Thursday, November 10, 2005
china continues it's crackdown on free communication in the country.. as if limiting what websites their citizens can visit wasn't enough, now they are looking to limit the capacity for cell phones to text message. citing the 'massive influence' of text mesaging, they government is issuing guidlines to ratchet down the ability to send them.
china is continuing to build up it's military, they continue to have an abysmal record on human rights and continue to crack down on unapproved religious discussion. yet, we are presented a picture of a benevolent china who is just looking to make it's place in this big bad world. we have key members of the us government who cater to every chinese whim.. making nice with those who have even espoused the intent to have a nuclear war with the usa.
the article on text messaging from world tribune:
China curbs text messaging, citing its 'massive influence'
Special to World Tribune.com
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The Chinese government last week issued new guidelines that seek to limit the use of cell phones for text messaging.
Mass communication via cell phone played a role in recent anti-Japan rallies such as this, involving some 40,000 demonstrators in Guangzhou, south China. A circular issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the communist internal political police, stated that it is illegal to send short text messages that can have “massive influence.”
Chinese leaders fear text messaging could be used for pro-democracy and anti-communist political activities.
The effort appears aimed at curbing mass communication through cell phones, such as occurred in recent months when large-scale anti-Japanese demonstrations were triggered by widespread text messages.
The statement said that some text messages were sent posing as banks to defraud or blackmail people. There also have been obscene and pornographic messages, gambling and violent content.
Other illegal text messages have been related to such criminal activity as the sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives, smuggled cars, narcotics, knockout drops, obscene articles and counterfeit money.
The circular said action would be taking against anyone using text messages that violate the constitution, laws or decrees.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Grandmother, 66, shoots intruder
05:18 PM CST on Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Arlington police have arrested a man who was shot by a 66-year-old homeowner after he attempted to hide from officers in her closet.
The suspect, Christopher Lessner, 22, is being treated at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth for non-life threatening injuries.
The Chevrolet pickup he was driving was reported stolen out of Euless. After conferring with the Tarrant County District Attorney's office, Arlington investigators plan to charge Lessner with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
The incident started at about 11:15 p.m. on Thursday when an officer in the 700 block of west-bound Interstate 30 attempted to stop a black Chevrolet pickup for speeding.
The driver of the pickup exited at Fielder Road, turned north, and drove onto Park Crest Terrace. In the 1700 block of Park Crest Terrace, the suspect jumped from the vehicle while it was still moving and fled on foot from the officer.
The suspect climbed an 8 foot fence, jumped over a chain link fence and ran into a heavily wooded area. The officer chased the suspect and called in his location and description to dispatchers. The suspect was described as a white male with no shirt and gray sweatpants, about 5 foot 11 inches, 160 pounds, with short hair.
Additional officers, the Arlington canine unit and a Fort Worth helicopter were called to assist in the search. During the search, officers heard a gunshot and were told by dispatchers that a shooting had occurred less than a mile south of their location on Northaven Court. The suspect in the shooting was wearing clothing similar to the missing suspect and matched his description.
Once officers arrived at the home in the 1700 block of Northaven Court, the suspect had fled. The 66-year-old female homeowner told officers that she got up at about 12:30 a.m. to let her dog out.
The woman said she usually carries a handgun because she is afraid of coyotes in the area attacking her dogs. The woman's 28-year-old granddaughter told her that she heard noises and glass breaking.
As the woman was letting her dog into the backyard, she saw a muddy footprint on the back porch that she hadn't seen before. She then noticed that her cats were out of the room that they usually slept in and that items in another room had been moved.
As she was checking the house with her gun (a .38 revolver) still in her hand, she found the suspect hiding under a coat in a closet near the front door. The woman told her granddaughter to call 911. The suspect leapt out at the woman. They exchanged words and he attempted to take the gun from her. The woman shot the man in the upper leg and fired a second shot, but missed. The suspect fled and officers found him a few houses away on an upstairs balcony.
Arlington police do not anticipate filing charges against the 66-year-old homeowner.
voters have approved measures to ban handguns in sf.. they've also passed the 'college not combat' measure which opposes the military coming to high schools and colleges for recruiting.
a pretty city lost in it's own social self awareness..
"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." - Mark Twain
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
if what is good for the goose is good for the gander, joseph farah of WND fame has some pretty funny things to say about the france situation.. the exerpt:
Said WND: "Since President Bush supports the creation of a separate Palestinian state to halt Muslim violence in Israel, will he now back the creation of an autonomous 'Paristinian' state to quell violence in France?"
Responded McClellan: "The president has made very clear what his view is when it comes to the Middle East peace process. And he was the first president to articulate a policy of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We're making great progress there.
"In terms of what is going on in France, you need to talk to the French government on how they're working to address those matters. That's a matter – internal matter to France."
