Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sorting the Candidates

BY THOMAS SOWELLAUGUST

Despite a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon, the media seem to be putting most of their attention on two candidates for their respective parties’ presidential nominations next year.

Moreover, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each make their own party nervous.

If next year’s election comes down to Clinton versus Trump, a lot of people may simply stay home in disgust.

When we are this far away from the official start of the primary election season, we can usually just say, “It’s still early days.” Many a front runner this early in the process ended up out of the running by the time the party conventions were held, and totally forgotten by election day.

That is the way it usually is. But that is not likely to be the way it will be this time.

This is Hillary Clinton’s last hurrah. It is now or never for her. And the Democrats have nobody comparable as a vote-getter to put in her place.

Even if an investigation finds Mrs. Clinton found guilty of violating the law in the way she handled e-mails when she was Secretary of State, the Obama administration is not likely to prosecute her. And President Obama can always pardon her, so that the next administration cannot prosecute her either. So Hillary doesn’t even have to take a plea bargain.

Someone with a sense of shame might well withdraw from the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination, now that public opinion polls show that most people distrust her. But since when have the Clintons ever had a sense of shame?

On the Republican side, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has pointed out that if Donald Trump can continue to get 20 or 25 percent of the Republican voters on his side, he can build up a formidable lead of delegates in winner-take-all primaries.

It will not matter if 60 percent of the Republican voters turn against him, if that 60 percent is split up among all the other Republican candidates, with none of those candidates getting more votes than Trump.

Sometimes financial backers can withdraw their support and force a stubborn candidate to drop out of the race. But Trump has enough money of his own to stay in the race as long as he wants to, even if that ruins the Republicans’ chances of winning the 2016 elections.

Ironically, the Republicans have a much stronger set of presidential candidates than usual to choose from this year. But the media obsession with Trump means that even the best of these candidates are not likely to get enough exposure for most voters to get to know much about them.

Governors with superb records — such as Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and Scott Walker in Wisconsin — may not have much name recognition on the national scene. And certainly the little sound bites in the so-called “debates” are not likely to tell the voters much.
This is not just the candidates’ problem. With this country facing historic dangers, both internally and internationally, we urgently need to find someone with depth, insight and courage as the next President of the United States.

But, with the media obsessed with Donald Trump’s show biz talents and persona — and covering everything he says, does or might do, 24/7 — how are the voters to sort through the large number of Republican candidates to find a couple that are worth getting to know more thoroughly?

It will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. And never was finding that needle, the right leader, more important for the nation.

Internally, we are so polarized over immigration that our current “leaders” have left our borders wide open to terrorists from around the world, rather than take the political risks of offending voters on one side of this issue or offending voters on the opposite side. Instead, they risk American lives by their inaction.

Internationally, our “leaders” have written a blank check for our most dangerous and fanatical enemy — Iran — to get both nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them. And the Obama administration, with a track record of huge shameless lies, offers us its reassurances.

We had better find that needle in a haystack, someone who can salvage a desperate situation. Flamboyant rhetoric is not enough.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Question of Patriotism

By Tabitha Korol

The more we Americans began hearing about the possible nuclear pact with the Islamic Republic of Iran, aka “the Iran deal,” and the more President Obama saw that Americans of all faiths and political opinions realized that the pact was not in our best interest, and the more we heard the old anti-Semitic canards from the White House and the media. Things soured for Obama when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned against this arrangement, clarifying that the funding of $150 billion for Iran, with cash assets, sanctions relief, and all strings severed could serve to fund its global terrorism operation and defense. In essence, we would be subsidizing Iran’s undertakings and boost its efforts to eradicate Israel. Obama is also setting the stage to turn U.S. citizens against American Jews, a tactic that Jews have experienced through the centuries.

To simplify, America was in a position to be the victor with an agreement to prevent Iran’s becoming a nuclear power, force it to dismantle much of its nuclear infrastructure, prevent it from enriching uranium, close the Fordo enrichment facility, demand that Iran expose all past nuclear activities, close its Inter-continental Ballistic Missile Program (ICBMs aimed at our continent), allow round-the-clock inspections, and continue sanctions until all conditions were met.

