Saturday, April 30, 2011






BORN IN THE USA? Obama's half-sister raises birth-certificate doubts-Claims despite adoption by Indonesian stepfather, it is U.S. law that matters
Posted: April 28, 2011 By Bob Unruh 2011 WorldNetDaily

A statement from Barack Obama's half-sister has at least cast a shadow of doubt on the legitimacy of the "Certificate of Live Birth" document that was released by the White House this week in an attempt to stifle questions about his eligibility, by referencing his apparent adoption by her father, Indonesian Lolo Soetoro.On a Facebook page, Maya Soetoro-Ng wrote to a woman who had met her inHawaiiafter Madelyn Dunham, the mother of Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro and grandmother to both Maya and Barack, passed away in 2008.Soetoro-Ng was objecting to having a conversation with a critic of her half-brother, and said she had been misquoted as saying her whole family was Muslim.She wrote,I did not say my brother was a Muslim. I did say that I was more philosophically Buddhist. I told you that you were upsetting me. You said that you were not trying to upset me but wanted to know the truth about (Raila) Odinga (a Muslim for whom Barack Obama campaigned in the 2007 presidential race in Kenya). I told you I didn't know who that was and had never met him. You mentioned the adoption laws of Indonesia that you saw as related to my brother's legitimacy (you were suggesting that because my father, his stepfather, had adopted him, that my brother was no longer American) and I said that I had no idea about Indonesian adoption law.See the movie Obama does not want you to see: Own the DVD that probes this unprecedented presidential-eligibility mystery!

While not a definitive statement, there also are other indications that Lolo Soetoro, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro's second husband, an Indonesia, either adopted Barack Obama or considered him adopted, as documentation obtained by the Associated Press reveals that Obama-Soetoro was registered as a Muslim Indonesian at school when he lived in the Far East with his mother and Lolo Soetoro.
Indonesian school registration for Barry Soetoro (AP photo)The adoption, if it happened, could affect the birth certificate in that in the United States, when an adoption takes place, a birth certificate that would have been generated at birth is replaced by a birth certificate created at an adoption that references the adoptive parents as the actual birth parents. The location of birth is not changed, nor the weight of the baby, or other details. But the mother and father can be changed on an original long-form birth certificate during the adoption process.WND has confirmed such practices in several states, including Maine, Colorado and California, and it largely is standard practice across the country.Whether such practices would prevail in international adoptions, especially during the 1960s, remains unclear. Officials with the U.S. State Department provided reams of information on processes for U.S. couples to adopt foreign children, but declined to respond to questions about American citizen children adopted by Indonesians. Officials with both theHawaiiDepartment of Health and theHawaiiattorney general's office, which monitors the legal proceedings for adoptions there, declined to respond to more than a dozen requests for comment from WND.

Officials with the Indonesian embassy in Washington declined to provide details to WND on any adoption procedures, referring WND to an court in Indonesia instead.The U.S. State Department was able to confirm that adoptions by U.S. families of Indonesian children during 2010 totaled only three cases. There also were only three such cases in 2009 and only six in 2008.Young Barack Obama with his mother.Tonya Franklin, the woman who had the exchange with Soetoro-Ng, said she had been researching a variety ofsubjectsand had traveled toHawaii. She went to the apartment of Madelyn Dunham, who passed away shortly before the election in 2008.She had left a message at a school for Soetoro-Ng and then bumped into her in the parking lot.She believed he had been adopted,Franklin told WND of what she got out of the conversation. But she also said Soetoro-Ng was uncertain of the process that might or might not have taken place – the legalities and formalities. That conversation happened several years ago, but the Facebook exchange came just days ago.During the 1960sIndonesia did not allow dual citizenship,so if the school record is correct, and Obama attended classes as an Indonesian citizen, the apparent requirement would have been for him to give up an American citizenship.On his later return to the U.S., in regaining citizenship, he likely would have had to have been listed as a naturalized citizen, not a natural-born Citizen, as demanded by the U.S. Constitution for the office of president.

That remains the focal point of challenges to his ascendancy to the Oval Office, because many interpret thatphraseto mean the citizen offspring of two citizen parents. With Kenyan-born Barack Obama Sr. listed as his father, Obama Jr. would not have met those requirements under any circumstances.Any adoptionrecordsthat might exist have been kept from public review, however.WND previously has reportedthat the dateline for Obama's move to Indonesia, and his later return toHawaii, remains unclear.Two newspaper articles from 1990 – apparently based on interviews with Barack Obama – reported that the future president leftHawaiifor Indonesia when he was 2 years old, not 6 years old, as he relates in his autobiography.On May 3, 1990, the Associated Press widely published a feature story on Obama highlighting him as the first African-American named as president of the Harvard Law review.Obama moved to Southeast Asia at age 2 when his parents divorced and his mother married an Indonesian, the Associated Press reported. "Until the fifth grade, Obama attended Indonesian schools, where most of his friends were the sons of servants, street peddlers and farmers.Here is the screen capture of the AP report as published by the Chicago Daily Herald on May 3, 1990:Here is a close-up of the key two paragraphs:

Assuming that Obama was 10 years old in the fifth grade, this 1990 AP report would have placed Obama in Indonesia for eight years, from around August 1963 until August 1971, when he was 2 years old until he was 10 years old.Then, on Aug. 1, 1990, reporter Tammerlin Drummond wrote that Obama left for Indonesia at 2 years old, in an article entitled Harvard Law Review Gets Its First Black President.Two years [after Obama was born], Obama's parents separated and he moved to a small village outside Jakarta, Indonesia, with his mother, an anthropologist, Drummond wrote. There he spent his boyhood playing with the sons and daughters of rice farmers and rickshaw drivers, attending an Indonesian-speaking school, where he had little contact with Americans.Drummond further reported that, After six years in Indonesia, Obama was sent back to the United States to live with his maternal grandparents inHawaiiin preparation for college.Six years in Indonesia? Or eight years, as the AP reported earlier? Regardless of which account may be true, they both contradict the official story.

According to the timeline Obama has represented, here are key dates:

•Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4, 1961;
•Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, divorced Barack Obama Sr. on March 20, 1964, when Obama was still 2 years old;
•Stanley Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro on March 24, 1965, when Obama was 3 years old;
•On July 20, 1966, Lolo Soetoro leavesHawaii, where he had been attending the University ofHawaii,to returnto Indonesia;
•On June 29, 1967, Stanley Ann Dunham applies to the U.S. Department of State to amend her U.S. passport No. F777788 to change her name from Stanley Ann Dunham to her married name, Stanley Ann Soetoro;
•According to her passportrecords, Ann Dunham Soetoro traveled from Honolulu,Hawaii, to Djakarta, Indonesia, via Japan Airlines in October 1967, using U.S. Passport No. 777788.
If Barack Obama Jr. traveled with his mother to go to Indonesia for the first time in October 1967, he would have been six years old.

The information in Obama's memoir, Dreamsfrom My Father, generally supports that Obama was in Indonesia for only four years, from the time he was 6 years old until 10 years old, from 1967-1971, although the references to Indonesia in the autobiography are typically vague regarding specific dates.In trying to determine the Obama timeline in Indonesia, the following passages in Dreams from My Father are relevant:

•Obama comments he had lived in Indonesia for over three years by that time, discussing a visit with his mother to the U.S. embassy in Djakarta, at some unspecified time before he returned to the United States (Dreams from My Father, p. 30).
•In Indonesia, I had spent two years at a Muslim school, two years at the Catholic school (Dreams from My Father,p. 154).
•On a yet unspecified date, supposedly in 1971, Barack Obama returns from Indonesia to Hawaii alone, unaccompanied by his mother (Dreams from My Father, p. 53).

