Islamic republic sends another $275 million in aid to the Mahdi army

Iran Press News: In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, an Iraqi official revealed that the regime in Tehran recently sent another $275 million to Moghtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Iraq.

According to reports from the website Iran Asraar, Saleh al-Mutlaq, the head of the Iraqi national dialogue front in this interview with Al-Arabiya TV spoke out against Tehran’s continued interference in Iraq and said that Tehran incessantly and extensively helps the Mahdi Militia and that only within the last 2 months another $275 million was delivered to al-Sadr for organizational reconstruction of this terrorist group. Al-Mutlaq also said that Tehran’s regime also continues to sent massive caches of weapons and arms for the Mahdi army.

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French oil company, TOTAL caught paying the Islamic regime $80 million worth of bribes

Iran Press News: According to French reports from the Agence France Presse, sources in Paris anounced that the French judiciary is investigating bribes paid that the French oil company TOTAL paid the regime in Tehran for more lucrative gas contracts. These bribes were paid secretly between 1996 and 2006.

According to a source in the French judiciary, it turns out that hundreds of millions of dollars have been found in [the Islamic republics’ Swiss bank accounts that have been in fact paid by TOTAL illegally over time; it is said that TOTAL paid Tehran’s regime for the very specific purpose of profitting from Iran’s gas fields.

This report indicates that these $80 million were found in two Swiss bank accounts; apparently after the exposal of these accounts efforts were made to launder the money as well.

TOTAL is also one of the main oil companies involved in the oil-for-food scandal.

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More on Virgil Goode’s letter

Liberal blogger Justin Rood is doing his best to stir up a reaction to Virgina Republican Virgil Goode’s immigration worries, outlined in a letter released earlier this week. I suspect he’s not going to have a lot of luck on the Friday before Christmas, but with an opportunity to use the ultimate weapon in PC politics – calling a conservative a racist – you have to admire Rood for working late in the last few hours before a long Holiday weekend.

It would probably be about as difficult to get a Democrat reaction to Sandy Berger’s story that his theft of classified documents wasn’t the result of being “sloppy” as previously characterized, but was indeed intentional, and Berger himself extremely fortunate to not be in the Federal Pen for his crimes.

But, let’s look at Rood’s most recent post.

Capitol Hill is all but empty, and I have to admit defeat in my effort to find one Republican lawmaker to substantively address Rep. Virgil Goode’s (R-VA) argument to reduce legal immigration and end visa policies which have “allow[ed] many persons from the Middle East to come to this country.”

Apparently Rood in particular, and Democrats in general are in disagreement with Goode’s immigration argument. Does that mean that they want to increase, rather than reduce legal immigration and buttress rather than reduce visa policies policies aimed at allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country? If so, then I think they may have found a policy that will be popular in Keith Ellison’s Minnesota district, and possibly in John Conyer’s Michigan district. But, outside of those two, I don’t think the Democrat immigration policy is going to play well at all. And the reason has nothing at all to do with bigotry and racism.

Perhaps I’m being naive in still believing that most Democrats, if given the facts, are still willing to put Country before party. I think that they’ve been badly misled the past few years into feeling that the greatest threat to their freedom is from George Bush, Republicans, and Christians, so much so that they perceive a conspiracy to do away with the Bill of Rights and establish some sort of police state theocracy. It is a perception driven by their own aspirations for political power, and has shielded their ability to see what has been happening overseas in most every country that has reached the critical mass of 8 – 10% Muslim population.

There are nightly car burnings and attacks on police in France, with cries of “Allah Akbar”, and actual “no-go” zones for the French authorities. Norway is seeing an eight-fold increase in violent crime and rape. Bombings in Britain and Spain. And still, the liberals believe that if they just embrace the model of multi-culturalism a little more carefully, spend more money on educating the majority about Islam, and showing the Muslims that they mean them no harm, that somehow it is going to work out.

It’s not working out.

Australia is struggling with their own immigration problems. Indonesia, Thailand, India are all experiencing similar difficulties. Certainly all of us realize that all Muslims are not terrorists. But, in all of these instances, all of the terrorists are Muslims. I suppose I’m not ready to cry a river of tears over the alleged bigotry and Islamophobia faced by Muslims in America, Israel, and Europe. The fact is, they have much more religious freedom and economic opportunity than do Christians and Jews in Islamic countries.

