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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Waltzing Fools at the Glow Ball

The Millionaire Waltz

Lieberman: Israel not bound by Annapolis understandings
Avigdor Lieberman said the U.S.-sponsored Annapolis declaration of 2007 "has no validity," confirming a shift in stance toward the Palestinians under new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lieberman, a Soviet immigrant denounced as a racist by many Arabs, did stress however that Israel was obliged to follow the course charted by a U.S.-backed peace "road map" of 2003. That obliges Palestinian leaders to curb attacks on Israel before any negotiations on the final shape of a statehood deal take place.

Lieberman was effectively confirming that Netanyahu's new administration has withdrawn from its predecessors' commitment to negotiate on borders and issues like the status of Jerusalem before the two sides are satisfied road map pledges are met.

OIC Secretary General: Amp it up or Arabs may lose Jerusalem forever
Arab countries should launch a campaign to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli occupation and return the city to the Arab world, AlJazeera quoted Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

"If we do not continue to insist on return of Jerusalem, the Arabs can lose this sacred city," he said.

The 21st summit of the League of Arab States (LAS) began in the capital of Qatar on March 30 to last for two days

Launch a campaign? That is "Moderate Muslim" speak for CALL TO JIHAD right there. Read that whole piece ~ it is short, full of triplespoking doublespeak, and very revealing as to what they wish to achieve.

NOW, Dig this: OIC Sec-Gen Cautions Against Judaisation Of Al-Quds
Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary-general Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has cautioned against a "fierce judaisation" campaign targeting Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Speaking at the opening of the 21st Arab Summit in Doha, he said the initiative sought to obliterate its Arab and Islamic character by demolishing houses.

The situation in Al-Quds called for a strong and sober stand, he said in remarks made available here
OIC wants Iranian/Turkish help on regional issues

OIC lauds Turkey for Gaza donation

Guyana's delegation in Qatar for Arab-South American Summit

Backgrounder: Arab League and Arab League summit

Arab League decries Israel at summit start
In other news, when night falls it gets dark out there.

Palestinian unity talks resume in Cairo

EU: Summit with Israel unlikely soon
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, whose nation currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told his country's Lidove Noviny newspaper that the union was "not happy with some of the steps of the Israeli government, namely construction works close to Jerusalem but also access to Gaza, which is today very limited."
Obama Plans to attend conference seeking Islamic interests
Concern has been mounting over President Obama's scheduled participation in the U.N.'s Alliance of Civilizations summit in Turkey next month, with some critics painting the organization as anti-Western and advocating Iranian interests.

"The Alliance might more appropriately be called a U.N.-approved Slush Fund for Advancing Iranian and Other Islamic Interests," wrote Claudia Rosett, a Forbes contributor and journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Rosett is exactly correct.

In Reversal, US Seeks Election to UN Human Rights Council
The Obama administration will seek a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, announcing Tuesday that it believed working from within was the most effective means of altering the council’s habit of ignoring poor human rights records of member states. The policy reverses the stance of the Bush administration, which viewed the Geneva-based council as irredeemable for its almost exclusive focus on human rights violations by Israel.
US seen strengthening UN rights council

Tajik FM holds talks with OIC Secretary General and Turkish FM in Moscow

FOX News has learned that U.S. diplomat Patrick Moon, who covers South and Central Asia for the State Department, exchanged pleasantries with Mehdi Akhundzadeh during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit -- a six-member regional security group that includes Russia, China and Central Asian states.
US meets Iranian delegate, delivers letter
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday an American diplomat had met Iran's delegate at an international conference in the Hague
Iran's Foreign Ministry denies Iran, US meeting in Moscow

Iranian diplomat to join US at meeting

Minnesota: Muslim workers receive $1.35 million under a religious discrimination settlement

California’s Shariah-Compliant Newspaper

The Stages of Anti-Semitism: An "avant-garde" play revives an ancient hatred:

Here's a sketch for a racist play about "moral decline" in black America since the civil rights era.

