Saturday, September 20, 2008

Explosion at Pakistan Marriott hotel kills 40

Marriott has been a favorite place for foreigners as well as Pakistani politicians and business people to stay and socialize in Islamabad despite repeated militant attacks.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Iran's Ayatollah says 'Illogical' for Iranians to call Israelis friends

Iran's supreme leader said Friday it was illogical to say Iranians are friends with the Israeli people, seeking to end a controversy over Tehran's stance toward the Jewish state - it's biggest enemy in the region.

Actually, the originally statement, and what was cleared up by Iran's Supreme Leader today was, "Iran is a friend to Jews but not a friend to Zionists." But, as was the case with the "wiping Israel off the map" fabrication, mis-representing Iranian leaders makes better news print. However, given that Iran has a Jewish Parliamentarian and maintains the largest Jewish population in the region outside of Israel, the original statement is consistent with their actions and national policy.

Myth of Iran wiping Israel off the map dispelled

Press TV: So you did not threaten to wipe Israel off the map as an Iranian leader? That we will wipe Israel off the map?

Ahmadinejad: No. We say that the people of Palestine should have rights and when the people of Palestine exercise this right, this will happen. Where is the Soviet Union? The Soviet Union has been wiped off the map. What happened to the Soviet Union? The decision of the people, the vote of the people. When the people of the Soviet Union, the Russian people, were allowed to decide to take charge of their destiny, the Soviet Union disappeared.

Vast bailout plan proposed in the U.S.

Congressional leaders met Thursday with Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, second from left; Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr.; and Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, about a rescue plan. (David Brody/Bloomberg News)

While details remain to be worked out, the plan is likely to authorize the government to buy distressed mortgages at deep discounts from banks and other institutions. The proposal could result in the most direct commitment of taxpayer funds so far in the financial crisis that Fed and Treasury officials say is the worst they have ever seen.

Okay boys, capitalism is good except when it isn't - now we NATIONALIZE...

Isolating or Attacking Iran Won't Work

By Maziar Bahari

Dr. Akbar Etemad is the father of Iran's nuclear program. After obtaining his Ph.D. in nuclear reactor physics from Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne in 1963, he was appointed head of the Reactor Shieding Groupe at the Federal Institute for Reactor Research in Switzerland. Etemad returned to Iran in 1965 and became a nuclear advisor to the Iranian government. He was the president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) between 1974 and 1978.

Arabs denounce cleric's fatwa on 'immoral' TV

A Saudi man drinks Arabic coffee as he watches Satellite TV at his home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ,Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. Arabs are denouncing a Saudi cleric's edict that it is permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that show 'immoral' content. Many fear the fatwa could fuel vigilante attacks on the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Arabs across the ideological spectrum, from secular-minded liberals to Muslim hard-liners, are denouncing a top Saudi cleric's edict that it was permissible to kill the owners of satellite TV stations that show "immoral" content.

SEC bans short-selling of 799 financial stocks

Federal securities regulators, in an effort to boost investor confidence in the face of a market crisis, took the dramatic step Friday of temporarily banning the trading practice of betting against financial stocks.

Stocks head for rally on word of gov't rescue plan

Wall Street headed for a huge rally Friday after the U.S. government said it is creating a plan to rescue the nation's troubled banks from their souring debts.

Interesting way of saying that American taxpayers are bailing out Wall Street...

Transformer glitch shuts down biggest atom smasher

In a statement Thursday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research reported for the first time that a 30-ton transformer that cools part of the collider broke, forcing physicists to stop using the atom smasher just a day after starting it up last week.

First Clinton, now Palin out of anti-Iran rally

Organizers of an anti-Iran rally next week have dropped Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin from the event, days after Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled out.

A gathering of the usual suspects, as usual...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ultra-Orthodox party emerging as Israel kingmaker

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish party run by an octogenarian rabbi who has said Hurricane Katrina was divine punishment emerged Thursday as the kingmaker in forming the next Israeli government.

