Archive for June, 2009

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Runaway Spending= Runaway Debt

June 30, 2009

IBD

29 June 09

Budget: The U.S. is on the fiscal road to ruin — with massive spending expected to create soaring deficits and mountains of debt. Don’t take our word for it. Just listen to the nonpartisan think tank that advises Congress.

‘Under current law,” said the Congressional Budget Office in its long-term budget outlook, released late last week, “the federal budget is on an unsustainable path — meaning that federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run.”

The CBO goes on to describe our rather bleak choices: “Keeping deficits and debt from reaching levels that would cause substantial harm to the economy would require increasing revenues significantly as a percentage of GDP, decreasing projected spending sharply, or some combination of the two.”

In other words, ready or not, we’re going to have to raise taxes or slash spending or a bit of both. The status quo is dead.

This shocking report usually would create a firestorm of debate. But with Congress and the White House already deeply involved in crafting new ways to bankrupt America — through cap and trade, nationalized health insurance and new across-the-board regulations on the financial industry, to name but a few — what’s shocking is how little attention is being paid to the future.

Without question, this Democratic-led Congress and White House have been the most fiscally reckless and irresponsible in our history. These captains of the Titanic know the iceberg looms in the murky distance, but instead of taking evasive action, they’re screaming “full steam ahead” as the ship readies for impact.

It won’t take long for us to hit the ice.

Let’s see. There’s $787 billion in stimulus, $700 billion in TARP spending and hundreds of billions in bailout funds for the automakers and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This year alone the spending will approach $4 trillion, 117% above the $1.8 trillion spent in 2000.

This unprecedented increase will lead to expected deficits of $1.8 trillion this year and as much as $13 trillion through 2019. Over that time, the U.S. will go from having a fairly manageable debt load to one that threatens our financial stability.

According to the CBO, at the end of 2008, federal debt held by the public (see chart above) was 41% of GDP — far less than most countries in the European Union or Japan. But it won’t last. In just two years, the debt load will leap to 60% of GDP, and to 87% by 2020 and 181% by 2035 — just 25 years away.

Today, we spend about 1% of GDP on paying down debt. That’s estimated to rise to 2.5% by 2020. Soon these payments will start eating seriously into our budget, and we’ll be like hapless homeowners who put too much on their credit cards. We’ll be working just to pay our debts — or rather, our children and grandchildren will.

Almost all of this spending surge is due to entitlements. So it doesn’t even include possible programs like cap and trade and national health care. Medicare and Medicaid alone account for 80% of the growth of all entitlement spending over the next 25 years, rising from 5% of GDP to 10%. Now, imagine the rest of health care spending — about 13% of GDP right now — on the government’s tab, too.

The CBO says this debt growth will have a pernicious effect on the economy. “As investment (is) displaced by government debt, GDP (will) grow more slowly and eventually decline.”

Can there be anything more destructive of the bonds between generations than profligate spending that saddles an unborn generation with the debts run up by their parents?

This is a direct inversion of the age-old ideal of leaving your children better off than you were. We’ll be sending them back to an unhappy, unhealthy and unwealthy stage of America’s development.

We keep hearing Congress has no choice — this is what people really want. Is it? A recent Rasmussen Poll asked Americans: “Would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes, or a smaller government with fewer and lower taxes?”

Some 66% responded they would prefer smaller government with less taxes; only 25% went for the big government option.

In short, the U.S. economy is being socialized through the back door against the will of its people. Our debts will soon be so large and burdensome that we will in effect be working most of our lives for the government in order to pay them off. And we won’t have any choice: a debt is a debt.

Here we thought indentured servitude and slavery were ended with the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution in 1865 and 1868. Our clever leaders have found a way to get around this. They just call the shackles they’re fitting for our children “debts.”

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Heeeere’s Barack!

June 30, 2009

IBD

26 June 09

Media Bias: ABC’s prime-time special starring President Obama was shameless journalistic favoritism. But as a promotional event, it backfired; the broadcast revealed no public demand for his vision of health reform.

