Sunday, September 30, 2012

The concept of "Islamophobia" gains new ground

The concept of "Islamophobia" gains new ground
PARIS. The 9/11 anniversary jihad operation was quite successful in France as in the rest of the world. An act of war–the attack against the American Consulate in Benghazi – was marketed as a spontaneous popular demonstration against an Islamophobe film that inadvertently led to the demise of three Americans including the ambassador to Libya.
Primary responsibility for the cover up lies of course with the Obama administration but French media willingly obliged. While gruesome photos of Ambassador Chris Stevens, still alive, dragged through the streets like a bagged animal, manhandled, photographed like a trophy, and probably subjected to the ultimate outrage were circulating on the Net, UN Ambassador Susan Rice engaged in grotesque damage control and French reporters in Benghazi peddled the same version, which they called the “real story” based on inside information from Libyan authorities.

It has arrived

Muslims in Michigan rally against free speech, for sharia


via The Weekly Standard.
Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, “Innocence of Muslims” and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here’s an image of a poster advertising the rally:

Nearly a decade after Dearborn’s streets celebrated America for bringing down Saddam Hussein and opening a door to democracy in the Mideast, the same city will be the epicenter today of calls to squelch free speech. Protesting the film, “Innocence of Muslims,” that has sparked protests in the Mideast, rally organizer Tarek Baydoun says that so-called blasphemy laws are necessary to prevent speech that hurts the “the religious feelings of Muslims.”
This assault on the First Amendment in the name of the prophet Mohammed is a sad day in America – and confirms fears that Muslim-American activists do not understand the fundamental separation of church and state in the American Constitution.

Muslim Violence is Our New Law

Sultan Knish

Over two centuries ago a group of British colonists huddling amid the forests and rivers of a new continent decided what they could and could not say by killing enough soldiers and mercenaries that the people who had been in charge of their speech decided they should try their luck somewhere where the regulating was easier.

This state of affairs in which the country that those colonists formed became and remains one of the very few places in the world, even among Western democracies, where freedom of speech is absolute, came about through stirring speeches, deeply felt debates, classical ideas and a passionate political culture-- but most of all it came about because large numbers of people were willing to kill over it.

Currently large numbers of people are willing to kill over the idea that Islam is the supreme religion, that Mohammed is a deity whom all mankind should respect and that the infidels living in the suburban sprawl of a thoroughly explored continent should accept that or die. Our government calls those people a tiny minority of extremists. Our unofficial name for them is, "Muslims."

Why Rice Resigning, Misses The Point

Kevin McCullough


Dr. Susan Rice should resign her post as the U.N. Ambassador of the United States.

The bald-faced lies that she blatantly repeated five days after the savage and brutal attack against the American compounds (plural) in Libya on September 11, 2012 are enough to bar her from being allowed to represent the United States in any position of trust for a very long time to come. Americans don't like it when facts get mixed up or miscommunicated, but purposefully using the media megaphone that is the top television news platforms to openly lie to the American people defies Nixonian and Clintonian levels of brash arrogance and contempt for the Americans who pay her salary.

Damon's anti-fracking film funded by ... UAE

The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe’s Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing — a technique for extracting oil and gas from shale formations — Promised Land’s script has been altered to make doom-saying environmentalists the tools of oil companies attempting to discredit legitimate “fracking” concerns.

Now, however, the Heritage Foundation has taken a look at the real politics of Hollywood — and followed the money. It turns out that Damon’s new didact-o-pic gets much of its financing from those disinterested third parties to the issues of American energy production ... the United Arab Emirates. ...

Are Jewish Settlements Built on Arab Land?

Rachel Neuwirth and John Landau 

Is it really true, as much of the European and American press have been reporting for years, that Jewish “settlers” in the “West Bank” (more properly known as Judea and Samaria) are living on land that they have stolen from Palestinian Arabs?

This is in fact utterly impossible. Every time that the Israeli government has proposed or given tentative approval for the construction of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, it has first advertised its intentions in Arab newspapers, and invited any Arabs who have claims to the land to come forward with them. Only if no such claims were put forward for at least six months; or if, after such claims were made, the Israeli court system had ruled against them following a painstaking and thorough review of the facts, in which the courts bent over backwards to be fair to all Arab claimants, did the Israeli government actually authorize the construction of Jewish communities in this disputed area. Israeli courts have forbidden the Israel government from confiscating any Arab-owned land for Jewish settlement since 1980. And the Israel government has not authorized any new settlements since the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” began in 1993.

What could possibly go wrong?

Thomas Lifson

After giving advanced weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, only to have them recycled and turned against us later, and after arming the anti-Gaddafi rebels in eastern Libya, only to suffer an RPG attack on our Benghazi consulate, now we are giving drones to the people currently in charge in Yemen. What could possibly go wrong?
Casey L. Coombs of  Aviation Week reports:
Amid a series of controversial U.S. air strikes against high-level Al-Qaeda officials in the Arabian Peninsula, and renewed military cooperation with Yemen, officials in Sanaa are now expecting to get a supply of weaponry from the Pentagon, including four of their own UAVs.

