This could be a good sign that people are getting the truth! See the rankings from Amazon.com HERE
An update on this story. Well the Border Patrol called it. They said nothing would be done about this. Apparently it was just an "accident". Even though the Border Patrol agent identified himself in both English and Spanish.
This from AP
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Mexican soldiers briefly held a U.S. Border Patrol agent at gunpoint in a remote stretch of the Arizona desert after they mistakenly strayed north across the border, authorities said on Wednesday.
Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman Mike Scioli said four Mexican soldiers wearing desert camouflage and carrying weapons confronted the agent early on Sunday morning as he patrolled a border road in the Tohono O'Odham nation southwest of Tucson.
Scioli said the agent repeatedly identified himself in English and Spanish. After four minutes the soldiers lowered their weapons and crossed back in to Mexico on foot.
The stretch of desert is frequently crossed by human and drug smugglers from Mexico, and the border line in the area is not always clearly marked, Scioli said.
A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said the incursion had been brought to the attention of the Mexican government, and appeared to be accidental.
"Our understanding is that this encounter stemmed from a momentary misunderstanding as to the exact location of the U.S.-Mexican border," Gonzalo Gallegos said.
"We recognize that occasional incidents such as this can and do occur. But we take the misunderstanding seriously, as does the Government of Mexico."
Incursions by Mexican military personnel into the United States over the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-km) southwest border are not uncommon. Scioli said 42 incidents had been reported since October 1 last year.
Thanks to Pat Dollard.
The controversy continued this week, as Drudge Report contributor and news site owner Andrew Breitbart inked his own Washington Times opinion piece about the brouhaha. Breitbart is also getting into the “poliwood” game with plans to launch a new group blog called BigHollywood, as part of his Breitbart.com news service, to appeal to the opposite end of the spectrum from Wells’ musings.
“The site will offer a daily repository for those interested and involved in the perspective of a growing community of Hollywood conservatives, Republicans and libertarians,” Breitbart told me via instant message over the weekend, calling his upcoming project “a safe haven for those out of the lefty mainstream.”
Jossip has more.
Will the government do anything about this? Will the government even say anything about this? Doubt it. Vinnie over at Jawa Report as the question "Isn't this an act of war?"
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint Sunday night by members of the Mexican military who had crossed the border into Arizona, but the soldiers returned to Mexico without incident when backup agents responded to assist.
Agents assigned to the Border Patrol station at Ajo, Ariz., said the Mexican soldiers crossed the international border in an isolated area about 100 miles southwest of Tucson and pointed rifles at the agent, who was not identified.
It was unclear what the soldiers were doing in the United States, but U.S. law enforcement authorities have long said that current and former Mexican military personnel have been hired to protect drug and migrant smugglers.
"Unfortunately, this sort of behavior by Mexican military personnel has been going on for years," union Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) said on its Web page. "They are never held accountable, and the United States government will undoubtedly brush this off as another case of 'Oh well, they didn't know they were in the United States.'
"It is fortunate that this incident didn't end in a very ugly gunfight," said the local's posting.
The NBPC represents all nonsupervisory personnel among the agency's 16,000 agents.
Border Patrol spokesman Michael Friel did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said Tuesday that the department had no information on the incident, and referred further questions to the Border Patrol. "It is not an incident that we are aware of," she said.
Ricardo Alday, spokesman at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, said Tuesday that Mexico and the United States are engaged in "an all-out struggle to deter criminal organizations from operating on both sides of our common border."
"Law enforcement operations have led, from time to time, to innocent incursions by both U.S. and Mexican law enforcement personnel and military units into the territory of both nations, and in particular along non-demarcated areas of our border," he said.
Iran continues its proxy war on our troops in Iraq.
BAGHDAD: The U.S. military says Iraqi troops have seized Iranian-made rockets and mortars in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City.
It says the cache was discovered Monday near where Shiite militants fired more than 1,000 rockets toward the fortified Green Zone during clashes with U.S.-led forces earlier this year. Iran denies U.S. allegations that it trains and arms militants in Iraq.
A statement Wednesday says the seizure includes "new Iranian munitions with a manufacture date of early 2008."
It says scores of Iranian rockets, launchers and mortars were seized along with munitions from Russia and China.
Sen. Barack Obama's campaign contends it returned $33,500 in illegal contributions from Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza, but the donors told WND today they have not received any money.
The Wall Street Journal reported it spoke to Obama officials who said the donations from three Palestinian brothers were received between Sept. 20 and Dec. 6 last year, and virtually all of the money was returned by Dec. 6. The campaign said, however, the refunds were not reported to the Federal Election Commission due to a technical error.
The Obama camp insisted the remaining $2,500 was refunded Monday and all of the refunds will be reflected soon in an amended report. The campaign said new controls are in place to prevent any similar attempts in the future.
But WND asked two of the brothers – Monir and Hasam Edwan – to respond to the campaign's claims.
"No, we did not receive any money back from the Obama campaign at any time," said Monir Edwan.
