August 31, 2011 Headlines
If only our GOP were really this tough! Hat tip Kevin Jackson at The Black Sphere.
Judgment and discrimination, which by the way are genuine functions of intelligence, have gone quite out of style. In fact they are demonized regularly. The most fashionable stance, the one that insures a person of being included and if not actually liked then at least tolerated, is amiable agreement with whatever nonsense is flowing from the current speaker’s spigot.
Bigotry is the term the left uses to try and convince you that you don’t know what you actually know through experience. Good judgment comes from experience. Experience is the result of bad judgment. Nature’s School of Hard Knocks makes sure the message is understandable, though it must be said that not everyone graduates. Why bother? Flunkies will in all likelihood qualify for a government program.
via Dorrie O’Brien | August 27, 2011 | Opinion
The InterChurch Center (TIC), which houses the Muslim Consultative Network (MCN), is a member of the Morningside Area Alliance created by David Rockefeller in 1947. David Rockefeller founded the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association in 1958 to “advance Rockefeller’s vision of Lower Manhattan as a global model for a modern central business district.”
In addition to Union Theological Seminary — home to Black Liberation Theology founder James Cone — member institutions include Riverside Church.
Interfaith Program Vision and Mission
The Muslim Consultative Network (MCN) is a nonprofit network of New York area based Muslim American organizations and individuals, working to strengthen and unify our community for love of God and to serve the needs of Humanity.
Since its first meeting as a group of volunteers at the Interchurch Center in 2003, MCN has promoted Muslim engagement in American pluralism and in the dialogue of faiths. Every year, our members engage in scores of Interfaith debates and discussions, prayers and advocacy for policy change. MCN has been a leader in such initiatives and a consistent and loyal partner.
One such leader of interfaith dialogue has been current MCN Chair Debbie Almontaser, who despite deep involvement with dialogue and conflict programs was unfairly smeared by right wing extremists, resulting in job loss and lawsuits and a 2010 determination of Discrimination against New York City by the EEOC. Many leaders were shocked that high level contacts in the faith community could not shield her from defamation, Nevertheless Ms Almontaser remains as committed as ever. . . .
Dorrie: Read it all. Lots of pictures and more bias-spreading words slipped in.
“Interfaith dialogue” is a waste of time in my opinion. It’s based on the premise that there’s one God we all believe in, and we’re all basically good and decent people who can get along quite well if we all just understand one another. It’s socialism/liberalism/multiculti-diversity foolishness to the nth degree.
Seyyid Qutb, the father of the modern Muslim Brotherhood, said very clearly in his book, Milestones, that a bridge was NOT to be built for non-Muslims and Muslims to mix, but to come over to Islam ONLY. I have no idea what is hard to understand about that. Which probably isn’t the problem; the problem is that the people running these places don’t look deep enough to learn such things.
There are also numerous Do Not Mingle with the Kuffar Qur’anic verses (except to advance the cause of Islam). My guess is the people running these things don’t know about those, either.
Related: The “Ground Zero” Mosque Will Never be Built–For Totally Non-Political Reasons - Barry Rubin
by Ken Brewer | August 30, 2011 | Opinion
In listening to the news on the radio this morning, two cases of civil injustice were reported and discussed. One was in Colorado, where the owner of a car sales lot shot and killed a teenager who scaled the fence and entered the property to burglarize. A grand jury refused to indict him, but a civil jury awarded his illegitimate daughter a huge sum of money in a suit brought by the dead criminal’s mother. The little girl’s grandmother, of course, will be responsible for spending that money. Any bets as to how closely the court will monitor how it is spent? My bets are that they will monitor it no more closely than they do how child support payments are spent. As far as the courts are concerned, the mother can spend it on dope and let the kid starve, as long as CPS doesn’t bring charges. What is going On?
In Williamson County, a Cedar Park teenager died of alcohol poisoning and her mother sued the liquor store owner and was awarded over a quarter of a million dollars – even though she was found to be more at fault than he was! The liquor store owner was not found guilty of any criminal charges. Accusations were made about 85 phone calls, but no criminal culpability on the part of the store owner was even charged! What is going on?
Decades ago, a drunk was running from the police in Harlingen and ran a stop sign in front of an 18 wheel milk hauler which had just left the plant (where my father also worked driving such a rig). The drunk was squashed, to say the least. His widow filed suit and paraded 10 children in front of the jury. She was awarded one million dollars due to the company being found to be less that 10% at fault. What happened to the other 9+ million dollars? What is going on?
