Thursday, 31 January 2008

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Pakistani jihad leader: "We want to eradicate Britain and America...We pray that Allah will enable us to destroy the White House, New York, and London"

Maybe he thinks he and his fellow jihadists will destroy us from within. In any case, note the strong Islamic content of his appeal -- while the learned Western analysts continue to dismiss this, the most prominent feature of...

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Muslim in Canada: Killing Canadians "best way"

But never fear: the Mounties are on the case. Hate speech laws are dangerous, because jihadists and their allies will use them as much as they can to silence resistance to jihadist activities. However, there ought to be some way...

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Coming in November: Spencer's Stealth Jihad

I've just signed a contract with Regnery Publishing for a new book, tentatively entitled Stealth Jihad: How the Islamic Agenda Is Advancing Without Guns and Bombs. It is set right now to appear in November. All I have to do...

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Fitzgerald: 100 things Europe can do to protect itself

"The poll, carried out across 21 countries, found "widespread anti-immigration sentiment", but warned Europe's Muslim population will treble in the next 17 years." -- from this news article "Will treble?" Is this simply a given? There is nothing Europeans can...

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Spencer's Islam Unveiled banned in Malaysia

But you can still get it in Indonesia Hey, what about The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)? What about The Truth About Muhammad? I don't believe that ideas that I oppose should be ignored or forcibly...

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Fitzgerald: Narrowness of vision in the military

Here is a comment bemoaning the release of the Wilders film by someone in an army magazine. The dismissal by Bill Roggio is warranted. Of course there will be some kind of trouble if, and when, the Wilders film is...

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Thug-In-Chief: "I advise you to abandon the filthy Zionist entity which has reached the end of the line"

And Bush and Rice are helping to number them. "'Filthy' Israel's days are numbered - Iran," from Agence France-Presse (thanks to all who sent this in): HARDLINE president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has renewed his verbal attack on Israel, saying its days...

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Afghan MPs back blasphemy death

Democracy On The March Update. From the BBC (thanks to PRCS): The upper house of the Afghan parliament has supported a death sentence issued against a journalist for blasphemy in northern Afghanistan. Pervez Kambaksh, 23, was convicted last week of...

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Fitzgerald: They cannot cancel jihad

An article in the New Duranty Times a few days ago -- "Yemen's Deals With Jihadists Unsettle the U.S." -- explains that Yemen has hit upon a way to deal with its own homegrown terrorists. The method is simply to...

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Bin Laden's boy Omar: Dad, please stop blowing things up

Omar bin Laden is a sideshow at best, but this article is typical of the international coverage he has received lately: it focuses on his rejection of his father's methods, without ever questioning whether or not he holds to his...

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Tampa web-hosting firm removes jihadist website

Another one is still hosted out of Phoenix. "Local Firm Removes Jihadi Web Site," by Howard Altman for The Tampa Tribune (thanks to Bill Warner): TAMPA - A Tampa Web-hosting company has taken down a Web site used by al-Qaida...

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Fitzgerald: Old modes of operating on both sides

BAGHDAD - Al-Qaeda is using children as suicide bombers in Iraq, with at least two attacks in the past week committed by 15-year-olds, a US military commander claimed on Sunday. -- from this news article As always, the PLO --...

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Danish library to exhibit Mohammed cartoons

"Risking the wrath of Muslims" and defending core Western principles of free inquiry. From the Telegraph (thanks to all who sent this in): Denmark's Royal Library is risking the wrath of Muslims with plans to display controversial cartoons of the...

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UN human rights chief backs plan that supports elimination of Israel

Just another day at the office for the UN Human Rights commission. "Arbour backs plan that seeks end to Zionism: UN human rights czar supports controversial pan-Arab charter," by Steven Edwards for The Ottawa Citizen (thanks to Sounder): UNITED NATIONS...

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Fitzgerald: Why keep indulging Qaradawi (and the rest)?

An Islamist cleric who has defended suicide bombings and the execution of homosexuals is to be allowed to enter the UK, sparking a major row between government departments. The Observer understands that senior civil servants in the Home Office and...

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Fitzgerald: Above the law, there are the Saudis

LONDON - Britain's head of overseas intelligence warned that Saudi Arabia likely would stop sharing vital information on terrorism if prosecutors pursued an investigation into alleged corruption in an arms deal, lawmakers disclosed Tuesday. Ministers were told the inquiry into...

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Fitzgerald: Balancing the books

"Turin, 29 Jan.(AKI) - The Union of Arab Writers has written a letter of protest at the designation of Israel as a guest of honour for the next edition of the Turin International Book Fair, Italian daily Corriere della Sera...

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Bush retreats farther from the obvious

Andrew Cochran at the Counterterrorism Blog (thanks to Jeffrey Imm) notes that while in Bush's 2007 State of the Union address he referred to "Sunni extremists," "the Islamist radical movement," and "Shia extremists," and in his 2006 address spoke about...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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UK: Jihadist gang planned to behead Muslim soldier "like a pig"

Because he dared to cooperate with the kuffar, you see. "Gang plotted to behead Muslim soldier 'like a pig,'" from the Times (thanks to all who sent this in): An Islamist quartermaster hatched a plot to kidnap a British Muslim...

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"Islamophobia" Alert: Europeans think Islam is dangerous!

Watch for the hand-wringing and blame-shifting. Watch for the dark laments about European "racism" and "xenophobia." One thing you won't see is any acceptance of responsibility, any acknowledgment that any Muslims may have done anything -- anything -- to lead...

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Pakistani general says "These people are not our enemies. ... These people have been misguided" as jihadists edge toward Peshawar

That 2006 truce just keeps on paying dividends, but not to anyone interested in life without the Taliban minding their business. "Pakistani Taliban grows bolder, taking fight to doorstep of frontier city," by Tim Johnson and Jonathan S. Landay for...

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Car bomb in Algeria kills 2; "Christianists" not suspected

Nope, still not them. "Car bomb blast in Algeria kills 2," by Aoumar Ali for the Associated Press: THENIA, Algeria - A car bomb exploded Tuesday outside a police station in northern Algeria, killing at least two people and wounding...

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New generation of jihadists "set to step up" in Australia

"[Australian Federal Police] Commissioner Mick Keelty and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione have revealed that they are investigating new terrorist threats, particularly in [New South Wales]." And not acknowledging and challenging the ideology that produces new jihadists, and its origins...

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India: Misunderstanders of Islam planned serial bombings in Mumbai

India Jihad Update. "India: Islamists planned blasts in Mumbai," from United Press International: NEW DELHI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- India says rebels conspired to trigger serial bomb blasts in four crowded areas in Mumbai, including the historic Gateway of India....

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Frankfurt cell part of pan-European jihadist plot

But where are the members of that cell now? Eurabia Alert, and more on this story. "Frankfurt Islamist group planned attack - report," from Reuters: MADRID (Reuters) - A group of Islamist extremists in Frankfurt was planning an attack in...

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Pakistan Interior Ministry warns of attacks on foreigners, multinational corporations, in response to Wilders' film

How 'bout that logic, eh, Robert D. Crane? Anyway, let's hope that poor kafir Ronald McDonald fares a little better this time. "Anti-Islam Dutch Film: Authorities asked to be alert for potential riots," from the (Pakistan) Daily Times: ISLAMABAD: The...

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Jihadists take up to 300 schoolchildren hostage in Pakistan

And once granted safe passage, they took along five children and ten other residents of the town as human shields. "Islamic militants take schoolchildren hostage in Pakistan," from Indo-Asian News Service: Islamabad, Jan 28 : A group of Islamic militants...

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Italy: Book fair boycotted by Arab writers because Israel is a guest of honor

Freedom of Expression On The Ropes Update from AKI (thanks to Insubria): Turin, 29 Jan.(AKI) - The Union of Arab Writers has written a letter of protest at the designation of Israel as a guest of honour for the next...

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Second Muslim politician in Netherlands unmasked as jihad supporter

First there was the legendary epistle writer Bouchra Ismaili. And now another "moderate" has been found to be...immoderate. "Another PvdA Politician Supports Radical Islam," from NIS News (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): THE HAGUE, 30/01/08 - Another Labour (PvdA) politician...

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UK intelligence agency urged dropping of investigation into Saudi arms deal

Because the Saudis are such valuable friends and allies, you see. Surely that's worth their skimming off a bit, innit? "MI6 Urged UK to Drop Saudi Inquiry," by David Stringer for Associated Press (thanks to all who sent this in):...

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Sweden: Muslim mothers win $3,000 in discrimination case

Eurabian Cultural Suicide Update: "Muslim mums win discrimination appeal," from The Local (thanks to Fjordman): Two Muslim mothers have won a court appeal against a municipal pool in Gothenburg that required them to take off their veils and body-covering clothing....

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi to be granted visa for medical treatment in Britain

Just a few questions for al-Qaradawi: First, having previously traveled to France for medical care, why is it that you find yourself dependent on the West for advanced care? Why not Riyadh? Or Cairo, Dubai, or Islamabad? Second, having defended...

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Malaysia: Call for end to "body snatchings" as Buddhist family challenges late father's designation, burial as Muslim

An update on this story. "Malaysia: Buddhist Family In Malaysia Challenges Shariah Court's Islamic Conversion Ruling," from the Associated Press: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: An ethnic Chinese Buddhist family was appealing to a Malaysian high court Tuesday (29 Jan), seeking to...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2008

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

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Big news: Indonesia's largest Muslim group vows to combat misunderstanding of Islam!

We frequently hear from Muslim spokesmen in the West and elsewhere that today's jihad terrorists have twisted Islam, and have misunderstood its peaceful teachings. We have on many occasions noted the fact that this alleged misunderstanding of Islam is now...

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Al-Qaeda using children as suicide bombers

Feel the love. "Qaeda using children as suicide bombers: US," from AFP (thanks to Jeffrey Imm): BAGHDAD - Al-Qaeda is using children as suicide bombers in Iraq, with at least two attacks in the past week committed by 15-year-olds, a...

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"The people of Jordan are with Hamas"

Memo to Robert Leiken of the Nixon Center, who has recommended that the U.S. do business with the Muslim Brotherhood, which he maintains is now a moderate and mainstream (as it is called in this article) organization: read this closely....