Last week, the blog Atlas Shrugs outlined the series of donations made last year by Monir Edwan and Hosam Edwan, totaling $29,521.54. A third brother, Yousef, reportedly gave the campaign about $4,000.
The Edwans continue to maintain – as they told WND earlier this week – that the financial transactions made on Obama's campaign website were not actual donations but purchases of "Obama for President" T-shirts. The transactions, however, were listed as donations in U.S. government election filings.
The donations violate election laws, including prohibitions on receiving contributions from foreigners and against accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single election.
This Aint Hell has all the video and pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
In this video one of the nuts says he wants less supply of gas and more demand to drive up the price. What a nut.
You cant make this stuff up. He said it once and a load of people have shown how ridiculous this claim is here. But yet he still believes he is right. Thanks to Gateway Pundit for pointing out he repeated this again.
"You know the other day I was in a town hall meeting and I laid out my plans for investing $15 billion a year in energy efficient cars and a new electricity grid and somebody said, 'well, what can I do? what can individuals do?' Obama recalled.
"So I told them something simple," Obama said. "I said, 'You know what? You can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we'd get from John McCain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill."
Thanks to Jihad Watch:
The Muslim-outreach coordinator to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama has resigned amid questions about his involvement in an Islamic investment fund and various Islamic groups.
Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, who was appointed volunteer national coordinator for Muslim American affairs by the Obama campaign on July 26, stepped down Monday after an Internet newsletter wrote about his brief stint on the fund's board, which also included a fundamentalist imam.
"Mr. Asbahi has informed the campaign that he no longer wishes to serve in his volunteer position, and we are in the process of searching for a new national Arab American and Muslim American outreach coordinator," spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
A corporate lawyer at the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP, Mr. Asbahi tendered his resignation after he and the Obama campaign received emailed inquiries about his background from The Wall Street Journal. He did not respond to the email or a message left at his law office; the campaign released a letter in which Mr. Asbahi said he did not want to be a distraction.
The Obama campaign is trying to strike a balance between courting Muslim American voters and dispelling rumors intended by some to link the candidate to radical Islam. Sen. Obama is a Christian.
Until Mr. Asbahi joined the campaign, Sen. Obama did not have a Muslim-outreach coordinator and had relied on the Democratic National Committee's efforts. The campaign has long had its own outreach efforts to Catholic, evangelical Christian and Jewish voters. Some Muslim voters have complained about the disparity. An Obama aide says Mr. Asbahi was brought on in part to bridge that perceived gap and to reach out to Muslim communities in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, states seen as among the most competitive this fall.
"We need Muslim Americans to get excited about the Campaign, and there's a lot to get excited about!" Mr. Asbahi wrote in a statement posted on a blog when he was appointed. "Sure, there have been mis-steps," he added.
In 2000, Mr. Asbahi briefly served on the board of Allied Assets Advisors Fund, a Delaware-registered trust. Its other board members at the time included Jamal Said, the imam at a fundamentalist-controlled mosque in Illinois.
"I served on that board for only a few weeks before resigning as soon as I became aware of public allegations against another member of the board," Mr. Asbahi said in his resignation letter. "Since concerns have been raised about that brief time, I am stepping down...to avoid distracting from Barack Obama's message of change."
The eight-year-old connection between Mr. Asbahi and Mr. Said was raised last week by the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, which is published by a Washington think tank and chronicles the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood, a world-wide fundamentalist group based in Egypt. Other Web sites, some pro-Republican and others critical of fundamentalist Islam, also have reported on the background of Mr. Asbahi. He is a frequent speaker before several groups in the U.S. that scholars have associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Justice Department named Mr. Said an unindicted co-conspirator in the racketeering trial last year of several alleged Hamas fund-raisers, which ended in a mistrial. He has also been identified as a leading member of the group in news reports going back to 1993.
Mr. Said is the imam at the Bridgeview Mosque in Bridge-view, Ill., outside Chicago. He left the board of the Islamic fund in 2005, Securities and Exchange Commission filings state. A message left for Mr. Said at the mosque was not returned.
Allied Asset Advisors is a subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust. The trust, which is supported financially by the government of Saudi Arabia, holds title to many mosques in the U.S. and promotes a conservative brand of Islam compatible with the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and also akin to the fundamentalist style predominant in Saudi Arabia. Allied executives did not respond to inquiries.
More on the on going controversy over Obamas Birth Certificate. Now it is being said that analyst have discovered the certificate belongs to his younger sister Maya actually. What says Markedmanner? As I said before here I have no idea what to think about this.
Israel Insider reports:
Independent analysts, working separately, claim to have discovered that the original Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth used in the fabrication of the Barack Obama "birth certificate" belongs to the Presidential candidate's younger half-sister, Maya.
