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Supreme Court Could Decide to Review Health Care Reform Nov. 10

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Special to NNPA from Afro-American Newspaper –

The nation’s highest court could decide whether to review President Barack Obama’s health care reform law as soon as Nov. 10, Politico reports.

Five opponents of the law and the Obama administration have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the law’s requirement for all Americans to buy insurance is constitutional. Five of the six requests have been sent to the court already, according to Politico.

Opponents of the law, including 26 states, the National Federation of Independent Business, Liberty University and the Thomas More Law Center, and petitions from the Obama administration will be under consideration.

In a private conference on Nov. 10, the court could decide if they want to hear the issue, and would announce their decision on Nov. 14. Justices could also defer a decision until a later conference.

Politico said the Supreme Court is expected to hear the issue because the administration has asked and circuit courts have issued conflicting decisions on whether the mandate is constitutional.

Texas Radio Ad Offers Hand Gun Training--But Not If You Supported Obama or are Muslim

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If you want to take advantage of the Texas law that allows adults to carry a concealed handgun, Crockett Keller will be happy to help you learn how to handle your sidearm—as long as you didn’t vote for President Obama or are a Muslim.

Keller, a licensed gun dealer authorized to train and certify handgun owners for handgun carrying permits in Mason, Texas, is paying for radio ads to voice his twin passions—gun advocacy and distrust of Muslims, socialists and Obama supporters, according to Reuters.

Keller said in the ad for his class on how to effectively use a concealed pistol, “If you are a Socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class.” Keller goes on to explain that you will be barred from taking his class because…“you have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.”

Keller’s approach to teaching may trigger a challenge to his gun instructor credentials. After Keller’s ad began in Mason, a town about 120 miles away from the state capital in Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued the following statement: “Certified instructors are required to comply with all applicable state and federal statutes, and conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion would place that instructor's certification at risk.”

Reuters has reported that the department has initiated an investigation into the matter.

The class, typically a one-day course, teaches gun carrying methods and gun use, in addition to how to clean and maintain a handgun. Texas allows adults to carry concealed weapons if they have successfully completed a class similar to that being advertised by Keller.

Keller wrapped up his radio by saying: "With no shame, I'm Crockett Keller. Thank you, and may God bless America.

Serial Rapist in Dallas Targeting Women from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

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Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority, and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them. Four alumnae of the same sorority — black women in their mid-50s to early 60s — were raped in their Dallas-area homes over the last 11 months, apparently all by the same assailant, according to an alert sent out by the Plano, Texas, Police Department.

The most recent of the attacks occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday in Corinth, police said. The police statement did not identify the sorority, but the Dallas Morning News reported that it was Delta Sigma Theta, and that the sorority had sent out email alerts to alumnae. Some alumnae of the sorority told ABC News that they themselves had not received the email alerts, but said they had heard about them from others. Besides the attack in Corinth, in Denton County, two of the rapes occurred in Plano and other in Coppell, both of which are in Dallas County.

The suspect, who is seen in a surveillance video released by the Plano police, is described as a black man, estimated to be in his late 30s to mid-40s, 5 feet seven inches to 6 feet tall and 250 to 300 pounds. He has a trimmed beard and short hair, and possibly a receding hairline, police said. Each of the four attacks happened between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. According to the Morning News the alerts also advised that police have requested a full list of each chapter’s members.

“I am sure this is alarming and the area DFW Chapter presidents have received many phone calls in reference to these incidents,” the email said. “Our National President, National First Vice President and Regional Director are aggressively gathering information to distribute to the chapters.”

Iowa Investors in Large 'Land Grab' in Tanzania, Refugees to Lose Homes

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By Fungai Maboreke, Special to the NNPA from the Global Information Network –

Oct. 25 (GIN) - A group of Iowa-based investors is winding up a deal with Tanzania for an 800,000 acre parcel, now home to over 160,000 people.

Several generations of families, former refugees from Burundi, who have successfully re-established their lives by developing and farming the land over the last 40 years, will be displaced against their will. They will lose their livelihoods and their community. Once they are gone, AgriSol Energy will move in.

According to the AgriSol, an investment company, the land deal will benefit local farmers, increase food and energy security in the area, maintain sustainable farming practices, and offer “opportunities to buy commodities at production cost.” But AgriSol will have the final say in all matters.

“Locals will have little to no bargaining power, and any development opportunities for local farmers will be on terms set by AgriSol,” the Oakland Institute said. Similar deals have been struck to increase production of biofuel crops.

A letter to AgriSol from the environmental Sierra Club notes: “This will be a 99 year lease on unfavorable terms, a step back towards Tanzania’s colonial past; that, reportedly, disputes are to be arbitrated under International Chamber of Commerce rules in London, which will further disempower local peoples; that AgriSol has demanded a change from the current prohibition of genetically engineered crops which threaten the local biodiversity and contaminate local crop species; and that biofuel production will subtract from the production of local food calories in favor of an export-oriented product.

A write-in campaign by Oakland asks the company to drop the initiative. It can be found at www.oaklandinstitute.org.

Gaddafi Gone, Sights Are Set on 'Kleptocrat' President of Equatorial Guinea

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Oct. 25 (GIN) - Allegations of corruption and the massive looting of state funds are being leveled at another African leader who, with his playboy son, faces charges in France and the U.S.

The U.S. Justice Dept. this week filed suit against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, eldest son of President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. The long-awaited suit seeks forfeiture of $70.8 million obtained through corruption and money laundering, it was alleged.

The suits, filed in Washington and California, were a laundry list of some of the world’s most extravagant items including a Gulfstream jet, a $30 million mansion in Malibu, California, racing boats, almost $2 million in Michael Jackson memorabilia and a Ferrari.

Last month, the French government took aim at President Obiang Mbasogo, seizing 11 supercars from his Parisian residence at 42 Avenue Foch, just down the street from the Arc de Triomphe.

The West African president is said to be the target of investigations into the use of state funds to buy private property in France.

Despite the grinding poverty experienced by most of his people, the billionaire Nguema remains popular among African leaders such as South African President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma, who hosted Nguema last week at a state visit complete with 21 gun salute and honor guard, seized the moment to endorse a UNESCO-Obiang prize for life science that has been the subject of dispute.

Meanwhile, Asst. U.S. Attorney General Lanny Breuer was quoted to say that the extravagant items appeared to be the proceeds of foreign official corruption, and the Department of Justice was seeking to seize them. “The United States will not be a hiding place for the ill-gotten riches of the world’s corrupt leaders,” he said.

Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea since 1979 when he overthrew his uncle and had him executed. His government has been described by several human rights groups as among the worst abusers of human rights in Africa.

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