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  • Pledge Aligns Childers with Hate Groups

    10/25/2014 9:24:37 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    In September, Travis Childers, Mississippi's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, completed a survey about immigration. Childers' stance has consistently been anti-immigration, so his opposing amnesty for "dreamers," young people whose parents brought them into this country without authorization when they were too young to object, is no surprise. #What angers Democrats is the questionnaire's source: The Federation for American Immigration Reform, known as FAIR. The questions are: 1. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens? 2. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of...
  • Pigs fly, EU walks out of Israel debate at 'human rights council,' Islamic states seethe

    10/07/2014 6:20:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 10/7/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This is incredible. The European Union has decided to boycott the anti-Israel agenda item that is part of every meeting of the United Nations 'human rights council.' Let's go to the videotape.
  • Los Angeles Looks Into Making Ballot Bankable [BRIBING PEOPLE TO VOTE!]

    08/15/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman suggests the prizes could be $25,000 or $50,000, saying a pilot program should be used first to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1uV1Ekw) that federal law prohibits payment for voting, but Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson says that statute...
  • BREAKING -- Obama Abandons Israel At U.N. Security Council…

    07/28/2014 9:03:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red Flag News ^ | 7/28/14
    Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies. That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued...
  • UN Security Council, with US backing, calls for “unconditional” ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:47:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/28/14 | Robert Spencer
    This is the first time that the United States has not supported Israel at the United Nations. It is surprising that in the Obama presidency, with all of Obama’s obvious hostility toward Israel, that it has taken this long. It is unlikely to be the last time that this happens. “The United States Lowers Israel’s Diplomatic Shield at the United Nations,” by Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, July 28, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken): Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch...
  • Tweeting clerk quits, tells Pleasant Hill what she really thinks

    05/20/2014 11:28:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/20/14 | Henry K. Lee
    <p>The Pleasant Hill city clerk, accused of spending her time Tweeting during City Council meetings instead of keeping minutes, has resigned with a blistering e-mail in which she wishes the city good luck in finding a “schmuck” to take what she described as an awful job.</p>
  • The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council

    03/14/2014 7:26:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/14/14 | Fr. Cyril Hovorun
    The announced 2016 council of Eastern Orthodox Churches is historical, but expectations should be modestAn Assembly (Synaxis) of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, meeting March 6-9, 2014 in Istanbul, has agreed to convene a Pan-Orthodox council. A “Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches” released on March 9th stated that “the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church … will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople in 2016.” This decision brings to the homestretch a long process of preparation that goes back as far as the 1920s, had an active phase in...
  • Seattle city council president rebukes new council woman Kshama Sawant during open meeting

    02/13/2014 8:40:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    KVI ^ | 2/11/14 | Brittney Perreault
    Lars Larson, substituting for KVI’s John Carlson, listens to a mildly contentious exchange between the two city council members during a Monday council hearing where council President Tim Burgess ordered councilwoman Sawant to stop talking when she went ‘off-topic’. Sawant was venting about her pet issues, employer wage theft. Also, Larson discusses the now interminable delay of the Seattle downtown tunnel dig because of damage to the drilling machine known as Big Bertha.
  • Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories

    11/21/2013 8:02:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Here’s the inevitable follow-up on the election of a Socialist to the Seattle City Council — although perhaps sooner than anyone would have thought. Boeing has tried working for years with its unions in the state of Washington, but still cannot reach agreements on labor contracts for its manufacturing facilities. The aerospace giant has looked for other regions in the US to build its planes, which has angered the unions and the Obama administration. It’s also provided an opportunity for Seattle’s newest councilmember to launch her anti-capitalist agenda, and she’s wasted no time in doing so … even before officially...
  • Will Annapolis council strip mayor-elect Pantelides of key powers? [Republican = Political)

    11/12/2013 1:58:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Maryland Capital Gazette ^ | November 11, 2013 | JACK LAMBERT with Elisha Sauers
    Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides’ honeymoon as the new chief executive of Annapolis might end before it begins, as City Council members say that next term they plan to revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Alderman Ross Arnett, D-Ward 8, said he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a full council-manager form of government. This would create a position similar to the current city manager, except that the official would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. He or she would also manage all department heads. The mayor’s post would...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • Annapolis City Council considers stripping mayor's powers (Dem Council upset GOP won election)

