Archive for September, 2011

Heroic acts of selflessness saves a man from a shark attack

Newscast Media CAPE TOWN — The selfless actions of two good Samaritans saved the life of a British man attacked by a Great White shark off Cape Town this week.

Michael Cohen was swimming in the water at Fish Hoek even though the beach had been closed to swimmers following shark sightings. The shark bit off Cohen’s right leg but he survived the attack thanks to the quick thinking of Hugh Till and Douglas Drysdale, who were passing by at the time and had stopped their car to warn him of the approaching shark.

After the attack, they ran into the bloodied water as bystanders shouted that the shark was still close by.
They managed to pull Cohen, 42, safely to shore and he was taken to hospital by ambulance where remains in a critical but stable condition.

He was operated on by Professor Andrew Nicol who, according to The Telegraph, said the nature of Mr. Cohen’s injuries “does take your breath away”.

Having lost 70 per cent of his blood, Prof Nicol added: “There’s no doubt he is very very very lucky to be alive.”

Mr. Till and Mr. Drysdale were returning from their work as “spiritual guidance volunteers” at the local maximum security prison at the time of the attack.

According to witnesses, the three men were protected by a seal as they tried to reach the shore.
Craig Lambinon, of South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute, was quoted by the newspaper as saying: “Without hesitation the two good Samaritans kicked off their shoes and plunged into the water and waded through the surf to reach the injured swimmer.

“At this stage bystanders were screaming at the men, who both admit that progress was slow going, that the shark was not 10 meters from them.

“A seal was swimming close by during the entire episode. Witnesses confirmed that it circled the men as they gradually waded ashore with the victim.”

Mr. Till explained further: “As Douglas and I were pulling him in towards the shore, the seal frolicked nearby, and kept swimming past us, it seemed rather agitated.

“It occurred to us afterwards, how unusual it was for a seal to stick around in an area where a shark is, or where there is blood.

“It really did feel to us as though he was offering support to us, or the swimmer, and was prepared to act as a diversion if the shark went after us as well.”


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Developing good habits and eliminating bad ones


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — According to psychologists, habits are formed as a result of repeating an activity. People develop good and bad habits during the process, and at some point try to eliminate the self-destructive ones while retaining the beneficial habits. A habit can also be viewed as an act that has become associated with a large number of stimuli. The more stimuli that elicit the act, the stronger the habit.

According to Edwin Ray Guthrie, a behavioral scientist, there is one general rule for breaking undesirable habits: Observe the stimuli that elicit the undesirable act and perform another act in the presence of those stimuli. Once this is done, a new, desirable act will be elicited by those stimuli instead of the old, undesirable act.

For example, if hearing the alarm clock in the morning causes someone, after he or she wakes up to smoke a cigarette, that person can replace the habit of smoking with reading a book, doing exercise or meditating when awakened by the sound of an alarm clock. It takes roughly 30 days of repeating an act or activity everyday, at the same time, for a habit to form.

Functionalists wanted psychology to be a practical science and not a pure science, and they sought to apply their findings to the improvement in personal life, education, industry, and so forth. Functionalists were more interested in what made organisms different from each other than what made them similar.

One of the leading functionalists of his time was William James (1842-1910). James offered five maxims to follow in order to develop good habits and eliminate bad ones.

· Place yourself in circumstances that encourage good habits and discourage bad ones.

· Do not allow yourself to act contrary to a new habit that you are attempting to develop: “Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again.”

· Do not attempt to slowly develop a good habit or eliminate a bad one. Engage in positive habits completely to begin with and abstain completely from bad ones.

· It is not the “intention” to engage in good habits and avoid bad ones that is important, it is the “actual doing” so: “There is no more contemptible type of human character than that of the nerveless sentimentalist and dreamer, who spends his life in a weltering sea of sensibility and emotion, but who never does a manly concrete deed.”
· Force yourself to act in ways that are beneficial to you even though doing so at first is distasteful and requires considerable effort.

All of James’s maxims converge in a fundamental principle: Act in ways that are compatible with the type of person you wish to become.


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Public’s low opinion about the media an is indictment against it

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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Two research institutions have found that public’s impressions of the national media is extremely negative, and there is a widely-shared belief that news stories are inaccurate, and the media’s reporting of stories is one-sided. This goes against the media’s core mission which is to report news truthfully and objectively rather than practice opinion journalism.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has been tracking views of press performance since 1985, and the overall ratings remain quite negative. Fully 66 percent say news stories often are inaccurate, 77 percent think that news organizations tend to favor one side, and 80 percent say news organizations are often influenced by powerful people and organizations.

Pew Research Study of the Media - 2011

True journalism should represent different viewpoints with fairness and put them in context, rather than highlight sound-bites and clips of views that may seem conflicting with a journalist’s views. The study above also shows that 42 percent of those polled believe the media is immoral, while 63 percent say the media is politically biased in their reporting.

Another core principle of journalism is for a media practitioner to maintain neutrality or independence, accuracy, fairness and have the ability to inform–not their devotion to a certain group or outcome. Below is second study by Gallup that shows the majority of Americans believe the media has a political agenda, with 46 percent of those polled who say the media is too liberal while 13 percent say it is too conservative.

GALLUP Media Studies

Both studies provide some insight into why the alternative media is more trusted than the mainstream media. Most media practitioners have already made up their minds in regard to which political affiliation they will lean toward. It is either liberal or conservative, there is no in-between. The only practitioners who can be independent and objective in their delivery are journalists.

Yet the media is dominated by analysts, lawyers and commentators, which all started in the mid-90s during the O.J. Simpson trial, when a wave of “legal experts” flooded networks to explain the meaning of terms like, “inadmissible hearsay” or “mitigating circumstances”. Thereafter, it was more about someone’s personality and the style in which the message was delivered, rather than substance, that’s why television and radio use the terms TV or Radio personality.

Media practitioners soon realized how easily they could manipulate stories based upon whatever agenda they were trying to push on their audiences, which has created a generation of media practitioners who walk around with a sense of self-importance, yet audiences are looking for substance.

The survey also finds that most Americans prefer news with no political point of view, and this feeling is particularly widespread when it comes to getting news online. In the Pew Research study the news media is also faulted for invading people’s privacy and focusing too much attention on bad news, with about two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) who said news organizations pay too much attention to bad news.


