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  • Analysis: Turkey's Erdogan Shattered Even If His Regime Survives

    07/16/2016 4:09:09 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 110 replies ^ | July 16 , 2016 | Aaron Klein
    Turkey is in chaos and the future does not bode well for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies regardless of whether Erdogan can wrest control from an army group that announced on Friday it has taken over the country.
  • Dummy Hellfire missile mistakenly shipped to Cuba

    01/10/2016 5:30:21 PM PST · by LonePalm · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/7/2016 | Bradley Kapper
    WASHINGTON -- A dummy U.S. Hellfire missile was mistakenly shipped from Europe to Cuba in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The inert missile did not contain any explosives, the Journal reported, but there are concerns that Cuba could share the technology with potential U.S. adversaries like North Korea or Russia. The Journal report was attributed to anonymous "people familiar with the matter." A U.S. official with knowledge of the situation, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity, confirmed its veracity to The Associated Press. According to the Defense Department, the Hellfire is a...
  • United States held secret communications with Assad's regime for years in a bid to limit violence

    12/25/2015 5:05:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/24/15
    United States held secret communications with Assad's regime for years in a bid to limit violence in Syria, officials claim U.S. officials held secret communications with members of President Bashar al-Assad's government for years to try to limit the violence in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. President Barack Obama's administration explored ways to encourage a military coup in 2011 as the civil war in the country got underway. American intelligence officials identified army officers belonging to Assad's minority Alawite sect who could lead a coup, but they found few weak spots to exploit, the Journal said, citing...
  • Syrian Regime Unleashes the Barrel Bomb's Big Brother

    07/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/15
    Syria's regime killed at least 28 people, mostly civilians, on Saturday when its warplanes dropped massive makeshift bombs on a town held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombs used in the attacks on Al-Bab, in the northern province of Aleppo, were three times more destructive than so-called barrel bombs, which have already drawn widespread international condemnation. "The army used 'container bombs' which are three times more powerful than 'barrel bombs'," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman. The barrel bomb was previously joined by the elephant rocket, another crude...
  • Iranian Dissidents Criticize Obama’s Nuclear Diplomacy

    03/27/2015 6:12:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 17, 2015
    Claim White House ignoring human rights, working with murderous regime A group of Iranian dissidents and political prisoners have lashed out at the Obama administration, lambasting its ongoing diplomacy with Iran, according to two open letters sent to the White House in recent days. In each letter, the dissidents—most of whom are currently political prisoners in Iran—criticize the White House for ignoring the issues of human rights and democracy in Iran as they push to finalize a deal with a regime that the dissidents says is murderous and untrustworthy. Iranian reformers and those seeking a change in the country’s leadership...
  • Iran’s Coming Leadership Crisis

    03/24/2015 7:04:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 22, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has cancer. After him are men even less likely to comply with a nuclear deal. ********************** Negotiators from Iran and the P5+1 powers led by the U.S. are racing against a March 31 deadline to conclude a nuclear deal in Lausanne, Switzerland. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday that negotiators had made “genuine progress” but that “important gaps remain.” Yet what happens if the Iranian leadership that the U.S. and others are dealing with now is not in place to implement any agreement? Two recent developments suggest that the Islamic Republic may be...
  • The Demise of the Clinton's Political Power (VANITY)

    03/05/2015 10:50:20 AM PST · by RetSignman · 36 replies
    Me thinking outside the box | March 5, 2015 | RetSignman
    The woes of Hillary and her run for president and are growing with every day that passes but I'm going to go outside the box of conventional thinking and posit my opinion of what could possibly be the truth behind her mounting political problems. In my opinion, the Clinton Machine and all their untold hundred of millions they have available is not going to enough to stop the disclosures of their carefully hidden corruption activities from the public.
  • The Left's Base Motive: Vengeance

    01/01/2015 11:35:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | J.R. Dunn
    American leftism has gotten an awful lot of mileage by monopolizing the moral high ground. It is the sole force in American that favors the poor. The sole enemy of racism. The sole comforter of rape victims. The sole protector of defenseless Muslims. The sole guardian of the environment, and so on ad nauseum.It all falls apart eventually--with friends like the left, nobody needs enemies. But often overlooked is that fact that it’s bogus from the start. Any prolonged glance at the left reveals it to be an ideology of power, its major tool violence, its goal revenge.Leftism has always...
  • Ethnic Cleansing of Jews in Turkey

