Saturday, May 28, 2011
Arab Spring Marching Towards Democracy.
Click on the title to read the whole thing at Jihad Watch.
"Taliban aims to take over Pakistan, its nukes," from the Press Trust of India, May 28:
Washington: The Taliban has said they have no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, asserting that it is the only Muslim state possessing such weapons and the terror group aims to take over the country as well as its nukes.
Taliban has stepped-up violent campaign to avenge Osama bin Laden's death has renewed fears that the country's warheads could be vulnerable.And it has made a point of targeting military and police installations since then.
Click on the title to read the whole thing at Jihad Watch.
Dramatic footage shows moment Iraq war vet was shot 70 times in home... Report reveals he did NOT open fire on SWAT team
Thanks to Will at The Other News:
A U.S. Marine who was killed when he was gunned down in his home near Tucson, Arizona, never fired on the SWAT team that stormed his house firing 70 times in a hail of bullets, a report has revealed.
The revelation came as dramatic footage of the shooting was released, showing the armed team pounding down the door of Jose Guerena's home and opening fire.
The father-of-two, who had served twice in Iraq, died on May 5 after the SWAT team descended on his home believing it was one of four houses associated with a drug smuggling operation.
A Malaysian journey from darkness
For most Americans and those reading this, the nation of Malaysia--the country I call home--is likely nothing more but a mysterious, distant, small and relatively unimportant land. Some of you might be familiar with Malaysia's carefully cultivated public image of being some sort of harmonious multicultural tropical paradise, which is recycled endlessly in 30-second-long television spots both here and overseas.
But for anyone who may be trying to come to grips with the grim reality that is Islam, Malaysia may be one of the most important places on the planet. That's because anyone who still, despite all the evidence, feels that there really is a moderate, progressive, tolerant and peaceful Islam, need look no further than Malaysia. Once you do, you'll be thoroughly disabused of this notion.
Read the rest at Jihad Watch
Your Tax Dollars At Work
The National Science Foundation's response:
The National Science Foundation responded to the report with a statement saying its projects "have advanced the frontiers of science and engineering, improved Americans' lives and provided the foundations for countless new industries and jobs."
Rolling Thunder Riders Praise Sarah Palin's Participation in Rally
ABC News' Sheila Marikar [@sheilaym] reports: For the riders of Rolling Thunder, the news that Sarah Palin will participate in their national rally on Sunday came as a surprise. A welcome surprise.
“I think that’s wonderful,” said Gerri Tramel, president of one of Rolling Thunder’s Tennessee chapters. “Anybody that’s involved -- Republican, Democrat, independent, whatever -- if you’re involved with our veterans, I think that’s wonderful. Not just Sarah Palin -- anyone that’s a politician.”
For more than 20 years, as many as half a million motorcycle riders from across the country have descended on Washington, D.C., during Memorial Day weekend to raise awareness about prisoners of war and those missing in action. Rolling Thunder announced Thursday that Palin accepted an invitation to participate in its May 29 rally. She’ll kick off her One Nation Tour the same day, a bus trip along the northeast coast that aims “to educate and energize Americans about our nation's founding principles.”
Asked how Palin came to be involved with the rally, Rolling Thunder spokeswoman Nancy Regg said, “I honestly don’t know.”
“I’m not the person that invited her,” she said. “We send letters to people all the time and invite them. We invited her to ride, she has accepted and she and her husband have both agreed to ride for us.”
Regardless of Palin’s political agenda -- the “Will she or won’t she?” fervor over her potential presidential run reached new heights this week -- the members of Rolling Thunder agreed her participation is a boon.
“If she wants to support the troops, we’re all for it,” said Greg Benson, president of Rhode Island’s Rolling Thunder chapter.
“I certainly welcome any positive publicity surrounding our cause, anything to bring attention to POWs and MIAs,” said Jeffrey Stewart, who leads a Rolling Thunder chapter in New Hampshire, a state that will be crucial to Palin if she runs in 2012. “Whether it’s a celebrity or a politician-celebrity -- I’m not exactly sure what she is right now -- having Sarah Palin there means more people will be paying attention to our cause.”
Stewart considers himself a Republican. While he’s not gunning for Palin to run in 2012, he would like more politicians to recognize the country’s veterans, as she’ll do this weekend. Like many of Rolling Thunder’s members, he’s a veteran himself, having served in the Army during the 1980s.
“I’d love to see [President] Obama walk out and say, ‘Thank you,’” he said. “I’d love to see [Vice President Joe] Biden come out and say, ‘Thank you.’ Anyone who wants to be president, I'd love for them to come and acknowledge us.”
There are riders who worry that Palin’s presence might take away from the aim of the event.
“I don’t know if she’s using the veterans or the amount of people there for a political gain,” said Susan Bailey, whose husband, Winston Bailey, is the president of an Ohio chapter of Rolling Thunder. She has ridden with the national rally for 16 years in a row.
