its financial situation in order to receive a refinancing loan earlier this year.
Misusing the Fifth Amendment at the Solyndra Hearing:
(National Review) Waxman’s assertion that it was inappropriate for members to continue asking questions is... legally incorrect. The Solyndra executives sought to use the Fifth Amendment as a broad shield to refuse answering any questions. However, the Fifth doesn’t work that way.
You can use the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions designed to criminalize, but not political questions in a political forum. Subcommittee members MUST establish whether they were properly invoking the privilege or misusing it as an over broad shield to avoid answering non-incriminating, but politically embarrassing questions.
(National Review) Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.) unwittingly confirmed this misuse when she accused the Republicans on the Subcommittee of  “a cheap gimmick to lob out political questions designed for press and not to actually get to the bottom of an investigation.”

Saudis Afraid to Say Their Mother's Maiden Name In Fear of Offending Their Mother's Honor

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(memri.org) I wonder how much of the rest of the world we just did not understand because to the rest of the world a woman's identity is to be protected. The so called liberal feminist need to protect women and their reputation... where does it come from? Not as progressive as progressives like to think.

Aftenposten: Politicians from Socialistic Left, Labour, as well as journalists and academics may have been on Stasi payroll | Norway, Israel and the jews

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(Norway and the Jews)

...You don’t reveal your friends: Aftenposten runs a story on how prominent politicians on the left, journalists, academics and also diplomats, at an early point of their career may have been spying for Stasi, the then almighty secret police of defunct DDR.

Briefly summarized, the context of the article is how the CIA got hold of the Rosenholz files in 1992, and how information contained in these filed were forwarded to other countries, among them Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK.But while historians and researchers have had access to this information in Denmark and Sweden, so far, the files have been closed to the public – and Norwegian historians have curiously uninterested in discovering the material. As a result, 50 foreign historians and researchers have requested access to the files. According to a Norwegian historian, Nikolai Brandal, the reason for Norwegian reluctance to investigate the files – in addtion to the outcome of the Lund Commission, may very well be that investigators, journalists are unwilling to rat on their friends.
I am willing to bet that Norwegian Stasi informants were found in the Socialistic Left party, or on the left fringes of the Labor party and the Labor youth organization. With Treholt as a model I am pretty confident that there were young men with an exaggerated self image and even more exaggerated belief in their own importance, easily were talked into crossing most red lines. I would have looked among youth politicians who went on study tours to East block countries, junior diplomats  and political journalists, Brandal says to Aftenposten.no.

Guess who was missing when Erdogan spoke at the UN

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When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the UN General Assembly last Thursday, there were a few people missing: The Arabs (Hat Tip: IsraelMatzav/Daily Alert) Yet it is usually known who will speak at what time in the U.N. If the leader of a country who said he would “support you to the end,” if that person has changed his or her general attitude in a dramatic way and if it he or she the leader of a country like Turkey, which has the appeal to both the Arab streets and the Palestinian people, than the minimum courtesy required would be to go to the General Assembly and listen to him speak. None of them was there and this shows us some realities. The Arab people like us. But today, the policies of current rulers of the Arab countries are based on competing with each other and hampering each other. We should not take those who are giving us a pat on the shoulder too serious. Our politics should reflect our interests. There should be no room for emotions. In the end I understood that I was looking for Abbas and other Arab leaders in vain. Anyone still think Erdogan's support for the 'Palestinians' doesn't stem from the fact that he is an anti-Semite?
Turkey’s economic lie: Maybe I missed something here, but if I were an Arab leader I'd be pissed at the way Erdogan shilled the Arab Spring that is threat... to even the Saudis. This is fascinating. There is a lot that is going on that does not meet the eye. and Op-ed: Turkey no economic powerhouse, Erdogan’s credit bubble will soon explode When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the UN General Assembly last Thursday, there were a few people missing: The Arabs (Hat Tip:Israel Opinion: IsraelMatzav/Daily Alert) While Prime Minister Erdoğan addressed the U.N. General Assembly, I looked to see who was present from other countries. I was especially looking for Palestinian head of state Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of some Arab countries. I am sure most had some other appointments.


