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Rock n Roll: East Coast 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake

What a day folks. The eastern seaboard of the US shaken on Tuesday afternoon when a 5.8 magnitude temblor shook as the workday was coming an end. The quake struck after 3 P.M.  on a fault in Mineral, Louisa County ,VA about 90 miles southwest of Washington, DC. and 50 miles northwest of Richmond,VA.

The quake felt from Atlanta, GA in the South, to Montreal,QC North; Chicago out west. Buildings in cities on East Coast were evacuated spreading  panic in the streets. Centuries old Brick building  facades collapsed .

Nuclear Power plants up and down the coast shut down very briefly including the North Anna Power Plant nearby. President Obama was notified of the quake while hitting the links on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama family spending a ten-day vacation.

For people working at the Pentagon and New York City shades of September 11 Terror Attacks from ten years ago. From A.P. via Yahoo  News:

The earthquake came less than three weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and in both Washington and New York it immediately triggered fears of something more sinister than a natural disaster.

At the Pentagon, a low rumbling built until the building itself was shaking, and people ran into the corridors of the complex. The shaking continued there, to shouts of “Evacuate! Evacuate!”

The Park Service closed all monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and ceiling tiles fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington. All flights there were put on hold.

In lower Manhattan, the 26-story federal courthouse, blocks from ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks, began swaying, and hundreds of people streamed out of the building.

The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, was in a meeting with top deputies planning security for the upcoming anniversary when the shaking started. Workers in the Empire State Building spilled into the streets, some having descended dozens of flights of stairs.

 “I thought we’d been hit by an airplane,” said one worker, Marty Wiesner.

Another, Adrian Ollivierre, an accountant, was in his office on the 60th floor when the quake struck: “I thought I was having maybe a heart attack, and I saw everybody running. I think what it is, is the paranoia that happens from 9/11, and that’s why I’m still out here — because, I’m sorry, I’m not playing with my life.”

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Pres. Obama Promotes Two State Solution For Middle East Calls for Israel to Return Pre 1967 Borders

President Obama has call for a two-state solution to Middle East peace between Israel and a Palestinian homeland. In doing so, Mr. Obama has called for Israel pre-1967 borders which would shrink Israel dramatically. The announcement come before a meeting between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. From the AP via Yahoo News:

President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.

Reaction was swift to the announcement by the President was not received well by Israel. From The Jerusalem Post:

A day before their scheduled meeting in Washington, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama staked out dramatically conflicting positions Thursday as to the path for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to Obama’s landmark Middle East speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state could not come “at Israel’s expense.”

“The Palestinians, and not only the US, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people,” he said.

Obama, in his address earlier in the day on the changes sweeping the Middle East, called for a demilitarized Palestinian state along the 1967 lines with agreed upon land swaps.While thanking Obama for his commitment to peace, Netanyahu said he “expects to hear from President Obama a reconfirmation of commitments to Israel from 2004 that received wide support in both houses of Congress.” This was a reference to a letter from president George W. Bush to prime minister Ariel Sharon that did not call for a return to the 1967 lines, and that recognized that any agreement would take into account the changed realities on the ground – a line interpreted by Israel to mean a recognition that it would hold on to the large settlement blocs.

Meanwhile  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. has called for an Emergency Meeting of the Palenstine Authority leadership on Pres. Obama statement calling for Israel to return the Pre-1967 borders. Abbas will also consult with other Arabic nations on the announcement. Also from The Jerusalem Post:

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called an emergency meeting of the PA leadership to discuss US President Barack Obama’s speech on peace in the Middle East, an official in Ramallah said.

Abbas has also decided to hold urgent consultations with a number of Arab leaders on the speech, the official said.

PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat said that Abbas remained committed to fulfilling all Palestinian obligations in accordance with international agreements, especially the road-map plan and the 2002 Arab peace initiative.

Erekat said that the PA was hoping the Israeli government would fulfill its obligations “to give the peace process the chance it deserves.”

