Friday, June 28, 2013

[EDISI KANTOI] Pencacai UMNO, Mana Cincin Nazri?

[EDISI KANTOI] Pencacai UMNO, Mana Cincin Nazri?


[EDISI KANTOI] Pencacai UMNO, Mana Cincin Nazri?

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 10:04 AM PDT


Di dalam laporan sebelum ini Menteri Pelancongan & Kebudayaan Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz telah dilaporkan menunjukkan isyarat lucah kepada jurugambar yang merakamkan gambarnya di parlimen sempena persidangan angkat sumpah ahli-ahli parlimen dan melantik Speaker Dewan Rakyat yang baru.

Gambar tersebut telah tersebar luas di media sosial.

Tiba-tiba macai UMNO telah mengeluarkan satu versi baru menyatakan kononnya gambar itu ialah gambar diedit dan kemudian beliau mempaparkan "versi asal" gambar berkenaan.

Apa yang sebenarnya berlaku ialah beliau mengedit gambar isyarat lucah itu dan mendakwa itulah gambar yang asal.

Begitu malang nasib pencacai UMNO dimana di dalam versi yang diakatakan asal itu terdapat banyak kecacatan diantaranya:

1) Ada cahaya putih di sekeliling tangan Nazri
2) Cahaya itu pula seperti datang dari bawah
3) Ibu jari yang ditunjukkan lebih kecil dari jari-jari yang lain
4) dan yanf paling nyata, cincin yang selalu dipakai di jari manis Nazri sudah tiada.

Mungkin pencacai berkenaan beranggapan manusia lain bodoh sepertinya dan berharap dengan melakukan edit tersebut dapat nanti membuat tuntutan untuk memperolehi sedikit habuan daripada Nazri.

Memang tahap pencacai suungguh!

The Muslim Brotherhood at the White House By Michelle Malkin

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 06:53 AM PDT

Forget Paula Deen. There are far more dangerous bigots and poisonous haters spoiling the American landscape. They cook up violent rhetoric and murderous plots against our troops, our citizens, and our allies 24/7. And they have direct access to the White House.

Earlier this week, the indefatigable Investigative Project on Terrorism blew the whistle on the Obama administration's latest flirtation with Muslim jihad. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah bragged on his website that he had met with Team Obama on June 13. IPT reported that bin Bayyah was invited by National Security Council official Gayle Smith "to learn from you and we need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with you and the Association of Muslim Scholars."

Someone associated with bin Bayyah deleted his website reference to the meeting, but the Internet is forever. The White House has now 'fessed up to the confab. According to Fox News, a senior official spun the troubling event as a discussion about "poverty, global health efforts and bin Bayyah's own efforts to speak out against al-Qaida." 

Bin Bayyah's moderate-Muslim costume shouldn't fool anyone. This sharia thug, who has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost his progressive-friendly cred, lobbied the United Nations to outlaw all mockery and criticism of Allah. He raised money to benefit the terror group Hamas. He is a top lieutenant of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Qaradawi, who exhorts followers to kill every last Jew; sanctioned suicide bombings and the killing of our soldiers; expressed support for executing apostates and stoning gays; and declared that the "U.S. is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support." In full at The National Review here.....

ဗုဒၶဘာသာ အဲဒီဓမၼက ဘက္မလိုက္ပဲ၊ ဘာသာ တရားခြဲျခားမႈ မရွိပဲ၊ လူမ်ိဳးခြဲျခားမႈ မရွိပဲ။ အျဖဴးအမဲ ခြဲျခားမႈ မျပဳပဲ။ အထီး အမ ခြဲျခားမႈ မျပဳပဲ တရားစီရင္တယ္။

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 06:07 AM PDT

မ်ိဳးေစာင့္ဥပေဒကို မေထာက္ခံရင္ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ မဟုတ္ဘူးဆိုတဲ့ အေရးအသားေတြ ေတြ႕ေနရတယ္။

ဒီအေရးအသားအရဆိုရင္ မ်ိဳးေစာင့္ဆိုတာထက္….ဘာသာေစာင့္ဆုိရင္ ပိုမွန္မယ္။ ဗုဒၶဘာသာဟာ ျမန္မာေတြ ပိုင္တယ္လို႔…Copyright လုပ္ထားလို႔ရတဲ့ အရာမဟုတ္ဘူး။