Act I: Heroic protestors gather at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965 to march in defiance of a segregationist state. Act II: The scene moves to San Francisco in the early 1970s, where the radical politics of the Black Panthers quickly give way to robbery and murder. Act III: A New York City crack house, circa 1985. Act IV: the trial of O.J. Simpson. Act V: The present, in which a black man on a prison furlough goes on a murder spree.

Appalled? I hope so.

Now substitute the word "Jewish" for "black" and change the scene to Europe and Israel and you have, roughly, the plot of celebrated British playwright Caryl Churchill's "Seven Jewish Children," which debuted last month to some controversy and much acclaim at London's Royal Court Theater. It is now in the U.S., playing in small but respectable venues to sophisticated audiences that -- judging from the performance I attended in New York last Thursday -- are overwhelmingly disposed to like it.

Waltzing at the Glow Ball
As President Obama was holding one-on-one meetings Wednesday with the leaders of Russia and China, thousands of protesters marched in the streets of London, and there were several violent clashes with police.
BRICs to demand a bigger say at G20 meet

ON MSNBC: American Capitalism To Blame For Financial Crisis
"In some ways, capitalism itself is on trial, people will really be looking at hard at some of the free market principles that have really governed the day up till now"

Russia, Germany Have Similar Expectations From G20 Mtg

Franco-German demands upsets G20 unity

Transcript: Obama, Medvedev Deliver Remarks on Nuclear Weapons

OBAMA: Let me just make a brief comment. I am very grateful to President Medvedev for taking the time to visit with me today. I'm particularly gratified because prior to the meeting our respective teams had worked together and had developed a series of approaches to areas of common interest that I think present great promise.
Obama: Today is progress in US-Russian relations

Obama agrees to visit China

China, US to set up 'economic dialogue' group

China, France to Restore High-Level Contacts

China Petroleum's Earnings Almost Double


Italy, Turkmenistan to discuss energy cooperation

Italy: Secretary Mantica in Turkmenistan

Kazakh President to visit Turkmenistan

Bulgarian foreign minister on working visit in Turkmenistan

Ambassador of Lebanon gets accreditation in Turkmenistan

DUBAI: Another Enemy of the Kremlin Gets Whacked:
A former general in Chechnya and foe of the republic's Kremlin-backed president was shot over the weekend in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, and the police there said Monday that he had died.

The Disorder of Conferring With Russia

Kremlin energy comes to Hungary

Personally I think he should shove his Nobel Prize right up their asses, I would have refused it in the first place anyway if I were him:
Lech Walesa, the anti-communist leader who once championed the cause of Polish freedom, has threatened to quit Poland and return his Nobel peace prize after fresh allegations surfaced that he once collaborated with the country's communist-era secret services.
If he does not shove it right up their asses then I say that telegraphs maybe there is some truth to the rumors.

FORBES: In The Teeth Of The Economic Storm: Globalize!

Beyond AIG: A bill to let Big Government set your salary
But now, in a little-noticed move, the House Financial Services Committee, led by chairman Barney Frank, has approved a measure that would, in some key ways, go beyond the most draconian features of the original AIG bill. The new legislation, the "Pay for Performance Act of 2009," would impose government controls on the pay of all employees -- not just top executives -- of companies that have received a capital investment from the U.S. government. It would, like the tax measure, be retroactive, changing the terms of compensation agreements already in place. And it would give Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner extraordinary power to determine the pay of thousands of employees of American companies.
Buffett's favorite banker leaving Goldman Sachs

High-Level Departures Beset Goldman Sachs

The Real Cost of the Geithner Plan

For GM Bondholders, Time Is a Weapon

Bondholders can gain more confidence by their successful battle over the government's $6 billion rescue of GMAC. That bailout went largely unnoticed in those last, chaotic days of 2008.

At the time, GMAC was rushing to convert to a bank-holding company, which would allow it access to the Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program. The Federal Reserve set a number of conditions along the way. Chief among them was that 75% of existing bondholders would agree to take a loss by tendering into a new bond plan. The hope was to lessen GMAC's indebtedness and improve its capital, much as is the case with GM.

Only about 59% of bonds were tendered in the final flurry in late December. The Fed's board waived GMAC through anyway, explaining its decision "in light of unusual and exigent circumstances." That set an uncomfortable negotiating precedent: The Feds fold.

