Robert A. Hall
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Reading: Bomber Magistrate’s Middle Eastern Connections. By Daniel Greenfield Boston
Excerpt: As FOX News reported and Robert Spencer noted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stopped talking once he was prematurely read his Miranda rights. That helps the authorities establish the lone wolf narrative. Whatever else we might have learned from him is probably lost.
Rehabilitation Will Come. By Victor Davis Hanson Reading
Excerpt: Bush was honest, his tenure was without corruption, and he entered and left office with dignity, without either the Obama-like reprehensible blame gaming of his predecessor or the shameful pardons granted by
Excerpt: For years, the American Embassy, the State Department, and the Senate have enabled communist
Vietnam, ignoring the regime's abuses of
religious freedom and human rights to allow it privileged access to
and international investments, markets, and donor aid. Now, U.S. Vietnam has sucker punched the by
increasing its repression. (They're Communists--it's what they do. And aiding
and abetting their oppression is what liberal do. ~Bob. It's way, way more than
time for our politicians to stop doing the kid glove treatment of U.S. . They care nothing
for human rights, have enormous abuses going all the time, either for
suppression or for corruption. We got them into the international trade
organization, gave them MFN status, and as soon as they had what they wanted
they stop even the minor bits of loosening control they had played to get us to
accommodate their wishes. Time to stop all that, go back to CPC status, and
tell them plainly that relations will not go anywhere until they back off these
horrendous abuses. Meanwhile, we need to give a break to the refugees from the
abuses, and fast track them into refugee status. It's among the least things we
can do. -- Hanoi ) Del
Man Killed By Police In Raid On Wrong House
Excerpt: John Adams, 61, was shot and killed by police in a drug raid on the wrong house. His wife Loraine, 70, was also handcuffed and forced to the ground. (The cops claimed they yelled "police." Of course, no thugs would ever lie and yell "police" if they were just crooks looking to get in. Just ask the members of the North Side Gang in
who lined up
against a brick wall when the guys in police uniforms told them to. ~Bob.) Chicago
Bombers' Mosque In
A Factory For
Excerpt: The New York Times thinks the
on the Web. But it didn't look at their mosque, which has churned out other
terrorists, too. USA Today, on the other hand, did look at their mosque — the
Islamic Society of Boston — and found "a curriculum that radicalizes
people," according to a local source quoted in the paper's investigation.
"Other people have been radicalized there." In fact, several ISB
members and leaders have been convicted or suspected of terrorism, including:
(Going on all over the country. But you don't dare say anything, because a
charge of "Islamophobia" makes you an outcast, may end or career.
Better to let people die. ~Bob.) Boston
Excerpt: According to the sheikh,
must be less cooperative with the and at the same time insist
for more monetary aid. If so, the sheikh believes
that “ U.S.
will accept; it will kiss our hands; and it will also increase its aid. And we
will consider its aid as jizya,
not as aid. But first we must make impositions on it.” America
British traitors in high places making the
even more unsafe UK
Excerpt: Hesham Mohammed Ali won an appeal against moves by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to deport him because of his crimes. He convinced a judge he had a “family life” which had to be respected because he had a “genuine” relationship with a British woman – despite already having two children by different women with whom he now has no contact.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them. --Arthur Schopenhauer (Alas, too true. ~Bob.)
Excerpt: Russian authorities secretly recorded a telephone conversation in 2011 in which one of the Boston bombing suspects vaguely discussed jihad with his mother, officials said Saturday, days after the U.S. government finally received details about the call. In another conversation, the mother of now-dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was recorded talking to someone in southern Russia who is under FBI investigation in an unrelated case, officials said.
