Islamic law, or Shariah, already is being applied in the U.S. court system, according to an extensive new report..
A recent Center for Security Policy study called “Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases outlines dozens of cases in which the Islamic system of law has been applied.
Center spokesman David Reaboi said the Islamic strictures are being carried out mostly in cases in which foreigners are the principals.
Get your autographed copy of Pamela Geller’s “Stop the Islamization of America” directly from WND.
“Shariah enters U.S. courts through the practice of comity to foreign law,” Reaboi explained. “This happens, for example, when a judge decides to allow the use of say, Pakistani or Saudi family law (Shariah) in a dispute between Pakistanis or Saudis.”
He said the study only scratches the surface of Shariah’s presence in the nation.
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The State Department has spent $70,000 in taxpayer money to buy copies of Barack Obama’s book Dreams from My Father. One embassy in Indonesia spent more than $3,800 buying copies of Obama’s other book The Audacity of Hope. Again, all with taxpayer money — all while Obama profits from the purchases.
But hey, it most be common place to buy books written by presidents to hand out as gifts and put in libraries, right? Nope. A search by the Washington Times of the federal database found no examples of the State Department purchasing books by President Clinton or President Bush. And most copies of Obama’s books were purchased in the months following his inauguration.
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Obama: Gaddafi Death Is Warning To Dictators
12:13am UK, Wednesday October 26, 2011 US President Barack Obama has described Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s death as a strong message to dictators around the world.
Speaking on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ Mr Obama said the Libyan leader had missed his chance to bring democracy to his country.
“This is somebody who, for 40 years, has terrorised his country and supported terrorism,” he said.
“He had an opportunity during the Arab Spring to finally let loose of his grip on power and to peacefully transition into democracy.
“We gave him ample opportunity, and he wouldn’t do it,
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Most Americans are unaware that about $700 billion a year of federal taxpayers’ money is handed out to nontaxpayers who are allegedly below the poverty line (in addition to $250 billion a year given out by the states). After Barack Obama became president, he increased federal welfare spending by a third because, as he promised during his campaign, he wants to “spread the wealth,” knowing that increasing welfare spending promotes dependence on government and votes for the Democrats.
This federal welfare apparatus consists of 69 means-tested programs: 12 programs providing food, 10 for housing assistance, 10 for social services, nine for educational assistance, eight programs giving cash, eight for vocational training, seven for medical assistance, three for energy and utility assistance and two for child care and child development.
What is now called the hidden welfare state (because so few Americans know about its enormity) is the fastest-growing component of government spending, and this does not include Social Security or Medicare payments. The total of these means-tested handouts is greater than what we are paying for our entire public school system and greater than what we spend on national defense.
We have just learned, for example, that 2.3 million illegal aliens who worked U.S. jobs in 2010 paid no federal income taxes but collected $4 billion from the U.S. Treasury in tax-credit money.
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Rupert Murdoch must have imagined Steve Jobs would be a feisty dinner guest. Even still, the News Corp. chairman couldn’t have foreseen that, in one night at the mogul’s Carmel, California ranch, Jobs would call his tech people incompetent, get a guy fired, and say that Fox News was literally destroying the world.
Walter Isaacson’s new biography of the Apple co-founder says Jobs railed against the conservative news channel and tried to convince Murdoch to shut it down. His comments came at the 2010 iteration of News Corp.’s annual management retreat. Isaacson writes:
In return for speaking at the retreat, Jobs got Murdoch to hear him out on Fox News, which he believed was destructive, harmful to the nation, and a blot on Murdoch’s reputation. “You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is conservative-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become a destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox has gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said…
Murdoch later said he was used to people like Jobs complaining about Fox. “He’s got sort of a left wing view on this,” he said. Jobs asked him to have his folks make a reel of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck shows – he thought they were more destructive than Bill O’Reilly – and Murdoch agreed to do so. saacson’s book also confirms our 2010 item about how the Wall Street Journal’s Gordon McLeod got fired for crossing Jobs at the same Carmel retreat.
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Texas governor Rick Perry, who is embarking on a hard push to recapture the buzz that surrounded him when he first entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is doubling down on the “birther” issue and also deeming his rival Mitt Romney a “fat cat.”
In an interview with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times on Tuesday, Perry was asked why he was keeping the “birther” issue alive. During an interview with Parade Magazine published Sunday, Perry suggested he doesn’t “have a definitive answer” to whether President Obama was born in the United States. Mr. Obama released his long-form birth certificate in April and there is no evidence to suggest he was not born in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some prominent Republicans, including Donald Trump, from making the charge anyway.
Perry responded, “‘It’s a good issue to keep alive.”
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Barack Obama Led #OccupyChicago – Circa 1988
BigGovernment.com ^ | 10/28/2011 | by Joel B. Pollak
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:44:20 PM by Carbonsteel
Just twenty or so years ago, Barack Obama wouldn’t just have supported the Occupy protests.
He would have organized them.
From Stanley Kurtz’s essential Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, pp. 117-8:
In fact, Obama personally helped plan one of UNO’s most confrontational actions of the eighties [in 1988]: a break-in meant to intimidate a coalition of local business and neighborhood leaders into dropping a landfill expansion deal.
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I usually pride myself in that I knew, for the most part, who Obama was before he was President and that’s why I didn’t vote for him.
This however, I did not know.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — A major seven-year study published in a mainstream journal is challenging the secular notion that gays and lesbians cannot change their sexual orientation.
The longitudinal study followed 61 subjects for between six and seven years and found that 23 percent of them reported successful conversion to heterosexual orientation and function and another 30 percent reported stable behavioral chastity with a significant dis-identification with gay orientation. Twenty percent of the subjects had given up and embraced a gay identity.
It is believed to be the first study of its kind — that is, one that followed people over a series of years and monitored success or failure. The study followed subjects who voluntarily were taking part in Christian ministries affiliated with Exodus International, the nation’s largest ministry devoted exclusively to reaching out to homosexuals.
Partial results of the study were released in 2007 and 2009 but now are being published in a peer-reviewed journal, which its authors hope gives it more credibility to those who had criticized it. The study is published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Volume 37.
“The results that we report in our study suggest that change is definitely not impossible, and it’s probably not uncommon, either,” coauthor Stanton L. Jones, a psychologist at Wheaton College, told Baptist Press. “That doesn’t mean that change is easy. We think that these results need to be taken into account as a way of respecting the religious freedom of individuals.”
Baptist Press reported on the earlier findings in ’07 and ’09. Having the study published in a peer-reviewed journal, Jones said, is significant.
“It signifies that the methodology meets the basic requirements for being taken seriously as a piece of scientific literature,” Jones said. “Critics still dismiss the study. They say, ‘Well, it’s only one study,’ or they say it’s not a large enough sample. But I think the study stands as a significant challenge to the reigning views on this matter, especially given that the major mental health organizations say in alternate voices that change of sexual orientation is impossible or that change in sexual orientation is highly unlikely.”
A statement on the American Psychological Association’s website says that promotion of change therapy “contributes to a negative climate for lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.”
“All major national mental health organizations have officially expressed concerns about therapies promoted to modify sexual orientation,” the APA statement says. “To date, there has been no scientifically adequate research to show that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation … is safe or effective.”
