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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Five Myths About Rick Perry

From Front Page Magazine:

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is now the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.  Many people are aware of his focus on the Tenth Amendment, his state’s tremendous record of job creation (40% of all jobs created since the beginning of the recession have been in Texas), and his formidable campaigning abilities.  But as with all other Republican candidates, there are rumors swirling about his positions and history that are worth examining.  Let’s take them, point by point.
Myth #1: Perry is the return of Bush and therefore unelectable.
Unlike Sarah Palin, Perry is literally undefeated.  He has never lost an election – that’s ten straight contested elections.  In 2008, Perry ripped President Bush’s high-spending approach to governance.  In revenge, the entire Bush political team – Bush 41, James Baker, Karl Rove, Karen Hughes — mobilized against him in 2010, backing squishy Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the gubernatorial race.  Hutchison started up with a 25 point lead, thanks to that support. By the end of the primaries, Hutchison was down 22 points.  That’s a 47 point swing, folks.  Perry is able to gain wide and deep support.  He’s not Bush – Karl Rove is already attacking him.  And he knows how to punch his opponents in the mouth, as Mitt Romney is already learning.
Myth #2: Perry is soft on social issues.
This is perhaps the most bizarre assertion by some of Perry’s opponents.  They accuse him of vacillating on gay marriage, and point to his support for mandatory HPV vaccinations as evidence that he’s soft on premarital sex.  Both of these points are wrong.  Perry is staunchly anti-gay marriage.  He is also staunch Tenth Amendment, which means that he believes that states should have the right to pick their poison (an eminently correct Constitutional position).  Thus, “If you don’t support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, don’t come to Texas.” He does support a federal marriage amendment. As far as the HPV vaccination, Perry has made clear he went about it the wrong way – he did sign an executive order allowing folks to opt out, but says he shouldn’t have mandated anything in the first place.  His support for the measure was driven, he says with credibility, by his hatred for cancer, of which several of his family members have died.
Myth #3: Perry is a religious fanatic.
Based on his speech at “The Response” earlier this month, some are attempting to paint Perry as a religious kook, a weirdo who thinks he takes his orders from on high.  Perry is no such thing.  He supported a very secular Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 election cycle.  He has heavy support from the religious Jewish community.  His federalism conflicts with many of the stances of the more far-right religious communities.  Perry’s religiosity should be an asset rather than a detriment in this campaign.
Myth #4: Perry is soft on Islam.
Salon.com recently reported that Perry was a “pro-Shariah” candidate, a charge that obviously got heavy traction among conservatives – and with good reason.  It’s a serious charge.  It’s also dramatically false, as columnist David Stein points out.  Perry’s relationship is with a Muslim leader called the Aga Khan, who leads a sect called the Ismailis, which has 15-20 million followers.  Aga Khan has been labeled an infidel by both Sunnis and Shias for his support for Israel.  Perry worked with Aga Khan to implement an educational element in the Texas curriculum about Islam.  Here are some of the elements of that educational program: “Muslims often lack respect for Western traditions and points of view … From its early days, Islam reacted aggressively toward its civilized neighbors the Byzantines and the West …While Westerns studied Islamic culture, Muslims showed almost no interest in Western culture, remaining ignorant of modernity and its impact.”  The program also calls Israel “the historic homeland of Jews” and gives details about how Arab states refused to admit Palestinian refugees after 1948.  There’s a reason Perry has won the Defender of Jerusalem award from the State of Israel, and it’s not just because Texas is Israel’s fourth largest trading partner.

Quasi-Myth #5: Perry is soft on immigration.
This is the only spot on Perry’s record where he will have some explaining to do.  His record on illegal immigration is mixed.  He opposed SB 1070 in Arizona, feeling that it placed enforcement obligations in the hands of states that ought to lie with the federal government; he opposed EVerify, a program designed to punish employers who hire illegals; he signed a Texas DREAM Act which allowed in-state tuition for children of illegals.  On the other hand, he has taken strong action against sanctuary cities; he has executed a Mexican national who raped and murdered an American; he has called for heavy border security, including drones to monitor activity areas.  Unlike the other candidates, he is governor of a border state and routinely works with the Mexican government.  He won 39 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2010.
So, is Perry the right man for the job?  In the days and weeks to come, we will find out much more about him.  There is mudslinging to come, but so far so good.