ေလ့လာၿပီး လက္ခံတဲ့သူတိုင္း..ကမၻာေပၚမွာ ရွိသမွ် လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစံုနဲ႔ ဆိုင္တယ္။ သတၱ၀ါ အားလံုးနဲ႔ဆိုင္တယ္။ လူမ်ိဳးနဲ႔ ဘာသာကို ခြဲျခားေျပာၾကပါ။ ျမန္မာလူမ်ိဳးတုိင္းလဲ ဗုဒၶဘာသာ မဟုတ္သလုိ ဗုဒၶဘာသာတိုင္းလဲ ျမန္မာ မဟုတ္ဘူး။

အဂၤလိပ္ရဲ့ ေသြးခြဲအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္တဲ့ အေမြကို ေကာင္းေကာင္းဆက္ခံၿပီး လုိက္နာက်င့္သံုးတဲ့ စစ္ရာဇ၀တ္ေကာင္ေတြရဲ့….ေသြးခြဲအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္မႈ ေအာက္မွာ ျပားျပားေမွာက္ရအံုးေတာ့မယ္။

KNU ကေန ခြဲထြက္လာလိုုက္တာ…KNU/DKBA တဲ့…ကိုးကြယ္မႈ ဘာသာေလး ကြဲတာနဲ႔ ကရင္ အခ်င္းခ်င္း သတ္ၾကရတယ္၊ တုိက္ၾကရတယ္….

အခုလဲ….လစ္ဘရယ္ နဲ႔ အမ်ိဳးသားေရး ၀ါဒီ လာဦးမယ္။

ဘုန္းၾကီးတိုင္းေတာ့ ေဟာၾကတာပဲ…အ၀ိဇၨာ ပစၥယာ သခၤါရာတဲ့…အေၾကာင္းျဖစ္တဲ့ အ၀ိဇၨာကို သတ္ႏိုင္မွ အက်ိဳးျဖစ္တဲ့..သခၤါရေသမယ္လို႔…

အခု ျဖစ္တဲ့ ျပႆနာေတြမွာ လဲ အေၾကာင္းကို ဘာေၾကာင့္ မရွာၾကတာလဲ…အေၾကာင္းကို မသတ္ႏိုင္ရင္ေတာ့ အက်ိဳးေတြ မေသ ေသးဘူး။

မိတၳီလာမွာ ျဖစ္တဲ့ကိစၥ..
ေရႊေရာင္းတဲ့ ျမန္မာေတြက…၉၆၉ ဆရာေတာ္ေတြ ဒီေလာက္ ေဟာေနတဲ့ၾကားက ဘာျဖစ္လုိ႔…မြတ္ဆလင္ဆိုင္ကိုမွ သြားေရာင္းရတာလဲ။
ေရာင္းၿပီ
ေရာင္းေတာ့ ျပႆနာျဖစ္ပီ…တရားဥပေဒက ဘယ္မွာလဲ။

တရားဥပေဒ အရ ေျဖရွင္းရမွာ မဟုတ္ဘူးလား။
အမ်ိဳးထိတာ ဒီအတိုင္းၾကည့္ေနရမလား….ဒီအတိုင္း ၾကည့္မေနရပါဘူး…ဗုဒၶဘာသာ ႏွလံုးသားနဲ႔ လူေတြ ဆုိရင္ ျပႆနာကို ၀င္ၿပီး ျဖန္ေျဖရမယ္။ ထိန္းရမယ္၊ သိမ္းရမယ္ မျဖင့္သင့္မျဖစ္ေအာင္။

တရား ဥပေဒစိုးမိုးေရးအတြက္ တာ၀န္ထမ္းေနတဲ့ ျပည့္သူ႔ရဲရွိတယ္၊ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးေတြရွိတယ္။

အခုေတာ့ သူမဟုတ္တာလုပ္တာကို ကိုယ္ကပါ သူ႔ထက္ပိုၿပီး မဟုတ္တာလုပ္တယ္….
အဲဒီ အက်ိဳးဆက္က ဘုန္းၾကီးတစ္ပါး အသတ္ခံရတယ္….

