Obama Sends "Best Wishes" to Muslims Before the Start of Ramadan
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly held press conferences at the synagogues to reassure New Yorkers about their safety. During Kelly's remarks, it was startling to hear the commissioner refer to al-Qaeda by name, if only to say that the four purported home-grown terrorists had no ties to Osama Bin Laden's organization.
As more details emerged, however, the less the four defendants sounded like men with the skills to plan a sophisticated terror plot. They were small-time crooks, felons with long criminal records whose previous activities revolved around smoking marijuana and playing video games. One defendant, Laguerre Payen, was arrested in a crack house surrounded by bottles of his own urine; his lawyer describes him as "mildly retarded."
But what the indictment didn't say, and what the initial news reports didn't fill in, was the extent to which the fifth man in the plot, an unnamed FBI informant, had provided the glue to hold the Newburgh 4 together.
That informant was a Pakistani man named Shahed Hussain, code-named "Malik," who agreed to work for the FBI to obtain leniency after he was arrested in 2002 for fraud.
Over a period of about a year, Malik met with defendants James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams, and Payen while under FBI surveillance. Cromitie allegedly said he was upset about U.S. forces killing people in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He talked about being willing to die as a martyr, and threatened to "do something to America."
Obama Admin Affirms Support for US-UAE Nuclear Cooperation
Does anyone else hear the screams of Afghan grain dealers? No?
The Obama administration on Friday affirmed its support for a nuclear-cooperation deal with the United Arab Emirates, an agreement that is essential to allowing U.S. companies to win a share of the estimated $40 billion to $60 billion in contracts to help the Arab country construct nuclear reactors. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that the deal, which still faces congressional approval, "is necessary to allow U.S. companies to participate." He predicted "significant opportunity" for U.S. companies and said that the "U.S. government stands firmly behind you in this endeavor." The remarks were made at an event on the UAE's nuclear-power plan sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The UAE is in the process of picking a primary contractor to manage the nuclear-power project, and expects to announce its decision in the fall. In December, the US-UAE Business Council will lead a trade mission to the region, hoping to bring representatives from 30 to 40 companies in order to help develop partnerships.A reminder ~ APRIL 2009 : Torture tape delays U.S.-UAE nuclear deal, say U.S. officials
Merely DELAYS it, mind you.
Saudi Arabia’s minister of water and electricity, Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman al-Husayen, said that Riyadh is looking at building its first nuclear power plant, the Saudi daily, Al Watan, reported on Thursday. “The kingdom is working on building a pilot plant fuelled by nuclear energy” to generate electricity, he told the Arabic-language daily, according to Reuters.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is one of a number of Arab states looking to develop a nuclear program. Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have all indicated an interest in using nuclear energy for civilian purposes, such as generating electricity and desalination. In May 2008, the United States and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on civil nuclear energy cooperation. The U.S. has also approved a nuclear cooperation deal with the UAE.
It has become certain that Damascus and Riyadh have come to terms over Lebanon and decided to settle their differences and accept good relations with US, wrote Bassam al Dhaw in a comment piece in the Qatari newspaper Al Watan.Syria - Assad & Ahmadi- Nejad: New Prospects of Cooperation in All Fields!
“It is well known to observers that good Saudi-Syrian relations go beyond Lebanon. It is part and parcel of a broader US and European approach to Middle East issues.” The rapprochement between Syria and Saudi Arabia helped in designating Saad al Hariri to form a new government, though defining their roles has caused its delay.
Damascus knows very well that it emerged victorious during the events that rocked Lebanon between 2005 and 2009. Yet it does not boast of its victory, and has chosen rather a different approach. Now Syria yearns for a greater role in Lebanon as it has asserted its position and feels that the US needs its help.
“So the next phase of Saudi-Syrian opening would focus on coordinating efforts and roles. That is why the Lebanese government is less likely to see light until Syria and Saudi Arabia agreed on the composition of the prospective Lebanese government. Both countries would possibly have a say in portfolios and their holders.”
