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Exclamation AP‘s ’Fact Check’ Again Hammers Obama: Jobs Plan Makes ‘Giant Leaps’

AP‘s ’Fact Check’ Again Hammers Obama: Jobs Plan Makes ‘Giant Leaps’

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/aps-...s-giant-leaps/
October 11, 2011
by Jonathon M. Seidl

Editor’s note: the following article is part of the Associated Press’s “Fact Check” series.


WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a startling statistic on the state of American schools: An estimated 280,000 teaching and other education jobs could be lost in the coming year, according to the White House.

As the Senate prepares for a showdown vote on the jobs bill Tuesday, President Barack Obama is promising to not only save the education jobs at risk, but to support a total of 400,000 education jobs by actions such as rehiring teachers already laid off.

In estimating the potential number of jobs that could be lost and how many his plan could save, the White House makes giant leaps. A look at the claims and how they compare with the facts:

OBAMA: “Now, this bill will prevent up to 280,000 teachers from losing their jobs. This bill will support almost 40,000 jobs right here in the great state of Texas. So here’s what I need you to do: Tell Congress to pass this bill and put teachers back in the classroom where they belong,” Obama said Oct. 4 at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas.

THE FACTS: There’s no doubt that public schools, which rely heavily on state dollars, are hurting. Since 2008, when the economy collapsed, about 294,000 education jobs have been lost, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure includes not only public school teachers, but also administrative and support personnel and employees of colleges and universities. In desperation, school districts have not only laid off teachers and aides but taken measures such as eliminating pre-K programs, going to a four-day school week and cutting bus routes.

Obama is predicting that without his legislation, nearly as many jobs will be lost this school year as in the past three school years combined. In a report released this month titled “Teacher Jobs at Risk,“ the White House says ”as many as” 280,000 teacher jobs are at risk in the coming year.

But to get to that number, the White House makes a lot of assumptions.
The administration says it started with projected state budget shortfalls in a report from the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It then made a series of assumptions, including that spending cuts in each state would be applied proportionally across major budget categories, and that school salaries would be cut in proportion to their share of total spending for K-12 education. The spending cuts were then converted into numbers of jobs based on teacher pay in each state.

Even the group the White House relied on for its data says you can’t do that. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in another report that “it is not possible to calculate directly the additional loss of jobs resulting from state education budget cuts.”
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WHITE HOUSE REPORT: Obama’s plan, which would invest $30 billion in preserving teacher jobs, “will provide support for nearly 400,000 education jobs, enough for states to avoid harmful layoffs, rehire tens of thousands of teachers who lost their jobs over the past three years, preserve or extend the regular school day and school year, and support important after-school activities.” It said funding would be targeted to districts most in need of support, especially those with a high share of students living in poverty.

THE FACTS: As the Obama administration learned in its first round of economic stimulus spending, it’s nearly impossible to quantify how many jobs are created or saved through infusions of federal dollars. In that $787 billion program two years ago, the White House eventually abandoned its controversial method to count jobs after numerous errors were found.
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Exclamation Obama Administration Rejects Anti-Islamist Muslim

Obama Administration Rejects Anti-Islamist Muslim
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser denied State Department post
by Ryan Mauro




Fifteen months ago, an anti-Islamist Muslim named Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser was nominated to join the State Department’s Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. As a devout Muslim who has courageously confronted the Muslim Brotherhood networks in America, there could be no better choice. However, Jasser went through an arduous screening process only to be unexpectedly denied by the Obama administration.

Dr. Jasser is the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, an anti-Islamist activist group that promotes a version of Islam compatible with American values. He served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years and rejects any justifications for terrorism. He was the narrator for “Third Jihad,” the hit documentary that has educated countless Americans about the Islamist threat. For this, he has been criticized by the Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Council on American-Islamic Relations that he fearlessly confronts. Congressman Keith Ellison accuses him of playing into the hands of anti-Muslim haters just to make money.“[We] advocate for the ideas of gender equality, genuine religious pluralism, and an unwavering preference of the secular state and a secular law over the Islamic state among other central ideas in modernity,” his organization’s website says.

He testified during Rep. Peter King’s hearings on the lack of cooperation from the Muslim community in rooting out extremism. He also sits on the board of the American Islamic Congress, an organization with over 2,000 supporters in the U.S. and a $780,000 annual budget. The moderate Muslim group rejects Sharia-based governance and advocates separation of mosque and state. It has started four university chapters to compete with the Muslim Students Association, a Muslim Brotherhood front, and has even opened up an office in Egypt. One program is called “No Buts” and it encourages Muslims to reject any rationalization for acts of terrorism.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recognized Jasser’s importance in the ideological struggle and nominated him for the State Department’s U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He went through a seemingly endless series of interviews and paperwork submissions, successfully passing each stage and receiving a top-secret security clearance. This 15-month process has finally come to an end with Jasser simply being told that he has been “removed from consideration.” Senator Jon Kyl says that “the Obama administration has chosen to sideline Dr. Jasser.”

It is puzzling that the Obama administration would deny Dr. Jasser the spotlight. His family came to America from Syria, drawn to our country’s freedom and opportunity. He joined the U.S. military and is a successful doctor. The only plausible explanations are that this is payback for his criticism of the administration and that his Muslim Brotherhood foes used their ties to the administration to block his nomination.

It makes sense that the Islamist networks in America would want to marginalize Jasser. He threatens their hold on the Muslim-American community and for the first time, they face competition. Gallup conducted a poll recently that found that only 24% of Muslim-American men and 19% of Muslim-American women feel represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Circle of North America. Nearly half of Muslim-American adults oppose mosque involvement in politics. This means there is a wide opening for someone like Jasser to threaten the Muslim Brotherhood​ network’s support.

It is not easy for anti-Islamist Muslims like Dr. Jasser to put themselves out front. As Jamie Glazov recently wrote, an Iraqi-American in St. Louis who wrote an Arabic poem about the horrors of the Holocaust and his affection for the Jewish people was assaulted on August 14. His was called an infidel, stabbed and had a Star of David carved into his back. The FBI​ informant whose information foiled the planned attack on Fort Dix has been rejected by his Muslim community because he “betrayed a brother.”A poll from 2007 shows that 28 percent of Muslim-Americans do not believe Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks and 32 percent refused to answer or were unsure. More than half do not believe the War on Terror is a “sincere effort to reduce terrorism.” Journalist Ronald Kessler has reported on the difficulties FBI agents have had in winning cooperation from parts of the American-Muslim community because “it’s part of their culture that they want to settle the problem within their own communities.” One FBI agent told him how a Muslim group would not take a photo with the FBI director because of the backlash its leader feared.

It is more important than ever that the State Department calibrate its role in countering the Islamist ideology. The Arab Spring is allowing the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists to rear their ugly heads and make their cases to the masses. The West needs friends like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to stand up to them. By inexplicably denying Jasser, the Obama administration has done the Islamists a favor.

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Exclamation Obama sought to apologize for Hiroshima, Nagasaki; Japan said no





Leadership: Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one?

The obsessive need of this president to apologize for American exceptionalism and our defense of freedom continued recently when Barack Obama's State Department (run by Hillary Clinton) contacted the family of al-Qaida propagandist and recruiter Samir Khan to "express its condolences" to his family.