“As far as her running again, I don’t know, she seems kind of wishy-washy, quitting the government,” Bailey said, referring to Palin’s curtailed gubernatorial stint in Alaska. “Whether she’s really committed to it is my question.”
For now, pretty much all that’s certain about Palin is that she’ll ride with Rolling Thunder through the streets of Washington Sunday and ride in a bus up the northeast coast after that. (Specifics remain unclear; a Palin aide did not know what kind of motorcycle the former governor planned to cruise.) That’s good enough for some of Rolling Thunder’s members.
“In the long run, it’s probably a good thing,” Stewart said. “What’s that thing that celebrities say, ‘Any press is good press?’ I think that’s the case here.”
(Al-Arabia).Alel Bol fled with four of her six children when armed northerners on motorbikes roared into her home in Sudan’s contested Abyei border region and, she said, bombs started falling from the sky.
On Friday, she was still waiting for news of the other two children as she and tens of thousands of her compatriots took refuge in villages inside south Sudan, many sleeping on the bare earth under trees, plastic sheets and torn tent fabric.
About 80,000 people have fled since the north armed forces seized oil-producing Abyei almost a week ago, a southern official said, doubling previous estimates of the displaced, according to Reuters.
“I saw the attackers ... I saw their guns. They were even bombing from the sky,” Ms. Bol said beneath the baking sun in Turalei, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) away from Abyei town. “I made it here with four of my children, but two are missing.”Both Sudan’s mostly Muslim north, and the south, where most follow Christian and traditional beliefs, claim Abyei—a battleground in a north-south civil war that ended in 2005.
The north’s move last week sparked an international outcry and raised fears a land-grab could return Sudan to full-blown conflict, which could have a devastating impact on the region by sending refugees back across borders and creating a failed state in the south.
The attack came at a highly sensitive time for Sudan, just seven weeks before south Sudan is due to secede as an independent country, taking its oil reserves with it.Southerners voted for independence in a January referendum agreed under the 2005 peace deal that ended the last civil war.
Thousands of men, women and children, many of them without possessions, crowded into Turalei in the south’s Twic county.Entire villages have been emptied after widespread looting and shooting broke out following the advance of northern armed forces into Abyei, international organizations say.
The United Nations, meanwhile, said Friday that it will send a representative to Sudan to assess the country’s human rights situation, including the consequences of recent clashes in Abyei.
Mohammed Chande Othman, the UN’s independent human rights expert, said in a statement that he “will focus in particular on the arrests and detentions in the north (and) the armed confrontations that have taken place between the (southern army) and armed militia groups.”
He added, according to Agence-France Presse that during his May 31 to June 8 visit he will assess “the ongoing conflict in Darfur and the deteriorating situation in Abyei.”
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From Will at The Other News:
The Chicago told Illinois State Police (ISP) officials that an imam under consideration to be the agency's first Muslim chaplain wouldn't pass a background test if it were up to his agency.'s top agent in
That comment came before the State Police initially approved Imam Kifah Mustapha's appointment in 2009, a move they later rescinded after the published an article documenting Mustapha's connections to a Hamas-support network.Mustapha is suing the ISP claiming it violated his 1st and 4th Amendment rights in withdrawing its offer for the chaplain's position. The suit claims the IPT report was flawed and the state had no legitimate grounds to reject him.
As part of the lawsuit, Mustapha wants to see ISP and FBI records related to its background check of him.The U.S. Attorney's Office argued those records are protected from disclosure, in a motion filed Wednesday.
In it, the government said FBI Chicago Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) Rob Grant had "several" conversations with ISP officials before Mustapha's appointment in which he advised the ISP of Mustapha's worrisome background.
"In each conversation, SAC Grant stated that Mustapha would not pass an FBI background check if he applied for an FBI chaplain position and then proceeded to explain the bases for his opinion," the motion said.Mustapha's supporters say the ISP's decision was "based on suspicion and paranoia," which they blame on the IPT report.
The story cited internal documents from the support network, called the Palestine Committee, which became public during a 2008 prosecution, and other court records.He was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five former officials.
In 2008, a Dallas jury convicted the defendants on more than 100 counts tied to illegally funneling money to Hamas. Mustapha served as a paid Holy Land Foundation employee from 1996 until the group's assets were frozen by the federal government in 2001.
Mustapha also served as a member of a volunteer committee for the (IAP).
In testimony given in another case, Mustapha recalled donating money to HLF and "maybe" IAP. Like the Holy Land Foundation, the IAP was an arm of the Palestine Committee, which was created to promote the Hamas agenda financially and politically in the United States.Additionally, Mustapha sang in a band that performed at HLF fundraisers.
In one video, submitted as evidence in the HLF trial, Mustapha sings, "O mother, Hamas for . Over mosques' loudspeakers, with freedom. Every day it resists with stones and the dagger. Tomorrow, with God's help, it will be with a machine gun and a rifle."
