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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Malaise

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Pakistanis Using the Koran As Toilet Paper?

So why are Pakistani Muslims throwing qurans into sewage-filled canals?


Maybe they aren’t throwing the books into the canals, perhaps they are using the pages for another purpose – toilet paper?


It would seem so.

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What's Going To Happen Next?


When I was in my late teens, I went on a movie date with the perfect little bimbo to go on a movie date with. At every moment of tension or shock in the movie, she would grab onto my arm in terror, as if I could save her from impending doom.

During one particularly intense sequence in the movie she turned to me, and pleaded, "What's going to happen next?"

Before you laugh too hard at my little bimbette, tell me truthfully, have you not found yourself wondering the exact same thing during these completely, uh, "interesting" times we live in?

It's ok to admit you are scared. Just don't grab onto my sleeve and plead with me to save you or I might kick you ass.

If you want to discuss this whole thing with someone a little more sensitive, you might want to try Frances Porretto:


I've made my preparations, such as they are. Six months' emergency food stockpile. A year's expenses in gold and silver. A variety of weapons and ammunition for them. A really big dog. Viewed from that perspective, you might think I've thrown in with the survivalists. But there remains one critical difference between me and them.

I don't want to use those preparations.

I continue to hope that America will wake up to the onrushing catastrophe and turn aside from it.

In Tom Clancy's novel Debt of Honor, immediately after a seemingly shattering attack on the American financial system through a unique computer crime, President Roger Durling reminds us that all our capital -- our buildings, our machines, our instruments, our knowledge and skills, and our land -- is still there. Recovery from the assault, which destroyed only the most recent records of the financial exchanges, required only that America's financial institutions agree to a "do-over," starting from the most recent set of records remaining. It works, precisely because nothing of substance had been destroyed, just as the president has said.

Consider the vast wealth of the United States: more than $100 trillion in land, buildings, machines, instruments, patents and copyrights, and so forth, in continuous use by the ablest, most skilled, most productive 5% of Mankind. This is real. This, not the federal debt, not the shrinking dollar, and certainly not the irrational demands of a bunch of perpetual whiners in Zuccotti Park, is the American productive base. Destroying any significant fraction of it for real would require a nuclear war.

Are we headed for a nuclear war? With anyone who has a destructive capacity equal to our own? Doesn't seem like it to me.

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If the physical destruction of our capital base appears highly unlikely, let's game out the worst thinkable development we can imagine: the collapse of the dollar under the weight of the federal de
First, trade over long distances would be badly impeded. Without an accepted medium of exchange based on a trusted unit of account, productive persons cannot and will not sell their goods to unknown persons or persons far away. That would be very bad. In the short run, it would bankrupt quite a few firms and throw a fair number of people out of work. But the reinvention of money is already in progress, through electronic funds transfer. It would probably detach from the dollar and recur to a superior unit of account, hopefully a weight of a durable commodity such as gold or silver. Within a few weeks, trade over distance would begin to ramp up again.

Second, the federal government would become unable to pay its bills. The immediate termination of a great many paths of expenditure would follow, by necessity. Thousands of federal employees would be laid off. Washington would no longer be able to borrow, long term or short. Tax revenues, being obligations denominated in dollars, would also collapse. Forgive me if this prospect leaves me dry-eyed.

Third, many persons' savings, kept in entirely dollar-denominated accounts and instruments, would become inaccessible, at least in the short term. Current retirees drawing on their 401(k) accumulations would be severely inconvenienced, and persons hoping to retire immediately on their equities holdings might find it impossible to do so. But apart from simple savings accounts, options, and exotic "derivatives" holdings, dollar-denominated instruments point to a real commitment of some sort: usually, a share in the ownership of a commercial entity. If the companies in which we hold stocks continue to operate, then those stocks would retain at least some of their value. Once a new fiscal basis had arisen, equities would once again be tradable, and therefore capable of sustaining their holders.

Fourth, there would be some degree of civil upheaval. The number of government dependents in this country is appalling, and a great many of them deem themselves "entitled" to government support. Private action to comfort the deserving might handle most of the resulting need, but inevitably there would be some who'd fall through the cracks, or be deemed a "sturdy beggar" undeserving of assistance, or who'd bridle at losing his federal sugar daddy. Private action to maintain public order and protect property rights would become imperative. In a country of 100 million firearms owners, that seems more likely than not.

