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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Barack Obama - The Firm Ally

Barack Obama is a totally irresponsible ally, and had better be looking for no help for the USA anywhere, LIKE AFGHANISTAN. Britain is America's firmest ally. Britain stood by us. Britain shares more values with us than any nation except Canada. Britain and her ideas are RESPONSIBLE for the founding brothers. Argentina compared to this is the home of LITERALLY historically nazophilic tin horn dictators responsible for the BIRTH of the verb set "TO DISAPPEAR", as in , 'if your attitude is noticed you will be disappeared', and has far less in common with the the USA and our historic values.

Obama is J Carter ON CRACK. As advertised.
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J Carter is CERTAINLY responsible for the existence of the Islamic Republic of Iran and ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED AS A CAUSE OF THIS SINCE 1979. He is the RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL.
What will be Mr. Obama's enduring legacy?

Lord knows how long this will ALL TAKE TO FIX.
UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Telegraph UK:


American neutrality on the Falklands is a symptom of US foreign policy drift


The Bush administration got a lot of things wrong - but at least they usually had some idea of who America's adversaries were and who America's friends were. For example, Bush's policy of maintaining the special relationship with Britain was a simple recognition of the close bonds of alliance, friendship and interests that the British and Americans have had since World War I.

In contrast, Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are apparently clueless about some of the most basic aspects of foreign policy: supporting one's friends and fencing in one's adversaries. The declaration of neutrality on the issue of the sovereignty of the Falklands issued by the US State Department is clear proof of the uselessness of the Obama administration.

In the grand scheme of things it makes little sense for America to give moral support to the Kirchner government in Argentina. Kirchner is no friend of the US and Kirchner's government is in deep domestic trouble for its gross mismanagement of the economy and its attempts to suppress the press criticism of the regime at home. One has to wonder what benefit America gets out of hurting Britain on this issue. Perhaps Obama thinks that the more Leftist Latin American regimes will somehow approve of the US. If that is the case, he is truly mistaken, as most Latin American nations dislike the Argentineans, and have little sympathy for the mess Argentina got into over the Falklands.

But this mess is just typical of the drift in US foreign policy - if one can say that it even HAS a coherent foreign policy these days. As I said, at the core of the problem is a simple inability to recognise and support our friends over adversaries. In his first year in office Obama made numerous apologies for America's past to the Third World, he effusively greeted the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, he bowed low to the Saudi ruler, and called for a "reset" of relations with Russia - all the while implying that America was at fault for all these problems. At the same time he rudely undermined the security of America's Eastern European allies by cancelling the ballistic missile defence with no notice and no prior discussion, he failed to push for a free trade agreement with Colombia - America's strongest ally in South America - and he supported Chavez's allies when they tried (luckily unsuccessfully) to unseat a democratic and pro-US government in Honduras.

A big part of the problem is a Secretary of State who is a lightweight as far as foreign policy is concerned. Obama brought Hillary Clinton into the cabinet for domestic policy considerations. He needed to put Mrs Clinton - and her husband - under tight control.

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Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
These Foolish Things

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What did we have that we don't have?

CHARLIE EFFING WILSON'S.
RI EFFING P, baby.
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Pierre Rinfret
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WE NEED THESE GUYS.

THESE KIND OF GUYS

GET

THINGS

DONE

Just ask Gorbachev, Cherneko, Andrupov, and Brechnev

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US Airways Plane diverted back to Charlotte due to unruly passenger

From WBTV:


The man with the gray hair was escorted off the plane. (Photos courtesy of Janet Kim, WKYT)
The man with the gray hair was
escorted off the plane.
(Photos courtesy of Janet Kim, WKYT)

Janet Kim (Source: WKYT)
(Photos courtesy of Janet Kim, WKYT)

By Becky Gulden and Jeff Rivenbark


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A US Airways flight was forced to divert back to Charlotte due to an unruly passenger late Thursday night.

US Airways Flight 1402 was bound for Houston and departed from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport around 10:30 p.m.

US Airways Spokeswoman Michelle Mohr told WBTV the unruly passenger was a man in his seventies. He appeared confused and thought he was on the wrong flight about 20 minutes into the flight, she said.

Janet Kim, a reporter for CBS affiliate WKYT, was a passenger on the flight. On Friday, WBTV Producer Jason Holder interviewed Kim about the incident. (Click on the right in our Video Gallery to hear the complete interview.)

Kim said the elderly passenger became extremely adamant shortly after the plane took off. The man did not speak English and one passenger who was sitting in his row thought he was speaking Albanian, Kim said.

Kim said prior to boarding the plane and while all the passengers were waiting at the gate, the elderly man was observed screaming into his cell phone.

"He was already irate before ever getting onto the plane," Kim said.

When the man refused to comply with the flight crew's instructions, up to five people had to restrain the man. Meanwhile, the captain turned the aircraft around and headed back to Charlotte.

Kim said she thought the US Airways crew handled the situation in an excellent manner by keeping the passengers informed about what was going on via the overhead speakers. The flight attendants also went aisle by aisle providing updates to the passengers in an effort to calm them.

The plane returned back at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport around 11 p.m.

Airport police officials immediately boarded the plane and escorted the man off who is seen in the pictures on the right with gray hair.

The man was not charged in the incident, but he was taken to a hospital in Charlotte.

There were 125 passengers on board the flight, plus two pilots and three flight attendants.

Copyright 2010 WBTV. All rights reserved.

