The United Nations has almost 200 member nations, yet the United States pays more than one fifth of the group’s budget. This, even though the UN constantly works to undermine the US. Good grief.
Worse yet, our UN representative is quite pleased that we will continue to shoulder this burden for another three years.
In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget.
No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion.
The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for the next three years.
The U.S. representative for U.N. management and reform, Joseph Torsella, expressed satisfaction that the U.S. contribution had not been raised above that level.
The Chicago Teachers Union is supporting three recently fired black teachers who are suing the city for racial discrimination.
Donald Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivionell Brown Jr. lost their jobs because of the Chicago Board of Education’s turnaround program, which replaces most of the administrative and teaching staff at low-performing schools.
These turnarounds tend to hit schools with above-average numbers of black faculty members, and they have contributed to a 10-percent reduction in black teachers in the past decade.
Along with the three teachers, the union filed suit against Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday. Even facially non-discriminatory employment policies can violate civil rights laws if they disproportionately affect specific races in practice.
Robin Potter, an attorney for CTU, said in a statement that the city’s policies run afoul of those laws by primarily impacting black faculty and staff.
“TEN POUNDS OF ANTHRAX IN A MEDIUM-SIZE SUITCASE, CARRIED BY A JIHAD WARRIOR THROUGH THE TUNNELS CAN KILL 300,000 AMERICANS IN ONE HOUR…IT WILL MAKE 9/11 LOOK LIKE PEANUTS”
“Hezbollah, more than any other terror group, manages to utilize its Mexican-based cells, which it has turned into instruments of capital and terrorism, ready to be called upon once the moment serves its interests”
This is why border control and immigration enforcement is critical.
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Faced with dwindling Iranian funding, Shiite terror group partners with Mexican drug cartels; uses millions of dollars in drug money to support weapon acquisition habit Eldad Beck Israel News
MEXICO – Chiapas is one of Mexico’s most exotic federal districts. But the magical forests, appealing Indian communities, colorful towns and intriguing archeological sites – that serve as main tourist attractions – hide a political hell.
In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but the Zapatistas are still very active in the district’s rural areas. Chiapas is considered a dangerous place, where every home has an arms arsenal of its own; and like many other places in Mexico, Chiapas’ streets have become the battlefield where the government and local drug lords wrestle for dominance. Chiapas, however, harbors an even more sinister secret: It is also a hub of radical Islamist activity.
Catholic Mexico is in the midst of a crisis of faith. According to a local businessman, who asked to remain anonymous, it is widely believed that within a decade, Chiapas will be the first federal state in Mexico to turn its back on the Church.
“The Muslim missionaries are very active there,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly how many people have converted to Islam over the past few years.”
EZLN march in Chiapas (Photo: AFP)
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The Marine Corps has ended its use of female engagement teams in Afghanistan, saying their work is now performed by Afghan National Security Forces.
The shift happened in August, as thousands of U.S. forces were withdrawn from theater amid a drawdown in forces, said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a spokesman for Marine forces in Afghanistan. There were about 17,000 Marines in Afghanistan early this year, but there are currently fewer than 7,000, Marine officials said.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1. A brief, but important, mission. FETs were first established in Afghanistan in 2009, according to briefing slides posted on NATO’s website. In 2011, there were 16 two-woman FETs in Helmand province, which Marine forces have patrolled since 2008. Additional U.S. FETs were distributed across other provinces.
2. The FET’s role. FETs often were tasked with distributing information to Afghan families and collecting information from them, assisting with civil affairs and supporting clearing operations, in part by searching women for weapons. FETs have assisted not only conventional Marine units, but special operations units as well.
3. Afghan males now do the job. The move was somewhat expected. As Afghan forces take the lead providing security in their own country, they are handling many of the missions in which FET Marines had a role. FET Marines in Helmand told Marine Corps Times in April that they expected their deployments would be cut short as part of the drawdown there. In October, a male Afghan lieutenant spoke with women and children in a compound in the Trek Nawa section of Helmand while Marine scout snipers set their weapons for a mission.
via Doc whose Fremont clinic infected patients with hepatitis seeks N.Y. license to practice – LivewellNebraska.com. h/t Jihad Watch
Dr. Tahir Ali Javed, whose Fremont cancer clinic infected dozens of patients with hepatitis a little more than a decade ago, has applied for reinstatement of his medical license in New York.
Javed, 47, fled to his native Pakistan 10 years ago, when the severity of the hepatitis outbreak became known. His medical license in Nebraska was revoked. He surrendered his New York license.
In Pakistan, Javed became a public health official and reportedly blamed the situation in Nebraska on anti-Muslim sentiment.
Unsanitary practices in the Fremont clinic led to hepatitis C infections in at least 99 patients, several of whom died.
A Fremont-based group called the HONOReform Foundation grew out of the tragedy. It promotes sanitary practices in health care settings. The “One and Only” campaign that it advocates seeks to educate nurses, doctors and others of the importance of using syringes and needles only once.
Javed could not be reached for comment. His Omaha attorney, Michael D. Jones, said he hadn’t had contact with Javed in years.
