This is an election year, and the most important race in America is the 23rd Congressional District of Florida. EVERY member of the House of Representatives is up for re-election – that means that Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS), best known for her 1980s’ cheerleader hairstyle and her lies, must run. She currently represents the 23rd district and is also Chairman of the Democrat National Party; hence I say this is THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL RACE in America.
Opposing her in November will be one of two Republicans running in the August 26th primary (early voting is August 15-24, and absentee ballots will be mailed July 22). For all Americans not just conservatives, and not just Floridians, the choice is obvious, what is needed is a candidate who is opposed to amnesty (history demonstrates appeasement never works). Both Republican candidates make some nice statements about the issue on their websites, but Juan Garcia’s recently revealed that he actually supports amnesty, a position more in line with Debbie Wasseman Schultz and the current occupant of the White House. Joe Kaufman on the other hand makes it quite clear on his website, just below the “we are a nation of immigrants” statement that: “As a member of Congress, Joe Kaufman will fight for the rights of legal immigrants and insist we never reward those who break our laws.” WOW – someone who gets it, and he is running for Congress.
This is the man who must run in November to defeat DWS. Florida is often shown on election maps as blue, but in fact it is closer to purple (a mixture of blue and red) so this is a race that needs to be taken very seriously. The 23d Congressional District covers an area of South Florida from Weston to Miami. So I urge you to tell everyone you know in Southern Florida about this election.
Most of the illegal immigrants who are in, or who are headed for, the United States are under 18, and about 80% are not exactly children, they are 14-17 year old males – the ideal recruiting age for gangs. Not only that but many have contagious diseases. Furthermore, the economic impact of a surge of low-skilled, uneducated, non-English speakers who come to this country for whatever benefits available to them is not something any the United States really afford, even at the best of times.
Now I have a question for all of those who think that if someone breaks into your house or takes your wallet they should be arrested because it is a crime. What about people who come into your country in violation of the law?
Now some people don’t like the term “illegal immigrants.” In Maryland for example Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley believes that illegal immigrant children should be called “refugees.” Hey, Gov. O’Malley, those “children” are nearly adults legally, and you only have to keep up on the news to know that. Fortunately Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) discovered that the federal government was attempting to bring some to Maryland and took action forcing HHS (Health and Human Services Department) to cancel their plans to send illegals to Westminster, Maryland just 35 miles from Baltimore. Even the black community in Baltimore, which usually supports this administration, is opposed to the idea.
The Obama administration uses a short-lived cartoon series template to manage its affairs. There is no end of repercussions for the US public
The Obama administration has suffered so many epic scandals that it is hard for any newsroom, much less an individual journalist, to keep up with what is boiling over on the political stove. Unfortunately, White House tethers to the mainstream news media are at an all-time high. Perhaps using the word ‘tethers’ is too passive an analogy. The current relationship between our ‘free press’ and the White House is an umbilical cord. A few media giants readily take the stem cells (talking points) offered by the host and happily embark on creating tissues of lies.
What is the look of this umbilical cord? Let us start with the recently departed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He is married to Claire Shipman, an ABC network senior correspondent. Personally, I am glad the man has vacated the podium. He was a master of platitudes. President Obama’s Special Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood? Is her husband a tinker, tailor, soldier or sailor? Nope. Ben Sherwood is the president of the ABC news network. What about Ben Rhodes, the man who was the architect of the Benghazi “talking points”? His brother is the CBS network president. So, it comes as no surprise when in a June 26 CBS news video we are asked to endure another assault on our common sense as the President of the United States (POTUS) reminds US citizens there are “phony scandals” afloat in Washington and we should not be “cynical”. At this point, I envision the naked man in the closet and the wife grasping the sheets. Do not be cynical. It is not what it seems.
Are you one of the many viewers who depend on ABC or CBS for an unbiased cavalry-charging attempt to get at the truth regarding the preventable death of an ambassador in Benghazi? Do you look to them for clarity regarding any number of bumbling international mishaps by the current administration? Do you love Meet the Press because they court the unvarnished truth? Imagination is not inspiration. And neither imagination nor inspiration are the bedrock of healthy policy initiatives.
