Sep 272010
 
Solutions



My fellow conservatives,

The stakes couldn’t be higher for our nation at this moment. In the coming months, Americans will help choose which direction our nation’s future will take. Will the federal government continue to spend more, tax more, control more, and defend our liberties less? Or will we choose a new and bolder direction that returns power to the people? All indications are that we are approaching one of those pivotal moments in our political history, a tipping point. It will be a test of our national character.

Like many Americans, we here at The Heritage Foundation are not concerned with party labels or affiliations. We are motivated by principles and by the best policies that will advance and defend those principles in the public square. We are unabashedly conservative, because we work to conserve an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.

So whatever composition we see in our next Congress, we want to see majorities that represent the consent of the governed and that will take control of our presently unlimited government. We intend to leave to our children and grandchildren an America even better than the one we inherited from our forebears.

In its “Pledge to America,” the Republican Party last week offered its own vision for America’s future. The pledge is a step in the right direction and rightly frames the debate around our core first principles and the role of the state, popular consent and self-government.

We have ourselves produced a set of recommendations that we think will heal much of what ails our country. We call them “Solutions for America.”

We’re happy that some proposals in the Pledge mirror proposals we have in Solutions for America. Both of these plans are headed in the right direction. But we want to be even bolder.

Our Solutions for America is an overarching blueprint for governing. It’s designed to replace the failed policies of the liberal establishment with solid conservative solutions that will shrink government, reduce debt, keep taxes low, put Americans back to work and keep us safe.

Solutions for America identifies the nature and scope of our most pressing problems in 23 policy areas and recommends 128 specific policy solutions to guide the new Congress. Here are some of our ideas:


* Cap Federal Spending: President Obama’s proposed budget would increase the national debt from $13 trillion now to $20 trillion by 2020. This is an unsustainable trajectory. We propose a “binding cap” that forces lawmakers back to fiscal sanity.
* Put Entitlement Programs Under the Budget: We propose putting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid into the congressional budget process rather than continue to allow them to grow on auto-pilot without oversight. Lawmakers would establish a five-year budget for these programs and include triggers to keep spending with approved limits.
* Reform Social Security: We should raise the Social Security retirement age and encourage people to work longer by eliminating payroll taxes for those over the retirement age. This would lessen the burden on employers to keep people employed and lessen the burden on Medicare and other entitlements.
* Revive Federalism: We must reverse the current trend in which the federal government more and more usurps the traditional state role in areas such as transportation, education, health, homeland security and law enforcement.
* Loan Welfare Money to Able Bodied Recipients: Our plan advises treating welfare assistance to able-bodied adults as a loan to be repaid, rather than a free gift from taxpayers. This will reduce dependency while providing temporary help to those who need it.
* Keep Taxes Low: First, no tax increases, including the planned Obama Tax Hikes as well as the reintroduction of the Death Tax. Instead, cut taxes to spur economic growth.
* Implement a Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Strategy: We must reduce the top tax rate on corporate earnings, which is currently the second highest among ALL industrial nations, and let businesses immediately deduct investments in new plants and equipment.
* Peace Through Strength: Defense spending is near historical lows. We must refurbish our armed forces, especially our depleted Navy fleet and vital missile defenses.

These are just some of the many policy recommendations we include in Solutions for America. Please go read the entire document at Heritage.org. Share it with your friends and encourage them to join the debate, whether it is by going to a Heritage event, liking us on Facebook, or signing up for The Morning Bell. Every action you take towards a brighter future for America is – like the Pledge and Solutions for America – a step in the right direction.

Now is the time to be bold, and to act as befits our character. That is what our parents and grandparents would expect of us, what future generations demand—and what The Heritage Foundation offers to America. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., President, The Heritage Foundation

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Sep 272010
 

Fascinating insight into the political mind

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Sep 272010
 

A boat carrying a group of Jewish activists has set sail from northern Cyprus aiming to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The 10m (32-foot) catamaran is carrying supplies including medical equipment, textbooks, nets and children’s toys.