The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish political party is Tizpi Livni's real puppet master. Yes, the same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish party that run the "Modesty Guards" that chase down and beat women because they refuse to sat at the back of the bus or who wear their dresses too short. Click on the link below for an interesting video on the topic:

Can Livni clean up Israeli politics?

Narrow Victory: Tzipi Livni, who gained worldwide attention for leading Palestinian peace talks, won Wednesday’s Kadima primary by a margin of 1.1 percent over Shaul Mofaz.

"She campaigned on change – from Olmert," Mr. Benn says. "But to say, 'she's our Obama,' that she represents real change, is overblown." When it comes to the feasibility of peacemaking, he notes, the same internal divisions among the two peoples remain largely unchanged.

Can Livni clean up Israeli politics? Can you wash stink off a skunk??

Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said that it was logical to conclude a lucrative contract with Iran "in the current situation, when the US and the West in general are stubbornly gearing toward a confrontation with Russia".

Ahmadinejad ready to debate US presidential hopefuls

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a press conference in Tehran before heading to New York. Ahmadinejad said on Thursday he was ready to debate the men running for US president when he visits New York for the UN General Assembly, and dismissed Western threats of more sanctions over Tehran's nuclear drive. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday he was ready to debate the men running for US president when he visits New York for the UN General Assembly, and dismissed Western threats of more sanctions over Tehran's nuclear drive.

Neither McCain or Obama, or any other American political figure for that matter, have the intestional fortitude to meet with Ahmadinejab face-to-face. They would rather hide behind their Zionist/Israel First handlers and call him names...

US Fed injects $180bn to stabilise global markets

The US Federal Reserve is lending the Bank of England, the European Central Bank (ECB), the Swiss National Bank and the central banks of Canada and Japan billions of dollars to pump into their financial systems.

Evangelicals call on Jews to assert Jesus’ gospel

World Evangelical Alliance ends Berlin conference with statement calling for mass Jewish conversion. Decree enrages Jewish communities, ADL says "issuing such troubling words from Berlin is height of insensitivity."

Seems that Israel's useful idiots have crossed the line....

Evangelicals to UN: Indict Ahmadinejad

A prominent Jerusalem-based evangelical organization will deliver a petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week signed by tens of thousands of Christians from around the world demanding that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad be indicted for incitement to genocide against Israel.

Can Christian Zionist really be this stupid? Yep! they sure can...

Ahmadinejad: Israel is too weak to attack any other country

"Israel is in a weak position to launch attacks against any other country," he was quoted by Press TV as saying.

And, he's right - that's why Israel is trying to trick the US into attacking Iran for them. Consider the tone of this article, for example - it's pure horse sh*t...

Israel can't attack Iran without help from others

Sarah Palin may think it is strictly Israel's business whether it decides to attack Iran, but if she ever gets a chance to meet with this country's military and intelligence leaders she may find that it can't be done without our cooperation and will have serious implications for the US. And she might be surprised to learn that such an attack would have serious implications for both Israel and the US - something she apparently didn't learn as commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard.

Booth: Gaza a massive concentration camp

Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, plants a tree in a street in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday. Photo: AP

The sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair has called Gaza a "concentration camp" and a "humanitarian crisis on the scale of Darfur."

At least someone in the Blair family has the courage to tell the truth about the crimes against humanity that Israel is perpetrating in Gaza...

The king is dead

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

Europe and Asia see U.S. as no longer practicing what it preaches

Mario Monti, former EU competition commissioner, said the credibility of the market economy has been hurt.

In extending a last-minute $85 billion lifeline to AIG, the troubled insurer, Washington has not only turned away from decades of rhetoric about the virtues of the free market and the dangers of government intervention, it has also likely undercut future American efforts to promote such policies abroad.

