Dec. 18, 2009
The American Thinker
By Jane Jamison
The world’s astonishment and anger has barely subsided in the past four months since the abrupt release from Scottish prison of the “Lockerbie bomber.” It hardly seems possible this ham-handed mishandling of justice could get any worse, but now, the only man ever to be convicted for the deaths of 270 people aboard Pan Am #103 … has gone missing?
Under the terms of his release from jail, the bomber cannot change his address or leave Tripoli, and must keep in regular communication with East Renfrewshire Council.
Richard Baker, Labour’s justice spokesman in the Scottish Parliament, said the whole affair was turning into a shambles and putting Scotland’s reputation at risk. “This flags up just how ludicrous it is that East Renfrewshire Council, a local council thousands of miles away from Libya, is responsible for supervising al-Megrahi’s conditions of licence,” he said.
The Washington Times
By Jerry Seper
A senior House Republican on Thursday introduced a “resolution of inquiry” that would require the House Judiciary Committee to seek answers on why the Justice Department dismissed a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place in last year’s elections.
Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia also said he had language inserted in the Justice Department’s annual spending bill requiring that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) provide to the House Appropriations Committee the results of OPR’s investigation surrounding the dismissal of the case.
Mr. Wolf, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee’s commerce, justice and science subcommittee, and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, requested an investigation into the case earlier this year.
Under House rules, committees must take action on resolutions of inquiry within 14 legislative days. Mr. Wolfs resolution directs Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to provide Congress with “all information” relating to the decision to dismiss the case. The committee must hold a straight yea-or-nay vote on the resolution.
Mr. Wolf said he has written the attorney general six times seeking answers concerning the handling of the New Black Panther case and has yet to receive an answer.
“I regret that Congress must resort to oversight resolutions as a means to receive information about the dismissal of this case, but the Congress and the American people have a right to know why this case was not prosecuted,” he said.
In August, Mary Patrice Brown, acting OPR counsel, said she had “initiated an inquiry into the matter.”
The office, which investigates accusations of wrongdoing involving Justice Department attorneys, has said it would share the results of its inquiry with the lawmakers when it is completed.
Career lawyers in the Justice Department’s Voting Section filed the civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in January, accusing two New Black Panther members who were dressed in black berets, black combat boots, black shirts and black jackets with military insignias of intimidating voters with racial insults, slurs and a nightstick.
A third party member was accused of directing and endorsing their behavior. The incident was captured on videotape and gained national attention after it was shown on YouTube.com
Along with the party, also named were Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, a D.C. lawyer; Minister King Samir Shabazz, head of the Philadelphia chapter who was accused of wielding the nightstick; and Jerry Jackson, a Philadelphia party member.
Justice later sought an injunction against Mr. Samir Shabazz, who carried the nightstick, barring him from displaying weapons at polling places until 2012.
In a statement introducing the resolution of inquiry, Mr. Wolf said the case had been “inexplicably dismissed” over the ardent objections of the career attorneys who oversaw it as well as the Justice Departments own appeals office.
“Time and again over the last year, the department has stonewalled any effort to learn about the decision to dismiss this case,” he said, noting that not only had Congress been unsuccessful in getting any information but the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights had repeatedly failed in its attempt to seek testimony and documents.
“I urge the House Judiciary Committee to report this resolution out favorably and to demand that the attorney general answer the questions surrounding this case,” he said. “It is imperative that we protect the right of all Americans to vote – the sacrosanct and inalienable right of any democracy.”
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Wreckage from plane that hit the twin towers fell on the same building that may serve as an Islamic cultural center.
A new Islamic mosque will open its doors just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001 – and its leading imam, who conducts sensitivity training sessions for the FBI, has reportedly blamed Christians for starting mass attacks on civilians.
The five-story building at Park Place, just two blocks north of the former World Trade Center site, was the site of a Burlington Coat Factory. But a plane’s landing-gear assembly crashed through the roof on the day 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked the airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers in 2001.
Now Muslim worshippers currently occupy the building, and they plan to turn it into a major Islamic cultural center.
“The men and women stand up, raise their hands on either side of their head, murmur ‘Allahu akhbar,’ bow and kneel again,” reports Spiegel Online.
