~Dontchya know that it is but a laser (Obama admin)
~Dontchya know that it is but a laser (Obama admin)
~There are many silent heroes behind the scenes in the War on Terror. I know one who looks for no recognition and we will suffer greatly, albeit not knowingly, when he is gone. I have featured some of his work : Unforgiving
Patriots like Bill affect so many people with their words alone. His name is Bill Turner and I would like to share with you what he wrote today. This was a herculean effort for Bill. He is debilitated & weary. Please read it and say a prayer for him. ~JP
Death. There are things worse than dying. Ask someone who has never truly lived.
There exists a place where warriors go between life and death. The land that awaits warriors is full of questions, but has no answers. As a battle hardened warrior you stand before the eye of the Confessor. There are questions. You must supply the answers. I know, I’ve been there.
As my life hung in the balance and lucidity was fleeting, clouded by the fog of war, the dragons breath, the questions came fast and hard, as if I was being pummeled by Ali, Norton, Foreman & Frazier, but, as the questions were answered, the fog was lifting and the dragon was left without a breath. I won.
Or, did I?
Rather than be held in judgment and stand for my deeds, I am back among the warriors. I am back in black, so to speak.
I humble myself before our lord and savior, asking that God guide me as if with his hand, as his flaming sword, to smite the evil that seeks to extinguish the light of freedom in America. Please lord keep me by your side and when the evil sow wickedness, they will reap it, as I will flow a river to thee, filled with souls of the wicked it shall ever be. America is the land of the free because Americans have been brave enough to call it home.
Naked. Screaming. Covered in blood. A rude introduction to the world. But, if I do it right, I can die that way too. In between, I need help. I need others to stand with me. We come into the world alone. We may be surrounded by others but we still die alone. The fight that we take on in between is where we must stand shoulder to shoulder and repel the evils that come for liberty.
~Bill–you are my inspirational Warrior…
* If you’d like to tell Bill your thoughts, leave him a comment here
National Public Radio, which fired news analyst Juan Williams last month after pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has featured the Islamist group’s leaders on air nearly two dozen times in the past three years, while never addressing CAIR’s designation as a cog in a Hamas-support network, a review of NPR transcripts shows.
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice stood by its inclusion of CAIR on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the terror-financing prosecution of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). That list became public in June 2007, but never has been discussed in any of the NPR broadcasts featuring CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper and other officials.
For the past two years, NPR has enjoyed a $400,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation as part of an overall program aimed at “gaining greater understanding of the role of Muslim communities in America’s national life.” NPR was to “report on the state of Islam in the U.S. and internationally, including profiles of prominent Muslim leaders and experts on Islam.”
There’s nothing wrong with the grant. But a review of NPR’s record covering radical Islamist groups in America shows it routinely invites representatives on air but rarely challenges their premises or questions documented links to extremists.
The strongest example is CAIR, which issued a statement just before Williams was fired demanding that NPR “address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats.”
NPR responded to a list of questions sent to Ombudsman Alicia Shepard with a form e-mail response: “Thank you for your thoughts about NPR’s termination of Juan Williams. NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard wrote this column in response to listener concerns: NPR’s Firing of Juan Williams Was Poorly Handled.
CAIR representatives often appear on NPR news and talk shows, but a Lexis search does not find any examples in which they have been challenged about evidence linking them to a Hamas-support network or to law enforcement’s decision to cut off communication with CAIR.
Alex Cohen did have a report on the issue, quoting the FBI’s spokesman explaining why the Bureau cut off communications with CAIR. But there was no follow-up detailing the specifics behind John Miller’s assertions “that two of the founding members of CAIR, who were still in those positions at the time, were related to Hamas organizers.”
For example, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad has been on NPR programs seven times since August 2007, and spokesman Ibrahim Hooper has been heard another eight times. It was August 2007 that an FBI agent first testified that Awad participated in a 1993 gathering of Hamas supporters in Philadelphia which sought ways to disrupt the U.S.-brokered Oslo accords. Lara Burns’ testimony came in the Hamas-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
Evidence in that case showed Awad and CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad were part of a network of Hamas supporters in the U.S. Each appears on the internal telephone list of the “Palestine Committee” (entries 25 and 32). The committee, other exhibits show, was created by the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood to help Hamas politically and financially.
