Monday, January 11, 2010 9:08:04 PM · by Winged Hussar · 10 replies · 119+ viewsIsraPundit ^ | 1/11/10 | Bill LevinsonHarry Reid adds that only light-skinned African-Americans are electable in the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized (who cares, noting that Don Imus lost his job for similar commentary about Black people) for saying the following about Barack Obama: “[Reid] made dozens of calls to apologize for telling authors of Game Change that Barack Obama had a good chance to become the nation’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and spoke with “no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”.”‘ Here is what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in plain English: African-Americans are not electable unless…
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Ron Paul: Geithner Should Be Fired Over Bankergate
Posted By admin On January 11, 2010 @ 12:44 pm In Featured Stories, News In Focus, Paul Watson Articles | 61 Comments
Congressman says scandal proves need to strip Federal Reserve of its powers
Paul Joseph Watson
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Congressman Ron Paul has called for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to be fired for his involvement in the AIG bailout scandal, adding that the fiasco proves the Fed should be stripped of its powers and audited.
Explosive emails released last week  could see Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner become embroiled in criminal charges for his role in a cover up that exposes the monumental criminality behind the $182.3 billion bailout of American International Group Inc.
In November and December 2008, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York instructed the bailed out AIG to hide from the public details regarding payments the insurance giant made to banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Societe Generale SA.
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 8:47:38 PM by Fred Nerks
“What are we up Against?” That is the title to this two man roundtable that took place in November at Restoration Weekend. Two very bright guys, Democrat Pollster Pat Caddell and writer David Horowitz talk about the Democrat Party and the condition of our nation. Caddell worked for Democratic presidential candidates George McGovern 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980, Gary Hart in 1984, Joe Biden in 1988, and Jerry Brown in 1992. Most AT readers know Horowitz well.
The two spend some time going into “the shadow party Democrats.” And Horowitz even thinks there is some good news in that we may be at the beginning of a kind of “Great Awakening.”
It’s a brilliant discussion in two parts. Each of the two are about 28 minutes long. Think you’re well informed? Well, carve out 56 minutes one day soon and watch both of these videos to see for yourself. You won’t regret it.
Pastor James David Manning, one of President Obama’s most vocal and outspoken critics, has just released a video yesterday in which he is charging Columbia University with treason and is taking them to court. Pastor Manning alleges that Obama never went to the school and that he actually bought the degree. Pastor Manning states that Obama was instead in Afghanistan during the period of time from 1981 to 1983, working for Al Qaeda, when Obama was supposedly attending Columbia. Most of what we know about Barack Obama comes from Chicago corruption trial transcripts, Illinois records such as the IL bar,…
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It’s Her Story, and She’s Sticking To It.
The American Prospect | January 11, 2010 | Paul Waldman
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 8:14:05 PM by militanttoby
Is it too early to start speculating about the 2012 GOP presidential primaries? Of course not! The race promises to be a chaotic free-for-all of backbiting and recrimination, flip-flops and opportunistic conversions, feigned outrage and vicious attacks over meaningless non-issues. Throw in the fact that the force within the party with the most energy right now – the teabaggers – are not exactly known for their restraint, and it should be a hoot.
I’ve long held that if Sarah Palin runs, her campaign will surely be the most entertaining train wreck to hit American politics in decades. But when I read Nate Silver’s case that her chances of winning the nomination are actually pretty good, I was reminded of something fundamental that Palin has going for her. Way back in 2007, I wrote a two-part piece on the importance of narrative to a presidential candidacy. I argued that no one on the Republican side was really telling a story about why they were running, while on the Democratic side, only one candidate – a certain young whippersnapper from Illinois who at the time was a serious longshot – had really thought through what his narrative was.
Looking ahead to 2012, if there’s a candidate who has a good story to tell, it’s got to be Palin. You might call her story “10 Things They Hate About You (and Me).” It’s a well-worn tale of cultural resentment, one saying that those elitist/socialist/godless/coastal/immigrant-loving/not-real-American bastards took over the country and are driving us to ruin as they sneer down their noses at you. It has the three essential parts of the campaign narrative: it says what’s wrong with the country; it says where the candidate wants to take the country; and it says why the candidate, and only the candidate, is the person to do it. Palin has always practiced a very personal politics, one that portrays her as a martyr endlessly suffering an onslaught of slings and arrows from the kind of people you just can’t stand – if you’re a real American, that is. If it turns out that she doesn’t know a thing about policy, well that’s because she’s just like you – not some soulless policy wonk, but a real person. If it turns out that her teenage daughter got pregnant, it’s not because her rhetoric about abstinence is a joke, it’s because she’s just like you – she knows what it’s like to have family struggles. And all the attention to her soap opera life just confirms that the liberals hate her, which is the best credential a Republican can sport.
