Monday, June 22, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/22/09
Michigan: "Christians Are No Longer Being Given the Same Rights as Others"
. . . This is an invidious form of discrimination, and the City of Dearborn will have to justify it in the lawsuit that I and the Thomas More Law Center have filed against it to permanently end this violation of the First Amendment.
GAFFNEY: America's First Muslim President?
. . . Whether Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim or simply plays one in the presidency may, in the end, be irrelevant. What is alarming is that in aligning himself and his policies with those of Shariah-adherents such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the president will greatly intensify the already enormous pressure on peaceful, tolerant American Muslims to submit to such forces - and heighten expectations, here and abroad, that the rest of us will do so as well.
Hope and Change --- but Not for Iran --- by Charles Krauthammer
Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents. The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side.

And what do they hear from the president of the United States? Silence. Then, worse. Three days in, the president makes clear his policy: continued "dialogue" with their clerical masters. . . .
ACLU Recommendations Would Mean "More Money for Hamas"
The American Civil Liberties Union released a report June 16 (together with a You Tube video) attacking the U.S. government's efforts to shut down terrorist-financing charities. The report was based on 120 interviews, 115 of which were conducted with Muslim community leaders and other Muslims "directly affected by" U.S. government policies regarding the charities.

It suggests (contrary to a substantial body of evidence) – that the U.S. government was wrong to have acted against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, the Global Relief Foundation and other charities accused of raising money for terrorist organizations. The report also perpetuates the myth that the United States government may be planning to prosecute persons for unwittingly contributing to charities that were fronts for terrorism. . . .
Islamic Society Convention Lands Appearance from Rick Warren
The Indiana-based Islamic Society of North America will be holding its annual convention -- the largest yearly gathering of Muslims on the continent -- in Washington, D.C. over the Fourth of July weekend.

And while convention leaders are holding out hope that President Barack Obama might make the convention his latest stop in his outreach to the Muslim world, the convention has landed another pretty big fish as a featured speaker.

Purpose-Driven pastor Rick Warren has agreed to appear at the convention and be part of its main session discussing the convention's theme -- "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." [Damn, they’re good, huh? Sounds so all-American . . .] Joining Warren for the session is ISNA President Ingrid Mattson and noted Muslim scholar Hamza Yusuf. Not exactly your moderate Muslims . . .

I suspect those who didn’t like Reverend Warren are not going to have their minds changed through this foolish move. Conservative, he’s supposed to be a conservative . . . Those people who think by putting out the olive branch to the Muslims they'll be successful in changing the Muslim mindset (and I'm assuming that Rev. Warren must have something along that line in mind) are just asking to have their hands bitten off.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/19/09
Obama Bombs American History 101
Speaking at the University of Cairo, President Barack Hussein Obama said that Americans are indebted to Islam for the great contributions Muslims have made to the history and development of the United States.

Sorry, Barack Hussein, but there were no Muslims among the passengers on the Mayflower or the settlers at Jamestown. Muslims were conspicuously absent from the ranks of George Washington’s Army of the Revolution and played no role in the creation of the American republic - - save for the fact that the new country’s first declaration of war was against the forces of Islam in the form of the Barbary pirates.

This is an excellent article full of lots of history of Muslim activity in the USA. This was a new blog to me; I’ll eventually update the blog w/a whole batch of books and DVDs and blogs or Web sites which I haven’t had time to do yet.

This blog also gives a lot of up-to-date info on the violence in Iran.
VIDEO: FSC Sues The Delray Beach Marriott
Obviously, I’m pleased by this. Striking back against creeping Islamic suppression in a non-violent way is the best way. Let us not get to the point of blood in the streets to get back our freedoms, as is happening in Tehran today.
PJTV SPECIAL REPORT: Iranian Election Chaos ... Is Khamenei Caving?
Keith Ellison's Office Hangs Up On WND
Congressman's Islamic Pilgrimage Paid by Group Tied to Terrorism
. . . earlier this month Ellison's office filed its annual congressional disclosure form, listing travel payments and reimbursements by private entities.

The Powerline blog posted a copy of the form which documents Ellison's trip to Saudi Arabia from November 29 to December 14 Was Paid for by the MAS-Minnesota. . . .

MAS national director Mahdi Bray called the story his group paid for Ellison's pilgrimage a "myth" and "urban legend" that needed to be laid to rest.

"Keith Ellison is a member of Congress who knows that congressmen don't take trips sponsored by nonprofits. That would be a breach of congressional ethics," Bray told . . .