After announcing that it would carve out a valuable evening slot for what might best be called “The Health Care Show Starring Barack Obama,” ABC assured the public it would be no glorified White House infomercial. But an analysis of the broadcast’s content indicates otherwise.

The program’s real name was “Questions for the President: Prescription for America.” But it was more like “Long Answers from the President.” Obama had plenty of time for monologues. An analysis by the Business and Media Institute found that some 60% of the 75 minutes of airtime was eaten up by the president talking.

Questions and comments from the pre-picked audience were a total of just 12% of the programming, well under 10 minutes — this on a show advertised as dialogue about the future of U.S. health care.

There were no real health care experts present to ask the president any tough, informed questions from a divergent viewpoint, no John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis or Dr. David Gratzer of the Manhattan Institute. Unless, of course, you count ABC’s latest incarnation of Marcus Welby, M.D., the network’s “medical editor,” Dr. Tim Johnson.

John Sheils of the Lewin Group, which did a devastating analysis on the effects of establishing a government health care option, was nearly apologetic in his one brief chance to ask a question. He had no opportunity for a follow-up.

As for Republican members of Congress, who could have presented the TV-watching public with alternative reform plans, or made the case for keeping the status quo rather than embracing the path to socialized medicine, there were none to be seen.

With no chance to rebut, the Republican National Committee was justified in demanding through a letter to ABC that “the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.”

ABC’s response to the RNC was: Don’t worry, “ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.”

But America, after all, is a republic. We elect representatives who analyze policies and decide on our behalf. How can we have a televised “conversation” about a major issue featuring the president, but not elected officials from the opposing party who fundamentally disagree with his position? That’s just the president having a conversation with himself in the presence of a TV audience.

And speaking of those watching at home, if Americans are so anxious to change our health system, why is it that the Obama Show came in third among the top three networks in the ratings? How is it that even a rerun of CBS’ “CSI:NY” beat out this oh-so-important debate on the future of medicine?

The meager ratings should be particularly satisfying for those who wanted to buy ad time during the show to make the case against ObamaCare but were not allowed to by ABC. With so few watching, they wouldn’t have gotten their money’s worth anyway.

In the context of moderate congressional Democrats refusing to support the establishment of a government-run alternative health care plan, and the airwaves already filled with warnings of the consequences of ObamaCare, the president’s ABC infomercial can only be viewed as having backfired.

Viewer interest was poor as Obama tried to rally the public behind a program designed to make him the 21st-century FDR, and no one should wonder why. After spending hundreds of billions already — purportedly to “save” the world economy — the president’s insistence that we also have to transform a health care system, that though flawed remains the envy of the world, simply rings false.

We continue, however, to be in great danger of being subjected to “reform” that will yield socialized medicine. The only prescription that will protect the public from it: a large dose of information.

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Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami

June 30, 2009

“ANYONE WHO TAKES UP ARMS to fight with the people, they are worthy of execution,” said Iranian senior hard-line cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, speaking in a nationally broadcast sermon Friday in Tehran.  Khatami said those who disturbed the peace and destroyed public property were “at war with God.”

picture: foxnews.com

quote: IBD 29 June 09

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Shopping For A New Car?

June 30, 2009

Options that will be available to drive quite soon.


But look at all of the ‘great new choices’

we will have from ‘The SMART Car’….

The Smorvette!

The Smaudi A3 AWD!

The Smamborghini!



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Zionish Organization of America; Michigan Region

June 30, 2009
zoa.org
From National ZOA Office

ZOA Praises Netanyahu For Positions On Jewish State, Jerusalem, Incitement, Natural Growth & Conflict’s Roots — But Opposes Unilateral Concession of Accepting Conditional PA State
June 15, 2009
Contact: Morton A. Klein

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has welcomed several aspects of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech – his statement of the conflict’s basis in Arab non-acceptance of Jewish statehood; the need for Palestinians to accept Israel and end terror and incitement; that Jerusalem should remain undivided; that Jews stem from the Jewish homeland and are not European interlopers; stating the fact that Israeli territorial concessions has led to more attacks and bloodshed; asserting the need for Jewish communities in the territories to enjoy normal life, growth and development; declaring that Palestinian refugees and their descendants must be settled outside Israel; and warning of the danger of radical Islam and nuclear weapons – but regards as a major, mistaken and unilateral concession his declaration that Israel will accept the establishment of a Palestinian state on various, unenforceable conditions, i.e., a demilitarized state that is not permitted to have alliances with Israel’s enemies.