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Iran to US and Europe: If you support Israel, we'll kill you

And seize your property. But remember: their nuke program is peaceful! "Kayhan Editor Close To Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei: 'America and Its European Supporters Must Know... That the Price of Supporting [Israel] Will Cost Them the Property and Lives of...

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Don't mess with us, warns Iran

While the Russians continue to aid and abet all this. From The Australian (thanks to Sr. Soph): IRAN Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has warned of "serious consequences" if the UN Security Council adopts fresh sanctions against Iran for its refusal...

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Spencer: Jihad Watch Offers Questions for Candidates

In Human Events this morning I offer the organizers of the next round of presidential debates a little help. With another Republican presidential slugfest scheduled for Wednesday and the Democrats swinging away again on Thursday, I thought it might be...

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Spencer Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 13, "The Thunder"

Here is the latest in my Qur'an blog series at Hot Air (links in the original); here are earlier segments. This sura dates, like suras 6, 7, 10, 11, and 12, from late in the Meccan period, the first period...

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Female Genital Mutilation: Traditional Taboos at the UN

Report by David G. Littman, Representative of the Association for World Education (AWE) and the World Union of Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) to the UN in Geneva: A recent article on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that appeared in the New York...

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Something is rotten in the State of the UN Human Rights Council

Report by David G. Littman, in his capacity as representative of the World Union of Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) to the United Nations Office in Geneva: Below is the brief oral statement delivered at the Sixth Special Session of the UN...

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Another honor killing in Jordan

...where penalties for this sort of killing remain light -- on Islamic grounds. "Teenage girl strangled in 'honour killing,'" from Gulfnews (thanks to Sr. Soph): Jordan: A 17-year-old girl died after being strangled to death by her brother in a...

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Turkish PM Erdogan: "We Got The Immorality From The West"

Then why join the EU, Erdogan? "PM Erdogan: 'We Got The Immorality From The West,'" from the MEMRI Blog (thanks to all who sent this in): In his speech to Turkish graduate students going to study abroad, Erdogan made some...

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Monday, 28 January 2008

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Monday, January 28, 2008

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Misunderstanders of Islam planned attacks across Europe

An update on this story. "Extremists plotted attacks across Europe, Spanish paper says," from CNN: MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Suspected Islamic extremists arrested last week in Barcelona were planning al Qaeda-style attacks in Spain, Germany, France, Britain and Portugal, according...

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Brooklyn Imam misunderstands Islam, brags about cousin in Al-Qaeda

To impress a woman he wanted to make one of his four wives. In New York. Of course, now they've had a serious falling out, such that he calls her "a trashy and lustful woman, a weeping and cursed Jewish...

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Partners for peace: Fatah TV broadcasts daily call for ethnic cleansing of Jews

"My enemy, oh snake! Around the land, you are coiled. You have no choice, oh enemy, but to leave my country" -- here is yet another indication that the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas believes that there is nothing...

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Qaddafi's son waging jihad in Iraq

Or so says a Sunni colonel. "Gadhafi Son May Be Linked to Iraq Attack," by Muheiddin Rashad for Associated Press (thanks to all who sent this in): BAGHDAD (AP) - A devastating explosion in northern Iraq was spearheaded by foreign...

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Yemen blocks news portal, not jihadi websites

The estimable Jane Novak has the details over at the Jawa Report....

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Shock horror! Presidential candidates "linking Islam with terrorism"!

The candidates are linking Islam with terrorism? Really? As if they weren't linked already! Wasn't it Osama bin Laden who made this link? Wasn't it Khomeini who made this link, when he said, "Islam says: Kill in the service of...

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A report from Australia: lockdown at Liverpool hospital Sydney

This anonymous report comes from Sydney. The antecedent to the Muslim incursion on the Hospital came about on Monday the 17 December last, when a young Muslim male was airlifted to the Liverpool Hospitals emergency ward by helicopter. The 19...

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"We are all defenders of the secular state," says Turkish PM as he moves against headscarf ban

He's not against the secular state, you see. He just wants it to be a little more, well, Islamic. "PM wants university headscarf ban lifted asap," from Agence France-Presse (thanks to all who sent this in): TURKISH Prime Minister Recep...

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Sunday, 27 January 2008

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

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Jihadist professor still waging courtroom jihad

It has been a long time since we had a...Rumpled Academic Update. But Sami Al-Arian, having been definitively exposed as a jihadist and having pled guilty to terror-related charges, is a true believer to the end, and is still waging...

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American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan

By an "enemy of Islam," who was no doubt acting in accord with his understanding of the teachings of Islam and of his responsibilities as a Muslim. By Noor Khan for Associated Press (thanks to JE): KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Gunmen...

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Stephen Coughlin and three views on jihad

In "Stephen Coughlin's Thesis" at National Review's Phi Beta Cons (thanks to James), Carol Iannone outlines Coughlin's assessment of some nomenclature, and of the principal views on this issue: I've been reading Stephen Coughlin's master's thesis, "'To Our Great Detriment':...

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American Muslim spokesman: "violent protests" to Dutch film on Qur'an would be "natural"

Bob Crane, the notorious former Nixon aide and convert to Islam, says so in a revealing new piece. He's against such violent protests, mind you, and he thinks Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who is making the film, is just...

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"Is the British Muslim allowed to kill British civilians...?"

Ayman's question box is filling up. But as for the question about British Muslims killing British civilians, does anyone know who asked it, where this person is, and what he is doing? Does anyone care? An update on this story....

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Iranian foreign minister to UN: Hurry up and play the dhimmi

The UN Security Council members must "correct their past mistakes" and stop snooping into Iran's nuclear program. "Iranian: Normal ties to U.S. impossible," by George Jahn for Associated Press (thanks to Sr. Soph): DAVOS, Switzerland - Iran's foreign minister on...

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UK: Islamic group fails in legal attempt to silence opponent of mega-mosque

The flame of free speech in Britain is flickering, but still burning. Anti-dhimmitude, in an update on this story: "Islamic Sect Fail in Legal Attempt to Silence Olympics Mega-Mosque Opponent," from the Christian Peoples Alliance website (thanks to Joe): Standards...

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Saturday, 26 January 2008

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UN, of all people, urges review of journo's death sentence for blasphemy in Afghanistan

Note what he has been sentenced to death for: "The article allegedly questioned why men are allowed to have four spouses in Islam while women are denied the same right." An update on this story. "UN urges review of journalist's...

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Israel says it wants to stop supplying electricity and water to Gaza

Did you even know that the wicked Zionists were supplying electricity and water to Gaza in the first place? Just stop and consider for a moment the implications of that fact in light of the febrile Leftist/jihadist rhetoric about Israel....

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Who is Hesham Islam?

In "Questions for the Pentagon: Who is Hesham Islam?" in National Review (thanks to all who sent this in), Claudia Rosett asks some pointed questions about the man who appears to be chiefly responsible for the firing of the Pentagon's...

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Fitzgerald: Israel's Folly

"Fatah activists belonging to the "Brigades of Return" and to "Black September" claimed responsibility for carrying out the shooting attack in Shoafat Thursday evening. The attack left one Israeli dead and another one seriously wounded. A spokesman on behalf of...

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Honor killing: One would hope for moral clarity from the Muslim community

But it never seems to be forthcoming. An excellent summation of the phenomenon of honor killings: "Honor killings: When the ancient and the modern collide," by Cinnamon Stillwell in, of all places, the San Francisco Gate: Throughout the United States,...

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Fatah carries out jihad terror attacks, promises more to come

Now wait a minute. Fatah. Isn't that supposed to be the peaceful group? The one that is poised to accept magnanimously a package of Israel concessions and the creation of a Palestinian state, in exchange for a chimerical peace that...

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Super Bowl deemed a target in federal threat assessment

Unless they blow themselves up beforehand falling down the stairs... By Audrey Hudson for the Washington Times: The upcoming Super Bowl game will be a desirable target for terrorists, according to a threat assessment by federal security officials, which outlines...

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Four out of five jihadist dentists recommend: Death to infidels

Fortunately, there's only one so far (unlike the doctors). But if they had five, the fifth could be a propagandist, and insist to a Western audience that proper brushing and flossing is a form of jihad. An update on this...

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Separate but unequal: Iran considers issuing different textbooks to male, female students

We don't need no (sharia-stifled) education. We don't need no thought control. Hey! Mullah! Leave them kids alone! "Iran: School textbooks latest target of sexual apartheid," from Adnkronos International: Tehran, 25 Jan. (AKI) - Iranian authorities are looking at new...

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Rotterdam pol refusing to resign after lying about ties to jihadist organization

Yes, that's right: it's the epistolary wonder Bouchra Ismaili. "Radical PvdA Councillor Refusing to Resign," from NISNews (thanks to Dav): ROTTERDAM, 25/01/08 - Labour (PvdA) politician Bouchra Ismaili is refusing to resign. She is ignoring requests from her party to...

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Malaysian non-Muslim buried as Muslim at Court insistence

Yet another Islamic Tolerance Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia. By Julia Zappei for AP (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An ethnic Chinese man received a Muslim burial after a court ruled against the wishes of...

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Banks are helping sharia make a back-door entrance

Tarek Fatah, about whom I have written here, writes in the Globe and Mail about the encroachment of Sharia in Canada: It seems only yesterday that Premier Dalton McGuinty declared: "There will be no sharia law in Ontario." Many of...

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Friday, 25 January 2008

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Friday, January 25, 2008

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O Happy Fall

Dick Van Dyke did a great pratfall over that ottoman, and Chevy Chase was a devastatingly bumbling Gerald Ford, but neither of their falls had the bang of this guy's. Premature Detonation Alert: "Suicide bomber falls down stairs...," from Agence...

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Al-Qaeda in Britain threatens suicide attacks on Brown and Blair

Unless they withdraw British troops from Iraq. Hey, it worked with Spain. "Al-Qaeda threaten attack on Brown," from AAP (thanks to Richard): AL-QAEDA in Britain has threatened suicide attacks on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and predecessor Tony Blair unless London...

