Didn't muhammad live by the sword?<quoted text>
You are right, the USA is the most in-efficient nation in the world in these matters.
Where thy could their result by spending one thousand, they spend Trillions !!
The reality is that USA, war itself is a Business and no one wants his business to end.
So USA has been at wars most of the time since its creation, if they do not have wars at one place in the world or another, they start itching.
And Jesus said "Those who live by sword die by sword"....so the war shall be the end of USA it seems.
#286788 Mar 1, 2013
#286789 Mar 1, 2013
Huh? You 100% agree with my only muslim friend MUQ that the end of the USA will be soon, Tinyearl? Or are you just sucking up to him a little bit? You can suck up all you want, you are not muslim therefore you will never be his mate...
#286790 Mar 1, 2013
Just curious, comrade MUQ...why no muslim country help out the poor people of Syria who are getting slaughtered every day by their oppressive non-western leaders? Why KSA not help out their muslim brothers and sisters? Why UAE or Egypt or other muslim nation not help, comrade MUQ? Why? Your mjuslim brothers and sisters are getting killed as we speak, when will the muslim brotherhood help them? Why must non-muslim nations take the lead? Do you support the murder and oppression going on in Syria right now, comrade MUQ?
#286791 Mar 1, 2013
News you will not hear on IRNA or see on my comrade MUQs television station in KSA...
An Islamic leader's death sentence has triggered protests throughout Bangladesh: At least 44 people, including six police officers, have been killed in what some are calling the country's biggest political outcry in decades, the New York Times reports. Jamaat-e-Islami party VP Delwar Hossain Sayedee was found guilty of crimes committed four decades ago: mass killings, rapes, looting, and forced religious conversions during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, Reuters reports. The war saw as many as 3 million killed and thousands raped.
I REPEAT...my friend MUQ...mass killings, rapes, looting, and FORCED religious CONVERSIONS during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, Reuters reports. The war saw as many as 3 MILLION killed and THOUSANDS raped...wow, all in the name of the religion of peace...that is impressive...
But the sentence has divided protesters, with hundreds of thousands applauding the move while others condemn it. Jamaat supporters say the war crimes tribunal is a corrupt effort designed to weaken the PM's political rivals; groups like Human Rights Watch have knocked it for deviating from international standards. "This is a perverse judgment. It is inconceivable that a court of law awarded him a conviction," says the 73-year-old's lawyer. The latest unrest follows gatherings of up to 200,000 protesters following another Jamaat figure's life sentence, by way of the tribunal, last month; demonstrators had wanted a death sentence...
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
#286792 Mar 1, 2013
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News
How US Drones Forge as Many Foes as They Kill
World View: The enhanced use of unmanned attack planes is at the heart of American foreign policy
By Patrick Cockburn
From the White House's point of view, drones have the great advantage of being largely secret. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were once denounced as war criminals for waging a secret bombing campaign by B-52s on Cambodia. The official silence over today's drones can be justified by claiming that this is a covert war against al-Qa'ida waged by the CIA and the US Joint Special Operations Command, and requires secrecy to be effective.
Are the drones as effective as claimed? Air power has always over-sold itself as being cheap and deadly compared with ground forces. It was first used by the Italians in their colonial conquest of Libya in 1911. Britain's "Bomber" Harris, who led the RAF Bomber Command during its mass raids on Germany in the Second World War, cut his teeth devastating Kurdish villages in Iraq in the 1920s.
Air power can deliver much, but it cannot deliver everything. This is as true of drones as it is of B-52s. The drones make more political sense at home than military sense abroad. Whatever the accuracy of the missiles, targets must still be identified before they are destroyed, requiring good local information. Where the local state is weak or nonexistent, as in Yemen, Somalia, Libya or Waziristan in north-west Pakistan, this is easy to do because the CIA can have its own network of agents or co-operate with local intelligence agencies.
But there is something misleading and almost comical about a picture of al-Qa'ida as a tightly organised group along the lines of a miniature Pentagon. It is, on the contrary, much more a series of political and religious attitudes combined with willingness to wage holy war using certain tactics, notably suicide bombing.
Drones have other serious disadvantages. They create rage in the countries where they are used, such as Pakistan. If, as is evident, they are carried out with the connivance of Islamabad, this discredits the government as American proxies. Exact figures about civilian casualties are often mythical since outsiders do not know who is living in family compounds in Afghanistan or north-west Pakistan (witness the time it took for US intelligence to find Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound).
