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Homosexual Marriage in Canada – The Video That was Removed for “Hate Speech”

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Published on: June 22, 2012

The video above was shut down by YouTube within 2 hours of being uploaded because it was flagged as “hate speech”.


Washington Backs Islamists as Sinai and Gaza Explode

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama administration is “deeply concerned” by the Egyptian military regime’s having seized powers so as to prevent a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the country.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said that “We…urge the [military] to relinquish power to civilian-elected authorities….” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that “We are particularly concerned by decisions that appear to prolong the military’s hold on power.”

As the report notes, the military regime’s move is aimed at preventing the Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi—if he has indeed been elected—from “declaring war without the agreement of the ruling generals.”

In other words, it’s a move aimed at preventing an Egyptian attack on Israel, the total collapse of Israeli-Egyptian peace, and a drastic regional destabilization.

The generals are not acting against the Islamists because they’re wonderful people who love Israel and the West. They are, however, sane pragmatists who do not want Egypt, with its severe economic problems, to be dragged into a ruinous conflict.

And for their efforts, the generals have the Obama administration up in arms and crying foul.

How differently the situation is viewed in Israel is revealed by, for instance, veteran military analyst Alex Fishman, who wrote: “This is no longer the same Egypt. It is no longer the same border, the peace treaty is dying, and we better start to change our way of thinking.”

Fishman was referring to how much the situation has already deteriorated since the fall of Hosni Mubarak—hailed at the time by the likes of Obama and Thomas Friedman—in February last year. He was also referring to a military flare-up over the past few days that has seen scores of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza.

The flare-up began, however, south of Gaza on Monday when terrorists—Gaza-based but of Al Qaeda provenance—tried to breach the fence Israel has been building along its southern, Sinai border with Egypt to keep out terrorists, smugglers, and illegal labor migrants.

And it is since Mubarak’s fall that the situation in Sinai has gone to seed as this tract of land—which figured in the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty as a peacekeeping buffer zone—has been taken over by both Bedouin and international-terror gangs, sometimes working in tandem, as the central regime in Cairo has its hands full trying to quell anarchy closer to home.

The current round of hostilities has also seen Hamas—the Islamist rulers of Gaza—openly taking credit for the rocket fire for the first time in years. That lack of inhibition is widely viewed in Israel as reflecting a surge of confidence over the developments in Egypt, particularly the prospect of Hamas’s parent movement—the Brotherhood—and other Sunni extremists taking over or at least steadily gaining ground there.

Indeed, a year and a half after the start of what some may still be calling the Arab Spring, the view from Israel is not among the more uplifting in the country’s short history.

To the west and south, the direct security threat steadily worsens as arms from Libya—a country where the Western powers succeeded to sow anarchy and a possible Islamist takeover—flow unhindered into Sinai and Gaza

To the east and north, the ongoing Syrian crisis poses grave risks of the Assad regime’s huge chemical-weapons stockpiles falling into dangerous hands through—again—either anarchy or a Sunni-jihadist takeover.

And in the background Iran—which hopes to capitalize on the Islamist energies of the Arab Spring, which it more accurately calls the “Islamic Awakening”—is succeeding along with the world powers to sustain a transparent sham of “nuclear talks” with, incredibly, yet another “round” having been scheduled for Istanbul in July 3 after this week’s “round” in Moscow yielded absolutely nothing by all accounts.

Israel’s worsening security environment along with stubborn Western failure to understand the regime’s dynamics—a failure that is the flipside of sheer tiredness and cynicism—does not, then, add up to an encouraging picture.

The situation has, though, fostered an enhanced unity that has seen the rise of an almost wall-to-wall, apparently stable governing coalition, and a decline of Israel’s own delusions that not long ago produced such bitter internal dissensus.

With Washington backing the belligerent fanatics in Egypt against the moderates, and still, with its allies, playing ineffectual games with Iran, Israel will need all the unity and realism it can muster.


Homosexual Cannibal Killer Pleads “Not Guiilty”

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Luka Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor accused killing, eating and mailing the dismembered body parts of his lover to schools and government offices, pleaded not guilty to five criminal counts including first degree murder.

Flanked by guards and expressionless, Magnotta, 29, appeared at the Montreal courthouse via closed-circuit video link for a hearing that lasted less than five minutes.

His lawyer, Pierre Panaccio, entered the plea on Magnotta’s behalf and requested his client undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine his fitness for trial.

That motion will be decided Thursday when the court reconvenes.