The scandals that continue to rock the people of the US are of immense importance for the future of our Republic. As the latest scandal flashes on the screen, I can now be found muttering, “Diaper Man flies again.” Diaper Man was the leader of a short-lived cartoon series titled Mighty Heroes. He was a fully articulate baby and the brains of the heroic group. He is joined by Strong Man, Rope Man, Tornado Man and Cuckoo Man. Together these mighty heroes find themselves engulfed in ludicrous situations, which are then orchestrated into even worse situations. Combat ineffective, they fall prey to a villain but (continue reading at Daily Times Pakistan)
The perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, is the son of filmmaker Peter Rodger. The elder Rodger is being linked to the "Hunger Games" series but he also recently made a film about God, going around the world challenging people to tell him the meaning of God, playing some moral equivalency games between Bush 43 and the 9/11 bombers, then later telling humanist Eldon Taylor in an interview:
We are primitive organisms on a big rock in a scary vacuum, driven by fear and desperately trying to find something to hold onto.
The son expressed a similar, albeit more grisly view in the bizarre evidence springing forth about his background. The stuff on YouTube and in his writings is certainly chilling beyond belief, but there's almost a weird quality about it that reads more like a screenplay for the next slasher movie on the Chiller channel. Most of the manifestos written by crazy people tend to be rambling streams of consciousness, often poorly written without attention to grammar, but his stuff doesn't read that way. He also hit on some hot button issues, inadvertently perhaps, or not.
For instance, readers of his manifesto will not doubt come away hearing what they want in certain areas. Those opposed to violent movies and video games will point to his blaming high-speed internet and an XBox for taking away his social life, which made him an empty shell. Obviously the gamers won't like that. That he used the internet not for good, but as a tool to research and plan his crime will disappoint internet freedom advocates but provide fodder for those who think the net is too open. He even used the term "War on Women" in his manifesto, capitalizing it, as if a reality play off the political meme of the same name, maybe a sarcastic message.
Narendra Modi just won the election for Prime Minister of India in a landslide, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 278 seats, has enough seats to make a coalition in parliament unnecessary, thus giving BJP control. This will result in a more decisive government that quite probably will transform India, which has been modestly successful, into a powerhouse. Modi , who has attracted an enormous amount of investment and built a modern infrastructure in Gujarat (population 60 million), was governor for 12 years. Gujarat is the most forward thinking of all the states in India with 85-100% of the state connected to all weather roads, gas, electricity, the internet and so forth. Gujarat outpaces growth in all other Indian states and has a booming entrepreneurial economy.
The BJP is conservative, UKip (United Kingdom Independence Party) is conservative, and the Tea Party is the conservative wing of the American Republican Party (once thought to be conservative). BJP just won the election in India with a solid majority, in the United Kingdom (UK) Ukip is expected to win big on Thursday, and in America the Tea Party is gearing up for a win in the mid-term elections in November. Is this the wave of the future? Quite possibly – at least it sure looks that way.
Modi and the BJP are committed to ‘less government and more governance,’ as the saying in India goes. Not sure what exactly ‘more governance’ means, but less government is certainly a good idea. Since achieving independence from the UK in 1947 India has been controlled the Congress Party, more specifically it has been led by members of the Gandhi family.
Although there was violence against Muslims a few years ago in Gujarat during Modi’s governorship and concern that his politics are Hindu-centric, it seems to me that this concern is mostly coming from the West. The fact is that India IS a Hindu country, and that it HAS HAD a problem with its Muslim population going back centuries (hence the creation of Pakistan and Bangladesh – both once part of India). In addition Gujarat borders Pakistan, well known for its radical Islamic ties. Hence it is hardly surprising that violence broke out in Gujarat during Modi’s term of office there. But what draws Indians (not just Hindus) to BJP and Modi is the success he has made of Gujarat. The entire country wants to see more of that success, and see it everywhere. It is a success based on freedom, the free-enterprise system, a rejection of tyranny, and all that modern man wants and expects.
Although socialism in India has, as in Israel, become more benign there than it once was, there is a growing awareness that only free markets and free enterprise will lift the entire country out of its current slump and propel it forward. Mr. Modi need look no further than Israel to see what it has done/is doing and then emulate its success. India is Asia’s third-largest economy and must create 10 million jobs for the young people there entering the workforce, with Modi at the helm this looks very do-able.
