November 26th, 2010
Published November 26, 2010 | FoxNews.com
Is he a terrorist or just a sick man?
That is the question police and federal authorities are still asking after the arrest last week of George Djura Jakubec, whose rented house in Escondido, Calif., contained what local authorities called “the largest quantity of homemade explosives found in one location in the history of the United States.”
The quiet, cluttered home of the man neighbors described as very private was brought to authorities' attention when a gardener employed by Jakubec brushed set off an explosion by brushing against an explosive powder left on the back yard of the home. The gardener suffered severe injuries but is expected to recover.
Police and fire officials at first found the unemployed computer consultant reluctant to talk, but after questioning he admitted that he had hand grenades and other explosive materials in his house, according to papers filed by prosecutors. They have charged the 54-year-old Serbian-born suspect with 28 counts of possession and manufacturing destructive devices, as well as two counts of bank robbery.
Police entered the house after the arrest but later pulled back, citing the disarray and the amount of explosives, chemicals and other dangerous material scattered about the home. They returned again Thursday and, once again, decided the house was too dangerous to search.
Before evacuating, they blew up several explosive containers in the back yard, increasing tensions in the neighborhood.
The little information available on Jakubec paints a portrait of an isolated and troubled man.
Mario Garcia, the gardener who worked for him for three years, told local reporters that he barely knew Jakubec but he seemed "friendly and calm” the few times they had contact. On hot days, he would sometimes bring him a soda, he added.
Jakubec's former employer, Via Telecom, had just filed suit against him seeking more than $3,000 in back wages. The California based company charged that Jukubec simply stopped coming to work one day and that company wanted to recover the payments made for the period of time he wasn’t there.
Unemployed and divorced, he turned the suburban home, which he moved into in 2007, and its back patio into a workshop and told people he was an inventor. Before moving into the San Diego-area home, he lived for 15 years in a nearby apartment complex. Reporters who visited the complex couldn’t find anyone who remembered him.
Outside the court hearing where he was charged and held on $5 million bond, his estranged wife Marina Ivanova, told reporters simply, “He was a good man.” She declined to answer further questions.
Public records also show that he held a general contractors license from 1988 to1992 and had been issued a private pilot certificate in 1980. On his Linked-Iin account he listed current occupation as a computer consultant and stated he was looking for work.
Among the chemicals that Jakubec is accused of possessing is PETN, the powerful explosive that has shown up in prominent terrorism cases on airplanes, including the 2001 shoe bomb plot, last year's underwear bomb plot and the recent cargo plane bomb plot.
He also allegedly had a homemade supply of HMTD, an explosive often used by suicide bombers.
Both the quantity and the types of explosives have lead police and federal authorities to keep an extremely tight lid on information about the case. The judge even asked the media not to show Jakubec’s face until the investigation progresses further.
The sheriff’s office in San Diego, which is leading the investigation, had no comment on Friday and said they didn’t expect to make any more comment for the next several days.
November 26th, 2010
The USS George Washington, accompanied by escort ships, is to take part in military drills with South Korea following North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island Tuesday that was one of the most serious confrontations since the Korean War a half-century ago.
It's a scenario China has sought to prevent. Only four months ago, Chinese officials and military officers shrilly warned Washington against sending a carrier into the Yellow Sea for an earlier set of exercises. Some said it would escalate tensions after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship blamed on North Korea. Others went further, calling the carrier deployment a threat to Chinese security.
Beijing believes its objections worked. Although Washington never said why, no aircraft carrier sailed into the strategic Yellow Sea, which laps at several Chinese provinces and the Korean peninsula.
This time around, with outrage high over the shelling, the U.S. raising pressure on China to rein in wayward ally North Korea, and a Chinese-American summit in the works, the warship is coming, and Beijing is muffling any criticisms.
"One of the results of North Korea's most recent belligerence has been to make it more difficult for China to condemn U.S. naval deployments in the East China Sea," said Michael Richardson, a visiting research fellow at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. "I think China must be quietly cursing North Korea under their breath."
China's response has so far been limited to expressing mild concern over the exercises. A Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday reiterated Beijing's long-standing insistence that foreign navies obtain its permission before undertaking military operations inside China's exclusive economic zone, which extends 230 miles (370 kilometers) from its coast.
It wasn't clear where the drills were being held or if they would cross into the Chinese zone.
The statement also reiterated calls for calm and restraint but did not directly mention the Yellow Sea or the planned exercises.
State media have been virtually silent. An editorial in the nationalistic tabloid Global Times worried that a U.S. carrier would upset the delicate balance in the Yellow Sea, ignoring the fact that the George Washington has taken part in drills in those waters numerous times before.
North Korea, by contrast, warned Friday that the U.S.-South Korean military drills were pushing the peninsula to the "brink of war."
A more passive approach this time helps Beijing raise its credibility with Washington and trading partner South Korea, and puts North Korea on notice that its actions are wearing China's patience thin.
"The Chinese government is trying to send Pyongyang a signal that if they continue to be so provocative, China will just leave the North Koreans to themselves," said Zhu Feng, director of Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Sending signals is likely to be as far as Beijing goes, however. China fears that tougher action — say cutting the food and fuel assistance Beijing supplies — would destabilize the isolated North Korean dictatorship, possibly leading to its collapse. That could send floods of refugees into northeastern China and result in a pro-U.S. government taking over in the North.
"What China should do is make the North Koreans feel that they have got to stop messing around," Zhu said.
China may also be mindful of its relations with key trading partner Seoul, strained by Beijing's reluctance to condemn Pyongyang over the March ship sinking. Raising a clamor over upcoming drills in the wake of a national tragedy would only further alienate South Korea.
