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  • US affirms ‘ironclad’ promise to defend Philippines

    05/27/2015 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been at loggerheads with the Philippines and other states in the region. Citing Washington's mutual defense treaty with Manila, Carter "stressed that the US commitment...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    05/25/2015 7:29:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/25/2015 | AFP
    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace above the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.
  • U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

    05/21/2015 11:44:16 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese navy issued eight warnings to the crew of a U.S. P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, when it conducted the overflights on Wednesday, according to CNN, which was aboard the U.S. aircraft. When the American pilots responded by saying the plane was flying through international airspace, a Chinese radio operator...
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • South China Sea tensions have Filipino leaders hoping the US Navy returns to Subic Bay

    05/19/2015 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 18, 2015 | Will Englund
    At the height of the Vietnam War, the vast U.S. Navy base here at Subic Bay, across the South China Sea from the fighting, was humming with activity, and for the 30,000 civilian Filipinos who worked on maintenance, repair and hundreds of other high-paid jobs, it was a golden era. "There was so much money to be made," said Jong Cortez, a member of the city council whose parents both worked on the base. Plus, there were good benefits and, everyone thought, job security. Even after the war ended, the Navy stayed active here to counter the naval base the...
  • Corregidor Island, Philippines - Journey with Jamie Logan [Video]

    05/08/2015 6:18:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 1, 2012 | Jamie Logan
    Welcome to Jamie's Journeys! Join Regent Seven Seas cruise director and adventurer Jamie Logan as he travels to this this small but heavily fortified island which was the site of one of the great battles during WWII. Here American and Filipino forces held off the Imperial Japanese Navy which delayed their advance and saved Australia from invasion. See the incredible remains of this battle torn island!
  • The Story of the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor - 1/6

    05/08/2015 6:17:56 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 3, 2008 | Department of National Defense, the Philippines
    "The Filipinos did most of the fighting and most of the dying..." This tells the "true story" behind the "forgotten war" of Bataan and Corregidor -- savage battles that violently hurled falsely reassured Filipinos and an ill-prepared Philippines into the Second World War in the Pacific. Produced by the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office this series of videos documents the outstanding courage, heroism and nobility of Filipinos regardless the inevitable fall of the country to the unrelenting Imperial Japanese military juggernaut. An outcome inevitably irreversible despite the fierce resistance of the mostly...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Sadness, disappointment in Philippines after Pacquiao defeat

    05/03/2015 6:23:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. Gymnasiums and other public venues where the 12-round fight was shown for free on Sunday lunchtime local time were quickly vacated after it was announced Pacquiao lost by unanimous decision. Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said "the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist."(continued)
  • Vietnam Buys Deadly New Missiles Capable of Hitting China

    04/30/2015 1:47:27 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 49 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 30 April 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Hanoi is the first Southeast Asian nation arming its submarines with land attack cruise missiles. Vietnam is in the process of acquiring 50 anti-ship and land attack 3M-14E Klub supersonic cruise missiles for its burgeoning fleet of SSK Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, Der Spiegel Online reports. According to the article, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website, based on information obtained from the United Nations’ register of conventional arms, indicating that Russia has already delivered 28 missiles over the last two years to Hanoi, although the precise number remains unknown. The Klub is a Russian-made...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 49 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson FrontPageMagazine.com | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • Filipino Bishops Reverse Position on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

    03/28/2015 5:19:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | March 25, 2015 | Bob Shine
    In a reversal from their earlier position, the Catholic bishops of the Philippines have endorsed an LGBT non-discrimination bill, with only one reservation. Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines sent a pastoral guidance letter to dioceses endorsing non-discrimination as a “Christian imperative,” reports Gay Star News. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the conference’s president, said further: ” ‘Insofar as the proposed piece of legislation renders illegitimate the relegation of persons with sexual orientation and gender identity issues to citizens of a lower category enjoying fewer rights, the CBCP cannot but lend its support to this proposed legislative measure.’...
  • Give Muslims self-rule or ‘count body bags’: Philippines’ Aquino