The FBI's Grant, meanwhile, is known for his outreach in the Chicago Muslim community. In 2009, he attended a meeting of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) to assure members that the FBI doesn't targets mosques for investigations
."The FBI unequivocally does not plant informants in mosques or any other houses of worship," Grant said. He urged attendees to report any FBI agents acting in an inappropriate manner.
Though Grant predicted Mustapha could not pass an FBI background check, Mustapha was allowed to tour the National Counterterrorism Center and FBI headquarters in September 2010.
"If we thought he was a security risk, we wouldn't have included him," on the tour, which is part of the FBI's Citizens' Academy, said Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice.According to the FBI Citizens' Academy website, "Because of the classified investigative techniques discussed, nominees must also undergo a background check and get an interim security clearance."For a detailed profile of Mustapha's ties to Hamas-linked groups, click here.
Read the full story here.
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Think Sharia might be coming to America? Well yeah.
Key Findings include: 22 trial court decisions refused to apply Shariah; 15 utilized or recognized Shariah; 9 were indeterminate; and in 4 cases Shariah was not applicable to the decision at the trial court level, but was applicable at the appellate level.Click on the title to get the full report over at Jawa.
23 appellate decisions refused to apply Shariah; 12 utilized or recognized Shariah; 8 were indeterminate; and in 7 cases Shariah was not applicable to the appellate decision, but had been applicable at the trial court level.
The 50 cases arose in 23 different states: 6 cases were found in New Jersey; 5 in California; 4 each in Florida, Massachusetts and Washington; 3 each in Maryland, Texas and Virginia; 2 each in Louisiana, Iowa and Nebraska; and 1 each in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio and South Carolina.
Obama For Another Four Years?
President Obama’s election is due, in part, to the desire among many American liberals and leftists to be seen as “atoning” for the sin of racism and the crimes of slavery. The fact that Obama is bi-racial—his mother was white—matters little since he looks like an African-American. Indeed, the President’s own writing focuses on his African, Muslim roots, especially because his Kenyan father abandoned both him and his mother.Read the rest HERE.
In an era of symbolic identity politics and affirmative action, only one kind of candidate could trump Obama’s credentials and that would be an African-American woman....
Given the extraordinary pathology of Bush Derangement Syndrome, and short of Armeggedon, I do not believe that enough Americans will, without doubt, elect another white male Republican. No matter what his politics may be, he himself will be seen as retrograde, anti-woman, anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion, pro-racism, pro-war and as both dull and evil. The media, combined with Soros and Saudi monies and our intelligentsia have poisoned the minds of millions....
Have we really reached the point that whom we elect to the Oval Office depends upon race and gender?
Is white guilt that powerful a force?
Is gender correctness that powerful a force?
When Obama was elected in 2008, many Americans rejoiced, "We are living in an unprecedented time!"
Of course, electing an African-American President was indeed unprecedented for America. There is no denying that fact.
But what tide has been set in motion with this idea of "We must continue with unprecedented times"? Shouldn't political platform be the deciding factor for voters and not race and gender?
When I first read Chesler's essay, I thought to myself, "She's way off base." But the longer I think about what she has written, the more I think that she has a valid point.
Something has gone very wrong with the American electorate. We have lost sight of what deciding upon a political leader should mean.
Barack Obama has been 'ticketed' to pay the London congestion charge for his security vehicle
Terrence Malick’s Mystical Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is strange, vivid, at times glorious. Prominent among its features are a crumbled and exasperating narrative, little dialogue, and astonishing leaps in time — all the way back from 1950s and 60s Texas, where most of the film is set, to the creation of the universe. But what might be its most surprising aspect is its wonderment in the face of God.Page 1 of 2 Next ->
This open-ended but immensely serious movie begins with a quotation from Job 38:4, 7, in which God asks Job where the mortal was when He laid the foundations of the earth.
At the start of the story (I almost said “in the beginning”), two middle-aged parents (played by Brad Pitt and newcomer Jessica Chastain) of three grown boys find out that one of the children has died. What exactly happened to him remains clouded in mystery. In their anguish, the surviving characters begin speaking to God, pleading for answers about the grand design.
This is as far as most Hollywood directors would go, but Terrence Malick is not an ordinary hack. After his classic debut Badlands in 1973, he began to grow increasingly interested in abstraction. Followup movies like Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998, his first released film in two decades), and especially The New World (2005) were content to wallow in a sort of dreamy stupor, with storytelling pushed well to the background.
The Tree of Life, too, is certainly not for all tastes. It won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. That prize usually is awarded to experimental films. But there is something special about The Tree of Life and that something is a hushed reverence for the Almighty and all His works (or, if you prefer, for the universe and all its workings).