Panaccio told Magnotta he wanted to discuss his defense with him and asked him call him at home.

“I’d be pleased to talk about this,” Panaccio said, according to the CBC. “Okay,” Magnotta responded, before being led back to his cell.

Magnotta arrived in Montreal Tuesday following his extradition from Germany. At the tarmac in Montreal, he was escorted off a military transport plane in shackles and escorted by a team of law enforcement officials.

Magnotta was arrested on June 4 in a Berlin Internet café, days after police believe he videotaped the murder of Jun Lin, mutilated his body and mailed his hands and feet to government offices and schools. Lin’s torso was discovered near the Montreal apartment where Magnotta lived. Lin’s head, however, remains missing.

Charged with first degree murder, Magnotta was for a time considered a priority fugitive by Interpol. He did not fight extradition and quickly admitted his identity when confronted by police in Germany, telling them, “OK, you got me.”


British, Argentinian Leaders Clash Over Falklands

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Published on: June 19, 2012

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Handout picture released by the Argentine presidency of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (R) talking with British PM David Cameron during a brief encounter after a G20 summit meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. Kirchner and Cameron clashed on Tuesday at the G20 summit over the future of the disputed Falkland Islands, officials said. (AFP Photo/)Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron clashed on Tuesday at the G20 summit over the future of the disputed Falkland Islands, officials said.

The pair came face to face at the meeting of the world’s major economies in Mexico, at a time when tensions between their countries were already running high just after the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Cameron urged Kirchner to respect the will of the 3,000 residents on the South Atlantic islands, who want to remain British. Kirchner countered him by citing UN resolutions calling for sovereignty negotiations.

“The president had the UN resolutions and she said to Cameron: ‘Let’s respect the United Nations’,” Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman said.

“The prime minister refused to accept the documents, turned his back and walked away without a farewell,” he added, accusing Britain of disrespecting UN resolutions and of retaining a colonialist mindset.

A Downing Street source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that there had been an exchange, but downplayed the claim that Cameron had refused to accept a packet of documents from Kirchner.

Cameron had sought to urge Kirchner to respect the right of the Falklands’ current residents to decide their own future in a referendum, the source said.

“He took it up to her to make those points. She took that badly and that was basically it,” she said.

“I don’t think it was actually totally clear that she was trying to give him documents…. We’re following up with Argentinian officials here to see if there are any documents they want to give us.”

In 1982 Argentina’s former military regime invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, which are known as the Malvinas in Spanish.

Britain promptly dispatched a naval task force to the South Atlantic and recaptured the territory after a brief but fierce war which left 255 British soldiers and 650 Argentines dead.

Argentina now has an elected civilian government and Kirchner has called for negotiations with Britain on the islands’ future.

British officials accuse her of stirring nationalist passions for domestic political gain, and Cameron has refused to discuss the issue of sovereignty.


Hundreds of Thousands of Israelis Under Siege by Gaza Terrorists, 44 Rockets Since Midnight

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Published on: June 19, 2012

Original Article - Hundreds of Thousands of Israelis Under Siege by Gaza Terrorists, 44 Rockets Since Midnight

Four people were hurt, one of them seriously, in a terror rocket strike on the Hof Ashkelon Local Authority Tuesday night. The Maariv website says the injured Israelis are Border Policemen, and that the seriously injured man is an officer.

Forty-four terrorist rockets slammed into southern Israel between midnight and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Most rockets were of the short range Kassam type but three Grad Katyushas were fired at Netivot.

No casualties were reported but the incessant rocket fire has placed hundreds of thousands of Israeli under siege since yesterday.

The IAF has carried out three strikes on terror targets in Gaza in the last 24 hours, killing at least six terrorists. An IAF strike Tuesday afternoon severely injured a man who was on a motorcycle, Gaza sources said.

Hamas has taken responsibility for the rocket fire at the Negev. It said it was trying to hit the IDF’s Zikim base, and that the rockets were a response to IAF strikes last night. No Israeli casualties have been reported but thousands of residents have been forced to spend the day in shelters.

The two terrorists who infiltrated Israel Monday were a Saudi citizen and an Egyptian belonging to a hitherto unknown group called the Shura Council of the Mujahedeen at Al Quds, Associated Press reported. The two appear in a video made public by the group in which they can be seen reading their final wills before launching the attack.

In a leaflet published along with the video, the group dedicates the attack to the Al Aqsa Mosque, Arab terror prisoners held in Israel, and Osama bin Laden.

The terrorists killed one person before being killed themselves.

