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Eddie Long settles sexual misconduct lawsuit against him

Eddie Long

Newscast Media ATLANTA, Georgia — Sexual-misconduct lawsuits filed by four men against Georgia megachurch pastor Eddie Long have been settled, according to attorneys.

The lawsuits are expected to “be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow,” Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and the academy, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled. The academy was named in three of the suits. Long, pastor of the Lithonia megachurch, which has an international following, had denied the men’s allegations through a spokesman shortly after they first became public in September and told his congregation he planned to “vigorously” fight them.

The accusations made against Long by Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande, Jamal Parris and Maurice Robinson alleged that the bishop used his influence, trips, gifts and jobs to coerce them into sexual relations.

In one lawsuit, LeGrande said when he was 15 he and his mother were among the early members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. When he was 16, he said, he went to Kenya with Long. Then when he was 17, they went on another trip to Kenya, and it was then that they had intimate relations, one of the suits alleged. [...]

New Birth issued a statement saying the decision was made “to bring closure to this matter and to allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.”

“This resolution is the most reasonable road for everyone to travel,” the statement continued. Neither side would comment further and settlement terms were unknown.

According to Bernstein’s office, neither she nor the plaintiffs would be available for an interview “on this matter, now or in the future. ”

Thomas Eaton, a law professor at the University of Georgia, said two-thirds to three-fourths of all civil suits are resolved out of court “by settlements just like this.” He was not surprised that there would not be a public record of the terms of the settlement.

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Mubarak to remain at resort home instead of prison due to health

Former president Hosni Mubarak

Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian newspapers are reporting that for the time being, former President Hosni Mubarak will remain at the hospital where he is being detained in Sharm el-Sheikh.

In a statement published on its Facebook page, the public prosecution said that a medical report prepared by a panel of doctors recommended against transferring the former president to Tora Prison hospital.

Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that the team of cardiac doctors sent by the prosecution to re-examine Mubarak said the Tora Prison hospital is not equipped to receive a patient in critical condition.

Mubarak “suffers from repetitive attacks of atrial fibrillation, accompanied by severe drops in blood pressure and momentary reductions in blood flow to the brain, which leads to a momentary loss of consciousness,” the panel said, according to the statement.

The panel said Mubarak suffers from cardiac irregularities that could lead to a sudden heart attack. The irregularities tend to increase when Mubarak is subjected to psychological pressure, it said. Mubarak also experiences depression and muscle weakness and cannot get out of bed without help, the panel said. X-rays have shown that he suffers from constriction in the carotid arteries.

The prosecution said it has sent the panel’s report to the criminal court for review before making a decision. It also submitted another copy to the interior minister to decide on whether to complete preparations at Tora Prison hospital.

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Rick Perry’s likelihood of running for president in 2012 is extremely high


All eyes on Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas –After winning the Texas governorship for the third time in 2010, governor Perry said he was happy with his job and didn’t have any plans to run for the presidency. Things have now changed. The governor is frustrated that on the state level, certain items on his agenda cannot be accomplished due to the bureaucracy in Washington.

In an interview with FOX’s Greta Van Susteran, Perry said he was tempted to run for the presidency. It makes sense because he would be able to accomplish more on the Federal level. Perry is also being bombarded by requests from Republicans to join the race. On Friday, Perry said he was going to think about running.

Perry has never lost a race, and from his speeches in the 60-second video above, one can tell he is ready to take the battle to Washington. You be the judge.

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A person’s friends and thoughts determine that person’s future

Thoughts have a presence

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Thoughts have a presence. It is possible to walk into a room and be able to sense tension, without anybody speaking. It is also possible for one to think one’s future into existence. If you think you will never amount to anything, chances are you will never amount to anything. If you think you can rise above the odds, the same is true, as was demonstrated in one
of my favorite movies based on a true story, Seabiscuit, in which the horse that had been crippled made an incredible comeback and won the race.

One’s future is also determined by one’s friends. If you want to become intelligent, spend time with people who have brilliant minds; their knowledge and wisdom will be transferred upon you through impartation. If one wants to get a glimpse into another person’s life all one have to do is take a look at who is mentoring the other person. This is especially true for people in leadership or influential positions. However, to have true and genuine friends, which is a rarity, one must also be authentic.

Voltaire, the great French writer tells a story of a rich young girl who was being tutored by two Magi, and found herself pregnant. Both men claimed to be father and each wanted to raise the child upon its birth. The girl wanted her child to be raised by whomever would give the child the best education. After she bore a son, the wisest man in the land was sought out for his advice, and both men appeared before him.