    11/10/2013 10:22:46 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10 | Colin Campbell
    Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett insists the City Council's decision to take another look at making the mayor's job a more ceremonial role has nothing to do with party politics. But if the Democrat-majority council acts to remove the mayor's power, the timing will coincide with the election of Annapolis' first Republican mayor in nearly two decades, Mike Pantelides, who defeated the incumbent Democrat, Mayor Josh Cohen, last week.
  • VOTE FOR FAUSTA WERTZ!!!

    11/04/2013 8:03:14 AM PST · by MOTUS
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-4-2013 | MOTUS
    If you are able to vote in the Princeton, NJ Council election,PLEASE round up your friends and family andVOTE for FAUSTA RODRIGUEZ WERTZ!!!Fausta is a Republican, running against 2 Democrats for 2 available seats on the Princeton Council. The candidate profiles are here. Most of you know Fausta from her blog, Fausta’s Blog, and her visits to my little bunker.That is all.I am MOTUS, and I approved this message.
  • Israel to run for U.N. Security Council seat for 2019-20

    10/04/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 3, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Dan Williams
    Israel said on Thursday it plans to run for a rotating seat on the U.N. Security Council for the time ever for 2019-2020, although U.N. diplomats said it will not be easy for the Jewish state to win. “We’re going all out to win,” Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor told Reuters. “It’s about time.” … Prosor said Israel will be vying against Germany and Belgium for two seats allotted to the “Western European and Others Group.” Technically, Israel should be a member of the Asia-Pacific Group along with the other states in the Middle East, but predominantly Muslim states blocked...
  • OUTRAGE: Georgia Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Just for Visiting Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    09/12/2013 7:15:57 PM PDT · by montag813 · 45 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-13-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Chief Doug Jordan meet in Phoenix.- Unbelievable! The Grantville, Georgia Police Chief has been suspended for a week - without pay - merely for visiting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation. Chief Doug Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves. While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.“I meet with...
  • U.N. chief says only Security Council can order airstrikes on Syria (Ban Ki-moon WHO?)

    09/03/2013 6:35:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/03/13 | Carol J. Williams
    Any faction found to have used chemical weapons "must be brought to justice," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. But the head of the world body also warned that any use of force to punish perpetrators would be legal only in self-defense or with U.N. Security Council authorization. Ban appealed for patience among U.N. member states while an investigative team that returned from Syria over the weekend completes analysis of biomedical and environmental samples it collected. The team, which spent four days in search of evidence that chemical attacks occurred Aug. 21, will have delivered all of its forensic evidence...
  • D.C. Council to consider sanctions against Marion Barry

    07/12/2013 2:11:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2013 | Andrea Noble
    Five D.C. Council members will decide whether Marion Barry should be dealt sanctions in addition to a fine he was issued as punishment for accepting gifts from city contractors. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Friday appointed an ad hoc committee that will investigate Mr. Barry’s actions. The committee is comprised of council members Yvette M. Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat; Anita Bonds, at-large Democrat; Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat; David Grosso, at-large independent, and its chairman is Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Democrat. The District’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability on Thursday censured Mr. Barry and imposed a $13,600 penalty...
  • Obama to Kill Jobs Council

    01/27/2013 2:55:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/27/13 | staff
    Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the vaunted jobs council is about to meet its demise. The Obama administration’s original announcement of a jobs council back in 2011 surprised few observers of the partisan political scene; the council was obviously designed as a fig leaf to cover up the administration’s complete lack of direction on economic policy. During its two year existence, that fig leaf council has met just four times formally, and just 18 times informally for “listening and action sessions” – i.e. gobbledygook – in different locations around the country. And while President Obama has suggested that...
  • Obama faces major dilemma over reauthorizing his jobs council (Hussein lets it dissolve?)