To read the rest of the Press Release please click here

In the News

KEY U.S. JEWS WARY OF NETANYAHU SETTLEMENT POLICY – NETANYAHU SAID STUNNED BY U.S. CONGRESSIONAL OPPOSITION
BY NATHAN GUTTMAN
June 3, 2009

For the first time in America’s decades of jousting with Israel over West Bank settlements, an American president seems to have succeeded in isolating the settlements issue and disconnecting it from other elements of support for Israel.

It is a disentanglement now seen most clearly in Congress, which in the past served as Israel’s stronghold against administration pressure on the issue. But when Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu came to Capitol Hill for a May 18 meeting after being pressed by President Obama to freeze the expansion of West Bank settlements, he was “stunned,” Netanyahu aides said, to hear what seemed like a well-coordinated attack against his stand on settlements. The criticism came from congressional leaders, key lawmakers dealing with foreign relations and even from a group of Jewish members.

They included Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee; California Democrat Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and California Rep. Henry Waxman, a senior Democrat.

The Jewish lawmakers among them believed “it was their responsibility to make him [Netanyahu] very, very aware of the concerns of the administration and Congress… To see the rest of the story please click here

June 25th’s Daily Alert from Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs prepared for American Jewish Organizations had a number of informative articles, including the following:

Gilad Shalit: In terrorist captivity since 25 June 2006
Israel Ministries of Foreign Affairs

On June 25, 2006, Corporal Gilad Shalit (later promoted to Staff Sergeant) was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists within Israeli territory, near the Kerem Shalom crossing. The kidnapping was part of an unprovoked and well-planned attack which involved seven terrorists, armed with explosive charges, anti-tank missiles, light arms and more, and which made use of a tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border. During the course of the attack, an IDF soldier, Staff Sergeant Pavel Slutzker, and an officer, Lieutenant Hanan Barak, were killed, while five other were wounded.
June 25, 2009 marks three years of Staff Sergeant Shalit’s captivity. Hamas continues to refuse Red Cross access to the kidnapped soldier.

To read the full article please clickhere

Analysis: Obama’s settlement focus handcuffing negotiations
By HERB KEINON

With Defense Minister Ehud Barak scheduled to fly back to Washington on Monday for another round of talks about construction in the settlements, it is instructive to ask at this point what exactly US President Barack Obama is trying to achieve by pushing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the wall on this issue.
For the full article please click here

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· Present a rich array of informative speakers discussing crucial issues of our time.
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Promote legislation in Congress to cut off funding to Fatah and Hamas from the U.S.
· Raise funds to create scholarships to send students to study in Israel.
· Safeguard the interests of Israel on Capitol Hill, in the courts, on campus and in the media.

To see the daily alerts, go to http://www.dailyalert.org/

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The IPT Terror Alert

June 30, 2009

investigativeproject.org

29 June 09

1. Obama’s ‘Outreach to Muslims’ Prompts Mass Koran Distribution
(Israel National News)
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132112
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose officials in the past have been convicted for being associated with Muslim terrorist groups, said it will announce at a news conference Tuesday that it is launching an “education campaign” and will distribute 100,000 copies of the Koran to local, state and national leaders. The books will provide an English translation and commentary. CAIR said the distribution is prompted by U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent speech in Cairo, in which he said he wants to reach out to Muslims throughout the world. He praised the Muslim community in the U.S, whose values he said incorporate tenets of Islam. President Obama, whose father was a Muslim, quoted the Koran four times in his speech in Cairo and used the word “violence” instead of “terror” in his reference to extremists.



