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US kills Osama Bin Laden: American Judge proves why it doesn’t matter.

Another violent Islamist gets his 77 virgins and alcohol

President Obama announced last night that a US Navy Seals team killed Bin Laden in a raid on a fortified compound outside Islamabad, Pakistan. According to US authorities, Pakistani forces were not asked to take part in the operation. (No kidding!)

The US has the body and and DNA testing confirms the dead terrorist is Bin Laden.

“A small team of Americans carried out the operation. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

… President Obama on national television

An Execution carried out in Pakistan by the United States: You can run, but you can’t hide.

It is interesting that President Obama stated that Bin Laden was killed “after a firefight”, not “during a firefight”, so it was apparently an execution and Obama said so. That suits me just fine, thank you.

The US took great pains to announce that the body would be “handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition”. Breaking news at 08:10 GMT, May 2, 2011 is that the mass murderer Bin Laden has been buried at sea. Good. I hope they tossed him out the back of a low-flying aircraft with nobody knowing exactly where.

Frankly I’d like to see some of those invisible “moderate Muslims” step forward and say that Bin Laden wasn’t a real Muslim and that he should have been interred with pig guts for misunderstanding the peaceful nature of Islam.

There’s no chance of that because a very sizable portion of Muslims worldwide – several hundred million at a minimum – support violence to advance Islam. In fact, Bin Laden is wildly popular just about everywhere, including in London, England and Dearborn, Michigan. (Don’t believe me on this, just do a little internet research for yourself and you’ll confirm that in about two minutes.)

Bin Laden’s death is a small milestone in an ongoing war between Muslim and Western ideology and values. Continue reading

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President Obama, the Ground Zero Mosque and a grasshopper named Dennis

Our old friend Dennis Jones (Living in Barbados blog) moved back to the USA at the end of July and is living somewhere near Maryland and the Potomac River.

We are delighted to report that Dennis has started a new blog and he’s still writing about Barbados and other subjects dear to our hearts. Agree or disagree with Dennis – he’ll always make you think.

A few days ago he wrote about President Obama weighing in on the on the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Yup, Dennis still makes us think!

“Do the views of those who will not be convinced matter more than those who may be swayed?”

… from the Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac story Going to ground over his words?

(We see that Dennis switched to WordPress.com for his new blog. Good choice! Much better than Blogger for about a dozen reasons.)

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Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s corruption: classified risky investments as safe, failed to sound alarm when they knew what was happening

“Between 2002 and 2007, the top three credit rating agencies doubled their revenue, to more than $6 billion a year, the committee said. Most of that growth came from the complex investments that spread trillions of dollars in toxic debt through the financial system….

(Former managing director for Standard & Poor’s) Frank Raiter said management placed increasing pressure on analysts to earn fees by attracting business from banks…

Raiter said analysts felt they faced a choice: Keep giving inflated ratings or quit their jobs.”

… from the Association Press article: Lawmakers turn to credit raters, prepare overhaul

When investors can’t trust the “most respected ratings firms in the world”, what are they to do?

Finally we have acknowledgment in the United States Senate Committee Hearings by executives of Standard and Poor’s that their integrity and independence was bought and sold like fish at Oistins.

Standard and Poor? Yes, that is both the name and quality of independence and integrity.

Does this mean that when the The Economist says that Barbados is high on the transparency index that everyone else is that much more corrupt – or rather that The Economist’s clients can’t afford another financial meltdown? Maybe it means both!

And then there are the pronouncements of the IMF – International Monetary Fund – the body that has countries as its members. Can we believe the IMF? Can we believe Moody’s? Standard & Poor’s?

Standard & Poor's, Moody's - sold their ratings and integrity like fish at Oistins

No matter their level of experience and sophistication, how is an investor to know when the ratings organisations are shining them on?

President Obama’s critical goal next week is financial regulation and he will try and get as tough a reform bill as possible. He will have to compromise somewhat but this is realism not a sell out. Something is going to give one way or the other but if the financial community doesn’t take this medicine it will be much much worse later on. Much worse.

Article and some quotes suggested by BFP reader Reality Check.

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President Obama and the Goldman Sachs campaign funds: An impossible discussion in Barbados.

President Obama is being called upon to return the almost one million dollars that his campaign received from Goldman Sachs employees – in light of securities fraud civil charges now faced by that company. The calls to return the campaign funds also concern the fact that Goldman Sachs received big money from the Federal Government bailout program and that thought riles many Republican and Democratic voters.

In light of everything, I can see folks demanding that this money should be returned, but I can also see the point that this money was donated to the Obama campaign by individual employees – not by Goldman Sachs the company – and therefore should not be returned. The entire issue is receiving extensive news coverage as the Americans debate and discuss.

An impossible debate in Barbados

The interesting thing about this issue though is that the American voters are able to have the debate because under their election laws the parties and politicians have to keep financial records and those records are open to public scrutiny.

It helps to keep everything honest – which is why our Barbados politicians won’t stand for such a requirement.