The activists – from Israel, the US, Germany and the UK – say they will not resist if Israel tries to stop them.

Earlier this year, Israeli commandos killed nine people in clashes on board a Turkish ship trying to reach Gaza.

Israel says its naval blockade is to stop weapons being smuggled to Hamas militants who run the territory.

The boat, named Irene, set sail on Sunday under a British flag with 10 passengers and crew. It could take up to 36 hours to reach the Gazan coast.

Richard Kuper, a member of the UK-based organising group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said the boat was a symbolic act of protest and also a message of solidarity to “Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice”.

“This is a non-violent action,” he said.

“We aim to reach Gaza, but our activists will not engage in any physical confrontation and will therefore not present the Israelis with any reason or excuse to use physical force or assault them.”


Among the activists is 82-year-old Holocaust survivor Reuven Moskovitz

~Activist Rami Elhanan, who is also on board, said: “We are banging our head on a very hard wall of hatred. Our hope is to make little cracks on that wall, so that in the end it will fall.”

“It is a sacred duty for me, as a [Holocaust] survivor, to protest against the persecution, the oppression and the imprisonment of so many people in Gaza, including more than 800,000 children,” he said.

Another passenger is Rami Elhanan, 60, an Israeli whose daughter Smadar died in a suicide bombing at a shopping centre in Jerusalem in 1997.

He said reconciliation with the Palestinians was the surest path to peace.

“Those 1.5 million people in Gaza are victims exactly as I am,” he said.

However, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Andy David called the protest “a provocative joke that isn’t funny”.

“It is unfortunate that there are all kinds of organisations involved in provocations that contribute nothing and certainly don’t contribute to any kind of agreement,” he said.

“If they were serious about wanting to transfer aid to Gaza, they could easily do so after undergoing a screening for smuggled weaponry.”

~BBC UK

Relevant:

Reuven Moskovitz
Peace activist, co-founder of Neve Shalom, winner of the Aachen Peace Award 2003

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Sep 262010
 
do injustice

Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that politics had anything to do with its Justice Department’s (DOJ) decision to abandon its lawsuit against the Black Panthers, a “civil rights” group that brandished weapons, blocked a polling station and hurled racial insults at voters on Election Day 2008. In fact, at least one Justice Department official swore to it under oath.

But according to evidence uncovered by Judicial Watch this week, this is yet another Obama administration falsehood.

On September 21, we released a draft Vaughn index prepared by the DOJ that shows that the two top political appointees at the DOJ were involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP).

The index, which we acquired pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, describes documents the government is withholding from the public. Among those documents are internal DOJ emails regarding the Black Panther case between the highest political appointees inside the DOJ, including former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden and the Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, the second and third ranking officials at the DOJ.

Here’s one example: A May 10, 2009, email from Associate Attorney General Perrelli to Deputy Associate Attorney General and former Democratic election lawyer Sam Hirsh. “Where are we on the Black Panther case?” Perrelli asks in the subject header. The email also includes Deputy Attorney General Ogden’s “current thoughts on the case.”


Does this sound like Perrelli and Ogden were on the outside looking in at the Black Panther decision? Not a chance. But wait, there’s more.

Another email, from former Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, dated May 12, 2009, was distributed to Attorney General Eric Holder through Odgen and Perrelli. Entitled, “Weekly Report for the Week ending May 8, 2009,” the email “Identifies matters deemed significant and highlights issues for the senior offices, including an update on a planned course of action in the NBPP (New Black Panther Party) litigation.”

Now, as I mentioned, the evidence uncovered by Judicial Watch directly contradicts the sworn testimony of a top Obama White House official.

Attorney General Thomas Perez testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on May 14, 2010. The Commission, an independent, bipartisan unit of the federal government charged with investigating and reporting on civil rights issues, initiated a probe of the DOJ’s decision to drop its lawsuit. During the hearing, Perez was asked directly regarding the involvement of political leaders in the decision to dismiss the Black Panther case. And here’s the exchange:


COMMISSIONER KIRSANOW: Was there any political leadership involved in the decision not to pursue this particular case any further than it was?