ဘာျဖစ္လို႔ မဆိုင္တဲ့ ဘုန္းၾကီးကို သတ္ရလဲလို႔ ေစာဒက မတက္ပါနဲ႔…ကိုယ္ကလဲ မဆိုင္တဲ့ ဆိုင္ေတြဖ်က္တာ ရိုက္တာႏွက္တာေတြ…အားလံုးရဲ့ အက်ိဳးဆက္က ရပ္ကြက္ေတြ မီးရႈိတဲ့ အထိ ျဖစ္ကုန္တယ္။

အဲဒီမွာ တိုင္းျပည္ အထိနာေတာ့တာပဲ။ ဘာသာတရားပါ အထိနာတယ္…လက္ရဲ၊ ဇက္ရဲ ပစ္ရဲ ခတ္ရဲ….ေသနတ္ကိုင္ထားတဲ့သူေတြကလဲ…မတ္တတ္။ အဲေတာ့ …ဘုန္းၾကီးေတြ ဒုတ္တကားကားနဲ႔ ဗြီဒီယိုဖိုင္ေတြက…အင္တာနက္ေပၚမွာ ဖြာလန္ၾကဲလုိ႔….

ဟုတ္ကဲ့…ဒီကေန႔ တိုင္းမဂၢဇင္းက TERROR လုိ႔ေရးေတာ့ ရင္ထဲမွာ မေကာင္းတာေတာ့ ကိုယ္တုိင္ အသိဆံုးပဲ….

ဗြီဒီယို ဖုိင္ေတြ ေတြ႕ရျပန္ေတာ့…ဒီဗြီယိုဖုိင္ေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ဘာေျပာရမွန္း မသိေအာင္ စြံ႔အသြား ျပန္တယ္။

သူမွားလုိ႔ ကိုယ္မွားတယ္၊ ကိုယ္မွားလို႔ သူမွားတယ္။
သူလုပ္လို႔ ကိုလုပ္တယ္၊ ကိုယ္လုပ္လို႔ သူလုပ္တယ္။
သူသတ္လုိ႔ကိုယ္သတ္တယ္။ ကိုယ္သတ္လုိ႔ သူသတ္တယ္။

တကယ့္အိုနာေသဆိုတဲ့ သံသရာကို ခဏထားဦး….ဒီသံသရာက လြတ္ေအာင္ အရင္ ၾကိဳးစားရဦးမယ္။

ဒီသံသရာက အေျခခံပဲ…အေျခခံျဖစ္တဲ့ ဒီသံသရာကရုံးမထြက္ႏိုင္ေသးရင္ေတာ့ အိုနာေသဆုိတဲ့…သံသရာဆုိတာ အေ၀းၾကီး။

ဓမၼဆိုတာ…အရွိတရား
အဲဒီ အရွိတရားကို ဗုဒၶက ရွာေတြ႕ခဲ့တာ
အဲဒီ အရွိတရား ဓမၼက
လြတ္လပ္စြာ ရပ္တည္ေနတဲ့…အတုမရွိတဲ့အရာ…အဲဒီဓမၼက ဘက္မလိုက္ပဲ၊ ဘာသာ တရားခြဲျခားမႈ မရွိပဲ၊ လူမ်ိဳးခြဲျခားမႈ မရွိပဲ။ အျဖဴးအမဲ ခြဲျခားမႈ မျပဳပဲ။ အထီး အမ ခြဲျခားမႈ မျပဳပဲ တရားစီရင္တယ္။


"Buka Siasatan Terhadap Najib"

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 07:00 AM PDT

Polis harus membuka siasatan terhadap Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak mengenai 'affidavit palsu', kata bekas Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim hari ini.

Katanya ini berdasarkan laporan polis yang dibuat koordinator Jingga 13, Fariz Musa pada 26 Jun yang mendakwa bahawa Najib telah membuat affidavit palsu pada 21 dan 23 September 2011 yang telah difailkan di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur.

Beliau bertegas laporan yang dibuat Fariz itu berasas dan boleh dibuktikan sebagai dakwaan yang benar.

Mat Zain berkata demikian dalam surat terbukanya kepada Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Bukit Aman Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah.

Salinan surat itu juga dihantar kepada Peguamcara Negara, Datuk Idrus Harun, Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar serta Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara, Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin.

"Saya berpendapat laporan ini tidak boleh diketepikan sewenang-wenangnya dan pihak polis wajib memulakan siasatan jika belum berbuat demikian," tegasnya.

Tambahnya lagi, isu berkaitan nama palsu itu hanyalah sebahagian kecil daripada pemalsuan yang dikesan dalam affidavit Najib itu.

Katanya siasatan terhadap seorang Perdana Menteri bukanlah suatu perkara luar biasa.