Part way around the world European Parliamentary elections are being held on May 22 in the UK and the Netherlands, while in France the elections will be on May 25. All three expect to see a strong showing in favor of conservative parties. While Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have little power, and these elections may only signal opposition to party/parties now in office, there is little doubt that success in these elections is evidence of a growing strength.
The main platform of the Ukip, which has been likened to the American Tea Party, is to remove the UK from the European Union, but it also has a stronger, clearer platform on other issues that are evidence of its conservative philosophy and pride in the UK. It is a party that has rejected the multi-cultural PC babble of their opponents for a patriotic stance in favor of the UK - and that is a good thing. Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, who has a German wife, has openly proclaimed his love of Europe, but he loves his own country more. In fact Farage not only wants the UK out of the EU, he would like to see Europe out of it as well. Farage has claimed that 75% of laws in UK are now made in Brussels, a likely figure given that 72% of regulation in the UK is driven by EU rules.
MEPs do not control the European Union however, that is done by unelected officials. The United Kingdom has lost much of its sovereignty through joining the EU and can only regain it by leaving. When Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher was roundly criticized for not abandoning British currency in favor of the Euro – now no one doubts her wisdom on this issue. So why is the UK still in the EU? Nigel Farage, Ukip, and many others are asking the same question.
One might say that the value of sovereignty and independence on a national level are gaining strength, and that rejection of massive alliances with their tendency to interfere on almost every issue are on the wane. At the same time there is a growing realization that Marxism and socialism, both political philosophies gained headway in the 19th century, barely suited the 20th century and are completely at odds with it in the 21st century. This is as true in India as it is in any first world country. The Indian people rejected the tyranny of socialism at the poles in favor of the flexibility of the free market and the opportunities it provides. This week we will see, and it seems likely, if the same holds true in Europe, particularly in the UK. Americans will have their turn to do the same in November.
A November success by the Tea Party will be confirmation that America also stands for the free market, for freedom, and for opportunities. We must defeat the forces of Marxism and socialism that are now attempting to control America in defiance of the American Constitution.
Patriots, to paraphrase the late, great Andrew Breitbart – this is WAR.
So should every American citizen have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or being accused of using hate speech. But apparently it is not that way any more. We still supposedly live in a free country, but our right to freely express our personal opinions is being snuffed out on a daily basis. The latest example is the situation with Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player. While he is most assuredly not the first gay football player, just the first to announce that he is gay.
The effort to limit free speech does not just apply to those who believe LGBT is wrong, it is reaching out to every aspect of our society.
Edward Cline writes:
On May 5th, Tim Cushing of TechDirt reported that the federal government is experimenting with mandatory "driver's licenses" for Internet users in Michigan and Pennsylvania. On May 6th, the Washington Post ran an article in its Religion section by a fellow I'd never heard of before, Omar Sacirbey, who suggested that Sharia gags should be imposed on Internet speech to prevent "hate speech." And, on May 7th, in a Washington Examiner article, Paul Bedard reported that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) warned that the sentiment in the federal government is to classify "conservative" Internet sites and talk shows as Political Action Committees (PACs) and to regulate what they say and perhaps when they say it.
All three articles, of course, simply report the presence of Ninja censors in our midst. Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs broke the Sacirbey story that appeared in the Post, but one must read the original story to believe the brazenness of the suggestion. And not be startled by the goofy photograph of Omar Sacirbey, who looks like he's gritting his teeth in expectation that Geller is about to deliver a roundhouse that will knock him flat on his keester, or posing for a "Big Brother is Watching You" poster. Creepy.
A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."
The NSTIC program has been in (slow) motion for nearly three years, but now, at a time when the public's trust in government is at an all time low, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST - itself still reeling a bit from NSA-related blowback) is testing the program in Michigan and Pennsylvania. [big snip]
In short, the report is calling for stealth or outright censorship, mandated by the federal government, and farmed out to Internet companies. [big snip]
... The stealth censors are a tat less cautious than they used to be. They look forward to the day they can jump us and throw a black bag over our heads.