    12/19/2014 8:00:04 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 15, 2014 | Uzay Bulut
    Now that the ethnic-cleansing campaign of the Turkish regime has been "successfully" completed, and there are only two Jews left in Edirne, why is the governor of the city still so angry? The sweet little secret in both Turkey and Europe is that anti-Semites do not need the existence of a Jewish state to attack or threaten Jews. Hatred of Jews did not start with the re-establishment of the state of Israel. The truth is that those who carried out ethnic cleansing of Jews are the last persons who should whine about the non-existent Israeli "occupation." Israelis are not occupiers...
  • Obama Regime: 2.5M People Losing Their Jobs Just A “Small Percentage of the Economy”

    02/04/2014 6:14:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Tammy Bruce ^ | 2/4/14 | Tammy Bruce
    The Congressional Budget Office says ObamaCare is a job killer. But we already knew that, and have been saying so for four years. Now the Fed is catching up a little bit, yet losing 2-2.5 million jobs is the tip of the iceberg. “President Barack Obama’s healthcare law will reduce American workforce participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday in a report…” What does the White House think of this horrible reality for at least 2 million people and their families? It’s just a “small percentage of the economy.”...
  • Will Sen. Cruz or Lee file an injuction with SCOTUS to protect 60 % of Legal Voters from Obamacare?

    10/16/2013 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 25 replies
    Graewoulf | October16, 2013 | Graewoulf
    Hear ye, hear ye: Be it known that 60% of American Legal Voters do seek, and with historical reason, do expect protection from their US Federal Government from the devastating harmful effects of the Democrat's cruel unfunded mandate of Obamacare; AND since no effective leadership in the US House of Representatives has existed to serve and protect 60 % of American voters from the Democrat's cruel unfunded mandate of Obamacare; AND since only US Senators Cruz of TEXAS and Lee of Utah have shown a consistent understanding of the great harm soon to be imposed, by the very rapid total...
  • About that New 'Moderate' Iranian Cabinet...

    08/15/2013 7:39:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 6, 2013 | Sohrab Ahmari
    Hasan Rouhani's inauguration as Iran's president has renewed the Obama administration's dreams of rapprochement with Tehran. In a Sunday statement, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney expressed hope that "the new Iranian government will heed the will of the voters by making choices that will lead to a better life for the Iranian people." Should the Islamic Republic choose to engage, Mr. Carney added, "it will find a willing partner in the United States." Mr. Rouhani has already been "making choices" that the U.S. might want to take into account before becoming a "willing partner" in dealing with the regime....
  • With lure of religious classes, Iran seeks to recruit Latin Americans

    08/11/2013 5:50:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    The Mexican law student was surprised by how easy it was to get into Iran two years ago. By merely asking questions about Islam at a party, he managed to pique the interest of Iran’s top diplomat in Mexico. Months later, he had a plane ticket and a scholarship to a mysterious school in Iran as a guest of the Islamic Republic. Next came the start of classes and a second surprise: There were dozens of others just like him.
  • Israel Hints: We'll Strike Syria Again

    05/15/2013 1:40:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/5/13 | Gil Ronen
    A senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering further military strikes on Syria to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamist Hizbullah – and warned President Bashar Assad against any kind of retaliation against the Jewish state. The New York Times quoted the Israeli official who said, “Israel is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah. The transfer of such weapons to Hizbullah will destabilize and endanger the entire region.” “If Syrian President Assad reacts by attacking Israel, or tries to strike Israel through his terrorist proxies,” the official said, “he...
  • I'm Already Sick of the Wealth Envy Crowd

    04/12/2012 8:00:54 AM PDT · by Marathoner · 17 replies
    Neal's Nuze ^ | 4-11-12 | Neal Boortz
    Not only is Barack Obama a liar but he is a coward. Yes, I will continue to call the Oval Occupier a liar so long as he insists on this asinine concept that the rich aren’t paying their fair share. And I will also throw in the word “coward” because his focus on the evil rich and the Buffett Rule is two-fold: It is a distraction from the true failures of his presidency and it demonstrates his unwillingness to reform our “broken” tax code. His own administration admits that it is “broken.” So their solution is the call for taxes...
  • Obamacare Oral Arguments Don't Appear to be Going Well for the Regime