President Bashar al-Assad and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran on Wednesday held a round of talks in Tehran, during which President al-Assad congratulated President Ahmadinejad on his re-election, wishing him and the people of Iran more progress and prosperity. Talks during the meeting dealt with the solid friendly relations between the peoples of Syria and Iran and the mechanisms for consolidating the cooperation between both countries.Syria, Turkey sign MOU on gas
Presidents al-Assad and Ahmadinejad expressed satisfaction over the level at which bilateral relations have reached, as well as the desire for opening new prospects of cooperation in various fields serving the interests of Syria and Iran. The latest regional and international developments were also reviewed, especially in the occupied Palestinian territories, with both sides stressing necessity of achieving the national Palestinian reconciliation and discarding differences in order to close the ranks of the Palestinian people and preserve their unity to help restore the legitimate rights. They also underscored the importance of exerting concerted efforts to lift the continuous Israeli siege on Gaza Strip and open all crossings.
Conspiracy theories, duplicity and the glorification of terrorists.Fatah's Dahlan: We must talk with Hamas
Hamas 'Victory Festival' in Damascus
When they feast on the spleens of their enemies!
ABU DHABI: Emergency volunteer force planned
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you....
NATO Secretary-General to visit Turkey
The volunteers will be trained in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), search and rescue, and basic firefighting. They could also be asked to control crowds. Under the programme announced yesterday, a joint effort between Takatof, the national social volunteering group, and the National Crisis Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), 15,000 volunteers will be trained over the next five years as part of the new National Programme for Volunteer Emergency Response, which is being launched in October.
Volunteers will receive preferential treatment when they apply to university or seek jobs with the Government, officials said.
Dig that MFer's face. Do you see it or is it just me?
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who previously drew harsh criticism surrounding the publication of cartoons insulting the Prophet Muhammad in his home country of Denmark, is expected to visit Turkey shortly during Ramadan and attend an iftar (fast-breaking dinner) that will be hosted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.NATO Secretary General in Iceland
At the meeting, Sigurdardóttir criticized British authorities for having implemented the anti-terrorism act against Iceland, a NATO ally, to freeze the assets of Icelandic banks in the UK in the wake of the economic collapse in October last year, ruv.is reports. According to Morgunbladid, Fogh Rasmussen appreciates Iceland’s contribution to NATO. “We know that Iceland is struggling economically at the moment, like other nations. But Iceland’s government has confirmed in its discussions with me that you will continue to contribute to NATO and that is enough for me.”Speaking of Iceland...
Brazilian Minister of Justice might go to Iceland
A week ago, a well known dangerous criminal, Hosmany Ramos from Brazil, was on his way from Norway to Canada when he was stopped in Keflavik, Iceland by police. He was found travelling on a false passport, which was his brother’s. Ramos has been sitting in a local prison in Reykjavik since his arrest.We have so many uncanonised martyrs
The Brazilian Secretary of National Justice, Romeu Tuma Junior, has now said he is willing to travel to Iceland personally to discuss bringing Ramos back home to Brazil. There are Icelandic prisoners held in Brazilian prisons at the moment which would play into any potential trade of prisoners, because no formal extradition agreement exists between Brazil and Iceland, according to Frettabladid.
'I am sorry I could not speak to you then because we were just about to begin the funeral service for Irfan, an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the head passed away yesterday." That was the opening line of the email from Fr Mario Rodriguez, national director for the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan. Several hours later, Fr Mario was able to give a few more details as he spoke over the phone from Karachi. He also sent me three photographs of his parishioners.Afghanistan: Fear of Iranian style unrest
In one photo, Fr Mario and a householder stand in a fire-blackened house. In another, in the midst of a group of men, one wears a sling, a slight bloodstain showing where the bullet entered his arm. The third photo portrays a man holding up his right arm, its blistered blackness horrific. At present, the man's injury is possibly not very painful: the serious nature of his burn probably destroyed the sensitive nerve endings in his skin. As his injury heals and the nerves regenerate, it will be agony.
Yet the message from Fr Mario's parishioners is one of defiance. "We are prepared to die for our faith!" Irfan Masih was an innocent victim who died because he was a Christian, killed when local Christians tried to prevent a group of Taliban extremists desecrating their church in Tiasar Town near Karachi, home to 300 Catholic families. The families used to live in a more central area of Karachi but were evicted and forced to move to the outskirts of the city.
Fr Mario explained: "Irfan was shot in the head a few days ago when the Taliban attacked St Jude's church in Karachi. He had massive brain injuries and was on life-support when I visited him in the hospital on Friday. He died on Monday and was buried today, Tuesday. His parents are devastated and his mother hasn't eaten or drunk since it happened."