Rather, the deal has been called “utterly disastrous.” Kerry agreed to lifting sanctions so that Iran could join the global market and sell oil, all the while increasing our own debt and weakening our own economy by gifting our closet collaborator with $150 billion – he’s bonding with the Islamic entity. By lifting the conventional arms embargo and allowing Iranians to flout the travel ban, Iran could secure more weapons and imperil Israel, “the Little Satan.” It wouldn’t even take much to have their brainwashed, suicidal adults and children detonate themselves in a crowd of Israeli children, shoppers, and general work force. The contract would also allow the lifting of sanctions over Iranian ICBMs after eight years, thereby providing Iran with the means to target the United States, the “Great Satan,” although ineffective provisos would actually free Iran from obligations far sooner – a matter of months.

Instead of the 24/7 inspection America originally stipulated, Iran gets a 24-days’ notice, during which they may move or conceal their activities. Even now, UN inspectors (not to include Americans and Canadians) may not speak with key scientists and military officers about concealed operations. Submission to these stipulations reveals America’s cooperation in the face of Islamic tyranny.

As more Americans voiced their opposition to the pact, the more often we heard snide statements, such as AP’s references to “the money,” and “the lobbyists,” deviously implying that Jews were the only ones to differ with our US government. One of the oldest lies in the world is again in use, as in the past, to provoke pogroms against Jews by classifying them as unfaithful citizens. We hear nefarious references to the “Jewish lobby,” but never the “Arab lobby,” which brings in the unvetted, possibly jihadist, immigrants, the gradual changes in our schools to install Sharia, the 102 million working-age Americans unemployed, the $818 billion taken from Medicare to fund Obamacare, the refusal to submit a budget to prevent the collapse of Social Security, the blatant disregard for our Constitution, and the growing evidence of treason in the White House.

People of all faiths and convictions weighed in against the pact with the terrorist nation. Christians United for Israel (CUFI) stands firmly against making a deal with an entity whose citizens are hair-trigger ready to re-enact another 9/11 or Benghazi, or any of the numerous attacks on Israeli citizens, with cries of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Our nation’s veterans have come out against the deal as well. In fact, an overwhelming majority of Americans do not want to sign a pact with the Islamic Republic, and our administration is betraying the will of the majority of the people. But armed with pen and phone, the undeterred Obama warned that he would implement the deal regardless of Congress, and that he would make life miserable for those who oppose him.

When non-Jewish democrats, Juan Vargas (CA), Albio Sires (NJ) and Grace Meng (NY), voiced their opposition, Obama could not lash out at an ethnicity. But once the anti-Semitic hate speech was unleashed, an administration’s pro-deal twitter account began using more blatant Jew-hatred attacks, which was soon to be followed by the New York Times, with its roughly half-dozen “Jewish” references and a smear against Senator Chuck Schumer. Obama provoked a bigoted campaign, calling Schumer a traitor, warmonger, and Israeli agent. Unaccountably, the majority of Jewish voters have blindly and deafly supported Obama in all his problematic demands, and polls show that twice as many Americans, including the Jews, are against the deal, believing it will lead to a more dangerous world.

Yet it is times like these that the President resorts to blatant bigotry and accusations that Jews have dual loyalty, a tactic designed to discourage, silence, and intimidate Jews from acting in their own behalf, lest they be seen as unpatriotic – an efficient, centuries-old technique. Obama has gone so far as to accuse Israel, and Netanyahu specifically, for meddling in America’s business, although it wasn’t so long ago that Obama meddled in Israel’s elections and threatened to tie Israel’s hands. He is determined to continue his modus operandi, “divide and conquer,” to defy and coerce those who work against his “diplomatic triumph.” This will undoubtedly be extended to demonize the Tea Party, AIPAC and other Jewish groups, and go so far as to vandalize, audit and sue them. The threats have been issued – capitulate or be destroyed.