Many places where drones are used are inaccessible to foreign or even local journalists. Civilian casualties can be minimised or denied. I reported in 2009 a US bombing raid on three villages in Farah province, south of Herat, which killed 147 people, according to locals. There were craters 30ft deep which a US spokesman cheerfully suggested had been made by Taliban fighters throwing grenades into houses. This was an obvious lie, but it was impossible for journalists to prove the opposite.
Of course, local people knew what had happened. They drove their tractors pulling trailers full of body parts to the provincial capital where government soldiers opened fire, killing three of them. I wondered at the time how many of the surviving young men of the three villages, and in the rest of Farah province, joined the Taliban because of that bombing raid.
Drones do not change very much on the ground. They do provide political camouflage at home and abroad, concealing the US retreat in Afghanistan and Iraq. They store up trouble because they may create more enemies than they eliminate. They rely on a network of informants that can only be established in weak, failed or failing states.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
#286793 Mar 1, 2013
Every tyrant at the height of his power has the same concept of invincibility.... we saw that in every empire....and the same is the fate of USA.
Their power will lead to their down fall. Because they start creating mischief on the earth and that leads to their down fall.
USA by defending Israel at "any cost" and by "whatever means" is committing crime upon crime and that would be the cause of its down fall.
There is a strong war monger lobby in USA and they will lead it to its destruction.
The question is not if, the question is when!!
#286794 Mar 1, 2013
Militarization of America
"The American social infrastructure deteriorates as the Pentagon's sphere of control widens. Today we find an inverse relationship between growth of the U.S. empire and various measures of domestic well-being.
#286795 Mar 1, 2013
After all this time you should know my MO by now.
ABs, you also are a person that gives credit when credit is deserved.
I was always against Bush for Iraq and the economy and Obama is guilty of the same.
All the Newt Gingrich Republicans and Bill Clinton are also guilty for the Wall Street meltdown in 2008, when they terminated Glass/Steagall.
Most in Congress DO NOT BELIEVE in the US Constitution.
If they did, they would have impeached:
LBJ for lying about the Gulf of Tonkin.
Nixon for Watergate.
Reagan/Bush for Iran/Contra.
Bush/Cheney for WMD in Iraq.
White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire
We can put light where there’s darkness, and hope where there’s despondency in this country. And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home.”— President Bush, Oct. 15, 2002
December 20, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/83qjpf
WASHINGTON — The global financial system was teetering on the edge of collapse when President Bush and his economics team huddled in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a briefing that, in the words of one participant,“scared the hell out of everybody.”
It was Sept. 18. Lehman Brothers had just gone belly-up, overwhelmed by toxic mortgages. Bank of America had swallowed Merrill Lynch in a hastily arranged sale. Two days earlier, Mr. Bush had agreed to pump $85 billion into the failing insurance giant American International Group.
The president listened as Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, laid out the latest terrifying news: The credit markets, gripped by panic, had frozen overnight, and banks were refusing to lend money.
#286796 Mar 1, 2013
Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney,
" War is the biggest business in America.
#286798 Mar 2, 2013
They came as liberators but were met by fierce resistance outside Baghdad. Humiliating treatment of prisoners and heavy-handed action in Najaf and Fallujah further alienated the local population. A planned handover of power proved unworkable. Britain's 1917 occupation of Iraq holds uncanny parallels with today - and if we want to know what will happen there next, we need only turn to our history books...
#286799 Mar 2, 2013
Yes, understood. But I also fully understand my new bff's mo also. The only way he would ever pi*s on you is if it would not interfere with the allah approved gasoline and match he used to light you on fire...
#286800 Mar 2, 2013
The line in the sand has been drawn...what part of NO MORE TAX INCREASES DOES OBUMBLE NOT UNDERSTAND? I have already seen my bi-weekly paycheck reduced by over 200 thanks to the current tax and spend administrations incompetence and inability to compromise...so I APPLAUD the current congress for telling Obumble the noncompromizer NO MORE TAXES...
The sequester is here. President Obama has signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts, officially enacting across-the-board reductions that he opposed but failed to avert. This morning's last-minute talks to avert the mess fell through. Obama had insisted on replacing the cuts, known as a "sequester" in government budget language, with tax increases and cuts spread out over time. Republicans rejected any plan that included tax revenue.
The government says the reductions will soon result in furlough notices to government employees and will trim government spending on defense contracts and in domestic government programs. Active military personnel and anti-poverty and low-income assistance programs are largely protected from the cuts...
