Obama Joker artist unmasked
When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "Batman" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was, Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grassroots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago. Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the recognizable clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.Hamas turns on al-Qaida
"After Obama was elected, you had all of these people who basically saw him as the second coming of Christ," Alkhateeb said. "From my perspective, there wasn't much substance to him."
Although Alkhateeb claims he was making no political statement with the artwork, he's plugged into the Washington debate. Though born in the United States, his Palestinian family closely follows Middle Eastern politics. "I think he's definitely doing better than Bush was," Alkhateeb said of Obama. Alkhateeb's views on foreign relations align with the Democrats, he said, while he prefers Republican ideals on domestic issues. Alkhateeb's assessment of Obama: "In terms of domestic policy, I don't think he's really doing much good for the country right now," he said. "We don't have to 'hero worship' the guy."
Someday, Alkhateeb hopes to be a history teacher and high school football coach. He won't be pursuing a full-time career in art, but he'll continue playing with Photoshop on the side. He's honored by Shepard Fairey's assessment of his Joker picture, but disagrees with some of Fairey's comments criticizing the message of the Socialism poster. "He made a picture of Bush as a vampire," Alkhateeb said about Fairey. "That's kind of speaking with two faces."
Hamas has observed a de facto truce with the Israelis since the January fighting, and this has weakened its radical credentials in Gaza. The Rafah shootout is not the first challenge Hamas has faced from the jihadists -- and it probably won't be the last. Indeed, the tempo of actions by these groups appears to be accelerating and widening. Jund Ansar Allah emerged in November 2008 saying it sought to emulate al-Qaida. It was thought to have some 500 members, including fighters from Yemen, Egypt and Syria. Twenty of its men attempted to attack the Nahal Oz border crossing into Israel several weeks ago. Four of the jihadists were killed.Abbas slams Hamas fight with Salafis in Gaza
Hamas, the Emirate and the Waiting
Well Endowed American Whores of the Caliphate Proclaim:
Fatah Congress Strengthens Abu Mazen and Rejuvenates the Movement
By The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace!
Well Endowed American Whores of the Caliphate Simultaneously Suggest:
Formula for Engaging Hamas
By The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace!
Abbas: Dialogue with Hamas 'inevitable,' but not with Israel
Mubarak holds Mideast talks in US
Egypt's president is in Washington for the first time in nearly five years to hold talks that are expected to focus on Israel and the Palestinians and Iran's nuclear programme. Hosni Mubarak met Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, on Monday, a day before he is due to hold talks with US President Barack Obama at the White House. Clinton spoke with Mubarak about the Arab-Israeli peace process and Iran but also talked about Egypt's human rights record, Phillip J. Crowley, a US state department spokesman, said. "We would like to see Egypt embark on a path to expand political dialogue in the country, expand political participation in the Egyptian political process. And we will continue to raise these issues with Egypt," Crowley said.Fatah: Hamas Uses Mosques to Spread Hatred
So do we... but who is counting, my friends? Peace!
Israel ministers agree to halt settlement tenders
"Since the government took office five months ago, it is an indisputable fact that no new tenders have been issued in Judea and Samaria, that is the reality," Atias told public radio, using the Hebrew name for the West Bank."It is an attempt to reach understanding with the US administration."Republican Huckabee in Israel:
It is only unrealistic if you intend to let the Juden live, silly Huckabee!
~ Glow Ballers for World Peace Through Dead Juden
Huckabee says that establishing a Palestinian state in "the middle of the Jewish homeland" would be "unrealistic."NY Muslims: Collect the Jizya from the Jews and Christians - VIDEO
Iraqi gays tortured and killed
BAGHDAD — Militiamen are torturing and killing gay Iraqi men with impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities, a prominent human rights group said in a report.Human Rights Watch called on the Iraqi government to act urgently to stop the abuses, warning that so-called social cleansing poses a new threat to security even as other violence recedes.The bodies of several gay men were found in Baghdad's main Shiite district of Sadr City earlier this year with the Arabic words for "pervert" and "puppy" — considered derogatory terms for homosexuals in Iraq — written on their chests.Egypt signs $2.3 billion oil, gas agreements
Trial of Bahai's in Iran accused of espionage postponed
The trial of seven members of the Baha'i religion on charges of espionage which had been scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed, a judiciary statement said Monday. According to the statement by the revolutionary court, carried by the ISNA news agency and quoted by Deutsche Presse Agentur, the trial was postponed at the request of lawyers who needed more time to read the case files and charges. No new date has yet been set for the new trial, ISNA said. The seven are charged with "spying for aliens," including Israel. Teheran claims to have documents proving the charges. Unlike Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, Bahaism is illegal in Iran. It is a monotheistic religion that emphasizes the spiritual unity of the major world religions and mankind. Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi was reportedly leading the defense for the Baha'is, who are also charged with propaganda against the Islamic system in Iran and insulting religious sanctities.French academic freed from Iranian prison
Sarkozy thanks the European Union and allies, specifically Syria, for their help in obtaining Reiss's release from jail.Notorious Afghan Strongman Joins Campaign for Karzai
Right to rape: is that what we're fighting for?
