Aug 212010

Andy Sullivan:

First of all from the bottom of my heart God bless you all and all the support you are giving this important cause. I am truly humbled beyond words. The greatness of the middle class of this nation is it’s secret weapon for sure.

The blue collar, white collar and pink collars are pushing back at the awful way the ruling class is steamrolling over us with utter impunity and with this disgraceful Mosque idea we say ” Enough is Enough”.

Victims, family members and to all our brave soldiers we hear you and are behind you. We will do everything within the law to open the eyes of this group Cordoba who for public relations has now changed it to Park 51. A name less inflammatory yet they remain ardent in their location and their refusal to change. Some wonderful display of tolerance and change….NOT!

I am blessed to be part of a group that is rock solid in traditional American values. People like Beth Gelinski, Tim Brown and the ever vigilant Debra Burlingame who is a treasure chest of financial information on the very shady activities of our dear Imam Rauff and his sudden departure from the country on our dime to be a bridge to other Muslim nations. Speaking of bridges if you believe that then I want to sell you one. Please come out we will need a big showing to let the nation know we are not taking this one on the chin. Our prayers are our strength and again bless you all.


Join us RAIN OR SHINE Sunday August 22 at 11am

Protesters will tell President Obama, the Hamas terrorist organization, Mayor Bloomberg and Imam Rauf: No Cordoba Mega-Mosque at Ground Zero and Stop Shariah and jihad mosques in America!

Join construction workers, firefighters, veterans, 9/11 families and first responders, civil and human rights leaders, women’s rights advocates, and residents of the Ground Zero neighborhood will unite for a major protest at the Ground Zero mosque site.

Protesters to demand that the State Department answer: why are you sending Imam Rauf as an envoy across America and the globe on the taxpayers’ dime?

WHO: The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero and: The Bravest; 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America; Blue Collar Corner; Women United International; Stop Shariah Now; ACT! For America and ACT! Manhattan; Congress on Racial Equality; Alliance for Interfaith Resistance; Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam; Sudan Freedom Walk; Proclaim Justice to the Nations, Center for Security Policy; Dr. Herbert London of the Hudson Institute; North Country Patriots; Victory Baptist Church of the Bronx; Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Z Street; Florida Security Council; The Peace through Strength Institute; Free the First Amendment Committee; V-USA – Veterans United to Save America; New York City Firefighters Hockey Team; Christians and Jews United for Israel; and many other organizations and leaders to be announced, as well as local residents living in the Ground Zero area.



E Train stops at Church St. Walk 2 blocks north to Park Place. Make left on Park Place and walk to West Broadway. 2, 3, and C Trains stop at Park Place. Walk west on Park Place one block to West Broadway. A Train stops at Chambers St. Get off and walk either downtown 3 blocks to Park Place and make right on Park Place one block to West Broadway walk 1 block west on Chambers to West Broadway and make left on West Broadway and walk downtown 3 blocks. 1 Train stops at Chambers Street. Exit on Chambers Street and look for the corner where Chambers, Hudson and West Broadway intersect. Walk downtown on West Broadway 3 blocks.

WHY: To push back against those attempting to impose harsh Shariah Islam, stealth jihad or terror on our nation. We will not be moved!




 Posted by at 11:06 pm
Aug 212010

~ NOTE: This is picking up steam & will be huge!

Here are the names of union and non-union tradesman who refuse towork the site of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. We feel we have been betrayed by our civic leaders and elected officials as they allow the Cordoba Initiative Group build their Mega-Mosque on top of the ashes of the 3,ooo innocents who were slaughtered on 911.

The attackers yelled “Allah Ahkbar” as they destroyed our symbols of economic power and liberty filled with Americans.

Across the world and even in our own neighborhoods Muslims celebrated in the streets as the nation grieved like never before. The Imam Feisal Rauff leader of the Cordoba Initiative days after the attacks on 60 minutes called the United States an accessory to the crime and for all intents and purposes Osama Bin Laden was made in the U.S.A. This is the man responsible for the project to build this Mosque of tolerance and peace. He has refused to condem Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organizations and will not reveal the massive funding he needs to complete the project these facts cast a dark shadow over the Imam’s true intentions.