Some of Ike's missing may have washed away

The death toll from Hurricane Ike is remarkably low so far, considering that legions of people stayed behind as the storm obliterated row after row of homes along the Texas coast. But officials suspect there are more victims out there and say some might simply have been swept out to sea.

Soldier in Iraq held in deaths of 2 unit members

The soldier was subdued by other troops, and medics tried unsuccessfully to save the wounded soldiers, said Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, commanding general at Fort Stewart in southern Georgia, where the soldiers' unit is based.

FBI, Secret Service Investigate Hacking of Palin’s E-mail

The FBI and Secret Service have launched a joint investigation into the apparent hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s private e-mail account after a widely-read Web site published screen grabs from it on Wednesday.

Jews lose hold on Antwerp diamond trade

Traditional methods are coming under threat from globalisation

Out of about 2,000 Hasidic families in Antwerp, 1,000 are now headed by a man who has no job.

Uganda seeking miniskirt ban

The minister said wearing a miniskirt was akin to going naked

Uganda's ethics and integrity minister says miniskirts should be banned - because women wearing them distract drivers and cause traffic accidents.

Israeli restrictions leave Palestinians dependent on aid, says World Bank

"Overwhelming evidence suggests that the current restrictions correlate to settlement locations and expansions," the report says, adding that there is evidence economic restrictions could be removed without risk to Israeli citizens.

Israel doesn't want peace, Israel wants Palestine - And, Tzipi Livni knows well the Israeli playbook...

Clinton cancels spot at Jewish groups' anti-Iran rally over Palin invite

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said Tuesday.

Well, I guess Hillary hates Sarah more than she does Ahmadinejad...

Israel poised for first female leader in 34 years

Israeli Foreign Minister and candidate for Kadima party leadership Tzipi Livni,left, is greeted by a supporter after casting her ballot in the Kadima primary in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. TV exit polls say Livni has won a clear victory in the party primary election to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Livni, a political moderate, barely edged out hawkish rival Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister, in a contest that could have far-reaching implications for peacemaking with the Palestinians and Syria.

Male or female, it doesn't matter - their all Israeli. Peace with Palestine IS NOT what Israel wants - the Israelis want a GREATER ISRAEL! And, that don't include Palestine...

Uncle Sam taps piggy bank, borrows to aid market

Where does Uncle Sam come up with huge sums of money during a financial emergency? Like the rest of us, the government taps its reserves and borrows if it needs more.

Its amazing what Americans AREN'T told - in this entire article about where the "huge sums of money" for these bail outs are coming from, NO WHERE does it mention the American taxpayor -the ultimate "lender."

Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight

Lingering hopes that the damage could be contained to a handful of financial institutions that made bad bets on mortgages have evaporated. New fault lines are emerging beyond the original problem -- troubled subprime mortgages -- in areas like credit-default swaps, the credit insurance contracts sold by American International Group Inc. and others firms. There's also a growing sense of wariness about the health of trading partners.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids

The orders, which come in response to a highly unusual Sept. 3 ground attack by U.S. commandos, are certain to heighten tensions between Washington and a key ally against terrorism. Although the ground attack was rare, there have been repeated reports of U.S. drone aircraft striking militant targets, most recently on Sept. 12.

Fed pumps $70B into nation's financial system

The maneuver takes place as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his central bank colleagues prepare to meet to decide their next move on interest rates and conduct a fresh assessment of the country's financial and economic troubles.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dow falls 504 as Wall St. woes batter stocks

At the close, the Dow Jones industrials were down 504 points, or 4.4%, to 11,917, its lowest close since July 2006. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 58 points, or 4.6%, to 1,194, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was down 81 points, or 3.6%, to 2,180.

Wall Street crisis could put Fed rate cut in play

Wreckage from a massive crisis on Wall Street could prompt the Federal Reserve to do an about face and once again cut a key interest rate this week or possibly later this year, economists said Monday.