#286801 Mar 2, 2013
How Obumble's inability to mend the great divide will affect the nation:
One of the Navy's premiere warships, the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, sits pier-side in Norfolk, Va., its deployment to the Persian Gulf delayed. The carrier and its 5,000-person crew were to leave Feb. 8, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg. The Navy also began plans to gradually shut down four of its air wings _ which include 50 to 60 aircraft each and are assigned to the carriers _ and delay and cancel the deployments of several other ships.
Furlough notices will begin going out later this month to about 800,000 defense department civilians, who will lose a day's pay each week for more than five months. The Army will let go more than 3,000 temporary and contract employees and beginning in April, it will cancel maintenance at depots which will force 5,000 more layoffs. The Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels will cancel air show appearances.
Veterans' funerals at Arlington National Cemetery could be cut to 24 a day from 31, meaning delays in burials for troops from past wars. Troops killed in action in Afghanistan will be the priority _ they are usually laid to rest within two weeks, Army spokesman George Wright said. But overall funerals would be reduced by about 160 a month because of furloughs among civilian employees who work with families to schedule services as well as furloughs among crews that dig the graves and do other grounds work.
Pentagon investments in countering cyberthreats and nuclear proliferation will be at risk, says Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence. And the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, says the agency could be hit hard because it depends heavily on military and civilian personnel to accomplish its mission.
Coast Guard rescue aircraft will fly fewer hours and cutters will patrol the seas for fewer hours, says Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp. Emergencies will be a priority and interdictions of illegal immigrants, drugs and illegal fishing could decline.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been freed from jail across the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they had reviewed several hundred cases of immigrants and decided to put them on an "appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release" in a moved started Tuesday.
There could be an estimated 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and increased risks to consumers because of the cuts and the fact that lack of a new 2013 budget means the Food and Drug Administration is held at last year's spending level. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says most of the effects wouldn't be felt for a while, and the agency won't have to furlough workers.
Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers will see a 2 percent cut in government reimbursements because once the cutback takes effect, Medicare will reimburse them at 98 cents on the dollar. But they aren't complaining because the pain could be a lot worse if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans actually did reach a sweeping agreement to reduce federal deficits. Automatic cuts taking effect Friday would reduce Medicare spending by about $100 billion over a decade. But Obama had put on the table $400 billion in health care cuts, mainly from Medicare. And Republicans wanted more.
On the other hand, Obama's health overhaul law is expected to roll out on time and largely unscathed by the cuts. Part of the reason is that the law's major subsidies to help uninsured people buy private health coverage are structured as tax credits. So is the Affordable Care Act's assistance for small businesses. Tax credits have traditionally been exempted from automatic cuts.
But hey...at least we have obumblecare in place...
#286802 Mar 2, 2013
Obumble's inability to mend a nation in two terms...continued...
The nation's busiest airports could be forced to close some of their runways, causing widespread flight delays and cancellations. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood predicts flights to cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco could have delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because fewer controllers will be on duty.
Though the spending cuts are scheduled to go into effect on Friday, furloughs of controllers won't kick in until April because the Federal Aviation Administration is required by law to give its employees advance notice. In addition to furloughs, the FAA is planning to eliminate midnight shifts for air traffic controllers at 60 airport towers, close over 100 control towers at smaller airports and reduce preventative maintenance of equipment.
Visiting hours at all 398 national parks are likely to be cut and sensitive areas would be blocked off to the public. Thousands of seasonal workers looking for jobs would not be hired, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Salazar and National Park Service director Jon Jarvis said visitors would encounter locked restrooms, fewer rangers and trash cans emptied less frequently.
More than half of the nation's 2.1 million government workers may be required to take furloughs if agencies are forced to trim budgets. At the Pentagon alone that could mean 800,000 civilian workers would be off for 22 days each, spread across more than five months _ and lose 20 percent of their pay over that period. Other federal agencies are likely to furlough several hundred thousand more workers.
Some 70,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten Head Start would be cut from the program and 14,000 teachers would lose their jobs. For students with special needs, the cuts would eliminate some 7,200 teachers and aides. The Education Department is also warning that the cuts will impact up to 29 million student loan borrowers and that some lenders may have to lay off staff or even close. Some of the 15 million college students who receive grants or work-study assignments at some 6,000 colleges would also see changes.
