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Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, August 04, 2012

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Oman's Shinoona Salah al-Habsi (L) and Yemen's Fatima Sulaiman Dahman (R) walk off the track with Andora's Cristina Llovera after their women's 100m preliminary at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Stadium August 3, 2012.
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Jihad Is The Way: The Muslim Brotherhood In It's Own Words

PMW translation of Jihad is the Way 
by Mustafa Mashhur, 
leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, from 1996 - 2002 PMW, 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

PMW, by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A very important book for understanding Muslim Brotherhood ideology has been translated by Palestinian Media Watch.

Jihad is the Way by Mustafa Mashhur explains the beliefs and aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood. Particularly significant today are how the Brotherhood sees violent Jihad and the necessity of patience and timing in bringing about a world under Islam.

PMW's op-ed "The Muslim Brotherhood's Patient Jihad" that appeared in yesterday's bulletin cited from Jihad is the Way.

To read the translation of the entire book, click here.

PMW has selected the following quotes from the book to illustrate the critical ideologies of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Muslim Brotherhood goal: Islamic world domination

- "...the Islamic Ummah [nation]... can regain its power, be liberated and
assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted
nation among men, as the teachers of humanity..."
- "...know your status, so that you firmly believe that you are the masters of
the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation..."
- "It should be known that Jihad and preparation for Jihad are not only for the
purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks against Muslims by Allah's
enemies, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of
establishing an Islamic state, strengthening the religion and spreading it
around the world..."
- "...Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries.The Muslim homeland is one and is not divided. The banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established..."

Means: Jihad - a mandatory religious duty

- "Jihad is a religious public duty... incumbent upon the Islamic nation. Jihad is a personal duty to fend off the infidels' attack on the nation..."
- "The problems of the Islamic world, such as Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and the Muslims, and they can be resolved neither by negotiation nor by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole. Rather, the only option is Jihad for Allah, and this is why Jihad is the way."  
- "The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran]
between two swords. The swords symbolize Jihad and the force that protects
the truth represented in Allah's book."  
- "You should be prepared to answer the call of Jihad whenever you are
called, in any region of the Islamic world. Our Islam is universal not regional,
and all Islamic countries are one homeland. ...Go out to battle, oh believers,
young and old, by foot or on horseback, under all circumstances and

Timing: Don't rush, prepare carefully for Jihad
- "The [Muslim] Brotherhood will never rush after the youth's enthusiasm to
carry out immature and unplanned actions, which will not alter the corrupt
reality and may even harm Islamic activity, and will benefit the people of
- "...it is not necessary for the Muslims to repel every attack or damage
caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, rather [this is required] when
ability and the circumstances allow for it."  
- "Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and possess the
components of power. You must learn the ways, manners and laws of war.
You must learn them and embrace them and adhere to them, so that
your Jihad will be accepted by Allah."
- "... every Muslim has an unavoidable personal duty to equip himself and
prepare for Jihad..."
Personal goal: Aspire to Shahada - Death for Allah 
- "Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution,
Jihad is our way, and death for Allah is our most exalted wish."
- "Jihad is our way and Shahada (Martyrdom - Death for Allah) is our
most exalted wish. This is the call that we and the men of Da'awa (Islamic
missionary activity) have always called ... Many of our beloved ones have
already achieved this wish ... We ask Allah to accept all of them... May He join us with them..."
 Jihad against Israel 

- "Honorable brothers achieved Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil of beloved
Palestine, in 1947 and 1948, in their Jihad against the criminal, thieving gangs of Zion."
- "The problems of the Islamic world, such as Palestine... are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and the Muslims, and they can be resolved neither by negotiation nor by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole."

To view the entire translation of Jihad is the Way in PDF,  click here.