The prospect of missile attacks on major Israeli cities seemed outlandish before the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza, but Israel has since grown used to such attacks. The government did not declare anything resembling a state of emergency Tuesday and the prime minister found time to doodle.


Leon Panetta, Leaker?

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Published on: June 19, 2012

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The recent congressional ire over the Obama administration’s suspiciously convenient national security leaks reminded me of an unusual bit of political trivia: Defense Secretary — and prior to that, CIA head — Leon Panetta is the prime suspect in one of the most notorious political leaks of all time.

Tevi Troy, a former Bush administration official and the author of Intellectuals and the American Presidency, wrote about this when Panetta was first tapped by the Obama administration for the CIA:

After the 1968 campaign, Nixon hired Pat Moynihan–who had served as assistant secretary of labor for policy in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations–as his urban-affairs adviser and all-around White House intellectual. Moynihan was already a somewhat controversial figure, having authored a report called “The Black Family: Then and Now,” which attributed the disproportionate poverty in the black community to rising illegitimacy. The liberal intelligentsia pilloried Moynihan for this conclusion, and he left the Department of Labor not long after his authorship of the report became public. …

The memo was leaked to the press, and on March 1, the New York Times ran an article headlined “‘Benign Neglect’ on Race Is Proposed by Moynihan.” The White House was swamped with criticism from civil-rights leaders and editorial pages, and Moynihan had to hold a press conference to defend himself.

Although memos leak all the time, and the leakers are rarely identified, The New Republic’s John Osborne reported in a March 1970 profile of Moynihan that Leon Panetta was a prime suspect in the leak.

There was certainly some reason for the suspicion. In February, Panetta had resigned from HEW because he opposed the Nixon administration’s approach to desegregation. Panetta later went to work for New York mayor John Lindsay, switched parties, and successfully ran for Congress as a Democrat in 1976. The leaker has never been definitively identified.

Troy suggested that senators use to the occasion of Panetta’s CIA confirmation hearings to ascertain whether Panetta was the Moynihan memo leaker, as being able to keep a secret would seem to be an important qualification for that post. He also raised the issue again when Panetta was tapped to head up the Department of Defense. There is no particular reason to suspect that Panetta is behind the current spate of leaks, and outwardly Panetta seems to be a committed public servant. But given the seriousness of the national security issues involved, maybe we shouldn’t rule out anyone.


Hosni Mubarak ‘Clinically Dead’

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Published on: June 19, 2012

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A security official says Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital.

The state news agency MENA said the 84-year-old Mubarak was “clinically dead” when he arrived at the hospital from prison.

It said doctors used a defibrillator on his several times. MENA initially said the efforts were not successful.

But the official said Mubarak was put on life support. He had no further details on his condition. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

Mubarak was moved out of prison to a military hospital Tuesday after the 84-year-old ousted leader suffered a stroke and his condition rapidly deteriorated, officials said, adding a new element of uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him, with both candidates claiming to have won last weekend’s presidential election.

The developments add further layers to what is threatening to become a new chapter of unrest and political power struggles in Egypt, 16 months after Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising demanding democracy.

The campaign of Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said Tuesday he has won Egypt’s presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood’s claim of victory for its candidate, Mohammed Morsi.

The election commission is to announce the official final results on Thursday and no matter who it names as victor, his rival is likely to reject the result as a fraud. If Shafiq is declared winner in particular, it could spark an explosive backlash from the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful political group, is already escalating its challenge against the ruling military over the generals’ move this week to give themselves overwhelming authority over the next president. Some 50,000 protesters, mostly Islamists, massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday evening chanting slogans in support of Morsi and denouncing the generals’ power grab.

The health crisis of Mubarak, who is serving a life prison sentence, is yet one more thing to stoke the heat. His condition took a sharp turn for the worse Tuesday evening, the state news agency MENA reported, and officials transferred him from Torah Prison to the nearby Maadi military hospital – the same one where his predecessor Anwar Sadat was declared dead more than 30 years ago after being gunned down by Islamic militants.

Mubarak suffered a stroke and is suffering a “fast deterioration of his health,” MENA said. Earlier, it said, his heart stopped and doctors had to use a defibrillator, and prison officials said he lost consciousness. TV images showed a convoy of ambulances and military vehicles transferring Mubarak from Torah Prison to nearby Maadi Hospital in a suburb south of Cairo.

Moving Mubarak out of prison is likely to further infuriate many in the public, where there is a widespread suspicion that security and military officials sympathetic to their old boss are giving him preferential treatment – so much so that some Egyptians dismiss repeated reports of his faltering health as a pretext for taking him out of prison.