“Only in New York City is this possible,” Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or ASMA, told the magazine. Khan is the wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of ASMA.
They have leased the new prayer space as an overflow building for another mosque, Masjid al-Farah, at 245 West Broadway in TriBeCa, where Rauf is the spiritual leader.
The building – vacant since that fateful day when time stood still as millions of Americans grieved the loss of loved ones, friends, family members, co-workers and strangers – was purchased in July by real-estate company Soho Properties, a business run by Muslims. Rauf was an investor in that transaction.
Just down the street, the Museum of Jewish Heritage honors victims of the Holocaust, and St. Peter’s Church, New York’s oldest Catholic house of worship, is located around the corner.
Rauf has announced his plans to turn the building into a complete Islamic cultural center, with a mosque, a museum, “merchandising options,” and room for seminars to reconcile religions, “to counteract the backlash against Muslims in general, ” Speigel reports. The project may cost as much as $150 million.
Rauf told the New York Times purchasing the building “where a piece of the wreckage fell sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”
“It was almost obvious that something like this had to arise from the ashes of 9/11,” Khan told Spiegel. “In some way, this has the hand of the divine written over it. It’s almost as if God wanted to be involved.”
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The move is supported by the city. The mayor’s director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fatima Shama, told the Times, “We as New York Muslims have as much of a commitment to rebuilding New York as anybody.”
The city’s Department of Buildings records show the building has been the focus of complaints for illegal construction and blocked exits in the last year. Recent entries from Sept. 28 and 29, 2009, indicate inspectors have been unable to access the building. One complaint states, “Inspector unable to gain access – 1st attempt – No access to 5 sty building. Front locked. No responsible party present.” The second, just a day later, states, “Inspector unable to gain access – 2nd attempt – no access to building. No activity or responsible party. Building remains inaccessible at Park Place.”
Agency spokeswoman Carly Sullivan told the Times the complaints were listed as “resolved” under city procedures since the inspectors were unable to gain access.
Imam Rauf, born in Egypt, has written three books: “What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West,” “Islam: A Sacred Law” and “Islam: A Search for Meaning.”
WND reported in 2003 when, at least four times that year, the FBI’s New York field office held all-day sensitivity training sessions, not far from Ground Zero, featuring Rauf.
Speaking for about two hours each session, “he gave an overview of Islamic culture and some of the differences between what fundamentalist terrorist groups say are the teachings of the Quran and what he believes, as a student of religion, the Quran actually says,” said special agent James Margolin, spokesman for the FBI New York office.
Rauf asserted that the Quran “certainly doesn’t counsel terrorism, murder or mayhem,” Margolin said. And he said terrorists have misinterpreted the Quranic term “jihad” to mean violent, or armed, struggle against nonbelievers. Rauf claims it means internal struggle.
Rauf was invited to speak in Sydney, Australia, by Premier Bob Carr in 2004. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, he said the U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they’ve done to Muslims before terrorism can end.
He said the West must understand the terrorists’ point of view – and he blamed Christians for starting mass attacks on civilians.
“The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets,” he said.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (center) poses in a photo with attendees at a 2006 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the far left is Sultan Muhammad, communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago. (photo: CAIR Chicago)
According to the report, Rauf said there would be little progress until the U.S. acknowledged backing dictators and the U.S. president gave an “America Culpa” speech to the Muslim world.
On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave a speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, in which he stated:
I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. … So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
Rauf praised Obama for “embracing Islam in the peacemaking process” in his speech to the Muslim world. He wrote in the Washington Post:
The historic significance of President Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo cannot be overstated. Never before has an American president spoken to the global Muslim community. His speech marked a major shift in American foreign policy. … In just a few sentences he demolished the phony theory of the ‘Clash of Civilizations,’ which insists that Islam and the West must always be in conflict. Instead, he declared the United States is not at war with Islam and outlined a plan for how the conflict can be resolved. … He captured the attention of Muslims because, unlike most politicians, he was willing to critique both his own country and Muslims where they fell short of their ideals.
In an interview with Beliefnet on Islam and America, a reporter asked Rauf, “Some Islamic charities are being investigated for terrorist ties. Have you seen what you consider to be reputable Islamic charities being financially damaged?”