Just thinking……. What if Barack Obama was adopted by Barack, Sr. and Stanley Dunham Obama in 1961? There are some who say Ann wasn’t pregnant in 1961. There is some evidence (a photo) that Barak, Sr. was already acquainted with the Dunham family prior to 1960. No proof of a birth location in Hawaii. No evidence of them living together as a couple or as a family. Ann showed up in Washington state and visited her friend bringing her 2-3 week old baby and she was enrolled in the University there in fall, 1961. Then she had a babysitter and…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 4:41:16 PM · by paltz · 4+ viewsWashington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 1/11/10 | Kerry PicketOnce in office, the Obama administration knew that keeping the new Vice President reigned in was not going to be easy. However, this is not to say they are not trying. Vice President Biden 2009 gaffes included talking about a tunnel (designed for trains) “which is designed to for automobile traffic.”, forgetting Justice Steven’s name, telling people to “call his website”, and swearing at former Senate colleague who greeted him as “Mr. Vice President.” The Washington Times experienced first-hand how Mr. Biden’s handlers kept the Vice President’s missteps to a minimum. During the special election up in New York’s 23rd…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 4:24:26 PM · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 128+ viewsAssociated Press ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTTWASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is considering a levy on banks to help recover tax dollars from banks that needed Washington’s help to stay afloat. A senior administration official says Obama is considering seeking a change in the law so that banks could be forced to pay back tax dollars more quickly.
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Judge Andrew Napolitano’s ‘The Constitution and Freedom,’ Part 1
FoxNation ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 4:32:16 PM by Jim Robinson
Excellent video commentary on the founding of America, our unalienable rights from God and our Constitution.
Part 1 of a six part series to be broadcast this week by FoxNation.
Monday, January 11, 2010 4:25:30 PM · by mgist · 7 replies · 137+ viewsWashintonIndependent ^ | 11/11/10 | WeigelGOP Candidate: ‘I Am Not Just Some Articulate, Clean, Well Spoken Negro’ By David Weigel 1/11/10 9:18 AM I’ve spotlighted retired Lt. Col. Allen West as one of the GOP’s most credible African-American candidates for Congress this year–he lost a 2008 bid in his Florida district by 10 points, but is getting full support from the National Republican Congressional Committee this time. West’s response to the Harry Reid flap is the angriest one I’ve seen, a lengthy bill of complaints against Democrats as the party of “slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism,” which “birthed” the Ku Klux Klan, and which…
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Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 4:03:28 PM by Welshman007
By the now the news has been spread far and wide concerning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s racism. That racism, however, is but a mere symptom of a much deeper problem within Leftwing circles that simmers just beneath the surface.
Another word about bloggers posting in the bloggers forum!
1-11-10 | James
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 4:02:56 PM by iloveamerica1980
If anybody has a problem with any blogger links please contact the moderator and let them be the judge of Freeper infractions. But please be mindful of the bloggers who provide timely, beneficial posts which further the conserative cause or benefit the conversation within some of the other catagories. Considering that this is a blogger forum, if it looks like someone has gone to the trouble of locating a good video and/or article with some unique commentary then cut him/her some slack. If it’s a “drive-by blogger” then call him on it. We need to encourage excellence in blogging ESPECIALLY amoungst fellow conservatives. Bloggers who work diligently poviding timley, quality information should be rewarded for their efforts and not discouraged. What do you think?
Monday, January 11, 2010 3:47:03 PM · by Red SteelOil Immigration.org ^ | January 11th, 2010 | David-CrockettIt is my best guess that Obama’s attorneys figured that once Judge Carter dismissed it was over… far from it! Orly has come back with a strong offense. For sure the Justice Department (Obama, et al) is doing its best to stop Judge Carter from approving the transfer to Judge Lamberth in Washington DC. Orly filed a nice response to their opposition. Below are some highlighted excerpts from the filing: Orly has pointed out that Judge Carter promised to hear the case on its merits. The Justice Department defending Obama conned the Judge into dismissing and used the excuse of…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 3:31:51 PM · by SolidWood · 14 replies · 253+ viewsMedia Bistro ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Chris AriensFormer Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has signed a multi-year deal with FOX News to serve as a contributor across all FOX News platforms, announced Bill Shine, Executive Vice President of Programming. In making the announcement, Shine said, “Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup.” As a contributor, Palin will provide political commentary and analysis for FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOXNews.com, and FOX News-produced special event political programming for FOX Broadcasting. In addition, she will host periodic episodes…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 2:26:31 PM · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies · 302+ viewsVanity | Jan 11, 2010 | Jim RobinsonObama says he’s bringing fundamental change to America. Well, America was founded on the concept that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and we established a constitution to defend and preserve those rights and to severely limit the powers of government. Among our unalienable rights are the rights to Life and Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Also the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievance. Also the right to keep and bear arms for defense…
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Good Westerns. John Wayne and James Arness Were Never Replaced. Are Westerns Dead in America?