2. Saudi Hate Film Draws (Private) State Department Fire (IPT News)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3758
While President Obama praises the “long history” of U.S.-Saudi “friendship” and the “strategic relationship” between the two countries, some State Department officials are privately unhappy over a Saudi-produced film blaming “Zionist gangs” for the suffering of the Palestinians. The film is “The Olive Dream,” a soon-to-be-released Arabic-language movie produced by Saudi filmmaker Osama Khalifa. “The narrative of ‘the catastrophe of 1948’ and the resulting ‘Palestinian suffering’ has long served as an incubator for violence and anti-American sentiment,” an anonymous State Department official wrote in a June 16 “Counterterrorism Communication Alert” obtained by IPT News. “As the US government works to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward, a significant obstacle to winning Arab public opinion and achieving lasting a lasting peace is the current narrative of the conflict.”



3. Saudi Account of Khobar Bore Telltale Signs of Fraud
(IPS News)
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47324
In the last week of October 1996, the Saudi secret police, the Mabahith, gave David Williams, the FBI’s assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism issues, what they said were summaries of the confessions obtained from some 40 Shi’a detainees. The alleged confessions portrayed the bombing as the work of a cell of Saudi Hezbollah that had carried out surveillance of U.S. targets under the direction of an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer before hatching a plot to blow up the Khobar Towers facility. But the documents were curiously short of the kind of details that would have allowed U.S. investigators to verify key elements of the accounts. In fact, Saudi officials refused even to reveal the names of the detainees who were alleged to have made the confessions, identifying the suspects only by numbers one through six or seven, according to a former FBI official involved in the investigation. Justice Department lawyers argued that the confessions were completely unreliable, and unusable in court, because they had probably been extracted by torture. At Attorney General Janet Reno’s insistence, both Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh said publicly in early 1997 that the Saudis had provided little more than “hearsay” evidence on the bombing.



4. Document links Saudi charity to Somalian arms
(Philadelphia Inquirer)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3751
A Defense Department intelligence document on weapons trafficking in Somalia suggests a prominent Saudi government charity supplied arms and other aid to a Mogadishu warlord whose forces killed 18 U.S. soldiers in the notorious Black Hawk Down battle in 1993. The heavily redacted memo said that the Saudi High Commission, a Saudi government agency, had been a conduit for arms shipments to forces allied with Mohamed Farah Hassan Aideed, and that the arms had come from both Iraq and Sudan. Fighters allied with Aideed engaged in a fierce street battle on Oct. 3-4, 1993, with U.S. troops on a mission to capture top Aideed lieutenants believed to be blocking efforts to stabilize the country. The document was provided to The Inquirer by lawyers for plaintiffs in a huge lawsuit that alleges the government of Saudi Arabia bears responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because, over a period of a decade or more, it financed Islamic charities that in turn helped fund al-Qaeda. The lawsuit alleges the Saudi government knew it was funding charities that supported terrorism. Saudi Arabia denies the allegation.



5. Is Obama Protecting the Saudis?
(The Daily Beast)

http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3759
In a lawsuit by 9/11 families, new evidence has surfaced that Saudi Arabia funds terrorism worldwide—and paid two of the hijackersyet the Obama Justice Department wants these documents destroyed. Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of 9/11 victims reveal new evidence of extensive Saudi financial support for al Qaeda and other extremist Muslim groups. So reports today’s New York Times. But that evidence may never see the light of day because of legal and diplomatic hurdles. Anyone who follows the Saudi-American relationship shouldn’t be surprised. And anyone hoping for an end to the deference with which Saudis were treated under George W. Bush, has every right to be disappointed that Barack Obama apparently did not include the Saudis’ support of terror in his campaign promise of “change.”



6. Mystery of Fake U.S. Bonds Fuels Web Theories
(NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/26/business/global/26fake.html
Ever since two middle-aged men with Japanese passports were caught in Italy this month trying to smuggle a purported $134.5 billion in United States government bearer bonds into Switzerland, the Internet has been abuzz with theories. Was the Japanese government, or some other creditor nation, secretly trying to dump Treasury bonds to drive down the value of the dollar? Had the Italian mafia stolen the equivalent of 1 percent of the American gross domestic product, using the paper, which supposedly was instantly convertible into cash, to run a giant scam? Adding spice was the whole Bond — James Bond — aspect of the tale. A crowded customs checkpoint near the Alps; two men traveling on a local train, professing that they had nothing to declare; and a false-bottom suitcase containing United States government bonds made out in stratospheric denominations. In all, the Italian financial police and customs guards confiscated 249 paper bonds, each supposedly worth $500 million, and 10 bonds with a face value of $1 billion each. Too bad the bonds were fake.



