HMMM!: Returning To America After A Long Time Abroad, The Changes Hit You … Like A Baseball Bat

November 17, 2011
By CMAC

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The Christians of Egypt (Part One)

by Michael J. Totten

A remarkable interview with a Protestant Egyptian leader on their era of uncertainty.

The 15 Most Innovative Gadgets

1     Penn State vs. Gunwalker: Warped Priorities?

by Bob Owens

The victims — including children — of Fast and Furious are dead.

2      Facial recognition technology is the future of marketing


3   $15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOOBAMA! – It’s Official: Total US Debt Passes $15 Trillion

4      Exclusive: Tea Party Would Cut $9 Trillion

  • Thu Nov 17 12:32:38 2011 · by mdittmar · 51 replies 

    U.S.News & World Report ^ | November 17, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Scoffing at Washington’s troubled effort to cut just $1.2 trillion in federal debt over 10 years, the Tea Party’s own debt commission today unveiled a shocking plan to slash nearly $10 trillion over the next decade, in part by eliminating several federal agencies, balancing the budget by 2015, and killing foreign aid to unfriendly nations. “Go bold or go home,” says the report from the Tea Party Debt Commission. “Are you listening, Washington?”The FreedomWorks-led effort started months ago by asking Tea Party members for ideas on what to cut from the federal budget. They ended up going much further than…



4       Returning To America After A Long Time Abroad, The Changes Hit You In The Head Like A Baseball Bat

 

  • The New “American Revolution” & Obama’s 2012 Re-election Strategy

    Thu Nov 17 13:01:56 2011 · by RobaWho · 2 replies 

    Canada Free Press ^ | Nov. 17, 2011 | Rob Cunningham
    Obama, global labor union leaders and avowed Marxist organizations have openly, brazenly joined forces to promote Obama’s 2012 re-election. These groups are hell bent on ensuring Obama’s promised “fundamental transformation” of America is not stopped. Global redistribution of America’s “ill gotten” wealth is their common mission. Free enterprise and American capitalism is their enemy. The US media is providing 100% cover, aid & comfort for these OWS anarchists. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, MSNBC and most print media publications are direct enemy combatants in this philosophical war against America.

Court says backers can defend gay marriage measure

 

SAN FRANCISCO  – California’s highest court says ballot proposition sponsors can step in to defend their initiatives from legal challenges if the state’s governor and attorney general refuse to do so.

DOMA repeal gaining backers

Occupy movement’s ‘internal contradictions’

 

poll vote button 2The Occupy Wall Street movement’s recent violent outbreaks across the nation and longtime Zuccotti Park encampment in New York City have some commentators wondering if the protests have turned to anarchy.

5       Challenge to remove Obama from NH ballot to be heard Friday

 

 

6        Lesbian couple mulls action against Christian wedding cake baker

  • Federal sweep targets local Chinese restaurants

    Thu Nov 17 13:32:31 2011 · by raccoonradio · 3 replies 

    Portland Press Herald ^ | 11/17/11 | Leslie Bridgers
    Federal immigration agents assisted by police conducted raids at several restaurants Wednesday, including one in Portland. PORTLAND — Federal agents detained at least four people in a sweep of Asian restaurants Wednesday as part of a multi-year, multi-state investigation allegedly involving money laundering, illegal financial activities and the harboring, hiring and transporting of illegal aliens. United States attorneys filed a complaint in the United State District Court in Portland on Wednesday accusing the “Zhang Operation” — which owns restaurants in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — of operating “safe houses” where they stored Asian and Hispanic illegal aliens. The Cumberland…
  • White House slams ad showing Obama-Chavez “kiss”

    Thu Nov 17 13:32:09 2011 · by mdittmar · 6 replies 

    Reuters ^ | Nov 17, 2011 | Reuters
    An advertising campaign that depicts President Barack Obama kissing two male world leaders on the mouth drew a critical response from the White House on Thursday. “The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” said White House Spokesman Eric Schultz.The “Unhate” campaign for Italian clothing firm Benetton showed various world leaders kissing, including Obama lip-locked with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, a longtime Washington adversary.The White House jealously guards Obama’s image and objected last year when a garment company transformed a picture of him, in…

7      Opposition wants more US troops, China concerned over marine boost

8      Russian official: Arrival of Serbs would be “repatriation”

Source: Beta, Interfax MOSCOW — The possible arrival of Serbs to Russia, says Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, would represent “a treasure” for his country.


