Wednesday, December 10, 2008
By Cliff Kincaid
Is former Weather Underground terrorist Jeff Jones claiming that Barack Obama's "centrist" appointments are a "smokescreen" and that he is pursuing a strategy of governing that would "make Lenin proud?" That shocking information is being reported by many different conservative blogs and Internet sites as proof that the President-elect is pursuing a political strategy designed to confuse people about his revolutionary agenda. Obama may be a Marxist attempting to fool people, but the "Jeff Jones" post on the Rag Blog website doesn't necessarily prove it. It turns out that the "Jeff Jones" claiming Obama to be a disciple of Lenin is NOT the Jeff Jones from the communist Weather Underground. However, to further complicate matters, the Mark Rudd who is defending Obama on the same blog IS the former Weather Underground terrorist Mark Rudd. [more...]
A WMD Attack Within Five Years?
By Maj. W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
It is "more likely than not" that terrorists will launch an attack with a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) somewhere in the world within five years, according to a report just released by the independent Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Preventing or thwarting such an attack will require "the world community acts decisively and with great urgency," the report says. Problem is, the world community - struggling with a front-burner international economic crisis, political correctness run amok, an ill-informed American electorate, creeping global Sharia, and the Western media's constant soft-soaping of Islamist extremism - has shown it has no stomach for any conflict requiring any measurable level of "decisiveness." And there does not seem to be any real sense of "great urgency." [more...]
A No-Brainer on Pakistan Raids
By Nicholas Guariglia
I do not know anyone smart enough to solve Pakistan's complicated domestic-political neurosis with one fell swoop. There is, however, common ground where serious minds can meet. Clearly, the outcome in Afghanistan is directly linked to Pakistan. Nobody really disputes that. But the consensus seems to end there. There have been recent suggestions that "one surge does not fit all," implying merely because the Iraq surge succeeded, does not mean a similar strategy should be employed in Afghanistan. While this is all well and good, I fear these suggestions miss the forest for the trees. What the United States must do - if it wishes to pacify the Afghan-Pakistani borderlands - is not simply a repeat of the Iraq surge, but an implementation of the timeless military, political, and psychological principles behind it. [more...]
Human Rights, Islamic Supremacism, and Our Responsibilities
By Jeffrey Imm
After World War II and the defeat of the Axis powers, the human rights abuses and atrocities by the Aryan supremacists and other fascists led members of the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. While the inalienable human rights of equality and liberty were declared by the United States of America on July 4, 1776, this additional Universal Declaration of Human Rights was intended to gain acceptance of fundamental human rights by other nations in the world. [more...]
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The same disastrous formula: Wall Street and their lawyers focusing on profits and not enough on risk, and Washington paying little attention to what's going on despite the fact that we are throwing away billions of dollars on such irresponsible American corporations.
AIG is introducing a Takaful Homeowners Policy - the first installment in a series of Sharia-compliant product offerings in the U.S. The newly announced Takaful products are compliant with key Islamic finance tenets. Sharia is a legal code of the political ideology of radical Islam practiced by the Taliban, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Today this Sharia code is being introduce to Americans by an American company in which we as American taxpayers own $40 billion dollars worth of it stock.
Brigitte Gabriel, author of the New York Times bestseller They Must Be Stopped: why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it, says, "The American public must stand up now and stop AIG and other American corporations jumping on Sharia Compliant Finance blinded by greed before it is too late."
As a legal code of a supremacist ideology, Sharia is incompatible with democratic values and the inalienable human right that "all men are created equal." In 2001, nearly two months before the 9/11 attacks, the European Court of Human Rights determined this (that Sharia law was incompatible with democracy and human rights).
So why is AIG promoting Islamic Sharia finance? AIG must answer to the American public about their executives' irresponsible decision. ACT! for America.org has launched a nationwide campaign calling AIG's top two executives and asking them this question. Brigitte Gabriel, President and CEO of ACT! for America.org, says, "AIG must be stopped from its rollercoaster of irresponsible decisions paid for by American taxpayers."
Friday, December 5, 2008
For the third month in a row, AIG is in the news regarding its promotion of Sharia-compliant finance (SCF) products, which promote the Islamic supremacist, segregationist ideology of Sharia. For a company struggling with its financial survival, it remains astounding that AIG would want to incite its American taxpayer owners by promoting products that are based on an Islamic supremacist political ideology. In October 2008, I wrote how the U.S. government gave an $85 billion loan to AIG, without demanding divestment of its business ventures reselling Sharia mutual trusts and its AIG Takaful division selling Sharia-based insurance. In November 2008, I wrote about how the U.S. government purchased $40 billion in AIG stock, making you as a taxpayer, an owner of a company promoting Sharia through such businesses. [more...]
Bailed-out AIG offers Islamic insurance to U.S.Company sells Shariah-compliant policies after massive taxpayer-funded cash grab
By Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily
"After American International Group Inc, or AIG, reached two major bailout agreements totaling $152.5 billion in taxpayer dollars, the company is stepping up its dealings with Islamic finance by offering Shariah-compliant homeowners insurance to the U.S. – outraging critics over AIG's support of a '"discriminatory ideology, that is against equality, and that is against liberty.'"
"Specifically, while American taxpayers are loaning money to AIG and hold 80 percent equity interest in the company, AIG owns a Shariah-compliant insurance company, offering accident, health, motor, personal contents, property and casualty insurance coverage. "
"Now Risk Specialists Companies, Inc., or RSC, a subsidiary of AIG Commercial Insurance, is introducing its Shariah-compliant Takaful Homeowners Policy to the U.S., according to a Dec. 1 AIG announcement. The new insurance is said to be the 'first installment' in a 'series of Shari'ah-compliant (Takaful) product offerings in the U.S.'"
"The Shariah-compliant policy is underwritten through RSC member company A.I. Risk Specialists Insurance, Inc., in conjunction with Lexington Insurance Co. and in association with AIG Takaful Enaya."
"'Takaful' is based on Quranic principles of 'Ta'awon' -- or mutual assistance. The term originates from the Arabic word 'Kafalah,' meaning "joint guarantee." Similar to mutual insurance, where policyholders own a stake in the organization, members of a Takaful group pool their resources to help the neediest member, and losses are divided among them."
"Cooperation is key in the system, and proponents often point to Surah Al-Maidah, verse 2 of the Quran, to explain the concept. It states: 'Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancor.'"
"According to Ernst & Young's 2008 World Takaful Report, the Shariah-compliant insurance had an estimated $5.7 billion global market in 2006 with more than 130 providers. The market is estimated to exceed $10 billion by 2010."
"'The introduction of Takaful products in the U.S. represents an important and emerging growth opportunity for AIG Commercial Insurance,' President Matthew F. Power of Risk Specialists Companies, Inc. said.'We are pleased to offer socially responsible solutions to this segment of the domestic market.'"
"Unlike mutual insurance, Takaful includes Shariah-compliant stipulations. It prohibits investment in companies that violate Islamic law by selling or promoting products such as alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling and even pork. Critics claim Shariah-compliant businesses are even opening doors to U.S. funding of Islamic extremism."
"Jeffrey Imm of Family Security Matters and the Anti-Jihad League of America has written extensively on the subject, warning that AIG would expand its Shariah products in the U.S. He has even created a petition demanding the Federal Reserve, Securities Exchange Commission and Department of the Treasury require AIG to divest itself of its Shariah businesses. [more...]
See petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/stopaig/petition.html
See also articles at:
WorldNetDaily.com has now also addressed the issue of AIG and its Islamic supremacist Sharia-based products, including the announcement this week to promote such Sharia-based products in the United States.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Click on the links below for expert commentary on the Mumbai, India terrorist attacks:
11-28-08 McFarland on FNC - KT on Iran nukes and the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
11-28-08 McFarland on MSNBC - KT covers the India terrorist attacks.
11-28-08 McFarland on MSNBC - How Obama will handle the Mumbai attacks.
11-28-08 Gabriel on FNC - Brigitte on Hannity & Colmes discussing the Mumbai attacks and terrorism.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Brigitte Gabriel, terrorism analyst and New York Times Bestselling Author of 'They Must Be Stopped, why we must defeat radical Islam and how we can do it,' says Al-Qaida has been recruiting in the American prison system and inside the inner cities from the Black community rallying them against White America and telling them that White America and Christianity oppressed them.
Americans elected a Black man for president - the highest position anyone can attain. Obama is a Black man who had converted to Christianity and has a huge following not only in the Black community but also in the Hispanic community as well, which is another recruiting ground for Al-Qaida. This poses a great threat to Al-Qaida's recruiting efforts in those communities.
Al-Qaida is also active in Africa recruiting and spreading its tentacles into different Black countries. Brigitte Gabriel says with the election of Obama as president, we have seen many Blacks in Africa celebrating his victory. It is going to make it harder for Al-Qaida to recruit to fight supremacist America.
Ms. Gabriel adds, "This is why we are seeing the derogatory remarks against him. I believe this is going to backfire on Al-Qaida. It is important to mention here that the only word in the Arabic language to describe Blacks is slave; and they are not considered equal to human beings.
By J.Peter Pham, PhD
In the two months since I last focused this column on the challenge posed by attacks on shipping off the Somali coast, pleading that "the time has come for responsible powers in the international community to develop an integrated strategy to cope with the worsening piracy, one that begins with declaring open season on the seaborne marauders whom admiralty law has long branded hostes humani generis, enemies of mankind," the situation has gone from bad to worse. [more...]
Our Duty: Representing a Center-Right Nation
By Colonel David F. Bedey (U.S. Army, ret.)
There is no denying that President-elect Barack Obama is a gifted politician: charismatic, disciplined, and ambitious. He ran a nearly flawless juggernaut of a campaign that broke fund-raising records while hoisting John McCain with his own campaign finance-reform petard. And his skillful exploitation of the Internet marks him as an avatar of the Information Age. Barack Obama has rewritten the rules of the political game. Republican tacticians will need to come to grips with that fact. [more...]
Barack and Dennis the Menace - Ross Remarks on Middle East Could Signal Trouble Ahead for Obama
By Joel Himelfarb
During his masterfully executed presidential campaign, Barack Obama didn't stumble on too many issues. One exception was Middle East terrorism - specifically his position toward Iran and its allies Hamas and Hezbollah. After delivering a powerful speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in June, in which he denounced Tehran and its terrorist allies, Obama went out of his way to distance himself from anyone who suggested that putting pressure on Israel would help achieve Mideast piece. His skill in doing this helped Obama to win close to three-quarters of the American Jewish vote. [more...]
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Specifically, John Paulson has now pointed his hedge fund, Paulson and Co., in the direction of Shariah Islamic Investments. As a savvy investor, it appears that John Paulson and other hedge fund managers like him have targeted Shariah Islamic finance as the "next hot market." In a video produced by actforamerica.org, I name the Paulson & Company hedge fund that has received "seed money" from a government backed agency of Dubai to create a Shariah-compliant hedge fund with four other American hedge funds. I explain that firms like Paulson and Co., blinded by the promise of huge fees from the Middle East, are not disclosing (or maybe haven't even figured out) the link between Shariah law and the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Iran, and are welcoming this political radicalism into our financial system. New evidence indicates that Al-Qaeda received funding for the Sept 11th attacks because Shariah investments are required to donate profits to Islamic charities many of which have proven to fund terror. "Is anybody listening?" I ask. Yes, the moderate Muslim leadership group, 'Muslims Against Shariah' is. They awarded me the 'Muslims Against Shariah Award' three days ago.
Go to www.actforamerica.org or www.stopshariahnow.org to watch Joy Brighton's video.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
By M. Zuhdi Jasser
As President-elect Barack Obama and his administration begin the transition process from the Bush administration, anti-Islamists cannot help but be concerned. Those of us dedicated to stimulating and facilitating long overdue reform within the Muslim consciousness against the growing threat of political Islam cannot help but feel more adrift now than ever before with little legitimate "hope for change" in our policy against Islamists then we have ever had. The long and arduous two-year campaign negligently spent little to no time laying out what the policy of the Obama administration would be toward Islamists, both foreign and domestic. While the Bush administration understood the basic need to promote liberty as an alternative to oppression in Muslim lands, they were unable to translate that into an effective policy with a critical engagement of Islamists. They did not seize the opportunities they had to counter political Islam by fostering grassroots movements for freedom against Islamists. If the Obama campaign is any sign of what is in store, we seem to be headed even further back into a retreat from any perceptible contest of ideas against the ideology of Islamism. [more...]
By Colonel David F. Bedey (U.S. Army, ret.)
This month all around America and the rest of the world, U.S. Marines are gathering to commemorate the founding of their Corps in 1775. And I had the good fortune to be invited to celebrate the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball in the small town in western Montana that I call home. My hosts graciously overlooked the fact that I had been a career Army officer; it was enough that we share a bond of fellowship born of military service to our Nation. [more...]
Obama and Iran - Tough Choices Face the Next President
By Joel Himelfarb
One of the silliest analyses of Barack Obama's victory came from New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Foreign readers e-mailing his NYT blog on Election Night were delighted about Obama's win, leading Kristof into fantasy land. "In Switzerland, an American was bathed in compliments comparing the election to the fall of the Berlin Wall. An American in Kenya named Tom wore an Obama T-Shirt and found that his walk to work took more than an hour because so many people stopped to congratulate him and celebrate with him," Kristof wrote. "The outpouring suggests that the United States will enjoy an Obama dividend of global good will in the coming months, a chance to hammer out progress on common threats. 'Barack' means blessing in Swahili, and this election feels like America's great chance to rejoin the world after eight years of self-exile." [more...]
By Maj. W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
President Abraham Lincoln said, "Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure." The president of course was referring to heroes and heroism in the purest sense of the words. When Lincoln uttered the phrase in the 19th century, an action deemed "heroic" was not nearly as interpretively subjective as it might be today. It didn't need to be. It was clear to all what heroes and heroics were, because "heroism" was defined then as "distinguished bravery or gallantry; noble disregard of danger; and intrepidity." Today, unfortunately, "hero" has been diluted to include "a person noted for special achievement in a particular field," and the word itself has become often synonymous with "star" and "celebrity." [more...]
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Harvard Law School is presenting Opportunities in Islamic Banking to the U.S. Treasury and will likely explain to the U.S. TSY that Shariah-Compliant Islamic Banking is the answer to our economic crisis. We all know what finance is. But what is Shariah Finance? Two Words. Though Wall Street is focused on the money side of Shariah Finance, Shariahis the reason this market exists.
