Saturday, October 11, 2008
The act of striking North Korea from the list of countries said to be perpetrating terrorists acts could come as early as Saturday, now that Bush has approved it, say diplomats briefed on the initiatives pressing the North to abandon its atomic weapons program.
Amazing how differently states that HAVE nuclear weapons are treated...
A sense of grievance spilling into rage has gripped some GOP events as McCain supporters see his presidential campaign lag against Barack Obama. They're making it personal, against the Democrat. Shouts of "traitor," "terrorist," "treason," "liar," and even "off with his head" have rung from the crowd at McCain and Sarah Palin rallies, and gone unchallenged by them.
Something to note. The clip shown on TV is a woman voicing her distrust of Obama because she mistakenly believes he is "an Arab." McCain responds "no, no, he is a good man." Notice that McCain does not make the wider argument that being Arab does not automatically make one bad - he simply comments that Obama is not Arab, therefore Obama is not bad. For those who think America has made great progress when it comes to race relations, think again. The above exchange would indicate otherwise - at least when it comes to Arabs.
Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain's Republican ticket.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Stock prices swung sharply in early trading Friday as investors again dumped stocks but also scooped up shares that have been devastated by more than a week of intense and panicked selling. The Dow Jones industrials, down nearly 700 points in the opening minutes of trading, recovered to a loss of just over 125 and then headed lower again.
A man looks at a video display showing financial data in downtown Tokyo October 10, 2008. The Nikkei average tumbled 11 percent on Friday, leaving it facing its biggest one-day drop since the 1987 stock market crash on fears the financial crisis will lead to a global recession.(Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)
European stock markets slumped in early trading Friday following massive sell-offs on Wall Street and Asia as lending rates between banks continue to rise despite this week's efforts by central banks to break the logjam in credit markets.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Falling from shoo-in status to widely rejected legislation within the space of four months, a resolution that would have opened the door for a naval blockade on Iran was officially shelved at the end of September, after several of its cosponsors withdrew their support.
What happened? Can't afford another war??
THE President of Russia has called on Europe's leaders to create a new world order that would minimise the role of the United States.
Dow plunges more than 678 to fall below 9,000
Stocks plunged in the final minutes of trading Thursday, sending the Dow Jones industrials down more than 675 points, or more than 7 percent, to their lowest level in five years after a major credit ratings agency said it was considering cutting its rating on General Motors Corp. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also fell more than 7 percent.
Holding her daughter close, she told how a baying Hindu mob dragged her husband – a Christian pastor – from his bed, beat him to death with stones and iron rods and then threw him into a river. She found his corpse two days later, washed up on the bank. When she went to the police, they told her to go away.
The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiralling figure.
Tensions are simmering in Acre on Thursday after a group of Jewish youths allegedly assaulted an Arab man who drove into the eastern part of the city on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur. The incident touched off large-scale rioting between Jews and Arabs, resulting in extensive damage of dozens of cars and shops.
US expresses regret for deaths last August but blames Taliban for taking position near village
The issue of civilian deaths has outraged Afghans and strained relations with foreign forces which are in Afghanistan to help fight the insurgency. The Afghanistan president, Hamid Karzai, has warned US and Nato for years that they must stop killing civilians on bombing runs against militants, saying the deaths undermine his government and the international mission.
The US military sound exactly like the Israeli IDF - "It's their fought - They made us kill them!"
The relentless slide in home prices has left nearly one in six U.S. homeowners owing more on a mortgage than the home is worth, raising the possibility of a rise in defaults -- the very misfortune that touched off the credit crisis last year. The result of homeowners being "under water" is more pressure on an economy that is already in a downturn. No longer having equity in their homes makes people feel less rich and thus less inclined to shop at the mall.
Two days after settling outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem in protest of the harsh conditions in their absorption center and their difficult economic situation, dozens of Ethiopian immigrants agreed Wednesday to adhere to the Jewish Agency and Immigrant Absorption Ministry's call, and return to the Beit Alfa absorption center.