The word is out: President Obama sent then-Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chairman John Kerry to Iran four years ago, and he promised them the bomb. The Washington Free Beacon reported, “President Barack Obama approved of Iran’s right to operate a nuclear program in 2011 during secret meetings with Iranian officials, according to new disclosures by Iran’s Supreme Leader.” Khamenei also revealed in a recent speech that talks began in secret with the anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

It is not the Jews who are unpatriotic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HILLARY:
THE SERIAL LIAR

by Marshall Frank

It is stunning to me, that a confirmed serial liar could be the recipient of even one vote for elective office. What does that say about our electorate?

This is not a party matter. It’s an integrity matter. Gross dishonesty in public office is a sign that the person cannot be trusted with what they say. We had a president who, in 1974, resigned from the presidency in disgrace for being a serial liar. Yet, there are millions of people who are willing to wear blinders and cast a vote for the most despicable liar in the current political arena, Hillary Clinton.

Imagine for one second, you are the father of a fallen son who was killed in a terror attack while trying to save the lives of others. Within hours, the source of that attack in Benghazi was confirmed as terrorism, though the Obama administration was still spinning a deflective line about an anti-Muslim video, which had nothing to do with the attack.

Four days later you – the dad – are at the receiving ceremony where the bodies lay in coffins. As Mrs. Clinton performs her perfunctory duties extending condolences to the families, she says to you, the father of Tyrone Woods, “We’re going to have that person arrested who did that video.”

How comforting.

Never mind that it was the Secretary of State and her department hierarchy who declined numerous pleas over a period of six months from the Benghazi compound for heightened security. Instead, not only were the requests denied, security was diminished, gutted, almost as though it was timed perfectly so that the attackers were provided an open door.

Never mind that military and intel personnel in Washington and overseas, had established the attack was not because of any video. Never mind that the Clinton and Obama cartel continued to spin the “video” propaganda for three weeks, knowing it was a lie. Never mind that the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, refused to appear on television news programs to answer questions, rather, she cowardly dispatched Susan Rice to appear in her stead on five Sunday network interviews to blather the same lie about the video.

Never mind that Hillary – the head of the state department – took charge of nothing, rather, she disappeared on a three-month tour of planet earth to do nothing more than hide behind the diplomatic mask, flying, shaking hands, photo-ops and no questions.

I cannot imagine any American voter who would think this person would make a trusted president.

In 1974, Nixon’s lies were about a bungled burglary. Hillary’s lies were about the killings of four distinguished American heroes.

I am highlighting this incident because it was a whopper. It pertained to murder. Hillary’s lies are so common, they are laughable. Maybe that’s why no one takes them seriously.

Try this: Click here: Hillary Clinton dodges sniper fire in Bosnia – raw footage – YouTube

Yes, that’s a video from 2008 when Hillary told an audience how she had landed in Bosnia under sniper fire, and had to duck while running from the plane. When on-site people challenged her story as being false, she dismissed saying, “Well, I misspoke.”

She made it up! It was not exaggerations, or a half truth. It was a total lie! And people amazingly continue to give her credibility?

News anchor Brian Williams lost his job at NBC for making up a similar story. Well, maybe he should run for president.

Here’s a few more…cherry-picked because this is only a blog, not a book.

Hillary said that her daughter, Chelsea, was jogging around the World Trade Center during 9/11. Not true. Later, Hillary admitted that Chelsea was safely in her apartment when the attack occurred.

She claimed she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary because he was a hero who climbed Mt. Everest. One problem: Hillary climbed the mountain six years after Clinton was born.

Her family was dead broke when they left the White House in 2001. Boo hoo. That won’t sent well with truly poor people, to know that she was worth about $12 million, not to mention the litany of high-priced speeches she and Bill embarked on.

She claimed to be instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process. However, the people who were there negotiating the peace say Hillary was never there.

