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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Example of a dhimmi journalist

I already read the sad news that Molly Norris, the Seattle Weekly cartoonist who came up with Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, has gone into hiding and left the paper. For some reason, the following entry on the subject at Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog drew my interest (because of how often I look at comic book news to see how far the industry has fallen? I guess), because I found that it's written by an admitted journalist named Brigid Alverson, who unfortunately takes a leftist stance (not that she admits it), and may have even resorted to moral equations. Let's see what we have here:
That’s a little harsh. I’d say Norris made a rookie mistake: thinking the whole rest of the world is like her and her friends. What she regarded as a political comment is literally blasphemy to observant Muslims, a fact that she either didn’t know or shrugged off. Unfortunately, she’s paying for this mistake rather dearly — and so are a lot of innocent bystanders.
A mistake, is it? Gee, that's a little harsh. I'd say Alverson is oblivious to what Islam and the Koran are built upon. For example, "When ye meet the unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4, and check this recent example built on that kind of mindset.

Alverson then goes on to say:
Here’s why: Probably 99.99 percent of the Muslims who heard about this and were offended by it shrugged it off or kept their feelings to themselves and their immediate circle. A handful may have protested quietly, by writing on their blogs or sending a letter to the editor. Al-Awlaki seems to be the only person who has actually made a threat, but it only takes one: The comments to every article I have read about this have consisted almost entirely of slurs on Muslims, ranging from the snarky (“There’s your religion of peace”) to the frighteningly hateful. What started as a tongue-in-cheek comment on freedom of speech has ended up bringing out the worst aspect of that freedom, the freedom to hate in public.
And so, as we see here, Ms. Alverson makes the grave mistake of suggesting it was just one who made the fatwa, without even considering how many Muslims take it seriously, and almost instantly too. And, she otherwise just focuses upon the reactions by non-Muslims to the whole case, without even considering many of the threats of violence made by Islamofascists themselves. Take this, for example, and even this.

Alverson then says:
It’s hard to do this on the Internet, but sometimes you have to distinguish between crazy people and the rest of the group. Right now, with regard to Islam, some Americans are not doing a good job of this, and Norris, without really meaning to, has made things worse.
Things have been made worse long before Norris supposedly did. It is sad that what we have here is someone with no ability to research the history of Islam properly.

Alverson then says in the comments:
I’m a former newspaper reporter and a big believer in freedom of speech, even offensive speech. But as [...] says, you have to think before you speak.

Drawing a picture of the Prophet Mohammed is not just mocking Islam, it is blasphemy in the eyes of observant Moslems. You may think that’s absurd, but that doesn’t give you a license to go stomping all over their religion just for the fun of it. If you do that, there will be pushback, because people take these things seriously.

Here’s the best analogy I can come up with: Although I’m not Jewish, I rented a room from a conservative Jewish woman for almost a year. She kept a kosher house. Now, it’s perfectly legal for me to eat a cheeseburger or a ham sandwich anywhere I want, but out of respect for her, I did not bring them into the house. It’s not just about me. It’s about coexisting with other people whose beliefs I respect, despite not sharing them.
If that's the best "analogy" she could come up with, it's the worst. No observant Judaist would ever react violently if you ate a cheeseburger in their household, and wouldn't consider the premises permanently desecrated either, and it's forbidden in Judaism to do that.

Another commentor on the post, possibly from Europe, said:
Respect is a two-way street, Brigid. Religions and their adherents have no compunctions about denouncing the perceived flaws of non-believers, opposing sects and modern society in general, often in virulent, disrespectful ways. Saying “yes, but to them it’s *blasphemous*” (which means what, extra super-annoying?) could be applied to the fundamentalist Christian and Muslim perspective on homosexuality as well. Does seeing two men walk hand-in-hand warrant or excuse a violent ‘pushback’ (nice euphemism there!), as is happening more and more often here in the Netherlands (which has both gay marriage and a sizeable Muslim minority)?

Being a non-believer myself, I find it strange that being religious should permit believers to be allowed harsh, uncompromising positions on a vast range of hot-button issues yet also shield them from direct critiques of said views. That way, freedom of religion trumps freedom from religion, resulting in a situation where professing adherence to a god-based worldview gives one a licence to insult others freely and claim offence at any act of peaceful defiance. Religion is not the sole purveyor of passionate morality, nor does guarantee it – so I would argue against a statement as inane as “…because there are few things as deeply felt as [religion].”

The reason Everybody Draw Mohammed Day ‘went viral’, I think, is because it’s an emminently egalitarian, nonviolent way to mock fundamentalist Islam, to poke fun at it. Excusing the implied or explicit threat of violence in response to mockery, satire or spirited opposition of any peaceful kind is imbecilic beyond belief.

(addendum 1: maybe less so in the US of A, but here in Europe and in vast swaths of the rest of the world, we don’t need to be reminded that Muslims are ‘real people’ since we see and interact with them every day)

(addendum 2: how does your Kosher House analogy apply to the internet? Or say, the Danish cartoon controversy? Shouldn’t Muslims worldwide and in Denmark have STFU since its the Danes’ corner of the world and they’re the local majority, and drawing whatever you like is part of their ‘house rules’?)

(addendum 3: I once visited an Orthodox Israeli girl in Tel Aviv. Kosher food, strict observance of the Shabbat with no usage of electricity, all that jazz. Me being a goy had an unexpected upside for her: she asked me if could make her a cup of tea on Saturday – now that was coexisting with mutual respect.)
I like that last part. It shows what you can do for a friend who's religiously observant, and that they really don't have much of a problem with you using the electricity.

But now, here's where Ms. Alverson really blows the tire big time:
d, I am not afraid of Islam. What I am afraid of is feeding the rampant Islamophobia that I am seeing more and more of in the media and even in people around me.

I’m fine with saying “This cartoonist is a victim of psychotic fundamentalists” (I try to avoid the capslock key) as long as we keep the word “psychotic” in there. It’s important. Fundamentalism alone is not a reason to call for the death of someone half a world away and expect them to be killed.