Mexico nun is crusader for rights amid drug violence

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | Borderland Beat Reporter Ovemex


“Working in human rights allows me to confirm my faith, every single day,” says Sister Consuelo Morales of Mexico, who is being honored by Human Rights Watch for her tireless efforts. (Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times)

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Monterrey, Mexico— Even in a career full of threats and harassment, the day someone deposited four cats at her office door, all with their throats slit, stands out for Consuelo Morales.

“They were telling us to be quiet or we’d be next,” she says.

That was 14 years ago, and she is still anything but quiet.

The 63-year-old Roman Catholic nun is one of Mexico’s most indefatigable and effective defenders of human rights. As the country staggers into a sixth year of drug war violence, Sister Consuelo (as her colleagues call her) has more work than ever.

Mothers whose sons were last seen being hauled away by police seek her counsel. She leads marches and confronts state governors, prosecutors, detectives. She escorts victims past soldiers posted at government buildings and helps them file the kinds of complaints the authorities would rather not see: about the disappeared, the slain, the tortured, allegedly at the hands of police and soldiers.

Standing barely 5 feet tall, with a small silver cross hanging from her neck, Sister Consuelo is fearless and passionate. She is quick to smile warmly, but she might weep at a particularly gruesome story, such as the alleged gang rape of male detainees by soldiers she has just started investigating. After a distraught mother begged her to help her son, Sister Consuelo traveled over bumpy roads for hours to find the young man and hear his story.

Despite the barbarity of the allegations, she steels herself, shrugs and dives into the case with almost matter-of-fact determination.

“You just cannot turn your back,” she says. “If we were not here, what would happen?”

Intimidation, imprisonment and even killing of human rights activists have been common occurrences in Mexico, according to groups such as Amnesty International. Dozens of rights advocates have gone into hiding or sought protection.

Remarkably, Sister Consuelo’s efforts have led to the arrests of 15 people, including police and government officials, in the last four months. It is significant progress, she says, but it barely scratches the surface of human rights abuses that have been an ugly byproduct of the drug war.

“We are overwhelmed,” she says, seated at the office she shares with her team of young lawyers in what was once an old mansion and then a gay disco. It’s a drafty, rambling old building overlooking a park and across from a church called the Very Pure.

Nik Steinberg, who covers Mexico for Human Rights Watch and has worked with Sister Consuelo many times, says he has a hard time keeping up with her.

“She is amazing. She works tirelessly and is tireless,” he says. “Her organization is the only human rights group working on abuses by security forces in a state where those abuses have gone through the roof. To spend a day in her office is to watch an endless flow of victims.

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Zetas arrested in Chicago

| Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/2011/chicago111611.html

Twenty Charged in Chicago with Various Drug Trafficking Offenses,
Including Five Allegedly Tied to the Mexican “Zetas” Cartel
More than $12 million and 250 kilograms of cocaine seized during the investigation

NOV 16 — CHICAGO – Twenty defendants are facing federal narcotics charges here, including five alleged members of a Chicago-based cell of the Zetas Mexican drug cartel who were responsible for transporting millions of dollars in drug proceeds between Chicago and Mexico, federal law enforcement officials announced today. A joint investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation resulted in the charges, as well as accumulated seizures during 2010 of more than $12.4 million cash and approximately 250 kilograms of cocaine in the Chicago area. An additional $480,000 cash and two kilograms of heroin were seized yesterday.

Federal agents yesterday executed simultaneous arrests in the Chicago area and in Laredo, Tex., of defendants stemming from the multi-jurisdiction investigation of drug-trafficking and the flow of its narcotics proceeds. Twelve of the 20 defendants indicted in Chicago were arrested in Chicago and a 13th in Laredo.

The 20 Chicago defendants were charged in five separate indictments that were returned by a federal grand jury on Nov. 2 and unsealed following the arrests. The 12 Chicago defendants arrested here yesterday appeared in U.S. District Court and remain in federal custody pending detention hearings. Five defendants remain fugitives; one was already in federal custody and another is hospitalized.