Here’s a few more:

Click here: List of 10 Verified Hillary Clinton Lies | The North Coast Curmudgeon

Now of course, we have all the lies about her government e-mails on her private account and server, not to mention the dishonest act of deleting e-mails before any sub-committee personnel could see them.

Some folks will say this is a political witch hunt. Was the Nixon scandal a political witch hunt, or a disclosure of dishonesty by a government servant? When politicians lie and commit crimes, it is the duty of congress, and the executive department, to investigate and take action. They are not witch hunts. And those who would knowingly protect serial liars like Hillary Clinton ought to think twice, if they are not aiding and abetting a criminal.

I’m hoping Joe Biden enters the race for the Democrats. If the presidency should be retained by the Democrats, at least he’s likeable and far more credible than this woman, who has spent her adult life looking the other way (from philandering Bill) so she could ride on his power train to acquire her lifelong obsession: The Presidency.

God forbid.

Click here: PICKET: (AUDIO) Father of killed Navy SEAL – Hillary told me she would have filmmaker ‘arrested and prosecuted’ –

Click here: Clinton says she ‘misspoke’ about sniper fire – CNN.com

Click here: The Top 7 Hillary Clinton Lies That The Liberal Media’s Trying To Hide…

Click here: Hillary Clinton: We Were Dead Broke – YouTube

Click here: Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills Told to Destroy Emails: Report

Click here: Hillary Clinton deleted all email from personal server – CNNPolitics.com

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Dawa* at Chautauqua
(*proselytizing of Islam)

By Tabitha Korol

The Chautauqua Institution, deemed an adult education center, is less education than it is indoctrination to the world of The Left. In the month of July, in an idyllic setting, the Institution invited Islamists who speak of “Love and Justice in a World of Suffering,” hiding the truths about the suffering caused by Islam – both the harsh Sharia law already in effect for its adherents and to establish it in Dar Al-Harb (House of War), the countries not yet under Sharia – until the entire world will writhe under Islamic oppression.

Omid Safi, appointed director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center in July, 2015, spoke in terms to please the underinformed. He and they would prefer that hideous acts of violence, such as perpetrated by ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Hamas, and countless others with like purpose, be removed from the news media and replaced with stories of compassion. In so doing, of course, he would silence the reporters and critics and destroy our freedom to speak, report, and inform the masses about the evils perpetrated by Muslims, so that we would remain oblivious to Islam’s stealth control over our media and our minds. He would then pursue and obtain legal accommodations without obstacle, force Sharia law over our Constitutional laws without hindrance, and threaten all our freedoms through influence, treachery, and force.

The “pain and suffering” he referenced in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Staten Island, have been shown to be largely incitement encouraged by outsiders who represent Islam and the Left; conquest is best accomplished during turmoil and disorder. The mayhem forces the unprepared, unarmed victims into appeasement mode, to cede their rights and ability to speak and defend in favor of assuaging the unmanageable horde that cries “victimhood.” Peace at any cost. The chaos allows the aggressive to dominate and, under the guise of “love and justice,” impose its law on all nations – thus implementing the laws of Allah through jihad.

Safi was also sure to remind that there was insufficient money for social issues but a glut for our military – an absolute inverted fabrication to which the unaware nod in assent because Chautauqua provides no discussions, no debates, no visitors to provide an opposing view. The rhetoric that passes for intellect remains unchallenged; the audience is never encouraged to analyze and grasp that the narrative undermines their very survival.

In fact, the growth in national health spending and welfare programs have accelerated to levels that, unchecked, will bring our country to bankruptcy. The federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have expanded to cover additional and improved services for 200 million people; and an average of 46+ million people received food stamps on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during 2012, with more illegal aliens and “new Americans” still coming to our shores – unvetted for physical and mental illnesses, crime, or productivity. The programs thwart incentive to strive, inhibit growth and achievements, and cut back funds for investments, new jobs and opportunities for the many – a future of prosperity.