To the first man he asked, “What will you teach the young lad?”

“I shall teach him,” answered the first man, “the eight parts of speech, logic, demonology, what is of substance and what is quality, the abstract and concrete, and also pre-established harmony.”

The second man stepped forward and said, “I shall teach him how to be just, and worthy of having friends.”

“Whether you are the father or not,” declared the wise judge, “you shall marry the mother.”

As we’ve seen from the above exchange, it is of great importance for one to be worthy of having friends, because during that process of becoming worthwhile, one is trained and refined by the lessons of life itself, and in the end, what once was a diamond in the rough, becomes a true and valuable gem. No kind of education can teach someone how to worthy of having friends except life itself.

Cicero in his book On The Good Life argues that true friendship comes naturally, and since nature is the originator, and nature is everlasting, authentic friendship is permanent too.

However, Cicero also says that the most difficult thing is for a friendship to last until the very end of life, because either it ceases to be mutually advantageous, or people’s political views change and affect their relations with one another. Another thing that changes he added, is a person’s character; it gets altered, by the blows of misfortune or the increasing burden of age.

Scipio who was friends with Cicero also expressed the view that many friendships are violently, and often quite rightly broken, when one party has asked the other to do something that is wrong – perhaps to help that party gratify the vices, or take part in some other equally deplorable act. The person whose request has been rejected therefore feels the other person hasn’t lived up to the laws of friendship, and often apt to put a stop to it, and indeed that creates lasting enemies.

This illustration plays out frequently in the political sphere. We’ve seen Democrats switch parties and become Republicans and the reverse is also true, when such a perceived offense occurs. It also happens a lot in the business world among business partners where one may attempt to induce the other into doing something wrong or illegal for the sake of the friendship, and if the other party doesn’t acquiesce, the result could be lifetime enemies.

Friendship manifests itself though kindness and affection. We however live in a very materialistic world where the majority of people are fakes, and people allow themselves to get caught up in a whole host of meaningless things such as public office, fame, fine architecture, clothes, big cars or jewelry.

Most people in society are not prepared to believe a friendship can be good, unless it is a source of profit, or can benefit them personally. People will therefore attach themselves to others they feel they can benefit from, whether they expect their careers to grow as a result, or some sort of promotion or other benefit. It is the reason why some of the loneliest people in the world are those who are on top of their industries. The reason being, it is harder for people in high positions of prominence to know the true intentions of those befriending them or who have befriended them.

Because true friendship is a product of nature, we can conclude that good people are naturally attracted to other good people. Therefore only good people can make good friends.

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Democrats unleash first 2012 attack ad against Mitt Romney

Newscast Media — Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee for 2012, is a formidable player and the Obama administration recognizes that too. The Democrats have already released an attack ad targeting Romney, as Obama readies himself for his 2012 re-election campaign. Several critics have compared
Romneycare to Obamacare, even though Romney has clearly differentiated his plan from Obamacare.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s announcement that he won’t be running for the presidency is a plus for Romney. It is still unclear whether Sarah Palin will be running in 2012. The good news for Romney is that Donald Trump will not be running, since together with Huckabee both had tapped into Romney’s voting pool. Romney’s spokesperson said the ad is part of a “smear campaign” and shows Democrats are trying to shift attention away from high unemployment nationally.

“President Obama and his team are desperate to change the subject to anything other than jobs and the millions of Americans out of work,” Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney’s presidential exploratory committee, said in a statement.

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Eleven Christians acquitted by Iranian court for taking communion

Iranian courtroom

Newscast Media TEHRAN, Iran — The Revolutionary Tribunal in Bandar-Anzali, arrested 11 churchgoers in April, who were then charged with “action against the order of the country” and drinking alcohol, after joining a house church meeting and taking communion wine.

The Iranian court, in its written verdict, determined that the group were taking part in a Christian ceremony and therefore within their rights under Article 13 of the Iranian Constitution, which allows Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians to “perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education”.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, the judge concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that the group had been acting against national security or the order of the country. The local authorities have 20 days to appeal the decision.

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said: “In a climate where evangelical Christians are regularly targeted by the regime, this acquittal is a very welcome development.

“It is unfortunate that although the Iranian constitution clearly states that Christians are a protected minority, such protection is denied to any who do not belong to Iran’s traditional churches.
“We commend the judge in this case for ensuring due process, and for recognizing that these people belong to a Christian denomination, so the exercising of their faith poses no threat to the country.”