Here’s my armchair analysis of what happened: The cleric in Yemen was scoring some political points. It’s easy to denounce Norris because what she called for is, in fact, an abomination in their religion, just as it was easy for her to call for an “Everyone Draw Mohammed Day” because prohibitions on drawing a particular person are an abomination to our notion of free speech. His rant was more violently worded than hers, but basically, it’s propaganda. I don’t think he seriously intended anyone to kill her. I bet he forgot about her an hour after he said it.

The problem is that there are plenty of unhinged people out there, and it’s possible that one will take the cleric’s words seriously. Mixing mental illness with something as deeply felt as religion leads to trouble, and that’s not exclusive to Moslems.

That’s why Norris is in danger. I seriously doubt there is an organized movement to eliminate her. What she and the FBI are probably worried about is the possibility that Awaki’s rant will set someone off.

In other words, what JK said: The whole group should not be judged by the actions of a few—and looking at the reactions to this incident, I’m afraid that’s exactly what is happening.
Hmm. She could've admitted to being a leftist as well, because I assume that's exactly what she is. And, a]she even implies this is merely the result of some mental illness, and religion can have nothing to do with it, b]acts naive in thinking Awlaki, the mentor of Nidal Malik Hasan, will actually forget this (did Khomeini forget about Rushdie? Not until his death he didn't, and his followers certainly didn't either) or even the other Muslims he's incited against Norris, c]does not think Muslims can organize, and d]thinks, along with another contributor there, that this is merely the actions "of a few" without even considering the teachings of the Koran. Naive thinking at its most utter tragic.

Let this serve as an example of what the mindset of the leftist MSM can be like, spectacularly failing to do any proper research on any religion.

It's very sad that Norris has gone into hiding, in America, of all places. It's really not a good example to set, since, if we're to stop the Islamist threat, we can't let ourselves be cowed.

Update: speaking of Nidal Hasan, here's a video for the Fort Hood Memorial Convention:

Via Big Peace.
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Answers to Objections When You Talk About Islam

An excellent post from Citizen Warrior:

BELOW IS a list of responses you are likely to get when talking about the terrifying brilliance of Islam to someone who knows little about it. Most of the responses link to an article giving you suggestions about how to effectively respond. In the next few months, we will add answers to the unlinked ones.

If you ever come across a response not on our list, and you have difficulty answering it, please let us know; we'll work on it and add it to the list.

The good news is that the responses you will typically get are a fairly small number. You'll hear the same few objections over and over. When you have some good answers to these objections ready at hand, you will be able to answer smoothly and with poise, without feeling tense or antagonistic.

We're hoping you will add more possible responses or advice in the comments on the articles linked below. And if you have any possible answers to the unlinked responses below, we'd love to hear them (email us).

When you talk about Islamic supremacism with people, they are likely to say one of the following:

1. But it is just a small minority of extremists.

2. My friend is a Muslim and he's really nice.

3. What you're saying is racist.

4. Aren't you being religiously intolerant? People in this country have a right to worship as they please. Isn't religious tolerance one of our most important principles?

5. Christianity is just as bad.

6. Not all Muslims are terrorists.

7. We can't go to war with 1.3 billion Muslims!

8. Are you an Islamophobe?

9. Isn't this bigotry?

10. Are you a hatemonger? I don't believe in promoting hatred.

11. You should really talk to some Muslims. You're getting all this from books.

12. There are peaceful passages in the Qur'an too.

13. People take what they want from any writings. You can pretty much justify anything if you quote it out of context.

14. There are millions of Muslims in this country and they're not blowing things up.

15. My family and my community is Muslim, and none of us are terrorists.

16. Fundamentalism is fundamentalism.


17. Haven't mosques and churches and synogogs sat side-by-side in the Middle East for a thousand years?

18. You're taking the verses of the Quran out of context.

19. But jihad is an internal struggle.

20. Criticizing Islam will push the moderates into the arms of the extremists.

21. What about the good verses in the Quran?

22. What can we do about it?

I also have an all-purpose response to any objection you get. Simply ask: "How did you learn about Islam?" Your question will probably reveal to both of you how little the other knows about Islam, and that is a good place to start.
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A God Who Hates

Whenever someone risks their life to warm the world of an impending danger, they deserve our utmost respect and consideration. Men and women like Ibn Warraq, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat, Ali Sina, Mosab Hassan Yousef, and now Wafa Sultan inform us on Islam.

Wafa Sultan, in her book A God Who Hates, exposes the degradation and oppression in a culture dominated by Islam. Sultan, a Syrian-born American psychiatrist, presents a penetrating sociological study of Arab society. She picks up where Raphael Patai left off in his classic, The Arab Mind.

The scars of Islamic oppression are deep and difficult to escape. Both Wafa and her husband have struggled to free themselves from the dark bitter worldview that permeates the soul of the Arab culture. This book is a warning to those who believe that nations-building can readily “win hearts and minds.” “Muslims hate their women, and any group who hates their women can’t love anyone else,” she explains in iron clad logic. Why do they hate their women? “Because their God does.” [p7, 128-135]

Islam was founded in a desert culture rooted in raiding and plundering [p66, p174]. Harm and humiliation, if not outright slaughter, were tools to defeat one’s rivals. Islam gave such behavior a moral and religious rationalization. Sultan sees the core ethos at work today in Arab nations. Even Arabs who immigrate to America retain a joy in seeing America humiliated but hide this from English-speaking audience [p59-60].

She painstakingly explains how the authoritarian nature of Islam crushes the spirit of the individual. Every relationship and interaction is defined by who rules and who is submissive. Rather than equals dealing with equals, the master-slave dynamic predominates [p155-164]. This psychology survives even during the heyday of Arab nationalism, when Islam was marginalized.

Arab nations didn’t have secular dictators because we supported them; they had secular dictators because of the inescapable mindset left by Islam. “The United States was accused by Muslims of supporting dictatorships in their countries … and to relinquish their guilt America decided to bring down Saddam Hussein’s throne. … America miscalculated …” [p163] Without a cultural change, without marginalizing Islam, long term prospects are dim.

Sultan’s internal struggle to free herself from the soul-killing hatred of her Islamic homeland gives us an indication of the difficulty of cultural change by those who try to move forward while remaining in an Islamic society. The scars are deep. We are greatly indebted to women like Wafa Sultan. She may not be able to advance the Arab culture but her warning might just save ours.