Examining the high resolution image originally posted by the "Daily Kos" left-wing blog and subsequently claimed as authentic by the campaign, and posted in lower resolution on the campaign official "Fight the Smears" website, at least two analysts have been able to independently discern the name "Maya Kassandra Soetoro" from artifacts left behind in the process of forging a new fake document for Barack from an image of Maya's original document. Additional confirmatory information, such as her birthday and the nationality of her father have also been resurrected. A full report documenting all details is to be published in the coming days. Israel Insider has not yet seen proof that would validate the claim.
The dramatic claim comes just a day after a forensic specialist, posting on the Texas Darlin blog under the name Techdude (his real name is known to Israel Insider), announced the discovery of the identity of the original owner of the COLB document used in the forgery but would initially only indicate that it was a woman born in the 1970's. However, he provided enough clues to enable another graphic specialist (screen name KG) to independently reproduce the incriminating evidence. (Techdude had said that he wanted to give the guilty parties time to confess to the forgery, but also to allow independent confirmation of his discovery. He even offered to pay for a trip to Vegas to the first person to discover the name and detail the method by which it was discovered.)
According to Texas Darlin, which exclusively published these latest revelations, there is more to come: "In the coming days, Techdude will provide a final report that fully discloses his discovery, and provides all the fancy technical data, images, formulae etc. that everyone has come to expect. He will respond to questions posted on this blog to the best of his ability. (NOTE: KG has asked Techdude to donate the trip funds to help retire Hillary's debt, and Techdude has agreed.)" In the meantime, KG has posted details on how artifacts of the name "Maya Kassandra Soetero" were discerned.
More on this at Texas Darlin.
I have wrote about this Imam named Mullah Krekar before. He has been facing deportation for some time as you can see here. He also had this to say "It is allowed for me to kill Australian soldiers in Iraq. It is allowed for me in Islam to kill his translator, to kill the people which give him food and water, give him medicine. All of them is in the line of the war." Now hes saying his rights have been violated. How absurd. It is ridiculous this man walks freely in Norway.
OSLO (Reuters) - The founder of a radical Islamist group, deemed a security risk to Norway, has complained to a European human rights court that Norwegian authorities are violating his rights, Norwegian media reported on Tuesday.
Mullah Krekar, born Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, is an Iraqi Kurd and founder of the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam. Norway's Supreme Court upheld a ruling to expel him last November, saying he posed a security risk to the country.
But he cannot in practice be deported because Norway does not send anyone to a country where they could risk facing the death penalty.
Krekar is now taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and says he has been forced into internal exile in Norway.
"He has been robbed of all basic rights, something that cannot be accepted in a state founded on legal protection," his attorney, Brynjar Meling, told public broadcaster NRK.
"He has no freedom of movement," Meling said. "He is not here because he wants to be but because he has to be. He has no possibility to leave the country, to work, to study or to have a bank account."
Krekar arrived as a refugee in Norway with his family in 1991, but officials say he has repeatedly returned to Iraq to organize a militant movement in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq aiming to establish an Islamic state.
He says he quit leading the group years ago. The Norwegian authorities first warned that they would expel him in 2002.
"I am suing Norway to ensure that I get all the rights I am entitled to," Krekar, whose wife and four children are Norwegian citizens, told the daily Verdens Gang.
Meling said the court in Strasbourg cannot overturn the verdict of the Norwegian court but that Norway is obliged to listen to its opinion on how to treat him.
Doctor Bulldog is enraged as well.
Good conversation with Jerome Corsi about his book Obama Nation. Things get a bit heated with Bob Beckel about the book. I previously posted video of Corsi being interviewed HERE
I pray this suspension last... but it probably wont.
Iran's has suspended the punishment of death by stoning, state media say.
A judiciary spokesman said four people sentenced to die by stoning had had their sentences commuted and that all other cases had been put under review.
Lawyers and human rights campaigners have said at least eight women and a man are awaiting the punishment.
Stoning is the penalty for crimes such as adultery under Iranian law, but it is rarely carried out. The last such execution was reportedly last year.
Amnesty International called on Iran in January to abolish what it called a "horrific practice, designed to increase the suffering" of those condemned.
The country's penal code stipulates that before carrying out the punishment, men should be buried up to their waists and women up to their chests. The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately.
Amnesty also said a disproportionate number of those sentenced to death by stoning were women because they were not treated equally before the law and were particularly vulnerable to unfair trials.
English First is taking a stand against Tyson Foods decision to take away Labor day as a paid day off and replace it with a Muslim holiday.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- English First today denounced as "multiculturalism run amok" a decision by a Tennessee Tyson Foods poultry plant to eliminate Labor Day as a paid holiday for employees and replace it with a paid observance of a Muslim holy day.
The Tyson plant which will no longer observe Labor Day is located in Shelbyville. About 700 of its 1,200 employees are Muslim.
"Already we have been told by Barack Obama that it is the duty of our children to learn Spanish," said Jim Boulet Jr., executive director of English First. "Now, an American holiday has been replaced by a Muslim religious festival."