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Barack Obama faces possibility of Black voters staying home

Barack Obama

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Once viewed as the change that could be believed in, Barack Obama’s poll numbers and approval ratings continue to plummet across the political spectrum, prompting some to suggest that Hillary Clinton would have made a better president. However, Obama’s biggest challenge is to convince black voters who feel marginalized by him to support him in the 2012 election.

Some of the most prominent Black leaders who once supported and campaigned for Obama have now woken up to realize that they’ve been sleeping on a bed of roses but the pillow is thorns. Since their awakening, they are now vocal critics of Obama and openly criticize him about his policies.

In regard to the financial crisis he was criticized by his former friend and supporter, Princeton professor Dr. Cornell West who describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”

“I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,’’ West said. “It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white … When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.”

On Saturday September 24, in a speech at the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama told blacks to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.

“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, amidst applause. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

Rep. Maxine Waters believes if it were a Hispanic or Asian audience, Obama wouldn’t have talked down at them that way.

In the BET interview that aired Monday, the host, Emmett Miller challenged Obama saying, “You won’t even say, ‘Look, I am going to help you.”

“Emmett, that is not what people are saying,” Obama shot back. “What people are saying all across the country is we are hurting and we’ve been hurting for a long time. And the question is how can we make sure the economy is working for every single person.”

Obama defended his policies as helping minorities even though he refuses to support programs that only target them.

“That’s not how America works. America works when all of us are pulling together and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity,” he said in the interview.

Yet perhaps Obama’s most fiery critic is Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who expressed outrage that Obama took part in the attack during an interview WVON-AM. Radio.

“Why don’t you organize a group of respected Americans and ask for a meeting with Gadhafi, you can’t order him to step down and get out, who the hell do you think you are?”

In this article and video, Farrakhan went as far as calling Obama an assassin.

However, Farrakhan was the very person who promoted Obama and even referred to his as the “Messiah” in 2008. Within a year from now, Obama will find out if the black voters, who believe are being used as political condoms, will maintain their loyalty to him, or simply stay home.


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100-plus Christians killed by Nigerian Muslim extremists for their faith

Christian killings in Nigeria

Newscast Media LAGOS, Nigeria — A rash of attacks by armed Muslim extremists on villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state in the past month have left more than 100 Christians dead, including the elimination of entire families, sources said.

In a guerilla-type “hit and run” attack on the Christian community of Vwang Kogot, Muslim attackers at about 8 p.m. on Sept. 9 killed 14 Christians, including a pregnant woman. Survivors of the attack told Compass that the assailants raided the village with the aid of men in military uniforms of the Nigerian Army.
Many of the victims were members of a single family surnamed Danboyi.

“We heard gunshots in our village and realized that the sound was coming from a neighbor’s house, so we quickly ran to find out what was happening but saw a soldier at the entrance of the house with a gun ready to shoot at anybody who comes around, and at the same time preventing those inside from escaping,” village resident Markus Mamba said. “We couldn’t get any closer because we were hearing gunshots at random, and we had no weapons with us to use to withstand the might of those soldiers, as there were quite a number of them around the house.”

Hiding, Mamba and others could only observe the killing, he said.

“After the soldiers and the Muslims left, we rushed into the place to see the destruction they did,” he said. “We discovered that 14 people were killed. Among them was a pregnant woman who died with a child in her womb – bringing the number of deaths to 15 persons. We also observed that the victims died from gun and machete wounds.”

Gyang Badung survived the attack, but his wife, four children, mother, grandmother and a nephew did not, he told Compass.

“I came home in the evening and had my meal, and right after I finished, I heard strange movement around our house and suddenly heard gunshots everywhere as my house was being attacked,” Badung said.
He jumped through his bedroom window and ran to a farm behind his house, he said.

“I waited in the bush, helpless, not knowing what to do until they left,” he said. “I saw more than nine people who came to attack us leaving into the bush and going away from our village. When I returned home, I found out that my whole family had been killed except for two sons, who were injured but survived, and my father who also narrowly escaped and ran into the bush.”

The ages of the children he lost were 15, 9, 5, and 4. His two injured sons are receiving hospital treatment.
On Sept. 8, Muslim extremists attacked Tsohon Foron village, killing 10 Christians, all members of the family of Danjuma Gyang Tsok. The attackers, surviving members of the community say, were assisted in the attack by armed military personnel of the Nigerian Army.

Those killed included Danjuma Gyang Tsok; Polohlis Mwanti; Perewat Polohlis, 9; Patience Polohlis, 3; Blessing Polohlis, 5; Paulina Pam, 13; Maimuna Garba; Kale Garba; Hadiza Garba, 10; and Aisha Garba, 3.

Adamu Tsuka, community leader in Vwang Kogot, told Compass Direct News that other Christians killed in the attack were Mallam Danboyi; Zaka Danboyi; Ngyem Danboyi; Hjan Badung; Naomi Gyang; Rifkatu, 15; Patience, 9; Ishaku, 5; Nerat, 4; Dauda Badung, 22; Martha Dauda, 20; Mary Dauda, 6; Isaac Dauda, 4; Mafeng Bulus, 18; and the unborn child.

“This is the fifth time our people have been murdered,” Tsuka said. “There is nothing we can do. Many of my people have been killed. Please, we want the government to help us do something; if not, we can’t live here again.”


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Part II- Lebanon’s dilemma as Palestinians pursue statehood

Israel-Palestine Conflict

Newcast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The dilemma for Lebanon played out after Israel became a state in 1948, and Palestinians from the areas of the North of Palestine: Haifa, Acre, Safad and the Galilee region, were forced to leave their homes, due to Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the first months, the Palestinians were housed and given food by Lebanese farmers. The Lebanese government also offered assistance by offering the LRCS (International League of Red Cross Societies) free depots, warehouses, security, labor and transport. The Lebanese Authorities later allocated certain area for the refugees to settle in.

After the signing of the 1969 Cairo Agreement between the Lebanese Government and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) the situation of the refugees greatly improved. The Cairo Agreement granted residency, freedom of movement and labor rights to the Palestinian refugees, as well as autonomy of the refugee camps.