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OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN HIS HANDLNG OF OBAMACARE: IT'S A DISASTER

From the Astute Bloggers:


A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MILITARY EXPERT CALLS IT LIKE HE SEES IT:

The Bush administration got a lot of things wrong – but at least they usually had some idea of who America’s adversaries were and who America’s friends were. For example, Bush’s policy of maintaining the special relationship with Britain was a simple recognition of the close bonds of alliance, friendship and interests that the British and Americans have had since World War I.

In contrast, Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are apparently clueless about some of the most basic aspects of foreign policy: supporting one’s friends and fencing in one’s adversaries.

The declaration of neutrality on the issue of the sovereignty of the Falklands issued by the US State Department is clear proof of the uselessness of the Obama administration.

...this mess is just typical of the drift in US foreign policy – if one can say that it even HAS a coherent foreign policy these days.

As I said, at the core of the problem is a simple inability to recognise and support our friends over adversaries. In his first year in office Obama made numerous apologies for America’s past to the Third World, he effusively greeted the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, he bowed low to the Saudi ruler, and called for a “reset” of relations with Russia – all the while implying that America was at fault for all these problems.

At the same time he rudely undermined the security of America’s Eastern European allies by cancelling the ballistic missile defence with no notice and no prior discussion, he failed to push for a free trade agreement with Colombia – America’s strongest ally in South America – and he supported Chavez’s allies when they tried (luckily unsuccessfully) to unseat a democratic and pro-US government in Honduras.

...On assuming office, Obama’s vision of foreign policy was simple: he would repudiate past American policies and the whole world would melt before the president’s charm.

The administration somehow thought that we really didn’t have enemies with agendas completely hostile to our own – there were just countries that had become offended by US actions and they would happily cooperate with America as soon as the evil Republicans were gone.

Well, it hasn’t worked – and there was no Plan B.

WE POSTED THIS THE OTHER DAY.

BTW: THE BRITS ESTIMATE THAT THE FALKLANDS CONTAIN 60 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL.

OBAMA IS HELPING BRAZIL DRILL FOR THEIR OFF-SHORE OIL
, BUT IS NIT HELPING THE BRITS AT ALL.

WHY?!?!?!

SIMPLE: IT'S HIS LEFTISM: HE IS BIASED AGAINST EUROPE (AND OUR ALLIES) AND IN FAVOR OF THE SO-CALLED THIRD WORLD AND OUR FOES.

OBAMA BOLLIXED UP OBAMACAREE AND HE IS BOLLIXING UP FOREIGN POLICY.

OBAMA: WORST PRESIDENT EVER - ON RECORD TIME.

NO SURPRISE HERE. SIGH...

(VIA MEMEORANDUM.)
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Oh, What The Hell, It's A Friday Night In America. . .

Charlie Daniels
Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Charlie Daniels Band
Orange Blossom Special

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One way to lower health costs:21.2% Medicare Pay Cut Will Take Effect Monday

Jim Bunning, member of the United States Senate.

February 26, 2010 -- Unless a minor bipartisan miracle happens in Congress over the next few days, physicians will go over the cliff on Monday. That's when a scheduled 21.2% reduction in Medicare reimbursement takes effect.

Leaders of organized medicine call this reduction "the cliff" because, in their view, many physicians will not be able to afford to see new Medicare patients, or even stay in the federal program, or even stay in practice if their Medicare pay drops by more than one fifth. They also call it a cliff for seniors who may not be able to find a physician willing to treat them.

For months, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to avert the massive pay cut, which was triggered by the notorious sustainable growth rate formula that Medicare uses to set physician reimbursement. However, Democrats were once again thwarted this week when Sen. Jim Bunning (R-PA) blocked a bill that would have extended the deadline 30 days. Sen. Bunning said he couldn't live with the bill, which also would have temporarily extended unemployment benefits, COBRA subsidies, and other programs, because Senate Democrats hadn't figured out a way to pay for it, and thus would be adding to the already swollen federal deficit.

This is from Medscape News. Now far be it from me to question this automatically, but Sen Bunning is from Kentucky, KY. Not even close. Does this mean something? No idea, but I can tell you this .. IF WE CANNOT AFFORD IT, WE CANNOT.

Raise taxes or cut something else. Check out the ancillary articles emphasis.


That MEANY worried about our children's future debt, the INTEREST ON WHICH IN 12 YEARS IF NOTHING CHANGES WILL BE THE LARGEST ITEM IN THE BUDGET. Who will pay for medical care then? Scrooge?
The money saved is not going into HIS pocket.

If physicians are true to their warnings, Medicare patients next week may experience difficulty making an appointment. A recent poll conducted by several medical societies representing neurosurgeons, for example, revealed that almost 40% would cut back on seeing new Medicare patients if reimbursement continues to decline, while 18% would stop accepting new Medicare patients altogether. Another 27% said they would treat fewer established Medicare patients.
So I guess we cannot depend on the physicians to accept lower pay. Nor should we. This has to be paid for or we have to face the music and SOLVE IT IN GENERAL
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Ok. So it was David Geffen. So she reveals it in a Beatlesesque manner.

So what? I really couldn't care less.

I just like the tune.

Carly Simon
You're So Vain

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The Green Prince

Front Page Mag:

Radical Son

By Stephen Brown

He is not his father’s son.