It is interesting that Michael Sam made his announcement before the NFL draft and in plenty of time to get into the pre-draft news cycle. Also giving the pro-gay supporters plenty of time to start the push to get him drafted... drafted by some team, any team, in spite of the fact that according to those in the know, he isn't a very good player.
We all knew that he would get drafted eventually by somebody, and he did. We also knew that if anyone who dared to speak a negative word about the situation would instantly be lambasted by the media and pro-LGTB groups.
You all know what happened.
Both the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones and former Mississippi basketball player Marshall Henderson took to Twitter to denounce Sam kissing his boyfriend during the NFL Draft broadcast. (CBS Local)
They Tweeted. Let me repeat that, two American citizens Tweeted something negative.
I don't know anything about Jones or Henderson, but that doesn't matter. They were referred to as bigots. This is not just about adults, this is also about children and the right of adults to decide what the children see and what they are told about, well, everything, including Islam, Sharia, gays, lesbians, trans-genders, religion, politics.
Marshall Henderson's two brothers, age 7 and 11 were watching news coverage of the NFL draft. Henderson said:
"Im sorry, but I DO NOT AGREE WHATSOEVER that should be shown to where innocent eyes can see!!!— "
Keep in mind that Henderson is a former basketball player.
Following Henderson’s tweets, Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork tweeted out a statement.
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all……— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it….— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
What about some respect and dignity for those who have a different opinion, different morals? Oh, no, can't have that. Henderson backed down and started making excuses for his original comment.
I'm a Christian. I believe in the Bible. I believe same sex marriage and same sex relationships are wrong. A large majority of Americans felt the same way I did when they saw that kiss, repulsed. Am I a bigot? No. However, I'm a nobody. The media and speech police don't really care about what I say, ... yet. They want to go after those who are easily recognized, those in positions, so that they can bring them down, put them in their place, re-educate them.
And if you don't think Common Core curriculum being taught to our children is part of this re-education, you are greatly mistaken.
Michael Sam has every right to be hired, or not, by an NFL team.
The media has every right to cover him in the news.
And he had every right to kiss whomever he wanted. But I should have the right to speak my thoughts on the situation too.
Other players should have the right to express their opinions and beliefs without being labeled a bigot or hater.
But there is a double standard when it comes to LGBT, Christianity, Islam, Conservatives, Liberals, ...
ESPN producer Seth Markman, who oversaw the network’s draft coverage, called it an emotional and historic moment. (CBS Local)
So now, anything that is 'historic', like say the first half Black president or the first openly gay football player, is off limits to free speech?
Only if we allow it to be so.
Nothing will change unless the citizens of this country stand up and make it so. I'm not hopeful that they will.
Patrick O’Donnell’s Plain Dealer articles of April 17 and 20, regarding Common Core, stated that our educators were surprised that Common Core tests were tough. Why did these people in positions of trust accept the new curriculum before evaluating the complete package and its potential damage? The payoffs far outweighed all other considerations, including the children’s maturity levels and welfare.
Despite the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment that prohibits a federally controlled education system, President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) bribed cash-strapped states with $4.35 Billion, Bill Gates Foundation added $200 million more, and states (Ohio: $10 million) will be heavily taxed to cover operational costs of this program that spells disaster.
Gates and “research company,” Achieve, Inc., selected non-academic people to design the standards, excluding educators, parents, and professionals in the disciplines. A 24-member team headed by David Coleman, who also lacks experience with English instruction, signed a non-disclosure agreement, keeping parents and school boards entirely in the dark. And the standards, although accepted, violated three federal laws – Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965), General Education Provisions Act, and Department of Education Organization Act.
Common Core mandates prohibit teachers from lecturing for more than 15 minutes per day per subject! This “Type #2” agenda is student-centered learning, where the teacher is reduced to facilitator, unable to provide history, purpose, and background for comprehension. How does one grasp a Constitutional Amendment without its foundation and purpose – or find the essence of a speech without the events that inspired it? America’s founding, exceptionalism and achievements are de-emphasized; Islam is whitewashed and accentuated in great detail.
The program is designed to close the education gap by reducing expectations, and emphasizing skills over literary or cultural knowledge. Their perception of college readiness is not academic preparation but abundant test taking that take time from learning, creativity, and encouraging imagination. Great literature and fiction are sacrificed for new sexualized novels that emphasize social activism. Fifty percent of the reading material comprises informational texts and instructional manuals that discourage reading.