Obama Rejected by MTV

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MTV is tuning Obama out.(Jammie Wearing Fool) President Obama’s re-election campaign wants to connect with young Americans and reached out recently to MTV for help -- but the cable network turned them down, sources tell The Post.The president’s Get Out the Vote campaign, run by Buffy Wicks, concerned the high unemployment rate of the so-called millennial generation would turn them off to their candidate, asked the network of “Jersey Shore” about helping to supply them with ideas on how to deal with their, er, situation. The campaign called MTV’s internal ad agency, MTV Scratch, for assistance in mid-August, sources familiar with the conversations said. MTV Scratch, run by Ross Martin, former MTVU boss, and Anne Hubert, who was a policy adviser to Jon Corzine when he was a US senator from New Jersey, works across all the MTV Networks and helps marketers such as General Motors and Dr. Pepper understand the mind-set of young people. The re-election effort wants to reconnect with youth, which were among its most fervent supporters in 2008.“The youth initiative is having trouble with big donors and youth votes,” said a person familiar with the discussions. “They asked, ‘Can you tell us how we should be talking to them?’ ” one source noted

Court hears how bacon led to Big Mac attack| @brooksbayne how about this bacon story?

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Mouhamad Khaled and Daphne AustinHow often do you hear of Jews having this problem with bacon? No Equivalences!
Daphne Austin and Walid Khaled (News.Com.AU) Mouhamad Khaled and Daphne Austin leaving Burwood Court after appearing on charges relating to a brawl at a McDonalds restaurant Daphne Austin and Walid Khaled leaving Burwood Court after appearing on charges relating to a brawl at a McDonalds restaurant. It was a bloody brawl allegedly sparked by a hamburger with bacon. Now 32 witnesses will be called to give evidence at a hearing about how an incorrect order allegedly led to a violent assault on two police officers at a McDonald's in April. Mouhamad Khaled, 23, his 20-year-old girlfriend Daphne Florence Austin and his father Walid Khaled, 53, have been charged over the brawl at the Bankstown fast food outlet. In Burwood Local Court yesterday, Magistrate Christopher Longley set a hearing date in February for Austin and Walid Khaled, who have each pleaded not guilty to charges linked to the brawl. Mr Longley was told the prosecution will call 29 witnesses and the defence will call three people. Mouhamad Khaled is yet to enter a plea to six charges, including inflicting grievous bodily harm on a police officer, and will be dealt with at a separate hearing. Police allege the trouble began when the group began abusing counter staff because their hamburger contained bacon. Police who were on the premises spoke to Walid Khaled about his alleged offensive behaviour. When he allegedly continued to swear, police tried to arrest him. Police allege they were assaulted by Mouhamad Khaled and Austin, prompting them to use capsicum spray and batons. As they attempted to restrain Mouhamad Khaled he allegedly grabbed their handcuffs and assaulted them. He struck probationary Constable Matthew Sutherland on the head before swinging them at Senior Constable Alicia Bridges, hitting her. Austin is charged with assaulting and hindering police, and Walid Khaled with resisting police, behaving in an offensive manner and offensive language.Mouhamad Khaled spent four months in custody before being granted bail in the Supreme Court.Burwood Local Court was told in August that Austin is due to give birth in November.

Another American Liberal Jew Stupid Enough To Think Better of The Iranians

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(YNet) Joshua Fattal, 29, one of the two American hikers released from an Iranian prison last week, is the son of an Israeli citizen and has visited the country many times over the years. After spending 781 days behind bars in Iran, Fattal and his friend Shane Bauer returned to the United States on Sunday. I suppose he is proud of how open minded he is.
Send them back to Iran. Do the world a favor. These two are too stupid to continue to live.
Fattal's father, Jacob, was born in Iraq and immigrated to Israel, only to move to the United States later on. His son has visited Israel numerous times over the years, including a short trip prior to his and Bauer's hiking trip. (MORE)

