Herman Cain: Gary Hart revisited


When Herman Cain‘s accusers came forth with sexual harassment allegations, I stay out of the fray.  Limbaugh, Hannity and other conservative talk people were quick to rush to his defense.  They likened his situation to Justice Clarence Thomas when Anita Hill had made similar accusations.  However, there was only one accuser in that situation- Hill- and considering she kept working for Thomas even after the time she said the harassment occurred, she looked like a phony.  Cain has more than one accuser for the harassment allegations (at least 4) and now he has a long-term extra-marital affair to add to the mix.

In 1984, a newcomer to the political stage emerged to take on the old establishment for the democratic nomination.  Gary Hart, like Herman Cain, had a meteoric rise to the top of the polls taking on Walter Mondale.  He had fresh ideas, was young and looked like the new poster child for democrats.  He gave Mondale and established Washington hardcore politician a run for his money.  However, in 1984, he didn’t have the money he needed to unseat the traditional candidate and Mondale went on to face Ronald Reagan for the Presidency.

Then came 1988 and all eyes were on Gary Hart.  As he made his announcement in 1987, the democrats were thrilled with the prospect of putting a new face with new ideas up against the established V.P., George H.W. Bush.  However, cracks began to show in the Hart facade almost immediately.  Quiet rumors began to stir of an extra marital affair sending reporters out in droves to get the scoop.  Back then, the mainstream media wasn’t controlled by the liberals, they actually reported things on both sides of the aisle.

Hart flatly denied the allegations and challenged the media to “follow him around” and see how boring his life was.  So, they did and they also did some snooping and out popped Donna Rice.  Hart and his wife denied that there was an affair and that this was a big misunderstanding designed to hurt his campaign.  Then the picture came out.  It showed Rice sitting on Hart’s lap holding his hand while he was wearing a shirt that had his yacht’s name, Monkey Business, on it.  His polls dropped in half overnight.  Hart got defensive and stayed in the campaign for a bit longer until the New Hampshire primary where he got SMASHED.  He withdrew the next day.

Cain flatly denies this allegation as well.  Of course he does!!  Should he come out and admit he has had this long affair, the nomination is lost and frankly his marriage may be lost as well.  He has nothing to lose by denying but everything to lose by confirming.  My common sense meter says where there is this much smoke there’s fire!!  By the same token,  I have no doubt that someone unleashed the hounds to find this information, these women just didn’t decide to clear their conscious by coming forward.  Whatever deals were made, we will more than likely never know.  Additionally, we most likely won’t ever know who set the hounds free as both republicans and democrats have a stake in his downfall.

At this moment, Cain told his campaign that he is re-assessing things.  He wants to wait to see how the polls come out before he makes his decision.  I have news for you Mr. Cain, your campaign is finished.

Mohammed Yusef: Jose Pimentel: American Terrorist


“The only changes I noticed over the past two years was that he converted to the Muslim faith,” said Luis Severino.

Jose Pimentel, a United States citizen originally from the Dominican Republic, was arrested by the New York Police Department because he was ready to carry out a bombing campaign that targeted US troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Post Offices and also Police stations.

Pimentel, who has taken the Islamic name Mohammed Yusef, was known as a quiet man, who helped the neighbours with their groceries.  Luis Severino, Pimentel’s uncle was shocked to learn of the bombing plot but did note that his nephew underwent changes after his conversion to Islam.

“It’s crazy,” said Isabel Yerkes, 24, who lives across the hallway from Mr. Pimentel’s apartment. “It’s shocking. You live four feet from people and you don’t know them. He was really quiet. He never said anything.”

In details that are beginning to unfold, Pimentel had assembled bomb making supplies from reading the Al-Qaeda magazine, Inspire.  He set up his own website TrueIslam1.com which promoted violence and jihad against America.  Fortunately, he was on the radar of Law Enforcement Officials who had been watching him for the last year.  The arrest came quickly according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly because he was ready to start bombing. “We had to act quickly yesterday because he was in fact putting this bomb together. He was drilling holes and it would have been not appropriate for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb,” Kelly said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has so far, remained silent on this arrest.  They have not denounced Pimentel nor his radicalization on American soil.  However, they have targeted the FBI.  According to their website:

 At a press conference this morning outside FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., CAIR and the other groups expressed concerns about persistent reports that FBI agents are trained to view mainstream American Muslims with suspicion and to view the faith of Islam itself as the source of terrorism and extremism.