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Supreme Court, what's going on. It doesn't appear -- and you really can't make any judgments, final judgments on this. But the oral arguments do not appear to be going well for the regime. The regime's solicitor general is being laughed at on occasion, and the justices are poking holes in many regime arguments up there. But, as I say, oral arguments, you never know what indicator they are. It's like trying to read a jury. But still, it's entertaining and it's instructive and we'll pass it all on to you. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Oral arguments...
  • Report documents Iran's efforts to quell opposition heading up to elections

    02/29/2012 8:04:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 27, 2012
    Iran has arrested filmmakers, bloggers, minorities and lawyers and imposed limits on the public's use of the Web to try to squelch dissent and contact with the outside world ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on Thursday, the human rights group Amnesty International reported Monday. Iranian authorities have detained more than 10 journalists, writers and bloggers, as well as members of religious and ethnic minorities since campaigning began, apparently to dissuade people from criticizing the government or participating in protests to mark the anniversary of "Arab Spring" uprisings around the Mideast, Amnesty said in a 71-page report. The authorities also...
  • May: Why Iran is not America's enemy

    01/06/2012 8:16:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Ventura COuntry Star ^ | January 5, 2012 | Clifford D. May
    JERUSALEM — Iran is not our enemy. The regime that enriches itself while murdering, oppressing and impoverishing ordinary Iranians, the regime that incites genocide against Israel, threatens its neighbors in the Persian Gulf and vows to bring about a "world without America" — that is our enemy. This was one of the key points driven home by a trio of extraordinary individuals gathered for a dinner in Tel Aviv last week. At the table were Bernard Lewis, for my money the greatest living historian of the Middle East; Uri Lubrani, Israel's envoy to Iran before the fall of the Shah...
  • The Man to Watch in Iran?

    12/01/2011 3:42:07 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Ali Akbar Salehi: Iran's foreign minister...and future president? After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Islamic Republic's new leaders confronted the dilemma of what to do with the remnants of the Pahlavi monarchy. One such remnant was the partially constructed nuclear power plant located in the southeastern city of Bushehr along the Persian Gulf. Construction of the plant by a group of German companies had begun just four years earlier, under Mohammad Reza Shah. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the creation of a five-person fact-finding committee to investigate the Bushehr plant and advise on its status. One of its members was a...
  • How to Topple Iran's Ayatollahs

    11/25/2011 2:14:44 PM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear World ^ | Jamsheed Choksy
    Why, despite the growing danger posed by Iran's nuclear program, have the United States and other nations restricted themselves to negotiations, economic sanctions and electronic intrusions? None of those tactics has been particularly effective or produced enduring changes. The main argument against military action is that it would set Iran's nuclear program back only a few years, and that Tehran would retaliate directly and via surrogates, drawing the U.S. into another unwinnable war. Many fear also that Iranians will rally behind their regime with nationalist fervor, dashing hope of regime change for decades and turning Iran's largely pro-Western population against...
  • Iran’s Military-Industrial-Terrorist-Political Complex

    10/20/2011 5:56:32 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 20, 2011 | Clifford May
    The Islamic Revolutionary Guards soon could have nuclear weapons. In 1979, journalists and diplomats reported from Iran on a revolution against the shah. They were mistaken. The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and his followers were thinking bigger. Their goal was a global revolution — a revolution against the United States and other “oppressor” powers. The ayatollah famously called America the Great Satan. This, too, was misunderstood. His intention was less to insult than to describe: He knew that freedom, the rule of (man-made) law, peace, and equal rights for both the servants and enemies of Allah are seductive ideas that could...
  • Minister answers call for gender segregation in universities