Another COIN Skeptic: Hamid Karzai
North Korean ship captain questioned
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty got an exclusive interview with Hamid Karzai after yesterday’s presidential debate. The whole thing’s fairly predictable — Karzai lists his accomplishments in office and dismisses his critics — until Karzai slips this in:
“I repeat that the war on terrorism is not inside Afghanistan, as was the case in the past. This war is not in our homes, in our villages, or [winnable by] arresting our people. This war should be pursued inside terrorist sanctuaries and training centers, and they are all outside Afghanistan, as is being proven now.”
My emphasis. That sounds a whole lot like a rejection of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s approach to the war, which he recently explained to The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe as “look[ing] at those parts of the country that are most important — and those typically, in an insurgency, are the population centers.” And sure, there’s a certain amount of expectation among U.S. observers that Karzai will and needs to pander to nationalistic sentiment. But it’s also difficult to spool those comments back should Karzai use them to win on Thursday. His point that there aren’t “terrorist sanctuaries” in Afghanistan anymore has been raised by counterinsurgency and Afghanistan-war critics for the last several weeks. By implication, Karzai is opening up more of a door to reconciling with the Taliban than he has to date — a good overview of that comes in today’s New York Times — by ruling the Afghan-centric organization out of the cohort of legitimate enemies.
TIMES NOW has an exclusive tape of interrogation of the north Korean ship crew. The crew were interrogated by a team of Andaman police, CID and Army intelligence. 3 to 4 people of the crew were interrogated by the Special Investigation Team. Crew members were interrogated after bringing them onto the shore. They were also interrogated on why they had anchored in India without permission. They were asked as to what cargo they were carrying.Detained North Korean ship may be booked under Maritime Act
Question: Why did you enter Indian waters without permission?
Captain: We had a mechanical fault and the ship began drifting towards Indian waters. There was little we could do.
Question Why did you not SOS Indian authorities?
Captain: We had a problem with the language and did not know what to do. It was a genuine linguistic problem.
Question: Do you have any radioactive material on your ship?
Captain: No, we do not have nuclear material onboard.
North Korea threatens nuclear strike over joint military exercises
Australia says China canceled minister's visit over Uighur Activist Visa
CANBERRA, Australia — China canceled a senior minister’s trip in anger that Australia granted a visa to an exiled Uighur activist, the government said Tuesday, in the latest sign that ties between the two countries are strained.China Cracks Down on Foreign Representative Offices
Beijing is upset that Australia defied its wishes by granting a visa to Rebiya Kadeer, an ethnic Uighur Muslim from China’s west who lives in exile in the United States, so that she could attend a film festival in the southern city of Melbourne this month. Relations also have been strained by the arrest in China of Australian citizen Stern Hu among four employees of the mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. who were charged with infringing trade secrets and bribery in the multibillion-dollar iron ore trade.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith’s office confirmed Tuesday that the Kadeer furor was the reason Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei did not attend a summit of 16 Pacific nation leaders in the northern city of Cairns in early August.
Under instructions from the State Council, SAIC has produced draft regulations entitled Registration and Administration of Resident Representatives Office of Foreign Enterprises. The draft regulations are currently being revised and are expected to be approved by the State Council some time in the near future. "According to recent reports from local bureaus for industry and commerce, the current organization of representative offices of foreign enterprises is rather chaotic," the source quoted above observed.Exxon, PetroChina Ink Australian Gas Deal
Sinopec completes China's biggest foreign takeover
Russia cooperated with hackers in Georgian cyberattack
Vladimir Putin Speaks neo-Soviet Gibberish Fluently
A report from the nonprofit US Cyber Consequences Unit confirms what only made sense about last year’s cyber attack on Georgia. It was carried about by independent groups with a special relationship to the Russian government. As InfoWeek relates, the report concludes:Even worse: the attacks are deployed over botnets created by taking over innocent users’ computers. In that case, research director John Bumgarner says, “Where are the battle lines in cyberspace? And who is the enemy?” So, this is a trend the group expects to continue and expand. I would say it has been happening for a long time with attacks on US computers coming from Chinese computers but with no proof the Chinese government is actually involved.