Associated Content ^ | 1-11-2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
Posted on 01/11/2010 11:34:55 AM PST by stillafreemind
Not only are there no stand outs as far as actors go, but writers don’t seem to be able to come up with an interesting western story line without nudity, extreme violence and horrible language. Why is that? How did Gunsmoke last those many years without nudity? A shy grin, wink and a nod between Matt Dillon and Kitty was sufficient and somehow much more palatable than seeing them rip clothes off and get down to business.
Gov. Paterson threatens to raise taxes on cigarettes to cover health care costs
New York Daily News ^ | 01/10/10 | Kenneth Lovett
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 10:08:55 PM by AtlasStalled
Gov. Paterson’s no new taxes pledge may not extend to smokers.
As he prepares to unveil his 2009-10 budget proposal on Jan. 19, Paterson Sunday morning raised the possibility of again raising the state’s $2.75 per pack cigarette excise tax, the third highest in the country.
“We’re not increasing any personal income taxes,” Paterson told 106.9 FM in Syracuse. “If things get rough, we might go back to a cigarette tax that would be devoted to health care. We would think about doing that.”
New York last hiked its cigarette excise tax by $1.25 in June 2008. That’s on top of the $1.50 per pack the city charges and $1.01 per pack federal excise tax.
The average pack in New York City is now close to $10.
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- The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him 2 new tires, 3 cases of duct tape, and a supply of sheet plastic.
- He patched the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME!
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Op-Ed: Allen West “The Liberal Roots of Harry Reid’s “Negro Talk” Comment”
Hip Hop Republicans ^ | January 10, 2010 | Lt Col Allen West
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 1:14:25 PM by don-o
“The revelation of Senator Harry Reid’s comments referencing “negro talk” is just indicative of the true sentiment elitist liberals, and indeed the Democratic party, have toward black Americans. The history of the Democrat party is one of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism. It is this new aged socialism born from the Johnson Great Society programs that have castigated blacks as victims needing government dependency. One need only to look upon the city of Detroit to ascertain what liberal social welfare policies have produced for the inner city…..the new plantation for black Americans.
The Ku Klux Klan was birthed by the Democrats as a terrorist wing to intimidate blacks, and whites, who sought to promote economic and education independence and social justice for blacks. What was once overt has just morphed and become covert, yet still exists…
One can only imagine the insanity and media outrage if Reid’s quote had come from a member of the Republican party. I look forward to hearing from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on Reid’s comments………or has liberal hush money paid for the silence of these proprietors of poverty and victimization theory.. Actually, if President Obama had any courage he would demand Reid step down as Senate Majority Leader, and discontinue any support for his Senate reelection…….notice I said “if”. I am quite sure the Soros money which elevated Obama to the position of President has bought his servitude.
Why am I running for US Congress as a Republican, simple, I would rather stand proudly and be called “Uncle Tom and Sellout” than lose my self-esteem and be considered an inferior by liberals. I understand the legacy of the GOP and the black community….not that revisionist history espoused by liberal educators. I am not, shall never be, and will not raise my daughters to be a part of the liberal 21st century plantation. I am not just some articulate, clean, good speaking negro. I am an American warrior, Congressional candidate, and shall never submit to the collective progressive ideal of inferiority.
Senator Harry Reid’s comments are disgusting, despicable, and unacceptable. They are representative of how intellectual elite liberals do indeed speak of black Americans in their closed private spaces. Next week I have been invited to NYC to address the Hudson Institute, a conservative organization, conference on “Reclaiming American Liberty”. That invite came to me because I took advantage of the opportunities this great Republic offered. I followed the guidance of my parents and set my standards above all others around me. I speak well and have impeccable communicative skills because my Father and Mother prioritized that quality.
I shiver to think what my future could have been if I listened to the insidious rhetoric of charlatans such as Harry Reid, and the ambassadors of affirmative action who reside in the Congressional Black Caucus.
Sure, the “stuck on stupid” blacks are going to address me in derogatory names, but I possess something which they lack; Honor, Integrity, and Character. To them I say, continue to be slaves to the liberals for your vote……..and in a year you will be calling me Congressman West.
westLTC(R) Allen B West – is a candidate for the United States Congress in Florida’s 22nd district.
U.S. placed under international police-state
In the dead of night on December 17, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama placed the United States of America under the authority of the international police organization known as INTERPOL, granting the organization full immunity to operate within the United States.
According to Threatswatch: Last Thursday, December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order “Amending Executive Order 12425.” It grants INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) a new level of full diplomatic immunity afforded to foreign embassies and select other “International Organizations” as set forth in the United States International Organizations Immunities Act of 1945.
By removing language from President Reagan’s 1983 Executive Order 12425, this international law enforcement body now operates – now operates – on American soil beyond the reach of our own top law enforcement arm, the FBI, and is immune from Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Monday, January 11, 2010 1:17:28 PM · by freedomyes · 1 replies · 1+ viewsThe Magic City Morning Star ^ | Jan 11 | J, Grant Swank, Jr.One of the sharpest minds concerning Islam and its dangers is Ali Sina, ex-Muslim from Iran. He authored “Understanidng Muhammad: A Psychobiography of Allah’s Prophet” and is webmaster of the informative faithfreedom.org. He founded “Faith Freedom International,” composed of ex-Muslims. Sina write a thesis entitled “Understanding Obama: The Making of a Fuehrer.”