    01/27/2013 5:35:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/13 | Niall Stanage, Amie Parnes
    If President Obama does not reauthorize his job council this week, the move will likely spark criticism from Republicans and could disquiet some Democrats. Obama has a lot on his legislative wish list, and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not want the White House to get distracted from the top issue on voters’ minds: jobs and the economy. The Jobs Council has met in full only four times in its two-year existence, according to its own website, though it also held 18 “listening and action sessions” around the nation. Obama last year praised it as “a work council” rather than...
  • Washington councilman walks out on council meeting because of citizen with Concealed Weapon (Video)

    01/24/2013 7:05:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/24/2013 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Apply online for 7th Ward seat on Chicago City Council (Sandi Jackson's old $115,000 spot)

    01/18/2013 2:10:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/18/13 | Hal Dardick
    **SNIP** Although applications cannot be submitted until Monday morning, the city put the site up Friday so people can prepare to file, said Tom Alexander, a spokesman for the mayor. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 25. In addition to the power and influence, the job comes with a $115,000 annual salary, a $73,280 expense account to set up a ward office and control over $176,484 in staff salaries. Jackson told supporters this week she would like her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, or local Pastor Scott Onque, to be appointed to replace her. But sources said the...
  • U.S. Rejoins U.N. Human Rights Council; United States rejoins human rights organization despite

    11/13/2012 1:27:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/13/12 | Adam Kredo
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Monday that the United States is “pleased” to have been reelected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), a controversial body that has been repeatedly chastised for its anti-Israel bias. The U.S. joined the body after President Barack Obama’s election. Long shunned by the U.S. for its anti-Israel bent, the then-newly elected president claimed he could reform the organization. Since that time, the HRC has called for a boycott of U.S. companies that do business with Israel and attempted to investigate Israeli settlements. The U.S. won reelection to the 47-member body on Tuesday...
  • Gunman robs Oakland council candidate (near home after attending neighborhood anti-crime meeting)

    10/18/2012 1:24:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/18/12 | Henry K. Lee
    (10-18) 09:59 PDT OAKLAND -- An Oakland City Council candidate was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night near his home after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting, authorities said. Dan Kalb, 53, an environmental policy director who is one of seven candidates vying for the District 1 seat that represents North Oakland, said he had parked his car near his home on the 5100 block of Manila Avenue when he was accosted about 8:35 p.m. A man pointed a gun at him, demanded his iPhone and wallet and fled in a car, said Kalb, who was not hurt. The robbery happened...
  • Syrian Opposition Forms Transitional Council in Aleppo

    09/01/2012 3:41:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/9/12 | Elad Benari
    Syrian opposition forces in the northern province of Aleppo have declared the formation of a “Revolutionary Transitional Council” as future umbrella for all the opposition groups battling to bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “[The Revolutionary Transitional Council] includes all those working in the revolution; civilians, politicians and military men,” one member of the newly formed council said in a statement aired by Al-Arabiya television on Friday. The council aims to “facilitate the formation for a [wider] national transitional council to include all of the Syrian provinces,” the statement added. “In a time when the Syrian revolution has...
  • Obama names seven to Holocaust memorial council

    07/25/2012 9:48:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 7/25/12 | JTA
    WASHINGTON - US President Obama named or renamed seven members of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, all donors to Democrats and including representatives from the entertainment, social media and human rights sectors, as well as a past AIPAC president. In a release Tuesday, Obama named Tom Bernstein to another five year term; Bernstein, a major fundraiser for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, has been chairman of the council since 2010.
  • Carney On Why Jobs Council Hasn't Met In Six Months: Obama Has "A Lot On His Plate"

    07/18/2012 12:27:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/18/12 | staff
    REPORTER: On the Jobs Council, obviously they've reported to haven't met formally or publicly for six months. Why is exactly is that? CARNEY: Look, the president solicits and receives input and advice from members of his Jobs Council and others about economic initiatives all the time. And I would point you to the numerous initiatives put forward by the Jobs Council that this administration under the president's direction has taken action, presidential memorandum of August of last year that selected 14 job creating high-priority infrastructure projects for expedited review. Four of those are already under construction. In March of this...
  • Obama Jobs Council Hasn’t Met in Six Months

