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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mueller" "Anti-Government Rhetoric" = Domestic Terrorism Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda

Does it even momentarily embarrass this jackass to be braying about "lone-wolf extremists" and "anti-government rhetoric" in the wake of Fort Hood, Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the would-be NYC subway bombers, Jamaat ul-Fuqra bases all over the country, and the rest of the laundry list of Islamist-related threats to our domestic security? What we really need fear is the Hutaree?

What would these morons do without Timothy McVeigh to flog anew every time this subject comes up? And aren't they worried that some day some one is going to point out that this particular emperor is buck naked because Tim McVeigh had help from Muslim terrorists in planning and executing his little "home-grown" plot?

Yes, Robert, we get the implied message about being polite and not stepping out of line. This weekend is the anniversary of the New Englanders who got the same message from the king of England back in 1775. You may recall what their answer was. Be thankful that all you're getting is "rhetoric". And as John Parker, Isaac Davis, Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, William Dawes, Samuel Prescott might have put it, don't press your luck.

From FOX News:

Mueller: Home-Grown Extremists as Threatening as Al Qaeda
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The warning, from the FBI Director, Robert Mueller, came as the former President Clinton drew parallels between the Oklahoma City tragedy and a recent upsurge in anti-government rhetoric.

Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, the specter of domestic terrorism has returned to haunt the Obama administration, with a warning from the FBI that “home-grown and lone-wolf extremists” now represent as serious a threat as Al Qaeda and its affiliates, The Times reported on Saturday.

The warning, from the FBI Director, Robert Mueller, came as the former President Clinton drew parallels between the Oklahoma City tragedy and a recent upsurge in anti-government rhetoric, while American television audiences heard Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, describe the “absolute rage” that drove him to plan an attack that killed 168 men, women and children.

An FBI spokesman said Friday that Mueller was referring to right-wing extremist groups and anti-government militias, as well as American Islamists, in his testimony to the Senate committee that must approve the FBI’s $8.3 billion budget.

Last month federal agents arrested nine members of a Christian militia based in Michigan, calling itself the Hutaree. They have been charged with plotting to murder local police with a stash of guns, knives and grenades.

Since the passage of President Obama’s health reforms, the FBI has also made arrests in Seattle and San Francisco after death threats were sent to Democratic senators.

“It’s one thing to express dissatisfaction with the Government but once you cross the line with a violent threat, that’s a violation that we take extremely seriously,” Bill Carter, the bureau’s spokesman, said.

The Oklahoma bombing was followed by an exhaustive civilian trial in which McVeigh became a hate figure to most but a hero to some members of the survivalist fringe on which he was radicalized.

He was executed in 2001, but not before granting 45 hours of death-row interviews to the authors of a book, American Terrorist, whose tapes will be broadcast for the first time on Monday.

McVeigh never confessed to the bombing in court but he appears to do so on the tapes.

“I feel no shame for it,” he says. “This was something that I saw as a larger good, and I know that, as I analyzed the history of not just the U.S., but all nations throughout the history of mankind. People have killed for what they believed was the greater good, and it’s accepted. Sometimes killing is accepted.”

The White House was careful to emphasize that the threat of external terrorism remained acute but senior officials are privately confident that military operations in Afghanistan are going well and putting Al Qaeda on the back foot.

Few people in Washington are as confident about the domestic threat.



Good. I hope the little bastards are wetting their pants. By November they'll be claiming that we plan to tar and feather them and ride them out of town -- D.C. to be specific -- on a rail.

If only.

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when I can tell you, from week to week, what the specials will be at the grocery store and start looking at coupon books well, damn, I really need to get re-employed

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The Change Is Beginning To Take Hold

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Another poll of Jewish voters, by a NON jewish polling org, and THIS ONE...

the 44th President of the United States...Bara...
Major Findings:

I. A plurality of Jewish voters would consider someone else for President.

According to the 2008 exit polls, Barack Obama won 78% to 21% among Jewish voters.

Now, in the second year of Obama's presidency, only 42% of voters would re-elect him,

while the plurality (46%) would consider voting for someone else.

Would you vote to re-elect Barack Obama as President or would you consider voting for someone else?


Re-Elect 42
Someone Else 46

Don't Know/Refused 12


II. A significant portion of Jewish voters disapprove of the President's handling

of relations with Israel.

Nearly four in ten Jewish voters (39%) disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing

handling America's relations with israellobby.jpgIsrael. This rating is not good for a group of voters

who are 59% Democratic to only 16% Republican.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing handling America's relations with Israel?


Approve 50

Disapprove 39

Don't Know/Refused 11


Jewish voters do not support President Obama's plan to recognize a

Palestinian state.

The majority of voters (52%) disapproves of the Obama Administration supporting a plan

to recognize a Palestinian state within two years. The majority of voters (64%) says that

Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel, while only 13% say that the

United States should force Israel to give up parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Six in

ten voters (62%) say that the Palestinians would continue their campaign of terror to

destroy Israel if they were given a Palestinian state, while only 19% say they would live

peacefully with Israel. More than seven in ten voters (73%) say Israel is right to insistupon the Palestinians accepting Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state before there are

any negotiations about a Palestinian state.

Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration supporting a plan to recognize a Palestinian

state within 2-years regardless of whether or not Israel agrees?


Approve 28

Disapprove 52

Don't Know/Refused 19

Should Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel or should the United States force Israel to give

parts of Jerusalem, including Christian and Jewish holy sites, to the Palestinians?


Undivided Capital 64

Parts to Palestinians 13

Don't Know/Refused 23

Do you think that if the Palestinians were given their own state in the West Bank, part of Jerusalem, and

Gaza they would live peacefully with Israel or continue their campaign of terror to destroy Israel?


