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To: goldworldnet who wrote (473587)2/23/2012 5:08:36 PM
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TAMPA Feb 21, 2012 11:23 PM— As gas thefts go, this one was deceptively elaborate.

Inside a blue Chevrolet Venture minivan, criminals had cut out a large hole in the floorboard and set up a portable pumping station, complete with power source, pump and plastic container.

The goal: to steal hundreds of gallons of gas pulled directly from the gas station's underground storage tank and funneled into a plastic tank inside the van.

It's a crime authorities warn could be on the rise as gas prices continue to creep toward historic records.

They didn't get away with it this time. But next time, maybe they will.

"When the price of the commodities goes up, we're not surprised to see that enterprising thieves will find ways to get that commodity and make a profit," said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Gas prices have never been so high in February.

Not even in 2008, when prices peaked at an average of $4.06 per gallon of regular. It was just $3.09 then.

The average price for a gallon of regular in Florida this month is $3.62, eclipsing the previous record, set last year, of $3.16.

"It's becoming much more likely that we're going to see that $4 on the marquee," said Jessica Brady, a AAA spokeswoman. She estimated gas prices could reach $4.25.

The record high gas prices come as oil prices this week hit a nine-month high after Iran halted crude exports to Britain and France. Rising tensions with the Middle Eastern country are likely to continue to fuel uncertainty in the market, Brady said.

She said higher prices lead to more gas-related thefts, recalling stories from 2008 in which people were breaking into gas tanks.

"As prices get higher and people get more strapped for cash, we may seem things of this nature occur more often," she said. "I don't know if we'll see a huge influx, but it's definitely a possibility."

Tuesday's gas theft might have worked except for Hillsborough County Deputy Alexander Hockersmith.

The deputy, working a midnight shift, saw a suspicious blue minivan parked at an odd angle in the parking lot of the closed gas station at 8606 Citrus Park Drive.

He did a U-turn and pulled in to the station.

As he did, the thieves pulled away in a different vehicle, leaving the minivan and stolen gas behind, Sheriff's Office Capt. Andy Ross said.

It didn't take long for the deputy to piece together the criminal activity.

"This is a pretty typical way of doing it," said Ross, who noted that the department is seeing more of the thefts.

A few minutes after Hockersmith arrived, the tank began to overflow and gas started spilling out of the van. About 25 gallons spilled onto the ground, triggering a response by a hazardous materials team and bomb squad.

"We had this problem pretty widespread a couple years ago," Ross said. "It kind of ebbed. It seems like this is on the uptick again."

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To: SirWalterRalegh who wrote (473590)2/23/2012 5:11:47 PM
From: goldworldnet
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When Obama went on his apology tour, he was telling us loud and clear what he thought of America.

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From: FUBHO2/23/2012 5:19:33 PM
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Al-Qaeda’s Big Fat Iranian Wedding

America’s top spy says the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and the world’s most infamous terrorist organization are married. By Clifford D. May

February 23, 2012 12:00 A.M.

The Bush administration waged what it called a Global War on Terrorism. Yet against Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, no serious actions were ever taken. President Obama is waging what he calls a “war against al-Qaeda and its affiliates.” Yet he and his advisers are reluctant to articulate what has become indisputable: Iran and al-Qaeda are affiliated.

Senior Obama officials have come closer to calling a spade a spade: Last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda as a “longstanding . . . marriage.” But you had to listen carefully to hear him say that.

“Iran has harbored al-Qaeda leaders, facilitators,” Clapper told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. They have been “under house-arrest conditions. [Iran’s rulers] have had this sort of standoff arrangement with al-Qaeda, allowing [al-Qaeda] to exist [inside Iran], but not to foment any operations directly from Iran, because they’re very sensitive about, ‘Hey, we might come after them there as well.’ . . . So there has been this longstanding, as I say, kind of, shotgun marriage, or marriage of convenience. I think, probably, the Iranians may think that they might use, perhaps, al-Qaeda in the future as a surrogate or proxy.”