Changing attitudes on the subject isn’t easy, Jones said. Stories about gay people who tried but didn’t change tend to get more media attention, he said. Also, he noted, the issue has become political. When Attorney General Eric Holder announced in February that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, part of Holder’s reasoning was that there’s “a growing scientific consensus … that sexual orientation is a characteristic that is immutable.” The study by Jones and coauthor Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University directly challenges that argument.
“To admit that the study has any validity is to draw into question … the change in [public] policies,” Jones said.
The study does not examine why some people are more successful in changing their orientation than others.
“We can’t answer that,” Jones said.
Some critics say the study was deficient because it did not record the physical responses of subjects to sexual stimulus. In some mainstream circles, that is done by placing pornography in front of the subjects and either monitoring the physical response or monitoring the brain for a response. But such a test, Jones said, would have gone against what Exodus strives to obtain — sexual purity in both thought and practice.
“Christians and others who are pursuing a moral framework for change don’t look at that as a benign interaction,” Jones said. ” … People who are undergoing change don’t want to submit themselves to exposure to gay porn as a measurement method as to whether they have changed.”
Jones and Yarhouse caution against projecting success ratios based on their study. For instance, they say, it would be wrong to say that 23 percent of people can change their orientation, just because 23 percent of the people in their study did so. Nevertheless, they say, the study shows that change is possible.
“I know individuals who have been married for 20 and 30 years after coming out of the gay community,” Jones said. “The claim that nobody has ever changed is not substantiated either by our study or by any number of powerful anecdotes that are out there.” –30– Michael Foust is associate editor of Baptist Press. Learn more about the study at ExGayStudy.org.
RUSH: Brian in Saratoga Springs in New York, great to have you on the program, Brian, hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Rush, do you think Sarah Palin will release her supporters so we could have a true conservative presidential nominee?
RUSH: Uh, by release do you mean endorse somebody and ask her supporters to vote for that person?
CALLER: Good question. I think that would be the natural occurrence. I think there’s four to choose from. I don’t know what she would do, but if she releases them initially at least they can choose from those four. What do you think?
RUSH: Well, wait a minute. Which four are you talking about?
CALLER: Well, in my humble opinion I believe it’s going to be Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and probably Newt. Okay? So if she releases those –
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait. Wait a second. One of those people is gonna be who Palin’s gonna endorse?
CALLER: In my humble opinion I think those are the true core conservatives, you know, Bachmann, Santorum, maybe Perry. But if she does release those supporters, Rush, that person will get the nomination in my humble opinion.
RUSH: If she asks her supporters to support a particular candidate in unison, perhaps. I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I’m not sure she’s got supporters to release.
CALLER: Oh, I have a lot of friends that follow her.
RUSH: Yeah, but you generally say that about somebody that’s in the race that has people voting for them, working for them. Then they lose and they decide to ask their supporters to support somebody else. She never got in the race, and to the extent –
RUSH: You’re right, Rush, but I’m a little confused with Sarah Palin and…..
It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume…that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him. ~ H.L. Mencken
“If You See Something, Say Something” is the detestable slogan of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is nothing more than a campaign by this monstrous government bureaucracy to pit citizen against citizen due to false fears instilled in the people by that same bureaucracy. The government is spying on everything we do, and it is now fooling the fools into spying on themselves. This is the ultimate in serf-like behavior.
Currently, the state of Tennessee is acting as a testing ground for the federal government’s assault on the citizen’s right to privacy. TSA goons dressed in state sanctioned garb, and heavily armed “law enforcement” cretins with drug sniffing dogs, are harassing the people of Tennessee on interstate highways and bus stations. They are doing this of course all in the name of stopping terrorism. It is interesting how these state simpletons can at the same time terrorize the general populace while protecting them from terrorism.
The object of this charade of course is not to stop terrorism, but to intimidate (terrorize) the people, and to habituate them, so that they will come to expect and accept this kind of treatment in order to be “safe.” This indoctrination training by the state is meant only to beat down the individual into submission, so that state thugs can gain more control. This is not a new concept, but in the U.S. today, police state abuses are not only greatly increasing in numbers, but also are becoming more invasive as every day passes.
The mainstream media claims that Tennessee is the first state to fight terrorism statewide, but illegal checkpoints are now being set up all across the country. The DHS now claims the right to stop and harass anyone, ask for their “papers,” and search them within 100 miles of any U.S. border. This invasive and illegitimate nonsense affects over 190 million citizens, or about two thirds of the entire population. The very abusive conduct by these agents of the state is not restricted to Tennessee, it is evident nationwide. Checkpoints are everywhere it seems, and the numbers are increasing.
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It gets awfully cold in the Afghan desert at night, and American troops need to sometimes take desperate measures to stay warm. One smart soldier in Afghanistan has stumbled on a trick, however: Bill O’Reilly’s book makes some damn good kindling.
An US soldier stationed oversees took to his Tumblr blog to tell the Web that donations of Bill O’Reilly’s book “Pinheads and Patriots,” which servicemen received an entire box of, might not be the best gift for the guys and gals involved in American military operations in Afghanistan. I suppose it does make a thoughtful 10-year anniversary gift, though.
“Some jerk sent us two boxes of this awful book (SPOILER ALERT: George Washington — Patriot; George Soros — Pinhead) instead of anything soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan might need, like, say, food or soap,” blogs the soldier.
He adds that the decision to set the box of books ablaze came from his commander.
As blogged photos of the O’Reilly effigy went viral, the soldier returned days later to respond to the meaning behind the fire.
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As The Denver Post reported Sunday, today marks the second time in less than a month that Barack Obama has come to the mile-high city, headquarters of the nation’s state-of-emergency command apparatus, where he will remain through tomorrow.
The last time he came was four weeks ago, when he arrived on Sept 27 to command massive terror exercises occurring during the window of opportunity for an Israeli attack against Iran, as reported by Haaretz in Netanyahu must be stopped from attacking Iran. The timing of the “continuity of government” training seemed so suspicious that I posted America Awakens to Denver False Flag Danger. Just five days before, Big Oil shenanigans had raised false flag fears in Ron Paul’s toxic home turf of Texas City, which I described in my article the following morning, Texas City Terror Scare.
The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.
The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show.
Around the same time, halfway around the world, the U.S. embassy in South Korea had the same idea, spending more than $6,000 for copies of “Dreams from My Father”.
One month later, the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, spent more than $3,800 for hardcover copies of the Indonesian version of Mr. Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope,” records show.
A review of the expenditures in a federal purchasing database did not reveal any examples of past purchases by the State Department of books by President Bush or President Clinton. The purchases of Mr. Obama’s literary work mostly, but not always, took place in the months after Mr. Obama captured the White House.
Leslie Paige, spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, said if the federal government is looking to cut costs, eliminating purchases of Mr. Obama’s books is a good place to start.
“It’s inappropriate for U.S. taxpayer dollars to be spent on this,” she said. “This sounds like propaganda.”
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I’m shaking my head.