Live Peacefully 19

Continue Terror 62

Don't Know/Refused 19

The leaders of Palestine have refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Is Israel right to insist upon the

Palestinians accepting Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state before there are any negotiations about a

Palestinian state?


Yes 73

No 15

Don't Know/Refused 12

Methodology:

McLaughlin & Associates conducted a national survey of 600 likely Jewish voters on

April 7th and 8th, 2010. All interviews were conducted via telephone by professional

interviewers. Respondents were randomly selected within predetermined geographic

units structured to correlate with actual voter turnout. The survey of 600 likely Jewish

voters has an accuracy of +/- 4.0% at a 95% confidence interval.

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The Brooklyn Tea Party

I have great hopes for the Brooklyn Tea Party. On April 15th, New York City had a very large Tea Party protest in Manhattan. I got there early to participate as a Marshall. The police had provided us two large block-long rectangular cages in which we were allowed to protest. And, the front cage was only about 1/3rd full when the Staten Island Tea Party showed up. Perhaps the rest of the story will be motivational to ya’ll.

Before teaching at Staten Island University I never realized how difficult transportation to Staten Island is. And so the Staten Island group had rented their own buses. And, they came, and they came, and they came in droves. Overcoming the great distance from Staten Island to Manhattan, they filled the rest of the cage I was stationed in and a third of the other. For the longest time my organizing plea fell short, “Are you from Brooklyn? Take a flier, help form the Brooklyn Tea Party.” “No.” they’d say proudly, ‘Staten Island!”

My reaction to my rejection was elation. Staten Island had organized legions. In trying to organize the Brooklyn Tea Party, I had spoken to their President. Frank Stantarpia, on the phone. He told me that organizing the party was not so hard. A website that could capture email addresses did most of the work. They have 1200 members, they send out email announcements, and many subsequently come to meetings. Give people a place, time and date, Frank Told me, and they will come.

Furthermore, Frank confirmed that he had had success doing what I was hoping the Brooklyn Tea Party would do. They had held politicians accountable. In local New York politics machines take voters for granted. And, perhaps as a result, not that many people vote. Being able to mobilize forty patriots on the weekend during the election cycle gets you a lot of play. Politicians came to his group for endorsements and help and did not get either without good records and promises of better ones. They had made great strides in taking the party back from the machine.

And, by sheer numbers, pounding keys, pounding pavement, and attending meetings, the Brooklyn Tea Party can and will influence politicians in Brooklyn. We can give the Democratic majority a run for their money. We can make them compromise with us for a change. We can hold Republican’s feet to the fire. And we, the people, can steal seats. Frank told me his group had greatly changed the voting records and tone in Staten Island and that this had reverberated in State politics and above. As I saw the relentless flow of Staten Island Tea Party members roll off the bus it confirmed that we can help get our borough and nation back on track. And so, dear reader, can you.

Dr. John Kenneth Press is the President of the Brooklyn Tea Party and the author of Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future. www.culturism.us has more information about culturism. Search for the Brooklyn Tea Party on facebook. Join today!

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Hey, Midnight Rider!

Check out this Arkansas mailbox:

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A promotion for healthy exercize

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Uh, excuse me Mr's. Gates and Obama : Report: Hizbullah could fit its rockets with tactical nuclear warheads

Flag of Hezbollah. The bottom text means &quot...
So last week we had the story of Syria passing to Hizballah it's Nork produced, Iran purchased SCUD-D missiles which unlike other SCUDs from the past ..

  1. have a 50% greater range placing all of Israel under that threat
  2. have a CEP (circular error probability...ie accuracy) of 50 meters
Now why would Syria do that since the warhead of these longer ranged highly accurate missiles are much smaller?

Because perhaps, WEIGHT OF TNT WON'T MATTER?

Or maybe imagine a container vessel 400 miles into the Atlantic in the shipping lanes off Cape Hatteras....


GERTZ

Hizbullah could tip its rocket arsenal with Iranian-supplied nuclear warheads, a report said.

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies stated that Iran could supply its proxies with tactical nuclear warheads. In a report, BESA said Iran was likely to use its nuclear arsenal to wage what the report termed "nuclear terrorism against Israel."

"Rockets, such as those already in Hizbullah's possession, could be fitted with nuclear warheads."

"The potential means of conducting nuclear terrorism against Israel would be similar to those applicable to other countries -- sea, air, and land-based -- with one important addition: rockets," the report, authored by former deputy Israel National Security Advisor Chuck Freilich, said. "Rockets, such as those already in Hizbullah's possession, could be fitted with nuclear warheads."

Israel has asserted that Hizbullah accumulated a missile and rocket arsenal of 50,000. The report, titled "The Armageddon Scenario: Israel and the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism," said Israel must prepare immediately for Iranian-sponsored nuclear attacks by Hizbullah or other proxies of Teheran, including Hamas.


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Bill you are confusing an administration with America

This was true under Bush, as we can see from those trying even now to arrest Karl Rove. Why would such action be considered less inciting than my reaction to the government telling me I have to buy what they say I have to buy, WHEN they say I have to buy it, in the WAY they say I have to buy it?

Sorry but this is just another DESPERATE, DESPERATE attempt to marginalize the people.

Forty-two percent (42%) of Republicans say they are part of the movement, compared to nine percent (9%) of Democrats and 24% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Mainstream voters view themselves as Tea Party members, while 84% of the Political Class say they have no ties to the movement.

If 35% of the people AND GROWING are tied to incendiary language perhaps a good look in the mirror is in order in DC.

That 84% number is instructive, it tells the people that those in power look VERY VERY differently at what concerns us all than many of the people do.