Since June 2, Mubarak has been serving a life sentence at Cairo’s Torah Prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising against his rule last year. The verdict against him has already been a spark for protests – thousands massed in Tahrir when the court acquitted him and his sons on separate corruption charges and cleared several top security chiefs on the protester killings.

The multiple disputes have turned a moment that was once anticipated by some as a landmark in Egypt’s post-Mubarak transition – the election of the first civilian president in 60 years – into a potentially destabilizing snarl.

Shafiq’s campaign spokesman, Ahmed Sarhan, told a televised news conference that Shafiq won 51.5 percent of the vote and that the claim of victory by Morsi was “false.”

“Gen. Ahmed Shafiq is the next president of Egypt,” said Sarhan. He said Shafiq won some 500,000 votes more than Morsi, of the fundamentalist Brotherhood.


Obama & Putin: ‘The Two Men Barely Looked at Each Other’

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Published on: June 19, 2012

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CBS reports that when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met with the press after their long private discussion, “The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them. And the body language really represented how far apart the two leaders remain on the issue of Syria.”

“It is clear that President Obama did not get an agreement from Russian president Putin [on Syria],” CBS reports.

“And interestingly,” CBS adds, “Apparently President Obama got a bit of a lecture from Putin about some other failed transitions that are going on around the world.”


Israel Moves Tanks Near Egyptian Border Following Attack

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The Israel Defense Force has moved tanks closer to Egypt following a cross-border attack into the Jewish state by bomb-laden terrorists who targeted defense contractor crews building a border fence.

Ynet News reported that armored units will supplement existing IDF forces in the region, even though Israeli tank maneuvers so close to Egypt’s border is a violation of the peace treaty with Cairo.

The paper said the last time IDF bolstered its presence in the area was n August 2011, following a terror attack by the Islamic Jihad, which left nine Israelis dead.

The paper’s chief military commentator, Ron Ben Yishai, “noted that several months ago, Israel and Egypt arrived at an agreement by which Cairo would be able to deploy 20 tanks near the border, to ward off attacks by Bedouins on Egyptian forces, despite the fact that such a move contradicts the peace treaty,” Ynet reported.

Israeli commanders say the IDF’s relationship with Egyptian military forces is good.

“The IDF has strong ties with the Egyptians forces, who are working tirelessly to thwart such incidents,” Gaza Division Southern Brigade Commander Col. Tal Harmoni told reporters following Monday’s attack.


As Muslim Brotherhood Takes Over Egypt, the New York Times Laments the World’s Impact on Obama

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Published on: June 18, 2012

Original Article - As Muslim Brotherhood Takes Over Egypt, the New York Times Laments the World’s Impact on Obama



RUSH: There is an article in the New York Times today that essentially makes the same point. It’s the world’s fault that Obama’s having problems. Europe and economics. Syria and other places in the Middle East.

Oh, speaking of which! I wasn’t gonna do this but I changed my mind. Grab audio sound bite number one. Go back to this. I was not gonna do this, but now it’s reared its head. January 31st of 2011. When the Muslim Brotherhood… You know when the Arab spring was going on and the Muslim Brotherhood was wreaking havoc and trying to get Mubarak out of there? Old buddy Nic Robertson from CNN was over there on the ground in Tahrir Square (which is not a square), and he was talking to all these Egyptians.

“So, tell us, Egyptians…” One was Mustafa and the other one was Achmed. (Nic Robertson impression) “Tell us, Mustafa, how do you feel about President Obama and his magnificent role in gaining freedom for you?”


“President Obama? He’s not here. President Obama is not helping us. What are you talking about Obama for?”

“Okay, let me move on. Achmed, can you please tell us: What do you think about President Obama being concerned about Egyptians having jobs?”

“Obama? He’s not here. Why the hell are you talking? What are you asking me about Obama for? We’re trying to get rid of Mubarak. What’s Obama got to do with it?”

“And as you can see,” said Nic Robertson, “President Obama is much on the minds of Egyptians here who greatly and gratifyingly approve of President Obama.”

All while this is going on, our great moderate Republicans said, “Oh, man, the Arab Spring is great! Freedom is breaking out.”

And I said, “I don’t think so.”

