OPINIONS: “Jihad Bums”

April 25, 2013


Jihad Bums
William Sullivan
Welfare breeds not gratitude, but resentment. With Muslims, it also breeds jihad. More

The Sheep of Watertown
Robert T. Smith
The events following the Boston bombing were instructive as to how far we have fallen as a free society. How much more freedom are we willing to give up for illusory security? More

Boston Demands That We Know Our Enemy
Matthew May
The Boston Marathon bombing was another act of war perpetrated against the United States by Islamic jihadists. It’s past time our government recognized that. More


“Open Season”

Hat Tip

Response to Boston Marathon bombings

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President George W. Bush Stirred Up Passionate Hate Because ‘He Called Evil By Name’

I’m offended by Islam


Planned Parenthood’s Horrific Ironies Exposed by the Gosnell Trial
Janice Shaw Crouse
Prior to the Gosnell revelations, most Americans had a positive view of Planned Parenthood. More

  • The Boston Massacre


    The media don’t want to believe there are “engaged” terrorists outside al-Qaeda.

  • Hardwired for Delusion and Defamation

    Despite the bloody reality of Boston, the smears, defamation and lies persist. Good piece over at The American Thinker:

    “Bill Maher Exposes the Leftist Islamophobia Ruse for Even Leftists to See” By William Sullivan
    On Friday’s Real Time program on HBO, Bill Maher hosted an interview with Brian Levin, the director of the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism.  It became clear within thirty seconds that Levin was not attending the religious parity party he had expected.

    One can understand why Levin might harbor such expectations.  Maher has a pretty apparent disdain for religious adherents of all stripes.  But in that first thirty seconds, Maher spoke, with a pointedly singular focus, of the hypocrisy we witness in such fanatical terrorists as the Tsarnaev brothers, who bombed the Boston Marathon last week.  “If you read what the older brother wrote on his, uh, on the internet,” Maher began, “it says his worldview: Islam.  Personal priorities: career and money.  And we see a lot of this; I mean, the 9/11 hijackers went to strip clubs the night before they got on the plane.”

    Two references to notorious acts of Islamic terrorism were enough for Levin.  He interjected by saying that “it’s not like people who are Muslims who do wacky things have a monopoly on it.  We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian, who say they’re out for God and end up doing not-so-nice things.”

    Before he could even finish this rather boilerplate attempt to draw religious equivalency between the “not-so-nice things” religious people do and acts of murder and terror sanctified by Islamic groups, Maher had written him off, replying, “You know what, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.  That’s liberal b——- right there.”

    Levin, seemingly blindsided, appealed to the fact that Maher’s pointing out hypocrisy in all religion is how he makes his living, but Maher refused to relent.

    There’s only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet.  There’s only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you renounce the faith.  An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing.  Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam.  So I’m just saying, let’s keep it real.

    This is the moment where Levin’s agenda was exposed, and anti-jihadists like Pamela Geller were thoroughly vindicated, even if not explicitly.  “Well,” Levin dawdled, “I guess I have a girl for you, Pam Geller, you could maybe meet,” in an attempt to be funny.  Maher, confusedly turning to the audience, replied, “Uh, I don’t know what that means.”

    “Well, she’s an Islamophobe,” Levin said.  There it is.  To those in the in the audience who were paying attention, it became pretty apparent that when presented with these uncomfortable facts by someone who cannot readily be denounced as a hateful Islamophobe, the Islamic apologist can do nothing more than reach into his Islamophobia rolodex for an example to get his point across.  And in this case, that example is a figure who is possibly obscure to Maher, and entirely abstract to the conversation.

    If Maher could have readily recalled exactly who Pamela Geller is and reference her work, he would likely have explained to Levin that juxtaposing Islamists who would bless the murder of apostates with Pamela Geller, who has never advocated that her readers commit murder, is a silly, slanderous thing to do.  But though Maher didn’t specifically discuss Geller here, he did vindicate her in terms of the anti-jihad message she works to disseminate.  And here’s why.

