Friday, May 15, 2009





Europe in deepest recession since War as Germany suffers

German economic policy is "bankrupt", economists have said.













How to get eligibility ruling from Supremes

Lawyer outlines strategy to prompt court decision

Posted: May 16, 2009
12:30 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

An Ohio State University associate professor who includes election law among his specialties says there is a logical legal strategy to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the issue of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president.

Daniel Tokaji, in an interview with WND, confirmed the thesis of a "First Impressions" column he'd written for the Michigan Law Review that a lawsuit in a state court probably would have the best chance at success in obtaining a decision.

WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama's occupancy in the Oval Office based on questions over his "natural born citizen" status. The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."

Some of the lawsuits question whether he actually was born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama's American mother, the suits

contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.


US upholds Israel's nuclear position as long as Iran enriches uranium

DEBKAfile Special Report

May 16, 2009, 2:01 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel's reactor at Dimona

Israel's reactor at Dimona

This statement by a senior American official amounts to Washington's endorsement of Israel's presumed nuclear capability as long as Iran persists in continuing to enrich uranium in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, DEBKAfile's political sources report.

It removes a major obstacle clouding White House talks next Monday, May 18, between Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and president Barack Obama and paves the way for an Israeli request to extend the 40-year old "ambiguity" arrangement approved by Obama's predecessors.

The senior US official, who spoke in Vienna on condition of anonymity, was addressing preparatory talks for a nuclear non-proliferation treaty review conference in 2010 Friday night, May 15. He made it clear that US arms control negotiator Rose Gottermoelle did not break new ground last week when she urged presumed atomic powers India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea to join the nuclear non-proliferation pact.

The US official said Friday: The four were unlikely to join the NPT "until there is a change in the overall political and security context." He added: "In the particular case of the Middle East, Israeli adherence to the NPT is only going to be possible in the context of… full compliance with [the treaty in the region]." Establishing a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone "depends on Iran fully complying with its NPT obligations and suspending uranium enrichment."

This statement eased concerns in Jerusalem that as part of his drive for global nuclear disarmament, President Obama would insist on Israel leading the way to win a bargaining chip in his forthcoming diplomatic negotiatons with Tehran. This would have terminated the informal longstanding deal between Jerusalem and US presidents allowing Israel to refrain from admitting or denying possession of a nuclear arsenal while maintaining the status of a nuclear power in relation to its enemies.

At the Vienna meeting, the five major UN powers welcomed the decision by the US and Russia to negotiate an updated version of the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Their officials meet in Moscow next week.



The "illuminati" worlds’ elite meet in Greece, bombs already going off in Athens


ט וְהָיָה, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא; אֲבַקֵּשׁ, לְהַשְׁמִיד אֶת-כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם, הַבָּאִים, עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִָם. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.



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Pentagon Preparing For War With The Enemy: Russia

Global Research, May 14, 2009



Dobson: 'There's utter evil coming out of Congress'
Focus on the Family ministry founder condemns 'Pedophile Protection Act'

Posted: May 14, 2009
11:25 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

James Dobson

James Dobson, the founder of the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family Christian ministry, warned today that there is "utter evil" coming out of Washington, D.C., these days.

"I want to tell our listeners something has come up that is so shocking and so outrageous, we must make our friends out there aware of it," he said on his daily radio program.

"I'm going to speak very bluntly today because there's no other word for it: the utter evil that's coming out of Congress," he said. "I've been on the air 32 years and I've never seen a time quite like this.

"The radical left controls the executive branch through the president, and the Congress where the Democrats have control of both the House and the Senate," he said, adding the courts are expected to move even further to the left.

The audio of the program is linked here.

The target of his worry is the so-called "Hate Crimes" already approved in the U.S. House and now pending in the Senate.

By special arrangement through WND, for only $10.95 members of the public can send 100 individually addressed letters to each senator by overnight mail. Each letter is individually "signed" by the sender. The letters ask for a written response and call for opposition to the bill, including by filibuster if necessary.