Calling Islam “Islam.” By Bosch Fawstin
Excerpt: Imagine, if during past wars, we used terms such as “Radical Nazism,” “Extremist Shinto” and “Militant Communism.” The implication would be that there are good versions of those ideologies, which would then lead some to seek out “moderate” Nazis. Those who use terms other than “Islam” create the impression that it’s some variant of Islam that’s behind the enemy that we’re facing. A term such as “Militant Islam” is redundant, but our politicians continue praising Islam as if it were their own religion. Bush told us “Islam is peace” — after 2,996 Americans were murdered in its name. He maintained that illusion throughout his two terms, and never allowed our soldiers to defeat the enemy. And now we have Obama, who tells us, from
term "Islamophobia" was invented to tie us up in political
correctness so we could not prevent things like the Boston Bombing. Seems to be
working very well. ~Bob.) Egypt
Excerpt: Christian converts in
feared for their future
Thursday, April 25, after the country's highest Islamic institute issued a
fatwa demanding the death penalty for Muslims who renounce their religion. The
Supreme Ulema Council of Morocco (CSO), a body of Islamic scholars headed by
King Mohammed VI, said that Muslims who reject their faith "should be
condemned to death." (Ah, Moderate Morocco under the Religion of
Peace. Don't go all Islamophobic. It's their culture under Shari'a Law, and if
a few Christians have to die, well, the New
York Times and several federal courts have said opposing Shari'a Law here
is racist. Though they don't say what "race" Muslims belong to.
treated her like a piece of meat": Yet another Muslim sex slavery case in
Excerpt: The Qur'an commentator Maulana Bulandshahri explains the wisdom of this practice, and longs for the good old days: ... None of the injunctions pertaining to slavery have been abrogated in the Shari’ah. The reason that the Muslims of today do not have slaves is because they do not engage in Jihad (religion war). Their wars are fought by the instruction of the disbelievers (kuffar) and are halted by the same felons. The Muslim [sic] have been shackled by such treaties of the disbelievers (kuffar) whereby they cannot enslave anyone in the event of a war. Muslims have been denied a great boon whereby every home could have had a slave. May Allah grant the Muslims the ability to escape the tentacles of the enemy, remain steadfast upon the Din (religion) and engage in Jihad (religion war) according to the injunctions of Shari’ah. Amen!
Mom wore a burka to go undercover in
and take back her son, 12, who was kidnapped by his father and forced to live
as a Muslim Egypt
Excerpt: A mother dressed up in a burka and flew to
back her son who had been kidnapped by his father and forced to live as a
Muslim. Kalli Atteya, from Egypt Pennsylvania,
put on the traditional Muslim clothing as a disguise so she could wait until
12-year-old Niko got off the school bus in the city of . She then grabbed his arm and
moved him towards a waiting motorized cart with the words: ‘Get in.’ Alexandria
Council worker, 48, jailed after being found with hate rants by convicted terrorists
Excerpt: A council worker who was found with 352 computer discs containing terrorist material, including footage of executions and the 9/11 attacks, was today jailed for two years. London Borough of Hackney revenue officer Khalid Baqa, 48, also used his work computer to watch the footage and trawl Islamic websites. He stashed the discs - which contained 26 hours of speeches by the hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki - in his car and his children’s bedroom.
Sharia in action in
female children are married Iran
Excerpt: "The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with 'Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)." -- Bukhari 7.62.88 Muslims take this seriously and imitate Muhammad in this. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: "Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed." The Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight.
Excerpt: "East is East..and West is West..and never the twain shall meet" Eleven years ago, having returned home from living and working in the Middle East for a decade, I sat watching TV and seeing American troops invade Iraq. I turned to my wife and said "what the hell is Bush doing?" We were already well into the quagmire of
Afghanistan and were now "doubling
down" by invading !
A decade of living in the region had proven to me that you can't democratize a
Muslim culture. I knew Bush had access to diplomats who surely told him the
same thing. So why were we getting so deeply involved? Why were we not just
going after the Taliban and Al Quada, doing a quick hit, then getting the hell
out? Ten years later we finally left Iraq Iraq,
after spending a trillion dollars and sacrificing American lives and is as
troublesome as it was before we went in. They pal around with Iraq Iran and have no special gratitude for . The
same tired story in America .