In the US  Presidential Candidate former Governor Mitt Romney(R-MA) accused Obama of abandoning  Israel. From The Hill:

President Obama “disrespected” Israel and threw it “under the bus” in a wide-ranging speech on the Middle East on Thursday, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney charged.

Romney strongly criticized Obama, who, in a speech at the State Department, called for Israel to return to its border lines as drawn before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace,” Romney said in a statement.

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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US Council of Bishops elects Bishop Timothy Dolan as Council President

The US Council of Bishops the clergy leadership body of the Roman Catholic Church  has elected Bishop Timothy Dolan  as President. This serves as strong reminder the Catholic Church of it conservative traditional roots. From the New York Times:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be its president on Tuesday in a surprise move that reaffirmed the conservative direction of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

The vote makes Archbishop Dolan the most visible face of the church in the United States. It also suggested that the bishops were seeking a powerful and reliably orthodox voice to reassert the church’s teaching in the court of public opinion and to disarm critics who insist that the bishops have lost their moral authority as a result of their role in the sexual abuse scandals.

For the first time, the bishops overlooked tradition and passed over a vice president who was running for the presidency, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson. Bishop Kicanas represents the more liberal “social justice” tradition of the American church and is known for advocating dialogue between Catholic liberals and traditionalists. Archbishop Dolan is considered a moderate conservative.

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Developing: Al Qaeda Planning New Terror Attacks In Europe

Developing News: Sources say Al Qaeda is planning a series of terror attacks in Europe just as Americans are planning Christmas Vacations and Holidays. From ABC News:

Strong concerns that terrorist teams in Europe have selected their targets, completed their surveillance, eluded capture and are now ready to strike at airports and tourist attractions have prompted the State Department to ready a highly unusual travel advisory for Europe, multiple law enforcement and intelligence sources tell ABC News.

The tactic this involves kidnaping, bombing and shooting victims a La Mumbai:

Intelligence and law enforcement officials have information that the teams could at any time launch a “Mumbai style” terror attack that targets civilians for death or hostage taking. The 2008 Mumbai attack used small arms and explosives to kill 175 people and paralyze the Indian city for days.

The current concerns are for scenarios that include opening fire at airports in Europe as well as executing similar attacks at “soft” targets like tourist attractions or hotels.

Its expected the FBI will announce travel warnings to Americans to be on guard on Sunday.

ABC News has the rest of the story.

Six Men Arrested for Plot to Kill Pope Benedict in London

Breaking News: Six men were arrested in London,UK on Friday in trying to kill Pope Benedict. Benedict made a trip to United Kingdom. The first trip since elected to the Papacy.

Police arrested the five men before dawn in London. The men worked as street cleaners near the Houses of Parliament. A sixth man was arrested Friday evening.

Police has not identified the  country of origin of the men. Sky News identified the men as Algerian. Police did not confirm the Sky News report.

Reuters via Yahoo News has the rest of the story.

Global Warming is Out; Global Climate Disruption is In Says Obama Administration

In the name game of the Obama Administration Global Warming is no longer in thing in Washington. Now it Global Climate Disruption.  White House Science Czar John Holdren announced a week ago in a speech in Oslo, Norway.

Holdren says the phrase Global Warming  may have oversimplified a dangerous situation. He said Global Warming a “dangerous misnomer” that is more complicated that it sounds.

The name changes happens when Congress is adjourning Campaign Season after the August recess. The change is a way to shore up support White House environmental  programs.

“They’re trying to come up with more politically palatable ways to sell some of this stuff,” said Republican pollster Adam Geller, noting that Democrats also rolled out a new logo and now refer to the Bush tax cuts as “middle-class tax cuts.”

“Every time we’re digging our cars out — what global warming?” he said. “(Global climate disruption is) more of a sort of generic blanket term, I guess, that can apply in all weather conditions.”

It’s unclear why Holdren prefers “global climate disruption” over “climate change,” the most commonly used alternative to “global warming.”