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Staples A Model Of Success, Solyndra Model Of Government Failure

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The Unintended Consequences of the Real War

Recently I observed with some true astonishment the Joe McCarthy ‘I have in my hand a list’, claims of no less than the Senate Majority Leader, one Harry Reid, that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years, based on some phone call or other origination which he said he himself wasn’t sure of, and would not produce. Instead he just said ‘The word is out, Romney hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years’
I’d ask if he has no decency. But there is no point. Since the interregnum from 2004-2006 Harry Reid has enjoyed taking it bent over from Soros and MoveOn. He concluded after seeing Kerry lose by what is today in america a significant margin, that money+extremism in message=victory. Worse still, he convinces the entire democratic leadership in both houses that this is the way to go.
Now claiming that 80 democrats in Congress are actually communists (a claim made by Rep Allan West) is not exactly taking a route to working together, but if one looks at where the democratic party was in 1964 and where it is now, and where the republican party was in 1964 and where it is now, it would be very difficult to argue the republic party has moved as far to the right as the democratic party moved to the left.
But Reid, in trying to convince us by shouting Romney hasn’t stopped beating his wife yet, has illuminated something far worse.
These sets of tactics make it obvious that if Obama wins, the republicans as a party have no place to go but more serious resistance, and it will be difficult to AVOID the conclusion that only more extreme charges and situations are the correct tool to convince the American people that the democrats are a worse choice than the republicans.
Harry Reid is unquestionably the worst majority leader in my memory, and that goes back to LBJ as leader in the Eisenhower Admin, and Pelosi and her cohorts are the worst leaders of the House as well and my memory there goes back to Sam Rayburn.
Why is this so?
Their actions are so partisan they have crossed the bridge from party affiliation to frankly unpatriotic. Their demonization of a PERCEIVED TRUE ENEMY makes it impossible to cooperate.
If Hubert Humphrey could avoid saying what needed to be said about Strom Thurmond, because the nation NEEDED both sides working together the day after an election, WHAT THE HELL IS HARRY REID DOING?
He is saying that power matter more than the nation.
That is where the democratic leadership is today, and it’s clear if you look at what leadership said in the aftermath of Reid’s outrageous and disgusting execution of this strategy.
That is why the democrats look so vicious on the attack and the republicans look so ineffective in response.
When the republicans inevitably catch up, will all this have served us in any way?
If Reid is simply executing the strategy of the campaign for president, why WOULDN’T the republicans respond in kind. After all, if we had attacked Cuba in 1962, the USSR would surely have responded in Berlin. That analogy is PRECISELY how Democrats today view the Republican opposition.
EXISTENTIAL ENEMY. Sooner or later the reverse view ont he other side of the aisle MUST PREVAIL. That is the consequence of these kinds of unrelenting attacks, of continuously calling republicans right wing extremists. Nor can the claim be made that calling SOME democrats socialists is equally denigrating, considering the embedding of Social Security, and Medicare, in our society and thinking, ESPECIALLY when the president let’s his slip show when he goes off teleprompter.
It is wrong, unpatriotic and bears out the worst worries of the Federalist papers over factionalism.
The founders hammered out a way to get past SLAVERY (and that was just ONE fundamental issue dividing 13 separate societies) to found a nation out of PURE PRACTICALITY, and they did it all holding their noses knowing damn well a terrible solution of some kind lay ahead. These little men today seem to me to harbor the END of the entire affair. They would rather portray the other side as evil, than hold their tongues and their minds, and concentrate on finding PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS.
These are little men.
And we have elected them.
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London Olympics: Topless Women Protest Against Sharia

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Muslim Brotherhood Have Always Posed As An Organization Which Does Not Advocate Violence, Now They Have An Armed Jihad Militia In Syria

This is big news. The Muslim Brotherhood have always billed themselves as non-violent, opposed to violence. Now they are openly advocating Jihad. 