“We believe that a certain portion of every charity has been legitimate,” he responded. “To say that you have connections with terrorism is a very gray area. It’s like the accusation that Saddam Hussein had links to Osama bin Laden. Well, America had links to Osama bin Laden – does that mean that America is a terrorist country or has ties to terrorism?”
In 2004, Rauf participated in a 30-second advertisement, broadcast on Arabic television, in which he apologized for alleged abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.
The Times reported Rauf said he believes “Islamic terrorists do not come from another moral universe – that they arise from oppressive societies that he feels Washington had a hand in creating.”
Readers of various blogs are outraged at the news of the mosque. Comments include the following:
- Muslims are doing this only to see if they get away with it. It’s the way Islam spreads in every country these days, like a cancer – through incremental totalitarianism. In this case, they’ll quietly open the mosque, then, as they get away with it, they’ll ramp up their outrages until someone finally points it out. At that time, their lawyers, backed by the ACLU and various liberal organizations, will pounce.
- This is not different than allowing the Nazis to establish their headquarters and propaganda office in NYC in 1938. How come people could tell right from wrong then and not now?
- What bonehead allowed this to happen?
- That’s disgusting. That truly is low. I feel bad for the people who lost family members.
- This is outrageous. I just don’t have word.
- This is called “staging” for the KSM trial.
- You’ve got to be kidding me. If this is true, our beloved country is already gone. We no longer have the America I know and love.
- Who wants to bet this place becomes a “tourist attraction” for Muslims? This mosque will become one of Islam’s holiest shrines as it sits upon the site of their greatest modern military victory.
- Good idea. Maybe terrorists will be less likely to bomb this area if there’s a mosque there.
Dec. 17, 2009
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Canada Free Press
By Alan Caruba Wednesday, December 17, 2009
While it is incontestably true that a lot of people took out mortgage loans they could not afford to replay, it is just as true that they were encouraged to do so because banks were required by federal law to make these bad loans. Bankers even gave them an acronym, “Ninja” loans as in “No Income, No Job, No Assets.”
The result was the government created “housing bubble” that was coupled with the Federal Reserves’ policy of keeping interest rates so low that many were tempted to borrow beyond their means. When the financial crisis struck, these loans were called “toxic assets” requiring billions in taxpayer money to bail out the same banks forced to make them. Mortgage loan companies were not so fortunate.
Consistent with that government inspired economic disaster, however, has been the many ways federal and state governments have found to tax Americans directly and indirectly. A new book, “Bankrupting Joe the Taxpayer”, by D.J. Golio ($24.95/$16.95, Authorhouse, hard and softcover) reveals how taxation and irrational government spending has reached the present point and offers suggestions how to correct it.
A classic example of hidden taxes can be found in your telephone bill. This month mine was $63.00, but $14.00 of it was taxes, so my actual cost was less than $50. This occurs again every time I fill up my gas tank or pay my utility bill. For example, in 2007 the estimated take by states alone in gasoline taxes exceeded $50 billion.
The combined average of all taxes loaded into the price per gallon is approximately 56.4 cents. Fill up with twenty gallons and you’ve paid average federal and state taxes of more than $11.00! And the government has the nerve to call oil companies “greedy.”
One might be inclined to say that this money, if applied to highway and bridge repairs, was worth it, except that these repairs are often ignored by politicians who find that such expenditures are not sexy enough to garner reelection, so we end up with roads filled with potholes and, as occurred not long ago, a bridge collapse. Civil engineers have been warning about these failures for decades.
The gasoline tax is known as an excise tax and Golio points out that they have been around for more than 200 years and are older than income, estate, and gift taxes. They were initially imposed to finance wars.
In 1913, the income tax was introduced and, if the politicians could restrain themselves from spending every cent collected, government might not now be borrowing and, at the same time, raising its debt ceiling. Moreover, the nation might not be on the verge of losing its triple-A rating!
Federal and state governments have found ingenious ways to apply excise taxes. They include, in addition to gasoline and utility taxes, telephone services such as pre-paid phone cards, subscriber line charges, directory listings, WATS services, and long-distance toll charges, among others.
