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  • Israel Kills al Qaeda-Linked Chief in Gaza Strike

    12/30/2011 11:33:53 AM PST · by Nachum
    BJL ^ | 12/30/11 | Saleh Salem and Dan Williams
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters)- Israel killed the leader of an al Qaeda-inspired faction in the Gaza Strip on Friday, accusing him of involvement in firing rockets and a planned attack on the Jewish state from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai. The deadly air strike was Israel's second against a Salafi Islamist militant this week. Militants identified him as Momen Abu Daf, chief of the Army of Islam, among a loose network of Palestinian groups which profess allegiance to al Qaeda and have been reinforced by volunteers who slip in from the Sinai. Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, who have sometimes reined in more radical...
  • Pistol-packing mayor draws heat; VP Condi Rice?; BP karma and more (Political Skinny)

    12/27/2011 7:06:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    al.com ^ | 26 December, 2011 | George Talbot Press-Register
    Mayor Sam Jones was the talk of town after he held a burglary suspect at gunpoint at his home in Mobile. But not everyone was impressed. In a twist, at least one pro-gun rights group accused Jones of being a hypocrite. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, took issue with the fact that Jones is part of a coalition of U.S. mayors who have campaigned for stricter gun regulations. Jones is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization established to reduce violent crime by blocking criminals from illegally obtaining...
  • Six church leaders send Alabama governor letter seeking his support

    12/19/2011 6:32:46 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | December 19, 2011 | Kent Faulk -- The Birmingham News
    Six church leaders send Alabama governor letter seeking his support to repeal state immigration law A half-dozen religious leaders this morning delivered a letter to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's office asking him in the spirit of the Christmas season to support the repeal of the state's immigration law -- the Beason-Hammon Act. "We are writing to let you know that we are praying for you as you consider the multitude of problems caused by the Beason-Hammon Act," the letter states. "In this time when we celebrate the greatest of gifts, we pray that you will show great political courage and...
  • Hispanic Caucus shifts gears toward restricting Alabama immigration law

    12/03/2011 8:37:06 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    al.com (blog) ^ | December 03, 2011 | Mary Orndorff -- The Birmingham News
    WASHINGTON -- The members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will meet next week with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss enforcement of Alabama's immigration law, according to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. Gutierrez, a leading critic on Capitol Hill of states that try to police immigration themselves, said he wants the federal government's top immigration officials to emphasize that they will not deport illegal immigrants snagged in Alabama's dragnet unless they have a record of other crimes. President Barack Obama's administration has announced that its policy puts a higher priority on deporting those with criminal records, and less...
  • Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Claims He Is Holding American Jewish Man Hostage

    12/02/2011 10:53:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/2/11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Warren Weinstein, pictured above, is a 70-year-old Jewish American and former USAID worker who was kidnapped from his bed late August in Pakistan. Now, a newly released audio message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for Weinstein’s disappearance and says the militant Islamist group is holding the man hostage. This supports a U.S. official’s claim that ”it’s entirely possible that al Qaeda or one of its militant allies may be holding Mr. Weinstein.” In the 30-minute long statement, which is reportedly circulating on jihadi-websites, al-Zawahiri states: “I tell the captive soldiers of al Qaeda and the Taliban and...
  • Ballots with Obama's name facing more legal challenges (Georgia)

    11/29/2011 8:31:10 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | November 29, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Only a week after there was a formal hearing in the state of New Hampshire on a request to remove Barack Obama's name from the 2012 presidential primary election ballot over allegations of fraud, state officials in Georgia are facing a related request. Activist Carl Swensson, who runs the RiseUpForAmerica.com website, and has been integral in campaigns to have Obama investigated, told WND that not only has he petitioned the state secretary of state, but some half a dozen others have done the same thing. In his complaint letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Swensson wrote that while...
  • Federal officials report more than 1,000 complaints about Alabama immigration law

    11/29/2011 6:33:59 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    al.com (blog) ^ | November 28, 2011, | Kent FaulkThe Birmingham News
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- U.S. Justice Department officials said Monday that they have gotten more than 1,000 calls or emails reporting problems immigrants are having living under Alabama's immigration law. Tom Perez, assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, and other Justice Department and U.S. Labor Department officials were in Birmingham on Monday to continue gathering information and listening to stories about the impact the law is having on immigrants and looking for possible civil rights violations. "The more we hear, as we do our listening, the more concerned we are about the impact of...
  • Demonstrators denounce Alabama illegal immigration law

    11/15/2011 6:00:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 15, 2011 | Los Angeles Times
    About 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Alabama state Capitol in Montgomery to call for passage of the DREAM Act and to protest the state’s new anti-illegal immigration law, widely regarded as the toughest state law crafted to combat illegal immigration. Illegal immigration has been a volatile topic in Alabama since the legislation known as HB 56 was signed into law by Republican Gov. Robert J. Bentley in June. Anecdotal evidence suggestions that many illegal immigrants have fled the state. The demonstrators took a far different approach Tuesday. “Undocumented, unafraid!” they chanted. Eleven protesters sat down in the middle of a...
  • Rally to oppose immigration law

    11/12/2011 11:33:57 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    WALA-TV FOX10 ^ | 12 Nov 2011 | WALA-TV FOX10
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two Spanish language radio hosts are joining NAACP leaders for a rally on Saturday in Birmingham to protest the state's tough crackdown on illegal immigration. The Birmingham News reports that Jose Antonio Castro and Orlando Rosa of La Jefa radio are in the middle of a 14-day walk across the state to oppose the law. The pair will meet with leaders from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Saturday. First, they will place flowers on the grave of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. The civil rights icon died in October at age 89....
  • Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water