The eleven acquitted Christians are Pastor Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and his wife Anahita Khademi, Mahmoud Khosh-Hal and his wife Hava Saadetmend, Fatemah Modir-Nouri, Mehrdad Habibzade, Milad Radef and Behzad Taalipas, and Amir Goldoust, his sister Mina Goldoust, and his grandmother Zainab Bahremend.

CSW remains concerned over the fate of six other members of the Church of Iran in Shiraz, who are still awaiting the outcome of a consultation on their case.

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TD Jakes criticizes Rev Franklin Graham for questioning Obama’s faith

Jakes and Graham

Newscast Media — The Dallas megachurch pastor, TD Jakes told Roland Martin of Washington Watch on Sunday, in regard to Franklin Graham, “I find it insulting. We didn’t question the Christianity of President Bush when he said he accepted Christ, and I’m disappointed in Rev. Franklin Graham in that regard.”

Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and the CEO of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, questioned Obama’s faith in an interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour on her Sunday show, “This Week.”

“For him (Obama), going to church means he’s a Christian,” Graham said in the interview last month. “For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith, and we have trusted him as our Lord and Savior. That’s the definition of a Christian. It’s not as to what church you are a member of. A membership doesn’t make you Christian.”

However, TD Jakes made the attack personal by including and comparing father and son, saying he wishes Rev. Franklin Graham could be more like his father.

“I wish he had the diplomacy of his father, who brought the Gospel to people without being nuanced by politics, because when you do those things, you offend people that you’re actually called to save and to serve,” Jakes said.

Ironic that nobody has tried to compare TD Jakes’ 31-year old son Jermaine Donnell Jakes to him, saying he should be more like his father. In 2009, Exchristian.net Website reported that the younger Jakes was arrested in a gay sting for indecent exposure after citizens complained of sexual activity when they witnessed Donnell Jakes and several other males parked in their vehicles. The full story can be found here.

Perhaps TD Jakes should have limited the criticism to Rev. Franklin Graham and not included the comparisons with his father, because he opened himself to the same kind of standard he applied to the younger Graham. http://www.newscastmedia.com/tdjakes.html

          

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - May 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm

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Uganda’s Kizza Besigye says Walk-to-Work events will continue

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye

Newscast Media — After examining the underlying factors in the Walk-to-Work demonstrations that are happening in Uganda, we can see that there are two types of battles being waged. Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni is employing the military and police forces to physically squash the demonstrations, while opposition leader Kizza Besigye is using psychological warfare.

The principles of psychological warfare:

Currently Besigye has won two important battles and Museveni handed them to him handily. The first battle that Besigye won was the hearts of Ugandans, and the second was the PR (public relations) battle. Besigye is now on the offensive while Museveni is doing damage-control due to the defective advice he was given. To understand the social and political dynamics of the events happening, one must turn to two of the greatest generals in the history of war tactics. The first one is Chinese General Sun Tzu who wrote the book The Art of War, and we also have to take look at Prussian military thinker Carl von Clauswitz who wrote Principles of War.

Sun Tzu said: “Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy without fighting.”

Von Clauswitz said: “Be audacious and cunning in your plans, firm and persevering in their execution, determined to find a glorious end, and fate will crown your brow with a shining glory, which is the ornament of princes, and engrave your image in the hearts of your last defendants.”

If we look at Sun Tzu’s statement, Besigye was able to win over the crowds and the media without firing a single shot. Public opinion has been in his favor since. Museveni’s mistake was that he waited for almost six days after the Walk-to-Work events, and police brutality had already taken place before he addressed the nation. At that point Ugandans had already made up their minds that it was Museveni behind the curtain orchestrating the violence against unarmed civilians. The damage had been done and by the time Museveni gave his press conference he could not unscramble the eggs.

The delayed response

One wonders, how Museveni could listen to such defective advice. When hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and George W. Bush had a delayed response of just a couple of days, he faced a backlash for not addressing the nation sooner. Just recently, when Barack Obama spent weeks without addressing the nation or visiting the gulf coast during the oil spill of 2010, he too faced a backlash and was perceived as being out of touch with Americans and his approval numbers have been in free fall since. Museveni made the mistake of arresting and imprisoning protestors as well as waging war against the media. The local media has now decided to deny any coverage to government functions and are focusing on community news and events, as well as exposing injustices committed by government agents.

Besigye, on the other hand, has enjoyed the advantage of being able to tell his story to the local media as well as affiliates of international media organizations like the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN and so forth, without raising an army. Now that he has won the hearts of his people and the public relations battle, he faces another frontier – the psychological war.