    Much of what leaves Bill Maher’s mouth after this point encapsulates Geller’s message in such a way that it will be understood by an audience that might otherwise write it off if a figure like Geller had said it.  To the progressive audience members who know who Geller is, or maybe have watched the many propaganda charades disguised as documentaries against her, Geller has the letter I branded on her — so her words would likely be immediately dismissed as hate.

    So Maher gets to say what Geller does and would say, without having Levin immediately dismiss the truth as Islamophobia, which follows:

    I am not an Islamophobe, that’s wrong.  I am a truth lover. [Approving applause]  All religions are not alike.  As many people have pointed out, The Book of Mormon, did you see the show? [Levin says no, as he's unable to get tickets.] Okay.  Can you imagine if they did The Book of Islam? [Pause.] Could they do that?  There is only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that.  Could they do The Book of Islam on Broadway?

    Levin replied with an unconvincing “Possibly so,” looking to quickly change the subject.  But before he could, Maher sardonically demanded, “Tell me what color the sky is in your world.”

    Visibly flustered, Levin continued, grasping the only arrow left in his quiver.  He suggested that there are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world, and yes, a lot of them are extremists “who would slit your throats,” but “there are also folks that are fine, upstanding people.”  So he’s worried that this national audience might be being exposed to “hatred” of Muslims.

    Unmoved, Maher simply said, “No, you’re wrong about that.  And you’re wrong about your facts.  Obviously, most Muslim people are not terrorists.  But ask most Muslim people in the world — if you insult the prophet, do you have what’s coming to you?  It’s more than just a fringe element.”

    There it is.  Truth, wrapped with a bow for the leftists who might otherwise reject it, which advances the national dialogue in a positive direction.

    There is more to a message than its content — delivery is essential.  The problem with the debate regarding Islam is that the channels for dialogue, which should be open and honest, are closed and selectively directed by social engineers, like Brian Levin, who value political correctness over truth.  Generally speaking, the right does not believe these social engineers at all, and the left far too blindly accepts their nonsense.

    This is the reason for the profundity I found in the interview with Ruslav Tsarni, the Tsarnaev brothers’ Muslim uncle who, convincingly, I believe, denounced armed jihad and expressed a genuine devotion to American values.  Americans are free to view Tsarni’s testimony as taqiyya (a religiously sanctified lie to advance Islam, as many Comments on the article apparently believe), but the point is, the message that there are Muslims who abhor Islamic violence and value freedom is much better-received by such an example than being told what to believe by a leftist opinion-maker.

    Likewise, hearing a leftist opponent of religion denounce the notion of religious parity while speaking the truth about Islam’s role as a uniquely malignant contributor to global terrorism is much better-received by leftists when heard from Bill Maher than from Pamela Geller, who, in my opinion, has been wrongfully ostracized from the discussion among leftists.

    So, thanks to Bill Maher, the anti-jihadists’ message may have found a new audience.  And truth, when allowed to permeate any dialogue, is never a bad thing.

    Read the whole thing.

  • The FAA Strikes Again, the FAA Brags

    “the FAA management has stated in meetings that they need to make the furloughs as hard as possible for the public so that they understand how serious it is.”

  • A Contrast: A Saudi Prince’s influence on Fox News vs. Murdoch family’s lack of influence on Rotana

    By on April 25, 2013 in Blog, General

    Last year, Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp. significantly increased its ownership in a media entity headed by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. Via Arabian Business: News Corp will pay $35m for the shares, which will take its stake in Rotana to 18.97 percent. Last year, News Corp upped its stake to 14.53 percent. The acquisition was announced [...]

  • Time for the ‘Democracy Project’ to Go!


    American policies toward Islam are stuck in the dubious notion that Moderate Islam is the norm, and that it is our duty to help those who so profess in order to hinder Militant Islamism, our sworn enemy.