My fellow Americans stand together and pledge not to work this hurtful insensitive project. Without us this sacrilige cannot be built. Let us show the younger generation what it is to be a proud American and defend those brave souls who now lie in a pit at Ground Zero unable to speak because their light was snuffed out by the worst attack in our nation’s history. Together we will achieve this.

People of Islam show us your love and tolerance and peaceful nature and in the spirit of bridge-building relocate this Mosque. Do this and we will applaud you and build you a Mosque all could be proud of. All we ask is you do not put it on the gravesite of our loved ones.

To my readers please send me your names if you will make the 911 pledge and refuse to participate in the building of the Ground Zero Mosque. Go to my message board and state your trade or job that you do and join us. Our leaders are failing us it’s up to us. I want my children to grow up in a nation of pride and freedom but as was once told to me freedom only comes at great cost. God bless you all and God Bless America!

~Leave a comment of support for Andy & all the Hardhats! I did :)

The 911 Hard Hat Pledge-Blue Collar Corner

The 911 Hard Hat Pledge

 Posted by at 10:28 pm
Aug 212010

By Kay Daly GOPUSA

Eric Holder is coming after Sheriff Joe Arpaio, claiming he is not “cooperating” in a federal investigation. Clearly Holder wants to nail Joe’s hide to the wall for going after illegal aliens. Like we couldn’t see this coming.

Here is the crux of the catfight:

Once seen as a quirky figure who has inmates dress in pink underwear and forces them to work on chain gangs, Arpaio has in recent years become a kind of folk hero to those who favor his heavily publicized “crime sweeps,” conducted mostly in Hispanic neighborhoods. But civil rights groups accuse the 78-year-old lawman of racial profiling. And some Maricopa County officials say Arpaio has begun meritless corruption investigations of officials who have criticized his policies or opposed his requests.

Those allegations are at the core of the Justice Department investigations, according to documents, lawyers familiar with the inquiries, and people who have been questioned by FBI agents and the grand jury.

The investigations reflect the tangled politics surrounding the immigration debate. The criminal probe is led by Dennis K. Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix who was a top aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Two of Arpaio’s attorneys, Robert N. Driscoll and Asheesh Agarwal, were officials in the Justice Department’s civil rights division in the George W. Bush administration. They denied that the sheriff, a Republican who has been reelected four times since 1992, has been uncooperative or has engaged in racial profiling, misusing money or targeting political enemies.

“The sheriff’s office is cooperating fully with the grand jury investigation and has complete confidence that the inquiry will clear it of any wrongdoing,” Agarwal said. “The office has always fulfilled its responsibilities truthfully, honorably, and in full compliance with state and federal law.”

Arpaio’s attorneys contend that the investigations are politically motivated, citing a news conference in March at which Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was quoted as saying he expects the inquiries to “produce results.”

“While we have no quarrel with the assistant U.S. attorneys handling the investigation, the attorney general’s comments appear to violate federal regulations, departmental policy and state ethical rules designed to ensure the fairness of criminal investigations,” Agarwal said.

Brewer and her supporters have also asserted that the Justice Department was politically motivated in its lawsuit over the state law, which authorizes, among other things, police officers to ask about the status of people suspected of being in the country illegally. A federal judge last month stopped the most controversial sections of the legislation from taking effect.

For the record… money is on Sheriff Joe. Even if Holder comes down hard with the full power of the federal government, he still loses. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is getting the job done and Eric Holder isn’t. ‘Nuff said.

 Posted by at 10:03 pm
Aug 212010

Paul Joseph Watson & Aaron Dykes

Former Governor still fuming over feds’ attempt to block him from filming at JFK memorial on political grounds

In an exclusive new video for Prison subscribers, former Governor Jesse Ventura warns that Homeland Security is rapidly becoming the American Gestapo, as Ventura still fumes over the fact that the feds tried to stop him from filming the JFK memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura visited Austin, Texas last week to work on the next season of his hit TV show “Conspiracy Theory.” Alex Jones had a chance to catch up with the governor while driving around for the shoot.

While the show is top secret until it airs, Jesse did disclose some of the harassment he and his crew have received during production, including being barred by the Army from filming Kennedy’s eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery.