Rhetoric, Logic and Dialectic:


Julius Caesar and Brutus using hints of rhetoric and logic to reason

The outcome of the next phase of the battle between Besigye and Museveni will depend on who is superior in psychological warfare, in order to produce the desired results. We now have to examine both men, and where their anger toward each other comes from. Some Ugandans believe Museveni’s hostility toward Besigye is a tribal issue between Ankole and Kabale-Kigezi. The reasoning is that Museveni has filled his cabinet and virtually every powerful position in his regime with his fellow tribesmen, and the balance of power tips in favor of those from the Ankole region. Anyone who challenges him who is not part of the esoteric continuum is therefore a threat to Museveni. Others believe that Museveni’s hostility toward Besigye comes from the perception that Besigye wants to share power with him, which the president feels is unacceptable, therefore to discourage such ambitions, he applies heavy-handed tactics toward his opponents. There are others who believe it is a battle of the recently-discovered oil in western Uganda, where each party desires to have a stake in those natural resources, and control the oil industry. There is yet another faction that believes the hostility is due to Besigye abandoning Museveni’s NRM in which he was a member originally, and later on joined another political party.

All arguments may hold a certain level of validity, but we must isolate the underlying cause of hostility and anger emanating from Museveni and his National Resistant Movement NRM toward Besigye and his supporters, and we also have to look at where the resentment and anger of Besigye and the demonstrators is coming from. We have to remember that not all the people walking to work in
protest of the cost of living are supporters to Besigye. These are simply Ugandans trying to get the attention of their government that they feel is ignoring their needs.

To answer the issue of anger, we have to turn to the Sophists, who were Greek philosophers of the highest order. Sophists were professional teachers of rhetoric and logic who believed that effective communication determined whether or not an idea was accepted, rather than its validity. They believed, it is not enough to identify something as beautiful; one must know why it is beautiful. In other words one must know the essence of beauty. In this case I will apply the same logic to a person. It is not enough to identify a person as angry; one must identify why the person is angry.

Museveni and his NRM’s hostility and anger toward Besigye:

Sophists explain that, we are angry with those who have usually treated us with honor or regard, if a change comes and they behave to us otherwise: for we think that they feel contempt for us, or they would still be behaving as they did before. We are also angry with those who oppose us, whom we perceive to be our inferiors: for all such persons seem to feel contempt for us; those who oppose us
seem to think us inferior to themselves, and those who do not return our kindnesses seem to think that those kindnesses were conferred by inferiors. For, by our hypothesis, the anger caused by the slight is felt towards people who are not justified in slighting us, and our inferiors are not thus justified.

A man expects to be specially respected by his inferiors in birth, in capacity, in goodness, and generally in anything in which he feels he is much their superior: as where money is concerned a wealthy man looks for respect from a poor man; where speaking is concerned, the man with a turn for oratory looks for respect
from one who cannot speak; the ruler demands the respect of the ruled. We feel particularly angry on this account if we suspect that we are in fact, or that people think we are, incompetent for when we are convinced that we excel in certain qualities for which we are criticized, we tend to retaliate through anger.

Besigye’s and the opposition’s anger toward Museveni:

People who are afflicted by sickness or persecution or oppression or any other unsatisfied desires are prone to anger especially against those who slight their present distress. Thus a sick man is angered by disregard of his illness, a poor man by disregard of his poverty, an oppressed man by disregard of his oppression, a lover by disregard of his love, a persecuted man by disregard of his persecution, and so forth.

Looking at how Sophists deconstruct anger, we have now traced the root of all the animosity and hostility that we have witnessed on display in the past four weeks in Uganda by the government toward the opposition, and the feedback they received as a result of their actions and inactions. The impending battle that lies ahead as mentioned earlier, is a psychological battle.

Who is your Judas?

Museveni and Besigye both have to identify the Judas or Judases in their circles. It will be a lot harder for Museveni to identify the Judases in his circle because he has too many advisers, and associates who constantly sing his praises privately and publicly. They therefore know too much about him and could become a liability to him, so he has no choice but to rely on his instincts. Besigye, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have many people in his inner-circle other than his wife and lawyers, which is a very good thing.

