Monthly Archives: November 2010

Former House Speaker Tom De Lay Found Guilty of Money Laundering

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been found guilty of Money Laundering. He was acquitted of the Charges in 2009. He was re-tried again this year. From AP via KHOU-TV/DT “11 News”:

he heavy-handed style that made Tom DeLay
one of the nation’s most powerful and feared members of Congress
also proved to be his downfall Wednesday when a jury determined he
went too far in trying to influence elections, convicting the
former House majority leader on two felonies that could send him to
prison for decades.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts
on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money
laundering in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas
candidates in 2002. He faces up to life in prison on the money
laundering charge, although prosecutors haven’t yet recommended a
sentence.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day America!

Be Anxious for nothing but with Prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving, let your request be known to God ; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7)

What I am thankful for Family, Friends and God. I wouldn’t know what to do without them. Thank you all!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Developing News: North Korea Launches an Attack on South Korean Island; World is Outraged

Developing Story: South Korea was rocked on Tuesday on a small island in Yellow Sea near the border with North Korea By The Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea. The North got  into a shooting war with South killing two Marines. From AP via Yahoo News:

North Korea launches missles on South Korea Island

North Korea attacks Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea Kills 2

North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday along their disputed frontier, raising tensions between the rivals to their highest level in more than a decade. The communist nation warned of more military strikes if the South encroaches on the maritime border by “even 0.001 millimeter.”

The skirmish began when North Korea warned the South to halt military drills near their sea border, according to South Korean officials. When Seoul refused and began firing artillery into disputed waters — but away from the North Korean shore — the North retaliated by shelling the small island of Yeonpyeong, which houses South Korean military installations and a small civilian population.

Seoul responded by unleashing its own barrage from K-9 155mm self-propelled howitzers and scrambling fighter jets. Two South Korean marines were killed in the shelling that also injured 15 troops and three civilians.

Officials in Seoul said there could be considerable North Korean casualties.

The confrontation lasted about an hour and left the uneasiest of calms, with each side threatening further bombardments.

North Korea’s apparent progress in its nuclear weapons program and its preparations for handing power to a new generation have plunged relations on the heavily militarized peninsula to new lows in recent weeks.

News of the attack drew the ire of President Obama. From Also AP via Yahoo News:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would defend South Korea after what the White House branded an outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Yet with its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of those most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades.

“South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean War,” Obama said in his first comments about the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island. “And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.”

Meanwhile China observing the action from the sidelines. From Yonhap News Agency:

The Chinese government said Tuesday it is keeping tabs on the situation surrounding North Korea’s abrupt artillery attack on a South Korean island in the West Sea.

Washington and Seoul agreed to host joint military exercises next week. From ABC News:

A White House official tells ABC News that the U.S. is going to spend a great deal of effort trying to get China to take a more “robust” stand against North Korea’s actions.

“We need to send a strong signal to the Chinese that they need to stand up to North Korea,” the official says, adding that Russia’s statement condemning this attack was much stronger than after the North Koreans sank the ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772) in March 2010.

“There’s a greater degree of alarm in the international community,” the official said, though China needs to be worked on.

There are myriad actions the U.S. is discussing with allies, including action at the United Nations Security Council and further sanctions. No decisions have been made yet, the consultation process is in the “initial stages.”

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Air Passengers to Revolt on Wednesday: Massive Delays due to TSA Pat Downs

A group of air travelers are going to protest on Wednesday. The biggest travel day in America over the TSA full body scanners and pat downs. Its called National Opt Out Day where protesters would refuse to be scanned and want pat down by TSA officers causing massive delays. From AP via My News:

As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn’t tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans.

Even if only a small percentage of passengers participate, experts say it could mean longer lines, bigger delays and hotter tempers.

The protest, National Opt-Out Day, is scheduled for Wednesday to coincide with the busiest travel day of the year.

“Just one or two recalcitrant passengers at an airport is all it takes to cause huge delays,” said Paul Ruden, a spokesman for the American Society of Travel Agents, which has warned its more than 8,000 members about delays resulting from the body-scanner boycott.

This comes as people have besieged by the TSA  here, here, here and here.

Happy Thanksgiving People

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Pope Benedict Drops A Bomb: Condom Use is Acceptable in Certain Circumstances!

In a book by Peter Seewald A German Journalist; Pope Benedict XVI raises eyebrows and give hope in the war against AIDS. The Holy See said condoms maybe uses in certain circumstances like Male Prostitutes. From the AP via Yahoo News:

Roman Catholic believers and leaders in parts of the world most stricken by AIDS drew hope from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent comments on condoms, even if the Vatican took pains to explain that nothing has changed about its policy on contraception.

For those focused on battling the scourge of AIDS, the Pope’s message that condoms could be used in some limited cases came as a welcome surprise. Father Peter Makome, a Catholic priest in Zimbabwe, said he would spread the news.