January 31st, 2011, last year…

RUSH ARCHIVE: It is the Muslim Brotherhood, but what’s really known about ‘em? They claim they’re for democracy and all that, but that could all be a smokescreen. On the other hand, we have said from the get-go that if you wanted the second term of Jimmy Carter, elect Barack Obama. Well, here we are. And what happened in the first term of Jimmy Carter? We lost Iran to a bunch of radical Islamist extremists. Are we looking at the second term of Jimmy Carter here, losing Egypt to a bunch of radicalized Islamist extremists?

RUSH: Looks like that’s exactly what happened. That was January 31st of 2011, a year and a half ago, folks. Back then, it was popular to say, “The Muslim Brotherhood, that’s a different bunch of guys! These are guys we can work with. They’re moderates. That’s exactly right.” Well, it turns out they’re not. They’re just as radical as any other Islamic jihad group is, and the military is running the country. The Brotherhood took over for the military. It was a planned handoff.

I think back to all of our moderate Republican foreign policy establishment types, celebrating. “Oh, it’s such a wonderful thing, the outbreak of freedom in the Middle East.” Now the New York Times has this story, and here’s the headline: “In a World of Complications, Obama Faces a Reelection Test.” So Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post says (summarized), “Poor Obama! It’s so partisan out there, he can’t get anything done. He has to answer for everything. There’s just too much disagreement.

“The job may be too big for one man. It’s just not possible! You know, it used to be that we’d all be able to get things done, but now all this Twitter and Facebook make me irrelevant.” Now the New York Times with a companion story: “In a World of Complications, Obama Faces a Reelection Test.” Yeees, my friends, it’s Greece and Spain and those stupid Europeans who can’t handle money. And in the Middle East we’ve got the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egypt situation and all that. That’s crashing around. And they’ve got the Iranians and their nukes.

Then you got the foreign policy leaks from the regime. You know, back in January of 2011, we were told that the Muslim Brotherhood wasn’t behind the Arab Spring or the Egyptian uprising and that they wouldn’t start a political party, that they wouldn’t run for parliament. They wouldn’t put up a candidate for president. Everything they did, we were told they wouldn’t do. Everything they stand for, we were told they didn’t stand for. Everything they were going to do, they haven’t done. Everything that we predicted they would do, they’ve done.

So now, events are cascading out of President Kardashian’s control! Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post is worried about it, and the New York Times writes: “In a World of Complications, Obama Faces a Reelection Test.” That New York Times story, want to hear how that starts? All right. “For Obama, a president who set out to restore good relations with the world in his first term, the world doesn’t seem to be cooperating all that much with his bid to win a second term.”

And what the hell is the world thinking?

Doesn’t the world know that its only reason for existence is Obama’s second term?

Well, that’s how this thing is written.

“Europe seemed unable to contain its economic crisis to just Greece. The Syrian conflict has intensified. Egypt’s popular revolution’s at risk of being reversed by the military.” (chuckling) It was never anything other than that. There really is brazen, blatant stupidity and arrogance at the highest levels of journalism today. I can’t… “Egypt’s popular revolution is at risk of being reversed by the military”? (laughing) And then the Russians “are cracking down at home and rattling sabers abroad.” The Russians are giving defense missiles to Bashar al-Assad. Yep, the Russians are giving defense missiles to Syria. How petty! (That’s right, helicopters, too.)

How petty and selfish these other countries are. They got their priorities mixed up.

Their job is to make Obama look good, not their own self-interests.

Don’t they get it?


RUSH: By the way, the New York Times story I was just talking about, they have an alternative headline. Yep. They have two headlines with the story, and the second one is: “Is Obama’s Reelection Complicated by World Events?” Both headlines basically say the same thing. But it’s all about how the world is not cooperating with Obama. Europe, not cooperating with Obama (as far as his reelection’s concerned). Middle East, not cooperating with Obame. Russia, not cooperating. And don’t forget, this is really a slap from Putin.

Because you remember what Obama said to Medvedev a couple months ago. He said (paraphrased), “Hey, tell Vlad to chill out. I’ll have a lot more flexibility after I’m reelected.” He was talking about us getting rid of nuclear weapons, nuclear missiles. “You just tell Vlad, chill. I’ll have a lot of flexibility, a lot more flexibility after I win.” So what does Putin do? (Hey, no one ever leaves the KGB.) Putin is sending defense missiles to Syria! And of course that’s viewed as “unhelpful” to Obama’s reelection.

I want to know: What president did the world cooperate with for reelection? I would venture to say that the world helped get Obama elected. If you recall back in the 2008campaign, Ahmadinejad would say something about America and it sounded just like any other Democrat and what he was saying. I remember saying, “My gosh, if the leader of Iran is criticizing my country the same way I do, I’d be embarrassed.” But not these guys, not these Democrats. But it was clear that the world wanted Obama elected.