Barack Obama's Terrorist Attack Cover-Up

Sara Goss

It is astounding that what really happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 has been so thoroughly buried by the mainstream media.

In an article from Reuters dated September 12, 2012, Alastair MacDonald reported that "U.S. troops dispatched by helicopter across the Libyan desert to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens and other diplomats in Benghazi ran into a fierce overnight ambush that left a further two Americans dead."  MacDonald quotes Capt. Fathi al-Obeidi (Libya special operations) as saying that "after his men and the Marines had found the American survivors who had evacuated the blazing consulate, the ostensibly secret location in an isolated villa came under an intense and highly accurate mortar barrage."

A detailed timeline of the attack is here.

Imagine if Mohammed Had Never Existed

No seriously, an Islamist group is planning to make its own version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. And we’re talking about a really wonderful life here.
Egypt’s second-largest political movement, the Salafist al-Nur party, said it will produce a movie about the life of Mohammed, titled “what would the world look like without Mohammed.”
Imagine if “It’s a Wonderful Life” had starred Hitler and when he tried to commit suicide, he was shown a version of a much better world where he never existed. And then decided to commit suicide secure in the knowledge that the world really would be better off with him dead. Now imagine that with Mohammed Bailey.

Dispatches From The War That Nobody Wants

 Walter Russell Mead

As everybody knows, there is no such thing as a global war on terror anymore. Instead we live in a harmonious world of interfaith comity with only the occasional criminal act that is quickly and competently handled by law enforcement officials. As a result we can cut our defense budgets and get on with the real business of life, which is to say watching TV, going to the mall and voting to re-elect the strategic geniuses whose wise decisions and firm but thoughtful leadership gave us this tranquil world order.

As we celebrate this new age of peace, understanding and joy, here are a few stories that might matter if we didn’t have such a wise and level-headed government in Washington that was bent on soothing and quieting what might otherwise be an aroused and worried public opinion.

PM’s camp says NYC trip cleared air with Washington


Netanyahu returns satisfied after "red line" speech to UN General Assembly; Canada’s Harper: Those who target Israel are a threat to free societies everywhere.

Netanyahu at cabinet meeting Photo: Pool/Eli Selman
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left New York for Israel Saturday night with aides expressing satisfaction that the key objectives of his trip – clearly defining red lines on Iran and clearing the air with Washington – were achieved.

“The first thing that he succeeded in doing was sharpening the message on Iran,” one source in Netanyahu’s entourage said of the prime minister’s speech Thursday to the UN. “We were more specific about what we think should be the red lines, and that is important in framing the parameters of the debate.”

The official said that the visit, which included a phone conversation Friday with US President Barack Obama and a meeting Thursday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “strengthened and enhanced our dialogue with the US administration over these issues.”

PE: Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013

Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013.
Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013:
The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – a $20 billion tax increase:  Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year.  In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to prosthetics more expensive.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Obama’s Deficit Dodge

President Obama is falsely claiming that his administration’s policies are responsible for “about 10 percent” of the deficits “over the last four years.” The cumulative deficit during that time is nearly $5.2 trillion. Obama signed two bills — the 2009 stimulus and the 2010 tax cut — that alone cost $1.6 trillion during that time, or nearly a third of the cumulative four-year deficit.

How could he have been so wrong? Although he said “the last four years,” the administration tells us that he was referring to a Treasury analysis of a 10-year period from 2002 to 2011 — which includes all eight years of the Bush administration and excludes the 2012 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30 with a $1.17 trillion deficit.
We’re also told that Obama meant 12 percent, not 10 percent, and that 12 percent figure does not represent a percentage of cumulative deficits ($6 trillion) during those 10 years. It’s 12 percent of $11.9 trillion — which is the difference between the Congressional Budget Office’s rosy 10-year budget projection issued in January 2001 ($5.9 trillion in cumulative surpluses from 2002 to 2011) and what actually happened ($6 trillion in deficits).

Muslim Brotherhood: Mursi Will Receive No Israeli Official
TEHRAN (FNA)- Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi will not have a meeting with any Israeli official until a full restoration of the Palestinians' rights, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Hussein said.
"President Mursi will not receive any Israeli official, even if he is asked to have a meeting to amend the (Camp David) peace treaty between the two side," Hussein said, Alresalah reported.

Ya'alon: Setting 'Red Lines' Has Saved Lives

Strategic Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon welcomes Netanyahu's UN speech.

Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Strategic Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon welcomed on Thursday evening Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Ya’alon noted that setting “red lines”, such as the one Netanyahu demands be set for Iran's nuclear development, has in the past proven to have saved lives.

“The Prime Minister made clear the danger of the Iranian regime in general and the danger of the Iranian regime with nuclear capability in particular,” said Ya’alon. “The Prime Minister explained in his speech that despite the agreements between us and the West, led by the U.S., regarding Iran’s nuclear project and the agreement about the strategic goal to prevent Iran from being nuclear, there is a debate about setting a clear red line, so he clarified what he meant in his call to set such a red line.”

Making the World Safe for Terror

Sultan Knish

As they ran past a Japanese tourist, she said, one of the men fired into the woman’s face from a range of about 15 inches.