Well, yeah, but apparently that didn’t stop him.
CAIR-NY Welcomes City Council Vote on Muslim Holidays in Schools
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joined a coalition of community organizations in welcoming the passage of a resolution by a committee of the city council that calls for adding Muslim holidays to the school calendar.

Resolution 1281, passed overwhelmingly by the New York City Council Education Committee, calls on the "New York City Department of Education to incorporate the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha as observed school holidays in the school calendar for the city school district of the city of New York" and also asks that the state legislature "pass, and the Governor to sign into law, A.8108/S.5837, an Act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring that Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha be school holidays in the city school district of the city of New York."

You would think, of all the cities in the United States, the citizens of New York City would be brighter than this. The NYCCEC has just allowed all the children in NYC to accept the idea that an Islamic “holy” day is equal in meaning and importance to, say, Christmas or Chanukah.,2933,526972,00.html
Pentagon Exam Calls Protests "Low-Level Terrorism," Angering Activists
A written exam administered by the Pentagon labels "protests" as a form of “low-level terrorism” — enraging civil liberties advocates and activist groups who say it shows blatant disregard of the First Amendment.

The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks: “Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”
— Attacking the Pentagon
— IEDs
— Hate crimes against racial groups
— Protests
The correct answer, according to the exam, is "Protests." . . .

I think I'm even annoyed at the headline. ". . . angering activists." Who's Fox considering to be activists?
Judge: Group Can't Walk with Lit[erature] at Mich[igan] Festival
A federal judge has denied an evangelical Christian group's request for permission to hand out literature on sidewalks at an Arab festival in the heart of the Detroit area's Middle Eastern community.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds on Thursday denied Anaheim, Calif.-based Arabic Christian Perspective's request for a temporary restraining order.

The group sued the city of Dearborn after police told them they would need to restrict literature distribution to a designated table & booth section of the 3-day Arab International Festival, which opens Friday.

The city says public safety concerns require the limitation and say other Christian and Muslim groups already have tables or booths at the festival.

Update 6/18/09: A federal judge sided with the city of Dearborn today in a dispute with a Christian group over the distribution of religious literature during an upcoming Arab festival. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed this week by a Christian group that says the city of Dearborn is denying it the right to roam the Arab International Festival to hand out religious literature.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied a motion from the Christian group for a temporary restraining order that would have prohibited the city from restricting the group from handing out literature, according to a release from the group’s attorneys.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly Jr. said the city strongly believes in free speech and has at least two other Christian groups who will be at the festival handing out information. O’Reilly said the California group, like other groups, is restricted to one place because of crowd control issues.

Gee, imagine this happening in Dearborn, Michigan, huh? And this is all about “crowd control issues.” Really. How does it help crowd control to keep one group of people from walking around in the crowd?
El Paso Gets $5.4M Grant to Improve Planning in Case of Terror Attack, Disaster
A $5.4 million federal grant awarded to the city of El Paso is designed to help law enforcement agencies avoid some of the mistakes made in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, officials announced Wednesday.

The money is for fiscal year 2009, which will start on Sept. 1, and will be used to improve communication between various law-enforcement agencies in the region; to create a tactical "fusion" center in which intelligence from state, local and federal agencies can be shared and analyzed; and to buy and coordinate standardized breathing equipment to be used by local fire departments.

The city of El Paso will spearhead a regional effort to improve planning and communication in case of a terrorist attack or disaster, Mayor John Cook said. . . .

I don’t suppose I should turn up my nose at $5.4M, but somehow, what with our daily inundation of the words “billions” and “trillions,” this doesn’t sound like much, somehow.
[ONLY] 32% See Better U.S. Relationship With Muslim World
Fewer than one-third of voters nationwide (32%) believe most Islamic nations want to have a positive and peaceful relationship with the United States.
Just prior to the now disputed Iranian election, 62% of voters said Iran should be required to stop developing its nuclear weapons capabilities before a meeting is allowed between the Iranian president and the president of the United States.

Only 31% think the United States will be the most powerful nation in the world at the end of the 21st century.

My granddaughters might still be around then . . . the oldest of the two could be 94, then. When I think of it that way, it sounds really awful that there's even a chance (and I don't disagree that it's certainly possible) that the U.S. will be just another middling country in a world of . . . what? I can't actually imagine it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dorrie's Picks 6/17/09
Ramifications of a Possibly Armed Muslim Brotherhood
. . . Last summer, the Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide acknowledged there remains an active wing of the organization in the U.S. [which we think of as Homegrown Jihad] which "are part of the American society and they want to an active positive role in it." In response to an interviewer's question, Mohammed Habib acknowledged a "relationship" between CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The existence of an armed Muslim Brotherhood should refocus the way the U.S. government engages the various U.S.-based organizations that are rooted in the Brotherhood. Surely, such organizations that have supportive or operational links to a foreign, armed militant group that is dedicated, through violence if necessary, to the establishment of an Islamic new world order should be high on the investigative target list of U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and security agencies. . . .
Saudi Arabia: USCIRF Confirms Material Inciting Violence
Intolerance Remains in Textbooks Used at Saudi Government's Islamic Saudi Academy
WASHINGTON—Last fall, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the U.S. Department of State to secure the release of all Arabic-language textbooks used at a Saudi government school in Northern Virginia, the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA). . . .