Yesterday’s seizures of cash and heroin occurred during the arrests and execution of search warrants at the residence of one defendant in Bellwood and another defendant’s residence in Bolingbrook, as well as a safe deposit box.

All 20 Chicago defendants were charged with various narcotics offenses, including conspiracy to possess and distribute quantities of cocaine and using a telephone to facilitate narcotics trafficking. The five alleged members of the money transportation cell were also charged with conspiracy to transfer narcotics proceeds outside the United States. If convicted, 12 defendants face a mandatory minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine, while the remaining eight defendants face a mandatory minimum of 5 years to a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The money transportation conspiracy carries a maximum of 20 years in prison and fine of twice the value of the money involved. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

“DEA’s commitment to hitting alleged drug trafficking organizations from all angles is especially evident when you consider the impact of the seizure of over $12 million in suspected drug proceeds. In the specific indictment that alleges affiliation of some of the defendants with the Zetas, the influence of Mexican criminal organizations in the wholesale Chicago drug market is apparent. The severing of those ties is of the upmost importance to the DEA,” said Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“One indictment in this group signals the first federal prosecution in Chicago of defendants allegedly tied to the Zetas drug-trafficking cartel, and the seizures of cash represented a significant blow to the operation of this alleged money transportation cell,” said Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He praised the dedication and teamwork of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Chicago that worked tirelessly to disrupt these alleged drug trafficking conspiracies.

Mr. Fitzgerald announced the charges together with DEA’s Riley, Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Gary J. Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago; Alvin Patton, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago; and Garry F. McCarthy, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Mr. Grant said: “The extensive cash seizures made during the course of this investigation illustrates how lucrative the illicit drug trade can be. Combined with the apparent presence of the Zetas in the Chicago area, the charges announced today should serve as a wake-up call to law enforcement throughout the state.”

The prosecutions were coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, and federal prosecutors in the Western District of Texas also assisted in the investigation. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office conducted a separate but related investigation that resulted in the arrest of eight defendants on state narcotics charges last week in Galesburg, Ill. The federal investigation was conducted under the umbrella of the U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the Chicago High-Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA).

One indictment alleges that defendant Eduardo Trevino, a fugitive believed to reside in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, directed a money transportation network for the Zetas from Nuevo Laredo, and that this network coordinated the transfer of money from places such as Chicago to Laredo, and then from Laredo to Mexico. At the direction of the Zetas, defendant Salvador Estrada allegedly collected, processed and concealed cash from the sale of drugs so that the narcotics proceeds could be transported by truck drivers, including defendants Miguel Arredondo and Vicente Casares, from Chicago to Laredo, knowing that the proceeds would be transported to the Zetas in Mexico. Defendant Juan Aguirre allegedly worked with the others to coordinate the delivery of cash proceeds to truck drivers.

Estrada allegedly identified and maintained safe houses where drug proceeds were secretly collected, packaged and concealed, such as 1241 South Wenonah Ave., Berwyn, and 3800 West 24 th St., Chicago.

According to the indictment, the following seizures, totaling $12,452,685, were made during the course of the investigation:

$9,428,950, from the 24 th Street stash house on April 30, 2010;

$2,000,010, also on April 30, 2010;

$999,310, on May 27, 2010; and

$24,415, on Dec. 18, 2010, along with a Mosberg 100 ATR .308 rifle and a
Colt .22 semi-automatic handgun.

The 14-count indictment against Trevino and the five alleged Chicago cell members seeks forfeiture of approximately $13 million, including the $12.45 million seized previously. Five of the six (named above) were charged with conspiracy to transport narcotics proceeds outside the United States. Together with defendant, Aureliano Montoya-Pena, all six were charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and various other narcotics offenses.

The other four indictments charge the remaining 14 defendants with various narcotics distribution offenses. The government is being represented by Assistant United States Attorneys William Ridgway, Gregory Deis and Heather McShain.