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TEA PARTY BABE OF THE WEEK

Wow, a Tea Party Babe from San Jose.

Stogie has pics and a report.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Patsy Cline
Crazy




Willie Nelson & Dyan Cannon
Loving You Was Easier




Willie Nelson & my Irving
You Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine


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Bonnie Raitt & John Lee Hooker
In The Mood

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When and Why I Decided to Start Carrying a Gun. 24/7/365

and I've never questioned the decision.

Newsmax:

Governor Commemorates 2007 Va. Tech Shootings
Friday, 16 Apr 2010 01:39 PM

Virginia's governor led a ceremony at the state Capitol to mark the third anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at Virginia Tech.

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday read a proclamation at a gathering at the Capitol bell tower honoring the 32 who died and those who were injured in the shootings. He also said the state would observe Virginia Tech Remembrance Day each April 16 during the four years of his term.
The crowd observed a moment of silence, and McDonnell then read the names of each of the students and faculty a student gunman fatally shot on April 16, 2007. The ceremony ended with the bell ringing 32 times. The gunman killed himself after the attack.



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A Hero of That Day

"no greater love hath he. . ."

Liviu Librescu: Holocaust survivor blocked shooter, letting students flee


Caroline Merrey is one of the students who jumped.

It was a frightening whirlwind. An average Monday in professor Liviu Librescu’s solid mechanics class that in a blink turned from reviewing homework to the unmistakable pop of gunshots outside her Norris Hall classroom.

In the flurry of students dialing 911 on cell phones, taking cover on the floor and twisting open second story windows to escape, Merrey, 22, glanced over her shoulder before jumping.

“I just remember looking back and seeing him at the door,” the Virginia Tech senior recalled of her professor. “I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for him.”

By Tuesday morning, newspapers from Washington, D.C., to Jerusalem shared the story of how Librescu — a 76 year-old Holocaust survivor — blocked his classroom doorway from a gunman while his students leapt to freedom.

“It wouldn’t amaze me he would do such a thing,” fellow engineering professor Muhammad Hajj said. “He’s that kind of person, willing to take care of others, protect others.”

Hajj, the engineering faculty organization president, was not inside Norris Hall on Monday — a classroom building turned crime scene where the majority of the day’s 33 killings took place. He has no firsthand knowledge of what his colleague did that day.

But Hajj remembers meeting Librescu 15 years ago — and many of the days in between. He always greeted Hajj with “good morning,” “good afternoon” or “how’s your day going?” When he spotted Hajj in his office across the hall, Librescu always smiled.

Since Librescu’s death, Hajj has heard from colleagues at campuses around the world, expressing condolences for the survivor who died violently on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

His funeral, the Jerusalem Post reported, is planned to be held in Israel. Librescu — who moved from Israel to Virginia with his family in 1986 — was highly-respected by students, Hajj said.

It’s been reported that many students e-mailed Librescu’s wife since the shooting, telling how he blocked the gunman.

This semester was the first Merrey had Librescu as her professor. She thought he was a nice man — very concerned about his students. When she spoke to him, he was always casual.

When she jumped from his classroom window Monday morning, Merrey aimed for a bush. She hit the shrubbery, flipped and landed on her back, knocking the wind out of her.

She was later hospitalized — rescue workers thought she broke her back. There, she found out from friends about her professor’s fate.

“You never know what to expect out of people in situations like this,” she said.

As students left their thoughts online at sites such as Facebook, one word was used over and over : “hero.”

— Erinn Hutkin

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"May Allah Kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker" - (Doesn't South Park Remember Theo Van Gogh?)

Do youselves a favor and watch the video footage of the South Park episode.

It is hilarious.

From Jawa:

UPDATE: We've added more death threats against the creators of South Park at the end of this post.
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And so the death threats begin. Radical Islamist Zachary "Abu Talhah al-Amrike" Chesser on his Twitter account:

May Allah kill Matt Stone and Trey Parker and burn them in Hell for all eternity. They insult our prophets Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses...
This is Zach.

All the more ironic given that this was a response to the latest episode of South Park in which Mohammad is portrayed as having a super power which celebrities want.

What is Muhammad's super power? No one can criticize him.

Something celebrities would die -- or kill -- for.

But they weren't making fun of Muhammad. They were making fun of Muslims like Zach who are the only group of religious zealots who threaten violence every time they are offended.

Which makes this whole thing perfectly ironic.

And it's not just Zach, but his buddies on the forums and over at Facebook who are pissed off at South Park for once again pointing out that they are a bunch of thin-skinned dirtbags.

UPDATE: Here are some of the threats being thrown around at one Islamic forum which Zach is affiliated with. Click the image to see a bigger version of it, but it's an image of the murdered film maker with the warning, "Theo Van Gogh - Have Matt Stone and Trey Parker forgotten this?"

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The author of the post then asks, "Where do they live?"

But who is the author of the post? None other than Zach Chesser.

But don't worry, he says, "This is not a threat, but a warning."

After which he answers his own question and gives out the address to Parker and Stone's offices with the advice that you can contact them or, "pay them a visit".

And a link to a Huffington Post article about a home Parker and Stone built in Colorado.

Not a threat. Right.

And how do other users respond?

"May Allah destroy these filthy kuffar."

"when will they learn?"

"Perhaps only when the angel of death comes to them, then they will learn."

You know, like the Angel of death when he visited Theo Van Gogh to teach we kafirs a lesson.

Nothing to worry about people. Nothing to worry about.

Here's a clip of the episode which spawned the threats, but you can watch the whole thing here.