  • ‘If Only the Boston bomber Had Been a White American…’


    One of the most unpleasant things, in the aftermath of terrorist attack, is the way commentators want the perpetrator to fit a particular profile.

  • Education by Murder in Boston


    What it will do is very important: it will prompt some Westerners to conclude that Islamism is a threat to their way of life.

  • It’s The Religion, Stupid


    It amazes me what lengths to which the left will go to avoid mentioning terrorism and Islam in the same sentence.

  • The Boston Bombing and the Case for FBI Stings


    With a few lucky breaks, last week’s Boston Marathon bombing could have had a dramatically different outcome.

  • Obama Counts on Media to Shift Blame for Flight Delays


    Now U.S. citizens are experiencing delayed flights across the country as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs each of its employees one day every other week.

  • NBC, ABC Ignore a Blistering House Report Placing Blame for Benghazi (Libya) on Clinton, Obama

  • Congressman: “Five Jihadists Have Reached Their Targets in the United States under President Obama”

  • Al-Harbi (Saudi National) made multiple visits to the White House??

    By on April 24, 2013 in Blog, General

    After the Boston marathon bombings on April 15th, Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi went from suspect to ‘person of interest’ to witness to innocent bystander to victim all in less than 24 hours. According to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Al-Harbi was put on and taken off a terrorist watchlist during those 24 hours as well. Then, [...]

    7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil


    The immigration bill pushed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other members of the Gang of 8 is advertised as a comprehensive reform to secure the border and strengthen the immigration laws before allowing legalization.

    1. Legalization and Border Insecurity

    The bill provides for legalization in six months as soon as the secretary of Department of Homeland Security does another worthless Washington, D.C., review of border security. Almost anyone who has been in the United States illegally since as recently as December 2011 is eligible to legalize. This exposes the public- relations lie of rewarding only those who have put down “roots” in the United States.

    Even the last mass amnesty in 1986 required applicants to have been in the United States almost five years.

    Proponents say the bill will make us safer because we will know who is here. But the Boston bombers were already living here legally and were operating in plain sight.


    Amnesty Is Granted


    Megyn Kelly’s Surprise Revelation: FBI Was ‘Shocked’ to See Judge ‘Waltz’ in and Give Suspect Miranda Rights

    Mirandizing Boston  Bomber HURT


    Dzokhar STOPPED Cooperating

    Once again coming to the aid of jihadists. This is a pattern with the Muslim Brotherhood stooge in the White House. On Christmas day in 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (aka The Underwear Bomber), tried  to blow up a plane with an underwear bomb. Using the Public Safety Exception, Abdulmutallab was interrogated — but only for 50 minutes.

    In a similar move, the White House withheld evidence in the Fort Hood jihad which stymied the prosecution of the coldblooded devout Muslim.

    Report: Mirandizing Dzokhar Compromised Investigation Breitbart, April 25, 2013

    Thanks to the “Public Safety Exception” to Miranda (which was created in 1980), the government is not forced to choose between treating a suspect as an enemy combatant or immediately allowing said suspect to hide behind an attorney and the right to remain silent. In extraordinary circumstances, when a suspect is believed to be part of a broader conspiracy that might result in the loss of innocent life, authorities have 48 hours to question the suspect before mirandizing him.

    Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the man suspected of being a co-conspirator in the Boston Marathon bombings, was mirandized after only 16 hours of questioning. According to a Fox News, FBI officials were “stunned” when federal District Court Judge Marianne Bowler arrived at the hospital and read Tsnarnaev his rights. Sources told Fox News that this premature action might have hurt the investigation.

    Apparently, prior to Judge Bowler reading him his rights, Tsarnaev was cooperating with investigators. The arrival of public defenders and the Justice Department, though, compromised the interrogation and now the belief is that “valuable intelligence may have been sacrificed as a result.”