When Ventura’s production team attempted to go through the proper channels to get permission to film the JFK memorial, they were refused on the basis that that the Army didn’t like the content of Ventura’s show. They were also lied to when the feds told Ventura that the Kennedy family held jurisdiction over who was allowed to film the memorial, a claim vehemently denied by a Kennedy family spokesman.

Ventura refuses to let the issue drop and is calling for the individual who made the decision to be fired on the basis that he is allowing his personal political viewpoints to interfere with his job.

Ventura also gives Alex his thoughts on Homeland Security’s takeover of the United States as well as TSA’s implementation of mandatory body scanners in airports across the nation. The former governor discusses how difficult it was merely to hire a boat to do some filming on an island, because all the captains were frightened that Homeland Security would revoke their licenses if they put a foot out of line. Ventura now fears that the DHS will become the American Gestapo as the implementation of martial law accelerates.

“I’m viewing Homeland Security and what I’m seeing out of them – they’re supposed to be there for our protection – I’m now referring to them as the Gestapo, they could evolve into the United States Gestapo, I can see that on the horizon,” said Ventura.

Meanwhile, Ventura comments, Wall Street bankers, Blackwater mercenaries (now Xe) and diplomats all carry out their actions with impunity as the American people are ruled by a fully-integrated surveillance system.

On a lighter note, Jesse discusses his time as a bodyguard for some of rock music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones and a few details about his biggest Hollywood films, including ‘Predator’ and a lost alternate ending to ‘The Running Man.’

 Posted by at 6:31 pm
Aug 212010

Federal, state and local agencies yesterday responded to a simulated attempt by extremists to seize radioactive cobalt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for use in a radiological “dirty bomb,” the Boston Globe reported (see GSN, Aug. 11).

The FBI and Energy Department coordinated the unpublicized exercise, which involved medical and fire personnel as well as state, city and campus police. The effort was part of the “Silent Thunder” series of drills, which focuses on responses by multiple levels of government to threats involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

Government sources refused to discuss difficulties that might have emerged in the drill, which addressed possible means of preventing would-be thieves from obtaining dirty-bomb ingredients as well as potential government responses to an attack involving radiological material or a different type of unconventional weapon.

“Exercises of this type are valuable tools for enhancing coordination among the various organizations involved in response management,” MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory head David Moncton said.

“The purpose of these exercises is to get all the key players together around a table to practice going through the kind of crisis management and emergency response scenarios that could come up in a real world emergency, to make sure we get the kinks worked out in advance,” National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Damien LaVera said of the drill. “It helps communities think through all the contingencies they would need to be prepared for, in the event of a real attack.”

The Energy Department has pursued initiatives aimed at stepping up safeguards at numerous facilities around Boston housing radioactive materials for medical or research use. Upgrades to protective measures were under way at MIT — the university maintains multiple blood irradiation facilities and, for now, one of the few remaining U.S. atomic reactors running on weapon-grade uranium — as well as five other sites in the region, officials said without specifying the other institutions involved.

“Boston has a concentration of major research universities,” Deputy Energy Undersecretary Steven Aoki said. “We are trying to make sure in a very complicated area that everyone has some awareness of what the relationships and roles and responsibilities are” of various groups that would respond to an incident, he said.

The upgrades, underwritten by the Energy Department’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, include biometric identification systems, security cameras, motion sensors and mechanisms for informing government agencies of the theft of radioactive material. The Energy Department initiative is expected to receive $300 million in fiscal 2011 for security efforts inside the country.

As of last month, the United States had bolstered safeguards at only 131 of more than 2,100 sites holding potentially at-risk radioactive substances. Enhancements were expected at the remaining facilities by 2019.

“It is important to not focus solely on attacks from outside terrorists attempting to penetrate and steal material,” Kenneth Sheely, an Energy Department associate assistant deputy administrator, told lawmakers in 2009. “The possibility and probability of a passive insider, (such as) one who simply arranges access to the facility for the adversary, or an active insider, one who participates in the theft, diversion, or sabotage of radiological material, is greater, given the open environment of a university campus or city hospital in which many radiological devices are used” (Bryan Bender, Boston Globe, Aug. 20).