Ini, kata beliau, berdasarkan siasatan yang dijalankan polis atas laporan polis yang dibuat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pada 13 Jun 2000 terhadap mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengenai salah guna kuasa.

"Jika polis KL boleh lakukan sedemikian tanpa halangan atau campur tangan mana-mana pihak, maka saya percaya pihak polis boleh lakukan dengan lebih baik dan profesional lagi sekarang ini.

"Pada pendapat saya, saudara tidak ada opsyen melainkan untuk memberi keutamaan dan menyiasat laporan yang dibuat oleh Fariz Musa itu secara terperinci dan tidak sekadar melepaskan batuk ditangga," katanya dalam surat tersebut.

Mat Zain juga menyebut mengenai dakwaan bahawa Najib pernah mengarahkan seorang peguam kanan iaitu Tan Sri Cecil Abraham untuk menderaf Akuan Bersumpah mendiang P Balasubramaniam pada Julai 2008.

"Saudara juga pasti sedar bahawa kesalahan yang didakwa ini adalah sama dengan kesalahan membuat atau bersubahat membuat affidavit palsu yang boleh disamakan dengan memberi keterangan palsu di mahkamah.

"Adalah menjadi tanggungjawab polis untuk menyiasat kedua-dua dakwaan ini secara terperinci dan pantas kerana tidak wajar dakwaan memberi keterangan palsu, tergantung di atas bahu seorang Perdana Menteri," katanya. -FMT

Invincible and Indestructible

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:52 AM PDT

This morning, I had the shock of my life when I hung my son's bedsheet to dry in the sun.

There was a sickening thud.

I looked down at my feet and there it was - my beloved and priceless Nokia 3310. Almost going hysterical, I ran downstairs and phoned my husband as he was the one who put Nick's bedsheet in the machine. After ranting, I looked at the phone again.


There was water vapour beneath the screen and while the backlight was lit, nothing else was visible. I had a tough time trying to pry open the casing to remove the battery.

Finally, I managed to dismantle my phone and proceeded to dry it with my hairdryer - something I learnt when my husband's Note 2 fell into the toilet bowl.

I feared the worst as the phone had been in the washing machine for one hour and fifteen minutes - soaked in hot water, rinsed five times and spun dry.

Two hours later, I assembled everything and incredibly - my Nokia 3310 still works! Two years ago, I thought I had lost it when it fell down three flights of stairs.

Hidup Nokia 3310!!! I have had it since 2000 and it has never given me any problems.

According to Wikipedia:

The Nokia 3310 is a dual band GSM900/1800 mobile phone, and was developed by the Copenhagen Nokia site (Denmark). Released in the fourth quarter of 2000, it replaced the popular Nokia 3210. This phone sold extremely well, being one of the most successful phones with 126 million units sold.[1] The phone has since received arguably the biggest cult status of a mobile cell phone, and is still widely acclaimed today. Many people name the 3310 as being the "indestructible" phone, which has become a popular Internet meme.

More here.

I would never give it up and will treasure it forever! Am deeply relieved!!!

Does anyone have any tales to share? My HP netbook dropped eight feet to the ground and survived - only the hinge cracked. The LCD screen, hard disk etc are all intact! HP - another fantastic brand with superb customer care service!

Leadership is about taking responsibility, not finding scapegoats and excuses

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:20 AM PDT

By J. D. Lovrenciear

Malaysia continues to have bouts of shocking news since the run-up to the GE-13. Of late, the nation is in shock after learning from the alternative media – in particular, of two key leaders embroiled in highly questionable circumstances that not only affect their individual credibility but more so the very entities they are leading.

The Home Minister and the current Inspector General of Police are in hot soup. And the cauldron will get hotter by the hours until and unless they are able to clear all allegations, suspicions and any wrong perceptions.  Their continuing silence is unhealthy for the nation's honor and certainly damages the integrity of the organization's they head.

This is not a time for the proverbial monkey-stance of see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. The very fact that they are heading the very bodies that are vested with law enforcement, protection of nation, rakyat and King, and serving as vanguards of safety and security of Malaysia, they have a categorically imperative duty to come clean immediately of the charges making its waves through the media.

In any other dignified nation, the implicated person or persons would tender their immediate resignation first and pursue judicial redress subsequently, before returning to their seats of power. That would be the right action to take in the best interest of all fellow comrades and the institutions they head. But since this is not the tradition of BN, the burden of proof and decision has nowhere but to fall flat on the BN leader's lap.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Prime Minister – even though he is from the minority government, has a moral and express duty to expedite clarification of the matters afflicting his appointed leaders to ALL Malaysians. 