During the 1970s, the PLO gained political clout, and extended financial and military support to the Lebanese left-wing, which angered the Maronites and right-wing parties. PLO attacks against Israel led to Israeli retaliations against Palestinians and Lebanese, especially in the South, which in turn diminished Lebanese support for the Palestinians and their cause. All this aggravated the already existing tensions between the various Lebanese political factions and eventually led to the outbreak of the 1975 civil war.

The Lebanese dilemma

Of all host countries of Palestinian refugees, none is more affected than Lebanon. Lebanon’s biggest dilemma is that the Palestinian youth are becoming extremely radicalized, causing increased retaliation from Israel into Lebanon, and quite frankly, the Lebanese government would rather see the refugees leave, but there is nowhere for them to go.

Another issue the Lebanese have to deal with is the fear that if they allow the Palestinians to integrate into Lebanese society, it might erode their cultural identity. It would also play into the hands of Israel who would argue that other if Lebanon can absorb Palestinian refugees and integrate them into her culture, other Arab countries like Jordan, Syria and so forth, also have the ability to do the same, so there is no need for them (Palestinians) to have their own state.

An additional aspect is that assimilation would decrease international sympathy for Palestinians, and lessen Israel’s desire to comply with international treaties, due to lack of pressure from the international community, since Palestinians would have finally been absorbed by other neighboring Arab countries.

Back To Their Roots

Not all Lebanese consider themselves Arabs. Some consider themselves Phoenicians, others Maronite Christians, others Syriac while some refer to themselves as Arabs. Also the French occupation of Lebanon left an impact on the culture and language, whereby a typical Lebanese greeting is usually a combination of English, Arabic and French such as: “Hi! Kifak, ça va?” Famous Lebanese poet and philosopher Saeed Akl is quoted as saying, “I would cut off my right hand just not to be an Arab.”

Al Jazeera did a special dedicated to the political Christian clans of Lebanon and their struggle for power in the 2009 election entitled, Lebanon: The Family Business in which Lebanese political leader Walid Jumblatt, claimed that all Lebanese lack somewhat of a real identity and the country is yet to discover one everybody could agree on.

While most support the idea of a Palestinian state, Lebanese journalist Khodor Salameh writes in his column for Al-Masry Al-Youm the following: “The Palestinian bid for statehood is a silly joke, told by an authority that has lost most of its supporters… The best it can achieve is a quasi-state that does not enjoy full sovereignty over its land, borders or natural resources. The Palestinian people’s legitimate aspirations for freedom and self-determination appear destined to be postponed. There will be no state for Abu Mazen, his aides, or rivals. There will be no state in September.” The entire analysis can be found here.

Uganda as Israel

Believe it or not, Uganda was once considered a region suitable for the Jews to settle. You won’t read this anywhere in history books. Nevertheless, if the proposal had succeeded, the entire dynamics of Israel-Arab relationships would be different.

Why Uganda? Anybody who has ever been to Uganda will tell you that it has the most beautiful landscape on the entire continent, that even Sir Winston Churchill was so overwhelmed by its beauty, he called Uganda the Pearl of Africa. Others have dubbed it the Switzerland of Africa.

One of the most influential figures to bring a Jewish state into being was an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist, Theodor Herzl. Herzl was born in Budapest and lived in Vienna. He published his pamphlet Der Judenstaat (“The Jewish State”) in 1896 and Altneuland (“The Old New Land”) in 1897. Herzl argued that the creation of a Jewish state would enable the Jews to join the family of nations and escape antisemitism.

In 1903, the British Colonial Secretary, Joseph Chamberlain, suggested the “British Uganda Program”, land for a Jewish state in “Uganda”.

The proposal was initially rejected by Herzl, who preferred Palestine, but later on, he introduced the proposal to the Sixth Zionist Congress in Basel on August 26, 1903, to investigate the “Ugandan” offer. The proposal proved very divisive, nevertheless, a committee was established to investigate the possibility, which was eventually dismissed in the Seventh Zionist Congress in 1905.

The Man Eaters

The real reason the proposal was rejected after a team was dispatched to investigate the area is because the region had too many lions. The Jews weren’t accustomed to constantly having to look over their shoulders, and the notion of raising families in what appeared to be a lion-infested country became impractical.

There were several tales by local villagers about “man-eating lions” because at the time, the Uganda-Kenya railway was being constructed. The most notorious lions were the man-eaters of Tsavo. The 1996 film Ghost and the Darkness starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer, tells a story of lions in this East African region, that were known for their notorious methods of stalking and attacking their human prey victims. The movie went on to win an Academy Award for Sound Editing.

After the Ugandan proposal fell through, Palestine became the sole focus of Jewish aspirations. On Friday May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was established, replacing Palestine, the result of which is the current Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel has rejected the Palestinian bid for statehood, saying that peace can only be achieved through negotiations, not a unilateral declaration of statehood. Back To Part I – Lebanese Dilemma>>



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Part I-Lebanon’s dilemma as Palestinians pursue statehood

The Middle East

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As proof to Palestinians he would be as good as his word, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted his bid to the United Nations seeking recognition of statehood on Friday. Israel officials have said a Palestinian state is not viable and have resisted such a proposal. The U.S has promised to deprive Palestinians of annual grants worth $400m. Arab Muslim states have promised to fill the gap, yet Lebanon finds itself in a dilemma.

To understand the depth of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and how Lebanon got caught in the middle of all this, one has to take a step back in history, so this journalist will attempt to give the readers a background of the region.

The original Palestine

This map shows the original geographic landscape of Palestine stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

During the Iron Age II (930-539 B.C.) the current Israel was divided into the northern kingom (Israel) and the southern kingdom also called Judah. Along the banks of the Tigris, a new force emerged that would dominate the region for almost two centuries. These were the Assyrians, who were very skilled fighters. In 722 B.C Shalmaneser V of Assyria and his successor Sargon II launched an attack, that caused the northern kingdom to fall and eventually became a province of the vast Assyrian Empire.

Many Jews who at the time were referred to as Hebrews, were scattered and assimilated into the various tribes of the Assyrian Empire. Others fled as far as the Russian mountains. These are what are referred to as the 10 lost tribes. There are yet others like the Lemba of South Africa who claim to be part of the lost tribes, and were fortunate to escape the Assyrians and survive. They trace their journey down from Syria, to Yemen to East Africa and finally to South Africa. To verify their claims, scientists performed DNA tests on the Lemba and indeed were shocked that the test results were consistent with the Kohanim and had the Cohen Modal Haplotype (CMH) of the Y-chromosome. Josh Bernstein hosted a docu-series called Digging for the Truth on the History Channel, and verified that indeed the Lemba were whom they claimed to be.