Now the world apparently doesn’t want him reelected, and they don’t have their priorities straight it. The New York Times is trying to embarrass the world here into shaping up and getting into the right frame of mind. You know, this is not the first time that Obama has had to bypass Congress by ignoring its laws. You gotta remember that Obama decided to no longer enforce or defend the Defense of Marriage Act. He just decreed that one day. He’s decided not to prosecute medical marijuana cases. He’s issued countless waivers to Obamacare for his friends and he’s allowed states to opt out of the “No Child Left Behind” requirements.

So this immigration thing is not the first time that he’s gone (raspberry) to the Constitution. It’s a habit for the guy. If you look at the shenanigans they had to employ to get Obamacare passed in the first place, you see it. But I’ll tell you, if you read this New York Times piece through and through (you don’t have to because I’ve done it for you), in a nutshell the New York Times piece says that Obama’s failures aren’t just Bush’s fault. The world is to blame, too. Not Obama! None of this is his fault. It’s Bush’s fault and Europe’s and the Middle East’s and North Korea’s and Russia’s.

And probably Hugo Chavez’s. (I’ll throw him in just for the sake of it.)




Merkel Won’t Budge: Spain And Italy Get Destroyed Financially

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Published on: June 18, 2012

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The Spanish IBEX 35 and the Italian FTSE MIB got crushed today, after Greek elections failed to reassure markets that anything has changed for the troubled Spain and Italy.

Comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel worsened the blow. She told reporters near the end of European trading that she will not budge on the terms of the Greece aid package.

In core Europe, the DAX held on to gains to end just slightly higher, but the French CAC 40 fell 1 percent.

That negativity appears to have carried over into U.S. markets, all of which appeared to drop significantly in the wake of those headlines. Only the NASDAQ is holding onto gains.

Here’s Spain, down 3.0 percent:


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And Italy, down 2.9 percent:


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Surprise: More Illegal Immigrants Means More Competition For Jobs!

Original Article - Surprise: More Illegal Immigrants Means More Competition For Jobs!

Echoes of “they’re takin’ our jobs!” But, well, maybe, true?

The Washington Post finds that a massive amnesty program for young, educated illegal immigrants will result in a massive spike in demand for jobs. In a recovering economy, this will threaten the already-lackluster employment rate for young Americans.

Steven Camarota, a researcher with the nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, said that the Obama administration was not taking into account the new measure’s probable impact on competition for jobs at the low end of the economic scale, where chronic unemployment is highest. Among Americans with less than a high school education, he said, the jobless rate is 13 percent.“It doesn’t seem the administration is considering the cascading consequences,” Camarota said. “What does this mean for unemployed Americans who will be competing for jobs with a million-plus people who can now apply for work authorization? Is this really a good idea?”

This all seems pretty obvious but, apparently, it’s deserving of a Washington Post report. If you think that America’s immigration laws are immoral [pdf], this shouldn’t make a difference. But if you’re concerned about protecting America’s jobs for people who are already Americans, the cost-benefit of legalizing vast swathes of illegal immigrants might be something to take into account.


Burt Rutan – Human-caused Catastrophic Global Warming a BIG LIE

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World-famous aircraft designer Burt Rutan finds “deception – even fraud – behind the assertions of global-warming alarmists,” says this article in the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Human-caused catastrophic global warming exposed as big lie

By Mike Satren

(Excerpts) - World-famous aircraft designer and North Idaho resident Burt Rutan looked at climate data and found deception – even fraud – behind the assertions of global-warming alarmists intent on implementing a world-wide climate fix that could bring about economic chaos.

“Rutan started his career working as a civilian flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force where there was no room for error in interpreting data – all the data.

“If you want something to be, maybe a theory that you’ve modeled in a computer, you can ‘prove it’ with data and you can convince anybody who doesn’t really look at all the data,” Rutan said. “It’s really easy to convince somebody that this is true and I found out real early that it’s not true.

“I found out immediately that they weren’t being ethical.”

“If someone is aggressively selling a product, whether airplanes or carbon credits, based on complex experimental data, he is likely lying, Rutan contended.

“The amount of CO2 that we add to the atmosphere by our emissions is minuscule and it’s tiny compared to the amount of CO2 that used to be in the atmosphere,” he said.

“Earth had six to eight times as much CO2 in the atmosphere when dinosaurs roamed. That period also held the greatest diversity of species ever and the earth was green from pole to pole with no deserts.