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Moroccans want Wilders prosecuted

Moroccan organisations in the Netherlands want Geert Wilders prosecuted for discrimination against Muslims -- for a film no one has yet seen. Death of Free Speech Update for Expatica (thanks to Sr. Soph): THE HAGUE – Moroccan organisations in the...

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GM turns down America's Truth Forum

Here is an exchange of emails between Jeffrey Epstein of America's Truth Forum and a General Motors executive: 1. Epstein to GM: As discussed, we would appreciate the opportunity to secure a GM vehicle to raffle at our Dallas symposium....

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Imam offers prayer at Iowa Statehouse asking Allah for "victory over those who disbelieve"

And some of those in attendance were not sufficiently browbeaten by political correctness to fail to notice that that meant victory over them. "Muslim opening prayer at Iowa Statehouse raises concerns," by Erin Ballou for the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune...

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Jihadists arrested with bombmaking materials in Barcelona mosque

They were meeting in a mosque -- making this yet another story with implications for immigration and the Muslim presence in Western countries, and the willingness of Muslim communities in the West to root out jihadists, that haven't even begun...

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Shock horror! "Hamas staged some of the blackouts"

War Is Deceit Update: Hamas fakes a crisis. When will the Western mainstream media -- the part of it that is not complicit, that is -- wake up to the fact that the jihadists are staging propaganda theater on this...

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Horowitz and Spencer: A Response to Feminists on the Violent Oppression of Women in Islam

David Horowitz and I invite feminists to join us in protesting the oppression of Muslim women. From FrontPage: This week, seven hundred feminists signed an Open Letter complaining that "columnists and opinion writers from The Weekly Standard to the Washington...

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Holland on Alert

Abigail Esman details the tense situation in the Netherlands as Geert Wilders prepares to release his film on the Qur'an. "Breaking News: Holland on Alert," in World Defense Review: Holland is on high alert in anticipation of the upcoming release...

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French editor back in court over Muhammad toons that "drew an offensive link between Islam and terrorism"

The cartoons drew a link between Islam and terrorism? Really? Wasn't it Osama bin Laden who did that? Or maybe it was Khomeini, who said, "Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you!...There...

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

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Mullah Omar wants you, or else: Taliban attacking students in campaign to force teen boys to join militias

Scientists? Doctors? Don't need 'em. Engineers? Skilled craftsmen? Nah. "Attacks on Afghan students up sharply," by Jason Straziuso for the Associated Press: KABUL, Afghanistan - The number of students and teachers killed in Taliban attacks has tripled in the past...

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Spain arrests thwarted imminent transit attack

But still, no Christianists were implicated. An update on this story. "Suspects 'planned Spanish suicide attacks'," by Al Goodman for CNN: MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- The Spanish judge overseeing the arraignment of 10 terrorism suspects said Wednesday that they had...

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Hamas 'spent months cutting through Gaza wall in secret operation'

Why was it even legal for Egypt to have a wall on its border with Gaza in the first place? Why wasn't this the subject of international protests? "Exclusive: Hamas 'spent months cutting through Gaza wall in secret operation,'" by...

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Cities Against Islamisation Charter

I have just received this email from Wim Van Osselaer, a member of the Flemish parliament for the Vlaams Belang party, concerning my post here about the Vlaams Belang and the British National Party, and in the interests of fairness...

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Jihadist in Canada: Montreal Muslims were recruiting in mosques for jihad before 9/11

Jihad recruitment in Montreal mosques. And what is being done about it? Any challenge being issued to Muslims in Canada to strike at the roots of this recruitment and explicitly renounce political Islam and Islamic supremacism? No. Any reevaluation of...

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Magdi Allam on Anti-Israeli Hate, Al-Azhar, and Imams in Italy

I translated this article by Magdi Allam from the Italian original that first appeared in the Corriere della Sera: The Fatwa of Anti-Israel Hatred that Constrains the "Moderates": What a grave mistake it is on the part of those who...

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"Asked what sort of work he hoped to do in Iraq, Nas replied: 'Martyr'"

A plumber, a laborer, a policeman, a lawyer, a soldier, a teacher, a "massage specialist," a "weapons merchant" -- coming to Iraq in search of death, united by a common ideology that, true to form, is not touched upon at...

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UK: Three Little Pigs 'too offensive' for Muslims

"The use of pigs raises cultural issues." Indeed. Many cultural issues. And questions of cultural suicide. "Three Little Pigs 'too offensive,'" by Sean Coughlan for the BBC News (thanks to PRJ): A story based on the Three Little Pigs has...

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Canadian pol characterizes NATO, Canadian forces in Afghanistan as "Christian Crusaders"

If they really were Christian Crusaders, wouldn't they be stopping things like this? "Green Party rejects Manley Report conclusions," from the Green Party Canada site (thanks to Ray): OTTAWA – The federal Green Party shares a vision of a stable...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

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Afghan journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy

Democracy On The March Update: "Afghan Journalist Sentenced to Death," by Amir Shah for AP (thanks to all who sent this in): KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old journalism student to death for distributing...

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Abdullah al-Muhajir (Jose Padilla) gets 17 years

And the dirty bomb charges have disappeared without a trace or an explanation. "Jose Padilla is sentenced to 17 years," from AP: MIAMI - Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive...

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Iraq deputy prime minister: mosques in Britain more extreme than the ones back home

"What I saw...would not be allowed here in Iraq - it would be illegal." And it shouldn't be legal in Britain. The idea of rampant immigration, combined with zero accountability for Muslim communities, all in the name of multiculturalism, is...

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Iran's influence increasing among jihadists in Latin America

And there's a drug trafficking connection, too. "US fears 'disastrous' links in Latin America with Islamic militants," from AFP (thanks to all who sent this in): WASHINGTON (AFP) — A top US military commander said Wednesday he fears a "disastrous"...

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Malaysian state to segregate men and women in supermarket lines

The need to "safeguard" women is a common excuse for enforcing sharia law, and it is cited in this story as well. But does anyone ever stop to consider what that implies about their society's men? Sharia Alert. "Malaysia Islamic...

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Malaysia seizes Christian books

Yet another Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Malaysia. By Elizabeth Eldridge for the Washington Times (thanks to James): Malaysian authorities confiscated Christian children's books, claiming the illustrations of prophets such as Moses and Abraham violate Islamic Shariah law. The independent...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

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Ashura in Queens, New York

Ain't multiculturalism grand? The New York Daily News (thanks to Ruth King) has a slide show of photos from the Ashura celebration of the al-Khoei Islamic Center in Queens, where flagellants drew blood from their backs and heads. The...

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Christianist blows himself up at funeral -- no, wait...

It still wasn't a fanatical Christianist, Andrew Sullivan hysteria notwithstanding. It was -- well, you guessed it. The Islamic jihadist attack tally keeps growing, while those Christians who mount "just as many" such attacks have some catching up to do....

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Iran warns the Netherlands over Wilders film on Islam

More assault to freedom of speech -- and a new Islamic Rage event on the horizon? "Iran warns Hague over anti-Islam film," from PressTV (thanks to all who sent this in): An Iranian MP says the Netherlands will face widespread...

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The development of a jihadist's mind

Tawfik Hamid in the Jerusalem Post (thanks to all who sent this in) reveals how he became a jihadist, and his trajectory follows exactly what I have explained here many times: as he grows more devout, and studies the Qur'an...

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Spencer on the major presidential candidates and jihad

Here is the latest Jihad Watch video at Hot Air, discussing some of the presidential candidates' recent statements on jihad. You can find more about this here....

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Fitzgerald: The Clintons have some 'splainin' to do

Should the Saudi monarchy be permitted to purchase an important equity position in some of America's leading banks? How can Hillary be objective when the very same monarchy donated $10 million to the Clinton Library and Foundation? Should the UAE...

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Fitzgerald: Arabic and authorities

A Jihad Watch reader recently said: "We need people to be able to learn Arabic. How is this going to be achieved without indoctrination?" The need for "people...to learn Arabic" is greatly exaggerated. There is no need to "learn Arabic"...

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Spencer Blogging the Qur'an: Sura 12, "Joseph"

My Blogging the Qur'an series continues at HotAir (where there are various embedded links in this) with Sura 12, "Joseph": Sura 12, "Joseph," is another late Meccan sura. It was revealed, says Maududi, "when the Quraish" — the pagan Arabs...

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Women in Saudi Arabia can now stay in hotels alone, provided their information is passed on to local police

21st century, here we come! Hopefully by, oh, the year 2400. "Women Can Now Stay in Hotels Without Male Guardians, Saudi Officials Say," from the Associated Press: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Women in Saudi Arabia can now stay in a...

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"They can't turn us all into criminals for having a free opinion in a free country"

"Well, once again free speech is under attack from a small group of Muslim fanatics." Pat Condell (thanks to Hot Air) speaks here eloquently and passionately about the Steyn case in Canada and its larger implications. Watch it all....

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Saudi Arabia: Hajj pilgrim thief to have hand amputated

In accord with Qur'an 5:38: "As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power." Sharia Alert from the Kingdom...

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Saudi Arabia to enter 20th century, lift ban on women drivers

This calls for a celebration. Let's pop open a bottle of cham -- Oh, never mind. The Kingdom of the Two Holy Places creeps toward treating women as human beings: "Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers," by Damien...

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Monday, 21 January 2008

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68 killed on Shi'ite holiday in Iraq

No, not by this "The group's bloody aims are seen as a bid to bring the return of the 'Hidden Imam'" -- because, according to Twelver Shi'ite tradition, the Hidden Imam will only come at a time of great...

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"Green explained that we typically think of terrorism groups strictly as Islamic and Muslim, but Christian extremist groups actually commit just as many acts"

An antidote to the fashionable hooey Let's see. 10,380 violent attacks since 9/11 by Islamic jihadists who justify their actions on the basis of Islamic texts and teachings. How many violent attacks since 9/11 by Christian zealots who justify...

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Vlaams Belang allies with British National Party

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Pakistan: Fines imposed for shaving beard

5,000 rupees is 80 bucks and some change. That's an expensive haircut. Sharia Alert: "Rs 5,000 fine impose in Pak for shaving beard," from the Indian Express (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): Islamabad, January 17:: A radical Islamic group in...