Tracing the journey of the lost tribes of Israel

Digging For the Truth – Hosted by Jewish scholar Josh Bernstein

The Rise Persia

In 587 B.C under Nebuchadnezzar, Judah was crushed and Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians.

A few decades later, the reign of Persian king Cyrus saw the rise of the largest kingdom in the ancient world stretching from Aegean Sea and the Nile across the Near East to the Indus Valley. The Persian Empire (modern day Iran) controlled the ancient world for two centuries, but in 330 B.C. it was conquered by Alexander the Great.

The Greek, Roman and Byzantine empires all fell, giving rise to Islam and the Arab invasion. The whole region of the Middle East and Northern Africa was conquered as Islam spread. However, there are still remnants of Christianity in the region with Coptic Christians in Egypt and Maronite Christians in Lebanon.

The Maronites have survived the storms of invasion, occupation, repression and suppression for over 1600 years, preserving their religion, traditions and state. In due course their Christian neighbors all succumbed to Islam but not Lebanon, holding a Maronite majority well into the 20th century, even their Syriac (Christian Aramaic) language was widely spoken well into the late 18th century and still survives today in their liturgy and in some of their villages.

After over 400 years under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Lebanon became part of the French mandate and later gained independence in 1943. It must be noted that most Arabs are actually Turks because they were under their rule for such an extended period of time, beginning with the Byzantine Empire up until the Ottoman Empire. Continue to Part II – Lebanese Palestinian Dilemma>>



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Human Needs Not Corporate Greed Protest – October 6 in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C — Inspired by Egypt’s protests in Tahrir Square, U.S. activists plan to descend upon Washington D.C. on October 6, to protest under the banner “human needs not corporate greed,” that will be held on 6 October, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the start of the US occupation of Afghanistan and as the recently passed US budget takes effect.

As an act of solidarity with the United States, Egyptian activists plan to hold a concurrent protest in Tahrir Square.

Statements from the organizers say that the protest will also address issues of social, environmental and economic justice. The focus of the protest is the US federal budget, which has been a contentious issue in recent months as the US congress prepares to impose new austerity measures.

Egyptian and US activists released on 21 September a “statement of solidarity” between Egyptian revolutionaries and the U.S activists:

“While our nations face many different challenges and remain thousands of miles and cultures apart, we find that we share many of the same concerns within our respective countries,” the statement says in English and Arabic.
The statement has the support of several Egyptians, including veteran activist Alaa Abd El Fattah and Asmaa Mahfouz, a blogger and activist who was recently detained by the military for comments she made on Facebook and Twitter, and others.

American signatories include noted dissident Noam Chomsky and writer and thinker Chris Hedges, a former Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times, as well as many other progressive activists.
US organizers hope that the statement of solidarity will help build momentum.

“Everybody in America dreams of the day when 100,000 people rush onto Freedom Plaza [in Washington, DC] and demand change from their politicians,” says Matthew Cappiello, a political activist who is part of the coalition organizing the 6 October protest. “A lot of these protest movements [in the US] need a kick in the pants. We haven’t been able to captivate the eyes of average Americans.”

Cappiello says, “Just as the American and international media can help protest movements in the Middle East, American protesters also need help from around the world.”

The statement of solidarity lists four points of agreement: The people of the US and Egypt both require real democracy that represents the views of the people; US foreign policy must stop undermining the Egyptian democracy movement; both countries need to end the wealth divide and create “sustainable economies for the 21st century”; and both countries need to respect human rights, including ending torture.

The event will take place at Freedom Plaza in D.C. and details can be found at



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Former Countrywide employee exposes mortgage fraud on grand scale

Embattled Countrywide facing fraud lawsuits

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –Perhaps the most in-depth reporting and investigation on a pattern of fraud at Countrywide Financial Corp., once the nation’s largest mortgage lender, iWatch News staff writer Michael Hudson details the story of Eileen Foster, Countrywide Financial Corp. fraud investigation chief, who uncovered massive fraud within the company and, federal officials say, paid a price for doing so.

According to iWatch News, Eileen Foster, the company’s new fraud investigations chief, intercepted documents before they reached the shredder and was astounded at what she saw.

“You’re looking at it and you’re going, Oh my God, how did it get to this point?” Foster recalls. “How do you get people to go to work every day and do these things and think it’s okay?”

Foster claims by early 2008, she’d concluded that many in Countrywide’s chain of command were working to cover up massive fraud within the company — outing and then firing whistleblowers who tried to report forgery and other misconduct. People who spoke up, she says, were “taken out.”

Soon after the discovery of fraud, Foster believes that in retaliation, Bank of America fired her. She immediately sued. Her lawsuit was resolved last year, the terms of which remain disclosed.

Currently, Bank of America and other big players are being pressured by federal and state to settle charges they used falsified documents to speed homeowners through foreclosure. Lawsuits filed on behalf of investors claim Countrywide lied about the quality of the pools of mortgages that the lender sold them during the home-loan boom.

Most recently AIG sued Bank of America for selling them fraudulent Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) causing BofA’s stock to drop like a bad habit. The suit claims:

“This case arises from a massive fraud perpetrated by Defendants Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Countrywide that has resulted in more than $10 billion in damages to AIG, and ultimately American taxpayers. AIG brings this action as part of its overall efforts to recoup such damages from these defendants and other parties.”

(American International Group Inc et al v. Bank of America Corp et al, New York State Supreme Court, New York County No. 652199/2011). Click here to view entire AIG lawsuit and its details.

Accounts from Foster and other whistleblowers now put Bank of America in a very uncomfortable position. To make matters worse, the Department of Labor conducted an independent investigation after Eileen Foster filed a complaint, and its investigation found that indeed Foster was fired by Bank of America out of retaliation.

Gregory Lumsden, former head of Countrywide’s subprime division told iWatch News, “I don’t care if you’re Microsoft or you’re the Golf Channel or Dupont or MSNBC: companies are going to make some mistakes. What you hope is that companies will deal with employees that do wrong. That’s what we did.”