. . . although it was unable to obtain the entire collection, the Commission managed to acquire and review 17 ISA textbooks in use during this school year from other, independent sources, including a congressional office. While the texts represent just a small fraction of the books used in this Saudi government school, the Commission’s review confirmed that these texts do, in fact, include some extremely troubling passages that do not conform to international human rights norms. . . .
VIDEO: Al-Jazeera [responds]: TV Report on the Controversy over the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virgina.
County Planning Officials OK Saudi Academy Plan
Planning officials have approved a proposal to expand an Islamic school with close ties to the Saudi government in northern Virginia.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission gave its OK on Thursday. The Islamic Saudi Academy is looking to expand its Popes Head Road campus in Fairfax, which could allow about 200 new students on the 34-acre site.

Who said “We are the architects of our own demise.”? Whoever it was, I agree.
Arabic Christian Group Sues City of Dearborn After Police Restrict Its First Amendment Rights
Robert Spencer: I received this email from my attorney, William Becker. It is a sad day when American law enforcement officials restrict the First Amendment rights of Americans in order to accommodate Muslims. . . .
District Director for California State Senator Carol Liu (21st District) Served in…
WASHINGTON—Tahra Goraya, the District Director for California State Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada) was served last week in a federal fraud and racketeering lawsuit. . . .

Goraya served as "national director" of the Council on American-Islamic Relations at the time of the alleged fraudulent scheme perpetrated by CAIR and its national leadership in Washington, D.C. . . .

The complaint alleges criminal fraud and racketeering against CAIR, a self-described Muslim public interest civil rights law firm. The lawsuit also names CAIR's national leadership, including Goraya, as individual defendants. . . .

America is beginning to fight back. Instead of standing passively by, we’re on the offense. Good. Let it happen more and more; take away the one arrow they in their quiver---the threat of suing---and we’re one step closer to our rightful freedoms.
Palestinians Angered by Netanyahu Peace Terms
[Whoa, now there’s a surprise! What? Us get out of Jerusalem and throw away our guns? How then can we kill the kafirs?]
. . . Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter . . . criticized key points in the speech — Netanyahu's intention to keep all of Jerusalem [imagine the nerve!] and his demand for recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, which Carter said would make it hard for Obama to rally Arab support. [Doesn’t that tell you something, Mr. Carter? Like they don’t want peace? They want Israel gone off the map?]

Carter reserved his harshest words for settlements. "If Israeli continues to expand the settlements," he said, "then the prospects for peace will be greatly diminished, if not made almost impossible."

Look in the dictionary for Useful Idiot, and you’ll find Carter’s picture. VIDEO
Al Qaeda's American Traitor, Adam Yahiye Gadahn, blasts Israel - and own Jewish relatives
. . .

Gadahn said he rejected Judaism and Israeli citizenship because he had too much self-respect "to stand in the ranks of criminals and killers who have no morals, no mercy, no humanity and indeed no honor. . . .

And he thinks Islam has any of that? Look in the dictionary for morals, mercy, humanity, and honor, and you won’t find Gadahn’s picture anywhere.
A.C.L.U. Report Says Antiterror Fight Undercuts Liberty of Muslim Donors
The fight against terrorism has dealt a harsh blow to Muslim charities and interfered with their donors’ religious freedom, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union concludes.

The report says statutes that it describes as overly broad and enforced in a discriminatory manner, coupled with a lack of due process, have starved Islamic charities of money and impeded Muslims’ ability to fulfill zakat, their religious requirement to make charitable donations.

The report is based on interviews with more than 100 Muslim community leaders as well as experts on antiterrorism laws and regulations. Though it gives no estimate of the decline in donations to Muslim groups, it says a total of nine Islamic charities have closed as a result of government action against them since the Sept. 11 attacks. . . .

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/15/09
Gitmo Gall: Charges Dropped Against Cole Bombing Jihadist
The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama’s order to freeze military tribunals there. The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

The legal move by Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for military trials at Guantanamo, brings all cases into compliance with Obama’s Jan. 22 executive order to halt terrorist court proceedings at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being. . . .
West Covina Muslim Man Jailed After Spies Infiltrate Mosque
A Diamond Bar man is being held in a secret federal prison and his family believes he was targeted for investigation by authorities because of his faith.