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MUSLIM PROPAGANDA EXPOSED: THE CORDOBA ERA OF ISLAM WAS ALSO INTOLERANT AND GENOCIDAL
From the Astute Bloggers

IMAM RAUF AND OTHERS CONNECTED TO THE CORDOBA INSTITUTE WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THAT ISLAM NOT ONLY HAS A HERITAGE OF TOLERANCE, BUT THAT EUROPE'S FIRST ERA OF TOLERANCE WAS IN CORDOBA, SPAIN - UNDER MUSLIM RULE.

THIS IS A LIE.

(NOTE - ONE EXAMPLE:
This poem of Abu Ishaq, written in Al-Andalus, Granada in 1066, was considered to be largely instrumental in sparking this massacre. It contains the following lines:
Do not consider it a breach of faith to kill them, the breach of faith would be to let them carry on.

They have violated our covenant with them, so how can you be held guilty against the violators?
How can they have any pact when we are obscure and they are prominent?
Now we are humble, beside them, as if we were wrong and they were right!
On December 30, 1066 (9 Tevet 4827), a Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, which was at that time in al-Andalus, assassinated Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacred most of the Jewish population of the city.
More than 1,500 Jewish families, numbering 4,000 persons, fell in one day.
The image above shows a Jew reading the torah in Al-Andalus.
USE THE OTHER LINK TO FIND OUT MORE.)

BOTTOM-LINE: MOHAMMEDANISM IS TERRORISM.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is Bill Warner of Political Islam .

Listen to the September 24, 2010 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

UPCOMING SHOWS
October 1: Heidianne Jackson
October 8: IQ al Rassooli
October 15: Midnight Rider
October 22: IQ al Rassooli
October 29: Az Zaqqum with Freaky Fatwa Friday, just in time for Halloween

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The Case of Molly Norris Simply Proves Islam Is a Criminal Organization

From Winds of Jihad:

  1. Molly Norris apologized for “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” and clerics calls for her death anyway (Yakima Conservative Examiner)Death sentences for cartoonists? Good golly, Ms. Molly
  2. Death Threats for Molly Norris (Reality bites, appeasement doesn’t work, WaPo)

Cartoonist Molly Norris Lets the Terrorists Win Again (Eric Lurio, Puff Ho)
Molly Norris is neither brave nor heroic. She eventually apologized to the extremists, who had sent her a few death threats, and renounced the movement she started as it snowball into something huge. And what’s worse, Norris pretty much said the terrorists were right. To quote her website:
I did not ‘declare’ an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”
I made a cartoon of a satirical poster with a fake group behind it (Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor). It was solely a concept about Comedy Central’s over reaction to a threat from revolutionmuslim.com, and their consequent decision to censor the television show South Park.
My cartoon was taken seriously & hijacked by people who used it to make facebook pages.
What Molly Norris initially did was the right way to address the problem: fight terrorism with humor, intelligence, and panache. The response was threats of murder. She backed down and apologized to her oppressors. I guess she didn’t want to end up like Gandhi.
Terrorism works.
It works because we allow it to work. It works because we have allowed millions of Muslims to settle behind what they perceive to be enemy lines. It works because the people who are sworn to protect us have deceived us.  Dereliction of duty, on a grand scale.  It works because  of political correctness which stifles any debate.  Because most of us fear being  shouted down as ‘racist, bigot Islamophobes’.  And so the criminal cult of Islam, a murderous, genocidal organization, is allowed to continue to  threaten, to blackmail, to terrorize, to bully and to assassinate those who oppose the spread of this dreadful belief system.
BBC
A US artist whose satirical cartoon inspired an internet campaign inviting people to draw images of the Prophet Muhammad has disappeared into hiding, her newspaper has said.

Molly Norris, who disavowed the movement that provoked outrage in the Islamic world, has moved and changed her name, the Seattle Weekly said.
She fled after FBI agents warned she was in danger, the newspaper wrote.
Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are forbidden in Islam. (Perhaps. But we are not Islamic. Not yet. Cartoons are not forbidden in America, and its high time that we fight Islamic  efforts to stifle freedom of speech.)
The Seattle Weekly wrote that Ms Norris was “moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity”.
Muhammad row cartoonist ’sorry’
“She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection programme,” it said, but without government aid.
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Metro Transit Authority (New York City) Turn Section of NYC's Grand Central Terminal Into A Giant Mosque On Yom Kippur

From Reliapundit, at the Astute Bloggers:

YUP.

TO GET TO MY EREV YOM KIPPUR DINNER I HAD TO TAKE A NY/CT/NJ MTA METRO-NORTH TRAIN FROM GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL.

AND WHAT DO I HAVE TO WALK THROUGH?

I HUGE PAVILION OF MOSQUES AND MINARETS AND PEOPLE DRESSED AS TURKS AND TURKISH MUSIC AND BANNER CELEBRATING TURKEY AND THE KORAN.

ON YOM KIPPUR OF ALL DATES.

WHO IN THE MTA THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR THIS?

Go read the whole thing at Astute Bloggers.
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Muddy Waters
Can't Get No Grinding


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Muslims Plan Whining Summit To Support GZ Rabat Plan

Looks like we rattled some cages last weekend. NBC is reporting that the ummah in NYC has its feathers well and truly ruffled and is planning a pigeon coo for this weekend to support the Ground Zero 9/11 Victory Rabat and Interfaith Table Tennis Club and to plan strategies to oppose "religious bigotry". In other words, how to get this Sharia Shack shoved down the throats of the Kuffar whether they like it or not.

Please let there be one "journalist" left in New York with the integrity to ask them about the Center for Security Policy Report, get Rauf to make another stupid remark about Sharia being compatible with the Constitution. And let there be a few people left awake in this country who will put the two together and begin to realize how far up shit creek without a paddle we really are while there is still time to do something about it.

Muslim Summit in NYC in Response to anti-Mosque Furor
By DAVID B. CARUSO

Some Muslims who were initially indifferent about a proposed Islamic center near the World Trade Center site are now rallying around the plan, partly in response to a sense that their faith is under assault.