"A new immigrant to America, legal or illegal, enjoys more rights than taxpaying American citizens," Boulet said. "The notion that immigrants should adapt to America is being destroyed one bilingual education class, one 'press one for English,' and one ACLU-approved Muslim foot-washing bath at a time."
Jihad Watch has some excellent commentary on this story.
And the Chinese probably can guarantee this, because -- as far as I know -- unlike Western countries they don't play politically correct games allowing Muslims who have not been adequately vetted (or vetted at all) access to high-level law enforcement and security operations.
More from Times Online:
Islamic separatists in western China are executing a carefully laid plan to sabotage the Beijing Olympics and make 2008 a “year of mourning”, a senior Chinese official claimed today — a day after a devastating attack that killed 16 policemen in the desert city of Kashgar.
In the first official response to the attacks, Shi Dagang, a senior Communist Party official in Kashgar, said that China faced a long struggle against terrorism perpetrated by local and foreign separatists seeking to establish an independent state of East Turkestan in the Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province.
“Since last year, East Turkestan forces have tried to launch sabotage and violence against the Beijing Games,” Mr Shi said. “They are trying to turn 2008 into a year of mourning for China.
“I admit that we face a severe campaign because I know that these people will not lose their momentum, but we are confident that we can control the broader environment.”
NEW YORK — An MIT-educated Pakistani woman once identified as a possible Al Qaeda associate has been brought to New York to face charges she tried to kill U.S. agents and military officers during an interrogation in Afghanistan, federal prosecutors said.
Aafia Siddiqui, who was shot and wounded last month during the confrontation, was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan on charges of attempted murder and assault, U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in a statement. A lawyer for her family said the allegations are false.
Siddiqui, 36, was stopped by police on July 17 outside a government building in central Afghanistan's Ghazni province, according to a criminal complaint. Police searched her handbag and discovered documents containing recipes for explosives and chemical weapons and describing "various landmarks in the United States, including New York City," according to the complaint, which did not identify the landmarks.
Police also found maps of Ghazni on her, including the provincial governor's compounds and the mosques he prayed in, said governor spokesman Sayed Ismail Jahangir.
Siddiqui also was carrying "chemical substances in gel and liquid form that were sealed in bottles and glass jars," the complaint said. It did not elaborate. Jahangir said she was carrying "liquid poison."
The next day, as a team of FBI agents and U.S. military officers prepared to question her, Siddiqui grabbed a rifle, pointed it at an Army captain and yelled that she wanted blood, prosecutors said. An interpreter pushed the rifle aside as she fired two shots, which missed, they said. One of two shots fired by a soldier in response hit her in the torso.
Even after being hit, Siddiqui struggled and shouted in English "that she wanted to kill Americans" before the officers subdued her, the complaint said.
Authorities believe she entered the country from Pakistan, crossing the border at Chaman border post into the southern Kandahar province, he said. She spent two days in Kabul before going to Ghazni.
Can not wait to see this! I wish there was a trailer for this film out.
Vivendi Entertainment has picked up North American rights to David Zucker's new comedy "An American Carol" and will release it in the fall.
Pic tracks a cynical, anti-American filmmaker who sets out on a crusade to abolish the July Fourth holiday. He is visited by three ghosts who try to show him the true meaning of America.
Directed, produced and written by Zucker, known as one of the masterminds of the "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun" franchises, the pic is also produced by Mpower's Stephen McEveety and John Shepherd.
The cast includes Kevin Farley ("Monk") as the filmmaker, plus Kelsey Grammer, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, James Woods and Jon Voight.
Lewis Friedman and Myrna Sokoloff co-wrote the script.
I love that Jon Voight is in this film. He seems conservative to the bone. Check out his article from The Washington Times.
UPDATE: According to IMDB Bill Oreilly will be in the film as himself.
What a sad story.
A couple battling an identity theft nightmare has taken their story all the way to Capitol Hill for a hearing on immigration.
It started with a speeding ticket and became a several-year nightmare for Jayme and Lora Costner of Newport.
"I was kind of shocked and then it snowballed from there," Jayme Costner said. "The report says 4'11" hispanic male, I'm not really a 4'11" hispanic male."
After a search and court procedures, Costner realized his identity was stolen by a man who was dating his wife's sister.
But the identity trouble didn't end there.
The Costners soon found out about a worker's compensation claim at Morristown's Koch foods under Lora Costner's name and social security number.
Costner has never worked there.
So she filed identity theft charges with police, but the law does not prohibit using a false identity to get employment.
"Two weeks later, we got a letter and we owed $7,854 in back taxes."
Because their social security numbers and names were attached to earnings in Morristown, the IRS came calling for money owed.
So the Costners started calling politicians. Congressman David Davis threw his weight behind their struggle with the IRS and invited Lora Costner to testify to a House of Representatives sub-committee.
"It's one thing to protect the immigrant, it's another to protect the American citizen," Representative Davis (R), Tennessee said.
The Congressman says the immigration hearing dealt primarily with how to most humanely and sensitively go into employers and do "immigration raids".