Everyone has a Judas. A Judas is someone who smiles and winks at you, but is secretly plotting against you. A Judas resents the respect and love you receive from colleagues and seeks to weaken your influence among them. A Judas is a person who hugs you with one hand, yet stabs you in the back with the other. A Judas is a weak and spineless person who plays both sides. Judases are double-agents who pretend to be loyal, yet they root for your adversary. A Judas is quick to side with the enemy and is usually a “yes-man.” A Judas is a jealous and intimidated individual who resents success of others. Judases are flatterers and sycophants with overblown egos, who lack authenticity. Judases are narcissistic and always seeks approval, accolades and blow their own horns, due to deeply seated insecurities. A Judas is always praising your adversary. Your enemy will always bond with the Judas of your innercircle to sabotage your plans. Never reveal your plans to a Judas, once he is identified. The quickest way to identify a Judas is to observe the person in your inner circle who receives special treatment from your adversary. That is your Judas. When Judas reveals himself, your moment of glory has arrived.

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Republican Leadership Conference kicks off in New Orleans June 16th-18th, 2011

(L-R: George P. Bush, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum)

Newscast Media — Republicans will begin their road to the White House in New Orleans at the Republican Leadership Conference between June 16-18 2011. Among the confirmed speakers are: Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, George P. Bush and many others. This is certainly be a perfect platform for George P. Bush since it already seems that he has a high affinity for politics.

Bush, a Texas attorney, real estate developer and U.S. Naval Reserves officer, is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. He has previously campaigned for Republican candidates across America and has addressed Republican National Conventions beginning in 1988.

Mike Huckabee recently announced that he wouldn’t be running in the 2012 race but he still plays a vital role in the GOP. Ron Paul, the Tea Party Godfather, is another heavyweight who has always challenged the Washington establishment and is certain to cause a stir once again in his 2012 run for the presidency.

Bachmann and Santorium have been visible in the media, but it remains to be seen if they stand a chance against Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin should they decide to run. Below is the itenerary of the event:

Thursday, June 16

1:00 pm: Registration Opens
1:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Opens
3:00 pm: Special Session with Major Speakers (Tenative; check back for details)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: VIP Reception (VIP Registrants only)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Opening Session (Major Speakers)
8:30 pm: Registration Ends
8:30 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes

Friday, June 17

8:30 am: Registration Opens
8:30 am: Exhibit Hall Opens
10:00 am – 11:30 am: New Orleans Jazz Brunch
Noon – 4:00 pm: General Session (Major Speakers)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Grand Old Party (VIP Registrants only)
7:00 pm: Registration Ends
7:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes
Dinner On Your Own

Saturday, June 18

9:00 am: Registration Opens
9:00 am: Exhibit Hall Opens
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Morning in America Brunch Celebration
11:30 am – Noon: VIP Reception (VIP Registrants only)
Noon – 4:00 pm: General Session (Major Speakers)
1:00 pm: Registration Concludes
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala

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Analysis of the difference between Leaders and Dictators

Leaders vs. Dictators

Newscast Media — 2011 will go down as the year citizens across the world stood up for their rights and cured the vice of complacency that tends to plague the oppressed out of fear of the unknown.

In looking all the events unfolding around the world, there is a distinct similarity in the way heads of state have been characterized either by their own people or by international observers. These rulers who are fighting to stay in power have been labeled dictators.

Dictators aren’t necessarily leaders, because leadership is a very noble calling, whereby leaders are not born, but are made. Whether the label is fitting or not is up to the citizens of each country to decide, however, this writer has compiled what he believes characterizes and differentiates leaders
from dictators:

* A leader has his peoples’ best interests at heart, a dictator has his own interests at heart.

* A leader corrects injustices, a dictator commits and encourages injustices.

* A leader protects the weak and helpless, a dictator oppresses the weak and helpless.

* A leader unites the people, a dictator creates division and polarizes the people.

* Leaders advance and develop their countries, dictators setback and destroy their countries.

* When people are hurting, leaders share the peoples’ grief, dictators hurt and grieve their own people.

* Leaders are loved because they don’t instill fear in their people, dictators are hated because they instill fear in their people.

* Leaders comfort the oppressed, dictators oppress the comfortable.

* Leaders are trusted by their people, dictators betray the trust of their people.

* Leaders abide by the Law of the land, dictators are the Law of the land.

* It takes a leader to notice another leader, it takes a dictator to destroy a leader.

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Leaders will always be remembered for the problems they solved, dictators will always be remembered for the problems they created.

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Libya’s opposition leader holds talks at the White House

Libyan opposition leader Mahmud Jibril

Newscast Media — The Libyan opposition leader Mahmud Jibril held talks at the White House on with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Friday, in an effort to secure official US recognition of the rebels’ political body, the National Transitional Council.

US officials would not say whether President Barack Obama would drop by Jibril’s meeting with Donilon, a practice sometimes used by the White House for guests for whom protocol does not dictate an official meeting. Asked by CNN television what he expected from Friday’s talks with the US administration, Jibril replied: “We need the recognition.”