Never did I ever think we’d see the day when our own government, our own president, would be in collusion with our enemies. I can almost tolerate ignorance and naivety, a la Jimmy Carter. But not when leaders we trust are working on behalf of the other side. » If you like this article, please subscribe to our daily newsletter
rsn_betrayal_175The president has overseen a new executive order, via the Justice Department, to prohibit the mention of “Islam” in the training federal law enforcement training manuals. That’s right folks. Law enforcement training can no longer refer to Islamic terror as…well… “Islamic terror.”
Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole has confirmed that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam because some Muslim groups have claimed it is offensive. That’s like taking Racists out of the KKK. Or Italians out of the Mafia.
The terrorists must be slapping high fives behind closed doors. Thanks Allah. Thanks Obama. Score one major victory for CAIR. One major defeat for United States national security.
Interesting. The president has no qualms about shooting foreign terrorists on foreign soil, yet he caves to Islamic pressure inside the borders of his own country.
So now, how are the FBI, CIA, DEA, ICE, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, Secret Service, Military intelligence…and more, supposed to teach new agents and employees? The very essence of investigations of major criminal activity is to follow patterns and associations and to correlate motives, backgrounds and anything else that brings criminals into a single purpose. In international terror, (like it or not) that’s radical Islam. Everyone who has a brain, knows that. Are our law enforcement agents not supposed to be informed that there is a Common Denominator for the thousands of acts of terror around the world every year?
Organized Crime and the Drug Cartels should take a lesson from this. All you need to do is intimidate the government and complain that accusing Mexicans and Colombian drug lords and other foreign nationals as being drug smugglers is OFFENSIVE. Being factual, is unimportant. More importantly, we must not offend. We must capitulate to the people who hate us the most.
Here are a few facts taken from various sources (see below):
More people are killed by Islamist terrorists in one any one year, than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition, combined. (Note, that’s ISLAMIC terror, not Timothy McVeigh or radical right wing Christians) More civilians were killed in two hours on September 11, 2001, than in the previous 36 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. (That’s by ISLAMIC terrorists) Islamic terrorists murder more people each day than the KKK has in the last 50 years. (Note: That’s ISLAMIC terrorists) Islamic terrorists have carried out nearly 18,000 terror attacks worldwide since September 11, 2001. Read it again. That’s Eighteen Thousand attacks worldwide by ISLAMIC terrorists. In the last ten years, more than 96,000 human beings have been slaughtered b y Islamic terror attacks, most of them Muslims. (Note: ISLAMIC terror) In the U.S., there have been twenty-one citizens killed in Islamic terror attacks since 9/11 by seven perpetrators. Another four were foiled before anyone was killed. (Note: ISLAMIC terror)
If you want to keep a track on the body count of Islamic terror, check this site:
Click here: Islam: Making a True Difference in the World – One Body at a Time
This is the same administration that was illegally selling assault rifles to Mexican drug lords which has resulted in the killing of innocent people, including an American Border Patrol agent.
Where’s the outcry?
This is the same president who has employed people connected to the notorious Muslim Brotherhood — our enemy — as trusted advisors in the White House.
Where’s the outcry?
This same administration has a woman traveling with the Secretary of State who was raised in Wahabbi Saudi Arabia, whose mother is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, and whose brother is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in Oxford, and who has access to every highly sensitive national security issues in the State Department, and we say nothing? This woman could not pass scrutiny to be hired by any law enforcement agency in the country, yet she is privy to the inner workings and national security of our government.
Where’s the outrage?
This is the same president who is aiding and abetting illegal immigration by providing comfort, jobs, and other benefits to illegal immigrants, while Americans are in dire need of those jobs.
Where is the outrage?
He dropped all charges against the New Black Panthers for intimidating voters, causing a respected U.S. Attorney to quit and do everything he could to expose this travesty of a Justice Department.
Where is the outrage?
America goes about life, ho-hum, that’s politics, as though there is no danger, no disloyalty, no collusion with our enemy forces, when it is all around us. Sure, the economy is a vital issue, but folks, there’s other issues just as vital. We better start paying attention to matters that protect our nation.
There is no other word. This president is despicable. He’s the best friend radical Islamists could possibly have hoped for in the Oval Office. Yet, our media and our people, turn a blind eye.
Sadly, he can do a lot of damage before November of 2012.
Does anyone know anything about the announcement that the White House (our Dear Leader) will shut down TV and radio for 3.5 minutes on the 9th? The emergency broadcasts last only 60 seconds…why does Obama want three and a half minutes? That’s an eternity in broadcasting. Did he get possession of “the button” to turn off all communication?
The US has pulled terrorism manuals referencing Islam following complaints from terror-linked advocacy groups.
eputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday the Obama administration was recalling all training materials used by the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam.
“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.
The move comes after complaints from Muslim advocacy organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was identified as a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front group in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.
CAIR founders Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad were originally officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), described by former FBI analyst and US Treasury Department intelligence official Mathew Lewitt as, “intimately tied to the most senior Hamas leadership.”
Both Ahmad and Awad participated in a meeting held in Philadelphia on…
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• As Ford’s star has fallen, Chrysler’s has risen. Jeep has moved up seven spots to become the most reliable domestic brand, and all its models for which we have sufficient data scored average in predicted reliability. Chrysler and Dodge moved up 12 and three spots in ranking, respectively.
• Japanese brands dominate our survey’s upper echelons and took the top nine spots. They were led by Scion, Lexus, Acura, Mazda, Honda, and Toyota.
• Jaguar, Porsche, and Audi are at the bottom among brands for which we have sufficient data.
• Many hybrids are proving extremely reliable. The top two models in our survey are the Lexus CT 200h and Honda CR-Z. The Toyota Prius was among the top models, rebounding from brake problems that plagued the current design.
• Family sedans hold up well overall and are led by the Ford Fusion Hybrid. All of the models for which we have data have at least average reliability. In contrast, only one minivan makes that cut: The front-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna is average.
• Heavy-duty, three-quarter-ton pickups are among the most problematic vehicles. With the exception of the turbodiesel Ford F-250, they all scored below average.
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GOP mocks Obama’s new ‘can’t wait’ slogan, tells Senate to act
By Pete Kasperowicz – 10/24/11 07:29 PM ET
House Republicans on Monday night mocked President Obama’s new “we can’t wait” slogan that he introduced in a Las Vegas speech earlier in the day.
Obama used the slogan to stress his plans to introduce an administrative effort to help people refinance their mortgages. The plan, to be run through the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is aimed at making an existing refinancing program available to more borrowers.
The plan — and the “we can’t wait” slogan — is meant to show an administration attempt to help struggling borrowers without waiting for Congress to act. But Republicans turned it around to ask why Democrats are ignoring more than a dozen House-passed bills that would ease federal regulations on companies.
“In my opinion, this slogan is an odd choice, especially coming from the president and his party,” Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) said. “Right now, 15 different House-passed jobs bills, each reducing the red tape that is hindering small business, each removing obstacles to domestic energy production, are stuck in the Senate awaiting action from Democratic leadership.
“Mr. Speaker, the president is right: We can’t wait,” he said in response to the Senate’s inaction.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) mirrored Thompson’s remarks. “It’s not that the Senate has voted these jobs bills down, the Senate just won’t vote,” Poe said. “To my friends down the hallway in the Senate, how about voting on these bills?”