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'British taxes fund PA hate education'

Yet the money just keeps pouring in. By Jonny Paul for the Jerusalem Post (thanks to Sr. Soph): British taxpayers are funding hate education and violence in the Middle East, according to a new report published by a British NGO...

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'We want to offer sharia law to Britain'

Muslims in the UK demand that Sharia be given legal authority. "These rulings are made for all," says the Sheikh, in a statement resonant with implications. By Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones in the Telegraph (thanks to all who...

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Sunday, 20 January 2008

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Title: "Green explained that we typically think of terrorism groups strictly as Islamic and Muslim, but Christian extremist groups actually commit just as many acts"

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14 radical "Christianists" arrested on terrorism charges in Spain -- no, wait...

Nope, still not them. Eurabia Alert. "Spanish police arrest 14 in anti-terror raids," from Agence France-Presse: MADRID - Spanish police have smashed a suspected Islamist terror cell, arresting 14 people and recovering bomb-making equipment in overnight raids in Barcelona, the...

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Teenage Wasteland: 15-year-old arrested in attempted attacks on Pakistani Shi'ites, claims involvement in Bhutto assassination

Sunni-Shi'ite Jihad Update. "Teen suspect held in Bhutto's killing," by Ishtiaq Mahsud for the Associated Press: DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A teenager who said he was part of a team of assassins sent to kill former Prime Minister Benazir...

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Hamas: Fatah tried to kill our leader

Moderate Jihad Update. "Hamas says it has foiled Fatah plot to kill leader," by Nidal al-Mughrabi for Reuters (thanks to Davida): GAZA (Reuters) - A senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip on Saturday accused rival Fatah of plotting to...

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Algeria: US Embassy personnel told to restrict "nonessential" movements

In light of possible jihad attacks. "US Embassy in Algiers receives terror alert," from AP (thanks to all who sent this in): The US Embassy in Algiers ordered its employees to tightly restrict their movements and urged other Americans in...

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Hillary Clinton's Massive Conflict of Interest

A clear financial jihad issue. By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann for FoxNews (thanks to all who sent this in): ...Should the Saudi monarchy be permitted to purchase an important equity position in some of America's leading banks? How can...

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Hizballah taunts Israel with "body parts"

Sincerely desiring peace. Or two pieces. "Hezbollah taunts Israel with 'body parts,'" from Agence France-Presse (thanks to JE): HASSAN Nasrallah, the Hezbollah chief and one of Israel's most wanted men, appeared in public for a Shi'ite religious event in the...

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Fitzgerald: Demography and Destiny

"Terrorism" does not come out of a vacuum. It comes, as Mao Tse-tung's guerrillas were "fish that swim in the sea of the people," out of a demographic sufficiency, out of an ideological self-assurance. "Terrorism" in Western Europe is a...

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Jerusalem Post turns away Bat Ye'or

Recently the Jerusalem Post ran an article by Mark R. Cohen, "The New Muslim Anti-Semitism," which repeated many politically correct and comforting historical fictions, including: THE FLIP SIDE of the discriminatory regulations imposed upon Jews is that they (as well...

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Dhimmitude in Belarus: Editor gets three years in prison for publishing Muhammad cartoon

Come and get me Not that there was ever any free speech in this dreary post-Soviet outpost, but when and how did it become a dhimmiocracy? "Belarus editor jailed for Islam cartoon," by Yuras Karmamau for Associated Press (thanks...

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Fitzgerald: Berbers, Islam & Christianity

"The main region of concern is Kabylia, but missionary activity is taking place also in other regions of the country." -- from this news article There is no mystery as to why Christian missionaries might be having their greatest success...

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Fitzgerald: Tariq Ramadan and How He Got His Chair At Leiden

A Geneva teacher fired for controversial comments he made in an article for a French newspaper will receive SFr255,000 in damages from the canton of Geneva. The canton announced yesterday it is paying the amount to Hani Ramadan, a French...

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Fitzgerald: Slaves to what?

"I'm Allah's slave, and you are the slave to money and your job." -- from the statement by the would-be Muslim Arab terrorist, doing Allah's work -- terrorizing and killing Infidels -- in Serbia Yes, we Infidels, whether Christians, Jews,...

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Saturday, 19 January 2008

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Ethiopian official: "Many" ethnic Somali Americans, Europeans detained for terrorism links

Why should the U.S. and Europe import jihadists? From The Associated Press (thanks to Sr. Soph): GODE, Ethiopia: Ethiopia is detaining "many" ethnic Somali Americans and Europeans on suspicion of terrorism links and participating in a separatist insurgency [i.e., jihad...

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Fitzgerald: Those billboards, that conference

What of those billboards, and this conference? As for the billboards, only one thing will work. Not appeals to common sense, intelligence, morality, the truth. Not stuff like that. If the company that owns the billboard believes it will suffer,...

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Muslim "brainwashed" by Osama gets life in prison

Of course, he doesn't believe in terrorism. But he seems to believe deeply in jihad. An update on this story. "Canadian Qaeda bomb plotter gets life in US prison," from Reuters (thanks to Bill Warner): NEW YORK - A Canadian...

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Fitzgerald: Coughlin and rage

This week, Myrick said she began contacting other co-chairs of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, such as Rep. Jane Harmon (D-Calif.), Rep. Richard "Bud" Cramer (D-Ala.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) about setting up a meeting with Coughlin and Pentagon officials to...

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Can't say "Islamist" in Dallas/Fort Worth

This billboard design was submitted for the upcoming America's Truth Forum Symposium in Southlake, TX, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: This is the revised design that was eventually accepted and used: Why the changes? The sales manager of a Dallas-area...

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"By Allah I will avenge your death"

"They also discovered pictures of bin Laden, maps of Fort Dix, memos about New York's drinking water supply and letters that bemoaned the fall of the Taliban and railed against the evils of America." More on this story. "Secret Al...

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Canada to Afghanistan to Oman: Misunderstanding his religion the world over

You just never know where that "inner spiritual struggle" will take you. Fortunately, in Mohammed Mansour Jabarah's case, that itinerary ended in prison, his plans foiled. "Indictment: Canadian planned attacks in U.S.," by Kelli Arena and Bill Mears for CNN:...

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CIA: Al-Qaeda killed Bhutto

As Al-Qaeda claimed, although Mehsud has denied any involvement. "CIA boss names Bhutto's killers," from the BBC (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): The CIA has added its support to the view that a Pakistani militant, Baitullah Mehsud, and al-Qaeda organised...

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West: The new blasphemy

We exported democracy, we got Sharia, and we still can't see the writing on the wall. "Western blindness" by the ever-perspicacious Diana West: Mazir-i-sharif. Ring a bell? In 2001, a 32-year-old Marine captain and CIA officer named John Michael Spann...

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"Listen well, dirty madman, WE'LL STAY HERE, hahahahahahhahah, DROP DEAD. I am a dutch moslem..."

Feel the love, see the wondrous effects of the tranquility in her heart. Here (thanks to War on Hate) is the full text of Rotterdam district councillor Bouchra Ismaili's email to one of her constituents, discussed yesterday here: Listen well,...

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Turkey: Islam tells women to cover heads, says head of religious affairs office

Here is yet another example of a Muslim saying something that, when Western non-Muslims say it, quickly brings on the "Islamophobe" charges. From the Turkish Daily News (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist): Islam undoubtedly requires women to cover their heads,...

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Switzerland: Tariq Ramadan's brother wins two years' pay after being fired for advocating stoning

Unconscionable cultural suicide. Hani Ramadan Update: "Controversial teacher wins damages," from the Tribune de Genève (thanks to doppler): The canton grants the equivalent of two years' pay to a Meyrin junior high school instructor fired for writing an article in...

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Friday, 18 January 2008

Miracle? Buried Alive for 15 Days!

Posted by: Valantina Jul 6 2007, 04:01 AM

Murder Miracle in Egypt

A Muslim man in Egypt killed his wife and then buried her with their infant
baby and 8-year old daughter. The girls were buried alive! He then reported
to the police that an uncle killed the kids. 15 days later, another family
member died.

When they went to bury him, they found the 2 little girls
under the sand - ALIVE !

The country is outraged over the incident, and the man will be executed.
The older girl was asked how she had survived. "A man wearing shiny white
clothes, with bleeding wounds in his hands, came every day to feed us. He
woke up my mom so she could nurse my sister," she said. She was
interviewed on Egyptian national TV, by a veiled Muslim woman news anchor.
She said on public TV, "This was none other than Jesus,
because nobody else does things like this!"

Muslims believe Isa (Jesus) would do this, but the wounds mean He really
was crucified, and it's clear also that He is alive! But, it's
also clear that the child could not make up a story like this, and
there is no way these children could have survived without a true
miracle. Muslim leaders are going to have a hard time to figure out what to
do with this, and the popularity of the Passion movie doesn't help! With
Egypt at the centre of the media and education in the Middle East , you
can be sure this story will spread. Christ is still turning the world upside down!

Please let this story be shared. The Lord says,
"I will bless the person who puts his trust in me." Jeremiah 17:7
Please let this story be shared.

Conflict: The Power of Propaganda trailer

If Mr. Carter had stuck to Habitat for Humanity instead of Inaccurate Boloney, we could admire him and I did. He has lost all credibility due to his ignorance of the truth in the Middle East. What a sad legacy to leave! Some have said that he has consumed too many bad peanuts and it has affected his brain making him nuttier in his old age.

Blacks Held Back - Dr. Walter E Williams

THE NEW GAME: POWER CLING !!!

Obama learned his lesson well


"Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday." --Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky


Hillary, Obama and the Cult of Alinsky: "True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties....

"One Alinsky benefactor was Wall Street investment banker Eugene Meyer, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. Meyer and his wife Agnes co-owned The Washington Post. They used their newspaper to promote Alinsky....Her series, called 'The Orderly Revolution', made Alinsky famous....

"Alinsky’s crowning achievement was his recruitment of a young high school student named Hillary Rodham. She met Alinsky through a radical church group. Hillary wrote an analysis of Alinsky’s methods for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. ...