Tensions rose early this month after an analyst’s comment, that people “will come with their Kalashnikovs” if they disagree with the poll results, was wrongly attributed to the campaign team of candidate Abdallah Abdallah. Wounds have not yet healed from an ethnically charged civil war of the 1990s that left the capital in ruins with at least 80,000 people killed in the city alone.Karzai, Abdullah both declare victory
The reports prompted the Interior Ministry to say it would “deal strictly” with any trouble-makers, while the British embassy in Kabul warned that any violence would be “unacceptable”. But candidates have continued to trade barbs over the spectre of unrest. Presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghaniissued a statement calling on Abdallah and incumbent President Hamid Karzai “to renounce violence and to refrain from appealing to voters based on ethnicity or factional interests”.
Much of the fear stems from the tribal and ethnic divisions in Afghanistan, with Karzai -- running for a second term -- counting on the support of the dominant Pashtoun group, and his main rival Abdallah tapping the Tajik vote. The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), a global research group, said if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, prompting a second round, “Afghanistan could be plunged into political and ethnic violence.”
Obama: Election a victory for Afghan people
Cross Cross Doublecross, They Must To Create "Populist Anger"....
A notorious New Jersey hate blogger charged in June with threatening to kill judges and lawmakers was secretly an FBI “agent provocateur” paid to disseminate right-wing rhetoric, his attorney said Wednesday.OIC High Level delegation visits Beijing
Hal Turner, the blogger and radio personality, remains jailed pending charges over his recent online rants, which prosecutors claim amounted to an invitation for someone to kill Connecticut lawmakers and Chicago federal appeals court judges.
But behind the scenes the reformed white supremacist was holding clandestine meetings with FBI agents who taught him how to spew hate “without crossing the line,” according to his lawyer, Michael Orozco.
“Almost everything was at the behest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Orozco said in a 45-minute telephone interview from New Jersey. “Their job was to pick up information on the responses of what he was saying and see where that led them. It was an interesting dynamic on what he was being asked to do.”
During the meeting, the Chinese foreign ministry officials explained their position regarding minorities, including the Uyghur ethnicities in particular. They emphasized the importance China attaches to the Islamic world and their wish to develop relations with the Islamic world further. They also emphasized that they value the role of the OIC in enhancing the moderate values of Islam.Chief nuclear negotiator from China ends visit to North Korea
Beijing - China's top negotiator in talks on North Korea's nuclear programme ended an unannounced five-day visit to Pyongyang Friday after meeting his North Korean counterpart, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Vice Foreign Minister Wu also met with North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chuna during his trip, Xinhua said, without mentioning the nuclear talks.Comment: China's place in the new world order
Instead, the agency said 'they exchanged views on bilateral relations, the regional situation and issues of mutual concern.'
STFU fishy gwylo Jew! None of this is happening!
One interpretation of the global economic crisis is that it marks an important moment in the shift of power from the US to China.The president of Chevron Global Marketing's name is Shariq Yosufzai...
I find both the position itself and the name that holds it... disconcerting. So go ahead, arrest me for a Glow Ballicious Ungood Islamophobic Thought Crime.
"These sales are part of our continuing effort to increase efficiency and improve returns by creating better alignment between our marketing and refining operations," said Shariq Yosufzai president, Global Marketing, Chevron.Chevron building solar-steam plant to produce oil
It simply would not be possible to make this crap up.
Chechen Jihadists Claim Responsibility For Siberian Hydro Power Plant Blast:
"In the name of Allah, through our efforts on Aug. 17 an act of sabotage, long in the making and thoroughly thought out, was carried out at the Khakasia region's Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power plant, the largest in Russia. "An anti-tank mine on a timer was planted in the turbine room, and its explosion caused enormous damage, greater than we anticipated. "The result halted the hydro-power station completely, and caused losses to Russia worth many billions of dollars.Death Toll from Russia Hydroelectric Plant Explosion Rises to 47
Official: Death toll in Siberian plant blast 64
Putin says dam disaster may have killed 75
Four killed in five new blasts in Russia's Chechnya
Report: Russian hydro plant called unsafe in 1998
If it was a bombing this is entirely mootalated.
Russian court detains suspected ship hijackers
Intrigue still swirls around the Arctic Sea affair...
