Has Muqtada al-Sadr assumed RT?

(*Room Temperature)


The leader of the Shi’ite Sadrists in Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr, has announced in a letter to his followers that he is stepping down from his position, distancing himself from people, and focusing on his studies.

He explained that he was doing so because he had failed in carrying out his father’s will to liberate Iraq from the occupation and turning its people into believing Muslims.

He wrote that the continuation of the occupation, the many who were distancing themselves from the true path, and their turning to politics and affairs of this world had motivated him to sequester himself from human society, in order to carry out his obligation to Allah and not to add sin to the crime.

Al-Sadr called on his men to obey the committee for managing the affairs of the Sadrist movement and all Sadrist institutes, and its representatives that bear the name of the Office of Al-Sayed Al-Shahid – which is named after his father, Ayatollah Muhammad Sadeq Al-Sadr, murdered in 1999 by the regime of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

I can’t imagine this fellow just voluntarily stepping aside for the reasons stated. On March 3, Al-Siyassa (Kuwait) reported that al-Sadr had been “secretly transferred a few days ago from Iraq to Iran for hospitalization as he was comatose. It was reported that his illness resulted from food poisoning.”

Nature abhors a vacuum. I wonder who the next Shiite strongman will be?

H/T: Robo

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Attn Bloggers: Check Out BlogBackupOnline

Last summer’s best new blog service is shedding it’s Beta label.

If you have a blog and you aren’t sure that your blog provider will always have a backup in case of a crash, head over to BlogBackupOnline pronto. The site is straightforward: Log in, enter information about your blog, and the site diligently backs it up every day (provided that you use one of the 11 supported blogging services–Blogger, Friendster, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Multiply, Serendipity, Terapad, TypePad, Vox, Windows Live Space, or WordPress).

The site is also a great tool if you ever decide to move your blog from one platform to another. After you’ve backed up your blog, BlogBackupOnline can bring all of your old entries into the new service.

I got an email today from Head Honcho Aaron Newman who sent along some interesting news: BlogBackupOnline is moving out of BETA!

BBO “Basic” will continue to be a FREE service, and will include will include up to 5 MB of storage.

Additionally, Aaron says that BBO will begin offering premium services tailored for larger users (for a small fee).

I’ve been using BBO since last June, and they have saved my bacon – TWICE. Speaking as someone who lost 6 weeks of archives (before I found BlogBackupOnline), I just can’t say enough good stuff about BBO. It’s user-friendly, automatic, and as I mentioned previously, it’s FREE.

If you have a blog, you really owe it to yourselves to check it out.


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The Daily *Snort*

The Quote of the Day Week, From Hizzoner the Mayor of Chocolate City, Loozianner ….

“I stand before you, a vagina-friendly Mayor.

I am in!”

Atta boy Ray.

I’ll resist making a Bill Clinton reference. Low hanging fruit is for pansies.

It ain’t cattle futures, but it ain’t too shabby

from Washington Times

The spring before his wife began her White House campaign, former President Bill Clinton earned $700,000 for his foundation by selling stock that he had been given from an Internet search company that was co-founded by a convicted felon and backed by the Chinese government, public records show.

Mr. Clinton had gotten the nonpublicly traded stock from Accoona Corp. back in 2004 as a gift for giving a speech at a company event. He landed the windfall by selling the 200,000 shares to an undisclosed buyer in May 2006, commanding $3.50 a share at a time when the company was reporting millions of dollars of losses, according to interviews.

Now, it is certainly possible that the Clinton’s reluctance to release their tax returns has nothing at all to do with this information. No one is saying that this was illegal.

But it sure doesn’t look good.

h/t Kearney,
also at the linkviewer

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's OasisSpeaking of the Linkviewer, I gotta say, this is a pretty nifty thinkamajig. It is a great source of news, however, I’ve noticed that a lot of it is just recycled headlines from Free Republic. But, there are also a lot of headlines and interesting input from pro-Israel bloggers that you might not see otherwise.

Certainly worth a look-see.

THIS IS the World Famous Friday Open Thread……..A Free Speech Zone.

WFFOT: To boldly go where no thread has gone before! (trackbacks welcome)


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The unraveling continues

The downturn in CDO’s picked up steam today with the default by The Carlyle Group on margin calls to seven creditors.

This is getting very serious, folks….

from The Telegraph

Property investment trusts shares have crashed on panic selling in New York after an affiliate of the private equity giant Carlyle Group fell into default on mortgage losses.

The news sent shockwaves through the financial markets. Carlyle Capital has leveraged itself to the hilt, taking out debt at a ratio of 32:1 to invest in the US mortgage assets. It held securities worth a $21.7bn (£10.8bn) last month, raising the spectre of distress sales on a scale large enough to trigger a cascade of liquidations by other funds.

Fears of forced sales ravaged real estate investment trusts, which also own big holdings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debt. Anworth Mortgage shares plunged 24pc and Capstead Mortgage was off 25pc.

Thornburg Mortgage crashed 60pc after revealing an SEC-filing in New York that it had missed a $28m margin call to JP Morgan Chase. It has suffered from the collapse in investor demand for so-called jumbo mortgages.


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