Holiyah Lia Soetoro Sobah (Source: We the People of the United States) It was whenit was reported a previously unknown stepsister of Barack Obama died that other questions were raised.Internet researchers made the linkbetween the president and his previously undisclosed stepsister, Holiyah Lia Soetoro Sobah, after translating fromobituaries published in Indonesia.The obituaries identified Lia as having been adopted by Lolo Soetoro, Obama's stepfather, and Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, the president's mother.The surfacing of Lia as an adopted child of Lolo Soetoro and Dunham raised the question of whether Barack Obama himself might have been adopted officially as Lolo Soetoro's stepson while in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971.Even though Obama makes no mention in Dreams from My Father of having had an Indonesian stepsister, the Indonesian obituaries make clear that Obama slept in the same room as his stepsister while the two of them grew up together in the Soetoro home in Jakarta.While Obama has not acknowledged having had a stepsister in Indonesia, he discussed at length in his autobiography his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who was born in Indonesia to Lolo Soetoro and Ann Dunham on Aug. 15, 1970.WND has reportedthat in a passport amendment submitted Aug. 13, 1968, Obama's mother identified her son with an Indonesian surname as Barack Obama II Soebarkah, and asked the State Department to drop him from her U.S. passport.The transaction could have been part of an effort by Dunham to obtain Indonesian citizenship for her son.

WND also reported it is undisputed that Obama took on the last name of his stepfather in school registration documents while in Indonesia. All Indonesian students were required to carry government identity cards, or Karty Tanda Pendudaks, which needed to bear the student's legal name, which should be matched in public school registration filings.According to Indonesian legal experts, it was difficult to enroll non-Indonesian citizens in public schooling.If Lolo Soetoro adopted Obama at age five or younger, then Obama would automatically have become an Indonesian citizen according to the country's laws in the 1960s, which stipulated any child aged five or younger adopted by an Indonesian father is immediately granted Indonesian citizenship upon completion of the adoption process.Lolo Soetoro could have adopted Obama in Hawaii, although such an adoption would not have necessarily been recognized by Indonesia. Likewise, what happened in Indonesia may or may not have affected the status of Obama-Soetoro in the U.S.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Obama Releases His Alleged Long Form Certificate of Live Birth But He’s Still Not a Natural Born Citizen By: Mario Apuzzo, Esq. April 28, 2011

On December 20, 2008, I published an essay entitled, The Two Constitutional Obstacles that Obama Has to Overcome to Be President, accessed at I explained that Obama has to first conclusively show that he was born in Hawaii. Having done that, he must still show that he is an Article II natural born Citizen which is a child born in the country to citizen parents. I also explained that Obama may be able at some point to show that he was born in Hawaii, which would make him a citizen under the Fourteenth Amendment, but that he would not be able to show that he is an Article II natural born Citizen.On April 27, 2011, putative President, Barack Obama, released to the public a digital image on the White House web site of his alleged long form Certificate of Live Birth. A majority of Americans have wanted Obama to confirm that he was in fact born in Hawaii. Yet, Obama refers to these concerned Americans as sideshows and carnival barkers. But worst than that, the document that Obama has released raises some very serious issues and confirms a critical piece of information. The document published on the White House web site ( is not a scan of a paper document but rather was built with computer programming by using many electronic layers. A scanned document only has one layer of information. This document has various electronic layers which raises the serious question of whether the document was obviously forged. A must-see video by in which Alex Jones explains how in his opinion this document has been forged may be viewed at A big question that the video raises is that this document is so obviously a fake that one wonders whether those who did it are that highly incompetent or did they fake it so badly so as to want to get caught so as to draw attention to it and away from the real issue. For more information on the document being nothing more than an electronic manipulation, see ; The Market Ticker at; (Karl Denninger shows that the Obama BC image is not a scan and concludes the image is a forgery); (Post & Email interview of Dr. Ron Polland);

Another possible reason for the obvious forgery is that the creators of the forgery unknown to Obama want Obama to get caught at his big game of deceit. Finally, another possibility for creating such an easily detected forgery is that Obama has the real birth certificate that provides the same information as this forgery. After all, Obama was sure to release to the public correspondence showing how two certified copies of the birth certificate were personally picked up by his personal attorney who flew to Hawaii to get them, paying $10.00 for the first one and $4.00 for the second. This correspondence is also careful to explain how the certificates were obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health. The letter from Loretta J. Fuddy, the Director of the Hawaii Health Department, states: I have witnessed the copying of the certificate and attest to the authenticity of these copies.See the correspondence chain at this link:

So, they created this forgery to mislead people in thinking that Obama does not have the real birth certificate and to keep the birthers screaming for the real document. In the end, he will just show the world that he does have the document and that he was telling the truth all along. But regardless of whatever game Obama is playing, as we shall see below, the real issue is that Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen and so Obama is not and cannot be a natural born Citizen.This is the issue from which Obama cannot hide behind some manipulated computer images.

Regardless of whatever Obama is up to with his new-found long form birth certificate, this new document confirms that Obama is not a natural born Citizen. A natural born Citizen is a child born in the U.S. to a U.S. citizen father and mother. While place of birth is a necessary element of being a natural born Citizen, let us not lose sight of the other necessarily element, i.e., a U.S. citizen father and mother at the time of birth. Even assuming this new long form Certificate of Live Birth to be genuine, what is important to understand about this document is that it confirms who Obama’s father is, a fact that has been debated for quite some time. The document shows that his father is Barack Obama Sr., who we know was a British citizen and never became a U.S. citizen. Hence, the document confirms that Obama is not an Article II natural born Citizen and is therefore not eligible to be President. Emer de Vattel, The Law of Nations, Sec. 212-217 (London 1797) (1st ed. Neuchatel 1758); David Ramsay, A Dissertation on the Manners of Acquiring the Character and Privileges of a Citizen (1789); The Venus (1814) (Marshall, C.J., concurring and dissenting for other reasons); Inglis v. Sailors’ Snug Harbor (1830); Dredd Scott v. Sandford (1857) (Daniels, J., concurring); Slaughter-House Cases (1872); Minor v. Happersett (1875); Elk v. Wilkins (1884); U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (1898). No amount of computer manipulation or photoshopping can mislead concerned Americans on this score. Mario Apuzzo, Esq. April 28, 2011

Obama’s Nixonian moment?
By Doug Hagmann & Joseph Hagmann

29 April 2011: We hope you’ve saved the duct tape you purchased at the urging of the DHS a few years ago, as it could come in handy to as a head wrap to keep your head from exploding from the curious events of this past week. Should you find no need to do so, you might wish to send your extra rolls to the corporate media, Obama loyalists, operatives and progressives so they can use it to hold together their mosaic of lies and misrepresentations that have turned into blatant insults and a shameful mockery of anyone searching for the truth about the valid constitutional issue of presidential eligibility.There are indeed legitimate questions regarding the authenticity of the purported certificate of birth based on the most cursory and preliminary examinations already performed. Let us not forget that this document was released by the White House with the imprimatur of Obama himself. Therefore, any anomalies with the document should be analyzed with the same vigor and with the same level of aggressiveness as the release of the now infamous Nixon tapes, complete with the equally infamous 18 minute gap attributed to the wayward foot of secretary Rosemary Woods.

Although the same standard of examination and investigation to which former President Richard M. Nixon was held need to be applied to the Obama sanctioned document. Note that Obama, much like Nixon with the tapes, initially fought against the release of his long form birth certificate through his use of lawyers and other diversionary roadblocks. When seemingly cornered, Nixon furnished the audio sans the 18 minutes, which resulted in his ultimate downfall. Can it be the same today? It is by design that the same people who called for the resignation of President Nixon, including the liberal press, are some of the very same individuals who are mocking those who are tenaciously attempting to protect the rule of law and the sanctity of our constitution. It is by design that the ideology of Marxism has infiltrated and taken over, overtly or by less obvious means, virtually all aspects of our society, corporate media and current government.The certificate of birth is merely one document that embodies a multitude of questions about the background and origins of a man who holds the keys to our nuclear arsenal, the ability to direct our armed forces to all corners of the world and by mandate, to the streets of the U.S. if he deems necessary. It does, however, represent the cornerstone of legitimacy for the highest office in the U.S. and should not be made into the sideshow that Obama has laughingly accused others of doing.In addition to its authenticity, it is critical to ask why, after a nearly three year-long fight, that he would choose this time to make this purported official document public. As succinctly reported Wednesday by Judi McLeod, editor of Canada Free Press, a looming question about the timing of its release remains; she notes that even the most powerful man on earth must know that keeping his certificate of birth and other vital documents away from the public is akin to attempting to clean a bloodstain left at a crime scene.