A summit of U.S. Muslim organizations is planned for Saturday and Sunday in New York City to address both the project and a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and rhetoric that has accompanied the debate over the project.

It has yet to be seen whether the group will emerge with a firm stand on the proposed community center, dubbed Park51. The primary purpose of the two-day meeting is to talk about ways to combat religious bigotry.

But Shaik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, one of the groups organizing the gathering, said he has a growing sense that the project is being embraced by American Muslims and Muslim groups after some initial trepidation.

"Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we had no choice but to stand with Feisal Rauf," he said, referring to the New York City imam who has been leading the drive for the center.

Groups scheduled to participate in the summit include the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Alliance of North America and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Gauging support for the center among U.S. Muslims is difficult. As a group, they are diverse, ranging from blacks who found the faith during the civil rights movement to recent immigrants hailing from opposite ends of the globe. They rarely speak with one voice.

Yet after a pastor in Florida injected himself into the debate by threatening to burn copies of the Quran, U.S. Muslims stirred.

"I think most Muslims outside New York City are more concerned about the backlash than the actual center, which most of them will never directly benefit from," said Shahed Amanullah, the editor-in-chief of the website altmuslim.com and a group of other Islam-themed sites.

"Grass-roots support is indeed building," he said, "but that is probably more due to the pushback against the general hostile climate."

The center's location two blocks from ground zero has upset some relatives of Sept. 11 victims and stirred nationwide debate and angry demands that it be moved. Critics say the site of mass murder by Islamic extremists is no place for an Islamic institution.

Read the rest here. It's just more yadda about Rauf and Gamal's financial shenanigans.

Copyright Associated Press First Published: Sep 17, 2010 5:39 PM EDT

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Hunk of the Week? and a PSA

When I got this envelope under the door I could hear heavy breathing coming from it. The envelope, not the door.

When I opened it it took hours to clean off the lipstick and drool and sweat.

No wonder Pastorius sent it to me to deal with.

Who is dis guy?

And to the anonymous party who sent it to Pasto, in the future please provide a translation. I can't understand a word he's saying.

Joaquin Cortes montaje Amor Odio



Pastorius also suggested I include this PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Under the circumstances I think it only prudent.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17, 1787


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The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy
Champagne and Reefer


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White House: About That Global Warming Thing, Maybe We Oughta Call It A Disruption

 Seriously, dudes, if you're into Obama, tell me, how do you have a "disruption" in weather? Does that mean, like, there was no weather for a little while. 

Cuz, if so, that must have been a real trip. Sorry I didn't notice it.

From Weasel Zippers:


(Fox News)From the administration that brought you “man-caused disaster” and “overseas contingency operation,” another terminology change is in the pipeline.


The White House wants the public to start using the term “global climate disruption” in place of “global warming” — fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is.

White House science adviser John Holdren urged people to start using the phrase during a speech last week in Oslo, echoing a plea he made three years earlier. Holdren said global warming is a “dangerous misnomer” for a problem far more complicated than a rise in temperature.

The call comes as Congress prepares to adjourn for the season without completing work on a stalled climate bill. The term global warming has long been criticized as inaccurate, and the new push could be an attempt to re-shape climate messaging for next year’s legislative session.

“They’re trying to come up with more politically palatable ways to sell some of this stuff,” said Republican pollster Adam Geller, noting that Democrats also rolled out a new logo and now refer to the Bush tax cuts as “middle-class tax cuts.”

He said the climate change change-up likely derives from flagging public support for their bill to regulate emissions. He said the term “global warming” makes the cause easy to ridicule whenever there’s a snowstorm.

“Every time we’re digging our cars out — what global warming?” he said. “(Global climate disruption is) more of a sort of generic blanket term, I guess, that can apply in all weather conditions.”

It’s unclear why Holdren prefers “global climate disruption” over “climate change,” the most commonly used alternative to “global warming.
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WH Spokesmen Still Mum on Study Linking Shariah Proponents to Al Qaeda

From Weasel Zippers:


(Washington Times) According to the report, proponents of Shariah are “Muslim supremacists” waging “civilization jihad” along with the Islamist terrorists engaged in violent jihad, like al Qaeda.

The 19-member study group was led by retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Defense Intelligence Agency director from 1988 to 1991.

Included in the team of former defense, law enforcement and intelligence officials were Clinton administration CIA Director R. James Woolsey and Andrew C. McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney in New York, a career counterterrorism prosecutor during the Clinton administration.

Frank Gaffney, director of the Center for Security Policy, said the Obama administration’s policy is based on an incorrect assumption. The Team B report seeks to expose flaws in anti-terror programs, including the policy of not referring to al Qaeda and similar groups as “Islamist” to avoid offending Muslims, he said.

“What if it turns out that some of the people the Obama administration has been embracing are actually promoting the same totalitarian ideology and seditious agenda as al Qaeda, only they’re doing it from White House Iftar dinners?” said Mr. Gaffney, referring to the daily meal eaten by Muslims to break their fast during Ramadan.

The group of experts was modeled after the official CIA Team B, whose 1976 contrary analysis said U.S. intelligence assessments had underestimated Soviet nuclear forces. That Team B report led to the military buildup under the Reagan administration.

John Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for counterterrorism, told The Washington Times in June that he disagrees that “there is an Islamic dimension to terrorism.”

The administration’s policy of not using the word Islam and its derivatives to describe today’s fundamentalist terrorists is aimed at “not according these individuals any religious legitimacy,” he said.
A White House spokesman could not be reached for comment on the report or the administration’s policy on political Islam.
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Couple Charged with Conspiracy to Sell Nukes to Venezuela

Ex-Los Alamos Scientist, Wife Indicted in Alleged Atomic Weapon Conspiracy
Published September 17, 2010
FoxNews.com


WASHINGTON -- A scientist and his wife who both once worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming outspoken critics were arrested Friday after an FBI sting operation and charged with trying to sell nuclear secrets to Venezuela.

The scientist, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, is being detained until a hearing Monday morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife, Roxby Mascheroni, was released on a variety of conditions, including a monitor attached to her.

The investigation first drew attention last October when federal agents reportedly seized six computers, two cameras, two cellphones and hundreds of files from the scientist, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni.