"Many leftists view Hillary as a sell-out because she claims to hold moderate views on some issues. However, Hillary is simply following Alinsky’s counsel to do and say whatever it takes to gain power.

"Barack Obama is also an Alinskyite.... Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project.... Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing. While trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself. He became an instant churchgoer." [by Richard Poe, 11-27-07] See also Community Oriented Policing


Quote from Saul Alinsky's Book "Rules for Radicals"

In this book we are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace.... "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.' This means revolution." p.3

"Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing." p.6

"A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists. From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage -- the political paradise of communism." p.10

The one thing he did not learn is the passion of FREE people to be free! - Press4TRuth

Saul Alinsky - Mentor of Obama

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War on Gaza. Whoops!

What Obama DOES NOT Know Can Hurt Us


The Financial Post today carried the following article by Alex Epstein that pretty well sums up the problem with a president with NO economic or business experience.

Obama doesn’t get roots of crisis
Posted: April 07, 2009, 7:04 PM by NP Editor
By Alex Epstein

Barack Obama rightly stresses that we first must understand how today’s problems emerged. It is “only by understanding how we arrived at this moment that we’ll be able to lift ourselves out of this predicament.”
Unfortunately, Obama (along with most of the Washington establishment) has created only misunderstanding. In calling for a massive increase in government control over the economy, he has evaded the mountain of evidence implicating the government. For example, Obama’s core explanation of all the destructive behaviour leading up to today’s crisis is that the market was too free. But the market that led to today’s crisis was systematically manipulated by government.
Fact This decade saw drastic attempts by the government to control the housing and financial markets — via a Federal Reserve that cut interest rates to all-time lows and via a gigantic increase in Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s size and influence.
Fact Through these entities, the government sought to “stimulate the economy” and promote home ownership (sound familiar?) by artificially extending cheap credit to home-buyers.
Fact Most of the (very few) economists who actually predicted the financial crisis blame Fed policy or housing policy for inflating a bubble that was bound to collapse.
How does all this evidence factor into Obama’s understanding of “how we arrived at this moment”? It doesn’t. Not once, during the solemn 52 minutes and 5,902 words of his speech to Congress did he mention the Fed, Fannie or Freddie. Not once did he suggest that government manipulation of markets could have any possible role in the present crisis. He just went full steam ahead and called for more spending, more intervention and more government housing programs as the solution.
A genuine explanation of the financial crisis must take into account all the facts. What role did the Fed play? What about Fannie and Freddie? To be sure, some companies and CEOs seem to have made irrational business decisions. Was the primary cause “greed,” as so many claim — and what does this even mean? Or was the primary cause government intervention — like artificially low interest rates, which distorted economic decision-making and encouraged less competent and more reckless companies and CEOs while marginalizing and paralyzing the more competent ones?
Entertaining such questions would also mean considering the idea that the fundamental solution to our problems is to disentangle the government from the markets to prevent future manipulation. It would mean considering pro-free-market remedies such as letting banks foreclose, letting prices reach market levels, letting bad banks fail, dismantling Fannie and Freddie, ending bailout promises and getting rid of the Fed’s power to manipulate interest rates.
But it is not genuine understanding the administration seeks. For it, the wisdom and necessity of previous government intervention is self-evident; no matter the contrary evidence, the crisis can only have been caused by insufficient government intervention. Besides, the administration is too busy following Obama’s chief of staff’s dictum, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” by proposing a virtual takeover of not only financial markets but also the problem-riddled energy and health-care markets — which, they conveniently ignore, are also already among the most government-controlled in the economy.
While Obama has not sought a real explanation of today’s economic problems, the public should. Otherwise, we will simply swallow “solutions” that dogmatically assume the free market got us here — namely, Obama’s plans to swamp this country in an ocean of government debt, government controls and government make-work projects.
Alternative, free-market explanations for the crisis do exist — ones that consider the inconvenient facts Washington ignores — and everyone should seek to understand them. Those who do will likely end up telling our leaders to stop saying “Yes, we can” to each new proposal for expanding government power, and start saying “Yes, you can” to those who seek to exercise their right to produce and trade on a free market.
Financial Post
Alex Epstein is an analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

Deciphering Obama in Cairo


Deciphering Obama in Cairo

Center for Security Policy | Jun 05, 2009
By Frank Gaffney, Jr.

By and large, President Obama's address yesterday in Cairo has been well received in both the so-called "Muslim world" and by other audiences. Nobody may be happier with it, though, than the Muslim Brotherhood - the global organization that seeks to impose authoritative Islam's theo-political-legal program known as "Shariah" through stealthy means where violence ones are not practicable. Egyptian Muslim Brothers were prominent among the guests in the audience at Cairo University and Brotherhood-associated organizations in America, like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), have rapturously endorsed the speech.

The Brotherhood has ample reason for its delight. Accordingly, Americans who love freedom - whether or not they recognize the threat Shariah represents to it - have abundant cause for concern about "The Speech," and what it portends for U.S. policy and interests.

Right out of the box, Mr. Obama mischaracterized what is causing a "time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world." He attributed the problem first and foremost to "violent extremists [who] have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims." The President never mentioned - not even once - a central reality: The minority in question, including the Muslim Brotherhood, subscribes to the authoritative writings, teachings, traditions and institutions of their faith, namely Shariah. It is the fact that their practice is thus grounded that makes them, whatever their numbers (the exact percentage is a matter of considerable debate), to use Mr. Obama euphemistic term, "potent."

Instead, the President's address characterized the problem as a "cycle of suspicion and discord," a turn of phrase redolent of the moral equivalence so evident in the Mideast peace process with it "cycle of violence." There was not one reference to terrorism, let alone Islamic terrorism. Indeed, any connection between the two is treated as evidence of some popular delusion. "The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust."

Then there was this uplifting, but ultimately meaningless, blather: "So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity."

More often than not, the President portrayed Muslims as the Brotherhood always does: as victims of crimes perpetrated by the West against them - from colonialism to manipulation by Cold War superpowers to the menace of "modernity and globalization that led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam." Again, no mention of the hostility towards the infidel West ingrained in "the traditions of Islam." This fits with the meme of the Shariah-adherent, but not the facts.

Here's the irony: Even as President Obama professed his determination to "speak the truth," he perpetrated a fraud. He falsely portrayed what amounts to authoritative Islam, namely Shariah Islam, as something that is "not exclusive," that "overlaps" and "need not be in competition" with "America. Actually, Shariah is, by its very nature, a program that obliges its adherents to demand submission of all others, Muslims (especially secular and apostate ones) and non-Muslims, alike.

This exclusiveness (read, Islamic supremacism) applies most especially with respect to democratic nations like America, nations founded in the alternative and highly competitive belief that men, not God, should make laws. Ditto nations that stand in the way of the establishment of the Caliphate, the global theocracy that Shariah dictates must impose its medieval agenda worldwide. In practice, Shariah is the very antithesis of Mr. Obama's stated goal of "progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings." Its "justice" can only be considered by civilized societies to be a kind of codified barbarism.

At least as troubling are what amount to instances of presidential dawa, the Arabic term for Islamic proselytization. For example, Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to "the Holy Koran." It seems unimaginable that he ever would ever use the adjective to describe the Bible or the Book of Mormon.

Then, the man now happy to call himself Barack Hussein Obama (in contrast to his attitude during the campaign) boasts of having "known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed." An interesting choice of words that, "first revealed." Not "established," "founded" or "invented." The President is, after all, a careful writer, so he must have deliberately eschewed verbs that reflect man's role, in favor of the theological version of events promoted by Islam. Thus, Mr. Obama has gone beyond the kind of "respectful language" he has pledged to use towards Islam. He is employing what amounts to code - bespeaking the kind of submissive attitude Islam demands of all, believers and non-believers alike.

Elsewhere in the speech, Mr. Obama actually declared that "I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear." Note that, although he referred in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian-Arab conflict to "vile stereotypes" of Jews, he did not describe it as "part of his responsibility as President" to counter anti-Semitic representations.

Unremarked was the fact that such incitement is daily fare served up by the state media controlled by his host in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak, by the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas and by every other despot in the region with whom Mr. Obama seeks to "engage." Worse yet, no mention was made of the fact that some of those "vile stereotypes" - notably, that Jews are "descendants of apes and pigs" - are to be found in "the Holy Koran," itself.

Perhaps the most stunning bit of dawa of all was a phrase the President employed that, on its face, denies the divinity of Jesus - something surprising from a self-described committed Christian. In connection with his discussion of the "situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs," Mr. Obama said, "...When Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer."

Muslims use the term "peace be upon them" to ask for blessings on deceased holy men. In other words, its use construes all three in the way Islam does - as dead prophets - a treatment wholly at odds with the teachings of Christianity which, of course, holds Jesus as the immortal Son of God.

If Mr. Obama were genuinely ignorant about Islam, such a statement might be ascribed to nothing more than a sop to "interfaith dialogue." For a man who now pridefully boasts of his intimate familiarity with Muslims and their faith, it raises troubling questions about his own religious beliefs. At the very least, it conveys a strongly discordant message to "the Muslim world" about a fundamental tenet of the faith he professes.

Finally, what are we to make of Mr. Obama statements about America and Islam? Since he took office, the President has engaged repeatedly in the sort of hyping of Muslims and their role in the United States that is standard Muslim Brotherhood fare. In his inaugural address, he described our nation as one of "Christians, Muslims and Jews." Shortly thereafter, he further reversed the demographic ordering of these populations by size in his first broadcast interview (with the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya network), calling America a country of "Muslims, Christians and Jews."

Yesterday in Cairo, the President declared that "Islam has always been a part of America's story." Now, to be sure, Muslims, like peoples of other faiths, have made contributions to U.S. history. But they have generally done so in the same way others have, namely as Americans - not as some separate community, but as part of the "E pluribus unum" (out of many, one) that Mr. Obama properly extolled in The Speech.