Poe also came up with his own slogan for the Senate, which has struggled to pass much of its own legislation this year: “It’s time for the Senate to pick a horse and ride it.”
Big Government ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2011 | Joel B. Pollak
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:58:48 PM by RobinMasters
He would have organized them.
From Stanley Kurtz’s essential Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, pp. 117-8:
In fact, Obama personally helped plan one of UNO’s most confrontational actions of the eighties [in 1988]: a break-in meant to intimidate a coalition of local business and neighborhood leaders into dropping a landfill expansion deal.
We know of Obama’s involvement in this demonstration only because his supporters in 2008 felt it necessary to rebut charges that, contrary to his claims of inter-racial healing, he had organized exclusively with blacks. Only then did Obama’s former colleagues from UNO [United Neighborhood Organization, a largely Mexican group] of Chicago reveal that he had helped to plan and lead this multi-ethnic demonstration against landfill expansion on Chicago’s South Side.
…Shouting “No deals!” somewhere between eighty and a hundred UNO-DCP [Developing Communities Project, a black group organized by Obama] marched to a local bank. There they broke into a meeting being conducted by the bank president and local community leaders.
The group was exploring the possibility of a deal with Waste Management.
The protestors, presumably including Obama, surrounded the meeting table while [Mary-Ellen] Montes [of UNO] told the negotiators, “We will fight you every step of the way.”
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A comedian and actor went to Twitter to suggest that the death of Muammar Gaddafi should inspire American liberals to kill Sarah Palin, sparking a virtual fire-storm.
That’s just what actor and former soda spokesman Orlando Jones did when he turned the death of the Libyan dictator into a call to arms for American liberals to kill the poster woman for the Tea Party movement.
‘Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect the better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin(:’ Mr Jones tweeted on Friday.
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Of the various books I have inflicted on the world, my favorite is Au Phuc Dup and Nowhere to Go, the print version of which is a mess. The Kindle version is fine. Should anyone be interested, a sample chapter, clickable, is available under the cover on the right-hand side of your screen.
Like a wolverine digging at a rabbit’s hole, this column seeks truth, wherever it lies. (Of course, if truth lies, how can you trust it? These are deep waters.) To this end, I have been reading feminists about what slugs men are, and bandits, and slaves of vanity, and cause loose fillings and sunspots and roach infestations. In the past I dismissed these tiresome viragos as mere creatures of bile and ill-breeding. This time, I thought, maybe I should listen to them. After all, ugly short-haired unmarried women are people too. Pretty close anyway.
AsI pondered, I was overcome by the consciousness of sin. Yes, I thought, it is true. We men are the slaves of vanity. I wanted to deny it, but I could not. The facts cannot be evaded: We, sorry male malfeasors all, are hopelessly vain.
Confess it, fellows: Men spend millions on boob jobs, on moisteurining lipstick that gives us the freshness of the roses of morn, on perky push-up bras that divide and lift at the same time. Yes, we do…..
via Fred On Everything.
The 99% have a another new voice.
Former Louisiana Congressman, former Grand Wizard of the KKK, and unabashed anti-Semite David Duke has joined the fight.
Mr. Duke dreams of a very different country than most of us desire. Among his twisted desires, he wants segregation brought back to America:
“Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include the freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.”
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Establishment Republican presidential contender Rick Perry has recycled Steve Forbes and proposed modifying the current tax scheme and instituting a flat tax. Perry is set to officially announce his plan today in South Carolina.
Rick Perry’s “File Your Taxes On a Postcard” Scheme rick perry
“The plan starts with giving Americans a choice between a new, flat tax rate of 20% or their current income tax rate,” Perry wrote in an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
Rick Perry – like most Republicans – is not opposed to income taxes and wealth confiscation. Instead, he claims to be opposed to the “mind-boggling complexity of the current tax code”…..
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees the TSA, has asserted that the release of a classified report on TSA security failures will renew calls for the replacement of the agency with private airport security personnel.
Mica also asserted that recorded instances of pat downs failing to detect contraband are “off the charts.” This information is also currently still classified, but is due to be released within weeks as part of an upcoming committee report on the TSA’s first decade…..
If the states do not function as the sentinels of the people’s liberty, the results are all too predictable. We live with those results every day. What we need is to establish a new modus vivendi between the federal government and the states, along the lines Thomas Jefferson envisioned. That is what those of us who support the Jeffersonian remedy of nullification are seeking to establish.
The time has come to make a decision. Are we happy with the progress we’ve made against the expansion of federal power over the past several generations? If so, we shouldn’t change a thing. But if we’re tired of the betrayals, the failures, and the sloganeering automatons we’re told to choose from, we’ll need the courage and the common sense to try something new. Or, in this case, something old and venerable, from the mind of Thomas Jefferson himself.
Nathan Tucker has made his choice. I have made mine. But what happens next is up to you.
I always find it funny when conventional left-liberals like O’Rourke single out Ron Paul of all people for criticism, when (here as elsewhere) he knows more about the subject than the rest of the Republican contenders put together. (Really, Paul, you think you’d have a useful constitutional discussion with Tim Pawlenty?)
They can’t stand an anti-establishment candidate, so they focus their anger on him. As I never tire of saying, these people want us to shut our mouths and be content with the Biden/Romney spectrum.
Here are the key points to bear in mind:…..
The document released yesterday by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace calling for a world economic authority and condemning the “idolatry of the market” could have been written by any number of secular think-tanks in the United States.
It is also deeply confused. On the one hand, it speaks of excessive money growth as a problem that can lead to “speculative bubbles” whose bursting can do significant damage to economies around the world. On the other, it calls for a world economic authority that will…what? Be exempt from the errors and hubris of government officials and national central banks?
We were assured that the best and the brightest were running the Fed. These were people who told us the rise in housing prices was attributable to strong fundamentals. There was no housing bubble. Alan Greenspan told people to take out adjustable-rate mortgages. Ben Bernanke said in 2006 that lending standards were sound. And so on.
Whenever rising interest rates might have discouraged crazed speculation in real estate, the Fed kept the mania going by maintaining low rates. When the market was trying to send us red lights, in other words, the Fed was turning them all green.
Had we really been engaged in “idolatry of the market,” as the Vatican document suggests, we might have listened to the market. Instead, the central authorities drowned out what the market was trying to tell us.
It’s been idolatry not of the market but of central banks, institutionalized sources of moral hazard and financial instability around the world, that has yielded us the boom-bust cycle. (The aura of infallibility and the cult of personality surrounding Fed chairmen make the language of idolatry more than mere poetic license.)
We all know that the Chevy Volt is a bad idea. It simply is no way near worth the cost. And it doesn’t make any sense for the federal government to subsidize Fisker to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, when every penny invested in Fisker and the Chevy Volt is going to be extracted from the hide of Tesla, whose car competes in the only market niche that is winnable for a current electric car: the extremely high-end, high-performance luxury car. The irony is that the Fisker and the Volt will delay the development of a profitable electric car.
But we all knew that. So why did the Obama administration sink so many tax dollars into a project that will fail, even at Obama’s red-green economic goals? Because he knew that conservatives would (correctly) howl in protest at the waste, and then at some future point be stereotyped as anti-progress.