ASST. ATTY. GEN. PEREZ: No. The decisions were made by Loretta King in consultation with Steve Rosenbaum, who is the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Perez also suggested that the dispute was merely “a case of career people disagreeing with career people.”

Well now we know this is false. And we have the evidence to prove it.


Overall, the index describes 122 documents (totaling at least 611 pages) that the Obama DOJ is withholding from the public in their entirety. A federal court hearing in the matter is scheduled on October 5, 2010, in Washington, DC, before U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton. We plan to ask the Court to require the Obama DOJ to release these (and other) secret documents about this scandal and its cover-up.

But we’re not stopping there.


In a separate but related matter, Judicial Watch also filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit this week against the DOJ to obtain records related to meetings between Perrelli and White House officials regarding the Black Panther decision.


Here’s what we’re after: “Any and all records of Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli concerning meetings with the White House on the Justice Department’s voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. The time frame for this request is from January 20, 2009, to June 15, 2009.”

~Denial & Destroying Records predictable

On March 26, 2010, the DOJ informed Judicial Watch that it had conducted a search for documents, and found “no records responsive to [JW’s] request.”

But we found this extremely difficult to believe. After all, a number of press outlets have reported at least nine meetings between Perrelli and White House officials between March 25 and May 27, 2009, regarding the Black Panther case. So we got tired of the run-around and sued.

Why should anyone believe the DOJ’s story regarding Perrelli’s meetings? We now know DOJ officials falsely stated that no political appointees were involved in the Black Panther decision. We know the DOJ continues to withhold hundreds of pages of records that could shed light on this scandal. And we know multiple press reports came to the same conclusion: Perrelli met with the White House specifically on the Black Panther matter. And the DOJ cannot find a single record related to these meetings?

Our good work has garnered tremendous attention, including coverage in The Washington Examiner, Investors Business Daily, and The Washington Times (The Times editorial is entitled, “Black Panther case roars back to life.”) I’m also scheduled to appear on Fox News this weekend. (~NOTE: This is the FOX video at top of this page ~JP) (I’ll send you details in a separate email.)

We’ve done three news releases on this issue alone this week so developments are breaking fast. For instance, I just returned from attending a hearing of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during which there was much explosive discussion and testimony regarding not only our work but generally corrupt policies at the Obama/Holder DOJ. I’ll have more for you on that next week.

Stay tuned…


~So, we expect NO LESS going down for this than:

–Perrelli
–Perez
–King

In a perfect world, Holder & Obama should both be ejected for this! I JUST pray they don’t make it disappear as they did the hundreds of pages of records that could shed light on this scandal. I would also suggest J. Christian Adams & “The People” sue the DOJ when they are once & for all found guilty on these charges!

~JP

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Sep 262010
 

Last week, the Seattle Weekly announced that Molly Norris, its editorial cartoonist, had “gone ghost.” Put another way, she went into hiding. The FBI told her she had to because otherwise it couldn’t protect her against death threats from Muslims she’d angered. Earlier this year, Norris started “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” to protest radical Muslims’ violently stifling freedom of speech and conscience. Incredibly, her plight has drawn precious little media attention, even though it is infinitely more newsworthy than, say, a fundamentalist preacher in Florida threatening to burn Qurans.

When The Examiner asked the American Society of News Editors for a statement on the issue, none was forthcoming. This despite the fact that the first sentence of ASNE’s Web site describes its mission as supporting “the First Amendment at home and free speech around the world.” We got a similar response from the Society of Professional Journalists, despite its dedication “to the perpetuation of the free press as the cornerstone of our nation and liberty.”