(Eileen Foster was mortgage fraud investigations chief for Countrywide Financial Corp., which eventually became Bank of America. Michael Hudson covers business and finance for iWatch News. The Columbia Journalism Review called him the reporter who “beat the world on subprime abuses.)


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Greatness isn’t always apparent and may not be discerned until much later

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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As candidates embark on campaign trails during this election cycle, many will rely on polls as a gauge to determine how well they are doing, and what needs to be adjusted in their campaign strategies to attract more voters. Yet winners aren’t always obvious and throughout history, we’ve seen and read about those who were disregarded in their day as incapable, only to turn out to be the opposite.

Winning also requires having a strong self-image that is not dependant on how others view and define someone, but on how one defines and views oneself. The mind also plays a great role, because one has to be able to think one’s future into existence.

A person’s future is defined by that person’s thoughts and friends. If a person thinks he or she will never amount to anything, chances are he or she will never amount to anything. If that person believes he or she will never be good at a certain subject because some school teacher said so, then the odds are, that person will always have problems with that particular subject.

The same applies to friends. One’s closest friends are a determinant to what that person will become in the future. There are some who succeed in life because they have surrounded themselves with people who are successful in one area or another, and there are those who fail to accomplish their goals and dreams because they have chosen to surround themselves with people who lack ambition, drive and vision. Left to one’s own devices, it is easy to see how one can self-destruct.

Some people are self-motivated and are able to rise above the odds by their own inner-strength, regardless of the kind of people they surround themselves with. These people are few and far between, and tend to be extremely resilient, or some might refer to it as having will power.

A wise man once said, “If you have the will to live, you can even overcome death when it stares you in the eyes, but if you lose your will to live, your last hope is gone.”

The point is the will is so strong that there are some who were inflicted with terminal illnesses and were told they had a few months to live, yet those very same people are still alive despite being handed a death warrant by their doctors. Some people even joke that they “cheated death” and lived to tell their tale. With all joking aside, these people simply refused to succumb to their infirmities or illnesses because their will to live outweighed their spirit of surrender.

In marriages, many are still married despite having faced crisis after crisis, but it’s because these couples too have refused to give in to the spirit of surrender. Many people falsely believe if they lose the loving feeling for a spouse, it must be a sign that the marriage is coming to an end, and inevitably think their futures into
existence. To be married to someone doesn’t mean one will always have cold chills running up the spine and hot flashes. A person chooses to love another, and when a marriage or relationship ends, it is because one spouse has chosen to stop loving and decided to become indifferent toward the other. There is no such thing as “falling out of love”. All this boils down to the will to succeed.

When Brahms, the classical composer created his works, he was ridiculed by Tchaikovsky and called a talentless bastard. Another contemporary said, “I knew Brahms’ music was bad, but I didn’t realize it was worse than I thought, until I actually played it.” Yet Brahms is regarded and hailed as the last greatest classical composers, and his name completes the three Bs,– Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.

Vivaldi’s music enjoyed a modest level of success, yet upon his death, people ceased to notice the genius it took for Vivaldi to create it. His musical compositions lay dormant for over two centuries. It wasn’t until the 1920s that his music was revived, and to date Vivaldi is considered one of the greatest Baroque composers of classical music, with his The Four Seasons being the most popular.

As for Handel, his family discouraged him from pursuing a musical career because they failed to discern his talent. His father wanted him to serve in the navy, which he did. As fortune would have it, a family friend, noticing Handel’s musical genius, hired him as an inspector of the naval band. Handel took advantage of this opportunity and created compositions suitable for choral music. We now remember Handel for his Messiah, and to date, it remains the most popular oratorical musical pieces in the classical genre.

With the above illustrations, we can see how enduring the human spirit is, when one sets one’s mind on accomplishing one’s goals. To succeed in any area, including politics, the same kind of resolve is necessary, however, in regard to politics, it should be done for the public good to bring about meaningful and lasting change.


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Michele Bachmann’s PardonGate and Ponzi scheme donor yet to be addressed

Michele Bachmann

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Even though Bachmann seems to have been successful in generating a national conversation about Rick Perry’s HPV vaccine and connecting it to a $5,000 contribution by pharmaceutical giant Merck, Bachmann is yet to address why she wrote a letter asking for a pardon to be extended to a convicted drug-smuggler involved in a Ponzi scheme who contributed over $25,000 to her campaign.

During the most recent CNN debate, Bachmann said, “We cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate. We can’t deny that,” Bachmann charged.

When asked to elaborate, Bachmann said, “What I am saying is … the governor’s former chief of staff was chief lobbyist for this drug company. The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor… The question is, is it about life or potentially billions for a drug company?”

If Bachmann is going to make such charges, perhaps the same standard should uses should be used against her. Frank Vennes Jr., a contributor to Bachmann’s campaign was in the Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution on money-laundering, drug and firearm charges in 1987.

He was released after doing time, however, this all changed when Vennes’ homes were raided by federal agents in connection with a Ponzi scheme on September 24, 2010. In July 2011, he was charged with eight counts of securities fraud, six counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, three counts of bank fraud, and two counts of mail fraud. This according to Star Tribune.

In 2007, Bachmann wrote a letter requesting a presidential pardon for the convicted drug-smuggler and money-launderer, Frank Vennes. Vennes was convicted of money laundering in 1988 and pleaded no contest to a cocaine and weapons charge. In addition, he and his wife donated over $25,000 to Bachmann’s 2006 and 2008 election.

Here are just a few donations filed with the Federal Electoral Commission made by Mr. Vennes to Bachmann. One is a donation of $4,600 another is a donation of $10,000 right here. You may view all total contributions here.

If one uses the logic she used against Rick Perry, one could argue that for $25,000 the convicted drug-smuggler and money launderer was able to buy a pardon from Michele Bachmann. You may read or download the pardon letter Bachmann wrote here:

Just like Perry withdrew the executive order, Bachmann too later on realized that her connection to a drug-smuggler involved in a Ponzi scheme would ruin her political career. She then wrote a second letter admitting:”Regrettably, it now appears that I may have too hastily accepted his [Frank Vennes] claims of redemption and I must withdraw my previous letter.”

Since she is questioning Perry’s judgment for far less money, Rick Perry too would be justified in questioning her judgment since she received over five times the donations that Perry received.