Shariah Islamic Law is not "law" as we think of it to protect citizens, but "rules" to dominate and control Muslims. Muslim rules like: Muslim women are the property of men, polygamy, forced child marriages, death to homosexuals, and the obligation to wage "holy war." If you criticize Shariah Law, you are not a "true" Muslim and must be killed. Shariah Law is the written doctrine of radical Islam. Who practices this Islamic law? The government of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda regimes.
So how did Shariah Finance, the most effective tool of radical Islam, become accepted in the West? In the spirit of "multiculturalism" and "political correctness" gone way overboard, Wall Street has bought into a one-sided billion dollar Middle East advertising campaign, without asking questions. Fancy hotel conferences persuade businessmen that "Muslims have religious banking requirements, and if you create investments according to Shariah Law, 1.2 billion Muslims loaded with oil money in their pockets will beat a path to Wall Street."
The idea of Shariah Banking was created by radicals like Sheikh Qaradawi, a terrorist today who is banned from entering the United States and Great Britain, who today leads international Islamic finance agencies. How does he describe Shariah Finance? He says, "I like to call it Jihad with money, because God has ordered us to fight enemies with our lives and our money."
These financial institutions are offering Shariah bonds, mutual funds, hedge funds, and insurance. They are not only lining the pockets of our enemies, but, worse, they are branding Shariah as legitimate, Western, friendly and safe to trusting Americans.
Here is a list of those banking institutions:
Standard & Poor's
Lloyds of London
JP Morgan Chase
Millennium Hedge Fund
Ospraie Capital Hedge Fund
Paulson & Company
Arcapita, Inc. (previously Crescent Capital)
New reports show that Al-Qaeda carried out Sept 11th with money received from "Shariah Bank" donations. And yet U.S. banks are still in this game.
Joy Brighton is a Columbia MBA holder, a former Wall Street trader and a Wall Street consultant. She is a Shariah Finance watch expert for ACT for America.org - the largest national security citizen action network with 220 chapters across America.
By KT McFarland
The people have spoken and we have a new president-elect. For months we've watched the longest running political soap opera in American history. We've sat on the edge of our seats throughout the primary season, and watched candidates come and go. This has been an historic election by every measure - made even more so by Sen. Obama's victory. [more...]
Africa in an Obama Administration
By J.Peter Pham, PhD
Sen. Barack Obama's election as the 44th President of the United States is, of course, an historic milestone in America. But it is also a major moment in African history as well. The president-elect's unique personal history means that he is the first son of Africa in the Diaspora to be entrusted with the leadership of any major power, much less the chief magistry of what is still the world's political, military, economic, and cultural superpower. As I traveled in Africa over the course of the past year, the excitement of many Africans at the mere prospect of an Obama presidency was palpable. [more...]
Will the Real Barack Obama Please Stand Up?
By Gregory D. Lee
Like the decades-old television game show, To Tell the Truth, it's time for Barack Obama to stand up and tell us exactly who he is and what he intends to do as president now the election is over. Is he a centrist who can reach across the aisle to Republicans, a pseudo-conservative tax cutter or a socialist who wants to redistribute wealth? [more...]
Thursday, October 30, 2008
By Alex Alexiev
As we enter the home stretch of the 2008 presidential election, new revelations about Barack Obama's harshly critical views of the U.S. Constitution for not providing for wealth distribution have again raised concerns as to whether the American people may be about to elect the first radical Leftist if not outright socialist president in the republic’s history. This hugely troubling possibility, were it to happen, would mark yet another historical watershed that’s mentioned less often - the de facto alliance between the Left and radical Islam in American politics. ... "Barack Obama’s deafening silence on his own and his campaign’s troubling connections with Islamists does little to discourage one from believing that the loudest cheers for his eventual victory next Tuesday will be those of the sworn Islamist enemies of our civilization." [Go here to find out more about two NEW unsavory characters' names (who are current friends of Obama's) the American public has not yet seen.]
NOTE: Alex Alexiev is considered one of our country's FOREMOST experts on terrorism and counterterrorism.
A Vote for Obama is a Vote Against Fighting Islamic Terrorists
By Harvey Kushner
Many of our readers and subscribers have asked why I haven't focused more attention on the threat of Islamic terrorism. The answer is rather simple. Election 2008 is just another front in the war against Islamic terrorists. Governor Dukakis was asked during the 1988 presidential debate if his wife were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer? Dukakis responded coolly, "No, I don't, and I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life." Placing B. Hussein in charge of national security would make Michael Dukakis' statement seem hawkish. Not only would B. Hussein roll over for the likes of Ahmadinejad, but he would open the White House to hordes of terrorist apologists and sympathizers. Under the guise of academic freedom and intellectual exchange, individuals like Rashid Khalidi will find their views reaching further than the protection of the college lecturer hall. A vote for B. Hussein is a vote against fighting Islamic terrorists. The latter have been stunningly silent of late. Coincidence? I think not. [more...]
Monday, October 27, 2008
Recently, FSM sat down with Buck Revell, former Associate Deputy Director of the FBI who was in charge of all FBI operations before his retirement in 1994. What he has to say about the idea of a security clearance for Barack Obama, a man who could be our next president, is stunning and sobering, to say the least. [Go here for the complete interview.]
Obama's Pet Conservatives: Do They Stand with Obama, Bush on Appeasing North Korea?
By Joel Himelfarb
As the presidential campaign enters the home stretch, one of the more bizarre developments has been the decision of a tiny group of conservatives, including Kenneth Adelman, talk-show host Michael Smerconish and former Reagan Justice Department official Douglas Kmiec, to endorse Barack Obama. To be sure, conservatives have reason to be leery of John McCain, but those are tiny by comparison with the honest differences that most people on the right have with Barack Obama, an orthodox left-wing Democrat. [more...]
Bolton: 'World Leaders See Obama as Soft, Untested, Weak and Very Naive'
By Carol Taber, President of FamilySecurityMatters.org
Don't point the finger at us. The title of this piece is taken from statements by John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who's spent much of his professional life - and certainly all of his tenure at the UN - negotiating and working with these very same world leaders. He merely repeats their opinions here for our convenience. And, to be clear, the collective opinion of world leaders is that, in contemplating Barack Obama for the office of President of the United States, he is seen as "soft, untested, weak and very naïve." No wonder Sen. Joe Biden guaranteed that America will face an international crisis within six months if Obama takes office on November 4th. [more...]
Polls, Smolls, Just Vote
By Harvey Kushner
The most glaring example of unintentional polling abuse was the 1936 Literary Digest poll that predicted that ALF Landon would trounce FDR. The outcome, of course, was that Roosevelt won all but two states and many of them by a landslide. The Digest had made its error when it chose a sample from telephone directories and its own list of subscribers. But this sample was not random with respect to the population of voters; those voters who had no telephone and did not subscribe to the magazine had no chance of being included in the sample. The poor were more or less systematically excluded from the Digests poll and overwhelmingly voted Democratic. Some years later, pollsters observed the Digest's blunders and developed stratified sampling techniques to make sure that future samples would be more representative; however, are they? [more...]