Khan, a right-hand man to Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed along with Awlaki in an airstrike in Yemen on Sept. 30. We apologized for killing a terrorist before he could help kill any more of us.

It's yet another part of the world apology tour that began with Obama taking the oath of office to protect and defend the United States and its Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, something he immediately felt sorry for.

One stop on his tour was Prague in August 2009. There he spoke of "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," ignoring that before 1945 we lived in such a world and it was neither peaceful nor secure.

Another stop on the tour was in Japan, where Obama in November 2009 bowed to the emperor, something no American president had ever done. It could have been worse if plans to visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima to apologize for winning the war with the atom bombs had come to pass.

A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that "the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a 'nonstarter.'"

The Japanese feared the apology would be exploited by anti-nuclear groups and those opposed to the defensive alliance between Japan and the U.S.


Whatever Tokyo's motive, Obama's motive was to once again apologize for defending freedom, this time for winning with devastating finality the war Japan started.

While Obama envisions a world without nuclear weapons, and moves steadily toward unilateral disarmament of our nuclear arsenal, we envision a world without tyrants and thugs willing to use them against us. We do not fear nuclear weapons in the hands of Britain or France, countries that share our love of freedom and democracy.

It was not all that clear in August 1945 that Japan was ready to surrender. Okinawa, where 101,000 Japanese and 24,000 Americans died, was a clear indication of the fanatical resistance to come in an invasion of the Japanese home islands. That resistance ended only when Tokyo became convinced there would soon be nothing to defend.

Nuclear weapons in the right hands ended the violence of World War II. In the right hands, they kept Western Europe free and helped win the Cold War. And the fact that they'd been used made it less likely they would ever be used again.

The world that Imperial Japan envisioned was quite different than the one we now enjoy. That regime's dream was of an imperial rising sun blistering the globe. Good thing they saw a rising sun of a quite different sort, the fulfillment of Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamato's prophecy after Dec. 7, 1941: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

President Obama fails to realize that being the leader of the Free World, the last best hope for mankind, means never having to say you're sorry.

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Obama Instructs Advisers to Push Through Stimulus Projects Without Pesky ‘Congressional Authorization’


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Exclamation Raymond Ibrahim: Muslim Persecution of Christians, Sept. 2011

Raymond Ibrahim:
Muslim Persecution of Christians, Sept. 2011


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/10/ra...sept-2011.html


Today on Hudson NY (via RaymondIbrahim.com) I chronicle last month's many cases:
An especially busy month in the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world, September also witnessed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton release the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Ironically, aside from Iran and Sudan, none of the countries that habitually appear in this series were designated as "countries of particular concern," defined by the State Department as countries that are "engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom."


Egypt, for instance—which this year alone has seen nearly 80 Christians killed, their many churches burned or bombed, and their daughters kidnapped and forcibly converted—was not listed as a "country of particular concern," this despite the fact that the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal government commission, had recommended that the State Department designate it so.

Neither was Pakistan cited as a "country of particular concern." According to CNS news, "Clinton did not designate Pakistan even though the State Department's own report stated that Pakistani law calls for the death penalty for people who commit 'blasphemy' against Islam or who convert from Islam to another religion—and even though the report listed multiple instances of the Pakistani government using the law to persecute Christians."

In fact, September alone saw the following incidents of "blasphemy" in Pakistan:

- A Christian student was expelled from school because she misspelled an Urdu word that, instead of praising, insulted Muhammad, leading to accusations of "blasphemy," which carries the death penalty. After the teacher beat her, the principal was notified and Muslims staged demonstrations "demanding registration of a criminal case against the eighth-grader and her eviction from the area." As riots and violence were about to erupt, the military intervened: "They bundled the family in an ambulance and took them away..."

- "A Christian high school teacher has suffered false accusations of blasphemy by a student and some Muslim professors, because of dislike, revenge and hatred towards Christians. He was forced to leave his job and hide, he appealed to Court, but the laconic sentence of the judge of first instance invited him to 'leave the country'…. Married and a father of three, he has been uprooted and is in hiding."

- A 30-year-old Christian man accused of blasphemy and imprisoned, died in his cell from a treatable disease, "after officials denied him proper medical care." While in prison, he and others "accused of blasphemy, were kept in solitary confinement without access to a toilet, water or electricity." ...
Read it all, as there is much more, over twenty separate cases of persecution around the Muslim world.
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Arrow Responding to the Mullahs’ Jihad in America

Responding to the Mullahs’ Jihad in America
The steps the U.S. government takes next are crucial
by Lisa Daftari




After recovering from the shock of the foiled Iranian terror plot, the real questions emerge:

(1) How prepared are we for future attacks?

(2) How likely is it that more attacks will be launched?

And most importantly:(3) How will the U.S. now respond?

The plot clearly demonstrates the Iranian regime’s disposition toward the United States. Had the Iranians been successful in their planned executions, it would have been a large-scale terror attack on U.S. soil. They might not have succeeded this time, but now we must worry about their next plan — and whether it will be carried out by Iranians or by copycat terrorists.

If the Iranian regime’s sole goal was to knock out the Saudi ambassador, Adel Al-Jubeir, they could have done so in an easier place with less security, vigilance and national intelligence. They could have followed him to an obscure venue. Yet they chose to make a point. They chose to carry out the attack on U.S. soil, to bomb the Israeli Embassy and to kill some American citizens while they were at it.

Even if the U.S. calls this an act of war, the American government cannot respond as such. In the case of Iran, the U.S. still maintains that “all options” are on the table, which acknowledges the option of a military attack. But it would help us to focus more on the other options, namely, non-militaristic aggression, even though many believe sanctions have not been effective in combating the Iranian government. There is evidence to prove that sanctions have in fact choked off the regime in various ways. However, in order to truly benefit from sanctions, the U.S. would have to better enforce them, apply them more strategically in areas such as banking and travel and to freeze assets.

The U.S. could also employ the help of other nations who have ducked out of the responsibility of punishing this global enemy. Lastly, and most importantly, the U.S. should not forget the easiest and most powerful tool in combating the Iranian regime: its 70 million disenchanted people. While the Mullahs’ regime in Tehran may have deep support, both financially and through an extensive network of clergy and Revolutionary Guardsmen, the people of Iran and their desire to break free from this tyrannical regime is far more widespread across a large and vibrant population.

Manssor Arbabsiar, one of the two men charged in the “international murder-for-hire scheme,” was a man who lived in Texas for decades. He sold used cars and was part of a community. Further investigations will have to look closely at Iran’s tentacles working in the U.S. Currently, there are hundreds of known former IRGC generals and officers living in this country with green cards and citizenship status, in addition to thousands of their close relatives, many of whom send their children to attend this country’s best universities. They are the eyes and ears of the Iranian government and in this case the enabler of a convoluted terror plot. The question then arises: Why and how does the U.S. allow these individuals to enter and live in this country when it is well known that the average person currently has trouble getting even a tourist’s visa to come visit family here in the States?A more recent entanglement that was brought to light is Iran’s presence in South and Central America and more frighteningly, its involvement with some of the world’s most dangerous drug cartels. An anonymous source has explained that there is a huge network of Iranian intelligence and IRGC forces in Mexico close to the border with the U.S. The job of these networks is to gather intelligence, smuggle agents into the U.S., launder money for the cartels, and even bribe Mexican politicians to affect elections in Mexico. Aside from the terror cells that we now know exist, we must take into consideration the military implications of having the IRGC present on the U.S./Mexico border.