A hearing on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, already approved by the U.S. House as H.R. 1913 and pending in the Senate as S. 909, is expected in the Senate Judiciary Committee soon. It's been described by Shawn D. Akers, policy analyst with Liberty Counsel, as a bill to create penalties against "victims" who were chosen based on an "actual or perceived ... sexual orientation, gender identity."


Hal Lindsey Hal Lindsey

The death of shame

Posted: May 15, 2009
1:00 am Eastern

© 2009

Speaker Pelosi's press conference yesterday had to rank as one of the most bizarre political implosions since Richard Nixon's infamous "I'm not a crook" press conference in April 1974.

Pelosi called the press conference to offer her fifth separate explanation for why she never knew about the application of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" despite the release of CIA memos and the recollection of other participants who clearly recall her being extensively briefed.

As press conferences go, it was painful to witness. Noted one observer, if Pelosi was not lying, she deserved an Academy Award for appearing as though she were. When questioned by reporters, she actually re-read her prepared statement – several times – stumbling over it as if she were cold-reading the description of an event involving someone else.

The conference was, as noted, bizarre to the point of being surreal. If it weren't the person who stood third in line for the Oval Office speaking, it would have been almost funny.

Indeed, it had all the elements of a "Saturday Night Live" skit, right down to the indescribably awkward moment when a reporter, clearly planted by Pelosi's handlers, tried to change the subject by asking a softball question about health care. (The question was so obviously a plant that the other reporters actually booed him.)

Is there such a thing as an ethical member of Congress? Find out in Sen. Tom Coburn's "Breach of Trust: How Washington Turns Outsiders into Insiders"

Let's back this up and look at where it all began. On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 hijackers murdered 3,000 innocent Americans, destroyed two 110-story buildings, four commercial aircraft, damaged the Pentagon and practically tanked the U.S. economy. They then promised that this was only the first wave of many similar attacks to come.

The Bush administration vowed to do whatever was necessary to protect Americans from further attack. Whatever necessary includes a practice known as "waterboarding." Waterboarding is a practice that simulates drowning, terrifying its victim but causing no injury or permanent damage.

It is routinely employed against U.S. Special Forces as part of their training. The CIA says it briefed Nancy Pelosi of its use against Abu Zubayda back in August of 2002. Now, in 2009, waterboarding is officially torture, and Nancy Pelosi wants to go after members of the Bush administration for using it, even though it was legal at the time.

But, if Pelosi knew about it in 2002 and said nothing, then any investigation would ultimately result in her silence, making her complicit in the "crime." The issue of what she knew and when she knew it became a very inconvenient line of questioning for her. So she lied and said nobody told her.

In the most recent reincarnation of the story, she argued that her job was really to take over Congress and get a Democratic president elected, and she was therefore much too busy to conduct public policy. And so that's why nobody told her.

One wonders what can possibly be motivating the speaker, apart from what one could only term a pathological sense of vindictiveness. Raising the issue accomplishes nothing to benefit the Democrats. Like the speaker, they knew and did nothing.

Or they arranged not to know and therefore do nothing. Or, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, they signed off on it, telling the CIA to "do what it has to do" to keep America safe.

Bringing it up again at this juncture doesn't do much harm to the Republicans now in office. They've already lost the White House, both Houses of Congress and are so hopelessly outnumbered as to be unable even to slow down the Democratic agenda.


The Unapologetic Pope

May 15, 2009 | From

Yad Vashem speech disappoints those hoping for an expression of remorse.

As a Bavarian youth, Joseph Ratzinger grew up in Adolf Hitler’s shadow. He was 6 years old when Hitler rose to power. He was 11 during Kristallnacht, when brown shirt Nazis attacked the homes of several Jewish residents living in his hometown of Traunstein, a small city of less than 12,000 residents. At the age of 14, when it was made compulsory, Ratzinger became a registered member of Hitler Youth. At 16, he was drafted into the antiaircraft corps of the German Army, where he served for two full years before he “fled” for the seminary as the war drew to a close.