 Posted by at 6:27 pm
Aug 212010

Lloyd Marcus NWV

Tea Party Express asked me to join them in Alaska to assist in their final push for conservative Joe Miller for U.S. Senate. I sang and spoke at rallies in Wasilla, Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.

The Alaskans were pretty impressed with me. Alaska is Bigfoot country. While not quite as rare as Bigfoot sightings, black conservatives in Alaska apparently are not the norm. Everybody wanted their picture taken with me.

I felt the same kinship with my Alaskan tea party patriot brothers and sisters I have felt at hundreds of tea parties across the lower 48 states. Our divinely inspired tea party movement is not about race. It is about shared conservative values and love for America. All who feel this way are my brothers and sisters; skin color is irrelevant.

Joe Miller is great guy. He is a father, husband, successful businessman, a true conservative and extremely qualified for U.S. Senate. Tea Party Express is endorsing and campaigning for Joe rather than the RINO republican in the race. So much for the accusation that Tea Party Express is all about getting republicans elected. Wrong! Tea Party Express is a powerful voice of “We The People” totally focused and committed to getting conservatives elected. This is why I am extremely proud and honored to be associated with them and to campaign for the peoples’ candidate, Joe Miller.

The Tea Party Movement/ We The People are birthing quality conservative candidates across America. While we have no intentions of falling into the the trap of becoming a formal ‘third party’, we are effective and winning elections. We’re driving the liberal democrats and their sycophant liberal mainstream media friends crazy. Now, in panic mode, democrats and their media minions have stepped up their attacks on the tea party movement. Escalating from despicably playing the “race card,” they are now using their “you’re a racist” steamroller to crush all who dare criticize or oppose King Obama.

On the “Nice” list was Alaska U.S. Senate conservative candidate, Joe Miller. On the “Naughty” list was Joe’s opponent, arrogant, RINO republican candidate, Lisa Murkowski. For her long record of betraying the people who voted for her, 300 floor votes with democrats, this naughty girl is so getting her stocking full of coal.

My Alaska trip was wonderful; breathtakingly beautiful with warm and friendly salt of the earth people. Only 650,000 people live there. Many Alaskans grow and hunt their food. There is a smell of freedom in the Alaska air. It reminds us of the importance of electing conservatives like Joe Miller who seek to preserve our freedoms rather Obama-ites who strive daily to take our freedoms away.

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American

We Need Your Help in Alaska From:”Todd Palin

Fellow Patriots:

A critical election for U.S. Senate is just 4 days away and constitutional conservatives across America need to rally together to support Conservative Republican Joe Miller for U.S. Senate in Alaska. Joe is up against the political establishment and special interests in Alaska, and I can tell you first hand that my own family has had to face such battles before. It’s not easy, and Joe needs your help.

Fortunately the Tea Party Express has stepped up to the plate, spending over $400,000 already in the battle to support Joe Miller. The problem is that Joe’s opponent has received millions of dollars from the political establishment in this race alone. We must level the playing field. So I am asking you to please make a contribution to this campaign.

I don’t typically send out emails asking people to support fundraising drives. But today the Tea Party Express received the results from their latest polling which they graciously shared with me. The results show that we have gained 25% for Joe Miller in just the past 2 ½ weeks. We’ve got the momentum, and victory is within reach, but there is no time to waste. We must act now.

At a time where our leaders in Washington have failed us we desperately need new leaders who have the courage and guts to stand up to the special interests and the political establishment. Joe Miller has the background, experience, and commitment to the constitution that is desperately lacking in Washington. A West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient, Joe is also a constitutional scholar, serving as the youngest federal magistrate in Alaska history.

Joe Miller is a principled conservative who stands on his beliefs, he doesn’t change his views based on which way the political winds are blowing and he can’t be bought off.

So would you please consider making a contribution?

Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortune and sacred honor for this Republic. I hope you’ll sacrifice a contribution to help elect a Constitutional Conservative like Joe Miller to the U.S. Senate.

Thank you for your support!