Major Al-Jazeera Journalist Admits To Being Hamas Operative

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http://www.jpost.com/HttpHandlers/ShowImage.ashx?ID=172470(Joshua Pundit) Well, it's hardly unexpected that a journalist for Al Jazeera would be affiliated with a genocidal terrorist organization...Samer Allawi confessed to being a Hamas operative after interrogation by the Shin Bet. Allawi, who identifies himself as a 'Palestinian' was arrested a month ago at his home near Nablus (Shechem).Apparently, he was of some importance and it's certain his press credentials were quite useful to him in working for Hamas. Allawi confessed that he joined Hamas in 1993 and served until 2004 on a senior committee that oversees Hamas operations abroad and fund raises for 'operations'.
Allawi made a number of trips to Syria where he reported directly to Mousa Abu Marzook, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s deputy on his activities. the Shin Bet said. Abu Marzook offered Allawi a position as Hamas’s official representative in Iran, but he claims he rejected the offer.According to Allawi, there are a number of Hamas operatives who work fo r Al Jazeera, and he was a frequent liaison between them and the organization. Allawi's confession was part of a plea bargain, which gained him a three-year suspended sentence. My own opinion is that Allawi was in the 'Palestinian' occupied area in Judea and Samaria ( AKA the West Bank) carrying out another liaison mission for Hamas, and that his arrest by the Shin Bet was designed to get him out of the area.
I feel bad for this shmoe... he is dead if the Israelis don't protect him for the rest of his life

NY drops eye test for driver's license renewal

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You don't need to be intending to make babies within marriage to get married and now you can drive blind. Why should a marriage license be any different then a driver's license? That does have a certain logic.
(NYPost)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is dropping its requirement for vision tests to make it easier for drivers to renew licenses online or by mail.Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala said in a statement Monday that the change is one of several stemming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for streamlining by state agencies. Another change is a new Internet application, "MyDMV," which allows customers to set up personal online accounts to do business with DMV. Starting Wednesday, drivers will "self-certify" that they meet the vision requirement when they renew. New licenses and commercial licenses will still require eye tests at a DMV office or by a doctor. Fiala said vision testing wasn't required in New York from 1993-2000, and six other states don't require eye tests for renewals.
If you don
 (I Hate the Media) This will give new meaning to the bumper sticker...

AP's Delays Dedicating a Story to Cain's Fla. Victory Until 'Today' Puts Him on the Defensive

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Herman Cain vows if he becomes President he won’t appoint any Muslims to his administration...

(News Busters) Herman Cain's victory in Saturday's GOP straw poll in Florida didn't become headline news at the Associated Press until after the candidate's Monday morning "Today Show" interview. Earlier today at NewsBusters, Kyle Drennen noted how "Today's" Ann Curry tried to frame the result as some kind of "protest vote." Having delayed dedicating a story to Cain's victory for roughly 36 hours, the headline in AP's unbylined story this morning was: "GOP's Cain says win in Fla. straw poll not a fluke." In other words, it didn't become news at the wire service until someone else in the media put the candidate on the defensive about the significance of his win, thus avoiding giving him any moment of unvarnished recognition for the good old-fashioned butt-kicking he delivered (37% Cain, 15% Perry, 14% Romney, 11% Santorum, all others under 10%).
I said this guy was the man a few months ago, but he seemed a little slow with the Palestine questions, but now when I think back on it... the question he was asked I didn't really know the details about until recently and I suppose I'm a little bit of an expert on some of those issues. I'm a little iffy about a bunch of things with him. I felt uncomfortable when the media scrutinized his Mormon skepticism, but then I can't really say much there... because I felt the same way. That is politics... we blame these guys for our own guilt.

Paedophile Prophet Mohammed returns to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan is no longer a ‘non-prophet’ institution.(NYPOST/BareNakedIslam) After at least an eight-year absence, images of Mohammed will return to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the renovated Islamic galleries reopen in November. The controversial depictions have not been seen in years, and there was some doubt about whether they would resurface when a $50 million renovation of the gallery space is completed.
Most Muslims object to any images of the prophet, saying that their religion forbids showing renderings of Islam’s founder. “Islamic Sharia law doesn’t allow his image,” said Chernor Sa’ad Jalloh, an assistant imam at the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan. “Even in Islamic museums they don’t allow this.”