The reason Holdren made the change is disruption covers more ground. It affects not only precipitation and  temperatures, It also affects agriculture, drought conditions and the spread of diseases.

Fox News has the rest of the story.

9/11 Never Forget

Nine years after the Greatest act of War in American History we must never forget of the men, women and children who perish at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and farm field in Shanksville,PA when four planes were commandeer by 19 men who hijack the various planes from New York and Boston. To provoke a nation to war.

Today as we remember, do not be fooled by some who say America overreacted, or Saddam Hussein was becoming moderate; there is no proof. To say the US overreacted is to say we should not be angry or want to fight back because of the outcomes of  wars. These critics would say the same thing about World War II in 1942-43 the low point in last twin theater in Japan/Asia and Germany/Europe. They and our military died for freedom and liberty for all.

The 9/11 Commission said that Radical Islam is at war us even though were not a war with them.

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That said I still feel that a Mosque shouldn’t be built so close to Ground Zero site.  There is much pain to the family,friends other fellow Americans still struggle with this nine years later. Another site maybe ten blocks to a quarter of a mile would be sufficient.

I disagree with down who desecrated the Koran today. For Christian, Catholics and Jews were and are better than that. We do not need to stoop down to their level. We  respect for other religions. I know payback is B_ _ _ch but this not the way to do it. Yes, I do respect the people right to do so under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. I oppose desecrating Holy books and religious buildings. But They have right to do it.

In Proverbs it better to treat other well like placing hot coal upon their heads meaning treat you enemies with respect they will see you differently and treat you respect.

America must stand her ground and don’t allow as become Shar’ia compliant. Our constitution does not allow for that either.

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We are the United States of America and we blessed by God as an exceptional people. All people, all races, religions are welcome.

New York Cabbie Stabbed When Passenger asked Are You a Muslim

A New York cab driver was stabbed when a Fare asked ” Are you a Muslim.” Ahmed Sharif, 43 had picked his passenger  who question him then Sharif was attacked.

From WCBS-TV/HDTV “CBS 2 News”:

Sharif, 43, displayed his wounds with sorrow on Wednesday night: a deep gash on his forearm, a defensive wound on his hand, and slashes to his neck and upper lip — the handiwork, police said, of a passenger who savaged the immigrant cabbie in what appears to have been an explosion of anti-Muslim violence in the close confines of his New York City taxi.

“I’m driving. He asked me where I’m from. I said Bangladesh. Second question he ask me, are you Muslim? I said yes. Then he tells me ‘assalamu alaikum,’” Sharif said.

The incident took place around 6P.M. in Midtown Manhattan:

The attack happened around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in a busy commercial area on 40th Street and Third Avenue. The passenger, police said, was 21-year-old Michael Enright, an honor student from Putnam County who has spent time overseas in Afghanistan working as a reporter.  Sharif said the young man began ridiculing the Muslim holiday of Ramadan and then started a bizarre, belligerent rant.

“This is checkpoint [expletive]. I have to put you down. You have to bring Abdullah to this checkpoint, I have to bring him down, too,” Sharif said.

He said Enright lunged through the cab partition with a knife, and the men struggled as the cab rolled for a block and a half.

“The knife came here and when he knife like this by his right hand then I back up like this, then it come here,” Sharif said, showing the wound on his arm.

Enright was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder as a hate crime. His father had nothing to say as he rushed to his son’s arraignment on Wednesday afternoon.

Mayor Bloomberg expressed his anger at Enright:

“This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe no matter what god we pray to,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement.

Word on Sharif’s attack spred like wildfire in New York area Muslim communities:

News of the attack has swept through the Muslim community like a shockwave. People were gathered outside Sharif’s Queens home on Wednesday night denouncing the incident as un-American.

“America is about freedom of religion and freedom of speech. You cannot hate, just hate me because I am Muslim. I didn’t do anything to you. What did I do?” a man named “Abdullah” said.

Inside, the victim, despite his injuries, continued to espouse his belief in the American dream.