Mascheroni declared his innocence to The New York Times last year, saying, "If I were a real spy, I would have left the country a long time ago."

After their arrest Friday morning, the two appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico and were accused of dealing with an FBI undercover agent posing as a Venezuelan agent. The government did not allege that Venezuela or anyone working for it sought U.S. secrets.

The pair were indicted for allegedly communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official.

Accused in a 22-count indictment are Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen. Both were formerly contract employees at Los Alamos.

According to the indictment, Mascheroni told an undercover agent he could help Venezuela develop a nuclear bomb within 10 years and that under his program, Venezuela would use a secret, underground nuclear reactor to produce and enrich plutonium, and an open, aboveground reactor to produce nuclear energy.


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Our Own Private Iran: Nukes on our Southern border. Nothing like re-living the 60's.

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L.A. Math =- $111 million ARRA - 55 Jobs

International Business Times:

Employment generation disappointing: LA City Controller
By IB Times Staff Reporter

The Los Angeles City Controller said on Thursday the city's use of its share of the $800 billion federal stimulus fund has been disappointing.

The city received $111 million in stimulus under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) approved by the Congress more than year ago.

"I'm disappointed that we've only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million," says Wendy Greuel, the city's controller, while releasing an audit report.

"With our local unemployment rate over 12% we need to do a better job cutting red tape and putting Angelenos back to work,” she added.

According to the report, the Los Angeles Department of Public Works generated only 45.46 jobs (the fraction of a job created or retained correlates to the number of actual hours works) after receiving $70.65 million, while the target was 238 jobs.

Similarly, the city’s department of transportation, armed with a $40.8 million fund, created only 9 jobs in place of an expected 26 jobs.

The audit says the numbers were disappointing due to bureaucratic red tape, absence of competitive bidding for projects in private sectors, inappropriate tracking of stimulus money and a laxity in bringing out timely job reports.

“While it doesn’t appear that any of the ARRA funds were misspent, the City needs to do a better job expediting the process and creating jobs,” she said.

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Telegraph:

Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot
By Duncan Gardham,

Police have arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists, working as street cleaners in London, over an alleged plan assassinate the Pope.

The men were arrested during raids at 5.45am at a rubbish depot in central London based on an intelligence tip off received overnight.

The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 were arrested by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Pope praises religious schools They are said to be from a variety of nationalities including a number of Algerian origin.

The depot where they worked is less than a mile from Hyde Park where the Pope was due to hold a prayer vigil tomorrow evening.

As street cleaners they would have been able to move relatively freely and inconspicuously through the London crowds.

Westminster City Council said the men worked for Veolia Environmental Services, a contractor which employs 650 on-street staff to keep Westminster's streets clean and free from rubbish.

The men have been taken to a central London police station where they will be interviewed by detectives.

Searches are being carried out under the Terrorism Act 2000 at the rubbish depot and at residential premises in north and east London.

Sources said that initial searches had not uncovered any bomb-making or hazardous items.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the arrests were made after they received “information” and added: “Following initial inquiries by detectives a decision was made to arrest the five men.”

Pope Benedict XVI’s security arrangements were reviewed following the arrests and Scotland Yard said “we are satisfied that our current policing plan remains appropriate. The itinerary has not changed.”

There was no change to the terrorism threat level which remains at “severe” meaning that a terrorist attack is highly likely.

The Pope continued with his engagements, unaffected by the developments.

The Pope has been informed of the arrests, Vatican spokesman Fr Lombardi said. He told reporters there was "no need to change anything about the programme with the Pope and the security for this trip".

"The Pope is calm and happy and we go on with this trip with courage and joy," he added.

"We are totally confident in the work of the police and Scotland Yard."

A multimillion-pound operation is in place to protect the Pope during his tour of Scotland, London and the West Midlands, with thousands of officers involved.

The pontiff is also protected by members of the Swiss Guard.

He often travels in the Popemobile, which has a bulletproof glass enclosure. The Vatican abandoned the use of an open-topped vehicle after the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.

A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said: "We have absolute confidence in the security operation to protect both the Pope and the public.

"The Pope is enjoying a wonderful visit, warmly welcomed wherever he goes."

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Kirsten Powers Gets It?!?!?

The Daily Beast:

Stop Mocking the Tea Party
by Kirsten Powers
September 16, 2010 10:41pm

The media doesn’t get it, says Kirsten Powers. The Tea Party crowd is about to radically reshape the Republican Party on a scale not seen since Barry Goldwater in the 1960s.

It’s time to stop mocking the Tea Party.

Whether they are loons, principled conservatives, or a mix of both, they are a potent force that won’t be intimidated off the national stage by snarky media coverage and clueless attacks from the establishment.

In fact, they are clearly poised as the heir to the Goldwater movement that was also ridiculed by elites in both parties during the early 1960s.

Yes, Goldwater was demolished by Lyndon Johnson in the landslide that was the 1964 presidential election. But his crowning accomplishment was igniting the flames of a conservative movement that would eventually lead to the election of Ronald Reagan, ushering in eight years of conservative realignment. To this day, conservatives rule the Republican Party which, prior to Goldwater, wasn’t the case.

Every Tea Party candidate has been described as being crazy, stupid, and on track to destroy America if they are elected. Funny, that’s pretty much what was said about Barry Goldwater and his followers.

It’s those conservatives who today are fed up and demanding that the Republican Party stick to the principles they run on.

• Shushannah Walshe: Palin’s Wins Stoke White House Run

• Samuel P. Jacobs: Don’t Count Out Moderate Republicans Yet

• Benjamin Sarlin: Guess Who’s on Christine O’Donnell’s Payroll? How dare they?

The Washington establishment has its nose out of joint because a rag-tag group of misfits have deigned to challenge the entitled incompetents who run the U.S. Congress. Somehow, because a few of the Tea Party candidates support abstinence training, or other garden variety right-wing notions, they are more dangerous than the people who were actually in charge of our country as it was being run into the ground economically.

We’ve been treated to obsessive coverage of Christine O’Donnell’s opinions on masturbation, and whether she had premarital sex, because we all know that these are the Very Important Issues facing our country.