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  • Headline of the day you won’t see anywhere: GM bailout costs skyrocket

    Thu Nov 17 12:07:59 2011 · by jazusamo · 10 replies 

    American Thinker ^ | November 17, 2011 | Rick Moran
    It’s tucked away in a blog post at the Detroit News and may make the business pages elsewhere. But you know that if the bailout costs for GM were less than expected, it would be frontpage news: The Treasury Department dramatically boosted its estimate of losses from its $85 billion auto industry bailout by more than $9 billion in the face of General Motors Co.’s steep stock decline. ~snip~ I don’t care of GM and Chrysler pay back every penny – which they won’t. The bailout should not have gone through. The auto makers should have been allowed to go…
 

Drug Cartels Operating out of Dallas

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

Reported by: Melissa Correa
KRGV

Federal agents say Dallas is a hub for the Mexican drug cartels.

“We’ve listened, through wire taps, and we know the organizations’ commanding control cell are talking to commanding control cells in Mexico – directly to the trafficking cartel heads,” says Drug Enforcement Agency Agent James Capra.

Capra says the Gulf Cartel, La Familia, and the Sinaloa Cartel all have a presence in Dallas.

“They have familial roots here. Some of them grew up here, have families here, have established networks here,” he says.

The drug mules who carried loads in for the cartels are living in Dallas as well. Moises Albino Castillo was one of those mules.

“I traveled as a drug mule three times. I brought in 15 kilos of marijuana on my back two times,” he says.

Castillo says he was treated well by the cartel, but he decided not to continue working for them.

“I don’t want to. It ends badly. I have too much to live for. It would end with me shot or in prison. No, no thank you,” he says.

He’s one of the few who walked away. Capra says other people don’t turn down the offer.

“We’ve had illegals. We’ve had American citizens. You name it, we’ve had it across the gamut,” says Capra.

Capra tells us drug dealers are willing to establish themselves through violence in Dallas.

“We do know that in the past two years, there’s been 12 different homicides that we’ve actually tracked back to drug trafficking groups,” he says.

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  • Hensarling says GOP is willing to consider new Dem tax proposals

    Thu Nov 17 12:13:36 2011 · by Qbert · 30 replies

    The Hill ^ | 11/16/11 | Russell Berman
    Republicans on Wednesday signaled they would consider higher tax revenues to win a supercommittee deal if Democrats offer deeper cuts to entitlement spending. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), a conservative Republican who is the co-chairman of the deficit supercommittee, walked back a statement he made Tuesday on television, when he said Republicans “have gone as far as we feel we can go” by offering to raise $250 billion in new tax revenues. Briefing reporters on Wednesday, Hensarling said Republicans would be “more than happy to negotiate” around a new offer from Democrats, pointedly declining to say whether $250 billion was the…

 

 

 

 

Egypt: Muslims Stone Christians Commemorating Dead Victims of Recent Jihadi Slaughter

It is surprising when Reuters reports on the violent Islamic attacks on non-Muslims but look how they frame and shape the narrative. “Clashes” is the headline on Muslims stoning mourning Christians. Imagine (and it would be hard because it never happens) if Christians stoned Muslims. Every non-Muslim would be tarred and feathered.  New laws would be passed. Free speech would be restricted…….unimaginable consequences.

But non-Muslim victims of jihad? Nothing to see here, folks. Keep moving.

Clashes on Egypt Christian march injure 29 ReutersCAIRO (Reuters) – Twenty-nine people were injured in Cairo on Thursday when residents clashed with a group of Christians marching through the capital to commemorate those who died in confrontations with the army on October 9, state news agency MENA said.

The Coptic Christians were marching from Cairo’s northern Shoubra suburb towards the landmark Tahrir Square in the city centre when the clashes broke out.

“The locals in the neighbourhood of Bulak attacked the group on their way to the square and threw stones at them,” a security source told Reuters.

Another attack took place as the protesters were regrouping in Shoubra where residents and protesters threw stones, glass and Molotov cocktails at each other.

The marchers scattered after the attack. Riot police arrived and a priest asked the protesters to disperse, saying the army had sealed off the city centre near Tahrir and the march could not go ahead.

“We were attacked by the residents nearby … And I saw two demonstrators injured,” said Christian protester Rizk Samir.

MENA quoted a spokesman for the Ministry of Health as saying the injuries varied between bruises, minor cuts and fainting. Of the injured, 24 were released after receiving medical care.