Like a crime scene, we must not be fooled by anyone wishing to cleanse the potential criminality being committed by this administration against the citizens of our country and hard work of our founding fathers. Regardless whether top republicans, elected conservatives or highly paid talk show hosts consider this a distraction, this issue must be pursued with the same vigor once possessed by Woodward and Berstein, and followed to its final conclusion, wherever the facts lead and despite any potential consequences for doing so. As citizens, we can handle the truth but are becoming increasingly impatient with lies and ambiguity.It’s nothing less than a matter of our national security and survival.

Who Obama really is CANADA FREE PRESS
- Judi McLeod Friday, April 29, 2011

Self-aggrandized-Powerhouse-behind-the-Oval-Office-Valerie Jarrett advises the world today that her boy Obama will not be releasing his college records anytime soon.
Pardon the people, Ms. Jarrett, but when were you elected? You unquestionably have the right to your opinion. But so do We the People. Your giddy message of this morning on The Joe Madison Show, lost as it was in the shuffle of the Royal Wedding, is nothing to snicker about.He’s almost 50 years old and he’s president of the United States and I don’t think anybody would debate his intelligence and so now we need to get serious…let’s just get serious and get back to focusing on what’s important, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said on the Joe Madison Show this morning.(Real Clear Politics April 28, 2011).Why is it that whenever Barry Soetoro Obama does something that could be considered bold and audacious, he runs for cover behind the skirts of the Trinity of the Skirts—wife Michelle, boss woman, slum landlady Jarrett and we-don’t-need Jesus Oprah Winfrey? Can Barry The Missing not think for himself?

Now almost three years later we need to get serious? The problem is your boy, Barry, you, Michelle, Oprah and the czars are serious about the wrong things, Valerie. Like the total transformation—including the bankruptcy—of America.Those dark-as-the-devil issues have been on the serious side of the ledger as long as the missing Barry boy records, including the college records.If we can interrupt your giggle gal sessions for just a sec, it is serious to be facing the prospect of lost jobs, lost homes, having a tough time driving to work because of increasing gas prices, not knowing how long you can pay inflated prices at the supermarket to feed your children.You don’t think anybody would debate his intelligence? The media that pimps the message for the Obama administration would keep anybody intelligent from any honest and meaningful debate.The burning question ever since he was presented between fake Greek columns by the Democrats in Denver has been Who is Barack Obama?
More and more, he looks like a cross gendered Michelle, Valerie and Oprah.One thing the forever-smeared-by-the-elite stupid proletariat now know for sure.There’s a strategy involved in the release of the birth certificate on April 27, 2011.It’s the same one that ends all Looney Tune cartoons: That’s all, folks!

Some Questions about the Obama Birth Certificate
- Jim O'Neill Friday, April 29, 2011

After researching the new Obama long form COLB (Certificate Of Live Birth), I’m left with three questions: Are they really that stupid? Do they think that we the people are that stupid? Are we the people being set up for something? Progressives, besides being cunning, sly, and manipulative, also tend (at least the elites) to be well educated, well versed in Newspeak (political correctness), and intelligent. Consequently, I hesitate to think that they are so dumb as to try to palm off such an obvious patch-work forgery as a legitimate COLB. It is hard to imagine such an obvious fake as being anything but a ploy. Link.I suspect that they are either (1) desperate, or (2) putting out an obvious forgery in hopes of instigating something. But desperate people often make dumb mistakes, so I’m not ruling out their own stupidity as the answer to my questions. Link

Watching the way the lapdog press has unquestioningly accepted the new COLB is sickening. They have not only meekly accepted it as being akin to something Moses might have brought down from the mountain, but they are praising it, crowing about it, and lauding it, like some religious zealots with a holy relic—this, after insisting for years that they had all already seen Obama’s birth certificate. How can they have seen it a couple of years ago, and now be wetting their pants over its recent release? Curiouser and curiouser. Obviously these folks suffer from short-term memory loss, and are easily excited (and/or snookered). Link Link .The Republican wastes-of-space who are in on the fix, are not much better than the Demorats, or the media’s Obama sycophants. Recently frightened by Trump’s jump in the polls, Progressive Republicans now feel that they can relax once more back into their lame business as usual BS. Wrong. Faux conservative Republicans may be salivating at the thought of having a seat at the NWO banquet feast, but we the people are not about to content ourselves with crumbs off their table—let alone allow ourselves to be served up as the main course. Link .Granted, a large percentage of we the people are still deplorably uninformed, misinformed, and apathetic, but the percentage of us who realize that we are in a fight for the survival of the US as a free republic, is ever-growing, and ever-more determined to fight for the American Dream, and our children’s future. Link

On the legal front, Cmdr. Kerchner, Mario Apuzzo, and others who are using the Vattel argument against Obama should now, (even using the patch-work forgery), have enough ammo to successfully argue their case. Kenya, after all, is a much more specific term to work with than African (which unless I’m mistaken, is used in reference to a geographic location, and not a racial subset—but you might want to ask one of the millions of Caucasian South Africans about that). Link Contrary to Mr. Trump’s opinion, the release next month of LTC Lakin from Ft. Leavenworth prison, the publication of Dr. Jerome Corsi’s book Where’s the Birth Certificate in a couple of weeks, and letters sent to the FBI and two Tennessee grand juries, charging Obama with treason, may have had as much to do with the release of Obama’s new bogus COLB, than Trump’s bringing the eligibility issue to the nation’s awareness. Still, kudos to The Donald for bringing national attention to the question of Obama’s fitness to be POTUS. Link .In any event, the birth certificate is only one of many hidden, missing, or fictitious elements in Obama’s past. Who is this Commander in Chief who allows one of his finest soldiers to go to prison rather than show his long form COLB—bogus or not? Who is this POTUS who bows before the leaders of other countries, praises Islam, and apologizes for the United States? Who is this community organizer who surrounds himself with anti-American globalists, Far Left ideologues, crony-capitalist scum, greedy banking parasites, and union thugs? Who is this guy—really? Laus Deo.

Why NOW, Mr. President?
- Judi McLeod Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In the end President Barack Obama and Donald Trump have much in common: They both waited a long and painful two and a half years to talk turkey about Obama’s highly questionable eligibility as President of the United States.But surely Obama being the most undocumented president in the history of the United States of America bears more guilt for the sin of deceiving the people of the country he was elected to serve than the one he only moments ago alluded to as the carnival barker.But the insulting reference to Trump as carnival barker paled in comparison to the president’s insult to many ordinary Americans, who still fight for the light of truth on who Barack Hussein Obama really is.Speaking from a White House microphone within minutes of Donald Trump’s press conference in New Hampshire, Obama made a surprise television appearance, calling the controversy over his birth certificate silliness. Defiant in this supposed come-clean confession before we the people, he was much more insulting to those who never let the question of his eligibility die, indicating with grins and smiles that they had only amused him.We do not have time for this kind of silliness. I’ve got better stuff to do,Obama said. We’re not going to solve our problems if we get distracted by carnival acts and sideshow barkers.
Obama claims he only addressed the issue of his birth certificate because of distraction: Normally, I would not comment on something like this,Obama said, explaining that two weeks ago during the budget debate with Republicans in Congress, he found that the biggest news story was about his birth certificate.While the media credit Trump for this morning’s surprising disclosure, the talk of the birth certificate was kept alive by American patriots, the same ones Obama claims mostly amused and puzzled him.

Even the most powerful man on earth must know that keeping his lifetime documents locked away from the public is akin to getting completely rid of a bloodstain left in a crime scene.On April 27, 2011, some two and a half years on, Obama released what he called the certification of his long form birth certificate.Problem is, in so doing, he left a much bigger question than before for all who care about the American constitution.Why on April 27, 2011?

