Articles of Interest, March 21st, 2008

AP: Gov. Richardson Endorsing Obama

By BARRY MASSEY

(AP) Democratic presidential hopeful, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, speaks during the Brown &…
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a “once-in-a-lifetime leader” who can unite the nation and restore America’s international leadership.Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday at a campaign event in Portland, Ore., The Associated Press has learned.

The governor’s endorsement comes as Obama leads among delegates selected at primaries and caucuses but with national public opinion polling showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulling ahead of him amid controversy over statements by his former pastor.

Richardson has been relentlessly wooed by Obama and Clinton for his endorsement. As a Democratic superdelegate, the governor plays a part in the tight race for nominating votes and could bring other superdelegates to Obama’s side. He also has been mentioned as a potential running mate for either candidate.

(AP) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., reaches to shake hands at Murads’ Sports…
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No primaries are scheduled until Pennsylvania’s on April 22, a gap in time Obama hopes to use for such announcements to assert that he is the front-runner for the nomination.

“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world,” Richardson said in a statement obtained by the AP. “As a presidential candidate, I know full well Sen. Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”

Richardson’s endorsement also could help Obama pick up support among Hispanics, who are the nation’s largest and fastest-growing minority.

Photograph of Bill Clinton and Rev. Wright Surfaces

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and President Bill Clinton at a prayer breakfast at the White House in September 1998.

During one of the most difficult periods in the presidency of Bill Clinton, he addressed a group of clerics at an annual prayer breakfast in September 1998 just as the Starr report outlining his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was about to be published.

Among those in attendance, was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., who is seen shaking hands with Mr. Clinton in a photograph provided today by the Obama campaign. Mr. Wright’s relationship with Senator Barack Obama, as his longtime pastor, has been the subject of considerable controversy in recent days because of incendiary excerpts of sermons Mr. Wright gave at their church, Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago.

The Pastor the Clinton’s Do Not Want America to Know About: Harlem’s Pastor Manning Gone Wild!

I was driving home from work last night and I wanted to see how talk radio was responding to Senator Obama’s speech on race. It was about 6:45PM or so and I tuned in to Conservative Talk Show Host Mark Levin on 630WMAL. Well. . .much to my shock and awe, Mark was in the midst of a rant about a racist Pastor. I, of course, assumed that he was speaking of the Rev. Wright. Boy was I WRONG! He was talking about an apparent rabid Hillary Clinton supporter, Pastor James David Manning of Harlem, New York.

All I want to say about this is that I have NEVER been to a church where black, or white preachers curse so freely in their sermons, and who attack their flock. NEVER. And I have been black all of my life and have attended large, all black congregations in college as I do presently in Washington, D.C. I am not sure what is up with these Pastors, but they are angry for sure.

Woe be unto me to defend the indefensible, but Rev. Jeremiah Wright was speaking truthfully (albeit angrily and passionately) about his American experience in the segregated south and in the Midwest (Chicago) and I am certain it has deeply colored his world-view in a way that I will never understand, that no white American will ever understand, but that my late maternal grandfather (who was from Mobile Alabama and grew up in Segregation & served in a segregated U.S. Military in WWII) could relate to. I think that what this Pastor Manning has said, however, is simply horrific.

Gay Ex-Gov Wins Round in Divorce Court

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) – Former Gov. Jim McGreevey didn’t plan to torment his wife while they were married, a judge in their divorce case ruled Thursday, while allowing her to continue with a claim of marriage fraud.

The judge dismissed Dina Matos McGreevey’s claim of emotional distress against her estranged gay husband.

“Mr. McGreevey was not out to destroy her emotionally,” Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy said.

Cassidy said she would permit the fraud claim to continue for now, but warned, “That does not guarantee the defendant will be successful in trying her claim.”

Matos McGreevey claims she was duped into marrying a gay man who sought the cover of a wife to hide his homosexuality and further his political ambitions. He claims he provided companionship and a child, thus fulfilling his part of the marriage contract.

The pretrial hearing came less than a week after McGreevey, 50, said claims that he and his wife engaged in threesomes with a male aide were true; Matos McGreevey, 41, denied they happened.

Giant sea creatures found in Antarctic search

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  • 12-foot tentacled Jellyfish and 2-foot-wide starfish surprise Antarctic scientists
  • 2,000-mile journey through the Ross Sea also turns up potential new species
  • 30,000 specimens collected, on 50-day trip

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists who conducted the most comprehensive survey to date of New Zealand’s Antarctic waters were surprised by the size of some specimens found, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish.

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National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research hold giant Macroptychaster sea stars.

A 2,000-mile journey through the Ross Sea that ended Thursday has also potentially turned up several new species, including as many as eight new molluscs.

It’s “exciting when you come across a new species,” said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “All the fish people go nuts about that — but you have to take it with a grain of salt.”

The finds must still be reviewed by experts to determine if they are in fact new, said Stu Hanchet, a fisheries scientist at New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

But beyond the discovery of new species, scientists said the survey, the most comprehensive to date in the Ross Sea, turned up other surprises.