See, eventually electric cars will be profitable. They won’t run on the Lithium batteries that Tesla pioneered, but they will still be electric… just like today’s video players don’t use laser disks or tape cartridges, but they still use digital video. So forget about Lithium shortages and mining conflicts in Afghanistan; the electrical car will someday run on something more like capacitators. But they will be built, and they will run. And they might just be built by Tesla.
Likewise, solar power will be inevitable. Like the electric car, the biggest limitation is in storage and distribution. There will never profitably be the kind of megawatt facility Solyndra foresaw. Solar power will be forever a distributed power system, producing energy on rooftops, storing it in people’s basements, and releasing it into the larger network on those really hot days when air conditioning strains a power grid otherwise relying mostly on nuclear power, after having been converted from clean carbon systems. But there will be solar power.
What Obama is paying for is the creation of the myths in 2030, when people will look back and say, “if it weren’t for President Obama and the liberals, we’d still be burning that horribly expensive oil from Islamia,” the same way that people today believe that if it weren’t for FDR’s socialism, old people would be starving in the streets. Just parse your words carefully, fellow conservatives: attack wasteful and counterproductive government expenditures into alternative fuels, not the alternative fuels themselves.
The failure of Barack Obama to negotiate an acceptable agreement to leave enough troops in Iraq to secure the peace and prevent an Iranian takeover is a diplomatic and strategic failure of major proportion. Now led by the Department of Justice, the Administration is compounding the diplomatic disaster by pretending radical Islam is no longer a threat worth mentioning.
Yes, mistakes have been made in Iraq over the last 8 ½ years. But, after the enormous sacrifice of blood and treasure, it is indefensible to cede victory to Iran, and that we fear, is exactly what the President has done. The sectarian, anti-democratic elements within and outside of Iraq committed to perpetuating terror, violence and instability have succeeded in forcing a premature withdrawal of American forces by an all too willing American Commander-in-Chief.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s fragile, immature, undependable government was cobbled together by a deal brokered by Tehran and Iranian proxy Moqtada al-Sadr, who has buckets of American blood on his hands. The radical Shiite Cleric who fomented the bloodiest days of the war was chased into exile in Iran for four years, returning last January after his “party” won a number of seats in the new Parliament.
Maliki, who once moved to crush Sadr’s Mahdi Army, struggled for months to piece together a coalition government and cling to his leadership position for another term. But, demonstrating that political power trumps principal, Maliki cut a deal with the devil. “It was Sadr’s recent decision to support Maliki for a second term (as Prime Minister), in a deal brokered by Iran, that ended eight months of political deadlock and allowed Maliki, also a Shiite, to cobble together his new government,” as the Washington Post reported last January. Having secured Maliki’s re-election, Sadr emerged as the defacto power broker. The marching orders in Baghdad started coming from Tehran, not Washington, and the end was in sight.
Turkey’s once steady alliance with the U.S. and the West is gone. Egypt is rapidly sliding in the direction of the radical Islamists. In Tunisia’s recent elections Islamists appear to have won a significant number of positions. What eventually comes of post-Gaddafi Libya is anyone’s guess. And, seizing on the opportunities created by a weak, impotent American Administration, the Iranians are establishing not just a regional power base, but a global one as we have documented on these pages over the last three months. If Iraq becomes a puppet of Tehran and once again a safe-haven for terror rather than a flicker of hope and freedom in the region, the consequences will be catastrophic.
The decision to pull all troops out of Iraq came, of course, from the civilian Commander-in-Chief. True to their oath, the active duty military takes orders, salutes, and keeps their mouth shut. But, retired Four-Star Army General Jack Keane, who served as an adviser to Gen. David Petraeus when he was top commander in Iraq, isn’t required to hold his tongue.
“I think it’s an absolute disaster,” said Gen. Keane. “We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace.”
Having proven completely inept at dealing with the threat of radical Islam, the Obama Administration has decided to just not talk about it anymore. Only hours before the President announced the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq, the Justice Department declared that the Administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities in order to eliminate all references to Islam according to The Daily Caller.
The White House is obviously sympathetic to objections raised by CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and other Muslim Brotherhood “front groups.” The move to scrub all reference to Islam by the Administration was strongly supported by the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, Dwight Holton, who said he had spoken directly with Attorney General Eric Holder. “I want to be perfectly clear about this; training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for,” Holton said.
Holton is the prosecutor who announced the 2010 arrest of the so-called Christmas Tree Bomber, Mohamed Osman Mohamud. Holton’s arresting documents and public announcement made no mention of Mohamud’s well established involvement with violent Islamic Jihad that had been the focus of the FBI well before his arrest.
Obama’s decision to withdraw all the troops from Iraq fulfills a campaign promise to a constituency that elected him, but it doesn’t make America or the world more safe. Nor does declaring radical Islam to be an unmentionable make it any less of a threat. But then, being involved in an “overseas contingency operation” didn’t make it any less of a war on terror, either.
For all the mistakes and the enormous cost of the Iraq war, it was from the beginning a classic case of America being willing to fight against evil with the hope of allowing good to one day prevail. Tragically, we have a President and an Administration that is either unwilling or unable to even distinguish between good and evil, much less muster the courage to stand up for righteousness.
Joe Biden’s office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill.
Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake of the contentious exchange between the vice president and the reporter.
Jason Mattera, who works for Human Events, a conservative magazine, used a pretext to catch Biden off guard in a Senate hallway and grill him on claims the vice president has made about jobs legislation.
Biden’s office has also contacted the standing committee of correspondents, which oversees the gallery, regarding whether Mattera broke the rules by ambushing him.
Heather Rothman, the chairwoman of the gallery’s standing committee, said the matter is under review.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com …
Radio host Glenn Beck has spoken of his fear that the upcoming Emergency Alert System test being conducted by Homeland Security and FEMA on November 9 gives the government the pretext to “seize control” of communications in America, because for the first time broadcasters will have no choice on whether to partake.
Beck explained that in every previous instance where the EAS system was tested, broadcasters were in control of whether or not to flip the switch, although they did face losing their broadcast license if they failed to partake. However, for the very first time, the federal government will have complete control over the broadcast frequency and will be able to override all radio and television stations.
Next month’s test also marks the first time that the alert has been conducted nationwide.
“The nationwide test may last up to three and a half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable,” states a FEMA press release.
Beck warned that the first of its kind test gave the government the pretext to take over all civilian communication outlets under the guise of a national emergency.
“If the state wants to take control…they can just take it and there is nothing I can do about it,” Beck stated, adding that the process “seizes control of the broadcast frequency.”
A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Beck questioned the timing of the test, asking why it was being conducted in the middle of a work day at 2pm and not at midnight on a Saturday.
“Why are we testing this thing at 2pm on a Wednesday when we don’t even know if this damn thing will work – who does that?” asked Beck, drawing attention to the fact that FEMA has indicated it isn’t even sure whether television broadcasts will display a message or not during the test.
“Who takes the nation’s communications and shuts it down in the middle of a work day on a Wednesday when the whole world is in revolution? That doesn’t help calm things, Mr. President,” said Beck.