For the White House to recognize the National Transitional Council as the legitimate authority while Gadhafi is still in power, it would set up a likelihood of splitting Libya into two states with the opposition controlling the East while Gadhafi controls the West.

The Obama administration has been emphatic about wanting Gadhafi out of power completely, perhaps that’s why they are reluctant to recognize the National Transitional Council because it would defeat their purpose of removing Gadhafi not only from power, but also out of Libya. With the surgical strikes that have been launched against Gadhafi, there is no mistake that the West wants him dead.

Gadhafi has challenged the West and has said that he is hidden in a place where the bombs cannot kill him. He in essence has now motivated his adversaries to want to prove him wrong. Gadhafi still has a chance of living into his old age if only he listens to his friend Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who has offered him sanctuary in the Latin American country.

Unlike France, Italy and Qatar, the United States has not yet recognized the NTC. Jibril told CNN he believed that Jordan would recognize the opposition in the coming days.

“All we need is for the world to understand our cause and help us get our legitimate rights realized,” he said.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney signaled that Washington, which helped launch the NATO military operation against Gadhafi’s forces but has since taken a support role, was not ready to grant full status to the NTC.

“If the question is recognizing the (NTC) as the official government of Libya, I think that’s premature,” he said.

Carney added: “We think that the Council serves and has served as a credible and legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people, for the opposition.”

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Louisiana flood gates opened to protect major cities


 

Newscast Media NEW ORLEANS, LA–Due to the ongoing flooding of the Mississippi River, US engineers have made contingency arrangements to flood up to three million acres in southern Louisiana in a bid to protect large cities along the mighty river. About 150 Corps workers walked along levees and monitored the performance of pump stations along what Reichling called the “wicked” Mississippi.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it could open a floodway to divert water from the river this weekend. An estimated 25,000 residents are preparing to vacate. Opening the Morganza Floodway would ease pressure on levees protecting the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Included in those making the exodus are: Louisiana black bears, alligators, snakes, deer, fox, coyotes, rats, possums, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, nutria, turtles, amphibians, fire ants, and a slew of other critters. They all nest, feed and breed between the levees and the riverbank.

“My message to our people is they don’t need to be delaying,” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Thursday. “Move their valuables. Think about where they would go.”

Earlier this week, the Mississippi River flooded parts of Memphis, Tennessee, the city famed as one of the birthplaces of rock and roll and blues music. Further upstream, the Army Corps of Engineers has opened floodways in Missouri to keep pressure off levees protecting the town of Cairo, Illinois.

The US government has said farmers whose land has been flooded will be reimbursed for destroyed crops.
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Let’s evolve…let the chips fall where they may ~ Tyler Durden

Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden) in Fight Club

Newscast Media — The 1999 movie Fight Club featuring Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden, had some violent scenes but it also had some gems of wisdom one could extract and apply in real life. Tyler Durden in essence is talking about leading an authentic life, but uses his own phrases to articulate his message. Below are some quotes from Fight Club:

I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.

People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it.

Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. Darn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy stuff we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression.

Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off…You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. The things you own end up owning you.

We’re consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle of obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.

How much can you know about yourself, if you’ve never been in a fight? Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing… Hitting bottom isn’t a weekend retreat. It’s not a damn seminar. Stop trying to control everything and just let go! Let go!

Only after disaster can we be resurrected. You wanna make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs.

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Texas House passes bill prohibiting sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants

Texas eliminates sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — As the Texas House passed HB 12, the Sanctuary Cities bill that allows cities and law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws, Barack Obama said he wanted to provide illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship – which he said would benefit the US economy.

“One way to strengthen the middle class in America is to reform the immigration system, so that there is no longer a massive underground economy that exploits a cheap source of labor while depressing wages for everybody else,” Obama said.

“That’s why immigration reform is an economic imperative.”

Enforcing immigration laws – and opposing the idea of giving “amnesty” to those who broke the law sneaking into the country – has become a rallying cry for concerned Americans who want a clampdown to keep drug crime from crossing the border.

Representative Joaquin Castro’s (San Antonio) statement on sanctuary cities:
Today, a choice was made when HB 12 was passed, legislation which will allow law enforcement to stop people and ask them about their immigration status, under the hospice of “sanctuary” cities.

“Debate ended prematurely last night rather than fully addressing one of the most significant pieces of legislation in Texas in the last 50 years,” said Representative Castro. He continued, “This bill is consistent with other legislation passed this session which targets and disenfranchises minorities.”