    03/28/2015 10:19:18 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Arab News ^ | 03/27/2015 | AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
    MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has called on lawmakers to pass a bill endorsing a pact aimed at ending a decades-long Muslim separatist rebellion, warning them they would otherwise start counting “body bags.” Aquino had wanted the bill, which would give autonomy to the majority Catholic nation’s Muslim minority in the south, passed this month. But Congress suspended debates on the proposed law in the face of public outrage over the killings of 44 police commandoes by guerrillas in a botched anti-terror raid in January. “This is the crossroads we face: we take pains to forge peace today, or we...
  • US said to play key role in ill-fated counterterror raid in the Philippines

    03/18/2015 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila. At least six Americans were present at a Philippine command post during the ill-fated January raid and supplied Philippine forces with surveillance data collected by U.S. aircraft, the investigation found. One of the Americans went so far as to order a Philippine army general to call in artillery fire, though the general angrily refused, investigators found.
  • Philippine offensive against Muslim rebels displaces thousands

    03/05/2015 11:05:29 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Daily Mail/ Reuters ^ | 3-6-2015 | Manuel Mogato
    A Philippine army offensive against a Muslim rebel faction has forced 70,000 people from their homes, a district governor said on Friday as he appealed for an end to the fighting, saying he was running out of money to feed the displaced. The predominantly Christian Philippines has been battling Muslim rebels in the south of the archipelago for decades and while negotiations with the biggest group have raised hopes for peace, fighting with smaller factions erupts regularly. The latest clashes are between the army and a faction known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in a marshy region of...
  • So I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    10/25/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by squidly · 5 replies · 848+ views
    James Hornfischer
    I used to be a tin can sailor. Great book. Like most books, it reinforces how the admirals were wrong. But that's easy to say 60 years after the fact. As Nelson DeMille said, anyone can be a military genius with the benefit of hindsight. I continue to be amazed that the Yamato and Musashi were able to shoot 3,200 lb. shells a distance of 26 miles. In my day, we did that with missiles.
  • US billionaire Paul Allen discovers wreck of Japan's biggest warship Musashi

    03/04/2015 3:37:21 PM PST · by mojito · 36 replies
    Guardian/AFP ^ | 3/4/2015 | Unattributed
    Sunk without trace in what some historians consider the greatest naval battle ever fought, the mightiest battleship ever built has been found off the Philippines by one of the world’s wealthiest men. Paul Allen, the multibillionaire Microsoft co-founder, on Tuesday posted photographs of the wreck of the Musashi, a second world war Japanese battleship that, with its sister-ship the Yamato, was the largest and most heavily-armed warship ever launched. “WW2 Battleship Musashi sank 1944 is FOUND,” Allen announced on Twitter, beneath a ghostly underwater photograph of the mammoth vessel’s rusting, coral-encrusted bow clearly bearing the chrysanthemum crest of the Japanese...
  • Microsoft billionaire finds wreck of legendary Japanese battleship Musashi: [truncated]

    03/04/2015 6:14:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Flora Drury
    Microsoft's co-founder has used his own submarine to find the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship - which has lain undiscovered at the bottom of the ocean for the past 70 years. Paul Allen revealed his amazing discovery to the world on Tuesday, by posting a photo to Twitter of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The Musashi - which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleship ever constructed - was sunk by the U.S. Navy in 1944, taking with it more than...
  • Japanese ship found after 70 years

    03/04/2015 9:18:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    . The Musashi was one of a trio of vessels built by Japan during the war that, at 263 metres (863 feet) each, were its biggest battleships ever. American warplanes sank the Musashi on October 24, 1944, at the height of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, regarded as the largest naval encounter of the war in which US and Australian forces defeated the Japanese. Dozens of Japanese warships that were sunk during World War II have since been found in the Philippines, with some of them now popular dive locations. The Sibuyan Sea where the Musashi was reportedly found is...
  • Philippine GDP growth to outpace China's from 2016 as Asia's fastest growing economy