The PM owes quick action in the interest of all law abiding Malaysians as well as the external audiences ranging from foreign investors, political associates, and heads of nations especially our ASEAN fraternity and even international bodies dedicated to the fight for democracy and humanitarian justice.

Since the affected and implicated individuals are not moving their butt, there are only two options left to salvage the dignity and honor of Malaysia, the battered image of the BN-led government, the embroiled PM himself and of course the entire uniformed forces of Malaysia.

One, the PM sets off the two individuals on paid leave until and when the dark clouds clear with transparent and accountable actions with justice seen to be dispensed accordingly. The second option would be that the PM sacks them first without further delay and lets the law take its due course. For both options, what is the underlying Principle of Best Practice?

The Principle of Best Practice demands that for as long as there are established legal cases in progress or concluded and implicating bad or malafide and questionable behavior on the part of the appointed leaders, holding public positions of leadership is absolutely untenable.

If the PM further delays his decisive and swift action, it only provides his opponents extra rope to hang the minority government of BN. In fact now that the Opposition has raised the alarm bells on these two issues even before the PM saw the urgency to redress, serves as a serious and crippling disadvantage for the PM. 

Hence his continued silence will only compound his political party further. Wonder where and who are the PM's seemingly learned, experienced and knowledgeable political and Public Relations advisors?

If the PM feels that he has sufficient information and grounds to save the reputation and credibility of the Home Minister and the IGP, then it is equally critical that he expeditiously goes on prime time news to explain the details and bring salvation to the uniformed forces and the Office of the Home Ministry.  

A failure on the part of the PM to act decisively and immediately is a serious attack on the dignity and reputation of Malaysia. Let us not deny or belittle this fact. We cannot go on and on, allowing indecisiveness and highly questionable actions to incessantly rape and destroy His Majesty's sovereign nation - unless if we are all resigned to the mantra of "semua-nya okay" and live by that infamous quote, "Tutup satu mata".

Accepting the results of GE-13 is not a problem. But if the in-coming minority-government continues to be plagued, smudged and smeared in murky, contentious and ridiculous issues that speak volumes about the inability to govern with integrity and honor, what do we do? Let them carry on? Then where is our patriotism? Whereat rests our sense of loyalty and duty to King and nation?

In the ranks of police, an unease over top guns in the dock

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:18 AM PDT

From The Malaysian Insider

 The mood in the police force, from the ground all the way up to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, is not pretty after the top cop of Malaysia and his boss, the home minister, both made the news in the past two days for the wrong reasons.

The rank and file and even very senior officers want to hear their bosses defend themselves publicly against the charges levelled at them recently, especially the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. "It is not easy being a policeman and the demands of the public have never been higher. But I just could not believe it when I read the judge's findings in Kugan's case," said a lance corporal, referring to the landmark ruling two days ago when a judge scolded Khalid for his handling of the case of a prisoner who died in police custody.

The detainee, A. Kugan, was held at the Subang Taipan police where he was assaulted, suffering 45 external and multiple internal injuries. He died of kidney failure from the beatings. Yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi too was dealt a blow by a judge when the Federal Court ruled he had a case to answer for assault of a man who was interested in Zahid's daughter. Such bad news about the highest levels of the force has shaken morale and confidence, particularly over the IGP. 

"After everything I have read in the past 24 hours, what is clear is that Khalid has been accused of covering up the circumstances surrounding Kugan's death and he should give an explanation," an Assistant Superintendent told The Malaysian Insider, on condition of anonymity. "It is imperative that the IGP comes out and explains rather than keep mum on the issue while the public gets angrier and loses confidence in the force." He added, "I do not know the actual facts or what actually transpired during Kugan's case. Perhaps Khalid himself received the wrong information from his men on the ground?" His views were echoed among the rank and file by a lance corporal, who said: "As the personnel on the ground, we are also waiting to hear from our top officers on what is actually transpiring as so far we are reading a lot of negative reports. 

"We would also like to hear from Tan Sri IGP and listen to his side of the story. All the feedback and comments we have heard thus far is quite demoralising," the policeman said.