Legislation such as “sanctuary” cities is a black mark on our state. On top of that, Texans have been left out to dry by a budget that is simply inadequate to meet our state’s needs. Right now, schools and nursing homes are anticipating closure, teachers are being fired, and students across Texas are unsure if they will be able to afford college.

“The latest emergency item brought to the House floor is another attempt to distract Texans from the most pressing issue facing our state, the budget,” said Castro.

Obama offered no concrete policy initiatives or timelines for introducing broad legislation, underscoring the fact that he is unlikely to advance any major overhaul before the 2012 presidential election.

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Jay Rockefeller’s “Do Not Track” bill gains traction

Jay Rockefeller

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced the “Do Not Track Act of 2011″ that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities.

“Recent reports of privacy invasions have made it imperative that we do more to put consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their personal information,” Rockefeller said in a statement.

“Consumers have a right to decide whether their information can be collected and used online,” he said. “This bill offers a simple, straightforward way for people to stop companies from tracking their movements online.”

Rockefeller’s bill would create a “legal obligation” for online companies to honor the choice of consumers who say they do not want to be tracked online and give the Federal Trade Commission the power to pursue any company that does not honor the request. The bill comes amid a flurry of privacy legislation in the US Congress and on the state level.

Rockefeller’s bill was welcomed on Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Action, and the Center for Digital Democracy.

“The current model creates an economic incentive for tracking and if consumers don’t have the ability to ‘opt-out’ the result is going to be a detailed portrait of our online activities,” said Chris Calabrese of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Youtube battles Netflix in the online movie rental niche

Youtube expands its online movie selection

Newscast Media SILICON VALLEY, California –When Blockbuster video failed to adapt to the changing times, it was forced out of business just like Hollywood Video, and Netflix filled the vacuum. Youtube is now now battling Netflix and has added over 3,000 new movie titles to it library for Web surfers to rent.

“You’re spending just 15 minutes a day on YouTube, and spending five hours a day watching TV,” YouTube head Salar Kamangar said in a post at the Google-owned video-sharing website.

“As the lines between online and offline continue to blur, we think that’s going to change.”

Approximately two billion video views are logged daily at YouTube, which is available on 350 million devices, he noted. The new titles will begin appearing later today and over the coming weeks to www.youtube.com/movies.

“Whether it’s short movie trailers, funny movie parodies or full-length blockbuster films, we encourage you to sit back and settle in to the YouTube movies experience,” Kamangar said.

Movies available for streaming as online rentals at YouTube had been mostly older titles but the Google-owned technology firm has been collaborating with Hollywood studios to find ways to make fresh films available. Many movie pages will feature extra content such as interviews as well as parodies and remixed clips uploaded by YouTube users.

YouTube has been evolving from its early days as predominately an online stage for amateur snippets of backyard stunts and other antics. In April, YouTube added a stage for live events at the world’s leading video-sharing website.

YouTube Live launched online at youtube.com/live, letting people subscribe to watch shows or events streamed by the Google-owned operation’s partners. The video-sharing website had live-streamed concerts, sporting events and interviews previously, but on an intermittent basis. The Live platform made real-time programming a standard part of the service. YouTube has reportedly been preparing a major overhaul of the website by creating “channels” to compete with broadcast and cable TV.

Already the third most viewed website in the world, it hopes the plan will further boost traffic to the site and take a bite out of the $70 billion US television advertising market.

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Mississippi River floods streets, homes and farms

The mighty Mississippi River swells as residents evacuate

Newscast Media MEMPHIS, Tenn — The mighty Mississippi River expanded to six times its normal width as residents evacuated from the worst flood to hit the central United States in more than 80 years. Late Monday, the US Army Corps of Engineers blasted a two-mile hole in a Mississippi River levee to relieve water pressure that, at its height Monday night, stood at a record-breaking 61.72 feet in Cairo, Ill. The historic river town is located at the bottommost tip of Illinois, where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet.

Officials patrolled stressed levees in waterlogged Memphis, Tennessee where the Mississippi — normally about half a mile across — is currently about three miles (4.8 kilometers) wide. The floodwaters already have engulfed homes along the shoreline and on Monday broke through a sandbag barrier set up around a condominium on the other side of the road.

Portions of the Mississippi were closed to shipping and the US Coast Guard opened flood gates outside of New Orleans to help protect the low-lying city as a flood wave makes its way slowly down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Meanwhile, Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky said Monday most of the 3,800 people evacuated from counties along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers may soon be allowed to return home and assess the damage. In Missouri where waters have also begun to recede, Governor Jay Nixon sought federal assistance for farmers in 56 counties. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is seeking federal help for 14 counties while Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is seeking federal funds for 11 counties.