As we learn more about the family at the center of the film, one boy (played as an adult by Sean Penn, who in some of the film’s less successful scenes spends a lot of time wandering around a rocky and deserted landscaped) gradually becomes accepting of the ways of wickedness while one of his little brothers takes on an Abel-like quality of innocence. The Pitt character, the patriarch, bears much blame for impressing sin into his oldest son, telling him that in business and in life it’s okay to cut corners. He also encourages the boy to turn to violence as a solution to problems and as a general attitude.
Lech Walesa snubs Obama, fellow Nobel winner
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni tribesmen said they wrested a military compound from elite troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside the capital Sanaa on Friday as increased fighting threatened to tip the country into civil war.
Tribal leader Sheikh Hamid Asim told Reuters his fighters killed the base's military commander and a separate tribal source said the Yemeni air force dropped bombs to prevent the tribesmen from seizing an arms cache at the site.
Further bombing sorties by the air force could be heard near Sanaa during the course of the day.
If confirmed, the Republican Guard's loss of a military compound to tribesmen with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades would be an embarrassing setback for Saleh, whose security forces have been drawn into pitched street fighting in the capital this week that has killed nearly 100 people.
Tribes outside the capital said they were also fighting government troops at two other military sites.
In Sanaa, tens of thousands of people gathered for what they said would be a "Friday of Peaceful Revolution" against Saleh, releasing white doves and carrying the coffins of about 30 people killed in clashes this week.
A few kilometers (miles) away, government loyalists held their own rally, waving Yemeni flags and pictures of Saleh, who has ruled the Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years.
"By God, you won't leave!" some red banners read.
There are worries that Yemen, already on the brink of financial ruin, could become a failed state that would undermine regional security and pose a serious risk to its neighbor Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter.
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Israel Struggles to Stop Weapons Smuggling at Sea
HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy is casting its net wider and deeper in an effort to stop Gaza militants from receiving weapons by sea, a difficult mission made harder, Israel says, by political turmoil in Egypt and the Egyptian decision to fully reopen its border crossing with Gaza.
In recent weeks, Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza have aimed rockets at Israeli cities, far enough away that Israel is convinced the projectiles came from abroad, probably Iran.
The first leg of a journey for weapons ending up in Gaza is a sea journey, ending with a trek across Egypt’s barren Sinai desert, and then through a network of smuggling tunnels under the 9-mile (15-kilometer) Gaza-Egypt border.
The Israeli navy is trying to stop the shipments at their first stage — on the high seas.
Like other branches of Israel’s military, the navy works mostly behind the scenes, and many of its operations are classified. They come to light when the navy carries out a major interception.
Its most recent success was March 15, when it seized the Victoria cargo ship. That weapons shipment departed from the Syrian port of Latakia and stopped in Mercin, Turkey. It was headed for the port of Alexandria in Egypt when it was intercepted, some 200 miles (320 kilometers) off Israel’s Mediterranean coast. From there, Israel charges, the weapons were headed for Gaza.
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150 years later, Jewish home in Old City becomes Jewish again
A house dedication ceremony was held and a mezuzah was affixed on Thursday at Beit Shechter (Schechter house), located in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter, 150 years after the home was transferred to an Arab family when Jews had to leave the area. The house thus returned to Jewish hands.Very likely this was during the time of the Ottoman Empire.
There was also a mezuzah slot found:
Two days earlier, as renovations were taking place inside the house, the original slot for the mezuzah was discovered.There's a video interview available at the link in the full article.
Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva, the main catalyst in the home's recovery as it has been in other parts of the Muslim Quarter, was the one who affixed the mezuzah into place, following which a special dinner was held and dancing took place. The American Friends of Ateret Cohanim annual dinner will take place on June 1st in New York.
Egyptian activists 'to form Nazi party', newspaper reports
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
'Al-Masry Al-Youm' report says Facebook pages launched to attract followers; Nazi parties operated secretly in Egypt during Mubarak regime.
A group of Egyptian political activists have announced plans to set up a local version “of the Nazi party,” an Egyptian newspaper reported on Thursday.
Citing a leftist Egyptian news portal, the Al-Masry Al-Youm daily said that “the party’s founding deputy is a former military official,” and that the party would be aimed at bringing “together prominent figures from the Egyptian society.”
The report cited founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying that the unestablished party “believes in vesting all powers in the president after selecting him or her carefully,” and that “preparations are under way to choose the most competent person to represent the party.”
Almasry Alyoum added that an Egyptian Nazi party “operated secretly under former President Hosni Mubarak, whose regime prevented party leaders from carrying out their activities freely.”
The newspaper said it could not verify the report, but said it found two Facebook pages that appeared recently under the title of “the Egyptian Nazi Party,” which have so far attracted 70 followers.
Members are “increasing at an unexpected rate, and several people came to ask about the nature of the party and its plans,” the report said.
The party has a one-year plan to develop Egypt – unlike the “marginalized liberal parties, which are like dead bodies,” a source was quoted as saying.
