March 23rd, 2015
A reminder that no good deed goes unpunished-- remember that it was Christian America who saved Kuwait from Sadam Hussein in the first Gulf War, after Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces.....and the Saudi's--even now-- depend on American forces to protect them from Shia Iran......and, of course, other bad regional actors
"Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah says Christian religious sites in Arabian Peninsula must be razed in accordance with Muslim law"
Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called on Tuesday for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of religious sites associated with Christianity
Speaking to a delegation in Kuwait, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who serves as the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, said the destruction of churches was absolutely necessary and is required by Islamic law, Arabic media reported.
Abdullah, who is considered to be the highest official of religious law in the Sunni Muslim kingdom, also serves as the head of the Supreme Council of Ulema (Islamic scholars) and of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas.
Last month, Osama Al-Munawer, a Kuwaiti member of parliament, announced his plans to submit a draft law calling for the removal of all churches in the country, according to the Arabian Businesses news site. Al-Munawer later clarified that the law would only apply to new churches, while old ones would be allowed to stay erect.
March 23rd, 2015
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Since 2009, at least 45 people have been killed in Craigslist-related crimes.
Some police departments across the country are attempting to curb this disturbing trend by launching Craigslist transaction "safe zones."
Kurt "The Cyber Guy" Knutsson appeared on "Fox and Friends" today to explain these safe zones and how you can use Craigslist without putting yourself in danger.
Knutsson revealed that the safe zones are located at police stations or sheriff's stations in the parking lot or lobby. Crooks are much less likely to commit a crime if there are authorities nearby.
If you're unable to complete the transaction at a safe zone, Knutsson recommended that you meet during the day in a safe, public area. He added that you should not go alone and be sure to let people know about the meet-up. It's also a good idea to leave the stranger's contact information with someone who you trust.
Knutsson also shared some red flags to look out for on Craigslist or any online ad: a vague initial inquiry, poor grammar or spelling, the word "guarantee," a mention of shipping for a local transaction and payment through Western Union, MoneyGram or PayPal, as opposed to cash or a cashier's check.
Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip to get more tips on how to stay safe on Craigslist.
March 23rd, 2015
An Islamic State "kill list" with the names, addresses and photos of American military members has triggered a federal investigation, the White House confirmed -- and one military spouse told Fox News she's already heard from someone, who said they were with NCIS, urging her family to be vigilant.
The military spouse, who was willing to discuss details on the condition of anonymity because she says her family fears for their safety, said the information posted by ISIS sympathizers is accurate -- and she knows several other families identified on the web by the terror group. The original posting listed information for dozens of American servicemembers and called on ISIS sympathizers to kill them.
"We had a call from an NCIS agent on Saturday who said we were on the 'ISIS kill list,'" the military spouse told Fox News. "The agent wanted to verify our name and address as accurate. He said the threat should be considered. We need to be vigilant, but there was no guidance on what to do and no meeting in person to do a security assessment of our home."
Based on conversations with other families, the spouse said at least a handful of names are directly connected to the U.S.-led air campaign over Iraq and Syria targeting ISIS. Their husbands are pilots or are connected to the aircraft carriers. They believe the photos were pulled from open source material and media reporting about the campaign and the military.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at Monday's briefing that it doesn't appear any information system was breached. He said it appears the information was taken from social media.
March 22nd, 2015
In 2009, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) had introduced legislation to cut down on abuse of the H1-B visa program with reforms that would make it more difficult for it to be used by companies to displace American workers. The bill has lain dormant for 6 years, but now with immigration reform in the forefront of the national conversation, they’re making another push for the bill.
H1-B programs are designed to attract talented skilled workers from overseas to fill in the gap left by Americans. The program covers everything from healthcare to law, but the stereotypical H1-B visa holder is employed as an IT worker or a software engineer.
In a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, labor experts testified on the widespread use of the H1-B program not to attract employees with specialized skills not available in the US, but to displace U.S. workers with cheaper labor to boost profit margins, in violation of the spirit of the program.
Heavily discussed at the hearing was the recent layoff of more than 500 workers at Southern California Edison (SCE). Anonymous former employees as Edison described how they were forced to train the unskilled H1-B labor that would replace them before they were laid off.
“The SCE case is flagrant, but isn’t an isolated case. Disney in Florida reportedly did something similar to 500 American workers a few weeks ago. Many other cases have been documented such as Cargill in Minnesota, Harley Davidson in Wisconsin, and Northeast Utilities and Pfizer both in Connecticut,” testified Ron Hira, research associate at Howard University Economic Policy Institute. “When I tell the story of SCE to a variety of people including Congressional staff they are astonished.”
Hira estimated that there are currently around 600,000 H1-B workers in the United States.
