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  • Good Bye and best wishes to all!

    01/26/2011 6:08:38 PM PST · by devere · 240 replies
    January 26, 2011 | devere
    It seems that for whatever reasons Free Republic has now become an "anti-birther" website, and dedicated itself to protecting those who shielded Obama by mocking and insulting the people who questioned his obviously fraudulent qualifications. Since my thoughts are no longer in sympathy with those of the management of this website, I'll be finding a different Internet venue to post on in the future, where I am not censored in a manner I find unreasonable. Thanks to all sharing your thoughts with me over the past several years. Whether you agreed or disagreed with me, it has always been stimulating...
  • Giffords Shooting: Trigger-Happy Left Sees Incitement Everywhere But The Mirror

    01/12/2011 3:26:45 PM PST · by devere · 10 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | January 9, 2011 | Jonathan Mark
    If a black man or an illegal alien shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head, would leftists blame blacks or Hispanics? No, the left would blame poverty. If a Moslem shot Giffords in the head, would the left blame militant Islam? No, leftists would build a new mosque in Tuscon, reaching out to moderates, refusing to get into the gutter with extremists and hysterics, insisting that we use this tragedy to find ways to heal. But Giffords was not shot by a Moslem but by a white paranoid schizophrenic so the left, the great healers, have to blame somebody, everybody, millions...
  • Chris Christie shows his political genius in first State of the State address

    01/11/2011 9:04:03 PM PST · by devere · 36 replies ^ | January 11, 2011 | JOSH McMAHON
    When Chris Christie walked into the Assembly chamber to deliver his State of the State message his reputation for being a different kind of governor – one always itching for a fight – accompanied him. In his first year Christie had made it clear he harbored no self-doubts and was all to ready to stiff-arm anybody who got in his way. Some saw him as a bully. So how would this blunt, confrontational governor handle himself in what was his first serious talk to the public and lawmakers about the state's condition? When Christie walked out of the Assembly Chamber...
  • Jerry Brown pitches a shift to local governments

    01/06/2011 1:00:46 PM PST · by devere · 50 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 5, 2011 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, beginning the "complex undertaking" of shifting responsibility for many state programs to local agencies, started pitching the plan Tuesday to local leaders. Brown has said he will propose a realignment of services, possibly far-reaching, as part of a proposal to resolve a state budget deficit estimated to be at least $25 billion over 18 months. "To realign responsibilities, it involves welfare, it involves Medi-Cal, it involves parole, probation, many other things," Brown said before meeting with county leaders on his second day in office. "So, it's the kind of complex reordering that I want to be very...
  • Former President of Israel Is Convicted of Rape

    12/30/2010 3:35:18 PM PST · by devere · 21 replies · 86+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 30, 2010 | Isabel Kershner
    An Israeli court convicted the country’s former president, Moshe Katsav, on two counts of forcible rape on Thursday, a verdict that many Israelis described as a low point in the nation’s history but also redemptive, in that it upheld the value of equality before the law. “There are no two states of Israel, just one state,” said Shimon Peres, Mr. Katsav’s successor as president. “There are no two kinds of citizens here, citizens of only one kind exist in Israel — and all are equal in the eyes of law.” The verdict capped an unusual four-year spectacle that began with...
  • Merkel sees politics behind Khodorkovsky sentence

    12/30/2010 12:35:46 PM PST · by devere · 12 replies · 13+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 30, 2010 | Christiaan Hetzner
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised on Thursday the sentencing of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to six additional years in prison, saying the ruling appeared to be politically motivated. "The impression remains that political motivations played a role in this trial," Merkel said in Berlin. "This contradicts Russia's frequently repeated intention to pursue full adoption of the rule of law." The sentencing of Khodorkovsky by a Russian judge on charges of multi-billion dollar theft and money-laundering means he will serve a total of 14 years in prison and not be freed until 2017.
  • Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky again found guilty

