Monday, December 08, 2008



Barack Obama
The widely debunked whisper campaign claiming that President-elect Barack Obama is secretly not an American is still going strong.
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Court won't review Obama's eligibility to serve

Suit claimed Obama was British-born and not a 'natural born' U.S. citizen

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election.

Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a "natural born citizen," one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

Donofrio also contends that two other candidates, Republican John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero, also are not natural-born citizens and thus ineligible to be president.

At least one other appeal over Obama's citizenship remains at the court. Philip J. Berg of Lafayette Hill, Pa., argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed.

Berg says Obama also may be a citizen of Indonesia, where he lived as a boy. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed Berg's lawsuit. Federal courts in Ohio and Washington state have rejected similar lawsuits.

Allegations raised on the Internet say the birth certificate, showing that Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, is a fake.

But state officials in Hawaii say they checked health department records and have determined there's no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.

The nonpartisan Web site examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document.

In addition, reproduced an announcement of Obama's birth, including his parents' address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.



FROM Sunday, December 7, 2008

Chicago Tribune - "Obama Eligibility Issue Won't Go Away"

Tomorrow MONDAY is the big day.........will it stay or will it go? The issue will not go away, because the Marxist Messiah is trying to run and hide from the issue.


This is a story that won't go away.

Five weeks after the state of Hawaii vouched for the authenticity of President-elect Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversy over allegations that Obama is not eligible to take office next month has reached the Supreme Court, which is expected to announce Monday whether it will consider the matter.

The fight is unusual because it thrives outside the so-called mainstream media, far beyond the oak-paneled offices of $700-an-hour lawyers and a world away from the 535 individuals whose surnames are preceded by Representative or Senator.

This is a different army at work, in an environment increasingly influenced by the Internet.,0,7258812.story



Muslim plea to Obama: Return to 'Islamic roots'
'Allah will reward you for all who convert in your footsteps'

Posted: December 07, 2008
5:17 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – Claiming Barack Obama has roots in the Islamic religion, an Egyptian cleric has broadcast a plea urging Obama to convert to Islam while warning if the U.S. doesn't withdraw its troops from the Middle East and provide aid to Muslims, those "eager for [death]" will attack America.

"My message to [Obama] is threefold," declares Egyptian cleric Hassan Abu Al-Ashbal, speaking last week on the state-funded Al Nas religious television network. "First, I invite him to convert to Islam. This is the call of the Prophet and of Allah. Oh, Obama – convert to Islam, and you will be saved."

Video of Ashbal's message can be seen below:

Continues Ashbal, "I hope that Allah will reward you twice: once for converting to Islam, and another reward for all those who will convert in your footsteps. If you want glory, you will find it in Islam. If you want honor, you will find it in Islam. In religions other than Islam there is utter humiliation, even if you are the president of the entire world."


Without a Shadow Cabinet and Clear Policies, Likud leader May Lose February election

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

December 8, 2008

Binyamin Netanyahu must level with the voter if he wants to be prime minister

Binyamin Netanyahu must level with the voter if he wants to be prime minister

The Israeli voter will want to know the name of the defense, finance and foreign ministers in Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu's shadow cabinet well before general election date of Feb. 10, 2009. He – and she – are desperate for a fresh, credible team capable of addressing its deep concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran, a missile-battered southwest and an impending economic recession. Netanyahu will have to take this into account. He will have to roll up his sleeves as soon as soon as the list of candidates is chosen by the 99,000 registered Likud voters on Dec. 8 and set about building an alternative transition team.

This is a matter of top urgency for the following reasons:

1. Prime minister Ehud Olmert's coalition cabinet is in an advanced state of decomposition. For months, its dominant figures - Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and finance minister Ronnie Bar-On - have been incapable of reaching decisions on one vital issue after another. They are at sea on the never-ending missile blitz from Gaza, on how to enact the state budget, provide guarantees for pension and provident fund holders (over which a general strike is scheduled for next week), and deal with rising unemployment and crime figures – to name a few.