    This is not the first time the Obama Administration has been criticized for its rush to award a terrorism suspect the right to remain silent and to hide behind an attorney. On Christmas day in 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (aka The Underwear Bomber), attempted to blow up a plane with plastic explosive hidden in his pants. Using the Public Safety Exception, Abdulmutallab was interrogated — but only for 50 minutes.

    After being read his rights and receiving medical care, Abdulmutallab chose to remain silent.

    Sleeping with the Saudis

    ask yourself about the 12 person sleeper cell that is being hunted in connection to this bombing.

    But as bad as that story is, I fear there is another that is even worse that is being covered up. There was someone arrested before the Chechen brothers were caught, a Saudi national by the name of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi. Rumor has it that he has strong connections to a powerful Saudi family and that he is a known terrorist. He also has many known terrorists in his family.

    But the Obama Administration has been doing all it can to muffle anything having to do with this “person of interest.” This kid just happened to be there at the finish line rooting for a runner and probably helping with the bombing. He is also on a terrorist watch list.

    Can  President Who Has Promised to ‘Stand with the Muslims’ Protect Americans?

    Lauri B. Regan
    Now is not a time to “stand with Muslims.” It is a time to call for Muslims to leave behind centuries of violence and join the civilized race of the 21st century. More

    A Contrast in Phobias (U.S. vs Saudi arabia)

    By on April 25, 2013 in Blog, General

    According to an article in the USA Today last year, the number of mosques in the United States grew by 74% from 2000 – 2010. At last count, there were 2106 mosques in the U.S. In Saudi Arabia, there is a ban on all non-Islamic places of worship. We’ll have a word or two to [...]

    Hallalujah! Bob Beckel finally Gets it!

    By on April 25, 2013 in Blog, General

    This video made by Pamella Geller shows the 180 degree turnaround by the liberal Fox News contributor, Bob Beckel. In 2010, Beckel told Geller that she was ‘picking on a bunch of Muslims’ based on her opposition to the Ground Zero mosque. By that standard, Beckel appears to be ‘picking on a bunch of Muslims’ [...]

    Sleeping with the Saudis

    Follow-UP: Abdul Rahman Ali Al Harbi – The Mysterious Saudi National Foreign Exchange Student – Visa For Study In Ohio, But Lived In Boston Apartment….

    Videos: Rep. Darrell Issa talks about Hillary’s new Benghazi problem

    By on April 24, 2013 in Blog, General

    Yesterday, a conference consisting of five Republican chairmen of various House Committees released a report on the Benghazi attacks. In it, two facts are extremely damaging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. First, on March 28, 2012, the predecessor of Ambassador Christopher Stevens sent a cable directly to Hillary Clinton asking for more security. [...]

    Al-Harbi (Saudi National) made multiple visits to the White House??

    By on April 24, 2013 in Blog, General

    After the Boston marathon bombings on April 15th, Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi went from suspect to ‘person of interest’ to witness to innocent bystander to victim all in less than 24 hours. According to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Al-Harbi was put on and taken off a terrorist watchlist during those 24 hours as well. Then, [...]

    Like It or Not, War Is Interested in You
    Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    When our CIA director doesn’t recognize this, we have a problem. More

    • Study: 65 Percent Of Coal Plants In Danger Of Closure

      Thu Apr 25 16:44:05 2013 · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies

      Indiana Public Media ^ | 04/25/2013 | GRETCHEN FRAZEE
      New EPA regulations could force the closure of 65 percent of coal plants across the country, A Duke University study shows. That trend can already be seen in Indiana. Duke Energy officials is planning to close four of its coal processing units at its Wabash River Facility in 2015. They are still deciding whether to transition a fifth unit to a natural gas processor. Duke Energy Spokesman Lew Middleton says since 1990, Duke has spent about $2.8 billion to upgrade its Indiana facilities so they comply with EPA regulations. “These units here at Wabash River—units two, three, four and five—are…

    Bill Maher Exposes the Leftist Islamophobia Ruse for Even Leftists to See
    William Sullivan
    Truth is never a bad thing, no matter from whose mouth it comes. More

    Sen. Marco Rubio’s Tangled Web of Dishonest PC Spin
    John T. Bennett
    A degree of dishonesty unbecoming even for a politician. More

  • 7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil


    The immigration bill pushed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other members of the Gang of 8 is advertised as a comprehensive reform to secure the border and strengthen the immigration laws before allowing legalization.