Antonia Valentine of the New York State Education Department, which rules on restoration of medical licenses, confirmed that Javed has applied for reinstatement.
Valentine said in an email that the application will be investigated and referred to two committees before the New York Board of Regents rules on it. It’s unclear when the ruling will be issued. Valentine declined to provide further information.
Steve Langan, executive director of HONOReform, said, “Sick people were injured, some of them died, and no justice has been done.”
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The year is coming to a close. Thank goodness.
Maybe in 2013 we won’t have to worry about Honey Boo Boo, Gangnam Style, Kony 2012 and Mayans. Those topics and more were the ephemera of the year. While Democrats and Republicans were fighting to see which party could run America, the traditional media were trying to run it into the ground by consistently taking a one-sided approach to coverage.
On every major news story of the year – abortion, gay marriage, the economy, the fiscal cliff and guns – major media outlets consistently and openly sided with the left. Gone was any pretense of neutrality. From the media’s campaign against Mitt Romney to their campaign for gun control, the bias of the press was never worse.
Picking out bad media moments is like looking for egos in Washington or corruption in Congress. Here are the year’s lowlights:
10. The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Journalists love anything that tears down Christianity. Give them a spicy tale of Jesus’s wife and they treat it like it’s, well, gospel. The New York Times front-paged a story about a cell phone-sized scrap of papyrus that included the phrase: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’” CBS reporter Allen Pizzey claimed it “challenges the very foundation of Christian thinking.” When the Smithsonian pulled a planned documentary and experts said they thought the papyrus was bogus, journalists were reluctant to report that news.
9. $1.2 Billion Reasons to Complain About ABC: Jim Avila’s crusade against a meat company led to at least 2,000 lost jobs and more than half a billion dollars in economic damage. After that, we know where the beef is – in court. Beef Products Inc. is suing ABC for $1.2 billion for reporting that took a popular form of lean beef and rebranded it as “pink slime.” ABC’s agenda-based reporting gets dragged into the light for all to see. BPI’s operation is clean and professional. Can ABC say the same?
8. It’s All Racism: From MSNBC’s Touré to ESPN’s Rob Parker everything in post-racial America is still racial. Maybe they should focus more on the human race.
“Folk” as in Obama’s ‘folks’? Nahhhhhh
Joe Biden has dementia, Chris Brown and Rihanna will get engaged and other 2013 predictions
Blair Robertson, a “psychic” who incorrectly predicted that the GOP would win the presidential election and that Jennifer Aniston would get married this year, shared his 2013 predictions.
“I call it ‘time projected empathy,’ [we call it bullshit] where I imagine myself reading the headlines in the future,” Robertson said. “I remember the future.”
Essentially, Robertson makes very broad generalizations — “This year will see the passing of a much-loved and great comedienne/actress” — crosses his fingers and hopes he is right. It’s a numbers game, you see, and there are lots of old actresses out there and one of them is sure to kick the bucket. (To be fair, Robertson did correctly predict Kate Middleton’s pregnancy and the fact that the Euro would drop below $1.25 by the end of May.)
Let’s take a look at some of Robertson’s more ridiculous predictions for 2013. more
I have fired guns only once in my life, on a stag party to the Czech capital Prague a few years ago when part of the itinerary included a trip to an indoor shooting range. For three hours, our group were let loose on everything from Magnum 45 handguns and Glock pistols, to high-powered ‘sniper’ rifles and pump-action shotguns.
It was controlled, legal, safe and undeniably exciting. But it also showed me, quite demonstrably, that guns are killing machines.
Rarely has the hideous effect of a gun been more acutely laid bare than at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, two weeks ago – when a deranged young man called Adam Lanza murdered 20 schoolchildren aged six and seven, as well as six adults, in a sickening rampage.
The Sandy Hook massacre brought back such horribly vivid memories for me of Dunblane, the worst mass shooting in Britain in my lifetime.
I was editor of the Daily Mirror on that day back in 1996 and will never forget the appalling TV footage of those poor Scottish mothers sprinting to the small primary school, many already howling with anguish at the thought of what might have happened to their five-year-old children.
It was a slaughter so senseless, so unspeakable, that it reduced even hard-bitten news reporters, including me, to tears.
And as I watched the parents at Sandy Hook racing to try to find their children, I saw the same images, the same terror, that engulfed Dunblane. And I felt the same tears welling up.
Then, 16 five-year-old children were slain in their classroom. Now, 20 six- and seven-year-olds. Beautiful young lives snuffed out before they had a chance to fulfil any of their potential. It made me so gut-wrenchingly angry.
I have four children. And I still remember the blind terror I felt when I lost my son Stanley, then aged two, for half an hour at a cricket match on a field surrounded by a small running creek. I was sure he’d drowned. But I was lucky: he finally emerged from where he’d been hiding – big, cheeky grin intact.
Every parent has a similar story. To even try to conceive of how you would feel if your child was shot multiple times in the head by a Rambo madman at school is just impossible. I honestly don’t know how you would ever carry on with life.
But my anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America.
SNIP: Bye, bitch!