Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How Sharia Threatens Western Justice

Wife-battering imam of the Darul Quran Mosque in Munich, Sheikh Abu Adam, is the face of Germany’s Islamic “Justice .” Adam gave a lecture at the city’s Catholic University entitled “An Islam which distances itself from violence,” shortly before being arrested (12/10) for allegedly assaulting his spouse so violently that she suffered a broken nose and shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises. Media reports claimed the woman, who has borne one of his ten children, wanted to live a more “western” lifestyle, and was allegedly attacked by him after expressing this wish to her husband.  The icon of Germany’s Islamic parallel Islamic “justice” system,  Sheikh Adam, purportedly shouted Koran 4:34 at his wife as he beat her. [for eg., Shakir translation: “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great”]

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What is Sharia Law? Why it threatens America.

Listen to the words of Wafa Sultan. An American-Syrian who escaped Shariah Law 22 years ago. " I fear Shariah has followed me here. For Women and non-Muslims, Shariah Law effectively means slavery".

If you have limited time...start at minute FIVE. .....

House bill to rein in the NLRB is a start for fixing a larger problem

By Adam Bitely
Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced a bill in the House that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from forcing a business to relocate, shut down or transfer employment under any circumstance. This, in effect, would be a first step in prohibiting the NLRB from doing what it is attempting to do with Boeing in South Carolina ever again.

The NLRB has proven to be a runaway, out of control government agency. Ruling in favor of Big Labor throughout its history, a bias that has been even more pronounced since Obama took office. The impact, employers have been forced to make concessions to labor unions to their own detriment hurting their capacity to create new jobs.

The environment that the current board of the NLRB has created is one of chaos for employers as Big Labor is able to tighten its grip around businesses with each decision that the board hands down. Small and large employers are finding themselves having to fight against a government backed agency that is all at once a prosecutor, investigator, judge and jury.

Currently, the board that comprises the NLRB is composed of two Big Labor allied members and only one commissioner to contrast that position. The effect is that the NLRB is able to do whatever bidding labor unions call for.

There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as former AFL-CIO and SEIU attorney Craig Becker’s term ends. It was Becker, whose controversial appointment was opposed in the Senate on a bi-partisan basis, who first brought the obscure government agency into the public limelight due to his pronouncements that the NLRB could do Big Labor’s bidding regardless of Congressional action. Becker’s temporary appointment running out will effectively stop the Board from rendering one-sided verdicts as they will not have the necessary quorum to make decisions.

The Obama NLRB has proven that it will fight against job creation inside of the U.S. with the infamous Boeing case.
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The Week Ahead: Comparing Reagan and Obama strategies on job creation

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The end of Keynes

By Robert Romano
So addicted to credit are Europe’s most troubled governments that without credit expansion, their economies can no longer grow. This is seen in Greece, where no longer able to spend more than it takes in, in the second quarter, its economy contracted by 7.3 percent.

This addiction is problematic, because so large have the debts of Greece, Portugal, Ireland, and Italy become that credit expansion itself — via annual deficit-spending — has become unsustainable. Yields on one-year Greek government bonds have moved north of 117 percent, and without the European Central Bank’s printing press, the country can no longer afford to pay its bills. Default is likely the next step.

Call it Keynes’ growth contradiction: Beyond sustainable levels, public debt drains economic output.
Under John Maynard Keynes’ economic theories, in the midst of an economic downturn, the government is supposed to engage in monetary and fiscal expansion to offset the loss of “aggregate demand” in the economy.

This belief since the 1930’s has led to an explosion of government spending and borrowing all over the world. In fact, the theory has proven so popular among policy makers in the U.S. that the national debt has increased every single year since 1958.

Eventually, it led to the creation of conditions that made the global credit expansion of the 1990’s and 2000’s possible — sowing the seeds for the inevitable crash that followed.