Russia declassifies secret documents on Nazi-Soviet pact
Russia has declassified top-secret surveillance documents in an attempt to justify its occupation of Eastern Europe under the Nazi-Soviet pact, signed 70 years ago on Sunday.The hidden protocols of the pact, in which Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler agreed to carve up Poland and other sovereign states, were denounced by the Soviet parliament in 1989, shortly after they were revealed for the first time.But the pact, which lasted until Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, is now being rehabilitated to chime with Kremlin ideology that claims a Russian sphere of interest in the "near abroad" former Soviet republics.Russia Gazprom unveils strategies for Turkey
Russian Islamic University opens in Grozny, with Putin's blessing
Arrogant Russian construction tycoon admits his company is nearly bust
Central Asia: Beyond Jihad
While radical Islamic groups have been involved in several insurgencies, regional governments attempt to use the connection between terrorism and Islamic ideology to strengthen their unchallenged positions. By lumping all of these groups together, they fail to recognize the differences in their strategies. A closer look at the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) illustrates this point.France to roll out EU welcome for Turkmen chief
Russia's Medvedev to visit Turkmenistan in September
OIC calls upon 57 Muslim countries to support the President of Kazakhstan's No Nukes Crap
OIC Secretary General on August 20 addressed all Muslim member countries of the organization with the request to support the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to declare on August 29 International Day of Refusal from Nuclear Weapons, Kazakhstan Today agency reports citing the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.OIC leadership backs Kazakh initiative for world anti-WMD day
China strengthens presence in Kazakhstan
In recent weeks, China has significantly expanded its economic presence in the energy-rich Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, where a number of countries including India and the United States have in the past few years been in a scramble for a share of its vast resources of oil and gas.In the last couple of months, through the acquisition of oil companies by State-owned enterprises, the extension of a 3,000-km oil pipeline and a number of “loan for oil” deals, China has seemingly strengthened its grip over the country’s energy resources.Kazakhstan Approaches OSCE Chairmanship as a "National Strategic Project"
Among additional issues, restoring the authority of OSCE's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) poses special problems. ODIHR's authority is being challenged from two opposite directions. On one front, Russia challenges the legitimacy of ODIHR's methodology and structure, and has practically evicted ODIHR from Russia during its elections since 2007. On another front, self-defined democratic oppositions in Georgia and Moldova have petulantly rejected ODIHR's election assessments in those countries in 2008 and 2009, respectively.Creation of space branch of Kazakhstan
To the moon, Igor!
Creation of space branch of Kazakhstan can be executed in close cooperation with Russia. The chairman of National Space Agency of Kazakhstan, Talgat Musabaev, said during the meeting with the head of Federal Space Agency of Russia, Anatoly Perminov, Kazakhstan Today agency reports citing official mass media. T. Musabaev underlined that the goal set by the head of the state on creation of space branch of Kazakhstan can be executed in close cooperation with Russia. "Our goal - to be integrated into world space community and to create self-sufficient branch in Kazakhstan.Uzbekistan, US sign agreement on military cooperation
Uzbekistan government offers USD 1.1bn projects to local investors
Uzbekistan: The government moves about 200 families from the border
There will be no Glow Ball outrage over this since there are no Jews oppressing Palestinians in the story... Please note they are also digging trenches at the border. Nice.
The government of Uzbekistan continues to settle out its citizens from the border with Kyrgyzstan in order to safeguard them from possible incidents, involving the use of arms. According to the source in Uzbek law enforcement bodies, 149 courtyards with 178 families are being resettled from border zone, Regnum reports. "Moreover, 85 undeveloped ground areas, allocated to the residents of local mahallah (local government body) of Khidirsh, city of Khanabad in the Andijan Oblast, will be also relocated. This place became the target of terrorists on May 25 of this year, which came to Uzbekistan from Kyrgyzstan", the source noted.Goldman Sachs Becomes Financial Holding Company
According to him, the land is allocated, considering the number of families. "This means that if the family consists of parents and three sons with wives, each of the sons is allocated a separate land area for construction. There are number of economic privileges. The houses and outbuildings are estimated and their value is compensated in cash equivalent. The government provides 10 tons of cement, 3 cubic meters of wood, 1.5 tons of reinforcement, 80 pieces of roofing slate, and 18 square meters of window glass to each family.
