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Archive for 10 April 2008
A North Carolina-based Marine wanted in the brutal murder of a pregnant colleague has been captured in Mexico.
The FBI office in Charlotte said Thursday night that special agents and Mexican authorities arrested Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, and he is expected to be extradited to the United States on a murder charge in the slaying of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach.
“The FBI and its law enforcement partners brought to bear all of our domestic and international resources to find a man wanted for murder,” Nathan Gray, the FBI’s special agent in charge, said in written statement. “Laurean’s swift arrest in Mexico was due to the diligence and dedication of the Mexican government and our law enforcement partners.
May he fry!
A top Shia cleric in Iran has said that unveiled women are a serious danger to Iranian society as they cause men to be “transformed into beasts”.
“Women without the veil are a danger that the authorities underestimate,” said Hojatolislam Seyyed Ahmad Elmalhoda, a powerful cleric who leads the Friday prayers in Mashad, a site considered sacred for Shia Muslims as it houses the shrine of Imam Reza.
“This situation is very serious in that if men see these bad women, they will turn into beasts, and then the whole of society will have to pay the consequences.”
According to the Shia cleric, women who do not respect conservative Islamic dress rules are “sources of all that is bad in society.”
“Respecting the chador (a long, black cloak that covers the arms and legs and is usually worn with a hijab) is the law of the state and the authorities must severely punish anyone who does not respect this law, in the same way that they punish thieves and murderers,” said Elmadhoda.
He is who is also a member of the Council of Experts – a powerful body of 86 senior clerics which elects, supervises and can dismiss the country’s supreme leader.
He was speaking to journalists who were reporting on president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the shrine of Imam Reza.
“A women who does not wear the entire veil is like a fire which burns anyone who comes into contact with her,” said Elmalhoda.
“Our youth, even those who are educated by families who believe and respect the words of the Prophet, when they come into contact with this fire [the women who are not properly veiled] they burn and become ash,” he said.
That’s right, boys and girls. Because the males of Iran are animals by nature, women will be at fault if they are assaulted due to the lack of the entire veil.
Pathetic. Truly pathetic. It sounds more like an excuse to punish women for any, and all reasons, real or imagined.
Wait a minute…. I thought he who must not be middle named….. HUSSEIN…. has gone out of his way to disavow any of the rumors that he was a Muslim. So, when this is dug up about his “uncle” Jeremiah, I have to question even more about his honesty, or lack there of.
After many lectures like this, Obama decided to take a second look at Wright’s church. Older pastors warned him that Trinity was for “Buppies”–black urban professionals–and didn’t have enough street cred. But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles–what the church calls the “Black Value System”–included a “Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.’
H/T: Sultan Knish
Out of control kids!
The solution, BEFORE they get this bad?
Alternative title #1: How I Spent My Afternoon!
Alternative title #2: I’m Too Freakin’ Old For This Sh*t!
I spent the better part of the day playing in the dirt. We were expecting some really nasty weather (they even let the kids out of school a half day early in anticipation ) so I figured since it was a bit cloudy, and pleasant, I’d do a little gardening. Well, my version of taking one thing out of a pot, and putting it in another pot….with dirt.
I put a Gardenia bush in a pot. I found out that after a certain time, they keel over and croak around here if they are in the ground. So, where better to a pot but on the porch. So far, so good.
Well, since I seemed to be on a roll, I thought I’d do a little more playing. We had hired a kid to come dig up an area that was nothing more than expensive dead sod, and not dead weeds. Well, he came over Monday, dug a little here, pulled up some stuff there, and mostly spend 3 hours chatting with the Mr, drinking water, and smoking cigarettes. I’d say a total of 45 minutes of actual work. Welp, he did a crappy job so I had to fix it! Seriously, how hard is it to dig a reasonably straight line?
Well, here’s the result. it may not look like much, but believe me, when you are trying to make the whole thing level.
I finally got the first board more or less level, and the second. The third one….well, not so much. Today, I also relearned a very important lesson. Baseball caps do NOT keep the tops of your ears from getting burnt!
I am no where near finished. This is going to be a brick flower bed. I hope.
Tomorrow is another day. Maybe I’ll get lucky and it’ll actually rain? My aches have aches!
I have often wondered why, with so many advances in race relations, why there are still so many who put the blame for their problems squarely on the shoulders of others, instead of on themselves. Now, I understand why, thanks to B.’s campaign. And I don’t like it! Neither should you!
