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  • Woolwich: We Are At War [Statement from English Defense League]

    05/23/2013 3:55:04 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    EDL News ^ | 22 May 2013
    The terrible events in Woolwich today were a reminder of something very few are willing to accept: we are at war. Despite what Islamic extremists may claim, this war is not being waged against all Muslims. However they may feel about British foreign policy or perceived injustices towards Muslim peoples around the world, most British Muslims accept this simple fact. But many don’t. They see oppression where there is none and they respond not with reason or argument, but with violence. ‘Why?’ is a dangerous question, but it’s one we must ask. And where we find fault, criticisms must be...

    05/23/2013 2:30:05 AM PDT · by Maurice Tift · 12 replies
    Silver Doctors ^ | MAY 22, 2013 | The Doc
      The European Parliament met Tuesday to discuss the issue of tax evasion throughout the UK and the Eurozone, and how the European Parliament might clamp down on those attempting to protect their well earned wealth from government confiscation.    All was going according to plan, until UKIP member Nigel Farage was given the floor.    Farage immediately launched into a classic rant against Barroso and the rest of the EU bureaucrats, stating that it is not the average man on the street that is engaging in tax fraud, but the European Parliament members themselves:    If we look at the...
  • Live Updates: Woolwich Terror Murder

    05/23/2013 1:33:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    sky.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | Michael Greenfield
    Sky sources: military commanders tell soldiers not to wear uniform in public until further notice.
  • France Now More Euroskeptic Than Britain

    05/22/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 14, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Pew Research Center’s latest survey on Europeans’ attitudes toward EU politics and economics brings across one message loud and clear: Europeans are not happy. People from every major country report extreme dissatisfaction with the economy and their political leaders. Increasingly, they also share a sense that the European Union and economic integration were mistakes for their countries: only 45 percent now view the EU favorably, down from 60 percent in 2012. The one notable exception is Germany, whose people remain the most optimistic about the European project. Despite Germans’ hand-wringing about their spendthrift neighbors, they gave the EU a...
  • Austria says peackeepers may quit Golan if EU arms rebels

    05/22/2013 5:08:28 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | May 21, 2013 | Michael Shields
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria may pull its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, evacuating the U.N. buffer zone, its defence minister warned on Tuesday, as Syria and Israel exchanged fire across a long dormant frontline now inflamed by civil war. Vienna's warning was aimed at Britain and other allies which want to help Syrian rebels by lifting an EU arms embargo - doing so, minister Gerald Klug told Reuters, would rob Austrian troops of their neutrality in a Syrian conflict that has already seen foreign peacekeepers come under fire and some even held hostage. He stopped short of saying an...
  • Blood on his hands...Islamic fanatics wielding meat cleavers butcher a British soldier

    05/22/2013 6:36:36 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/22/13 | Arthur Martin, Sam Greenhill, Chris Greenwood, Mark Duell and Rob Cooper
    Clutching a bloodied meat cleaver after executing a soldier on a crowded street, he delivers a chilling message of hate. ‘You people will never be safe,’ he declares in a clear south London accent. ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’ In broad daylight, he and an accomplice had just repeatedly stabbed and tried to behead an off-duty soldier in front of dozens of passers-by. Throughout the frenzied attack they shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is great’ – then demanded horrified witnesses film them as they ranted over the crumpled body. The two black men...
  • Muslim Terrorists Behead British Soldier on London Street

    05/22/2013 6:17:43 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Two as yet unidentified Muslim terrorists chanting Allahu Akbar assaulted a British soldier on a street close to the Royal Barracks at Woolwich in southeast London, shot him, hacked him with knives and a machete and finally beheaded him. This happened in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon, May 22, in the presence of dozens of witnesses, the first such outrage seen in a West European capital. Witnesses told the police that the two terrorists covered in blood had held up body parts of their victim and shouted: "We swear by Allah never to stop killing you." British TV stations are airing...
  • Suspected Muslim terrorists hack man to death on busy London street