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Philippines: Bishop fears for Christians' lifes after Basilan's attacks

Basilan's religion profile Category: BasilanImage via Wikipedia
This is an update on this story:
Following an April 13 Islamist terrorist attack that destroyed 70% of his cathedral, a Philippine bishop says that he and the other Christians of the city fear for their lives.
“It is the first time we are attacked so directly and with such force,” said Bishop Martin Jumoad of the Territorial Prelature of Isabella. “In the past, I received several threatening letters and intimidation. There have been other smaller attacks, but now it is very different. This could be a tragedy. I seriously fear for my life and the lives of the faithful.”
I have prepared a pastoral letter calling on Catholics to stay in Basilan, which is our home, and asking them to remain calm, not to react to violence, and to pray for peace,” he added. “Today, a procession of people carrying candles as a sign of peace lit the city. Our hope must not die.”
81% of the Philippines’ 88.7 million people are Catholic. However, the territory in which Bishop Jumoad ministers is predominantly Muslim, with only 27% of residents being Catholic.
CNA has more on the Bishop's statements:
Sta. Isabel Cathedral via.
The 53-year-old prelate said he does not know how to rebuild the cathedral (left), constructed in 1970 with a capacity for 1,400 worshipers.
...The blasts shattered the cathedral’s stained glass windows and damaged the priests’ rectory. Several priests’ service vehicles were also destroyed.
Regional military chief Lieutenant General Ben Dolorfino said military intelligence had received reports of an impending attack, but not its details, AFP says.
"They were planning something big. This was well planned and apparently they were well funded."
Authorities suspect that politicians who hired mercenaries may have been behind the attacks. 
LWJ reports on other aspects of the attacks:
Five civilians, five Philippine Marines, a policeman, and four Abu Sayyaf Group fighters were reported killed in the ensuing clashes, and five Abu Sayyaf fighters were captured. Police and Philippine troops are currently pursuing the remaining Abu Sayyaf fighters.
Today’s attacks in Isabela are reminiscent of recent terror assaults by the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and other al Qaeda-associated groups in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Yemen.
A reasonable cause to attack his Cathedral, isn't it?

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Fatwa Alert: US Sneaker Company Keds Produces “Allah” Shoes

Great for stepping in dog shit.

Click on the title for the whole story.

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Major cancer treatment breakthrough - drug stops metastasis in its tracks

From Ace of Spades:

This sounds like a pretty big deal.

...In the current study, the researchers revealed the mechanism. They found that macroketone targets an actin cytoskeletal protein known as fascin that is critical to cell movement. In order for a cancer cell to leave a primary tumor, fascin bundles actin filaments together like a thick finger. The front edge of this finger creeps forward and pulls along the rear of the cell. Cells crawl away in the same way that an inchworm moves.

Macroketone latches on to individual fascin, preventing the actin fibers from adhering to each other and forming the pushing leading edge, Dr. Huang says. Because individual actin fibers are too soft when they are not bundled together, the cell cannot move...

..."More than 90 percent of cancer patients die because their cancer has spread, so we desperately need a way to stop this metastasis," Dr. Huang says. "This study offers a paradigm shift in thinking and, potentially, a new direction in treatment."
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This attack was so brutal it showed a blatant disregard for human life. These people didn't care if they killed their victims or not. Or perhaps they intended to do so.

From Gateway Pundit:

LEFTIST PROTESTERS SUSPECTED IN BRUTAL BEATING OF GOP OFFICIAL & HER BOYFRIEND!

The leftist thugs beat them bloody after the Southern Republican Leadership Dinner last Friday night. Allee Bautsch’s leg was severely broken after she stepped in to try to break up the attack on her boyfriend.

Allee Bautsch suffered a broken leg from the beatdown outside to the SRLC dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. She had her leg operated on over the weekend and it will take her months to recover. Her boyfriend Joe Brown suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, and a concussion. They were attacked after leaving the Southern Republican Leadership Conference dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant.
(Photo from Jindal’s Facebook Page via The Hayride)
NOLA.com is reporting:

A report on Yahoo! News says an attack last Friday that left Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign finance director with a broken leg and her boyfriend with a concussion and broken nose may have been politically motivated.

The report quotes a friend of Alle Bautsch, who was injured in the altercation in the 600 block of St. Louis Street about 10:45 p.m. Friday. Bautsch and her boy friend Joe Brown were leaving a fund-raiser in the French Quarter for the Louisiana Republican Party when they became involved in an altercation with three to five men. Jindal had been at the event, but was not present at the time of the incident.

Yahoo! News spoke to a friend of Allee Bautsch who’s been in communication with her since the attack. The friend, who declined to be named because the attackers are still at large, described the group who descended on Bautsch and Brown as “some weird Bobby Jindal protesters” there in opposition to the state’s governor. The friend confirmed the earlier reports that Bautsch “got caught in the middle” of the altercation as she tried to break it up. Bautsch’s friend also reported that she’s in “loads of pain” with “rods in her leg and ankle,” but that she was also “released yesterday from the hospital and is resting at her home in Baton Rouge.”

There has been widespread speculation that the three to five men who injured Bautsch and Brown were part of a group of protesters that had been outside the fund-raiser earlier, although a Jindal spokesman and others have said the protesters had departed by the time the couple left the event.