As far as being a fiscal conservative, it would be hypocritical for Bachmann to make such claims since she herself has from 2001-2006, proposed more than $60 million in earmarks, including a $710,000 “Bond For Centerville Local Improvements Around Highway 14? and a $40,000,000 “Bond for Lino Lakes And Columbus Township Highway Interchanges,” as reported here by The Daily Caller.

It seems Bachmann owes an explanation to her base for actions that are in contravention to what she claims she stands for. As for Frank Vennes, he will become Bachmann’s Tony Rezko if she doesn’t clarify the true and real reasons for her PardonGate.


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The Rogue book by McGinnis puts Sarah Palin in damage control mode

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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — A soon-to-be released book about Sarah Palin by a neighbor whom the Palins say has stalked them since 2008, is creating a stir, and has prompted several publications to decline reviewing it, because of its controversial content.

Joe McGinniss, author of The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, plans to release the book on September 20th, and has already appeared on many high profile shows to promote the book.

The allegations in the book have of course been refuted by Todd Palin who said, “This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in right next door to us to harass us and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife.”

Another statement was released from the Palin camp saying the book was filled with “disgusting lies, innuendo and smears”.

Variety called it “a sarcastically toned, strategically timed character assassination” that “lacks sufficient humor and insight to make it a must-see for anyone outside the Brit muckraker’s fan base.” Other critics called it “obnoxious” and “unnecessary.”

Yet Sarah Palin made a fatal error. She had a chance to make her “big” announcement on September 3, in Iowa, and to her detriment she didn’t. Indeed as Variety notes, the release of the book has been strategically timed, because its release puts Sarah Palin in damage-control mode. Whatever announcement she plans or planned to make at the end of the month will be overshadowed by the contents of the book, because bloggers, media practitioners and comedians will be having a field day with the material they extract from the book.

Had she simply announced at the beginning of the months what her intentions were, it would have had more of an impact, yet critics have accused her of stringing along her voters because she wants “media attention” and now that is exactly what she will be getting in the weeks ahead.

Some gullible voters who may not be able to exercise critical thinking could believe the contents of the book and dismiss her, if she were to announce a run for the presidency. Others may view her in an unfavorable light and choose to support another candidate whom they perceive to be more solid. So whether she is intentionally playing mind-games with her voters or not, the book’s release will change the dynamics of the political climate on the GOP side, and even if she chooses to endorse one of the candidates, the timing just wouldn’t be right and the endorsement may not have the intended impact.

One of the traps Palin fell into was allowing the media to define her. She now constantly has to reassure her supporters that she is not whom the media claims she is, but she cannot simply rely on spokes people and social networks to debunk her adversaries.

Sarah Palin needs to define herself, and for a book that might be damaging to her, she needs to perhaps write an open letter and debunk the lies. Forget about Twitter and Facebook, she needs to use a cross-media platform to reach those who may not necessary visit her Twitter or Facebook pages. I also know Palin reads my articles every now and then so, hopefully she can extract some gems from this article.

During the Texas gubernatorial race, Rick Perry faced a similar scenario. All his opponents accused him of wanting to build a Trans-Texas corridor highway and snatch farmland away from hardworking farmers. Rick Perry’s response was swift and pragmatic. He went on as many radio programs as possible to debunk the falsehoods and then wrote an open letter to all Texans assuring them that the Trans-Texas corridor highway was dead, and the rumors were being spread by disinformation agents and fearmongers. Texans believed Perry and voted him back into office, making him the longest serving governor in America. Perry addressed
his situation hands-on, and refused to let the media define him, that’s why he won the election.

At some point whether or not her critics are right that Palin is playing mind games with her supporters, she has to realize that voting for a president is serious business and regardless of how strongly voters previously supported her, they too could give her a false sense of hope and pick another candidate. Fred Thompson found that out quickly when he did the same thing to his voters, so is Newt Gingrich who has failed to rise above 5 percent.

The candidates that have been straightforward are the one enjoying double-digits because voters want someone whom they don’t have to second-guess. If there is a national crisis, they want a candidate who is resolute, and will confront the crisis head on. Even though voters should use critical thinking in voting for a candidate, for many, voting is an emotional event and because it is an emotional event, when voters become attached to a candidate who has thrown his or her hat in the ring, it is extremely difficult to get them to switch to a new candidate. But hey, this is just one journalist’s opinion.


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Civil rights group uses black students in Texas to overturn voterID law

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Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — After passing one of the toughest voterID registration pieces of legislation, a civil rights group is asking the Department of Justice to stop the law that was passed in Texas.

The law forces those who do not have a state or federal photo ID to vote by provisional ballot which will only be counted if they return with a valid ID. University Student ID cards and even official state or federal government employee ID cards do not qualify under this law. The law also prohibits veterans from using their ID card from the Department of Veterans Affairs to vote, even though it is a government-issued photo ID.

The bill passed 20-12 with all 19 Republicans and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst voted to approve SB14, which will allow voters to use a Texas driver’s license or ID card, military ID, passport or Texas concealed handgun license as a valid form of photo identification at any polling place. Newscast Media first reported in January 2011, the passage of Senate Bill 14 here.

The Brennan Center for Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Texas NAACP sent a letter to the DOJ insisting the law will indeed discriminate against — and disenfranchise — Texas voters.

Critics said the law was written to target African Americans at Prairie View A&M University, a predominantly black university. The League of Young Voters Education Fund collected statements from dozens of students at Prairie View to use as proof that the proposed photo ID law will disfranchise them.

Regardless of fact, Perry still stands firmly behind the law. “Voter ID can ensure an accurate reflection of the will of the voters,” his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“Without confidence in our elections process, the rights of all voters are cast in doubt.”


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Mahmoud Abbas plows through with UN Security Council statehood bid

Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas –In a move that reverses a pledge to Saudi, European and Egyptian officials to hold off on asking the United Nations to recognize as a new state Israel’s occupied Palestinian territories, sources told the middle eastern news website DEBKAfile that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has decided to go through with his application to the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 23 for the admission of a Palestinian state to the world body.