    12/27/2010 10:27:56 AM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | December 27, 2010 | LYNN BERRY and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted Monday of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a verdict likely to keep the oil tycoon who once challenged the power of Vladimir Putin behind bars for several more years. The unrelenting legal attack on Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, has come to define the country's transformation under Putin. The outcome of the second trial exposes how little has changed under President Dmitry Medvedev despite his promises to strengthen the rule of law and make courts an independent branch of government. Putin, now prime minister, remains the more powerful leader. Any lingering...
  • Medvedev Says Russia Must ‘Purge’ Criminal Officials

    12/25/2010 10:09:14 AM PST · by devere · 12 replies · 4+ views
    Business Week ^ | December 24, 2010 | Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov
    Russia needs to “purge” criminals from government, President Dmitry Medvedev said today, as he promised to step up his fight against corruption. “I believe we’ve managed to clean things up at the federal level in recent years,” Medvedev said in a live question-and- answer session with the heads of Russia’s three main television channels. “But at the regional level, there are a lot of people who work according to a different code and there we need to carry out purges.” In the capital Moscow, which accounts for nearly a quarter of Russia’s gross domestic product, there is “unprecedented” corruption, which...
  • Khodorkovsky says Putin is ‘pitiable’

    12/25/2010 7:50:38 AM PST · by devere · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Financial Times ^ | December 24, 2010 | Isabel Gorst
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian tycoon, has lashed out at Vladimir Putin, describing his nemesis as a pitiable but dangerous leader steering his country towards degradation and chaos. In a newspaper article published on Friday, three days before a judge begins reading the verdict in a fresh trial that could keep him in jail until 2017, Mr Khodorkovsky said the Russian prime minister was trapped in the cynical political establishment he had created, indifferent to the fate of its people. “I suddenly realised I was sorry for this man – no longer young, but vigorous and horribly lonely in the...
  • Swedish queen's family 'made fortune from Jewish factory seized by Nazis'

    12/01/2010 5:33:13 PM PST · by devere · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 1, 2010 | Allan Hall
    Swedish TV4 broadcast a documentary detailing how Walter Sommerlath, a German Nazi Party member, had bought the factory from Efim Wechsler, a Jew. The transaction was part of the so-called "Ayranisation" of such enterprises according to the Nuremberg Laws which stripped Jews of their rights and property. The factory allegedly made Ack Ack guns for the Luftwaffe and also parts for tanks. When she married in 1976 the Queen's German father denied he had ever been a member of the Nazi party. That fiction was exposed some years later by a Swedish newspaper which proved he joined the movement in...
  • I Am Ashamed Of What Russia Has Become

    11/27/2010 12:37:38 PM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | November 6, 2010 | Mikhail Khodorkovsly
    I can recall October 2003. My last day as a free man. Several weeks after my arrest, I was informed that president Putin had decided: I was going to have to “slurp gruel” for 8 years. It was hard to believe that back then. Seven years have gone by already since that day. Seven years – quite a long stretch of time, and all the more so – when you’ve spent it in jail. All of us have had time to reassess and rethink many things. Judging by the prosecutors’ presentation: “give them 14 years” and “spit on previous court...
  • Chess Players Ticketed by NYPD for Using Inwood Hill Park Chess Tables

    11/17/2010 5:45:14 PM PST · by devere · 22 replies · 1+ views
    DNAinfo,.com ^ | November 17, 2010 | Carla Zanoni
    A group of seven mild-mannered chess players are due in criminal court next month after police officers from the 34th Precinct issued them summonses for playing their favorite board game in Inwood Hill Park. The men were ticketed on Oct. 20 for being inside of Emerson Playground, a children's play area off limits to adults unaccompanied by minors. But the men were in an area furnished with stone chess and backgammon tables — separated from the play area by a fence. "There is a problem in this area with drug dealing, but the police have time to write tickets to...
  • "China must fix the global currency crisis"

    11/12/2010 7:26:27 PM PST · by devere · 16 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 7, 2010 | George Soros
    I share the growing concern about the misalignment of currencies. Brazil’s finance minister speaks of a latent currency war, and he is not far off the mark. It is in the currency markets where different economic policies and different economic and political systems interact and clash. The prevailing exchange rate system is lopsided. China has essentially pegged its currency to the dollar while most other currencies fluctuate more or less freely. China has a two-tier system in which the capital account is strictly controlled; most other currencies don’t distinguish between current and capital accounts. This makes the Chinese currency chronically...
  • AFP-NJ plans rally at Capitol for lame-duck session