7. Banking on Allah: OIC & UK gov’t promoting Islamic finance in the UK

(Standpoint Magazine – UK)
http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/1706
Islamic banking is becoming increasingly accepted as a viable and fair alternative to the current “Western capitalist” banking system. European governments, including the UK’s, are embracing Islamic banking. Gordon Brown recently declared that it was his desire to make Britain the Islamic finance capital of Europe. A number of leading UK banks now offer sharia-compliant financial services and the Treasury is considering the implementation of the sukok, or sharia-compliant, bond. Such moves fail to recognise Islamic banking for what it is — a modern Islamist construct, designed as another wedge between Western Muslims and their societies. Since the recession, Islamic banking’s supporters have been seizing the opportunity to present it as not only a more moral option, but as an economically safer one. But there are three questions that need answering: How is Islamic banking different? Who are its biggest cheerleaders? Why are they pushing for it?



12. Convicted terrorist knew of plot: Hearing – Crown argues Saad Khalid was ‘active and enthusiastic’ (Toronto Sun)
http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/06/27/9951641-sun.html
A 22-year-old Mississauga man was an “active and enthusiastic participant” in a terror plot to bomb two buildings in downtown Toronto, court was told yesterday. Saad Khalid, who has pleaded guilty to one terrorism-related charge, had full knowledge of the plan, Crown prosecutor Croft Michaelson said in his final submissions on the first phase of the sentencing hearing. “He’s aware that this is a serious plot,” Michaelson argued. “It is clear, in my submission, that they intended to commit jihad in Canada.” Khalid is a member of the Toronto 18, a group of 14 men and 4 youths who were rounded up on June 2, 2006 and charged with numerous terrorist-related charges. Naming his co-accused is prohibited by a court-ordered publication ban.



13. Britain has 85 sharia courts: The astonishing spread of the Islamic justice behind closed doors
(The Daily Mail – UK)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3756
At least 85 Islamic sharia courts are operating in Britain, a study claimed yesterday. The astonishing figure is 17 times higher than previously accepted. The tribunals, working mainly from mosques, settle financial and family disputes according to religious principles. They lay down judgments which can be given full legal status if approved in national law courts. However, they operate behind doors that are closed to independent observers and their decisions are likely to be unfair to women and backed by intimidation, a report by independent think-tank Civitas said. Commentators on the influence of sharia law often count only the five courts in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton that are run by the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal, a body whose rulings are enforced through the state courts under the 1996 Arbitration Act. But the study by academic and Islamic specialist Denis MacEoin estimates there are at least 85 working tribunals. The spread of sharia law has become increasingly controversial since its role was backed last year by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and Lord Phillips, the Lord Chief Justice who stepped down last October.



14. Netherlands: 51% of Muslims considering leaving
(Islam in Europe)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3760
More than a third of Turkish and Moroccan Muslims (36%) in the Netherlands want to emigrate due to the increasing popularity of Geert Wilders. More than half (51%) are considering leaving more and more often. This according to a survey by actuality program NCRV Netwerk. Wilders’ PVV party triumphed in the recent EU elections. Netwerk wanted to know what influence this had on the feeling of belonging among Muslims. 76% still feel they belong in the Netherlands, but for a majority of 57% that feeling has decreased, according to the survey which will be shown this evening on the show. Three quarters of the Muslims think it would be a threat if the PVV would be part of the cabinet after the next elections. Strikingly, 90% expect that such a cabinet will be unsuccessful. Additionally, 75% have a feeling they’re judged more negatively than in the past. 40% says they’re more often discriminated. 24% says they’re regularly discriminated against in the Netherlands.