Every Tea Party candidate has been variously described as crazy, stupid, and on track to destroy America, if elected. Funny, that’s pretty much what was said about Barry Goldwater and his followers by the establishment. And yet, that didn’t stop him from reshaping the Republican Party and laying the groundwork for the Reagan Revolution.

Today, Barry Goldwater is romanticized as an undiplomatic but principled conservative with an adorable penchant for “shooting from the lip.” He retired after decades in the Senate as a revered elder statesman. Even Hillary Clinton once referred to herself as a “Goldwater girl.”

But in his heyday, Goldwater was decried by Democrats and liberal Republicans alike as a dangerous demagogue, who would lead the U.S. into nuclear war, eliminate Social Security, and roll back civil-rights progress. He once advocated giving battlefield commanders in Vietnam the authority to use nuclear weapons.

Demands were made that he disavow his “racist” and “extremist” followers.

Sound familiar?

Goldwater didn’t repudiate his followers but instead thundered in his presidential nomination acceptance speech that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Today’s GOP is torn about the Tea Party, with the recent win of Christine O’Donnell in Delaware setting off recriminations and denunciations from the likes of Karl Rove and other Republican Party pooh-bahs. The conflict was inevitable; movements can be messy.

In Kate Zernike’s new book, Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, The New York Times reporter debunks the myth that the Tea Party is “Astroturf,” and a creation of Republican strategists. In fact, she describes it as a legitimate grassroots uprising.

Whatever you make of them, Zernike’s reporting makes clear that the Tea Partiers care deeply about the future of their country. They aren’t intimidated by difficult odds. Many of them had their first experience in political organizing when they put together their maiden Tea Party rally. They detest the Republican Party almost as much as the Democratic Party.

And the more they are mocked, the more determined they are to push forward. The derision of elites, to them, is a badge of honor.

Like Goldwater, Tea Party candidates sometimes say wacky things. Goldwater once told reporters that "sometimes I think this country would be better off if we could just saw off the Eastern Seaboard and let it float out to sea." He was known to quip, "I haven't really got a first-class brain." During the 1964 campaign, Goldwater aides even went so far to ask reporters to "write what he means, not what he says."

But no matter what they say, and no matter how horrified the elites are by their positions, the Tea Party members aren’t remotely out of the Republican mainstream. A poll by The Economist on Wednesday showed that more than 70 percent of Republicans agree with the Tea Party agenda.

Still, pundits and pols are now predicting that the Tea Party has chosen candidates that are too far to the right for a win; that the Republican Party is doomed for being too extreme. The headline in the September 14 Washington Post announced: “Tea Party wins in Northeastern primaries could bode well for Democrats.”

But even if the Tea Party fails in the near-term—which is still not a forgone conclusion—so did the Goldwater movement, which was considered a spectacular failure after the catastrophic 1964 presidential election. Predictions were made that the Republican Party would not recover. Yet Richard Nixon, who had campaigned for Goldwater in ’64, took the White House just four years later.

Barry Goldwater, Jr. told NewsMax on Wednesday that establishment Republicans who are bitter over the stunning success of Tea Party conservatives this primary season "ought to keep their mouth shut and just take a look at what's going on in this country" and that Christine O’Donnell’s win was “no surprise.”

For those who were surprised, it is time to take a closer look.

And remember the lessons of history.

The Tea Party ain’t no joke.

But Charles Krauthammer Doesn't

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White House Insider; "The President Is Losing It"

From Director Blue:

It hasn't gotten much press, but a former White House insider has reportedly dished the dirt on President Obama -- and the revelations sound plausible indeed.


...Obama loved to campaign. He clearly didn’t like the work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire White House staff within weeks after the inauguration. Obama the tireless, hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us. And the few News stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to care about. He absolutely obsesses over Fox News. For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned. He takes everything very personally...

That [Obama hates Joe Biden] is very well known in the White House. Obama chose Biden for one reason – to have an older white guy with some international policy credentials. Period. If Biden has all of this international experience that Obama found so valuable, why has he buried him under the pile of crap that became the stimulus bill? ...Give Joe a job and get him the hell out of my hair – that pretty much sums up the president’s feelings...

...Obama is scared to death of Hillary. He doesn’t trust her – obsesses over her almost as much as he does Fox News... when it comes down to it, she has played the game on a far tougher level than he has, and Obama knows that...

...we were all led to believe that this guy was some kind of intellectual giant, right? Ivy League and all that. Well, that is not what I saw. Barack Obama doesn’t have a whole lot of intellectual curiosity. When he is off script, he is what I call a real 'slow talker'. Lots of ummms, and lots of time in between answers where you can almost see the little wheel in his head turning very slowly. I am not going to say the president is a dumb man, because he is not, but yeah, there was a definite letdown when you actually hear him talking without the script...

...I don’t know [how bad things are in the White House] about right now, because I have not been there in over a month. But I still hear things, and [it's] not good. As bad as it might look to voters based on what they do know, it’s much worse. The infighting is off the charts. You got a Chief of Staff who despises cabinet members, advisors who despise the Chief of Staff, a President and First Lady having their own issues...

...I don’t have a problem saying that the president is losing it. I don’t mean he is like losing his mind. I mean to say that he is losing whatever spark he had during the campaign. When you take away the crowds, Obama gets noticeably smaller. He shrinks up inside of himself. He just doesn’t seem to have the confidence to do the job of President, and it’s getting worse and worse. Case in point – just a few days before I left, I saw first hand the President of the United States yelling at a member of his staff. He was yelling like a spoiled child. And then he pouted for several moments after. I wish I was kidding, or exaggerating, but I am not. The President of the United States threw a temper tantrum. The jobs reports are always setting him off, and he is getting increasingly conspiratorial over the unemployment numbers. I never heard it myself, but was told that Obama thinks the banking system is out to get him now. That they and the big industries are making him pay for trying to regulate them more. That is the frame of mind the President is in these days. And you know what? Maybe he is right, who knows?