There are taxes on domestic and international air travel, wagering, occupation taxes covering importers and manufactures, firearms and ammunition, oil and chemicals, vaccines, and coal production sales.
As Americans are learning, the definition of “rich” now includes approximately 117 million households. In 2007, one group representing 28% of households that earned between $0 and $25,000 paid no income taxes, but received tax refunds in the form of credits such as earned income and child care. The federal government considers you to be wealthy if you earned $53,000 this year. About 25% of all tax filers fall into this category.
Golio is a Certified Public Accountant with an Masters degree in taxation. He has taught at the college level and knows the present tax system inside and out. He also knows that federal and state governments have long been spending beyond their means and places much of the blame for today’s high rates on the public employee unions that have negotiated huge pension programs well beyond those in the private sector.
These and other compensation, such as healthcare, cost taxpayers millions of dollars in the form of property and other local taxes as states and communities bludgeon homeowners to pay for generous contracts. Despite a failing educational system, teachers and administrators continue to enjoy exceptional terms.
That is why states also impose alcohol taxes, inheritance and estate (death) taxes, tobacco taxes, parking taxes, hotel occupancy taxes, leased vehicle gross receipts taxes, severance taxes in states fortunate enough to have natural resources, in addition to the aforementioned telecommunications and utilities taxes.
In 2008, forty-six states and the District of Columbia collected corporate income taxes and forty-four states and Washington, D.C., collected individual personal income taxes for the privilege of living there.
Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, both of which could be addressed by private savings and insurance programs, are rapidly reaching insolvency which one might suppose was a strong argument against allowing the government to engage in their provision; particularly since Congress has dipped into the Social Security fund to pay for its endless pork-ridden spending programs.
And, of course, the Obama administration is currently engaged in trying to strip a trillion dollars out of Medicare and to sign up millions more so-called uninsured persons, many of whom are younger citizens, 20 to 40, who see no need to self-insure. If the Medicare “reform” passes, they will be hit up for thousands from their personal income.
It is, however, a matter of law that no one can be turned away and denied medical care at any hospital in the nation.
Americans are vaguely aware that illegal immigration adds enormous costs to the nation’s healthcare, education, and law enforcement functions, but right now in Congress, yet another “amnesty” bill has been introduced, virtually ensuring that millions more will enter the nation illegally in anticipation of a swift path to citizenship. It is a very bad idea.
Current costs associated with illegal immigration range upward to more than $636 billion. Meanwhile, some $235.8 billion is wired to Mexico and Latin America every year by those who have illegally entered the nation. There are 389,000 illegals incarcerated in our prisons and approximately 699,000 who are fugitives!
The real problem, however, in addition to federal spending, are the state legislatures that have abandoned all reason when it comes to spending. There are states like California and New Jersey that are, simply stated, broke.
The fact that the Obama administration has increased the national debt and appears indifferent to public protests against its Medicare “reform” and proposed new taxes on all energy use in the form of “Cap-and-Trade” suggests that it is either infantile or determined to bankrupt the entire nation.
The sad part is that Golio and many others are well aware of what must be done to correct and avoid the horror of America becoming another Zimbabwe, but many Americans have concluded they are powerless to stop it.
The Obama File
Dec. 17, 2009
Coruption Chronicles is reporting that a leftist La Raza activist previously forced out of a U.S. ambassadorship for her close ties to a terrorist-sponsoring foreign government has been nominated by President Obama to a key administration post.
Mari Del Carmen Aponte, a former director at the racist Mexican group National Council of La Raza (see the press release applauding her nomination) and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, has been handpicked by Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador. That means Aponte, an attorney and independent consultant, will represent the State Department in the civil war-ravaged Central American country.
In 1998 Bill Clinton nominated Aponte, who was a member of his transition team, to be U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic but she was forced to withdraw after news broke about her tight relationship with an agent of Communist Cuba’s spy agency. The island nation has appeared on the State Department’s terrorism list since the early 1980s for supporting designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations — from South America and Europe — and for harboring fugitives from U.S. justice, including domestic terrorists. Cuba’s government also maintains close relationships with other state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran and Syria.