Davis says he invited Lora Costner to tell her story and give the other side of the immigration issue.
"We were fed up and so tired," Lora Costner said. "I think people genuinely wanted to help but they just didn't know how."
That's where a program called 287 (g) aims to bridge the gap between the enforcement provided by federal authorities and local jurisdictions.
It gives local officers more role in enforcing immigration law. The Morristown Police Department has tried to get in but has been rejected before.
Rep. Davis is now backing a House bill to allow more communities into the program.
"So they can work along with ICE to make sure people are picked up and deported when they need to be," Davis said.
Critics and immigration rights supporters argue expanding authority on immigration law could lead to legal immigrants being unnecessarily hassled and constantly asked for their documentation.
As for the Costners, the nearly $8,000 they were billed in back taxes has been waived, but they worry false tax statements from 2006 and 2007 are still looming ahead.
The Costners have filed a lawsuit against Koch Foods, saying the company knowingly employed undocumented workers. The family says they've turned down an offer to settle their case for $1,000. As of Monday evening, the Illinois-based chicken processor said they had no one available to comment on the situation.
More of this needs to be happening..
The United States has revoked the visas of three Palestinian Fulbright scholars whose cases were taken up personally by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after Israel refused to let them leave Gaza for interviews, US officials said Monday.
Visas for the three, along with a fourth Palestinian student from Gaza who had hoped to come to the US under a different program, were approved after Rice intervened in June but were rescinded last week when "new information" about them was received, the officials said.
"There were four Palestinians who were issued visas about whom we then received additional information," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said. "We decided that we needed to take a closer and harder look at them in light of the additional information we received."
He said the visas were canceled under a "prudential revocation" clause in immigration rules that allows them to be rescinded based on information gleaned about the holders after they were issued. It does not preclude the applicants from reapplying for visas in the future, he said.
I just saw this from the AP and I just couldn't take it any more!
The Department of Energy estimates that keeping tires properly inflated can help improve gas mileage by about 3.3 percent. It's one step the agency recommends to reduce fuel costs, along with removing items from the trunk, replacing clogged air filters and getting regular tuneups.
The Obama campaign could not provide figures to back up his claim that inflating tires and getting tuneups would save just as much oil as could be produced by offshore drilling. Offshore drilling is off limits under current law, but McCain wants to lift the ban to alleviate high gas prices. Obama said last week he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling as part of a comprehensive energy policy, a shift from his previous position.
But McCain is wrong when he says inflating tires is the only thing Obama is proposing to address America's energy challenges.
Besides the recommendation to keep tires properly inflated, Obama also suggested providing incentives for people to trade in gas guzzling vehicles for more fuel-efficient cars; investing in research and development to produce new fuel-saving technologies like long-running batteries; encouraging innovation in alternative energies; and retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.
Ok so maybe inflating your tires properly saves you some on your gas. You get better mileage without question. But I would like to understand how that is going to help the price of gas. I guess the idea behind is that it drive down demand for oil thus lowering the price. If thats the thinking do you really think that countries that hate us are going to lower the price just because we use less no! Besides lets assume every single person in the United States had proper tire inflation how gallons of gas would that save? I am sure it would be no where near the 85.9 billion barrels of oil along our coasts. Which would be enough to supply us for 11 years! This whole idea of everyone inflating their tires is silly anyway. Simply because you are never going to have every single person in America with proper tire inflation. Lets get real!
Hot Air does a great job of explaining this to the libtards.
Here is what Obama said: "There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!"
So no one is denying the fact that having proper inflation saves gas. We just do not buy that it would save as much we would gain by drilling alone the coasts.
National Review has more exact figure on how much gas we would save with inflation:
Jim Geraghty calculated at the time that, assuming a 10% improvement in gas efficiency, we could save about 330,000 barrels of oil a day through proper tire inflation. Most experts put the actual improvement at 3%. With our present consumption of 20 million barrels a day, that comes to a savings of 1.65% at the most generous assumptions, and more likely about 0.5%. Current production of American oil is 8 million barrels a day; expanding drilling to the OCS and to interior shale would eventually provide millions more per day, not just the 100,000 barrels we’ll get out of our tires.
UPDATE: Even liberal Dean Esmay points out how ridiculous Obamas statement is.
MasterCard pairs up with Eoncap Islamic Bank to launch what it bills as the world's first Islamic debit MasterCard.
MasterCard Worldwide and EonCap Islamic Bank (a member of Malaysia's Eon Bank Group) have jointly launched what they are billing as the world's first Islamic debit MasterCard – the EonCap Islamic Debit MasterCard.
The EonCap Islamic Debit MasterCard is basically a debit card with ATM functions as well. It also works on PayPass systems, which enables a person to swipe it on a terminal without the card leaving the cardholder's hand. It is referred to as blending traditional purchasing power with modern technology and is Shari'ah compliant.