And still, Obama is supportive of them, and Hilary Clinton negotiates with them.
The Muslim Brotherhood has established its own militia inside Syria as the country’s rebels fracture between radical Islamists and their rivals, commanders and gun-runners have told The Daily Telegraph. 
Calling itself the “Armed Men of the Muslim Brotherhood”, the militia has a presence in Damascus as well as opposition hot spots like Homs and Idlib. 
One of their organisers, who called himself Abu Hamza, said that he started the movement along with a member of the Syrian National Council (SNC), the opposition alliance.
“We saw there were civilians with weapons inside, so we decided to co-operate with them and put them under one umbrella,” he said. 
Hossam Abu Habel, whose late father was in Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s, said that he raised $40-50,000 (£25,000-£32,000) a month to supply Islamist militias in Homs province with weapons and other aid. 
The militias he funded were not affiliated to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main rebel movement, added Mr Abu Habel. 
“Our mission is to build a civil country but with an Islamic base,” he said. “We are trying to raise awareness for Islam and for jihad.”

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Friday, August 03, 2012

Curtis Mayfield

Move On Up

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Hey I was just following when the economy ...

Now I would hate to think this is an icon for leadership, but…..
Now I would hate to think this is an icon for leadership, but…..
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My Neighbor, the Hamas Leader

From Patrick Poole at PJM:

Back in March, my friend and colleague Erick Stakelbeck of CBN News emailed me a link to an article in Tablet Magazineand asked: “Hey — isn’t that your neighbor with the head of Hamas?” Sure enough, it was. My former neighbor Salah Sultan was standing right beside Ismail Haniyeh — the Hamas “prime minister” of Gaza — as Haniyeh left a meeting with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Cairo (purple shirt):Stakelbeck knew about my neighbor Sultan because Erick and I had worked together on a video segment highlighting Sultan’s activity and residence in my hometown of Hilliard, Ohio, back in 2007. That was more than a year after I hadfirst written about returning home to Ohio to discover that I had an internationally known Hamas cleric living about a mile from my own house. Not only that, but Sultan was the religious director at the local Islamic school, Sunrise Academy, which had taken over the former public library building in town. Sultan was also the resident scholar of the newly built Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Hilliard.
As I later recounted, the Columbus Dispatch attacked me as a racist and a bigot, characterizing me as a Christianist Neo-Nazi. This after I had identified Sultan’s rabidly anti-Jewish remarks, his calls for violent jihad, his open support for Hamas, his ties to Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, and his association with international Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

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Did Anyone Ask Huma Abedin About Her Work With A Sharia-Promoting Muslim Journal, or Her Families Affiliation With The Muslim Sisterhood and Other Jihad-Promoting Groups?

Huma and her sister Heba both worked for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. This organization promotes Sharia law in it's publications. 

Additionally, Huma's family is mixed up with other nefarious organizations, including the Muslim Sisterhood.

Diana West details the situation over at TownHall:
Bachmann & Co. haven't alleged wrongdoing on Abedin's part. Rather, their question turns on the process that permitted a person with close family ties to an array of world Islamic movements and figures hostile to the United States to gain the security clearance Abedin requires to serve alongside the secretary of state.

I looked over the lengthy Form 86 that federal employees fill out to apply for national security positions. One portion is devoted to an applicant's relatives, with a question about relatives' affiliations with any "foreign movement." If Abedin answered fully -- and there are stiff penalties for failing to do so -- she would have noted, for starters, that her mother, Saleha Abedin, belongs to the Muslim Sisterhood (the Brotherhood's auxiliary, primarily for relatives of prominent Brothers) and serves on the board of the International Islamic Council for Dawah and Relief, a group banned in Israel for supporting Hamas. Saleha Abedin has been a representative of the Muslim World League, whose affiliates have been charged by the U.S. government with funding terrorism. Any ensuing investigation would turn up Saleha's work with the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, where she edits the journal that Huma, too, worked on for a dozen years. That same institute was founded by Huma's father in Saudi Arabia with the assistance and long-term involvement of Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef was secretary-general of the Muslim World League and also founded the Rabita Trust, a U.S.-designated international terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaida.