It is very difficult for me to have any sympathy for this ridiculous accusation given the violence we have been seeing from American Muslims.  Mayor Bloomberg in New York came out and said that in the years since 9-11, thirteen terror plots have been foiled thanks to the diligence of the American people and the hard work of law enforcement.  Following are some of those foiled plots which all have one thing in common.  They involve radicalized Muslims.

  • 2003: Brooklyn Bridge targeted: Columbus, Ohio resident Iyman Faris admitted to scouting locations for an al Qaeda attack on locations in New York, and planned to helped destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Faris, a native of Kashmir who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • 2004:  Pakistani diplomat assassination threat: Kurdish refugee Yassin Muhiddin Aref and Mohammed Mosharref Hossain, co-founder of an Albany, N.Y. mosque, were arrested for money laundering in support of terrorism. They were captured in an FBI sting operation in which an informant promised to provide a shoulder-fired missile with which to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat at that country’s consulate in New York City. Aref and Hossain were sentenced to 15 years in prison, despite protests that they were framed by an FBI informant who arranged the fabricated purchase of the RPG-7 grenade launcher and the assassination scheme. The informant, a convicted felon, was secretly cooperating with federal prosecutors to reduce his own prison sentence on document fraud charges.
  • Subway station bomb plot: Shahawar Matin Siraj was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in a plot to bomb a N.Y.C. subway station the day before the 2004 Republican National Convention was to open, as revenge for wartime abuses of Iraqis. There was no proof he ever obtained explosives and was not linked to any terror organization. A friend of Siraj, James Elshafay, pled guilty and testified against his friend; the court released him.
  • Financial targets: In August 2004 seven men were arrested in a plot to destroy the New York Stock Exchange and Citicorp headquarters, among other financial landmarks in the U.S. and London. Dhiren Barot, the group’s leader who was described by Britain’s top anti-terrorist detective as “a long-term, dedicated, committed member of al Qaeda,” was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
  • 2006Hudson River tunnels: There men were arrested for allegedly plotting to destroy the PATH train tunnels in New York City in order to flood the city’s financial district. FBI Assistant Director Mark J. Mershon called the plot the “real deal” involving “martyrdom and explosives.”
  • Blowing up commercial airliners: In August 2006 U.K. law enforcement arrested 25 suspects in a plot to use liquid explosives to destroy several commercial airliners bound for the United States and Canada.
  • 2007: JFK Airport attack: In June 2007 four men – Russell Defreitas, Kareem Ibrahim, Abdul Kadir and Abdel Nur – were indicted for plotting to blow up jet fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport to avenge perceived U.S. oppression of Muslims around the world.
  • 2009: Synagogue bomb plot: In May 2009, in a case which invited criticism of the FBI, four men were arrested in New York City in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb outside a Jewish temple and fire rockets at U.S. military aircraft.Officials said the plot was infiltrated by a government informant who claimed to represent the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammaed and arranged to supply the would-be terrorists with fake explosives and an inoperable anti-aircraft missile.
  • WMD plot: Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant and airport driver in Colorado, was indicted for “conspiracy to use one or more weapons of mass destruction…within the United States.” Court papers said Zazi and others purchased “large quantities of hydrogen peroxide and acetone products from beauty supply stores in the Denver metropolitan area” over three months with the purpose of creating homemade explosives.
  • 2010: Times Square bomb attempt: On May 1, Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad lit the fuse of a crude, homemade bomb packed in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder parked in New York’s Times Square before fleeing on foot. He paused to listen for the explosion that never came. A street vendor spotted smoke coming from the SUV and alerted police, who cleared the area. Two days later Shahzad was taken off a plane bound for Dubai.
  • 2011: Saudi student: Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a Texas Tech chemical engineering student from Saudi Arabia, was accused of buying chemicals and equipment to build a weapon of mass destruction. Among the possible targets found in notes: Dams, nuclear plants, the Texas home of former President George W. Bush, and unspecified locations in New York City, which he visited.
  • Manhattan synagogue plot: In May 2001 Two men authorities called homegrown terrorists, one of whom complained that the world was treating Muslims “like dogs,” were arrested in a sting operation in New York City. Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old of Algerian descent, and Mohamed Mamdouh, a 20-year-old of Moroccan descent, plotted to bomb a “major synagogue” in Manhattan and bought several weapons and an inert hand grenade from an undercover officer, Mayor Bloomberg said.  They were also said to have expressed interest in bombing the Empire State Building.
Once again, we find non-muslims being called out for prejudice.  It is exhausting for non-muslim Americans to find this “middle-ground” when we keep getting our trust broken by these radicals.  They don’t wear signs or colors to denote their radical beliefs in Americas destruction so we can’t discern who is radical and who is peaceful.  Indeed, Pimentel was considered to be a quiet, peaceful Muslim who helped others with their groceries while at the same time was devising a plan to kill as many innocents as he possibly could.  The American confusion continues.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57328623/other-foiled-nyc-terror-plots-since-9-11/?pageNum=2&tag=contentMain;contentBody