Seyed Mousavi, 51, was convicted of filing false tax returns, omitting information on naturalization forms, and violating an economic embargo against Iran, officials said. He is being held in a Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Indiana and is largely isolated from his family and friends. [And this surprises anybody?]

Despite a recent speech at Cairo University that was well-received by U.S. Muslims, local Muslim Americans like the Mousavi family said much damage has been done at home by tactics used by the FBI, which included sending spies into mosques. [You mean, the FBI caught Mousavi by spying? And they think that’s unfair? Awhhhh.] . . .
Bill Clinton to Arab Americans: World Must Embrace Diversity
Washington -- Former President Bill Clinton told a gathering of Arab Americans on Saturday night that the increasingly interdependent world must learn to embrace diversity or risk perishing.

Alternating between humor and heavy philosophizing, Clinton pointed to scientific breakthroughs, spiritual texts, the recent economic meltdown and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to deliver a near 40-minute-long message that the world's survival depends on people learning to take pride in their identity without putting down others.

Addressing the stubborn conflicts in the Middle East, Clinton said, "It's all rooted in a sense of identity .... I hope you will tell everybody that your vision of America is one where you are deeply proud of who you are. And teach your children their ethnic heritage, their religious heritage, their cultural heritage, with no negative reference to anyone else. Because it's the only shot we've got to make the most of our interdependent world."

Well, this was a bit of a surprise. Clinton asking for something FROM these poor misunderstood US Muslims? Not that it’ll do any good. Dems/Libs just can’t get it thru their heads that the Followers of Muhammad do not WANT an “interdependent world.”
Demonstrators Support Area Muslim Group
Representatives from more than a dozen Somali civil, religious, and political organizations gathered Saturday to rebut allegations that a Muslim civil rights group [that would be CAIR] is blocking an FBI inquiry into the disappearances of dozens of Twin Cities Somali men.

Last week, relatives of a Minneapolis teenager who said he was recently killed in Somalia and a Somali community leader claimed that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota chapter was discouraging area Somalis from cooperating with the FBI. But supporters Saturday said CAIR has only advised Somalis about their civil rights and urged them to tell the truth and work with law enforcement. . . .

It’s not hard to tell which side the Somalis think their bread is buttered on.
Fahad Al-Mukhaizeem: KFH Committed to Spreading Islamic Financial Method
The “Islamic Finance Program Manager at Harvard University” [oh good God; at Harvard, yet] Dr. Nazem Ali stated that many projects and deals achieved by Kuwait Finance House (KFH) are being taught to the students and the researchers taking part in the Islamic Finance Project (IFP) by clarifying the unique structure, innovative concepts, and the role they played in offering new horizons for Islamic finance. . . .
Recruiter Shootings Spark Homegrown Terror Fears
. . . Muhammad, 23, told The Associated Press in a jail cell interview last week that the shootings were an "act for the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the world, and also a retaliation on U.S. military."

Former West Point researcher and jihadist expert Jarret Brachman calls the Arkansas killing a landmark case and "a giant step forward for the global jihadist movement." Brachman, who wrote a book on global jihad, said Muhammad's case proves that the U.S. can no longer pretend that violent jihadism is a foreign phenomenon.

"It is being born and bred here on American soil," he said. "The seeds have all been sown over the past few years, between Iraq and Afghanistan on our side, and the increased propaganda and increased jihadi education materials on their side." . . .

I don’t hear any gasps out there, like this is news to anybody but the folks at the AP, maybe.,0,2897549.story
Some in Palau Are Worried About Guantanamo Detainees
. . . Palau's decision to offer refuge to more than a dozen ethnic Uighurs once suspected of terrorism was hailed by the Obama administration, which is eager to disperse Guantanamo detainees as part of a plan to close the notorious [according to whom?] prison early next year.

But the "humanitarian gesture" by Palauan President Johnson Toribiong has rattled cocktail glasses and scuba tanks across this nation of 20,000 year-round residents, a former U.S. territory whose economy is heavily dependent on eco-tourism. . . .

He couldn’t just leave it alone; oh no, BHO has to spread the terror everywhere . . .
Benjamin Netanyahu Speech on Palestinian State an Important Step Forward, Says Barack Obama
President Barack Obama "welcomes the important step forward in Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech," Robert Gibbs, the president's spokesman, said in a statement.