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Monday, January 11, 2010 1:17:34 PM · by paltzWashington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 1/11/10 | Kerry PicketThis year, the United States Census Bureau is taking heat for question 9 on the new census form which reads: “What is Person 1′s race?” — the second option reads: “Black, African-Am., or Negro.” Census officials defend their decision for the category, saying that a number of individuals wrote in “Negro” in the 2000 census. Actually, the 2000 Census included the same race options as the 2010 census form. However, what is striking in the 2010 census form is the lack of citizenship or birthplace question.
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Harry Reid’s Racist Mormon Beliefs Exposed in Illinois Senate Contest
Pensito Review ^ | January 4, 2009 | Trish Ponder
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 10:46:11 AM by colorcountry
I knew eventually that the Democratic party’s leadership being infiltrated by Mormons would hurt us. I have made clear I believe Mormonism to be a racist, sexist, homophobic, fraudulent, and bizarre cult so if you’re coming in late and are astounded that I make no apology for my views, well…you’re coming in late. Reid is clearly letting his Mormon beliefs override good sense, assuming he has any
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is making my worst fears a reality. How this man got to be Senate Majority Leader is a mystery to me but he needs to go. Reid is clearly letting his Mormon beliefs override good sense, assuming he has any. By calling on Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich not to appoint an African-American to succeed Barack Obama in the Senate, he is taking the Democratic party into the wacko zone with him.
From Mormonism’s earliest years, its leaders believed Africans were cursed descendants of Cain. As such, they were unfit for full participation.
Monday, January 11, 2010 12:07:01 PM · by wrrock · 25+ viewsCar Dealer Review ^ | 1/11/2010 | Car Dealer ReviewTo the astonishment of industry analysts, tax cuts have spurred dramatic economic activity in for China’s car market. These tax cuts, initiated at the beginning of the year, help propel China to the number one spot for cars sold. Contrary, during this crucial time period, the U.S. as been scrambling to bail GM and Chysler out by propping up the balance sheets of the auto giants, and as TIME Magazine pointed out in Early March: “China took a different route: it’s trying to get consumers to buy more cars through a sales tax break and targeted subsidies for rural buyers.”…
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Obama wants disaster. He skillfully sets fires to falsely accentuate the inadequacies, inefficiencies and exploitive nature of the current system
Soros’ & Strong’s dream:
Had Drudge and Bloomberg.com, who broke the story been more journalistically correct, the lone soldier’s picture would have been flanked by those of Obama bagman George Soros and UN Poster Boy, Canadian-in-China Maurice Strong.
If these agents of change succeed in destroying the economy and neutering the Constitution what will protect the freedom and opportunity of America?
Stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress
The left, which has never come up with an original idea since the 19th century, Marxist reinterpretation of history
Barack Obama has projected weakness on US national security
From day number one Barack Obama has projected weakness on US national security.
“AMA Doesn’t Speak for Most Doctors”
Pushing Globalization, H1N1 Fake Flu Fears
The water from the fonts was removed months ago during the peak of the H1N1 pandemic scare, as hyped and promoted by the World Health Organization, an arm of the United Nations. Now that the UN got its ugly bunioned foot in the door of local churches, it didn’t take long until it giddily paraded up the aisles, bearing out the old adage of the proverbial inch ready to gain its inevitable mile. Up to now it’s been the empty fonts and a ban on congregants shaking each other’s hands as a sign of peace after recitation of The Lord’ Prayer.
Monday, January 11, 2010 11:37:19 AM · by mgist · 4 replies · 382+ viewsWND ^ | Posted: January 11, 2010 | Chuck NorrisBeck spoke for a host of other government watchdogs when he asked on the air, “We’ve been asking ever since it was signed: why? Who can tell me what special interest group asked for this? If it were about terror, why not tell us that when he signed it? This Congress attacks our CIA and FBI, but Interpol gets immunity? Why? It makes no sense.”
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Monday, January 11, 2010 11:43:55 AM · by Beaten Valve · 10 replies · 214+ viewsTheKeeling.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | Julian KeelingUnfortunately I am an MSNBC (particularly Rachel Maddow) fan so I haven’t devoted much time to watching Fox Cable for at least three years, therefore my comments are definitely my opinion as opposed to scientific fact. I have watched Rupert Murdoch turn the media upside down for the last thirty years. He has transformed what were recognized under previous ownerships as venerable trustworthy newspapers into nothing but sleazy tabloids and over the past twenty years the same approach has been applied to his television networks. What a guy. It may be harsh, but I won’t be reading his obituary when…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 11:45:15 AM · by FreeManWhoCan · 3 replies · 55+ viewsDaily Mail UK ^ | 12:34 AM on 11th January 2010 | Neil MillardSearch engine Google has been accused of censoring its results after users discovered it never suggests search terms when it comes to Islam. In a time-saving feature the internet phenomenon, whose motto is ‘don’t be evil’, helpfully suggests common searches as people type in what they are looking for. For example, if you type in ‘Christianity is’ in the search bar a whole range of options flash up including controversial suggestions such as ‘Christianity is fake’ and ‘Christianity is a cult’. Google Google has been accused of censoring offensive searches relating to Islam But anyone typing in a similar phrase…
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The Military-Industrial Complex is Ruining the Economy
Posted By admin On January 11, 2010 @ 5:20 am In Commentary | 7 Comments
Washington’s Blog 
Monday , January 11th, 2010
Everyone knows that the too big to fails and their dishonest and footsy-playing regulators and politicians are largely responsible for trashing the economy.