“They made us get down on our knees,” Ms Dousse said. “And then they started shooting. A man who was very heavy fell on me and the lady behind me also covered me … They shot me in the arm and leg, and then they started again shooting those who were still alive in the head.

Islamophobia-a western perspective

In addition to “Islamophobia,” the earnest employment of the term blasphemy, and its advancement by Islam’s apologists as a tenable concept, is a clear enemy of open and secular society. Free expression, which constitutes the bedrock of the West’s process of deliberating controversial questions of value, cannot be balanced or reconciled with the idea of sacred and unchallengeable beliefs, since it contradicts the first principle of free speech: that even the most profane dissent must be protected. Most importantly, the creeping influence of terms like blasphemy and Islamophobia is undignifying to both Muslims and non-Muslims for two reasons...

Stop calling criticism of Islam "Islamophobia"

Jihad Watch

Canada's National Post takes aim at a word that is being used to stifle debate and destroy foes of jihad and Islamic supremacism. "Opinion: Stop calling criticism of Islam ‘Islamophobia,’" by Jackson Doughart and Faisal Saeed al-Mutar in the National Post, September 26:
The English language needs a moratorium on the word Islamophobia, a term often used to describe bigotry against Muslims. Unfortunately, it is also used reflexively to denounce critics of Islam, who contribute to a valuable and ongoing debate concerning the relationship between the West and the worldwide Islamic community. This subject is important because several Western countries, such as Denmark, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, are being forced to reconsider their approaches to immigration and culture in light of deep clashes between the Muslim immigrants and the native population.

We are at War-make no mistake-it is about freedom of speech

At UN, Muslim world questions freedom of speech


09/29/2012 02:14

Most Western speakers at the UN defended their values, but shied away from calls by Muslim leaders for an international ban on blasphemy.

Screenshot from 'Innocence of Muslims' Photo: YouTube Screenshot
UNITED NATIONS - Muslim leaders were in unison at the United Nations this week arguing that the West was hiding behind its defense of freedom of speech and ignoring cultural sensitivities in the aftermath of anti-Islam slurs that have raised fears of a widening East-West cultural divide.

A video made in California depicting the Prophet Mohammad as a fool sparked the storming of US and other Western embassies in many Islamic countries and a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan this month. The crisis deepened when a French magazine published caricatures of the Prophet.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was time to put an end to the protection of Islamophobia masquerading as the freedom to speak freely.

Hillary Clinton INVITES Islamic UN Nations to Discuss Intolerance – Ours, Not Theirs: Clinton Position on Benghazi Becomes Clearer

United Nations Resolution 16/18 prohibits “discrimination based on religion or belief.” Our Constitution’s First Amendment was not enough for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. What she knows about Islam and women, was not enough for Hillary Clinton. Resolution 16/18 passed in 2011, and a last minute change put the emphasis on “incitement to violence.” The Resolution is not enough for the UN. Lobbying for a blasphemy treaty is underway.
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama

In December 2011, long before the September 11th attack on our Benghazi, Libya Consulate, Clinton invited the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation an oxymoron) to a meeting to discuss our intolerance to their religion, what can be done about it – and how to implement the plan to punish all who offend Muslims.

Resolution 16/18 does nothing for our offense at the murder of our Ambassador in Benghazi. Instead, Clinton used the “incitement” provision that was an OIC primary goal against the US – claiming baldly, incitement by the YouTube video that in truth incited nothing.

The Palestinian Authority's Policy of Duplicity

Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas is trying to show the US and the EU that he is serious about fighting the Hamas in the West Bank, and that is why he deserves a state and more funding. What the Americans and Europeans do not know is that many of these detainees are released within hours or days.
The Palestinian Authority's duplicity -- which has become an integral part of the Palestinian Authority's strategy in dealing with both its people and Israel -- reached new heights last week when its leaders called for a "day of solidarity" with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Counterterror chief’s company linked to “Innocence of Muslims” video


The more Obama and his team blame the movie, and now they’ve arrested the purported producer of the video, the easier it is to believe it was intentional. via Douglas J. Hagmann at the Northeast Intelligence Network h/t to the reader who left the link in comments

Body of lies from Benghazi to Barack
By now, it is well known that something is very wrong with the official narrative pertaining to the controversial video known to everyone as The Innocence of Muslims. The official government script we are asked to believe is that this video supposedly caused the September 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Libya and ignited the ensuing violence and death across the Muslim world that continues without abatement today. Officially, the video was cited as the primary motive in the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. There are more than a few problems with this narrative. First, aside from the trailer, the video does not exist anywhere in any public forum. Not now, not ever.

Todays Statements by PM Netanyahu and Canadian PM Stephen Harper‏

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
Prime Minister Netanyahu: "I want to express my pleasure at seeing Stephen Harper again. He's proved he's a real statesman, and Stephen, I think that what you did, severing ties with Iran, was not only an act of statesmanship, but an act of moral clarity.
We've heard Iran talk about destroying Israel, even now, here at this
current round of the UN General Assembly, and the fact that you took such clear, decisive steps is a great example to be followed by other nations, many of which attended a conference in Tehran and said nothing.