    07/18/2012 11:19:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/18/12 | Newsmax Wires
    President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness hasn’t held an official meeting since Jan. 17, despite continued weakness in the labor market. The unemployment rate stood at 8.2 percent in June, and the economy gained only 100,000 jobs last month. But Obama and council members, who are in the private sector, may actually be better off with the panel lying dormant, Politico reports. Some of the prominent business people may be reluctant to appear tied to the president during an election campaign, especially the businessmen who oppose him. In addition, the companies led by some council members are involved...
  • Green Beret General Joins Family Research Council to Fight ‘Culture War’ for America’s Grandkids

    07/13/2012 1:47:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 13, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (CNSNews.com) - Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin--an original member of Delta Force who went on to be the top commander of the Green Berets and then deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence--has joined the Family Research Council, where he says he now hopes to do his part in helping Americans who believe in this nation’s traditional values win an intensifying “culture war” for its future. “As I have gotten older, I have discovered it is no longer about me, it’s about my grandchildren,” Gen. Boykin said on Thursday, as the FRC...
  • Suspected looter and his mother are the first to be punished with eviction

    08/12/2011 7:37:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:52 AM on 13th August 2011 | By Jack Doyle
    A suspected looter in this week’s riots and his mother are being thrown out of their council home. In the first case of its kind, Daniel Sartain-Clarke, 18, and his mother have been served with an eviction notice as council bosses seek to turf them out of their £225,000 taxpayer-subsidised flat. Sartain-Clarke is charged with violent disorder and attempting to steal electronic goods from the Currys store at Clapham Junction, South London, on Monday night.
  • 'Eat our peas': Pea growers react to Obama remark

    07/11/2011 11:41:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 7/11/11 | Michael A. Memoli
    That's the reaction of the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council to the president's urging of budget negotiators to make the difficult choices necessary to reach a "grand bargain" to raise the nation's debt limit. "It's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now; pull off the Band-aid, eat our peas," Obama said at a White House news conference. A spokesman for the pea council said it wasn't interpreting the remarks in a negative context. "We take President Obama's comment on the need to 'eat our peas' as a reference...
  • Compromise on Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Town Has Some Seeing Red

    06/28/2011 2:00:52 PM PDT · by Proud_USA_Republican · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/28/2011 | Dan Springer
    An Oregon town's City Council voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before every council meeting, but later passed a compromise that seemed to make no one happy. The approved measure allows the pledge to be recited at just four Eugene City Council meetings a year, those closest to the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day. It was supposed to be simple, but Councilman Mike Clark soon found out when you’re dealing with God and country, nothing in Eugene is easy.
  • Agenda 21 and Obama’s Rural Council?

    06/15/2011 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    CFP ^ | 6/15/11 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    On June 9, 2011, an Executive Order established the White House Rural Council with 25 executive branch departments including Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, National Drug Control, Environmental Quality, Labor, Commerce, Interior, EPA, Housing, Health, Education to name just a few. The order covers 16% of the American population who lives in rural counties because they “supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation.” “Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential in winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead.” What kind of future are we supposed...
  • National Fatwa Council decides against banning poco-poco dance

    04/22/2011 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Malaysian Star ^ | April 22, 2011 | by: Bernama
    SEPANG: The special meeting or muzakarah of the National Fatwa Council has decided not to put a ban on the "poco-poco" dance among Muslims in the country as long as it is practised according to the stipulated regulations. The National Fatwa Council would remain respectful of the decision made by the Perak Fatwa Council to ban the dance in the state as their research showed that it had elements of Christianity and soul worshipping. National Fatwa Council chairman Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said the regulations referred to the guidelines issued by the council in 2007, which reminded the...
  • U.S. to seek second term on U.N. rights council

    03/30/2011 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/11 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States will seek a second term on the U.N. Human Rights Council which has made significant progress over the past two years despite a "biased and disproportionate focus on Israel," the State Department said on Thursday. "We believe that U.S. engagement in the Human Rights Council has directly resulted in real progress," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement announcing the decision to seek a new term. Despite opposition by some pro-Israel groups, the Obama administration took the United States into the council in 2009 with a promise to focus on traditional Western concerns...
  • D.C. Council Chair Finds Two Cars Are Too Many