We are in a situation in which this attempted terror attack can be seen as an act of war. We have tried the path of negotiation with Iran’s government, but that has been rejected numerous times. Over time and by remaining inactive, we have become soft and irrelevant in the eyes of the Iranian regime, which is carrying on with its nuclear program and cracking down on protesters who dare voice their hunger for freedom. We waited and let them corner us, and we allowed them to take the first shot. Remaining idle at this point would set us back farther and will allow Iran to boldly continue with its nuclear and terrorist ambitions. What the U.S. does right now in retaliation will be crucial in defining the ties between Iran and the U.S.

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Arrow Barack Obama vs. Steve Jobs

Barack Obama vs. Steve Jobs
The contrast between an economic taker and a giver to the economy
by Tait Trussell




The philosophies and accomplishments of two famous Americans are strikingly different. One has taken from us; the other has given to us.
Barack Obama​ is the symbol of socialistic incompetence run amok. He has stolen our security. The late Steve Jobs​ of entrepreneurial fame gave us the promise of innovation and a brighter life.

Obama rejected the American characteristic of exceptionalism. Jobs epitomized American exceptionalism at its most productive. Obama is driven by bureaucratic planning and narcissism. Jobs was driven by individual initiative, personal responsibility, and consumer needs to achieve national prosperity.The National Review’s deputy managing editor Kevin Williamson took it one step further, contrasting the Apple founder’s innovation with the ennui of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement:
[N]ever has the divide between the iPhone world and the politics world been so clear: I saw a bunch of people very well-served by their computers and telephones (very often Apple products) but undeniably shortchanged by our government-run cartel education system. And the tragedy for them — and for us — is that they will spend their energy trying to expand the sphere of the ineffective, hidebound, rent-seeking, unproductive political world, giving the… politicians…an even stronger whip hand over the Steve Jobses and Henry Fords—and we will be the poorer for it.
The Obama failures keep piling up. There are too many to count, probably because some have yet to come to light. But the overhaul of the country’s health care system probably leads the pack. ObamaCare has added to the $14 trillion dollar debt and the job-stagnant economy. The stock market yo-yo, bankers’ reluctance to lend and businesses’ fear of hiring can be attributed to Democrat policy uncertainties, along with the entanglement of regulations.

Just a smattering of Obama’s other failures include: faith in his attorney general, who may well be responsible for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal; the president’s empty hope of changing the energy environment and creating jobs with costly “green” projects; Obama’s trusted advisers, from Rev. Wright, to Bill Ayers​, to Van Jones to Valerie Jarrett, to George Soros​, identifies the radical anti-Americanism that has guided his decisions.

Not to mention: Obama’s class warfare, his letting lefties Nancy Pelosi​ and Harry Reid write legislation he seeks; his multitude of appointed czars as advisers so he could bypass Senate confirmation; his delays and indecisions on giving the military what they need to win; his lack of support for Israel; his bending to our enemies and giving our allies the back of his hand; firing the head of General Motors; allowing unions a large share in businesses taken over by government; and bailing out Fannie Mae​ and Freddie Mac.

Jobs, in contrast, was a titan—perhaps the titan of the digital age. He was clearly a visionary who changed the way people use technology. His death was a national loss. He is surely “one of the few people in any field who can plausibly be compared with America’s greatest inventors,” as some have noted.

Unlike Obama, Steve Jobs​ advanced the nation’s competitiveness and advanced opportunities for untold numbers of Americans. As Apple CEO, Jobs took Apple to new heights with communications technology like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.The only heights to which Obama has taken America are in debt, deficits, and hypocrisy.

Jobs provided employment for hundreds of thousands of Americans, which is immensely more than Obama has done. Jobs’ influence can be seen everywhere. In Arkansas a farmer monitors crops from his fields with his iPhone. A North Carolina father has an app that enables him to communicate with his disabled son. A technology worker in Silicon Valley uses an Apple program to send lectures around the globe. Thousands oftroops are using iPhones and the tablet developed by Jobs.

Some of Jobs’ products help Wall Street generate millions of dollars. This has to be much to the displeasure of class-warfare Obama and his Democratic allies.

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Arrow Payback? Obama drops grant to Catholic bishops

Payback? Obama drops grant to Catholic bishops
Pulls funding for victims enslaved by human trafficking



President Obama failed to renew the $19 million grant awarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for providing assistance to human trafficking victims.

The grant from the Department of Health and Human Service was awarded to the bishops in 2006 by President George W. Bush and funded the Migration and Refugee Services.

The office helped 2,700 victims of human trafficking obtain food, clothing and access to medical care.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that she hoped the "position against abortion, sterilization and artificial contraception has not entered into this decision."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families gave no reason to the Catholic Bishops for refusing to renew the grant.

“HHS’s primary focus in serving victims of human trafficking is ensuring that they have access to the high quality and comprehensive case management services they need,” Marrianne McMullen, a spokesman for the agency told Bloomberg News. “These are individuals who have endured traumatic experiences in many cases and who face uniquely complex challenges.”

In recent months, the Conference has criticized Obama for positioning himself against the Catholic Church.

In August, the Conference urged the HHS to repeal Obama's private insurance mandate to cover contraception, including abortifacients and sterilization.

Last month, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, issued a strong statement warning that Obama's failure to defend the Defense of Marriage Act was a "serious breach of Church-State relations."

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OWS Protester Proclaims ‘The Jews Control Wall St.’ In Zuccotti Park Rant


October 12, 2011



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “Blame the Jews.”

That’s the message one Wall Street protester was trying to spread in Lower Manhattan to anyone that would listen.

A new video posted to YouTube shows the protester loudly and aggressively proclaiming “the Jews control Wall Street.”

In the nearly 6-minute video, the man is seen standing in Zuccotti Park ranting against Israel and Jews while holding a sign reading “Hitler’s Bankers – Wall St.”

The protestor, who would not give his name to those gathered around him, is also seen arguing with members of the public who took offense to his choice of words.

A number of others also ask the protester if Fox News had paid him to stand and display his sign to which he responded: “[expletive] Fox News, that’s [expletive]. [Expletive] Jew made that up.”


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Exclamation Is the Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrating the American Government?

Is the Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrating the American Government?


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-t...an-government/
October 13, 2011
by Billy Hallowell




Over the past few months, the Blaze has explored the Muslim Brotherhood’s increasing influence here in America and abroad. This week, CBN’s Erick Stakelbeck produced a new report that touts the shocking allegation that the radical group has already begun working its way into the American government.

Stakelbeck describes the Brotherhood as “the first modern terrorists and the forerunner of al-Qaeda.” Following 9/11, the al-Qaeda became somewhat of a household name in the United States. But while most Americans are familiar with the infamous radical Islamic cohort, many likely don’t know a great deal about the Brotherhood.

