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  • HSBC: Leading Western Enabler of Financial Jihad?

    05/04/2012 9:37:42 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 4 May 2012 | Unknown
    We have covered HSBC frequently here on SFW, but Forbes and Reuters have just broken a story that paints a picture of HSBC as a financial institution out of control when it comes to vigilance against money laundering. Couple HSBC’s deplorable money laundering vigilance with the fact that they are one of the world’s most active participants and promoters of Shariah Finance and you end up with a worrisome combination indeed.
  • So, the Obama State Department declares the “War on Terrorism” Over

    05/04/2012 9:34:13 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 4 May 2012 | Unknown
    Late last week a State Department spokesman uttered “The war on terror is over.” That utterance was followed up by President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan (“coincidentally” on the anniversary of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, or so we are told…). While in Afghanistan, Obama gave a political speech aimed at folks back home in America in which he echoed the sentiments of his State Department spokesman in essentially declaring Al Qaeda beaten. Before we deconstruct this politically motivated fantasy, we should probably point out that we are not now, nor were we truly ever engaged in a...
  • Politics muddy debate over hydraulic fracturing risks

    05/04/2012 9:08:37 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    Drilling Contractor ^ | May 4, 2011 | Diane Langley
    Besides exploring for and producing energy resources, the energy industry is tasked with debunking myths and clarifying techniques used in hydraulic fracturing. ... According to proponents of hydraulic fracturing, the facts surrounding chemical use are clear – water and sand comprise the majority of the mixture used. The remaining components used to deliver the water down the wellbore and position the sand in fractures created in the formation – while they can probably be found in the kitchen cupboard – are proprietary ingredients. ~~snip~~“This is really a debate on a much larger scale; it has a bearing on the future...
  • More Bad News for Komen: Vice President Biden Will Skip D.C. Event [Too Bad So Sad]

    05/04/2012 8:54:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/4/12 | Abigail Pesta
    As the Susan G. Komen foundation gears up for its most high-profile event of the year, its Global Race for the Cure in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden will not be hosting a kickoff barbecue for the annual D.C. race, as he and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have done in previous years. Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, who formed a team for the race last year that raised more than $10,000—making him the top fundraiser on Capitol Hill—told The Daily Beast that he will not be participating this year, linking the decision to Komen’s move to cut funds to...
  • US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land

    05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | May 4, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow. The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. ~~snip~~The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on...
  • Democrats worried about Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts

    05/04/2012 8:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Are Democrats about to lose the Senate seat held by the Kennedys since before I was born ... again? According to the Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld, a number of Democrats in Massachusetts are aghast over Elizabeth Warren's faceplant on her claims to Native American heritage, and now worry about whether her campaign has completely derailed: Elizabeth Warren’s stumbling efforts to douse the firestorm surrounding her claims of being a Native American minority have raised concerns among local and national Democrats who are questioning her campaign’s competence.“There’s nobody watching this that doesn’t think she’s in big trouble,” one well-known Massachusetts Democrat...
  • John Edwards' Main Source of Hush Money Was 101-Year-Old Woman

    05/04/2012 8:03:51 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2012 | JAMES HILL and BETH LOYD
    The key person funding John Edwards' cover up of his affair was a 101-year-old philanthropist who had swooned over the Democratic presidential contender in 2007. Rachel "Bunny" Mellon was so taken with Edwards after meeting him at her Virginia estate in 2005 that she lent her personal plane to take him home to North Carolina, her confidante Bryan Huffman told the jury at Edwards' trial.
  • Best Buy Employee Wrongly 'Outed' Denver Man

    05/04/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05-03-2012 | Susanna Kim
    A heterosexual man in Denver claims that a Best Buy employee wrongly "outed" him on Facebook after he left his phone for repair. Rich Dewberry said he brought in his mobile device to get fixed and was given a new phone. Shortly afterward, his Facebook status read, "I am gay, I'm coming out." "The phone just started ringing constantly after that from [an] ex-spouse to friends," he told ABC's Denver affiliate, KMGH. Dewberry said he was logged into his Facebook account on the phone he left with the store. "I feel I have been humiliated. My reputation has been tarnished,"...
  • 'Zombie' Ants And The Fungus That Saves Them

    05/04/2012 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | May 2, 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    As you can probably tell, at least one person on this blog's masthead likes ants. So we've always been bummed that we haven't had the opportunity to tell you about zombie ants, but today we are glad to report there is a new development in the field. Luckily, it's a good-news report about a fungus that limits the fungus that turns ants into zombies. In the current edition of the journal PLoS ONE, an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University reports that they've found the fungus that allows an ant colony to survive infestations by...
  • Parents' claws out after teachers' odd form of discipline (Kids forced to Crawl and Meow)

    05/04/2012 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05-04-2012 | John MacCormack
    About all that is certain regarding the bizarre situation with fifth-graders in Junction is that when the teacher tells you to hush, responding with meows isn't the brightest idea. And maybe forcing the entire fifth-grade class to crawl down the school's track, meowing as they went along, wasn't a well-thought-out disciplinary response. Junction, a quiet town of 2,700 about 120 miles west of San Antonio, is best known for its beautiful rivers and its annual ranch rodeo. But in the wake of the Wednesday showdown at the elementary school, it's getting a different sort of attention. Upset Junction parents are...
  • Argentina the Outcast