But a Met spokesman said the display is a matter of art, not religion. (HA HA. Tell that to the muslims when they start bombing your building)
“We have tried to be up-front and frank about our plans with members of the Muslim-American community,” said Harold Holzer. “We have not asked for guidance.”
The museum invited New York Muslim groups on an advance tour of the new 19,000-square-foot space on the second floor, and reached out to dozens of Islamic art scholars during the renovation.


The Met is widely considered to have one of the world’s most important collections of Islamic art, spanning 13 centuries. The renovation has added 5,000 square feet of exhibition space and includes the recreation of a Moorish courtyard. Experts spent three years restoring a 16th-century rug that once belonged to Russian royalty.
Holzer refused to say whether the Met had made special security arrangements for the opening of the awkwardly named “Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia.” The name was changed from “Islamic Galleries.”
The Met has five images of the prophet in its 60,000-piece collection of Islamic art. Curators plan to display only two at a time because they are delicate and cannot be exposed to light for long.

China About To Collapse? The Price of Land in Beijing Slumped 73% In August

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From Al Fin (Astute Stuff @ Bloomberg):“We’re reaching a tipping point where land sales are dropping much faster than before, developers are losing more access to bank financing, and housing prices are showing weakness,” Nomura’s Zhang said in an interview in Beijing yesterday.
...The price of land in Beijing slumped 76 percent in August from a month earlier, while in Guangzhou it plummeted 53 percent, according to Soufun. Land auction failures surged 242 percent in the first seven months of this year because of government curbs on the property market, the Beijing Times reported Aug. 3. ...Funding problems are just “the tip of the iceberg” and “sharp declines in property sales and prices are likely in the next two to three months,” said Shen Jianguang, an economist at Mizuho Securities Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong. ...“The risk of China replaying the hard landing of 2008 is increasing as the property sector cools and exports weaken,” Shen said. “ I fear that once the real economy deteriorates and officials do loosen policies, it will already be too late.” _Bloomberg
Al Fin comment:When global markets contracted in the 2008 crash, China lost a huge portion of its export income. Without its economic mainstay, China was forced to create an artificial real estate boom inside its own borders, to boost GDP and support employment. China's ongoing construction and real estate bubble has consumed a huge proportion of global commodities production -- helping to support the economies of commodities producing nations. Go read the whole thing. 

Card Check: It's Baaack!

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John Kline, a Republican Representative from Minnesota: "It is beyond me how one can possibly claim that a system whereby everyone – your employer, your union organizer, and your co-workers - knows exactly how you vote on the issue of unionization gives an employee 'free choice.'"

Testosterone Goes with the Baby

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Testosterone, that most male of hormones (menopausal woman excluded), takes a dive after a man becomes a parent. And the more he gets involved in caring for his children the lower his testosterone drops. (h/t Simply Jews)
That pic is Randy Savage. He died of a heart attack while driving after living a manly life in wrestling. I never was into Pro Wrestling, but I sure liked those Snap into a Slim Jim commercials.
I know cultural preferences say this is a bad thing, but take this from the notorious ANTI-FEMINIST, testosterone is a drag. Men who live with their women live longer and happier lives. It might be cool to be mean, but it isn't a great life. I wish I didn't have to live it. I hope I can get a real (even boring) job soon so I can be with my son. I want to live a long life and be pussy whipped. No really... I don't mind it.

The new Pepsi logo sucks

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Charlie Rose - A conversation with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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(Charlie Rose.) We all know that Charlie is a very liberal guy. He gave him softball questions that did not offend any points AJad was trying to make. Example the denied correlative that Iran is the only nuclear country threatening mass genocide of another was completely not mentioned. Despite Charlie's submission, even he by the end of the interview went red in the face in frustration. I felt a tinge of satisfaction seeing Charlie lose patience like that.