“I’ve got brothers and sisters and friends who are suffering from HIV because they were not practicing safe sex,” said Makome, who works in the capital Harare’s Southerton Parish. “Now the message has come out that they can go ahead and do safe sex; it’s much better for everyone.”

Speaking to a German journalist whose book was excerpted in a Vatican newspaper Saturday, the pontiff reiterated that condoms are not a moral solution for stopping AIDS. But in some cases, such as for male prostitutes, he said their use could represent a first step in assuming moral responsibility “in the intention of reducing the risk of infection.

The news brought confusion. From London Telegraph:

While the shift was welcomed by Aids campaigners around the world, some theologians said it threw the spotlight on confusion over the Church’s stance on condom use.

They said the ambiguity of the Pope’s declaration could be a Pandora’s Box, convincing ordinary Catholics that condom use was now permissible in a much wider range of circumstances.

“It will from now on be harder than ever to justify the idea that condoms may not be used by married couples with discordant HIV status,” said Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, a British priest and leading moral theologian.

“The central point here is that such couples are not using condoms as a method of contraception, but rather as a means of preventing the virus spreading.”

He said that confusion on the question already existed in the Church and called for a “long overdue” statement from Rome.

The Vatican attempted to discuss the confusion. From the Wall Street Journal:

The Vatican, however, played down the potential impact the remarks might have on church teaching. “The pope’s thinking certainly can’t be defined as a revolutionary shift,” said Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a lengthy statement issued on Sunday.

In the interview, the pope said condom use had become a “fixation” for some people, according to the English-language edition of the book viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The pope then added: “There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants.”

” The pope added that the church remained opposed to any widespread use of condoms that “implies a banalization of sexuality.””The pope wasn’t taking a position on condoms in general,” Father Lombardi said. Instead, the pope “wanted to forcefully affirm that the problem of AIDS can’t be resolved merely through the distribution of condoms,” Father Lombardi said.

Father Lombardi acknowledged, however, that the pope had to “consider exceptional situations where the exercise of sexuality represents a real risk to someone’s life.” Having “disordered” sex isn’t morally justified, Father Lombardi added, but the use of condoms in such situations can “reduce the danger of infection.”

Some wonder is the church is making other changes in the including the role of women as clergy, homosexuals in the church  From Thompson Reuters:

“The problem for the Church is that it takes only a small step in logic to go from using this argument for gay men to using it for heterosexuals, or widening it to other issues. British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell did just that in his reaction to the book, saying: “If the pope can change his stance on condoms, why can’t he also modify the Vatican’s harsh intolerant opposition to women’s rights, gay equality, fertility treatment and embryonic stem cell research?” Ivereigh said the pope’s comments could be an ice breaker in public discussion about Church policy on AIDS, shifting it from an unrelenting focus on the question “condoms yes or no.”

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Alaska’s US Senate Battle not Over; US Judge Orders at Stay of Certification

The US senate race in Alaska is took a new turn an US Federal Court Judge has ordered the Elections certification stopped. On Friday US District  Court Judge Ralph Beistline  ordered a temporary hold of the certification of Sen. Lisa Murkowski re-election win until a Alaska  state court make a final determination. From Fox News:

An Alaska federal judge ruled Friday that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller’s challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises “serious” legal issues but is a matter for a state, not federal, court to decide.

Yet in deferring to an Alaska state court for a final decision, U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline said he would grant a temporary injunction to halt official certification of the Nov. 2 election — an action Miller is seeking — so long as Miller takes his case to the state court by Monday. Miller told The Associated Press late Friday that he intended to do so.

Beistline’s unusual action was intended to “ensure that these serious state law issues are resolved prior to certification of the election,” the ruling said.

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Good Time Congressman Charlie Rangel is Censured

20Term Representative Charlie Rangel(D-NY) reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee on Thursday.  From AP via Yahoo News:

The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended censure for longtime Rep. Charles Rangel, suggesting that the New York Democrat suffer the embarrassment of standing before his colleagues while receiving an oral rebuke by the speaker for financial and fundraising misconduct.

Censure is the most serious congressional discipline short of expulsion. The House, which could change the recommended discipline by making it more serious or less serious, probably will consider the recommendation after Thanksgiving.

The ethics committee voted 9-1 to recommend censure and that Rangel pay any taxes he owes on income from a vacation villa in the Dominican Republic. The five Democrats and five Republicans on the panel deliberated for about three hours behind closed doors.

What a sad state of affairs for honorable Korean War veteran to 20 term congressman serving New York’s black community.  When I was younger  I thought he was a good role model for us black folks. Too bad he stayed to long and became a Washington Political hack. Harlem deserves better.

Rep. Rangel you should not seek re-election. Not a good way to wind down your career.  If you had heeded President Obama’s recommendation you wouldn’t have a cloud over your name. Too Bad.  Just.too. damn. bad!

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