While Keynes’ theory accounts for economic output as it relates to levels of government spending and the size of the government-created money supply, it fails to consider what happens to those same economies when public debt reaches such exorbitant levels — as has happened today in Europe, the U.S., and Japan.
Europe’s ongoing debt crisis, Japan’s lost decade, and the anemic American recovery today all suggest there is a real upper limit on how large public debt can get before it becomes detrimental to growth. It is the point when nations can no longer afford to borrow more money to spur growth, because the government’s borrowing needs have become larger than the market’s capacity to service them.
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Rick Perry the heretic

By David Bozeman

Whenever mainstream pundits identify a conservative as a Christian, brace yourself, the ax is about to fall. Even some right-wingers sneer that Rick Perry is Christian, and, if confrontation appears imminent, they all hide behind their solemn veneer of looking out for the voters, dutifully fulfilling the public's right to know.

Columnist Dana Milbank recently countered his Washington Post colleague Perry Bacon's comment that Rick Perry's victory “would cement the Republican Party's shift from Bush's approach to a more libertarian, anti-government GOP.” Replied Milbank, “[Rick Perry] is no libertarian. Rick Perry is a theocrat.”

Oh, really? So, “Christian” cancels out “libertarian” and vice-versa? Milbank's column recalls the governor's book from 2008, On My Honor. Perry elaborates on his faith in Christ and assails the left's assault on the Boy Scouts (for their stances against homosexuality). Perry also condemns the ACLU and universities that teach that corporations are evil, religion is the opiate of the masses and morality is relative. Even human rights commissions, according to the governor, are often fronts for attacking institutions that teach traditional values.

For some, the problem with Rick Perry is not that he endorses a religion but that he endorses the wrong religion. If he were an evangelist for the liberal church, preaching for taxes on the rich, further stimulus spending, cap and trade legislation and any or all of the rest of the state-certified catechism, no one would issue dire warnings of a creeping theocracy.

The point here is not whether or not Governor Perry is sufficiently libertarian or conservative to be president. The pertinent question here is who controls the narrative. Commentators who derisively dissect a conservative's faith instantly cast themselves as forward-thinking rationalists, always enlightened and ever above the conflicts of the day.
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Scientists find fifty new planets… and one of them could have alien life

European astronomers have discovered 50 new planets beyond our solar system, including 16 which are a similar size to Earth. 

This is the largest number of such planets ever announced at one time.
The biggest planet of the new batch is HD 85512 b, which is 3.6 times the mass of Earth and can be found 36 light-years away in the Vela constellation.
Habitable: An artist's impression of the super-Earth HD 85512 b
Habitable: An artist's impression of the super-Earth HD 85512 b
The findings suggest that more than half of the stars like our sun possess planets, and that many of those worlds are lighter than Saturn.

HD 85512 b is the only one of new planets, dubbed 'super-Earths' that is located in its star system's habitable zone.

That's the area around a star where scientists believe water could exist, in liquid form, making a planet potentially habitable.

The new findings are being presented at a conference on Extreme Solar Systems in Wyoming, U.S., where 350 exoplanet experts are meeting.

This discovery was made by The High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), which is installed at the European Southern Observatory's 11.8ft La Silla Observatory in Chile.

'The detection of HD 85512 b is far from the limit of HARPS, and demonstrates the possibility of discovering other super-Earths in the habitable zones around stars similar to the sun,' said University of Geneva astronomer Michel Mayor.
The European Southern Observatory, La Silla Paranal, Chile, South 
The European Southern Observatory, La Silla Paranal, Chile, South America
Super-Earths, which range from Earth's mass to worlds 10 times more massive, are of particular interest to planet-hunters because it's thought that they could be even more conducive to the development of life than our own planet. 

One of the team members, Lisa Kaltenegger, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, said the latest round of findings marked a new age in the search for habitable planets.

'We are actually entering an incredibly interesting time in our history,' she said.
When the search for extrasolar planets began more than 15 years ago, the telescopes used for the task could only detect giant planets like our own solar system's Jupiter. Since then, the techniques and tools used for the search have become much more sensitive.