    05/04/2012 7:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Luiz F Lampreia
    Roughly 20 years ago, an important Argentine minister startled a newly arrived Brazilian ambassador by telling him that “Argentina is prodigal in three things: meat, wheat, and insane gestures.” The decision to expropriate 51% of YPF, Argentina’s biggest energy firm, from the Spanish company Repsol is one of those gestures. Added to its contempt for foreign creditors, and to the growing and arbitrary protectionism that violates all global and regional rules, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s decision pushes Argentina closer to being deemed internationally as a lawless country.
  • China: We’ll let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: ChinaÂ’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • A teen with a job becomes a rarity in US economy

    05/04/2012 6:44:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    TODAY - MSNBC ^ | May 4, 2012 | Allison Linn
    Nick Gentry will be able to celebrate two major accomplishments this month: He’s graduating from high school and, after a very long job search, he has landed his first job. That Gentry, 18, will be collecting a paycheck makes him a rarity in today's working world. Only about 25 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds currently are working, a drop of 10 percentage points from just five years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Destiny of a nation lies in Arizona immigration case

    05/04/2012 6:40:49 AM PDT · by lward99 · 6 replies
    Times247.com ^ | 5/3/2012 | Jeff Kuhner
    President Obama wants to destroy America. This isn’t hyperbole; it is fact. This is the essence of the administration’s lawsuit against Arizona. Recently, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law, known as SB 1070. The measure was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Opinion polls consistently show a strong majority of Arizonans supports SB 1070. Hence, the administration is seeking to overturn the democratic will of the people. Mr. Obama wants to subordinate states’ rights to the growing federal Leviathan.
  • Chris Christie’s Islam Problem

    05/04/2012 6:36:53 AM PDT · by ZULU · 22 replies
    Mark Levin and National Review ^ | May 1, 2012 | Daniel Pipes & Steve Emerson
    A Quinnipiac poll in April showed Chris Christie as the most popular potential Republican vice-presidential candidate, thanks to his budget cuts and standing up to government employees’ unions. But the governor of New Jersey has a problem, specifically an Islam problem, that can and should get in the way of his possible ascent to higher office. Time and again he has sided with Islamist forces against those who worry about safeguarding American security and civilization.
  • Unemployment rate at 8.1%, only 115K jobs added, participation rate shrinks again to new low

    05/04/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The April jobs report fell short of analysts expectations, as only 115,000 jobs were added. Consensus expectations had been in the 165K-170K range, which still would have been below the rate jobs were added in February, January, and December. While the jobless rate dropped slightly, the number of jobs added came in short of March's disappointing level: Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 115,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care, but declined in transportation and...
  • Elizabeth Warren brings no peace to Dems

    05/04/2012 6:29:47 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Boston Herald.com ^ | May 4, 2012 | Joe Battenfeld
    Elizabeth Warren’s stumbling efforts to douse the firestorm surrounding her claims of being a Native American minority have raised concerns among local and national Democrats who are questioning her campaign’s competence. “There’s nobody watching this that doesn’t think she’s in big trouble,” one well-known Massachusetts Democrat said. Joe Trippi, a prominent national Democratic consultant, told the Herald that while Warren has time to recover, the campaign should have anticipated this issue would surface. One well-known Massachusetts Democratic strategist faulted Warren and her campaign for failing to put out a consistent message. The strategist also said many local Democrats are alarmed...
  • A Nation of Julias (Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you)

    05/04/2012 6:24:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/04/2012 | Rich Lowry
    In the competition for the creepiest campaign material of 2012, we may already have a winner. It is “The Life of Julia,” the Obama reelection team’s cartoon chronicle of a fictional woman who is dependent on government at every step of her life. The phrase “cradle-to-grave welfare state” originated with Clement Attlee’s socialist government in post–World War II Britain. Back then, it was meant as a boastful description of a new age of government activism. Subsequently, it became a term of derision for critics of an overweening government. In the spirit of Attlee, the Obama campaign revives the concept of...
  • No Jobs? Employment Is At 40-Year High For Those 55 And Up

    05/04/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/04/2012 | By JED GRAHAM, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    As the jobs crisis wears on, with payrolls still 5 million below their pre-recession peak, the share of age 55-and-older Americans working has recovered to near a 42-year high. Workers under 55 have borne the brunt of the jobs recession, which may mean that its economic effects — due to long-term unemployment, underemployment and stretched household balance sheets — may linger. Before the financial crisis, economists worried that labor shortages would develop in some occupations as baby boomers left the workforce. But that's moved to the back burner since the recession began in December 2007. Job holders 55 and up...
  • ROLL CALL: Are Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson Rekindling Their Romance? [Lost Souls]

    05/04/2012 6:13:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Everything old is new again! Former girlfriends Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson reunited on Thursday at Le Baron in New York City - but is it more than just friends? "Lindsay and Sam were whispering and laughing and they left the club holding hands. They didn't care who saw them, and they definitely seem to be back on. It was just like the old days - they couldn't get enough of each other!" a source claimed to X17online.