Hanchet singled out the discovery of “fields” of sea lilies that stretched for hundreds of yards across the ocean floor.

“Some of these big meadows of sea lilies I don’t think anybody has seen before,” Hanchet said.

Wrongly accused man free after 25 years

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  • Willie Green had been serving 33 years to life for woman’s killing, burglary, robbery
  • “Good Friday arrived early for my husband,” Mary Green says
  • Key witness recently recanted his story
  • Green says he doesn’t hold a grudge against anybody

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Willie Earl Green walked out of a California courtroom as a free man Thursday after serving nearly 25 years in prison for the execution-style murder of a Los Angeles woman, which he insists he never committed.

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Willie Green said he “would never ponder harming anyone” after working for civil rights in Mississippi.

A Los Angeles judge set the graying 56-year-old free after ruling that the prosecution’s star witness, Willie Finley, lied to a jury during key portions of his original testimony. Finley recently recanted his story.

Green, who earned a college degree while at California’s San Quentin State Prison, said he was “humbled” by his release.

“Today is a glorious day,” he said. “It’s a great day. I never gave up on this day. I knew one day this day would come.

“I never asked for mercy. I only asked for justice to be served, and it was served today.”

“Good Friday arrived early for my husband,” said Green’s wife, Mary.

Apple considering free access to iTunes

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  • Newspaper cited unnamed sources in that Apple is talking with record labels
  • Talks surround users paying more for iPhone, iPod to get free iTunes access
  • Critics: Deal wouldn’t work because artists don’t want to give away their music
  • Nokia has deal that gives buyers unlimited free downloads of catalog songs

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Apple Inc. is mulling a plan to upend its iTunes business by giving people unlimited free access to the music library if they’re willing to pay more for the iPod and iPhone devices they use for playing and storing the digital media, according to a report published Wednesday.

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A report said Apple is considering free access to iTunes for those who pay more for iPods and iPhones.

Some analysts threw cold water on the plan outlined in the Financial Times, however, saying Cupertino-based Apple would risk creating an “accounting nightmare” and alienating some artists if it started giving away songs on its iTunes online store.

Rumors have buzzed through the industry for a couple of years that Apple might open iTunes for free downloads.

Meanwhile, Apple’s rivals are experimenting with new ways to distribute music online — including giving it away.

The newspaper cited unnamed music industry sources in reporting that Apple is negotiating with record labels over a deal to offer a monthly music subscription for the iPhone, as well as an unlimited music bundle for both the iPod and iPhone.

Muhammad is Allah’s Last Messenger, not the ‘founder’ of Islam

THE Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) name has yet again been in the media as of late due to the republication of the offense Danish cartoon caricatures that continue to be used to taunt Muslims and tarnish the good name of the final messenger (pbuh).

As I watched the recent protests unfold on live television from Muslims around the world in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations, I became increasingly irritated with the broadcaster’s commentary. She kept referring to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as the ‘founder’ of Islam. And even her interviewees responded in a similar fashion by also referring to him as the ‘founder’ of Islam.

To imply that Muhammad (pbuh) founded Islam or created it is a gross and reprehensible lie that quite often is used by the enemies of Islam to water-down the impact that Muhammad’s (pbuh) prophethood had on the entire world. This world has never seen a greater man, prophet, father, statesman, politician, orator, warrior, commander, friend, teacher or confidant than Muhammad (pbuh).

The simple fact remains that centuries after Muhammad’s (pbuh) death, Islam runs strong with people converting every single day because the message of Allah in the Holy Quran rings true and is enticing to the seekers of all that is good in this world. The founder of Islam is actually Allah Almighty. Allah chose Muhammad (pbuh) to be the final Prophet sent to this world to give both a warning and glad tidings.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

“Allah knows best with whom to place His Message.” (6:124)

What Victory? Iraqis Ask Bush

IslamOnline.net & News Agencies

 
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Rampant violence and daily bombings are one of the main characthers of today’s Iraq. (Reuters)

BAGHDAD — Sitting in his tobacco shop in the once-bustling Saadun Street of downtown Baghdad, Abu Fares al-Daraji was trying to make sense of the successes and strategic victory US President George Bush was talking about.“Bush speaks of victory but I say he has only achieved one thing for this country, destruction,” a disgruntled Daraji told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Thursday, March 20.

“There is no victory. The Americans brought our way things we never knew like terrorism and the killings we see on the streets.”

On the eve of the fifth war anniversary, Bush defended the “undeniable” successes made in Iraq, vowing no retreat and pledging victory.

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Bush had invaded Iraq armed with inaccurate intelligence, mistaken assumptions and extravagant hopes that have cost Iraq and the US dearly in blood and treasure.Tens of thousands of civilians — between 104,000 and 223,000 — died between March 2003 and June 2006 alone, according to the World Health Organization.

Some independent bodies take the death toll to one million since the start of the war.

Nearly 4,000 US have also been killed, mostly after Bush announced the end of “major combat” on May 1, 2003.

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