deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy,
being hated and hating one another.
~ Titus 3:3
Hezb'allah stockpiles 40,000 rockets
Israel deputy FM warns Hezbollah against attacks
Israel warns against Hezbollah in Lebanese govt
Jihad Group Planned Egypt Attacks
Egyptian police say they have broken up an Al-Qaida-linked terror cell in Cairo responsible for a bomb attack that killed a French teenager in February and a string of robberies from Christian jewelers last year.Arab and European tourism to Syria up 23 percent
Security officials told the Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Yawm that the Zeitoun cell - named after the neighborhood in Cairo where the jewelery thefts were carried out - also planned to assassinate the Israeli ambassador to Cairo.
They had links to groups in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to Egyptian officials involved in the investigation.
Turkey to lift ban on headscarves
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's parliament Saturday adopted a bill lifting a constitutional ban on wearing headscarves at public universities. The document was approved in a second reading and will be submitted to the president for signature, after which it will become a law. Turkish leader Abdullah Gul earlier said he would approve the draft law. The headscarf issue is a source of tension in predominantly Muslim Turkey. Almost two-thirds of Turkish women currently wear a headscarf and many of them stopped attending universities after the traditional Islamic covering was banned on campuses in 1989.The ummah still restless in Paris
About 40 rioters in a Paris suburb hurled Molotov cocktails at police and firefighters and torched cars in a rampage prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police. The interior minister called Monday for calm after the overnight violence. One person fired at police with a handgun during the rioting in a housing project in Bagnolet on the eastern edge of Paris, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The latest eruption of tensions in France's suburbs broke out after an 18-year-old riding his motorcycle through the project tried to flee a document check by police, according to a police official. The man, who worked as a pizza deliveryman, lost control of the vehicle and hit a barrier. He died en route to the hospital, the official said. The official wasn't authorized to be named because of police policy.47 Are Killed in Bombings in Baghdad and Northern Iraq
Pakistan Taliban Commander Says He & Mehsud Are Alive
deceiving and being deceived.
~ 2 Timothy 3:13
UN: Hamid Karzai's government using state resources to swing vote
Carville musta taught him that one! See: James Carville Joins The Afghan Campaign TrailKarzai wins Afghan Warlords Support
That one too!
Afghan presidential contender denies Karzai deal
Afghan and Western media have speculated that former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, seen as one of two leading challengers to the president, might pull out of the vote and accept a senior administrative post to help Karzai win. "I've been approached repeatedly, the offer is on the table. I have not accepted it. The issue is the extent of crisis. We are in a very difficult moment in our history," Ghani told reporters in Maimaneh, capital of northern Faryab province. "I intensly disagree with the course of conduct that Mr Karzai and his entourage have adopted during the last five years," he said.UN: Violence hampering Afghan vote
But he did not rule out a return to government in future, if allowed to implement his plans. "There would have to be very very firm commitments, time-bound set of activities, full embracement of the programme that I've articulated for the next 10 years."
Militant violence has risen steadily in the past three years, and a record number of U.S. and NATO troops are now in the country to combat it. Afghans will vote for president and provincial councils in a nationwide election Aug. 20, which the Taliban has vowed to disrupt.
Insecurity has already hampered candidates' ability to run for office and for election officials to prepare polling stations, the report said.Violence has "severely limited freedom of movement and constrained freedom of expression for candidates and supporters, hampering their ability to campaign openly through public gatherings or door-to-door visits," the joint report from the U.N. mission and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission said. "These restrictions have, in turn, created significant limitations on freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and amplified women's difficulties in participating in the electoral process," it said.
Afghan War: NATO Builds History's First Global Army
Two months before the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of NATO's first-ever ground war the world is witness to a 21st Century armed conflict without end waged by the largest military coalition in history.Taliban Gain Upper Hand in Afghanistan
With recent announcements that troops from such diverse nations as Colombia, Mongolia, Armenia, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine and Montenegro are to or may join those of some 45 other countries serving under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), there will soon be military personnel from fifty nations on five continents and in the Middle East serving under a unified command structure.
Never before have soldiers from so many states served in the same war theater, much less the same country.
Gen. McChrystal also said he would direct a "very significant" expansion of the Afghan army and national police -- which would double in size under the plans being finalized by senior U.S. military officers here -- and import a tactic first used in Iraq by moving U.S. troops onto small outposts in individual Afghan neighborhoods and villages.
for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs
and the man of lawlessness is revealed,
the man doomed to destruction.