As I have said time an again - Zionists hate to lose...
Having tried without success to unlock frozen credit markets, the Treasury Department is considering taking ownership stakes in many United States banks to try to restore confidence in the financial system, according to government officials.
The American recapitalization plan - Nationalization by any other name...
Using brute force to "sear" certain truths into the consciousness of Arabs of varying descriptions has a certain heritage in Israeli and Zionist thought, going all the way back to Jabotinsky's theory of the "iron wall". In the 1920s he wrote candidly that "every indigenous people will resist alien settlers as long as they see any hope of ridding themselves of the danger of foreign settlement". The need then was for an "iron wall" of force to bring the Palestinians to the point of giving up "all hope".
Israel's Declaration of Independence states that the Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel and was exiled from its homeland. Every Israeli schoolchild is taught that this happened during the period of Roman rule, in 70 CE. The nation remained loyal to its land, to which it began to return after two millennia of exile. Wrong, says the historian Shlomo Zand, in one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened - hence there was no return. Zand rejects most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the exodus from Egypt and, most satisfactorily, the horrors of the conquest under Joshua. It's all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel, he asserts.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Oct 9, 2008
Imagine, it’s raining outside and all of your friends are at the beach having a barbecue. Or, better yet, imagine that your apartment building is on fire and as you rush out to find safety, you notice the rest of the tenets sitting in their living rooms watching the ball game. Would you think something odd?
What if you sounded the fire alarm and no one responded? What if you sounded the alarm and everyone looked at you wide-eyed with wonder about the danger? What if your friends at the beach told you that it wasn’t really raining – that the sun was actually shinning, and the wet clothes they’re wearing weren’t really wet? Would you think this odd?
What if the fireman who responded to the alarm, looked at the apartment building – all ablaze – and then yelled at you for calling in a false alarm? What if the meteorologist you tuned in to on the radio to check the weather forecast – reported clear skies and sunshine? Would you think this odd?
Would you think it odd that for everyone else, it is business as usual, but for you it is not? Would you think that everyone else is odd? Or, would you think you were odd?
It really doesn’t matter how you answer the above questions. In either case, you are in a state of cognitive dissonance.
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term which describes the uncomfortable tension that may result from having two conflicting thoughts at the same time, or from engaging in behavior that conflicts with one's beliefs. In detailed terms, it is the perception of incompatibility between two cognitions, where "cognition" is defined as any element of knowledge, including attitude, emotion, belief, or behavior.
The theory of cognitive dissonance states that contradicting cognitions serve as a driving force that compels the mind to acquire or invent new thoughts or beliefs, or to modify existing beliefs, so as to reduce the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions.
This is the state of Americans when it comes to Israel.
What Americans are told, taught and spoon-fed about Israel, is often in conflict with the actions of Israel and the deeds of the Jewish people. Americans are told that Israel is a shinning example of democracy in the Middle East. But, Americans see how Israeli Arabs, Ethiopian Jews, and the Palestinians are treated and know, from the experiences of their own country, that Israel is not a democracy but a theocracy.
Americans are told that Israel is America’s “closest Middle East ally. Yet, Americans need only to do a quick Goggle search to realize that Israel’s track record as an ally is questionable at best. For example, Americans know that allies don’t:
- commit espionage on America and Americans
- vend American military secrets to America's enemies
- pirate sensitive American technology
- amass weapons of mass destruction
- calculatingly attempt to sink an American naval vessel in international waters
- deliberately allow Americans to be killed
The following are only a few examples:
CIA Asserts Israel Sold Arms Programs To Chinese Military
Four Decades of Twisting Facts About Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty
Israel Charged with Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines
Israeli Spying on the United States
Pentagon, GAO Report Israeli Espionage And Illegal Technology Retransfer
The Spy Who Loves Us
The Troubling Reticence Over U.S. "Terrorism" Cases
With full knowledge of the above facts, American presidents, defense officials, and political leaders continue to declare to the American people that Israel is America’s “closest Middle East ally.” Clearly, this misrepresentation of the facts, course of dis-information, and frankly, program of propaganda increases dissonance in the American psyche.