Full Text-The White House-Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release-April 27, 2011-Remarks by the President
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room-9:48 A.M. PDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can’t get the networks to break in on all kinds of other discussions—(laughter.) I was just back there listening to Chuck—he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking about national security. I would not have the networks breaking in if I was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it.

Q Wrong channel. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going. We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.We’ve posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate. And yet this thing just keeps on going. Now, normally I would not comment on something like this, because obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on at any given day and I’ve got other things to do. But two weeks ago, when the Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate. And that was true on most of the news outlets that were represented here.

And so I just want to make a larger point here. We’ve got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We’re going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt—how do we do that in a balanced way.And this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important debates. And there are going to be some fierce disagreements—and that’s good. That’s how democracy is supposed to work. And I am confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems. We always have. But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.We live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and our grandkids and our great grandkids proud. And I have every confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come out on top just like we always have. But we’re going to have to get serious to do it.I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve. And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them—not on this.Thanks very much, everybody.END-9:54 A.M. EDT

Case closed? Not so fast
By Doug Hagmann & Joseph Hagmann

27 April 2011: That giant whooshing sound you hear of birther balloons popping with the purported release of the infamous Obama long form Certificate of Live Birth should be met with the level of skepticism it most definitely deserves. Already, there is well deserved controversy swirling about its authenticity, and legitimate questions are being raised about the timing of the release. You can bet that experts representing both camps pertaining to the certificate’s authenticity will have much to say about this document. Regardless, the newly released document does nothing to address the core constitutional issue of eligibility to hold the office of the President of the United States.It is unfortunate that the entire debate ultimately evolved into a myopic gaze that became focused on Obama’s long form birth certificate, as that is merely one aspect of the question concerning eligibility. It is equally unfortunate that the corporate media, shills for Obama and those who fail to understand or deliberately misrepresent the issue will now consider the case closed. It is anything but closed.As we reported in an article titled The unraveling of Barry Soetoro – the sequel, we point out that [t]he issue is much greater than the birth certificate or where Obama was physically born, as he could have been born in the Lincoln bedroom during the Kennedy administration and still be ineligible to hold the office of president under Article II, Section I, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution. As for the definition of a Natural Born Citizen referenced in the constitution, we note that our founders determined that future presidents must be born to two parents who are both U.S. citizens as further defined by the legal reference The Law of Nations or the Principals of Natural Law.The reasoning has to do with allegiance to one country – the United States of America. Given the current state of the U.S. as a world power and the problems we face today, can you not see what our founding fathers were warning against? Obama cannot simultaneously be a citizen of the world, an apologist for our great country, and the leader of our great nation.Something sinister is indeed afoot, and the majority of people are falling for it. Don’t be one of them.


Friday, April 29, 2011






ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

ZECHARIAH 14:1-9 King James Bible
1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

Fayyad: PA Already Moving to Make J'lem its Capital
by Gavriel Queenann APR 28,11

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad used his weekly address to tell listeners the PA would be making unilateral moves to establish Jerusalem as the capital for a PA state.This despite claims by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday that he is ready to sit down and talk peace with Israelis.Telling listeners the last two years [during which the PA adamantly refused to sit down and discuss peace with Israel -Ed.] had focused on resistance to Israeli occupation of eastern Jerusalem, Fayyad said that now it was time to focus instead on turning the city into a capital for a PA state.Fayyad said the PA is determined to improve services to residents of eastern Jerusalem, and to help institutions operating there, especially in health, law and education.Doing so would be a confrontational exercise in sovereignty over the city, which, without a negotiated settlement with Israel, would be a violation of the Oslo Accords agreement that brought the PA into existence in the first place, and enables its continuation.Fayyad said he hoped to stop the Israeli attempts to destroy the national dimension in the curriculum of Arab school children in Jerusalem.The PA has already allotted NIS 2m for materials and textbooks for Arab schools in eastern Jerusalem.The curriculum Fayyad hopes to implement in Arab schools in eastern Jerusalem -- which are funded by the Jerusalem municipality and the State of Israel Ministry of Education -- include PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Holocaust denial dissertation, excerpts from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the promotion of a jihad (religious war) against Israel's Jews.Fayyad added Jerusalem would be the symbol of peace and co-existence between religions and cultures.(


JOEL 3:2
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.


Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 11:21-23
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Abbas Vows to Continue Talks with Israel
by Chana Ya'ar APR 28,11

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to continue final status negotiations with Israel.Abbas, who also heads the PA's Fatah faction, said Thursday talks would continue despite a reconciliation deal reached with Hamas. The agreement is expected to lead to an interim government uniting the two rival factions.PA unity and talks with Israel, said Abbas, are two different matters.Earlier, a Hamas official told reporters that if and when the Gaza-based terrorist group re-joins the PA government, talks with Israel will stop.Abbas also slammed comments made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who said bluntly the PA would have to choose between unity and peace with Israel.Netanyahu warned Abbas in a recorded video message on Wednesday, You cannot have peace with both, because Hamas aspires to destroy the State of Israel... Hamas fires rockets at our cities and anti-tank missiles at our children... I hope the PA makes the right choice.Hamas is part of the Palestinian nation,responded Abbas a day later. Israel is just a partner. We want to work with both.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman added his own warning Thursday to Abbas against the merger, saying it would prove to be a danger to Israel.The reconciliation deal involves freeing hundreds of Hamas terrorists from PA-Fatah jails in Judea and Samaria. Speaking on Voice of Israel state radio, the foreign minister said he believes Hamas will take over those areas after the PA elections planned for next year.(

Surprise Palestinian unity deal challenges Israel
By Jeffrey Heller – Thu Apr 28, 12:54 pm ET

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Thursday a Palestinian unity deal would sabotage prospects for peace and stemmed from panic by Hamas and Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas over popular uprisings in Syria and Egypt.The surprise reconciliation between the Islamist group that runs Gaza and Abbas's Fatah movement that exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank presented a new challenge for Israel as it mounts a diplomatic drive against a Palestinian campaign to win U.N. recognition of statehood ambitions in September.The agreement between Fatah and the terror organization Hamas is a fatal mistake that will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state and will sabotage chances of peace and stability in the region, Israeli President Shimon Peres said.Peres, a respected elder statesman, said in a statement he feared Hamas would ultimately take over the West Bank after a Palestinian election envisaged by the unity deal and that the influence of Hamas ally Iran would be strengthened as a result.Peace talks between Israel and Abbas's administration resumed in September in Washington but quickly fizzled after Prime Minister Benjamain Netanyahu refused to extend a partial building freeze in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.Speaking publicly for the first time since the reconciliation pact was unveiled on Wednesday, Abbas signaled negotiations with Israel would still be possible during the term of a new interim government formed under the agreement.He said the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which he heads and to which Hamas does not belong, would still be responsible for handling politics, negotiations.But Abbas said Palestinian unity is vital.

Dislike, agree or disagree (with Hamas) -- they're our people. You, Mr Netanyahu (are) our partner,Abbas, speaking in English, told Israeli peace activists who met him.Israeli leaders have said they cannot talk to Hamas, which has spurned Western demands to renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing interim peace agreements.This (unity) deal ... stems from panic -- a huge panic, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio, a view echoed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak in a separate interview.(Hamas leader) Khaled Meshaal, sitting in Damascus, sees his patron President (Bashar) al-Assad shooting up mosques, tanks firing deliberately (at civilians), and understands the ground is burning under him,the far-right minister said.


In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinians said the unity accord was born of a deep-seated popular desire to overcome the Hamas-Fatah divide and reflected frustration over the slow move toward statehood.The signing of the agreement is very, very good and I pray to God to make it succeed because we are one people in one trench, said Salman al-Dairi, 50, who described himself as a Fatah supporter in Gaza.Lieberman also said Abbas had leaned for years on Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president toppled by a pro-democracy revolt in February, and now felt his own position was shaky.The result, according to Lieberman, was an alliance between Palestinian factions that crossed a red line for Israel.He held out the possibility of withholding Palestinian tax revenues that Israel transfers to the Palestinian Authority and a suspension by Congress of crucial financial aid to Abbas's administration if it shares power with Hamas. Abbas has said he will not return to U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations until settlement-building is halted in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war and which Palestinians want as part of a future state.