  • Spineless Americans Accept Airline Delays


    Why is it that everything that has Obama’s fingerprints on it has an expensive and idiotic component to it?

  • Terrorism Highlights Threat From Al Jazeera in America


    The new “Al Jazeera America” has already announced it will open a “news bureau” in Detroit, an area with one of the largest concentrations of Arabs and Muslims outside the Middle East.

  • Why Muslims Kill


    The experts point to foreign policy, but Muslim violence began a thousand years before the United States existed as an independent political entity.

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    Obama administration further Allying with Pro-Hitler Sheikh?

    By on April 25, 2013 in Blog, General

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader – Yusuf al-Qaradawi – is calling for every Muslim to engage in the war against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, even to the point of telling Muslim children they do not have to get parental consent to do so. This would put the Barack Obama administration squarely on the side of [...]

    How the Left Thinks: It’s All a Game
    Victor Volsky
    Children play their games by assigning the parts among themselves and devising rules which all players must obey, no matter what. Sound familiar? More

    The Education of the Romeiki Family
    Daniel Payne
    Give us your tired, your poor… but not your homeschoolers. Behind the barbed-wire with them. More

    Battered Country Syndrome
    Jeffrey T. Brown. Esq.
    Our country has become a battered spouse, or child, with President Obama happily abusing us on a near daily basis. More

    Imagine a Boston Bombing Every Week
    Noah Beck
    Some people don’t have to imagine. They just have to remember. More

    Oh-oh! The Tsarnaev narrative looks worse and worse for Obama
    April 25, 2013
    The Obama administration and liberal policies look awfully bad in the face of the facts emerging about the Tsarnaev family’s insertion into the United States. More

    Schakowsky seeking to reintroduce ‘millionaires tax’
    April 25, 2013
    Government taking half of what someone makes is immoral no matter how much they earn. More


    Senate Delays Confirmation Vote On Radical Racist Tom Perez For Labor Secretary – Pending Whistleblower Testimony….

    Doing the legwork the Legacy Media will not provide.   Understand exactly how radical this nominee is, then ask yourself:  Where’s the pushback?

    WASHINGTON DC – A vote on President Barack Obama’s controversial labor secretary nominee was postponed after Republican Senators summoned a whistleblower to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

    Tom Perez and president obama

    Politico reported on Wednesday that Frederick Newell, a St. Paul, Minnesota community activist, will appear before the committee to discuss the $200 million whistleblower lawsuit that Tom Perez, the head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights enforcement, allegedly dismissed as part of a quid pro quo deal with the city. The city withdrew a Supreme Court case that threatened to overturn disparate impact, a racial discrimination doctrine that Perez supports, in exchange for the DOJ dropping the whistleblower suit. Continue reading →

    It’s How They Roll – Democrats Decide Which Of Them They Choose To Destroy So They Can Set An Example Of What Happens When You Don’t Toe The Party Line….

    99-Percent-of-DemocratsThis is a great example of how intensely the Modern Democrat party considers any ideological opposition, even amid their own constituency. From top to bottom Progressive Fabian Socialism is the entire construct of the liberal left – Democrats.

    You won’t hear the legacy media tell this story, for they are part of the same alignment;  And spotlighting the rabid extent of the ideological pressure just isn’t part of the program. The media reserves that approach for discussing how the right-wing, extremist ‘Tea Partiers’ are pressuring Republicans to move away from *cough* moderation.