The idea to start it came after some fundamentalist-religious waves emerged, which, according to the source, created a state of chaos, and led to the burning of churches, the destruction of shrines and assaults on unarmed civilians.
Responding to the report, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said Egypt was going through a highly turbulent period, adding that all manner of bizarre individuals were launching Facebook groups and attracting members.
Historically, he said, the German Nazi party saw three attempts to copy it in the Arab world in the 1930s in Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. The Egyptian party of that time was led by former president Anwar Sadat, who went on to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.
“They were copying the extreme nationalism of Germany, before the Second World War, and before the word ‘Nazi’ became a coarse word,” Kedar said.
Irrespective of the unconfirmed report on “the Egyptian Nazi party,” Egyptian activists opposed to army rule in Egypt are planning to hold demonstrations on Friday, Kedar noted.
“Egypt is a country of 85 million people. Some activists want a second and a third revolution. No one knows where things are heading yet,” he said.
This Week On The Gathering Storm
The call-in number is 646-915-9870.
Our scheduled guest this week is IQ al Rassooli.
Listen to the May 27, 2011 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.
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Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago HQ
ABC's Emily Friedman (@abcemily) reports: After spending the day in Chicago fundraising, Mitt Romney sat down with small business owners at Gino's East, a pizza joint famous for their deep-dish pizza.
Not wanting any of the leftover slices to go to waste, Romney sent the remaining pies to where else but President Obama's Chicago reelection headquarters.
Asked if the pies actually made it to Obama's HQ, a campaign source said that they had.
In fact, Romney himself tweeted a photo of a delivery boy heading out with the loot, writing, "Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team."
Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty also took a swipe at Obama today with this tweet: "@barackobama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?"
Have You Noticed Obama Has Attempted To Be On His Best Behavior in Europe Recently?
Maybe Obama realizes he needs the Europeans support to really put the screws to Israel?
If that's the case, then that shows you that Obama is truly fixated on taking care of the "Jewish Problem".
Way to Go Canada!On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit.
It was meant to be, as Barack Obama described it in London with his British counterpart beside him, another unified mission to storm the beaches of Normandy in the name of peace and democracy.And the Western world’s leaders do plan to use the Deauville, France, G8 summit to present a united front on the conflicts and revolutions of the Middle East. But one of the rare sources of friction has turned out to be the
renegadehonest Middle East views of Stephen Harper.
A unified statement on a negotiated path to a Palestinian state had been a key goal of the Deauville summit, in large part because such a statement might have pre-empted an attempt to pass a United Nations resolution that would declare a Palestinian state against Israel’s will. There was some sense that Canada is putting an obstacle in the way of this goal.
“Mr. Harper clearly is the odd man out on this one, and it won’t do him any favours,” a British official involved with the G8 conference said.Indeed, the summit opened Wednesday after a day of meetings between Mr. Obama and Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in which the two leaders made a bold show of having brought together their positions on Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab revolutions.
Mr. Cameron has generally been much tougher in his criticisms of Israel and more hawkish in his support of Arab revolutions than his U.S. counterpart, but Mr. Obama said they had “turned a corner” and built a common front. Mr. Cameron, standing beside the U.S. President, called his speech “bold” and “visionary.”Canada has not been included in such initiatives because of Mr. Harper’s positions.
But others felt that Mr. Harper’s recalcitrance would be less of an obstacle: After all, he has taken positions that side unilaterally with Israel since his first G8 summit in St. Petersburg shortly after he became Prime Minister in 2006, when he shocked delegates by rejecting a resolution calling for restraint in Israel’s attack on Lebanon, instead drafting his own “Canadian resolution” supporting the Israeli cause
.“Canada is clearly at one extreme end of a continuum on the Israel issue, but we are not an outlier,” said John Kirton, the director of the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto. “It’s fair to say that they will be able to issue a united statement, perhaps without being specific on the 1967 language, that allows Mr. Obama to say he has made progress on this.”
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The US Constitution Still Applies In Dearborn, Michigan, Even If It Offends Some
You may remember the case of the Christians who were handing out leaflets at a Dearborn Arab Festival last year. Well, the case made it to a federal appeals court and the city's chief of police will be surprised the 1st Amendment is operative in his jurisdiction.The 2-1 decision comes less than a month before the next festival in Dearborn, which draws thousands of people to Warren Avenue in the heavily Arab community. The festival had offered George Saieg of Anaheim, Calif., a free booth in 2010, but said he and his followers could not freely walk sidewalks with literature about converting Muslims to Christianity.Seems a civil suit for damages against Dearborn's Barney Fife is in order. Make the bastards pay for this garbage. It's the only way they'll learn.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the restriction was unreasonable, especially when vendors and pedestrians were allowed on sidewalks during the festival.
Dearborn and its police department "violated Saieg's First Amendment right to freedom of speech," judges Karen Nelson Moore and Eric Clay said. "Absent an injunction, Saieg will continue to suffer irreparable injury for which there is no adequate remedy at law."