“It is designed to appeal to both Muslim and non-Muslim individuals who prefer better financial control as the card ensures that purchases are automatically deducted from the cardholder’s account and approved only if enough funds exist within the account. It helps track spending, comes with worldwide acceptance at more than 26 million locations and can be used at an ATM for e-banking,” says Fozia Amanulla, chief executive officer of Eoncap Islamic Bank.
“MasterCard is pleased to collaborate with Eoncap Islamic Bank in order to introduce this card to Malaysian consumers. The EonCap Islamic Debit MasterCard card is designed for individuals who prefer to spend what they have in their accounts, yet seek the same functionality and assurances of a credit card,” said Shuan Ghaidan, head of product sales and delivery, Asia-Pacific at MasterCard Worldwide.
According to a MasterCard survey on payment habits and perceptions of consumers conducted in 2007, the convenience factor was perceived as the biggest benefit by consumers to using contactless payments such as PayPass (47%), followed by the additional security features contactless cards provide (39%).
As of the first quarter of this year there were more than 28 million MasterCard PayPass cards and devices in use at over 109,000 merchants worldwide. There are MasterCard PayPass trials and rollouts currently underway in 24 countries – including Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. In the Asia-Pacific, some of the key merchants that accept PayPass include: Starbucks and KFC (Malaysia); Petrovis gas stations (Mongolia); and Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit, public buses, ferries (Taiwan).
Immigration Watchdog has a video report. Arizona: A newspaper in Cave Creek, AZ is taking pictures of employers who pick up illegal day workers and publishing them on its front page! The editor of the Sonoran News says in short Channel 12 video that hopes to stop the practice of businesses hiring illegal workers, which is illegal in Arizona!
Here you can view some of the pictures this paper took.
"Illinois Senetor (USA), Sen. Brack Obama and Mohamed Wali (Mandera East Candidate, Kenya in 2007)"
Not really sure what to make of this. I found old post at free republic where some poster where discussing Mohammed Abdi.
Apparently Mohammed Abdi was once a US Citizen and was in the marines. He then decided to go back to Kenya and run for political office in 2007. You can visit his website here: http://www.mohamed2007.com/
Also check out the photo gallery on his site here
Description: in the middle: Mohamed Abdi and supporting sisters
On this page of his website he talks about working for Keith Ellisons campaign and about knocking on doors on the anniversary of 9/11.
For example, on Sept. 11, the day before this fall's primary elections, Abdi, a volunteer for Keith Ellison's campaign for Congress, was knocking on doors, reminding people to vote.
One conversation, Abdi said, went something like this:
Abdi: "I'm here to remind you to vote tomorrow in the primary."
Man at door: "I can't believe someone named Mohamed is telling me about voting, especially on Sept. 11. You people are the people who flew planes into buildings."
Abdi: "I had nothing to do with that. Can I ask you what you've done to serve your country?"
Man: "I was with the Postal Service."
Abdi: "I've been a Marine for eight years.! "
Man: "I'm sorry for what I said."
And according to this page. He worked as Ellisons Muslim and youth volunteer coordinator.
Indeed, Ellison’s primary victory over fellow Democrats, which was crucial to his general election victory, was in part credited to an unprecedented turnout by Somali immigrants in south Minneapolis. Abdi was the Muslim and youth volunteer coordinator for Ellison’s campaign.
He also has a page on Obamas campaign blog site here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/dashboard/public/gnNNn. The following is from the page:
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Why I support Barack Obama: I Am a former US marine who severed in both operation Iraq Freedom and operation Enduringfreedom. I have lost friends in this illegal war and the only candidate who can end this war is Sen Obama. I am also upcoming politician. you can see my website www.mohamed2007.com
Since his location says Minneapolis I am guessing he has since moved back to the US.
Looks like World Net Daily picked up on this story from Atlas and Debbie Schlussel. Hopefully Rush,Hannity and others will start talking about this. Apparently the men that made these donations to Obamas campaign claim they were buying t shirts. Whatever!
JERUSALEM – Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are listed in government election filings as having donated $29,521.54 to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign.
The donations would violate election laws, including prohibitions on receiving donations from foreigners and guidelines against accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single election, Bob Biersack, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission, told WND in response to a query.
The contributions also raise numerous questions about the Obama campaign's lax online donation form, which apparently allows for the possibility of foreign contributions.
Last week, the Atlas Shrugs blog outlined a series of donations in 2007 made to Obama's campaign from two individuals, Monir Edwan and Hosam Edwan, totaling $29,521.54.
In an online form on Obama's campaign site, the Edwans listed their street as "Tal Esaltan," which they wrote was located in "Rafah, GA."
Rafah is not a city in Georgia. The Atlas blog immediately raised concerns that the money may have been donated from the Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
The Edwans' donations are listed in both FEC filings and other election filing sites, such as CampaignMoney and donordata.org.
Monir made 20 donations ranging from $717 to $2017.50 from October through November 2007. His donations totaled $24321.41. Hosam made seven donations ranging from $508.63 to $1725.96, totaling $5,200.13, all in October 2007.