There's more, but just imagine the light dawning on the background-checker: So, Ms. Abedin, let me get this straight: Your folks, and you, too, worked with a guy who founded a terrorist organization linked to al-Qaida, your mom's on the board of a group banned in Israel for supporting Hamas, and you want top-secret clearance to work for the secretary of state.

Then what happened?
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2 Years 11 months and 1 Day

Lessee here

"Official" unemployment 8.3%


195,000 fewer people had jobs


another 150,000 dropped out of the workforce


Good News! because 163,000 so we must be moving in the right direction


195,000 Fewer Americans Had Jobs in July; 150,000 Dropped Out of Labor Force

(CNSNews.com) - There were 195,000 fewer people employed in the United States in July than in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the national unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.

Meanwhile, 150,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force during the month and did not seek to find a job.

In June, according to BLS, there had been 142,415,000 people employed in the United States. In July, that dropped to 142,220,000--a decline of 195,000.

Similarly, in June, there were 155,163,000 people in the civilian labor force in the United States. To be counted in the civilian labor force, person must be 16 years old or older, not be in the military, prison or a mental institution, and either have a job or have actively looked for a job in the past four weeks.

In July, the number of people in the civilian labor force was 155,013,000--a decline of 150,000 from June.

The number of people who were unemployed--meaning they were 16 or older, not in the military, a prison or a mental institution, and had actively looked for a job in the last four weeks-jumped by 45,000 during the month, climbing from 12,749,000 in June to 12,794,000 in July.

During July, the number of people who simply left the labor force (150,000) exceeded the number of newly unemployed (45,000) by more than two to one (105,000).


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'Real' Unemployment Rate Shows Far More Jobless

From CNBC:

The government's most widely publicizedunemployment rate measures only those who are out of a job and currently looking for work. It does not count discouraged potential employees who have quit looking, nor those who are underemployed — wanting to work full-time but forced to work part-time. 
For that count, the government releases a separate number called the "U-6," which provides a more complete tally of how many people really are out of work. 
The numbers in some cases are startling. 
Consider: Nevada's U-6 rate is 22.1 percent, up from just 7.6 percent in 2007. Economically troubled California has a 20.3 percent real rate, while Rhode Island is at 18.3 percent, more than double its 8.3 percent rate in 2007. 
Those numbers compare especially unfavorably to the national rate, high in itself at 14.9 percent though off its record peak of 17.2 percent in October 2009. 
Only three states — Nebraska (9.1 percent), South Dakota (8.6 percent) and North Dakota (6.1 percent) — have U-6 rates under 10 percent, according to research from RBC Capital Markets. 
Election battleground states paint a picture not much more flattering. Florida's U-6 number is an ugly 17 percent, though Pennsylvania and Ohio are both around 14 percent, below the national U-6 average.
The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. 
The definition states these workers may have gotten "discouraged" in the pursuit of a job. But, the truth is, many of these people found themselves up against the end of their unemployment benefits, took a marginal part-time job, and disappeared into the black hole of the economy.

My sister would be one of these people. She became unemployed in March of 2009. She still is not really employed. However, after her benefits ran out, she had a friend who said to her, "Hey, you know, once every week or so, could use your help in our office, filing and doing stuff like that. So, my sister works an average of four hours a week at $8.50 an hour, or whatever.

That is U-6 Unemployment.
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Germany: Muslim sprays tear gas into face of two women wearing the Star of David

Islamic antisemitism on the rise in Eurabia: "Muslim attacks on women because of Star of David," translated from "Moslem greift Frauen wegen Davidstern an," fromPolitically Incorrect, August 1 (thanks to Lachlan):
Because of a Jewish Star of David, a Muslim in the small Bavarian town of Stein has attacked two women. As the 23-year-old in a swimming pool noticed that one of the two older ladies chain had a chain around her neck featuring the religious symbol, he first showered them with insults from the desert and then showed the Hitler salute. Then he lay in wait for the duo before coming up and spraying tear gas into her face.
Nordbayern.de reports:
On Monday evening two women who came to a waterpark in Stein were assaulted. A 23-year-old insulted them, sprayed them with tear gas and gave them the "Hitler salute" -- apparently because of a Star of David on a necklace of one woman....
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Billy Paul
Me and Mrs. Jones