HARPS can detect the slight gravitational wobble caused by planets as small as Earth, if they have incredibly close-in orbits. 

HARPS' observations of 376 sunlike stars has led the team to conclude not only that more than half of such stars are surrounded by planets, but also that about 40 per cent of them have at least one planet less massive than Saturn.

Thriller! Jackson Family Had Secret Escape Plan For Michael

LONDON (AP) — Jermaine Jackson says his family had secretly arranged to fly Michael to Bahrain if the pop icon was found guilty of child molestation.

Jermaine was quoted as saying that a private jet financed by a friend was on standby to whisk his late brother to the Gulf emirate if the 2005 court case ended with a conviction.

Bahrain does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.

Jermaine says his brother did not know about the escape plan but Michael would have “done it in a heartbeat” because “why should he go to jail for something he didn’t do?”
The singer was found not guilty on all charges.

He later spent a year in the emirate as a guest of a son of Bahrain’s king.

KRS-One’s “Real Terrorism” Video Banned From YouTube

Legendary conscious rapper KRS-One had his most recent video banned from YouTube due to “shocking images.”

The video, featuring up and coming rapper Greenie, is politically charged and criticizes U.S. foreign policy.
The Grio reports:
"There’s no coincidence that this ban occurred during a very vulnerable time for many Americans. The 10-year anniversary of the attacks on September 11th mark a period of mourning and reflection for many in the US where criticism of American policies may even be considered sign of disrespect. Regardless, rapper Greenie explains:
“The song tells the truth about the United States, its massacres, and the terrorist acts our government has committed around the world. The photos used in the video are just actual historic records and are important educational materials for all to see. I am shocked that YouTube allows silliness, sex, and pop rap — but not this important material.

Krs-One and Greenie "Real Terrorism" Shocking Video from Krs-Greenie Album on Vimeo.

NYPD Caught Dirty Dancing At West Indian Parade On Video

NEW YORK-Videos and pictures have surfaced of policemen dirty dancing with women at the West Indian Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn.

The women were part of the parade and were dressed in traditional parade clothing.
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A video has surfaced on a website called worldstarhiphop.com that shows what appear to be cops in uniform dirty dancing with scantily clad women who were part of the parade.

Someone at the parade took plenty of video of the officers having a good time. While these officers were having fun gunfire broke out along other portions of the parade route. At least two shootings took place along the route during the parade.

Video Shows NYPD Cops Dirty Dancing at West Indian Day Parade: MyFoxNY.com

Tayshana Murphy, teenage basketball star, gunned down in case of possible mistaken identity

A high school basketball star was fatally shot in the head inside a Manhattan housing project Sunday morning in a slaying her family believes was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

Tayshana Murphy, 18, one of the top-rated basketball players in the country, was killed in Harlem’s Grant Houses at about 4:10 a.m., police said.
She was trying to outrun a gunman in a fourth-floor hallway of the building where she lives, witnesses said.
“She was pleading for her life,” said friend Teka Taylor, 22, who was with Murphy when the violence erupted.
“She was saying ‘No, please, I don’t have nothing to do with it.’”
Murphy, known on the courts by her nickname Chicken, had on Thursday started her senior year at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers on a basketball scholarship. Several colleges were actively recruiting her.
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U.S. hikers jailed in Iran may be released after bail is paid

 Tehran, Iran  — Two American hikers sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage and illegal entry into Iran may be released “in a couple of days,” according to Iran’s president.

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer will be released from Tehran’s Evin prison after a $500,000 bail is paid for each of them, their attorney, Masoud Shafiee, said Tuesday. The attorney said the hikers’ families are attempting to get the money.

The two have been imprisoned in Iran for more than two years. They and a third hiker, Sarah Shourd, were seized on July 31, 2009, while hiking in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

They apparently strayed across an unmarked border and were unaware they had crossed into Iran. Iranian authorities arrested them, claiming they were spies and had entered the country illegally.