Beijing's mild tone also shows its reluctance to spoil the atmosphere ahead of renewed exchanges with Washington. President Hu Jintao is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington in January hosted by President Barack Obama — replete with a state dinner and other formal trappings that President George W. Bush never gave the Chinese leader.
Before that Gen. Ma Xiaotian, one of the commanders who objected to the George Washington's deployment earlier this year, is due in Washington for defense consultations. Those talks are another step in restoring tattered defense ties, a key goal of the Obama administration.
Chinese fixations about aircraft carriers verge on the visceral. U.S. carriers often figure in Chinese media as a symbol of the American government's ability to project power around the world. The Chinese navy is building a carrier, and keeping U.S. ones out of China's waters is seen as rightful deference to its growing power.
The U.S. is worried about a key principle: the U.S. Navy's right to operate in international waters.
While China doesn't claim sovereignty over the entire Yellow Sea, it has become assertive about its maritime territorial claims and sensitive to U.S. Navy operations in surrounding waters. In the South China Sea, which China claims in its entirety, China has seized foreign fishing boats and harassed U.S. Navy surveillance ships.
In light of such trends, China's protests of the September drills virtually compelled the U.S. Navy to send the George Washington this time, said Alan Romberg of the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, who met with Chinese military commanders in the summer.
"The People's Liberation Army thinks it achieved an initial victory in keeping the U.S. from deploying the George Washington in that first exercise. That guarantees that the George Washington will go there at some point, probably sooner rather than later," Romberg said in an interview in September.
Even if China's reticence holds this time, Beijing is not likely to cede the U.S. Navy carte blanche to range throughout the Yellow Sea.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has stated that China's stance on U.S. naval action in the Yellow Sea remains unchanged. The politically influential and increasingly vocal military is also likely to keep the pressure on the leadership to take a firm stand.
Any affront to Beijing's authority or intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would inflame the Chinese public and require a government response, said Fang Xiuyu, an analyst on Korean issues at Fudan University's Institute of International Studies in Shanghai.
"We hope that the U.S. can exert restraint and not cross that line," Fang said.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Christopher Bodeen has covered Chinese foreign policy in Beijing and Shanghai since 2000.
November 26th, 2010
By Barry Secrest
Many is the time that those in the Mainstream Media have poked fun at Conservatives in general when they have misspoken about various and sundry political items. But rarely are the miscues of the Left brought to light, if indeed they are actually "miscues." In the most recent case, Sarah Palin has been lambasted for mis-stating whom our allies within the Korean sphere actually are--or perhaps were.
When Palin spoke of the North Koreans being our allies, after earlier correctly identifying them as a danger to peace in the area, the media went wild pointing out how she does not understand geography, political foreign policy and the like. Was it an actual slip or was Palin intentionally identifying them as a newly hatched Communist ally to our now left-leaning regime here in America?
While the USS George Washington yet steams into Korean waters for operations, at this point it would be unsurprising to many of us if the President were to set forth an executive decree demanding the US Navy perform operations with the North Koreans, rather than the South Koreans, in an effort to both appease the Communists, create favor with one of our largest foreign investors in China, and prove his mettle to his extreme-left ideological base once and for all.
But for those who grow tired of the incessant villification of a Conservative Lady who is constantly battling with both the liberals and the media, while in powerful support of the Tea Party, the video above of Obama, in his most natural miscued form, should quiet our liberal, spinbecilic friends from their smugfest, at least for awhile.
November 26th, 2010
The favor recently bestowed upon the Conservative movement by the Democratic Party was nothing less than a Thanksgiving cornucopia of anti-Statist delights. While a large sector of the American Citizenry were outraged that Pelosi and Reid were somehow re-elected, Americans were even more amazed when they were then re-installed as the titular heads of the Democratic Party.
To many outraged Americans and dedicated members of the Right, this was seen as nothing less than a sordid repeat of an abnormally grisly Halloween. But, in truth, the clueless denizens of the Democratic Party made what will ultimately be known as a fatal if not historic mistake--and before you start throwing unsecured items at your computer screen, we can explain the full range of why this leadership continuation is unarguably the greatest thing since donut holes.
The reasons are quite simple when boiled down and refined into a tincture. One must remember and observe:
During the past two years--which saw Americans repelled in abject horror at the authoritarian shtick coming out of Washington--which three absolutist leaders were always there to both explain and "reassure" the American people that this won't hurt a bit, after repeatedly passing eye-popping, anti-Constitutional legislation?
Yes, indeed, it was the Obama, Reid, Pelosi (O-Team) triumvirate of imperious terror.
Even better, who is yet still in charge of this severely weakened Trinity of Democratic Doom? Ta-Da! Obama, Reid and Pelosi, again. In fact, the Civil Society has, in many ways, become preconditioned to brace for whatever liberty eviscerating measures this Unholy Trinity plans to unleash upon them--whenever they of the now Cluelessly Inept Elitists graciously choose to toddle out onto the political stage of pithy and bless us common folk with their erudite proclamations.
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November 26th, 2010
Sarah Omar, 88, who was on hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, told the Al-Qatan Saudi daily: "I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam".
The paper said that Ms Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Mr Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren.
Ms Omar told the newspaper that she could only discuss hajj matters and would not comment on Mr Obama's politics.
The family appeared to have been hosted by the Saudi government for hajj. Saeed thanked King Abdullah for his "kind hospitality," the paper said.
US opinion polls in August found that as many as one in four Americans believe that Mr Obama is a Muslim, a claim categorically denied by the White House which has maintained that he is a "committed Christian."
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