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204531404577050980127801516.html

http://www.cair.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?ArticleID=26881&&name=n&&currPage=1&&Active=1

Who’s Lazy Mr. President?!


The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates on the planet.  At the same time, Obama punted the decision on the XL Keystone Pipeline until AFTER the next election, killing 20,000 jobs.  The banks, which are full of money are refusing to give out loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs and somehow that translate into Americans being lazy!!!  Outrageous!

It was September of this year, you may recall, when he said that Americans were soft.  I wonder which golf course he was playing when that little gem entered his mind.  This from a man, who spends all kinds of time in Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, New York City, and traveling Europe in “much-needed vacations.”  When he does come up with an idea, it always involves billions of dollars paid by those same people he just called lazy.

Well Mr. President, if we were so lazy how is it you have the money to do the traveling?  Additionally, who paid for that TARP bailout which has been an absolute failure.  I’m curious who you think paid for the Solyndra debacle.

For every finger you point at the American people, there are 3 more pointing back at you.  You have effectively cut off our legs at the knees and then wonder why we can’t walk.  Over regulation of businesses to the point they are choking and closing has chased jobs overseas.  Moratoriums on drilling in the gulf of Mexico for oil has driven businesses to the coast off of Africa.  Allowing the EPA to choose a smelt fish over the agricultural industry has left California with high unemployment, closing farms and higher grocery prices.  But, I guess since the taxpayers pay for your groceries there at the White House, it means nothing to you.  Furthermore, who pays for the celebrity chefs that you fly into the White House, like Paula Deen?  Those unions that you love so much with their lavish pensions and shameless salaries have rendered us non-competitive with China and India.   When you had to have a very special motorcade car built from scratch, we covered the cost.  All the gas that gets pumped into that monster is paid by us as is the jet fuel for Air Force One so you can travel around places you have lived instead of being at home working.

We also pick up the tab for all the beer you drink trying to convince us that you are just a “regular guy.”  All these golf-course solutions of yours have been nothing but smoke and mirrors.  You are the biggest pathological narcissist that has ever held the office and are so caught up in your self-love you have missed the slow burn anger of the American people.  You are also so caught up in your self-importance to realize that you have alienated yourself from all but the most extremes of your party.  When it comes to insults Mr. President, Americans have long memories.

Keep fiddling Sir, as Rome burns.  Nero may have survived the fire, but he couldn’t survive the fire and the oppression of the Christians combined with the class warfare he began.  A revolution took place among the people and they rose up against him.  Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.

Obama vs. the Unions (united with the GOP)


There are very few times that the Unions are united with Republicans against the President.  If you are the President and you find that your base and your opposition are united against you, then perhaps you need to examine your strategy.  Perhaps you need to step aside as Lyndon Johnson did in 1968.  Clearly you don’t have the respect of anyone anymore.  But, when you run around preaching about creating jobs and then vanquish 20,000 good paying jobs in one fell swoop, you can expect a backlash.

In an act of supreme idiocy, the President has put off making a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until 2013 after the election.  This is a 1,7oo mile pipeline from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico which would substantially reduce our dependence on foreign oil from the Middle East.  It would have created 20,000 jobs.