He advocates cuts to our military budget, already at a pre-World War II low, when the threat to our national security is at an all-time high. Severe cuts in defense spending have already subjected our nation to accumulating strategic risks to such as crisis-readiness, sustaining pilot skills with sufficient flying hours, and maintaining a Naval presence in key regions. Our military must continue diplomatic, economic and intelligence elements for preserving trade routes and stability in vital regions, and serving global interests. Financial support is crucial for military infrastructure and civilian and contractor defense workforce. Safi instigates his audience to desire further increases in social expenditures (higher taxation and prices, shrinking wealth, increased poverty, and compounded national debt) and to diminish our self-defense and military superiority against Islamic or any tyrannical expansionism. Disarmed, submissive subjects are easier to rule and more likely to provide the revenue and manpower needed for further conquest.

Safi reminded his audience of the human condition, always to plead for Muslim suffering, as though they are the eternal victim rather than the perpetual offender. As I mentioned in my previous essay, Mosquitoes in the Mosque, Islam is guilty of jihadi expansionism and the slaughter of hundreds of millions of victims since its inception in 624 A.D., unparalleled by any other people, and ongoing. The FBI has reported that ISIS exists in “every single state,” and Chautauqua has its numerous visitors from the Muslim Brotherhood, including the notorious Imam Rauf, who failed to develop his Cordoba Mosque on Ground Zero but is planning one for this vacation spot in southwestern New York state.

While Safi urged his audience to love and empathize with “the human condition everywhere,” he fails to address those who have fallen prey to Islam. An ardent champion for the end of a Jewish Israel, this corrupt jihadist has written fallacious articles that blamed Israel of atrocities against Arabs, using Holocaust-era photos of bodies from Buchenwald concentration camp! Who invites these speakers to so misinform those who presumably come to learn? How are they vetted and allowed these opportunities to propagandize against our liberties, our nation, and against Israel?

The Chautauqua Institution, originally designed to bring culture, hope, and promise during the Great Depression, now presents a façade of scholarship, intellect, and critical thinking, its attendees duped at a critical time in American history. Alas, idealism does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Money Jihad

Sharia banks that fund terrorism
The relationship is simple. Jihadists know they can trust sharia-compliant banks to maintain their anonymity, not ask too many questions, and facilitate high-dollar transactions on behalf of their terrorist groups. Some Islamic financial institutions, such as National Commercial Bank and Islami Bank Bangladesh, have taken the relationship a step farther by donating a portion of their bank profits in the form of zakat as an act of corporate “charity” to terrorist organizations, or in the case of Al Rajhi, through private zakat donations of leading bankers. Saudi Arabia and Iran are key bases for these activities, but this is a global phenomenon. Here’s Money Jihad’s short list of the worst offenders:

Al Rajhi Bank: The Saudi financial institution has served as the sharia bank of choice for the world’s jihadists, including East Africa embassy bomber Mamduh Mahmud Salim, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and organizations like Indonesian Kompak and Al-Haramain. Bank co-founder Sulaiman Al-Rajhi appeared on the infamous Golden Chain document of Al Qaeda financiers. These allegations were reinforced by the recent U.S. Senate investigation into HSBC’s correspondent relationships.

Al Shamal Islamic Bank: Osama Bin Laden co-founded the Al Shamal in Sudan and invested $50 million there. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Al Qaeda distributed money to its cells through Al Shamal. Funds passed through Al Shamal were used in preparation for terrorist attacks.
National Commercial Bank: Offering conventional and sharia banking services, Saudi Arabia’s self-described first, largest, and most prominent bank is NCB. Among other misdeeds, a Saudi audit revealed that NCB transferred $74 million in the 1990s as zakat through its charitable front organizations to Al Qaeda (see here, here, and here). Khalid bin Mahfouz, the head of the bank, exploited libel laws to sue author Rachel Ehrenfeld in an effort to silence accusations about his role in financing terrorism.