~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3
Iranian court says 'confessions' prove Western plot
Senior Guard commander calls for Mousavi's arrest
China Says Plane diverted to Afghanistan Following Bomb Threat
An Afghan plane bound for the restive western Chinese region of Xinjiang was sent back to Afghanistan after a bomb threat, Chinese media said Sunday. Kam Air deputy chief Feda Mohammad Fedawi told The Associated Press that the plane, carrying 160 passengers, left Kabul and was crossing Kyrgyzstan on its way to the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi, when it was told to turn back.US urges Iran to release three hikers: Jim Jones
The Xinhua News Agency said there had been a bomb threat and Urumqi airport authorities had been told not to let the plane land. Kyrgyz authorities told the crew that Chinese authorities would not allow them into their airspace, Fedawi said. The plane could not return to the Afghan capital because of windy weather and was diverted to the southern city of Kandahar, Fedawi said. He said there had been no bomb threat. There was no immediate way to explain the differing accounts.
Politely "strong", no doubt.
The United States has sent strong messages to Iran urging the release of three American hikers who were detained there recently, U.S. National Security Adviser Jim Jones said on Sunday. "We have sent strong messages that we would like these three young people released as soon as possible, and also others that they have in their custody as well," Jones told NBC's "Meet the Press.BTW? The Reverend Jim Jones used to head NATO, he was on the board at Chevron and he was originally installed by by Queen Condi....
A run from this September 2008 Post:
2007: James Jones: Appointed Special Envoy for Middle East Security
Uh Oh. He used to head NATO.....
AND: He is on the board at CHEVRON
for because of such things
God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
~ Ephesians 5:6
Chevron Makes Angolan Oil Find
Chevron Corp. said Friday it has made a "significant" oil discovery in Angola's offshore waters, underscoring the West African nation's growing significance to Chevron and the country's rising stature as an energy producer as neighboring Nigeria copes with militant attacks.Chevron Angola's 100,000 BPD Oil Project Now Due 3Q
Angola's Oil Minister Says Crude at $70 a Barrel 'Is Not Bad'
Clinton Arrives in Angola, Talks With President, Oil Industry
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Angola where she is urging the government in Luanda to fight corruption and hold presidential elections.Remarks at Angolan National Assembly
Angola and Nigeria are Africa's largest producers of crude oil, and U.S. firms account for half of Angola's daily production. Hydrocarbons are a big part of Clinton's visit as she met with the petroleum minister and witnessed the signing of a deal between Chevron, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Angola's government to support agricultural production.
Despite Angola's vast oil wealth, two-thirds of its people live on less than $2.00 a day. The nation ranks 158th on the 180-nation list of most corrupt countries as judged by Transparency International.
US Department of State - Hillary Rodham Clinton
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chevron Corporation
...and the Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) to assist Angola in diversifying its economy by revitalizing small and medium scale commercial farming, and promoting agricultural development that is environmentally friendly, socially just and economically sustainable.Private Angola Oil Co Holders Share Names With Government Officials
"If these officials are in fact the same people as the shareholders of SHA, then the assumption has to be that Sonangol is abusing its regulatory power to help a private company whose owners include its own chairman"A brief history of Angola
Nigerian Army Rejects Calls to Withdraw from the Niger Delta
Militants in the region claim they are fighting for a greater share of oil wealth for local people. The breakdown of law and order has made the line between a militant and common criminal difficult to distinguish. The stealing of crude oil by armed gangs, pirates and their foreign collaborators costs Nigeria millions of dollars in lost revenue every year.
The government has deployed thousands of troops in the Niger Delta, a vast network of mangrove creeks in southern Nigeria, to check bunkering. Military gunboats have been positioned throughout the region to block waterways and restrict passage for smugglers vessels. Hydrocarbons account for more than 90 percent of Nigeria's exports and at least 80 percent of government revenue. With revenue down sharply down this year, the Nigeria government is desperate to push through a peace deal.
and perform signs and miracles
to deceive even the very elect...
if that were possible.
~ Mark 13:22
Detained North Korean ship's China voyages under scanner
Investigation by Integrated Command of Andaman and Nicobar Island’s officials have revealed that the detained suspicious North Korean Ship MV Mu San made several voyages to China without maintaining proper records. North Korea, now facing sanctions for allegedly building nuclear arms, has been a beneficiary of Chinese material and research.North Korea’s Dollar Store
Office 39, North Korea’s billion-dollar crime syndicate, pays for Kim Jong Il’s missiles and cognac. Why did the Bush White House choose not to shut it down?OIC envoys visit troubled south; Village official shot dead
It was March 5, 2009, and later that morning, he was due to be sentenced. Liu had been convicted of conspiracy and fraud involving millions of dollars made not by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing but by counterfeiting presses in a foreign country, presumably North Korea. The quality of these “supernote” forgeries is so high that he’d managed to pass enormous quantities through the electronic detection devices with which every Vegas slot machine is supposed to be equipped. The prosecutor was asking the judge to give him close to 25 years, and in the end Liu would receive more than 12.