Below, watch Stakelbeck’s most recent news report, which makes a number of startling claims about the group’s apparent goals and mission here in America:


Following the Arab Spring, which has led to intense turmoil as well as the uprooting of governmental structures in the Middle East, the Brotherhood has purportedly used unrest to gain precedence in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria and Jordan. In his report, Stakelbeck discussed the notion that America is on the list of governmental targets that the Islamist group seeks to infiltrate.

Former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo explains that the Brotherhood is already ensuring that its influence and power seeps into American government. ”Their goal is primarily deception, manipulation and intelligence gathering,” Guandolo says. He continues:
“What we’re seeing not just inside the White House, but inside the government entities, the national security entities, the State Department — is a strong push by the Muslim Brotherhood to get their people not just into operational positions, but policy positions — deeper, long term, bureaucratic positions.”


According to Guandalo, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is one of the operatives working here in America. As Stakelbeck reports:
In 2007, ISNA was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.

Likewise, the FBI has uncovered internal Muslim Brotherhood documents naming ISNA as “one of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”
If true, this would certainly be concerning. At his inauguration, President Barack Obama asked former ISNA president Ingrid Mattson to deliver a prayer. Additionally, at a recent White House dinner, Stakelbeck writes that the current head of ISNA, Mohammed Majid, sat only feet away from the president. Oddly, Patrick Poole of Pajamas Media claims that Majid’s name was subsequently missing from the White House list of attendees.

CBN and Stakelbeck have covered the Brotherhood and its thirst for power before. Last month, the network did a special, which included interviews with both Guandolo and Poole. Watch the video, below:


As the Blaze has been reporting for months, the Brotherhood is seeking a prominent role in Egyptian politics following the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Some who are associated with the political party have also been calling for Israel to be punished. Glenn Beck, among others, has warned about the Brotherhood’s potential exploitation of the situation in the Middle East many times before.

Back in June, the Blaze reported on the Obama administration’s outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Though it has been described as “limited” in nature, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that the administration wants to engage every group in the region, so long as they espouse nonviolence.

And in August, the Blaze brought you self-described liberal Marxist Tarek Fatah‘s warning about the group’s attempt to embed itself in American government. He said, “Instead of bringing victory over the fascist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, we now recognize that their infiltration is right up to the American White House, but we can’t say that.”

We will continue to explore this issue.
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-t...an-government/
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Stimulus paid for new airport terminal -- doesn't connect to planes!




Monroe Regional Airport officials learned Tuesday passenger loading and unloading bridges at the new $36 million terminal are not able to connect to airplanes.

Airport director Cleve Norrell confirmed Tuesday afternoon that some of the loading and unloading bridges at the new terminal appear they will not be able to connect to some of the airplanes.

He said airport officials are working to determine what caused the problem, if the issue resulted from a design flaw during the construction process or if it was a result of an error on the city's part.

"We are checking them out to see what the problem is, but it looks like some of them will fit and some won't fit," Norrell said. "We're not sure what will fix it right now, but that's what we're working on. There are a lot of variables, but we'll know when we try to put them up to the plane. We're working to remedy the problem."

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said he was made aware of the problem late Tuesday.

"I'm trying to find out what's going on," Mayo said. "What I've been told is the loading bridges are not long enough to reach the airplanes. They are several feet short, which presents a problem for the planes connecting to the loading bridges. There's a certain distance the planes have to stop at the building, and the loading bridges cannot reach out there. I don't know if there was a test, but there should have been one. I am very concerned whether or not a test was done prior to the first plane coming in, and I'm going to get to the root of the problem. It's just not acceptable."

He said in the meantime, the airport will have to improvise with the loading and unloading of passengers.

The new 58,000-square-foot terminal was constructed by Lincoln Builders of Ruston.

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More Anti-Semitism at Occupy Los Angeles

October 13, 2011
by Tiffany Gabbay
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The Blaze was one of the first to report on the anti-Semitism plaguing Occupy Wall Street. While not shocking given the movement’s track record, photographs from Occupy Los Angeles have now surfaced also revealing definite anti-Semitic messages. The age-old “Jewish banker” conspiracy theory being the most common thread across the various “Occupy” movements.

Pajama’s Zombie was first to publish the latest crop of offensive images straight out of OWS/OLA:
All Los Angeles photos and video here were taken by Ringo, and will appear in future reports at Ringo’s Pictures. This is the first time any of them have been shown online.









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Solynrda Looked Like a Sure Bet in the Heady Early Days of Obama Era

“I thought the White House might want to take advantage of this event to highlight a highly successful public/private partnership.”

-- Obama adviser David Prend in an email to a White House aide encouraging the president to publicly embrace Solyndra, a solar-panel manufacturer that Prend’s investment firm partly owned.

The latest figure to emerge in Soylndra green-jobs scandal is David Prend, a co-founder of the Boston-based venture capital firm Rockport Capital, who used his role as a green energy adviser to the Obama administration to push for a half-billion-dollar subsidized loan for Solyndra even though his company was a major investor in the solar-panel manufacturer.

Emails obtained by congressional investigators show that Prend was perhaps the first to push for Solyndra inside the administration, touting the company in a February 2009 meeting with Carol Browner, President Obama’s former global warming and energy czar. At the time, Prend’s firm held a 7.5 percent stake in Solyndra.

Prend also pushed for Solyndra to be included in a Navy contract as part of the administration’s plan to switch the military to green energy. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Navy effort came in the spring of this year, long after it was clear that the company was kaput. The Navy seemed to be on the cusp of including Solyndra in the $1 million pilot project, but had to drop the well-connected firm as bankruptcy approached in September.

The Navy deal came after Rockport and other investors agreed to a $75 million rescue loan package to keep Solyndra afloat after the firm’s initial violation of the federal loan agreement at the end of last year.

The other inside man on the Solyndra loan was Steve Spinner, a former NBC executive who became a green energy guru who helped steer energy and environmental policy for the administration starting in the 2008 transition team. Spinner pushed for Solyndra to get the loan even though his wife was the lawyer for the now defunct solar firm.

But the best friend Solyndra had was George Kaiser, whose family foundation was the largest investor in the firm. Kaiser made 16 trips to the White House between March 2009 and April 2011 to consult with officials. Kaiser, a billionaire devoted to liberal causes who donated $53,500 to Obama’s 2008 campaign and raised may times more, has said that he didn’t lobby for the government loan. But the frequent presence of such an important patron who was visibly attached to Solyndra would have been an encouragement of its own.

Treasury officials will today testify in the ongoing congressional probe into the loan. They will be asked to explain emails that show that many at Treasury had opposed making the loan, including Secretary Timothy Geithner. Obama disregarded Geithner’s warnings on the project and backed Energy Secretary Steven Chu (Obama’s fellow Nobel laureate) in proceeding with the loan despite market indicators.

Why did Chu and so many at the White House plow ahead with the loans despite the warnings that the company’s business model was already a bust? They were betting on change.

No matter how influential the backers, no president would authorize such a huge loan on the belief that it would be a failure. But the Obama team was willing to go along with Prend, Skinner and Kaiser for one simple reason: The president had a plan to make carbon costly.

Emails from senior Energy Department advisers Matt Rogers and Rod O’Connor from May of 2010 make it clear that as the company was starting to go down, the last hope was for the Democratically dominated Congress to finally push through a global warming bill that would make traditional energy sources more expensive and drive up demand for less efficient but less polluting solar cells.