The unions are furious, “The administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs — job-killers win, American workers lose,” Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said in a written statement.  Needless to say the Republicans are furious, “By punting on this project, the president has made clear that campaign politics are driving U.S. policy decisions — at the expense of American jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner said. TransCanada is furious and their CEO Russ Girling had this to say about the literal shovel-ready jobs, “If Keystone XL dies, Americans will still wake up the next morning and continue to import 10 million barrels of oil from repressive nations, without the benefit of thousands of jobs and long-term energy security.”

And business leaders through the United States Chamber of Commerce had this to say:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following the announcement by the State Department to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I would like to express our strong disappointment with today’s news that the Administration intends to further delay a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. In spite of extensive and positive studies from the State Department, this is clearly a political decision and everyone knows it. Unfortunately, it will immediately cost more than 20,000 Americans an opportunity to get a job working on the pipeline and hundreds of thousands more jobs in the future.

“Politics has trumped jobs in this decision and we can only wonder if the Administration’s delay will cause Canada to turn their pipeline west and ship their energy and American jobs elsewhere.

“The Keystone XL Pipeline has undergone a lengthy and thorough review process in which the State Department itself concluded that the proposed route was the best of the thirteen routes considered. The decision to delay the pipeline permit sends a signal to all Americans that even in the face of sustained high unemployment and instability overseas, jobs and energy security are not a priority.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

In a nutshell the only people who are happy right now are the Environmentalists and a smattering of Hollywood elite like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Leonardo DiCaprio.  The last time I paid attention both of them had jobs and substantial wealth.  Ms. Louis- Dreyfus is worth $3 BILLION dollars.  That’s not a typo nor a joke.  She comes from wealth and has done very well for herself.  Mr. DiCaprio is worth a modest $200 million dollars by Louis-Dreyfus standards.  These are the people who made the decision for Obama by posting videos and speaking out.  He needs their money for his re-election.  We didn’t see their names on the ballot back in 2008 but they sure are running things now.  I would love to know how many jobs THEY have created!!!!

Currently in third position in the GOP race, Newt Gingrich immediately came out and said, “”Only days after we learned that at least 9 percent of Americans were unemployed for the 30th straight month, the president has made a decision that will only prolong this suffering,”  Threatening to make the pipeline a wedge issue in 2012, he vowed to “approve this project on the first day of my administration in 2013.”

That works for me!!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/11/keystone-pipeline-decision-political-ploy-or-political-problem/#ixzz1dRSt58Je

http://www.uschamber.com/press/releases/2011/november/us-chamber-president-calls-delay-keystone-xl-pipeline-decision-politica

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20111111/NEWS/311110007/Keystone-XL-pipeline-plan-delayed?odyssey=nav%7Chead

http://www.celebritynetworth.com

To The Veterans: Thank You


On the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th hour in 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, effectively ending World War I.  One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th a Federal Holiday to remember those who have served.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

President Wilson was also very sensitive to the psychological toll that those lean years of war had taken on the soldiers.  He stated, “Hunger, breeds madness.”  So to show his appreciation to the veterans who had served, he invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House and helped his chefs cook up a massive ravioli dinner.  He knew the returning soldiers would be longing for home cooked meals and at that time in our nation’s history, ravioli was a mainstay in American diets thanks to commercial canning.

On a personal note, I come from a long line of military veterans.  My grandfather served in World War I, my father served in Korea and Vietnam, and my brother served in Vietnam.  Additionally, many uncles, cousins and in-laws  have also served our country.  I am extremely proud and eternally grateful for their sacrifices and their bravery.  Currently, the children of those relatives are now serving in today’s military.  It is a very proud tradition for our family.

It pains me to see the defense budget being cut.  I realize that the Obama administration is scaling back in Iraq, but they are pledging support and troops to Uganda.  Our military is what stands between us and the opposition, in this case the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.  While Obama tells us that Americans have war fatigue he fails to recognize that the Islamic radicals DO NOT.  They are just as eager to wipe out our society as they have been.  They also have immense patience.  So, the Defense Department can look forward to a substantial cut of $450 BILLION or more while the Islamic terrorists jump for joy.  Not to mention that with those cuts, we can expect our unemployment rolls to jump by 1 million in the next 5 years.  It seems a bit counter-intuitive to speak about your commitment to creating  jobs while putting people out of work.