In the speech, the Israeli prime minister endorsed for the first time the creation of a Palestinian state, provided it was demilitarised, [that means he's telling BHO there's not a chance he'll go for a Palestinian state, but BHO doesn't know that] after weeks of pressure from Washington.

Oh, shut up, BHO, and let Israel protect itself. Not a word about Admadinejad’s phony win (not that the other guy would’ve been an improvement), but oh boy, Israel’s gotta get in line . . .
Gülen Movement an Inspiration for All, Says Obama’s Muslim advisor, Mogahed
Dalia Mogahed, appointed by US President Barack Obama and the first Muslim woman to be a member of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, has said the Gülen movement, a faith-based social movement named after Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, is a model and inspiration for all those working for the good of the society.

Mogahed spoke with Sunday's Zaman in Doha, Qatar, and commented on a couple of topics, including the US approach to Muslims worldwide during the Obama administration, the state of democracy and religious freedom in the Muslim world, and the contributions of the Gülen movement to global peace and understanding.

Her job is an AMERICAN interfaith coordinator (which is nothing I like anyway), so why’s she’s promoting a Muslim Turk’s latest Islamic scam? And what is she talking about here: “the state of democracy and religious freedom in the Muslim world . . .”? There is none. What’s there to talk about?

So who is Fethullah Gulen? He’s a Muslim trying to take Turkey back into the dark ages

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dorrie's Weekend Picks, 6/12-14/09
Pajamas TV: Andrew Klavan and the Bumper-sticker Police!
If you have not yet discovered PJTV, this is a great show to start with.
D.C. Watson: Enough With Blaming Americans, Already
After Barack Obama’s recent speech to the “Muslim world,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder followed up with this statement: "The President's pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans. [FROM WHAT?]

A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in defending religious freedoms and other fundamental rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting booth.” . . .

Do you wonder when Holder & Obama join CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, ISCA, MAS, MSA, MPAC . . .
Muslim Forces NY Harley Davidson Dealer to Take Down Sign
ADAMS, NY – Upstate NY Harley-Davidson dealer Iron Block Harley in Adams was forced to take down a sign facing Route 81 behind their store.

The sign has been displaying messages to drivers traveling on Interstate 81 since 2002. Earlier this week, it read “Obama, are you kidding? We’re not Muslim. You are not Christian!!” a reference to President Obama’s recent speech in the Middle East . . .
Harley-Davidson’s lawyers ordered Dunk to remove the message from his sign or risk losing his Harley-Davidson franchise. They had received one complaint regarding the sign from a Syracuse-area Muslim who told Harley-Davidson that the sign was offensive and derogatory to Muslims. . . .

He’s been ordered to take down the sign or lose his dealership. I hope he doesn’t. Dunk sounds like someone who won’t.
Obama's Zakat Vow Raises Troubling Questions
. . . Obama claimed rules on charitable giving were making it difficult for American Muslims to satisfy the religious obligation of charity known as zakat and he promised to work "with American Muslims to ensure that they can." This simply isn't true.

American law, enacted in 1995 by an executive order by President Clinton and further entrenched by Congress a year later, makes it illegal to provide support to any entity designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. government. The laws do nothing to restrict donations to relief agencies that haven't been so designated. . . .
CAIR Losing Support From North to South
Separate events in Florida and Minnesota could indicate that more people are catching on to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its duplicitous dealings.

In Tampa, Mayor Pam Iorio announced that she was breaking a pattern of designating "CAIR Day" in the city, as she had done since 2005. The decision followed protests from activist Joe Kaufman at Americans Against Hate, but Iorio insisted the decision resulted from her own research.

More significantly, dozens of people in Minneapolis protested outside a CAIR ice cream social for discouraging local Somalis from cooperating with the FBI. The protesters were friends and family of a local teenager believed to have been killed by terrorists in Somalia.

The more the CAIR leaders speaks, the more obvious it becomes that it’s in our best interests to just let them keep on exposing themselves for what they are . . .
Judge Blocks Phone for Suspect in Soldier Shooting
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge restricted jail telephone access Thursday for a man accused of killing a soldier outside of an Army recruiting center.

Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle sent a letter to the Pulaski County jail, saying she heard that Abdulhakim Muhammad gave interviews over a jail telephone in violation of her gag order. Muhammad called The Associated Press twice this week to discuss the shooting death of Pvt. William Andrew Long.

"Since the defendant is in your care and custody, I request that phone privileges for the defendant be suspended with the exception of calls to his legal counsel," Lightle wrote. . . .,0,7388793.story
Ambitious Terrorism Drill Tests NYC's Line of Defense Against Radiological, Nuclear Attack
Agents had intercepted information about a possible terrorist attack in Manhattan, including a diagram showing a mysterious device. The raw intelligence was relayed to experts in Washington, who offered a daunting diagnosis: "You have a problem."