But a Senior Assistant Commissioner said it was better to look at the bigger picture. He said: "It is true Khalid is responsible as he was then the Selangor police chief and answerable for the actions of his subordinates. If I was the state police chief, I would also be placed in the same position. But we should be fair as well. The actions of an irresponsible few should not result in Khalid's removal. "Do we keep sacking IGPs if their subordinates misbehave? "That would mean the government might not last five years because the prime minister and home minister should also quit." "There is no doubt that Khalid should be held accountable for Kugan's death. If I was a civilian, I would feel angry too, but we must look at the bigger picture."– June 28, 2013.


Saudi Religious Police Stop Wedding over Unveiled Bride

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:13 AM PDT

Saudi Arabia's feared religious police raided a park in the Gulf Kingdom and stopped a wedding they considered as a violation of conservative local traditions.

Hundreds of visitors to the park south of the capital Riyadh surrounded the newly-wed Egyptian couple to take part in the party before members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice entered the park and stopped the event.

"A source in the Commission said the wedding was stopped because it violated local traditions as the bride was not covering her face and the groom was holding her hand and hugging her sometimes," Ajel newspaper said. From the Emirates

Nigerian Islamists Slaughter 23 People in Two Days

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:11 AM PDT

From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri

A suspected Boko Haram member yesterday revealed how he killed 23 people including a village head and a police officer in Maiduguri in two days. The suspect, who started reeling out his murderous escapade hours after he was arrested by the volunteer armed youths famously known as civilian JTF, shocked residents when he confessed to have killed 23 people within 48 hours.

The middle-age man, arrested by the youths on Tuesday at Ngomari ward, Bakin Borehole within Maiduguri metropolis and subsequently handed over to the Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order, said he slaughtered a village head and a police officer because he felt they were against the activities of the dreaded sect.

Residents of the area where the suspect was arrested said he came from Gwange, adding that the suspect was picked up by the vigilance youth group following the arrest of his younger brother who assisted the youths by taking them to Ngomari where the suspect was residing until his arrest. In full here....

Kidnapped Priest Found 'Horribly Tortured'BEIRUT

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:06 AM PDT

BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.

The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered  in the Jaramana district  of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an "unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.

The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been "horribly tortured." The official Syrian news service said the priest was found with a gunshot wound to his head. The government news agency blamed the crime on "terrorists," its usual characterization of the armed opposition fighting to oust President Bashar Assad. Read it all here.....

The sun of Europe rises from Istanbul every morning nowadays

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:05 AM PDT

"Sunrise" over Istanbul
By now, it must have dawned on even the most dim-witted European politician that there is a discrepancy between Turkey's rhetoric and performance -- at least, as far as Europe is concerned. Turkey's EU Minister Egemen Bağış has from time to time entertained us with his various distortions of reality, including his recent claim that "the sun of Europe rises from Istanbul every morning nowadays." But the events that have unfolded in Turkey in recent weeks present a different picture.
Hat tip: EoZ

Palestinians want a lot of things removed

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:04 AM PDT

Palestinians Want this Video Removed
It repeats some well known facts about the very loose connection between Muslims and Jerusalem, highlighting facts such as their bowing in prayer with their face to Mecca and their backsides to Al Aksa mosque, and the kids playing soccer in the sacred plaza. Incidentally, Palestinians want a lot of things removed, it's no reason to get over excited.
Hat tip: EoZ

Arab World War Two

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:03 AM PDT

Barry Rubin: Arab World War Two: Sunni versus Shia
As a new report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center puts it: "The depth of the Sunni-Shi'ite schism can be seen in all the major arenas where regional conflicts are being waged. It is reflected in Hezbollah's growing involvement in the fighting in Syria, the spilling over of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon, record-breaking sectarian violence in Iraq, and the aggressive stance taken by the Persian Gulf states towards Iran and Hezbollah. Thus, the Sunni-Shi'ite schism is emerging as one of the most influential factors shaping the Middle East in a time of regional upheaval." Hat tip: EoZ

The world loves the Palestinians because of their choice of enemies!