I have been called all kinds of villainous names for shouting that civil law in domestic violence and divorce is totally out of control and beyond the constitution. The three cases above demonstrate what can be done to anyone by civil law even though they have committed no criminal act. It is time to propose another constitutional amendment eliminating civil law and placing all offenses under criminal law, with the protections and proof of guilt that it requires. Civil law no longer has anything to do with justice. It is a system of wealth redistribution, even predetermining winning and losing classes of people. That is what is going on!
Estate of Denial weighs in on the subject here.
Dear Tea Party members: You want to team up with the RonPauligans? Think twice. One well-intentioned mistake can ruin your credibility for a long time. (And NO, the guy in the picture is not a solitary loon.)
Update: Curiously, the video has since been scrubbed from Youtube but it did exist.
Michelle Malkin takes up the argument here at The Right Scoop.
by Paul G. | August 29, 2011 | Independent Activist Report
In case you didn’t hear about this, liberals and pro-gay agenda activists have been trying to ruin a business owned by a woman who refused to sell a wedding dress to a lesbian planning to “marry” a woman.
The forum for their attack is the business review site Yelp.com.
The liberal haters have been placing fake or unrelated comments on the shop’s Yelp page and submitting low votes to pull her rating down. Some conservatives, myself included, posted supporting comments and submitted high votes to counter the low votes. When San Francisco based Yelp found out they removed the supportive comments but left the hateful comments. To top it off, my Yelp account was quietly closed without even an email announcement.
When my post was removed they did send an email:
AUG 22, 2011 | 11:49AM PDT
We’re writing to inform you that we’ve decided to remove your review of Here Comes the Bride. We don’t take this decision lightly, and appreciate the seriousness of the allegations in your review. Nevertheless our Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines) are very clear in outlining the need for a first-hand experience, and we think this an important requirement for maintaining Yelp as a useful site for consumer reviews. Responding to a news story or other users’ reviews falls outside of a core first-hand experience of the business.
That being said, we would never wish to stifle discussion on any of the issues you’ve raised, and our Talk section (http://www.yelp.com/talk) may be an appropriate forum for your opinions regarding this incident.
Please know that we review every situation with great attention and take this matter very seriously.
Yelp User Support, San Francisco, California
Apparently the liberal media is coming to Yelp’s aid by spreading stories that Yelp has removed all of the posts unrelated to personal experience, but a review of the remaining posts shows this to be a lie.
So, what have we learned? Liberal media bias and liberal corporate activism are alive and well.
Most of the posts have been removed, though a few well disguised fake posts remain. Also, my account has been restored. I continue ‘flagging’ posts and uploaded photos with pro-gay messages as inappropriate. I think this is why so may posts have been removed – I flag them with a comment explaining why they are extreme, and the posts get removed. ‘not sure they’re reacting to my comments, but they are getting removed for whatever reason.
So, at the moment, Yelp is acting reasonably responsibly. Still, you might like to write a post that puts Yelp on notice – let the San Francisco corporate crowd know they’re being watched.
Also, I sent an email to the shop owner letting her know what I’m doing, so she doesn’t just give up and assume the hostile posts remain – it would be enough to make someone depressed.
I’ll keep readers posted on this story.
Uploaded by NewRevolutionNow on Aug 24, 2011
Don Zimmerman discusses his new book, “How to Swing Votes” A Precinct Guide to Winning Elections. Hat tip Dean Wright.
Update: Looks like Pokey knows his stuff: Islamic Spring… Anti-Aircraft Missiles Flow Into Gaza From Rebel-Held Areas in Libya via @gatewaypundit ~ SW
by John “Slow Pokey” Ritter | August 26, 2011 | Trailer Park Show
As Libya is in the news I would like to mention a few things.
To start with: there is no question about the fact that all kinds of unpleasant people and groups are well established everywhere in Latin America. So I won’t dwell too long on it other than to say there are several sources I consider quite good, one of which is Vanessa Neumann in Foreign Policy Research Institute. Scroll down to the notes there for some very good info. Others perhaps not so good like Jane Jamison at Uncoverage.net all give good information which taken together begin to shed light on the picture.