Against this backdrop, it’s no wonder Ratzinger’s every word was so carefully scrutinized on Monday, when the German pope delivered his much-anticipated speech at Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial.

“I have come to stand in silence before this monument, erected to honor the memory of the millions of Jews killed in the horrific tragedy of the Shoah,” Pope Benedict xvi said, stopping way short of actually apologizing—an audacious omission, when you think about it, given the fact that he is a German-born pope who fought on the wrong side of history.

His failure to assign blame, let alone accept any, angered many Israelis.

“There certainly was no apology expressed here,” said Holocaust survivor Yisrael Meir Lau, the chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. “Something was missing. There was no mention of the Germans or the Nazis who participated in the butchery, nor a word of regret,” Lau told the Jerusalem Post. “If not an apology, then an expression of remorse.”

Visiting Yad Vashem does not, in itself, constitute an expression of regret, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said during an interview the day after the pope’s remarks: “I came to the memorial not only to hear historical descriptions or about the established fact of the Holocaust. I came as a Jew, hoping to hear an apology and a request for forgiveness from those who caused our tragedy, and among them, the Germans and the church. But to my sadness, I did not hear any such thing.”

The official Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, rushed to Ratzinger’s defense, telling a group of reporters in Jerusalem that the pope cannot be expected to repeatedly draw attention to his German roots “every time he speaks.”

But if ever there was a time to repeat it, wouldn’t it be at Yad Vashem?

Lombardi then inexplicably claimed that Benedict “never, never, never” was a member of the Hitler Youth. With a subject that sensitive, he said, “It is important to say what is true and not to say false things.” He later retracted his initial comment, admitting Ratzinger was a reluctant member of the Hitler Youth.

This isn’t the first time the Vatican has hurriedly assembled a response to criticism leveled at Benedict for his wartime record and his present-day unwillingness to offer any kind of apology to the Jews. During his 2006 speech at Auschwitz, the pope made no mention of anti-Semitism or of German culpability for the Holocaust. In 2007, the pope angered Jews worldwide with his call for them to be converted to Catholicism. And earlier this year, the pope again came under intense fire for lifting the excommunication of an outspoken bishop who happens to be a Holocaust-denier.

Then there is Benedict’s defense of Pope Pius xii, the World War ii-era pope who, prior to his pontificate, successfully negotiated the Reich Concordat with Adolf Hitler in 1933, effectively destroying all political opposition to the fledgling Nazi movement in Germany. According to cabinet meeting minutes from July 14, 1933, Hitler considered the German-Vatican pact a “great achievement”—particularly “in the developing struggle against international Jewry.”

Years later, as pope, Pius xii became well aware of Hitler’s Final Solution. Throughout 1942, Jewish groups and Allied officials had repeatedly urged him to publicly condemn the Nazi savagery. Under increasing pressure, Pius used a December 1942 radio address to refer to the many thousands who “sometimes only by reason of their nationality or race are marked down for death or gradual extinction.” Pius’s strongest objection to Hitler’s genocidal rampage failed to even mention the Führer by name and drew no reference to Nazis or Jews.

In October 1943, ten months after Pius’s radio address, 365 of Hitler’s SS troops entered Rome’s old ghetto and started arresting Italian Jews. They rounded up 1,060 and transported them to a building called Collegio Militare—located less than half a mile from the Vatican. Pope Pius was one of the first to be made aware of the Jewish arrests. The Jews were kept at the holding center for two days—right under the pope’s nose—before boarding cattle cars to Auschwitz, where 80 percent of them were gassed within a week.

During the Jews’ two-night confinement down the street from the Vatican, Pope Pius xii did nothing.

Last September, Pope Benedict xvi defended his World War ii-era predecessor against critics who say the Vatican turned a blind eye to the Holocaust. Incredibly, Benedict praised Pope Pius xii for his courage in trying to save Jews. “Wherever possible he spared no effort in intervening in their favor either directly or through instructions given to other individuals or to institutions of the Catholic Church,” Benedict said.

This simply does not square with an honest reading of history, which is why Benedict will not allow public access to the Vatican’s carefully guarded archives. Even still, there is plenty of evidence already accessible, both historically and prophetically, to those in search of truth.