“Many of the cyber attacks were so close in time to the corresponding military operations that there had to be close cooperation between people in the Russian military and the civilian cyber attackers,” the report overview states. “When the cyber attacks began, they did not involve any reconnaissance or mapping state, but jumped directly to the sort of packets that were best suited to jamming the Web sites under attack. This indicates that the necessary reconnaissance and the writing of the attack scripts had to have been done in advance.”
On a visit last week to Abkhazia, Vladimir Putin reminded the world just how deep his KGB roots run. He spewed lies so ridiculous, so totally detached from reality, as to bespeak the worst and most humiliating moments of Soviet-era gibberish. Putin claimed that “practically all of international society” blames Georgia for the August war with Russia. When asked how this could be so since the overwhemling majority of Westerners openly condemn Russian aggression and have refused to recognize either Ossetia or Abkhazia, Putin explained: “In the West, what is called the West, we have plenty of supporters. They are all under a certain pressure from NATO’s leading country, the United States. And, to put it bluntly, many of them don’t publicly state their positions, because they would then diverge from the U.S. position.” Paranoia and lies from a classic neo-Soviet man.Russia's Medvedev sacks Ingush official after bombing
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday he was sacking the interior minister in the southern republic of Ingushetia after a suicide bomb there killed at least 20 people. "This act of terror could have been averted," Medvedev told a meeting of senior officials during a visit to the southern Russian city of Astrakhan.Wounded in Russia Ingushetia bomb rises to 118
"The police must protect the people and the police must also be able to defend themselves... I have decided to remove (from his post) Ingushetia's interior minister."
FACTBOX-Key facts about Russia's region of Ingushetia
A look at the republics in Russia's violence-wracked Caucasus region
The mountainous regions just to the north of Russia’s southern border known as the North Caucasus have long been troubled by violence, stoked by poverty, Islamic extremism, ethnic tensions, feuding criminal gangs and the two separatist wars that ravaged Chechnya since 1994. Here’s brief look at the regions, their history and their conditions....Russia Says Ship and Crew Are Found
Russia, Israel set to discuss Mideast peace, Iran
Russia aspires to host an international conference to discuss the Middle East peace process, and Medvedev and Peres are expected to discuss the issue during Tuesday's talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.Russian dam disaster kills 10, scores missing
Volcano in Kamchatka ejecting columns of gas, vapor
Russians revealed in secret talks with Crystallex (Venezuela)
Confidential sources close to Crystallex de Venezuela C.A. -- speaking exclusively to VHeadline.com -- have revealed that the Toronto-based transnational mining corporation is in urgent talks with the Russians aimed at a resolution to the company's Las Cristinas gold mine dilemma in Venezuela before its available cash runs out completely next month.Majority owner Gazprom offers EUR 96 per share in oil company NIS
Negotiations with the Russians have been held under conditions of utmost secrecy but we can reveal that Crystallex chairman & CEO Robert Fung has been talking with key executives of Russian Gazprom at various locations in France and (we understand) Moscow during an unlikely "vacation" in Northern Europe.
Azerbaijan plays off Russia against Iran and US in Caspian region
Medvedev suggests here he will be meeting with Ahmadi-Nejad soon
President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Russian companies should develop offshore oil production in the Caspian Sea and build more ports and upgrade shipyards on the shore as a way of boosting the regional economy. “Think about achieving these goals,” Medvedev told the chief executives assembled for a meeting of his advisory State Council in Astrakhan, including Gazprom chief Alexei Miller and LUKoil chief Vagit Alekperov.High-Level US Military Delegation Visits Turkmenistan
The Caspian Sea area is home to economically depressed regions such as Dagestan and the Astrakhan region. Alekperov told the meeting that LUKoil expected to start pumping oil from its Caspian field, called Yury Korchagin, next year. It is also developing another offshore field with Gazprom.