Unfortunately, a pattern is being established whereby President Obama routinely exaggerates the Muslim character of America. For example, at Cairo University, he claimed there are nearly seven million Muslims in this country - a falsehood promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends - when the actual number is well-less than half that. Shortly before The Speech, in an interview with a French network, Mr. Obama said, "If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."

Incredible as these statements may seem, even more astounding is their implication for those who adhere to Shariah. The President's remarks about America as a Muslim nation would give rise to its treatment by them as part of dar al-Islam, the world of Islam, as opposed to dar al-harb (i.e., the non-Muslim world).

Were the former to be the case, Shariah requires faithful Muslims to rid the United States of infidel control or occupation. And we know from last year's successful prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation - a so-called "charity" engaged in money-laundering for one of the Muslim Brotherhood's terrorist operations, Hamas - that such an agenda tracks precisely with the Brothers' mission here: "To destroy Western civilization from within America, by its own miserable hand."

This reality makes one of Mr. Obama's promises in Cairo especially chilling. Near the end of his address, the President expressed concern that religious freedom in the United States was being impinged by "rules on charitable giving [that] have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation." He went on to pledge: "That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."

Let us be clear: Muslim charities have run into difficulty with "the rules" because they have been convicted in federal court of using the Muslim obligation to perform zakat (tithing to charity) to funnel money to terrorists. At this writing, it is unclear precisely what Mr. Obama has in mind with respect to this commitment to "ensure [Muslims] can fulfill zakat." But you can bet that the Brotherhood will try to translate it into the release of their imprisoned operatives and new latitude to raise money for their Shariah-promoting, and therefore seditious, activities in America.

I could go on, but you get the point. The Speech contained a number of statements about the laudable qualities of America, the need for freedom in the Muslim world, about women's rights and the desirability of peace. But its preponderant and much more important message was one that could have been crafted by the Muslim Brotherhood: America has a president who is, wittingly or not, advancing the Brotherhood's agenda of masking the true nature of Shariah and encouraging the West's submission to it.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. is President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington. An abbreviated version of this article appeared in Newsmax, June 5, 2009.

OBAMA for CHANGE ??? A Stimulating Thought !!!

[As you will see below, even Jackie Mason doesn't think this is funny!] Rahm Emanuel's statement in November, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

Well now we have the proof. I said it before Mr. Obama was elected. The ONLY change that Obama expects to bring to Washington is him in the white house!

Now we have the proof. This "STIMULUS" bill is anything BUT stimulating! Apparently hundreds of phone calls against the bill are coming into government offices. But the government of the people, by the people and for the people has now become the government OVER the people, right by the people and FOR the democratic party in government!

Didn't Mr. Obama say that he wanted to CHANGE the way Washington worked? Ha, well now we know how.

So Mr. Obama has brought CHANGE TO AMERICA... yes CHANGE AS TO WHO GETS THE PORK. - His soundbytes about there being NO PORK in the bill are absolute blatant lies.

The letters and calls to the congress were 100:1 AGAINST this package but that did not thwart the courageous congress from paying back all their supporters AGAINST the will of the people!

However it was that unofficial third party in the U.S. called the left-wing socialist media combined with the fairy-tale elite in Hollywood. who actually elected Mr. Obama.

The so-called "stimulus" bill just passed in the U.S. will stimulate that famous employer, the National Association for the Endowment for the Arts, build Milwaukee schools when 15 are empty with declining enrolment and so on.

It is complete PORK. There may be a few million of the billions here and there which might actually do a little but the stock market tells all as they have been in freefall as the "package" made it's way through the congress.

Yes is it payback time as the hog trough package goes out to all the supporters which the Democrats did not have the power to reward previously.

What Mr. Obama came to the Whitehouse to change was ONE THING ... WHO GET'S THE PORK?

The bill is full of nothing but spending to reward those who elected Mr. Obama and his "Democratic" presidential guards and very little to help the average worker at all.

It is a sad time when telling blatant lies and rewarding those who support you are more important than actually helping people cope with this deep recession.

So much for the country of Abraham Lincoln and a country which was "of the people, by the people, for the people". Unless of course those people are Democratic suckies.

If even comedian Jackie Mason sees this, there perhaps is hope for the American people somewhere.

Obama's Plan for Change

Research Suggests That GOVERNMENT STIMULUS SPENDING May Worsen Situation

Terence Corcoran reports in the National Post on Friday, January 16, 2009 that the STIMULUS everyone is yelling for may only work over a short period and may actually MAKE THE ECONOMY WORSE over longer periods.

See original article here.


WHO SAYS A STIMULUS ACTUALLY STIMULATES?

or is it simply temporary VIAGRA for the ECONOMY?

POINTS from article above ...

-"Except for one problem: What if it's not true? What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?

- "What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?"

- Even disciples of Keynes, such as Harvard's Greg Mankiw, recently highlighted economic studies that show government spending binges -- shocks, they are sometimes called -- don't seem to help the economy grow. They might even make it worse.

-One of the studies cited by Mr. Mankiw was by two European economists (Andrew Mountford and Harald Uhlig), titled "What are the Effects of Fiscal Shocks?" It looked at big deficit-financed spending increases and found that they stimulate the economy for the first year, but "only weakly" compared with a deficit financed tax cut. The overriding problem is that the deficits crowd out private investment and, over the long run, may make the economy worse. "The resulting higher debt burdens may have long-term consequences which are far worse than the short-term increase in GDP."

-A paper by two economists, including the current chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, concluded that increased taxes and "increases in government spending have a strong negative effect on private investment spending."

-Roberto Perotti, an Italian economist with links to Columbia University, in "Estimating the Effects of Fiscal Policy in OECD Countries," found nothing but bad news for Keynesians. Economic growth is little changed after big increases in government spending, but there are signs of weakening private investment.

- What we all might logically intuit to be true -- spend government money, especially borrowed money, and you stimulate growth -- has long been thought to be a fallacy by some economists. That thought is now spreading. British economist William Buiter said the massive Obama fiscal stimulus proposals "are afflicted by the Keynesian fallacy on steroids."

Except for one problem: What if it's not true? What if, as a wide and growing school of economists now suspect, the government spending and stimulus theory is a crock that is shovel-ready to be heaved out into the barnyard of economic waste?

The Prime Minister, in his comments on Friday, seemed to be riding right into the barnyard. He said the government would be simply "borrowing money that is not being used" and "that business is afraid to invest." By borrowing that money, and turning it over to all the groups and interests looking for part of the stimulus spending, he would be jump-starting activity while the private sector got its legs back.

Even disciples of Keynes, such as Harvard's Greg Mankiw, recently highlighted economic studies that show government spending binges -- shocks, they are sometimes called -- don't seem to help the economy grow. They might even make it worse.

One of the studies cited by Mr. Mankiw was by two European economists (Andrew Mountford and Harald Uhlig), titled "What are the Effects of Fiscal Shocks?" It looked at big deficit-financed spending increases and found that they stimulate the economy for the first year, but "only weakly" compared with a deficit financed tax cut. The overriding problem is that the deficits crowd out private investment and, over the long run, may make the economy worse. "The resulting higher debt burdens may have long-term consequences which are far worse than the short-term increase in GDP."

Two other studies point in the same direction. A paper by two economists, including the current chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, concluded that increased taxes and "increases in government spending have a strong negative effect on private investment spending."

Roberto Perotti, an Italian economist with links to Columbia University, in "Estimating the Effects of Fiscal Policy in OECD Countries," found nothing but bad news for Keynesians. Economic growth is little changed after big increases in government spending, but there are signs of weakening private investment.

What we all might logically intuit to be true -- spend government money, especially borrowed money, and you stimulate growth -- has long been thought to be a fallacy by some economists. That thought is now spreading. British economist William Buiter said the massive Obama fiscal stimulus proposals "are afflicted by the Keynesian fallacy on steroids."

Over at Stimulus Canada, Mr. Harper's plan looks somewhat more modest and Canada is not in the same fiscal fix as the United States. But Ottawa and the provinces are clearly ready to borrow big wads of money from the future to stimulate the economy today. It's money that is supposedly sitting out there in the timid hands of investors who will be repaid with tax dollars later.

But if that stimulus spending does not generate much fresh economic growth, and the borrowing chews up money that private investors could invest in the future, the shovel-ready brigades who get the cash today will produce only short term gains at the expense of the long term health of the economy.

[Doesn't it make you wonder when nobody seems to know what to do but some of the advice of the best researchers suggests that a STIMULUS may actually HARM the economy? Some economic researchers point to FDR and the Great Depression and suggest that FDR actually INCREASED the length of the depression. He was obviously and encourager and inspired hope which is an important factor as we see when the markets fall like bricks. But did his fiscal policy actually make it longer?]

The Stimulus Package

FDR POLICIES Prolonged Depression

FDR's policies prolonged Depression by 7 years, UCLA economists calculate

Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

After scrutinizing Roosevelt's record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.

"Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump," said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA's Department of Economics. "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies."

In an article in the August issue of the Journal of Political Economy, Ohanian and Cole blame specific anti-competition and pro-labor measures that Roosevelt promoted and signed into law June 16, 1933.

"President Roosevelt believed that excessive competition was responsible for the Depression by reducing prices and wages, and by extension reducing employment and demand for goods and services," said Cole, also a UCLA professor of economics. "So he came up with a recovery package that would be unimaginable today, allowing businesses in every industry to collude without the threat of antitrust prosecution and workers to demand salaries about 25 percent above where they ought to have been, given market forces. The economy was poised for a beautiful recovery, but that recovery was stalled by these misguided policies."

Using data collected in 1929 by the Conference Board and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cole and Ohanian were able to establish average wages and prices across a range of industries just prior to the Depression. By adjusting for annual increases in productivity, they were able to use the 1929 benchmark to figure out what prices and wages would have been during every year of the Depression had Roosevelt's policies not gone into effect. They then compared those figures with actual prices and wages as reflected in the Conference Board data.

In the three years following the implementation of Roosevelt's policies, wages in 11 key industries averaged 25 percent higher than they otherwise would have done, the economists calculate. But unemployment was also 25 percent higher than it should have been, given gains in productivity.