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Your Weekend Funny

With a hat tip to An Ol' Broad's Ramblings:

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Syrian tanks roll into Homs; security forces kill at least 33 protesters across country

From Will at The Other News:
Tanks rumbled into the central city of Homs at dawn Saturday, a day after security forces killed at least 33 anti-regime protesters across Syria, adding urgency to a UN mission expected this weekend.“ 

Several tanks took up positions at dawn in the district of Al-Khalidiyeh” in the central city of Homs, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.“Throughout the night and this morning shots were heard from Al-Khalidiyeh to Baba Amr and Inshaat,” he added, referring to two other central locations in the city.

Regime forces were also conducting arrests in the city of Latakia early Saturday, the Observatory said, adding that many of those picked up were minors.According to the rights advocacy group the death toll from Friday's crackdown on protesters rose to 33, including 15 people who were killed in the southern province of Daraa where 25 others were also wounded.It said security forces had also killed 15 civilians in the central province of Homs, including five in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Al-Khalidiyeh.Three protesters were also shot dead on Friday in the Damascus suburbs of Harasta and Douma, the Observatory said. 

The United Nations said that a UN humanitarian mission would visit Syria this weekend to witness the effects of the crackdown on protesters.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Security Council on Thursday there was “reliable corroborative evidence” that Syrian forces are deliberately shooting anti-regime demonstrators. 

Pillay also said in an interview with France 24 television that her body had drawn up a list of 50 Syrians in senior positions that she said were responsible for violent repression.

The civilian death toll from the security force crackdown on the protests has now passed 2,000, UN Under Secretary General B. Lynn Pascoe also told the Security Council on Thursday.On Friday the Observatory reported that 20,000 people had marched in Al-Khalidiyeh alone on a day of protest demanding the fall of Assad's autocratic regime.

People poured into the streets of major towns as they emerged from Friday prayers, with the largest anti-regime demonstration reported in Homs.Friday's rallies put to the test a commitment given by embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to UN chief Ban Ki-moon the previous day that his security forces have ended operations against civilians.

On the political front, a group of “revolutionary blocs” announced Friday the formation of a coalition called Syrian Revolution General Commission, vowing to bring down the regime.

It said the coalition of 44 groups was set up due to “the dire need to unite the field, media and political efforts” of the pro-democracy movement.Meanwhile, the European Union added 20 new names to a list of Syrian individuals and businesses hit with sanctions, with a deal also now close for a ban on oil imports.European nations buy most of Syria's oil exports, which amounted to some 148,000 barrels a day in 2009, according to the US Energy Information Administration. 

Meanwhile 'buddy' Erdogan keeps covering for Assad and Iran, while slaying Kurds.

Read the full story here.
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Robert Spencer Asks, "Why Are You Guys Mad At Me and Pamela? We're Only Asking Questions About Rick Perry

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller have gone on a unrelenting crusade against Rick Perry the past week or so, going so far as to call him, in a headline, "the Stealth Jihad Candidate".

Today Spencer writes:
I've never seen anything like this: friends have broken with me, I've been attacked on hitherto friendly websites, I've gotten calls from people I haven't heard from in years, telling me to lay off Perry, and more -- all because I dared to raise some concerns about Rick Perry.
In my estimation, calling him "the Stealth Jihad Candidate" is going much further than "raising concerns". Given the opinions of those of us in the know about the dangers of Jihad and Sharia, it is clear that such a characterization is meant to be a death blow against Rick Perry.

I have been trying all week to figure out why Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer would have the hubris, the arrogance, to attempt to destroy a leading Republican Presidential Candidate - and in my opinion, the only truly marketable one we've got.

I can find no palatable explanation at this point.

