The Offer of Life or Death
11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.
12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"
13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?"
14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
16 For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them,
18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live
20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
OIC Looks Forward To U.S. Role As Honest Broker In Middle East
Palestinian gunmen fire on IDF troops
Just another day in the hood.
Mitchell in Ramallah
How 'bout you go fuck a goat, George.
Turkey, Iraq Sign Military Cooperation Deal
Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Abbas told Mitchell that the Palestinian Authority is fully committed to the Road Map peace plan, and is interested in achieving peace that would ensure a full Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian and Arab territories illegally captured by Israel in 1967.
Erekat added that when the Palestinians talk about the necessity of an Israeli commitment to the two-state solution, halting all settlement activities and recognizing previously signed peace deals, they are not setting preconditions but are referring to commitments Israel made under the Road Map Peace Plan, and never implemented them.
He stated that Israel should lift the siege on Gaza, should remove the roadblocks in the West Bank and should quit its embezzlement of the Palestinians in Gaza by continuing the siege and restricting the delivery of food and medicine.
Erekat also said that Abbas told Mitchell that he would be visiting Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon to hold talks with Arab leaders on the necessity of achieving a comprehensive peace deal with Israel, based on the international resolutions, the Road Map peace plan and the Arab Peace Initiative.
ANKARA (AFP) -- Turkey and Iraq have signed a preliminary accord on military cooperation, the Turkish army said Wednesday.Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah meets with Dhimmah Carter
Just look at that smile!
Fadlallah, widely believed to have been Hizbullah's spiritual leader in the 1980s, is a harsh critic of US policies in the Middle East, which many Arabs believe are biased toward Israel.Welcome Back, Carter
Well, I'm glad that's over! Now that our silver-tongued president has gone to Cairo to soothe Muslims' hurt feelings, they love us again! Muslims in Pakistan expressed their appreciation for President Barack Obama's speech by bombing a fancy hotel in Peshawar this week.The List: Iran's Presidential Wannabes
As we here know, it makes very little difference who is President of Iran because it is the Mullahs who run Iran....
WHO RULES IRAN? by Amir Tahiri
Iran's Potemkin Election
At the center of the oligarchy stands the "Office of the Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, the "Supreme Guide." Under the Khomeinist Constitution, the "Supreme Guide" represents Allah's sovereignty on earth and has unlimited powers. The opening articles of the Khomeinist Constitution, approved in 1979, make it clear that the "Supreme Guide" is also the leader of all Muslims throughout the world, whether they like it or not. Thus, theoretically at least, the Khomeinist "Supreme Guide" can decide what Islam is and is not at any given time.But that is not all.
In practical terms, the "Supreme Guide" controls the purse strings of the Iranian state, one of the richest in the Muslim world. (In the past quarter of a century the "Supreme Guide" has supervised the expenditure of almost half a trillion dollars in Iran's oil income.) He must approve the national budget and is the commander-in-chief of all armed and security forces. Every ministerial, gubernatorial and ambassadorial appointment must receive his assent. Also, each year he has a cool $1.5 billion, some eight percent of Iran's average annual oil income, to play with as he pleases.
Next to the "Office of the Leader," the most powerful organs are the bazaar and mosque networks that have become interlinked through a cobweb of foundations, charities, corporations, theological seminaries, and associations.
Iran shuts down reformist daily
Number of Fulbright Scholarships From Iraq Doubled
BAGHDAD (AFP) -- Baghdad pledged on Wednesday to double the number of prestigious Fulbright Student Scholarships available to Iraqi students who want to study in the United States.GE inks $500M in power generation deals in Bahrain
Chrysler says Fiat takeover complete
Goldman Sachs CEO urges "convergence of rules around the world"
Frothy environments? WTF is a "frothy environment"?
Citigroup sets exchange, giving US big stake
NYT hires Goldman Sachs to manage Boston Globe sale
Banks Repaying TARP to Be Freed of Bonus Curbs Imposed by Dodd
Maybe we'll 'allow' you to pay it back
Oh look someone else gets it:
Anyone who's ever borrowed money from the mob -- or a credit card company, for that matter -- knows that seeing you pay off your debt is the last thing such characters ever seem to want. If you never pay back the principal, after all, they can keep draining you with interest charges, essentially forever.Treasury to Set Executives’ Pay at 7 Ailing Firms
Pay Czar Cometh to Liberate Your Compensation For Good of Sham Pipple!