In a stunning revelation, the son of a Hamas founder told an Israeli newspaper this week that he once served as an Israeli intelligence agent. Mosab Hassan Yousef, 32, told the Israeli daily Haaretz that he spied for more than ten years on the Iranian-backed terrorist organization that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

In his role as Israeli informant, Yousef is credited with helping arrest high-ranking terrorists. Much more important, however, is that he also saved the lives of “hundreds of innocent people” with the information he provided the Israeli intelligence service, Shin Bet, about pending suicide attacks. “So many people owe their lives to him and don’t even know it,” Yousef’s unidentified Shin Bet handler [1] told Haaretz.

Yousef’s Israeli handler went on to relate how the “Green Prince” – Yousef’s codename, taken from the color for Islam – personally picked out a suicide bomber in a Ramallah square and followed him until an arrest could be made.

Next week, Yousef’s memoir about his experiences in the terrorist organization will be published in the United States. Aptly named Son Of Hamas, the book is described on Yousef’s Facebook site [2] as “a gripping account of terror, betrayal, political intrigue, and unthinkable choices.”

Besides offering a uniquely intimate glimpse into the murderous world of Islamic terrorism, Yousef’s revelation of his Israeli spy past represents another serious blow to Hamas. This week, police in Dubai indicated the senior Hamas operative killed in his hotel room in the emirate last month, reputedly by an Israeli hit team, may in fact have been set up with information provided by the terrorist organization itself.

Yousef’s admission, coming so soon after the Dubai reversal, will likely cause Hamas members to wonder how deeply their ranks have been penetrated by informers. History shows that terrorist organizations, such as the pre-revolutionary Bolshevik Party in Russia, suspecting such infiltration among their membership, sometimes carried out murderous purges that often claimed the innocent as well as the guilty. A few more such Israeli intelligence coups may see the same thing occur inside Hamas.

Shin Bet recruited Yousef in an Israeli prison in 1996. Thanks to his competence and professionalism, he came to be regarded as a very valuable asset [3], his existence known to only a handful of Shin Bet operatives. “His grasp of intelligence matters was just as good as ours – the ideas, the insights. One insight of his was worth 1,000 hours of thought by top experts,” said his former handler.

But what struck the Israelis the most was that in the shadow world of terrorism, where most things have a price, Yousef did not accept any payment [1]. “The amazing thing is that none of his actions were done for money,” said the handler. “He did things he believed in. He wanted to save lives.”

The probable reason for a Muslim terrorist’s unusual regard for the sanctity of human life may prove to be as interesting a story as Yousef’s spying activities with Hamas. Over a decade ago, Yousef, who now lives in California, converted to Christianity [1].

While the conversion of Muslims to Christianity is less well known than from Christianity to Islam, it does occur. One of the reason Christian groups often keep them secret, or don’t keep statistics, is that Muslim apostates are subject to the death penalty under Islam’s Sharia law. So, even if Yousef had never worked for Israeli intelligence, his life would still be in peril. But the fact that a high-ranking Hamas member with such a sterling terrorist pedigree (his father is currently serving a six-year sentence in an Israeli prison) would convert, while highly unusual, is not unknown. There are reports that even members of the Muslim Brotherhood have abandoned their Islamic faith.

One such Muslim Brotherhood member, who once burned a church in his Middle Eastern country, converted after he was asked by a senior Brotherhood member to read the New Testament and write an anti-Christian tract. Instead, he not only converted to Christianity, but became an evangelist along with another Brotherhood convert. In a grim warning to Muslim apostates, both were later hunted down by their former coreligionists and savagely murdered.

In discovering his new faith, Yousef appears also to have discovered a new value for human life. In particular, he has become an outspoken advocate of Israel’s security interests. Besides his life-saving work for Shin Bet, Yousef has strongly apposed any effort by Israel to exchange imprisoned terrorists for the Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit, whom Hamas kidnapped three years ago.

Yousef knows probably better than anyone more people will be killed in terrorist attacks if the prisoners are released. He has already blamed Hamas for killing Palestinians and not Israel. His opposition is such that he told Haaretz he was willing to “put on an army uniform and join Israel’s Special Forces in order to liberate Gilad Schalit.” As Yousef puts it, “We wasted so many years with investigations and arrests to capture the very terrorists that they now want to release in return for Schalit. That must not be done.”

As for those who continue to counsel Israel to bend to the terrorists’ demands, Yousef speaks a hard truth founded on years of personal experience: “Hamas cannot make peace with the Israelis. That is against what their God tells them. It is impossible to make peace with infidels.” Those are hardly the words one would expect to hear from the son of a Hamas founder, but Mosab Hassan Yousef’s tale is extraordinary – not least because he has lived to tell it.

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I know how to solve the ethical, moral and societal dilemna between evil profit and property and good social, racial and gaian justice

Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
  1. Everyone gets a big check from the feds, every week.
  2. We all pay 50% taxes. White males pay 65%. White females 55%. Whiteness is a quality determined by a panel of Laplanders and La Raza and the New Black Panthers in a closed room with no appeal
  3. No armed force outside the borders, no defense dept, just a national justice force
  4. No state dept
  5. We have HHS, and a dept of Education. All other depts are subsumed into these two
  6. The president is elected by americans and a weighted rotating sample of other nations
  7. The Constitution is melded by a rational group of post racial modernists and metrosexuals, and european and south asian moralists, latino nations as whole have a veto
  8. The Senate must be 40% male, 40% female, and the remaining 20% will be divided among all other 'groupings'. By race it will be 35% white, 30% black, and 25% latino. The remaining 15% will rotate by racial grouping to be decided by the whiteness board.
  9. Work is what the feds decide is work.
  10. All work is service, no manufacturing allowed since this harms gaia. We already have enough stuff.
  11. 65% of all work must be social service and counseling so that proper behavior is maintained and modeled.
  12. All prices of necessities (all that is left) are controlled. Farming is done but overseen strictly be federal panels, which oversee state agricultural colleges, who decided what and how much is planted. Transport of foodstuffs to be strictly by carbon ZERO transportation.
  13. We all get 8 weeks off, 30 sicks days and 60 personal days. Birth leave is 1 year, and your job is left open and vacant until you return.
  14. When you want a new job, you must consult the whiteness panel. You cannot be fired unless the whiteness panel agrees, and they have to locate a new job for you first.
  15. All US currency must be turned in within 60 days for reasons o social justice. Hereditary transference of property is forbidden
  16. TV will have three channels. Sitcom, Movie, and Oprah. Radio is forbidden. Sitcom channel to be controlled by the descendants of Norman Lear, movie by Matt Damon and George Clooney, Oprah by KOS. Radio broadcasting is treason and the death penalty is mandatory. All webcams on computers to be on all the time.
  17. Anything not on this list is forbidden and illegal.
  18. In the case of imminent societal collapse, a small enclave where producers can gather may be granted, and given property rights, but they will be stripped of their citizenship, and they may never return to the USA.

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Health Care Common Sense - We can't afford more, so it has to cost less

Obama's Health Care Plan in a Nutshell
That means we either have policies which are not as good, xfer more costs to end users, or the policies themselves cost less, enforcing either leaner operation on insurers, worse policies or lower pay for medical care workers from orderlies, secretaries, data entry people and cafeteria workers to surgeons and admins (good luck).

However, DUH, with OPEN NATIONAL COMPETITION I bet a lot of policy costs would take care of themselves, ESPECIALLY if teamed with SOME KINDS of tort reform which removes the need for wildly profligate lab testing needed for law suit defense.

If we can't afford more, it has to cost less. That's all the repubs had to say and how can the dems disagree? If it costs less, MORE PEOPLE ARE INSURED.

Allow competition and allow reality to exert itself.

How much of a cell phone plan can you now buy for $69.99 a month?

How much was that 10 years ago?

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Chinese Girls Are A Disappearing People

"Throw it in a Stream"

Jonah has a terrific piece in the current NR on Thomas Friedman and his preference for the authoritarian decisiveness of Beijing over sloppy, messy multiparty democratic politics. But big government is always deforming, and in China it's so big it's deformed even basic biology, to the point that (as I've written many times before) its one-child policy has led to the most gender-distorted cohort in human history. A new book, Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran, sheds some light on what happens to those girls who aren't aborted:

She had lived and worked almost her entire life in orphanages, and told Xinran that little girls sometimes arrived there with scars between their legs. Oil lamps or candles had burned them.

'The first thing the village midwives did when the baby was born was not to clear its airway but to check [by the light of the lamp or candle] whether it was a boy or girl, because that was what the family wanted to hear. Some of the burns were on the baby’s private parts…'

When state-of-the-art totalitarianism meets primitive village culture, the result is industrial-scale depravity. These are the words of a young Chinese female university graduate:

Mother love is supposed to be such a great thing, but so many babies are abandoned, and it’s their mothers who do it. They’re ignorant. They feel differently about emotions from the way you do.

Where I come from, people talk about smothering a baby girl or just throwing it[!]into a stream … to be eaten by dogs, as if it were a joke. How much do you think these women loved their babies?

The idea that there are peoples who "feel differently" is anathema to the multicultural mind. It's why it cannot comprehend why Minnesota's "Somali-Americans" (heavy on the former, all but weightless on the latter) return to the Horn of Africa for jihad. And why even the Pantybomber's intended victims think that everything would have been swell if they could have just sat down with him and talked about his feelings.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter
Devil's Trill
Part 1

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American Support for Israel at Near Record High

Yes, because America is essentially a good country. Decent and kind. And in any war between the civilized man and the savage, you always side with the civilized man.

Obama, OTOH, ................... better get a clue. The country does not share his anti-semitism.

Support for Israel in U.S. at 63%, Near Record High Gallup
And, Christian friends of mine are telling me America is doomed.

I'm so tired of hearing it.

Perhaps my Christian friends are doomed.
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Brezninski and Carter Claim They Goaded the USSR Into Invading Afghanistan?

In order to give the USSR "their Viet Nam."

From counterpunch.org:

Zbigniew Brzezinski:
How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen

Interview of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76*

Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

Brzezinski: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?

Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic [integrisme], having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.

* There are at least two editions of this magazine; with the perhaps sole exception of the Library of Congress, the version sent to the United States is shorter than the French version, and the Brzezinski interview was not included in the shorter version.

If this is true, look at how well it all worked out for us. Boy, that Jimmy Carter sure was the international chess player.
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UKIP Rep Asks EU President: "Who Are You? Who Voted For You?"

"I have no doubt that it is your intention to be the quiet assassin of European Democracy. Sir, you have no legitimcay."

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Libya’s Gaddafi urges jihad against Switzerland

From Vlad Tepes:

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi attends the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Security Summit in Rome November 16, 2009. REUTERS/Filippo Monteforte/Pool

Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi attends the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Security Summit in Rome November 16, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Filippo Monteforte/Pool

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called on Thursday for a “jihad” or armed struggle against Switzerland, saying it was an infidel state that was destroying mosques.