Second thing I’d like to point out: It is common knowledge that if you smell cocaine in Europe, Hezbollah brought it. Again nothing new. From last year, a reputable source. And my favorite of all reputable sources, Small Wars Journal, here is a piece called Hezbollah in the Tri-Border Area of South America by Cyrus Miryekta I highly recommend you down load this and take the time to read the entire thing. While somewhat dated I’ll also recommend this from Military Review by Lieutenant Colonel Philip K. Abbott, U.S. Army.
Third: Drugs go from Latin America to Africa to Europe and it’s a two way street. Have you ever heard of MALI? And what does Mali, a some what friendly country, have to do with Hezbollah and Latin America? Drugs. Lots of drugs and this story doesn’t stop.
And if that isn’t enough there’s more from Ejike Okpa ii [Dallas Texas] in The African Executive. It’s not anything new from our friends at The UN in 2008. I could go on and on – but you get the idea.
Fourth — I promise, I’m getting to my point: Libya is collapsing and we all know they have some really neat stuff. I’m not too worried about the really nasty stuff. Here are two from a moderately reliable source [Associated Press]. First the nasty stuff and then the lesser nasty. Like I said those two stories don’t overly alarm me, I’m looking at this from a Border/Drug smuggling/TCO [Transnational Criminal Organizations] aspect. Chemical weapons just don’t fit. Chemical weapons are really bad for business, they are hard to handle. If one were to be used all kinds of hell would come down on cartel members’ heads. Let’s face it, it’s just bad for business. In my opinion, there is just no use for them.
Fifth: What ties together Libya and the Texas/Mexican border and what worries me: SA-7s. These are nasty little things, and Libya has lot’s of them, or did. According to Reuters News some may already be in Mali, from this past April . I find no reason to doubt this story. Not a great record against Fighter Jets but BETTER against helicopters and civilian jet liners. For TCO’s or terrorist SA-7s are much easier and safer to handle than chemical weapons.
In conclusion, for Mexican drug people, SA-7s could be just what the doctor ordered for those pesky Army helicopters. And as for terrorists, again much easier to handle and transport than chemical weapons. Contrary to popular belief, it would be very difficult for a terrorist group to enlist the aid of a Mexican drug smuggling group in their efforts to get chemical weapons or SA-7s into this country. Smugglers have no love for America but they know what would happen to themselves when the smoke cleared. Very bad for business.
There may be evidence that certain terrorist groups may not need Mexican help in smuggling stuff into this country. I just haven’t seen anything credible that they have such capability.
I’m not too worried about seeing these missiles here. As Stratfor says they’re not likely to do anything too stupid.
But if I was a Mexican Army helicopter pilot I might be a little nervous.
More from Arizona’s controversial immigration bill drafter Kris Kobach. His criticism of Chairman Lamar Smith’s E-verify bill coming up for a vote is here. Take the time to be informed, and to enjoy this.
Uploaded by STL9Network on Jul 23, 2010
It’s somewhat surprising that the man who molded the controversial Arizona immigration bill is based in here in the Midwest. Kris Kobach is an attorney who teaches law at UM-KC. He also travels the country to help craft legislation that he believes will restrict the flow of illegal immigrants to our land—a flow that he argues needlessly burdens our system and flaunts the rule of law.
Kris Kobach will be part of the Homeland series in the episode “Enforcement.” Here we meet him at the Illegal Means Illegal! Immigration Enforcement Rally on July 13th in Overland Park, Kansas.
This video is part of KETC’s Homeland project, a year long look at the complicated issue of immigration in America. Visit us at http://www.explorehomeland.org
Uploaded by VetsforPerry on Aug 9, 2011
Veterans for Rick Perry seeks to promote the candidacy of Governor Rick Perry as our next Commander-in-Chief. He is a veteran and he stands with veterans.
Texas Governor Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1977 as a C-130 tactical airlift aircraft pilot in Europe and the Middle East. In his more than 11 years as governor of the second largest state in the nation, Texas has experienced immense economic growth, balanced a $26 billion budget deficit, and maintained a solid economy while most other states were in the red. Additionally, he has led one of the most aggressive border security efforts this country has ever seen, directing more than $230 million toward border security, cutting down on gang violence and providing real-time surveillance and intelligence to law enforcement on the ground.
Of significant importance to veterans, he has promoted a veteran-friendly climate throughout Texas and supports policies that enable the men and women who’ve served our nation to return home to the support they need to provide for their families through strong mental health programs, educational opportunities and, of course, a vibrant economy.
After graduation from Texas A&M University, Governor Rick Perry served in the U.S. Air Force, but the Marine motto Semper Fidelis comes to mind when considering his long-standing support for veterans and their issues.