Did I just hear Bush and McCain say the fundamentals of the economy were strong? Well, I have just two words to say about that - BULL SH*T!

Stocks Slide as 2 Wall St. Banks Falter

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 300 points in just under 10 minutes of trading, and the major European stock exchanges sank more than 4 percent, in the first wave of investor reaction to some of the most dramatic developments in the history of high finance.

Piss off Israel - Write in Ron Paul for President

The movement to write-in Ron Paul instead of electing the two israeli/mormon candidates is picking up speed, and this is just something that is happening of its own accord, as the israeli media tries to push the unbelievable and despicable on Americans once again. People are waking up to the bush/israeli treason and, in fact, Americans are getting their noses shoved in it, even the idiot fundamentalists who put bush in and are now trying to deny they had anything to do with it.

Danger of Jewish terror

Settlers in the West Bank Photo: Reuters

The settlers of Yitzhar have been ignoring the army and police for a while now. Dozens of violent incidents and threats have become a regular occurrence for the residents of nearby Palestinian villages. These residents are well familiar with the violence perpetrated by the agents of Jewish terror, and terror is a means for undermining an elected government.

Finally, someone has the courage to call it what it is - Jewish Terror!

Tutu says Israel may have committed war crime

Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Monday that Israel may have committed a war crime by shelling Beit Hanoun in 2006, but that Palestinians also were at fault for firing rockets at Israeli civilians.

Interesting how the article tries to equate "firing rockets" with war crimes...

Islamic Organizations Offer Shelter for Those 'Riding Out' Ike

The Islamic Circle of North America Houston Chapter Relief Department and the Islamic Society of Greater Houston said in a news release early Friday morning that they would provide the basic services of food, water and shelter at three centers which will be open on a 24-hour basis.

IAEA confirms nuclear Iran on right track

"The agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran," read the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's nuclear activities.

DoD approves sale of bunker buster missiles to Israel

The US Department of Defense has notified Congress of a potential sale of 1,000 small diameter bunker-buster missiles to Israel, which would likely be used in the event of a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

There is still a chance for sanity to prevail - Congress still has to approve the deal but I'm not holding my breathe...

'Olmert offers PA 98.1% of W. Bank'

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has discussed with the Palestinians transferring to them 98.1 percent of the West Bank, Channel 2 reported on Sunday evening.

Only "God's chosen people" could be so arrogrant as to offer the Palestinians 98% of what already belongs to them.

Jewish Morality Squads

In the neighborhoods dominated by the Haredim, streets are sealed off for the Jewish day of rest and satellite dishes are considered a sign of heresy. The ultra-Orthodox Jews have also led violent protests against swimming pools, cinemas and other establishments they consider immoral. Police have recently detained a man accused of torching a store for selling what some residents considered "immoral" clothing.

Failing to segregate the sexes is also unacceptable according to the Haredi rules. They operate scores of gender-segregated bus routes whose buses move the ultra-Orthodox between Jerusalem neighborhoods. In 2006, a 50-year-old American tourist on holiday was attacked because she refused to go to the back of a bus along with other women.

Well, well..., Now, what were they saying about the Saudi religious police??

U.S. crude dropped $7 to $94.18 barrel

A sign board above the oil futures pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange September 9, 2008. Crude oil was trading around $103 a barrel at mid day after OPEC ministers were to hold a meeting and hurricane Ike was heading towards Gulf of Mexico oil platforms. (Chip East/Reuters)

U.S. crude dropped $7 to $94.18 barrel at 1135 GMT, the lowest level in seven months. U.S. oil dropped below $100 briefly on Friday for the first time since early April, and trade was open for a special session on Sunday due to Hurricane Ike.

U.S. pushing through dozens of foreign weapons deals

From tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to missiles, remotely piloted aircraft and even warships, the Department of Defense has agreed so far this fiscal year to sell or transfer more than $32 billion in weapons and other military equipment to foreign governments, compared with $12 billion in 2005.