World

“Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against (the Prophet) Mohammad, God and the Koran,” Gaddafi said during a meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi to mark the Prophet’s birthday.

“The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbors and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold,” Gaddafi said.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on Gaddafi’s remarks.

Libya’s relations with Switzerland broke down in 2008 when a son of Gaddafi was arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with abusing domestic servants. Read More »

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

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A charade and public grandstanding WASTE, and worst of all - a bore without ANY redeeming substance

I lasted about 2 hours only by telling myself something worthy MUST be going on, listening while working. Then I decided to watch the Sound of Music for the 1318th time. At least it's meaning endures.


This farce of a congress needs the public to simply keep pulling the lever of the challenger until someone gets it right. And the president is THE MOST RESPONSIBLE for the state of affairs, and the most invested in its lengthy extension.


Arrogant and narcissistic, he exceeds the Congress by about 5% in such measure, and 50% in boring dead weight.


Today will achieve absolutely NOTHING. Change NOTHING. Move NOTHING.


TIMES UK:

Try to stay awake: the President has a healthcare Bill to pass


Warning: watching American politicians argue about healthcare can be seriously damaging to your health. Symptoms may include migraines, extreme fatigue and sudden violent urges. In the event of exposure to competing statistics -- regarding "donut holes", "HMO deductibles", "reconciliation devices" or suchlike -- seek immediate medical help.

The public affairs television channel C-Span 3 might as well have put such a message at the bottom of its screen today as it broadcast President Obama's epic six-hour "bipartisan" debate on US medical reform.

Of course, by the usual standards of C-Span programming -- which can induce sleep faster than an IV drip of propofol -- the summit was the equivalent of a bikini mud wrestling contest. You half expected the picture to shake as the camera operator struggled to compose himself.

For the rest of us, however, it was mainly an opportunity to see how many conciliatory-looking poses Obama could strike while listening to his Republican opponents explain why the entire first year of his administration has been a gigantic waste of time, and why the telephone directory-sized health Bills produced by both the Democrat-controlled House and Senate should be fed into a shredder the size of Connecticut, before they . . . well, no one seems to know exactly what these vast pieces of legislation would do.


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Hey Alexander Munch!

Johnny Cash
Ghost Riders in the Sky

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Is this because of their help when we invaded Iraq?

Everyone remember the 4th ID sitting on ships off the coast waiting? The votes by their parliament?

Gertz:

U.S. weighs strategic assistance, including missile defense, to Turkey

ANKARA -- The United States has been examining the prospect of extending military assistance to Turkey.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was considering military aid as part of defense cooperation between Ankara and Washington. They said U.S. military aid could help Turkey launch strategic programs, including missile defense. (From who? Iran or Israel, or Greece, another NATO member?)

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3).

"I think that Turkey is in a unique position," U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. "It is a member of the NATO alliance and is the southeastern anchor of the alliance. It is geographically located in the Middle East but also in Central Asia."

Turkey, opposed by the Greek lobby in Congress, has not received significant aid from the United States since Ankara rejected the deployment of American troops in 2003. Washington ended military grant aid to Ankara in 1993 and allowed Turkey to purchase weapons through direct loans.

In fiscal 2009, Turkey received $1 million in U.S. Foreign Military Financing, with no funds proposed for either 2010 or 2011. The administration has allocated $4 million for military education for Ankara in fiscal 2011, a $1 million decrease from the previous year.

During a surprise visit to Ankara on Feb. 6, Gates said Washington wanted to increase military cooperation with Turkey. He said this could include the stationing of missile defense assets as part of a U.S. plan to protect Europe from long-range ballistic missiles fired from Iran and North Korea.

"It [Turkey] has special access in a sense of a place at the table, if you will, from Europe to Central Asia to the Middle East," Gates said.

Turkey has requested the PAC-3 missile defense system in a deal estimated at more than $7 billion. Officials said some of the assets could be procured as part of the U.S. missile defense umbrella for Europe.

"I think that Turkey's taking that on and playing a constructive role in all of those areas is a very positive thing," Gates said.

Gates said the United States also wanted to help Turkey in the war against the Kurdish Workers Party in northern Iraq. Iraq, Turkey and the United States have established a joint intelligence center to monitor the PKK in Iraq's Kandil mountains.

"I offered during my visit here to see if there are more capabilities that we can share with Turkey in terms of taking on this threat," Gates told a news conference. "I think what we are seeing is a further intensification of the cooperation in an effort to deal with this threat."

The defense secretary said he did not press Turkish officials to contribute additional troops for Afghanistan. Gates expressed satisfaction with Turkey's 1,700-member contingent, which comprised two provincial reconstruction teams and several mentoring teams in the NATO stabilization mission.

"However, more trainers are needed, and needed immediately," Gates said. "I pressed the alliance to meet the long-standing demands of thousands more instructors and mentors for the Afghan army and police."

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January 30, 1787

Paris, January 30th, 1787
Dear Sir,

My last to you was of the 16th of December; since which, I have received yours of November 25 and December 4, which afforded me, as your letters always do, a treat on matters public, individual, and economical. I am impatient to learn your sentiments on the late troubles in the Eastern states. So far as I have yet seen, they do not appear to threaten serious consequences. Those states have suffered by the stoppage of the channels of their commerce, which have not yet found other issues. This must render money scarce and make the people uneasy. This uneasiness has produced acts absolutely unjustifiable; but I hope they will provoke no severities from their governments. A consciousness of those in power that their administration of the public affairs has been honest may, perhaps, produce too great a degree of indignation; and those characters, wherein fear predominates over hope, may apprehend too much from these instances of irregularity. They may conclude too hastily that nature has formed man insusceptible of any other government than that of force, a conclusion not founded in truth or experience.