Medvedev also called for a quicker division of the sea by the five littoral countries that include Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Medvedev announced that he would meet with the heads of the other Caspian states “in the near future.”
He didn’t elaborate, but his visit to Turkmenistan is scheduled for next month. Russia and the other four littoral states have been negotiating for 12 years to divide the energy-rich sea but haven’t been able to reconcile their proposals. “I will put it bluntly: These talks haven’t gone ahead easily. Sometimes they simply don’t move forward,” Medvedev said, Interfax reported.
Dragon plans on hold
Dragon Oil has put on hold plans for a broad restructuring until Dubai’s Emirates National Oil Company, the majority shareholder, decides whether to make a formal takeover bid. “The bid from Enoc is ongoing,” said Abdul Jaleel al-Khaleefa, chief executive of Dragon, a Dublin-listed producer of oil in the Caspian Sea off Turkmenistan.Head of State Publishing Service of Turkmenistan dismissed
During the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, August 14, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov satisfied the request of Chairman of the State Publishing Service Annanur Chariyarov by relieving him of the post on the health reason and thanking him for the long service and conscientious work.US Central Command Commander Visits Troops at Manas
TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- Making a brief stop here, the U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. David Petraeus visited men and women at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 16. During his visit, Petraeus briefed service members and coalition forces deployed to the Transit Center as well as talked about the roles they play, serving as the gateway for personnel transiting in and out of Afghanistan.Tajik-Afghan Prisoner Exchange Still On Hold
"What you're doing here has directly enabled all that is going on in Afghanistan," Petraeus said. During the briefing at Pete's Place, Petraeus answered questions from Airmen and asked leadership for thoughts on improving the Center.
The general had high praise for Manas members. "You are America," Petraeus said. "Your actions and what you've done recently in particular, such as helping the citizens of this country, the Birdik School and other local schools, are fostering a great positive relationship between the United States and Kyrgyzstan. Your actions are very impressive."
There is no exact information on the number of Tajik citizens serving prison terms in Afghan prisons.Alhambra to Increase Gold Output After Kazakhstan Court Victory
Central Asia Sounds Alarm Over Islamic Radicalism
KOSH-KORGON, Kyrgyzstan — The three men were locals who were said to have once crossed into nearby Afghanistan to wage war alongside the Taliban. They then returned, militant wayfarers apparently bent on inciting an Afghan-style insurgency in this tinderbox of a valley in Central Asia. By late June, they were holed up in a house here, stockpiling Kalashnikov rifles and watching pirated DVDs of martial arts movies.....Uzbekistan: Women in Bukhara are prohibited to go to mosques
According to Uzbekistani Committee for religious affairs, in 2009 Friday prayer in the Bukhara mosques was attended by over thousand women. Two mosques, Khuzha tabband and Piri dastgir, were especially popular. However, since recently the representatives of law enforcement bodies, clergy and mahallah (district) committees have been actively urging Muslim women stop visiting mosques and reached significant success.Goldman Sachs: We were never really in trouble
In the opinion of Shohida Abdullaeva, the Director of Zhubori Kalon, Bukhara-based religious school for female, women go to mosques due to their lack of knowledge. "This is the religious illiteracy. According to Hadis [the interpretation of Koran], if a man prays in the mosque, he will be eligible for 26 savob [acts of kindness]. A woman can be eligible for 27 savob if she prays at home. Therefore, Muslim women pray at home", Abdullaeva tells to Ferghana.Ru correspondent.
But in response to criticism, Goldman remains defiant, insisting that it never had a problem; if it did have a problem it would have taken care of it; and there was no need to do anything about a problem anyway. Goldman president Gary D. Cohn told The New York Times that "We did not have a near-death experience," and added that the government saved the financial industry as a whole but did not save Goldman Sachs.Gold Man Sacks High Priest Cohen Says Recession Is Ending 'Now'
Oy what a joker this guy is!
Sachs Appeal: Meet Tim Geithner's Wall St Consigliere
Goldman Sach's golden parachute
On March 15, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and a top lieutenant named Lee Sachs were summoned to the Roosevelt Room for a three o'clock meeting with the president and his chief advisers. For Team Obama, early March had been the psychological low point of the financial crisis. The Dow had sagged to a post-crisis nadir of 6440, with the stock prices of banks like Citigroup and Bank of America stuck in remainder-bin territory. Nobel Prize-winning critics like Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz had accused the administration of tinkering at the margins with its plan to purchase toxic assets from banks—or, worse, of catering to Wall Street. "[T]he administration would shower benefits on everyone who made the mistake of buying the stuff," Krugman thundered in his New York Times column.