Whatever the flaws in the Solyndra business model, the president likely saw only upside in siding with his donors and key advisers on Solyndra. Remember that in February 2009, no one in Washington would have doubted that Obama would succeed in imposing his plan to require businesses to purchase transferable credits for the right to emit carbon dioxide, or at least something that would have made energy more expensive.

A handful of moderate Senate Democrats stopped the president’s plan. But had he succeeded, higher energy costs and the chance for companies to earn extra credits for the right to use other, more efficient energy sources by buying solar panels would have made Solynrda profitable, however bad its original business plan had been.

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Remember when Obama promised have the most transparent administration ever in the White House and most of us knew he was lying? Well here is more proof!

Obama administration appeals ruling on White House visitor logs

http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshge...itor_logs.html


The Obama administration is appealing a judge's ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell's August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.

The decision to appeal the ruling to the D.C. Circuit would appear to be in tension with Obama's repeated pledges to operate the most transparent administration in history. The White House announced in Sept. 2009 that it was voluntarily releasing the names of most White House visitors from Sept. 15 forward. However, the conservative group Judicial Watch sought information on visits before that date.

The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush.

Howell did not rule that every White House visit had to be disclosed. However, she concluded that all the data had to be made public unless the government asserted a specific exemption from FOIA, such as provisions protecting national security and privacy.

There was no immediate comment on the appeal from the White House or the Justice Department.

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http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...dra-documents/


CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin

Washington (CNN) - Congress isn't getting a glimpse of what's on President Barack Obama's Blackberry - or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.

House Republicans investigating the loan controversy had requested all internal White House documents about the issue. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns said that includes emails on the President's Blackberry.

On Friday the White House Counsel sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee explaining they won't comply with the request because it "implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests."

The response is hardly a surprise given past administrations' refusal to comply with similar congressional requests. The difference here? President Obama is the first Chief Executive to carry a Blackberry, so it's the first time a White House counsel has - even indirectly - turned down an attempt to peek at his email. Neither the Blackberry nor his personal email is explicitly mentioned in the letter.

On October 5, Republican Chairmen Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns requested "all communications among White House staff and officials related to the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra" because they believed "the White House was closely involved in the monitoring of the Solyndra loan guarantee after it was issued."

They said these documents are necessary "to better understand the involvement of the White house in the review of the Solyndra loan guarantee and the Administration's support of this guarantee.'

In her letter Friday, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said, "the three federal agencies most directly involved in the Solyndra loan guarantee, the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury, are all cooperating with the Committee's investigation into the Solyndra loan guarantee.”

Together she says the three agencies have turned over 70,000 pages of documents and are continuing to do so "on a rolling basis.” The letter states the White House has turned over another 900 pages related to communications between the White House and Solyndra, its representatives and investors. She offers to cooperate further with the investigators.

CNN has attempted to reach the Chairs of the Energy and Commerce Committee for comment. Expect some kind of political fallout.

Solyndra is a California solar panel manufacturer that had received $535 million in federal loan guarantees before it was forced to halt operations and file for bankruptcy at the end of August, putting more than 1,000 workers out of work.

Before its failure, the company had been touted as an example of the benefits of creating green jobs by the Obama administration. But since then, it has become the center of congressional criticism and a probe by the FBI.

Brian Harrison, the CEO of Solyndra, resigned Wednesday amidst the scandal.

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Justice Department forces school district to pay $75,000 to teacher who demanded time off for hajj


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/10/justice-department-forces-school-district-to-pay-75000-to-teacher-who-demanded-time-off-for-hajj.html


This is clearly just another attempt to force American workplaces to change the way they operate in order to accommodate Muslims, once again reinforcing the principle that where Islamic law and practice and American law and practice conflict, it is American law and practice that have to give way.

Safoorah Khan asked for "almost three weeks of unpaid leave" so that she could go on the hajj. She wrote that "based on her religious beliefs, she could not justify delaying performing hajj," although since a Muslim has his or her entire lifetime to perform the hajj, it's unclear what would have made it impossible for her to justify delaying doing so -- was she in imminent danger of death?

If she wasn't, there was no reason why she had to go on the hajj at that time. And since the Islamic calendar is a lunar one with a year of 355 days, the time to perform the hajj moves by ten days every year. All she had to do was wait until the time for the hajj fell during summer vacation, and then there would have been no problem.

But instead, she demanded three weeks of leave. Yet three weeks of leave, even unpaid, out of the school year is a significant chunk of time -- after all, the school year is only about nine months long. So she is essentially demanding to keep her job despite being away for nearly a tenth of the time during which the job is to be performed.

Now Obama's Justice Department, ever accommodating to Islamic demands, is forcing the school district to make a big payout to her. And you can be sure there will be more cases like this one. Said Khan: "I’m glad that we settled and I hope this does set a precedent...I hope this helps people and their employers to accommodate Muslims and their requests." Oh, it certainly will. This is a classic stealth jihad case. For a full explanation of the agenda here, see Pamela Geller's new book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

See Creeping Sharia's report here. "Woman wins right to Mecca trip," by Tina Sfondeles for the Chicago Sun-Times, October 13 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
A Muslim woman has won her fight against a west suburban school district after being denied unpaid leave to go on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced it settled Safoorah Khan’s religious discrimination lawsuit against the Berkeley School District, forcing the district to pay $75,000 in lost back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees.

The district also will have to develop a policy accommodating religions consistent with the Civil Rights Acts to ensure something similar will not happen again.

Khan, a teacher at MacArthur Middle School, requested an unpaid leave of absence in December 2008 to perform hajj — a pilgrimage required by Islam — but was told she had to choose between her job and her religious beliefs. She resigned.

I’m glad that we settled and I hope this does set a precedent,” Khan said. “I hope they realize that hajj means a lot to Muslims and there will be more and more people taking the trip. I hope this helps people and their employers to accommodate Muslims and their requests.”

According to the settlement, the district must also provide mandatory training on religious accommodations to all board of education members and school supervisors.

Khan, now 30, says she went to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the year she resigned.

“It’s required once in our lifetime at the earliest opportunity you can get,” she said.
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ICE official fired for sending email that offended Muslims by pointing out the fact of jihad terrorism



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He sent around this email, which I have received thousands of times; you probably have, too. Its language is harsh, but neither Hamas-linked CAIR nor Shahid Haque-Hausrath claim that anything in the email is actually false; they can't do that, because there is no false statement in it. It calls on Muslims in America to show clearly that they oppose jihad terrorism. Instead, here again they act in a high-handed, bullying manner toward non-Muslims who dare point out the fact of terrorism committed in the name of Islam. This only arouses more suspicion, which they then ascribe to "Islamophobia."

"Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official relieved of duties," by John S. Adams for the Great Falls Tribune, October 12 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
HELENA — A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an Islamophobic email to a Helena immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case.

Earlier this month, Bruce Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer for the Helena Department of Homeland Security ICE field office, forwarded a racially charged email to Shahid Haque-Hausrath, a Helena immigration attorney of Pakistani descent.

