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American Hostage Rescued By Special Ops Raid.

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Special Ops Rescue American Hostage in Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan

An American engineer held hostage by Islamic militants in Afghanistan was freed in a daring nighttime raid by a Special Operations team last month, a rare move in a country where hostages often pay ransoms — or don’t come home at all.

A team of about 30 special operators composed mostly of Navy SEALs flew into the mountains outside Kabul on October 14 to retrieve the 61-year-old American businessman, killing his captors and returning him to safety after nearly two months in captivity, according to an account in the Army Times.

“In my mind I’d given a military intervention a one out of a hundred chance,” the unnamed engineer told the Army Times. The Taliban have kidnapped aid workers and journalists in recent years, and aggressive crime syndicates target wealthy Afghans and foreigners for ransom money.

“These fellows wanted either blood or money, and they weren’t getting it that way,” the engineer said.

The captive, who has lived and worked in Afghanistan for eight years, didn’t have much to offer.

“This guy didn’t have any money at all. It was like a personal life mission for him to help others,” said Bruce J. Huffman, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan.

Click here for more on this story from the Army Times.

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 11, 2008 at 11:12 PM

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Black church in Springfield burns..

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The investigators are not jumping to conclusions, but I must say the timing is way to suspicious.  If it turns out that this New Church was set on fire, then I hope and pray they catch the disgusting human beings who did such a thing.  May God help us all…

Black church in Springfield burns

Fire began hours after vote, prompting fears it was arson

black-church-burns-in-maA predominantly black church under construction in Springfield was destroyed by fire early yesterday, just hours after Barack Obama’s landmark victory, triggering concerns that the building was purposely set ablaze in a possible hate crime.

The blaze started at Macedonia Church of God in Christ at 3:10 and caused an estimated $2 million in damage.

Church officials pledged to rebuild, but the concerns that their building was targeted dampened a mood that had been so uplifted in the night of Obama’s historic win to become the nation’s first black president-elect.

“This was a special time in our nation’s history, but I also know not everybody was happy and celebrating,” said Bishop Bryant J. Robinson Jr., head of the church. “After 71 years of being an African-American, you know these things happen.”

Located on King Street, the church was moving to the site at 215 Tinkham Road, where the fire occurred.

Fire officials were quick to emphasize that the blaze remains under investigation, but the unknown nature of the fire triggered an inquiry that will involve local and state investigators and federal agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is standard procedure for the ATF and local and state officials to investigate after a place of worship burns, and the FBI agreed to assist because of the unknown cause of the blaze.

“I want to caution people not to jump to conclusions and to allow the investigation to take its time and allow the investigation to follow the evidence trail,” said state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

He acknowledged that the congregation could be wary considering the fire’s timing, but said investigators have not fully examined what happened. Coan said investigators will inspect the building today using accelerant-sniffing dogs, and detectives will also interview people in the neighborhood. He said the investigation could be a lengthy process.

“Clearly, a fire that occurs in a house of worship, with the close proximity to national events yesterday, is something in the mind of investigators, but it’s most important we not reach any conclusions based on the circumstances of those events, but rather allow the evidence to lead us to the conclusion,” Coan said.

Responding firefighters found the steel and wood-framed structure fully engulfed.

Firefighters worked to prevent the blaze from spreading to houses, said Dennis G. Leger, a Fire Department spokesman. He said two garden sheds had minor heat damage.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries, Leger said.

The church, with a construction price tag of $2.5 million, had been more than 75 percent complete, Robinson said. But nothing inside could have sparked a fire on its own, he believes. The electrical system had not been installed.

No one had done anything inside that could have started the fire, he said. Instead, he fears the building was targeted, with the timing of the fire too coincidental to make it random.

“Somebody came in there with an agenda of their own, I believe,” Robinson said, recalling days of black churches being torched in the South.

“I’ve seen segregation. I’ve seen Jim Crowism,” he said. “We’ve come quite a ways, but we’re not that perfect union yet. There’s obviously a remnant of that kind of behavior still being practiced, for whatever reason.”

The congregation had seen some resistance from the suburban neighborhood when construction was proposed, but the opposition was centered on having such a building in a residential area, and was not related to its 250 members, neighbors said.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the fire, regardless of the cause, is heart-rending for the community. He said he met early yesterday with Robinson, an old friend of his family, and promised that the city would assist with the rebuilding while a task force conducts an extensive investigation.

“Obviously, it’s a tragic event,” said Sarno, who attended the groundbreaking for the church a year ago.

“It’s a sensitive situation. Any house of worship would be a sensitive situation, and that’s why it’s imperative the experts do their investigation.”

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 11, 2008 at 3:13 AM

What Has Happened to Liberal Cries for Separation of Church and State?

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I thought the Liberals don’t appreciate mixing church and state?  Isn’t it funny how they get to have a double standard on any issue when it benefits them?  HAHA  What a bunch of wackos, living in their Obama-mania world.

Churches celebrate Obama victory

By ALLEN G. BREED
The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. | Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama’s election, with congregants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens.

“God has vindicated the black folk,” the Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams said as a member of her Raleigh congregation, Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, brandished a flag and another marched among the pews blowing a ram’s horn.

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Now if the tables were turned and the conservatives would be doing such praising in church we would NEVER hear the end of it.  God help us ALL.

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 11, 2008 at 2:11 AM

Obama Holiday Nov. 4th? Oh God Help Us From The Madness!!

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This is getting crazier and crazier.  At the same time it is getting disgustingly sickening and scary.  Why not just officially make him President till he dies or has destroyed the country.  Oh wait a minute that would be like a dictatorship, guess congressman Paul Broun may not be far off.

Planning under way for Obama holiday

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 11, 2008 at 1:13 AM

An Obama dictatorship?

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Well that is what one Congressman from Georgia fears.  And I must say, I’ll bet he is not the only one.

Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship

By Ben Evans:

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

“It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this national security force,” Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. “I’m just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism.”

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

“That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did,” Broun said. “When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist.”

Obama’s comments about a national security force came during a speech in Colorado about building a new civil service corps. Among other things, he called for expanding the nation’s foreign service and doubling the size of the Peace Corps “to renew our diplomacy.”

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” Obama said in July. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Broun said he also believes Obama likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force.

Obama has said he respects the Second Amendment right to bear arms and favors “common sense” gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he’ll at least enact curbs on ownership of assault weapons and concealed weapons. As an Illinois state lawmaker, Obama supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter restrictions on firearms generally.

“We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun said. “You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential.”

Obama’s transition office did not respond immediately to Broun’s remarks.

Now I agree that we are in for a very long and horrible 4 yr presidency but I’ll refrain from claiming Dictatorship just yet.  I will say that I wouldn’t put it past the man if he gets the chance.

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Jason R. Bootie

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November 11, 2008 at 12:24 AM

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