    No, for the Modern Democrats the deconstruction of the U.S. Constitution, reflecting individual freedom, is the key principle upon which they manuever to overwhelm the system, tear down the fabric of a constitutional society, and reconstruct it in a more progressive manner. It is the same reason, albeit a divergent angle, that reflects the intents behind hiring people to sell government dependency – and force food stamp use.

    mooch-bloomberg(NATIONAL JOURNAL) – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the well-funded group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is seriously considering a months-long television, radio and direct-mail campaign against Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, one of four Democrats who opposed expanding a background check for guns.

    The goal: Make an example of him.

    Senior members of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns met at length Sunday to debate potential responses to the failure of President Obama’s gun regulation package, including a watered-down background check provision that fell five votes short. Continue reading →

    Obamacare officials exempted from furloughs
    April 25, 2013
    Just what does “across the board cuts” mean? More

    GOP leaders withdraw ‘Cantorcare’ bill
    April 25, 2013
    “You’re replacing one big government program with another big government program…” More

    Where is gay marriage when you need it?
    April 25, 2013
    Manufacturing sector has stopped growing – again. More

    Obamacare exemptions for Hill staff?
    April 25, 2013
    They sowed it. Now let them reap it. More

    Marketplace Fairness Act
    April 25, 2013
    Anytime you hear the word “fairness” coming from Congress, grab your wallet and hold on tight. More

    Strangling the Second Amendment
    April 25, 2013
    Crony capitalists unite, y, Seconf Amendmentou have only your constitutional rights to lose. More

    Hillary Lied Under Oath About Benghazi
    April 25, 2013
    The report contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.. More

    • Canada tried, failed to deport VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago

      Thu Apr 25 16:55:09 2013 · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies

      National Post ^ | April 25, 2013 | Stewart Bell
      TORONTO — Canadian immigration authorities tried to deport the Toronto VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago but never did so because, as a stateless Palestinian, he could not be sent to any other country, documents obtained by the National Post show. Raed Jaser was allegedly working illegally under several aliases when he was arrested in August 2004 on an outstanding immigration warrant. Officials wanted to deport him because he had a string of criminal convictions but were forced to set him free after two days. The government’s failure to deport Mr. Jaser allegedly proved costly for Canada: He and…

    Croatia, Albania, Macedonia and EU Accession: The View from Brussels
    Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. – 4/24/2013
    Croatia on the Verge of EU Accession

    From our window in the iconic, art deco, recently renovated, and surprisingly affordable Hotel Regent Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia’s increasingly chic capital city, my wife, Lidija, and I watch the swelling police presence centred on the august establishment’s regal entrance. Serb footballers are slated to arrive and confront their Croat counterparts in a historic match: benign echoes of the rabid and gory war that tore these neighbours apart two decades earlier. Croatia’s imminent accession to the European Union (EU) is supposed to erase these bitter memories and restore a sense of safety and stability to this beautiful country. Membership would confer no other immediate benefits as the ailing supranational club is preoccupied with one economic crisis after another.

    Yet, to its visitor, Croatia presents a duality that is hard to reconcile. Figures like Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac, Zagreb’s pro-Ustashe Archbishop during the country’s Nazi-leaning period and Franjo Tudman, its controversial first President after it seceded from Yugoslavia are extolled and celebrated. Veterans of paramilitary police units which committed atrocities in…

    Heavy Death Toll in Syrian Suburbs
    Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi – 4/24/2013
    Once again President Bashar al-Assad’s forces proceed ahead with a major offensive against rebels in Jdaidet Artouz and Jdaidet al-Fateh suburban districts- around 15 kms southwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus- killing more than a few hundred people besides many rebels in the past six days of macabre fighting, as reported yesterday (Monday).

    Beyond Orwell’s 1984
    Ron Coody – 4/24/2013
    Just as World War 2 came to a close, a new world power was on the rise in Eastern Europe. Taking advantage of the fall of Hitler, the Soviet Union had advanced into Poland, Hungary, Romania, East Germany and other states erecting what would become known as the Iron Curtain. The peoples behind the Iron Curtain lived under totalitarian governments that suppressed freedom of movement, speech, assembly, religion and political dissent.