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
By Lynette Long
"I have given my loyalty to the Democratic Party for decades. My party, which is comprised primarily of women, has not put a woman on a presidential ticket for 24 years. My party was disrespectful to all women when they refused to nominate my candidate, Hillary Clinton, for president or vice president, even though she received more votes than any other Democratic or Republican candidate in history. My party stood silently by as Hillary Clinton was eviscerated by the sexist attacks of the mainstream media. My party's candidate was mute when Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Pfleger openly mocked Senator Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ. My party's candidate was silent when the rapper Ludacris released a new song calling Hillary a bitch. My party's candidate chose Larry Summers, the former President of Harvard, who said women can't do science and math. Well here I am Mr. Summers, let's talk. Neither my party nor its candidate has demonstrated in this election that they hold women in high esteem." [more...]
Cowering in the Geopolitical Corner: When We're Weak, We're Vulnerable
By Nicholas Guariglia
If one were to sum up the public mood for the past seven years, it would go something like this: from September 11, 2001 until January 2008, the public largely overlooked a healthy economy because it was upset with what it considered to be a failed foreign policy. But now, since the beginning of this year, the sustained gains from the military surge have allayed fears about Iraq, and the struggling economy – high energy prices, a federal deficit, collapsing entitlement programs, a housing bubble crisis – has emerged to the forefront of the public's worries. [more...]
Egads! - Biden Guarantees International Crisis if Obama Elected
By Carol Taber, President of FamilySecurityMatters.org
Could Senator Biden be warning us that Senator Obama is not prepared to be Commander in Chief of the world superpower's armed forces? Or, as John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations put it, “Leaders around the world see Obama as soft, untested, weak and very naive."
"Mark my words," Senator Biden warned ominously, “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator President of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy." [more...]
By Colonel David F. Bedey (U.S. Army, ret.)
This past weekend, one of our most respected citizens, Colin Powell, endorsed Barack Obama. In Powell's words, "I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming into, onto the world stage and the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama." A transformational figure? Ronald Reagan was a transformational figure. But so was Vladimir Lenin. General Powell is obviously enchanted by the idea of change. But change to what? Like so many of Obama's unlikely supporters, the old General isn't so clear on that. And therein lies the secret to Obama's success. [more...]
Al-Jazeera for Obama?
By Cliff Kincaid
Colin Powell's predicted and expected endorsement of Barack Obama was transformed into big news by the pro-Obama media. But Arab propaganda channel Al-Jazeera's intervention in the U.S. presidential contest is also extremely significant. Al-Jazeera, a mouthpiece for enemies of the United States, aired a Moammar Gadhafi speech praising Obama and followed with a story depicting supporters of Sarah Palin as white racist Christians. The channel is subsidized by the oil-rich Sunni Muslim plutocracy/dictatorship in Qatar. [more...]
Jihad and the 'Reconciliation' with Islamic Supremacism
By Jeffrey Imm
American military leaders are calling for talks with the Islamic supremacist Taliban in Afghanistan, as part of some type of political "reconciliation" with Islamic supremacists in Afghanistan to promote "peace." Such military calls for "reconciliation" with Islamic supremacists in global theaters of war complement the increasing calls for "engagement" with Islamic supremacists by individuals in the counterterrorism and foreign policy communities. Both groups use terms that sound appealing to an innately peace-loving America. However, such efforts at "reconciliation" and "engagement" are ultimately calls for surrender in the war of ideas against Islamic supremacists - by legitimizing the infiltration and influence of Islamic supremacists in dealing with Jihad. [more...]
Powell Names B. Hussein The One
By Harvey Kushner
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced today that he will be voting for B. Hussein. "I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," said Powell. Yes, Mr. Powell, B. Hussein is a "transformational figure." B. Hussein proclaims, I am The One your instrument of change, I will lead you out of the land of Capitalism, out of the house of Bush... [more...]
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Obama - 'Spread the Wealth Around' Reveals Socialist Plan for America
At a recent campaign appearance in Ohio, Sen. Obama was approached by Joe Wurzelbacher, a hard working plumber, who has concerns about Obama's proposed tax policies. FamilySecurityMatters.org's Pam Meister had a candid conversation with him about confronting Obama who says his plan is to tax small businesses making $250,000 and above and, yes, "spread the wealth around." Go here to read the complete interview.
For McCain to Win, He Must Name Names on the Mortgage Meltdown
By Joel Himelfarb
John McCain has belatedly started to name names - pointing to the role that Democrats like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd played in the collapse of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which helped trigger the U.S. economic meltdown. To be sure, Republicans are hardly blameless. Although the White House points out that it repeatedly tried to get Congress to reform Fannie and Freddie, the Bush Administration doesn't talk about its own role in the manic, bipartisan push to "expand homeownership" - whether the beneficiaries were prepared for it or not. Under HUD Secretaries Mel Martinez and Alphonso Jackson in particular, the administration constantly took credit for increases in minority ownership over the past seven years. Of course, we now know that much of this "success" was a sham, padded by Fannie and Freddie's work to make loans to people who were terrible credit risks - the very people who can't pay their mortgages today. [more...]
McCain Needs to Tap Romney and Giuliani - Will Announcing Cabinet Positions Now Help?
By Nicholas Guariglia, Ryan Mauro
Sen. McCain is on course to lose this election. In our last article, detailing how McCain could turn the campaign around, we finished by saying "The McCain campaign must again change the dynamics of the race as described, or it must begin preparing its face-saving argument that a close second was honorable in such a tough political environment." Unfortunately, McCain's current path is leading to a third course of action: preparing an explanation for being defeated in a landslide. With less than 30 days to November 4th, McCain is in desperate need of a game-changer, a gamble only rivaled by the pick of Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. [more...]
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Obama defenders are complaining that William Ayers' radical bombings in the late 1960s and early 1970s are dismissible as "old news." They declare Obama's associations to be "irrelevant." (Somehow I'm prompted to wonder what they'd say if McCain were a friend of a 1940s Nazi prison camp guard.) Yet Obama's associations are relevant, as they are in fact current news, and they speak to his judgment, character and to his political proclivities and inclinations. And we can never forget that a man is known by the company he keeps. Go here now for a brief accounting of over a dozen of Obama's long-time colleagues, associates and friends.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It was revealing what Sen. Barack Obama didn't say during the first presidential candidate debate with Sen. John McCain, when they finally got around to foreign policy. Obama has said that he will "end misguided defense policies" - the same policies that have kept America at arm's length from attacks by Russia, North Korea and Iran, to name only a few countries that would welcome America's demise. These policies have also kept us from additional attacks on the homeland by transnational terrorist organizations. But to listen to Obama, he would change all that. This is precisely the "change" he says this country "needs." Sen. Obama consistently said he would end the war in Iraq and that he planned to "immediately begin to remove combat troops not in six months or one year, but now." He has since modified that with a timetable for withdrawal depending on the situation on the ground. That's what he says now, but as Commander-in-Chief, he could revert to his original statement without regard to the consequences. [more...]
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
By Nicholas Guariglia
Sen. Joe Biden's a funny guy. He likes to tell stories. Sometimes he says he was shot at in Iraq, and has to later clarify. Sometimes he talks about the time his helicopter was fired on and forced to land during a trip to Afghanistan, having to clarify yet again. Sometimes, on rare occasions, if the moon is just right, he might take entire excerpts from someone else's speech, and use it as his own. But his debate with Gov. Palin produced a whole slew of interesting tidbits and gaffes, which one could imagine would be bigger news should they have been said by Palin instead. [more...]