In sum, there would be dislocations: most severe in the short term, but steadily diminishing as we adapted to the new fiscal reality. There would be some human suffering, but it would be concentrated mainly among persons whose value to others is dubious. If that's the worst of the arguably likely scenarios, we have good reasons for optimism.

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This morning's TownHall column from the esteemed Phyllis Schlafly posits that none of the current candidates for the Republican Party's presidential nomination "gets it" sufficiently well to handle the national crisis adequately. Miss Schlafly has been right so consistently over the years that it's unwise to doubt her. But to what extent would a president whose heart is in the right place, generally speaking, but who underestimates the magnitude of the danger undermine the prospects for national survival and recovery?
I can't see it mattering much.  
Click here to read the rest if you dare.
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Afghanistan to back Pakistan if wars with U.S.: Karzai

Reuters:

Afghanistan would support Pakistan in case of military conflict between Pakistan and the United States, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview to a private Pakistani TV channel broadcast on Saturday.

Well, I guess there’s really only one thing to say then….

BYE

The war’s over now.

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BofA: Another US Debt Downgrade Is Coming In Just A Few Weeks

Time to get my Maine Fishing Guide’s License, and take that course on making scented candles and soap by hand.

In an analyst note, Bofa/ML Ethan S. Harris drops a bit of a bombshell prediction:

We expect a moderate slowdown in the beginning of next year, as two small policy shocks—another debt downgrade and fiscal tightening—hit the economy. The “not-so-super” Deficit Commission is very unlikely to come up with a credible deficit-reduction plan. The committee is more divided than the overall Congress. Since the fall-back plan is sharp cuts in discretionary spending, the whole point of the Committee is to put taxes and entitlements on the table. However, all the Republican members have signed the Norquist “no taxes” pledge and with taxes off the table it is hard to imagine the liberal Democrats on the Committee agreeing to significant entitlement cuts. The credit rating agencies have strongly suggested that further rating cuts are likely if Congress does not come up with a credible long-run plan. Hence, we expect at least one credit downgrade in late November or early December when the super Committee crashes.

This is quite a stunning prediction, mainly because nobody is talking about this



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/huge-prediction-from-bofa-another-us-debt-downgrade-is-coming-in-just-a-few-weeks-2011-10#ixzz1bY4qHOEZ

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"They betrayed Islam," he said, because they had boyfriends and didn't want to wear hijabs.

This report also details the many occasions on which the child protection system failed to protect the victims through procedural bungling, including interviewing the children in their parents' presence after hearing of the parents' threat to kill them, and a general climate of denial about the seriousness of the situation.
Click on the title to get the whole story at Jihad Watch.
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Atlanta Police Confiscate US Flag Pole from Tea Partier, Ignore Occupy Atlanta Protester Infractions

I think it's safe to say that the City of Atlanta is leading the field when it comes to municipalities in the running for exhibiting the biggest double standard at this point. To set this up, know that Matthew Perdie is a Tea Partier who, in 2010, walked across the entire country while carrying his American flag. This month, Perdie was walking with fellow Tea Partiers in Atlanta while the lawless Occupy Atlanta protesters were doing their thing. Watch as Atlanta Capitol Police tell Perdie that he must either part with his flag pole or leave the city. Then watch as the camera captures the wide array of Occupy Atlanta poles hoisted into the air.

Via Big Government:

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Lech Walesa Not Attending Occupy Wall Street After All

He found out they were a Communist Movement. You know, exactly like the people he fought against in Eastern Europe.

From Big Government:

The Polish champion of freedom and liberty, founder of Solidarity, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, and first President of modern Poland Lech Walesa had been rumored to possibly be traveling to New York to stand with Occupy Wall Street protesters.  Press accounts reporting this “breathless” news had given all of us pause.

We suspected that the European news media had filtered out accurate information about the genesis of Occupy Wall Street (OWS).

When Walesa’s comments hit the AP wire last week, my team immediately reached out to our Polish contacts.  We made the point that the political themes of Occupy Wall Street may have started out with some of the principles that we share, but OWS themes were rapidly being morphed into anti-freedom and anti-liberty messages.  At the core is the want for a big, powerful central government to dominate the lives of individual citizens.