    09/10/2011 7:37:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Iran's Assembly of Experts is calling on officials to institute gender segregation in Iranian universities, prompting Iran's Minister of Science and Technology to announce: "Women's Colleges will be established all across Iran" Kamran Daneshjoo told Fars news agency yesterday that "women's colleges" will be established in every province, adding: "This is about keeping Islamic customs and limits, and the Islamization of universities will go much further than this." He said: "Prior to the Revolution (1979) there was one women-only university, which was renamed the Al-Zahra University after the Revolution. Thirty-two years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, we do...
  • African migrants and black Libyans put in danger by 'mercenary' propaganda

    08/28/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 10 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | August 29 | Patrick Cockburn
    The rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli, are an ominous foretaste of what might be Libya's future. The incoming regime makes pious statements about taking no revenge on pro-Gaddafi forces, but this stops short of protecting those who can be labelled mercenaries. Any Libyan with a black skin accused of fighting for the old regime may have a poor chance of survival. The atmosphere in the Libyan capital is frighteningly uncertain a week after the sudden collapse of Gaddafi's forces. Nobody...
  • Qaddafi Regime Offered Kucinich All-Expense Paid Trip to Libya to Broker Peace

    08/26/2011 6:48:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/26/11 | Staff
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Obama administration's military intervention in Libya, confirmed Friday that he was invited to visit the North African nation in an attempt to end months-long conflict between the Qaddafi regime and the rebel forces who have been aided by NATO air strikes. (Snip) But Kucinich, who was worried about security, declined the offer and visited Syria instead. In a statement, Kucinich said he was contacted by both sides seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict.
  • Iran, Where A Water Fight Can Land You In Prison

    08/04/2011 10:26:22 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Yet again, a number of young people have been arrested in the Iranian capital. Their crime: engaging in a water fight. The evidence: water guns and bottles. The accusations against them: violating Islamic principles and norms. It sounds absurd, but sadly it's the reality in the Islamic Republic of Iran where, among other things, having a bit of fun can also land one in prison. The young women and men had gathered last week in a Tehran park, ironically named the Garden of Water and Fire, and splashed water at each other. The event, planned and organized on Facebook, had...
  • Iran: Another 30 Hanged At Vakilabad Prison On Drug Charges

    07/17/2011 8:41:28 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Iranian authorities have hanged another 30 prisoners at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad on drug-related charges, says the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The campaign cites “local knowledgeable sources” saying 12 prisoners were executed on Wednesday June 29 and another 18 were hanged on the following Sunday. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran say the executions once again were carried out in secret and en masse, with no prior notification of families and attorneys and no official announcement from the judiciary. The report indicates that on June 29, the judiciary announced the execution of one convicted murderer...
  • FBI Opens News Corp. Hacking Probe (Regime opens direct attack on 1st Amendment)

    07/14/2011 1:29:58 PM PDT · by abb · 64 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 14, 2011 | Devlin Barrett
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a probe into whether employees of News Corp. might have hacked or attempted to hack into the private calls and phone records of Sept. 11 victims and their families, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation was opened Thursday morning, following a request a day earlier by Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) who heads the House Homeland Security Committee and whose Long Island district was home to many victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The investigation will try to determine whether employees of News Corp. illegally accessed the private calls, voice-mail...
  • Now it IS regime change: Cameron, Obama and Sarkozy promise to keep bombing Libya

    04/15/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/15/11 | Tim Shipman & James Chapman
    David Cameron, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy upped the stakes in the Libya conflict last night as they vowed to fight on until Colonel Gaddafi is ousted. In a joint article, the British, American and French leaders warned that it would be an ‘unconscionable betrayal’ were Nato to stop bombing with the dictator still in power. Gaddafi must ‘go and go for good’ before rebuilding of the country could begin, they said, rejecting calls for an immediate ceasefire.
  • Iran vows to crackdown on expat revolt supporters

    03/12/2011 4:59:07 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1+ views
    OyeTimes ^ | Mar. 9, 2011
    Iran's Prosecutor General Gholamhossein Mohseni E'jei has issued a strong threat against Iranian expatriates who support the Green Movement. During a press conference held last week, a journalist for the conservative Keyhan daily asked the prosecutor, “currently, certain people beyond our borders have a tight-knit coordination with the sedition and spread lies about leading Iranian officials in the anti-revolutionary media everyday. Does not the judiciary system have a plan to indict them?” “It is very obvious that Iranians who commit crimes oversees, or even those who are not Iranian nationals but act against Iran outside the country are subject to...
  • Iran's Rafsanjani ousted as head of state body