As chilling as that sounded, the situation wasn't real. But authorities say it could be, and what followed over the next two days was an ambitious stress test of the city's line of defense against a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack. . . .

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/11/09
UNWRA to get $55 Million from US
( The United States has agreed to provide the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) with an additional $55 million in funding, according an AP report. The latest pledge would bring the total the agency has received from the U.S. in 2009 [just in 2009?!] to $154.5 million.

The UNRWA was created in 1949 [multiply that by $154.5M!] to provide health, education, housing, and financial services to Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

WHO is it in the “United States” who “has agreed . . .”? Certainly not me.,7340,L-3729414,00.html
Mubarak: Netanyahu Will Agree to Two States
“Israel will agree to the two-state solution," Mubarak said in an interview with Egyptian media on Wednesday, "I spoke with Netanyahu and told him there was no other option. Ultimately the solution will be one of two states – the State of Israel alongside an Arab state."

Mubarak said that Netanyahu did not counter his assertion.

Oh, say it ain't so, Joe. And so the world goes out with a whimper, not a bang. [Would whoever knows the author of that quote please let me know?]
Debate Erupts Over Muslim School in Virginia
FAIRFAX, Va. — For years, children’s voices rang out from the playground at the Islamic Saudi Academy in this heavily wooded community about 20 miles west of Washington. But for the last year the campus has been silent as academy officials seek county permission to erect a new classroom building and move hundreds of students from a sister campus on the other end of Fairfax County.

The proposal from the academy, which a school spokeswoman said was the only school financed by the Saudi government in the United States, [and this is something they want to crow about? And is it true that's it's the "only"?] has ignited a noisy debate and exposed anew the school’s uneasy relationship with its neighbors.

. . . others object to the academy’s curriculum, saying it espouses a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism. A leaflet slipped into mailboxes in early spring called the school “a hate-training academy.” . . .

Kamal S. Suliman, 46, a state traffic engineer with three daughters at the academy, called the accusations “fear tactics and stereotyping.” . . .

The term "stereotyping," or "stereotypes" has just begun to show up in the Muslim buzzword scatology. Probably the work of the Ikhwan.
A 10-year Truce Between Islam and the West
Rome – From the bosom of the world Muslim community, two contrasting voices have been distinctly heard in the wake of President Obama's speech in Cairo. One, arising from the extremists, exhorts jihad.

The other, arising from throngs of approving moderates, wants his promises delivered.

The voices of the extremists were comparatively feeble, and that is of the utmost significance: It means that the overwhelming majority of the Muslim community is poised to accept new proposals coming from Washington, provided they are bold and far-reaching. . . .

Oh, bunk. This is an article from the Christian Monitor, which recently told us that we had to agree to most anything the Muslims wanted or else there’d never be peace in the world. Give in, give in, give in! This reporter has no real clue what’s in the Islamic mind.

Muhammad broke the first 10-year treaty with the Meccans. There's never ever been a successful 10-year treaty w/Muslims. The CM is dreaming about something that will never be.
Iraq Spy from Sterling Heights [Michigan] Gets 46 Months
A Sterling Heights man who pleaded guilty to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government was sentenced today to 46 months in prison.

“I apologize to the court for what happened,” said Najib Shemami, 62, who was born in Iraq but later because [became?] a U.S. citizen [why? Because we have no clue as to why any follower of Islam becomes a US citizen?]. “Trust me. I swear to God I didn’t mean no harm to no one.”

Federal prosecutors had recommended nearly four years in prison for Shemami, who pleaded guilty to a violation of the international emergency economic powers act in January.

U.S District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds agreed with the recommendation, saying today that Shemami's activity created the "terrible potential to undermine the security of the United States."

And once again, our judges and juries get it right. Apparently, no one trusted him.
Man with Toronto 18 Ties Convicted in the U.S.
An Atlanta man with ties to members of the so-called Toronto 18 [] terror cell has been convicted of plotting to aid a terrorist group by videotaping landmarks around Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Bill Duffey found Syed Haris Ahmed, 24, guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism in the U.S. and abroad.

Ahmed faces up to 15 years in prison. The judge delayed sentencing until co-defendant Ehsanul Islam Sadequee's trial begins in August.

There’s a grand pattern forming here, and it’s always against the bad guys and pro-American. I don’t know if somebody like Mr. Obama will ever notice, but I sure do.