Ten Reasons to Be Concerned about Obama's Stance on National Security: Part Two of Four
By Ryan Mauro
While the Iranian regime openly talks about the destruction of Israel, denies the Holocaust, supports terrorism and arms, trains, funds, and even dispatches the terrorists who murder U.S. troops and innocent Afghans and Iraqis, Obama is favoring a continuance of the Bush Administration policy of doing nothing. Obama's only policy prescription has been to launch top-level, face-to-face meetings between the U.S. president and the top leader of Iran (and other rogue states). Obama does not explain why current negotiations by lower-level staff members are not working (and why his will), and why simply flattering the regime with a presidential meeting will change their intentions. He doesn't explain the goal of the strategy, or put forth a deal that can be made with the regime, or explain why he has any faith that the Iranians can even be trusted to hold up their part of a deal. In short, Obama has no policy toward Iran besides, "let's talk it out." It is no wonder that many Iranians, just like their Iraqi neighbors, probably live in fear of an Obama presidency. [more...] Go here for Part One.
RNC to File FEC Complaint on Obama Fundraising Practices
By Dr. Harvey Kushner
A lawyer for the Republican National Committee said the party will ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the source of thousands of small-dollar contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama. The RNC is alleging that the Obama campaign was so hungry for donations it "looked the other way" as contributions piled up from suspicious, and possibly even illegal, foreign donors. Full Article.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
By KT McFarland
America has some pretty serious problems these days - Wall Street is in freefall, the dollar is in the gutter, people are losing their homes, unemployment looms on the horizon - and these are just our economic problems. We haven't reinvested in our infrastructure for decades and our roads and bridges, highways, the electrical grid, our public works facilities are crumbling. Our health care system is staggeringly expensive yet still doesn't cover all Americans. Our education system isn't training our young people for the next generation of jobs, and American preeminence in the world - be it military, economic, financial - is on the slide. Politicians on both sides of the political aisle blame each other. Our candidates say it's because we lack strong leaders, but what they mean is if we just put them in charge things would be different. [more...]
AFRICOM: Ready to Roll
By J.Peter Pham, PhD
A year and a half after it was first announced by President George W. Bush, the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) becomes fully operational as the Pentagon's sixth regional combatant command yesterday. The new structure replaces an antiquated structural framework inherited from times when the continent was barely factored into America's strategic calculus and thus military responsibility for Africa was parceled out between the European, Central, and Pacific Commands in a bureaucratic version of the colonial scramble. As one who has used this column to advocate for AFRICOM, hail its creation, and continually defend the initiative, I cannot but be elated by the milestone. [more...]
The Devil in Miss Jones: 'The Jewel of Medina' Exposed
By Adrian Morgan
Over this weekend, the London home of a publisher was subjected to a gasoline attack. Dutch-born Martin Rynja owns publishing company Gibson Square Books which prints "books that are able to contribute to a current debate." Rynja had announced on September 3rd this year that in October he would be publishing a controversial novel, called The Jewel of Medina. The author of the book is American journalist Sherry Jones. In 2007, Random House had purchased the rights to publish this book and its sequel for $100,000. The book would have been published as an imprint of Random's Ballantine Books. The Jewel of Medina is Jones' first published novel. In May, Random House decided to pull out of the contract. [more...]
Sen. Obama's former top foreign affairs advisor, Robert Malley, recently had to resign his role in the Obama campaign due to holding meetings with the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Mr. Malley's favorable views of Hamas have been widely known for years. Malley had written extensively, sometimes co-writing articles with the late Yasser Arafat's advisor Hussein Agha, blaming Israel, not Arafat, for the failure of the Camp David talks. Had Malley's views on (and meetings with) Hamas not been unveiled, who knows where Mr. Malley would have ended up in a potential Obama administration? Perhaps he would have been the Secretary of State. This is a sad and frightening possibility, or probability, because Sen. Obama is the least-vetted man in U.S. political history. [more...]
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Brigitte Gabriel, author of The New York Times Bestseller They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, says: "The West is sending all the wrong signals to Iran, emboldening it in its pursuit to wipe Israel off the map. After five years of failed policy against Iran, a lot of wasted breath on diplomacy, and failed sanctions, the Islamic radical state is going to go nuclear."
Gabriel adds: "The U.S. is putting pressure on Israel not to act against Iran. Israel knows that it cannot do it alone without U.S. support. With the presidential election and the financial debacle on Wall Street, both countries will not take action giving Iran the time to finish a nuclear bomb. The civilized world will collectively live to regret this."
Gabriel further states that "the U.S. should work to abolish U.S. mandatory contribution to the UN. The U.S. now supplies 26% of the UN budget going to countries that hate us and that vote against us at the UN almost 90% of the time."
The Crossroads of Europeanization - Questions We Must Ask Ourselves
By Nicholas Guariglia
Americans have not had a serious philosophical debate about the future of their country since the "Contract with America" in 1994. It is time to have one again. Our founders believed that federalism would answer most of our cultural and social questions. History has proven this belief correct; on issues of "tradition," like marriage, Texas and Vermont can do whatever they darn well please. The colossal decision looming, however, has far less to do with issues of localized culture and tradition, and has everything to do with the proper role of government in society. Congress ought to send out pamphlets to every person in the country, to gauge the public's knowledge and opinion about the challenges we will face within the next two decades. Every self-described patriot should be thinking freely, asking particular questions to him or herself, and coming to their own conclusions. What is our role in the world? The United States today stands as the sole and unparalleled economic and military superpower. Is this a mere byproduct of the collapse of the Soviet Union? Is this a temporary status? An accident of history? Something many states and people go through, enjoy, and then let go by passing the torch on to the next emerging power? Is this something the United States should maintain? [more...]
Lying by Media Knows No Bounds
By Cliff Kincaid
The Washington Post gives candidates a "Pinocchio" for lying in campaign ads. But the Post, known locally as the Compost, has been telling some whoppers of its own. First, the Post ombudsman, or consumer advocate, has admitted that someone (unidentified) on the national desk of the paper misrepresented GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's remarks about terrorism and Iraq to make her look like a fool. In another case, in what may be a first, the paper has criticized John McCain for running an ad based on information in the Post. The paper now claims that its own information was misleading. [more...]
Best Person/Worst Person
By Harvey Kushner
On August 19, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Harvey Kushner the "Worst Person in the World." The latter distinction was not given last night to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who visited the United Nations today. Not surprising, however. What's shocking is that B. Hussein's propaganda minister Olbermann failed to honor the Iranian Hitler with his "Best Person" award. [more...]
Monday, September 22, 2008
By Jeffrey Imm
In the "stealth Jihad" war of ideas over the past year, one American institution after another has signaled its willingness to surrender to the advocates of Islamic supremacism – our homeland security, our military, and our law enforcement. Islamic supremacist groups have "guided" such American government organizations to create a "terror lexicon" that excludes "Jihad," to promote "progress" over "liberty," to blackball those who would confront the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic supremacists, to "train" our law enforcement, and to openly promote engagement with Islamic supremacist organizations as part of counterterrorism tactics. [more...]