Todd Palin

 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Aug 212010

CFP By Doug Hagmann

What do “global warming,” “global governance” and “sustainable development” have to do with the proposed “Ground Zero mosque?” One would think absolutely nothing; however investigation into the money, organizations and people behind the project has uncovered some revealing and disturbing connections. An extensive analysis of these findings provides the missing insight into the larger agenda, motives and modus operandi associated with what is now known as the Park51project.

It also reveals the reasons behind the persistence of the insipid and insulting project and why it remains viable in the face of such visceral opposition.

Those who oppose the construction of an Islamic center in close proximity to Ground Zero are legitimately upset by the hubris of Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and his associates, and his lack of class and sensitivity exhibited by their insistence to continue forward despite the plaintive objections of those most affected and victimized by the terrorist attacks. Some in opposition appear perplexed that the individuals behind the project have not relented or even acquiesced to open dialogue about moving the Islamic center due to the volatility created by the project. To date, overtures made by the governor of New York as well as members of the clergy have been quietly rebuffed by the people behind the project. If building bridges and fostering goodwill is, in fact, their objective, it is reasonable to question their reluctance and outright refusal to mitigate any ill will by reconsidering the location of the Islamic center. For the purpose of a comprehensive investigation, it is not only reasonable, it is imperative.

DOB: 10/23/1948
Kuwait-born Educated in the UK and Malaysia; arrived in the U.S. in 1965
BS in physics at Columbia University in 1971

Addresses associated with ABDUL-RAUF:
227 78th Street, First Floor, North Bergen, NJ 07047
8400 River Road, North Bergen, NJ 07047-6244
P.O. Box 7376, North Bergen, NJ 07047

Imam at the Masjid al Farah (established 1990)
245 West Broadway

Opposition to the Islamic center to date has been limited to information that is known or has been most easily uncovered about Imam Abdul-Rauf and the Cordoba Initiative. That Abdul-Rauf has suggested that the 9/11 attacks were a result of American foreign policy and his refusal to characterize Hamas as a terrorist organization should themselves be sufficient reasons to cause any person of reasonable sensibilities to oppose the construction, especially at this location. Yet, those behind the project, as well as those in support of the project do not appear to be adversely affected and remain undeterred. Once again, it is an investigative imperative to determine why.

Despite such obviously controversial positions, Abdul-Rauf presses forward with the approval of political leaders from Barack Hussein Obama to Michael Bloomberg. Together with many in the corporate media, project supporters deflect from the core issue into a specious constitutional argument relating to freedom of religion, despite the fact that no one is preventing Islam from being practiced in the United States. The issues are even further diluted and deflected by those who insist that the project is neither a mosque nor will it be located at Ground Zero. While both assertions might be considered technically accurate in the eyes of Western thought and culture, they are nothing more than frivolous defenses at best and intellectual deception at worst.

Changing of the name from the Cordoba House to Park 51

Those who espouse such defenses either fail to understand or deliberately refuse to address the iconic Islamic symbolism behind the “9/11 Victory Mosque.” That the planned venture is technically outside of the footprint of the former World Trade Center complex is offered as a legitimate defense, which might hold true if one is to be so myopic as to disregard the Muslim world view. Perhaps that is the reason for the project makeover that began with the changing of the name from the Cordoba House to Park 51. It is not a likely coincidence that once the symbolic nature of Cordoba became more widely known, those behind the project opted to promote a more secular version of the initiative, while concurrently expunging certain elements relating to Islamic Shariah law from their web site.

Despite the plentiful amount of information developed by independent researchers, bloggers, and commentators that has been published about the questionable associations of project front man ABDUL-RAUF over the last few weeks, he continues to travel to the Middle East as an emissary of America at the behest of the Obama/Clinton State Department. Ostensibly, his purpose is to “discuss Muslim life in America and religious tolerance” with Islamic leaders in Muslim countries. Despite his questionable associations, the U.S. State Department is steadfast in their support of his goodwill tour.

U.S. State Department invoking an unprecedented shroud of secrecy

Not only is the U.S. State Department unwavering in their support in spite of such controversy, they are invoking an unprecedented shroud of secrecy over the trip. When questioned about the content and message of Abdul-Rauf’s goodwill tour, U.S. State Department Spokesman Phillip Crowley curiously cited a 62 year-old law, erroneously claiming that the law shields Rauf’s message from the American public – at least by way of government web sites – as cited HERE in this article published Tuesday by the editor of Family Security Matters.