    02/27/2015 10:35:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Economic growth in the Philippines will overtake China's by 2016 as the former country continues to be an outperformer due to a strong domestic upswing in businesses and industry, growing foreign direct investments and record-high remittances from Filipinos working abroad, according to GDP forecasts in the recently released "2015 Annual Outlook" by Citibank. In turn, China, long time among the fastest growing countries in Asia and worldwide, is cooling down its economy to make GDP growth "more sustainable" as it is suffering from high public debt, reduced domestic consumption, over-investment in housing and infrastructure and regional economic imbalances. China will...
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • The Strenuous Life (1899) [Theodore Roosevelt]

    02/20/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 11 replies
    United States federal government ^ | (1899) | Theodore Roosevelt
    I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little...
  • Hizb-ut-Tahrir may become dangerous than ISIS: Report (One Million Members)

    02/15/2015 12:56:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | February 15, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Radical Islamist group Hizb-ut- Tahrir which cleverly avoided global scrutiny while spreading its ideology may become a more dangerous terrorist group than the ISIS and it's presence in South Asia should be a cause for concern for India, according to a report. "While ISIS runs amok in Syria and Iraq, demanding media attention through acts of barbarous cruelty, HuT (Hizb-ut- Tahrir or the Party of Liberation) is quietly building a global infrastructure of radicalised youth and deep-pocketed Arab support in preparation for the global Khilafat," said the report published in the latest edition of CTX Journal. The group has cleverly...
  • How General Pershing dealt with Islamic Terrorists

    10/07/2001 7:14:26 PM PDT · by GuillermoX · 33 replies · 4,072+ views
    Various ^ | 10-7-01 | Vendyl Jones
    THE WISDOM OF KNOWING YOUR ENEMY  "In the years preceding World War I, General Pershing was commander of the American forces in the Philippines.  The small Moslem community on the island nation began to wreak havoc against the Philippine government and American forces.  The American troops captured a large group of these terrorists.  During the interrogation by the Military Court, the fanatics were heard to repeatedly shout, 'Allah Achbar!  Allah Achbar! Jihad!  The Philippines are the lands of Islam!'    "Pershing ordered the Amalekites executed one by one in the presence of the whole group. (The author is referring to ...
  • Philippines mourns police killed in anti-terror bloodbath [44 Cops Ambushed]

    01/30/2015 3:26:57 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Yahoo! News
    A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins of comrades brought home from the southern island of Mindanao, the scene of the worst loss of life by the country's police or troops in recent memory. President Benigno Aquino has declared Friday a day of mourning for the 44 men slaughtered in a cornfield Sunday when their top-secret mission -- to catch or kill one...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • The Philippines: Another Jihad the World is Ignoring

    01/26/2015 5:59:12 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 26 Jan 15 | Unattributed
    Not a week goes by these days in which we are not reminded that there is a global Jihadist insurgency. It is not homogenous; the various Islamic insurgent groups are not united. But they do all possess the same basic goal: to see to it that allah’s law rules supreme on earth. Yes, we’re in a world war. Our enemies know it, but we continue to deny it. For example, the Jihadist insurgency in the southern Philippines, which has been going on for many years, continues to flare up periodically. It’s a bloody war that most of the world knows...
  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    01/25/2015 4:26:01 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 25 2015 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines – More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • Manila: Biggest gathering of faithful ever for a Pope

    01/18/2015 5:34:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 18, 2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    "Between 6 to 7 million" attended the final big mass in the Philippines on the feast of the Santo Nińo. In his homily, the Pope said: “the devil hides behind the allure of being ‘modern’, ‘like everyone else’. Francis also met the father of the volunteer who died in Tacloban yesterday “God created the world as a beautiful garden,” “but man has disfigured that natural beauty”, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption”. Rain poured down on the millions of faithful that gathered in Rizal Park in Manila to attend the mass celebrated by Francis on the final...
  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippines embraces mall worshipping