Israel has called that an unacceptable pre-condition, and has been urging Western governments to oppose Palestinian plans to ask the U.N. General Assembly in September to recognize a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank and Gaza. Next month, Netanyahu is due to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, a speech that had been widely expected to include new, interim steps toward a peace agreement.Speaking on Wednesday after the unity deal was revealed, Netanyahu said: The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both.But Barak, who heads a small center-left faction in Israel's rightist coalition, questioned whether the Palestinian unity deal, which charts the formation of an interim administration and elections later this year, would be implemented.Hamas won the last Palestinian legislative election held in 2006. A unity government it formed with Fatah did not last long, collapsing into a brief civil war in which the Islamists seized Gaza in 2007.Hamas's founding charter calls for Israel's destruction but it has raised the possibility of a long-term ceasefire if a Palestinian state is created in the West Bank and Gaza. (Additional reporting by Mohammed Assadi in Ramallah and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; editing by Mark Heinrich)

Danny Dayan: Admit Oslo Is Dead
by INN Staff APR 28,11

Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to cancel his upcoming Bar-Ilan II speech and annex Area C in Judea and Samaria.The prime minister must cancel Bar-Ilan II and say one thing, Dayan said.That Bar-Ilan I is off the table - a Palestinian state will not arise.Bar Ilan I is a reference to a speech given by Netanyahu at Bar Ilan University in June 2009 which he laid out his criteria for the creation of a PA state.Among those criteria were the exclusion and destruction of Hamas, defensible borders for Israel, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and Jerusalem as Israel's united capital.On Wednesday PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas agreed to admit Hamas to the PA, and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the PA would begin moving unilaterally to make eastern Jerusalem its capital.

Netanyahu's upcoming speech at Bar Ilan, dubbed Bar Ilan II by pundits, was expected to be an updated installment of his original Bar Ilan speech for the Israeli public before Netanyahu travels to the U.S. where he will address Congress.But Israeli politicians and pundits alike have been left guessing about the content of his Bar Ilan II speech as it comes after two years of stalled talks and the PA decision to abrogate the Oslo Accords and seek a unilateral declaration of PA statehood by the United Nations in September.Dayan says he hopes Netanyahu will seize the maximum benefit from new developments.There are now two crises,Dayan said.The PA has chosen to cancel all agreements with Israel and go to the U.N. and they also decided to admit Hamas to their ranks. Every crisis is also an opportunity. The prime minister should say he no longer consents to a PA state, that we are released from Oslo, and move to fulfull Zionist dreams.Dayan believes the annexation of Area C is now a required step. It's not enough for Israel say she no longer consents to a Palestinian state, but it's time to exert Israeli sovereignty and annex the open spaces and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. It is time we become citizens with equal rights like citizens in any other place in the country. The Palestinians launched a political war against us, but it's not strong enough in real terms to win.
Dayan called on politicians to restore the confidence and sense of security of Israelis in Judea and Samaria, who he says were often abandoned to the PA police under Oslo.I'm having a lot of meetings with Central Command and the commander in Judea and Samaria,Dayan said.And in meeting with them I begin with a warning about security cooperation with PA security forces. The notion is completely surreal and the proof is what we saw happen at Joseph's Tomb.Dayan argued that despite mistakes made since the Oslo Accords were signed, the Israeli army is a strong army and can solve the problems that now exist.

Of course we made mistakes and will pay them a price, Dayan said philosophically.We were wrong. But we should not scare ourselves. We should now restore confidence. If Hamas will take over the cities of Judea and Samaria, we must make it clear we will go back to them - Hevron, Shechem, and Ramallah - and return them to Israeli control.
We need to pressure Netanyahu to use the situation to Israel's advantage... to declare the Oslo process, which was the biggest strategic mistake Israel ever made, dead. We've paid with over 1,000 dead already. Withdraw immediately the government's assent for a PA state. The army needs to announce all security cooperation agreements are off and take full responsibility for all Israeli citizens' security today, not tomorrow.This is the responsibility of political leadership,Dayan said.The prime minister is the one who must take the decision. He should show he is committed. It is time to return to Zionist activism and leave the dark days of Oslo behind us.(

then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.

JAMES 5:1-3
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

REVELATION 18:10,17,19
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all,(WORLD SOCIALISM) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM



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IMF in talks with Portugal as long as necessary
– Thu Apr 28, 10:47 am ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund will negotiate the terms of a financial rescue with Portugal as long as it takes to reach an agreement, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.Negotiations are ongoing and will continue as long as needed, spokesman David Hawley said at a news briefing at the IMF headquarters in Washington.All parties involved understand the importance of reaching an agreement. I don't want to be drawn on a date specific, Hawley added.Officials from the troika of the European Central Bank, European Union and IMF are currently in Lisbon negotiating the terms of financial rescue package expected to total nearly 80 billion euros ($118 billion).Portugal's outgoing Prime Minister Jose Socrates said on Thursday the bailout plan should be drafted by mid-May to present to eurozone finance ministers on May 16.


EZEKIEL 38:1-12
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

PSALMS 83:3-7
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)

DANIEL 11:40-43
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

JOEL 2:3,20,30-31
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Muslim Brotherhood backs Syria protests
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis – Thu Apr 28, 8:09 pm ET

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood called on Syrians to take to the streets ahead of Friday prayers and help the besieged city of Deraa, where a rights group said civilian deaths from a tank-backed army attack rose to 50.It was the first time that the Brotherhood, ruthlessly crushed along with secular leftist movements under the rule of late President Hafez al-Assad, had called directly for protests in Syria since pro-democracy demonstrations against Assad's son, President Bashar al-Assad, erupted six weeks ago.A declaration by the Brotherhood, sent to Reuters by its leadership in exile Thursday, said: Do not let the regime besiege your compatriots. Chant with one voice for freedom and dignity. Do not allow the tyrant to enslave you. God is great.The protests have drawn a cross section of Syrian society, which has been under Baath Party rule for the last 48 years. The younger Assad kept intact the autocratic political system he inherited in 2000 while the family expanded its control over Syria's struggling economy.The Brotherhood said accusations by the authorities that militant Islamists were behind the unrest were aimed at fomenting civil war and undermining nationwide demands for political freedoms and an end to corruption.But Friday, the Muslim day of rest and prayers, has been the main opportunity for protesters to gather, challenging repeated warnings by the authorities not to demonstrate.Security forces shot dead at least 120 protesters last Friday, said Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah, in the biggest demonstrations Syria has seen since the democratic uprising erupted in Deraa on March 18, with pro-democracy protests spreading to regions across the rest of Syria.

Three days later the Fourth Mechanised Division, under the control of Assad brother's Maher stormed Deraa, echoing their his father's 1982 attack on the city of Hama to crush a revolt led by the Muslim Brotherhood, killing anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people.Assad tightened the security grip in and around Damascus on Thursday, with various security forces and secret police units deploying in the nearby towns, Erbin and Tel and in the Damascus district of Barzeh and the suburbs of Douma and Daraya, rights activists and witnesses said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack on Deraa has killed at least 50 civilians, with essential supplies in the city running law.The offensive helped intensify criticism against Assad in the West, which took steps to rehabilitate the Syrian ruler in the last three years. The United States says it is considering tightening sanctions.

Ambassadors of European Union governments to Brussels plan to meet Friday to discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions against Syria, which could include asset freezes and travel restrictions on key officials.One EU diplomat said it may be too early for the bloc to make a binding decision Friday but governments could send a message signaling sanctions were on the table.I'd expect a political signal toward sanctions but maybe not a decision yet, the diplomat said.Other EU measures against Syria could include freezing financial aid, which amounts to 43 million euros ($64 million) a year.(Editing by Jon Hemming)


3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city,(JERUSALEM) and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.(200 MILES) (THE SIZE OF ISRAEL)

ISAIAH 66:15-18
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

ISAIAH 26:21
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.(WW3,1/2 earths population die).