Freedom of speech and press are in deep trouble when the American government thinks the best it can do to protect a journalist from death threats is to counsel her to go into hiding, and when the elite voices of American journalism can’t be bothered to say anything in her defense. But it’s actually worse than that. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof thinks Muslims are owed an apology. “I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you,” he wrote Sunday. “The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you.”

Instead of telling the rest of us that we’re all bigots, shouldn’t Kristof and the rest of the journalism profession be outraged by what has happened to Molly Norris? And shouldn’t they be angered that her government believes it cannot protect her? Imagine what they would be saying if white-hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan were threatening to kill Norris in Selma, Ala., instead of radical Muslims in Seattle. Would the FBI tell Norris she had to stop being a journalist and go into hiding? And would ASNE and SPJ look the other way as the First Amendment and freedom of the press were symbolically turned to ashes by flaming white crosses?

The reality is that the FBI fought the KKK at every turn, including when it threatened brave Southern newspaper editors who stood up against racism and violence. And from the start, journalists were prominent figures in the civil rights movement, courageously reporting the truth about the crushing stranglehold of segregation on life and liberty across the old South, often at risk of their very lives. It’s time the present generation of American journalists found the same brand of courage many of their fathers showed in the 1960s.

~source

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Sep 262010
 

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Sep 262010
 

~Bill Turner

We hold these truths to be self evident, that the GOP has not heard the message of the people. The shear volume of the pledge is an ode to the largesse of what has become a bloated caricature of the government our founding fathers envisioned when they drafted our founding documents.

The Democratic Party, the party of modern day Marxists, communists, socialists and statist elites, drafted a health care bill well in excess of two thousand pages. The Democrats are all about big government and the shear volume of the bills they draft, or I should say, they have the unions and their revolutionary friends draft, is reflective of the size of government they thrust upon us.

The GOP, alleging to have heard the will of the people issued a pledge, a pledge of epic proportion, a monument to their failure to listen or simply hear the people. The vaunted brain trust of the GOP took over twenty pages to say, ‘We will follow the Constitution’. After the GOP crushes the communists November 2, 2010, it is imperative that the newly elected members of Congress not be awestruck and blindly vote power positions to the vaunted old guard of the GOP. The remaining members of the GOP, who haven’t been tossed upon the trash heap of political careers gone bad, will be on probation, better yet, double secret probation, and they must perform in a Constitutional manner.

The arrogance of the GOP and the Republican National Committee, in putting out a bloated pledge and assuming it will sooth the passions of angry Americans who have grown tired of politics as usual is incredible. We are at a time in American history that I never thought I would see. We are faced with a choice, continued government growth and unsustainable spending, which will crush America, leading to global governance, or we bite the bullet, accept the consequences of our largesse, reduce government and spending, end bloated agencies and budgets, saving our republic and restoring our freedoms. Simply put, our choice is to be children to a nanny state, that takes care of us, or to act like adults and take care of ourselves.

A government that controls things like salt in food, trans fat, smoking and helmet laws is a government that is out to take your freedoms. Your body is your property and when the government limits what you can put into or onto your body the message is clear, you are no longer a sovereign, free, individual. The ultimate violation of your property rights is telling you what to eat, drink and ingest. Both parties have been guilty of this, under the guise of it being for the greater good. Anytime you allow yourself to be lulled to sleep by the concept of a greater good, you are surrendering liberty. The health care bill, Obamacare, is a prime example of this concept. Bureaucrats, the very people you despise at the Post Office, DMV, VA or any number of agencies (a big shout out to the IRS) make regulatory choices that take away your freedom and hurt your life. Obamacare, because it is government provided health care, run by bureaucrats, who will make regulations, will lead to your being told what you can and cannot do or eat, as it all impacts your health.