..The logo of the "Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations”

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....on their website and on top of their official statements at the U.N. – shows the Palestinian Authority’s claim to a Palestine that stretches throughout the entire historical entity of the former Palestine mandate, which had nothing to do with those who call themselves Palestinians today and everything to do with a national homeland for the Jewish people... (MORE PAIN)

Palestinian Authority Apocalypse

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(by Giulio Meotti :
Palestinian Authority Apocalypse
h/t
Doc's Talk)
Palestinian Media Watch also revealed that Mahmoud Abbas chose an icon of genocidal anti-Semitism, the mother of four terrorists, one of whom killed seven Israeli civilians and attempted to killed twelve others, as the person to launch the statehood campaign with the United Nations. In a widely publicized event, Abbas had Latifa Abu Hmeid lead the procession to the UN offices in Ramallah and hand over a letter for the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. It is a measure of how deeply the ethos of martyrdom has penetrated Abbas’ policy, hailed for its “moderation”. (MORE PAIN)

Islam's GOP Wet Dream: Chris Christie Reconsidering 2012 Run, Will Decide in Days

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reconsidering his decision not to enter the 2012 presidential race — and he says he will let top Republican donors know within days about his plans, Newsmax has learned. Perry and his Aga Khan meets Christie and Sohail Mohammed. it's Dhimmi influenced by Taqiyya week! Grover Norquist just prematurely ejaculated

Caroline Glick: Israel Loses At the United Nations

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I was starting to celebrate the fact that Obama was doing Israel's bidding. That view was obviously limited and premature.
(One Jerusalem) Many friends of Israel are concluding that President Obama's speech at the United Nations is a monumental victory for the State of Israel. Setting aside that Israel would not be facing a Palestinian State vote if President Obama did not call for the recognition of a Palestinian State last year at the UN, or if he would have backed legislation that would cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if they went through with this stunt, the fact is Obama (at this point) has only delivered words. Even promising and castinga veto on the Security Council is not what Israel needs at this time. As Caroline Glick argues, Israel needs a quick veto but for that to happen the United States must demand a quick vote at the Security Council. At this point it looks like this will be a long drawn out deliberation which will play into the hands of the Palestinians. Caroline Glick writes
From Israel's perspective, the best possible outcome of the current standoff at the U.N. is for the Palestinians to present their resolution for statehood to the Security Council and for the U.S. to immediately veto it. Such a move would provide closure to this particular round of anti-Israel aggression. But it certainly wouldn't end the danger. The Palestinians can renew their request as often as they please. And given the sympathetic -- indeed enthusiastic -- reception they have received at the U.N., there is little reason to doubt that they will do so.

The worse scenario from Israel's perspective is quickly becoming the more likely one. That scenario is that the Security Council will not bring the Palestinian-statehood resolution to an immediate vote but will instead delay voting on it for an indeterminate period. During that period, the U.S. and the EU will exert massive pressure on Israel to capitulate to whatever Palestinian preconditions for renewing negotiations are on hand.

Israel will face the prospect that if it fails to surrender to all the Palestinian demands, the U.N. will retaliate by passing the Palestinian-statehood resolution. At a minimum, Israel will find itself under a constant barrage of criticism blaming it for the Palestinian decision to abandon the peace process and ask the U.N. to grant them what they refuse to negotiate with Israel.

All of this could have been averted or at least mitigated if the Obama administration had behaved differently. If the White House had announced at an early date that it would automatically veto any resolution calling for Palestinian U.N. membership and would end all U.S. financial and political support for the Palestinian Authority if it went through with its stated aim of applying for U.N. membership as a state, the Palestinians would likely have set aside their plans. But still today President Obama has refused to take any punitive action against the PA and, according to the New York Times, forced Israel to lobby Congress not to cut off foreign aid to the PA.
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Electricity grid fails to cope with solar power systems.

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A Green Nightmare from Australia. Apparently the electric grid itself could not cope with all the solar panels. The State Government admitted the electricity grid was failing to cope with its green vision.  Energex said the state's electricity network since the 1950s had been designed to deliver power from the station to the home and the voltage now heading "the other way" was causing a huge dilemma.