In addition, the migrants can use the construction materials of former houses. Considering the interethnic issue, first of all, the land (six hundred square meters) was allocated to Kyrgyz families. All other aid is provided out-of-turn. The construction materials are supplied step by step", the source indicates. Bearing in mind the experience of resettlement of people from Uzbek-Kazakh border, there are very few reasons to believe that the migrants will enjoy decent compensation. It has to be reminded that when the house at the border with Kazakhstan, to be demolished, was estimated at $50 thousand, the compensation for it reached $5-7 thousand.
On the other hand, considering the fact that in 2005 within 1.5 months over a thousand private houses were demolished and their owner received no compensation there is still progress in this direction. The demolishment of houses in the border area is reasoned by the readiness of Uzbek government to build buffer zone at the border with Kyrgyzstan. After the events of May 25-26, 2009 Uzbekistan launched big-scale works on the erection of walls in the Ferghana valley in order to fortify Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.
Uzbekistan also unilaterally started digging trenches with the depth and width of three meters in the Andijan Oblast and erected concrete walls with the height of seven meters in the Rishtan rayon of the Ferghana Oblast along the border with Kyrgyzstan.
Goldman Sachs received Federal Reserve approval last week to become a financial holding company, the company said Thursday.Geithner to Diggbats: US Dealings With Goldman Were Appropriate
The status allows Goldman to continue to be under the direct supervision of the Fed, but can continue to participate in activities that a regular bank normally wouldn’t, including private equity among other businesses. The status was posted on the Fed’s list of Financial Holding Companies and announced to Goldman employees via an e-mail from Goldman’s Chief Financial Officer David Viniar.
Goldman spokesman Lucas Van Praag said that Goldman’s switch was widely understood by the market after the firm applied for bank holding status last year at the height of the financial crisis. Goldman has received a temporary waver to continue in these activities when it originally applied. “It’s not a material change to our business,” Van Praag said.
Some lawmakers have questioned whether ties between government officials and Goldman Sachs influenced their decisions about which financial firms should be saved. The government's rescue efforts weren't intended to benefit Goldman but to prevent a broader collapse of the financial system, Mr. Geithner said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal and Digg, an online site where 39 million users share articles with one another and rate their popularity. Mr. Geithner was responding to questions submitted and voted on by Digg users in partnership with the Wall Street Journal.Exelon spent $883,000 lobbying gov't in 2Q
Exelon Corp., the nation's leading nuclear power generator, spent $883,000 in the second quarter to lobby on nuclear power issues, climate change and pollution, according to a recent disclosure report.Walgreen names a Gold Man as treasurer
Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. on Friday Goldman Sachs executive Jason Dubinsky as its new treasurer.Cash-for-Clunkers to end Monday night, for real this time
The “Cash for Clunkers” program has been so successful that it will have to be wrapped up earlier than expected, the Obama administration announced on Thursday. Folks looking to turn in their fuel-hogging old cars will need to get their deals finalized by this Monday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. EST in order to cash in.US Dept of Defense - Obama, Gates Lead Defense Acquisition Reforms
So here I notice we got us some Willie RAYTHEON Lynn with a side of a guy named ASSAD? Lawd save me.
Gates, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and other defense leaders have demonstrated that they’re willing to make the difficult decisions about which programs to support and which to curtail, said Shay Assad, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and technology.OK. Lemme see exactly who or WTF a Shay Assad is....
In 1978, Mr. Assad began working for the Raytheon Company. Between 1978 and 1994 he served in several increasingly responsible contract management positions in Raytheon's largest Electronics and Missile divisions gaining extensive experience in defense, commercial and international contracting. He was intimately involved in numerous major programs such as PATRIOT, HAWK, AMRAAM, PAVE PAWS, BMEWS, Standard Missile, Aegis ER, Sparrow and Ballistic Missile Defense. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President – Director of Contracts for Raytheon, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President, Contracts in 1997. As such, he was responsible for the contract negotiation and administration activities ($20 Billion) in all of Raytheon's businesses – both government and commercial.Perhaps we should rename the DoD the Department of RAYTHEON
Mr. Shay Assad assumed the role of director on April 3, 2006. As the Director of the Defense Procurement, Acquisition Policy and Strategic Sourcing (DPAP), he is responsible for all acquisition and procurement policy matters in the Department of Defense (DoD).PDF ~ MARCH 2009: STATEMENT BY MR. SHAY D. ASSAD BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMITTE RE: INVESTIGATION & OVERSIGHT
2006: He was appointed by BUSH not OBAMA just so we are clear....