Senate Joint Economic Committee Committee Hearing
ROUBINI: US Dollar's Role as Reserve Currency May Slip
May? Ya slippin' Dr. Doom. Must be all the newfound attention.
World Bank sees even worse slump
Emerging BRIC powers and the new world order
There's that fucking phrase again!
STFU you crazy Spleen, you bringer of balgan!
Brazil lends IMF $10 bln, urges BRICs strategy
Russia, Brazil Plan to Buy $20 Billion IMF Bonds
Treasuries Fall After Auction, Russian Threat to Cut Holdings
SAY MY NAME!
Russia May Swap Some US Treasuries for IMF Debt
China, Russia Line Up To Buy IMF's First Bonds
Russia probes laptop makers' use of Microsoft OS
Assassinations Roil Russia's Caucasus Region
Roiling! Even deeper than "restive"!
Russia doesn't want to go below 1500 warheads
Russia's Gazprom plans big move into US natural gas market
KAZAKHSTAN:Nationalization of financial system won't be avoided
Kazakhstan cuts key interest rate
KYRGYZSTAN: GAZPROM EARMARKS $300 MILLION FOR EXPLORATION WORK
US finances workshop to prevent HIV among drug users in Turkmenistan
US Energy Dept. to hold workshop on pipeline integrity in Turkmenistan
The United States Department of Energy will hold a workshop on pipeline integrity and management June 10-11 with the support of the US-Turkmenistan Business Council. The workshop will have experts from Penspen, Chevron, ExxonMobil, KBR, and Universal Pegasus.Gazprom CEO to visit Turkmenistan for gas talks
Representatives from the Ministry of Oil and Gas and Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan, the State Agency for Management and Use of Hydrocarbon Resources, Turkmengaz, Turkmenneft, Turkmengeologiya and Turkmengazstroi state concerns will also participate in the workshop.
If Gazprom make offer, you do not refuse us.
Say my Name.
US not looking for base in Uzbekistan
No... but we are looking for one in Turkmenistan.
HRW Urges EU To Press Uzbekistan On Rights Concerns
UZBEKISTAN: FORCED CHILD LABOR BEGINS IN COTTON FIELDS
Uzbekistan Digging Trenches Along Disputed Kyrgyz Border
The digging of trenches never leads to anything good.
Provocative Artist Freed In Novosibirsk
A Novosibirsk Oblast court in has released an artist from pretrial detention today, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.Carte Blanche for New US Commander in Afghanistan
Artem Loskutov, an organizer of the annual nontraditional self-expression artistic event "Monstration," was arrested last month in the central Russian city for illegal drug possession. Police also suspect him of involvement in preparing "extremist and terrorist acts."
His lawyer, Valentina Demidenko, and colleagues say the charges against him are politically motivated. After Loskutov's arrest on May 15, several mass gatherings and demonstrations in support of him were held in Novosibirsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other Russian cities.
Deepak Chopra: Foreign Policy Guru, Too!
Now who you jivin' with that cozmik debris?
"We need to back down from this mini Cold War the same way that we backed down from the bigger Cold War".BOLTON: Obama continues Bush's 2nd term ~ badly
This is the most ignorant statement contained within the article.
Honesty and clarity, precisely why he now resides under the Republicrat Party bus.
If you actually had two parties, this man would be PRESIDENT Bolton right now:
What comes of living under the Republicrat Party bus like Bolton:
Conservative foreign and national-security policies do not need remaking, rebranding or remessaging. They need not be escorted by prefixes or adjectives, nor do they need "moderating."
Conservative foreign policy is unabashedly pro-American, unashamed of American exceptionalism, unwilling to bend its knee to international organizations, and unapologetic about the need for the fullest range of dominant military capabilities. Its diplomacy is neither unilateralist nor multilateralist, but chooses its strategies, tactics, means and methods based on a hard-headed assessment of U.S. national interests, not on theologies about process. Most especially, conservatives understand that allies are different from adversaries, and that each should be treated accordingly.
These sentiments bear repeating because the fundamental principles underlying conservative foreign and national-security policy have never been stronger, and the consequences of deviating from them have rarely been so clear. The Obama administration's first few months already provide compelling evidence of the enormous costs of embracing the alternative worldview of the European and American left. Of course, that was equally true when the Bush administration all-too-frequently deviated from conservative precepts, especially in its failure-ridden second-term. In many ways, unfortunately, the Obama administration is a continuation of the second Bush term, only worse.