McClellan did not offer an explanation of why one nation's uprising is an internal matter and the other's is a major foreign-policy issue for the United States.
"It's clear that these freedom-fighters – whom I have dubbed 'Paristinians' – want a state of their own," wrote Farah.
"It's clear that the international community must force France to the negotiating table with these freedom fighters to begin the peace process that will inevitably lead to the creation of an autonomous, independent state of 'Paristine.'"
Continued Farah: "If it's good enough for Israel, it's good enough for the French surrender monkeys who have been leaders of the global movement to force the Jewish state into appeasement of terrorists. …
"The French have been speaking out of both sides of their mouths for too long. They've been speaking out of both of their nostrils for too long, too. If appeasement was the solution in Iraq, it's the solution for the 'Paristinian' revolt. If appeasement was the solution for Hitler, it's the solution for the 'Paristinian' revolt. If appeasement was the solution for Israel in dealing with its 'Palestinian' problem, it's the solution for France's 'Paristinian' uprising."
The French government implemented a 12-day state of emergency today, including a midnight curfew, as it deals with its 13th night of Muslim riots in as many as 300 towns across the country.
come to think of it, i think there needs to be a separate state for french muslims too.. there they can have headscarves and sharia law.. and no wine or cheese.
these folks consider themselves american palestinians.. they outwardly call for the toppling of the government and are hoping to make los angeles the capitol of their new country.. they are hoping for a similar type of uprising as we are seeing in france
here is an article from their site:
The French Muslim Rebellion of 2005
Can a similar insurrection occur in the USA?
byErnesto Cienfuegos La Voz de Aztlan
"Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh.....Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind."- - - Charles Dickens in 'Tale of Two Cities' - - -
Los Angeles, Alta California, November 7, 2005 - (ACN) French cities are still burning, after 11 nights of rioting, primarily because of the attitude of Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy toward its immigrant and Muslim populations. Sarkozy, with ambitions of becoming France's next president and acting perfectly like the Marquis Evrémonde in the novel "Tale of Two Cities", threw gasoline into the fire when he referred to Muslim and immigrant disaffected youths protesting racism, unemployment and police harassment as "scum". Sarkozy is an Islamophobe and the son of a Hungarian immigrant who had airs of being an aristocrat and of a Jewsih mother. This sort of attitude from French "aristocrats" is precisely what brought about the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
In France today the slogan "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" does not apply to approximately 10% of its population that have origins in the nation's former colonies. Most of these are impoverished Muslims and North African immigrants and their children. This sector of the French population is forced to live in squalid tenement buildings in segregated neighborhoods. There are over 750 of these types of neighborhoods throughout France and some have unemployment rates as high as 35%. Violence, drugs and police brutality is the order of the day for most, who by necessity, have to reside in these French "ghettos". There are approximately 5 million Muslims in France and the large majority live, because of religious and racial discrimination, in hopeless poverty and destitution. Under these circumstances, all it took was a small spark to start the major rebellion the French are witnessing today. That spark occurred on 27 October in the Paris ghetto of Clichy-sous-Bois, after two teenagers of Mauritanian and Tunisian origin were electrocuted in a power substation while attempting to hide from the usually brutal French police.
The circumstances that have brought the worst violence to France since World War II are eerily similar to those that produced the "Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992". Though there were other major riots like the "Watts Riot of 1965", the L.A. rebellion was different in that for the first time Chicanos, Mexican-Americans and other Latinos joined in the fracas making it the costliest in the city's history. These two riots, like those in France today, were caused by incidents of police brutality, racism and lack of economic opportunity affecting Black and Latino youths.
Today, here in Los Angeles, we are already seeing ominous signs of an impending social explosion that will make the French rebellion by Muslim and immigrant youths seem "tame" by comparison. All the ingredients are present including a hostile and racist police as in France. In fact, we came close to having major riots on three separate occasions just this year alone. The first incident was the killing by the Los Angeles Police Department of 13 year old Devin Brown, a Black youth, out for an innocent "joy ride" at night. The second was the shooting death by the LAPD SWAT Team of 19-month-old Suzie Peña, a baby of Salvadorean origins. In this case LAPD Police Chief Bratton made a very insensitive public comment (ala French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy) after he ordered the baby's body tested for drugs. As if to excuse the baby's killing by his police department, he said, "The body tested positive for cocaine!" The third serious police brutality case was the savage beating of Black Muslim Minister Tony Mohammed while he was ministering to a family that had lost a son to gang violence.