Dissonance increases with (1) the importance of the subject to us; (2) how strongly the dissonant thoughts conflict, and (3) our inability to rationalize and explain away the conflict. The American people can in no way reconcile their leaders glowing praise of Israel with Israel’s actual deceitful, conniving, and underhanded behavior.
So, Americans are essentially mentally ill when it comes to Israel. Here’s why.
Cognitive dissonance is central to many forms of persuasion to change beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors. The tension can be injected suddenly, as was the case with 911, or gradually over time, as is the case with Israel. People can be moved in many small hops over time or one giant leap. To release the tension we must:
- change our behavior.
- justify our behavior by changing the conflicting cognition.
- justify our behavior by adding new cognitions.
The Federal Reserve, acting in coordination with other global central banking authorities, cut a key U.S. interest rate by half a percentage point Wednesday to steady a teetering economy.
'This volcanic island near the Arctic Circle is on the brink of becoming the first "national bankruptcy" of the . "Everything is closed. We couldn't sell our stock or take money from the bank," said Johann Sigurdsson as he left a branch of in downtown Reykjavik.
A meltdown in confidence strangled Asian stock markets Wednesday on accelerating fears that the widening financial crisis could spawn a global recession.
Panic over the fast-spreading financial crisis dragged down markets across Asia, with Japanese steelmakers such as (5401.T) sliding, as the set another five-year closing low. It has lost 19 percent in the past five days.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Barack Obama and John McCain clashed repeatedly over the causes and cures for the worst economic crisis in 80 years Tuesday night in a debate in which Republican McCain called for a sweeping $300 billion program to shield homeowners from mortgage foreclosure.
As usual, a question about Israel made it's way into the US presidential debates - one would think US presidential candidates were running for prime minister of Israel.
In tonight's debate, the question was something to the effect, if Iran attacked Israel, would you use force to support Israel? To this, McCain dutifully repeated the now well debunked "wipe Israel off the map" and "stinking corpse" fabrications and vowed to never permit a "second holocaust." Obama to his credit, and a major reason I think he will be the next president, was not so vivacious in his support of the Jewish state. While Obama did his obligatory "Israel is our #1 ally in the Middle East" routine, he did not go as far as McCain in his statement of support for Israel and he certainly did not indicate a readiness to intercede with American blood and treasure on Israel's behalf. Obama, it seems, understand that Americans are in no mode to fight a 3rd war against an Islamic country - on it's own behalf let alone for Israel. He seems to recognize that there are costs associated with supporting the Jewish state, and the costs may be higher than the American people are willing to pay.
Expect the viewers to give a clear victory to Obama in tonight's debate and the gap between Obama and McCain to widen. Of course, the media will continue to emphasize the economy as the main reason for McCain's demise, but McCain's blind support for Israel and his readiness to use force against Israel's enemies is undeniably a major factor.
The news media and political pundits will tell you the economy is the reason for Obama's surge. But I have another possible explanation. See my comments to the posts here and here. However, as relates to the US economy, Americans know who "control" their economy and financial institutions. Its the same people who "control" the US Congress - and, it AIN'T the American people...
“Over all, the combination of the incoming data and recent financial developments suggests that the outlook for economic growth has worsened and that the downside risks to growth have increased,” Mr. Bernanke told members of the National Association for Business Economics.
An anonymous bidder bought the 1,000-year-old rock crystal ewer — one of only seven of its kind known to exist — during a sale of Islamic and at Christie's auction house in London. The sale price of $5.58 million includes the buyer's premium.
"Unlike Wall Street executives, America's families don't have a golden parachute to fall back on," said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the panel chairman. "It's clear that their retirement security may be one of the greatest casualties of this financial crisis."