    03/08/2011 3:51:24 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 8, 2011
    Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lost his position as head of an important state clerical body on Tuesday, a move which tightens the hardliners' grip on power. -excerpt- An ambush challenge by arch hard-liner Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani forced Rafsanjani to withdraw from running for re-election as chairman of the Assembly of Experts. The 86-member clerical body has the authority to dismiss Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 71, but it has never exercised that power since it was established in 1983. It also appoints the new leader if the old one is removed or dies.
  • IRAN: Hundreds march at funeral for slain student amid tension in Tehran (regime hijacked funeral)

    02/16/2011 10:36:11 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 16, 2011
    Under tight security, hundreds of Iranians marched through the streets Wednesday in a government-sanctioned funeral for Tehran Art University student Saane Zhaleh, who died in violent clashes between pro-reform demonstrators and the police Monday. Described by the government as the "martyr Basij," Zhaleh is said by the authorities to have been killed by government opponents when he joined Basiji militiamen to help put down the protests, which were prohibited by the government. The opposition says he was shot by police. State television showed marchers carrying Iranian flags and shouting slogans against opposition leaders, including "Death to Karroubi!" and "Death to...
  • Iran Bans Valentine's Day

    02/15/2011 6:53:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb. 14, 2011 | Melik Kaylan
    In another sign of its ever more improvisational approach to governance, the Iranian regime has outlawed Valentine's Day. "Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned," announced state media last month. "Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban." Some 70% of Iran's population is said to be under the age of 30, so it seems natural that Valentine's Day has caught on in a country where the young keep trying to find non-state-mandated rituals to call their own. The state, for its part, continues to respond with a Whack-a-Mole approach...
  • Report: 'Iran Hanging One Person Every 12 hours'

    02/06/2011 8:02:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    inn ^ | 2/6/11 | Gil Ronen
    The Teheran regime has hanged 66 individuals since the end of 2010, according to France 24 International News. Among them was a 46-year-old Iranian-born, Dutch national Sahra Bahrami, who was hung on January 29 on drug-smuggling charges. Holland's Foreign Ministry said it was "shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime," according to Agence France Presse. Bahrami's sister dismissed the Iranian charges, which she contended were fabricated. "She doesn't even smoke cigarettes, let alone possessing drugs. How could someone who participates in election gatherings and endangers her life, engage in such actions against her country?" she is quoted as...
  • Valerie Jarrett to uniformed general: More wine, garçon!

    02/01/2011 2:20:34 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 75 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02.01.2011 | Mike Riggs
    In Washington, bigwigs can misspeak and misstep a million times without drawing attention. And then there are the seemingly harmless moments that stick to a person like super glue: Joe Wilson barking “You lie!”; Jesse Jackson mumbling into a hot mic that he wants to castrate Barack Obama; Dan Quayle trying to spell things. Like coal crushed into diamonds by the pressure of a million eyeballs, such moments are forever. During an exclusive dinner hosted Monday by the Alfalfa Club, Obama adviser Valerie Jarret had just such a moment. And were it not for an irritated tipster, Jarret might have...
  • Iran's Die-Hard Democrats

    01/11/2011 8:52:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 11, 2011 | Ilan Berman
    Are Iran's democratic stirrings truly a thing of the past? Ever since the so-called Green Movement coalesced in the wake of the country's fraudulent June 2009 presidential vote, Western observers have rushed to write its epitaph. Over the past year, more than a few Iran watchers have argued that the internal contradictions within Iran's opposition movement doom it to failure and that, as a result, Washington has no alternative but to engage with Iran's ayatollahs. Similarly, some media outlets, in reporting the Green Movement's lackluster showing during Ashura celebrations in mid-December, have suggested that Iran's once-vibrant democracy drive has run...
  • Big Polluters Freed From Environmental Oversight By Obama Administration Stimulus, 175,000 waivers.