Muslim Letter Prompted Pentagon to Purge Military Instruction “Offensive to Islam”

by creeping
Submission. To sharia. via Muslim Letter that Prompted the Pentagon to Purge Military Instruction “Offensive to Islam” | Thomas More Law Center.
ANN ARBOR, MI – A letter dated October 19, 2011 signed by 57 Muslim organizations, was sent to the White House with copies to other federal officials responsible for national security, including Secretary of the Department of Defense, Leon Panetta.  The letter demanded that all training materials that they judge to be offensive to Islam be “purged” and instructors “are effectively disciplined.”

Because many reporters and citizens have asked for a copy of the letter, TMLC is linking to the 7-page letter here, and attaching it to this press release as well.  You may also view it by going to the TMLC website at:  Note the highlighted areas on page 5 of the letter.

This letter was referred to in a previous Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) press release. Click here.

Libya in the Aftermath

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
The American Spectator
September 28, 2012

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that led to the death of the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, illustrates that despite the poor performance of Islamists in the elections back in July, the country still faces a serious internal terrorist threat from ideological militants who either operate with freedom from central government control or have entered into the ranks of the new Libyan security forces.
I had already warned about the latter phenomenon in particular as regards attacks on Sufi shrines in Tripoli and Zintan that were suspected to be the work of members of the security forces.

Concerning the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, two American intelligence officials revealed to the Daily Beast that members of an Islamist militia known as the February 17th Brigade were responsible for safeguarding the consulate, but apparently stepped aside in anticipation of the attack, possibly on the urging of an Islamist politician.
The Libyan government is now trying to integrate this militia -- along with another by the name of Rafallah al-Sahati -- into the security forces by appointing army colonels to lead them, but such a move is not likely to do away with the problems posed by these Islamist militants.

What the US and Europe Encourage

Douglas Murray

What on Earth do you have to do not to be considered an "ally" these days? Many Muslim countries complaining about "blasphemy" and "hurt feelings,' are themselves are rife with the vilest caricatures, programs, films and books — as the staple diet.
The offer by Pakistan's railways minister, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, for suborning the murder of an American amateur film-maker, of $100,000 of his own money for a murder – despite his colleagues' attempts to distance themselves - only reminds us of what a mess of untruths and half-truths we allow to persist.

For instance, there is the one about Pakistan being our 'ally'. Britain and the United States give many millions of dollars a year in aid to that country. More is always expected and promised. By 2015 the UK's aid budget alone could have doubled in a few years, with the UK sending £446 million a year to the country. There are almost no justifications for this. Corruption remains rampant, as does poverty, indoctrination, anti-Western propaganda, and more.

UN Security Council Resolution 242

Adopted: November 22, 1967
The first principle of international law
Agreements must be honored and adhered to
Resolution 242 is the cornerstone for what it calls "a just and lasting peace." It calls for a negotiated solution based on "secure and recognized boundaries" - recognizing the flaws in Israel's previous temporary borders - the 1948 Armistice lines or the "Green Line"[1] - by not calling upon Israel to withdraw from 'all occupied territories,' but rather "from territories occupied." The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 242 in 1967 following the Six-Day War. [2] It followed Israel's takeover of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the West Bank from Jordan. The resolution was to become the foundation for future peace negotiations. Yet contrary to Arab contentions, a careful examination of the resolution will show that it does not require Israel to return to the June 4, 1967 Armistice lines or "Green Line." 

Are Jewish Settlements Built on Arab Land?

Rachel Neuwirth and John Landau On September 28, 2012

Is it really true, as much of the European and American press have been reporting for years, that Jewish “settlers” in the “West Bank” (more properly known as Judea and Samaria) are living on land that they have stolen from Palestinian Arabs?

This is in fact utterly impossible. Every time that the Israeli government has proposed or given tentative approval for the construction of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, it has first advertised its intentions in Arab newspapers, and invited any Arabs who have claims to the land to come forward with them. Only if no such claims were put forward for at least six months; or if, after such claims were made, the Israeli court system had ruled against them following a painstaking and thorough review of the facts, in which the courts bent over backwards to be fair to all Arab claimants, did the Israeli government actually authorize the construction of Jewish communities in this disputed area. Israeli courts have forbidden the Israel government from confiscating any Arab-owned land for Jewish settlement since 1980. And the Israel government has not authorized any new settlements since the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” began in 1993.

Fundamentally Freund: Let the Palestinian Authority collapse


If the PA insists on treating Israel like an enemy, then there is no reason why the Jewish state should not return the favor.

With the Palestinian Authority teetering on the brink of financial ruin, an unlikely deliverer has stepped in seeking to save the day. The would-be rescuer is neither a wealthy Gulf Arab sheikh nor a playboy Saudi prince with money to burn, nor even a misguided European government looking to curry favor with the Muslim world. Believe it or not, it is Israel that is now scrambling to salvage the PA from folding.

It won't be the end of the world if Israel strikes Iran

 Peter C. Glover and Michael J. Economides

Tensions are running high after the IAEA reported that Iran’s hard-line regime, far from buckling under the pressure of sanctions, has actually stepped up its weapons-grade nuclear enrichment program.