At least 25 people were killed in Maspero on the night of October 9 when Christian protesters clashed with the army.

It was the deadliest in a series of bloody sectarian skirmishes that have left more than 40 dead and thousands injured since a popular uprising overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people, have long complained of barriers to the construction of churches, court verdicts that favour Muslims and what they see as the growing influence of Islamists who were suppressed during Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

 

 

Budget Chicanery Has Already Doomed the Super Committee

by Roger Morse

Every penny of increased debt will be spent before the federal government has to make cuts to programs in 2013.

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Mexican Attorney General Says She has Asked US to Extradite Weapons Suspects

| Borderland Beat Reporter Buggs

By Associated Press

Mexico’s attorney general says she has asked the United States to extradite six people suspected of providing guns to drug cartels.

Marisela Morales tells Congress that three people are being held in Texas and three in California.

She says two U.S. citizens were being held in Mexico on similar charges. She provided no details in Wednesday’s statement and did not mention Operation Fast and Furious, in which U.S. officials followed suspected “straw” buyers of guns heading to Mexico instead of immediately arresting them.

She said one of the cases originated in Madera, California. US officials said this month that two men were being held on suspicion of smuggling .22-caliber rifles into Mexico in a case unrelated to drug cartels.

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CNN Exploits Beating Death of 7 Year Old to Demonize Christians and Apologize for Criminals

by Duane Lester

“…a responsible person will not be turned into a criminal by what he watches or reads.”

US body sees renminbi as threat to dollar (CHINA DOLLAR TO TAKE OVER US DOLLAR IN 10 YEARS)

November 17, 2011

By CMAC

By Alan Beattie in Washington

The Chinese renminbi could pose a threat to the international dominance of the US dollar within a decade, according to an independent commission set up by the US Congress.

The annual report of the US-China Economic and Sec­urity Review Commission, published on Wednesday, said China’s efforts to spread international use of its currency were succeeding in broadening its reach.

“[It] no longer seems inconceivable that the RMB could mount a challenge to the dollar, perhaps within the next five to 10 years,” said the commission, chaired by William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a business group. “Chinese financial authorities are laying the groundwork for these ambitions via a series of bilateral arrangements with foreign companies and financial centres.”

 

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“[It] no longer seems inconceivable that the RMB could mount a challenge to the dollar, perhaps within the next five to 10 years,” said the commission, chaired by William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, a business group. “Chinese financial authorities are laying the groundwork for these ambitions via a series of bilateral arrangements with foreign companies and financial centres.”

The report also said China was continuing to intervene heavily in its domestic economy through a combination of subsidies and protections to state-owned enterprises, rules on forced transfer of technology from foreign investors and limiting government procurement to Chinese companies – the so-called indigenous innovation policy.

“Chinese officials including [President Hu Jintao] have pledged to modify China’s indigenous innovation policy in response to protests from US business leaders and top officials,” the report said. “These promises have not been implemented at the local and provincial levels, however.”

Over the past few years, Beijing has gradually relaxed controls on the use of the renminbi in international transactions, using Hong Kong as a test-bed for experimentation.

Considerable controls remain on cross-border capital flows, together with continued massive official intervention in foreign exchange markets to hold down the renminbi.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think-tank whose estimates of currency undervaluation are frequently cited as authoritative on Capitol Hill, said this week that the renminbi remained undervalued against its trading partners by only 11 per cent, compared with 16 per cent in April, thanks to modest appreciation and higher inflation in China.

But the institute said the renminbi was still 24 per cent undervalued against the dollar based on estimates of fundamental equilibrium exchange rates – currency values that would return economies roughly to current account balance if they were producing around their normal capacity.

Senior US administration officials, in­cluding Ron Kirk, trade representative, and John Bryson, commerce secretary, travel to China this weekend for bilateral talks under the annual joint commission on commerce and trade. Beijing has promised to make a revised offer before the end of 2011 to join the government procurement agreement, a pact within the World Trade Organisation to open public contracts to international tender.