NYTimes confirms: Obama negotiating with the Taliban!
leader, , at least three times in recent months in the first direct exploratory peace talks, officials in the region said.The meetings have been facilitated by Germany and Qatar but American officials have been present at the meetings each time, meeting with Tayeb Agha, who is a close personal assistant to Mullah Omar, the officials said. Officials of theand the State Department have been involved in the meetings, one official said.
Last Friday, May 20th, U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert of the First District of Texas indicated the current Administration appears to be complicit in supporting the designated terrorist organization Hamas. Thus far, there has been nearly no media coverage on the Congressman’s comments, which, one would think, would have a significant impact because of the implications of such an accusation.
The comments came during an interview on the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Sean Hannity Show,” and were in response to reports of the attendance of Mohammed Magid at President Obama’s speech on Thursday May 19th at the U.S. Department of State regarding Israeli and Palestinian issues in the Middle East.
Congressman Gohmert, a former Chief Justice for the 12th Court of Appeals in Texas, said, “There were a number of the co-conspirators that asked that their names be stricken from the pleadings. The judge refused to strike ISNA and others because he says there’s a prima facie case against them…I’ve seen documentation – deposit slips, journals, ledgers and things. They have a tremendous amount of evidence that could have been used to prosecute ISNA.”
In ruling on this matter, Federal Judge Solis of the Northern District of Texas stated “The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA, and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and Hamas.” A three-judge appellate panel unanimously ruled the same. Thus far, the Department of Justice is not seeking to prosecute ISNA, NAIT, or CAIR.
In March of this year, Deputy National Security Advisor Dennis McDonough went to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia where he was the keynote speaker. The Executive Director of ADAMS is Mohammed Majid. Besides thanking Majid for leading prayers during the Iftar Dinner at the White House, included in Mr. McDonough remarks were these:
“Thank you (Majid) for being one of the leading voices for the values that make America so strong. Especially religious freedom and tolerance…Whether it’s here at ADAMS or as the President of the Islamic Society of North America you’ve spoken with passion and eloquence not only about your own Islamic faith, but for the need to build bridges, as you’ve demonstrated here.”
It is apparent the Deputy National Security Advisor to the President is not aware that the MB doctrine states that a “bridge” between the Muslims and non-Muslims is a one-way bridge – the MB reaches out to U.S. government entities to subvert them. That’s their doctrine.
In response to this incident, Congressman Gohmert stated, “We’ve got the President of (ISNA) the Justice Department documents alleged co-conspirator for funding Hamas in the White House leading the President in prayer…He (Mohammed Majid) is in the inner sanctum of the State Department, he’s in the White House, and his organization – I’ve seen documents that make pretty clear they are helping fund Hamas.”
But the bombshell came when the Congressman helped the Hannity listening audience put the pieces together with regards to the comments by the President at the State Department and the fact that Mohammed Majid, ISNA’s President, sat in the front of the audience of that speech.
Congressman Gohmert quoted the President in the speech with, “The recent announcement of an agreement between Fatah and Hamas raises profound legitimate questions for Israel,” and Gohmert responded with:
”It doesn’t. It raises profound questions and issues for this administration, because under our criminal law you can be indicted for providing support to Hamas. And in fact one of the convictions was over providing funds, goods, and services to Specially Designated Terrorist organizations, and that’s Hamas. So it’s not just an issue for Israel, it’s an issue for our United States, and particularly this President and his administration.”
For those of you paying attention, at least one sitting U.S. Congressman understands the depth of the Muslim Brotherhood penetration inside our government, and the reality that government leaders who work with known Muslim Brotherhood leaders need to be held accountable – criminally.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Dust Bowl Children
My father's name was Hannibal, Mama was Hanna-Mariah.
Everything we owned got all burned up in the great depression fire
Strip mines and one crop farming drained the green earth dry.
We lost it all till only love was left, and that was the one thing money can't buy.
Yeah we're all dustbowl children
Singing a dust bowl song
When the crops won't grow
And the dust just blows
When the green fields are gone
When the green grass growing fields are gone
When the green fields are gone
When the green grass growing fields are gone
Well they say in California there's work of every kind
Well the only job I got out there was waiting in a welfare line
Well once I had a dollar once I had a dream
Now every kind of work is done by a big ole machine
Pat Condell: Let's Blame The Jews
I like that he calls out the "Anti-Fascists" of Europe, declaring, "What a joke you people are."
Anyone who knows the history of this blog, knows of our break with some of the prominent people in the counter-Jihad movement over their alignment with European Ethnic Nationalists such as the Vlaams Belang.
But, few people know (and they don't know because I have not discussed it publicly) of my break with some other IBA writers over their relatively benign view of the Anti-Fascists vs. groups like the EDL.