But the military-industrial complex shares much of the blame.
Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says that the Iraq war will cost $3-5 trillion dollars .
Sure, experts say that the Iraq war has increased the threat of terrorism. See this , this , this , this , this , this  and this . And we launched the Iraq war based on the false linkage of Saddam and 9/11 , and knowingly false claims  that Saddam had WMDs. And top British officials , former CIA director George Tenet , former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill  and many others say that the Iraq war was planned before 9/11. But this essay is about dollars and cents.
America is also spending a pretty penny in Afghanistan. The U.S. admits there are only a small handful of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. As ABC notes :
U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.
Fox News and the henhouse
Posted: January 11, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
Is Fox News your favorite source of news?
Is Fox News doing a great job of telling you what you need to know as a self-governing American citizen?
I suspect many reading this column will readily answer with an enthusiastic “yes” to all three of those rhetorical questions.
It is with that expectation I carefully alert you to a major and disturbing concern I have about the Fox News Channel – one based on personal experience as well as facts that have been withheld from you if Rupert Murdoch’s alternative to CNN is your primary source of news.
Fox News is still inviting spokesmen from the Council on American-Islamic Relations on its programs where they pose as reasonable and legitimate representatives of a Muslim “civil rights” organization, despite the fact that CAIR has been definitively exposed by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department as a “co-conspirator” in the largest terrorism-financing trial in American history, as a front for the international Muslim Brotherhood – the notorious parent organization of Hamas and al-Qaidaclosely associated with a large number of convicted terrorists or felons in terrorism probes, as well as suspected terrorists and active targets of terrorism investigations. – and for being
FBI agents arresting CAIR founding director Ghassan Elashi in 2002.
Recently, after the “Christmas bomber” almost killed 288 people over Detroit, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper was given an entire segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” to argue that Muslims should never be profiled because being a follower of Islam doesn’t make an airline passenger any more likely to be a terrorist than being a Swedish grandmother. The real danger, he explained, is that Muslims in America are going to be unfairly persecuted by bigoted Americans.
How could this happen, especially after the recent release of the devastating exposé of CAIR and its network of jihadi-supporting allies, “Muslim Mafia,” which caused leaders of the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus to hold a Capitol Hill press conference demanding multiple federal investigations of CAIR?
Monday, January 11, 2010 10:16:44 AM · by Badabing Badablonde · 7 replies · 90+ viewsL.A. Times ^ | 1/11/10 | Jill U. AdamsLast Monday, for the first time in 22 years, foreigners with HIV were legally allowed to enter the United States without their infection status being considered. Before that, even short-term visitors had to receive special permission — or lie on their visa application — to come here. A medical examination of people seeking to immigrate to the U.S. or who were already here but wanting to become permanent residents included an HIV test. Now, a person’s HIV status does not prevent him or her from entering the U.S., and testing is no longer required for immigration. Advocacy groups for immigrants…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 10:19:54 AM · by mgist · 2 replies · 60+ viewsjmcstrategies ^ | 3/20/09 | Jocelyn McCollaPresident Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on March 20, extending the temporary stay in the US of an estimated 3,500 Liberians for another 12 months. Their current stay of deportation would have expired in about 10 days on March 31st, 2009 and would have subjected them to deportation. Liberians breathed a sigh of relief. Many are asking what about the Haitians? They are similarly situated insofar as the circumstances that led to their seeking refuge in the United States are not different than those which led to Liberians’ flight. Political upheaval, a shattered economy, a dysfunctional and feeble government,…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 10:22:42 AM · by opentalk · 16 replies · 228+ viewsgateway pundit ^ | January 11, 2010, | Jim HoftHere’s the latest piece of scum to float to the surface… A book published today by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin The Race of a Lifetime reveals that Hillary Clinton accused Obama of cheating during their historic 2008 campaign race. This is a pretty serious charge. Let’s see if the US media covers it. Founding Bloggers discovered this nugget from the Times Online report today: Hillary Clinton is depicted — and quoted — as foul-mouthed and consumed with anger over what she saw as the media’s kid-gloved treatment of Mr Obama. She was convinced that he had cheated at the…
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Monday, January 11, 2010 10:41:12 AM · by William Tell 2Tremoglie’s Tea Time Blog ^ | 1-11-10 | Michael P. TremoglieLiberal Racism in Movies Has Been Around Since Tarzan. By Michael P. Tremoglie Tremoglie’s Tea Time Blog Is the record setting movie by writer/director James Cameron, “Avatar,” racist? According to the AP, some think so. Avatar is said by some to contain racist ideas. Why? Because ….