Not quite a model of analytic clarity but, as I said, at least it approaches reality (and do note the cryptic warning about Iran deploying al-Qaeda terrorists down the road — more about that in a moment). Also last week: The U.S. Treasury Department designated the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) — which it described as “Iran’s primary intelligence organization” — as a sponsor of terrorism. And among the terrorist groups Treasury said MOIS supports: al-Qaeda. The forms this support has taken: facilitating the movement of al-Qaeda operatives in Iran; providing al-Qaeda members “with documents, identification cards, and passports”; and providing both “money and weapons” to al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq.

Michael Ledeen and Thomas Joscelyn, my colleagues at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, have for years been connecting the dots between Iran and al-Qaeda. Former CIA director James Woolsey, now FDD’s chairman, also has long argued that Islamist terrorists, despite their theological and ideological differences, can and do engage in “joint ventures” to accomplish common goals.

Joscelyn has extensively researched this relationship. Back in 2007, he wrote: “No fallacy today is more misguided or more dangerous than the widespread belief that Iran, the world’s premier state sponsor of terrorism, and al-Qaeda are not allies in the terrorists’ war against the West. A corollary myth holds that Hezbollah — Iran’s terrorist proxy and the ‘A-team’ of international terrorist organizations — has also not allied itself with al-Qaeda.”

The terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans at Khobar Towers in 1996 was most likely an Iranian–al-Qaeda joint venture. But the Clinton administration chose to shut down FBI investigators in the belief — misguided but widespread at the time — that more moderate Iranians were coming to power in Tehran and that publicly revealing the Iranian role would impede diplomatic efforts.

Iran also has been implicated in al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of America’s embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. When federal prosecutors indicted al-Qaeda members that same year, they specifically noted that al-Qaeda had forged alliances with “representatives of the government of Iran, and its associated terrorist group Hezbollah, for the purpose of working together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States.” And in November of last year, a Washington, D.C., court found that Iran had provided training for the al-Qaeda terrorists at Hezbollah camps in southern Lebanon. The court stated unequivocally that the “government of the Islamic Republic of Iran . . . has a long history of providing material aid and support to terrorist organizations including al Qaeda.”

What about the attacks on New York and Washington three years later? The 9/11 commissioners said they “found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack.” However, intelligence obtained by 9/11-commission staffers just before the release of their report — too late for serious examination — showed what Joscelyn called “suspicious flights taken by the muscle hijackers. Some of the flights were routed through Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based and controls the airport. Interestingly, most of the muscle hijackers also transited through Iran en route to the United States.” The commissioners wrote: “We believe this topic requires further investigation by the U.S. government.” Such investigations have not been conducted — or, if they were, their conclusions have never been made public.

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From: Paul Smith2/23/2012 5:20:09 PM
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Santorum Flops in Debate Spotlight

After nine months on the periphery of the Republican race, tonight’s debate in Mesa, Arizona, was Rick Santorum’s opportunity to show he deserved to be considered a frontrunner. But instead of using the occasion to build on the surge that led him to the top of the national polls, the former senator flopped as Mitt Romney and Ron Paul pounded him unmercifully from the start of the evening to its finish. By the end of the night, the grim look on his face betrayed the effect of having to explain his stands on issues such as earmarks, being a “team player” in the Senate and his support for Arlen Specter and “No Child Left Behind.” Whereas in previous debates, he had been on the attack pointing out Romney’s inconsistencies, in Mesa, it was his turn to be on the defensive.

Though Romney was far from brilliant and took his own lumps over his own hypocritical positions on earmarks and healthcare, there was little question he emerged the victor if only because Santorum came across as both long-winded and surly. If recent polls in Michigan showed the Pennsylvanian’s momentum was slowing, this debate may have put a period on his brief moment in the lead. A good night for Santorum might have helped put him over the top in Michigan and maybe even in Arizona next week and done irreparable harm to Romney’s hopes. But we may look back at this night and say this moment was not only when Santorum began to fade but also when Romney salted away the nomination.