By the same token, it also seems counter-intuitive to send military fighting men and women into battle while tying their hands in terms of engaging with the enemy.  Obama has asked our troops to adhere to some arbitrary rules of engagement while our enemy has no rules.  Nothing is off-limits to the extremists.  Killing innocent men, women and children mean nothing to these people.  The scariest person in the world is the one who is more than willing to die for the cause.  If a person has absolutely nothing to fear because they have nothing to lose, it behooves the strategist to grant their wish because nothing short of death will stop them in their quest.  And if death means nothing to the combatant, then you can be assured it means nothing to them if someone else dies regardless if it is a civilian.  This administration fails to understand what it would take to win the war.  Nothing short of obliteration will be a victory.

May God bless our troops and their families without whom I could never write this piece.

Obama’s Newest Lie: Another Law Broken


While the media trips over themselves to bring down Herman Cain, Obama is free to quietly break United States law AGAIN.  The law is from 1984 and it forbids ANY US funding to ANY UN organization that supports the Palestinian declaration of statehood.  Apparently laws are only obeyed if they back your agenda because Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced that she would release the block on the security aid.  The first block is for $50 Million, the other is for $150 Million.  $200 Million dollars of YOUR money, that you worked so hard for, is going to go to the terrorist organization, the Palestinian Authority (AKA Hamas).

That’s not all the money that is up for grabs either.  It might interest you to know that Congress has already APPROVED $400 Million in civic assistance AND $1.5 BILLION for security needs.  That’s a laugh considering it is the PA through Hamas who bombs Israel day in and day out.  The bombs are not traveling the other way so why do they have security concerns?  Furthermore, what could WE do with $1.9 BILLION?  How about give it back to the taxpayers so we can start spurring some economic development?

An American official told The Jerusalem Post that “our assistance to the Palestinian people is an essential part of the US commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

How absurd is that?  I have shown you all in previous posts that bombs and violence are being perpetrated upon Israel consistently each and every day.  The road to peace begins with Hamas and the PA being stripped of all of their weapons.  How many times must an impertinent child be allowed to hit you with their toys before you take the toys away?  Same idea on a much more dangerous large-scale.  In this case the toys of Hamas murder innocent victims.  And our President and his administration turn a blind eye to the bombings and killings while bending over backwards to pander to the Arabs.

As if it could not possibly get any worse, Obama and French President Sarkozy got caught on an open mike November 3rd at the G20 Summit:

“I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told US President Barack Obama during a frank exchange where the US president took him to task for backing a Palestinian request for membership of the UN cultural heritage agency UNESCO.

You’re fed up, Obama responded, but I have to deal with it all day.

As you can well imagine, the Israelis are not impressed.  Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon came out publicly and stated, “I was embarrassed to read what Sarkozy thinks about our prime minister, and I was even more embarrassed to hear that the US President agrees with him,” Ben-Simon said.  “I am filled with shame that this is the way two of our greatest allies treat our prime minister,” he added. “I think this is the first time such comments have been publicized.”

I could not agree with him more.

Read More:
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=244760

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/sarkozy-netanyahu-liar_n_1081385.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl6%7Csec1_lnk3%7C110754

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=244718

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=240434

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=240435

There is Work to be Done so Obama bails to Asia


Seems to me that each and every time there are critical issues up for debate, Obama goes on vacation or heads overseas.  As past is prelude, the budget battle has long last come to debate and he is off to Asia.  He will make a stop in Hawaii (naturally), head to Australia (where he can commiserate with their exceptionally unpopular, leftist, Prime Minister Gillard), and then move on to Indonesia.  I suppose we could call this “Obama’s visiting home” tour.

The official White House statement is that he is headed out to highlight U.S.-Asian economic ties and the long-standing U.S. role in the region’s security.  How convenient that it coincides with the Congressional deadline on the budget.  Once again, the threats of government shutdown and credit rating downgrades loom overhead.  The American people will finally see if this 12 person “super committee” found the 1.2 trillion that needs to be cut.  Call me jaded, but I will be shocked if there is consensus and negotiations go smoothly.  Admittedly gridlock has been good for the country in that without it, we would be on the line for another huge stimulus package, the “pass this if you love me” jobs bill.