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Monday, January 11, 2010 10:36:26 AM · by NewMediaJournalThe New Media Journal ^ | Jan 11, 2010 | Stars & StripesA Defense Department review of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, has found the doctors overseeing Maj. Nidal Hasan’s medical training repeatedly voiced concerns over his strident views on Islam and his inappropriate behavior, yet continued to give him positive performance evaluations that kept him moving through the ranks. The picture emerging from the review ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates is one of supervisors who failed to heed their own warnings about an officer ill-suited to be an Army psychiatrist, according to information gathered during the internal Pentagon investigation and obtained by The Associated Press.
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The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction:
“Owning the Weather” for Military Use
by Michel Chossudovsky
- www.globalresearch.ca 27 September 2004
The URL of this article is: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO409F.html
This article is follow-up on an earlier study by the author entitled Washington’s New World Order Weapons Have the Ability to Trigger Climate Change, Third World Resurgence, January 2001, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO201A.html
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 10:29:21 PM by Jet Jaguar
I never got around to commenting on President Obama’s statement about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the subsequent memorandum and review summary about the terrorist attack.
First, let me say that it was a very assured speech, the best Obama has been on the subject and the kind of statement I would very much have liked to hear after 9/11. Obama acknowledged that intelligence and security screening cannot possibly react in advance to every potential terrorist attack. And he said pretty clearly that he would not reduce himself or his nation to hysteria in the face of efforts by a tiny, marginalized band of extremists.
And we know that the vast majority of Muslims reject al Qaeda. But it is clear that al Qaeda increasingly seeks to recruit individuals without known terrorist affiliations not just in the Middle East, but in Africa and other places, to do their bidding. That’s why I’ve directed my national security team to develop a strategy that addresses the unique challenges posed by lone recruits. And that’s why we must communicate clearly to Muslims around the world that al Qaeda offers nothing except a bankrupt vision of misery and death –- including the murder of fellow Muslims –- while the United States stands with those who seek justice and progress [...]
Here at home, we will strengthen our defenses, but we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don’t hunker down and hide behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. That is exactly what our adversaries want, and so long as I am President, we will never hand them that victory. We will define the character of our country, not some band of small men intent on killing innocent men, women and children.
And in this cause, every one of us — every American, every elected official — can do our part. Instead of giving into cynicism and division, let’s move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people. For now is not a time for partisanship, it’s a time for citizenship — a time to come together and work together with the seriousness of purpose that our national security demands.
That’s what it means to be strong in the face of violent extremism. That’s how we will prevail in this fight. And that’s how we will protect our country and pass it — safer and stronger — to the next generation.
I actually do believe these words matter, and they put terrorism in the proper context, as a law enforcement issue and not one that turns us into mewling little children and succeeds in its goal to frighten a population. Indeed, it’s far better to witness someone talking forthrightly about the challenges of coping with extremism in the world than a group of Republicans who think saying the word “terrorism” more is a means to fighting effectively. Instead, we have a President talking about values and not changing our society to fit a national security mindset, and rejecting the fear-mongering of an earlier age. Not only that, he took responsibility for whatever mistakes that were made, a refreshing bit of candor that was sorely lacking under the previous Administration.
Even some of the steps he’s deciding to take in the wake of the Christmas bombing, viewed from 10,000 feet, look smart. Changing the terror watchlisting standards could actually work, especially because the infamous misspelling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s name had nothing to do with him having his visa revoked by the State Department, since the intelligence information received would not have risen to the level of revocation, under current standards.
Nobody’s saying that the security and intelligence policies created under a Bush Administration that had a knack of destroying everything they touched couldn’t do with some streamlining. At the same time, so many of the policies ordered as a corrective to the Abdulmutallab incident are not in sync with Obama’s pronouncement not to relinquish values in the face of attempted terror. The policy of targeting international passengers who fly from or through countries on the list of state sponsors of terrorism is straight-up profiling, and not entirely advisable if you want to convince Muslims to embrace “open democratic society.” Such actions, along with full body scanners, are an over-reaction to what happened on Christmas Day.
Calling the struggle a war, which Obama was baited into and also seems to believe, is misleading, and gives bin Laden the stature he has always craved and doesn’t deserve. And the idea that we are not succumbing to a siege mentality is curious, given the other actions taken in the “war on terror”:
This is irreconcilable with an administration that has pursued indefinite detention, a two-tiered legal system for trying suspected terrorists, and now an ethnic profiling system for Muslim travelers that will do little more than strengthen al-Qaeda’s narrative of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West, and alienate Muslims the president claims he wants to “engage on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect.” His administration, while outlawing torture, is studiously protecting its legal architecture, so that it might rise like a corpse in a George Romero film the next time the GOP takes the White House. What are these, if not policy positions driven entirely by the kind of fear the Obama Doctrine was created to disperse?