Using biggovernment.com plus other news sources, rapidly we painted an accurate picture of the groups training, leading, and organizing the “movement.” The movement is organized by anarchists, Code Pink, the American Communist movement, jihadists, anti-Israel, socialist, and anti- free enterprise interests. OWS folks are politically to the left of President Barack Obama.

At the Lech Walesa Institute Foundation in Warsaw, they were thankful to receive this information.
Based on our discussion and intervention, President Walesa is not going to get involved with the OWS.  He is not comfortable with the “organizations” behind the movement.  It was not a difficult discussion.

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Chrisitian Street Preachers get Verbal Abuse & shoes thrown at them by Muslim Children




And more:

Christians crash Mohammedan no-go zone in Dearborn, Michigan. Notice that one savage referred to Dearborn as "our city." The US is only a few years behind England in the process of barbarization.

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The Fates of Tyrants

There is no way to know how many thousands of people were raped tortured brutalized and ultimately killed during Qaddafi's 42 year reign.

The same can be said of people like Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But they should note that their people may yet rise up and a similar fate could await them.

They should think about what their last moments before the bullet to the brain would be like.

Because I'm fairly certain Qaddafi never imagined he could be in this position even as he put so many others through it.

BNO News
w/ thanks to Will:

‘Video shows Muammar Gaddafi being sodomized’

SIRTE (BNO NEWS) -- A video released by the Global Post appears to capture an unidentified man sodomizing ousted Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi with an object before he was eventually killed.

The video was released on Friday but a closer review of the footage on Saturday appears to show a person bending over and inserting a thin piece of wood inside Gaddafi's bottom. The video was released by the website Global Post, which obtained the footage from rebel fighters.

Gaddafi was captured on Thursday morning by fighters supporting Libya's transitional government as he tried to flee his hometown Sirte. He was eventually shot dead, but it remains unclear whether he was executed by his captors or if he was killed during fighting between pro-Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi forces.

On Friday, Amnesty International urged the new Libyan authorities to ensure a full, independent and impartial investigation into how Gaddafi died. "If Colonel Gaddafi was killed after his capture, it would constitute a war crime and those responsible should be brought to justice," said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.

Cordone added: "Investigating whether or not his death was a war crime might be unpopular. However, the NTC (National Transitional Council) must apply the same standards to all, affording justice even to those who categorically denied it to others."

A spokesman for the United Nations human rights office also called for an investigation on Friday, describing images of Gaddafi's last moments as 'very disturbing'. Libyan authorities previously said Gaddafi, who ruled the African country from 1969 until earlier this year, died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Libya has been engulfed in a civil war since an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's regime began in mid-February, while pro-Gaddafi forces have been accused of violently cracking down on anti-government protesters. It led to UN Security Council Resolution 1973 which authorized member states to impose a no-fly zone over the North African country and to take 'all necessary measures' to protect civilians.

It is believed more than 25,000 people have been killed during the civil war.




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A note on THREE PERCENTERS for IBA


If you google 'three percenter', wiki fills in first behind it, and under the wiki ... guess what comes up NUMBER ONE

We be baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad

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Obama Administration Does it Again! Empowers Largely Islamist Leadership for Syrian Revolution by Barry Rubin


From Barry Rubin at PJM:

The leadership of the Syrian revolution, or at least those recognized as such by the United States and the European Union, has released the names of 19 of the 29 members of the General Secretariat and five members of the Presidential Council. A lot of research should be done on the individuals, but let’s do a quick ethnic and political analysis based on this information.

But first let me give you my analysis: I believe that the Turkish Islamist regime deliberately helped produce a Syrian leadership that is more Islamist and more Muslim Brotherhood controlled than was necessary. Since Turkey’s government was empowered to do this by the Obama administration, the White House is responsible for this extremely dangerous situation.  It is a blunder or a betrayal — in effect, the motive and cause don’t matter — of the greatest dimensions. The Obama administration may “only” have paved the way for the triumph of Islamist regimes in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia — we don’t yet know the final result — but it has been actively involved in helping promote an (avoidable) Islamist revolution in Syria.