The fact that the government has also chosen a date which is the reverse of 9/11 (the 9th of November being 11/9), is also unlikely to reduce anxiety surrounding the test.
Yes, Mr. Obama was in Las Vegas on Monday before the Republican glow from last week’s debate had even dissipated. Along with attending two private fundraisers in Los Angeles, the president will dally with Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Tuesday.
The Air Force One tab is still mounting. And for those keeping count, this is Mr. Obama’s fourth appearance on the late night show. Several curtain calls are left, though
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com …
via tha touch of showbiz.
Massachusetts Senate candidate, consumer activist, and Wall Street Enemy #1 Elizabeth Warren took credit for the Occupy Wall Street movement in a new interview with The Daily Beast.
“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” she told Samuel Jacobs. “I support what they do.”
Warren, who was once a registered Republican, said she decided to enter politics because she realized “I can’t just leave this to people who are going to wreck the lives of millions of American families if they get the chance.”
Read full interview here
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com …
Conservatives looking to delegitimize the Occupy Wall Street protests have a new tactic — targeting journalists.
The criticisms are a kind of conservative twofer, allowing them to hit old targets like NPR and The New York Times by raising questions about their objectivity, while at the same time undermining the grass-roots claims of the new protest movement by suggesting it has professional help — or at least professional cheerleaders.
So far, both the Times and NPR have had to distance themselves from freelancers accused of getting too close to the protests, while MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan has come under scrutiny for leaked emails purportedly showing that he had helped the protesters shape their message.
Behind much of the criticism has been Andrew Breitbart, the conservative media provocateur whose sites have published both the leaked emails and Monday’s video of a New York Times freelancer speaking about the protests on a panel. But his critiques have been amplified by conservative talkers such as Rush Limbaugh, who last week held up the leaked emails of Ratigan and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi as evidence that Occupy Wall Street was a “construct of the media Democrat industrial complex.”
Taken together, these critiques may just muddy the waters enough to do some damage to both the media and the fledgling anti-Wall Street movement. But when the case is examined in isolation, it’s hard to find much of a smoking gun, though that that hasn’t stopped media organizations from reacting defensively to the charges leveled at them.
“The problem is the Times pretends to be objective,”
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com …
For the past few weeks, I’ve had a recurring suspicion that the several gaffes of Herman Cain are in fact “gaffes.” As in intentional. Deliberate. Planned.
Allow me to explain.
21 years ago, I watched closely as a complete political neophyte announced his intention to run as governor of Massachusetts. He was John Silber, president of Boston University. Silber was a staunch Reaganite, a native TEXAN, a blunt-spoken anti-activist authoritarian university president, a big-business booster, and a Democrat. And he was running to be nominated by the Massachusetts Democratic Party. What chance, huh?
Well, to make matters “worse,” Silber started his campaign with a series of shocking “gaffes.” From disparaging gay rights to attacking feminism and peaceniks to questioning why “immigrants from tropical climates” move to the wintry Bay State (of course for it’s generous welfare benefits), Silber missed no opportunity to defame the hideous ideology that dominated the Democratic Party of Massachusetts.
Of course the house organ of that hideous ideology, the Boston Glob, responded with off-the-charts venom to these “Silber shockers,” as the candidate himself dubbed them. For about 9 months he was lampooned as a joke…until the primary approached…Because Silber was polling about 25% in a 3 way race. Even the NYT noticed in July: “Despite waging an unusual, provocative campaign that has broken many of the rules of politics and offended some women, blacks and the elderly, John R. Silber is running more strongly than expected in the Massachusetts race for governor and could be in position to win the Democratic nomination in September.”
The pattern of the “Silber shockers” was firmly established: Silber would make his comment in an interview or debate; the comment would be the focus of attention for 2-5 days; Silber would be righteously questioned and re-questioned about the comment, which he would then repeat in slightly less inflammatory terms, but still defend it; and interested voters would have heard Silber make and repeat his point about 5 times more than if he hadn’t made the “gaffe.”
But in September he was still down by ~15 points to the front-runner, a career hack named Frank Bellotti, when about a week before the primary, the other establshment candidate, Evelyn Murphy (Dukakis’ lt. governor) fell on her sword to “guarantee” the win for Bellotti. “We can’t allow even the chance of John Silber winning the nomination.” And how did our famous “newspaper of record” report this development? “Ms. Murphy’s action therefore appeared likely to deal a further blow to Mr. Silber, a political maverick whose public standing has been slipping in the past few weeks after he made barbed comments that have alienated many voters.”
With Murphy out, Bellotti’s lead jumped to 23 points in the polls. Those wonderful, wonderful polls. Keep watching those polls, people. The polls are everything, don’t you know? How can an old pro like Frank Bellotti blow a 23 point lead in 5 days?
Five days later, Silber beat Bellotti by 10 points, a 33-point swing. The absurdly politically incorrect Reaganite Texan became the nominee for governor of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. And the old grey lady sobbed into her gin-drenched cornflakes: “In a stunning display of voter discontent, John R. Silber, the president of Boston University who peppered his campaign with provocative remarks, scored a major upset tonight over over Francis X. Bellotti, a former State Attorney General in the Democratic primary for governor.”
Which is a long way of explaining why my spidey senses are tingling these days when so many people are saying Herman Cain’s gaffes are proof his candidacy is doomed. The latest is this extremely unusual–I’ll refrain from saying “strange”–ad that just aired during the World Series [embedded above]. OMG, a campaign staffer blowing smoke at the camera?! Can anyone else remember the last TV ad that showed a non-evil character just…smoking…a cigarette? It’s just a…SHOCKER!
Mr. Cain is nothing if not a skilled communicator. Yet it seems that, as soon as more eyes than ever are turned on him, that he becomes a fumblemouth. And wasting huge, scarce campaign dollars on a bizarre ad. Even Brit Hume has written him off.
Mr. Cain has come from nowhere, with almost no money, and no political experience, to the top of the polls. Now he’s being dismissed as a gaffe machine. But I’m telling you, he’s as dumb as a fox.
The key was in the glazed staring eyes
Researchers have found evidence for the existence of a hypnotic state — the key was in the glazed staring eyes
A multidisciplinary group of researchers from Finland (University of Turku and Aalto University) and Sweden (University of Skövde) has found that strange stare may be a key that can eventually lead to a solution to this long debate about the existence of a hypnotic state.
Hypnosis has had a long and controversial history in psychology, psychiatry and neurology. For over 100 years researchers have debated if a special hypnotic state exists or whether it is just about using cognitive strategies and mental imagery in a normal waking state. So far, a hypnotic state has never been convincingly demonstrated, and therefore, many researchers regard the hypnotic state to be just a popular myth in psychology.
(Excerpt) Read more at eurekalert.org …
A Florida appeals court appears to have cleared the way for a Hillsborough judge to use Islamic law to decide a key issue in a lawsuit involving a local mosque.
In a case that has attracted national attention, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday denied without comment a petition to prevent Judge Richard Nielsen from invoking Islamic law.
The petition, filed by the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, contested a March ruling by Nielsen announcing his intent to use “ecclesiastical Islamic law” in the case.
Nielsen limited his use of Islamic law to deciding whether arbitration by an Islamic scholar mediating a dispute between the mosque and ousted trustees followed the teachings of the Koran.