To date, no NPR reporter or host has asked Awad, Hooper or any other CAIR official about the evidence. Awad has not been asked what he was doing in Philadelphia, referring to Hamas by the simple code word “Samah.”
Neither has anyone been asked to explain why CAIR is listed among Palestine Committee entities weeks after its creation.
To the FBI, these records raise a question about CAIR’s purpose, and “whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS.”
NPR had CAIR officials on air at least five times to discuss their role in reporting the disappearance last year of five northern Virginia men who turned up in Pakistan hoping to wage jihad against American troops in Afghanistan. A Weekend Edition story headline indicated “FBI-Muslim Cooperation” led to the men’s arrests.
“The council has been outspoken in condemning terrorism and calling on American Muslims to cooperate with government authorities in investigations,” host Scott Simon said to Hooper Dec. 12.
Tell that to Minneapolis Somali Muslims, who demonstrated against CAIR for what they considered interference into an investigation involving missing young Somali men who joined the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
The network has not reported on CAIR’s campaign against the use of informants in terror-related investigations beyond citing the group’s grievance in a California case. Reporter Alex Cohen did balance the June 2009 report by quoting Miller defending the practice. “The FBI has used informants for its hundred years of service,” he said. “If you want to know what is going on inside a terrorist group, you’re not going to get that information just by coming up and asking people, will you please tell me all the laws you’re breaking or violating.”
CAIR’s opposition persists even after convictions are won in court.
NPR has some outstanding journalists. But its watchdog role shouldn’t stop at the door of national Islamist groups because of ideology or any other reason, including grants to promote a “greater understanding of Islam.”
John Boehner, who as House Republican leader is in line to take over as speaker next year, told Fox News on Thursday he expects a “whale of a fight” with President Obama and his Democratic allies over taxes and spending during the lame duck session that convenes later this month.
The White House said Thursday it is open to temporarily extending the Bush tax cuts to all Americans, including the wealthy, a compromise with Republicans who want a permanent extension for all tax brackets.
But in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Boehner said he’s not sure a deal will be worked out in the next two months, before Democrats relinquish their House majority to Republicans after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
“We’re not in control,” Boehner said. “And I’ve not been party to any of these conversations. I’m for extending all of the current tax rates for all Americans.”
But as Obama and Republicans sought to find common ground in the face of a new political order that will divide power among the parties, Boehner rejected the notion that gridlock is good.
“The American people want us to find common ground,” he said. “And I’m hoping that the president heard what the American people had to say the other night.”
Republicans captured the House on Tuesday by winning more than 60 seats, the biggest party turnover in more than 70 years. Republicans also cut into the Democratic majority in the Senate.
That outcome means both parties will have to work together to get any legislation passed. Boehner said he told the president Wednesday that he’s willing to work with him on free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
Boehner also repeated his vow to repeal the new health care law, the president’s signature accomplishment.
“We are going to repeal ‘Obamacare’ and replace it with common sense reforms that will bring down the costs of health insurance,” he said.
Asked why not seek a compromise when the White House and Senate Democrats would block any wholesale repeal, Boehner said the issue is about “the greatest health care system in the world” and about jobs.
“And if you look at all of the requirements on employers, you can understand why they’re not hiring new employees, because we’ve raised the cost of employment,” he said.
“Beyond repealing ‘Obamacare,’ we’re going to do everything we can to stop this bill from being implemented, to make sure it never happens,” he said. “And, frankly, if we’re successful, this will become the No. 1 issue in the presidential election.”
Boehner said Republicans have “a lot of tricks up our sleeves in terms how we can dent this, kick it, slow it down to make sure it never happens.”
Let’s hope Obama’s “defining moment in history” remain in India–Judi McLeod CFP
The lure of citizens to keep written diaries recording all manner of things in these bizarre times is compelling.