Liu’s crimes threatened not only the integrity of America’s currency but the very fabric of international peace. They were part of a vast criminal enterprise believed to be controlled by the North Korean state, set up and used to finance its nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs. All of this, intelligence analysts say, is coordinated by a secret agency inside the North Korean government controlled directly by “the Dear Leader,” Kim Jong Il, himself.
The agency is known as Office 39. (Given the opacity of anything inside North Korea, experts differ on whether “Office” should be “Bureau” or even “Room”—and they also suspect that the number itself may change.) Until a few years ago, American law enforcement had Office 39 squarely in its sights—probing its networks, disabling its enablers, and gradually shutting off the sources of illegal hard currency. And then, peremptorily, the Bush administration shut this law-enforcement effort down.
THAILAND – Forty-two envoys from Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries and 13 journalists from Muslim countries Sunday began a visit to the violence-beset southern province of Pattani intending to gain firsthand knowledge of the overall situation as well as on Thai government’s determination to create peace and livelihood for the people in the region.Two Muslim village chiefs killed in Thai south
More than 3,500 people have been killed in the three restive southern border provinces -- Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat – since the insurgency flared in January 2004. Meanwhile, an assistant village chief in Narathiwat province was shot dead and his wife injured early Sunday after an unidentified gunman driving a motorcycle fired at them.
and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,
he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
~ James 1:26
A cargo ship with a Russian crew has disappeared off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, the Russian maritime journal Sovfracht reports.It says contact with the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea vessel, with a crew of 13, was lost on 28 July. Russia's navy and security services are trying to locate the ship. The same vessel was boarded by armed men in the Baltic Sea on 24 July. The attackers later left without taking any money or valuables, Sovfracht says.After a decade in power, Putin not ready to quit
Stupid headline. Vlad is Czar for life.
Medvedev's Big Brazilian Plans
Russia and Brazil have finally started to cooperate in the high-tech, space, energy and military sectors after years of false starts.Putin's posings a classic example of political porn
You know you love it, comrades.
Video Coverage on Corruption in Kyrgyzstan
For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,'
and, 'The time is near.'
Do not follow them."
~ Luke 21:8
UK: Mass brawl between right-wing group and anti-fascists as race riots spill onto streets of Birmingham
Witness Gary Nichols said: 'It started off with a group of white guys who were chanting, "England, England". I thought they were just football fans, but then a larger group of black and Asian people turned up and it all kicked off. You had people burning the Union flag. People were being kicked, some weren't anything to do with the protests.'Texan says God sent him to Israel to find oil
The Right-wing protesters were from the English and Welsh Defence League, formed after British soldiers were abused by Islamic radicals at a homecoming parade in Luton earlier this year. Their critics say they include soccer hooligans intent on inciting violence. They claim to be a 'multicultural organisation against militant Islam' which has 'no issues with Muslims who wish us no harm'.
The Unite Against Fascism group meanwhile is an umbrella organisation formed by the Anti-Nazi League and the National Assembly Against Racism in response to the rising electoral threat of the BNP. On its website it urged people to join the protest to 'show these thugs their brand of vicious racism is not wanted'. Chaos erupted when the opposing factions clashed in New Street, which runs between where the respective protests where held.
Drugs gangs, flu dominate North American summit
Hank Paulson In Constant Contact With Goldman During Crisis
Bottom line: he was in touch with Goldman a lot.The secret history of TARP: How Goldman bailed out Goldman
Brics set to power global economy
Fed does not need more powers
The Obama administration’s financial reform proposals would grant the Federal Reserve significant new powers. These powers – which fall under the rubric “systemic risk authority” – will have a negative impact on the conduct of monetary policy. The unintended consequence would be to increase not reduce systemic risk.
What are these new powers? The Fed would be given authority to determine whether any “individual financial firm poses a threat to financial stability”. All such Fed-designated firms would then be placed in a special group called “Tier I Financial Holding Companies”. The Fed would then have the power to supervise all companies in this group. They would also become subject to a new “resolution regime” through which the government could, at a moment’s notice, take one over or order its sale. The Fed would also have the power to collect “periodic and other reports” from all US financial groups that meet certain minimum (as yet unspecified) size standards. And the power of the Fed to intervene in any private firm or market under the “unusual and exigent circumstances” clause of the Federal Reserve Act would not be circumscribed in any specific way, effectively ratifying the type of actions that some have argued test the limits or even go beyond existing law.