The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling $1.7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste, documents show. Defense turned to Interior, which manages federal lands and resources, in an effort to speed up its contracting. Interior is one of several government agencies allowed to manage contracts for other agencies in exchange for a fee. But the arrangement between Interior and Defense "routinely violated rules designed to protect U.S. Government interests," according to draft audit documents obtained by The Washington Post.TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF MILITARY HEALTH CARE
"We are currently reviewing the findings of the DOD IG, and we have been meeting with representatives of the DOI regarding the specifics of the draft report," said Shay Assad, director of defense procurement and acquisition policy at the Pentagon. "It would be premature to comment specifically except to say that we understand DOI is actively taking actions to improve their contracting practices in response to a number of the draft findings."
From the comments at this article:
Is this the same Shay Assad formerly the COO-CEO that guided demise of Raytheon Engineers Constructors sale to former MK Washington Group International that went bankrupt 9-months later? The sale of REC saved the main operating unit Raytheon a huge loss. By gary | Dec 25, 2006 1:45:01 AM
MEMBER: Shay Assad, Director ~ Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy...David Axelrod's PhRMA Payout
Section 711 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 required that the Secretary of Defense establish a task force to examine matters related to the future of military health care. As directed by the Act, in December 2006 the Secretary of Defense appointed 14 members to the Department of Defense Task Force on the Future of Military Health Care. The Task Force includes individuals from within and outside the Department of Defense, with wide expertise in issues related to health care programs and costs.
The Obama Administration continues to give off the appearance of sloppy vetting. The latest incident involves David Axelrod, a senior advisor to President Obama, and his former firm, AKP&D. Axelrod founded AKP&D, formerly known as Axelrod and Associates, a Chicago-based political consulting firm. Not only David Axelrod, but also his son, Michael and Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe have all worked at AKP&D.
After opting to work for the administration, Axelrod sold the company, collecting $2 million over a period of years. Now AKP&D is handling the public relations campaign for a coalition of groups that support health insurance reform. Part of this coalition is PhRMA, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; basically, the lobby group for the pharmaceutical companies.
Ken Johnson, a senior vice-president at PhRMA, told NewMajority that “we hired a professional campaign team that actually hired these consultants (AKP&D). What they do is make sure the messages are consistent with our beliefs and philosophies.” The money paid by PhRMA helps to pay the salary of David Axelrod’s son, who remains at the firm. That money also supports Axelrod’s own payout from the firm.
A conflict of interest? In strict legal terms, maybe not. However, as with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s tax derelictions, this relationship leaves a bad taste behind. When Ken Johnson was asked by NewMajority why AKP&D was chosen as the public relations firm, he responded by admitting “perhaps we should have done our due diligence.”
There is no question but that the revolutionary Left has triumphed in a way that many of us never dreamed possible. What we didn’t realize is that while our conservative principles were being undermined by misguided Republicans in the White House and Congress, the Left had lost none of its intention of imposing on America its radical socialist agenda.Ailing Kennedy asks for speedy replacement process
The main reason they were able to succeed is that for the last 75 years they have been in total control of American public education, which gave them the means to produce a whole new generation of dumbed-down Americans who don’t know the difference between capitalism and socialism, freedom and tyranny.
An ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy is urging Massachusetts' political leaders to change state law to assure his swift replacement if he has to surrender his seat. Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's top Democratic legislative leaders did not indicate Thursday whether they would act on Kennedy's request. The legislature, currently in informal session until early September, would have to hold a public hearing and schedule a formal vote, said Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat who oversees elections. "They are not going to entertain it very quickly," he said.Pros & Czars
By Ted Nugent
My "MotorCity Madman" nickname has nothing to do with my political, social or cultural values or ideologies. Because of my various rugged, self-reliant, ferociously independent all American values and my non-stop media assault to unapologetically celebrate and promote my values liberals despise me. I drive fuzzy-headed goons batty by intellectually shooting their empty-headed nostrums full of holes, full auto.Homeland Security Arrests Photographer In Lower Manhattan
But the MotorCity Madman does not make government policy, though that time is coming. In his administration, Prez O has appointed some real honest to God full-time kooks, nuts and madmen whose views are as out of the mainstream as his own scary, anti-American, Marxist views. But, horrifically, they aren't guitar players, they are actual bureaucrats with fingers on buttons.