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Rush: Chic-fil-A Represents a Populist Revolt and Prelude To November

Personally, I don't really care about the Gay Marriage debate. I'm an musician and a writer, and I made my living working in the media world for most of my life. Many of my friends are gay. In this sense, I'm all for anything that will help gay people normalize their lives and encourage them to have more stability and acceptance within society.

That being said, I'm not much for children being raised by two mommies, or two daddies. I think men and women both have something to bring to the table in the raising of a child. I think it is best for the development of children if, all things being equal, they have a mother and a father. For this reason, I do not have big enthusiasm for any law that will push us towards having more same-sex couples raising children. 

So, you see, I'm both for it and against it, when it comes to gay marriage. I am on the fence.

But, I am not on the fence about the freedom of individuals to own businesses, and to have opinions, and to not have those opinions and businesses interfered with by government officials like Mayor Nazi Emmanuel, or his fascist backup choir of militant homosexuals.

And, you all know I really hate Obama, and really, really, really do not want him to be POTUS anymore.

And, I agree with Rush Limbaugh about the meaning of the Chick Fil-A tea party.

From Rush Limbaugh:
“So on August 1st, the Chick-fil-A revolution supporting the right to voice your religious beliefs and August 1st also the beginning of Obamacare mandating that religious institutions violate their religious beliefs by providing birth control and drugs that facilitate abortion against their religious beliefs,” Limbaugh said. “August 1st, what a profound day in history.”...“There is an explosion waiting to happen in this country. People are fed up, and this is a sign,” he said. “I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen on November 6th. Obama’s gonna get Chick-fil-A’d himself.”



Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - The following is a statement from Vante: 
Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company. 
The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. 
Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others. 
We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions against Vante and its employees.
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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Comics Alliance fawns over Harvey Pekar's last atrocity

The leftist AOL-owned Comics Alliance has come out in favor of graphic novelist Harvey Pekar's attack on Israel/Zionism called "Not the Israel my Parents Promised Me". The reviewer, Matt Wilson, says some of the following dreck-laden lines:
...the book is also, as the title implies, a personal story about how Pekar came to view Israel in a very different light than his politically Zionist mother and religiously Zionist father.

There's a third part, too, a frame story in which Pekar and Waldman visit a famous used bookstore in Cleveland, grab some lunch and head to a local library branch to do some research. Everything in Not the Israel is presented as conversation, sometimes just between Pekar and Waldman, other times with additional participants who don't really do much but serve as sounding boards. All the history being packaged as casual chit-chat takes a lot of what could be dry, textbook-style, didactic material and gives it some welcome punch. It also makes it easier for Pekar to keep things moving quickly. In just a handful of pages, he jumps from the founding of Islam in 610 AD to the Middle Ages and the Crusades, hitting all the essential touchstones he needs to make his point.

This brisk format also stretches disbelief a bit, though. The idea that Waldman, who lived on a Kibbutz and wrote/illustrated an adaptation of the book of Esther, would need to learn anything about Roman rule over ancient Israel or the 1948 Arab-Israeli War is tough to believe.