With talks between the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Tehran producing “no concrete results” since January, and Tehran closing in on a nuclear weapons capability, reports from Israel suggest Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government has finally lost patience with the failed diplomatic process and is “determined” to strike Iran’s nuclear sites before November’s U.S. election.

If or when military action might take place is not our chief concern here. However, the rush of Western politicians and commentators spreading alarm of apocalyptic consequences should Israel believe it has no choice but to adopt the military option is. Any assertion that the only fall-out from military action to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions would be “wider conflagration across the Middle East”, even World War III, is demonstrably bunkum.

Holger Awakens: When Western Nationalism Died and Ushered In Multiculturalism

Holger Awakens: When Western Nationalism Died and Ushered In Multiculturalism

Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.

Muslim Brotherhood President Frees Monster in Brutal Luxor Massacre

President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Monster-in-Charge of Egypt, has announced the pardon of Mostafa Hamza, a leader of The Islamic Group.
Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya leader Mostafa Hamza, detained for terrorist activity and attempt on Hosni Mubarak’s life, released Tuesday by President Morsi’s pardon. Hamza, a leading member of Islamic organisation Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, was extradited to Egypt from Iran in 2004. He was detained following terrorism-related charges that included being a member of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Forget Mubarak, Hamza was responsible for a lot of atrocities, but his ugliest hour may have been the Luxor Massacre.

After PM sets 'red line,' Iran vows retaliation if attacked


Iran's UN mission responds angrily to Netanyahu's General Assembly speech, saying "rude" Israeli officials threaten to attack countries in region on a "daily basis"; warns that Tehran "is strong enough to defend itself."

Court reveals Iranian operatives in charge of Obama’s Iran policy since 2009

A ruling handed down on September 13th by the D.C. District Federal Court has finally made clear what many have known for years–that the Obama Administration’s Iran policy was initiated and advanced by a group with illicit, hidden ties to the Iranian Regime and financed by the U.S./Israel- hating George Soros.
In 2009, Barack Obama turned over virtually all responsibility and authority for foreign policy negotiations with Iran to Trita Parsi and his National Iranian American Council (NIAC).  Founded by Parsi in 2003, the Washington-based NIAC is a powerful lobbying group that is “…widely considered the de facto lobby for the Iranian Regime in America.”

Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future

David Horowitz and Robert Spencer
The apologies never end. In the wake of the Benghazi attacks and the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Barack Obama has just gone to the U.N. and said, with the representatives of Iran and other despotisms in his audience, that the future does not belong to those who slander Mohammed. This was a coded apology for the cartoonish video that this administration continues to believe, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, was the cause of attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. This is the delusion that impoliteness about the Prophet, and not planned Islamic terrorism, is the cause of the jihad against us.

Jewish groups blast ‘secretive’ anti-Israel vote at U.C.

Pro-Israel groups and Jewish student leaders have lashed out at a U.C. student organization for issuing a resolution that supports boycott and divestment efforts against Israel — and for doing so using “devious tactics.”

The U.C. Student Association, which has representatives on all 10 U.C. campuses and purports to represent all U.C. students, passed the anti-Israel resolution Sept. 15. In addition to supporting BDS, it condemned HR 35, a nonbinding resolution passed by the California Assembly on Aug. 28 that urges state universities to “increase efforts” to condemn anti-Semitic acts on campus.

Muslim Nations Hire 10 New PR Agencies Since Last Year – PR Firms Assist In Selling Terror And Brutality

Ronn Torossian 

The U.S. Public Relations industry is one which is very high profile, but is a tiny, close knit industry, with only perhaps 75 American PR firms having more than 50 employees (i.e. enough scope/influence to represent a foreign government or foreign interests). Over lunch this week, one of my peers, who like me, owns 1 of the 25 largest US PR Agencies explained why his firm would no longer work with Jewish organizations and Pro-Israel concerns. He explained there is simply too much money working for Arab organizations and interests, and between front groups, organizations and projects from a business perspective he was no longer working for Pro-Israel or Jewish organizations. It’s a trend which will grow – and will see Arab interests even more positively portrayed in American media. 

Bibi's Speech-Visual Aids?Bashing Obama? Does Reuters/AP Think Netanyahu is a Nazi?

Yid With Lid

Bibi's speech to the UN today (full and video below) was all about pictures.  Perhaps the most vivid of the pictures what the Israeli PM holding a drawing of a bomb that at first glance should have been labeled "Acme Bomb Company,"and accompanied by the cartoon character Road Runner or Wiley Coyote.  But the more I think about it, I realize that bomb picture was pure genius. It will lead almost every news broadcast and adorn almost every newspaper front page. And before the week is out, most Americans will understand where Israel's red line is and why it needs to be there.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

US and Europe's "Oneness" Integration Project

Daniel Greenfield

Being "one with the tiger" is a popular goal in the modern world, and our leaders are forever leaping into tiger dens in the hopes of becoming one with the beast.
In the Bronx Zoo, David Villalobos was rescued from a tiger den after leaping inside to, in his own words, "Be one with the tiger."