DEBKAfile reports that during his visit to Cairo, Mahmoud Abbas was sternly warned by Saud al Faisal, Ashton and Egyptian leaders of the grave consequences awaiting the Palestinians if he forced the US to exercise its veto against their statehood at the UN Security Council. US President Barack Obama Tuesday made it crystal clear that he “objects very strongly” to the Palestinian statehood motion as “counterproductive” and “a distraction from solving problems that can only be addressed through negotiations.”

US sources report that the US President has refused to talk to Abbas for the past eight months owing to his refusal to join Israel for direct peace talks. He was advised by the Europeans, the Saudis and Egyptians this week that the US presidential boycott would almost certainly extend to fellow Palestinian leaders and US financial aid.

The Palestinian Authority would thus be placed under American sanctions. However, if he withdrew his statehood bid from the Security Council and accepted the new position paper, Obama would consider restoring communications.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “The path to creating an independent Palestinian state lies through direct talks between Ramallah and Jerusalem – not New York,” she said. Early Wednesday, the General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar reported that the Palestinians had not yet submitted their request to the General Assembly. It would therefore not come up for debate before October.

DEBKAfile’s sources report that while Mahmoud Abbas appears to have been hassled into a partial climb-down from his original plan to bypass talks with Israel by gaining UN approval of Palestinian statehood, he may not have caved in completely. Neither is it clear whether Netanyahu will swallow the new blueprint Tony Blair is about to dish up.

Source: DEBKAfile


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Barack Obama simply does not understand what the country needs

Barack Obama

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Once again, the president seeks a “stimulus” for the economy in the form of nearly a half trillion dollars in government spending and tax cuts. We’ve been through this before. It didn’t work in 2009 and 2010, and it won’t work now.

Remember the first stimulus? Remember how we urgently needed it to create jobs and rescue our economy? The president assured us that shoveling money into “shovel-ready” projects would boost the economy and create jobs — and prevent the unemployment rate from rising above 8 percent. It didn’t happen that way. Despite spending nearly $1 trillion, American jobs continued to be eliminated. The unemployment rate rose above 8 percent, then above 9 percent, and peaked at over 10 percent. It has remained above 9 percent for 27 of the past 29 months.

Then the president went on “60 Minutes” and said that he had learned there was no such thing as “shovel ready.” He actually said that!

The tragedy of Obama is that he simply doesn’t understand what the country needs. We need jobs, economic growth and leadership. He is an academic surrounded by eggheads. He theorizes when we need practical solutions. He is political when we need leadership.

Creating jobs is not an ivory-tower exercise. Business leaders have to take risks every day. But they make calculated risks. Bad risks can lead to bankruptcy. Risks have to be weighed against the potential for return. Uncertainty is the enemy. Uncertainty makes risk ill advised.

The Obama era is the era of uncertainty for businesses. More new regulations have been promulgated during the Obama administration’s first 30 months than during any other comparable period in American history. Obamacare creates tremendous uncertainty for job creators. The Dodd-Frank legislation is an assault on innovation in the financial sector with the result that banks, even those flush with cash, are not lending. Less lending smothers growth. The president has made it clear that he wants to raise taxes, causing business decision makers to wonder if their bottom lines will take another hit. The instability of the federal budget deficit is yet another huge problem.

All of this uncertainty makes risk-taking too dangerous. So, the economy flounders. The unemployed languish. The recession deepens.

A real jobs plan would provide certainty to business and bolster consumer confidence. The way forward is clear: place a moratorium on new government regulation, suspend the implementation of Obamacare, reform the tax code to make it simple, cut taxes to put money into the economy, pass the three pending free trade agreements to increase our exports and embrace the recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan (a plan written for the president at his request, by the way). Back up this straightforward plan with decisive leadership.

Good people are hurting all across the country. Bad public policy threatens the American dream. It shouldn’t take Einstein to figure this out. It’s tragic. Regrettably, Obama’s tragedy is also America’s tragedy.

Charles E. Kilbourne served in former Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. Subsequently, he has worked extensively in various capacities in the fields of international affairs and international economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.


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PHOTOS: Houston Texans v. Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans v. Indianapolis Colts. Photo by Joseph Earnest


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Texans enjoyed a sweet victory in their season opener against the Indianapolis Colts in a 34-7 win. Led by quarterback Matt Schaub, the Texans dominated the game from beginning to end, demonstrating they are serious about making it to the playoffs.



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UNESCO celebrates International Literacy Day highlighting link between peace and literacy

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Newscast Media NEW DELHI, India — The 2011 International Literacy Day that was celebrated across the globe on September 8, focused on the link between literacy and peace. The ceremony was held in New Delhi, India, and UNESCO awarded the international Confucius and King Sejong literacy prizes to projects in Burundi, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the United States of America.

Also in New Delhi, an international conference on Women’s Literacy for Inclusive and Sustainable Development is being organized by UNESCO’s E9 initiative, from 8 to 10 September.

“The world urgently needs increased political commitment to literacy backed by adequate resources to scale up effective programs. Today I urge governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to make literacy a policy priority, so that every individual can develop their potential, and actively participate in shaping more sustainable, just and peaceful societies,” declared UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

According to data from UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, 793 million adults – most of them girls and women – are illiterate. A further 67 million children of primary school age are not in primary school and 72 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are also missing out their right to an education.

More than half the adult population of the following 11 countries are illiterate: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. South and West Asia account for more than half (51,8%) the world’s adult illiterate population, ahead of sub-Saharan Africa (21,4%), East Asia and the Pacific (12,8%), the Arab States (7,6%), Latin America and the Caribbean (4,6%), North America, Europe and Central Asia (2%).

Data on world literacy can be downloaded or accessed here.

One of two awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy goes to the U.S.-based Room to Read for its effective program, Promoting Gender Equality and Literacy through Local Language Publishing. Operating in nine countries — Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam and Zambia — the program has assisted communities in the development of culturally relevant reading materials in local and minority languages.

The other award of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy goes to Collectif Alpha Ujuvi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for its program, Peaceful Coexistence of Communities and Good Governance in North Kivu. The program uses an innovative model for preventing and resolving tensions and conflicts among individuals and communities.


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Houston Texans v. Indianapolis Colts September 11, 2011

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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Texans will begin their NFL season opener on Sunday September 11, against the Colts at Reliant Stadium in downtown Houston. The Colts will bench Peyton Manning for the game due to health reasons, ending his streak of 227 consecutive starts for the Colts.