Note the test material given for Test I, Grade 3, deals with trickery, disappointment, feelings, social engineering – not resourcefulness, achievement, success. Test 3, Grade 11, deals with aloneness, divisiveness, social issues, and the errors in word usage and punctuation confirm the carelessness that also permeates the history books. Imagine being tested about the Declaration of Independence and speech by Patrick Henry before disambiguating, studying and analyzing them. A brief video would be valueless.
English and Math courses contain social concerns. Students are being taught what to think – that America is a nation of bigots, poverty-creating capitalists, intolerant war-mongering imperialists, anti-immigrants; and segregating, discriminating, disenfranchising racists; and that they should want big government that relies on redistribution of wealth, globalization, etc. Key concepts of America are negative or openly hostile.
The math places students more than two years behind their international peers by eighth grade. High school students will have to pass college exams on faulty information. Reform math is fracturing our society – teachers cannot help the parents who cannot help the children with homework, leading to frustration and anger, and the children are losing interest in school. Our Education Establishment is alienating them from learning.
Highly degreed and qualified professionals, Dr. Sandra Stotsky (developed one of the country's strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students and the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers), Stanford University professor Dr. James Milgram and New York University professor Jonathan Goodman refused to sign off on Common Core, citing the damage to education posed by its methods.
Microsoft and Achieve’s State Longitudinal Database System, will capture, analyze, and use students’ personal and confidential data from preschool through employment. Through “functional magnetic resonance imaging,” “skin-sensitive equipment” and “cameras that judge facial expressions and posture, data about student frustration, motivation, confidence, boredom and fatigue, plus private family statistics” will be available for workforce development in this German model system..
Pearson publishers are responsible for the textbooks and tests, apps, international media, business information, and more, although their books are shoddily assembled and written. Most notable are the history textbooks that present history out of time context, a smokescreen for what has intentionally been excluded. Our high school students are being brainwashed so that they will be intellectually incapable of dealing with the subversive threat to our country coming from the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters in the American Islamic community.
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s teachers and leaders, obedient to the state, robbed of their freedom to thrive. Common Core is destructive and it is up to the parents to recapture our educational system from the grip of the current administration.
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presented an interfaith dialogue, “Do Not hate Your Brother In Your Heart, How Interfaith Cooperation Builds Compassion, Respect and Understanding.” Participants were Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of Beachwood’s Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and Imam Mohammed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who have been leading initiatives for interfaith dialogue for a decade. The evening seemed a lesson in duplicity.
Rabbi Nosanchuk spoke first. His leadership of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of diverse religious groups, seemed inclusive and therapeutic, but out of focus with the needs of Jews worldwide and Israel. He feigned ignorance about the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) that is perilous for Jewish university students across the US, most egregiously on the University of California campuses, where forty protesters bullied, harassed and blocked Jewish students from entering a university administrative building; where the president of the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) hosted an event that spoke of killing Israeli “colonizers,” and where Jewish students have been physically attacked.
Palestinian students at Boston’s Northeastern University defaced a campus menorah, disrupted Jewish events, and frightened students for a year before they were finally suspended. Thirty-nine corrupt Vassar faculty members, administration and detached citizens, signed a libelous letter supporting an academic boycott of Israel. Threats, harassment, intimidation and assaults on Jewish students are now a California tradition that is spreading across the country, yet this rabbi is not aware.
Fairmount Temple’s website reveals Nosanchuk’s concern is with social issues, meaning joining Olivet Baptist Church’s Rev. Colvin’s fight against voter ID laws, thereby squandering voter integrity. He is also against our Second Amendment, which will ensure that Jewish citizens remain unarmed and unprotected from those who would be armed to harass and kill Jews and Christians. His interests in social justice and interfaith relations do not encompass rampant Islamic campus violence.
Further, if the rabbi is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), one might assume he supports the anti-Zionist, antisemitic J Street and New Israel Fund, both of which work diligently against the true interests of Jewish survival.