Meanwhile, prices across 19 industries averaged 23 percent above where they should have been, given the state of the economy. With goods and services that much harder for consumers to afford, demand stalled and the gross national product floundered at 27 percent below where it otherwise might have been.

"High wages and high prices in an economic slump run contrary to everything we know about market forces in economic downturns," Ohanian said. "As we've seen in the past several years, salaries and prices fall when unemployment is high. By artificially inflating both, the New Deal policies short-circuited the market's self-correcting forces."

The policies were contained in the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), which exempted industries from antitrust prosecution if they agreed to enter into collective bargaining agreements that significantly raised wages. Because protection from antitrust prosecution all but ensured higher prices for goods and services, a wide range of industries took the bait, Cole and Ohanian found. By 1934 more than 500 industries, which accounted for nearly 80 percent of private, non-agricultural employment, had entered into the collective bargaining agreements called for under NIRA.

Cole and Ohanian calculate that NIRA and its aftermath account for 60 percent of the weak recovery. Without the policies, they contend that the Depression would have ended in 1936 instead of the year when they believe the slump actually ended: 1943.

Roosevelt's role in lifting the nation out of the Great Depression has been so revered that Time magazine readers cited it in 1999 when naming him the 20th century's second-most influential figure.

"This is exciting and valuable research," said Robert E. Lucas Jr., the 1995 Nobel Laureate in economics, and the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. "The prevention and cure of depressions is a central mission of macroeconomics, and if we can't understand what happened in the 1930s, how can we be sure it won't happen again?"

NIRA's role in prolonging the Depression has not been more closely scrutinized because the Supreme Court declared the act unconstitutional within two years of its passage.

"Historians have assumed that the policies didn't have an impact because they were too short-lived, but the proof is in the pudding," Ohanian said. "We show that they really did artificially inflate wages and prices."

Even after being deemed unconstitutional, Roosevelt's anti-competition policies persisted — albeit under a different guise, the scholars found. Ohanian and Cole painstakingly documented the extent to which the Roosevelt administration looked the other way as industries once protected by NIRA continued to engage in price-fixing practices for four more years.

The number of antitrust cases brought by the Department of Justice fell from an average of 12.5 cases per year during the 1920s to an average of 6.5 cases per year from 1935 to 1938, the scholars found. Collusion had become so widespread that one Department of Interior official complained of receiving identical bids from a protected industry (steel) on 257 different occasions between mid-1935 and mid-1936. The bids were not only identical but also 50 percent higher than foreign steel prices. Without competition, wholesale prices remained inflated, averaging 14 percent higher than they would have been without the troublesome practices, the UCLA economists calculate.

NIRA's labor provisions, meanwhile, were strengthened in the National Relations Act, signed into law in 1935. As union membership doubled, so did labor's bargaining power, rising from 14 million strike days in 1936 to about 28 million in 1937. By 1939 wages in protected industries remained 24 percent to 33 percent above where they should have been, based on 1929 figures, Cole and Ohanian calculate. Unemployment persisted. By 1939 the U.S. unemployment rate was 17.2 percent, down somewhat from its 1933 peak of 24.9 percent but still remarkably high. By comparison, in May 2003, the unemployment rate of 6.1 percent was the highest in nine years.

Recovery came only after the Department of Justice dramatically stepped enforcement of antitrust cases nearly four-fold and organized labor suffered a string of setbacks, the economists found.

"The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes," Cole said. "Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened."

-UCLA-

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx?RelNum=5409

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AIG & Taxes & Free Enterprise

Mr Obama: Please Prove You ARE Non-Partisan

Mr. Obama will now have to prove he is non-partisan.

Editor: If he makes the mistake of believing that he is only the President of the 52% of the population that elected him and of the far-left liberal democrats, and tries to enact laws which the 46% who voted for McCain vehementally oppose, he will create more partisanship than has ever occurred before.

Now is his test. Will he leave failed socialistic policies like the War on Poverty and the Great Society behind, or will he make the same mistakes as his liberal precessors?

So now is the time for Mr. Obama to shine, but shine on the right as well as the left. Shine on the almost half the United States which are part of red states and red counties in blue states. He will become president of both and to be inclusive as an agent of change, he must govern in the best interests of middle America.

This article from the NP reflects some of that concern:

Sharing wealth will drain it

Obamanomics a drag on growth

Jacqueline Thorpe, National Post Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008

As the fervour fades, the world will have to get used to a new word: Obamanomics.

It means tax hikes for the rich, tax cuts for the poor and middle class, a promise to renegotiate NAFTA, greater union power, windfall taxes on oil and gas profits, higher taxes on capital gains and corporate dividends and more comprehensive health care coverage.

Barack Obama's economic plan may deliver the greater income equality Americans have apparently been craving, but also slower growth. Despite the vast tax hikes, it will cost a vast sum and U. S. federal finances, already ravaged by bailouts and recession, will slide deeper into the red.

The plan is not market-friendly but that does not mean the markets will not like an Obama presidency. If he can give the U. S. back its confidence, restore its reputation and sense of optimism, markets will take the bait as they have done with Democratic presidents so often in the past.

If he can become a Clintonstyle pragmatist, resist caving to every whim of a deeply left Congress, and not meddle with the bailouts that seem to be gingerly gaining traction, markets might even run with his presidency. The year from hell for investors could then be nearing an end.

Obamanomics is essentially about taking more money from the rich and giving it to the poor, plain old-fashioned "neighbourliness" as Mr. Obama has described it.

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Or, as others have remarked, taking money from those who earn it and giving it to those who don't.

Under his income tax plan, Mr. Obama says he will provide tax cuts for 95% of Americans. He will do this by repealing Bush tax cuts -- set to expire in 2010 -- and bumping the top rates back to 36% from 33% and to 39.6% from 35%. Individuals earning over US$200,000 and families over US$250,000 will see sizable tax increases. This includes sole proprietors of businesses such as lawyers, accountants or plumbers called Joe.

Since 38% of Americans currently do not pay federal income taxes, Mr. Obama will provide them with refundable tax credits. Under his plan, 48% of Americans will pay no income tax.

"For the people that don't pay taxes, he is simply going to write them a cheque," says Andy Busch, global foreign exchange strategist at BMO Capital Markets. "That is income redistribution at its worst and produces very little value."

Other plans include raising taxes on capital gains and dividends to 20% from 15% for families earning more than US$250,000. He plans to leave the corporate tax rate at 35%, which in a world of rapidly falling rates, looks positively anti-business. He will introduce windfall taxes on oil and gas companies but offer US$4-billion in credits to U. S. auto-makers to retool to greener cars.

Much has been made of Mr. Obama's plan to renegotiate NAFTA to make it more labour-friendly, though no one seems to believe he will actually make it more protectionist.

The bottom line is this: Obama's economic plan is likely to be a drag on growth and it will cost money. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates Obama's program would add US$3.5-trillion to U. S. debt over the next 10 years, including interest. His plans for health care-- which may be delayed by financial necessity -- would tack on another US$1.6-trillion.

Read more here.

Obama - Who Are You?

Obama Sued by Democrat to Produce Birth Certificate Obama's Birth Certificate MUST SEE VIDEO Philip Berg, a DEMOCRAT is the man who is suing Barack Obama to hand over his Birth Certificate. The video below gives his Credentials and the Mr. Berg lays out his case in Berg v. Obama, and explains why it is important for the case to be resolved quickly. In his argumentation, Mr. Berg points out that Senator Obama could settle the lawsuit immediately by producing the proper documents to prove Obama is a natural-born citizen as required by our constitution. It is A MUST SEE..MUST PASS AROUND VIDEO!

NOW LA PRESIDENT SUPPORTS SARAH PALIN

Veteran Accuses Senator Obama of Being Wrong

OBAMA'S ECONOMIC PLAN

WHY IT IS WRONG TO CALL IRAQ A MISTAKE

OBAMA Comment by AltMuslim.com

This is an interesting comment by the website AltMuslim.com.
[Editor:Just because his middle name is Hussain does NOT mean he's a Muslim. Just because his church gave Lewis Farakhan last year a Lifetime Achievement award does

NOT mean he is a Muslim. Just because he wore traditional Muslim dress when visiting in Sudan does NOT mean he is a Muslim. So what does it mean? Read what they say for yourself.]
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Friday, April 18, 2008

Obama's Problem with the Truth [David Freddoso]

First the "hundred years" controversy, and now this. Is the man a liar, or are his speechwriters and advisors just that willing to leave him vulnerable to attack?

Obama's Problem
February 07, 2008 01:00 PM EST

The Peculiar Theology of Black Liberation

Spengler, Asia Times (Hong Kong), March 18, 2008

Senator Barack Obama is not a Muslim, contrary to invidious rumors. But he belongs to a Christian church whose doctrine casts Jesus Christ as a “black messiah” and blacks as “the chosen people”. At best, this is a radically different kind of Christianity than most Americans acknowledge; at worst it is an ethnocentric heresy.

What played out last week on America’s television screens was a clash of two irreconcilable cultures, the posture of “black liberation theology” and the mainstream American understanding of Christianity. Obama, who presented himself as a unifying figure, now seems rather the living embodiment of the clash.

One of the strangest dialogues in American political history ensued on March 15 when Fox News interviewed Obama’s pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, of Chicago’s Trinity Church. Wright asserted the authority of the “black liberation” theologians James Cone and Dwight Hopkins:

Wright: How many of Cone’s books have you read? How many of Cone’s book have you read?

Sean Hannity: Reverend, Reverend?

(crosstalk)

Wright: How many books of Cone’s have you head?

Hannity: I’m going to ask you this question . . .

Wright: How many books of Dwight Hopkins have you read?

Hannity: You’re very angry and defensive. I’m just trying to ask a question here.

Wright: You haven’t answered—you haven’t answered my question.

Hopkins is a full professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School; Cone is now distinguished professor at New York’s Union Theological Seminary. They promote a “black power” reading of Christianity, to which liberal academic establishment condescends.

Obama referred to this when he asserted in a March 14 statement, “I knew Reverend Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago.” But the fact the liberal academy condescends to sponsor black liberation theology does not make it less peculiar to mainstream American Christians. Obama wants to talk about what Wright is, rather than what he says. But that way lies apolitical quicksand.