H/T: Charlie Sykes
While the crowd was indeed diverse, some students at the event questioned the practices of Mrs. Obama’s event coordinators, who handpicked the crowd sitting behind Mrs. Obama. The Tartan’s correspondents observed one event coordinator say to another, “Get me more white people, we need more white people.” To an Asian girl sitting in the back row, one coordinator said, “We’re moving you, sorry. It’s going to look so pretty, though.”
“I didn’t know they would say, ‘We need a white person here,’?” said attendee and senior psychology major Shayna Watson, who sat in the crowd behind Mrs. Obama. “I understood they would want a show of diversity, but to pick up people and to reseat them, I didn’t know it would be so outright.”
And that should be a clue.
Mrs. Obama was introduced by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of former Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry (D–Mass.), who endorsed Mr. Obama’s candidacy in South Carolina last January. Heinz Kerry stressed the similarities between Mr. Obama and her late husband John Heinz III, the popular senator from Pennsylvania. She remarked that she has become friends with Mrs. Obama, mainly from exchanging messages on their Blackberries.
Is it possible to have negative respect?
H/T: Michael Savage
Taking the advice of his top commander in Iraq, President Bush will not order additional troop drawdowns beyond July, leaving open the possibility that about 140,000 U.S. servicemen and women will still be in the war zone when the next president takes office.
In a 12- to 15-minute progress report, Bush on Thursday will announce shorter combat tours, but troops already in Iraq won’t be going home any earlier, at least for now. Senior defense officials said Bush would order Army units heading to Iraq after Aug. 1 to serve 12-month tours rather than their current 15-month deployment — a move that war critics say the president had to make to ease strain on the Army.
Bush will deliver his speech in the Cross Hall of the White House, five years after the U.S. capture of Baghdad. His words will echo the congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, and U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker.
Petraeus told Congress that it’s too early to talk about future drawdowns because the situation in Iraq remains fragile, and that while security has improved and Iraqi forces are shouldering more of the fight against extremists, Iraq still could descend again into chaos.
After Petraeus’ earlier war update in September, Bush said that the additional troops he ordered to Iraq had improved security enough that they could be pulled out by the end of July. That would bring the current level of 160,000 troops in Iraq now to about 140,000 in July. Beyond that, Petraeus wants a 45-day period of “consolidation and evaluation,” to be followed by an indefinite period of assessment before he would recommend any further pullouts.
There will be some folks….ok, let’s face it….a LOT of folks, on both sides of the political spectrum, who will pitch fits, just BECAUSE Bush is taking the General’s advice. There’s a possibility that if this same general was giving the same advice to a Democrat President, they’d be cheering him. But, because it’s Bush sitting in the White House, let the whining begin.
I’m as fed up with this war as everyone else is, but if there are improvements, let the improvements continue, with the Iraqis taking the lead! If they don’t, let them fry.
I just might have to buy this book. Nothing like adding to the pile I haven’t read yet, but plan on reading, sitting out on the deck, getting some color on my pasty legs!
I Am Woman, Hear Me Pout
By Mike S. Adams
Recently, I gave a speech at UCLA that was attended by about two dozen feminist students (and a lot more non-feminist students). The behavior of these feminists goes a long way towards explaining why few take modern (or postmodern) feminism seriously. And they provide strong confirmation of some of my recent assertions about feminist intolerance.
Shortly before I began my speech at UCLA, a couple of dozen university women entered the auditorium together. They sat together in silence during the first part of my speech. I told a few jokes and noticed that almost everyone was laughing – except, of course, for the women who came in together and sat together. Their inability to laugh clued me in to the fact that they were feminists. They already have seminars teaching feminists how to have orgasms. Maybe they should be replaced with seminars teaching them how to laugh.
A father asked his 10-year old son if he knew about the birds and the bees.
“I don’t want to know,” the child said, bursting into tears. “Promise me you won’t tell me.”
Confused, the father asked what was wrong.
The boy sobbed, “When I was six, I got the ‘There’s no Easter Bunny’ speech. At seven, I got the ‘There’s no Tooth Fairy’ speech. When I was eight, you hit me with the ‘There’s no Santa’ speech. If you’re going to tell me that grown-ups don’t really get laid, I’ll have nothing left to live for.”
Courtesy of Tom, the brother in law.
The appearance of a Star of David on new national identity cards has alarmed opponents of President Evo Morales, who recall how the symbol was used to brand Jews in Nazi Germany.
Tiny six-pointed stars within a tight circle are printed on the back side of some, but not all, recently issued picture IDs in the Santa Cruz region. The mark was present on three cards seen by The Washington Times.