Previously:
GOP Official & Boyfriend Savagely Beaten In Politically Motivated Attack – Including Broken Leg, Jaw, Concussion… Media Silent
Police Release Description of Allee Bautsch Attacker; Video Shows Republicans Threatened
PHOTO RELEASED OF GOP OFFICIAL & BOYFRIEND BEATEN BLOODY Outside SRLC Event

UPDATE: Another police report was released today. The report states that they were followed after leaving the restaurant until they were attacked. The report also states that several leftist protesters were still in the area.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Mr. Brown and Ms. Bautsch left the restaurant and began walking towards St. Louis Street. Mr. Brown noted there were several protestors loitering in the area, but not nearly the number which had been present earlier. Soon after leaving the restaurant he heard “cat calls.” At an unknown point within the 400 block of Royal Street, both Mr. Brown and Ms. Bautsch then crossed from the Brennan’s side of the street to the Supreme Court side of the street.

They continued to walk towards St. Louis when Mr. Brown began to hear people behind him scream obscenities. Initially he was not sure if they were being directed at him and his girlfriend, of if they were simply the outbursts of drunken revelers.

As they neared the intersection, Mr. Brown state he heard subjects state things such as “Little blonde bitch,” “You’re a f——- faggot,” and “You think you’re f—— special.”

At this point, Mr. Brown realized these derogatory terms were being directed at Ms. Bautsch and him. He then requested she begin to walk faster toward the Omni-Royal hotel located at the intersection of St. Louis and Royal.

Mr. Brown also recalled the farther they got from the restaurant, the closer these subjects got to them. When they reached the corner of St. Louis and Royal, Mr. Brown and his date turned south on St. Louis.

It was at this time that one of the subjects pushed him into the iron gate that surround the State Supreme Court (building). He then fell to the ground, and one of the attackers got on top of him and began to attack him. Mr. Brown stated as he was pushed to the ground, Ms. Bautsch was also either pushed down or fell down near where he was. As he fought to get his attacker off of him, he heard his girlfriend cry out in pain. She then repeatedly stated, “Oh my god, my leg is broken.”

All of the attackers then ran away in an unknown direction.

For the record… The police released a description of the attackers earlier in the week:

One of the suspects was described as a Caucasian male who appeared to be dirty, in his 20’s, 6′1″ tall, thin build with a thin face. He had a beard and auburn color hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light color T shirt and dark color pants.

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Obama’s Israel Problem

From Roger Simon:

Barack Obama has an Israel problem. I won’t say a Jewish problem, because that wouldn’t be “politically correct.” As we all know, anti-Zionism isn’t anti-Semitism (or is it?).

Anyway, the President’s Israel problem couldn’t be more obvious and it seems to have increased, or should I say metastasized, in parallel with his popular decline, almost in the way that classic Jew hatred increased during times of economic downturn (Weimar Republic, etc.) Not that anyone who spent two decades in Reverend Wright’s church with its hero worship of Louis Farrakhan and generally racist tinge was likely to be philo-Semitic. But things have gotten worse. Indeed, his very close friends at the New York Times are now reporting that the President, in the wake of the supposedly surprise announcement of new Jewish housing units in Jerusalem, “has seized control of Middle East policy himself.” They go on to note : “Mr. Obama, incensed by that snub, has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a list of demands, and relations between the United States and Israel have fallen into a chilly standoff.”

Incensed by the snub? List of demands. Chilly standoff? In other words, as we say in Hollywood, this time it’s personal. But should it be? How odd. A week or so ago, I wrote a post describing Barack Obama as President Weirdo. Indeed here we have more evidence of this psychological disturbance, because this response to Israel is not in the realm of the rational. It is highly neurotic. Somewhere in the unconscious of Barack Obama are a stew of forces now directed (or cathected) on the Jewish state and its leader. Not a healthy state of affairs for anyone. (Well, maybe for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.)


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JEWISH CONSPIRACY? ISLAMBERG FOUNDER IRATE OVER NEWS REPORTS

BLAMES JEWISH CONSPIRACY
THREATENS LEGAL ACTION

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Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

Sheikh Mubarik Gilani, the founder of Islamberg and other Jamaat ul-Fuqra paramilitary compounds throughout the country, claims that he and the residents of his compounds are victims of “false accusations and horrendous lies.”

Gilani further says that he has initiated legal action against the Christian Action Network (CAN), which produced a documentary about the ul-Fuqra camps, to check “their illegal activities.”

The imam, who resides within a fortress in Lahore, Pakistan, maintains that CAN has been working “around the clock” to bring about “a clash between Muslims and Christians in the U.S.A.”

But Martin Mawyer, president of CAN, maintains that he has never received legal notice from Gilani or any of his associates.

Mawyer says that he wants Gilani to sue his organization so that CAN can gain access to the internal documents of the organizations from which Gilani operates in the U.S., including The Muslims of the Americas, The International Quranic Open University, and Jamaat ul-Fuqra (community of the impoverished.

In a long, rambling letter, Gilani also compares himself to Saddam Hussein, whom he sees as an innocent victim of Zionist aggression.

The controversial imam further argues that Osama bin Laden and members of al Qaeda took no part in the attacks of 9/11 – - attacks, which he insists, were conducted by sinister Israelis.

According to Gilani, the Israelis engineered the 9/11 attacks to divert the world’s attention from “the cold blooded murder of thousands of Muslim men, women, and children in Palestine at Sabra and Shatilla.”

The American people, the Islamic leader proclaims, remain “the virtual slaves of the Zionist world order.”

Regarding the reports of this investigator, Gilani says that “Paul Williams never set foot in Islamberg” and his other compounds.

But photographs from this reporter prove otherwise. They provide evidence that training in guerilla warfare takes place at his compounds; that the compounds have elaborate underground bunkers; and that bodies are buried on the Gilani properties.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, under Gilani’s leadership, has been involved in more terror attacks on American soil (thirty and counting) than all the other terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, combined. It has and sponsored assassinations, kidnappings, mass murder, grand theft, and fraud. It was largely responsible for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

Associates of this organization include Clement Rodney Hampton-El (who took part in the 1993 WTC bombing), blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (who engineered the 1993 attack), Richard Reid (“the shoe bomber”), and John Allen Muhammed, the Beltway Sniper.