Wall Street's bloody Sunday

In case you haven't been paying attention, here's what's happening. Lehman Brothers, one of the largest and oldest US investment banks, is going bust, barring an unlikely last-minute government bailout. Merrill Lynch, for years one of the titans of Wall Street, hocked itself in a firesale to a rival, Bank of America. And AIG, one of the world's largest insurance firms, is begging for a $40bn emergency loan from the US government to stave off its own destruction. In the words of the Wall Street Journal: "The American financial system was shaken to its core".

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish vigilantes spread fear in Jerusalem

Two Orthodox Jewish boys look at a Satr of David tattoo on the leg of a fellow worshipper at the Wailing Wall in the heart of Jerusalem. Shaking as she recalled her brutal beating at the hands of Jewish ultra-Orthodox vigilantes, a 28-year-old Jerusalem woman who would only identify herself as M. said she feared for her life Photo:Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Some residents say the self-styled "modesty squads" are spreading terror among those seen as straying from the strict moral code demanded of the ultra-Orthodox in the more conservative neighbourhoods of the Holy City.

They are perpetrating terror, so why aren't these "vigilantes" called what they really are - TERRORISTS - oh, silly me - they're Jews, that's why...

Pakistan soldiers "confront" US troops

As the US troops tried to cross the border from the Afghan province of Paktika, Pakistani paramilitary soldiers at a checkpoint opened fire into the air and the US troops decided not to continue forward.

Wise choice...

Six guilty in Australia's biggest terror trial

Benbrika, 48, displayed no emotion as a Victorian Supreme Court jury found him guilty of intentionally directing the activities of a terrorist organisation and of being a member of a terrorist organisation.

Religious mother let 'emaciated' son die

A WOMAN has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her four-year-old son after she denied him medical treatment on religious grounds. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died of pneumonia and the kidney disease pyelonephritis on August 29, 2003.

Manslaughter? Shouldn't this be murder?? The women intentionally denied her 4 y/o son medical treatment!

Yitzhar settlers' West Bank rampage caught on camera

"The phenomenon of [settlers] taking the law into their own hands and lashing out with violence and brutality is unforgivable, and will be dealt with by the law enforcement authorities," Olmert said.

Wink, wink, nod, nod...

As peace talks sputter, Israelis and Palestinians eye Plan B

Palestinians warn of a tipping point in the not so distant future when establishing a sustainable, sovereign Palestinian state will be rendered impossible, as Jewish settlements expand and Israel's security barrier continues to cut a cookie-cutter-like path through the West Bank.

One state solution or two state solution - its makes no difference to the Israelis who really want a NO Palestinian state solution. And, all this time you thought it was the Palestinians who wanted to "push Israel into the sea" didn't you?

Olmert: No such thing as 'Greater Israel' anymore

"I thought that land from the Jordan River through to the sea was all ours, but ultimately, after a long and tortured process, I arrived at the conclusion that we must share with those we live with, if we don't want to be a bi-national state."

An admission of Israel's true intent all along - the Israelis NEVER wanted peace, they wanted a Greater Israel. That means they wanted to "wipe off the face of the earth" all Arabs from "the Jordan River through to the sea."

Wall Street in turmoil

Lehman Brothers said it would file for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch rushed into a $50bn takeover with Bank of America after a dramatic weekend on Wall Street. The Federal Reserve is making it easier for financial institutions to access Fed liquidity by easing terms on its borrowing facilities and accepting a much wider range of assets as collateral.

Wall Street was in turmoil on Monday as Merrill Lynch found shelter in a $50bn takeover by Bank of America and Lehman Brothers said it would file for bankruptcy protection.

Wall Street scrambles as Lehman falls

The announcement early Monday by Lehman Brothers that it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a rescue plan failed followed a weekend of seismic shocks from Wall Street, including an apparent government-brokered takeover of Merrill Lynch by the Bank of America.