Societies exist under three forms, sufficiently distinguishable: (1) without government, as among our Indians; (2) under governments, wherein the will of everyone has a just influence, as is the case in England, in a slight degree, and in our states, in a great one; (3) under governments of force, as is the case in all other monarchies, and in most of the other republics.

To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the first condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils, too, the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs.

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

If these transactions give me no uneasiness, I feel very differently at another piece of intelligence, to wit, the possibility that the navigation of the Mississippi may be abandoned to Spain. I never had any interest westward of the Allegheny; and I will never have any. But I have had great opportunities of knowing the character of the people who inhabit that country; and I will venture to say that the act which abandons the navigation of the Mississippi is an act of separation between the Eastern and Western country. It is a relinquishment of five parts out of eight of the territory of the United States; an abandonment of the fairest subject for the payment of our public debts, and the chaining those debts on our own necks, in perpetuum.

I have the utmost confidence in the honest intentions of those who concur in this measure; but I lament their want of acquaintance with the character and physical advantages of the people, who, right or wrong, will suppose their interests sacrificed on this occasion to the contrary interests of that part of the confederacy in possession of present power. If they declare themselves a separate people, we are incapable of a single effort to retain them. Our citizens can never be induced, either as militia or as soldiers, to go there to cut the throats of their own brothers and sons, or rather, to be themselves the subjects instead of the perpetrators of the parricide.

Nor would that country quit the cost of being retained against the will of its inhabitants, could it be done. But it cannot be done. They are able already to rescue the navigation of the Mississippi out of the hands of Spain, and to add New Orleans to their own territory. They will be joined by the inhabitants of Louisiana. This will bring on a war between them and Spain; and that will produce the question with us, whether it will not be worth our while to become parties with them in the war in order to reunite them with us and thus correct our error. And were I to permit my forebodings to go one step further, I should predict that the inhabitants of the United States would force their rulers to take the affirmative of that question. I wish I may be mistaken in all these opinions.

Yours affectionately,

Th. Jefferson
-- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison regarding Shay's Rebellion --

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The New Cold War
Posted By William R. Hawkins

The People’s Republic of China has denounced the meeting of Tibet’s Dalai Lama with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Feb.18. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu said [1] the meetings:

“have severely violated the basic norms governing international relations….The
Chinese Government and people stand steadfast in their resolve to safeguard
national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Any attempt from any person to
interfere in China’s internal affairs under the Dalai issue is doomed to
failure.”

For Beijing the issue is not just about the oppression in Tibet, but the Dalai Lama’s larger message that it is the responsibility of the outside world to bring Communist China into the mainstream of global democracy,

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai called in U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman for what were called “solemn representations.” This was the second time in recent weeks that the ambassador has been summoned. The previous time was after the Obama administration announced on January 29 that it would fulfill the commitment made by the Bush administration to sell $6.4 billion worth of defensive arms to Taiwan. Beijing has massed offensive weapons opposite the democratic island. The PRC considers Taiwan to be a renegade province despite its de facto independence for over sixty years.

The U.S. did not summon the Chinese ambassador in Washington for a formal protest after Beijing blocked an American initiative to strengthen sanctions against Iran for its nuclear weapons program. As Global Times, an official publication of the ruling Communist Party, stated in a Feb 10 editoria [2]l, “China has economic stakes in Iran, and China is determined to protect its interest through diplomacy.”

U.S.-PRC relations have soured steadily since the confrontation between the two powers at the UN Climate conference in Copenhagen in December. At that meeting, President Obama came face to face with Chinese intransigence and saw his year long attempt to cooperate with China come to nothing.

While the White House and State Department were rethinking engagement with China, the Defense Department was finishing its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the blueprint for how the U.S. military will meet threats to national security. The February 8 issue of the weekly Defense News had a disturbing sidebar by John T. Bennett to its lead story [3] about the QDR. Bennett reported,

As the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review moved from a December draft to the
February final version, Pentagon officials deleted several passages and softened
others about China’s military buildup.

Gone is one passage, present in the Dec. 3 draft, declaring that “prudence
requires” the United States prepare for “disruptive competition and conflict”
with China.

Altered are passages about Russian arms sales to Beijing and China’s 2007
destruction of a low-orbit satellite.

Why the changes? One Pentagon official said department and Obama
administration officials worried that harsh words might upset Chinese officials
at a time when the United States and China are so economically
intertwined.


Trade policy is not, however, in the DoD’s province. It is more likely that the QDR reflects Secretary Robert Gate’s often articulated view that future wars will be like the current small, irregular combat in Afghanistan rather than large-scale conventional warfare against a rival nation-state.

In his joint announcement [4] of the QDR and the 2011 budget on Feb. 2, Gates summarized his vision as, “Rebalanc[ing] our programs in order to institutionalize and enhance our ability to fight the wars we are in today, while at the same time providing a hedge against current and future risks and contingencies.” The “hedge” is not of sufficient concern to justify continuing programs like the F-22 air superiority fighter, or a capability to mount large-scale Marine amphibious assaults, or an expanded national missile defense system. Shipbuilding plans will also see the Navy continue to shrink, with an emphasis on smaller warships.