It is clearly evident that there is something very disturbing taking place behind the scenes that is permitting this “duck or bleed” approach being employed by politicians and lawmakers. It is only when we investigate deeper into the people and groups behind this assault on American sensibilities and “follow the money” do we find the nefarious nexus of “Cap and Trade globalists,” Progressives” and Islamic leaders who are pushing for a “one world” religion.

The latter group, including foreign entities and governments, is working to replace our Judeo-Christian heritage with Islam as the dominant religion of America and Shariah in place of the U.S. Constitution. It is being conducted under the pretext of interfaith dialogue and unity, an objective for which Feisal ABDUL RAUF and his closest associates have been groomed.

ABDUL RAUF and his associates are working to install Shariah in the U.S.

While ABDUL RAUF and his associates are working to install Shariah in the U.S., the former group is engaged in the systematic effort to destroy the current religious and moral structures as a means to facilitate their objectives of control and domination. The Progressives and globalists are exploiting this transformation for their own agenda, which is the implementation of global governance. That is exactly what can be found when the layers of deception and distraction are carefully and methodically pulled back and the prospective money sources are identified.

Consider the following diagram that outlines the money behind the New York City Islamic center, and use the hyperlinks to secure detailed information about each individual or organization:

Be sure to check out Who Is New York Mosque Imam? Taiba at Ground Zero?

 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Aug 212010

Listen to audio

UPDATE 1: Speaker Pelosi has sent out a statement regarding her comments on investigating those who she believes may be funding the opposition to the mosque:

“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. Where a place of worship is located is a local decision.

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

“For all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September.”

“I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that ‘We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.’

“For all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September.”

“There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how … this opposition to the mosque is being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community, as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City?” (h/t Kristinn)

Calls to investigate the funding for those proposing the $100 million “Cordoba House” have fallen on deaf ears, though, as New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg has described such an investigation as “un-American.”

Ms. Pelosi called the ground zero mosque an “urban development decision” for New Yorkers to work through. Her remarks happened on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, parting ways with President Barack Obama on the issue. Mr. Reid suggested the mosque should be built somewhere else.

In the meantime, Ms. Pelosi is hitting the ball back to New Yorkers to deal with.

“I think everybody respects the right of everyone in the country to express their religious beliefs. ..The decision, though, as to how to go forward in New York, is up to New York,” Ms. Pelosi explained. “I look to my colleagues in New York. Some of them have different views on the subject. It’s up to them to work it out.”

The Word

 Posted by at 9:54 am
Aug 212010

By Daniel Greenfield CFP

Obama himself created the problem, by being vague and misleading, Muslim, Christian, Ground Zero

The media is all worked up over a poll that shows the majority of Americans don’t think Obama is a Christians and nearly a 1/4 of Americans think that Obama is a Muslim. Naturally the “mainstream” conservative blogs are embarrassed by these results. Politico is calling it a new Birtherism. Left unasked is the question of why people might think that.

There’s Obama own statements on the topic in which he emphasized his family connections to Islam. This is what he said in Turkey;

Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.

This is what he said later in Cairo

“Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.”

This time Obama included the mention that he is a Christian, but his emphasis was still on Islam.

There was Obama saying in an interview that he had a basically Muslim childhood…

“I was a little Jakarta street kid,” he said in a wide-ranging interview in his office. He once got in trouble for making faces during Koran study classes in his elementary school, but a president is less likely to stereotype Muslims as fanatics—and more likely to be aware of their nationalism—if he once studied the Koran with them.

Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

There Obama was also documented as attending a mosque and his religion was listed as Islam.

In short, Obama’s family on his father’s side is Muslim. He grew up with a Muslim stepfather in a Muslim country. Then he went to Trinity Church and found a mentor there in the form of Jeremiah Wright. Wright was a former Black Muslim, his sermons still sound more Muslim than Christian, with their rantings about America, and obvious bigotry. Obama’s church was Muslim influenced, which may have attracted him to it and to Wright.

Take all this together, and it’s not too surprising why some people would have the perception that Obama is Muslim, in part or in whole.