Of the 19 members of the committee whose names have been published, 4 are identified as Muslim Brotherhood and 6 more as independent Islamists. That means 10 of the 19 — a majority — and hence 10 of the 15 Sunni Muslim Arabs (two-thirds) are Islamists!

Of the non-Islamist Sunni Arabs, two are leftists, two are liberals, and one represents the tribes. Some of the non-Islamists are really good people, as are some of those who have not yet been named publicly (and whose names aren’t going to be made public by me).

Still, thanks, Obama Administration, for putting Islamist Turkey in charge of the negotiations!

There are also two Christians (one a representative of the small Assyrian community), one Druze, and one Kurd. So that 40 percent of the non-Sunni Arab population (there are no Alawites listed) has only 20 percent representation. This might partly be due to the walk-out of many Kurds to protest the Turkish bias favoring the Islamists. But the over-representation of Sunni Arabs sends a signal to the minority groups as well as helps empower Islamists.

Of course, it is true that 10 members remain anonymous because they are inside Syria, but there’s no particular reason to believe they are of a different composition.
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Soros, Piven and SEIU Working to Destroy America's Financial System to Create Revolution

Their own words from there own lips! There is NO denying what it is they want!! These people are ALL THROUGHOUT this Administration!

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Walid Phares: Barack Obama has essentially given half of the Middle East to Iran and half to the Muslim Brotherhood



Lebanese-American Christian and Middle East terrorism expert, Walid Phares, who has worked with both the Defense and State Departments, says that Obama’s misguided policies have all but destroyed any hope for real democratic reform in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, soon Syria, and ultimately Iraq and Afghanistan.
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The Definition of Spin and Media Bias - Reuters


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered on another foreign policy promise on Friday with plans to pull the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But in a re-election campaign all about the weak U.S. economy, he may not get much credit..
That’s from a leading headline on Drudge, which means an internet firehose of loads has been pointed at this story.
The real story is this … the USA BOTCHED the talks over the bases and men we NEED TO LEAVE BEHIND to insure
  1. we have pre set equipment and bases to SECURELY fly drones from gather intelligence, and orverfly Iran at short range
  2. we have in place an infantry and special forces, deterrence blocking force with Iran in mind
Obama teleconferenced talks which were too late to begin with over the issue of US troops based there had diplomatic immunity so that no US forces would end being tried by some fruitcake mullah controlled by Qom and Teheran. He may have ALLOWED this to develop to carry out his ideological belief that the USA does wrong in most cases and every involvement increases that wrong ( a view he shares somewhat with Ron Paul). The fact that the US was, in effect KICKED OUT because Iraq insisted (unlike Japan, Korea, etc) that THEY try US troops is a VICTORY FOR TEHERAN.
US strategic interests in the middle east HAVE BEEN HARMED by not leaving behind troops which would have had NO COMBAT ROLE in Iraq. We DO have an interest in insuring Islamism DOES NOT INCREASE (although Obama’s policies and confusion have certainly achieved the opposite of what we want), and our interest means WATCHING Iran is important.
Next time you see the Reuters by-line on a story about Obama or the USA, REMEMBER THIS issue
More truly absurd, utterly pointed spin:
In any other year, Obama might be able to ride these accomplishments to re-election in November 2012. But with the economy teetering and Americans hungry for jobs, the national security successes may only inoculate him from Republican criticism of his foreign policy.
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said Obama has shown a decisiveness and coolness of character that will help him in 2012, when Obama is seeking a second term. And he called it proof that Obama was able to do the job that his chief opponent for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, said he could not with a famous TV ad.
Bob Shrum? The Bob Shrum who has LOST every national campaign he has managed? The Bob Shrum who just said on MSNBC the object of the republicans is to ruin the economy so Obama will lose? This is the analyst they choose to INFLUENCE the PUBLIC so as to ACHIEVE their PRIVATE OBJECTIVE?
The left, even thought they WRITE THE STORIES, cannot even pick their stooges with competence.
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How to destroy Islam - non-violently


From Trencherbone:

If we don't destroy Islam as an ideology it will exterminate us culturally and physically
Islam is an utterly ruthless totalitarian political system disguised as a religion. Islam will literally stop at nothing to achieve its objective of world domination, with all non-Muslims exterminated or enslaved. Muslims who deny this are lying (Muslims are encouraged to tell lies to further the expansion of Islam). Terrorism is an intrinsic and inseparable part of Islam.