Ministers bicker stridently as they jockey for campaign positions.

Sunday, Livni criticized Barak (Labor) for failing to let the army shoot back for the Palestinian missile offensive from Gaza. He sneeringly accused her of electioneering on behalf of Kadima.

After years of palaver, the cabinet finally budgeted the equivalent of $160 million to fortify the thousands of unprotected schools, institutions and homes within range of Palestinian missiles from Gaza. Butt the targeted population knows from long experience that it can whistle for the funds to materialize before election-day.

2. The voter is in need of an alternative economic revival plan, with sensible specifics and time enough to think about how they affect him or her.

Netanyahu's philosophical musings and his past performances are not enough. A Likud shadow finance minister should set up a task force, work with leaders of the economy and form a recovery program ready to go when he takes over the treasury.

3. Netanyahu must dispel the nagging rumors of a plan to retain Ehud Barak as defense minister. His case is different from US president-elect Barack Obama's reasons for keeping Robert Gates on at the Pentagon. Every single opinion poll rates Ehud Barak one of the country's most unpopular politicians. As defense minister, people are fed up with the platitudes he intones every time the missile blitz escalates, such as "We must act prudently" and "The truce is holding up."

Suspicion that the Likud leader may ask Barak to stay on would cut deep into Likud's voter support.

Netanyahu has as yet offered no ideas of his own for dealing with the Palestinian war of attrition from Gaza. Word is awaited from him and the distinguished line-up of ex-generals and security experts attracted to Likud ranks on this pressing issue.

Neither does the voter know what plans they have for dealing with Iran's race for a nuclear bomb. The Olmert administration relegated the threat to the international community and sanctions, which the IAEA director Mohammed ElBaradi finally dismissed as "a failure" two days ago.

There may be no time to wait until a new government is installed in Jerusalem some time in March 2009. Tehran is not letting the grass grow under its feet. By then, Iran may well be in a position to build its first A-Bomb.

By then too, Obama will have been in the White House for two months and following his own vision.

Sunday, Dec. 7, the incoming US president told NBC's Meet the Press: "We are willing to talk to them directly and give them a clear choice and ultimately let them make a determination in terms of whether they want to do this the hard way of the easy way. …We need to ratchet up tough but direct diplomacy with Iran, making very clear to them that their development of nuclear weapons would be unacceptable, that their funding of terrorist organizations, their threats against Israel are contrary to everything we believe in," said Obama.

He said his administration would work with international partners to present a set of carrots and sticks to encourage Iran to halt its nuclear development program.

Tehran quickly rejected the carrot-and-stick policy as "useless" and one which failed in the past. "…we will never suspend" uranium enrichment, said the Iranian spokesman Monday.

Obama's position holds only one prospect as far as Israel is concerned: However tough a negotiator he may be, Iran will follow its familiar practice of using negotiating time as a grace period for pushing ahead with its nuclear program. US intelligence experts have predicted that Tehran needs no more than a few months into 2009 to accumulate enough fissile fuel for building 2-3 bombs and staging an underground A-test.

For Netanyahu, charting an Iran policy from the opposition benches would be good tactics and more convenient than getting started after settling in the prime minister's office.

4. Naming his candidate for foreign minister is no less urgent than his other tasks. Strategic thinkers in high places are already using the international media to lay down dicta on the assumption that Likud's takeover of government is in the bag.

Jimmy Carter's former security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who is also close to Obama, has warned him against being persuaded by the Israeli government to take military action against Iran because America would then lose its world standing. Tony Blair, former UK prime minister and current Middle East Quartet coordinator, has said that that the Palestinian track must be Israel's first priority and opting for talks first with Syria would be a mistake.

Blair was not only sending out instructions to the next Israeli government but also to the next US administration.

If the Likud leader lets the dos and don'ts dictated by these outsiders stand unopposed for three months by his own external and security policies, they will become established facts and hard to overrule.