“The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they miss me,” Manning said. “I simply am not healthy enough to play and I am doing everything I can to get my health back.”

With a revamped Defense, the Houston Texans are hoping for a strong start against the Colts. Wade Phillips, native and son of legendary former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips was hired as the Texans’ new defensive coordinator on Jan. 5. He joined the Texans with 29 years of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator or head coach.

In those 29 years, Phillips has helped orchestrate 12 top-10 defenses. His teams have made the playoffs in the first season at each of his last seven stops as head coach or defensive coordinator. The Texans are hoping that track record continues as Phillips installs a 3-4 in Houston in 2011.

“Our offense had done a good job for the last three years,” Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair said during training camp. “It’s been more than adequate for us to be competitive. The problem has been our defense, and we had to improve our defense.”

Indianapolis Colts v. Houston Texans
Sun, 09/11 at 12:00 PM CDT
Reliant Stadium
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After GOP presidential debate will Perry keep his staying power?

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Debate speaking turns: Perry-18, Romney-11, Bachmann-10, Huntsman-8, Paul-8, Santorum-6, Cain-6, Gingrich-6.

After the GOP debate, it is obvious the Republicans are determined to fight as a single impenetrable unit to defeat Obama. The best part of the debate was when Newt Gingrich called out John Harris of Politico and the media for trying to cause Republicans to fight each other. Gingrich stopped short of calling media practitioners “disinformation agents.”

Brian Williams then attempted to play the race card about Whites having more money than Blacks, but Perry put him back in check and reminded him that regardless of race, it is important to create jobs and let people use the money they earn, the way they want.

There is an old Chinese saying that goes: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.”

Overall, the debate was dominated by Perry and Romney who were given more airtime than any of the other candidates. The media’s dislike for Ron Paul was obvious, who was at one time cut off but insisted he finish just like everybody else. Still trying to figure out Cain’s 999 plan.


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As each Republican presidential candidate attempts to convince voters that he or she should be nominated and eventually elected president, all eyes will be on Texas Gov. Rick Perry who only recently joined the race and is the current frontrunner. Perry has survived the barrage of attacks from conservative detractors and disinformation agents, yet at the presidential debate, he faces seven candidates who will attempt to poke holes into his plans for America.

Leading the pack is America’s CEO, Mitt Romney, as he likes to refer to himself. Romney is very strong in New Hampshire, while Perry is solid in South Carolina. Perry argues he has a 10-year track record of being number one in facilitating job creation in his state, while Romney argues his track record of creating jobs in the corporate world by building businesses, spans over two decades.

Romney has explained that he will lower the current corporate tax cuts from 35 percent to 25 percent, and will eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for people making less than $200,000 a year. As he continues to unveil his plan across America, Romney believes that his overall plan would lead to 4 percent annual growth in the U.S. economy, and create over 10 million new jobs during his first term, if elected president.

Rick Perry’s argument is simple. Perry argues he has helped build the nation’s strongest economy, and since 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas. His mantra is: “Don’t spend all the money. Keep taxes low and regulations fair. Finally, invest aggressively in job creation.”

Participating in the September 7, 2011 debate at the Reagan Library will be: Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.


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Libyan Revolution eclipsed by racial violence against foreigners

Blacks in Libya in danger

Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Gadhafi’s 40-year rule saw a wave of migrant workers move to Libya for better jobs, adopting the country as their very own. This all changed over six months ago when the war against Gadhafi and rebels erupted and allegations of foreign mercenaries fighting for the government were made not only by the rebels, but also by the foreign press. Suddenly, the community of migrant workers, most of whom are black from sub-Saharan Africa, lost the sense of security they once had, because they were being accused of being mercenaries themselves.

There were reports that Gadhafi had recruited Tuareg mercenaries from Mali and Niger. On March 17, 2011, The Australian reported that Libya’s deputy UN envoy, Ibrahim Dabbashi, who had turned against Gaddafi, said “the international community has to act within the next 10 hours”.

He said he had information that Gaddafi forces, backed by hundreds of mercenaries from Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi and Chad, were preparing major offensives in eastern and western Chad.

To make matters worse for the black community living in Libya who may have been innocent and had nothing to do with the mercenaries, the Zimbabwe Mail reported that Zimbabwean troops and Libyan government forces had taken several towns both East and West of Tripoli, the capital, driving out rebel groups that have been calling for foreign military intervention.

“…The Zimbabwe National Army and its Airforce are heavily involved in the fierce battles between forces loyal to Colonel Mammaur Gaddafi and the rebels forces, sources in the Zimbabwe military intelligence revealed this afternoon. Libyan government soldiers backed by Zimbabwean troops battled rebels on the road to the insurgent stronghold of Benghazi on Thursday as the United States raised the possibility of air strikes to stop Muammar Gaddafi’s forces,” the paper reported.

The news continued to spread like a wildfire fueled by Middle Eastern newspaper Al-Arabiya’s publication of photos of dead mercenaries, which were picked up by a prominent Arabian blog that had several tweets and photo IDs of mercenaries, under the headline, “Libya’s African Mercenary Problem.”

What we now see are the after effects of these previously-reported events implicating black Africans or Africans as they are referred to in Libya. Libyans consider themselves Arabs so they refer to African natives as Africans. Indeed North Africa was once occupied by the Moors and the Berbers before the Arab invasion, who were consequently displaced and replaced, and are now the minority in North Africa.

Some have referred to this selective persecution of blacks in Libya as racism, while others refer to it as revenge for supporting Gadhafi at the beginning of the war. Yet this scenario of one dominant group taunting another is all too familiar, not just in Africa but around the world.

In sub-Saharan Africa, if there were riots in which non-blacks were implicated, they too would face the same kind of wrath from the native Africans. Recently Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni had to back off giving away Uganda’s largest forest reserve to Indians because they faced threats of violence or their businesses being burned to the ground by native Ugandans. In Zimbabwe the native Africans retaliated against whites and seized their farms with orders from the state, and the UK Telegraph wrote an article about the end of an era of Zimbabwe’s last farmers.

However, what is troubling about the Libya situation is that NATO claimed its presence was for humanitarian purposes, yet not even the president of the United States or his Secretary of State have condemned the violence against blacks that has emanated from the war they started.


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