A WND investigation tracked down the Edwans, who are brothers living in the Tal Esaltan neighborhood of Rafah, a large refugee camp in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
The Edwans are a large clan that include top Hamas supporters.
Speaking to WND, the two brothers praised Obama and admitted giving the money online to his campaign. They said they are not U.S. citizens or green card holders but are citizens of "Palestine."
The Edwans denied they are affiliated with Hamas. Palestinian sources in Gaza confirmed the Edwans in question are secular, but could not say whether they supported Hamas.
Monir and Hasam Edwan denied their financial transactions online – listed as donations in U.S. government election filings – were actual donations to Obama's campaign. Instead they claimed they purchased about $30,000 in Obama T-shirts from the presidential candidate's online store – a contention that did not hold up during a WND interview, when they changed their story several times.
"My brother Hosam and I knew that Obama will be a big hit even before he became a candidate. We knew the guy would be a celebrity in Gaza so we decided to invest the amount of $29,000 to buy Obama T-shirts from his website and sell them in Gaza," Monir Edwan told WND, speaking by cell phone from Gaza.
"I know on the back of this story Obama rivals will present our business as a donation and they will try to use this story to let Obama fall, but I'm telling you, we bought T-shirts," Edwan maintained.
Edwan said any profit made from purportedly selling the Obama T-shirts was not returned to the Obama campaign.
"We have nothing to do with the Obama campaign. We just like Obama and believe he will be the best for the Palestinians and for the world."
At first Monir Edwan claimed he sold the T-shirts in Gaza for around $9 and that a profit was made.
"Some young men even bought the T-shirts for 60 shekel ($17.29), which is a lot to spend in Gaza on a T-shirt, but that is how much Gazans like Obama," Edwan claimed.
His chair has his name and campaign logo embroidered on the back top -- “Obama ‘08” on one line and “President” underneath. To one side is a small table stacked with newspapers ready for the candidate’s arrival. The table of the booth is always covered in snacks and cheese and is where Obama spends most of his time during flights meeting with staff and sitting for the occasional interview.
Apparently he thinks he has already won.
A senior military official close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been assassinated, according to Arab media reports.
The official, identified as Brig Gen Mohammed Suleiman, was shot dead on Friday night at a beach resort near the port city of Tartus, the reports say.
Damascus has so far refused to comment on the alleged shooting.
The Free Syria website, which opposes the Syrian government, described him as President Assad's top security adviser.
Pan-Arab newspapers al-Hayat and Asharq al-Awsat say Mr Suleiman had responsibility for sensitive security issues.
Mr Suleiman was also reported to serve as Syria's liaison officer to Hezbollah - a powerful political and military organisation of Shia Muslims in Lebanon.
Sixteen Chinese police officers died and another 16 were wounded in an attack on a police station in Xinjiang province in the country's northwest, officials said Monday.
Investigators said two attackers drove a truck into a line of jogging officers, and then attacked with knives and explosives, the government news agency Xinhua reported.
Xinjiang, which borders Central Asia, has a Muslim majority and there have been protests and previous incidents attributed to Muslim militants. Some of the local people, the Uighurs, have sporadically resisted Chinese rule, imposed in the 1950s.
Public security officials had learned that the East Turkistan Islamic Movement planned to make an attack just before the Beijing Olympics, set to open Friday, Xinhua said.
The police said the two attackers had been arrested,. One was injured.
Islamic militants were one of the main security issues for the Olympics, Games security chief Tian Yixiang said.
The latest flip flop by Obama... Here he is on July 7 saying he is against the release of oil reserves:
Now here he is today saying he is for it. Does anyone seriously believe anything this man says?
CHICAGO - Barack Obama is proposing tapping the nation’s strategic oil reserves to help drive down gasoline prices, his campaign said Monday.
Obama supports releasing light oil from the emergency oil stockpile now and replacing it later with heavier crude more suited to the country’s long-term needs, according to a campaign fact sheet. Light crude oil is easier to refine into gasoline than heavier oil.
Thanks to Say Anything for pointing this out and their excellent commentary.
Would it mean a short-term drop in oil prices? Sure. But that’s it. Once the reserves were depleted we’d be right back where we started.
It is interesting that Obama is at least recognizing here that putting more oil on the market will drive down prices. One wonders why, if he understands this basic economic fact, he continues to blame “big oil” for gas prices instead of restrictions put on increasing the supply of domestic oil? One also wonders why, if he’s truly interested in affordable energy for Americans, he doesn’t just support a more permanent increase in oil supply by calling for the expansion of domestic oil drilling?
Could it be that Obama is less interested in easing America’s pain at the gas pump and more interested in using energy problems as an excuse to expand government power?
That’s the only logical explanation, I think.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when "leaners" are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%.
This is the first time McCain has enjoyed even a statistically insignificant advantage of any sort since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3 (see recent daily results). Tracking Polls are released at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time each day.