The media would like to pretend that this is a smear and bigoted. Some of the “mainstream” conservative blogs would like to pretend it’s stupid and contemptible. But Obama himself created the problem, by being vague and misleading. When speaking to Americans, he emphasized his Christianity. When speaking to Muslims, he emphasized Islam. Both sets of audiences could be forgiven for thinking that Obama was feeding them an identity that they would find more compatible.

Obama tried to use his Muslim background to bolster his foreign policy credibility to the likes of Kristoff. But as it turned out, he’s actually quite bad at the foreign policy thing, and his invocation of a Muslim background only came back to bite him in the ###. When the man himself variously emphasized and deemphasized his Muslim ties when politically convenient, it’s not surprising that he has spawned some confusion in that regard.

Then there’s Obama’s own middle name, Hussein, which generally references Hussein Ibn Ali, Mohammed’s grandson and a revered figure within Islam. Obama was given that name supposedly in honor of his own Muslim grandfather.

With all this litany of available material, it’s not too surprising that many people think that Obama might be a Muslim. Or aren’t sure what he is.

~Snippets (long article)…

* By labeling the perception that Obama is a Muslim, a “smear”, the media is implicitly suggesting that to be thought a Muslim is a bad thing. Yet isn’t that exactly the kind of bigotry, the press takes great care to condemn?

If Obama being a Muslim is as value neutral as him liking Chinese food, then why get all hysterical over the perception? A perception that Obama himself has fed by repeatedly mentioning his ties to Islam. When some thought that Goldwater was Jewish, the media did not launch into a crazed frenzy of accusations about bigotry. Goldwater himself simply stated that he was not Jewish. His campaign did not label such claims, a smear. Nor did Goldwater feel the need to assure everyone that he prays in a church every day.

* For example the media insists that using Obama’s middle name is an act of bigotry. Obama doesn’t use it himself and dropped it. Yet when Obama gives a speech in a Muslim country, he uses Hussein. This sends a completely schizophrenic message, that his middle name is a bad thing in America, but a good one in the Muslim world.

It’s no wonder that this kind of thing causes people to wonder just who and what Obama really is. Because if Obama himself seems a tad ambiguous on the subject, what conclusions can the public be expected to draw?

Finally as to the question of is Obama a Muslim? In Muslim eyes he might well be, since he recited the Shahada and still remembers it by heart. That declaration is what it takes to become a Muslim. Under Muslim rule, Jews were convicted of heresy and executed, on the mere accusation by a Muslim that they had recited it.

* The mere supposed utterance of those words that Obama describes as the most beautiful sound on earth, was enough to doom her to a horrible death. Under Islamic law. (This while in the United States, freedom of conscience had long ago been enshrined into law.)

So from a Muslim perspective, Obama is either a Muslim or a heretic. And heresy carries a high price.

* However culturally, Obama is more Muslim than he is Christian. Because religion is also culture. And growing up in a religion, shapes you culturally, not just spiritually. Had Obama grown up a Catholic or a Buddhist, he would undeniably see the world somewhat differently than he does today. I doubt that Obama himself would deny that. Indeed Obama has repeatedly boasted about his cultural exposure. But cultural exposure works both ways.

You do not just look out at a culture, you are also shaped by it. As Obama has been. So while Obama is not a Muslim, he has been influenced culturally by the Muslim world. That is what he tried to bill as an asset. And it is part of why his statements to Americans feel off, and why some Americans question where his allegiance lies. The media can choose to call this bigotry, but had the President of the United States during WW2, been raised in Germany, Japan or Russia—similar questions would have been asked. And such questions are not unreasonable in a time of war.

Obama’s doubletalk and the media’s paranoid reaction of shrieking that everyone is a bigot has done the rest, feeding the perception that there is a cover-up. And that can be laid at the door of Obama and his own media backers.

~Important FYI on the GZ Mosque:

And while the media tries to practice its “art of silencing”, construction workers are saying they will refuse to work on this project.

A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.

“It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,” said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

“I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,” Kaiser said.

The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the “Hard Hat Pledge” on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.

“Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country,” said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there.”

“Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it,” he said. “I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero.”

MUST finish this read…

Anyone really want this near Ground Zero?

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