We know from the past that Bajan politicians receive “campaign donations” and “accidentally” put them into their personal bank accounts and “forget” to inform anyone about these donations. Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was caught red-handed corruptly putting a cheque for $75,000 into his personal bank account. If it weren’t for then Opposition Leader David Thompson waving a copy of that cheque around at an election rally, that $75,000 would never have seen the light of day from Owen Arthur’s personal expenses.

And that’s only one cheque to one politician on one day.

Barbados needs to have proper election financing laws if we are ever to break free from the current system of government that is best described as a kleptocracy, but the current Thompson DLP government isn’t about to implement an elections financing law and neither are the BLP if that party ever waddles back into power under Mia Mottley’s ah, er, “leadership”.

How much in election funding did CLICO & CL Financial group of companies give to the DLP and BLP?

How much in election funding did VECO give to the Arthur/Mottley BLP government?

Well, Prime Minister Thompson? Well… Opposition Leader Thompson?

Why can’t the Barbados public know the answers to those questions?

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Racist Dan Rather “Obama couldn’t sell watermellons if you gave him state troopers to flag down the traffic”

When we last heard from Dan Rather, the disgraced 60 Minutes “journalist” (cough, cough) had lost his job with CBS News after using forged documents during a story about George W. Bush’s time in the Air Force. (See Killian Documents @ Wikipedia)

We’re not sure if Dan Rather still takes heroin or LSD (as Rather has claimed in the past) but even that wouldn’t excuse his disgusting recent comments about President Obama while being interviewed on the Chris Matthews Show.

Here’s what he said…

DAN RATHER: Part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama’s leadership. And the Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument. “Listen he just hasn’t been, look at the health care bill. It was his number one priority. It took him forever to get it through and he had to compromise it to death.” And a version of, “Listen he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate” this is what’s been used against him, “but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”

… from KTLA news story Dan Rather gets heat over Obama “Watermelon” comment

Amazing. Just amazing. Rather’s comments show that at his core he views people through race-coloured glasses – a condition that is not itself limited to racists of any particular skin colour.

President Barack Obama. The first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the United States… and Dan Rather says “watermellon”.

If I described Rather using the words I want to right now, Auntie Moses wouldn’t speak to me for a month.

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Barbados Ambassador to the USA Wows ’em in Iowa – BFP Readers can follow up and invite folks to Barbados: Read How!

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55 Foreign Dignitaries Tour Iowa – and the state newspapers feature our John Beale in syndicated story

Barbados Ambassador to the USA, John Beale, recently finished a five day tour of the state of Iowa that was sponsored by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. Beale was part of a group of 55 foreign dignitaries who were shown around the state to promote Iowa’s agriculture, educational system and industry to international markets.

It turns out that Ambassador Beale said all the right things and got himself and Barbados featured in a syndicated news article that is starting to appear in local newspapers all across Iowa. USA Today picked up on it too.

Well done, Ambassador Beale!

Barbados Free Press readers: take a few minutes to make online comments in the Iowa articles. Invite Americans to vacation in Barbados!

Iowa must be one cold place during the winter because Iowa State University has a Winter Weather Awareness tutorial up that warns about frostbite and hypothermia (!) and teaches foreign students how to dress and walk (!) in the winter.

It sounds to me like folks from Iowa would be ideal candidates to visit warm Barbados and get away from all that snow, ice and (brrrrr!) hypothermia. As well, Mary Kramer, a former US Ambassador to Barbados (2004-2006) came from Iowa so Iowans might be familiar with our island. Ambassador Kramer and Barbados were also recently in the news when Kramer was announced as an inductee into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.

So… here are a few of the Iowa newspaper articles that mention Ambassador Beale and Barbados – and you can probably find a few new ones yourself with a Google search as they come online. Take a moment to make some friendly comments inviting people from Iowa down to warm, hospitable BIM. Every little bit helps, and if a few dozen comments appeared on each article it might get us a few visitors or maybe another story. Can’t hurt anyways!

Quad-City Times, Iowa: Ambassadors impressed with Iowa

Covering Iowa Politics: Iowa impresses foreign dignitaries

Globe Gazette: Foreign dignitaries praise Iowa, Iowans

Globe Gazette on Twitter carried a tweet about the article…

Foreign dignitaries praise Iowa, Iowans: DES MOINES — Barbados ambassador John Beale said his first ground.. http://bit.ly/IlIgv

WCF Courier, Cedar Valley Iowa: Iowa Impresses Ambassadors

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President Barack Obama Seemed Distracted At G8 Summit – (He’d better buy some flowers on the way home.)

Shoes! President Obama was looking at the shoes. Honest!

Shoes! President Obama was looking at the shoes. Honest!

Yes, yes… we know if you take a thousand digital photos like cameras were machine guns you’ll eventually capture a split second in time that misrepresents the moment – but it’s fun nonetheless. 😉

Tip of the rum bottle to Matt at Drudge Report

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