As Governor, Rick Perry:
* Supported and signed “College Credit for Heroes,” SB 1736 (2011), which establishes a pilot project at the Texas Workforce Commission in coordination with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop a model for college transfer methods that maximizes academic and workforce education credit awarded to universities to veterans for military experience.
* Signed legislation making it easier for active-duty military to vote while overseas.
* Extended property tax exemptions for fully disabled veterans to their surviving spouses and signed legislation ensuring that property tax exemptions follow disabled veterans to new property if they move.
* In June 2010, Gov. Perry announced a $3 million workforce development initiative through the Texas Workforce Commission to ensure veterans and family members have the resources necessary to receive an education, procure jobs and return to civilian life after their deployments end. The initiative connects the dots between the high-quality training our military offers and college coursework and professional certification standards.
* In November 2009, the governor worked with the Legislature and the Health and Human Services Commission to secure an additional $5 million to supplement the $1.2 million from the state budget to expand mental health treatment ans support programs for veterans and their families.
* The governor also directed the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and DSHS to establish veteran-to-veteran (V2V) support groups across the state. These V2V groups help veterans by allowing them to share their experiences with fellow veterans.
Our country needs a candidate who will promote the values of freedom, independence, capitalism and free-market enterprise. We believe that Rick Perry is the man for the job.
Veterans for Rick Perry is not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. Photo credit for final photo: The Huffington Post, 8/8/11.
It’s not that I don’t like Ace of Spades, because I do. I have watched this fighter from the right side go after people with whom he disagrees before with vigor and determination. Not the kind of fire I’d want to draw.
Except this time it is personal. I have been relying on Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller since 2004 for the best anti-jihad information, bar none. The left and the enemies of America have long tried to silence their voices or, having failed that, marginalize them as fringe or crazy. Now that election season is upon us – and my very own Governor Rick Perry is in the race – it seems certain elements of the GOP side of the aisle are piling on. No matter. I stand with Spencer and Geller. And I speak for your benefit when I say to you: Ignore them at your own peril.
The Perry/Aga Khan curriculum: Ace folds, presents as the curriculum material that isn’t the curriculum at all
by Robert Spencer | August 27, 2011 | Jihadwatch.org
Ace of Spades is one of those juvenile, leering fratboy blogs that has never appealed to me. The first time this was sent to me, I took a look, saw how inaccurate, fact-free, and contemptuous (to say nothing of contemptible) the presentation was, and hadn’t intended to reply. Ace can’t even spell Pamela Geller’s name right. But as the strange attempt to shut down all skepticism about Rick Perry continues, and people keep sending Ace’s post to me, and pointing out that it is being picked up all over, so here goes. And Pamela Geller smacks down Ace here. “So…. Yeah… The New Smear Is That Rick Perry Is a Dhimmi, Huh?,” from Ace of Spades, August 26 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Pam Gellar [sic], relying on a hot tip from, um, Salon, thinks Rick Perry’s a dhimmi.
Salon did report on Perry’s connection to the Aga Khan. But the Perry bots keep breathlessly repeating that “Geller relied on Salon!” as if Salon’s hard-Left pseudo-journalist Justin Elliott were the only source for the connection between Perry and the Aga Khan. Unfortunately, that is not the case; if it were, the Perry/Aga Khan ties could easily be dismissed as Leftist propaganda. But they can’t, and Ace and the others who try to dismiss or downplay the Perry/Aga Khan ties by saying that Geller got it from Salon know they can’t — there are too many other sources besides Salon. So why do they keep bringing up Salon? To manipulate you into thinking that Leftist propaganda is all there is to this. In playing that kind of shell game, they’re no better than the Center for American Progress.
I suggest you read it all. Breathe while you read. It helps concentration.
by Ken Brewer | August 26. 2011 | Opinion
Kirsten Powers has written a post on “The Daily Beast” which characterizes the blunder by the Vice President of the most powerful nation in the history of mankind, Joseph P. Biden, in a way that the MSM has completely ignored, in the same way that it has ignored the slaughter of baby girls (gendercide) in China. For anyone who believes that this is merely an issue of abortion, I have the deed on a certain bridge in Brooklyn that I will sell you cheap!
Vice President Biden stated in an address at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China,
“Your policy has been one which I fully understand (I’m not second guessing) of one child per family.
