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  • Former NASA chief: Muslim outreach is ‘perversion’ of NASA’s mission

    07/06/2010 9:16:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    wash. examiner ^ | 7/6/10 | Byron York
    Michael Griffin, who headed NASA during the last four years of the Bush administration, says the space agency’s new goal to improve relations with the Islamic world and boost Muslim self-esteem is a “perversion” of NASA’s original mission to explore space. “NASA was chartered by the 1958 Space Act to develop the arts and sciences of flight in the atmosphere and in space and to go where those technologies will allow us to go,” Griffin says. “That’s what NASA does for the country. It is a perversion of NASA’s purpose to conduct activities in order to make the Muslim world...
  • US spy chief quits after intelligence failures (Intelligence Director-designate Dennis Blair)

    05/21/2010 2:43:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 528+ views
    US spy chief quits after intelligence failuresPosted: 21 May 2010 1657 hrs WASHINGTON: After a string of intelligence failures, US spy czar Dennis Blair announced his resignation, ending a 16-month tenure marred by rumblings of infighting in the US clandestine services. Blair, who announced on Thursday that he was quitting as director of national intelligence, will be the most high-profile figure yet to leave President Barack Obama's national security team. He faced heavy criticism after the attempt by an Al-Qaeda linked group to bring down a US airliner on December 25 and some of the 16 US intelligence agencies he...
  • Former Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller dies

    04/06/2010 10:19:20 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies · 1,615+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 6
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, one of the few women ever to lead a major American Indian tribe, has died. She was 64. Tribal spokesman Mike Miller said Mankiller, who became one of the nation's most visible American Indian leaders during her 10 years as chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, died Tuesday.
  • Chief Israel ‘war crimes’ investigator at Soros-financed hum. rights grp Collects Nazi Memorabilia

    03/29/2010 4:27:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 350+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/29/10 | Mark Hemingway
    This story has actually been around for a few months, but glad to see it’s finally gaining some traction. Last fall, one of the founders of Human Rights Watch came out and accused the organization of being irrationally anti-Israel. To make matters worse, members of the organization thought nothing of fund raising in Saudi Arabia, where the organization’s criticism of Israel was no doubt a selling point. And if this weren’t bad enough, the Times of London has an in-depth piece about the ensuing scandal when it was revealed that one of the organization’s lead investigators and vocal Israel critic...
  • Report: Hamas chief survived two earlier assassination attempts

    02/28/2010 9:25:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 262+ views ^ | 2/28/10 | Haaretz Service and Reuters
    Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed last month in a Dubai hotel, faced two previous assassination attempts in recent years, Hamas officials said, according to a report Sunday on Channel 2 news. Mabhouh was poisoned last year and, previously, was the target of a shooting in Lebanon, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper the National reported on Friday. Mabhouh was found dead in his Dubai hotel room on January 20 in what police say they are almost certain was a hit by Israel's Mossad spy agency.
  • Ex-Aflac sales chief receives two years in prison for not filing taxes

    02/25/2010 5:18:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 490+ views
    Ledger Enquirer ^ | 2/25/10 | ANDREA V. HERNANDEZ
    Ronald E. Kirkland, former director of sales of Aflac’s U.S. operations, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison without parole for failing to file tax returns on almost $4 million in income. Kirkland, 65, pleaded guilty in October in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri’s Southern Division to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns in 2002 and 2003. On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England sentenced Kirkland to one year for each count, said Don Ledford, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.
  • The powerful, shadowy Mossad chief Meir Dagan is a ‘streetfighter’

    02/18/2010 10:35:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 843+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 2/18/10 | Sheera Frenkel
    The brazen assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has thrown the spotlight on one of Israel’s most powerful but shadowy figures, Meir Dagan, the current Mossad chief, who yesterday faced calls for his resignation. There is a piece of folklore often repeated about him: when he was appointed in 2002, Ariel Sharon, then the Prime Minister, ordered him to run the Israeli spy agency “with a knife between its teeth”. Eight years on, Mr Dagan appears to have followed his orders to the letter. The killing in Dubai of one of the top men in Hamas is only the most recent in...
  • Chief Rabbinate: Torah Says Abortion Is Murder

    01/18/2010 5:55:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 624+ views
    INN ^ | 1/18/10 | staff
    ( The Rabbi of Ber Sheva, Rabbi Yehuda Deri has slammed abortions in Israel. “The Torah clearly says that abortion is murder,” he said. Deri is Head of the Chief Rabbinate's Committee to Prevent Abortions.
  • NFL Players Association Chief Won’t Say If NFL Treated Limbaugh Fairly

    10/30/2009 4:52:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1,001+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10/30/09 | Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    ( – NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith would not say whether the NFL had treated talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh fairly when racist quotes were falsely attributed to Limbaugh shortly after word leaked that he was involved in a potential bid to buy a stake in the St. Louis Rams.
  • Suit claims East St. Louis passed up white police chief over race

    10/28/2009 8:53:42 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 9 replies · 783+ views
    St. Louis Today website ^ | 10/28/2009 | Nicholas J.C. Pistor
    EAST ST. LOUIS — City officials seeking a new police chief passed up the former director of the Florida Highway Patrol, who formerly was a top commander of the Illinois State Police, because he is white, two former members of a city board claim. Wyatt Frazer and Della Murphy allege in a federal lawsuit that they were forced off the Police, Fire and Civil Service Board for their advocacy of a white candidate when the chief's job was open in 2007. Their lawyer said Tuesday the spurned candidate was Ronald Grimming, a Metro East resident who rose to be deputy...
  • Audi Chief Calls Chevy Volt "A Car For Idiots"