UN doesn't recognize Palestinian state -- but Reuters does

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(Reuters Middle East Watch) Hezbollah handmaiden and Reuters correspondent Alistair Lyon makes clear that whereas the United Nations views the territories of Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank"), including the city of Jerusalem, as, literally, no man's land, he and his behemoth media company consider it Palestinian land:
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asks the United Nations on Friday to recognise a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move.
And it doesn't get any better. Lyon's propaganda piece follows the Palestinian Arab narrative to the letter, censors essential historical detail, and is shamelessly loaded with fabrications, half-truths, and distortions. Let's take a look:
His [Palestinian President Abbas] appeal to the council reflects a loss of faith after 20 years of failed peace talks sponsored by the United States, Israel's main ally, and alarm at relentless Israeli settlement expansion that is eating into the land Palestinians want for a state.
It's always a work of art when Reuters correspondents speak for the Palestinians. The failed peace talks Lyon refers to began life as the Declaration of Principles, or Oslo Accords, in the early 1990s and the United States had no hand in them. It was actually the Fafo Institute in Norway, with its Director Terje Rød-Larsen, that brought Israeli officials and the Palestine Liberation Organization together in an effort to resolve the conflict. Those Accords, which the Palestinians have violated repeatedly and are now formally annulling with their application for statehood at the UN, fully permitted, consistent with international law, Jewish settlements in the disputed territories.

Lyon continues:
So Abbas, a moderate politician opposed to violence, sees no alternative but recourse to the United Nations, although Israeli and U.S. politicians have threatened financial reprisals that could cripple his Palestinian Authority.
Whereas Reuters continues to peddle the canard that Abbas is opposed to violence, the facts say otherwise. Abbas makes clear in his interviews and speeches, particularly in Arabic, that the Palestinian suspension of violence is tactical and temporary and that terrorism may be reprised any time it once again becomes opportune.
The United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947, but Arab states rejected that and declared war on the new state of Israel, which then captured more territory than it had been allotted under the U.N. plan and dispossessed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, who became refugees.
With his selective and heavily biased historical excerpt, Lyon wants readers to believe that it was Israel which "dispossessed" the Palestinian Arabs when in reality, it was the leaders of those Arab states that declared war on Israel who also encouraged the local Arab population to clear the way for their armies. Proof of this lies in the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who remained in their homes in 1948 and who are today, along with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, full citizens of the state of Israel.
Two decades after Israel seized the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war, the Palestine Liberation Organisation effectively reduced its demands to a state on those territories.
This is a complete fabrication. The PLO has never formally rescinded its charter to obliterate Israel and replace the Jewish state, in its entirety, with a Palestinian Arab state. Indeed, Article 9 of that document makes clear precisely what that "moderate politician opposed to violence", Mahmoud Abbas, is really up to:
Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. Thus it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it. They also assert their right to normal life in Palestine and to exercise their right to self-determination and sovereignty over it.
With Reuters pushing this view one wonders what the point of declaring a Palestinian State is? Actually I know... The New York Times gave that game away a few days ago. The whole point is so that lawfare can be binding.

Report: US sold Israel "bunker busting" bombs for settlement freeze

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Obama, come back and massage my Hebrew Hiney again. You've been a pain in my tuchus for so long! now be gentle and don't tell anyone (h/t Yoel and EOZ ) From Eli Lake at The Daily Beast/Newsweek:
While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned.
In an exclusive story to be published Monday on growing military cooperation between the two allies, U.S. and Israeli officials tell Newsweek that the GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators—potentially useful in any future military strike against Iranian nuclear sites—were delivered to Israel in 2009, just several months after Obama took office.
The military sale was arranged behind the scenes as Obama’s demands for Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territories were fraying political relations between the two countries in public.

The Israelis first requested the bunker busters in 2005, only to be rebuffed by the Bush administration. At the time, the Pentagon had frozen almost all U.S.-Israeli joint defense projects out of concern that Israel was transferring advanced military technology to China.