ISAIAH 13:6-13 KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:(FROM FRIGHT)
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

ISAIAH 24:17-23 KJV
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.


LUKE 17:34-37
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).

MATTHEW 24:37-51
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

IAEA Confirms Syria Tried to Build Nuclear Reactor
by Gavriel Queenann APR 28,11

Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano on Thursday said for the first time Syria had tried to build a nuclear reactor at the site Israeli warplanes destroyed five years ago, the Associated Press reports.Syria has refused follow-up access to the international nuclear watchdog agency for two years to the remains of a complex that was being built at Dair Alzour in the desert when Israel bombed it to rubble in 2007.IAEA officials recently carried out an inspection of another Syrian plant earlier as it seeks to reinvigorate its stalled probe into suspected covert Syrian nuclear activity.The inspection is being conducted as planned, an IAEA official said, giving no further details.The IAEA visit to the Homs acid purification plant in western Syria was prompted by U.S. intelligence suggesting Syria had tried to build another nuclear reactor suited to producing plutonium for atomic bombs.Syria denies any nuclear weapons ambitions, but confidential IAEA reports from 2004 indicate the Homs site has had several tons of uranium concentrates, or yellowcake, as by-products. The IAEA helped Syria build the Homs facility in the 1990's.The IAEA has cautiously termed Syria's acquiescence to inspections a positive step.The United States, however, said the gesture was insufficient to address allegations of covert atomic activity.Last week a German newspaper said Western intelligence agencies suspected that Syria may have been building a secret uranium processing facility near Damascus, possibly linked to the former Dair Alzour complex.(


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Tornadoes devastate South, killing at least 291 By GREG BLUESTEIN and HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press - APR 28,11

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. – Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation's deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 291 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.The death toll from Wednesday's storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn communities of severe weather. Residents were told the tornadoes were coming up to 24 minutes ahead of time, but they were just too wide, too powerful and too locked onto populated areas to avoid a horrifying body count.These were the most intense super-cell thunderstorms that I think anybody who was out there forecasting has ever seen, said meteorologist Greg Carbin at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.If you experienced a direct hit from one of these, you'd have to be in a reinforced room, storm shelter or underground to survive, Carbin said.The storms seemed to hug the interstate highways as they barreled along like runaway trucks, obliterating neighborhoods or even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va. One family rode out the disaster in the basement of a funeral home, another by huddling in a tanning bed.

In Concord, a small town outside Birmingham that was ravaged by a tornado, Randy Guyton's family got a phone call from a friend warning them to take cover. They rushed to the basement garage, piled into a Honda Ridgeline and listened to the roar as the twister devoured the house in seconds. Afterward, they could see outside through the shards of their home and scrambled out.The whole house caved in on top of that car, he said.Other than my boy screaming to the Lord to save us, being in that car is what saved us.Son Justin remembers the dingy white cloud moving quickly toward the house.To me it sounded like destruction, the 22-year-old said.It was a mean, mean roar. It was awful.At least three people died in a Pleasant Grove subdivision southwest of Birmingham, where residents trickled back Thursday to survey the damage. Greg Harrison's neighborhood was somehow unscathed, but he remains haunted by the wind, thunder and lightning as they built to a crescendo, then suddenly stopped.Sick is what I feel, he said.This is what you see in Oklahoma and Kansas. Not here. Not in the South.Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said his state had confirmed 204 deaths. There were 33 deaths in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, five in Virginia and one in Kentucky. Hundreds if not thousands of people were injured — nearly 800 in Tuscaloosa alone.Some of the worst damage was about 50 miles southwest of Pleasant Grove in Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 that is home to the University of Alabama. The storms destroyed the city's emergency management center, so the school's Bryant-Denny Stadium was turned into a makeshift one. School officials said two students were killed, though they did not say how they died. Finals were canceled and commencement was postponed.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox told reporters that police and the National Guard will impose a curfew at 10 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. the next night. Authorities have been searching for survivors so far, but Maddox said they will begin using cadaver dogs on Friday.A tower-mounted news camera in Tuscaloosa captured images of an astonishingly thick, powerful tornado flinging debris as it leveled neighborhoods.
That twister and others Wednesday were several times more severe than a typical tornado, which is hundreds of yards wide, has winds around 100 mph and stays on the ground for a few miles, said research meteorologist Harold Brooks at the Storm Prediction Center.There's a pretty good chance some of these were a mile wide, on the ground for tens of miles and had wind speeds over 200 mph, he said.The loss of life is the greatest from an outbreak of U.S. tornadoes since April 1974, when the weather service said 315 people were killed by a storm that swept across 13 Southern and Midwestern states. Brooks said the tornado that struck Tuscaloosa could be an EF5 — the strongest category of tornado, with winds of more than 200 mph — and was at least the second-highest category, an EF4.Search and rescue teams fanned out to dig through the rubble of devastated communities that bore eerie similarities to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when town after town lay flattened for nearly 90 miles.In Phil Campbell, a small town of 1,000 in northwest Alabama where 26 people died, the grocery store, gas stations and medical clinic were destroyed by a tornado that Mayor Jerry Mays estimated was a half-mile wide and traveled some 20 miles.We've lost everything. Let's just say it like it is, Mays said.I'm afraid we might have some suicides because of this.President Barack Obama said he would travel to Alabama on Friday to view storm damage and meet Bentley and affected families. As many as a million homes and businesses there were without power, and Bentley said 2,000 National Guard troops had been activated to help. The governors of Mississippi and Georgia also issued emergency declarations for parts of their states.We can't control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it,Obama said.And I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild.The storm prediction center said it received 164 tornado reports around the region, but some tornadoes were probably reported multiple times and it could take days to get a final count.

In fact, Brooks said 50 to 60 reports — from the Mississippi-Alabama line, through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and into Georgia and southwestern Tennessee — might end up being a single tornado. If that's true its path would be one of the longest on record for a twister, rivaling a 1925 tornado that raged for 219 miles.Brooks said the weather service was able to provide about 24 minutes' notice before the twisters hit.It was a well-forecasted event,Brooks said.People were talking about this week being a big week a week ago.Gov. Bentley said forecasters did a good job alerting people, but there's only so much they can do to help people prepare.Carbin, the meteorologist, noted that the warning gave residents enough time to hunker down, but not enough for them to safely leave the area.You've got half an hour to evacuate the north side of Tuscaloosa. How do you do that and when do you do that? Knowing there's a tornado on the ground right now and the conditions in advance of it, you may inadvertently put people in harm's way,he said.Officials said at least 13 died in Smithville, Miss., where devastating winds ripped open the police station, post office, city hall and an industrial park with several furniture factories. Pieces of tin were twined high around the legs of a blue water tower, and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store was gutted.It's like the town is just gone, said 24-year-old Jessica Monaghan, wiping away tears as she toted 9-month-old son Slade Scott. The baby's father, Tupelo firefighter Tyler Scott, was at work when the warning came on the TV.