The Roosevelt Room meeting was a drawn-out affair—the president stayed until five o'clock, then returned at seven for almost three hours. The motion on the floor was whether or not to abandon the Treasury plan. Though no adviser was eager to seize a major bank, some, like National Economic Council director Larry Summers, wondered if Treasury was underestimating the need for a more aggressive approach.
But Sachs and Geithner gradually defused these concerns. It was Geithner's habit to insist, "You could not want to do something that bold more than I do," before explaining why the boldest course was not, in fact, desirable. Sachs was, if anything, even more leery of nationalization. A trim, balding man in his mid-40s, Sachs had spent more than a decade at the investment bank Bear Stearns. He had the banker's penchant for funereal-looking suits, which sometimes clashed with his boyish expression and youthful voice. Around Treasury, Sachs was fond of comparing the decision to seize a large bank with the decision to invade Iraq. "There are hundreds of billions of dollars of value in these institutions," he'd say. "If you're going to go and destroy that ... you'd better know there are WMD there."
Goldman Sachs, PIMCO Exit Federal Reserve's MBS-Purchase Plan
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday it “streamlined” the list of external investment managers in the agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchase program from four to two. The Fed shed investment managers Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) from the list. It retained Wellington Management Co. for trading and settlement services and as a secondary provider of risk and analytics support. It also retained BlackRock Financial Management as the primary provider of risk and analytics support.Fannie and Freddie Ready to Explode
Fannie Mae recently told us they need another $10.7 billion of taxpayer money, after already receiving about $34 billion . . . that fools like Carney Frank and Dudley Dodd told us would never be needed.Fed Extends TALF Program for Commercial Real Estate
Freddie Mac headlines recently shouted out how great things are because they didn't lose money . . . if you excluded dividends they were required to pay. So in reality, they lost money. It's funny, how we crave reality when it comes to TV shows, but we don't want any part of it when it comes to our financial systems or our futures.
... program beyond the new expiration dates, saying it “will consider in the future whether unusual and exigent circumstances warrant a further extension."Oil prices tumble below $66 per barrel
Oil Rises as Dollar Decline Spurs Investors to Buy Commodities
Commodity Traders' $1 Million Bonus as Oil Doubles
Big Banks Conceal Identity Using Stealth Spending, Anti-Branding
LOOK! "Anti-Branding!" Who knew?
Pay Czar for bailed-out firms says he can 'claw back' money
We previously covered one clothing company and its undertaking of an anti-branding campaign, removing logos from its gear to focus on designing a superior product. In July we spotted a covert Starbucks store in Seattle. Now big banks are also taking measures to avoid being identified using “stealth spending” at sponsored events.
During the U.S. Open golf tournament at Bethpage Black, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley all brought clients to the Heritage Club, an exclusive corporate hospitality center. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on tables but those responsible could not be identified, logos on tote bags and polos were no more.
According to The New York Times the gatherings are sometimes so well disguised that even the event planners might not know whose event they are working on.
Behold Ken "The Claw" Feinberg, Glorious Pay Czar! Render unto Seizer!
The Obama administration's pay czar for bailed-out companies, Kenneth Feinberg, sounds like he's taking the czar title very seriously. Feinberg said on Sunday he has broad and "binding" authority over executive compensation, including the ability to "claw back" money already paid, and he is weighing how and whether to use that power.Pentagon Web site redesigned to appeal to younger audience
Feinberg has been consulting with seven companies that have yet to pay back money they borrowed from the government: Citigroup, American International Group, Bank of America Corp., Chrysler Financial, Chrysler Group, General Motors and GMAC. Those companies faced a deadline of Friday [to submit]proposals to Feinberg for their top 25 employees. He also said he has the authority to use a "clawback" provision to go after compensation for executives from any company that received money from the U.S. Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
In other words, even companies that have already repaid TARP funds, such as Goldman Sachs Group, could be subject to clawbacks. But Feinberg's focus in the near term is the seven companies named above. The 63-year-old attorney has been given the job of determining whether pay agreements are fairly based on performance and whether they could encourage reckless risk-taking.
Groovus! Yet another way to compile lists! Two way communication indeed!