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:01 AM PDT

Why the world loves Palestinians

The unique outpouring of love and money for the Palestinians can't be because the other Arab nations care for them. If they did, they wouldn't treat them so badly whenever they come in contact with actual Palestinian Arabs. And it certainly can't be because they are such exemplary world citizens: Palestinian Arabs popularized airline hijacking and suicide bombing (the main ingredients of the worst terrorist attack ever), and have been responsible for several wars in Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza, etc., not to mention terrorism against Israel. How many people are dead that would be alive were it not for Palestinians and their Cause? I think the explanation is simple: the world loves the Palestinians because of their choice of enemies! Hat tip: EoZ

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back By Mark Steyn

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:00 AM PDT

Three snapshots of western liberty:

1) A few weeks ago, I wrote about a Canadian police department's diversity enforcer attempt to shut down a Pamela Geller speech by getting her bounced from a Toronto synagogue. In Britain, the shut-up-he-explained crowd cut to the chase: They went to the (supposedly Conservative) Home Secretary, the ghastly Theresa May, and got Miss Geller and Robert Spencer banned from the entire country on the grounds that their presence in the United Kingdom would not be "conducive to the public good".

By contrast, the presence of, say, Anjem Choudary, philosophical mentor of the Woolwich head hackers and a man who calls for the murder of the Prime Minister, is so "conducive to the public good" that British taxpayers subsidize him generously and provide a half-million-dollar home for him to live on. Mrs May's Home Office has just admitted to the UK Muhhamed al-Arefe who advocates wife-beating. Perhaps Mr May will try out Imam al-Arefe's expert advice on the beneficial effects of "light beating" on Theresa this weekend – or is spousal abuse only "conducive to the public good" of Muslim women?

The reflexive illiberalism of Britain's so-called liberals – the urge to ban the debate rather than win it – is now so deeply ingrained they will soon be hungry for new victories. Nearly four centuries after Milton's Areopagitica, freedom of speech is dead in England. In denying her charges access to dissenting ideas, Mrs May is inviting them to find alternative means of expression. No good will come from this.

2) On the other hand, the Canadian Senate voted today to join the House of Commons and repeal Section 13 – the "hate speech" provisions of the country's "human rights" law:
OTTAWA - An Alberta MP has succeeded in his bid to repeal a section of the Canadian Human Rights Act long seen by free-speech advocates as a tool to squelch dissenting opinions. Conservative MP Brian Storseth saw the Senate give third and final reading late Wednesday to his Bill C-304 which repeals Section 13 of the Human Rights Act, an act that had been used to, among other things, attack the writings of Sun News Network's Ezra Levant and Maclean's columnist Mark Steyn… Last summer, Storseth's bill cleared the House of Commons in a free vote and, now that it's through the Senate, it will get Royal Assent and Section 13 should soon disappear. 
I believe it received Royal Assent a couple of hours ago. So victories against the state's encroachments on free speech are protracted and difficult, but still just about possible. I am honored to have played a small role in a modest victory for liberty in Canada, and I hope my friends in London ashamed by what their government has done will take heart.

3) What connects the above to today's decisions in Washington is the slapdash contempt of Anthony Kennedy's opinion. Whatever the merits of gay marriage, it ought to revolt anyone with a decent respect for self-government that this incompetent jurist could find no other way to frame the issue than to besmirch the motives of those who oppose him. As Justice Scalia wrote:
To defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority's judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement… It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.
What I always objected to in Canada about Section 13 was its casual contempt for the citizenry, the same contempt on display today in Washington and London. Like Theresa May, Justice Kennedy would rather impute motive than engage argument. The need to delegitimize those who disagree does indeed "demean this institution", and is profoundly disturbing. National Review

Suicide Bomber Detonates outside Church

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:59 AM PDT

A blast in an old Christian quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus has left four people dead, in what Syrian state TV describes as a suicide attack. Several people were injured in the attack in the Bab Sharqi neighbourhood, near a church. Rebel sources confirmed the number of dead, but said the attack was caused by a mortar bomb. More than 90,000 people have died and millions have been displaced by Syria's two-year conflict, the UN says. 

Reports say that the bomber was wearing a suicide belt and blew himself up outside the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox church. Some shops were damaged in the blast. No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack. There have been consistent but unverified reports of violence directed against Christians in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011, including attacks on churches. In full from the BBC..

Over-the-Top 'EDL' Graffiti Losing Credibility

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:58 AM PDT

English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson denied his organisation had any involvement in the attack. He said: "Anyone who knows anything about our group knows there is no way we do anything like that. It's just so blatant it's not us.

"All this CCTV where people get caught dropping litter but no one can see who's doing these attacks. "We're gaining a lot of public support at the moment, a lot of people support us and this is being doing to discredit our movement. "No one is accepting that this is being done by the EDL any more." In full here.....