Since Christianity taught the concept of divine election to the Gentiles, every recalcitrant tribe in Christendom has rebelled against Christian universalism, insisting that it is the “Chosen People” of God—French, English, Russian, Germans and even (through the peculiar doctrine of Mormonism) certain Americans. America remains the only really Christian country in the industrial world, precisely because it transcends ethnicity. One finds ethnocentricity only in odd corners of its religious life; one of these is African-American.

During the black-power heyday of the late 1960s, after the murder of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, the mentors of Wright decided that blacks were the Chosen People. James Cone, the most prominent theologian in the “black liberation” school, teaches that Jesus Christ himself is black. As he explains:

Christ is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into our world where the poor were despised and the black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves into liberating servants.

Theologically, Cone’s argument is as silly as the “Aryan Christianity” popular in Nazi Germany, which claimed that Jesus was not a Jew at all but an Aryan Galilean, and that the Aryan race was the “chosen people”. Cone, Hopkins and Wright do not propose, of course, to put non-blacks in concentration camps or to conquer the world, but racially-based theology nonetheless is a greased chute to the nether regions.

Biblical theology teaches that even the most terrible events to befall Israel, such as the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE, embody the workings of divine justice, even if humankind cannot see God’s purpose. James Cone sees the matter very differently. Either God must do what we want him to do, or we must reject him, Cone maintains:

Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. . . . Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. [1]

In the black liberation theology taught by Wright, Cone and Hopkins, Jesus Christ is not for all men, but only for the oppressed:

In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors. . . . Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not [Cone].

In this respect black liberation theology is identical in content to all the ethnocentric heresies that preceded it. Christianity has no use for the nations, a “drop of the bucket” and “dust on the scales”, in the words of Isaiah. It requires that individuals turn their back on their ethnicity to be reborn into Israel in the spirit. That is much easier for Americans than for the citizens of other nations, for Americans have no ethnicity. But the tribes of the world do not want to abandon their Gentile nature and as individuals join the New Israel. Instead they demand eternal life in their own Gentile flesh, that is, to be the “Chosen People”.

That is the “biblical scholarship” to which Obama referred in his March 14 defense of Wright and his academic prominence. In his response to Hannity, Wright genuinely seemed to believe that the authority of Cone and Hopkins, who now hold important posts at liberal theological seminaries, was sufficient to make the issue go away. His faith in the white establishment is touching; he honestly cannot understand why the white reporters at Fox News are bothering him when the University of Chicago and the Union Theological Seminary have put their stamp of approval on black liberation theology.

Many things that the liberal academy has adopted, though, will horrify most Americans, and not only “black liberation theology” (Queer Studies comes to mind, among other things). It cannot be in Obama’s best interests to appeal to the authority of Cone, whose unapologetic racism must be repugnant to the great majority of Americans, including the majority of black Americans, who for the most part belong to Christian churches that preach mainstream Christian doctrine. Christianity teaches unconditional love for a God whose love for humankind is absolute; it does not teach the repudiation of a God who does not destroy our enemies on the spot.

Whether Obama takes seriously the doctrines that Wright preaches is another matter. It is possible that Obama does not believe a word of what Wright, Cone and Hopkins teach. Perhaps he merely used the Trinity United Church of Christ as a political stepping-stone. African-American political life is centered around churches, and his election to the Illinois State Senate with the support of Chicago’s black political machine required church membership. Trinity United happens to be Chicago’s largest and most politically active black church.

Obama views Wright rather at arm’s length: as the New York Times reported on April 30, 2007:

Reverend Wright is a child of the 60s, and he often expresses himself in that language of concern with institutional racism and the struggles the African-American community has gone through,” Mr Obama said. “He analyzes public events in the context of race. I tend to look at them through the context of social justice and inequality.

Obama holds his own views close. But it seems unlikely that he would identify with the ideological fits of the black-power movement of the 1960s. Obama does not come to the matter with the perspective of an American black, but of the child of a left-wing anthropologist raised in the Third World, as I wrote elsewhere (Obama’s women reveal his secret , Asia Times Online, February 26, 2008). It is possible that because of the Wright affair Obama will suffer for what he pretended to be, rather than for what he really is.

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1. See William R Jones, “Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology”, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, ed Cornel West and Eddie Glaube (Westminster John Knox Press).

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(Posted on March 17, 2008)


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I have mixed feelings about the whole Jeremiah Wright ordeal. On one hand, I understand his feelings. As a white man, I choose to stand with my race just as he chooses to stand with his. Thus, I can’t fault him for his views. On the other hand, I also recognize that Rev. Wright would never attempt to understand my feelings or concerns so why should I try to understand his? The fact is, people like Wright are not intellectually consistent with their beliefs; they preach ethno-centrism and border-line hatred of other races yet would accuse a white man of being “racist” for the slightest perceived insult.

Posted by Conrad R. at 6:03 PM on March 17


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Jeremiah Wright, Obama's Former Pastor - Christian in Name but what???

March 26, 2008

How the Leftist Churches Set a Time Bomb for the Democrats

By James Lewis
Until the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Senator Obama's spiritual mentor in Black Liberation Theology, popped out of the woodwork, I didn't even know about BLT -- Black Liberation Theology. But the doctrines of Black Liberation have been preached since 1966 in black churches, with the enthusiastic support of white churches of the Left, notably the United Church of Christ. The Rev. Wright runs an official UCC church.

Though I am not a professional theologian, I daresay that Jesus would not, repeat not, approve of BLT. Because Black Liberation Theology seems to go straight against every single word in the Sermon on the Mount. Odd that the UCC has never noticed that over the last fifty years.

In fact, the liberal churches have bestowed great influence and prestige on the inventor of Black Liberation Theology, a Dr. James Hal Cone. Writes Dr. Cone, among other things,


* "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him."

* "All white men are responsible for white oppression."

* "While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism."

* "Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man "the devil.""

* "The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples."

* "We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power, which is the power of blacks to destroy their oppressors, here and now, by any means at their disposal."

Apparently liberal religious authorities like those at the United Church of Christ love this preaching so much that they have made Dr. Cone a professor at the Union Theological Seminary, the "Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology." It is a stamp of official approval for a peddler of race hatred.

What would Jesus say? Well, we may never know that, but in a month we'll know what Pennsylvania Democrats will say. And if they turn thumbs down on that grandchild of Black Liberation Theology, Senator Barack Obama, the Democrats will have no one to blame but themselves. Including the Churches of the Left, which have reveled in rage-mongering radical chic since the Sixties.

If you've ever wondered why black people in America have had such a hard time rising in society, even after slavery ended in 1865, even after the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, even after affirmative action tilted the playing field in their favor, the answer has to be found in the doctrines that have been preached to blacks by their most powerful leaders. If Black Liberation Theology is to be believed, blacks can never make it on their own. They have to rely on a separatist, rage-filled ideology, supported whole-heartedly by white Leftist churches.

The Left has a long, long habit of shafting the very people is purports to love. Instead, the Left only empowers Leftist elites. Look at the history of the Soviet Union, of Maoist China, of Fidel Castro. Who profited from those regimes except the elites, dining on caviar while ordinary people starved? Today Hugo Chavez is squandering Venezuela's oil wealth on his personal ego trips. It is the poor who suffer from Chavez' caudillismo.

What the Church of the Left have done to poor blacks is just like that. Instead of supporting messages of hope and strength, they celebrated the rage demagogues who keep people in thrall. "Black Liberation" is an enslavement of the mind. If you keep black people popping with anger at whites, half a century after the end of Jim Crow, you are not helping them. You are hurting them.

For the Democrats, who have knowingly supported this corruption of the poor for decades, the churches of Left have set a time bomb. Next month we'll see if it explodes.

Maybe it's Divine justice.

James Lewis blogs at dangeroustimes.wordpress.com/

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Why is Obama Ducking the Questions? Only One Possible Reason!

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March 21, 2008
Dems 2008: McClatchy discovers Black Liberation Theology [Karl]

Given the chain’s general leftward slant, it is all the more notable that McClatchy is perhaps the first establishment media outlet to report some of the specifics of the Black Liberation Theology that is the vision of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Barack Obama’s church — and to note (as already noted here) that Obama dodged the larger issue:

Obama’s speech Tuesday on race in America was hailed as a masterful handling of the controversy over divisive sermons by the longtime pastor of Trinity United, the recently retired Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

But in repudiating and putting in context Wright’s inflammatory lines about whites and U.S. foreign policy, the Democratic presidential front-runner didn’t address other potentially controversial facts about his church and its ties.

McClatchy’s Margaret Talev went so far as to interview Dr. James H. Cone, who first presented Black Liberation Theology as a system of thought in the late 1960s. Dr. Cone reaffirmed his prior view that Trinity most embodies his message and opined that he thought the Rev. Wright’s successor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, would continue the tradition. (It does seem likely so far.)

Unfortunately, the piece quotes only Dr. Cone and Dwight Hopkins, a Trinity member and liberation theology professor at the University of Chicago’s divinity school. Apparently, McClatchy could not be bothered to contact neutral theologians or critics of Black Liberation Theology. As a result, Cone and Hopkins get away with softening the harder edges of their theology.

Nevertheless, McClatchy has now done more than most of the establishment media (and certainly more than TIME magazine’s new puff piece or the ignorant and inane ramblings of E.J. Dionne, Jr.) on the underlying issue, even as it hypothesizes Obama’s church membership is one of political convenience rather than reading Obama’s writings on the subject, which are consistent with the theology.

Most important, McClatchy sought answers from the Obama campaign on the issue:

It isn’t clear where Obama’s beliefs and the church’s diverge. Through aides, Obama declined requests for an interview or to respond to written questions about his thoughts on Jesus, Cone or liberation theology.

That is the standard response of the Obama campaign to any controversy, as anyone trying to report on Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko will tell you. Obama will not answer press inquiries until the establishment media turns up the heat to the point where he feels compelled to do so. That pattern should trouble people far beyond those concerned about the degree to which Obama susbscribes to Black Liberation Theology.

(h/t Gateway Pundit.)

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