An Important Message from HarveyKushner.com
By Harvey Kushner
Our partners at FamilySecurityMatters.Org have published the 2008 National Security Presidential Voter Guide. We at HarveyKushner.Com realize that many voters are concerned about the economy. The turbulence that is Wall Street impacts us all. As the folks at FSM state: "Like it or not, the next American President will be a wartime President, having to confront the most lethal threats, ever, to America." We agree and urge you to go to the Voter Guide and study it carefully. Please print copies for yourself and your friends. [more...]
House Democrats Embrace Drilling! Kind Of. Sort Of. Not Really...
By Gregory D. Lee
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi led the charge and rallied her troops to stop any notion the Republicans have of expanding oil drilling in an effort to make the country less dependent on foreign crude. She and her cohorts abandoned Washington, turned off the lights and shut the microphones off at the Capitol building, leaving Republican lawmakers literally standing in the dark talking to each other about the importance of expanding domestic oil drilling. What a difference a few weeks makes. [more...]
Current Credit Crunch Harbinger of Worse Things to Come?
By Colonel Kenneth Allard (U.S. Army, ret.)
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in receivership. Bear Sterns and Lehman Brothers going belly-up while AIG gets a government bailout to avoid even more chaos. And you thought Gordon "Greed-is-good" Gecko was only a fictional movie character? Personally, I'm glad to be living light years away from Wall Street as a transplanted Texan, where we long ago produced two people who had exactly the right idea about banks: Bonnie and Clyde. [more...]
McCain's Consistent Prescience Financial Sector Crisis Calls for Proven Leadership
By Nicholas Guariglia
In 1982-'83, as a rookie in Congress, John McCain publicly opposed President Reagan sending U.S. forces to Beirut. Shortly thereafter, Hezbollah destroyed their barracks, killing more than 240 Marines. Reagan withdrew from Lebanon and McCain, to his dismay, was proven right.In the early 1990s, McCain stood alone against isolationist Republicans and implored President Clinton to intervene to stop ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo. Years later, with McCain's lonely support, Clinton finally took the advice and brought stability to the Balkans. [more...]
Thursday, September 18, 2008
By Joel Himelfarb
It is difficult to look at the people advising Barack Obama on foreign policy and not be worried. Obama, who has served less than four years in the Senate, has been getting advice from an informal group of close to 300 people, a large number of whom are former Clinton Administration and Carter Administration officials and advisors to former Democratic senators like Edward Kennedy and Tom Daschle. In the wake of Obama's victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democrat primaries, some of Mrs. Clinton's top foreign policy advisers like former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher have joined Obama's team. [more...]
The Media Mandarins Just Don't Get Sarah Palin
By KT McFarland
Party Conventions are rarely occasions for spontaneity, but the GOP’s choice of Gov. Palin electrified not only the Republican Party, but many undecided voters. But the Palin phenomenon has the Media Mandarins scratching their heads. They can’t figure out why an awful lot of Americans who live in the fly-over states, as they call the states between the East and West Coasts, actually like Gov. Palin. The inside-the-beltway-gang certainly doesn't. They dismiss her as a lightweight and a hick. [more...]
McCain Sending Palin to UN?
By Cliff Kincaid
John McCain may send Sarah Palin to the United Nations next week in order to "boost" her foreign policy credentials, according to media reports. The McCain campaign seems to think that having Palin rubbing elbows with the global elite and international bureaucrats will make her look good. But that's like visiting Lehman Brothers to accentuate her economic expertise. She should tell the McCain campaign, "Thanks, but no thanks." [more...]
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The project was written in 1982 and has already been carried for the last 30 years in Europe, which has morphed into Eurabia. We are seeing the same signs in America happening at a much faster pace. 225 Islamic Madrassas are now registered and teaching almost 50,000 Muslim American students per year in the United States. Islam is being taught in public schools funded by our tax dollars! Islamic charter schools raise funds through school vouchers and supporting terrorism and Jihad in the Middle East.
The next President of the United States is not only going to be facing hard decisions about militant jihad but also social Jihad in America. Brigitte Gabriel compares the candidates to find out which one will defy political correctness, have the moral fortitude, the international insight and the aggressiveness to stand up against this social Jihad spreading inside America. Find out which candidate will lead us down the road of Eurabia and which one will inspire pride in American patriotism and Judeo Christian ethics, morals and values?
FamilySecurityMatters.org is releasing its 2008 National Security Presidential Voter Guide that will urge Americans to go to the polls armed with the FACTS about national security. We want voters to understand that we cannot have economic health and vibrancy if we do not have our nation secure. Nothing comes as close to the destruction of our economy that a successfully attacked nation would cause. If one or more of our cities is successfully attacked with a WMD, all the other issues will disappear as America struggles to deal with the shocking and horrific aftermath.
Though it's true that we have not suffered another major attack on American soil since 2001, we haven't made great strides on the terrorism front either and it's time that we educate the citizens of our country. Seven years after the attacks on our country, we still have an electorate that is totally ignorant of the threat doctrine they face and if that doctrine succeeds in doing what they say they will do, it could utterly destroy our economy and our country. The next president must have a robust national security background and a consistent, long-standing, morally-driven (not politically-driven) point of view so he will be able to make choices that will keep us all safe.
There are multiple threats to our nation's security, including nuclear and other mass destruction strategies. The 2008 National Security Presidential Voter Guide clarifies the history of these terrorist threats and the variety of ways they can hurt us. The Guide outlines how the candidates and their parties have acted to protect America from devastating attacks that could cripple our country and will give the reader answers to questions most candidates are hoping no one is willing to ask.
You'll learn what Islam really means and how it's infiltrating the West. We'll define Jihad and tell you how they plan to accomplish this goal. You'll learn the many ways radical Islam is reeducating the youth of America by funding materials for use in schools. We address the challenges of addressing these threats by teaching you to be aware of Western ways of thinking that help the enemy's cause, such as tolerance, multiculturalism, political correctness and Western guilt.
In the 2008 National Security Presidential Voter Guide, we reveal the National/Homeland Security Public Record - a specific analysis of the voting records and public statements of the candidates on national security issues - such as Defense Spending, how they address Islamic Terrorism, whether they supported the Patriot Act, and more. There is also a nice reference section with great links for you to continue to read on.
We cannot emphasize enough how important this Guide is to help Americans elect a President who will place national security at the top of his priority list. Without it, nothing else matters.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Why the Media Feminists Hate Palin
By Cliff Kincaid
Columnist Marc H. Rudov calls them the "fascist feminists." These are the feminists in the media and elsewhere who detest Sarah Palin because of her role as a successful wife and mother and defender of the unborn. Palin's decision to have a Down syndrome child, when 90% of these children are being aborted in the womb, has proven in dramatic terms not only that there are articulate pro-life women in America but that there are women who will take a leadership role on "culture of life" issues of concern to millions. And this one could be vice-president of the United States. It could be the story of our lifetimes, something that could be historical in nature and a lesson for generations to come. With the Palin pick, a loving and caring pro-life mother has been offered to the American people and especially young women as a role model in the political arena. An article distributed by Catholic News Service noted in a headline that Sarah Palin is a politician who "lives her truth" and "walks the walk." Don't expect to see any stories like this in the secular "progressive" media. [more...]