    09/03/2009 10:41:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 97 replies · 2,438+ views
    Rueters ^ | 9/3/09 | Nick Chambers
    Bring on the war of words. In a frank conversation with MSN writer Lawrence Ulrich, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that the Chevy Volt will fail and that anybody who buys the car is an idiot. Not only that, de Nysschen has lumped proponents of any type of electric car into a category of "intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are." I'm guessing that means a fair amount of the people reading this would be considered idiots and pompous intellectual elites in Mr. de Nysschen's book. Funny that. Hearing an Audi executive...
  • Police Chief: Officers Will Be Stretched Thin[Rochester Mn, Money Is Tight]

    09/03/2009 1:04:30 AM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies · 852+ views
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 9/2/2009 | By Janice Gregorson
    Rochester likely will have a greater police presence on city streets soon, but they will be uniformed community service officers, not sworn police officers. At a community meeting Tuesday during which some residents called for more police in the city's neighborhoods, Police Chief Roger Peterson said he will try to accommodate such requests. But given the tough economic times, he said the department will have to shift resources rather than hire additional officers. He said community service officers likely will patrol neighborhoods rather than writing property crime reports. Citizens would be encouraged to file those reports online or via telephone....
  • Military chief rips U.S. message to Muslims

    08/27/2009 10:15:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,047+ views
    msnbc ^ | 8/27/09 | Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at “strategic communication” with the Muslim world, saying that no amount of public relations will establish credibility if American behavior overseas is perceived as arrogant, uncaring or insulting. The critique by the chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, comes as the United States is widely believed to be losing ground in the war of ideas against extremist Islamist ideology.
  • FDIC Chief: Parts of Obama Plan Won't Fly

    08/15/2009 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 384+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8/14/09
    FDIC Chief: Parts of Obama Plan Won't FlySheila Bair Says Congress Won't Approve Two Major Parts of Administration's Financial Overhaul WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2009 (AP) Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair is pushing back against key elements of the Obama administration's financial overhaul plan, saying they wouldn't survive in Congress and calling her own alternatives more viable. In an interview with The Associated Press, Bair said Congress won't approve two major parts of the package: Expanding the Federal Reserve's authority to regulate the largest financial companies and giving a proposed new consumer protection agency examination and enforcement powers over...
  • Budget chief: Docs fees not paid for in Obama bill

    07/21/2009 3:19:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 949+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/21/09 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior administration official says billions of dollars to raise fees for doctors treating Medicare patients are not covered by President Barack Obama's pledge to pay for health care legislation. Budget Director Peter Orszag said Tuesday that's because the administration always assumed the money would be spent to prevent a cut of more than 20 percent in doctor fees.
  • Swat Taliban chief 'near death'

    07/10/2009 10:03:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 718+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/10/09 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    The leader of Taliban militants in Pakistan's Swat district has been critically wounded and is close to death, the BBC has learned. The information about Maulana Fazlullah confirms statements from senior government and security officials. A former village cleric, he founded the branch of the Taliban movement which eventually took over the Swat valley. After a recent offensive, Pakistan's army says it has almost defeated rebels in that sector of the north-west. It has been battling Taliban militants there for about two months and the government says it has regained control of the region. 'No medicine' The information about Maulana...
  • Stocks drop as FDIC chief hints government may start firing CEOs

    05/15/2009 5:28:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1,052+ views
    bloomberg ^ | 5/15/2009
    U.S. stocks retreated as concern the government will replace the chief executive officers of some banks snuffed out an early rally spurred by reports signaling the contraction in manufacturing is abating.
  • Hezbollah deputy chief: We actively support Hamas

    05/14/2009 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 250+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 5/14/2009 | staff
    Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that the Lebanese militant group has been actively supporting Hamas in the Gaza Strip. "It is one of the secrets of the resistance that we don't talk about the details of our support, but suffice to say that we are giving them every type of support that could help the Palestinian resistance. Every type that is possible," Qassem said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Tuesday
  • Tulsan happy to go to court; Supreme Court, that is, to be a clerk (Danny Bickle gets replaced)

    03/16/2009 3:54:16 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 21 replies · 1,286+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | Mar. 15, 2009 | Shannon Muchmore
    Well before his 30th birthday, Tulsa native Jamie McDonald will have worked for one White House administration and in two branches of the federal government. Last year, he was working in the White House counsel's office. This summer, he will return to Washington, D.C., for the opportunity of a lifetime — being a clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • More on earmarks: Obama's chief of staff has some in bill

    03/02/2009 3:37:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 431+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 3/2/09 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — Even though President Barack Obama has repeatedly pledged to ban congressional earmarks, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has 16 such projects, worth about $8.5 million, in the bill the Senate is scheduled to begin debating Tuesday. The earmarks include funds for a Chicago planetarium and a Chicago suburb. Obama has been relentless in criticizing the use of earmarks; in his address to a joint session of Congress last week, he boasted how the economic stimulus package was "free of earmarks."