On top of all this, there are major rumblings in the high schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the USA. A few days ago, thousands of students, predominantly of Mexican descent, simply walked out of their schools to protest overcrowding, lack of texts, lack of desks and unqualified teachers. There is a strange feeling here in Los Angeles that something sinister is about to happen but no one knows when. All it will take is for a "bird-brain cop" to do something stupid and all hell will break loose. If another major rebellion breaks out here in L.A. it could rapidly spread throughout the USA as it has spread in France.
The social and economic conditions that exist in France that adversely affect its immigrant and Muslim populations also exist here in the USA. These conditions negatively affect our Black, Latino and immigrant populations in the same way. The rebellion that is occurring in France can and will most probably happen here. If it does, it will have grave consequences on the social, political and economic structures of the country and it could possibly topple a government already weakened by the Iraq War and corruption within its ranks.
Monday, November 07, 2005
apparently in the home of the 9th circuit court of appeals the home town paper holds little appeal indeed.
hi, my name is abu bakr.. you may not recognize my face, but i carry the american express card.. don't leave home without it..
well, not to judge a book by it's cover, but is it really any big surprise that this guy was leading the way to launch a chemical attack in australia ? apparently he is a big fan of the big 'o' and has been planning out a large scale chemical attack.. so far almost 20 people have been arrested and more are coming.. the police commissioner said that the operation they were planning would have been "catastrophic."
SEVENTEEN people, including a prominent Muslim cleric, were arrested in raids involving some 400 officers in Sydney and Melbourne this morning in an operation police said "disrupted ... the final stages of a large scale terrorist attack".Nine people were arrested in Melbourne, including Abu Bakr, a radical cleric who has praised Osama bin Laden, while another eight were held in Sydney.
Those arrested in Melbourne are expected to appear in court this morning. ( More: Abu Bakr)
Government and police officials said today the suspects had been allegedly stockpiling material that could have been used in a chemical attack. ( More: Chemical 'threat')
New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said the operation they were planning would have been "catastrophic" if successful. ( Police: Large-scale attack 'foiled')
Factbox: Details on the raids
Some of the suspects are reported to have links to an outlawed terrorist organisation.
The raids are still being carried out and involve searches of properties in Australia's two largest cities.
In Melbourne, addresses at Preston, Dallas, Hoppers Crossing, Fawkner, Hadfield, Coburg, Yarraville and Meadow Heights were raided.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said on ABC radio this morning the suspects were "charged with a range of offences, both state and federal offences."
"At this stage the matters we're talking to them about were not related to threats to the Commonwealth Games." Melbourne will host the 2006 Commonwealth Games next March.
A home in Wiley Park in Sydney's south-west has also been been named as the target of one of the raids.
Some 400 officers, combining Australian Federal Police agents and the state police forces in NSW and Victoria, were reportedly involved.
Mr Moroney said some 15 homes were targeted. He expected the six Sydney suspects would appear in court today.
The terrorist supects had been planning their attack for 18 months, Mr Moroney said.
The swoop follows changes to the law that were rushed through Parliament last week by the Federal Government. ( Govt: Senate recall 'justified')
Prime Minister John Howard said the changes were needed to help police avert a terrorist attack.
"A number of search warrants are currently being executed in Sydney and Melbourne as part of a joint operation by the AFP, New South Wales Police and Victoria Police," an AFP spokeswoman said.
"These warrants relate to an ongoing investigation and as a result it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.
"Maintaining operational security is paramount at this stage.
"We can confirm that the ongoing operation relates to the area of counter-terrorism."
The raids follow Mr Howard's announcement last week that of a "serious" terrorist threat, which necessitated the urgent legal amendment.
The Australian reported the threat was linked to a group of Melbourne men who were spotted filming possible targets.
The Government recalled the Senate for a special sitting last week to pass one measure which widened the scope for authorities to arrest terrorist suspects.
Labor, the Australian Democrats and the Australian Greens have accused the government of playing politics with national security and trying to scare Australians.
But Mr Howard last night rejected the claims, saying he announced the changes to anti-terror laws because they were in the national interest.
profiling is bad.
After a handful of arson attacks in cities in Germany and Belgium, Europe's leaders are asking themselves whether the riots seen in France could happen elsewhere. So far there have been few incidents - a school and half a dozen cars burnt in the west German city of Bremen and another five vehicles set alight in Berlin.While politicians in Britain, Germany and elsewhere say the situation in France is different, they admit there is no room for complacency at home. In Brussels, there were attacks on cars near the main train station. Experts say while Belgium does not have high-rise social housing on the scale of France, there are sensitive areas, nonetheless."It is clear that perhaps there is a copycat phenomenon because we have already seen several incidents between the security forces and youths at Schaerbeek this weekend and vehicles burnt here," said one of Brussels' chief of police, Jacques Simonet. He added: "We mustn't over dramatise, but neither should we take the phenomenon lightly."Various countries including the United States, Britain, Canada and Russia have urged their citizens to exercise caution in France.
while the french look for ways to pump more money in to the poor neighborhood in their country.. the unrest sparked there is spreading to their neighbors.. i've even heard some grumblings that this may turn in to a wider cultural and civilizational battle - getting revenge for Charles Martel stopping the islamic advance in to europe. neat.
