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This bill — HR4646 , which never became law was actually proposed and under consideration in the previous Democratic controlled session of Congress. (Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven’t passed are cleared from the books. — special thanks to one of our readers)
A refreshing and respected voice of reason from the Islamic community. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, in Phoenix Az., explained on “The Early Show” why he opposes the proposed Islamic Center be built two blocks from Ground Zero in NYC. Here is an excerpt from the show on CBS on Sept 11, 2010:
A respected Muslim scholar has a message for those planning to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York: It’s a bad idea, and a window on sharply differing thinking among Muslims worldwide on how to best go about promoting Islam – and peace.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, in Phoenix, a former Muslim U.S. Navy Commander, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Friday sharply critical of the planned Islamic center, urging organizer Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Muslims all over the world to show compassion and understand the American separation of church and state.
Jasser says the Islamic Center as conceived is more about making a political statement that will seriously divide communities than about bringing them together.
He wrote, “We Muslims should first separate mosque and state before lecturing Americans about church and state.” He continues, “American freedom of religion is a right, but … it is not right to make one’s religion a global political statement with a towering Islamic edifice that casts a shadow over the memorials of Ground Zero. … Islamists in ‘moderate’ disguise are still Islamists. In their own more subtle ways, the WTC mosque organizers end up serving the same aims (as) separatist and supremacist wings of political Islam.”
The Sarah Palin story has it all over Michael Jackson celebrity prime time funeral fest in this author’s humble opinion. But that’s for another post when I can get my head around the almost obsessive media frenzy with the death of the music world’s number one weirdo pedophile. But I digress…
Sarah Palin is undergoing a funeral of sorts in her own right. She has now officially become the latest tragic figure in the Republican Party’s fallout from a failed McCain campaign. The GOP intelligencia seem to also be singing a funeral dirge over her future political career. But read further for an alternate and interesting point of view.
Here is a reprint of an excellent analysis of the Sarah Palin story from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. John makes some excellent points regarding the “Media” and soon to be former Gov. Palin and perhaps her taking a new road that may certainly be one less traveled in national politics. Who knos she might even have the last laugh over the funny man from Minnesota, Al Franken.
People close to Sarah Palin say national political reporters and pundits have missed the real reasons for her surprising decision to resign as Alaska governor. The national media have dismissed or downplayed her real motives, which had little to do with any plans to run for president in 2012.Contrary to most reports, her decision had been in the works for months, accelerating recently as it became clear that controversies and endless ethics investigations were threatening to overshadow her legislative agenda. “Attacks inside Alaska and largely invisible to the national media had paralyzed her administration,” someone close to the governor told me. “She was fully aware she would be branded a ‘quitter.’ She did not want to disappoint her constituents, but she was no longer able to do the job she had been elected to do. Essentially, the taxpayers were paying for Sarah to go to work every day and defend herself.”
This situation developed because Alaska’s transparency laws allow anyone to file Freedom of Information Act requests. While normally useful, in the hands of political opponents FOIA requests can become a means to bog down a target in a bureaucratic quagmire, thanks to the need to comb through records and respond by a strict timetable. Similarly, ethics investigations are easily triggered and can drag on for months even if the initial complaint is flimsy. Since Ms. Palin returned to Alaska after the 2008 campaign, some 150 FOIA requests have been filed and her office has been targeted for investigation by everyone from the FBI to the Alaska legislature. Most have centered on Ms. Palin’s use of government resources, and to date have turned up little save for a few state trips that she agreed to reimburse the state for because her children had accompanied her. In the process, though, she accumulated $500,000 in legal fees in just the last nine months, and knew the bill would grow ever larger in the future.
“The Alaska ethics elves had painted such a target on Sarah’s forehead that she had begun turning down pretty much every invitation she got — even though they were pouring in every day by the dozens,” a confidant of the governor’s told me. “It is not throwing in the towel. It is deciding that she was ineffective in fighting for her principles and could do more in another role.” Continue reading
Sarah Palin has confounded nearly every media political pundit on the left and the right alike! The verdict, from the pundits anyway, is that she has committed political suicide by casting herself as the proverbial “quitter” and leaving the citizens of Alaska high and dry. To what end? No one knows.
The following video are out takes from all the major TV media outlets. One theme rings clear regardless of the political spectrum: What is she trying to accomplish outside of destroying her political career?
It may be that Sarah Palin becomes one of those political footnotes, characterized in history as a bottle rocket figure in Republican politics. John McCain’s naive, and most likely unilateral, decision to select her as VP, to add some “bling” factor to his ticket may have turned out to be, ironically, the swan song of her political career. She should have avoided him like the plague!
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The world can now breath a sigh of relief as it has now been reassured by that most infallible of institutions, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, that the Islamic Republic of Iran is years away from deploying a nuclear device. In an unprecedented announcement, recognizing that their credibility has been brought into question in recent years, the agency is offering their latest NIE report with a money back guarantee. Scott Ott reports today on the rationale that led to that decision…
(Langley, VA) — A little-noticed paragraph in the latest controversial National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear capabilities notes that if the report’s authors are wrong in concluding that Iran ceased its nuclear weapons program in 2003, they’ll refund the cost of the report.