Is it midterm election euphoria that is keeping politicians other than Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann from speaking out against the President Barack Obama Traveling Show set to begin today?
This is a storied Trip Among Trips, details of which have gone from bizarre to surrealistic.
Along with the 40 planes and 34 warships Obama is taking along with him, comes news of the bomb-proof over-ground tunnel that will be built by American military engineers for Obama to visit the Gandhi museum in Mani Bhavan.
“The tunnel would be a kilometer long and measure 12ft. by 12ft—enough to let Obama’s cavalcade pass through.” (Daily News & Analysis, Nov. 4, 2010). “The tunnel would be centrally air-conditioned, fitted with close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point, including, of course, its entry and exit.”
A loud and bumptious invasion of the quiet environment that contains the artifacts of a man who dedicated his entire life on Earth to peace.
Not since Cleopatra’s elaborate barges along the Nile has royalty traveled in such luxury and style.
The silence from Washington’s House of Representatives right is almost as eerie as the sound of the coconuts being lopped from the trees of Mumbai and the screams of the monkeys being rounded up for this trip of a would-be blue-blood.
White House officials have dismissed a claim made by an Indian news outlet that the trip to India would cost $200-million a day, as “wildly inflated”.
Well, how much does it cost to take 40 planes, 34 warships, 3,000 travel companions renting the Taj Mahal Hotel’s 570 rooms, and the rooms of other nearby hotels?
Doing the math would come close.
“The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality,” Tommy Victor, a White House spokesman said.
Yet “due to security concerns”, the White House was unable to put an actual price tag on the trip.
Nor is there any estimate for the remainder of the trip, which includes Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China.
The timing of the trip is its biggest mystery.
There are those who say Obama departs America still smarting from the loss of Dem seats in Tuesday’s election. India is a long way to go to take the sting out of post election blues.
There are others who claim that Obama’s narcissism protects him from blues about anything.
According to the Khaleej Times online, “India is brimming with excitement over U.S. President Barack Obama’s four-day maiden visit to the Land of the Mahatma, a man he idolises.”
“And indeed there’s much to look forward to in this summit between the leaders of the world’s oldest and largest democracies. The trip, Obama has said, will be a `defining moment in history`, helping both nations forge closer ties rooted in common interests and values.”
Therein lies the most bizarre. Obama, who advocates for the socialization of America does not believe in democracies but in socialist states.
Let us hope and pray that any “defining moment in history” held by Obama does not touch the shores of the United States of America.
Many of you are not familiar with the Smadi case. Smadi pleaded guilty to a felony offense related to his attempted bombing in September 2009 . Smadi was sentenced to 24 years in prison October 19, 2010, for trying to blow up Fountain Place which is a 60-story skyscraper in downtown Dallas, Texas
He is a 19 year old Jordanian who was illegally living in a little town called Italy, Texas. In his own words, “he came to the U.S. for the specific purpose of committing “Jihad for the sake of God.” He originally came here legally, but overstayed his visa. He could have been deported immediately when this was discovered but as F. B. I. Agt. Petrowski said, “and that would have been the easiest thing to do.”
“He was on a very extreme website, where people were saying a lot of unspeakable things, endorsing and celebrating acts of violence against U.S. citizens and our allies,” said Special Agent Tom Petrowski, who oversaw the investigation out of the F.B.I. Dallas office.
“What made Smadi’s postings stand out from the other rhetoric was that he was saying, ‘I want to act.’ That’s what really got our attention,” Petrowski added. “Smadi wanted to imitate 9/11 and bring down a skyscraper and kill thousands of people. And he was already in the country. He said he just needed the tools—essentially he was online asking for someone to help him build a bomb.”
According to the Behavioral Analysis Unit that would have been the best thing to do for Smadi was not an empty threat kinda of jihadi. During the undercover operation, Petrowski noted, Smadi said if he were to be deported, he would go to Pakistan or elsewhere overseas to seek out terrorist training.