“I work hard. I try to support my family and I believe in this country if you work hard and you’re honest, you’re good, you can have anything you want,” Sharif said.

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Sen.Harry Reid Opposes the Ground Zero Mosque While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is Calling For Investigation of the Opponents of the Mosque

Over the weekend, President Obama weigh in on the Ground Zero Mosque say the Mosque construction is a First Amendment right of Freedom of Religion issue.  On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-NV) signaled his opposition to the mosque to be built near the Ground Zero  site.

On Tuesday, House  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco talking and about  the redevelopment of Treasure Island Naval Base  into a residential community. The Speaker was asked about the Ground Zero Mosque.

Listen:House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Ground Zero Mosque Opposition

“There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how … this opposition to the mosque is being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community, as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City?” (h/t Kristinn)

Calls to investigate the funding for those proposing the $100 million “Cordoba House” have fallen on deaf ears, though, as New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg has described such an investigation as “un-American.”

“I think everybody respects the right of everyone in the country to express their religious beliefs. ..The decision, though, as to how to go forward in New York, is up to New York,” Ms. Pelosi explained. “I look to my colleagues in New York. Some of them have different views on the subject. It’s up to them to work it out.”

The Speakers remarks sparked outrage:

Radio Talk Show host,Land Use Attorney, and Law Prof. Hugh Hewitt:

Just when you thought the Democrats could not go lower in the public’s esteem, the Speaker calls for an investigation of those who oppose the Ground Zero mosque, a portion of our population which runs north of 200 million Americans if polls are to be believed.

There isn’t a principle about religious freedom at work on the left. Indeed, most of the declarations about the Free Exercise clause have been wildly off the mark, and the president’s ringing “The writ of the Founders must endure!” from Friday night is as vacuous as any of them.

The trouble is that opposition to one mosque in one place does not a bigot make, though certainly there are anti-Muslim bigots in America.  The various straw men put forward and beaten down by Bloomberg et al serve only to deepen the anger of those opposed to one mosque in one place because of their concern over the politicization of Ground Zero, and the other line –taken by Pelosi in the comments above– that the mosque at Ground Zero is a “local land use decision”– is instantly understood as not only quite obviously absurd but also political cowardice, especially after the president entered the debate.

As a lawyer who has long represented churches and religious schools in land use disputes, the basic law is this:  The government may not constitutionally treat one proposed religious land use differently from similarly situated other religious land uses, and the government may not single out religious land uses for discriminatory treatment in ways that uniquely burden those uses.

Attorney Scott Johnson of Powerline mocks Queen Pelosi:

As a student of history, I think I know how this works. I want to spare my family and friends the pressure they may feel they are under to turn me in. I’m turning myself in to Speaker Pelosi.

I confess. I have opposed the Ground Zero Mosque, but I haven’t taken any money for it. I have also tried to gin up opposition to it, though without taking a plug nickel in return. Please believe me. I’m a volunteer!

I have also disparaged President Obama’s support of the Ground Zero Mosque at the White House iftar dinner on Friday night. You might want to look into why President Obama backtracked on his support on Saturday before he sent his information minister out to support it again on Sunday. There’s something fishy there, don’t you think?

I can’t speak for Debra Burlingame, the sister of American Airlines Flight 77 pilot Chic Burlingame. I’m pretty sure she hasn’t taken any money either, but the name of that group she’s affiliated with — 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America — sounds suspicious to me.

The Weekly Standard Editor and Syndicated Columnist Bill Kristol ridcules The Speaker:

Speaker Pelosi announces that she is reviving the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), abolished in 1975. Hearings on the Opposition to the Mosque, featuring inquiries, under oath, as to whether witnesses are now or have ever been members of the American Anti-Mosque Party, will begin when the House reconvenes in September.

On Wednesday, Speaker Pelosi clarified her remarks:

“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right.  Where a place of worship is located is a local decision.

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center.  At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

“For all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September.”

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center.  At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

“For all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September.”

Washington Times

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