It is time for Americans to be adults. It is time for Americans to be the individuals we are born to be. If I decide to take a warm bath with a clock radio, and it turns out to be a shocking experience, that is my choice. If I get on my motorcycle and ride it without a helmet, that is my choice, even if it results in my being fitted for a different type of helmet and an adult diaper. This responsibility carries over to things like retirement and finances. If I fail to save for retirement and make the mistake of living long enough to run out of money, whose fault is that? It certainly isn’t the governments fault and it isn’t anyone else’s, so why should they have to pay for it. If I buy a house, it loses value, or the payments go up, whose fault is that? While the value loss may not be my fault, it certainly isn’t anyone else’s either. If I take a loan that I don’t understand, and sign for anyway, isn’t that my fault? Why should you pay for my mistakes?

Returning to the pledge the GOP trotted out this week, isn’t it special? It makes the politicians feel warm and fuzzy. It makes some people feel warm and fuzzy. It makes me very nervous. The pledge, coming in at over twenty pages could have consisted of and should have consisted of this:


We will be good stewards of the Republic, by being fiscally responsible and making the difficult decisions in keeping with the Constitution. We will pass no law that is in conflict with the Constitution and repeal those that are. We will behave in an adult manner and as such, we expect the citizens of the united States of America to do the same.

In January, 2011, when Congress convenes, those who made the pledge should set about impressing the American people by adhering to it. Part of that should be the establishment of term limits (one term for Senators, two for Representatives), repealing the seventeenth amendment, and instituting a part time Congress. But, lets not put the cart before the horse, first we must make the tough decision and begin to act like the free, independent, adults that we were born to be.

Bill Turner-Asst. Nat. Dir. Network Development

Conservative Community Organizing

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Sep 262010
 

~There have been many odd stories about Obama & his indifferent attitude to terror attacks etc. Look what I ran across from Prison Planet on JULY 14th, things that make you go, Hmmm? :

Top Clinton Official: Only A Terror Attack Can Save Obama

The Washington Post is reporting an exchange between President Obama and journalist/author Bob Woodward. The President is quoted as saying that “we can absorb a terrorist attack.”

The President’s job is first and foremost to protect national security and American lives. Saying that we could “absorb” an attack does not mean that we want to absorb one. Americans want to be successful in the war on terror. Setting us up for defeat is far from a winning strategy.

This statement—which embodies the President’s handling of terrorism as a law enforcement concern —raises serious questions about the Administration’s ability to fight terrorism. The effects of not treating this war as a war can be seen in the recent Christmas Day and Times Square bomb plots. Both were near misses by a known enemy, from a known terrorist network, through a known tactic. The federal apparatus in both cases failed to connect dots.

Lowering expectations is poor leadership. Given that we have foiled 31 plots since 9/11, we can be successful, but it takes a White House that sees fighting terrorism as a 24/7/365 job.

Jena McNeill Heritage

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Sep 252010
 

Extremists in the city and the countryside are spreading hate against America and the West.

The state of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia in particular), the home of the Liberty Bell, is attracting Islamists peddling a softer, slicker form of jihad. These Islamists are careful not to raise alarm lest they jeopardize their long-term goals. It’s not clear what is attracting the groups, but staying true to the Keystone State nickname, Pennsylvania is becoming a common congregating point for Islamists.

An article I recently wrote, “Muslim Enclaves U.S.A.,” went viral and brought enormous reaction. One of the stories contained in the piece was about a music producer, Kenny Gamble, who converted to Islam and is now going by the name of Luqman Abdul Haqq. He has been accused of trying to create a “black Muslim enclave” in Philadelphia. Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, investigated Gamble further and discovered that he owned the United Muslim Movement’s (UMM) first mosque in Philadelphia in 1994.

Interestingly, he found that the Jawala Scouts, a group that teaches young Muslim children combat techniques and firearms use while dressed in military fatigue, was registered in 2005 under the same address as the UMM. Kaufman found that the email contact for the Jawala Scouts appears to be that of Gamble. However, the Jawala Scouts is reported to be the creation of another organization called the Sankore Institute of Islamic-African Studies International (SIIASI), which consists largely of former felons who are seen on the SIIASI website showing off swords and guns. The group was founded in Sudan and had its offices raided in 2006 by the FBI. Its director is virulently anti-American and condemns “pacifist imams” who oppose waging jihad against democracy.