    02/23/2011 2:44:16 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | danny yadron
    After getting elected chairman of the D.C. City Council in November, Kwame Brown asked for a black Lincoln Navigator L, with a DVD player for the back seat, a power moonroof, polished aluminum wheels and an all-black interior. When the Public Works Department delivered a black Navigator with a gray interior, Mr. Brown's office told the city to send it back. "He was just very clear he wanted black on black," said Brown spokeswoman Traci Hughes. "It doesn't show as much dirt and wear and tear." Public Works' employees found a second Navigator in Coldwater, Mich. But Mr. Brown was...
  • Vanity: Needing help with an election slogan

    02/17/2011 12:26:42 PM PST · by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL · 34 replies
    just me needing help
    Dear Freepers, My daughter is planning to run for student council after spring break. This will be her third school election. She's been a member of her student council during her 8th and 9th grade years, and would like to take this on during the next school year in 10th grade. Where she's at is here...she is wanting to do a giant poster of a word cloud using words similar to this: She has to come up with a slogan, and place it somewhere on her poster. She then needs to tie her slogan into her speech. She and I...
  • Gun Control Debate Breaks Out at City Council Meeting

    01/18/2011 8:30:29 PM PST · by optiguy · 10 replies
    KTOK AM 1000 ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | Jerry Bohnen
    Gun Control Debate Breaks Out at City Council Meeting They argued over controlling assault rifles such as the AR-15 used to ambush a city police officer last summer. By Jerry Bohnen Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Oklahoma City councilman Sam Bowman made it clear at Tuesday's city council meeting where he stands on gun control. He favors it. Especially when it comes to assault rifles like the kind used last summer in an ambush that wounded city police officer Katie Lawson. Bowman's stance and applause for Police Chief Bill Citty's call for registration of assault rifles got councilman Brian Walters standing...
  • A glut of fatwas spurs Saudi king to impose curbs

    10/13/2010 2:19:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2010 | Maggie Michael
    The ideology that reigns in Saudi Arabia comes into plain view on the website of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, where boys and girls sharing a swimming pool causes "mischief and evil" and bringing flowers to a hospital patient is discouraged because it's a foreign custom that "imitates Allah's adversaries." And those fatwas come from the government-appointed body of clerics who are the guardians of the kingdom's ultraconservative Wahhabi school of Islam. But there's also a whole other world of independent clerics issuing their own interpretations, often contradictory... Now King Abdullah is moving to regain control over this abundance...
  • City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers (Hartford)

    09/07/2010 4:09:50 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 108 replies
    nbcconnecticut ^ | Sep 7, 2010 | BOB CONNORS
    City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers By BOB CONNORS Updated 6:50 PM EDT, Tue, Sep 7, 2010 In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by Hartford City Council is sure to have its critics. The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September. Though meetings don't regularly begin with any form of prayer, an email from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters." The email even referenced the ongoing...
  • Indonesian clerics: Our mistake _ you're facing the wrong direction during Islamic prayers

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — People in the world's most populous Muslim nation have been facing Africa — not Mecca — while praying. Indonesia's highest Islamic body acknowledged Monday it made a mistake when issuing an edict in March saying the holy city in Saudi Arabia was to the country's west. It has since asked followers to shift direction slightly northward during their daily prayers. "After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they've been facing southern Somalia and Kenya," said Ma'ruf Amin, a prominent cleric of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI. "We've revised it now...
  • Indonesian Muslims Told to Change Prayer Direction (They Faced Toward Africa Instead of Mecca)

    07/17/2010 6:46:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 42 replies · 4+ views
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | July 16, 2010 | Reuters
    Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction JAKARTA, July 16 — Indonesia’s Muslims learned today they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa. Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world’s most populous Muslim country. “But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting...
  • Indiana's Senator Lugar backs Huntington's Mayor Updike

    06/29/2010 7:58:05 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 6 replies
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 06/29/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    As reported here, Huntington Indiana has the ability to open a closed fire station and bring back to work 6 laid off fire fighters. The fire fighters were laid off last year because of a major budget shortfall for the city. This closed the east end fire station, the only fire station between downtown Huntington and the town of Roanoke. Near the closed fire station are factories, a natural gas bulk plant and a petroleum bulk plant. This closed fire station was the closest line of security for these businesses.
  • U.N. Rights Council Backs 'Censorship' Watchdog, Elevates U.S. Foes