The Defense Department on Monday unveiled a fresh look for its Web site, focused on increasing two-way communication.New command wants airmen for nuclear mission
Nukes are today’s “it” job in the Air Force. Higher pay, better training, and faster promotions are all in the pipeline, which top leaders are betting will get airmen to put Minot, Malmstrom, F.E. Warren, Barksdale and Offutt — all bases that have nuclear-related jobs — at the top of their dream sheets, not at the bottom.By the end of next year, the service wants to add 2,500 airmen to its nuclear mission, reorganized and re-energized under the new Global Strike Command.DHS expands biometric security program
“Bringing a new major command on line tells airmen that the nuclear mission has a long-term place in the Air Force,” Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Aug. 5, two days before Global Strike Command stood up at Barksdale Air Force Base, the command’s new headquarters.All the attention to the nuclear enterprise is for good reason: Not much had been paid to it for the last 20 years. Without a Soviet Union, the threat was certainly less — as was the sense of doing important work. Airmen fled the nuke jobs, looking for greater career opportunities and more pleasant places to live than North Dakota in the dead of winter.
Now, though, Schwartz lists the nuclear mission as his No. 1 priority. And in the same week that the Air Force stood up Global Strike Command, in a move reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia sent nuclear-powered submarines to patrol international waters — off the East Coast.
Global Entry Trusted Traveler program to be available at 13 additional airports this monthDHS plans cyber ops FUSION wiki
The Homeland Security Department plans to develop a “cyber ops wiki” that agencies can use to improve collaboration on cybersecurity effortsWhite House to host immigration meeting
WASHINGTON - The White House is hosting an immigration discussion Thursday with advocates, religious groups, businesses and law enforcers as part of an effort to bring all parties to the heated debate into one room. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the discussion, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting is not public.Bruno Napolitano Refuses to Deny Lesbian Rumors
My Rod and my Staff, they comfort me.....
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was quizzed by Deborah Solomon in the NYT Magazine this week. One line of questioning dealt with rumors that she's a lesbian. Napolitano danced around the answers, but never said "no".
Is there anything you’d like to say to Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, who said you would be perfect for your current job because you have “no life.”
It takes one to know one.
Men don’t know what to make of women who choose to be single. Rumors of lesbianism have dogged women in politics like you, Condoleezza Rice and Ann Richards.
Right. I think the more people get to know a person, the less that becomes an issue. It’s interesting. In Arizona when I first ran for public office, that’s when the rumors were going around, and of course I’m sure they go around now.
In 2002, during your gubernatorial campaign, you publicly denied rumors that you were a lesbian.
I just happen not to be married.
Are you seeing anybody now?
Yes, my staff.
Grassley Seeks Fairness Doctrine Clarification
Chief Diversity Officer! Jewsus save us from Chief Diversity Officers.
Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa has asked FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to reaffirm his opposition to re-imposition of the Fairness Doctrine, prompted by the FCC's appointment of Mark Lloyd as the FCC's chief diversity officer. The doctrine is the scrapped FCC policy that broadcasters had an affirmative obligation to seek out opposing viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance.Microsoft's First Big Newspaper Partnership
In a letter to Genachowski posted on the Senator's Web site, Grassley said he had "serious reservations" that the chairman was backing away from statements made to Grassley in a meeting prior to Genachowski's confirmation in the Senate that the chairman "did not support an effort to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine." Genachowkski said the same thing more recently in an interview with B&C.
But Grassley said he had "serious reservations that you may be moving away from these statements you made to me regarding the Fairness Doctrine given the appointment of Mr. Lloyd to a position within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the FCC." Grassley said he was concerned by Lloyd's writings as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he was co-author of a June 2007 paper, "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio."
Lloyd's appointment to the diversity post also created a flurry of comment in the blogosphere from those familiar with the paper, in which Lloyd and nine other co-authors suggest ways to balance talk radio, including station ownership caps, more licensing oversight and allowing stations who do not want to meet public interest benchmarks to pay a fee to support public broadcasters.