Congressional trips overseas likely will take a hit. House Speaker John Boehner told Republican members in a closed-door meeting that he's suspending the use of military aircraft for official trips by House members. Lawmakers typically travel on military planes for fact-finding trips to Afghanistan or Pakistan, or other congressional excursions to foreign locales.
Any furloughs at the Internal Revenue Service will be delayed until summer, after the tax filing season ends, so the agency says it shouldn't delay tax refunds. But other IRS services will be affected. Millions of taxpayers may not be able get responses from IRS call centers and taxpayer assistance centers. The cuts would delay IRS responses to taxpayer letters and force the agency to complete fewer tax return reviews, reducing its ability to detect and prevent fraud. The IRS says this could result in billions of dollars in lost revenue to the government...
More than 3.8 million people jobless for six months or longer could see their unemployment benefits reduced by as much as 9.4 percent. Thousands of veterans would not receive job counseling. Fewer Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors could mean 1,200 fewer inspections of dangerous work sites.
Talk about a LAME DUCK, can I get a quack quack? But at least GITMO IS CLOSED!
#286803 Mar 2, 2013
Ney Frankie, can I have some more radioactive waste in my water please?
The inabilities of a lame duck coninued...quack-quack...
Cleanup of radioactive waste at nuclear sites across the country would be delayed. The Energy Department says the cuts would postpone work at the department's highest-risk sites, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash., where six tanks are leaking radioactive waste left over from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. Other high-risk sites facing work delays are the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee, Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Idaho National Laboratory.
The story also fails to mention the degraded Tank Farm at Savannah Rive that holds some of the most lethal toxic substances known to man and are on the verge of structural failure...but hey, everybody knows that the cancer rate in Barnwell area of South Carolina is the highest in the nation anyway, so no big deal...at least we now have normalized relations with Cuba and Iran is much FURTHER away from obtaining a nuclar bomb, so wtf..its all good...
#286804 Mar 2, 2013
You have a terrific sense of humor.
Keep fighting the good fight with our friend in the desert.
10-4 Good Buddy!
#286805 Mar 2, 2013
ABs, truth be told both Republicans in power or Democrats in power help their friends. NOT US.
#286806 Mar 2, 2013
A POX ON BOTH PARTIES:
Bush Republicans Destroyed America / Dec 5, 2008
U.S. job losses worst since 1974 as recession bites / http://tinyurl.com/5lcvoq
WASHINGTON (Reuters)- U.S. employers axed payrolls by 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years and far more than expected, government data on Friday showed, as the year-old recession hammered every corner of the U.S. economy.
Oil prices and the dollar weakened and U.S. Treasury bond prices rallied on the news that confirms the recession was now hitting activity across the board.
"You can't get much uglier than this. The economy has just collapsed, and has gone into a free fall," said Richard Yamarone, chief economist at Argus Research in New York.
The Labor Department said the unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent last month to the highest reading since 1993, compared with 6.5 percent in October.
The Sequestering of Barack Obama
Robert Kuttner / February 26, 2013 / http://tinyurl.com/aqa8cqv
President Obama has miscalculated both the tactical politics of the sequester and the depressive economic impact of budget cuts on the rest of his presidency. The sequester will cut economic growth in half this year. But it’s now clear, one way or another, that we will get cuts in the $85 billion range that the sequester mandates this fiscal year. All that remains are the details.
Obama’s miscalculation began in his fist term, with his embrace of the premise that substantial deficit cutting was both politically expected and economically necessary, and his appointment of the 2010 Bowles-Simpson Commission as the expression of that mistaken philosophy. Although the Commission’s plan was never carried out, its prestige and Obama’s parentage of it locked the president into a deflationary deficit reduction path./ http://prospect.org/article/sequestering-bara...
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
#286808 Mar 2, 2013
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News
"In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind
him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." - Thomas Jefferson -
Kentucky Resolutions, 1798
"The human mind was not designed by evolutionary forces for finding truth. It was
designed for finding advantage" Albert Szent-Györgyi
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." - Johann Wolfgang von
February 12, 2013
“One For the Money”
Since: Jan 12
#286809 Mar 2, 2013
A Brief History Of The NRA
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
Law enforcement training was on the priority list for program development. Although a special police school had been reinstated at Camp Perry in 1956, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers with the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960.
Today, there are more than 10,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors.
Additionally, top law enforcement shooters compete each year in eight different pistol and shotgun matches at the National Police Shooting Championships held in Jackson, Mississippi.
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