    05/22/2013 5:51:59 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 40 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/22/13
    Two men wielding a machete and a cleaver hacked a man believed to be a soldier to death on a busy London street Wednesday while yelling "Allahu Akbar," in an attack that was caught on video and left the nation shocked and horrified. The victim, who some reports said may have been a soldier, was killed at the scene, and the attackers waited at the scene until police arrived and shot both. One attacker, his hands soaked in blood and still holding a machete, delivered an angry jihadist screed as stunned passersby watched, the dead man lying on the street,...
  • Anti-Islamist protests flare following London attack

    05/22/2013 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 95 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | 5-22-2013 | AFP
    LONDON — British police on Wednesday arrested two people as they tried to quell anti-Islamist disorder following the brutal murder in London of a man, believed to be a soldier. ... In the hours following the attack, around 250 supporters of the anti-Islamist English Defence League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station. The group hurled bottles and became involved in minor skirmishes with the police, but later dispersed without any arrests being reported. EDL leader Tommy Robinson was among the crowd and explained: "They're chopping our soldiers' heads off. This is Islam. That's what we've seen today... "Our next...
  • Mum Talked Down Woolwich Terrorists Who Told Her: 'We Want to Start a War in London Tonight'

    05/22/2013 4:11:18 PM PDT · by kristinn · 45 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Claire Duffin
    Exclusive: A cub scout leader confronted terrorists just seconds after they had beheaded a soldier asking them to hand over their weapons and warning them: "It is only you versus many people, you are going to lose." A mother-of-two described tonight how she put her own life on the line by trying to persuade the soldier’s murderers to hand over their weapons. Cub scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett selflessly engaged the terrorists in conversation and kept her nerve as one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight.” Mrs Loyau-Kennett, 48, from Cornwall, was one of...
  • HORROR! Islamist Talks to Camera After Beheading UK Soldier on Street of Woolwich

    05/22/2013 3:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit | May 22, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    HORROR! ISLAMIST WIELDING CLEAVER CHATS WITH VIDEOGRAPHER AFTER MURDERING UK SOLDIER!“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.” The Islamists charged police when they arrived. (Warning on Content) (VIDEO-AT-LINK) More video here. Open ISLAMIC Beheadings come to South London! Sky News reported: Two attackers armed with meat cleavers filmed their deadly assault on a man in London, according to Sky sources. A man reported to be a serving soldier died and two people have been shot in Woolwich, after what Sky sources understand is being treated as a terrorist attack. Senior Whitehall sources said the two attackers...
  • Asghar Bukhari blames Britain for Woolwich beheading attack

    05/22/2013 3:22:47 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 41 replies
    YouTube ^ | 22 May 2013 | Unknown
    Asghar Bukhari condemns Woolwich attack but then goes on to propagate the Al Qaeda narrative that Britain is to blame for home grown Muslim terrorists due to British military involvement in Muslim countries. He didn't explain that most of the Muslims who die in Muslims countries are murdered by other Muslims i.e. Syria. He also didn't thank NATO for removing the Libyan tyrant Gaddafi. What he did demonstrate quite eloquently was that a proportion of British born Muslims identify with being part of Islam ahead of being part of Britain, how large that proportion is perhaps more worrying... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaN7quv48jk
  • UK: Muslims screaming "Allahu akbar" behead British soldier with machete on public street

    05/22/2013 3:03:01 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 72 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 22, 2013
    UK: Muslims screaming "Allahu akbar" behead British soldier with machete on public street In the face of appeasement and denial everywhere in the West, the jihad grows more brazen. Here is the feed from the BBC: 1753: Senior aides to Mayor of London Boris Johnson describe the Woolwich killing as a 'sickening deluded deranged act of violence', says the BBC's Robin Brant. 1744: Senior Whitehall sources have told the BBC that the Woolwich attackers are thought to have tried to film their attack whilst shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great, says political editor Nick Robinson. The men were said...
  • Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

    05/22/2013 2:49:53 PM PDT · by glorgau · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013 16.39 EDT | Vikram Dodd, Shiv Malik and Ben Quinn
    A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west. The incident happened in broad daylight, 400 metres from the perimeter of the Royal Artillery barracks, in Woolwich, south-east London, sparking a terrorist alert that saw the government crisis committee Cobra convene in emergency session. Hours later, David Cameron described what had occurred as "an absolutely...
  • Two Terrorists Behead British Soldier On London street, First Such Islamist Outrage In West

