January 23rd, 2008

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Best Palestinian bomber, ever.


Palestinian militia used a series of explosions overnight to blow about a 200 meter hole in the wall between Gaza and Egypt.  Tens of thousands of Palestinians have poured into Egypt as a result, to stock up on food and fuel in short supply due to an Israeli blockade. Egyptian riot police sent to reinforce the border mainly stood aside and let the Palestinians through, witnesses said.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that he had ordered his troops to allow the Palestinians to cross into Egypt from the Gaza Strip because they were starving.

After the explosions, a Palestinian bulldozer was demolishing large parts of the wall, and is still working to demolish the rest of it, Egyptian authorities have reported.

Freedom is good. We need no border after today," said unemployed 29-year-old Mohammed Abu Ghazal.

Hamas did not take responsibility for knocking down the border wall, but their leader indicated that Hamas was willing to work out a new border arrangement with Egypt and Hamas' rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. This suggests that Hamas wants to put Abbas on the spot for his tacit support for the devastating economic blockade on his own people.

An Israeli spokesman said "it is the responsibility of Egypt to ensure that the border operates properly, according to the signed agreements. . . We expect the Egyptians to solve the problem. Obviously we are worried about the situation." 

What isn't clear is what Israel is prepared to do, if anything, should the Egyptians refuse to close the border. The current Israeli government is facing severe criticism for its failure, not only in the blockade of Gaza, but for the conflict in Lebanon, where Hezbollah successfully resisted an Israeli assault.

Prior to the destruction of the border wall, Hamas has orchestrated daily demonstrations on the Gaza-Egypt border, in an apparent attempt to appeal to Arab public opinion and pressure Egypt to open the passage. 

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Clinton campaign to workers: It's not illegal unless you get caught.

The Obama campaign has gotten their hands on advice sent from the Clinton campaign to all of their precinct heads in Nevada... and it's pretty ugly

Amongst the various pieces of advice the Clinton campaign sent to their precinct heads were:

"It's not illegal unless they tell you so" and "Don't be afraid to go negative on other candidates."

So, basically, they encouraged their workers to commit illegal behavior... and apparently, they did. 

Some of the numerous complaints made included the following:

- Numerous reports were made that Obama supporters were told that they had to wait until after 11:30 am to enter the caucus site, only to have the doors locked on them before they entered, 30 minutes before the doors should've been closed. In some cases, police had to be called in to cut locks Clinton volunteers put on the doors.

- Clinton supporters checking IDs and turning voters away after telling them that their IDs weren't valid.

- Taking all of the caucus voter cards, leaving the Obama and Edwards camps with none. When asked for to return the voter cards, Clinton campaign workers had pre-voted on the cards, marking them all for Clinton. 

- Voters were told by Clinton volunteers that they could not register to vote, because the sign-in sheets were only for Clinton voters.

- Taking all the ballots, and notifying Obama voters that no ballots were left, giving them small slips of paper in lieu of ballots.

- Collecting ballots from Obama voters prior to caucusing, only to stash them away privately, presumably to be disposed of. 

Apparently, the truth of how the Clintons have been running their campaign is finally coming out, and fellow Democrats are beginning to not mince their words.