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TALIBAN militants beheaded an Afghan in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region after accusing him of spying for the United States, local police said today
The 35-year-old man was kidnapped one week ago and his body found today in Razmak some 65km south of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, an official said.
"He was slaughtered overnight. His headless body was put on the roadside," police official Munir Khan said.
A note found on the body of the man, identified as Shafiq Gul, said he was "spying for the US".
"Whoever spies for the US will face the same fate. This is a gift to (US President Barack) Obama," the note said.
By the way… Four thousand British Muslims have joined the Taliban.
Shredding the Constitution. It’s not just for the Bush administration anymore.
Sen. Roland Burris’ son, Roland II (inset) is an income-tax deadbeat who got a state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP photos)
Blago gave Roland Burris’ son a top job in the Illinois housing authority three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side home.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:
The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
Blagojevich’s administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state’s housing authority Sept. 10 — about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority indicated Wednesday there was nothing improper about Burris II’s employment by the agency, whose mission includes overseeing mortgage programs for low-income home buyers and anti-foreclosure initiatives…
"Roland Burris II was hired by the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Legal Department based on his qualifications in response to a published job posting," Boykin stated. "As an employer, it is not IHDA’s practice to request financial information from applicants." …
Burris II, 42, once worked at the same law firm as his father: Burris, Wright, Slaughter & Tom. That firm merged with another in the fall.
Burris II had resolved two federal tax liens in 2005 before being hit with the $34,163 lien in July. That lien against his property seeks unpaid taxes for 2004, 2005 and 2007.
A month after the IRS filed the lien, Burris II’s lender filed its foreclosure suit. Since Burris II and his wife got the $372,000 mortgage on July 18, 2006, they’ve paid less than $3,000 on it, the suit alleges. The balance due is $406,685, including interest and penalties.
The fact that Burris II faces foreclosure but is working at a housing-related state agency "reeks of hypocrisy," said state Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), who was the first to call on Sen. Burris to testify before the impeachment panel.
So does Chicago have any honest politicians?
Iraqis tell Obama- Not so fast!
Legally Obama cannot withdraw US troops for one year after notification and only after Iraqi officials agree to the withdrawal.
Aswat al-Iraq reported:
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Legal expert Tareq Harb on Wednesday said that new U.S. President Barack Obama can not withdraw his troops from Iraq before one year from notifying the Iraqi side, noting that he can withdraw the forces only if the Iraqi government agrees.
Commenting on Obama’s speech upon taking office, Harb said “the president vowed to withdraw troops from Iraq but he did not mention the articles of the agreement in this respect.”
“The agreement stipulates the withdrawal of troops in one year after notifying the Iraqi side,” he said, noting that the agreement does not allow the withdrawal before this period unless the Iraqi government agrees.
New U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will leave Iraq to Iraqis.
In a speech upon taking office, Obama echoed key promises from his historic election campaign by saying: “we will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people.”
Earlier today Obama asked the Pentagon about a responsible Iraqi drawdown.
Obama opposed the successful Bush surge that saved Iraq. He previously said that genocide was not even a good enough reason to keep US troops in the country.
She could have had the job if she’d wanted it, but Teddy’s health has turned her against it? That doesn’t seem believable.
The insane, vicious dog that attacked the 76-year-old ex-Prez was a Maltese poodle. What makes a dog "clinically depressed" as opposed to just an asshole? A fluffy little asshole?
This is not that dog.
This is an utterly charming, calm, sweet-tempered, all-poodle poodle.