Court: Coleman must pay Franken $95,000 in court costs
They Must To Break Him, financially and every other way. Sorry Norm.
House bill would establish US Government HQ for global abortion activism
A bill called the "Foreign Relations Authorization Act" is coming up for a vote in the U.S. House -- and opponents of abortion should be wary, says one pro-life leader.Senator voices concern over proposed weapons program cuts
The section of the H.R. 2410 that most concerns pro-lifers establishes an office for global women's issues that is headed by an ambassador who would report directly to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee says it has become clear that the Obama administration will use the office as a sort of headquarters for pro-abortion activism worldwide.
"Indeed, [when] Secretary Clinton...appeared before the House committee a couple of weeks ago [she] was quite forthright and explicit in saying that this administration intends to try to expand abortion, that they see reproductive health as including access to abortion, and that they believe they are entitled to advocate abortion anywhere in the world," the pro-life spokesman explains.
Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, Tuesday raised concerns over the Obama administration's proposals to cut many of the military's top weapons programs, suggesting, for example, that they could harm the U.S. government's ability to deter potential adversarieLibrary of Congress Agents Ask Lawmakers to Give Them Back Their Guns
Investigators with the Library's Office of the Inspector General have raised a string of objections after Congress stripped them of their ability to buy and carry firearms in the fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill. They could get their wish.Massey chief questions judicial ethics ruling
The chief executive of Massey Energy Co. is questioning whether the US Supreme Court's decision in a judicial ethics case involving the Appalachian coal mining giant will stifle free speech.Kennedy tobacco bill about to pass
Jeremiah Wright: 'Them Jews' Keeping Him from Obama
You can fucking have him, playa, I ain't stoppin' ya.
US Government has frozen $30M in online poker player's winnings
RENDER UNTO SEIZER WHAT IS SEIZERS!
An advocacy group for online poker said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen more than $30 million in the accounts of payment processors that handle the winnings of thousands of online poker players.
The Justice Department long has maintained that Internet gambling is illegal, a view that the poker group challenges.
The Poker Players Alliance told The Associated Press that the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York instructed three banks — Citibank, Goldwater Bank and Alliance Bank of Arizona — to freeze the accounts.
Documents obtained by the AP show that a magistrate judge in the district issued a seizure warrant last week for an account at a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco, and that a federal prosecutor told Alliance Bank to freeze accounts.
The zinc and lead nuclei were fused to form the nucleus of the new element, also known as Ununbium, Latin for 112.Related? Kazakhstan's Kazakhmys puts zinc plant on hold
Baby Stars Discovered in Violent Galactic Core
French Scientists See Earth-Venus Collision In Distant Future
Worry about the collisions right here in your immediate future.
Japan's moon probe makes crash landing
Well I guess that probe's moot.
Nigeria: FG Loses $1.87bn to Oil Price Manipulation
The House of Represen-tatives Ad hoc Commit-tee probing the operations of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiaries yesterday alleged that Nigeria lost about $1.87billion between 2004 and 2007 due to manipulation of prices of crude oil exported by the country.Chevron confirms fire at facility in Nigeria
Oil price hits eight-month peak above $71
Oil Climbs Above $72 as China Imports Rise, US Supplies Drop
CT: Human Skull Found in Sacrificial Rituals Room, Police Say
Updated: Details on White Supremacist Holocaust Museum Shooter
Guard Remembered as 'Soft-Spoken, Gentle Giant'
Fox News' Shep Smith: DHS Report Was A 'Warning To Us All,'
Now where have I heard that crap before besides everywhere?
Never let a good crisis go to waste.
WHO May Raise Swine Flu Threat Level to Full-Scale Pandemic
PANIC NOW WE SAID DAMMIT!
FDA Is Urged to Approve Drugs for Adolescent Use
Urged even. YOU MFers! Woe deluxe unto you in perpetuity.
Typhoons trigger earthquakes on Taiwan
Predicted Ground Motions For Great Earthquake In Pacific Northwest
CA: 3.1 Earthquake shake The Geyers
Microsoft Discontinues Money Product Line
Because none of us will have any soon enough and they know it.
No money for you. Potato!
The Covenant With Death
15 You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place."
16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says:
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
17 I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
and water will overflow your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
your agreement with the grave will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;
morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through."
The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.
20 The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.
21 The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon ~ to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.
22 Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.
23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.