It said be ready in 10 minutes, but about that time, it was there,Monaghan said. She, Slade and the family's cat survived by hiding in a closet.At Smithville Cemetery, even the dead were not spared: Tombstones dating to the 1800s, including some of Civil War soldiers, lay broken on the ground. Brothers Kenny and Paul Long dragged their youngest brother's headstone back to its proper place.Unlike many neighboring towns, Kenny Long said, Smithville had no storm shelter.You have warnings,Long said,but where do you go? Some fled to the sturdy center section of Smithville Baptist Church. Pastor Wes White said they clung to each other and anything they could reach, a single mass of humanity as the building disintegrated around them.The second story is gone, the walls collapsed, but no one there was seriously hurt. The choir robes remained in place, perfectly white.Seven people were killed in Georgia's Catoosa County, including in Ringgold, where a suspected tornado flattened about a dozen buildings and trapped an unknown number of people.It happened so fast I couldn't think at all, said Tom Rose, an Illinois truck driver whose vehicle was blown off the road at I-75 North in Ringgold, near the Tennessee line.Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said several residential areas had nothing but foundations left, and that some people reported missing had yet to be found. In Trenton, Ga., nearly two dozen people took shelter in an Ace Hardware store, including a couple walking by when an employee emerged and told them to take cover immediately.Lisa Rice, owner of S&L Tans in Trenton, survived by climbing into a tanning bed with her two daughters. Stormy, 19, and Sky, 21.We got in it and closed it on top of us, Rice said.Sky said, We're going to die. But, I said,No, just pray. Just pray, just pray, just pray.For 30 seconds, wind rushed around the bed and debris flew as wind tore off the roof.Then it just stopped. It got real quiet. We waited a few minutes and then opened up the bed and we saw daylight,she said.The badly damaged Moore Funeral Home, meanwhile, sheltered the woman who cleans Larry Moore's family business. When the first of three storms hit and uprooted trees in her yard, she figured the funeral home would be a safer place for her two children. As shingles began sailing past the window, she headed for the basement.That's what saved her, I guess, Moore said. It was over in just a matter of seconds. She called 911 and emergency crews had to help her get out.The storm system spread destruction from Texas to New York, where dozens of roads were flooded or washed out.In a large section of eastern Tennessee, officials were looking for survivors and assessing damage. In hard-hit Apison, an unincorporated community near the Georgia state line where eight people died, about 150 volunteers helped with the search.It was unclear how high the death toll could rise. In Mississippi, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson and a crew of deputies and inmates searched the rubble, recovering five bodies and marking homes that still had bodies inside with two large orange Xs.I've never seen anything like this,Johnson said.This is something that no one can prepare for.
Mohr reported from Phil Campbell, Ala. Associated Press writers Jay Reeves in Tuscaloosa; Phillip Rawls in Montgomery; Vicki Smith in Morgantown, W.Va.; Kristi Eaton in Norman, Okla.; Ray Henry in Ringgold, Ga.; Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C.; Michelle Williams in Atlanta; and Bill Poovey in Chattanooga, Tenn., contributed to this report.

Tornadoes tear across South, killing over 300
By Verna Gates - APR 28,11

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Reuters) – Tornadoes and violent storms tore through seven Southern states, killing at least 306 people and causing billions of dollars of damage in one of the deadliest swarm of twisters in U.S. history.President Barack Obama described the loss of life as heartbreaking and called the damage to homes and businesses nothing short of catastrophic. He promised strong federal support for rebuilding and plans to view the damage on Friday.Over several days this week, the powerful tornadoes -- more than 160 reported in total -- combined with storms to cut a swath of destruction heading west to east. It was the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which killed up to 1,800 people.In some areas, whole neighborhoods were flattened, cars flipped over and trees and power lines felled, leaving tangled wreckage.While rescue officials searched for survivors, some who sheltered in bathtubs, closets and basements told of miraculous escapes. I made it. I got in a closet, put a pillow over my face and held on for dear life because it started sucking me up,said Angela Smith of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, one of the worst-hit cities.In Birmingham, Alabama, which was also hard hit, Police Chief A.C. Roper said rescue workers sifted through rubble hand to hand on Thursday to pull people from destroyed homes.We even rescued two babies, one that was trapped in a crib when the house fell down on top of the baby," Roper said in an interview on PBS NewsHour.

Tornadoes are a regular feature of life in the U.S. South and Midwest, but they are rarely so devastating.Wednesday was the deadliest day of tornadoes in the United States since 310 people lost their lives on April 3, 1974.Given the apparent destruction, insurance experts were wary of estimating damage costs, but believed they would run into the billions of dollars, with the worst impact concentrated in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.In terms of the ground-up damage and quite possibly the insured damage, this event will be of historic proportions, Jose Miranda, an executive with the catastrophe risk modeling firm EQECAT, told Reuters.


I think this is going to rank up as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, said Federal Emergency Management Agency director Craig Fugate.Fugate spoke in an interview with CNN from Alabama, where his agency said the tornadoes killed at least 204 people. There were still unconfirmed reports late on Thursday of entire towns flattened in northern parts of the state, Fugate said.We're still trying to get people through rescues and locate the missing, he said.In preliminary estimates, other states' officials reported 33 killed in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 11 in Arkansas, 14 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and two in Louisiana.The mile-wide monster twister that tore on Wednesday through Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, may have been the biggest ever to hit the state, meteorologist Josh Nagelberg said.Obama said he would visit Alabama on Friday to see the damage and meet the governor. He declared a state of emergency for Alabama and ordered federal aid. I want every American who has been affected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover, and we will stand with you as you rebuild,Obama said at the White House.Miranda said estimated costs would be in the same ballpark as an Oklahoma City tornado outbreak in 1999 that caused $1.58 billion of damage and a 2003 tornado outbreak in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma that caused $4.5 billion of damage.The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama was expected to be shut for days, possibly weeks, as workers repaired damaged transmission lines.But the backup systems worked as intended to prevent a partial meltdown like the nuclear disaster in Japan.The rampaging tornadoes and violent storms destroyed 200 chicken houses that held up to 4 million chickens in Alabama, the No. 3 U.S. chicken producer.They also battered a local coal mine.Up to 1 million people in Alabama were left without power.Daimler said it had shut down its Mercedes-Benz vehicle assembly plant in Tuscaloosa until Monday due to the tornadoes, but the plant itself sustained only minor damage.


Some of the worst devastation occurred in Tuscaloosa, a town of about 95,000 in the west-central part of Alabama, where at least 37 people were killed, including some students.It sounded like a chain-saw. You could hear the debris hitting things. All I have left is a few clothes and tools that were too heavy for the storm to pick up. It doesn't seem real, said student Steve Niven, 24.I can buy new things but you cannot replace the people. I feel sorry for those who lost loved ones, Niven told Reuters.The campus of the University of Alabama, home of the famous Crimson Tide football team, was not badly damaged, but some students were killed off campus, Bentley said.Shops, shopping malls, drug stores, gas stations and dry cleaners were all flattened in one section of Tuscaloosa.Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency and deployed 2,000 National Guard members. Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia also declared states of emergency.Among the Alabama counties affected was Jefferson, which is struggling to avert what would be the largest bankruptcy in municipal history over a $3.2 billion bond debt.The county suffered widespread damage, a local emergency spokesman said, and at least 17 people were killed.(Additional reporting by Peggy Gargis in Birmingham and Leigh Coleman in Biloxi, Colleen Jenkins in St. Petersburg, Tim Ghianni in Nashville, Tom Brown in Miami, Will Dunham in Washington; Writing by Matthew Bigg and Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Obama's birth certificate: A win for Donald Trump?
– Thu Apr 28, 7:49 am ET

New York – The blustering real estate tycoon immediately declared victory after the president released his long-form birth certificate. Does Trump deserve credit?

Almost as soon as the president released his long-form birth certificate at a Wednesday press conference, potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed credit for accomplishing something nobody else was able to accomplish... I am really honored,Trump said, to have played such a big role in hopefully getting rid of this issue.Many political insiders dismiss Trump as a publicity-seeking sideshow candidate, but his trumpeting of the birther issue arguably pushed the conspiracy theory into the mainstream. Did Trump force Obama's hand? Trump's self-congratulation is justified: It is quite interesting that President Obama felt the need to punch down at Donald Trump by invoking carnival barkers,says Taylor Marsh at her blog. That sly insult at Wednesday's press conference — clearly aimed at Trump — is the sort of presidential shout-out that should make the real estate mogul happy, because no matter what President Obama says, he still ended up releasing information he hadn’t before Trump started his campaign.In the end, Donald Trump got what he wanted.