Muslim Riots Break Out in Denmark As Well
19:26 Nov 06, '05 / 4 Cheshvan 5766
(IsraelNN.com) As Muslim riots spread across France, Denmark is also beginning to see its own Islamic Intifada. In Arhus, Denmark, young Muslims were heard chanting, “This land belongs to us!” A masked spokesman for the rioters told Danish reporters that Muslims were tired of being oppressed and harassed and warned the police to stay away. "This is our area. We rule this place,” he said. The riots have increased following a cartoon in Danish paper The Jyllands Pos involving Mohammed. Rocks and firebombs have become commonplace in many neighborhoods and firefighters are afraid to enter them to put out the fires.
The French Solution
By Steven PlautFrontPageMagazine.com November 7, 2005
There are very few things as amusing these days as watching the French grapple with their backyard intifada. The suburbs of Paris are now more dangerous than Jenin, and the French are getting their comeuppance for decades of snootiness, anti-American and anti-Israel agitprop, and decades of cowardice.
Paris is now being targeted by violent rioting hordes. For years the French accused American racism of having produced the race riots of the 60s and 70s in the US, as well as the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King business. And the French are sure that only Jewish cussedness and just plain Israeli evil lie behind the behavior of the Palestinian pogromchiki. The Gall of Dem Gauls!Well, now that the French are experiencing their own intifada, we suggest that they resolve the problem using the very same plan that they have been trying for decades to impose upon Israel.
Yes, comrades, it is time to implement the Land for Peace Plan, Paris style. Here it is:
The French Solution: Land for Peace
So after leading the Solidarity-with-the-Baathists movement in Europe during the recent Gulf War, France now enjoys its own intifada by urban Moslem resistance fighters in suburban Paris! Of course, this is all on top of France's long history of supporting Islamist fascism and Palestinian terrorism.A few years back during a trip to Israel, French prime minister Lionel Jospin urged Israel to make concessions for peace. More interesting yet, in documents relating to his visit, Jerusalem was called the ''capital of the Palestinian Authority.'' And what do the French consider to be the capital of Israel? Tel Aviv, of course. A few years later, French President Jacques Chirac used the occasion of his visit in 1996 to announce that ''Syria has a moral right to demand return of the Golan Heights.''
These French politicians may be on to something important. Never one to back down from a challenge, I have prepared a set of proposals for consideration by the French people, so that they not only can preserve peace in Parisian suburbia, but also can achieve a full, lasting, and just peace with their urban resistance opponents.First, until this plan is implemented in full, we must insist that the French government acknowledge that there is no military or police solution to the problems of violence in its suburbs and only through recognizing the legitimacy of the demands of the murderers and rioters outside Paris can the problems be resolved.
Second, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force. Therefore, we can also agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. ''A full withdrawal for full peace'' should operate here. Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their descendents.But this, of course, is just the first step toward a solution, as no aggression can be rewarded and France has much other stolen territory to return. It took Corsica from Genoa, Nice and Savoy from Piedmont; as the successor state, Italy must get back all these lands. By similar token, territories grabbed from the Habsburgs go back to Austria, including Franche-Comte, Artois, and historical Burgundy. The Roussillon area (along the Pyrenees) must be returned to Spain, its rightful owner. And Normandy, Anjou, Aquitaine, and Gascony must be returned to their rightful owners, the British royal family.
Not even this is enough for the sake of peace. Brittany and Languedoc must be granted autonomy at once, recognizing the Breton and Occitan Liberation organizations as their legal rulers. This leaves the French government in control over the Ile de France (the area around Paris).That, however, still does not solve the problem of the Holy City of Paris, sacred to artists, gourmets, and adulterers. The Corsicans obviously have a historical claim to the Tomb of the Emperor Napoleon, their famed son, as well as the Invalides complex and beyond. For the sake of peace, is it not too much to ask that Paris be the capital for two peoples? The French authorities must agree to prevent French Parisians from even entering the sacred tomb area, lest this upset the Corsicans.The Saint Chapelle and the Church of Notre Dame, of course, will be internationalized, under joint Vatican-art historical auspices. Indeed, the French should consider it a compliment of the highest order that so many people see Paris as an international city.The French have nothing to complain about. They will enjoy the benefits of peace and retain control of the Champs Elysees.Actually, come to think of it, even the Champs Elysees may be too much. Recalling the French position that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, perhaps the true French capital is not Paris at all, but Vichy