    06/18/2010 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 246+ views
    fox ^ | 6/18/10 | staff
    The United States and its allies suffered a series of setbacks at the United Nations on Friday as the Human Rights Council flirted with media censorship and was poised to elevate an anti-American politician and a Cuban to key positions. Concerns about censorship were raised after the 56-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which has tremendous sway in the United Nations, successfully pushed through a resolution that creates a watchdog to monitor how religion is portrayed in the media. The OIC says it will promote religious tolerance by ensuring that religion is not defamed, as it claims occurred when...
  • ...Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council

    06/12/2010 1:22:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 283+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 10, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-establishing-national-prevention-health-promotion-and-public-health Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 10, 2010 Executive Order-- Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION, AND PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 4001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. There...
  • Casting the First Stone

    06/10/2010 7:36:50 PM PDT · by Salem · 7 replies · 237+ views
    The Jerusalem Connection Blog ^ | 07 June, 2010 | Mark Tooley
    The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) has yet really to condemn the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia 35 years ago. Or the Marxist orchestrated famine in Ethiopia that killed almost as many during the 1980s. It never directly condemned the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Saddam HusseinÂ’s hundreds of thousands of murdered victims also failed to arouse the WCCÂ’s concern across 25 years. Nor has the multitude of crimes by IranÂ’s theocracy across 30 years interested the WCC. North KoreaÂ’s slave state for the WCC is a place of pilgrimage but not criticism. Even North KoreaÂ’s recent unprovoked torpedoing of...
  • Huntington Common Council passes service fee

    05/26/2010 5:58:31 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 4 replies · 176+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 05/25/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    Last year, Huntington Indiana's Mayor Steve Updike started laying off workers and this year changed trash pick up to bi weekly because of a budget shortfall. He then went on to propose a service fee for the citizens of Huntington. He has since brought some emergency workers back and started weekly trash pick up. That leaves the service fee.....
  • Trash fee passes first vote despite opposition

    05/12/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 6 replies · 331+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 05/12/2010 | mark shoffner
    At the Tuesday night meeting of the Huntington City Council, over a hundred citizens voiced their outrage at a proposed city service fee.
  • Huntington City Council sets trash fee hearing

    05/10/2010 4:09:28 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 2 replies · 240+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 05/10/2010 | mark shoffner
    Huntington Indiana's trash has been piling up and causing odor and animal problems since Mayor Steve Updike changed the pick-up schedule to the second and last weeks of the month. But after consideration, has changed the schedule back to three days a week. The original change was because of massive deficit problems by the city. Over the last year, Huntington officials found the city in a huge monetary hole because of property tax appeals. The mayor cut personnel and services, attempting to alleviate the problem. He had made cuts to the total of over 600,000 dollars to try and cover...
  • Will local Indiana businesses get new sign regulations?

    04/11/2010 6:43:45 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 10 replies · 486+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 04/11/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    Last year, the Huntington Common Council tried to pass a signage bill that caused a huge backlash from local business owners. It called for limited sign space, amount and placement. The proposal was defeated. In March of this year, they tried again. For a second time, the proposal was defeated. The proposal from the Huntington Planning Commission contained 35 pages and was not business friendly. So back to the drawing board. Now they have planned a vote for this coming Tuesday.
  • Yesha Council to Clinton: Jerusalem is Ours

    03/18/2010 9:42:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 330+ views
    INN ^ | 3/18/10 | Archy Cary
    (IsraelNN.com) In a letter to US. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jewish leaders in Judea and Samaria explain the unshakeable historic and religious bonds between the Jewish People and Jerusalem. The letter was written in response to President Obama’s and Clinton’s criticism of Israel’s intentions to build in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo. The neighborhood is a part of Jerusalem-proper, and is surrounded nearly completely by Jewish-populated areas. Though it is part of area liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, it was not recaptured from Jordan, but was rather considered no-man’s land between 1949 and 1967.