The Immigration & Nationality Act requires that the employment of foreign workers will not “adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers comparably employed.” But Hira says that the law is poorly enforced because not every employee knows about the existence of the law, and the incentives are stacked against those who do know and want to report its violation.
“Compliance with the H-1B program depends almost exclusively on a whistleblower coming forward to flag violations. This is the worst and most ineffective method of ensuring compliance,” Hira said. “Whistleblowers are almost always retaliated against if they come forward.”
One such whistle-blower is Jack “Jay” Palmer, who worked at Infosys—an India-based IT consulting company—from 2008 to 2013. When he was still an Infosys employee, Palmer repeatedly reported to management abuses and violations of the H1-B program to no avail. His boss tried to isolate him from other employees as a result, and he even received death threats. Palmer eventually went to the federal agencies to disclose the abuses going on at Infosys, which was ultimately forced to pay $34 million for its abusive practices.
“There has not been a position that an American citizen could not perform. These companies maliciously do not hire Americans and look at ways to circumvent policy and law instead of working with it,” Palmer said at the hearing. “At this time I continued to be harassed and blackballed in the industry.”
Missing at the hearing were testimonies from American workers affected by abusive labor practices, as most are pressured to sign non-disparagement agreements with the companies they work for or refrain for testifying out of fear of being blacklisted by the industry, but the Senate committee managed to gather a few anonymous accounts, mostly from ex-employees at Edison.
“I started working at Southern California Edison several decades ago. SCE was a company that many people started with at a young age, could work there through their lifetimes, and retire with a good pension and benefits. That was my plan. And I would have been able to do exactly that—until an executive announced a couple years ago that my department was going to be outsourced,” one laid off worker wrote. “We were forced to train the less qualified foreign workers hired to take our jobs.”
“I and most of my co-workers are completely disgusted that Edison can fire us and replace us with foreign workers, abusing the H1-B program. We cannot understand how the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission), Governor and Congress, President and media can all ignore this abuse and just pretend it doesn’t matter,” submitted another former SCE worker. “It’s as if we no longer matter or have value as human beings or American citizens.”
ALSO AT EPOCH TIMES
March 22nd, 2015
What do you know about GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz beyond being a senator representing Texas? Here are six topics to get you started:
Ted Cruz met his wife, Heidi, in Austin when they worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. She went on to work at the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice and at the U.S. Treasury Department. Heidi Nelson Cruz is now a managing director for Goldman Sachs in Houston. The couple have two young girls, Caroline and Catherine. Cruz's father, Rafael, is a pastor in suburban Dallas and has his own following among conservatives.
BORN IN CANADA
Cruz was born Dec. 22, 1970, in Calgary to an American-born mother, Eleanor, and a Cuban-born father, Rafael. His parents were working in the oil industry at the time. Cruz automatically became a citizen of the United States and Canada when he was born. He officially renounced his Canadian citizenship last year. Two former top Justice Department lawyers wrote in the Harvard Law Review that "there is no question" Cruz meets the Constitution's requirement of being a "natural born citizen" and is thus eligible to run for president.
The junior senator from Texas took over the Senate floor for 21 hours in 2013 in an attempt to defund President Obama's health care law. Cruz's filibuster-like protest helped set the stage for a 16-day government shutdown. Cruz and other Republicans refused to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running unless the measure eliminated funding for the Affordable Care Act. Democrats widely blamed Cruz for the shutdown, but the senator is adamant that Obama and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid were at fault because they did not negotiate with the GOP on budget issues.
TEA PARTY REBEL TO WACKO BIRD
Cruz scored one of the biggest upsets in the 2012 elections when he defeated David Dewhurst in the Texas GOP primary with help from Tea Party activists. Dewhurst, who was Rick Perry's lieutenant governor, spent more than $20 million of his own money but could not tamp down the Tea Party's enthusiasm for Cruz. With his Senate victory, Cruz became the first Hispanic to win a U.S. Senate seat in Texas. Barely three months into being a senator, Cruz was labeled a "wacko bird" by Sen. John McCain for his no-compromise style.
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL
The senator graduated from Princeton University in 1992 and earned his law degree at Harvard three years later. He clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Like President Obama, Cruz took Laurence Tribe's constitutional law class while at Harvard.Tribe told Bloomberg Politics that Cruz earned an "A" in his class and would always offer "an interesting counterpoint" in discussions."He was a little less bombastic," Tribe said about his former student. "He was certainly smart."
SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS
As Texas solicitor general from 2003 to 2008, Cruz argued before the Supreme Court nine times. He keeps a painting in his office of himself, at the age of 32, arguing a case before the justices. Cruz told ABC News last year that he looks at the painting from time to time as a reminder of what it's like to lose. "It was 30 minutes of getting pounded," Cruz said. "It was like a head of tuna being thrown to a school of sharks."