That is to say, I don't much like the EDL, but I am convinced the Anti-Fascists are at least as bad, and more likely MUCH WORSE THAN THE ANTI-FASCISTS.
Good on Pat Condell for calling these people out on their Anti-Semitism.
The EDL supports Israel for stupid reasons (I believe they do so because they see support of Israel as being in line with their own Ethnic Nationalism), but the Anti-Fascists are the people in Europe who buy the old European Nazi-line that Jews (now in the form of Israel) are responsible for most all the problems in the world today.
The Anti-Fascists are the ones who carry signs claiming Israel is a Nazi State.
The Anti-Fascists are the ones who align themselves with the Medieval Sharia supporters who would enact laws to put apostates and gays to death.
Fuck you to anyone who does not hate such Anti-Fascists with every breath you draw.
They are the scum of the Earth.
The Song Remains The Same
Racism to blame for Obama's problems, key Democrat says
By James Rosen | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, on Wednesday blamed most of President Barack Obama's political problems on racism.
Clyburn, who's from South Carolina and is a close ally of the president, offered his views in response to a question about Obama's re-election prospects next year.
"I think they're improving every day," Clyburn said. "I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief."
Clyburn, who met his wife at a 1960 court hearing after spending a night in jail for having engaged in a civil rights protest in Orangeburg, S.C., then brought up Obama's race as the first black president.
"You know, I'm 70 years old," he said. "And I can tell you; people don't like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is, the president's problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin."
Clyburn noted that he himself got hate mail, racist phone calls and offensive faxes on a regular basis. Asked how that relates to the president, Clyburn retorted: "We have the same skin color; that's how it relates to him."
Clyburn described a recent racist image of Obama that received widespread news coverage.
"When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee's body; do you think he didn't see that?" Clyburn said. "And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine."
Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee in California, forwarded an email to friends last month that displayed a photograph of a chimpanzee with Obama's face superimposed on its head.
In response to the immediate uproar, Davenport apologized but rebuffed demands from the California NAACP that she resign her GOP post.
Clyburn suggested that the "birther" movement of Americans who say Obama wasn't born in the United States is fueled by racism.
"I don't know why anybody didn't ask for John McCain's" birth certificate, Clyburn said. "He wasn't even born in this country."
The Republican senator from Arizona, whom Obama defeated in the 2008 presidential election, was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father served as an officer who'd later become an admiral and commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
White House spokesman Adam Abrams declined to comment on Clyburn's remarks.
Clyburn said he agreed with the president's decision last month to release his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii. Obama responded in part to challenges from Donald Trump as the real estate tycoon eyed a presidential bid.
Clyburn has a close relationship with the president, who at 49 is young enough to be his son. The No. 3 House Democrat speaks regularly with Valerie Jarrett, a senior presidential adviser, and several former Clyburn aides hold senior White House posts.
Despite Obama's evident desire not to focus on his historic status, his race has intruded periodically on his candidacy and his presidency.
In a March 2008 address in Philadelphia, Obama, who was then a senator from Illinois, explained his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, who'd made incendiary statements about the United States.
Obama, born to a white Kansas mother and a black Kenyan father, said he no more could disown Wright than disown his white grandmother, who he noted had "once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street."
In July 2009, after six months in office, the president shared beers in the Rose Garden with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., an African-American, and white Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley.
Obama invited Gates and Crowley to the White House to douse a controversy he'd ignited by saying Cambridge police had "acted stupidly" in arresting the professor and sparking his charges of racial profiling.
Clyburn sparred with Bill Clinton in 2008 after the former president compared Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton in South Carolina's Democratic primary with the Rev. Jesse Jackson's wins in the same contests in 1984 and 1988.
Stubborn Jobless Claims Still Keep On Climbing Higher
New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation's job markets.
The Labor Department on Thursday revised the prior week's claims number up from an originally reported 409,000.
Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast that claims last week would decline to 400,000, rather than rise.
The four-week moving average of unemployment claims, considered a better measure of trends since it smoothes out weekly variations, eased slightly to 438,500 from a revised 440,250.
Last week marked the seventh straight week in which claims topped the 400,000 level, indicating that payroll growth is soft and may continue to be so for some time. A department official said there were no exceptional factors to account for the rise in last week's claims.
Foreclosure Homes Account for 28 Percent of Q1 2011 Sales
IRVINE, Calif. – May 26, 2011 — RealtyTrac® (http://www.realtytrac.com/gateway_co.asp?accnt=137300), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, today released its Q1 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™, which shows that sales of bank-owned homes and those in some stage of foreclosure accounted for 28 percent of all U.S. residential sales in the first quarter of 2011, up slightly from 27 percent of all sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 and the highest percentage of sales since the first quarter of 2010, when 29 percent of all sales were foreclosure sales.
The average sales price of properties in some stage of foreclosure — default, scheduled for auction or bank-owned (REO) — was $168,321, down 1.89 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 and down 1.46 percent from the first quarter of 2010.