Speaking of Waldman, his art here is nothing short of jaw-dropping at times. He jumps from one style to another every few pages. In the frame sections, it's Splendor-style realism, but in the history retellings he's emulating cave paintings, recreating mosaics, honoring ancient Islamic art, aping propaganda posters and telling stories in a pop-art style.
Whoa, he considers "Islamic art" worthy of attention? And presumably doesn't quote any verses from the Koran/Hadith? Okay, I've heard quite a bit about Pekar's brain then. If he considers it preferable to ancient Jewish art like ceramics, then clearly he was quite a self-hater.
There are certainly moments in the historical parts where, as a reader, it's hard not to think, "Who wouldn't know that?" But then again, there are tidbits that certainly struck me as eye-opening, such as Pekar's explanation of the roles of militant groups (Pekar calls them terrorists), the Stern Gang and the Irgun in the formation of modern-day Israel.
Though not fully clear from this, I won't be surprised if he considers Stern and Irgun and ONLY those rebel groups "terrorists" while jihadists get a free pass. Does he consider David Ben-Gurion a "terrorist" too though, since he later turned on the British as well, and by the end of WW2, the entire country was united in the belief that the British must be shown the door and realized they had no intention of allowing Israelis to self-govern? He likely did condone giving away much of Israel to the Muslim-run lands, as the British did.
Even so, the most compelling parts of the book are easily those about Pekar, his parents and his shifting ideas about Israel. As I was reading, I found myself often trying to blow through the historical summary to get to the personal stuff, and being disappointed that there wasn't more of it. Pekar's parents were clearly fascinating people. His mother was a communist during the Second Red Scare, for crying out loud. I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to know more about the leftists Pekar fell in with in his 20s, the ones who convinced him that displacing Muslims might cause some problems. I wanted to get a better conception, right upfront, about what he really thought about the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In the final pages, he explains his position: He wants a two-state solution in which the Israelis and the Palestinians just plain cut off all interaction with one another. He was a pragmatist to the end.
I'm not laughing at this. Racial/religious segregation is a very negative concept, and it's more than crystal clear by now the so-called palestinians have no intention of ceasing their belief in jihad against Jews and other non-Muslims.

That his mom was a commie may explain why he was vulnerable to other leftists with potentially more damaging views than hers.
Near the end of the book, Pekar talks about an opinion column he wrote for The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1978, in which he said Jewish Nationalism was encouraging a cycle of violence, and a letter to the editor responding to it. The back-and-forth really encapsulates why these conflicts -- between Arabs and Jews, and among Jewish people themselves -- are so intractable.
This is enough to make me wonder if, not only does reviewer Wilson have a dehumanizing view of either or both sides that doesn't judge by culture/color of character, but if he's also the kind of man who would consider Hasidics more loathsome than Muslims with keffiyehs. Or something like that. What is apparent is that we have another disgrace running around who has no intention of researching and acknowledging the contents of the Koran/Hadith, and asking whether they encourage violent and misogynist cycles among their adherents.

One more thing: I wouldn't be surprised if the list of disagreements Pekar had with Menachem Begin didn't include how he was willing to do business with Anwar Sadat, a creature who'd served as a nazi spy during WW2, and didn't have any problems with uprooting Yamit either. Pekar was clearly a most disgraceful man indeed, as are some of the writers for Comics Alliance.
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A bill in Congress for recognizing Jews displaced from Muslim lands

Some members of Congress have introduced a bill to recognize the plight of Jews who were exiled and endured other degradations in Muslim countries:
A bipartisan bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel's War of Independence in 1948 has been introduced to the U.S. Congress.

The legislation, proposed by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Bob Turner (R-NY), calls on the Obama administration to pair any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees with a similar reference to Jewish or other refugee populations.

“The suffering and terrible injustices visited upon Jewish refugees in the Middle East needs to be acknowledged," Nadler said. "It is simply wrong to recognize the rights of Palestinian refugees without recognizing the rights of nearly one million Jewish refugees, who suffered terrible outrages at the hands of their former compatriots.

This no-nonsense legislation would help secure equal treatment of Palestinian and Jewish refugees."