“If you want a green planet, then you want our air to be like your green house where you pump CO2 into it,” he said. “CO2 is not a pollutant, it is the essence of life for plants.”

“Within the last several million years, earth’s atmosphere got down to only about 180 parts per million (PPM) of CO2. That was a severe threat, since below 150 PPM, all plants die. Now, we are being told we are at risk of catastrophe because we have a small increase of plant food in our atmosphere, even though the increase is beneficial.

“Rutan also found that we are currently at what could be the tail end of an unusually long and stable 11,000-year warm period between ice ages, which occurs every 80 to 100 thousand years.

Did you catch that? “We are currently at what could be the tail end of an unusually long and stable 11,000-year warm period between ice ages.”

“The recent previous warm periods were brief,” he said. “And they were all hotter than now.”

“It is during these warm periods when all the planet’s species proliferated but it’s during the ice ages when they die.

“Who is to say that the temperature is perfect and we’ve got to hold it right here?” he queried. “Our ability to feed the population will improve if the planet is warmer than present.”

“But then Rutan found out that the climate alarmists were even messing with the data that shows that we are warming.

“Rutan admits he’s not a climate scientist and doesn’t know the science that was used for these predictive models, but he does know a lot about processing data and plotting it to inform and he knows it can easily be plotted to deceive.

“For example, the famous hockey stick graph predicting unprecedented, drastic global warming leaves out the much warmer Medieval Warm Period (600-1100 a.d.) and the Little Ice Age (1450-1780 a.d.) temperature variations.

“Data also showed him that historically high periods of CO2 didn’t ’cause’ global warming, rather CO2 elevations followed warming by around 500 to 800 years.

“And then I got mad,” he said. “Nobody’s doing anything about this.”

“Actually some were, but because the government got scared it started pumping funding toward anyone who said he was working on global warming Rutan said.

“Worldwide funding for climate research increased by a factor of more than 30 since the early 1990s, all of the increase was driven by the false fear of climate disaster, Rutan said. The people who were really manipulating data falsely were rather small in number, Rutan found.

“The 2,500 scientists from IPCC do not support the predictions of catastrophe,” he said. “That is not a consensus at all, and never was.”

“The actual ‘consensus’ is that nearly all scientists agree that the planet has warmed in the last 50 years and that at least some of that warming was due to human emissions. Only a tiny faction – acting out of greed – showed that the warming was dangerous and that stopping human CO2 emissions was a critical need, he said. Now, after 15 years of no global warming while human CO2 emissions continue to increase, there is no consensus that we risk catastrophe.

“Rutan thought he could use his findings to convince some global warming alarmists online but instead he was personally attacked with brutal name calling.

“I found out real quickly that with these people, it’s their livelihood and it’s like a religion to them,” he said. “They don’t look at the facts.

“They call us deniers and it’s them that are denying the data.”

“He found every one of the global warming alarmists’ computer projections have been wrong.

“Because he has had some serious heart problems, Rutan decided he would forgo any of the political battles that will be necessary to turn the tide of efforts to change global weather. He makes his findings available to anyone who wants to pick up the ball, whether Rutan gets credit or not.

“I put it out there just because I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “I have no financial interest in this at all.”

See entire article:
Thanks to Burt Rutan for this link

See also:
Burt Rutan calls Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) a Fraud
An engineering approach to the AGW debate, by Burt Rutan


Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Ordered Rocket Attack on Israel

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An act of war from an organization that has penetrated deeply into the U.S. Government. “Officials: Hamas ordered Grad attack on Israel at request of Muslim Brotherhood,” by Avi Issacharoff and Gili Cohen for Haaretz, June 16 (thanks to David):