    05/22/2013 2:39:40 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | May 22, 2013, 9:05 PM (IDT)
    Two as yet unidentified Muslin terrorists chanting Allahu Akbar assaulted a British soldier on a street close to the Royal Barracks at Woolwich in southeast London, shot him, hacked him with knives and a machete and finally beheaded him. This happened in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon, May 22, in the presence of dozens of witnesses, the first such outrage seen in a West European capital. Witnesses told the police that the two terrorists covered in blood had held up body parts of their victim and shouted: "We swear by Allah never to stop killing you.” British TV stations are airing...
  • Woolwich soldier killer on VIDEO!!!! Machete Killer talks on camera calmly!

    05/22/2013 2:03:28 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 50 replies
    ITV News via YouTube ^ | 22 May 2013 | Unknown
    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_907701&feature=iv&src_vid=6Ks6uFjXMos&v=lDtL0TKjw3w
  • 'Soldier beheaded' in 'Islamist terror attack' outside barracks in Woolwich (more details)

    05/22/2013 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked in the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks near the attack. Mr Raynsford said the soldier had been returning to the barracks after a day out when he was attacked. London Ambulance Service said one man, believed to be the victim of the machete attack, had died in the incident and two others were injured, one seriously. Several witnesses described seeing a "beheading" while another described seeing a man wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt being attacked with a machete-style knife and dumped....
  • Piers Morgan: Why, How Dare a Foreigner Like Dana Loesch Take an Aggressive Political Position

    05/22/2013 12:43:31 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies
    Piers Morgan: Why, How Dare a Foreigner Like Dana Loesch Take an Aggressive Political Position on a Horrific Attack in My Home Country! He can't believe the affrontery of a foreigner offering pungent commentary on a horrific crime shortly after it has occurred, nor the gall of this interloper to dare to tell a country of which she is not a citizen what gun-control laws they ought to have to prevent such crimes. So she's now banned from his show.
  • Woolwich Attackers 'Filmed' Each Other (London Terror Beheading)

    05/22/2013 10:52:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 108 replies
    Sky News ^ | 22 May 2013 | Sky News
    Attackers filmed each other and asked members of the public to take pictures during the assault, Sky sources say. Two attackers filmed their deadly assault on a man in Woolwich, according to Sky sources. Senior Whitehall sources said the attackers had also asked passers-by to film them, and had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is great).
  • ITV Exclusive: Man with bloodied hands at Woolwich scene (London jihadi attack)

    05/22/2013 10:53:14 AM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    ITV News ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    ITV News has obtained footage of a man with bloodied hands and carrying knives speaking into a camera in Woolwich. He made a series of political statements. "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you," he said.
  • Woolwich: 'Soldier Dead After Terror Attack'

    05/22/2013 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 103 replies
    Sky News ^ | 6:31pm UK, Wednesday 22 May 2013 | sky news
    A man reported to be a serving soldier is dead and two people have been shot in Woolwich, south east London, after what Sky sources understand is being treated as a terrorist attack. Downing Street has called a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee after the incident in John Wilson Street, which David Cameron described as "truly shocking". Sky sources understand that senior police officers believe the killing was likely to be a politically-motivated Islamist terrorist attack. Dozens of weapons - including a number of knives - and pools of blood could be seen on the ground, where a...
  • 'Soldier beheaded' in Woolwich machete attack: latest

    05/22/2013 10:40:15 AM PDT · by IDRATHERNOT · 196 replies
    British soldier beheaded in London street by 2 assailants shouting "Allah Akbar".
  • (UK) Woolwich Incident: Two Men Shot By Police After Man...'Hacked to Death’ By Machetes