    Musharraf framed by his past
    Abid Mustafa – 4/24/2013
    On April 20th 2013, the anti-terrorist court in Islamabad declared that the former dictator and ex-army Chief Pervez Musharraf is to be held on judicial remand for 14 days, after which he is to reappear in court to answer for the illegal detention of judges in 2007.

    Is Peak Oil Here To Stay?
    Angelique van Engelen – 4/15/2013
    Oil prices which are feared to linger at their skyrocketing levels longer than ever and taking on the hallmarks of permanency are undermining the prospects of economic growth worldwide, according to BestRatesIn.com on car leasing deals, focusing on Mercedes Benz cars. Oil, as well as and cheap Chinese exports and an expected widening of the US trade deficit, with car leasing companies taking the brunt of it.

    Africa Is Playing Against A Stacked Deck
    Dr. Gary K. Busch – 4/10/2013
    There is a lot of discussion in the world’s press about a new, positive, view of African development. African nations’ recent high growth rates coupled with an increased foreign investment in Africa and the development of national stock exchanges and African international banks have given rise to the popular idea that the continent may well be on track to becoming a global powerhouse.

    Warning to UN and U.S. government against another massacre of Ashraf and Liberty residents
    Shahriar Kia – 4/10/2013
    Mullah Moslehi, Iranian regime’s Minister of Intelligence, described his main mission during his visit to Iraq, as assigned by Khamenei, to be “seriously following up PMOI expulsion from Iraq”. After his meeting with Faleh Fayyaz, Maliki’s National Security Advisor, he said, “Seriously following up PMOI expulsion from Iraq. will be addressed specifically in this trip. We insist this collection to be removed from inside Iraq, and with the coordination already accomplished, God willing, this collection will be removed from inside Iraq, and they should be determined as soon as possible.” (Iran state-run News Network TV- April 2)

    Both Albanians’ and Macedonians’ Nightmare
    Zahari Arsenkov – 4/10/2013
    The current and all past – hopefully not also many future – prime ministers of Macedonia, have been succumbing to the endless carrot-and-stick game of the great powers, in restless attempts to earn the right for their country (which, in all sense and logic should be a natural right of every single nation or state) to become a member of the privileged clubs those mighty Western nations keep forming, in which they, the powerful ones are more equal than all the rest undeveloped, underdeveloped, developing, in transition, close-to-transited and you-name-it countries the West has been pressing down in ignorance and darkness for so long.

    State of Emergency in Education in Nigeria?
    Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila – 4/4/2013
    An important event last year was the reopening of schools for most Nigerian children. They will be resuming today as you read these notes, and it is important we reflect on the sate of education in the country where many students do not have the chance to acquire a high school diploma online due to lack of access to a computer.

    The Second and Seventh Amendments: History triumphs over balancing tests
    Ellis Washington, J.D. – 4/4/2013
    The U.S. Constitution is something all Americans should know, since it is being taught to everyone in school, including people who got an online high school diploma.

    Americanization and Westernization of the Global Culture
    Trish Hallmark – 4/4/2013
    Are Americans forcing a global culture that smacks of jeans, t-shirts and apple pie? As American corporations like Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Acuvue Oasys, as well as European ones like Niance dot the globe, fueled by entrepreneurship ideologies, are they diluting the distinct cultural differences of our world? The debate over the Americanization of global culture centers around the trepidation of a world speaking only English, living by westernized society mores and values, homogenized into one deep-dish apple pie. Culture is a society’s conglomeration of its language, spiritual practices, social mores and values, transmitted from one generation to another; it is tacit and esoteric and too most, it is precious and fragile. Global culturization is a diffusion of cultural values and ideas across national borders. One might argue that America is the by-product of European and British global culturization. We are all familiar with the tales of missionaries motivated by zealous ideologie…

    Answer to “The Demise of the Expert and the Ascendance of the Layman”
    Sammy Elrom – 4/2/2013
    Despite admirable language, the article “The Demise of the Expert” is troubling. Dr. Vaknin is lamenting the downfall of the experts’ view due to a process triggered by the evolution of the Internet. But the burden of proof is placed incorrectly. For one, too many academic scandals, including the recent ones involving criminal justice scholarships (see: online-education-degrees.org) and the GED online program surface every year, and much too many wrong assessments and analysis by the same experts, have consolidated the public’s doubts on “authoritative experts” who have repeatedly shown neither professional authority, nor above average expertise.