I recognize that traveling overseas is a very important part of being a President and that there is an agenda that he will be fulfilling.  However, in reality, there is nothing more important than what is happening here at home.  Our country is at a total standstill and Americans are fed up with politics as usual.  Clearly the administration has nothing new to bring to the table insofar as creating jobs is concerned.  They are so far out of their depths and watching amateur hour is nauseating.

About the only thing that Obama does well is campaign and spend the taxpayers money.  And the last 3 weeks or so he has been in his zone.  Traveling around the country in contrived sadness for our plight has barely concealed his campaigning.  And now we can pony up the taxpayer money for him to go home to Hawaii and Indonesia with a quick stop in Oz where he and Gillard can open up some Fosters and compare their sinking poll numbers.

Lyndon Johnson at least had the courage and class to admit he was in over his head when he decided not to run for re-election.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/07/us-apec-obama-poliitcs-idUSTRE7A60XM20111107

 

Palestinian Statehood: Obama’s Put Up or Shut Up


On Monday in Paris, UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization granted full membership to the Palestinians bid for statehood.  The voting came down as you would expect, countries that stand with us voted against and those countries who don’t voted in favor.  There was one surprise however,  Britain abstained.  Canada, Germany and Holland voted no while Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted yes.  No real surprise on the French, as the old joke goes… the only time the French like the Americans is when the German Army is sitting in their cafes.  However, Great Britain is walking a fine line:

As a friend of both Israel and the Palestinian authority, Britain finds itself in a delicate position. But Britain is prepared to risk a rift with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, by crossing one of his “red lines”. This is to vote at the UN general assembly in favour of the “Vatican option”. That would mark a major step for Britain because this would describe Palestine as a “state”.

It would seem that the terrorist attacks of 2005 and 2007 have been forgotten.  Hamas is a terrorist organization and supported the attacks.  But, now in 2010, it is fashionable to embrace extremism and ignore the warnings of the United States to pull funding.

The step will cost the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization one-quarter of its yearly budget — the 22 percent contributed by the United States (about $70 million) plus another 3 percent contributed by Israel. Unless that shortfall is made up by other nations, Unesco will have to begin closing offices and laying off staff.

Thanks to the Legislators from 1990 & 1994, US law mandates a complete cutoff of American funding to ANY United Nations organization that accepts the Palestinians as full members.  The State Department has made clear that there is no wiggle room in this legislation or any waivers, so in theory we will not be giving them any money.  I say in theory, primarily because this administration has a history of ignoring US law (Operation Fast & Furious, the bombing of Libya, Obamacare).

To me the idiocy of the situation is quite clear.  As cheers erupted at the UN when UNESCO approved full membership, bombs were being dropped on Israel.  A terrorist squad that fired a Qassam rocket at Israel from southern Gaza Strip was targeted by an IAF aircraft. A direct hit was confirmed.

As a matter of fact, I have shown the constant bombing of Israel from the Palestinians in my last blog about this process.  Since that time, the bombings have continued with no visible sign of lessening.  As Abbas advocates non-violence and being a part of the peace process, the people he is leading have quite a different view.

October 4 – Two Grad rockets were fired from northern Gaza towards Israel

October 11 – A Qassam rocket was fired from the northern Gaza Strip and exploded near the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

October 26 – A Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open territory in the Be’er Tuvia Regional Council on Wednesday night.

October 29-Four rockets were fired at Ashdod, hitting near a residental building and injuring a man.

A rocket was fired at Gav Yavne, injuring a 50 years old man in his lower limbs.[262][263][264][265] 

Two mortar shells were fired at Eshkol Regional Council.[266] 

A mortal shell was fired at Bnei Shimon Regional Council.[267] 

A rocket exploded in Merhavim Regional Council.[268]  

A rocket fired at Be’er Sheba was intercepted by the Iron Dome Defense system.[269]  

A rocket hit the city of Ashkelon.

Two mortar shells hit Eshkol Regional Council.[270]

One rocket hit an apartment building in Ashkelon, killing a 56 year-old civilian.