    05/22/2013 9:09:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 148 replies
    Metro UK News ^ | Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    A man wearing a Help For Heroes T-shirt has reportedly been hacked to death by two machete-wielding assailants in broad daylight in south-east London. The two knifemen are understood to have been shot by armed police, although Scotland Yard will still only confirm officers had been called to reports of ‘an assault’ on John Wilson Street at around 2.20pm. SNIP Eyewitness James Heneghan told LBC 97.3 he and his wife had witnessed two men hacking at a third with two large kitchen knives. ‘We saw the whole incident,’ he said fighting back tears. ‘They were hacking at this poor guy,...
  • Hyde Park Bomb: Man Charged Over 1982 Attack

    05/22/2013 6:45:04 AM PDT · by granada · 2 replies
    The Skynews, UK ^ | 1:29pm UK, Wednesday 22 May 2013 | Skynews
    John Downey, 61, has been arrested and charged with detonating a nail bomb in Hyde Park on July 20, 1982, that killed four soldiers. The bomb was the first of two explosions that killed a total of eleven soldiers and seven army horses. The four soldiers in Hyde Park served with the Blues and Royals regiment. A second bomb, detonated two hours later, killed seven military bandsmen. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) claimed responsibility for both attacks. Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has been investigating the...
  • David Bowie bassist Trevor Bolder dies aged 62

    05/21/2013 4:40:25 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd May 2013 | BBC News
    'Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, has died from cancer at the age of 62. Rock band Uriah Heep, whom Bolder joined in 1976, announced the death of "a world-class bass player" and "world-class friend" on their website. He stopped playing with the band a few months ago because of poor health. Bolder appeared on classic Bowie albums including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. "Trevor was an all-time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation and one of the finest and most influential...
  • Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is a Muslim (UK)

    05/20/2013 4:21:54 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 47 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | John Bingham
    A new analysis of the 2011 census shows that a decade of mass immigration helped mask the scale of decline in Christian affiliation among the British-born population – while driving a dramatic increase in Islam, particularly among the young. It suggests that only a minority of people will describe themselves as Christians within the next decade, for first time. Meanwhile almost one in 10 under 25s in Britain is now a Muslim. The proportion of young people who describe themselves as even nominal Christians has dropped below half for the first time. Initial results from the 2011 census published last...
  • IKE trains British Sailors

    05/20/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT · by Smartisan · 8 replies
    US Navy ^ | 5/17/2013 | US Navy
    U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (IKE) is one of several U.S. Navy ships training British Sailors on large-deck flight operations as the United Kingdom prepares to launch the first Royal Navy aircraft carrier in more than 30 years. The US-UK Long Lead Specialist Skills Program (LLSSP) commenced in early 2013 with British Sailors aboard IKE and Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The program is an opportunity for British Sailors to regain operational experience at sea while their carriers are under construction. "The training the guys have received on board...
  • Church of Scotland takes step to allow gay clergy

    05/20/2013 2:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2013 5:02 PM EDT | Sylvia Hui
    Senior members of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to let some congregations choose ministers who are in same-sex relationships—an important compromise that must still pass further hurdles before it can become church law. The church’s General Assembly backed a motion affirming a traditional conservative view on homosexuality, but permitted liberal congregations to ordain openly gay men or women if they wish. … Monday’s decision came after a lengthy debate on the issue, which has divided the church of about 400,000 members for years. Two congregations have split from the church over the issue. …
  • Lower the age of consent to 13? Why stop there?

    05/20/2013 1:23:24 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Tue May 14, 2013 | Elise Hilton
    Barbara Hewson, a London barrister, has made the call for lowering the age of sexual consent in the United Kingdom from 16 to 13. Her reasoning (if one may call it that) is that the current age of consent leads to the harassment and “persecution of old men.” She also believes that underage victims should have no right to anonymity, and that law based on the best interests of the child should not trump the “rights” of men who like to kiss a 13-year-old, or put one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt. time to end this prurient charade, which has...
  • The Oxford sex ring and the preachers who teach young Muslim men that white girls are cheap