    11/11/2010 4:40:40 PM PST · by devere ^ | November 9, 2010 | Terry Hurlbut
    The last session of the 111th Congress will begin on Monday, November 15, and the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity intends to be there in force. Mike Proto, spokesman for Americans for Prosperity/New Jersey, announced this morning that AFP-NJ will participate in a nationwide rally on November 15, at 12:00 noon EST, on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The theme of the rally will be, "November Speaks." AFP-NJ Director Steve Lonegan said that the message of the rally would be simple: The people have spoken and we will not tolerate ramming through your liberal agenda in the...
  • TSA accused of sexual molestation of passengers and pilots

    11/09/2010 9:43:51 PM PST · by devere · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Natural ^ | November 10th, 2010 | Mike Adams
    When I recently wrote about opting out of the TSA's naked body scanners and then being patted down by a TSA agent, that pat-down was conducted by the agent using the back of his hand ( As of today, that technique is no longer in place. The TSA's new guidelines call for agents to use their "palms and fingers" to "probe" your body for hidden weapons. This means TSA agents will now be feeling up your crotch, palming your breasts and fingering your testicles as part of their increasingly humiliating "X-rated pat down" technique. This new "palms and fingers" pat-down...
  • Obama regrets distortion of Islam to justify violence

    11/07/2010 9:05:20 AM PST · by devere · 47 replies
    The Hindu ^ | November 7, 2010 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday regretted that the “great religion” of Islam has been distorted by a few extremists to justify violence towards innocent people and called for isolating these elements. Mr. Obama also said that people will have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate differences among them. “I think all of us have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate our differences,” he added. The US president expressed these views when a Muslim student A. Ansari lobbed a question asking for his views on ‘jihad” during his...
  • On the aetiology of autism

    10/04/2010 6:00:24 AM PDT · by devere · 24 replies
    Acta Pædiatrica ^ | ay 2010 | John J Cannel
    I have suggested that the primary environmental trigger for autism is not vaccinations, toxins or infections, but gestational and early childhood vitamin D deficiency (1,2). Subsequently, the title of an article in Scientific American recently asked, ‘What if vitamin D deficiency is a cause of autism?’ (3) Since then, an article on vitamin D and autism in Acta Paediatrica (4) and the accompanying commentary (5) have added to the accelerating suspicion that vitamin D deficiency – either during pregnancy or early childhood – may be an environmental trigger for the genetic disease of autism.
  • Wilders' trial verdict postponed

    10/02/2010 11:54:48 PM PDT · by devere · 9 replies
    Dutch News ^ | October 1, 2010 | Staff
    The verdict in Geert Wilders' trial for inciting hatred will be announced two days later than originally planned, the Amsterdam court said on Friday. The leader of the PVV anti-Islam party faces five charges of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement in the trial, which begins on Monday. The court says it needs seven days to hear the evidence.
  • Czech president tells UN to stay out of economics

    09/25/2010 4:39:47 PM PDT · by devere · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 25, 2010 | Louis Charbonneau
    Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Saturday criticized U.N. calls for increased "global governance" of the world's economy, saying the world body should leave that role to national governments. The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis, Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in "creating new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at global governance of the world economy." "On the contrary, this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states," he said.
  • Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship

    06/05/2010 6:27:39 PM PDT · by devere · 23 replies · 628+ views
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2010 | Jailan Zayan
    A Cairo court on Saturday upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment towards Israel. Judge Mohammed al-Husseini, sitting on the Supreme Administrative Court, said the interior ministry must ask the cabinet to take the necessary steps to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women, and their children, of their citizenship. The court said that each case should be considered separately, in a ruling that cannot be appealed. The ruling reflects Egyptian sentiment towards Israel, more than 30 years after Egypt signed an unpopular peace deal...