In December 1993, Gilani became an honored guest at an international gathering of jihadis at the residence of Hassan al-Turabi in Khartoum. The meeting attracted leaders of al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine. In the midst of the proceedings, Sheikh Gilani and Osama bin Laden were caught on film chanting, “Down, down with the USA!” “Down, down with the CIA,” and “Death to the Jews.”

The film, which remains in the “Alec File” – - the CIA’s file on bin Laden, proved empirical proof the close ties between the leaders of ul Fuqra and al Qaeda.

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Timothy McVeigh was a Teabagger! Who Knew?!

Ok, so he doesn't come out and say exactly that. But there is enough innuendo and insinuation in here to know The Tea Party movement has them scared to the point they will try to frighten the American public.

Clinton says he is not trying to discourage debate, just ask that we moderate our tone.

Well, we got your fucking moderated tone right here, buddy.

And why is it no public official on either side felt compelled to make these statements when Bush was under attack for 8 years?

So here's a question for everyone. Let's make it an unofficial poll in comments.

How many of you believe we will actually make it to the November elections? How many of you believe there will be an incident, either real or manufactured, that will give Obama justification (in his mind) to impose martial law and suspend elections?

And how many of you believe the American Public would stand for that?

New York Times:

Recalling ’95 Bombing, Clinton Sees Parallels
By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON — With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching, former President Bill Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today, saying government critics must be mindful that angry words can stir violent actions (paging Mr. Jefferson, paging Mr. Adams).

In advance of a symposium on Friday about the attack on the Oklahoma City federal building and its current relevance, Mr. Clinton, who was in his first term at the time of the bombing, warned that attempts to incite opposition by demonizing the government can provoke responses beyond what political figures intend.

“There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.” (so now we need to mind our words because some unstable individual may act violently on them? How about minding the unstable individuals instead?)

The former president said the potential for stirring a violent response might be even greater now with the reach of the Internet and other common ways of communication that did not exist on April 19, 1995, when the building was struck.

“Because of the Internet, there is this vast echo chamber and our advocacy reaches into corners that never would have been possible before,” said Mr. Clinton, (so, we're not just shooting the messenger now, but also burning the paper the message was written on) who said political messages are now able to reach those who are both “serious and seriously disturbed.” He will be delivering the keynote address Friday at an event about the Oklahoma City attack being sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Democratic Leadership Council.

Mr. Clinton pointed to remarks like those made Thursday by Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, who when speaking at a Tea Party rally in Washington characterized the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “the gangster government.”

“They are not gangsters,” Mr. Clinton said. “They were elected. They are not doing anything they were not elected to do.” (bullshit. if they were doing what they were elected to do they would not be in the dire polling straits they are and there would be no Tea Party)

The pitched attacks by some Republicans and conservatives during the health care fight have drawn criticism as incendiary as have the use of terms and imagery like the placing of target cross hairs over the districts of vulnerable Democrats who backed health care. (at least they aren't placing the crosshairs over the candidates themselves, as was oft done to the previous administration)

Over the weekend of the health care vote, Congressional Democrats reported being subjected to racial and sexual slurs as they walked to the Capitol to vote (again bullshit and a setup by Pelosi and her crones) . Recently, at least three people have been arrested on charges of making threats of violence against members of Congress of both parties (against BOTH parties. How about that?!) , and Congressional offices have been vandalized.

In response to the criticism, several conservative leaders say reports of threats, intimidation and violence are being overblown or were not true and were instead part of an effort to vilify and silence critics of the Democratic Congress and Obama administration.

In her remarks Thursday, Ms. Bachmann made light of the suggestion that antigovernment activists were angry.

“You look happy to me, you don’t look angry,” she told the crowd. “That’s because you get it. You are smart enough to get off your couch and do something.”

Mr. Clinton said his intent was not to stifle debate or muzzle critics of the government but to encourage them to consider what repercussions could follow. He acknowledged that drawing the line between acceptable discourse and that which goes too far is difficult but that lawmakers and other officials should try.

“Have at it,” he said. “You can attack the politics. Criticize their policies. Don’t demonize them, and don’t say things that will encourage violent opposition.”

In the period before the Oklahoma City bombing, there was a growing antigovernment sentiment being expressed through a militia movement and anger at government officials, some of it in the wake of the assault on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Tex., on April 19, 1993. Mr. Clinton recalls that he and his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, were characterized by Newt Gingrich, then the Republican Congressional leader, as the enemies of ordinary Americans.

In a May 1995 commencement speech at Michigan State University, Mr. Clinton talked about the bombing and the role he believed efforts to portray the government and its workers as a threat played in the attack.

“It is one thing to believe we are over-regulated and to work to lessen the burden of regulation,” he said at the time. “It is quite another to slander our dedicated public servants, our brave police officers, even our rescue workers, who have been called a hostile army of occupation.”

After the bombing, Mr. Clinton said he chose to no longer even use the term federal bureaucrat because he believed it had become a term used to demean and dehumanize federal workers.

Mr. Clinton said the impact of political attacks could be dangerously amplified at the moment because of the economic upheaval that had left many Americans frightened and suffering. “A lot of people are just raw,” he said.

He called America a nation born out of protests, and said that he had no interest in reducing productive civic dialogue.

“This is about holding our country together and having these debates,” he said. “The Republicans will have their chance in November.”

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Ya'll mind your manners now, y'hear?