The currency issue has risen back up the US political agenda. In October, the Senate passed a bill that would allow the US to impose retaliatory tariffs on Chinese imports in accordance with estimates of currency misalignment. But the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, which opposes the move, has so far resisted bringing a similar bill to a vote.

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Flying Blind

| Borderland Beat Reporter Gary Moore

by Inside the Border/Gary Moore

The weather trap closed quickly. The Super Puma helicopter carrying eight persons, including “the second most powerful man in Mexico,” Internal Security Minister Francisco Blake Mora, took off from Mexico City in what appeared to be acceptable flying conditions. There were ominous low clouds, but not low enough to form confusing ground fog–at least not at the take-off site.

However, Mexico City lies cupped in a mountainous bowl. The helicopter’s planned route, to Cuernavaca just south, had to climb past a big triple peak called the Three Marias, up in the clouds, where low visibility presented nightmare obstacles.

The pilot, Lt. Col. Felipe Bacio, was a veteran aviator in what appeared to be a well-functioning craft. He seemed to decide on an end run. Only minutes after take-off, reportedly near the prominent landmark of Azteca Stadium in southern Mexico City, Bacio turned away from his planned course. Aviation officials said later that he appeared to opt for a backdoor route to Cuernavaca, trying to stay under the cloud level by sticking to lower ground.

One solution to the Tres Marias problem, with its fog on the heights, would be to navigate along a nearby series of basins. Just east of the planned route, old Aztec lakebeds pointed south toward the Valley of Cuautla. It was a logical course–if had it been followed.

Unfortunately, just after the helicopter veered southeast, away from its planned route and toward the basin area, something happened. Accumulating evidence seems to show that it was nothing as spectacular as a bomb–or a fire, or, seemingly, any sort of mechanical malfunction. The fateful event seems to have involved an indefinable chain of decisions.

A radar image of the craft was recorded (though such helicopter flights are not guided by control-tower instructions). The Super Puma can be seen continuing straight and level at a routine speed of about 130 miles per hour, with no known distress chatter on the radio. The straightness of the new course was precisely the problem.

Almost immediately after deviating to the southeast, the copter should have veered once again, this time to the south, in order to begin following the basin area. But no second turn came. Eerily, the southeasterly course continued unbroken. In the bowl of mountains enclosing Mexico City, such a straight and level course inevitably meant reckoning with the bowl’s far wall, to the east. Once the basin country had been missed (perhaps the clouds had closed and the craft was already flying blind, or the basin corridor itself was fogged in), the ground elevation began rising under the eight seatbelted occupants as the east wall drew nearer.

Why did the copter continue this course, at this altitude, when it was certain to intersect with the ground? This is the riddle (barring any possible revelations that could emerge in the future). The riddle suggests severe disorientation.

Helicopter TPH-06 (one of six VIP transport helicopters serving Los Pinos, the Mexican White House) was moving toward mountains so high that in the background was Popocatepetl, the eternally snow-crowned volcano more than three times higher than mile-high Denver. TPH-06 would never get that far.

At a thickly-fogged lower hump called Ayaqueme, and an elevation of about 2,600 meters (8,530 feet), the ground’s upslope converged with the copter’s straight and level path. Radar seemed to capture only a slight slowing before impact, at the last moment.

In 2009 a similar Super Puma helicopter, also flown by a veteran pilot, was ferrying workers to a British Petroleum oil rig in Europe’s North Sea–when a fog trap began to close. Flying conditions had seemed acceptable at first–and almost to the end–as the pilot spotted the rig ahead in open ocean. But the fog was capricious, seeming to envelope the copter on its approach. Witness accounts grew confused. One had the pilot emerging from a blind patch to find the rig much closer than he had thought. Another had a passenger never guessing anything was wrong at all, expecting a rig crewman to open the hatch as the copter finished easing down, only to find seawater entering instead, for the craft had ditched in the waves. That crash was not against a mountainside, and the occupants survived.

There is reason for special scrutiny of the last flight of TPH-06, on November 11, 2011, for, unsettlingly, it came three years almost to the day after another Mexican Internal Security Minister was killed in a Mexico City plane crash, also under puzzling circumstances. The other crash, on November 4, 2008, came around the time of Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and its three-year anniversary in 2011 was memorialized personally by Internal Security Minister Blake Mora. When Blake himself met a mirror-image tragedy seven days later, various coincidences stirred suspicions.