    01/17/2015 7:45:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 17, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    On a recent busy evening in one of the Philippines’ top malls, shoppers wandered through luxury brand shops while prostitutes sat expectantly at a bar and a priest gave a sermon at a chapel. The scene may appear an unlikely combination but in the Philippines the Catholic Church has successfully set up shop where millions increasingly spend their leisure time. As a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines this week shines a spotlight on the nation’s vibrant brand of Catholicism, local Church leaders said he would endorse the mixing of faith with consumerism. “It was Jesus who went to...
  • A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

    01/17/2015 3:41:41 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a...
  • Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

    01/16/2015 4:41:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | EWTN sources
    Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to life,” he deviated briefly from his prepared remarks, transitioning from English to his native Spanish in order to speak from the heart about the subject. “I think of Blessed Paul VI,” he said....
  • Pope Francis criticizes gay marriage, backs ban on contraception

    01/16/2015 8:46:35 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | January 16, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    In points he’s made before in other settings, Pope Francis on Friday criticized what he called the “ideological colonization of the family,” language that many took as a reference to gay marriage, and also defended a previous pope who upheld the Church’s ban on contraception. “The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life,” Francis said. A Vatican spokesman confirmed Friday evening that, at least in part, the pope had gay marriage in mind. The...
  • Complications in SF 'Shrimp Boy' Prosecution (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/11/2014 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 5/09/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has refused to sign on to a protective order that will allow defense attorneys to receive evidence from federal prosecutors, including audio recordings and video surveillance, from a five-year undercover investigation that led to his arrest, and the arrest of 26 others in March. Attorneys for the federal government on Thursday filed a motion to compel Chow to cooperate, noting that nearly all the other defendants have signed on, and only one other defendant has not signed because of a likely substitution of counsel in the near future. According...
  • Time ripe for peace with MILF: Clinton

    11/13/2009 8:16:17 AM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 18 replies · 1,303+ views
    cbs ^ | today | staff
    MANILA - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is optimistic a peace pact between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will happen before President Arroyo steps down in 2010. Clinton said she believes Mrs. Arroyo is ready to make "difficult decisions" regarding the peace talks with the MILF before the end of her term.
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.
  • Feds: Yee shook down NFL team, 'Shrimpboy' headed organized crime group (shoulder fired missiles)

    07/25/2014 9:53:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/25/14 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    **SNIP** At one meeting with an undercover FBI agent, Jackson allegedly told Yee that the agent knew the owner of an NFL team. Yee then told the agent about a pending law that would limit NFL players from filing workers' compensation claims in the state if they played for out of state teams. Yee told the agent that he should "convey this information to the owner of the NFL team" with an offer of help from Yee. Asked about the cost of such a vote, Yee reportedly said, "Oh no...we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing."...
  • Wilson Lim, Daly City dentist charged in Leland Yee case, dies (shoulder fired missiles)

    08/30/2014 12:52:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 8/27/14 | Henry K. Lee, Hamed Aleaziz
    **SNIP** The investigation extended to Yee after an undercover FBI agent who had infiltrated Chow's group was introduced to the senator and allegedly persuaded him to trade political favors for campaign contributions. Lim became enmeshed in the case due to his political backing of Yee. According to a 137-page FBI affidavit, Yee introduced Lim to the undercover agent as a man who could secure guns. The agent, the FBI said, had asked Yee to facilitate an arms deal in exchange for more campaign money. The accusations prompted the Philippines government to open a probe into whether Lim had links to...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • A Toast To 2014’s Top California Political Stories (shoulder fired missiles)