The arbitration itself is in dispute, with mosque officials saying it never took place.
The arbitrator ruled in favor of several men ousted as mosque trustees, a decision that, if upheld, could wrest control of $2.2 million in mosque coffers.
Like everything else in the litigation, the meaning of the appeals court ruling is in dispute.
Attorney Paul Thanasides, representing the mosque, said an appeals court decision without a written opinion means the court wasn’t addressing the merits of the case.
Thanasides said the U.S. Constitution and Florida law prevent Nielsen from following Islamic law. On Monday, he filed a motion with the judge asking him to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.
“Florida law is clear that courts may not decide corporate governance disputes involving religious organizations,” the motion said.
Lee Segal, a lawyer representing four ousted trustees, said the appeals court ruling was a “big-time” win for his clients and vindication for Nielsen, who does not comment on pending cases.
“This basically puts the case back in front of Nielsen, who has a good handle of what the issues are,” Segal said.
He noted the judge could still rule against his clients if he determines that Islamic law was not, in fact, followed.
“There’s still lots of barriers for us to cross,” Segal said.
The case touched off a storm of criticism against Nielsen earlier this year.
Web commentators have misidentified the judge as a liberal trying to subvert U.S. law. Nielsen is, in fact, a conservative Republican appointed to the bench by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
At the time of Nielsen’s original decision, the political atmosphere was already charged with debate that Islamic law had gained a toehold in U.S. courts.
Even before Nielsen’s ruling, two Florida lawmakers, Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Larry Metz, announced legislation to prevent the use of any foreign legal code being applied in state courts.
The legislation was not adopted by Florida lawmakers.
In May, the Center for Security Policy released a study that evaluated 50 appellate court cases in 23 states involving issues related to Islamic law.
The study noted Islamic law has been “formally recognized” in state courts.
The cases involved mostly Muslim women and children “who were asking American courts to preserve their rights to equal protection and due process,” said the center’s president, Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
“When our courts then apply sharia law in the lives of these families, and deny them equal protection, they are betraying the principles on which America was founded,” he said.
To others, Nielsen’s decision has been widely misunderstood. Markus Wagner, a professor of international law at the University of Miami School of Law, said courts often refer to religious codes in arbitration cases.
If two sides in an arbitration, for example, agree to use Jewish law, then a judge could properly use the Talmud in deciding a case, Wagner said.
“On the legal side, it’s just not all that unusual,” he said.
“The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, and aligns with President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons. Thomas D’Agostino, the nuclear administration’s chief, called the bomb’s elimination a “significant milestone.”
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com …
A Lower East Side tobacco shop co-owned by an NYPD captain is by illegally peddling smokes for less than $6 a pack, city officials say.
The cheap scheme at Island Smokes, where Cpt. John Kimball is a co-owner, is simple: Workers sell loose tobacco to customers, who then make their own cigarettes on in-house, automatic rolling machines. The shop says this allows them to sell the ensuing “packs’’ for less than half the normal $13 cost because technically, they have sold only loose tobacco, which is taxed at a much lower rate.
But that’s not how the city rolls, officials said.
“We view the business as illegal,” said Law Department attorney Eric Proshansky. He ordered the Eldridge Street shop and its flagship store on Staten Island to stop selling the smokes after undercover investigators discovered the scheme.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com …
Living in housing he (and we) can scarcely afford.
If President Barack Obama were a legal document, he’d be a sub-prime home loan.
The nation’s housing crisis seems an apt metaphor for the president and his political position one year before he stands for re-election.
Like nearly a quarter of the mortgage loans outstanding on U.S. homes, Obama is under water. His poll ratings are low and sinking. Gallup records 43 percent approval, 49 percent disapproval. Three-quarters of American voters think the country is on the wrong track under his leadership. In moving into the White House — a very fancy address — Obama bought a lot more house than he could afford, based on his ability and experience.
Obama finds himself in this upside-down state because his leadership skills simply aren’t sufficient to make the payments on the big, questionable loan that the American voters made to him in 2008. Like those banks that were willing to extend mortgage loans to risky prospects without documenting their credit-worthiness, the voters gave the untested, inexperienced junior senator from Illinois the keys to the White House, simply because they were sick of the guy and the gang that had occupied that property for the prior eight years.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org …
via Obama Under Water.
Conventional wisdom has it that the 2012 presidential election will be all about the dismal economy, unemployment and the soaring deficit. That appears a safe bet because such matters touch the electorate, are much in the news at the moment and have indisputably become worse on Barack Obama’s watch.
It seems increasingly likely, however, that the American people will have a whole lot more to worry about by next fall. Indeed, the way things are going, by November 2012, we may see the Middle East – and perhaps other parts of the planet – plunged into a cataclysmic war.
Consider just a few of the straws in the wind of a gathering storm:
The Republican candidates to succeed Mr. Obama are beginning to find their voices on the national security portfolio. They will be formally debating the president’s sorry record in coming weeks. The question the American people will want answered is not only “Who lost the world?” but what they will do to get it back.
(Excerpt) Read more at jewishworldreview.com …
Have Glock, Will Travel (vomitous Libtard alert)
New York Fishwrap ^ | 10/24/11 | Bruni
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:21:34 AM by pabianice
Between the struggle to fold a sport jacket so it doesn’t wrinkle, the 45-minute wait on a security line if I’m flying, the price of gas if I’m driving and the worry either way that I left the coffee maker on, I thought I was pretty well versed in the inconveniences and stresses of domestic travel.
Hardly! Things could be much, much worse, namely if I were a gun owner with a permit to carry a concealed firearm in my home state and an itch to do so in any other state I visited as well.
As matters now stand, I’d have to defer to the laws of those states, which vary widely. In some, my permit from back home would suffice, even if getting it required little more than proper adult identification, proof of residency and a smile. The smile might even have been negotiable. A scowl and a clean felony record and I was good to go.
Other states are sticklers, recognizing only their own concealed-carry permits and granting or withholding those based on such killjoy criteria as whether someone has a violent misdemeanor conviction, a history of alcohol abuse or any actual training in weapon safety. Some free country, ours.
Thank heaven for the National Rifle Association, its sights ever fixed on the forces that try to separate Americans from the deadly firearms they like to keep snug at their sides.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …
From a Middle East correspondent:
Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according to al Nashra, “heeding a request by the higher leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, who consider that US Administration must support the Islamist Sunni current facing the Iranian current in the region.”
The al Nashra report, circulating now widely in the Middle East, but also in the United States and across the Lebanese Christian Diaspora confirms what was already known about the impact the so-called “advisors on Arab and Islamic Affairs” in the White House on Middle East issues in general and on US policies regarding the Christians in the Middle East.
The anti-Middle East Christian lobbying in Washington, attributed to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and sympathizers is not limited to the Maronites, who form the bulk of the two million Lebanese Americans. According to research showing the links between Presidential adviser Dalia Mogahed and the Muslim Brotherhood, and to NGOs representing Middle East Christian groups in the US, blocking Middle East Christian meetings at the White House and the State Department have been associated with the work of the “advisors” and their allies in the Islamist camp in Washington such as CAIR and MPAC.