Letter to Condoleezza Rice Demanding Answers from State Department Concerning Iran
By The Editors of FamilySecurityMatters.org
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), co-chair of the 120-member, bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad Caucus and a tireless promoter of educating the public about the dangers that Islamic Jihad poses to America, recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about the UN personnel from five countries, including Iran, that the State Department has designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism [Go Here to Read the Letter...]
Sunday, September 7, 2008
New York, New York – FamilySecurityMatters.org, the Web site of the Family Security Foundation, Inc., has published the findings of its national study and focus group, 'What Do Americans Know About Islam?'
For the first time ever, the study documents the shocking extent to which Americans are ignorant of the threat that endangers them and how devastating the cleanup cost would be if a WMD attack were to be successful in our homeland. The study was undertaken in part to help the Anti Terrorism Caucus demonstrate to Congress and the public how virtually no strides have been made in the seven years since 9/11 in understanding why thousands were murdered that day; nor have strides been made in understanding how to frame messaging to the public about the continued and growing threat.
Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC) said, "I thank Family Security Matters for doing this national study. This is the first survey I've seen that really shows what Americans know about things like Shariah Law and Sovereign Wealth Funds. My hope is that people will take notice and will begin to educate themselves on these vital issues."
FamilySecurityMatters.org President, Carol Taber, said "America is endangered by a threat doctrine of which we know very little. Americans must take it upon themselves to learn what threatens our national sovereignty, security and American lives, and to be much more actively engaged in our nation's policy making."
The study revealed:
1. Americans are ignorant of the threat doctrine that endangers them.
2. Americans are ignorant of the total economic devastation (researched and documented in an unclassified study prepared for the Department of Homeland Security in 2005) that would befall us if a WMD attack were to succeed, thus elevating national security as more important to economic security than any other issue.
3. Contrary to popular opinion, a majority of Americans are “very worried” about the safety and security of our citizens and our country, and FSM’s tracking study revealed this concern has not abated over the years.
4. Contrary to what our political leaders seem to believe, when Americans are educated about the threat, they are not divided politically - they immediately understand it, are engaged and their instinct is to protect America.
The study concluded if Americans were better informed, they would be more united and it would help to eliminate political partisanship in Congress, allowing much-needed progress to be made in our collective duty to defend America.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
By Cliff Kincaid
The Washington Post reported that John McCain's vetting process for picking Governor Sarah Palin included an FBI background check. Other reports dispute this. But when did the FBI investigate Obama? Who vetted him? We are living witnesses to an incredible media double standard, whereby a Republican vice-presidential candidate's personal life is being torn apart, while the Democrat presidential candidate continues to get a free ride. Obama has a 30-year history of associating with unsavory characters, beginning with communist Frank Marshall Davis and continuing with Jeremiah Wright and communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, which should disqualify him from getting a security clearance in the government that he wants to run. But the media would rather talk about Republicans and sex. [more...]
Joe Biden: Obama's 'Evil Twin'
By Gregory D. Lee
Despite Sen. Joe Biden's denial on Meet the Press and other media outlets that he was not interested, it seems as though his insider supporters lobbied heavily for him to be Sen. Barack Obama's pick for vice president. I hardly think these supporters did this without the knowledge and consent of Sen. Biden. According to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Biden's "team" sold Sen. Obama on Joe's "humble roots" by pitching his poverty compared to other senators, and his strong foreign policy experience. His team would like you to believe that commuting by train to and from Delaware to the nation's capital means he's not a Washington insider despite being a U.S. senator since he was 30 years old. [more...]
How Would You Like It, Sen. Biden?
By Harvey Kushner
Campaigning yesterday in Toledo, Ohio, Joe Biden began what is sure to become standard Biden attack language. In calling attention to what he sees as a big difference between himself and Sarah Palin, the loose-lipped Biden snapped, "She's good-looking." Yup, you're right, Sen. Biden; Rush Limbaugh summed it up best for all us conservatives when he said that "we're the ones that have the babe on the ticket." Rush was not just commenting on Palin's looks but also her social conservative views that frame her as an individual. Your remark, Sen. Biden, was clearly meant to diminish Gov. Palin's credibility and dismiss her as just another attractive brainless female. How would you like it, Sen. Biden, had John McCain stated that the difference between himself and Obama "was black and white?" [more...]
Newspaper Whitewashes Story of Man Linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad
By Steve Emerson
It's no secret newspapers are struggling financially. Virtually every week brings new reports about vast layoffs and cutbacks. There are fewer pages with fewer stories. So it's more than a little confusing to see a major metropolitan daily send a reporter halfway around the world to tell half a story. The St. Petersburg Times on Monday offered readers just that in a heart-tugging update on Mazen Al-Najjar and his new life in Egypt. Al-Najjar, whose sister is Sami Al-Arian's wife, was deported by the U.S. in 2002 after a five-year fight in which he was held without bond for more than four years based in part on secret evidence linking him to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. [more...]
Saturday, August 23, 2008
7-9-08 KT on FNC - The Live Desk - re: Iran
7-18-08 KT on FNC - Studio B - re: Iran
8-13-08 KT on FNC - America's Newsroom - re: Iran
8-18-08 KT on FNC - America's Election HQ - re: Musharraf
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Political Correctness Rears Its Head Again!
This past Sunday the New York Times magazine carried an interview with Brigitte Gabriel in advance of the release of her new book They Must Be Stopped.
In what can only be described as a remarkable illustration of political correctness, Brigitte was described as a “radical Islamophobe” in the introduction.
The e-mail below was sent out by our friends at CAMERA, urging their readers to contact the New York Times in protest. We thank CAMERA for their action and encourage our members to do the same!
In the August 17th New York Times Magazine, the author Brigitte Gabriel is unfairly and inaccurately labeled as a "radical Islamophobe" (page 6 Table of Contents blurb).
To be a radical Islamophobe means to have an irrational fear of radical Islam/Muslims, or to be prejudiced against them. (It's not clear from the Times' phrase which word "radical" is meant to describe. I presume "radical" was meant to describe the Muslims Gabriel is supposedly irrationally afraid of, rather than Gabriel herself, since Gabriel is always very clear in her speeches to differentiate between extremists and moderates.)
It's interesting that the Times' editors apparently believe that opposition to Islamic totalitarianism must by definition be irrational or arising from prejudice. Since when did it become irrational or prejudiced to oppose supremacists who scorn, harass and/or murder people for not being the "right" religion? Does the New York Times similarly label as crazy or bigoted the many Americans who oppose white supremacists?
* What oh-too-clever title did the Times use for this article about a Lebanese Christian activist who opposes the spread of Islamic totalitarianism? "The Crusader."
While normally calling an activist a "crusader" is a compliment, in the context of a Christian opposing Islamic totalitarianism, it inappropriately juxtaposes Gabriel's legitimate criticism of Muslim extremists with the Christian Crusaders who murdered thousands of Muslims (and Jews) in the Crusades.
* Furthermore, in the interview itself, reporter Deborah Solomon posed several inappropriate questions, such as:
"Are you an agent of the U.S. government?"
"Are you underwritten by the C.I.A.?"
"But I see that R. James Woolsey, a former director of the C.I.A., serves on the board of American Congress for Truth, your educational foundation."
Apparently in Deborah Solomon's world, one must be on the U.S. government payroll to want to sound the alarm about militant Muslim supremacists.