Advanced Micro Devices, the second largest computer chip maker in the US, has announced that it will split into two firms, with its factories becoming a joint venture with investors from the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi.
He wrote: "It is time that religious believers began to recommend... discouragements of homosexual practices after the style of warnings on cigarette packets. "Let us make it obligatory for homosexuals to have their backsides tattooed with the slogan SODOMY CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH and their chins with FELLATIO KILLS."
The Federal Reserve announced Tuesday a radical plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debts in a dramatic effort to break through a credit clog that is imperiling the economy.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
"A terrorist cell was arrested five days ago and will be referred to the judicial authorities for its links with the Israeli intelligence services," Saleh was quoted as saying by Yemen's official Saba news agency.
The group was acting under "the slogan of Islam," he added.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement by Gordon in which he said:
"After being contacted by a number of people whose opinions I respect and after reviewing Obsession with their criticisms and concerns in mind, I have asked the film makers to remove my endorsement from the Obsession website and from any future promotional materials. While I remain committed to the film's essential message - that the hate-mongering promoted by radical Islamism presents a real threat to western values of tolerance and pluralism - I also appreciate that the goal of co-existence and tolerance is not being served by films like Obsession."
CAIR welcomed Gordon’s statement and noted that others are withdrawing their support for the film that many commentators have called anti-Muslim “propaganda.”
“We commend Mr. Gordon for recognizing the harm caused to our society by intentionally inflammatory and divisive films such as ‘Obsession,’” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “As public outrage grows over this hate-filled production, people of conscience are spontaneously withdrawing their support.”
"We have a question mark at this point about why our government is rejecting us," said Thair al-Sheekh, a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad, who attended the late afternoon gathering. "They told us we don't have a place in our government, and we don't know why."
A novel about the Prophet Muhammad's child bride has been published in the US ahead of schedule after the office of the British publisher was attacked.
What I find most amazing is that, its okay to publish books about Islam and Muslims which contain intentionally misleading, even slanderous information and bald faced lies, but it's a crime to simply suggest that further research be conducted on the so-called holocaust.
First of all, Iran doesn't have nukes. Secondly, Scheffer can't see many reasons for Israel to abandon its nuclear weapons but he would attack Iran for developing nuclear energy - only a Zionist can exhibit such twisted reasoning.
The report on Channel 10 said any strike against Iran would leave U.S. forces based in Iraq vulnerable to retaliation. Depending on who becomes the next U.S. president, troops could remain in Iraq from under two years to indefinitely.
The US finally, GETS IT!!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
At least ,1010 children along with 340 women, 664 school students and 11 journalists were among 5526 Palestinians who were martyred by Israeli forces in the last 8 years, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLO) Department of Arab International Relations said Monday.
"People are panicked that their bank is going to go out of business. People have just lost a lot of trust in the financial system and in these large institutions," said Anil Kashyap, professor of economics and finance at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. He suggested the crisis has morphed from a near shutdown in lending to a new, more dangerous phase in which financial and other companies face greater chances of insolvency.
An unemployed accounting industry worker who was despondent over financial problems shot and killed his wife, three children, mother-in-law and then himself in an upscale home in a gated community, police said Monday.
"Abu Dhabi has a more sophisticated vision than just making more money," said Edward Borgerding, an ex-Disney executive who is chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Media Co., which recently signed a deal to spend $1 billion over five years to finance Hollywood projects. "It wants to invest in businesses that in 10 or 20 years will flourish and continue to sustain the economy of the UAE."
A former Taliban ambassador said Monday that the hard-line militants sat with Afghan officials and Saudi King Abdullah over an important religious meal in Saudi Arabia late last month as the insurgency raged back home.
suffered through another traumatic session Monday, with the plunging as much as 800 points and setting a new record for a one-day point drop as investors despaired that the credit crisis would take a heavy toll around the world. The Dow also fell below 10,000 for the first time since 2004, and all the major indexes fell more than 7 percent.