    05/20/2013 12:10:10 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15 2013 | DR TAJ HARGEY
    The terrible story of the Oxford child sex ring has brought shame not only on the city of dreaming spires, but also on the local Muslim community. It is a sense of repulsion and outrage that I feel particularly strongly, working as a Muslim leader and Imam in this neighbourhood and trying to promote genuine cultural integration. There is no doubt that the evil deeds of these men have badly set back the cause of cross-community harmony. In its harrowing details, this grim saga of exploitation, misogyny, perversion and cruelty fills me not only with desperate sorrow for those girls...
  • Poll: Ukip just two per cent behind Tories

    05/20/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 26 replies
    Ukip is now within touching distance of the Conservatives, with the eurosceptic organisation polling just two per cent behind the governing party. A Survation poll put the Conservatives on 24%, down five points, Labour on 35%, down one point, the Liberal Democrats on 11%, down one point, and Ukip on 22%, up six points. Because of the oddities of the first-past-the-post electoral system, the poll would give Labour 377 seats, Tories 205 seats, Lib Dems 39 seats and Ukip one seat if replicated at a general election. The result is likely to worsen the chaotic debate which has dominated the...
  • ‘British Tea Party’ Makes Big Gains in UK Election

    05/20/2013 6:58:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ MEDIA ^ | 05/20/2013 | MIKE MCNALLY
    The UK Independence Party — the anti-European Union, tough-on-immigration party that has bedeviled Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative party in recent years — is riding high following its best-ever showing in nationwide elections. As sure as night follows day, when UKIP does well it means the issue of Britain’s relationship with the EU is pushed to the top of the political agenda.UKIP secured 23% of the national popular vote in local government elections earlier this month, just two points behind the Conservatives. The left-wing Labour party came in narrowly ahead with 29% — a pitiful showing...
  • In 70 years, have we (UK) gone from greatest to weakest? Silly spats prove how weak our leaders are

    05/19/2013 10:32:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 16:56 EST, 19 May 2013 | Peter McKay
    Those who grew up during the Hungry Thirties, and fought in World War II, were called “the greatest generation” in a 1968 book by U.S. author and broadcaster Tom Brokaw. … Now it’s suggested that Tory David Cameron’s 2010 coalition with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats won’t last as long. In an interview, the PM mentions the possibility of it ending prematurely, and facing the new circumstances “in whatever way we should”. In 70 years, have we gone from the greatest to the weakest? In 1943, our coalition government was threatened by a Germany dedicated to our destruction. The 2013 coalition...
  • Are you gay, bisexual or straight? Bizarre question asked by police in survey (W. Midlands UK)

    05/19/2013 10:26:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:07 EST, 19 May 2013 | Amanda Williams
    Police have come under fire for asking homeowners whether they were gay or bisexual—in a Neighborhood Watch survey. The questionnaire by West Midlands Police asked residents in Birmingham questions about their sexual orientation so they could help officers “detect crime and antisocial behavior.” The force claim that by asking whether people were straight, gay or bisexual it would help them decide where certain information about police initiatives should be best sent. But residents and politicians in the city have accused the police of being too politically correct. …
  • Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely'

    05/19/2013 5:25:54 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 May 2013 | Matt McGrath
    Since 1998, there has been an unexplained "standstill" in the heating of the Earth's atmosphere. Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades. But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly. The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studied for several years now. Earlier this year, the UK Met Office lowered their five-year temperature forecast. But this new paper gives the clearest picture yet of how any slowdown is likely to affect temperatures in both the short-term and long-term. An international team of researchers looked at...
  • “Britain’s Obama” urges ties with West Africa

    05/19/2013 5:05:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2013 12:58 PM EDT | Robbie Corey-Boulet
    A rising star in Britain’s Labour Party, described by some as the “British Barack Obama,” Chuka Umunna urged the United Kingdom to more aggressively forge ties with West Africa's fast-growing economies. During a trade mission to West Africa last week that included a stop in his father’s home country Nigeria, Umunna, a member of the British Parliament, dismissed the comparison to the United States president. … Umunna, 34, grew up in Streatham and worked as a lawyer before being elected to parliament in 2010. The son of an Irish mother and Nigerian father, he said he made seven or eight...
  • Tories begin defecting to Ukip over 'loons' slur