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Hector Aleem needs your help

I wrote two days ago about Hector Aleem's current problems. Yesterday I received a mail from the responsible of the Free Hector Aleem group (I forgot to ask him if he could be named publicly) on Facebook to thank me for the post and to ask me to post this message:
Christian human rights activist and director of NGO Peace Worldwide, Hector Aleem, was taken into custody in January 2009 because a militant Islamic group accused him of sending a ‘blasphemous’ text message from his cell phone. If convicted, he faces the death penalty under Pakistani law.

Prior to the 55-year-old’s arrest, Aleem was threatened by Islamic groups with assassination attempts and lawsuits because he objected to the illegal destruction of a church by Islamabad’s capital development authority (CDA). Muslim leaders threatened to kill him and his sons, and to forcibly convert his daughters to Islam.
Although a heart patient, Aleem has not been allowed to consume his medication and he has been denied visitation in prison. He was denied bail because Islamic mobs filled his trial courtroom and threatened to kill the judge, Aleem, and Aleem’s lawyer.
Aleem is the recipient of a peace award by Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
A Facebook group set up for him consists of freedom-loving members, from all around the world and of all different beliefs, or lack thereof, united for Hector Aleem’s right to freedom, dignity, and fair due process. For instance, one letter received by the Aleems read "You are Christian and it is a good deed to kill you. My Allah will be very happy if I kill you." (See here and here.)
It has been over a year since Hector has been incarcerated. His family urgently needs you and your friends to raise funds for Hector as soon as possible. The breakdown for these funds are as follows:
- Because no lawyer wants to take Hector’s (locally unpopular) case, only one lawyer agreed to represent him for a relatively high price of $2,500. Unless he receives this amount by the end of this month, he will not represent Hector!
- Hector requires medication in prison. He also needs clothing and hygienic supplies. His family, living for over a year without their father’s support, are also in need for housing, hygienic, and nutritional items. They have had little to eat – not even the most basic food items you would typically have on the table. The family estimates that they would need approximately $250 to cover these expenses for Hector and themselves.
These seem like large amounts. However, please donate any amount you can, even if it’s a few dollars. Many small donations quickly add. Even a few dollars can go a long way in Pakistan!
(If you prefer to send payments via snail mail, please contact freedom4hector@gmail.com and I will provide you with a mailing address.)
Hector’s family has agreed to make every effort to store and reproduce receipts from your generous donations.
Let’s help Hector and show the authorities that humanity will not acquiesce to their mistreatment of Hector and other religious minorities.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of Hector’s family members (listed as administrators of the group). While your donation is important, your trust is just as important.
Please remember to send the donation link to all your friends!
Thank you all!
 That's right, thanks to all the people who can help him.
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Think taxes are rigged? GE's US TAX BILL $0.00

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Electric filed more than 7,000 income tax returns in hundreds of global jurisdictions last year, but when push came to shove, the company owed the U.S. government a whopping bill of $0.

How'd it pull off that trick? By losing lots of money.

GE had plenty of earnings last year -- just not in the United States. For tax purposes, the company's U.S. operations lost $408 million, while its international businesses netted a $10.8 billion profit.

That left GE (GE, Fortune 500) with no U.S. profit left for Uncle Sam to tax. Corporations typically face a 35% federal income tax on their earnings. Thanks to its deductions and adjustments, GE reported an actual U.S. federal income tax rate of negative 10.5%. It got to add a "tax benefit" of $1.1 billion back into its reported earnings.


The problem is not GE, they will amorally maximize profits and limit costs. Th problem is the way our taxes are set up

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"These Are My People"

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CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism

Obama, a socialist? That’s crazy talk.

Click on the title to read the whole story at Weasel Zippers.

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Quote Of The Day

Mustang of Social Sense left the following spot-on comment to this post I did a while back:

The fact is no elected official gives a damn. Hare is not at all unusual; one only needs to observe Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Hairy Reid, or any number of other ‘servants of the people’ to see that members of Congress, of either party, intend to do as they please. Why? Because they count on the fact that Americans have short memories. It was important for Obama/Congress to pass the health care fiasco in March because these legislators realize most voters will forget by the time November arrives. I can prove this, too … how many Americans who vote recall that under this present government, President Obama seized and nationalized the banking industry, the car manufacturing and marketing industry, and the home loan industry?

Honestly, I don’t know what disgusts me more … this Congress, the White House, or the people who elected them.


I couldn't agree more with my good friend Mustang.

Many conservatives are pinning their hopes on the electorate to vote out the current administration in 2010 and 2012. But how long is the memory of the electorate? Not very, in my view. Americans have a way, a sort of optimism, of going to bed at night and expecting to wake up to a better tomorrow. This optimism, a form of apathy, is what got us into this present political mess in the first place.

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Europe struggles with Muslim dress code

From the Associated Press:

ANTWERP, Belgium – Chances of seeing a burqa in Belgium are only a little better than spotting a liquor shop in Saudi Arabia. Yet Belgium soon may be the first European nation to outlaw the burqa and other Islamic garb that completely hides a woman's body and face.

Let's just stop right there. That very first line is an absolute lie. There are NO liquor stores in Saudi Arabia, and yet, 6% of Belgium's population is Muslim. If I am not mistaken, that means Belgium has the second-highest Muslim population of any country in Europe (behind France, though Sweden may have a larger Muslim population than Belgium).

Fully, 1/4 of the population of Brussels is Muslim.

Now that I have given you those stats, do you really believe "chances of seeing a burqa in Belgium are only a little better than spotting a liquor shop in Saudi Arabia"?

That's what we here in the United States call BULLSHIT!

Back to the story.