Ironically, it was on his weakest point — his position on contraception — that Santorum sounded the strongest when he parried a question on the issue and made the point that promiscuity and the breakdown of the family was doing great damage to society. No one on the stage disagreed with him on that.

Yet that was overshadowed by the way Santorum found himself getting buried on his Senate record of voting for spending bills and earmarks. Romney’s attack on this was, as Santorum pointed out, deeply hypocritical since he relied on congressional earmarks to fund the 2002 Winter Olympics that he led. But whatever good he did with that retort was lost by his angry replies to attacks on his record, especially the way he went along with the Senate leadership on a number of issues. Santorum was clearly exasperated by having to defend himself in this manner and it showed. He discovered it is a lot harder to score points in a debate when you are wearing the bull’s eye on your back that goes with being in the lead.

Santorum’s failure once again should allow Romney to vault back into the lead. It will also give him the momentum that may allow him to hold onto Michigan after falling behind there.

Newt Gingrich was back in strong debate form and even managed to do so while avoiding joining in the gang tackle of Santorum. Ron Paul also had a strong night belaboring Santorum on government spending from a purist point of view though whatever advantage he gained in the battle to avoid last place was lost by his attempt to rationalize Iran’s nuclear quest at the same time as the other three Republicans were uniting to blast President Obama’s failure to stop the Islamist regime.

But the only real winner was Romney, who was repeatedly able to take down the man who is leading him in Michigan. Rick Santorum had one shot at solidifying his status as a frontrunner but failed. The ripple effect of this defeat will be felt in every state where he hoped to compete.

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From: Brumar892/23/2012 5:28:15 PM
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Sarah Palin Demands Afghanistan Apologize for Slaughter of 2 US Soldiers

Coming after Obama apologizes for inadvertent burning of korans.

That's why we love her.

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From: simplicity2/23/2012 5:32:21 PM
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Barack Obama yesterday, pandering on the largest hispanic radio network regarding the fact that he needs more time to achieve blanket amnesty for illegals:

My presidency isn't over. I've got another five years coming up. We're going to get this done. And absolutely we have strong support in the Latino community because they've seen what we've been working on .... 2/22/12, Univision Radio

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473591)2/23/2012 5:36:46 PM
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"If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we'll be doing alright. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America."

He couldn't make energy out of sunbeams work, so now he's after algae.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (473586)2/23/2012 5:46:42 PM
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Iranian Scientist 'Sought Israel's Annihilation,' Says Widow

Semi-official Iranian news agency interviews widow of Mostafa Roshan – leaving no doubt as to nuclear program's goal.

By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 2/22/2012, 7:48 PM

The wife of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in Tehran in January, said Tuesday that her husband "sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly," according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

"Mostafa's ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel," the agency quoted Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani as saying Tuesday.

Bolouri Kashani also underlined that her spouse "loved any resistance figure in his life who was willing to fight the Zionist regime and supported the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation."

The report belies attempts by Iran to claim that its nuclear program is not military in nature.

Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan is described as "a chemistry professor and a deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility."

Fars says he was killed by Mossad agents, who used a method of attack similar to that used against Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi in January 2010, as well as scientists Fereidoun Abbassi Davani and Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, but Shahriari died. Yet another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was assassinated by the same method in July of 2011.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473599)2/23/2012 6:00:54 PM
From: SmoothSail
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The wife of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was assassinated in Tehran in January, said Tuesday that her husband "sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly,"

...She made the remarks while hanging upside down from a crane after being buried up to her neck for 12 hours. She enthusiastically insisted that no one coerced in any way to make those remarks.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (473599)2/23/2012 6:01:02 PM
From: simplicity
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Mostafa's widow, and the state of Israel, need to take consolation from Ron Paul's comment in last night's debate:

We're encouraging them [Iran] to have a weapon because they feel threatened [by us].

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