"Jewish refugees who were forced to flee Arab countries and Iran endured unimaginable hardships,” Ros-Lehtinen added. “Their plight has been ignored by the United Nations, other international bodies, and many responsible nations. Any comprehensive Middle East peace agreement can only be credible and enduring if it resolves all issues related to the rights of all refugees in the Arab world and Iran, including Jews, Christians and others."
In the case of the so-called "palestinian" refugees, let's note though that in their case, they weren't driven out of Israel the way Jews were driven out of the ummah (and out of Jerusalem during 1948), and the Arab-Muslim countries they went to basically denied them equal rights, using them in some cases as tools for undermining Israel.

The new proposed bill is an important step in the right direction, and we must hope it passes into law.
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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 for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Our scheduled guest this week is Mike's America.

Mike's bio sketch is HERE.

Excerpt from the bio sketch: Mike has experience in politics and government at every level from the Court House to the White House where he worked for President Reagan.

Listen to the August 3, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Pat Condell Rips Into The Guardian Newspaper

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Humpday Blues

B B King
Ain't Nobody Home

Just Like a Woman

Sweet Sixteen

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Where is Huma Abedin’s Security Clearance Form?

From Cliff Kincaid at the Counter-Jihad Report:

By Cliff Kincaid
The head of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) is defending controversial State Department official Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is suspected of playing a role in Obama Administration “engagement” with the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.
Neera Tanden, president and CEO of CAP and Counselor for CAP’s Action Fund, has sent out an email defending Abedin and asking that Rep. Michele Bachmann be thrown off the House Intelligence Committee for asking questions about the vetting process that Abedin was supposed to go through.
“Michele Bachmann has gone from outrageous to dangerous,” Tanden said in her email to CAP supporters.
Tanden is a former Obama Administration official whose previous claim to fame was working for the Obama White House to pass Obamacare. Her work at CAP apparently includes supporting the Obama Administration’s policy to “engage” with the Muslim Brotherhood. It is believed Abedin is right in the middle of that, by virtue of her position as State Department deputy chief of staff.
CAP is the organization that hired Van Jones before he took his job as White House “Green Jobs Czar” and then re-hired him after his communist background came to light and he lost his job in the administration.
Tanden said in her email to CAP supporters that the problem was not Abedin’s access to classified information but Bachmann’s. She urged House Speaker John Boehner to remove Bachmann from the Intelligence Committee. “Rep. Bachmann’s antics have proven that she can’t be trusted to act in our best interests,” said Tanden.
Boehner, as well as Senator John McCain, had criticized Bachmann for merely asking questions about Abedin’s fitness for her position. But they didn’t indicate familiarity with or knowledge of Abedin’s security clearance form, known as Standard Form 86, or the “Questionnaire for National Security Positions.”
Despite the claims of “witch hunt” and “McCarthyism” that are echoed in the liberal media, especially by Anderson Cooper of CNN, Bachmann and other members of Congress simply want to know whether Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections were disclosed and/or examined when she gained access to national security information.
Their letter to the Inspector General of the State Department points out that Abedin “has three family members—her late father, her mother and her brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations,” and that “Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.”
The matter can be resolved, if the media are truly interested in getting to the bottom of the controversy, by demanding access to Abedin’s Standard Form 86, which she was supposed to fill out before getting her State Department job. House Speaker Boehner could also demand a copy.
Did she disclose her family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as to Saudi Arabia, where she once lived and was raised?
“It is required that job candidates complete the questionnaire and other required forms thoroughly, honestly, and with candor,” the State Department says.
For its part, the White House says it is committed to transparency and open government. Releasing Abedin’s form is a test case and a way to start resolving the controversy.
The questionnaire for national security positions is a 127-page document which asks for such information as relatives and associates, foreign activities, foreign countries visited, the use of illegal drugs, and involvement in groups dedicated to terrorism or the overthrow of the U.S. government.
The State Department says, “Eligibility for access to classified information, commonly known as a security clearance, is granted only to those for whom an appropriate personnel security background investigation has been completed. It must be determined that the individual’s personal and professional history indicates loyalty to the United States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances and potential for coercion, and a willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified information.”
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