A 43-year-old man was jailed for six hours – and had his camera and memory card confiscated by a judge - after filming an FBI building from across the street in New York City Monday. Randall Thomas, a professional photographer, said he was standing on the corner of Duane Street and Broadway in downtown Manhattan when he used his video camera to pan up and down on the 42-story building at 26 Federal Plaza.Dismissal Of ACLU Challenge To Unconstitutional Spying Law Jeopardizes Americans' Privacy
He was immediately accosted by a security guard in a brown uniform who told him he was not allowed to film the building.Thomas asserted his legal right to film from a public street. The guard called a Homeland Security Officer who asked Thomas what he was filming. “I said ‘that’s none of your business,’” Thomas said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Wednesday night.
The federal officer handcuffed Thomas and sat him on the curb for ten minutes, before escorting him inside the same FBI building and taking him to the 10th floor and placing him in a holding cell. His charges: Disorderly conduct; failure to comply and impeding duties of a federal officer.
NEW YORK – A federal court today dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit challenging an unconstitutional government spying law. The ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed the landmark lawsuit in July 2008 to stop the government from conducting surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), which gives the executive branch virtually unchecked power to sweep up Americans' international e-mails and telephone calls. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of a broad coalition of attorneys and human rights, labor, legal and media organizations whose ability to perform their work – which relies on confidential communications – is greatly compromised by the FAA.CO of Naval Nuclear Weapons Facility Purged
The commanding officer of the Navy’s nuclear weapons facility in Washington was fired Friday for a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the unit, a Navy spokesman said.Capt. Timothy Block was relieved as commander of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific at Naval Base Kitsap, Wash.Ridge Says He Was Pressured to Elevate Threat Warning
The weapons facility assembles and maintains one of the largest concentrations of nuclear weapons in the country, including nuclear-tipped Trident missiles.
Block was removed by Rear Adm. Stephen Johnson, director of Strategic Systems Programs. The admiral “lost confidence in Capt. Block’s ability to continue to lead SWFPac in execution of its mission,” said Cmdr. Cappy Surette, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon. Surette said the removal was not related to any underlying safety or security issues that would put the surrounding community at risk.
Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, the first director of the Department of Homeland Security, says that he was pressured by other Bush administration department heads to raise the national security-threat level on the eve of the 2004 presidential election -- a move he rejected as having such uncomfortable political undertones that it could destroy the administration's credibility.Oak Ridge Prepares to Destroy Former Enrichment Building
Workers have begun preparations to destroy a building once involved in uranium enrichment operations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in TennesseeNRC To Hold Workshops On Safe Disposal Of Depleted Uranium
How Smart Is the Octopus? Bright enough to do the moving-rock trick
Aristotle didn't have a high opinion of the octopus. "The octopus is a stupid creature," he wrote, "for it will approach a man's hand if it be lowered in the water." Twenty-four centuries later, this "stupid" creature is enjoying a much better reputation. YouTube is loaded with evidence of what some might call octopus intelligence. One does an uncanny impression of a flounder. Another mimics coral before darting away from a pushy camera. A third slips its arms around a jar, unscrews it, and dines on the crab inside. Scientific journals publish research papers on octopus learning, octopus personality, octopus memory. Now the octopus has even made it into the pages of the journal Consciousness and Cognition (along with its fellow cephalopods the squid and the cuttlefish). The title: "Cephalopod consciousness: behavioral evidence."Genetically-Modified Barley Harvest in Iceland Sabotaged
AHAHAHA No....I did NOT make this headline up.
Genetically-modified barley, which was being grown for experimental purposes in Gunnarsholt, south Iceland, by start-up company ORF Líftaekni, was damaged by a group of activists in the early hours of Wednesday. There will be no harvest this fall “We are naturally shocked about this,” CEO of ORF Líftaekni Björn Lárus Örvar told visir.is, adding that the activists have caused ISK millions of damage to his company. “For a small company like ours, which is struggling in the difficult innovation environment, this is a serious matter”. By cultivating genetically-modified barley ORF Líftaekni’s had wanted to create valuable products for medical research, the cosmetics market and the development of pharmaceuticals. The group of activists, which calls itself Illgresi (“Weed”), sent an anonymous email to the media, claiming responsibility for the sabotage.Peter Lance Knows...
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