The president has not abandoned the high-minded rhetoric of the Obama Doctrine. But he has abandoned virtually all the substantive policy positions it was created to defend, leaving the administration with a shrinking patch of ground perpetually under siege from Republicans who want to turn the United States into a country that tortures people suspected of crimes and denies them any semblance of due process. It’s impossible for me to see how the president isn’t on the verge of squandering the “new beginning” with Muslims communities he claims is vital to preserving American security.
Glenn Greenwald said virtually the same thing earlier this week, that the two-tiered justice system makes a mockery of the “rule of law” and significantly weakens our hand from a moral standpoint in fighting terrorism. Seeing how many former Bush officials are enamored of the Obama approach to fighting terrorism just leads you to the conclusion that the words and the tone, while important, pale in front of the actions.
Meanwhile, what’s most crucial here continues to be what is left unsaid. The most telling part of the press briefing with Janet Napolitano and John Brennan came from, as expected, Helen Thomas:
MR. GIBBS: Helen.
Q: Was there an outside contractor used or security in Amsterdam? And also, what is really lacking always for us is you don’t give the motivation of why they want to do us harm.
MR. GIBBS: Why don’t you take the first part, and then, John, you can address the second.
SECRETARY NAPOLITANO: The screening at Schiphol Airport was done by Dutch authorities. And they did the screening that was described to you earlier this afternoon. The hand luggage was screened, the passport was checked, he went through a magnetometer. But it was done by Dutch authorities.
Q: And what is the motivation? We never hear what you find out on why.
MR. BRENNAN: Al Qaeda is an organization that is dedicated to murder and wanton slaughter of innocents. What they have done over the past decade and a half, two decades, is to attract individuals like Mr. Abdulmutallab and use them for these types of attacks. He was motivated by a sense of religious sort of drive. Unfortunately, al Qaeda has perverted Islam, and has corrupted the concept of Islam, so that he’s able to attract these individuals. But al Qaeda has the agenda of destruction and death.
Q: And you’re saying it’s because of religion?
MR. BRENNAN: I’m saying it’s because of an al Qaeda organization that uses the banner of religion in a very perverse and corrupt way.
MR. BRENNAN: I think this is a — this is a long issue, but al Qaeda is just determined to carry out attacks here against the homeland.
Q: But you haven’t explained why.
It’s true, they haven’t, and neither did the previous Administration. And that’s because of how it often relates to American foreign policy. We now have a very salient example of this in the case of Humam al-Balawi, the Jordanian who murdered 8 CIA officers in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. Al-Balawi very explicitly cited civilian deaths as the impetus for his extremism:
So why did al-Balawi, a seemingly trusted agent, switch sides? The Jordanian intelligence sources who spoke to TIME speculate that al-Balawi had become enraged at the Americans for killing a high number of civilians in their hunt for al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders. And al-Balawi, who felt partly responsible for these deaths because of his role in pointing out the targeted villages in which al-Qaeda militants had been hiding, may have been consumed by guilt. “It’s very possible that he decided to take revenge for the death of these Muslim civilians,” says a senior Jordanian official.
Al-Balawi further talked openly about his path to radicalism, and cited not only civilian deaths in Afghanistan (and Iraq) but the ongoing plight of Palestinians in Gaza as reasons for his hatred.
As Juan Cole says:
A viable Palestinian state, a US withdrawal from Iraq, and an end to the Afghanistan war would do more to drain the swamp of al-Qaeda collectively than all the intelligence reviews and reorganizations in the world.
A kinder and gentler war on terror which includes the same blind spots about the Muslim world and the same fear-based, surveillance state response to potential attacks doesn’t make America safer.
P.S. Paul Campos has written the definitive take on all of this, in my view. It starts with a little parable about him playing basketball with LeBron James.
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:43:43 PM by amabokcarab
It is not too often friends we can find young people taking an interest in conservative politics, but there is a young lady who is using her video editing skills to show her appreciation for Glenn Beck and I think its a good thing to see someone her age taking a stand for something.
She has two You Tube videos and I suggest maybe if you get a chance, heck- bookmark it and maybe check them out one day when you have some time and give her some encouragement.
Glenn and God- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5kA7OyoXY
Some of Glenn’s funniest moments- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U-HWSIhQR8
Thank you, Danny Lawson
Chuck Schumer hatched secret plan to get Obama to run
NY Post ^ | January 10, 2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 1:36:54 AM by neverdem
Edited on Monday, January 11, 2010 9:04:53 AM by Admin Moderator. [history]
Sen. Charles Schumer “betrayed” Hillary Rodham Clinton by working with other senators to make sure a Democrat would win the White House in 2008 — actively recruiting Barack Obama to run as an alternative to his New York colleague, an explosive new book claims.