    05/19/2013 3:33:33 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 30 replies
    Local Conservative party campaigners, including the chairman of one constituency association, will this week pledge their support for Nigel Farage after one of David Cameron’s allies described grassroots Tories as “mad, swivel-eyed loons”. Mr Farage uses an advertisement in Monday's Daily Telegraph to urge Conservative voters to back Ukip. The “loons” description, he says, is “the ultimate insult” from a party leadership that has betrayed the trust of its own supporters. He writes in the advertisement: “Only an administration run by a bunch of college kids, none of whom have ever had a proper job in their lives, could so...
  • Ukip sees surge in interest after Tory brands activists swivel-eyed loons

    05/19/2013 10:31:26 AM PDT · by granada
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 May 2013 | Rowena Mason
    Given the battering President Obama took this past week on a trio of political scandals, any public opinion survey results that aren’t dreadful probably are viewed with some relief at the White House. That may be the clearest message from a CNN/ORC poll released Sunday morning. According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53 percent of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45 percent saying they disapprove, CNN reports. That’s actually a tick better than the 51 percent approval rating Obama had in early April – but not enough to break...
  • British Village Bans St. George’s Flag Fearing It Would Upset Muslims

    05/19/2013 9:01:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    IBT ^ | May 15 2013 | Palash Ghosh
    The city council of a tiny rural hamlet in Somerset, England, has vetoed a plan to fly the flag of St. George because its links to the Christian Crusades in the Middle Ages may offend the town's Muslim residents. ... John Clements, vice president of the Royal Society of St. George, a patriotic organization, called the Radstock councilors' decision “nonsense” and a form of “censoring” of the national flag.
  • The Poll of Doom: 46% in UK Want to Exit EU, 30% Want to Stay In

    05/19/2013 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19,213 | Mike Shedlock
    By a wide margin, but not quite a majority (yet), Let's quit EU say 46 per cent of voters in poll. Asked the exact question Conservatives want to put the public in the 2017 referendum – “Do you think that the UK should remain a member of the EU” – 46 per cent opt to come out, a higher figure than in other recent surveys. Just 30 per cent say they want to remain. In a further boost for the eurosceptic cause, 44 per cent want an “in/out” referendum immediately, although 29 per cent are prepared to wait until 2017,...
  • Oxford sex abuse victim: 'At first they treat you like a princess'

    05/19/2013 6:26:56 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 14 May 2013 16.00 EDT | Amelia Hill
    One of the victims who gave evidence in court against the Oxford child sexual exploitation ring has told the Guardian how she was groomed, raped and trafficked while in the care of Oxfordshire county council. Girl C's abuse began just after her 13th birthday. By the age of 14, the gang had got her addicted to hard drugs and was regularly trafficking the teenager across the country to be raped by strangers. By 16, Girl C was pregnant, not by one of the convicted men. She finally managed to escape only after her son was born, when the gang threatened...
  • Dangerous Price Manipulation Rocks Energy Markets (Natural Gas)

    05/18/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 37 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | BUSINESS WIRES
    A new investigation released by Wall Street Daily just revealed a disturbing pattern of price manipulation in the energy markets. The six-month investigation, conducted by renowned energy analyst, Karim Rahemtulla, was triggered by the incredible disparity in gas prices between the United States and Europe. The price of natural gas in the United States is presently about $4/mcf. Yet the price in Europe is upwards of $15/mcf. “Such mispricing simply cannot occur in an efficient market,” says Rahemtulla. For the global economy to function properly, the energy markets must be priced efficiently. It can be no other way. Any malfeasance...
  • On masculinity: My father's generation were better at being men

    05/19/2013 2:44:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Ian Jack
    According to Diane Abbott, Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity. In a speech made on Thursday under the auspices of the thinktank Demos, the shadow health minister warned of a generation of angry, inarticulate young men who had no idea of their role in society. Raised on a diet of pornography and consumerism, they were "caught between the stiff-upper-lip approach of previous generations" and the "pornified ideals" of a youth culture that featured Viagra as a party drug and promoted sexism and homophobia.More prone to depression and less well educated than young women, and perhaps jobless despite a degree,...
  • Google insider exposes ‘immoral’ tax scam [ Uber Libs don't pay taxes ]