Francisco Blake Mora was the most visible point man on his government’s drug war, which is now said to have cost 50,000 lives since its beginning in late 2006, though official counts have stopped being issued. In a dark time for Mexico, with many blind turns, unexplained riddles are sometimes the only clues that deeper forces are at work. Sometimes–but not always. At a point between Azteca Stadium and Ayaqueme Mountain, just past 8:50 a.m. on November 11, 2011, there was only the riddle. A course toward disaster was left to play out its hand.

The eight persons on TPH-06, besides Minister Blake Mora, were pilot Bacio; his co-pilot, Lt. Roman Escobar; Mexican government Sub-Secretary for Judicial Affairs and Human Rights Felipe Zamora; departmental public relations director José Alfredo García; administrative secretary Diana Miriam Hayton; and departmental chief of security René de León. Response teams on the moutainside confirmed the bleak outcome, finding no survivors.
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9     New Timeline Explains Sebelius-Planned Parenthood Scandal

The pro-life group Operation Rescue has released a new timeline covering, very specifically, all of the details related to the massive scandal involving HHS Secretary and former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius. The Obama official has come under heavy fire from prolife groups who are pointing out how a state attorney general she appointed in Kansas destroyed documents related 107 criminal charges former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed against the abortion business. The charges alleged that planned Parenthood failed to report cases of child rape on children on whom Planned Parenthood did abortions, that it failed to test whether an unborn child was viable (as required by state law) before doing a late-term abortion, and that it manipulated records it submitted to the state to cover up those crimes.

10       Obama’s Half-Billion-Dollar Crony Drug Deal
The Solyndra scandal has a parallel in the pharmaceutical industry.


Purdue University students want a Jewish professor fired for condemning the Muslim slaughter of Christians in Middle East & Africa

Posted: November 17, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Islam in America | 22 Comments »

Associate Professor of Political Science, Maurice Moshe Eisenstein posted comments attached with a link to a YouTube video on his Facebook page, where he asked for justice for the killings of black Christians in Nigeria while lashing out at Muslims.

(Freedom of speech on college campuses only exists for people on the Left of any issue. When it comes to Muslims, truth is the new hate speech)

Contact: MAURICE EISENSTEIN

PUC Chronicle Energetic chants such as “No more Eisenstein, Eisenstein must go!” were shouted by Muslim terrorist-symathizing students over anti-Muslim comments made by a PUC professor on his public Facebook page and during his class lectures have led to campus-wide outrage and student protests.

The video link was found by another PUC professor, which then started a heated debate between Eisenstein and PUC students via Facebook. On one of Facebook comments,Eisenstein wrote that “Muslims are barbarians and that they are nothing more to me than dogs.” He further wrote that Muslims are “out to kill him.”Eisenstein has taught at PUC since 1993 and received tenure in 2000.

PUC students Wala Issa, Jessica Tabor and alumni Chris Ramirez started the protests by organizing with other students in response to the anti-Muslim comments and alleged religious harassment from Eisenstein. During the exchange of comments on Facebook, Eisenstein called Issa a “Jew hater” after she posted a separate link in defense of Muslims and the Islamic religion. Issa said her intentions were to show that anyone can take an article and misinterpret it.

“He believes that we are targeting him as an orthodox Jew, [but] this has nothing to do with that. We are just offended about things that he said, which were calling Muslims terrorists and saying that the prophet Muhammad was an idiot,” said Issa.

Eisenstein said the protesters are expressing their First Amendment rights and speaking their minds. He said he did not know it was a Muslim holiday when he made those comments in a class.  He said his intent was to report on the 150 dead black Christian men, women and children, who were slaughtered.

“I want somebody to say that’s wrong. So far, I have been the only one who has said that. Someone has to condemn the people who did this. It’s my right to post that, [and] it is my right to speak out. That’s my right to freedom of speech,” said Eisenstein.

In a public statement, Wes Lukoshus, assistant vice chancellor for advancement, said, “PUC, by its nature as a public university, both welcomes and encourages the exchange of thoughtful and diverse views and opinions; however it does not condone expressions that are considered offensive, intolerant or disrespectful.”