Consequently, the ideology of Islam MUST be defeated. It must be consigned to the dustbin of history along with those other vicious totalitarianisms - Nazism and Communism. The alternative is our extermination as a civilisation, and the whole world being plunged into an endless theocratic Dark Age.

There can be no violent solution
In an age of nuclear weapons, the option of exterminating Islam the way we exterminated Nazism - by world war - is unthinkable. Apart from anything else, there is no guarantee that the West could win an all-out World War III against Islam. Our infrastructure, government and military have been too far infiltrated by jihadists. There would be thousands of Fort Hood style massacres of our troops if a war broke out between Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam, not to mention massive sabotage of military and civilian infrastructure and violent intifadas in Muslim-dominated cities throughout the West.

This is not to say that the Muslims would win a World War either. The victors of WWIII would be well-organised authoritarian states with small Muslim populations who would be prepared to be ruthless in keeping their Muslims in order. China springs to mind.

A new cold war
The only option for defeating Islam is to undermine it in the same way we undermined communism - by a slow process of ideological warfare.

There are three factors driving the growth and continued existence of Islam in the West.
(1) Immigration
(2) Undeserved public respect for Islam as a 'religion', when actually it is a primitive, anti-rational, totalitarian criminal conspiracy -- a combination of the Mafia and the Nazi Party.
(3) The 'strong horse' effect -- all the special privileges and legal immunities that Muslims in the West enjoy, so there are no social or material (as distinct from spiritual) incentives for them to abandon their cult. Being a Muslim gives you high social status, exemption from normal laws, and special privileged treatment in many areas of life.
Muslims can get anything, and get away with anything, just by shouting 'racism' or 'Islamophobia'.
Here are some ideas of how to deal with (2) and (3):

Altering the spiritual and material cost/benefits of being a Muslim
Like other religions, Islam promises spiritual benefits from being a member of the cult - namely avoidance of hell and entry into paradise, which in Islam's case is a well-appointed brothel in the sky. But unlike other religions, Islam also offers material benefits in the here and now, for example immunity to normal laws, superior status to all non-Muslims (dhimmis) and sanctified rape and pillage where the victims are non-Muslims.

Adherence to any belief system usually has two components - faith and conformity. In Islam, as with communism, the forces of conformity are very strong and are imposed with murderous ruthlessness. Nevertheless, once the faith has gone, the habits of conformity will become an empty shell, which will eventually implode.

So we need to attack Islam on both fronts, by demonstrating that the spiritual benefits of the 'faith' are bogus - Islam is confidence trick set up by a ruthless megalomaniac - and also we need to decrease the benefits of conformity by increasing the costs and reducing the benefits of being a Muslim in the material world here and now.

Whether or not individual Muslims really believe in the cult of Mohammed, Muslims in the West find the 'Muslim Identity' very useful as a source of special entitlement, fast-track immigration, no-questions-asked welfare benefits, disproportionate political power, preferential housing and immunity from normal laws. There is thus no incentive to abandon their predatory sociopathic cult.

WE MUST REVERSE THIS SITUATION!


Destroying and replacing Muslim beliefs
Islam may appear hard, but it is also brittle. A small crack anywhere in the structure can spread throughout. Islam claims that the Koran is the literal word of God, which was dictated to, but not written by, Mohammed.

So it's an all-or-nothing cult. Any fault in the Koran, or doubts as to the truthfulness of Mohammed, can cause the whole system to disintegrate. Muslims already subconsciously realise this, because they fly into tantrums whenever either Mohammed or the Koran is 'disrespected' . Under Sharia law any criticism or either Mohammed or the Koran is blasphemy which is punished by death.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Denmark: Islamist Group Plans To Set Up Sharia Zones In Copenhagen

(Copenhagen Post) — A fundamentalist Islamic group wants to set up zones in Copenhagen where Islamic Sharia Law should be upheld.

The group, ‘The Call to Islam’, belongs to a branch of Islam called Salafism, whose followers in the UK attempted to introduce similar Sharia zones in London earlier this summer.

According to Jyllands-Posten newspaper, the group is led by the imam Abu Ahmed, who has taught several people subsequently linked to terrorist activities.