The QDR states, “successfully balancing requires that the Department make hard choices on the level of resources required as well as accepting and managing risk in a way that favors success in today’s wars.” Obviously, winning in Iraq and Afghanistan are the current top priorities, but Gates has also emphasized his desire to “institutionalize” DoD planning, meaning his vision of avoiding confrontations with a rising “peer competitor” like China or even a major regional power like Iran.

The QDR [5] did not completely ignore China, though the country was mentioned only a handful of times in 105 pages. Its most complete statement is on page 60.

China’s military has begun to develop new roles, missions, and capabilities in
support of its growing regional and global interests, which could enable it to
play a more substantial and constructive role in international affairs. The
United States welcomes a strong, prosperous, and successful China that plays a
greater global role. The United States welcomes the positive benefits that can
accrue from greater cooperation. However, lack of transparency and the nature of
China’s military development and decision-making processes raise legitimate
questions about its future conduct and intentions within Asia and beyond. Our
relationship with China must therefore be multidimensional and undergirded by a
process of enhancing confidence and reducing mistrust in a manner that
reinforces mutual interests.

A bit tougher review of China’s military buildup is on p. 31, before the ludicrous statement about welcoming the “constructive role” of a “strong, prosperous and successful China.”

As part of its long-term, comprehensive military modernization, China is
developing and fielding large numbers of advanced medium-range ballistic and
cruise missiles, new attack submarines equipped with advanced weapons,
increasingly capable long-range air defense systems, electronic warfare and
computer network attack capabilities, advanced fighter aircraft, and
counter-space systems. China has shared only limited information about the pace,
scope, and ultimate aims of its military modernization programs, raising a
number of legitimate questions regarding its long term intentions.

The notion that American military leaders and defense analysts don’t know what Beijing is trying to do and need to find out more before determining if there is a danger is disingenuous. Every advanced weapon is being designed to attack and defeat U.S. forces. In Chinese documents, the new anti-ship ballistic missile being developed is shown in artwork as attacking U.S. aircraft carriers.

None of the issues currently roiling U.S.-PRC relations are new. What has changed over the last decade is the wealth and industrial power Chinese leaders now have at their command. Economic growth is being turned into diplomatic influence and military strength. President Hu Jintao built his career as a hard-liner and has centered his leadership position on a close alliance with the People’s Liberation Army. Looking at the turmoil in America, Chinese leaders believe that the balance of power is shifting and they can now stand up to America on issues across the board. Such a change, whether real or imagined, makes for a much more dangerous world whether the Pentagon wants to admit it or not.

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Robert Spencer writing at Human Events:

Muslims Exempt from Death Penalty in U.S.?

by Robert Spencer Posted 02/25/2010 ET

Last October there was another in the growing number of Islamic honor killings in the United States when a Muslim in Peoria, Arizona, Faleh Almaleki, got into his Jeep Cherokee and ran down his twenty-year-old daughter Noor, as well as her boyfriend’s mother, Amal Khalaf.

Noor died not long thereafter, and Faleh Almaleki was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of leaving the scene of a serious accident. But prosecutors announced this week that he will not face the death penalty – it wouldn’t be multicultural.

Faleh Almaleki’s lawyer, public defender Billy Little, requested that the death penalty not be sought in this case because County Attorney Andrew Thomas is a Christian and Almaleki is a Muslim: “An open process provides some level of assurance that there is no appearance that a Christian is seeking to execute a Muslim for racial, political, religious or cultural beliefs.”

And indeed, the County Attorney’s office ultimately decided not to seek the death penalty, although it denied that Little’s request had anything to do with the decision: “The defendant is charged with first degree murder and, if convicted, will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said County Attorney Office spokesman Mike Scerbo. “As is in all first degree murder cases, the decision on whether to seek the death penalty is made on a case by case basis. Cultural considerations played no part in the decision not to seek the death penalty.”

This denial, however, did not ring true in light of the calculated nature of Almaleki’s actions: “By his own admission,” said county prosecutor Stephanie Low, “this was an intentional act, and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family. This was an attempt at an honor killing.”

If a cold-blooded, premeditated murder doesn’t warrant the death penalty, what murder does? If the death penalty is to be applied or contemplated at all, one would be hard-pressed to find a case more appropriate than one in which a father murders his daughter freely, not in the heat of passion, and with full intentionality, because she does not share his values.

Honor killing is the murder of a wife, daughter or sister by a husband, father or brother in order to cleanse the family’s honor after a sexual indiscretion. Noor Almaleki had enraged her father by becoming “too Westernized” and living with her boyfriend. Honor killing is broadly tolerated in many Islamic countries, and is encouraged by the fact that traditional Islamic law mandates no penalty for a parent who kills a child. Syria and Jordan, among other countries, punish honor murderers more lightly than other murderers, and in Jordan Islamic clerics led the fight against an attempt several years ago to stiffen penalties for honor killing.

This is a human rights issue that ought to merit the attention of anyone who cares for the lives lost to this barbaric practice. Yet American law enforcement officials are doing nothing to call Muslim communities in this country to teach against and work against this practice. And relativist multiculturalists like Billy Little seem to think that taking a strong stand against honor killing would be an illegitimate imposition of Christian values upon a Muslim.