5. Up until the primaries of Monday, Netanyahu focused mainly on presenting his star recruits, but gave very little exposure to their ideological baggage. This lapse was exploited to good advantage by his enemies who have blown up the contest between the Likud leader and the far-right Moshe Feiglin into a high-noon duel. Netanyahu was falsely presented as fighting for centrist ground against being hijacked by the party's right-wing radicals.

Netanyahu found no way of obliterating this portrayal. He thus exposed a vulnerability which must be addressed before he faces the voter next February.


Moscow sends warships on Mediterranean tour, offers Lebanon heavy weapons

DEBKAfile Special Report

December 7, 2008, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov

Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov

DEBKAfile's military sources report that, four months after the Georgian war, Moscow is again testing the limits of its Mediterranean reach. Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo announced that two flotillas from the Barents Sea and the Black Sea are heading for the Mediterranean:

One, based in the Barents sea near Finland, is led by the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier accompanied by two guided missile destroyers, the Admiral Chabanenko and Admiral Levchenko, with two supply ships in tow, one a tanker.

The second is the guided nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great, one of the biggest warships afloat, with three accompanying ships. They come from a joint Caribbean exercise with Venezuela.

According to the Russian Navy spokesman, the two groups will merge upon entering the Mediterranean and spend several months calling in at various ports.

Another Russian military initiative which should worry Jerusalem is the arrival in Beirut Saturday Dec. 6 of Mikhail Dimitriev, head of the Russian military cooperation department, to prepare the visit to Moscow next week of Lebanese defense minister Elias Murr.

After greeting his Russian visitor, Murr said: "There are no obstacles in terms of equipping the army. We prepared for my visit to Russia next week. I will discuss… with the Russian defense minister what could be provided to the Lebanese Air Force."

Clearly, Moscow and Beirut are preparing the way for their first important arms transaction. DEBKAfile's military sources report that on the table are sales of Russian tanks, missiles, helicopters, and possibly warplanes. Murr's statement about no obstacles signals Washington that with Moscow ready and willing, Beirut is prepared to flout US opposition to the Lebanese army's acquisition of heavy weapons for fear they may fall into Hizballah's hands.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, raised this concern during a surprise three-hour visit to Beirut last Tuesday, Dec. 2. His trip was prompted by intelligence that Lebanese president Michel Sleiman had been bidding in Tehran, Moscow and Paris, for heavy arms – tanks, warplanes and self-propelled artillery - for the army of which he was formerly chief of staff.

Gen. Petraeus warned prime minister Fouad Siniora and the new chief of staff Gen. Jean Qahwaji that the United States would not allow heavy weapons to reach Lebanon, irrespective of the source. It now looks as though Sleiman and Siniora are prepared to go out on a limb and defy Washington with Moscow's help.



Job losses worst since 1974

Friday December 5, 7:14 pm ET

By Alister Bull

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers axed 533,000 jobs from payrolls in November, the most in 34 years, as the year-old recession hammered the economy and hardened calls for dramatic government action to restore growth.


Obama tells laid-off workers: I'm on your side

President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday afternoon put himself on the side of laid-off workers who continued to peacefully occupy the factory and warehouse at Republic Windows & Doors. Later in the day, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she has begun investigating the factory's "sudden closure."




Greece in flames as mobs riot,
hurl firebombs at police

(Associated Press) Riots broke out in the Greek capital and the northern city of Thessaloniki as demonstrators protested the fatal police shooting of a teenager ...

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Emergency Storage Food Among Products in Highest Demand

At the end of 2008, there are three consumer marketplaces that are experiencing record sales volumes—firearms, precious metals, and emergency storage food. Crisis preparedness is increasingly the theme for those seeking a refuge for their money and comfort from their concerns.

Minneapolis (Vocus/PRWEB ) December 6, 2008 – Gun dealers all over the United States are having a hard time keeping any inventory on hand for anxious customers. Reports are that guns and ammunition are selling at levels up to 50% higher than previous records.