Even at Yad Vashem, one exhibit inside the museum sums up the Vatican’s complicity in the Holocaust with this inscription: “When Jews were deported from Rome to Auschwitz, the pope did not intervene.”

As it happens, this is the same pontiff Pope Benedict xvi will one day beatify, which is why Benedict insisted on making his unapologetic remarks at the Yad Vashem Memorial on Monday, as opposed to the museum.

He refused to set foot inside the museum.

Also, we should forget that Ratzinger’s Wehrmacht unit shot at Allied pilots over Germany. We are to supposed to believe that Ratzinger didn’t really mean to hurt anyone.
Palestinians use pope to wage propaganda
Report accuses them of hijacking pontiff's visit for political gain

Posted: May 14, 2009
11:25 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority exploited Pope Benedict XVI's visit here this week for political gain and to wage propaganda attacks against Israel, particularly regarding sovereignty over Jerusalem, according to a study released yesterday.

"The PA has exploited Benedict's visit to Israel ... especially the sensitive [issue] of sovereignty over Jerusalem. According to PA-affiliated spokesmen, Israel's presence in eastern Jerusalem does not give it sovereignty or any other rights," states a report by the Terrorism and Information Center at Israel's Center for Special Studies.

Reuven Erlich, the center's director, said the purported exploitation by the PA extended to the pope's tour of Bethlehem yesterday.

"The pope was deliberately paraded in front of the security barrier to make a non-issue into an issue. Also [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas used his speech alongside the pope for pure propaganda purposes," said Erlich.


Another ACORN scandal in a funeral home?
Group operating out of small building donated $33 million to Obama campaign

Posted: May 14, 2009
11:30 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Fox News' Glenn Beck may have uncovered another twist to a series of ACORN's alleged scandals when he revealed on his show that the group's main affiliate is operating out of a former New Orleans funeral home and bringing in millions of taxpayer dollars.

The Service Employees International Union's New Orleans headquarters location that also houses ACORN is supposed to be home to more than 270 related corporations and non-profits.

"Does that former funeral home look big enough to you to house 270 organizations?" Beck asked. "The owner of the building is a company whose partners are – oh my gosh! – Wade and Dale Rathke."

Former funeral home owned by Service Employees International Union and said to house 270 groups, including ACORN

Wade Rathke, a New Orleans resident, is founder of ACORN and also founder and chief organizer of Service Employees International Union, which donated $33 million to President Obama's campaign last year.The online estimates Obama's entire campaign spending at about $640 million.

According to the New York Times, he failed to notify police in 2000 when he learned that his brother Dale, ACORN's chief financial officer, had embezzled $948,600 from Citizens Consulting Inc., the ACORN affiliate that handles its financial affairs.

Beck said Wade and Dale are listed as president or partner in dozens of companies based in the New Orleans building.

"[T]he big question remains unanswered: Millions of dollars flow into that building every year," Beck said. "Where does it go?"

Wade Rathke

He said ACORN received as much as $10 million in federal grants last year. But it could get up to $8 billion more after the House passed Rep. Barney Frank's amendment allowing organizations indicted for voter fraud or related crimes to receive taxpayer dollars today.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., urged Congress to block ACORN's access to federal housing funds.

"ACORN, as you know, is no stranger to the spotlight," Bachmann said outside the Capitol. "Yet no matter how many times prosecutors investigate and even indict ACORN and their employees, they emerge unblemished as far as the federal government is concerned from having access to federal tax dollars."

Bachmann told Fox News that ACORN has received at least $53 million in tax dollars since 1994. Frank's amendment passed by a vote of 245-176, largely upon party lines.

"I am disappointed that Congress decided to side with ACORN today over the taxpayers," Bachmann said. "It is not only legitimate for Congress to decide the threshold for accessing taxpayer funds; it is incumbent upon us to do so. And, for far too long, Congress has cavalierly distributed taxpayer money. … This is a shameful abdication of our fiduciary duties."