Since October 2003, Magid and ISNA have been providing US Bureau of Prisons with extreme orthodox Wahhabi Muslim clerics who promote their radical political, ideological and theological foundation, and connecting them to 50 to 79 percent of mosques in North America. Three-quarters of “charitable” funding to ISNA supports warriors (irregular combatants – terrorists) who volunteer to fight for the Cause of Allah.
Magid assured us that we believe in the same God, but the Judeo-Christian faiths differ greatly from Islam as do the Gods. The Qur’an consists primarily of Allah’s admonishments to Muslims, with eighty percent being commands to kill the infidel (Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, all non-believers). Islamic law, Sharia, is a strict legal system that controls every aspect of one’s life, including the demands, torture, dismemberment, and slaughter of humans for their God. Islam celebrates violence, with jihad as its driving force in an endless expansion and enforcement of Islam worldwide.
He also compared Sharia to Judaism and Jewish dietary laws (Kashrut – Kosher), and Christian laws. The Torah, Hebrew law, and the Ten Commandments, are the ideological basis for the 613 commandments (mitzvoth) in the bible – a God-given moral code. The first five prescribe man’s relationship with God (belief, worship, respect); the last five concern man’s relationship with people (honor, respect; prohibitions against murder, adultery, stealing, bearing false witness, and coveting.) The dietary laws concern foods that are permissible and forbidden, cleanliness, preparation, and the humane slaughter of animals for food.
That the imam could equate the three is an offensive, but expected, deception to obscure their sadistic nature from Westerners. Islam is at war with the West, and the imam’s choice of weapons, dishonesty and fabrications. But I was appalled by the rabbi’s silence, his acceptance of this false narrative of sharia and kosher over these years of acquaintanceship, and his willingness to mislead his audiences and his congregation. Is Rabbi Nosanchuk bearing false witness against the Torah? His silence lends credibility to the imam’s misrepresentation.
Despite the many Quranic commands prohibiting Muslims from befriending non-Muslims, is there really a mutual friendship? The Qur’an 60:1 says, “You who believe, do not take My enemy and your own enemy as friends…” Qur’an 3:118 says, “O you who believe! Take not as your intimates those outside your religion.” Sharia mandates that Muslims must not take kafirs (infidels) as friends, except in pretense. Has this rabbi been so hoodwinked by the dishonesty or is he also at war with the Jewish people?
Magid continued with misrepresenting jihad, concealing their intent to Islamize the world by stealth or by brute force. Jihad is holy war against the world. Entire books have been written to explain jihad, but Shariah, the Threat to America, by the Center for Security Policy, sums it up:
·Every faithful Muslim is obligated to wage jihad, violent or not, against those who do not obey the comprehensive, totalitarian political-military code, explicitly to establish a global Islamic state, a caliphate governed by Sharia.
·Sharia commands Muslims to carry out jihad indefinitely until all of Dar al-Harb (House of War, where sharia is not enforced) is brought under the domination of Dar al-Islam (House of Islam, House of Submission, where sharia is enforced.)
·Sharia gives non-Muslims three choices: convert to Islam and conform to sharia; submit as second-class citizens (dhimmis); or be killed. (Not all are offered the second choice.)
·The Brotherhood has penetrated our educational, legal and political systems, as well as top levels of government, intelligence, the media, and U.S. military, virtually paralyzing our ability to plan or respond effectively.
·Muslim Brotherhood organizations conduct outreach to the government, law enforcement, media, religious community, and others only to subvert them and implement Islamic law.
Magid has distinguished himself as a moderate Muslim, known to work closely with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – where he could “educate” them on how to avoid criticizing Islam, and had all terminology expunged that might recognize Muslims as the source of terrorism, thus impeding security efforts. He influenced the 2012 FBI purge of 700 documents and 300 presentations from its training materials and lesson plans and he is involved in immigration reform.
If some of the audience’s questions had substance, surely the answers did not. We heard nothing of intervention for campus harassment and boycotts; we heard nothing of 22,885 deadly Muslim terrorist attacks committed since 9/11 (to date). Does Magid consider his outreaches successful? Nosanchuk? Maltz? There may well be some who think they heard cooperation between Judaism and Islam, the “religion of peace.” Rather, they attended a step toward P-E-A-C-E, as in:
P – The Project, the Muslim Brotherhood’s 100-year mission to reclaim Islam’s manifest destiny
Confession: some of my best friends are graduates of Brandeis. Now they are ashamed.