Being "one with the tiger" is a popular goal in the modern world, and our leaders are forever leaping into tiger dens in the hopes of becoming one with the beast. These leaps of faith end about as well as they did for Villalobos who was mauled by the tiger, but like Villalobos they never seem to draw the proper conclusions about the dangerous nature of tigers.

The Malaise of the United States is not Terminal, (G-d willing.)

Redacted from an extensive article by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, 
Ph.D. Bar Ilan University
21 September 2012

In the past, the United States was the “glory of the world” mainly after it came to the aid of Europe in the Second World War, the victory over Germany and Japan in 1945, and the American success in establishing a democratic state in South Korea (1953) following the war against the communists, who were allied with China and the USSR. However, the glory of the United States has faded during the last generation. Historians point to Vietnam as the beginning of the process of decline; the war lasted 16 years (1959-1975), cost the lives of almost 60,000 American soldiers and ended in a disastrous American rout and Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, falling to the Vietcong, the militia of communist North Vietnam.
The Vietnam War left parts of American society with a lack of will to fight for the values of freedom and democracy, especially if it’s a question of fighting in countries outside of the United States.

COP: Obama and Congress Are Choosing to Cause a Recession

Amy Payne 

President Obama recently said, “The most important lesson I’ve learned is you can’t change Washington from the inside.” That’s demoralizing to hear when a recession is bearing down on the economy—and it’s an inside job.

The Congressional Budget Office has forecasted a fresh recession to hit next year if Taxmageddon, a nearly $500 billion tax increase, hits the nation and Congress and the President drive us off the “fiscal cliff.” President Obama has done nothing but ignore this warning.

The Big Bang in Benghazi

 Sultan Knish

The most important thing that any leader needs to know about war is that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. That includes a plan of fighting bloodless wars using drones and droning speeches.

PE: If You Want to “Soak the Rich,” Keep Tax Rates Low

Daniel J. Mitchell 
I’ve pulled evidence from IRS publications to show that rich people paid a lot more to Uncle Sam after Reagan reduced the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent.

But the Gipper wasn’t the only one to unleash the Laffer Curve. The United Kingdom saw similar dramatic results when Margaret Thatcher lowered the top tax rate from 83 percent to 40 percent. Allister Heath explains.

During the 1970s, when the tax system specialised in inflicting pain, the top one per cent of earners contributed 11pc of income tax. By 1986-87, with the top rate down to 60pc, that had increased to 14pc. After the top rate fell to 40pc in 1988, the top 1pc’s share jumped, reaching 21.3pc by 1999-2000, 24.4pc in 2007-08 and 26.5pc in 2009-10. Lower taxes fuelled a hard-work culture and an entrepreneurial revolution. Combined with globalisation and the much greater rewards available for skilled workers, Britain’s most successful individuals earned a lot and paid a lot in tax.

News from the Foundation for Democracy in Iran

Statement from FDI President Kenneth R. Timmerman on the de-listing of the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) by the State Department

Sept. 26, 2012 (first post)

FDI has long advocated for keeping the MEK on the State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations because of its proven involvement in the murder of U.S. military officers and defense industry officials in Iran in the late 1970s. We also believe that the MEK operates as a cult, and that its brand of Islamic Marxism offers little real change from the Islamic Republic.

That battle is now over. The State Department and the Obama administration have decided to impose a statute of limitations on murdering Americans overseas. This sets a very dangerous precedent and endangers all Americans, not just our diplomats and military.

Ahmadinejad and Morsi Lay Out the Islamic Agenda

Robert Spencer On September 27, 2012

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mohammed Morsi, arguably the foremost exponents today of Sharia rule, both spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, and their speeches together amounted to an Islamic supremacist wish list for the world.
The foremost item on their list, not surprisingly, was the destruction of Israel, although both knew better in the glare of international media than to state their aspirations quite so baldly.

Obama at the UN: A Speech That Had Nothing to Do With Either His Policies or the Real Middle East‏

Barry Rubin

President Barack Obama’s speech is a fascinating document. The theme is this: absolutely nothing can go wrong with political change in the Middle East and that the United States helps moderate forces, defined as anyone who isn't actively trying to  kill Americans. The fact that some to many of those revolutionary forces favor killing Americans is outside his purview. And the fact that his policy has supported militantly anti-democratic groups far more than the (far weaker) moderate ones is airbrushed away.

Iran's Judiciary Chief: U.S. Constitution is "law of barbarism"

Jihad Watch

Note: This is direct from a nation state, our enemy, and does this resonate with you in America? If not, why not?

Because it allows for the freedom of speech. Let's hope that Larijani still has reason to be upset about this in three or four years, and that the First Amendment hasn't been effectively gutted so as to fight the government- and media-designated forces of "hate." "Judiciary Chief Describes US Constitution as Law of Barbarism," from the Fars News Agency, September 26 (thanks to Wimpy):
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani condemned Washington's defiant reaction to the recent insult to Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in a US movie, and said the US constitution which allows such shameless acts against other religions resembles the "laws of barbarism". "What kind of a constitution allows the US president to dispatch forces to the Muslim countries and shed the blood of the people only on the basis of unfounded claims of the existence of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) (in Iraq) but avoids his (the president) condemnation of insult to the holiest and the most spiritual person of the universe," Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said on Wednesday.