Arab Bank: This conventional bank in Jordan maintains a wholly-owned subsidiary (Islamic International Arab Bank PLC) that offers full-range sharia services. Arab Bank has transferred money on behalf of Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP), a notorious French charity, to a known financial subunit of Hamas. The Jordanian bank has paid out insurance benefits to families of suicide bombers for the Saudi Committee—another charity that funds Hamas. Arab Bank has handled transactions for the Holy Land Foundation, whose leaders now sit behind bars for financing terrorism. It has been the subject of American investigations, but the bank has consistently refused to turn over related documents to the U.S.

Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited: IBBL, Bangladesh’s biggest sharia bank, has handled Wahhabi accounts to propagate radical Islam since its inception. In 2011, the Bangladeshi home ministry intelligence revealed that 8 percent of the bank’s profits were diverted as corporate zakat to support jihad in Bangladesh. One of the men on IBBL’s board of sharia advisors was arrested in connection with a terrorist attack against Bangladeshi police officers. The U.S. Senate slammed British bank giant HSBC for maintaining relationships with IBBL despite evidence that it served terrorists like Shaikh Abdur Rahman of Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh and terror-funding Islamic charities like IIRO. The Senate’s report also implicated HSBC for disregarding evidence of terror financing at another Bangladeshi sharia bank with whom it worked: Social Islami Bank.

Bank Melli: The Iranian Islamic bank sent “at least $100 million to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard branch that supports Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist groups, the Quds Force” between 2002-06.

Bank Saderat: Another major Iranian sharia finance house, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned the rocket-funding Bank Saderat, stating that “The bank is used by the Government of Iran to transfer money to terrorist organizations, including Hizballah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. A notable example of this is a Hizballah-controlled organization that has received $50 million directly from Iran through Bank Saderat since 2001.”

Other culprits include Dubai Islamic Bank, which is active in both the U.A.E. and Pakistan, and Tadamon Islamic Bank.
So much for “ethical finance.” For further developments, please continue reading Money Jihad, Shariah Finance Watch, and @moneyjihad on Twitter.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Mosquitoes in the Mosques

By Tabitha Korol

The guidelines for Letters to the Editor of The Chautauquan Daily include warnings that libelous, demeaning or accusatory statements are unacceptable. This also means that the truth must be curtailed, for it is the truth that supremacist Muslims find inappropriate and offensive, even by those who perpetrate the acts.

Nevertheless, I refer to guest speaker Hussein Rashid, who denied the intensity and frequency of religious violence, citing that Muslims kill a mere 17 Americans per year (surely, not in the year 2001), while mosquitoes kill an average of 750,000. This is the new Moral Inversion, that Sharia law is now moral and mosquitoes immoral. Are we to flick a wrist at jihadists and the growing body count? (According to Muslim historian Firistha, Muslims killed ~400 million Indian people during invasions and occupation of the Indian continent alone, bringing the worldwide total to more than 890 million victims since the birth of Mohammed.)

Are we to disregard the religious bigotry? sadistic cruelty? kidnappings? rapes? lifelong captivity? persecution of women? and worldwide terrorism? and arm ourselves with cans of repellant and netting? This may well be the Enlightenment that Rashid attempted to explain – that we misinterpreted the Middle East, that the wretched mosquito kidnaps young girls for sexual slavery, burns churches, and espouses destructive propaganda in America’s universities.

Rashid did eventually declare religions to be violent, but I submit that all religions cannot be so classified. Religions are not equal; their doctrines differ greatly. Buddhism promotes peacefulness, loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Hinduism’s many philosophies prescribe honesty, patience, self-restraint, and refraining from injuring living beings. Judaism and Christianity are commonly guided by the Torah and Ten Commandments. Islam’s guide is the Trilogy: Quran, Hadith and Sira.

Compare one Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill/murder,” with the Qur’an’s 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers, to kill infidels wherever they hide, to chop off heads and fingers, threatening Hell if they do not slaughter.

Unlike the Old Testament’s verses of violence that are explained in context of history, those in the Qur’an are open-ended, as relevant today as in the past. Islam’s ideology promotes violence until the nonbelievers accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed – a history of bloodshed and suffering.