Once, they were proud. They had graduated from a prestigious Jewish-sponsored but non-sectarian university, whose logo reads "Emet: Truth – Even Unto Its Innermost Parts." The lovely suburban campus is named for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, who once said, "In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom."
Over the years there have been cracks in the once honorable façade of Brandeis's namesake. But this month was the worst: Brandeis wrapped itself in a mantle of cowardice, revealing itself as just another academic pit of multi-culti hypocrisy.
The story is by now well-known. First, the noble and courageous Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali – a Muslim apostate, now at Harvard, who writes and speaks around the world about Muslim cruelty to women, cruelty she herself endured – was invited to receive an honorary degree at commencement. Then, in the blink of an eye, she was unceremoniously dis-invited.
It all began with a petition organized by Muslim student Sarah Fahmy at Change.org. This was followed by a petition signed by 85 members of the faculty and organized by Muslim assistant professor Joseph Lumbard. The list of names contains the usual purveyors of heteronormative, post-colonial, postmodern, cis-gender BS. But it also includes some accomplished and lovable garden-variety lefties. Why they were hornswoggled into signing a petition against a scholar whose life is devoted to revealing and repealing the torture of women must remain one of life's mysteries. One of their baffling pronouncements reads, "We cannot accept Ms. Hirsi Ali's triumphalist narrative of western civilization, rooted in a core belief of the cultural backwardness of non-western peoples."
As Moshe Phillips wrote in last week's Algemeiner, the official Brandeis line is that Ms. Ali "has been too sweeping in her criticism of Islam. Really? Well, here's their opportunity to prove it. As you read these words, 100 little girls in Nigeria are being held captive [by Islamists] and forced to become 'cooks and sex slaves'" – the very outrage Hirsi Ali tirelessly fights. "Where are the protests by Brandeis administrators, faculty, and students?"
Indeed. One of the chief troublemakers in this degrading spectacle is CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, whose chairman, Ibrahim Hooper, in a letter to Brandeis president Frederick M. Lawrence, called Hirsi Ali a "notorious Islamophobe." And how did Fred Lawrence respond? Quickly.
I made the decision to withdraw the honorary degree invitation previously extended to Ayaan Hirsi Ali with great consideration after I was made aware of extremely troubling statements she has made in the past that I believe are contrary to the core values of Brandeis, among them religious tolerance.
Even weirder was an official Brandeis statement that said that "[we] regret that we were not aware of Ms. Hirsi Ali's record of anti-Islam statements."
Alas, awareness is a quality not discernible in other Brandeis choices for honorary degrees over the years. Among the list of names you will find Desmund Tutu, Harry Belafonte, Whoopie Goldberg, Richard Goldstone, Tony Kushner, Kweisi Mfume, and other distinguished public figures dedicated to the survival of Judaism and Israel. And let's not forget Thomas Friedman, Class of 1975.
One Brandeis alumnus who will probably skip commencement and Reunion Weekend this year is historian Jeffrey Herf, who received his Ph.D. there. He has written:
That the president of a university founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust should have rescinded an honor to a woman who has had the courage to attack the most important source of Jew-hatred in the world today is a disgraceful act and a failure of leadership.
So what are some of the activities Dr. Herf will miss at Alumni Reunion weekend June 6-8? At one of them, he wouldn't even be welcome: these will be the gatherings specifically set aside for "Alumni of Color." Which brings to mind a comment by the great Thomas Sowell, noting that black students tend to "cluster together," because of which "the civil rights dream of an integrated America has gone awry in academia."
Another activity, planned for June 8, is "a special screening of 'Anita,' the critically acclaimed documentary film that chronicles Brandeis professor Anita Hill's courageous decision to speak truth to power durin [sic] the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991."
To conclude on a more optimistic note, there are dissenters, of course – both faculty and students. Among the latter is Daniel Mael, an observant Jew, who says, "I challenge the premise that an honorary degree is an endorsement of every word or thought that a person has ever uttered. I have had incredible discussions with the Brandeis Muslim Student Association, and it is clear that we can talk, even though we have entirely different world views. Can't we agree to disagree?" Daniel, who writes for TruthRevolt.com, has become a favored target for J Street and its chapter at Brandeis, J Street U, which Daniel considers a distinction, a badge of honor he bears with humor and pride.