I must say, however, I do agree with this comment from AJAT, (from Jihad Watch):

Listen, I am afraid it is simply wrong to characterise the manner in which you and Pamela have behaved towards Perry as simply 'asking questions'. You have both engaged in a smear campaign against Perry (with sensationalist headlines such as the 'stealth jihad candidate' and a fifth columnist), using the same tactics you rightly decry when employed against you. You are both playing a game of 'Gotcha!' and I think most conservatives would appreciate it if you stopped acting as though you were Perry's prosecutor.
In any case, this is my response to Pamela's article:
To begin with, you claim you 'never suggested' that Perry and Aga Khan have an Islamization agenda to promote via 'taqiyya'. In your original article, you wrote:
'including a comprehensive program to feed children in Texas public schools and taqiyya nonsense about how Islam is a religion of peace.'
As for that curriculum you highlight, the abstracts of content you draw attention to don't vindicate your case. It is not telling students that the Qur'an entails 'beauty and perfection' as the literal word of God, but only that Muslims think this is so, and the curriculum is not saying that it's bigoted to think otherwise. In addition, you appear to be unaware of the fact that the development of Islam in the 8th to 11th centuries was due to borrowings and plagiarisms from other religious traditions in the region (e.g. the 5 prayers a day was taken from Zoroastrianism). I don't see why you object to that point in the curriculum. Finally, with regards to Western colonialism, it is true that the European legal systems were instated- the curriculum is not necessarily condemning that; and it is also correct that the local Muslim populations often tried to make clear rejection of European modernity by applying Shari'a to themselves more vigorously. And nowhere does it say that the Europeans deserve to be blamed for this development. I could go on, but you get the picture.
But even then, I am only relying on the evidence given by your one of your readers. It turns out that her reader's own information is flawed. David Stein at http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/1945 completely refutes the myth that Perry is working to promote a pro-Shari'a curriculum.
Likewise, your reasoning on the al-Habib bank wildly stretches the facts. For example, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the Aga Khan are not one and the same, and even so the former is only a part-owner of that bank, not necessarily the main one. In addition, you appear to be unaware of the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. There is of course abundant evidence that al-Qaeda had Daniel Pearl murdered, but there is nothing to show that the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development has given money to Al-Qaeda (and why would the fund do such a thing? al-Qaeda and affiliated groups regularly target Shi'a in Pakistan for terrorist attacks). As you note, the lawsuit against the bank was dropped, but clearly not on grounds of practicality (which was probably the issue concerning why the lawsuit was also dropped against al-Qaeda).
But what conclusion do you draw from all this? You state that the Aga Khan is the owner of an alleged al-Qaeda bank. Quite a stretch, I am sure you would agree.
As for the ties with Syria, all those agreements and activity date from between 2003 and 2008. In any case, it was merely based on a false hope- held also by Western governments- that Bashar al-Assad would reform. The Aga Khan was of course wrong on that and should have realised it from the beginning- one can only presume this is why the agreements and business activity stopped after 2008. Finally, this alleged tie with Moustapha Sharba is only on Mark Mitchell's word (no sources given etc.). Surely Western governments would have long been aware of this and onto the Aga Khan Development Network if it had been the case?
The interview with Der Spiegel: like you, I disagree with many things he says, but he did not call for laws to ban publication of the cartoons, and as for the remark on Hamas, it was again based on a hope that Hamas would change their views and platform. Again, he was wrong on that, and should have recognised it from the beginning, but Haim Saban- an entrepreneur who created the Power Rangers franchise and has given millions in support of Israel- also said that there should be negotiations with Hamas, in the hope they might moderate. Like the Aga Khan, he was always wrong, but it doesn't show he is sinister- just naive.
As for the Norquist connections, they are hardly worth worrying about: the issue is solely taxation; and it's a platform essential for winning votes.
Finally, you have missed the point about the Jewish Division connection, on which you are also being dishonest. Roberta Moore (thanks for the correction on her name- sincerely) did not merely make one inquiry into aligning with the JTF. As the EDL itself notes:

''The decision made by individuals within the EDL Jewish Division to ally themselves with the JTF (Jewish Task Force), an organisation whose leader, Victor Vancier, was imprisoned on terrorism charges, was made without the authority of the EDL Leadership, and we have ensured that all ties have been severed with that organisation. Israel itself has proscribed the JTF as a terrorist organisation, and Vancier has been recorded making incredibly offensive and inflammatory statements about black people, Christians, and homosexuals. This could hardly be further from the objectives and beliefs of the English Defence League, and it is hugely disappointing that in the fallout of this sorry episode a small number of Jewish Division members saw fit to make personal attacks on members of the EDL Support Group for criticising their decision to align themselves with known extremists.''
It's actually obvious that this was the reason Moore fell out with the EDL leadership. She and her followers in the Jewish division were smearing as 'Nazis' anyone in the EDL who objected to the alliance with JTF. I also have the testimony of one of the editorial board members for official statements by the EDL to confirm that this is so.
The Jewish division- after Moore left- also denigrated the victims of the Norway massacre as 'scum' (http://www.edlnews.co.uk/edl-news/jewish-div-endorse-norway-attacks). Do you condemn that? The whole point of this affair is that you cannot go around smearing Rick Perry and tying him to Islamism with wild stretches of the facts unless you want to vet yourself for supporting the Moore and the (ex-EDL) Jewish division (and one could name numerous other connections, such as your endorsement of Vlaams Belang as the 'Jewish party', whose sole concern is to glorify Flemish Waffen-SS veterans, not to support Israel as you have repeatedly claimed). In short, please stop having double standards.
Someone who calls Obama a 'Mohammedan president' and Goldberg a 'Jewicidal Jihadi' cannot be taken seriously. As for Robert Spencer's forums, I never insinuated- contrary to your claims- that he is a neo-Nazi or fascist solely because there have been commentators on Jihad Watch threads who have declared support for the BNP. Otherwise, why would I have made it clear in that same article that he unequivocally repudiated the BNP?
Now back to you Robert. On further investigation of this matter, it turns out that the source for the Aga Khan-Rick Perry connection was a reporter at Salon. He predicted, on the basis of what he reported, that someone would soon start attacking Perry on these grounds and stir up a storm. You and Pamela fell right for the bait. If you wish to heal the rifts created, i suggest you put up a formal apology to Perry for your nasty insinuations about him.
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Vital Medications In Short Supply?

From the New York Times on August 19, 2011:
U.S. Scrambling to Ease Shortage of Vital Medicine

WASHINGTON — Federal officials and lawmakers, along with the drug industry and doctors’ groups, are rushing to find remedies for critical shortages of drugs to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses, including bacterial infection and several forms of cancer.

The proposed solutions, which include a national stockpile of cancer medicines and a nonprofit company that will import drugs and eventually make them, are still in the early or planning stages. But the sense of alarm is widespread.

“These shortages are just killing us,” said Dr. Michael Link, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the nation’s largest alliance of cancer doctors. “These drugs save lives, and it’s unconscionable that medicines that cost a couple of bucks a vial are unavailable.”

So far this year, at least 180 drugs that are crucial for treating childhood leukemia, breast and colon cancer, infections and other diseases have been declared in short supply — a record number.

Prices for some have risen as much as twentyfold, and clinical trials for some experimental cures have been delayed because the studies must also offer older medicines that cannot be reliably provided.

On Wednesday, Dianne Nomikos, 65, went to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a 9 a.m. appointment to receive Doxil, a vital medicine for her ovarian cancer. She was told to go home and wait until new supplies arrived.

“My life is in jeopardy,” she said through tears in a telephone interview. “Without the drug, who knows what’s going to happen to me?”

The Obama administration is considering creating a government stockpile of crucial cancer medicines....
I can't imagine that Obama is considering any such thing while he's frolicking at Martha's Vineyard. After all, he doesn't give a damn about other people.

Remember the Left's mantra about George W. Bush? "Bush lied, people died."