Shourd, who is now Bauer’s fiancee, was released last year for medical reasons, although authorities said her case remains open.

“They illegally crossed our borders and they were arrested by the border guards,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC in an interview that aired Tuesday. “We tried last year to free one of the three persons and we are also trying to make arrangements for the freedom of the other two. I think these two persons will be freed in a couple of days.”

He said Fattal and Bauer are enjoying “very good conditions here in prison … it’s like staying in a hotel.”

The hikers’ families are “hopeful” at the news, said spokeswoman Samantha Topping. She refused comment on what the families are doing to help secure Fattal and Bauer’s release.

“We are aware of these reports, and we are working through the Swiss Protecting Power to get more details from the Iranian authorities,” said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Because the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran, the Swiss represent American interests in Tehran.

Other senior State Department officials said they are proceeding cautiously, as Iran has made similar claims in the past. However, one official said, “It seems to be true.”

Ahmadinejad suggested in the interview that there is a need for the United States to release Iranians held in its jails.

“It’s not only about two people in Iran … I think the problem is in the approach of the American politicians and leaders,” Ahmadinejad told NBC. The United States, he said, is “so hostile against us.”

“OK, these two persons will be released,” he said. “Is it going to be over? We do it, for example, in (a) humanitarian gesture. Is it going to solve the problems? I hope so.”

The Tehran Prosecutor’s office had said it had “compelling evidence” that the three were cooperating with U.S. intelligence agencies, Iran’s state-run Press TV reported.

Last month, Fattal and Bauer were convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison — five years for espionage and three years for illegal entry, according to Iranian media. Their attorney appealed the sentence. That appeal is still pending.

Officials in this mostly desert nation bordering Libya are warily watching and bracing for what they call the disaster scenario that has not yet happened: a huge influx of defeated soldiers loyal to the fallen Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

NIAMEY, Niger — Officials in this mostly desert nation bordering Libya are warily watching and bracing for what they call the disaster scenario that has not yet happened: a huge influx of defeated soldiers loyal to the fallen Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

So far, they have had to contend with only a thin trickle of loyalists making their way across hundreds of miles of desert to the bare-bones towns in northern Niger, including one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons, a handful of his generals and his security chief.

But officials here in one of the world’s most impoverished nations — the third from the bottom on the 2010 United Nations Human Development Index ranking of 169 countries — emphasized that the diplomatic awkwardness of allowing the former government’s dignitaries here was nothing compared with the influx they feared with somewhat more urgency each day the Libyan conflict was drawn out.

“If there is a negotiated solution, we won’t get the worst case,” said Massaoudou Hassoumi, the chief of staff to Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou. “Unfortunately, it looks like that won’t happen. So, it looks like there will be armed men. If they don’t hand over their weapons, we will disarm them.”
“What’s happened so far is very minimal,” Mr. Hassoumi added.

Colonel Qaddafi’s son Saadi — one of the less politicized of his progeny — is believed to have arrived in Niger on Sunday night. The three generals have been in a hotel in the central desert town of Agadez, the first major agglomeration after the frontier. Colonel Qaddafi’s security chief, Mansour Dhao, is in the capital, Niamey, and is “under surveillance,” Mr. Hassoumi said.

“When he goes out, we are watching him,” he said. “If there is a demand for their arrest, of course we will turn them over.”

Officials here are at pains to emphasize that they are not playing host to the uninvited fugitives out of any attachment to the fallen leader’s government. Rather, there are no international warrants for their arrest, they say, so there is no choice but to give them sanctuary on humanitarian grounds. Several officials said they had no intention of meeting with the fugitives.

“All they are doing, they are saving themselves, and that’s the frame of mind they are in,” said Marou Amadou, the justice minister.