    11/29/2010 8:56:33 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 9 replies
    Center for Public Integrity ^ | November 29, 2010 | Kristin Lombardi
    In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found. Related Stories: ■NEPA Exemptions: The Dirty Dozen List ■Wisconsin Firm Receives Energy Grant Despite Chronic Pollution Problems The administration has awarded more than 179,000 “categorical exclusions” to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Coal-burning utilities like Westar Energy...
  • Obama Administration Buys One in Four Hybrids as Consumer Market Slumps

    11/23/2010 1:43:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/23/10 |
    President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.
  • Groucho Plays Tehran (Ledeen)

    10/06/2010 10:07:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    FasterPlease/MichaelLedeen/PajamasMedia ^ | October 5, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    The Islamic Republic looks more and more like a Marx Brothers creation. The leaders proclaim themselves invincible, but just offstage, we can hear the sounds of breaking crockery. For starters, the currency is crashing — Iran may well be the only country in the world in which the dollar is not only gaining strength but is the object of unbridled passion. In the past couple of days some money changers have refused to sell dollars because the market is just too volatile. As RFE/RL tells us: the rial declined 13 percent against the dollar last week as demand for the...
  • The War over the War (Iran-Iraq War)(Very interesting analysis)

    10/03/2010 6:12:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AEI ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ali Alfoneh
    Thirty years after the end of the war between Iran and Iraq a fierce battle is being fought amongst statesmen, military commanders and scholars about the war. Three questions remain contested: Why did the war began in the first place? Why did the war continue after Iran's liberation of territories occupied by Iraq? And why did the war with Iraq end? -excerpt- Thanks to the Iraqi invasion of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini and the revolutionary regime managed to rally a fragmented nation around the revolutionary leadership. The revolutionary leadership also managed to keep the remains of the Imperial Army busy...
  • Ahmadinejad's Special Envoys Become 'Advisers'

    09/17/2010 5:27:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has appointed six presidential advisers for foreign affairs. The half-dozen are former presidential envoys to the Middle East, Asia, and Afghanistan who were appointed by Ahmadinejad -- reportedly to some consternation -- only earlier this month. The change to their titles comes after protests by lawmakers and former diplomats and also criticism from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who had warned against parallel activities in foreign affairs and other areas. Ahmadinejad's deputy for political affairs, Mohammad Jafar Behdad, said the president followed the supreme leader's guidance and therefore the status of the special envoys was changed. So did...
  • Operation Slander, the Race Card and the Father There Of

    08/24/2010 5:57:27 PM PDT · by kindred
    During any rational discussion or debate on social or political issues, when the Left find themselves devoid of a rational reply they always have one tactic in their reprobate arsenal and game plan: Operation Slander. The secular, liberal Leftist ideology is based on a delusional reality, governed and dominated by an irrational, emotional instability which springs forth from a well of outright disdain for the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. They are also dominated by their unbridled passions and carnal addictions (Rom. 1:18-32; 2 Tim. 3:1-7; Gal. 5:19-21). When confronted with reality and light, these MUST with all...
  • Obama reaches 50% disapproval in Real Clear Politics polling average for first time

    08/05/2010 8:17:35 AM PDT · by jpl · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Thursday August 5, 2010 | Real Clear Politics
    In today's Real Clear Politics polling average, Obama has hit an average 50% disapproval rate for the first time! The graph can be found at the link, but here are the raw numbers: Poll                                  Date         Sample        Approve        Disapprove       Spread RCP Average                7/13 - 8/3        --                 44.7                 50.0               -5.3 Gallup                            8/1 - 8/3      1547 A            44                   48                   -4 Rasmussen Reports        8/1 - 8/3      1500 LV         46                    53                   -7 USA Today/Gallup        7/27 - 8/1    1208 A            41                    53                  -12 FOX News                   7/27 - 7/28   900 RV           43                    50                   -7 Reuters/Ipsos                 7/22 - 7/25  1075 A            48                   48                   Tie CNN/Opinion Research 7/16 - 7/21  1018 A            47                    50                  ...
  • Some Iran merchants still strike at Tehran bazaar