...I am going to come right out and say it – No [, another four years of Obama would not be a good thing]. Obama is not up to the job of being president. He simply doesn’t seem to care about the work involved. You want to know what? Obama is lazy. He really is. And it is getting worse and worse. Would another four years of Obama be the best thing for America? No it would not. What this country needs is a president who is focused on the job more than on themselves. Obama is not that individual. I actually hope he doesn’t run again. Looking back, as much fun as the campaign in 2008 was, Hillary Clinton should have been the nominee. Hillary was ready to be president. Obama was not ready. He had never lost a campaign. [Ed: not true, he lost a campaign for Congress in 2000] Everything was handed to him. He doesn’t really understand the idea of work – real, hard, get your heart and soul into it work. And frankly, that is very disappointing to a whole lot of us...



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While The Left Gulps. . .

Americans are feeling it. Burning in their blood. Prickling in their DNA. That sensation right before the shit hits the fan.

Rove doesn't get it even though he tried a lip service smoothing over to O'Donnell on Fox today.

Boehner doesn't get it, caving in on the tax cuts just as more and more Dems are starting to say they should stay in place.

Chris Christie doesn't get it, standing for a mosque and against a New Jersey Transit worker who stood in opposition.

Murkowski doesn't get it. Her people have spoken.

Harry and Nancy don't get it. They haven't gotten it for years. Unless they've been getting it from each other which just makes me shudder and shiver uncontrollably.

Obama certainly doesn't get it although that may be okay, the more and longer vacations he takes the less damage he can do.

The Dems are sensing the dread of being in the crosshairs and are running for cover like nervous teenage rabbits caught copulating.

I'll take Palin over Rove, Beck over Boehner, O'Donnell over Christie any goddamn day.

Because the Palins and Becks and O'Donnells and DeMints and Limbaughs and Bachmanns and Armeys get it. Progress can be measured in inches and not just yards. But there must be progress and the old guard from either side just ain't it.

They get it and, depsite their shortcomings (none worse than anything we currently have in place) they are The New Minutemen

By ballot not bullet The Revolution Is On.

Just ask anyone at a Tea Party Rally.

Or in their crosshairs.

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NEW YORK AREA FOLK COME ON !!!!


JOIN THE BROOLYN TEA PARTY RALLY !!

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 3PM – 6 PM
69th STREET PIER

TAKE THE R TRAIN TO the BAY RIDGE AVE - 68th St Stop
Walk down Bay Ridge Ave to get there


Hear Candidates Who Pledge To:

1.           Fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment, Freeze Spending and Hiring, and Overturn ObamaCare.
2.           Fight the Ground Zero Mosque
3.           Support Arizona’s Immigration Law.

                                      - Speakers Include –

- Dan Halloran - member of the New York City Council, 19th District
- Betsy McCaughey – Lieutenant Governor of New York (1995 – 1998)
- Roger Blank – Candidate for the House of Representative in the 14th District against Carolyn Maloney
- Andrew Sullivan - Fox and Friends Guest, Ground Zero Rally Speaker and Blue Collar Corner Blogger
- Susan Kone- Candidate for the House of Representatives in the 8th District against Jerry Nadler
- Frank Santarpia - President of the Staten Island Tea Party
- Satya Dosapai -  Human Rights Watch
- Bob Turner -Candidate for the House of Representatives in the 9th District against Anthony Weiner
- John Press – President of the Brooklyn Tea Party, author of the book Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future

AND JOIN THE BROOKLYN TEA PARTY

We meet at 2 pm every Sunday at Kosher Hut at 709 King’s Hwy

Join our Brooklyn Tea Party Group Facebook Community with the above logo

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HEY! Goldurnit I said this YESTERDAY

dang CNS stealing my thinking :)

Violent Crime Declined As Gun Sales Climbed in 2009
Thursday, September 16, 2010
By Matt Cover

(CNSNews.com) - Violent crime continued to fall in 2009, even as gun sales reached an all-time high, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This is “proof positive that gun prohibitionists have been consistently and undeniably wrong,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said in a statement.

Released Tuesday, the violent crime statistics are part of the FBI’s yearly Uniform Crime Report, which collects crime statistics from localities all across the country and is the most comprehensive report on crime in America.

According to the FBI, the number of violent crimes of all types declined in 2009 by 5.3 percent and property crimes declined 4.6 percent. In fact, the rate of violent crime declined 6.1 percent below 2008 figures.

In total, the FBI estimated that 1.3 million violent crimes were committed in 2009.

“Each of the four violent crime offenses decreased when compared with the 2008 estimates. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter and robbery had the largest decreases: 7.3 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively,” the FBI said in a press release summarizing the report. “In addition, aggravated assault decreased 4.2 percent, and forcible rape declined 2.6 percent.”

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Koran-Burning Pastor is a mad crank, So what do you call those who threaten violence over his antics?

From the Irish Daily Independent:

IT'S interesting how Pastor Jones -- who memorably appeared in 'The Sunday Times' as "Paster Jones" -- was presented in the western media as the nut job.


But the many Muslim governments who threatened the US government about the violent consequences if he went ahead with his threat to burn the Koran were not so characterised, even though they came up with the usual old line: We are a people of peace, but if that man burns some paper, there'll be killings.
Just let me break this news to you gently. Things could get much, much worse.

Come back in two years' time and perhaps you'll see what I mean. For in 2012, the Islamic world will be celebrating the 1,400th anniversary of the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Mohammed, a visitation that turned him into a prophet and changed the world. What emotions will that anniversary unleash in the Islamic world? How will Muslims commemorate the events of 9/11 in the year 2012? And what further steps will the Western/secular world have taken in the meantime to propitiate Islam -- in the way that Islam never takes towards us infidels?
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Petrified of losing their future lobbying 'jobs' ..Demint now attacked : "said one aide"

Jim DeMint
From the Hill:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) helped create the anti-Washington wave that has damaged his party's chances of retaking the Senate this fall, and his GOP colleagues aren't happy about it.

While no one will confront DeMint directly about his role, Republican aides warn that the first-term senator could be punished if his involvement in GOP primaries is seen as a factor in Democrats retaining control of the upper chamber.

"If on Nov. 3 there are two or three seats in Democratic control that otherwise would have been Republican victories, then that anger will come back up to the surface and there will be consequences," said one aide, declining to cite specific punishments DeMint might face.