In 2007, Bush informed Ehud Olmert, then prime minister, that he would order the bunker busters for delivery in 2009 or 2010. The Israelis wanted them in 2007. Obama finally released the weapons in 2009, according to officials familiar with the still-secret decision.

U.S. and Israeli officials told Newsweek that Israel had developed its own bunker-buster technology between 2005 and 2009, but the purchase from the U.S. was cheaper.

While the Obama administration has touted some public cooperation with the Israeli military, Newsweek’s article Monday will reveal other covert efforts by the U.S. military to aid Israel in the volatile Middle East region, and the impact the improving military cooperation has had on the sometimes chilly relations between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the president’s popularity in the American Jewish community.
The leak must be intentional.
The story is quite believable. US military cooperation with Israel has remained high even as diplomatic relations appeared strained. It also makes sense that this is why Netanyahu would have agreed to a settlement freeze to begin with.
Kiss and Tell

FDA Bans OTC Inhalers Because CFCs Hurt the Ozone

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The Food and Drug Administration has decided that all those wheezing asthma sufferers can afford to shell out a little more for their inhalers and have banned all over the counter puffers. They’ll have to pay more for “prescription-only alternatives” because the OTC brands contain cloro-florocarbons, which damage the ozone:

The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.
The FDA finalized plans to phase out the products in 2008 and currently only Armstrong Pharmaceutical’s Primatene mist is available in the U.S. Other manufacturers have switched to an environmentally-friendly propellant called hydrofluoroalkane. Both types of inhalers offer quick-relief to symptoms like shortness of breath and chest tightness, but the environmentally-friendly inhalers are only available via prescription.
There are only 1-2 million people using Primatene. I can’t imagine that would be that big of an impact on the ozone layer. Nonetheless, if you suffer from asthma, your medical bill is about to increase, possibly double or triple.
Wheeeeeeez Wheeeeeeez Wheeeeeeez ....but at least I'm not hurting the environment

OH HELL NO! Arresting Trolls? I'm in trouble now!

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In a unique case in Britain, a 25-year-old man has been sent to jail for 18 weeks for posting mocking video and messages about teenagers who had died and were being memorialized on sites such as Facebook. Sean Duffy posted defaced pictures of the teenagers online and made jokes about the way they had died, which included a girl who was hit by a train, and created cartoonish videos on YouTube. According to the Guardian newspaper, the judge called the case an example of the “harm and damage” that malicious behaviour on social networking sites may have. “You have cause untold stress to already grieving friend and family,” the judge said. Mr. Duffy was also ordered to stay off Facebook and any other social networking sites for five years.
Of course they only arrest guys for this kind of thing. It isn't like as if the authorities arrest women when they spread rumors that some guy is a rapist that they have never met. Not only is this wrong to arrest people for telling jokes... it's unconstitutional in the United States. I'm getting tired of this attitude towards our freedoms. ...and yes I realize it is in the U.K., but I figured they had evolved or something. Our rights are lost... just about everywhere.

Palestinian pic of the day: "F*CK YOU, OBAMA" ;^)

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I'm starting to like CHANGE!
(Eye) Palestinians hold a sign against US President Barack Obama during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 22, 2011. Palestinians slammed US President Barack Obama's United Nations address a day earlier, calling it a display of US bias towards Israel. (Getty Images)

Erdogan goes bananas at UN, demands apology and payoff from Israel

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(EYE) NEW YORK (JPost) – In an animated speech, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out vehemently against Israel and put the blame for the current Israel-Turkey tension solely on the shoulders of the Israeli government.

Calling Turkish support for a Palestinian state “unconditional,” Erdogan said that “it is necessary to put pressure on Israel to achieve peace.”

“What you face today is not a simple equation of peace for security,” he said. “You must read the newly flourishing political and human geography in the Middle East.”

A new approach was necessitated by the changing political climate created by the Arab Spring, he said.

Citing May 2010’s Mavi Marmara incident, Erdogan said that Israel “has seriously wronged a country and its people.”

Israel must apologize, pay compensate to the families of our martyrs, and lift the blockade on Gaza,” he said.

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