15. Turk kills daughter for not following the Islamic way
(Islam in Europe)
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2009/06/germany-turk-kills-daughter-for-not.html
Turkish Döner kebab saler Mehmet Ö (45) from the south German town of Schweinfurt stabbed his fifteen year old daughter Büsra to death with a kitchen knife because she refused to follow the “Islamic way”, German police told German newspaper Bild. The attack occurred Wednesday morning. Mehmet stabbed his daughter several times while she slept. About 3:30 AM Büsra’s grandparents called emergency services. Before the police arrived, the gravely injured girl bled to death. Ö. meanwhile fled. The police knew to arrest the Turk quickly. He immediately confessed to the crime. He said his motive was that he wanted to end the fight with his ‘rebellious’ daughter. “She had to die because she refused to follow his Islamic way,” according to a police spokesperson.



16. Radical Islamic activist a national of Uzbekistan arrested in Perm – FSB
(Itar-Tass)
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=14091563&PageNum=0
Officers of the Perm regional branch of the Federal Security Service (FSB) have traced in the city of Perm an emissary of a terrorist organisation entitled “Islamic jihad group” – Atabek Tukhtamuradov, a national of Uzbekistan, a representative of the press service of the FSB regional department told Itar-Tass on Friday. According to his information, members of the organization, including Tukhtamuradov, “enlisted people to it to be trained in specialized military mujaheed camps on the territory of Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries for fulfilling criminal missions, for instance the training of saboteur terrorists.” The FSB regional branch obtained information that the investigating department of the National Security Service of Uzbekistan instituted criminal proceedings against Tukhtamuradov early in 2009 under the articles of the Uzbek Criminal Code dealing with terrorism, the kindling of inter-ethnic and religious strife, an attempt to undermine the constitutional system, the organization of a criminal group and smuggling. Crimes under those articles may be punished by prison terms of up to 15 years.



17. Pakistan: Taliban attack signals change of tactic
(AKI)
http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.3482998443
Pakistani Taliban leader Gul Bahadur, once an arch rival of Baitullah Mehsud, apparently shelved a ceasefire agreement with security forces when he and his militants attacked a military convoy killing two officers and 12 soldiers at the weekend. Militants claimed to have killed 60 personnel in the attack carried out in Miran Shah area of North Waziristan. “There was no reason for the attack. The military was not conducting any operation so there was no reason for such an attack,” said Major General Athar Abbas, spokesperson for the Pakistan Army at a media conference late on Monday in Islamabad. Pakistani minister information Qamaruzaman Kaira was also present and explained the government policies. He denied that there was a military operation in either North or South Waziristan to rival what the military was doing in the northwestern Swat valley.



18. In Iran Turmoil, U.S. Sees Chance to Gain Sway in Mideast
(Wall Street Journal)
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124607024946364341.html?
The Obama administration and its Middle East allies are looking to capitalize on Iran’s political crisis to reverse strategic gains Tehran has made across the region, said U.S. and Arab officials. A principal early test case for that evolving U.S. strategy will be Syria, which plays a critical role in helping Tehran arm and fund militant groups Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon. U.S. strategists are assessing whether Iran’s inner turmoil will force its clerical leaders to rein in support for those organizations and focus instead on quelling domestic dissent. Or, as some U.S. strategists fear, whether Iran’s leaders, feeling weakened at home, will seek to expand Iran’s overseas operations in order to appear strong. President Barack Obama has long stated his desire to woo Syrian President Bashar Assad away from his military and economic alliance with Iran. That could help stabilize Lebanon and advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, two leading sources of conflict in the region.



19. Lebanese army issues warning after Beirut
clash (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSBAY862800
The Lebanese army said on Sunday it would open fire on any armed person appearing on the streets, after a brief clash between supporters of rival political factions in western Beirut killed one person. Gunfire erupted in the Aicha Bakkar area when Sunni Muslim followers of anti-Syrian Saad al-Hariri’s Future movement clashed with supporters of the pro-Syrian Amal Movement, which is led by Shi’ite parliament speaker Nabih Berri. Security sources said one woman was killed, and two people were wounded. “This is an isolated incident between the groups’ supporters on the back of the elections in Lebanon. The groups’ leadership have nothing to do with it,” a security source told Reuters. Earlier this month, the U.S.-backed “March 14” coalition led by Hariri defeated Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies, including Amal, in a parliamentary election.