Maybe, just maybe, there is hope for Brandeis – and the rest of us.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agency’s scientific data: we’re coming for you.
McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations.
“Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science — but it’s not really about EPA science or secrets. It’s about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University and the American Cancer Society,” McCarthy said, according to Politico.
“It’s about claiming that research is secret if researchers protect confidential personal health data from those who are not qualified to analyze it — and won’t agree to protect it,” she added. “If EPA is being accused of secret science because we rely on real scientists to conduct research, and independent scientists to peer review it, and scientists who’ve spent a lifetime studying the science to reproduce it — then so be it.”
(continue reading at The Daily Caller)
No, the issue is that the science is not accurate, it is not settled, it is part of a bigger agenda....
These are the same people that tell us we only have 10 more years.
The same people that tell us cows must be re-engineered so that their farts don't destroy the atmosphere. (I think God did a find job.)
The same same people that tell us dogs and cats are contributing to climate change.
The same people that are pro-abortion, killing unborn children, ... the fewer humans, the less global warming.
The same people that fire professors who voice an opinion that global warming is a hoax.
Yet Conservatives and Republicans let them get away with this money-making, people-controlling, church of global warming hoax.
I would like to share a great article by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog, entitled Welcome To Terminus (also found at Zero Hedge). Welcome To Terminus is taken from the television series The Walking Dead. Whether you watch the TV show or not, you can relate to the current conditions in the United States of America under Barack Obama and the Zombie virus infected world of the Walking Dead. While readers may not agree with everything in the article, it is very thought-provoking and well worth the read. Here is an excerpt to get you started:
“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.”
I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the 600 worthless channels available 24/7 on cable TV. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves. Last year a friend told me I had to watch the show. I was hooked immediately and after some marathon watching of seasons one and two, I understood the various storylines and back stories. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meanings, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In my opinion, the horror and gore is secondary to the human responses to horrific circumstances and the consequences of individual and group decisions to their survival.
As the end of season four approached, the disbursed characters were descending upon a place called Terminus. They were drawn by the intriguing and hopeful signs posted at various railroad junctions promising sanctuary, community and survival. Of course the name Terminus does not sound very inviting or hopeful. There are multiple possible meanings regarding Terminus. The Roman god Terminus protected boundary markers and sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone. The bones, ashes, and blood of a sacrificial victim, along with crops, honeycombs, and wine, were placed into a hole at a point where estates converged, and the stone was driven in on top. Maintaining boundaries and sacrifice are major themes throughout the series.
The show is set in the metropolitan Atlanta area of Georgia and the surrounding countryside. It just so happens that during the 1830s Terminus was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. That settlement is now Atlanta. Terminus is also the title of the final poem ever composed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem focuses on a conversation between the author and the god Terminus, discussing the author’s forthcoming death. The message of the poem is to resist fear and prepare for death. The destination is worth the journey.
“As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
“Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port, well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.”
We are only given a short time on this earth and the end of the line will be the same for everyone. What matters is how we conduct ourselves during our own journey towards our personal Terminus. Have we served as a virtuous example for our children, sacrificed for others, and benefited humanity or have we displayed greed, avarice and selfishness during our trek through life? As we approach our own meeting with destiny, the actions and morality of individuals will matter. I don’t know the motivations of the writers creating the themes for the Walking Dead, but the show connects with me on a number of levels. I look around and see hordes of zombies everywhere.
Zombification of America
“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited
The vast majority of the population in the post-apocalyptic world of the Walking Dead is mindless zombies driven by only their need to feed upon human flesh. They are infected with a disease that disables the cognitive portion of their brains and leaves them as slobbering predatory zombies seeking to satisfy their vile needs. They are referred to as “walkers” or “biters” as they aimlessly roam the countryside seeking human flesh. Everyone bitten or killed by a zombie is infected and turned into a zombie. The only way to stop them is by destroying their brain. The relentless violence and gore is not for the squeamish, but is probably a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale.
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