Neighboring France and the Netherlands may also outlaw attire that is viewed by many in western European societies as demeaning to women. It also is considered a gateway to radical Islam, a fear that is stoking rightwing sentiment across the continent.

"There is all-party public support for this," says Leen Dierick, a conservative member of the Belgian parliament's Interior Affairs committee that unanimously backed the proposed ban March 31. The initiative is expected become law in July and would apply to all public places, including streets.

Anxieties that visible signs of Islam erode national identity are combining with complaints that immigrants are stealing jobs amid the worst economic slump in decades to deepen a sense of unease in many European countries, small and large alike, over the role of Muslims in society.

Threats against cartoonists and artists over depictions of the prophet Muhammad have also raised fears that Islam is not compatible with Western values of freedom of speech.

Swiss voters recently voted to ban the construction of new minarets. In recent years, both mosque and minaret construction projects in many European countries, including Sweden, France, Italy, Austria, Greece, Germany and Slovenia have generated protests, some of them violent.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy favors a burqa ban, saying the veils compromise women's dignity. Unlike the Belgians or the Dutch — who see a clear and straightforward public security issue — the French are struggling with the constitutionality of outlawing a religious dress code.

Until now, it has been up to city governments in Belgium to crack down on burqa-style outfits. "Enforcement by local governments has been patchy," says Dierick. "The point is public security, the need to show one's face in public. Not religious freedom."

The proposed Belgian ban partly underscores how populist politicians across Europe are making a big imprint on attitudes and policies toward immigrants and minorities, especially Muslims.

(Pastorius comment: Once again, BULLSHIT!)

Belgian lawmaker Filip Dewinter says mainstream politicians back a ban on burqa-type attire for fear of losing more ground to his far-right Flemish Interest party — a fringe factor 15 years but who today hold 17 of the 150 parliamentary seats.

"We were the first to propose a burqa ban," says Dewinter. "Now the parliament votes for a ban (drafted by a) traditional government party. Whatever! It's the outcome that counts."

Umar Mirza, a 22-year-old student and editor of the Dutch Muslim Web site "We're Staying Here" says sentiment toward Muslims and immigrants began to harden in the Netherlands 10 years ago.

(Pastorius comment: Gee, I wonder why?)

"People my age have not known anything else," he says, adding the prevailing view of Muslims "has gotten much harder and sharper and less targeted at solutions."

In the Netherlands, polls indicate that Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom Party could nearly triple its presence in parliament and win 25 or so seats in June elections, up from nine today.

Wilders and like-minded supporters of the far-right hold that Muslims threaten European values by wearing head scarves and more conservative dress that fully covers body and head, such as the burqa, the chador and the niqab.

They say that liberal Europe can no longer afford to tolerate the illiberalism of newcomers.

"Islam is more of an ideology than a religion," Wilders is fond of saying. "I do not believe in a European Islam. The Islamization of the Netherlands and Western Europe will make us lose the freedoms we have today."

Numbers put growing fears of Europe becoming "Eurabia" into perspective.

Although their ranks are growing, Muslims make up only small minorities in Western Europe. France has the largest Muslim population of an estimated 5 million, or 7.5 percent of the population (PASTORIUS COMMENT - THIS IS WRONG. FRANCE'S MUSLIM POPULATION IS 10% AT THIS POINT), followed by the Netherlands with 6 percent, Germany with 5 percent, Austria with 4.2 percent, Belgium with 3 percent and Britain with 2.7 percent, according to a 2009 study of the Pew Research Center in Washington.

There is broad support in the Dutch parliament to ban face-obscuring clothing except if required by law for safety or health reasons. Talk of a ban is on hold, for now. Fewer than 500 women wear such outfits in the Netherlands, out of a population of 16.5 million.

(Pastorius comment: Oh, really. How do they know? Did they conduct a poll? This is ridiculous. I see burqas and hijab all the freaking time, and our Muslim population here in Souther California is nowhere near 6-10%. This article is full of lies.)

"Banning the burqa in Belgium is easy. The vast majority of Muslim women here don't wear one," says Maryam H'madoun, an activist in Antwerp for Muslim women's right to wear head scarves in public places.

Last year, the city of Brussels fined only 29 women — down from 33 in 2008 — for wearing a burqa-type dress, leading critics to say the regulations are an empty populist gesture. Local rules ban the burqa, but the new law would outlaw it on a national level.

In January, Denmark's center-right government called the burqa and the niqab out of step with Danish values. It held off on a ban after finding that only two or three women in Denmark (pop. 5.5 million) wear burqas and perhaps 200 wearing niqabs.

In France (pop. 65 million), the government estimates 1,900 women cover their faces with "niqabs," a scarf that exposes only the eyes, or "sitars," a filmy veiled cloth thrown over the head to cover the entire face.

France banned Muslim head scarves — as well as Jewish skullcaps and Christian crosses — from schools in 2004. President Nicolas Sarkozy says the burqa "is not welcome" in France, but the Council of State, France's highest administrative body, has served notice that an outright ban may be unconstitutional.

Politicians in Germany, Spain and Italy have toyed with banning Islamic wear, but so far to no effect.

Muslims say their Islamic dress expresses their freedom of religion.

The headscarves debate "shows we still aren't able to accept the fact that the headscarves are part of our society," says Mirza, the editor of the "We're Staying Here" Web site.

"In the UK, they even made special police uniforms for women with headscarves. That shows willingness from the government and improves participation in society of these groups."

Isabelle Praile, vice president of the Belgian Muslims Executive says while a burqa ban targets very few women "it speaks to a fear of the other who is Muslim. This is Islamophobia."

To Muslims in Europe, she said, "the economy, the cost of living and decent housing" are more pressing issues that worrying about a burqa ban.

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