Up to a half inch of heavy rainfall is expected on Tuesday in the Memphis area, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday. Water levels were at 38.6 feet Tuesday morning and are expected to reach 40 feet by Thursday evening. If the level reaches 48 feet by next week, it will be less than one inch shy of the record set in the 1937 flood.

The corps is also considering using two floodways in Louisiana – one near Morgan City and another located about 30 miles north of New Orleans.

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The U.S. Secret Service debuts on Twitter

U.S. Secret Service

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — In an effort to supplement their recruitment efforts, The Secret Service, whose agents protect US presidents, made its debut on Twitter the micro-blogging site, on Monday. Initially, the Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865 in Washington, D.C., to suppress counterfeit currency. In 1902 The Secret Service assumed full-time responsibility for protection of the President. Two operatives were assigned full time to the White House Detail.

“The Internet is a valuable resource for people all over the world,” said Secret Service Assistant Director Mickey Nelson.

“By using social media sites, we hope to supplement our recruitment efforts, while providing an informative, helpful tool to businesses and individuals who are interested in information from our agency.”

Presidential Threat Protection Act was passed, which in part, authorized the Secret Service to participate in the planning, coordination, and implementation of security operations at special events of national significance (“National Special Security Event”), as determined by the President.

The Patriot Act increased the Secret Service’s role in investigating fraud and related activity in connections with computers. In addition it authorized the Director of the Secret Service to establish nationwide electronic crimes task forces to assist the law enforcement, private sector and academia in detecting and suppressing computer-based crime; increased the statutory penalties for the manufacturing, possession, dealing and passing of counterfeit U.S. or foreign obligations; and allowed enforcement action to be taken to protect our financial payment systems while combating transnational financial crimes directed by terrorists or other criminals.

The network of Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Forces expanded from 15 to 24 nationwide task forces dedicated to fighting high-tech, computer-based crimes through successful public-private partnerships. Since 2003, the Secret Service made nearly 29,000 criminal arrests for counterfeiting, cyber investigations and other financial crimes, 98 percent of which resulted in convictions, and seized more than $295 million in counterfeit currency.

Nelson said the @SecretService account would highlight the service’s investigative mission and hand out information to local communities about security on presidential visits and other high-profile events.

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Benazir Bhutto:Omar Sheikh killed Osama bin Laden

A November 2007 interview where Benazir Bhutto asserts that Omar Sheikh killed
Osama bin Laden. She was assassinated shortly after in December 2007.

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C–The recent announcement of OBL’s alleged death has raised many question as to the timing of the announcement and when exactly Bin Laden died. Many skeptics have argued that OBL was killed sometime in the early to mid 2000s, and are taking this news with a grain of salt. Another school of thought believes a team of US Navy Seals captured and shot OBL and was buried at sea. This article will attempt to analyze the factors leading to the alleged death of OBL and what has transpired thereafter.

The hesitation of the government to release a photo has sparked debate and created more doubt as to whether any photo that may be released will be genuine. The Obama administration claims they are being sensitive toward the Muslim community that’s why they have withheld the photos. OBL was captured alive, but they still won’t release a photo of his capture and what he looked like. The alleged burial at sea was explained with the excuse that no country would have been willing to accept his body, and Islamic tradition required a burial with a 24-hour period time span.

Saddam Hussein:
When Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13,2003 in a rat-hole, the photos of his capture were immediately released, and Saddam Hussein was a practicing Muslim. There was no talk of being culturally sensitive, and they even aired his death by hanging. If Saddam Hussein’s photos of his capture raw video of his death were good enough to be aired yet he was a Muslim, why can’t the same be applied to OBL?

Saddam Hussein after his capture

In the interview above by Benazir Bhutto, she claims that OBL was killed by former British Intelligence officer Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. Omar Sheikh had connections that reached high into Pakistan’s military and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles of Osama Bin Laden. In July 2002 Omar was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl. Omar Sheikh filed an appeal that hasn’t been heard.

Media outlets across the globe are waiting for the photos. Some are suggesting that this is opportunism on behalf of the Obama administration because Obama’s approval ratings were at an all time low. Others think, he may release a photo or two and since this is an election cycle, might wait until sometime next year to release more photos or even video if at all they exist. One thing is for certain, this is a political Chess game, where every move is calculated to produce maximum results. The question is, who are the pawns?

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