Sacramento: Popular radio hosts absent from show after calling for "anti-Muhammad ads"

Jihad Watch

Is KSTE self-enforcing Sharia? Certainly that is the way the wind is blowing these days. "Armstrong & Getty absent from Sacramento live radio amid controversy over Muslims," by Cynthia Hubert for the Sacramento Bee, September 26:
Popular talk radio show hosts Armstrong & Getty were absent from Clear Channel's live programming Tuesday amid controversy around one of the hosts' on-air comments about Muslims. 
KSTE (650 AM) aired a previously recorded "Best Of" morning show on Tuesday instead of its regularly scheduled live program featuring Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty. Officials for the Sacramento station and its owner, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, offered no explanation for the change, sparking questions and heated comments among fans on the show's Facebook page.

Israeli economic steps benefiting the West Bank and Gaza Strip - Sept 2012

Israel has recently approved additional permits for workers and merchants to enter Israeli territory from the West Bank. 16 projects in the Gaza Strip funded by the international community have been approved.

The West Bank

Economic Steps:
1. Employment:
a. Recently Israel approved 8,000 permits for workers to enter Israeli territory, 5,000 permits for construction workers and 3,000 permits for olive harvest. Overall the working permits quota is 41,450, however to date the Palestinians are only making use of 33,500 permits. The quota in the settlements is 24,660 permits.
b. Increasing by 2,000 permits the lodging quota (which allows Palestinians to stay overnight in Israeli territory) for workers who meet the criteria of men over the age of 30 that are married. After this addition, the overall quota rose to 7,000 permits.

Obama to UN: "Crude and Disgusting Video Sparked Outrage"

Katie Pavlichand

9/25/2012 (first post)

During his address to the United Nations today in New York City, President Obama again blamed violent Islamic riots in the Middle East on a video....six times.
In every country, there are those who find different religious beliefs threatening; in every culture, those who love freedom for themselves must ask how much they are willing to tolerate freedom for others.

That is what we saw play out the last two weeks, as a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

Analysis: Is Lebanon becoming Syria’s Western front?

Nicholas Blanford

Anti-Assad politicians in Lebanon are calling for the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers along the country’s volatile northern border with Syria to curb Syrian troop incursions and artillery shelling as some locals pack up their bags.

The calls come amid rising concerns that Lebanon’s northern border, where support for Syria’s rebels runs deep, is being dragged into the worsening conflict next door. But the request for a UN presence is likely to go unheeded, given Lebanese government opposition and international reluctance to risk getting embroiled in the conflict by dispatching foreign troops.

RECOMMENDED READING: “Are The Salafis The Bad Guys?”

Abdul Rahman al-Rashed

Abdul Rahman al-Rashed
More often than not, whenever a terrible act is committed in our region the Salafis are accused. Even before a single bullet was fired from the Syrian opposition, President al-Assad had attributed heinous crimes of slaughter and destruction to them, and claimed that it was the work of Salafis affiliated with Saudi Arabia and the West!

Prior to the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the voices of young revolutionaries in Egypt accused the Salafis of supporting Mubarak and the West, but then their ranks were blamed for the attack on the US Embassy.

Bill Clinton Fails To Hold Egyptian President To Account

During the closing plenary session at the 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Bill Clinton failed to hold Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to account for the anti-Semitic and anti-U.S. incitement engaged in over the years by both Dr. Morsi and the  EgyptianMuslim Brotherhood. At time 55:03 in the video of the session, Mr. Clinton seem to be about to ask Dr. Morsi about this incitement but ended up remarking only that the “fairly large” number of Jews in the audience were among those who wished him well and wanted him to succeed.

A Call to Courage

Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven

It’s a riveting pitch. The 60-second U.S. Marine Corps commercial begins with images of soldiers running straight into scenes of chaos and danger. The commercial ends with a question that crosses the screen:

“Which way would you run?”

Since the founding of our nation, Americans have selflessly responded to the call of duty, and volunteered to run into harm’s way. And not for the money, but to serve their country.
Contrast that kind of courage with the way many of our nation’s CEOs deal with chaos and danger.

British Voters Sour on Immigration

Soeren Kern

"In the coming 15 years we will have to build, just for new immigrants and their families, the equivalent of eight of the largest cities outside London... together with all their associated infrastructure, of schools, roads, hospitals, railways, and all the rest." — Nicholas Soames, MP
Three new opinion surveys show that British voters are increasingly skeptical about immigration and multiculturalism. Taken together, the reports highlight the widening gulf between the views of the British people and those of the governing elite who run the country.

A shocking assumption

 NY Post

Why did The New York Times just defame Muslims?

In a story yesterday, the paper termed a planned subway ad as “another potentially inflammatory rendering of Islam” — even comparing it to the Mohammed-mocking video blamed for the recent outbreak of Muslim violence worldwide.

What was so inflammatory about the ad?

5 Ways Obama Disappointed at the United Nations

Amy Payne 

President Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday – and what a disappointing speech it was.