Another stunningly absurd question from Solomon:
"If you are worried about death threats, why would you put a glamorous photograph of yourself on the cover of your new book?"
Presumably Solomon feels that Brigitte Gabriel should wear a burka, or hide altogether, to appease the Islamists who want to kill her for speaking out against them? Why does Solomon feel it is somehow questionable for Gabriel to be "glamorous"?
Earlier Complaints about Solomon from Tim Russert, Ira Glass and her own editor
This is not the first time that Deborah Solomon's journalistic judgment and professionalism have been called into question. Times' Public Editor Clark Hoyt and New York Times Magazine Editor Gerald Marzorati did so themselves in a long column last year about Solomon's questionable questions and quotations. Click here to read their complaints, as well as those from Tim Russert, Ira Glass, and the current "Ann Landers."
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* Write to the corrections editor and public editor. Urge the Times to publish an apology/ correction regarding the inaccurate label of "radical Islamophobe" for Brigitte Gabriel. Urge the Times to also remove the inaccurate description from their Web site. Protest reporter Solomon's obvious lack of objectivity toward Gabriel and Solomon's often inappropriate questions, as well as the inflammatory title "The Crusader."
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By Adrian Morgan
Last week, on August 14th, Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day. Exactly 61 years previously, it had become autonomous, freed from British rule. At that time, under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan was officially secular. Jinnah died after only 13 months in power, and soon a succession of Islamist and military governments destroyed his ideal of a secular democracy. On August 14, 1947, Pakistan stretched beyond its current boundaries. What was then called West Pakistan is now modern Pakistan. East Pakistan fought a bloody battle for its own independence, in which an estimated 3 million people were killed. In 1971 it became the autonomous secular nation of Bangladesh. [more...]
The Amethyst Initiative: Your Tuition Dollars at Work
By Dr. Harvey Kushner
Presidents from some of the nation's best colleges are asking lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, arguing that current law encourages binge drinking at their institutions. The Amethyst Initiative began more than a year ago by John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, who's efforts have garnered the support of approximately 100 college presidents from such well-known institutions as Duke, Ohio State, Tufts, Syracuse, Morehouse, to name a few. In the coming weeks, don't be surprised to see a well-orchestrated advertising blitz publicizing their initiative in newspapers across the country. I'm all for lobbying lawmakers for a specific end. I'm not for college presidents organizing to influence a national debate on drinking age. Their efforts would be better spent elsewhere. [more...]
Textbook Lies about Islam
By Gilbert T. Sewall
Islam is one of the most important issues of our time, but you wouldn't know it from reading a high school textbook. What students learn makes it almost impossible to understand Islam in history or the world today, much less what fuels Islam's challenge to peace and international security. A review of leading textbooks used in New York City and nationwide reveals they deliberately misrepresent Islamic history, jihad, Islamic law (sharia), global terrorism, and more. Thinking that jihad is "holy war" is wrong, students are told. Instead textbooks insist it is merely an effort to improve oneself and society. "Muslims should fulfill jihad with the heart, tongue, and hand. Muslims use the heart in their struggle to resist evil. The tongue may convince others to take up worthy causes, such as funding medical research. Hands may perform good works and correct wrongs," chimes one popular California textbook called "History Alive!" [more...]
Harvey Kushner "Worst Person in the World"
harveykushner.com is proud to announce that Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) selected Harvey Kushner last night as the "Worst Person in the World." You can watch the clip at any number of liberal blogs such as http://liberaldoomsayer.blogspot.com/2008/08/tuesday-stuff_19.html or go directly to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/#26279318 [more...]
Is Obama's Attitude about Nuclear Attack Dangerous to National Security?
By Joel Himelfarb
When it comes to a nuclear attack on the United States, Americans usually think of two possible scenarios: 1) an attack using ballistic missiles armed with nuclear warheads, or 2) a terrorist strike using nuclear materials smuggled into a big city and detonated there. But there is a third possibility that needs to be considered: an atomic-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that could destroy electric systems and power grids - shutting off most televisions and radios, traffic signals and computers, to name only a few of the things that would be damaged. Asked how many Americans could die in such an attack, Dr. William Graham, chairman of "The Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetnic Pulse Attack," created by Congress in 2001, put it this way: "Within a week or two of an attack, people would begin dying. People in hospitals would be in the worst jeopardy because many of them depend on power to stay alive," he said. [more...]
Will Livni's Bubble Burst First?
By Clare M. Lopez
While the U.S. media focuses on dueling celebrity ads, there is another election at least as critical as the one between the senators. It is the contest for the next Prime Minister of Israel. With Prime Minister Olmert's late July announcement that he will step down shortly, attention has shifted to Kadima Party internal elections, now scheduled for 17 September 2008. The leading contenders to succeed Olmert as Kadima Party leader and likely next Prime Minister of Israel are current Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, who is a former Defense Minister and Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The outcome of this internal party vote could hardly be more important, not just for the future of the State of Israel, but for American national security as well. [more...]
Russia and Iran - Energy Rules
By KT McFarland
All of a sudden it's a dangerous world out there. Russia is reclaiming its former empire and Iran is ramping up its nuclear weapons program and supporting terrorists. At first glance these two seem unrelated, but they're actually different chapters in the same book, entitled "Energy Rules." It's an epic saga that began decades ago, in the 1970s. After the 1973 Yom Kippur war, the oil-producing Arab world realized it could band together and use its exports as a weapon to punish the West for supporting Israel. It slowed the oil pumps, constricted supply, drove up the price of oil and thus gasoline, and Americans stood in line at the gas pumps. Suddenly, oil-exporting countries were rich and their ambitions grew. Iran used its petrodollars to build a formidable military arsenal under the Shah and later, under the Ayatollah, waged a 10-year war with Iraq. Other Gulf countries built their military arsenals, acquired portfolios and their princes lived like playboys. [more...]
The Russian Bear Returns to Africa
By J.Peter Pham, PhD
As the Russian forces rumbling over the borders of Georgia brusquely reminded the international community that, as Sen. John McCain noted, a lot of what was thought to have been left behind at the end of the 20th century is now "rearing its ugly head in the twenty-first," including an aggressively expansive foreign policy, not only in Moscow's self-declared "Near Abroad," but wherever the Kremlin can find a opening to exploit. While considerable attention has been paid to the strategic implications of the recent Africa engagements by the United States, China, India, and Japan, very little attention has been paid to important moves being made by a resurgent Russia on an African continent whose geopolitical significance is increasingly acknowledged. [more...]
Shia Hizballah's and Sunni Salafists' Deal or No Deal
By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
Hizballah - the Lebanon-based Shia terrorist group, which U.S. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says "makes Al Qaeda look like a minor league team" - has forged a seemingly unlikely alliance with a group of Sunni Salafist factions in Lebanon. The alliance, signed Monday, was temporarily frozen Tuesday. But sources say the deal still may be on. I say "unlikely alliance" because Salafism is the root-ideology of Sunni Al Qaeda and its affiliates, and Shia and Sunni extremists are commonly believed to be irreconcilable enemies. Nevertheless, on Monday, leaders from Hizballah and the Salafist Belief and Justice Movement met at Beirut's Al Safir Metropolitan Hotel and signed a "memorandum of understanding" aimed at preventing further bloodshed between the Shia and Sunni in Lebanon, and a more focused effort against the United States. [more...]