Joe Biden, long before he became President B. Hussein Obama’s running mate, has been known as Crazy Joe, with his stupid and/or ignorant gaffe’s being laughed off. If this is a gaffe, and I don’t believe that it is, it is not funny. Coming from the Vice President of the United States on an official visit it has the strength of being a policy statement, and is the policy of this country unless repudiated by President B. Hussein Obama.
What the Chinese policy means is that if a woman has a female child in the Chinese culture, it is most often murdered. If it is determined to be a female child before birth, it is most often aborted.
The objections to China’s policy are not an anti- or pro-abortion issue, as much of our media has framed it. It is a women’s rights issue in the extreme! It has been characterized as causing more violence against women and girls than any official policy in the history of mankind.
Writer Mara Hvistendahl, a supporter of abortion rights, stated, “The total number of missing females in Asia is 160 million” — that’s more than the entire female population of the United States! This is the policy which Vice President Biden and the Obama administration have endorsed!
A bit of fun with the 2nd Amendment. Kathleen McKinley, aka Texas Sparkle, brought this to my attention. She starts out:
For some reason my buddy Melissa never told me she had this video of Gov. Rick Perry teaching me to shoot his Ruger last year (the one he shot the coyote with!). This is just too cool.
I’ll say it is! The story is here.
Governor Perry has made himself very accessible to alternative media in Texas. My story of meeting him on such an outing is here. Try an internet search for “shooting with Governor Perry” — you’d be surprised at all the stuff that comes up.
So Thursday Aug 25 I saw this in my twitter mention feed from my buddy Eliza:
What?! You mean I made the cut? Wow.
During the 82nd #TxLege I was on twitter like a rat on cheese, circulating information every day as much as possible to keep people updated about what was going on under and around the Texas Capitol dome. Weirdly, I was also getting spambots (unwanted impersonal links to God-knows-what) at an unprecedented rate, too. I have to say getting some acknowledgment for my trouble is an unintended consequence of a more preferable sort. Here’s the mention from iando.com.
In politics, influence is everything. As everyone spends more time online, social media’s role (or lack of a role) in political influence is a common source of debate here at I&O.
At one point this summer we wondered how a measure of a political influencer’s social media influence might stack up against other influence rankings we’re accustomed to seeing, like “Best and Worst” lists.
To illustrate the concept, we decided to look at how Radian6 (a popular online media monitoring tool that uses algorithms and other factors to assess influence) ranked media publications, legislators and other influencers active on the Twitter hashtag #TxLege during the last two months of the regular session and during the special session. Once we had the Radian6 lists, we compared them to the other rankings.
This post neither is an endorsement nor criticism of Radian6; we chose Radian6 because it consistently appears in the top lists of social media monitoring tools organizations use. We omitted other influence indicators (e.g, Klout) because none of them focused specifically on influence on a Twitter hashtag. Radian6 influence score on a Twitter hashtag takes into account on-topic posts, followers, following, total updates and other factors.
Top 10 other influencers on Twitter #TxLege:
Eliza Vielma, Americans for Prosperity Legislative Affairs and New Media; @MissLizaFace; Radian6 Influence Score: 73
Sibyl West, Independent Blogger and Supporter of Americans for Prosperity; @Ramparts360; Radian6 Influence Score: 69
Michael Quinn Sullivan, CEO of Empower Texans; @mqsullivan; Radian6 Influence Score: 64
Jasie Boyd, Policy Analyst at the Texas Legislative Study Group; @jasieboyd; Radian6 Influence Score: 60
Texas Impact; @tximpact; Radian6 Influence Score: 61
Michele Samuelson, Blogger for Empower Texans; @MjSamuelson; Radian6 Influence Score: 59
Bee Moorhead, Executive Director at Texas Impact; @BeeMoorhead; Radian6 Influence Score: 57
Sean Hennigan, Communications Director at Texas Impact; @thebackstageguy; Radian6 Influence Score: 56
Phillp Martin, Policy Director at Texas Legislative Study Group; @PhillipMartin; Radian6 Influence Score: 56
Empower Texans; @EmpowerTexans; Radian6 Influence Score: 55
Go and have a look at who else made a difference through new media. Oh, and I intend to be at it again during the next legislative session, too. It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.
Care to guess which Presidents have the utmost respect for their SS Agents? And which Presidents have the utmost disdain?
Uploaded by WildBillforAmerica on Jul 2, 2011
What the Secret Service agents say about past and present Presidents. Hat tip Texas Mobfather.