Anger toward DeMint boiled over after the GOP establishment learned that Christine O'Donnell, a controversial conservative backed by DeMint, upset the party's favored candidate, Rep. Mike Castle, in Delaware's Republican Senate primary.

DeMint's critics acknowledge that he has become a force to be reckoned with in Republican politics.

This 'aide' represents what happened in 2006.

This 'aide' represents Hastert, Livingstone, Foley, Craig, Abramoff and the lack of differential leadership.

This 'aide' is THE REASON WHY TEA PEOPLE EXIST AND ARE ENERGIZED.

This 'aide' makes me wonder if a clean sweep inside the republican party is not needed FIRST.

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Obama’s Science Czar Says He Would Use “Free Market” to “De-Develop the United States”

We've reported on Holdren and his crazy-assed beliefs before.

But, I must admit, I thought it was likely he had mellowed in his old age. 

And, call me stupid, but I really thought that, if he still thought like this, he would at least have had the sense to keep it to himself.


Guess not.

From Weasel Zippers:

When the sheeple voted for Hope and Change I bet they had no idea these are the far-left radicals who would assume power.

In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told CNSNews.com that he would use the “free market economy” to implement the “massive campaign” he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to “de-develop the United States.”

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Massachusetts Governor Backs GZ Victory Mosque to Get Even with "Racist" Cops

Are there "racist" arguments in favor of the proposed Park51 Islamic rabat/mosque at Ground Zero? There are, indeed. This one comes from Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts.


Governor Candidates Debate Mosque
GLEN JOHNSON, AP Political Writer

BOSTON (AP) ― Gov. Deval Patrick recalled Thursday being harassed by police officers as he bought candy as a youngster in Milton, saying it buttresses his belief in racial tolerance and religious freedom that extends to supporting the construction of a mosque near ground zero.

GROUND ZERO MOSQUE

In the second Massachusetts gubernatorial debate of the week, Republican Charles Baker and independent candidate Timothy Cahill disagreed with the governor, saying the area around the focus of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is sacred territory and should not become a rallying ground for extremist Muslims.

"I don't want to put them through what I went through," Patrick said of common Muslims, after recalling his experiences as a 14-year-old transplant from Chicago's rough South Side to the tony grounds of Milton Academy.

He said he was stopped regularly by Milton police as he walked to a local convenience store in a community where blacks were then rare.

The governor later said the officers wanted to know what he was doing in the neighborhood and requested identification, a demand he could not satisfy until he got a school identification card as a sophomore or junior.



What other interpretation but racial resentment and a wish to "get even" can be put on this inane statement? Governor Patrick is not generally considered the brightest street light on the block here in Taxachusetts, but this response is stuck-on-stupid even for him. As noted below by Independent candidate Tim Cahill, Patrick already has a track record of pandering to the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and mega-mosque (see earlier post on this mosque's role in indoctrinating children in MA public schools), and while he is perhaps careful about how much he allows himself to understand about the true nature of Islam it is unlikely that he is ignorant of the basics or that he really thinks the issue in New York City is one of "racial tolerance" or people being able to walk down the street without being "harassed".


[Republican candidate] Baker said that with the "raw emotion of the attack" still lingering, all parties have to be flexible.

He said building the mosque in New York, as well as its community center, will contribute to building anti-Muslim anger sparked by continued terror attacks or attempts.

Cahill previously criticized Patrick for meeting with 1,000 Massachusetts Muslim leaders, accusing the governor of pandering by pledging to urge employers to allow practitioners of Islam to leave work early on Friday nights so they could pray.

Cahill noted Jews begin the Sabbath on Friday nights, yet most do not get dismissed from work early to attend services.

Asked about Cahill's pandering accusation, Patrick responded: "I think it's a very unfortunate comment. It's something I'm sorry about. I think Tim is better than that comment."


Actually, it appears Cahill has a clearer grasp of the issues surrounding Islam and the stealth jihad than does the usual run-0f-the-mill political candidate. If there is any justice in the universe either Cahill or, more likely, Baker, will be chosen to replace Dhimmi Deval come November. Meanwhile, anyone who accuses opponents of the Park51 rabat of "racism" deserve a two-word response: Pot. Kettle.

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Al-Awlaki Led Prayer Services for Congressional Muslim Staffers Association After 9/11 (PJM Exclusive)Al-Awlaki Led Prayer Services for Congressional Muslim Staffers Association After 9/11

From PJM:

The terrorist now subject to a "kill or capture" order was welcomed in D.C. immediately after 9/11. He is far from the only terrorist welcomed by the CMSA.

When a report challenging our national security policy of ignoring Islamic supremacism through Islamic law was released during a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday (disclosure: I was one of the co-authors of the report, titled: “Shariah: The Threat to America”), among the chief critics were representatives from the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA).

This group, which has been briefing both Democrat and Republican congressional leadership in recent months, claiming that there is nothing inherently violent in Islamic law, has a very poor history of embracing Islamic radicals — even al-Qaeda terrorists.

Immediately after 9/11, the CMSA began holding Friday afternoon prayer services on Capitol Hill. Who did they choose to lead them in their prayers? Al-Qaeda sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki, who is currently subject to a kill or capture order issued by President Obama. In fact, video of al-Awlaki preaching to the CMSA was included in the 2002 documentary, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. (That video clip is available to view via the Investigative Project on Terrorism.)

Identified in that clip listening to the al-Qaeda cleric: Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); then-CAIR communications specialist Randall “Ismail” Royer, who is currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence on terrorism charges; and CMSA founder and former president Jameel Alim Johnson.

Jameel Johnson is no stranger to PJM readers. In December 2007, I reported exclusively here on an Islamic conference on Capitol Hill that had been scheduled by Johnson, as chief of staff from Congressman Gregory Meeks. The conference was cancelled at the last minute by the House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms when it was discovered that it was to feature a long list of Islamic radicals, some of whom were known to be on the terror watch list.

So when the CMSA leadership whine to the media about anyone offering an alternative view to our failed foreign and domestic policy of submitting to Islamic radicalism, we must look at the record of CMSA as an organization, and its leadership as individuals. They have given radicals and terrorists, such as al-Awlaki, a voice on Capitol Hill.

This infiltration of our highest government institutions is not limited to the CMSA.

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