On the heels of Aponte’s latest nomination, a popular news syndicate is rehashing the long forgotten story of her ignominious past. According to an intelligence memo obtained by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Aponte cohabitated with an agent of the Cuban intelligence service, known as DGI. The crucial intelligence memo questioned the lack of a thorough security check into Aponte’s background and alleged that Aponte was recruited as a spy for Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.
In Washington deep pockets and powerful friends often make these sorts of damaging scandals go away, however. Aponte is a longtime close pal of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and she’s donated generously to Democrats over the years. That’s why soon she will get that cherished diplomatic post that has eluded her for a decade.
The Post & E-Mail
Letter to the USofA, by Doug Cook
(Dec. 15, 2009) — To my patriotic sisters and brothers, and others whom it may concern:
The old saying that “ain’t nothing so bad, it ain’t good for something” holds a lot of truth. In regards to the people that are attempting undermine the free world, rob our country of its wealth, usurp the eminence of our land, bury our liberty’s and prosperity under a mountain of unconstitutional law and regulation; the traiters are in effect digging their own grave. All the effects which their efforts are causing, are having such an adverse effect on freedom living people, as to cause their eventual demise.
Roughly 308 million, good people live in the good old USofA. By all accounts, at least half this number consists of patriotic conservative minded citizens. In approximation this figures out to 150 million Patriots, this surely is quite a lot of people by any reckoning.
As a people, we are daily fed a diet of rancid spin from a Dinosaur press. We have Wolves in sheep skins operating in both houses of legislature and halls of justice, attempting to spin events beyond a point of no return. Power Brokers and insidiously wealthy Elites operate behind a cloak of mercenary sycophants. The operatives in a scheme to transform the USofA into a private playground and piggy-bank, to control the masses, they are very few in numbers.
This apparatchik is increasingly ineffective in quelling the uprising of people who have had enough of the direction our country has been heading in. It is evident that the ground-swell of a people’s revolt is becoming one big bad-ass steamroller; it is heading right for the source of this misery and darkness. The steamroller is named Redress, it has a big scary sharks mouth with lots of teeth painted on the front. The coming time of reckoning is fast approaching.
A cautionary note to those who wish to usurp; in no uncertain terms you can’t kill a dream. You can’t kill Freedom or Dignity. Regarding Liberty, well you better watch your necks you treasonous communist scum, Liberty has your names and faces and it is coming for you.
This steamroller cannot be stopped. It has the mighty mass of all the generations of descendants of our founding fathers, steering and stomping on the gas pedal. This Leviathan gathers momentum and inertia at an ever increasing exponential rate, proportional to the evil it aims to rid from the world.
For you all out there all smug and smart, about your ideals and agenda of power and greed, you watermelon enviro-mental-lists, fakers and pretenders: your time is coming, your number is up, your come-uppence is coming due. Make no mistake, you all can’t hold a candle to the good and light in the people of this great land. By whatever means necessary redress and retribution of wrongs and usurpation of our charters and constitution of laws is a reality. Power grabbers and robber barons, your days are history.
All you usurpers and elite’s, you have no idea how fed up and angry we the people are of your crimes and felonies! Nor of how aroused and weary by your trespasses on God and Prosperity, on self-determination and national self-worth we have become!
By taking advantage of our good nature and good will, you have corrupted justice and broken the trust placed in your hands by our nation. You have taken us for granted; but not for long! Your going to pay this piper and drummer of Liberty and Freedom. Pay-back, it is going to be. We the People may seem small to you, but you have forgotten how large and righteous our power truly is.
Revolution is building, it is in the form of true and rightful redress. One way or the other, it will be revolution and overthrow of the chains of tyranny.
Red as the blood of those who give all for what matters most, white as the purest light of angels of God, Plain as day blue sky that holds the stars of destiny. Freedom Liberty and Prosperity are the mighty warriors who will smite the enablers and carrion of greed and power from our righteous midst.
Rise up my brothers and sisters! rise up for what you know to be right.!Let your courage and dignity be your guiding light. Lead one another by guiding everlasting principles.
Rise up as one as a nation. As patriots and family, brothers and sisters, as one nation. Rise up in greatness of prosperity of the spirit, of Liberty and of Love of ones home and country.
May your Christmas be Joyful, full of love and warmth of the heart, blessed with many friends and family. And so humbly, may God Bless the United States Of America and the great People of it.