Haque-Hausrath, a natural-born U.S. citizen who was raised in a Muslim household, took offense to the email and filed official complaints with DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice. Haque-Hausrath's complaint maintained that it is unacceptable for a top-ranking ICE official with authority over immigrants of all races, nationalities and religious backgrounds to send such a racially charged email to anyone, especially from a work computer and during work hours.
What race is Islam again?
On Wednesday, Haque-Hausrath said he was contacted by Steven Branch, Norum's supervisor in Salt Lake City, who said Norum is no longer serving as the supervisory detention and deportation officer for the Montana office.

According to Haque-Hausrath, Branch, the director for ICE's Salt Lake City field office, contacted Haque-Hausrath's attorney last Friday to let him know that his office had received the complaint and was taking it seriously.

"He said he was taking swift action to make sure the credibility of his office wasn't called into question, and to make sure I was able to continue to perform my duties without bias or retaliation," Haque-Hausrath said. "He said he wanted to run a clean operation, and he understood that Bruce Norum's actions compromised the integrity of that operation."

ICE officials declined to comment on whether Norum's status as supervisory detention and deportation officer had changed. ICE officials in Helena, Boise and Salt Lake City all referred calls to public information officer Carl Rusnok in the Dallas field office. Rusnok was not able to provide any specific details on Wednesday.

"We want to make sure we're not violating anybody's privacy, especially when we're talking about an individual law enforcement officer," Rusnok said.

Haque-Hausrath said he also was contacted Wednesday by a special agent with the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility. Haque-Hausrath said he is scheduled to meet with investigators next week to discuss Norum's email.

"An investigation into Mr. Norum's misconduct is going forward, and I am cooperating fully with that investigation," Haque-Hausrath said.

According to Haque-Hausrath, Branch told him on Friday that Norum had been replaced, at least on a temporary basis, by longtime ICE officer Stewart Carlson.

"Officer Carlson has been a deportation officer who worked under Mr. Norum for many years. I have a good working relationship with Mr. Carlson, and I was pleased to hear he would assume the role as acting (supervisory detention and deportation officer)," Haque-Hausrath said.

Carlson also declined to comment, forwarding all questions to Rusnok.

Shortly after the Tribune reported on Norum's email Sunday, the [Hamas-linked] Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, issued a press release demanding ICE take swift disciplinary action against Norum.
[Hamas-linked] CAIR also called for a review of ICE training on issues related to Islam and the American Muslim community.

"This incident is yet another example of why our nation's security and counterterrorism agencies need to completely review and reform training and educational materials dealing with any issue related to Islam or American Muslims," said [Hamas-linked] CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. "The fact that such a senior official would re-distribute materials questioning the loyalty of American Muslims is evidence of an internal breakdown in training and suggests that an atmosphere of intolerance may be present in the agency."
Honest Ibe Hooper and Hamas-linked CAIR want our counterterrorism materials to give no hint that Muslims ever see incitement to terrorism in their religion's texts and teachings. That would render us completely unprepared to deal with a threat that would blindside us every time it manifested itself. Could that be Hamas-linked CAIR's goal? Naaaah, couldn't be! They're moderates!
On Wednesday, Hooper said he welcomed the news that Norum has been relieved of his supervisory duties.

"I think it shows that ICE is taking this incident seriously, and we'll just have to wait for the ultimate outcome to make a final judgment," Hooper said. "Obviously we welcome this initial action, and we hope that further steps are taken."

Haque-Hausrath said if the investigation finds that Norum intentionally sent the inflammatory email to someone, regardless of whether he intended for Haque-Hausrath to be a recipient, then Norum should be terminated.

"My only hope is that an investigation is conducted fairly and that at the conclusion of the investigation, if Mr. Norum is found to have deliberately sent that message, then he should be terminated, and he should never serve in a supervisory capacity ever again," Haque-Hausrath said.
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Muslims Exempt from ObamaCare?
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Are American Muslims exempt from the requirement to purchase health insurance under the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)?

There has been a lot of talk, and a number of Internet rumors, to the effect that Muslims are exempt from the PPACA’s individual mandate; that Muslims will get free health care under the PPACA, while the non-Muslim population of the United States will be required to purchase government administered health insurance. Therefore, according to rumor, non-Muslim Americans will be paying for American Muslims’ health care; in other words “dhimmitude.” There is even a rumor that the word “dhimmitude” –used to denote subservience to Islam by non-Muslims, is actually used—on p. 107 of H.R. 3590 of the PPACA bill.

The rumors of free health care for Muslims are based on Shariah law’s prohibition on insurance. Insurance violates the tenets against riba (interest); al-maisir (gambling) and al-gharar (uncertainty). Interest paid on insurance investments violates Shariah’s rules against usury. Thus, under a strict interpretation of the Koran, Muslims are exempt from ObamaCare. However, the talk and the rumors are false—the word “dhimmitude” isn’t used anywhere in H.R. 3590, and depending on how PPACA rules are applied, there is at least an even chance that the scenario of American Muslims being exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance under the individual mandate won’t play out.To be sure, the PPACA does grant a number of exemptions from the requirement to purchase the “minimum essential coverage.” (Whatever that is — Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t yet defined it.) Prisoners, illegal aliens, and foreign nationals are exempt. In addition, there is a religious exemption. Under Subtitle F, Part I, Section 1501—the individual responsibility requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage—individuals must be “a member of a recognized religious sect” that doesn’t participate in Social Security. According to a January 2011 Heritage Foundation WebMemo, they must pay no Social Security taxes and receive none of the benefits, in accordance with Section 1402(g)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. The religious exemption applies to any person who is a member of a “recognized religious sect or division” with “established tenets or teachings” that would forbid that person from accepting public or private insurance. Thus the Amish, who believe in taking care of their own elderly and don’t participate in Social Security, are exempt, as are Mennonites and Scientologists.

The monetary penalty for failure to purchase the “minimum essential coverage” is the larger of a flat dollar amount or a percentage of income between 1.0 and 2.5 percent. The penalty is phased in over a three year period, 2014-2016. The flat dollar amount is $95 in 2014, $325 in 2015, and $695 in 2016. Individuals whose earnings are below the Federal poverty level are eligible for a “hardship” exemption from the penalty, which is determined by HHS Secretary Sebelius. Indian tribes are also exempt from the penalty. In addition, there is an “affordability” exemption that applies to workers whose out-of-pocket costs exceed 8 percent of their “household” income.

Where do American Muslims stand regarding the individual mandate’s religious exemption? Under a strict interpretation of the Koran, which forbids acceptance of public or private insurance, they are exempt under this loophole. However, since the great majority of American Muslims pay Social Security taxes and receive Social Security benefits, they don’t qualify for the religious exemption. Nevertheless, PPACA rules offer a situation where American Muslims could qualify for the religious exemption. If an individual is a member of a “health-sharing ministry,”—a religious non-profit organization in which members contribute money to cover the medical expenses of those in need—they are exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance.

Health sharing ministries exemplify the Muslim principle of Takaful –individuals cooperating and protecting one another against loss or damage. This writer knows of no such health sharing ministry organizations in the U.S. at present. However, as of December 2008, Risk Specialists Companies, Inc., a subsidiary of AIG Commercial Insurance, has offered Lexington Takaful Solutions SM Takaful homeowners insurance, which includes health insurance. This is part of a series of Shariah-compliant insurance products in the U.S. The Takaful homeowners policy is underwritten by RSC member company A.I. Risk Specialists Insurance, Inc., in conjunction with

Lexington Insurance Company​, and is available in all 50 states. However, why was this provision—that members of health sharing ministries qualify for the religious exemption—put in H.R. 3590 in the first place? What happens when American Muslims, who participate in the Social Security system, join a “health-sharing ministry”?