A week ago today, Obama had a three-percentage point lead and the candidates were even among unaffiliated voters. Today, McCain leads 52% to 37% among unaffiliateds.
McCain is currently viewed favorably by 55% of the nation’s voters, Obama by 51%. That is the lowest rating for Obama since he wrapped up the nomination. Obama is viewed favorably by 83% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans, and 47% of unaffiliated voters. For McCain, the numbers are 87% favorable among Republicans, 26% among Democrats, and 61% among unaffiliated voters.
This from Islam In Action:
I was just reading an article online at www.StarNewsOnline.com, a publication from North Carolina. The article was speaking about a new Mosque that has opened called the The Islamic Learning Center, located at 2117 Wrightsville Ave N.C., (910) 343-1919. The spokesperson for the Mosque, a Ms. Susan Ellenberg said in the article that in the Middle East there are Mosques on every corner. I then preceded to call her and speak to her about this matter. "I asked her if that was her intention, to get a Mosque on every corner and asked if she was a convert", she answered "no" to the Mosque part and "yes" to being a convert. I responded with "so you are ok being part of a religion that calls for my extortion and extortion of all non-Muslims as stated in Surah 9 29"? Otherwise called jizya. She paused and said "yes". I thought to myself, let me make sure I got this straight and asked "so you think Muslims are superior and non-Muslims should pay you". She again said "yes". I told her "thanks for exposing who you are and to move the Middle East, where she belongs", then I hung up. This is what we are dealing with folks, our enemy is in our backyard, all because our government does not have the guts to deal with it.
Looks like there are a few good ones left in Hollywood. You probably recognize Voight from the National Treasure movies.
Here is the article he wrote for the Washington Times:
We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.
Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.
The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.
The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.
Those same leaders who were in the streets in the '60s are very powerful today in their work to bring down the Iraq war and to attack our president, and they have found their way into our schools. William Ayers is a good example of that.
Thank God, today, we have a strong generation of young soldiers who know exactly who they are and what they must do to protect our freedom and our democracy. And we have the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, who has brought hope and stability to Iraq and prevented the terrorists from establishing a base in that country. Our soldiers are lifting us to an example of patriotism at a time when we've almost forgotten who we are and what is at stake.
If Mr. Obama had his way, he would have pulled our troops from Iraq years ago and initiated an unprecedented bloodbath, turning over that country to the barbarianism of our enemies. With what he has openly stated about his plans for our military, and his lack of understanding about the true nature of our enemies, there's not a cell in my body that can accept the idea that Mr. Obama can keep us safe from the terrorists around the world, and from Iran, which is making great strides toward getting the atomic bomb. And while a misleading portrait of Mr. Obama is being perpetrated by a media controlled by the Democrats, the Obama camp has sent out people to attack the greatness of Sen. John McCain, whose suffering and courage in a Hanoi prison camp is an American legend.
Gen. Wesley Clark, who himself has shame upon him, having been relieved of his command, has done their bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean a fellow soldier and a true hero.
This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America. If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way.
Here Andrew Breitbart talks about how the media and the rest of Hollywood has thrown Voight under the bus for his conservative view points.
Now for something totally different.....
What is it with this Montauk Monster story.... everywhere I turn online there it is. ha. I personally think the whole thing is made up. First of all if you found something like this why in the world wouldnt you take more than a couple of pictures? Second of all Why has a body not been produced? or even the remains examined by a scientist. I think this is all a bunch of garbage but it is getting alot of attention. CNN, Fox and all the major networks have reported this. I predict in the coming days or weeks it will come out as being some type viral marketing or just some college kids pulling a prank.
This from World Net Daily:
JERUSALEM – The son of one of the most popular leaders in the Hamas terrorist organization has moved to the U.S. and converted to Christianity, it has emerged.
In an exclusive interview with Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Masab Yousuf, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheik Hassan Yousef, slammed Hamas, praised Israel and said he hoped his terrorist father will open his eyes to Jesus and to Christianity.
"I know that I'm endangering my life and am even liable to lose my father, but I hope that he'll understand this and that God will give him and my family patience and willingness to open their eyes to Jesus and to Christianity. Maybe one day I'll be able to return to Palestine and to Ramallah with Jesus, in the Kingdom of God," Masab said.
Masab said he previously aided his father with Hamas activities, but he now has affection for Israel and laments Hamas.
A Somali Christian has paid the ultimate price for his faith.
Hussein, the 28-year-old victim, had converted from the Muslim faith to Christianity. Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern says he was confronted by Islamic extremists who demanded to know if he faces Mecca when he prays, which is required of Muslims.
"Hussein says he doesn't face Mecca when he prays because his God is omnipresent and he can face anywhere to pray," Racho recounts the incident. "[T]he extremists were very much enraged by his comments, and they killed him."
Upon learning that her husband had been shot to death, Hussein's wife went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn baby.
Hussein had been working as a teacher and was described as extremely successful in evangelizing the community.