“We’re so confident in our findings,” wrote intelligence analyst Thomas Fingar, “that if Iran should detonate a nuclear device within the next 90-days, we’ll refund the full cost of researching and writing this report, less shipping and handling.”
Mr. Fingar said the money-back guarantee offer is designed to get the Bush administration to “give peace a chance” and to back off of its demands that Iran cease uranium enrichment and fully disclose the details of its nuclear program.
“If we’re right,” said Mr. Fingar, “the world has become a much safer place virtually overnight, no matter what the Iranian president says about wiping Israel from the map, bringing down the Great Satan America and ushering in the apocalyptic age of the 12th Imam.”
The little-known analyst added that, “And even if we’re wrong, there’s no immediate danger to the continental U.S. from missile attacks, since the Atlantic Ocean is really big and Iran’s known missiles can only reach about a dozen countries right now. In addition, it would be quite inconvenient for Iran to smuggle a suitcase nuke across, say, the Mexican border. The border crossing paperwork alone is enough of a deterrent.” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
You have to hand it to Scott. He really knows how to uncover those little-known facts and dirty little secrets that help keep our politicians perplexed and bewildered at all times. It’s comforting to now know that they have a few more years to work on a diplomatic strategy to democratize Iran and bring them into the fold of modern Western thought. After all, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was very clear in his address to the world that Iran has made great advances in socialization of homosexuals and peoples of all faiths and points of view. They are well on their way of achieving their dream of international solidarity with the West. — ZZ
1. A move to the extreme of one ideology or another seems to be the most effective way to influence politics.
…More authentic media is a hearkening back to our origins – this republic was not founded so only one would speak, or that only conservatives or centrists would listen as rebellion rises in front of them…
The DailyKos model is perfect in a sense: assemble the grassroots Democrats who feel unempowered, and get them to fundraise for/donate to the candidates they care for via the Internet.
Ideology and activism meet in a daily news and commentary feed that by virtue of its magnitude draws in dollars and therefore direct influence in the Democratic party. This model is being appropriated by more libertarian elements on the Right – a DailyKos for Paulians should emerge sooner or later.
2. So far, a DailyKos has not emerged on the Right – most conservatives claim this is because conservatives have “jobs.” Nor has anything emerged as genuinely centrist. The best argument for why this has not happened is the reactionary nature of conservativism and the similarly more passive nature of centrism. Both begin with someone else being “active” or positing something: they are efforts to slowly incorporate change into existing traditions, reject harmful changes, and – if push comes to shove – merely delay or avoid the costs of change. Continue reading
Rudy Giuliani faces one big headache as Scott Ott breaks the latest story of indentured servitude on the political campaign trail. While former Gov. Mitt Romney has fired his landscaper for employing illegal aliens, the story broke that the former mayor of NYC had once employed a minor to cut his front lawn violating child labor laws more than 26 years ago.
A Giuliani headache
(2007-12-05) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney yesterday fired his lawn-care contractor over suspicions of continuing violations of immigration laws, and accused former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani of violating federal child labor laws 26 years ago when he hired Jimmy Stevens, then age 11, to mow his front yard.
Responding to pressure from a growing grassroots movement to create a “lawn-care litmus test” for all GOP presidential hopefuls, Mr. Romney severed his relationship with Community Lawn Service, after abandoning an earlier plan to capture the illegal aliens in his shed, and have them deported.
“This is not a response to Rudy’s accusation that I have a sanctuary mansion,” said Mr. Romney. “I have actually been working closely with immigration officials in a sting operation to draw illegal aliens to my property so the feds could observe their movements.”
Meanwhile, the Romney campaign said Mr. Giuliani has a bigger skeleton in his closet due to testimony from the now 37-year-old Mr. Stevens that he was a minor when employed to mow the Giuliani lawn in 1981.
“I realize now that I was exploited,” said Mr. Stevens, who currently works in public relations for an unnamed Republican presidential candidate. “I had no safety gear, no ear plugs or goggles or nothing. There was this sharp, whirling metal blade within inches of my ankles. The device ran on a flammable liquid and it used to shoot rocks and sticks at alarming speeds. In hindsight, I must have been terrified.”
Mr. Stevens said the Giulianis would allow him to labor in the hot sun for “the better part of the morning, and then pay me a paltry two bucks an hour, plus all the lemonade I could drink.”
The Giuliani campaign declined to respond to the Romney charges beyond a terse news release which quoted Mr. Giuliani as saying, “Frankly, I’m offended at Mitt’s accusation. Jimmy Stevens looked a lot older than 11, and presented himself as a mature, competent contractor. You can’t go around asking people their ages.” as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
These vile acts will certainly cast a shadow on Rudy’s fitness to run as the head of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government in 2008. The country could not take a similar scandal at the world’s most famous address on Pennsylvania Ave. What have you done Rudy?? What other shameful acts will your opponents discover as they sift through your not so squeaky clean past? Your headaches are just only beginning! — ZZ