On Monday, Advance Internet is announcing its new partnership with Microsoft, an agreement that tells us a few things about the emerging, post-recession marketplace. Advance Publications, Inc., isn't a well-known name outside the industry. Yet, it's one of the major media companies in the country, encompassing through Conde Nast more than 20 top-drawer magazines (The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair, Gourmet+), the apparently immortal Sunday Parade, the 42-city strong American City Business Journals group and cable interests, in addition to its 30 newspapers.Mexican Army Takes Over Customs At Border
A very private company, Forbes ranks it 41st among private companies in the country, taking in more than $7.5 billion.So when Advance partners its online newspaper ad business with Microsoft -- when it zags when many of its peers are zigging -- it's worth taking note. The new partnership covers all the Advance newspaper properties, from Newark and Jersey City to Cleveland to Michigan to Portland, Oregon, with many in between. Advance Internet operates as a division, separate from the company's newspapers, but is set up to leverage all those papers' content and sales forces.The new partnership -- already launched in part -- parallels the Yahoo Newspaper Consortium, but differs from it in one important respect.
Mexico's Army took control of customs Sunday on the busy US border, as federal authorities pulled agents off the job in a massive anti-corruption shakeup, officials told AFP. An Interior Ministry official said the dismissals were being carried out at all Mexican border facilities, and that the customs agents were being replaced. Customs agents were sacked after some were found to be linked to contraband operations, according to sources at the ministry.Reaction to Lombard arrest hypocritical
In the wake of Frank Lombard's arrest on child sex charges, it is interesting to evaluate the response of Duke's administration and faculty and the city of Durham. What if President Brodhead, the Trustees, the faculty and the city reacted in the same impetuous way they did the last time a member of the Duke community was accused of such a heinous crime?Obama's Science Advisor advocates for Compulsory Population Control
Imagine it now: Students take out full page ads condemning the faculty and administrators as a whole; the Trustees suspend all Duke officials from normal work; protests are staged outside of the Allen Building to chant obscenities and taunt any individual attempting to enter; people that previously had no interaction with the administration are suddenly thrust into positions to analyze the "administration subculture on child sex and how it proliferates in the general Duke population."
Based on the precedent set in Spring 2006, in which the lacrosse team and entire student body were systematically maligned, this seems like the rational way to handle controversy and crisis on the Duke campus. And given that no one has admitted any wrongdoing in the wake since (aside from President Brodhead's "heartfelt" address at an obscure Fall 2007 law school event), one is led to assume that no lessons were learned from that ordeal.
In no way do we condone the charges brought before Frank Lombard, and the evidence seems quite condemning. However, this isolated event has again brought to light the hypocrisy and lack of culpability still embedded in the Duke lacrosse scandal, a reality that continues to negatively affect the fabric of the Duke community.
Hamish Russell, Trinity '08
Drew Braucht, Pratt '08
More fags and dead babies! It's the only way!
The Mad Scientist at the White House
There's a genuine big shot inside the White House who has advocated the sort of population-control policies that we associate with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and power-drunk mad scientists in science-fiction movies. And President Obama appointed him.Obama Czar Favors “Planetary Regime”
STFU, FISHY SPLEEN BREATH. NONE OF THIS IS HAPPENING.
That Holdren endorsed the concept of a “planetary regime” is shocking, considering that he is now a top White House official.Dawkins' website forum hacked
In fairness, however, it doesn’t seem much different from Pope Benedict XVI’s endorsement of a “World Political Authority,” which was included in his recent encyclical.
Devotion to some form of world government seems popular in religious and government circles these days, especially in the age of Obama. The difference, of course, is that Holdren was confirmed by the Senate of the United States and his salary is paid by U.S. taxpayers.
A website forum run by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was compromised on Monday. Cybercrooks hacked into the forum to send members an invite to sign up to a warez site. A message on RichardDawkins.net confirms the hack and adds that site admins are working to restore the forum to normal.Operation Fishy Skunked
By Tuesday morning the forum was back, and apparently fighting fit. Members' discussion on the hack can be found in a thread here. Elsewhere on the forum, administrators report that they have bolstered security on the site and reported the attack to the FBI.
It's unclear what personal information was accessed during the attack, much less how it was carried out. Rik Ferguson, a security consultant at Trend Micro, quips the the attack is proof there's no “Intelligent Design” on Dawkins' forum. Dawkins is noted for his no-holds-barred criticism of religion, which he describes as a delusion, and championing humanist and atheist views. The forum on the site boasts 68,083 members.