The Call to Islam intends to start patrolling the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Tingbjerg before extending into Nørrebro and eventually the whole of Denmark. Muslims found to be drinking and gambling would be reprimanded for breaking Islamic code.
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Let's Stop Funding Jihad

This Tuesday, October 25th, in Washington, D.C. is a roundtable and press event for the Open Fuel Standard Act. You're invited. And we urge you to ask your representative to (at least) send one of their staff members to attend. This is an important, informative hour and a half event that none of our leaders should miss. (Contact information for your Members can be found here and here.)

The event has two parts: A one hour roundtable moderated by Anne Korin, and a half hour press event with Representatives John Shimkus and Eliot Engel.

The roundtable will have several guests for the panel discussion, including Robert McFarlane, Brigitte Gabriel, Bob Dinneen, and Greg Dolan. A special guest — NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace — will also be speaking.

Read, download, or print a flyer for the event here: OFS Roundtable and Press Event Flyer. Get these to anyone you know in the D.C. area, including all the Hill Members who will listen to you.

To RSVP the event or find out more, contact Representative Shimkus' Legislative Director Grant Culp at grant.culp@mail.house.gov.
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CAIR Turns Occupy Wall Street Into An Outdoor Mosque…



The Council on American Islamic Relations New York Chapter (CAIR-NY) led by Imam Aiyub Abdul Baki holds Friday prayers with Demonstrators with ‘Occupy Wall Street’ continue their protest at Zuccotti Park in New York on October 21, 2011. The encampment in the financial district of New York City is now in its second month. The demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment.
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Esperanza Spalding
Smile Like That

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Free $$$!

Dear Uncle Barry,

My wife was out of work for a year.

Then she got a job that paid 35% less than she used to make.

I worked for twenty years at the same company.

Then my position was eliminated.

Then I used up all my severance.

Then I used up all my unemployment.

Then I used up all my savings.

I live in the poorest city in the country.

It became the poorest city in the country while you were president.

It is very hard to find a good job in this city or nearby but I try very hard every day.

But no one likes me. I think they think I am too old or something.

Despite it all I managed to keep the bills paid nearly on time for the last 3 years.

But now I am broke.

And gas and food and booze and smokes aren't getting any cheaper you know.

Especially bacon and eggs and coffee and Wild Turkey.

I would really like to have you over to the house for supper and a beer summit to discuss these things but I really can not afford to feed you and Aunt Mooch right now.

Please send $$$.

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HuffPo (oh, don't choke):

Obama Has Written Personal Checks To Struggling Americans

WASHINGTON -- Got problems? Tell Barack Obama. He can help. He might even give you money.

On more than one occasion, the president has cut personal checks to struggling Americans who've written to the White House, according to an excerpt from a new book by Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow about the ten letters the president reads every day.

"It's not something I should advertise, but it has happened," the president told Saslow.

How many times has President Obama intervened on someone's behalf, and with what kind of problems does he help? Mortgage payments? Medical bills? And when he wants to help someone out with a personal check, how does it work? Does he send a check signed "Barack Obama" directly to the individual in need, or does he send the money to a bank or company on the person's behalf? Do people even know when Obama has helped them out, or does the help arrive anonymously through a lawyer?

The White House declined to answer any questions about the practice.

It's long been known that the president occasionally responds to the people who write him. Several folks who've heard back from Obama have even put the correspondence up for sale. NBC reported in June, for instance, that a single mom from Hobart, Ind. hoped to stave off eviction by selling an Obama letter for thousands of dollars. And a man who'd received a note from the president in response to an angry letter about bank bonuses put the letter up for auction in March.

It seems like Obama views writing a check or making a phone call on a correspondent's behalf as a way for him to alleviate the powerlessness he sometimes feels when reading his mail from regular people.

"Some of these letters you read and you say, 'Gosh, I really want to help this person, and I may not have the tools to help them right now,'" the president told Saslow. "And then you start thinking about the fact that for every one person that wrote describing their story, there might be another hundred thousand going through the same thing. So there are times when I'm reading the letters and I feel pained that I can't do more, faster, to make a difference in their lives."

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Obama announces U.S. pullout from Iraq

All American forces will leave the country by the end of the year, the White House said today.

What is a Pyrrhic Victory?