So three F.B.I. agents, who all spoke arabic, set up a sting.
This was what Smadi had dreamed of, an al Qaeda sleeper cell in the U.S. and that he was now planning the next 9/11 attack,” Petrowski said.
But the people of Texas got lucky. After 10 months of around-the-clock surveillance, until the moment Smadi was arrested—after dialing a cell phone number he believed would detonate a truck bomb. But the bomb—which was made to Smadi’s specifications—was a fake, supplied by undercover agents. This took several agencies like the Joint Terrorism Task Force, attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice, and other members of our Counterterrorism Division in Washington, D.C. to swoop down on him. Of course not known to Smadi was the fact the bomb was a dummy, like him.
The Smadi case ended successfully, showing the War on Terror is far from finished. Particularly since we now have a growing problem on the increase of homegrown jihadis on our turf. The F.B.I. affirmed: ” the threat from lone offenders continues—and requires constant vigilance.” “One big takeaway from this case,” Petrowski said, “is the question of how many other potential violent extremists are out there, being exposed to terrorist ideologies online and contemplating an attack.”
You can read the criminal complaint about him here.
Victims killed during a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on Nov. 5, 2009 are shown.
From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo)
The fatal victims of the Fort Hood shooting, as released by the Department of Defense
* 1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.
* 2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.
* 3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.
* 4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.
* 5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.
* 6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.
* 7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.
* 8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.
* 9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah
* 10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.
* 11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.
* 12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.
* 13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]
~I must begin with my extreme disappointment that NO cable news stations, including FNC are covering this today! It is like there is a blackout about it because you are hearing nothing! WHY is there no memorial being televised?! Why not at minimum an acknowledgment of what this day is?!
I am offended. They blare what Pelosi is doing but NOTHING on these heroes? To me THAT is the news story of the day. Shame on the media! Shame on the many internet blogs & news periodicals not covering this.
There is nothing on Heritage, Washington Times, FOX, I am so stunned by this absence.
Not only will I honor our own fallen girl Francheska , but I am here to remember each one of those we lost a year ago today, due to a radical, insane islamist.
FORT HOOD – The next two days at Fort Hood will be spent remembering all the brave men and women who were involved in deadliest shooting in history on an American military post.
It’s been almost one year since a shooter opened fire on post and killed 13 people, and injured 32. The entire country stopped to witness the events unfold, and as more reports came in, we finally learned of every atrocity that happened that day.
In remembrance, Fort Hood will host several events.
A private ceremony honoring 54 soldiers and civilians who went above and beyond the call of duty on Nov. 5 begins at 10 a.m. The military is flying in family members of those who were directly affected.
The private ceremony will be followed by a public remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s events include the “Run to Remember,” a 5k run, and a half marathon which kicks off at 8 a.m. Later in the day the “Rock the Hood” will bring together several notable bands and groups to perform. Those artists include Puddle of Mudd, Elvis Crespo, Flyleaf, Chris Cagle and Nas.
News Channel 25 will be there capturing every sight, emotion and sound.
~In all fairness I have seen many leftist publications remembering
~NOTE: on the following stories click the images to read…
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Family members of the 13 people killed one year ago during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood kneeled, cried and ran their hands across their loved one’s names etched in a 6-foot-tall granite memorial unveiled Friday at the Texas Army post.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal — Love leaves a memory no one can steal” is engraved at the top of the rectangular marker that will be unveiled near other post memorials on Friday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting. Until now, the only outward reminders of the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military base have been several wreaths and crosses along the fence built around the now-shuttered building where it happened.
Credit: Associated Press
In this Oct. 12, 2010 file photo, Leila Hunt Willingham holds a photo button showing her brother, Spc. Jason Dean “J.D.” Hunt, outside the main game at Fort Hood, Texas, Tuesday. Willinghamd and other relatives of those killed and wounded last year by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in the Fort Hood shootings are leaning on each other for support and now call themselves the “Nov. 5 family.” Willinghams’s brother was one of the 13 people killed.