Pres. Obama rescues Donald Trump who claims a win
Trump even managed to make the White House look foolish: From a tactical perspective, what Trump did was astounding,says Andrea Tantaros at the New York Daily News. He elevated what had been a fringe issue into mainstream discourse — and made Obama look bad in the process.Having the president commit his office's prestige to a national response at the podium was most unwise.And by springing his announcement on the same day as two important national-security appointments, Obama lent the issue far more weight than it deserved.Donald Trump won by forcing Obama to release birth certificate but he, GOP must return to policy.All Trump created was a sad, humiliating spectacle: Wednesday was a day that should embarrass anyone with human decency and love of country,says Andy Ostroy at The Huffington Post.It's a shame and a disgrace to our great nation that the birther movement existed in the first place, as it is little more than a thinly veiled disguise for the obvious racism behind it.The fact that the president chose to indulge Trump,the King of the Racist Crazies,means that the office of the United States Presidency lost some of its respect and prestige.Obama releases his birth certificate, and America loses.

A new era of innuendo Jonathan Martin, John F. Harris – Thu Apr 28, 5:47 am ET

President Barack Obama’s appearance Wednesday in the White House briefing room to present a documented rebuttal of suspicions that he was not born on U.S. soil was more than just a surprise. It was a decisive new turn in the centuries-long American history of political accusation and innuendo.By directly and coolly engaging a debate with his most fevered critics, Obama offered the most unmistakable validation ever to the idea that we are living in an era of public life with no referee — and no common understandings between fair and unfair, between relevant and trivial, or even between facts and fantasy.Lurid conspiracy theories have followed presidents for as long as the office has existed. Yet even Obama’s most recent predecessors benefited from a widespread consensus that some types of personal allegations had no place in public debate unless or until they received some imprimatur of legitimacy — from an official investigation, for instance, or from a detailed report by a major news organization.There are no more arbiters of truth, said former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. So whatever you can prove factually, somebody else can find something else and point to it with enough ferocity to get people to believe it. We’ve crossed some Rubicon into the unknown.It’s hard to imagine Bill Clinton coming out to the White House briefing room to present evidence showing why people who thought he helped plot the murder of aide Vincent Foster— never mind official rulings of suicide — were wrong. George W. Bush, likewise, was never tempted to take to the Rose Garden to deny allegations from voices on the liberal fringe who believed that he knew about the Sept. 11 attacks ahead of time and chose to let them happen.Obama did something like the equivalent of this, by releasing complete documentation from his Hawaii birth, then making a sober West Wing appearance to explain himself.

He did so, senior Obama advisers say, because of the radical reordering of the political-media universe over the past 15 years, or so. The decline of traditional media and the rise of viral emails and partisan Web and cable TV platforms has meant the near-collapse of common facts, believed across the political spectrum.It did not matter that news organizations had debunked the notion that Obama was born overseas (which would have made him constitutionally ineligible for the presidency). Polls showed a startling percentage of Americans still either believed the myth or were unconvinced.In response, Obama tried to ignore the issue, or tried to shame commentators who took it seriously. Or he tried to make fun of the whole fuss, by cueing up a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA to mark his appearance at the Gridiron Dinner last month.On Wednesday, he finally gave in and affirmed a new truth of politics in the Internet era: Nothing can be dismissed and anything that poses a political threat must be confronted directly.We’re dealing with a lot of the same things Clinton and frankly Bush dealt with, but we’re dealing with them at 1000 times the speed and with fewer referees, said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. That is the downside of the disaggregation of the media. If you don’t want to believe what someone is telling you, you can go somewhere else. If you believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the president is not American, you can go somewhere to find somebody to validate that.Another top Obama adviser singled out some of the forces behind the new rules.Clinton never had to deal with a fully formed Internet, the adviser said. Drudge’s power was born out of the revelations of 1998. A fully automated cable TV universe with the Internet is something that he never had to deal with.Joe Lockhart, who was Clinton’s White House press secretary, said: You’ve lost the ability to starve a story to death. So what you have to do is raise the price of those who are making the charges. If Donald Trump is out there saying this, you’ve got to make him pay a price for throwing a bomb before too much collateral damage is done.The days of not elevating an opponent or refraining from punching down are gone.You literally can’t laugh anything off, Lockhart said.There’s nothing neutral in politics. It’s either helping you or hurting you. You’ve got to make sure it’s helping you or you’re going to lose.

Lockhart’s observation hinted at one reality of modern politicians in this anything-goes environment. Much as they bemoan the freak show for inserting once-fringe players a central role in the debate, most successful national figures also use this phenomenon to their advantage.Republican operatives in Washington, for instance, commonly roll their eyes or groan in discomfort at the most florid rhetoric of conservative commentators like Glenn Beck, fearing it paints the party broadly as less than serious or responsible. But they relish the way Beck and ideological confederates excite the GOP base, a contributing factor in the party’s strong performance in 2010. Democratic professionals, meanwhile, may not have publicly embraced the controversy over alleged gaps in George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the National Guard, but they enjoyed it when liberal commentators waved that flag. Obama, likewise, regularly calls upon both parties to lower their voices and work more constructively with one another. The reality, though, is his team enjoys giving the stage to the GOP’s most divisive voices. Early in Obama’s term, Gibbs and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel took to calling Rush Limbaugh the de facto leader of the Republican Party.In what may explain why Obama himself took to the cameras, Pfeiffer noted that pushing back against fringe voices can be more difficult within the confines of the presidency.In campaigns, you have more tools to combat viral rumors, he said.You’ve got thousands of volunteers, you’ve got paid media. But in government, it’s more challenging.So, Gibbs noted, the president has to consider taking steps he never would have in the past and appearing on shows like Oprah and David Letterman and networks like ESPN.

It’s hard to see a president doing those things 10 or 20 years ago, but it’s become almost a requirement now, he said.The difficulty, Gibbs continued, is knowing where to draw the line. Will the president, for example, now release his college transcripts because Trump is suggesting he benefited from affirmative action? Does it become incumbent to prove everything wrong? he asked.You have to be very careful to not fall into that trap because you’ll spend all of your time and energy chasing your own tail.Pfeiffer said that the release of the long-form certificate will help settle the issue among those Americans who are open-minded about the issue. There will be some segment of the population who will believe what they’re going to believe, regardless of anything else,he said.But for the majority of the country, we have the capacity to correct the record and convince people of the truth. It’s not as easy as it used to be, but it’s possible.It may be easier under some theory for us to get reelected now, but [the issue] has made it harder to get things done, Pfeiffer said. Instead of debating issues, a huge chunk of time and energy was being used to talk about the president’s birth certificate.As Obama alluded to in his remarks Wednesday, the White House recognized that the attention paid to the president’s citizenship was taking its toll on their ability to communicate.

Republicans, however, suspect that Obama had been riding a tiger that was showing signs of getting hungry.The president himself has hoped Republicans would continue to talk about it, thereby damaging their own credibility,said Republican strategist Karl Rove. It was a useful diversion.But take a look at recent polls, Rove added. The problem was the view was taking hold among independents. He got worried it was about to spin out of control.The Republican suggested it was cynical of Obama to wait until now to disclose the long-form.He had the ability to release it last year and end the issue, but he wanted to play rope-a-dope with Republicans,Rove said.

Pfeiffer denied any gamesmanship.Up until a month ago, nobody really asked for the long-form,he said.It was fringe. It was a settled issue for 99 percent of the country.Rove also said that while most mainstream Republicans have distanced themselves from birtherism, some Democrats didn’t do the same about whether Bush knew about Sept. 11.Our situation was different than this because you had guys like Howard Dean saying that was an interesting theory,the Republican recalled.Other Republicans acknowledge the difficulty of communicating a message at a time when the line between fact and fiction is blurred.It’s a terrible problem for the body politic,said former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer.People like me who have been or are in the arena have an obligation to speak out against people in both parties who push untruths.But Fleischer noted that just because politicians now have a harder time getting through via a fractured news media to a public that’s susceptible to believe conspiracy theories, that doesn’t mean it’s always bad for the candidate on the receiving end.The political discourse is much worse now, but that’s not always to the detriment of the so-called victim,he said.In this case, President Obama came out looking better.Lockhart agreed, recalling some of the conservatives who tormented his boss.Look at the rogue’s gallery of Clinton accusers,he said.Most of them blew themselves up.And Lockhart noted that even now, the most hardcore of the birthers still won’t be satisfied.They’ll probably ask for the first diaper, he said.They’ll want to see the DNA.


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