October 30 – Twelve rockets were fired into Israel since midnight. None of them caused casualties.

I read a post somewhere that said, when the Palestinians want peace they are the Palestinian Authority, when the Palestinians bomb people and blow themselves up, they are Hamas.  So, it’s tough to tell who is Palestinian and who is Hamas.  One thing is abundantly clear however, it is the cause du jour to think of the PA as friends and to turn a blind eye to the death and destruction they cause.  The West seems to be falling all over itself to prove how “open-minded” and “multi-cultural” it is.  While this sycophancy and denial of violence is going on, the American flag was burned at our embassy on the 10th Anniversary of 9-11,  the Palestinians pledged to back Afghanistan against the United States if it comes to that, and bombs rain down on Israel like passing showers.

And in the midst of all this confusion is Obama.  Great Britain has made her decision.  She doesn’t support us but doesn’t want to make us or the PA mad.  Obama, whose one saving grace in all this, is legislatures has the foresight to put into law a defunding clause in case the worst case scenario should occur.  This is the one time he should be THRILLED to blame a decision on someone else.  He will be able to maintain a strong stance and not take responsibility at the same time.

For more information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/world/middleeast/unesco-approves-full-membership-for-palestinians.html

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=243849

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/wintour-and-watt/2011/sep/16/unitednations-palestinian-territories

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_Great_Britain

American Muslim Confusion: Perfect Example


So after my last post, I got a track back to another blog page that was Pro-Islam.  The author wanted to try to clear up the confusion so they posted the mission statement of the Fiqh Council of North America.  Let me give you that statement:

….the true and authentic teachings of Islam promote the sanctity of human life, dignity of all humans, and respect of human, civil and political rights. Islamic teachings uphold religious freedom and adherence to the same universal moral values which are accepted by the majority of people of all backgrounds and upon which the US Constitution was established and according to which the Bill of Rights was enunciated.

……we the members of FCNA (Fiqh Council of North America) believe that it is false and misleading to suggest that there is a contradiction between being faithful Muslims committed to God (Allah) and being loyal American citizens. Islamic teachings require respect of the laws of the land where Muslims live as minorities, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so long as there is no conflict with Muslims’ obligation for obedience to God. We do not see any such conflict with the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primacy of obedience to God is a commonly held position of many practicing Jews and Christians as well.

We believe further that as citizens of a free and democratic society, we have the same obligations and rights of all US citizens. We believe that right of dissent can only be exercised in a peaceful and lawful manner to advance the short and long term interests of our country.

The Fiqh Council of North America calls on all Muslim Americans and American citizens at large to engage in objective, peaceful and respectful dialogue at all levels and spheres of common social concerns. We call upon all Muslim Americans to be involved in solving pressing social problems, such as the challenge of poverty, discrimination, violence, health care and environmental protection. It is fully compatible with Islam for Muslims to integrate positively in the society of which they are equal citizens, without losing their identity as Muslims (just as Jews and Christians do not lose their religious identity in doing the same).

My first thought after reading it a few times was, if that is your essential beliefs then why are you taking on the Catholics and forcing your religion on them.  If the answer is, “WE are not taking on the Catholics, those are different Muslims” then you have proven my point.  This is why non-Muslim Americans are so confused.

And to further my point, a Kent State University professor shouted “Death to Israel” during a lecture by a former Israeli diplomat.  Israeli Ismael Khaldi is a former deputy counsel general for the Israeli consulate in San Francisco.  Kent State University professor Julio Pino is a Cuban-American who converted to Islam.  Pino still retains his job at the University though I wonder if an Israeli professor said something about Death to Islam, if he would still have a job.

Regardless, this is hate speech pure and simple.  And the professor has a history of making vitriolic statements when he eulogized an 18-year-old Palestinian homicide bomber in the student-run newspaper, the Daily Kent.  Pino clearly didn’t get the memo about living in America in a peaceful and civilized manner.  Or perhaps he is reading a different Koran or using a different interpretation.  What I can tell you is this,  Baptists do not go around shouting “death to Methodists.”  Catholics don’t go to lectures and say “death to Pentecostals” in fact, in Catholicism there is a consistency that echos through parishes.  You can attend St. Joseph’s in California and St. Mary’s in New York and it will feel exactly the same.