The connections laid out by Kaufman show that three groups are very closely tied and all their efforts should be seen as part of a single campaign. In other words, the effort by Gamble to make a “black Muslim enclave” in Philadelphia is done in conjunction with the anti-American, pro-jihad SIIASI and the Jawala Scout effort to give Muslim children paramilitary training. When those three components are put together, the picture of what they hope to ultimately bring to Philadelphia is not pretty.

But the conspiracy is even bigger than that. Gamble sits on the Shura council of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), another group consisting largely of black Muslims that is led by the notorious Siraj Wahhaj. Also in a leadership position was Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the leader of a black Muslim extremist group called Ummah, until he died after opening fire on the FBI. The government says he too preached violent jihad, trained his followers, and sought to create a Muslim state within the U.S. Imam Abdul Alim Musa used to be a high-level MANA official, but his name has been removed. Imam Musa is the pro-terrorist leader of As-Sabiqun, another black Muslim group with a published program to establish enclaves in the U.S. — a plan that Gamble and his cohorts seem to be following.

This network isn’t alone. An extremist group called Muslims of the Americas, which is a front for a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra, has been very successful in creating enclaves dozens of acres large around the country that are used for paramilitary training. From the beginning, it has looked at Pennsylvania as a target. According to an article in the Journal of Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security International written by Larry Martines, the director of the Nevada Department of Homeland Security, Fuqra members linked up with other terrorists at a camp near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to “help Muslims in Bosnia.” Videotapes submitted as court evidence against five Fuqra members who planned a bombing of a Hindu temple in Toronto in 1991 showed that the cell traveled to the camp in Pennsylvania to practice firearms and create explosives.

Since then, the state has been in the sights of Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of the Americas. In June 2004, Muslims of the Americas members from all around the U.S. and Canada assembled in Philadelphia for a conference held under the name “Islamic NAAT Group.” A law enforcement source provided me with copies of the pamphlets which proved without a doubt that this was really an MOA event. Strangely, with the exception of a 20-strong male security force, the conference was attended by women who sang songs inside. The source emphasized that the men had to have gone somewhere unknown.

In the Christian Action Network’s documentary about MOA, Homegrown Jihad, the filmmakers discover a new compound being built in Wayne County in an area they would never have found without precise directions. Neighbors report gunfire coming from the site and when the filmmakers find it, they see a desecrated American flag hanging off the side of the building. It was full of holes created by bullets or possibly knives.

In July 2006, pressure from the residents of Villanova resulted in the cancellation of an event in August for Muslim youth. Previous events had been advertised as the “Youth Jihad Camp” before the 9/11 attacks and were organized by the Foundation for Islamic Education (FIE). The group is tied to (JP) Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, and the board of trustees is located in Saudi Arabia. FIE has been criticized for hosting speakers for its events who are involved in the Brotherhood networks, preach anti-Semitism, support suicide bombers, and speak in support of and have ties to terrorist groups.

Another organization with significant ties to Pennsylvania is the CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations. The need to create a new group with a clean record that could pursue the Islamist political agenda was discussed in a secret meeting in Philadelphia in 1993 between members of Hamas and leaders from the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). The IAP was later shut down for acting as a front for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The following year, participants in that meeting birthed CAIR. Today, the organization is listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, another charity found to have been financing Hamas.

Although no Muslim Brotherhood ties to the Muslims of the Americas have been found aside from setting up a booth at the ISNA Islamic Society of North America conference in 2008, the Brotherhood’s affiliates have been tied to other mentioned Islamist components involved in the Muslim enclave effort. They are tied to MANA and defended Imam Abdullah after his death, painting the incident as an episode of FBI misconduct. The Brotherhood network has helped host Imam Musa on college campuses, and the legal officer for the Jawala Scouts is a CAIR official. The Brotherhood might not have put major resources behind the effort to establish Muslim enclaves in the U.S., but they can still be counted upon as a friend of the effort.