The White House on Monday shut down its controversial effort to collect information about what opponents of the president's health care overhaul were saying in person and on the Internet, but said it will continue to track "misinformation" through its Web site.HEYOKA Magazine
Ancient Roman 'Urban Mansion' Revealed in City of David
Tsunami Dead Drowning in a Wave of Apathy
A TSUNAMI drill will be the focus of national and international media attention on Phuket and all along the Andaman coast later this week. Given the Indian Ocean earthquake that shook the seabed just last week, it's clearly vital to never forget the tsunami, or the suffering and sympathy it triggered.UK: Street preacher faces arrest for reading the Bible in public:
Yet it appears that, coming up for five years on, the enthusiasm to help and the spirit of global generosity that followed the big wave has ebbed away to nothing. Thailand's Tsunami Victim Cemetery, to the north of Phuket in the neighboring province of Phang Nga, is overgrown with weeds now. It has the appearance of having been deserted months ago.
To the embarrassment of 40 countries, the process of identifying and repatriating victims of the Boxing Day 2004 natural disaster, although not yet complete, appears to be at a standstill. Across a road from the cemetery, the main gate to the Royal Thai Police identification and repatriation centre was padlocked shut on Saturday.
We gained access through a side entrance and found the centre to be unkempt and occupied only by the long-term caretaker-cremator and his dogs. Generators continue to keep some identified bodies cool, awaiting collection, in a line of containers. However, now some of the doors to the containers no longer close. Decay pervades the place. Trolleys that were once used to wheel bodies to be repatriated have become overgrown with vines.
Miguel Hayworth, 29, has been a street preacher in the city for the last five years. He said he was approached by several police officers whilst preaching in St Ann’s Square at the end of July, according to The Telegraph. He was accompanied by his father at the time, who was handing out gospel tracts to passers-by.Safety drill this week at Monticello nuclear plant
"At 2pm, I was approached on more than one occasion by several police officers who falsely accused me, stating that I was inciting hatred with homophobic and racial comments," Mr Hayworth was quoted as saying by the newspaper. "One plain-clothed officer, who was with the other two uniformed officers, said: 'It is against the law to preach and hand out tracts: preaching causes offence and handing out tracts is harassment and could result in an arrest.'"
Excerpts from the King James version of the Bible read aloud by Mr Hayworth included Romans 1.27 - in which Paul speaks of men who, “leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly” – and 1 Corinthians 6.9, in which Paul warns that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. A second police officer came at 2.30pm and warned Mr Hayworth again that inciting religious and racial hatred was an arrestable offence.
St. Paul, Minn. — Emergency responders will descend on Monticello this week for a full-scale preparedness drill at the nuclear power plant, officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced. Residents in Sherburne and Wright counties should expect to see more emergency response vehicles around town during the drill, which will take place throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday. Field activities will take place in and around the Monticello nuclear generating plant, which is operated by Xcel Energy. Residents nearby should not be alarmed by emergency responders carrying out their duties during the exercise.Rising Demand, Limited Supply Suggest Price Increases for Uranium
Uranium One Wants To Put Mine In Sweetwater County
GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) ― One of the world's largest uranium mining companies is seeking federal permission to construct a uranium mine in northeastern Sweetwater County. Uranium One Inc. has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to approve its proposed Sweetwater County mine. Officials estimate that the mine would operate for 20 years. The mine would use the in-situ mining process, which involves injecting a solution underground to dissolve uranium so it can be pumped to the surface and refined.Xemplar Energy reports further wide zones of uranium
Xemplar Energy Corp. reported chemical assay results for an additional 25 drill holes from the Company’s ongoing 2009 drill program at the ‘Big Yellow’ mineralized zones located at its 100% owned Warmbad Uranium project in southern Namibia.Nigeria: Chevron Boss Says Oil Production Becoming More Difficult
Earthquake-squelching, sonar-invisible 'active cloak' unfurled
Earthquake rolls across southeastern Colo. plains
Nevada station says earthquake report was false
Yeah OK....Every single earthquake alert I have ever received for Nevada over the last 90 days has been subsequently deleted. Now you tell me WTF THAT is all about. We are talking at least a dozen over the last 3 months, maybe more. Something goes on because I am not getting deletions for any other locations anywhere on earth. Just for NEVADA.
Rennie says the Nevada instruments picked up amplified waves of a quake that occurred in Japan or Indonesia around the same time. Those instruments then incorrectly calculated the quake's location near Rock House. The lab has officially labeled the report false. Seismologists say the first reports from earthquake networks that automatically issue alerts can be unreliable.