Hundreds of Iowans thrown out of public hearing:
More than 500 people who are upset with a plan to change Iowa's tax laws were cleared from a hearing tonight at the Iowa House after they interrupted multiple times. House Speaker Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, cleared the crowd at about 8:30 p.m. The decision brought about loud protests as the crowd was escorted from the chambers by Iowa State Patrol officers.

“This is the most atrocious thing I’ve seen in the history of the 15 years I’ve been a lobbyist. Pat Murphy has acted like a jack-booted Nazi,” said Ed Failor Jr., president of Iowans for Tax Relief, a conservative taxpayers’ rights group from Muscatine with 50,000 members..

Failor Jr. was escorted from the House chambers after Murphy overheard him speak with the media.House rules say that no protesting or advocating can be done in the House.
Matt Blunt: FUSION CENTERS never profiled political thought under my watch:
Blunt, a Republican who left office in January, issued the following statement today through a spokesman:

"I certainly do not plan on responding to every false charge or false news report, but recent assertions regarding the offensive MIAC report warrant a response. Let me be clear about the recent, offensive MIAC report that profiled Missourians that hold conservative political views. While I did create the Missouri Information Analysis Center to act as a fusion center to gather and disseminate tactical intelligence about specific crimes I did not create MIAC to profile citizens based upon political views - liberal or conservative. To my knowledge, MIAC never issued anything similar to the recent report while I was governor. If they had, I would not have defended it. I would have taken corrective action immediately and certainly held those responsible accountable for their actions. The assertion that I am somehow responsible for an offensive report that was issued more than a month after I left office and that profiles conservatives is so absurd that one would not think it requires a response from me, but evidently it does."
AT THE AMERICAN THNKER ~ Coming Soon: Neighborhood Fusion:
There are now an estimated 70 Fusion Centers similar to Missouri's throughout the country. Since 2004, an estimated $254 million dollars has been spent to create these offices. According to an article at, these offices use data mining, the military and excessive secrecy in conducting their investigations.
Are Fusion Center Agents Working Public Forums?
Naturally. Why wouldn't they be?

House Kills Effort to Investigate Lobbyist-Lawmaker Ties: The proposal would have forced the House Ethics Committee to launch a probe into ties between the source and timing of campaign contributions by lobbyists and subsequent legislator requests for special projects or earmarks.
Raytheon inks Saudi Arabia missile deal
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will purchase Raytheon Co.’s guided air-to-air missile, in a U.S. government supervised agreement.
Raytheon Submits Final Proposal for U.S. Air Force Global Broadcast Service Transition Contract
GBS is a worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support system providing military forces with high-speed, high-volume multimedia broadcasts of intelligence and situational awareness data. The Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will transition GBS broadcast functionality to centralized Defense Information System Agency computing centers and position the system to meet and support the evolving needs of the warfighter.
IBM Hires as of yet Unidentified Top Ex-Bush Aide for Lobbying
IBM, one of the nations largest employers, will announce today that it is bringing on a longtime official from President George W. Bushs administration as a top lobbyist with the company. An IBM spokesman declined to openly discuss the hire
Dems could use controversial 'fast track' for Obama legislation
A key Democratic senator said Tuesday that he's not ruling out a controversial budget procedure to speed passage of President Obama's health care and global warming legislation.
Ho-hum. Yet another Obama nominee doesn’t pay taxes

Obamas arrive at Buckingham Palace
[insert your own jokes here]

President Barack Obama strongly supports legislation that would give the US Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate cigarettes, the White House said on Wednesday.
Hitchens on getting his ass kicked by Arab Nazis In Lebanon:
Well, call me old-fashioned if you will, but I have always taken the view that swastika symbols exist for one purpose only—to be defaced.
4,000 Year Old Temple Discovered on Cyprus

"Hidden" Planet Found in Old Hubble Image

Alaska volcano spews 25000 feet-high ash plume

6.1 in Indonesia

6.3 hits Papua New Guinea coast

5.0 & 4.1 in northern Nicaragua

China detains man compiling list of quake victims

Itzhak Perlman & The Klezmatics
Flatbush Waltz

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