20. Israel to swap West Bank outpost for new units
(Washington Post)
http://www.investigativeproject.org/ext/3761
Israel has approved 50 new houses in a West Bank settlement just as Israel’s defense minister left Monday for Washington to try to defuse growing tension with the Obama administration over such construction. The U.S. wants settlement construction to stop completely to help revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, but Defense Minister Ehud Barak hopes to work out a compromise. Barak aide Eitan Broshi told Army Radio Monday that approval has been given to build 50 houses in the settlement of Adam for settlers from an outpost called Migron, which will be removed. Migron was built without approval on private Palestinian land. Israel has said it is committed to removing two dozen similar outposts.



21. IDF opens fire at terrorists near Karni crossing
(Ynetnews)
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3738745,00.html
An IDF force operating near the Gaza Strip Monday afternoon opened fire at Palestinian terrorists planting an explosive devise near the Karni border crossing. No injuries were reported among the soldiers. Shortly before the incident a mortar was fired from northern Gaza towards the western Negev. The shell exploded near the security fence separating Israel and the Hamas-rule territory, but caused no injury or damage. Despite the relative calm in the South, Palestinian terror groups in Gaza have continued to target IDF forces

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Only In America

June 30, 2009

27 June 09

ONLY IN AMERICA…..WE SPEND BILLIONS BECAUSE WE CAN’T LET GM AND CHRYSLER GO BANKRUPT, AND THEN, LET GM and CHRYSLER GO BANKRUPT.

ONLY IN AMERICA….CAN CONGRESS FORCE FANNIE AND FREDDIE TO BUY SUBPRIME LOANS, AND THEN BLAME FANNIE AND FREDDIE FOR BUYING SUBPRIME LOANS. THEN FIRE THE CEO’s WITH GIANT SEVERENCE PACKAGES AND NATIONALIZE THE COMPANIES SO THE TAX PAYERS CAN PAY OFF ALL THE DEBT!!

ONLY IN AMERICA….A FINANCIAL CRISIS REQUIRES SWIFT ACTION BY CONGRESS TO PASS A BILL WITHOUT READING IT, THEN THEY GO ON VACATION FOR THREE DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT FINDS THE TIME TO SIGN IT.

ONLY IN AMERICA….YOU CAN BE LEGALLY ILLEGAL.

ONLY IN AMERICA….CAN CONGRESS MAKE LAWS THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO, OR INTEND TO, FOLLOW.

ONLY IN AMERICA…..THE VICE PRESIDENT DECLARES ‘JOBS’ A 3 LETTER WORD.

ONLY IN AMERICA…. CAN YOU GET A TAX REFUND FOR TAXES YOU DIDN’T PAY.

ONLY IN AMERICA…. CAN POLITICIANS BLAME OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN FAILURES.

ONLY IN AMERICA…. YOU HAVE MORE RIGHTS BEING ILLEGAL, THAN YOU DO IF YOU’RE LEGAL

ONLY IN AMERICA…. CAN YOU BE 13 AND HAVE AN ABORTION WITHOUT TELLING YOUR PARENTS, BUT YOU MUST HAVE A WRITTEN NOTE FROM YOUR PARENT EXPLAINING WHY YOU MISSED SCHOOL.

ONLY IN AMERICA….DO WE WORRY ABOUT 3 GUYS THAT GET WATER UP THEIR NOSES, WHILE THEIR ASSOCIATES ARE BEHEADING CAPTIVES AND BLOWING UP CROWDS OF PEOPLE WITH SUICIDE BOMBERS.

ONLY IN AMERICA….YOU CAN BE PRESIDENT WITHOUT HAVING A BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

ONLY IN AMERICA…. WHATEVER GOES WRONG WILL ALWAYS BE PRESIDENT BUSH’S FAULT.