Eastern Pennsylvania is also home to a man named Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher who has received considerable attention this year. He came to the state shortly before the Turkish government prosecuted him for trying to undermine its secular foundations. He was acquitted in 2006 but he has remained in the U.S. He denies having a connection to the Justice and Development Party that now governs Turkey, but experts say he has at the very least inspired many of its members, and we see what that has brought. In 1999, he was recorded telling his audience to delay “until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey.”

He has been recorded telling followers to “work patiently” and “creep silently” into positions of power and bide their time until “conditions are ripe,” but says his adversaries took the comments out of context. However, he told those listening to him they “must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.”

He is not shy about opposing secularism, but he does speak in favor of democracy (albeit an Islamic version) and condemns violence. He was one of the few Muslim leaders to criticize the Gaza flotilla for not arranging the arrival of aid in coordination with Israel. From his home in Pennsylvania, he manages a network of thousands of schools and businesses with a budget of approximately $25 billion, making him one of the most powerful Muslims in the world.

This doesn’t even address direct cases of terrorism, such as the blonde-haired, blue-eyed, female convert in Philadelphia who went by the name of “Jihad Jane” as she planned to participate in killing a cartoonist in Sweden who mocked Mohammed in 2007.

No, it’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.

~I would like to thank Ryan Mauro for this very informative, comprehensive piece. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com, national security advisor to the Christian Action Network, and an intelligence analyst with the Asymmetrical Warfare and Intelligence Center (AWIC). He can be contacted at TDCAnalyst@aol.com.

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Sep 252010
 
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WARNING: May be offensive to some readers. For mature peeps , or 18 years or older?

The Emergency Bra is a protective garment that transforms into two respiratory face masks in case of an emergency.

Caught in a disaster? You’d better hope you’re wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend.

Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95.

“The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow,” explains the eBra website.

It sounds silly, but Bodnar, a Ukraine native who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, she said, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness.

~Back in the early 80’s we sisters (A Shout out to Mama Nor & MyEi) had a birthday tradition that was pretty nuclear in it’s own right! We had to have an ‘honorary’ bra, attached with balloons to a bottle of champagne. They loved us at Walter Payton’s club Studebakers :)

The bra-turned-gas masks could have also been useful during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and for women caught outside during the dust storms that recently enveloped Sydney, she said.

“You have to be prepared all the time, at any place, at any moment, and practically every woman wears a bra,” she said. Her patented devices also look pretty, no different from a conventional bra, she added.

~Unless of course you were my brother’s girlfriend! He had an uncanny ability of walking down the street with his arm around his girl of the moment, & pffft, he would be holding her bra in his grimy paw & she was not even aware of it! I call that a Bramician!

~I am out of luck because I ‘did’ burn my bra in 68′. But I was thinking it’s about time they found a good use for this horrendous contraption! So I said to myself: ” Piper, what other uses can you use it for?”

One MUST protect their eyes with a chemical incident:

Also we need to listen to emergency radio right?

BUT…what if there is an explosion?! It could blow out our hearing! So we put away the I-Pod bra & no ordinary pair of earmuffs will do so:

Think about it friends! This can open up a whole new market to get our country moving again!

We can have Conservative Bras:

One for Bubba & the rest of the liberals:

It is JUST seemingly endless with how the bra ‘finally is purposeful.

~And the mother of all Bras! The ‘weaponized’ version for combat!

I had one made just for me! (Yes, I had to use 3 Sunday copies of the NYT!) A matching set even. For all female bloggers & News Junkies…

This so reminds me of the 60s cultural relic! the disposable, rayon paper dress

According to a report on tech news site CNET, there are plans for a “counterpart device for men” in the works, though the precise shape it will take has yet to be revealed.

FoxNews.com’s SciTech

~JP leaving you with a purse to carry all your essentials in…

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