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Pakistani Generals made deals with Taliban militants

Source – A Prominent Pakistan Based News Channel

As if the Mumbai attacks last month were not headache enough for the Pakistan Government and its military, a British Sunday paper has claimed that Major-General (R) Faisal Alavi, a former head of Pakistan’s special forces knew he would be killed by his own comrades because he “threatened to expose Pakistani generals who made deals with Taliban militants”.

Writing in a damning report for the daily, Carey Schofield, a British author said that Faisal Alavi was murdered last month after he threatened to “furnish all relevant proof” about the two Pakistan army generals, in a letter to a senior most general of the army. The letter can be seen on the newspaper’s website but the names of the concerned generals have been blackened to conceal the identity. The author claimed that the deceased general had given her a copy of the letter once he was sure that the military leadership was not going to respond positively to it. “Aware that he was risking his life, he gave a copy to me and asked me to publish it if he was killed,” the author wrote. She said that Alavi told her in their last meeting at an Islamabad restaurant that his letter was a waste and he feared for his life. “It hasn’t worked,” he said. “They’ll shoot me.” He was killed within four days of the meeting when he was driving through Islamabad, the report said.

Ms Schofield, whose book on the Pakistan Army is due next year, said that Alavi – the brother-in-law of VS Naipaul, the British novelist and Nobel laureate – believed his sacking from the army for “conduct unbecoming” was a “mischievous and deceitful plot” and his letter was a final attempt to have his honour restored. 

“Alavi believed he had been forced out because he was openly critical of deals that senior generals had done with the Taliban. He disparaged them for their failure to fight the war on terror wholeheartedly and for allowing Taliban forces based in Pakistan to operate with impunity against the British and other Nato troops across the border in Afghanistan,” the report said. “The entire purpose of this plot by these general officers was to hide their own involvement in a matter they knew I was privy to,” he wrote in the letter. He wanted an inquiry, at which “I will furnish all relevant proof/information, which is readily available with me”.

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Man Throws Shoes At Bush In Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq — A man threw his shoes at President George W. Bush and was dragged away by security officials during the president’s farewell trip to Iraq.

The incident occurred as Bush was appearing Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Bush ducked and wasn’t hit by either shoe. Bush joked, saying that all he can report was that it was a size 10 shoe. then calmly took questions.

President Bush says the work in Iraq has been hard, but is necessary for U.S. security and world peace. He says he’s grateful he had the chance to return to Iraq a final time before his presidency ends.

The president is celebrating a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw by the end of 2011.

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Smart move by Obama Campaign , Launches Iphone Application

Obama campaign launched a new iphone application called Obama 08 over the weekend. This is a real smart move considering there are around 4 million iphone users.

The free application is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. It will organize your contacts by key battleground states, and measures statistics to see how you are doing compared to other leading callers. It also provides you with information about the campaign via text messages and e-mail, offers coverage of national and local campaign news, helps you find local events, share the information by e-mail, and get maps and directions. You can also use the application to browse videos and photos from the campaign.

The Internet and technology is positioned to play a huge role in elections. Probably Mccain campaign does not get it.

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Smoking ban in India – Is it OK for government to butt in?

 

Rather than catching terrorists, Mr. Health Minister now wants to catch smokers (who smoke in public places) and fine them Rs 200 ( $ 4 approx). There are around 100 million beedi smokers in India.  Is the government now expecting that person to cough up $ 4 whose daily wage is not even $ 2?

He is not considering a ban on cigarette manufacturers, but is considering a ban on the consumers. Why not, because the party these politicians represent is funded by these organizations.  Mr. Health Minister, would you dare imposing a ban on the organizations who manufacture cigarettes?

According to the new smoking law even if one cigarette stub is found in an office complex then the owner is supposed to pay a fine equivalent to the total number of people working in the office multiplied by Rs 200. So if a cigarette bud is found inside a company like Infosys, the company needs to pay Rs 200 * 50,000 = Rs 10,000,000. This is ridiculous

If the youngster’s minds are getting corrupted by watching their favorite actors smoking in public, then they are also getting corrupted by watching cash for vote scams and numerous other scams which involves the same politicians.

They are citing examples from other countries, but do they even know that other countries provide dedicated smoking area. Well other countries also provide free Medicare. Is our government doing that? No .

I smoked for 10 years and believe me, the hardest thing I ever did in my life was to leave smoking (and I did the right thing by quitting).  This ban would do nothing but corrupt the system even further. 

People don’t leave cigarette by force, they leave it by choice. 

 

 

 

 

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Frank Caliendo Impersonates Bush [Must See]

Frank Caliendo at his best

 

 

 

 

Also watch this one where Bush makes fun of himself (really)

 

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Bail out taxpayer , not AIG

Is the govenment doing anything for the common man whos on the street because of the financial crisis? Is the governemnt here to bail out big companies only and not the common man who is on the street? Why are profits privatized and tax payer money is being used to bail out companies which no other private comapny wants to buy?

Between the $29 billion the Fed pledged to swing the Bear Stearns sale to JPMorgan in March, $100 billion apiece to rescue mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, up to $300 billion for the Federal Housing Authority, Tuesday’s $85 billion loan to insurer AIG and various other rescue deals and loans, taxpayers are potentially on the hook for more than $900 billion.

Why is that no one is punishing heads of these organization who are responsible for this crisis?

Earlier this year, Fuld, a 30-year veteran of the once-venerable Wall Street investment bank that filed for bankruptcy protection this past weekend, was awarded $22 million in retirement pay. Merrill Lynch chief E. Stanley O’Neal picked up $161 million from the Wall Street brokerage when he left last October after $40 billion of subprime-related write-downs. Former Citigroup head Chuck Prince stepped down with a $68 million package. Even former Bear Stearns chairman Jimmy Cayne picked up a reported $60 million after selling some of his Bear stock in the aftermath of that firm’s fire sale to J.P. Morgan earlier this year- Forbes

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Is the Palin effect Over? [Updated]

 

Probably Yes.

CNN’s poll of polls had earlier shown that Palin was the driving factor behind John McCain’s lead over Obama. (McCain leading 47 to 45 on 8th September). But it seems the Palin effect is over and Obama is back in the lead (47 to 44 18th of September). Palin’s favorable rating is at 40 percent, according to a  CBS News/New York Times poll. That’s down 4 points from last week. Her unfavorable rating is at 30 percent, rising eight points in a week.

Economy is the fundamental reason behind this change .  McCain said Monday that “the fundamentals of the American economy are strong. Probably not a smart thing to say on the day of financial meltdown. Most Americans see Obama as more capable than John McCain when it comes to handling the economy, polls show. 

Also “Thanks but no thanks to bridge to Nowhere”  comment has angered many Alaskans and people are learning that she  had earlier supported the bridge .

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove predicted Wednesday that Palin’s star power would wear off.

“Nothing lasts for 60-some-odd days,” Rove told The Associated Press. “Will she be the center of attention in the remaining 48 days? No, but she came on in a very powerful way and has given a sense of urgency to the McCain campaign that’s pretty remarkable.”

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is questioning whether Palin has enough foreign-policy experience to serve as the country’s second-in-command. “She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,” he added. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

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