That’s the problem and fear with Islam.  There is no consistency among the members.  One branch is ultra-radicalized and using homicide bombers, one branch is radicalized and can be provoked to violence (Major Nidal Hassan), another branch are the peaceful, living side by side people who would never engaged in violence but file lawsuits for special privileges (Catholic University) and the final branch are the ones who are quietly living their lives trying to get along, make money and raise families.

This is the struggle of the non-Muslim Americans.  We want to trust, we want to believe in peaceful co-existence and we want to get to know you.  But, every time we get close, a bomb goes off somewhere or a professor we trusted makes hates speech, or worse yet we get bullied by a bogus lawsuit to force our acceptance.  Unless and until there is consistency among the different groups, there will be fear.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/28/professors-death-to-israel-rant-sparks-controversy-at-kent-state-university/?test=latestnews&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec3_lnk3%7C108452#ixzz1cBxZ8400

http://miscellany101.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/no-comment-120/

American Muslims: Why Americans are Confused


Freedom of Religion in this country means we do not have a nationalized religion that we subscribe to.  Americans are very tolerant of all faiths.  Indeed we have the Signs Followers of West Virginia, thousands of other Christian variations, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and the occasional outer space alien followers.  The beauty of it is practiced all around the nation in various places specifically set aside for those religious denominations.  This also includes Islam.  There are mosques throughout the country and no law banning your clothing as they have in France.  So, tell me then, why you would attend a Roman Catholic University and be offended at their Religious Symbolism.  I know that Muslims believe in Jesus and recognize that he was crucified, so why does the cross offend you?  In other words, what gives you the right to dictate to another religion what they can and can not do in their own house.

How about this.  There is a Muslim school in Virginia called the Islamic Saudi Academy.  What if I send my child to your school and then complain that he is learning about the Koran.  And then I tell the Principle or Head Master that I want a chapel so that my child can attend Mass and take Communion everyday.  Pretty silly isn’t it?  The same holds true for the Catholic University.  Freedom of Religion ends were my nose begins.  There are plenty of schools all across this nation that have Muslim Student Associations and they have places of worship on campus to honor the five times a day prayers.  So, why are you shaking the tree of a PRIVATE SCHOOL with a radically different denomination than yours?  Why must they give you special privileges when it is YOUR CHOICE to go to a CATHOLIC SCHOOL?

This is certainly a case of shoving your religion down our throats.  And this is when we get upset.  We have dealt with the shooting at Ft. Hood, the shooting at the Little Rock recruiters office, Anwar Al-Awlaki and other American Muslims who somehow became radicalized and began murdering people.  We also have to listen to Louis Farrakhan tell us that there will be a blowback over Kaddhfi’s death.  Yet, you all wonder why we are nervous around you.  Isn’t it obvious, these people are Americans too who are killing us and wishing us death in the name of Islam.  Juan Williams, a journalist, was fired from NPR for speaking the truth:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

I think overall most Americans understand that.  Who would have thought a Major in the United States Army would become radicalized and murder other servicemen.  Who would expect a child to grow up here in this country and become one of the biggest Al-Qaeda terrorists?  And then, I think the greatest insult of all was building a Mosque at Ground Zero coupled with the burning of the American Flag at the US Embassy in London.  That sure wasn’t very sensitive.  Once again, we are being bullied to accept your religion.  We are not bullies in this country and we resent those that are.  We get especially upset when we are told that those that are in this country are just like everyone else when they pick up guns and start shooting.  And then they FORCE their religion or agenda at traditional Catholic Schools and at Ground Zero.

The biggest problem is that the Muslims in this country who are here to build a better life and to just live their lives stay silent when outrageous things happen.  Stand up and condemn the actions of those who are ruining your reputation.  Take to the streets and have marches condemning the violence here and abroad.  Your silence keeps you lumped in with the radicals.  TLC is premiering a new show called “All-American Muslim.”  My hope for them, is that they do stand up and say no to the radical agenda that they have been swept up in.

http://www.saudiacademy.net/
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,524799,00.html
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-21/news/27078841_1_npr-host-american-muslims-muslim-garb
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/21/muslim-reality-show-all-american-muslim_n_1024101.html

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