I'm not good with rhymes, but I'd love to see one with Obama's name in it.

Let's see...."Obama played, lives not saved."

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This is where we're at: Joe Biden has more sense than his boss

Biden is in China trying to impress the lenders, as the the world economic situation is in full tsunami alert mode, and US unemployment and inflation are in a race for the top as the DOW can’t decide to tank or rise slightly after tanking, but one truth prevails… GOLD IS HEADED NORTH WITHOUT STOP

American workers who want one cannot find a job let alone, take a trip or go on vacation….

Eating at a tiny Beijing restaurant renowned for its fried liver and pig intestines, the vice president balked: “Noodles or dumplings.”

That meal for five, which included the new U.S. ambassador to China Gary Locke and Biden’s granddaughter, cost about 79 yuan ($12), and seemed to have struck the right chord with Chinese microbloggers.

By noon the next day tens of thousands had weighed in on the lunch, many admiring the careful choreography to show how wisely Americans spend their money.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts', Martha’s Millionaire playground, at his $15k per week shack,

President and Mrs. Obama are sharing in the sacrifice tonight at the Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, which features an array of overpriced selections for the first couple to choose from that could easily bring the bill within range of $200.

They might, for example, choose to start the meal with a $15 chunk of pizza cheese – I’m sorry, “Fresh Mozzarella” with “Fresh Basil, vine ripened tomatoes, aged balsamic reduction, and chive dill.”

This is a good mix because some things are fresh, and some things are aged.

But the sacrifice really gets serious with the entree, where the Obamas may want to order half a chicken for $38. Excuse me, please, “Herb crusted roasted half Katama Farm chicken; garlic mashed potatoes with steamed broccollini, rosemary jus.”

This would be perfect for me, because when I get tired of Perdue, I alway switch to Katama Farm.

There’s also the steamed twin Menemsha lobsters for $48. Isn’t Menemsha some kind of club for geniuses? I’ll take those.

But to be sure that they’re twins, I’ll need a BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

Now, I’m just a stupid, avg bum, but wouldn’t it have fit the mold of Obama’s Dept of Education (or is that the ‘some are more equal than others’ re-education dep’t?) ‘modeling correct behavior’ memes if the LEADER had said, something along the lines of:

‘I simply don’t feel right taking this kind of vacation while so many of my own countrymen cannot find jobs, cannot pay rent or mortgages, worry every day and every night where the money is going to come from’

and CANCELLED this kind of vacation and then just gone to Camp David (which is a mountain resort for leaders of the USA out of reach of reporters, but a place we all would have understood).

What would THAT have said to the nation?

What does this Vineyard vacation say to the nation? Maybe instead of lobster he and MEEEEECHELLE will have the $38 chicken entree and call that sacrifice.

Barack Obama and his wife are self entitled, amazingly UN self controlled, self defined elite self privileged ASSHOLES who don’t worry about the effect of their REAL ACTIONS when personal comfort and immediate happiness are at question. HE is the perfect president for the situation we are in.

Joe Biden and his $12 lunch (for FIVE...and what does that illustrate, Americans?) and Barack and his choice represent the difference between a real politician and a spoiled child with no idea what he is doing.


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When The Levee Breaks

Memphis Minnie & James McCoy

Page & Plant

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Going To California

... trying to find a woman who's never been born ...

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CAIR-Chicago is objecting to a curriculum used in the Chicago school district. CAIR-Chicago’s complaint?

The worksheets in question, produced by MindSparks, a California based educational resource company, teaches students that the religion of Islam is oppressive towards women, inherently violent, and played an important role in harboring slavery.

CAIR-Chicago claims verses from the Qur’an used in this curriculum are “taken out of context.” This is a typical response from Muslim Brotherhood front organizations like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations). The problem is, anyone who has ever read the Qur’an knows two things:

1)  There is very little “context” to its writings.

2)  It does contain numerous passages that make clear women hold second-class status to men, that call for violent jihad against “infidels,” and that sanction the taking of slaves in the prosecution of jihad.