    05/18/2013 5:29:53 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    thesundaytimes.co.uk/ ^ | May 18 2013 | Simon Duke and Jon Ungoed-Thomas
    A FORMER Google executive has blown the whistle on a massive and “immoral” tax avoidance scheme that has “cheated” British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds over the past decade. Barney Jones, 34, who worked for the internet search giant between 2002 and 2006, has lifted the lid on an elaborate structure which diverts British profits through Ireland to the Bermuda tax haven. Although Google’s London sales staff would negotiate and sign contracts with British customers, and cash was paid into a UK bank account, deals were technically booked through its Dublin office to minimise its liabilities here....
  • CNN's Morgan: Hey, Maybe Government Can Become Tyrannical After All

    05/18/2013 5:48:58 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    http://www.ijreview.com ^ | May 18, 2013 | Michael Miller
    Move over, Chris Matthews; there’s a new flip-flopping liberal “journalist” in town and his name is Piers Morgan. Morgan has had a revelation: Maybe, just maybe, government can become tyrannical after all. In a conversation with Penn Jillette, CNN’s anti-gun zealot – who has spent the last six months deriding the suggestion that the American government can’t be trusted when it comes to gun control – has had a change of heart after watching the IRS and DOJ/APP scandals unfold. Yep, Morgan went all Chris Matthews (the flip-flopping one) on Jillette when he came to the
  • Behind the scenes of The Dam Busters: How crews created classic war film

    05/18/2013 9:25:21 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th May 2013 | Nick Enoch
    'In May 1943, an audacious raid by the RAF's 617 squadron destroyed the industrial heart of Nazi Germany. Twelve years later, it was immortalised on film. Now, never-before-seen photographs from the set of classic movie The Dam Busters have emerged ahead of the 70th anniversary, on Thursday, of the legendary World War II mission. The backstage images give a new insight into how the famous attack on the Ruhr dams was recreated for the 1955 film.'
  • Washington gets explicit: its 'war on terror' is permanent

    05/17/2013 11:03:03 PM PDT · by Altariel · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the 'war', in limitless form, will continue for 'at least' another decade - or two Last October, senior Obama officials anonymously unveiled to the Washington Post their newly minted "disposition matrix", a complex computer system that will be used to determine how a terrorist suspect will be "disposed of": indefinite detention, prosecution in a real court, assassination-by-CIA-drones, etc. Their rationale for why this was needed now, a full 12 years after the 9/11 attack: Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at...
  • Charles' touch for a true hero: Touching pictures as brave Ben Parkinson receives his MBE

    05/17/2013 3:01:31 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 10 replies
    This is the emotional moment a British soldier who survived the worst ever battlefield injuries while serving in Afghanistan collected his MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage which affected his memory and speech, in a bomb attack in 2006. The paratrooper has since defied medical opinion by teaching himself to walk again for short distances using crutches. And his determination was exemplified today as was he able to proudly stand to receive his honour.
  • Dambusters flypast and ceremony on raid's 70th anniversary

    05/17/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th May 2013 | BBC News
    'Two of the surviving Dambuster airmen have attended a ceremony after a flypast to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II raid on German dams. Hundreds of onlookers gathered as a Lancaster bomber flew over Derwent reservoir - one of the practice sites used ahead of the top-secret mission. More than a third of the men never returned from the raids, when they had to fly just 60ft above ground. RAF Scampton later hosted a sunset service. The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and 617 Squadron flew over the dam in Derbyshire's Hope Valley on Thursday lunchtime....
  • Church of Scotland revises controversial Israel report

    05/17/2013 10:13:49 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th May 2013 | BBC News
    'A controversial Church of Scotland report which questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel has been rewritten. The 10-page discussion paper is due to be debated and voted on at the Kirk's general assembly next week. Last week Israel's ambassador to the UK described it as "truly hurtful". The Kirk said its revised version of The Inheritance of Abraham? paid attention to the concern over some of the language in the earlier report. The Church of Scotland made the changes following a meeting with representatives of the Jewish community in Britain facilitated by the Council of...