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:37:47 PM by nickcarraway
It may not have been PC, but the majority leader may simply have been honest about how voters react to skin color.
CNN is aflutter. Bloggers are calling it a “big-time” mistake. Newspapers describe the “racially tinged” remarks as “sensational.” What is this “juicy revelation”? Apparently, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately told two journalists in 2008 that Obama was more electable because he’s “light-skinned” and lacked a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
With the publication of Reid’s impolitic quote in the new book Game Change, journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin have landed a PR coup. By revealing Reid’s racial faux pas, they’ve also set in motion the now tediously familiar process of a media frenzy, an inevitable apology from Reid acknowledging “deep regret,” and an equally inevitable gracious acceptance of the said apology from Obama.
Lost in all the handwringing and shock, however, is any clear explanation of what’s wrong with Reid’s comment. Clearly, using “Negro dialect” is about half-a-century behind the times, but does anyone think Reid meant ill by his anachronism? Moreover, as the recent kerfuffle about the 2010 Census revealed, “Negro” is still used by a non-trivial number of older black folks. In 2000, for example, more than 50,000 people went the extra effort of writing-in that they identified themselves as “Negro” (over-and-above the millions who checked the box for “Black, African-Am., or Negro”).
And what term would you use? Ebonics, a neologism coined in 1975 from ebony and phonics, is now laughably dated. Linguists currently refer to “black or African-American vernacular English,” but that hardly rolls off the tongue. Yes, Reid (and the Census) should get with the times, but using dated language with no bad intent should hardly be grounds for days of media analysis, conscience-stricken mea culpas or organized damage control. And, more importantly, the substance of Reid’s comments is spot on. Research strongly suggests that white voters do favor lighter-skinned black candidates. Political scientist Nayda Terkildsen studied the effect of skin color on white voting preferences in her 1993 paper, “When White Voters Evaluate Black Candidates: The Processing Implications of Candidate Skin Color, Prejudice, and Self-Monitoring.” In an experimental study, she presented a random sample of adults descriptions of “one of three fictitious candidates running for governor.” Each candidate was described in identical terms with the only difference being an attached photograph of either “a white male, a light-complected black male, or a dark-complected black male.” Terkildsen found a statistically significant effect that “black candidates were penalized by white voters based on the candidate’s race, skin color, and individual levels of racial prejudice.”
Put another way, when presented with otherwise identical candidates, white voters generally preferred the white candidate to the black candidates and the lighter-skinned candidate to the darker-skinned candidate. (Terkildsen’s analysis only looked at white voters, but perhaps Reid’s remarks will encourage someone to study the effect of skin color on candidate preferences among blacks, Latinos and Asians, too.)
Similarly, black English is regularly associated with negative perceptions of blacks. John Edwards (not the candidate, I assume), writing in 1999 about “Language Attitudes” in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, notes “hundreds of experiments have revealed negative reactions toward Black English.” Though there don’t appear to be any academic studies on the effects of black English on voting, it ain’t much of a stretch to think such attitudes would extend to candidate evaluations and voting booth behavior.
Further, Reid’s statement that Obama could choose to use a “Negro dialect” is Linguistics 101. Everyone “style shifts” or switches their manner of speech depending on the context, politicians especially so. Given American history, such color and culture hierarchies in voting preferences should be unsurprising. That Reid would highlight these advantages for Obama’s candidacy merely reflects the fact he’s a savvy politician (if not a savvy commentator about race). Pointing out political realities is not the same as endorsing them. Moreover, as CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin noted, Reid’s comments would have been entirely unremarkable in a discussion among a group of adult African Americans, almost all of whom have seen and experienced forms of color and language bias.
Even a cursory knowledge of black history suggests colorism shapes which blacks attain leadership positions (I’m looking at you Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois and Douglas Wilder). So, given all the evidence that Reid was right, what’s he apologizing for? Perhaps, Reid’s real faux pas was talking about our “post-racial” America as if race still mattered.
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Monday, January 11, 2010 9:46:55 AM · by opentalk · 4 repliesThe PostEmail ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | John CharltonON GOOD MORNING AMERICA, AUGUST 4TH, 2008, QUESTIONED OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY Let’s not forget that the first “Birther” of note, was Bill Clinton. “Birther” is the derogatory appellation used by Obama supporters to ridicule those who ask why Obama won’t show his birth certificate. Late last night, The Post & Email published the results of recent investigation of the issue, by a citizen journalist, which explain that the Hawaii Department of Health knows Obama’s alleged birth certificate (displayed on the Internet as an electronic image of a Certification of Live Birth) is a forgery. In this context, it should be noted…
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So Who is John L. Perry?
Yesterday, an article by one John L. Perry appeared very briefly on the Newsmax web page purporting to advocate a military coup against the Obama administration. Tom Maguire called “the silliest thing I read today, or maybe this year.” The article was very quickly taken down, but in the meantime lefties were up in arms hollering treason.