Finally, we see what appears to be a factual rendering of the history of Islam. For instance, the curriculum states, accurately, that “slavery was common in Islam.” Various historians and scholars estimate that between 14 and 18 million Africans were enslaved by Muslims from the 7th century to the 12th century.

CAIR-Chicago clearly wants to rewrite history because it obviously doesn’t want Chicago high school students to be exposed to these “inconvenient truths.”

While the high school is not mentioned in the post below, you can contact the Chicago public schools office via email and thank the school for using this curriculum. Encourage them to retain the curriculum and resist the interference of CAIR-Chicago, which is part of the national CAIR organization. Make sure you mention that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in America’s history and that it has been identified by the Justice Department as linked to the terrorist organization Hamas.

No school district should be paying any attention to CAIR or any of its local affiliates.

Staff Attorney Rabya Khan Meets with High School Regarding Anti-Muslim Worksheets

CAIR-Chicago l August 16, 2011


By Ben Small, Communications Intern

CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Rabya Khan met with officials at a Chicago-area high school on Monday, August 15th, regarding a complaint CAIR-Chicago received by a parent alleging that the high school’s social studies class is distributing misleading worksheets on Islam. The worksheets in question, produced by MindSparks, a California based educational resource company, teaches students that the religion of Islam is oppressive towards women, inherently violent, and played an important role in harboring slavery.

One of the readings contains verses from the Quran which are quoted out-of-context wrongly giving the impression that women are considered inferior to men.
A corresponding worksheet then asks: “The Qur’an stresses the equality of all believers. Yet many say its views about men and women definitely give men more power. How does the top passage here from the Qu’ran support this view?” The reading is accompanied by a photo of two women in burqa, a full-body covering worn by only a minority of Muslim women worldwide. The inauthentic translation, imagery, and presentation of information leads students to a biased conclusion about the status of men and women in Islam.

Another reading implies that slavery was an encouraged practice in Islam, and then the corresponding worksheet states “Slavery was common in Islam; however, it took several very different forms. […] Prepare a brief talk to the class on what you learn about these two forms of slavery. Title your talk, “Slavery’s Many Forms in the Islamic World.”” Wrongly suggesting some sort of link between slavery and Islam. In reality, the Qu’ran strongly condemned slavery and offered enticing rewards to those who freed slaves. Prophet Muhammad himself freed numerous slaves and the situation for slaves greatly improved with the advent of Islam.

In the MindSparks’ textbook The Rise of the Modern Middle East, lesson titles include “Islam and Islamic Radicalism”. The parent who brought these reading materials to CAIR-Chicago’s attention expressed concern that that over emphasis on the small number of radical Muslims in the world will reinforce stereotypes that link Islam and terrorism and that students will not receive a balanced understanding of Islam and Muslims.

Rabya Khan met with school officials to convey the importance of presenting balanced perspectives and not perpetuating stereotypes. CAIR-Chicago has requested that the school remove the worksheets, and not use them again or any similar worksheets. Rabya also provided a resource list of organizations that can conduct workshops on Islam, including CAIR-Chicago, and is compiling a list of educational resource companies with balanced materials on Islam and Muslims.

Thanks to Damien.
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Blogger Z! has this anecdotal story of interest. Excerpt:
...In a shop in Beijing (a city in which guides tell you NOT to talk politics), [my cousins who recently visited China] saw row upon row of T shirts and coin purses that have a picture of Obama on them and the words OBA-MAO! My cousins asked how they heck they could do that and WHY? They said people in CHINA say that Obama's "MAO'S MOST FAMOUS STUDENT".......My cousins were stunned. The shop owner said "We here in Beijing think America's more Communist than we are now...we get to keep some of our money now."...
More information via this Google search of Obamao.

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Going Offline and On The Lam

The wife & I have been married 26 years this week.

It's been 4 years since we've been on vacation.

15 years since we were away without kids.

So the daughters gave us 4 days at the Maryland Shore. Said something about we really need it.