More lives and more national treasure, and only to prop up a corrupt Muslim
regime. ("But there is neither East nor West, nor border, nor breed, nor
birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends
of the Earth." If memory still serves. ~Bob.) Afghanistan
Creating Monsters: Terrorism, Welfare and “Celebrating Diversity.” By Derek Hunter
Excerpt: They came to this country legally…and got on welfare. Why was a family that literally brought nothing to the table allowed to immigrate? I haven’t seen an answer yet, but I suspect asking the question will be called “bigoted.” As would asking why we should legalize millions of unskilled workers when we have too many of them already. In the days since the
we’ve learned the Tsarnaev family – except for Uncle Ruslan – is exactly the
type of people a functional immigration system should be designed to keep out.
It’s not, and despite all the lip-service being paid by advocates, the “reform”
making its way through the U.S. Senate won’t do anything about it either. Boston
Fisker: Free to Make Flashy Cars in
. By Marita Noon Finland
Excerpt: With nearly a year’s worth of exclusive reporting on Obama’s green-energy crony-corruption scandal, you might think we’ve covered them all—but the hits just keep on coming. This week Fisker is in the news due to its failure to meet a Monday payment on their Department of Energy (DOE) loan, with $10 million due, and Wednesday’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing: “Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive.” Along with researcher Christine Lakatos, who writes The Green Corruption Files, I’ve addressed Fisker before.
Excerpt: ….They argue that in an unsuccessful abortion, where the child is born alive, a woman’s right to a dead baby must be preserved. As the left’s Orwellian overlords assure us, this isn’t murder, it’s “health care.” ….And with the help of their media disciples, they will continue to assure us, as they redefine depravity downward, that any behavior which brings personal pleasure, fulfillment or empowerment — unless, as Deborah Kerr added, “it’s unkind or violent” — people have a civil right to express and a moral right to celebrate.
Many Openings at State Agency Go to Those With Ties to Cuomo Reading
Excerpt: The next month, the agency hired 23-year-old Andrew Moelis, a
for another new position, strategic planning associate, at a salary of $75,000
a year. Shortly before Mr. Moelis’s first day of work, his father, Ron Moelis,
a prominent real estate developer, gave $25,000 to Mr. Cuomo’s re-election
campaign, according to the records. (Show me your shocked face. ~Bob.) University
Worried parents force cancellation of Payton-Brooks baseball game
Excerpt: A baseball game between two
public high schools was canceled
Saturday when some parents from a North Side school refused to let their
children travel to the South Side for the game, saying they were worried about
the safety of their kids. Chicago
Tweet from Byron York @ByronYork4h
Departing French Envoy Has Frank Words on
Excerpt: It is always hard to gauge what diplomats really think unless one of their cables ends up on WikiLeaks, but every once in a while, the barriers fall and a bit of truth slips into public view.
What Does the White Man Owe Blacks? By Wayne Dupree
Black writer. ~Bob. Excerpt: No one can completely understand the current position of the American Negro (sometimes referred to as African American). Liberal Blacks in
can't deny the fact that
they have become the "Professional Victim" here in 2012. This is
mainly attributed to the preaching of victimization that has been pounded into
the brains of Liberal Blacks by Paternalistic White Liberal law makers,
charlatans, crooks and thieves left over by the Civil Rights movement in
addition to a conclave of ignorant and bafoonish Black clergy beholden to the
Democratic Party. America
National Journal: DC Never More Out Of Touch Than During White House Correspondents Dinner
Excerpt: Ron Fournier at the National Journal blistered Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner, where celebrities and the permanent political class members -- and the reporters who are supposed to keep them accountable -- wine and dine the weekend away, oblivious to the stark realities outside the Washington "Boomtown" bubble. The publication wrote Washington, "never looks more out of touch than it will this weekend, when movie stars, music moguls, media mavens and their advertisers" gallivant around Washington, D.C., which NBC newsman Tom Brokaw compared to Versailles.
"In Defense of a Good Guy with A Gun." By Brian Castner, The Daily Beast.
Excerpt: In the aftermath of the
school shooting and Boston attacks, war vet
Brian Castner considers his own experience of returning from war and arming
himself to protect his family. He speaks to gun expert David Grossman about why
we need “sheepdogs” in schools to defend students, the power of violent video
games, and profiling for aggression A refreshing answer to the many "guns
are bad" diatribes so often delivered by individuals who do not know the
difference between a magazine and a clip, between a muzzle and a trigger. Iraq
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