    01/01/2015 5:38:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    KQED ^ | 12/31/14 | John Myers
    **SNIP** The San Francisco Democrat was a fairly high-profile member of the California Legislature, but not a flamboyant one or one who was the subject of gossip and rumor. And that’s probably why the news in March landed with such a bombshell, when the 66-year old former psychologist was arrested and charged with not only corruption, but also with allegedly participating in a scheme to smuggle illegal weapons into the United States. The irony was impossible to miss: gun trafficking charges against a Democrat who made a name for himself as a fierce advocate of gun control, a politician who...
  • My Imported Bride

    01/05/2015 3:11:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    Orange Coast Magazine ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Haldane
    I’m an older O.C. divorcé with a young Filipino wife I met on the Internet, and I know what you’re thinking. Can’t say I blame you. But you’re wrong.I’m pouring drinks for my guests when the police arrive. It’s 3 p.m. on a Saturday and we’re hosting a friend’s baby shower in our open garage. The two officers survey the scene carefully before striding toward me with bad news. “We got a complaint from your neighbor,” one of the officers says with a nod. After they sort it out and determine we’re not committing any crimes or posing a public...
  • What Can a Popular Pope Do About Climate Change?

    12/31/2014 6:26:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas St. Fleur
    The pontiff plans to issue a rare and controversial plea for Catholics to consider the environment. Recent polls show his message just might resonate. Pope Francis has ambitious environmental plans for 2015. Come March, he will deliver a 50 to 60-page edict urging his 1.2 billion Catholic followers to take action against climate change. The Pontiff will make his announcement during his visit to the Philippian city of Tacloban, which was ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in 2013. But within his global congregation, many conservative Catholics are expected to oppose the pope’s environmental views. The message comes months...
  • AirAsia plane carrying 153 people overshoots runway in the Philippines

    12/30/2014 8:17:00 AM PST · by barmag25 · 23 replies
    Daily mail ^ | 12/30/14 | John hall
    An AirAsia airliner has overshot the runway at an airport in the Philippines forcing passengers to make an urgent exit on emergency slides, it has been claimed. The incident occured at Kalibo Airport in Aklan province and involved an Airbus A320-216 carrying 153 passengers and crew from the Filipino capital Manila.
  • Tim Tebow Just Announced Incredibly Exciting News

    12/18/2014 8:13:01 PM PST · by xzins · 25 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 18 Dec 14 | Derryck Green
    “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” -Matthew 7:18 As if people needed another reason to like and support Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow. His foundation- The Tim Tebow Foundation, has announced its intentions of opening the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, which will focus on serving children suffering from orthopedic needs who can’t afford treatment or corrective procedures. The hospital is the culmination of a partnership between Tebow’s organization and CURE International, a non-profit “that operates charitable hospitals and programs in 30 countries worldwide where...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • Canceled this year over scandals, Pro Tem Cup is reinstated for 2015 (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/14/2014 3:56:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Senate Democrats have decided to resume the annual Pro Tem Cup golf fundraiser in 2015, a year after the event was canceled in the wake of criminal charges filed against three Democratic Senators. The event at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is the Senate Democrats' largest political fundraiser for the state party and has been criticized for allowing special interests to mingle with lawmakers in exchange for tickets costing between $15,000 and $65,000 per person. The indictment of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on public corruption charges a week before this year's event was to be held...
  • Tim Tebow Opens a Hospital in the Philippines

    12/12/2014 7:35:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 12, 2014 | Steve Helling
    Tim Tebow's altruistic streak continues. The football star turned TV analyst has opened the Tebow CURE hospital in Davao City, Philippines. The five-story facility has received its official operating license and opened its doors this week. Physicians are already seeing children with critical orthopedic needs.
  • Philippines Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall as thousands flee

    12/06/2014 3:19:41 PM PST · by moose07 · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 December 2014 | BBC
    Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says. The storm knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported. Over half a million have fled coastal villages in the past few days ahead of the storm's arrival. The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago. It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph). Thousands of passengers were left stranded after Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled more...