The Dog for the Job

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:53 AM PDT

Thursday June 27, 2013

The dog for the job

Wheel Power by ANTHONY THANASAYAN


Inevitable:
Zhar the Doberman at the Gasing Veterinary Hospital in Petaling Jaya,
Selangor. With him are our columnist and the veterinarian Dr Adah
Jayamalar.

 
After being neutered and spending 10 days recovering from the pain, Zhar the Doberman bounds back into action.

IT
was time to get those

[VIDEO] "Dakwat Kekal": Jawapan Menteri BN Kelas Ke 3 - Prof Muhammad Agus

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 05:22 AM PDT

Kelmarin saya tergamam apabila Menteri di JPM Menteri menyatakan di Dewan Rakyat tentang dakwat kekal mengandungi pewarna makanan yang dibenarkan. Tetapi kenyataan itu tidak mendesak saya untuk menulis biarpun saya janggal mendengarnya," tulis penganalisis politik Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff di facebooknya.

Hari ini, beliau terkedu apabila Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan pula menyatakan Malaysia tidak perlu menggunakan dakwat kekal dalam pilihan raya kerana negara ini bukannya seperti "negara dunia ketiga" lain.

Berikut tulisan beliau.

KELMARIN saya tergamam apabila Menteri di JPM Menteri menyatakan di Dewan Rakyat tentang dakwat kekal mengandungi pewarna makanan yang dibenarkan. Tetapi kenyataan itu tidak mendesak saya untuk menulis biarpun saya janggal mendengarnya.

HARI INI saya terkedu apabila Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan pula menyatakan Malaysia tidak perlu menggunakan dakwat kekal dalam pilihan raya kerana negara ini bukannya seperti "negara dunia ketiga" lain.

Saya kira kedua-dua kenyataan menteri tersebut terkeluar tajuk. Isunya ialah mengapa dakwat kekal yang digunakan oleh SPR dalam pilihan raya yang lalu tidak kekal, bukannya perlu atau tidak perlu menggunakan dakwat kekal? Saya kira soal harapan rakyat untuk melihat dakwat kekal seperti yang dijanjikan tetapi tidak kekal adalah isu besar yang perlu dijawab oleh menteri yang bertanggungjawab dan SPR. Oleh itu, kenyataan menteri di atas adalah satu jawapan yang pada saya menggambarkan bukannya negara kita dunia ketiga, tetapi komen pemimpin kita yang kelas ketiga.

Buat apa kita membandingkan negara kita dengan dunia ketiga yang lain? Jika kita kahu bandingkan pun, dari segi sistem pengundian, negara kita masih jauh mundur ke belakang. India dan Indonesia menggunakan dakwat kekal, tetapi tidak ada kecelakaan yang menimpa pengundi mereka. Sebaliknya yang berlaku ialah sistem pilihan raya mereka dilihat demokratik, adil dan memenuhi aspirasi rakyat. Itu yang kita mahu—satu pilihan raya yang telus dan ada integriti supaya tidak timbul kontroversi seperti sekarang ini.

Jika kita mahu bandingkan sistem pilihan raya kita dengan di negara maju, kedudukannya adalah jauh panggang dari api. Di negara maju, sistem pilihan rayanya adil dan bebas, medianya bebas dan pengurusan pilihan rayanya baik. Di negara maju, mereka tidak lagi menggunakan dakwat kekal, tetapi menggunakan sistem biometrik. Apakah kita mampu menjadi seperti mereka atau telahpun mencapai tahap seperti mereka?

Baiklah, jika kita tidak mahu gunakan dakwat kekal, saya mahu cadangkan dalam pilihan raya yang akan datang, kita gunakan mesin mengesan cap jari. Penggunaan mesin ini baik kerana selain dapat mengesahkan identiti pengundi, mesin ini juga secara automatiknya dapat menolak mereka yang cuba untuk mengundi dua kali. Mengapa timbulnya persepsi adanya pengundian dua kali ini? Ini kerana keraguan kepada senarai pengundi SPR? Bilakah SPR dapat menyelesaikan persepsi rakyat yang negatif ini?

YB pemimpin, tolong selesaikan isu dakwat kekal ini dengan baik. Tolong jangan berikan jawapan yang berterusan mendungukan rakyat. Setakat ini, saya lihat jawapan pemimpin adalah sama seperti pengail yang mengail, tetapi memilih menggunakan umpan yang tidak dimakan ikan.



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