(nevermind that leaves them the house to themselves)

Our favorite hotel. 10 steps from the beach to the bar to the pool. Then reverse the order.

Somewhere there's a Cap'n and Coke (mostly Cap'n) with my name on it.

See ya Wednesday :)

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The Islamist Problem Inside the US Military

Zuhdi Jasser had an excellent piece in the WSJ yesterday decrying the political correctness inside the US military that granted Naser Abdo conscientious objector status months before Abdo was caught in the final stages of planning for a terrorist attack on or near Fort Hood, Tx. WSJ:
[T]he theological underpinnings of Islamist radicalization remain ignored by military officials, who fear appearing to discriminate against Muslim soldiers. That fear has been bolstered by leading Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups in America. Their platform of political Islam teaches Islamic revivalism and an aversion to the separation of mosque and state. Salah Al-Sawy of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) concluded in a 2008 online fatwa, "As for optionally obtaining citizenship of a non-Muslim country it is definitely prohibited without a doubt, moreover it could be a form of apostasy." An AMJA paper in 2009 stated that, "the basic conflict between the declaration of faith and testimony that there is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and the declaration and pledge of Allegiance of the USA is irreconcilable."
These ideas need to be confronted. There are many Muslim leaders who can lead that defense of liberty and of the need to separate mosque and state. We must take their side over that of the Islamists.
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Friday, August 19, 2011


Soeren Kern at the Hudson NY (via Big Peace) has some very scary info on the increase of Islam in France:
Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics.

Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. The mosque-building projects are at various stages of completion, according to Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the Muslim Council of France (CFCM), who provided the data in an August 2 interview with the French radio station RTL.

The total number of mosques in France has already doubled to more than 2,000 during just the past ten years, according to a research report "Constructing Mosques: The Governance of Islam in France and the Netherlands." France's most prominent Muslim leader, Dalil Boubakeur, who is rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, recently called for the number of mosques in the country to be doubled again – to 4,000 – to meet growing demand.

By contrast, the Roman Catholic Church in France has built only 20 new churches during the past decade, and has formally closed more than 60 churches, many of which are destined to become mosques, according to research conducted by La Croix, a Roman Catholic daily newspaper based in Paris. [...]
Click on the title to read the whole thing at the Astute Bloggers.

Reaganite Republican says:
Got 3 words for you:

Plant a Pig!!!
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The Doobie Brother
World Gone Crazy

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Tell Obama Off

(With a hat tip to Cube)

Take a look at this site.

Choose one, add a snippy comment, and send one to the White House.


Sure, the idea may be juvenile. But it also indicates just how much Obama has lost touch with WE THE PEOPLE.

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“I want to sing, she is a bride”

Today’s two state democracy and civil values update from the new, exciting, and vibrant PALESTINE………………

PA TV visited mother of suicide bomber. Mother upon news of daughter`s death: I want to sing, she is a bride”I didn’t scream, even my scarf stayed on my head. Everyone came.
Everyone heard what happened… I was sitting and started to sing to her.
I said, ‘It’s the night before your wedding, Darin, and we won’t see you anymore, my daughter.’ People around me said, ‘Allah be with you.’
I said, ‘I haven’t gone mad, I’m not crazy. I want to sing, Darin is a bride.’”

“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us” -Golda Meir
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The Chaos in Europe Financial Markets causes 'US SUCKS LESS' response in capital

But what about those who have a healthy suspicion the USA cannot save the world in it’s present economic or political condition?

For those of you wondering, Gold has climbed from ~$1780 to ~$1880 in about 18 hours of trading.

On the day Barack Obama was sworn in it was $895. So if you shorted the USA for gold the day we got our new president, and 60 democratic senators, and majority of dems in the house, you better than DOUBLED your money in THREE YEARS by FUCKING THE USA the way these pukes have.


What’s going to be left in Jan 2013?

I am coming to the conclusion that the democrats themselves are going to have to recognize that their own economic, professional and political survival depends on truly getting the USA out of this and working with the republicans to STOP THE DEBT WITHOUT KILLING THE EMPLOYERS, otherwise by Jan 2013 we’ll be looking at $2500 an ounce, zero interest rates, > 10% unemployment, dying international trade, and failing states IN EUROPE.