    07/13/2010 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Traianus
    Metronews Canada ^ | 07-13-10 | AP
    Some Iran merchants still strike at Tehran bazaar THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 13, 2010 5:58 a.m. Be the first to comment  Text size           TEHRAN, Iran - Some merchants in the Iranian capital are still on strike, despite reports of a deal with the government over a tax dispute. Traders in the Tehran bazaar's main passageway on Tuesday joined carpet and textile sellers' sectors in the strike, shuttering their stores. It's unclear whether the merchants had agreed to the deal. The state IRNA news agency reported late on Monday that tax authorities and the merchants agreed on a tax bracket of...
  • Obama Regime Sets Up to Dump Disaster on GOP Congress in 2011

    07/12/2010 9:58:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 7-12-10 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Man, oh, man is there irony and hypocrisy all throughout the news today and the news over the weekend. Great to have you here. Rush Limbaugh at 800-282-2882. The e-mail address is You know, we gotta be fair here, folks. We have to give Obama his proper due. Barack Obama has proved the truth of what we were all told when we were growing up. Anybody can be president. If Obama can do it, anybody can do it. They told you that in grade school. "Little Johnny, what do you want to be when you grow...
  • 'Even the Regime Hates the Regime'

    06/13/2010 3:56:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 635+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 11, 2010 | KARIM SADJADPOUR
    Even before last year's post-election tumult, it was palpable to almost anyone who had spent serious time in Iran that revolutionary rot had set in long ago. While every country has its tales of corrupt clergymen, disillusioned government officials, drug-addicted youth, and rampant prostitution, in a theocracy that rules from a moral pedestal these stories have long served to highlight the government's hypocrisy and hollow legitimacy. Although Iran's amateur cell-phone journalists did a heroic job chronicling scenes of extraordinary courage and harrowing government brutality -- a record that is "more important than all of the history of our cinema," acclaimed...
  • Iran: A year later, Green wave rippling no more (Now, that's torture!)

    06/12/2010 6:25:27 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 224+ views
    spero ^ | June 12, 2010 | Asia News
    Iran: A year later, Green wave rippling no more Arrests, torture, raids, summary trials and executions have crushed Iran’s protest movement, a cause without a real leader. An Ahmadinejad aide prepares to run in the next presidential elections. Saturday, June 12, 2010 By Asia News Tehran – The contrast could not be any greater. A year ago, millions of Iranians had taken to the streets across the country, putting their lives at risk, to protest against rigged elections won by outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Tomorrow, a year after what was the greatest challenge to Iran’s 30-year-old theocratic regime, no one...
  • Rep. Ryan: "Even Chance" GOP Can Take Back House From The "Regime"

    06/09/2010 10:25:36 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 10 replies · 150+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 9, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.): "We need to give the American people an alternative — who are we, what do we believe in, what are our principles, how will we apply them and what will we do if you elect us back, and how do you make sure we won't repeat the sins of fiscal profligacy that we made last time we were in the majority."
  • IRAN: Vanished photo shows angry Khamenei amid tensions following speech

    06/07/2010 6:17:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 80+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 7, 2010
    What could have made Iran's supreme leader so visibly angry? The extraordinary photo above -- posted to the website of Iran's hard-line Fars news agency but then quickly taken down -- shows supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at center with his hand raised, extremely angry after the conclusion of the June 4 ceremony commemorating the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. During that event, hard-line supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began angrily shouting down Khomeini's grandson, Hassan -- who appears in a black turban at the top right corner of the picture -- as he delivered a speech...
  • Obama Regime asking students for Citizen Status before commencement address

    05/20/2010 10:27:58 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 11 replies · 377+ views ^ | 05/20/2010 | Gary P.
    "Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the president, students were told at their senior breakfast Friday. "Of the fact that the White House is requesting information on all the graduating seniors, K-Central Principal Von Washingon Jr. told the students, 'I’ll let you figure out what that means,' said senior Simon Boehme, who was at the breakfast." Look, in all fairness, it’s the Secret Service’s job to protect the...
  • Iran Targeting Dissidents Through Global Police [Iran using 'interpol' to harrass]

    05/15/2010 1:30:17 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 7 replies · 498+ views
    CBN ^ | May 14, 2010 | Erick Stakelbeck
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran. Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries -- including those in the United States. And they are using an international organization to do it. Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights. Now the regime has finally caught up with Homayoun: not in Tehran, but in Los Angeles. "They have managed to keep me here, and it seems...