    11/08/2011 1:25:49 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th November 2011 | Nina Golgowski
    Utility company PROHIBITING illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service in Alabama... A major utilities company in Alabama is now prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving electricity, gas, water or wastewater services to heated reactions on both sides, but they're just following the law. The Decatur Utilities company is now one of many in the state that follows the newly signed immigration law which prohibits business with illegal immigrants in the state or its subdivisions. 'We did not [originally] document or confirm whether or not they were citizens or aliens here legally,' Stephen Pirkle, Decatur business manager and...
  • Immigrant rights groups wrap up Albertville meeting

    11/06/2011 7:48:26 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    al.com (blog) - Kent Faulk ^ | November 06, 2011 | - Kent Faulk
    ALBERTVILLE, Alabama -- A three-day workshop that has brought together more than a dozen groups concerned about Alabama's crack down on illegal immigrants ends this afternoon in Albertville. Elizabeth Brezovich, with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, said that the event was sponsored by the Southeast Immigrants Rights Network and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, in collaboration with the coalition. About 60 people from six groups outside the state and eight Alabama-based groups participated, she said. The groups are working to see Alabama's new immigration law overturned or repealed. Brezovich said the event was a combination of training on...
  • Jury convicts ex-Citronelle officer of illegally keeping handguns taken from motorists

    11/03/2011 2:27:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 1 November, 2011 | Brendan Kirby
    MOBILE, Alabama -- A former Citronelle police officer violated the law when he kept a pair of handguns he took from motorists during his 11-year tenure on the force, a federal jury here decided this afternoon. The jury convicted Bill Eugene Newburn guilty of 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm. Under a preliminary calculation of advisory guidelines in his case, he faces at least a year and 9 months in prison and as much as 2 years and 3 months behind bars. U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose scheduled his sentencing hearing for Feb. 10. Police Chief Shane Stringer...
  • Obama-Friendly GE Building Aircraft Factory Right-to-Work Alabama; Unlike Boeing, NLRB Silent

    11/03/2011 8:13:14 AM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Directorblue ^ | November 2, 2011 | Doug Ross
    1. Alabama is a wonderfully free "right-to-work" state, which simply means it prevents unions from extracting dues from workers who do not wish to join. 2. General Electric's CEO Jeff Immelt is the poster-boy for crony capitalism, having backed Obama's rush to socialized medicine and green energy to benefit various of its business units. 3. It turns out that GE's Aviation division is breaking ground on a new factory in Alabama. And, unlike Boeing, which tried to build a factory in a right-to-work-state, the National Labor Relations Board hasn't uttered a peep. But I'm sure that's just a coincidence. Remember...
  • Tough Illegal Immigration Laws Could be Coming to PA

    11/02/2011 2:59:50 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    FOX43.com ^ | November 2, 2011 | Ashley Palutis
    State lawmakers are working to pass a group of bills against illegal immigrants known as, the National Security Begins at Home Legislation. Stolen jobs, and a burden on tax paying Pennsylvanians are just two of the reasons State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R) 12th District, is trying to pass a package of Illegal Immigration bills in Pennsylvania.
  • Parents: Hispanic kids bullied after immigration law

    10/22/2011 5:49:15 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 33 replies
    Opelika Auburn News ^ | October 22, 2011 | JAY REEVES
    BIRMINGHAM — It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama. The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration. "They told them, 'You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,'" said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn't want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally. Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough...
  • Ala Hispanics organizing campaign against law

    10/12/2011 8:40:18 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10.11.11 | JAY REEVES
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Poultry plants that employ thousands are planning to close or scale back operations because of a work stoppage being promoted by Hispanic residents and their supporters to protest Alabama's tough new law against illegal immigration.
  • Marshall County Woman Faces 20 Years, Deportation

    10/11/2011 4:44:46 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    WHNT ^ | October 11, 2011 | Robert Richardson
    An illegal immigrant in Marshall County will be deported after she serves 20 years in prison for the death of her one-year-old son. Perla Edith Hernandez was accused of capital murder, but entered a guilty plea to aggravated child abuse Her son Uriel died from head injuries January 1, 2008. Investigators said Hernandez brought Uriel to Marshall Medical Center North in Arab, and claimed he fell off a bed and hit his head. District Attorney Steve Marshall said that was not the case. "Twice in my career have I been into a crime or seen a body that has been...
  • Crackdown on illegals begins here; 4 arrested

    10/11/2011 7:15:38 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    DecaturDaily.com ^ | 10/11/11 | Seth Burkett
    Four people charged during the weekend under Alabama’s new immigration law pleaded guilty Monday in Decatur Municipal Court. The four would have been released after pleading to willful failure to procure alien registration documents, a Class C misdemeanor under Section 10 of the law, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had placed holds on them earlier Monday. Each agreed to a fine of $100, $196 in court costs, and a 30-day suspended sentence with 12 months of probation. It was unclear whether anyone at the arraignment was aware ICE had already placed detainers on the defendants. “I wasn’t aware of...
  • Hispanic Churches Urge Members To Stay Put

    10/09/2011 8:21:12 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    WHNT ^ | October 9, 2011 | Nick Banaszak
    Alabama's new immigration law appears to have sparked an exodus of illegal immigrants from the state. Yet while some have left, many are still here, with local Hispanic churches urging their members to stay put. Fears over the new law have driven many parishioners away from Spanish-speaking churches in Huntsville, Decatur and other north Pastor Raul Zacarias oversees Eben-Ezer Pentecostal Church in southwest Huntsville, with most of its 70 members admitted illegal immigrants. Zacarias told WHNT News 19 that some of his families have left town in the last two weeks, leaving a depleted but determined congregation.
  • Families Fear Deportation Amid Alabama Immigration Crackdown

    10/09/2011 1:43:19 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 09, 2011 | Associated Press
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Terrified by Alabama's strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago -- asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their children if they're arrested or deported.