In the next few weeks, the Democrats will take over the houses of Congress in a peaceful, democratic transfer of power. They will have the opportunity to craft legislation to affect the future direction of the country. Let’s hope the immigration policies put forth by people of Mr. Rood’s political party will be based on common sense, and not on some knee-jerk reaction to appeal to the gods of multi-culturalism and political correctness.

update: WaPo breaks out the big guns, uses the “b” word (bigot)

Angel: Holiday Calories and OTB Weekend, Blue Star: Soldier’s Silent Night, Rastaman is thrilled,

Update: from CNS, Masters of Victimization“,    Atlas Shrugs: CAIR uses freedom of speech to kill it

Mmmmm…Mo’ More British, by George!

Mohammed, and its most common alternative spelling Muhammad, are now more popular babies’ names in England and Wales than George, reflecting the diverse ethnic mix of the population.

The Office for National Statistics said there were 2,833 baby boys called Mohammed in 2006.

The name is 22nd in the list of most popular boys’ names, moving up a place from last year.

Spelled Muhammad, it is the 44th most popular name and enters the top 50 for the first time along with Noah, Oscar, Lucas and Rhys.

There were 2,833 babies called Mohammed born in 2006 and 1,422 called Muhammad. The total exceeds the number of Georges (3,386) or Josephs (3,755).

The Source: Daily Telegraph UK.

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A Christmas Story

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christmaspicture.jpgTwelve years ago I came back home.

I had been pursuing a career in music. I was in a band living in Las Vegas. But things weren’t working out, one dead end deal after another, though each one seemed promising at the time.

In November of 1994, I sent my infant son and his mother to go stay with relatives in California because I could not afford to take care of them. I lost my apartment and had to turn in my car because I couldn’t make the payments. I was working construction and was on a temporary layoff.
I made arrangements with my family in Chicago for us to come live with them as soon as I could afford to get there. I continued to work construction jobs, stayed with friends, bummed rides or walked and lived out of a duffle bag.

I did not know God, nor was I sure there was one. Yet in my desperate condition I cried out one day. I was angry. I told God that if He was real, He was cruel. He had given me a talent that I could not use. (Why wouldn’t God endorse a lifestyle of playing in bars and clubs, drinking and chasing after women?) I was very smart in school, and generally a good person who had compassion for people and an appreciation for nature. So why was I now homeless, jobless, without a car, and hundreds of miles from my son? I wouldn’t ever consider taking my life, but I asked God to just take it from me. It wasn’t worth living at this point. Little did I know it, but God was about to take me up on my offer.

Within a month I saved up enough money to buy an old run down car. I had a little money left over for gas, and so I set out for California. I got there a couple days before Christmas.

On Christmas day I was asked if I wanted to go to a church service. I figured, why not, going to church on Christmas should gain me some favor, right? So off I went.

At the service we heard a sermon, the message of a God who saw the condition of humanity and knew that the only way to save them was to come Himself, as a man. That by taking on a cruel and brutal punishment and even death, he served the sentence that every human being deserves yet could not pay. He opened the doors to the prison, and loosed the chains, that we could live free. Maybe not in this life, but for all eternity in Heaven. The only alternative is Hell. For nothing we have done can earn us a place in perfection and glory, and to be separated from God would mean Hell and torment, there can be no in between. God is not cruel, such as to condemn us to this Hell, no, that is our choice. He gave up Heaven and took on humanity, and bore on Himself the manifestation of all evil, hatred and cruelty so that we wouldn’t have to bear it eternally for ourselves. He gave the first Christmas gift. This baby was born, to die, for us.

Then we sang Christmas carols. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. I listened to the words, and suddenly, even though I had heard and sung Christmas carols hundreds of times before, they made sense. A flood of emotion poured over me as I listened, “God and sinners reconciled”. And then this verse: “Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth; Born to give them second birth.”

Something happened to me that day, something I now know was the Holy Spirit raining down on me. I didn’t know what I needed to do, I had no idea what this meant for my life, but I knew I had to get home. We left the next day and drove across the country, in a car that should not have made it, and without enough money for gas, yet we made it. God brought me home.

Since then my life has been quite a journey. I have learned much and experienced much. Some good and some bad. But my mind hasn’t lost focus on the goal. I am heaven bound.

Twelve years later I have the most beautiful family, a gracious wife and wonderful kids. I play my music again, but now in a church. God uses my gift to help usher people into the presence of the Throne, worshipping and praising our King. I am not rich, I have no fame, and life can still be very hard, but there is joy inside and peace that is beyond explanation or reason.

Twelve years ago I left for home, and I am still on my way.

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