    HELLOOOO? Muslim terrorist bomber’s name added to CIA terrorist list 18 months ago!

    UnknownNew information emerged Wednesday from U.S. officials that the name of one of the Boston Marathon Muslim terrorist, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had been added to a U.S. government terrorist database long before the explosions.

    The Atlantic Wire It’s not like it’s a suprise, but the U.S. intelligence committee is already contradicting itself as the investigation into the Boston bombing unfolds. Turns out the CIA knew about one of the Tsarnaev brothers after all. In fact, the sleuths in Langley added Tamerlan Tsarnaev to a watchlist a full 18 months before the attack on the Boston marathon. The Associated Press broke the news on Wednesday night and explained, “The new disclosure was significant because officials have said the U.S. intelligence community had no information leading up to the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.”


    This latest detail clarifies a report from The Washington Post published just a couple hours before the AP’s take. The Post says the CIA “took the step after Russian authorities contacted officials there in the fall of 2011 and raised concerns that Tamerlan Tsarnaev.” Adding that all this happened “more than a year before the attack,” the two updates paint a pretty troubling portrait of yet another U.S. government agency that failed to stop a terrorist attack. We already knew that the FBI investigated Tamerlan Tsarnaev about two years ago but decided that he was not a threat. Well, that was the wrong decision, especially since the Bureau was working with the same information from the Russian government as the CIA.


    The database in question, Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, is actually run by the National Counterterrorism Center, a separate government agency that operates under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. So if anybody’s going to get scolded, it ought to be them. They’re the same guys that recently won the power to spy and keep dossiers on American citizens. It’s a controversial agency, one that civil rights activists think stomp all over the Fourth Amendment. And this detail about the watchlist, if confirmed, is bound to complicate that controversy. Because if intelligence agencies can’t catch terrorists with the amount of power they currently have, somebody’s surely going to suggest they get more power.


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      Thu Apr 25 15:21:42 2013 · by Daffynition · 36 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 15:21:24 2013 · by JohnKinAK · 34 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 15:38:41 2013 · by lowbridge · 27 replies

      http://radio.foxnews.com/ ^ | April 24, 2013 | todd starnes
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      Thu Apr 25 15:42:40 2013 · by bestintxas · 20 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 15:39:18 2013 · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 16:07:57 2013 · by posterchild · 22 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 16:35:42 2013 · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies

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      Thu Apr 25 16:41:17 2013 · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies

      Daily Mail Online ^ | 4-25-2013 | Jaymi Mccann
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    • Security footage: Hero thwarts terrorist attack at FRC [Family Research Council]

      Thu Apr 25 16:56:51 2013 · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies

      Family Research Council ^ | 04/25/2013 | n/a
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    • Jersey City man arrested on train with bombs 8 days before Marathon bombings: cops

      Thu Apr 25 17:07:44 2013 · by SMGFan · 36 replies

      Jersey Journal ^ | April 25 , 2013
      More than a week before three people were killed and more than 175 people were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, a Jersey City man was arrested at the train station in Hoboken while carrying two home-made bombs, authorities say. Police also found explosive devices in the Newport Parkway home of Mykyta Panasenko, 27, Jersey City police said today. According to a criminal complaint, Panasenko is charged with having “two destructive devices, specifically improvised explosive devices (IEDs) constructed from a cylinder containing Pyrodex (black powder)” on April 5, the criminal complaint says.

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