“Certainly, recent unpleasant comments exchanged between Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Eisenstein and others have been communicated on the Professor’s personal Facebook page. In no way do these comments reflect the university’s position and commitment to tolerance and respect with regard to the right of free expression by all individuals,” Lukoshus said.

Aside from the comments made on Facebook, Issa has previously filed two personal complaints to PUC officials against Eisenstein. The first incident involving Issa and Eisenstein occurred on Aug. 30, the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. Issa said Eisenstein made comments during a classroom lecture where he allegedly stated “Muslims are corrupting the world and the only thing Muslims are good for is their food.”

Various media outlets and radio stations, including NBC Chicago, have provided coverage of the demonstrations, but protesters claim the media has spun the story to make it look like Eisenstein is being picked on solely because of his faith.

Fawwaz Alshammari, president of the MSA and electrical engineering technology senior, said he was contacted by a student who was mad after Eisenstein spoke about the prophet Muhammad and Islam during a class lecture.

Alshammari responded to the comments Eisenstein posted on Facebook, where he said; “The Muslim Student Association is anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic organization” and “Islam and Arabs are out to embrace and love the Jews. What a Joke. They only want to kill me.”

“It’s a nonsense comment. There are a lot of Jews living in the Muslim world and we have no problem with other religions. We live peacefully with them,” Alshammari said. (HAH!)

Protesters said they plan to continue demonstrations until either Eisenstein resigns or action of some form is taken by Purdue officials. Protesters are calling for the resignation of Eisenstein, as they claim an apology will not be enough. Issa and Tabor have contacted student groups from other universities, as well as civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition. (Can CAIR be far behind?)

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Posted: November 16, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Islam in America | 20 Comments »

Imam Husham Al- Husainy 

Our friend, Walid Shoebat, caught it!  TLC’s new TV farce called ‘All-American Muslim’  tries to depict Muslims as ‘ordinary patriotic’ Americans but failed to mention that it features the radical Shia Imam, Husham Al- Husainy, ardent supporter and agent of Hezbollah.

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UPDATE: Hundreds of idiots back at Zuccotti Park now –

UPDATE: Cops being treated for unknown liquid thrown in their face

Ows police

Photo: Twitpic

Marauding mob near Wall Street this morning run up against NYPD. Go NYPD go! The New York Stock Exchange opened for business as usual this morning, as the goons, moochers and looters “protested” outside. Turnout is low, not nearly what was predicted. Hundreds  not thousands.

NY Daily News:

  • 9:51 AMMatthew LysiakThe crowd at Beaver and Broad. 

  • 9:49 AMAnjali MullanyMatt Lysiak filed this video of more physical altercations between protesters and cops near the Stock Exchange a few moments ago. 

  • 9:49 AMMatthew LysiakNYPD have restored traffic to Broad near Beaver. Protesters have backed down, for now.
  • 9:47 AMClaus GuglbergerNYPD keeping OWS on sidewalk at Nassau and Pine Sts. 

  • 9:47 AMMatthew LysiakAnother three arrested at Broad and Beaver. Twelve total by my count. 

  • 9:45 AMMatthew LysiakTensions growing again at Broad and Beaver. Another arrest minutes ago. About 200 protesters and half that amount of NYPD. 

    “Show me what a police state looks like,” they chant.

  • 9:42 AMErik BadiaProtesters are still here at Nassau and Pine, on the sidewalks, singing and chanting. The band is still playing. Police are controlling the flow of traffic and allowing people to walk in the street, down Pine. 

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    “I’m just trying to get breakfast,” she said, exasperated, looking around for a way through the protesters.

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    “If you want wealth equality and income redistribution you might as well live in a communist country,” she said, “I’m part of the 99% and I don’t mind it.”

    Furthermore, she said, the groups tactics – specifically, not working and ‘occupying’ parts of New York City – are not productive.

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  • 9:36 AMMatthew LysiakMore violence again at Beaver. A woman thrown to the ground. Video coming. 

  • 9:33 AMchristinaboyleA small group of 30, including some dressed as green pixies, made it outside 40 Wall St. Think they may have come from inside a building.
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