He actually scrapped his original speech outline to focus on the controversial YouTube video that many have suggested sparked recent anti-American attacks in the Middle East, including one in Libya that killed a U.S. Ambassador and other Americans. Making this video the focus of his speech was inappropriate. He should have used the international platform to make an unapologetic case for freedom. The President failed the American people—and America’s allies—in five major ways.

1. He failed to give a robust defense of free speech.

In tripping over the YouTube video that was offensive to Muslims, the President seemed to validate other countries’ disregard for freedom of speech:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER September 26, 2012

In the week following 9/11/12 something big happened: the collapse of the Cairo Doctrine, the centerpiece of President Obama's foreign policy. It was to reset the very course of post-9/11 America, creating, after the (allegedly) brutal depredations of the Bush years, a profound rapprochement with the Islamic world.

Never lacking ambition or self-regard, Obama promised in Cairo, June 4, 2009, "a new beginning" offering Muslims "mutual respect," unsubtly implying previous disrespect. Curious, as over the previous 20 years, America had six times committed its military forces on behalf of oppressed Muslims, three times for reasons of pure humanitarianism (Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo), where no U.S. interests were at stake.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Part V - Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun in the 21st Century

PETER FARMER September 26, 2012
Part I - A Brief History of the Muslim Brotherhood (Can be found by clicking here)

Part II - The Muslim Brotherhood - Haj Amin al-Husseini (Can be found by clicking here)

Part III - The Muslim Brotherhood - Hitler's Imam
Part IV - he Muslim Brotherhood -  Sayyid Qutb

From its humble beginnings in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has grown into a global Pan-Islamic movement. The group is riding a wave of successes as it moves into the 21st century. Despite many setbacks, the "Brethren" have been remarkably successful in advancing their agenda not only in the Middle East but around the world. What factors can account for their success? The following analysis considers some of the most-critical ones.

1. The Muslim Brotherhood has sharply-defined its mission and core values in its motto, "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations." Members know what the group stands for, and the goals for which it is striving. In military terms, the motto functions as a set of mission orders which set forth the objectives for which the individual believer is striving.

The Suicide of the Free Press

Jihad Watch

At Atlas Shrugs I discuss the media's strange eagerness to endorse restrictions on the freedom of speech:
As the Muhammad movie riots continue to roil the world, prominent Muslim leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere are calling for restrictions on the freedom of speech, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood – and in the U.S., Sheikh Husham al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center in Dearborn, Michigan and Imam Mohammad Qatanani of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, New Jersey. Given Sharia prohibitions on free speech, that is to be expected. What is more surprising – or should be more surprising, if the free press were doing its job -- is the alacrity with which the mainstream media has echoed these calls for self-censorship and submission to Islamic blasphemy laws. 

Kick Me: European Union Backs Iran's Hezbollah

Peter Martino

These measures indicate that Western Governments are aware of the threat Hezbollah poses to Western security. Nevertheless for reasons of appeasement, they refuse to declare the organization a terrorist group -- a classification which would allow the blocking of Hezbollah funds and the seizure of its assets.
The Lebanon-based Islamic organization Hezbollah is one of the most dangerous groups in the world. Recently, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah incited violence against American and European interests over the movie The Innocence of Muslims. And yet, the European Union refuses to follow America's example and classify Hezbollah as a terrorist organization – a move that would enable the EU to freeze the group's assets in Europe.
Several people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been killed, ostensibly in retaliation for the movie, which is perceived to be critical of Muhammad, the 7th century Arab warlord who founded Islam. Instead of calling for calm, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah called for prolonged protests: "The whole world needs to see your anger on your faces, in your fists and your shouts."

Addicts in America

 Sultan Knish

Some nights ago I sat in an emergency room while a 19-year-old heroin addict was brought in. It was after midnight, the witching hour, on a weekend when the zombies and ghosts of the city's party circuit begin drifting in dressed in their best clothes, escorted by police officers, clutching bloodied rags to their faces or lying on stretchers and always at their articulate best.

Morsi's Election Can't Erase Radical Record

IPT News

New Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is being received as a visiting dignitary in New York this week for meetings surrounding the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly. He is scheduled to address the assembly Wednesday morning and is meeting with U.S. officials and other dignitaries.
The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness was founded after the Shapiro family lost their son to this drug and alcohol consuming disease. The Foundation is working relentlessly to help those who have been caught in the web of this number one world epidemic of drugs and alcohol addiction.


A Sick Society That Needs a Doctor

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Nurit Greenger

I would never venture into writing about a subject I am not somewhat familiar with. I am not familiar with addictions and sobriety – Alcohol and/or drugs – because I have never been an addict.But after I have attended few days ago The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness 

( annual "2012 Summer Spectacular" Gala, it left me with no option but to write something so perhaps I can save one person's life with what I heard and what I write about here.

My first conclusion of the event was, it takes an awful tragedy to take an action. As my late mother used to always say, it takes two or three accidents in an intersection that has no traffic lights, all ended in fatalities, for the city to finally mark the intersection with the proper traffic lights. It took an unfortunate event for the Shapiro family in losing their son Brent to take the bull by the horn and spread the word, that addiction is a worldwide disease that society must deal with and contain it as it is incurable.