Some officials here complained that Colonel Qaddafi had done little for Niger. The grandiose building projects and streets named for him in neighboring countries are largely absent, apart from a principal mosque in the capital. Farther to the west, the tiny and destitute coastal nation of Guinea-Bissau said over the weekend that it would welcome the former leader and guarantee his safety, according to news reports, one of the few places so far to overtly bid for his presence.

Mr. Issoufou, a mining engineer who became president this year, was recently welcomed at the White House as one of four West African leaders symbolizing so-far-successful transitions to democracy. A number of his top appointees, including Mr. Amadou, were persecuted by preceding authoritarian governments here.

Mr. Hassoumi, the president’s chief of staff, was critical of the new Libyan leadership for not policing its country’s borders more carefully. He pleaded with Western nations for more surveillance help and emphasized that Niger’s recognition of the new government in Tripoli was “pragmatic,” based on what he described as common interests. But he suggested that the new leadership in Tripoli was not upholding its end.
“Why are they letting them flee?” he asked “They shouldn’t come here. It’s their responsibility. We said, ‘Guard your frontiers, and we’ll guard ours.’ They haven’t done it.”

Mr. Hassoumi complained that his country — plagued by Al Qaeda’s North African branch in its vast northern deserts, and now worried about the influx of Qaddafi loyalists — was being left to shoulder too large a security burden.

“We are alone in assuming the whole world’s security situation,” Mr. Hassoumi said. “Why? We need support.”

Hello, Magog! Israel’s Woes Mount As Russia Sides With Palestinian Statehood Bid

“And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:” Ezekiel 38:3

Russia is ready to back a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations General Assembly later this month, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.

“If the Palestinians appeal to the United Nations to recognize their statehood, Russia will give its support,” Bogdanov said yesterday in response to e-mailed questions from Bloomberg News. The Palestinians have the right to form a viable state living in peace with Israel, he said.

The move won’t erase the need for a negotiated settlement with Israel and Russia stands ready to host leaders from the two main Palestinian factions to assist efforts to form a unified administration of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Bogdanov said.

Leaders of Fatah, the secular group that rules the West Bank, and Hamas, an Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, signed an agreement in Cairo on May 4 to set up a joint interim government that would serve for a year and pave the way for new elections. Talks on implementing the agreement have stalled over a dispute about Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, whom Hamas is seeking to replace.

“We believe a rapid achievement of Palestinian unity is one of the key factors needed to drive forward the Palestinian- Israeli peace process,” Bogdanov said.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., European Union and Israel and the Israeli government has said it won’t enter into talks with the Islamist group unless it renounces violence, recognizes Israel’s right to exist and agrees to honor past peace agreements.

The Middle East peace Quartet — the U.S., UN, EU and Russia — is trying to restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Negotiations broke down in September 2010 after Israel refused to extend a 10-month partial freeze on construction of settlements in the West Bank. Palestinians say they won’t negotiate while building continues. source – Bloomberg

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Syrian Activists Call for ‘Day of Rage’ Against Russia

Syrian opposition activists are calling for a "day of rage" Tuesday to protest what they see as Russian support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Monday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev rejected calls from the United States and Western Europe for increased sanctions against Syria for its violent crackdown on protesters.

Medvedev said there is no need for additional pressure on Syria. He also said any possible United Nations resolution on Syria must be "tough" but "balanced."

Russia has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and can stop the passage of any resolution against the volatile Middle Eastern nation.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday she "strongly disagreed" with Medvedev, saying the U.N. Security Council should "take stronger action" in imposing sanctions against the Syrian government.

Violence against protesters continued in Syria on Monday. Syrian human rights activists said security forces killed at least 17 people, mostly around the central city of Hama.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday during an address to the Human Rights Council that 2,600 people have been killed in the Syrian uprising in the last six months.

An aide to Assad disputed those U.N. figures Monday, saying that 1,400 have died. Syrian government spokesman Bouthaina Shaaban said the casualties have been evenly split, with 700 government forces and 700 opposition activists killed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.