Oct 292011
 


KABUL, Afghanistan – A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armored NATO bus Saturday on a busy thoroughfare in Kabul, killing 17 people, including a dozen Americans, in the deadliest strike against the U.S.-led coalition in the Afghan capital since the war began.

The blast occurred on the same day that a man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed three Australian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter in the south — attacks that show the resiliency of the insurgency and are likely to raise new doubts about the unpopular 10-year-old war and the Western strategy of trying to talk peace with the Taliban.

A spokesman for the fundamentalist Islamic movement, which was ousted in the 2001 invasion for its affiliation with Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, saying the bomber had used 1,540 pounds of explosives.

The Taliban and related groups have staged more than a dozen major attacks in Kabul this year, including seven since June, in an apparent campaign to weaken confidence in the Afghan government as it prepares to take over its own security ahead of a 2014 deadline for the U.S. and other NATO countries to withdraw their troops or move them into support roles.

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Oct 292011
 

Herman Cain being heckled by Ron Paul supporters during a speech in Alabama. Cain asked for “the respect to give my comments.”

~ THIS is exactly why the dems laugh @ our party. There is so much nastiness & in-fighting that the true candidates cannot address the ‘issues’. I like Ron Paul but the supporters are an entire different group. Over zealous & it is almost cultist. I have friends who are Ron Paul supporters & he is given fair time here @ JUST Piper. I am JUST here to say: CUT IT OUT!. When you get that over enthusiastic about your choice in a candidate & lose class you are no better than the OWS goonies. If you want your candidate to be taken seriously, your behavior is a reflection on him. I cannot imagine a Herman Cain supporter going to a Ron Paul speech & acting like the leftist thugs. Think about it. ~ JP

He was interrupted again, and told the Paul supporters, “Are you all going to let me do my speech or not?” He added: “All I’m asking for is the respect for me to give my comments and my speech. . . Just be respectful.”

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Oct 292011
 

HOMEWOOD, AL .

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is making his two-day campaign swing through Alabama. He registered for the state’s March 13 presidential primary at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Homewood Friday before heading to Montgomery. Cain will to return to Birmingham to meet with fans before Samford University’s Saturday football game.

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Cain addressed the state’s tough immigration law, the economy, and his controversial 999 plan.

“The federal government is not going to sue Alabama, Arizona or any other state if they’re trying to enforce federal law,” said Cain.

Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, said although he hasn’t publicly endorsed Cain, the presidential hopeful has his vote today based on his platforms.

“Really we’re in the predicament we’re in because the federal government’s failed to enforce its law, and I think he’s made it very clear that the federal government does enforce its law,” said Sen. Beason.

Cain’s most well-known message may be his most controversial. His 999 economic plan includes a nine percent business tax, a nine percent personal income tax, and a new nine percent national sales tax.


“Well when you do the analysis, eight, eight, eight is not enough money, ten, ten, ten is too much money,” he noted.

Cain spent the morning meeting with supporters in Anniston and Talladega.

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Oct 292011
 

Judge says prayers to Christ ‘do violence to America’s pluralistic, inclusive values’…

A board of county commissioners in North Carolina is asking the Supreme Court for help: Its members don’t believe they should have to forbid volunteers from mentioning the name of Jesus in prayers offered before their meetings.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are standing by their victory in a U.S. circuit court decision that states even “a solitary reference to Jesus Christ” in invocations before the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ meetings could do “violence to the pluralistic and inclusive values that are a defining feature of American public life.”

Furthermore, wrote Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals majority opinion, legislative invocations offered in Jesus’ name are inherently “sectarian” and thus should be censored lest they make some attendees feel “uncomfortable, unwelcome and unwilling to participate in … public affairs.”

But the board disagrees, and with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund is asking the Supreme Court to trump Wilkinson’s ruling.

“America’s founders opened public meetings with prayer; this county simply wants to allow its citizens to do the same,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman in a statement. “We trust the U.S. Supreme Court will want to review this case because of the long history in America of offering prayers before public meetings. Public officials shouldn’t be coerced into censoring the prayers of those invited to offer them just because secularist groups don’t like people praying according to their own conscience.”

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Oct 292011
 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has lost millions of dollars in support from former donors in Democratic strongholds and in districts that he won narrowly four years ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of the most recent federal campaign finance data.

Tens of thousands of supporters who gave him hundreds of dollars or more in the early stages of the 2008 campaign haven’t offered him similar amounts of cash so far in this campaign. And in some cases, former Obama contributors gave to GOP candidates, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

~ This MSM report goes onto say: AP’s analysis indicates that Obama, is beleaguered by a struggling economy.

Sure, tell yourself whatevs you need to see ya through…

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