The average sales price of foreclosure properties was nearly 27 percent below the average sales price of properties not in foreclosure, unchanged from the 27 percent foreclosure discount in the fourth quarter and up slightly from the 26 percent foreclosure discount in the first quarter of 2010.
Third parties purchased a total of 158,434 U.S. bank-owned homes and those in some stage of foreclosure during the first quarter, a decrease of 16 percent from a revised fourth quarter total and down 36 percent from a revised Q1 2010 total. Bank-owned properties that sold in the first quarter had been repossessed by the bank an average of 176 days prior to the sale, while properties that sold in the earlier stages of foreclosure in the first quarter were in foreclosure an average of 228 days before selling.
“While foreclosure sales continue to account for an unusually high percentage of all residential home sales, sales volume is well off the peak we saw in the first quarter of 2009, when nearly 350,000 foreclosure properties sold to third parties,” said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac. “While this is probably helping to keep home prices relatively stable, it is also delaying the housing recovery. At the first quarter foreclosure sales pace, it would take exactly three years to clear the current inventory of 1.9 million properties already on the banks’ books, or in foreclosure.”the rest
Pakistan: Muslims desecrate Christian tombs, gang-rape Christian woman
While the authorities look the other way. And why do they look the other way? Because they agree with the attackers that Christians may be brutalized, in view of their rebellion against Muhammad and Allah. "Anti-Christian violence in Faisalabad: tombs desecrated, young woman gang-raped," from Asia News, May 26 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
Faisalabad (AsiaNews) – Christian tombs were recently desecrated and a young Christian woman was gang-raped for an entire night. In both cases, police refused to file a First Information Report, allowing the culprits to escape justice. These are examples of the ordinary violence visited upon Pakistan’s Christian minority. Whether it involves Christian-owned land and property or individuals who are targeted because they are defenceless, victims will not find justice with the country’s legal system. Gradually, Pakistan’s ‘Islamisation’ slowly progresses, especially in the densely populated province of Punjab.
The Pakistan Christian Post reports that, in Chak Jhumra (Faisalabad), Muslim landowners destroyed and desecrated a Christian graveyard, using a tractor to plough over a number of tombs. Buried coffins were broken and the bones of the dead were brought to the surface. The local police refused to open an inquiry, whilst the landowners utter threats against local Christians to get them to stop legal proceedings....
However, a local Muslim has filed a claim, saying he owned the land on which the cemetery is located. The first hearing in the case is scheduled for 13 June 2011....
As additional evidence of the prevailing atmosphere of violence, a story came to light involving a 29-year-old Christian woman who was abducted by a Muslim co-worker, roughed up, drugged and gang-raped.
Afshan Sabir is a factory worker and a mother of three. She was assaulted over night on 27 March in an unspecified area near Gojra. When she woke up, she sought help in a state of disorientation. She later tried to file a complaint with the local police station. However, instead of helping the woman, police officers helped the rapists cover their tracks....
DNC chief attacks GOP field on American 'exceptionalism'
By Michael O'Brien - 05/26/11 10:26 AM ET
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacked the GOP presidential contenders on their own terms Thursday.
The Florida representative questioned just how dedicated they were to "American exceptionalism."
"Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman ... I'm concerned about their commitment to American exceptionalism," Wasserman Schultz said at a breakfast for reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
As party chief, Wasserman Schultz will be one of the leaders of the Democratic message machine in the 2012 race.
Republican presidential candidates including Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) have made the notion of exceptionalism a centerpiece of their campaign. Namely, Republicans accuse President Obama of not understanding that notion, which holds that the U.S. is fundamentally different from other countries.
"The governor wrote a whole book about it. It's called 'No Apology,'" said Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney. "We'll be happy to send her a signed copy."
Wasserman Schultz said she in no way was calling those GOP candidates unpatriotic, but that she doubted their commitment to the idea of U.S. exceptionalism. She also laid out a litany of policies she claims those GOP figures should have supported if they were that committed to the concept.
"Why aren't they supportive of closing tax loopholes to make sure that we cannot incentivize companies to ship jobs overseas?" she asked, riffing on a series of questions on the GOP's policies on taxes, the auto industry and other issues. "These things — without them it would have prevented us from out-educating and out-innovating and out-competing our competitors in the global economy.
"Voters like to know that you are who you are, and this is what you stand for," she said. "So when they see Newt Gingrich on a Sunday news show talk about Paul Ryan's 'radical' plan to end Medicare as we know it, and that right-wing social engineering is just as bad as left-wing social engineering, and then two days later he's putting in a phone call to Paul Ryan to apologize — when you see Jon Huntsman, who supported components of the Affordable Care Act and the essential structure like the Affordable Care Act in Utah, but then runs from that — when you see Mitt Romney say that he opposes the auto bailout but now tries to embrace it a little bit more, that's just hypocrisy, and the voters see through that."