“It raises suspicions that the government is identifying individuals or segments of the population along racial, religious or ideological lines” said Carlos Klinsky, a member of Bolivia’s parliament from Santa Cruz, where the new ID cards have recently appeared.
Gee, ya think? Is there a large Jewish population in Bolivia? It makes me stop and wonder, how many countries do this sort of thing?
An intense line of storms will develop across Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana and West Tennessee this afternoon and then shift east into Middle Tennessee, with chances for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
Dadgummit! We’ve got 4 new trees and 2 bushes to plant! Don’t have time for more nasty weather!
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”
Today, five years later, Obama is a U.S. senator from Illinois who expresses a firmly pro-Israel view of Middle East politics, pleasing many of the Jewish leaders and advocates for Israel whom he is courting in his presidential campaign. The dinner conversations he had envisioned with his Palestinian American friend have ended. He and Khalidi have seen each other only fleetingly in recent years.
I ain’t buying into to his BS. If the Palestinians are celebrating over B., that is just one more reason NOT to put him in the Oval Office!
The International Olympic Committee admitted today that the Games were in “crisis” after anti-Chinese protests engulfed the global torch relay.
Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, said that he was “saddened” by the violence that broke out along the routes in London and Paris and was only avoided in San Francisco by a last-minute diversion that meant the flame was largely invisible.
I’d say they have some serious issues, going beyond the torch. If the Brits aren’t going, why is Bush? Hmmm…
The U.S. Homeland Security department has launched an ambitious nationwide effort that would cost $2 billion to $3 billion a year to identify and deport the estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants locked up each year in jails and prisons.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation was denounced by immigrant rights groups and received cautiously by those favoring tighter enforcement.
”We can do something few law enforcement agencies can do: Not only ensure criminals are off the streets, but ensure they are removed from the country,” said ICE spokesman Tim Counts. ”Removing hundreds of thousands of criminals from the country is sure to have a positive impact on community safety.”
I wish there was a way to charge those yahoos who are in favor of breaking the law. Two questions here. One, deporting them is all well and good, but is there going to be sufficient security to insure they won’t be sneaking back in? Ummm…. NOPE! Two, are we going to bill their countries of origin for the cost of sending their sorry asses back home? Ummmm…. Not likely!
Egypt has brought in extra troops to reinforce its border with Gaza after Hamas threatened to repeat a January breach that saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians stream across the frontier.
Goods trucks headed for the border were being stopped at the Suez Canal on Thursday in a bid to remove the economic incentive for Palestinians to break out of Gaza and defeat Israel’s lockdown of the territory, a security official said.
Egypt, which has been trying to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians over how to legally reopen the Rafah crossing, has sent reinforcements to the area, saying that a repeat breach would be unacceptable.
Gee, wonder if Jimmah Cahtah is going to condemn Egypt now since he’s going to visit his buds, the terrorist group, Hamas, and all.
A senior Hamas official has confirmed that former President Jimmy Carter will meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, during a visit to Syria next week, according to the Associated Press.
The official, Mohammed Nazzal, told the AP that Carter sent an envoy to Damascus requesting a meeting with Hamas leadership, including Meshal, and that Hamas “welcomed the request.” The meeting will take place on April 18, he said.
FOXNews.com first reported Tuesday on an item in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat that said Carter was preparing the unprecedented meeting with Meshal, and a State Department official in Israel confirmed Wednesday Carter’s plans for an unsanctioned diplomatic trip to Syria.
Yup…there it is. Confirmation that the traitor Carter is at it again! Someone PLEASE put a muzzle on that man! Slap his sorry ass in jail…..SOMTHING…..ANYTHING!
The American Civil Liberties Union has lost another round in its ten-year legal battle to stop Kentucky taxpayers from funding care provided by a non-profit Baptist group to at-risk children.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in 1998 to stop the Commonwealth of Kentucky from paying for part of the services provided by Kentucky Baptist Home for Children. Tim Tracey, litigation counsel for the Christian Legal Society, says the ACLU’s argument was a familiar one.
“And the ACLU is saying that for a faith-based organization like [the] Kentucky Baptist Home for Children to contract with the state violates the Establishment Clause [and] ‘separation of church and state.’ So, it’s really the same old song and dance they’ve been doing for years,” Tracey points out.
Heh. I just love it when the ACLU gets shot down, especially in a case like this.
The temple “contains an area where there is a bed where males over the age of 17 engage in sexual activity with female children under the age of 17,” according to an affidavit quoting a confidential informant who had been providing information to the Schleicher County sheriff for years.
That’s just down right sick!
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.