Four stories re: Our liberals winning. If they ever learn that this doesn’t work, it’ll most likely be way too late for the rest of us:

U.S. frees Guantanamo detainee seized when a teenager--Mohammed El Gharani:

U.S. Lawmaker Says Obama Administration Ordered FBI to Read Rights to Detainees:

4 Chinese Muslims freed from Guantanamo to Bermuda British Government Raises Concerns Over Detainee Transfer to Bermuda:

Two Guantanamo detainees sent to Iraq, Chad

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dorrie's Picks, 6/10/09

This is a note I received from a friend, and a blast list member. I think she sums up in a few words what a lot of us wonder about --- can we tell our kids the truth? Yes.

Well, Dorrie, I knew the opportunity would arise . . . several of my 6th graders watched a 9/11 video before coming to my class. I asked them who made the terrorist acts against America, and they said “bad people.” I asked who they were specifically, and they had no clue.

I wrote “jihadists,” and "terrorist Muslims” on the board and told them they are our enemy. Most of my students are Hispanic, so they are well aware of the border shootings and gang operations there. I told them most of the money for buying the guns, and bombs, and terrorist materials, is being supplied by terrorist Muslims. They said that was scary!

I told them that they are out future, and they need to know who their enemy will always be in terms of terrorist acts. I also told them that terrorist Muslims want everyone to convert their way of life and their religious beliefs, or there will be bad consequences.

I have had no feedback from parents and administrators, yet, and that was last week. Couldn't help myself, I felt emboldened to let the kids know just the tip of the iceberg of reality. ---Kay A.
2009 June Democratic [Virginia] Primary Unofficial Results: Esam Omeish LOSES! --- Well, okay, Virginians. Good job.

It apparently didn’t help him that Hillary included him in a Muslim leaders conference call last week.
"Shoe-bomber" Richard Reid on Hunger Strike in US Prison
. . . Richard Reid has been refusing food for several weeks in an apparent protest against prison restrictions that he says prevent him from following his Sunni Muslim faith . . .

Awhhh . . . but doesn’t he remember that suicide is forbidden in Islam if you can’t take a dozen other people with you at the same time?
Judge Issues Gag Order in GI-shooting Case
Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle issued a gag order Monday in the case of the man accused of killing one U.S. Army soldier and wounding another outside a west Little Rock recruiting office last week.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley requested that Lightle issue an order barring "police agencies" and defense and prosecution attorneys and their staffs from commenting publicly on the case of Abdul-Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23.

Jegley said Friday he planned to seek the order in large part because Hensley granted extensive interviews and spoke at length about the case. Jegley said his preference was to try the case in court --- not in the press. . . .
Suspect Tells AP [that] Soldier's Killing Was Justified

---Apparently, the gag order isn’t working.
Christian and Muslim Get in Religious Argument in a Bar . . .
. . . Of course, he was in a bar, and so he probably wasn’t drinking apple juice, and so this has nothing to do with jihad, right? Maybe not. But when one comes from a culture of violent intransigence regarding religion, this kind of thing is going to happen.

Watch for the BBC dramatization of this event, with just one minor detail change: in the BBC version, the Christian will shoot the Muslim.

Meanwhile, note the headline — as if this sort of thing happens all the time when people argue about religion in bars. . . .

So, in the past two weeks or so, we’ve had an American convert to Islam shoot and kill a military man in Arkansas (and wound another), a Muslim shoot a Christian in a bar (what on earth was the Muslim doing in a bar? He was faithful enough to kill someone in his religious righteousness, but not faithful enough to not drink? It’s a priority thing, I guess) in San Diego, and we’ve had a young woman stabbed to death by a Muslim while the woman was getting on a bus.

And only one of these stories sneaked past the MSM blockade.
Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Essex County, New Jersey
County Refused to Accommodate Muslim Employee’s Religious Headcovering
The Department filed a lawsuit today against Essex County, N.J., alleging that it discriminated against a Muslim corrections officer on the basis of her religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The suit alleges that the county refused to permit Yvette Beshier to wear a religiously mandated headscarf while working as a corrections officer. . . .

OMG! It’s bad enough when THEY do the suing, but now the DoJ is doing it for them!
CIA Asks Court to Keep Interrogation Records Secret
CIA Director Leon Panetta on Monday asked a federal judge to keep records of U.S. interrogations of top al Qaeda captives secret, arguing their release could cause "exceptionally grave" damage to national security.

"My sole purpose is to prevent the exceptionally grave damage to national security likely to occur from public disclosure of any portion of these documents, and to protect intelligence sources and methods," he wrote.