A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with such a devastating cost to the victor that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately cause defeat. 




We accomplished nothing.

And, that is not Obama's fault. It is George Bush's fault.

The Iraq War joins the Viet Nam War as the most futile effort in the history of the United States of America.

It's enough to turn a war-monger like me into a Pacifist.
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Hertz fires 25 Muslim drivers in break dispute

I will always rent from Hertz from now on.


From AP:
SEATTLE (AP) — Hertz is firing 25 Somali Muslim drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport who have refused to agree to clock out for daily breaks during which they normally pray.

The workers drive the company's rental cars to and from the airport for cleaning and refueling. They are among 34 Hertz employees suspended Sept. 30 for failing to clock out before breaks.

The Seattle Times reports that Hertz says nine of the 34 signed the agreement and have returned to their jobs.
Hertz spokesman Rich Broome says the company made it clear the workers needed to agree to the clock-out conditions by the end of the day Thursday if they wanted to be reinstated. The newspaper says termination letters have been sent to the 25.

The company has said some workers were taking longer than the 10 minutes allowed.
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Delusion Alerts…

“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine,” Reid said on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, as he pushed for a Democratic plan to spend another $35 billion to support states in hiring teachers and first responders. “It’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”

And…US Dept of Labor stats ….

WHAT PLANET ARE THESE PEOPLE ON?

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Confirmed: Islamic Terror Groups Supporting Occupy Wall Street Protests

From Barrack Now:
Has anyone noticed that these Occupy Wall Street (OWS) tent cities across the country are eerily reminiscent of the scene at Tahrir Square earlier this year? We're learning that this is not a coincidence. In Cairo, reporter Lara Logan was the victim of a violent sexual assault; reporters were threatened and accosted; Anderson Cooper and Christianne Amanpour were among them. At Occupy Cleveland, there was a report of a mentally handicapped woman being raped by a man who entered her tent. At Occupy Oakland, one television reporter had her life threatened while another was attacked by a protester's dog.

Now this. An Arabic website that is expressing support for the Occupy Wall Street protests in the United States. There will be much more on this in the coming days but be prepared. There will be breaking news about this. The question that needs to be asked is: Does this site represent groups who merely support the Occupy Wall Street protests or does it reveal Muslim Brotherhood involvement?

Stay tuned because not only will that question be answered but we seek to bring you names.

On a related note, the United West has already proven that the CAIR Attorney who represented the parents of then seventeen-year-old Rifqa Bary coordinated and organized the Occupy Orlando protest last week. Now it has been learned that CAIR's national office is directing Muslims to attend the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Via CAIR New York:
CAIR-NY Invites You To Pray Jummah At Wall Street

Dear Friends,

This Friday, the Council on American Islamic Relations New York Chapter (CAIR-NY) would like to invite you and your organization to join us for Jummah at Occupy Wall Street this Friday, October 21st. Over the past several weeks, it has become clear that many of the demands of Occupy Wall Street parallel those of the New York Muslim community. Especially in light of the recently exposed NYPD surveillance in Muslim Student Organizations, we need to unite in our repudiation of government corruption and our rejection of the political effort to marginalize our voices. Even if your MSA cannot is not able to join us officially, we would appreciate it if you could circulate the attached message among your mailing lists. Feel free to make any changes to our wording to suit your needs.

It is time for the New York Muslim community to assume its place in the fight for political and economic equality in this country, and it is vital that the youth lead the way.

Peace and blessings,
The staff and interns of CAIR-NY
Folks, this is getting very serious. It appears that someone has made the decision to rip the mask off and go for broke. Unfortunately, local government officials in many of these cities are sympathetic to the OWS cause. In several cases, police are either standing down or exercising restraint because they do as well. Remember, we're talking public sector unions here. They have a conflict of interest that, at minimum, hampers their effectiveness. In reality, these protests are being taken over by Socialists, Communists, Nazis, and Islamists who are all aligning together to target Capitalism. The unwashed (literally) masses at these protests are nothing more than pawns and useful idiots who have no clue what they're in for.

It's a reality that is manifesting itself before our very eyes and these tent cities are rapidly becoming pits of evil; As mentioned earlier, reporters covering the Occupy Oakland protests are not even being allowed in. That is certainly a red flag.
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