The closing of the Christian womb
A century ago, Christians dominated the intellectual and commercial life of the Levant, comprising more than one-fifth of the 13 million people of Turkey, the region's ruling power, and most of the population of Lebanon. Ancient communities flourished in what is now Iraq and Syria. But starting with the Armenian genocide in 1914 and continuing through the massacre and expulsion of Anatolian Greeks in 1922-1923, the Turks killed three to four million Christians in Turkey and the Ottoman provinces. Thus began a century of Muslim violence that nearly has eradicated Christian communities in the cradle of their religion.Christians Oppose Muslim Push for Sharia in Kenya
Washington, D.C. (August 7, 2009) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Muslim leaders are calling for Sharia to be enshrined in Kenya’s constitution. The move is opposed by Christian leaders who fear that it will lead to greater persecution, as it has in Sudan and Nigeria. Islamic courts, known as Kadhi, have existed for a long time at district levels in Kenya. But they were limited to settling divorce, inheritance and marriage disputes among Muslims. Kenya has drafted a new constitution which seeks to expand the power of the Islamic courts to include settlement of civil and commercial disputes. Kenyan Muslim leaders are also pushing to elevate the courts to the national level and give them the same privileges as the secular courts.
Federal Marshals Abandon Doctor Targeted by Anti-Abortion Extremists
Dig the language in this crap... "abandon" ... as if Federal Marshals should have legitimately been dispatched to protect this guy to begin with. Their sense of entitlement delusion is astounding.
6.6 earthquake near Santa Cruz Islands, no tsunami warning
Despite mounting threats to the clinic--and potentially to the life--of Nebraska Dr. Leroy Carhart, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has removed the federal marshals earlier charged with protecting him.Dr. Carhart lost his federal marshal protection two weeks ago, much to the alarm of pro-choice leaders, leaving him vulnerable at a time when anti-choice violence has been escalating across the country, and when Carhart himself has been openly targeted by groups such as Operation Rescue, which is calling for protests at his clinic later this month.
Typhoon Pummels Taiwan; 600 Missing in Mudslide
If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age,
he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:18
World's Most Famous Athiest Coming To South Carolina?
I'm sure SC can hardly contain their excitement at the honor of being chosen!
Dawkins was rumored to have been deciding between either South Carolina or Southern California, but he apparently wants to acknowledge the Palmetto State’s growing atheist population. The visit will reportedly take place on October 12, although no details have been released to the public.UK Scientists, Comedians Say Libel Case Hurts Science Debate
A libel lawsuit by British chiropractors exemplifies how English defamation laws are stifling medical debate, according to U.K. scientists and comedians who joke about science.Pope: concentration camps a symbol of evil
The British Chiropractic Association sued Simon Singh, a science writer, over a Guardian newspaper article last year in which he criticized the use of chiropractic treatments for children’s ailments including asthma and colic, rather than for simple back pain.
“We’re not talking about gossip and tittle-tattle; it’s about issues in the public interest,” Singh said in a telephone interview. “Libel cases have become so expensive and time consuming, there’s a huge pressure on authors and scholars to back down. It’s almost foolish to defend your case.”
Singh says he has already spent about 100,000 pounds ($166,900) in court costs, and could face up to a million pounds if he loses at trial. Singh and supporters including comic actors Stephen Fry and Ricky Gervais, touring with a show called “Science;” Astronomer Royal Martin Rees; and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins are seeking to have English libel law changed to shift burdens of proof away from the defendant, arguing the way the law is applied discourages debate.
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy -- Pope Benedict XVI says that Nazi concentration camps were "extreme symbols of evil" and hell on earth.A man supposedly so intelligent should surely be able word things more succinctly. When he does not, I must assume the deceptobabble is on. Here he again says what is right, and what is wrong, all in the same statement. He is very very good at this, he is a clever politician.
The pontiff says concentration camps are a symbol of the hell that comes to earth when man forgets God and replaces him, usurping his right to decide what is right and what is wrong, to give life and death.
Concentration camps are not SYMBOLS of evil. They are not the same as a swastika, for instance, which IS a symbol of evil. I assure you there is zero SYMBOLIC about concentration camps. There were reality and that reality is looking to make a comeback. And in the midst of that reality, you speak this "symbolic" crap. Okeedokee then.