Israeli security officials say that the rockets that landed on Friday in the area near Ovda and Mitzpeh Ramon, were launched after a request by senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. According to these officials, the rockets were launched from the Sinai Peninsula by a Bedouin unit, according to Hamas orders, even though Hamas itself wasn’t the initiator of the launching, but responded to the request of the Brotherhood, who wanted such an event on the eve of the second round of presidential elections in Egypt. It is yet unclear why the Brotherhood requested such an unusual action, a first military strike against Israel, or whether the strike was aimed at specific sites in the area.So far, the Muslim Brotherhood leaders have presented a moderate stance towards Israel in their talks with the international community, stressing that they had to intention of annulling the peace accords, a position reiterated by presidential candidate, Mohamed Morsi. Still, in the buildup to the elections, Brotherhood speakers have been known to speak fiercely against Israel. In one gathering, in the beginning of May at El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Brotherhood leaders promised, in the presence of Morsi, that the object of the Brotherhood is to liberate Jerusalem. The main speaker at that gathering, Sifwat Hijazi, said that Morsi would liberate Jerusalem and that the Brotherhood’s dream was the creation of the “united Arab nations,” with Jerusalem as its capital. “Our capital won’t be Mecca or Medina, but Jerusalem, millions of shahids will march on the city” shouted Hijazi, “the whole world should know – and we say it clearly – our goal is Jerusalem, we shall pray in Jerusalem, and if not – we shall die as martyrs on its ruins.” Another speaker that day said that “tomorrow Morsi will liberate Gaza.” A singer sang: “The Jews will not be able to sleep, come, lovers of martyrs, you’re all Hamas. Take on arms, and prepare for prayer.”…


Forced Abortion in China Prompts Apology and Three Officials Suspended (Graphic Photo)

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Published on: June 16, 2012

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Feng Jianmei is shown after having her 7-month-old fetus aborted because she was in violation of China’s one baby policy.


Three Chinese officials have been suspended and the government has apologized to a young mother who was forced to abort her child seven months into the pregnancy due to China’s one-child limit law.

Graphic images of the mother and the lifeless body of the baby sparked a public uproar after they were posted online by a Chinese activist group.

Feng Jianmei and her husband, Deng Ji Yuan, already have one child. Deng said that because of this, his wife’s pregnancy was found to be in violation of China’s one-child policy by the Family Planning authorities in their hometown of Zhenping City, located in China’s Shanxi Province.

News of Feng’s forced abortion on June 2 spread through the activist community within China and internationally. Xinhua News Agency ran a short account of her story, stories ran in newspapers and on website throughout the world.

Deng told ABC News that Feng, who is 25, was so distraught over the loss of her baby she slit her wrists in an attempted suicide.

Today the city’s government web site said Deputy Mayor Du Shouping visited the couple and apologized. He also told them that officials would be suspended pending an investigation.

“Today, I am here on behalf of the municipal government to see you and express our sincere apology to you. I hope to get your understanding,” the deputy mayor said according to the city’s website.

The official Xinhua News Agency said three officials would be relieved of their duties, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, another Chinese woman is faced with a decision whether to abort her second child or pay an exorbitant fine.

In Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province, Cao Ruyi, who says she is five months pregnant, is safe from a forced abortion, if only for the time being. Her relief follows an anxious few days.

When it was discovered Cao was pregnant, she was detained by authorities. In an interview with ABC News, Cao described how Family Planning Police dragged her from her home to a hospital for an abortion. She says she was released only after signing a contract promising to abort her child by Saturday, June 16.

Cao’s story took a different route than Feng’s. The news got out earlier through a network of concerned locals savvy enough to alert non-profit organizations dedicated to stopping forced abortions with ties in the U.S. government and international press.

Also on Monday, in Washington D.C., State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland acknowledged the case of Cao Ruyi.

“We’ve seen the reports that a Chinese woman is being detained and possibly pressured into a forced abortion by Chinese family planning authorities after purportedly violating China’s one-child policy,” she told reporters during a press briefing. “We have reached out to the authorities in Beijing to ask about this issue.”

Nuland reiterated that the U.S. strongly opposes “all aspects of China’s coercive birth limitation policies,” which they have deemed a serious human rights abuse.

Groups from around the world became involved, including organization such as All Girls Allowed and Women’s Rights in China.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., sent a letter to local Changsha officials. The Texas-based group ChinaAid published his appeal online.

Cao was released within 48 hours after the letter was sent.

Chai Ling, the founder of the Christian activist organization All Girls Allowed and former student leader in Tiananmen Square, tells ABC News that according to Cao and her husband if they have the baby they will be forced to pay a “social burden fee” of nearly $24,000. This fee, an astronomical sum for the average Chinese citizen, is “required” for the child to be granted basic citizen rights such as access to health care and education.

Cao doubts she will ever be able to come up with that kind of money.

“She is too afraid to borrow the money,” says Chai Ling, “because she has no idea how she could pay it back.” Nor does she have any guarantee the government won’t ask for more money in the future. “That is the psychological pressure she is under,” says Chai Ling. “It becomes a money making operation for the government.”

Cao told ABC News she very much wanted to keep her baby, but she was unsure of what do to. For Cao, waiting for the Saturday deadline is torture, but every moment is also precious for the expectant mother.

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