There are larger implications of this decision as well. In my 2008 book Stealth Jihad, I laid out evidence that Islamic groups in the U.S. were working in the courts, businesses, and educational institutions to secure special privileges for Muslims, in accord with Sharia provisions that give them a place above non-Muslims in Islamic societies. And while they have succeeded in local efforts here and there to get special break times in workplaces for prayers, even the most dedicated Muslim Brotherhood entities in America have not yet begun pressuring for the kind of concession that Billy Little handed them.

But they will surely take the hint. For the first time, the idea that all are not equal before the law, but that some are more equal than others, has been given credence by an American court. Despite the County Attorney’s Office denials, a precedent has been set that Islamic pressure groups are certain to exploit to the hilt.

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Myrick has U.S. Muslims wary

This woman is terrific. Fearless undaunted and outspoken in her fervor for the security of this nation and the threat Islam and Jihadis pose to it. If she says there's a threat out there, and you don't already understand that, you had better start.

Muslims are wary? Good. They'd better be. Better still I'd like them all to be terrified everyday, to the poiint where they start turning on their own if they suspect they're up to no good.

from The News Observer h/t Her Royal Whyness


WASHINGTON A year ago, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee, a prestigious post she had long sought.

There, top-secret briefings unveiled truths about homegrown terrorism she had only suspected. And won't reveal.

"I can't tell you. I'm not being coy," Myrick said in an interview. "There's a threat out there to our security. ... It's worse than I thought."

Myrick, a Charlotte Republican and former mayor of the city, contends that extremists are working their way into U.S. Muslim communities, infiltrating government institutions and influencing American citizens to attack their own country. Her activism earns plaudits from some conservatives - but criticism from Muslim constituents who fear that her tone endangers a community 3 million strong and deeply imbedded in the nation's fabric. Tonight, months after pledging to do so, Myrick will meet with Charlotte's Muslim community.

Since 9/11, Myrick has worried that the dangers of terrorism on U.S. soil were underestimated and has proposed a multi-pronged approach to fighting Islamic radicalization called "Wake Up America."

It suggested cutting off exchange programs and munitions sales with Saudi Arabia, passing legislation that would make calls for death to American citizens a form of treason, and investigating the selection of Arabic translators working for the Pentagon and FBI. In recent months, Myrick has taken on the Muslim law known as Shariah, suggested universities are being influenced by the austere brand of Islam common to Saudi Arabia known as Wahhabism and warned that Muslims have infiltrated political and military circles.

She also has accused the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, of planting spies by trying to get Muslim interns hired in congressional offices.

Accusation of 'McCarthyism'

The allegations damaged already sore relations with the Muslim community, said Larry Shaw of Fayetteville, national chairman for CAIR and a North Carolina state senator.

"It's looking like she's taking on a tinge of McCarthyism," Shaw said. "She's becoming a hatemonger."

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Congress' only Muslim member, said he hopes tonight's meeting opens a dialogue.

"Some of the things that Rep. Myrick has said are deeply offensive and upsetting," said Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota.

In 2003, she angered Muslims with a comment during a Heritage Foundation forum about danger within the country.

"You know, and this can be misconstrued, but honest to goodness Ed and I for years, for 20 years, have been saying, 'You know, look at who runs all the convenience stores across the country,'" she said, mentioning her husband. "Every little town you go into, you know?"

Last fall, she wrote the foreword to "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Seeking to Islamize America." The book accuses CAIR of supporting international jihad.

Most Muslims consider CAIR, which has been around since 1994, a respected civil rights group. The day of the book's release, Myrick and three colleagues accused CAIR of infiltrating congressional offices by attempting to place Muslim interns.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, the top Democrat on Myrick's Intelligence subcommittee, said broad attacks on Muslims hurt American intelligence efforts.

Myrick cites Fort Hood

Myrick has said her fears about infiltration were realized in November, when Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people at the Fort Hood in Texas. The FBI had been monitoring contact between Hasan and a radical Yemeni-American cleric.

After the shooting, Myrick told Front Page, a conservative Web site:

"We are fighting against radical Islamists who are using political Islam to advance their agenda to create a Caliphate, an Islamic state, and jihadists who use violent means to do the same."

Steven Emerson, author of "Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S.," praised Myrick.

"Anyone who says that it's fear-mongering or that it's not serious is living on a different planet," Emerson said.

Some experts, though, disagree.

A study released last month by Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers found 139 Muslim Americans involved in alleged or confirmed terrorism since 9/11. That compares with a national Muslim American population of more than 3million, said David Schanzer, lead author of the study and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

"You have to look at the credibility of the individuals making those allegations, their motivations," Schanzer said, though he would not criticize Myrick individually.

U.S. Rep. David Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat and chairman of the spending subcommittee that funds the Department of Homeland Security, said that any member of Congress with details about a legitimate threat should take it to the FBI.

"I'm convinced we can do that without profiling, without stigmatizing whole groups," Price said.

Ebrahim Moosa, a Duke University professor of Islamic studies, said many of Myrick's concerns follow similar ignorance about Islam in America and the realistic threats of domestic terrorism.

"These manifestations are linked to more complex sets of issues, which is one thing politicians don't want to hear about," Moosa said. "She needs to make judgments on the facts and not on fictions. Without any evidence, this is just creating anxiety."

First of many meetings?

Myrick said she wants constituents to understand that her fears aren't about religion. "We live in the United States of America, where we have freedom of religion for everybody," she said.

She paused when asked whether she would have changed anything about her tone in the past year.

"I don't know," she said. "There's always times when you can choose your words better."

"We've got to talk about this," she said. "We can't just have two sides to an issue and not want to talk about it. It's too important to our country."

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