The law is vague on this point. Presumably, they will be exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance under the religious exemption. Should this happen, the scenario of American Muslims being exempt from the requirement to purchase insurance, while the great majority of Americans labor under this requirement, will bring “dhimmitude” a big step closer to reality. In addition, what if the PPACA is amended in some way to exempt those who purchase private Takaful health insurance? The health-sharing ministry loophole is one reason, among many, why ObamaCare is unacceptable for Americans and must be removed from H.R. 3590.

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Obama Will Use Anti-Wall Street Anger Against GOP in ‘Central Tenet’ of 2012 Campaign


October 15, 2011
by Madeleine Morgenstern
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obam...2012-campaign/
President Barack Obama intends to turn the anti-Wall Street fervor currently gripping much of the nation into a major part of his re-election strategy, according to a new report in Washington Post.

As Occupy Wall Street protests enter their fifth week in New York and take hold around the rest of country, Obama strategists are reportedly seeking to peg the GOP — and particularly Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, a former investment executive — as Wall Street sympathizers.

The Post reported:
In recent days, Obama has ramped up his rhetoric. He took the unusual step of targeting an individual company when he attacked Bank of America for its new $5 monthly debit-card fee, calling it “exactly the sort of stuff that folks are frustrated by.” And his campaign and the White House have distributed messages blasting GOP candidates and lawmakers for wanting to repeal Wall Street regulations pushed by Obama and opposing the confirmation of a leader for the consumer protection bureau created as part of the overhaul.

“We intend to make it one of the central elements of the campaign next year,” Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said in an interview. “One of the main elements of the contrast will be that the president passed Wall Street reform and our opponent and the other party want to repeal it.”

“I’m pretty confident 12 months from now, as people make the decision about who to go vote for, the gut check is going to be about, ‘Who would make decisions more about helping my life than Wall Street?’ ” Plouffe added.

According to the Post, the strategy is not without its risks, especially given some of the close ties Obama’s own advisers have to the financial industry. Many Occupy protesters have also expressed their suspicion of Democratic lawmakers, including Obama, in addition to Republicans.
During the most recent GOP debate, Romney attempted to head off some of the forthcoming attacks, aligning himself with the demonstrators and trying to present himself as a champion of the middle class — a mantle Obama has always sought to take up.

“The reason you’re seeing protests…is middle-income Americans are having a hard time making ends meet,” Romney said.
Obama has praised the Occupy movement, saying earlier this month it “expresses the frustrations the American people feel.”

“We had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street. And yet, you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on abusive practices that got us in this problem in the first place,” Obama said.

According to the Post, polls suggest that going after financial institutions could be a winning campaign strategy, though continuing to knock Bank of America could get uncomfortable: The 2012 Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, N.C. — the bank’s corporate headquarters.
(h/t Huffington Post)
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obam...2012-campaign/




American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street‘s ’Courage,‘ Tells Members to Support Protests and Fight ’Judeo-Capitalist Banksters’


October 15, 2011
by Madeleine Morgenstern
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/amer...ist-banksters/


The Blaze has been reporting on the numerous incidents of anti-Semitism taking place during the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests and similar demonstrations throughout the country. Now, it appears the movement has been given the nod of approval from the American Nazi Party itself.

In a message posted Thursday on its official website, organization head Rocky Suhayda said members of the “pro-white” movement should join and support the Occupy demonstrators because they share a common enemy: The “judeo-capitalist banksters.”

Suhayda said though many “racialists” are concerned about the demonstrations because the “many protesters are non-white and/or ‘communists,’” that shouldn’t matter because they are all against the same “evil, corrupted, degenerate capitalist elitists.”

Suhayda’s full message follows:
Many racialists are unsure about, and even against, these Occupy Wall Street protests all around the country. It has been pointed out to me that many protesters are non-white and/or “communists.” Well my answer to that is: “WHO CARES?!” They are against the same evil, corrupted, degenerate capitalist elitists that WE are against! Instead of screaming, “6 million more!” The pro-white movementites should be JOINING this Occupy movement and supporting it!

Seriously people, just WHO is our enemy? The unemployed left-wing 25-year-old holding up a sign, OR the judeo-capitalist banksters who swindled the American taxpayers out of A TRILLION dollars in the “bailout” scam AND continue to oppress the White Working Class?!? Even Adolf Hitler’s NSDAP had to vote with open communists on some issues to achieve their goals. WE need to utilize and support every movement of dissent against this evil American empire, regardless of which end of the political spectrum it originates from.

The foremost authority on National Socialism in America has this to say about “Occupy”:

What is really MISSING – is the “MOVEMENT” from these popular protests – its time to pull WN heads out of their collective ass’s, and JOIN IN the attack on Judeo-Capitalism. What do you suggest? That WN Working Class White people DEFEND the Judeo-Capitalists? IF the “movement” wasn’t so PATHETIC it would be OUT THERE – LEADING these protests! The fact that its these “lefties” as you call them, who are picking up the ball and running with it – only shows how much more in tune THEY are with the fed up masses of White Workers, than the fossilized, reactionary “right-wing”. WHO holds the WEALTH and POWER in this country – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO is therefore the #1 ENEMY who makes all this filth happen – the JUDEO-CAPITALISTS. WHO therefore do WN need to FIGHT? My heart is right there with these people, perhaps someday the “movement” will SHOW the same COURAGE and DEDICATION that these people OUT THERE FIGHTING are SHOWING!

Sincerely, ROCKY SUHAYDA Hail Victory! 88! www.ANP14.com
Though the message was originally posted Thursday, it attracted increased attention Saturday afternoon when the group posted a link on its Twitter page using some common Occupy Wall Street hashtags.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)


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The Destroyers
Driven by their primary emotions which are envy, resentment and hate
by David Horowitz






A friend of mine sagely observed that the difference between conservatives and leftists is that we are creators and they are destroyers. You couldn’t have a better picture of that than the contrast between the peaceful Tea Party demonstrators and the mobs defacing cities and causing millions of dollars in damage all over America and now the world. That’s because the Tea Partiers love their country and respect their communities, even those they disagree with. Whereas the destroyers respect nothing and are driven by their primary emotions which are envy, resentment and hate.

Make no mistake about who these people are. This is the same global communist movement that attacked the World Trade Organization and “evil corporations” in 2001, and that took to the streets to defend Saddam Hussein and call Bush Hitler in 2002. The forces behind this movement are identical: Soros, the Shadow Party, gangster socialist unions and a “progressive” intelligentsia whose hatred of the capitalist West has caused it to lose its collective mind.

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Exclamation Video: ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ Alleged in ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Video: ‘Jewish Conspiracy’ Alleged in ‘Occupy Wall Street’
The ”Jewish Conspiracy” theme is becoming more popular in the Occupy Wall Street protests. YouTube video: Almost all judges are Jewish.