Can any of us really imagine that the time has come that the head of the CIA has to go to court to keep US secrets secret? And the person approving the release of the secrets is the U.S. president?
Ex-Tech Student Found Guilty on Terrorism Charge
Father: Ahmed “not guilty of any crimes in the eyes of Allah”
Moments after his son was convicted Wednesday of a terrorism conspiracy, Syed Riaz Ahmed said the young man never harmed anyone and committed nothing more than thought crimes.

“You think something and you’re guilty of something,” said Ahmed, somber and weary as he stood outside a federal courtroom. “He’s not guilty of any crimes in the eyes of Allah. ---There are no crimes that Allah does not condone, so he’s hardly an unbiased judge. He’s guilty of U.S. laws.” ---And he lives in the U.S., right?

U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said Ahmed’s case did not involve an imminent threat, “because in the post-9/11 world we will not wait to disrupt terrorism-related activity until a bomb is built and ready to explode.”

U.S. judges and juries just keep on getting it right!
Napolitano Adds Adviser with Ties to Terror-backers
Swears in Leader of Arab Group that Hailed Jihadists as "Heroes"
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in to her official advisory council the head of an Arab American organization whose officials have labeled deadly anti-U.S. jihadists as "heroes" and opposed referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization . . . the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC . . . .
Black Hat Founder Tapped To Advise Homeland Security
Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences, was one of 16 people appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) on Friday.

The HSAC is composed of individuals with extensive security and policy experience from state and local government, the private sector, and academia.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that members of the HSAC will bring unique expertise and insight to the DHS's mission to keep the United States secure. . . .

Well, sometimes, I guess you’ve just got to hire a cyber-hacker to catch a cyber-hacker. Moss is a hacker. A good-guy hacker, but a hacker nevertheless.
British Hacker Fights U.S. Extradition
The self-confessed British hacker charged with illegally accessing about 100 computers at the Pentagon and NASA is to hear this week whether his diagnosis with a mild type of autism can prevent his extradition to the United States. A judicial review by Britain's high court was to weigh the possibility of Gary McKinnon, 40, facing trial on U.S. cyber-terrorism charges and a possible jail sentence of up to 70 years, against the Asperger's Disorder diagnosis.

A new version of “He’s just having a bad hair day,” but certainly a prime example of why DHS would hire Jeff Moss, huh?

These last two stories just tickled my sense of humor. Napolitano appoints an pro-Islamist, then an international hacker to catch pro-Islamist cyber terrorists.
Stereotypes Must Be Overcome in Improving U.S.-Muslim Ties: Expert [Speaks]
. . . Commenting on the speech U.S. President Barack Obama made at Cairo University Thursday, Coleman [Isobel Coleman, director of the Women and Foreign Policy program of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations] said: "U.S.-Muslim relations are starting from a very low point, so the first step in building respect and trust (between the two sides) is just really trying to initiate dialogue."

"Obama made numerous overtures to the Muslim world and talked about U.S.-Muslim relations several times during his presidency," she said. . . .

"Obama is a new person, a new presidency, a new generation and a new face, I think he is trying to start over again," she said, "It is really a starting point."

And what are the members of the Muslim world doing to help the peace process? Nada.
Prosecutors: Videos Detail NY Terror Plot
. . . ''There's video of everything in this case your honor,'' Snyder told the judge.

The government had already given defense lawyers copies of 45 DVDs showing the defendants meeting, sometimes for as much as two hours, as they plotted the attacks since last June, Snyder said. . . .
Guantanamo Bay Detainee Brought to U.S. for Trial
. . . Human rights groups, which earlier expressed dismay about President Obama's announcement that some suspects would be tried in reformed military commissions, welcomed Ghailani's transfer. But Republicans and some military groups, who were cheered by the prospect of renewed military tribunals, sharply attacked the decision to hold any trials in the United States.

"By bringing Ghailani's case into the federal court system without a policy or plan on how to deal with the larger Gitmo issue, the Obama administration is again taking a piecemeal approach to a major national security issue," said Kirk S. Lippold, a senior military fellow at Military Families United who was commander of the USS Cole when it was bombed in Yemen in 2000. . . .
President Obama to American Muslims: I Will Ease the Impact of Post-9/11 Scrutiny of Charities ---Good God.
Tucked away in President Obama's historic speech in Cairo Thursday was a promise to American Muslims to ease the impact of post-9/11 scrutiny of their charities.

. . . Ever since the World Trade Center attacks, fund-raising by American Muslims has come under repeated federal investigations for possible support of terrorism. ---Which surely doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that the Islamic charities ARE funneling money to terrorists, I suppose?

"The perception that giving to charities is financing terrorism has to be debunked," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "It hurts America."

No, it hurts the terrorists. Obama just doesn’t seem to be able to stand the idea that Islamists should be hurt.