Coptic Solidarity International which has been trying to obtain meetings at the White House or with Secretary Clinton at State to expose the horrors committed against the Christian Copts of Egypt, were not granted such access. “Probably because of fear that American Copts will expose the role of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists in Egypt” said an official with Coptic NGOs.
Also and despite the many massacres against Christians in Iraq over the past two years, representatives from the Assyro-Chaldeans of the US were not received in the Oval Office or by Secretary Clinton, at a time Islamist linked groups are on the roaster of invitations to the White House. Indicatively, Administration officials declined invitations to speak at the annual Assyrian Christian convention this year, few months from the start of the withdrawal from Iraq.
US official attitudes towards the Middle East Christians are, according to this behavior, dictated by the “Muslim Brotherhood friends” now very influential in the Obama Administration. Of late, CAIR and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are pushing to eliminate any intelligence analysis focused on Islamist and Jihadist violence in general and directed against the Christian communities in the Middle East in particular. This could explain why Maronites, Copts and Chaldo-Assyrians have been cut off the Administration.
Observers believe that the campaign against Americans from Middle East Christian descent has also reached Terrorism experts and congressional advisers and NGO leaders whose field focuses on the Islamist and Jihadist movements. Indeed, in a report published this year, John Esposito, the chair of the Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University (and an associate to Mogahed) endorses sharp attacks against experts and analysts, always charging “Islamophobia.”
Blocking the Maronite Patriarch from the White House is a move that is directed to all Middle East Christians in the United States and can have significant effects in the region and even on US politics. Brooklyn Bishop for the Maronites in the US, who are part of America’s Catholic Church criticized President Obama for not meeting the Patriarch during his visit. Bishop Mansour wrote:
Patriarch Rai’s warning about the future of Christians in Syria is not taboo. Christians are in a state of peril in the same way that Christians of Iraq were a few years ago when two-thirds of them migrated out… A new day is dawning in the Middle East. The Arab Spring is happening with little vision for the summer that will ensue.
However, for advisors in the Administration to rebuke the spiritual head of a main Middle East Christian community, and engage in a witch hunt against Middle East Christians, including US citizens, for the benefit of the Muslim Brotherhood is a serious matter the American public should not tolerate.
The Maronites are Middle Eastern Christians who count about a million people inside Lebanon with more than 10 millions in the Diaspora. There are about one and a half million Americans who are Maronites and five millions in Brazil. There are Maronite members of the US Congress such as Congressman Charles Boustany of Louisiana or former Congressman Ray Lahoud, current secretary of transportation. Maronites are among the 25 millions of Christians in the Middle East, including the 15 million Copts in Egypt, the one million Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, another million Syriacs and Orthodox in Syria as well as Iranian Christians and African Christians in Sudan. Americans who are from Middle East Christian ancestry are about 86% of all Americans from Arab or Middle East Christians and count two times the size of American Muslims.
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San Antonio Expres News | 10/23/2011 | San Antonio Expres News
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:08:15 AM by Responsibility2nd
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FOLLOWING “DELIBERATE ACT OF DECEPTION” BY CONGRESS
by Todd Kinsey, blogging at ToddKinsey.com
(Oct. 25, 2011) — For over a year I have been warning that the Obama regime plans to use Fannie Mae to nationalize a significant portion of America’s real estate market. Today the putative President announced plans to utilize executive orders to side-step Congress, usurp the Constitution, and allow the government-owned mortgage giant Fannie Mae to start gobbling up mortgages.
Obama’s plan will implement sweeping new rules that will allow the nationalized mortgage behemoth to refinance mortgages. Once Fannie Mae owns the mortgage, there’s nothing to stop the Obama regime from using the Making Home Affordable Plan to allow people to exit their mortgages, with $3,000 in hand, then have Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac purchase the home and rent it back to them for pennies on the dollar.
Together, Fannie and Freddie own more than half of America’s $12 trillion in outstanding mortgage balances, the majority of which are subprime loans. Beginning with the Clinton Administration and continuing with the Bush Administration, the Federal Government forced lending institutions to issue subprime loans to those that would not normally qualify for a mortgage…..
Did U.N. remarks reveal Obama global gun control strategy?
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 October, 2011 | David Workman
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:54:06 AM by marktwain
At least one veteran Capitol Hill lawmaker is quietly looking into a revealing comment contained in remarks delivered the other day to the United Nations by Laura E. Kennedy, this country’s permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament.
A tempest erupted when the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms uncovered a copy of Kennedy’s remarks via a website sponsored by Reaching Critical Will, which is more normally associated with nuclear proliferation and military armament concerns.
Here’s the comment that has lit everyone’s fuse:
The United States signed the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials in 1997, and the Obama Administration is seeking advice and consent to ratification by the U.S. Senate.— Laura E. Kennedy, United States Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Delegation of the United States of America
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb told this column that his organization was contacted by a congressional staffer asking specifically where the text of Kennedy’s remarks could be found. That staffer was directed here, and provided with a copy of the presentation here.
Kennedy’s revelation that President Obama is “seeking advice and consent to ratification by the U.S. Senate” of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials. This country signed that agreement in 1997, but it has been languishing without Senate ratification for 14 years.
Gottlieb issued a press release, which was evidently spotted on Capitol Hill, in which he stated,
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com …
…There are those who convince themselves the destruction of America isn’t happening. There are those who will say it is too late. When it comes to restoring the Constitution; transfusing blood into anemic freedom and liberty, it is never too late.
“It is quite clear that America is speeding toward a cliff,” JB wrote in his latest call to action. “Even after the Tea Party success in the 2010 mid-term elections, the rush toward the cliff is only accelerating. Totally shut out from the legal system with no political solution available, what started out as a simple question has quickly become a national plea for men and women who had taken an oath to stand up for “we the people” and honor that oath.”
JB’s dream calls on all oath keepers—including the 21 million civil servants working for the government—to live up to the oath they swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Many, who are making JB’s Dream their own, are getting ready to come to Washington, DC by bus, by plane, by rail, and by family car…
First lady MICHLLE OBAMA fuming as PAULA DEEN dishes on her unhealthy eating habits despite new book “American Grown” PR blitz!
MICHELLE OBAMA is now furious with Southern cooking queen PAULA DEEN for crowing that the first lady, a healthy-eating advocate who’s waging a war against childhood obesity, pigs out on fattening foods.
While plugging her new book, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” the feisty TV chef took a pot shot at Michelle for gorging herself on greasy french fries, fatty hot chicken wings and sugary deep-fried Snickers bars!
“Michelle’s spitting mad,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalenquirer.com …
Gunny G: NOW BLOG THIS !!!!!
Real Americans: Get your own blog, free and quickly, online and Blog (Vote?) Daily–the only way left for your voice to be heard at all !!!!!
Writing, phoning, and voting are all well and good…but Bloggers are what they HEAR!
You’ve heard the expression, “vote with your feet,” well, I say, VOTE WITH YOUR OWN OUTSPOKEN BLOG DAILY!
Guess why “they” are now putting so much energy into getting rid of bloggers, and even the internet itself!!!!!
IMAGINE ALL REAL AMERICANS BLOGGING!!!!!
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