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“Herman Cain - Being Paid To Run”

Liberal activist and actress Janeane Garofalo appeared on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” show on the Current TV network Wednesday night. Garofalo went on several rants, one of which included accusing the Tea Party, which she calls a “fundamentalist” movement, of racism.

Garofalo also said successful businessman Herman Cain is either being paid to run or is suffering from Stockholm syndrome because he is a “person of color” running as a Republican in the party’s presidential primary.

“[He’s] in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly. [In] the last 30 years the Republican party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more. Gay-baiting more. Religion-baiting more,” Garofalo said.

“But, Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go like ‘I love that, that can’t be racist. He’s a black guy, a black guy asking for Obama being impeached.’ Or ‘it’s a black guy whose anti-Muslim. It’s a black guy who is a Tea Party guy.’”

Garofalo also had some conspiracy theories as to who may be putting Cain up to this.

“And I feel like wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things. Whether that be the Koch brothers or Grover Norquist or any anything. It could even be Karl Rove. ‘Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican party,’” Garofalo said.

“Would that be separate from his delusions of grandeur or are they just taking advantage of him?” host Keith Olbermann asked.

Ms. Garofalo disagreed but had another reason for why she thinks Cain is in the race which includes diagnosing him with Stockholm syndrome.

“He’s a businessman,” she said sarcastically. “Who ever pays him. And there may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome. There may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome in there because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican party or the conservative movement or the Tea Party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry with the oppressors. Is it Stockholm syndrome or does somebody pay them?”

Though, she had some praise for Sarah Palin, again Garofalo concludes her involvement with the Republican party and the Tea Party is some sort of self-loathing.

“I have no idea if they’re nuts or they are opportunists or if they enjoy the attention or the money. Whatever it is. I would say the same thing for any female involved in conservative politics or the conservative movement or any kind of fundamentalist movement. If you’re supportive of it and involved in it or enthusiastic about it — is it Stockholm syndrome? Is it a self-loathing issue?” Ms. Garofalo wondered. “And believe me, I know what I’m talking about with self-loathing, but not to that degree.”

“But Sarah Palin, I believe is a charismatic person who does very well. I don’t know why anyone supports Bachmann or Palin. Them being nuts has nothing to do with gender. Nothing to do with gender,” Garofalo said.

Before the segment was over Ms. Garofalo circled back to her thesis that the Tea Party is a racist movement, or something.

“The Tea Party is so obviously racist. So obviously — and also, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in this country. Hate groups in this country are at an all time high, record highs and have been spiking since Obama announced. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Racism is apart of the fabric of this country, unfortunately,” Garofalo said. “How could it not exist when there is a black president?”

Before the segment ended Olbermann showed several pictures of what looks like Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus performing fellatio on a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair.
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"Environmental Regulations Create More Jobs”


“Actually, environmental regulations create more jobs because it drives innovation. There’s more investment from venture capitalists into trying to invent the new technologies which we use here in the United States and then we export around the rest of the world. What’s really going on here is that there’s a contest amongst Republicans as to who can be the most anti-environment. For Republicans, EPA stands for ‘Every Polluter’s Ally.’ And, you know, when Rick Perry says that he wants Texas to be able to secede from the union, he also wants the union to secede from science. Rick Perry and these other guys, they’re allergic to science. And too many of the tea party people, who basically don’t believe in science are now controlling a Republican party that once had a long rich history,” Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) told MSNBC on Thursday night.

Just so I understand, if we regulate more heavily, private investors clamor to find ways to invest money to meet the new regulations!

Here’s a new regulation, if you get to serve 2 terms in Congress, you can never take a govt paycheck from ANY LEVEL OF US GOVT again.

That should cause, you Ed, to innovate a new way to earn money with all the good jobs out there. Maybe you can pioneer a new way to make scented marbleized soaps in the Sunnstein-Powers Village.

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