By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
10/16/2011
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/148795


The ”Jewish Conspiracy” theme is becoming more popular in the Occupy Wall Street protests. YouTube video: Almost all judges are Jewish.


“The people who run Wall Street are guilty of crimes against humanity,” stated a black American protester. “A small ethnic group consists of…almost all bankers on Wall Street are Jewish.

“There is a conspiracy in this country, and Jews control the media, the finances…. The Jews represent two percent of the population…and have pooled their money together to take control of Americans finances….
“Almost all of the federal judges are Jewish.”

He also charged that both the Democratic and Republican parties based their campaigns to “appease Jewish Americans because Jewish money controls American politics….

"It is a conspiracy that everyone is afraid to talk about.”

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Global Day of Rage: Reporting Inside NYC’s Massive Occupy Times Square March

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/glob...-square-march/


By the time I infiltrated the drum circles and sing-alongs of Occupy Wall Street early this afternoon, there had already been reports of offshoot protests in more than 80 countries, including China, Japan, Indonesia, and England. The frightening mob violence in Rome, with flame-engulfed cars shown on every cable news channel, set an ominous tone for the day.

After all, Rome was just a satellite protest. The Occupy main event was set to be New York City’s Times Square.



I linked up with a contingent of Zuccotti Park Occupiers in Washington Square around 2:00PM. It was a leftist protest version of a tailgate party, with all the various factions joining together before the big Times Square event. Many of them tried to outdo one another for media attention. Lots of placards, lots of slogans, and endless interview soundbites for international journalists.

It felt like they were preparing for radicalism’s Super Bowl.

At this Washington Square protest pre-party, the litany of leftist causes was on full display. The disparate grievances, as the blaze has covered in the past, have only one commonality: strident progressivism.

If you are a leftist and want the international media to ask you questions and photograph your home-made signs, today was your big day. Whether you hate capitalism, the Tea Party, or just successful people in general, never before has it been so easy to be heard around the globe.



The assembly at Washington Square allowed me to speak with all the different protest factions. So I have decided to break down the protest group by group:



Wall Street “Fat Cats and Pigs”: The anti-bankster crew is a mainstay at all the Occupy protests. Class warfare is at the heart of the entire Occupy movement, so effigies of bankers and costumes of wall street pigs are standard fare.

Dazed and Confused College Kids: Also present from the beginning on September 17th, the college kids– most of whom just graduated and don’t have jobs– are among the most passionate, and most incoherent– of all the protest factions. I spoke with several today who were furious with banks about their student loan programs, but not the colleges and universities that set exorbitant prices.



Socialists/Communists/Anarchist: The storm troopers of the Occupy movement, the statists and anti-statists have linked arm-in-arm (literally) to bring down the system as we know it. Whenever I talk to these guys, they are quick to rail against capitalism. More than any other group, they openly call for the collapse of the financial system, the end of America as we know it, and the implementation of a marxist mobocracy.



In a poignant moment, a petite, sweater and nose-ring clad socialist woman handed me a pamphlet on Marxism, and told me that “occupation is not revolution. The revolution comes later.”

Free Palestine/ Divest Israel: There have been hints of anti-semitism at the protests over the past couple of weeks, and now the anti-Israel crowd has shown itself more openly. The connection between bank bail-outs and Palestine is non-existent, but of course anyone who dislikes Israel feels at home in the Occupy crowd.



Unions, Community Organizers: They kept a low-profile in the beginning, but now there are union signs and members sprinkled throughout every Occupy protest in NYC. They are helping organize the movement and teaching others how to wield mob power. These guys want their cut, and if the system comes down, they are organized and ready to throw their weight around to get it.

Obama’s Stealth Partisans: There were plenty of “pass the jobs bill” and “healthcare for all” signs at the rally. A group of white-coated protestors called “Physicians for a National Health Program” gathered and gave speeches about medical care as a basic human right.



The stealth partisans particularly interest me. The most obvious intellectual flaw in the entire Occupy movement is the deafening silence about Obama and the White House.It’s as if the protestors are fighting against a make-believe political party called “Evil Banksters.”

In reality, every single protestor I spoke to today, and the many other times I have visited with the Occupiers, voted for Barack Obama. What’s even more astounding is, they all seem to plan to vote for Barack again– at least the ones who want there to be another election. And that group is smaller than you might think.



Zombies, Provocateurs and Party Hopping Tourists: The zombie protestors mingled with the crowds today, as did Gucci and Prada-clad foreign tourists and neighborhood liberals looking for some action on a Saturday afternoon.

These are the people that you will often encounter who make Occupy seem innocuous. But they aren’t sleeping on the ground at Zuccotti Park, haven’t started clashes with police, and bring no strategic input to the movement. They are window dressing for the real revolutionary impulses that drives the crowd.

In any event, once I had chatted with the various leftist teams and heard their grievances, it was time to march. They strolled up 6th Avenue, all the way to Times Square. I hopped a subway.

I was waiting in Times Square as the march and the major crowds arrived. The protestors were in the thousands and spread out, so the tactics I had witnessed at past events– finger signals and human megaphones– were now useless. The protest stretched across Times Square and quickly filled up both sides of Broadway.



One of the most interesting visuals was a large model of a predator drone next to a sign that said ”Jobs for All, Public Works Now.” There were other placards in the crowd that referred to predator drone terrorism.

Yet there was no criticism of the current administration, which has dramatically increased the scope of the drone program. The protestors were happy to rail against drones as though nobody in particular is in charge of them, while pushing a major component of the current Democrat party platform– infrastructure jobs spending.



There were no keynote speakers on podiums this time around. No talk of future plans for the movement or solutions. The chants were familiar– “We are the 99%,“ ”This is what democracy looks like,“ and ”Occupy everything.” Drum circles pounded their loudest to excite pockets of the massive crowd, and media swarmed everywhere. Ultimately, the gathering was meant more for the media than any one particular cause or group. Images of a packed Times Square were live-streamed all around the world. There may have been 80 others like it, but Times Square has a special symbolism for those who want to bring about global change.

Occupy Wall Street protesters fill Times Square for a rally Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. . The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators had marched north through Manhattan from Washington Square Park earlier in the afternoon. Once in Times Square, they held a rally for several hours before dispersing. Over the course of the day, more than 70 people were arrested. (AP Photo/David Karp)

Nobody had to give a speech declaring that this was Tahrir Square in Times Square. They believed it.



As I left the protest, I snapped a quick photo on a side street of mounted NYPD officers. Later, I heard they were called into brief action, and a few arrests were made. All things considered, there were no major violent incidents this evening. But the NYPD knows that today is not the end of their troubles with Occupy Wall Street. Not by a long shot.



As I sat down to write about my experiences today, I could hear a group of protestors as they streamed down from Union Square. After spending all day with the Occupiers, it was as if they wouldn’t leave me alone.

“Whose streets?” they yelled.

“Our streets,” in answer, over and over again.

There has always been something militant and unnerving about a group that claims to speak for 99% of the population, and that owns public streets.

The truth is, they are not the 99%.They might not even be the 50%. They are more likely the 20%— which is the estimated number of Americans who self-identify as liberal.

But when they are confronted by that reality in the months ahead, I expect things to get ugly.

They will scream “we are peaceful” as they inflict their will upon others, and give us a taste of what their version of democracy really looks like.



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